Hylton, Crowne expect favourable anti-doping ruling

first_img The three witnesses who gave statements on the day were Riker Hylton, fellow athlete Jonique Day and Hylton’s manager Marvin Anderson. His coach, Bert Cameron, was also set to give his testimony via telephone but it was then decided his written statement would be used instead, as he is at home recovering from a surgery and was not in good enough health to do so on the day. In his testimony, Hylton refused JADCO chaperone Damon Smith’s claim a day earlier that Hylton refused to be tested, saying he had not even met him before the hearing started. He also said his coach offered to have him and fellow athletes Kaliese Spencer and Christine Day tested on the spot, after being called into JADCO headquarters on April 27, 2016, hours after the alleged incident. However, he said Brown assured him that testing would not be needed or necessary and that he (Brown) was acting in the best interest of the athletes. Robinson, who refused to speak to the media, called Hylton and Anderson’s credibility into question throughout their testimonies with the use of video evidence, which conflicted official statements both made. Final submissions will be made by both teams on or before June 30 and a decision made by the IADP on or before July 31. rachid.parchment@gleanerjm.com Riker Hylton’s legal representative, Dr Emir Crowne, has said that he is confident of a favourable ruling in the 2011 World Championship 4x400m relay bronze medallist’s hearing for an anti-doping charge brought about by the Jamaica Anti-Doping Committee (JADCO), which took place over the last two days at the Jamaica Conference Centre in Kingston. Crowne was speaking after the closing of day two, and said he does not expect any undue complications in the decision to be made by the Independent Anti-Doping Disciplinary Panel (IADP). “I personally do feel strongly about the case,” Crowne said. “It’s not one of those cases where there is any sort of grey area. It’s either he (Hylton) was notified (that he was selected for a doping control test) or he wasn’t, and in our view, he wasn’t notified properly at all.” The second day of the hearing started controversially with the IADP asking the complainant (JADCO) to submit a document, which it claimed contained statements which led to their investigation of Hylton but JADCO’s legal representative Lackston Robinson had said this document is covered by legal privilege, which means that it is protected from being disclosed without the permission of the person of the client. This is after JADCO executive director Carey Brown had said during his testimony the previous day that he did not want to disclose the details as it could compromise other JADCO affairs. After Robinson refused to submit the document to the IADP despite being ordered to, Crowne argued that the case be thrown out on the basis of unfairness, saying it compromises the order of natural justice. The panel unanimously declined Crowne’s request and carried on with the case. Crown said he felt disappointed by this decision, saying it was disconcerting that Robinson would disrespect the panel in refusing to turn over the document. WITNESS STATEMENTSlast_img read more

Was this a case of hand wash hand?

first_imgDear Editor,The Public Health Minister made much about the donation to the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation of refrigerators to store the emergency supplies at the internationally acceptable temperature (‘ANSA McAL is only company to ever provide cold storage facilities for drugs’ – Lawrence ).This disclosure by the Minister raises the troubling question whether her judgment to sole source was compromised?Did this benevolent, charitable act play a part in any way or cloud the Minister’s consideration to bypass Tender Board procedures and opt for the controversial sole source route?Was this a case of hand wash hand? The Minister says she is not for sale. It seems Public Health Ministers just keep blundering on.Regards,Shamshun Mohamedlast_img read more

Guyanese on edge over perceived crime spike – NACTA poll

first_imgThe population at large feels like sitting ducks, with a crime contagion raging through the country, despite the Guyana Police Force’s (GPF) continued reports of a significant decrease in criminal activities.Dr Vishnu BisramThis is one of several findings of an ongoing opinion poll being conducted by the North American Caribbean Teachers Association (NACTA) on current issues.The poll is being conducted by New York-based political scientist, Dr Vishnu Bisram, who has been conducting opinion polls in Guyana, Trinidad and the greater Caribbean region since 1990.The Police’s claim that crimes are down is of no comfort to the Guyanese population which reported feeling a sense of unease and insecurity.According to the respondents in the poll, crime is the number one problem facing the nation.“Many say “people are falling like flies” or “by the wayside” over what is viewed as a rise in murders, robberies, and violent criminal attacks. They also express concern over the increase in drug use. And the business community, in particular, is fearful of the crime situation, saying it has impacted on their business activities; they do not agree with Government figures showing crime on the down side,” Dr Bisram analysed.He explained that people in general are worried, constantly looking over their shoulders, thinking whether they will be the next victim of a robbery.The latest survey interviewed 710 registered voters of which 43 per cent were Indians, 30 per cent Africans, 17 per cent Mixed, nine per cent Amerindians and one per cent others at random. The poll’s margin of error is four per cent.Almost everyone (90 per cent) said crime is the most important problem facing the nation and some 70 per cent said Government measures have not been effective at combating crime.Many people say a lot of crimes go unreported because of a lack of confidence in the Police Force and their purported slow response to reported criminal acts as well as an extremely low detection rate.People do not feel that the Police will protect them and are of the view some Police are themselves involved in criminal activities.Also, because of the socio cultural stigma, certain crimes are not reported.In a recent VoxPopuli conducted by Guyana Times, persons expressed that they feel unsafe even in their own homes because of the worrying crime situation.On the other hand, the GPF recently announced that serious crime deceased by 21 per cent at the end of September 2016, when compared to the same period last year.last_img read more

Southampton punish Szczesny blunders

first_imgThen 11 minutes into the second half, the Poland international’s poor clearance allowed Dusan Tadic to net the decisive second.The victory extended Southampton’s improved run of form after they suffered a run of five successive defeats, although it came at the cost of an injury to Senegal winger Mane that could threaten his involvement in the Africa Cup of Nations.But for Arsenal, defeat denied them the opportunity to leap-frog their opponents and left them three points adrift of the Saints in the race to qualify for the Champions League.Southampton have emerged as surprise contenders for a European place and their gritty reaction to their recent run of poor form suggests they are in it for the long haul.Saints manager Ronald Koeman added to the rivalry between these two teams by insisting beforehand that his club could profit from Arsenal’s crowded schedule when the Champions League resumes in February.A shortage of fit midfielders meant Wenger was forced to pair Francis Coquelin, recalled recently from a loan spell at Charlton Athletic, with centre-back Calum Chambers in front of the back four, while Alexis Sanchez started up front in the absence of the suspended Olivier Giroud and injured Danny Welbeck.There was certainly a disjointed look to the visitors as Koeman’s side quickly pressed, exposing Arsenal’s right flank twice in the opening minutes.Graziano Pelle should have headed the home side into a sixth-minute lead when he struck the post from Tadic’s hooked cross.Then two minutes later Szczesny was forced to scramble Mane’s shot away after his defence had been caught flat-footed.– Rush of blood –Arsenal struggled to find their usual fluency but Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain fired narrowly over from a similar opportunity and it appeared as though Arsenal were beginning to settle when Szczesny’s rush of blood gifted Southampton the lead.The ‘keeper found himself stranded on the left-hand edge of his penalty area when he attempted to prevent Mane chasing onto a loose ball, and with Szczesny stranded, the forward curled in a left-foot shot from the tightest of angles.Wenger was clearly incensed by the way his side had conceded but he had cause to thank his ‘keeper five minutes before the break when the Pole saved well with his legs to deny James Ward-Prowse.Arsenal needed to find a reaction after the break if they were to force their way back into the match and Sanchez drew an excellent save from Fraser Forster 10 minutes after the restart.But less than a minute later, Szczesny was again at fault as he gifted Tadic the chance to open up a two-goal lead.The visitors were again unsettled by a long ball that allowed Steven Davis to get in behind the defence and drill in a low cross.With no Saints players on hand to turn the ball home, it appeared as though Mathieu Debuchy had snuffed out the danger when he blocked the cross inside the six-yard box, but the ball rolled towards the grounded Szczesny who hacked it straight to Tadic.The Serb then had the straightforward task of stabbing home from close range and Arsenal were in deep trouble.The situation could have got worse for Wenger’s side with Pelle again hitting the woodwork before later seeing his shot headed off the line by Debuchy.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000SOUTHAMPTON, January 1- Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny made a pair of costly blunders to gift Southampton a 2-0 win that tightened their grip on fourth place in the Premier League on Thursday.Szczesny was caught badly out of position after racing out of his goal, allowing Sadio Mane to conjure a spectacular finish and give his side a 34th-minute lead at St Mary’s.last_img read more

Transfer rumours and paper review – Tuesday, March 10

first_imgHere’s the top transfer-related stories in Tuesday’s newspapers…West Brom striker Saido Berahino fuelled rumours of a summer move to Manchester United by attending their FA Cup clash with Arsenal on Monday night. (Daily Mail)Glen Johnson is ready to move abroad when his Liverpool contract expires in the summer. Roma are believed to be keen on the defender, who has rejected Liverpool’s offer of an extension on his £120,000-a-week deal on much-reduced terms. (Daily Mirror)And Liverpool are set to replace Johnson with Barcelona’s Dani Alves, who will be free to leave the Nou Camp in the summer. (Daily Star)Liverpool have opened talks with Joe Allen over signing a new deal. The Wales midfielder has just over two years left on his current terms but he is a player whom Brendan Rodgers wants to keep for the long-term. (Daily Mail)James Milner is considering leaving Manchester City in the summer to play abroad, with the midfielder holding initial talks with AC Milan, Roma and Inter Milan, plus two clubs in Spain. (Guardian)West Ham want to hand Aaron Cresswell a new contract to keep him out of the clutches of Manchester City. (Daily Mirror)West Ham will have to pay Arsenal £10million to make full-back Carl Jenkinson’s move permanent. The 23-year-old has impressed for the Hammers during his loan spell, with manager Sam Allardyce  a big fan of the defender. (Daily Mail)Southampton have joined West Ham in tracking Javier Hernandez ahead of a potential move this summer. The Manchester United striker, 26, is unhappy at Real Madrid where he is on a season-long loan but struggling for regular first team action. (Daily Mirror)Tottenham are ready to pinch Belgian centre-back Toby Alderweireld from Southampton this summer. The Belgian centre-back, 25, is on loan at St Mary’s from Atletico Madrid and has impressed with his performances. (Daily Mirror)And here’s the latest talkSPORT.com headlines…Exclusive – Liverpool could face fight to keep Henderson at Anfield, claims former RedJames Milner’s Manchester City future remains in doubt as Arsenal and Liverpool circleOnly Manchester City and PSG could afford Lionel Messi, claims Barcelona sporting directorArsenal and Man City to move for Palermo man known as ‘the new Lionel Messi’?Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester City on alert as Inter Milan star’s contract talks stallLiverpool cult hero set for Holland returnLiverpool and Tottenham target Gokhan Inler set for Napoli stay?Southampton star Morgan Schneiderlin rubbishes Arsenal transfer claimMonaco star puts end to Tottenham transfer talkQPR, West Brom and Swansea to miss out on Rubin Kazan star Yann M’Vila?Napoli join Newcastle in race for French midfielderFormer Newcastle and Hull flop Hatem Ben Arfa could make Al-Jazira switchWest Ham set sights on former Hamburg midfielder Josef Shirdellast_img read more

Euro 2016: Man United midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin called up into France squad

first_imgManchester United midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin has been called into the France squad for Euro 2016 after Lassana Diarra was ruled out by injury.The Marseille man has a problem with his left knee, it was announced on the France team’s official Twitter account.The hosts, the favourites to win the tournament, have already been forced to call Sevilla’s Adil Rami and Samuel Umtiti of Lyon into the squad after injury ruled out Real Madrid’s Raphael Varane and Barcelona’s Jeremy Mathieu.Didier Deschamps’ side start their campaign against Group A rivals Romania on June 10. 1 Morgan Schneiderlin has been called up into the France Euro 2016 squad last_img read more

Job Vacancies: Leading packaging company seeks staff

first_imgA Donegal packaging company, RA Pacaistí – are seeking to recruit Maintenance Technician, graduate Engineers and Machine Operators to join their professional, dynamic and hardworking team.RA Pacaistí, based in the Gweedore Business Park, in Derrybeg, is the market leader in Food To Go packaging.Maintenance Technician Positions – Rotating Shift & Weekend Positions available.Job Description: The Maintenance Technician is required to support the maximisation of equipment uptime within the production area. The ability to analyse the reason for equipment failure, diagnose the root cause and implement solutions is critical to the role Job Requirements:Candidate should have a minimum of 5 years’ experience in an Electrical or Mechanical maintenance role, in a fast-paced production environment. Candidates should have completed a recognised apprenticeship or hold a formal qualification in Electrical or Mechanical Engineering Preference will be given to those applicants who can demonstrate relevant experience in a multi shift operation.The ability to work individually on one’s own initiative or as part of a team is essential.If you’re interested in applying for this position then please contact kathleen.kelly@rapire.comMachine OperatorsJob Requirements:> Successful candidates must be trustworthy, diligent, reliable and experienced.> Be flexible with hours, and possess the ability to work as part of a team.> Experienced in multi-shift operation and production.If you’re interested in applying for this position then please contact kathleen.kelly@rapire.comEngineer PositionsRA Pacaistí are looking to recruit graduate Engineers to join their innovative team, this includes, Mechanical, Electrical, Quality, Production & Automation. Job Requirements:Level 8 Degree in Engineering.  Previous experience is not essential.If you’re interested in the position then please contact kathleen.kelly@rapire.comJob Vacancies: Leading packaging company seeks staff was last modified: July 4th, 2017 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:engineerGweedorejobsMaintenance TechnicianRA Pacaistílast_img read more

Bring it on! Five Champions League games you won’t want to miss this week

first_img There are some mouthwatering contests in the group stage of this season’s Champions League 1 For the neutrals, there was almost too much choice of who to watch in the last round of Champions League fixtures.From Barcelona firing three past Juventus to Tottenham Hotspur ending their Wembley woes with a win over Borussia Dortmund, there were plenty of standout fixtures.And matchday two could be even better.talkSPORT.com presents five games you won’t want to miss this week…Spartak Moscow v Liverpool (live on talkSPORT), Group E, Tuesday 26 SeptemberRoberto Firmino, who missed a penalty, was in tears at the end of Liverpool’s 2-2 draw with Sevilla two weeks ago.After gifting the Spanish outfits two goals, despite a dominant display, the Reds have left no room for error in their trip to Moscow.But errors – especially defensive – seem to crop up all too regularly for Liverpool. Expect another roller coaster ride in Russia.Borussia Dortmund v Real Madrid, Group H, Tuesday 26 SeptemberReal Madrid bounced back to winning ways at the weekend, but still trail leaders Barcelona by seven points in LaLiga.Dortmund, by contrast, are top of the Bundesliga and flying domestically, fresh from a 6-1 thrashing of Moenchengladbach.And with the German club needing to bounce back from defeat to Tottenham in the first round of Champions League group games, goals look guaranteed against Madrid.Paris Saint-Germain v Bayern Munich, Group B, Wednesday 27 SeptemberIt was a perfect start in this season’s competition for the pair, with a clean sheet apiece and a combined eight goals scored. Both clubs have genuine aspirations of being crowned European champions next May.This will either be a cagey affair or a battle of attacking quality – and the signs suggest it’ll be the latter.Anderlecht v Celtic, Group B, Wednesday 27 SeptemberHaving been thrashed 5-0 by Paris Saint-Germain, Cetlic need a positive result against Anderlecht, who themselves were given a tough time by Bayern Munich.PSG were simply too good for the Hoops, but while this can be forgiven given their attacking strike force of Neymar, Edinson Cavani and Kylian Mbappe, they must fare better in their next contest.Although it’s early days in the group, it’s fair to assume – given the pedigree of Bayern and PSG – that Celtic and Anderlecht are battling for third place and a shot at winning the Europa League.This is the Scottish club’s chance to show they are on an upward curve.Atletico Madrid v Chelsea (live on talkSPORT 2), Group C, Wednesday 27 SeptemberIn light of Diego Costa’s move back to Madrid, this is a game with plenty of spice, although even without that transfer it would be a standout game.It’s expected that one of these two teams will top the group, so a good result for Chelsea would go a long way to helping them secure qualification.Atletico are still adjusting to life in their new stadium, and Chelsea will be eager to capitalise on any teething problems.last_img read more

Father’s Day Facts: How many dads are there in Ireland?

first_imgTo celebrate Father’s Day, the Central Statistics Office have released an infographic of all things fatherly!Source: CSOThey reveal the most popular baby names of 2016, exactly how many fathers there are in Ireland, and even included statistics on how his favourite cars, the cost of taking him to a restaurant, and even how the cost of a bottles of wine have increased or decreased in price and popularity. That’s how many socks?According to the 2016 Census, there were 673,609 fathers in Ireland, of which 568,317 were part of a married couple with children, 75,587 were part of a cohabitating couple with children and 29,705 were one parent fathers with children. The number of cohabitating couples with children increased by 25.4% since Census 2011. There were 25,627 or 4.0% more fathers than in 2011.Of the 29,705 one parent fathers, 5,537 were single, 2,227 were married, 6,460 were separated, 3,791 were divorced and 11,690 were widowed. Overall there are 674 more one parent fathers in Ireland in 2016, an increase of 2.3%.The total number of children in families increased by 56,626 (3.5%) to 1,682,601 in 2016.The number of children of married couples increased by 18,846 (1.6%) to 1,188,160. The number of children to cohabitating couples rose 32.1% to 138,238 and the number of children of one parent fathers rose by 75 (0.2%) to 43,962.Of the 67,295 births in 2014, 51,038 or 75.8% were born to Irish fathers while 16,257 were born to fathers of other nationalities or not stated.What are their children called?James and Emily were the most popular babies’ names in 2016.Of the fathers of the future, the top five boys’ names, James, Jack, Daniel, Conor and Sean have been in the top five since 2007 with minor changes to their order.For boys, the names Muhammad, Louis, Lucas, Josh, Jason and Ollie have had the most growth in popularity. Muhammad jumped 36 places in the rankings since 2015, up from 119 to 83 in 2016 to make it the only new entrant into the top 100 names for boys.Back in 1966, John, Michael, Patrick, James and Paul were the names most favoured by parents of new born baby boys. Willow, Matilda, Harper, Heidi and Zoey have shown the most growth in popularity in girls’ names between 2015 and 2016 and these together with Aria were the only new entrants into the top 100 names for girls in 2016.Willow was ranked 72nd in 2016 up 49 places from 121 in 2015. Matilda also improved position, up 49 places in the ranking from 146 in 2015 to 97 in 2016.GiftsAs tools and equipment for house and garden are often considered as presents for Father’s Day, the good news is that according to the Consumer Price Index the prices have dropped 3.7% since 2016. Eating out in restaurants has increased in price by 1.8% but if you don’t have a babysitter then you could have a pizza/quiche at home, which is 11.1% cheaper than last year. For popular drinks options, a bottle of wine from the off-license is 5.2% cheaper than 2016, or a mineral water which is 1.5% less expensive, or a soft drink which costs 3.6% less than last year.If you can afford to, why not buy him a Mercedez Benz? There were 6,230 licensed for the first time last year, while up to May 2017 there were 4,934 licensed for the first time. If he likes smaller cars then there were 119 Porsches licensed for the first time in 2016. Volkswagen (15,094) was the most popular make of new private cars licensed in 2016, followed by Toyota (14,728), Hyundai (14,630), Ford (14,092) and Nissan (11,503). Together those five makes represent half (49%) of all new private cars licensed.If heavier engineering is his thing, there were 3,842 tractors licensed for the first time in 2016, while at the other end of the scale, 3,750 motorcycles were licensed for the first time over the same time period. Why not check out the CSO’s new interactive tool for Ireland’s Top Motors here.Happy father’s day to all the Donegal dads!Father’s Day Facts: How many dads are there in Ireland? was last modified: June 18th, 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:central statistics officeCSOlast_img read more

Can Google China compete with Baidu?

first_imgrichard macmanus Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#Google#web 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… “While Baidu continues to gain market share in China — and does so with a Website that the Chinese government heavily censors and that gives priority to advertisingrather than relevant search results — some analysts question whether Baidu canwithstand competition from Google and Yahoo, which possess superior technology and globalwork forces.”I actually think the question is the wrong way round – it should be: can Google andYahoo withstand competition from Baidu, in China?While I’m not able to judge whether Baidu’s technology is inferior to Google andYahoo’s – although I’d love some comments on this from techies who are familiarwith Baidu – I think Western companies (even Google) will be hard-pressed to competeagainst Baidu in China. In our Top Web Apps inChina post, we noted that government regulations, language and cultural barriers areall difficult for western companies to overcome. While there continues to be a lot ofhype about China being the next big market for Silicon Valley companies to conquer, thereality may be completely different.Does US have a lock on innovation?And who’s to say Google’s technology is better? Netanel Jacobsson is one person who should know – he runs the up andcoming browser Maxthon from China. In a recent post Netanelcommented on whether America still has a lock on innovation. In short he doesn’t think soand indeed had this to say:“China should not be seen as a copy cat – but a great force on future innovation.Between 2004-05 there was an increase in close to 40 % in filed patents from China.”Baidu gaining market share, while Google strugglesSource: SinaAlso, regarding Baidu in particular, China Web2.0Review noted recently that Baidu gained market share last year and strengthened itsleadership in China’s search market. Meanwhile Google China lost a significantamount of market share:“According to CNNIC report, 62.1%users choose Baidu as their preferred search engine, representing an increase of 10percentage in one year, while Google China’s market share decreased 8 percentage to25.3%. In Mr. Lv’sresearch, Baidu gained 13% market share in last year, almost two third users useBaidu as their first choice, during the same period, Google China lost about 12%shares.”Why the market share slump for Google in China? According to Tangos Chan, who is thepublisher of China Web 2.0 review, “Google China did not think locally.”This theme that localization matters has come through verystrongly in our series of posts on international web markets. Perhaps it even matters more than the technology. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts Interesting NY Times profile of Baidu, China’s main searchengine and currently the 4th biggest website in the world. It has a market value of $3billion, but “some analysts” question whether Baidu can keep out competition from Googleand Yahoo:last_img read more