Coe meets with Russian athletics chief to discuss doping ban

first_imgMOSCOW (AP): IAAF President Sebastian Coe has met with the new head of the Russian athletics federation, which was banned from world track and field in November over doping. The Russian Federation said yesterday that Coe and Dmitry Shlyakhtin met on Friday in Monaco and discussed “Russian athletics and the way to lead it out of the crisis”. “I was pleased to meet with the new president of Russian athletics,” Coe said in comments provided by the International Association of Athletics Federations. “We held a wide-ranging conversation, including, of course, the current position that Russia finds itself in.” An IAAF task force monitoring Russia’s compliance with reform demands is due to visit Russia today and tomorrow. Coe said he thanked (Shlyakhtin) “for his cooperation” with the task force. According to the Russian Federation, Shlyakhtin briefed Coe on Friday about reforms in Russian track and field, saying that they are “an issue that can’t be solved in one day and which requires systematic and painstaking work”. Shlyakhtin, a former coach and regional politician, was elected last month. Russia’s head coach, Yuri Borzakovsky, said he was “sure” that the ban would be lifted in time for the Olympics in August. Russian athletes “are in a cage now, and when they get out, they’ll rip everyone apart”, he added. Russia was suspended from competition, including the Olympics, after a World Anti-Doping Agency commission accused it of operating a systematic and state-sponsored programme of drug use by star athletes.last_img read more

Council to mull Ave. I overpass

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week The city is proposing to widen Avenue I to three lanes in each direction and provide dual left turn lanes onto the freeway from both the east and west. The existing southbound off-ramp will be removed and a new loop will be constructed to intersect with Avenue I at 23rd Street West. Traffic exiting on the southbound ramp will actually end up north as it approaches to the intersection, said Steve Dassler, city engineer and assistant public works director. The work will require a new independent bridge structure over Avenue I adjacent to the existing southbound freeway, Dassler said. Design work is expected to be completed in June. The design work is being done by Willdan, an Anaheim company that performed engineering and environmental studies on the freeway overpass at Avenue H. Construction is expected to begin in early 2007, with completion expected later that year, Dassler said. The city has spent about $33 million over the past 13 years on overpass projects, installing overpasses across Sierra Highway and the railroad tracks at avenues H and L, and over the freeway, also at avenues H and Avenue L. Jim Skeen, (661) 267-5743 james.skeen@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LANCASTER – The city is planning its fifth overpass project, this time to reconfigure the Avenue I exit at the Antelope Valley Freeway. At its meeting tonight, the Lancaster City Council will consider a cooperative agreement with the state Department of Transportation for the construction of the Avenue I freeway overpass. The project, estimated to cost about $8.5 million, will address one of the headaches of Antelope Valley motorists – the existing southbound off-ramp has no traffic signals, meaning motorists have to wait for a break in traffic traveling on Avenue I. “It’s a safety measure,” Mayor Frank Roberts said of the project. “It’s very important.” last_img read more

More police cars for rural areas

first_img20 December 2010 Crime-fighting initiatives in South Africa’s rural areas have been given a major boost, with police getting over 1 000 additional vehicles to carry out their duties. The South African Police Service has added 1 385 new vehicles – earmarked for rural areas – to its existing fleet for the 2009/10 and 2010/11 financial years. Speaking to journalists in Pretoria last week, Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa said these vehicles ranged from high powered 4x4s to high-tech equipped vans and sedans. Mthethwa stressed that “rural areas” referred not only to farms but included broad demographic areas across the country, ranging from remote areas without proper road infrastructure to some of the worst economically affected areas in the country. Mthethwa said the police were beginning to deploy resources evenly and effectively. “Where they were needed, appropriate vehicles suitable for the terrain were allocated to rural areas, and in cases where it was necessary, new suitable vehicles have been purchased and ordered,” he added. Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Web Aggregation: What Works, What Doesn’t

first_imgalex williams Tags:#web 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts center_img No one is getting Web aggregation quite right. That’s one of the big take-aways from “Web Aggregation: What Works, What Doesn’t,” one of the breakout sessions at the ReadWrite Real-Time Web Summit.We first heard about the fire hose meme several years ago in discussions about RSS. It was often used as a way to describe how information comes to you in a feed. The context has changed as real-time data becomes pervasive, and the questions about its volume persists.The fire hose conversation is often centered on Twitter these days, but it’s an issue across the social Web. Perhaps most of all, we should be thinking about what are the subsets of the fire hose and, in particular, how we use data streams in our lives.The real-time Web ebbs and flows. Most people find the real-time information well after it has been published in an activity stream. Thus, a proliferation of new search engines are coming to market, looking to capture this real-time data and making it relevant to users. Another distinction made in the discussion centered on how we consume real-time information and the persistence with which we need to get it. For instance, some information you do not need to be pinged on every 30 seconds. Instead, it may make more sense for it to be pushed to you when you need it. You may only get this information on rare occasions, such as an emergency. So when you do get that information, it is very relevant.The real-time Web may be instant, but our lives do not work that way. One participant said that he may be interested in a photo of his son that appears in his stream but perhaps not the photo of his son’s buddy, who happens to like Scandinavian death metal music.So, the question becomes, how will the real-time Web fully develop. For Joseph Smarr of Plaxo, that’s where open standards come into play. Interestingly, open standards are emerging as an oft-discussed issue at the Summit.Smarr made the point that RSS and Atom were designed to share the titles and bodies of blog posts. What we are actually sharing in an activity stream is far richer. What we need is language that embodies the far richer meta data that comes in a real-time activity stream. Pubsubhubbub and RSSCloud are starts, but there is still a lot of work to do to put the pieces together. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…last_img read more

5th ODI: India beat Sri Lanka by 20 runs, jump to 2nd spot in rankings

first_imgIrfan Pathan claimed five wickets and contributed valuable 29 runs as India managed a 20-run win over Sri Lanka in the dead fifth rubber to complete a 4-1 series drubbing, here on Saturday. Score | PhotosIndia posted a challenging 294 for seven after electing to bat and completed the win by bowling out the hosts for 274 in 45.4 overs at the Pallekele International Cricket Stadium.India had lost the second ODI in Hambantota by nine wickets but were dominant in all the other matches.Opener Gautam Gambhir (88), Manoj Tiwary (65) and skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni (58) scored half-centuries while Rohit Sharma (4) failed yet again on Saturday.Dhoni along with Pathan (29 off 28) plundered 77 runs in just 9.5 overs before falling to Lasith Malinga in the penultimate over of India innings.Later, the pace trio of Pathan (5/60), Ashok Dinda (2/55) and Zaheer Khan (1/53) ripped apart the Sri Lankan top-order, tilting the scale in favour of India.Courtesy this win, India have now claimed the second spot in the ODI rankings behind Australia after starting the series in the fourth position. Both India and Australia now have 119 rating points, followed by South Africa (118).Lahiru Thirimanne, who came to bat at number three after the fall of opener Tillakaratne Dilshan (0), was the top scorer for the hosts with his fighting 81-run knock.Run-rate was never a problem with Sri Lanka but they struggled to keep wickets in hand as half of the batting line- up was resting in pavilion within 16 overs.Thirimanne and Jeevan Mendis (72) did stage a fightback for their side with a gritty 102-run partnership for the sixth wicket in 20.4 overs.advertisementlast_img read more

Fear Of Flying Could Cost NBA Draftee Royce White

In a nine-month NBA season, players spend half their time in the air getting to the next city. For Iowa State forward Royce White, a projected to be a first-round pick in Thursday’s NBA draft, that is a scary proposition — for him and prospective teams.A sure-fire first round talent, White could drop but there have been concerns he could fall all the way into the second round in part over — of all things — a fear of flying.The fear of flying is part of a larger anxiety disorder for White, who has also admitted to struggling with obsessive compulsive disorder and uses medication to control both. That concerns NBA evaluators in light of former NBA draft picks like Eddie Griffin, the No. 7 overall pick in 2001 who battled depression before tragically dying at the age of 25 after his car crashed into a train in 2007 while he was under the influence of alcohol.“It’s going to be something that a team taking him on is going to have to have something in place, whether it’s a staff member or a plan in place to help him accommodate some of his fears with the travel aspect because that’s such a huge part of an NBA season.”A second GM told NBA.com that White’s situation is similar to a player who has off-the-court problems — presumably meaning run-ins with the law or substance abuse — in regards to how it may affect his stock. White has rightfully taken offense to comparisons like that for something that he can’t control and afflicts millions of Americans.“It’s like cancer or heart disease. Are those character issues, too?” said to the Akron Beacon Journal. “I don’t like when that association is made. There’s a lot of people out there who have an anxiety disorder and don’t talk about it for that reason. People think it’s a character issue and it’s not.“I’m going to continue to be me, I’m going to continue to be an advocate for the mental illness community. I’ll continue to talk about it and be forthcoming about it. When a person or public figure talks about it, it lets people know that haven’t been diagnosed to go and get checked. You’re not alone.”The difference between being selected in the first round and second round is significant. Though White is rumored to have a guarantee that he won’t fall below the Boston Celtics, who have picks 21 and 22, a dip into the second round could mean dropping from a four-year deal guaranteed at around $6 million in total, or a non-guaranteed two-year deal with a starting salary of about a third of the probable $1.2 million White would make in his first year if he were selected by Boston.He burst onto the scene this past March when he put forth big performances against Connecticut and eventual champion Kentucky in the NCAA tournament. As a result, the 6-foot-8 forward vaulted into the consciousness of NBA talent evaluators and was thought by some to be a lottery pick after declaring early for the draft as a sophomore.To be fair, scouts are also worried about erratic behavior in White’s past. He pleaded guilty to shoplifting and was also accused of stealing a laptop computer when he was a freshman at Minnesota during the 2009-10 season before quitting the team over YouTube.But from all indications, those issues are now in the past as White led the Cyclones in five statistical categories last season and was a First Team All-Big 12 performer while displaying a charming personality. read more

Football Torrance Gibson signs letter of intent with junior college

Former OSU redshirt freshman wide receiver Torrance Gibson (6) carries the ball after a reception during the first half of the spring game. Credit: Alexa MavrogianisOhio State wide receiver Torrance Gibson’s future in Columbus was uncertain following his semester-long suspension before the team began its 2016 season in September. On Tuesday, Gibson expressed his desire to play elsewhere, at least for the near future.Gibson signed a letter of intent with junior-college program Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College. A press release sent from a team’s spokesman said Gibson will enroll in the spring.Although Gibson’s signing does show his interest in playing for the Bulldogs, the letter of intent is not binding, meaning he can continue to search for other options, like from other Division I schools. Gibson is eligible to play in 2017 for MGCCC, but would have to sit out a full season if he were to transfer to another Division I school.Gibson, a native of Plantation, Florida, attended American Heritage School and was a member of the 2015 recruiting class. He came out of high school as a four-star dual-threat quarterback and rated the No. 6 athlete in the class by 247Sports.Gibson redshirted his first year at OSU while undergoing a change from quarterback to wide receiver. Gibson shined in the 2016 spring game, scoring twice. OSU coach Urban Meyer said that the wide receiver was “in the mix” for playing time this year before his suspension.“We are looking forward to having Torrance join our football program,” MGCCC coach Chad Huff said in a press release. “We are confident in his abilities on the field and his character off the field, and we expect him to contribute to our team and the Gulf Coast community.Gibson is expected to play quarterback at MGCCC. He made the switch to receiver with OSU after an already deep group at signal caller forced him to make a change.Editor’s Note 12/13: Gibson’s high school has been corrected to American Heritage School. The Lantern originally published that Gibson attended St. Thomas Aquinas High School. read more

Ohio State mens womens basketball launch seasons at Carrier Classic

Some liken sporting events to wars and battles, but the USS Yorktown has seen and fought in the real thing. Sport will converge with the Yorktown, a decommissioned U.S. Navy aircraft carrier, when the Ohio State men’s and women’s basketball teams will open their 2012-13 seasons against Marquette and Notre Dame, respectively, Friday in the Carrier Classic. Friday’s games, which will take place on a court constructed on the Yorktown’s flight deck, bare no likeness to the battles the warship has seen. Still, OSU coach Thad Matta has an appreciation for the venue’s history. The OSU teams and their opponents’ stay on the ship will last for the duration of the 40-minute basketball games. Retired U.S. Navy Lt. Bob Dorsey, 73, of Milton, Fla., recalled that a typical stay as a sailor on the Yorktown was much longer. Unlike for the basketball teams, a “short” stay, or cruise, on the ship would last six to nine weeks. Long cruises could last six to nine months, and the cruises weren’t for basketball games or other forms of pleasure, but for war. Dorsey, a former helicopter pilot and President of the Yorktown Association, was stationed on the Yorktown from 1963-1966 and was twice deployed to Vietnam and the South China Sea. Following World War II, during which the ship faced bombings and other forms of heavy combat, the Yorktown was modified for rooting out the Soviet submarine threat during the Cold War. When it became evident that there was no threat of Soviet submarines in the seas near Vietnam, Dorsey’s mission changed, he said. “We were doing basic utility work, moving men and cargo from different ships in the South China Sea,” Dorsey said. “We were also doing what was considered coastal surveillance. They would send us out to investigate various shipboard targets that they would pick up on our radar and we would fly out to sea if there was a threat. And so that was our primary mission.” Then, the mission changed again once Vietnam “was going pretty big,” Dorsey said. “A lot of (planes) got shot down, so our mission really changed to being combat rescue,” Dorsey said. “During all that time, we never lost a single helicopter due to combat loss, which was pretty spectacular.” And there were many missions that launched on the sea and saw Dorsey and other members of America venture into Vietnamese airspace. The missions, while thrilling, Dorsey said, were exceedingly dangerous and included night missions at low altitude. “You know, flying off an aircraft carrier is probably one of the most exciting things most people ever do, and I thoroughly enjoyed it,” Dorsey said. “We did a lot of night flying, which was fairly dangerous … generally, helicopters were limited to a maximum altitude of 200 feet. So on a dark night at 200-feet, you really better pay attention.” Obviously, OSU won’t face dangers like what Dorsey saw. The biggest risk the two Buckeyes’ squads run on Friday is starting their respective seasons with a loss. For the men’s team, it would be the first opening-game loss since a 76-65 defeat to San Francisco on Nov. 21, 2003. OSU women’s coach Jim Foster has never lost a season opener since arriving in Columbus for the 2002-03 campaign. Given the Buckeyes teams’ history of opening-night success, some fans in Columbus might be disappointed to miss the opener. The Carrier Classic will take place in Charleston, S.C., some 10 hours from Columbus by car. Buckeye Nation will get to see its team play live at the Schottenstein Center again, though. They will return home. In combat on the Yorktown, Dorsey obviously couldn’t make the same guarantee. “As Navy sailors do,” Dorsey said, “you tell your family, ‘Goodbye. I’ll see you when I get back.’” Matta conveyed appreciation for the sacrifice of the Yorktown’s crews during OSU’s Oct. 11 media day. “(The Carrier Classic is) something that these young men, for the rest of their lives, will remember,” Matta said. “Obviously I want to win the basketball game, but that is one game that is more than the game of basketball. People forget we got guys fighting the war for us right now.” OSU women’s basketball is scheduled to tip off its Carrier Classic game against Notre Dame at 4 p.m. on Friday. The OSU men will tip off against Marquette at 7 p.m. Yorktown takes a starring role The Yorktown has enjoyed Hollywood limelight in her day, having served at the movie set for the movies “The Fighting Lady” and “Tora! Tora! Tora!” (1970). She was also featured in the TV series “Get Smart” (1968) and on the SyFy Channel’s “Ghost Hunters” (2012). Yorktown aids in space exploration On Dec. 27, 1968, the Yorktown recovered the astronauts aboard NASA’s Apollo 8 spacecraft, the first manned spacecraft to travel to the vicinity of Earth’s moon and return safely, according to a Carrier Classic release. Apollo 8 Commander Frank Borman, Command Module Pilot James Lovell and Lunar Module Pilot William Anders splashed down in the Pacific Ocean before a Yorktown helicopter arrived to scoop the astronauts out of the ocean. Michael Periatt contributed to this article. read more

Thursday Update Swan Lake Fire Prepares As Warmer Weather Arrives

first_imgCrews are utilizing natural features and existing trails as fire lines to curb eastward fire spread. Brush removal along these trials will reduce the chance of fire spread in the future, resulting in more fire resilient landscapes and communities.The west flank of the fire has been kept in check by a system of wetlands and control lines. Mop up efforts remain a challenge as extremely dry fuels are very susceptible to ignition. Firefighters will continue working on the east flank of the fire. Air operations will continue to address hotspots near Upper Jean Lake. The creek drainages are expected to have little growth potential in the next 48 hours due to an increase in temperatures. Southwesterly winds will push in Friday, bringing a warm, dry and breezy day to the fire, ahead of a brief cooling on Saturday. Steve Bekkerus with the Incident Command Team: “Weather conditions at the Swan Lake Fire are expected to get warmer and drier over the next several days.”  Bekkerus: “Firefighters at the fire have been working hard over the last few days to shore up the containment lines ahead of warmer weather that will test the efforts of firefighters.” Continued updates will be posted as they are made available. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Swan Lake fire remains at approximately 100,812 acres with 436 on staff, and remains 5.5 miles northeast of Sterling.last_img read more

People on the Move 100908

first_imgWomen’s Health named Jill Percia associate beauty editor. Previously, Percia served as associate account executive at ShopPR. Before that, she was an associate beauty and fitness editor at CosmoGirl.E-media strategy and operations firm Go Forward Media appointed Rob Powell director of technology and development. Powell most recently served as director of interactive at Cygnus Business Media.Rolling Stone publisher Wenner Media added Craig Mura to its team as an account director. Mura previously served as a director of non-endemic business at Source Interlink Media’s Motor Trend, Automobile and Hot Rod magazines.Atlantic Media’s National Journal supplemented its fast-growing edit team once again by naming Edmund Andrews managing editor for economics, taxes and budget.  Andrews most recently served as senior Washington correspondent at the Fiscal Times. Before that, he served as an economics correspondent for the New York Times.Courtney Murphy was promoted to creative director at Hearst’s Good Housekeeping. Most recently, Murphy served as design director.Also at Hearst, Town&Country named Sarajane Hoare as a guest fashion director, overseeing the fashion editorial for the March 2011 Spring fashion issue. Hoare previously served as a fashion director of the London Observer, British Vogue, Frank magazine and Glamour (U.S.). The McGraw-Hill Companies has named Gregory Hamilton president of Aviation Week magazine, replacing Tom Henricks, who is leaving the company. Most recently, Hamilton served as publisher of strategic media at Aviation Week. The CFO Alliance, a peer group for senior level financial executives, appointed Ronald Fink as director of content. Over the last two decades, Fink served as including executive editor of Financial Week, deputy editor of CFO Magazine, CFO.com, and Financial World and senior editor of U.S. Banker. ReadyMade magazine named Liz Armstrong as online editor. Most recently, Armstrong served as editor of Vice magazine’s Vice.com.last_img read more