The IAAF’s journey to trust … … Coe pushes reform package as track and field’s boss eyes new era of transparency

first_imgIt’s been just over a year since IAAF president Sebastian Coe took charge of what had become the hottest seat in international sports administration.With bullets still swirling from a massive corruption and doping scandal, and very little confidence left in an organisation responsible for managing the affairs of global track and field, Coe, who himself landed under the microscope, believes they have already taken key steps towards securing a positive future for the sport and is convinced that they have just the thing needed to remove the veil of suspicion that has dogged athletics for years.In an exclusive sit-down with The Gleaner, the IAAF president admitted the damaging effects of the wide-net doping and corruption scandals but is certain that the worst is behind them as he looks to guide the organisation, and the sport, into a new age of transparency and trust.The blueprint, he believes, is highlighted by a 15-point governance-reform package, which is being outlined to the various member federations ahead of a December vote for implementation.The plan, among other things, speaks to a devolution of presidential power; the implementation of an independent integrity unit that will manage doping and non-doping integrity issues; cutting the number of vice-presidents from four to two – one from each gender; a new financial structure, including external audits and transparency standards; as well as structural changes to the management set-up.STRONG YEAR”It has been a difficult year. There have been a lot of challenges, but we have ended the year stronger than we started it. Rio (Olympics) was, in terms of performance for track and field, top draw, in large part courtesy of Jamaica, and I say that with massive respect,” Coe said.”We do end up stronger than we have started the season despite the twin challenge of maintaining all the responsibilities that the IAAF has had; and people tend to forget that even during the difficult moments, we still had to do World Championships,” Coe noted in reference to the World Indoor Championships in Portland; the World Half Marathon Championships; the World Race Walk Cup, which, like the World Under-20 Championship, was removed from Russia; and, of course, the work around the Olympic Games.Nonetheless, Coe believes that despite the issues, there remains a strong appetite for track and field in the global space and believes the charted course, or reform, will go a long way in building on this and pushing track and field from perhaps its lowest position to among the top four sports in the world.”We have sorely tested, as a sport in some key areas, the trust of the spectators, the trust of clean athletes, the trust of the media, and the trust of our sponsors. There is every evidence that they are taking comfort in the fact that as a sport, we recognise that we need to change,” added Coe.”The reform is based on, for me, four principles. Firstly, returning trust. Secondly, it is to ensure that we are a sport that is responsible, responsive, and accountable; that everybody understands what their role and responsibility is in the sport. At the IAAF, we understand that we are there at the service of the member federations. We have to give the member federations the empowerment to deliver the sport that we need them to deliver to help us globalise. Then we need to be energetic in the way that we evolve and never forgetting all the time that we are appealing to young people. And that is very important because there are many competing experiences out there that we need to recognise,” Coe outlined.”Sport is our activity, but our business is entertainment. Thankfully, we have the biggest entertainer in the world at the moment in Usain Bolt, and that makes life a little easier, and then finally, it’s about transformation.”IMPORTANT ELEMENTSThe president singled out the delivery of the independent integrity unit and the proposed changes to anti-doping management as a vastly important element to the package.This new system will not only see the organisation doubling its testing pool of athletes from the top 10 ranked in each discipline to the top 20, but will also centralise the result management with member federations no longer being responsible for sanctioning.”… Never again will we have a potential conflict, where a federation can slow down a process or decide to get involved in a way that we wouldn’t want, and that is very important to me. So there will be an independent disciplinary tribunal,” Coe further explained.Coe yesterday arrived in Santa Domingo, the Dominican Republic for a meeting with NACAC officials.last_img read more

Son of cane harvester tops Enterprise Primary

first_imgThey say any good parent would wish their child/children achieve more than they have in their life. That is exactly the case with Imran Ally, a cane harvester attached to the Guyana Sugar Corporation’s (GuySuCo) Enmore Estate.Enterprise Primary School top student, Joel Ally (centre), with Anil Gopaul (left) and Videsh LallA resident of Enterprise, on the East Coast of Demerara, Ally has always dreamt of his son, Joel Ally, becoming someone of worth and good standing in society, and of course, better his father’s achievements. Judging from the recently announced results of the National Grade Six Assessment, young Joel is heading in the right direction, and no one could be more satisfied and excited than his parents.The 11-year-old, who has not yet decided on a career he would like to pursue, emerged as the top students of Enterprise Primary, notching up 532 marks and a place at the prestigious Bishop’s High School; one of the top academic institutions in Guyana.“I studied hard for the exams, and I’m happy with my performance,” Joel said. The young top students expressed gratitude to his parents, whom he said are very supportive of his ambitions to succeed at school.His father was obviously proud of the achievement. “Well, me wish he the best, and me hope he continue to do well in the future.”Joel Ally was among of group of students who performed exceedingly well at the examination, securing spots at some of the country’s top secondary schools. Ronald Moonielall, with 520 marks, earned a spot at St Rose’s High, while Talia Andrews (513 marks), Wazim Abdool (512 marks) and Reshma Mohabir (508 marks) will all be turning out to St Joseph High at the start of the new term in September.Another student with over 500 marks was Ezekiel Siland (503), who will start out at President’s College in the new term.The achievements of these students were duly recognised by the school and the Enterprise Support Group of New York when the graduation exercise was held recently. Additionally, for the first time, the New York group also made a significant contribution towards the Enterprise Nursery School graduation.All told, the Support Group injected approximately G$400,000 in cash and trophies for the two graduations. The outstanding students were presented with cash and trophies, while each of the students from the nursery school took home a trophy.Over 175 youngsters from the two schools were recognised for their performance.President of the Enterprise Support Group of New York, Anil Gopaul, addressing the graduates, told them to continue to put in the hard work and success will be theirs. He also commended the parents for playing a major role in the success of the students. Gopaul said the Support Group will continue to assist in whatever way possible to develop the community, especially the youth population.Local Steering Committee member, Videsh Lall, who is a teacher by profession, also warned the students who would now pursue a secondary school life, to be cautious about the negative influences that they may encounter. “Stay grounded, because there will be lots of negativity circling around you; choose wisely and make the right decisions.”Lall added the Enterprise Support Group of New York would continue to partner with the schools, since the aim is to encourage and motivate the next generation of Enterprise residents to aim for great things in life.last_img read more

President Implicated in NOCAL US$120K ‘Bribery’ Case

first_imgLawyers seeking to exonerate former board chair of the National Oil Company of Liberia (NOCAL), Mr. Clemenceau Urey, of his alleged involvement in the payment of US$120,000 as “lobbying fees” for the ratification of  oil blocks 11, 12 and 13 by  the 53rd National Legislature, have begged the Criminal Court ‘C’ to try him separately.The lobby fees were one of the key demands of the Legislature to ratify the Oranto and Broadway Production Sharing Contract for oil blocks 11, 12 and 13. Mr. Urey was charged in February 2013, along with eight other senior managers, for the commission of the crimes of economic sabotage, bribery and criminal conspiracy.The charges were based on allegations of illegal payment by the company to members of the 53rd National Legislature, in which Urey’s legal team is contesting that he was charged along with the others because of his position as former board chair of NOCAL.In their request to the court, Urey’s counsels argued that, as chairman of the board, he (Urey) was only permitted to vote in cases, when there was a tie over an administrative decision.“Since there was no tie vote in the decision to pay the money to the lawmakers for the ratification of the law, he could not vote to approve any payment to the lawmakers,” they said in the court record, adding “Since he did not vote to approve or authorize the payment there was no legal or factual basis for him to have been charged along with the other defendants.”The document further contended that the NOCAL board chair was a presidential appointment and being a presidential appointee, legally, he served as an agent of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.“He was obliged to carry out her instructions,” the counsel argued.According to the court records, Urey did not vote to make the payment, nor did he sign any check to have the payment made.  However, “in his capacity as Chairman of NOCAL’s board of directors he was obliged to inform President Sirleaf about the insistence of the Legislature to receive lobbying fees as a precondition for ratifying the Oranto and Broadway Production Sharing Contract for oil blocks 11, 12 and 13.”Explaining the alleged role of President Sirleaf in the lobbying fees payment, the lawyers for Mr. Urey charged that “President Sirleaf personally, specifically and expressedly instructed both Urey and another defendant Dr. Foday Kromah, NOCAL’s former president and chief executive officer, to comply with the demand and make the payment to ensure that the agreements received the required legislative ratification because this was in the national interest.”They further alleged that as agent of President Sirleaf, Urey acted on the specific instructions of the President, and therefore he is entitled to enjoy the immunities which President Sirleaf herself would enjoy in the matter.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

MacKenzie Pipeline funding brings criticism

first_imgThe project still needs to go through regulatory approval, with construction slated to finish in 2010.Source – the Canadian Press Environmental groups say federal dollars should not be going to the Mackenzie Gas Project. Environment Minister Jim Prentice announced Monday, the government has offered an undisclosed amount for infrastructure and pre-construction costs for the consortium hoping to build the project, as well as a sharing of risks and returns. The pipeline would carry natural gas from the coast of the Beaufort Sea, at the northwestern tip of the Northwest Territories, more than 12 hundred kilometers south, to Northwestern Alberta, where it would connect with TransCanada’s existing network. – Advertisement -Prentice called the undertaking, now estimated to cost 16.2 billion dollars, “a very important project to our country”, because it offers a secure source of energy for Canada, and would spur economic development in northern communities, and make the arctic region more accessible. But Stephen Hazell, executive director of Sierra Club Canada, says the move is “staggering in its irresponsibility.” Hazell says there is concern large quantities of the fuel would be used in oilsands extraction – “the world’s dirtiest oil in terms of greenhouse gas emissions.” Lindsay Telfer, director of the Sierra Club’s Prairie division agrees, saying she’d rather see government money spent on renewable energy sources. Advertisementlast_img read more

Dawson Creek receives award

first_imgDawson Creek has received a 2010 Community Excellence Award in Leadership and Innovation. The award was declared ay the Union of BC Municipalities Convention held last week in Whistler.Dawson Creek received the award for the proposed reclaimed water plant that will treat effluent currently being released into Dawson Creek. The plant will allow for the water to be reused for industrial and municipal uses. This includes oil and gas production, dust control on roads and watering local sports fields.- Advertisement -While this process is a unique approach used in only a few other jurisdictions in North America, the City of Dawson Creek is the first municipality to utilize the water in this manner. The use of reclaimed water will end the consumption of the City’s potable water for industrial purposes and will significantly reduce the amount drawn from the Kiskatinaw watershed. “We all recognize the importance of water and the need to find long-term solutions for using such a limited resource,” said Mike Bernier, Mayor of Dawson Creek. “So we are very pleased with this agreement. It’s an opportunity that benefits both the people of Dawson Creek and local industry.”last_img read more

Ribery apologises for reportedly slapping TV pundit

first_img“We spoke for a long time about what happened after the game in Dortmund, it was wrong what I did and I was very emotional after the match.“I apologised to Patrick and his family, I hope the matter is now over and it was important for me, and for him too, to have this conversation.”According to reports, Ribery “made abusive remarks and then physically attacked” Guillou, a commentator for sports channel beIn, on the Bayern team bus after Saturday’s 3-2 loss at Bundesliga leaders Dortmund.According to accounts, the 35-year-old Ribery hit Guillou three times in the face before pushing him in his chest.German daily Bild claim Ribery was annoyed by Guillou’s critical comments about the veteran winger’s performance in the defeat, which left Bayern fifth in the league table seven points behind leaders Dortmund.Ribery’s wife Wahiba had sent the winger a message on Instagram saying Guillou was “very tiring and useless”.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Franck Ribery allegedly slapped television pundit Patrick Guillou following Bayern Munich’s 3-2 defeat to Borussia Dortmund on Saturday. © AFP / Christof STACHEBERLIN, Germany, Nov 15 – Former France international Franck Ribery on Thursday issued a public apology to French television pundit Patrick Guillou, who he reportedly insulted and assaulted following Bayern Munich’s away defeat to Borussia Dortmund at the weekend.“I had a meeting with Patrick Guillou yesterday in Munich,” Ribery said in a video posted on Bayern’s website in German.last_img read more

Emmy Surprises

first_imgChase’s take took a similar bent: “Gangsters are out there taking their kids to college and putting food on their family’s tables. “Hell, let’s face it, if this world was run by gangsters …” He paused. “Well, probably not.” “The Sopranos” also won trophies for Chase’s scripting and Alan Taylor’s direction. The cast also received a standing ovation midceremony during a tribute to the series featuring the cast of the Broadway musical “Jersey Boys.” The Emmy censors got a run for their money when Ray Romano, Katherine Heigl and Field sent them scrambling for their bleeping buttons. By David Kronke TELEVISION WRITER “The Sopranos” went out on a triumphant note, garroting the competition to win its second Outstanding Drama Series Emmy at the 59th annual Emmy Awards Sunday evening at the Shrine Auditorium. In accepting the prize, series creator David Chase riffed off of Sally Field’s acceptance speech earlier in the evening. Field paid tribute to mothers, before taking on a political and profane edge. The Fox network censored Field’s acceptance speech, cutting her off after she declared, “If mothers ran the world …” Romano joked about his former “Everybody Loves Raymond” wife, Patricia Heaton, “screwing” her new “Back to You” co-star Kelsey Grammer, which prompted Fox to black out the show for a few seconds. Heigl mouthed an expletive after winning for her role on “Grey’s Anatomy.” And Field was bleeped during her acceptance speech for Lead Actress in a Drama. She praised mothers but also let her anti-war sentiments surface. “If mothers ran the world, there would be no goddamn wars in the first place,” Field said. The critically admired but low-rated sitcom “30 Rock” was named Best Comedy Series. Among others, creator/star Tina Fey thanked “our dozens and dozens of viewers.” Fey and her cast and crew probably enjoyed the moment while it lasted, understanding that an Emmy win is no guarantee for better ratings. America Ferrera won the Emmy for Lead Actress in a Comedy for “Ugly Betty.” The show also won an Emmy for Richard Shepard’s direction. The evening’s biggest surprise came in the Lead Actor in a Comedy Series, which went to Ricky Gervais for “Extras.” James Spader’s third Emmy win, for Lead Actor in a Drama for “Boston Public,” was also unexpected, as he beat out favorite James Gandolfini of the “The Sopranos.” For the first time, the ceremony was presented in the round, which left a large portion of the audience with lousy views of only the backside of the action. During his acceptance speech, Spader, one of those with a seat behind the presenters, said, “I’ve been to thousands and thousands of concerts in my life and I can tell you these are the worst seats I’ve ever had.” Al Gore added an Emmy to his Best Documentary Oscar, winning a trophy for Creative Achievement in Interactive Television for the cable network he co-founded, Current TV. Katherine Heigl won her first Emmy for Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for “Grey’s Anatomy.” “My own mother told me I didn’t have a shot in hell of winning tonight,” she quipped. Jaime Pressly won her first Emmy in two tries for Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series for “My Name is Earl.” Terry O’Quinn won his first Emmy for Supporting Actor in a Drama Series for “Lost.” Jeremy Piven won his second Emmy for Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series for “Entourage.” “The Office’s” Greg Daniels won the Writing for a Comedy Emmy. AMC’s “Broken Trail” was named Outstanding Miniseries and also took Emmys for Lead Actor and Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or Movie, as Robert Duvall and Thomas Haden Church, respectively, each won a first Emmy. Helen Mirren won her fourth Emmy for Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Movie for “Prime Suspect: The Final Act.” “Prime Suspect” also took home trophies for Philip Martin’s direction and Frank Keasy’s script. Judy Davis was named Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or Movie for “The Starter Wife.” david.kronke@dailynews.com160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Breaking: Guests evacuated from hotel after fire in laundry room

first_imgGuests at the Villa Rose Hotel in Ballybofey had to be evacuated this morning after a small fire broke out in the laundry room.It is understood a tumble dryer caught fire in the basement of the building at around 7am.The alarm was sounded and a number of guests were evacuated from the hotel as a precaution. Fire service personnel from both Letterkenny and Stranorlar rushed to the scene within minutes.A total of three fire engines and two fire service jeeps attended the scene and the blaze was brought under control within an hour and a half.A spokesman for the fire service said the majority of the damage was smoke damage.Nobody was hurt during the incident. Breaking: Guests evacuated from hotel after fire in laundry room was last modified: August 8th, 2017 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:BallybofeydonegalfiresmokeVilla Rose Hotellast_img read more

Boss Mourinho savours Chelsea improvement

first_imgJose Mourinho says a much-improved defensive effort from his midfield and attackers is behind Chelsea’s return to form.A 2-0 win over Arsenal, just Chelsea’s second in six Premier League games this season, followed the 4-0 Champions League win over Maccabi Tel Aviv.And although Diego Costa’s typically spiky display – which so riled Arsenal and led to Gabriel’s game-changing red card late in the first half – grabbed most of the headlines, Blues boss Mourinho was equally impressed by his side’s workrate.“We improved a lot in the last two matches – in many aspects,” Mourinho said. “Defensively the team was much better. The attacking players defended much better.“I will watch the game again and go for stats. I will see how many times my attacking players lost the ball and recovered the ball.Chelsea worked hard to close Arsenal down in Saturday’s derby“Oscar, Diego, Eden and Pedro make it easy to be a defender because you sit there and the attacking players do half of your job.“They created a compact zone and reacted very well to the moments when they lost the ball. That gives great stability.“We were confident and comfortable with the ball. We gave them no chances and kept good balance behind the ball. The attacking players started moving much more.”Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Watch: Global video reactions to Nelson Mandela’s death

first_imgIn the few days since Nelson Mandela died, emotional video tributes to the man – from global leaders such as Barack Obama to activists like Burma’s Aung San Suu Kyi, major media organisations such as the Guardian and New York Times, and very ordinary people – have flooded the internet. We bring you a selection.The Guardian – 9 December 2013The UK newspaper brings together tributes and condolences, framed with rare historical footage, from South African President Jacob Zuma, UN secretary-general Ban Ki-moon, US secretary of state John Kerry, US President Barack Obama, UK prime minister David Cameron, Archbishop emeritus Desmond Tutu, Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi – and ordinary people on the street.Amnesty International – 5 December 2013“Mandela, a human rights legend.” Amnesty International, the independent global human rights watchdog, documents activists across the world explaining their understanding of Nelson Mandela’s gift to the world: a march towards freedom, human dignity, compassion and forgiveness.US President Barack Obama – 5 December 2013Speaking on the day Mandela died – the news came through just as the US was waking up – Barack Obama said Nelson Mandela’s journey from a prisoner to president embodied the promise that human beings, and countries, can change for the better. He asked that the world give thanks for the fact that Mandela lived – a man who took history in his hands and bent the arc of the moral universe toward justice.The Elders – 6 December 2013The Elders are a group of retired and independent global leaders brought together by Nelson Mandela. In this video released the day after Mandela’s death, former US president Jimmy Carter, South Africa’s Archbishop emeritus Desmond Tutu, former Norwegian prime minister Gro Harlem Brundtland, Ireland’s former president Mary Robinson, and Ela Bhatt, founder of the Self-Employed Women’s Association of India, express their often visible sadness at his passing.Former US president Bill Clinton – 6 December 2013“When you were around him, you wanted to be a bigger person. You knew you could be better than you were.” President Bill Clinton shares memories and reflections in his first interview since the death of his close friend.South African rugby Springboks – 6 December 2013A tribute from South African Rugby, showing the massive impact Nelson Mandela had on the world, South Africa – and rugby. “We will always play for you, Madiba.”BBC News – 5 December 2013“His story is one of the most remarkable of any world leader. Few in history have endured oppression with such little rancour, or overcome the oppressor with such little bloodshed.”The New York Times – 5 December 2013“Mandela’s quest for freedom led from the court of tribal royalty to the liberation underground, to a prison rock quarry and, finally, to the presidential suite of Africa’s wealthiest country.”Musician Peter Gabriel – 6 December 2013“To come out of 27 years in jail and immediately set about building a rainbow nation with your sworn enemy is a unique and extraordinary example of courage and forgiveness. Mandela had seen many of his people beaten, imprisoned and murdered, yet he was still willing to trust the humanity and idealism of those who had been the oppressors. There is no other example of such inspirational leadership in my lifetime.”The Guardian – 6 December 2013“For many he was saint-like. But in fact he was a canny politician.” The UK Guardian newspaper’s video obituary, published the day after Mandela died.Two backpacking US tourists – 6 December 2013Caught unawares and “offline”, as they describe it, on the day after Mandela’s death, two young US backpackers on their way to a tour of Robben Island react emotionally to the news. Slideshow image and video courtesy of News 24. READ MORE • Mandela on Media Club South Africa • Nelson Mandela: the world mourns • Nelson Mandela – a timeline  • Barack Obama’s tribute to Mandela  • Watch: World reacts to Mandela’s death • Infographic: Mandela family tree • Nelson Mandela’s words of wisdom • The women in Madiba’s life • Tutu leads memorial at the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory • High-res photos: In 2010, Nelson Mandela wishes World Cup good luck to Bafana Bafanalast_img read more