MUNICH (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.
The Police on Saturday arrested an East Coast Demerara (ECD) man in connection with the discovery of the skeletal remains of a woman at Thomas Island, Puruni River. Based on reports received, the alleged suspect had worked at a mining camp in close proximity of where the woman’s remains were found.While information remains sketchy about the arrest, the identity of the woman is yet to be confirmed by Police. The man was, however, arrested based on his past record of abusing women in several interior locations.Up to late Sunday evening, the Police could not confirm if the man was the prime suspect. They are continuing their investigations.The skeletal remains were found more than a week ago at Thomas Island, Puruni River, Region Seven. The badly-decomposed body was found in a shallow grave. A bag containing the woman’s clothes was close to the body, but there were no form of identification.It was reported that a security personnel stumbled upon the remains while heading to an Internet cafe to make a call. He reported the findings to the Police on Tuesday. As such, a party of Police ranks was dispatched to the scene to conduct preliminary investigations.Owing to the state of the body, which was clad only in a brassiere – identification was not possible. A post-mortem is expected to be performed on the remains to determine the cause of death.
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Ohio growers chair three of NCGA’s six major teams and committees. Five additional Ohio growers and one Ohio Corn & Wheat staff member serve as members on NCGA’s committee.“We are very proud of the strong representation of our members on the National Corn Board committees,” said Tadd Nicholson, Ohio Corn & Wheat executive director. “Ohio may not produce the most corn in the U.S., but we are leaders in the corn industry, nonetheless. I am proud of the way our Ohio Board members represent their fellow Ohio growers on the national level.”“Every Ohio corn farmer benefits from this national exposure. It helps us make better decisions as an Ohio Corn & Wheat board on behalf of Ohio farmers,” Nicholson said.Ohio’s leadership on NCGA’s major teams and committees are:Ethanol Committee: Keith Truckor, member.Grower Services Action Team: Patty Mann, chairwoman; Les Imboden, member.Production and Stewardship Action Team: Brent Hostetler, chairman; member, Gail LiererPublic Policy Action Team: Jed Bower, member. Jack Irvin, staff member.Trade Policy and Biotechnology Action Team: John Linder, chairman; Jon Miller, member.In addition to the committee leadership, Anthony Bush is a NCGA board member and chair of the finance committee.– See more at: http://ohiocornandwheat.org/ohio-well-represented-on-ncga-action-teams/#sthash.oFlgmnEh.dpuf
zoom The Clean Arctic Alliance, a group of environmental NGOs, is calling on the international community to sign up to the Arctic Commitment, in an effort to spearhead the protection of Arctic communities and ecosystems from risks posed by the use of marine heavy fuel oil (HFO).The latest members to sign the Arctic Commitment at the Arctic Frontiers conference in Tromsø, Norway are Daniel Skjeldam, CEO of Norwegian cruise, ferry and cargo operator Hurtigruten, and Dr Sian Prior, lead advisor to the Clean Arctic Alliance.“The Arctic Commitment makes a clear challenge to businesses and organisations – join us and take part in persuading the International Maritime Organization (IMO) that it must phase out the use of HFO in Arctic shipping by 2020,” Prior said.“This is a real opportunity for shipping companies operating in the Arctic to show leadership, by switching from HFO before such a ban is in place,” she added.According to the CEO of Hurtigruten, a company which has chosen not to use heavy fuel oil in any of its ships, “the shipping industry must be frontrunners in promoting regulations that will secure sustainable Arctic growth.”“The debate on HFO is over – now action is needed. Banning the use of heavy fuel oil to power Arctic shipping will not only minimise the risk of spills, but will also help reduce climate-warming emissions in the region,” Christoph Wolff, Managing Director of the European Climate Foundation, said.