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first_imgSports lawyer Dr Emir Crowne has said that Olympian Nesta Carter has a good chance of getting his 2008 Olympic gold medal back when his legal team submits an official appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).Carter and his Beijing Games 4x100m relay teammates (Usain Bolt, Asafa Powell, Michael Frater and Dwight Thomas) were disqualified and had their medal stripped by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) after he retroactively tested positive for the banned substance methylhexaneamine.Crowne was the attorney for Dominique Blake, another Jamaican athlete who tested positive for using the substance, but he had managed to get her a reduced ban from the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA).He told The Gleaner, during an interview at the University of the West Indies yesterday, that there is only one way that it would be possible for Carter and his teammates to reclaim their medal.”The only way to get the medal back is to say that the substance was not listed in 2008. What the IOC did is decide it’s similar to something called2-Aminoheptane. The problem with that is there’s a rule that says if something has similar effects or similar biological properties, it is also banned. That rule is designed to stop ‘designer drugs’. The problem is methylhexaneamine was created in 1944 and was reintroduced in the United States in 2006, when ephedrine was banned. So it’s not like methylhexaneamine is a designer drug. It should have been listed either as far back as 1944 or at least 2006, because it’s materially unfair to athletes to have this ‘catch-all’ provision.”NATURAL JUSTICE CONCERNTo strengthen his point, Crowne compared the situation to banning a basic necessity for all athletes.”If I say hydrogen peroxide, or something biologically similar to it, is banned, is water now banned?” Crowne asked. “Under that rule, water is banned! Are we trying to stop people from drinking water?!”Crowne said that not listing the substance, at the time he mentioned, breaches the principles of natural justice and said that it is unfair of the IOC. This is especially since the IOC constitution says that the rule is designed to prevent “designer drugs”, and he does not find methylhexaneamine to be one.The sports lawyer expects the appeal process at CAS to take as long as up to six months to return a ruling.”If there’s even any hope of it (the ruling) being overturned, there’s going to be pressure on WADA and the IOC to ensure that it gets its best experts lined up to testify, like they always do in every hearing.”From the time you file a CAS appeal, it should be done within six months. That’s normal time frame, but with the vested interest in this case, it may drag on longer, but it would be one of the more precedent-setting cases in light of the doping climate we’re in now. It will also take three to four days for arguments in this case.”Crowne said he has reached out to Carter’s legal team to aid in their appeal and said that he is willing to work for a reduced fee or even pro bono (without charge).last_img read more


first_imgSurvivors and those that have been rendered orphans by the Ebola Virus Disease in the worst hit county of Lofa, are pleading with the government of Liberia, through President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, local and international Non-Governmental Organizations and philanthropists, to help them re-establish their lives.The survivors and orphans,  under the name “Ebola Survivors and Orphan Association of Lofa (ESOAL), which reportedly has membership of over 300, said that they had been hard hit by the outbreak of the virus, thus rendering their lives pitiful and difficult.Lofa County, where the Ebola virus initially crossed over to from neighboring Guinea early this year, was considered the epic-center of the outbreak in Liberia after hundreds of people lost their lives and several others became  orphans. Though the county is on the verge of being pronounced as a zero case zone, the virus has left many scars behinds, some of which need immediate attention.Speaking to newsmen on Monday October 20, at the Air Strip in Foya Lofa County, the heads of ESOAL outlined the difficulties that members of the organization are presently facing.  These have now compelled them to seek external help in order to relieve the pains that they are undergoing, especially after losing their loved ones and  coming through a rigorous recovery processes.The head of the organization, Anthony Fayiah, appealed to President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, INGOs and NGOs for what he termed as basic support, such as food, clothes and shelter, as some of the homes were burnt  as a means of containing the spread of the virus in the county.Mr. Fayiah also called for the provision of opportunities for members to further their education through scholarships and others means, as some of them no longer have the means to go back to school when the schools are re-opened.  This is because they have lost their parents and sources of income.“This is a very serious situation for us. We want to call on the President, the government and its international partners as well as other well meaning Liberians to come to our aid because most of our members have been rendered vulnerable as a result of the outbreak.”“I am a survivor of the virus, which I contracted through handshaking. It has not been easy for us. I’m looking at my situation but I’m deeply worried about the many children that have been orphaned by Ebola.”Most of these children, between the ages of one to eighteen, lost all of their parents and have no opportunity to live a decent live anymore, the ESOAL boss said, disclosing further that all of the orphans are members of the organization.“So we are urging our government and these international organizations to come a help some of our children. We don’t know what the future holds for them now, but these are Liberian children and there is a need for them to be supported and given opportunities like all other children,” he said.The members of ESOAL are also calling on government for them to be placed in the national budget, as most of them no longer have means to sustain themselves, indicating that every other hope of livelihood has been lost.Another survivor, Tamba Kullie, who is also an orphan, stressed that the most terrible experience he had ever faced has been this Ebola. “I lost all of my people. I lost my father and mother and all of my brothers and sisters. As of now, I have no immediate relatives. I’m an orphan now and have no means to sustain myself as I have lost everything. Sometimes I sit and cry endlessly. It is very difficult to understand.Mr. Kullie, 16, said the only focus he has now is to obtain a scholarship and focus on his education in order to build a life for himself,  He added with faith and confidence, “I know with God Almighty above, all is not lost.  Though I lost all of my people and everything, I still know that I can live a better life when I’m able to obtain a scholarship and go to school.”“As members of ESOAL, which is really catering to some of us, we want to call on government to intervene and come to help us. I’m really in need of their support. Most of our members are children like me and we are vulnerable.”The regional Director of the Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent for the Africa Zone, Alasan Senghore, said that the Red Cross has a post- Ebola plan that has to do with catering to children orphaned by the virus, though he indicated that more support is needed.Meanwhile, President Sirleaf’s visit to Lofa was in continuation of her assessment to the Ebola situation in the country. She used the opportunity to hold discussions with community leaders on the essence of working collectively to contain the virus. She also met with healthcare workers in the county and encouraged them to continue to exhibit commitment in the discharge of their duties.­Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more


first_img0Shares0000FKF boss Nick Mwendwa addresses the press during a media briefing on September 25, 2017. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaNAIROBI, Kenya, Nov 9- Football Kenya Federation (FKF) will hold its Annual General Meeting (AGM) November 18 in Mombasa, where among other items to be discussed include the adoption of its new proposed constitution.However, even as FKF prepares to usher in a new set of laws, its adoption faces a mountainous legal backlash especially on its clause to increase office tenures of officials to three terms of four years each. This, according to stakeholders and various dissenting voices will be a contravention of the Sports Act of 2013 which stipulates that all office bearers in sports federations should hold office for a maximum of two terms, each running four years.Article 20, Clause six of the Sports Act of 2013 states that;“The newly elected office bearers shall hold office for a period of four years and may be elected for one further term.”However, in its new draft, FKF seem to contravene the same. Article 36 (e) of the new proposed law states;“The term of office of the President and the National Executive Committee members is for four years. They may be re-elected for a further two (2) terms of office provided that a member contesting for any position other than the one previously held, shall be eligible to contest for that position as it shall count as a new term of office in its own right.”Ababu Namwamba was a former Cabinet Secretary for Sports. Photo/COURTESYThis, according to legal minds will be a contravention of the Sports Act, put in place to help govern sports institutions.“The term limit clauses were not an idle addition to the Sports Act. They are a core component of the Act and they were intended to get rid of what has been referred to as ‘Life presidents,” Former Sports Cabinet Secretary Ababu Namwamba who was at the helm of the ministry during the implementation of the Act said, exclusively speaking to Capital Sport.“Operationally, what FKF is proposing will be untenable because you can’t run contrary to the Law. They (FKF) are engaging in an illegality,” Namwamba added.FKF president Nick Mwendwa, speaking on Wednesday afternoon however remains confident the draft will pass all legal hurdles with most members, according to him already satisfied with it.“There was no term limit before in the past constitution. We are introducing a term limit not just for the president but all officials. This document was adopted by NEC, we had a consultative meeting with our members and went through this document and no one raised an issue. I am confident it will be adopted once we go to the AGM,” Mwendwa confidently states.However, renowned Sports Lawyer Elvis Majani speaking to Capital Sport has said if passed, the document will be illegal and might not be adopted by the Registrar of Sports.“By the time the current office was campaigning and coming into office, the Sports Act was already in motion. In law, it is assumed that you know about it. I am very certain that any stakeholder will easily challenge the legality of this document at the tribunal and win,” Majani said.FKF President Nick Mwendwa (right) and his deputy Dorius Petra (left).Photo/COURTESYHis sentiments are shared by Namwamba who added that it will be rampantly illegal if the document is adopted in its current form.“I signed a Gazette Notice while I was the CS instructing all the federations to amend their constitutions and align it with the Sports Act. Unfortunately, the person who took over at the Ministry did not follow up on this. We put up these laws to help manage sports which has been on a downward spiral,” the former Cabinet Secretary and Budalangi Member of Parliament said.“The Sports Act is a fantastic thing if fully implemented. It will give Kenyan sports a platform to bounce into new leaps. We are hugely regressing in football and our athletics is not doing that good,” he added.The former CS, also a seasoned Lawyer goes on to state that in the event the new rule book is passed at the AGM and someone moves on to challenge it in court, then they will have a watertight case.“We are ready to go to either the High Court of tribunal if need be because this can simply not happen,” Majani added on.The law also does not prevent someone from running in a different capacity. For example, a branch head can go on and run for a bigger post like a National Executive Committee member even after concluding his 12 years at the previous post.Football Kenya Federation staff following the proceedings during the press briefing on Monday, January 9, 2016.PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaThis, according to stakeholders might create a dynasty.Already, there is a concern over attendance at the AGM, November 18 being the final day of the Kenyan Premier League where most chairmen might be pre-occupied with their clubs. However, Mwendwa notes that will not be an issue as the chairmen are allowed to send proxies.In the new Constitution, FKF also seeks to increase the number of AGM members from the current 78 to 94. FKF is proposing to turn all the 47 counties into branches while Nairobi will be split into two. Thus, FKF will have 48 branches.This, Mwendwa says will be in the spirit of inclusivity with the National Executive Committee (NEC) also set to be expanded to incorporated two co-opted members and a women’s representative.All the 290 constituencies will now turn into as sub-branches according to the draft.The 94 members of the AGM will include all the 48 branches, 18 teams from the KPL, 10 each from the National Super League and Division One, three from the Women Premier League, two from the Women’s Division One League and one each from the referee’s coaches and players’ unions.Also set to be introduced in the new law is the scraping of the Vice President’s post as an elective seat. Instead, a presidential aspirant will be required to have a running mate who will automatically assume the seat of vice president if his or her candidate wins.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more


first_imgOisin randles, Shane O’Donnell, Padraig Mc Gettigan and Peter McGee with mayor Gerry McMonagleA special civic reception was held for St Eunan’s u14 footballers tonight in Letterkenny public service centre to to acknowledge their achievements – in which they won every competition they entered…including the All-Ireland.The rising stars lifted the All Ireland Feile title as well as league and championships in Donegal.Some team for one team: The history boys at their civic reception tonightST EUNAN’S ALL-CONQUERING U14 BOYS HONOURED AT CIVIC RECEPTION was last modified: November 26th, 2015 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:2015donegalFeileSt EunansU14’slast_img read more


first_imgMEP Pat The Cope Gallagher has said the people of Donegal need to build businesses from “the ground up” to help the county beat the recession.The veteran politician was speaking at the opening of the Daniel O’Donnell Visitor’s Centre in Dungloe yesterday. The well-known local politician, who is life-long friends with the singer, said he was very proud of the people of his own town yesterday.“It really is a wonderful occasion and I am so pleased for Daniel and for Pat Nora Gallagher for getting this project off the ground.“Daniel is a real ambassador for Donegal and Ireland abroad and I have no doubt that this centre will see many thousands of visitors coming into the area for many, many years to come,” he said.MEP Gallagher said the centre was a prime example of what could be done when people set their minds about doing something. “I really do feel the people of Donegal have to do things from the ground up now and this centre is a prime example of that.“Small industry can help Donegal and Ireland out of recession and we must embrace small businesses and give them every help we can,” he said.Junior Minister Dinny McGinley was also at yesterday’s official launch of the visitor’s centre.DANIEL CENTRE IS THE WAY PEOPLE MUST BUILD FROM THE GROUND UP – PAT THE COPE was last modified: May 7th, 2012 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:Daniel O’Donnell Visitor’s CentreDinny McGinleyPat The Cope Gallagherlast_img read more


first_imgA large crowd is expected this evening for the Drumhalla 5k run and walk on the outskirts of Ratmullan.The race is number 22 in the Donegal Athletics Board Schedule and starts at St. Garvan’s National School Drumhalla, Rathmullan.One of the most challenging routes on the schedule, the annual 5k run/walk starts at 7.30pm sharp with registration from 6.15pm at the school. For competitors not familiar with the venue, Drumhalla NS is located about 4 miles outside Rathmullan just off the Knockalla Coast Road, turn left at the Whitestrand Utd. football pitch and travel along this road for about 2km.Everyone is very welcome and tea and light refreshments will be provided after the race.In addition to this, on Sunday, 29th July 2012 commencing at 1.30pm, there will be a family fun & sports day at Whitestrand Utd. football field. All the usual novelty races for children & adults and much more.LARGE CROWD EXPECTED FOR DRUMHALLA 5K was last modified: July 27th, 2012 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:Drumhalla 5Klast_img read more


first_imgErrigal in all of its snow-capped glory at the weekend. Pic Pat McDermott for Donegal DailyTHE first snow of winter will hit Donegal by the middle of next week, say forecasters.Cold air from the north will descend on the county on Monday, with the potential for significant snow falls on Wednesday, says Irish Weather Online.Met Eireann forecasters however don’t use the ‘s’ word – but are predicting a “very cold” week with some “wintry showers.” “Monday and Tuesday will become colder with moderate northwest winds, showers becoming wintry on higher ground in north, but also some sunny intervals, lows -3 to +2 C and highs 4-7 C,” said Peter O’Donnell at Irish Weather Online.“Wednesday could be even colder with significant snowfalls developing in parts of the inland north and on higher ground elsewhere, highs only 2-5 C after morning lows near -3 to -1 C.“It remains quite uncertain how cold it may actually get mid-week and also how long that degree of cold might then last. The average of all guidance would suggest some potential for snow by about Wednesday, and a very gradual warming trend thereafter.”Donegal’s mountains have already had a dusting of winter snow. And the forecast for the top of Errigal next Wednesday is for 4cms of snow – and a wind chill factor of -12C! ‘SNOW ON WAY AS BLAST OF WINTER TO HIT DONEGAL’ – FORECASTERS was last modified: November 15th, 2013 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegaldonegal weathersnowwinterlast_img read more


first_imgAgainst Missouri State, Rose scored 16 points on 5-of-8 shooting, including hitting 3-of-4 three-pointers, and she grabbed five rebounds. In the win over Wichita State, Rose poured in a career-high 22 points on a career-best 8-of-12 shooting performance along with making a career-high five three-pointers on six attempts. She added two blocks, one assist and one steal. Rose and her teammates are the top seed at this week’s MVC Tournament at the iWireless Center in Moline, Ill. The Bulldogs will play either No. 8 Indiana State or No. 9 Illinois State on Friday at 12 p.m. Print Friendly Version Rose averaged 19.0 points and 4.0 rebounds per game while shooting 65 percent from the field (13-of-20) and a scorching 80 percent (8-of-10) from the three-point arc in helping Drake to wins over Missouri State and Wichita State and a perfect 18-0 record in league play. ST. LOUIS – Freshman Brenni Rose (Shawnee, Kan.) of the Drake University women’s basketball team has been named the Missouri Valley Conference Women’s Basketball Newcomer of the Week for the second time this season, the league office announced Monday afternoon. In her first season, Rose is averaging 7.4 points and 3.4 rebounds per game while shooting 52.8 percent from the floor and 46.0 percent from the three-point line, which ranks second in the MVC. She was previously named MVC Newcomer of the Week on Jan. 30.last_img read more


first_imgThe bronze bust of Nelson Mandela, unveiled on Monday outside the National Assembly in Cape Town. Photo: GCIS By Anne Taylor29 April 2014There’s so much that I love about this photograph – not least of which is the wonderful expression on Madiba’s face. It’s almost as if he’s responding in amusement at all the fuss going on around him. I like the light of the photo, the upheld cellphones, and the smiles on the men to Mandela’s right. It looks like a happy, beautiful autumn day. A perfect day on which to celebrate freedom.Just a few years ago, it would have been unthinkable to install a bust or any symbol of Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela in the South African Parliament … The South African people were told that he was a terrorist and a prisoner that they should forget about. Thus, there can be no better 20th anniversary gift for South Africans than to have this symbol of Madiba in Parliament. – President Jacob Zuma, at the unveiling on MondayThe Presidency says the bust – in bronze on a granite plinth – shows Mandela looking out over Stalplein to the Parliament gates leading to Plein Street, opposite the steps of the National Assembly building. The bust is 2.28m high when placed on its plinth.last_img read more


first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest  Leave a CommentLogan County Farm Bureau is excited to announce the awarding of one of two grants from its newly formed Logan County Agriculture Impact Fund to Indian Lake/Ohio Hi-Point FFA program.The Logan County Agriculture Impact Fund was created from the proceeds from last April’s Logan County Ag Impact Fund Reverse Raffle organized by the county Farm Bureau, and the county is proud to be able to award over $17,000 in grants this first year. The grants are designed to support and improve the agricultural footprint for youth, agriculture organizations, and schools to develop/improve programming about agriculture, improve infrastructure for agriculture education or promote agriculture in our community.Indian Lake/Ohio Hi-Point FFA program received a $7,350 Ag Impact Grant for the construction of a 24-by-26-foot animal project building. The building, called a chick-inn hutch, will be constructed on the school’s campus and will be stocked with equipment for feeding and maintaining animal projects that the chapter’s students will be raising. The building will serve as a home for the FFA students’ projects and allow those who do not live on a farm to participate in raising animals. Construction will begin this coming spring. Thank you to the community for supporting the raffle which made it all possible! The second Logan County Agriculture Impact Fund Reverse Raffle coming up April 13, 2019. For more information or to buy a ticket, please call the county office at 877-775-7642 or email [email protected].  Leave a Commentlast_img read more