Corruption in sport is not new. Cheating by athletes performing in the early Olympic Games has been well documented by historians. What is new, however, is the plethora of information gathered about corruption involving those who are supposed to be the ones ‘policing’ the sport: the administrators. Whistle-blower-led revelations at FIFA, WADA and the IAAF have allowed fans and aficionados of sport to understand the power of money, which systematically defeats all the educational materials authored by some of these same officials of FIFA, WADA and the IAAF. As have been stated elsewhere, the ‘new’ FIFA seems destined to continue the ‘same old, same old’ as those executives employed to reform the organisation were forced to resign when uncomfortable questions were asked about appointments and salaries. In track and field, the ghastly spectre of doping (cheating) threatens to trivialise the results of athletic achievements of the winners in Rio. The question: ‘Is he/she clean?’ will dominate the two weeks of the track and field aspect of the Olympics. State-sponsored doping We already know about the state-sponsored doping of multiple sports in Russia, with the confessions/revelations of administrators, who divulged in graphic detail the way in which dopers/cheaters were allowed to compete, win and escape detection by the drug testers. Executives at WADA and the IAAF have been fingered and charged, as well as those in charge of the very laboratories where the samples were sent for evaluation. But when you think that things could not get worse, here comes the news that retesting of samples from the 2008 Olympics have resulted in 31 positive results from 12 sports. Thomas Bach, the head of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), has stated most unequivocally that those identified will be banned from the Rio Olympics. We also know that the relevant authorities in the member countries have been notified as to the identity of the athletes. Therefore, there are a lot of fans and citizens of those countries, as yet unnamed, who are literally waiting to exhale. Rumours, as yet unsubstantiated, have begun to fly left, right and centre. The question locally is: What if a Jamaican is named? Jamaicans are well aware of the pressures brought on our athletes because of their dominance of sprinting at previous Olympics and World Championships. We are also well aware that some of our stars/icons of track and field have returned adverse analytical findings for banned substances. Most have been banned; some have been exonerated after the relevant investigations. What has been constant, however, is how the country as a whole has defended and excused those whose ‘B’ samples have confirmed the adverse analytical findings, to the extent where those Jamaicans involved in the process have been accused of ‘spiking’ the samples, as well as other nefarious activities designed to ‘set up’ the athlete. A positive result from the 2008 Olympics is an entirely different matter. Not only will the named athlete be banned from the Rio Olympics, but the results and/or records garnered at those 2008 Games would be expunged from the records and medals returned. This is serious. The question of the integrity of the process would quickly be brought into focus. Question 1: Can they retest samples from 2008? Answer: Yes. The laws of the IAAF permit it. Previously, samples were kept for eight years, but recently this time frame has been extended to 10 years. Question 2: Can you find an athlete positive after previously declaring him/her negative? Answer: Yes. All athletes have supported the retesting of samples as the testers have improved their detection methods based on science, but also from information garnered through whistleblowers, who long for a level playing field. Question 3: Can the laboratory where the samples are stored be trusted in the light of a previous episode where a WADA directive NOT to discard samples were ignored. Answer: Yes. Major changes at the top have been instituted and athletes named in the 31 can request further testing. So we wait. Most of us know that our athletes are clean. However, a history of previous positive results affecting our stars leaves some of us very nervous.
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Dear Editor,I read with interest that GECOM is planning to validate the registrants from the House-to-House (HtH) using a sample of 10 per cent (“GECOM to conduct sample survey of new registrants,” Guyana Chronicle, December 12, 2019). From a statistical standpoint, the validation of new registrants using a sample from HtH is a useless and dangerous exercise.First of all, the data from HtH is highly questionable, as evidenced by the number of duplicates and registrants who did not ‘attract a hit,’ that is, names that were not on the National Register of Registrants Database. Secondly, since the transactions completed during the HtH exercise did not benefit from the involvement of scrutineers from all the major parties, the list is also highly suspect. Any sample extracted from the list of new registrants, therefore, will inevitably be as flawed as the population from which it is drawn. Thirdly, it would not be possible to use the sample to draw any valid inferences about the population since the population is unknown, regardless of the rigour and sophistication of the sampling procedure. In other words, the validity of the list of new registrants from the HtH exercise cannot be determined using such a sample and population (list of new registrants from HtH). A golden rule in statistics is that for deductions to be valid, the sample must be reflective of the actual population.With your permission Editor, I would like to call on all the stakeholders, within and outside GECOM, who are desirous of ensuring free and fair elections to reject this proposal zealously. The proposed exercise is not only useless but extremely dangerous because it can result in the addition of illegitimate voters to the List of Electors under the guise that they were validated using a scientific procedure. We either scrutinise all the ‘new registrants’ from the HtH exercise or abandon the list altogether. When examining these registrants, every legal process that was applied to determine the authenticity of a voter during the Claim and Objections period must also be strictly observed. It would be better to ensure that all the safeguards are put in place to avoid rigged elections than allow the elections to be rigged and then attempt to challenge the results in the courts. We all witnessed how the High Court never heard the election petition filed by the PPP/C after more than four years. We either get everything right before and during the upcoming elections or prepare to suffer another round of legal battles to select our next Government.Regards,Name and addresswithheld
With years of experience in the health sector and serving in a number of positions within medical institutions across Guyana, Dr Ronald Aaron, former Assistant Dean in the Faculty of Health Science, has been assigned the post of Interim Medical Director in the University of Guyana, School of Medicine (UGSM).New Interim Medical Director at UGSM,Dr Ronald AaronThe former Assistant Dean in the Faculty of Health Sciences will assume office on June 17, 2016, to commence his leadership role in advancing the delivery of medical studies at the tertiary institution. Dr Aaron will replace Dr Madan Rambaran who served as the Director in the UGSM.Commenting on the major role that Dr Aaron will now serve at the School of Medicine, Vice Chancellor of the University, Dr Ivelaw Griffith stated his expectations of the appointment and its impact on the progression of the field of science at the University of Guyana.While congratulating Dr Aaron for his dedicated work in the health field and on his most recent appointment; Griffith charged him with taking on the mandate of enhancing the “instructional, community service and research output of the valued School of Medicine through his leadership skills, competence and experience level.”Additionally, he thanked Dr Rambaran for his services to the school between 2012 and 2016, when he held the position of Director.“During Dr Rambaran’s tenure in office, he was instrumental, along with the current Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences, Dr Emanuel Cummings, in fostering the development and introduction of a number of post-graduate programmes in medicine,” Griffith mentioned.With over a decade of service in the health sector, Dr Aaron had received his Medical Degree in 1986 from the Vinnitsa Medical Institute, Ukraine and has done post-graduate work in the United Kingdom.Subsequently, he held the post of the Medical Superintendent at the West Demerara Regional Hospital for 11 years, before joining the staff at the Faculty of Health Sciences in 2002 as a lecturer in Anatomy and Histology in the School of Medicine. Dr Aaron was then appointed Pre-clinical Sciences Coordinator in 2010 and served this post until September 2015.Since its founding in 1985, the school has reportedly been able to produce in excess of 450 medical graduates, who thus far have gone on to hold recognised administrative and clinical positions not only in Guyana, but across the world.
Emma McCarron (Bank of Ireland) pictured with Team Transparency from Deele Collge who made it through to the Junk Kouture regional final.A group of talented students from Deele College are celebrating this weekend after securing a Silver Ticket which means they will now go through to the Regional Finals of Junk Kouture.Junk Kouture is a national contest which encourages young designers in second level education to create striking couture designs and impressive works of wearable art from everyday junk that would normally find its way into the bin.Junk Kouture aims to inspire and ignite passion in these teenagers while at the same time subtly educating them about the importance of recycling and reusing waste. Bank of Ireland are one of the main sponsors for Junk Kouture, and BOI employee Emma McCarron delivered the Silver Ticket to the overjoyed team.The team are called Team Transparency and have been assisted by there teacher Patrice Gallagher.The team will now look forward to the Regional Finals in Derry next month. DELIGHT FOR DEELE COLLEGE GIRLS AS THEY MAKE JUNK KOUTURE REGIONAL FINALS was last modified: February 12th, 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)
1 Fenerbahce will hold talks with Arsenal star Lucas Perez’s agent this week, according to reports in Turkey.The 28-year-old forward was left out of the Gunners’ pre-season jaunt to Australia, throwing his future at the Emirates into further doubt.Perez, who has been pushed further down the pecking order at Arsenal by the arrival of record-signing Alexandre Lacazette, is reportedly unhappy with his bit-part status in the squad.And, according to Turkish news source Fanatik, Fenerbahce have ear-marked Perez as their number one transfer target.The Turkish giants are expected to hold talks with the player’s agent this week to try and discuss a loan agreement ahead of the new season.Perez will be offered the chance to reinvigorate his career at Fenerbahce and will be guaranteed first team football, something he has struggled to achieve at Arsenal.The former Deportivo La Coruna forward still has three years remaining on his current deal but is expected to be shipped out temporarily this summer. Lucas Perez is expected to leave Arsenal this summer
Did Mahrez just accidentally reveal Fernandinho is leaving Man City this summer? whoops But should the deals not go through they could swoop to sign France defender from the west Londoners.Man United would need to move quickly with Everton also keen on his services as they look to strengthen their backline as well.Old Trafford boss Jose Mourinho could have the upper hand though having signed Zouma for the Blues in 2014.Chelsea are unwilling to sell but a late bid of a sufficient figure could prise the player away from Stamford Bridge, where he was set to stay until June 2023. BIG PRESENTS UP TOP gameday cracker Most Popular Premier League News possible standings England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures silverware Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 latest predicted revealed Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion What every Premier League club’s fans dream of this Christmas Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update How Everton could look in January under Ancelotti with new signings Chelsea defender Kurt Zouma in action for the club. 1 SORRY Manchester United could make a shock transfer deadline day swoop to sign Kurt Zouma from Premier League rivals Chelsea, according to L’Equipe.The Red Devils are intent on signing a centre-back before the day is out with Leicester City star Harry Maguire and Tottenham’s Toby Alderweireld top of their list. Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade smart causal
YOU can send your Viewpoint to firstname.lastname@example.orgVIEWPOINT By Sean Ruddy: The economics profession has lost it way. The traditional way to solve our economic problems has always been growth. But now, despite the best efforts of all concerned, the Irish economy refuses to grow. The economic measures that have been useful – lower interest rates, quantitative easing, and strict austerity – are failing. GDP in Ireland is now lower than when the crisis began.It’s time to abandon the pursuit of growth in wealthy nations and consider a new strategy – an economy of enough. Suppose that instead of chasing after more stuff, more jobs, more consumption, and more income, we aimed for enough stuff, enough jobs, enough consumption and enough income. Economic growth is causing a number of global environmental problems, ranging from climate change to biodiversity loss. At the same time, economic growth is no longer improving people’s lives in wealthy nations like the ourselves. To continue to pursue growth for growth’s sake is simply irresponsible.Our main indicator of growth, GDP, is a measure of economic activity—of money changing hands. It doesn’t tell us anything about what kind of activity is occurring. If the Garda came to your door and said that “activity” in your neighbourhood had increased by 3% last year, you’d want to know what kind of activity. Was it more children playing in parks, or more break-ins? We need to ask the same kinds of questions about GDP. Did it grow because our society became wealthier, or did it grow because we ran up huge debts and liquidated our natural assets?We have to start thinking outside the box to develop economic policies that improve quality of life without expanding consumption. These policies include methods to reduce resource use, limit inequality, fix the financial system, create meaningful jobs, and change the way we measure progress.Perhaps the biggest fear that most people have when they hear “no growth” is “no jobs”, but the evidence for a relationship between economic growth and job creation is much weaker than you would expect and varies remarkably between countries. In the US, for example, a 3% increase in GDP tends to be accompanied by a 1% fall in unemployment. In France, the same amount of GDP growth reduces unemployment by only half a percent. In Japan, there is no relationship whatsoever. Clearly it is possible to break the connection between economic growth and unemployment; we just need the right economic policies. What we do not need is unrelenting austerity: the best way to save the cat is not to cut down the tree. If we’re serious about achieving a better life for the vast majority of people in Europe then we need a new approach – an economic model that prioritises people and planet over short-term profits. It’s time to embrace a new form of economics and say enough is enough.Sean RuddyThe Old Manse Hillhead, CarndonaghCo Donegal DD VIEWPOINT: THE ECONOMICS PROFESSION HAS LOST ITS WAY was last modified: July 30th, 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:DD VIEWPOINT: THE ECONOMICS PROFESSION HAS LOST ITS WAY
Gardai are investigating a fire which caused serious damage at a bar in St Johnston.Tens of thousands of euro of damage was caused to Toland’s Bar after a blaze broke out this morning just before 1am.Four units of the fire service, two from Donegal and two from Derry, rushed to the scene and quickly brought the blaze under control. Donegal’s Acting Chief Fire Officer Joe McTaggart said thankfully nobody was injured in the blaze.“The premises was vacant at the time but there was considerable damage to two floors of the building.“Thankfully there was nobody in the building at the time and nobody was injured,” he said.A full investigation into how the blaze started has started. A Garda spokesman said “It is still unclear as to how this fire started but we are liaising we the fire service as part of our investigation.” ST JOHNSTON BAR DAMAGED BY MYSTERY FIRE was last modified: April 5th, 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:fireSt JohnstonTOLAND’S BAR
23 January 2014Dubai-based investment bank Arqaam Capital became the newest equity member of the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE) on Wednesday – an indication the confidence of other emerging markets in South Africa as a financial gateway to sub-Saharan Africa.Arqaam Capital is a specialist emerging markets investment bank headquartered in Dubai, with listings on the Dubai, Nasdaq Dubai and Abu Dhabi exchanges and offices in Beirut and London.According to a joint statement with the JSE, Arqaam Capital’s first expansion into Africa was “due to an overwhelming demand from its clients for investment opportunities in South Africa and the rest of the continent”.Chief executive Riad Meliti said the bank was delighted to enter the South African market. “To our over 700 mature market and MENA [Middle East and North Africa] investors, Arqaam South Africa offers exposure to African stocks,” Meliti said. “By introducing African market opportunities to these clients, Arqaam will attract new investment into continental markets.”The JSE said it believed that Arqaam Capital’s move showed that investors in other emerging markets recognised Africa’s potential and had both confidence and an appetite for investment in the continent.“The JSE continuously aims to act as the investment bridge to African opportunities whilst providing JSE listed companies with the opportunity to gain access to capital from a wider pool of international investors,” the exchange said.Leanne Parsons, director of the JSE’s equity market, said that Arqaam Capital was well respected for its successful track record across North Africa and the Middle East, and was the first brokerage to join the JSE from the Gulf region.“We see their membership as another step in strengthening the JSE’s relationships with financial market players in other emerging markets,” Parsons said, adding that the JSE was looking forward to working with Arqaam Capital on potential new initiatives in selected markets in the Middle East, North Africa and other regions.SAinfo reporter