Chinese marathon champ banned for eight years over doping

first_img0Shares0000Wang Jiali pictured in April 2017 after winning the women’s marathon at the 13th Chinese National Games © OSPORTS/AFPSHANGHAI, China, Jan 10 – China’s national marathon champion and Olympian Wang Jiali has been banned for eight years after failing a drugs test, her second violation, the Chinese Athletics Association (CAA) said on Wednesday.The 31-year-old, who won gold at the 2017 National Games, tested positive for the banned blood booster EPO during out-of-competition testing in August and her career now appears over. The CAA also fined Wang 40,000 yuan ($6,000) and banned her coach Lyu Qiang for life.Wang — who came 57th in the marathon at the 2012 London Olympics — was banned for two years in 2013 for a previous violation, the state-run Xinhua news agency said.Separately, China’s Anti-Doping Agency (CHINADA) said it uncovered 77 violations last year, calling it proof that the country is stamping down on drugs cheats ahead of next month’s Winter Olympics in South Korea.China this week banned speed skater Shi Xiaoxuan for two years for failing a drugs test, the second such case to hit the national team in quick succession.CHINADA said it conducted a record 17,000 tests last year and vowed to root out drug cheats.“In the past year we improved a lot, including testing methods, test plans and management,” Chen Zhiyu, CHINADA deputy head, was quoted by Xinhua as saying.“As the workload continues to grow, we have maintained a high level of accuracy in lab tests and better planning led to more effective control, so we found many more positive cases last year.”Last year’s testing returned 132 positive results, but in 55 cases the athletes were not punished because CHINADA ruled that they had tested positive for clenbuterol due to food contaminated with the banned performance-enhancer, Xinhua said.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Planter Field Day May 31

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Weather conditions have delayed some farmers from getting into their fields to plant this spring, so more growers are looking to new technologies to help them speed up the planting process.With each day growers aren’t able to get into their fields to plant due to cold or wet soil conditions, more questions are arising as to how the planting delays will impact yields, said Mary Griffith, an Ohio State University Extension educator.“While growers always are focused on getting their crops in on time, this year many farmers are especially concerned about how a narrow planting season such as this will impact yields,” Griffith said. “Some growers who planted early were negatively impacted by late frost and have had to replant some fields — in some cases some of those farmers hadn’t even gotten all their fields planted the first round before they had to replant.“As a result, many growers are looking at planters, new technologies and yield impact. Whether it be questions on seed singulation and uniform spacing to questions on variable rate seeding and fertilizer application, many growers want to know how precision planter technology can increase the speed and accuracy of planting.”Growers can learn more about precision planters during a Planter Field Day May 31. The event is from 8 to 11 a.m. at the Molly Caren Agricultural Center, 1782 state Route 38 NW in London. The event is free and open to the public.The program will offer participants the opportunity to see corn and soybeans planted using the ExactEmerge planting system at the site. During the field day, growers will be able to evaluate crop stands and learn more about precision planting.For more information on the field day or to register, contact Griffith at 740-852-0975 ext. 13 or [email protected] The deadline to register is May 27. The event is sponsored by JD Equipment.last_img read more

Wage issue hits India’s easternmost tiger reserve

first_imgConservation of the Royal Bengal Tiger has taken a hit in India’s easternmost tiger reserve.The authorities of the Namdapha Tiger Reserve in Arunachal Pradesh have discontinued the services of 53 frontline staff, all casual employees.The 1,895 sq.km. tiger reserve in Changlang district, bordering Myanmar, is now left with 113 casual employees, who were inducted under Project Tiger of the National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA).In an order on July 14, Namdapha’s Field Director T. Riba said the 53 were shortlisted after an assessment of the performing and non-performing workers. This was in view of non-payment of wages of the casual employees by the NTCA.Officials of the Arunachal Pradesh Forest Department said the NTCA, formed in 2005, roped in 166 people for Namdapha a few years ago. But the NTCA did not provide any fund for wages of these casual employees during the 2018-2019 fiscal.“A huge amount of fund is required to meet the expenses of wages of these employees, and also a huge amount of arrear wages is lying outstanding due to non-receipt of funds from the NTCA,” the order said.“There are a large number of non-performing casual employees adding to the burden of this establishment,” the order said, adding that the non-performing employees were evaluated and told to go.“Almost 80% of Namdapha is inaccessible, and it is difficult for the staff to monitor the remaining area of the tiger reserve. The reduced staff strength will make it harder for us, but one cannot help if there are no funds,” Mr. Riba told The Hindu.Three tigersWildlife officials believe that Namdapha, at an altitude varying from 200 metres to 4,571 metres above mean sea level, is an ideal tiger habitat. But no tiger has ever been caught there in camera traps.“In 2018, we set up 118 camera traps but could not catch any tiger. We confirmed the presence of three individual tigers from pug marks and scats (DNA from tiger poop),” Mr Riba said.Namdapha, named after a river meandering through it, was declared as India’s 15th Tiger Reserve in 1983 with a core area of 1,808 sq km and a buffer zone of 177 sq km. Declared a wildlife sanctuary in 1972, it was elevated to a national park in the same year as it was made a tiger reserve.The tiger is one of 96 species of mammals found in Namdapha, which is divided into the Miao, Namdapha and Gandhigram ranges. The others include the endemic red giant flying squirrel, leopard, clouded leopard, snow leopard, Malayan sun bear, Asiatic black bear, hoolock gibbon, and capped langur.Namdapha has been in the news for the State government’s push for developing a 156 km road through it connecting Miao, the headquarters of the tiger reserve, and Vijaynagar, a settlement of former Assam Rifles personnel close to the Myanmar border.The road is the lifeline of Vijaynagar requiring people to trek for seven to 10 days. The odd sortie by Indian Air Force is the only other way for the people there to communicate with the world beyond.last_img read more

Syed Modi International: Sameer defends title, Saina settles for silver in one-sided final

first_imgSameer Verma gave Indian supporters in Lucknow something to cheer on an otherwise disappointing day by winning the men’s singles final of Syed Modi International Badminton Championships 2018 on Sunday.The third seed and the defending champion needed an hour and 10 minutes to beat sixth seed Lu Guangzu of China 16-21, 21-19, 21-14 in the tightly-contested final.World number 16 Sameer also became the first men’s singles player to defend the Syed Modi Badminton Championships title. He had beaten compatriot Sai Praneeth in last year’s final.With the win, the 24-year-old has also qualified for the eight-man field at World Tour Finals, starting December 12 in Guangzhou. Sameer is now the only Indian men’s singles shuttler to have qualified for the season-ending tournament.Heartbreak for Saina, Satwik-Chirag duoMeanwhile, former champion Saina Nehwal failed to produce her best, losing in straight games to young Han Yue of China in a one-sided women’s singles summit clash earlier in the day.Commonwealth Games silver medallists Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty also went down in straight games against second seeds Fajar Alfian and Muhammad Rian Ardianto of Indonesia to settle for the runners-up prize in the men’s doubles competition.It was heartbreak for Saina, who couldn’t put enough pressure on Han, a 2017 world junior championship silver medallist, losing 18-21 8-21 in a 34-minute final to settle for another runner-up finish and pocket a cheque of USD 5,700.Saina, who won a gold and a bronze medal at the Commonwealth Games and Asian Games, had ended second best at the Indonesia Masters in January and Denmark Open in October this year.advertisementIn the men’s doubles, Satwik and Chirag squandered a 18-14 lead in the second game to lose 11-21 20-22 to world number seven Alfian and Ardianto in a 38-minute match.In the women’s singles final, the youngster from China, who had defeated former Olympic champion Li Xuerui in the semifinals, was a cut above the Indian, who struggled with her precision.In the first game, Saina recovered from an early 0-2 deficit to lead 6-5. A net error and a weak return by Saina saw Han lead 8-6.The Indian then reeled off four points, mixing smashes with angled returns, to move to 10-8 and then grabbed a 11-9 lead when the Chinese went wide.Han pocketed three points but Saina again unleashed a down-the-line smash to claw back at 12-12 and then lead 14-12 with the Chinese going wide twice.Saina kept using her smashes and angled returns to good effect, leading 17-12 at one stage.Two miscued shots from Saina helped Han make it 15-17. The Indian smashed one to the net and also hit long and failed to reach a shot at the forecourt as Han led 19-18.Han grabbed two game points when Saina left one at the back court and claimed the bragging rights when the Indian pushed one wide.Kashyap’s pep talk fails to make a differenceAfter a pep talk by would-be-husband Parupalli Kashyap, Saina returned to the court for the second game, which saw both the shuttlers gaining points from each other’s unforced errors to be tied 3-3.Saina struggled with her accuracy even as Han grew in confidence, reaching 10-6 when the Indian found the net and then hit wide. Another frustrated return from Saina gave Han a 11-6 advantage at the interval.After the breather, Saina tried to match her younger opponent in the long rallies but Han produced some precise cross court smashes and returns to keep her nose ahead.Saina paid the price of leaving the shuttle too short as Han punished them, moving to 16-8 at one stage.Han kept hitting some quality strokes, while Saina struggled. The result was Han jumped to a 20-8 lead when Saina hit long. When the Indian again erred with her length, the Chinese sealed her maiden win.(With inputs from PTI)Also see:last_img read more

Strong Interest from Diaspora in Upcoming Conference

first_imgState Minister for Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Hon. Arnaldo Brown, says that there is significant interest from overseas Jamaicans in the upcoming Diaspora conference and the opportunities to invest in the country.He said that coming out of recent promotion activities overseas “the response to the conference has been tremendous.”The State Minister, who was addressing a JIS ‘Think Tank’ on Wednesday, May 1, said there have been endorsements for the event from several Jamaican investors living abroad. “There is significant interest among Jamaicans in the Diaspora about the opportunities to invest in Jamaica and we are seeking to encourage that investment,” he stated.[RELATED: Business Leaders On-Board for Diaspora Conference]The 5th Biennial Jamaica Diaspora Conference, which has been re-branded to focus on trade and investment, will be held from June 16 to 19 at the Montego Bay Convention Centre in St. James, under the theme: ‘Nation on a Mission: Jamaica – Diaspora Partnership for Development’.Mr. Brown said the event, is going to serve to “galvanize and send a serious signal to the members of the Diaspora that the Jamaican Government and the people of Jamaica are welcoming of investment of Jamaicans in the country.”The State Minister, who has portfolio responsibility for Diaspora Affairs, stated that the event will also provide the platform to strengthen the homeland-Diaspora partnership as part of the country’s growth strategy.“The conference, we hope, will be a turning point in terms of the homeland (Diaspora) partnership and to make it more structured and institutional and to take it to the level where we can leverage the benefits of economic growth and development,” he stated.He said that after examining several successful partnerships in other countries such as Israel, India, Ireland, China and Mexico, the intention is to pull elements from those models that can be replicated in Jamaica.“These countries have been very successful in leveraging their homeland-Diaspora partnership in terms of bringing about economic growth, economic development in their country and we believe that Jamaica is in a position to do the same,” he stated.By Alecia Smith-Edwards, JIS Reporterlast_img read more