US coach claims doping the “biggest threat” to swimming competition at Rio 2016

first_imgThis follows the surfeit of doping-related controversies in the sport, including allegations this month that Russian anti-doping officials unsuccessfully requested money in return for covering up failed drug tests registered ahead of London 2012.Particular concerns have been raised in relation to Russian and Chinese swimmers, with world champion Yuliya Efimova and Olympic gold medal winning counterpart Sun Yang among leading athletes to be implicated.Efimova suffered the second failure of career after testing positive for meldonium in March, but has had her suspension provisionally lifted due to an admission that “more reasearch” is required to assess how long the substance – only banned on January 1 – remains in the human body.Allegations of state sponsored doping in other sports in Russia has heightened fears in recent weeks.”It’s the biggest threat to who should win the medals,” said Marsh ahead of the US Olympic Trials.”It’s the biggest threat to the integrity of the Games.”He described the effects of doping as a “complete game-changer” particularly in women’s events.”With a little bit of extra testosterone, it’s a giant advantage.”Many members of US team admitted to being concerned by possible doping by rivals ahead of the Games.”It’s really disappointing,” freestyle superstar Katie Ledecky told Associated Press.”I think we’re all happy that people are getting caught and they’re being a little tougher on things.”Hopefully, that will continue and we can all feel confident going in that we’re competing against clean athletes.”US swimmers have been implicated in doping scandals themselves, with breaststroke and freestyle star Jessica Hardy serving a one-year ban after failing a test in 2008 before returning in time to win a medley relay gold at London 2012.last_img read more


first_imgThe focus of this fourth article of the series centered on the question of whether Ebola is a curse or a natural or man-made virus is on the role of human responsibility in Ebola prevention and care.  How much responsibility is required of man in steering his affairs and in caring for the environment? How does human responsibility fit in with divine providence and divine powers available to believers? Is having implicit trust in God contrary to doing what one is able to do? Should we have total confidence in God and at the same time take preventive measures stipulated by health experts? Let us examine in some detail below. The third article on divine providence highlighted the following main point:Providence then is the belief that God never leaves us alone for a moment but that he can use the bad things that happen to us (caused by ourselves or others) to refine our character and fulfill his purposes. This does not in any way excuse human responsibility. People will suffer the consequences of their actions but that God can bring some good out of those actions.Some believers wrongly think that human responsibility and divine support are incompatible. No, they are mistaken. The premise of this fourth article is that divine help and human efforts go hand in hand. We should not choose between the two. We make judicious use of both. Right from the beginning of creation God gave man privileges and responsibilities. He created man in his image and likeness and blessed him with reason, memory, freedom, creativity, and put him in charge of the Garden of Eden. He commanded man to cultivate and care for the soil. In other words man was made a caretaker of the earth to look after it and to enjoy some of its fruits (Genesis 1 and 2).Jesus himself teaches us: “To whom much is given, much will be required” (Luke 12:48).So every human being is blessed with creativity (reason), freewill, and has access to some possessions and potentials generally to make use of in order to make life better for self and others.This brings us to the Ebola crisis. It poses a serious challenge to our way of life and very existence leaving aside the arguments about whatever its source is and whoever is responsible. We all (the affected countries and the international community) must face the challenge head on. Thanks be to God and the international community that lots of support are coming in now. The health experts and our leaders agree that the best scenario is containment and care for those who have already fallen victims.The biggest challenge and gap in this fight against Ebola, at least in Liberia, is to break the chain of transmission. We seem to be losing the fight as the rate of infection is increasing rapidly. To break the chain in transmission requires the involvement of everyone—especially individuals and communities. The outsiders can help with the building of more treatment centers, movement of equipment and medicines, lots of experts and preventive materials but the behavior change that is required has to be taught and effected by communities.Communities and individuals must use a lot of common sense and advice from the health workers to prevent themselves and help their neighbors do so. In this wise community leadership structure should be actively involved with every effort to fight and defeat Ebola. The National Taskforce is to decentralize by heavily involving the communities by sharing authority, resources, expertise and experience. The health workers who are in the frontline of this war must be given adequate support in every way: protective gears, compensation and insurance in case the worse happens. Efforts must also be put into taking care of illnesses and medical needs other than Ebola.Churches and mosques are encouraged to get involved with effecting behavior change. They and the communities they live in can help educate and create isolation centers using schools, homes and other vacant buildings and to ensure that those who are isolated in centers and in their homes are given basic necessities and counseling without physical contacts. The message must get through that isolation/quarantine is to help those affected and the larger society and not to hurt anyone. To successfully fight Ebola we all need lots of prayer and earnest and honest efforts on everyone’s part. It cannot be either prayer or work. We need both.Martin Luther King, Jr. once noted that to depend on our works and our works alone without any reference to God is atheism. Conversely, to sit and do nothing and expect God to do everything for us is not faith but presumption. Christianity is both trust in God and hard work. St. Augustine of Hippo put it like this: “Without God we cannot. Without us God will not”. In other words apart from God we can nothing. But though God can do without us, yet he has chosen to work through us mortals.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Bernstein’s ready for Funny return

first_imgSix-time champ Kenny Bernstein is back, this time in black. He’ll be driving a Funny Car sponsored by Monster energy drink and Lucas Oil as Brandon continues to campaign the dragster. It will mark the first time father and son have competed together as pros, although they shared a historic moment of being the first father-son duo to win at the same national event, in 2001 at Las Vegas. The elder Bernstein, one of only two men to win championships in Top Fuel and Funny Car, retired following the 2002 season. An injury to Brandon in 2003 put him back on the circuit for the balance of the season, but he has served as only a car owner since. There was talk in 2005 he might return, but nothing bore fruit. Bernstein’s driving days appeared over until Budweiser and Monster struck an agreement late last year that put him back behind the wheel. POMONA – For the past three years, the competitive fire deep within a retired Kenny Bernstein continued to burn, and not very quietly at times. “He definitely told me many times he missed the competition,” said Brandon Bernstein, Kenny’s son, who replaced him behind the wheel of the Budweiser Top Fuel dragster. “You could see it in his mannerisms and his facial expressions. “It was the right place, right time program,” said Bernstein on the eve of the season-opening Winternationals at Fairplex. “But I’ll tell you, the thing I enjoy the most is the driving, the competition.” It has not been an easy road for the 62-year-old from Lake Forest. In four months, he put a team together,but trying to catch up to technology was quite the other. “We shake, rattled and did everything but roll, including losing a few battles with the race track cones,” Bernstein said of the testing. “The shake was so severe it was blinding.” Bernstein, crew chief Ray Alley and his assistant, Johnny West, were perplexed as they tried to get the Funny Car down the track. Then, 14-time Funny Car champion John Force stepped in and brought along his brain trust, mainly crew chiefs Austin Coil, Bernie Fedderely and John Medlen. (909) 386-2844 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img “It didn’t appear he was having fun. He was kind of bored at the track.” Beginning today at Pomona Raceway, boredom will be replaced by all the elements faced by a driver in the NHRA Powerade series. last_img read more

Luka Modric named UEFA player of year

first_img0Shares0000Real Madrid’s Luka Modric named 2018 UEFA player of the yearMONACO, Principality of Monaco, Aug 30 – Luka Modric of Real Madrid and Croatia on Thursday received the accolade of UEFA Player of the Year in Monaco after his Champions League exploits.“My father always pushed me to fight for my dreams, I owe him a lot for everything,” said Modric, whose silky midfield skills helped Real to a third straight European crown and then propelled Croatia to the World Cup final. “It’s incredible moment for me, I feel really excited and proud of this great award,” said the 32-year-old, who started out at Dinamo Zagreb and then had four years with Tottenham before Real prised him away six years ago.Modric, whose success sets him up as a favourite to win the Ballon d’Or world player of the year accolade, saw off former Real teammate Cristiano Ronaldo and Liverpool’s Egyptian striker Mohamed Salah for the overall award.Real Madrid’s achievement in winning the Champions League for the third season running was further recognised as Modric also won the UEFA award for the best midfielder of last season.His clubmate Sergio Ramos was named best defender while Real shot stopper Keylor Navas won the best goalkeeper prize.Modric was named both midfielder of the year and UEFA player of the yearRonaldo, who did not appear at the ceremony, was awarded the award  for best striker chosen by Champions League and Europa League coaches from last season and journalists.The award “recognises the best players, irrespective of nationality, playing for a club within the territory of a UEFA member association during the past season. Players are judged on their performances in all competitions – domestic, continental and international”.Danish international Pernille Harder, of German club Wolfsburg, won the UEFA women’s player of the year prize.Wolfsburg lost to dominant French outfit Lyon in the Champions League final in Kiev in May.There was also an award for David Beckham, the former Manchester United, Real Madrid and England star collecting the UEFA President’s Award for his achievements in the game and his work since retiring as a player.0Shares0000(Visited 10 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

AFC is a work in progress, says coach Zapata

first_img0Shares0000AFC Leopards head coach Rudolf Zapata. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYANAIROBI, Kenya, Jul 11 – AFC Leopards head coach Rodolfo Zapata says the club will be a force to reckon over the next two seasons considering the investment they have made with bringing in young players into the squad.Among the players who landed at the den in the June transfer window included the Thika United trio of Eugene Mukangula, Said Tsuma and Saad Musa while midfielder Edward Seda returned to the club after a stint at Mathare United with striker Alex Orotamal arriving from Rwanda. “We need to fight for the league title this year, but also, we are building a powerful team for the next two seasons. We need to be patient especially with the new players who need to adapt, but I know that if we keep this project then we will dominate football because AFC is a big team,” the tactician said.AFC Leopards fans celebrating. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYAAFC is placed fourth in the Kenyan Premier League standings and despite sitting a massive 14 points behind eternal rivals and leaders Gor Mahia, Zapata says he will not give up the chase for the league title.Ingwe were 1-0 winners over Sony Sugar over the weekend and the win was an encouragement for Zapata that his side can challenge for the crown.“I am very happy with the players because we performed very well and created many opportunities to score. Even the last game we lost 3-0, we still played very well and created more chances than the home team. We should continue in this way,” the tactician added.-Sofapaka warns Gor-Sofapaka bench led by head coach John Baraza (center). Photo/RAYMOND MAKAHAYAMeanwhile, Sofapaka head coach John Baraza has warned Gor Mahia they will not relinquish the fight for the league title easily, despite being nine points behind the leaders who have a three-game deficit.Sofapaka beat Mathare United 3-2 over the weekend to narrow the gap and Baraza who won the title with Batoto ba Mungu as a player in 2009 says they will push on with their focus left on winning their matches.“The league is still open. As much as Gor have those matches at hand, they will have to fight for the points on the pitch. This is football; anything can happen. We still have a lot of hopes and ours is just to keep winning our games and see what happens at the end,” Baraza said.Sofapaka have a five point deficit between them and third placed Bandari FC and Baraza is confident that at worse, if their league ambitions do not come to fruition, they will ensure the worst they finish is second.Sofapaka’s Pistone Mutamba in action against their Mathare United clash. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYAMeanwhile, Mathare United who earlier on in the season looked like title favorites, have fizzled away winning only one of their last 12 games, drawing eight and losing three.Despite the poor run, head coach Francis Kimanzi remains confident his charges can bounce back to winning ways though fighting for the league title now seems like a far-fetched dream as they lay 15 points behind the league leaders.“Of course you have to get worried when things do not go your way but I know our win is coming. We have to work on our mistakes especially minimizing the defensive errors and ensure we are better in scoring. That’s the only way we can rise back,” Kimanzi mentioned.The tactician was disappointed in the 3-2 defeat to Sofapaka noting that they gave away cheap goals through defensive errors and has called on his team to up their game as the league enters the business end.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Inter Milan to win race for Liverpool-linked star?

first_img1 Liverpool-linked Ezequiel Lavezzi could be heading back to Italy after his agent revealed he is in talks with Inter Milan.The Argentine forward has found first-team football hard to come by at Paris Saint-Germain and is reportedly eyeing a move away to increase his game time.Liverpool have made enquires about a potential deal as have German side Wolfsburg, who are wary about losing Kevin De Bruyne to Manchester City.But now Lavezzi’s agent, Alejandro Mazzoni, has revealed that it is in fact Inter who are leading the chase for the 30-year-old former Napoli star.“Lavezzi is playing at PSG and from this point of view, everything’s going well,” Mazzoni told FCInterNews.“I wouldn’t know if there could be news about Inter soon, we will see what happens in the next few days.“I’m always talking to Inter, it’s my job. It depends on Inter, if there isn’t an offer then it’s difficult to say.” Ezequiel Lavezzi last_img read more


first_imgPearse Doherty TDDeputy Pearse Doherty has reacted angrily to confirmation from the HSE that formal approval to commence recruitment to fill a Senior Dietician Post in Donegal has not yet been granted, despite the position having been sanctioned as part of the HSE Service Plan for 2016.The confirmation comes following a Dáil Question tabled by Deputy Doherty in which he called on the Minister for Health to give a timeframe for when he expected that the position would be filled.The HSE has now confirmed that the formal notification needed to begin recruiting for the vacancy has not yet been given, meaning that the recruitment process has not yet got underway. Deputy Doherty said “A total of 36 posts were sanctioned under the HSE’s Service Plan for 2016 as part of the implementation of the Government’s Diabetes Cycle of Care Programme which began late last year.“These posts included community based diabetes nurse specialists, podiatrists and dieticians, and Donegal was to receive one of these Senior Dietician posts as part of these plans.“However, following months of patients having seen little or no progress in relation to this post being filled, I immediately raised the issue with the Health Minister and I demanded that he give a timeframe for when he expected that this position would be successfully recruited.“I have now received confirmation from the HSE that despite the fact that 18 Dieticians had been approved by the HSE across the state in order to support the Diabetes Cycle of Care Initiative, the formal notification from the Primary Care Division which is required to commence recruitment has still not be administered. “This means that even though the Programme to improve services for Type 2 Diabetes sufferers commenced in October last year, this positions, which has been identified as being required in order to implement the service here in Donegal, has yet to be filled.“In essence, not only is the post still vacant, but the formal notification needed to begin recruitment has not even been given yet.“Diabetes patient advocacy groups are naturally extremely concerned that this post hasn’t been filled, particularly here in Donegal where groups estimate that there are over 8,000 people living with diabetes, and they claim that many patients are not receiving sufficient care at present.“Patients have informed me that GPs delivering the Cycle of Care programme in Donegal are also extremely frustrated because they are unable to refer high risk patients to more specialised services, because there is no Dietician in place to treat referrals within the County.“At a time when there has been a significant increase in the prevalence of diabetes across this state, particularly Type 2 Diabetes, it is simply not good enough that treatment and symptom management is being left solely in the hands of primary practitioners. “In the coming days, I will once again be demanding answers from the Minister and an explanation as to why a Senior Dietician has yet to be recruited to serve Diabetes patients here in Donegal who clearly deserve better than what they are currently receiving in order to meet their long term care requirements.”ANGER AS RECRUITMENT FOR SENIOR DIETICIAN POST YET TO START was last modified: June 28th, 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:Deputy Pearse DohertyDIETICIANdonegallast_img read more

Choosing a Springboard+ Programme at LYIT means fantastic job prospects

first_imgFor over six years, Letterkenny Institute of Technology (LYIT) in conjunction with Springboard+, have offered a large number of free places to job seekers looking to upskill. Approved to provide 7 programmes through Springboard+ this year, LYIT is now recruiting for September 2017 intake.Interestingly, Springboard+ has been extended to include homemakers and is not only available to the unemployed. If you have been a carer, or a stay-at-home parent for the last few years, then you too may be eligible to sign up to a Springboard+ programme. The courses are free of charge and are available part-time, which will fit or adapt to any busy lifestyle or household.Paul Hannigan, LYIT President, commented: “Springboard+ is a fantastic initiative that has gone from strength to strength at the Institute over the last six years. The programmes on offer at LYIT are designed to fit skills shortages in the economy and we have had many success stories from students that have participated in Springboard+ programmes at the Institute. The programmes range from Certificate to Masters level and these programmes offer amazing career prospects.”Elaine McFadden, a recent graduand of the Higher Diploma in IT Project Management, undertook the Springboard+ programme in 2016-2017.Elaine, a busy mum, with a background in Mechanical Engineering, had worked for many years in with Business in the Community Ireland. With an interest in pursuing further study, Elaine connected with Kathleen Mulvin-Brady, Springboard Co-Ordinator at LYIT, and decided to undertake the Higher Diploma in IT Project Management at the Institute. Elaine commented, “I wanted to acquire new skills, the IT sector appealed to me and particularly the area of Project Management. After speaking with Kathleen, she put me completely at ease and I decided to undertake the HDip in IT Project Management.“I found it a truly empowering experience, the inclusiveness of the college, the help and support provided to me by the Institute made the transition back into education a thoroughly rewarding experience. The qualification I gained, combined with my previous work experience, have benefited me greatly. I have now secured employment with the Project Management Team in Pramerica, Letterkenny.”Asked if she would do it again, she added, “Absolutely.”Annmarie Woods, undertook the Certificate in Culinary Skills through Springboard+ because she felt this programme would fit in with her schedule as a ‘mum on the go’.AnnMarie commented, “I felt that the two-day-a-week commitment would fit into my lifestyle and that it was a realistic programme to sign up to. “Springboard+ provided me with my uniform and knives to get me started and this course was all in all a truly fantastic experience. I am now employed as a Pastry Chef at Arnolds Hotel in Dunfanaghy and I couldn’t be happier, I am working for a family-run business and I am really enjoying my work with the company. My experience at the School of Tourism was fantastic and I couldn’t recommend this course highly enough.”There are many more success stories from Springboard+ programmes at LYIT, whether it’s the Masters of Arts in Accounting or the Higher Diploma in Governance and Compliance in Financial Services, to the Higher Diploma in Science in Computing (conversion course into Computing) or the Certificate in Mainframe Technologies, LYIT students are succeeding in Springboard+ programmes.For more information on the programmes available and eligibility criteria contact Kathleen Mulvin-Brady, Springboard+ Co-Ordinator today on or visit future starts with Springboard+ at LYIT. Choosing a Springboard+ Programme at LYIT means fantastic job prospects was last modified: June 14th, 2017 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:educationLYITspringboardlast_img read more


first_imgThe trial at the Special Criminal Court of prominent republican Thomas “Slab” Murphy for alleged tax evasion has heard evidence of cheques from a Donegal company being lodged in a bank account in his name.It is the prosecution’s case that, although Mr Murphy conducted significant dealings in relation to cattle and land, and received farming grants from the Department of Agriculture, he failed to make any returns to revenue.Mr Murphy, 66, of Ballybinaby, Hackballscross, Co Louth, has pleaded not guilty to nine charges alleging that he failed to furnish a return of his income, profits or gains or the source of his income, profits or gains to the Collector General or the Inspector of Taxes for the years 1996/97 to 2004. Mr Murphy is being prosecuted on foot of an investigation by the Criminal Assets Bureau.Charles McCarthy, former manager of Irish Life and Permanent PLC’s money-laundering reporting service, told the court that, in 2006, records of financial transactions conducted by Thomas Murphy, with an address at Ballybinaby, Hackballscross, Co Louth, were handed over to gardaí.The account is based at Permanent TSB, Clanbrassil Street, Dundalk, the court heard.The non-jury court heard evidence in relation to cheques drawn from the account between December 2003 and January 2006.Copies of the cheques were shown to the three-judge court, which heard that cheques were paid from the bank account to Elphin, Ballyjamesduff and Kingscourt livestock marts.Mr McCarthy told Paul Burns SC, prosecuting, that the cheques were signed by T Murphy.The court also heard evidence of a series of cheques, with a total value of over £41,000, paid into the account in 2000.The cheques, made payable to Thomas Murphy, were lodged by Donegal Meat Processors and the Paymaster General, the court heard.John Kearney QC, defending, told the court that his client, Mr Murphy, was “not in control” of the bank account and that the accused’s brother, Patrick Murphy, controlled the account.Mr Kearney put it to Mr McCarthy that: “Not on a single, solitary occasion did Thomas Murphy set foot in the Clanbrassil Street branch of PTSB Dundalk.”Mr McCarthy replied: “I never met the man, so I don’t know.”Records relating to Patrick Murphy’s bank account, also at TSB, Clanbrassil Street, Dundalk, were shown to the court.Referring to those records, and to the records of Thomas Murphy’s bank account, Mr McCarthy agreed with Mr Kearney that, on 9 December 1996, sums of £500 were lodged into both accounts.Mr McCarthy further agreed with Mr Kearney that, on 1 April and 25 June 1997, sums of the same amount, £500 and £1,000 respectively, were lodged in both accounts.“Do you agree with me that it’s consistent with one man lodging to both accounts on the same day?” Mr Kearney asked the witness.“It’s quite possible,” Mr McCarthy replied.Mr Kearney suggested to the witness that Patrick Murphy used the account to carry out farming activity.“I can only say that it’s possible,” Mr McCarthy said.The trial continues.TRIAL OF THOMAS ‘SLAB’ MURPHY FOR TAX EVASION HEARS OF DONEGAL CHEQUES was last modified: October 22nd, 2015 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)last_img read more


first_imgSiobhan Griffin, Aoife Breen Leona Mc Glinchey, Nicola Callaghan and Nicole Gallagher , Ciara Phelan pictured with Ryan Mc Hugh at the meet and greet. ALL PICS BY BRIAN McDAID OF THE CRISTEPH STUDIOThousands of loyal Donegal fans turned up at MacCumhaill Park today to come face-to-face with their GAA heroes.The meet and greet session was a huge success as Jim McGuinness and his team of stars lined up to welcome fans.Damien Diver with Kattie McEniff from Bundoran at the fans day in Ballybofey.One by one the players including Michael Murphy, Neil Gallagher, Karl Lacey and Rory Kavanagh lined up to sign jerseys and have their photographs taken. This is the last time the players will become involved in a public meet and greet before buckling down to the task of beating Kerry in the Al-Ireland final at Croke Park on September 21st.Nothing was a bother for the Donegal players as many speechless young fans met their idols for the first time.Raphoe piper Christy Murray added a bit of flavour to the occasion with a blast of his bagpipes that are now a fixture at all Donegal games.Fans get ready to meet their heroes!  Donegal Manager Jim Mc Guinness signs some new players at the fans day in Ballybofey. Photo Brian McDaid Lee Mc Granaghan from Ballybofey with his father Hugh at the fans day in Ballybofey. Jerome and Amy Mc Elcar meet with Paul McGonagle of the Donegal management team in Ballybofey. Darra Patton with Kealan Morrison from the minor team pictured at the signing in Ballybofey  PROUD DAY FOR DONEGAL GAA AS THOUSANDS TURN UP TO MEET THEIR HEROES! was last modified: September 7th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalGAAJim McGuinnessMACCUMHAILL PARKmeet and greetlast_img read more