CAS confirm 2 Russians to be stripped of 2008 Olympic medals

first_imgTrump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team Cignal captures PSL Invitational bronze at expense of Smart ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names In the 2008 javelin, Christina Obergfoll of Germany may be upgraded from bronze to silver, and Goldie Sayers of Britain from fourth to bronze.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced LATEST STORIES Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? At their appeal hearings in May in Lausanne, all three failed to prove the anti-doping test methods were not scientifically valid, CAS said in a statement.If medals are reallocated, Olga Rypakova of Kazakhstan could win a third Olympic triple jump medal.Rypakova stands to be upgraded from fourth to silver in 2008. She also won gold in 2012 and bronze in 2016.Because Lebedeva was disqualified along with 2008 bronze medalist Chrysopigi Devetzi of Greece for doping, Yargelis Savigne of Cuba could move up from fifth to bronze.In the women’s long jump, Blessing Okagbare of Nigeria may be upgraded from bronze to silver, and Chelsea Hammond of Jamaica improved from fourth to bronze.ADVERTISEMENT The banned anabolic steroid turinabol was discovered in retests of all three women’s Olympic anti-doping samples.Lebedeva won 2008 Beijing Olympic silver medals in the long jump and triple jump.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’Abakumova won the silver in javelin at the 2008 Games.Gnidenko was eighth in Keirin track cycling at the 2012 London Olympics. 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 MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. FiLE – In this file photo dated Sunday, Aug. 23, 2009, Russia’s Tatyana Lebedeva in action on her way to winning the silver medal in the Women’s long jump at the World Athletics Championships in Berlin. The Court of Arbitration for Sport confirmed on Thursday July 26, 2018, the IOC decision to disqualify Tatyana Lebedeva along with fellow Russian athlete Maria Abakumova, losing their appeals to CAS for doping offenses at the 2008 Olympic Games.(AP Photo/Matt Dunham, FILE)LAUSANNE, Switzerland — Russian athletes Tatyana Lebedeva and Maria Abakumova lost their appeals to the Court of Arbitration for Sport on Thursday and were stripped of three silver medals for doping at the 2008 Olympic Games.CAS confirmed the IOC decisions in 2016 to disqualify the pair plus compatriot Ekaterina Gnidenko.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

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Bruins foreign to rivalry

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card “As freshmen, we don’t really know about what the expectation is about winning this game,” UCLA backup point guard Darren Collison said. “We don’t know the history around this game because this is our first year.” Collison, at least, has the advantage of growing up in Southern California, as does wing Michael Roll. Until a few years ago, neither starting wing Luc Richard Mbah a Moute, nor backup center Alfred Aboya, had heard of UCLA, let alone USC, or some crazy-fierce rivalry that apexes during football season. “It’s our rival, so it’s going to be exciting,” said Mbah a Moute, who grew up in Cameroon like Aboya. “I know a lot from the football game, how people got ready. So it’s going to be a good game. I can’t wait to play in that game. We have to come out and be ready to play defense because they have good guards and we have to match their intensity.” Aboya said his only experience with the rivalry came in the fall with football. He said he felt the excitement around campus, but turned off USC’s 66-19 win by halftime because “it was painful.” But that was lost on most of the active members of the 18th-ranked Bruins, because they never have experienced it. UCLA is expected to rely heavily on five freshmen, three of whom are from other countries. They know a rivalry exists because they are told one exists, but they have no reference point. As members of UCLA’s basketball team filtered into Pauley Pavilion for Tuesday’s afternoon practice, several stopped to marvel at the few tents set up next to the student entrance. It wasn’t quite Duke’s tent city, but it told something was different about tonight’s game – a meeting with crosstown rival USC – compared to other Pac-10 Conference games. center_img “During the football season, I had a chance to experience that rivalry,” Aboya said. “It’s a big deal. I can’t wait to see what it will be like.” Meanwhile, starting center Ryan Wright is from Ontario, Canada, where footballs are punted on third down and rouges are worth as much as a free throw. UCLA’s resident healthy veteran is senior center Ryan Hollins, who moved deeply into the backdrop this season because of injury and the emergence of several freshmen. But he suffered through four straight losses to USC before sweeping the series last season, so he can at least add perspective. “It’s going to be a lot more personal,” Hollins said of the USC matchup. “I don’t know if (the foreign players) really understand it because being a SoCal guy and growing up here, it’s a game everybody watches and looks forward to. I’m sure it’s sinking in, but I don’t know if it’s really engrained in them.” Even UCLA’s starting sophomore guards and leading scorers, Arron Afflalo and Jordan Farmar, might not possess the keen history of the rivalry. Each has close friends on the Trojans. Afflalo played with USC sophomore Gabe Pruitt in high school. Farmar, who played at Taft of Woodland Hills and USC’s Nick Young, who played at Cleveland of Reseda, have a long-standing friendship. “In my opinion, that may make it a little less intense for us,” Afflalo said. “The game, itself, is going to be intense. Looking at the big picture and the overall Pac-10 race, this game is very important for a lot of people. But as far as our personal relationships, I think it makes it a little less intense. I’ve known Gabe and Nick for a while now, so you go out there and have a little more fun.” There is such goodwill, Farmar said Pruitt and Young came to UCLA’s campus plenty of times last spring to play pickup games. “Being close friends with guys on their team gives it a little different aspect,” Farmar said. “But we bleed blue and gold and they bleed cardinal and gold. It’s big for both of us, just for school spirit, school pride. It’s big for the camaraderie, and the feeling around campus. No matter what the sport is, you always want to beat ‘SC.” Brian Dohn, (818) 713-3607 brian.dohn@dailynews.com 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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Spurs boss reluctant to sell Pienaar

first_imgTottenham manager Harry Redknapp says he does not want Steven Pienaar to leave White Hart Lane.Pienaar is one of a number of midfielders QPR have considered as a possible signing following the news that Alejandro Faurlin is likely to miss the rest of the season with a knee injury.But despite the South African being on the fringes of the Spurs side, Rangers have been told that Pienaar is not currently available.Redknapp said: “I wouldn’t want him to go. I’d rather have players like that in the squad.”Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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A’s slugger Khris Davis leaves game after colliding with wall

first_imgPITTSBURGH — Khris Davis exited Sunday’s game against the Pirates after the top of the second inning with a left hip contusion, the result of a collision with the side wall in left field at PNC Park.Davis was pursing a foul ball hit by Pirates leadoff man Adam Frazier in the bottom of the first inning. He made the catch, as he reached into the stands and slammed into the padded railing.The brunt of the contact came to Davis’ ribs, on the left side of his body, although he stayed in the game.Re …last_img read more

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2010 will unite Africa

first_imgYvonne Johnston, CEO of the International Marketing Council of South Africa (IMC) candidly confessed that what keeps her awake at night is concern about the next World Cup hosts. ”They’ll find it very hard to beat the standard that we are going to set.”Johnston was discussing the positive outcomes she was expecting for South Africa and the continent in the run-up to, and beyond, the 2010 FIFA World Cup at the second 2010 National Communication Partnership Conference at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg yesterday.Johnston said that the 2006 World Cup had positive outcomes for the German economy – investment and tourism, and thus employment were boosted. The same will undoubtedly happen in Africa.Very important is the “global airtime Africa takes up in people’s headspace over a concentrated period of time”. If we have clear, consistent messaging, this will lead to a change in perceptions and mobilise people behind a common cause.And that common cause will create unity.This year’s Communication Partnership Conference, themed “Africa’s time has come”, brought together over 350 marketers, communicators and other interested stakeholders from across Africa to discuss how to create a new and lasting impression of Africa that will encourage foreign investment and a global mind-change about the continent.The Partnership includes communicators from government, business and civil society working together to take advantage of the marketing opportunity presented by the 2010 World Cup for the country and the continent.Johnston stressed the need for an alignment of messaging which will assist in creating a greater marketing impact. In particular, she urged African communicators to use the world spotlight on South Africa and Africa to profile the “majesty, spirit, energy and successes of Africa”.She concluded by saying:” We must contextualise and balance the African story. We must take control of our narrative. We must all entrench one message.”Download Yvonne Johnston’s full presentation…[PDF: 2 MB]ENDSIssued by: Meropa CommunicationsOn behalf of: International Marketing Council of South Africa (IMC)For more information, please contact:Claire Taylor: 011 772 1000/ 072 341 3898clairet@meropa.co.zaPamela Dlamini: 011 772 1000// 082 686 2198pamelad@meropa.co.zaLauretta Theys: 083 444 4755last_img read more

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Australia’s government will build $A5 billion second Sydney airport

first_imgThe Australian government has announced it will build a $A5bn ($US3.77bn)  airport in Western Sydney after the private company that runs Sydney Airport declined to take up the right to build it.Sydney Airport Group had a first right of refusal to build Sydney’s second airport, which has been a hot political issue for years, but was widely tipped to decline the project.The airport group said it made the decision after considering feedback about the costs of the project as well as from investors. It has also taken into account the outcome of its own evaluation.“Sydney Airport’s decision not to accept the Western Sydney Airport Notice of Intention on the terms provided is in the best interests of our investors who represent millions of Australians through their superannuation funds,’’ Sydney Airport chief executive Kerrie Mather said.  “Despite the opportunities that WSA will present, the risks associated with the development and operation of WSA are considerable and endure for many decades without commensurate returns for our investors.’’A statement from Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s office said details of the government’s plans to build the airport would be announced by Treasurer Scott Morrison in next week’s federal budget.“It is a vitally important project for Western Sydney, for Sydney, and the nation, which is why the Coalition Government ended decades of indecision by committing to the project in 2014,’’ the statement said.“The Government has worked carefully to meet our obligations and we have been planning for either contingency – acceptance or rejection by Sydney Airport Group. We are well positioned to move forward on terms that are consistent with the terms of the Notice of Intention.“The airport will be a major catalyst for jobs and economic growth in Western Sydney, injecting more than $1.9 billion into the economy during the construction phase alone.  It is expected to deliver 9,000 new jobs to Western Sydney by the early 2030s, and 60,000 in the long-term.”The first stage of the airport is expected to feature a terminal capable of handling up to 10 million domestic and international passengers a year with a single 3,700m runway. It is expected to be operational by the middle of next decade with leisure carriers likely to feature highly among its initial customers.The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission argued the consumer benefits of an independently owned second Sydney airport in a March report which highlighted the high profit margins earned by Australia’s big four airports “A second international airport competing with Sydney Airport will yield significant benefits to both consumers and airlines,” ACCC chairman Rod Sims said.“On the other hand, a common owner of the two airports would have an incentive to restrict investment and delay the new airport in order to maximise returns from its existing assets.“If Sydney Airport does not build and operate the new airport, the Government can build the airport and sell the assets once it is already established.”NSW  Premier Gladys Berejiklian welcomed the federal government commitment to build the airport. “We are certainly doing our part in investing hundreds of millions of dollars in projects around the precinct already and we will do all we can to make sure it is built as quickly as possible,” she said.The State’s Transport Minister, Andrew Constance, said work was already underway for major road and transport infrastructure to prepare for the airport’s delivery.“With work well progressed on the $3.6 billion Western Sydney Infrastructure Plan to build new roads and upgrade local roads across seven local government areas, we are also scoping the work to connect the Western Sydney Airport by rail,” he said.One issue certain to be the subject of dispute are the flight paths servicing the airport. A final determination has yet to be made but indicative flight paths released in 2016 caused a furore among communities near the project. There have also been arguments about whether the airport should be subject to a curfew.last_img read more

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Competition keeps traditional riel dancing alive

first_imgThe annual ATKV Riel Dance Competition kicks off this weekend with regional heats. It has grown substantially over the past 12 years, from just seven groups at the first competition to more than 800 dancers this year.The riel dance is born out of traditional Khoi and San ceremonial dances. Through their movements, dancers tell stories, while showing off striking footwork in the dust. Pictured is Betjies Kwarteltjies, a riel dance group from Elizabethfontein (outside Calvinia) that is participating in the 2017 ATKV Riel Dance Competition. (Image supplied)Melissa JavanThe riel dance — or rieldans in Afrikaans — is not only a popular dance form, but it is also a great topic to discuss in the classroom, says Benjamin Bock.Bock is the project manager of the ATKV Riel Dance Competition, a heritage project of the ATKV, the Afrikaans Taal en Kultuur Vereniging (the Afrikaans language and culture association).Watch:First held in 2006 at the foot of Paarl Mountain, 2017 marks the 12th iteration of the competition. Only seven teams took part that first year, hailing from the Cederberg, Matzikama, Hardeveld, Namaqualand and Hantam.It has grown somewhat since those early days, and so far this year, 800 participants will compete, according to Bock. “One would not have imagined that it would grow to such an extent that inter-regional competitions should be organised.” These groups are from the Western Cape and Northern Cape.Bock says learners use riel dance as a topic for schoolwork, especially in projects.The RooiRots Riel Dancers are from Elizabethfontein.The backgroundIt is born out of traditional Khoi and San ceremonial dances around a fire, Bock explains. “Celebrating the success of a good hunt or harvest has been practised for hundreds of years by descendants of the indigenous cultures [of the Khoi and San].“Most of them were sheep shearers and farm workers who played a ramkie [tin guitar] during leisure,” he explains.“Today, the riel dance can be recognised as one of the oldest cultural heritage expressions in Southern Africa. It includes courtship rituals, mimicking typical animal antics such as the meerkat or snake, along with lots of bravado, showmanship and foot stomping in traditional outfits.”Watch:It is not clear from where the name Riel dance derives, says Bok, but “in Afrikaans the dance became the riel as a result of the strong resemblance it has with the Scottish Reel”. In the Nama language it is known as !Khapara. “The word ‘Khapas’ means hat and one realises easily why it relates, too.“The hat plays an important role in winning a woman’s hand or interest, where the San used to use a bow and small arrow to shoot at a woman,” he says. It is an integral part of the men’s dance costumes.“One of the most well-known characteristics of the riel is the agility of the dancers. During the 1940s, ’50s and ’60s, the riel was ‘high fashion’ but due to urbanisation and the trend of American hip hop culture, it was on the verge of extinction.”However, now the ATKV is approached by schools and teachers or community leaders who are interested in starting a riel dance group and want to participate in the competition, Bock says. “We have put material together to take to the schools.“We then show it, give background on the riel dance and start to train the groups.”In July 2015, Die Bushmans Kloof Nuwe Graskoue Trappers took part in their first international competition at the 19th Annual World Championships of Performing Arts in Los Angeles.This riel dance group from Wupperthal in the Western Cape brought home three gold medals and a silver from the United States. In 2014, they qualified for the international competition at the national ATKV riel dance competition.Benjamin Bock.Benjamin Bock spoke to journalist Melissa Javan about the ATKV riel dance competition:Melissa Javan: About 800 dancers are taking part this year. How many took part last year and in 2015?Benjamin Bock: Last year we had 88 groups of eight each, totalling 704. In 2015 there were 85 groups of eight each.MJ: Where are the participants from?BB: Kranshoek, Pacaltsdorp, Swellendam, Albertinia, Barrydale, Uitsig, Ravensmead, Paarl, Worcester, Elim, Denau, Touwsrivier, Laingsburg, Prince Albert, Ceres, Kouebokkeveld, and Clanwilliam.MJ: How do people sign up for the competition?BB: People contact us and inform us that they are interested. Then we engage, meet with them, set dates for training and do the training.MJ: Do they take part as a school or a community?BB: We have three categories: under-14s, under-20s and the senior. [You can take part as a] school or group in the community. It helps if it’s a school, as there is existing administrative support.MJ: Why do older people take part?BB: They take part because most of them have been doing this for years. But the numbers of older people are dropping, while there are more younger groups.MJ: What role do adults play in the younger participants’ journey in this competition?BB: They play the supporting role, not only coaching but also motivating, assisting administratively and with providing opportunities for performance.MJ: I’ve heard something along the lines of “the higher the dust, the more points the participants get”. What does this mean?BB: It’s not really the case, but it has to do with the group enjoying themselves to such an extent that people see it in the dust. The joy on the faces of the dancers is worth eating dust…MJ: Is the riel dance competition only for people living in rural communities?BB: This competition is open for anyone.MJ: What do dancers do where there is no or very little dust, such as in cities?BB: We bring in the dust! HahaMJ: What is happening this weekend?BB: This weekend is our first regionals for the 2017 competition. A total of 27 groups will be participating. They will have six minutes to riel dance while telling us their story. We have 16 under-14 groups, eight under-20 groups and three senior groups. These groups will be adjudicated and the winners will be announced. Afterwards, the best dancers will have a chance to compete against other individuals and the best will be chosen.MJ: Can people still contact you to enter this year’s competition?BB: They can contact us, but we can only let them participate once we have had a chance to look at their dance skills and whether it is indeed riel or not.MJ: How important is storytelling in this dance?BB: It is very important; this is built into the criteria of the adjudication. This takes the audience on a journey.MJ: Do people share what their story is about?BB: They give us their story and we assist with the final touches of the story ensuring that they deliver quality and also a story that people can relate to or just enjoy.MJ: What prizes are to be won?BB: The prizes consist of trophies and the best will be forwarded to the next rounds. We have trophies for the best in the three categories, best musician and best song.MJ: Who chooses the group names, which include names such as the Boesmanland Bitterbesies and the Griekwa Hienas?BB: The group themselves.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa materiallast_img read more

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All About Furnaces and Duct Systems

first_img Sign up for a free trial and get instant access to this article as well as GBA’s complete library of premium articles and construction details. Start Free Trial Already a member? Log in UPDATED on March 2, 2017 with information on the Dettson furnace rated at 15,000 Btu/h.Many different appliances can be used to heat a house, including boilers, water heaters, heat pumps, and wood stoves. However, most homes in the U.S. are heated by a forced-air furnace.These devices are connected to ducts that deliver heated air to registers throughout the house. Different types of furnaces are manufactured to burn a variety of fuels, including natural gas, propane, oil, and firewood. The most common furnace fuel in the U.S. is natural gas.In Europe, where furnaces are almost unheard of, most homes are heated by a boiler that distributes heat through hot-water pipes. Unlike Europeans, however, most Americans insist on central air conditioning in their homes. It’s easier to provide whole-house air-conditioning in a home with a duct system. Once you have a duct system for cooling, it’s cheaper to install a furnace for winter heating than to install a boiler with a separate distribution system.Even though the smallest available furnaces are often oversized for a high-performance home — a problem I addressed in a 2009 article, Heating a Tight, Well-Insulated House — furnaces still have virtues that are hard to ignore. They are inexpensive, widely available, and easily serviced by local HVAC contractors. For many North American homes, they are a logical way to supply space heat.[Author’s note: Since this article was written, a Canadian manufacturer has begun selling a gas furnace rated at 15,000 Btu/h. For more information, see Finally, a Right-Sized Furnace.]When it comes to fuel efficiency, residential furnaces in the U.S. are divided into two main categories: so-called “medium-efficiency” furnaces and “high-efficiency” furnaces.Furnace efficiency is usually calculated using a laboratory procedure that measures an appliance’s “annual fuel utilization efficiency,” or AFUE. This… center_img This article is only available to GBA Prime Memberslast_img read more

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