The first impression hitting Foster’s Fairplay was one of disgust. It just seemed a case of unnecessarily ‘going the extra mile’ to bring down one of our own. The fact that three instances within a 12-month period of not being able to find the player for drug testing at the locations pre-informed by him, amounted to a positive test, does not escape this journalist. However, is that rule not in conflict with the real intent of the Law – to trap and punish those who have been found guilty of taking performance-enhancing substances? There can be no quarrel with JADCO in pursuing their case against Russell. He knows and ought to respect the rules. Foster’s Fairplay cites him for being manifestly careless. However, he was brought before a tribunal, and both prosecution and defence had their say. He was found guilty and received the one-year ban. JADCO, after all that, is claiming that the weight of the evidence adduced during the hearing spoke to the maximum penalty of two years’ absence from the sport. Going the extra mile The breaking news came last week that Jamaica’s darling of the track, double Olympic 100m champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, was on the cusp of the most important journey of her life. By her own statement on her social media pages, she was with child and expected to deliver to an extremely private audience, so different a forum from the public platform where her awesome athletic skills are usually on show. It is a reasonable assumption that this is a joyous occasion for the nation’s queen of the sprints, so highly respected and, indeed, loved by her country folk. They continue to be captivated, caressed and charmed by her career at the top of the world of female sprinting. Foster’s Fairplay has done its best to keep aglow the emotions of the nation, speaking about Shelly and her outstanding achievements ever since she stunned the world with her Beijing Olympics triumph in 2008. There is no need to go on with thoughts on all the accolades that she has brought to bear on the country of her birth. We simply wish her the very best in motherhood. On a note of somewhat less pleasure for sporting enthusiasts, was the preceding news item to Shelly’s announcement. It said that the Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission (JADCO) had appealed the sentence of one year meted out to cricketer Andre Russell for violation of the whereabouts rule. In essence, what was being asked is that the maximum sanction of two years be imposed. Foster’s Fairplay seeks answers. Why is JADCO asking for a second chance to put forward a more convincing argument based on circumstances which are not new? Why did they not call attention to their thinking during the initial proceedings that culminated in the ban? This columnist boasts no legal training, so this is a humanitarian consideration. Russell’s ordeal in facing another trial based on the same facts is quite clear. Let the sentence stand as is, comes the call from this corner. It needs to be mentioned that there are strident voices emanating from other sections where commentary carries considerable weight. The action from JADCO pushing for additional ‘pounds of flesh’ has been described as nothing more than ‘bad mind’. There is enough regard in this columnist’s view for JADCO to reject that thought. This appeal to increase Russell’s penalty should be seen as an attempt to say to the world that in Jamaica, the enforcement of anti-doping laws is treated seriously and not in a carefree or flippant manner, as some would suggest. Lack of resolve to expose our athletes, if they are caught or any laxity in testing procedures, should no longer be seen as a consideration. The amount of drug violations unearthed by our own body against our own people gives the lie to any such suggestion. Let us, as a country that enjoys and preens itself alongside the brilliance of our athletes, continue to support them. The challenges they face in bringing glory to Jamaica deserve that, and more. Russell has suffered long enough and will continue to do so until he gets back to supporting his family through the most viable medium open to him. For Feedback: Email firstname.lastname@example.org A call answers
Lassiter didn’t seem ecstatic to have the polarizing gunner on his side. After all, they don’t have the fondest of histories after the two got into a heated commotion during the Commissioner’s Cup that saw both of them get ejected.“I don’t know if it’s going to be awkward but he’s my teammate now and if he wants to say something from the past that’s him.But with the two players now after the same thing, which is to add to San Miguel’s trophy case, the Lassiter is willing to set aside the difference for a bigger cause.“I just want to play, I’m just going to play the way I’ve been playing and focus on winning a championship and that’s the most important thing,” said Lassiter. “If he wants to be part of it that’s great and let’s keep it going.”“We know how to win so at the end we want to put it together and use their strengths and use them to be a better team.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Marcio Lassiter, who is part of the core championship team, is the first to say that the team won’t be changing the style that has brought them success to accommodate just one player.“We’re not going to change for another player and we never did that in the years I’ve been here. We’ve been doing it the San Miguel Beermen style,” said Lassiter after the team’s practice Wednesday at Acropolis Gym.ADVERTISEMENT MANILA, Philippines—San Miguel’s trade for Terrence Romeo in December certainly sent shockwaves across the PBA as the arguably best team of its era managed to add more talent to its already loaded roster.ADVERTISEMENT Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO 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 award The Beermen have the most titles in PBA history with 25, winning six of the last 12 titles the past four seasons in the June Mar Fajardo era and with Romeo, a three-time scoring champion, in tow, the possibilities are endless for San Miguel.Romeo was initially scheduled to have his first practice with San Miguel on January 2 but team officials said it they opted to have the former TNT KaTropa report on Thursday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissThere’s no question that Romeo is one of the best guards in the league but the addition of the isolation-heavy guard to a team that has thrived in teamwork the past years can certainly be a cause of concern. Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia Five players to watch at the Asian Cup View comments
Dear Editor,The article appearing in sections of the media implying that the duty-free provisions for ExxonMobil negotiated by the current Government are the same as what was negotiated between CGX and the previous Government appears to be condoning the lame-duck argument that ‘two wrongs= one right’! One logical extension of such flawed arguments is that there is no need to change Governments and, therefore, the previous government (irrespective of its philosophy/following, etc) should be allowed to rule ad infinitum!What a frightening thought, enh!Sincerely,Nowrang Persaud
Dear Editor,For the longest while, there have been two misleading traffic signs at the junction of Thomas Street and parallel roads of Stanley Place and Vlissengen Road. Thomas Street is one-way going east from Vlissengen Road to Lamaha Street in Kitty. However, the arrow sign at the junction of Stanley Place and Thomas Street directs traffic to proceed west on Thomas Street. Confoundingly, a stop sign is also incongruously painted on the road surface of the Thomas Street bridge connecting Vlissengen Road to Stanley Place.Recently while driving north along Stanley Place, I slowed at its intersection with Thomas Street as a precaution. In the process, I exchanged greetings with two traffic ranks who were on duty nearby. The two traffic policemen were appreciably courteous, and appeared undaunted by the seething heat of the day.During my pause, a brief conversation arose regarding the misleading signs. One of the ranks confessed that the Police were aware of the erring signs, and said that he even had prior confrontations with some road users who were abusing the signs’ misrepresentation. He added that the issue was raised “higher up” several months ago, but, to date, the situation remains uncorrected.As I continued my journey, I thought about the misleading signs’ potential for accidents. I thought about the oblivion or indifference by those responsible for the maintenance of roads and traffic safety. I thought about the evolved apathy of many citizens, now moved to silence, because ventilated matters like these invariably seem to bounce off of deaf ears fastened upon the brain-boxes of the powers that be. I thought about the apparent disconnection and incoherence of the arms of state – something that has seriously affected the ability of certain entities to successfully prosecute those who were, and still are, fingered in massive acts of corruption against the state.Effective networking and seamless collaboration among relevant entities – namely the Guyana Police Force, the Ministry of Public Infrastructure and City Council — on matters like these misleading road signs would have seen their correction ages ago. Do we now have to import “experts” from somewhere to produce a report with recommendations to fix this teeny matter?Sincerely,Orette Cutting
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…Ellis expected to proceed on leave this weekOne of the victims who were preyed upon by Bishops’ High School teacher Coen Jackson related that head teacher Winifred Ellis was aware of the teacher’s predatory behaviour, but did nothing to address it.Bishops’ High School Head Teacher Winifred EllisSources close to the institution related that the head teacher was expected to proceed on leave this week.“My partner made a complaint to the headmistress asking that she investigate the matter. A week later, Coen Jackson called me five times. He asked if I was the one pushing the matter, he told me he had admitted what went on between us to the head teacher as he had no choice, he said my partner and him had Facebook quarrels and he was taking it too far, he said there was going to be a hearing and asked if I was going to come out against him,” Cris Smith said in a viral Facebook post.Jackson is accused of abusing his position of trust as a teacher when he began grooming female students for sexual activities after they would have attained the age of 16 – the legal age of consent. Jackson has vehemently denied the accusations, but did admit to having sexual relations with two former students who are both in their early 20s – including Smith.Ellis came into the spotlight after she berated female students for not defending Jackson after the allegations hit social media. The Education Ministry on Friday concluded its investigation and found that Ellis was culpable of breaching the regulations under the Education Act 39:01, Section 35 “Inappropriate behaviour by teachers in school”, which comes with a first warning. The committee has since recommended that Ellis be reprimanded and be made to offer an apology to the students and teachers at the institution.Embattled teacher: Coen JacksonIn relation to Jackson, the committee handed over his file to the Police for further investigation. The Police investigation is ongoing and they are compiling statements from victims.Smith, in her Facebook post, said that she was not conspiring against the teacher.“As a teenager I suffered from depression. I was an easy target for someone I’ve now come to recognise as a sexual predator. From the time I was 15, I spent the rest of my years of my life up until now normalising indignity after indignity so much that when it finally ended, I felt barely human to myself. I couldn’t tell anyone everything that happened to me because the most relatable thing I could say was that I was betrayed; I was also forbidden to speak about it by the offender. Betrayal is easy to swallow and take pity on,” she wrote.“For one year after it ended, I could not sleep properly, I had anxiety attacks that made my chest hurt and I was in pain every day. I could not tell anyone what happened to me, because I was ashamed at what I had allowed,” Smith added.On Tuesday, The Bishops’ High School Old Students’ Association held an extraordinary general meeting to address the incident after calling for Ellis to be sent on administrative leave to facilitate an independent investigation.
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A woman tried to attack a man with a knife after she asked to look around her childhood family home.Handyman Martin Kelly had just let the woman into the house at Hillhead, Castlefin.Mr.Kelly, who was fixing a fireplace, suddenly felt a pulling at his back and found Sylvia Gillespie standing over him with a kitchen knife in her hand. The terrified man managed to get the knife out of Ms Gillespie’s hand and marched her out the door after the incident on October 30th, 2010.Solicitor Patsy Gallagher said he could not explain why Gillespie tried to attack Mr Kelly other than it being a mixed-up childhood memory of her early home.“She was drunk at the time and does have a drink problem. She cannot explain why she tried to attack this man with the knife.“Thankfully he was very cool under the circumstances, managed to take the knife off her and basically frog-marched her out the door,” said Mr Gallagher.He added that she has been sober since the attack.Letterkenny Circuit Court heard how Gillespie, 53, of Seissaghallison, Castlefin, has previous convictions for assault and being intoxicated.Judge Paul Kelly said he had serious concerns because of the seriousness of the incident.“This is a troubling incident and she has previous for similar offences and that disturbs me. However she is making a genuine effort and I will ask the probation services to look into it,” he said.Inspector David Kelly asked the Judge to order Gillespie not to call to the house of the attack again.He adjourned the case until December 7th for a probation report.EndsWOMAN TRIED TO KNIFE HANDYMAN IN HER CHILDHOOD HOME was last modified: October 5th, 2011 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)
The Radisson Blu Hotel Letterkenny are hosting their Gift & Toy Show this Sunday 20th November at 1pm.It’s a FREE Fun day out for all the family and even Santa Claus is checking into the hotel all the way from the North Pole. Santa has already contacted the hotel and says he is looking forward to meeting all the Donegal children as he heard they have been very good this year and he wants to know what they want for Christmas..Children will have the opportunity to have their photo taken with Santa throughout the day.Families will start the day enjoying a children’s Fashion show including a performance from the Speech & Drama Academy as well as performances from Blue Ribbon Performing Arts – then everyone can shop and find ideas/gifts for Christmas with Letterkenny’s Top shops exhibiting on the day .Children or adults can have their face painted on the day too. Then in the afternoon Fox N Crew will perform introducing the Toy Show, children from all over Co Donegal will be demonstrating Toys and giving the audience their recommendations and honest feedback. The day includes a Raffle to raise funds for Letterkenny General’s Childrens Ward with top prizes including a Night Away in any Radisson Blu Hotel in Ireland .This is sure to be a fun day out for all the family while supporting Shop Local in Letterkenny.Why not make it your official start to the Christmas season?CHRISTMAS KICKS OFF WITH THE ULTIMATE TOY & GIFT SHOW AT THE RADISSON was last modified: November 18th, 2011 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:Radisson Blu Hoteltoy and gift show
ESTERO, Fla. – Freshman Sophie Hill fired a 76, matching a career-best, to lead the Drake University women’s golf team on the final round of the FGCU Eagle Invitational on Sunday.”I am very pleased with the way we carried ourselves on and off the golf course this week. We didn’t perform up to our standards and continued to maintain a benficial attitude and treated others really well. We will stick to our process and continue to get better,” Drake head coach Rachael Pruett said.The Bulldogs finished in 13th place out of 15 team with a score of 960 (313-330-317), while Mercer took home the team title, recording a 894 (301-293-300).Hill’s 76 put her tied for 30th with a total score of 233 (79-78-76), while classmate Grace Dunn finished just two shots behind Hill with a score of 235 (77-81-77). Sophomore Madison Glennie shot an 81 to conclude the 54-hole event with a 243 (78-84-81). Freshman Adrianna Elliott finished with a score of 250 (79-87-84), while senior Katie Clausen rounded the Bulldogs’ effort with a 262 (83-94-83).The Bulldogs return to competition on March 5 at the Red Rocks Invitational in Sedona, Ariz., hosted by Northern Arizona.FINAL RESULTS Print Friendly Version