0Shares0000Kenya’s Faith Chepngetich Kipyegon celebrates winning as South Africa’s Caster Semenya grabs third in the final of the 1,500m event, at the 2017 IAAF World Championships in London on August 7 © AFP / Jewel SAMADLONDON, United Kingdom, Aug 8 – South African Caster Semenya, dogged by gender accusations since shooting to fame in 2009, has played down efforts by track and field’s governing body to change rules on naturally occurring testosterone in female athletes.Semenya is back in the spotlight following a study funded by the IAAF and the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) that showed female athletes with naturally high levels of testosterone enjoy a competitive advantage of up to 4.5 percent over their rivals. The 26-year-old South African, double defending Olympic 800m champion and also a two-time world gold medallist in the distance, was one of a number of women taking medication to lower her testosterone level until 2015 when the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) suspended an IAAF rule that enforced a limit on naturally occurring levels.Semenya has studiously avoided the controversy, instead concentrating on her track performances and she won a bronze in the highly competitive 1500m at the world champs in London on Monday.South Africa’s Caster Semenya was one of a number of women athletes taking medication to lower her testosterone level until 2015 when the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) suspended an IAAF rule that enforced a limit on naturally occurring levels © AFP / Adrian DENNIS“Those are the things, the issues, that I don’t focus on. It’s not my business. It’s their business,” Semenya insisted.“Those are the writings that I’ve being seeing since 2009,” she said of a particularly unsavoury moment in her career after winning gold in the Berlin worlds in 2009.Questions were asked of her sex after that storming victory preceded by an incredible athletic progression, and she ended up spending 11 months on the sidelines when the IAAF conducted that verification process.“Sometimes, you get annoyed or you get bored,” she said of the saga that has raised its head once again, insisting it was not her problem.“For me, it’s the past. Whoever deals with it, it’s their business, not mine.“I’m not even bothered.“I’m the kind of person who doesn’t really focus on more negativity. I’m a positive person and I look at things in a positive way.“Obviously, as a human — you understand? — you get to a point where you just focus on you.“I don’t work for the IAAF. I’m Caster Semenya. I’m an athlete. I focus more on my future.“For me, they do their job. I do my job.“I have no problem with such things.“Such situations are just a waste of time for me.”When asked whether she would comply if the IAAF ruled that she once again take medication to lower her testosterone levels, Semenya said: “I’ve no time for nonsense. Medication or no medication.“For me, it’s their own decisions.“I really don’t have time for nonsense.”After winning 1500m bronze behind Kenyan winner Faith Kipyegon and silver medallist Jennifer Simpson of the United States, Semenya will focus on her preferred 800m, no doubt readying herself for a fresh bout of questioning.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre In another scheme, Schiefer installed malware on zombie computers running Microsoft operating systems, causing them to disgorge usernames and passwords from a secure storage area known as the PStore. Schiefer and his co-schemers caused the zombie computers to send that account access information to computers that Schiefer and his co-schemers controlled. Once again, Schiefer located Paypal usernames and passwords among this data and used that authentication information to access victim bank accounts. Finally, Schiefer acknowledged defrauding an Internet advertising company with his botnets. Schiefer signed up as a consultant with a Dutch Internet advertising company and promised to install the company’s programs on computers only when the owners gave consent. Instead, Schiefer and two co-schemers installed that program on approximately 150,000 computers that were infected with their malware. To avoid detection by the advertising company, Schiefer instructed his associates to moderate the number of installations so it appeared that the installations were legitimate and not the result of a malicious computer program that was propagating itself. Schiefer was ultimately paid more than $19,128.35 by the advertising company. Schiefer has agreed to make an initial appearance in Los Angeles on November 28 and to be arraigned on December 3. Once he pleads guilty to the four counts, Schiefer will face a statutory maximum sentence of 60 years in federal prison and a fine of $1.75 million. For the latest news and observations on crime in Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley, check out the Daily News’ crime blog by clicking here. In the first prosecution of its kind in the nation, a well-known member of the “botnet underground” was charged today with using “botnets” – armies of compromised computers – to steal the identities of victims across the country by extracting information from their personal computers and wiretapping their communications. John Schiefer, 26, of Los Angeles, has agreed to plead guilty to four felony counts: accessing protected computers to conduct fraud, disclosing illegally intercepted electronic communications, wire fraud and bank fraud. The criminal information and plea agreement filed this morning in United States District Court in Los Angeles outline a series of schemes in which Schiefer and several associates developed malicious computer code and distributed that code to vulnerable computers. Schiefer and the others used the illicitly installed code to assemble armies of up to 250,000 infected computers, which they used to engage in a variety of identity theft schemes. Schiefer also used the compromised computers to defraud a Dutch advertising company. In his plea agreement, Schiefer acknowledged installing malicious computer code, or “malware,” that acted as a wiretap on compromised computers. Because the users of those compromised computers were unaware that their computers had been turned into “zombies,” they continued to use their computers to engage in commercial activities. Schiefer used the malware, which he called a “spybot,” to intercept electronic communications being sent over the Internet from those zombie computers to www.paypal.com and other websites. Once in possession of those intercepted communications, Schiefer and the others sifted through the data to mine usernames and passwords. With Paypal usernames and passwords, Schiefer and the others accessed bank accounts to make purchases without the consent of the true owners. Schiefer also acknowledged in the plea agreement that he transferred both the wiretapped communications and the stolen Paypal information to others. It is the first time in the nation that someone has been charged under the federal wiretap statute for conduct related to botnets.
A woman who helped build a playground in honour of her late husband has been forced to close it because of vandals.Rathmullan playground has been closed on health and safety grounds. Pic courtesy of www.rathmullan.netMally Standford donated €40,000 to help build the beautiful play area used by thousands of children each year close to Rathmullan Beach.Mally, who lives at the nearby Coastguard Station, donated the nest egg to help build the state-of-the-art playground which opened in 2007. But now Mally and other volunteers have been forced to lock the facility on health and safety grounds because of damage to the area.Two of the play items have been left broken and damage has also been caused to a fence.Mally is now appealing to the local community to help safeguard the play area as she and other volunteers work to get it reopened.“We had to close it on health and safety grounds because of the vandalism which was caused to it. “We don’t want children hurting themselves and to have it on our conscience.“The county council have been wonderful and we’re hoping to have it open again shortly.“But it simply cannot open in its present condition and we would appeal to the local community to protect what is their play area,” she said.Originally a play area costing €80,000 was to be located at Rathmullan until Mally helped upgrade it to a ‘Rolls Royce’ facility with a donation of €40,000.Mally’s donation came after the death of her husband Bob in a car crash. She praised the council for their help and upkeep of the facility but stressed that it was now up to the local community to lay a more active part.“This is a wonderful facility and we should all be very proud of what we have.“When I see young children running from their cars with their families to get into the playground, I just get such a joy.“But we have to ensure that it is respected and that older teenagers who have been entering it when it is closed think of the harm they are doing,” she said. VANDALS FORCE WOMAN TO SHUT PLAYGROUND OPENED IN HUSBAND’S HONOUR was last modified: September 26th, 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:closedMally StandfordRathmullan playground
Re “Governor should show mercy for Tookie” (Viewpoint, Nov. 20): How can Earl Hutchinson support clemency for a killer of four people? The Supreme Court has refused to review this case. Everyone languishes on Death Row for decades. Everyone is provided with legal aid from the public defender’s office. The fact that Tookie authored children’s books does not change the fact that he was found guilty of murder. In all these past 25 years, there has been no unearthed evidence that has influenced a judge to overturn the findings of the jury. There are now over 600 people on Death Row. Our society does provide for a long appeals process. Contrary to Hutchinson’s comments, giving Tookie Williams clemency will set a precedent. Don Evans Canoga Park Not convinced Re “Governor should show mercy for Tookie” (Viewpoint, Nov. 20): Earl Hutchinson tries to make the claim that Tookie Williams had bad legal representation or racism is the reason he is on Death Row. He says, “Blacks are only 12 percent of the population, but they make up one-third of those on Death Row. In nearly all cases, their victims are white.” Hutchinson seems to forget that three of Tookie’s victims were Asian. He also leaves out the details of their brutal slayings. Tookie Williams deserves neither clemency nor our mercy. He deserves nothing less that a shot in the arm and a one-way trip to God, where he will get the punishment he really deserves. Greg Naster Lancaster Firearm lawsuits Re “Sherman responds” (Your Opinions, Nov. 6): The Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act (SB 397) protects only licensed and law-abiding firearms and ammunition manufacturers and sellers from lawsuits that seek to hold manufacturers and sellers responsible for the crime that third-party criminals commit with their nondefective products. This bill does nothing to protect firearms or ammunition manufacturers against lawsuits involving the following situations: illegally operating firearms or ammunition manufacturers or sellers, malfunctioning products, breach of contract or warranty and negligent entrustment. The bill explicitly states that any firearm or ammunition manufacturer or seller who has broken federal, state or local law would not be protected by this legislation. Roger T. Stephens Sr. Winnetka Gangsta life Re “Rapper seeking mercy for Williams” (Nov. 19): Such is the gang lifestyle – stepping up for one of your homies. Of course Snoop Dogg is asking the Governator to grant clemency for Tookie. After all Tookie is the founder of Snoop’s beloved Crips. Jack Garden Los Angeles Class warfare Re “Deficit control OK’d in House” and “Senate OKs extending tax cuts” (Nov. 18): Once again we see the results of “compassionate conservatism.” House Republicans slash funding for Medicaid, food stamps and student loans, while extending tax cuts for the wealthiest of Americans. The GOP’s compassion is only for the rich. Damian Carroll Van Nuys ‘In-risk’ kids Re “Kid row” (Editorials, Nov. 11): All kids in the city of Los Angeles deserve equal treatment, and kids on Skid Row should be given the same opportunities that kids in Encino do. It is hard enough to be a child today, but growing up on Skid Row poses unimaginable challenges. These children are past being “at-risk”; they are “in-risk.” Julio Marcial Woodland Hills Handgun ban OK’d Re “S.F. voters approve ban on handguns” (Nov. 9): Measure H prohibits the manufacturing and sale of all firearms and ammunition in that city and makes it illegal for residents to keep handguns in their homes or businesses. San Francisco should look to England. After they took away guns, violent crime has only increased, and they are only surpassed by Australia, another failed gun control country. If “H” survives court battles, it will face mass noncompliance. Just look to the faulty California assault weapon registration law, where approximately 27,000 out of 1 million owners complied. If the same percentage complies with “H,” how will S.F. enforce it? This is just another feel-good law, as the problem is criminals and not inanimate objects. The prime concern is and will always be controlling criminals. Rick Owen Calabasas Teachers underpaid Re “Teacher’s workday” (Your Opinions, Nov. 20): There is a basic error in Steve Krogh’s statement that “teachers work 9/16th of a private sector work year.” My wife is a special-education teacher with LAUSD. She arrives at school at 7:15 a.m. each day and works till 5:15 p.m. Her workday also includes an average of two hours’ work at home. That totals 12 hours per day, which is 1 1/2 times a private sector workday (with a short, frequently interrupted, lunch). In other words, teachers work 9/8ths of a private sector work year. This reduces their salary range from $35,000-$70,000, to $31,111-$62,222 (this after six years of college education). Yes, they do deserve a 3 percent raise. Sandy Weber Northridge Factors left out Re “Not my retirement” (Your Opinions, Nov. 20): Joan Olear writes that, when she retired in ’94 at age 52, she received only $5,000 per year. If she depended on Social Security, she would not have received any money for at least 10 years. So she is $50,000 ahead of those people who have no pensions. There are several other things she didn’t mention: How many years did she work? Was she a full-time worker? How much would she have gotten per year if she worked until 62 and how much if she worked until she was 65? Working another 13 years should add greatly to her pension. Richard Stanis Northridge Supports regimes Re “Immigration issues” (Your Opinions, Nov. 17): I take issue with David Holland’s response to my opinion concerning illegal immigration. Unfortunately, Holland takes the liberal, bleeding-heart approach and fails to see rats leaving a sinking ship. Illegal immigration only supports the regimes currently ruling Mexico and Central America. Until Mexicans and Central Americans demand change and stop running away to El Norte, the political structure, corruption and deplorable living conditions will remain. But change would demand commitment, passion and determination found in most revolutions. Besides, it’s much easier to leave the sinking ship and move north. Claire Magid Reseda Like Nixon George W. Bush claiming not to have lied in the lead-up to Iraq is like Nixon exhorting, “I’m not a crook,” or Fen Phen, Enron and MCI claiming adversely affected folks “had the same information.” His audacity to disavow the obvious shows he is completely into Karl Rove’s concept of “no verifiable reality” – or Rove’s take from Lincoln (“You can fool some of the people all of the time”). Bill Pratt Northridge Gas price gouging As a struggling student commuting to college, I am just one of many that is being affected by the price gouging by the ExxonMobil Corporation. With $25 billion in profits for the July-September quarter, I feel a windfall profits tax on all oil companies should be implemented immediately to compensate for the bad impact price gouging has had on small businesses, families and college students like myself. Kelly Palmer Westlake Village Which Gospel When our family has a serious disagreement, we settle it by going to the Bible for the final word. I would like to ask every pro-life Christian who voted for Bush, in which Gospel did Jesus support a war, the death penalty, torture in prisons or tax cuts for the rich? These people want to rationalize all this while calling themselves Christian capitalists. It would be “easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle.” Denis F. Cremins Simi Valley 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Former Finn Harps and Derry City player Stephen McLaughlin is confident he has done enough to merit a place in Phil Brown’s starting XI for Southend’s play-off final with Wycombe at Wembley. McLaughlin had started the first-leg of their semi-final play-off win against Stevenage but was dropped for the return leg.However, McLaughlin’s introduction changed the game and turned the tide in favour of Southend. McLaughlin created the equalising goal and then scored the crucial second in extra-time before Southend sealed it deep into injury-time.In an interview with Soccer Republic on RTE McLaughlin is confident he will start the play-off final at Wembley later this month.McLaughlin said, “I was disappointed to be left out of the starting side for the return-leg but I felt I proved a point when I came on.“I set-up the first goal and scored the second goal so I was delighted I was able to make the impact I did. “I’m hopeful I’ve done enough to earn a place in the starting XI for the final at Wembley.McLaughlin admitted he was excited about the prospect of playing at Wembley and says as a kid you dream of playing on the hallowed turf.McLaughlin reflected fondly on his time with Derry City and encouraged people to continue to donate to the Mark Farren Treatment Fund.“I had a great spell at Derry, we won two cups and lost another final so it was a great time.“Mark Farren is an absolute gentleman and I’m delighted at the response he has got and I’m encouraging people to continue to donate. McLaughlin will be hoping Saturday the 30th of May will be a good day for the man from the Isle of Doagh when his Southend side face Stevenage at Wembley in the league-two play-off final.MCLAUGHLIN HOPEFUL OF MAKING STARTING XI FOR PLAY-OFF FINAL AT WEMBLEY was last modified: May 20th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:newssoccerSportStephen McLaughlinWEMBLEY
Are they ready … SANTA CLARA – Super Bowl-winning quarterbacks and MVP candidates are on the horizon for the 49ers defense.Can they compensate for the loss of linebacker Kwon Alexander to a pectoral injury? Yes.Will they continue this bait-and-switch approach to yielding rushing yards early in games? It’s getting old, but not destructive.How truly dominant can Nick Bosa and the pass rush be? This is what’s made the 8-0 start so fascinating to watch, and that’s not stopping now.
28 August 2015A workshop to launch the new Driven Machinery Regulations (DMR) was held by the Department of Labour’s Electrical and Mechanical Engineering Directorate yesterday in Pretoria.According to the department, there have been significant changes to procedure in that the National Code of Practice for training providers of lifting machinery operators has been formally incorporated into the new Driven Machinery Regulations. The DMR was published in the Government Gazette in June.Goods’ hoists will, in future, no longer be regulated by Driven Machinery but will be administered by the Lifting, Escalators and Passenger Conveyor Regulations. A total of 11 national standards have been incorporated into the new DMR, which will ensure that inspection and testing of various lifting machinery is standardised.Approval of entities responsible for the inspection and testing of lifting machinery has been formalised into the new DMR. The workshop targeted employers or owners as well as entities tasked with inspection and testing of driven machinery at various workplaces.Key stakeholders in the occupational health and safety environment and engineering sector, as well as from the lifting equipment industry; parastatals such as Transnet and Eskom; as well as other regulators such as the Railway Safety Regulators and other associations involved in the industry attended the workshop.Managers responsible for occupational health and safety in various companies were also invited.Source: SAnews.gov
frederic lardinois Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Compare and ContrastIn addition to looking at a single neighborhood, Bundle also allows you to compare different cities and neighborhoods. Thanks to this, you can see that the average New Yorker spends $677 on dining out, while people in Portland, OR only spend $271. Because Bundle’s data comes mostly from credit card purchases through Citi, the company doesn’t currently have enough data to compare rents or mortgage payments in different areas. For some areas, Bundle also currently reverts to looking at county-wide data.Bundle plans to update its data on a quarterly basis and to bring in additional data as it grows. Besides the raw data, Bundle also offers commentary about financial issues and analysis of Bundle’s data through blog posts that are featured on most parts of the site. Looking AheadAs Bundle’s CEO Jaidev Shergill told us last week, the team also plans to allow users to enter their exact spending habits by either entering the data by hand or by giving users the option to upload credit card statements directly. This will make it even easier for users to compare their spending habits to those of their neighbors. Getting StartedTo get started, you just enter your location, age, income and whether you are married, single or have kids. Bundle will then create an infographic that represents the spending habits of similar households in your neighborhood. From there, you can drill down deeper into the statistics. At its most granular level, Bundle displays where people are spending their money. My neighbors, for example, buy their electronics at Best Buy, Apple and Fry’s. Related Posts Tags:#news#Product Reviews#web Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Do you want to know where your neighbors are spending their money? Or do you want to know if your spending pattern is in line with that of others in your age and income group in your neighborhood? Bundle, a new online service, can give you the answer to these questions. Thanks to a cooperation with Citi and other third-party data suppliers, Bundle is able to compile detailed statistics about how Americans are spending their money. While lots of banks also compile this data, Bundle is the first service to make this data easily accessible. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market
Tags:#Analysis#hack How to Write a Welcome Email to New Employees? Growing Phone Scams: 5 Tips To Avoid 7 Types of Video that will Make a Massive Impac… klint finley Why You Love Online Quizzes Related Posts Microsoft says it’s “all in” for HTML5. But Silverlight isn’t dead. Internet Explorer 9 and 10 enables developers to write the same markup and run it anywhere. But the browsers can do things no other browser can do, so you’ll need to write different versions of your Web apps anyway. Microsoft is sending mixed messages.Don’t get me wrong. Internet Explorer and Windows Phone 7 look better than ever. And Microsoft really does seem to get the potential behind Kinect, its most innovative product in years. But the muddled message shows that Microsoft is still experiencing some difficulty figuring how to be an “open company,” and is confusing hype with reality.Internet Explorer 10 and Markup PortabilityMicrosoft is calling the IE/Windows 7 implementation of HTML5 “native HTML5” because of the deep integration between the browser and the OS (where have we heard that before?) that “avoiding abstractions, layers, and libraries.” Basically, it renders SVG animations really, really fast – at least in the tests that Microsoft has created.In an interview, Corporate VP of Internet Explorer Dean Hachamovitch explained that Microsoft’s IE strategy is to show developers the performance capabilities inherent in the new versions of the browser. Once developers see what they can do, they’ll want to create these sorts of rich media experiences, he says. But what about users that aren’t running IE or are using devices that can’t support these features? Hachamovitch says developers can create alternate versions of their sites, much like the touchscreen and WAP optimized alternate versions developers create today. But that seems to fly in the face of the “write once, run anywhere” mantra Microsoft has been repeating.Hachamovitch also makes it clear that the browser won’t be available for other platforms like OSX, Linux, iOS or Android – all of which are popular among developers. Will developers want to build these sort of rich features on a browser they can’t use themselves? Or will they adopt Windows 7, Windows Phone 7 and IE? Maybe that’s not a huge problem for Microsoft, since IE is till the most popular browser in the world and Windows is still the most popular operating system. But with the proliferation of tablets and smartphones – most of which run Webkit-based browsers – “IE first” development doesn’t seem that appealing. Or will other browser makers step-up and improve performance – in which case, do IE’s advances even matter?The browser market is a tough place. On the one hand, you’ve got to make a browser that is standards compliant so developers don’t have to re-code their entire sites to work in it. On the other, you’ve got to create some way of distinguishing the product so that users want to switch. Since browsers are given away for free, the prize for winning is… well, nothing.Microsoft is banking on security, which has improved greatly in IE in the past couple years, and performance, which is increasingly important in the browser-centric world we live in. Microsoft has had a reputation for the past several years of being slow, insecure and unreliable. If the improvements its making here are real – and it’s too early to tell if they are – it could finally turn that reputation around. And that would be a win in and of itself.SilverlightInstead of providing clarity about Silverlight’s future, Microsoft provided a laundry list of new features, showed off a flashy new Silverlight-based website built for the U.S. Navy and failed to provide a real “killer use case” for Silverlight. Although HTML5 is an unfinished spec with many limitations, Microsoft is hyping it to no end and showing off the high performance HTML5 its platform enables. Silverlight is still more powerful, and existing Silverlight developers are still committed to the platform, but Microsoft is less clear than ever about why developers should use Silverlight instead of HTML5.Gavin Clarke writes for the Register about the session “HTML5 for Silverlight ” at MIX:“I get a lot of questions: ‘Should I use Silverlight or HTML5?’,” senior technology evangelist Giorgio Sardo told Mix. “I’m sure you know your customers better than anyone else. I’m not going to judge which works better. HTML5 has matured a lot in the last year. Silverlight is great for media scenarios. I believe HTML5 is ready. I think Microsoft is ready for HTML5. The question is are you ready?”In other words, Microsoft has no official stance – officially at least. It’s up to you.On the one hand, Microsoft invested deeply in Silverlight. On the other hand, it’s committed to HTML5, which is seen as “the future,” but isn’t really ready for prime-time. It wants to ride the HTML5 hype without diminishing Silverlight, and that’s becoming more difficult – especially as HTML5 performance is getting better.Ultimately, the answer is: use HTML5 whenever possible, use Silverlight (or something else) when it’s not possible to use HTML5.Does It Matter?Here’s what I can’t decide: does it really matter if Microsoft can “save” Internet Explorer? What benefit does the company gain by keeping users on its browser? At the moment, it seems designed to try to keep people using Windows and/or get them to upgrade to Windows 7. I still think that’s a tough sell.And If Microsoft’s future is really in the cloud – with Azure, Bing and Office 365 – then why does it matter which OS and browser you use?