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IAAF crisis a big worry for Bolt … Slams moves to reset world recordsIAAF crisis a big worry for Bolt … Slams moves to reset world records

first_imgTrack and field’s golden boy, Usain Bolt, says he felt ‘let down’ by the sport’s leaders following recent doping and bribery controversies but thinks that suggestions to reset the world records – including the three that he currently holds are pointless. Bolt, who was on Friday evening named the 2015 RJR Sports Foundation National Sportsman of the Year, admitted shock at the crisis currently engulfing the sport with former IAAF president Lamine Diack currently facing criminal investigations around allegations he accepted bribes to sweep positive drugs tests under the carpet. The issues affecting the sport have also seen Russia being banned from competition after being accusations of a state-backed, systematic doping system. This led to UK Athletics last week releasing a document ‘A Manifesto for clean athletics’ detailing several proposals, it believes will protect clean athletes and recover the sport’s credibility, including a controversial suggestion to wipe the record books clean. The Jamaican sprinter, whose world records in the 100m (9.58), 200m (19.19) and as a member of the Jamaican 4x100m that ran 36.84 at the 2012 Olympic Games in London, would be wiped if UK Athletics has its way, admitted shock at the crisis. “When I heard the news it was quite shocking because as far as I was concerned, they were doing a good job to clean up the sport and to hear something like that was quite shocking,” Bolt said of the troubles plaguing his sport. “You feel let down as an athlete, from wanting to help clean up the sport and then for something like this to happen coming from the body of the sport,” Bolt noted. The six-time Olympic and 11-time World Championships gold medal winner, however, thinks that the suggestions to erase the world records is pointless and thinks the focus should be on ensuring that the sport’s future is a positive one. “I found it really funny, as my coach would say, you can’t change history so what they are saying (suggestions to erase records) is really pointless. What’s done is done we have to just move forward and try to make the next Olympics and World Championships and records as best as we can and look to the future. We can’t worry about the past,” Bolt added.last_img read more

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Foster’s Fairplay: Time for a changeFoster’s Fairplay: Time for a change

first_img TRACK AND FIELD GLORY DAYS Taking the parlous state of Test cricket into active consideration, one fears a trickle over into the sport that is now bringing such joy to our people. It is also advertising the nation and its attributes to the world, who is watching on television, when the little rock called Jamaica blows away the most powerful nations on the global stage. The Usain Bolt and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce breakout in 2008 in Beijing and their prolonged maintenance of tenure at the top rung have taken effect. All actors have been alerted to the reality that there is money in the sport and in copious quantities. There is a host of cloak and dagger games being played out with the ‘innocent’ athletes as the carrot. Allegations state that they are being forced into contracts with them as the silent partner. Uncaring coaches, the big cash returns superseding sound judgement, are left unmolested to exploit the talents of their charges. Shoe companies, too, play their role. The sickening effect mushrooms as parents and guardians are in need of the newly injected funds to keep household pots on the fire. What is missing is the knowledge required to be able to properly monitor the coaches, who them as their meal ticket to prosperity. Someone or organisation has to either ‘bell the cat’ or ‘sound the trumpet’ on these questionable activities threatening to destroy the Beijing 2008 template. The case rests, as the show of hands is awaited. – Send feedback to lauriefoster2012@gmail.com. The sport of track and field continues to enjoy days of glory. Jamaican sprinters are the envy of the world. The quarter-milers are ganging up for a return to the days of the Helsinki 1952 Olympics foursome. The Racers and MVP track clubs are churning out quality athletes, some to the benefit of adopted countries to whom they have redirected their allegiance. Through the dreams of a few coaches, dedicated to sharing the spotlight – and Julian Leonard Robinson and Michael Vassell must be mentioned – world-class throwers are emerging. Jamaica, with sports aficio-nados gaping in disbelief, qualified three discus men to be at the Beijing World Champs last year. Having two of our male sprint hurdlers making the final at that elite event was both startling and spoke to good days ahead in the discipline for that gender. The women had accomplished that time and again. None other than five-timer at the Olympics, Juliet Cuthbert-Flynn, with the added benefit of a political platform, said recently on social media that more medals than the 12 mined at London 2012 could be expected this summer in Rio. All that said, where is Foster’s Fairplay taking its highly respected readers this week? The image of West Indies cricket, built on the real version, is taking a severe beating. One has to be prepared for a verbal broadside from friend and fellow analyst, Oral Tracey, for the usage of the word ‘real’. He is known and respected in the arena of comedy. However, he sees nothing comic in his often-stated view that Test cricket, as a spectacle, is like a three-dollar bill – non-existent. However, that scenario is not of immediate concern to this column. Followers of sports Jamaica-style still hold fond memories of the world dominance of West Indies cricket. To avoid confusion with the versions in which regional teams claimed three titles recently, the reference is to the Test format. With the land of Bob Marley and the Reggae Boyz having a significant player input, the breathtaking brilliance touched three decades. With minimal threats to the ascendancy established under skipper Clive Lloyd to be continued with Viv Richards at the helm, there were series whippings administered one after the other. Scheduled five-day matches, being completed in three days, became a feature. The most fearsome foes, England and Australia, were flattened at home and abroad. The former suffered on two occasions what was first called a whitewash – five Test match batterings to nil. In short order, to highlight the ethnicity of the victors, the term ‘blackwash’ was coined. All this came to a sad end in 1995, when the Aussies injected their earlier conquerors with a losing serum. The effect is long and lasting. Debate as to what went wrong continues to rage. MONEY IN SPORTSlast_img read more

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3-0 starts for Santo Tomas teams3-0 starts for Santo Tomas teams

first_img‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins In 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 PH paddlers nail gold Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team View comments Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anewcenter_img LATEST STORIES Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Laure, proving to be as tough as sister EJ, delivered 12 kills and had two kill blocks while Alessandrini scored 11 hits and produced seven excellent receptions.Earlier, Adamson fought off St. Benilde’s comeback in the fourth set to hack out a 25-22, 22-25, 25-22, 25-21 victory for its second straight win.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’In men’s play, UST wore down La Salle in the decider to pull off a 25-19, 23-25, 17-25, 25-19, 15-10, to join Adamson on top with a 3-0 slate.UP also turned back Arellano, 25-22, 25-21, 22-25, 25-19, to improve to 2-0. University of Santo Tomas dominated San Beda University, 25-18, 25-15, 25-21, to match Far Eastern U’s hot start in the Premier Volleyball League Season (PVL) 2 Collegiate Conference at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan on Sunday.Rookie Eya Laure and sophomore Milena Alessandrini combined for 25 hits as the Tigresses came away with 45 attack points en route to their third straight victory and a share of the lead with the idle Lady Tamaraws.ADVERTISEMENT DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

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India Contributes $12M to UN Ebola FightIndia Contributes $12M to UN Ebola Fight

first_imgThe Indian Government Thursday, September 25, announced a US$12 million contribution to the new United Nations Mission for Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER) to help it fight the deadly Ebola virus.The Asian superpower said their donation is for the UN to help stop the deadly Ebola virus disease that has so far hit five countries, including Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea, Nigeria and Senegal, in West Africa.Liberia is the hardest hit among the first three countries, where the virus is ravishing.According to a dispatch, the contribution was approved by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi just ahead of his departure to the US, where he will address the 69th Session of UN General Assembly in New York on September 27. The spokesperson of India’s External Affairs Ministry or Foreign Affairs said US$10 million will go to the UN Secretary General’s fund for Ebola and US$2 million for purchase of protective gear to tackle Ebola.The Ebola virus, which hit West Africa early this year, has killed more than 2000 people in the five countries. The UN Security Council has also declared the outbreak of the virus in West Africa a “threat to international peace and security”. Security General Ban Ki-moon last week described the situation arising out of spread of Ebola virus as “unprecedented” and had announced setting up of UNMEER to put in place an effective response mechanism.On August 28, the Association of Indian Community in Liberia donated to the Liberian Government’s National Ebola Task Force more than US$200,000 items, including two ambulances. Meanwhile, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has applauded the Government of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) for continuing to be a true and faithful partner and friend to Liberia and Africa as a whole and for the many interventions in most of the country’s development sectors.“Your troops remain part of the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) while many young Liberians have gone to China for school with full support from the Chinese Government. The Jackson Doe Hospital in Tappita, as well as the new campus of the University of Liberia at Fendell; these are just a few of your numerous support to our country,” President Sirleaf highlighted to Chinese Ambassador Zhang Yue.According to an Executive Mansion release, the Liberian leader made the assertion when she witnessed the signing and the Exchange of Notes between the Governments of Liberia and the PRC for over US$3 million in support of the fight against the Ebola virus disease as well as logistics to the Liberia National Police (LNP).The ceremony, which took place in the Cabinet Room of the President’s Office at the Foreign Ministry, saw Acting Foreign Minister Sylvester Grigsby sign on behalf of Liberia while PRC’s Ambassador to Liberia, Mr. Zhang Yue, signed for his Government.As stipulated in the Exchange of Notes, the PRC Government is providing US$1 million cash to the Liberian Government; US$2 million to the World Food Program (WFP) for food assistance to Liberia; and US$211,781 logistical support to the LNP.President Sirleaf, speaking following the signing, said Liberia is extremely grateful to the PRC for being there from the very beginning of the fight to eradicate the Ebola virus disease from the country. “You were with us in this fight from the very start,” the Liberian leader noted.Speaking earlier, Ambassador Yue said he was honored to sign the diplomatic note for additional assistance to Liberia to support efforts to eradicate the deadly Ebola virus disease and acknowledged that the disease was spreading fast in West Africa which had become a threat to the international community.Ambassador Yue indicated that the President of China, Xi Jinping, is very concerned about the situation in Liberia and West Africa and is committed to helping to stop the disease. The Chinese diplomat emphasized that it is crucial to take urgent measures to improve the public health system, deploy more trained health workers, break the transmission chain and stop the spread of the disease.“This outbreak has a great impact on economic development and social stability in Liberia and China is trying to do its part along with the rest of the international community to respond in stronger ways to stop the further spread of the disease,” Ambassador Yue stressed.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Hie wins USC tournamentHie wins USC tournament

first_imgUSC freshman Rory Hie shot a five-under 208 Tuesday to win the USC Collegiate Invitational at North Ranch Country Club in Westlake Village. As a team, the Trojans finished second to Stanford, which totaled a four-under 848 to USC’s one-over 853. UCLA was fourth (18-over 870) and Pepperdine tied for eighth with Oklahoma (31-over 883). LMU 9, CSUN 8: Jason Dabbs had four RBIs, but the visiting Matadors (11-10) came up short. BASEBALL UC Riverside 4, USC 1: Roberto Lopez had a RBI for the host Trojans (13-8). center_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

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This student is to perfect as SAT is to 2400This student is to perfect as SAT is to 2400

first_img “She is a special student. And you know what? She’s a sweetheart.” Born in Moscow, Rebrova immigrated to Los Angeles with her family in 1994. Both parents are accountants. She attended public schools, mastering Russian, English and Spanish. At Taft, the sandy-haired whiz kid with pale blue eyes joined the Academic Decathlon team, which last year placed first in Los Angeles and fifth in the state. She’s now taking five Advanced Placement classes. The secret to her success: Six hours of study after school each day. For pleasure, she reads everything, and is currently buried in a novel by Virginia Woolf and a volume on quantum physics. Rebrova has applied to all University of California campuses and a string of Ivy League schools, intending to study engineering and business, with an eye toward postgraduate business school. “We came over, we had ambition,” said the soft-spoken teen who expressed confidence in every subject but sports. “I think we could live a better life here than in Russia – if I work hard. “It would be nice to be a so-called ‘titan of industry.”‘ Dana Bartholomew, (818) 713-3730 dana.bartholomew@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WOODLAND HILLS – First there was Sputnik, when the Russians ruled space. Now there’s Yuliya Rebrova, the Russian-born empress of college entrance exams. The 16-year-old senior at Taft High School not only got a perfect score on her SAT test – a rare feat – but she also earned a perfect score on her ACT – an astonishing intellectual achievement. “I am very amazed – I didn’t think I could do it,” said Rebrova, an Encino resident, who said she awoke in a terrible mood before both exams last fall. “(But) I’m not going to be very humble. I do consider myself really smart.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita Consider this: Fewer than 1 percent of the students who take the Scholastic Achievement Test or the American College Test get a perfect score. Rebrova aced them both. She scored 2400 on the SAT, which includes a new essay component, and 36 on the ACT. Both exams measure a student’s ability in math, reading and other subjects so colleges can compare new applicants. Of the 9,000 students who took the ACT test in California last September, Rebrova’s was the only perfect tally. And of the 77,000 who took the test nationwide, she was one of only 11 to make no mistakes. “Unbelievable, it really is,” said Taft Principal Sharon Thomas, a teacher, counselor and administrator for more than 30 years. “I don’t think there’s anyone in the state of California who has done this. last_img read more

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Mavericks Barbers: Why you should try a facemaskMavericks Barbers: Why you should try a facemask

first_imgAt this stage, we have all seen a selfie of someone with a face mask on. These things are getting more and more popular and it’s not just women who are using them, men are also realising the impressive benefits of using face mask.They are great for a variety of reasons, as they can target a lot of issues that both men and women have. Using a face mask once or twice per will leave your skin feeling clean, smooth and refreshed. Just some of the benefits are as follows:Reduce lines and wrinklesMoisturise skinClear acne and blackheadsExfoliate the skin and unclog poresGet a deep clean that everyday cleansers can’tIncrease blood circulation in the faceProvide general self-care that affects your mood and overall well-beingWhen discussing the face masks one of the Mavericks came up with a very valid point and the one I like the most.“Since you have it on your face you can do nothing else” he said, “therefore I find myself sitting down practically meditating and taking a complete break from my life for about 20 minutes, it is only a short time but if I didn’t have a face mask on I would never have taken any time out. I put the phone down and I just switch off and I feel great after it, calmer and a bit more chilled out!” Something we all need in today’s world!When it comes to face masks, however, it can be incredibly intimidating to pick one out given all the options out there. How do you find the mask that works best for you and your skin? Some things you should consider are: Look at the ingredients, particularly medicinal additives (like collagen, peptides, or hyaluronic acid) and essential oils (like olive or grapeseed,) to make sure there’s nothing that could cause allergies.See which special ingredients are included (such as charcoal, volcanic ash) to produce a certain effect. For example, charcoal is known to help detoxify and exfoliate the skin. A mask to reduce inflammation and redness will include more soothing ingredients, like mint.Read the instructions for how long to leave a mask on for, as well as what you should do before or after applying it. For instance, most masks say to cleanse the skin beforehand, and depending on the strength of the products in the mask, the directions may say to do a second cleansing afterwards to ensure all remnants are gone.Well it’s up to you, but the Mavericks recommend it… Are you going to park your prejudice and give it a go?Let us know what you think….Call into the shop today at Lower Main Street, Letterkenny and enjoy unrivaled 5-star male grooming the way it should be. Also Follow us on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/Maverickstraditionalbarbershop/ And now we are on Instagram, follow us there: maverickstraditionalbarbershopMavericks Barbers: Why you should try a facemask was last modified: September 1st, 2017 by Mavericks BarbersShare 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:face maskletterkennymale groomingMavericks Barberslast_img read more

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Video: Bruce Bochy throws out first pitch to Pablo Sandoval at final home openerVideo: Bruce Bochy throws out first pitch to Pablo Sandoval at final home opener

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO–The Giants plan to honor Bruce Bochy throughout his 25th and final season as a major league manager.If the moments are anything like the one Bochy enjoyed at Friday’s home opener, it promises to be an emotional year.Ahead of his final home opener as the Giants’ manager, Bochy threw out the first pitch to one of his favorite players, Pablo Sandoval.The Giants gathered behind the pitcher’s mound at Oracle Park to watch Bochy throw to Sandoval ahead of their first matchup against …last_img

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Raiders ponder moves with Jackson, Ellis as countown to 53 approachesRaiders ponder moves with Jackson, Ellis as countown to 53 approaches

first_imgALAMEDA — The Raiders are contemplating maneuvers that could affect two of their most trusted and long-standing players as the deadline for reducing rosters from 90 to 53 approaches Saturday.Right guard Gabe Jackson and nose tackle Justin “Jelly” Ellis are out with knee injuries. Jackson had an MCL strain during the second of two joint practices with the Rams on Aug. 8. No surgery was required, and initial estimates were Jackson would miss approximately four games.Ellis has a knee issue as …last_img

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Take a diamond tour in Cape TownTake a diamond tour in Cape Town

first_imgThe museum gives prominence toSouth Africa’s influential role inthe global diamond trade.(Image: Cape Town Diamond Museum) The museum pays tribute to famouspeople associated with thediamond trade.(Image: Cape Town Diamond Museum) Trainee diamond polishers at theHarry Oppenheimer Diamondtraining school.(Image: MediaClubSouthAfrica.com. Formore free photos, visit the image library) MEDIA CONTACTS • Tracy Wilkin Shimansky+27 21 421 2488RELATED ARTICLES• Two centuries of SA military history• Taking the Nelson Mandela route• UWC history through students’ eyes• New bug leaps into history books • Local Xhosa heritage goes global Wilma den HartighUpmarket tourism in Cape Town has a new attraction with the opening of the Cape Town Diamond Museum, a glitzy establishment that pays tribute to the precious stone and South Africa’s major contribution to the global diamond industry.Shimansky, a fine jewellery manufacturer specialising in precious gems such as diamond and tanzanite, is the driving force behind the new museum.Set in the newly upgraded Clock Tower precinct of the V & A Waterfront, Cape Town’s top tourism attraction, the Cape Town Diamond Museum explores the history of diamonds in South Africa, and showcases the fine craft of diamond cutting and jewellery manufacture.At the official opening, Mariëtte du Toit-Helmbold, CEO of Cape Town Tourism, said the museum will give visitors a first-hand experience of South Africa’s important contribution to the diamond trade.“We have a fascinating story attached to the diamond industry in South Africa,” she said. “For Cape Town to share this story with the world is very important.”By telling the story of the diamonds, considered to be the world’s oldest and most coveted jewel, the museum also aims to rekindle a love for the gem.Du Toit-Helmbold said the museum is important for Tourism in Cape Town and South Africa. “We need to add more interesting attractions to our tourism offering.”All that glittersIn keeping with its subject, the museum is no musty old building crammed with dusty manuscripts. The interior sparkles: its modern and sophisticated design elements such as wood panelling, bright mirror walls, good lighting and modern glass display cabinets create an opulent setting, a fitting showcase for the brilliant stone.The museum gives prominence to South Africa’s influential role in the global diamond trade, and follows the entire journey of diamonds from their formation to the history of the diamond industry, famous people associated with the diamond trade such as the Oppenheimer family, how they are cut and polished, and how diamonds are graded.Tracy Wilkin of Shimansky says one of the museum’s biggest drawcards is the display of a kimberlite rock specimen, known as peridotite, dating back 3-million years. Kimberlite is a type of potassic volcanic rock in which diamonds are often found.Authentic artefacts and real-size replicas of the world’s most famous diamonds are also on display.Visitors can explore the museum at their leisure, or take a guided tour with a diamond professional.South Africa’s diamond storySouth Africa has one of the most notable diamond-mining industries worldwide, with the most diverse range of diamond deposits in the world found here.Some of the world’s largest and most valuable diamonds, including the Cullinan, the Hope and the Taylor Burton, were discovered in South Africa.The world started taking notice of South Africa in 1869 when the 47.69-carat Star of South Africa diamond, also known as the Cullinan 1, was discovered near the Orange River at the border of Namibia and South Africa. According to the museum, this is the largest cut diamond in the world.A diamond rush followed its discovery, and by 1888 the first working mines in the area were established. As prospecting increased, more diamonds were discovered in other parts of Southern Africa.The discovery put a spotlight on South Africa’s mineral wealth and modern diamond mining took off in the 1870s. During the 19th century, South Africa produced most of the world’s diamonds.According to international diamond trader Leibish & Co, the discovery of the Star of South Africa unseated the reputation of countries such as India and Brazil as the world’s only major source of diamonds.South Africa’s diamond industry produces 10 million carats annually, of which 90% is exported, according to the Department of Public Enterprises. It is also responsible for 9% of global production and is ranked fourth in the world in terms of rough diamond production.The Cape Town Diamond Museum is open seven days a week, from 9am to 9pm.last_img read more

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