A bill that will criminalize international doping conspiracies became law Friday with President Donald Trump's signature, closing out a two-year legislative process during which the only true opposition to the bill came from outside the United States.The Rodchenkov Anti-Doping Act had earlier passed both houses of Congress on voice votes. It passed despite lobbying efforts from the World Anti-Doping Agency, which said it will “disrupt the global legal anti-doping framework.”The bill is designed to allow U.S. prosecutors to go after doping schemes at international events in which Americans are involved as athletes, sponsors or broadcasters. It is named after Grigory Rodchenkov, the former Moscow lab director who helped uncover widespread cheating directed by the Russian government to help the country's athletes at the Sochi Olympics and other major events.It was the response to the Russian scandal from WADA, the IOC and other international sports federations that led the U.S. to pursue the law. Representatives from the U.S. drug-control office bristled at WADA's efforts to lobby for extensive changes in the bill.Rodchenkov's attorney, Jim Walden, said the law gives “the Department of Justice a powerful and unique set of tools to eradicate doping fraud and related criminal activities from international competitions.”The law is in line with others that have helped U.S. authorities crack down on international corruption in different areas. It calls for fines of up to $1 million and prison sentences of up to 10 years for those who participate in schemes designed to influence international sports competitions through doping.It is not designed to go after individual athletes.Among WADA's concerns is that this law will tempt other countries to consider similar legislation that could undermine the harmonization of the global anti-doping rules.Eddie Pells, The Associated Press
For 55 minutes Friday night, the Miami Booker T. Washington defense bent but didn’t break. It dealt with long drives from the Glades Central offense but kept finding ways to limit damage.
Japanese midfielder Naoki Tsubaki has joined Melbourne City for the 2020-21 A-League season on a loan arrangement with J-League side Yokohama F Marinos. The 20-year-old Tsubaki has spent his past two seasons on loan at J-2 side Giravanz Kitakyushu, where he made 39 appearances. Melbourne City director of football Michael Petrillo said Ange Postecoglou, the former Australia national coach who is now coaching Yokohama, had been instrumental in recommending Tsubaki for an Australian stint.
S&P Global Ratings on Friday lowered the credit rating of the Mexican business of Brazilian petrochemical firm Braskem after Mexico cut the natural gas supply to its operations amid a row over a contract with state oil firm Petroleos Mexicanos (Pemex). S&P downgraded the issuer credit and issue-level ratings on the company, Braskem-Idesa, to 'B' from 'B+', two days after President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said Mexico's gas pipeline administrator CENAGAS had turned off its gas supply.
If you're fascinated by the true story behind Selena: The Series, you might be wondering what Selena's family thinks of the Netflix production based on her life. Although Selena tragically passed away in 1995, her family remains very much alive and in control of her estate, and they are known to be very protective of Selena's legacy.
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A palliative care facility in St. Albert met an act of vandalism with a renewed spirit of giving after Christmas trees and memorial plaques were damaged this week. On Sunday, the St. Albert Sturgeon Hospice Association (SASHA) lit trees on the hillside outside of the the Foyer Lacombe palliative care facility. Community members were invited to tune in online or participate in a drive-by viewing. "We certainly had tears in our eyes and what a tender gentle moment ... to see all those lights coming on outside the room where my mother died," recalled donor Sharon Ryan, whose mom spent her final days there last summer. A day or two later, vandals struck — damaging memorial plaques and several trees while stripping lights off others. But Ryan said what should have felt like a punch in the gut sparked the opposite reaction. "We just rolled our eyes, and we rolled up our sleeves and we got to work immediately to rebuild those light displays," said Ryan, who has also founded an advocacy group for seniors. "It was just such an automatic reaction — nobody's going to hold us back." Joheanna Buisman, president of SASHA, said she was saddened by the incident — especially because the lights were meant to honour loved ones and caregivers. But she said the overwhelming support from the community, which included $25,000 in donations for end-of-life-care, only grew after the incident. "I can't believe the outpouring," said Buisman. "People reaching out and saying 'could we do something for you, can we help you, can we help pay for the lights, can we give you lights, can we help string lights'." Support has included donations from local business owners to buy new lights for the trees. RCMP have no leads but want to hear from anyone with information.
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Isaiah Thompson scored eight of his 14 points in the last 5:32, Sasha Stefanovic led with 19 and Purdue rallied past stubborn Valparaiso 68-61 on Friday night after trailing for most of the game. Zach Edey's free throws with 6:48 remaining gave Purdue (3-1) a 54-53 lead - its first lead since 3-2 with just over two minutes gone. Thompson extended the lead to 58-53 with a free throw and a 3-pointer and made four more from the line in the last 51 seconds to secure the comeback.
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Living in a remote coastal community accessible only by boat or air has its unique challenges, but pandemic-related restrictions have intensified barriers, forcing these families to get creative and lean on each other more than ever. “Our biggest challenge with COVID closures is being forced away from quality family time,” says Erin Wilson, member of Haíɫzaqv (Heiltsuk) Nation and mother of two young boys. Waglisla (Bella Bella), is located on British Columbia’s Central Coast on the east coast of Campbell Island. But perhaps it’s more accurate to say B.C. drew itself over the traditional territories (which encompasses 35,553 square kilometers) of a Nation with archeological evidence tracing settlement back over 14,000 years. The Heiltsuk First Nation has taken many measures to keep their community safe during the COVID-19 pandemic, including closing their village to outsiders and asking the provincial government to do more. Lockdown situations in the village mean curfews are implemented and families can’t visit across households. While these restrictions have impacted people all over the world, cultures with close community connection have felt the shift as a stark contrast. “Honestly, I feel like it’s harder on us parents, our kids are very moldable,” says Wilson. “We explain why we cannot go to visit family too much because we have to keep our loved ones safe, and they follow suit.” As the need for restrictions was assessed and adjusted by provincial health authorities, the ability to visit Elders also changed to meet adjusting protocols. During the lull of the pandemic, Wilson said they invited a guest over weekly to visit with her granny. “This was really nice as all she wants and needs at this time of her life is family time,” Wilson says. “This week is my granny’s ninety-first birthday, we are doing a birthday celebration drive-by for her, to send her some COVID-safe wishes.” The Heiltsuk Nation celebrated the historic opening of their big house last year. They are a tight-knit culture that conducts many matters of business with a complex feasting system, but this year, families haven’t been able to travel home to lay loved ones to rest, or potlatch together. The community has had to “get creative” and adjust explains WIlson. The Nation has organized a number of ‘drive-bys,’ a parade of people driving by, honking and waving, to commemorate different occasions. “We’re creating new ways of connecting with family,” explains Wilson. “I don’t know exactly who started these but it is a great way to keep our spirits alive!” The community uses a Facebook page to post about upcoming ‘drive-bys’ — for birthdays, anniversaries, celebrations of life — including the date, time and starting point. Creativity is key in staying connected, says Wilson. “We also do a drop off of baked goods to our aunties/grannies every so often and give quick check-in phone calls.” “I’ve learned that quality time with family shouldn’t be taken for granted, and the warmth of a hug can really have a huge impact on one’s mental health,” she adds. “Connection is key, even though we cannot physically be around one another.” Jess Housty, member of the Heiltsuk and executive director of a land-based cultural education program, says the community has remained closed to outsiders, “unless they have explicit permission from the [Heiltsuk] Emergency Operations Centre.” Since March, only residents, returning Heiltsuk members, and non-Heiltsuk whose primary residence lies in the territory, are allowed in. While members are used to flying out of the community for medical and dental appointments a few times a year, the fourteen-day self-isolation rule has decreased the number of trips. “We’ve had to forego that for a sense of immediate safety without knowing what the long-term consequences of delaying those appointments might be,” Housty explains. These measures have thus far been effective, with two cases in mid September promptly contained. “We’ve had mandated masks in indoor spaces since spring,” says Housty. ”There’s a lot of community care being practiced, to make sure that we’re showing up for each other in the context of the pandemic.” The economic impact of COVID on the community is felt deeply by some families, says Housty, and it has amplified the importance of food security. “We know there are kids at school whose families are struggling to put food on the table,” Housty says. “Nutritious food and other key supplies are expensive here and we normally stockpile affordable supplies when we’re away. We haven’t been able to do that.” Despite the challenges, the community has found ways to organize and address needs, including reestablishing an inte-agency directors committee. The committee, composed of representatives from every organization with a social mandate in the community, meets weekly to identify and address needs. “We talk about patterns that we’re observing, issues that are coming up, and find ways to make sure that nobody’s slipping through the cracks across the mandates of our different programs,” Housty explains. Housty is a mother of two boys, ages three and five and, while it has been a struggle to explain the ongoing pandemic, Housty has been moved by her sons’ strength and resilience. “My kids are very social. They’re accustomed to being around their entire extended family and to suddenly be very limited to our home, in a much smaller bubble was a really big challenge,” she says. A silver lining to this year’s restrictions was the deepening of the bond between the two brothers, she says. “It was amazing to me as a mom to watch how close they became when they were together all the time.” Housty discusses the ongoing pandemic with her sons in a gentle and clear way, she explains. She tells them why routines have changed and why the changes were needed to keep people safe. When the daycare and schools reopened, different ages and classes were separated. There were no more common areas, entrances, or seeing each other in hallways. “I don’t think I had realized before how important it was to my boy that he got to see his older cousins at school. The sense of pride, and connectedness he felt,” Housty says. A conversation about her children naturally extends to a conversation about her Elders. Housty’s grandmother is 93 years-old and lives at home, as is her wish. Her children and grandchildren take daily and nightly shifts to visit and care for her, Housty explains. “Her bubble is huge, but that is the care that she wants and expects and deserves.” Like many families caring for their young and old, Housty’s family has taken extra precautions to care for her grandmother, without putting her at risk. For Housty, this year has been about learning with, and through, each other. “This situation has taught me how deeply compassionate my child is, which is just such a beautiful lesson for me,” Housty explains. “The times when I’m struggling and I’m grieving with the things that we’ve lost and the patterns and connections that feel so broken right now, I see just how much unshakable love is his little body and how ready he is to practice community care. “And it’s just been such a blessing for me to have that little teacher in my life.” As winter settles in on the northwest coast, Housty draws strength from the resilience of her people. “I’m trying to settle into the rhythm of being more seasonal,” she says. “The way that our ancestors lived, to every inch of their lives, seasonally, has been helpful to think about all of the things that I can do with my family, if we’re retreating into our own little household again.” Odette Auger, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Discourse
(Bloomberg) -- Iran is sending its biggest fleet yet of tankers to Venezuela in defiance of U.S. sanctions to help the isolated nation weather a crippling fuel shortage, according to people with knowledge of the matter.Some of the flotilla of about 10 Iranian vessels will also help export Venezuelan crude after discharging fuel, the people said, asking not to be named because the transaction is not public.The Nicolas Maduro regime is widening its reliance on Iran as an ally of last resort after even Russia and China have avoided challenging the U.S. ban on trade with Venezuela. The country’s fuel crunch follows decades of mismanagement, corruption and under-investment at state-owned Petroleos de Venezuela since the time of Maduro’s late mentor and predecessor, Hugo Chavez.The country that was once a top supplier of crude to the U.S. and boasted one of the lowest domestic gasoline prices in the world, now can barely produce any fuel.The last Iranian fuel shipments sent in early October on three vessels are running out, threatening steeper nationwide shortages with hours-long queues at gas stations.The current fleet under sail is about double the size of the one that first startled international observers in May, crossing a Caribbean Sea patrolled by the U.S. Navy, to be greeted by Maduro himself upon arrival.“We’re watching what Iran is doing and making sure that other shippers, insurers, ship owners, ship captains realize they must stay away from that trade,” Elliott Abrams, the U.S. special representative for Iran and Venezuela, said in September.Also See: One Stranded Tanker Signals Perils of Trading With VenezuelaSeveral vessels that transported fuel to Venezuela earlier this year, including Forest, Fortune and Faxon, appear to be returning to the South American nation and turned off their satellite signal at least nine days ago, according to Bloomberg tanker-tracking data. The Zarif appeared to be transiting through the Strait of Hormuz, the data show.Turning off transponders is a commonly used method by ships hoping to avoid detection. In other instances of Iranian aid to Venezuela, ship names were painted over and changed to obscure the vessel’s registration.Venezuela Defies U.S. Sanctions With First Iranian Oil ImportThe oil ministry in Tehran was not immediately available for comment during the Iranian weekend. Messages sent to several officials at PDVSA, as Venezuela’s state oil company is known, also weren’t immediately answered.In addition to importing fuel, Venezuela also needs to export enough crude oil to free up storage space and prevent field stoppages, a task made more difficult by the sanctions against Maduro’s regime. Production at Venezuela’s network of six refineries has gone into steady decline, with spills and accidents becoming routine. Maduro’s government has increased pressure on the poorly-maintained infrastructure to ensure output for local consumption.Sanctions have made it difficult to import parts or hire contractors, and the Maduro regime is running out of cash.Consequently, the two nations are also discussing ways for Iran to help Venezuela overhaul its Cardon refinery, the last fuel plant there to operate more or less regularly, people with knowledge of the situation said. In 2018, Chinese oil companies also looked at helping Venezuela fix its refineries, but lost interest after a review of the installations, people familiar with those plans said.It’s unclear whether the Iranians would be able to achieve what the Chinese didn’t. Venezuela’s refineries were built and operated for decades by U.S. and European oil majors until nationalization in the 1970s. Even then, PDVSA relied on U.S. technology and parts for maintenance and expansions. This means the Iranians will need to make certain parts from scratch to carry out key repairs. Some fixes made in June and July haven’t been successful yet and four local contractors are still conducting repairs, said one of the people.Maduro is under renewed international pressure after the opposition decided to boycott Dec. 6 National Assembly elections that are widely considered to be overseen by Maduro loyalists. Maduro is hoping for a big turnout to claim he has public support.For more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.comSubscribe now to stay ahead with the most trusted business news source.©2020 Bloomberg L.P.
Index provider FTSE Russell said on Friday it will delete shares of Hikvision and seven other Chinese companies from certain products after a U.S. order restricting the purchase of shares in those firms. In a statement sent by a spokesman for owner London Stock Exchange Group, FTSE Russell said it will remove shares in companies including Hangzhou Hikvision, China Railway Construction Corp, and China Spacesat. FTSE Russell said it acted following feedback from index subscribers and other stakeholders, and that it was following its policy when sanctions are imposed that restrict investments.
"76 Days" captures the first 76 days of the lockdown right at the start of the COVID-19 outbreak in Wuhan, China. Back in January, when the virus was beginning to gather traction, Weixi Chen and Anonymous picked up a camera and began filming. As journalists, they were able to gain unprecedented access into four hospitals […]
Justin Lewis scored 18 points and converted a putback off a missed free throw at the buzzer as Marquette knocked off No. 4 Wisconsin 67-65 on Friday night. Marquette's D.J. Carton was just inside the 3-point arc when he drew a foul from Wisconsin's D'Mitrik Trice with nine-tenths of a second left. Carton made the first free throw and his second attempt bounced off the rim.
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Apart from slamming tall sixes and fours, Shikhar Dhawan is also known for his comic timing and of course, his epic comebacks which get the others either go ROFL or the person gets tongue-tied. The Indian opener has a very jolly side to his personality and has sent the fans ROFL with his antics. Very often do we see him trolling his fellow cricketers with his rib-tickling comments
The big slowdown in U.S. jobs growth last month and the surge in COVID-19 cases signal more hurt ahead for the world's largest economy, but those rising risks aren't likely to trigger a rush by the Federal Reserve to ramp up or shift its bond-buying when policymakers meet later this month. * Financial markets broadly speaking aren't in trouble, or signaling skepticism about the Fed's commitment to keeping rates low for years to come. * Households and businesses that are in trouble need grants, which the Fed can't provide, not lower borrowing costs, which is what the Fed already has delivered.