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Top USA gymnastics board members resign in wake of abuse case

first_imgView comments Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina LATEST STORIES Slumping Milwaukee Bucks fire coach Jason Kidd Former Olympians Aly Raisman, left, and Jordyn Wieber sit in Circuit Judge Rosemarie Aquilina’s courtroom during the fourth day of sentencing for former sports doctor Larry Nassar, who pled guilty to multiple counts of sexual assault, Friday, Jan. 19, 2018, in Lansing, Mich. (Matthew Dae Smith /Lansing State Journal via AP)Three top board members of USA Gymnastics resigned and the man who coached the 2012 Olympic team was suspended Monday, after calls from angry gymnasts who say the organization did nothing to protect them after they were abused by former team doctor Larry Nassar.Chairman Paul Parilla, vice chair Jay Binder and treasurer Bitsy Kelley announced they were stepping down as testimony in Nassar’s sentencing hearing in Michigan moved into its second week. Nassar faces a minimum prison sentence of 25 to 40 years in a molestation case.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year Later Monday, USA Gymnastics suspended the coach of the 2012 Olympics team, John Geddert, who worked with Nassar at his gyms in Michigan.A number of Olympians have been among those testifying in the Nassar hearing. Many have also sued the U.S. Olympic Committee and USA Gymnastics and called for the sports leaders to leave their jobs.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkUSA Gymnastics CEO Steve Penny was forced out last year.A person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press that USOC CEO Scott Blackmun met with Parilla earlier this month and asked for his resignation. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak about the issue publicly. Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Another member of the 2016 team, Aly Raisman , gave some of the most compelling testimony last week.“To believe in the future of gymnastics is to believe in change,” she said. “But how are we to believe in change when these organizations aren’t even willing to acknowledge the problem?”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. In a statement, Blackmun said the USOC has been discussing changes with leaders at USA Gymnastics since October.“Those discussions accelerated over the holidays and today you have seen three board resignations,” Blackmun said. “New board leadership is necessary because the current leaders have been focused on establishing that they did nothing wrong. USA Gymnastics needs to focus on supporting the brave survivors.”The new CEO, Kerry Perry, said USA Gymnastics supported the resignations.“We believe this step will allow us to more effectively move forward in implementing change within our organization,” she said.Last week, USA Gymnastics said it would no longer hold training camps at the Karolyi ranch in Texas, where a number of gymnasts said Nassar abused them. That announcement only came after Olympic all-around champion Simone Biles complained that USA Gymnastics hadn’t moved to find a different training locale.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew 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 Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacsonlast_img read more

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‘We Knew Duncan Would Die’

first_imgNews of the death of Ebola victim in the United States, Liberian Thomas Eric Duncan, did not surprise a cross section of Liberians interviewed by the Daily Observer yesterday.“I knew he was not going to make it,” said a money changer on Benson Street, minutes after Texas Presbyterian Health officials announced his death.“Consider his situation,” the man who chose not to give his name, said. “There are at least four Americans who also got the virus, and why are they not dead?” he asked.A young Liberian female university student, 20, said, “The wicked manner that Duncan went to America, aware that he had come in contact with an Ebola patient convinced me that he would not survive his ordeal.” “Oh, did you people at the Observer ever think he was going to survive?” She answered her own rhetorical question. “I knew he would not have made it.”Others interviewed drew attention to Dr. Kent Brantly, the American doctor who got infested here in Liberia with Ebola, but was treated in a US hospital and is now free from the disease.“He is an American,” the taxi driver said, “and so they took care of him.”A mother of three on Carey Street in Monrovia also reminded the Daily Observer  of Dr. Rick Sarca, another American, who got infested while in Liberia.“Is he dead?” she posed the question to the Daily Observer.Like the two American doctors, another American, Nurse Nancy Writebol, also survived after being treated at a US hospital.Many other Liberians made mention of NBC Cameraman Ashoka Mukpo, who recently got infested and was rushed to the United States.Cameraman Mukpo has received blood donation from Dr. Kent Brantly and doctors in the United States are waiting to administer transfusion to save his life.“Why Duncan did not receive such an important gift that could have saved his life?” asked another Liberian, who said he is a student at the University of Liberia.When many of those interviewed were reminded that the Americans had begun administering a drug approved by the Federal Food and Drug Administration, FDA, on Ebola victim Duncan, they still responded that the Americans “pretended they were doing their best for him.”“They knew that the drug would not have saved Duncan’s life,” said another.  “Why are they not using the same drug on other Americans?”Many commented that the United States is a country that takes care of its own and took the Liberian government to task for its inability to care for its citizens just as Americans do for their own.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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North Peace Secondary School Ooks take first in Peace River tournament

first_imgThe team started with a bad loss against Glenmary, and a second loss followed to the host Peace River. The result meant that the Ooks finished third in their pool.The Ooks met Glenmary once again in the semi finals and won easily in two sets. The win set up a rematch against Peace River. NPSS had fallen to Peace River three times before the finals but this time the result was different. The Ooks took the first set 25-22, then carried the momentum over for a two set win, taking the second set 25-14.The group saw a steady improvement in their blocking throughout the tournament, coupled with good, consistent play on the court.- Advertisement –last_img

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GAA: LATE COMEBACK JUST TOO LATE FOR DONEGAL IN LAOIS CLASH

first_imgDONEGAL 2-06, LAOIS 2-09: TWO goals in a minute threatened to upset a determined and tough Laois as Donegal went down by three points in this National League clash at O’Donnell Park in Letterkenny today.It would have been rough justice on the visitors had they eventually drawn or lost this match, for it was they who had the bulk of the game.For long periods of this match Jim McGuinness’s men seemed out-muscled and often out-classed. Ross Munnelly has Laois two points up in the first ten minutes as Donegal wasted a number of chances, typified by a wide from Anthony Thompson who put a very scoreable kick wide.It took the level head of Patrick McBrearty to settle Donegal as he hit two points to level the game, one of them a free from 30 metres out.But David Conway went up the other end in the 21st minute to restore the lead before a completely unmarked Munnelly scored a minute later.Conway then had a goal chance blocked – Colm Begley grabbed the breaking ball and fired over to chalk another point up for Laois. In the 29th minute McBrearty scored again for Donegal, a point quickly cancelled out by Paddy Clancy.And it was Clancy who was at the centre of all the attention just before half-time as Karl Lacey was adjudged to have fouled him in front of goal.Paul Cahillane stepped up to fire the goal into the back of the net to give Laois a 1-06 to 0-04 half-time lead.Donegal looked rattled as the second half began and their star performer from the first half McBrearty missed an easy chance in front of the posts as Laois raced further into the lead through scores from Conway and Darren Strong.There are groans around O’Donnell Park in the 16th minute of the second half when Paddy Clancy rises highest to win possession, turns brilliantly and hits the back of the net. But ten minutes later there is controversy as Donegal begin their fightback. Anthony Thompson claims a goal for Donegal – though the Laois players insist the ball didn’t cross the line.Clearly rattled the visitors lost all concentration and in the 29th minute Neil Gallagher takes advantage of lapse defending to fire in a second Donegal goal.O’Donnell Park was now much livelier but time had run out – and Donegal have lost again.The rest of today’s National League results are below> Allianz Football League Division 1Donegal 2-06 Laois 2-09, Letterkenny, ResultCork 4-11 Down 0-10, Pairc Ui Chaoimh, ResultAllianz Football League Division 2Westmeath 0-05 Meath 0-17, Cusack Park, ResultMonaghan 0-17 Kildare 0-12, Clones, ResultTyrone 2-15 Derry 0-09, Healy Park, ResultGalway 1-08 Louth 0-11, Pearse Stadium, ResultAllianz Football League Division 3Offaly 1-06 Roscommon 0-12, Tullamore, ResultTipperary 0-13 Antrim 1-12, Thurles, ResultSligo 4-14 Wexford 1-17, Markievicz Park, ResultAllianz Football League Division 4Limerick 1-13 London 1-07, Gaelic Grounds, ResultCarlow 0-13 Leitrim 2-09, Dr Cullen Park, ResultFermanagh 0-11 Clare 0-08, Brewster Park, ResultLEAVE YOUR COMMENT BELOW© 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/donegaldailyGAA: LATE COMEBACK JUST TOO LATE FOR DONEGAL IN LAOIS CLASH was last modified: February 12th, 2012 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 2-06LAOIS 2-09:last_img read more

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Game theorists win prize for economics

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Aumann, 75, and Schelling, 84, who know each other but have never worked together, were cited by the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences for helping explain “economic conflicts such as price wars and trade wars, as well as why some communities are more successful than others in managing common-pool resources.” It said the pair’s work, which built on research by the 1994 winners of the same prize, could be applied to understand how merchant guilds, international trade treaties and even organized crime groups are formed and operate. Schelling, who teaches at the University of Maryland, used game theory in his 1960 book “The Strategy of Conflict” to focus on how the U.S. and the former Soviet Union maintained credible threats that were not likely to be used, given the threat of nuclear annihilation. “If you have second-strike capacity, then it makes your opponent think twice,” said Carl-Gustaf Lofgren, a member of the prize committee. In an interview with The Associated Press, Schelling said: “I use game theory to help myself understand conflict situations and opportunities.” STOCKHOLM, Sweden – A pair of game theorists who defined chess-like strategies in politics and business that can be applied to arms races, price wars and actual warfare won the Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences on Monday. Israeli-American Robert J. Aumann and U.S. citizen Thomas C. Schelling won the award for research on game theory, a branch of applied mathematics that uses models to study interactions between countries, businesses or people. The theory, which was devised in 1944 by John von Neumann and Oskar Morgenstern, is often used in a political or military context to explain conflicts between countries but has been of late used to map trends in the business world, ranging from how cartels set prices to how companies can better sell their goods and services in new markets. “The understanding of game theory helps explain economic conflicts like price competition and trade wars,” said Jorgen Weibull, chairman of the prize committee. “I think the main impact is on economics, but it also applies to other social sciences.” He added that the prize committee linked the two laureates on the virtue of their respective research. “They linked us together because he is a producer of game theory and I am a user of game theory,” said Schelling, who worked with the U.S. Marshall Plan to rebuild Europe after World War II. In the economic world, Aumann and Schelling’s work is used to prevent illegal cartels between rival companies, Lofgren said. Two competitors can use game theory to agree on joint price structures that benefit both parties, thereby eliminating fair competition, he explained. But the theory also lets regulators pick up on signs of collusion and, ultimately, break up illegal cartels. Monday’s award also highlighted developments in game theory that were lauded with the 1994 economics prize to Americans John Harsanyi and John Nash and German Reinhard Selten. Nash was portrayed in the 2001 Academy Award-winning film “A Beautiful Mind,” starring Russell Crowe. Lofgren said Aumann’s theories differed from Nash’s by introducing an infinite repetition of the same game so as to find the best solution in long-term relationships instead of in a single encounter. The difference is illustrated in the so-called “prisoner’s dilemma,” one of game theory’s best-known situations in which two partners in crime are put in separate cells and given an ultimatum: If one implicates the other, he may go free while his partner faces a firing squad. Facing that situation once, both prisoners are likely to talk, meaning both would be executed, Lofgren said. However, if they could repeat the situation an infinite number of times and add the results of each action, they would realize that the best option is for both to keep mum, he said. That supposition formed the basis for a TV game show, “Friend or Foe?” that aired on the Game Show Network in the U.S. Born in Frankfurt, Germany, Aumann is a professor at the Center for Rationality at Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Another dual U.S.-Israeli citizen, Daniel Kahneman, won the economics prize in 2002. This year’s award also marked the sixth year running that Americans have won the prize. Last year’s winners were Edward C. Prescott, an Arizona State University professor, and Norwegian Finn E. Kydland, an economics professor at the University of California, Santa Barbara, who won for their research on how government policies affect economies around the world and why supply-side shocks like high oil prices can dampen business cycles. The economics prize, worth $1.3 million, is the only one of the Nobel awards not established in the will of Swedish industrialist Alfred Nobel, the inventor of dynamite. The medicine, physics, chemistry, literature and peace prizes were first awarded in 1901, while the economics prize was set up by the Swedish central bank in 1968. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Jose Canseco on new podcast: I turned down Madonna, injected Sasquatch with PEDs, or is it the other way around?

first_imgJose Canseco launched a podcast Wednesday. Sasquatch, you’ve been warned.You, too, dear reader.“This is going to be such a different type of podcast,” Canseco said on the inaugural post of “The Truth Hurts.” If you stick with it for all 103 minutes, your brain will be begging for relief as well.“We’re going to talk about every subject matter,” Canseco prattled on. “Not just baseball. We’re going to cover everything from finances to divorce and marriages, baseball, Sasquatch, aliens, the …last_img

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Eureka High comes up short in AIBT opener

first_imgCJ Chaidez scored 12 points for the Loggers but it wasn’t enough as Montgomery-Santa Rosa downed Eureka High 47-42 in the first-round of the Arcata Invitational Basketball Tournament, Thursday afternoon at Arcata HighThe Loggers (2-3) battled early, matching the Vikings bucket-for-bucket in the first-quarter. Cahliel Garner recorded seven of Eureka’s 13 first-quarter points as the Loggers took a slim 13-11 lead after the opening frame. Eureka took its largest lead of the night, seven points, …last_img

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Hi-tech boost for fight against rhino poaching

first_img17 December 2014Drone aircraft have helped reduce poaching incidents in the Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park in KwaZulu-Natal by 92 percent, says Shaya E-security, builders of the drones.The drone aircraft stream live video via satellite to “armchair pilots” on the ground.The custom-made drones clocked over 3 600 flying hours across in four separate deployments across Hluhluwe-Imfolozi, which has one of the biggest rhino populations in the world.While as many as 50 rhino are killed in South Africa’s worst affected areas, not a single rhino was lost inside Hluhluwe-Imfolozi during the initial one month-long drone pilot project, Shaya says.“We’ve proved the value of drone technology in the fight against rhino poaching,” said Ben van Dyk, chief operations officer of Johannesburg-based Shaya E-security, which built the drones.“The world urgently needs a solution to the poaching crisis, and we believe we’ve found it,” Van Dyk said.Real time monitoringShaya’s drone project features a range of remote-controlled drone designs, from a five- metre wingspan craft to the much smaller battery-operated drone.Van Dyk said the key to the drones’ success was on-board sensors and high definition cameras that are capable of providing real-time monitoring across a vast wilderness area.The craft flew at an altitude of around 500 metres and reached speeds of up to 180km an hour, providing constant live video as well as thermal and infra-red surveillance.The live images could be controlled or viewed remotely on portable devices such as laptops, or even a mobile phone, enabling faster reaction time and better communication with ground teams, the company said.“Anti-Rhino Drone Operations form part of an overall strategy that includes an effective Reaction Unit, intelligence gathering, and co-operation with the local SAPS,” Van Dyk said. The park’s management had effectively co-ordinated all the elements in the fight against rhino poaching.The project, which was concluded earlier this year, could provide a model for future deployments across the country, said Shaya chief executive Ian Melamed.“The problem with fighting rhino poaching in particular is that there is so much intimidation and danger to the people on the ground fighting the poachers,” Melamed said. “As a result aerial security surveillance is a hugely viable alternative.”“Drones are no longer seen as ‘killer machines’ but have found a new purpose – protecting animal life,” Van Dyk said.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

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‘Varsities reflect society’ – Nation Brand University Dialogue

first_imgBrand South Africa hosted a diverse group of international academics at the University of Pretoria on 5 October, for its first day-long University Dialogue on the Nation Brand.In welcoming delegates, vice chancellor Professor Cheryl de la Rey said that, given the ongoing protest and debate on campuses across South Africa, the event was a timely reminder of the crucial role universities play in defining and shaping a nations’ identity.The University of Pretoria, she said, was committed to its role in advancing South Africa as a nation. “This is the opportune time to host this event. It is a moment to think deeply of the value of public institutions to society and brand in South Africa.”Today’s event brings together a range of leading academics to deliberate on how South Africa is currently positioned, whether this positioning is positive or negative, what is working, and how the various elements of the brand impact on nation brand positioning.The discussion is intended to give Brand South Africa a solid basis from which to critique the work currently executed, with a range of stakeholders, in positioning South Africa competitively and positively.“Universities are the public spaces for discourse on the nature of our society,” De la Rey said. A strong and resilient nation brand, she said, was built on a common vision and a shared identity. Universities were the place where a nation of people should discover who they are.She added that she hoped today’s discussions would end with innovative and creative solutions to the fault-lines we face as a nation.Ambassador Kingsley Makhubela, Brand South Africa CEO, said that universities were the perfect venue for the nation brand conversation. “Academic communities allow for open discussion.”The issue to be discussed today, he said, was how we overcome the problem of blurred lines when we try to define a strong state versus nation brand. “A strong state will build a strong nation brand,” he said.The solutions generated today would be useful, so he encouraged delegates to be frank and open. “The ideas we generate today will have an impact. They will inform policy.”SouthAfrica.info reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using SouthAfrica.info material.last_img read more

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Londoners get a taste of South African food

first_imgSouth African cuisine takes centre stage at a restaurant in London. Situated near Buckingham Palace, bbar serves everything from boerewors to bunny chow.South African food is being served at bbar, a restaurant near Buckingham Palace. (Image: bbar)Compiled by Priya PitamberA hop and a skip away from Buckingham Palace in London lies bbar, a cocktail bar and restaurant offering an array of South African dishes. Think bobotie springrolls, biltong, chakalaka, boerewors and Cape Malay curries.It is owned by South African hotelier Beatrice Tollman, whose expertise, along with that of her husband, Stanley, extends to the Red Carnation Group of 17 luxurious hotels across South Africa, the UK and US. It includes Durban’s The Oyster Box and The Twelve Apostles in Cape Town.Stanley named the restaurant bbar as a tribute to Beatrice’s love for home-grown recipes. Her passion for the kitchen is also documented in her cook book, A Life in Food. It contains recipes passed down through the family as well as creations inspired by her travels.The South African influence“There seems to be a demand for South African cuisine in London,” said general manager Ian Powrie, speaking to the Sunday Times. “At the bbar there is a huge demand for bobotie, SA style Cape Malay curries, biltong, boerewors and avocado-based salads.”There is no one that does #NationalCurryWeek like bbar. Come & try our NEW Arthur’s Chicken #Curry, with great #SouthAfrican flavours. pic.twitter.com/BDtxCYBpHg— bbar & restaurant (@bbarlondon) October 10, 2016Afternoon tea, usually quintessentially British, is given a South African twist with the inclusion of mini bunny chows.Enjoy our #SouthAfrican #afternoontea The perfect way to catch up with #friends pic.twitter.com/CoyBIMGmP8— bbar & restaurant (@bbarlondon) March 1, 2017The décor also has a tinge of South Africa: from the giraffe print on some of the chairs to the cheetah statue on the edge of the bar and the beaded giraffe ornaments lurking at the window.Come & keep the giraffes company this evening #dinner #food #London pic.twitter.com/szZkGi3g5e— bbar & restaurant (@bbarlondon) March 7, 2017The start of a hotelier careerHer husband came from a family of hoteliers, Beatrice said, but it was a new industry to her. In 1954, she opened her first hotel in Johannesburg called the Nugget. But she also fondly remembers their second hotel, the Hyde Park Hotel.“We named the main restaurant there The Colony, inspired by the supper clubs of New York and it soon attracted international cabaret stars (e.g. Petula Clark and Trini Lopez) and famous guests such as Marlene Dietrich, George Peppard and Michael Caine,” Tollman told lifestyle news website, Belle About Town.“It was a very exciting time; these famous people stayed at our Hyde Park Hotel! We ran three other restaurants from this same hotel.”No day was ever the same in the hotel industry, she said, which gave her great enjoyment.Her love for foodAccording to Powrie, bbar is to showcase Beatrice’s recipes and it is a thank you from Stanley for the hard work during the early years of business.Beatrice firmly believes food brings people together. “Gathering friends and family together for a fantastic meal is a bonding experience and helps maintain close relationships in a world where everyone’s lives are getting increasingly busy.”Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

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