Last Updated: 23rd November, 2019 09:45 IST Russian Athletics Officials Suspended Over Anti-doping Violations The president of Russian athletics and senior officials have been suspended for “serious breaches” of anti-doping rules The IAAF, now renamed World Athletics, will discuss Russia’s continuing suspension from the sport in a meeting of its decision-making Council in Monaco on Friday and Saturday. In September, World Athletics maintained its ban on Russia competing as a country pending analysis of data from Moscow’s anti-doping laboratory. The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) reinstated Russia in September 2018, on condition that it handed over a huge cache of electronic data from the laboratory. Russia has been forced to deny allegations that it had doctored the data after WADA said evidence of some positive tests handed over by a whistleblower does not show up in the data.READ | Manavaditya Wins His Maiden Junior Men’s Trap National TitleWADA is due to make an official recommendation on what sanctions to take against Russia and the issue will top the agenda at a meeting of the body’s Executive Committee on December 9. WADA failed to prevent Russian competitors from taking part in the 2016 Rio Olympics, with the exception of athletics. Under new rules, WADA has the power to ban countries from major sporting events including the Tokyo Olympics although its decision can be appealed at the Court of Arbitration for Sport.READ | Deontay Wilder Vs Luis Ortiz 2 Live Streaming And Schedule: Where To Watch & Preview 9 months ago Russian Prez Valdimir Putin invites PM Modi for Victory Day celebrations in May RUSAF spokesperson Natalia Yukhareva said lawyers were examining the accusations. “We only received the documents today (Thursday). Our lawyers are studying the circumstances of the matter and the charges that have been brought. The ban is provisional, the inquiry is ongoing and the details are confidential,” Yukhareva told TASS news agency. FOLLOW US Written By 9 months ago Kurds protest against Russian and Turkish forces for occupying their land COMMENT Press Trust Of India SUBSCRIBE TO US 10 months ago Olympic champ’s heartfelt speech marks end of an era at WADA 9 months ago Erdogan to Trump: ‘Turkey will not give up Russian S-400 missiles’ The president of Russian athletics and senior officials have been suspended for “serious breaches” of anti-doping rules, putting Russian track and field athletes’ participation at next year’s Tokyo Olympics in further danger. The suspensions came after the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) on Thursday accused the Russian athletics federation (RUSAF) of obstructing an investigation into high-jumper Danil Lysenko, a silver medallist at the 2017 World Championships in London. RUSAF president Dmitry Shlyakhtin and the federation’s executive director Alexander Parkin have been provisionally suspended. Lysenko and his coach have also been suspended.READ | Tata Steel Chess: Anand Starts Well, Carlsen Leads After Day OneRussia has been banned from competing as a country in athletics since 2015, after the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) found evidence of widespread doping in the sport. Some Russian athletes, including Lysenko, have been allowed to compete under a neutral flag. Last year Lysenko had that status removed by athletics world governing body IAAF after he failed to provide the whereabouts information he is required to give to submit to doping tests. AIU said Thursday a 15-month investigation had found that Shlyakhtin and Parkin had been involved in the “provision of false explanations and forged documents to the AIU in order to explain whereabouts failures by the athlete”.The AIU had already said Lysenko was guilty of three “no-shows” in 12 months. Any combination of three missed tests or filing failures within a 12-month period is considered a violation of anti-doping rules. The AIU has given the accused until December 12 to respond to the accusations. Shlyakhtin said senior RUSAF officials would meet to discuss their response to the case and who would take over as interim president while he was suspended.READ | Vijender Outpunches Charles To Win His 12th Pro Boxing Fight In-a-rowPositive tests WE RECOMMEND WATCH US LIVE First Published: 23rd November, 2019 09:45 IST LIVE TV 9 months ago Russian Popeye undergoes surgery to remove three litres of jelly from arms
…as 4 new Coalition MPs sworn inFollowing a three-month interval pending the outcome of challenges to the no-confidence motion in the local courts, the National Assembly resumed sitting on Friday with a motion to honour the death of convicted terrorist Abdul Kadir.Kadir, a former People’s National Congress (PNC) Member of Parliament and Mayor of Linden, died back in June 2018 in a penitentiary in the United States of America, where he had been serving a life sentence for plotting a 2007 terror attack at the John F Kennedy International Airport, New York.Convicted terrorist Abdul KadirThe motion – Sympathy on the Death of Mr Abdul Kadir, former Member of Parliament – was tabled by Minister Valerie Patterson-Yearwood. The motion states: “Be it resolved that this National Assembly records its deep regret on the death of Mr Abdul Kadir on 28th June, 2018, and pays tribute to his dedicated service to the Parliament of Guyana as a Member of Parliament, where he served in the Eighth Parliament, from 17th April, 2001 to 2nd May, 2006, and to the people of Guyana.“The people of Linden and Guyana have lost a great man, a stalwart; a bold and courageous man. So I ask this National Assembly that we direct an expression of sympathy (to) be conveyed to his sorrowing widow, children, grandchildren and relatives,” Minister Valerie Patterson-Yearwood said as she tabled the motion, which was eventually carried in the absence of the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) Opposition.New MPsOn the other hand, Friday’s sitting of the National Assembly saw four new Coalition Members of Parliament (MP) being sworn in to replace the four former ministers who were forced to resign as a result of their dual citizenship.The four new Parliamentarians on the Government’s side, who took the oath of office in the half-empty House, were Working People’s Alliance (WPA) Chairperson Tabitha Sarabo-Halley; Branch Manager of NCN Berbice, Donna Mathoo; former Parliamentarian Mervyn Williams, and Reynard Ward.These four new MPs were sworn in to replace former Public Service Minister Dr Rupert Roopnaraine; Minister of Foreign Affairs, Carl Greenidge; Minister of State, Joseph Harmon; and Business Minister Dominic Gaskin respectively, who were all forced to resign from the National Assembly after recent court rulings deemed it illegal for persons holding dual citizenship to be sitting in the House.Speaking with reporters on Friday, the new Parliamentarians shared some of the areas they would be pushing for in their new roles. Ward spoke about advancing agriculture issues, since he came from a farming background.“I’m from an agriculture base, so I’ll be looking at young people in agriculture. I’ll be looking at the rural-urban migration and creation of jobs within the rural communities. I’m a rural person myself. I was born and raised on the East Bank of Berbice in a farming community; both my parents are farmers still, and I am a farmer myself, among other things within the agriculture sector,” Ward stated.Meanwhile, Mathoo said she would be focusing more on issues relating to women and youth empowerment, as well as gender-based issues, among others.Upon his return to the National Assembly, Williams noted that, as Advisor to the Indigenous Peoples’ Affairs Minister, he would be pushing issues that would see the development of the country’s first people.“I will continue to drive Government’s agenda, which essentially seeks to do a number of things; but principally happening now has to do with the revision of the Amerindian Act, securing an extension to the Amerindian land-titling project, and to ensure that the question of land tenure is addressed,” Williams noted, while adding that he would also be working to ensure that President David Granger’s vision of connecting the hinterland to the coastland is realised.Sarabo-Halley, who has been appointed the new Public Service Minister, said she would share her plans for the ministry after being sworn in as the minister. But nevertheless, she lauded the coalition Government for giving young persons a chance to serve the country.As a result of the resignation of four senior ministers, not only from the National Assembly but from Cabinet as well, President Granger has reshuffled his Council of Ministers, a development which has seen several junior ministers being reassigned to new ministries and the appointment of two new ministers to Cabinet.In addition to Sarabo-Halley, the Head of State also appointed Coalition MP Haimraj Rajkumar as the new Business Minister, replacing Dominic Gaskin.Additionally, Junior Minister Dawn Hastings has been appointed Minister of State, replacing Joseph Harmon. She told reporters that she is ready to tackle the vast responsibilities awaiting her.House Speaker Dr Barton Scotland also announced that Opposition MPs Gail Teixeira, Odinga Lumumba and Adrian Anamayah had also tendered their resignations earlier this month. However, he is awaiting their replacements to be selected from the PPP/C’s list.Friday’s sitting was held in the absence of the Opposition MPs, who indicated that they would not attend any parliamentary sessions until the hearing and determination of the appeal cases on the no-confidence motion filed at the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ). These cases are coming up on May 9 and 10 for arguments.
About 420 million years ago, near the end of the so-called Silurian period, the last of a series of mass extinctions struck the world’s oceans. Some scientists have suggested these die-offs were caused by worldwide cold spells. But a new study hints that the extinctions—which mostly affected corals, colonymaking creatures called graptolites, and eel-like creatures called conodonts—may have instead been caused by changes in ocean chemistry, including reduced oxygen and elevated concentrations of toxic metals dissolved in the seawater. The evidence, the researchers say, includes 100-micrometer-wide, beaker-shaped fossils called chitinozoans, which haven’t been clearly linked to any particular species but are presumed to be the egg cases of marine creatures at the base of the ocean’s food chain. Analyses show that the proportions of malformed chitinozoans (abnormal fossil at left, typical fossil at right) in seafloor sediments that accumulated just before the die-off 420 million years ago were as many as 100 times higher than normal, the researchers report online today in Nature Communications. Those defects, including riotous growth of tissue, are very similar to those caused in modern-day aquatic creatures living in metal-polluted waters, the team notes. Toxic metals, including iron, copper, arsenic, and lead, were likely pulled from sediments into the water when low oxygen conditions rendered the elements more soluble. The one-two punch of low oxygen and toxic metals may have been a major contributor to this and other die-offs, the researchers propose. They also suggest that malformed fossils of chitinozoans could one day serve as keen markers for ancient changes in ocean chemistry.