IAAF dismisses Athletics Kenya CEO’s challenge

first_imgNAIROBI, Kenya (AP):The IAAF’s ethics board yesterday rejected an appeal from the CEO of Kenya’s track and field federation against his provisional suspension for allegedly soliciting bribes from two athletes.Isaac Mwangi was provisionally suspended in February after The Associated Press first reported the allegations from runners Joy Sakari and Francisca Koki Manunga.Mwangi challenged that decision in March.In a statement, the ethics board said it has dismissed his challenge.Sakari and Manunga are serving four-year bans for doping at the 2015 world championships. In an AP interview, they said Athletics Kenya CEO Mwangi asked them each for a US$24,000 bribe to reduce their suspensions. They said he asked for the payment in an October 16 meeting, but that they could not raise the money. They then were informed of their four-year bans in a November 27 email, but never filed a criminal complaint because, they said, they had no proof to back up their bribery accusation and also feared repercussions.The ethics board said the athletes – who are both serving police officers – have since reiterated their allegations in signed written statements.”They state that the accounts that they gave The Associated Press, and the content of The Associated Press article dated 10 February 2016, are true,” the ethics board said.Mwangi’s challenge countered that the athletes are “cheats” and “liars” and that “their evidence should not be trusted”, the ethics board said.Yesterday, Mwangi told the AP that he now wanted a public hearing “so that we can meet these accusers”.NO ALIBIWhen presented with the allegations in February, Mwangi denied meeting the athletes. In its decision, the IAAF’s ethics board said he provided no alibi. The board also said his defence that he could not have influenced their doping cases was “not wholly convincing”.The board said Mwangi has not “identified anything” that sufficiently undermines the probe for his 180-day provisional suspension to be lifted.Sakari and Manunga told AP the alleged October 16 meeting took place at AK’s headquarters in Nairobi.The ethics board said Mwangi “accepts that both he and the athletes were indeed present in the Athletics Kenya offices in Riadha House on the day in question”, but says he could not have met them because his schedule was “very tight”.The board said the probe should continue.The ethics board’s decision to reject the appeal now frees up the IAAF investigator in Kenya, Sharad Rao, to begin a formal investigation of Mwangi, Rao said.Rao is a former director of public prosecutions in Kenya and a member of the Court of Arbitration for Sport.The IAAF ethics board, through Rao, is also investigating three other senior executives from the Kenyan federation for alleged corruption.last_img read more

On the rise: Nah Wleetu, an artist to watch for in 2017

first_imgNah Wleetu, an artist with amazing lyrics – Advertisement – Nah Wleetu, a native of Sinoe County, is on the rise because of his ability to captivate an audience in the twinkling of an eye. His amazing lyrical ability is evident on two of his best singles out right now, “Raise this Lonestar” and “So Many Reasons.”For those who may not know him well, Nah is more than an upcoming artist whose vocal and lyrical ability is demonstrated in his songs, which gives them the unique ability to fit in everyone’s playlist.In addition, the University of Liberia graduate can sing in multiples genres, something that sets him apart from other upcoming artists.In this interview with LIB Life, we talked about how he got started in music, and much more…LIB Life: Hello, Nah. How are you doing? It is great having you. Can we know you better?Nah: I’m doing great. Thank God for life. I am a Liberian, with Kru and Grebo ancestry, and was trained by the Catholics through primary and secondary school. My formative years were advantageously rough and strict, and it inspired me to be creative.LIB Life: What exactly inspired you to start doing music?Nah: Singing and songwriting had always been outlets for me to vent out my challenges. God is my inspiration. Even though I can do secular music, my attention right now is to do gospel music. I decided to switch to inspirational music because I want to use my creativity to induce attitudinal change in as many people as I can inspire through my music.Lastly, there was a very long pause in my attempt at music until I decided to go inspirational through my own sponsorship.LIB Life: What has been the biggest highlight of your career?Nah: My highlight is like the horizon and will forever recede. I don’t think I can achieve a highlight because I feel there is always another step, an insatiable quest.LIB Life: How has your life changed since you began your musical journey?Nah: The change is spiritual and inexplicable but I expect a career boost once I meet the necessary partners to monetize my products. I think success comes with hard work, creativity and God’s grace.LIB Life: For the young generation inspired by your successes, what advice would you offer to those pursuing a career in the industry?Nah: Of all the advice that I can proffer to the younger ones, I would like to encourage them to pursue sound education. It is one’s ability to write that would enhance their lyrical quality. Self-discipline cannot be overemphasized as well.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Cane cutter killed by speeding car

first_img…on Anna Catherina Public RoadA 34-year-old cane cutter was killed just before midnight on Wednesday after he was struck by a speeding car on the Anna Catherina, West Coast Demerara Public Road.The dead man has been identified as Winston Domingo of Water Pump Street, Anna Catherina. According to reports, the accident occurred sometime aroundDead: Winston Domingo23:55h.Guyana Times understands that the father of one had gone to the shop to make a purchase and was returning home when the accident occurred.Domingo was on a bicycle proceeding West in the direction of motor car PVV 4420 along the southern driveway of the road, reportedly at a very fast rate.It was reported that the front left side of the vehicle collided with the rear of the victim’s bicycle. As a result of the impact, the cyclist fell onto the car’s windshield then onto the roadway while the bicycle broke into two parts.The victim was rushed to the Leonora Cottage Hospital in an unconscious state and was pronounced dead on arrival. His body is presently at the Ezekiel’s Funeral Home awaiting a post-mortem examination.Domingo, who is originally from Aishalton, Rupununi, leaves to mourn his wife and three-year-old child.Meanwhile, a breathalyser test was administered to the driver of the car involved in the accident but no alcohol was found in his breath. Nevertheless, the 20-year-old driver of Vergenoegen, East Bank Essequibo remains in custody and is expected to be charged.last_img read more

Cash jet pilot convicted of cocaine smuggling, money laundering

first_imgGuyanese businessman and pilot, Khamraj Lall, has been convicted in a United States court over a series of offences, including cocaine smuggling and money laundering, US Attorney Craig Carpenito announced on Friday.According to a statement from the Department of Justice, US Attorney’s Office of the District of New Jersey, the businessman was convicted of conspiracy to distribute cocaine, money laundering, structuring monetary instruments, and conspiracy to commit money laundering and structuring.The District Attorney’s Office said Lall, 51, of Ringwood, New Jersey, was convicted on Thursday on all eight counts of a superseding indictment following an eight-day trial before US District Judge Anne E Thompson in Trenton Federal Court.According to documents filed in the case and evidence at trial, from April 2011 through November 2014, Lall, a private pilot, smuggled hundreds of kilograms of cocaine from Guyana to New Jersey and New York on his privately-owned jet aircraft and then laundered the proceeds.Lall, who owed a private jet charter business called Exec Jet Club in Gainesville, Florida, used the proceeds of his cocaine empire to purchase jet planes, houses, and cars. He also paid more than $2 million in cash stuffed in suitcases to a Florida contractor to build an airplane hangar in Guyana.Over a three and a half year period, Lall also made, or had others make, 1287 cash deposits totalling approximately $7.5 million into more than 20 different bank accounts in New Jersey and New York, much of it in $20 bills. In order to avoid detection and circumvent bank reporting laws, all 1287 deposits were for amounts less than $10,000.In November 2014, Lall was flying one of his jets from the United States to Guyana and stopped in Puerto Rico to refuel. An outbound search of the plane discovered US$470,000 in cash stuffed into a suitcase hidden in the tail of the plane, and another US$150,000 in cash hidden under a seat.The conspiracy to distribute cocaine carries a minimum penalty of 10 years in prison, a maximum of life in prison, and a US$10 million fine. The counts for money laundering and conspiracy to launder money each carry a potential penalty of 20 years in prison. The counts of structuring and conspiracy to structure cash carry a potential penalty of 10 years in prison.The Guyanese-born Lall has several business ventures in Guyana. In August 2010, he had applied for land at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA) to construct a hangar to facilitate his aircraft operations. He had indicated that he wanted to operate an Executive Jet Service and Air Ambulance Service in Guyana, and had presented a sound business plan to push the venture.The Air Ambulance Service was expected to provide an invaluable lifesaving service, while the Jet Service was to facilitate corporate clients. Two years later, Cabinet had approved a three-year lease to allow for the construction of the hangar, which up to last year, was not completed. However, that lease has since expired and the coalition Government has refused to renew same.Furthermore, following his arrest back in 2015, Government indicated that Government may go after the businessman’s local assets, which also includes a gas station and limousine service.In fact, it has been reported that the Guyana Police Force’s Special Organised Crime Unit (SOCU) is looking into Lall’s operations here since it is believed that the his assets were obtained through money laundering.last_img read more

Leeds United starlet Ronaldo Vieira helps England retain Toulon Tournament

first_img The young Three Lions side triumphed against the Ivory Coast England retained their Toulon Tournament title after beating the Ivory Coast on penalties at the Stade De Lettre on Saturday afternoon.The Three Lions followed up their 2016 triumph with another victory after securing the trophy for the first time in 22 years in the competition’s previous edition.Leeds United’s Ronaldo Vieira scored the decisive penalty to hand his side a 5-3 win via a penalty shootout.  David Brooks of Sheffield United had given the young Three Lions the lead before Ivory Coast forced the final into extra-time and penalties.The win caps off another superb tournament for England, who booked their place in the final by defeating Scotland 3-0 in the semi-finals while the Ivory Coast Under-20s beat the Czech Republic 2-1. 1last_img read more

Lyon to win race for Spurs wonderkid with PSG as Real Madrid miss out

first_img TOP WORK Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father 3 3 LATEST TRANSFER NEWS Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade moving on Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer LATEST Griffiths netted 33 times for Spurs’ under-18s in 2017/18, including four in a 9-0 humbling of fierce rivals Arsenal in April.The Sun report that he will have a medical at Lyon this week after promising talks with the Ligue 1 club, led by head coach Bruno Genesio.He will then need to agree personal terms with the club.Griffiths rejected Spurs’ offer of a professional deal and took the uncommon step of entering a third year as a scholar in the academy. Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ 3 Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland Griffiths hit 33 goals for the under-18s in 2017/18 Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti targets center_img Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January Chelsea confident of beating Man United and Liverpool to Sancho signing REVEALED three-way race IN DEMAND His goal tally included four in a 9-0 thumping of Arsenal LIVING THE DREAM Spurs wonderkid Reo Griffiths is on the verge of a move to Lyon after rejecting a contract with the North London club, according to reports.The 18-year-old striker was trailed by PSG and Real Madrid after turning down the chance to stay with Spurs. targets The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star Griffiths becomes the latest English youngster to move to the continent Liverpool’s signings under Michael Edwards – will Minamino be the next big hit? RANKED Players usually spend two years as scholars before going pro after turning 17.After realising they had lost the battle to convince Griffiths to sign a professional contract, Spurs will allow him to terminate his scholarship and move elsewhere.PSG and Real were among the top clubs linked with Griffiths this summer.RB Leipzig, whose have Spurs’ former head of recruitment Paul Mitchell as sporting director, were also said to be in the running.last_img read more

HARPS’ HEARTS BROKEN BY LATE WEXFORD STRIKE

first_imgFinn Harps were just four minutes from claiming all three points at Finn Park only for Wexford Youths to snatch a late equalizer.And for the second time this season it was Tom Elmes who heaped the misery on Harps.Harps looked to have sealed all three points after coming back from 2-0 down before Shaun McGowan made it 3-2 with four minutes remaining. Goals from Shane Nolan and Joe Mulcahy gave Wexford the perfect start and putting Wexford well on their way to recording a third straight league win over Harps this season.However, Peter Hutton’s side rallied superbly and header from Thomas McMonagle brought the home side back into the contest before skipper Kevin McHugh rifled home a thunderous long-range free-kick early in the second half.With the game still up for grabs and both side’s pushing hard, Harps appeared to have struck the final blow when McGowan burst forward to slam home with four minutes remaining.Wexford, though, utilised every second of the referee’s four minutes added on time as Elmes cut inside from the left before unleashing an ambitious shot that took a wicked deflection off a Harps player before looping over the head of goalkeeper Ciaran Gallagher. Elmes scored the winner the last time the sides met in Ballybofey and his goal this time around was enough to keep Harps below Wexford in the First Division standings.  HARPS’ HEARTS BROKEN BY LATE WEXFORD STRIKE was last modified: July 21st, 2012 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:finn harpswexford youthslast_img read more

North-West Karate club perform superbly at International Open – Pic Special

first_imgKARATE: North West Shotokan Karate Club travelled south recently to compete at the Carlow International Open which took place on the 1st – 2nd October. This is an annual karate tournament for children, cadets and seniors and always attracts high quality competitors not only from across Ireland and the UK  but also from the Continent. With NWSKC Head Coach, Mandy McNulty, as one of the tournament referees, the team of 20 students was ably led by assistant coaches Eathan O’Donnell, Ciara Dullaghan, Elaine Dullaghan and Sloan O’Donnell. The NWSKC students did not disappoint their coaches and supporters, bringing a fantastic total of 51 medals back to the north-west.The children’s competition got underway on Saturday morning and the team kata event saw the NWSKC’s first success with Rachel Carlin, Christian O’Brien and Caitlin Sweeney achieving the silver medal position with a strong team performance. Rachel went on to equal this with her performance in the individual kata event, collecting another silver, while Caitlin secured a bronze.  Not to be outdone, Oran Doherty achieved the silver medal in his category of the individual kata. The kumite events brought more podium success for the young students as Emma Ellis and Hollie Gallagher battled through to the final in their team kumite to lift the silver medal, while Lucas McColgan also secured a silver medal in his team kumite alongside two members of the kazoku club. In the individual kumite event, Rachel Carlin won her third medal of the day, outfighting her opponents to lift the gold in her category. Caitlin added to her personal tally with another silver medal for kumite while Emma and Hollie each fought effectively through the elimination rounds to achieve bronze medals in their respective individual kumite categories.All in all it was a successful first day, particularly since some of these students were experiencing Carlow and its tough level of competition for the first time. Zara Thompson, one of the youngest member of the team, impressed her coaches with her performance in both the kata and kumite events, and although finishing outside the medal positions on this occasion, she gained valuable experience for future competitions.The competition on Sunday saw the more experienced athletes take to the mats in a highly competitive atmosphere. The day got off to a wonderful start as the NWSKC students demonstrated great teamwork across all categories in the team kata events. In the Senior Ladies event, sisters Ciara, Emer and Elaine Dullaghan proved too strong for their rivals and their performance brought them gold medals. This achievement was matched in the Senior Men’s event: Stephen John Carlin alongside brothers Eathan and Sloan O’Donnell also lifted gold with their team kata. In the Cadets category, Rebecca Burke, Lucy Casey and Isobel Walsh did not disappoint and supplied another gold medal-winning performance for the NWSKC with their team kata. The individual kata competitions saw more success for both Rebecca and Stephen John, as each achieved a second gold medal in their respective categories. Emer achieved a silver medal for her individual kata performance, while strong individual performances in their respective categories from James Burke, Lucy and Eathan each added another bronze to the growing tally. The strong team performances by the NWSKC continued into Sunday afternoon as the kumite competition began. Laura Browne, Ciara Dullaghan and Elaine Dullaghan out-fought all their rivals both in team rotation and team kumite events to achieve double gold medals, an outstanding team performance. Eathan and Sloan O’Donnell enjoyed success in both formats also, fighting through to win silver medals in their category in both team rotation and team kumite. Stephen John Carlin and James Burke also secured silver medal with strong fighting in their category of team kumite. Individual kumite events were fiercely contested and there was plenty for NWSKC students and supporters to cheer. Eathan O’Donnell led by example in his category, securing gold with his kumite skills; Laura Browne was once again impressive on the mats, winning a third gold medal of the afternoon in her individual kumite; in their respective individual kumite events, Stephen John Carlin added a third gold medal to his personal tally, while James Burke collected a second silver medal; Ciara Dullaghan and Isobel Walsh each secured silver in their respective categories of the individual kumite event, while Sloan O’Donnell lifted the bronze medal in both the Sanbon and Ippon kumite contests.The Carlow International Open competition traditionally includes challenge matches where a team selected to represent the host club takes on an international team in each age category: Carlow versus ‘The Rest of the World.’ On this occasion, three NWSKC students were selected to fight alongside visiting athletes for the ‘Rest of the World’ team: Joshua Thompson fought well and achieved a silver medal in this event; Emma Ellis showed impressive kumite skills to help her team to victory against Carlow; in the Senior event, Elaine Dullaghan fought strongly against her opponent, contributing to the international team’s success against the hosts. There was another unexpected cause for celebration among the NWSKC students as their head coach, Mandy McNulty was awarded ‘Referee of the Day’, an honour which acknowledged her impartiality and excellence in adjudication throughout the tournament. The kumite events of Sunday afternoon brought to an end another successful day for the club. The final medal tally was an impressive 23 gold, 20 silver and 8 bronze medals, a total of 51 medals brought home to the north-west. As always, however, the medal tally tells only part of the story and all the NWSKC students competed well, gained valuable competition experience and brought great credit to the club with their attitude and conduct. Head Coach Sensei McNulty congratulated all the students who competed and thanked all the club supporters who made the journey to Carlow.   North-West Karate club perform superbly at International Open – Pic Special was last modified: October 31st, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare 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)last_img read more

South Africa’s new small business agency

first_img24 April 2012 The Small Enterprise Finance Agency will have access to R1.4-billion in funding for South African small businesses over the next three years, with input from the Industrial Development Corporation being crucial to its effectiveness, says Economic Development Minister Ebrahim Patel. Launching the new state agency in Cape Town on Monday, Patel said the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) had pledged R921-million to the body over the next three years, while the government had put in R535-million. The Small Enterprise Finance Agency (Sefa), a result of a merger between Khula, the SA Micro Finance Apex Fund (Samaf) and the IDC’s small business lending portfolio, will be a wholly-owned agency of the IDC. It will focus on providing loans of up to R3-million to small businesses.IDC know-how, positioning key Samaf and Khula had previously lent out through banks and financial intermediaries which would then on-lend to small businesses. Patel said Sefa would continue to use these two channels, but would add a third channel – that of direct lending, through a direct lending product currently being piloted. “We want to ensure that the impact is felt in jobs, in sustainable enterprises and in the growth of entrepreneurship in the economy,” said Patel, added that the lending market know-how that the IDC brought would be important. The state development finance institution would also be better placed to include small businesses in major projects it was financing, by working out where the opportunities lay for contracts for small businesses – thereby helping to break the current high concentration of big businesses in South Africa’s economy.Co-ordination with other agencies, banks Sefa will work closely with other agencies, such as the Small Enterprise Development Agency (Seda), as well as with provincial agencies that finance small businesses – including Limdev in Limpopo province, the Gauteng Enterprise Propeller, the Free State Development Corporation and the Eastern Cape Development Corporation. The new agency would also partner with the Postbank which would be set up soon, Patel said, as well as work with the country’s commercial banks to ensure that its products complemented theirs. In addition, Sefa would encourage large companies to mentor small firms and bring them into their supply chains. Patel said the agency’s cost-to-lending ratio was vital, noting that it would save about R20-million a year through office space and services no longer being duplicated by entities that merged in its formation.Entrepreneurship ‘vital to any dynamic economy’ Entrepreneurship was vital to any dynamic economy, and could unlock the talent and energy of South Africans to produce wealth, Patel said. There was a need to bring more small businesses into the country’s manufacturing, agro-processing, mining services, tourism and services, infrastructure support, and green economy sectors, Patel said. After meeting with Patel on Monday, the agency’s board, chaired by Sizeka Rensburg, agreed to set up a dashboard to track the progress of the agency. Willie Fourie is the agency’s acting chief executive. Rensburg said the agency would also help small businesses to take advantage of infrastructure projects by linking up with the Presidential Infrastructure Coordinating Commission. Sefa’s products include bridging finance, revolving loans, asset finance, working capital and term loans. The agency will also provide wholesale microfinance facilities to financial institutions – following on the practice of Samaf – and microfinance of up to R100 000 will be available to micro enterprises. Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

An Overview of Whole-Home Retrofit Incentives

first_imgThe Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency, a comprehensive source of information on state, local, utility, and federal incentives and policies that promote renewable energy and energy efficiency, has long been recognized as one of the most helpful planning tools for homeowners, remodelers, and builders contemplating residential retrofits.But the number and scale of programs listed by DSIRE have grown significantly since 1995, when the Department of Energy-funded service was created by the North Carolina Solar Center and the Interstate Renewable Energy Council. To help put the DSIRE’s offerings in perspective, the National Home Performance Council, a Washington, DC-based advocacy group for whole-home retrofit initiatives, set out to present an overview of the “universe” of programs in the database.By the time NHPC completed its study, in May 2010, it had identified 126 programs that fit the NHPC’s criteria, which include a “whole-home approach to energy conservation by providing access to a whole-house audit, and support for a number of energy efficiency measures including insulation and weather-sealing.” NHPC then parsed the information into several descriptive categories: geographic distribution of programs; program sponsors; program type; type of audit used; auditor qualifications; use of third-party auditors (vs. auditor-contractors); audit costs (free, subsidized or market-rate); available rebate or other incentives; financing options; and on-bill financing options.A step toward discovering what worksNHPC, which released the results of its study in December, does offer some comparative analysis of different approaches to whole-house retrofit enterprise, but also points out it essentially is presenting broad, baseline information upon which more-intensive studies and in-depth analyses of “best practices” can be conducted.The study leaders divided the U.S. into five regions – Northeast, Southeast, Midwest, the Rocky Mountain area, and Pacific West.Among the findings in the region-by-region breakdown: Eight Rocky Mountain states have the smallest number of programs – 12, or 9.5% of the total — although 7 of the 12 were based in Colorado. It also turns out that 14 states in the South have the largest number of programs – 39, or 31% of total programs – reflecting the fact that several states (notably Florida, Texas, Kentucky, and North Carolina) have a large number of utility-sponsored programs, the study notes.The 11 states in the study’s Northeast region have 30 programs, or 24% of the total, many of which also were utility-sponsored programs with state-level coordination. The 12 states in the study’s Midwest region have 24 programs, or 19% of the total, while the five states in the Pacific West region have 21 programs, almost 17% of the total.last_img read more