German reporter who exposed Russia doping ‘won’t be at World Cup’

first_imgFILE – A picture taken on February 27, 2015 shows German journalist Hajo Seppelt during the German Athletics Championships in Leipzig, eastern Germany.“I was always interested more in backstage athletic performance than in the sport itself,” told AFP Hajo Seppelt, the reporter of the German ARD, focusing on the fight against doping. / AFP PHOTO / DPA / Jens WolfGerman journalist Hajo Seppelt, whose investigative reporting exposed Russia’s alleged state-sponsored doping, will not travel to the football World Cup tournament out of security concerns, national broadcaster ARD said.World Cup host Russia had initially refused to issue Seppelt a visa, but later relented after massive international pressure, with FIFA stressing the importance of media freedom to President Vladimir Putin’s government. ADVERTISEMENT DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations But Germany’s security agencies have since evaluated the situation and found that it was risky for the journalist to travel to Russia, said ARD in a statement late Wednesday.Representatives from the broadcaster also held talks with Foreign Minister Heiko Maas over the security issue and the ministry shared the intelligence agencies’ concerns.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownRussia’s powerful Investigative Committee has said it intended to question Seppelt on his arrival because he was a key witness in its own investigation into the doping scandal.Seppelt’s documentaries on doping among Russian athletes sparked a storm and ended up with Russia being banned from the 2018 Winter Olympics. Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding LATEST STORIES China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons filmcenter_img In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Scalpers still operating at World Cup despite crackdown His TV reports concluded that Russia’s doping programme was being overseen by the state’s security service, and that orders for athletes to cheat on a such a scale could only have come from Putin himself — charges which have been vehemently denied by Russia.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ View commentslast_img read more

‘We Will Continue to Do Our Work’

first_img“Custo-man, come nah! I fresh and ready oh. You’nwant small ting seh?” This is the common approach of most commercial sex workers across Monrovia.Standing on the outskirts of community bars and entertainment centers, Jartu starts as early as 7pm – just after dark – scanning the streets, looking for ‘men with needs’. Dressed in a short denim skirt half-way up her thigh and a sleeveless pink blouse with matching slippers and braids flowing down her back, she’s showing all the signs that she isready for business.But since the outbreak of the Ebola epidemic in Liberia, the fear of the disease has curtailed the nocturnal social activities ofmanyin Monroviaparticularly commercial sex workers.However, with the growing knowledge about the disease in the country, more and more sex workers have withdrawn from loitering the streets in prevention of the dreaded disease. Yet some are brave enough to continue working.Jartu, 25,was one of four young women on the lane, and the only one who consented to an interview.  She is a mother of 2 andlives in Caldwellbut does her night time business at “Zimbabwe”, a slum on the edge of Point Four, New Kru Town, Monrovia. Her two kids are from the same father, who eventually left her for another woman. “I couldn’t do anything to support myself and that’s how I ended up doing this kind of work,” she says.Speaking to the Daily Observer, Jartu acknowledged that Ebola is more harmful than gonorrhea, syphilis and HIV/AIDS, and she has been very cautious of the disease.“This Ebola virusthat people talking about is the worst disease,” she said.“From what we are hearing and seeing in Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone is very bad. It is more satanic and dangerous and is causing serious problems for our business at night, because all the men are afraid of the virus.”But in order to feed her two children, she feels she must take her chances to make ends meet.  She wants the government, through the Ministry of Gender and Development and other women’s agencies to assist her and others like her with food and alternative empowerment (skills training) if they are to survive during this epidemic.“My brother, it is not easy. This virus is very wicked. We are no longer going in the street because we don’t want to contract it.  But two days now – no food to eat and some of our children are starving,” she lamented.She says during normal times, she was able to win as many as 10 clients per night, earning herself few hundred dollars.“We have been listening to the news,” she said, when asked what preventive measures she and her colleagues have been taking.“People have been telling us to wash our hands regularly. We have been doing that and maintaining general cleanliness around us.“Unfortunately, our work involves contact that is so personal, it is only God that can save us from the disease,”she noted.Asked further if it were possible for her and her colleagues to stay away from this business for some time, Jartu suddenly looked alarmed. “How can that be?” she asked.“Do you want us to starve? We will continue to do our work. But if government can help us too, I think that would also help them to contain the further spread of the virus.”She said although business has been dull in the last two months, she disagreed that it was due to the outbreak of the Ebola virus in the country.She continued: “Our business has good and bad seasons. Sometimes things change, too. For instance, when month ends, we have more customers than at other times. But then, a single person can come and change things for days or even more. He can pay more for a girl than she has been making for days. So our business is not predictable. Also, it depends on whoyour client is. Sometimes we charge according to how you look.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Local manufacturer sidelined

first_img…as Surinamese company getsschool juice contractLocal beverage giant, Demerara Distillers Limited (DDL) has been overlooked as Government announced that the contract for the supply and delivery of boxed juices was awarded to Suriname’s Rudisa Beverages and Juices Company.This announcement was made despite DDL being the lowest bidder at the recent bid for the contract. After milk was replaced as the preferred beverage to offer students along with biscuits and a snack in schools, DDL had supplied Topco juices to Government’s National School Feeding programme since 2010.However, on Saturday Government stated that it was guided by the National Procurement and Tender Board Administration’s recommendation that the contract should be awarded to the third highest bidder. Government further justified its decision noting that Rudisa met the requisite administrative as well as technical requirements.In a brief comment on the issue a DDL official said on Monday that the company will make a public statement soon on the issue.Meanwhile, Opposition Member of Parliament and former Attorney General Anil Nandlall commenting on the issue on Monday said that while Caricom (Caribeban Community) has obligations which may allow for a level playing field for competitive companies, the benefits a local company can offer Guyana outweighs that of a foreign company. He added that the deal sends the wrong message to local manufactures, pointing out that other Caricom member states make provisions for their local companies to thrive.The former Attorney General likened the decision to terminate the company’s juice contract as move against job creation, something Nandlall reminded was promised in the coalition’s 100 day plan.Nandlall also referenced company Barama which recently laid off nearly 200 employees due to the non-renewal of their licenses. The former Attorney General surmised that Government is “contributing to unemployment” in the country.Meanwhile, in July 2015 that the Surinamese beverage company, RUDISA International NV, agreed to slash over US$1 million off of the settlement awarded by the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) to be repaid by the Government of Guyana for taxes it had imposed on imported beverage bottles. This was down from the US$7.72 million (G$1.6 billion) that the CCJ ordered Guyana to pay the beverage company.last_img read more

2nd Annual Clayton Askoty Memorial Slo-Pitch Tournament set for early July

first_imgEntry fee for the tournament is $500, and will feature a number of events including a home run derby for men and women. Also on the line-up for the weekend is a silent auction, equipment draws, and various prizes for most valuable players, and for best play.There will be camping available for the weekend, and carded umpires will be on hand for the games as well.For more information on the tournament, you’re encouraged to call Carla Askoty at 250-262-5860, or Valerie Askoty at 780-832-4073.- Advertisement –last_img read more

Bratton says job isn’t over, wants 2nd term as chief

first_imgSaying he wants to finish the job he started five years ago, Police Chief William Bratton formally requested reappointment Monday to a second five-year term. “It’s been an honor and a privilege to serve as Los Angeles’ chief of police,” Bratton said in a prepared statement. “While we have accomplished a great deal, there is still more to do. I want to continue to lead that effort over the next five years.” Aides said Bratton will respond to questions before today’s scheduled Los Angeles Police Commission meeting. Bratton, whose term expires Oct. 24, was required to reapply this month for a second term. If he is reappointed, he will be the first chief to serve two full terms since voters approved a term limit for chiefs in 1992. Bratton, 59, who is paid $300,442 a year, has received high marks in the past from the commission and city officials for his performance and has proved popular in the city, overcoming suspicions – particularly in the minority communities – after succeeding two African-American chiefs, Bernard Parks and Willie Williams. Bratton also has been able to overcome tensions within the department by establishing a more cordial relationship with the Los Angeles Police Protective League than either of his predecessors had, and by responding to the needs of City Council members. Crime has dropped to historic low levels under his administration, even without a vast increase in the number of officers. The department now has some 9,400 officers and is looking to grow to 10,000 by 2009. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa has continually offered his support of Bratton, and the two have developed a cordial relationship cemented in weekly meetings and joint appearances. The mayor has been outspoken in his desire to see Bratton seek a second term, crediting the chief with the continued drop in crime that has made L.A. the second-safest big city in the nation. “The mayor believes that Bill Bratton is the best police chief in the nation and looks forward to working with him for a second term,” spokesman Matt Szabo said. More recently, the two have joined forces to combat gang crime and have been advancing proposals to identify gang members and target the city’s most notorious gangs. The Police Commission now has 90 days to respond to Bratton’s application. But as recently as November, the panel gave him high marks in his annual review. Bratton was hired by former Mayor James Hahn to replace Parks. He came to the LAPD from Kroll Associates, where he was part of the team working to monitor the LAPD under a federal consent decree. (213) 978-0390160Want 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

Holden sentenced to 30 days for dog burning incident

first_imgRCMP also concluded from witness accounts that a second dog suffered serious enough injuries that it too did not likely survive after it escaped into a nearby wooded area.54 year old Holden was originally charged with two counts of injuring or endangering animals, and two counts of causing animals unnecessary suffering. She originally plead not guilty to all four charges, but switched to a guilty plea on the lesser charge. Initial police reports suggested she was likely intoxicated and angry following an argument with a partner, who had left the site before investigating officers arrived. – Advertisement –last_img read more

Aston Villa manager defends decision to stop young midfielder from training with England

first_img Jack Grealish and Tim Sherwood Aston Villa boss Tim Sherwood has defended his decision to block Jack Grealish from training with England during the international break.The midfielder has pledged his international future to the Three Lions after choosing them above the Republic of Ireland. Birmingham-born Grealish represented Ireland at under-21 level as he qualified through his grandparents but after his decision, national manager Roy Hodgson was keen on bringing him to train with England, with Grealish waiting for his new international registration. Villa want to keep him at the club to work on his match fitness after he missed most of pre-season with a hamstring injury and, ahead of Saturday’s visit of Stoke, Sherwood insisted it is the right call.He said: “He’s missed pre-season and the last international break when we wanted to get some training into him, he was injured. So we’re going to use this opportunity now.“If he was called up for the squad then he’d be going but he wasn’t. Roy asked me and said he would like to invite him there and introduce him to the boys and get a feel for St George’s Park.“I thought it was better for him to stay here and work hard. We’ll use this time to get him fit for the remainder of the season. He won’t be alone, a few of the boys are doing exactly the same.”But Sherwood warned the 20-year-old he must focus on his Villa form if he stands any chance of gatecrashing Hodgson’s squad for Euro 2016. He said: “He’s not playing for England unless he is playing for Villa. It goes for every player, they need to play for their club side and play well to get picked by the England manager.“Roy is at a lot of our games and he is always looking. He’s going to make that decision based on how Jack is playing for Aston Villa.” 1last_img read more

Driver who almost rear ended Garda car banned for two years

first_imgCOURTS: A man who was intoxicated while he drove a vehicle which almost rear ended a Garda Patrol car has been disqualified from driving for two years. Jason Friel, 19, with an address at Barrack, Ramelton appeared at Letterkenny District Court in relation to a drink driving charge. Gardaí observed a vehicle driving erratically, and were immediately suspicious that the occupant of the vehicle was drinking.The vehicle almost rear ended the Garda car, before he was pulled over.He admitted to Garda he had been drinking, and was very, very sorry for what he had done.He accepts the consequences his actions may have had and his profusely sorry for what happened.The court heard that the defendant was a hardworking 19 year-old male, who was currently employed in the scaffolding industry in the UK.He travelled back from England to be present in court yesterday afternoon.Judge Paul Kelly fined the defendant €30o with three months to pay, and disqualified him from driving for a period of two years.Driver who almost rear ended Garda car banned for two years was last modified: July 22nd, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare 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:bancourtsDrinkingdrivingJason Frielnewslast_img read more

Women see periods as unnecessary now

first_imgTRENTON, N.J. – For young women with a world of choices, even that monthly curse, the menstrual period, is optional. Thanks to birth control pills and other hormonal contraceptives, a growing number of women are taking the path chosen by 22-year-old Stephanie Sardinha. She hasn’t had a period since she was 17. “It’s really one of the best things I’ve ever done,” she says. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinalsA college student and retail worker in Lisbon Falls, Maine, Sardinha uses Nuvaring, a vaginal contraceptive ring. After the hormones run out in three weeks, she replaces the ring right away instead of following instructions to leave the ring out for a week to allow bleeding. She says it has been great for her marriage, preventing monthly crankiness and improving her sex life. “I would never go back,” said Sardinha, who got the idea from her aunt, a nurse practitioner. Using the pill or other contraceptives to block periods is becoming more popular, particularly among young women and those entering menopause, doctors say. “I have a ton of young girls in college who are doing this,” says Dr. Mindy Wiser-Estin, a gynecologist in Little Silver, N.J., who did it herself for years. “There’s no reason you need a period.” Such medical jury-rigging soon will be unnecessary. Already, the Seasonale birth control pill limits periods to four a year. The first continuous-use birth control pill, Lybrel, likely will soon be on the U.S. market and drug companies are lining up other ways to limit or eliminate the period. Most doctors say they don’t think suppressing menstruation is riskier than regular long-term birth control use, and one survey found a majority have prescribed contraception to prevent periods. Women have been using the pill for nearly half a century without significant problems, but some doctors want more research on long-term use. The new methods should be popular. A nonscientific Web survey for the Association of Reproductive Health Professionals found at least two-thirds of respondents are bothered by fatigue, heavy bleeding, “really bad cramps” and even anger. Nearly half said they would like to have no period at all or decide when to have one. For some women, periods can cause debilitating pain and more serious problems. Two recent national surveys found about 1 in 5 women have used oral contraceptives to stop or skip their period. “If you’re choosing contraception, then there’s not a lot of point to having periods,” says Dr. Leslie Miller, a University of Washington-Seattle researcher and associate professor of obstetrics and gynecology whose Web site,, explains the option. She points out women on hormonal contraception don’t have real periods anyway, just withdrawal bleeding during the break from the hormone progestin. According to Miller, modern women endure up to nine times more periods than their great-grandmothers, who began menstruating later, married young and naturally suppressed periods for years while they were pregnant or breast-feeding. Today’s women may have about 450 periods. Still, surveys also show most women consider monthly periods normal. Small wonder: Girls learn early on that menstruation is a sign of fertility and femininity, making its onset an eagerly awaited rite of passage. The period is “way overromanticized,” says Linda Gordon, a New York University professor specializing in women’s history and the history of sexuality. “It doesn’t take long for women to go from being excited about having a period to feeling it’s a pain in the neck,” said Gordon, author of “The Moral Property of Women: A History of Birth Control Politics in America.” She says caution is needed because there’s not enough data on long-term consequences of using hormones continuously. Gordon notes menopausal women for years were told that hormone drugs would keep them young – until research uncovered unexpected risks. “People should proceed very cautiously,” she says. Today’s birth control pills contain far less estrogen and progestin than those two generations ago, but still increase the risk of heart attack, stroke and blood clots. The pill should not be used by women who have had those conditions, unexplained vaginal bleeding or certain cancers, or if they are smokers over 35. But there are benefits from taking oral contraceptives too, such as a lower risk of ovarian and endometrial cancer, osteoporosis and pelvic inflammatory disease. And forgoing periods means no premenstrual syndrome and a lower risk of anemia and migraines, says Dr. Sheldon Segal, co-author of “Is Menstruation Obsolete?” Segal has been involved in research for several contraceptives. Almost since the first pill arrived in 1960, women have manipulated birth control to skip periods for events such as a wedding, vacation or sports competition. Female doctors and nurses were among the first to block menstruation long-term to suit their schedules, said Susan Wysocki, head of the National Association of Nurse Practitioners in Women’s Health. “They were then more comfortable recommending it to their patients,” said Wysocki, who uses a vaginal ring to prevent menstruation. The idea gained momentum after Barr Pharmaceuticals launched Seasonale in November 2003. It’s a standard birth control pill taken for 12 weeks, with a break for withdrawal bleeding every three months. Amid wide acceptance by doctors, sales shot up 62 percent last year, to $110 million.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


first_imgLagan Harps Ladies clinch Foyle Cup VictoryLagan Harps enjoyed this week Foyle Cup Tournament in Derry.On Monday they played a very strong Derry City side, come out victorious in the end with a superb free kick by Emma Duffy and Amber Barrett running onto a long ball before lobbing the Derry keeper. This game set the motions rolling for Tuesday’s game with a massive 5-0 win over Limavady. Nakita Burke scoring twice, and Caroline Gallagher, Lauren Harper and Amber Barrett scoring one goal each.Lagan Harps had secured first place position in their group even before the third group game which was against Inishowen side Greencastle, both teams met in last years Ulster FA cup final, and know from start it was going to be a tight encounter.Greencastle scored first with Orlaigh Furlong scoring a long-range shot. With time running out a quick taken free kick by Amber Barrett over the top of the Greencastle defence was slotted past Sarah Faulkner by Nakita Burke. When the announcement of the placing in the other group was produced, Lagan were to face old Donegal Women’s League rivals Kilmacrennan Celtic in the final.Kilmacrennan Celtic withdrew from the Donegal Women’s League back in 2010, however Trevor Gorman regrouped the core of their previous squad and invited guest players to compete in the Foyle Cup this year. Everyone knew that this was going to be a great entertaining, exciting final.Roisin Friel for Kilmacrennan was first to test the keepers, however young Emma Toye pulled off a great one on one save.With Nakita Burke and Lauren Harper up front for Lagan, both players caused Kilmacrennan defence heartache, however vital and precise tackling from Danielle Fay stopped both girls on a few occasions.The deadlock was broken on the 22 min when Nakita Burke crossed from the right, and Harper jumped highest to head over the advancing keeping. Lagan were to extend their lead 2 mins later, when a long ball by Nadine Crawford found Harper who shot into the top corner. 5 mins after the restart Lagan’s Nakita Burke crossed from the left to Harper who finished with a hat-trick of goals.The third goal spurred Kilmacrennan girls into action, with Maureen O’Donnell delivering long balls to Roisin Friel and Marie Gallagher, however Emma Duffy orchestrated the Lagan defence restricted the Kilmacrennan pairing to long range shots, however on one occasion Lagan were lucky not to concede when Marie Gallagher’s shot first hit the crossbar, and the rebound shot by Roisin Friel also hit the crossbar. Kilmacrennan were rewarded for their hard work with 10 mins remaining, with a corner taken by Maureen O’Donnell was headed into the net by Danielle Fay at the back post. Minutes later a long shot by Marie Gallagher, stopped by Emma Toye, however she dropped it under pressure and Roisin Friel scored from close range.The final minutes were nail biting, but Lagan left the Cup behind last year were not making the same mistake, after Sion Swifts scored in the last minute of normal time and who went on to win in penalties, Lagan held out. Afterwards Nakita Burke accepted the trophy from Hughes Insurance sponsors of the Foyle Cup.Lagan Harps would like to thank the Foyle Cup organising committee, with over 600 games played during the week, having 3 officials at each game, the paramedics, and the grounds people, this made the tournament enjoyable for everyone.Other Donegal Women’s League player’s involved in the competition were Eimear Callaghan from Fanad Utd who played with Derry City. Stephanie Crampsie of Bonagee Utd playing with Kilmacrennan and Eimhear Bradley from Lagan Harps also playing with Kilmacrennan. CHAMPIONS! LAGAN HARPS LADIES CLINCH FOYLE CUP VICTORY was last modified: July 26th, 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:CHAMPIONS! LAGAN HARPS LADIES CLINCH FOYLE CUP VICTORYlast_img read more