‘Hell no:’ Defiant Caster Semenya wins, says she won’t take drugs

first_imgCarpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard View comments It was Semenya’s first 800 meter race this year and first since losing her case against the IAAF this week.“Actions speak louder than words,” Semenya told the BBC. “When you are a great champion, you always deliver.”But Semenya’s four-year dominance over two laps — Friday’s win was her 30th straight in the 800 continuing a run that started in late 2015 — may now be at an end.Ended not by another competitor, but by new regulations set to come into effect Wednesday. They require the South African star and other female athletes with high levels of natural testosterone to medically lower them to be eligible to compete in events ranging from 400 meters to the mile.Semenya failed to overturn those rules in her appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.ADVERTISEMENT Duterte says he will appoint Gamboa as next PNP chief Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Suns name 76ers assistant Monty Williams as new coach She was presented with a bunch of flowers and tossed them to the crowd at the end. She then gave a thumbs-up to fans, flashed a brief smile, and walked off the track.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LeBron James stretches lead in NBA All-Star Game fan voting Now, her career appears to be at a crossroads: Does she take medication to lower her testosterone? The medication will likely inhibit her athletic performance and could blunt her dominance. Or does she switch events and run in long-distance races not affected by the regulations?She was emphatic when she told reporters after Friday’s race that she wouldn’t take the medication.“That’s an illegal method,” she said.But Semenya also didn’t give a clear idea of what she would do next. She said she wouldn’t move up to the 5,000 meters and she definitely wouldn’t retire.“God has decided my career, God will end my career,” she said in the BBC interview. “No man, or any other human, can stop me from running. How am I going to retire when I’m 28? I still feel young, energetic. I still have 10 years or more in athletics.“It doesn’t matter how I’m going to do it. What matters is I’ll still be here. I am never going anywhere.”Semenya’s comments may foreshadow an appeal against the CAS ruling, aimed first at allowing Semenya to defend her 800 title at the world championships, also in Doha, in September and October while not taking the hormone-suppressing drugs.But, if she keeps her promise not to lower her testosterone, there is a chance that Friday was the last time that Semenya runs in the 800, where she is a double Olympic and a three-time world champion, and arguably the best female athlete to run the distance in 40 years.Her career, however, seems destined to be overshadowed by the testosterone debate, which has the potential for implications far beyond her own results.Semenya gave away little on the track to indicate it might be her last race at the distance. She raised her right fist when announcers introduced her before the race. The Witcher series prompts over 500,000 reprints of Andrzej Sapkowski’s bookscenter_img MOST READ Eduard Folayang gets new opponent for ONE Manila card Pagadian on tighter security for 100,000 expected at Sto. Niño feast Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college “Hell no,” the Olympic champion from South Africa said.Semenya responded to her defeat in a landmark court case against track and field’s governing body two days earlier with a resounding win in a place where she’s done nothing but win the last four years — over two laps of the track.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsShe won the 800 meters at the opening Diamond League meeting of the season in Doha, Qatar, with a meet record of 1 minute, 54.98 seconds. It was her fourth-fastest time ever. The only person ahead of her at any time during the race was the pacemaker.Semenya’s nearest challenger, the Olympic silver medalist Francine Niyonsaba, was nearly three seconds and about 20 meters behind her — barely in the picture. Ajee Wilson of the United States was third. LATEST STORIES Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? South Africa’s Caster Semenya crosses the line to win the gold in the women’s 800-meter final during the Diamond League in Doha, Qatar, Friday, May 3, 2019. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)Caster Semenya was defiant in every way at what very well could be her last 800 meter race.Her raised fist at the start. Her unstoppable victory. And with her reply Friday to the big question of whether she will now submit to new testosterone regulations in track and field and take hormone-reducing medication.ADVERTISEMENT NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption PLAY LIST 02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award03:05Malakanyang bilib sa Phivolcs | Chona Yulast_img read more

Koops goose finally cooked at Ingwe

first_img0Shares0000NAIROBI, Kenya, November 22- The goose has reportedly finally been cooked for AFC Leopards Dutch head coach Jan Koops after the club terminated his and the entire technical bench services on Thursday.Koops was axed in the immediate aftermath of failing to secure the Tusker Premier League title despite leading for long spells at the start of the season besides the defeat in the Football Kenya Federation semifinals last Saturday. The stunning development comes after the club’s hierarchy moved to act after Leopards were pipped to the league by Tusker and beaten by arch rivals Gor Mahia in the Cup last four to end a promising season trophyless.“We first want to inform those who have been sacked of our decision before we make the formal announcement. We do not want them to learn from the media,” Leopards secretary, Wilson Kituyi, told Capital Sport when reached for comment.Efforts to contact his chairman, Alex Ole Magelo were fruitless by the time of going to press with the Ingwe executive said to been in a frantic meeting to chart the way forward.The Dutch man who joined Ingwe midway last season was on a three-year contract with the side whose performance plunged towards the second leg of the season after stringing together an unbeaten run of 23 matches that saw them top the table.He took over the then struggling side from Nick Yakhama and led them to a fifth finish last season before going 23 matches unbeaten as AFC charged to the top of the TPL, a streak that was broken by title holders Tusker in March in Mombasa.Mickey Weche and Nicholas Muyoti (assistant coaches), Mohammed Fwaya (goalkeeper trainer) and Noah Wanyama (technical director) who is a father to Celtic star Victor and Inter Milan midfielder MacDonald Mariga were the others affected in the management cull.Koops woes at the house of Ingwe started in September when reports surfaced that he had been suspended from his duties but the club’s hierarchy disputed them.Leopards also had a bad outing at the TPL Footballer of the Year Awards on Wednesday night with Koops missing out on the Coach of the Year shortlist despite the overall satisfying performances they had in the league.Striker Mike Baraza came third in the Footballer of the Year and was the only Ingwe player to be honoured.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Miracle Treat Day raises almost $8,000 in Fort St. John

first_imgThe proceeds from each of those, plus money raised through a draw for a Blizzard Bear and the sale of Children’s Network balloons, $7,912.04 was raised. “We were amazed,” says local owner Linda Patterson. “We’re pretty pumped about it.” That money goes towards the Children’s Stollery Foundation, which supports the Children’s Hospitals in Vancouver and Edmonton. This is the 10th year the store has participated in Miracle Treat Day. Patterson says it was the busiest day her store has ever had.- Advertisement – “It was unbelievable, but we had enough staff that we were lined up to the door for a good portion of the evening, and five minute waits before they made it to the till, so that wasn’t bad at all.”last_img

FA Cup round-up: Non-League Dover shock Cheltenham and Warrington Town’s dream run ends

first_img1 It was another dramatic day in the second round of the FA Cup, as non-league Dover won 1-0 away to League Two side Cheltenham Town, but the result of the day was arguably Worcester City’s 1-1 draw with Scunthorpe.61 places separate Worcester and their League One opponents, but that counted for little as Daniel Nti’s strike cancelled out Paddy Madden’s opener for Scunthorpe to keep the Conference North side’s hopes of reaching the third round alive.There were plenty more shocks elsewhere as well, with Connor Essam’s late goal proving enough to send Dover through at the expense of Cheltenham, but it was heartache for Warrington Town, as they fell 2-0 to Gateshead.Bristol City – the highest ranked team in this round of the competition – left it incredibly late against Telford, Kieran Agard bagging the only goal of the game in time added on, while Bradford made full use of their experience, by comprehensively beating Dartford 4-1 at Valley Parade.Southport ensured there would be yet another non-league side in the next round, as they beat fellow Conference side Eastleigh 2-1, and there could be more yet to join them, as Aldershot drew 0-0 with Rochdale at home and Chester held Barnsley to a goalless draw at Oakwell.AFC Wimbledon put their recent poor form behind them with a 1-0 victory away to Wycombe, while in the day’s later kick-off, George Moncur’s stoppage-time strike sent Colchester through with a 1-0 win over Peterborough.FA Cup second round results:Gateshead 2-0 Warrington TownAldershot 0-0 RochdaleBarnsley 0-0 ChesterBradford 4-1 DartfordBristol City 1-0 TelfordCheltenham 0-1 DoverScunthorpe 1-1 Worcester CitySouthport 2-1 EastleighWycombe 0-1 Wimbledon Worcester City drew 1-1 with Scunthorpe last_img read more

Would Messi do this? Cristiano Ronaldo’s five biggest tantrums!

first_imgCristiano Ronaldo might well have been crowned best player in the world the last two years, but his temperament occasionally fails to match his footballing expertise.In Wednesday’s straight forward 3-0 La Liga victory over Almeria, the Real Madrid star got visibily irritated when team-mate Alvaro Arbeloa nipped in ahead of him to tap home Los Blancos’ final goal of the night.In what was a rare scoreless night for the Portuguese forward, Ronaldo cut an agitated and disenfranchised figure at times as he failed to add to his astonishing 52 goals so far this season.The 30-year-old has a track record of venting his anger and frustration on the pitch – often at his own team-mates for failing to match his unprecedented high standards.To pay homage to the stroppy ex-Manchester United attacker, talkSPORT have collated five of his biggest on-field tantrums for your enjoyment. Cristiano Ronaldo 1center_img 5. Ronaldo losing his cool as Barcelona pass effortlessly around him (April 2011)4. Alvaro Arbeloa stealing in ahead of Ronaldo to score (April 2015)3. Ronaldo’s jealous reaction to Gareth Bale scoring after having an attempt of his own cleared off the line (March 2015)2. Ronaldo’s childish trantrum after Madrid fell a goal behind in El Clasico (January 2012)1. A fully justified emotional breakdown after Nani denied Ronaldo a brilliant solo goal for Portugal against Spain (November 2010)last_img read more

Analyst: Arnold’s budget flawed

first_img A similar situation occurred in 2000, Hill noted, when the state used booming revenues from dot-com capital gains and stock options to expand existing programs – then found itself in trouble when the stock market tanked. Schwarzenegger administration officials defended the plan Thursday, saying the extra spending is important to Californians and makes up only a relatively small part of the budget. Finance Department spokesman H.D. Palmer noted that of the $2 billion in new spending that Hill criticizes, $1.7 billion is to repay schools for borrowed Proposition 98 funds, an issue that was the subject of vocal criticism last year. The rest of the new funding would be for programs such as additional disaster preparedness – including flu pandemic preparations and threats to the state’s food and agricultural industries. He said the administration has made progress in reducing the 2006-07 structural deficit since taking office, when it was projected at $16.5 billion. It now is $6.3 billion – or $4.7 billion if certain one-time expenditures like early payment of money owed to transportation funds are excluded. “The governor’s budget represents clear and continuing progress in reducing our budget problems in the future years,” Palmer said. The CalWORKS suit, he added, remains pending, and the state can’t write a budget based on assumptions about every pending lawsuit it faces. He also said the state doesn’t budget in advance for collective bargaining increases because that would give the unions an edge in negotiations. Still, Assemblyman John Laird, D-Santa Cruz, chairman of the Assembly Budget Committee, said Hill’s statement “was as strong as I’ve seen.” He said it appears clear that the governor has had to break some promises he made while running for office in 2003 to balance the budget and protect education funding. “Earlier this week, (Schwarzenegger) said it was a lot tougher to balance the budget than he ever thought,” Laird noted. “This is what we’re seeing in these numbers.” Laird said he agrees with Hill in that he would like the state to make more progress in reducing the deficit. Legislative Republicans have also been concerned that Schwarzenegger has not done enough to reduce the state’s spending deficit. “Assembly Republicans agree with the analyst’s conclusion that we must get serious about eliminating California’s structural budget deficit before we will truly be able to plan for our state’s infrastructure future,” Assembly Budget Committee Vice Chairman Rick Keene, R-Chico, said in a written statement. “However, the growing structural deficit should not be seen as an excuse to raise taxes on our state’s already overburdened taxpayers.” Harrison Sheppard, (916)446-6723 harrison.sheppard@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita The 2006-07 plan unveiled Tuesday by Schwarzenegger – up 7 percent from the current year – built on a surging economy to increase spending on everything from education to transportation. It was lauded by the governor as putting the state “on the path of fiscal responsibility.” The plan would not increase taxes but would cut funding for some welfare and health services. But Hill said the governor’s budget fails to account for more than $600 million in potential costs, including $460 million for a pending court case related to cost-of-living adjustments in the CalWORKS grants program and contracts with 18 collective bargaining units expected to be negotiated this year. Hill said she agrees with the administration’s revenue forecast – and recent receipts indicate it may even end up higher – but she disagrees with how the windfall should be spent. Much of the new revenue is from volatile sources such as business profits and capital gains. The one-time revenues should be used to reduce the deficit, not expand ongoing programs, she said. SACRAMENTO – Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s proposed $125.6 billion budget “moves the state in the wrong direction” by spending beyond California’s means and extending long-term debt, the nonpartisan legislative analyst said Thursday. In a strongly worded review likely to foreshadow a budget battle in the Legislature, the analyst’s office said Schwarzenegger’s plan also fails to account for a number of anticipated expenses that could total as much as $1 billion. “Our bottom-line conclusion is we are concerned that the plan really puts the state on the wrong path in terms of its long-term goal of achieving fiscal balance,” Elizabeth Hill said as she released the review. “We’re concerned that the unexpected revenue increases noted in the governor’s plan are not being used to reduce our past borrowing debt, but instead we’re ratcheting up ongoing spending by about $2 billion.” last_img read more

GM will sell stake in its finance arm to reap $14 billion

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl event160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! DETROIT – General Motors Corp., desperate for cash to pay for buyouts and plant closings as part of its North American restructuring, said Monday that it has agreed to sell a 51 percent stake in its finance arm in a deal expected to generate $14 billion for the world’s biggest automaker. GM Chairman and Chief Executive Rick Wagoner said the sale would strengthen GM’s balance sheet as the automaker carries out its plans to recover from $10.6 billion in losses in 2005 and stem the loss of its U.S. market share to Asian competitors. “In the context of history, the last six months are going to prove to be pivotal,” Wagoner said at a news conference. “This is about restructuring our business so we can be robustly profitable in the future, so we’re not so balanced on a razor’s edge (that) if gas prices go up, you don’t make any money, if your sales go down 10 percent you don’t make (any money).” But GM’s shares sank more than 5 percent after the announcement as analysts questioned whether the cash infusion would have a lasting impact on GM’s outlook and major credit ratings agencies indicated the deal may not lead to an investment-grade rating for the finance arm. GM shares lost $1.13, or 5.3 percent, to close at $20.14 on the New York Stock Exchange. The automaker has announced plans to cut 30,000 U.S. hourly jobs and close 12 plants by 2008. As part of that plan, it recently offered buyouts to 113,000 hourly workers. It also has agreed to bankroll early retirement buyouts at Delphi Corp., its former parts division and major supplier. Up to 17,000 hourly workers at Delphi could be eligible for a $35,000 payment to retire. GM, Delphi and its unions also are negotiating a settlement on wage cuts that could cost GM up to $12 billion. The company announced it intended to sell the stake in GMAC last fall, and analysts had predicted a 51 percent share would command between $11 billion and $15 billion. GM expects to receive about $14 billion over the next three years from the GMAC deal. The stake is being purchased by a consortium of investors led by Cerberus Capital Management LP, a private investment firm. The group also includes Citigroup Inc. and Aozora Bank Ltd. The sale is expected to be completed in the fourth quarter of 2006. Morgan Stanley analyst Jonathan Steinmetz said GM appears to be hoarding cash so it can fund buyouts, offer cash to the United Auto Workers in exchange for benefit cuts or weather a future strike. But he said the company needs to provide more details on exactly how it plans to spend the money and why it’s worth the earnings power GM gets from GMAC. GMAC paid GM a $2.5 billion dividend last year. “GM has shrunk or divested `good’ assets in the past to redeploy into its auto business or fund legacy liabilities, only to repeat the cycle a few years later,” Steinmetz said in a note to investors. He said investors should keep a close eye on whether GM can improve its U.S. market share – which is now below 25 percent – and control its legacy costs. last_img

Indiana State Police Husband and Wife Announce Their Retirements

first_imgIn the summer of 1990, Crawford was accepted into the 48th Indiana State Police Recruit Academy, and on December 9, 1990 he was appointed as a Trooper assigned to the Fort Wayne Post. He patrolled DeKalb and Steuben Counties for approximately five years before transferring to other duty assignments at the Putnamville, Bremen and Indianapolis Posts over the following several years. He also served in the Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Division before transferring to the Executive Protection Section, where he served his final 11 years, under Governors Mitch Daniels, Mike Pence and Eric Holcomb.During his career with the Indiana State Police, Crawford has been a Field Training Officer, a member of the Tactical Intervention Platoon and Honor Guard Commander.  He was recently presented with the Sagamore of the Wabash by Governor Eric Holcomb.Lieutenant Nicole R. Crawford, a native of Martinsville, Indiana was a 1988 graduate of Martinsville High School.  In 1991, she began her law enforcement career with the Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) Police Department, and in 1992, she earned a Bachelor Degree in Secondary Education from IUPUI.In August of 1993, Crawford entered the 50th Indiana State Police Recruit Academy, and on December 20, 1993 she was appointed as a Trooper assigned to the Bremen Post.  During her early career, she transferred to other duty assignments at the Putnamville and Fort Wayne Posts. Crawford served in the Problem Oriented Policing Section before taking an undercover assignment in the Drug Enforcement Section, where she earned a promotion to the rank of Sergeant.  In 2005, she worked to help establish the Department’s new Meth Suppression Section and in 2009, she was promoted to the rank of First Sergeant where she served as that Section’s Commander.In 2015, Crawford was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant and served the remainder of her career in the Training Division.  It was also during this year that she attended and graduated from the 262nd Session of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) National Academy.During her career, Crawford has served the Department as a Field Training Officer, a Defensive Tactics Instructor, a member of the Clandestine Laboratory Team, and in 2017 she attained the status of Master Instructor.  She also represented the State Police as a Counselor for the American Legion Auxiliary Hoosier Girls State for 20 years.  Crawford has accepted a position with the Tennessee Dangerous Drug Task Force and she will be working out of their Chattanooga office.State Police Superintendent Douglas G. Carter commented on the commitment and dedication of both Rich and Nikki by saying, “It has been a pleasure to serve alongside both of these dedicated public servants who have given way more to our citizens then they will ever get in return. I wish them all the best in the coming years as they both embark on the next chapter of their lives.” The Crawfords are proud parents to three grown children and proud grandparents to five grandchildren. Two members of the Indiana State Police, who have been married for almost 24 years have recently announced their retirement from the Department following a combined total of more than 60 years of law enforcement experience.Master Trooper Richard R. Crawford, a native of Huntington, Indiana was a 1976 graduate of Huntington North High School.  Crawford proudly served his country as a member of the United States Air Force from 1980 to 1984.After being honorably discharged from the Air Force, Crawford began his law enforcement career as a Trooper with the Maryland State Police in 1984, assigned to the College Park Barrack, where he was assigned patrol duties for the next four years.  He then transferred to the Executive Protection Section and served for the late Governor Donald Schaffer.last_img read more

A Russian Company Is Selling Robot Clones of Real People

first_imgThere’s a company in Russia called Promobot that is making ROBOT CLONES of real people.Seriously.  They can make a robot that looks pretty realistically like ANYONE.  And the robots also have an artificial intelligence system that allows them to talk and interact, too.The robots cost $20,000 to $50,000, depending on how detailed you want them.  And the company says it’s already gotten a few orders.Before you spend your money though, you should know these robots can’t WALK.  But their faces, necks, and torsos can move.The people behind Promobot say that these robots offer people, quote, “Digital immortality.”  Fannnntastic.(CNBC / Futurism)last_img

Disney Cruise Line News — Week of February 2, 2019

first_imgUpcoming EntertainmentThe following films are being shown aboard the Disney Cruise Line ships this month:Star Wars: The Last JediAvengers: Infinity WarSolo: A Star Wars Story Incredibles 2 Ant-Man and The WaspChristopher RobinThe Nutcracker and the Four RealmsCocoThor: RagnarokRalph Breaks the InternetMary Poppins ReturnsFor future reference, films debut on Disney Cruise Line the same day of their initial release in the United States. Films do vary by ship. Show times are available in your Personal Navigator or the official Disney Cruise Line app.Captain’s Log: Important Tips and InformationExciting news – both the Marvel Day at Sea and Star Wars Day at Sea sailings will continue in 2020! Dates have now been made official for both special itineraries.Marvel Day at Sea will be on 5-night sailings on the Disney Magic out of Miami. There will be Bahamian sailings on January 9 and 27, February 10 and 24, and on March 9. You can also get in on the superhero action on Western Caribbean sailings on January 18, and February 1, 15, and 29. The Bahamian sailings will visit Key West, Nassau, and Castaway Cay, while the Western Caribbean will visit either Cozumel or Grand Cayman (depending on date of departure) and Castaway Cay.Star Wars day at Sea will continue to take place on 7-night Caribbean sailings on the Disney Fantasy out of Port Canaveral. Eastern sailings will depart on January 11 and 25, and February 8 and 22. Western Caribbean sailings will be on January 4 and 18, and February 1, 15, and 29.Both of these special itineraries include a full day at sea dedicated to the theme. There are deck parties, themed menus, shows, character meet and greets, and of course exclusive merchandise opportunities.You can see activities from the most current Marvel Day at Sea here, and Star Wars Day at Sea here. Will you be booking one of these cruises? Tell me in the comments!Special thanks to Scott Sanders of The Disney Cruise Line Blog for assistance on this article.Thanks for joining me again this week. “Sea” you next time!The Disney Cruise Line Preview is brought to you by Storybook Destinations. Storybook Destinations specializes in Disney travel, is consistently highly rated by our readers, and is owned by our own blogger extraordinaire, Tammy Whiting. Storybook also offers free subscriptions to TouringPlans to clients with qualified bookings. Share This!Sponsored by Storybook DestinationsAhoy, mateys! I’m Heather, and I’ll be bringing you the up and coming on all things Disney Cruise Line. Welcome back again this week. Let’s see what’s new in the DCL world!Ports of Call Disney Cruise Line: In The NewsPlanning your first Disney Cruise can be as overwhelming as exciting. Tammy has 10 top do’s and don’ts you’ll want to know to get sailing in the right direction!There’s a new sail away party coming for guests on the Disney Wonder! Starting with the February 3 sailing, guests are being encouraged to dress up and “Disney Bound” as a favorite character, and join the party as they wave farewell to responsibility for a few days. Mickey’s Sail-A-Wave deck party is also expected to make its way to the Disney Magic later this month.Here’s this week’s special offers. Most every week of the year, Disney Cruise Line releases special offers for Florida Residents and U.S. Military Personnel.  There are also frequently IGT/OGT/VGT rates available for all guests to book.  These offers are extremely limited in availability, and all come with certain restrictions, but the prices are amazing! You can book these online, on the phone, or with your travel agent. These are the current offers available this week:last_img read more