You can see why UK Athletics would suggest an erasure of all track and field world records. Not only does it appear that some athletes are tempted to boost their performances illegally, but now there are also alleged incidences of corruption in high places. It’s a matter of trust.With changes in the testing regime and prosecution of those proven to be corrupt, trust could eventually be restored. It’s all nice and neat. The only trouble is the cost to those athletes who set records fairly and would yet lose those marks because of the ‘bandooloo’ of others.There’s a real danger that the swathe of the broad brush will colour everybody dirty. That isn’t fair. Why should the likes of Usain Bolt, Michael Johnson, David Rudisha, Hicham El Guerrouj, Kenenisa Bekele, Aries Merritt, Mike Powell, Jonathan Edwards, Renaud Lavillenie, Jan Zelenzy and Ashton Eaton lose records that most people believe they set through hard work and talent?The same goes for performers like Tirunesh and Genzebe Dibaba, Galina Chistyakova, Elena Isinbaeva, Inessa Kravets, Stefka Kostadinova, Barbora Spotakova, Anita Wlodarczyk and Jackie Joyner-Kersee.It’s probably fairer to wipe records away when there is proof of evil doing.EASTGERMANYTRAVESTYSadly, the sport has been slow to wipe away the performances of the former East Germany, even though formerly secret documents pinpoint athletes like 400-metre world record holder Marita Koch as subjects of its state-organised steroid use programme.Koch, her East German teammates Marlies Gohr, Silke Gladisch and Heike Drechsler, and American Diane Williams, beat Merlene Ottey out of three World Championships gold medals in 1983 and 1987.Williams later confessed to using illegal performances at the time when she was third in the 1983 World Championships 100m behind Gohr and Koch and ahead of Ottey.As a general principle, once there is proof, as in the case of the East Germans, the record books should be wiped clean and medals re-assigned.Ironically, the UK Athletics suggestion has been rebuffed by one of their own. World marathon record holder Paula Radcliffe has always been a staunch opponent of those who use of performance enhancing drugs. She believes the ‘wipe all records’ suggestion goes over board.It is easier, in times of trouble, to throw the baby out with the bath water.As important as it is to stop the rot, it’s equally important to do it justly and not penalise those who did their great feats by dint of hard work, astute coaching and the gifts they were born with.Even now, in this time where trust is stretched to the limit, those athletes are an inspiration to us all.n Hubert Lawrence has made notes at track side since 1980.
In other results, Mathare United humiliated Zoo Kericho 6-0 while Sofapaka were 5-2 winners over Nakumatt FC, Thika United beat Nzoia United 1-0 while Posta Rangers were held by Chemelil Sugar to a 1-1 draw in Awasi.At the Kisumu stadium, Gor extended their dominance over Muhoroni with Timothy Otieno producing a man of the match performance to see the record 15- KPL champions control the standings with 40 points, six ahead of second placed Sofapaka.Otieno threatened at the quarter hour mark when he connected well with a Francis Kahata cross but his effort was thwarted after colliding with Muhoroni keeper Gradus Ocheing to force the match temporarily stopped in the 20th minute.However, Otieno made impact immediately after resumption when he connected a Jaques Tuyisenge cross to break the deadlock in the 22nd minute.Otieno was at it again moments later, completing a brace when he beat Muhoroni custodian on a one-on-one.Muhoroni found their footing in the second half with the introduction of Daniel Omondi but Gor remained solid as Boniface Omondi nearly extended K’Ogalo’s lead after hitting the side net from a Karim Nzigimana cross.On fire Gor were denied by the cross bar in the 71st minute through Rwandese forward Tuyisenge before he was substituted for talisman Meddie Kagere.On the other hand, Muhoroni introduced the attacking duo of Francis Oduor and Venval Thomas, seeking to come back in the game and their efforts started to bear fruits after Indimuli pulled one goal back.However, it was too late as Gor held on the lead to collect maximum points.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Gor Mahia Meddie Kagere celebrates with Timothy Otieno.PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaNAIROBI, Kenya, Aug 19 – Giants Gor Mahia opened a six-point lead at the summit of the Kenyan Premier League table after registering a 2-1 win over Muhoroni Youth at the Moi Stadium in Kisumu on Saturday.Timothy Otieno grabbed a brace as Robert Indimuli scored the consolation from a counter attack connecting an Ambrose Ayoyi cross.
0Shares0000Sadio Mane celebrates his goal for Liverpool against Spartak Moscow in a UEFA Champions League tie. PHOTO/Daily MailLONDON, United Kingdom, Jan 2 – Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has revealed that his players gave Sadio Mane a standing ovation after the 2-1 win against Burnley in the Premier League on Monday.The Reds were made to work hard for their three points at Turf Moor. The teams were locked at 0-0 until the 61st minute when Mane produced the opening goal as he found the back of the net from the edge of the area. Johann Gudmundsson equalised in the 87th minute, but Ragnar Klavan netted the winner in stoppage time to clinch victory for the visitors. However, it was Mane who received the plaudits in the dressing room.“We came into the dressing room and the whole team got up and gave him big hands,” Klopp told Sky Sports. “It’s not the easiest time in this moment, it’s not fluent, but scoring that goal shows pure class, so I am really happy about that.”“In so many moments he is strong, quick, so many things. And in the other moments where it doesn’t click, he scores a goal like this and it is like ‘wow’,” he added.“He came into the dressing room and the whole team got up and gave him a hand, because they know. He will be back on top.“He has made steps. We need him, we need him so much for all the things that are coming. I am happy because I had a lot of players with moments where it wasn’t clicking and they never scored. Sadio still scores, and that’s really cool!”0Shares0000(Visited 5 times, 1 visits today)
Tottenham have announced that Peter Baker, a member of the 1961 double-winning side, has died at the age of 84 following illness.Baker was born in Hampstead, north London and joined Spurs in June 1949, playing 342 times for the club after making his debut in a team containing Bill Nicholson in 1953.When Nicholson later managed the club, the right-back became an integral part of his 1961 squad and formed one half of a formidable full-back pairing with Ron Henry, as Spurs won both the league and FA Cup in the same season.After helping Spurs retain the FA Cup in 1962, Baker was part of the side that became the first British club to win a European trophy when they beat Atletico Madrid to lift the 1963 Cup Winners’ Cup.He left White Hart Lane in 1965 when he emigrated to South Africa to play for and later manage Durban United.Baker was inducted into the Tottenham Hall of Fame in 2004. 2 Peter Baker has died aged 84 2
Hewitt, for one, can’t see anybody beating Federer here. “No, I can’t. It’s very hard to back against him,” he said. “Obviously, his scorelines are convincing and when he’s playing with that much confidence, I can’t see anyone beating him.” Federer was 81-4 last season, winning 11 titles. He has lost only 12 games in six sets across two rounds here, saving energy for later in the tournament with a 72-minute, 6-1, 6-4, 6-0 disposal of Germany’s Florian Mayer on Thursday. Federer’s Swiss compatriot, former women’s No. 1 Martina Hingis, continued her impressive comeback from an injury-enforced three years off with a 6-1, 6-1 win over Finland’s Emma Laine. Losses by No. 5 Mary Pierce and No. 21 Ava Ivanovic mean that Hingis has no seeded players in her part of the draw until the quarterfinals, when she could face second-seeded Kim Clijsters. Also advancing on the women’s side Thursday were No. 3 Amelie Mauresmo, No. 7 Patty Schnyder and No. 12 Anastasia Myskina. In today’s fourth-round action, Maria Sharapova routed Jelena Kostanic 6-0, 6-1 to set up a possible showdown with Serena Williams. Sharapova, the 2004 Wimbledon champion, lost to Williams in the semifinals here last year after twice serving for the match and squandering three match points. The pair could meet again, this time in the round of 16. “It’ll be great,” Sharapova said, referring to a possible matchup with Williams. “Of course I was disappointed last year. But … I’ll get my revenge.” Defending champion Williams was playing No. 17 Daniela Hantuchova in the third round today, with the winner advancing to play fourth-seeded Sharapova. On the men’s side today, Andy Roddick fired 17 aces in a 6-1, 6-2, 6-2 win over French qualifier Julien Benneteau, hustling through the third round. The 23-year-old American, seeded second, won 17 of the first 18 points against Benneteau, firing five aces in his first two service games as he raced to a 5-0 lead. “I’m just trying to be aggressive,” Roddick said. Roddick’s next opponent is Marcos Baghdatis of Cyprus, who beat Denis Gremelmayr 6-2, 6-1, 6-2. Men’s winners Thursday included No. 5 Nikolay Davydenko, a potential quarterfinal opponent for Federer, No. 6 Guillermo Coria, No. 12 Dominik Hrbaty, No. 15 Juan Carlos Ferrero, No. 21 Nicolas Kiefer and No. 25 Sebastien Grosjean. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! MELBOURNE, Australia – Adios, Lleyton. G’day, Juan. Third-seeded Lleyton Hewitt was upset 6-4, 6-4, 6-7 (8), 6-2 by Argentine Juan Ignacio Chela in the second round of the Australian Open on Thursday, reversing the outcome of their spiteful previous encounter at Melbourne Park. “This will hurt for a few days,” said the Aussie, who shook hands quickly with Chela and walked quickly off the court, eyes downcast. And he wasn’t talking about his ankle strain that needed attention in the third set. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card “I was giving everything I had out there – I just wasn’t up to it.” A finalist here in 2005, Hewitt has lost to the eventual champion in his past seven majors. But unless unseeded Chela makes a startling run, Hewitt’s shocking loss has opened a potentially easier road for top-ranked Roger Federer. Unlike the third-round tussle in 2005, when Hewitt overcame Chela in four sets, with a boisterous crowd in his corner, the Rod Laver Arena was almost muted for the first two sets. With injuries forcing defending champion Marat Safin, No. 2-ranked Rafael Nadal and four-time winner Andre Agassi out – and Hewitt now eliminated – Federer is the overwhelming favorite.
Who will be taking the Dr Maguire Cup back to their club tonight?It’s the pairing that thousands of GAA fans across Donegal have been secretly hoping for.When Glenswilly and St Eunan’s sprint out onto the field at MacCumhaill Park today, there will be no holding back from either side.A huge crowd is expected at the Ballybofey venue for the tie which throws in at 4pm. Champions Glenswilly will have to shake off a late appeal by Naomh Conaill for a semi-final replay and concentrate on the game in hand.And neighbours St Eunan’s will enjoy nothing more than getting one over on the men form out in the Glen – such has been the rivalry been throughout the years.Managers Maxi Curran and Gary McDaid, two of the new breed of young manager who are driven by statistics and pre-planning, will leave nothing to chance to get the upper hand.Glenswilly will have to plan without captain Caolan Kelly who, on Friday night, lost his appeal against his red card handed down to him in the semi-final Instead, they will be hoping for big displays from county stars Michael Murphy and Neil Gallagher to reclaim the Dr Maguire Cup.But they will need to leave everything on the pitch if they are to overcome a fancied Eunan’s side who have buckets of young talent as well as some who may be considered veterans like Rory Kavanagh and John Haran.All will be known after 5pm with the celebrating either taking place in Blake’s Bar or McClafferty’s of Churchill.It promises to be a cracker! ST EUNAN’S AND GLENSWILLY BATTLE FOR BRAGGING RIGHTS AS COUNTY FINAL DAY ARRIVES was last modified: November 2nd, 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:Donegal GAA County FinalglenswillyMACCUMHAILL PARKSt Eunans
CLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos or video on a mobile deviceBALTIMORE — Since the Giants moved from New York to San Francisco in 1958, the club’s starting rotation had never performed as poorly over a full month as it did this May.Giants starters finished May with a miserable, league-worst 7.32 ERA as two veterans –Derek Holland and Drew Pomeranz– lost grips on rotation spots while three others –Andrew Suárez, Tyler Beede and Dereck Rodríguez– shuttled back and …
14 July 2004South Africa has an abundance of wind resources, and – coupled with its vast tracts of open land and infrastructure – the potential to become a “wind powerhouse”.That’s the view of pioneers in the wind power revolution in South Africa, who say that in one province alone, wind has the potential to generate 10 times the official national wind energy estimates.There are currently two key pilot wind power projects in South Africa: at Klipheuwel and Darling, both in the Western Cape.The Western Cape’s winds are considered perfect for wind energy – prevailing winds are from two directions, and tend to blow during peak electricity consumption periods.Klipheuwel, funded by electricity parastatal Eskom at a cost of R42-million, is the biggest wind farm in sub-Saharan Africa. It is a three-year experimental project that, at least initially, will only deliver enough power for 2 500 households.However, it is one of the options being considered by Eskom to provide widescale clean renewable energy in the future. “The real intention is to get as much diversification in our energy supplies as possible”, says Eskom CEO Thulani Gcabashe. “We already have nuclear and hydro-power, and [Klipheuwel] is one of the experimental projects.”The farm consists of three huge wind turbine towers, the biggest one being 60 metres high, with a blade length of 33 metres. It delivers 1.75 megawatts of electricity.The second wind power project is located further up the West Coast, at Darling – the country’s first commercial wind farm. Work at the project is currently on hold pending environmental impact approval.The Darling wind farm project has secured R70-million to build four wind turbines capable of producing 13.5 gigawatt-hours a year. According to the Sunday Times, the turbines are expected to be operational by mid-2005.One of Darling’s first “green power” clients will be the city of Cape Town. While the Western Cape consumes some 22 000 gigawatt-hours a year, half of this is consumed by the provincial capital.Although highly favoured by green lobbyists, wind power has its particular problems to overcome. It costs three to four times as much as coal-generated power. Experts say a thousand of Klipheuwel or Darling’s turbines would have to be built to replace the output of the Western Cape’s Koeberg nuclear stationHowever, Hermann Oelsner, pioneering electricity producer at the Darling wind farm and chairman of the Darling Independent Power Producer company, says wind energy’s “not just a breeze”: the West Coast alone has the potential to generate 10 000 megawatts of wind power.Eskom estimates that the practical usable wind resource on South Africa’s coasts is about 1 000 megawatts. And wind farms can be built relatively quickly – it takes only a year to build one with a capacity of 100 megawatts.Denmark is the wind power world leader, producing 18% of its energy requirements from the wind, with the added advantage of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 7%.SouthAfrica.info reporter
Science in Africa: Fog-harvesting for water: clouds on tapNational Geographic: Water harvested from clouds in rural South Africa South Africa is following the lead of a desert beetle in tackling the problem of water scarcity in the country’s drought-prone Limpopo province, where remote rural communities live far from reliable water sources – yet in areas that are often shrouded in mist. According to the Science in Africa website, which ran an article on the Tshanowa Primary School project some years ago, “each fog collector consists of three 6m-high wooden poles, mounted 9m apart. Steel cables stretch horizontally between the poles, and from each pole to the ground. A double layer of 30 percent shade cloth is draped over the cables, and fixed to the poles on each side. With the nearest water sources being a non-perennial spring about two kilometres away, and a dam about five kilometres away – and with water source contamination rife in the province – the fognets have given the school children and the wider community a lifeline. It’s a method followed by the Namib fog beetle, which has net-like hairs on its underside that enables it to harvest water from the sea-fog that rolls in over the desert every morning. “Within four days of completion, school children and members of the local community were drinking water collected by the fog screen … the giant fog screens at Tshanowa Junior Primary School … are providing pupils and members of the community an average of between 150 litres and 250 litres of water per day.” “Water dripping from the net into the gutter runs through a sand filter and is then emptied into a tipping bucket,” Science in Africa reporterd. “From there, it flows into a 10kl storage tank further down the slope. Two additional tanks were erected at the school to collect the overflow from the first. An automatic weather station was also installed to record rainfall, wind speed and wind direction. “These fognets have over the years been providing water to local communities,” Deputy Water and Environmental Affairs Minister Rejoice Mabudafhasi said at the launch of the Fognet Project at the Mphephu Holiday Resort in Limpopo this week. For years now, members of Vondo Village, in the Thulamela Municipality in Limpopo, have been implementing an innovative solution to their water shortage problem, using special nets erected at Tshanowa Primary School to harvest drinking water from fog. Now, Unisa and University of Pretoria have partnered with the South African Weather Service and the Department of Water Affairs to give the Tshanowa Primary School project additional backing, while formalising it and extending it to Tshiavha Primary School in Tshiavha village, also in the Thulamela Municipality. Members of the two universities and the South African Weather Service are training members of the two communities to maintain the fognets. The Tshanowa Primary School research project was led by University of South Africa (Unisa) climatologist Jana Olivier, an associate professor at Unisa’s School of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences. Olivier has since been involved in setting up similar research projects in half a dozen places across South Africa. Mabudafhasi added that the Fognet Project had the additional virtue of bridging the gap between science and day-to-day living. 27 August 2010 SAinfo reporter, Science in Africa and National Geographic