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Thermal cameras expected to be used at Tour de France

first_imgThroughout the current UCI WorldTour season, the governing body have been using a tablet system, which was developed with British company Endoscope-I and e-bike manufacturer Typhoon.The scanning system was first used, in competition, at the UCI Cyclo­cross World Championships in Heusden-Zolder during January, where the bike of Belgian rider Femke Van den Driessche was seized following the women’s under-23 event.During the ensuing investigation, the 19-year-old was found to have had a concealed motor on her bike, controlled by a Bluetooth switch, resulting in the UCI’s Disciplinary Commission handing the rider a six-year suspension.The governing body have claimed to have conducted thousands of tests so far this season, including around 500 tests at the Tour de Suisse and over 2,000 at the Giro d’Italia.However, they have come under pressure to utilise other technology to aid the fight against technological doping, with thermal imaging cameras and x-ray having both been mooted.The UCI have now stated that around 3,000 and 4,000 tests will be carried out at the Tour de France using their existing technology, while further detection methods are set to be introduced “assess their performance and to ensure a varied testing protocol”.”With this technology which has been approved by the UCI and by the Tour de France, those who will want to cheat will be taking very, very big risks,” said Thierry Braillard, French Sports Secretary of State, according to Reuters.”It’s a complement to what the UCI has been doing.”Braillard had been speaking at a joint press conference with UCI President Cookson, Tour de France director Christian Prudhomme and French Cycling Federation President David Lappartient.The latter, the President of the European Cycling Union and a UCI vice-president, had previously queried about why the governing body had not been using other technology to tackle the problem.“Since the beginning of the year, we are sending a clear message which is that there is literally no-where to hide for anyone foolish enough to attempt to cheat in this way,” said Cookson.“A modified bike is extremely easy to detect with our scanners and we will continue to deploy them extensively throughout the Tour and the rest of the season.”The UCI state that their scanners are now available to member National Federations, supported by training from specialist staff, with several having already been deployed at national level races.The governing body revealed earlier this month that they would investigate whether emails sent by their technical manager Mark Barfield hindered a police investigation after claims made in a French television programme on mechanical doping.According to Stade 2, Barfield sent emails to Harry Gibbings, director of e-bike manufacturer Typhoon, which informed him that French police were investigating suggestions of motor use at last year’s Tour de France.It was alleged that Hungarian engineer Stefano Varjas, who worked with the company at the time, was the subject of the investigation with police suspecting that he had been looking to sell motors to competing teams at the UCI WorldTour race.last_img read more

Unfit to lecture anyone on moral conduct

first_imgDear Editor,Recently, the President of the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ), Mr Adrian Saunders, at a public lecture delivered in Guyana, encouraged Guyanese to write public commentaries critical of decisions of the CCJ.His Honour obviously recognises that the right to criticise decisions of the courts is part and parcel of the freedom of expression guaranteed to us as a fundamental right by the Constitution.Needless to say, there is a distinction between criticising and being disrespectful. Unlike Attorney General Mr. Basil Williams, I am conscious of this distinction, and bear it in mind in my public comments in relation to the recent ruling of the Guyana Court of Appeal.I read the news article of the AG’s recent press statement accusing me of being disrespectful of our judges. In that press release, he deceptively plucked certain statements I made out of context in order to make his point, including statements that I made in and to the Court. The fact that I was permitted to make those statements in the Court ought to establish that the Court itself did not find them offensive, obviously having regard to the context in which they were made. That is why the AG deliberately excluded the context in his Release.For example, I said that the Barbadian Queen’s Counsel were alien to the historical evolution of, and political vicissitudes which inspired, Article 161 (2) of the Constitution to its current form. The AG accuses me of labelling these two gentlemen as “aliens”!I specifically deny describing the Court’s decision as “political”. What I said and wrote were widely carried in the press, and anyone is free to examine it for themselves. That my written comments were carried by the press unedited is evidence that the press did not consider them scandalous; since, by carrying them, the press itself would have been implicated in the scandal.I must wonder why the AG would want to remind the nation about his disgraceful conduct before Justice Franklin Holder. But since he has made reference to it, it is apt that I remind that, among the several disrespectful statements made to that judge, he informed the court: “The last man who said that to me was a magistrate who was later found dead!” The Judge immediately rose from the bench and exited the courtroom. This was followed by a letter of complaint written by the Judge to the Chief Justice, and a letter sent by the Chancellor to the President, complaining about the AG’s conduct before Justice Holder. These letters were all made public, and were widely carried in the press.Only recently, the nation witnessed how this very AG refused to obey an Order of Chief Justice Roxanne George to bring the Judicial Review Act into force, and complied with the Order of Court only when Contempt of Court proceedings were filed against him. I can cite more instances of flagrant disrespect of the Judiciary by this AG, but I think the point is made already.In conclusion, while I was critical of the Court’s decision, as I have right to do, I did not disrespect any judge. In any event, the AG lacks the moral and professional authority to lecture me, or anyone else for that matter, about professional legal conduct.Respectfully,Anil Nandlalllast_img read more

Man charged for assaulting ex-wife

first_imgForty-eight-year-old Ray Peters was on Monday arraigned before Principal Magistrate Judy Latchman on a charge alleging that on October 6, 2018, at Leopold Street, Georgetown, he unlawfully assaulted his former reputed wife Sheneece Dash.The unrepresented man denied the charge.According to the prosecutor’s case, the virtual complainant was walking along Leopold Street, Georgetown on October 6th instant when Peters ran up to her and blocked her path. In the ensuing argument, he allegedly pushed her several times. The VC reported the matter to the Police, and her former reputed husband was arrested.The VC, in tears, told the court that Peters is always in the habit of assaulting her whenever he sees her, even though their relationship ended months ago.As the Police Prosecutor did not object to Peters being placed on bail, Magistrate Latchman released Peters on $100,000 bail, and set the case for continuation on November 6.last_img read more

Armed bandits rob driver, escape with his vehicle

first_imgA driver is now traumatised after he was relieved of his cellular phone, cash, and other valuables by armed gunmen who made good their escape in his vehicle (PWW 9661) on Wednesday evening.The missing vehicle is a pearl white new model Toyota Allion registered to another individual, Tony Mason. However, the driver, Bryan Cameron was operating the vehicle at the time of the robbery.Reports are that Bryan was dropping off someone he knew at Garden of Eden, East Bank Demerara (EBD) on Wednesday evening around 21:00h when he received a telephone call from a private number.The caller requested that the taxi driver collect him from a popular drinking establishment in Grove, EBD because he (the caller was in need of a taxi).As a result of the loud music in the background at the bar, Cameron could not clearly identify whether he knew the identity of the caller, but assumed it was someone who knew him.However, as Cameron arrived at the location, the man entered his vehicle and told him that that he was heading to Georgetown.Along the route, the passenger requested that the driver stop at Republic Park, EBD, to collect three other individuals who were heading to the same location.When the trio entered the car, they reportedly told the driver that they were headed to Barr Street, Kitty, Georgetown, and upon arriving at that location, two of them whipped out handguns and threatened to hurt him if he did not comply with their orders.Based on reports received, the men instructed Cameron to hand over his cellular phone and his wallet, along with cash that was inside of the vehicle, and to leave the car keys in the ignition and that he exits the car.Fearing for his life, the fearful man quickly exited the vehicle, and was left standing helpless on the road as the armed bandits sped away from him.Cameron subsequently managed to get assistance from persons in the area, to get to a Police station where he filed a report.Anyone who may have seen the missing vehicle is asked to contact 669-6187 or the nearest Police station.last_img read more

Anti-Site C meetings held across the province

first_imgChief Roland Wilson of the West Moberly First Nation also seized the occasion to vow, to use the courts, to try and stop any work from proceeding on the proposed third Peace River Dam, until the federal court challenges against it are heard in July. “If they start trying to move dirt, we will be filing injunctions.”The work is expected to start, next month, and Hydro has already announced, a river bank clearing contract has been awarded, to Paul Paquette and Sons Development Corporation of Chetwynd.However, even that decision is drawing protester flak with Chief Wilson accusing Hydro of engaging in divide and conquer tactics.  The Chief says “one of the things they are trying to do is to try and get the First Nations fighting amongst each other.  They’ve awarded a contract to a First Nations contractor.  We don’t want to be in a position like that.  We understand people need to work, what we are saying is there are better jobs out there.”- Advertisement -Meantime, Craig Benjamin of Amnesty International attended the Vancouver protest rally and confirmed his group has now been granted intervener status in the Treaty 8 federal court case.As reported earlier, the world’s largest human rights organization, is conducting its own assessment of the environmental and social impacts of mega-resource projects here in the Northeast.   Benjamin believes these projects are having a huge effect on local communities. “The reliance on very large numbers of outside workers has had the effect of driving up housing prices.  It has created a huge gap between the size of population needing services and the services available in the community.  There is also a huge wage gap between men and women.”Leaving no potential protest stone unturned, Amnesty is also looking for any evidence of a link, between major resource development, and the-decades-old, unsolved Northern B.C. missing and murdered women’s file.Advertisementlast_img read more

GET READY TO BOOGIE AT DONEGAL YOUTH SERVICE PARTY IN THE PARK

first_imgA host of Donegal’s best young musical talent are set to appear at the Donegal Youth Service Party in the Park in Letterkenny town park on Wednesday 26th August.The event will also see guest appearances from some of Donegal’s more established artists Little Hours, who recently signed a record deal with RCA Music, and former Hotpress magazine Award winners In Their Thousands.Party in the Park also forms the Donegal leg of the national “Lets Go Mental 2015” campaign, which is being co-ordinated by Donegal Youth Council. This campaign has been developed by young people for young people and involves a series of 31 events in every local authority area across the country to promote positive mental health through music, sport, the arts and other fun activities. Party in the Park will be packed full of activities, with taster sessions in karate, ultimate Frisbee, badminton and other sports, as well as having a range of mental health organisations on hand to inform young people about the services they provide, which is also being supported by the North West Drugs Task Force.This year sees the event return to the town park in Letterkenny and it will run from 2-7pm. The non-alcohol event will also have a number of fun activities for younger children and families, with bouncy castles and other fun games and activities.Young people from the organising committee are also organising a pop up restaurant for the day and there will also be a “Let’s Go Mental” tent where people will be able to join in with art projects and other fun activities planned under the theme “Do something for your mental health today”. With over 1000 young people from all over the county already saying they plan to attend through the online event page it is sure to be one of the biggest events of the summer in Donegal.For more information on the Donegal Youth Service Party in the Park contact Donegal Youth Service on 074-9129630. GET READY TO BOOGIE AT DONEGAL YOUTH SERVICE PARTY IN THE PARK was last modified: August 7th, 2015 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

OLYMPIC SELECTION D-DAY ARRIVES FOR MCCAMBRIDGE AND JENNINGS

first_imgDonegal’s two Olympic marathon hopefuls will learn today if they are to compete at the games in London.Both Maria McCambridge and Catriona Jennings from Letterkenny have run under the qualifying time of 2:37.00.But so too have two other Irish athletes and there are just three places up for grabs. Jennings has run a faster time than McCambridge but Irish athletic bosses are to take into account previous marathon history.McCambridge has much more experience over the distance than Jennings.However, the decision will be down to the selectors and both women may still yet don the Irish vest.   OLYMPIC SELECTION D-DAY ARRIVES FOR MCCAMBRIDGE AND JENNINGS was last modified: May 21st, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

GAA: VOCATIONAL SCHOOLS RESULTS AND FIXTURES

first_imgU14 ACarndonagh CS 2-7 Gweedore 6pts Glenties Comp 4-13 Carrick 1-6U14b crana college 2-7 moville 2-14 U-16 A results,Glenties 2–12  Carrick 1-6Glenties 7–15  Pcc 1—3Rosses 2–8 Pcc 1—9Rosses 0—10 Abbey 0—6Carrick 1—9 Abbey 0—-7U16 Cfinn valley defeated errigal in a close game by 4 points in u16 C competition Senior A CompetitionPCC Falcarragh beat bundoran 2.11 to 14pts in second game. PCC now play CarrickLoreto Milford beat Deele College in 2nd game – they play winners of Carrick/PCCFixtures for next week Wednesday 24thU-14 Rosses v Glenties comp in Dungloe at 10:30U16 APCC host abbey Donegal Town under sixteens on tues next at 11.30amGweedore will play Loreto Milford on wednesday next in GweedoreSenior A GamesThe Rosses will play C.C.S on Tues.next in the RossesSenior quarter final 1st leg Glenties v Stranorlar in GlentiesGAA: VOCATIONAL SCHOOLS RESULTS AND FIXTURES was last modified: October 19th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:GAA: VOCATIONAL SCHOOLS RESULTS AND FIXTURESlast_img read more

HOSPITAL GROUP TO MEET MINISTER ABOUT GETTING MORE BEDS

first_imgThe Dungloe Hospital Beds Lobby Group  is seeking a meeting with the Minister for Health to get five more beds open at the facility.Beds back at Dungloe Hospital.The group had a meeting in Dungloe this week to update on recent developments as well as plan for stage of their plan.It follows on from a very well attended Public meeting held in Dungloe to discuss an action plan for the unit. The group met with the local HSE officials to discuss the plans of the HSE in relation to the re-opening of beds at Dungloe Community Hospital.The group were assured that once staffing issues were effected that the beds would re-open. This would require both Union and management input. This has now occurred and five beds were recently re-opened and are now occupied by additional patients. This is welcomed by the Group.The Group have agreed a follow up meeting with the local HSE management which will take place within the coming weeks at Dungloe Hospital.The group have met recently with Minister Dinny McGinley to outline the concerns voiced at the Public meeting as well as requesting a meeting with the Minister for Health, James Reilly. The group have requested this meeting in order to present an exceptional causes case regarding Dungloe Community Hospital and the unique nature of the West Donegal area and the demographics involved.The objective is to work towards a situation which would enable the Hospital management to overcome the embargo on recruitment and replacement so as to re-open a further five beds which remain close due to staffing shortages. Minister McGinley has committed to arranging this meeting and the group expect that it will happen in the coming weeks.The lobby group report that there is a positive working relationship between the Public representatives, Donegal HSE officials, Hospital Management, Union officials and Minister McGinley in the attempts to restore all beds to capacity at the Hospital.A spokesman for the group said “There have been genuine and understandable delays in the re-opening of the beds but also a strong determination by the lobby group to continue the fight to have Dungloe Community Hospital restored to capacity use. The public will be kept fully informed of the outcome of all meetings.”The recent Lobby group meeting was attended by Pat The Cope Gallagher, David Alcorn, Charlie the Yank Boyle, Marie Therese Gallagher, Frank Campbell, Kathleen McGonagle, Pat Glackin, Fr Matt McInerney. HOSPITAL GROUP TO MEET MINISTER ABOUT GETTING MORE BEDS was last modified: October 27th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Dungloe Community Hospitallast_img read more

WATER PROTESTERS BANNER ABOUT ENDA KENNY DESCRIBED AS ‘DISGUSTING’

first_imgA poster unfurled by water protesters in Glenties yesterday evening has been described as ‘disgusting’ and ‘deplorable.’Up to FIFTY water activists protested as Taoiseach Enda Kenny visited the annual MacGill Summer school. However, the poster they made was a deeply personal attack on the Taoiseach which purported that the banner was written by his dead mother.The poster read, “”Kenny a message for you, from guess who?? I lie here in my grave, restless, distraught, in tears and despair as I unable to stop you rob cheat and lie to the Irish people.“Please stop before it too late so I can RIP Your Mother. Bye”.The message has been widely condemned with many people taking to social media to express their disgust at the poster – with many saying the poster has brought shame to the county. Breda O’Donnell wrote, “Bringing the good name of Donegal down with this disgusting banner. Lowest of the low.Frank Smith said, “As much as I despise Enda Kenny, that is plain disgusting.Donál Brennan wrote, “This is like something you’d see from the lovely people in the Westboro Baptist Church. “It proves the whole water protest movement has lost credibility due to it being hijacked by trouble makers and thugs with zero cop-on or intelligence.Patrick McGinley said, “They don’t represent the normal people of Donegal“We don’t lower ourselves to those levels.Sharon Leonard said, “Not going to attend any more water charges protests after seeing this, I cannot stand Enda Kenny, but this was obviously done by sick people. However, there are still some defending the poster’s message and the stance taken by the small group of water protestors.Austin O’Meara said, “If you find that banner more offensive than people dying on trollies because of cuts made by Enda’s government who stood by and let people die only to take inheritance tax off them and send that money to bail out the entire European banking system.“All the while crying poverty and cutting vital services so we can send €650 million per year out on foreign aid with no chance of getting it back, paying private debt with public finances.“I don’t know of the circumstances of his mothers death but I would be certain enough she was never on a trolley in a corridor.. To those complaining about this banner do you really find it more offensive than the utter contempt this man’s government holds the Irish people in. What are you thoughts have the water protestors brought shame on Donegal??WATER PROTESTERS BANNER ABOUT ENDA KENNY DESCRIBED AS ‘DISGUSTING’ was last modified: July 25th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Featuresnewslast_img read more