Kenya changes anti-doping laws

first_imgMPs were recalled for special sitting on Thursday to push changes through.If Kenya were to be excluded from the Games, some of the world’s top athletes would miss out on medal chances.The country topped the medal table at the 2015 World Athletics Championships in Beijing with seven gold medals.”Sport is very critical to this country and the athletes have added a lot of value in this country in terms of marketing,” opposition MP Chris Wamalwa told parliament.The new legislation must be approved by the Senate before being signed into law by President Uhuru Kenyatta.Wada had demanded changes after a spate of drugs scandals involving Kenyan athletes.Since 2011, more than 40 of its athletes have failed drugs tests.As of January 2016, 18 Kenyan athletes were suspended for doping. The best known is Rita Jeptoo, who won the Boston and Chicago marathons.Last November, former Wada president Dick Pound said it was “pretty clear that there are a lot of performance-enhancing drugs being used” in Kenya.In April, Kenya introduced new criminal laws as part of an anti-doping bill, creating a national testing authority and making doping an offence punishable by imprisonment.It was widely assumed that the measures would satisfy Wada but the agency later cited “inconsistencies” in the legislation and declared Kenya “non-compliant” on 12 May.last_img read more

Drake Athletics Announces Enhancements To The Fan Experience At The Knapp Center Including Beer Sales

first_img DES MOINES, Iowa – Fans to the Knapp Center for Thursday’s men’s basketball season opener against Buena Vista University and throughout the men’s and women’s basketball season will notice many enhancements to the fan experience at the Knapp Center, including the sale of beer and new, lower concession prices.”We have an incredible group of fans that have supported us for years, and we are excited to find new ways to enhance their experience at our basketball games” said Drake director of athletics Brian Hardin.  “As our fan base continues to grow and evolve, we strive to meet their expectations to provide a first-class experience and make the Knapp Center an exciting venue to support Des Moines’ Hometown Team.”Outside the Knapp Center, upgraded exterior lighting will help guide fans safely and efficiently from adjacent parking lots into the Knapp Center.Once inside the Knapp Center fans will see a brand new Ron Pearson Court and state-of-the-art lighting array that was installed during the summer. In addition to providing a more even, consistent light throughout the Knapp Center, the technology allows for customized lighting configurations and special effects to enhance the gameday experience for fans and student-athletes alike. The enhancements inside and outside the Knapp Center will provide sustainable lighting at Drake University and over time the efficiencies of the fixtures will lower energy costs and save the University money.Additional concession options also greet fans, along with the sale of beer to the general public as Drake becomes the first Division I collegiate basketball venue in the state of Iowa to offer the amenity to all ticket holders of legal age arena-wide. Initial beer offerings will include a selection of national and local craft brands and will be available on the main concourse and off the court in the northeast atrium. As this new offering is made available to fans of legal age, Drake has designated two sections in the Knapp Center as alcohol-free seating sections. Patrons will not be permitted to possess alcohol in Sections J, K and L on the west end of the Knapp Center, traditionally held for Drake students and band, and General Admission seating sections R, S and T on the east end of the Knapp Center. Additional security measures and an expanded security presence will be in effect throughout the Knapp Center.The revamped, fan-friendly concession prices include 15 items priced at less than $5 and seven items for less than $3. Two special meal deals have also been created, including a Family Four Pack that offers four hot dogs, four soft drinks and four popcorns for just $24, a savings of $12. An individual Drake Meal Deal is available with a hot dog, soft drink and popcorn for $7. These concession choices continue to bolster the selection at the Knapp Center that also features menu items from Chick-Fil-A for the second-straight season.Fans can fully experience these enhancements to gameday at the Knapp Center through Drake Athletics’ Hometown Team Starter Kit. For $15, fans will receive a ticket to Thursday’s men’s basketball home opener, a ticket to a future game, an official ‘Des Moines’ Hometown Team’ t-shirt and a small popcorn. To order the Hometown Team Starter Kit, use promo code HOMETOWN at DrakeTix.com/promoSeason ticket packages as well as six-game and 10-game flex packages are also available for both Drake men’s and women’s basketball via DrakeTix.com or by calling 515-271-3647. Story Links Buy Tickets center_img Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

DONEGAL GARDAI WARN OVER FAKE iPHONE 5 SCAM

first_imgGardai have issued a warning to the public across Donegal regarding the advertising and sale of fake iPhone 5’s to unsuspecting customers.Sgt Paul WallaceThese phones look like the original Apple i Phone 5 come boxed with instruction manual charger, earphones etc but are fakes.However, these phones will not power up, accept a sim card are useless with no comeback for the purchaser. Local Garda Crime Prevention Officer Sergeant Paul Wallace has advised the public not to be duped by advertisements by unscrupulous persons who use authentic sales platforms to advertise these phones.Commenting Sgt Wallace said ‘ We have had a number reports again in recent days of people being caught again by this scam. Sales usually take place in car parks (without cctv) or close to the border so that a quick getaway is possible.“The seller will allow the purchaser to examine a genuine phone and then goes to get the box and accessories. The boxed phone is handed over for payment usually about €470 and the seller makes a quick exit. When the purchaser opens the box, they find a useless piece of plastic which resembles an Apple i phone 5’.“The public are advised to purchase such items from proper outlets where you have comeback and will be sold a gunine product supporting businesses in your community. “It is important for the public to be aware that ‘ buyer beware’ as if you are purchase one of these phones which are useless there is usually no comeback or if a proper phone may in fact be stolen remember you have no title to it and you are in possession of stolen property.“Remember if it sounds too good to be true it normally is ! by purchasing you are feeding into crime in your county and in your community’- Sgt Wallace concluded.It is important to report to Gardai if you have become a victim of this type of crime. DONEGAL GARDAI WARN OVER FAKE iPHONE 5 SCAM was last modified: March 6th, 2014 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:FakeGardaiPhone 5Sgt Paul Wallacelast_img read more

MAYOR OF LETTERKENNY CLAIMS HE HAS BEEN SNUBBED BY MINISTER VARADKAR

first_imgThe Mayor of Letterkenny has slammed Minister for Health for snubbing local public representatives during his visit to the town today.Letterkenny General HospitalCllr Gerry McMonagle, who is also a member of the Regional Health Forum West, told Donegal Daily he received no invitation to Minister Leo Varadkar’s visit to Letterkenny General Hospital today.Mayor McMonagle said the secrecy of the visit is akin to the goings on of “the Russian Government.” “It’s like something out of a Russian spy novel. We are elected representatives and I am a member of the Regional Health Forum.“I have not received an invitation to today’s visit and I don’t even know why Minister Varadkar is here.“I would like the time to speak to him about several aspects of the hospital and the healthcare system in Donegal in general.“But we don’t even officially know that he is here so we cannot even ask him. “It is a ridiculous situation. He is answerable to the people of Donegal and, as a publicly elected politician, I should be able to ask those questions,” he fumed.A spokesperson for Letterkenny General Hospital has said that Public Representatives from all political parties, including each member of the Regional Health Forum were invited by the General Manager of Letterkenny General Hospital to attend the opening of the redeveloped catering unit and dining facilities and the redeveloped pulmonary laboratory.“The invitations were issued by email and the General Manager apologises if any addresses are no longer being used.”MAYOR OF LETTERKENNY CLAIMS HE HAS BEEN SNUBBED BY MINISTER VARADKAR was last modified: October 1st, 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:donegalgerry mcmonaglehospitalLEO VARADKARlast_img read more

Fishing the North Coast: Tuna fever hits Humboldt

first_imgTuna fever is spreading quickly amongst Humboldt County saltwater fishermen. There’s warm water sitting off the coast of Eureka, and there are patches lined up all the way to Charleston, Oregon, giving anglers a few different options. A small three-day weather window opened up for Eureka on Wednesday and a few boats made the 27-mile run due west to the where the water turned 60 degrees. Tim Klassen of Reel Steel Sport Fishing was one of the boats to venture out and boxed 11 albacore in the …last_img

Freedom Month ‘to promote unity’

first_imgPresident Jacob Zuma will lead the nation in marking Freedom Month in April, “celebrating the dawn of freedom and democracy and the achievements of all South Africans in moving away from hatred, divisions and a painful history to build a common future together”, the Presidency said on Wednesday.Freedom Month celebrates the country’s Constitution, “especially the unifying assertion that South Africa belongs to all who live in it, black and white.” (Image: GovZA)Brand South Africa reporterFreedom Month celebrations would promote the National Development Plan (NDP) “as a long-term vision which should serve as a basis for partnerships across society to attain the South Africa that is eloquently articulated in the Constitution and historic national documents such as the Freedom Charter of 1955,” the Presidency said in a statement.The National Development Plan is a policy blueprint for eliminating poverty and reducing inequality in South Africa by 2030. Among other things, it identifies the key constraints to faster growth and presents a roadmap to a more inclusive economy that will address the country’s socio-economic imbalancesThe plan was approved by Cabinet late last year and adopted by the ruling African National Congress (ANC) at its elective conference in Mangaung in December.President Zuma, interviewed on national television following his State of the Nation Address in February, said the NDP was a crucial policy-making tool that would help South Africa develop and determine the direction the country was to take.Zuma, the Presidency said on Wednesday, “urges all parties to use Freedom Month to unite South Africans in their commitment to building a nation that is caring, dignified and with a great sense of humility and mutual respect for one another”.The Presidency said Freedom Month would celebrate the country’s Constitution, “especially the unifying assertion that South Africa belongs to all who live in it, black and white.“At the same time, Freedom Month is also a period of reflection on what else needs to be done collectively towards the goal of building a prosperous society and an improved quality of life for all, especially the poor and the working class.“It reminds us of the need to work hard continuously to ensure that every household has water, electricity, sanitation, a good school, a good clinic, road, a police station and all other basic services.”Freedom Month would also “reflect on what else needs to be done better to improve social cohesion and the building of a nation united in its diversity”, the Presidency said.A summit on social cohesion hosted by the government in Kliptown, Soweto in July last year acknowledged that social cohesion would depend to a large measure on South Africans’ ability, as society, to address the challenges of poverty and inequality.President Zuma, addressing the summit, said that promoting social cohesion, nation building and a sense of national identity were high on the list of South Africa’s priorities, but would require a joint effort from all sectors of society to achieve.‘NDP 2030, one plan, one country, together we move South Africa Forward’. (Image: GCIS)Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

Beware of Holiday Frauds

first_imgPhoto by karenwarfel via Pixabay.com CC0 Public DomainBy Barbara O’Neill, Ph.D., CFP®, Rutgers Cooperative Extension, oneill@aesop.rutgers.eduMilitary families are a frequent target for holiday scams. With the holiday season in full swing, so are various frauds associated with it. Frauds tend to follow current events whether they are natural disasters like hurricanes, floods, and tornados or seasonal events like income taxes and end-of-year holidays. Unfortunately, the holidays can bring out the worst, as well as the best, in people as thieves, both in person and online, steal victims’ money and/or identity.Below are some common holiday scams to caution service members about:Online ScamsBeware of e-mails asking you to provide personal information to receive a package. These are often phishing schemes to obtain personal identification information (PII) to commit identity theft. Don’t click on links from unknown sources.Beware of “too good to be true” sales offers for relatively inexpensive high-end goods and electronics that request personal identification information. Fake retailer websites, may send shoddy merchandise or nothing at all and steal victims’ PII.Beware of phony web sites with “off” logos and spelling and grammar mistakes and sales offers that require wire payment.Use an application like Norton SafeWeb to warn you about unsafe websites.Look for contact information on retail websites. For example, a phone number and physical location rather than a PO box or sole e-mail address. Another indicator of a reputable retailer is a “Terms and Conditions” link for return policies.Beware of offers for “too good to be true” holiday season travel. The accommodations that are offered may be substandard or non-existent. Always deal with reputable travel agents and tour package providers.Make sure that online orders are secure by looking for https:// in the website URL of an online merchant.Postal ScamBeware of postcards for “undeliverable” packages. Some of these scams request PII or are a ploy to make expensive phone calls. For example, callers may be directed to the “hotbed” fraudulent area codes of 284, 809, and 876 in the Caribbean.ShoppingUse a credit, instead of a debit card, for large purchases. Not only can you receive rewards, but the credit card company may be able to reverse charges for shoddy or damaged goods. With a debit card, check, or cash, your money is gone.Carry a minimum amount of cash, plastic, and personal information when shopping or traveling during the holidays and make sure that your wallet or purse is secure at all times and not left unattended (e.g., on the back of a chair).Charitable DonationsNever provide donations and/or credit card information to telephone charitable solicitations. Some are outright scams and many have such high administrative expenses that very little money actually goes to the charitable cause.Donate money only to charities you know that are registered with the IRS. Check their 990 form at GuideStar.Beware of phony charities that sound like legitimate ones (e.g., National Cancer Society instead of American Cancer Society).Beware of phony charities that make highly emotional appeals for disabled police, firefighters, and military veterans.Package DeliveryAvoid having unattended packages left for delivery on your doorstep. Some criminals actually follow delivery trucks to steal victims’ holiday packages.Require a signature for package delivery. If no one is at home, request that the package be given to a trusted neighbor or held at the nearest package pick-up depot.Gift CardsInspect gift cards before you buy them to make sure that they have not been tampered with (e.g., having the activation code scratched off). Thieves who steal these codes can often use a gift card before the rightful owner.Buy gift cards that are kept behind a store counter or near the cash register so clerks can keep an eye on them to discourage tampering.Get a gift card receipt for each gift card that you buy and include the receipt with gift cards as proof of activation and payment so recipients can obtain a replacement, if necessary.last_img read more

The Small Screen of Infinite Distractions

first_imgYesterday, I did a keynote speech with Jeb Blount. A keynote is normally one person speaking, but the client asked us to speak together to close out their conference. So we got together and built a little slide deck and decided to sit on stools and take turns speaking.It took a lot of trust, but we decided that when one of us finished speaking, they’d just stop talking, and the other person would just start speaking. There was no weird, repetitive handoff, like “Jeb, what do you think?” It worked perfectly.Listen Up NowOne of the points we hammered home was the importance of listening. We were driving home ideas about how you treat people, and how poor treatment makes people feel unimportant, like they are a transaction. While Jeb was sharing how critical it is to look people in the eye, to listen deeply to what isn’t being said, and to focus all of your attention on the person speaking, I took out my cell phone and started flipping through screens, ignoring Jeb and ignoring the audience of 500 people. When Jeb finished speaking, I didn’t say anything. I waited an uncomfortably long time, until Jeb said, “Anthony?“I looked up and asked our audience how bad that felt having someone who was supposed to be deeply engaged with them deeply engaged with his phone instead. I asked them if they felt insulted while I was busy ignoring them, and if they felt unimportant. They agreed that the experience was awful for them. And they agreed that they use a different screen, but that they don’t always give their clients their full attention because they are busy on a screen.Look Up NowThis is what we do now. This is who we are becoming.We have an individual in front of us who needs our full attention, and we instead look at the small screen of infinite distractions.We have a chance to connect with people who are important to us—and to our business—and we ignore them, choosing instead to pay attention to people who are far away from us.We act as if we might miss something on the Internet, even though nothing disappears from the Internet while the opportunity to connect with a real person does.We fear the wrong danger.The people who are able to exercise the self-control necessary to give another person their full attention are going to have a commanding advantage over the people with crooked necks who can’t pull themselves away from the small screen of infinite distractions. Get the Free eBook! Learn how to sell without a sales manager. Download my free eBook! You need to make sales. You need help now. We’ve got you covered. This eBook will help you Seize Your Sales Destiny, with or without a manager. Download Nowlast_img read more

Goa villages to document biodiversity

first_imgPANAJI: Goa has become the second State after Kerala to constitute Biodiversity Management Committees in most of its village panchayats, according to Pradip V. Sarmokadam, Member Secretary, Goa State Biodiversity Board.The move is aimed at forming People’s Biodiversity Registers (PBRs) in villages, which as many as 75 villages are already in the process of forming these.Mr. Sarmokadam said here on Friday that as per the board’s chief mandate to implement the Biological Diversity Act, 2002, and Biological Diversity Rules, 2004, in Goa, this exercise was extensively conducted across the State. He was talking to The Hindu ahead of the first meeting of the State’s Access and Benefit Sharing (ABS) committee on Saturday, under the chairmanship of C. Achalender Reddy, Additional Director, Centre for Innovation in Public Systems, Hyderabad. “Financial provisions have been assured by the government for us to start with the work of PBRs and ABS committee,” Mr. Sarmokadam said. He said that apart from Kerala and Goa, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh and Gujarat are doing a commendable work in conservation and sustainable access to biodiversity.Mr. Sarmokadam said that Section 41 of the Act makes it mandatory for every local governing body to constitute a Biodiversity Management Committees. Goa will soon take up a similar exercise for municipal councils.Traditional knowledgeThese committees are expected to function for conservation of biological diversity, sustainable use of its components and fair and equitable sharing of the benefits arising out of the use of biological resources and associated traditional knowledge. They will maintain data about local vaidyas (practitioners of traditional medicinal knowledge), keep a register on information of access of biological resources and traditional knowledge granted, details of collection fee imposed and of benefits derived and the mode of their sharing. He said the board would sensitise and train the committees in documentation of biodiversity and associated traditional knowledge. “Unless we are able to connect the biodiversity conservation to livelihood of people in the area, we will not be able to convince them about conservation and sustainable sharing of its benefits, for retaining same quality of food, same quality of environment,” he said.last_img read more

Suicide bid by another farmer in Yavatmal

first_imgNagpur: A farmer tried to commit suicide by immolating himself in Yavatmal on Sunday. Shyamrao Bhopale (60), resident of Marelgoan village in Umarkhed tehsil of Yavatmal, set himself on fire at his home. He was rushed to a local hospital for treatment which referred him to Government Medical College in Nanded. district.Congress leader and head of farmers’ group the Shetkari Nyay Hakka Samiti (Committee for justice for the farmers) Dewanand Pawar, who visited Mr. Bhopale at Nanded, said he had suffered over 90 % burn injuries. injuries and chances of his survival were bleak.“I tried to immolate myself because of the debt burden. I had no option left,” Mr. Bhopale, who owns 1.5 acres, said in a video statement recorded by his relatives at the hospital.Mr. Pawar alleged Mr. Bhopale received no help from the government’s loan waiver scheme, which pushed him to take this extreme step.“Farmers in Yavatmal have killed themselves by writing names of prime minister in their suicide notes. Some farmers have set up their own funeral pyres and jumped in it. This farmer has also tried to set himself on fire but the government remains unmoved and insensitive,” Mr. Pawar told The Hindu and added that his group would organise protests in all blocks of the district over the farmers’ issue. The leader of opposition in Maharashtra Assembly Radhakrishna Vikhe Patil also claimed that Mr. Bhopale’s bid was a result of state government’s apathy.last_img read more