“I am anxious to have my name cleared,” he wrote in the letter, a copy of which was seen by AP. “It is my hope that the investigations will be expeditious, fair and should include relevant authorities.” Mwangi’s leave was voluntary and started Monday, Tuwei told a news conference yesterday in Nairobi. The world governing body of track and field, the IAAF, has referred the athletes’ allegations to its ethics commission. It already was investigating allegations that AK officials sought to subvert anti-doping in Kenya, solicited bribes and offered athletes reduced bans. The probe has led to the suspensions of AK’s president, Isaiah Kiplagat, a vice president, David Okeyo and AK’s former treasurer, Joseph Kinyua. NAIROBI, Kenya (AP): The chief executive of Kenya’s track and field federation has taken temporary leave after two athletes alleged in an interview with The Associated Press that he asked them for a bribe to reduce their doping bans. Athletics Kenya CEO, Isaac Mwangi, said in a letter to the federation’s acting president that the allegations by 400-metre runner Joy Sakari and hurdler Francisca Koki Manunga were “unsubstantiated” and “have caused me a lot of mental anguish”. He asked for 21 days’ leave while the allegations are investigated. In the AP interview, Sakari and Manunga alleged that Mwangi asked them each for a $24,000 bribe in an October 16 meeting, but that they could not raise the money. The athletes, both police officers in Kenya, tested positive for a banned diuretic at the 2015 World Championships in Beijing. They are serving four-year bans. The athletes told AP they never filed a criminal complaint alleging wrongdoing by Mwangi because they had no proof to back up their bribery accusation and also feared repercussions. In a separate AP interview, Mwangi dismissed the allegations as “just a joke”, denied ever meeting privately with the runners and said Athletics Kenya has no power to shave time off athletes’ bans. In his letter to acting federation president Jackson Tuwei, dated Monday, Mwangi asked for AK’s disciplinary panel to investigate. Investigations
Former Cleveland Cavaliers head coach David Blatt (AP/Paul Sancya)Since freeing himself from LeBron James’ shadow, Kyrie Irving is enjoying his best season as pro, setting career highs in both points and assists while leading the Boston Celtics to an Eastern Conference best 26-7 record.Although many were left baffled by the 25-year-old point guard’s decision to leave a good situation with perennial contenders Cleveland Cavaliers, the team’s former head coach, David Blatt, lauded Irving for his “brave” request.ADVERTISEMENT Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew LATEST STORIES MOST READ “The first thing that hit me about it was that Kyrie made a very profound statement about himself when he requested a trade,” Blatt said in an interview with The Boston Herald.“It’s a situation that hasn’t been easily interpreted by everyone. It was brave, and it’s one of those things that makes him a special kid.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkThe 58-year-old bench boss declined to comment on James and Irving’s off-court relationship, but insisted that the change was needed for Kyrie “to fulfill his inner self.”“Ky is the top dog, top of the totem pole, and he’s reveling in that,” Blatt said. Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Warriors’ Curry to miss Christmas clash with Cavs due to ankle injury Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award “Also incredible is the fact that he’s playing in a winning program. It’s up to him to do whatever it takes from here. This is where his potential is really going to come out, with the responsibilities of the team,” he added.Before being let go by the Cavs in 2016, Blatt coached the crafty playmaker out of Duke for almost two seasons.He returned to Europe and is currently the head coach of Darussafaka Dogus in Turkey. Khristian Ibarrola /raRELATED STORY:Kyrie Irving to ’flat Earth’ theory doubters: ‘Do your own research’ADVERTISEMENT
Dear Editor,Article 106 (6) of Guyana’s Constitution states: “the Cabinet including the President shall resign if the Government is defeated by the vote of the majority of all the elected members of the National Assembly on a vote of confidence”.There are 65 elected members of the National Assembly – all voted on the no-confidence motion on December 21, 2018: – 33 for and 32 against = 65. This meets the requirement of Article 106 (6), it is also the absolute majority.According to the Court of Appeal’s 2 to 1 decision on this matter, the majority of the 65 members in the National Assembly is 34 and not 33.If this is so, despite the plain and unambiguous English language of the Constitution, then the National Assembly should have 34+32=66 members by importing one member. What is the majority to the Court of Appeal? Using the ruling that the majority of 65 is 34 and not 33 although 33 is a higher number than 32, then the majority in a three-member Appeal Court would be 1.5 rounded up to 2+1=3+1 = 4.Similarly, the majority of the 7 members of GECOM would be 3.5 rounded up to 4+1 = 5, the absolute majority in being consistent with the decision of the Court of Appeal.Some judges and lawyers need to take refresher courses in language arts and basic mathematics.Are the Appeal Court judges going to rewrite the mathematics textbooks for our student with their new maths?The nation is being treated with a display of judicial and legal double standards and hypocrisy. May Almighty God help our nation.Sincerely,Joshua Singh
President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has lauded the Kingdom of Morocco for the level of support that Liberia continues to receive, especially in the heat of the Ebola outbreak, when that North African country kept its airline open “as others abandoned us and left”.On presenting his letters of credence during a ceremony held at her Foreign Ministry office, President Sirleaf recounted to the new Moroccan envoy, Ambassador Majid Halim, Morocco’s role in promoting solidarity during the Ebola outbreak by allowing Royal Air Maroc to continue flights to and from Liberia.It may be recalled that in the heat of the outbreak several countries, most especially African states, began to ostracize Liberia and other Ebola-affected nations, denying entry of vessels and airlines emanating from those countries.Many multinational businesses and organizations also left for fear of their staff contracting the deadly virus. But Morocco through its airline, Royal Air Maroc, was among the few that stood by Liberia by helping in the transport sector. The President described this as “true African solidarity.”President Sirleaf, welcoming Ambassador Halim, acknowledged the strong collaboration between the two countries both at the level of the African Union and bilaterally.The Liberian leader lauded the Moroccan government for the provision of scholarships for over 100 Liberian students currently undergoing studies in Morocco and the construction of a girl’s dormitory at the Tubman University in Maryland County.She also spoke of the establishment of the Liberia-Morocco Joint Commission, which meets alternately in each other’s capital to formulate and determine programs of cooperation between the two countries.Ambassador Halim, conveyed a message of support and solidarity from the King of Morocco during what he called a difficult moment in Liberia’s history due to the Ebola outbreak.The Ambassador who is resident in Conakry, Guinea pledged to stand with Liberia in all endeavors, including the battle to eradicate the deadly Ebola virus disease.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
After several witnesses had testified and submissions were made by both State and Defence Attorneys, the trial’s empanelled 12-member jury, after almost two hours of deliberation, returned a unanimous guilty verdict against murder accused Terry Cromwell at the Demerara High Court on Tuesday.Cromwell was indicted on a murder charge in connection to a 2016 shooting incident. The Albouystown, Georgetown, resident was accused of killing Elvin Lorrimer between March 21 and 22, 2016, in the vicinity of the Linden Minibus Park, Georgetown.Defence Attorney Stanley Moore after hearing the jury’s decision, requested a probation report to be prepared before his client is sentenced. As such, Justice Navindra Singh accepted the request and deferred sentencing to June 20, 2019, when the prepared probation report will be presented.According to reports, Lorrimer was standing on the roadway at the Linden Minibus Park on Hadfield Street, Georgetown, at about 21:00h, when two men rode up on a CG motorcycle, one of whom discharged rounds at him before riding away.Lorrimer was hit to his chest and left foot and was admitted to the Georgetown Public Hospital, where he subsequently succumbed to his injuries.Cromwell was arrested after an eyewitness positively identified him as being one of the men on the motorcycle on the night in question. It is unclear whether the driver of the bike, who was held for assisting Cromwell in escaping, is still in custody and whether he will also face charges.Prosecutors Abigail Gibbs, Tuanna Hardy and Teriq Mohammed appeared on behalf of the State.Meanwhile, at the conclusion of Tuesday’s court session, as Cromwell was led away by police officers, family members of the convicted man broke down in uncontrollable tears while others tried to comfort them.
EDMONTON, A.B. – The Northeast B.C. Yukon Midget Trackers were in Edmonton on Sunday as they visited the Maple Leaf Athletic Club.All throughout period one, both teams had a tough time scoring a goal.Even with the three power play opportunities, the Trackers could not get a goal.- Advertisement -In the second period, the trend continued as neither team could score a goal.Both the Trackers and MLAC received penalties throughout the second frame for various infractions as tensions rose.The no-scoring streak continued into the third as neither team could bury the puck into the net.Advertisement The final score was tied at 0-0 after 60 minutes of play. Shots on goal were 30-26 for MLAC.Currently, in the Bouchier Division Standings, the Trackers are standing at a strong first place with 42 points.Current Bouchier Division Standings as of February 11. Source NAHLUp next, the Trackers are home on February 17 as they host the Peace River Royals. Puck drop is 4:30 p.m. at the Pomeroy Sport Centre.Advertisement
SAN FRANCISCO – The American Civil Liberties Union claimed in a federal lawsuit Wednesday that California’s lethal injection protocol violates the First Amendment rights of execution witnesses by not allowing them to see if the inmate is experiencing pain before death. The suit, filed in U.S. District Court in San Francisco, says the only reason San Quentin State Prison officials inject a paralyzing agent is to sanitize the execution and prevent witnesses from perhaps seeing convulsions. The paralyzing drug, according to the lawsuit, “makes it impossible for witnesses to determine whether Death Row inmates in California are being subjected to substantial and unnecessary pain before dying.” The induced paralysis, the group argued, conceals significant information to which the public is entitled. 160Want 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 MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant The ACLU, which filed the suit on behalf of San Francisco-based Pacific News Service, made a similar argument a year ago before the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on behalf of a condemned inmate. The court rejected it on procedural grounds, and did not reach the merits of the challenge. In response to Wednesday’s filing, Nathan Barankin, spokesman for Attorney General Bill Lockyer, said “The ACLU does not have a right to determine what method the state of California should use in carrying out the death penalty.” He said the “paralyzing agent effectively stops inmate breathing.” Under California’s injection protocol, a sedative, then a paralyzing agent and finally heart-stopping drugs are injected. The state is seeking court permission to drip a sedative continually to ensure unconsciousness.
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Getty Steve Sidwell revealed how tough a decision it was to retire from playing football.The 35-year-old had been at Brighton since 2016 and in July, admitted to talkSPORT last season was probably his last.“If I’m honest, I think this could be me done,” he told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast show. 3 Injury kept Sidwell sidelined last season “I had minor surgery just after the end of the season to hopefully clear up this back issue I’ve had which kept me out of the majority of last season.”And speaking on Sky Sports, he confirmed injury had beaten him and he was hanging up his boots.The midfielder began his career at Arsenal and spent a number of years at Reading before joining Chelsea in 2007. After that came spells at Aston Villa, Fulham and Stoke before moving to the Amex. In total, Sidwell played 200 Premier League games 3 Sidwell spent one season at Chelsea between 2007 and 2008 3 Sitting alongside Liam Rosenior, the pair talked about the difficulties in adapting to a ‘normal life’ after they stop playing professionally.“It’s difficult, any player that packs up is used to a regime, a network of people around you,” Sidwell said. “To go out of that bubble and into the real world, it will sound crazy to those at home, but it feels like you’ve left society for that long, so wrapped up in trying to win games and train well.“Players build up a barrier to society, especially the top players. They have to. More so now. Because they can’t go out, because there will be speculation of going into night clubs or getting into trouble.“So they build a barrier of going to training and only being around people they trust. Now it’s down to you, the social skills you’ve just put aside, need to come out again. “You need to start networking again. 🙌 There’s only one Steve Sidwell 🙌Happy retirement, @sjsidwell! pic.twitter.com/TRIhG2ii3J— Reading FC (@ReadingFC) August 22, 2018“It was scary. Really scary,” he said about calling it a day. “It’s a 15-20 year career, a structure that I’ve had. You’re in a regime you’re used to, day in, day out. You’re getting told what to do.“For that just to stop. To finally make the decision, I mean I cried my eyes out, sitting in my bedroom. It wasn’t the decision that I was going to stop, it was that an injury had beaten me, I didn’t want to go out that way.” “We’ve been programmed from an early age to be a competitor. Even out of school, into a YTS scheme, be the best you can be.“On top of that, you’re getting the buzz and adrenaline from games. Some might miss the training ground dynamics, the 3pm kick-off on a Saturday. There are lots of buzzes that they will miss, and have to cope with.“The PFA are very good in terms of courses, help that they do have. Clubs have player liaison officers. They are there to make your life easier as a player. The club hire them to take all the distractions off you.“We’ve had players who when they’ve wanted a parking bill or utility bill paid, you bring it in, and they pay.“My doctor since I left school was the club doctor, since school. I need to now go to register with my local GP; some players don’t know how to do that!”
Sinn Fein Donegal TD and Finance Spokesperson Pearse Doherty has called for a cut to his pay – to help fund home help hours.The Gaoth Dobhair man says if the Government cut Ministers’ pay to €100k, TDs pay to €75k and Senators’ pay to €60k each, it would finance 250,000 home help hours.“The Government is happier targeting the old and the sick than 226 politicians,” he said. Earlier he released information provided to him in a Parliamentary Question response by the Department of Finance that shows that an investment of €6.5 million in 125 additional trained revenue staff would generate €100 million next year from targeting black market activity and increased audit activity.The Sinn Fein deputy said the government had an obligation to exercise imaginative proposals to generate revenue in the forthcoming budget and this was one such proposal.Deputy Doherty said: “Sinn Féin, has consistently argued for an increase in revenue staff to target black market activity and increase auditing.“In a recent PQ response to me, the Minister for Finance has admitted that the Revenue Commissioners are themselves of this view and have made the case to the Comprehensive Review of Expenditure that an increase of 125 skilled staff at a cost of €6.5 million would generate revenue of €100 million per annum. “We know from studies such as the recent Retail Ireland report that black market activity is rife in this state. We also know that the deficit has to be reduced through growth, revenue and savings measures. The government has an obligation to introduce imaginative proposals to generate revenue in the forthcoming budget, rather than going to the same empty family purses each time, like they plan to in this budget. This is an imaginative, common sense proposal.“If the Revenue are allowed to do their job – if they are resourced and are staffed to tackle black market activity and fraudulent declarations – money can be raised in the budget that will not have a harmful effect on families or the wider economy.”FULL TEXT OF PARLIAMENTARY EXCHANGE:To ask the Minister for Finance if an estimate has been of the tax that could be raised for the State if Revenue audit activity was increased by 20% in 2013 specifically to target black market activity; and if there is a cost associated with increasing audit acitivity, for example, additional recruited staff for Revenue..-Pearse DohertyFor ORAL answer on Thursday, 4th October, 2012.Ref No: 42265/12REPLYMinister for Finance ( Mr Noonan) :Shadow/hidden economy activity creates distortions in the economy and competitive disadvantages for compliant businesses. For these reasons, Revenue focuses on deterring shadow/hidden economy activity and non-compliance through its audit and investigation programmes based on risk analysis, use of Revenue powers and their intelligence and information systems. I am advised by the Revenue Commissioners that its compliance programmes are under constant review to ensure that they are focussed on the areas of greatest risk, including risks from the shadow economy, and this this approach contributes to optimising the effectiveness of their audit resources. The results of its audit and compliance programmes are published each year in the Revenue Annual Report and in 2011, Revenue carried out over 11,000 audits that resulted in additional yield of €440.5m to the Exchequer, with a further€81.3m collected from other compliance interventions and assurance checks,The type of initiatives aimed specifically at shadow economy activity include:-• Joint Investigation and information sharing activities with the Department of Social Protection aimed at uncovering either non-declaration or under declaration of income and/or fraudulent DSP claims;• Strengthening tax legislation to provide for a robust framework within which the Revenue Commissioners may tackle tax and duty evasion, including recent provisions relating to the making of returns of transactions by merchant acquirers and the more effective investigation of white-collar crime;• A comprehensive package of measures in relation to Excise (Oils) including, a requirement for separate licences for auto-fuel traders and marked fuel traders, a requirement to have a separate licence for every premises or place at which the fuel concerned is dealt in, and a requirement that a licence must be clearly displayed at the premises or place;• Revenue’s tobacco strategy, “Strategy On Combating the Illicit Tobacco Trade (2011- 2013)” was published on the Revenue website in June 2011. This three-year strategy is underpinned by annual action plans;• Regulations introduced in 2011 requiring Government Departments and State Bodies to supply details of payments made to the Revenue Commissioners;• Revenue has a prioritised focus on those sectors that traditionally have been susceptible to shadow activity such as cash businesses. All possible sources of information, including following up on services advertised on TV, radio, local newspapers, internet, special interest publications are used by Revenue;• Holding meetings with trade and representative bodies through The Hidden Economy Monitoring Group where mutual interest issues are discussed;• Focussing Revenue investigations on the use of computer programmes or electronic devices to alter or conceal sales records;• Streetscape programmes, in which every cash business in an area is visited, without prior announcement, have been carried out to detect unregistered businesses and non-recording of cash sales.The Deputy will appreciate that the scale and range of activities carried out by the Revenue Commissioners to tackle the shadow economy are extensive. In addition, the nature of these activities is highly resource intensive however, as is the case with all public service organisations, the Revenue Commissioners must play its part in meeting Government policy on public service staffing numbers. I am satisfied that Revenue is optimising the outputs from its existing audit and compliance resource, and as the Deputy will see from the list of activities above, audit, which is costly for business and for Revenue, can only be a part of a broader strategy. As part of its published Comprehensive Review of Expenditure for 2011, the Revenue Commissioners indicated that by increasing audit, investigation and compliance resources by approximately125 qualified staff, which they estimate would cost €6.5m per annum, an estimated additional yield of €100m per annum could be achieved. I can confirm to the Deputy that all proposals of this nature are kept under ongoing review by my colleague the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform and the Government in the context of other tasks assigned to the Revenue Commissioners and competing demands for resources across the public service. DONEGAL TD: CUT MY PAY TO FUND HOME HELP HOURS was last modified: October 18th, 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:DONEGAL TD: CUT MY PAY TO FUND HOME HELP HOURS