Dr Paul Wright: IAAF needs fresh start

first_imgThe second aspect of the WADA-commissioned report on corruption in the sport of athletics was published last week. In summary, it stated that not only did the IAAF ‘s president and a powerful rogue group extort athletes and allow doping athletes to continue competing, but more damningly, the report stated that “far more members of the IAAF staff knew about the problems than has currently been acknowledged”. The present president of the IAAF, Lord Sebastian Coe, was a vice-president and an acknowledged “disciple” of the previous president, Lamine Diack, for eight years and yet swears that he knew nothing, he saw nothing, and heard nothing that could have aroused his interest or suspicion while the acts of corruption and bribery contained in the report were committed. Astonishingly, Lord Coe remains unfazed by these reports and continues as the leader of an international organisation that has lost all its credibility and the trust of athletes and fans worldwide. The leaders of football (FIFA), athletics (IAAF), and cricket (WICB) have been exposed by whistle-blowers (insiders and previous board members) and yet continue to insist that ‘everything criss’ until the police became involved. The world owes whistle-blowers a debt of gratitude that only time will be able to quantify. NINE-DAY WONDER The sport of athletics needs a complete overhaul. The idea of men of ‘integrity’ volunteering to ‘serve the sport’ without any monetary reward has now been officially debunked. The findings of the Diack Pound-led WADA probe must never be allowed to be a nine-day wonder. The officials who have been indicted and suspended are but the tip of a very large iceberg. There many associates of the sleaze previously known as the IAAF that have to be exposed and removed from office. The call by British Athletics to expunge all the previous world records and to start anew may be extreme, but it is an idea that needs to be contemplated. This column has long reminded readers that there were leaders of athletics in many of the countries who were of the opinion that the ‘stars’ of the sport should be mollycoddled and supported no matter what and that any positive drug test by a ‘star’ must be (a) vehemently denied, and (b) if the tests are conclusive, blame the test, blame the tester, blame the procedure, but under no circumstances blame the athlete. We now know that many of the world’s top athletes have been able to be one step ahead of the tests and testers, and it is now conformed that some among the complicity of doctors, laboratories, and dope-control officers have been corrupt and complicit in allowing cheaters and downright crooks to continue to ‘trick us’. The Pound-led probe has exposed the dark underbelly of a corrupt organisation that can only begin to restore trust if ALL the principals of the organisation are removed. There can be no sacred cows. A fresh start is mandatory.last_img read more

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#JaVotes2016: ‘I am not afraid’ – 53 year-old vendor

first_img The 53 year-old braved the anticipated tension to sell ripe bananas, biscuit and other items. “I’ve been out here from 6 o’clock this morning. I am not afraid,” she said, while standing beside her stall in the community of South Side. “I want Andrew fi win cause he’s better for the young people and better for me,” she added. At the corner of Law Street and High Holborn Street in Kingston Central,  Irele Bromfield, caters to early bird Election Day workers at her stall.last_img

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Guevarra, Yap reclaim PBA side event titles

first_imgIn fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Carpio 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 Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Guevarra, the Phoenix high-flyer, pulled out an off-the-bounce windmill for a perfect 40 in his dunkoff with little-known Renz Palma to rule the event for the fourth time in the last five years.That was enough to outlast Palma, whose 360-degree dunk from near the foul line only got 39 points.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown“This is the hardest (Slam Dunk) contest I’ve ever been in,” Guevarra said. “Everybody knew what dunks I could do, so I was really forced to show off some new slams.”Rey Guevarra captures his fourth Slam Dunk title.Guevarra jumped over a motorcycle and teammate JC Intal in one of his finals dunks to delight the Batangas City Coliseum crowd here. Adamson survives challenge of gritty Arellano The two finalists ended up tied with 75 points each after two dunks.“I was really challenged by him. Because of him, I had to raise the bar so that I could edge him,” he said.Another victory in this event would allow Guevarra to tie KG Canaleta for most dunk titles won.“In God’s time, let’s see if I could still do it. If I get the chance, I will really try to get that fifth championship,” he said.Yap, the former two-time MVP, tallied 24 points to nip Stanley Pringle and triumph for the first time since 2009.ADVERTISEMENT View comments LATEST STORIES Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate fallscenter_img Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial James Yap on deck for the three-point shootout. PBA IMAGESBATANGAS—Showing off a new dunk, Rey Guevarra ruled the Slam Dunk event of the PBA All Star festivities Friday and put himself in position to go for the all-time record.James Yap, on the other hand, won the Three-Point Shootout for the first time in nine years and earned validation for himself that he’s still as deadly as he’s ever been.ADVERTISEMENT Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding “I can still do it,” Yap, who won nine years ago while still playing for Purefoods, sighed after capturing the crown.Making the most of the money balls, Yap drained the first nine out of the available 10 colored balls that ultimately spelled the difference. Pringle totaled 21 with Terrence Romeo, another former winner in the field, shooting 16.“I just put it in my mind that those (money balls) were the most important in the rack, and every time they went in, it only added to my confidence,” he said.Blackwater’s Allein Maliksi, who won the event last year, could only score 11 points, the lowest in the first round.Also participating in the event were Ronald Tubid, Matthew Wright, LA Tenorio, Paul Lee, Marcio Lassiter, Canaleta, JVee Casio, and Larry Fonacier.“I’m just happy to win after nine years,” said Yap. “I’ve been doing some extra shooting in practice and I’m glad I was able to bring it in the competition. I just felt really good today.”Beau Belga won the day’s other side event—the Obstacle Challenge—where, in a new twist this season, big men took part in.Belga had no hitches in his run in the championship round, finishing the track in 21.7 seconds.“I was just challenged because it was my teammate (point guard Maverick Ahanmisi) who is the defending champion,” he said.JP Erram finished second at 29.6 seconds, while Gabby Espinas clocked in 30.5 seconds. Justin Chua, Kelly Nabong, and Yousef Taha all made it to the semifinals, while Russel Escoto, Sonny Thoss, Aldrech Ramos, Ken Bono, Asi Taulava and Raymond Aguilar all bowed out in the first round.Yap hopes his victory, along with that of Belga, would mean something for their team.“We hope its a start of something good for Rain or Shine again,” said Yap.The champions of the side events won P30,000 each. —WITH A REPORT FROM CEDELF P. TUPASSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

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Policeman injured on duty receives reconstructive surgery

first_imgAssistant Commissioner of Operations (ACO), Christopher Griffith, accompanied by Staff Officer of Administrations, Maxine Graham and Welfare Officer, Deputy Superintendent Lorraine Saul, on Tuesday paid a visit to recovering Police Officer Victor Faucet who was shot to his head while on duty.Faucet, who was shot in June of last year at a Police outpost in Wisroc, Linden, has since been a patient at various hospitals but is presently at the St Joseph Mercy Hospital.He underwent several successful surgeries to have the bullet, which was lodged in his head, removed. Those surgeries were performed by Dr Edris Dookie.However, as a result of this, Faucet had to have reconstructive surgery performed on his skull; this was successfully completed last Saturday.The visit by the members of the Police Force was facilitated after this surgery. Since the shooting, the Police Force has been lending its full support to Faucet to facilitate a speedy recovery. Speaking to Guyana Times after the visit, Faucet said that he was currently recovering and was in a good position.He admitted that the entire ordeal has been a painful one.Faucet expressed his gratitude for the support from the Guyana Police Force, noting that the visit was “appreciated”.The brave man said when he was fully recovered, he expected to resume his duties at the GPF.last_img read more

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Watch: Would Ronaldo do this? Messi selflessly allows Neymar penalty duty despite being on a hat-trick

first_imgLionel Messi showed a different side to his play today by turning down a clear chance to earn yet another Barcelona hat-trick; by temporarily handing penalty responsibility to strike partner Neymar.Messi, who is Barcelona’s usual spot-kick taker, offered the Brazilian the opportunity to score instead of adding to the two goals the Argentine maestro had already notched against Cordoba.The Catalans were 6-0 up at the time, but Neymar was the only one of Barca’s formidable front three yet to appear on the scoresheet.Barcelona would go on to win 8-0, with Luis Suarez scoring a hat-trick, as they prepared for next week’s Champions League semi-final with Bayern Munich in emphatic style.last_img

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Murder case hinges on trip timing

first_imgBAKERSFIELD – A former elementary school administrator accused of murdering five people had rehearsed an out-of-state trip that he later took again and used as an alibi, detectives wrote in court documents. Vincent Brothers, former vice principal of Fremont Elementary School in Bakersfield, is accused of murdering his wife, Joanie Harper, her mother and her three young children in Bakersfield in 2003. Brothers has pleaded not guilty to the crimes. His trial is set to begin Sept. 11. Detectives wrote in documents filed recently in Kern County Superior Court that Brothers took a trip to Ohio to visit his brother several months before taking a nearly identical trip when the murders occurred. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita Before the first trip, Brothers had never met his brother’s wife and three children, prosecutors said. Prosecutors claim that Brothers disappeared for two days during the latter trip and drove back to California and killed his family members, then returned to Ohio. Brothers’ defense lawyers say the prosecution’s time table is unreasonable and they want the case dismissed. 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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WOMAN PRETENDED TO BE PREGNANT TO STOP BOYFRIEND STRANGLING HER

first_imgBrian McLaughlin arriving at Letterkenny Circuit Court yesterday. Pic by Northwest Newspix.A terrified young woman told her boyfriend she was pregnant to stop him from strangling her.Shauna McLaughlin was assaulted and imprisoned by Brian McLaughlin after they argued following a night-out. After returning to their home on St Oran’s Road in Buncrana, McLaughlin, 22, exploded into a rage before holding Shauna hostage and subjecting her to a vicious assault.McLaughlin appeared at Letterkenny Circuit Court yesterday after pleading guilty to the 2013 offences at a previous sitting.Despite his plea, McLaughlin will be free from prison in less than six months.The court heard how McLaughlin set upon his girlfriend after she preferred to stay out with friends instead of returning home with him.They argued and then McLaughlin suddenly punched her in the face before climbing on top of her on a bed and trying to strangle her.Ms McLaughlin said she thought she was going to die but managed to claw at her attacker.However, he twisted her arm into her back and she said she remembers waking up in the sitting room and he was telling her to wake up.She called the emergency services but when Gardai arrived, McLaughlin locked the doors and a hostage-like situation began at around 1.55am.He got a kitchen knife and began sharpening it and refused to allow Gardai into the house.Shana eventually managed to hide the knife but McLaughlin went berserk when he could not find it and fetched a number of other knives for the kitchen.Trained hostage negotiators were called who contacted Brian McLaughlin’s father who finally convinced him to take some medication.He eventually released Shauna and at 4.40am, he finally gave himself up to Gardai.He asked to be admitted to a psychiatric unit at Letterkenny General Hospital but he was refused admission because staff felt he had addiction issues.Barrister for McLaughlin, Damien Crawford said his client had suffered a “mental meltdown.”He asked how his client’s irrational actions were that of a rational man.At one stage McLaughlin had held aloft a television over his head and threatened to throw it at Ms McLaughlin.When questioned about this by Gardai, he denied it saying he would have nothing to play his Grand Theft Auto computer game on if he did.Mr Crawford said his client was receiving medication for mental health issues but had unfortunately mixed it with alcohol on the night.“He is is deeply ashamed and has been trying to unravel what happened that night. He was on medication. This is more of a mental health episode rather than a criminal episode and I am not taking away from what happened to Shauna. He had not got an appreciation of what was going on around him. He had a mental meltdown,” said the barrister.Judge Francis Comerford said there was a limit to how much mental illness could explain McLaughlin’s actions on the night.He described the actions of McLaughlin in holding down his victim and then “throttling” her as horrible and said the outcome could have ben far, far worse.He sentenced McLaughlin to three years in prison for each offence to run concurrently, but suspended the last two and a half years.Two relatives of Ms McLaughlin were in court for the hearing but the court was told that she had now moved overseas.WOMAN PRETENDED TO BE PREGNANT TO STOP BOYFRIEND STRANGLING HER was last modified: July 15th, 2015 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:attackBRIAN MCLAUGHLINbuncranacourtdonegalGardaistranglelast_img read more

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LORETO LETTERKENNY GIRLS LIFT ALL IRELAND SWIMMING TITLE

first_imgSwimmers from Loreto Schools all over the country gathered in the National Aquatic Centre in Dublin on Thursday for the annual inter Loreto Schools Swimming Gala and the Senior girls from Loreto Letterkenny did their school and county proud by winning the Senior Freestyle Relay.The team of Ellen Doherty, Emma Harvey, Niamh McHugh and Emma Vaughan fought off strong competition from Loreto Kilkenny to come home with the Gold medals and the All Ireland Loreto Shield.These swimmers also had great individual swims with Emma Harvey winning Silver in the Backstroke, Ellen Doherty Bronze in the Breaststroke,Niamh McHugh Silver in Free and Emma Vaughan Silver in the Intermediate Breaststroke. The Junior Relay team of Emma Tinney, Sinead O’Kane, Cara Nulty and Eadaoinn Kelly also enjoyed success by coming third and received Bronze medals.Cara Nulty from this team won Bronze in the individual Breaststroke.The Intermediate Relay team of Sarah Duffy, Chloe Tinney, Georgia Keys and Maria Sierra also performed well and gained points for the school.With all this success the School team finished in fourth place overall. Well done to all swimmers and good luck as they travel to the Ulster Schools competition in Ballymena over the weekend. LORETO LETTERKENNY GIRLS LIFT ALL IRELAND SWIMMING TITLE was last modified: November 22nd, 2013 by John2Share 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:LORETO LETTERKENNY GIRLSSWIMMING titlelast_img read more

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DONEGAL GAA SERVED WITH ARBITRATION REQUEST OVER YOUNG PLAYERS ELIGIBILITY

first_imgDonegal GAA has been served with an arbitration request from two clubs following last December’s controversial county convention.The GAA’s powerful Disputes Resolution Authority has been asked by the Killybegs and Burt clubs to investigate procedures followed at the county convention.The clubs claim that procedures used to adopt new rules governing playing eligibility for youngsters under the so-called First Club of Registration, weren’t properly followed.A previous appeal by the clubs to the Ulster Council failed, and the DRA is effectively a ‘court of last resort’. Donegal clubs currently adopt a ‘nod and wink’ attitude to residency requirements for young players’ registrations.But under the rule passed at convention youngsters joining the GAA for the first time will only be allowed to play for the club in the parish in which they live. DONEGAL GAA SERVED WITH ARBITRATION REQUEST OVER YOUNG PLAYERS ELIGIBILITY was last modified: February 3rd, 2016 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:BURTdonegaleligibilityGAAKiIllybegslast_img read more

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THOUSANDS OF SWALLOWS JUST MIGHT MAKE DONEGAL’S SUMMER

first_imgThousands of swallows have arrived across Co Donegal in recent days signaling the start of summer.Millions of the tiny birds have arrived from North Africa after making the two week journey.The birds, which return to the same location where they were born, will make their own nests close to their original nest site. The birds will now spend the next few days building up their body weight by feeding on insects.They will then begin building their nests on the gables of houses and in garages and other buildings across the county.The birds will spend the summer here before making the journey back to Africa in September and October.  THOUSANDS OF SWALLOWS JUST MIGHT MAKE DONEGAL’S SUMMER was last modified: April 19th, 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)last_img read more

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