Kenya atletes on doping ban

Kenya Athletics boss accused of demanding bribe


Two two Kenyan athletes serving a four-year ban for doping at 2015 world championships, Joy Sakari, left, and Francisca Koki Manunga, right, have accused the chief executive of Athletics Kenya, the country’s governing body for track and field. He allegedly asked each for a US $24,000 bribe to reduce their suspensions. 



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Joy and Francisca  told The AP that CEO Isaac Mwangi asked for the payment in an Oct. 16 meeting, but that they could not raise the money. They were informed of their four-year bans in a Nov. 27 email, but never filed a criminal complaint because, they say, they had no proof to back up their bribery accusation and also feared repercussions.

Mwangi dismissed the allegation as “just a joke,” denied ever meeting privately with the athletes and said Athletics Kenya has no power to shave time off athletes’ bans.
“We have heard stories, athletes coming and saying, ‘Oh, you know, I was asked for money,’” Mwangi said. “But can you really substantiate that?”

Sakari and Manunga, told AP they would be willing to testify to the ethics commission of the IAAF, the global governing body of athletics. The commission already is investigating allegations that AK officials sought to subvert anti-doping in Kenya, solicited bribes and offered athletes reduced bans. The probe has led to the suspensions of AK’s president, Isaiah Kiplagat, a vice president, David Okeyo, and AK’s former treasurer, Joseph Kinyua

The athletes spoke to AP in an on-camera interview in Embu, a ramshackle town 130 kilometers (80 miles) northeast of Nairobi where they were housed in police accommodation.
Sakari also raced at the 2012 London Olympics and 2009 worlds. In Beijing, she competed under the name Zakary, but Sakari is her preferred spelling. She indicated that she is now done with athletics, because she will be 33 when her ban expires.
Manunga, 23, said she would have paid to return sooner to competition.
“For me, those four years are too many,” she said. “If I had the money, I’d have paid. But I didn’t have it. So I just left.”

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Barbara Bush was the True GOP New Hampshire Winner

Jeb Bush leaving republican presidential primaries?

 Friday, the Huffingtonpost screamed

 “Jeb Bush Seeks To Escape The Jaws Of Humiliation In New Hampshire” 

This might be an overly hasty dismissal of a well funded and pedigreed campaign. However, the truth is that Jeb Bush who began the campaign as the consensus favorite to win the Republican nomination has a campaign that is heavily listing water.
Yes, he has raised more than $100 million through his super PAC before even officially entering the race. But since then, Bush’s decline in relevance has been as steady as it has been disconcerting for a storied GOP clan that has already produced two commanders-in-chief and isn’t used to being embarrassed in the family business of presidential politics. 
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Sadly, no gravitas

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In Bush’s camp, the thinking goes that Jeb has to save himself in New Hampshire, finishing ahead of Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, if he wants to remain a viable candidate heading into the South Carolina primary. Then and only then will the time come to deploy the nation’s 43rd president, who famously lost the 2000 New Hampshire primary by 19 points to John McCain but then came back for a campaign-saving victory in the Palmetto State.
Easier said than done
Whether he will make it that far is another issue entirely. His path lies in emerging the most viable establishment alternative candidate to Donald Trump and Ted Cruze. Can he play it close enough to reap the benefits of being a close front runner in early states then spring in the more Bush friendly later states? 
Right now he is grappling with the prospect of a debilitating letdown on Tuesday that at this point seems more probable than not, and the candidate himself remains unable to escape the symbolism of doom.
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The truth is that in today’s nuance-free campaign environment, amply potrayed by other candidates like Trump, Cruz Rubio, Christie, Fiorina, that appears to be resonating with Republican primary voters, as Bush’s nuanced, meassured campaign style appears like a relic to a more genteel era in comparison.

Still, New Hampshire voters have surprised us many, many times before. Bush has a strong ground game in place here, and his loyal campaign advisers are intent on pulling out all of the stops before Tuesday’s primary.

Desperation can be a useful tool in presidential politics. And there is no doubt that Jeb Bush is desperate.

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IOWA Caucus Whahala. The Curious case of Winning – Ted Cruz

Who won in IOWA?

The IOWA caucus has come and gone.  Who were the winners and losers of the night?

Losers

The voting public.  Tons of people got up early, cut out of work, left their very comfortable homes and braved the weather to got vote for their candidate and walked into old style political tactics

The GOP caucus voters had to deal with the misinformation  from the Cruz campaign about Ben Carson dropping out of the race and redirecting possible Carson voters to vote for Cruz. Nobody likes to be taken advantage of or tricked into making a such an important decision with very bad intel.

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On the democratic side you were left shaking your head wondering if the world had gone temporarily mad.  After all hard work put in by the candidates, volunteers and voters, it came down to the flipping of a coin 6 different times in 6 different locations to figure out a winner and possible leader of the free world. REALLY?

And of course candidates were also losers.

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