Athletes say IAAF ‘betrayed’ them

first_imgFRANKFURT, Germany (AP):A group of athletes, led by Olympic discus champion Robert Harting, has released a video message saying track and field’s world governing body had “betrayed” them by not doing enough to fight doping.”Dear IAAF, we cannot trust you anymore,” Harting said in the English-language video posted on YouTube. “We have to act now.”Harting, a three-time World champion who won Olympic gold in London in 2012, has been a vocal critic of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF). He declined to be considered for the IAAF’s “Athlete of the Year” award in 2014 because he did not want to appear alongside candidates who have served doping bans, including US sprinter Justin Gatlin.The IAAF responded by inviting Harting to its offices or one of the competitions to see personally the federation’s fight against doping and what it is doing in “rooting out the cheats and protecting the credibility of competition”.”The IAAF very much appreciates and admires the passion, commitment and strength of opinion of all clean athletes and their feeling of intense frustration following the recent unfounded media accusations concerning the IAAF’s anti-doping program,” the Monaco-based federation said in a statement.”Therefore, we would love to welcome Robert Harting, whose no-nonsense anti-doping stance we greatly admire, to come and talk to us so we can address his concerns,” the IAAF added.The Harting video comes after reports by German broadcaster ARD and The Sunday Times newspaper in Britain that blood doping was rampant in the sport, citing leaked test results from an IAAF database. The IAAF has strongly rejected suggestions that it had failed to follow up on the suspicious tests and that it wasn’t doing enough to uncover doping.The media reports examined the results of 12,000 blood tests involving 5,000 athletes from 2001 to 2012 and concluded that 800 were suspicious. The reports said that 146 medals – including 55 golds – in disciplines ranging from the 800 metres to the marathon at the Olympics and World Championships were won by athletes who have recorded suspicious tests.”You damage our sport,” US shot putter Eric Werskey says in the video.Harting’s girlfriend, discus thrower Julia Fischer, holds up a handwritten message saying: “You broke my childhood dreams.””You put money over athletes,” says hammer thrower Kathrin Klaas, while 800-metre runner Robin Schembera adds: “I want to run against clean athletes, not monsters.”Harting concludes with the message, “You betrayed my beliefs.”The athletes say they demand “honesty, integrity, transparency”.They hold up signs with #hitIAAF.The doping reports were published ahead of this month’s World Championships in Beijing, which the IAAF said is “causing stress and confusion” for athletes.last_img read more


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Shock Chelsea report! ‘Italy coach eyed as Jose Mourinho replacement’

first_img Antonio Conte Under-fire Italy coach Antonio Conte could be in line to take over from Jose Mourinho at Chelsea, claim reports in Italy.The 46-year-old is expected to leave his role with the Azzurri when his contract expires at the end of next summer’s European Championship and he has apparently instructed his agents to get in contact with some of Europe’s top clubs.According to La Gazzetta dello Sport, Chelsea and Paris Saint-Germain have expressed an interest in speaking to Conte if their respective managers leave in the summer.Mourinho was given the dreaded ‘vote of confidence’ last week after his side slipped to their fifth defeat of the season to Southampton before the international break.However, Conte may favour a move to an Italian club, with AC Milan and Roma being touted as possible destinations. 1last_img read more


first_imgA YOUNG St Eunan’s Ladies team have been crowned the Crossmaglen 7s Shield Champions today.The team – all aged under 20 – took Ballyhegan to extra time in the final of the prestigious senior ladies tournament.And then the Letterkenny girls beat the fancied Armagh team handsomely, showing all that hard work in the convent gym paid off. The final score was 2-10 to 2-04.Proud manager Alan O’Connell said: “It was a fantastic day for us.“We had such a young squad with us and the girls performed brilliantly.”  YOUNG ST EUNAN’S LADIES CROWNED CROSSMAGLEN 7s SHIELD CHAMPS was last modified: February 22nd, 2014 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:Crossmaglen 7s.LadiesSt Eunanslast_img read more


first_imgDECLAN Bonner’s U21 county team were beaten by Fermanagh in the North West Cup in Ballyshannon today.The Ernemen snatched a shock victory with a late goal through Ryan Keenan to win by a point – on a scoreline of 2-04 to 1-06.  Keenan struck three minutes from the end for the win in what was a dour affair.There were just five scores in the first half, Donegal leading 0-03 to 0-02 at the break.Fermanagh’s Owen McManus scored a penalty to take the visitors ahead after the break but a lovely finish from Cian Mulligan gave Donegal the lead again.    However Keenan pounced on a defensive mistake to seal the victory.  DECLAN BONNER’S U21s BEATEN BY FERMANAGH was last modified: January 9th, 2016 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)last_img read more

Bruins roll past the young Griffins

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 Snyder scored two consecutive goals for Los Alamitos in the first quarter, and the teams were tied entering the second. That’s when Wilson (8-1), ranked No. 1 in CIF Southern Section Division I, decided to play soft perimeter defense and double-teamed Snyder in the post, forcing the Griffins’ perimeter players to beat the Bruins. The strategy worked as Los Alamitos (6-4), ranked No. 2 in Division II, wouldn’t pull the trigger and couldn’t get the ball into Snyder, and Wilson exploded with five unanswered goals, led by senior attacker Matt Sagehorn, who finished the game with six. Wilson’s lead went from 7-3 at halftime to 10-3 at the end of the third. In the fourth, Wilson coach Tony Martinho pulled his starters and replaced them with reserves, and Jeff Tsim of Los Alamitos went on to score three goals to put the game at 11-7 . “We were patient after the first four minutes of the game,” Martinho said. “We had to get into a flow of what we were trying to do. Defensively, we pressed them for a while. Then we (doubled) Snyder. That was pretty much it.” “You automatically lose if you are afraid or scared of the team you are playing against,” Los Alamitos coach Dave Carlson said. “Thank God this is the only team my guys are scared of. Corona del Mar is an awesome team, but my guys don’t know them. Newport is an awesome team, but my guys don’t know them. “So they aren’t scared of them,” Carlson added. “Our problem is my players know each one of (the Bruins). They know how good each individual player is. We ran the game plan. The main thing is that they are better than us. We took ourselves out of the game by being scared of them.” It would have taken seven Clayton Snyders in the water at the same time in order for the Los Alamitos High boys water polo team to have had a real shot at defeating Wilson on Tuesday night at Belmont Plaza Pool. The Bruins’ talent, experience, depth and reputation were too much for the young Griffins to handle. And Wilson rolled to a 11-7 victory in front of a large crowd in nonleague play. center_img Charles Wright of Wilson finished the game with two goals while his teammates Anthony Artukovich, Kyle Wootten and Scott La Bounty each added one. Byron Markel and Erik Stromlund each had one goal for Los Alamitos. Jacob McIntosh and Taylor Lapin combined for 10 saves, and Michael Delaney had eight for Los Alamitos. “It’s a compliment to (the Bruins) that our guys respect them so much,” Carlson said. “It’s a mental thing.” 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

Ballybofey woman on five theft charges released on bail

first_imgA Ballybofey woman has been released on two separate bail bonds to appear at courts in Monaghan and Donegal.Sharon Sweeney of 64 Blue Cedars in Ballybofey was arrested on Friday morning at Ballybofey Garda Station after appearing by arrangement. Sweeney is facing five separate theft charges arising out of alleged incidents in Ballybofey and Ballybay, County Monaghan.Sweeney is to appear on April 25 at Carrickmacross District Court and on June 18 at Letterkenny District Court.Judge Paul Kelly granted bail and Sweeney was released on her own bond of €100.Ballybofey woman on five theft charges released on bail was last modified: April 14th, 2018 by Staff WriterShare 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:BallybayBallybofeyCarrickmacross District CourtJudge Paul KellyLetterkenny District CourtSharon Sweeneylast_img read more

Donegal bake party ready to raise some dough for Acquired Brain Injury Ireland

first_imgThere’s a rush on flour and eggs as hundreds of families and friends touched by brain injury get ready to raise some ‘dough’ to support the life-changing work of Acquired Brain Injury Ireland.Once again, the people have been Donegal encouraged to organise a ‘bake party’ to raise funds for the special cause that touches so many lives after serious brain injuries from stroke, road traffic accidents, falls and brain tumours.The seventh annual ‘bake party’ fundraiser set to sweep the nation during National Brain Awareness Week, 11-17 March. Jonathan Power, Head of Fundraising with Acquired Brain Injury Ireland said: “We’re looking for people to join in the fun and embrace the ‘flour power’ for our annual ‘Bake for Brain Injury’.“Hosting a bake party or coffee morning between 11-17 March is a great excuse to catch up with friends at home, work or school while raising vital funds for our charity.“Your support or donation will make a real difference to people who need our help after their lives are turned upside down after brain injury.“Monies raised will go to support our local services so we can provide more personalised rehabilitation programmes to more brain injury survivors.” Every year in Ireland an estimated 19,000 people acquire a brain injury. Nobody ever thinks a brain injury will happen to them but according to Acquired Brain Injury Ireland it happens to 52 people here every day.Mr Power added: “Brain injury is a hidden phenomenon in Ireland often because many people with brain injuries have problems that people can’t see.“That’s why our rehabilitation services are so important. We help people manage difficulties with memory, fatigue, judgement and we support them in relearning everyday activities to increase their independence.“Thanks to the generous donations from events like this, we can help even more people get their lives back. Last year more than 50 bake parties took place in homes and communities around Ireland raising more than €10,000 and this year with your help, we can beat it.”To register your own bake party for this year please go to Donegal bake party ready to raise some dough for Acquired Brain Injury Ireland was last modified: March 4th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare 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)last_img read more

After Cassini, Titan Still a Problem for Long Ages

first_img(Visited 573 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 The scientist who predicted a global ocean on Titan 35 years ago is still baffled over why Cassini did not find it.In 1981, when Voyagers 1 and 2 found Titan shrouded in methane haze, they went to work on calculations. Because Titan spends up to 20% of its orbit outside Saturn’s protective magnetic field, Titan’s predominantly-nitrogen atmosphere is exposed to the solar wind during those times. Particles in the solar wind ionize the methane (CH4) into charged forms (CH3–) that quickly recombine into other hydrocarbons, mostly ethane (C2H6), because the free hydrogen ions (H+) escape into space. Ethane is a more stable molecule that is liquid at Titan temperatures. Having nowhere else to go, the ethane rains down on the surface and accumulates.A little math shows that so much liquid ethane should have fallen in 4.5 billion years (the assumed age of the solar system), that there should be a huge quantity by now, based on how much methane is found in the atmosphere today (there could have been more in the past). “Titan is covered by an ocean one to several kilometers deep consisting mainly of ethane,” predicted Dr Jonathan Lunine in 1983 with two colleagues. Lunine subsequently reduced that estimate somewhat, but still claimed that a global ocean should be there. He continued working as an important scientist on the Cassini-Huygens mission until its conclusion last September.Radar on the Cassini orbiter failed to find oceans of liquid, except for some large lakes near the poles. Most of the largely-flat, crater-sparse, US-diameter globe is dominated by sand dunes and dry riverbeds and playas, with very few mountains exceeding 1,000 feet. The “ground truth” came in January 2005, when the European Space Agency’s Huygens Probe landed on a dry lakebed with just some hints of methane moisture in the soil. Now, with Alexander Hayes and Ralph Lorentz, Lunine looks back at “A post-Cassini view of Titan’s methane-based hydrologic cycle.” in a new open-access paper in Nature Geoscience. What are his feelings about his failed prediction?….With a surface pressure of 1.5 bar and temperatures of 90 to 95 K, methane and ethane condense out of a nitrogen-based atmosphere and flow as liquids on the moon’s surface. Exchange processes between atmospheric, surface and subsurface reservoirs produce methane and ethane cloud systems, as well as erosional and depositional landscapes that have strikingly similar forms to their terrestrial counterparts. Over its 13-year exploration of the Saturn system, the Cassini–Huygens mission revealed that Titan’s hydrocarbon-based hydrology is driven by nested methane cycles that operate over a range of timescales, including geologic, orbital (for example, Croll–Milankovitch cycles), seasonal and that of a single convective storm. In this Review Article, we describe the dominant exchange processes that operate over these timescales and present a post-Cassini view of Titan’s methane-based hydrologic system.Can a cyclic view of Titan save long ages? Ethane, remember, has nowhere else to go than down. Is it building up underneath Titan instead of accumulating in oceans on the surface? The scientists found that the lakes at the poles are dominated by methane (CH4), not ethane (C2H6), by about 71% to 21%. “The fact that Titan’s seas are methane dominated further exacerbates the long-standing mystery of Titan’s missing ethane.”The mystery could be solved if Titan is young, but that possibility is out of the question for scientific materialists. They require a billions-of-years-old solar system in order for life to evolve on Earth. So what can they do about this “long-standing mystery” facing them? Incidentally, CEH predicted right before the Huygens Probe landed that there would be very little ethane found at the landing site (3/22/2005 ref. to 1/15/2005). Without empirical observations to help them, Lunine and friends speculate about what they cannot observe.A hydrologic cycle by definition entails the exchange of material between reservoirs, most obviously between the surface and atmosphere, but also between the surface-atmosphere environment and the deep interior. On Titan, the latter interactions can only be inferred but, by analogy with the Earth, they can be expected to be important over geologic time.And yet if there is some kind of hypothetical ethane “cycle” in operation, it should appear, shouldn’t it? It sounds too convenient to hide vast quantities of missing ethane in the “deep interior” where it remains locked up, never to be observed, just because it is “inferred” to be there. Titan has no plate tectonics, so the “analogy with the Earth” is limited. On what basis can Lunine say that “exchange of material” with the “deep interior” can be “expected to be important over geologic time”? Long ages are not observable by humans. Lunine’s whole theory rescue relies on inference from unobservable factors because he will not consider the possibility that Titan is young. The ethane should be there, but it is not. If you can bear with this lengthy quote, you will see that he has no answer.Interaction of the methane cycle with Titan’s atmosphere occurs on a variety of timescales. The longest involves the gradual leakage of methane through the tropopause into the stratosphere and mesosphere, where methane is exposed to ultraviolet (UV) light and energetic particles. The wavelength-dependent absorbance of UV radiation, as well as the variety and variable flux of high-energy particles, drive a complex chemistry in Titan’s atmosphere. Galactic cosmic rays can even induce a small amount of energetic chemistry at the surface. The net result of this factory is the destruction of methane, loss of hydrogen by escape, and production of heavier hydrocarbons and a variety of nitrogen-bearing species, including nitriles and imines, that rain out onto the surface. While Titan’s atmosphere makes identifying specific surface compounds difficult, VIMS analysis has firmly identified ethane and benzene, and possible detections of cyanoacetylene, acetylene, toluene and acetonitrile have been reported. Methane may also escape directly, with loss rates that are potentially competitive with photochemical destruction. The approximate timescale for complete depletion of atmospheric methane—the dominant reservoir of this molecule—is tens of millions of years, dependent on the particular photochemical model and relative importance of direct escape. Isotopic ratios of carbon and deuterium in atmospheric methane are crudely consistent with this loss rate in their lower, but not upper, limit. The ultimate source of replenishment, possibility of variable loss over time, volume and location of reservoirs of photochemical products, and potential recycling mechanisms all remain unknown.By hiding behind passive-voice verbs, he can say the “mechanisms all remain unknown” instead of “I have no idea what happened to the ethane.” Notice that the problem is worse than first stated, because the paragraph states that methane escapes from the atmosphere at loss rates comparable to UV conversion into ethane. He gives “tens of millions of years” for complete depletion, which sounds like a lot of time, but is actually on the order of just hundredths of the assumed age of Titan. Obviously the methane is not near complete depletion yet, so that reduces the age estimate even further. Incidentally, as a leading astrobiologist, Lunine was wrong about life on Titan, too. There’s no evidence of prebiotic chemistry going on down there.Fig. 4 from Lunine et al. (2018 Apr 30) shows processes at work destroying Titan’s methane. The two outgassing processes are hypothetical. Notice the question marks for “Cryovolcanism?” and “Subsurface methane/ethane reservoirs?” The liquid ethane is falling; where did it go?Scientists would know if the methane were depleted, because Titan would have little or no atmosphere left. Because methane is a potent greenhouse gas, the methane acts like a “space blanket” to keep the nitrogen from freezing out. Were methane loss to hit a critical low, the entire atmosphere would collapse to the surface, leaving just a thin veneer of gas. The paper acknowledges this fact, but tries to hide it by visualizing reservoirs of methane out of sight underground that periodically replenish the atmosphere by outgassing. Does he have evidence for this? Only by inference. He appeals to ratios of argon and potassium ions that “provide evidence for at least some outgassing from the interior.” The evidence, however, is all inferential:The episodic nature of outgassing mechanisms provides the possibility that there are periods in Titan’s history when atmospheric methane was fully consumed by photolysis. In the absence of methane, the atmosphere would be thinner but would not fully collapse, although pools and perhaps even polar seas of nitrogen are possible during the first billion years of Titan’s history.Where would the methane come out from the interior? Candidates for cryovolcanoes on Titan are few and far between, and no clear sources of methane emissions were detected by Cassini. Lunine adds another theory-rescue device: the Burp Theory:It is important to recognize that, interesting as Titan’s hydrology is today, the inventory of methane accessible to the cycle may have fluctuated substantially over geologic time, if its delivery has any stochastic component (for example, ‘belches’ of methane from the interior via cryovolcanism).With that final theoretical belch, Lunine and friends quickly change the subject. They talk about “Titan as a window into Earth’s future,” as if the two bodies are really comparable just because they have atmospheres predominantly of nitrogen. The differences, however, are far more profound: differences in size, distance from the sun, crystal composition, plate tectonics, presence of a satellite, rotation rate, temperature, and (of course) life. One can compare this to an embarrassed guest at a party: “(Burp!) Say, what do you think of the wine? I hear it’s vintage 1859 Dar-wine.”We have followed this story for years (see list) because it allows secular moyboy scientists to make bold predictions and test them, and this one failed spectacularly. If this is the best Lunine can do after 35 years of speculation and 13 years of Cassini data, we declare victory. Titan’s old age is falsified. Our prediction was right. Bold predictions that come true should get the honors in science.last_img read more

BJP ‘resolves’ to win 150 Gujarat seats

first_imgIn a two-day State executive meeting at Somnath, the Gujarat Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has resolved to win “150 Assembly seats in the forthcoming Assembly polls” due to be held later this year.The State executive has passed a resolution to achieve the target of 150 seats out of the total 182 Assembly seats in the State. The ruling party congratulated the Centre and the State government for initiatives such as strengthening the prohibition law and amending the cow protection law to award life imprisonment to those found guilty of cow slaughter.Earlier, the BJP’s national president Amit Shah, while addressing party workers in Ahmedabad, had announced that the party would win 150 seats in Gujarat, and that will lay the foundation for next parliamentary polls in 2019. After the State executive, the party will hold district level executive meetings to gear up its cadre for the Assembly polls.Prime Minister Modi will be coming to the State every month to either inaugurate new projects and schemes or attend social events.last_img read more