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Letters to the Editor for Saturday, July 13

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionTrump not alone in no military serviceI’m replying to Walter Wouk’s July 9 letter (“Trump family never served in military”). Just to let you know that there have been 12 presidents who never served in the military.They are: John Adams, John Quincy Adams, Martin Van Buren, Grover Cleveland, William H. Taft, Woodrow Wilson, Warren G. Harding, Calvin Coolidge, Herbert C. Hoover, Franklin D. Roosevelt, William J. Clinton and Barack H. Obama.Neither did our governor,  Andy Cuomo.So do us a favor and stop whining about our president.William J. YoungRotterdamImprove ACA rather than get rid of itThe Affordable Care Act has helped me by allowing me to get an affordable healthcare plan that covers me, even with a pre-existing condition.My healthcare plan also covers preventative care and my prescription drug costs are lower through my Medicare Advantage Plan.I don’t know what I would do if I could not rely on the benefits of the Affordable Care Act.I wish they could fix it to make it better instead of the Republicans trying to get rid of it just because it was created under Obama.Penelope RacoLathamNY Health Act would be a killer for stateThere used to be a cartoon character who said, “I’ll gladly pay you Tuesday for a hamburger today.” That seems to be the mentality of downstate lawmakers.We are deeply in debt to China for the new Tappen Zee Bridge.Now they want a single-payer health plan.The cost could reach a staggering $225 billion. Evidently, a money tree grows in Brooklyn.While all New Yorkers deserve good health care, this plan is financial suicide. It would require our state budget to double in size.Are you prepared to pay twice your tax rate?The New York Health Act (S.3577/A.5248) mandates you to give up your current health plan, like it or not. Private-sector and government workers alike will find their negotiated health care invalid.Administration of the system requires records upkeep for 19.5 million New Yorkers. Centralizing this amount of personal information will make it a tempting target for hackers. What will the cost be to secure it?After Vermont failed to make their single-payer plan work, one would think lesson learned. But no. Instead it’s tax and spend. Please call your representatives and tell them to kill this bill.George HebertCohoes Mueller report full of troubling revelationsI downloaded and listened to Audible’s free version of the Mueller report. I did so because I didn’t want to be presumptuous.The report is a hard read or listen for numerous reasons, including hundreds of redactions due to “harm to ongoing matters.” None the less, Part One was informative in that it clearly showed the massive Russian effort and caused me to reflect on how much of a megalomaniac Putin would need to be to have placed such an operation in place.Part Two was no surprise. However, I would not believe, should the elected president be incapacitated by death, coma or any other means, that a means for the executive branch to carry on is not provided.This leads me to question the DOJ’s opinion that a sitting president should not be indicted, for the opinion’s stated reason is anything more than a rationalization for preserving the elected president’s ego.R. M. BoyerGilboaGrateful for help after diabetic incidentI want to express my thanks to all the people who assisted me through a diabetic incident on July 3 at the checkout line at the Wal-Mart in Glenville. As a result of very low blood sugar, I became disoriented and unable to stand. Two customers caught me and guided me to a bench where I could sit and recover. Thank you to John and Sean. A multitude of Wal-Mart employees looked after my well-being and monitored my recovery until I could respond properly to questions and mobilize without difficulty. My thanks and appreciation to each of you.Dick CurtisScotiaTrump, GOP threaten future of countryHow nice when ethics and economics coincide. Historically, accepting immigrants has been ethical and profitable for our nation.We value immigrants, but more than ever, we need them. The anti-immigration policies of Trump and Republican xenophobes threaten our society and our economy.They are unethical and uneconomical.Nations are powered by their populations. But the U.S. fertility rate for decades has been below the two-child replacement rate. Immigrants provide essential labor, and help balance our age distribution. We are a melting pot of immigrants.We might meet our demographic needs by promoting increased fertility, but doing so also would increase population, pollution, and greenhouse gas emissions unsustainably.That would accelerate global climate change. Happily, immigration is a sustainable demographic alternative for us, because people always have wanted to come to our land of opportunity.In contrast, China is paying the price of its decades-long one-child-left-behind policy. Its fertility rate is well below replacement, about 1.5. Its labor force is falling grievously, with little near-term prospect for augmentation via immigration.China’s population is aging rapidly, and by 2040 will have fewer average years of schooling than that of Bolivia or Zimbabwe.Pundits have predicted decline of our economic and military competitiveness and global influence, and ultimately the end of the American-led liberal order.If we embrace immigration, however, we can maintain primacy over China and over other competitors into the indefinite future. To defend America globally, however, we must repudiate Trump and Republican xenophobes locally.Dr. Robert A. MichaelsNiskayunaTrump disrespectful of democratic valuesWe are appalled at the militaristic tone of this year’s Fourth of July observance in Washington, D.C. Democracies don’t normally deploy tanks and fighter aircraft at public gatherings. The Pyongyang/Tienanmen Square look doesn’t really suit American cities. But then, our commander-in-chief regularly drools over dictators and hasn’t the faintest regard for democratic values.There’s also the matter of what this extravaganza cost, reportedly in the neighborhood of $92 million.How much clean water, how much hot food, how many diapers had to be withheld from inmates in our southern border prison camps to fund what was nothing more than a campaign rally?Trump tried to disguise his narcissistic bash as a salute to the Armed Forces. All he accomplished was to demonstrate to the world that America is in a position to hurt tremendous numbers of people. Was this what the founders of our Republic had in mind?Kathleen  and Rudolf PetersenRotterdamProtest targets the racists, not the flagSurely you’re aware that the Betsy Ross flag has been co-opted as a symbol by hate groups, and that opposition to that symbol signals opposition to racial hatred.Multiple hate groups, including III% and the KKK, have used the Betsy Ross flag as a logo or as letterheads. It isn’t Betsy Ross, but the skinheads, that Colin Kaepernick is speaking out against. I’m embarrassed for you that you don’t know the difference.Anne WeadonMayfieldNo time to waste on climate impactsMost news informs us that the reason people are leaving Central America and seeking refuge in the United States is the political unrest and the fear of violence.However, I just read the following article about climate refugees on ClimateReality.com that presents another reason I hadn’t considered because it isn’t in the daily news.How the Climate Crisis Is Driving Central American Migration.The climate crisis is making life even harder for residents of Central America’s “Dry Corridor,” forcing farmers and other rural residents to leave their homes and livelihoods.Something needs to be done for all the valid reasons that force people to flee their homes and home countries.And it’s time to understand and accept that climate change is the biggest challenge right now. It extends into many facets of the lives of everyone on the planet.It’s an issue that will effect future generations. We need to stand up with the young people in our nation and around the world who are asking our governments to protect their future in the face of the dramatic challenges of climate change.The United States has been good at finding solutions in the past. History gives us some idea of what might work.To ignore our history is to make the same mistake. And in this era of extreme climate challenge, we don’t have much time to do something important and meaningful about how people are affected.Florence CarnahanSchenectadyDo we want a repeat of Obama’s tenure?Do we really want to bring back to the White House the second in command to an administration with the following record:Lied to the American people that they could keep their health insurance and their doctor under Obamacare if they wanted to; drew a red line in Syria and then ignored it when poison gas was used; invited Russia into Syria where it stayed and saved the Assad regime; bypassed the Senate to make the Iran deal that gave billions of dollars to the world’s most dangerous terrorist state; blatantly lied to us about the cause of the Benghazi attack that killed many Americans, including our Ambassador; told us the new norm for GDP growth was 1.5 to 2 percent; supported its reckless secretary of state’s use of a private server that exposed top secrets to our enemies; cozied up to Putin with a reset button and a promise to “have more flexibility” after being reelected; conducted apology tours across the globe for our historic sins; made unconstitutional use of executive orders; was feckless in dealing with our illegal immigration crisis; created a vacuum in Iraq that the ISIS caliphate filled with war; increased our debt by $9 trillion; and presided over eight years of deteriorating race relations between black and whites?Do we? According to the polls, the answer is yes.What did Churchill say about those who do not learn from history?Joseph NialClifton ParkThanks for helpers in freeing of wheelchairOn July 6, my electric wheelchair got hung up between the sidewalk and dirt in front of Brookdale, on Union Street. Two gentlemen helped me out of my chair and got me going again. I would like to say thanks to both of these fine people again.James BubniakNiskayunaMore from The Daily Gazette:Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationGov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homeslast_img read more

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Local fury at Hackney sale to Lehman Bros

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The rush to resi

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Coronavirus fears shut bars, borders; WHO urges world to ‘test, test, test’

first_imgBars, restaurants, cinemas and schools were shutting down from New York and Los Angeles to Paris and Dubai in a worldwide effort to combat the coronavirus pandemic, as financial markets tumbled despite emergency action by global central banks.Germans were asked to cancel all vacations as Canada, Chile and other countries closed their borders to visitors. Peru deployed masked military personnel to block major roads while Ireland launched a campaign to recruit more healthcare workers. Airlines slashed flights, shed jobs and asked governments for billions of dollars in loans and grants.In contrast to much of the world, Mexico and Brazil still held large political rallies and the United Kingdom kept its schools open. Topics : Global markets reeled on Monday, with US stock indexes plunging more than 12% as the Federal Reserve’s second emergency rate cut to near zero stoked fears of a coronavirus-driven recession.EU finance ministers were planning a coordinated economic response to the virus, which the European Commission says could push the European Union into recession.A White House adviser said the United States could pump $800 billion or more into the economy to minimize damage.The World Health Organization (WHO) called on all countries on Monday to ramp up their testing programs as the best way to slow the advance of the pandemic.center_img “We have a simple message to all countries – test, test, test,” WHO Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told a news conference in Geneva. “All countries should be able to test all suspected cases. They cannot fight this pandemic blindfolded.”Getting worse in ItalyIn Italy, another 349 people died on Monday, taking the total to 2,158, with nearly 28,000 cases, after 368 deaths were reported on Sunday, a daily toll more dire than even China was reporting at the peak of the outbreak.”Many children think it is scary,” Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg told a news conference dedicated to answering children’s questions about the pandemic.”It is OK to be scared when so many things happen at the same time,” Solberg said.Several countries banned mass gatherings such as sports, cultural and religious events to combat the fast-spreading respiratory disease that has infected nearly 179,000 people globally and killed more than 7,000.Just a month ago, financial markets were hitting record highs on the assumption the outbreak would largely be contained in China. There have now been more cases and more deaths outside mainland China than inside. US states pleaded with the Trump administration on Monday to coordinate a national response to the outbreak, saying patchwork measures enacted by state and local authorities were insufficient to confront the coast-to-coast emergency that has killed at least 74 Americans.A few hours later, President Donald Trump issued national guidelines that included avoiding gatherings of more than 10 people and the closing of bars and restaurants.Many states had already taken those steps and were implementing even more stringent measures such as curfews. San Francisco will urge residents to shelter in place for three weeks starting on Tuesday, the San Francisco Chronicle reported.Spain and France, where cases and fatalities have begun surging at a pace just days behind that of Italy, imposed severe lockdowns over the weekend.The Middle East business and travel hub of Dubai said it was closing all bars and lounges until the end of March. Thailand plans to close schools, bars, movie theatres and popular cockfighting arenas.”The worst is yet ahead for us,” said Dr. Anthony Fauci, the top infectious diseases expert in the United States, a warning echoed by officials in Switzerland, where 14 have died.Italy’s Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte told daily Corriere della Sera that the outbreak was still getting worse, though the governor of Lombardy, the northern region that has suffered the worst, said he saw the first signs of a slowdown.Britain has asked manufacturers including Ford Motor Co , Honda and Rolls Royce to help make health equipment, including ventilators to cope with the outbreak, and will look at using hotels as hospitals.The International Olympic Committee will hold talks with heads of international sports organizations on Tuesday, a source close to a federation briefed on the issue said, amid doubts the Tokyo 2020 Olympics set to start on July 24 can proceed.last_img read more

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Mikel Arteta explains why he was constantly shouting at Dani Ceballos during Arsenal’s win over Wolves

first_imgMikel Arteta explains why he was constantly shouting at Dani Ceballos during Arsenal’s win over Wolves Advertisement Arteta gave Ceballos plenty of instruction during Saturday’s match against Wolves (Picture: Getty)With no crowd, Arteta could be heard barking ‘Dani!’ at the midfielder throughout the game, with the Arsenal boss paying particularly close attention to the Spaniard, though he was happy with his contribution.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTAsked at his post-match press conference what he was trying to communicate to Ceballos, Arteta said: ‘Just to try to make him aware all the time of the situations happening on the pitch and to try to help him to make the best possible decisions.’On the Real Madrid loanee’s strong display alongside Granit Xhaka in midfield, he continued: ‘I think [they] dictated the game really well for the first 45 minutes.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal‘And then when the game plan changed a little and we suffered, they read the situation really well. They gave the team exactly what they needed.‘Above all, we have to manage the game, at times they did this with great maturity.’ The Spaniard could be heard barking ‘Dani!’ throughout Saturday’s game (Picture: Getty)Mikel Arteta says he was constantly shouting at Dani Ceballos during Arsenal’s win over Wolves to improve his awareness and decision-making, though praised his compatriot’s performance.The Gunners ran out 2-0 winners at Molineux against Champions League-chasing Wolves, with goals from Bukayo Saka and substitute Alexandre Lacazette in each half doing the damage.Ceballos had to wait for his chance to impress Arteta, having picked up a serious hamstring injury midway through the season, but has now started the last eight Premier League games in a row. Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 4 Jul 2020 9:28 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link7.6kSharescenter_img Advertisement Comment Xhaka and Ceballos are forming a very strong partnership in midfield (Picture: Getty)Asked if he has deliberately become more vocal on the touchline now there is no crowd noise to block out his instructions, Arteta added: ‘Yes, because now they can hear me! Or they pretend to hear me at least.‘With 60,000 people it’s much more difficult but it’s the way I like to coach. Sometimes it’s probably too much for the players but we just try to guide them and help them.’MORE: Gabriel Martinelli hopes to play alongside Bukayo Saka for many years at ArsenalMORE: ‘The step is really, really big’ – Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta reveals William Saliba worry and plays down expectationsFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page.last_img read more

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NEST’s risk management plans alleviate pandemic challenges

first_imgUK defined contribution provider NEST has said its comprehensive business continuity and disaster recovery (BCDR) risk management and mitigation plans have helped prepare it for the challenges of operating during the COVID-19 pandemic.According to its recently released annual report, NEST Corporation – the provider’s trustee – saw its executive team meet daily from 24 February to review the latest information from governments, health authorities and the markets about the effects of the virus, and to consider their evolving approach to the highly dynamic situation.BCDR plans were reviewed and assessed against likely scenarios, such as the possibility of organisation-wide work from home (WFH) for both NEST Corporation and the scheme’s service providers and suppliers.Its executive team identified areas where further contingencies were needed, for example in procuring additional IT servers, it said. The impact of the pandemic has also required several changes to the way NEST delivers its services, it added. Following the government’s guidance, it closed its head office and implemented corporation-wide WFH on 17 March.It has worked closely with administrator Tata Consulting Services (TCS) to ensure the firm could deliver services to customers during an emergency. During the week of 16 March NEST approved TCS’s plan to carry out all of the scheme’s contact centre and back office services on an entirely remote basis.Investments and marketsIn the immediate face of the crisis, cash flow for companies and individuals was a main concern. In response the UK and US governments took steps in early March 2020 to shore up credit markets.Otto Thoresen, chair of NEST Corporation, said shorter term investment performance in 2019/20 suffered due to the pandemic-related market volatility in March 2020.“Although we fell short of our goal of outperforming inflation by 3% after all charges in the growth phase of our default funds, returns on these funds over five years have continued to outperform inflation after all charges. This is a testament to the resilience of our investment strategy,” he explained.The scheme claimed its diversified investment strategy continued to help reduce the impact of market volatility on members’ money.NEST’s credit portfolios are constructed to balance investments in more liquid markets with those in less liquid markets. The scheme is also strongly cash-flow positive, with strong annual inflows, the annual report disclosed. The trustee, therefore, has no current concerns about liquidity, it added.Thoresen said: “As long-term investors we believe there are opportunities for members to benefit from the additional returns available from ‘illiquid’ – that is, less easily bought or sold – assets. Our allocation to private credit, such as infrastructure debt, is consistent with that.”As for equity, the povider has a strategic equity weighting of 55% for its growth phase, with the capacity to have this weighting be higher within the scheme’s reference portfolio framework when appropriate. To read the digital edition of IPE’s latest magazine click here.center_img Source: NEST CorporationThis is relatively low among UK DC schemes, many of which are 70-100% equity weighted in their default funds, and puts its members’ funds in a stronger position going into the crisis, it added.Before the COVID-19 crisis, the trustee had made several strategic decisions to position scheme members’ investment portfolios for the future. It set up and gained Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) authorisation for its wholly-owned subsidiary NEST Invest to support the evolution of the scheme’s investment approach into more sophisticated areas.The scheme is already in the process of seeking managers for new private infrastructure equity mandates as well, including direct allocations to green energy and UK infrastructure assets.It believes these investments can offer stable, long-term returns even in difficult market conditions, gaining from the economic shift away from fossil fuels and contributing positively to global efforts to tackle climate change.“NEST has made good progress over the last year. The ongoing growth and development of the scheme and the effects of the pandemic will demand continued strengthening of our capabilities across the organisation,” Thoresen said.NEST 2019/20 annual report facts (as of 31 March 2020)NEST managed £9.5bn (€10.3bn) on behalf of 9.1 million members and 803,000 employers (compared to £5.7bn, 7.9 million members and 720,000 employers for the same time last year).The Nest 2040 Retirement Date Fund has achieved an investment return of 4.6%.Fourty seven per cent of NEST members are female, 53% are male.The NEST scheme saw average inflows of £400m per month in new contributions for 2019/20.Nine thousand new employers joined NEST on average each month.NEST invested more than £1.3bn in the Climate Aware Fund, up from £600m in September 2018.last_img read more

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Nova 106.9 announcer Katie Mattin loves life in Brisbane

first_imgMY HOME: Katie Mattin of Nova 106.9 and MS Queensland Ambassador shares her property dreams. FILE IMAGEOriginally from the UK, Brisbane Nova 106.9 morning announcer Katie Mattin, moved to Australia for love and has called Brisbane home since 2011.She shares her property dreams with The Sunday-Mail.RELATED:Fashion powerhouse Elizabeth O’Conner-Cowley loves AshgroveWhere do you live and why?Bridgeman Downs, I love the suburb because it’s so green and 14kms to the city, but you can get value for money.We bought the land to force us into saving to build the house.What do you love about your home?I love the ensuite — it’s my favourite room!I never used to have an ensuite so it makes me feel like I’m in a hotel.I also love that it’s the first family home we’ve owned, after so many rentals.I was just so keen to hang a picture up where I wanted and paint a feature wall.And not have someone over every three months judging me on how clean my oven is. What would you change about your home? I would love to have more land, to be able to hop on a ride on lawnmower on a Saturday arvo with a wine.I’d also love to have a room for a gym, obviously it would never get used but just for show.>>FOLLOW EMILY BLACK ON FACEBOOK< read more

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Keystone Bank Pleased with Empowerment Programme at Okpekpe Road Race

first_img”Our focus in Keystone Bank is to empower indigent women through training, education and other forms of learning, to achieve sustainable job creation and income generation in line with the global sustainable development goals,” said Bamawo who also explained why the bank partnered organisers of the Okpekpe road race as the United Nations Organisation has set promotion of gender equality and empower women empowerment as one of its millennium development goals.“Empowering grassroots and financially excluded women by giving them a voice necessitated the collaboration with the Organisers of Okpekpe road race to empower the women of Edo State and we are quite pleased with the results achieved in this first phase with 49 women trained and empowered to become business leaders. We look forward to replicating these initiatives across Nigeria,” she further said.Mike Itemuagbor, promoter of the race and chief executive officer of Pamodzi Sports Marketing, organiser of the historic race thanked Keystone Bank for using the platform provided by the first road race in West Africa to be granted a label status by the IAAF.“IAAF road race label events are races that the IAAF designates as one of the leading road races around the world and Okpekpe is the first to be so designated in West Africa. “We are delighted with the support we enjoyed from Keystone Bank in terms of the women development programme it undertook in Okpekpe, providing them with the basic training they will need to conquer poverty and make them socially and economically relevant in the society,” said Itemuagbor.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Keystone Bank, one of the fastest growing full service commercial banks in Nigeria has expressed satisfaction with the women empowerment programme it undertook at the first ever IAAF silver label road race in West Africa, the Okpekpe International 10km Road Race which came to a historic climax penultimate Saturday in Okpekpe near Auchi in Edo State.All over the world the issue of women empowerment has continued to take the centre stage in development discuss and it is recognised that empowering women to participate fully in economic life across all sectors is essential to build stronger economies and improve the quality of life especially for women, men, families and communities.The bank’s Head of Corporate Social Responsibility/Sustainability, Izore Bamawo, is delighted the globally rated Okpekpe International 10km Road Race offered Keystone Bank a very visible platform to empower about 49 women during its week-long programme in Okpekpe.last_img read more

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S’Africa Decline CAF’s Offer of Women’s AFCON 2020

first_imgHe said their withdrawal came after an evaluation of costs and specifications around the tournament, with the country deeming itself unable to host due to “financial tensions”.The move came with South Africa locked in a bidding race for the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup.The South African Football Association (SAFA) Executive Committee has unanimously ruled out hosting the continental event.“We are not going to express an interest on this,” said Gay Mokoena, SAFA acting chief executive, according to the BBC.“We are instead trying to focus our efforts on the 2023 Women’s World Cup.“I will write to CAF to advise them that we will not express any interest to host this tournament.”Eight FIFA member associations are part of the bidding process for the 2023 Women’s World Cup.South Africa face competition from Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Colombia, Japan, New Zealand and South Korea, whose bid could yet be a joint project with North Korea.They have until December 13 to submit their bid book, the signed hosting agreement, and all other hosting and bidding documents to FIFA.CAF has launched an open tender as they seek a host.The tournament is typically held in the second half of the year, which may give organisers time to find a replacement for Congo.The 2020 event is due to be an expanded version of the competition, with 12 teams.The last edition was hosted by Ghana in 2018, where eight teams sought the continental title.Nigeria were crowned winners for the 11th time in 13 editions after beating South Africa in the final.USA Chief Calls for Ban of Russian Athlete from OlympicsThe World Anti-Doping Agency “must get tougher” and ban all Russian athletes from competing at the Olympics, says US Anti-Doping Agency chief Travis Tygart.World Athletics, formerly the IAAF, has halted Russia’s reinstatement after senior officials were suspended for anti-doping rule breaches.Russia has been banned from competing as a nation in athletics since 2015.Some athletes have been able to compete under a neutral status, including at the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics.“Wada must get tougher and impose the full restriction on Russian athlete participation in the Olympics that the rules allow,” said Tygart.“Only such a resolute response has a chance of getting Russia’s attention, changing behaviour, and protecting today’s clean athletes who will compete in Tokyo, as well as future generations of athletes in Russia who deserve better than a cynical, weak response to the world’s repeated calls for Russia to clean up its act.“It is sad when a country’s athletes suffer for the fraud of the governmental and sport system they represent. However, the failure to stand up to Russia’s five-year flaunting of the rules would cause even more harm to athletes in and outside of Russia. The time for the toughest penalty available is now.”Last week, Wada’s compliance review committee (CRC) recommended a raft of measures – including banning Russia from hosting and competing in major international events – after declaring the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (Rusada) non-compliant over inconsistencies in anti-doping data.Wada’s executive committee will consider the recommendations and make the final decision at a meeting in Paris on 9 December.Athletes have not been able to compete for Russia since November 2015 after state-sponsored doping was uncovered. Under the terms of the ban, athletes who have met World Athletics’ doping review board’s drug-testing criteria can compete under a neutral flag.The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has demanded the “toughest sanctions” against Russia but would be willing to allow clean athletes to compete under a neutral flag again.“Russia continues to flaunt the world’s anti-doping rules, kick clean athletes in the gut and poke Wada in the eye and get away with it time and time again,” Tygart added.“Wada must stand up to this fraudulent and bullying behaviour as the rules and Olympic values demand. The response proposed by the CRC is inadequate, especially given the deceit perpetuated by the Russian sport system which is controlled by the government.“History has taught us the response to Russian doping used in Rio 2016 and Pyeongchang 2018 – in which a secretly managed process permitted Russians to compete – did not work.”Grigory Rodchenkov speaks to BBC sports editor Dan Roan in February 2018Russian doping whistleblower Grigory Rodchenkov – the former head of Moscow’s anti-doping laboratory – has also called for harsher punishments.“The Russian gangster state continues to deploy a predictable and deplorable policy of deception, evidence tampering and lying to cover up its crimes,” his lawyers said in a statement.“The Kremlin must think the people of the world are idiots to believe this shameless and transparent stunt.“Wada should be applauded for revealing Russia’s latest crime, but if the IOC and the international sports regulatory framework gives Russia yet another free pass, other countries will simply follow in their footsteps.”Sent from my iPadShare this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram The Confederation of African Football (CAF) is facing a race against time to find a host for the 2020 Women’s African Cup of Nations, after South Africa turned down a request to host the event.The competition was initially awarded to Congo in 2018, but they withdrew as hosts in July.Congolese sports minister Hugues Ngoelondele claimed the decision had been due to financial reasons.last_img read more

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Maryland runs away from Syracuse in ACC tournament final

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ The Atlantic Coast Conference championship was a game for Syracuse to prove its worth. To solidify its hold on the nation’s top ranking and a conference it had joined this year.It was a chance to get redemption for its only loss this season, and show that the tide was shifting in a matchup it had only won once in 15 tries.But as Maryland rushed the field as the final seconds ticked off the clock, No. 1 Syracuse (16-2, 6-1 ACC) was only left with what could have been in a 13-7 loss to the No. 2 Terrapins (19-1, 6-1) in the ACC tournament final on Sunday in front of 687 people in Chestnut Hill, Mass.“That was an outstanding Maryland team,” SU head coach Gary Gait said. “… I thought they did a great job of getting turnovers when they needed and ground balls in the second half. I think that was the biggest difference.”Maryland started quickly out of the gate, scoring the first two goals of the game, as it eventually built a 6-3 lead. But each time the Terps seemed to have a grasp on the game, the Orange responded.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAfter Maryland made it 2-0, Syracuse scored two of its own. After UMD built up the three-goal advantage, Syracuse hung around to make it 7-5 going into halftime.In the second half, though, Syracuse wasn’t able to respond. A two-goal lead quickly became five, and any hope the Orange had to win its first-ever ACC tournament was quickly dashed.The difference for SU came at the draw circle, a place it’s dominated all season. Kailah Kempney and Kirkland Locey couldn’t get it going, losing 13-of-22 on the game, which led to a 27-to-15 shot advantage for Maryland.“They obviously dominated the draw control, especially in the first half, just winning the possessions,” Gait said. “I think our defense was under pressure all game long — couldn’t get possession for 70 percent of the game.”Kayla Treanor finished with three goals to lead Syracuse, but it wasn’t enough. Brooke Griffin and Taylor Cummings both collected hat tricks to lead the Terrapins.Syracuse came into the day as the No. 1 team in the country, but needed a win to validate that ranking.It had its opportunity, but came up well short.The Orange will now return home to finish up the regular season against Loyola (Md.) on Saturday at the Carrier Dome before awaiting its seeding for NCAA tournament, which starts the weekend after.“We didn’t quit,” Gait said. “Played until the end. And we have lots more lacrosse left this year.” Comments Published on April 27, 2014 at 6:02 pm Contact Sam: sblum@syr.edu | @SamBlum3last_img read more

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