Many in Kenya fear doping is rife among their top-class runners, who have been the source of enormous national pride.The IAAF earlier this month listed Kenya among five countries in “critical care” over their inadequate anti-doping measures.Some 40 Kenyan athletes have been involved in drug scandals in the last three years and athletics supremo Isaac Mwangi has been suspended for alleged corruption involving doping cover-ups, drawing a sharp rebuke from WADA.“They are very well aware of what they need to do. They need to reply to us by April 5,” WADA president Craig Reedie said on March 11.“They simply need to do it. If they don’t do it my compliance review committee will take the matter further,” insisted the Briton, adding a declaration of non-compliance was possible after WADA had brought to light institutionalised doping in Kenya.“We understand funding is now available and they (Kenya) need to pass legislation, we know the type of legislation they are talking about which is acceptable.”It remains to be seen whether world athletics authorities will judge Kenya to have taken sufficient steps to avoid further censure.AFPShare on: WhatsApp Nairobi, Kenya | AFP |Kenyan lawmakers have held the preliminary reading of a bill criminalising sports doping, just days before a deadline to avoid threatened Olympic expulsion.The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) gave Kenya until April 5 to tighten its anti-doping law and provide funding for a proposed Anti-Doping Agency of Kenya (ADAK), after the east African track giants missed an earlier February 14 deadline.The Anti-Doping Bill establishes the anti-doping agency and proposes a $1,000 (100,000 Kenyan shillings, 872 euros) fine, and/or a year in jail for athletes caught doping.Those caught smuggling or administering banned substances face a $30,000 (3 million Kenya shillings, 26,200 euros) fine or a three-year jail term.The new bill, the preliminary reading of which was held late on Wednesday, is intended to save Kenyan athletes from an Olympics ban threatened by IAAF president Sebastian Coe.However, parliament is on recess for the next 10 days — until after the April 5 deadline — and the bill requires two further parliamentary hearings, possible committee hearings and presidential assent before becoming law, a process that can take months.When Kenya missed the February deadline to prove it was doing enough to combat drug-taking, Coe said he would severely punish any country guilty of attempting to cover up doping.Efforts to comply with the new extended deadline were hampered in February when Athletics Kenya chief executive Isaac Mwangi stepped aside to allow a probe into allegations he sought bribes from two suspended athletes, claims he denies.
RUMSON – Stephen Farkouh of Tinton Falls and Andrew Tort of Rumson were recently inducted into the Eagle Scouts’ Court of Honor.Farkouh is a senior at Monmouth Regional High School in Tinton Falls. Tort is a junior at Christian Brothers Academy in Lincroft.Stephen Farkouh of Tinton Falls, left, and Andrew Tort of Rumson are now Eagle Scouts.They have worked together for many years in the troop, including leading their troop of 40 Scouts as senior patrol leaders. Having spent the last five years as fellow Scouts encouraging each other to complete their final Eagle Scout requirements and projects, Farkouh and Tort wanted to celebrate their highest achievement together.Farkouh’s project was an extensive cleanup and restoration of Monmouth Regional High School’s Preschool playground. Steve Didonato, Monmouth Regional High School administration, also an Eagle Scout, detailed Farkouh’s project during the Court of Honor. He praised Farkouh for his organizational skills, his tenacity and described the physical challenges that his project entailed. Didonato mentored him throughout the project and shared his and the school’s gratitude for the beautiful playground the children will now enjoy.Farkouh was assisted by members of Rumson Troop 201 and classmates from Monmouth Regional High School.During a Veterans Day ceremony at the historic bandstand in Rumson’s Victory Park, Tort noticed there was limited access to the bandstand for certain veterans and other physically challenged individuals who had to traverse a long grassy area to steps with no rails to reach the bandstand’s platform. After several meetings with the Borough of Rumson, Tort began his project to create a decorative paver walkway, landing pads and stair rails in Victory Park, making the bandstand more accessible.Under the mentorship of Guy Hembling of Hembling & Son who is also an Eagle Scout, and with the help of his fellow Scouts, family and friends, the bandstand now has a beautiful paver walkway with stair rails as well as beautified landscaping around the bandstand for future ceremonies.
SEA BRIGHT – Sunny skies, warm temperatures and perfect waves blessed the 15th year of Skimbash, a weekend skimboarding competition held on Sea Bright’s beach, open to enthusiasts of all ages who compete in 15 different age divisions. There were also divisions for semi-professionals, professional women and professional men. Skimbash is organized by Felicia Stratton and Melissa Stevenson who document the action with live scoring. The September event was the kickoff for the Skim USA 2020 tour. Spectators who lined the beach both days to watch the action were treated to dolphin sightings, too. Photos by Alex Nazath
Arcata >> When Rob Smith is talking about his football team, you simply press record and let him go.That was no different after Saturday night’s 42-32 win over Western Oregon at the Redwood Bowl that saw Humboldt State continue its quest for a Great Northwest Athletic Conference title.And it wasn’t simply for on-field reasons, either.“Can’t say enough about the Jacks,” Smith began. There was a slight pause, and then he got rolling again.“I’m very pleased to be 6-1 right now with …
ANAHEIM — The A’s lost to the Angels 3-2 on Tuesday night. Oakland’s lead in the wild card falls to a half-game over the Tampa Bay Rays and a game ahead of the Cleveland Indians.The top two teams in the wild-card standings meet in a one-game playoff Oct. 2.Homer Bailey ran into a bit of bad luck at Angel Stadium, succumbing to a couple soft hits that culminated in Brian Goodwin’s RBI bloop that tied the game 2-2 in the fifth inning. The Angels went ahead on an Albert Pujols sac fly.Khris …
13 August 2002A South African company that manufactures performance-quality guitars from oil cans is making inroads into the local music industry and establishing a presence in overseas markets, marketing a unique blend of modern guitar technology and African tradition and innovation.Launched in January 2002, Afri-Can Guitars has created a quality musical instrument based on the original concept of the oil can guitar that has been played in South Africa since the early 1900s, when aspiring guitarists too poor to buy expensive wooden instruments began making their own using empty five-litre oil cans.“Having played Paul Reed Smith guitars for the past seven years, I was familiar with a professional musical instrument of rare quality’, says Graeme Wells, himself an accomplished guitarist and Afri-Can Guitars’ founder, designer and production engineer.The Afri-Can ‘Ndebele’, hand-painted by local artists“I have always been fascinated by the unique sound and look of African musical instruments . the African oil can guitar has always had a tonal quality not found in any conventional guitar.’Based in Bellville, Cape Town, Afri-Can Guitars is South Africa’s first production guitar design and manufacturing company, and the creator of the first South African designed and patented production guitar.“By combining the essential elements of the original African Guitar, ie the oil can body, with properly measured and machined components, the instrument takes on a whole new feel, yet the sound remains truly African’, says Wells. “Each Afri-Can Guitar is manufactured on the latest CNC manufacturing equipment to exacting tolerances, using only the finest materials available. With Indian Rosewood for the fretboard and neck, proper frets, machine heads, a fully adjustable bridge and a good set of strings, the oil can guitar has all the features of a “real’ guitar.’Afri-Can Guitars currently produces between 10 and 20 guitars a week and sells about 50 a month. There are standing orders worth more than R400 000 a month, and new orders are coming in fast.Almost 90% of the materials used in the production of the guitars are sourced locally, with the remainder imported from the US and Asia.Each Afri-Can guitar is handmade and individually fine tuned. The acoustical version, dubbed the “Township model’, costs about R1 200, while the electronically amplified “Professional model’ sells for R3 800.Some of South Africa’s top artists already play the company’s guitars. These include David Kramer, Steve Hofmeyer, Blk Sonshine, Valiant Swart and Pieter Koen. International artists such as UB40, Aashid Himmons of the US and Spiro Giro also play the Afri-Can Guitar. Kramer, South Africa’s highly acclaimed and original “tin can’ guitarist, has endorsed Afri-Can’s new range of “David Kramer Blik’ guitars, being assembled to Kramer’s own specifications and bearing his signature.The company has opened distributor outlets in the US, Canada, Britain, Australia, France and Germany. It also has a shop at the V&A Waterfront complex in Cape Town and two outlets in Johannesburg.Wells currently employs two guitar builders whom he personally trains. Plans to expand the business are at an advanced stage. These include employing two more guitar builders, renting more floor space at the Bellville factory and increasing the number of distribution outlets.The company’s guitars were on display at the National Association of Melody Makers International Show in Nashville, US – reputedly the world’s largest guitar exhibition – in July 2002. George Gruhn, a commercial guru of the guitar world, has also endorsed Afri-Can’s guitars and represented the company at the show.SouthAfrica.info reporter. Source: Afri-Can Guitars
One of the crew members from the tanker High Courage was evacuated from the ship after he lost consciousness and needed immediate medical attention.As a prudent measure, the Master requested medevac of the electrician on September 22.The New York Police Department (NYPD) deployed its Air Sea Rescue officers to assist the man. An NYPD medic was sent from a helicopter to stabilize the man so he could be flown to a hospital.The officers hoisted the seafarer into the helicopter and transported him to a hospital for treatment. The crewman was taken to the Staten Island University Hospital and later released having suffered from low blood [email protected] officers rescued a man who was in need of medical attention 16 miles off the coast of #Queens pic.twitter.com/NGBTWALpku— NYPD NEWS (@NYPDnews) September 23, 2017At the time of the incident, the 46,992 dwt was some 16 miles off the coast of Breezy Point, New York.The 2005-built tanker, operated by Italy’s d’Amico International Shipping, was sailing from Perth Amboy to New York.World Maritime News Staff; Image Courtesy: NYPD
Astronomers identify oldest known asteroid family More information: Sean N. Raymond et al. The empty primordial asteroid belt, Science Advances (2017). DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.1701138AbstractThe asteroid belt contains less than a thousandth of Earth’s mass and is radially segregated, with S-types dominating the inner belt and C-types the outer belt. It is generally assumed that the belt formed with far more mass and was later strongly depleted. We show that the present-day asteroid belt is consistent with having formed empty, without any planetesimals between Mars and Jupiter’s present-day orbits. This is consistent with models in which drifting dust is concentrated into an isolated annulus of terrestrial planetesimals. Gravitational scattering during terrestrial planet formation causes radial spreading, transporting planetesimals from inside 1 to 1.5 astronomical units out to the belt. Several times the total current mass in S-types is implanted, with a preference for the inner main belt. C-types are implanted from the outside, as the giant planets’ gas accretion destabilizes nearby planetesimals and injects a fraction into the asteroid belt, preferentially in the outer main belt. These implantation mechanisms are simple by-products of terrestrial and giant planet formation. The asteroid belt may thus represent a repository for planetary leftovers that accreted across the solar system but not in the belt itself. Journal information: Science Advances © 2017 Phys.org
Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Managing social media accounts across Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest and other sites can be overwelming for some business owners. Posting to each can simply require too much attention for time-crunched entrepreneurs.But you don’t need to be all things to all people on the social Web. And you don’t need to hire a social media manager to handle it all. There are a number of cost-effective ways for you to have an active pressence on more than one social media site without devoting all your time to it.Here are five tips and tools for how you can get your message across on multiple social platforms without wasting a ton of time — or breaking the bank.1. Have a strategy. Try spending your limited time and resources investing in only the social media sites you know that your customers use. It can be better to build one or two strong profiles than to dilute your influence with a scattershot effort across four or five.Once you determine which sites to be on, creating a social media content strategy can help you stay organized. Maybe you tweet only five times a day, post to Facebook once a day and update your business blog once a week. Laying out a strategy and sticking it to it can help take some of the haphazardness out of managing multiple social accounts.Related: How to Create a Social Media Content Strategy (Video)And the good news is there are plenty of free and inexpensive Web apps that can help. Bliss Control is a free tool that offers shortcuts for you to manage account settings such as privacy, profile pictures and passwords from one place. Social media dashboards such as HootSuite and Buffer are free options for managing and scheduling posts across multiple accounts.2. Don’t blindly recycle content.Managing different accounts from the same location can create the temptation for you to use the same updates over different platforms. The problem in doing so is that customers often follow you on multiple sites and don’t want to find the same content from site-to-site.In general, form follows function. Twitter can be effective for sharing links, thoughts and quick updates about your company. Facebook can be better for creating and sharing photo albums, longer summaries of your links and customer comments. Don’t automatically Facebook everything you tweet or syndicate your blog on LinkedIn.Related: Finding the Best Time to Post to Social Networks3. Don’t be shy about cross-promoting posts across sites.While social-media multitasking usually means creating content that’s unique to each platform, that should not stop you from cross-promoting content without annoying your followers. The trick is to direct users to unique or helpful content. For example, ask your Twitter followers to check out new pictures on your Facebook wall.One free option for building automation into your social networks is a tool called ifttt, which stands for “If This, Then That.” Users can build automated tasks for more than 40 social networks and Web apps using simple conditional statements.Sendible which starts at about $10 per month also pushes content to various platforms. It also includes metrics to track who is talking about your business and on which sites.4. Use analytics tools to know what’s working and what isn’t.Don’t waste time socializing content that isn’t resonating with your followers. Analytics apps can be key to figuring out which of your posts are successful and why.Consider starting with SocialBro which is available as a free desktop app or a browser extension. It includes information on which cities your followers live in and when they’re likely to be online. Free apps such as Tweriod and TweetWhen can also help you determine optimal posting times for different networks.Related: 10 Little Known Social Media Tools You Should Be Using — NowLink-shortening tools such as bitly can offer statistics on who is clicking through on the links you post. Another option is to monitor your website analytics through tools such as Google Analytics or Yahoo! Web Analytics to see how many referrals you are getting from social media sites. Web hosting services often offer this capability as well.5. Treat followers like customers.Try using Twitter, Facebook and, for instance, Instagram’s mobile posting features, to put faces to your employees and give a behind-the-scenes look at your company. Your followers are real people and they most likely will apprecaite seeing the people behind your business and your social media pressence.There are free Facebook apps for interacting with customers via polls and surveys. Poll for Facebook comes with the ability to add custom code, multiple-choice or written questions and extra privacy settings. Promotion Builder, by Redwood City, Calif.-based Wildfire, starts at $5 per promotion plus 99 cents per day and lets users run contests and promotions such as coupons, group deals and sweepstakes across multiple sites. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global 5 min read May 30, 2012 Register Now »