Two Russians stripped of world track medals

first_img Lebedeva, now a senator in Russia, had her results from August 2008-August 2010 erased, including a silver medal from the 2009 worlds. Abakumova and Lebedeva had already been disqualified from the 2008 Olympics after a 2016 retest of their samples came back positive. The process was delayed because they made an unsuccessful legal challenge. Results erased MOSCOW (AP:) Russian athletes Tatyana Lebedeva and Maria Abakumova have been stripped of three world track championship medals because of doping. The Athletics Integrity Unit, which handles doping cases in track and field, says Abakumova has had her javelin results from August 2008-August 2012 erased, stripping her of her world championship bronze from 2009 and gold from 2011. Czech thrower Barbora Spotakova is in line to inherit the 2011 world title.last_img read more

Musician Union of Liberia to Honor Anti-Ebola Song

first_imgIn an effort to recognize the meaningful and worthy contribution made by Liberian artists during the fight against the Ebola Virus, the president of Musicians Union of Liberia, Cecil Griffiths, has said that the union will honor some of its members for their role played in the fight against Ebola. He added that during the height of the Ebola crisis, anti-Ebola songs by Liberian musicians were instrumental in raising awareness. The artists who did these songs were for the most part self-supported and only a few were ever sponsored.“This honoring program is being planned to appreciate the artists for their level of work done in helping to eradicate Ebola from Liberia, he said, adding that the honor will come in two phases. According to him, the first phase will be awarded to individual artists who single- handedly sang anti-Ebola songs.  The second phase will be awarded to group songs.He disclosed that the honor will be extended on the basis of merit and for the amount of anti-Ebola songs an artist must have played over air during the Ebola crisis.  The program will meet international standards, he promised, and music videos will be previewed on stage prior to each award.He also indicated that the program is the beginning of many initiatives to be  undertaken by the Musician Union, designed  to support the industry.“We are still working on plans with the Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism (MICAT) to use the Centennial Pavilion as  the venue, but full preparation has already been made for the program to be held on  May 30, 2015,” he explained.The Union welcomes  more support for the program, he added.An insider from the office of the Union confided to LIB Life that the song “Ebola is Real,” made by Deng, Soul Fresh and F.A,  will be awarded as an anti-Ebola song made by a group.  Other songs to be honored include “Hope Song,” produced by  Liberian Artists Together For Advancement (LATA).Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Serena Williams, Wozniacki win again in Auckland in doubles

first_imgAir quality in NCR now improving after Taal ashfall No. 15 Petra Martic, seeded second, lost 3-6, 6-4, 6-4 to Alize Cornet, who finished 2019 outside the top 50 for the first time in eight years. Cornet sealed the match with three consecutive aces.“It just happened to be the best time to do my first aces of the match and three in a row, come on!” Carnet said. “I don’t even know how that happened.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Pagasa sees cloudy skies, scattered rain showers in volcanic eruption-hit areas Denmark’s Caroline Wozniacki and Untied States Serena Williams walk onto Centre Court for their quarter finals doubles match against Untied States Caroline Dolehide and Sweden’s Johanna Larsson at the ASB Classic in Auckland, New Zealand, Wednesday, Jan 8, 2020. (Chris Symes/Photosport via AP)AUCKLAND, New Zealand— Serena Williams and Caroline Wozniacki prolonged their one-time-only doubles partnership Wednesday when they advanced to the semifinals of the ASB Classic.Playing together for the first time in their careers, Williams and Wozniacki beat top-seeded Johanna Larsson and Caroline Dolehide 6-2, 6-1.ADVERTISEMENT More than 40 quakes hound areas reeling from Taal Volcano’s eruption The pair will not play together at the Australian Open, which will be Wozniacki’s final Grand Slam tournament before retirement. So the Auckland tournament offers the only chance for fans to savor the sight of two former No. 1 players playing as a partnership.The match against Larsson and Dolehide, both accomplished doubles players, was the toughest test of their partnership. Larsson has 13 doubles titles and Dolehide has been a U.S. Open doubles semifinalist.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSAlmazan status stays uncertain ahead of Game 4Williams was a driving force in their win Wednesday, dominating the court, though she paid tribute to Wozniacki who “never missed.”“We’re just having a great time,” Wozniacki said. “Even if I miss a couple and I’m mad at myself, Serena is always so positive. She’s like, ‘You’re doing great. You’re doing amazing,’ so it makes you feel good out there. No need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientist ‘People evacuated on their own’ Norman Black wants more production from Meralco bench “We’re just going to go out there every match, just play, have fun and see what happens and the good thing is with doubles is we’ve had two matches and we’re in the semifinals.”Wozniacki will play Lauren Davis in the second round of singles on Thursday while Williams will play Christina McHale.Eugenie Bouchard came into the tournament as a wild-card entry after a difficult 2019 season and progressed to the quarterfinals with a 6-4, 6-4 win over eighth-seeded Caroline Garcia.The 25-year-old Bouchard, who has been as high as No. 5 in singles, dropped out of the top 200 last year, at one stage losing 12 straight first-round matches.She incurred a time violation at set point in the first set but held serve, then closed out the match at her first opportunity.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img US stocks climb ahead of trade deal, sending S&P 500 to record high MOST READ LATEST STORIES SEA Games: Kim Mangrobang wins gold anew as Filipinos secure triathlon double sweep PLAY LIST 01:05SEA Games: Kim Mangrobang wins gold anew as Filipinos secure triathlon double sweep00:50Trending Articles01:34SEA Games: Agatha Wong looking forward to rest after double gold conquest01:05Poor visibility, nakaapekto sa maraming lugar sa Batangas03:028,000 pulis sa Region 4-A, tuloy ang trabaho03:57Phivolcs, nahihirapan sa komunikasyon sa Taal01:04Sold-out: Stores run out of face masks after Taal spews ash01:45Iran police shoot at those protesting plane shootdown01:54MMDA deploys rescue team to Batangas following Taal eruption ‘People evacuated on their own’ Lava gushes out of Taal Volcano as villagers flee Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Minister Harmon meets with Mocha residents

first_imgMinister of State Joseph Harmon on Friday met several residents of the Mocha/Arcadia community, including Chairman of the Neighbourhood Democratic Council (NDC) Rudolph Adams, to discuss issues faced by the residents.Among the concerns raised was that of access to electricity and water as well as the need for proper roads in the community since the ones being used are dilapidated. The chairman explained that many roads in the area are in a deplorable state. He also related that poor access to potable water and proper drainage systems are also concerns for the community as these are giving rise to a number of problems in the community. Additionally, Adams pointed out that the most pressing issue is that of land titling. It was pointed out that many persons residing in Mocha/Arcadia for a number of years are not the certified land owners, and have been seeking land titles for their lands. However although constantly approaching the authorities on the issue, the residents are still without legal ownership of the land.Harmon pledged to have the issue of land titling addressed at the earliest possible time, saying: “This issue has been raised before and I had asked the Guyana Lands and Surveys Commission (GLSC) to take a team into the community to find a solution.”He added that the new CEO of GLSC Trevor Benn is aware of the situation and will be visiting the community shortly. The minister also promised residents to approach the ministries of Communities and Public Infrastructure, the Guyana Water Incorporated, the National Drainage and Irrigation Authority and the GLSC to discuss these challenges with the view of finding speedy resolutions by the end of next week.last_img read more

Ways to move ahead in that 1st job

first_imgI just returned from a vacation in Alaska where most of the tour guides, bus drivers and store operators were college kids on a summer work break. September for most of them means returning to the books. But some of the others, who were working their last seasonal position, will be heading back to the “lower 48” to enter the corporate world. These adventurers have garnered valuable work (not to mention life) experience, but some high school and college grads who spent their last free summer at the beach or traveling abroad may be joining the work force for the first time come fall. For these folks, learning to succeed in the world of work can be daunting. Look at what successful people in your company are wearing, and model yourself after them. 3) Greet people. You usually don’t know many people when you are first starting a job, yet that is not a reason not to greet them. A young sales representative was horrified to learn that the man he barely acknowledged in the elevator was the company’s CEO. As you walk the hallways, stand in the lunch line or ride the elevator, make an effort to say “hi” or “good morning” to your co-workers. You’ll seem more confident and create a more pleasant work environment when you do. 4) Do more than expected of you. Naturally it’s important to do your job and do it well, but you also want to get noticed. Doing more than expected of you is one way to have others see you as a competent person. Go out of your way to help others when you can and volunteer for additional assignments. You will look like a team player, get to meet more people and learn more skills. 5) Don’t advertise your inexperience. Young people can keep saying, “I’ve never done this before” or “This is all new for me.” Don’t. You want people to view you as a capable person and reminding them of your inexperience creates a different image. Also do not negate compliments. If someone tells you that you did a good job, say “Thank you.” 6) Listen to others. You can’t learn what others know when you’re talking. Listen more than you speak. But eventually, if you don’t speak up, you can become invisible. Just make sure that when you do speak, you don’t sound like a know-it-all. Your questions need to be relevant and your comments worthwhile. 7) Take business social situations seriously. Activities held outside the office, such as dinners in restaurants, holiday parties or meetings at conferences are still business, and your behavior matters. Attend, mingle and don’t get drunk. You will meet more people and learn more about your company when you do. For more information Books: NewRules@Work: 79 Etiquette Tips, Tools, and Techniques to Get Ahead and Stay Ahead by Barbara Pachter; How to Survive the Real World: Life After College Graduation: Advice from 774 Graduates Who Did (Hundreds of Heads Survival Guides) by Hundreds of Heads and Andrea Syrtash Web sites: www.; New_Job_First_Job.htm Dawn Anfuso is a South Bay-based business writer and former managing editor of Workforce magazine. If you have workplace or job-search questions, write to Dawn Anfuso, c/o Daily Breeze, 5215 Torrance Blvd., Torrance, CA 90503-4077, e-mail Dawn at Writers will remain anonymous.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Although there will be a lot to learn, business communications and etiquette expert Barbara Pachter said there are some simple things the newly employed can do to fit in while learning the job and the company’s or organization’s culture. These tips are useful reminders for those who have been working awhile, as well: 1) Be on time. You’ll look uninterested and inconsiderate of others when you show up late. You want to arrive on time for work or to attend a meeting, and being early is even better. One mentor told his new hire, “A lot of decisions are made in the five minutes before the start of the meeting. You’ll want to be there.” 2) Dress appropriately. You need to look like a professional, whether in business or business casual clothing, every day. last_img read more

Boy who started Buckweed Fire waits for word on charges

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Denise Tomey, executive director of Carousel Ranch, said the boy ran into the ranch office on the day of the fire to ask for help. Tomey said the boy was behind his home – a trailer on ranch property where his father is a caretaker – and admitted starting the fire. Tomey said a volunteer in the office called 911. “It was accidental. The child didn’t have any malice or intention to start a fire. He was playing with matches,” she said. Some officials said a child of that age generally is too young to harbor criminal intent. “If they are under 14, from a legal standpoint – I use 12 as a rule of thumb – they really can’t formulate a criminal intent to set a fire,” said Dave Hillman, chief of law enforcement and fire prevention with the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. “You really wonder if they know what they are doing at that age. They clearly don’t understand consequences.” About half of all arson fires are started by juveniles, officials said. Of the 10,678 people arrested last year for arson, 5,447 were under 18, according to an FBI crime report. Kids who start fires fall into four groups, said Bruce Varga, a senior fire inspector for the Milford, Conn., Fire Department who teaches fire and arson investigation at the University of New Haven. The first group consists of children who start fires out of curiosity. “Some people don’t really see those as arson. They are just lighting matches and setting small objects on fire, but those can be very dangerous experiments,” Varga said. Another group is what Varga refers to as “delinquent fire-setters” who set destructive types of fires. “For those kids it doesn’t really differ from other forms of vandalism,” Varga said. Then there are children who set fires as a call for help or to draw attention to themselves, Varga said. “Quite often it may be a situation where they’ve had a crisis in the family, a divorce or they have moved and left friends behind or there’s abuse,” Varga said. The last category are pyromaniacs, which is not very common, Varga said. Tom Lyon, professor of law and psychology at USC, said the 10-year-old probably won’t face charges. “The things that they could potentially charge him with is arson or unlawfully setting a fire,” Lyon said. “In either case, there is an intent requirement, which he probably wouldn’t meet. “He probably didn’t mean to start the fire. If you’re a 10-year-old playing with matches, that’s typically not a chargeable offense.” Still, the boys’ parents could be held responsible. “Parents are responsible for the behavior of their children,” Hillman said. “Maybe it will be just making sure the child gets into some kind of program to make sure they won’t do this again.” Some community residents said Thursday that someone so young should not be held liable for what happened. “Kids do kid things,” said Steve Kirk of Agua Dulce. “I had done a lot of stupid things when I was a kid. “A kid is a kid. I’m sure they don’t mean to do things like that.” (661) 476-4586160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AGUA DULCE – Prosecutors on Thursday were still considering whether to file charges against a 10-year-old boy who admitted starting the region’s Buckweed Fire last month that scorched some 38,000 acres and destroyed 15 homes. The boy, whose identity was withheld, was questioned by investigators and released to his parents a day after the fire started Oct. 21. The case has been presented to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office, which is reviewing it. The sheriff’s arson detective assigned to the case declined to comment. The fire began in Agua Dulce near Sierra Highway and Mint Canyon Road and injured three people. The blaze cost $7.4 million to suppress. last_img read more

Police: Couple pimped out teen

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe joys and headaches of holiday travel: John PhillipsThe girl, who had scars on her back where a potential customer stabbed her, was arrested on two prostitution warrants, one from Los Angeles and one from Palmdale, from arrests where she failed to show up in juvenile court. Timothy Goldman, 21, was arrested on suspicion of possession of stolen property: a rented carpet shampoo machine he failed to return. Gray’s and Jones’ three children were taken into protective custody. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LANCASTER – Deputies investigating drug-sales complaints at a downtown apartment found a 15-year-old runaway living with a couple who drove her to the Los Angeles area to work as a prostitute. Deputies arrested the girl, the couple and a young man who lived with them at the Beech Avenue apartment, where authorities had received complaints of drug sales. “The whole home reeked of marijuana,” Sgt. Steve Sylvies said. “We’ve been getting numerous complaints and making a lot of arrests of people purchasing rock cocaine there.” Jennifer Gray, 29, and Lee Jones, 34, were arrested on suspicion of possession of rock cocaine for sale and furnishing a child for lewd purposes. last_img read more

Arsenal on ALERT as long-term transfer target eyes Paris-Saint Germain exit door

first_img The Germany international is said to be unhappy in the French capital Arsenal have been put on red alert by the news Julian Draxler wants to leave Paris Saint-Germain.The Germany international only moved to the Ligue 1 side in January after joining from Wolfsburg for £35.5million.However, the attacking midfielder fears first team opportunities will be limited going forward and, according to Don Balon, he wants to leave.PSG signed Kylian Mbappe and Neymar as part of their summer spending spree and Draxler is unwilling to sit on the bench while they shine.The German’s decision to seek a move away will certainly be of interest to Arsenal, who are long-term admirers of the 23-year-old.The Gunners have tracked Draxler since his days at Schalke and could finally be about to get their man. 1last_img read more

Marketing for elections

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’And political analysts say such techniques are critical to counteract voters’ growing disenchantment. Voter turnout has dropped steadily over the years. In the 1982 gubernatorial election, voter turnout was nearly 70 percent. Twenty years later, it had dropped to 50 percent. That’s around where some political analysts and campaign officials think it will be this November. In this year’s June gubernatorial primary, turnout hit a record low of 33.6 percent, although general elections tend to have higher turnout. Party affiliation also is dropping, making it harder for campaigns to identify their most likely voters and giving them a larger universe of undecideds to sway. They know who you are, what you do, how many people are in your family and where you live. They are political operatives, and as more and more voters are turned off by politics with each passing year, they have been exploring new technologies and techniques to win them back. Borrowing from private-sector marketing techniques, political operatives are increasingly relying on sophisticated databases, whiz-bang Internet sites and blogs to supplement their traditional big-media campaigns. “Things have changed from the old days,” said Sam Rodriguez, political director for the California Democratic Party. “Technology has provided us new tools to pinpoint the voter in the household that would be supportive to our Democratic ticket and just talk to that voter.” James Westbrook, a 53-year-old writer and Westside resident, is typical: He hasn’t voted in years and doesn’t intend to this November, either. He said he is equally unimpressed by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and his Democratic challenger, Treasurer Phil Angelides. “I don’t care for either of the gubernatorial candidates,” Westbrook said. “I don’t like Schwarzenegger. I thought (state Controller Steve) Westly would have been a better man than Angelides.” Then there’s Tustin resident Laurence Singerman, 39, a risk manager, who said he intends to vote in this election – but is frustrated with the sheer number of initiatives on the ballot. “I think the amount of all the initiatives is a complete failure on the part of the Legislature to do their job,” Singerman said. “You vote for representatives to represent you and all of a sudden, every other TV commercial is a ballot initiative. I don’t have time to be a legislator. That’s what I elected them for.” Harsh political realities are challenging candidates from the top to the bottom of the ticket more than ever. “I think we have a very serious problem in re-engaging voters,” said Barbara O’Connor, director of the Institute for the Study of Politics and the Media at California State University, Sacramento. “They observe that no seats change hands despite the fact we spend hundreds of millions of dollars on televised election campaigns. They’re tired of having so many elections since 2002. They’re tired of being asked to vote on propositions and bonds. And they generally hate all politicians.” Faced with such attitudes, political operatives are being more selective in reaching out, focusing more on voters who are still engaged in the political process. Using “microtargeting” – a sophisticated way of slicing and dicing massive voter databases – campaigns are cross-referencing basic voting and party registration records, Census data, geography, home values, ethnic background, gender and other information. The result is messages tailored to a level of detail that allows targeted niche mailers – and even different phone messages to individuals living within a same household. It also allows parties to sift out like-minded voters living in communities that might otherwise seem to favor the other party. That means a woman living on the coast might receive a mailer from Sen. Barbara Boxer talking about environmental issues, but her husband might get a brochure addressing education. Their Spanish-speaking neighbors might receive a message from Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. Their cousin living inland might get a message from a local councilman about air quality or education. “The parties are using it, just like the marketplace is using it,” said Tim Hodson, executive director of the Center for California Studies at California State University, Sacramento. “People respond to niche marketing, whether it’s marketing wine or marketing candidates. So there is greater pressure on candidates to identify those niches and that’s costly.” “In the old days, 10 years ago, you might send out a dozen targeted mailers. Now in a legislative race, you might be sending out three dozen.” Republicans at the national level have been credited with pioneering the technique in recent elections. Hodson noted the technique was used effectively in Ohio, a key battleground state in the 2004 presidential race. There, microtargeting helped get more rural voters out to the polls for President George W. Bush – voters that had traditionally been overlooked because of the low population density and lower voting tendencies. And California Republican Party Chairman Duf Sundheim noted that the more traditional negative television campaigns often suppressed turnout for the opponent, rather than boosted votes for the candidate placing the ads. “Now the technology has the opposite effect,” Sundheim said. “By re-engaging with the individual voter, our goal is to increase turnout, not suppress the other guy’s turnout. That’s good for democracy.” Democrats, Sundheim acknowledged, have traditionally been better at grass-roots campaigning because of the thousands of union members that mobilize to knock on doors across the state, but he said technology is helping overcome some of that disadvantage. Both Angelides and Schwarzenegger also are using a variety of newer technologies to reach voters, such as online campaign blogs, Internet posting of video footage, soliciting donations and selling merchandise through the Web. Both campaign Web sites post video clips of average Californians talking about why they support the candidate. Angelides’ Web site also instructs supporters how to sign up for regular text message updates sent directly to their cell phones. But Sherry Bebitch Jeffe, a political analyst at the University of Southern California, said she still expects turnout to be relatively low again this year, in part because voters aren’t motivated or passionate over any one big issue. “I don’t see any electorate being energized at this point in time,” Jeffe said. “That could be very helpful to Arnold. If the demand for change isn’t there, it’s helpful to the incumbent. If anger over the way things are going is great enough, then the incumbent is at risk.” Staff writer Troy Anderson contributed to this report. (916) 446-6723160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Lawrence County Inmate Roster – 10-24-16

first_imgViking R. Wright, 35, Martin CountyEscape D FelonyDrug Court ViolationEscape D FelonyMotion to RevokeChristopher Hawkins, 24, Monroe CountyPetition to ModifyKristina Marie Fox, 35, BloomingtonReturned for Court Samuel G. Tuell, 62, Orange CountyBattery with Bodily InjuryMatthew D Robbins, 37, BedfordReturned for CourtTramas R. Ault, 30 , Jackson CountyHold for another courtBraidon Gilstrap, 21, BefordPosession of MarijuanaKevin L. Staley,  44   , Knox CountyFailure to AppearLydia Luttrell, 46, Washington CountyIntimidationKaylee Rae Diamond, 28, BedfordOWI – A MisdemeanorOWI per se – C MisdemeanorOWI per Se – C MisdemeanorOWI – A MisdemeanorGavin Yurisch, 27, FloridaEscape, D FelonyResisting Arrest by fleeingResisting Arrest by ForceBatteryWilliam Andre Wigley, 32, Monroe CountyFailure to AppearCharles McVey, 27, SeymourFailure to AppearRichard W Cook, 45, Lawrence CountyBatteryIntimidationlast_img read more