Russia enters 19 for athletics worlds despite doping ban

first_imgKawhi Leonard, Clippers rally to beat Pelicans Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:03Russian envoy invites PH firms to explore for oil, gas in Russia00:50Trending Articles01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite FILE – In this Friday, Jan. 22, 2016 file photo, Russia’s Maria Lasitskene smiles with her gold medal after winning the women’s high jump competition at a Russian Grand Prix track and field indoor event in Moscow, Russia. Russia plans to send 19 athletes, including Sergei Shubenkov and Maria Lasitskene, to the track and field world championships in London in August 2017 despite its suspension from international competition over widespread doping. The 19, including three former world champions, have been given exemptions from Russia’s suspension after the International Association of Athletics Federations reviewed their history of drug testing. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev)MOSCOW — Russia plans to send 19 athletes to the track and field world championships in London next week despite its suspension from international competition for widespread doping.The 19, including three former world champions, have been given exemptions from Russia’s suspension after the IAAF reviewed their history of drug testing.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ NCAA: EAC snaps two-game slide, clips Mapua McGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return ‘I’m out!’: PewDiePie releases last video before taking break from YouTube View comments OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacsoncenter_img 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Maria Lasitskene is the overwhelming favorite to retain her high jump title, following an unbeaten season in the Diamond League. No other woman has leapt over two meters this year, but Lasitskene has done it at 11 different competitions.Sergei Shubenkov leads the charge for Russia’s men as he tries to win a second world title in the 110-meter hurdles.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’Russian Athletics Federation director Elena Orlova told Tass news agency on Monday that, besides the 19, it also filed paperwork for doping whistleblower and 800-meter runner Yulia Stepanova, but the federation isn’t in contact with her and believes she doesn’t intend to compete.Since they’re officially “neutral athletes” under IAAF rules, the Russians won’t be allowed to wear national colors and the Russian anthem won’t be played if they win gold. LeBron James scores 31 points, Lakers beat Rockets Indian national gunned down in Camarines Sur LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. A total of 38 Russians had exemptions that could have allowed them to compete at the championships, but many didn’t make the qualifying standards. Eleven more were approved only for youth events, and 106 applications were declined.Russia has been suspended since November 2015, when the first in a series of World Anti-Doping Agency investigations alleged drug use and cover-ups were common on its track team.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

Bloggers key in battle for press freedom

first_imgAnd “Drima,” aka The Sudanese Thinker, said his identity had been leaked and there were safety concerns, but he had no plans to stop blogging. “Thanks to (the Internet), political blogging has taken off in a major way within the Muslim and Arab worlds,” he said. “A lot of people have `liberal thoughts’ going on through their minds that they could easily express on blogs but definitely not dare to do so in newspaper columns.” I was asked to moderate a panel on the U.N. trip to bring attention to these very issues. Hosted by the U.S. Mission to the United Nations last Thursday, the panel included Jeffrey Krilla (deputy assistant secretary for the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor at the State Department), Watson Meng (founder of China’s Boxun News), Frank Xie (Boxun blogger), Egyptian blogger Nora Younis and Tala Dowlatshahi from Reporters Without Borders. Live blogging captured the presentation of various views on how to protect bloggers’ free speech around the globe. Interestingly, the event itself faced censorship. Fliers advertising the panel featured a woman with duct tape over her mouth sitting at a laptop computer, on which was superimposed a news brief about the imprisonment of blogger Abdel Kareem Nabil Soliman – datelined, of course, Egypt. Carolyn Vadino, deputy spokeswoman at the U.S. Mission to the United Nations, said that the ambassador’s office was asked by U.N. officials to remove the Egypt dateline from the image if they wanted the fliers approved for posting. So after the U.S. refused to censor the flier, U.N. officials responded they could only approve fliers for “cultural events.” The purported reason for the initial denial was that a member state was supposedly singled out. If it walks like a duck, quacks like a duck, and throws young bloggers in prison for dissing Hosni Mubarak, though, one wonders how the usage of the country’s name could be deemed unfair. IN the days leading up to my trip to the United Nations for World Press Freedom Day, I asked questions of some bloggers around the globe: Have you faced harassment for the views expressed on your blog? Do you feel that bloggers play a vital, increasing role in unseating traditional hard-line regimes? After all, the Internet is proving to be a dangerous place for the free-speech minded in oppressive nations. As I’ve learned, just quoting a dissident blogger can draw threats from regimes who disagree with or feel threatened by the expressed views. “My blog is banned, I regularly receive viruses and I have received nasty and threatening e-mails,” replied Britain-based Iranian blogger Ardeshir Dolat. “I believe bloggers do play a vital role in unseating the regime of the mullahs. … I know many Iranians inside Iran who started blogging had little or no knowledge of democracy and its principles, but you can tell from reading their blogs that they are learning fast about what democracy is all about.” Egyptian blogger Wael Abbas is basically that country’s YouTube king, exposing to the world police torture and sexual-harassment crises. “I’m getting weird messages threatening me of cooperation with human-rights organizations, and accusing me of working for a Western agenda,” he said. “I still don’t know the source of these messages but I guess it is state security.” After the U.N. event, some of us hit the road to take the panel to Otterbein College in Westerville, Ohio. Here I sat down for an interview with Al-Jazeera, and was asked why American students in a small town such as this should be concerned about a blogger in danger halfway around the world. Simple: The greatest appreciation we can show for our freedoms is the willingness to help others trying to attain the same. Many argue that the U.S. would not have won the revolution if it weren’t for the financial aid of a young, idealistic Frenchman who fought for America’s liberty, the Marquis de Lafayette. It was a cause he should have cared little about, hanging around the privileged halls of Versailles, but the fact that he saw beyond his little corner of the world shaped the course of history. “Humanity has won its battle,” Lafayette wrote shortly after the Battle of Yorktown. “Liberty now has a country.” Liberty now has a World Wide Web on which anyone can voice his or her opinion, and no country should be able to take away a person’s fundamental right of free speech. Hopefully everyone came away from World Press Freedom Day events more aware, more outraged and more willing to support bloggers who risk their freedom or lives to speak out. Bridget Johnson writes for the Daily News. E-mail her at local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img


first_imgKillybegs Coast Guard were tasked this afternoon by Malin Head CG to a small angling boat which had left Killybegs harbour and made its way to Portnacross.While on its way back to Killybegs Harbour a member of the public reported seeing the boat in difficulty at Drumanoo Head.Killybegs CG were stood down by Malin Head CG when the boat safely made its way back to Portnacross Pier. If you spot someone in trouble at sea, on the cliffs or coast, even if you ‘think’ that someone may be in trouble , dial 112/999 and ask for the Coast Guard. If you are in trouble at sea, call on VHF Channel 16, MF 2182 KHz or use DSC. ANGLERS MAKE IT SAFELY TO SHORE AFTER ALERT was last modified: December 31st, 2013 by John2Share 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:coast guardKillybegsrescuelast_img read more