Denmark’s ATP can push for central clearing exemption

first_imgDenmark’s largest pension fund, ATP, is allowed to request an exemption from central clearing after the European supervisor gave its consent.The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) issued a note on 3 August relating to Danish regulator Finanstilsynet’s concern that ATP would struggle to post cash as collateral when centrally clearing trades, a requirement introduced under the European Markets Infrastructure Regulation (EMIR).The note went on to relay Finanstilsynet’s concern that requiring ATP to centrally clear trades would increase costs, thereby lowering the statutory pension fund’s investment returns.It said requiring the fund to convert its assets into cash was inefficient. “In view of the above and on the basis of the information provided, ESMA is of the opinion that the reasons why an exemption is justified due to difficulties in meeting variation margin requirements for centrally cleared transactions for [ATP] are valid,” the supervisor’s note continued.It will now be up to Denmark’s regulator to grant an exemption. Unlike several pension providers, such as Germany’s Pensions-Sicherungs-Verein and the UK’s Pension Protection Fund, ATP is not automatically exempt from central clearing but was allowed to apply for exemption.The request for an exemption comes despite ATP’s backing of clearing.It told the European Commission earlier this year it viewed the EMIR proposals for central clearing as a “reasonable initiative”, although it questioned the increasing reliance of central counterparties (CCPs) for such trades.“CCPs should not be required to compensate for lack of financial stability outside the CCP system,” the fund’s submission to the Commission’s review of financial services legislation said, “as this will disproportionately allocate the risk between the financial institutions and potentially lead to unnecessary higher cost that might … undermine CCPs’ original objectives to increase financial stability.”The former financial services commissioner, Jonathan Hill, hinted in May that a proposal to make EMIR’s application to the pension sector “proportionate” was being drawn up by the Commission.Pension funds are exempt from central clearing until 2017, with the UK’s Pension and Lifetime Savings Association calling for an indefinite exemption.last_img read more

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All surrogacy is exploitation – the world should follow Sweden’s ban

first_imgThe Guardian 25 February 2016Family First Comment: Part of a worldwide movement – “This week, Sweden took a firm stand against surrogacy. The governmental inquiry on surrogacy published its conclusions, which the parliament is expected to approve later this year. These include banning all surrogacy, commercial as well as altruistic, and taking steps to prevent citizens from going to clinics abroad.”   That something is not quite right about surrogacy has been evident for some time. Ever since the commercial surrogacy industry kicked off in the late 1970s, it has been awash with scandals, exploitation and abuse. From the infamous “Baby M” case – in which the mother changed her mind and was forced, in tears, to hand over her baby – to the Japanese billionaire who ordered 16 children from different Thai clinics. There has been a total commodification of human life: click; choose race and eye colour; pay, then have your child delivered.Then there’s the recent case of the American surrogate mother who died; or the intended parents who refused to accept a disabled child and tried to get their surrogate to abort; not to mention the baby factories in Asia.This week, Sweden took a firm stand against surrogacy. The governmental inquiry on surrogacy published its conclusions, which the parliament is expected to approve later this year. These include banning all surrogacy, commercial as well as altruistic, and taking steps to prevent citizens from going to clinics abroad.This is a ground-breaking decision, a true step forward for the women’s movement. Initially divided on the issue women came together and placed the issue higher up on the agenda. Earlier in February, feminist and human-rights activists from all over the world met in Paris to sign the charter against surrogacy, and the European Parliament has also called on states to ban it.The major objections to the Swedish report have come from intended fathers, saying that if a woman wants to be a surrogate, surely it is wrong to prevent her from doing so. It is telling that few women cry over this missed opportunity. It is, after all, demand that fuels this industry.To save surrogacy from accusations like this, some resort to talking of so-called “altruistic” surrogacy. If the mother is not being paid, there is no exploitation going on. Maybe she is doing it out of generosity, for a friend, a daughter or a sister.The Swedish inquiry refutes this argument. There is no proof, says the inquiry, that legalising “altruistic” surrogacy would do away with the commercial industry. International experience shows the opposite – citizens of countries such as the US or Britain, where the practice of surrogacy is widespread, tend to dominate among foreign buyers in India and Nepal. The inquiry also says that there is evidence that surrogates still get paid under the table, which is the case in Britain. One cannot, says the inquiry, expect a woman to sign away her rights to a baby she has not even seen nor got to know yet – this in itself denotes undue pressure.In any case, the notion of “altruistic” surrogacy – apart from being a red herring, since it barely happens in reality – has a very strange ideological underpinning. As if exploitation only consisted in giving the woman money. In that case, the less she is paid, the less she is exploited.In reality, “altruistic” surrogacy means that a woman goes through exactly the same thing as in commercial surrogacy, but gets nothing in return. It demands of the woman to carry a child for nine months and then give it away. She has to change her behaviour and risk infertility, a number of pregnancy-related problems, and even death. She is still used as a vessel, even if told she is an angel. The only thing she gets is the halo of altruism, which is a very low price for the effort and can only be attractive in a society where women are valued for how much they sacrifice, not what they achieve.READ MORE: http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/feb/25/surrogacy-sweden-banlast_img read more

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Aurora police arrest suspected armed robber

first_imgAurora police released surveillance photos of a suspect of armed robbery at Marathon Gas Station.AURORA, Ind. – One man is behind bars accused of armed robbery at the Marathon Gas Station in Aurora on Saturday morning.Detectives say the suspect told the clerk he had forgotten his wallet and left the store. A short time later he allegedly reentered the business with a knife demanding money. The man left with approximately $200 in cash and cigarettes, police say.Aurora police released surveillance photos from the store which led to tips from citizens and Crime Stoppers identifying Brian Brown, 31, of Lawrenceburg as the alleged suspect.Brown has been arrested and booked in the Dearborn County Jail on suspicion of robbery while armed with a  deadly weapon, a level 5 felony.Prosecutors say Brown was carrying the knife used in the robbery at the time of arrest.last_img read more

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‘Kepa, De Gea could learn from Anthony Joshua’

first_imgKepa Arrizabalaga and David de Gea could learn valuable lessons from world heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua, says Neville Southall. Chelsea made Kepa the world’s most expensive goalkeeper in 2018 but he made the latest in a number of errors as the Blues went down 2-0 to Premier League champions Liverpool on Sunday. The Spaniard is now set to be replaced as Chelsea’s number one, with Rennes keeper Edouard Mendy reportedly close to a £22 million move to Stamford Bridge. Manchester United goalkeeper De Gea, meanwhile, has endured several difficult campaigns and is under additional pressure to retain his place between the posts following Dean Henderson’s return from a fine loan spell with Sheffield United.Advertisement Loading… “De Gea’s proved he can be close to being the best in the world, but everybody doubts his ability, which for me doesn’t make sense.“It’s like Anthony Joshua proving he’s the best heavyweight in the world, because he’s got the belts, and then losing one fight.“Yes, the defeat spoils things for a bit but he won it back. I think there’s a lesson in Anthony Joshua for all of those goalies – you might get a knockout blow, but you get back on your feet and you go and smash the rest of the world.”When asked for his thoughts on Kepa’s predicament at Chelsea, Southall said: “Footballers are the prime ministers of the football world, aren’t they? Everybody hates you or everybody loves you, depending on what you do for them.“Like a prime minister you live and die on your decisions. Sometimes you make good ones and sometimes they’re bad. The best goalkeepers make the least bad decisions.“Kepa, he’s young. It’s a learning process for him, maybe this season he might do a little better. [Frank] Lampard maybe doesn’t seem to rate him that much, but he’s obviously got talent.Kepa Arrizabalaga, the world’s most expensive keeper, looks to be heading for the exit doorRead Also: Barcelona, Suarez part ways, nears Atletico switch“He’s got to believe in himself and get better. If you’re having a bad time, the only thing is to relax, know what you’ve done wrong and change it. There’s no easy fix, it’s about confidence.“If you’re not having the best of times and the manager isn’t picking you, it’s a double blow, but you’ve got to think what you really want. Do you want to show them that you’re better, what you’re really like? Chelsea haven’t got an exceptional goalkeeper at the moment. For me, I’d give him another season.”FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Southall, who helped Everton to two league titles, two FA Cups and a European Cup Winners’ Cup success during a 17-year stint at Goodison Park, pointed out boxer Joshua – who was knocked out by Andy Ruiz Jr in June 2019 but reclaimed his belts six months later – as having the type of mentality top goalkeepers require. “When you’re an experienced goalkeeper, you have a track record that everybody judges you against,” Southall said. “De Gea’s suffered from that, most people do when you get to a certain age, which is weird because you’ve already proved you can do it. Promoted Content12 Countries Whose Technological Progress Amazes10 Completely Unexpected Facts About The US President’s DaughterThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreIs This The Most Delicious Food In The World?Couples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better14 Hilarious Comics Made By Women You Need To Follow Right NowBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemDid You Notice How Natural Simba’s Movements Looked In The Movie?Who Earns More Than Ronaldo?Portuguese Street Artist Creates Hyper-Realistic 3D Graffitilast_img read more

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Police Blotter 04-14-2020

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Napoli enters Emmanuel Dennis race

first_imgRelatedPosts Napoli Coach: Osimhen young lad with old brain Ighalo: My best moment as ‘Red Devil’ David Silva recovers from COVID-19 Napoli have entered the race to sign Arsenal target Emmanuel Dennis as the Italians prioritise landing the Club Brugge star over Lille’s Victor Osimhen.Nigeria international Dennis has impressed with his Belgian side this season, having caught the eye of English fans during his performances against Manchester United in the Europa League. The 22-year-old has played 103 games for Brugge since joining in 2017 from Zorya Luhansk, scoring 28 goals and providing 10 assists.Dennis has been linked with a move to the Premier League this summer, with Arsenal appearing to be the frontrunners to land the tricky forward for around £22 million.Earlier this month, Brugge manager Philippe Clement said it was “very likely” his star would leave.It is reported that Newcastle, Brighton, Sheffield United, Watford, Monaco and Sampdoria are also eyeing a move for the 22-year-old.And according to French football expert Manu Lonjon (via Football Italia), Napoli have shortlisted Dennis as a top priority this summer. Countryman Osimhen is also believed to be on the Italians’ radar, although his £45 million transfer tag is off-putting for the Serie A club.Dennis’ considerably cheaper transfer fee presents a viable alternative for Napoli, who are looking to bolster their attacking ranks next season should the likes of Lorenzo Insigne, Dries Mertens or Hirving Lozano leave this summer.Tags: Club BruggeEmmanuel DennisEuropa LeagueVictor OsimhenZorya Luhansklast_img read more

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Anambra FA: Ubah, 64 others get clearance for board, LFC elections

first_imgRelatedPosts No timetable yet for Anambra FA elections — Caretaker Committee PDP gubernatorial aspirant commends FG over fuel subsidy removal Gynaecologist speaks on ‘menstruating’ during pregnancy Ifeanyi Ubah and 64 others have been cleared in the screening organised by 2020 Anambra State Football Association Electoral Committee ahead of elections into the state Board and Local Football Committees.Rev. Fr. Obinna Dike, a member of the electoral committee, disclosed this on Saturday. The list indicated that Ubah and Jude Obikwelu, the incumbent Chairman and Vice Chairman respectively, were the sole candidates for their respective positions, while 11 persons were cleared for seven member positions.The candidates for board membership include Joe Amend, Cyprian Amuzie, Ada Edward, Anthony Udennaka, Udu Kingsley, Ralph Emeka, Collins Obiefuna, Adindu Okezie, Philip Udala, Emeka Okeke and veteran journalist Philip Balepo.A total of 82 aspirants applied to contest in the election, out of which 17 were disqualified on the basis of being absent or unsuccessful.Dike, who is also the Head of Media Relations of the committee, said those with grievances had until July 19 to file their petitions.According to the election schedule, elections and inauguration of new State FA executive will hold on July 21. Elections into local football committees would be held at a yet to be announced date after the state board must have been elected and sworn in, the screening committee said.Dike explained that although the board elections’ date was subject to review, it would most certainly hold in July.—Tags: Anambra StateIfeanyi UbahJude ObikweluObinna Dikelast_img read more

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Kuldeep Yadav fastest Indian spinner to get to 100 ODI wickets

first_imgRajkot: Kuldeep Yadav on Friday became the fastest Indian spinner to reach 100 wickets in ODI cricket. Kuldeep has taken 58 matches to reach the milestone, overtaking Harbhajan Singh who took 76 matches to reach the milestone in 2003. He is the third-fastest Indian bowler overall to get to the mark with Jasprit Bumrah (57) and Mohammed Shami (56) ahead of him.Kuldeep took the wicket of Australian wicketkeeper Alex Carey during the second ODI between India and Australia in Rajkot to reach the milestone. Afghanistan’s Rashid Khan tops the list having taken just 44 matches to reach the 100-wicket mark in ODI cricket while Australia’s Mitchell Starc got there in 52 matches to be second. Pakistan spin legend Saqlain Mushtaq got to the mark in 53 matches and is the third fastest. IANSAlso Read: Kuldeep Yadav becomes first Indian to take 2nd international hat-trickAlso Watch: Watch Bhogali Bihu preparation from Jajori in Batadrava under Nagaon Districtlast_img read more

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Turbulent skies: Halfway home, SU stands at 2-4 and looks for happier ending

first_imgFlying highOffensive line: Syracuse’s offensive line has been one of the strongest parts of the team despite allowing 11 sacks. That’s especially true now that left tackle Justin Pugh has returned after recovering from shoulder surgery. Having Pugh back on the line meant his fill-in, Sean Hickey, could slide over to the right side and take over for struggling tackle Lou Alexander. The line has given Ryan Nassib plenty of time in the pocket, which allowed him to throw for at least 300 yards in the Orange’s first three games.Linebackers: Siriki Diabate, Dyshawn Davis and Marquis Spruill have combined to form a reliable unit in the middle of the SU defense. The linebackers have played a large role in containing opposing running backs and adding pressure to the quarterbacks along with the Orange’s stout defensive line. Diabate has made the seamless transition into a starting middle linebacker spot this year, pacing SU with 44 tackles, and serving as a leader and voice in the unit. His 13 tackles against Rutgers were a team- and season-high.Wide receiver: This would be a situation where giving a separate grade for Marcus Sales seems more fair than grading this unit collectively. Through six games, Sales has hauled in 37 passes for 545 yards and five touchdowns. That’s four more touchdowns than teammates Alec Lemon and Jarrod West combined, and 45 percent of the team’s receiving touchdowns in total. But while Sales has thrived, the rest of the bunch effuses mediocrity. Lemon has yet to score in 2012, and West has one touchdown. Sophomore Jeremiah Kobena showed promise with two trips to the end zone against Northwestern, but he injured his hand and missed the last four games following surgery. Overall, this bunch needs someone else to step up and take pressure off Sales.Defensive line: The defensive line posted another strong performance in Saturday’s loss to Rutgers, as Jay Bromley and Deon Goggins anchored the middle with nine tackles and 11 tackles, respectively, to help limit the Scarlet Knights to 85 yards on the ground. Aside from those two anchors in the middle, who were expected to lead the unit coming into the season, the defensive end spot has been inconsistent. Markus Pierce-Brewster has flashed glimpses, but failed to register a sack thus far. And four of Brandon Sharpe’s 5.5 sacks on the season came in one game. But overall the unit is doing well, and Syracuse ranks in the Top 50 in the country against the run.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textCoastingSecondary: The Orange’s secondary has had an up-and-down season. The group has had games where it’s played well but the athleticism of the opposing wide receivers was simply too much to handle, especially against Robert Woods and Marqise Lee of Southern California. Far too many times, though, SU’s secondary has simply been burned. Against Rutgers on Saturday, Scarlet Knights quarterback Gary Nova found Brandon Coleman down the right sideline for a 43-yard pass, and Brandon Reddish and Jeremi Wilkes never had a chance. It was a scene that’s occurred frequently this season as the secondary has largely been a question mark.Quarterback: Ryan Nassib came out firing this season, setting program records in completions, attempts and yards in a thrilling opener against Northwestern. The Orange revealed a no-huddle, spread offense and scored 41 points as Nassib threw for 482 yards, four touchdowns and 45 completions. He remained among the nation’s leaders in passing and threw for nine touchdowns compared to three interceptions through three games. But the high-scoring attack disappeared in the team’s last three games, managing just 39 combined points. In the new offense, it all goes back to Nassib, who has struggled, throwing just two touchdowns compared to five interceptions during the stretch. For Syracuse to win games in the second half, Nassib will need to find the rhythm he had early in the season.Tight end: Syracuse lost its top tight end from 2011 to graduation in Nick Provo. Provo left SU as the all-time leader in receptions at his position with 92. He was among Nassib’s favorite targets, but in the Orange’s new spread offense, the tight end’s role has been diminished. Beckett Wales leads the way with 16 catches for 138 yards, and David Stevens stepped up with a career game against Rutgers last Saturday. But neither has hauled in any of Nassib’s 11 touchdown passes.Free fallingCoaching: Doug Marrone has spent the entire first half of the season painfully admitting he needs to do a better job leading the program. He’s said SU hasn’t won enough games during his four years at the helm and that his team hasn’t been prepared well enough. Marrone knows each loss reflects on him and a disappointing start to this season has been frustrating for him. Still, the mistakes he aims to fix each week continue to happen, and he hasn’t been pleased with his personal performance. The special teams issues, steady stream of turnovers, and inconsistent offense and play-calling have all been concerns through six games. They’ll all need to improve if Syracuse wants to finish out the season strong against a tough slate.Running back: All through training camp, Doug Marrone said none of the tailbacks separated themselves from the rest of the group. Six games into the season, it’s easy to see why. The Orange is seventh in the Big East in rushing yardage, averaging only 3.6 yards per carry. Jerome Smith and Prince-Tyson Gulley have gotten the majority of carries, though of the two, only Gulley has scored a touchdown. Ashton Broyld, who was expected to be a dynamic back, has gotten only 20 carries for 96 yards and hasn’t played in three weeks. Overall, the Orange’s tailbacks have been largely a disappointment.Special teams: This one is particularly embarrassing because Doug Marrone took over as special teams coach for the 2012 season. Kicker Ross Krautman, an All-American two seasons ago, is a pitiful four-of-nine on field goals with one attempt blocked and returned 75 yards for a touchdown. Punt returner Steve Rene’s longest run back of the season is 5 yards, and he continues to make foolish decisions week after week that almost always result in verbal lashings from Marrone. He also cost SU seven points with his fumble against Rutgers on Saturday. Overall, the Orange ranks 117th out of 120 Football Bowl Subdivision teams in punt return average with a ghastly 1.62 yards per kick. And kick returns have been nearly as bad, with Syracuse ranking 96th in the country.SuperlativesOffensive MVP: Marcus SalesWithout Marcus Sales, Syracuse’s offense would be struggling far more than it already is. The unit’s been inconsistent as a whole, but Sales has been a steady receiver. Despite a couple dropped passes, he went right back into his role of being Ryan Nassib’s primary target, just as he was at the end of 2010. Teams have started to take him out of the game by double-teaming him, and that’s limited his receptions. Still, when he’s able to, the connection of Sales and Nassib is arguably the team’s most effective way to march down the field. On one drive against Rutgers, Sales picked up 77 of his 100 total yards on the day. He’s been the primary reason SU’s offense has been able to recover from its inconsistency.Defensive MVP: Shamarko ThomasLet’s face it, without Shamarko Thomas the Syracuse secondary is atrocious. Keon Lyn and Ri’Shard Anderson have appeared lost in coverage all year, especially Anderson, who was burned for three touchdowns against Southern California alone. But Thomas gives the secondary credibility. He is the heart and soul of the unit, whose full-throttle mentality and vicious hits make him an imposing figure out on the field. Thomas has 24 tackles, including three tackles for loss and a crucial strip sack against Northwestern. He also picked off Matt Barkley in the second half of the game against USC to give the Orange a chance. Without Thomas, this secondary is pedestrian at best.Biggest disappointment: Syracuse’s red-zone offenseSyracuse has been in the red zone 24 times, but has only scored 13 touchdowns in those opportunities. The Orange’s goal-line offense has been especially abysmal. Even after implementing the “tank” package, which puts Lewellyn Coker at fullback and Adonis Ameen-Moore at running back, this is still one of SU’s biggest weaknesses. Time after time, Syracuse leaves points on the board because of its inability to score from the red zone. For a struggling team, that ineffectiveness has been costly.Biggest surprise: Defensive endsThis position was a question mark entering the season. Syracuse had to replace two starters in Mikhail Marinovich and NFL first-round pick Chandler Jones. But this group, led by Brandon Sharpe and JUCO transfer Markus Pierce-Brewster, has arguably been better. The SU defensive line has been one of the team’s few bright spots, and the emergence of Sharpe and Pierce-Brewster as capable playmakers is a big reason why. Both have displayed the ability to collapse the pocket and make stops against the run, helping hold dynamic Big East tailbacks Ray Graham and Jawan Jamison in check. And Sharpe showed he can dominate a game in the Orange’s 14-13 win over Pittsburgh, racking up four sacks and six tackles for loss.Biggest problem: Special teamsThis one isn’t even close. Ross Krautman seems to be a liability from anything beyond 40 yards this season — 37 is his longest in 2012 — which puts a heavy burden on quarterback Ryan Nassib and the offense to move the ball deep into an opponent’s territory if they have any hope of putting points on the board. Similarly, the Orange has zero threats in the kick-return and punt-return game, ensuring mediocre field position barring a strong defensive stand or a turnover. Imagine what Nassib and offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett could do if they faced short fields once in a while. Having to go 65-plus yards following nearly every kickoff or punt for a touchdown is a lot to ask. In 2012, SU’s specialists are anything but.Best game: Southern CaliforniaYes, Syracuse lost to the Trojans, but there is really no other choice here. Against the No. 2 team in the country in what was essentially a road game — more red than orange in MetLife Stadium that day — the Orange hung tough and were within five of USC in the fourth quarter. The Syracuse defense frustrated Matt Barkley, while Ryan Nassib continuously moved the ball downfield and scored 28 points in the second half. It could have been a landmark victory for the Orange, but instead it was only a moral victory. And the team has never looked as crisp again.Worst game: RutgersSyracuse’s most recent loss was the toughest to swallow. The Orange held Jawan Jamison, the conference’s leading rusher, to a measly 64 yards on 28 carries. Rutgers quarterback Gary Nova only threw for 157 yards. But four turnovers and a blocked kick derailed any chance for an SU upset on the road. The same problem areas head coach Doug Marrone has pinpointed all season haunted the Orange again, resulting in the team’s fourth loss of the season.What happened to … Ashton BroyldThe freshman threat was supposed to add a new element to Syracuse’s offense, but he hasn’t played in the last two games. The Orange coaching staff said it would ease Broyld into his new role so he wasn’t thrown too much at once. There was hype about the possibility of packages utilizing his athleticism and speed, but that hasn’t happened. For an offense that’s been looking for the big play, Broyld’s role for the future is still undefined. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on October 16, 2012 at 2:48 amlast_img read more

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Jamaican Star Athlete Briana Williams Withdraws From World Champiosnhips

first_imgKINGSTON, Jamaica – Just hours after rising Jamaican sprinter Briana Williams received the go-ahead for the 2019 IAAF World Championships, Williams decided to withdraw from the meet which begins today.On September 26, Williams was given the all-clear to compete by the Independent Anti-Doping Disciplinary Panel (IADP), which handed down a verdict in her doping case.Just last month, the 17-year-old had tested positive for the banned diuretic hydrochlorothiazide which was found in her system during the National Senior Championships in June. Williams was said to have been feeling ill and took the popular flu tablet, Pharma Cold and Flu, which were contaminated by the diuretic.The IADP, in its verdict, said it finds that she “has established no significant fault or negligence as she was given the tablets by her guardian and had no intention to cheat”, and was given the all-clear to compete at the World Championships in Qatar.However, just hours after the verdict was handed down, Williams announced that she would not participate in the Championships. In a lengthy Instagram post, she said it had been a “very emotional sumer” for her and wished the Jamaican team well.“I have decided to forgo competing at the World Championships which starts tomorrow, considering the long trip to Doha and that the team has already started training for the relays.I am just relieved and thankful after what has been a very emotional summer. I would like to once again express my gratitude to everyone right across Jamaica who reached out to show support. I look forward to returning to the track for the 2020 season. Hopefully I still have a chance to make the trip to Doha to watch Jamaica compete. I would like to wish all our athletes and coaches the very best.” she wrote.23-year-old Sprinter Jonielle Smith was later selected to replace Williams in the women’s 100m that is set to get underway on Saturday morning. Smith will also accompany Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce and Elaine Thompson in the blue-ribbon sprint.Williams, the world-youth 100m record holder, says she now focuses her energy on making Jamaica’s national team to the Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan 2020.last_img read more

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