Olympians association opposes blanket ban on all Russians

first_imgMONACO (AP):The global association of Olympic athletes says it’s unfair that all Russia’s track and field athletes have been banned from international competition because of allegations of state-sponsored doping.The World Olympians Association (WOA) calls for an “urgent solution” that allows athletes who have not been involved in doping to be able to compete.The WOA issued a statement yesterday saying clean athletes should “have their rights and their reputations protected and honoured”.Russia’s athletics federation was suspended by the IAAF following a report by a World Anti-Doping Agency panel that detailed widespread doping. The sanction could keep Russian track and field athletes out of next year’s Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.The WOA suggests that athletes from suspended countries who have clean doping records could undergo “extraordinary testing sessions” clearing them to compete.The WOA has ties to Russia through its patron, Prince Albert of Monaco, who has vacationed in the past with Russian President Vladimir Putin. WOA president Joel Bouzou is an adviser to Prince Albert and received a Russian state medal in 2012.last_img read more

Suspended sentence for man who aided and abetted Carrigans grow house

first_imgA 59-year-old Derryman has been given a one-year suspended sentence for aiding and abetting the cultivation of cannabis at a grow house in east Donegal.Over 100 marijuana plants were found when Gardaí raided a property at The Haw, Carrigans on October 23, 2015. Officers found two grow tents, each containing ten mature plants, while numerous other plants or cuttings were found along with incubators under fluorescent lighting. Detective Sergeant Joseph Kealy told Letterkenny Circuit Court that Gardaí had the property under observation.Detective Sergeant Kealy and colleagues went to the premises on October 23, 2015 and found a male inside. The male was subsequently arrested and charged with possession of a controlled drug and cultivation of cannabis without a licence.Other detectives remained at the house to preserve the scene when they heard a key turn and a male entered the property, where he shouted to ask who had turned off the radio. Officers altered the man to their presence and he dropped the key on the floor.Edward McDermott (59) of 11 Abbotswalk, Bogside, Derry was arrested and charged with aiding and abetting the cultivation McDermott told Gardaí that the owner of the property was living in Dubai and he had been asked to check on the house.Barrister for McDermott, Mr Moriarty, said his client, who has no previous convictions, had suffered ‘a veritable constellation of medical difficulties’.“A black dog has had a firm hold for the majority of his life,” Mr Moriarty said.“He showed signs of mental fragility from an early age and he has been in poor health for a long time.“This was not an operation for profit and not one described as being on an industrial scale.”McDermott’s co-accused, Christopher McDaid, received a one-year suspended sentence at Letterkenny Circuit Court in February 2017, having said that he was growing the plants to treat his then ten-year-old son who suffered from ataxia-telangiectasia, a rare genetic disorder which has no cure. Judge John Aylmer said he couldn’t countenance making findings different and inconsistent to Judge Nolan. “I have to deal with it as being one where it has already been established that this was a not-for-profit operation,” Judge Aylmer said. “His co-accused was doing this for a particular medicinal purpose. Mr McDermott is before me having pleaded guilty to aiding and abetting the operation He is a person who is obviously vulnerable and prone to being in an operation such as this and being taken advantage of to some extent.”Judge Aylmer said the offence could merit a sentence of 18 months for McDermott. However, Judge Aylmer reduced that to one year and suspended the sentence. He directed that McDermott enter into a bond of €100 to keep the peace and be of good behaviour. Suspended sentence for man who aided and abetted Carrigans grow house was last modified: November 10th, 2019 by Chris McNultyShare 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:cannabisCarrigansDetective Sergeant Joseph KealyEdward McDermottJudge John AylmerletterkennyLetterkenny Circuit Courtlast_img read more

Investing in a clean future

first_imgEnvironmental affairs are the core priority of the newly-launched Evolution Oneprivate equity fund. (Image: Rodger Bosch,MediaClub South Africa. For more photos,visit the image library.)Janine ErasmusEvolution One, a new 10-year private equity fund launched by Cape Town-based investment management company Inspired Evolution, aims to raise R1-billion ($120-million) for the development of technology for clean energy generation, water purification and waste management in South Africa.Evolution One intends to have its R1-billion capital in place by mid-2009. Inspired Evolution’s executive director Christopher Clarke expressed confidence that the fund would reach this target, and added that a follow-up fund would be started in three to four years.Evolution One is said to be South Africa’s first investment fund devoted solely to green technology, and plans to make between 10 and 15 investments over the next three to five years, all centred on environmental issues. Investments in the Southern African Development Community will receive priority, and reports say that 75% of the capital will be invested in South Africa with the rest spread around countries such as Lesotho, Angola, Swaziland, Zambia and Mozambique.To date the fund has received some R400-million ($46-million) in backing from the Swiss Investment fund for Emerging Markets, the Finnish Fund for Industrial Cooperation, Castleway Properties (part of the Tchenguiz Family Trust, headed by property tycoon Vincent Tchenguiz), and the World Bank’s International Finance Corporation.Global investment in clean technology is predicted to soar to over $226-billion by 2016, mostly from funds raised by private equity and venture capital. In 2007 alone it is estimated that $150-billion was invested in the green technology sector, excluding Africa and Latin America.Evolution One has identified a number of focus areas for investment, including clean energy generation and energy efficiency; cleaner production technologies and processes; air quality and emissions control; water quality and management; waste management; agribusiness and forestry; natural products, organics and natural health; and sustainable buildings and environmental real estate.Inspired Evolution has announced that it is currently in the process of seeking a second round of international and local investors.Technology for a clean environmentThe International Finance Corporation’s director for private equity funds Haydee Celaya said the investment into Evolution One falls in line with the World Bank’s strategy to back technologies that address environmental issues and to ensure that the projects it supports embody principles of environmental sustainability..“This demonstrates our commitment to being a leader in the clean energy and climate change sectors,” Celaya said, “and to providing support to smaller businesses that are not likely to receive funding from mainstream private equity groups.”A report from Times Online says that the World Bank is dipping into profits from the arms industry, raised from lucrative deals struck between European and American defence companies and emerging economies, to fund its Evolution One backing.The organisation is taking advantage of a system known as off-set, which is a feature of most large-scale global defence contracts. Up to 6% of the value of a deal with a foreign government is added to the base price and used to invest in education or health, but lately the trend has been for governments to use the off-set payment to develop green technologies.Around the table with EskomEvolution One has wasted no time in embarking on a round of talks with Eskom, South Africa’s national power supplier and the largest electricity utility in Africa.Eskom generates almost 90% of its power from coal and in its 2008 annual report, released in September, it states that its greenhouse gas emissions had increased from 208.9 million tons in 2007 to 223.6 million tons in 2008. The report covers the period from March 2007 to March 2008.Eskom also mentioned in the report that it planned to reduce the amount of electricity generated from coal to 70% in the next 20 years.Clarke said talks are focused on alternative power supply projects. “We’ve had discussions with some of Eskom’s treasury members on how to finance alternative forms of energy,” he said, “particularly the concentrated solar power plants that they’re looking to set up, and co-generation and solar thermal [projects].”Cutting down on greenhouse gasesA new initiative to develop a South African carbon dioxide storage atlas was announced in October 2008. The project is supported by petrochemical producer Sasol, Eskom, mining house Anglo American, and the Petroleum, Oil and Gas Corporation of South Africa, PetroSA.South Africa is a major global culprit in the emission of greenhouse gases, emitting about 400-million tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) every year. This is about 1% of the global total. The new environmentally-friendly scheme will entail capturing CO2 as it emerges from industrial flues, then compressing it under intense pressure to a liquid and injecting it into suitable geological formations such as coal seams or spent oil and gas fields.Experts have already identified potentially suitable areas from preliminary studies. The Karoo Basin has been named, as have the depleted oil and gas structures in the Mossel Bay area. An initial assessment is on the cards for publication by April 2010.Related storiesDarling wind farmUseful linksEvolution OneInspired EvolutionSouthern African Development Community PetroSAInternational Finance CorporationDepartment of Environmental Affairs and Tourismlast_img read more

Members save with energy program, more benefits

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest  Leave a CommentThe Ohio Farm Bureau Energy Program has saved members substantial money on their utility bills, and three members also received a “bonus” when their names were drawn for a $500 sweepstakes. Ohio Farm Bureau Energy Program sweepstakes winners Kraig and Stacy Schafer are Huron County Farm Bureau members and Kraig serves on the county board of trustees. He enrolled in the energy program and estimates he’ll save $636 annually with a 59 percent rate reduction. He said he has been active in recommending folks to the program. Other winners for this first round in the sweepstakes include Janet Hays, a Columbiana County Farm Bureau member since 1965, and Zachary Zak, a Farm Bureau member in Cuyahoga County.In other member benefits news, there is now more member savings available at Ohio state parks. Great Ohio Lodges now includes discounts at the following lodge and conference centers: Burr Oak, Deer Creek, Hueston Woods, Maumee Bay, Mohican, Punderson Manor, Salt Fork and Shawnee.Finally, time is running out to win a two-year lease on a new 2018 Ford F-150. More than 2,200 Ohio Farm Bureau members have entered the sweepstakes for a chance to win, but Sept. 30 is the deadline to enter. Enter online or text the word SWEEPS to 46786 to enter.Photo caption: Ohio Farm Bureau Energy Program sweepstakes winner Kraig Schafer, pictured with his wife, Stacy, is a Huron County Farm Bureau member and serves on the county board of trustees.  Leave a Commentlast_img read more