London 2017 | Blake defends JAAA decision to support Russia

first_imgPresident of the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA) Dr Warren Blake has defended the body’s decision to support Russia at yesterday’s IAAF Congress in London, where Jamaica was among 21 countries which voted in support of Russia’s athletics ban being lifted. This comes eight months after the JAAA abstained from a vote on a number of reform issues which included several anti-doping elements geared at lifting athletics from a series of major corruption and credibility scandals, which deeply involved evidence of State-sponsored doping by Russian athletes. Despite the fact that Russia’s athletics bosses failed to meet six established criteria targets, Blake believes that the Russian authority has shown significant improvements in their anti-doping efforts and that their athletes deserve a chance to represent their country in international competition. Several Russian athletes have cleared to compete as neutrals by the IAAF. “You look at the number of Russian athletes that are competing; albeit they are not competing under Russia, and there is a significant body of opinion that the athletes should be able to compete for their country,” Blake said following yesterday’s vote. “So you tell me why they could not let back Russia in and let their athletes be subjected to the same strictures in order to compete; that they would have to certify them clean before they can compete?” he added. “They (Russia) have gone a significant way down the road on all the criteria targets. They have gone a significant way in meeting all the criteria targets,” Blake said. The JAAA president also stated that he is not expecting any backlash because of the decision but believes the IAAF’s open voting system might have affected the results. “We don’t expect any backlash, we are a federation where everyone can express their views and vote how their conscience tells them to,” Blake said. “This open voting; a lot of persons could not vote with their conscience because of open voting,” said Blake. “Congress has never voted on the issue of whether or not ballots should be open votes or not. That was one of the issues that was before Congress today and it was taken off the ballot paper to be determined at a future date.” As many as 188 countries voted to keep Russia’s Drug ban in place, leaving the European powerhouse well short of the two-thirds majority they required to be re-admitted. The Russian ban has been in place since November 2015 following a report commissioned by the World Anti-Doping Agency which found evidence of state-supported doping. Among the other countries who voted to lift the ban were Bangladesh, Comoros, Equatorial Guinea, Jordan, Lebanon, Macau, Mongolia, Mozambique, Nauru, Nigeria, Panama, Peru, Romania, North Korea, Sri Lanka, Swaziland, Syria, Tajikistan, Vietnam and Yemen. – A.L. CLEARED TO COMPETElast_img read more

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Papine’s Webb looking to end Manning Cup strongly

first_imgPapine’s captain and leading goalscorer Shakeil Webb says despite his school’s poor run in the ISSA/FLOW Manning Cup, they intend the end the season on a high and create a few upsets along the way. Papine went down 1-0 to Mona, on Kevin Ellis’ strike, to succumb to their fifth defeat in seven matches. But Webb, who has netted four of his team’s five goals this season, believes they can have a positive end to the season. “I think it was a good performance, but unfortunately, we were let down by another soft goal. It was totally a goalkeeping error why we lost. We could have scored back a goal, but Mona defended well and we didn’t take the chances we got earlier in the game,” he explained. “I got one [chance] earlier on, but unfortunately, it went over. If I had another one, I probably would have made it count, but Mona just defended well and we tried to get behind them but they worked well,” he continued. LOOKING TO CREATE UPSETS Although Papine cannot qualify for the next phase, with three matches remaining, Webb would like to have an influence on how the rest of the teams finish by ending the tournament with a few wins. “We are going to finish strongly and upset some teams. We have three games to play, and we are going to play them as we would approach any one,” he said. The 17-year-old attacker is, however, pleased with his contribution to the team thus far, and he is hoping to continue his good form. “I am performing above average. I have scored four goals. I am looking to end with nine goals, and I think I can do it with the help of my teammates, as without them, I wouldn’t have scored four goals. But almost every game we play, we beat ourselves. All now we haven’t played a team that has really beaten us,” he added. Meanwhile, the top-of-the-table clash in Group B between champions, Jamaica College and St Andrew Technical ended in a 1-1 draw. Both teams are tied at the top of the standings with 15 points each. Bridgeport and Mona come next with 12 and 10 points, respectively. In Group G, Charlie Smith avenged their first round defeat to Calabar by beating their opponents 2-0 at the Anthony Spaulding Sports Complex. The result left both teams tied on 18 points after seven games.last_img read more

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Students Block Ellen’s Convoy

first_imgScores of senior and junior high school students from Monrovia yesterday placed a blockade ahead of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf’s convoy, preventing her passage in demand for “speedy action affecting the education system.”The hundreds of students in their uniforms rallied at the Monrovia City Hall just next to the Foreign Ministry office of Madam Sirleaf. As her convoy approached, the students proceeded to block the main boulevard in front of the UN Headquarters demanding that their leader descend from her vehicle and speak to them.State security attempted to prevent the crowd from closing in, but the number overwhelmed them forcing the President to step out of her car.She walked with the students up to the entrance of the Foreign Affairs Ministry where a brief meeting was held with the student leaders about the way forward.In that meeting, President Sirleaf called for calm among the students, advising them to “return to your classes as consultation is ongoing.”Mohammad Dunzo, who spoke for the students, noted that any decision must be communicated to the general public as the President’s assertion was completely different from that of her Information Minister.He questioned the sincerity of the commitment, adding that all that the students want is to return to classes and learn.Meanwhile, the House of Representatives has agreed that its leadership meet President Sirleaf for further consultation on the education sector.President Sirleaf was on Tuesday summoned by the irate lawmakers over a controversial letter she addressed to them citing constitutional provisions that backed her Education Minister’s decision on school closure.Madam Sirleaf was due to appear before the lawmakers today, but the latest decision by plenary means the quest to summon the president has been abandoned.Plenary agreed that the Speaker and other leadership of the House meet with the President on Monday next week in order to finally resolve what it considers to be a growing crisis.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Auditor General requested to further probe D’Urban Park, other contracts – PAC Chairman

first_imgThe Public Accounts Committee (PAC) has requested further probing be done by the Auditor General (AG), Deodat Sharma, into specific projects.Among those projects is the D’Urban Park Project, for which the AG in his 2015 report listed some $36.5 million in Lotto funds being used for rehabilitative works.This is according to PAC Chairman Irfaan Ali, during a recent interview with Guyana Times. Ali stated that these requests were in relation to follow-ups from the findings that had been included in the AG’s 2015 Report.PAC Chairman Irfaan Ali“The Auditor General would look at every aspect of Government accounting and expenditure, and his office would provide important information for various expenditures. So, most of the issues that are raised fall (within the purview of) the Auditor General 2015 Report,” he said. “But we know that at the PAC, we have discussed a number of entities and areas where the Auditor General would have been asked to do further work or complete specific audits. D’Urban Park, for example; the Mayor and City Council; various aspects of the region administration; the Ministry of Public Infrastructure are some of the areas the Auditor General would be looking at.”“It’s basically follow-ups to their responses from the last report. And in certain grey areas where the PAC would need additional information or where additional work could be done.” D’Urban ParkIn his 2015 report, the Auditor General had said that following checks on the accounts, it was found that while Government transferred $1 billion of the Lotto money to the Consolidated Fund in 2015, it held onto just over half a billion dollars to remain under the control of the Ministry of the Presidency and it spent $305 million on various activities.According to a breakdown of the expenditure provided by the Auditor General, $36.5 million went towards the rehabilitation of D’Urban Park; $63.7 million went towards Mashramani celebrations; while another $51.5 million was utilised for ‘music’.Other activities funded by the Ministry of the Presidency using the Lotto proceeds related to Emancipation and Amerindian Heritage celebrations among others.The Auditor General did observe in his 2015 audit that “cash book and payment vouchers for 2015 to verify the details of the amounts spent were not presented for audit and the Deputy Accountant General explained that these were with the Forensic Auditor and had not been returned up to the time of the audit”.Monies from the Lotto Fund being held by the President’s office was for years a sore point for the A Partnership for National Unity and Alliance For Change when in the Opposition, since they were always adamant that all of the earnings constituted revenues of the State and should all be deposited into the treasury to be spent with parliamentary approval. It was pointed out by Auditor General Sharma that while the Finance Ministry has budgeted for lottery receipts, expenditures continued to be met without parliamentary approval.Sharma has since expressed his opinion that in this regard, spending utilising the proceeds of the national lottery should be accounted for by having a Supplementary Estimate passed in the National Assembly and recorded in the Public Accounts.M&CCOn February 28, 2017, Town Clerk Royston King wrote to the Auditor General’s Office requesting an audit of the Mayor and City Council (M&CC). That request was taken up and according to Sharma, the audit would be two-fold, with a focus on stock and financials.There have been persistent calls for City Hall to be fully audited. Back in 2015, the M&CC had received two grants under the Communities Ministry’s Capital Programme for the “Georgetown Restoration Programme”, in addition to the “Emergency Solid Waste Management of Haags Bosch Sanitary Landfill”.Each multimillion-dollar grant was based on Memorandums of Understanding (MoUs) between the Communities Ministry’s Permanent Secretary and the capital city’s Town Clerk.According to the Auditor General’s Report, there were several “discrepancies” in the way the allotted monies to the City Council were spent during the year. According to reports, after examining 212 payment vouchers, a number of discrepancies were found, including hundreds of instances where there was no evidence of the payment vouchers being certified by the accountant or another authorised officer.last_img read more

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Injera not assured of place as Namcos prepares to name squad

first_img“I had been training with the team even before the first two legs and after they came back we stepped up a notch higher. Everybody has been putting up some good work in training. We have been 15 players in camp and it is up to the coach to make the final call on who travels to Wellington,” Injera told Capital Sport.In a previous interview, Simiyu had hinted Injera who has been a core figure in the Kenyan team might have an opportunity to get back to the teamn after receiving positive response on his fitness featuring for his club Mwamba in the Kenya Cup.Whether or not he makes it, Injera is confident Simiyu will name a squad that will be good enough to give the team good results in Wellington and Sidney.“It has been very competitive and at the moment everyone is on the same level. Everyone has shown the desire and I am confident whoever will be chosen will be good enough to represent us well,” the utility player said.He added; “We have been working on the things we need to improve on from the first two legs and we have kept polishing trying to get better at the things we want to execute in the next two legs.”Simiyu who is taking on his maiden challenge as national team coach put out a rather young squad in the first two legs, including Martin Owila who scored his first career try in Cape Town, Brian Tanga and Darwin Mukidza.Sammy Oliech and Oscar Ouma who also missed the first two legs of the series also returned to training alongside Injera and are also in contention for places in the final squad of 12 to be unveiled on Wednesday.For the Wellington series which will be played on January 28, Kenya will be in a tough pool against England, Argentina and Papua New Guinea.Kenya sits 12th on the log after collecting 17 points in the first two legs and will be hoping for improved performances heading into the next two legs of the series.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Kenya’s all-time leading try scorer Collins Injera celebrating after scoring a try in the final against titans and champions Fiji in the Singapore final.PHOTO/World RugbyNAIROBI, Kenya, Jan 17- World Rugby Sevens record top try scorer Collins Injera says he is not assured of a place in the team as head coach Innocent ‘Namcos’ Simiyu prepares to name his squad for the Wellington and Sidney legs on Wednesday morning.Injera missed the first two legs in Dubai and Cape Town over fitness concerns but was part of the 15-man team that was in camp over the last two weeks ahead of the third and fourth legs of the series.last_img read more

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Murdoch, Dow Jones agreement reported

first_imgNEW YORK – Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp. has reached a tentative agreement to buy Dow Jones & Co., publisher of The Wall Street Journal, the Journal reported on its Web site. Negotiators from the two companies on Monday reached an agreement in principle for the original $5 billion that Murdoch had offered, and it will go to Dow Jones’ board today for its approval, the Journal said, citing unnamed people familiar with the situation. The deal would still need approval from Dow Jones’ controlling shareholders, the Bancroft family, which has been divided on a sale to News Corp. because of concerns over whether the Journal would maintain its editorial independence. Christopher Bancroft, a Dow Jones director, recently has been approaching major stockholders in an attempt to buy enough shares of Dow Jones to block a sale. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Michael B. Elefante, the Bancroft family’s lead trustee, has scheduled a meeting for Thursday to present the agreement to the family and is expected to give the family members several days to make a decision, the Journal reported. Representatives of Dow Jones and News Corp. did not immediately return telephone messages seeking comment. Murdoch, News Corp.’s chairman, resisted pressure from Dow Jones to raise his initial $60-a-share offer, which represented a premium of about 65 percent over the mid-$30s level that Dow Jones stock was trading at before the proposal became public in early May. Dow Jones shares fell 54 cents, to $56.95, Monday. last_img read more

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WATCH! Former Spurs flop scores as Real Madrid stunned in La Liga

first_img1 Real Madrid’s La Liga title hopes were dealt a huge blow by a former Tottenham striker.Roberto Soldado endured a miserable spell at White Hart Lane, but has been a virtual ever-present since joining Villarreal in the summer.And he enjoyed a night to remember on Sunday as he fired home the only goal of the game against the mighty Real – the club where he began his career.See the strike below… Roberto Soldado last_img

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Dortmund 3-0 Tottenham: Defeat for Pochettino on 100th match as Spurs boss

first_img Marco Reus hit a second-half double 1 Mauricio Pochettino lost his 100th game as Tottenham manager when Borussia Dortmund ran riot with a 3-0 victory at the Westfalenstadion.It was the first leg of the Europa League last 16, but a three-goal advantage surely books Thomas Tuchel’s side’s place in the last eight.Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang had a goal disallowed before he gave the home side a first-half lead.The men in yellow and black were far superior throughout, looking dangerous on every attack. Marco Reus hit a fine second-half double to give the North Rhine-Westphalia side a comfortable advantage heading to White Hart Lane next Thursday.It was second in the Bundesliga versus second in the Premier League and Pochettino’s 100th match in charge of the north Londoners since joining from Southampton in 2014.Spurs played a weakened side from their strongest XI. They were without key English trio Danny Rose (calf), Eric Dier (rested) and Dele Alli (suspended), while Harry Kane and Mousa Dembele started on the bench.Young fringe players Tom Carroll, Ryan Mason and Joshua Onomah started and they were in for a testing match.  It was second in the Bundesliga versus second in the Premier League and Pochettino’s 100th match in charge of the north Londoners since joining from Southampton in 2014.The hosts started in the ascendency and Erik Durm nearly put them ahead as he met Aubameyang’s through ball inside the area, shooting across goal on the turn and his effort went just past the post.Aubameyang was influential again as he started off an attack, playing the ball out to Marcel Schmelzer, with the Gabon striker meeting the ball in the box and volleying just over the bar.Toby Alderweireld’s last-ditch challenge prevented Durm from being through on goal before Aubameyang had a strike was disallowed. Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s long-range rocket shot was palmed away by Lloris and Dortmund’s top scorer converted the rebound – but the linesman’s flag was raised.The Bundesliga giants were far better in the first half and a goal had been coming. It arrived on 30 minutes as Spurs failed to clear a corner. Schhmelzer sent in a fine cross from the left and Aubameyang’s header across goal nestled into the bottom corner.Mkhitaryan found Aubameyang early in the second half and he squeezed a shot past the French goalkeeper, which was met at the far post by Gonzalo Castro, who from a tight angle sent the ball crashing against the woodworkReus doubled the home side’s tally shortly after the hour mark when a well-worked set piece was heading to the far post, where the German forward blasted a powerful effort high into the goal by Lloris.It took just nine more minutes for Reus to double his tally on the evening, Aubameyang at the centre of things once again. After shrugging off a couple of challenges, the 26-year-old played the ball out to Castro, who sent a cross into the box and Reus’ well-controlled volley went straight past Lloris and into the top corner.Every time Dortmund pushed forward they looked like they were going to score. Pochettino threw on Dembele and Kane, but it was too little too late.last_img read more

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Pair found in Oregon facing Ariz. drug charges

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE‘Mame,’ ‘Hello, Dolly!’ composer Jerry Herman dies at 88 In an interview in Friday’s newspaper, Elbert Higginbotham acknowledged he had been arrested on drug charges in Arizona, where the couple lives, but said the drugs were not his. “I was in the wrong place at the wrong time,” he said. The family – the two Higginbothams, Becky Higginbotham’s son Peter Stivers, his wife and their two children – had set out from Ashland in the motor home March 4. They were found stranded on a back road Tuesday. Higginbotham said he would contact Arizona authorities about the charges. “I’ve got to call them and take care of business. We don’t run from things,” he said. Deputy Cmdr. Kelly Clark of the Navajo County Sheriff’s Department told the newspaper that the Higginbothams were arrested last year but were not charged at the time because they agreed to cooperate with investigators. “We let them go because they expressed an interest in working with law enforcement,” Clark said. “We haven’t seen hide nor hair of him since.” ASHLAND, Ore. – Arizona authorities have brought drug charges against a husband and wife who were rescued with four family members from their snowbound motor home in Oregon this week. Warrants were issued in Snowflake, Ariz., for Elbert and Becky Higginbotham on Wednesday, a day after they were found in the mountains. The two were charged with possession of dangerous drugs for sale – methamphetamine – and possession of drug paraphernalia. Elbert Higginbotham is also wanted on a charge of misconduct involving weapons. The Ashland Daily Tidings newspaper said the warrants were issued after Arizona authorities saw TV coverage of the rescue. Mel Bowers, prosecutor in Navajo County, said investigators do not believe the Higginbothams were trying to flee Arizona authorities. Police in Ashland said Friday they had not been contacted by Arizona authorities about the warrant and had no reason to arrest the couple. Arizona authorities had not announced whether they planned to extradite them. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Not everyone (Arsenal fans) is amazed by Harry Kane’s goal scoring in 2017

first_img Harry Kane finished 2017 with 56 goals for Tottenham and England 1 Harry Kane began Boxing Day with 53 goals for Tottenham and England in 2017 and ended with 56, which is more than Lionel Messi (54), Robert Lewandowski (53) and Cristiano Ronaldo (53) managed.Spurs beat Southampton 5-2 at Wembley, Kane scored a hat-rick and also surpassed Alan Shearer’s record for Premier League goals scored in a calendar year with 39.However, while Tottenham fans rightly revel in his exploits this year, rivals don’t share their enthusiasm as you can see from the tweets below.last_img

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