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first_imgThe president of the International Sports Press Association (AIPS), Italian media man Gianni Merlo, has written to the president of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), Lord Sebastien Coe, suggesting that all world records in track and field should be scratched and made to start anew. Merlo is a true friend of Jamaica’s journalists who travel internationally to cover the sport. He has, on a few occasions, rushed to support Jamaican sports media professionals who were in conflict with their bosses on issues regarding their services. This, even though the locals have not, as a group, been affiliated as contributing members with the world body. Merlo’s request to Lord Coe stems from the launch by the IAAF head of an online portal, where information on doping violations could be conveyed for subsequent investigations, leading to charges against offending parties. Having accepted that such a move was necessary, his first concern, as expressed in his letter, was “The problem will be the investigations, looking into the tips. Who will follow up on the anonymous suggestions and the whispers?” He went on to say that if things have reached the point where such a course was considered, and in fact implemented, “then, I think that the moment has arrived to close the world record books in athletics and open new ones”. Merlo was equally concerned that the stripping of medals of those who emerged as guilty from any investigation would be accompanied as well by records going through the window. He attempted to justify “scrapping all records” by declaring that with all the doubts that have plagued the sport, he had to look to the future. He further explained, “I think it would be healthy to begin a new era of athletics that would give new hope to coming generations.” RECENT FRUSTRATIONS This last thought resonates well with Foster’s Fairplay. That is on account of the very recent frustrations expressed by the female athletes, in particular, when they look at the 10.49 (100m), 21.34 (200m), set by the late Florence Griffith Joyner of the USA, and 47.60 (400m) set by Germany’s Marita Koch, and so on. Those marks stand before them like USA’s President-elect Trump’s much-talked-about wall, placed there to stymie all thoughts of movement into an area of a better life. All female athletes in these sprint disciplines, present and future, will always see these marks as unattainable. But, is the Merlo response one that should be contemplated, let alone put into being? To bring the discussion closer to home, there are two outstanding world records set by a Jamaican that are very special to the nation. They are 9.58 in the men’s 100m and 19.19 in the 200m at the 2009 Berlin World Championships – pinnacle moments in the history of track and field. Given opposing views as to authenticity and disparaging remarks held in high places, if they were tainted, it would surely have been revealed as such some time ago. Are they destined, or better put, how much justice would be served by having them go the way of the Merlo request? Foster’s Fairplay remains doubtful. Any thought of falling in line and accepting the Merlo urge to Lord Coe as workable, have, however, been severely compromised by further content in that letter. Merlo is quoted again. “The fanatic quest for records has brought athletics on the brink of destruction. It is time to change the direction. Usain Bolt will be not remembered for his records, but for what he has achieved in every race, for his behaviour.” The Italian had the same view about the great Jesse Owens, “not for his world record, but for the symbol he represented”. This columnist totally disagrees with this Merlo viewpoint. The view here is that as ephemeral as a world record can be, it adds to the stature of the athlete and makes him or her just as worthy of emulation as any other excellent feat or achievement. The fact that the mark may be transient and short-lived is irrelevant to its importance as a statistic to be targeted by those in the future of the sport. Let there be sustained effort and enforcement to lessen or, as much as possible, rid the sport of drugs. Removing records set by the honest athlete does not provide a fair answer. – For feedback: E-Mail: lauriefoster2012@gmail.comlast_img read more


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first_imgLATEST STORIES Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:06Pope Francis apologizes for ‘losing patience’ with worshipper02:14Carpio 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 MOST READ Smith told Detroit radio station WWJ that it is “really unfortunate” if some people stepped forward only because of all the recent attention. Nassar released a statement saying Smith’s comments were a distraction and that his accusers’ remarks “have pierced my soul.”Many of Nassar’s accusers have blamed Michigan State, USA Gymnastics and the U.S. Olympic Committee for not doing more earlier to stop him. The USOC announced Friday that it hired a law firm to conduct an independent investigation. And the coordinator of the women’s national team for USA Gymnastics, Valeri Liukin, said he was stepping down.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track Randall Margraves, father of three victims of Larry Nassar , left, lunges at Nassar, bottom right, Friday, Feb. 2, 2018, in Eaton County Circuit Court in Charlotte, Mich. The incident came during the third and final sentencing hearing for Nassar on sexual abuse charges. The charges in this case focus on his work with Twistars, an elite Michigan gymnastics club. (Cory Morse/The Grand Rapids Press via AP)CHARLOTTE, Mich. — A distraught father seething over sexual abuse suffered by three daughters tried to attack former sports doctor Larry Nassar in a Michigan courtroom after a judge rejected his request to confront the “demon” in a locked room, a stunning rush that reflected the anguish felt by parents who trusted him with their children.Randall Margraves was blocked by an attorney, tackled by sheriff’s deputies and hauled out of court Friday. He later apologized, saying he had lost control. Eaton County Judge Janice Cunningham said there was “no way” she would fine him or send him to jail under her contempt-of-court powers.ADVERTISEMENT “This is letting him have this power over us,” she said. “We cannot behave like this.”During a return to court, Margraves told the judge that he just snapped. He said he had not known what exactly his daughters were going to say about their abuse.“I look over here and Larry Nassar’s shaking his head, no, like it didn’t happen. … I’m embarrassed,” Margraves said of his conduct. “I’m not here to upstage my daughters. I’m here to help them heal.”About 30 more people spoke in person, by video or had statements read after the incident. The case will end Monday with final remarks from the prosecutor, defense and Nassar, followed by the judge’s sentence. Nassar faces a minimum of 25 to 40 years in prison.At a news conference, Margraves repeated his apology and insisted he’s “no hero.”“My daughters are the heroes, and all the victims and the survivors of this terrible atrocity,” he said.Melissa Alexander Vigogne, who traveled from France to speak, said she was surprised that an attack had not been attempted earlier.“It’s not that that’s how we should respond. But it’s truly understandable — the amount of pain that we’ve all gone through,” Vigogne said outside court.Sheriff Tom Reich said his officers will investigate what happened in court and send a report to the local prosecutor.The judge started the day by addressing comments made by a Nassar lawyer who said she had doubts about the large number of women and girls who say they were assaulted by Nassar. Cunningham called Shannon Smith’s remarks “unfortunate” and said Nassar did not authorize them. Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Yearcenter_img Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Nassar pleaded guilty to molesting nine victims in Eaton and Ingham counties, but the courts have been open to anyone who says she was assaulted during his decades of work at Michigan State, Twistars and USA Gymnastics, which trains Olympians. More than 200 accusers so far have spoken or submitted statements in the two counties, and at least 80 percent have agreed to be publicly identified.Margraves’ dramatic move occurred after he listened to two of his daughters speak in court for 10 minutes. Lauren Margraves, a college student, said her parents were “filled with regret” because they took three daughters to see Nassar for sports injuries.“I see the look in their faces and I know they want to be able to do something but they can’t,” she told Nassar. “The guilt they have will never go away. All this is because of you.”Her father then stepped up and asked the judge if she would grant him “five minutes in a locked room with this demon.” Cunningham declined and also turned down his request for “one minute.” That is when Randall Margraves rushed toward Nassar.There were gasps and tears in the courtroom. Assistant Attorney General Angela Povilaitis turned to the gallery and told families to “use your words,” not violence.ADVERTISEMENT “I don’t know what it would be like to stand there as a father and know that three of your girls were injured physically and emotionally by somebody sitting in a courtroom. I can’t imagine that,” the judge said.Nonetheless, she added, it is “not acceptable that we combat assault with assault.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkThe incident occurred during the third and final sentencing hearing for Nassar, who has admitted to sexually assaulting girls under the guise of medical treatment. This case focuses on his work at Twistars, an elite gymnastics club southwest of Lansing.Nassar, 54, already will spend the rest of his life in prison. He was sentenced last week to 40 to 175 years in prison for assaults at Michigan State University and his home and was ordered in December to spend 60 years in a federal prison for child pornography crimes. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases Ancajas steals limelight from main bout Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View commentslast_img read more


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first_imgThe Project Director of Education International (EI) has suggested the need for the Liberian government to dialogue with education stakeholders, bringing together teachers and civil society actors before out-sourcing the country’s education to a “public-private partnership” (PPP).He said brainstorming on the PPP with stakeholders in the country is intended for the parties to dialogue and come up with a proper plan that would encourage investment in children’s education.Mr. Gavrielatos made these observations recently in Monrovia at the opening of a one-day workshop for members of the National Teachers Association of Liberia (NTAL).“My coming to Liberia was based on the January 21 editorial of the Daily Observer entitled, ‘Out-sourcing of Liberian Education to Public Private Partnerships,’ an idea the paper advanced that encouraged me so much,” Mr. Gavrielatos said.And because of the idea suggested in the editorial, he said, “We came to Liberia to discuss with our member organization, the NTAL to consider the education policy direction of the government.“We expect more from the Liberian government when it comes to ensuring the best possible opportunity for the educational well-being of the children based on the direction the PPP will arrive at.” According to Mr. Gavrielatos, suggestions advanced in the policy were to create the necessary learning environment where the profit margin would increase in terms of a standardized system to meet international best educational practice.He further disclosed that PPP recognized employment of qualified teachers rather than the unqualified ones, noting, “What we will suggest to the government is talk with the teachers, civil society actors to get their respective comments on the real plan that would lead us into investing in the education of children.” He stressed the need for the government to legislate a policy on quality education for a child at a minimum. Mr. Gavrielatos then expressed gratitude to the Daily Observer editorial staff for their “brainy editorial,” which was also published by the paper online, because for us our focus is to see the children in Africa, particularly Liberia get quality education.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more


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first_imgThe city says some of the benefits of planting a tree include, increased property value, removal of air pollutants and increased energy saving from the provided shade. They also say the program is in place to “encourage homeowners to beautify their yard and community.”Eligible residents must have a utility account in their name, complete and present the rebate form, and present the original receipt and the tree tag “indicating growing zone 1, 2 or 3 at City Hall”.The tree or shrub must have been purchased after January 1, 2014 and the rebate will be applied to your August utility bill.- Advertisement -Rebates will be processed at City Hall, June 1 – 30, 2014 during their regular business hours. Rebate Forms are available on the city’s website, http://www.fortstjohn.ca/tree-planting-rebate-program or at City Hall.last_img read more


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first_imgThe new subdivision is in honour of Fred Jarvis, the late former Mayor of Taylor, who passed away on December 2, 2018.Monthly progress reports are expected to be released starting next month. TAYLOR, B.C. – At a Council meeting on Monday, the District of Taylor provided an update on the construction progress of the Jarvis Crescent Subdivision.According to Councillor Brent Taillefer, the work on the Subdivision is well underway as the land is being levelled and the topsoil is starting to be removed.Taillefer says the District is putting out the call for large trucks to come and haul away the huge amount of topsoil.- Advertisement -For anyone that is interested in getting topsoil, they are being asked to contact the District’s Public Works Department.A groundbreaking ceremony for the Subdivision was held on May 24.Located along Spruce Street, this parcel is a 22-acre piece of District property that includes 50 lots for new single-family homes.Advertisementlast_img read more


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first_imgHere’s the top transfer-related stories in Tuesday’s newspapers…Manchester United will press on with a £240million pursuit of Barcelona’s Brazilian superstar Neymar — and want him to be the global face of the club. (The Sun)Meanwhile, Red Devils boss Louis van Gaal  has been told by Real Madrid that Welsh star Gareth Bale is not for sale at any price. (Daily Mail)Chelsea are determined to land Juventus star Paul Pogba in a £70million deal before the window shuts. Blues bosses have become worried by the midfield partnership of Nemanja Matic and Cesc Fabregas, with the defending champions conceding seven goal in their opening three Premier League games. (Evening Standard)Arsene Wenger is plotting a stunning late move for Paris Saint-German’s, with the Gunners still desperate to sign a top class striker this summer. (Daily Mirror)Despite halting a move for former QPR midfielder Joey Barton last week, West Ham are planning to resurrect the deal, with Chelsea winger Victor Moses also a target as Slaven Bilic looks to add wide options to his side. (Evening Standard)The Hammers’ bid to sign Emmanuel Adebayor on loan from Tottenham is also back on. Spurs are prepared to pay a significant portion of his wages to get him out of White Hart Lane. (Daily Mirror)And here’s the latest talkSPORT.com headlines…MANCHESTER UNITED:West Ham target season loan move for Man United starlet Adnan JanuzajBarcelona boss Luis Enrique tight lipped over Neymar to Manchester United rumoursMan United blow! Thomas Muller not for sale, insists Bayern Munich directorAjax goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen rules out replacing David De Gea at Manchester UnitedWest Brom target Manchester United defender Jonny Evans as Joleon Lescott is told he can leaveLIVERPOOL:Mario Balotelli set to seal AC Milan switch after Liverpool agree to pay part of striker’s wagesBlow for Liverpool! Inter Milan leading chase for Anfield-linked LavezziTOTTENHAM:Tottenham target Saido Berahino chased by 15 clubs, claims West Brom boss Tony PulisWest Brom reject transfer request by Saido Berahino amid Tottenham linksOTHER:Exclusive – Kop idol Jamie Carragher urges John Stones to reject Chelsea and stay at EvertonKevin De Bruyne: Bayern Munich rule out rivalling Manchester City for £50m-rated Belgian starArsenal and Chelsea set to miss out as Serie A side Bologna close on £5m starletWest Ham transfer news: Juventus striker Simone Zaza lined up for Upton Park loan switchEverton and West Ham chase Roma forward Juan IturbeFormer Swansea midfielder Jonathan de Guzman close to Sunderland loan moveClaudio Ranieri: In-from Leicester star Riyad Mahrez not for sale at any priceNorwich will not sell Lewis Grabban to ‘direct rivals’ after two Bournemouth bidsBEST OF SOCIAL MEDIA:Arsenal blow! Karim Benzema rubbishes exit rumours claiming Real Madrid is his ‘home’last_img read more


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first_imgATHENS, Greece – Greek sprinter Katerina Thanou distanced herself Monday from her former lawyer, who has said Thanou deserved an Olympic gold medal won by Marion Jones. Thanou won the silver behind Jones in the 100 meters at the 2000 Sydney Games, and Jones admitted last week that she was using banned substances at the time. Lawyer Michalis Dimitrakopoulos “had no authorization or right to speak on her behalf, and his statements do not reflect the views of Ms. Thanou,” lawyer Grigoris Ioannides said in a statement. Dimitrakopoulos represented Thanou and Kostas Kenteris during the 2004 Olympics. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas City“The statement I made reflected my personal opinion – not that of Ms. Thanou – and that remains my personal opinion,” said Dimitrakopoulos, adding he has not represented Thanou since 2004. Thanou and Kenteris also have been tainted by doping allegations. They missed the 2004 Athens Olympics after failing to appear for a doping test on the eve of the games, and both served two-year bans. 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


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first_imgMalin Head by Ronan McLaughlinTHERE has been a mixed response to plans for developments at Malin Head.Politicians have welcomed a €400,000 tourism plan – but photographer and environmentalist Ronan McLaughlin says he believes the plans will destroy the natural beauty of the area.McLaughlin said the natural habitat will be replaced with tar as roads are widened and extra parking spaces are provided. And he has criticised Donegal County Council which has ruled an environmental impact study is not required.Inishowen’s Sinn Féin team of Deputy Pádraig Mac Lochlainn and Cllrs Jack Murray and Albert Doherty have issued a joint statement welcoming confirmation that €400,000 has been been allocated to Donegal County Council to develop facilities at Malin Head.It reads: “We welcome the allocation of monies to develop Malin Head. This is a key tourism attraction in Inishowen and Donegal, bringing tens of thousands of people here every year.“It is essential that tourists are welcomed with state of the art facilities when they arrive. As such Sinn Féin representatives and others have repeatedly raised the need need for funding with Fáilte Ireland and the government. “Thankfully this funding has now been approved. The plans for road widening works are vital for visiting buses, as are toilet facilities and parking spaces.“We are hopeful that any development which takes place will be done so without a negative impact on the landscape and we will work closely with council staff to ensure that this is the case.” ENVIRONMENTALIST AND POLITICIANS CLASH OVER MALIN HEAD PLANS was last modified: December 15th, 2015 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Malin HeadOPPOSITIONROADSlast_img read more


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first_img silverware tense England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won possible standings Chelsea are reportedly targeting Fulham forward Aleksandar Mitrovic after his impressive start to the season.The Serbian striker is being eyed as a potential solution to the Blues central attacking problems as Alvaro Morata’s form is yet to pick up under Maurizio Sarri. Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars Mitrovic has fast become a fan favourite at Craven Cottage REVEALED REVEALED Latest Chelsea News smart causal Morata has scored just once so far this season and dropped to the bench for Chelsea’s win over Cardiff on Saturday.His replacement, Olivier Giroud, is also yet to find the net, while Mitrovic has already scored four times for Fulham in the first five Premier League matches.According to the Mirror, he is therefore now emerging as a potential target for Maurizio Sarri’s side. gameday cracker center_img Tottenham issue immediate ban to supporter who threw cup at Kepa shining Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Real Madrid ‘offer’ Isco to Chelsea in bid to ‘make room’ for Tottenham star How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures REAL DEAL 1 punished Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? The 24-year-old also scored 12 goals in 15 appearances while on loan with the Cottagers in the second half of last season to help them secure Premier League promotion.In the summer, Fulham made his move permanent for £22m, though if he keeps up his current form, that price will rise significantly.last_img read more


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first_imgCONGRATULATIONS to Finn Valley BC schoolboy Leon Gallagher who is back home this weekend with a European Schoolboys Boxing bronze medal.He is pictured here with fellow club member and a man who knows something about winning medals – Jason Quigley.  SUPER LEON WINS EUROPEAN SCHOOLBOYS BOXING BRONZE! was last modified: August 3rd, 2013 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:finn valley boxing clubLeon Gallagherlast_img read more