January 2020

Russia loses 2012 Olympic silver in women’s 4×400 relay

first_imgFILE – In this Aug. 4, 2012 file photo Russia’s Antonina Krivoshapka takes off her shoes following a women’s 400-meter semifinal during the athletics in the Olympic Stadium at the 2012 Summer Olympics, London. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth, file)LAUSANNE, Switzerland—The IOC says it has stripped Russia of an Olympic silver medal from the women’s 4×400-meter relay at the 2012 London Games for doping.The IOC says Antonina Krivoshapka tested positive for the anabolic steroid turinabol in reanalysis of samples from the 2008 and 2012 Olympics.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Poe chides LTFRB exec over termination of motorcycle taxi pilot study Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 15 Taal towns now under total lockdown Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite Municipal councilor nabbed for indiscriminate firing in Leyte LATEST STORIES Russia previously lost its women’s 4×400 silver from the 2008 Beijing Olympics in a separate doping case.Medals could later be reallocated. Jamaica was third in the London relay, which was won by the United States. Ukraine was fourth.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnThe IOC says Krivoshapka has also been disqualified from her sixth-place finish in the individual 400 in London.Krivoshapka now faces being banned by the IAAF, a move that could threaten her relay gold and individual bronze from the 2013 world championships in Moscow. Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac towncenter_img Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos Palace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikely Bolt resigned to losing relay gold, but not holding grudges 98% of residents in Taal Volcano’s 14-kilometer danger zone evacuated – DILG MOST READ Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board memberlast_img read more

Chelsea celebrates title with 5-1 win over Sunderland

first_imgChelsea players take selfies with the trophy before being presented it after the English Premier League soccer match between Chelsea and Sunderland at Stamford Bridge stadium in London, Sunday, May 21, 2017. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)LONDON — Premier League champion Chelsea celebrated its title in style with a 5-1 victory over relegated Sunderland on Sunday.For once the football took a back seat at Stamford Bridge as Chelsea fans bid farewell to John Terry as the club’s long-serving captain made his final home appearance.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Citizen/King: LeBron James wins NBA citizenship award For Ina, portraying a zombie is like an ‘out-of-body experience’ MOST READ Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer LATEST STORIES Presidency bid needs ‘deep reflection’ – Sara Duterte Sunderland took a shock lead through Javier Manquillo but goals from Willian, Eden Hazard, Pedro and Michy Batshuayi’s late brace ensured Chelsea’s party wasn’t spoilt.Chelsea manager Antonio Conte fielded a strong lineup with the only notable alteration being the inclusion of Terry, who was making his 717th appearance for the club.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnSPORTSBreak new groundTerry was given a guard of honour by his teammates as he was symbolically withdrawn in the 26th minute – matching the shirt number he has worn throughout his 19-year professional career with the club.“It was very important to find the right solution to celebrate a great champion, a great legend for this club, I think he deserved to start the game,” Conte said. Gerald: Just because I’ve been bashed doesn’t mean I’d stop workingcenter_img China reports 17 new cases in viral pneumonia outbreak Swing Out Sister back to PH this April “We had to find the best solution to celebrate and make all the supporters involved. He deserved this guard of honor. It was great and I think the players recognise his career at Chelsea.”In slightly bizarre circumstances, Sunderland goalkeeper Jordan Pickford was asked by Chelsea striker Diego Costa to kick the ball out of play to ensure the Blues got the timing of its celebration correct.“We knew it was happening. I think John Terry in his own deserves a great send off and he got it today,” Sunderland manager David Moyes said.There had already been two goals by the time Terry departed. Sunderland full back Manquillo shocked the home side as he volleyed into the roof of the net after just three minutes.But the Blues were level just five minutes later as Willian’s powerful strike squeezed past Jordan Pickford.ADVERTISEMENT Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Sunderland limited Chelsea’s chances as the home fans entertained themselves by praising Conte with regular stadium-wide chants of ‘Antonio’.Chelsea took the lead in the 61st minute through its best attacking player this season – Hazard.Diego Costa chested down and played in Hazard on the left, who took the ball wide and powered his shot across goal and past Pickford.The assist proved to be Costa’s final contribution as he was withdrawn – notably waving as he left the field, further fuelling rumours that he will leave the Premier League in a lucrative move to China this summer.Pedro came off the bench to take advantage of Joleon Lescott’s poorly judged header back to Pickford before setting up Batshuayi to continue his strong finish to the season.The Belgium forward then added another in stoppage time to crown a perfect afternoon for Chelsea.After lifting the fifth Premier League trophy of his career, Terry struggled to contain his emotion as he addressed the club’s supporters.He said: “Today is without a doubt one of the most difficult days of my life. Thank you will never ever be enough, but I’m going to come back here one day and I’m going to be supporting this team and the players for years to come.”Chelsea has the chance to complete a domestic double when it faces Arsenal in the FA Cup final next Saturday. View comments Trump’s impeachment defense, prosecutors dig in Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’last_img read more

French Open bans tennis player after forced kiss on TV

first_img The French Tennis Federation (FTT) has ordered an investigation into the incident and condemned the player for what it described as “reprehensible behaviour”. The incident took place following his First Round elimination. Twenty-one year-old French tennis player Maxime Hamou’s accreditation has been cancelled by organisers of the French Open after he forcibly kissed a female reporter several times on her cheek during a live television interview. Hamou kissed journalist Maly Thomas, while aggressively holding her around her neck and shoulders, despite her efforts to wriggle free.last_img read more

Burrowes realises dream

first_img Difficult “It was very difficult, especially with the pressure on the last five holes. It was very difficult, so I had to be very focused. I am so happy I was able to pull it off and I’m proud of myself,” he told The Gleaner after his emotional victory. Burrowes, who finished with a score of 223, came in the third and final day tied for second with teammate Seebert Walker Jr., one stroke behind Puerto Rico’s Melvin Morales with 151.But a superb one under-par score of 71 on the final day sent Burrowes into the lead and eventually gave him victory by four strokes. The win has given the youngster new-found confidence and he now looks to replicate the winning performance at upcoming tournaments.”This (victory) means a lot to me. I have been coming to this tournament for seven years and I always wanted to win. To win it this year, means everything to me. “I go away (next) for the junior worlds, and in late August I will be in the Caribbean Amateur Championships in Cayman and this will definitely serve as motivation,” he said. Since making his debut at the Jamaica Amateur Junior Golf Championships seven years ago as a promising and talented 11 year old, Justin Burrowes has dreamed of winning one of the prestigious age group trophies on offer at the annual regional showpiece. On Friday, he accomplished his dream when he outscored his peers in the 18 and under category to take the James Moss Solomon trophy at the tournament, which ended after three days at the Caymanas Golf and Country Club in St Catherine. However, he said coming into the final stretch, the pressure was telling and he had to hold his nerve to get the better of the Dominican Republic’s Juan Delgado by four strokes.last_img read more

Brazil to play El Salvador in friendly

first_imgRIO DE JANEIRO (AP):Brazil will meet El Salvador in a friendly next month in a suburb of Washington, DC.The game will be held at FedEx Field in Landover, Maryland, on September 11, four days after coach Tite’s team takes on the US in a previously announced friendly at East Rutherford, New Jersey.The two matches will be Brazil’s first since its World Cup quarterfinal elimination against Belgium in July.They will also be the first games since Tite extended his contract until the end of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.Tite will announce his squad next Friday. The matches are part of Brazil’s preparation for Copa AmÈrica, which it will host in June 2019.The US may not have a full-time coach in place for the September 7 friendly.Bruce Arena quit last October after the Americans failed to qualify for the World Cup. Dave Sarachan, his assistant, is now interim coach and has led the team to two wins, a loss, and two draws.Former US midfielder Earnie Stewart was hired as general manager this month and will lead the search for a full-time coach.last_img read more

Dragline set for big run

first_imgIAN Parsard’s DRAGLINE hasn’t raced in three months but has exercised fairly well to beat non-winners of an overnight allowance over his favourite course, five-furlong straight, the ninth of 10 races scheduled this afternoon.Facing eight rivals, some of whom have not made the frame in their last three races and are reporting similar in the handicaps, DRAGLINE should use his good record over the straight to outsprint his main rivals – LUNAR ROCKET and DANCING QUEEN.Though LUNAR ROCKET had wired him over five and a half furlongs a year ago, it took her another year to get back to the races, casting doubts on her chances to repeat that feat on her third race back.To her credit, she showed good speed, going seven and a half furlongs last Saturday but had 110lb and was easily tracked by JAMAI RAJA, who had actually left the gate leading and was merely biding time before going through at the three pole.DANCING QUEEN has set the exercise track alight, blazing 1:00.3 from the gate on Monday, the first four furlongs in 46.4. However, she has a habit of giving away her races at the start, which she can ill-afford against a course specialist such as DRAGLINE.Out for the first since finishing down the track behind BILINGUAL, DANCING QUEEN and WONG DON on May 5, DRAGLINE, a half-brother to speedy SIR BUDGET, blew his race by running wide on the turn, and, though rallying in the stretch run, had no chance to recover in an event won in 1:12.3.Lightly raced for a five-year-old, DRAGLINE has only faced the starter on 16 occasions, a clear sign that he is injury-prone, and, possibly, more so when running the bends. However, he tends to run big races out of the straight as he did in his previous event, carrying topweight 126lb and finishing four lengths behind ARMAGEDDON (115lb) in a tight photo for the minors on April 21.With the only other genuine sprinter in horse field being LUNAR ROCKET, reporting 10lb heavier than last Saturday, her second race off a one-year break, her speed could collapse inside the final furlong.At his best, DRAGLINE has proven a better five-straight runner than the horses drawn to his outside – SARAH LEE, KANALOA, CAPTUREMYSHIP, LUCKY STROKE and DANCING QUEEN and LORD EQUUS – Parsard has kept faith with Panamanian Dick Cardenas, who has been aboard DRAGLINE for his last six starts, including consecutive second-place finishes behind LOTTERY TICKET and SIMPLY THE BEST, races won in fast times on the round course.Parsard’s runner showed enough at exercise two Mondays ago, clocking 1:01.1 from the gate, the first four in 47.0, fitted with his regular tongue tie and figure-eight, to suggest that he is well and can return with a bang from off the break.last_img read more

DJ Stress boat cruise set for October 28

first_img– tickets going like “hot cakes”The fantastic DJ Stress Boat Cruise, sponsored by Stag Beer, will depart the Parika Stelling, East Bank Essequibo, at 09:00h on one of the new Chinese ferries on Sunday, October 28, to Supenaam with lots of excitement in place.DJ Stephan, 71 Sound System, Selector Andy from the Megamix Reload,tThe One-Man Band Entertainer and Feel Da Beat Tassa Group will be there to add to the excitement as the ferry travels down the mighty Essequibo River.There will be a wide variety of alcoholic beverages along with the new and great tasting 592 beer. A food bar will be present with some of the best creole dishes on sale.Tickets for the cruise cost $3000 each and for all those who purchase a ticket, they will receive a free pair of the all-new DJ Stress sunglasses.Several grand prizes will be up for grabs based on the drawing that will be done 15 minutes before arrival at Supenaam. Patrons will have to fill out the information on each ticket such as your name, cellphone number and address to be eligible for the drawing.The first prize includes a gold chain from Elegance Jewellery and a pair of Double Duty safety shoes from Hardware Depot. Second prize includes a pair of Double Duty safety shoes and a case of Stag Beer, while the third prize includes a pair of Double Duty safety shoes and a case of 592 Beer.Boat cruise fans who are driving are reminded that there are several secured parking lots such as the Big Kiss Parking Lot and Barnes Parking Lot located just one block away from the Parika Stelling.The ferry will berth at Supenaam for no less than two hours hence patrons can leave the ferry to visit friends and family in Anna Regina, Charity, Suddie and other villages.The first 50 persons will receive passes for the final leg of Caribbean Motor Racing Championships slated for November 11, at the South Dakota Circuit. For those who did not buy tickets in advance, they will be required to pay $5000 at the stelling on October 28.last_img read more

Who will Mr Granger bargain with come november 2018?

first_imgBy Sase Singh; M.Sc. – Finance, ACCA.Critical Local Government Elections (LGE) are coming up, and the stakes for the David Granger Presidency are extremely high. First off, these are not a “mid-term” kind of elections anymore; these LGEs are a real litmus test on the Granger Presidency.In 2016, the PNC won 14 of the 15 constituent seats and 11 of the 15 proportionate representative seats in Georgetown. Can they repeat such a performance in November 2018? The political signs at this point in time clearly expose that “things nah regula” for the PNC even before the teachers’ strike. Therefore it is difficult to comprehend why the PNC leaders are so bent on ignoring, antagonising and attacking the teachers since April 2018. Is this a case of the PNC Leaders feeling that they have the power to operate with a feigned attitude, as if they have prescriptive titles over the teachers and thus they can do what they want with them?Well, congratulations to the teachers and their union (GTU), because they have provided quite a shock to the PNC Leadership. The doors of accountability have now been opened very wide, as more Guyanese are now questioning the words of the leaders in the Granger regime. The majority of people voted in May 2015 for change and better governance, but what these teachers have exposed is that, instead of change, the population has gotten arrogance, aloofness, intolerance, financial waste, and public squander of the resources in the Treasury.When people lined up in the sun to vote for the PNC-led Coalition in 2015, they voted for greater accountability and transparency. What they got instead was a push for an ex-GDF Commander with credibility issues rather than the elevation of the leading professional in the judiciary (Justice Cummings) to be the next Chancellor. What the people got is another ex-GDF Commander who is failing at the largest state hospital, rather than the services of a hospital professional, Mr. Michael Khan. What the people got was another ex-GDF Commander who has not even distributed 500 house lots properly over 3 years, instead of the stellar services of a housing expert (Ms. Myrna Pitt) who delivered to the people an average of 3,500 house lots per year over a 15-year period. Can you see the trend?Mr. Granger’s continued impertinence and poor executive performance reinforce this trend, and he will not stop unless and until the people of Guyana speak to him firmly and directly at the ballot boxes. That is why these LGEs are not ordinary elections, but a referendum on the Granger Presidency.This teachers’ strike was a Great Awakening of the kind that Guyana has not seen in a very long time. The millennials have moved in to take their rightful place as the largest group in the voting population. It is these youths who are really pushing this teachers’ strike; just watch the videos for the evidence.But who are these millennial?Millennials are people born between 1981 and 1996. From the graph below, they are now the largest voting bloc in the upcoming LGE, and most likely in 2020. Their combined force is about 46% of the voting population.As the graph revealed, the so-called Silent Generation (over 75 years old) is only 3% of the voting population, while the Baby Boomers are 17%. The combined strength of the Baby Boomers and the Silent Generation is some 20% of the voting population, yet this combined group controls almost 89% of the executive positions in the State Sector since Mr. Granger assumed the Presidency — be it the Cabinet or respective Heads of Department. The fact remains that Mr. Granger’s Government is a very old one, and is very out-of-touch with the ambitions and dreams of the millennials and first-time voters (the youths).If the Middle Aged Group is added to the youths, they constitute some 82% of the voters today, but yet only control 11% of the executive positions in this Granger regime. Extrapolating from these trends exposes the political drift in present-day Guyana.If one observed the outcome from the PNC Congress, the male geriatric Afro-Guyanese dominated its newly appointed Central Executive. Between the 2016 and 2018 Congresses, the population of geriatrics expanded on the PNC Central Executive by 2, while the youths and women lost a combined number of 4 seats. Guess who also gained 2 seats? The band of ex-army, ex-police officers!Is the PNC swiftly becoming a yesterday party?ConclusionSo who really is Mr. Granger bargaining with come November 2018?Please feel free to share your feedback at [email protected]last_img read more

A lost step in the green direction

first_imgHydropower has the ability to transform a country’s electricity spectrum with cleaner energy thus contributing to the reduction of global warming as well as saving the environment. Guyana, a country with vast rainforests and hundreds of waterfalls, took up the mantle and included the Amaila Falls Hydroelectricity Project (AFHP) as part of the Low Carbon Development Strategy (LCDS) under the stewardship of then President Bharrat Jagdeo.Touted as the keystone of the LCDS, the AFHP was launched in 2009 but has been on hold since 2013 when the developer Sithe Global pulled out. The reason for Sithe Global’s withdrawal was due to the lack of consensus in Parliament.The then Opposition A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) and Alliance For Change (AFC) both expressed concerns about the project and voted down a key piece of legislation which consequently shelved the project.Despite the uncertainty about the project, in 2014, Norway transferred US$80 million to the Inter-American Development Bank as part of the Norwegian International Climate and Forest Initiative’s US$250 million REDD deal with Guyana. The money is intended as part-funding of the dam, the cost of which has grown over the years from US$325 million to almost US$1 billion.Under the Norwegian Government’s budget regulations, grants must be used within one year. An exception was made for the Amaila Falls Project, allowing the money to remain with the IDB for 18 months.By mid-2016, Guyana had a new government, which opposed the construction of the Amaila Falls dam. The Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (NORAD), in 2016, commissioned a review of the Amaila Falls dam which was carried out by Norconsult.“The only realistic path for Guyana towards an emission-free electricity sector is by developing its hydropower potential. The fastest way forward is to maintain AFHP [Amaila Falls Hydropower Project] as the first major step for substituting its current oil-fired generation,” Norconsult concluded in its report.The AFHP was prioritised as the first hydropower plant because it was the only project with a full feasibility study completed, it has a higher plant load factor than the alternatives, a smaller reservoir and a revised unit cost in the same range as the most attractive alternatives.The report also indicated that Amaila Falls alone cannot provide 100 per cent emission-free power generation in Guyana. Other generating sources will have to be added in parallels like sun, wind and thermal production based on emission neutral fuel (bagasse) for back-up in the dry periods when the water flow to the AFHP may be insufficient for full capacity operation.The environmental and social impacts of the AFHP are well established in the performed studies. No resettlement is required and there is limited human activity in the area directly affected by the project.The US$858.1 million project was touted as the largest foreign direct investment at that time.Had the AFHP went ahead then, it would have meant reliable electricity supply as well as lower harmful gas emissions from the burning of fossil fuels for the generation of power.History of the Amaila Falls Hydropower ProjectIn 1974-76, the Government of Guyana carried out a pre-feasibility study of the hydropower potential at Amaila Falls assuming an installed capacity of 200 megawatts (MW). In 1997, a brief review of this study was done by others. It concluded by suggesting a 165 MW development.In 1998, the Government of Guyana signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Synergy/Harza for developing Amaila Falls in the Private Sector. In December 2001, Montgomery Watson Harza (MWH), on behalf of Synergy/Harza, completed a feasibility study of the project with installed capacity downscaled to 100 MW.In 2006, Sithe Global entered as a potential investor to the Project. The Government of Guyana and Sithe Global thereafter established a Special Purpose Company (SPC), Amaila Falls Hydro Inc (AFHI) for developing the AFHP. Partners in the AFHI are Sithe Global (60 per cent) and the Government of Guyana represented by the Guyana Power and Light (GPL) (40 per cent). GPL is supposed to be the sole direct off-taker of the power from the Project.The AFHP comprises a power plant with 165 MW installed capacity and a 270 to 280-kilometre long 230-kilovolt double-circuit transmission line via a sub-station at Linden to the capital, Georgetown. The intention has been to develop the AFHP in a BOOT (Build, Own, Operate & Transfer) model with the transfer of the facilities for free to the Government of Guyana after 20 years.On October 8, 2009, the original holder (an association of Synergy Holdings (Guyana) and Harza International) of an Interim Development Licence, transferred all rights and interests, obligations and liabilities under its licence to the AFHI.In 2010, the IDB assumed the role of adviser to the Government of Guyana and the AFHI for developing the project and for establishing a structure for the financing of AFHP involving support from IDB, potential development agencies and other sources.A draft Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) (on “take or pay” basis) between the AFHI and GPL was negotiated in 2011.Norway’s Ministry of Climate and Environment and its International Climate and Forest Initiative (NICFI) have supported Guyana’s rainforest conservation efforts since 2009, including Guyana’s commitment to the transfer of its oil-fired energy generation to renewable sources, as outlined in Guyana’s LCDS document issued first in 2009 and confirmed in a revised version in March 2013.Just last year, Government, after pushing the green agenda, said that it was open to reconsidering the hydroelectric dam, citing renewed interest for investors.last_img read more

Revoke contract, manage own parking

first_imgDear Editor,The Parking Meter Contract was executed without widespread consultation with stakeholders – not residents, the business community, workers, motorists, the entire City Council, etc. Parking regulations are needed. The city council says meters are needed to raise revenues for the city. But parking meters are not necessarily the best way for parking enforcement or raising revenues.The main complaint about the parking meter is affordability. Drivers who wish to park in the so called clamp zone (very busy business area) simply cannot afford the parking rate. But the issue is not only the rate. There is the secrecy in which the Contract was negotiated and executed – it suggests that those who signed the Contract on behalf of the city have something to hide. And there is also the issue of percentage (20 per cent) that the Council will receive from the parking fees. The total estimated amount is not clear.In most developed countries, local governments (cities) manage their own meters and collect virtually all of the fees and funds obtained from violations. So 20 per cent is a very low amount given to the city.In some countries, where there are no parking meters, the local government auctions public parking spaces. Bidders offer a percentage or a certain amount of proceeds to the government, with the amount substantially higher than 20 per cent of the intake. Also, contracts are not signed in secrecy. There is an open bidding process and the highest and most reliable bidder in terms of rewards to the city wins and gets the contract to enforce parking regulations.In Guyana, a foreign firm gets the contract on meters. This means the foreign company, Smart City Solutions (SCS), will repatriate the huge profits. Guyana already experiences foreign currency scarcity and control. The country’s foreign exchange will be depleted. The SCS contract will result in even tighter control of precious exchanges.The parking meter proposal should be re-tendered since the Contract lacks integrity and openness.Meters are not necessarily needed. Parking can be done in government-owned and operated lots or multi-story buildings. The lots can then be contracted out to bidders. Private parking facilities should be allowed; under the DCS contract, private lots are outlawed. Tendering to manage the public parking spaces should be an open process. Local companies should be given priority to manage the lots. In this way, foreign currency will be saved for use in real needs of the country. As almost everyone I spoke with in opposition to the meters, the City Council should scrap or revoke the SCS contract and start over to obtain a contract that will result in almost all of the fees going to the city (like managing the parking space itself or contract it out to a local contractor). The said parking fees should be made affordable to those utilising parking spaces. Otherwise, people will find creative ways to evade the parking fee once it remains high. In the end, the city will not realise its goal of collecting large amounts of revenues. And businesses will lose out on revenues as people will not want to park to patronise shops in the parking zone.Yours faithfully,Vishnu Bisramlast_img read more