A Guingamp player dies in a traffic accident

first_imgMourning in French football. Nathaël Julansoccer player Guingamp, has lost his life in a traffic accident, as announced by his club on his website. The striker, born in Montvilliers (France), was 23 years old and militated the club that occupies the eighth place in the second French division. L’En Avant Guingamp is in debt.Le l’immense douleur d’apprendre cet après-midi club, the accident of son joueur Nathael Julan.In ce tragique jour, all members of the club s’associent pour adresser leurs condoléances attristees à la famille de Nathael. pic.twitter.com/BTZmciC9Gd– In Avant Guingamp (@EAGuingamp) January 3, 2020 Faced with the bad news, the Guingamp he has suspended the friendly match he was going to play this Saturday against the Concarneau.Nathaël Julan did not enjoy many opportunities in the Guingamp that I returned this past summer after playing the last part of the 2018-2019 season in the ranks of the Valenciennes.The newspaper L’Équipe has specified that said accident it had ocurred on the Pordic road (Côtes-d’Armor region). Julan has lost the control of his vehicle, being only him inside and unfortunately Without surviving the wounds.“The accident has occurred after training. It has been reported that one of his teammates, who was following him in another vehicle, has witnessed the tragedy, “he described L’Équipe in its advance of the news.last_img read more

Those pointed out by Barça in the defeat at Mestalla

first_imgThis was the performance of the Barça players in the defeat at Mestalla. From Jong: Disastrous at all levels. The Dutchman this week put a 6 in an interview with Sport’s teammates, but if he is honest and reviews his match against Valencia, he could lower the average by two or three figures at least. Without soul or game, your contribution is simply sterile. And his arrival from the second line is as illusory as it is hopeless.Arthur: His return to ownership after two months served to verify that the Brazilian is without filming and that he lacks resources in his game. The Brazilian made a sterile possession, without deep passes or offensive sense. His game does not happen of the simple civil servant, to fulfill the script and little more. Zero imagination or efficiency.Messi: The game is desperate and bitter. And that is the worst news for a player who can go free this summer if he decides. Apparently he is the only one able to knock on the door in the team. He tried in every way: with free throws, head, cross shot, dry shot … but this time nothing came out. If all this together with a sticky Coquelin and some unproductive partners, we have the perfect cocktail to explain Leo’s anger.Griezmann: The French is still lost. He is not clear about his position in the field and finds no offensive solutions. Little participatory in high phase, his game is as disappointing as it is frustrating. A center and a pass to Messi are his offensive balance.Ansu Fati: One of the few who were saved from the general disaster, especially from the second part because before the break his presence was anecdotal. Sometimes it seemed that the game was a little too big, but his attitude was commendable at all times. He had in the first minute of the second part a very clear opportunity to score after a great pass from Messi, but the ball went a little deflected.SubstitutionsVidal: It revolutionized the game, at least for intensity and testiculin. He tried to throw the team and even participated in the game with plays at the first touch. The Chilean showed his face.Rakitic: He was in the field.Collado: He left with the game already decided and the team broken. Ter Stegen: Spectacular. The German goalkeeper prevented Setién’s team from leaving Mestalla with a sack of goals. He stopped a penalty to Maxi Gómez, avoided a goal in Piqué’s own door, cleared a powerful ball from Maxi Gómez, sending it to the crossbar, also halted a Coquelin shot and continued his deployment of powers until the final whistle. In the goals he could not do anything. In fact, in the first one a teammate, Alba, deflected a ball that was going outside.Sergi Roberto: He is not comfortable in the new role that forces him to deploy Setién as central. Misplaced and outdated, his game is so lacking and is so pigeonholed that he no longer climbs the band. It’s wrong, but the board of the Cantabrian coach is not helping you at all.Pique: His worst game this season. He made a book penalty, almost marks on his own door after a disastrous clearance by Sergi Roberto, and a clearing so defective that he was close to causing a kickback was marked.Umtiti: French is a shadow of what it was. Slow, heavy, flawed, without ideas and insecure. His game is simply a cluster of nonsense. Too bad, Lenglet must be in order not to be a holder.Sunrise: Match to forget his, especially because Valencia’s first goal came after an unfortunate rebound to a shot that went outside Maxi Gomez. He did not understand Fati when he fell in his band. In any case, he never fainted or lost his face to the game, giving away an interesting center and dropping his traditional connection with Messi.Sergio Busquets: The only one who seems to have understood the new coach’s booklet at first. Perfect in the combination, at the start of the ball and in the aids. Always at the first touch and with discretion. The problem is that their peers seem to be still trying to crack the new code.center_img LaLiga Santander* Data updated as of January 25, 2020last_img read more

Aperribay: “We already thought last night that we had to call CSD and explain ourselves”

first_img📻⚽️ Jokin Aperribay, in @The spar “It would be a shame if the final of the Copa del Rey was without an audience”“We will do what UEFA says”“The RFEF is going to try to play with the public”“If it is in August, I prefer to play in Bilbao or San Sebastián than in Seville, without a doubt” pic.twitter.com/FecWsxFFwv– El Larguero (@ellarguero) April 12, 2020“It would be a shame if the Cup final was without an audience”On the possibility of playing the Cup final behind closed doors, the president said that “there will be decisions that we will not make, the health authorities will do it, it will be an event. It will depend a lot on how people can mobilize. The FEF or LaLiga will not decide, the authorities will. And closed door yes or no, the same. I am looking forward to playing the remainder of the season between June and July. It would be a shame to play it without an audience. I think the FEF will try to make it public. About the venue, we have to comment on it and look at it from all points of view. “ The president of the Royal Society spoke at the BE on the controversy that has been generated after the possible return to work of the Royal. “We have rectified with all the love in the world because we did not want to violate sanitary measures. We have not done it with malicious intent. We were not looking for anything twisted. I thank the Secretary of State for her kindness. We understood that since the establishment was not open to the public, it would be possible, “he said.The president clarified the method he had in mind: “The players are doing a great job at home alone, because we thought they could also do it on the field. They move one by one in their car, without a coach, just to make a career. It was something voluntary. We did not intend to start group training, but rather more moderate. ““Yesterday we already thought that the players could not go to train Zubieta. We were thinking last night that we had to call CSD and explain. The idea was not to recover the collective training. If the decree of essential activities had not come out, we would have proposed it earlier. If we enabled Zubieta with spaces and absolute guarantee, the players were going to do their job better. There was no more left. When we read the decree, we interpret it and ask ourselves who can enter. In the annex it tells you which establishments can and cannot be opened. Under the Royal Decree, it was possible to go to our workplace, but with the application of essential measures, no. We speak with Irene Lozano. We sought to promote individual work thinking that professionals could go to their workplace. Nothing else”.last_img read more

Ayaay, Pirates look at NCAA Finals run as lesson learned

first_imgJake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene LATEST STORIES It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Bolick hopes to win one more championship with San Beda 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 Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny All the ballyhoo came crashing to the depths of history when the Red Lions mauled the Pirates, 92-82, in the title-clincher Thursday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.Although the loss was a gut-wrencher, wingman MJ Ayaay said it wasn’t the end of the Pirates.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSBack on the throne“This loss doesn’t mean that the whole world came crashing down on us,” said Ayaay in Filipino. “I told my teammates that whatever happens we’re brothers.”“Win the championship or not, we’re still a family, we’re still brothers.”center_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netThe 93rd season of the NCAA almost became the year Lyceum finally rose as one of collegiate basketball’s elite programs.After an 18-0 sweep of the eliminations, hype surrounded Lyceum but in the two games of the Finals the Pirates faltered against 21-time champion San Beda.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Ayaay added they hoped they would learn from their first trip to the Finals as they look forward to Season 94.“The past two years for us were really a struggle,” said Ayaay of the Pirates who won a combined 10 games in Seasons 92 and 91. “I never expected that we would be in the Finals, maybe just the Final Four. I hope we would learn from this loss.”And the familial bonds Ayaay talked about came in full display when the Pirates huddled up in Topex Robinson’s final timeout with 22.5 seconds left.The Pirates gathered together as Robinson reminded them to be gracious in defeat and that they would congratulate San Beda for winning the title.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READlast_img read more

PBA: Rain or Shine ousts Blackwater, books quarterfinals berth

first_imgLATEST STORIES Raymond Almazan put up a career-high 26 points, 21 in the first half, with 12 rebounds, and two blocks to lead the way for the Elasto Painters.Reggie Johnson finished filled the stat sheets for Rain or Shine with 17 points, 20 rebounds, and seven assists while Tiu also had 17 points, 13 of which came in the fourth.The Elite relied on its locals to do the heavy lifting after import Henry Walker got injured in the second quarter.Allein Maliksi had 23 points to lead the Elite but he failed to score a single one in the fourth despite putting up 15 in the opening 12 minutes.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours The Elasto Painters streaked to their fourth straight win to get to a 7-1 record and book a quarterfinals berth while eliminating the Elite, who dropped to 1-8, from the playoff race.Blackwater held an 80-72 lead at the start of the fourth quarter but saw that margin dissipate in a matter of minutes as Chris Tiu knocked down three straight three-pointers to give the Elasto Painters a 93-86 lead.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 crownTiu’s shooting exploits were part of Rain or Shine’s 23-6 run in the fourth, where the Elasto Painters outscored the Elite 32-14.“The nice thing today was we played good defense in the fourth quarter and Chris started hitting his shots,” said Rain or Shine head coach Caloy Garcia. “Chris has been working hard, basically he’s become a very good leader for the team.” Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations Rain or Shine weathered a third-quarter storm and upended Blackwater, 104-94, to stay atop the standings of the PBA Commissioner’s Cup Friday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.ADVERTISEMENT Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film Kevin Durant confirms he will re-sign with Warriors 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 Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? View commentslast_img read more

Children in institutional care drop to below 25%

first_imgThe Child Care and Protection Agency of the Social Protection Ministry in collaboration with relevantCPA Director Ann Greenestakeholders, is in the process of developing a national policy document for children in institutional care.Director of the Child Care and Protection Agency (CPA), Ann Greene said the document will be completed by the end of 2016.During an interview with the Government Information Agency (GINA), Greene said the document will focus on areas of supporting, protecting and caring for children who, due to their circumstances are placed in institutional care.Currently, there are approximately 165 children being housed at the Sophia Care Centre and Half-way Home, the Mahaica Children’s Home and the Drop-in Centre. This is a significant reduction compared to earlier this year when it was reported that 700 children were in institutional care.“The Care Centre is a place that really the children should not stay too long. It is an alternative option for a child in need of care. So when we take you in we have to provide the same things that they might need when they are in a home. They must attend school, there must be some kind of training and extracurricular activities, they must go to church, so it’s a normal type of setting like when they are in a home,” Green explained.Green further explained that the Drop-in Centre is the first stop for a child. This means that at any time disciplinary officers or any citizen can take a child to this facility and there will always be a bed available for that child. A social worker will be assigned to take the child’s case immediately.The Sophia Centre is the largest of the facilities, with about 90 children in its care. Green said that at the Sophia Centre, there is also the Half-way Home where the children are allowed until the age of 18. It is more of a transitional house where the children are either employed or are attending higher a institute of learning.“At this home we have an independent living skills programme. They have to get up to prepare their breakfast, lunch and dinner. They have to report on their day to day activities and their whereabouts and so on. So it’s not like the regular children’s Home,” Greene stated.This year, the Child Care and Protection Agency received an increased budgetary allocation of $471 million as compared to $253 million in 2015.This money is being used to roll out several initiatives, to ensure that children in institutional care placed in families, be it with the biological parents, adoption or foster care. It also provides for the extension of the Child Care and Protection building at Broad Street, the rehabilitation and extension of the Drop-in-Centre and the rehabilitation of Sophia Halfway Centre.last_img read more

Elections and Party Politics Reviewed: The Liberian Case

first_imgBy John S. M. Yormie, Jr.Introduction/BackgroundEspoused by John Locke, the fundamental constitutional principle is that the individual can do anything but that which is forbidden by law, while the state may do nothing but that which is authorized by law.The doctrine of the rule of law dictates that government must be conducted according to law. In compliance as a nation state, Liberia observes the rule of law and has at the top of the law pyramid the constitution. Article one of the 1986 Constitution of Liberia provides for the inherent power of the people to choose their leaders through elections art.Simply defined as a formal decision making process by which a population chooses an individual to hold public office, electoral practices date as far back as the medieval period to select rulers such as the Roman Emperor and the Pope. (Encyclopedia Britannica online retrieved July 20,2017).Liberia has appeared in the Guinness Book of Records for the most fraudulent election in 1927. This comes aside widespread perceptions that the 1985 presidential election was rigged, coupled with claims that the 1997 election was fair, but not free. Nonetheless, the 2005, 2011 declarations of the international community and particularly the Economic Community of West African States(ECOWAS) and African Union(AU) observers show an upsurge in the credibility of Liberia’s electoral system.Liberia’s first ever presidential election was contested by then Governor Joseph Jenkins  Roberts of the True Liberian Party and Chief Justice Samuel Benedict of the Whig party in September 27, 1847. Roberts and his Vice President Nathaniel Brander won and became inaugurated on January 3, 1948. (Guannu, 2010).While there are significantly vast elections literature to explore about Liberia, a glance has been given to the early election periods, voting patterns, party sentiments and a look into the 2017 election variables for the presidency.Analysis The scenario that an underrated Leicester City Winning the 2015/16 Premier League  manifesting in Liberia may not be totally an illusion, but will not be in the 2017 elections as certain parties will just be mere partakers. Who will win may not be definite here since we are not in the seat of making prophesy. We can rather analyze who can win.From party and individual levels, the four players which secured the most votes in 2011 are contesting the 2017 elections: Unity Party (UP), Congress for Democratic Change (CDC), Senator Prince Y. Johnson and the Liberty Party (LP).The pecking order may change, but these four are likely to persist, while new players like the Alternative National Congress (ANC), Movement for Economic Empowerment (MOVEE) and All Liberian Party (ALP) will find following places.Let see where the voters are and what influence them:Up to the publication of the paper, about 20 presidential candidates are contesting the October 2017 polls with about 2,183,683 registered voters (available at www.necliberia.org). From the baseline of 2011 the demographic concentration of the most populous counties have not been nullified, having Montserrado and Nimba in pecking orders, with the former from 630,367 (35 percent) in 2011 to 777,503 (35 percent) and latter from 230,146 (13 percent) to 279, 572 (13 percent) available at (www.necliberia.org). There has been an increase in registered voters but maintained percentages respectively.As consistent as it is calendared that Fridays come after every Thursday, tenacity in research has proven that among the most power and influential people in politics in Liberia are Senator George Weah of the CDC and Senator Prince Y. Johnson of then NUDP, now Movement for Democracy and Reconstruction(MDR).Senator Weah won the first round of the 2005 elections, but could not garner the 50 plus one in the second round. He also ran on the ticket of the same party as vice running mate and unarguably his popularity saw his party end up in the runoff although boycotted in 2011. He contested as a senatorial candidate in the 2014 special senatorial elections and emerged as the Senator for Montserrado with 99,226, (78 percent) of the total vote cast. He is still a force in the most populous county.Senator Johnson was not only a candidate in the 2005 elections but a phenomenon of attraction although sometimes perceived as controversial. He amassed an overwhelming vote of  81,820 that accumulated (33.8%) of total votes. He contested also as a presidential candidate and came third, and played a key role in votes mobilization in Nimba that led to the second term of Madam Sirleaf in 2011.He went on to contest the special elections and along with Senator Jewel Howard were the only two candidates seeking reelection who returned, taking up most of the votes of 37,932 (66.6 percent). He remains the single most influential factor in Nimba.Both individuals have not had the salience of lawmaking and representation from legislative score cards from empirical evidences, but their support can be described as fanatical and sometimes hard to falsify from an empirical research viewpoint.Method of campaign finance plays a big role in determining logistical supports which are very important, since it’s difficult to track who owns what in Liberia, not much can be said but to not abandon this key component altogether, it has been observed that the forerunners have displayed material preparedness.Policy driven decision making models have a place on the bus here in Liberia but may not be as significant as personal sentiments and regional affiliations as determinants of voters. In 2005, Korto as a presidential candidate amassed 3.3 percent of total votes nationally. He  pulled  about  30,054 (21 percent) (available at www.necliberia.org) in Nimba, second in rank only to Weah despite noticeable less popularity before the elections.Same appeared with Senator Johnson in the same county during the 2011 polls. The same song was being sang in vote rich Grand Bassa in 2005 as well as 2011, as Brumskine garnered higher votes than any of the presidential contestants (58%  and 37.6 percent respectively).It can be predicted that voting will still take place along these lines but new phenomena may occur. Beginning with Nimba, first round victory for Senator Johnson is likely but not very certain. This means the possibilities are high from fanatically built sentiments. However, the influence of vice presidential running mate Karnwea cannot be rubbished especially having considerable influence where Johnson’s music plays loud (Lower Nimba region).Dissolution of dominance becomes apparent. Not only seeing that as a downside, most of whom played Johnson’s music loud have lost interest in his alleged individual stance on political dividends while others see him as a good Nimba Senator than a better Liberian President. Most of said people have been planted cells of campaign for UP which plays hugely for them and may turn things around quite exponentially.Considering a second round, UP and CDC is better for UP in Nimba. If LP and UP were to be, where Senator Johnson goes will be an advantage. However, even at the most unlikely for UP if the Senator does not go their way, if their cells are maintained by having free flow of finance and logistics, could still pull significant votes.In Grand Bassa, the man is clearly Brumskine, but the recent reemergence of Findley’s popularity can cast some balance, but at the end the LP can still win most of the votes.For Montserrado, it remains beyond regionalism but more of individualism. There will not be a lion’s share, although CDC or the UP may take a bigger portion. The fact is new players previously discussed have gotten a say that cannot be overlooked.Beginning with new ‘darling boy’ Cummings, who has a big track record of serving with integrity in one of the world’s biggest multinational corporations, has earned him some image. Despite speculations of dual nationality, his triumph to reach the ballot paper has set a stage. He has an organized team built around research and analysis sophisticated Taa Wongba. They have mended strategies of attracting musical stars that pull people for his rallies to deliver key messages. His intervention in areas of health and education and limited attacks on oppositions have found him a place on the dining table but faces an uphill task of citizens’ perception of him being a stranger.Big Ben (Mr. Urey) is not a strange name over here. An old time good friend to Taylor may not play people’s perception of his ability to tighten the nuts internationally. However, he has been a good friend to many farmers and students. He has a good record of being a philanthropist to the biggest private university in Liberia, Cuttington University. He has the cash and has influenced many stars (soccer and musical) and will get his fair share especially along the Congau settlements.The former Bank Governor cannot be counted out in the eyes of business people who have had easy means of gathering loans. His track record at the Central Bank of Liberia (CBL) shows innovation and a modern CBL building under his regime shows development. He, however, cannot pull the change fully due to small team of experts and people who could either play or revert to dirty games.Major AssumptionsThere will not be a one round victory but UP is most popular to reach the second, either with the CDC or LP. Despite the economic hardships faced by many, a half full and have empty situation hangs over the UP. Many have seen reforms and structural developments but in many ways have been overshadowed by unemployment and evident hardship, which have been tied to the UP.But  what has proven to be the UP standard bearer’s main ground has been the sympathy bought by many as a very mature and integrity built person, branding him as the one who can make the change from his lessons learned over the years. Over these recent months, endorsements have shown he has more auxiliaries and regional affiliations, which are very important in Liberian elections.A tighter race will be with the UP and LP because the LP has proven tactical in bargaining and consolidation unlike CDC which has been weak in integrating fellow oppositions coupled with complacency nerves and self-belief on being an unrelinquishing driver. Maybe the politically accomplished female genius of Senator Taylor and other folks from the NPP to the like of Rep. James P. Bannie can change the variables in their favor.The preconditions of parties’ willingness to see nothing but a fair process along with NEC’s cordial relationships with all parties signal less tension. This is very important; and voters’ consciousness after a series of elections at both legislative and presidential levels are evidences of consciousness. However, politicians at grassroots level must avoid provocation while the media’s role of transparent reporting will validate calm.Conclusion/RecommendationsThe paper has mapped historical antidotes of Liberia’s elections from 1847. It identifies issues of fraud in previous elections and raise guarantee of the credibility NEC has earned by conducting free and fair internationally accredited elections. An analysis was also made on who wins the 2017 presidential race and what influence voters with case viewpoints from the most populated counties.About Author: John S. M. Yormie, Jr. is Research Analyst at FSI and Executive Director of Liberia Research and Development Networks. He can be reached at ownbrojya@gmail.com.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

IOC and track authorities set to move to take Jones’ medals

first_imgThe ruling IOC executive board’s next meeting is scheduled for Dec. 10-12 in Lausanne, Switzerland. Under statute of limitations rules, the IOC and other sports bodies can go back eight years to strip medals and nullify results. In Jones’ case, that would include the 2000 Olympics, where she won gold in the 100 meters, 200 meters and 1,600 relay and bronze in the long jump and 400 relay. The standings normally would be readjusted, with the second-place finisher moving up to gold, third to silver and fourth to bronze. Standing to inherit Jones’ gold medal in the 100 would be Greek sprinter Katerina Thanou, who finished second in Sydney in 11.12 seconds. Thanou and fellow Greek runner Kostas Kenteris were at the center of a major doping scandal at the 2004 Athens Olympics. They failed to show up for drug tests on the eve of the games, claimed they were injured in a motorcycle accident and eventually pulled out. Both were later suspended for two years. Without firm evidence or an admission that Thanou was doping at the time, there may be no legal way to prevent her from getting the gold if it’s taken from Jones. “It’s very unfortunate,” IAAF spokesman Nick Davies said. “The second place (finisher) is a convicted drugs cheat.” Jones now admits she took “the clear” – the steroid THG – for two years, beginning in 1999, and that she got it from former coach Trevor Graham, who told her it was flaxseed oil, the Post reported. In her letter, Jones said she didn’t realize she’d used performance-enhancing drugs until she stopped training with Graham at the end of 2002, the newspaper reported. “If the reports are accurate and if she does in fact acknowledge steroid use at the Sydney Olympic Games then that’s a good thing,” Australian Olympic Committee chief John Coates said. “But it’s still very, very disappointing for all of the athletes that competed against her. … I don’t think an acknowledgment now will ever right the injustice for those other ladies.” “I would hope the medals would be taken away,” he said. Jones also could face a long competition ban from the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency. The IAAF said it was waiting for official notification from USADA setting out the details of Jones’ reported admission. If she admits to having been on drugs during a specific period, the IAAF could strip Jones of all her medals and results from the world championships and other events from that time. “Our rules are clear,” Davies said. Jones won a gold (100 meters) and bronze (long jump) at the 1999 worlds in Seville, Spain, and two gold (200 and 400 relay) and a silver (100) at the 2001 championships in Edmonton. Under IAAF rules, athletes busted for doping also can be asked to pay back prize money and appearance fees. It’s unclear whether this would be applied to Jones, who would have earned millions in prizes, bonuses and fees from meets all over the world, including a share of the $1 million Golden League jackpot in 2001 and 2002. British sprinter Dwain Chambers, who admitted using designer steroid THG, had to pay back a reported $230,615 before he was allowed to return to competition after a two-year ban. What would happen to the U.S. relay team medals won by Jones is also uncertain. After a long legal case, the Court of Arbitration for Sport ruled in 2005 that only Jerome Young should be stripped of the gold medal won by the United States in the 1,600 relay in Sydney. The IOC, IAAF and World Anti-Doping Agency had pushed for the entire team – including Michael Johnson – to be stripped of the victory. Young tested positive for steroids in 1999 but was cleared by a U.S. panel on appeal and allowed to compete in Sydney. He ran in the preliminaries but not the final. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LONDON – The IOC is ready to move quickly to strip Marion Jones of her five Olympic medals following her reported doping confession – although her most prized gold could wind up going to a runner involved in a major drug scandal herself. The International Olympic Committee said Friday it will step up its investigation into the Jones case and the possible removal of her three gold and two bronze medals from the 2000 Sydney Games. “We welcome that there is now some light to be shed on the whole affair,” IOC vice president Thomas Bach told The Associated Press. “Now, with this admission, we can accelerate and speed up the procedures.” The IOC opened its investigation in December 2004 after Jones was implicated in the BALCO steroid scandal. The American runner – the only female track and field athlete to win five medals at a single Olympics – repeatedly denied any wrongdoing, and the IOC had little firm evidence to go on until now. Jones was scheduled to appear Friday afternoon in U.S. District Court in White Plains, N.Y. to plead guilty to charges in connection with steroid use, a federal law enforcement source told The Associated Press. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because the investigation is ongoing. Jones also sent family and close friends a letter in which she said she used steroids before the Sydney Games, The Washington Post reported Thursday. Bach said the IOC would work in tandem with track and field’s governing body, the International Association of Athletics Federations, to determine whether Jones should have her medals and results taken away. “We can move quite quickly,” said Bach, a German lawyer who leads the IOC’s three-man panel investigating the Jones case. “With the admissions, the facts are quite clear. I think it can be finalized by the end of the year.” last_img read more

Zlatan reveals why he won’t sign for Man United, Arsenal or Stoke!

first_img*DISCLAIMER: The subtitles to this video are fake – in reality, Zlatan wouldn’t sign for a Premier League club because the Premier League club would sign for Zlatan.Reports have suggested Paris Saint-Germain would consider cashing in on Zlatan Ibrahimovic this summer, but could he be headed for the Premier League?The rumour mill has Arsenal and Manchester United linked with the Swedish star.But could he end up at Stoke?Check out the video above to see what the man himself had to say. And then read our totally legit translation if you don’t happen to be fluent in Zlatan.last_img

LETTERKENNY TO HOST UNIQUE WEB MARKETING SEMINAR FOR SMALL BUSINESSES

first_imgA unique opportunity for businesses to grasp and market their products and services through the internet is to take place in Letterkenny.The local Chamber has joined forces with Donegal County Enterprise Board to host The Digital Leadership Road show.This free workshop taking place on 14th September at 8.30am in CoLab, LYIT will cover digital strategy, channel selection, key performance indicators, customer behaviour and top management tips. The two hour workshop is aimed at anyone who manages or runs a business as well as PR professionals, web agencies and anyone who is interested in really driving their business forward.The road show that is touring the country was created and delivered by iON to highlight the role of management in creating an effective digital marketing plan and to enthuse business owners and managers by presenting them with cutting edge advice by one of Ireland’s top Digital Thought Leaders.The Road show will be presented by Niall McKeown, Commercial Director and founder of iON.Niall has been an internet entrepreneur for over a decade, He has extensive experience in digital marketing strategies, sales, business growth, new product development and new technologies. His business has grown from a small email marketing company to an organisation with customers in 15 countries. As well as small businesses iON also consults with major Irish and worldwide brands.“Niall has been a regular presenter during our Enterprise Week ” says Michael Tunney, CEO of the Donegal County Enterprise Board.“He always leaves our clients feeling empowered and brimming with ideas. He is inspiring and motivational and leaves managers and business owners with the enthusiasm and knowledge to make digital marketing work for their business. We are delighted to have the opportunity to work with Letterkenny Chamber in bringing this road show to Donegal”.Toni Forrester, CEO of Letterkenny Chamber, said this is a perfect opportunity for small businesses to devlelop their companies through the web.“This is an excellent opportunity for businesses in Donegal to understand their digital strategy. “Locally we have some great examples of businesses really embracing the opportunities offered by a digital strategy and there is a real appetite to learn more.“At the event we will be launching Donegal Digital Skillnet that will deliver subsidized training to help Donegal Companies boost sales through their digital marketing strategies.“Through upskilling in digital marketing tools, businesses who have traditionally operated in the local market will be able to take their space in the online business world,” she said.The road show that is free of charge takes place 8.30am – 10.30am in CoLab, LYIT. For further information or to book your place contact Letterkenny Chamber on 074 9124866 or email toni@letterkennychamber.com . EndsLETTERKENNY TO HOST UNIQUE WEB MARKETING SEMINAR FOR SMALL BUSINESSES was last modified: August 31st, 2011 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:iONLetterkenny ChamberNiall McKeownToni Forresterlast_img read more