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Sochi gold medalist among 4 Russians banned for doping

first_imgCarpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ The ban for Tretyakov puts Latvia in line for its first Winter Olympic gold medal. If the IOC formally reallocates the medals, Martins Dukurs would be upgraded to gold. It would also mean silver for Matthew Antoine of the United States and bronze for Dukurs’ brother, Tomass.In the women’s event, Nikitina’s bronze would go to American slider Katie Uhlaender, who originally missed the podium by 0.04 seconds.The IOC sanctions disqualify the four Russian skeleton racers from the Sochi Olympics and also ban them from all future Olympics.Russian Olympic Committee president Alexander Zhukov said more sanctions are possible.“I think we can expect the same decisions for the bobsledders and the female hockey players,” Zhukov said. “The rulings are all the same.”Russia won two gold medals in men’s bobsled at the 2014 Olympics, but there has been no official confirmation that the IOC is investigating. The Russian women’s hockey team didn’t win a medal.The Russian government has repeatedly denied any involvement in doping or any cover-ups and says its athletes are being unfairly targeted. President Vladimir Putin has said the Olympic doping cases are part of an American bid to discredit his government ahead of presidential elections in March.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Russia, which finished the games at the top of the medals table with 13 gold and 33 overall, has now been stripped of six medals based on evidence of a state-sponsored doping program in Sochi, including samples being swapped in the laboratory. Two of the six medals were gold.The Russians still lead the medals table with 11 gold, tied with Norway, but have fallen behind the United States in overall medals. The Americans, who won nine gold medals, have 28 overall, one more than Russia’s current total of 27. Norway has 26 overall medals.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSBack on the throneIf the IOC decides to upgrade athletes who finished behind the banned Russians, the table would change again.Two other Russian women who didn’t win medals, Maria Orlova and Olga Potylitsina, were also banned. Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Russian officials said all four banned athletes will file appeals.“We are absolutely sure of the innocence of our athletes and will stand up for their rights,” the Russian Bobsled Federation, which governs skeleton, said in a statement.The previous six bans were in cross-country skiing. The cases against the Russians rest on evidence gathered by World Anti-Doping Agency investigator Richard McLaren, including testimony from the former director of Russia’s anti-doping laboratories in Moscow and Sochi.Without positive doping tests, the IOC disciplinary panel used evidence of cover-ups and tampering of sample bottles first gathered last year by McLaren’s team.The IOC will decide on Dec. 5 if Russia can compete at the 2018 Pyeongchang Games.ADVERTISEMENT Elena Nikitina of Russia celebrates her bronze medal win during the women’s skeleton competition at the 2014 Winter Olympics, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia. The International Olympic Committee has banned four more Russians for doping at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, all competing in the sliding sport of skeleton and includes men’s gold medalist Alexander Tretyakov and women’s bronze medalist Nikitina. AP FILE PHOTOMOSCOW — Two more Russian athletes were stripped of their Olympic medals from the 2014 Sochi Games on Wednesday (Thursday Manila time), leaving the United States as the country with the most medals.Four Russians, all skeleton racers, were banned by the International Olympic Committee for doping, including men’s gold medalist Alexander Tretyakov and women’s bronze medalist Elena Nikitina.ADVERTISEMENT Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours LATEST STORIES It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Barcelona, Chelsea advance to Champions League last 16 View commentslast_img read more

World Bank Denies Claim to Fund New Fisheries Project in Liberia

first_imgMadam Emma Glassco, Director General of NaFAA.A press release from the World Bank has denied claim by Madam Emma Glassco, Director General of the National Fisheries and Aquaculture Authority (NaFAA) that the Bank has agreed to fund a US$21 million fisheries project in the country under the West Africa Regional Fisheries project (WARFP).The World Bank clarification comes in wake of a recent NaFAA’s press release published in the local media.NaFAA’s release stated that after holding fruitful discussions with Executives of the World Bank, Madam Glassco was able acquire a US$21 million Fisheries Project that would include a modern, state-of-the-art fishing and processing facility, and the establishment of landing jetties in five targeted coastal counties.However, according to the Bank, the accuracy of the NaFAA’s publication is misleading, adding there is no commitment from the World Bank regarding funding a new fisheries project.The World Bank release further clarified that during a meeting in Washington DC, both World Bank Directors praised what Liberia has been achieved and recognized the challenges the country is facing. However, there was no commitment from the World Bank regarding a new fisheries project.The release added whether Liberia will have a new project with focus on fisheries will be determined after the new World Bank Director for Regional Integration comes on board on May 1, 2019, and a strategic decision will be made to fit the country’s priority needs.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

GGMC commences lottery for mining lands

first_imgThe Guyana Geology and Mines Commission (GGMC) has opened some 319 blocks of land within the six mining districts and small-scale miners were on Friday allowed to partake in a lottery process to obtain a plot.Through the Natural Resources Ministry with assistance from the Closed Area Committee (CAC), stakeholders were tasked with selecting a district of their preference and choosing a random number which would determine the plot of land to be given. After submitting relevant information, the Commission would then proceed towards allocating the said land.With no guarantee that their plot would prove wealthy in natural resources, many entered the lottery and selected within the six districts – Mazaruni, Berbice, Potaro, Cuyuni, North West and the Rupununi.Speaking at the activity, Natural Resources Minister Raphael Trotman stated that this initiative surfaced after complaints from miners about the absence of lands to carry out mining activities. As such, he believes this will remedy the issue significantly.Miners at the land lottery activity“I meet persons who ask for access to mining lands. We have made a commitment to get those lands to you. I know some of you have been waiting some time,” said Trotman.He explained that this is the first of a series of lotteries which will be drawn with persons from remote locations to provide equal opportunities. These include Matthews Ridge, Port Kaituma, Bartica and Mahdia over the next two months.He explained, “This is the first of a series of lotteries; the first in Georgetown and we are going to go to the six mining districts and also hold similar lotteries. We do hope and expect that there will be some mineral recoverability in what you’re given”.Meanwhile, Commissioner of the GGMC, Newell Dennison acknowledged that this is a fair process for the lands to be distributed.Recipients must submit proof of identity through a Taxpayer Identification Number (TIN) certificate, address and other relevant documents by April 22 or forfeit their opportunity to gain access to the lands.Out of all the districts, Mazaruni provided the largest number of plots. The activity saw as much as 100 persons entering the drawing to be granted a mining plot.last_img read more

Sparks get All-Star from Sun

first_imgThe Sparks announced Wednesday that they signed McWilliams-Franklin to a multiyear contract. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! HARTFORD, Conn. – The Sparks acquired forward Taj McWilliams-Franklin from the Connecticut Sun on Wednesday for the rights to center Erika De Souza and the 12th pick in this year’s college draft. A five-time All-Star, the 6-foot-2 McWilliams-Franklin has averaged 12.4 points and 7.5 rebounds during her eight years career. She had been with the Sun since its inception as the Orlando Miracle. She was the 32nd pick in the 1999 draft by Orlando, after having played three years in the now-defunct American Basketball League. center_img The 6-foot-5 De Souza is averaging 6.4 points, 3.3 rebounds and about 13 minutes for Ros Casares in the FIBA Euroleague. She played for Los Angeles in 2002. Sun coach Mike Thibault said the trade would be good for McWilliams-Franklin’s family life because one of her daughters will be attending school in Arizona. He would not disclose other details of their conversations. last_img read more

Gary Neville named as Valencia head coach

first_img1 Gary Neville has been named as Valencia’s new head coach.The former Manchester United will take charge until the end of the season.He will officially take charge of the first team on Sunday, December 6 ahead of the Champions League match against Lyon at Mestalla on the following Wednesday.Valencia President Layhoon Chan said: “We are delighted to have secured Gary so quickly. He combines top level coaching experience through his role as a senior coach with the England national team and a world-class playing career with England and Manchester United”.“Throughout his career Gary has always shown great leadership both on and off the pitch. He is hugely respected in English football and it was his personal qualities which persuaded us that he was the right choice to lead Valencia until the end of the season.”Gary Neville said: “I am absolutely thrilled to be given this opportunity with Valencia. Valencia are a huge football club of immense standing and I know from my time as a player the passion and dedication of the Valencia fans.“I am really looking forward to working with the club’s talented group of players and am excited about the challenge ahead.” Gary Neville last_img read more

Forget Ozil! Eriksen and Coutinho are better – but who’s best?

first_imgUnfortunately for Arsenal, Mesut Ozil appears to be turning more and more ineffective with every passing game.Having arrived in the Premier League as a world class talent, the Germany midfielder is now considered one of the most overrated players in the division; someone who would not get in any other top team.And though big things have been expected of Ozil since his signing, he has since been overtaken as the best playmaker in the division.Two players in particular vie for that title nowadays, Tottenham’s Christian Eriksen and Philippe Coutinho of Liverpool.But just which one is the better playmaker? Click the right arrow, above, to find out… Verdict – Eriksen has certainly enjoyed a better season than Coutinho, having played a key role as part of Tottenham’s excellent team this term. He has only scored slightly fewer goals, but has been a far better creator than the Brazilian – and has a larger all-round impact on the pitch. Their overall careers in the Premier League are remarkably similar, and Coutinho should be praised for performing to a similar level as Eriksen despite playing for a lesser team alongside lesser players. However, it is the Spurs man who can claim to be the Premier League’s best playmaker, and if he continues to develop at White Hart Lane, it will not be long before he is one of the best in the world. 4 4 Chance creation – Eriksen has been one of the best creators in the division this season, far exceeding Coutinho. He has double the amount of assists than the Brazilian (12 to 6), and has created almost twice as many goalscoring opportunities (100 to 56). Eriksen is only one assist behind league leader Kevin De Bruyne of Manchester City, and leads the league for key passes. Since arriving in the Premier League, the Dane has registered 38 assists to Coutinho’s 30, with the latter playing four games more. Defensive work – Playing under Jurgen Klopp and Mauricio Pochettino, both Coutinho and Eriksen have to fulfil more defensive duties than the majority of Premier League playmakers. When comparing the two, it is only right to look at the defensive impact the pair have in high pressing teams. And this season, Eriksen is revealed to be far better than Coutinho. He has won more tackles (30 to 23), more interceptions (24 to 18), and made more clearances (20 to eight) than the Brazilian. Considering his slight frame, it is incredible Eriksen has such an integral role in Tottenham’s defensive work. 4 Eriksen v Coutinho: Goalscoring – read the verdict below, then click the right arrow to see the rest of the Eriksen v Coutinho verdict – Coutinho has always been regarded as the better goalscorer than Eriksen, with the Brazil midfielder known for his superb long-range shots. The stats this season back up Coutinho’s strength, with 10 goals to Eriksen’s eight this season. However, both players have spent a similar amount of time in the division, and the Dane actually has a better goal record. He has netted 31 times in 131 Premier League games, while Coutinho has needed 135 matches to record the same tally. This composure in front of goal from Eriksen is backed up by having a higher shot accuracy than Coutinho this season. 4last_img read more

Healthcare worker appears in court charged with alleged assault of patient

first_imgA healthcare worker has appeared in court in Co Donegal charged with assaulting a patient.Douglas Mason, 58, appeared at Letterkenny District Court charged with the incident. An initial mention of the case heard claims that the incident occurred when some bedside furniture was allegedly pushed in the face of a patient.Photos of the alleged injuries were handed into the court in evidence and seen by Judge Paul Kelly.Gardai confirmed that the alleged victim in the case was a patient in Letterkenny University Hospital at the time of the alleged assault on February 24th last.Mr Mason, of Magheralosk, Bunbeg, was present in court but did not address the court during the Section 3 of the non-fatal offences against the person act.His solicitor, Mr Cormac Hartnett, applied for a statement order in the case.He said his client is a married father-of-two who earns €440 per week.Judge Kelly asked if the court knew if the patient had to receive medical attention as a result of the alleged incident.He adjourned the case until October 1st and asked Garda Inspector Shaun Grant to find out if the patient needed more attention as a result of the incident.Healthcare worker appears in court charged with alleged assault of patient was last modified: September 6th, 2018 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:assaultdonegalDouglas MasonLetterkenny University Hospitallast_img read more

Transfer news: Neymar’s Barcelona return could stop Liverpool signing top target

first_img whoops PSG believe Insigne would be the ideal replacement and that he would thrive in Ligue 1.One stumbling block, however, could be the 27-year-old Italian’s price tag as Napoli value him at around £170million. Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update LATEST 2 scrap Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions Most Popular Football Stories latest Did Mahrez just accidentally reveal Fernandinho is leaving Man City this summer? tense Liverpool could miss out on signing top target Lorenzo Insigne if Neymar rejoins Barcelona.The Reds have been eyeing the Napoli left winger but could be pipped to his signature by Paris Saint-Germain if they need to replace the Brazil ace in the summer. Could Neymar return to Barcelona? BEST OF Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT gameday cracker 2 Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ revealed SORRY Insigne scores against suitors Paris Saint-Germain. How Everton could look in January under Ancelotti with new signings predicted According to Calciomercato, that has pushed PSG into coming up with a contingency plan and they have earmarked Insigne as a target.The Napoli forward has been scouted by Liverpool recently, but he is now a top target for the French champions. Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion Gerrard launches furious touchline outburst as horror tackle on Barisic sparks chaos Neymar has been heavily linked with a return to his old club, who are keen to bring him back.The forward is also on Real Madrid’s radar who, like Barcelona, want to sign a marquee player next summer.PSG have no desire to sell Neymar, but they are aware of his aspirations to return to Spain.The 26-year-old is said to want to play for one of La Liga’s top two clubs and he could force through a move. The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 last_img read more

DONEGAL CLASS SIZES HIGHER THAN EU AVERAGE

first_imgThe Department of Education released figures showing Donegal primary school classes had an average of 23 students. The EU average is 20.The average class size in the country was 24.7. The Pupil-Teacher ratio in primary schools nationwide rose from 16.2 to 16.4 in the school year 2012/2013. The EU average is 14.The average class size in the country was 24.7. The EU average is 20.There was a total of 18985 pupils in primary schools in Donegal, 146 of those were in special schools.Primary school teacher numbers increased across the country in the last school year by 250 to 32,175. Secondary teaching staff numbers dropped by over 400. There were 12553 pupils attending Donegal secondary schools last year.  DONEGAL CLASS SIZES HIGHER THAN EU AVERAGE was last modified: September 4th, 2013 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:educationschoolslast_img read more

KILLYBEGS DEFENDER SIGNS ON DOTTED LINE WITH DERRY CITY

first_imgDerry City have signed Killybegs defender Shaun Kelly from fellow Airtricity Premier Division side Limerick City.Shaun Kelly form Killybegs has signed with Derry City.Kelly is a right-sided defender who has played for Hearts, Dundalk and Galway.After a period with the Scottish Premiership club, Kelly returned to Ireland to sign for Dundalk in January 2009. On leaving Oriel Park at the end of 2010 he signed for Galway in February the following year.However, financial turmoil led to Westerners placing their entire squad on the transfer list and in July 2011 he signed for Limerick FC and made his debut for the club against Monaghan United at Jackman Park on 22 July, going on to play 11 league games as Limerick finished third in the First Division.He played 24 league games in Limerick’s First Division title winning season of 2012 and re-signed for Limerick’s first season back in the Premier Division in 2013.He made 25 league appearances for the club and scored his first two goals for the club that year. He re-signed for the 2014 season and was handed the captain’s armband after the retirement of former skipper Pat Purcell.KILLYBEGS DEFENDER SIGNS ON DOTTED LINE WITH DERRY CITY was last modified: July 28th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:derry citydonegalKillybegsLimerick FCShaun Kellylast_img read more