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Olympians association opposes blanket ban on all Russians

first_imgMONACO (AP):The global association of Olympic athletes says it’s unfair that all Russia’s track and field athletes have been banned from international competition because of allegations of state-sponsored doping.The World Olympians Association (WOA) calls for an “urgent solution” that allows athletes who have not been involved in doping to be able to compete.The WOA issued a statement yesterday saying clean athletes should “have their rights and their reputations protected and honoured”.Russia’s athletics federation was suspended by the IAAF following a report by a World Anti-Doping Agency panel that detailed widespread doping. The sanction could keep Russian track and field athletes out of next year’s Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.The WOA suggests that athletes from suspended countries who have clean doping records could undergo “extraordinary testing sessions” clearing them to compete.The WOA has ties to Russia through its patron, Prince Albert of Monaco, who has vacationed in the past with Russian President Vladimir Putin. WOA president Joel Bouzou is an adviser to Prince Albert and received a Russian state medal in 2012.last_img read more

WPO recognises the work of former President Janet Jagan

first_imgThe Women’s Progressive Organisation (WPO) paid tribute to former President, the late Janet Jagan by way of a wreath-laying ceremony on the occasion of her ninth death anniversary on Friday last.Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo was the guest speaker at the event, which was held at Babu Jaan, Port Mourant, Corentyne.Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo along with members of the WPO at the wreath-laying ceremony on FridayThe Chicago, US-born Janet Jagan served as President of Guyana from December 19, 1997, to August 11, 1999. She was 77 years old when she succeeded her husband, Cheddi, after his passing, becoming the first female President of Guyana. She previously served as the first female Prime Minister from March 17, 1997 to December 19, 1997.Jagan was awarded Guyana’s highest national award, the Order of Excellence in 1993, and the Mahatma Gandhi Gold Medal for Women’s Rights in 1998.She also served as a Member of Parliament and as Minister of Home Affairs, Labour, Health and Housing.In 1963, Time magazine described her as “the most controversial woman in South American politics since Eva Peron”, partly because she was a “strident Marxist” who many believed was the “brains and backbone” behind Cheddi’s Government.Addressing the hundreds at Babu Jaan, former President Jagdeo referred to the late leader as a fighter. He said the challenges we face today were nothing compared to what she experienced.“Cheddi Jagan and Janet Jagan in the darkest days never lost hope, they kept our party intact, they kept their minds focused and changed this country. They fought for independence and got it, and then for the return of democracy, and so, the challenges we face now are nothing compared to what they faced, so we in this generation should not lose focus,” Jagdeo stated.Nevertheless, Jagdeo called on the women present to take up more active roles in the Party while advocating for more women to join the WPO.He said women in the PPP have an enormous role to play. Meanwhile, he urged the WPO to set a target of getting to 5000 members.last_img read more

First Children’s Court opens in Guyana

first_img…more coming in 2019As the first Children’s Court opened its doors to the public on Wednesday, plans were announced to construct more such facilities outside of the capital city of Georgetown in the coming year by United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) representative to Guyana and Suriname, Sylvie Fouet.The new court, which is housed at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts, will serve to better the lives of juveniles. “We believe the court is very timely and sustainable. It’s an investment, a sustainable investment especially when we look at the principle underlying the Juvenile Justice Act… for UNICEF the investment we believe is needed and we will give dividend to the young people,” Fouet said.It was on this note that the representative highlighted, “In 2019, the plan is also to support the expansion to the court… so the spirit is also to decentralise; to goJustice Yonette Cummings-Edwards, Chancellor of the Judiciary, cuts the ribbon with Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan and Chief Justice Roxanne Georgeoutside Georgetown and I understand that we also have plans to have similar sessions taking place in other cities in Guyana and we will support definitely the way we can”.Meanwhile, Attorney General and Legal Affairs Minister Basil Williams said he believes there is no better way for a country to show its respect for human dignity than by “making appropriate provisions for the protection of its children and for securing their best interests”.According to him, the establishment of a Children’s Court is essential to ensuring that the objectives of the Juvenile Justice Act are advanced and achieved. He added that it is vital to ensuring a more rehabilitative and restorative system of juvenile justice. “It is essential to promoting the best interests of our children,” the Attorney General said.Chancellor of the Judiciary, Justice Yonette Cummings-Edwards, pointed to the importance of the new court and how juveniles will be sentenced using the new legislation, the Juvenile Justice Act.“In terms of sentencing, we are guided by modern principles of sentencing and again the whole idea is to carry out sentences through the safe, fair and humane custody and supervision of our young people so the least restrictive measures consistent with the protection of the public and of personnel working with juveniles are to be used,” She explained.Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan, was also at the opening of the historic event noted how pleased he is to launch the new Court. “The journey that has realised this today commenced since 2004. The then Government of which I was a member, as a parliamentarian had delivered its first report to the committee on the rights of the child.”He said after the report was submitted a number of recommendations were made by the committee urging that the same be implemented as early as possible which included raising the age of criminal responsibility from 10 years, ensuring that persons below the age of 18 are not tried as adults but be given adequate and special protection among others.Magistrates Annette Singh and Dylon Best have undergone training to deal with juvenile cases.last_img read more


first_imgTHIS is the man the PSNI want to question about the brutal murder of a man in Derry yesterday – and believe he could be in Co Donegal. Mr McCrory (35) was shot dead by a lone gunman in a flat on Shipquay Street. His partner, who was in the property at the time, escaped injury but was left highly traumatised.Police have described the murder as a “brutal execution” and said they are keen to speak to this man – Kieran McLaughlin (58). He is described as being 5’7″ tall, of medium build with blue eyes and grey hair and believed to be wearing dark clothing.The public have been advised not to approach him but to telephone Gardaí immediately. The police have also asked Mr McLaughlin to contact them immediately.Meanwhile, police last night carried out searches at a number of homes in the Galliagh area of Derry in the search for Mr McLaughlin.Mr McLaughlin is known to police.  COMMUNITY ALERT: GARDAÍ IN HUNT FOR ON-THE-RUN MURDER SUSPECT was last modified: October 11th, 2013 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Derrygarda appealmurderlast_img read more

High marks for car barrier

first_img160Want 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 MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake Vendors in the program are evaluated based on several factors, including on-time delivery of products, living up to warranty terms, compliance with the Trade Agreement Act, compliance with the scope of their contracts, maintaining current approved price lists, and ensuring that prices listed in the GSA Advantage! program match those on the current approved price list. Delta has supplied counterterrorist barricade systems to more than 160 U.S. embassies and consulates in 130-plus countries as well as for embassies of the United Kingdom and other nations. In the United States, Delta barricades are at more than 110 federal buildings, including courthouses and FBI locations. More than 85 percent of all U.S. nuclear power plants are protected by Delta vehicle barricade systems. Delta Scientific systems also protect high-rises, Singapore’s parliament, European castles and homes in Beverly Hills. Delta Scientific Corporation has its headquarters in Valencia and a manufacturing plant in Palmdale. The company makes vehicle-barricade systems, parking-control equipment and guard booths. VALENCIA – Vehicle barrier manufacturer Delta Scientific said it received an “outstanding” vendor rating from the Government Services Administration. The GSA negotiates contracts between vendors and the U.S. government so that any federal agency can directly purchase products and services at pre-negotiated terms and pricing. Delta has supplied more than $54 million worth of equipment to the federal government via the program. “Our GSA contract permits U.S. agencies to make direct purchases of Delta’s counterterrorist products in a timely manner, enabling them to better protect our nation’s infrastructure and U.S. troops overseas,” said Delta Scientific Senior Vice President David Dickinson. “We are pleased to report that, after completing an on-site audit of our business practices and contract management, the GSA has given Delta a rating of Outstanding.” last_img read more

Newman Named Finalist for 2018 USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year Award

first_imgPrevious recipients of the USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year award are UCLA catcher Stacey Nuveman (2002), Texas pitcher Cat Osterman (2003, 2005 and 2006), Florida State pitcher Jessica Van der Linden (2004), Tennessee pitcher Monica Abbott (2007), Virginia Tech pitcher Angela Tincher (2008), Washington pitcher Danielle Lawrie (2009 and 2010), Stanford shortstop Ashley Hansen (2011), Oklahoma’s Keilani Ricketts (2012 and 2013), Florida State’s Lacey Waldrop (2014), Florida’s Lauren Haeger (2015), Michigan’s Sierra Romero (2016) and Kelly Barnhill (2017). Newman, who missed nearly all of the 2017 season due to injury, was the 2016 MVC Pitcher of the Year. She was named the MVC Freshman of the Year in 2015, is a two-time All-MVC First honoree and a two-time NFCA All-Midwest Region Second Team selection. Newman with 740 strikeouts is just 21 strikeouts away from new school record. She has 58 career victories, a mark that ranks No. 3 all-time in school history. In her career, Newman has recorded 10 or more strikeouts in a game 25 times, including a career-high 18 in her second no-hitter of the season against Valparaiso. OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – Drake University softball redshirt junior pitcher Nicole Newman (Madison, Wis.) is one of the Top 25 Finalists for the 2018 USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year, USA Softball, the National Governing Body of Softball in the United States, announced Wednesday, April 25. The USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year award, which is considered the most prestigious honor in Division I women’s collegiate softball, recognizes the outstanding athletic achievement by Division I female student-athletes across the country.Newman, who earlier this week was named Missouri Valley Conference Pitcher of the Week for the 12th time in her outstanding career, owns an impressive 16-2 record with the nation’s lowest earned run average of 0.44. She has yet to allow a run scored by an MVC opponent, tossed two no-hitters against Valley opponents, holds a 9-0 record against league opponents and has 109 strikeouts with just eight walks in MVC play. Overall this season, Newman has 185 strikeouts with just 18 walks and allowed only seven earned runs.center_img Comprising this year’s list of finalists includes nine seniors, nine juniors, four sophomores and three freshmen. The student-athletes selected represent 17 NCAA Division I universities and eight athletic conferences. Reigning NCAA Women’s College World Series (WCWS) Champion Oklahoma is the most represented university among the finalists, having three athletes making the list while Florida, Georgia, Oregon, Tennessee, UCLA and Washington are each represented by two athletes. Arizona State, Auburn, Baylor, Drake, Florida State, Kent State, Michigan, Ohio State, Oklahoma State and Texas State each have one athlete in the Top 25 Finalists. Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

Giants reliever building his case to be The Closer

first_imgSCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – In the middle of a hectic clubhouse, Giants relief pitcher Will Smith found a free minute and an open table to get caught up on his fan mail.He tore through a stack of white envelopes one by one, unfolding each personalized note, using a Sharpie to put his autograph across the dozens of baseball cards bearing his name, then stuffing them into self-addressed stamped envelopes to be returned to their senders.“This is like a week (of mail) stacked up,” he said, laughing at …last_img read more

Fall decorations add diversity at Neeley’s Pumpkins

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Decorative agriculture is big business and can yield big results for farmers. Brian “Dude” Neeley, of Fairfield County, knows this well. In addition to a small cattle operation and growing field corn, soybeans, wheat, hay, and sweet corn on 600 acres, Neeley also plants approximately 25 acres of pumpkins and gourds each year to meet the growing consumer demand for autumn-themed decorations and entertainment.“We started growing pumpkins in 1998,” Neeley said. “It was a different niche market. We were selling sweet corn out of the front yard and already had consumer traffic. The pumpkins just added another attraction. When we started growing pumpkins, people bought pumpkins at the grocery store, but in the past 10 years, fall agri-tourism exploded and we expanded. One of the reasons that it has exploded like it has is that everyone likes to have family fun outdoors and school is back in session. This is one of the last things to do outside before wintry weather hits. And people can do all sorts of things with pumpkins, so there’s pretty much something for everyone — pumpkin painting, carving, catapulting, bowling, and decorating the house and the yard for the season.”While it may not seem like much, 25 acres will yield a lot of pumpkins, and a significant amount of land is required in order to effectively produce pumpkins from year to year.“Twenty-five acres of pumpkins actually takes about 40 acres of land because I leave driveways in between rows in order to make harvest easy and accessible and so I can get farm equipment into the field. You almost need to farm 600 acres to sustain 25 acres of pumpkins. I need at least a three-year rotation before coming back and planting pumpkins in the same place due to the soil-borne diseasesThe autumn sales display on the farm brings customers back each year.associated with low lying crops,” Neeley said. “One year I figured up that we picked 270 tons, or 540,000 pounds of pumpkins. That’s a lot of pumpkin pie, as some people say. But in reality, probably only 1% to 2% of my product goes into food consumption. The rest is decorative.”Neeley sells his pumpkins both wholesale and from a seasonal stand located in his mother, Carola’s, and his late father, David’s, front yard. He estimates that 35% of his sales are retail sales from the stand and that over 40% of his pumpkins are sold wholesale within a 20-mile radius of his farming operation.“Most is being sold locally to various businesses and farms, such as greenhouses with fall entertainment activities and some pumpkin patches that sell 100% of their own product and then come to me to pick up the slack,” Neeley said.Neeley sells some of the pumpkins at produce auction and he said that about 10% of his sales are to out-of-state buyers.“The largest amount of my out-of-state wholesale goes to Paintsville, Kentucky. A guy there takes three or four semi-truck loads a year,” he said. “The guy also wants big 40-pounder cushaw squash. His customers want them to make old family recipes.”And indeed, if folks are looking for a rare or unique variety of pumpkin, gourd, or squash, Neeley is the man to see. The pumpkin patch at harvest time and his seasonal stand are ripe with diversity, as he plants over 60 different varieties.“I plant 1.5 acres of gourds and 3.5 to 4 acres of colored squash. The rest of the acreage is pumpkins. We grow pumpkins from a third of a pound up to 60 pounds, and a couple jumbo varieties that can grow up to 250 pounds. Some have longer stems, some are tall and skinny, some are short and fat. Some are yellow, some are white. We have gourds of all different shapes, colors, and sizes. I grow a very wide variety to appeal to what different consumers like,” Neeley said. “I grow a lot of ‘Touch of Autumn’ pumpkins because they are a nice small pumpkin for school kids to take home and carry. That’s a niche pumpkin I wholesale a lot of because the people I sell to have a lot of school group tours that come in. There’s another one that is white with red veins that looks like a bloodshot eye. It’s called the ‘One-Too-Many;’ it looks like the eyeball of some guy who had one too many last night. There’s one called ‘Snowball’ that looks like a snowball and you’ve got the ‘Peanut Pumpkin’— which actually has a French name — that has growths on it that look like peanut shells.”Neeley begins to prepare for his early summer pumpkin planting the preceding autumn and picks the pumpkins from late summer through Halloween.“I plant rye in the fall after soybean harvest. We mow the rye off and leave it lay for a bed for the pumpkins to grow on and to keep them off the dirt. It keeps them cleaner, retards the weeds, and also holds soil moisture. I plant the first week of June, weather permitting, and do fungus and weed control before harvest. I strive to start picking on Sept. 1, but a couple of times we’ve started at the end of August,” Neeley said.Neeley said that the biggest challenges from a production standpoint are the standard gripes of nearly all farming operations: “Mother Nature, broken down equipment, and getting the pumpkins picked before the deer eat them.”He said the greatest challenge when dealing directly with consumers is “pleasing everyone, having the right, unique item for everyone at the right time. On the other hand, sometimes having too much inventory can be a problem. ‘There’s just too much stuff to choose from, I just don’t know which ones to pick,’ is a comment I get a lot.”To please the buyers, the Neeley family sets up a beautiful seasonal stand. It is meticulously cared for, making it clear that much love, thought, and time have gone into making certain that a trip to Neeley’s Pumpkins and Gourds is a pleasurable family outing.“At our place to sell stuff, we strive to power wash everything before displaying it and have built specially designed display tables to keep pumpkins off the ground in order to keep them clean and put them directly in front of our customers’ faces,” he said. “We also sell mums, corn shocks, and offer three different sizes of straw bales—a tabletop sized bale, a ‘porch’ bale (1/2 bale), and regular bales, in order to attract the market for seasonal decorations.”Sharing a fun experience and providing the consumer and community with nature’s bounty and beauty is something that the Neeley family prides itself on. Neeley’s favorite thing about pumpkin farming is the “enjoyment of fellowship with the consumer and seeing kids — young and old — have fun picking pumpkins at the stand.”Even with all of the pumpkin sales Neeley does, there is still some surplus that he generously donates throughout the community.“We donate a display of some of the best, most unique pumpkins and gourds to our church, where they are displayed throughout the building for Thanksgiving Sunday. We have taken in three pickup loads before and totally decked out the whole church — the sanctuary, the pews, the altar, the fellowship hall. We even had pumpkins in the elevator,” Neeley said.Additionally, some pumpkins are donated to local schools and non-profit business organizations. Of special importance to Neeley is his work with one particular group of students from a local high school.“I donate my time at Sheridan High School with the MRDD class. They have a field trip every year and come out to the pumpkin patch and we harvest pumpkins and I teach them some aspects of pumpkin farming. Then we return to the classroom and decorate the pumpkins in fun, creative ways. I do this toward Halloween at the end of a very long picking season where we pick six to eight hours a day, seven days a week, for 60 days straight. My work with Sheridan High School is what makes all the stress and monotony of the pumpkin harvest worth it,” Neeley said.Those who have worked alongside Neeley and his father throughout the years can attest to their passion for agriculture and their desire to share their knowledge and love of farming with others. The pumpkin business that Neeley runs reflects this strong connection to the land and his community.Follow Neeley Farms on Facebook for updates and visit the pumpkin stand at 2574 Mudhouse Road outside of Lancaster to see and appreciate the impressive fruits of Neeley’s labor.For more visit www.neeleyfarms.com.last_img read more

Delhi’s flip-flop continues: Mirwaiz

first_imgA day after Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh expressed readiness to talk to “right minded people” in Kashmir, Hurriyat chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq said New Delhi’s Kashmir policy was “full of flip-flops.”“We are not seeing any change of heart, but a change of strategy forced upon them by the change in circumstances. The policy of extreme repression was pursued as a state policy since the BJP came to power in New Delhi four years ago, which was a complete departure from the ways of the previous BJP regime led by Atal Bihari Vajpayee,” said the Mirwaiz in his Friday sermon.He alleged that the present regime had indulged in an all-out assault. “The assaults were carried out militarily, through the judiciary, economically or based on demography,” he said.‘Witch hunt’The Mirwaiz said the detention of [the separatist] leadership and the NIA harassment was nothing “but witch hunt.” “It is due to the failure of the harsh policy and international pressure, that today we see the ‘softening’ in their stand,” he said.The Hurriyat leader said the separatists would be happy if good sense prevailed upon the Government of India “about the futility of using force on the people in this David vs Goliath battle.” “Our leadership is in no hurry to respond to Delhi’s assertions over dialogue and will discuss the matter in the coming days,” said the Mirwaiz.He said if the GoI really cared for J&K’s children and young it should resolve the Kashmir dispute in the wider context of humanity and justice.Yasin Malik’s chargeJKLF chairman Yasin Malik, who addressed a congregation at Chrar-e-Sharief in Budgam, said Union Home Minster Rajnath Singh “has no right to sermonise on saving the new Kashmiri generation as the Centre had killed and blinded youth in the past four years.”Meanwhile, Hurryat faction chairman Syed Ali Geelani was barred by the authorities from offering Friday prayers at the Hazratbal Shrine in Srinagar.last_img read more