The news that Liverpool footballer Mamadou Sakho has tested positive for a banned substance comes as a shock to football lovers, and indeed, fans of sport around the world. Sakho tested positive after a Europa League match in which he played the full 90 minutes against Manchester United, helping his side to earn a draw, thus qualifying them for the next round. The banned substance has not been officially released, but information suggests that it is a ‘fat burner’ similar to the drug used by his friend and teammate Kolo Toure, who tested positive in 2011 and received a six-month ban. While Sakho is not banned by the administrative body controlling the Europa League (UEFA), he has been provisionally banned by his club, who now awaits the B sample result and the mandatory investigation. This blot on the integrity of sports is another in the spate of positives from icons in a variety of sports. In December last year, Pakistani leg spinner Yasir Shah tested positive for a banned substance (a diuretic and masking agent) after playing in a one-day international (ODI) against England in Abu Dhabi. Maria Sharapova, a tennis superstar, has admitted to using the banned drug Melindronate (Meldonium) “for years”. And the list seems to be endless. Everybody is looking for an edge. Elite athletes seem to be especially vulnerable to “expert” advice from confidants and medical acquaintances who promise a “boost” that is necessary to compete consistently at the highest level. It seems as if the standard advice from anti-doping agencies that you don’t need dope to cope is falling on deaf ears. The lure of these supplements seems to lie in the promise of “extra energy”, not weight loss as the name suggests. They work by increasing your heart rate and metabolism so that you feel less tired, and in the case of an elite footballer, these drugs allow you to play at a high level of output for 90 minutes. However, taken as supplements, these substances can have devastating effects. DMMA, (DimethoxyNmethylamphetamine and methylhexanamine) have been implicated in the death of a marathon runner in the 2012 London Marathon. I have noticed the spirited attempt at defending athletes who bought a supplement that supposedly guaranteed them faster sprint times but was found to contain methylhexanamine. These athletes were appropriately sanctioned, mainly in the hope of sending a message that would resonate in the local athletic community. One athlete, unfortunately, never competed again, but if memory serves me right, none of the other athletes affected in that sordid episode tested positive again. Message learnt! Sport fans around the world are very wary of some of the astounding performances that we see from time to time. Drug testers are under keen scrutiny as laboratories are being accused of reporting negative results on samples that contain banned substances, while one lab simply threw away the samples. Administrators, doctors, doping control officers, and chemists have all been named and implicated in protecting cheaters. But the fight for clean sport continues. Money seems to be the driving force in the continued effort to win at all costs. I do believe, however, that once anti-doping agencies are given the requisite funding and an appointment to these positions is no longer in the hands of politicians, the fight can be won. Clean sport is possible. Those who are caught cheating have no business in sports. Life bans, after investigation and hearings, must be the new international order.
The embattled Associate Justice, Kabineh Ja’nehSays it is political and without proofThe leadership of the Nimba County Bar Association has taken serious exception to the planned impeachment of Justice Kabineh Ja’neh by the House of Representative.The president of the Bar, Cllr. Roland Dahn, who spoke at the program marking the retirement of Judge Emery S. Paye recently in Sanniquellie on July 20, said there is no evidence that shows Justice Ja’neh has done any wrong in order to be impeached.“Nimba County Bar does not endorse the decision initiated by certain people in the legislature, because the law is clear on how justice is dispensed,” Dahn said.“You can only remove justices or judges on proof of misconduct, reasonable charges and other behavior that are clearly prohibited by the Liberian Constitution,” he explained.The Bar also acknowledges that the authority of the legislature to impeach a justice of the Supreme Court should be in pursuance of Article 71 of the Constitution; but the Nimba Bar said it is not aware that Justice Ja’neh has committed any act(s) as prohibited by Article 71 of the Constitution to warrant his impeachment.According to Article 71, “a justice can only be impeached for proven misconduct, gross breach of duty, inability to perform the functions of his/her office or conviction in a court of law for treason, bribery or other infamous crimes.”The Nimba Bar furthered that advocates for Justice Ja’neh’s impeachment have not identified any act done by the learned jurist that could form a basis for any person of sound mind and good judgment to engage in such an advocacy.Accordingly, the Bar regards the call for Justice Ja’neh’s impeachment as a mere false alarm to the public, an unnecessary and misguided attempt to distract the attention of the learned jurist from the performance of his sacred duty of dispensing justice.The leadership of Nimba Bar is the second largest legal association in the country, with over 100 legal practitioners in Montserrado County.“We are of the strongest conviction that there is not a scintilla of evidence to show that Justice Ja’neh has in any way breached Article 71 of Liberia’s Constitution to be impeached,” an embittered Cllr. Dahn maintained.The Bar has, therefore, called on all elected officials to be careful, thoughtful and confine themselves to the Constitution of Liberia in what they say or do at all times, to protect and preserve the dignity of their offices, and sustain peace and harmony among the citizens.“While we the Nimba Bar respect the views and rights of all Liberians to speak freely about all government functionaries, we denounce, deprecate, deplore and condemn statements that are emotional, malicious, reckless and without any regard for truth and outside the ambit of the law,” said the Bar in its statement released to the press at the end of the ceremony.“Nimba Bar urges all those in authority, especially those in elected positions, to speak the truth and uphold the law at all times,” the statement said.Meanwhile, Cllr. Dahn said he observed that the decision calling for Ja’neh’s impeachment has an Executive backing, “and so I consider the action as a complete harassment against the judiciary.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on Monday fine-tuned his budget proposal for next year with a plan that would cut welfare programs, siphon $1.3 billion of public transit money for other state programs, and sell off a quasi-public agency that guarantees student loans. The Republican governor’s plan would leave the state with a $1.4 billion “net operating deficit” for the fiscal year starting in July. But Schwarzenegger said he was proud of paring a $16.5 billion deficit he inherited in 2003, without raising taxes. The release of the governor’s revised budget triggers the annual money debate in the Legislature, and Democrats were quick to criticize Schwarzenegger’s welfare proposal. It calls for denying cost-of-living increases to welfare recipients and halting payments to poor families with children after five years. Democrats said it targets those who can least afford it: poor families, seniors and the disabled. “It looks like, once again, the most vulnerable Californians are in the free-fire zone,” said Senate President pro tem Don Perata, D-Oakland, referring to proposed social service cuts. Schwarzenegger called the plan a matter of necessity. “I think that a lot of people deserve this money,” Schwarzenegger said, “but I have an obligation, which is I promised the people of California that I will bring down the structural deficit to zero, and that we will be fiscally responsible.” Schwarzenegger relies on several one-time fixes to help balance the budget. He wants to shift $600 million from a tobacco settlement reserve fund into the state’s general fund. And he would generate nearly $1 billion by auctioning off the state’s EdFund program, which guarantees student loans. The governor also reiterated his interest in privatizing the state lottery, portraying it as a pain-free way to generate billions of extra dollars to pay off debt and finance state programs. “We’ve got to find new ways of creating the revenues,” Schwarzenegger said. Overall, general fund spending would grow from $102.3 billion in the current fiscal year to $103.8 billion next year, a 1.5 percent increase. Reflecting his confidence in California’s economy despite a cooling housing market, the governor’s finance team expects tax revenues to surge 5.8 percent – from $95.7 billion to $101.3 billion. Among Schwarzenegger’s proposals to find more than $5 billion to balance the budget, his changes to welfare could be the most contentious. The governor wants to end state welfare payments to families with children after five years, and to deny cost-of-living increases to recipients of both CalWorks and a cash assistance program for the elderly, blind and disabled. Raquel Cardenas, 30, said she receives a monthly welfare check of $650, plus $130 in food stamps, to support her 2- and 12-year-old daughters. Cardenas, who is divorced and rents a room in San Francisco, said she was trained as a graphic designer but can’t work because child care for her younger daughter is too expensive. The governor’s welfare plan will hurt, Cardenas said. “Rent goes up, the cost of milk goes up, everything goes up except for” help from the state, she said. Some social services fared better. Because of last winter’s crop freeze, local food banks and a state agency that stores food for emergencies will see their total grant nearly double, to about $9 million. And health advocates said there was little to praise or complain about in the state’s health and human services budget, but they did approve of efforts to enroll more children in the Healthy Families subsidized health insurance program. Transportation also looks to be a hot topic as lawmakers try to pass a budget by the June 15 Constitutional deadline. Schwarzenegger wants to move $1.3 billion in gas tax funds – which have surged recently because of spiking prices at the pump – into the general fund. Public transit advocates say the proposal will force public transit agencies to raise bus and rail fares and cut service. Democrats are also upset that the governor wants to take hundreds of millions of dollars extra to make early payments on loans taken out during the dot-com bust. Critics say the idea is like making an extra mortgage payment while ignoring the electricity bill. Republicans, however, welcomed the move. The GOP wields more power over the budget than just about any other issue, because some Republican votes are needed to secure a required two-thirds vote. “We have to bring expenditures in line with revenues, and we need to do it now,” said Assemblyman Roger Neillo, R-Sacramento, the ranking Republican on the lower house’s budget committee. “As painful as it is now, it will be even more painful if we delay it to subsequent years.” Republicans, however, weren’t so pleased with another Schwarzenegger proposal that would eliminate the state’s contribution – $40 million – toward a farmland preservation program known as the Williamson Act. Many of the state’s rural areas are represented by Republicans. Critics say the state subsidy is misguided, but the four-decade-old program remains popular with many farmers and environmentalists for reducing sprawl. While many social services suffered, some areas of the budget still see increases – including spending on the governor’s own office. Schwarzenegger proposes a 5 percent increase to pay for upgrading technology. He is expected to offer raises to his 185-member staff later this year, but those would come from existing budgets. Even though the $1 million increase on governor’s office spending is a tiny speck in the whole budget picture, it rankles some lawmakers, who could ax it from the budget. There’s no cost-of-living increase in grants to the aged, blind and disabled, noted Assembly Budget Committee Chairman John Laird, D-Santa Cruz, “but he says his office needs one. I think that would doom his proposal.” One powerful constituency – public schools – seemed to do particularly well under Schwarzenegger’s budget plan. Per-pupil spending would increase more than $300, to $11,562. But there was other good news – from funding to expand nutrition programs to a one-time $100 million block grant for school safety programs. email@example.com (916) 441-4603160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
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2 2 Robbie Brady heads home Euro 2016: Every Goal, Every Game, Every Day on talkSPORTRobbie Brady sent Republic of Ireland into the last 16 of Euro 2016 with a stunning 1-0 victory over Italy.Moments after Wes Hoolahan blew a clear-cut chance, the Norwich playmaker sent the cross in which his team-mate for club and country duly headed home with just six minutes left on the clock. Martin O’Neill’s side were denied a first-half penalty when James McClean was brought down in the box, but they overcame the decision to snatch a deserved victory in Group E. The three points means the Boys in Green will qualify for the round of 16 after finishing third in their group. They will play hosts France on Sunday – LIVE on talkSPORT. Manager O’Neill went for broke as he changed both central defenders, replacing John O’Shea and Ciaran Clark with Shane Duffy and Richard Keogh. With victory imperative, he also handed winger McClean his first start of the competition and paired Daryl Murphy with Shane Long in attack as Glenn Whelan and Wes Hoolahan made way.Italy boss Antonio Conte, who said he would make between seven and nine changes on the eve of the game, was as good as his word as he retained the services of only Leonardo Bonucci, Alessandro Florenzi and Andrea Barzagli with top spot already safe.Derby midfielder Jeff Hendrick had a good early chance to put the Boys in Green ahead inside ten minutes, when he came in from the right and sent an arrowing effort across goal and just inches past the post.As the best first-half opportunities fell to Ireland, the next came for Daryl Murphy. The 33-year-old Ipswich forward leapt above his marker to meet Brady’s corner, Salvatore Sirigu tipping his header over the upright.Seamus Coleman nearly broke his duck for the Republic, as his clean strike from 12 yards was heading on target, but Angelo Ogbonna – of West Ham – made a vital block.The travelling Irish fans were claiming a penalty minutes before the interval when McClean was fouled in the box by Fenando Bernardeschi, referee Ovidiu Alin Hategan harshly waving away appeals. As the second half wore on, it looked like the Italians would nick it in Lille, with the roof closed and conditions muggy.Lorenzo Insigne – moments after coming on – had a rare chance for the Azzurri as he rattled the crossbar.Then Hoolahan had a glorious chance on 84 minutes. The substitute – who scored in their opener with Sweden – was through on goal and he just had to beat the goalkeeper, but he rushed his chance and Sirigu made the save.But seconds later, 34-year-old Hoolahan got the ball on the right and he sent a wonderful floating cross into the box, which Brady directed into the back of the net, sending the Green Army into hysterics as O’Neill’s men wrote their place in the history books of Irish football – and deservedly so.Elsewhere in Group E, Belgium netted late on to beat Sweden in Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s final international game
Neil Mc Cormack, Liam Cunningham Toni Devine and David Simpson walk along the long Glen Road near Kinnagoe Bay where the the purposed wind turbines are planed for in Co Donegal. Photo Brian McDaid/CristephDONEGAL County Council is expected to object to a planning application for a THIRD massive wind turbines overlooking one of the county’s most beautiful and historic bays.An Bord Pleannala has already given the GO-AHEAD for two turbines which will stand on top of a hillside above Kinnagoe Bay in Inishowen and stretch an astonishing 132 METRES HIGH. The Bord overturned a decision of the council to ban the development.The council had objected to the move by Derry man Declan Clarke – who has a holiday home on the land at Crockbrack Hill. Now residents are angry to learn that planning permission for a third turbine on the Wild Atlantic Way was submitted just before Christmas.The turbines will sit on top of the hill and will be clearly visible from Kinnego Bay’s famous beach, scene of a Spanish Armada landing and a huge tourist attraction.Mr Clarke has leased another piece of land and continues with his plan to enlarge his wind farm on Crockbrack Hill. He has put in a new planning application 15/51683 to build the third wind turbine there.The local residents are encouraging people who want to protect Kinnagoe Bay and the surrounding area from wind farm development to object to this new application (15/51683).“He already has permission to build two turbines. That permission was granted even though Donegal County Council refused it and An Bord Pleanala’s own Inspector said it should not be granted,” said David Simpson from Inishowen Wind Energy Awareness Group.“If you look up the letters of consent in the new application, you can read for yourself, the landowner is giving her consent to Declan Clarke for construction of a “Wind Farm” on her lands.“Will Declan Clarke stop at three turbines?”The new site of the third turbine will be 412 metres to the East of the first two. The wind farm will be within a distance of 500 meters to a Designated European Special Area of Conservation, the North Inishowen Coast SAC and obviously nearer to Kinnagoe Bay, said Mr Simpson.He went on: “What is difficult to understand is the fact, that in the Donegal County Development Plan 2012-2018 the whole southern Hillside, opposite the building sites of the 3 turbines, is designated as EHSA: Area of Especially High Scenic Amenity and is designated as an area „Not Favoured“ for wind farms.”The local group Inishowen Wind Energy Awareness Group hoped last year that the launch of the Wild Atlantic Way, which passes the hill where the turbines will be built, would protect the area from inappropriate and intrusive development.But An Bord Pleanala rejected this argument of protecting the route and granted an amendment for the first two turbines in 2015. Now with the third turbine going up at Crockbrack Hill, no one knows how this wind farm will develop. “We all know that Declan Clarke doesn’t live here,” said Mr Simpson.“The landowners who lease their land for the development of a wind farm do not live in the area. It makes local people very angry that investors can come here, exploit the natural resources of our area without having any regard to the fact that they destroy the landscape, the heritage, the community and people’s peace of mind and our area just for their own profit.”Inishowen Wind Energy Awareness Group is encouraging people to object to this new application for a third turbine. Submissions of objection must be submitted by letter, including a fee of 20 Euro, to Donegal County Council by 29 January. More information about the application and how to submit an objection is available on the group’s Facebook page Inishowen Wind Energy Awareness Group. There is an online submission letter on www.change.orgRESIDENTS ANGER AS PLANNING PERMISSION SOUGHT FOR THIRD WIND TURBINE AT HISTORIC BEAUTY SPOT was last modified: December 30th, 2015 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:A SONG FOR INISHOWENArmadadonegalhistoricInishowenKinnagoeTurbineWild Atlantic Waywind farm
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE‘Mame,’ ‘Hello, Dolly!’ composer Jerry Herman dies at 88 Taboo Lounge , 20969 Ventura Blvd., Woodland Hills; (818) 999-9928: Plush seating, dim lights and strong drinks, with theme nights including ’80s, open-mic and comedy. Match , 4657 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood; (818) 766-0116: The former Thunderbird Saloon has been transformed by the folks behind ultra-hip Firefly into a sleek night spot popular with the studio crowd. Mama Juana’s , 3707 Cahuenga Blvd., Studio City; (818) 505-8636: One of the hottest Latin clubs in town, this in-crowd joint has top-notch Afro-Cuban orchestras, top DJs and even throws in dance lessons. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! In the past year, the Valley’s hip rating has risen again. A new bunch of ultra-cool hangouts have sprung up, joining the beloved neighborhood bistros, shops and coffee bars locals have long kept to themselves. Here are some of our current favorites. Coda , 5248 Van Nuys Blvd., Sherman Oaks; (818) 783-7518: Low-key, New York-style hipster hideaway. Look hard, there’s no sign on the door. DJs spin weekends, but no-cover Wednesdays are given over to the Tommy Kay Trio, led by the excellent jazz guitarist and featuring bassist Clarence Robinson and veteran drummer Clarence Johnston. Lucky Tiki , 15420 Chatsworth St., Mission Hills; (818) 892-2688: Hidden away in a strip mall, this tiki joint offers low-rent Polynesian thrills – and kitsch drinks with a kick. An Internet jukebox means you can take a musical trip from “Aloha” to a “Low Rider.” Guy’s North , 12655 Ventura Blvd., Studio City; (818) 766-8311: The West Hollywood night spot now has a full-service Valley venue geared for promoted events and private show-biz parties, plus weekend dance nights. Guy’s North, the shiny new Studio City extension of Guy Starkman’s WeHo club, is one of several hot spots that have recently sprouted in the Valley. Photo by Gus Ruelas / Staff Photographer
COURTS: A man has pleaded guilty to five charges of indecent assault against a female at a sitting of Letterkenny Circuit Court. The man from North Donegal, appeared yesterday morning in relation to the incidents which occurred in 1984. The assaults occurred at dates between the 1st of January 1984, and the 31st of December 1984.The court also heard that the defendant was receiving counselling from a psychotherapist.Judge John O’Hagan ordered a probation and welfare report to be prepared on the defendant, and also invited the plaintiff to submit a victim impact statement.He adjourned the case until the 6th of December.MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO FIVE CHARGES OF INDECENT ASSAULT was last modified: April 26th, 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) Tags:1980sadjournedcourtsINDECENT ASSAULTnewsProbation.
TWO of Donegal’s famous salmon rivers will be closed to anglers next year over fish stock fears.The Glenna and Glenagannon rivers will not be fished in 2012The Bungosteen River in the Ballyshannon fishery district, which was closed this year, will re-open to anglers next year – but only on a ‘catch and release’ basis. More than 80 rivers nationwide will be open for salmon angling throughout the country in 2012.© 2011 donegaldaily.com, all Rights ReservedThe copying, republication or redistribution of donegaldaily.com Content, including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited by law. Follow us on www.twitter.com/donegaldailyFollow us on www.facebook.com/donegaldailySell anything on www.donegaldailyclassifieds.com TWO DONEGAL SALMON RIVERS TO CLOSE IN 2012 was last modified: December 24th, 2011 by BrendaShare 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:donegal salmon fishing stockssalmon fishing
ENTERTAINMENT: The Rugby World Cup is starting to warm-up and at Sister Sara’s we’ve got everything you need to enjoy all the action.We’ll have LIVE action from every game all weekend on our multiple screens all over the bar – including the crunch clash between Ireland and Romania on Sunday. What better way to kick-off your weekend after a tough week at work than relaxing with a cold pint and a nice slice of pizza.Management at Sister Sara’s have teamed up with Four Star Pizza to give patrons some cracking offers.We’ve got all the ‘bases’ covered for our punters at Letterkenny’s No.1 super-pub Sister Sara’s.Tonight, we’ve got karaoke and that will get you in the party mood for the weekend. On Saturday, we’ve got LIVE sport from the Rugby World Cup and the Barclays Premier League.Later that night we’ll have the super-pub disco with the one and only Marty Curran.Then on Sunday, we’ll have drink promotions on offer for Ireland’s clash with Romania as the boys in the green look to build on their impressive opening day win over Canada.If you’re out and about this weekend – make sure and drop into Sister Sara’s and get the party started!ENTERTAINMENT: KICKSTART YOUR WEEKEND WITH A PINT AND PIZZA AT SISTER SARA’S was last modified: September 25th, 2015 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) Tags:EntertainmentFeaturesnews