Huge price The doubts about Nesta Carter’s eligibility to run now is confusing. Had it been announced in 2008 that he had an adverse analytical finding in a doping test at the Olympics that year, he’d have been back on track by the outdoor season of 2009. So there really should be no problem about him running in 2017. Typically, the punishment for use of illegal stimulants by first-time offenders is six months and sometimes less. In the 2009 case of five Jamaicans who got tripped up by misleading advertising and labelling of a food supplement, the ban was just three months. Treated retroactively in keeping with the current case, there should be no question about Carter’s freedom to run in Montego Bay at the Western Relays today. Had he tested positive in 2008 for something more sinister like steroids or human growth hormones, the maximum sentence would be two years for a first offence. He’d still be back on track in time for the 2011 season and a World Championships, where he helped Jamaica to sprint relay gold and a world record of 37.04 seconds in Deagu, South Korea. It’s hard to see how his current eligibility is affected by the sad events of 2008. In fact, there shouldn’t be any doubt that he is free to run now. If Nesta Carter’s appeal to the Court of Arbitration fails, all he should suffer is a three-to-six months erasure of his performances from the Beijing Olympics onward to the end of the period he would have been banned for if the test had be discovered as positive at that time. The loss of an Olympic gold medal is a huge price to pay, but had his sample tested positive in 2008, any punishment and any ban levied would be over long ago. Until, and if any more positive tests are put on the table, Carter should really be free to go about his athletic business. The confusing part about this whole thing is that he has run at the indoor and outdoor World Championships, the 2012 Olympics, and at meets at home and abroad since then. In addition to being tested in those Championships, he has almost certainly been subject to out of competition tests by local and international agencies. There has never been a blot on his record until this retroactive test of his 2008 Olympic sample.There is nothing on that post 2008 rÈsumÈ that should stop him from running now. Neither should any sanctions he may or not receive after his appeal hearing. Those sanctions should only apply to the period from his original test date in 2008 to the end of a ban that would likely not last more than six months. Time will test us all whether Carter can prove his innocence at the final hurdle. By contrast, there shouldn’t be any question about him running now. That would punish him twice, and that’s one penalty too many.
GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings Semerad hurt his right knee on a rebound play after Japeth Aguilar fell on top of him at the 9:03 mark of the second quarter.The hardworking forward had to be brought back to the San Miguel dugout by his teammates, and the doctors initially diagnosed the injury as a hyperflexed right knee.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk LATEST STORIES The 6-foot guard tried to contest Chris Ross’ fastbreak play, but a trailing Aguilar inadvertently pushed Sol Mercado and all three hit the deck on the play.Mercado and Ross landed on Taha, who hurt his right knee and was taken back to the Ginebra locker room.San Miguel led Ginebra, 50-41, at the half as of posting.ADVERTISEMENT 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 Swiss marvel Federer still proving himself Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netWith stakes at an all time high in the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup semifinals, two players have already suffered injuries in the first half of the San Miguel-Ginebra series on Friday.David Semerad and Paolo Taha succumbed to knee injuries in separate plays in the second quarter, costing both the Beermen and the Gin Kings a player each.ADVERTISEMENT It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Taha later on incurred a right knee injury with 33.1 seconds remaining in the second frame. Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina View comments MOST READ
PPP’s 31st Congress…as Party elects new Central CommitteeFormer President Bharrat Jagdeo has emerged with the most votes at the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) internal elections for its new Central Committee.The internal elections were held on Saturday following the opening ceremony of the 31st Congress of the PPP and the results were announced on Monday as the curtains closed on the event.Former President Bharrat JagdeoThose elected to the 35-seat Central Committee are: Bharrat Jagdeo with 718 votes; Dr Frank Anthony with 620 votes; Gail Teixeira with 583 votes; Donald Ramotar with 570; Anil Nandlall with 548; Clement Rohee with 522; Ganga Persaud with 512; Irfaan Ali with 511 votes; Zulfikar Mustapha, with 496 votes; Shyam Nokta with 495; Indra Chandarpal with 490; Dr Roger Luncheon with 488; Pauline Sukhai with 460; Nigel Dharamlall with 453 votes; Dr Vindiya Persaud with 439 votes; Hydar Ally with 422; and Vickram Bharrat with 408.Also making the Central Committee cut are Dharankumar Seeraj with 393; Komal Chand with 378; Collin Croal with 360; Alister Charlie with 356; Brian Allicock with 326; Neil Kumar with 321 votes; David Armogan with 317 votes; Jennifer Westford with 304 votes; Vishwa Mahadeo with 289; Clinton Collymore with 287; Kwame McCoy with 281 votes; Dr Bheri Ramsaran with 278; Faizal Jaffaraly with 277; Majeed Hussain with 267 votes; Rickey Ramdat with 260 votes; Claire Singh with 255; Anand Persaud with 242; and Mitra Devi Ally with 230 votes.The new Central Committee will be meeting shortly and among other items on the agenda will be the election of a new Executive Committee and the Party’s Secretariat.Dr Frank AnthonyThe Executive Committee consists of 15 members and is the highest decision making forum within the Party. Additionally, over the three days, members brainstormed mechanisms that can propel the Party in the direction of success, with the view of continuing to transform the lives of every citizen for the better and of having a resounding victory in the 2020 elections.Jagdeo told the Congress that the Party cannot be trapped by philosophy, urged members to face reality and accept that weaknesses exist within the Party which ultimately led to their narrow defeat in the 2015 General and Regional Elections.“If we do not have honest opinion then we cannot fix the problems that led us to being in Opposition, how do we rebuild from this as a party?” he emphasised.He maintained, however, that the PPP was cheated during the last elections but conceded that that aspect was not the main reason behind its current Opposition status.Additionally, he said the PPP needs to begin the process of decentralisation and to build up its local leaders so that the Party is in “tip top” shape to address the challenges in society.Jagdeo also dismissed suggestions that the older Party members are being side-lined, emphasising that their wealth of knowledge serves as the backbone of the PPP’s development.He said it should be the honour of the stalwarts to instil the requisite knowledge and provide guidance to those upcoming vibrant minds who possess the vibrancy to thrust the Party forward.Jagdeo also stressed that long-standing members should take pride in encouraging youths and women and to send a message that the PPP is open to all Guyanese.The politician noted too that it is time to reach out to the disgruntled and disappointed A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change supporters who are also facing the burdens unleashed by the coalition Administration.In this regard, Jagdeo underlined that the PPP will forever remain committed to the fundamental principle of being patriotic and tending to the needs of the grassroots. He acknowledged that though times have changed, the PPP will always be thankful to its Founding Leader, Dr Cheddi Jagan.
Lunch is served at noon weekdays at the Simi Valley Senior Citizens Center, 3900 Avenida Simi. Suggested donation is $5, or $2.25 for those 60 and older. Reservations must be made 48 hours in advance by calling (805) 583-6365. Lunch is served to Moorpark seniors at noon weekdays in the Moorpark Active Adult Center, 799 Moorpark Ave. Suggested donation is $2.25. For information, call (805) 517-6261. All meals are served with whole-grain bread, green salad, yogurt, cottage cheese or cheese stick, fruit and low-fat milk. Here is this week’s menu: AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2Monday: Chicken a la king, broccoli, yellow wax beans. Tuesday: Beef and mushrooms with pearl onions, vegetable blend California, peas. Wednesday: Boneless chicken fricassee, green beans, yellow wax beans. Thursday: Cook’s choice. Friday: Cook’s choice. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Arsenal fans could be deprived of a Ramsey/Torreira partnership Contract info from transfermarkt.com Nacho Monreal“He is absolutely vital for us because he can play centre back in the three, he can play full-back in the four. It gives me many options to choose the tactics of the way we play, before the game. He is confident, he has good timing and he is an intelligent player and a very professional player,” Arsene Wenger said in January. Clearly he is a fan and Monreal is also very popular among supporters, who voted him second, behind Ramsey, in the club’s Player of the Season award. In 2017, Monreal talked about how happy he was at the club. “I have two more years left on my contract, with an optional third, and the idea is to stay here,” he explained. Despite being linked with Barcelona, the player revealed he is currently trying to sort a new deal to stay in north London. Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Monreal is Arsenal’s most senior left-back Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January Petr CechPetr Cech has been Arsenal’s no.1 since he swapped Stamford Bridge for the Emirates in 2015, but the arrival of Bernd Leno earlier in the summer naturally cast doubt on his future. The 36-year-old explained he didn’t want to go anywhere, though, and turned down interest from Napoli, who reportedly wanted him on loan. “My future is at Arsenal and I do not think about changing clubs,” he said. “I still have a year of my contract with Arsenal, the only thing I want to think about is fighting for a starting position.” David Ospina has since joined Napoli on loan and Cech has kept a frustrated Bernd Leno out of the team. Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? 4 Ian Holloway thinks Arsenal have made a mistake in hiring Mikel Arteta 4 Danny Welbeck joined Arsenal in 2014 from Manchester United Aaron Ramsey still hasn’t got a new Arsenal contract.The midfielder’s current deal is up in 2019 and if the Gunners can’t convince him to sign a new one, they could lose him for free next summer.And he’s not the only one. Here, talkSPORT.com looks at four first team players whose contracts expire in 2019, though Stephan Lichsteiner, who signed a one-year deal when he joined earlier in the summer, has been left off the list.Aaron RamseyThis is a key one. Ramsey, the goal scoring hero of Arsenal’s 2014 and 2017 FA Cup final wins, was said to be keen to remain and work with new manager Unai Emery. Following Jack Wilshere’s exit, Gooners were probably hoping to see the 27-year-old Ramsey partner summer signing Lucas Torreira in a new look Arsenal midfield, but it appears talks have broken down. During the summer transfer window, Chelsea were linked with him, and talkSPORT’s Adrian Durham believes the club would be making a huge mistake if he was allowed to go. Breakfast Show co-host Ally McCoist thinks the player could play ‘anywhere’ and would be suited to Spain and Italy. What every Premier League club’s fans dream of this Christmas Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won REVEALED Arsenal news 4 silverware Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT MIKEL TALKS LATEST Petr Cech could be on his way out of Arsenal gameday cracker rookie error appointed 4 Arteta confirms Ljungberg’s role, discusses transfer plans and Mesut Ozil Danny WelbeckWelbeck left Man United for Arsenal in 2014, but his spell as a Gooner has been hampered by injury and he has been unable to play more than 30 league games in a season for the club. “I like him because he can play left, right or up front, and for his quality,” former manager Wenger said earlier in the year. “He is a useful player and useful is a positive. He might not be a goalscorer like Harry Kane but for England he can perfectly play with Kane because he can play on the flanks.” It will be interesting to see if Unai Emery feels the same because right now the 27-year-old Welbeck is behind Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette in the queue for starting places. He hasn’t started a Premier League game this term, but played 90 minutes in both the 4-2 Europa League win against Vorskla and the 3-1 Carabao Cup triumph over Brentford where he scored twice. BIG PRESENTS UP TOP Steve Round reveals how Mikel Arteta convinced him to join Arsenal staff targets REVEALED
Their opponents will, of course, be aiming for an upset but Unai Emery will be looking to wrap up qualification for the last 32, even if he is set to field a rotated XI in north London.What people are saying?Shkodran Mustafi (Arsenal): “I feel there’s a good mix between discipline and freedom.“We try to work as a team, building up from the back. When we don’t have it, we press and defend from the front.“When we have the ball, we’re all offensive players. When we lose the ball, we’re all defensive players. Against Liverpool, it was the first game where we came out from the first minute and were everywhere until the 90th.” tense Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Arsenal can seal their place in the Europa League knockout stages when they face Sporting Lisbon at home on Thursday night.The Gunners have been on a brilliant unbeaten run, which include winning their opening three games in Europe so far – beating tonight’s opponents 1-0 in Portugal last time out. Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Most Popular Premier League Stories changes Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update gameday cracker revealed latest TOP WORK predicted SORRY 2 Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City Guardiola-inspired tactics: Is this how Arsenal will line up under Arteta? Confirmed teamsArsenal: Cech; Lichtsteiner, Sokratis, Holding, Jenkinson, Ramsey, Guendouzi, Mkhitaryan, Iwobi, Welbeck, Smith RoweSubs: Torreira, Aubameyang, Maitland-Niles, Mustafi, Martínez, Kolasinac, NketiahSporting Lisbon: Ribeiro, Boialvo Gaspar, Coates, Mathieu, Acuña, Almeida da Cunha, Mariz Luís, Gudelj, Bruno Fernandes, Montero, DiabySubs: Nascimento, Almeida Pinto, Cardoso Mané, Salin, Petrovic, Dost, Boges Cabral Arsenal players celebrate Danny Welbeck’s goal against Sporting. Will Arsenal win again and seal progression to the knockout stages? How Everton could look in January under Ancelotti with new signings huge blow whoops Did Mahrez just accidentally reveal Fernandinho is leaving Man City this summer? Liverpool’s signings under Michael Edwards – will Minamino be the next big hit? The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 2
A snow-ice warning has been issued for Donegal tomorrow as temperatures are set to dip.The status yellow warning was also issued by Met Éireann for Leinster, Cavan, Monaghan, Leitrim, Roscommon, Sligo, Tipperary and Waterford.“Falls of snow from Monday evening, with accumulations totalling up to 3cm possible in some areas, leading to treacherous road conditions by Tuesday morning,” the forecaster says. The warning will come into effect at 6pm tomorrow (Monday) and will remain in place until 6am on Tuesday.The regional forecast suggests that tonight will also be nippy with lowest temperatures of 1 to -2 degrees, with widespread frost and a risk of ice on untreated surfaces.To the east of the country tonight temperatures will dip to -4, with severe frost developing in inland areas.Donegal County Council gritters will be out from 6pm tonight on selected routes. A spokesperson for the Council urges motorists to assume that no road is ice-free. Routes that will be gritted this evening (Sunday, February 4th). Source: @donegalcouncil on TwitterYou can keep up to date on gritting information by following Donegal County Council on Twitter @RoadsDCC or @DonegalCouncil or on their Donegal County Council Facebook page.You can also access information on gritting routes, weather forecasts and sand and grit locations via Donegal County Council’s interactive map by clicking here. Weather warning issued as snow, ice and ‘treacherous roads’ forecast was last modified: February 7th, 2018 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:donegalforecasticesnowweatherweather warning
When Jon Gruden took over as the head coach of the Raiders in January 2018, he said his goal was to build “the best football team we can for the people here in Oakland.”He lied.As we enter the final season of the Raiders’ Oakland run, that much is clear. As soon as Gruden started his second, non-successive term, he began building for a grand debut in Las Vegas rather than a strong finish in the East Bay.Don’t get me wrong; rebuilding the Raiders was and remains a justifiable decision. …
Engineering test-bed The Square Kilometre Array (SKA) is a planned future-generation international radio telescope that will enable astronomers to probe the early evolution of our galaxy. It will comprise about 3 000 antennas that, put together, would cover a square kilometre. South Africa is currently in a race against Australia to be selected as the preferred site for the SKA, the two countries having beaten bids from Argentina and China to make the SKA shortlist. The network of dishes will be at least 50 times more powerful than any existing telescope, and will cost an estimated €1.5-billion to build. The International SKA steering committee in the Netherlands is expected to make a final decision on the host country in 2012. “KAT-7 will primarily be an engineering test-bed, but will also be capable of scientific observations and will be the first seven antennas of the full MeerKAT array,” the local Square Kilometre Array project team said in a statement. In a major boost for South Africa’s ambitions to host the Square Kilometre Array (SKA), a construction team worked into the night last week to install the first antenna of the KAT-7, a seven-dish prototype of the SKA, near Carnarvon in the Northern Cape province. 21 July 2009 If South Africa were to win the SKA bid, it could generate over R500-million in foreign investment in the country. The construction of the KAT-7 prototype array at the site in a remote area of the Karoo follows the successful building and testing of a single-dish prototype at the Hartebeesthoek Radio Astronomy Observatory near Johannesburg. SAinfo reporter The completed MeerKAT will be one of the most powerful telescopes in the world in its own right, consisting of 80 dishes, with a high-speed data network linking the telescope site in the Karoo to a control centre in Cape Town. The construction and commissioning of the full MeerKAT array, an important precursor instrument to the Square Kilometre Array, will follow at the same site. MeerKAT will be the most sensitive centimetre-wavelength radio telescope in the southern hemisphere, and will make significant contributions to both galactic and extragalactic astronomical research. It is thought to be an important phase in the development of the more powerful MeerKAT, which will be commissioned in 2013. It would bring a massive injection of expertise and economic activity to the Northern Cape, with benefits for the local aluminium, computer, communications, electronics and steel industries. MeerKAT Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material
Attention was the new currency, said Linah Maigurira, one of the speakers at the National Small Business Chamber Summit. For brands to get customers, they had to pay attention to consumers’ behaviour and be where they were.Linah Maigurira of Google South Africa says engagement on social media with consumers is important. “Invite your audience to connect.” (Image: National Small Business Chamber, Facebook)Melissa JavanGrabbing the attention of consumers online was vital for your brand, Linah Maigurira, the industry manager of Google South Africa, said at the National Small Business Chamber Summit, held on 15 and 16 February 2017 in Midrand, Johannesburg.Maigurira was one of the speakers who shared valuable knowledge and expertise with the more than 30,000 attendees.The National Small Business Chamber (NSBC) said that by 7 February, a total of 32,127 people had registered for the conference. Of them, 14,806 were existing business owners and 17,321 were about to start a business.Nadia Malan and Erick Letshwene of Easy Debit at the NSBC Summit business expo in February 2017. Their business has been running for five years and specialises in collecting payments from business’s clients via debit orders. (Image: Melissa Javan)The summit also hosted the My Business Expo, Business Start-Up Expo, Access to Finance Indaba, The Franchise Show and Trading Across Borders.Is your business mobile-ready?Maigurira spoke about rethinking marketing for the digital age. She said that customers no longer went online – they lived online. “Audiences are looking for authentic connections.”Customers were increasingly mobile, she added. For example, 55% of queries to Google came from smartphones. “Use technology and make sure your business is mobile ready.”In addition, consumers were more empowered. “They are doing preliminary research, narrowing down people or brands they might buy from.” She gave statistics, including that 73% of South Africans found information of a brand online, and 88% had discovered products or a brand online.Be visible onlineMaigurira’s advice to entrepreneurs was that they should be present where their customers hung out online. “Be there when they (the consumers) are searching and browsing for ideas. Decide on the moments you are going to claim for your business.” For consumers, those moments included “I want to know”; “I want to buy”; and “I want to find”.“Think about your customers, their needs and how you are going to capture them,” she said.The role of social mediaLeanne Rhodes, head of creative and social media at the NSBC, spoke on the topic: “Fast-track your business success with social media”.Leanne Rhodes, head of creative and social media at the NSBC, says business owners and brands should tell their stories on social media. “Nothing beats passion. Social media is word of mouth with a microphone.” (Image: Melissa Javan)Social media gave you access to a large audience on a shoestring budget, Rhodes said. The NSBC didn’t use traditional advertising for the summit; instead, it mainly used social media and its newsletter.She warned though that social media could be overwhelming. “Remember social media is only free if you don’t value your time. Clarify how much time you are willing to spend on social media per week. Set a timer if you have to.“Clarify what you want to achieve and who your audience is. Who would you like them to become?”Entrepreneurs should think about how they wanted their audience to think and feel, Rhodes said. “If you have given them what they want, you can sell to them what they need.”Other information she gave included how the Facebook algorithm worked. Not many of your followers would see your posts unless they had great engagement. “Great images and videos are seen by more people on Facebook. So make use of video and creative visuals.”It took three seconds to get someone’s attention on social media, Rhodes said. “Give people something that they won’t get anywhere else. Facebook Live, for example, is getting seen by more and more people.”More about the NSBCThe chamber was established in 2007 as a non-profit membership organisation. It fuels small business growth.Pride Maloba and Mothusi Kibe of Easy Biz Quickbooks exhibit their business at the NSBC Summit Business Expo, in February 2017. Easy Biz sells accounting software and courses related to it. (Image: Melissa Javan)The real purpose of the organisation is fostering the sustainability and growth of the SME sector, growing job creation, alleviating unemployment and nurturing the country’s entrepreneurial spirit.It has a base of more than 106,000 small- and medium-sized enterprises and 50 big brands as national partners.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material