Jones facing discipline, questions after failed drug test

first_imgWhat’s in store for your animal sign this year Jones has been provisionally suspended by USADA, which administers the UFC’s anti-drug policy. The California State Athletic Commission also has jurisdiction over Jones, who regained his light heavyweight title July 29 with a third-round stoppage of Daniel Cormier at UFC 214 in Anaheim. He failed a test conducted on a sample collected one day before the bout.“If this holds up, and he ends up getting (a suspension of) two, three (years), it’s probably the end of his career,” White said.Under its privacy rules, USADA won’t announce the substance for which Jones tested positive unless the fighter divulges it.Jones’ agent, Malki Kawa, appeared on “The MMA Hour” podcast later Wednesday and said the fighter was told he had tested positive for turinabol, an anabolic steroid. Kawa said Jones passed two tests earlier in July, and the fighter is wondering whether he took a tainted nutritional supplement in the weeks before the bout.Kawa posted a strident defense of his client on Facebook on Wednesday.ADVERTISEMENT UFC President Dana White said Wednesday that the promotion likely won’t know for several weeks whether the test results will be confirmed after an examination of Jones’ backup sample. Any potential discipline must wait until after the adjudication process afforded to every fighter.But unless some extraordinary reason surfaces for Jones’ latest failed test, the man widely considered the world’s best pound-for-pound fighter is facing another lengthy absence during his prime.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’“At this point, who (cares) what I think? He’s done enough damage to himself,” White said while promoting Conor McGregor’s boxing showdown with Floyd Mayweather this weekend.“His dad said it: Jon is his own worst enemy,” White added. “Boy, is that true. But sitting here today, it’s not over yet. He’s got to go through the process. Maybe there was something crazy that happened for this stuff to get into his system, so I don’t know.” LATEST STORIES “I know how hard he worked to get back to where he’s at,” Kawa wrote. “This is definitely heartbreaking. He (definitely) didn’t cheat or use steroids. But I’m with him more now than the night he won the belt.”Jones hasn’t publicly commented on the third failed test of his career.He tested positive for cocaine in 2015, later publicly acknowledging he had used the drug. He then received a yearlong suspension in 2016 for what he claimed was a sexual enhancement pill. His fight against Cormier was his first since that suspension ended.Penalties are compounded for multiple failed tests, and a multiyear suspension would leave the UFC without one of its rising pay-per-view draws. Jones’ bad-boy image actually appears to have made him more marketable for the UFC, which has a current dearth of pay-per-view stars.Brock Lesnar, Ronda Rousey, McGregor and Georges St. Pierre are all in various stages of retirement, comebacks or more lucrative side jobs, with only St. Pierre currently scheduled for an MMA fight.Jones’ mistake also throws two weight classes into upheaval.White said Cormier is likely to regain the UFC light heavyweight title, which he held twice after Jones was stripped of the belt for his first two failed tests. Cormier also reigned atop the division while Jones was sidelined following his arrest over a hit-and-run accident.Cormier has never lost to anyone but Jones, but the good-natured star will be in the same awkward position in which he found himself during Jones’ previous forced absence.And Jones appeared to be ready to make an impact on the UFC heavyweight division. White had been talking to Jones’ camp about matching him with heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic in Detroit later this year in what would have been a blockbuster pay-per-view matchup.Instead, Miocic must find a new opponent for his belt — and any matchup that the UFC can make will be less intriguing than a showdown with Jones. View comments Jon Jones reacts after knocking out Daniel Cormier during UFC 214 in Anaheim, Calif., Saturday July, 29, 2017. (Hans Gutknecht /Los Angeles Daily News via AP)LAS VEGAS, Nevada—Jon Jones will need an awfully good explanation for the latest major setback in his checkered mixed martial arts career.Jones could be facing a multiyear suspension after the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency notified the UFC light heavyweight champion of a potential violation of the promotion’s anti-doping policy.ADVERTISEMENT Search on for 5 Indonesians snatched anew in Lahad Datu Mayweather-McGregor winner to get gaudy Money Belt from WBC Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Bishop Baylon encourages faithful in Albay to help Taal evacueescenter_img Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite “We’ve got a lot of problems if this turns out to be true, but they aren’t problems compared to what Jon has,” White said. “The list goes on and on of what could have been with Jon Jones.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Police seize P68-M worth of ‘shabu’ in Pasay Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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Pomeroon River schools in dire need of maintenance – coalition Councillor

first_imgEven as schools throughout Guyana reopened their doors since the beginning of September, children, particularly those attending primary and nursery schools along the Pomeroon River in Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam), have to face much inconvenience since their schools were not properly rehabilitated during the July/August vacation.Children from Hackney, Malbrough and Akawini in the Lower Pomeroon are presently forced to utilise residents’ washrooms owing to the lack of proper washroom facilities at the Government schools.According to coalition Councillor Julian Cummings, both the primary and nursery schools’ roofs in Malbrough are leaking. Cummings related that several parents from the Pomeroon areas have complained about the issues affecting their children. As such, he called for the Regional Democratic Council (RDC) to intervene in helping to fix the schools in the areas and for the Department of Education staff to be more visible, observing that most of the schools have issues, but none were ever reported. On that note, he called for Education Officers to conduct more field visits and to serve in the best interest of the children.In responding, acting Regional Chairperson Nandranie Coonjah said that a team should visit the areas and access the situation. She said that having an education was important and children must be given a conducive environment to learn. She also instructed Councillor Cummings to be part of the team for the visit.Clerk of the RDC, Regional Executive Officer (REO) Rupert Hopkinson said that no ranger or overseer reported the matter to him. He said he, however, knew that some works were conducted on schools in the Pomeroon during the summer vacation, particularly plumbing. He then promised to follow up on the issue.last_img read more

House fire being called suspicious

first_imgThe fire department is calling a fire that engulfed a house in Fort St. John as suspicious.The Deputy Fire Chief Curtis Redpath says the fire investigator has finished the investigation, but that a cause for the fire has not yet been determined.The fire broke out at around 11:45 a.m. Saturday and is believed to have started at the front of the house on 96th avenue at 94th street. By the time the fire was brought under control, the house was mostly destroyed.- Advertisement -No one was home at the time of the fire.Redpath says an exact cause may not be found because no one was home and no one saw the fire until it was fully ablaze.last_img read more

RCMP and Traffic Services kept busy over Easter

first_imgIt was a busy Easter long weekend for the Dawson Creek RCMP and South Peace Traffic Service members.Over the weekend, multiple criminal code impaired driving investigations took place. One involved a single motor vehicle collision, in which an adult resident of the area suffered minor injuries.- Advertisement -There were also six immediate roadside prohibitions served, where driver’s vehicles were seized for 30 days. These cases also involved serving the drivers 30 to 90 day driving prohibitions.Another immediate roadside prohibition was served to a driver for excess speeding. That vehicle was seized under the provincial legislature for seven days.The Dawson Creek RCMP would like to remind the public to not drink and drive.last_img read more

Villaraigosa addresses Whittier College graduates

first_imgPhoto Gallery: Whittier College Commencement WHITTIER – Growing up in East Los Angeles, Antonio Villaraigosa sometimes found himself trying to picture that “place” on the other side of Whittier Boulevard that lent its name to the famed roadway. Speaking at Friday’s 104th annual commencement ceremony at Whittier College, the current Los Angeles mayor told graduates that he would often “try to picture where the road led and what that place over there would be like – the town with the famous college founded in the mission of spreading light, peace and a love of knowledge.” “Whittier has kept truer to that mission than most,” Villaraigosa added. “And it is breathtaking to behold the talent before us today.” Hundreds of friends, family and supporters of the nearly 300 graduates making up Whittier College’s Class of 2007 packed the stadium for the annual graduation, which took place at 9 a.m. As the sun began to peek out from behind the morning clouds, the black-robed faculty members were the first to step onto the stadium field, where they quickly split into two lines and formed a passageway for the students. Then, as the graduates began filing past them on their way to their seats, the faculty applauded their efforts over the past four years and offered up congratulations for their achievements. “Some of you are earning your first advanced degree today, and with persistence and talent, you could earn even more,” President Sharon Herzberger said in her welcoming remarks. “But you should fully enjoy this day,” she added, “and savor your accomplishments.” The ceremony included recognition of English professor Sean Morris, who was awarded the 2007 Nerhood Teaching Excellence Award. Graduates Roberta C. Roy and Sudeshna Majumdar also spoke at the ceremony, and focused not only on the road ahead but the path and the support that led them to Whittier College. “Some say I achieved this solo. I say no one gets here alone,” Majumdar said. “Mom, I get it now, and I thank you. I thought you were meddling in my business, but your business was my happiness, and I get it. “Mom always told me to try,” she concluded. “And Mom, I thank you for allowing me to fly.” Villaraigosa, who received an honorary degree from the college, said the Class of 2007 came of age as the dust settled from the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks – and they will be the ones to “write a decisive chapter in the story of the American dream.” Between global warming and the depletion of the earth’s natural resources, Villaraigosa said, graduates face “possibly the greatest challenge in the history of the planet.” “So make your words matter. Live for something greater. Live with passion,” he added. “And live your lives proud to be Whittier Poets.” (562) 698-0955 Ext. 3051 165Let’s talk business.Catch up on the business news closest to you with our daily newsletter. Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Messi scores in EU court battle to trademark name

first_img“Lionel Messi may register his trade mark ‘MESSI’ for sports equipment and clothing,” said a ruling by the General Court of the European Union, the bloc’s second-highest court.“The football player’s fame counteracts the visual and phonetic similarities between his trade mark and the trade mark ‘MASSI’ belonging to a Spanish company,” the Luxembourg-based court said.The ruling caps a seven-year legal fight since the footballer first tried in 2011 to trademark his name with the EU’s intellectual property office.The boss of the Massi cycling goods company filed an appeal the same year, saying there was a “likelihood of confusion” with its own trademark, and the trademark office agreed.Judges admitted that the trademarks “are very similar phonetically” but said the IPO was wrong to assume that Messi was only known by people who were interested in football or sport.“Mr Messi is, in fact, a well-known public figure who can be seen on television and who is regularly discussed on television or on the radio,” the court said.The ruling comes days after it emerged that Messi has overtaken Cristiano Ronaldo as the highest earner in world football, according to France Football magazine.The Barcelona attacker is making 126 million euros ($154mn) in salary, bonuses and commercial revenue for the current season while his great Real Madrid rival is making 94mn euros.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000A court rules that Lionel Messi is too famous to be confused with a company with a similar name © AFP / Josep LAGOLUuxembourg, Luxembourg, Apr 26 – Barcelona footballer Lionel Messi won a legal battle Thursday to register his name as a trademark to sell sports goods after an EU court ruled that he is too famous to be confused with other businesses.The Argentine star, the world’s highest earning footballer, rode out a challenge by a Spanish cycling gear manufacturer called Massi, which had challenged his trademark on the grounds that it was too similar to its own.last_img read more

Fans baffled as Juve congratulate Ronaldo… for scoring against Juve

first_imgI am a Juventus fan and I was at the stadium, I would watch this goal thousands of times, because thanks to it now Cristiano is a Juventus player.— Ric Man (@RicManItalia) August 28, 2018 The five-time Ballon D’Or winner received a standing ovation from Juve fans at the Allianz Stadium for the spellbinding finish – a moment which touched Ronaldo so much that he admits it influenced his summer move to Turin. Ronaldo beats Juventus goalkeeper Gigi Buffon with a spectacular strike Idk about this one fam— Ryan James Garcia (@DontDudeMeDude) August 28, 2018 Ronaldo thanks the Juventus crowd for their applause 4 Obviously now the Portuguese superstar plays in the famous Black and White of Juventus, following his £99million move from Spain back in July.When his win was announced, the Italian champions applauded Ronaldo for yet another personal trophy……but many supporters were baffled by the sentiment – teasingly dubbing his strike ‘the greatest own-goal of all time’. Football fans around the world were joined in universal confusion on Tuesday, when Juventus congratulated Cristiano Ronaldo for winning the UEFA Goal of the Season… with a goal he scored against Juventus.Ronaldo was named the winner of the gong for his stunning bicycle kick for Real Madrid in last season’s Champions League quarter-final. 4 4 4— Emin Causevic (@Emin_Causevic) August 28, 2018 A Juventus player just won UEFA goal of the season for a goal against Juventus…— Babaiye (@Arachuganian) August 28, 2018last_img read more

Donegal groups unite to be a force for change in suicide prevention

first_imgThe annual Connecting for Life conference for Donegal was held last week to bring organisations together to promote positive mental health and achieve suicide prevention in Donegal. Over 80 individuals gathered for the conference in the Ionad Naomh Padraig, Dobhair on Friday October 6, 2017 to share good practices and build connections in the area of suicide prevention.Representatives from Health, Education and Community and Voluntary organisations interested or involved in suicide prevention were in attendance. Pictured at the Connecting for life conference at Ionad Naomh Padraig Gweedore are Back row left to right Oonagh McArdle, NUI Maynooth, Peter Walker HSE, Eamon McGee Former Donegal Footballer, Liam Ward DCC, Mairead Cranley DCC, Paul Kernan Intercultural Platform, Front Row left to right Mary Coyle Ionad Naomh Padraig, Cindy O’Connor Pieta House, Cathaoirlaech Cllr Gerry McMonagle DCC, Anne Sheridan HSE and Theresa Dykes Mental Health Services HSE in CHO1The Conference started off with a drama piece “Waving not Drowning” by Mark McCollum and his cast. This performance gave a very real example of all the different challenges people are facing in life.This was followed by guest speakers:Former Donegal Footballer Eamon McGee from Gweedore gave a very personal and moving message of hope about his own issues with mental health and his journey to recovery. Anne Sheridan, Mental Health Promotion/Suicide Resource Officer for HSE Donegal then gave an update on the implementation of the Connecting for Life action plan two years on.Cindy O Connor, Chief Operations manager, Pieta House gave a presentation on Pieta North West and the first 6 months in Donegal. Paul Kernan Intercultural Platform introduced Oonagh McArdle, NUI, Maynooth who carried out a piece of research on engaging with young men in Donegal. Speaker and former Donegal Footballer Eamon McGee about his personal experience at the Connecting for life conference at Ionad Naomh Padraig GweedoreThis was followed by a short workshop discussion where groups could provide feedback on the day and also exchange ideas and information on the different services and the connections that can be made in the area of suicide prevention. A multi-lingual services brochure was launched at the conference to provide a list of emergency services in 7 different languages English, Romanian, French, Russian, Arabic, Polish, and Chinese. Master of Ceremonies on the day was Liam Ward, Director of Community, Development & Planning Services in Donegal County Council and the opening address was provided by an Cathaoirleach, Cllr. Gerry McMonagle.Cathaoirlaech Cllr Gerry McMonagle DCC welcomes everyone to the Connecting for life conference at Ionad Naomh Padraig GweedoreSpeaking on the deeply sensitive and devastating issue that is suicide in society the Cathaoirleach noted the need for cooperation in this area  “In the world we live in today with people facing many different types of difficult situations and challenges it is hard to think of anyone who has not been directly affected by suicide or mental health issues. “Now, more so than ever, we must stress the importance and value of community, community spirit, and cooperation to combat these issues. We as a Local Authority have an onus to help people with mental health issues and focus on providing support to people who are in crisis, whether it be housing, job creation or promoting social inclusion. “Our aim here today is to bring people together from different sectors, services and communities in order to strengthen our collective ability to be a major force for change in suicide prevention in Donegal.” Noreen Doogan MABS, Cathaoirlaech Cllr Gerry McMonagle DCC and Anne Sheridan HSE with the Emergency Service poster at the Connecting for life conference at Ionad Naomh Padraig GweedoreMáire Uí Chomhaill, Bainisteoir also gave a warm welcome to everyone attending the Connecting for Life Conference in Ionad Naomh Pádraig, Dobhar and expressed her gratitude at the importance of it being held in the west of Donegal. To conclude, Dr. Kevin Malone, Professor of Psychiatry & Mental Health in UCD gave an overview of the national and local picture in terms of suicide rates and encouraged the audience to keep strengthening their cooperation and build deeper connections as the best means of promoting positive mental health and reducing rates of suicide.Some of the crowd who attended the Connecting for life Conference last Friday.The conference was delivered as part of the Connecting for Life Donegal action plan which is a 5 year plan (2015 -2020) for suicide prevention that involves a broad range of organisations and individuals from the statutory, non-statutory,  the community and voluntary sector, and also the general public. This local plan forms part of the national Connecting for Life strategy which sets a minimum target of a 10% reduction in the suicide rate in Ireland by 2020.Attendees were then invited to the Lived Lives Lost exhibition, an exhibition of stories of young lives lost to suicide in Ireland, at An Gailearí, Áislann Ghaoth Dobhair.Donegal groups unite to be a force for change in suicide prevention was last modified: October 11th, 2017 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:connecting for life donegallast_img read more

Warriors’ Report: Curry, Green will miss exhibition in Seattle

first_imgDespite his planned absence, Curry went through a full practice Thursday morning before the team departed for Seattle. With the all-star guard out, Kerr said more minutes … OAKLAND – The Warriors wrapped up Day 8 of training camp Thursday afternoon.Here are three takeaways from the session.Two all-stars out for Seattle preseason game.Stephen Curry will not play in Friday’s preseason matchup vs the Kings, nor travel with the team to Seattle for personal reasons, the team announced.last_img read more

Warriors’ Jordan Bell explains trash talking to Nets’ bench

first_imgSo when Bell made the 16-foot shot, he instantly turned … CLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos or video on a mobile device OAKLAND – As soon as Jordan Bell received the ball, the Warriors forward heard the jeers instantly from the Nets’ bench.Brooklyn’s D’Angelo Russell, Ed Davis and Kenneth Faried all yelled out in the most explicit terms to express their doubt Bell would nail the 16-foot baseline jumper.“They were saying ‘F No’ and all this bull—,” Bell said.last_img read more