The ban was placed by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) in time for the country to compete at this year’s Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. The report, produced in partnership with UK Anti-Doping (UKAD), is intended to give an update from information provided on the status of the interim testing in Russia.The information has already been shared with the IAAF Task Force, who are due to report to the world governing body’s ruling Council here on Friday (June 17) ahead of a decision over whether to lift the suspension of the All-Russia Athletic Federation (ARAF) so they can participate at Rio 2016.The report makes a mockery of Russia’s repeated claims to have made significant improvements.Severe problems were raised with in and out-of-competition testing, with testers facing athletes running away rather than provide samples as well as the presence of intimidating FSB officials and – in one case – an athlete who tried to pay a bribe after a failed attempt at switching urine samples.A total of 2,947 total tests were conducted on athletes across all sports between November 18 and May 29, of which 1,137 were in-competition tests and 1,810 out-of-competition.UKAD, who are currently assisting the Russian Anti-Doping Agency, conducted 455 of the tests. But 73 were not collected while 736 requested tests were declined or cancelled.A total of 52 adverse analytical findings were recorded; 49 for meldonium, one for meldonium and tuaminohetane and one each for anabolic steroids stanozolol and nandrolone.Problems with the whereabouts system for conducting surprise out-of-competition tests were highlighted throughout the report. Key limitations included a “significant amount of unavailable athlete reports and missed tests”, “low frequency of whereabouts updates” and “whereabouts information is general poor quality (insufficient address)”.Military cities were often used as location of whereabouts, it was also pointed out, with athletes thought to be aware that special permission is needed to gain access to these sites.They thus provided these locations even if they were not there in order to deter test planning, it is claimed.Testers felt intimidated when accessing military cities and were faced with armed FSB agents threatening them with expulsion from the country.They were therefore unable to gain access to some key Olympic qualification events, including National Weightlifting and National Greco-Roman Wrestling Championships.In specific cases, two cyclists had not been seen at their whereabouts location for over a year, while one weightlifting athlete provided his one hour slot at a training centre 45 minutes away from his home and relied on staff to notify him when testers arrived.For in-competition testing, there was found to be a lack of information available for competitions, with schedules not released until the day prior to or day of competition, meaning it was hard for testers to attend.It was also challenging to find events “because at times only a region was provided for the location, not a specific venue or city”.One athletics athlete was observed running away from the notification area and mixed zone after competing and prior to the chaperone attempting notification.Many athletes withdrew either before or during competition when doping control officers were present.One athlete exited the stadium during her race and could not be located, while 15 competitors at the Russian National Walking Championship in Sochi either did not start, withdrew or were disqualified.In the most extreme example of cheating recorded, an athletics athlete “used a container inserted inside her body – presumably containing clean urine – which leaked onto the floor and not into the collection vessel.”The unnamed athlete threw the container into a bin before this was retrieved by the tester, who she then attempted to bribe before providing a sample which subsequently returned a positive result. This bears similarities with the claims of former Moscow Laboratory head Grigory Rodchenkov that fake urine samples swapped in a clandestine operation during the dead of night were used by up-to 15 medal winners at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi. A separate WADA investigation is still ongoing into these claims and is due to be completed by July 15.
Guyana Amazon Warriors showed positive signs in final practice match with convincing win over a Select XI yesterday at the National Stadium.Veerasammy PermaulThe Warriors recorded their highest score of 160-5 in 20 overs then returned to restrict their counterparts to 88-7 in 20 overs to claim their only success in three practice matches before they depart for Florida today.Opener Martin Guptill led the way for the Warriors with 47 from 25 balls inclusive of two sixes and six fours while receiving support from Jason Mohammed (45) and Babar Azam (41). Gudakesh Motie 2-23 from four overs and Chandrapaul Hemraj 1-21 were the key bowlers for the Select XI.In pursuit of the target, the Select XI lost skipper Leon Johnson for 10. That was in the fourth over and off the bowling of Steven Jacobs with the score on 22.Everything went downhill afterwards. Medium pacer Rayad Emrit 3-12 and left arm spinner Veerasammy Permaul 2-17 combined to capture five victims as the Select XI found scoring very difficult.Anthony Bramble made 19 while three of the Select XI batsmen made it to double figures in a failed attempt to hunt the target.Guyana Amazon Warriors will play their first match on August 5 against St. Kitts and Nevis Patriots at Lauderhill.The match is scheduled to start at 11:00h.
Dear Editor,Recently, Fire Prevention Officer Andrew Holder lamented the challenges the Fire Department faces in its bid to saves people’s lives and property. Mr. Holder was quoted in the media as saying that fire tenders with blaring sirens are ignored by minibus operators/touts until they “have filled and packed their bus, and until they feel they should move aside” to allow fire tenders passage to get on with the business of fire-fighting.Obviously, the passengers are complicit.To protect its people, the United Kingdom issued a terse travel warning to its citizens planning to visit Guyana: “Avoid Using Minibuses.” The advisory states that the buses are driven dangerously, and are responsible for the majority of road accidents in Guyana.Public Infrastructure Minister Annette Ferguson, in November last year, urged commuters to speak out and condemn errant minibus operators, because remaining silent can worsen the situation.Traffic Chief Dion Moore concurred, stating: “If we need our roads to be safe, then we must change our attitude when we use the road. Many times we see other persons doing things that are not in keeping with road safety practices, but what we do? We sit, relax, or we go about our journey without saying a word. If we speak out, we can make a difference.”But to tell minibus operators to slow down their pace or to turn down their music is actually to make a conscious decision to incur their unrestrained aggression and abuse, making your bad day worse, or spoiling your good day. I believe that many people, already dealing with challenges in their lives, rarely want to make this decision; and decide to bear the discomfort and play a bit of ‘Russian roulette’.However, I would like Traffic Chief Moore and others in authority to see how best we can protect our commuters and pedestrians. I have a few controversial suggestions in order to institute discipline. First, implement regulations for minibuses to be painted in a standard colour, and give owners six months to comply. No more wraps.Secondly, make it mandatory for drivers and conductors to wear a specific type of clothing, maybe a white shirtjack and black pants. A neat identity card bearing their names and photographs should be clipped to their shirts at all times.Thirdly, ban music on all minibuses providing public transport. I have seen Police officers turning a deaf ear to these moving dancehalls. I have also seen the Police attempt to stop buses from playing loud music on board.What usually ends up happening is a silly game of catch-me-if-you-can. The drivers turn down the music when passing a cop, and turn it back up when out of earshot. So clearly, allowing music at a moderate decibel level isn’t working.Fourthly, erect secret cameras at strategic locations to record those speeding minibus operators as they go about their business of adding chaos to the lives of Guyanese.Fifthly, place more Police officers on the road, not singly, but in small groups of three or more, to make them less susceptible to being bullied by hostile minibus operators.I believe that turning a blind eye to small things has propelled major slips and slides in our society. And similarly, by taking small, concerted and dedicated steps, we can restore order.Let’s not get distracted with politics and oil while persons without respect for law and order run amok. Let’s not get comfortable with chaos.Sincerely,Concerned citizen
It was his 10th victory this season, signalling that he has won 60 per cent of the team’s points, the 72nd of his career and his 50th in the 99 races held in the V6 turbo hybrid era since 2014.“It was an emotional afternoon,” he said.“And, I think, that might be the best moment I’ve had with this team… I’ve never seen the guys so happy.“We’ve been together a long time and the guys are usually happy, but reserved about it. So I was hoping that when I got back the guys could feel what I was feeling. I saw it and I’ll remember that moment for the rest of my life.”The 33-year-old Briton, who plans to celebrate with the team back at their Brackley base on Tuesday, added: “It’s hard to contemplate what’s happened in these last six years. It’s been such an incredible journey and by no means has it been easy for anybody.“It’s just the greatest team effort that I can remember. It’s really awesome.”In a show of emotional gratitude in the garage after Sunday’s victory, he told the race team: “It’s an incredible honour to work with all of you… Seeing you guys after the race, seeing that energy that you guys all had, that happiness can fill a lifetime.“I really want you to remember that moment and hold on to it because that’s what’s going to power us to many more championships. Never let that energy drop… I tell you, that propels me.“These past six years have been epic and iconic. We are now legends. Just remember that. When you go home, when you look in the mirror, when you wake up, say ‘I’m a legend’. You’ve got to say that to yourself… ‘I’m a legend’.”By common consent, Hamilton has also become a legend of F1 with an error-free season providing the foundations for the team’s double success.Technical director James Allison pin-pointed him as the key factor in Mercedes’ victory in both championships after a fiercely-fought duel with rivals Ferrari.“You’ve got to say that Lewis this year has just made the difference for us,” he said. “He keeps putting it on pole. And whenever its wet, he’s always at the front. In the races, we can make mistakes and he’ll recover it by doing something unlikely on the track that no-one sees coming.“And he spends a whole year not making mistakes. He’s just the consummate racing driver.”Amid the celebrations, team chief Toto Wolff reminded of their need to avoid complacency and next season bid for an outright record sixth title double, moving them clear of Ferrari.“The job is going to get more difficult every year. We are setting the benchmark at the moment and our competition will get more energised and motivated by us…“All points start at zero next year. We will have forgotten about the five and will fight hard to be in contention for the sixth. Whether we achieve it or not, we will see next year.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Mercedes’ championship ‘best moment’ says Lewis Hamilton © AFP / EVARISTO SASAO PAULO, Brazil, Nov 12 – Lewis Hamilton hailed his Mercedes team as legends on Monday and described his championship-clinching victory in Sunday’s Brazilian Grand Prix as the best moment in five triumphant seasons.His dramatic success confirmed Mercedes’ record-equalling fifth consecutive double of drivers’ and teams’ championships.
Shujaa who edged out Portugal 17-7 to reach the Bowl semis, began well with Michael Wanjala putting Shujaa ahead from a quick taken penalty at the edge of the try line as Lavin Asego’s conversion went through for a 7-0 lead.Samoa Toloa reduced the lead to two points when he burst from the centre and touch down on the left corner as the half-time buzzer went on.Kenya bettered their performance on the restart, executing their passes well with Asego intercepting a lapse pass and sprint to touch down behind the post to extend the lead and his third try in the tournament.Asego created the third and final try when he brilliantly set Billy Odhiambo with a huge 20-yard aerial pass, who broke through in to the right corner for his fourth try in Las Vegas.Kenya will be looking to end a three successive winless run against the Pumas who eliminated Scotland 21-19 in the other semi-final, when the two sides lock horns at 1:10am local time.In the Bowl quarters, Shujaa showed no mercy to the Portuguese scoring three tries against Portugal’s single converted tryPortugal set the pace after Aderito Esteves exploited Shujaa’s defence to find space and go under the post, but Skipper Andrew Amonde turned on with a speedy response before the break to reduce Portugal’s lead to two points.Asego lifted Kenya on resumption when he turned over in the dying minutes to add on Odhiambo’s try to see Shujaa set a semifinal date against Samoa.The early match of day two saw Kenya who have shown marked improvement in the last two legs once again could not beat the team that denied them a first Main Cup win two seasons ago in the Wellington 7s final after England ran out 21-14 victors.Oscar Ayodi and Tonny Owour scored the only converted tries for Kenya with Richard de Carpentier, Thomas Bowen and Charlie Hayter grounding for England.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000NAIROBI, Kenya, February 15 – Kenya will face Argentina in the Bowl final after registering a resounding 19-5 win over Samoa in the Las Vegas 7s semis at Sam Boyd Stadium on Sunday night.Felix ‘Toti’ Ochieng charges were relegated to the Bowl after England ended their dreams of reaching a second successive Main Cup quarters this season with a 21-14 loss.
WASHINGTON – A leading Democrat joined the chorus of mostly Republican lawmakers Tuesday in calling for the release of two former border patrol agents convicted of shooting an unarmed drug dealer in the buttocks. Rep. Bill Delahunt, D-Mass., chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Oversight, urged the White House to commute the sentences of Ignacio Ramos and Jose Compean, serving 11- and 12-year sentences, respectively, for the 2005 shooting. “I join with others today who have called on President Bush to commute the sentences of these two men,” Delahunt said. “I do hope the president responds swiftly.” While a handful of Democrats – most notably Sen. Dianne Feinstein – have joined the passionate movement to free the imprisoned agents, it remains largely a GOP-fueled cause. But Delahunt’s advocacy, along with a recent agreement in the House to block funding for the agents’ imprisonment, underscores the movement’s growing popularity. The agents were sentenced earlier this year for shooting Osbaldo Aldrete Davila, a Mexican national, as he fled into Mexico after abandoning 743 pounds of marijuana near Fabens, Texas. According to evidence produced at the trial, the agents failed to report shooting the man and then collected shell casings to cover up the incident. Tuesday’s subcommittee hearing was ostensibly convened to explore what influence, if any, the Mexican government tried to exert over the prosecution of the officers. “This is not a hearing to determine guilt or innocence,” Delahunt said. Almost immediately, however, lawmakers combed through allegations of impropriety, misstatements and faulty evidence that many said led to the convictions. “What should have been a reprimand of agents and supervisors for not doing the drudgery of paperwork has been transformed into a debacle,” said Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, R-Huntington Beach. U.S. Attorney Johnny Sutton, who prosecuted the agents, declined to appear before the committee. Officials with the Department of Homeland Security also snubbed the panel. Lawmakers reacted angrily, noting that Sutton had recently appeared before the U.S. Senate and made numerous media appearances defending the prosecution. firstname.lastname@example.org (202) 662-8731160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
A new book on the ‘Traditional Cottages of County Donegal’ by Joseph Gallagher & Greg Stevenson will be launched in Ionad Teampall Chróine, Chapel Road, Dungloe tomorrow, Friday, December 14 at 7 p.m.The launch and illustrated presentation is open to the public and everyone is welcome to attend. One of the most enduring images of Ireland is the traditional rural cottage. County Donegal is home to one of the greatest concentrations of surviving traditional cottages in Ireland.This book provides a detailed photographic record of regional vernacular architecture in the county as well as outlining the history and evolution of Donegal’s traditional cottages.It reveals the distinctive architectural details that make these buildings unique and contains information on indigenous building materials and methods of construction. The book also highlights the contribution that these buildings make to the cultural landscape of northwest Ireland.The 180-page hardback book contains over 270 photographs and is published by the authors and Under the Thatch Ltd. with part-funding from The Heritage Council under the Heritage Education, Community & Outreach Grant Scheme. Copies of the book will be available at the special launch price of €20. Copies can also be ordered by e-mail at: email@example.com HOUSE ABOUT THAT? NEW BOOK TO BE LAUNCHED ON DONEGAL COTTAGES was last modified: December 13th, 2012 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:book launchdungloeTraditional Cottages of County Donegal
Aubrie Smith scored in the 22nd minute and again five minutes later to give the Indians a 2-1 lead. Hart added two goals in injury time of the same half. Meghan Dean tapped in a ball that bounced off Canyon goal keeper Kristen Grunhold and Amanda Ladanyi, sending a Dean pass to the back of the net for Hart’s fourth goal. “We let them take us out of our game today,” White said. “Their attack came in groups. They beat us three times with the same play, the back court cross. We didn’t find the way to mark up.” Molly Hall scored Canyon’s second goal on a pass from Dee Clegg in the 53rd minute. Canyon midfielder Sierra Goff blasted a shot into the upper left corner of the Indians’ goal 19 minutes into the game to give the Cowboys a 1-0 lead before Hart responded with an avalanche of goals. “We were hoping to play El Camino; we got Canyon. It’s OK,” Romero said. “Either one is a tough team. We wanted to play someone that was going to give us some competition. We have to be ready for league. We will be playing some tough teams. “I think were done with our losses,” Romero added. “Against Buena (of Ventura) was our last loss and we weren’t going to accept another one.” firstname.lastname@example.org (818) 713-3607160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! NEWHALL – Hart High of Newhall girls’ soccer coach Louis Romero pumped a fist Friday afternoon as he walked on to the Indians’ home field seconds after the end of the Hart tournament final. Across the field, Canyon of Canyon Country first-year coach Keedi Paden briefly took a look at the Indians celebrating their 4-2 win against her Cowboys in a title game that might have brought mixed emotions to both coaches. That’s because Hart had not won its tournament since defeating Chatsworth, 2-0, in 1998. Peden, who could be found wearing Indians apparel during games last year, led the Cowboys to their first Hart tournament final in 10 years with the help of co-coach Eric White. Canyon had not reached the title game since losing to Temple City in 1996. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: John Jackson greets a Christmas that he wasn’t sure he’d see“It wasn’t as weird as I thought it was going to be,” said Paden, who graduated from Hart a year before the Indians clinched the title against Chatsworth. “My ties are with Canyon now. They’ll always be a little part of me that’s with Hart but when it comes to soccer, it’s Canyon. And that’s it.” Canyon (10-1-2) reached the title game after beating two-time defending champion El Camino Real of Woodland Hills in a semifinal penalty kick shootout Thursday. Hart (13-2-1) made it to the final after outscoring Louisville of Woodland Hills, 4-0, in the other semifinal. The Indians had lost the last two finals to El Camino Real. “It was due, way overdue for us,” Romero said. “I kept instigating the girls, telling them that we had to win this game. This year I wasn’t going to let it happen. Whoever was coming to play with us in the final, we were going to have to take them.” It took the Indians 19 minutes to score four first-half goals against a Canyon team that had only allowed four goals against all season.
Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland Pochettino is reportedly being lined up to replace Mourinho LIVING THE DREAM Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father Rooney and Ronaldo part II? Perhaps the easiest decision Poch would have to make if he got the United job, sticking with David de Gea over Sergio Romero or Lee Grant in goal.Hugo Lloris excelled for the Argentine, regularly bouncing back from mistakes to deliver top-class performances but De Gea edges out Lloris.Defence LATEST REVEALED Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Three ball-playing defenders for Poch to work with IN DEMAND 7 Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti targets United say they are waiting until the end of the season to appoint a permanent replacement, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer filling in for the time being in a caretaker role.One name linked with the permanent job is Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino.Chief exec Ed Woodward tried in 2016 to bring the Argentine to Manchester when Louis van Gaal was sacked, Sir Alex Ferguson is a big fan, and it’s likely the club will be doing their utmost to get him this time around.After leading Spurs from scraping to the Europa League to regularly finishing in the Champions League spaces, it’s clear to see the attraction of hiring the 46-year-old.And it’s understood Pochettino wants to be considered for the job. Transfer Latest Towards the end of Van Gaal’s reign, the Dutchman played Marcus Rashford alongside Anthony Martial and the pair wreaked havoc – their sheer pace terrified defenders.Both men have clearly got talent and, given they are both so young, have so much time to work on their chemistry together.Blessed with quick feet, predatory instincts and the knack for producing the spectacular, these starlets could thrive under Pochettino and fire United up the table. 7 7 Manchester United have given Jose Mourinho the boot following a terrible start to the season.Disastrous results in the Premier League has cost him his job with United picking up 26 points in their first 17 league games; their worst points haul in the top-flight at this stage since the 1990/91 campaign. Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January RANKED 7 The Spaniard will certainly stay in goal under Pochettino 7 targets Diogo Dalot and Luke Shaw are perhaps the only bright sparks to come from this torrid season at United – both full-backs love to attack down their flanks.Pochettino has given both Kieran Trippier and Ben Davies the freedom to get forward and put dangerous crosses into the opposition for Tottenham.Ander Herrera and Nemanja Matic are not exactly Keane and Scholes, but United fans would happily settle for their defensive nous when covering the wing-backs.Attacking midfield But how might ‘Poch’ assemble the current United squad, given they are in such disarray?Below, talkSPORT.com looks at how they could line up under him if he is tasked with fixing the mess that is the Manchester United team.Goalkeeper Pogba would get the freedom to roam Talented and temperamental in equal measure, Pochettino would relish the challenge of managing the enigmatic Paul Pogba.A World Cup winner with France, the midfielder clearly has talent. However, he feels as though current boss Mourinho is stifling his attacking instincts.In just three years, Pochettino helped Dele Alli become one of the best attacking midfielders in Europe by granting the youngster freedom to roam into the opposition box and create chances. Pogba could thrive with such instruction.Attack The wing backs can bomb up and down knowing they are covered 7 Thoughts on this side United fans? 7 A back three of Victor Lindelof, Eric Bailly and Marcos Rojo probably sounds like something straight out of a United fan’s nightmare.But the three defenders are all aggressive out of possession, comfortable on the ball and work well under pressure. Poch plays three at the back to great effect at Spurs and would not be averse to trying it at United.Rojo has a wonderful left foot and could be entrusted to start attacks from deep to find the pacy attackers up front.Midfield
It will surprise nobody that legendary Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson liked to win, and that he was also the sorest of sore losers.The Scot was a serial trophy winner at Old Trafford, winning 38 major honours – including 13 Premier League titles, five FA Cups, and two Champions League titles – in 26 years in charge. TROPHY 2 punished targets getty JIBE Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January McLeish said: “He took us to play cricket, we were kitted out in whites and of course the two guys with the biggest egos at the club had to be the opening batsmen – Willie Miller, the captain, and Sir Alex.“The first three or four bowls Sir Alex popped them away and says, ‘I’m like Geoffrey boycott here, I’m going to be here for a long, long time’.“And then he got clean bowled, but he didn’t walk! Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star Sir Alex Ferguson is Manchester United’s longest-serving manager and the most decorated football coach of all time New job Liverpool update ‘Champions Wall’ after ending 2019 as European and world champions getty Tottenham issue immediate ban to supporter who threw cup at Kepa Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update Lampard appears to aim dig at Mourinho for handling of Salah and De Bruyne at Chelsea “One of the players who is right into his cricket, Stuart Kennedy, said, ‘boss, why are you not walking? There’s a wicket over there, a wicket there, a wicket there, a bail over there – why are you not walking?“And Sir Alex replied: ‘You cannae be out in the first over!’”As Laura Woods quite rightly says: “You’re not going to argue with that, are you?” Former Crystal Palace and West Brom manager Pardew takes over at Dutch strugglers LATEST latest He is considered by many to be the greatest manager in football history, knighted by the Queen and with his name on a stand at the Theatre of Dreams.But you can’t be good at everything, as Alex McLeish revealed to talkSPORT on Friday!McLeish, who played under Ferguson during his successful eight-year spell as manager of Aberdeen, regaled the Sports Breakfast with a brilliant tale about when his boss took the team to play cricket – and made up a new rule… Former centre-back Alex McLeish was one of Scotland’s top players during Alex Ferguson’s spell in charge of Aberdeen boost 2 REVEALED deals Solskjaer gives Pogba fitness update and calls him world’s best all-round midfielder