LONDON (AP):Creating an independent anti-doping agency in athletics would help combat allegations that the governing body is not doing enough to weed out drug cheats or is complicit in the sport’s doping problems, IAAF presidential candidate Sebastian Coe said yesterday.”We need a system that removes any perception out there that there is either conflict or complicity,” said Coe, who again defended the IAAF against recent media allegations that it has failed to act on evidence of widespread blood doping in the sport.In a conference call with four international news agency reporters, Coe also said athletes should not feel “bullied” into releasing their private blood-testing data and that United States sprinter Justin Gatlin should be treated with “respect” like other eligible athletes at the upcoming World Championships despite a previous doping ban.Coe, the British former two-time Olympic 1,500-metre champion, is competing against Ukrainian pole vault great Sergei Bubka to succeed Lamine Diack as president of the International Association of Athletics Federations. The election will be held August 19 in Beijing on the eve of the Worlds.The election comes against the backdrop of allegations by German broadcaster ARD and The Sunday Times newspaper in Britain that one-third of medals in endurance races at the Olympics and World Championships were won by athletes who have recorded suspicious blood readings.The reports were based on analysis of thousands of leaked blood test results from an IAAF database covering the period from 2001 to 2012 and which claimed that the IAAF had been negligent in not pursuing the cases.Declaration of warCoe stood by his comment, made in an Associated Press interview last week, that the accusations amounted to a “declaration of war” against his sport.”It’s about defending the accusation that in some way our sport has, at best, been sitting on its hands, and, at worst, complicit in our activities and our judgements, and that is just not the case,” he said yesterday.Months before the latest allegations, Coe proposed the IAAF set up an independent drug-testing body that would speed up the handling of doping cases and remove any impression of conflict of interest.”It is really important we close down at every opportunity the perception that in some way what we are doing is mired in conflict,” he said. “There is no argument about how samples are taken, no argument about the interpretation of those samples.”Coe said an independent body would help relieve the “onerous burden” on national federations involved in costly and time-consuming litigation. He said he would increase the pool of athletes tested in every discipline from the top 10 to the top 20.Coe has been critical in the past of Gatlin, who won the 100 metres at the 2004 Athens Olympics, but served a four-year ban from 2006-2010 after testing positive for testosterone. Gatlin has the fastest time this year (9.74 seconds) and is a favourite for the World title in Beijing, along with Usain Bolt.Coe, who has long favoured life bans for doping, said Gatlin should not be ostracised.”If you are saying to me would I rather not have athletes that have served bans competing in major championships, the answer is probably yes,” Coe said. “But he is eligible to compete and he should be given the respect as a competitor who is eligible to compete.”
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There was no winner of this week’s GAA Lotto; the numbers drawn out were 3-11-22-23 and the 2x €50 went to Geraldine Boyle, Kilraine and Ciara Hanlon, Letir. Next week’s Jackpot will be €9,400.Naomh Conaill AGM will take place on Friday 9th Dec at 8pm in the Community Centre. Please support and help the club.Naomh Conaill ladies AGM will take place on Saturday 10th December at 5.30pm Good luck to our minor team and management who are playing this Sunday in Belfast. If anyone would like to go to contact Frank McGuinness.Naomh Conaill GAA merchandise can now be bought online on All Sports Donegal Town and O Neills website.Naomh Conaill notes: Club to hold AGM this week was last modified: December 6th, 2016 by Chris McNultyShare 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:Naomh Conaill
Letterkenny Chamber certainly did the “business” on Friday night at their annual Gala Dinner Dance and Awards at the Mount Errigal Hotel.The cream of local businesses put on their best suits and dresses for the event which was hugely well-attended.Special guest on the night was Mayor of Letterkenny Cllr Dessie Larkin who said that growth in local business is the way in which Letterkenny and Co Donegal will emerge out of the recession. Competition on the night in the various categories was fierce.One of the biggest cheers of the night went up when the young businessmen from Evolve won the Retailer of the Year Award in the AIB sponsored category..Evolve opened its doors four years ago and since then it has gone from strength to strength, having expanded in the middle of the recession.Speaking after the event, owner Mark and JP McCloskey said they were delighted to have won the award. “We are so lucky to have such great staff that care for the business as if it was their own, and this award is only possible because of the great work they do. We also would like to congratulate the other nominees in our category, Premamon and Joe’s Butchers (McGees) and wish them all the best. Well done to all the other winners and nominees on the night.”The category winners were: Excellence in Customer Service – sponsored by Watson Hire – Mangan Tours; Excellence in Marketing – sponsored by Value Centre – Swilly Group; Growth Through Export – sponsored by Enterprise Ireland Gartan Technologies Retailer of the Year – sponsored by AIB Evolve Menswear Business Excellence Award – sponsored by Letterkenny Town Council Safetech Best Start Up Award – sponsored by LYIT & CoLab Kelly’s Centra Mountain Top.Each year the Chamber makes an award to a person who has added much to the business and community life of Letterkenny.Now in it’s 8th year the Chamber was delighted to present this award to Ben Sweeney.Still opening the Port Road shop every morning he has come a long way from the small garage on lower Main Street. Ben says the secret of his success is energy and hard work as well as keeping the focus on the customer. A delighted Ben accepted the award from Galway businessman Gerry Rabitte, owner of Highland Radio.The biggest anticipation and highlight of the evening was the announcement of the Business Person of the year.Three businesses were in contention, Swilly Group, Brian Gallagher Station House Hotel and Joseph Mangan, Mangan Tours. The excitement built as each finalist was previewed on the big screen.The winner of the 2012 Letterkenny Business Person of the Year is Brian Gallagher, Station house Hotel. On accepting the award Brian thanked his wife Christine and paid a huge tribute to his staff.A popular winner, the audience gave Brian a standing ovation and he was delighted and surprised by this honour.John Watson, President of Letterkenny Chamber commented “ there was such a fantastic atmosphere of positivity this evening right from the beginning and the sense of excitement built throughout the evening.”LETTERKENNY COMPANIES DO ‘BUSINESS’ AT CHAMBER AWARDS was last modified: November 18th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)
Deputy Thomas Pringle has hit out at what he called “chronic staffing levels’ in a Co Donegal school.The Donegal Deputy raised the issue of Scoil Mhuire in Creeslough after it emerged that final appeals to the Minister for an additional teacher were unsuccessful.Deputy Pringle raised the issue directly with the Minister for Education Richard Bruton in the Dáil. It arose after it emerged that the rural DEIS school could not get funding for an additional teacher despite the pupil-teacher ratio rising above Departmental levels.Speaking to the Minister, Deputy Pringle said “It is unfortunate that the Minister did not grant the school an additional teacher for 2018/2019 despite the pupil teacher ratio exceeding the Department’s own limits and considering that the DEIS school serves a rural area of high economic and social deprivation”.“Overcrowding in the school will only increase as pupil numbers rise adding to the difficulties around the lack of facilities in the school. An enormous amount of pressure is being placed on teachers and staff particularly at infant level to deliver on the curriculum in an environment that continues to deteriorate as the pupil-teacher ratio rises further over the course of the year”.He added he believed the situation at Scoil Mhuire warranted a debate in the Dáil with the Minister himself. “Unfortunately the Minister declined my request to review his Department’s strict criteria for extra staffing even though schools like Scoil Mhuire are falling outside existing categories. The school had to appeal on the grounds of ‘alleviating pressure on class size at infant level’ even though their needs went well beyond this categorisation.“Despite the Minister’s lack of engagement over Scoil Mhuire’s requests, I will continue to seek a review of the decision made by the Minister for an additional teacher.“Furthermore, I’ll be making fresh calls for the Minister to look again at the restrictive nature of the application process taking heed of the fact that rural DEIS schools are vitally important in the provision of education for already disadvantaged communities and are therefore deserving of resources to limit the effects of overcrowding.”‘Chronic staffing levels’ at Donegal school slammed was last modified: April 6th, 2018 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:Creesloughlevelsstaffing
The Western Conference’s top team didn’t have a top-three player, rookie, defender, coach or reserve this season, according to the panel that determines finalists for the NBA Awards.The Warriors were shut out of the finalists groupings, which were determined by media across the league, the NBA announced Friday.The three candidates for most valuable player are Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo, Thunder forward Paul George and last year’s winner, Rockets guard James Harden.Steph Curry and …
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Evolution Ag LLC will be holding its 4th annual Outlook Meeting on Friday, Dec. 11 at their recently opened corporate headquarters and training center on US 42 between Delaware and Plain City. Doug Loudenslager said that this year’s event will allow producers to hear some of the latest research on agronomic practices, technology and data management.Bill and Missy Bauer of B & M Crop Consulting will be one of the headliners for this year’s meeting. The program is free and open to all producers. Loudenslager said that the Bauers will be presenting their research and recommendations on matching hybrid characteristics with corn planting populations. They will also be making a presentation on the creation and utilization of growth management zones. During the final session participants will hear Bill Bauer discuss aerial imagery, fine-tuning yield monitor data and how drones are providing management opportunities. Missy Bauer is an associate field agronomist for Farm Journal and has made presentations at previous Outlook meetings.Scott Shearer and Andrew Klopfenstein from the Ohio State University Department of Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering will also be featured. They will be presenting the latest research on multi-hybrid planting and the results from this summer’s compaction studies. Ohio State has been using the Case IH Early Riser Planter with Precision Planting row units and will be sharing their observations. A similarly equipped planter will be on display at the meeting.Loudenslager said that one of the benefits of having the Outlook meeting at the new dealership is that it allows for the inside display of many pieces of agricultural and lawn and garden equipment. Product specialists from many of the manufacturers that Evolution Ag represents will be on hand to answer questions and discuss changes for the upcoming year.Management of data continues to be a hot topic and a concern for many producers. Britney Salmon, Case IH Product Specialist will be demonstrating some of the desktop software that is currently available. Salmon will also be answering questions on aspects of precision farming, data ownership and management.The day-long program will provide an opportunity for attendees to receive product updates and meet with Case IH product specialists on the new Magnum Rowtrac tractors, Patriot Sprayers, Precision Farming, Early Riser Planters and tillage equipment. In addition, representatives from Great Plains, MacDon, Unverferth, Geringhoff, Kioti, Kubota, Grasshopper and Gravely will be in attendance.“The Outlook meeting is one way that we are working to help provide our customers the information they need to make critical business decisions,” Loudenslager said. “Our new corporate headquarters and training center provides a unique opportunity for producers to not only learn about some of the latest agronomic research but also kick the tires and try out the technology. We have an excellent line-up of presenters and topics and there will be ample time to talk with industry experts throughout the day.”The program is free and includes a continental breakfast, lunch and all presenter handouts but reservations are requested. If you want to attend, contact one of the Evolution Ag locations in Circleville, Delaware, Plain City, Lisbon, Upper Sandusky or Utica or by calling 1-800-421-2374. The program on Dec. 11 kicks off with registration and breakfast at 8:00 a.m. Evolution Ag is located 8 miles south of Delaware or approximately 10 miles north of Plain City on US 42 North.The companies that make up Evolution Ag LLC have been serving Ohio farmers for over 225 years. More information about the company can be found at www.evolutionagllc.com.
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Eating “clean” is all about avoiding foods with additives, preservatives or other chemicals on the label. Considering the numerous studies linking certain foods with health ailments, clean eating makes sense, right?While it may seem well intentioned, Ruth MacDonald and Ruth Litchfield, professors of food science and human nutrition at Iowa State University, warn of the consequences in terms of food waste, safety and cost. Clean food advocates suggest avoiding foods with ingredients you cannot pronounce. MacDonald says several food manufacturers, restaurants and grocery stores have responded by removing additives to fit the definition of clean.The ISU professors say just because an ingredient or additive has an unfamiliar name does not automatically make it bad for you. The decision to remove additives appears to be driven more by market demand than consideration of the benefits these additives provide and the potential food safety risk, they said. Removing nitrates from deli meats and hot dogs is just one example.MacDonald, who has spent more than 25 years investigating links between diet and cancer, says nitrates play a necessary role in preventing the growth of Clostridium botulinum, a deadly bacterium that causes food poisoning.Therefore, completely removing nitrates would be problematic. MacDonald says food labels boasting “no nitrates” are typically referring to the synthetic version. If the package says “naturally cured” or “uncured” it likely includes celery juice — a natural source of nitrates — as an ingredient. The nitrates in celery juice are not chemically different from synthetic forms, she said.
New Delhi, Aug 23 (PTI) The Sports Ministry today said it planning to establish a National Sports Museum at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium here. The decision was taken three months back and after a series of meetings, the current venue for the museum was finalised by the Sports Minister Vijay Goel, the Ministry said in a statement. “The museum will showcase Indias achievements in sports and also focus on the traditional sports within the country.” Goel said the museum will “act as an educational hub and offer opportunity for the young to delve into some sporting activity.” He also appealed to all past and present sportspersons to contribute any memorabilia held by them for permanent display in the museum. Goel said the first phase of the work on the museum will commence soon as the idea has been “transformed from concept to museum model stage by the experts”. PTI PM PM
ATHENS (AP) — Panathinaikos was crowned Greek league champion for a record 37th time Sunday after beating rival Olympiakos 84-70 in the fifth and deciding game to win the playoff finals 3-2.The game was marred by Panathinaikos fans throwing water and plastic bottles at Olympiakos’ bench just as the second half was about to start, causing a 15-minute delay.Trailing 35-31 at halftime, Panathinaikos used a 29-15 run in the third quarter to take control. The hosts notably improved their three-point shooting, making 6-of-11 in the second half after going 0-for-7 in the first.Guard Mike James led Panathinaikos with 18 points, while center Jamel McLean was Olympiakos’ top scorer with 16 points.TweetPinShare0 Shares