Putin says Russia needs own investigation into doping allegations

first_imgBy Denis Dyomkin in Sochi and Vladimir SoldatkinPresident Vladimir Putin said Russia needed to conduct its own investigation into allegations its athletes had systematically taken performance-enhancing substances and that someone needed to take personal responsibility for the problem.Putin, in his first comments since an independent commission from the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) levelled its accusations, said Russia needed to cooperate with international organisations looking into the issue as openly as it could.“I ask the minister of sport and all our colleagues who are linked in one way or another with sport to pay this issue the greatest possible attention,” Putin said ahead of a meeting with sports officials in the Black Sea resort of Sochi.“It is essential that we conduct our own internal investigation and provide the most open — and I want to underline — the most open professional cooperation with international anti-doping structures.”A judo black belt, Putin, who has built much of his own image on Russia’s sporting prowess, said the problem of doping was not only confined to Russia, but said his country had a duty to protect its athletes from banned substances.“The battle must be open. A sporting contest is only interesting when it is honest,” said Putin, adding that if problems were found someone would have to personally assume responsibility for the issue.last_img read more

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Fancied Petron, F2 shoot for semifinal berths

first_imgSarah Geronimo’s ‘Tala’ enters Billboard’s world digital song sales chart MOST READ Sarah Geronimo’s ‘Tala’ enters Billboard’s world digital song sales chart Armed with a twice-to-beat shields, the unbeaten Blaze Spikers and the Cargo Movers battle Sta. Lucia and Foton, respectively, with Petron taking the floor first at 4 p.m.Second-ranked F2 tangles with Foton in the 6 p.m. game.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsAfter a remarkable 14-game sweep, the Blaze Spikers are expected to impose their power against the Lifesavers as fans are clamoring for a 19-game sweep to their sixth conference title.But Petron coach Shaq delos Santos remains modest of his team’s capability, saying their goal is the title and not a sweep. Arespacochaga named new Batang Gilas coach Tim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’ P260,000 each in aid to displaced Marawi folk released by US Comelec assures no disruption in operations with retirement of execs “We want to defend the championship at any cost, but if an opportunity to sweep comes, we would also take it,” Delos Santos said. “For now, we have a game plan which is designed to maximize our chance for the title.”F2 Logistics coach Ramil de Jesus likewise downplayed their chances against the former champion Tornadoes.“I must admit that I really don’t want to face Foton in the quarterfinals. Foton is a dangerous team. You can’t take them lightly.”De Jesus cited the return of Jaja Santiago, Dindin Manabat and the arrival of Milagros Collar as import. They have given Foton back-to-back wins at the end of the eliminations.Foton coach Aaron Velez said they would not go down without a fight despite suffering an 11-game tailspin.ADVERTISEMENT Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption 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 “We really wanted to come up with a strong finish,” Velez said. “We feel that by winning our last couple of games, we will have the momentum going into the next round.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? ‘Duterte legacy:’ Gov’t boasts achievements so far Elite teams Petron and F2 Logistics shoot for semifinal slots with a single attempt on Saturday when they go up against separate lowly rivals at the start of the Philippine Superliga Grand Prix playoffs at Filoil Flying V Centre.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

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Sacramento Kings confirm appointment of Luke Walton

first_imgDuterte says he will appoint Gamboa as next PNP chief Sarah Geronimo’s ‘Tala’ enters Billboard’s world digital song sales chart The 39-year-old coach joins Sacramento after a disappointing end to his tenure with the Lakers, which saw them fail to make the playoffs for a sixth straight season despite the arrival last year of superstar LeBron James.Walton arrives in Sacramento after three years with the Lakers which saw the NBA giants improve year-on-year.However, his position with the iconic franchise had been the subject of intense speculation for several months as the team faded from playoff contention.Prior to his stint with the Lakers, Walton had been an assistant to Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr from 2014 to 2016. He led the Warriors to a 39-4 start in the 2015-2016 season when Kerr was sidelined with a back problem.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Tiger Woods’ win could have golf industry roaring back Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? P260,000 each in aid to displaced Marawi folk released by US Comelec assures no disruption in operations with retirement of execs The Kings and Walton started talks on Saturday, less than 24 hours after the coach’s exit from the Lakers.“I have known Luke for many years and I am so excited to welcome him and his family to the Sacramento Kings,” said Kings General Manager Vlade Divac in a statement.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs“I look forward to his leadership on the court as we work to build a winning culture for many years to come.”Terms of Walton’s contract with the Kings were not revealed. FILE – In this March 12, 2019, file photo, Los Angeles Lakers coach Luke Walton gestures to players during the second half against of the team’s NBA basketball game against the Chicago Bulls, in Chicago. The Sacramento Kings have hired Luke Walton as their coach just days after he parted ways with the Los Angeles Lakers following three losing seasons. The Kings announced Monday, April 15, 2019, that Walton will replace Dave Joerger.(AP Photo/Nuccio DiNuzzo, File)Luke Walton was confirmed as the new head coach of the Sacramento Kings on Monday, marking a swift return to the NBA just days after parting company with the Los Angeles Lakers.Walton, whose departure from the Lakers was announced on Friday, was rapidly identified by Sacramento as their preferred successor to Dave Joerger, who was fired last Thursday.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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ View comments Tim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’ ‘Duterte legacy:’ Gov’t boasts achievements so far Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption LATEST STORIES Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California collegelast_img read more

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Guyana’s royalty percentage “low” – Ram

first_imgOil revenueBy Samuel SukhnandanAlthough it was recently announced that Guyana will now receive a two per cent royalty on gross earnings and 50 per cent of the profits of the oil proceeds when production starts in 2020, Chartered Accountant and Attorney Christopher Ram says that this percentage is relatively low when compared to royalties received by oil-producing countries in the world. However, Ram stressed that one needed to bear in mind that some countries do not receive any royalty at all. “Royalties in other countries do seem much higher, but then you have to look at the overall Government share of profits…It’s a complex issue. But again, the royalty percentage is low,” he said.While explaining that he may not be able to make a sufficiently balanced comment especially since there is limited information available to the general public, the chartered accountant expressed hope that Government would, at some point, be able to renegotiate the contract so that Guyana received a better deal.“You have to see the entire contract to see the arrangements for the Government’s share and the company’s share. There is also the question that you have to honour contracts,” he added.Asked whether he is pleased with the consultation process being implemented by the Government, Ram said he hoped that it became widespread and more comprehensive.“I would like to see more myself. And I would like to see wider consultation as well. You also want to see more informed consultation. You just don’t want somebody to come and make a long speech and at the end, you have a question or two to ask,” he emphasised.Commenting on the same issue, well-known economist and former presidential advisor, Ramon Gaskin says the fact that the contract has not been publicly released will cause Guyanese to ask many questions and could possibly lead to much speculation.Nevertheless, Gaskin said Government must now say whether the profit share is inclusive of the royalty, and whether production would actually begin in 2020.Gaskin argued too that the two per cent royalty that was recently announced by Government was far below what other countries were getting. He said in some cases, countries in Africa were receiving between 10 and 12 per cent royalties.He also highlighted the fact that ExxonMobil still did not have a production licence but an exploration licence, but oddly enough they have a production-sharing agreement.For many countries, royalty rates for oil production vary, but the lowest of them all is between five and seven per cent, which includes to some extent equal profits of the oil proceeds.For example, in Malaysia, royalty rates are paid on petroleum production set in agreements between the oil company and the federal Government and each of the 13 state governments.These currently provide for five per cent of the value of the petroleum obtained to be paid to the state in which the oil is found, and five per cent to be paid to the federal Government.In Mexico, when the price of oil is lower than US$48 per barrel, a royalty rate of 7.5 per cent is applicable; when the price of oil is equal to or higher than US$48 per barrel, the royalty rate is determined according to a set formulae agreed on by both parties.Extraction from the offshore Liza field locally is expected to commence in 2020 at an initial rate of 100,000 barrels of crude per day in the first phase.The offshore discovery in Guyana has around two billion barrels of high-quality oil.last_img read more

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Laughter turned to tears

first_imgIt is a frightening scene. There is vomit and there is spittle and there is terrible worry among those seated at the table, as well as dazed onlookers in the vicinity. How could a night of rapture suddenly become so dark? I know how life can turn tragic in an instant, but this quickly, in the back room at Mahe, where there’s an aura of camaraderie, where the conversation is gentle and the problems are left on Pacific Coast Highway? Jimmy Werner is gasping desperately for air for what seems like too long a period, and is losing his footing, as Stu Ledsman holds him upright. I feel as though I’m in a movie theater, and watching a horrible drama that’s unfolding in front of me, only I know I’m not at a cineplex. A person nearby calls 911. A lady who’s a nurse offers her assistance. I stand there momentarily shocked, and then straggle over to Werner and gently touch his shoulder. He finally stops heaving and finally regains his equilibrium and seats himself in a chair, but still is woozy as he explains how on the previous day he has undergone a medical procedure and how the medication he’s been taking might adversely have affected his swallowing. “I got some chicken caught in the throat,” he says. “I’m all right. I’m all right. I just need some fresh air. Ah, this is so embarrassing.” He is given water, and Stu Ledsman and Mahe’s concerned manager, Brad Davenport, escort him outside where Seal Beach paramedics arrive within minutes. They closely check Werner’s vital signs, and, blessedly, there is no indication of any serious impairment. They depart, and Jimmy Werner, a former amateur boxing champion as a youth in Manhattan, a man with a deep sense of pride, keeps saying, “I’m embarrassed … I’m really embarrassed. What a scene I caused. …” Stu Ledsman and I both chide him for such self-derogatory rhetoric, and I soon go with him in his car to the Huntington Beach home of his longtime girlfriend, Bobbi Whitehead, as Stu Ledsman follows behind us. Ledsman and I then accompany him inside, and a most touching scene ensues, as Ledsman and Werner tenderly embrace and begin weeping. “You saved my life again,” says Werner, recalling another incident many years ago at the Blues Cafe when Ledsman prevented three hooligans from accosting Werner. Stu Ledsman, a very rough fellow with a very soft heart, shakes his head in protest, as tears roll down his cheeks. “Please, I didn’t do anything anyone else wouldn’t have done,” he says. Moments later, Stu Ledsman, his eyes red, admits, “I thought for a moment there I was about to lose one of my closest friends. That would be tough to accept.” Oh yes, boys night out, as innocent an evening imaginable, a frolic among friends, laughter and joy, and then that most ominous tableau, a maddening reminder, a cruel metaphor of the harrowing uncertainties of the world in which we reside. Doug Krikorian can be reached at doug.krikorian@presstelegram.com. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! It is an evening of tranquil bliss, and the participants are in a glad mood, having left any private miseries behind when alighting from their cars in the parking lot, having forgotten for a time the normal vexations of everyday existence. At approximately 7:15, I spot the Long Beach State athletic director, Vic Cegles, walking into the back bar at Mahe where we’re ensconced, and I make a big commotion about his presence. “Here comes the greatest athletic director in Southern California since J.D. Morgan,” I yell out with my patented sincerity. But as Cegles approaches our table with a big grin, I turn and watch in horror as Stu Ledsman suddenly has Jimmy Werner in a tight-gripped bear hug, frantically applying the Heimlich Maneuver to him, frantically trying to allow him to breathe, frantically trying to dislodge whatever is cursing him. I can’t believe what I’m observing. It is Tuesday evening at Mahe in Seal Beach, boys night out, conviviality, laughs, relaxation, no worries, no concerns, Lakers playing the Knicks on TV, sake and beer flowing, California rolls and chicken Teriyaki consuming, joshing, story telling, boys night out. It is a group of my pals … Stu Ledsman, aka Bad Stu, UCLA graduate, co-founder of the Belmont Shore Rugby Club, retired environmental construction millionaire, tough guy, character … John Narz, aka Nature Boy, well-known Seal Beach real estate agent and surfer, notorious skirt chaser whom I’ve compared here to the fabled late connoisseur of women, Porfirio Rubirosa, character … Jimmy Werner, aka Junkbond Jimmy, St. John’s graduate, international financier with close ties with Korea, brother-in-law of chairman and CEO of NBC Universal, Bob Wright, New York wise guy, character … and Mark Emerzian, aka Laker Fanatic, Fresno native and former Long Beach resident who now lives in Nashville with wife, daughter and twin sons, former Santa Clara basketball player, devoted Laker season ticket holder during the Show Time era, character. center_img The ambiance is uplifting. There are the bawdy tales and the light-hearted repartee that are regular fare among men of a certain age when gathered among themselves detached from female companionship. last_img read more

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CHIME school’s fire repair still wanting after 2 years

first_img susan.abram@dailynews.com (818) 713-3664160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The fire at 19722 Collier St. was sparked by computer equipment in a storage area. The blaze destroyed the roof and damaged the principal’s office, another office that houses technical equipment used by disabled children, and file cabinets containing records, officials said. “What I’m feeling is this little school is lost in the bureaucracy,” CHIME school Director Julie Fabrocini said. “We’ve moved into classrooms to use as offices. That has taken up class space for children.” Fabrocini said both the LAUSD and the charter association have been supportive in paying for supplies and recovering books and files, but in the meantime, children are crammed into smaller spaces. And of the more than 280 children who attend CHIME, 20 percent have disabilities, and some bathrooms at the school are not fully accessible for them. CHIME opened as a charter school more than five years ago, extending a California State University, Northridge, program that integrates special-education and regular-education preschool and kindergarten students. About 70 children were enrolled when the school opened. Enrollment has since grown to its current figure, Fabrocini said. WOODLAND HILLS – Two years after an electrical fire caused more than $300,000 damage inside CHIME charter elementary school, no repairs have been made, forcing administrators to shut down the library to make room for classes and offices. CHIME officials say the campus is caught between the Los Angeles Unified School District, which has leased the property to CHIME, and the California Charter Schools Association, which provides insurance through a separate program. Neither side has stepped up to pay for the damaged structure. Officials with the LAUSD did not return calls seeking comment, but charter officials said their financial obligations have been met. Those obligations don’t include fixing the fire damage. “The lease between LAUSD and CHIME says (LAUSD) is responsible in this situation,” said Gary Larsen, spokesman for the charter schools association. last_img read more

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Theme park will play host to Muslims

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO – Muslims of all backgrounds, whether Shia or Sunni, born in California or Afghanistan, recent immigrants or recent converts, will to put aside tensions to share on Saturday the thrill of a good roller-coaster ride. More than 4,000 people are expected at Santa Clara’s Great America amusement park for Muslim Unity Day, organizers said. “There are no lectures,” said Asma Mangrio, who co-founded the event, now it its third year. “We just want everyone to have fun together.” Special areas have been designated for observance of the five daily prayers. Muslim-themed country music, Urdu alternative rock and Moroccan jazz fusion will waft through the park at the end of the day, interrupted only by the sunset and evening calls to worship. 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

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House Dems shift agenda on war

first_imgWASHINGTON – Congressional Democrats have put on the back burner legislation ordering troops home from Iraq and turned their attention to war-related proposals that Republicans are finding hard to reject. The legislative agenda marks a dramatic shift for party leaders who vowed repeated votes to end combat and predicted Republicans would eventually join them. But with Democrats still lacking enough votes to bring troops home, the party runs the risk of concluding its first year in control of Congress with little to show for its tough anti-war rhetoric. “We can no longer approach the discussion on Iraq as a partisan issue,” said Rep. John Tanner, a conservative Democrat from Tennessee. “Our soldiers, sailors, Marines, airmen and Guardsmen aren’t fighting as Democrats or Republicans but as Americans.” At the same time Wednesday, leaders of the House Armed Services Committee pressed the Pentagon on recent reports that Iraq is buying $100 million in military equipment and weapons from China. In a letter to Defense Secretary Robert Gates, the lawmakers asked Gates to provide details on whether the purchase will include any U.S. funds and how well the Iraqi government and U.S. commanders will be able to track the weapons. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.The letter was signed by panel chairman Rep. Ike Skelton of Missouri and Rep. Richard Neal of Massachusetts, both Democrats, and Rep. Duncan Hunter of California, the ranking Republican.last_img read more

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Cantona: I love Jose… but Manchester United should have signed Pep!

first_img1 Manchester United legend Eric Cantona believes the club have made the wrong appointment in Jose Mourinho and should have chosen Pep Guardiola to replace Louis van Gaal. Mourinho is close to completing a deal to take over at Old Trafford following the sacking of Dutch boss Van Gaal on Monday. And while Cantona holds the Portuguese in high esteem, he doesn’t think he is the right fit for United.He told the Guardian: “I love his personality, I love the passion he has for the game, his humour. He is very intelligent, he demands 100 per cent of his players. And of course he wins things.“But I don’t think it’s the type of football that the fans of Manchester United will love, even if they win. He can win with Manchester United. “But do they expect that type of football, even if they win? I don’t think so.”Cantona turns 50 this week, twenty years after he called time on his illustrious playing career. His arrival in Manchester heralded a golden era for the club, the foundation of Sir Alex Ferguson’s sides domination of English football. He won four league titles during his five years playing under Fergie, and the Frenchman has also made no secret of his desire to manage the club one day. Cantona said: “I do many things and I’m very happy. But if they asked me to become the manager of Manchester United, I would. “Because Guardiola is in Manchester City and they want someone to win things with wonderful football? It’s me.” Cantona says United should have gone for Guardiola, not Mourinho as their new boss last_img read more

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Silver Tassie wins top hotel award for second year running

first_imgThe family run Silver Tassie Hotel & Spa are leading the way in the wedding market.For the second year running they have just topped the awards list and secured all 4 awards issued by “Wedding Dates.”The awards include “Top Rated Wedding Venue In Donegal’, “Top Rated Wedding Venue In Ulster, “Top Rated 4 Star Wedding Venue in Ireland’ and also the BIG ONE -“Ireland’s Top Rated Wedding Venue Of The Year 2016”. Ciaran and Rose Blaney would like to thank all the wedding couples who voted for them, Weddingdates.ie for the awards, their loyal customers and a special thanks to the professional and hard working team at the hotel who constantly strive to ensure that all couples achieve their dream wedding day.Set just outside Letterkenny along the stunning Wild Atlantic Way, overlooking the beautiful Lough Swilly, the Silver Tassie Hotel is the perfect wedding venue.With landscaped gardens, traditional décor and stunning architecture this truly majestic venue creates a spectacular backdrop for all weddings. In August this year the hotel celebrated 25 years of hosting weddings, they can cater for an intimate or large celebration. The hotel’s magnificent Woodlands Suite has opulent surroundings with dazzling chandeliers, and for the more intimate weddings the hotel offers a range of additional banqueting suites, not to mention the stunning landscaped garden.The Silver Tassie Hotel is also a licensed venue for Civil Partnerships allowing you to host your full day within the beautiful surroundings. Guests can enjoy pampering treatments at the hotel’s luxurious award winning Seascape Spa followed by a visit to the on-site Atomic Hair Design.As Ireland’s Top Rated Wedding Venue , allow their accomplished management team to make your wedding dreams really come true.Choose from a wide range of all inclusive wedding packages or create your own personalised menu from the extensive range of options , which can be tailored to each specific requirement and budget, allowing a truly unique wedding for each couple.Don’t miss their annual Winter Wedding Fayre & Fashion Show in association with “Save The Date”from 2-5pm, January 03rd, 2017.Follow the Silver Tassie on facebook (Weddings at the Silver Tassie Hotel & Spa) or for more information visit the hotel for a show-around, telephone John or Georgina + 353 (0)749125619 or email weddings@silvertassiehotel.ie. The Silver Tassie Hotel & Spa Ramelton Road, Letterkenny, Co. DonegalTel: 074 91 256 19 Email: weddings@silvertassiehotel.ie Web: www.silvertassiehotel.ie Silver Tassie wins top hotel award for second year running was last modified: December 7th, 2016 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)last_img read more

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