Carter awaits his fate

first_imgA three-man International Olympic Committee (IOC) disciplinary panel is deliberating the fate of Jamaica sprinter Nesta Carter after a hearing for the re-testing of an adverse analytical finding from the 2008 Beijing Olympics was held at the IOC headquarters in Lausanne, Switzerland, on Monday. The hearing, which is also in accordance with the eight years storage provision in the participation rules of the 2008 Beijing Games, saw Carter being represented by Kate Gallafint of London-based legal firm Blackstone Chambers. She was instructed by Kendrah Potts of the law firm Mishon de Reya, which has offices in London and New York. The IOC was represented by legal officer Jean-Pierre Morand and Dr Richard Budgett, medical and scientific director. Both parties presented their cases to the three-man panel consisting of Denis Oswald (chairman), Gunillia Lindberg, and Urgur Erdner. In a release yesterday, the Jamaica Olympic Association (JOA) said president Mike Fennell was also in attendance. Carter and his local attorney, Stuart Stimpson, participated via video link. In June, Carter failed an anti-doping test for the banned stimulant methylhexanamine when traces of the drug were found in his A and B samples. This after frozen blood and urine samples from the 2008 Summer Olympics were retested by the IOC. Carter and the Jamaica 4×100 metres team, which included Usain Bolt, Asafa Powell, and Michael Frater, stand to lose their relay gold medal if Carter is found guilty. Bolt completed a historic triple at the recent Rio de Janeiro Olympic to end his Olympic career with nine gold medals. The sprint idol could now have his legacy dented if he has to give up one of his gold medals. FAILED TESTlast_img read more

Liberians Commend Ghanaian Hospitality

first_img(GNA) – Ghanaians have been commended for their show of love, fellow feeling, cooperation, and understanding towards the Liberians.“This spirit of brotherliness has really made the Liberians to continue to live in Ghana feel at home,” speakers at a special end-of-year durbar, organized by leaders of Liberia Lofa County Residents Association in Ghana, made the commendation at Gomoa Buduburam Refugees Camp.According to the speakers, the special humanitarian gesture accorded the Liberians since the camp was created decades ago has taught them a great lesson.“These natural qualities, which majority of Liberian citizens who have already returned home derived from Ghanaians, is really playing a key role in the rebuilding efforts put up by their brothers and sisters at home,” they said.“We are very thankful to the Almighty God for leading us to a peaceful country like Ghana when our home country was torn apart by civil war. Current and future generations of Liberia would never forget what Ghana has done for her sisterly African country, Liberia.”Dr. Tambaa Cebianor, President of Lofa County Residents Association in Ghana, in his keynote address said the end-of-year get-together was aimed at bringing all Liberian nationals in the country together.Dr. Cebianor, a Medical Officer working at Gomoa-Fetteh Village of Hope Orphanage Hospital, expressed optimism that when Liberians come together they would be able to make meaningful contributions towards the socioeconomic, cultural, religious, and political developments of Liberia.He advised Liberians living in Ghana to put the past behind them and learn to foster unity among themselves, because in unity a lot could be achieved.He expressed the need for Liberians to obey the laws of the country and learn to participate in all self-help activities, especially clean up exercises initiated by chiefs and assembly members in the communities in which they reside.The organizers of the durbar presented a certificate of appreciation to Nana Ama Amafoah, Adontenhemaa of Gomoa-Fetteh.Nana Amafoah expressed gratitude to the organizers for the honor done her and assured Liberians in the area of her administration’s continued cooperation to ensure peace, stability and progress in the area.The Liberians at the Bubduburam Refugee Camp climaxed the durbar with a cultural display.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Politically divided Spain united by El Clasico rivalry

first_img0Shares0000In Barcelona Catalan flags, including the independence-supporting Estelada, are commonly flown, while the crowd chant in favour of independence in the 17th minute of each match to mark the fall of Catalonia in the Spanish War of Succession in 1714 © AFP/File / JOSEP LAGOMADRID, Spain, Dec 20 – Often symbolised as pitting the pride of Catalonia against Spain’s capital, the ‘El Clasico’ between Barcelona and Real Madrid is a match laced with political and social as much as sporting tension.Even more so this week when the sides face off in Madrid on Saturday lunchtime just over 36 hours after polls will close in local elections in Catalonia that were called over the crisis caused by the region’s drive for independence. “They have a very strong ideological connection,” political scientist Pablo Simon told AFP.“On the one side are Real Madrid, who normally can be said to have a more conservative and nationalist fan base.”By contrast, Simon cites Barca’s ‘more than a club’ motto as being rooted in a sense of Catalan identity.The sights and sounds of their Camp Nou and Santiago Bernabeu stadiums reflect that difference.In Barcelona, Catalan flags, including the independence-supporting Estelada, are commonly flown, while the crowd at Europe’s biggest stadium chant in favour of independence in the 17th minute of each match to mark the fall of Catalonia in the Spanish War of Succession in 1714.At the Bernabeu stadium Real Madrid fans held Spanish flags, while cries of “Viva Espana” rang around following a violent crackdown by police on a referendum on independence called by separatists in Catalonia © AFP/File / GABRIEL BOUYSAt the Bernabeu, Spain flags are splattered across the stadium, while cries of “Viva Espana” rang around on October 1 in the hours following a violent crackdown by Spanish police forces on a referendum on independence called by separatists in Catalonia.However, for all their differences, El Clasico and particularly the fear of losing the matchup should Catalonia gain independence, unites both sets of fans.“It is the derby of Spain and it feels like it is impossible to be neutral,” Sid Lowe, a Spanish football journalist and author of the book “Fear and Loathing in La Liga” on the rivalry, told AFP.“It is a unifying event. No-one wants to lose this game, even in the event of Catalan independence.”– No Clasico not contemplated –La Liga president Javier Tebas has repeatedly warned Barca would not be allowed to continue playing in the Spanish league if the drive for independence is followed through.However, that is a scenario both clubs refuse to envisage with many believing threats from Tebas, who attended a nationalist march earlier in the year, are aligned to his own political beliefs.“I want to tell all members that the intention of the club is to continue playing in La Liga. Right now our participation is guaranteed,” Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu told the club’s AGM in October.A banner demanding freedom for imprisoned Catalan separatist leaders is held up during the ‘Junts per Catalonia’ – JUNTSXCAT (All for Catalonia) grouping final campaign meeting for the upcoming Catalan regional election in Barcelona © AFP / Pau Barrena“I can’t contemplate a Spain without Catalonia, nor La Liga without Barca,” Real Madrid president Florentino Perez told Spanish newspaper El Espanol.Bartomeu’s board has tried to tread a fine line by defending Catalonia’s institutions following the Spanish government’s application of home rule, but also not coming out in favour of independence.Barca played Las Palmas behind closed doors on October 1 in protest at the violence at the polling stations.However, even outspoken pro-independence campaigners like former Barca president Joan Laporta have called for Barca to remain in La Liga.“No one at Barcelona wants to lose this game even though that potentially contradicts their political or social position,” added Lowe.The most-watched football match in the world will attract a potential TV audience of 650 million people who will tune in to see five-time Ballon d’Or winners Cristiano Ronaldo of Real and Barcelona’s Lionel Messi.“It paralyses normal life in Spain,” added Simon. “That’s why we always recommend to go to the theatre or the cinema at that time because they will be empty.”Yet, the fact that what could happen to Barca, and by extension El Clasico, has played such a big role in the independence debate is a sign of the match’s deeply-rooted importance to Spanish society as something more than just a sporting event.“On the face of it the fact we are concerned about the impact for football from Catalan independence is absurd because there are so many other things to be worked through,” added Lowe.“Yet, it is the one that has occupied people the most. Will Barcelona still be in the league? Will there still be a Clasico? And no one wants that to be lost.”0Shares0000(Visited 4 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Meet Punjab PSEB Class 10 topper Shruti Vohra: Check top three rank holders here

first_imgThe Punjab School Education Board (PSEB) released the merit list, subject wise pass percentage, toppers and result statistics of the Class 10 examination today, May 22, on the official website, pseb.ac.inResults statistics:Total candidates appeared: 330437Total candidates passed: 190001Number of girls (appeared): 146458Number of boys (appeared): 183979.As published by the board, in this year’s Punjab Class 10 board results, Shruti Vohra, a student ofRopar’s DAV Public Senior Secondary School topped with flying colours.Topper’s score:Marks: 642 marksPercentage: 98.77 per centOther toppers:Second position:  Amit Yadav, who scored 98.62 per cent i.e. 641 marks, bagged the second position.Third position: Simmi Kumari of Sai Public Senior Secondary School in Ludhiana scored 98.31 per cent.Sports category:First position: Under the sports category, Amandeep Verma of BCM Senior Secondary School in Ludhiana secured the first rank by scoring 99.08 per cent.Second position: Jyoti Panwar, also from BCM Senior Secondary School, secured the second rank with 98.62 per centThird position: Nancy, a student of Play Ways Senior Secondary School, Patiala scored 98.31 per cent. This year, the class 10 boards were held from March 14 to March 29 at various test centres across the state. Last year, the pass percentage was at 72.25 per cent with girls performing better than boys who secured a pass percentage of 78.03.About PSEB:Established in the year 1969, the Punjab School Education Board (PSEB) was established through a legislative enactment of the state assembly. In the year 1987, an amendment to the previous act was passed to give autonomous status to the Punjab School Education Board (PSEB). The board is responsible to design the curriculum and course pattern and regulates the education policies in the affiliate schools.advertisementlast_img read more