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August 5, 2020 | |Post a Comment

first_imgFacebook81Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Janelle Guthrie for Thurston County Relay for LifeMore than 500 people from 71 different teams will gather at Komachin Middle School next weekend for Thurston County’s annual Relay for Life to fight cancer—but you don’t have to be part of a team to participate. The event, which runs from 6:00 p.m. Friday, June 23, through 6:00 p.m. June 24, is open to everyone who wants to make a difference.Former Secretary of State Sam Reed is encouraging his friends and colleagues to join the event to show support for current Secretary of State Kim Wyman, who recently completed six weeks of chemotherapy and radiation for a rare form of colon cancer.Secretary of State Kim Wyman’s Office will be “rocking the socks” at this year’s Dr. Suess-themed Relay for Life of Thurston County. Photo credit: Kim Wyman“It’s been seven years since I was diagnosed with stage three kidney cancer,” Reed wrote in a letter encouraging people to support the Relay for Life. “Since my left kidney fully contained the cancerous tumor, it was surgically removed, and – after two weeks of recuperation – I’ve been off and running since then. I was lucky. Unfortunately, my good friend and outstanding successor, Kim Wyman, hasn’t been so fortunate. She is weak and tired but is slowly recuperating at this time.”Reed will be joining other local cancer survivors for the Survivor Lap on Friday night. He’s walking with and raising money for the “Wyman Rocks the Socks” team, and he hopes Wyman will be by his side.Every participant has a similar reason to relay. Most have lost loved ones or friends to the disease—and many also relay to show support for those still fighting the battle.What is Relay for Life? The Thurston County Relay of Life honors cancer survivors with its annual Survivor Lap shortly after opening ceremonies at 6 p.m. Friday. Photo courtesy: Thurston County Relay for LifeThe Thurston County Relay for Life is a team fundraising event where team members take turns walking around a track for 24 hours. Each team is asked to have a member on the track at all times to signify that cancer never sleeps.The Thurston County Relay for Life is considered a “mega-event” because it generally raises more than $200,000 each year. Already this year, the more than 500 people participating have raised nearly $256,000 toward the event goal of $310,000.Why Relay?Last year alone, the Relay for Life movement contributed $406 million to fund potentially life-saving cancer research grants. According to the latest American Cancer Society (ACS) Annual Report to the Nation, cancer death rates are dropping across all racial and ethnic groups and among the most common types of cancer.Last year’s fundraising paid for more than 1.2 million calls and chats from patients or caregivers seeking info and support.Madelin White is a champion for those battling cancer.Locally, Madelin White of Merle Norman Cosmetics, Wigs & Day Spa of Olympia & Lacey donates her time teaching a class for cancer patients called “Look Good, Feel Better” at Western Washington Oncology in Lacey. Relay for Life fundraising helps women purchase wigs to help them through hair loss due to treatment. Volunteers also provide free rides to treatments and doctor’s appointments through the “Road to Recovery” program. The Relay for Life resource team can also help families locate lodging across the country to help them when loved ones are in the hospital far from home.Families facing cancer can call the ACS hotline at 800-227-2345 for resources.What to Expect at RelayThe more than 70 Relay for Life teams will assemble pop-up tents around the track at Komachin Middle School, decorated to support this year’s Dr. Seuss-inspired theme – Cancer: Not here, not there, not anywhere! Teams will collect fundraising donations through bake sales, barbecues, silent auctions, raffles and sales of other items. Be sure to bring cash to support the cause.The event will also have Relay for Life gear for sale, a gathering space for survivors and caregivers, information and registration tents, food and coffee trucks, pizza service and first aid all near the center stage where ceremonies and other activities will take place.  Parking may be challenging but Paramount Church nearby has offered its parking lot and public transit is also an option. Carpooling is encouraged.Harmony Hill Cancer Retreat Center staff “rock the socks” for cancer survivor, Kim Wyman. Photo credit: Harmony Hill Facebook pageOpening ceremonies start at 6:00 p.m. Friday, June 23 followed by the annual Survivor Lap honoring cancer survivors and those who care for them. Survivors will have reserved parking, receive a gift bag full of donated items and enjoy a dinner provided by Applebee’s of Olympia.Teams will then take to the track, participating in theme laps such as the bubble lap where people blow bubbles for a lap or the “sock monkey” lap in honor of a past participant who lost her battle against cancer but loved sock monkeys. Teams will also have fun activities to pass the time, like a lip sync challenge and a Mr. Relay drag queen beauty contest. Throughout the Relay, walkers will enjoy upbeat music from a professional disc jockey.As the skies dim, volunteers will prepare for the Luminaria ceremony at 10:00 p.m. where participants honor survivors and lost love ones by decorating white paper bags that are then filled with a layer of sand and a tea light.  Participants walk quietly until 11:00 p.m., enjoying the soft glow of the luminaria and reflecting on how cancer has affected their lives.Thurston County Relay for Life participants decorate luminaria bags to remember and celebrate those who’ve battled cancer. Photo credit: Shannon ZengelAs the music resumes, walkers will continue relaying into the night and all the next day until Closing Ceremonies at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, June 24.Whether you’re a Relay for Life regular or if you’re just learning about it, we encourage you to join us! Together we can help beat cancer.Learn more at www.relayforlifeofthurston.orglast_img read more

January 19, 2020 | |Post a Comment

Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? 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 Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene LATEST STORIES Aldridge’s 21 leads short-handed Spurs by Bulls Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Pelicans: Guard/forward Tony Allen did not play, leaving the Pelicans without the services of six players. Gentry said Allen was pulled for rest. … Though he leads the league in charges taken with five, Cousins had two offensive fouls in the first quarter. … Forward Cheick Diallo, who has shuffled between the Pelicans and the G-League since being drafted last season, looked sharp off the bench with nine points and six rebounds.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next By and large, the Pelicans succeeded.The game would likely have been a blowout were it not for the Pelicans turnovers, which kept the Clippers within striking distance until the final minutes.“What’s that stuff? Stickum,” said Cousins when asked what he wanted to do to curb his turnovers. “”I am the main culprit of the turnovers right now. I had eight of them. I have to do a better job of taking care of the ball, make better decisions. Luckily the turnovers didn’t affect us tonight because we got the win. It shows what kind of team we can be if we would take care of the ball”Cousins and Davis were too much for the Clippers, particularly an artful fadeaway jumper by Cousins from 15 feet with 8 minutes left that put the Pelicans up by 10. Almost 2 minutes later, Cousins ripped down a rebound and launched a coast-to-coast pass to Davis for a dunk.“We the amigos,” cracked Cousins after the game.ADVERTISEMENT Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin (32) tries to get past New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis (23). APNEW ORLEANS — Los Angeles coach Doc Rivers summed up DeMarcus Cousins and Anthony Davis before the New Orleans big men overpowered his Clippers.“Their versatility, their size, their skill level. Two bigs that are that skilled, who can handle the ball, shoot the ball, pass the ball, dribble the ball, you know, block shots,” Rivers before the game. “Other than that, there’s not much that’s impressive.”ADVERTISEMENT And impressive they were. Cousins had 35 points and 15 rebounds and Davis added 25 points and 10 rebounds to help the Pelicans beat the Clippers 111-103 on Saturday (Sunday Manila time).Jrue Holiday had eight assists for New Orleans, half of the total assists generated by the entire Clippers team. The Pelicans also overcame 23 turnovers. Cousins lost the ball eight times — two on offensive fouls — and Holiday had seven turnovers.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogBlake Griffin led the Clippers with 27 points, but it came on 9-of-27 shooting. DeAndre Jordan has 12 points and 14 rebounds. The Clippers were held to 41 percent from the floor, while the Pelicans shot 54 percent.“We tried to keep DeAndre off the board and keep Blake Griffin off the paint,” Davis. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson MOST READ Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Austin Rivers managed to keep the Clippers in the game with 11 fourth-quarter points.“It was in reach. We didn’t execute down the stretch,” Doc Rivers said. “We came out of a timeout and had horrible execution.”RONDO’S RETURNPoint guard Rajon Rondo, the Pelicans’ major offseason free-agent acquisition, is a week to 10 days from making his regular season debut.“He’s close to doing it and everything seems to be going along fine,” coach Alvin Gentry said. “We’re not trying to push the issue at all.”DOC’S DIAGNOSISClippers coach Doc Rivers said his view that too many fouls are being called this year is, in essence, a structural issue with the league.“This day and time, they look at each other wrong, it’s a foul. I don’t know how they even play against each other anymore. It’s so difficult,” he said. “I don’t even blame the officials. There’s so much to call.”TIP-INSClippers: Griffin had his 2,000th career assist with a pass to Sindarious Thrornwell early in the first quarter. … Guard Patrick Beverley missed his second game in a row due to a sore right knee. … Rivers and assistant coach Sam Cassell were hit with technical fouls in the fourth. View comments read more

January 18, 2020 | |Post a Comment

first_imgPalace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs He did hold that pose, a mixture of full-on despair and utter exhaustion, for a bit, which felt appropriate. So, too, did what happened next after Nadal won 7-5, 6-7 (7), 4-6, 6-4, 6-4 Wednesday and earned a trip to the semifinals at the All England Club for the first time since 2011: He went over to give del Potro a lengthy hug.Then they walked to the sideline together, arms draped across each other’s shoulders.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’“Emotional match for both of us,” said Nadal, who is ranked No. 1 and seeded No. 2 and won two of his 17 major championships at Wimbledon. “And for the fans, too.”Now Nadal will face longtime rival Novak Djokovic in the semifinals Friday. It will be their 52nd career meeting; Djokovic leads 26-25. Djokovic, a 12-time major champ whose resume includes three trophies at the All England Club, advanced earlier Wednesday with a four-set victory over Kei Nishikori that didn’t require nearly as much energy or effort as what followed on Centre Court. Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West Pacquiao predicts action-filled fight against Matthysse Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Rafael Nadal of Spain celebrates winning his men’s singles match against Czech Republic’s Jiri Vesely, on day seven of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships, in London, Monday July 9, 2018. (AP Photo/Tim Ireland)LONDON — When the 4 hours, 48 minutes of diving across the grass and leaping into the stands, of slipping and sliding, of so many moments of great tension — and, above all, great tennis — were done, when Rafael Nadal had sealed his Wimbledon quarterfinal victory, the man he edged, Juan Martin del Potro, was face-down at a Centre Court baseline.“I wanted to stay there,” del Potro said afterward, “all night long.”ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names 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 LATEST STORIES ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Soon, Nadal gained the upper hand, shaking off a hard fall onto his back on one point by whipping a cross-court backhand winner on the next to break for a 3-2 lead.That never really felt like much of a cushion, though. In the next game, Nadal staved off two break points, the first when he used his never-give-up-on-a-ball defense to stretch a point and del Potro pushed a forehand way long.Del Potro put both hands on his head.“Against Rafa,” del Potro said, “you must go for winners all the time.”Then, at 4-3, they played an epic 18-point game that featured six deuces and another trio of break points for del Potro, none of which he managed to convert.Soon enough, del Potro was down on his belly after one last slip, as Nadal finished off the victory with a volley.“Rafa is a fighter,” del Potro said. “Also, he has a fantastic game.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil View comments And Nadal rued failing to take control against del Potro much earlier.Nadal could have gone up two sets to none after leading 6-3 in the tiebreaker. But he blew those three set points, the last with a double-fault he later called “a big mistake.”Nadal wasted a fourth chance at 7-6, before letting 2009 U.S. Open champion del Potro grab three points in a row for that set.After del Potro also took the third, repeatedly taking points with his thunderclap of a forehand, Nadal knew he needed to make some adjustments. The most important was pushing forward: The Spaniard went to the net a total of 23 times over the first three sets, and upped that to 24 over the last two, winning the point on 19 of those.At 1-all in the fifth, del Potro jumped to his right, rolling along the turf and losing his racket, for a volley winner, and then celebrated by raising both arms. Later in that 14-point, four-deuce game, Nadal chased a ball to no avail, sprinting so hard he was carried all the way over to the seats. He stepped on the short wall and landed in the lap of a female spectator.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

January 11, 2020 | |Post a Comment

first_imgDuke, Tennessee, Connecticut and North Carolina were selected Monday as the No. 1 seeds for the women’s NCAA tournament. The Blue Devils, who went 29-0 in the regular season and then lost to N.C. State in the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament semifinals, will open up against No. 16 Holy Cross on Sunday in Raleigh. With a regional in Greensboro, Duke would stay in North Carolina until the Final Four in Cleveland. The Huskies eventually could face No. 2 Stanford, which opens up at home against No. 15 Idaho State. Also in the West bracket, it will be: No. 5 Baylor vs. No. 12 Chattanooga, No. 6 Xavier vs. No. 11 West Virginia, and No. 7 Old Dominion vs. No. 10 Florida State. North Carolina, which won the ACC conference tournament, earned a No. 1 seed for the third straight season and will open Sunday against Prairie View. The Tar Heels are the top seed in the Dallas region. Other games in the region include No. 8 California vs. No. 9 Notre Dame, No. 5 George Washington vs. No. 12 Boise State, No. 4 Texas A&M vs. No. 13 Texas-Arlington, No. 6 Iowa State vs. No. 11 Washington, No. 3 Georgia vs. No. 14 Belmont, No. 7 Georgia Tech vs. No. 10 DePaul, and No. 2 Purdue vs. No. 15 Oral Roberts. The Boilermakers won the Big Ten tournament title. The Big East placed the most teams in the championship bracket with eight, followed by the Atlantic Coast and Big 12 with six each. Six-time champion Tennessee is now the only team that has competed in every NCAA tournament after Louisiana Tech didn’t make the field this year. The Lady Vols, who are a No. 1 seed for the 17th time in 20 years, will open up Sunday against No. 16 Drake in Pittsburgh. The No. 8 Panthers will host No. 9 James Madison in the other game in that subregional. Other games in the Dayton regional include: No. 5 Middle Tennessee, which has won 26 straight games, vs. No. 12 Gonzaga; No. 4 Ohio State vs. No. 13 Marist; No. 6 Marquette vs. No. 11 Louisiana-Lafayette; No. 3 Oklahoma vs. No. 14 Southeast Missouri State; No. 7 Mississippi vs. No. 10 TCU. Holy Cross and Drake became the fifth and sixth teams with losing records to make the tournament. The Crusaders won the Patriot League, and the Bulldogs were victorious in the Missouri Valley Conference. The women’s Final Four is April 1-3 in Cleveland. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The 64-team tournament begins Saturday. “We’re really excited. We’re playing all year long, hoping to get a chance to stay in Raleigh, and stay in Greensboro which is about an hour and 15 minutes down the road,” Duke coach Gail Goestenkors said. center_img Others in the Greensboro regional are No. 8 Temple vs. No. 9 Nebraska, No. 4 Rutgers vs. No. 12 East Carolina, No. 5 Michigan State vs. No. 12 Delaware, No. 6 Louisville vs. No. 11 Brigham Young, No. 3 Arizona State vs. No. 14 UC Riverside, No. 7 Bowling Green vs. No. 10 Oklahoma State, and No. 2 Vanderbilt vs. No. 15 Delaware State. In the West the defending champion Maryland Terrapins will face Ivy League champion Harvard on Sunday afternoon in Hartford. Maryland, which returned all five starters from last season’s team, was 0-5 against Duke and North Carolina this season. The Terps are looking to become the first repeat champions since Connecticut won three straight from 2002-04. West No. 1 seed Connecticut (29-3) will play No. 16 UMBC on Sunday in Hartford. If they advance past the first two rounds, the Huskies then must travel to Fresno for the regionals. During its run of five national championships since 1995, Connecticut hasn’t been farther West than Kansas City. last_img read more

January 11, 2020 | |Post a Comment

first_imgLANCASTER – The Friends of the Lancaster Library will hold a spring book sale this week in the meeting room of the library, 601 W. Lancaster Blvd. The 750-member organization holds sales twice a year to help raise funds to buy books for the library and support its programs. “There are 20,000 to 30,000 books. It takes a week to set it up because we put it by categories,” said Peggy Campbell, the group’s president. “Most of them are 50cents. Kids’ books are a quarter, and there are some higher-priced ones.” A members-only night will be held 4to 7:30p.m. today. Memberships can be purchased at the door. The public sales will be held 10a.m. to 7:30p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday; 10a.m. to 4:30p.m. Thursday and Friday; and 11a.m. to 4:30p.m. Saturday. Books will be sold at half price on Friday and for $1 per bagful on Saturday. Books for sale include children’s books, fiction and nonfiction. “They are all donated. People donate them at the back of the library. There’s a couple of donation bins there,” Campbell said. “The library goes through them and sees which ones they want to keep, and the rest we box for sale.” The Friends group also runs a bookstore noon to 3p.m. on the days the library is open. For more information, call the library at (661)948-5029. (661) 267-5744 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

January 6, 2020 | |Post a Comment

first_img“Isn’t that a big bad joke, that leaders can travel all the way to Russia to watch football when we have a lot of problems here?” asked Sylvester Aseka, who sells second-hand computers in Nairobi.“Oh my God, I want to believe that is not true, the pictures some of them are posting,” said Jacinta Mong’ina, 26, a student. “It means they have a lot of time and resources to go to Russia. When will they serve their constituents?”The Star daily newspaper reported that around 20 MPs had travelled to Russia at the beginning of the month and were expected to attend Sunday’s final.The cost of accommodation, per diems and match tickets was being footed by the government, it said.The Star’s estimate of the total cost was around $450,000 (385,000 euros). By comparison, the minimum wage in Kenya is between $120 and $280 per month, depending on the skill.In parliament, National Assembly Speaker Justin Muturi confirmed the trip but said it was “not a bad thing”.“They must prepare a report when they come back and table it in parliament. That’s the standard procedure,” he said.According to The Star, Senate Clerk Jeremiah Nyegenye also defended the trip as “official business”.“It is their responsibility to understand sports, how to host such international tournaments. This is not a holiday and it is too simplistic to look at it as a joyrider mission,” he was cited as saying.Kenya’s Harambee Stars have never reached the World Cup finals, and have not qualified for any major international tournament since the 2004 Africa Cup of Nations.Kenya’s lawmakers — among the highest paid in the world — have often rubbed public opinion up the wrong way notably over their salary demands.Last August, before they had even taken up their seats after an election, the new MPs launched a campaign to demand higher wages.Kenya has also previously courted scandal at major sporting events, from doping allegations to the 2016 Olympics where several athletics officials were charged with offences such as stealing team uniforms.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Nominated Senator Millicent Omanga. Photo/COURTESYNAIROBI, Kenya, July 22 – Kenyans voiced outrage on Thursday as it emerged that a group of lawmakers had gone to the World Cup at the taxpayers’ expense, even though the country had failed to qualify for the tournament.The scandal erupted after some of the legislators posted selfies on social media of themselves enjoying matches in Russia.last_img read more

January 6, 2020 | |Post a Comment

first_imgIn all likelihood, he stayed on because his team needed him but Messi was not at his best and neither were Barcelona, who would even have lost had it not been for Marc Andre ter Stegen’s stunning late save to deny Inaki Williams.“He saved us,” coach Ernesto Valverde said. “It was a great stop.”The draw makes it three games without a win for La Liga’s leaders, whose advantage is still six points but now with Real Madrid their closest challengers, after they beat Atletico on Saturday.“We were first last week and we are still first, and if my maths is right, we will be again next week,” Valverde said.But Real’s victory at the Wanda Metropolitano was their fifth on the bounce and just as they have gained momentum, Barca appear to be losing theirs, at a crucial juncture, with more stern tests to come.After Real Valladolid at home next weekend, Valverde’s side travel to Lyon in the Champions League and Sevilla in the league. They then face two Clasicos in four days, one in the Copa del Rey, and both at the Santiago Bernabeu.“We are playing a lot of games at the moment and that shows,” Luis Suarez said. “We also lacked communication today — it is the little details that make a difference.”Injuries have not helped either. Messi was picked but not fully recovered while Ousmane Dembele was fit enough only for the bench, having shaken off an ankle injury.– Coutinho struggling –Great save: Barcelona goalkeeper Marc-Andre Ter Stegen keeps a clean sheet © AFP / ANDER GILLENEAThe struggling Philippe Coutinho retained his place alongside Suarez and Messi up front but Arturo Vidal came in for the injured Arthur Melo and Nelson Semedo started at left back, with Jordi Alba suspended.Bilbao had the better of the early stages as Yuri Berchiche flashed just wide after a poor pass from Vidal while Markel Susaeta’s drive forced the leaping Ter Stegen into an acrobatic save.Barcelona settled into the game but were never in control. Still, they twice should have scored, with Messi and Suarez both guilty of missing.First, Suarez peeled free at the back post but glanced wide from Messi’s cross and then Messi hit the crossbar, the goal gaping after Iago Herrerin had rushed out to intercept Nelson Semedo.The game was frantic and Bilbao were more than holding their own. Raul Garcia’s finish was blocked and Mikel San Jose’s effort whistled inches outside of the post.In between, Barca had enjoyed their best spell at the start of the second half but the gaps always seemed to close around the penalty area and they struggled to find a way through.Dembele replaced Coutinho with just over 10 minutes left but Bilbao had the best chance to win it. Iker Muniain squared for Williams, who looked certain to score after wriggling free of Gerard Pique. Instead, Ter Stegen shot out his right hand, somehow denying the striker from eight yards.De Marcos received a second yellow card in injury-time for a handball but there was no time for Barce to feel the benefit. Bilbao held on.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Day of frustration: Lionel Messi speaks with referee Carlos del Cerro Grande © AFP / ANDER GILLENEABILBAO, Spain, Feb 11 – Lionel Messi was short of fitness and Barcelona lacked spark as a goalless draw away to Athletic Bilbao on Sunday offered fresh hope to their rivals in the title race.A thigh injury had limited Messi to 27 minutes against Real Madrid on Wednesday and while he played the full match at San Mames, Barca’s assistant coach Jon Aspiazu had admitted before kick-off he was not yet 100 per cent.last_img read more

December 30, 2019 | |Post a Comment

first_imgThe ruling IOC executive board’s next meeting is scheduled for Dec. 10-12 in Lausanne, Switzerland. Under statute of limitations rules, the IOC and other sports bodies can go back eight years to strip medals and nullify results. In Jones’ case, that would include the 2000 Olympics, where she won gold in the 100 meters, 200 meters and 1,600 relay and bronze in the long jump and 400 relay. The standings normally would be readjusted, with the second-place finisher moving up to gold, third to silver and fourth to bronze. Standing to inherit Jones’ gold medal in the 100 would be Greek sprinter Katerina Thanou, who finished second in Sydney in 11.12 seconds. Thanou and fellow Greek runner Kostas Kenteris were at the center of a major doping scandal at the 2004 Athens Olympics. They failed to show up for drug tests on the eve of the games, claimed they were injured in a motorcycle accident and eventually pulled out. Both were later suspended for two years. Without firm evidence or an admission that Thanou was doping at the time, there may be no legal way to prevent her from getting the gold if it’s taken from Jones. “It’s very unfortunate,” IAAF spokesman Nick Davies said. “The second place (finisher) is a convicted drugs cheat.” Jones now admits she took “the clear” – the steroid THG – for two years, beginning in 1999, and that she got it from former coach Trevor Graham, who told her it was flaxseed oil, the Post reported. In her letter, Jones said she didn’t realize she’d used performance-enhancing drugs until she stopped training with Graham at the end of 2002, the newspaper reported. “If the reports are accurate and if she does in fact acknowledge steroid use at the Sydney Olympic Games then that’s a good thing,” Australian Olympic Committee chief John Coates said. “But it’s still very, very disappointing for all of the athletes that competed against her. … I don’t think an acknowledgment now will ever right the injustice for those other ladies.” “I would hope the medals would be taken away,” he said. Jones also could face a long competition ban from the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency. The IAAF said it was waiting for official notification from USADA setting out the details of Jones’ reported admission. If she admits to having been on drugs during a specific period, the IAAF could strip Jones of all her medals and results from the world championships and other events from that time. “Our rules are clear,” Davies said. Jones won a gold (100 meters) and bronze (long jump) at the 1999 worlds in Seville, Spain, and two gold (200 and 400 relay) and a silver (100) at the 2001 championships in Edmonton. Under IAAF rules, athletes busted for doping also can be asked to pay back prize money and appearance fees. It’s unclear whether this would be applied to Jones, who would have earned millions in prizes, bonuses and fees from meets all over the world, including a share of the $1 million Golden League jackpot in 2001 and 2002. British sprinter Dwain Chambers, who admitted using designer steroid THG, had to pay back a reported $230,615 before he was allowed to return to competition after a two-year ban. What would happen to the U.S. relay team medals won by Jones is also uncertain. After a long legal case, the Court of Arbitration for Sport ruled in 2005 that only Jerome Young should be stripped of the gold medal won by the United States in the 1,600 relay in Sydney. The IOC, IAAF and World Anti-Doping Agency had pushed for the entire team – including Michael Johnson – to be stripped of the victory. Young tested positive for steroids in 1999 but was cleared by a U.S. panel on appeal and allowed to compete in Sydney. He ran in the preliminaries but not the final. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas CityJones was scheduled to appear Friday afternoon in U.S. District Court in White Plains, N.Y. to plead guilty to charges in connection with steroid use, a federal law enforcement source told The Associated Press. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because the investigation is ongoing. Jones also sent family and close friends a letter in which she said she used steroids before the Sydney Games, The Washington Post reported Thursday. Bach said the IOC would work in tandem with track and field’s governing body, the International Association of Athletics Federations, to determine whether Jones should have her medals and results taken away. “We can move quite quickly,” said Bach, a German lawyer who leads the IOC’s three-man panel investigating the Jones case. “With the admissions, the facts are quite clear. I think it can be finalized by the end of the year.” LONDON – The IOC is ready to move quickly to strip Marion Jones of her five Olympic medals following her reported doping confession – although her most prized gold could wind up going to a runner involved in a major drug scandal herself. The International Olympic Committee said Friday it will step up its investigation into the Jones case and the possible removal of her three gold and two bronze medals from the 2000 Sydney Games. “We welcome that there is now some light to be shed on the whole affair,” IOC vice president Thomas Bach told The Associated Press. “Now, with this admission, we can accelerate and speed up the procedures.” The IOC opened its investigation in December 2004 after Jones was implicated in the BALCO steroid scandal. The American runner – the only female track and field athlete to win five medals at a single Olympics – repeatedly denied any wrongdoing, and the IOC had little firm evidence to go on until now. last_img read more

December 28, 2019 | |Post a Comment

first_imgDonegal protestors at a previous march. Pic by Northwest Newspix.Environment Minister Alan Kelly may have backed out of his appearance at the MacGill Summer School, but Taoiseach Enda Kenny is now to face the wrath of Irish Water protestors in Donegal.The Fine Gael leader is due to visit Glenties on Friday, July 24th and will be met by a noisy band of protesters.Taoiseach Enda Kenny to face a warm reception in Glenties.In fact, the Donegal Right2Water group has now called on people to blow whistles and bang drums when the Taoiseach arrives.Although the group had promised a peaceful protest for Minister Kelly’s visit, security will undoubtedly be beefed up for the Taoiseach’s visit.A statement from the group said “Although we do appreciate this is a cultural event, it is important to remind Enda Kenny that he cannot just waltz into Donegal as if he is a welcome friend. He and his draconian Government; for the last five years, have been imposing austerity on this County and Country.“Irish Water was ‘the straw that broke the camels back’. He has lost his mandate to govern. We are calling on him to call a General Election as soon as possible. The citizens of this Country should be given the opportunity to tell him what they really think.“It’s time to forget the political posturing and let the electorate have their say at the polls.Right2Water is made up of a combination of ordinary people united against Irish Water and we would like to congratulate the ordinary householders for sticking with the non-payment etc.“When we defeat the charges we will then be intending to deliver a knockout blow to this Government at the Election.Right2Water Donegal are asking people to attend this protest, to be loud but peaceful, and bring drums whistles, tin cans – anything to make some noise.”NOW TAOISEACH ENDA KENNY FACES WRATH OF IRISH WATER PROTESTORS IN GLENTIES was last modified: July 15th, 2015 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:donegalEnda KennyGlentisprotstRight2Waterlast_img read more

December 27, 2019 | |Post a Comment

first_imgNaomh Naille Club NotesSlotto: There was no winner of this week’s jackpot. Numbers drawn where: 1 2 6 5 3 7 4. The consolation prize of €80 went to Brendan McCole, Cranny Lower. Next week’s Jackpot will be €1070. Anyone who is interested in having a direct debit for the slotto can contact Cieran on 087 2450505. There is also a new prepay option where you can pick your numbers and prepay for 1 line for 6 months is €50 or €100 for 12 months, for 3 lines is €120 for 6 months and €240 for 12 months.Slotto Rota: The Senior team is going to be completing the Slotto for the next 6 weeks. The rota for this week is Barry Griffin & Stuart Johnson – Mountcharles & O Neills, Aidan Kennedy & Conor McDevitt – Inver & Frosses. The draw will take place in the Milltown Bar. Sponsorship: The club would like to thank Alan Herron of Herron Auto, Donegal, who presented the club with O Neill’s GAA footballs which were received through the Opel Kit For Clubs. Those present for the presentation where Brian McCabe, Senior Manager, Stephen Griffin, Senior Player, Frankie Greene, Club Chairman and Alan Herron.Course: There will be an Umpires course in Ballybofey on Tuesday the 14th of May at 8pm.Games: The Senior’s had another great win at home to Naomh Colmcille at the weekend winning by 4 points making it 4 out of 4 in the league and they are now standing at the top of the table with 8 points. The team is training very hard together and it is obvious during games on the pitch. Unfortunately the reserves lost out to a very strong and young Naomh Colmcille but they are driving towards the championship will as there are great turnouts this year for games but the management would like to encourage the boys to come out to training also. Round 5 of the league will see the Seniors and Reserve’s away to Naomh Padraig of Lifford on Saturday evening.The Senior Ladies game at home to Urris was cancelled and shall be played at a later date. They will play Naomh Columba away in Glen this Sunday time is yet to be confirmed. Good luck to all teams over the weekend and we encourage the parish to come out and support as much as they can.     GAA NEWS – ST. NAUL’S CLUB NOTES was last modified: April 23rd, 2013 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:St Naul’s GAA Club noteslast_img read more