Kenyan marathon runner Samuel Kalalei suspended for EPO

first_imgPalace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Kalalei has been provisionally suspended from all competition. The 23-year-old Kalalei won the Athens Marathon in November.He is the second Kenyan doping case to be confirmed by the AIU in the last week after former Commonwealth Games 10,000-meter champion Lucy Wangui was suspended for a positive test for morphine.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’Another athlete, sprinter Boniface Mweresa, was dropped from the Kenyan team for the recent African championships in Nigeria for allegedly failing a doping test, although Kenyan authorities haven’t released details of that case.Kalalei’s suspension is yet another blow to the reputation of Kenya. The world’s leading distance-running country has seen doping cases involving its athletes mount since the 2012 London Olympics. In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ One of Kenya’s top athletes, three-time 1,500-meter world champion Asbel Kiprop, was suspended for a positive test for EPO in February. Kiprop’s case has been referred to a disciplinary tribunal and he faces a four-year ban.Ruth Jebet, the Kenya-born runner who now competes for Bahrain and is the reigning Olympic champion in the 3,000 steeplechase, was also suspended for EPO in February. Jebet is just 21.Other recent high-profile Kenyan doping cases include Olympic women’s marathon champion Jemima Sumgong, who has been banned until 2021 for using EPO. Sumgong faces a second case at the AIU for allegedly tampering with a doping sample.Another top marathon runner, Rita Jeptoo, was also banned for four years for EPO. Jeptoo was the leader of the marathon world series when she failed an out-of-competition test in Kenya in late 2014.ADVERTISEMENT ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Peza offers relief to ecozone firms Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:53Pentagon suspends Saudi students’ flight training02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award FILE – In this Sunday, Nov. 12, 2017 file photo, Kenya’s Samuel Kalalei finishes in the first place at the 35th Athens Marathon at Panathenaikon stadium in Athens. Kenyan marathon runner Samuel Kalaei has tested positive for EPO, another athlete from the East African nation to be suspended for doping. Kalalei’s positive test was announced Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2018 by the Athletics Integrity Unit and he has been provisionally suspended from all competition. (AP Photo/Yorgos Karahalis)Kenyan marathon runner Samuel Kalalei has tested positive for EPO, another athlete from the East African nation to be suspended for doping.Kalalei’s positive test was announced Tuesday by the Athletics Integrity Unit, which oversees doping cases for the IAAF.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ LATEST STORIES Tiger Woods takes ice bath, prepares for final major of year Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal View commentslast_img read more

Chelsea v Arsenal line-ups: Cahill back, Hazard a sub, Gunners stars on bench

first_img Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook Embed from Getty ImagesGary Cahill returns to the Chelsea starting line-up following his recent suspension.Eden Hazard is on the bench again, while Cesc Fabregas starts against his former club.For Arsenal, Theo Walcott has been nursing a calf problem and is named among the substitutes. He is joined on the bench by Alexis Sanchez and the fit-again Per Mertesacker.Chelsea: Courtois; Azpilicueta, Luiz, Cahill; Moses, Kante, Fabregas, Alonso; Pedro, Morata, Willian.Subs: Caballero, Christensen, Rudiger, Zappacosta, Bakayoko, Hazard, Batshuayi.Arsenal: Cech; Mustafi, Koscielny, Monreal; Bellerin, Xhaka, Ramsey, Kolasinac; Iwobi, Lacazette; Welbeck.Subs: Ospina, Mertesacker, Maitland-Niles, Elneny, Sanchez, Walcott, Giroud.last_img read more

Africa must ensure it is an integral partner on global agenda

first_imgChanges in today’s global landscape require emerging markets to consider how they must shape their own future, writes Brand South Africa CEO Dr Kingsley Makhubela. Many countries in the developed world have focused their efforts and resources inwards as a result of challenging economic times.Africa’s ability to trade and do business with itself is one of, if not the greatest opportunity for economic growth. (Image: Priya Pitamber)There is a danger that a shift away from emerging markets will negatively impact the global economy’s future ability to grow.This is especially critical for Africa, given its growing integration into the global economy in recent years. In order to mitigate this, Africa must take steps to secure its own share of global economic growth. And we must be able to sustain the economic growth of Africa ourselves.Yet the greatest opportunity to realise its growth potential is often overlooked, despite lying within the continent – Africa’s ability to trade and do business with itself. What is required is an inward and outward strategy acting in tandem; outwardly cementing Africa’s place in the global economy through foreign investment and improved trading links; while internally driving regional trade integration.It is no coincidence that Africa’s recent growth, epitomised by the “Africa rising” label was in part realised due to increased levels of foreign direct investment. Improvements in fiscal policies, governance and regulatory frameworks, along with a move to diversify economies away from Africa’s traditional commodities-biased economies presented greater opportunities to foreign investors.If Africa is going to capitalise on this base, it needs to work together to collaborate on its shared future. Africa’s development must be underpinned by further regional integration and trade liberalisation.While the rest of the world becomes increasing fractured and disparate, it is time for Africa to create ways to better integrate its fragmented markets which have long constrained growth and provided barriers to trade.World Bank statistics put intra-African trade at just 11% of the continent’s total trade between 2007 and 2011. In 2015, intra-Africa trade was worth just USD 170-million, according to the same institution’s figures when the potential stands at trillions of dollars.To collectively succeed, individual governments must work towards a regional imperative if Africa’s economies are to be impacted in a way that drives sustainable and inclusive growth for the continent as a whole. These regional trading corridors cannot work in isolation but must be scalable to improve connectivity across the African continent.This approach has been championed by such initiatives as the African Union’s Continental Free Trade Area. The United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) estimates that implementation of the Continental Free Trade Area (CFTA) will nearly double intra-Africa trade by early next decade.We are seeing positive results from some regional trading corridors such as Southern African Development Community (SADC), Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and East African Community (EAC), but for Africa to be greater than the sum of its parts, we must learn to work together. This includes harmonising development and economic policies, regulation, market structure and governance, along with their implementation.Any regional initiative will need to be accompanied by huge investments in cross-border infrastructure. The African Development Bank estimates the continent would need to spend an additional USD 40-billion a year on infrastructure to turn around its current deficits and keep pace with economic growth.The rising trend of urbanisation is only serving to put pressure on an already inadequate infrastructure and demonstrate the urgent need for greater investment if living standards for Africa’s growing population are to rise. Conversely, the benefit of Africa’s growing population could help facilitate regional trade growth. A customer base of nearly one billion people provides the opportunity for not only regional opportunities, but access to the broader African market if only the continent’s industrial development plans can serve to improve productivity capacity.If we are looking to the rest of the world to show faith in the African growth story, then as Africans ourselves, we must demonstrate our own commitment. A collaborative approach to Africa’s own growth story driven by the continent itself will make it a stronger contender globally.South Africa is in the unique position of holding membership to several multilateral fora. As we take over the BRICS presidency for 2018 and as the only permanent African member of the G20, it is our responsibility to champion the case for Africa and its agenda by being at the nexus of discussions with our international counterparts. Moreover, Africa’s significance to our own economic future cannot be underestimated.We can reap the rewards of Africa’s tandem approach to growth. South Africa’s track record in doing international business makes its natural access point into Africa for the rest of the world. But we must have a clear strategy in our approach to Africa to ensure we also become part of the continent’s growth story.  South Africa must continue to cultivate its role in facilitating positively impacts for Africa as this is where our own long-term economic success should lie.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.This article was first published on the World Economic Forum website.last_img read more

Harvest moving forward for Between the Rows farmers

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Nathan BrownWe are pretty well wrapped up with our soybeans. We have shelled a little bit of corn but we still have quite a ways to go with that.Our beans were 8 to 10 bushels off of what they normally are. We did spray one or two fields with fungicide and those fields were yielding what we normally would see. So this may have been the year to spray fungicide and we suffered a little there.There was some frogeye, but maybe more than anything the overall plant health may have been the benefit of the fungicide. I don’t know that it was any one disease, just the overall plant health.The first soybeans we cut were on the dry side and the last load came out at 12.6% moisture. We’d cut soybeans for two days and then we’d sit for a week. The replants were planted the first part of July and didn’t come to maturity until the frost — that held us up.So far the corn we have shelled has been wet. The driest we have shelled so far was 18% to 19% and that was the first that was planted. The highest has been 26% moisture. Yield wise everything seems to be on par with where we should be on corn. We did spray fungicide on all of our corn ground and it is looking good. We are hoping to get another good couple days before more rain sets in.Most beans around here seem to be pretty well wrapped up but there is still a lot of corn to go. So far the corn is standing well.We flew some cover crops on the first part of September and we have gotten a couple of good rains in the last few weeks that have really brought them on. Everything we have harvested has cover crops on it now. We have our wheat sown Oct. 8. It is up and looks good, with a good stand and good color. We also planted some cover crops with a Turbo-Max with vertical-till machine and a seeder.It has been a rather delightful fall compared to last fall. Bean yields were down a little but we are pretty tickled with what we have. We have also still had some heat to bring things along this time of year. We have been grazing some of our summer cover crops with some feeder calves and we have been happy with their gains. Lamar LimingWe finished beans the beginning of last week and got the wheat in before that on the corn ground we chopped. We got done chopping but haven’t started shelling corn yet.The beans were below average, but for the year I was alright with it. The bean yields were anywhere from 35 to 68 bushels, but that is what we were expecting. Test weight was average and they dried down pretty well as late as some of them went in.The wheat is coming up and is not bad. I got it in around mid-October and we’ll just see what happens there.Around here there are some guys further ahead on corn than I am and there are still quite a few beans in the area that need to be taken off. We have not gotten a lot of rain the last few weeks, but we did get .9 over the weekend. This corn going in late last spring is still holding quite a bit of moisture. It was windy here yesterday but not that bad. The corn stalks are generally in pretty good shape.We are in good shape on feed for the cows. We have plenty of hay and the silos are both full. The quality is down so we’ll see what that will do for production moving forward. Dylan BaerWe got an inch of rain Saturday and we are are right on track with an inch a week. We did manage to get our beans finished on Thursday night and we got caught up on some tillage before the rains came.We were pleasantly surprised with the beans. Looking back, we maybe should have planted more beans. I think we will average between 50 and 55 across the board. I think our worst was 42 and our best was 58 or 59. We heard about some 60-bushel beans out there. We have had normal years where we planted in May where we only averaged 50-bushel beans so we can’t ask for much more than that. The last field we planted was on June 30 and it was our best field that went 58. We don’t know where that came from.We were able to get some sunshine this fall and it helped. The average moisture was around 14% and the quality was fine. Some fields had some good bean size to them and good test weight.We are looking forward to trying some corn the next dry spell we get. It won’t take us long to get that out. It has been a weird fall with limited acres on everything. We have been able to take things field by field and get them ready for next spring. We have only had spotty frosts, but it sounds like this week temperatures might fall off a little bit.The first round of wheat was planted Sept. 20 and it looks great, but we are almost worried about it getting too tall. We planted more around Oct. 8 and 10 and that wheat is also off to a good start.Andrew ArmstrongHarvest went well and we were actually able to finish a week ago Sunday. There was one day we weren’t able to run because of rain and that was it. We had another rain that soaked right in because it was so dry. We ran pretty hard and some of the corn we shelled was up to 24% and 25% moisture. We were able to lock in propane pretty cheap and had to dry some. We did leave a field at the beginning and came back to get it. We did not dry any soybeans. Most of them were around 11% moisture. There were parts of some fields where the beans were a little green yet where it had laid wet or got replanted. The blend is your friend — that is what we always say.We started with our most southern fields and we were pleasantly surprised with the results. It was not a record-breaker for corn, but above average. The beans were a little below average overall.For beans we had fields in the high 50s on down to 30s and 40s on the low side. For corn, it was everywhere. We had some close to 200 on down to about 140. We were really fortunate just to have crops to harvest, honestly.We did a little bit of fall tillage where we tiled a field. We got equipment cleaned up and put away.last_img read more

What Mostly Prevents Better Sales Results

first_imgYour sales force could be better. They could perform better both individually and collectively. That said, they probably aren’t the biggest obstacle to producing the results you need.Your sales managers could be better, too. They could be better leaders, better trainers, and better coaches. They could do more to help their teams succeed. All that being true, that isn’t likely the biggest challenge you face when it comes to creating and winning opportunities.Your sales process hasn’t been updated in a few years. It is clearly past its expiration date, and it badly needs a serious refresh. Some of the methodologies you’ve bolted on top of the process haven’t been updated since forever. As old as your process and methodologies may be, they aren’t the obstacle to better performance.Your messaging isn’t the best you’ve ever seen. You worry that it isn’t compelling enough, that it’s a little tired, and a bit stale. Messaging is vital, and it’s worth working on. You might want to point at messaging as the villain in the story you tell yourself about what your disappointing results and what you need them to be now. Messaging, however, isn’t likely your biggest problem.Your problem is execution.You are always going to have a top 20 percent and the 80 percent that trail them. You are always going to have a bottom 20 percent in your sales force. Your competitors have a bottom 20 percent, too. Moving the whole curve towards better performance requires that each quartile executes.Your sales managers also need to execute. Execution here means leading, coaching, and spending time with their teams. How do you know your leaders are executing? Your sales force is executing.Your sales process and all of your methodologies are part of what is supposed to be executing. Done well, your company strategy and your client acquisition strategy are all rolled up into how you sell. If you aren’t producing the results you are capable of, it might be the strategy, but it’s more likely the execution thereof.Messaging that isn’t used doesn’t have the chance to be effective. Changing the messaging without changing the execution is like changing the tires on a car with no engine. You still aren’t going anywhere.Before you decide what needs changed, why it needs changed, and what you should do about it, look to make sure that you are executing what you have in place. Bouncing from change to change without the execution leaves you no better than you are now. Essential Reading! Get my 2nd book: The Lost Art of Closing “In The Lost Art of Closing, Anthony proves that the final commitment can actually be one of the easiest parts of the sales process—if you’ve set it up properly with other commitments that have to happen long before the close. The key is to lead customers through a series of necessary steps designed to prevent a purchase stall.” Buy Nowlast_img read more

Zakir Musa buried, curfew-like restrictions in Kashmir Valley

first_imgZakir Musa was working to merge Hizbul Mujahideen and Jaish-e-Mohammad into mega group  The police said the body of Musa, who was trapped inside a three-storey house in Tral’s Dadsara area on Thursday afternoon, was found near the encounter site on Friday morning. The firing had stopped on Thursday night and the combing operation was suspended in the first light of the dawn, an official said.Describing it “a major success”, the police said one AK-47 and one grenade launcher were recovered from the encounter site.The house where Musa was holed up was completely destroyed in the fire-fight. Police sources said Musa refused to surrender and lobbed grenades when encircled by security forces on Thursday.Curfew defiedHundreds of local youth defied curfew and reached Tral’s Noorpora, Musa’s home town.Hailing from a well-off middle class family, Musa’s father is a senior government official, his brother is a doctor, and his sister is a banker. The news of his killing fuelled nocturnal protests in many parts of the Valley, with youth burning tyres and raising pro-Musa slogans.The authorities on Friday set up barricades on all major roads in Pulwama, capital Srinagar and Anantnag to contain protests. No vehicles were allowed on many stretches. Concertina wires were set up to seal all volatile pockets in the Valley. Educational institutions were closed for the day and all examinations in the Kashmir valley were postponed. Mobile internet was also slowed down as a precautionary measure.Differences with HurriyatMusa replaced slain militant ‘commander’ Burhan Wani in 2016 but quit the Hizb-ul-Mujahideen (HuM) on May 13 in 2017 after developing differences over the modus operandi adopted by the latter. He later threatened to punish Hurriyat leaders for “being soft” and “un-Islamic in their approach”, driving a wedge between his Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (POK)-based United Jehad Council, headed by Syed Salahuddin.In 2017, Musa’s name first appeared in an Arabic publication close to the Al-Qaeda. Later, the Al-Qaeda formally announced establishment of a new Kashmir-based terror group Ansar Ghazwat-ul-Hind, headed by Musa. In between, Musa was also seen as being close to the Islamic State by the security agencies, and the brain behind unfurling of black IS flags in Srinagar. The Global Islamic Media Front, the online propaganda distribution arm of Al-Qaeda, has also mentioned Musa’s name. The body of Al-Qaeda-affiliate Ansar Ghazwat-ul-Hind chief Zakir Rashid Bhat alias Musa, 25, was buried in Pulwama’s Tral on Friday. The authorities imposed curfew-like restrictions in vast parts of the Valley, especially south Kashmir and capital Srinagar.Also Readlast_img read more

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