LOS ANGELES (AP):Tennis star Maria Sharapova says she failed a drug test at the Australian Open.The five-time major champion took full responsibility for her mistake when she made the announcement at a news conference yesterday in Los Angeles.”I know that with this, I face consequences,” Sharapova said. “I don’t want to end my career this way and I really hope I will be given another chance to play this game.”The 28-year-old Sharapova said she tested positive for meldonium, which she said she has been taking for 10 years for numerous health issues. Meldonium, which is thought to be widely used by Russian athletes, became a banned substance this year under the WADA code and Sharapova claimed she didn’t notice its addition to the banned list.”I take great responsibility and professionalism in my job and I made a huge mistake,” Sharapova said. “I let my fans down. I let the sport down that I’ve been playing since the age of four, that I love so deeply.”Boosts exercise capacityMeldonium, also known as mildronate, is a Latvian-manufactured drug popular for fighting heart disease in former Soviet Union countries. Meldonium treats ischemia, or lack of blood flow, but can be taken in large doses as a performance enhancer that increases exercise capacity.WADA President Craig Reedie told The Associated Press that any athlete found guilty of using meldonium would normally face a one-year suspension.The ITF’s anti-doping programme announced in a statement that Sharapova will be provisionally suspended starting this weekend while her case is examined.Sharapova said she tested positive in an in-competition test at the Australian Open, where she lost to Serena Williams in the quarter-finals on January 26. Sharapova hasn’t played since then while recovering from a forearm injury and she had already dropped out of the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, which begins this week.Several athletes have tested positive for meldonium since it was banned in January, including two Ukrainian biathletes and Russian cyclist Eduard Vorganov. Earlier yesterday, Russia’s Ekaterina Bobrova, a European champion ice dancer, told local media she had tested positive for meldonium.Sharapova said she began taking meldonium for “several health issues I had back in 2006,” including a magnesium deficiency, regular influenza, “irregular” heart test results and early indications of diabetes, of which she has a family history. Sharapova and her attorney declined to say where Sharapova was put on the drug or where she gets it now, citing the ongoing process with the ITF.”I have to take full responsibility for it,” Sharapova said. “It’s my body, and I’m responsible for what I put into it.”Reedie said he was unaware of Sharapova’s case until she announced it at the news conference.”I understand the drug is sold particularly in Eastern Europe,” he told the AP in a telephone interview. “You can almost get it over the counter. For stronger versions, you might need a prescription. There has been a whole rash of these cases since the first of January when it appeared on the banned list.”
Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Toronto Raptors guard Kyle Lowry celebrates at the final buzzer as the Raptors defeated the San Antonio Spurs 86-83 during an NBA basketball game Friday, Jan. 19, 2018, in Toronto. (Chris Young/The Canadian Press via AP)TORONTO — Kyle Lowry turned in his best game since returning from injury, turning it on in the fourth quarter to help his Toronto Raptors grind out another home win.Lowry scored nine of his 24 points in the final period, DeMar DeRozan added 21 and the Raptors beat San Antonio 86-83 on Friday night to snap a four-game losing streak against the Spurs.ADVERTISEMENT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson San Antonio guard Manu Ginobili missed his second straight game because of a sore right thigh. Ginobili returned to Texas after the Spurs won at Brooklyn on Wednesday.The Spurs shot 34 percent, making 31 of 91 attempts. Their season worst was a 33.7 percent showing in an Oct. 27 loss at Orlando.Toronto is 8-0 this season when holding opponents below 90 points.“It was a tough one, and we couldn’t score,” San Antonio guard Tony Parker said.Parker shot 1 for 9 against the Raptors while Aldridge finished 6 for 25 after missing nine of 11 attempts in the first half.“My shot just never felt good tonight,” Aldridge said.The Spurs trailed 70-69 after a 3-pointer by Bryn Forbes at 6:52 of the fourth, but DeRozan and Lowry connected on back-to-back possessions, giving Toronto a 74-69 lead with 5:11 remaining.After a jump shot by Mills, Toronto reeled off a 6-0 run including baskets by Lowry, Valanciunas and DeRozan to lead 80-71 with 2:40 left.Another 3-pointer by Forbes made it 86-83 with six seconds left. DeRozan was fouled but missed both free throws, giving San Antonio a chance to tie, but the Spurs couldn’t get a shot off in time.After making seven of 23 shots in the first quarter, the Raptors hit 11 of 20 attempts in the second, including a buzzer-beating jumper from DeRozan that gave Toronto a 44-37 lead at halftime. 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San Antonio has won three straight home meetings with the Pacers, but lost at Indiana earlier this season.Raptors: Visit Minnesota on Saturday. It’s Toronto’s final road game of the season against a Western Conference opponent.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jonas Valanciunas had 15 points and 11 rebounds as the Raptors improved to 17-3 at home, the second-best home record in the NBA behind San Antonio’s mark of 19-2.Lowry made eight of 16 shots, going 4 of 9 from 3-point range, in his third game after missing three with a bruised tailbone.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkRaptors coach Dwane Casey said Lowry looked stronger than he had in his previous two outings.“I thought he had a lot of bounce,” Casey said. Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Lowry got the Raptors off to a quick start, making a 3-pointer on his first shot of the game.“Just being aggressive,” he said. “It’s that time of year when everyone is kind of hitting a little bit of a rut, a little bit of a lull. We’ve got to continue to get better and take the step on the journey to making us a better team.”LaMarcus Aldridge had 17 points and 14 rebounds, Pau Gasol scored 15 points and Patty Mills had 13 as San Antonio lost for the fourth time in six road games. The Spurs are 11-15 away from home.It had been more than two years since Toronto last beat San Antonio. 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CLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos on a mobile deviceSAN JOSE — The Sharks have won games before without Joe Thornton. They’ve won games in the past without Logan Couture, and most recently, they’ve won more often than not without Erik Karlsson.But everyone in teal is still adjusting to not having Joe Pavelski available.The injured Sharks captain isn’t likely to play Thursday against the Los Angeles Kings, and he also might Friday’s game against the Anaheim Ducks. That …
With so many books and documentaries on the Nazi era and World War II, one would think the subject has been worked over to death by historians, and nothing else needs to be said. Surprisingly, new documents keep coming to light. Some new ones reported by Science magazine are especially disturbing: they show a willing symbiosis between Nazi executions and anatomy colleges who needed cadavers for dissections. In fact, some of the detailed anatomical drawings in a leading anatomy textbook have been discovered to be from the bodies of executed political prisoners. Surely science has learned its lessons from the grotesque and gruesome involvement with moral atrocities of the 1930s – hasn’t it? Isn’t it time to move on? (09/07/2004, bullet 1). Heather Pringle opened her article in the News Focus section of Science1 stating that the lessons are still being debated:A University of Vienna investigation determined in 1998 that Eduard Pernkopf’s anatomy department used bodies of executed prisoners from the Gestapo and from Vienna’s assize court to produce the illustrations in his Topographical Anatomy of Man. What should anatomists in 2010 do with an atlas that is both scientifically valuable and morally tainted? Researchers remain deeply divided.Pernkopf worked on his atlas for two decades, Pringle reported. Its illustrations remain unsurpassed even today, she said. Moreover, the New England Journal of Medicine in 1990 called the work “an outstanding book of great value to anatomists and surgeons.” But, she continued, “Pernkopf and several of his artists were avid Nazis.” Should a researcher’s political associations render his work, produced at “a time when medicine crossed an ethical line,” unfit for use by today’s anatomists? Like she said, they remain deeply divided. It must be haunting, though, for anyone who looks at these illustrations, to ponder the circumstances under which they were produced. Pringle wrote a second article in the same issue of Science entitled, “Confronting Anatomy’s Nazi Past.”2 What’s new for 2010 in this article are recent revelations about the depth of symbiosis of anatomists with the Nazi regime. “Although other aspects of Nazi science have been explored previously, such as the role of psychiatrists in selecting mentally ill patients for euthanasia, anatomists’ broad complicity in Nazi injustices has emerged mostly in papers published in the past year or so.” The picture gets pretty chilling:These studies document the grim symbiosis that arose between anatomists who wanted human bodies for teaching and research and a criminal regime that wanted to dispose quietly of the corpses of large numbers of executed prisoners. Medical schools were assigned particular prisons from which to receive corpses and accepted extra bodies for incineration. One leading Berlin anatomist manipulated the timing of executions and used the terror that female prisoners experienced as they waited to die as a scientific variable in a study, according to research published in Clinical Anatomy last year. “The picture is one of a very gradual slippage in moral values among anatomists,” says Christoph Redies, a professor of anatomy at the Jena University Hospital in Germany, “to clear outrages and injustices.”Imagine, if you can, a scientist informing a woman the time of her execution, recording her reaction, and then dispassionately taking her eggs after her death to study the affects of mental trauma on reproduction. Such clinical horrors actually happened. We’re not talking about Jews at death camps, where incineration by the millions constituted the well-known Holocaust, but civilians within the urban centers, where merely telling a joke could be a death sentence. Nazis needed to dispose of the bodies of 16,000 executed civilians, and the anatomy centers were only too happy to get the goods. Pringle writes, “anatomists became an integral part of the system of capital punishment. Each anatomical institute was assigned to a prison facility that possessed an execution chamber, and anatomists received advance notice of executions.” The institute would send a van over to pick up the corpses; “it was all very legal,” said Sabine Hildebrandt of the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, who has been researching documents for a decade. Some students’ sensibilities must have been traumatized at having to dissect cadavers that were missing a head, but “There was no way that [the students] couldn’t have seen where the bodies came from.” Hildebrandt said. One anatomist got so grossed out by seeing the cadaver of someone he knew personally, he decided to leave his practice. Just last year, the misdeeds of Hermann Stieve, director of the Berlin Institute of Anatomy from 1935 to 1952, were published. Before the Nazis came to power, he used to study the effects of stress on chickens when exposed to a caged fox. Then, he had something even better: “Stieve examined the effects of stress on the timing of human ovulation. He collected data on 200 female prisoners who were stressed by learning the date of their execution, and he dissected them after their deaths.” Pringle goes into detail showing his complicity with the Nazi executioners. “Stieve suspended his personal feelings to such a degree, says Winkelmann, that he saw little difference between designing a study on caged chickens and women on death row.” What may be most shocking is that some scientists today continue to cite Stieve’s work favorably. In the analysis by William Seidelman, who studied this for ten years, “What the best and brightest did was see the imprisonment and beheading of human beings as opportunities.” Only in this decade did the German Medical Council decide to extricate all bones, samples and material of Nazi victims from their collections and give the remains a decent burial. “But Hildebrandt and other researchers believe that this is only a first step in righting a major historical wrong,” Pringle ended. “They would like to see researchers identify the Nazi victims used by anatomists so that a modern generation can honor their memory today.” Dealing with the Nazi past, therefore, continues today. This fall the German Anatomical Society will hold a symposium called “Anatomy in the Third Reich” to wrestle with the issues raised by their field’s willing collaboration with one of the most cold-blooded murderous regimes in history. A Berlin anatomist said, “We hope that this will contribute to a global debate on ethical standards for the use of human cadavers in research and teaching.”1. Heather Pringle: “Anatomy: The Dilemma of Pernkopf’s Atlas,” Science, 16 July 2010: Vol. 329. no. 5989, pp. 274-275, DOI: 10.1126/science.329.5989.274-b.2. Heather Pringle: “Confronting Anatomy’s Nazi Past,” Science 16 July 2010: Vol. 329. no. 5989, pp. 274-275, DOI: 10.1126/science.329.5989.274-a.From whence springs the moral outrage at the stories above? Why the chill at hearing about those who suspended their feelings to such degrees as to treat human beings like lab chickens? Why should there be concern about the slow, gradual slippage in moral values of German anatomists 70 years ago, and why should there be calls for more stringent ethical standards today? Animals have no such qualms. Opportunism is common in nature: hyenas, vultures and many animals rush in to benefit from what they did not kill. Why shouldn’t humans do any differently? The prisoners were going to die anyway; shouldn’t the remains be used for something positive, like science? If those drawings are useful today, who cares how they were obtained? Isn’t it silly to give a decent burial to dead tissues? Why all this hand-wringing by scientists today who took no part in what the Germans did? The association of Nazism with Darwinism has been explored before (10/18/2004, 04/22/2004; and search on “Weikart” in the search bar). It’s the Judeo-Christian world view that puts a premium on the sanctity of human life. Nazism is one of the most atrocious examples of cold-blooded inhumanity (although communism actually exceeded it in body count); does that attitude exist today? Could it be resurrected? Never assume that the depth of evil in the human heart was fully plumbed by Nazism and communism. We live on a precipice of a moral darkness so hideous it can scarcely be imagined. With genetic engineering and nanotechnology, the capability to use, abuse, and kill human beings with finesse is not difficult to imagine, if it were empowered by the appropriate ideology and totalitarian power. Darwinian thinking is still very much a driving engine for such a regime. Communist ideology is alive and well in radical groups reaching into high branches of government. Consider the leading edges of abuse being discussed today: use of aborted fetuses for research; collection of human eggs and embryos for research; human cloning; human-animal chimeras; medical rationing. Even when such morally-tainted practices are justified by the health or economic benefits they might bring to the masses, are they not conceivably the beginnings of a cheapening of human life, that “slow, gradual slippage in moral values” that knows no end? Who are the Allies that would oppose the next axis of evil, if that axis is a global government? Jesus rebuked the Pharisees for collaboration with the persecutors of the prophets. He pointed to the claims by Pharisees that they never would have stoned and killed the prophets like their fathers did; look – they honored them by building their tombs. In a remark sometimes difficult for the modern ethic to understand, Jesus said in Matthew 23:29-35 that their actions proved their complicity with the murderers:“Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! Because you build the tombs of the prophets and adorn the monuments of the righteous, and say, ‘If we had lived in the days of our fathers, we would not have been partakers with them in the blood of the prophets.’ Therefore you are witnesses against yourselves that you are sons of those who murdered the prophets. Fill up, then, the measure of your fathers’ guilt. Serpents, brood of vipers! How can you escape the condemnation of hell? Therefore, indeed, I send you prophets, wise men, and scribes: some of them you will kill and crucify, and some of them you will scourge in your synagogues and persecute from city to city, that on you may come all the righteous blood shed on the earth, from the blood of righteous Abel to the blood of Zechariah, son of Berechiah, whom you murdered between the temple and the altar.”Jesus was not merely asserting that they were genealogical descendents of the murderers of the prophets, but that they had the same human fallen nature. Unrepentant, it would cause them to follow in the murderers’ footsteps. By refusing to believe the prophets and repent and be saved, their hearts were still instruments of Satan, just like the hearts of their fathers. It would result in them committing the same kinds of atrocities their fathers committed given the opportunity and motivation to do so. No amount of self-righteous asserting that they would never have done such things could stop that same, murderous tendency, innate in their fallen human nature. And sure enough, just as Jesus warned, despite numerous prophecies and signs given to them, within months they had crucified Jesus and persecuted the apostles after Christ’s Resurrection with all the zeal of an Ahab or Manasseh, if not more. The lesson is clear in our day, too. As much as it is admirable for scientists to be concerned about ethics and morality as new revelations of Nazi-era lapses come to light, the self-flagellation and affirmations of morality now are shallow and easily swept away by the lure of opportunity. Like the Pharisees who maintained the same self-righteousness and refusal to listen that their forefathers had, today’s scientists adhere to the same Darwinian ideology that rationalized the atrocities of the 20th century. They still see salvation in human progress and visions of their own utopias, without regard to the word of God. Without a change of heart, new and worse holocausts may not just be conceivable; they may be inevitable. The Spirit of God and the salt and light of the redeemed are the only things that stand in the way.(Visited 23 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
30 July 2014South Africa’s University of Pretoria cricket team, Assupol Tuks, claimed the Red Bull Campus Cricket World T20 title in England on the weekend after going through the competition unbeaten.‘An excellent campaign’“Tuks deserve all the accolades for an excellent campaign,” Cricket South Africa (CSA) CEO Haroon Lorgat said in a statement.“Coming so soon after our Coca-Cola national under-19 side won the ICC World Title suggests that our pipeline programmes are running well and that our amateur cricket is in a pretty healthy state. Congratulations also to all our development personnel for the great work they do.“A significant feature of Tuks’ triumph was the depth in their squad. They had four of the top eight batsmen in the tournament, while Corbin Bosch and Ruben Claassen were the two leading wicket-takers.“I congratulate the players and team management on their well-merited triumph.”OppositionTuks were up against Leeds/Bradford MCCU (UK), the University of New South Wales (Australia), University of Liberal Arts (Bangladesh), Rizvi College (India), Karachi University (Pakistan), International College of Business and Technology (Sri Lanka) and Jamaica Inter-Collegiate Sports Association (West Indies) for the title.The current Momentum National Club champions won all five of their matches with their semi-final being the only one in which they were closely challenged.Group playThey opened their challenge in Group 2 with a big 114-run victory over the University of Liberal Arts, scoring 205 for 4 as Theunis de Bruyn bludgeoned an unbeaten 137 off only 60 balls, and then restricted the Bangladeshi team to just 91 for 7 in their 20 overs.Against Leeds/Bradford MCCU, Tuks triumphed by seven wickets with 22 balls to spare. They gave up only 109 for 8 to the English team and then reached 110 for 3 in the 17th over of their reply as South Africa under-19 captain Aiden Markram top scored with 42.In their final group game, Markram struck 76 at the top of the order to help the South African university team to 178 for 5 against the Jamaica Inter-Collegiate Sports Association. The islanders managed only 122 all out in response, with Markram and David Mogotlane picking up three wickets apiece, to record a 56-run win.Semi-finalsIn the semi-finals, Rizvi Mumbai made Tuks work hard for victory, despite making only 122 for 9 in their 20 overs. Johan Wessels, with 56, and Theunis de Bruyn, with 31, saw the Pretoria side to a five-wicket victory, however, with five balls to spare.Jamaica Inter-Collegiate Sports Association shocked the previously unbeaten University of New South Wales in the other semi-final clash, winning by 10 wickets, to set up another meeting with Tuks, this time for the World Campus T20 title.FinalBatting first at the Kennington Oval in London, Tuks posted 188 for 6, with Johan Wessels smashing 61 off 40 balls and Sean Dickson contributing 39 off 31. The Jamaicans, in reply, were restricted to 148 for 9, giving the South African champions victory by a convincing 40 runs.Wessels was named Player of the Match. Theunis de Bruyn picked up the Player of the Series Award.
The injury-hit Indian cricket team heaved a sigh of relief after opener Murali Vijay was declared fit for the opening Test against the West Indies, starting here on Monday.Vijay, who was hit on his right forefinger in his first practice session on Friday, has suffered no real damage.Vijay was back in the nets and batted with intensity at Sabina Park on Sudnay.The Indians, unhappy with the practice facilities, chose to send their batters to a faraway location while the bowlers bowled alongside the main pitch at Sabina Park.Praveen Kumar, Amit Mishra and Harbhajan Singh bowled for a long period in trying to work out the right length for the Test match. They also had a fair idea of the bounce the pitch would offer over the next five days.The batters though returned to the venue once it was known that the repairs had been done and the practice pitches were fit to be used.Even though Vijay is fit, there is still uncertainty over the fitness of pacer Munaf Patel.Munaf, who is battling an elbow injury, was again out of action on Sunday.It is ironical that on a pitch which offers a great deal of bounce, India would be forced to go with just two medium-fast bowlers in the match.Ishant Sharma and Praveen Kumar will be sharing the new ball but there is no other fast bowler on whom skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni can fall back upon.Replacement medium-pacer Abhimanyu Mithun is expected to arrive today, well after the first day’s play is over.advertisementMithun thus has ruled himself out and with the team unlikely to take chances on Munaf, it appears certain that India would go into the Test with two pace and an equal number of spinners.It seals the place for leg-spinner Amit Mishra who, despite his one-day heroics, must have been praying for his inclusion in the side after being out for 10 months.Harbhajan Singh will be keen to do well as well since he needs only seven wickets to reach the magical 400-wicket mark in his 94th Test.- With inputs from PTI
zoomIllustration. Image Courtesy: Pixabay under CC0 Creative Commons license The British Ports Association is looking at challenges and opportunities facing UK ports beyond Brexit this year.The BPA is keen to focus on port sector promotion, increased public transport investment, planning/consenting improvements and issues around people and safety which will all be priorities for all ports across the UK.Additionally, potential new border controls, changes to environmental and regulatory rules and a new fisheries policy remain as major themes for the industry in 2019.“2019 will be another critical year for UK ports and in the coming months we should start to know what Brexit will look like. UK ports provides important international gateways for goods and passengers and it is essential that the industry features highly in the Government’s Brexit considerations,” Richard Ballantyne, BPA Chief Executive, said.“This is particularly important to pro-trade facilitation measures in relation to any new border control processes at British ports and especially at the UK’s network of Roll-on Roll-off ferry ports which facilitate much of the UK’s European trade.”Alongside Brexit the BPA has been promoting a Port Zoning policy which it will be looking to evidence and provide further analysis on.“The BPA’s Port Development and Enterprise Zone concept is our vision is for areas around ports to be classified with a special planning, consenting, business and regulatory status to help stimulate port development and growth,” Ballantyne continued.The idea could see the growth of a network regional hubs around port and coastal locations across the UK.The BPA will also be promoting the case for increased road and rail infrastructure investment to better connect UK ports and encourage the development of a new national freight strategy to better facilitate trade and cargo transportation.In 2019 the BPA will also be examining safety and skills at ports, supporting the working of the industry body Port Skills and Safety which leads on training and landside safety issues for ports, and other relevant topics.