Mexican player Japhet Amador suspended in Japan for doping

first_imgIn fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Image: Rakuten Eagles official websiteTOKYO (AP) — Mexican infielder Japhet Amador has been suspended for six months by Nippon Professional Baseball for a doping violation.The 31-year-old slugger, who has been out since Aug. 3 with abdominal pain, tested positive for the banned substances chlorthalidone and furosemide, NPB said on Thursday.ADVERTISEMENT Peza offers relief to ecozone firms MOST READ RELATED STORIES:Red Sox stun Yankees 5-4 in 10 for 4-game sweepAstros edge Dodgers in World Series rematchBraves pitcher Sean Newcomb apologizes for offensive tweetsADVERTISEMENT ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins LATEST STORIES Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Both are diuretic drugs used in the treatment of high blood pressure. Diuretics are banned because they can be used to mask the presence of performance-enhancing substances in the bloodstream.Amador denied knowingly taking a banned substance at a hearing in July but did not file an appeal over the test results.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’In 62 games for the Rakuten Eagles this year, Amador posted a .269 batting average with 20 home runs.Amador joined the Eagles in 2016, a year after leading the Mexican Baseball League in home runs. AB Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Mourinho expecting no deadline day deals for Manchester United Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displacedlast_img read more

Hundreds of farmers under threat in Berbice – Regional Chairman

first_img…as water users association unable to provide drainage servicesRegional Chairman David ArmoganHundreds of rice and a large number of cash crop farmers operating in the Black Bush Polder (BBP), Berbice area and the front lands in Berbice, Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne) are facing extreme difficulties in sustaining their livelihoods due to the lack of drainage and irrigation services by the BBP Water Users Association.Regional Chairman of that region, David Armogan told Guyana Times on Friday that this is by no means the fault of the BBP Water Users Association. He stated that the blame lies solely on the Government for not providing the financial support that is necessary to upkeep drainage and irrigation services.“The areas are now under threat because the National Drainage and Irrigation Authority did not give any money to the BBP Water Users Association to clean the drainage and irrigation system so they are all clogged up. If you get heavy rainfall, it might result in flooding and if there is no rainfall and you need water to be pumped then it is not going to go anywhere. This is the only Water Users Association in the country that was not given a subvention this year but all the others were given money,” Armogan told this publication.According to the Regional Chairman, he contacted the Agriculture Minister, Noel Holder, via telephone to notify him about the issue and that as a result, the BBP scheme would be closing, coupled with the fact that the area’s rice production is under “serious threat”. However, the response was not positive, he explained.“He said to me when the people in Black Bush decide to pay their full rates then he will consider to see what he can do. The rates are small, $1200 per acre, which cannot sustain the expenditure in terms of keeping the scheme going and that is why all through the years, all the Governments, have been putting money in the BBP Water Users…because it is a Government responsibility to make sure that drainage and irrigation is provided for rice production.”Armogan noted that the water that is pumped from Black Bush Polder supplies a wide range of villages in Corentyne and as such, a large number of cash crop farmers will suffer severe losses if the issue is not corrected soon.“I have written the Minister last week, pointing out the seriousness of the issue at hand and I have carbon copied the letter to the President. I had spoken to the Minister before and every NDIA meeting I have been raising this matter. But I am told that the matter is with Cabinet and Cabinet needs to look at it but while Cabinet is pussyfooting, the scheme is suffering.”He reminded that Berbice has always been known for its sugar, rice and cash crop production and that already, thousands of sugar workers in that region are suffering from the effects of the flailing sugar industry and closure of estates.“We already in a situation where sugar is closed down, then now, if the rice people are closed down then we are dead. The Berbice area not only produces rice but also a lot of cash crops which people have to eat. A lot of our production also goes to Georgetown so we need this matter taken care of urgently because too many people will suffer,” Armogan added.last_img read more

Gor Mahia breathing revenge against Sharks

first_img0Shares0000New Gor Mahia head coach Hassan Oktay talks to his players before a training session at the Camp Toyoyo Ground on December 11, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluNAIROBI, Kenya, Dec 29 – The scars from their 1-0 loss at the hands of Kariobangi Sharks in the season opening Kenyan Premier League Super Cup are still fresh on Gor Mahia’s minds as the two sides prepare to clash in a league tie on Saturday at Kasarani.Sidney Lokale stepped off the bench to score a second half winner as Sharks picked up a win against the record Kenyan champions, twisting further the knife on the side’s flesh having eliminated them from the Football Kenya federation Shield in October. New boss Hassan Oktay watched the 1-0 Super Cup loss from the stands having arrived just a day before and he says he felt Gor should have won the game on the balance of chances.But now, Gor are walking back to the tie breathing the fire of revenge, their aim being to get their bodies back to rhythm after a disappointing exit from the CAF Champions League.Gor Mahia’s Bernard Ondiek attempts to take a shot under pressure from Kariobangi Sharks’ Tom Teka during their KPL Super Cup clash on December 4, 2018 at the Kasarani Stadium. PHOTO/Raymond Makhaya“I was on the stands during that game and I watched as we created so many chances but we didn’t score. Sometimes you have to learn from mistakes and improve the team.”“My team is ready; every game for us is important. Every team raises its tempo when playing against Gor and we are ready for them tomorrow,” the tactician stated.The tactician has stated that his boys have put behind their backs the loss to Lobi Stars which he says came under severe conditions including denied penalties, mistreatment from the hosts and several other factors outside the pitch.“That is behind our backs now and we focus on what is ahead of us. We have the league which we have to fight for and we also have to try and get to the group stages of the Confederations Cup,” Oktay further added.The coach has also not let transfer rumors affect his team with striker Jacques Tuyisenge said to be headed out of the club to Congolese giants AS Vita while midfielder Humphrey Mieno is reportedly being courted by Ethiopia’s St. George.Please stay! New Gor Mahia head coach Hassan Oktay chats with midfielder Francis Kahata before a training session at the Camp Toyoyo Ground on December 11, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy Olobulu“We have heard those rumors but so far, nothing concrete has come to the club. I am happy because the players have their concentration with Gor Mahia,” Oktay noted.He added that he has made his feelings known with the club management that he wants to retain all his players.“I want to keep all my players because we have a lot of games this season in a short period of time with injuries coming its important to have our players remaining with us,” the coach noted.Gor have lost once against Bandari and won 4-0 against Zoo Kericho in their opening two games of the campaign. Sharks walk into the tie fresh from a 0-0 draw awau to nzoia Sugar last Tuesday and are also nursing the blues of exiting the CAF Confederations Cup.Sharks are placed fifth in the standings with five points off two draws and a win.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

‘They have let the club down’ – Aston Villa issue apology for FA Cup pitch invasion

first_img1 Aston Villa have reacted with disappointment and apologised to Midlands rivals West Brom after crowd problems interrupted their FA Cup quarter-final clash at Villa Park on Saturday.The Football Association is set to launch an investigation following two pitch invasions from the home fans, while Albion supporters threw seats into the Villa crowd.Tim Sherwood’s side won 2-0 to reach the semi-finals but the game was temporarily stopped late on after the first pitch invasion, before fans ran on to the surface again at the final whistle.Seats were also thrown from a section of Baggies supporters from the North Stand during the second half.Baggies manager Tony Pulis called the scenes ‘disgraceful’ and criticised the stewarding at Villa Park, saying the players’ safety was in jeopardy.And Villa have said sorry for the problems which they believe marred the celebrations to sealing a return to Wembley Stadium.“The club does not condone supporters invading the field of play under any circumstances,” a statement read.“We are very disappointed that what should have been a very memorable and proud moment for our fans was marred by the actions of those who could not control themselves.“They have let both themselves and their club down.“The club extends its sincere apologies to the Football Association, the West Bromwich Albion directors, manager Tony Pulis and all his staff and players.” Aston Villa supporters storm the Villa Park pitch last_img read more

Elaborate strategy revealed

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant He was being held in lieu of $1.1 million bail, based on evidence that he stalked neighbors, his ex-wife and her family, her lawyers, the company that evicted him and its lawyers. He also had collected personal information on these targets, described in detail in notes from his surveillance, Nordskog said. The sheriff’s investigation started Aug. 15, after Komonyi barricaded himself in the Ironstone Drive condo to battle his pending eviction. Bottles of chemicals later found to be cleaning solutions and gasoline mixtures were discovered in the attic, along with an array of electrical devices, Nordskog said. Komonyi had ripped out electrical and plumbing systems, leaving some $50,000 in damage. Later, repair crews trying to fix the damage found the homemade explosives built into the walls and floors, Nordskog said. The heating element from a coffee maker – a device that can become white-hot – was rigged to the elaborate system of wires and bottled chemicals. They believed the system was to be triggered by a delayed incendiary device. “The theory is that someone would have to come in and repair the wires and when they recharged the power to the home at some point in the future or turned on the furnace, there was going to be an ignition of the heating element, which would heat up the bottles, that would catch on fire and spread flames through the floors and walls,” he said. “It was pretty ingenious.” CANYON COUNTRY – A man described as “brilliant but crazy” was charged this week with 19 felonies, the culmination of a six-month investigation that began with the discovery of booby-trapped wiring in his Canyon Country home and ended in a search that netted meticulous surveillance notes along with weapons, night-vision equipment and disguises. Tim Komonyi, 36, stands accused of implanting a sophisticated explosives system within the walls and floors of the condominium he had shared with his wife until he was forcibly evicted in their divorce, said sheriff’s Detective Ed Nordskog, an arson and explosives expert who called the suspect “brilliant but crazy.” “We think he was a month away from killing people,” Nordskog said. “He was getting increasingly bizarre and dangerous.” Komonyi was scheduled to be arraigned Thursday on charges that range from attempted murder to vandalism, and from stalking to making terrorist threats, but the hearing was postponed until March 8. Komonyi had made frequent threats that he would blow up the condo or “burn it to the ground before he gave it up,” Nordskog said. Over months, detectives built their case against Komonyi, linking bizarre cases of vandalism in Canyon Country, the San Gabriel Valley and the San Fernando Valley. The Woodland Hills office of the ex-wife’s lawyer, the Glendora office of the property company that bought the condo, and its lawyers’ Monrovia office building were pelted with glass marbles fired from a slingshot, which caused untold damage to glass facades. Graffiti was found inside some of the offices, naming the targets, and a fire burned at the Glendora location, Nordskog said. Meanwhile, neighbors and others were victims of similar vandalism, some also reporting their auto tires slashed with what Nordskog said appeared to be a dagger. As detectives sought a warrant to search the Sylmar home Komonyi shares with his mother, their suspect was arrested Jan. 23 by San Fernando police on suspicion of burglary and stalking in a related case. A subsequent search netted the detailed handwritten notes, wigs, Halloween-type hooded masks, a slingshot and glass marbles, a pellet gun, a dagger, night-vision equipment, surgical gloves, a microcasette recorder, digital cameras and maps to the victims’ homes, Nordskog said. Also found were diagrams of the condominium, marking the locations of the incendiary devices. “There were detailed notes very similar to what police officers keep on surveillance,” he said. “They had dates, times, locations. In those notes, he talks about wearing disguises and following his wife and her sister to try to get dirt. “He’s absolutely dangerous as hell.” Patricia Farrell Aidem, (661) 257-5251 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more


first_imgDONEGAL soccer keeper and Ireland legend Shay Given has expressed his delight – after buddy Paul Durcan lifted an All-Ireland club medal at Croke Park yesterday.Shay took to social media to congratulate Durcan who won the title in style for Ballyboden St Enda’s – the Dublin-based club.And he even joked: “Our training paid off”.  SHAY GIVEN’S DELIGHT FOR DURCAN’S ALL-IRELAND was last modified: March 18th, 2016 by John2Share 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)last_img read more


first_imgKillybegs man Seamus Coleman got his Premiership season off to a flying start for Everton today.Seamus ColemanThe Donegal man made Everton’s first and scored their second against Norwich.Unfortunately, the Canaries managed to draw level to grab a share of the points to deny Coleman the winning goal. Coleman said afterwards that he was delighted to start the new season with a goal and a good display. COLEMAN SCORES TO GET HIS PREMIERSHIP SEASON OFF THE MARK was last modified: August 17th, 2013 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:evertonseamus colemanlast_img read more

SA scenery the best in the world

first_img13 December 2006The locals have long known it, and now UK visitors agree: South Africa is the most beautiful country on earth. In the 2006 Reader’s Travel Awards by UK magazine Conde Nast Traveller, South Africa’s scenery scored 97.8% – the highest in the world – with the country being voted the world’s fifth-best tourist destination.Now in their ninth year, the awards come out of a comprehensive survey of readers’ favourite hotels, spas, cities, countries and more, based on a range of criteria that are then compiled into a score out of 100. In the country category, South Africa’s overall score was 94.2% – putting it ahead of other destinations such as Thailand, France, the US, Greece and Malaysia.This is the sixth year in a row that South Africa has been ranked as one of the world’s top 20 destinations. In 2005 the country came in at ninth place, up from 13th place in 2004. The top country in 2006 was Italy, with a score of 95.57%, followed by New Zealand (94.81%), Australia (94.44%) and India (94.42%).South Africa’s hotels and spas were also rated among the best in the world, with six establishments making it onto the top 20 list of leisure hotels in the Middle East, Africa and the Indian Ocean islands. Clinching second position in this category was the multi-award-winning Singita Private Game Reserve, with an overall score of 95.6% and a top score of 97.95% for service and staff.“Singita provides the ultimate sophisticated safari experience,” Conde Nast says of the reserve. “Three ultra-luxurious safari lodges (colonial Ebony, Afro-chic Boulders and converted farmhouse Castleton) are situated on an 18 500-hectare concession in Sabi Sand Reserve, bordering the Kruger National Park. Sophisticated, pan-African cuisine and a 35 000-bottle wine cellar bring civility to the bush. The goal-orientated game-viewing with knowledgeable, likeable rangers is excellent.”The other top South African hotels in this category, according to position and score, were:5 (94.2%) – Londolozi Private Game Reserve, Mpumalanga 9 (92.02%) – The Twelve Apostles Hotel & Spa, Cape Town 13 (86.36%) – The Table Bay Hotel, Cape Town 18 (82.89%) – Ulusaba Private Game Reserve, Mpumalanga 20 (81.45%) – Pezula Resort Hotel & Spa, KnysnaThree South African establishments also made it onto the list of the world’s top 15 hotel spas outside the UK. These were the Sanctuary Spa at the Twelve Apostles Hotel in Cape Town, in sixth position with a score of 88.67%, the Altiraspa at the Arabella Sheraton Grand Hotel in Cape Town (eighth position, 87.25%), and the Pezula Resort Hotel and Spa in Knysna (13th position, 83.67%). The Altiraspa was also singled out for its amenities and products (97.5%), and service and staff (95%).In the Top 100 category of the Readers’ Travel Awards, Conde Nast ranks the overall winners in all categories by their scores. Again, South Africa and its hospitality industry did well, with Singita Private Game Reserve in fourth position.The country’s other winners, according to position and score, were: 21 (94.2%) – South Africa (country) 22 (94.2%) – Londolozi Private Game Reserve, South Africa (hotel) 48 (92.02%) – The Twelve Apostles Hotel & Spa, Cape Town (hotel) Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

South Africa joins UN Security Council

first_imgUN ambassador Baso Sangqu andInternational Relations and CooperationMinister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane willlead the South African delegation as thecountry takes its place in UN SecurityCouncil. (Image: United Nations) MEDIA CONTACTS • Nthabiseng Ramatshela Department of International Relationsand Cooperation +27 82 675 0893 RELATED ARTICLES • South Africa regains UN Security Council seat • SA judge UN Human Rights head • UN, AU strive for peace in Africa • UN resolution supports SA 2010Nosimilo RamelaSouth Africa firmly committed itself to international peacekeeping efforts on 1 January 2011 when it took its place for a second term on the UN Security Council (UNSC).Voted in by 182 member states of the UN General Assembly last year, the country will serve as a non-permanent member for the 2011/12 term.The UNSC is made up of five permanent members – China, France, Russia, the UK and US – and 10 non-permanent members, which currently are Bosnia and Herzegovina; Germany; Portugal; Brazil; India; South Africa; Colombia; Lebanon; Gabon and Nigeria.The council is responsible for maintaining peace and security across the globe, usually by recommending that the parties involved reach an amicable agreement. The UNSC also conducts investigations into areas of conflict and may send in UN peacekeeping forces to help reduce tension.South Africa’s Department of International Relations and Cooperation (Dirco) said the country’s UNSC seat would give it the opportunity to forge closer partnerships with other member states.The department added that South Africa is committed to contributing to the work of the UNSC in maintaining international peace and security, particularly in Africa.“South Africa wants to advance the African agenda within the security council,” said the country’s UN ambassador Baso Sangqu.“More than two-thirds of the conflicts and crises that the security council handles are in Africa. It is not something that we should be proud of,” he said.Learning from experienceSouth Africa previously served on the UNSC in 2007 and 2008. “South Africa has learnt important lessons from the first term,” said Sangqu, who will lead the country’s UNSC delegation.Dirco said it has assembled a “crack team” of diplomats and officials to help South Africa serve on the council.“In its actions, South Africa will be guided by the commitment to uphold international law and universal values, and help others protect or achieve their inherent and inalienable rights,” said International Relations and Cooperation Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane.She added that the country would continue with its efforts to promote and enhance the UNSC’s cooperation with regional organisations, particularly the African Union’s Peace and Security Council.Sangqu said: “Ivory Coast will be an issue we will have to deal with. There is now a standoff with regards to who the leader is. As a council member, South Africa will have to lead from the front on such issues.”South Africa will also advocate for more resources to help resolve the conflict in Somalia, the ambassador added.He said the UNSC should not to let the situation in that country become “a forgotten conflict” like the dispute between Morocco and Western Sahara guerrillas.last_img read more

A Massive Market Opportunity Awaits In Analyzing The Internet Of Things

first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Serverless Backups: Viable Data Protection for … The major hurdle that traditional development shops struggle with in the [data] analysis layer is the volume of the data that edge nodes emit, and the speed with which it must be processed. As a result, we’re seeing increased deployment of NoSQL database management systems…where developers collect data and make it ready for analysis.This move toward more modern data infrastructure is a big opportunity for vendors in the machine-to-machine data market. But it’s not just data management vendors. It’s also those who provide enabling cloud infrastructure. In particular, Amazon’s recently launched Kinesis service offers a holistic approach, given that it includes high-speed data ingestion plus connections to S3, DynamoDB and RedShift for storage and data analysis. In many ways, developers can increasingly shop for IoT infrastructure on Amazon just as they shop for books and clothes.Seeing Into The DataData management is a big market. But it’s still one step removed from the end user and, hence, not the biggest market IoT will enable. For developers looking to cash in on the IoT gold rush, analytics offers an even bigger lottery. Morgan Stanley places the analytics opportunity squarely in the middle of the IoT monetization timeline: This jibes well with Cowen & Co. analyst Peter Goldmacher, who argues that for Big Data, “The bigger category of winners are the apps and analytics vendors that abstract the complexity of working with very complicated underlying technologies into a user friendly front end.” While we have a host of companies like Palantir and Tableau that have sprung up to help users analyze and visualize their data, IoT remains relatively uncharted territory, largely because most business intelligence or analytics tools are stuck in outdated relational database models.Splunk probably gets organizations closest to real analysis of IoT data, given that its genesis is in analysis of machine data. Splunk has already extended its technology to embrace Hadoop, offering Hadoop analytics through a product called HUNK, and will almost certainly look for other ways to extend its reach into unstructured data, which is growing at twice the rate of structured data and already accounts for 80% of all enterprise data, according to Gartner.Opportunity In AnalyticsIoT data doesn’t fit neatly into the tables and joins of traditional data management technology. Therein lies the problem. Virtually all business intelligence and analytics companies are SQL-based and rely on neat-and-tidy relational database technology. This isn’t going to work in the big data Internet of Things economy. Across the board, such tooling needs to be re-architected. Some vendors have tried to skirt this requirement by embracing ODBC-based connectors to modern data management technologies. But this results in a flattening of the richness of unstructured data and ultimately won’t work. All of which means that there is a huge need for a new breed of business intelligence or, more particularly, IoT intelligence. We need new analytics tools capable of ingesting and processing the diverse, unstructured data that fuels IoT. Consider this your next billion-dollar startup idea. You’re welcome.Lead image courtesy of Shutterstock. Tags:#Big Data#Business Intelligence#Internet of Things#Open Source#telecom#unstructured data Cloud Hosting for WordPress: Why Everyone is Mo… Related Posts The Internet of Things has been hyped for 15 years, but until now technological realities haven’t supported technological possibilities. Today, given the confluence of cheap semiconductors, telecom operators with excess capacity and a new generation of open source data infrastructure, IoT is not simply possible, but probable. The question is what developers will do with it. Ultimately, as I’ve written, big money awaits developers who can turn IoT’s Big Data into cross-device services. How Intelligent Data Addresses the Chasm in Cloud But before we get to this point there’s plenty of money in data management and analytics. In fact, as new research from Morgan Stanley posits, IoT services depend on the industry first maturing around IoT data management and, in particular, analytics.In The Beginning Was The DataThe Internet of Things forces developers to approach data management very differently than the old world of structured data. In the IoT world, it’s implausible to rely on a constant, “fat” connection to the Internet. As Forrester analyst Jeffrey Hammond describes:Architects designing systems of record [e.g., ERP and CRM systems] can usually count on a local network connection with a relational database management system (RDBMS) and don’t think twice when designing for a beefy application server.These design sensibilities don’t work when building thousands, hundreds of thousands, or millions of edge nodes to connect to systems of operation. Network bandwidth, memory, power, and compute are necessarily constrained at the edges of the connected world.So what should a developer do? Focus on learning new data technologies like Hadoop and NoSQL, according to Hammond: Matt Asaylast_img read more