WADA to investigate claims of systematic doping in China

first_imgThe World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) will investigate allegations by a retired physician that systematic doping took place in Chinese sport during the 1980s and 1990s, the international anti-doping agency said in a statement.In a programme on German channel ARD at the weekend, Xue Yinxian, who worked with several Chinese national teams, called for all medals awarded to the nation’s athletes during that period to be withdrawn.The 79-year-old, who made similar allegations in 2012, said “medals were showered in doping” and claimed around 10,000 Chinese athletes had used banned substances.Xue, who is claiming asylum in Germany, alleged that she was sacked after refusing to administer banned substances ahead of the 1988 Seoul Olympics.”The Agency will ensure that, if action is warranted and feasible under the World Anti-Doping Code, the necessary and appropriate steps will be taken,” WADA said.”As a first step, the Agency has asked its independent Intelligence and Investigations (I&I) team to initiate an investigative process in order to collect and analyse available information in coordination with external partners.”Chinese athletes regularly failed dope tests after the country returned to the Olympic fold in the early 1980s but there was concerted effort by the government to crack down on the use of banned substances ahead of the 2008 Beijing Olympics.Russia’s athletics federation, Paralympic committee and anti-doping agency (RUSADA) remain suspended after reports commissioned by WADA alleged state-sponsored doping.last_img read more

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PDM budget to finance ideas from KPMG Tourism Report Two developments touted

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, April 6, 2017 – Providenciales – Major Developments in tourism sector are expected to be rolled out in the coming months and will be in keeping with the recommendations put forward by the KPMG TCI Tourism Strategy Report completed and published since 2015.Tourism Minister Ralph Higgs showed obvious disdain for the former administration’s failure to implement any of the recommendations of the report.  Higgs said the PDM Administration is now ready to at least tackle the ‘low hanging fruit’ for transformation of the sector.  “For the first time since the introduction of the KPMG report, we have made funds available for the implementation of that report. So as soon as the budget is passed we will roll out a calendar of events carrying out the Change Document, consistent with the recommendations of the KPMG report”The minister in presenting the his ministry’s accomplishments in the PDM government’s First 100 days in office press conference, announced several projects on the cards including the Royal Reef Project, which is said to be in its final phases. The project is expected to benefit residents of North and Middle Caicos, whom the minister reminded were not forgotten by his administration.   Tourism is awaiting the sign off for the Royal Reef Project from investors and stakeholders, and he urged the developers to move quickly on their final plans.Royal Reef had been stalled and is expected to make a rebound and bring much needed employment opportunities to residents of the country’s two largest islands. Minister Higgs confirmed also that  approval was met for the development of a Boutique and Hotel in North Caicos.Meanwhile, plans include the creation of a future terminal in Sandy Point as discussed with the Ports Authority. It is expected that an Environment Impact Assessment will come first for the Sandy Point area. The minister says its aim is to quote “give relief to persons who use those channels for boating and shipping purposes” that there would be no negative environmental effect on the pristine waterway in North Caicos.Story by: Kimberly Ramkhalawan#MagneticMediaNews#twodevelopmentsforNorthCaicos#KPMGtourismreport Related Items:#KPMGtourismreport, #magneticmedianews, #twodevelopmentsforNorthCaicoslast_img read more

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Puel disappointed with Palace defeat

first_imgLeicester City manager Claude Puel has blamed their lackluster first half performance for their 1-0 loss at Crystal Palace.Luka Milivojević’s long-range shot six minutes before the break was the difference on Saturday.Leicester hit the post in the second half after being crucial save by palace keeper Vicente Guaita as they tried to equalize.“Disappointed I think is the right word, of course,” Puel told the club’s website.“I think this team played with strong pressing and put us under pressure. We had difficulties to start with the ball, to find space and to find good moves behind their defenders.harry maguire, manchester UnitedMaguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…“We played a poor first half without the right intensity and we conceded a great goal. It was tough for us without the positive attitude in our game. [In the] second half, we played better with a good intensity, the right intensity, good play, good moves.“We had three or four chances to score and I think we deserved to come back into the game.“The fair result for me was a draw and we were unlucky in the second half. I regret our first half without the right intensity, the right ingredients.“We allowed them to start well and score the goal. I’m disappointed about this and the inconsistency in our game.“We made our reaction with a good second half but to get the points we needed to play the full game.”last_img read more

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Get the Most Out of Your Ad Network

first_imgDon’t Limit Yourself to One NetworkTo maximize results, publishers should consider working with multiple networks, says Derek Reisfield, chairman of BBN Networks Inc., a b-to-b ad network. “Some ad networks really approach it like moving volumes of inventory and see it as a commodity and not differentiated,” he adds. The less differentiated it is, the easier it sells, but at a lower price. “Some networks can package your inventory in a way that’s not a premium you get by selling directly, but at a premium to commodity type in the marketplace,” adds Reisfield. “You can get fairly good rates out of that, but it’s harder to sell volume so you probably need to build multiple layers of ad networks to maximize how you will serve those ads.”It’s also important to learn as much about where the ads will be served, as this has led to various problems across the industry. Some networks provide a reach of 400 to 500 sites, which can be valuable to advertisers looking to reach a mass audience. Others are on the smaller scale and provide exclusivity.CPMs vary wildly in the ad network arena. They can be as low as a few dollars and upwards from there. Complex Media’s CPMs start at $15 and go up depending on whether there are rich media units or other factors, Antoniello says. Some of BBN’s products have rates well in excess of three figures, according to Reisfield. Use It or Lose ItPublishers have to realize that an unused ad impression is a perishable asset. “As soon as that impression is served—if it’s not served with a purpose—it’s gone,” Reisfield says. “It’s like an airline seat—if you don’t board the plane, it’s gone. You may decide you don’t want to sell at x price, but that’s an asset and you need to do something with it.”There are several things a publisher can do to manage ad inventory that goes beyond just setting a price, Reisfield says, sticking with the airline analogy. “What the airlines do is very sophisticated at this point,” he says. “When you start understanding the different levers they can pull, you think about business in a different way.” Like airlines, publishers can boost inventory at times of peak demand, by increasing the number of impressions generated and increasing the CPM.What To AvoidThere are some potential pitfalls to avoid when choosing to participate in an ad network too. “Ad networks arbitrage inventory and data and compete head-to-head with your own direct sales efforts against the same client lists,” says Kirk McDonald, president of Time Inc. Digital. McDonald launched and oversees Time Axcess, a branded network solution offered by Time Inc.McDonald says some of the deals out there are flat-out bad for business. “For less sophisticated buys, that don’t put value on the brand associations and audience context, ad networks can seem like a good deal,” he says. “These buyers are missing the appreciation of audience in context and the emotive value inherent in advertising. This trend to push algorithms to answer complex media placement questions drives commoditization in digital display media. This is bad for publishers today and eventually bad for buyers tomorrow.”McDonald’s solution is to highlight the complementary relationship between the buying based on audiences and the buying based on placement and sponsorships. “It’s not an ‘either/or’, it is an ‘and’,” he says, “and publishers can and should provide both to their valued clients.”SIDEBARSemantic Ad TargetingThe new trend in online advertising is semantic targeting, which uses technology to understand in a broad and deep way the meaning and sentiment of text, according to James Oppenheim, chief marketing officer of tech firm Peer39, a specialist in this field. “We can go to a page of text and understand what the page is about on a very high level,” he says.The key to semantic targeting revolves around the basic principle that advertising does better when a message of advertising is in harmony with the content of the page. Oppenheim compares semantic targeting to contextual targeting, which he says is key-word-driven and -based, and therefore, limited. “Everyone has seen ads that have funny adjacencies,” he says, noting golf ads surrounding the Tiger Woods scandal, for example. “All of these challenges in the contextual arena negatively affect ad results. When advertisers have less than good results because of this, it drives CPMs down. You don’t have advertisers spending more for poorly targeted ads.” Oppenheim says semantically targeted ads command higher CPMs, have greater reach and deliver higher results. The ad network space is a confusing marketplace these days. While there’s much talk about the decline of ad networks and some are outright closing shop—Yahoo! recently shuttered its small-publisher ad network—still others are thriving. Now more than ever, publishers have to know how to maximize opportunities and avoid the pratfalls in this space.Ad networks are still a good choice for publishers looking to attract larger advertisers. They provide reach and scale that simply may not be attainable by the traditional means of a direct sale, especially for those looking to go beyond endemic categories. When getting started, ask to speak with four or five publishers involved in the ad network to gauge their experience, says Rich Antoniello, CEO of Complex Media, which has 39 publishers in its network. “If the network won’t provide that, don’t work with them,” he says. It’s also important to know which companies are involved in the network. “What other brands do you want to be rubbing shoulders with?” says Antoniello. “Other sites in the network will be representative of the quality and the way people will evaluate you.” Transparency in this space is critical and Antoniello warns against choosing a partner that is foremost a technology firm outsourcing the creative content.last_img read more

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Ft Hunter Liggett Poised to Reach Net Zero

first_imgDesign work on a project to outfit dozens of building with solar panels and install a battery storage system at Fort Hunter Liggett is scheduled to begin shortly, putting the central California Army Reserve installation on a path to net zero energy use.The $22 million project, funded through the energy conservation investment program, includes 5 megawatts of photovoltaic power generation and a 3-megawatt-hour battery energy storage system. The 5-megawatt solar project will include about 500,000 square feet of roof-mounted photovoltaic arrays.Combined with a 2-megawatt array already operating and a 1-megawatt array under construction, the newest project will enable the 165,000-acre post to produce all the energy it consumes, Todd Dirmeyer, the installation’s energy manager, told the Army Engineering and Support Center, Huntsville Public Affairs.Fort Hunter Liggett will be the first installation to achieve net zero through an ECIP-funded project, according to the Corps’ Karen Moore.Since last year, the installation has been running a 1-megawatt-hour batter storage system, according to Dirmeyer.“The battery storage is part of the net zero equation — right now we charge it during the day with any excess solar we have, and we discharge it at night to help meet our off-peak loads — but it’s also part of our energy security solution,” Dirmeyer said. “We are working parallel paths toward net zero and energy security.”“I would like for us to be a model for this country and the world to follow. I think energy — to include the direct effects such as climate change — is probably the number one issue we have on this planet right now,” he said. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

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CHAMBER CORNER Learn About Reading Cooperative Bank

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — The Wilmington-Tewksbury Chamber of Commerce profiles a different member in the local media each week.  In this week’s “Chamber Corner,” the Chamber is spotlighting Reading Cooperative Bank, which has two locations in Wilmington.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedCHAMBER CORNER: Meet Assunta Perez Of DaMore LawIn “Business”CHAMBER CORNER: Learn About Michaela Klofac From AFLACIn “Business”CHAMBER CORNER: Learn About Align Credit Union’s Student AccountsIn “Business”last_img read more

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Wilmington Social Worker Jennifer Baima Recognized By Care Dimensions

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Care Dimensions joined with the National Association of Social Workers to celebrate National Social Work Month in March.Among those recognized was Wilmington resident and Care Dimensions social worker Jennifer Baima.“Working within an interdisciplinary team, our social workers provide assistance to patients and families as they grapple with the emotional and practical issues that invariably arise from living with an advanced illness,” said Sandra Yudilevich Espinoza, director of Psycho-Social Support Services for the nonprofit organization.All of the social workers at Care Dimensions have earned a master’s degree in social work and have achieved one or two levels of licensure: LCSW or LICSW. And over half of these social workers have earned an advanced certification in hospice and palliative care through the NASW. The major goals of these hospice and palliative care social workers include encouraging expression of feelings, enhancing family communication, supporting the family in their coping, connecting families with community resources and education, and being a supportive presence to the patient and family throughout the journey at end of life.Care Dimensions is largest hospice provider to adults and children with advanced illness in Massachusetts. As a nonprofit, community-based leader in advanced illness care, Care Dimensions provides comprehensive hospice, palliative care, grief support and teaching programs in more than 90 communities in Eastern Massachusetts. Founded in 1978 as Hospice of the North Shore, Care Dimensions cares for patients — in their homes, in long-term care and assisted living communities, in hospitals, at its Kaplan Family Hospice House and, coming in the winter of 2017, at its new Greater Boston Hospice House in MetroWest.(NOTE: The above press release is from Care Dimensions.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWilmington Social Worker Jennifer Baima Recognized By Care DimensionsIn “Business”Wilmington Nurse Tracy Boynton Honored By Care DimensionsIn “Business”Wilmington’s Goodhue Recognized By Child Life Council & Care DimensionsIn “Business”last_img read more

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Infiniti QX Inspiration concept previews its first allelectric production vehicle

first_imgElectrification and SUVs are all the rage right now, so it’s fitting that Infiniti’s first foray into the EV market will be with an electric SUV. The Infiniti QX Inspiration concept, which debuted Monday at the 2019 Detroit Auto Show, gives us an idea of how that eventual production vehicle will appear. In short, it looks great, thanks to a well-done front fascia that makes a striking first impression. Infiniti’s designers were able to figure out how to design a fetching, grille-free electric vehicle. In the grille’s absence is a light-up, three-dimensional Infiniti logo framed by the outline of a grille that’s complemented by complex sculpting. This execution lies in stark contrast to other EVs, which simply look like they’re victims of rhinectomies. The complex sculpting continues into the doors. An upswept, carved-out character line prevents the SUV’s tall doors from looking slab-sided. The overall profile is beautified with a tapered, floating roofline that falls into an aggressively angled D-pillar garnished with a vermilion signature line. Don’t be surprised if that swath of vermilion ends up on the D-pillars of future Infinitis. Out back lies a full-width, arching tail lamp that echoes the look of the rear lights on the Audi Q8. That’s not a bad thing, because overall, the QX Inspiration is quite handsome, especially with a set of 22-inch wheels rounding out the exterior. The lack of a space-devouring internal-combustion engine up front meant Infiniti’s designers could create a cab-forward design, while still having small front and rear overhangs. As a result, the QX Inspiration boasts a wheelbase of 112.2 inches. That’s comparable to a midsize crossover, but the QX concept’s 183.1-inch length is more in concert with that of a compact crossover. Combine that with a 64.2-inch height, and you have the makings of a vehicle with an impressively roomy interior that’s also dressed up quite nicely. The panoramic sunroof is louvered with Japanese red cedar, so when sunlight filters through, you get a film-noir effect. That louvered theme is repeated on the center console, which features Tuscan Bianco Carrara marble that fades and strakes into black as it approaches the display screen at the leading edge of center console. Enlarge ImageCoach doors open to reveal an interior decked out in wood, leather and dot-quilted cloth. Manuel Carrillo III/Roadshow That screen is surrounded by four other displays: one inside the steering wheel hub, two in the extra-wide instrument cluster and one ahead of the front passenger. The sofa-style back seat, meanwhile, is purposely devoid of tech touches in order to give rear passengers a respite from screen overload. Instead, there’s a flower vase at the center console’s trailing edge, right in front of a cushion-mounted control panel, along with a desktop-style lamp adorning the right-rear door. Underneath that posh interior and its even posher floor — upholstered in suede — sits a battery pack that sends power to four electric motors, two at the front axle and two at the rear. Beyond the fact that this is an all-wheel-drive, electric SUV, that’s about all the powertrain info Infiniti is offering at this time. The only other tidbit is that this concept is also designed for autonomous driving, which means its pedals and screen-equipped steering wheel are designed to retract whenever the driver places the car into its autonomous setting. Infiniti is mum on when we’ll see the production version, but it wouldn’t be far-fetched to expect it to land at some point during the 2020 auto show season. Detroit Auto Show 2019 Infiniti Infiniti May 14 • History of the Toyota Supra, a Japanese sports car legend reading • Infiniti QX Inspiration concept previews its first all-electric production vehicle Detroit Auto Show: See all the latest coverage.Concept cars: Get a glimpse of the future from Detroit and beyond. Share your voice Detroit Auto Show 2019 More From Roadshow Feb 4 • 2020 Kia Telluride: Detroit Auto Show debut turns Super Bowl ad star 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better • Jan 22 • Our highlights of the 2019 Detroit Auto Show Now playing: Watch this: See All 3:10 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous Tags Feb 7 • Chevy’s full-scale Lego Silverado is plastic fantastic in Chicago 0 Post a comment Infiniti QX Inspiration concept previews the brand’s… 89 Photos Concept Cars Luxury cars Electric Cars SUVs Future Cars Crossovers Infiniti QX Inspiration concept is cover-worthylast_img read more

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WATCH Congress leader in Telangana gets into fist fight with local worker

first_imgEmbarrassing moments are piling up by the dozen for political parties as the fifth phase of the Lok Sabha elections is just around the corner.The most recent incident took place on May 11, Saturday, in Telangana when Congress MP Hanumantha Rao got into a fight with a local Congress party leader, Nagesh Mudiraj, and their entire scuffle was filmed. Hanumantha Rao is a senior Congress leader in Telangana and also served as a Union minister. #WATCH Telangana: A scuffle broke out between Congress leaders V Hanumantha Rao and Nagesh Mudiraj during the protest by opposition parties today in Hyderabad against state govt over the issue of state board intermediate results. pic.twitter.com/lyUsD8ZDKU— ANI (@ANI) May 11, 2019They were allegedly fighting over the seating arrangement on the stage and the argument led to blows. The fight then escalated to such an extent that the duo began to drag each other off the stage and to the ground. They only stopped when other leaders came in between and physically put an end to the fight.The incident happened during a meeting organised by the Opposition parties to rally against the TRS government and the irregularities of the results of the state board examinations which led to the suicides of 22 students. The opposition parties included Telugu Desam Party, Left and Congress.The TRS government had set up a committee last month to look into the IT firm which was involved in the publication of the exam results. Many students had resorted to suicide after their intermediate exam results showed that they had failed the exams.last_img read more

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