I don’t trust the system – VCB

first_imgQUEENS, New York: ONE of the world’s leading athletes, Veronica Campbell-Brown, says based on her own experience, she distrusts the way anti-doping measures are effected. At the National Championships in 2013, Campbell-Brown returned a positive test for diuretics (lasix) and was provisionally suspended. She denied knowingly taking banned substances and was later cleared (October 2, 2013) by the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA) and issued a public warning. The International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF), the sport’s world governing body, appealed the decision, but the Court of Arbitration for sport (CAS) cleared Campbell-Brown of all doping charges, citing the JAAA’s testing procedures for not being complicit with international standards. As a consequence of that experience, she has no faith in the system and is urging fellow athletes to be honest and arm themselves with enough information to avoid making incorrect decisions pertaining to doping. Seventeen-time Olympic and World Championships medallist Campbell-Brown was in New York at the weekend where she was a guest of honour at the 21st Children of Jamaica Outreach yearly function and presented with its Humanitarian Award for her work as a philanthropist. While here to collect her award, she was asked about a couple of current drug-related happenings in her sport, one relating to the Russian Federation – and, by extension, its athletes – being banned from competition after a systematic doping programme was uncovered; and corruption allegations against former IAAF president, Senegal’s Lamine Diack. “I tend not to judge people,” she said, when asked if the IAAF’s first-time decision to ban an entire country’s athletes from competition was unfair. “You never know what’s going on, and based on my experiences, which I really don’t want to go into, I really do not trust the system, and I won’t ever trust the system and that’s the most I want to say,” Campbell-Brown stated firmly. “But I do believe that God has blessed a lot of people and there are a lot of talented people out there, and the great talent that we have makes for great competition, but that’s all I’m going to say about that. “The federation made their ruling and I don’t know all the information they have to make that ruling,” she added. Diack is alleged to have taken bribes totalling more than US$1 million as part of a cover-up for Russia’s doping issues. “I do not know the president personally, so there’s nothing I can say on that matter,” was the Jamaican sprinter’s offering on that topic. She said the bad news isn’t good for track and field. “I do not follow the negative part of my sport too much, because it is not good for us, it’s not good for the upliftment of the sport,” the 33-year-old pointed out. “Track and field needs more support, we need more sponsors, and with the negative publicity that we’re getting, it’s not helping us, so I tend to just stay focused on me and I just pray that people will be honest in what they’re doing .”last_img read more

Barclays Premier League Reviews

first_imgCHELSEA 2 WEST HAM UNITED 2GOALS:- CHELSEA: FABREGAS 45th, PEN 89th. WEST HAM: LANZINI 17th; CARROLL 61st.West Ham were denied of a top-four place after Cesc Fabregas scored a free kick and a late penalty for Chelsea. Manuel Lanzini curled a 25-yarder to give the Hammers the lead. Fabregas’ superb set piece brought Chelsea back into the game, but substitute Andy Carroll looked to have won it for West Ham, before Fabregas snatched a point after Michail Antonio fouled Ruben Loftus-Cheek.CRYSTAL PALACE 0 LEICESTER CITY 1GOAL:- LEICESTER: MAHREZ 34th.Leicester City moved eight points clear at the top of the Barclays Premier League on Saturday after Riyad Mahrez’s goal pushed the Foxes closer to the title. Mahrez squandered an early chance, but made amends when he turned in Jamie Vardy’s cross. Damien Delaney hit the bar for Crystal Palace in injury time, but the Foxes held out to clinch another vital win.EVERTON 0 ARSENAL 2GOALS:- ARSENAL: WELBECK 7th; IWOBI 42nd.Arsenal responded to their exits from both the Champions League and FA Cup with a comfortable victory over Everton at Goodison Park. Danny Welbeck opened the scoring on seven minutes, put through by Alexis Sanchez to round Joel Robles and slot home for his fourth of the season. On 42 minutes, teenager Alex Iwobi marked his maiden Premier League start with a first goal for the club.SWANSEA CITY 1 ASTON VILLA 0GOAL:- SWANSEA: FERNANDEZ 53rd.Swansea took a significant stride to securing Premier League survival as they ground out a win against bottom side Aston Villa. Villa dominated but failed to capitalise on a lethargic Swans display in a goalless first half. The visitors were made to pay for their profligacy early in the second when Federico Fernandez bundled in.WATFORD 1 STOKE CITY 2GOALS:- WATFORD: DEENEY 86th. STOKE: WALTERS 18th; JOSELU 51st.Stoke City secured a comfortable win at Watford, thanks to goals from Jon Walters and Joselu. After a bright start from the hosts, Mark Hughes’ side dominated possession and Walters turned home Phil Bardsley’s right-wing cross. Joselu scored a second for the visitors, while Troy Deeney replied for Watford late on.WEST BROMWICH ALBION 0 NORWICH CITY 1GOAL:- NORWICH: BRADY 50th.Robbie Brady earned Norwich secured their first Barclays Premier League win of 2016 to move out of the bottom three with victory at West Bromwich Albion on Saturday. After a turgid first half, Brady put the away side ahead with the game’s only shot on target. West Brom went close through Claudio Yacob’s first-half drive, before Stephane Sessegnon wasted their best chance.last_img read more

Transfer rumours and paper review – Sunday, October 5

first_img1 Transfer rumours and paper review Here’s the top transfer-related stories in Sunday’s newspapers…Sami Khedira has accepted a move to Arsenal in the January transfer window – with the Gunners just now needing to agree a fee with Real Madrid for his services. (Metro)Manchester City will consider the future of Yaya Toure in the January transfer window. And City are eyeing former Manchester United youth team player Paul Pogba as his replacement. (Mail on Sunday)Manchester City have asked to be kept informed on developments with Marco Reus at Borussia Dortmund. The 25-year-old has a £20m release clause that kicks in next summer and has refused to sign a new contract. (Mail on Sunday)Manchester United are to make a move for Barcelona full-back Dani Alves, but the Brazilian favours a move to Manchester City, where he knows the club’s former Barca directors Txiki Begiristain and Ferran Soriano. (Sunday Mirror)Juventus midfielder Arturo Vidal has rubbished speculation linking him with a move to Manchester United. (Mail on Sunday)Manchester United are stepping up their interest in West Ham’s teenage defender Reece Oxford. The 15-year-old is already a target for Arsenal and Chelsea but United staff consider him the best young defender in the country and are keen to strike a deal. (Mail on Sunday)Ron Vlaar’s future at Aston Villa is clouded in uncertainty as he is no nearer signing a contract that will tie him to the Birmingham club – news that will open up a potential move to Manchester United. (Sunday People)French giants Paris Saint-Germain are ready to triple Raheem Sterling’s wages in a bid to exploit his contractual stand-off with Liverpool. (Independent on Sunday)But Liverpool are ready to meet Raheem Sterling’s £100,000-a-week wage demands to prevent the youngster from leaving. (Sunday Mirror)Liverpool are watching teenage Belgian sensation Youri Tielemans. (Sunday People)Liverpool could move for Real Madrid goalkeeper Iker Casillas if a deal for ex-Barcelona star Victor Valdes fails to materialise. (Sunday Express)Juventus and Inter Milan will go head-to-head in January as they both try to sign Arsenal striker Lukas Podolski. (Mail on Sunday)Arsenal have stepped up their interest in long-time target Julian Draxler. The Gunners were watching the Schalke 04 ace in action during their midweek Champions League draw with Maribor. (Sunday People)Southampton are ready to offer Morgan Schneiderlin a new contract to keep him out of Tottenham’s clutches. (Sunday Mirror)Stoke boss Mark Hughes has insisted he won’t sell Peter Crouch to QPR in January and will offer the striker a new contract. (Mail on Sunday)And here’s the latest talkSPORT.com headlines…Premier League round-up: Henderson helps Liverpool claim much-needed winMan City boss Pellegrini has ‘no concerns’ over Toure formExclusive – Lampard admits he ‘would never have imagined’ making Man City switchRodgers hails ‘vital’ Liverpool win and insists Balotelli ‘reacted well’ to benchinglast_img read more

Fines might increase as way to ease congestion in car-pool lanes

first_imgCaltrans officials said they are asking the California Highway Patrol to toughen enforcement on the roughly 5 percent who don’t belong in car-pool lanes. “It’s not a lot of people,” said Will Kempton, director of the California Department of Transportation. “But even if we could eliminate or cut that rate in half, we would see significant improvements in the system.” Currently, car-pool-lane violators can be slapped with a $376 ticket, but Caltrans said it will recommend that the fine be increased. Kempton said Tuesday that he did not know how much Caltrans officials might recommend. Caltrans’ announcement, however, fell far short of a call from the federal government in June for strategies to get the car-pool lanes moving quickly. For now, hybrid cars can keep zooming along in California’s car-pool lanes. But other solo motorists who have been sneaking into the lanes are going to have to go. That’s because, under federal pressure to speed up sluggish car-pool lanes, California transit officials said Tuesday that they will seek to crack down on motorists who use the lanes illegally and boost the fines for violators. The beefed-up enforcement push comes as federal officials had set a deadline this month for Caltrans to develop strategies to deal with the traffic-clogging lanes that were supposed to be speedy options for drivers. Nearly one-half of the 1,380 miles of car-pool lanes in the state are out of federal compliance because cars are traveling too slowly in them, stuck amid a burgeoning number of drivers swarming the roadways. Caltrans officials said Tuesday that they need another month to analyze solutions to the problem – and that their study would review only about 13 percent of the state’s car-pool lanes that are the most congested. California’s car-pool lanes first triggered federal oversight after the state allowed solo drivers in hybrid vehicles to use them. About 85,000 of the fuel-efficient vehicles have qualified for the perk through 2010. As part of the deal, Caltrans files reports on the lanes with the Federal Highway Administration – and that’s how federal officials noticed that vehicles in the lanes were traveling too slowly. Drivers in car-pool lanes need to maintain a minimum of 45 mph at least 90 percent of the time during rush hour for six months out of the year under federal guidelines. Kempton said that requirement is too rigid to work in California. Still, cars in about 46 percent of California’s car-pool lanes travel slower than these guidelines. And in 13 percent of the lanes, they move even slower than that. Last year, the CHP issued 49,650 citations to solo drivers in car-pool lanes. Fines vary by county, but about 16,530 motorists in Los Angeles County were cited and hit with $376 fines. Still, the cost doesn’t always deter drivers, some of whom cannot resist slipping into the car-pool lanes when everything else on the freeway is jammed. “For some, an increased fine is a lot of money,” said CHP spokeswoman Fran Clader. “For others, it doesn’t make a difference.” To boost enforcement, the CHP will seek overtime for its officers or could reallocate money within the agency to add more patrols for car-pool lanes. Federal Highway Administration officials did not immediately know whether Caltrans could lose federal funding if it does not bring its lanes into compliance. Caltrans officials have previously pointed to the state’s massive population size of 37.4 million residents as the reason for its clogged lanes and not the hybrid drivers now using them. However, these ber-fuel-efficient cars might not always be king of the car-pool lanes if speeds don’t improve. “Only when no other steps work to reduce congestion, it may be necessary to prohibit single-occupant hybrid vehicles from extremely congested HOV segments,” said Kempton. Adding toll lanes, changing hours for solo-driver use and building more high-occupancy lanes may be long-term solutions. Other steps to keep traffic moving include cleaning up freeway crashes more quickly since they create one-quarter of traffic snarls, Kempton said. In April, the state agency set a goal of reducing its crash-clearance time from an average of three hours to under 90 minutes. sue.doyle@dailynews.com (818) 713-3746160Want 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

Neighborhood Council meetings

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas CitySunland-Tujunga Neighborhood Council, 7 p.m. Wednesday, Mount Gleason Middle School, 10965 Mount Gleason Ave., Sunland. Call (818) 951-7411. Valley Alliance of Neighborhood Councils, 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Sherman Oaks Hospital, 4929 Van Nuys Blvd., Sherman Oaks. Raphael Sonenshein, executive director of 912 Neighborhood Council Review Commission, is the scheduled speaker. Call (818) 990-4002. North Hollywood North East Neighborhood Council, 7 p.m. Thursday in the recreation room at the Park Plaza Apartments, 6755 Rhodes Ave., North Hollywood. Call (818) 982-2174. Reseda Neighborhood Council, 7 p.m. Oct. 15, Canoas Banquet Hall, 18136 Sherman Way, Reseda. Call (818) 832-7540 or see www.resedacouncil.org. Arleta Neighborhood Council, 6:30 p.m. Oct. 16 in the auditorium at Beachy Elementary School, 9757 Beachy Ave., Arleta. Call (818) 892-2457. Sherman Oaks Neighborhood Council, 6:30 p.m. Monday in the auditorium at Sherman Oaks Elementary School, 14755 Greenleaf St., Sherman Oaks. Call (818) 503-2399 or see www.shermanoaksnc.org. Mission Hills Neighborhood Council, 6 p.m. Tuesday in the auditorium at San Jose Street Elementary School, 14928 Clymer St., Mission Hills. Call (818) 892-2414 or see www.mhnc.org. Sun Valley Area Neighborhood Council, 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in the assembly room at Villa Scalabrini Retirement Center, 10631 Vinedale St., Sun Valley. Call (818) 767-6766. Winnetka Neighborhood Council, 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Valley Village, 20830 Sherman Way, Winnetka. Call (818) 676-9766 or see www.winnetkanc.com. Studio City Neighborhood Council, 6:30 p.m. Oct. 17, CBS Studios, 4024 Radford Ave., annex one, Studio City. Call (818) 655-5400 or see www.scnc.info. North Hills West Neighborhood Council, 7 p.m. Oct. 17, in Building 22 at the Sepulveda VA, 16111 Plummer St., North Hills. Call (818) 893-8613 or see www.northhillswest.org. Northridge East Neighborhood Council, 7 p.m. Oct. 17, Andasol Elementary School, 10126 Encino Ave., Northridge. Call (800) 772-9132 or www.northridgeeast.org. Encino Neighborhood Council, 7 p.m. Oct. 24, Encino Community Center, 4935 Balboa Blvd., Encino. Call (818) 255-1040 or see www.encinocouncil.org. Canoga Park Neighborhood Council, 7 p.m. Oct. 24, Canoga Park Community Center, 7248 Owensmouth Ave., Canoga Park. Call (818) 346-4892. Sylmar Neighborhood Council, 6:30 p.m. Oct. 25 in the auditorium at Hubbard Street Elementary School, 13325 Hubbard St., Sylmar. Call (818) 833-8737. Granada Hills North Neighborhood Council, 7 p.m. Oct. 29, Van Gogh Elementary School, 17160 Van Gogh St., Granada Hills. Call (818) 831-0578. North Hills West Neighborhood Council will hold elections, 5-9 p.m. Oct. 30 at L.A. Baptist High School, 9825 Woodley Ave., North Hills. Call (818) 893-8613. Chatsworth Neighborhood Council, 7 p.m. Nov. 7, Lawrence Middle School, 10100 Variel Ave., Chatsworth. Call (818) 464-3511. Porter Ranch Neighborhood Council, 7 p.m. Nov. 13, Shepherd of the Hills Church, 19700 Rinaldi St., Porter Ranch. Call (800) 680-2986, Ext. 100.160Want 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

School officials unaware of arrest

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LA VERNE – Bonita Unified Teachers Association officials are angry that Riverside deputies took almost a week to tell them a Bonita High School math teacher was arrested this month during a Internet sex sting targeting suspected pedophiles. State law says police must notify school officials immediately when a teacher is arrested for a sex offense. While the district was left in the dark, 43-year-old Walter Edward Babst of Corona continued to teach classes. And officials said it was Babst’s lawyer who told the district before the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department did. Babst was one of 51 men arrested by deputies during a three-day sting last week which the Sheriff’s Department said will be aired on NBC’s “Dateline” Feb. 3. He was booked Jan. 7 on suspicion of attempted lascivious act with a child under 14, attempted oral copulation and attempt to send harmful matter with the intent to seduce a minor. Babst posted bail of $25,000 and was released the same day. It wasn’t until Tuesday afternoon that an investigator from the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department’s Jurupa Valley Station called the district. “We were shocked, stunned and totally upset that we were not notified in a timely manner,” said board member Ed Jones. “I was livid.” He said the board held an emergency meeting Wednesday night and placed Babst on unpaid administrative leave. Superintendent Robert Otto said the Sheriff’s Department should have contacted the district sooner. “We’re not pleased we didn’t hear about it sooner,” Otto said. “He taught last week, all of last week, because the district had no idea. We found out late Friday afternoon.” Babst wasn’t in school this week. His lawyer told school officials about his arrest Jan. 13 and it was decided that the teacher wouldn’t be in school Tuesday, according to Otto. Monday was a school holiday. Jones said they also found out via calls from people in the community who saw a “Dateline” teaser about the sting. Babst and his lawyer from the teacher’s union couldn’t be reached for comment Thursday. He has been working at Bonita High School since 1999, Otto said. All the parents of about 160 students in Babst’s classes are being notified of the change in teachers. Otto said the principal met with the classes and told them what’s going on. Police are required by law to immediately notify a superintendent by telephone whenever a teacher is arrested for a sex offense and send a written notice to the Commission on Teacher Credentialing and to the superintendent of schools in the county. When they receive the notice, the county superintendent and the commission is supposed to tell the school board. “We notified the district six days after his arrest. That also included a written notification to the district and also a written notification to the Commission on Teacher Credentialing,” said Sgt. Earl Quinata, spokesman for the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department. He said the written notices were mailed this week. Quinata could not account for the delay in telling Bonita Unified. “I can’t speculate on why. We’re going to look into the delay,” he said. The sting was conducted Jan. 6 to 8 by investigators with the department’s Jurupa Valley Station. Detectives, in conjunction with Pervertedjustice.com, used fictitious Internet profiles of 12- and 13-year-old boys and girls to chat with the suspects on the Internet. The men were arrested when they showed up a house in Mira Loma. They thought they were meeting the children. Deputies said the suspects used sexually explicit conversation, which ranged from talk of various sex acts to the sending of pornographic pictures to sexually explicit videos. Forty-nine of the suspects – including former La Verne police officer and current Homeland Security agent Michael Burks – were arrested on felony charges of attempted lewd acts with a child under 14. One suspect was arrested for a misdemeanor violation of attempted annoying of a child. ruby.gonzales@sgvn.com (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2718last_img read more

Datebook 5/28

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2Nature Hike, 1-3 p.m., Sooky Goldman Nature Center, 2600 Franklin Canyon Drive, Beverly Hills. Meet at William O. Douglass Outdoor classroom. Call (310) 858-7272. Mail Datebook entries – including time, date, location and phone number – to Daily News City Desk, P.O. Box 4200, Woodland Hills, CA 91365; fax (818) 713-0058; e-mail dnmetro@dailynews.com. TODAY Free Cultural Workshop, 10 a.m.-noon, 1-3 p.m., Satwiwa Native American Indian Culture Center, Newbury Park. Ventura Freeway to Lynn Road exit, south to Via Goleta. Call (805) 370-2301. Paranque Festival, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Glendale Civic Auditorium, 1401 N. Verdugo Road. Call (818) 548-2147. Muscle Beach Bodybuilding Classic, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Venice Beach, 1800 Oceanfront Walk. Call (310) 399-2775. 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


first_imgDonegal is to brace itself for a repeat of last year’s freezing winter temperatures including huge falls of snow.That’s according to the latest long-range winter weather forecast which is predicting more of the same for the coming months.Both Donegal County Council and a number of town councils including Letterkenny are already making provisions to cope with the big freeze. Last year salt and grit reserves dropped to critically low levels as temperatures also plunged to a record minus 16 in some places.Reserves got so bad that Donegal County Council was forced to limit salt and gritting to just primary road routes while many secondary routes remained untreated for days.The situation left many rural householders virtually trapped in their own homes for days on end because the road conditions were impassable.Councillors have already discussed this winter’s situation and have ordered extra allocations of salt and grit. Extra storage facilities have also been sourced to store the salt.Letterkenny Town Council has discussed the matter on three occasions and have ordered two snow ploughs to have on standby.Other machinery, normally used to cut grass, will also be fitted with snow clearing equipment.More than 100 salt bunkers will also be located across the town.Other towns including Buncrana, Donegal Town and Falcarragh are making similar plans. EndsCOUNCIL TO UPGRADE WEATHER PLANS AS ANOTHER FREEZING WINTER FORECAST was last modified: August 31st, 2011 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:Donegal County Councilletterkennylong range forecastsnowlast_img read more


first_imgCharlie O’Donnell from Leaconnell, Ardara, is pictured celebrating his 99th birthday at the weekend – with the most famous trophy in the country.Charlie is also pictured with his 90 year old niece Mary Mooney from Brackey Ardara in the company of the Sam Maguire Cup.   CHARLIE CELEBRATES HIS 99TH BIRTHDAY WITH THE SAM MAGUIRE was last modified: December 4th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:CHARLIE CELEBRATES HIS 99TH BIRTHDAY WITH THE SAM MAGUIRElast_img read more


first_imgElection candidate Christy Galligan has claimed that all successful candidates should sign up to a Code of Conduct/ Councillor Charter.He says this Code of Conduct would outline the responsibilities of, or proper practices for, an individual, party within the chamber.“Over the past number of years the Council Chamber has been constantly disrupted by internal arguments between councillor’s which became personal at times and therefore work that should have been carried out wasn’t. “This type of internal bickering must stop. As elected members of the Council we must serve the people of this County and we must show proper leadership,” he said.This Code of Conduct/Councillor’s Charter which all Councillor’s would sign up to would ensure the following;1) That everyone within the Chamber will be treated with respect.2) That no personal animosity will be leveled against any member of the Chamber. 3) That as elected members of the Council the public will receive a competent and professional service.4) That the Council meeting will be open and transparent to the Public and the Press.5) That each Councillor will make available what he/she has achieved, on a quarterly basis, on the Council website.6) That each Councillor is accountable for his/her period while elected to the Council.7) That all who attend Council meetings will be free from sexual or other harassment. 8) That everyone within the Chamber will be shown respect based on cultural background and language tradition.He added that breaches of the Code could lead to elected members being penalised by exclusion from the Chamber for a defined period, fines or reduction in speaking time.ELECTION 2014: GALLIGAN CALLS FOR CODE OF CONDUCT FOR COUNCILLORS was last modified: May 8th, 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:Christy GalliganCode of CondictDonegal County Councillast_img read more