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The Wright View: JADCO need to come clean

first_img What is known, though, is that Brown has not played a first-class cricket match since the March 16, 2015, when he played for Jamaica against the Leeward Islands. Was Brown suspended from playing cricket, or did he voluntarily give up the sport? Were other international athletes who missed three drug tests suspended until their case was heard? The embattled West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) has announced most definitely that Russell WILL play in the T20 World Cup. That seems to be on the basis that JADCO has not set a date for the hearing, and the WICB is certain that a hearing will not be scheduled to coincide with the dates of the tournament. I find this to be completely unacceptable. The public of Jamaica (and indeed the world) has a right to be given information when ANY of our citizens run afoul of the rules and regulations of sports. There cannot be one rule for Odean Brown and another rule for AndrÈ Russell. Every West Indian cricket fan, thirsty for the pleasure of watching a strong West Indies team competing in the World Cup, would like to see AndrÈ Russell play. But the question is: Should his appearance in the competition be in defiance of the WADA code as regards missed tests? With the present board of JADCO and its executive director refusing to even explain the Whereabouts Rule to the media and the public, speculation as to why an international star and icon would miss three scheduled drug tests in 12 months will continue. This, I do believe, will be to the detriment of the cricketer. “The strongest human instinct is to impart information. The second strongest is to resist it.” An American writer, Kenneth Graham, once said: “The strongest human instinct is to impart information. The second strongest is to resist it.” I am reminded of that quote as I try to make sense of the news that came out on March 2 this year, when chairman of the disciplinary tribunal of the Jamaican Anti-Doping Commis-sion (JADCO), Kent Pantry, said he had received notification two weeks prior that Jamaica and West Indies T20 cricketer, Andre Russell, had missed three drug tests in 12 months. Pantry told the media that he had appointed a disciplinary tribunal to hear the case. This has serious repercussions for the athlete, and indeed Jamaica and the West Indies cricket team, now in the Far East preparing for the T20 World Cup. Since then, I have not heard an ‘official word’ from JADCO re this very serious case, other than the fact that he has not been suspended, so he is free to continue playing until his case is heard. When the present chairman of JADCO was appointed (Danny Williams) two years ago, I distinctly remember him stating that transparency would be the order of the day and that a liaison officer would be appointed to keep the media informed regarding the important work of his association. His remarks were necessary because the previous chairman, Dr Herb Elliott, was criticised by many (including this newspaper) about his penchant for coy and unhelpful statements. I was sure that the ‘new’ JADCO would be not only new, but different. Missed tests in sports are considered a serious offence and are usually associated with severe sanctions. When Olympic champion Christine Ohuruogu missed three drug tests in a 12-month period, her excuse was that she had moved house and “messed up”. This excuse was apparently not accepted and she was banned. The same WADA rule apparently applies to athletes in other countries except Jamaica. On August 15, 2015, Jamaican cricketer Odean Brown was reported in the press as having missed three tests and was to appear before a disciplinary tribunal headed by Pantry and included Professor Archie McDonald, head of the Department of Surgery, University Hospital of the West Indies, and cricketer Maurice Foster. The next news via the media was that the case was postponed until September 4 as a result of a request from the lawyers involved. To date (March 15, 2016) there is absolutely no word as to what the outcome of that hearing is. COMPLETELY UNACCEPTABLElast_img read more

Embattled Blatche redeems self in PH win over Japan

first_imgSteam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netUnder scrutiny for the better part of the 2019 Fiba World Cup Asian qualifiers, Andray Blatche could only scream in jubilation following Gilas Pilipinas’ 89-84 victory over Japan on Sunday.And he has every reason to as the naturalized player felt the weight of the world finally lifted off of his shoulders.ADVERTISEMENT View comments MOST READ ‘Premier closer’ Castro comes through for Gilas GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings And this time, Blatche is more ready to face all the criticisms as he opted to rather focus on the things he can control.“I’m sure they’re going to find something else. But you know, all I can do is to continue getting better and stay focused,” he said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City “It felt great,” he admitted. “To advance and definitely for being bashed in the last 36 to 48 hours, to just to get a win and get some of it off my shoulders, just to know I was able to help us get to the second round, it felt really great.”.@drayblatche feels great after having his best performance in #FIBAWC vs Japan, but knows that bashers will always find a way to criticize him. pic.twitter.com/iMGm3AUAN1FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk— Randolph B. Leongson (@RLeongsonINQ) February 25, 2018 It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson LATEST STORIES UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Explosive Gilas Pilipinas not yet at its best, says Tim Cone PLAY LIST 01:45Explosive Gilas Pilipinas not yet at its best, says Tim Cone06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio 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 Blatche showed his worth and recorded his best game to date in the Asian qualifiers, recording 18 points, 16 rebounds, four assists, two steals, and a block to steer the home team to the second round.Making good music again with his peers, the 31-year-old big man was elated to have had his first pair of games in this window after playing through a hamstring injury.“For me, it actually feels great to get this win and play sort of well. It’s been a long time since I’ve been playing on the court and it’s just my second game since the first window,” he said. “It was all about trusting my injury. I left it alone and said forget it. If I hurt myself, I hurt myself. It’s about confidence. But this is big for us to advance in the second round.”But as always, Blatche knows that he could perform better, making him all the more excited for the third window in June.“This sort of made up for my bad performance, but I feel like I could do a lot better. It’s a rhythm thing, I’m starting to get my rhythm back, starting to get my legs back,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbedlast_img read more

To Provide Medicines, Other Medical Supplies To Buchannan Gov’t Hospital, ArcelorMittal Signs MOU with…

first_imgThe world’s steel giant, ArcelorMittal have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Liberian Government Hospital in Grand Bassa County for the donation of drugs for a three-month period. The MOU takes effect immediately.ArcelorMittal is the world’s leading integrated steel and mining company, with a presence in more than 60 countries, including Liberia.The Grand Bassa County Health Officer, Dr. Joseph L. Kekula, thanked the company management for the partnership in its fight against Ebola.He noted that the county had  earlier partnered with the Company from the beginning of the Ebola outbreak in March and this gesture represents that on-going partnership. “ArcelorMittal Liberia met with us back in early April at the onset of the first Ebola outbreak, at which time the idea to build the country’s first isolation unit, outside the Capitol Monrovia came about.”Describing the donation as “timely,” Dr. Kerkula expressed his appreciation for the donation, saying: “We have been operating at full capacity with every department in the hospital open and running.The donation, said Dr. Kerkula, will help make the hospital more efficient in dealing with other common sicknesses in the midst of the Ebola crisis. “We cannot afford to neglect these sicknesses as they also pose a significant threat to the lives of our people.”According to him, there were only two ambulances parked in the Government Hospital’s yard which Arcelormittal Liberia was also requested to repair to ensure we were prepared should the Ebola situation in the country worsen.Dr. Kerkula narrated that the County Health Team and the Superintendent of the County, Madam Etweda Cooper, held a meeting with the Arcelormittal Management, including its CEO, Antonio Carlos Maria, in September.  At this meeting, the county proposed additional assistance for the hospital to support its patients.“We are here to support you in this fight,” said the Arcelormittal CEO, “So please always let us know where there are gaps and we will do our best to close those gaps.” Mr. Carlos Maria said the County requested that the Company handle the purchasing of the drugs, which were estimated at US$17,500 per month. “We agreed and the company has procured the drugs with the understanding that after three months the situation would be assessed regarding the way forward.” Also speaking at the signing ceremony, Dr. Ben Kanwee, medical director of ArcelorMittal Liberia Hospital in Buchanan, said he and his team will continue to engage with the county to further ensure that their needs are met. “Our mission is to continue to discuss measures that will improve conditions within the county health system,” said Dr. Kanwee. “Ample supply of drugs is one of the top priorities suggested by the team,” and we at Arcelormittal are committed to supporting this priority,” he further noted.The county health officials and the company deemed it necessary that an adequate supply of drugs to combat the disease be available at various hospitals in the county.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

4-day workshop to improve standard of living in Caribbean kicks off

first_imgLocal, regional and international groups and entities are presently participating in a four-day workshop in Guyana to address the burning issue of slum improvements and their prevention in Caribbean countries.The training that is being held at the Princess Ramada Hotel, Providence, East Bank Demerara is focused on financial mobilisation by authorities to target the prevalence of informal settlements such as slums, which are negatively affecting the progress of countries within the Caribbean.Some of the participants from Caribbean countries at the opening ceremony of the workshop on slum improvements and their preventionMinister within the Communities Ministry with responsibility for housing, Annette Ferguson explained on Tuesday at the opening ceremony the seriousness of the situation, stating that financing for the upgrading of informal settlements remain a major challenge globally.“This is a challenge that must be frontally addressed if our people are to be afforded the basic right of dignified living. Each person is entitled to this right regardless of their social or economic strata; they define themselves … in the absence of proper planning, this can contribute to our cities and towns being less resilient to external shocks,” Ferguson said.Meanwhile, Central Housing and Planning Authority (CH&PA) Chief Executive Officer Lelon Saul, in his address, noted the importance of such training.“The three objectives of training are to give a broad overview of the issues related to upgrading of slums and informal settlements such as data collected, etc, to discuss the financial requirements for the slum upgrade in the Caribbean and lastly to present international case studies and explain their approach of upgrading informal settlements … participants will be afforded to visit an informal settlement here in Georgetown and learn from our experience what we are doing to improve lives. Participants take lessons learnt to their respective institutions, share with colleagues, etc…,” he said.He further explained that universally, a “slum household” is defined as a group of individuals living under the same roof lacking access to improved water, access to improved sanitation, sufficient living area, and durability of housing.Saul reminded that most importantly, the goal by 2030 is to ensure access for all to adequate, safe and affordable housing, basic services, and slums upgrade.“This initiative would provide guidance as to how a country can address the issue of slum improvements and their prevention at the local and national level … the information learnt and shared over the 4 -day period will aid countries with realistic, innovative finance mobilisation information that can assist with city-wide upgrading strategies.”He noted that this much-needed training workshop would provide guidance on how to address slum improvements and prevention at both the local and national level as it would function as a toolkit that aided countries with realistic, innovative finance mobilisation with citywide upgrading strategies.last_img read more

Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast – the best bits: Thursday, November 27

first_imgListen back to the highlights of Thursday’s Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast. Alan Brazil, Phil Brown and Dominic Cork were joined on today’s show by Ian Poulter, Andy Gray and Emile Heskey.last_img

PERMISSION GRANTED TO DEMOLISH OATFIELD FACTORY

first_imgThe famous Oatfield sweet factory is Letterkenny is to be demolished.The Oatfields sweet factory will disappear soon.The factory, which once employed as many as 85 workers, is to be cleared after planning permission was granted by Letterkenny Town Council this week.Zopitar Ltd, a subsidiary of Donegal Creameries, are expected to bulldoze the site in the coming weeks. The factory closed last May with the loss of its remaining 17 jobs when production at the plant was moved to the UK.There had been initial calls for some sort of museum to be built on the site in memory of the famous sweet factory but nothing transpired.Sweets form the plant, which was founded by Ira McKinney in 1927, were known around the world.The included the emerald chocolate and the chocolate orange. It is not known yet what plans the current owners have for the site.PERMISSION GRANTED TO DEMOLISH OATFIELD FACTORY was last modified: August 23rd, 2013 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:demolitionOatfield Sweet Factorylast_img read more

WHEN THE BOYS OF LETTERKENNY BECAME MEN!

first_imgThe last time they were all together, they probably weren’t allowed a pint and more than likely didn’t have the price of one.The victorious St.Eunans 1993 Minor champions met at the weekend for a 20 year reunion. And the good news is that despite the years, most of them still have their own hair and their own teeth.The team, which included many familiar faces, beat Ballyshannon in an evenly contested final which was on show in Blakes bar along with the u14 & u16 winning final games.Needless to say the performances of many grew greater as the refreshments flowed over the night.Much credit for this success was down to the strategic management of Seamus Temple at u14 & Brendan Roache for U16 & minor. Indeed with both Temple and Roache looking younger by the year, it was difficult for many to tell who was the team and who was the management!The minor team reached the Ulster Club Final only to be beaten the loup Derry in a close game. The team were depleted due to suspension and injuries of key players in what could have been.Many friendships were made and still maintained to this day.An enjoyable night was had by all and Eugene Duffy is already planning the 30th anniversary.WHEN THE BOYS OF LETTERKENNY BECAME MEN! was last modified: September 3rd, 2013 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:1993 Minor teamBlakes Barcounty championsletterkennyREUNIONSt Eunanslast_img read more

THREE DONEGAL TV SPECIALS TO BE SHOWN ON AMERICAN TELEVISION

first_imgShane Wallace of Wallace Media with presenter Andrea Gilligan.The MHz Networks in the United States has confirmed that the first of its three television programmes on Donegal will be aired on Saturday 28th June at 5pm EST (10pm Irish time).The programme will have features on the World Affairs HONORS – Gala in Washington, NI Bureau – DC breakfast event and MHz Networks Founder and CEO Fred Thomas gives an exclusive interview where he talks of his delight at having professional Donegal programmes featured on his national TV network. The programme will also include features on Sliabh Liag, Fanad Head, Inch Levels, Malin Head with additional pieces on the Grianan Festival, Donegal Marathon and the Diaspora Conferences recently held in the Letterkenny Institute of Technology.The programmes will be screened on Todays IRELAND – TV which is part of MHz’s national Worldview Channel which is available in 38 million American households across the USA.“It took 40 years for Ireland to establish professional daily television programming in the United States. The steadily growing success of Today’s Ireland provides important lessons to EU nations and other countries who are seeking to harness the power of television to cost efficiently access the US TV market place.“It provides a great platform for Donegal to connect with government and business influencers, internationally minded Americans and the Irish diaspora across America” said Mr. Tony Culley Foster UK and Ireland Representative of MHz Networks. And the former Donegal resident added “Today’s IRELAND is now an established global content provider of MHz Networks, an independent, non-commercial and public service television broadcaster delivering international educational programming and providing diverse cultural perspectives for a globally minded audience. Today’s IRELAND TV – USA is anchored by RTE, TV3, TG4,Irish Film Board, NvTv, Belfast Community Television, NI Screen & Donegal TV and connects American viewers with contemporary Ireland through a blend of news, current affairs, politics, economy, business, education, tourism, culture, drama, sports and entertainment.”Shane Wallace Founder and Director of Donegal TV & Wallace Media International who produced the 3 programmes on Donegal said it was very encouraging to receive international recognition.“Mhz only air programmes of the highest quality so it is pleasing that they have accepted our features and indeed have been very complementary about our shows on Donegal. When I filmed recently in the States many of the show participants had already visited Ireland and our county and are enthusiastic ambassadors for tourism in Donegal. Our programmes will promote the county and NW of Ireland to a very wide audience throughout the USA”.Paul McLoone, who assisted in the production of the features said that from a tourism perspective it was great news for Donegal.“I was working in tourism for many years and was only too well aware of the difficulties of getting the proper international platform to promote Donegal as we always felt we were fighting an uphill battle with the distribution stakeholders.“We were aware that if we made interesting programmes of the highest quality that an opportunity for US broadcast would arise so we are delighted that MHz will showcase Donegal to such a huge American audience”. The second show will be screened on July 5th at 5pm EDT and will include highlights from former President Bill Clinton’s recent visit to Derry and will have interviews with two very successful Donegal people in the States; NYPD Chief Kevin Ward and jazz singer Tara O’Grady. In addition there is a special report on the ‘Donegal is Happy’ video which was featured on the Oprah Winfrey show throughout the US and a short feature from the British – Irish Assembly meeting in Dublin.American viewers who also watch Donegal TVs content online via www.donegaltv.ie & www.facebook.com/DonegalTV were fascinated by Donegal TVs recent local elections coverage and as a consequence Show # 3 will be a Donegal Election Special from all of Donegals local constituencies and the European Constituency of Midlands North West. This show will also be aired on MHz’s Today’s IRELAND on July 5th at 5.30pm for information in how to receive MHz Todays Ireland in America visit www.todaysireland.tv the Programmes is also available on visit www.donegaltv.ie & www.facebook.com/donegaltvTHREE DONEGAL TV SPECIALS TO BE SHOWN ON AMERICAN TELEVISION was last modified: June 24th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Americadonegal tvProgrammesShowslast_img read more

‘LAST LIGHT OF DAY’ – STUNNING PIC OF GAOTH DOBHAIR SKYLINE

first_imgTony’s stunning picture.He’s normally right at home sorting the post in Letterkenny.But the boy from the Back Road, Tony Duffy, also certainly has an eye for a great picture.Tony caught this stunning image at Brinaleck, Gaoth Dobhair in recent nights. Yet again, Donegal in all its stunning glory. ‘LAST LIGHT OF DAY’ – STUNNING PIC OF GAOTH DOBHAIR SKYLINE was last modified: October 14th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:BrinaleckpictureTony Duffylast_img read more

Video: Chelsea academy youngster’s cheeky nutmeg

first_imgJonathan Panzo, an England Under-16 defender in Chelsea’s academy, shows off his skill with this outrageous nutmeg.Video courtesy of FFDTV Online.Click here for the latest Chelsea transfer gossip Ads by Revcontent Trending Articles Urologists: Men, Forget the Blue Pill! This “Destroys” ED x ‘Genius Pill’ Used By Rich Americans Now Available In Netherlands! x One Cup of This (Before Bed) Burns Belly Fat Like Crazy! x Men, You Don’t Need the Blue Pill if You Do This x What She Did to Lose Weight Stuns Doctors: Do This Daily Before Bed! x Drink This Before Bed, Watch Your Body Fat Melt Like Crazy x Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more