POC eyes anti-doping information drive amid Ravena ban

first_imgJury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments FILE – Ricky Vargas. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netThe Philippine Olympic Committee is ready to launch a massive information campaign on prohibited drugs and banned substances that could affect the performance and careers of Filipino athletes.Saddened by the fate that befell Gilas Pilipinas guard Kiefer Ravena, POC president Ricky Vargas said they would increase awareness on the country’s anti-doping drive by individually testing athletes in the national team.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls “I met recently with PSC (Philippine Sports Commission) chairman Butch Ramirez, and we jointly decided to ramp up our anti-doping program starting with random testing of our national athletes even outside of competition environment,’’ said Vargas.READ: FDA orders review of energy drinks amid Kiefer Ravena’s doping banFEATURED 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 crownRavena was suspended by the International Basketball Federation or Fiba for 18 months after testing positive for three banned substances included in the World Anti-Doping Agency list of prohibited drugs.The rookie from the NLEX Road Warriors drank Dust, a pre-workout supplement available over the counter and sold freely in supermarkets and pharmacies, before the Gilas Pilipinas game against Japan on Feb. 25 at the Mall of Asia Arena. Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “While we in the POC remain steadfast in our support of the IOC’s (International Olympic Committee) uncompromising stance on the use of performance-enhancing substances, I understand that Kiefer took a pre-workout drink, completely unaware that it contained an ingredient that would result in this unfortunate situation,’’ said Vargas.READ: Kiefer Ravena tests positive for banned substances, gets 18-month suspension from FibaThe Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas has appealed Ravena’s case before the Fiba, hoping to lessen the suspension and allow him to play for the Road Warriors in the PBA.“This is obviously an innocent act by a national player who has never been known to act in defiance of any rules. However, I understand that WADA provisions are very stringent on these matters,’’ said Vargas.“I therefore appeal to all national sports associations to be constantly aware of the dire consequences of a lack of awareness and education on what substances are to be avoided,’’ he added.ADVERTISEMENT Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Kerr jokes about resigning after Warriors winlast_img read more

Mason wins points challenge at Doug Babcock Memorial in Taylor

first_imgTAYLOR, B.C. – It was an exciting weekend of dirt oval racing at the Taylor Speedway for the annual Doug Babcock Memorial race.The races started on Saturday afternoon at 5:00 p.m., with Round 2 on Sunday at 1:00 p.m.Tyson LeClerc and Anthony Seguin split first-place wins in the Junior Mini Sprints, with LeClerc taking first on Saturday, before dropping to third on Sunday to Seguin and Colton Beaumont. Cody LeClerc was the lone entrant in the Senior Mini Sprints on Saturday, but ended up fending off Eddie Scarfo on Sunday to take the win in that class.- Advertisement -Dakota Krahn ended up winning the Mini Juniors two days in a row over the weekend, while the Mini Adults were split by Calvin Hildebrand on Saturday. Hildebrand didn’t end up making the top 3 on Sunday, which saw Saturday’s 2nd place winner Clint Mason take first.In the IMCA Modified class, it was Al Scarfo taking first on Saturday, and Johnny Beaumont with the win on Sunday. Beaumont also ended up with third overall in the weekend’s Doug Babcock Memorial All Points Challenge, behind Dakota Krahn in second place, and Clint Mason taking first place.last_img read more

British explorer to measure thickness of Arctic ice cap

first_imgLONDON – A British explorer said Tuesday he is planning the most accurate survey of the thickness of the Arctic ice during a 1,240-mile trek to the North Pole to gauge the effects of global warming. The Vanco Arctic Survey will take millions of readings of the thickness and density of the ice and snow next year to try to provide the clearest picture of the polar ice cap and how long it will last. “The place I love and know the best is the Arctic Ocean and the North Pole ice cap and it’s in deep crisis,” said explorer Pen Hadow. Hadow’s three-member team will pull a sled-mounted, ground-penetrating radar from Point Barrow in Alaska to the North Pole between February and June. The radar will measure the depth of the ice every eight inches, producing some 10 million readings in all. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.The Arctic ice cap shrank to a record low this summer, opening up the Northwest Passage along Canada’s fringe for the first time. Scientists say the ice is melting quickly, and have raised the possibility that the Arctic Ocean will be completely ice-free in summer by 2050. Scientists point to the accelerating melting of the Arctic ice cap as a signal of global warming that is expected to change climate patterns worldwide. They warn that the disappearing Arctic sea ice, by altering the ecosystem, is endangering polar bears and probably other species. Submarines and satellites have already taken measurements of the polar ice using upward-facing sonars and infrared lasers fired from space. But submarine visits to the pole have been irregular and satellites cannot easily distinguish between ice and snow, said Joao Rodrigues, of Cambridge University’s Polar Oceans Physics group. Rodrigues said a ground-based survey remains the best way of gauging the exact thickness and density of the ice, which in turn could help scientists predict how the North Pole will look as global warming takes its toll. The data gathered by Hadow will be fed into supercomputers at the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, which will use it to model the life span of the Arctic ice. NASA’s ICEsat satellite will also shadow the explorer at some point during his trip to see how its readings compare with his. Hadow’s survey follows in the footsteps of Arctic explorer Sir Wally Herbert, whose expedition took frequent ice core readings as it crossed the Arctic Ocean nearly four decades ago. Hadow said he hoped his new measurements could be compared with Herbert’s to show how the region has changed. The team will spend most of their time towing the sled across the ice on foot, and expect to take 100 to 120 days to reach the Pole. They will be resupplied by aircraft approximately every two weeks. They will also be equipped with special “LifeShirts,” which will transmit their vital statistics back to base via sensors.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Muff festival gets off to a roaring start – Picture Special!

first_imgMuff festival opened on Friday, and boasted a parade full of tractors, classic cars, a fantastic band, and the cast of Star Wars even paid a visit! A mini Prince Charles and Camilla also came along with their bodyguard.For more information on Muff festival you can visit their Facebook page. Muff festival gets off to a roaring start – Picture Special! was last modified: July 30th, 2016 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:2016Muff FestivalparadeStar Warslast_img read more

Judge orders €2,700 of ‘John Doe’ money to be handed over

first_imgJohn Doe, aka Daniel Greene,.LOCAL charities are set to benefit after a judge issued an order for €2,700 to be released following a lengthy house dispute case.A couple known as John and Jane Doe – now known to be Daniel and Marieka Green – had squatted at a bungalow at Rooskey, Newtowncunningham. The Greens took over the house two years ago after failing to buy the property.Several judges had signed orders for them to leave; but they had refused.However facing a jail sentence for failing to move, they finally pulled out of the property.The house belonged to the late Rev Sam Reede. It was left in his will to Charles Reede, his brother, who wanted to sell the house and donate the proceeds to local charities.Barrister Fiona Crawford told Judge Karen Fergus that attempts to secure €20,000 owed to the estate by Daniel Green had failed as he had moved to the North.However she said €2,700 was lodged with a local legal firm in Letterkenny and the firm was willing to hand this money over if the judge issued an order for them to do so.Judge Fergus agreed and signed a court order for the money to be transferred to Mr Reede.Green was given the ‘John Doe’ title as in the early stages of the legal case he had refused to give his name to court officials.Judge orders €2,700 of ‘John Doe’ money to be handed over was last modified: October 26th, 2016 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_imgA Garda and three nightclub bouncers were stabbed when a man went berserk outside a Letterkenny nightclub.The incident took place in the early hours of this morning outside Voodoo Nightclub.It is believed a man was refused entry to the nightclub and began to cause a disturbance. Gardai were called and the man then produced a knife.A Garda was stabbed in the arm while another bouncer was treated for a stab wound to the leg.It is not believed any of their injuries are life-threatening.A Garda spokesman confirmed four people including a Garda were stabbed. The stabbing frenzy took place as hundreds of people socialised on the streets of the town during the Letterkenny Live Festival.Earlier in the evening musician Ryan Sheridan has entertained hundreds of people on the town’s Oliver Plunkett Road as part of the festival.The night had passed off without any major incidents as Gardai patrolled the streets.Gardai confirmed a many as arrested and was being questioned at Letterkenny Garda station.The Mayor of Letterkenny, Cllr Gerry McMonagle, who opened the festival,  told Donegaldaily.com he would not like the wrong image of the event to go out. “The festival was a wonderful success and I had appealed to people to enjoy themselves without drinking too much.“However that message is never going to get through to some individuals.“I sincerely hope that the Garda and the bouncers are okay and this should never have happened when all they were doing was their jobs,” he said.Ends FOUR KNIFED INCLUDING GARDA AFTER STABBING FRENZY OUTSIDE LETTERKENNY NIGHTLCUB was last modified: August 15th, 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:GardaletterkennySTABBEDVOODOO NIGHTCLUBlast_img read more

Group puts Getty Trust on probation

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The nation’s leading group of foundations and charitable organizations has placed the J. Paul Getty Trust on probation for not handing over adequate documentation as part of a review into the trust’s financial practices. The Council on Foundations implemented the 60-day probation on Tuesday. The council has been seeking trust documents since it began its inquiry in June, after a published report that detailed lavish spending of funds by chief executive Barry Munitz. “We placed them on probation because we did not have adequate information to make a final determination on the allegations,” council President Steve Gunderson said Wednesday. Getty officials said they responded as soon as they could to the council’s request, adding they have had to compile documents for the California Attorney General’s Office, which is also investigating the trust’s use of tax-exempt funds. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake “We have gathered so far 60 boxes of material for the attorney general,” said John Biggs, chairman of the trust’s board. “We have a group of very expensive lawyers working on this investigation, including through weekends. Given that, I don’t know what more we can do.”last_img read more

A’s Mailbag: Dallas Keuchel, food trucks, trade with Giants?

first_imgOAKLAND — That awkward phase has finally come to an end for the A’s.You know, the one where they had to play three exhibition games shortly after playing two regular season games on the other side of the world.It can be tough for players to go from meaningful games to meaningless and back to meaningful in the span of a week. But some A’s players actually used the exhibition games with the San Francisco Giants earlier this week to polish off things they’ve been working on this spring, like Lou …last_img read more

Mining Indaba: South Africa – an emerging market that matters

first_imgJohannesburg, Wednesday 5 February 2014 – There was overwhelming consensus at the Investment Promotion Workshop co-hosted by Brand South Africa and the Departments of Mineral Resources, Trade and Industry and Science and Technology at the Mining Indaba that South Africa is an emerging market that matters.Delegates at the workshop were privy to South Africa’s competitiveness in various fields – mining, geosciences, science and technology – as well as the strength of its financial and regulatory environment.Presenters at the workshop included Brand South Africa’s CEO Miller Matola, Director-General of the Department of Mineral Resources, Mr Yunus Carrim of the Department of Trade and Industry, Mr Imraan Patel of the Department of Science and Technology, Ms Martha Mokonyane of the Department of Mineral Resources, Mr Mxolisi Kota of the Council of Geoscience, Mr Matlou Mabokanon of the Technology Innovation Agency, Dr Declan Vogt of the CSIR and Mr Peter Craven of MINTEK.Making presentations on their various fields of expertise and interacting with delegates, the presenters made a compelling business case for why prospective investors should consider South Africa as an investment destination.This includes the fact that the South African economy, accompanied by prudent monetary and fiscal policy, has grown from a US$ 80 billion in 1994 to a US$ 400 billion economy. In addition, the South African economy continues to experience uneven global economic recovery.Despite challenges in the global economic environment as well as domestically in the sector, mining remains a significant contributor to the South African economy with recent research indicating that platinum, coal and gold contribute 66% and 84% of revenue and employment.Research also shows that the South African economy has diversified in the past 20 years with the increased contribution of banking and real estate to the economy – from 12.5% to 24% – this bodes well for the creation of a knowledge economy.International investors continue to see South Africa as a reliable investment destination with foreign direct investment projects in South Africa having grown at a compound rate of 22.4% between 2007 – 2012, making South Africa the leading destination of investment into Africa.Finally participants in the workshop were assured that government and business alike are committed to implementing the National Development Plan which is the vision of the nation South Africa strives to be by 2030.In this regard, key  proposals from the NDP are being implemented, including:Making sustainable investments in competitive economic infrastructureIncreasing the pace of job creation especially for young job seekersEncouraging the expansion of businesses and development on new enterprisesTransforming human settlements and developing a functioning public transport systemProviding policy certainly to encourage long term investment in mining and other sectorsIncreasing economic integration within Sub-Saharan Africa in areas such as energy production, finance, tourism, communications, infrastructure building and customs administrationIn the final analysis, Brand South Africa CEO Miller Matola said, “South Africa is a sound destination for inward flows of investment and is an emerging market that matters”.The Mining Indaba concludes on Thursday 6 February 2014. Note to editorsAbout Brand South AfricaBrand South Africa is the official marketing agency of South Africa, with a mandate to build the country’s brand reputation, in order to improve its global competitiveness abroad. Its aim is also to build pride and patriotism among South Africans, in order to contribute to social cohesion and nation brand ambassadorship.Further resources from Brand South AfricaMedia are invited to visit http://www.southafrica.info/ for further resources which can be reproduced without any copyright infringement.  Kindly attribute to Brand South Africa.For more information or to set up interviews, please contact:Arahna SinghBrand South Africa CommunicationsTel: +27 11 712 5061 Mobile: +27 (0) 82 491 2332Email: arahnas@brandsouthafrica.com Visit:   www.brandsouthafrica.comFikile MakhobaEmail: FikileM@brandsouthafrica.comMobile: 071 155 9192Email: Fikilem@brandsouthafrica.comVisit:   www.brandsouthafrica.comEndslast_img read more

Farm groups weighing in on WOTUS

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The 2015 version of the Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) rule must be permanently rescinded, and the prior version of the regulation re-codified, to provide certainty for dairy farmers, the National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) said.In comments submitted to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (ACE) this week, NMPF outlined its support for both agencies’ proposal to repeal the current definition of WOTUS and rewrite it to reflect common-sense approaches to protecting the environment. In addition, NMPF joined numerous farm and food organizations to submit an additional 22 pages of comments that provided an extensive legal and technical assessment of what the two agencies did wrong three years ago in an attempt to update the regulation.“Dairy farmers undertake extensive efforts to manage the natural resources that are critical to their livelihoods,” said Jim Mulhern, NMPF President and CEO. “WOTUS must provide proper clarity on what falls under its jurisdiction so that farmers can better meet the industry’s shared commitment to clean water.”In early 2017, the Trump Administration ordered a review of the WOTUS rule in response to concerns many farm groups had raised since the measure was finalized in 2015. Because the WOTUS regulation significantly expanded the EPA’s authority over waterways used by farmers for drainage and irrigation, the measure was challenged in a federal appeals court and ultimately put on hold.“The 2015 Rule should be repealed and, for absolute clarity, done so permanently,” NMPF said. “We believe the 2015 rule failed to provide regulatory certainty and consistency and exceeded the Agencies’ legal authority under the [Clean Water Act].”The Clean Water Act (CWA) of 1972 gave the federal government jurisdiction over navigable waters but left the regulation of non-navigable waters to the states. However, over the years, the federal government has continually and wrongfully expanded its authority over these non-navigable waters, according to NMPF.NMPF said the two agencies need to apply the definitions of the WOTUS rule in ways that are consistent with recent Supreme Court decisions and long-standing farming practices. Re-codifying the regulations that existed before the 2015 rule was developed will provide continuity and certainty for dairy farmers, other regulated entities, states governments, agency staff, and the public, the comments said.The EPA and ACE should proceed with a notice-and-comment rulemaking process, in which two agencies re-evaluate the definition of WOTUS. NMPF said this must be done to correct the 2015 rule’s lack of clarity on key terms, such as “adjacent,” “floodplain,” and “significant nexus.” Dairy producers must be able to understand what constitutes federally-regulated waters of the United States, so they can better manage water quality on their farms.With the repeal docket now closed, it is likely that the 2015 rule will be repealed permanently. NMPF will now focus on suggesting modifications to the pre-2015 rule and how it can be changed to provide the necessary clarity and certainty.last_img read more