Batesville family devastated by house fire

first_imgBatesville, In. — A Batesville family is picking up the pieces after a fire destroyed their home and belongings.Reports indicate firefighters responded to the home of John Wilson on St. Mary’s Road at 9:45 p.m. Monday, and were on the scene until 3 a.m. the next morning. The home, furniture, clothes and belongings were all a total loss.John, his wife and three children are staying with family. Two other children are away attending college.An online effort has been launched to help the family here

Rodchenkov lives in fear after exposing doping

first_img FOLLOW US Written By WATCH US LIVE First Published: 11th August, 2020 08:37 IST His head covered in a black balaclava, adjusting dark goggles obscuring his eyes, Grigory Rodchenkov grows anxious if any part of his face can be seen.Exposing Russia’s state-sponsorship doping scheme forced Rodchenkov into hiding in the United States five years ago. Revealing his current identity is still too risky for the chemist turned whistleblower, even in a video interview from an undisclosed location.“It’s my security measures because I have physical threats to be assassinated,” Rodchenkov told The Associated Press. “And I want to live.”Evidence from Rodchenkov that has already turned Vladimir Putin’s Russia into international sporting outcasts continues to be used in cases against athletes along with data from his former laboratory in Moscow.“Putin, he is quite logical. He separates opposition in two ways — enemies … betrayers,” Rodchenkov said. “I am falling in the betrayers’ category and all betrayers should be beheaded, cut, dead. So there is no doubt that he wants me to be dead.”It has not deterred him from documenting his life story in “The Rodchenkov Affair: How I Brought Down Putin’s Secret Doping Empire,” revisiting how he conspired with his country to corrupt sports and then tries to show contrition by turning star witness.Rodchenkov was the brains behind the Duchess cocktail of anabolic steroids and cover-up that turned Russia into a medal machine at the home Olympics in Sochi in 2014, topping the standings with 13 gold medals before disqualifications.Russian spies ensured the Duchess would not be detected in doping tests as FSB agents used a hole in the wall of the Sochi laboratory to swap out the dirty samples with clean urine at night.“For me, it was the end of doping control,” Rodchenkov said. “If we can do it, why others cannot?”The doping cover-up extended beyond the Winter Olympics, into the Summer Games, Paralympics, world athletics championships and every major sport.Some Russians were barred from competing at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Summer Games and 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Games as the International Olympic Committee remains opposed to blanket bans on countries.So Russian athletes can still compete on the international stage if they can show they are clean, despite a four-year ban from major international sporting events being imposed on the nation last year for a fresh cover-up, including tampering with data gained from Rodchenkov’s former lab in Moscow.“Sport is a part of Putin’s politics and showing to the West how good Russia is,” Rodchenkov said. “You cannot trust Russia. You cannot trust the certification authorities, and (anti-doping) laboratories cannot be allowed to be restored within the foreseeable future.”Especially now, according to Rodchenkov, following constitutional changes allowing Putin to run for two more six-year terms, in 2024 and 2030,“Until 2036,” Rodchenkov said, “no trust.”But why now trust Rodchenkov as he presents a virtuous image at odds with his deep collusion with the state to cheat?“When you are laboratory director and you have 50 employees and you are reporting to your high ups at the ministry, I could not even think about morals,” he said, dismissing concerns about any long-term damage to the health of athletes he allowed to be pumped with steroids.“It’s extremely debatable and still ungrounded,” he said. “We see the generation who is now in the end of their lives of 70s and 80s, which are still … in a good physical condition after steroid programs.”Go back four decades and Rodchenkov was starting out in a Soviet system learning how to manipulate doping controls.“I had honestly, I’m sorry, but I had huge feelings of accomplishment,” he said. “Those athletes I helped to (win) were extremely talented and I could not understand, with the coach, how he or she may lose to others. The only explanation was doping. Then using some programs, we won gold medals. Honestly it was like leveling the field.“Again, ‘morals’ is maybe vocabulary from American life but not from Soviet and Russian. In (the) Soviet (Union) it was the Soviet moral, in Russia there is no morals.”It helps when the athletes are compliant.“This is the huge problem of the militarization of Russia sport,” Rodchenkov said. “They follow orders, they are disciplined but they cannot tell the truth because they have given the oath to the Russian state and consider foreigners as potential enemies or even actual enemies. That’s why in Russia there are three ways – lying, cheating and denying.”Rodchenkov has had to convince the world he has shed those ways and is coming clean. More of the cases he helped to cover-up could soon come to light after the World Anti-Doping Agency shared data — of samples tested up to 2015, and tampering that continued into 2019 — that was retrieved from the Moscow testing lab at the heart of the state-backed doping program.“The problem is that the people from outside cannot understand what is going on inside sports,” he said. “Only whistleblowers could do that. But in corrupted countries you have to escape and we need to be preserved.”For Rodchenkov that means living a life constantly in fear of being recognized as happened on a train in the US.“It was a student,” he recalled. “I told him, ‘Forget you are meeting me, yes it’s me, don’t tell anyone.’ … I disappeared again.”Image credits: AP Associated Press Television News center_img COMMENT Last Updated: 11th August, 2020 08:37 IST Rodchenkov Lives In Fear After Exposing Doping His head covered in a black balaclava, adjusting dark goggles obscuring his eyes, Grigory Rodchenkov grows anxious if any part of his face can be seen LIVE TV SUBSCRIBE TO USlast_img read more

Kotoko begin clear-out with release of seven players

first_imgDethroned Champions Asante Kotoko have released an initial seven-player transfer list.The David Duncan-led technical team after a woeful campaign is in the stock taking process following the end of the 2014/15 Ghana season and has sanctioned the release of former captain Jordan Opoku among others.The midfield talisman last played for the club in the semifinals of the FA Cup before leaving for trials in Egypt but refused to returnbafter failing to impress Wadi Degla. Opoku has since been away from the club.Wingers Richard Mpong and Prince Baffoe have also been axed alongside the trio of Richard Oti, Latif Amadu and Akwasi Acheampong who only joined the club just this past season.Highly rated centre-back David Smallboy Korbah completes the initial list of 7. Korbah joined the porcupine warriors as a very promising teenager from Heart of Lions during the days of former coach Maxwell Konadu but failed to cement a place in the team’s starting lineup over the years due to recurring injuries.– Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @Joy997FM. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more

Natural mangrove die-off results in sea defence works

first_imgGuyana’s coastline has seen some considerable sea defence construction in light of the natural die-off of the mangroves. One such area is the West Coast of Demerara (WCD) where works were carried out by the Public Infrastructure Ministry’s Sea and River Defence Unit, in an effort to avoid flooding.The mangroves, which serve as the main barrier between the people of the coastland and the vast waters of the Demerara River, have been subjected to natural die-off during the past three years. As such, the amount of mangrove cover has been reduced significantly.When contacted, Head of the Mangrove Office at the National Agricultural Research and Extension Institute (NAREI), Kene Moseley explained that the area is been monitored to determine whether or not mangroves will be planted immediately, as certain assessments are necessary and must be carried out.“We have to monitor the area. One of the areas has to stop with the erosion cycle. If it starts accreting again, we will consider to monitor, to make sure it reached the right elevation. And then we may or may not do planting, depending on whether or not the area starts to naturally regenerate, but we have to continue monitoring. At the moment we, don’t plan to do any planting.”It was also clarified that the mangroves were there for the primary defence in that area. As the mangroves deteriorated, residents experienced flooding and thus, the sea defence unit was subjected to build riprap structures which they have been doing.Guyanese conservationist Annette Arjoon-Martins in commenting on the phenomenon she stated that due to the natural process of erosion, the sea defence workers are doing a ‘remarkable’ job of trying to save the banks of the river from eroding completely. This will help to prevent flooding of areas where people reside where this kind of erosion is occurring.last_img read more

Taxi driver jailed for assaulting sister, daughter

first_imgA 52-year-old taxi driver was on Tuesday sentenced to 13 months imprisonment after being found guilty on two counts of assault on Tuesday.Peter Thompson of D’Urban Street, Lodge, Georgetown appeared before Magistrate Dillon Bess, who handed down the sentence.The taxi driver was jailed after the Magistrate found him guilty of two counts of assault.The prosecution’s case stated that Thompson wounded Rita Howard with intent to disfigure or cause grievous bodily harm on April 30, 2018. In addition, he also assaulted Prisilla Thompson with intent to cause grievous bodily harm.According to the prosecution’s case, both incidents occurred on April 30, 2018 at about 01:30h. Howard was awakened by a noise coming from her living room and as she ventured outside to investigate, she saw her parents in a scuffle; however, when she tried to intervene, Thompson picked up a bucket and hit her to the front of her head, resulting in injuries.Prisilla Thompson also tried to intervene but was overcome by her brother’s strength. The two women ran into the yard, but Thompson ran behind them and dealt his sister several stabs to her abdomen.The matter was then reported to the Police and Thompson was arrested and charged.last_img read more


first_imgA woman has been taken to hospital after she was knocked down in West Donegal this morning.The woman was taken to hospital.The accident occurred at the Glen Road in Annagry just after 11am.She was struck by a car and was taken to Letterkenny General Hospital. The woman’s injuries are not life-threatening.The road has ben closed for a forensic examination of the scene. WOMAN RUSHED TO HOSPITAL AFTER BEING KNOCKED DOWN was last modified: October 7th, 2014 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:accidentAnnagrydonegalHOPSITALwomanlast_img read more