CEO of Athletics Kenya steps aside over bribery allegations

first_imgNAIROBI, Kenya (AP): The chief executive of Kenya’s track and field federation has taken temporary leave after two athletes alleged in an interview with The Associated Press that he asked them for a bribe to reduce their doping bans. Athletics Kenya CEO, Isaac Mwangi, said in a letter to the federation’s acting president that the allegations by 400-metre runner Joy Sakari and hurdler Francisca Koki Manunga were “unsubstantiated” and “have caused me a lot of mental anguish”. He asked for 21 days’ leave while the allegations are investigated. In the AP interview, Sakari and Manunga alleged that Mwangi asked them each for a $24,000 bribe in an October 16 meeting, but that they could not raise the money. The athletes, both police officers in Kenya, tested positive for a banned diuretic at the 2015 World Championships in Beijing. They are serving four-year bans. The athletes told AP they never filed a criminal complaint alleging wrongdoing by Mwangi because they had no proof to back up their bribery accusation and also feared repercussions. In a separate AP interview, Mwangi dismissed the allegations as “just a joke”, denied ever meeting privately with the runners and said Athletics Kenya has no power to shave time off athletes’ bans. In his letter to acting federation president Jackson Tuwei, dated Monday, Mwangi asked for AK’s disciplinary panel to investigate. Investigations “I am anxious to have my name cleared,” he wrote in the letter, a copy of which was seen by AP. “It is my hope that the investigations will be expeditious, fair and should include relevant authorities.” Mwangi’s leave was voluntary and started Monday, Tuwei told a news conference yesterday in Nairobi. The world governing body of track and field, the IAAF, has referred the athletes’ allegations to its ethics commission. It already was investigating allegations that AK officials sought to subvert anti-doping in Kenya, solicited bribes and offered athletes reduced bans. The probe has led to the suspensions of AK’s president, Isaiah Kiplagat, a vice president, David Okeyo and AK’s former treasurer, Joseph Kinyua.last_img read more

Champs again

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! ONCE again, El Camino Real High School in Woodland Hills has triumphed in the national Academic Decathlon, and once again, these high-achievers have given us all an important lesson in education excellence. Winning a national academic title takes a lot more than innate talent and intelligence. It also takes rigor and commitment, both of which the El Camino Real team had in abundance. In a move that borders on cruelty, AcaDeca organizers put this year’s championship in Honolulu. Surrounded by dazzling natural beauty and unlimited opportunities for fun, this year’s decathletes had to forgo a lot to do their last-minute cramming. But their hard work has paid off. Victorious again, these scholars have made us all proud. They have earned their trophies and medals – as well as a vacation!last_img read more

Retiring teacher to take students on trip to Europe

first_imgWHITTIER – After teaching by the books for 34 years, retiring history teacher Craig Ensz wants to leave his students a legacy of reality. The 57-year-old La Habra residents is determined to “really make a difference” with his Frontier High School students by taking seven of them on a trip to Europe this spring. “I’ve had 34 years of books with Frontier kids, and I thought that at this point, reality would be a much better thing to teach them than books,” he said. And in the case of the seven students selected from Ensz’s continuation school classes, reality will be something far different from their lives in their largely Latino and predominantly working-class neighborhood in unincorporated West Whittier. “It’s kind of nice to think that instead of just walking into a classroom – even though I’m only taking a small number – that they’ll have smiles on their faces and be able to say to themselves, `Wow, this is the real world.”‘ Ensz got the idea for the trip, which he is planning on his own, only about a week ago. Already, he has secured spots for himself and the students on a 21-member group tour that will visit Germany, Switzerland and Austria from April 15-23. But a major obstacle remains – financing the trip. Ensz estimates it will cost $17,500 to fund the excursion for all seven students. Now he’s hoping area service clubs and businesses will step forward to make it happen. Since he is planning the trip on his own, he is not relying on any help from Frontier High or the Whittier Union High School District. He has made it clear to the seven students that if the funding doesn’t materialize, the trip is off. But that has not dampened the enthusiasm of seniors Michael Castaneda, David Cobian, Ruben Madrigal, Josue Marroquin, Hugo Olvera, Emmanuel Ozuna and Aaron Rincon. “When he told me, I was kind of surprised because I never would have thought of it,” said Ozuna, 18, who is in his last week of classes at Frontier. “I’m excited about it,” he added. “Me and my cousin wanted to go to Europe but like later, when I was 20-something. I never thought it would come so soon.” Ensz said he selected the seven because they have all been in his classes for years, did well in their studies and have developed a friendship with him. Because of possible problems with girls and boys sharing rooms, he picked only boys, he said. The students must fill out applications, but they have received their families’ blessing, Ensz said. The cost of the trip is $2,500 per student, including $2,058 for transportation, meals, hotels, fees, insurance and taxes. The remainder will cover student passports, visas, pre-trip expenses and spending money. Anyone interested in donating can contact Ensz at (562)698-8121, Ext. 1134. Donations also can be mailed to the Craig Ensz Student Fund, 1020 Amanda Lane, La Habra, CA 90631. (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3051 AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img


first_imgLYIT student societies competed in the National Board of Irish Colleges Societies (BICS) in the Sheraton Hotel, Athlone.With a packed house, of over 400 staff and students from third level colleges in Ireland, it proved to be a fantastic night for all in attendance.The BICS Awards recognise the civic, charity, community and voluntary work carried out by students in third level institutes and universities. The night itself, provides a showcase for students to display their amazing work and activities, currently taking place within the higher education sector in Ireland. Letterkenny Institute of Technology students competed in 7 categories on the night. Each category had 6-7 groups competing for the national honours, from various institutes of technology and universities throughout Ireland.All of the colleges were vying for the coveted accolade of becoming a BICS Award winner 2015. One winner was selected in each category and Letterkenny Institute of Technology Societies contested strongly in each.It proved to be the night for the LYIT LGBT + Society, who walked away with the ‘Most Improved Society Award 2015’, despite stiff competition from Mary Immaculate College, Limerick, National College of Ireland in Dublin and Tallaght Institute of Technology, to name but a few.The judges felt that the LYIT LGBT+ Society showed great passion and energy and that their activities and development in the 2014-2015 academic year could not be surpassed. Ian Smyth, LGBT+ Society President received the award on the night and spoke of his ‘overwhelming feeling of pride in knowing that all but a few years ago, it would have been unheard of, for a Donegal based LGBT society to win a national award like this.’Despite not winning an award on the night the LYIT Android App Society, Gaisce Society and Public Speaking Society were highly commended for their efforts and volunteer work in the local community.This award, for the LYIT LGBT+ Society, is the second award received by LYIT societies from the BICS national body. Letterkenny Institute of Technology societies are now competing at the highest level and being recognised for their fantastic community work and volunteer efforts. The sky’s the limit for the LYIT student societies. SKY IS THE LIMIT FOR LYIT CLUBS AND SOCIETIES was last modified: April 20th, 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) Tags:donegalletterkennyLYITlast_img read more

A’s manager Bob Melvin up for Manager of the Year Award

first_imgA week after getting a new contract, A’s manager Bob Melvin is in line for another reward after being named a finalist Monday for the American League Manager of the Year Award.Melvin, who already won the Sporting News’ version of the award last month, joins Kevin Cash of Tampa Bay and Alex Cora of Boston as the three finalists for the award, which will be announced Nov. 13.As the man at the helm of the A’s remarkable turnaround from three last-place finishes to a wild-card game berth, Melvin …last_img

Trivino serves up walk-off homer as Yankees beat Athletics in 11

first_imgThe A’s held two different leads in the Saturday matinee, but Aaron Judge tied the game at 3 in the eighth inning, hitting a home run off … NEW YORK — DJ LeMahieu hit a walk-off home run on Lou Trivino’s first-pitch fastball in the 11th inning, sealing the Yankees’ 4-3 win over the A’s on Saturday.Trivino made it through two innings unscathed before LeMahieu’s leadoff game-winner.DJ played Closing Time.— New York Yankees (@Yankees) August 31, 2019last_img

Using science and analytics to guide nitrogen management

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Kyle Poling, Pioneer Field Agronomist, Ada, OhioNitrogen (N) is typically the most yield-limiting nutrient in corn production. Additionally, nitrogen management is among the most uncertain and costly inputs of modern corn production. With N accounting for up to 20% of total crop cost, growers are faced with the challenge of how to meet N requirements without over-applying or under-applying.An ideal nutrient management plan would be for a grower to make nitrogen available to the corn to supply adequate amounts of N as the crop needs it. Only about 10% of the total amount of nitrogen is taken up between the period of corn emergence to knee high. During the rapid vegetative growth phase, from V8 through tasseling, corn generally requires over half of its total N supply. Providing adequate N for this period is a key goal of N management.The last one-third of a corn plant’s N requirement must still be met by uptake during the reproductive stages (ear-fill). Nitrogen uptake during the ear-fill period can minimize the remobilization of N from vegetative to reproductive tissues. This means that the plant does not have to cannibalize the leaves to provide N for kernel development when it can take up N from the soil during this period. A corn crop that carries plant health (green leaf area) into late summer/early fall extends the duration of photosynthesis, continues carbohydrate production, and maintains the opportunity to add additional grain yield.Applying N at multiple times can spread the risks of nitrogen loss and crop deficiency, improve profitability by reducing N rates, and benefit the environment by not applying “insurance fertilizer” that can potentially be lost. To help reduce N losses from rainfall related losses, nitrogen “stabilizers” or “additives” can be applied along with N fertilizers.Yield goal and generalized nitrogen response relationships are often the best benchmarks available to guide management. However, neither of these approaches account for how variability in soils and weather affect crop growth and nitrogen availability at specific locations. Crop models offer one way to bring field and weather variability information into the nitrogen management decision-making process. While crop simulation models have historically been used for research purposes, advances in cloud computing and data management now make it possible to effectively extend crop models to commercial production systems. One of the major advantages of using crop models to guide nitrogen management decisions is that they can integrate the numerous, complex processes that affect soil nitrogen and provide actionable information that has meaning in a management context. Crop models can also incorporate weather information dynamically, as it occurs, so that nitrogen can be monitored and managed in real time.Key components that can be integrated into a nitrogen model include: (1) crop uptake of nitrogen during crop growth, (2) nitrogen mineralization by breakdown of organic matter, and (3) loss of nitrogen through leaching, denitrification, and volatilization.The outcomes of nitrogen management decisions are inherently inexact due to imperfect knowledge of future weather events that strongly influence crop growth and soil nitrogen levels. Nitrogen modeling is a new tool that corn growers can incorporate into their nitrogen management system to account for uncertainty in the weather in conjunction with grower yield goals to provide estimates of the risk associated with planned management actions. This exciting new tool will allow growers to use science to remove some of the guesswork from corn nitrogen management. For more information regarding nitrogen monitoring, contact your local Pioneer sales representative or visit Pioneer GrowingPoint agronomy at read more

The Root Cause of Failing Sales Reps (And How to Help)

first_img Get the Free eBook! Learn how to sell without a sales manager. Download my free eBook! You need to make sales. You need help now. We’ve got you covered. This eBook will help you Seize Your Sales Destiny, with or without a manager. Download Now Almost without exception, the root of cause of failing sales reps is the same: too few opportunities (we’ll stick with “opportunities” here instead of the many root causes of this root cause). Here’s what to do to help.More—and More Effective—ProspectingMost failing sales reps could easily improve their performance by increasing the amount of time they spend prospecting for new business. This is why, despite there being so much resistance to managing activity, sales managers ask for more activity; they know that increased activity is what is necessary. But more prospecting by itself isn’t the right answer.Much of the time the reason failing salespeople don’t prospect is because they aren’t good at it, they haven’t been trained, and they aren’t confident. It’s not enough to just require more activity. You also have to improve the salesperson’s effectiveness when prospecting. This means more training, more development, and more coaching. It also means more tools, including planned dialogues and an effective campaign that they can execute against.If you really want to help a failing salesperson, you need to be demanding when it comes to your expectations around prospecting. But you also have to provide the help.More Opportunity CoachingImproved prospecting results in more acquired opportunities. But failing sales reps can’t afford to lose opportunities while they don’t have a healthy pipeline. They need more coaching around the opportunities they do create.This starts with preparing the struggling salesperson to create value during every sales interaction. It also means helping them through the sales process, sometimes making calls with them and helping manage the opportunity.If you are going to help a poor performer become successful, you have to make the investment of time in coaching them through opportunities. This sometimes means you have to give them more time than you would like to—or more time than you can easily afford. But if they are willing to do the work and willing to grow, the investment of time in coaching pays dividends later.Improving opportunity acquisition quickly improves poor performing sales rep’s numbers. It’s worth the investment.QuestionsWhat would improve a failing salesperson’s results?How do you help an opportunity-starved salesperson?Why isn’t activity alone the best way to improve results?How do you ensure that all opportunities are pursued effectively?last_img read more

Ravena on scare vs Thais: ‘We didn’t expect we would play that bad’

first_imgRavena on scare vs Thais: ‘We didn’t expect we would play that bad’6.1K viewsSportsVentuno Web Player 4.51 Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC SEA Games 7: Things to watch out for with PH women’s volleyball team View comments MOST READ LIST: Class, gov’t work suspensions during 30th SEA Games “We expected that Thailand would put up a fight, but we didn’t expect that we would play that bad,” said guard Kiefer Ravena Monday at Sunway Putra Hotel here. “It was an ugly one for us but we ended up winning and that was the end goal.”CONTRIBUTED PHOTOThailand managed to take a 71-69 lead midway through the fourth and it needed the late-game heroics of Ravena and Baser Amer to lead the Philippines to the victory.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutGilas went on an 8-0 run to take a 77-71 lead with the backcourt tandem scoring six points in the pivotal spurt.Ravena said that if ever they plan to win the Philippines’ record 17th gold medal in the regional games, they have to be sharp from the get-go down to avoid playing catchup. LATEST STORIES SEA Games: PH’s Alisson Perticheto tops ice skating short program SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Read Next KUALA LUMPUR—Gilas Pilipinas barely left MABA Stadium the same way it came in.Southeast Asia’s most dominant basketball program had to fight tooth-and-nail against Thailand to capture an 81-74 win at the start of the 2017 Southeast Asian Games basketball tournament.ADVERTISEMENT WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “I guess we have to avoid things like these from happening again,” said Ravena, who finished with 11 points but shot 4-of-14 from the field.  UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesseslast_img read more

Australia 134-4 at stumps on Day 1

first_imgUsman Khawaja’s initial eight balls in international cricket provided some of the rare flourishes on Monday in the fifth Ashes Test before he was out for 37 on the last ball of a gloomy, rain-shortened opening day when Australia’s batsmen struggled again to get on top of England.With no chance of regaining the Ashes but hopeful of levelling the series, stand-in captain Michael Clarke won the toss and elected to bat despite overcast conditions tipped to favour the England seamers. After 59 overs and breaks for bad light and rain, the new-look Australian line-up was 134-4 when play was stopped.Mike Hussey, Australia’s leading batsman in the series, was unbeaten on 12.All of the top order, with the exception of Clarke, got starts but failed to capitalise.Tim Bresnan picked up the wickets of Shane Watson (45) and Clarke (4) and returned figures of 2-47 for England, while Chris Tremlett and spinner Graeme Swann took a wicket each.Khawaja, the first Muslim to play Test cricket for Australia, got off the mark with a two and a pulled boundary from Tremlett on his first two deliveries – the first two after the lunch interval. He raced to 15 from eight balls but slowed his scoring rate as he settled in, eventually facing 95 balls in two hours. The 24-year-old left-hander’s five boundaries contained a perfectly timed chip off behind square leg – immediately after he got an edge which just failed to carry to second slip – and a risky glance through the cordon.Khawaja, the leading scorer in the domestic competition this season and on the fringe of Test selection for six months, comes into the international arena as the former top-ranked Australia cast wider than ever for replacements to fill the void created by the retirements of international veterans in recent seasons. He is the first batsman to debut at No. 3 since 1993, largely due to regular skipper Ricky Ponting’s long lock on the position.advertisementKhawaja said he was just concentrating on this Test and expected Ponting, whom he rated as Australia’s best batsman behind the great Sir Donald Bradman, to come back at some stage.”I had a ball out there. I just wanted to stay out there as long as I could,” he said. “It was a good start. Got all the anxiousness out of my system.”He said the Test was delicately poised, with Australia still in a good position if they could produce a big partnership in the second morning.Bresnan said the English attack worked brilliantly in conditions that were more suited to them.”We bowled well, put them under a lot of pressure … definitely our day,” he said. “We certainly bowled well in the first session with the new ball and made them play in a way where they are not used to playing, so we’re happy with that.”Although they played really well, I thought we were unlucky not to have them a few more down.”Bresnan said England had no intention of taking it easy despite securing the Ashes last week, with the targets of winning their first Test series in Australia since 1987 and winning back-to-back Tests in Australia for the first time since 1978-79 firmly in their sights.”We’re definitely up for this game,” he said. “We obviously celebrated quite well after Melbourne, but we still have a job to do and we still want to win this game.”Clarke, in his first Test as Australia captain after Ponting was sidelined with a broken finger, is desperate to level the series at 2-2 in the last Test and urged his lineup to show some old-school fight after a capitulation in Melbourne last week allowed England to take a 2-1 series lead – enough to ensure it retained the Ashes.Openers Phil Hughes and Watson played with discipline and uncharacteristic restraint, leaving as many balls as they played and nudging the score along to 55 in 29 overs before Tremlett ended the stand with the last ball before lunch.The England attack tied down the Australians for the entire first session, and although Tremlett troubled both openers, the bowlers weren’t rewarded until the lanky paceman tempted Hughes with a shorter ball and the 22-year-old left-hander feathered a head-height catch to Paul Collingwood at third slip.Watson batted for three hours, facing 127 balls, before edging a straightforward catch to England captain Andrew Strauss at first slip off Bresnan to make the total 105 for two. All his five boundaries came after lunch in a 50-run second-wicket stand with Khawaja.The second session was played in dull, artificial light and featured an eight-minute suspension due to the overcast conditions, with storms threatening until tea was taken early due to rain.advertisementMore than an hour of play was lost before the evening session resumed. Clarke failed to add to his pre-interval score before guiding an attempted cut straight to Jimmy Anderson at gully with the total at 113.Khawaja and Hussey added 21 in good time before the rookie No. 3 attempted to sweep Swann in the first over of the spinner’s new spell and miscued a catch to Trott at square-leg. Rain started tumbling immediately and players left the field for the day.last_img read more