U-23 AFCON: Watch highlights of Ghana’s 1-1 draw with Cameroon [VIDEO]

first_imgGhana and Cameroon played out a 1-1 draw in their opening game at the CAF U-23 African Cup of Nations (AFCON) on Friday.The Black Meteors picked up a point after Mohammed Habib’s equaliser, four minutes from time cancelled out a wonderful free-kick from Cameroon’s Franck Evina.The first half had ended goalless with Cameroon the better side for much of the opening 45 minutes.Coach Ibrahim TankoThey took the lead deservedly in the 60th minutes as Evina curled in a brilliant free-kick.The Ghanaians dominated the rest of the game and found an equaliser with four minutes to go as Habib pounced on a ball over the top and poked the ball past the goalkeeper.Ghana will now face hosts Egypt before playing against Mali who lost to the Egyptians in the first game.See the highlights of the game belowSEE ALSO: See great skill by Black Meteors’ Sarpong that sent Cameroon player flying off the pitch [VIDEO]last_img read more

How much testosterone is too much for a female athlete?

first_imgThe Caster Semenya caseSouth Africa | DANIEL KELLY | The South African athlete, Caster Semenya, has lost her case against the athletic governing body, IAAF, which means that she will have to take medication to lower her testosterone levels if she wishes to continue competing internationally in running events.Last year, the IAAF introduced new regulation for female athletes with “difference of sexual development” (DSD). Athletes with circulating testosterone of five nanomoles per litre of blood (5nmol/L) or above and who are androgen-sensitive, have to meet certain criteria if they wish to compete internationally. One criterion is that DSD athlete must use medication to reduce their blood testosterone level to below 5nmol/L for a continuous period of at least six months.Semenya felt that the IAAF was targeting her, specifically. She took her case to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), but the court rejected the 28-year-old athlete’s challenge against the IAAF’s new rules. Although CAS found the rules to be discriminatory, it also said that they were “necessary, reasonable and proportionate”.Difference of sexual developmentSo what exactly is DSD and does a serum testosterone level above 5nmol/L really confer an unfair advantage in running events? DSDs are a group of rare conditions that are acquired before birth, where the reproductive organs and genitals don’t develop as expected. While the condition can be inherited, it usually occurs at random.A person with DSD may have a mix of both male and female sexual characteristics. For example, they may be genetically female, but with reproductive organs that are of the opposite sex (or the other way around), a combination of both male and female, or not clearly either.As the testes are the primary site of testosterone production, if a female is born with these male reproductive organs, their testosterone level will be high, often reaching male levels. Testosterone is involved in many factors that may confer athletic benefit including increased muscle size and strength, along with the ability for the blood to deliver oxygen to those working muscles. This is why elite male athletes are generally faster and stronger than females – and also why males don’t compete against females in most sports. Semenya has high levels of testosterone so she will undoubtedly have at least some associated metabolic benefits.How much benefit testosterone gives female athletes is difficult to define as women cannot convert testosterone into its more potent form and do not possess the same numbers of testosterone receptors (to carry out its actions) as men. The IAAF level of 5nmol/L is still high for female levels, which normally range from 0.1 – 1.8nmol/L. Judging the actual benefit of testosterone and where to draw these lines would require a lot more research and investigation.Where does it stop?However, Semenya hasn’t artificially altered her testosterone levels and while her condition is rare – and gives her a large advantage as a track athlete, they are naturally occurring – so is it not discrimination to make her change her body to compete? Does this take the phrase “all men are equal” to the extreme and try to make everyone the same, even by artificial measures? And where does this stop? Many genetic physical attributes can contribute to athletic performance such as height, muscle composition and aerobic capacity.Dutee Chand, the female sprinter who was also barred from competing against women in 2014 because her natural levels of testosterone exceeded guidelines for female athletes, publicly expressed her disbelief as to why she was penalised for her natural body when she competes against women who are taller and from wealthier backgrounds, which certainly put them at an advantage.Cases like Semenya and Chand will always be contentious and generate more questions than solutions, and there will always be disagreement among athletes and fans over the right way to approach this sensitive issue in elite sport.****Daniel Kelly is a Lecturer in Biochemistry, Sheffield Hallam UniversityShare on: WhatsApplast_img read more

Selkirk Saints continue with record-setting season, score weekend wins over SFU and TRU

first_imgThe Selkirk College Saints continue to make this season as one for the history books.The Saints defeated rival Simon Fraser University Clan 2-1 in shootout to set new B.C. Intercollegiate Hockey League records for wins (20) and points (40) Saturday at the Bill Copeland Sports Centre in Burnaby.Thomas Hardy scored the deciding marker in shootout, beating Clan netminder Graeme Gordon through the legs to seal a Saints victory.Justin Sotkowy scored for Selkirk to give the visitors a 1-0 lead before Trevor Milner drew the Clan even with seven minutes remaining in regulation to force overtime. Five minutes of four-on-four play solved nothing, meaning that Selkirk moved on to their first shootout of the season. Sotkowy put the Saints ahead in the second round, only to see Jono Ceci reply on SFU’s third shot.Stephen Wolff was outstanding in goal for Selkirk, stopping 37 of 38 shots fired his way and turning aside shootout attempts from Milner and Colton Graf.Selkirk opened the two-game road weekend in Kamloops by topping Thompson Rivers University 6-4. Missing a handful of top players, including league-leading scorers Jordan Wood and Logan Proulx, the Saints jumped out to a 4-1 lead but had to win the game late after TRU had come back to draw even with six minutes remaining. Scott Swiston opened the scoring when he capitalized on a turnover low in the WolfPack slot and roofed a backhand shot over Shane Mainprize.TRU responded off the stick of Scott Bollefer but Connor McLaughlin restored the Selkirk lead minutes later when he redirected a Dylan Smith point shot. The Saints scored twice in the early going of the second period on a pair of goals from Beau Taylor to go up 4-1, but a couple of defensive lapses proved costly as TRU scored shorthanded twice in 33 seconds to draw back within one. Selkirk held the lead through most of the third period until Tyler Jackson redirected a Jarrett Martin pass for the equalizer.But, as they have many times this season, the Saints dug deep and scored the winner with 3:50 remaining in regulation as Jackson Garrett deflected home a Lucas Hildebrand point shot.Taylor then completed the hat trick with six seconds remaining to cap the scoring. “We knew that it was going to take a full team effort to pick up the win tonight with some key guys missing, and that’s what we got,” said Saints head coach Jeff Dubois.”Beau came through with a big game and our D did a great job of getting pucks to the net for three tip-in goals.” Alex Sirard picked up his 12th win of the season, stopping 29 shots.Selkirk will wrap the regular season with a home-and-home series against Eastern Washington on March 1st and 2nd and open the playoffs at home on March 8th against a yet-to-be-determined opponent.last_img read more

Kootenay Lake Fishing Report — Persistence is the key at this time of year

first_img Lucky colors of bucktails lately have been: blacks, greys, and purples or  #203, 207, 210, 214, 215, and 228. But keep in mind, the cold water conditions mean slower presentation as well.  If you can find the fish and put it in front of their face, they should eat it.  If not, keep changing your patterns until they go for it.  Persistence is the key at this time of year. We have been catching two to six fish most days with the average sizes ranging from one pound to eight pounds.  Although, I did hear of a beautiful 21-pound Rainbow that was caught on the South Arm of the lake this month.  So, that is encouraging. It’s usually this time of year when the biggest fish are caught. We’ve had some mild weather days which has allowed us to get out on the river.  It has been producing some nice rainbows each day.  A nice change from lake fishing. Bill Normans in the blue/silver, purple/silver, green/silver, and rainbow colors have been working as well.  Columbia River: We have been catching rainbows between 2 – 5 Lbs on the usual gear.  It ‘s that time of year when we should see some of these fish fattening up.  So, looking forward to hooking into some 10 + pound fish coming up in February and March. It’s typical winter fishing right now.  You just have to put in your time.   What are they biting on??? We are still catching most of our fish on the surface. Bucktail flies have still been working, as well as our Bill Norman crankbaits.  Keep in mind that since the water is so cold, you need to slow down your presentation.  The fish are still feeding, they just aren’t as aggressive. Most anglers are having good luck on the usual bottom fishing gear.  A 3-way swivel set-up on the bottom with bait seems to be working best.  We have also had some good luck on the fly rods lately.  Sinking lines with egg patterns as well as swinging streamers has been working. The feeding has been sporadic lately.  It seems like the fish will turn on for a short period, but it’s different each day.  Spending a whole day on the lake is our best option to ensure that we don’t miss the short feeding periods during the day. Now with our water temperatures at their coldest, we should expect the fish to remain lethargic.  Even the smaller Rainbows have tapered off.  So, it’s that time of year when you have to be patient and put in your time. Either way, you can’t catch them if you’re not out there.  So, Let’s Go Fishing……..  Tight lines…………………..Upcoming limited fishery:  The Spring Bull Trout fishery is coming up fast.  March is when our cold Kootenay Rivers are finally ice-off and navigatable by jetboat.  We have limited days still available during this fishery. Bull Trout from six to 16 pounds are hungry at this time.  Flyfishing or spincasting are preferred methods.   Kerry Reed Reel Adventures Sportfishing Nelson B.C 250-505-4963 www.reeladventuresfishing.com January was a slower month for fishing.  Although, we did manage to catch fish each time out, it just seemed slower than December. Kootenay Lake: By Kerry Reed, Reel Adventures SportfishingKerry Reed of Reel Adventures Charters is ready to give out the right information in the monthly fishing report. Everything fishermen wanted to know about fishing in the region is right here.last_img read more

Rep Hughes announces office hour schedule for Sept 30 Oct 5 in

first_img16Sep Rep. Hughes announces office hour schedule for Sept. 30, Oct. 5 in Muskegon County Categories: Hughes News,News State Rep. Holly Hughes has scheduled seven office hours in September and October, inviting her fellow 91st District residents to meet with her to talk about the state government.“Being as available as possible for my constituents is incredibly important, which is why we have scheduled these seven events,” said Rep. Hughes, R-Montague. “I look forward to meeting with everyone to make sure Lansing knows what my fellow Muskegon County residents have to say.”The office hour events are as follows for Friday, Sept. 30:8-9 a.m. – Ravenna Round Table, 12396 Stafford St. in Ravenna 9:30-10:30 a.m. – Casnovia Township Hall, 245 S. Canada Road in Casnovia 11 a.m.- noon – Village of Fruitport Library, 47 Park St. in FruitportWednesday, Oct. 5 office hours will be:8-9 a.m. – Gary’s Restaurant, 906 E. Colby St. in Whitehall 9:30-10:30 a.m. – Toast ‘N Jams, 3462 Henry St. in Muskegon11 a.m. to Noon – Sullivan Township Hall, 8138 Heights Ravenna Road in Ravenna12:30-1:30 p.m. – Dalton Township Hall, 1616 E. Riley Thompson Road  in MuskegonThe office hours are open to the public and no appointment is necessary. Anyone unable to attend the office hour events can schedule an appointment or share their thoughts by calling Rep. Hughes’ Lansing office toll-free at 877-633-0331.last_img read more

Settop vendor Pace has been chosen by Israeli DTH

first_imgSet-top vendor Pace has been chosen by Israeli DTH operator Yes to deploy a new HD platform.Pace has already started rolling-out HD set-top boxes to Yes customers. The device is upgradeable, meaning Yes can make changes to its service ‘in the field’. The set-top box comes with an Ethernet connection and is capable of delivering interactive services including video-on-demand.Ron Eilon, CEO of Yes, said: “The Yes team is impressed by the professionalism and dedication of the experienced Pace engineering team and view this as the start of strong relationship. There is an increasing demand for VOD and HD television in Israel, and we selected Pace to support our project as Pace has a proven track record of delivering industry leading technology solutions and expertise, both essential to positioning ourselves at the forefront of innovation.”last_img read more