Tough cross-examination – Spencer now awaits fate; Panel to announce decision on June 15; Athlete’s attorney confident

first_img While giving her account of what transpired on the day in question – April 27, 2016, Spencer argued that she was never approached by JADCO testers, who had turned up at her then training base at Stadium East. She insisted that the group, led by Sample Collection and Testing manager Tajae Smith, had all opportunity to notify her of their intention to take a urine sample from her for testing purposes. Spencer further noted that she was later informed by her manager, Marvin Anderson, that the JADCO officials wanted a sample from her, while she was driving home from training, close to two hours after the JADCO team had arrived at Stadium East. The athlete continued by telling the panel that upon hearing from Anderson, she then started to make her way back to Stadium East before receiving another call from Anderson, where she was instructed to meet at the JADCO office in Half-Way Tree instead. There, she met executive director of the anti-doping watchdogs, Carey Brown, along with her then coach Bert Cameron and fellow teammate Riker Hylton, who is also facing similar charges. Close friend and training partner Christine Day was also with her at the time. Robinson, however, sought to establish that Spencer’s witness statement, and particularly her argument that she was never notified by the JADCO officials that she was needed for testing, while at Stadium East, was not truthful, raising and pointing to several conflictions between her original statement and her account before the panel. In her defence, Spencer pointed out that she simply did not remember some of the details of the day given that the incident occurred a year ago. Greene, who also called to the stand Spencer’s friend for over a decade and training partner Christine Day, Jonique Day, as well as the athlete’s former coach Bert Cameron, who JADCO sought to argue had told Spencer that she was to be tested – a point which was denied by the coach, underscored his assessment of the hearing. “All of them (JADCO officials) admitted under oath – Mr Carey Brown, Tajae Smith and Wilmot Rowe – all admitted that she was never notified under the WADA international standards under Article 5. Notification is when the period begins when the athlete is required to remain for testing. They all admitted that she was never notified by anyone from JADCO and that was clear in their testimony,” Greene said. “We are hopeful; you always have to be hopeful. Certainly, the panel is a world-class panel, and we are happy with the way things went, and we appreciate the opportunity to be heard so quickly. The hearing is over and will be done on a timetable that will allow Ms Spencer to come back and compete at nationals and have a chance to go to Worlds. Assuming we win and even if we don’t prevail, we will have an opportunity to go to CAS and seek a stay which would allow her to compete at nationals, also so we are thankful for that timetable,” added Greene. The other members of the panel are Herron Dale and Dr Donovan Calder. Brown, Smith and Rowe, along with Spencer, were all heard on Monday’s opening day of the hearing. NEVER APPROACHED Jamaica’s Olympic 400-metre hurdler Kaliese Spencer will know her fate in just about a month’s time after her anti-doping rules violation hearing was wrapped up at the Jamaica Conference Centre yesterday, where the athlete faced a testing 90-minute cross-examination. Four witnesses were called before the Kent Gammon-chaired Independent Anti-Doping Disciplinary Panel, which will present its decision on June 15, 2017 following the second day of proceedings into the matter. Written submissions are scheduled to be presented on June 2, 2017. Spencer is facing a four-year ban. Spencer, who is alleged to have violated article 2.3 of the JADCO Anti-doping Rules 2015, which speaks to “evading, refusing or failing to submit to sample collection”, was placed under the microscope by Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission (JADCO) attorney Lackston Robinson, who sought to point out several discrepancies in the athlete’s witness statement, while seemingly bringing her credibility into question. However, Spencer’s attorney Paul Greene was quick to underline after the hearing that JADCO failed to establish that Spencer was properly notified that she was required for testing, adding that he was happy with the timelines established going forward, which he notes will give the athlete a chance to compete at the National Championships with an eye on a World Championships spot.last_img read more

MESSENGERS OF PEACE

first_imgWe are all products of our experience-which is a good reason to examine carefully the past experiences and present action of those communities who took matters into their own hands in the fight against Ebola Virus Disease.Winning communities acknowledge that community organizers, change agents, opinion and community leaders played important roles in community health belief systems and health seeking behaviours of others. Most communities started as vigilante groups, setting up road blocks, placing hand washing buckets at strategic locations, conducting temperature screening and managing Ebola committees, transportation and isolations centers.While health policies and established health practices are acknowledged and are an integral and valued part to the community, the media (particularly this medium) also played a critical role in the dissemination of valued health information and in providing unwritten community protocols for safety, health, education and basic hygienic necessities for the prevention and control of Ebola Virus Disease. (EVD)We recognized that all that was necessary for EVD to flourish was for the community to do nothing. We take special note of the roles played by community health volunteers, vigilante groups and faith-based organizations like the Catholic Church in drafting the blueprint for community protocols.Our community outreach education programmes at Messengers of Peace (MOP)-Liberia during the Ebola crisis were specifically designed to accommodate new materials. We were not only immersed in community based activities but involved in promoting programmes, policies and practices that increased cooperation, interaction and exchanges between communities-enabling all social groups to share their resources and support each other in the war against Ebola.MOP-Liberia article in this column on -“It takes a village” and other Ebola prevention programmes were cited at different international arena for their significant contributions to community protocols in the fight against EVD.Liberia, with more than four thousand Ebola deaths, has learned its lessons well. We need to document these best practices, having produced the most successful fight against Ebola. We also need to ensure that conditions in our schools and communities are as safe as possible. It takes just one hidden case of Ebola to reignite the fire.Helping communities get back to their normal way of life is critical to ensuring that Liberia recovers from the Ebola crisis. Community health workers and leaders need to advocate for survivors, shelter and school for orphans and others who lost loved ones and incomes. Psychosocial support to affected and neighboring communities is important and more importantly is strict border control strategies.Early recovery efforts in Liberia should establish how communities could practice careful hygiene by washing hands often with soap and water or hand sanitizer; avoid contact with blood and body fluids of an infected person, avoid funeral or burial rituals that require handling the body of someone who has died from Ebola and avoid contact with animals particularly bats, non human primates or raw bush meat. Government of Liberia should focus on protection of households through the distribution of disinfection kits and materials for contact tracing in various communities.Other measures to be included in the protocols for safe community environments in post Ebola era should include guidance for contact tracing, early surveillance system before suspected cases appear and Ebola Disease Modeling (EDM) to assess the future scope of the epidemic.With no single new cases of Ebola over the past week, we can proudly write that we are only weeks away from when (not if) Liberia would be declared “Ebola-free”. Until then and with an end in sight, we need to redouble our community action to stop and eradicate Ebola from our country. Support the “Ebola Educates” Campaign in kind through your stories or with your generous cash donation. Until next week, when we come to you with another article on: “Ebola Educates-Work Place Protocols”, Peace First, Peace above all else, May Peace prevail on earth.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Linden gets asphalt plant

first_imgRoads in the Linden community and other parts of Region 10 (Upper Demerara- Berbice) will soon benefit from an asphalt plant, which is currently being set up in the Christianburg-Blueberry Hill area at Wismar, Linden.The asphalt plant being assembledAccording to sources on the ground, the portable asphalt plant, which arrived in the community on Saturday, compliments of the Public Infrastructure Ministry, is expected to service roads in the entire Region, including the Mabura and Ituni roads which are in need of upgrading.The asphalt plant is presently being assembled and is undergoing test runs. It is expected to be in full operation soon.last_img read more

Arsenal set to be without star man ahead of London derby with West Ham

first_img huge blow Tottenham predicted XI to face Brighton with Mourinho expected to make big changes How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures Tottenham v Brighton LIVE: talkSPORT commentary and team news for Boxing Day opener gameday England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won 1 silverware Mesut Ozil is set to miss Arsenal’s clash with West Ham United through injury.The Gunners are without a point this season, after suffering back-to-back defeats to Premier League rivals Chelsea and champions Manchester City. smart causal possible standings REVEALED center_img ALTERED Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade Former Paris Saint-Germain boss Emery will be hoping to secure a win by playing out from the back, but former Arsenal stalwart David Seaman revealed to talkSPORT he doesn’t feel as though it is a style which will work.He said: “Arsenal worry me at the back.“Petr Cech is having to make a lot of saves and there’s some defensive stuff going on there that’s… it’s not schoolboy, but…“They want to hold a high line, and yet they’re still holding a high line when there’s no pressure on the ball.” Unai Emery will be hoping he can record his first points in English football against London rivals West Ham, but he will be without Ozil.The German missed Friday’s training session due to illness and is not expected to recover in time for the game.In his place, contract rebel Aaron Ramsey is expected to start having been on the bench for last Saturday’s defeat to Chelsea.Defeat to the Hammers on Saturday would mark the worst start to a Premier League season ever made by an Arsenal team. Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Ozil was hooked during Arsenal’s defeat to Chelsea last weekend Latest Premier League News REVEALED last_img read more

Pep Guardiola ‘formally warned’ for comments made before Manchester derby

first_imgPep Guardiola has been “formally warned” for comments he made about referee Anthony Taylor before the Manchester derby, the Football Association has announced.The Citizens boss violated FA rules by discussing the suitability of the appointment of Mr Taylor, who is from Wythenshawe, for the game. REVEALED City ran out 3-1 winners against their Manchester rivals Although Guardiola backed Taylor and dismissed accusations of potential bias, managers are not permitted to talk about refereeing appointments.Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho was fined £50,000 in November 2016 for talking about Taylor ahead of a clash with Liverpool, but he was already on notice having previously been warned for a similar offence while Chelsea manager.Because this was Guardiola’s first such offence, and the nature of his comments was regarded as largely neutral, it is understood a charge was not deemed necessary. Latest Football News Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury 1 Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions ADVICE huge blow MONEY center_img BEST OF REVEALED Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move RANKED Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won no dice Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade Guardiola said: “The referee doesn’t want to make a mistake because he knows everybody around the world is going to watch him. If he is a fan of United or City – everybody can be a fan of whoever he wants so no problem.”Taylor was widely praised for his performance in the match earlier this month.last_img read more

SPORT STARS OF YESTERDAY YEAR VISIT LETTERKENNY GOLF CLUB

first_imgJohnny Giles regarded by many as the greatest player to ever play for Ireland visited Letterkenny Golf club last week. The former Leeds United star is now best known for being an integral part of RTE’s coverage of soccer alongside Eamon Dunphy and Liam Brady.He received a warm welcome and posed for a number of photographs from well wishers and took time to sign autographs for younger fans. Giles wasn’t the only former sporting star to play the course as former World Darts champion Bob Anderson also visited the course.Anderson was one of the best players in the world for over 20 years and won several World championship during that time.He also posed with fans who wanted their photo taken with the former Darts champion. SPORT STARS OF YESTERDAY YEAR VISIT LETTERKENNY GOLF CLUB was last modified: August 9th, 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:Bob AndersonDarts ChampionJohnny GilesLeeds UnitedLetterkenny Golf clubPunditRTEWorldlast_img read more

TD PRINGLE OPENS DUNGLOE OFFICE

first_imgIndependent TD Thomas Pringle has opened a constituency branch office in Dungloe to help serve the needs of the people of the Glenties electoral area.Said Deputy Pringle: “The new office will be open every Thursday from 10am to help provide a constituency service for the people of the Glenties electoral area and expand the service that my office in Killybegs has been providing.“Over the last year I have been learning the ropes in the Dail and have been getting my office in Killybegs set up on a permanent basis and now I can look at expanding the constituency service that we provide and open this office in Dungloe. “‘It is important to provide a constituency service and be available to as many people as possible. The Dungloe office will become an important point of contact for me with the many individuals and groups in the Dungloe area that I am already working with and provide a resource for anyone in the area who wishes to make contact.”He said his new office will either be staffed by him or one of his constituency assistants and will be open to the public from 10am-12.30pm and 1.30-4.30pm each Thursday. TD PRINGLE OPENS DUNGLOE OFFICE was last modified: April 5th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:TD PRINGLE OPENS DUNGLOE OFFICElast_img read more

MYSTERY WINNER SCOOPS €350,000 ON LOTTO DRAW

first_imgThe search is on for a mystery lotto winner in Inishowen.Well known Buncrana shop Mac’s Newsagent has confirmed it sold the Lotto Plus One winner this week which was worth a cool €350,000.However, the owner of the winning ticket has yet to make their identity known Owner of the the shop Eunan McLaughlin said they still didn’t know who has scooped the super Christmas present.“It’s great news but we honeslty don’t know who it is yet.“We’re just delighted and hopefully it’s someone who really needs it and they are from the locality.“It’s not one of the biggest lotto wins by any means but what a great Christmas present for someone,” he said.  MYSTERY WINNER SCOOPS €350,000 ON LOTTO DRAW was last modified: December 18th, 2012 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:buncranalottoMac’s Newsagentlast_img read more

SA Express to spread its wings

first_img5 December 2007Feeder airline South African Express is to be shifted from state-owned Transnet to the Department of Public Enterprises, freeing it up to expand its routes and increase its flight capacity and frequency as it moves to become a leading southern African regional airline.According to a statement issued by the Department of Public Enterprises last month, the transaction is called for by the South African Express Bill, which has been put before the National Council of Provinces (NCOP) for approval.“The airline is of strategic importance as its growth will add to the overall air services capacity,” Public Enterprises Minister Alec Erwin said. “Our objective is to make air travel more accessible and to complement the national and international services of [South African Airways] and other South African carriers.”South African Express (SAX) is essentially a regional carrier, operating where the main carriers do not. By acting as a feeder airline to other national and international airlines through larger hubs, it plays a vital role in air travel.“This is a specific function and we are looking to expand it both in the region and possibly into other regions of Africa,” Erwin said.“To have merged the airline into [SA Airways] would have lost its focus, and to have sold it to other carriers at this stage would have lost us the opportunity for the strategic strengthening of South Africa’s air transport system.”Erwin said the South African Express Bill was one of the final steps towards making Transnet a freight transport company, focused wholly on rail, ports and pipelines, while ensuring that South African Express could make a more meaningful contribution to the country’s aviation industry as a stand-alone public enterprise.He said that the airline would be given the necessary commercial autonomy, adding that once a stable air travel system was established in the country and the region, it would be possible for the state to reassess its role in the ownership of SAX.He also pointed out that despite the aviation industry being a challenging and volatile one at the best of times, SAX had managed to remain profitable, while also expanding its route network.The airline currently flies to areas such as Walvis Bay in Namibia, Lubumbashi in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Maputo in Mozambique and Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe, and is keen to increase the frequency and capacity of its services between Johannesburg and Lubumbashi and Victoria Falls, as well as on the Cape Town to Maputo routes.“This is a great platform for the expansion of the airline’s services to the rest of the continent,” Erwin said. “Such expansion will be very important in SAX’s strategy to be the prime regional airline.”Erwin added that the aviation industry plays a big role in the country’s tourism sector, which has been identified as a key driver for increased job creation and economic growth by the Accelerated and Shared Growth Initiative for South Africa (Asgi-SA)“By retaining SAX in state hands, [the] government can oversee that this growth and employment does occur,” he said.SAinfo reporter Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Ohio Ag Weather and Forecast – December 28, 2017

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Another cold morning in over Ohio this morning. Subzero temps are being reported over sections of northwest and north central Ohio, and low single digit temps are being talked about elsewhere. High pressure moves across the state today, but we may not see the full benefit of south winds today. Sunshine should be seen in many areas today. Tonight, we have minor snows that cross Michigan and drift southeast into Ohio. The bulk of these light snows stay north of US 30 corridor and accumulations will be minor, mostly a coating to an inch. South of there we see only clouds down to I-70 with a few flurries around.  Some sunshine will try and develop in the north by tomorrow midday at the latest, and the rest of the state will see good sun to start.Lake effect snows remain through the day today and tomorrow in NE Ohio, and we expect some better accumulations there. However, for the rest of the state, the best chance of snow in the short term develops tomorrow overnight through Saturday. However, the clipper system seems to be having trouble finding and hanging on to moisture, and that means we are taking snow potential down this morning for the event. For now, we will look for a coating to 2” for the state from late tomorrow night through Saturday. Snows may linger longer, on through sunset Saturday, in parts of the state, but we don’t think they are able to pile up as fast. We will put out our final snow total thoughts tomorrow morning, but this looks like a slightly better forecast for us at this time. Strong north winds coming behind the system will keep lake snows in the forecast over NE Ohio through Saturday evening and potentially on into midweek next week. This can bring additional inches to far NE Ohio, and as we mentioned yesterday, the areas that seem to be most in the crosshairs are Ashtabula, Lake, Geauga and Trumbull counties, although anywhere along the south lake shore we can see lake snows, at least to finish the weekend.OH_Ag_Net-1As we start off 2018 we have a continuation of the pattern that brings polar air to the state. We continue to look for an entire week of temps in the single digits and below zero. A couple of minor snows may pop up through the week…A coating to an inch for Wednesday with 60% coverage, and then another clipper with a coating to 2” for late Thursday night (4th) through Friday (5th).  Generally, though, snow is not the headline for next week….cold air is.In the extended window, we could be looking at another major winter storm arriving around the 7th-8th of January as a strong front sweeps in and moisture comes up the front from the south. It is followed quickly by a similar surge for the 9th-10th. If these two come through in rapid succession as is currently being projected, we could be looking at significant snows as we move through the first part of January. Strong winds would be expected with any such frontal passage. Temperatures are expected to moderate ahead of those systems slightly, coming off the bitter cold levels we see next week, but we expect below normal temps right on into mid-January, which would mean that snow would be the primary precipitation type.last_img read more