DOPING: Russian track and field athletes thrown out of Rio

first_imgMoscow, Russia | AFP |World athletics’ governing body IAAF has ruled to maintain Russia’s suspension, a top Russian athletics official confirmed Friday, TASS news agency reported.“I can confirm, the suspension is upheld,” Mikhail Butov, general secretary of the Russian athletics federation, told TASS. “I cannot give any more comments for the time being.”Russia’s sports minister said the decision had been expected in Moscow and pledged to respond.“The suspension of the Russian athletic federation is an expected decision, we could have assumed this,” Vitaly Mutko told TASS news agency. “We will react.”“We are extremely disappointed by the IAAF’s decision to uphold the ban on all of our track and field athletes, creating the unprecedented situation of a whole nation’s track and field athletes being banned from the Olympics,” the sports ministry said in a statement. Pole vault star Isinbayeva to challenge IAAF decision in court Pole vault star Yelena Isinbayeva said Friday she would challenge in court the IAAF decision to uphold Russia’s suspension that would sideline Russian athletes from the Olympic Games in Rio.“This is a human rights violation. I will not remain silent, I will take measures,” she told TASS news agency. “I will appeal to the human rights court,” she said, without specifying in which court she planned to challenge the ruling. Share on: WhatsApp Pages: 1 2last_img read more

‘Super-human’ Kipchoge busts mythical two-hour marathon barrier

first_imgThe course included a 4.3 kilometre-long straight alley, which the Kenyan ran up and down several times amid dry but foggy weather.Throngs of fans cheered on Kipchoge whenever he passed by.William Magachi, 33, from Nairobi, was one of many Kenyans watching.“It’s amazing. He is a super human being, the positivity, what he has been able to achieve.“It’s a record breaking moment. It never happened and may never happen again in my lifetime… I’m a lucky man.”Another fan, Markus Parzer, 32 and from Vienna said: “It’s absolutely amazing. I’m a runner as well, a hobby runner. Just running his pace for a few hundred metres, I can’t do it longer.“This really shows the magnitude of what he achieved today… It’s really history made here in Vienna.”His number one fan, his mother Janet Rotich, was watching from her home in a village close to Babsabet in Kenya.“I am happy today because he has won…I thank him so much for this, for me, for Kenya and the world,” she said.Kipchoge already tried in May 2017 to break the two-hour barrier, running on the Monza National Autodrome racing circuit in Italy, failing narrowly in 2hr 00min 25sec.But this time he said before the race that he was mentally stronger and more confident.The course had been prepared so that it should take Kipchoge just about 4.5 seconds more than on a computer-simulated completely flat and straight path, according to analysis by sports experts at Vienna University.In total, he only had to descend 26 metres in altitude and climb 12 metres, the experts said.The world marathon record has, for the past 16 years, been contested uniquely between athletes from Kenya and Ethiopia. The two nations are also fierce rivals for distance medals on the track.Kipchoge’s record was almost beaten last month in the Berlin marathon by Ethiopia’s Kenenisa Bekele, who ran 2:01.41, just two seconds short of the official world mark.Share on: WhatsApp Eliud Kipchoge. PHOTO via @EliudKipchogeVienna, Austria | AFP | Kenya’s Eliud Kipchoge on Saturday made history, busting the mythical two-hour barrier for the marathon in the “best moment” of his life on a specially prepared course in a huge Vienna park.With a time of 1hr 59min 40.2sec, the Olympic champion became the first ever to run a marathon in under two hours in the Prater park with the course readied to make it as even as possible.“I’m the happiest man today. The message that no human is limited is now in everybody’s mind,” an elated Kipchoge told reporters after the run, adding he expected more athletes to reach his feat in the future.“From the first kilometres I was really comfortable. I have been training for it for the last four and a half months, and above all I have been putting in my heart and in my mind that I’ll run an under two-hour marathon.”The 34-year-old already holds the men’s world record for the distance with a time of 2hr 01min 39sec, which he set in the flat Berlin marathon on September 16, 2018.But accompanied by a posse of 41 pacemakers, who took turns to support him, and a car in front of them setting the pace, Kipchoge bested his mark, making good on a failed attempt two years ago in Monza, Italy.Maintaining a very regular pace at around 2:50 minutes per kilometre, he passed the finish line gesturing and smiling, describing his approach to the finish as “the best moment of my life”.The founder of the main sponsors, Ineos, British billionaire Jim Ratcliffe, took a personal interest in the challenge and himself competes in Ironman triathlons.“That last kilometre where he actually accelerated was super human,” Ratcliffe said.Kipchoge had been 11 seconds in advance at mid-race as fans lining the course, many waving Kenyan flags, loudly cheered him on.Kipchoge’s coach, Patrick Sang, said the Kenyan had “inspired all of us that we can stretch our limits in our lives”.“Records are meant to be broken, so down the line someone will try again, but history has been made. It’s unbelievable,” Sang added.Kipchoge told reporters earlier this week that his attempt in the Austrian capital was about “making history in this world, like the first man to go to the moon”.– ‘It’s amazing’ –Because of the way the run was set up and paced the International Association of Athletics Federations will not validate the time as a world record.The running surface had been partly retarred and readied with other features such as a banked corner that could save time and avoid injury.Pacemakers took turns to support him throughout the 42.195-kilometre (26.219-miles) race. They included 1,500-metre Olympic champion Matthew Centrowitz and former world champion Bernard Lagat.last_img read more

Learning about Stress in Young Military Children

first_imgThis blog post was written by Kathy Reschke, Child Care Leader at Military Families Learning Network. What’s the difference between positive stress, tolerable stress and toxic stress?Why is it pointless to reason with a child in the middle of an emotionally charged moment?How can child care providers be a “buffer” to young children who are experiencing the stresses of military family life?These and many other topics were addressed in a recent webinar hosted by the Child Care group of the Military Families Learning Network. Presenter Dr. Diane Bales walked us through what stress is, how it affects young children in military families, and a number of strategies that child care professionals can use to ease that stress and lessen negative impact. The presentation also included excerpts from an interview with Dr. Will Mosier, faculty at Wright State University and Lt. Colonel in the U.S. Air Force Reserves. Will shared helpful information on supporting children emotionally during stressful times.WEBINAR LINKHere are some key points that I thought were particularly helpful for child care professionals to know:Stress is any external event or circumstance that “throws us off balance,” that significantly changes our everyday experience.  Stresses can be positive events as well as negative events. For example, having a parent return home from a long deployment is a very positive event, and yet it significantly changes up the child’s usual daily life. Until a “new normal” is established, those changes, even though they are positive, can be stressors.Stressors cause physical and emotional responses and changes in all of us, including even very young children, that our outside of our control. In the short term, those responses can help us be alert and take action. But when stressors are overwhelming or persistent, children need additional support to bring those physically and emotionally intense responses back down to more normal levels. That’s where child care professionals can play a critical role for children in military families. Caring, knowledgeable, and sensitive providers can provide the extra support and attention to a child during the child care day that help insulate her from high levels of stress responses that all of the family members are dealing with when big changes occur.Helping young children cope with stressful situations isn’t complicated. Children are comforted and supported by simple but intentional strategies.Predictability and routine in the child care environment provide a sense of security and confidence to a child who is dealing with unpredictability and change at home. That predictability and routine include maintaining the usual rules and consequences about behavior. Though we may be tempted to “go easy” on a child who misbehaves when we know there are big changes at home, being firm and predictable in response will actually provide assurance and a sense of safety to him.Listening and showing empathy to a child’s emotions, without psychoanalyzing or presuming where those emotions are coming from, is very often all that’s needed for a child to regain a sense of equilibrium and calm.Young children often don’t know the words for the emotions they are feeling and can be frightened by their intensity. We can help by not only showing empathy but by giving them labels for the emotions they are feeling.  This includes positive emotions, like excitement and happiness, as well as negative emotions, such as sadness or anger.I hope this whets your appetite for more! If you visit our “Learn” page, you will find a recording for the entire, hour-long webinar and a link to a PDF of all of the slides so that you can print them out, make notes, and have them for future reference.  You’ll also find links to related resources that can help you in understanding the stresses of young military children’s lives and more ways that you can provide that safe, caring place that will help them cope with their current situation and build their resilience to stressors in the future. Here’s the LINK.And if you have your own stories of supporting military children and families through difficult changes, or you have more suggestions for building their ability to cope, we’d love to hear them!last_img read more

Travel-weary Yemenis dream big

first_imgWATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding MOST READ Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses LATEST STORIES UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Potts out to fulfill promise to grandfather by joining PBA Draft Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chiefcenter_img Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC To reach Bacolod, the team traveled for almost 30 hours by bus to Muscat, Oman, where it took a two-hour flight to Doha, Qatar. The next leg of the journey was a nine-hour flight from Doha to Manila, before they jumped on another short flight to this bustling city. “We are struggling from all the traveling,” admitted Yemen’s Ethiopian coach Abraham Mebrato Gebreselassie. “Even from the capital Sana’a to Oman was a very tough journey for us because that was by bus. Its because Sana’a airport is closed that’s why we traveled such a long way.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutExcept for a few players who ply their trade in Oman, Gebreselassie’s squad doesn’t have the benefit of playing in a local league since it has been stopped two years ago because of security concerns brought by the civil war in the country.  But Gebreselassie said these challenges serve as a motivation as they clash with the Azkals in a crucial Group F clash in Asian Cup Qualifying. Having been based in Sana’a for the past eight years, handling the country’s Under-22 and Olympic teams, the Ethiopian knows the importance of qualifying for the Asian Cup as a means to unite the country. Cedelf Tupas/INQUIRERBACOLOD CITY – Yemen harbors dreams of reaching the AFC Asian Cup for the first time in 2019 in the United Arab Emirates, but playing matches in the qualifying stage should already count as a victory in itself considering the trouble its team has to go through just to represent the strife-torn Arab nation in the competition. The Yemenis arrived in this sugar-producing province last Saturday night for their clash with the Philippines on Tuesday at Panaad Stadium, after traveling for almost three days from the capital Sana’a, whose international airport has been closed since 2015 due to security reasons.ADVERTISEMENT Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Read Next “We had to face all these problems, but we will do our best to win tomorrow’s match,” he said. “We’re very thankful to be here. We want to make history (by qualifying for the Asian Cup) because it the people of Yemen love football.” Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Cera still Canadian to his core as he dons his superhero cape

first_img Twitter You can take the boy out of Canada but you can’t take Canada out of the boy. When I meet with Brampton, Ont.-born Michael Cera to chat about his new project, The Lego Batman Movie, he’s having lunch, eating a Waldorf salad. The 28-year-old began his career in Canada with a Tim Hortons summer camp commercial before decamping to the United States, finding fame with Arrested Development and a string of successful movies like Superbad and Juno, but has retained his disarming Canadian politeness. I walk in, he jumps up, “Do you want anything? Cheese? A coffee? How are you doing?” Facebook Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

RCMP present Annual Report to Taylor Council

first_imgWhen it came to vehicle offences, such as impaired driving, the RCMP reports that those caught was up to 12 in 2018 from 2 in 2017.Perret says the reason for the number increase in impaired driving does not necessarily mean there are more impaired drivers but could be due to heavier Police presence within the District.“When we talk about stats, we could spin this one way or the other. Either we have a huge increase in the amount of impaired drivers in Taylor or we’ve done a better job of doing impaired driving enforcement.”For more information on the RCMP Annual Report, you can view it on the District of Taylor’s website. The total number of service calls for 2018 was 452, up from 440 in 2017.In criminal activity, some offences saw an increase, while others saw little to no change.Criminal activity is divided into a few different sections.In persons violent crimes, Police report that there was a decrease from 40 in 2017 to 36 in 2018.Property crimes saw an increase to 70 in 2018, up from 63 in 2017.Other crimes have been stable at 24 incidents for two years in a row. TAYLOR, B.C. – At a Council Meeting on Monday, the RCMP presented their Annual Report to the District of Taylor Council.Presenting the Annual Report was Staff Sargeant Steve Perret & Sargeant Dave Tyreman of the Fort St. John RCMP Detachment.The Annual Report focused on statistics for service calls, criminal activity, and motor vehicle offences specifically in Taylor.last_img read more

KCR meets Stalin, bid for federal front appears a non-starter

first_imgChennai: Telangana Rashtra Samiti chief K Chandrashekhar Rao’s bid to rope in DMK in his proposed alternative front appeared to be a non-starter with the Dravidian party chief M K Stalin urging the Telangana Chief Minister to extend TRS’s support to the Congress.Continuing his efforts to bring together regional parties, Rao called on Stalin at his residence here and discussed with him his proposal for a federal front, DMK sources said. In the meeting that went beyond an hour, Stalin conveyed to Rao that his party was in a pre-poll alliance with the Congress and he had also pitched the name of Rahul Gandhi for the office of the Prime Minister. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra Singh”Thalaivar (Stalin) urged Rao to extend Telangana Rashtra Samiti’s support for a Congress-led government at the Centre,” DMK sources said. Rao, who had days ago called on his Kerala counterpart Pinarayi Vijayan, exuded confidence in the deliberations that regional parties would emerge as a powerful force with a significant number of seats and neither the Congress, nor the BJP would have adequate numbers to form a government. In such an eventuality, the TRS chief told the DMK president that a government could be propped up by the regional parties with the support of “national parties,” a reference perceived to include the Left parties as well. Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroadPossible “post poll scenarios” that may merge and how a federal front could help regional parties and “southern States,” were put forth by Rao, sources added. To this,the DMK side,which was also represented by senior leaders Duraimurugan and T R Baalu, felt the situation was conducive only for a Congress-led government at the Centre. Also, the Dravidian party pointed out that toying with the idea for a regime steered by regional outfits at the Centre may not work in view of divergent state specific positions of some parties. The TRS is opposed to both Congress and Telugu Desam Party in Telangana. While Rao did not meet waiting reporters, DMK said the meeting was only a “courtesy,” call. Rao had in April 2018 called on Stalin and then DMK chief M Karunanidhi here. Earlier in the day, he offered prayers at the ancient Sri Ranganathaswamy temple at Srirangam in Tiruchirappalli. On May 10 he visited the Sri Ramanathaswamy Temple in Rameswaram after going to Kanyakumari. Tamil Nadu Congress Committee president K S Alagiri downplayed the meeting between the two leaders and asked journalists “why accord importance to the meeting…in India a third front is not possible and not practicable; State parties from Kasmir to Kanyakumari know this very well.” BJP Tamil Nadu unit president Tamilisai Soundararajan wondered what was Stalin’s “hesitation” in his meeting with Rao to assert that he only supported Rahul Gandhi.last_img read more

Sarah Schulze returns to action after knee injuries receives ovation

Though it was the final home game for senior center Jantel Lavender, the biggest ovation of the afternoon might have been for Sarah Schulze. The 80-47 win against Wisconsin on Sunday was the senior forward’s second appearance since Ohio State’s Jan. 16 matchup against Michigan State, when she tore a medial collateral ligament (MCL), meniscus and an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in her right knee. At the time, some feared her season — and her career at OSU — might be over. “They gave me the option to play,” Schulze said in the postgame press conference Sunday. “I can never get this back, so even though I’m not 100 percent now, I can still get in and bang a little. It’s totally worth it.” Schulze and Lavender were honored before the game alongside senior teammates, guard Alison Jackson and guard Brittany Johnson. Lavender had to wipe away tears as she embraced her teammates. For Schulze, her first home game since the injury was equally as emotional. “I’m just happy I’m playing and just having a second chance to actually be on the court,” she said. “I was just soaking up today.” After Schulze hit a three from the top of the key with 8:07 left in the first half, the Schottenstein Center crowd gave her an extended ovation. It was her only field goal of the game, and her only points since her injury. Schulze committed three fouls and didn’t attempt a shot in the Buckeyes’ 76-74 victory at Purdue on Feb. 20. She started in 17 games before the injury. In her absence, coach Jim Foster inserted freshman forward Ashley Adams, who has been a mainstay ever since. “With the timing of Sarah’s injury, whether or not Ashley was ready, she was thrown in there,” Foster said in the postgame press conference Sunday. “How she’s progressed on the floor has been a big deal.” Freshman forward Martina Ellerbe started in the first game Schulze missed, Jan. 20 at Illinois, but Adams has been in the starting lineup ever since. Adams averaged 5.9 points and 4.1 rebounds per game coming into Sunday’s game. Schulze played 13 minutes Sunday after only playing four minutes at Purdue. She said her knee injury has caused her to become a more cerebral player. “I’m not as explosive anymore, so I have to really play smarter,” she said. “Whenever I jump, I have to pay attention to how I land. It’s almost like I’m a step behind from where I used to be.” OSU (19-9, 10-6 Big Ten) will travel to the Big Ten Tournament in Indianapolis to play Iowa on Friday. read more