American sprinter Coleman charged under anti-doping rules

first_imgAMERICAN sprinter Christian Coleman has been charged under anti-doping rules with missing three drugs tests, says the US Anti-Doping Agency.USADA has confirmed the 23-year-old has been charged with failing to “properly file his whereabouts information”.Coleman, who ran a world-leading time of 9.81 seconds in the Diamond League in California in June, has agreed to an arbitration hearing on 4 September.USADA says a decision will be made the following day.The World Athletics Championships begin in Doha on 28 September.On Thursday, BBC Sport was told an investigation had begun over concerns of three missed tests.Under the ‘whereabouts’ system, athletes must let officials know where they will be for one hour every day as well as details of overnight accommodation and training.Failure to do so three times in a 12-month period could lead to a rule violation under the World Anti-Doping code.If found guilty, Coleman would face an automatic one-year ban and would miss the World Championships and the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.Two of the three tests were directed by Usada, while a third was initiated by the Athletics Integrity Unit.USADA says it is “working closely with the AIU on this matter”.In a statement to former sprinter Ato Bolden for the NBC network on Saturday, Coleman said: “I’m not a guy who takes any supplements at all, so I’m never concerned about taking drugs tests, at any time.“What has been widely reported concerning filing violations is simply not true.“I am confident the upcoming hearing on 4 September will clear the matter and I will compete at the World Championships in Doha this fall.”Former Great Britain 400m Olympic champion Christine Ohuruogu received a year’s ban in 2006 under the ‘whereabouts’ system for three missed tests.Coleman won the US National Championships last month in 9.99 seconds.He finished second at the 2017 World Championships in London behind fellow American Justin Gatlin and has a personal best of 9.79, making him the seventh fastest man in history.Coleman also set a world record for the 60m when he claimed gold at the World Indoor Championships in Birmingham last year and was talked about as a new superstar sprinter in the post-Usain Bolt era.(BBC Sport).last_img read more

UK pay TV operator BSkyB has successfully priced a

first_imgUK pay TV operator BSkyB has successfully priced a £3.25 billion (€4 billion) series of bonds to help finance its acquisition of Sky Italia and a majority stake in Sky Deutschland from 21st Century Fox. The bonds will be issued in four tranches, with a €1.5 billion bond with a 1.5% coupon due in 2021, a €1 billion bond with a coupon of 2.5% due in 2026, a US$750 million (€580 million) bond with a coupon of 2.625% due in 2019 and a US$1.25 billion bond with a coupon of 3.75% due in 2024.As a result of the transactions, BSkyB’s gross debt will increase by a further £3.25 billion from its June base of £2.589 billion.Proceeds of the US dollar bonds will be swapped into euros, resulting in a cost to Sky of approximately 1.3% for the bonds due in 2019 and 2.4% for the bonds due in 2024.last_img read more

Love Nature 4K has agreed two new channel distribu

first_imgLove Nature 4K has agreed two new channel distribution deals in Europe, launching in the Netherlands on Dutch-speaking service KPN and in Switzerland via IPTV platform Swisscom.Love Nature’s Arctic SecretsThe move follows the recent debut of Love Nature’s wildlife and nature channel on Virgin Media in the UK and is part of the company’s broader expansion in the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region.“From Africa to South America to the Arctic, our original productions will give audiences an experience that is second only to being there in person,” said Ward Platt, CEO, kids and global networks, Blue Ant Media.“These latest distribution deals, on major platforms in Switzerland and The Netherlands further highlights our growing strength in EMEA where we are working with partners to give more people access to the best content in stunning 4K.”Love Nature is a joint venture between Blue Ant Media and Smithsonian Networks and is now available on linear TV and via streaming video services in 60-plus countries worldwide – including on Amazon Channels in the UK, Germany and Austria.In the past six months Love Nature 4K has had additional channel launches in Canada, Indonesia, Myanmar, Papa New Guinea and Fiji, Qatar, Thailand and The Maldives. HD versions of the channel have also now available in Nigeria and Singapore.last_img read more

We understand the importance of our rural communi

first_img“We understand the importance of our rural communities and the role they play in the local economy.“We also understand the fact that thefts of machinery and livestock hamper a farmer’s ability to do their job and causes significant upset, inconvenience and loss of income.“Help us, by reporting suspicious activity as soon as you can with as much detail as possible so we can target those who seek to target you.”So if you spot any suspicious movements of farm machinery at night call police on the 101 number. POLICE SEEK PUBLIC’S HELP IN CRACKING DOWN ON RURAL CRIME was last modified: August 2nd, 2017 by John2John2 Tags: THE PSNI say officers are committed to tackling the ongoing problem of rural crime.Organised crime gangs targets farms for high value farm machinery such as tractors and then take them across the border.Police in Derry say: “We want to disrupt the activity of those who target farmers and others in the rural community. ShareTweet 101POLICE SEEK PUBLIC’S HELP IN CRACKING DOWN ON RURAL CRIMEPSNIlast_img read more

Cambridge Analytica firm at the heart of Facebook scandal

Explore further © 2018 AFP At the centre of a scandal over alleged misuse of Facebook users’ personal data, Cambridge Analytica is a communications firm hired by those behind Donald Trump’s successful US presidential bid. According to reports, Cambridge Analytica stole information from 50 million Facebook users’ profiles to help design software to predict and influence voters’ choices UK lawmaker: Facebook misled Parliament over data leak risk This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. What has the company been accused of?According to the New York Times and Britain’s Observer newspapers, Cambridge Analytica stole information from 50 million Facebook users’ profiles in the tech giant’s biggest-ever data breach, to help them design software to predict and influence voters’ choices at the ballot box.University of Cambridge psychologist Aleksandr Kogan created a personality prediction test app, thisisyourdigitallife, which was downloaded by 270,000 people. Citation: Cambridge Analytica: firm at the heart of Facebook scandal (2018, March 19) retrieved 18 July 2019 from An affiliate of British firm Strategic Communication Laboratories (SCL), Cambridge Analytica has offices in London, New York, Washington, as well as Brazil and Malaysia.Here’s the story behind the company using data to fuel political campaigns:What does Cambridge Analytica do?The company boasts it can “find your voters and move them to action” through data-driven campaigns and a team including data scientists and behavioural psychologists.”Within the United States alone, we have played a pivotal role in winning presidential races as well as congressional and state elections,” with data on more than 230 million American voters, Cambridge Analytica claims on its website.Speaking to TechCrunch in 2017, CEO Alexander Nix said the firm was “always acquiring more” data.”Every day we have teams looking for new data sets,” he told the site. Who are the company’s clients?As well as working on the election which saw Trump reach the White House, Cambridge Analytica has been involved in political campaigns around the world. In the US, analysts harnessed data to generate thousands of messages targeting voters through their profiles on social media such as Facebook, Snapchat, or the Pandora Radio streaming service. British press have credited Cambridge Analytica with providing services to pro-Brexit campaign Leave.EU, but Nix has denied working for the group.Globally, Cambridge Analytica said it has worked in Italy, Kenya, South Africa, Colombia and Indonesia. Cambridge Analytica CEO Alexander Nix has said the firm was “always acquiring more” data The tool allowed Kogan to access information such as content Facebook users had “liked” and the city they listed on their profile, which was then passed to SCL and Cambridge Analytica.The Observer reported the app also collected information from the Facebook friends of people who had taken the test.Christopher Wylie, a former Cambridge Analytica employee, worked with Kogan and told Canadian television channel CBC the company used “private data they acquired without consent”. Who else is involved?US hedge fund billionaire Robert Mercer—and major Republican party donor—bankrolled Cambridge Analytica to the tune of $15 million (12 million euros).The Observer said it was headed at the time by Steve Bannon, a top Trump adviser until he was fired last summer.How has Facebook responded?Facebook suspended SCL and Cambridge Analytica, as well as Kogan and Wylie.In explaining its decision on Friday, the social media giant said the thisisyourdigitallife app was legitimate, but accused Kogan of subsequently violating Facebook’s terms by passing the data on to SCL/Cambridge Analytica.Facebook said it found out what had happened in 2015 and was told all parties involved had deleted the data.”The claim that this is a data breach is completely false,” Facebook said in a new statement on Saturday, saying app users knowingly provided their information. read more

Singapore may use drones to deliver medicine for security

first_img European flight safety agency issues drone guidelines Tiny Singapore, with a population of 5.6 million, is ultra-modern, well-ordered and tightly regulated—factors seen to improve the drone scheme’s chance of working Future Flight Consortium, a 13-member group, said it had been chosen by the country’s civil aviation authority and transport ministry to develop the drone programme.Its uses could include transporting blood samples, delivering emergency medical supplies and responding to security incidents across the city-state, it said in a statement.Tiny Singapore, with a population of 5.6 million, is ultra-modern, well-ordered and tightly regulated—factors seen to improve the scheme’s chance of working.The drones would be operated remotely by pilots at an operations centre and be able to travel relatively long distances across the city-state. This is in contrast to their recreational counterparts—whose use is permitted in Singapore—which can travel only short distances and are at all times visible to their operators.The consortium said it will generate flight paths for the drones, and will develop a private communications network as well as take-off and landing sites. “Our goal is to make it possible for any enterprise who needs to fly drones (beyond the visual sight of the pilots) in Singapore to easily do so in a safe and effective manner,” said Future Flight project director Ong Jiin Joo.The consortium gave a two-year timeline for the development of the system and pledged to conduct rigorous safety tests.The Singapore Civil Defence Force—which manages the city-state’s emergency services—and fellow consortium member Garuda Robotics said they were in talks to use drones in the force’s operations, in particular to deliver “critical life-saving supplies”.A hospital operator in the consortium said it plans to use drones to transport blood samples and specimens between its hospitals and central laboratory, while a security firm said it will use the devices to respond to security incidents and fire alarms. Explore further Drones could be used across hi-tech Singapore to deliver life-saving medical supplies to a patient during an emergency or to respond to a security breach under a new system in development, a private consortium said Tuesday.center_img Citation: Singapore may use drones to deliver medicine, for security (2018, July 24) retrieved 18 July 2019 from © 2018 AFP This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

The Worlds Largest Iceberg Is 2 Years Old Today and Already Drifting

first_img Photo Gallery: Antarctica’s Pine Island Glacier Cracks They grow up so fast. The iceberg called A68 — currently the largest iceberg in the world, weighing about 1.1 trillion tons (1 trillion metric tons) — calved off Antarctica’s Larsen C Ice Shelf on July 12, 2017, two years ago today. What has this massive, frozen toddler been up to since it broke free? Mostly just spinning. As you can see in this awesome time-lapse footage taken over the last 18 months by the European Space Agency’s Sentinel-1 satellites, and shared today by glaciologist Adrian Luckman, the hulking glacier has been steadily spinning away from its native ice shelf, drifting north about 155 miles (250 kilometers) from where it began. According to Luckman, that’s some impressive mobility for arguably the largest free-moving object on Earth. [Images of Melt: Earth’s Vanishing Ice]Headbutting Tiny Worms Are Really, Really LoudThis rapid strike produces a loud ‘pop’ comparable to those made by snapping shrimps, one of the most intense biological sounds measured at sea.Your Recommended PlaylistVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9接下来播放Why Is It ‘Snowing’ Salt in the Dead Sea?01:53 facebook twitter 发邮件 reddit 链接已复制直播00:0000:3500:35  “At 100 miles (160 km) long by only a couple of hundred meters thick, the aspect ratio of Iceberg A68 is more like a credit card than a typically imagined iceberg,” Luckman, a professor at Swansea University in the UK, wrote on his website. “All the more surprising then, that despite grounding on the sea floor several times, Iceberg A68 remains in pretty much the same shape that it had when it calved away 2 years ago.” Alas, every step forward is a step away from home — and toward certain doom. While iceberg A68 continues to pirouette in a current called the Weddell Gyre (named for Antarctica’s Weddell Sea), it moves ever closer to the pull of the South Atlantic Ocean, where it will be gently swept northward to warmer climes. Many icebergs that find themselves on this path (part of an oceanic conveyor belt known as “iceberg alley,” according to BBC News) end up screeching to a halt near South Georgia Island, a remote British Overseas Territory about 1,000 miles (1,600 km) north of Antarctica. Icebergs of similar size to A68 have drifted for 5 years before making landfall, splitting into ever smaller chunks along the way. Other bergs drift farther north, ultimately melting near South America. While A68’s fate is largely up to the whims of the Atlantic Ocean at this point, scientists will continue monitoring the frigid tot’s progress from space as long as they can. Visually, it may not be as interesting as a square iceberg or coffin iceberg, but A68 still our iceberg — and we’ll be proud of it no matter how it dies. In Photos: Antarctica’s Larsen C Ice Shelf Through Time Iconic Photos of Earth from Space Originally published on Live Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeVikings: Free Online GamePlay this for 1 min and see why everyone is addicted!Vikings: Free Online GameUndoTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionOne Thing All Liars Have in Common, Brace YourselfTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionUndoairdogusa.comThe World’s Best Washable Air Purifierairdogusa.comUndoFinance101What Are The Best States To Retire In?Finance101UndoBirch Gold GroupThis IRS Tax Law is Sweeping the U.S.Birch Gold GroupUndoAnti-Snoring SolutionA Simple Fix for Snoring And Sleep ApneaAnti-Snoring SolutionUndolast_img read more