FirstEnergy filing says Ohio bribery probe could pose risks to utility’s financial status

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Cleveland.com:FirstEnergy officials said Monday they will not comment further on what prompted the company to fire its CEO and two other top executives late last week, other than the decision was set in motion following a Sept. 2 subpoena from the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.But a new company regulatory filing says “potential criminal or civil liabilities” related to myriad ongoing federal investigations and lawsuits into Ohio House Bill 6 are among the possible risks to the company’s reputation or financial condition. The company also said in a Friday filing it’s launched an internal process to strengthen its internal governance and compliance measures.Acting CEO Steve Strah, who took over after the company fired former CEO Chuck Jones last Thursday, said Monday the company won’t comment while the federal investigations are ongoing. He also said it would be “premature” to say whether FirstEnergy’s ongoing internal review, which began after the SEC subpoena, might find violations by other company officials.Strah’s comments, and FirstEnergy’s identification of possible criminal charges, are a change in tone from the company’s previous conference call in July, led by Jones. In that July 24 call, held three days after the FBI arrested and charged former House Speaker Larry Householder, revealing the investigation to the public, Jones told investors the company had done nothing wrong.Last Thursday, FirstEnergy announced the firings of Jones and two others — Senior Vice President of Product Development, Marketing, and Branding Dennis Chack, and Senior Vice President of External Affairs Mike Dowling — citing unspecified violations of company policy.Also on Thursday, two political operatives arrested with Householder — Jeff Longstreth, Householder’s top political aide, and Juan Cespedes, a lobbyist for the company formerly known as FirstEnergy Solutions — pleaded guilty to federal charges. They admitted to participating in what federal prosecutors have described as a complex $61 million bribery scheme through which Householder helped deliver HB6, a $1 billion bailout to two nuclear plants formerly owned by FirstEnergy. FirstEnergy and its affiliates gave the $61 million to a network of political groups that helped Householder gain his legislative leadership position, pressure state lawmakers to pass HB6, and then to defend the bill against a repeal effort, according to prosecutors.FirstEnergy officials have not been charged or officially named in the probe, but charging documents make clear the company is central to the alleged bribery scheme. Southern District of Ohio U.S. Attorney David DeVillers said Thursday the investigation is ongoing.[Andrew J. Tobias]More: In federal filing, FirstEnergy officials say criminal charges possible from federal House Bill 6 bribery probe FirstEnergy filing says Ohio bribery probe could pose risks to utility’s financial statuslast_img read more

U.S. Armored Vehicles Create Unique Breed of Uruguayan Infantry

first_imgBy Carlos Maggi/Diálogo January 29, 2018 U.S. tanks play an important defense role in Uruguay, training generations of service members.last_img

Cuomo Has Great Big Plans For New York But Actions Must Speak Louder Than His Words

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A third track for the LIRR, a deepwater port for Shoreham, a refurbished Penn Station, a new Jacob Javits Convention Center, an international customs station at MacArthur Airport, and a serious study of putting a tunnel under the Sound to connect Long Island to Connecticut.Apparently the Empire State’s policymakers have realized that Downstate New York needs more funding for things other than public education.January has been a busy month for Gov. Andrew Cuomo—and it’s hardly halfway through. He gave his State of the State speech in Albany to highlight his ambitious $154.5 billion spending plan for 2016-17. Last week he went on a whirlwind tour that took him to Long Island as he hit all the right notes for local business groups, with countless men and women in suits applauding that the state government finally had a vision for our sagging infrastructure.The relatively quiet Long Island Regional Planning Council sent out a celebratory email thanking Cuomo: “The LIRPC, as Long Island’s Chief Planner and one of the Region’s leading advocates, is outspoken in soliciting support from State and Federal leaders in addressing our Region’s needs. It is therefore appropriate that we salute the Governor and his leadership in addressing long-standing problems that adversely affect the Island’s sustainability. The LIRPC looks forward to continuing to work with the Governor, his administration and the State Legislature in helping to make Long Island strong, vibrant and livable for generations to come. Bravo, Governor Cuomo!”The Long Island Clean Water Partnership implored their members: “Please take a moment to send a message to Governor Cuomo to thank him for his unprecedented investment in our environment and communities.”Nancy Rauch Douzinas of The Rauch Foundation, which handles the annual Long Island Index project, expressed her encouragement: “This is a remarkable opportunity for the region and one on which we should capitalize.” Rauch went on to say: “Governor Cuomo’s vision is an exciting one that offers a dynamic future for Long Island. I urge Long Islanders to seize the momentum that his vision conveys and work together to achieve its extraordinary potential.”Not to be a party pooper, but aren’t the tasks of investing in our infrastructure and protecting our environment some of the fundamental functions of government?  Especially if the transportation networks that  residents—and taxpayers—use daily are inadequate?If Long Islanders are for some reason compelled to say “thanks” to policymakers for doing their jobs, it should be when these projects are completed.Gov. Cuomo’s initiatives would amount to a hearty expenditure of money. Planning for the LIRR’s 9.8-mile third track along the Main Line in Nassau would cost $7 million, while the project itself is estimated to cost another $1 billion. A new Penn Station would run $3 billion, but Cuomo says that private bidders who profit from the retail options there would shoulder “nearly all” of the hearty price tag. Adding 1.2 million-square-feet to the Javits Center in Manhattan would require $1 billion. These large, bombastic proposals make spending $5 million to study the feasibility of a tunnel under the Sound seem paltry by comparison.  All of these big ideas carry hefty price tags. Although we can’t be curmudgeons and let cost impede our ability to think in transformative terms, the timing of these billion-dollar hits in rapid succession may be more than the economy can absorb. Pairing these charges with the exorbitant expense of overhauling La Guardia, factoring in potential cost overruns for the other MTA projects in the pipeline, as well as the sweeping programs intended elsewhere in the state, and the fiscal picture gets ever and ever murkier.Our skepticism doesn’t mean that the project proposals aren’t exciting, but we cannot let our judgement be skewed because we are salivating over pretty renderings.  As exciting as these “new” reinvigorated proposals are, the reality is that much-needed projects already in the pipeline like East Side Access, the Second Avenue Subway and the LIRR’s double-track between Farmingdale and Ronkonkoma have been long delayed, and the capital funding to complete them are in jeopardy.Although the third track for the LIRR is the most realistic proposal Cuomo has floated, other ideas, like the Sound tunnel, are essentially non-starters at this point in time. Despite this, few are questioning why New York State is spending $5 million dollars to explore a question that most know the answer to, and why Suffolk County is spending its own hard-earned and scarce dollars on asking the same question, which inevitably would lead to the same conclusion?Considering the astronomical costs that these projects surely would carry, it is almost Quixotic to propose them without addressing a critical component of long-term regional planning: implementation.We welcome big thinking. But doing so without properly addressing how to build or how to pay for them is the reason why so many of these projects have languished for so long.All too often, critics use the concept of cost to torpedo any notion of big thinking. It’s an effective argument, but it usually is intended to stymie the exploration of ideas that could truly transform a region. In this instance, cost is not merely a go-to, knee-jerk reaction; it’s a legitimate concern.  State Sen. Carl Marcellino (R-Syosset), co-chair of the state Senate’s transportation committee, is skeptical that New York can afford the price tag of Cuomo’s big ideas.“There is no doubt that we need a significant infrastructure investment here on Long Island,” Marcellino said this week. “The question is, are these ideas the best way to use these funds. Many of the proposals are not new and have, in fact, been around for quite some time.  The problems that have existed with these projects still exist and the solutions, to date, have not been sufficiently laid out.  There’s a multitude of questions that demand answers.  Logistics, property rights, traffic, community input, noise, parking and, of course, cost just to name a few.”With so many projects in the pipeline, but few nearing completion, we should focus our regional efforts on amassing good will to build the LIRR’s third track, and the third track alone. This project has the most compelling reason for expediting it. It would eliminate a critical bottleneck for commuters and accentuate the effectiveness of the Farmingdale-Ronkonkoma double track as well as the East Side Access.  They’re both already underway. Giving Penn Station a makeover, on the other hand, has been a work in progress for decades. It could be a worthy investment in the long run, but it’s not as critical today as ensuring that the entire system is able to meet current and future demands.Any policymaker or elected official can take to a stage and make promises. The exceptional ones are those who can get things done. Until these projects so crucial for Long Island’s economy are actually underway, let’s hold the applause.(Photo: Gov. Andrew Cuomo delivers “state of the state” address on Jan. 13, 2016. Photo courtesy New York State Governor’s Office/Flickr)last_img read more

Mixed families, couples have mixed response to nixed emergency permit

first_imgThe short stay visa free facility allows foreign visitors to stay in Indonesia for up to 30 days.The Immigration Directorate General of the Law and Human Rights Ministry announced on April 1 that it had issued a new emergency extension facility for all foreign nationals who had entered the country as of Feb. 5, as countries around the world closed their borders to travelers in response to the pandemic.The automatic ITKT facility was to be in force until the “COVID-19 outbreak is declared over by the authorities”.On July 12, however, the immigration office announced that it was revoking the ITKT facility and offering a grace period of 30 to 60 days effective July 13 for foreign nationals to depart the country, depending on which visa or permit they entered. Visitors who entered Indonesia on the visa-free facility that had since expired must now leave the territory within 30 days from July 13, or by Aug. 12.Jennet is ineligible to convert the visa-free facility into a limited stay visa for family reunification (VITAS 317), as the country’s consulates and embassies have not resumed services for new visa applications.“My daughter cannot go back to Germany because there are no flights going there. If she goes back to Malaysia, she would not be able to return to Indonesia,” Haida told The Jakarta Post, adding that the family had no close relatives or a house in Malaysia.“Where should my daughter go then?” she said in distress.Read also: Children of mixed marriages struggle to return home during pandemicThe circumstances of Haida’s transnational family is not unique, and many mixed couples and their families now have an additional uncertainty to deal with. Some couples and families may even be forcibly separated across international borders as a result of the updated policy.The immigration office announced on its official Twitter account @ditjen_imigrasi on July 13 that it was permitting the extension of ITAP and temporary stay permits (ITAS). It also announced that visitors with a visa on arrival (VOA) who were now on the emergency permit may also extend their VOAs within the 30-day grace period.The immigration website contains a caveat, however: “unless the Covid-19 pandemic is declared over and available transports are leaving Indonesia”. It does not mention travel restrictions that may still be in force in a visitor’s home country that may affect their arrival or deny them entry.Meanwhile, visitors on the visa-free facility must leave the country.The updated policy also carries “immigration administrative sanctions” that apply to holders of any visa or stay permit, excepting those who have a visa telex for the ITAS or the visitor stay permit (ITK) and have been unable to complete their visa process to date.Read also: Emergency stay permits to no longer be issued for foreigners as Indonesia enters ‘new normal’Chairwoman Juliani W. Luthan of the Indonesian Mixed-Marriage Society (PerCa) praised the immigration office for providing clarity on the updated policy for ITAS and ITAP holders, saying that many families had rushed to extend their permits upon learning about the new policy.Many mixed families faced uncertainty regarding their  status in Indonesia, as the immigration authority had suspended visa extension services.But like Jennet, transnational families with children or spouses still overseas without valid entry visas or stay permits remain in limbo.Juliani said that such families relied on VOAs, which were not exempt from the ban on foreign visitors still in force.Read also: mixed families struggle to stay together during pandemicAll foreign visitors remain barred from entering Indonesia unless they have dual citizenship, have diplomatic visas or stay permits, or are engaged in medical or humanitarian activities, as well as other specific conditions.Juliani suggested that the government allow mixed families to apply for the VITAS 317, which would facilitate their reunion and allow the visiting family member to eventually apply for an ITAS or ITAP.“We understand that the government is hesitant to [reopen] the VOA facility. But it would be much clearer if we could simplify the VITAS 317 application [procedure], seeing as the government will only allow mixed families to enter Indonesia,” she said.For instance, the government could allow the Indonesian nationals of a single family to apply for the VITAS 317 on behalf of a foreign family member that remained abroad. Under this scenario, the foreign family member would only need to produce the immigration clearance telex approving their VITAS application at the port of entry.The Post has contacted the immigration office for comment.But the new policy has also brought certainty for some mixed families.Fida Muljono, 63, said she was relieved to learn that her French husband could now extend his ITAP, which was due to expire on July 27.Fida said she had been in a panic since March about her husband’s ITAP extension. Her greatest fear was that her husband would be unable to reenter Indonesia on an expired ITAP in the event that he needed to go to France for medical treatment.She and her husband promptly visited the South Jakarta immigration office on July 14, the day after the policy came into effect, to start the extension process.“The immigration officers really understood the anxiety foreigners have endured, and they patiently provided guidance to us,” she said.Topics : Haida, a 53-year-old resident of Jakarta, said that she was stumped when she learned that her daughter must soon return to Malaysia alone because of the recent revocation of the emergency stay permit (ITKT) and corresponding policies, which came into force on July 13. Haida is Indonesian, but her husband is a Malaysian citizen who is in Indonesia on a permanent stay permit (ITAP). Their 18-year-old daughter Jennet has a Malaysian passport and is enrolled at a university in Germany.Jennet usually returns to visit her parents in Indonesia under the visa-free facility, an exemption accorded to ASEAN passport holders and other designated states. But she has been staying on an ITKT since March, when her visit was unexpectedly prolonged as a result of the COVID-19 travel restrictions imposed by many countries in the world, including Indonesia.last_img read more

Indiana GOP leaders call on Hill resign

first_imgIndianapolis, In. — Governor Eric Holcomb, Lt. governor Suzanne Crouch, secretary of state Connie Lawson, house speaker Brian Bosma and senate president pro tem David long are among top Indiana Republicans calling on attorney general Curtis Hill to resign. Hill has been accused by four women, including staff members, of groping.Hill has denied the claims made by the women about the events that occurred in May of 2018 and has refused to resign.Some lawmakers have not defended Hill, but have questioned the investigation. Some experts say the allegations are contained in a memo and not presented in an investigative form.-0-last_img

Koscielny: We never give up

first_img The Gunners go into FA Cup fourth-round weekend a point ahead of Manchester City and two clear of Chelsea following their 2-0 win over Fulham. Much as they had done with their victory over Cardiff on New Year’s Day, Arsene Wenger’s men eventually wore down the Cottagers before finally making a breakthrough just before the hour. “It is down to us to stay there, stay focused and stay united, keep fighting for each other, stay consistent and humble like in the first six months (of the season), and maybe it will be our year and we will win it.” Wenger, who could be set to shortly confirm he will extend his contract past the end of the season, has challenged his side to concentrate on themselves rather than what City or Chelsea might do over the final 16 games. “At the moment we go through a period where it is always like that, in January, February, this is the period where you just want to be consistent and focus on yourself,” Wenger said on Arsenal Player. “Then March, April is always [the time] to deal with the nerves.” Santi Cazorla struck a quick-fire brace to sink Fulham. The Spain international on Monday apologised after being photographed holding a placard that insulted north London rivals Tottenham, which was posted on Twitter. Wenger feels Cazorla brings something special to his side’s creative options and the midfielder hopes to continue his development. “I am doing well at the moment,” Cazorla said. “In the last few games I have been getting better physically and my confidence has been growing. “I hope this continues from now until the end of the season.” Cazorla added on the club’s official website: “I had a bit of a bad time with my ankle problems and missed a few games, but I hope to put that behind me and get back to my best in order to help the team to achieve as much as possible.” Arsenal are looking to bring in some offensive additions to offset the loss of England forward Theo Walcott to a serious knee injury. Juventus’ Mirko Vucinic is one target, but Wenger was more keen on a loan deal than a permanent £10million switch for the 30-year-old Montenegro striker, who is also interesting Inter Milan. However, with Nicklas Bendtner and Yaya Sanogo both closing in on a return to full fitness, the Gunners boss could well elect to go with what he has, which also includes German Lukas Podolski, who was unfortunate not to score when coming off the bench against Fulham. Defender Laurent Koscielny believes Barclays Premier League leaders Arsenal have now developed the mental toughness needed to work their way to the title if necessary. Press Association Koscielny admits Arsenal cannot always be at their high-tempo, quick-passing best, but insists they have found a way to dig in and get the required result. “We can’t play 100 per cent all the time in the way we play, so there will be some moments in some games where we lack quality, where it will be more difficult, where it won’t be pretty football, but we stay strong, we graft and we never give up.” Koscielny said in the March edition of the official Arsenal magazine. The France international continued: “Mentally we are stronger than ever. We have won some games this season that we would never have won last season. “It [the spirit] was always there, but more perhaps towards the end of the season. “We can feel this season there is something special in the squad. We have all understood that we can achieve something together.” Koscielny, who has developed a strong partnership at the heart of the Arsenal defence alongside Per Mertesacker, feels the “pressure is on” rivals City and Chelsea to deliver the championship because of their massive spending. However, the 28-year-old is confident Arsenal can compensate with a strong team ethic. “We are where we want to be,” he said. last_img read more

Vettel Optimistic of Ferrari Title Despite Rough Start

first_imgAn optimistic Sebastian Vettel insists there’s still a “long way to go” in the title race despite Ferrari’s failure to win a grand prix in 2016.Vettel is third in the Drivers’ Championship following the European Grand Prix, 45 points behind leader Nico Rosberg, while his team-mate Kimi Raikkonen is fourth, a further 15 points back. In the Constructors’ Championship Ferrari are 81 points behind leaders Mercedes. Vettel finished second in Baku, his fifth podium of the season, but so far the only team other than Mercedes to win a race this year have been Red Bull.And speaking to Sky Sports in Italy, Vettel said: “We are not even in the middle of the season, there’s still a long way to go.“I think we had a rough start, not ideal, but nevertheless we have found ourselves in a strong position. We know that this year’s car is a step up.“Obviously we still have a long way to go but I’m a big believer and I know this team can do many things, great things.“The way we have to tackle it is go step by step, not getting distracted too much by what people expect from the outside and what it might look like if you look at the points right now.“All that matters is to look at the points table one time a year and that’s at the very end.”The big talking point of the weekend in Azerbaijan was the problems that both Raikkonen and Lewis Hamilton had with the lack of information they were able to receive over team radio.Ferrari team principal Maurizio Arrivabene thinks the rules should be changed, to allow drivers to receive help from the pit wall when technical issues arise.Meanwhile, Vettel has also been keeping an eye on Euro 2016: “I was hoping to see an Italy versus Germany final, even though that won’t be possible because of the way the table worked out.“But I’ll be cheering for whichever of the two gets furthest.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

How MLB can tweak All-Star format to maximize fun, excitement like the NBA

first_imgAnd to borrow another NHL idea, let’s do a fastest-runner competition. One sprint around the bases per runner, timed. Fastest time wins.We could have the batter bunt, and time starts when the bat makes contact with the ball. Or we could just have the runner start at home plate and go from there, without the charade of a bunt/fake swing. Either way, this would be a quick, fun event limited to only players who earned All-Star status (sorry, Billy Hamilton). MORE: 30 teams, 30 grades: Ranking every team’s offseasonMLB should take note. We have ideas for the whole three-day All-Star event, but we’re especially excited about our proposal for how to maintain interest throughout all nine innings of MLB’s All-Star game. Let’s jump in, shall we? New All-Star Game formatIt’s an exhibition, and we’re finally past the ludicrous idea that the result should matter (hallelujah, btw). So let’s have fun with the setup of the game. The NHL has completely abandoned the idea of having its All-Star Game resemble a regular-season hockey contest — it’s a 3-on-3 tournament — and obviously the NBA is doing, essentially, the same thing. So here’s the idea for MLB’s Midsummer Classic: Let’s break the nine-inning game into three-inning segments and pit the divisions against each other. So, for example, the first three innings are AL East All-Stars against the NL East All-Stars, then the Central players face each other for innings 4-5-6 and the West stars go toe to toe for the final three frames. How much fun would that be? The scores from each three-inning segment would carry over, so it would still be the AL vs. the NL for the overall game. But if, for example, the AL East and Central build a 5-2 lead on the NL East and Central, but then the AL West blows the lead and the NL West comes back? That’s division shame — and division glory. Fans would love that. This format would also ensure that the big stars are spread out through the game. As the contest unfolds now, the voted-on starters are gone by the sixth inning, and it’s the reserves who get the “important” at-bats in the late innings. Imagine the AL West throwing out Jose Altuve, Matt Chapman and Mike Trout to lead off the seventh inning instead of Whit Merrifield, Carlos Santana and Daniel Vogelbach (the three seventh-inning batters for the AL in the 2019 All-Star Game). No disrespect to those three, of course, but replenishing the star power every few innings keeps the interest high. And if it’s tied after nine innings? Reset everything, and the managers can put any players they want out there — any batting order, any defensive alignment. There would have to be pitchers designated as extra-inning only guys, because you can’t ask a pitcher who threw the third inning to come back in the 10th. But that’s not really different than the setup now. The format for choosing the All-Stars could remain, essentially, the same. Fans can still vote for players at each position; even though they might not play the first inning of the game, depending on their division, they’d still be guaranteed a spot. Each team would still get at least one representative, and the reserves and pitchers are still chosen the same way. And there’s nothing wrong with expanding the rosters to make sure no deserving players are left off because of division requirements. And the division order could be set in a couple of different ways: MLB could rotate the division order every year, the previous year’s World Series-winning manager could set the order or the order could be set by the deserving starting pitcher in the league that won the previous year’s World Series (for example, if Trevor Bauer is the NL’s best pitcher in the first half of the year and Nats skipper Davey Martinez chooses him, the Central would go first in 2020).Skills contestsI was in the arena for the NHL Skills competition last week, and I was entertained by the idea, even if the execution of the events was a little bit lacking (but that’s a different story). MLB already has the Home Run Derby, and that shouldn’t go away. The timed rounds were an excellent addition to the format, but maybe tighten the event a little bit to allow for another competition or two. MLB could take a page from the NHL for one of those events; the NHL has, basically, two accuracy competitions — the actual accuracy event, and the shootout event that was added this year. Instead of only celebrating the power, let’s celebrate the players who can, as long-ago Hall of Famer Wee Willie Keeler famously said, “hit ’em where they ain’t.”Let’s set up six targets (big nets, essentially) around the field, four in the outfield — one down each line, one in each power alley — and two in the infield, one on the left side and one on the right side. Each player gets three swings at each target, and the player who gets the most baseballs in the nets wins. No tournament format, just 18 swings per player. And want to really keep it enjoyable? Put Ichiro — the best bat-control hitter of the past few decades — in the competition for as long as he wants to compete. Seriously, just straight-up steal this exact format for a bunt contest. It’s perfect.  The NBA unveiled its new All-Star Game format on Sunday, and it was a rousing success. For the first time in, well, ever, fans were glued to their TV sets after halftime, and everyone — players included — cared how the contest would end.It was, to be honest, pretty thrilling (except the whole ending-on-a-free throw thing, which is an easy fix for next year). And it shows what a new and novel approach to an exhibition of the sport’s best players can and should be — thoroughly entertaining. last_img read more

Farah caught up in controversy over 2014 London Marathon injection

first_img– ‘Not memory tests’ –Fudge had told USADA the previous day that Farah had been injected.Farah then returned to the investigators and said: “So I just wanted to come clear, sorry guys, and I did take it at the time and I thought I didn’t.”He is asked: “So you received L-carnitine… before the London marathon?”Farah answers: “Yeah.”He adds: “There was a lot of talk before… and Alberto’s always thinking about ‘What’s the best thing?’ ‘What’s the best thing?’”The USADA investigator then said: “A few days before the race… with… Alberto present and your doctor (Dr Robin Chakraverty, then UKA’s chief medical officer) and Barry Fudge and you’re telling us all about that now but you didn’t remember any of that when I… kept asking you about this?”Farah responds: “It all comes back for me, but at the time I didn’t remember.”Farah — who will bid for a third 10,000 metres Olympic title later this year in Japan having abandoned his experiment to switch to the marathon — declined to comment to the BBC but his lawyers issued a letter.“Interviews are not memory tests,” they wrote. “Mr Farah understood the question one way and as soon as he left the room he asked Mr Fudge and immediately returned… to clarify and it is plain the investigators were comfortable with this explanation.”Fudge apparently did not disclose he had gone to Switzerland to collect the product.Chakraverty said the decision to go ahead with the injection two days before the race  had been a joint one with Fudge.There is no evidence any rules were broken in the way the substance was administered.Some research suggests that L-carnitine, if injected straight into the bloodstream, can help speed metabolism and boost athletic performance.Share on: WhatsApp FILE PHOTO: Mo FarahLondon, United Kingdom | AFP | Mo Farah repeatedly denied to the United States Anti-Doping Agency taking a legal supplement prior to the 2014 London Marathon, before changing his account once he learned the doctor who injected him had told the investigators he had taken it, the BBC reported on Monday.The four-time Olympic champion had been asked by USADA whether he had been injected with L-carnitine, a naturally occurring amino acid, as part of its investigation into his former coach Alberto Salazar.The supplement had been obtained through a contact of Salazar’s in Switzerland.As a result of the overall investigation, Salazar has been banned from athletics for four years over doping violations.Two of Salazar’s violations relate to using a banned method to administer an infusion of L-carnitine.The US coach, who is appealing against his ban at the Court of Arbitration for Sport, led the Nike Oregon Project training group, where Farah was a star name from 2011-2017.According to the BBC, Farah — who finished eighth in what was his first London Marathon in 2014 — was questioned by USADA officials investigating Salazar for nearly five hours a year after the injections took place.in a transcript of the interview seen by the BBC, Farah repeatedly denied he had been injected.“If someone said that you were taking L-carnitine injections, are they not telling the truth?” asked a USADA investigator.Farah replied: “Definitely not telling the truth, 100 percent. I’ve never taken L-carnitine injections at all.”He is then asked: “Are you sure that Alberto Salazar hasn’t recommended that you take L-carnitine injections?”Farah responds: “No, I’ve never taken L-carnitine injections.”He is asked again: “You’re absolutely sure that you didn’t have a doctor put a butterfly needle… into your arm… and inject L-carnitine a few days before the London marathon?”Farah says: “No. No chance.”He then left the room but returned soon afterwards with a different account, apparently after speaking with UK Athletics (UKA) head of distance running Barry Fudge.last_img read more

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first_imgBILL NEAL :10 Remembering “Giss”…Darryl Gissendanner by now you are fully aware of the passing of Darryl Gissendanner one of the area’s all time greatest athletes and one of the world’s best guys. Here’s some things you may not know. Daryl was one of Pitt’s most talented guards, “Giss” was a Tim Girgirich guy and continued his playing career with Roy Chipman. A starter on any other Big East team, Giss came off the bench as sixth man for Chipman and immediately changed the tempo of the game. His running, conditioning, jumping, shooting and ball handling skills were second to none.Gissendanner was tough, fast, quick, strong and had big heart. He would play anybody anytime, anywhere…so talented, he was one of western Pa’s very few elite athletes to have pro opportunities in three different sports. He had tryouts with the Cleveland Cavaliers, Pittsburgh Steelers and Pittsburgh Pirates. You may not know but he was the fastest man in camp and one of the last cuts by the Steelers. He also had a great opportunity with the Pirates after a quiet but successful baseball run at Pitt. He could dance All—Night—Long!!! But what will be missed the most is his kindness, good heart, willingness to help anybody and Lord knows his smile…man that smile!!!The viewing will be at 10 a.m. and the funeral at noon at the First AME Church, 177 Mitchell Ave. in Clairton and on Saturday, June 23. Donations are being accepted by Waters Funeral Home, 412-223-6745.:09 Here is the new line up for “Heaven’s Hoopers”… “The Original Dream Team.” Great basketball players don’t die…They just call time out.1st Team: Maurice Lucas—C, Kenny Durrett—F, Chuck Cooper—F, Norm Van Lier—G, Robert “Jeep” Kelly—G2nd Team: Armon Gilliam—C, Ed Fleming & Maurice Stokes—F, Jack Twyman—F, Nathan “Sonny” Lewis—G, Larry Richardson—G3rd Team: Darryl Brown—F, Archie Mc Gill—F, Larry “Juice” Walker—F, Darryl Gissendanner—G, George Harvey—GCoach: Chuck DeVenzioGeneral Manager: Karl KohlmanPlease feel free to call me if I’ve left anyone deserving off this special memorable list.:08 Speaking of Pitt, and I was. I am still shouting from the roof top for all to hear and I need you to carry the message. Retire Sam Clancy’s jersey, put him in the rafters where he deserves to be. Call Pitt, call ‘em now, do it right now!!:07 Pac-Man #1 Manny Pacquiao you lost to Bradley now shut-up. And Bob Arum you shut-up too. You ain’t fooling nobody. We know you own both fighters and you double your money on the Nov. 10th rematch…c’mon man!Pac-Man #2 Pac-Man Jones the former great West Virginia football star and pain in the butt NFL star with more talent than you deserve to have, you’re about to pay eleven million (11) dollars for a shooting that resulted from a fight you said you didn’t start. Now that’s messed up!!:06 What can I tell ya; OKC is good…the Miami Heat are good…and we are about to see who’s the best. My Lakers are dead. I still hate the Heat so I’ll hope for Oklahoma City. But right now I can’t tell you what…“Take that to the bank.”:05 C’mon “Tiger” let’s get this done…your killing me man. I am trying to keep these people off your back, but you ain’t making it easy. Win a major will ya!?!?:04 Hey I was at the Pirates Luncheon that Rebecca Nuttall told you about and I will echo that Mike Tomlin delivered. The bits and pieces you hear in sound bites on T.V. are escalated ten fold when he gives a speech. (You should know that Rebecca is my favorite Courier writer ever.):03 I promise you they won’t get Lance Armstrong on any of the doping charges brought up on him yet again, but you gotta know he’s guilty of something. You know what they say, where there is smoke…there is marijuana! C’mon Neal nobody says that. Yes somebody does! Who? I don’t know but somebody does!:02 The 37th Annual Connie Hawkins League for middle school boys teams (14 and under) starts June 25 at the Penn Hills YMCA. To enter your team call the Champions right away at 412-628-4856.:01 Whatever rock you’ve been under…Welcome Back! That’s the only way you wouldn’t know who Sandy Greene is. One of Pittsburgh’s greatest female vocalists. You can see her with her band, Friday, June 29, at 3 Lakes Golf Club in Penn Hills. Remember limited seating…The Flow Band sold out last week…first come…first seat!!Free parking—cash bar—cash kitchen—50/50—prizes and surprises!~ DOUBLE OVERTIME ~:00 Double Overtime—coming to 3 Lakes, Friday, July 6th the Five Starr / United Rays Corvette Club / Slippery Rock Reunion… “White Party”—more info to come.But, you know what to do…don’t ya!?!?!~ Game Over~last_img read more