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first_imgGiving Back Sam Francis Foundation Launches Campaign for Creativity in Learning From STAFF REPORTS Published on Friday, October 31, 2014 | 11:51 am Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * More Cool Stuff Top of the News Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy 4 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Make a comment First Heatwave Expected Next Week The Sam Francis Foundation launches signature community outreach program, Creativity Matters, with four roundtables across America.In collaboration with researchers from the Harvard School of Education’s, Project Zero, the Los Angeles based artist foundation will tackle the subject of, “Creativity in Learning” at the following four locations: The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston on October 29th, The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City on October 31st, The Los Angeles County Museum of Art on November 7th and finally, The Exploratorium in San Francisco on November 17th.After months of intensive research exploring work being done by organizations and individuals on this topic, we are bringing together a robust network of researchers, thinkers and practitioners, to discuss the complex issues related to learning in the 21st century.The roundtable conversations will focus on 3 questions:What does creativity look like, today and tomorrow? Under what conditions does creativity thrive? How do we nurture and support it?From this series of discussions, the Sam Francis Foundation hopes to come away with a shared point of view about the challenges and opportunities inherent in the notion of bringing, “Creativity in Learning” to the forefront of our educational practice. The goal is to understand where the foundation can help and how they can make a difference.Join the conversation by following along on Twitter (@crtvtymttrs), Facebook (@Creativity Matters) and Instagram (@Creativitymatters14). The roundtables will be live-tweeted and followers are encouraged to participate by posting with the following hashtags: #SFF4CreativityAs President Obama stated in his September, 2014 Presidential Proclamation, “To meet the challenges ahead, we must harness the skills and ingenuity of our children and grandchildren and instill in them the same passion and persistence that has driven centuries of progress and innovation. The arts and humanities provide important opportunities for our young people to unleash their creativity and reach for new heights.”For more information about the Sam Francis Foundation, visit http://samfrancisfoundation.org/.center_img Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Community News Community News Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Business News faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Herbeauty6 Trends To Look Like A Bombshell And 6 To Forget AboutHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty7 Most Startling Movie Moments We Didn’t Realize Were InsensitiveHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty5 Things To Avoid If You Want To Have Whiter TeethHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThe Most Heartwarming Moments Between Father And DaughterHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Questions To Start Conversation Way Better Than ‘How U Doing?’HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Most Influential Women In HistoryHerbeautyHerbeauty EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Subscribelast_img read more


first_img The Daily Gazette Sign up for daily emails to get the latest Harvard news. GAZETTE: Can you talk about the way you have thought about your career as an academic that has taken you far from TED Talks and Tanner Lectures?Oreskes: There’s a lot that’s good and important about sustaining the intellectual enterprise and not having it be driven by short-term considerations, but there’s also a way that academic life can be very ingrown, and inwardly focused, and preoccupied with speaking to “the right people.” What that means often at a place like Harvard is that if people get invited to talk at Princeton, we say yes. But sometimes when you’re working on an issue like climate change, Princeton is not where you’re needed. You’re needed at South Dakota State University. Often people there have interesting things to say because they live in South Dakota and see the world from a different perspective. It makes you a better scholar and a better human being when you engage with people who are viewing the world from a different perspective. So I embrace the opportunity to go to places that other people might not embrace, and I have what I call my Red State Pledge, which is if I get invited to a Red State, I do everything in my power to accept that invitation.When “Merchants of Doubt” came out, we had a wonderful publisher, but when it came time to do a book tour, they were only planning to send us to big cities on the coasts where people buy and read a lot of books. That’s understandable from a business-model standpoint, and if your goal is to simply sell books and get a review in The New York Times, that makes sense. But if your goal is to reach people with a message you think they need to hear, it’s incomplete. I was lucky when “Merchants of Doubt” came out that people wanted to help get the word out. I got a phone call — out of the blue — from a reporter in Manhattan, Kan. He said, “If I can arrange logistics on the ground, would you come to Kansas?” And I said, “Yes, absolutely.” He arranged a three-city book tour for me of Lawrence, Manhattan, and Hays. Hays is serious wheat country. After giving the lecture in Hays, I’m signing books and a woman came up to me and said, “God bless you for coming to Hays.” That moment summarized everything I needed to know about the choices I was making. I’m not going to win a book prize for going to Hays, Kan., but I won a different kind of prize.GAZETTE: In the book you lay out five pillars for how to think about science that can be trusted. How did you come to them?Oreskes: I’m an empiricist, not a theorist: All of my work is based on upon studying the world as it is, in its historical complexity. When I was a scientist, I was the same way. The transition from science to history was easy for me because it involved almost no methodological/intellectual adjustment. I had been an empirical geologist, and in geology the world is really complicated. Theory plays a role in the sense that theory from physics or chemistry or biology constrains the possibilities for what can be happening on the Earth, but you cannot deduce geological processes from the laws of physics or chemistry. So there’s a limit to where theory gets you in geology. Ultimately to understand the Earth you have to go out and look at it and study it. That’s my approach to history as well. I’m very empirical: I don’t assume up front that I know what the structure of something is before I study it. Over the course of 100–150 years, a lot of really smart people thought really hard about what makes science science. They kept trying to come up with the one thing. Essentially my argument is: It isn’t one thing. Letting go of the notion of the one thing is hard in a European-derived culture. Unlike politics or human relationships, science is a success story, so we need an account that both embraces the reality of how complex it appears to be when you look at it, but also can explain how it has been efficacious. I didn’t start out thinking there would be five key elements, but that’s where I got to: consensus, diversity, method, evidence, and values.GAZETTE: You take a writer to task for calling self-reporting “iffy” science. Can you elaborate?Oreskes: The dismissal of self-reporting is a big issue in medicine. It’s one of the reasons why women’s complaints have not been taken seriously. But they should be. If a patient goes to a doctor and says, “I’m depressed and I’ve been depressed since I’ve gone on this medication,” that’s evidence. It might not be an RCT [randomized clinical trial], but it’s still evidence. The writer in question recapitulated that error, saying that previous studies were right to dismiss self-reports as “iffy.” I think that is wrong. This is where it gets personal for me because I got depressed being on the pill. I’m up front with this. I was very lucky that my doctor did not dismiss my self-report. I went off the pill and recovered almost immediately. But imagine the horrible path one could go down being put on antidepressants when the cause of your depression is hormonal contraception. Since I wrote “Why Trust Science?,” I read Hilary Mantel’s memoir “Giving Up the Ghost.” She spent 20 years of her life in pain, being told that her pain was all psychosomatic, being put on antidepressant drugs that made her fat and created all kinds of other side effects. It turns out she had systemic endometriosis, which can spread beyond the reproductive organs. She spent an incredible amount of her time suffering physical pain that her doctors did not take seriously and being mistreated. It’s pretty scary. It makes one wonder how many people are out there suffering because of misdiagnoses, because doctors didn’t take seriously their self-reports? Because self-reports aren’t “hard data.” One thing history tells us is that people sometimes dismiss evidence because it doesn’t fit some notion they have of what should constitute good evidence, and often those judgments are incorrect.GAZETTE: In a chapter about science gone awry, you cite provocative research about dental floss and about sunscreen that lands loudly in the press. So what is the role of media in shaping what science is trustworthy?Oreskes: One thing that happens in the media is the desire to be different, to report something surprising, unexpected. The article in Outside magazine, which claimed that sunscreen is bad for us, had a gotcha, contrarian tone, with a bit of schadenfreude thrown in. It also followed the cliché of the renegade scientist who turned out to be right. Well, sometimes renegades are right, but most of the time they are just renegades.The editors at Outside believe that being outdoors is good for you, and so do I. Being outdoors is good for your overall health, but that doesn’t mean that it’s good to get a sunburn, especially if you are a white person living in a very sunny place. If you think about people who live naturally in those climates, typically they are dark-skinned or they have adaptations to protect themselves. In a way, sunscreen is our adaptation. And there is a large body of data to say that using sunscreen is beneficial. But the magazine ran with a claim based on one very small study, and a second larger study that has not yet been published. That was very irresponsible journalism.Schadenfreude was definitely in play with the dental floss story, which claimed there was very little “solid” evidence to support the conclusion that flossing is good for your health. The journalist who wrote it was obviously very pleased with himself, as if he had unmasked a great dental floss conspiracy.If you know anything about science, you can understand why we don’t have any good studies about flossing. You can’t do a double-blind clinical trial of flossing. You can’t even do a single-blind trial. Most of the time you can’t even get people to floss. This is the point: Nobody likes flossing. So there’s a way in which it was very satisfying to conclude that flossing is no good. The fact is dentists aren’t idiots; they look at teeth every day and they can see that people who floss have healthier gums than people who don’t. That’s evidence, so why would we dismiss it?GAZETTE: How can science be value free?Oreskes: It isn’t! All people have values, and we always will have values. We do the things we do because we care about things. And that’s a good thing. And if you had scientists with no values, that would be truly scary. That’s the Frankenstein myth, Mary Shelley’s argument that if you let science run amok without thinking of the moral consequence of the action you end up with a monster. What people often forget is that Frankenstein is the doctor, the scientist. The monster he creates is called the Monster, but the point of the book is: The science is the monster. We don’t do anywhere near enough to talk about this in our classrooms, or in our research. As a serious question in the practice of science, what are the values driving the science, and are they good or bad? I think that is a conversation we need to have. Just back from sabbatical Naomi Oreskes has published “Why Trust Science?,” a timely book that examines the value of the scientific process of proof and verifiable facts in an era when both are under fire. Though the geologist-turned-history-of-science professor’s field is climate, she turned a critical eye to research ranging from sunscreen to birth control. Oreskes, who has co-authored or edited seven books and has a forthcoming one on Cold War oceanography, talked to the Gazette about the five pillars necessary for science to be considered trustworthy, the evidentiary value of self-reporting, and her Red State Pledge.Q&ANaomi OreskesGAZETTE: “Why Trust Science?” came out of a Tanner Lecture you gave at Princeton three years ago. Why did you feel it needed a broader audience?oreskes: I’ve given more than 100 lectures on climate change over the years. In the past, a lot of my work was about the history of climate science and telling the story of how and why scientists even got interested in this question about whether greenhouse gases would change the Earth’s climate. Part of the point of telling the story this way was to show our concern wasn’t some fad or the latest environmental anxiety. It was something scientists had been tracking for a long time. Many of these scientists weren’t even environmentalists; they were just scientists interested in how the world works, but who realized there was this potential problem. This was increasingly in a context of climate change skepticism, a public that was at best confused about the issue and sometimes in denial.As a speaker and teacher I always try to take questions seriously, but because of the topic, sometimes people are belligerent, sometimes hostile. I can almost tell when a belligerent question is coming. (And I have to say, and this is my empirical experience: They’re always men, almost always over 50-ish, and they stand up using belligerent body language.) So this man stands up in a very aggressive way and tone of voice and says: “Well, that’s all well and good, but why should we believe you or trust the science anyway?” I went home that night and thought: “Yeah, that’s a fair question.” There’s an implicit argument that science is trustworthy, but if a person doesn’t assume science is trustworthy, then my story breaks down. Maybe five years ago I started to begin forming a mental argument. Then I was asked to give a TED talk. It was very successful for a serious intellectual topic. People liked it, but I felt that 18 minutes was, frankly, not enough for a topic of this gravity. Also, the title I had been given, by the TED folks, was “Why Trust Scientists?” Later I realized that title was wrong. It wasn’t about trusting scientists; it was about trusting science as a process, an enterprise, or an activity. So when I was approached about the Tanners, I knew what I wanted to say. “The dismissal of self-reporting is a big issue in medicine. It’s one of the reasons why women’s complaints have not been taken seriously.”last_img read more


first_imgStuff co.nz 27 April 2018 Forty-seven marriage celebrant applications have been rejected in the past two-and-a-half years because the applicants were unwilling to officiate same-sex weddings.The Department of Internal Affairs confirmed last month – after a request from Family First New Zealand under the Official Information Act – that the department had declined 47 independent celebrant applications based on the intention on the part of the application not to solemnise same-sex marriages since September 7, 2015.Applications made before September 2015 were made in paper format and could not be reviewed without significant research.The department said it had not received any complaints about marriage celebrants who were unwilling to solemnise a same-sex marriage.But it added that independent marriage celebrants “must make themselves available to all persons legally to marry in New Zealand and cannot refuse to solemnise any marriage due to reasons that would contravene the Human Rights Act 1993”.Family First New Zealand national director Bob McCoskrie said the rejected applications contradicted assurances made by Labour MP Louisa Wall when she introduced the Definition of Marriage Amendment Bill to Parliament in 2012.She said: “What my bill does not do is require any person or church to carry out a marriage if it does not fit with the beliefs of the celebrant or the religious interpretation a church has.”But she added that while churches could discriminate, the state could not and should not. “It is not the state’s role to sanction heterosexuality or homosexuality.”She Wall said the bill was about opening up the institution of marriage to all people who were eligible.“There is no reasonable ground on which the state should deny any citizen the right to enter the institution of marriage if he or she chooses. That is not the process of inclusion,” she said.“To any person concerned about their own beliefs and how they wish to celebrate marriage, it is important to always remember that this bill allows a couple to only obtain a marriage licence. It does not mean that a minister or celebrant must marry the couple.”Wall said in an email on Friday that organisational celebrants were authorised through a separate process to independent celebrants and could refuse to solemnise marriages.She directed Stuff to the Registrar-General of Births, Deaths and Marriages for comment on why the 47 applications were rejected.Registrar-General of Births, Deaths and Marriages Jeff Montgomery said it was important to distinguish between organised celebrants and independent celebrants.Organised celebrants were nominated by organisations, and those organisations needed to be recognised by Montgomery as “a formal organisation with marriage purposes”, he said.“Once registered, they can then nominate people to be celebrants for their organisation,” he said.“Independent celebrants, however, are providing a public service, and they are acting on behalf of the Government and are required to comply with the Marriages Act and other relevant legislation.”One of the criteria for independent celebrants is they be willing to obey and comply with the law, including the Human Rights Act.“If they are not willing to comply with the Human Right Act, ie they will choose to discriminate against certain members of the public, then I can’t appoint them,” Montgomery said.All organisational celebrant applications have all been approved since September 2015, regardless of whether they choose to solemnise same-sex marriages or not, he said.“When Louisa Wall put forward that legislation, that ability was included – organised celebrants are not obliged to marry any couple.”McCoskrie said politicians “who support the right of freedom of belief and conviction should fix the anomaly”.“The bill … did not protect the consciences of independent marriage celebrants who are not lawfully able to refuse a request to marry a same-sex couple by reason of the same-sex of the couple.”In the New Zealand Bill of Rights Act 1990, “everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience, religion, and belief, including the right to adopt and to hold opinions without interference”.https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/103425672/marriage-celebrant-applicants-rejected-for-refusal-to-marry-samesex-couples47 would-be marriage celebrants rejected because they refuse to carry out gay weddingsNewsHub 28 April 2018There have been no complaints about marriage celebrants refusing to perform gay weddings, it has been revealed.But it appears that’s because the Department of Internal Affairs has refused to approve applications from would-be independent celebrants that refuse to carry them out.Forty-seven applicants have been rejected since September 2015, according to documents released under the Official Information Act to conservative lobby group Family First.Under the law, organisational marriage celebrants aren’t required to carry out gay weddings if it contravenes their religious beliefs. Independent marriage celebrants however “must make themselves available to all persons legally able to marry in New Zealand and cannot refuse to solemnise any marriage due to reasons it would contravene the Human Rights Act 1993”.Family First director Bob McCoskrie said the documents contradict claims made by Labour MP Louisa Wall, who introduced the same-sex legislation through Parliament, that celebrants wouldn’t be made to carry out same-sex weddings if they didn’t want to.“When the Bill was rushed through to its final reading, it still did not protect the consciences of independent marriage celebrants who are not lawfully able to refuse a request to marry a same-sex couple by reason of the same-sex of the couple.“This law currently provides a culture of coercion. Politicians who support the right of freedom of belief and conviction should fix the anomaly.”READ MORE: http://www.newshub.co.nz/home/politics/2018/04/47-would-be-marriage-celebrants-rejected-because-they-refuse-to-carry-out-gay-weddings.htmlWould-be celebrants miss out over marriage equality oppositionRadio NZ News 28 April 2018Nearly 50 people have been turned down as marriage celebrants because they refuse to solemnise same-sex marriages.The Department of Internal Affairs said 47 applications to become independent celebrants had been turned down since 2015.The Registrar of Births, Deaths, and Marriages, Jeff Montgomery said celebrants affliated with a religious or philisophical organisation could choose who they offered their services to.But independent marriage celebrants provided a service on behalf of the government, rather than an organisation, he said.That meant they must comply with all the relevant laws, including the Human Rights Act, which makes it an offence to discriminate based on sexuality.The number of declined applications was a small proportion of the 500 people who apply each year to become celebrants, Mr Montgomery said.https://www.radionz.co.nz/news/national/356169/would-be-celebrants-miss-out-over-marriage-equality-oppositionlast_img read more


first_img “He was not selected. It was my decision. Only 11 can play and 18 can be selected.” Hazard is expected to miss Sunday’s Barclays Premier League match at Norwich and to next likely to be available for Chelsea after the international break, when striker Fernando Torres will next play domestically. The Spain striker faces a four-match ban for his altercation with Tottenham’s Jan Vertonghen during Saturday’s London derby, when it appeared Torres scratched the defender on the face. The Football Association is gathering evidence and has until 6pm on Tuesday evening to determine whether to punish Torres, who will be banned for one game anyway due to his dismissal for two yellow cards, based on video evidence. Mourinho’s hasty exit meant it was left to Lampard to field questions on Torres. “I’m not sure if he will,” Lampard said. “If he does, then we lose a player in good form, one of our main strikers for four games. People will have to step up.” Press Association Midfielder Frank Lampard insisted Chelsea will avoid complacency in Tuesday night’s Champions League Group E encounter at Steaua Bucharest, where anything less than victory will leave the 2012 European Cup winners in a precarious position. “You can never underestimate any team in the Champions League,” Lampard said. “In the first game we didn’t perform well, we lost. That’s what happens. “(But) we’ve got five games now to go, five games to put that right. That’s a lot. “We don’t expect an easy game. We’re lucky to have played Steaua Bucharest last season so we’re fully aware of the good team they are. Last year we started slowly and we lost the game in the first half. “Considering the position we’re in now – we need a result – we have to start the game at a top level.” Mourinho, too, appeared keen to take care of matters swiftly on the eve of the contest, his mood imitating the stormy weather as he shortened his pre-match media conference. The Portuguese took exception to a question about absent forward Kevin de Bruyne. With Juan Mata informed he will start in Bucharest after beginning the season as a peripheral figure, De Bruyne was told he was not required and was left at home alongside his fellow Belgian Eden Hazard, who has an ankle injury. “This is fantastic because nobody asks me about Mata,” Mourinho said. “You are for three weeks speaking about Mata, and now you are speaking about Kevin de Bruyne. “So you are not interested in the players that are playing? You are interested in the players that are not playing. After defeat to Basle in their opening match, Jose Mourinho’s side must win at the National Arena on a pitch sodden by torrential rain despite the presence of a canvas roof. Chelsea played Steaua en route to winning the Europa League and Lampard hopes to avoid a repeat of the March defeat. last_img read more


first_imgBRUNSWICK — George Stevens Academy graduate Lora Trenkle was among five Bowdoin College athletes selected as inductees for the New England Basketball Hall of Fame.The induction ceremony will take place Saturday, Aug. 8, at the DCU Center in Worcester, Mass.Trenkle was one of the finest women’s basketball players in school history, twice earning NESCAC Player of the Year honors and becoming a three-time WBCA All-American.Trenkle helped lead the Polar Bears to four NESCAC crowns, the NCAA Division III title game in 2004 and continues to rank in the top four all-time at Bowdoin in scoring, assists and three-pointers.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textThe four other inductees include men’s player Nick Browning and women’s standouts Kristi Royer and Justine Pouravelis as well as current women’s head coach Adrienne Shibles, who will also receive the prestigious Perry Award.Current Bowdoin assistant coach Toby Martin will also be honored for her high school playing career at Maranacook.Founded in 2002, the New England Basketball Hall of Fame event has become one of the largest sports dinners in the country. Approximately 2,000 people will be present for the event.For more information, visit nebasketballhalloffame.com.last_img read more


first_imgTuesday, April 16WHS TENNIS —Circle, away, 1 p.m.WMS TENNIS — Goddard, away, 3:30 p.m.WHS GOLF — Buhler at Newton Sand Creek Station Golf Course, 3 p.m.WHS, SCBL TRACK —  Caldwell Invitational at Wellington, 3 p.m.•••••Campbell makes honor rollMegan CampbellThe Sunday Wichita Eagle reported that WHS senior Megan Campbell is currently leading the state in all classifications in the 100 meter dash. Her 12.1 is the fastest time in the state for Class 6-1A.Devis Casper of Coffeeville, also in 4A has the state’s second fastest time at 12:21.Campbell is currently the top Class 4A 200 meter runner and second overall for all classifications.She has a 25.6 time in the 200. Raianna Maples of Topeka in Class 6A has the state’s fastest time at 25.2.The only other Sumner County track athlete listed is Brooke Ricke of Argonia in the pole vault. She is tied with Grentry Stout of Buckline with a leap of 9-0 in 1A. By Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Not a lot of sports to report this morning, but that’s because it is all occurring today and tomorrow. Wellington and Winfield’s baseball and softball teams should be able to pull off their double-headers tonight at Sellers and Worden Park here. The temperatures are to hover in the upper 50s the rest of the day.In other news, Megan Campbell makes the high school track honor roll in a big way…Schedule for today and tomorrow:Monday, April 15WHS BASEBALL — Winfield, home, 4 p.m. (JV)WHS SOFTBALL — Winfield, home, 4:30 p.m. (JV).WHS GOLF — Rescheduled! Andover Invitational at Crestview Country Club, 1 p.m.WMS TENNIS — Eisenhower, away, 3:30 p.m.WMS TRACK — Andover, Wellington at Haysville, 3:30 p.m. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comment (1) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. 0 Vote up Vote down Local · 382 weeks ago Awesome job Megan! Report Reply 0 replies · active 382 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new commentslast_img read more


first_imgTyson Gay reacts after winning the Men’s 100m during the IAAF Diamond League Grand Prix competition in New York. Gay was informed Friday July 12, 2013, he has tested positive for a banned substance and says he will pull out of the world championships next month in Moscow. (AP Photo/John Minchillo/file)(AP)-The list reads like a Who’s Who among the world’s best sprinters:Jamaican Asafa Powell, the former world-record holder at 100 meters.American champion Tyson Gay, who went out of his way to promote himself as an anti-drug athlete.Jamaican Sherone Simpson, who has a gold and two silver Olympic medals to her credit.Word came Sunday that all three had failed drug tests. “A sad day,” one former track official called it — and certainly a day that punctured the myth that the oft-troubled sport has cleaned up its act.“I am not now — nor have I ever been — a cheat,” Powell said in a message released through his Twitter account.The 30-year-old Powell, whose 100-meter record of 9.74 stood until Usain Bolt beat it in 2008, was calling for an investigation as to how a stimulant called oxilofrine entered his system and caused a positive test at Jamaica’s national championships in June.Simpson, who tested positive for the same stimulant, said she “would not intentionally take an illegal substance of any form into my system.”Gay, the American-record holder in the 100, was more contrite, though he wasn’t taking full responsibility.“I don’t have a sabotage story. I don’t have any lies. I don’t have anything to say to make this seem like it was a mistake or it was on USADA’s hands, someone playing games,” said Gay, who fought back sobs in a telephone interview. “I don’t have any of those stories. I basically put my trust in someone and I was let down.”Gay, who won the 100 and 200 meters at U.S. nationals last month, said he would pull out of the world championships.The 30-year-old, who won the world championship in the 100, 200 and 4×100 relay in 2007, took part in the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency’s “My Victory” program — in which athletes volunteer for enhanced testing to prove they’re clean — and his results never raised red flags. Until, that is, an out-of-competition test May 16, where results came back positive for a banned substance, the identity of which neither he nor USADA CEO Travis Tygart would reveal.Gay said his “B” sample will be tested soon, possibly as early as this week.Generally, first-time offenders are hit with two-year bans, though reduced penalties are sometimes given if there are extenuating circumstances, which both Gay and his coach, Lance Brauman, said there were.“He mentioned that he (trusted) someone and that person was untrustworthy at the end the day,” Brauman told The Associated Press in a phone interview. “Maybe I’m naive, but I believe him.”Max Siegel, the CEO of USA Track and Field, said in a statement: “It is not the news anyone wanted to hear, at any time, about any athlete.” He said he looked to USADA to handle the case “appropriately.”Siegel’s predecessor at USATF, Doug Logan, called it “a sad day.”“But I don’t see anything on the horizon that says this will be abated in any way,” Logan told AP.The former CEO recently wrote a column arguing the fight against performance-enhancing drugs in sports should be ceded because, in his view, anti-doping rules make very little headway against a problem that never seems to disappear. He said he wasn’t surprised when he heard about Sunday’s onslaught of failed tests and didn’t put much credence into the excuses and apologies from those who came up positive.“Over the course of time, culture has bred certain defenses,” Logan said. “The reality is, people are using substances to reengineer their bodies or heal better. That’s reality.”Four-time Olympic medalist and sprint analyst Ato Boldon also called it a “difficult day because track and field fans are left not knowing what to believe.”“Everyone has that favorite, that one guy, ‘Hey, this is the guy I’ve always been a supporter of his,’” Boldon said. “Asafa and Tyson are certainly two people who a lot of track fans have loved and admired for a long time. Unfortunately, they failed drug tests.”While Gay’s case gets sorted out on U.S. turf, the positives recorded by Powell and Simpson are part of a bigger doping crisis hitting Jamaica, the home of Bolt and the country that has won 28 medals over the last three Olympics.In Sunday’s editions, The Gleaner newspaper of Jamaica reported that five athletes had tested positive. Paul Doyle, the agent who represents Powell and Simpson, confirmed to the AP that his sprinters were among them. Shortly after Doyle’s confirmation, Powell and Simpson each released statements acknowledging the positive tests.The news stirred up angst on the island, where success on the track is a point of pride but the rigor of the country’s anti-doping program is under constant scrutiny.“This does not auger well for track and field globally,” said Rashalee Mitchell, a 29-year-old assistant social sciences lecturer at Jamaica’s campus of the University of the West Indies. “It is fast serving to taint … our proud and long-standing reputation of producing strong, excellent, raw, homegrown talent that has excelled on the world stage without any drug-related enhancement.”The news came a month after another Jamaican Olympic gold medalist, Veronica Campbell-Brown, tested positive for a banned diuretic.Campbell-Brown is being suspended while a disciplinary panel reviews her case. Track’s governing body said the case appeared to involve a “lesser” offense, which could mean a reduced sentence for the 200-meter champion at the 2004 and 2008 Olympics.Shortly after news of Campbell-Brown’s positives, her agent, Claude Bryan, said his client is not a cheat and she does not accept “guilt of willfully taking a banned substance.”The known banned substances in these cases, a diuretic and a stimulant, don’t resemble the steroids and designer drugs that took down some of the world’s top athletes — Marion Jones, Tim Montgomery, Ben Johnson, to name a few — over the past years and decades. But many of the denials and claims of extenuating circumstances in the current cases carry a whiff of familiarity.And once again, track is in the news for the wrong reasons, falling short of promises the sport’s leaders make about cleaning things up every time the next cycle of doping stories hit.“This result has left me completely devastated in many respects,” said Powell, who didn’t qualify for individual spots at worlds but could still make Jamaica’s relay team if his positive test doesn’t net a suspension. “I am reeling from this genuinely surprising result. I am confident, however, that I will come out stronger and wiser and better prepared to deal with the many twists and turns of being a professional athlete.”___Associated Press writer David McFadden in Kingston, Jamaica, contributed to this report.last_img read more


first_imgMost 8-year-old girls are interested in Barbie Dolls, nail polish and Justin Bieber.But  running fast and shot-put is what gets Nataiah Dutrieuille excited.Since she began running track last year, the eight year-old Edgewood Primary School third grader and Swissvale resident has accrued 16 medals and nine ribbons in the 100 and 200 meter dash and shot-put. Out of 45 eight and under girls, Nataiah is ranked 11th in the nation.According to Nataiah’s father, Billy Dutrieuille, she competed in the Association Finals held at California University of Pennsylvania and placed second in the 100 and 200 finals and first in the shot-put, advancing on to compete in the Regional finals held in Jamestown, NY.“She fell short in the finals for the 100 and 200 finishing in sixth place,” her father said. “But she came out soaring in the shot-put finishing in second place, advancing to compete in the Junior Olympics held in Greensboro, N.C. Nataiah started out running the 100 meter dash at 17.4 seconds. Her best time was 15.84. In the 200 meter dash she started at 42.4 seconds her best was 32.46. Her first shot-put mark was 3.67 and in the Nationals her best mark was 4.60. I am so proud that with every track meet she became more and more confident and stronger. What more could I ask for?”“I like the shot-put because I win and I like track because I get to run fast and I like going faster and faster,” Dutrieuille said.Dutrieuille’s parents noticed her running ability about two years ago when a dog got loose when her whole family was outside and everyone ran toward the house and Nataiah beat everyone back to the house.“No one stood a chance,” her mother, Lynette Robertson said with a smile. “She was gone. My uncles were there and they said she ought to run track. We knew she had a little bit of speed but we didn’t know that she would do what she did this season. When I think about what she did I get emotional.”Nataiah runs for East Alle­gheny School District and practices at the high school’s track three times a week. Nataiah’s season ended in May. During the off-season she is taking beginner gymnastics at Miller’s Gym in McKeesport for three hours every Saturday.“We’re looking into getting her a special coach and putting her into fall track so that she can learn how not to get so winded and how to strengthen her shot-put form,” Robertson said. “Being in gymnastics helps her strengthen her legs and arms. Kids nowadays need encouragement and as long as they have someone to support them, it’s no telling how far they’ll do.”Nataiah comes from good sport stock. Both of her parents ran track and her father also played football Her teenage brother plays basketball and is conditioning for football. Her maternal grandfather is author and welterweight boxer Rev. Sheldon Stoudemire who has won numerous championships.“I am so proud of her!” Stoudemire said. “It’s amazing what she’s done in such a short amount of time.”Nataiah plans on continuing her athletic career as she gets older. She hopes to follow in the footsteps of her idol, gymnast Gabrielle Douglas.“She has won a lot of medals and I want to have a lot of medals,” Nataiah said.Robertson believes her daughter can reach that dream.“I see great things for Nataiah. Her form is flawless,” Robertson said. “She’s never been fully trained. Everything she does is fully natural. The sky is the limit for her.” NATAIAH DUTRIEUILLE Follow @NewPghCourier on Twitter  https://twitter.com/NewPghCourierLike us at https://www.facebook.com/pages/New-Pittsburgh-Courier/143866755628836?ref=hlDownload our mobile app at http://www.appshopper.com/news/new-pittsburgh-courierlast_img read more


first_imgEmployees, clients and guests of Newport Capital Group enjoy a Cinco de Mayo celebration Thursday, May 2, at the firm’s offices at 12 Broad St., Red Bank. Enjoying the party, which included a mariachi band, are, from left: Michelle Deverin, Karen Depontes, Lauren Goldfarb, Bruce Meyer, Patty Wolf John Piluso and Michelle Bennett. “This is one of the ways we like to celebrate with our clients and friends,” said Goldfarb, who is the financial planning firm’s vice president of marketing. The firm has been in its Broad Street location for about 10 years, but has been in the Red Bank community for 30 years, Goldfarb said. Newport Capital Group was recently recognized by Plan Advisor magazine, an industry trade publication, as a finalist for its team of the year recognition.last_img


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