Laurie Foster: Testing times ahead for Lord Coe

first_imgFoster’s Fairplay spotlights, this week, Lord Coe, recently elected president of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF). The double Olympics 1500m gold medallist, then Sebastian Coe, could not possibly have taken office at a more difficult and challenging time. It is worrisome that long-standing allegations of massive corruption in the sporting arena are now eyeballing their targets. The character of members of the hierarchy being besmirched, some beyond repair, only adds to what has become a most distasteful affair. One can envisage the British newspaper Sunday Times and BBC Panorama Show’s Andrew Jennings, “hopping on one leg” in ecstasy, while chanting a rhythm of “I told you so’s.” The now world-famous investigative reporter had waged a decades-long war against these acts of wrongdoing, and is now close to vindication. While these clouds of doom are encircling, and suspects are trying to cover their rear, in steps the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA). Through an investigating commission, led by its former president, Canadian attorney Richard ‘Dick’ Pound, the IAAF is now implicated, seemingly from the top. Its outgoing number one man, Senegalese Lamine Diack, is alleged to have received €1 million in drug-test results concealment bribes – a most unenviable situation – followed by his falling rapidly from grace. If that was all the world governing body in athletics had on its plate, it would be bad, but not so bad. With all that morass threatening one of the world’s most prestigious and highly regarded sporting bodies, it now appears to be but the proverbial tip of the iceberg. There seems no end to the sordid and sorry saga. Pound, looking somewhat like a dramatist, is reported to have made a series of stunning statements. They read, in effect, that what will be revealed as to IAAF involvement in the doping scenario will have a ‘wow’ factor. His words, published by the Independent newspaper, are ominous: “The next round of the World Anti-Doping Agency report that looks into possible corruption within the International Association of Athletics Federations will be even more jolting. “People will say: ‘How on earth could this happen?’ It’s a complete betrayal of what the people in charge of the sport should be doing.” SOLUTIONS It will take the best possible judgement and astute thinking of the man from the peerage and his team to fathom and arrive at solutions in this imbroglio. Who knows of the composition of that team, with more accusations to come, early January being the forecast? Lord Coe will be well advised to stay his remedial hand until all is revealed. Already, another British publication, The Sun, has referred to him, seemingly quoting Pound, as “playing politics”. It went on to say that the Olympic two-time gold medallist “has already been made to look foolish for showering praise on his predecessor” (Lamine Diack). Former Great Britain long jumper Jade Johnson has added her voice to the anti-Coe mutterings, calling into question his role as Diack’s deputy for eight years, saying, “As the vice-president of the IAAF for eight years while Lamine Diack was in control, I’m surprised that Seb (Coe) didn’t actually know what was going on.” It is difficult not to listen with interest to this observation. At best, it speaks to a lack of insight into matters of a serious nature, which could bring down the entire organisation, now tottering and attempting to rebalance itself. The fact that Pound is reported as saying, in reference to the IAAF that “there are no checks and balances as far as I can tell”, tends to considerably weaken the structure of a body that carries an oversight label. The Sun concludes. “Even if Coe was not also part of the problem, his words and deeds to date make it hard for him to be part of the solution.” If that is so, where does the boss find himself, with all eyes trained on him as the sports saviour? He recovered (taking the 1500m gold in that and the next Games in Los Angeles) from a most unjustified press tag “Coe’s Trail of Shame” after losing the 1980 Moscow Olympics 800m to his less-fancied-in-that-event teammate Steve Ovett. Can he do another now? Step up, Milud! lauriefoster2012@gmail.comlast_img read more

USA U-17s face Arnett U-20s in friendly clash

first_imgThe United States of America (USA) Under-17 team will continue its friendly series of games when they face an Arnett Gardens FC Under-20 aggregation today at Jamaica College playing field. Match time is 3 p.m.USA defeated Jamaica Under-17 team 3-0 on Wednesday at Stadium East in the first of two games between the teams.Now, the USA, who, like Jamaica, are preparing for the CONCACAF stage of the FIFA Under-17 World Cup Qualification will engage local club team Arnett Gardens.Coach of Arnett Gardens Jerome ‘Jerry’ Waite says he is looking forward to the game.”It will be a good experience for our players. It’s a first time a local club team will be playing against a USA national youth team. We will be taking the game seriously,” Waite told The Gleaner yesterday.Waite was not able to disclose his full squad but said he is expecting players such as former Jamaica College winning Manning Cup captain Orlando Brown, Jamar Purcell, Dimani Deacon, Kimmarley Arbouine and Shamarley Clayton to be included.The USA squad reads – Carlos Joaquim Dos Santos, Justin Garces, Ethan Bartlow, Christopher Gloster, Jaylin Lindsey, Rayshaun McGann, Carlo Titaccio, James Sands, Arturo Vasquez, Chadler Vaughn, George Acosta, Isaac Angking, Christopher Durkin, Blaine Ferri, Christopher Goslin, Adrian Villegas, Ayomide Akinola, Andrew Carleton, Zyen Jones, Bryan Reynolds Jnr., Joshua Sargent and Tonny Temple.last_img read more

Clarkson: No clash with Davis over CD

first_imgKelly Clarkson says the media is exaggerating reports that she and music mogul Clive Davis clashed over her upcoming CD, “My December.” “You know what it is: This situation is just blown up,” the 25-year-old singer told AP Television News last week. “This record is no different from my other records. Every record I’ve come out with, people have not liked.” The Grammy-winning pop star and original “American Idol” is signed to RCA Records, one of the labels Davis controls as chairman and CEO of BMG Label Group. She has been dogged by reports that Davis hated songs on her third album. “My December” is slated for release in July. She also starred on the NBC sitcom “Joey.” – Associated Press160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! – Associated Press Drea, Shooter set to be mom, dad Drea de Matteo, who played Adriana La Cerva on HBO’s “The Sopranos,” is pregnant with her first child. The father is de Matteo’s boyfriend, country singer Shooter Jennings, the actress’ publicist, Amanda Silverman, said in an e-mail Tuesday to The Associated Press. De Matteo, 35, concluded her run on “The Sopranos” when her character was killed in the fifth season of the mob drama. last_img read more

Juventus in talks over deal for Manchester City star

first_img1 Juventus are in talks with Manchester City over the signing of Edin Dzeko, according to reports in Italy.The Bosnia international has found regular appearances at the Etihad hard to come by during his time in Manchester as Sergio Aguero has instead often led the line.The 29-year-old has regularly been linked with a move away but as of yet no club has shelled out for the former Wolfsburg man.According to Calciomercato though, that is set to change as Juventus have now begun negotiations with Manchester City over the signing of Dzeko.The Italian champions are considering offloading one of their strikers, with Fernando Llorente linked with a switch to Tottenham.And if that move goes ahead Juve boss Massimiliano Allegri has informed the club’s board that Dzeko is the man he would want as a like-for-like replacement. Manchester City star Edin Dzeko last_img read more

HARTE WELCOMES GRANTS MOVE AS SUSI PAYS OUT TO 39,000 STUDENTS

first_imgThe student grant awarding body, SUSI (Student Universal Support Ireland), has so far paid grants to 39,000 students for this academic year 2013/2014.The LYIT campusThe move has been welcomed by Donegal Labour Senator Jimmy Harte who said the system is now working well.Of these, 20,000 are first time applicants and 19,000 are students who have renewed their grants with SUSI. Because of improvements to its system, SUSI has been running more efficiently and on schedule.43,000 students – 23,000 first-time applicants and 20,000 renewal students – have already been notified that they have been awarded grants, compared to just 6,000 this time last year. The 4,000 students who have already been awarded grants and are still to be paid will receive their grants as soon as their colleges confirm that they are registered and attending and when students provide their bank details.Senator HarteAll eligible students who met SUSI’s priority processing deadlines and have submitted all the documents required to support their applications have now been awarded, in line with SUSI’s three-month timeline which began on 5th August.Those applicants that supplied documents within deadline and have been asked subsequently for additional information are expected to receive notification of their grant status within four weeks of providing the information. Processing continuesSUSI expects to award a total of 60,000 grants for this academic year – 40,000 of them to new applicants – and processing continues on those applications which came in after SUSI’s priority processing deadlines. Students can follow the progress of late applications on the online tracker system on https://www.grantsonline.ie/eseries/PaymentsAdditional payment dates have been put in place to ensure that students get paid as early as possible. HARTE WELCOMES GRANTS MOVE AS SUSI PAYS OUT TO 39,000 STUDENTS was last modified: November 1st, 2013 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:education grantsSenator Jimmy HartestudentsSUSIlast_img read more

BABY STEPS WITH ÁINE: A NEW MUMS THOUGHTS ON LABOUR

first_imgBABY STEPS WITH ÁINE: Hi everyone. This week I will be talking about labour.I was lucky to have a positive, natural birth. The delivery of your little one is such a unique experience and for some it is quite a sensitive topic.Because of this I will not be telling you what to do or how to do it. I would, however, like to share some things I think will help you through the big day.Have a supportive birthing partner:When it comes to choosing your birthing partner/partners, it’s important to remember that this is your decision. The baby’s father is the obvious choice, however, this is not always the case. It could be your mother, sister or best friend.Do not choose someone because you feel you have to or in fear of hurting their feelings. Labour is a very personal experience.It can be both physically and emotionally challenging. For those reason you need someone you are comfortable around. Someone who will support, reassure and encourage you throughout the process.Expect the unexpected: For a first time mum it is difficult to know what to expect. I went to antenatal classes, watched one born every minute and read all the pregnancy articles. I still didn’t feel ready for labour.Ultimately, we all want a pleasant and easy labour with minimal stress and a healthy baby at the end. For the majority this will be the case. Yes, there are risks but these are much lower than people perceive them to be. Unfortunately, in labour, you are not fully in control. Things might happen differently than you’d planned. If and when this happens try to go with the flow. You’ll be scared, worried and excited all at once but keep focused.You’ll be in good hands, so trust your delivery team and ensure you communicate your feelings.Keep in mind that the unexpected isn’t always negative. Entonox and epidural were on my birthing plan however as it turned out, I had a 24 hour labour without any form of pain relief. You too could be pleasantly surprised.Don’t be too hard on yourself: No two births are the same so try to remember that and embrace this experience as much as you can. If your outcome isn’t what you’d originally planned don’t beat yourself up about it.You might find you’d wished for a pain relief free labour but end up with every drug you can have. There is nothing wrong with that. If your natural birth dreams have ended as a caesarean section, don’t dwell on it. The most important thing is a healthy mum and baby at the end. How that happens, is nobody else’s business. Think positively: I am a very strong believer in the power of positive thinking and I truly believe it helped me through my labour. Now is not the time to be thinking of horror birth stories. Yes, labour can be a terrifying thought but it is important to stay positive.There are so many things you can worry about. But, as you already know, worrying doesn’t help any situation.It will be hard work but your body is strong and you are more than capable of this.Support a can-do attitude by surrounding yourself with happy thoughts of the end result and words of encouragement from your birthing partner and midwife.When you have your new-born in your arms for the first time, you will forget about everything you just went through. Use that as your motivation.Thanks for reading and good luck,Áine xBABY STEPS WITH ÁINE: A NEW MUMS THOUGHTS ON LABOUR was last modified: April 29th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare 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:Áine LaffertyBaby BlogBaby Steps with Ainecolumnlabourlast_img read more

A New Distribution Model for Apps: Tapjoy’s Pay-Per-Action Service

first_imgsarah perez Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Mobile app distribution service Tapjoy, known best for its “pay-per-install” advertising mechanism for user acquisition, has today introduced a new concept in application distribution models: “pay per action.” Instead of simply rewarding users for downloading apps, this new form of mobile advertising only rewards users once they’ve taken a specific action within an app or game – for example, beating a certain level or watching a tutorial of some sort.Says Tapjoy, the new service will deliver a much higher return on investment as it guarantees a higher level of engagement among the app’s users. The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Tags:#apps#mobile#Trends The way Tapjoy’s previous program worked is that it would provide end users with virtual currency rewards for application installs from Tapjoy advertisers. Those users could then “pay” for apps with that virtual currency, instead of with a credit card.With the new “pay per action” model, Tapjoy advertisers don’t dole out the rewards until a user has performed a specific action within the app. This leads to higher levels of engagement on the end user’s part as they must actually use the app, not just download it. Because of what this service can deliver, advertisers are likely willing to pay more for this type of activity.Of course, in order to provide these rewards, Tapjoy needs to know when the designated action has occurred. For this part of the new service, the company has partnered with Apsalar for access to its mobile analytics platform. Going forward, Apsalar will provide the analytics service now found within Tapjoy’s dashboard. Another benefit to this partnership is that Tapjoy advertisers can use the analytics to also determine at which point users tend to stick around within an app, and then incentivize the users to reach that stage.According to GameFly’s VP of Marketing Steve Hartman, the pay-per-action model will “significantly increase conversions that will lead to acquiring GameFly users who are more loyal and engaged.” And Rizwan Virk, CEO of Gameview Studios (Tap Fish, Tap Ranch, Tap Town) says that having the two companies – Tapjoy and Apsalar working together “will be great for developers like us.”The new PPA software development kit will be available to registered Tapjoy customers. Interested parties can learn more by contacting Tapjoy from the sign up form here. Related Posts Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagementlast_img read more

Intermittent rain lash J&K, minimum temp on the rise

first_imgIntermittent rainfall lashed wide parts of Jammu and Kashmir as the minimum temperature in the region continued its upward trend today, settling over five degrees above normal during this part of winter.The minimum temperature in the summer capital of Srinagar was recorded at 6.5 degrees Celsius against the normal 1.0 degrees Celsius during this part of the season. The city recorded 1.4 mm of rainfall during the night, a spokesman of the MeT department told PTI here.“Widespread rain or snow is expected during the next 48 hours under the influence of western disturbance which hit the region yesterday and will remain active till Monday,” the spokesman said.He said there were no reports of snowfall from any part of the region so far.Qazigund, the gateway town to Kashmir along Srinagar—Jammu national highway, recorded a low of 3.6 degrees Celsius followed by Kokernag at 3.9 degrees Celsius, the spokesman said.Kupwara town of north Kashmir recorded a minimum of 3.3 degrees Celsius, while the night temperature recorded at the famous hill resort of Pahalgam in south Kashmir was 1.8 degrees Celsius, he said.The famous ski resort of Gulmarg in north Kashmir was the only recorded place in the valley where the night temperature was below the freezing point at minus 0.8 degrees Celsius, still marking an improvement of 0.2 degrees Celsius compared to the previous night, the MeT said.Kargil in frontier region of Ladakh was the coldest recorded place in the state with a temperature of —3.0 degrees Celsius against the previous night’s —4.8 degrees Celsius.The nearby Leh town recorded a low of —1.3 degrees Celsius, the spokesman added.last_img read more

Newly-wed woman leaves husband ‘occupied’ with competitive exams

first_imgIt is said marriages are made in heaven but they need commitment to make them work on earth.However, in Madhya Pradesh, a coaching class owner’s ’obsession’ with competitive examinations seems to have not only nipped his relationship with his newly-wed wife in bud but has also become the cause for a divorce petition! According to a counseller with the District Legal Service Authority (DLSA), the woman walked out claiming she was feeling “ignored” by her husband who “confines” himself to the preparations for the UPSC and other State-level competitive examinations.“The woman said during counselling that her husband remained confined to himself while preparing for competitive examinations. She said he remained indifferent towards her during their cohabitation,” said Noorannisa Khan, the counsellor with the Jila Vidhik Sewa Pradhikaran (District Legal Service Authority).Khan said the man is a Ph.D-holder.“He is the only son in his family. He had married the woman in hurry as one of his parents was terminally ill,” Khan said.The man has now filed a petition for divorce claiming there was no contact between him and his wife after she went back to her parents, and that she was not ready to return to him.“Claiming that efforts for mediation by relatives and others have failed, the man has filed for divorce in family court from where the case was referred for counselling,” informed Khan.She said four more sessions of counselling will be held between both the parties before the court begins hearing the case. “We would try to save their marriage,” she added.last_img read more

New Zealand include uncapped Jeet Raval for Africa tour

first_imgUncapped opening batsman Jeet Raval has been named in New Zealand’s Test squad for their tour of southern Africa in August, New Zealand Cricket said on Friday.The 27-year-old Raval is the only new face in the squad for the tour, which includes two Tests in Harare and then two matches against South Africa at King’s Park in Durban and then at Centurion.The left-hander has a first-class career average of 43.85, while last season he averaged 55.71, making three centuries and helping Auckland to the Plunket Shield title.”Jeet has been impressive in the Plunket Shield for a number of years now and in the past 12 months we’ve seen his maturity and decision-making continue to improve,” New Zealand coach Mike Hesson said in a statement.”He’s learnt to adapt to conditions and has performed well for New Zealand A, so we believe he’s more than ready to make the step up to the international arena.”SODHI RETURNSWith Hesson expecting significant turn on low, slow pitches in Zimbabwe, legspinner Ish Sodhi joins slow bowling allrounder Mitchell Santner and offspinner Mark Craig in the squad.Five front-line pace bowlers have been selected for the quicker wickets in South Africa.”Playing two Tests in Harare, we need to be prepared for dry turning surfaces, but also know Durban often has a good covering of grass,” Hesson said.The team will spend eight days in South Africa before the first test against Zimbabwe starts July 29 in Harare. The second Test is at the same Harare Sports Club from August 6.advertisementKane Williamson’s side then play South Africa at Kingsmead in Durban from August 19 before ending the tour with the second Test in Centurion from August 27.Squad: Kane Williamson (captain), Trent Boult, Doug Bracewell, Mark Craig, Martin Guptill, Matt Henry, Tom Latham, Henry Nicholls, Luke Ronchi, Jeet Raval, Mitchell Santner, Ish Sodhi, Tim Southee, Ross Taylor, Neil Wagner, BJ Watling.last_img read more