Doping report: Corruption was ’embedded’ in IAAF

first_imgMUNICH (AP):Track and field’s governing body was corrupted from the inside by a “powerful rogue group” led by its president, and they conspired to extort athletes and allow doping Russians to continue competing, a World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) probe reported yesterday.Other IAAF leaders were at fault, too, the WADA panel’s damning report said. They must have known of the nepotism that allowed Lamine Diack to turn the International Association of Athletics Federations into a personal fiefdom during his 16-year reign as president, it said.”It is increasingly clear that far more IAAF staff knew about the problems than has currently been acknowledged,” said the report, written by former WADA president Dick Pound and presented at a news conference in Munich.key questionA key question raised by the report is whether alleged corruption under Diack went beyond extorting doped athletes and infected other areas of IAAF business. WADA’s investigators called for a detailed follow-up probe of all world championships awarded by the ruling body for 2009-19, due to evidence they found of possible wrongdoing. That included an indication that Diack, a former IOC member, was prepared to sell his vote in the 2020 Olympic hosting contest won by Tokyo in exchange for sponsorship of IAAF events.The report made further uncomfortable reading for Sebastian Coe, the British middle-distance running great who took over from Diack in August. Coe was in the audience as Pound sifted through the grim findings and asserted that the IAAF remains an organisation in denial.”The corruption was embedded in the organisation. It cannot be ignored or dismissed as attributable to the odd renegade acting on its own,” the report said.Coe is not accused of corrupt wrongdoing. But, as an IAAF vice-president under Diack, he was part of its Council, its oversight body, that took a hammering from the investigators’ report. The Council “could not have been unaware of the extent of doping” and the breaking of anti-doping rules and “could not have been unaware of the level of nepotism” under Diack, it said.With a “close inner circle” including two of his sons, Papa Massata and Khalil, and his personal legal counsel, Habib Cisse, Diack led an “informal illegitimate” government that took over the handling of Russian doping cases, opening the door for athletes to then be blackmailed, the report said.Cisse, the lawyer, called the investigation “unfair”. Speaking to The Associated Press, he said the commission never questioned him or allowed him to contest any of its findings before publication.Lamine Diack was taken into custody by French authorities in November on corruption and money-laundering charges.A contrite Coe later thanked Pound for the hard-hitting findings.”The whole sorry saga is about cover-up,” Coe said. The WADA probe’s findings, he added, will help the IAAF with the “very complex, deeply painful process” of recovering.last_img read more

Lancers lock up crown

first_img“That’s the first goal every year, to win the league title,” Amat coach Richard Wiard said. “We’ve gotten that one taken care of and we’re playing better basketball, which is a good sign going into the playoffs.” Four Lancers reached double figures in scoring, led by Kristen McCarthy’s 18 points. Point guard Amanda Alvarez scored 10 points and dished out eight assists. Michelle Franco added 10 points. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Amat can finish league undefeated with a win Thursday over St. Joseph, a team the Lancers beat by 33 on Jan. 23. The Lancers, who won the first meeting against Montgomery in La Puente by only five points, led 25-12 at halftime Tuesday and cruised home. aram.tolegian@sgvn.com (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2233 center_img Candice Brown scored 11 points, grabbed 16 rebounds and blocked nine shots to lead the Bishop Amat High School girls basketball team to a stunningly easy 66-40 win over host Bishop Montgomery on Tuesday night. The victory has Amat (20-4, 7-0) in prime position to post its third consecutive undefeated Del Rey League season. The Lancers clinched their fourth consecutive league title and haven’t lost to Montgomery (18-9, 5-2) since 2004. last_img read more

World thanks SA ‘for sharing Mandela with us’

first_img10 December 2013Nelson Mandela was hailed as a champion of reconciliation on Tuesday as world leaders, international guests and ordinary South Africans braved the rain to attend his official memorial service at the FNB Stadium in Johannesburg.Three years ago, South Africans packed the same stadium in celebrating the first ever Soccer World Cup to be played on African soil. On a cold winter night on 11 July 2010, a smiling Mandela made his last public appearance at the closing ceremony of the event.But on Tuesday, South Africans, joined by some 70 heads of state and an array of royalty and celebrities, gathered there to convey their goodbyes to the man who will be remembered for his leading role in defeating an unjust system and uniting the country’s people.US President Barack Obama thanked South Africa for sharing Nelson Mandela with the world. “His struggle was your struggle. His triumph was your triumph.”Quoting the word “ubuntu”, to loud cheers from the crowd, Obama said Mandela had not only embodied this quality, but had taught millions to look for it within themselves.He said that like South Africa, the US had overcome years of segregation. “Like her, it took the sacrifices of countless people to see the dawn of a new day. Michelle and I are beneficiaries of that struggle, but in America and in South Africa and in countries around the world … our work is not yet done.”Around the world, he said, there were still children suffering from hunger and disease, run-down schools and young people without prospects for the future.“We will never see the likes of Nelson Mandela again,” Obama said. “But let me say to the young people of Africa and the young people around the world, you too can make his life worth your own.”Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff said Mandela was a source of inspiration for similar struggles around the world.Indian President Pranab Mukherjee said the world was richer for Mandela’s legacy. “He epitomised an uncommon humanness that inspired all of mankind. He guided his nation to embrace his simple message of tolerance and harmonious co-existence.”Chinese Vice-President Li Yuanchao said Mandela was a household name. “We have travelled from different parts of the world to be here today … I wish to express my deep condolences to the family of this towering figure … whose smile we remember fondly.”Cuban President Raul Castro said Mandela, knowing that a new South Africa could not be built on hatred and vengeance, had taught the world how to overcome challenges through dialogue. “Honour and glory forever to him and the people of South Africa,” Castro said.Namibian President Hifikepunye Pohamba said Mandela had “sacrificed his life for the dignity of others because he believed in the worth of every human being,” adding that Madiba had been an inspiration to the people of Namibia in their own struggle for freedom.He wished South Africa strength and thanked the country for sharing “this extraordinary person with us”.African Union Commission chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma said Mandela’s compassion, courage and openness meant that working with him, listening to him, talking to him was always a lesson.“Tata, Africa shall be prosperous, shall be integrated and at peace with itself, and shall play a dynamic role in the world … We stand proud of you Madiba, who represents the best in African values.”Source: SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more

How Brands Can Increase Their CRO with Amazon Keywords

first_img Use the Keywords Where they Really MatterTo make it clear to search engines what your content is about, your keywords must be placed strategically. Some of the places where the keywords matter includes: Use Keyword Planner Use Amazon Backend Keywords Field Trends Driving the Loyalty Marketing Industry Tags:#Amazon#CRO#e-commerce#page rankings#SEO Michael Usiagwu Title tags:This is the most important of all; ensure your long-tail keyword appears on your title tag.Description meta tags:This is what search engines display with respect to your content to make it attractive for readers to click.Page and post URL slugs:Avoid unnecessary words in your URL slugs and edit them to include relevant short-tail keywords.Content and keyword density:Keywords should be integrated within the page content.Internal links and anchor text:Use keyword-rich anchor texts with your internal links, as it helps search engines understand what the link embedded in the anchor text is about. The keyword planner is used to research and analyze a list of keywords and is proven to be extremely relevant for SEO. It helps the user develop new concepts and terms used by prospective buyers on search engines that the user probably didn’t think of. With this planner, you can further categorize similar keywords in a group listing. You could also use the search volume statistics to decide the best high-ranking keywords to use on your page. Make a List of Keywords This can be used to include all relevant keywords that you couldn’t fit into the title and content of the page. It could also be the best place for keyword variations that shouldn’t be seen but are also relevant. An example of this is possible misspellings of your brand or products and related terms that searchers are likely to use. This will help them find you regardless of the misspelling.ConclusionAmazon is known to be the top online marketplace, as over 50% of shoppers preferably shop on Amazon. To get the best from this and increase your CRO, ensure you implement the right Amazon Keyword Research Strategy to help attract a higher page rank and more visitors, which will help improve sales over time. One of the best ways any business can succeed in the world today is by implementing the right tactics needed to rank higher on search engines. Google receives over 63,000 searches per second every given day and with millions of webpages published each day. Search engines choose the highest ranking webpages to appear on the first page — to provide the searcher with relevant information. How brands can increase their conversion rate optimization (CRO) with Amazon keywords will become more and more relevant.These pages on Amazon are ranked based on the words used by the searcher. This keyword strategy explains why keywords must also be implemented in your Amazon product page. You want to ensure that your product and page is ranked high enough that your prospective buyers can locate you — quickly.Amazon SEO Keyword ResearchIf a product on Amazon contains all the search terms a user or prospective buyer use, it will be easily found and will have a higher selling chance to products without the important search terms or keywords. Proper keyword research can help your SEO rank higher, which increases your Customer Rate Optimization (CRO).To get the best of this, simply brainstorm a list of possible keywords that relate to your product or think of terms that your customer can search for in search engines in order to find you. Then, you can use a Keyword Research Tool for Amazon like Amazon autocomplete, which works exactly like Google autocomplete, as it helps generate relevant keywords that searchers often use and can be implemented into your product page.There are also other Keyword research Tools like Google Wonder Wheel, SEMrush, Moz Keyword Explorer, Google Trends and WordStream. These tools will help provide a list of related keywords that you can use in your Amazon pageHow Brands Can Increase Their CRO with Amazon Keywords?Here are a few proven ways that can help brands improve their Customer Rate Optimization. The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos AI is Not the Holy Grail of Sales, at Least Not… As mentioned earlier, proper keyword research could help your SEO rank higher. Make a simple list of keywords used by prospective buyers and then, develop them using the Keyword Research Strategy explained earlier. Use a spreadsheet to organize your keyword research in groups and categories, aligning them according to how they rank, from the highest to the lowest.For each keyword, track the local search volume, global search volume and the percentage of difficulty in each keyword. A keyword would be easier to rank in search engines if it has a lower percentage. This will help you create a keyword research spreadsheet that would be helpful in the long run.In addition, if you have a category page on Amazon, with subcategory pages for products in the same line, you could create a list of keywords for each of these subcategories. These keywords will have terms related to each subcategory and the parent category. This might cost you a lot of time and effort but once you have everything together on a spreadsheet, it will help improve your marketing and help you gain traction faster. Michael Usiagwu is the CEO of Visible links Pro, a premium Digital Marketing Agency committed to seeing your brands/company and products gain the right visibility on the search engine. He can be reached via michael@visiblelinkspro.com Related Posts What Nobody Teaches You About Getting Your Star…last_img read more

Traffic welcomes Ray Allen in Manila

first_imgRead Next LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Alora falls to familiar foe, settles for silver in taekwondo Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games In his post, Allen put some work in, running several miles around Makati. UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension READ: Ray Allen visits Manila“Me and @tyfleming3 ventured into the unknown this morning. We ran through many different neighborhoods often times hoping we were heading in the right direction. The traffic was everywhere!!! #carpediem #tuktuk #manilamiles#runtheworld #runningisfree,” Allen posted on his Instagram account (@trayfour).The 42-year-old Allen flew to Manila from Hong Kong, where he attended a Sneaker Con event.Allen last played for the Miami Heat in the 2014 NBA Finals but only announced his retirement in 2016 in a letter on the Player’s Tribune.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:22Manila police chief: Cops tolerating illegal street vendors to get ax01:18Woman gives birth at Manila North Cemetery on All Souls’ Day01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Welcome to Manila, two-time NBA champion Ray Allen.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 shutoutNot the best way to greet a basketball legend but the Philippines gave Allen, who arrived here Tuesday, a first hand look of one of the things Manila is infamously known for.ADVERTISEMENT WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses MOST READ SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa View commentslast_img read more

Magic Johnson To Lead Panel For Ladylike Day At UCLA

first_imgLadylike Day at UCLA is a program of classes that promote and educate young ladies between the ages of 12-17 from L.A.’s inner city in the areas of Finance, fashion, health and fitness, etiquette, job interviewing and preparing for their future.The program features an open platform celebrity male panel where the young ladies attending can ask the panel any questions they wish without any restrictions, from advice about romance to how to handle bullying.WHO: Magic Johnson will lead the male panel.Additional celebrity male panelists will be announced shortly.WHEN: Saturday, December 17th, 20168:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.1:00 p.m. – Red Carpet Arrivals for Celebrity Male Panel1:45 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. – Celebrity Male PanelWHERE: UCLA405 Hilgard Avenue Los Angeles, CA 90095Building: Engineering Building 4(Entrance through the main campus on Westwood Blvd.)Founded by Leah Pump, the LadyLike Foundation is a faith-based nonprofit organization whose purpose is to educate, empower and inspire young women living in underprivileged communities. Through cutting edge resource programs, workshops, mentorships and life lessons, young ladies are challenged to reach their highest potential and become the successful, well-rounded “Lady” they were created to be. Each year, the organization hosts two main events: LADYLIKE DAY AT UCLA and the Women of Excellence Awards Luncheon, which is the primary fundraiser for LadyLike Foundation.WEBSITE: www.theladylike.comlast_img read more

Passenger vehicle sales hit speed breaker grow just 27 in FY19

first_imgNew Delhi: Passenger vehicle sales in India rose just 2.7 per cent in 2018-19 as weak customer sentiment led by liquidity crunch, high vehicle prices and uncertainty revolving forthcoming elections put brakes on the sales growth in the segment. According to data released by the Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM) Monday, domestic passenger vehicles (PV) sales were at 33,77,436 units in 2018-19 beating the previous record of 32,88,581 units in 2017-18. However, despite new product launches, sales failed to revv up during the second half of the last fiscal which had even prompted the industry body to lower the sales forecast for the PVs from the earlier estimate of 8-10 per cent to 6 per cent. The final figure of 2.7 per cent is even lower than that. “If we look at the positive side then we have continued to grow, though not in high single-digit or double-digits, but low single-digit. Also, it is the highest-ever sales and production in a financial year,” SIAM President Rajan Wadhera told reporters here. Domestic car sales in 2018-19 were at 22,18,549 units as against 21,74,024 units in 2017-18, displaying a growth of 2.05 per cent. Utility vehicles (UV) sales were at 9,41,461 units last fiscal as against 9,22,322 units in 2017-18, a growth of 2.08 per cent. However, exports of PVs were down 9.64 per cent at 6,76,193 units in 2018-18 as against 7,48,366 units in 2017-18. “In the year gone by, we faced many challenges. The biggest being high commodity prices during the year which prompted companies to hike vehicle prices which impacted demand. Further issues like compulsory insurance, liquidity crunch at funding companies impacted the sales,” Wadhera said. With the current fiscal lined up with many challenges, including general elections in the first quarter and transition to BS VI-compliant products later during the fiscal, SIAM said it expected PV sales to grow in the range of 3-5 per cent during the current financial year. “We expect some pre-buying to happen before the transition to BS VI emission norms. Hope it leads to some growth. We firmly believe in India growth story,” Wadhera said. When asked if the industry would be able to achieve the target, he added that with the government’s ongoing infrastructure projects and focus on rural areas expected to continue, growth is expected across both urban and rural areas. During 2018-19, market leader Maruti Suzuki India (MSI) sold 17,29,826 units of PVs at a growth of 5.25 per cent. Rival Hyundai Motor India clocked 5,45,243 units, up 1.68 per cent. Homegrown auto major Mahindra & Mahindra’s PV sales were at 2,45,351 units posting a growth of 2.21 units, according to SIAM data. The industry said it expects two-wheeler sales to grow by 5-7 per cent, commercial vehicles by 10-12 per cent and three-wheelers in the range of 7-9 per cent in 2019-20. In 2018-19, two-wheeler sales rose by 4.86 per cent to 2,11,81,390 units as compared with 2,02,00,117 units in 2017-18. Commercial vehicle sales, on the other hand, rose by 17.55 per cent to cross one million sales in a financial year at 10,07,319 units as compared with 8,56,916 units. Sales across categories rose 5.15 per cent to 2,62,67,783 units in 2018-19 from 2,49,81,312 units in 2017-18. In March, PV sales dropped 2.96 per cent, making it the eighth decline in eight months. The sales stood at 2,91,806 units during the month from 3,00,722 units in the year-ago period. Car sales declined 6.87 per cent to 1,77,949 units during the month as compared to 1,91,082 in March 2018 Motorcycle sales last month slipped 14.27 per cent to 9,82,385 units from 11,45,879 units a year earlier. Total two-wheeler sales in March declined 17.31 per cent to 14,40,663 units as compared to 17,42,307 units in the year-ago month. Sales of commercial vehicles were up marginally to 1,09,030 units in March, SIAM said. Vehicle sales across categories registered a decline of 14.21 per cent to 19,08,126 units from 22,24,224 units in March 2018, it added.last_img read more

US halts nonlethal aid to northern Syria

first_imgWASHINGTON- Decision follows an attack last week by the Islamic Front, a radical Islamist group, on the headquarters and warehouses belonging to the Free Syrian Army.White House Principal Deputy Press Secretary Josh Earnest Wednesday confirmed reports that the US has suspended nonlethal assistance to the Syrian opposition in northern Syria.Washington’s decision follows an attack last week by the Islamic Front, a radical Islamist group, on the headquarters and warehouses belonging to the Free Syrian Army (FSA). The facilities in question are now reportedly in the hands of the Islamic Front. “As a result of this situation, as you pointed out, the United States has suspended all further deliveries of nonlethal assistance into northern Syria,” said Earnest.He added that the US is investigating the current whereabouts of its nonlethal aid.“We’re still gathering facts and consulting with General Idris and the Supreme Military Council staff to inventory the status of U.S. equipment and supplies that have been provided to the SMC,” he said.Still, he emphasized that the US would continue to provide the Syrian people with humanitarian aid.The United Kingdom has also halted its deliveries of nonlethal aid following the raid.last_img read more

UPDATE Pilot In Whittier Area Plane Crash Identified

first_imgAccording to Alaska State Troopers, due to weather in the area the search was hampered, however RCC and Coast Guard Helicopters were able to locate the plane crash and confirmed the sole occupant, Andrews, was deceased. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Alaska State Troopers have released the identity of the pilot who died in a weekend plane crash near Whittier, on Saturday. Andrews was a student pilot, and left Merrill Field, in Anchorage with Valdez as his intended destination. The Pilot has been positively identified as Brett Andrews, 31, of Anchorage. An investigator with the National Transportation Safety Board said Andrews was flying plane number N7061W, heading east around 9:30 a.m. on Saturday when the plane crashed head-on to the side of a mountain about a half a mile south of Whittier at an altitude of 2,000 feet.center_img The Coast Guard’s 17th District Command Center said the center was alerted to “an overdue aircraft in the Portage Glacier area” at 3:38 p.m., Saturday. Photos provided by Alaska State Troopers During the morning hours of May 13, DPS Helo 3 and AMRG responded to the area and successfully recovered Andrews body from the crash site.last_img read more

My Experience with Twitter So Far

first_imgPeople who put up five, six, 10tweets in a few minutes, all with links to the event they’re at, or worse, totheir promotional stuff, are annoying. I probably couldn’t say what exactlyTwitter is supposed to do, but I can tell you, from my perspective, that’s notit. In December I signed up for Twitter. I’dbeen meaning to do it for a while, but hadn’t, because a) I’m not really anearly adopter and b) I wasn’t sure where another social network fit into myschedule, which already has Facebook,Flickr and mediaPRO. But I believe in Rex Hammock’s philosophy of experimenting innew forms of media, so it had been on my list of things I needed to do. AndI get all the potential value, from both the marketing and journalisticperspectives, among others. The catalyst was a lunch I had withMichael Biggerstaff and Marcus Grimm at NxtbookMedia. They were really into Twitter at the time, and said it was a quickerform of communication than blogging, and that you’re more likely to updatebecause the “tweets” have to be quick hits. Twitter does a spotty jobtechnically. Every few days, a bunch of people report they lost all the tweetsthey posted that day. The noise level is out ofcontrol. It’s not a conversation, it’s a cacophony. It’s like a cocktail partyfrom hell, where everyone is shouting at the same time, and someone also jackedup Led Zeppelin in the other room. If social media is aconversation, it’s barely there on Twitter. People overwhelmingly tweet at eachother. Apparently, conversation is rarely needed or desired. Twitter is,ironically, a one-way communication vehicle in a medium that is supposed to besocial. So I signed up and built a network. Some of the people I follow are reallygood. Dan McCarthy (@danielmccarthy), Jeff Klein (@jeffreysklein), Kurt Andersen(@kbandersen), who does a great job of adding personal but business-relevanttouches), Rachel Sklar (@rachelsklar), and Rex (@r) himself come to mind. So do Ted Bahr (@tedbahr), Eric Gervase(@egervase) and Red 7’s own Loree Stark (@loreestark). Harry McCracken (@harrymccracken),Scott Karp (@scottkarp) and Dylan Stableford (@stableford) are good. Gawker(@gawker) does a great job.FOLIO: (twitter.com/foliomag) and AudienceDevelopment (twitter.com/auddevmag) both signed up recently. Someone asked me last week why ITwitter, and why FOLIO: and Audience Development Twitter, and I said I thoughtthe value was thought leadership, not traffic. If you build a network ofinfluential people, and put out brief and thoughtful tweets (not always linkingto something), there’s real value. I have just under 100 followers and Ifollow about the same amount of people. And here’s the way I feel about Twitterright now: Twitter does a poor jobcontrolling spamming and bogus accounts. If you’re active at all, you get hitwith “follow” requests that are spurious, completely unrelated, sketchy, andyou have to check out the profile to tell what the hell they are. All thesecomplaints aside, I check Twitter several times a day and tweet every day, andas I mentioned, some of the people in my network really get it and bringinsight, perspective and inspiration.last_img read more