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first_img untreated sewage In Rio, much of the waste and sewage goes untreated and runs down hillside ditches and streams into Olympic water venues that are littered with floating rubbish, household waste and even dead animals. At the world swimming championships in Kazan, Russia, swimmers said they were worried about the situation in Rio. “The athletes and the athletes’ commission have expressed their concern at the current problems with the quality of water, the cleanliness of the water,” Vladimir Salnikov, a former Olympic gold-medal winner, said. “That will be put into a recommendation, and people will pay attention to that.” Shin Otsuka, an executive board member of the International Triathlon Union (ITU), said on Friday that his body was considering testing for viruses. The ITU is holding an Olympic qualifying race today using the waters off Copacabana Beach. RIO DE JANEIRO (AP): The World Health Organisation (WHO) has asked the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to analyse virus levels in Rio de Janeiro’s Olympic waters, and the governing body of world sailing says it will start doing its own independent virus tests. The moves come after an Associated Press (AP) investigation showed a serious health risk to Olympic athletes in venues around Rio rife with sewage. In a statement to the AP, the WHO said it suggested the IOC start monitoring for viruses at the Rio venues. “WHO has also advised the IOC to widen the scientific base of indicators to include viruses,” the statement said. “The risk assessment should be revised accordingly, pending the results of further analysis. The Rio Local Organising Committee and the IOC are requested to follow WHO recommendations on treatment of household and hospital waste.” A spokesman from the Rio organising committee referred comment to the IOC, which is meeting in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Olympic organisers and the Brazilian government have tested only for bacteria to decide if the water is safe. Many experts say viruses are a far bigger problem and need to be monitored. The International Sailing Federation (ISAF) said independently it would start testing for viruses. “We’re going to find someone who can do the testing for us that can safely cover what we need to know from a virus perspective as well as the bacteria perspective,” Peter Sowrey, chief executive of the, ISAF said. “That’s my plan.” The sailing venue in Guanabara Bay is badly polluted, as is a separate venue for rowing and canoeing – Rodrigo de Freitas lake – in central Rio. The AP investigation also showed venues for triathlon and open-water swimming off Copacabana Beach had high virus levels that pose a threat to athletes and tourists. Sowrey, who spoke from Kuala Lumpur, has a local interest. His wife, Alesandra, is a native of Rio and he has a nine-year-old daughter, Marie. “I’m a father myself,” Sowrey said. “I want to make sure that everyone who goes out in the water is as safe as possible and is given the right guidance and right security.” The AP analysis showed dangerously high levels of viruses and bacteria from sewage in venues where about 1,400 athletes will compete in water sports in the games which open in a year – August 5, 2016.last_img read more

first_imgIt’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. PH could lose equestrian gold Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio 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 respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Black claimed Cone didn’t like that he called a timeout at the 38-second mark with the game already decided.“I think everybody knows that Tim is the all time leader in wins and championships in the PBA. I’ve never in my life or in any effort to tell him how to coach his team so I don’t need any help in coaching mine,” Black told reporters during the post-game interview when asked about the incident.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smog“He didn’t shake my hand because he was mad about the last timeout. That’s his problem, not mine.”Cone, who is the winningest PBA coach with 19 titles including two Grand Slams with two different teams, left the Smart Araneta Coliseum early and did not speak with the media. Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? View comments Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netThe buzzer had already sounded signaling the end of Game 3 of the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup Finals between rivals Meralco and Barangay Ginebra, but the drama continued as the two teams made their way to their dugouts.A heated commotion ensued between Meralco coach Norman Black and Ginebra’s Tim Cone shortly after the Bolts’ 94-81 win.ADVERTISEMENT Game 4 is on Friday night still at the Big Dome.last_img read more

first_imgWell-placed Liberian advocates against deforestation and environmental experts have cautioned the Liberian Government and key stakeholders in the forestry sector not to permit ‘exploitative and unscrupulous’ logging companies to mortgage Liberia’s precious forests.Liberia and Guinea are the only countries still containing preserved virgin forests in West Africa; that is why conserving them is viewed as vital to the ecological system in the sub-region.Many forestry watch-dogs continue to admonish Liberians and the government to remain steadfast in the preservation of the nation’s forest.Over the years, communities affected as a result of illegal logging have complained about the lack of visible impact on their socio-economic conditions. They not that instead, they seem to become victims of environmental degradation and abject poverty.Earlier this week stern warnings were sounded in several interviews conducted by the Daily Observer. Those interviewed discussed the way forward in the protection and preservation of the Liberian forest from those seeking to plunder the nation’s natural resources.These environmentalists pointed out that owing to previous administration’s bad governance system, millions of logs have been exported with no significant impact on the socio-economic conditions of Liberians.Following the recent democratic elections held in Liberia after years of civil conflict, swarms of advocacy groups sprung up to monitor and keep surveillance on the precious remaining rain forest of the nation.In equal measure, dozens of logging companies also sprung up to take advantage of opportunities in the lucrative forestry business. These companies have found a more progressive business environment under the current administration of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.Being fully aware of the ugly practices of the past administration, the Unity Party led government welcomed— without any hurdles— dozens of forestry watch-dogs to assist government in the forest preservation processes.Some of these watch-dog organizations include the British based groups Global Witness and the Society General on Surveillance (SGS); who have both opened offices in the nation’s capital.Initially, the mechanisms crated and put into place containing some tangible loop-holes and some of the logging companies took advantage of the lapses and infiltrated the system with brown envelopes.Subsequent to the detection of corrupt practices in the forestry sector, the Liberian Government immediately placed a moratorium on the harvest and exportation of Liberian logs on the world market.The Liberian Government then instituted practical steps leading to the dismissal of the former Managing Director of the Forestry Development Authority and dissolution of the entity’s board of directors.In a bid to restore confidence and credibility to the forestry sector, the Liberian Government appointed an interim management team with the head being one of Liberia’s most respected businessmen, Harrison Karnwea.  During former President Charles Taylor’s regime, thousands of hectares of forest in the coastal county of Grand Bassa were mortgaged disregarding international practices and standards.The notorious Oriented Timber Company (OTC) of Malaysia harvested and exported several of Liberia’s finest timber species; leaving behind environmental degradation to the detriment of the citizens of Grand Bassa County.Several attempts at the time by advocacy groups such as the Sustainable Development Institute (SDI) to speak on the malpractices in the forestry sector were met with stiff resistance by top former officials of President Charles G. Taylor’s administration.Another newcomer in the fight against malpractice in the forestry sector is Liberia’s lead advocacy outfit the Green Advocates, headed by Attorney Alfred Brownell.Attorney Brownell and his team have spoken out on a number of issues of concern; such as the owners of Liberia’s biggest rubber plantation Firestone Rubber Company’s environmental pollution in the Farmington River in Margibi County.Aside from this, the environmental lawyers have also spoken critically about some of the bad labor practices meted out against vulnerable rubber tappers and other plantation workers’ socio-economic conditions over the years.In closing, it is the fervent hope of Liberians, support partners, forestry advocates and the Daily Observer that in 2014 and beyond the Liberian Government continues to work tirelessly to ensure a vibrant forestry sector.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_imgThis race will be a great litmus test for our intermediate program. Based on how we performed on Friday and Saturday, I think we should be in pretty good shape. The Jack Daniel’s Chevy was second-quick in Friday’s first practice and we qualified sixth. The season starts today. I know the Daytona 500 is the first race on the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series calendar, and don’t get me wrong, it pays as many points as any of the other 35 races on the schedule but it’s still a restrictor-plate race and “plate races” don’t win championships. With all the hype surrounding the Daytona 500, dubbed as “NASCAR’s Super Bowl,” our season begins in earnest today. The bulk of our year is spent on intermediate race tracks. And when I say intermediate tracks, I mean tracks that are generally two miles or a mile-and-a-half in length. There are a couple exceptions like Indianapolis and Pocono but, for the most part, California Speedway and tracks like it are what we call intermediate tracks. My crew chief Gil Martin has a good plan for today and we’ve got a good car. Like I said, our season begins today. It’d be nice to kick it off with a win. it Clint Bowyer, who drives the No. 07 Chevrolet for Richard Childress Racing, is writing a daily diary during NASCAR Weekend at California Speedway. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img This is, by far, my favorite car in our fleet. It’s the same car we ran really well with towards the end of last year. If we hadn’t blown a motor with three laps to go at Michigan in August, we wouldn’t have finished any worse than 10th with this car. I like to call the old girl “Betsy.” There are a couple of things that everyone thinks about when it comes racing at California – handling and fuel mileage. Tires are a huge part of the handling equation. I grew up racing dirt-modifieds in the Midwest and believe it or not, that’s going to help me a ton in today’s race. The tire that we’re racing is built from such a hard compound that it’s very similar to racing on a “dry-slick” dirt track. What I mean is that you have to take care of your tires in the corners and keep them underneath you. You have to keep the load of the car on the right-rear tire. If you get in to the corner too far, the car will push and won’t want to turn. If you don’t get enough, you’ll be loose off and the car will want to spin out when you turn the wheel. That’s exactly what you have to do in a dirt car to be fast. You have to get in the corner just right so you can drive straight off the corner. Fuel mileage is always a factor too and can be the key to a top five or finishing 35th. Last fall we gave up track position to stop and top off with fuel and that was the difference. Everyone else gambled on another caution that never came and a lot of guys ran out of gas. last_img read more

first_imgLiverpool star Raheem Sterling proved in the 2-1 win over Southampton he can go some way to compensating for the loss of Luis Suarez, according to Reds hero Ray Houghton.Brendan Rodgers has been left with the unenviable task of figuring out how to replace Suarez’s 31 Premier League goals from last season, after the Uruguayan joined Barcelona in a £75million move earlier this summer.But against the Saints, Sterling – who scored nine goals in 33 league games last season – looked up to the challenge, breaking the deadlock with a cool finish and setting up Daniel Sturridge for the winner.And Houghton believes the 19-year-old, plus the likes of Jordan Henderson and Sturridge, will need to improve if they are to go one better than last season and win the Premier League.“They’re going to have to do that [improve] because they’ve lost their main player in Suarez,” he told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast.“They’re going to have to compensate for that in other ways. Others are going to have to step up and take more responsibility in that final third to score more goals.“Certainly we saw that with Sterling yesterday. He showed signs he‘s going to be a real threat. I think he’s going have a fantastic season. He’s got real ability, he’s really settled down now and he’s understanding his position in the side.“I think he’s going to be there week in, week out, he’s not going to be just a bit part player for them, he’s going to be a main player for them. I think that’s going to be very important for Liverpool.”last_img read more

first_imgBY EMMET RUSHE: Everywhere you turn, they are there.Everywhere you go, they are waiting for you.There is no escape… Holiday nibbles are EVERYWHERE!!!It’s that time of year again where every house, shop and work place seems to be sponsored by ‘Pringles’ or ‘Roses’.It doesn’t matter how good you are, you would need the will power of a Tibetan monk to avoid sneaking even one nibble this Christmas.The inevitable is upon us, so do we give in completely or do we try and have a bit of control over our hand to mouth interaction? What it comes down to is this;Do you have something coming up in January that will require you to remain around the same weight?Has trying to be strict with your diet, over Christmas in the past alienated you from your family and friends?Are you at the point where allowing a bit of dietary freedom will actually allow you to relax and enjoy the festivities for once?For some of you, the Christmas break will be a time to recharge the batteries and you should use it as such. But, if you have something coming up and you are worried that the holiday season will throw you completely off track with your goals, I have some simple tips below that can help.Here are a few things you can do to prevent the inevitable spill over that comes from too much Christmas cheer.Don’t turn up to a party hungry. If there is one sure way to end up sitting in the corner, surrounded by empty Roses wrappers and with a chocolate ring around your mouth, it is this. Turning up to a party hungry is a recipe for disaster.As soon as the party mix is set down on the table you will be on it like a lion on a gazelle.Before you go to a staff party or house party, try and have a good meal with plenty of protein in it.Protein is very satisfying and you won’t be hungry after eating it.If you are already full and not hungry you are less likely to binge on everything in sight when you get there. Don’t sit at the nibbles table. Everyone wants a comfy seat.No one wants to turn up to a party and have to stand all night.But the weigh up between standing and sitting can be a table full of nibbles right in arm’s length.If you are trying to be a bit good this year, try and not put yourself right in the danger zone by sitting in front of the table of snacks.You will be mid conversation with all the other party goers and won’t even realise that you’ve polished off the bowl of ‘Bombay mix’ or that tube of Pringles all by yourself.Pace your alcohol intakeThis is a good piece of advice for a few reasons.Firstly, if you pace your drinking, you are less likely to get the alcohol munchies early on in the night therefore lessening the damage that you could do.You are also taking in fewer calories through alcohol, especially if you like cocktails with high sugar mixers.Secondly, if you pace your alcohol intake, you are less likely to make a shambles of yourself in front of your work colleagues and have reminders of your antics on Facebook the next morning…Like singing karaoke, when there was no karaoke!Avoid excessive drinking and tasting when cooking. When preparing meals this Christmas, try and avoid having the bottle of wine beside your glass.You will be less likely to keep topping up your glass and the bottle might last you longer than the time it takes to stuff the turkey.When cooking, try to limit the amount of tasting that you do, a taste shouldn’t be eating a whole turkey leg while basting.Walk it offFinally, if you are going to indulge yourself over the festive season, try at least to get up the following morning/afternoon and go for a walk.You will be burning up a few of the previous night’s treats and it is something that you and your partner, friend or family can do that might just last into the new year and become a habit that you could keep.Lastly, remember that Christmas only happens once a year and unless you have good reason to monitor your food, you should relax and enjoy the festive season!My New 2016 Transformation Challenge kicks off January 4th.There has been a huge amount of interest in these classes this year so I am rolling out 2 new time slots at 7am and 6pm on Monday, Wednesday and Fridays.These are sure to sell out, so don’t leave it too long to book.Contact me through the link below for more information.#TrainSmarthttps://www.facebook.com/pages/Rushe-Fitness/120518884715118EMMET RUSHE’S FITNESS COLUMN: HOW TO SURVIVE THE CHRISTMAS CHEER was last modified: December 20th, 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:columnemmet rushefitnesssurviving Christmaslast_img read more

first_imgSligo Rovers have announced Donegal men Shaun Patton and Kyle Callan-McFadden as the club’s first two new signings for the 2017 season.Callan-McFadden is Ireland under-21 international defender and signs subject to international clearance.His career started with Norwich City and he comes to The Showgrounds from MLS club Orlando City. The Ramelton man had a successful underage career with Norwich playing in the team that won the prestigious FA Youth Cup in 2012-13 over Chelsea and captaining the club’s under-21 team.From there he made his way through to the first team with the Championship club and made his debut in a League Cup win over Crawley Town in August 2014.Last summer saw a move to the United Stated where he has played with Orlando City up until now.The 21 year-old has over 30 Irish underage caps playing every age level from under-16 to under-21 and captaining his country several times. Goalkeeper Patton has signed with The Bit o’Red from Derry City.The 21 year-old from Letterkenny has also played for Finn Harps and will provide competition for Micheal Schlingermann who is already signed.Patton made his debut with Finn Harps in March 2012 at just 16 years of age.He made a further 10 appearances with the Donegal club before being signed by Derry City at the end of 2014.He played eight times with Derry as he battled there for the first team spot with 2016 goalkeeper of the year Ger Doherty. Donegal duo Patton, Callan-McFadden join Sligo Rovers was last modified: December 2nd, 2016 by Chris McNultyShare 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:Kyle Callan-McFaddenRameltonShaun PattonSligo Roverslast_img read more

first_imgThe Killybegs School of Tourism is to be relocated to the LYIT campus on a phased basis.The decision was taken after a meeting of the LYIT Governing Body meeting held earlier today.The move will be a huge blow to the local economy in the fishing port. The decision was made in the wake of the LYIT having its core funding cut by 43% in the past 3 years.The Governing Body approved the Institute’s three Year Financial Plan which was requested by the Higher Education Authority (HEA).This plan was requested in the context of the overall financial stability of the Institute.LYIT has had its core funding cut by 43% in the last 5 years with a commensurate reduction of over 70 staff. The Institute has projected an average on-going operating deficit of €1.9 m per annum over the coming years.In the context of the sustainability of the Institute as a whole, the stated objective of the Institute’s Executive is to retain autonomy in decision making and to address the Institute’s financial deficit.Given that 75% of the projected deficit is attributable to the School of Tourism, Killybegs the Financial Plan addresses three options for the future of the School of Tourism.The first option was to continue current operations in Killybegs, the second was to cease School of Tourism activities in LYIT and the third option was to  move School of Tourism to Letterkenny on a phased basis.Option 1, given the current funding model for Institutes of Technology, is not a viable option unless the HEA makes additional funding available. Option 3 is the option on which the Financial Plan is based, subject to capital funding being made available from the HEA.Option 2 will only be considered in the context of neither options 1 nor 3 being available to the Institute.The Governing Body said it is acutely aware of its responsibilities to the Institute and to the wider region and has approved the Executive’s Financial Plan in this context.“The Governing Body also understands and appreciates the difficulties currently being faced in south west Donegal through representations from various community groups and individuals. “In this regard, the Governing Body proposes the establishment of a forum comprising of Institute and Killybegs community representatives to engage with and keep the community appraised of on-going developments with the HEA.“As previously stated, staff, current and prospective students can be assured that there will be no impact on the intake on School of Tourism programmes for the academic year 2013/14,” said a statement.The Financial Plan will be submitted to the HEA tomorrow, 21 June 2013.KILLYBEGS SCHOOL OF TOURISM TO BE RELOCATED TO LYIT was last modified: June 20th, 2013 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:LYITSchool of Tourismlast_img read more

first_imgPromoted post         In recent months both Sister Saras and the Dry Arch have become two of the most popular   spots on the Donegal entertainment scene.And this Easter weekend management have pulled out all the stops to ensure the fun continues.The Dry Arch Inn has a full line-up of events from tonight running right through until Sunday.DJ Tubbsy kicks things off tonight while Saturday night sees the return of Smokie and the Bandit. And if that wasn’t enough, Sunday nights sees the return of the ever-popular Hugh McMonagle with his unique brand of live music.Over in Sister Saras things are as lively as a box of Easter bunnies!DJ Marty will be on the decks on Saturday night while on Sunday night, Mary B and Paul Gallagher will bring their unique brand of country.So if it’s a ‘cracking’ night out you’re looking for this Easter, you can’t go wrong with the Dry Arch Complex and Sisters Saras. IT PROMISES TO BE A ‘CRACKING WEEKEND’ AT SISTER SARAS AND THE DRY ARCH THIS EASTER was last modified: April 2nd, 2015 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)last_img read more

first_imgSave Albo campaign has been on since last monthKAMPALA – St. Mary’s College Kisubi class of 92-97, Mama Teo has joined the Save Albo Campaign by organising a Football Gala.The Save Albo Campaign has been in effect since February and is aimed at soliciting funds to help a one Albert Ampwera who sustained severe injuries to his head in November following an accident on Jinja Road.Albert who was travelling on a boda-boda that was knocked by a speeding vehicle, hit his head on the tarmac and has since been confined in the Intensive Care Unit at Case Hospital, in Kampala.The head trauma Albert suffered was exerting pressure on the brain as a result of bleeding. An emergency surgery was done and a piece of the skull was removed to ease the cranial pressure.However, he developed hydrocephalus, a condition in which an accumulation of cerebrospinal fluid occurs within the brain.It was recently reported that Doctors have done five surgeries to drain the fluid accumulating in his skull. Unfortunately, this has left the family with a big medical bill to deal with. Albert’s insurance cover was exhausted and the bill currently stands at UGX200 million.After several drives including a car wash have been initiated and the family has been able to collect an impressive UGX121,183,000 in cash and UGX8,875,000 in pledges but are still short by UGX69,942,000.The balance drive for the Save Albo cause was earlier this month reduced to as low as UGX10,000 as the family attempts to reduce UGX69,942,00 to UGX0.At this note, Mama Teo has decided to take the wheel and try to see that the balance is cleared.They are set to hold the one day Gala that will feature all teams in the SMACK League and three other guest side, on Sunday, 17-03-2019 at the MUBS Grounds in Nakawa.In total, the Gala will have 24 teams which have been drawn into six groups of four.At the Gala, there will be lots of Fun Family Activities, a Business Exhibition and lots of Foods and Drinks.Albert’s condition is understood to be improving more and more each day. He’s been started on very light oral feeding, something he hasn’t done since November; his breathing tube is being replaced with one that will allow him to try to speak. He now also responds to commands and stimuli like touch.For more information, updates and contributions, contact Kenneth Tumusiime on 0752733337/0772394882 or Anita Nagasha on 0776574743/0701574733.Comments Tags: Albert AmperaMama TeoSMACK Leaguetoplast_img read more