Second Russian athlete fails doping test at Winter Games

first_imgA second Russian athlete has tested positive for a performance-enhancing drug at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics, a major blow for the nation’s hopes of regaining its Olympic status and drawing a line under years of doping scandals.Bobsledder Nadezhda Sergeeva tested positive for a heart drug on Feb. 18, five days after a previous doping test returned a negative result for her, the Russian bobsleigh federation said in a statement on Friday.“On Feb. 13, her sample was clean. The team’s medical staff did not prescribe the drug to the athlete,” the federation said in a post on its official Facebook page.“The Bobsleigh Federation of Russia and the athlete herself understand the extent of their responsibility and understand how what has happened can have an impact on the fate of the whole team.”Earlier this week, Russian curling medallist Alexander Krushelnitsky agreed to hand back his mixed-team bronze medal after testing positive for meldonium, which can aid in endurance.Krushelnitsky’s case shocked the Russian athletes, who are competing at the Games as neutral athletes as punishment over allegations that the sporting powerhouse ran a systematic, state-backed doping programme. Moscow denies this.But his case also raised doubts about whether the violation was intentional because meldonium would offer few benefits in curling, which does not involve intense physical exertion.At that point, there were still Russian hopes that the International Olympic Committee (IOC) would go ahead and lift its suspension of Russia’s Olympic committee and allow them to march with the Russian flag at Sunday’s closing ceremony.That prospect is now severely complicated by the second positive test of a Russian athlete. Russia now accounts for two out of four positive tests during the Games.The IOC did not immediately respond to a request for comment.The news came a few hours after hundreds of Russian fans roared in celebration when teenage figure skater Alina Zagitova delivered their team’s first gold medal.last_img read more

Feds help fund Dawson Creek Regional Airport upgrades

first_img– Advertisement – Dawson Creek Mayor Mike Bernier argues the addition of a second gate is much needed with the growth of the community. “The City of Dawson Creek is pleased to be a recipient of a financial contribution under the Community Infrastructure Improvement Fund for completion of a second passenger gate to handle the growing numbers of charter traffic using the airport and to install much needed washroom facilities in the secure hold room,” he says. center_img “I am proud to see Dawson Creek benefit from our Government’s support for local infrastructure,” says Zimmer. “Our support for upgrades to the Dawson Creek Regional Airport will help create jobs and growth, and support the prosperity of the community for years to come.”Among the newly funded renovations is the construction of a second gate with a washroom, as well as an accessible washroom added to the existing gate. Construction began late last year, which was initially going to be fully funded by the City.last_img read more

Cedars-Sinai to help reduce autopsy logjam

first_img carol.rock@dailynews.com (661) 257-5252160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’In June, the Coroner’s Office was given $645,000 to hire more investigators and support staff as well as to fund three crematory contracts. In August, the board approved $32 million for a 4,000-square-foot crypt and reconfiguration of the offices of the medical examiner to accommodate the additional staff and procedures. A formal agreement with UCLA is expected to be voted on soon, Harvey said. “These hospitals are allowed to do only certain types of cases,” Harvey said. “They cannot do homicides, officer-involved deaths or in-custody deaths or plane crashes, but they can do natural deaths, traffic accidents, some trauma cases. Typically, emergency rooms are good candidates for providing these type of cases.” The satellite facilities each handle 24 to 30 cases a year, which takes some of the stress off the coroner’s year-to-date caseload of 8,400. Harvey said the numbers were “right where they should be” and that the department expects to handle at least 10,000 cases before the end of the year. Satellite autopsy facilities must be teaching hospitals, allowing medical students a rotation in the coroner’s office. The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors formalized an agreement Tuesday with Cedars-Sinai Medical Center to provide autopsy services for the Coroner’s Office. The county has long had informal agreements with Cedars-Sinai, UCLA Medical Center and Los Angeles County-University of Southern California Medical Center to do autopsies, but this is the first formal agreement, coroner spokesman Craig Harvey said. The agreement provides the county with autopsy services at no charge in exchange for the experience offered staff at the participating institutions. The supervisors’ 4-0 vote was one in a series of supportive moves taken by the board to assist the overwhelmed office eliminate a backlog that caused health concerns and sparked accusations of mismanagement in July. Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich was absent from the vote. last_img read more

Sheffield United beat Leeds at Elland Road to get upper hand in promotion race

first_img RANKED Pontus Jansson ended up in goal for the final minutes Ponderous defending by Cooper allowed Sharp to collect the ball and play in Basham, whose strike from the edge of the box found the bottom left-hand corner.Leeds’ response to the 71st minute setback was predictably gung ho and the best opportunity fell to Jansson five minutes from time.Struggling to move due to injury, the defender was deployed up front with all three Leeds substitutions made and turned agonisingly wide.There was more drama to come as Sharp burst through in stoppage time and was taken to ground by Casilla, who was sent off for the challenge. Fan favourite Jansson donned the gloves but there was to be no more goals. REVEALED Elland Road was bouncing from the start and bore witness to an engaging opening period, with Leeds dominating the opening 40 minutes before wobbling as half-time approached.The driving rain and sodden pitch continued to make for difficult conditions after the break, yet both sides fought on manfully and Tyler Roberts smacked the outside of the post as Bielsa’s men pushed.But Sheffield United dug deep and capitalised on a 71st minute error by Leeds captain Liam Cooper as Billy Sharp put in Basham to score from the edge of the box.Jansson, by now limping heavily, went closest to levelling after being deployed as makeshift frontman, but ended the match in goal after Kiko Casilla was sent off for bringing down Sharp at the death. The Sheffield United celebrations belied manager Wilder’s pre-match comments downplaying the importance of this match, which played out in front of an atmosphere far more boisterous than most lunchtime kick-offs.Bielsa’s side dominated much of the first half and had the better chances on a saturated pitch.Patrick Bamford looked set to score from a Pablo Hernandez pull back inside eight minutes had it not been for a block, with Jack Harrison left holding his head in his hands soon after having turned over.Leeds were probing and Bamford tried his luck from an acute angle, before Roberts headed just wide. huge blow ADVICE getty 3 Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ REPLY 3 no dice center_img Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move Kiko Casilla was sent off in the final stages of the game Chris Basham scored the only goal of the game Getty Images LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS REVEALED Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions 3 BEST OF Sheffield United climbed into the promotion places in the Championship after a 1-0 win against Leeds United at Elland Road.The second against third clash was tight as expected with little to separate the two sides until Chris Basham’s second half strike separated the sides. Each missed chance led Bielsa to become increasingly agitated and offered hope to the Blades, who had struggled to get a foothold on proceedings before ending the half on top.While Leeds survived a penalty-box melee, David McGoldrick and Sharp had chances before Basham lost his composure after rounding Leeds goalkeeper Casilla.The second half was a far edgier affair, with Roberts eventually sparking things into life by rattling the outside of the post in the 59th minute.But just as the Blades looked to be creaking, they landed a hammer blow at the other end. Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? last_img read more

Chelsea facing battle to keep hold of N’Golo Kante this summer

first_img Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars Real Madrid could turn their attention to Kante if they cannot sign Paul Pogba REVEALED BEST OF 2 Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Figures of around £130million for the France international have been suggested and would make him one of the most expensive players ever.Chelsea are facing a transfer ban and are unlikely to want to sell two of their most prized assets without being able to bring in replacements.Kante has been played out of position by Maurizio Sarri with Jorginho being preferred in the defensive midfield role. no dice shining N’Golo Kante is reportedly a summer transfer target for Real Madrid as they look to overhaul their squad in the summer.The La Liga club have already made Chelsea winger Eden Hazard their number one priority ahead of next season.The Blues could face another battle to keep one of their star players. REVEALED ADVICE Getty Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move The Daily Express report that Zinedine Zidane could turn to Kante if Madrid cannot get a deal done for Paul Pogba.The cost of bringing the Manchester United midfielder to the Spanish capital could be a stumbling block. Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won N’Golo Kante is reportedly wanted by Real Madrd 2 Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions REPLY huge blow Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ Getty The Blues signed him for just £32million in 2016 after helping Leicester City win the Premier League title.He then went on to win the league in his first season with the club under Antonio Conte.The 28-year-old was also named as the PFA Players’ Player of the Year in that title-winning campaign.last_img read more

Man City write to referees’ chief over ‘inconsistencies’ in Liverpool defeat

first_img 1 The first was the possible handball in the sixth minute when the ball struck the arm of Trent Alexander-Arnold. Oliver did not award a penalty and within 60 seconds Liverpool had scored their opener.A VAR review took place but the decision was not overturned and Liverpool’s goal stood.The second incident was an apparent push on Raheem Sterling by Sadio Mane in the penalty area, while the third was for another handball incident involving Alexander-Arnold.The Times report that Riley has responded to the letter and ‘constructive talks’ have been held with Manchester City since then.City boss Pep Guardiola was incensed on the touchline with the decisions made during the game and was very animated. Trevor Sinclair says ‘Pep Guardiola is on the cusp’ and claims top managers and players could leave Premier League over VARAt the full-time whistle, he appeared to sarcastically shake Oliver’s hand and said: “Thank you very much”.Several clubs are believed to have written to Riley with concerns about VAR.They feel it is it generating too much negative publicity and the PGMOL will come under pressure to make modifications.There have been suggestions about allowing more scope for referees to use pitch side monitors, which have not been used once. Pep Guardiola was furious with the decisions made in Man City‘s defeat to Liverpool Getty Images – Getty Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:09Loaded: 14.23%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:09 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreen Manchester City have reportedly sent referees’ chief Mike Riley a letter raising concerns over Michael Oliver’s performance and VAR decisions in their defeat to Liverpool.City have contacted the managing director of the Professional Game Match Officials Limited (PGMOL) highlighting several alleged ‘inconsistencies’ from Sunday’s 3-1 defeat at Anfield.last_img read more

Michael O’Halloran return would interest St Johnstone boss

first_imgTommy Wright would love to bring Michael O’Halloran back to St Johnstone but he does not believe Rangers will let the attacker leave this month.O’Halloran’s move from Perth to Ibrox was one of the stories of last January’s transfer window but the 26-year-old has struggled for game time this season.The forward has played 571 minutes in 13 Premiership appearances, coming off the bench eight times for Mark Warburton’s men.The arrivals of Jon Toral and Emerson Hyndman on loan has prompted speculation that O’Halloran could be set for an exit on loan. But Wright said: “I don’t think Michael’s available for loan. If he was, that would be a player I would urge the chairman to go and try to sign for us but Michael is under contract at Rangers. “If there is going to be speculation about his future at Rangers it’s easy to see we would be a club that would be suited for him but there’s been nothing formal.”last_img read more

This result feels like a defeat, says Christophe Berra

first_img“The boys put in a great effort and you could see they were a getting tired towards the end.“It’s the manner in which we lost it at the end but that is Harry Kane, if you give him a chance he will put it away and that’s what he did even though he was quiet for most of the game.“I don’t think they created as many chances, we had half chances and they had the bulk of possession.“We are disappointed but I think we have got to be proud of ourselves.” Scotland defender Christophe Berra says there would have been a party in the Scotland dressing room at Full time if they had beaten England, but says after Harry Kane’s late equaliser, the result feels like a defeat. Scotland took the lead as the clock hit 90 minutes at Hampden after Leigh Griffiths scored a free-kick double but Spurs striker Harry Kane rescued a point for Gareth Southgate’s men.Despite picking up a point, Berra admits the result feels more like a defeat that a point gained.He said: “It’s bitterly disappointing, the atmosphere in the changing room would have been a party if it had gone our way. Berra says the atmosphere at Hampden for the oldest rivalry in world football was something special and says if they can replicate that performance in their last four games they can still qualify for the World Cup in Russia next year.He added: “I think the fans when they look back, we had a great atmosphere throughout the game and it’s a credit to them, they rallied the boys on.“We are bitterly disappointed, before the game we would have took it but it was just the way it happened.“But that’s football for you, it would have been a great game for the neutral and we will regroup and go again.”last_img read more

Hello India! Facebook Now Available In Local Languages of Almost 1B More People

first_imgOne year ago this week, Facebook founder, Mark Zuckerberg, was traveling throughout India meeting with local technologists and vacationing. Reporters wanted to know, what was he doing there? Speculation that a Facebook India would soon launch was inevitable.Apparently, earlier today Facebook users in India were greeted with a new message upon logging in: Facebook is now available in Hindi, Punjabi, Bengali, Telugu, Tamil and Malayalam. As of 2001, (the latest numbers available) those languages had a combined 770 million speakers. Facebook has just over 200 million users, so this could be a huge opportunity for growth if the company can pull off more than just interface translation.Facebook is growing fast all around the world. Last month, for example, we reported that the site’s number of active users in Africa and Asia grew over 70% in 12 weeks. Orkut is by far the dominant social network (and website in general) in India – but that could change in a big way if localization is pulled off effectively.We expect Facebook will make an announcement about the availability of these six Indian languages sometime very soon – we were told about it by reader Nimish Adani, of Workosaur.com. Adani’s take on the news? “This move isn’t necessarily going to multiply Facebook’s usage as most people here would continue to use Facebook in English,” he says. “Usage of regional languages (in the online space and in the professional world in India) isn’t as popular as is the case with countries like Russia, China or those in Europe.“I’d see this development as a move to woo those from the smaller towns and cities of India who are currently on Orkut. The more urban and suave English-speaking audience have already moved from Orkut to Facebook. MySpace (despite having an office in India) is a complete non-entity in India. Bebo has also come in recently but again its a non-starter.”What do you think? Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img Tags:#international#NYT#web 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market marshall kirkpatricklast_img read more

Data Quality: Data Capture Complexity Stymies the Collection of Quality Data

first_imgHow good is the quality of data used by enterprises today?  Not great, but then data quality has been a long-standing problem across enterprises.  The problem is that poor quality data can distort the results of data analytics and decision making.Only 40 percent of enterprise IT professionals today have high confidence in the quality of the data that they use, according to 451 Research.  The flip side of this, of course, is that 60 percent of professionals question their data quality.  Part of the problem is the wide range of sources from where enterprises are getting their data.  More than half of organizations use more than 50 different data sources.  The complexity involved in capturing data from such a wide range of sources can be daunting.Carl Lehmann, Research Manager at 451 Research, said that “advanced analytic technologies, which were once thought to be cutting edge, are now moving towards mainstream adoption, but enterprises are still struggling to put the proper data management processes in place… the promise of more advanced technologies like machine learning and predictive analytics will remain a pipedream until organizations have remedied their data quality management issues.”Gary Oliver, former CEO at Blazent, said that “while data scientists became one of the most coveted roles in IT this past year, the reality is that CIOs and IT leaders still carry the burden of maintaining the proper checks and balances for data quality, and it will be incumbent on them to solve this unwieldy problem as data volumes continue to escalate”.last_img read more