SRSG Emphasizes Ebola Gravity in Liberia

first_imgThe Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General (SRSG) for Liberia, Karin Landgren, has described as “the gravest threat” the Ebola crisis faced by Liberians since the war.Expressing the concern in her regular briefing to the Security Council yesterday in New York, the SRSG emphasized, “Liberians are facing their gravest threat since the war,” adding that the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) will do all that it can to preserve the progress made during the past decade of peace – gains that are being put at risk by the Ebola crisis.“The speed and scale of the loss of lives, and the economic, social, political and security reverberations of the crisis, are affecting Liberia profoundly,” said Landgren.She recalled that in Liberia, more than 2,000 confirmed, probable or suspected cases, including 1,235 deaths, had been reported as of 7 September. She added that the actual figures are likely much higher as numbers of new cases and deaths continue to rise exponentially.Landgren outlined extraordinary measures the Government has taken since August, including the President’s declaration of a state of emergency. However, she stressed that even as Liberia and its partners respond, the disaster continues to grow.“For now, patients at advanced stages of EVD continue to be brought to facilities that cannot admit them. Four new case-management centres will be established in Monrovia, adding some 500 beds in the capital alone, but even this may not fully respond to the needs,” said Landgren.“We will know this epidemic is being outrun only when there is spare bed capacity,” she stressed.Landgren further noted that the unprecedented epidemic requires a response beyond the capacities of any one actor, noting that UNMIL and the entire UN system are fully committed to supporting the Government-led fight, which will require a massive, sustained and coordinated global response for an estimated six to nine months.“Since late July, UNMIL has turned its full focus on EVD,” said Landgren, adding that the Mission has reoriented several of its operations to support the nationally-led response.The mission’s four pillars of engagement and support in the fight against Ebola include security and rule of law; logistics; communications and outreach; and coordination at the county and national level.To ensure continued implementation of the Mission’s protection of civilians mandate and other core aspects of its work, UNMIL is taking every necessary precaution to protect its personnel from Ebola.“This epidemic of unprecedented scale would challenge any government and any society,” Landgren said. “UNMIL has pledged to provide its full support, and continues to review the range of capabilities we can bring to ending this latter-day plague which must be stopped in its tracks, and stopped soon.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Evolutionists Multiply Miracles

first_imgIf evolution could develop a complex structure once, defying all probability, then maybe it could do it multiple times, some evolutionists theorize.For the birds:  Different groups of birds evolved ultraviolet vision several times, Science Daily claimed.  A two-amino-acid mutation might be within the edge of evolution to allow the receptor to shift its sensitivity, but that’s not the whole story:Anders Ödeen and Olle Håstad, who performed this research commented, “There are two different amino acid alterations that can each change bird colour vision from violet to ultraviolet. One particular single nucleotide change has occurred at least 11 separate times. In general during evolution once a colour shift has occurred all species from this ancestor keep it meaning that the rest of the eye and physiology, must also evolved to ‘cement’ in the new colour sensitivity.“For the fungi:  A paper in PLoS ONE last November had this to say about fruiting body evolution in fungi:Fungi sharing ostiolar or sealed fruitbodies represented the most advance form, which include Dothideomycetes, Eurotiomycetes and Sordariomycetes. This trait evolved independently at least three times.For the appendix:  Science Now trumpeted this improbable headline without blushing:  “Appendix Evolved More Than 30 Times.”  In so doing, the article undercut another old evolutionary notion: vestigial organs.The appendix may not be useless after all. The worm-shaped structure found near the junction of the small and large intestines evolved 32 times among mammals, according to a new study. The finding adds weight to the idea that the appendix helps protect our beneficial gut bacteria when a serious infection strikes.The article proceeded to show that Darwin’s belief the appendix was a useless (vestigial) remnant is no longer considered valid.  After all, animals as diverse as beaver, koalas and porcupines have them; “in other words, the feature is much more common among mammals than once thought.”Now, an international team of researchers that includes Heather F. Smith, an evolutionary biologist at Midwestern University in Glendale, Arizona, and William Parker, a surgeon who studies the immune system at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, North Carolina, says it has the strongest evidence yet that the appendix serves a purpose. In a new study, published online this month in Comptes Rendus Palevol, the researchers compiled information on the diets of 361 living mammals, including 50 species now considered to have an appendix, and plotted the data on a mammalian evolutionary tree. They found that the 50 species are scattered so widely across the tree that the structure must have evolved independently at least 32 times, and perhaps as many as 38 times.Randolph Nesse (U of Michigan) had an interesting take on this conclusion.  “The conclusion that the appendix has appeared 32 times is amazing,” he said.  “I do find their argument for the positive correlation of appendix and cecum sizes to be a convincing refutation of Darwin’s hypothesis” (about the appendix being vestigial).   One critic, trying to help, trimmed the number down to 18 “clear-cut cases” of independent evolution.  Readers might want to recall how evolutionists responded years ago when concluding that wings must have evolved independently 3 times in stick insects (1/16/2003).Observers should notice that it is Darwinians’ prior commitment to evolution that forces them to allege multiple miracles of improbability.  Otherwise, it would clearly look like evidence for creation: each animal equipped with what it needs to survive.  Since the evolutionists appear poised to search for a function for the appendix, the question of why the majority of mammals don’t need one would be a good research project for creationist or evolutionist. (Visited 34 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

ReadWriteStart Weekly Wrapup

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts The news this week was dominated by announcements coming from Google’s two-day I/O event, some of which was highly applicable to startups. The most popular story by far this week was the Big G’s introduction of their big data APIs, which may make the process of sophisticated computations easily attainable to startups. Aso this week we discuss some ideation tips from Twitter’s Jack Dorsey, a program linking college interns with startups and some factors for the success of mobile coupons. Additionally, we pour over some data from a survey of over 500 mass customization companies, as well as building communities around co-working spaces.Google’s New Big Data APIs a Big Gift to Startups? The flood of news from Google I/O continues as the company has announced a pair of services available to developers that provide public access to some of Google’s internal data-analysis tools. BigQuery, a service for analyzing massively large sets of data, and Prediction API, an interface for utilizing Google’s prediction algorithms, are now available to developers in the Google Code Labs. To break down these heavy new tools, we spoke with former Apple engineer and big-data geek Pete Warden.Warden believes these new tools from Google could commoditize previously close-guarded technologies, allowing startups to quickly and easily leverage things like sentiment-analysis. “Assuming it does what it says on the label, this opens up a lot of technology problems to bootstrapped startups that previously required serious funding to tackle,” he told ReadWriteWeb.Draw It Out, and Other Tips for Success from Twitter Co-founder Jack Dorsey Having a great idea is one thing. But being able to realize and execute on that idea is what matters. At the 99% Conference last month in San Francisco, Twitter creator and co-founder Jack Dorsey gave a talk on how he was able to do just that: take a good idea and turn it into a flourishing company. In his talk, Dorsey identifies the three keys to success as he built and launched both Twitter and his latest project Square: Online Community YouTern Links College Interns and StartupsYouTern, an online community to link interns with startups, has launched their pilot program in California, with plans to expand nationwide.While there are many programs that assist students with finding internships with large, established companies, until the launch of YouTern, there was no similar service helping entrepreneurial-minded students find a position with a startup. And now in turn, startups will have a resource to identify and recruit talented students for internship positions, a move that may help build a “startup culture” so college graduates don’t feel as compelled to only seek employment with major corporations. Success for Mobile Coupons Begins at the Register One of the more interesting discussions I had with attendees at the ReadWriteWeb Mobile Summit a few weeks ago was about the future of location-based mobile advertising and why it has so far failed to take off. The speed-bumps we uncovered during that session included the burden of building an ad network and finding unique ways of engaging users, but one other key hurdle that stands in the way is the physical interaction at the point-of-sale.Survey of 500 Mass Customization Startups Reveals Fascinating Trends A growing startup trend that we have been keeping a watchful eye on here at ReadWriteStart is mass customization and co-creation. Startups in this sector provide customizable products to the end user, like t-shirts, bags, jewelry and even food. Back in March we suggested that the U.S. may be on the verge of a co-creation invasion from Europe, where these kinds of startups are more prominent. This week the Smart Customization Seminar is being held at MIT in Cambridge, Massachusetts and some fascinating stats and trends have emerged from the discussions and talks.Co-working Spaces: Building a Startup Community As our “Never Mind the Valley” series demonstrated, startup communities are thriving outside of Silicon Valley. A panel at WebVisions 2010 today in Portland< Oregon made a strong case for fostering community not merely in a city in general, but in specific working environments. Bac’n.com‘s Jason Glaspey, Silicon Florist‘s Rick Turoczky, Urban Airship‘s Scott Kveton, and Nedspace‘s Josh Friedman shared their experiences with co-working. chris cameron Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic...center_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#start#startups 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Scott AFB Embraces 5210 Healthy Military Children (HMC)

first_imgCooking Class with Darla Klausner, Scott AFBBy Robin Allen, MSPH, RDN, LDNThere are no scheduled webinars for MFLN Nutrition and Wellness the months of November and December 2015.  But we have an exciting line-up for 2016.  I will talk about upcoming webinars in another blog.  Today I want to revisit 5210 Healthy Military Children. If you missed the webinar, you can still watch the recording and receive CPEUs by visiting the event page.I had a nice conversation with Darla Klausner, MPH, CHES, Program Director for 5210 Healthy Military Children (HMC) at Scott AFB in Illinois.  Darla has started 5210 HMC at Scott AFB with great success and shared some of her strategies.  Her first goal was to create awareness of the program.  She provides 5210 kits to providers at the medical clinic to help military care providers address obesity more comfortably.  The kits are specially designed by Darla and include a 5210 survey, 5210 definitions/recommendations, Healthy Kids Snacks, Tips for Families and a program trifold.  The parents are given the 5210 Kit if their child has been coded as overweight, obese or with high lipids.  The providers usually refer the families to Darla or the parents may contact her directly to set up an appointment. Parents feel very defensive when it comes to discussing their child’s weight.  The kit helps open the dialogue about weight and general health habits of the child and the entire family.  Darla will sometimes talk to the parents before the appointment to develop a counseling session that targets specific behaviors such as too much screen time, high cholesterol or obesity.   A MyPlate handout is provided to the kids to take home and practice building balanced meals along with a cookbook to help them with healthier lunch ideas or snacks.Currently, Darla holds teen cooking classes at the Youth Center. Some recipes include sloppy joes made from garbanzo beans, macaroni and cheese made from pumpkin puree, and energy bars made with almond butter, dates, pumpkin seeds, and oats.  At the library, there is a Teen Healthy Choices challenge and also the Zero Sugary Drinks Challenge with the story time kids.As a one-time event, the garden program cooking class worked with Operation Food Search to provide a “Garden to Table” cooking class.  The goal for 2016 will include bi-monthly cooking classes for participants.  The Garden to Table cooking class was such a success funds were allocated to build a raised garden to help prevent plant loss and continue with Garden to Table cooking classes for children and families. Additionally, the St. Clair County Health Department approved the 5210 HMC program for the military WIC clients, and Darla will begin teaching 5210 Healthy Military Children classes in January.   A condensed lesson/briefing handout was used for staff training for nutrition education credit hours at the Youth Center staff.  Darla included a short demonstration on how to encourage kids and parents to add more vegetables to their diet. The feedback has been positive, and this has led to creating a healthy lunch bunch for the staff members.Raised beds garden to table, Scott AFBMost of the materials used at Scott AFB were adapted from The Clearing House for Military Family Readiness with the help of Dr. Jen Dinallo, our webinar presenter, who has been a great support system to the 5210 HMC program at Scott AFB.Other things I learned from Darla:Most bases have various Facebook pages that you may be able to post events.  The Scott AFB Youth Center has a Facebook page along with the Scott AFB Library.  All have been good places to reach out to kids and parents.Another tip, using a Spiralizer, is an excellent way to show kids and parents how to have fun with vegetables.  You can order a Spiralizer from anywhere, but Inspiralized.com has some great recipes.The following are some of the materials used at Scott AFB.  You can contact Darla for copies if you would like some ideas for starting or improving your 5210 HMC. 1:  Condensed 5210 HMC Lesson/Briefing:Youth Center 5210 Condensed LessonGo Foods, Slow Foods, Whoa FoodsServing Size In HandMy Plate PlannerSports DrinksTwo week challenge for military kids2.  5210 HMC Kits for Providers Survey – pre/post (Pre-survey acts as enrollment form) 5210 HMC Definitions/Recommendations Healthy Kids Snacks Tips for Families Trifold Brochure UnpluggedOther Resources:Recipes:Cooking Class 2Cooking Class 3Cooking Class 4Cooking Class 5My Plate Planner5210 Healthy Military Children ToolkitHow can you start 5210 HMC on your base or facility?This post was written by Robin Allen, a member of the Military Families Learning Network (MFLN) Nutrition and Wellness team that aims to support the development of professionals working with military families.  Find out more about the MFLN Nutrition and Wellness concentration on our website, on Facebook, on Twitter, and LinkedIn. Darla Klausner, MPH, CHES5210 Healthy Military ChildrenDisease ManagementDarla.Klausner.1.ctr@us.af.millast_img read more

Friday Field Notes

first_imgIn our first Friday Field Notes blog post we are highlighting how cooperative extension educators in Wisconsin worked with County Veterans Service Officers in their community to build capacity to address PTSD and Criminal Justice Response to Veterans in Crisis. Though the post focuses predominantly on veterans, the lessons herein apply to any practitioners engaged with military service men and women,  whether active duty, reserve  or National Guard, or discharged or retired veterans.  As you read this post, consider how your efforts to build community capacity to enhance the resilience and well-being of military families might benefit  from a collaboration with cooperative extension in your community.Hello from Wisconsin! My name is Jessica, and my colleague Sandy and I recently became engaged in educational programming in partnership with our county Veterans Service Officer and our local Veterans Home. We are county-based Coop Extension educators located in Waupaca County, Wisconsin, and we’d like to share our story.Discovering collaborative partnerships through educational programmingJessicaThe day our local County Veterans Service Officer showed up at my office to ask for some advice for an educational program he was planning, I had been in the middle of planning pretty typical programming for someone in my position as a Community Development Educator – I don’t recall exactly what it was, but I’m sure it had something to do with downtown vitality or comprehensive plan updates. I never expected that this meeting would be the beginning of unchartered territory for my programming.I knew very little about military families, veterans and their experience, even though both of my grandfathers and my father are veterans and I grew up as a military kid. So when Jesse, our local County Veterans Service Officer showed up at my office that day, I was interested in finding out more about our local veterans and about the role of a CVSO. Since he was only looking for advice, the time commitment would be minimal anyway, right?That one meeting led to several more, and from the start we invited my office colleague and Family Living Educator, Sandy Liang, to lend her expertise as well. As many Extension colleagues across the U.S. can probably relate, sometimes it is these small requests that can open your eyes to seeing larger, impactful, “Big P” opportunities (P = Program. So what’ a “Big P”? Check out this video for an explanation).SandyJessica invited me to a meeting with Jesse. I knew little about the issues facing military service men and women, but what I did know was that mental health was a concern facing many of them, and their families. I wasn’t sure what I could offer at first. “I’m on a suicide prevention coalition with members across sectors of the community. I can send the invite of the summit to the members,” I remember suggesting…trying to be useful. I was concerned that my lack of expertise in the area meant that I could not contribute much more—after all, my plate at the time was focused on parenting support, family finances, and of course, helping people ensure that their pressure cookers did not explode. What did I have to offer in this area?Yet, at the meeting, the evidence was there—veterans, which comprise of 10% of our county population, needed more support. His enthusiasm was contagious. Like Jessica, what began as a small “p” became a big “P.” And such is the life of an Extension educator. In Extension work, your “Plan of Work” is a working document. Needs evolve or emerge. New partnerships develop.So there it was, the beginning of something new for two relatively new county educators.Planning and Hosting The First Event – PTSD Awareness and Criminal Justice Response to Veterans in CrisisDuring our planning meetings with the CVSO, it became clear that there was widespread support among service providers – counselors, suicide prevention professionals, various agencies serving veterans. The number of people that wanted to speak kept growing and the schedule was getting tight.We were all interested in obtaining behavior change. We wanted to offer more than just “information and education.” Given the short amount of time we had available to us in the already-packed schedule, we decided to design a session that would allow the participants to have a role in defining the issues, as well as a chance to identify what they could do now – without additional resources or authority. Our hope was that this would empower them to take action on their own.This summit-style, rural county event attracted around 40 participants from several employment sectors. After the speakers and testimonials (and the tears), we separated the participants into “like” groups according to their industry or profession.It is important to note that, although these were “like” groups, many were meeting for the first time—even though 100% of those who turned in surveys work with veterans. Emails were exchanged and connections were made…and in a small community, connection is critical.What were the top needs for serving veterans in our community?The resulting conversations provided us with a rich picture of their interest and willingness to act, as well as what they need in order to be effective. Qualitative analysis of the discussion notes revealed these top five needs for serving veterans in our community:1. New resources.2. More networking among service providers (“I didn’t know so many people cared,” a participant shared).3. More community awareness.4. More training opportunities.5. More Veteran Liaison Officers (in law enforcement).Another key role we played in pulling off this event was designing and administering the evaluation. Just over half of the participants completed an evaluation.Gaining knowledge from an educational summit was one of our identified outcomes—and the summit was successful at that. As shown above, the majority of those that completed the evaluation left being more knowledgeable about PTSD, and felt that the topics were relevant to their field of work.How has the momentum continued?Though participants gained knowledge , they also seemed hungry for more. This was not surprising given the energy in the room after the group discussions. To keep the momentum going, on Pearl Harbor Day we followed up with an infographic about the effort and a link to a short survey that was aimed at gathering information on what they would like to do next.But what ended up happening next was another unplanned twist in the story, one that has opened up a world of possibilities for future programming partnerships related to serving military service men and women, veterans and their families. So what happened? And where are we know? Stay tuned for more of our story in a future installment of MFLN CCB’s Field Note Fridays on how our partnership with Jesse led to the nearby Wisconsin Veterans Home at King, and is continuing to blossom and add to our programming (and our learning) in ways we could not have imagined.A final note: Our programming has been enriched by being open to working on these issues, and it seems the feeling is mutual – we asked Jesse for a simple quote and he sent us a beautifully written letter, calling Cooperative Extension a “force multiplier” and sharing that he feels his office was made more effective because of his partnership with his local Cooperative Extension office. You can’t get more rewarding feedback than that.About us:Jessica BeckendorfJessica became passionate about communities while growing up as a military kid, making frequent cross-country moves and living in many different cities. After obtaining her Bachelor of Arts in Urban and Regional Studies at UW-Green Bay, she proceeded to work in just about every sector of community development – Geographic Information Systems, urban planning and zoning, and economic development. In 2014, Jessica finished her Master of Arts degree in Communications & Leadership Studies from Gonzaga University, and began her journey as an educator with the University of Wisconsin Coop Extension where her current focus includes building capacity and facilitating an environment conducive to resilient communities.Sandy LiangSandy Liang is a Family Living Educator for Waupaca County with the University of Wisconsin-Extension. Her work includes community assessments, parenting education and family support for at-risk populations. Liang enjoys collaborative efforts, and is on several coalitions to support families in the county. She believes that together, we create a community to support thriving, resilient individuals and families.Liang has a M.S. from Purdue University in Child Development and Family Studies. One particular project she enjoyed working on at Purdue was “The Purple Wagon” project, investigating children’s understanding and emotions relating to issues of war and peace.Interested in learning more about this subject? Want to share a story? We invite you to comment.last_img read more

Opinion: Lance Armstrong’s fall is mind-boggling

first_imgOn the hot road to this village in the deepest south of France, we passed the forbidding, barren mountain where Lance Armstrong, the cyclist, took a giant step toward becoming Lance Armstrong, the sporting myth. It was 12 years ago this summer. Riding hard, Armstrong fiddled with the collar of his bright yellow Tour de France leader’s jersey and tugged its back, getting comfortable in the saddle for one of his trademark attacks.Then, a few minutes later, he was off, literally like a rocket, leaving rivals for dead and making the towering Mont Ventoux look like little more than a speed bump.The physical strength he showed that July 13 at the 2000 Tour was mind-boggling. And there were so many other equally mind-boggling moments in the other six Tours he won.I was there for some of them. The power of Armstrong on the bike, the mix of steely charm and cold, single-minded determination, was like nothing I’d ever seen- both then and since.Which is why it’s even more mind-boggling to think that none of this really happened. Gone. Expunged. Erased by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency and its finding that the bulk of his career was built on lies and banned performance-enhancing drugs.The utter destruction of the Lance Armstrong myth, the man seemingly so tough that he not only beat cancer but won the world’s toughest bike race a record seven times, is going to take quite some time to digest.Other commentators will talk about how this will affect the cancer survivors Armstrong inspired and the foundation he set up to fight the disease. And only the most cynical will say that that side of Armstrong should crumble along with his status as a sporting icon.advertisementThey will examine how the fall of the only rider who held a candle to Eddy Merckx as cycling’s biggest ever star will affect the sport and the Tour and whether the yellow jerseys Armstrong took back to his Texas home should go to other competitors.The answer there should be ‘none.’Let the titles remain vacant- a black hole in the record books for the black hole in the 1990’s and 2000’s that many riders, presumably now including Armstrong, stared into- realizing that the only way they were going to succeed in the drug-addled sport was by pricking themselves with syringes of EPO or swallowing drops of hormones like so many others.Yes, they were cheats. But there were many victims of the doping culture, too, seemingly including Armstrong, who burned so badly to be more than simply an athletic young kid from a broken home in Plano, Texas.There will be discussion about the fairness of the process that led USADA to ban Armstrong for life and strip him of nearly everything he won.Some will argue that Armstrong simply tried to protect what’s left of his name and reputation by turning his back on USADA, portraying himself as the victim of what he says is its witch hunt.And they are already saying that we shouldn’t have allowed ourselves to be sucked in by Armstrong in the first place, because sporting performances which look too good to be true probably are.That is grossly unfair to all those athletes who don’t dope. And that horrid cynicism kills not only our pleasure in watching sport but the very idea that people can do mind-boggling things.They can. According to USADA, Armstrong no longer can be said to have won the Tour seven straight times. But we should all fight tooth and nail for the ambition that perhaps one day, someone could and that they could do it clean. Otherwise, why get out of bed in the morning?Now on holiday in some of the same parts of southern France from where I reported on the Tour, I ask myself where did we go wrong? And did we go wrong?I remember a journalist once asking Armstrong about the color of his socks and I think, “Should we have asked tougher questions?”In light of what USADA dug up, yes. But the doping questions were asked over and over and his answers were invariably the same: I train hard, have nothing to hide and how mad would I have to be to pump drugs into a body that barely survived late-stage cancer?In hindsight, the notion of Armstrong apparently risking his health with doping is one of the most mind-boggling aspects of USADA’s findings.And during the years he was winning, we were told Armstrong’s drug tests kept coming back negative. Until the evidence started to mount, it was hard to argue otherwise.advertisementThere were the those, the courageous and enterprising ones, who dug as deep as possible into the growing suspicions that Armstrong wasn’t being completely straight, and a few others who faced his wrath by speaking out.But the truth is also that witnesses of Armstrong’s apparent cheating didn’t come forward in the same numbers and with the same weight that USADA says they have now.In short, what we had was Armstrong, with his incredible tale of survival performing incredible feats on a bicycle.It was good while it lasted. That ride on the Ventoux. The day in the Pyrenees when he snagged his handlebar on a spectator’s bag, fell, picked himself up and rode with fury. On and on. One memory after another.But it all means absolutely nothing now.Gone. Didn’t happen.Mind-boggling. Armstrongs Chronology1992: Turns professional after 1992 Olympics.1993: Wins the world championship, the USPRO championship and a stage in his first Tour de France.1996: Enters the year as the top- ranked cyclist in the world. In October, he undergoes surgery to treat testicular cancer.1999: Wins first Tour de France title. It was first of his record seven Tour titles. In 2004, Armstrong was accused of taking performance-enhancing drugs in a book written by David Walsh and Pierre Ballester.2005: Announces in April he will retire from pro cycling after the Tour. French sports newspaper LEquipe reports tests on six urine samples allegedly taken from Armstrong during the 1999 Tour were positive for blood-boosting EPO.2006: Was cleared of doping allegations.2009: Returned to competitive cycling and finishes third in the Tour.2010: In May, Landis admits he was using performance-enhancing drugs when he rode on the US Postal Service team and accused Armstrong. Betsy Andreu, former Armstrong teammate, claimed that Armstrong admitted to using performance-enhancing drugs in a hospital room in 1996 while battling cancer.2011: Announces retirement in February. In May, his former teammate Tyler Hamilton tells CBS News that he and Armstrong had taken EPO together during the 1999, 2000 and 2001 Tours de France.2012: On August 20, a federal judge dismisses his lawsuit, leaving him three days to decide if he would fight USADA’s charges.last_img read more

Adamson posts 1st win in new head coach’s debut

first_imgAdamson held a slim 20-19 lead in the fourth and looked desperate to hold off the Lady Warriors but Eli Soyud and Chiara Permentilla rose to the occasion for the Lady Falcons.Soyud gave the Soaring Falcons a 21-19 lead and Permentilla followed it up a little later to give Adamson a more comfortable 23-19 buffer.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesMary Joy Dacoron then finished things off with a booming running spike for Adamson’s first win of the season.Getigan, before getting the head coaching job, was technically an assistant coach with the Lady Falcons for the season but he was more focused with Kings Montessori School’s high school team and that he only met Adamson’s players on Saturday. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem Adamson Lady Falcons. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—Adamson opened its new era with a rousing three-set win over National University, 25-15, 25-19, 25-22, in the UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball tournament Sunday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.New head coach Onyok Getigan guided the Lady Falcons to their first win of the tournament that broke a 0-3 start under the beleaguered Air Padda, who was relieved of her duties as head coach two days ago.ADVERTISEMENT PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte 1 dead, 3 injured in Quezon road crash LATEST STORIES Trump campaign, GOP groups attack Google’s new ad policycenter_img View comments Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed MOST READ Bea de Leon snaps out of slump, helps Ateneo extend win streak “I’ve only met them yesterday but since I was an assistant coach I already knew the system, so I just guided them and I wanted to bring their confidence back,” said Gatigan. “I’m technically part of the coaching staff before so I didn’t change anything in the system, I know their strengths and weaknesses so the only thing I did was guide them.”Bernadette Flora eventually finished with 15 points for the Lady Falcons while Soyud and Dacoron added 12 and 10 points, respectively.Princess Robles led the Lady Bulldogs with 12 points.Adamson, NU, and University of the East are all tied at the eighth spot with 1-3 records.ADVERTISEMENT Hong Kong tunnel reopens, campus siege nears end Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

World Cup 2019: Rohit Sharma vs David Warner in race for top run-scorer

first_imgIndia and New Zealand will face off in the 1st semi-final World Cup 2019 on Tuesday in Manchester. While hosts England will clash against arch-rivals Australia in the 2nd semi-final in Birmingham on July 11. On one hand, India’s campaign has been highlighted by opener Rohit Sharma’s record-breaking spree of 5 hundreds in the World Cup till date, the right-hander faces stiff competition in run-making from Australian opener David Warner.Rohit has already scored 647 runs in the ongoing World Cup while Warner is not far behind with 638 runs to his name. The semi-finals could see the duo trying to surpass not just each other but also the record for most runs in a single world cup edition.Currently, Indian batting great Sachin Tendulkar holds the record with 673 runs scored during the 2003 World Cup, followed by former Australian opener Matthew Hayden’s tally of 659 runs from the 2007 edition. Barring a poor outing, both Rohit and Warner look set to cross Sachin and Hayden’s tally this week with the prospect of playing one more match – the July 14 Final.While Rohit tops the run-charts till now, Warner has already registered the highest individual score in World Cup 2019 when he made 166 against Bangladesh on June 21.The World Cup 2019 has proven to be a great hunting ground for batsmen as we have seen an unprecedented 5 players to have scored 500 or more runs already. Apart from Rohit and Warner, Bangladesh’s Shakib Al Hasan (606), Australia captain Aaron Finch (507) and England’s Joe Root (500) have also scored 500 runs in the tournament.With 4 out of the top-5 run-getters set to feature in the business end of the tournament, viewers can rest assured of some fierce rivalry between the protagonists while several records look set to be tumbled over the next few days.advertisementAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Australia coach Justin Langer pumped for England showdownAlso Read | Rohit Sharma closes in on Virat Kohli in ICC ODI rankings after 5th hundred in World Cup 2019last_img read more

Baylor Football: 400-Pound TE LaQuan McGowan Threw Out The 1st Pitch At Last Night’s Rangers Game

first_imgA general view as the Baylor Bears take on the West Virginia Mountaineers in the first quarter at McLane Stadium.WACO, TX – OCTOBER 17: A general view as the Baylor Bears take on the West Virginia Mountaineers in the first quarter at McLane Stadium on October 17, 2015 in Waco, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)Baylor’s 400-pound tight end LaQuan McGowan created quite a stir when he caught a touchdown in the team’s bowl game against Michigan State last season. He worked at tight end and H-back this spring, and judging by his first pitch effort at last night’s Texas Rangers’ game, he may want to see if Art Briles will let him throw a pass this fall.Mound presence? Baylor’s 400-pound TE LaQuan McGowan throws out the Rangers first pich Friday (via @nick_pants) https://t.co/GsijMk4ize— Chuck Carlton (@ChuckCarltonDMN) June 13, 2015Not the cleanest mechanics but not a bad toss from the big man. If he ever actually pitched in a game, he could throw inside with impunity, since it’s doubtful anyone would want to charge the mound against him.last_img

Indian Cargo Ship Develops Heavy List off Colombo

first_imgIndian general cargo ship Mutha Pioneer developed a heavy port side list on June 26 while it was sailing off the coast of Colombo, Sri Lanka.The Dominican-flagged ship tilted to the side after the captain lost control of the vessel, according to the Sri Lanka Navy.Naval units were dispatched to assist the vessel and its crew. The captain and ten crewmembers who were on board the ship at the time of the incident were evacuated from the vessel and transferred to Colombo harbour.The 2,357 dwt cargo ship was on its way from Colombo to the Maldives at the time of the incident.There were no reports of water pollution following the listing.Image Courtesy: Sri Lanka Navylast_img