The Wright View: JADCO need to come clean

first_img What is known, though, is that Brown has not played a first-class cricket match since the March 16, 2015, when he played for Jamaica against the Leeward Islands. Was Brown suspended from playing cricket, or did he voluntarily give up the sport? Were other international athletes who missed three drug tests suspended until their case was heard? The embattled West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) has announced most definitely that Russell WILL play in the T20 World Cup. That seems to be on the basis that JADCO has not set a date for the hearing, and the WICB is certain that a hearing will not be scheduled to coincide with the dates of the tournament. I find this to be completely unacceptable. The public of Jamaica (and indeed the world) has a right to be given information when ANY of our citizens run afoul of the rules and regulations of sports. There cannot be one rule for Odean Brown and another rule for AndrÈ Russell. Every West Indian cricket fan, thirsty for the pleasure of watching a strong West Indies team competing in the World Cup, would like to see AndrÈ Russell play. But the question is: Should his appearance in the competition be in defiance of the WADA code as regards missed tests? With the present board of JADCO and its executive director refusing to even explain the Whereabouts Rule to the media and the public, speculation as to why an international star and icon would miss three scheduled drug tests in 12 months will continue. This, I do believe, will be to the detriment of the cricketer. “The strongest human instinct is to impart information. The second strongest is to resist it.” COMPLETELY UNACCEPTABLE An American writer, Kenneth Graham, once said: “The strongest human instinct is to impart information. The second strongest is to resist it.” I am reminded of that quote as I try to make sense of the news that came out on March 2 this year, when chairman of the disciplinary tribunal of the Jamaican Anti-Doping Commis-sion (JADCO), Kent Pantry, said he had received notification two weeks prior that Jamaica and West Indies T20 cricketer, Andre Russell, had missed three drug tests in 12 months. Pantry told the media that he had appointed a disciplinary tribunal to hear the case. This has serious repercussions for the athlete, and indeed Jamaica and the West Indies cricket team, now in the Far East preparing for the T20 World Cup. Since then, I have not heard an ‘official word’ from JADCO re this very serious case, other than the fact that he has not been suspended, so he is free to continue playing until his case is heard. When the present chairman of JADCO was appointed (Danny Williams) two years ago, I distinctly remember him stating that transparency would be the order of the day and that a liaison officer would be appointed to keep the media informed regarding the important work of his association. His remarks were necessary because the previous chairman, Dr Herb Elliott, was criticised by many (including this newspaper) about his penchant for coy and unhelpful statements. I was sure that the ‘new’ JADCO would be not only new, but different. Missed tests in sports are considered a serious offence and are usually associated with severe sanctions. When Olympic champion Christine Ohuruogu missed three drug tests in a 12-month period, her excuse was that she had moved house and “messed up”. This excuse was apparently not accepted and she was banned. The same WADA rule apparently applies to athletes in other countries except Jamaica. On August 15, 2015, Jamaican cricketer Odean Brown was reported in the press as having missed three tests and was to appear before a disciplinary tribunal headed by Pantry and included Professor Archie McDonald, head of the Department of Surgery, University Hospital of the West Indies, and cricketer Maurice Foster. The next news via the media was that the case was postponed until September 4 as a result of a request from the lawyers involved. To date (March 15, 2016) there is absolutely no word as to what the outcome of that hearing is.last_img read more

Report: Warriors ‘a big threat’ to sign Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo

first_imgKevin Durant may have left town, but the Warriors might not be done “ruining the NBA,” according to an ESPN report.Should Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo become a free agent in 2021, the Warriors are “a big threat” to sign the NBA’s most recent MVP and create another super team, Ramona Shelbourne said Monday on “The Jump.”Milwaukee has said it will offer the super max (five years, $247 million) to Antetokounmpo as a means of keeping the three-time All-Star who just led the Bucks to the …last_img read more

FDA moves genetically engineered salmon forward

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Last week, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) decided to allow AquaBounty Technologies, an American company, to commercialize its genetically engineered AquAdvantage Salmon in the U.S. market.The AquAdvantage Salmon was developed by Massachusetts-based AquaBounty Technologies. It is genetically engineered to reach its market weight in half the time of conventionally raised salmon while using 25% less food and contributing to more sustainable aquaculture systems.“We are taking another important step by deactivating a 2016 import alert that prevented GE salmon from entering the U.S. The FDA’s approval of the application related to AquAdvantage Salmon followed a comprehensive analysis of the scientific evidence, which determined that the GE Atlantic salmon met the statutory requirements for safety and effectiveness under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act. However, in 2016, Congress directed the FDA not to allow into commerce any food that contains GE salmon until it issued final labeling guidelines for informing consumers of the GE salmon content in the food. The FDA complied with this requirement by implementing an import alert in 2016 that prevented GE salmon from entering the U.S.,” said Scott Gottlieb, FDA Commissioner. “With Congress’ enactment of the National Bioengineered Food Disclosure Standard, the U.S. Department of Agriculture was charged with implementing a mandatory standard for disclosing whether a food is ‘bioengineered’ and FDA was divested of its authority over voluntary labeling to indicate the presence of GE content in human foods.”With the FDA’s deactivation of the import alert, AquAdvantage Salmon, including salmon eggs used to grow the fish, can now enter the U.S. for commercialization.“With the deactivation of the import alert, AquAdvantage Salmon eggs can now be imported to the company’s contained grow-out facility in Indiana to be raised into salmon for food,” Gottlieb said. “As was determined during the FDA’s 2015 review, this fish is safe to eat, the genetic construct added to the fish’s genome is safe for the animal, and the manufacturer’s claim that it reaches a growth marker important to the aquaculture industry more rapidly than its non-GE farm-raised Atlantic salmon counterpart is confirmed.”The Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO) was pleased with the announcement by FDA.“While long overdue, this milestone paves the way for future innovations that contribute to a more sustainable food supply for a growing world population and lessen the impact on our environment,” BIO said in a statement. “Going forward, BIO will continue to work with FDA to support greater clarity in the regulatory process and an efficient, predictable pathway to product approval. By implementing a transparent, science-based and risk-appropriate regulatory path, the United States and American companies can lead the way in developing biology-driven solutions to society’s biggest challenges.”last_img read more

NPR’s Andy Carvin Shows How to Retweet Globally (Map)

first_imgThere’s no better way to see Tweets about the Middle East than by following NPR Senior Strategist Andy Carvin. He’s curating, verifying when possible and reporting on Tweets from and about the contentious region day and night. How diverse are the Tweets Carvin is curating? We used the handy web app Needlebase to scrape, analyze and map the Twitter community Carvin is bringing into the streams of his own community of followers and found some interesting data points. He’s retweeted 186 distinct Twitter accounts over the last four days alone. 56% of the accounts Carvin has shared content from have listed recognizable locations on their Twitter profiles. 44% have undisclosed or unclear locations, no doubt in some cases for reasons of personal safety. A healthy 40% of those who have listed locations are located in the Middle East!Only 15% of the people Retweeted are from the United States.Eight are from Libya, though several of those are satirical accounts.Many more levels and types of analysis are possible and of course locations aren’t verified. But for now it’s nice to know that the people watching Andy Carvin’s Tweet stream (I sure am) are getting a diverse stream of messages with a solid percentage of those sources coming from the region in question. Thanks for all you do, Andy!Below: As Carvin adds value on Twitter, his own community grows. Tags:#international#twitter#web marshall kirkpatrick A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro…center_img Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Related Posts The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videoslast_img read more

Secret Maoist camp busted in Odisha; no arrests made

first_imgA secret Maoist camp was busted by Central Reserve Police Force personnel in Niyamgiri hills region under Kalyansinghpur police station limits of Odisha’s Rayagada district on Thursday.According to police sources, 15 gelatin sticks, 15 detonators, one Improvised Explosive Device in the form of a ‘tiffin box’, batteries and wires were seized from the spot. The Maoists using the camp could not be traced as they had managed to escape taking advantage of the hilly jungle terrain, said the sources.During their continuing anti-Maoist search operation, the CRPF personnel had unearthed this secret Maoist camp inside the jungle near Tuluba village in Niyamgiri hills region. The explosives seized from the spot suggested that the Maoists were planning to plant them to target security forces.last_img read more

Pasig Chooks bows out early in Fiba 3×3 Kunshan Challenger

first_imgMOST READ The Philippine-based club team was shown the door by Liman, the third-ranked club in the world, 12-22, Saturday evening at Huaqiao International Service Business Park in Kunshan, China.With a 0-2 record, Pasig Chooks bowed out early in Pool A as Liman (2-0) and Sosnovy Bor (1-1) advanced to the knockout playoffs on Sunday that will determine the last two entries in the World Tour Chengdu Masters.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsPasig got off to a fast start after taking a 3-0 lead before the Serbian side imposed its will, going on a 14-3 blitz to put the defending Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas 3×3 President’s Cup champions away.Joshua Munzon and Taylor Statham tried to get Pasig in the thick of things but Liman simply had too much firepower with the quartet of world No. 4 Aleksandar Ratkov, No. 5 Mihailo Vasic, No. 8 Stefan Kojic, and Maksim Kovacevic in the fray. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOMANILA, Philippines—Pasig Chooks-to-Go suffered a pair of tough losses just two hours apart in its campaign in the 2019 FIBA 3X3 Kunshan Challenger.After losing to Russia’s Sosnovy Bor on a game winner, Pasig failed to regroup and got manhandled in a must-win duel.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too Family of champions: Little sister Dani Ravena wins first UAAP title Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krausscenter_img DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew LATEST STORIES Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport Vasic ended the contest with a long deuce with 2:13 to spare to end Pasig’s campaign.Munzon and Statham were the only players to score for Pasig as they finished with six points each.Kojic, who scored just four points during their encounter in the Doha Masters, led the balanced Liman attack with eight.ADVERTISEMENT ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFPlast_img read more