How Shayna Jack convinced the person who mattered most she wasn’t a cheat


It was a strategy with an inherent amount of risk and the argument centred on her clean history of doping and the content of her character, which was put to the test under cross-examination from the lawyer for Sport Integrity Australia (SIA), Houda Younan.

In the end, Jack was able to satisfy Sullivan that she was being honest and upfront, while SIA would concede there was “no direct evidence that [Jack] ‘intentionally’ ingested Ligandrol to enhance performance” and there was no evidence of any long-term use of the prohibited SARM, which is reputed to help build muscle without the side-effects of anabolic agents.

“She appeared to be completely straightforward, genuine and honest in the answers she gave. Her demeanour was excellent and her dismay and upset at the situation she found herself was evident. She became emotional at times in giving her evidence but not inappropriately or theatrically so,” Sullivan wrote in his finding.

“The Sole Arbitrator could not detect any signs of acting or disingenuousness. On the contrary, as stated, the Applicant presented as an honest, decent, reliable and very plausible witness.”

Sullivan didn’t arrive at the conclusion easily. As he noted, almost every guilty athlete says they are clean and there was no smoking gun for Jack to produce as part of her scientific defence.

On that front, he would “exercise great caution in accepting an applicant’s protestations of innocence” but said he it would be “over-cynical” to discount Jack’s forceful testimony on the absence of substantial scientific evidence.

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“While that is true, it would be an over-cynical and wrong approach to the evidence of [Jack] to start with the presumption that what they say is not to be believed or can only be believed if corroborated by other objective evidence,” Sullivan wrote.

Jack won’t ever know how the ligandrol entered her system and intriguingly, Sullivan said there was still a lack of hard-hitting evidence that suggested the SARM had any real performance-enhancing properties in the first place.

Her legal team suggested it may have been a trace sample from a public gym during a team camp in Cairns, or her kitchen blender that is also used by her boyfriend and brother. Both of those possibilities should be alarming for professional athletes and not knowing should only heighten their awareness when training and preparing food and drink.

Australian swimming stars Cate and Bronte Campbell and Jack’s coach Dean Boxall were among those to present character witnesses to CAS, all of which appeared to play a part in a critical day where her career was hanging on the decision of one man.

The various parties have until the first week in December to appeal the CAS ruling. Jack will be hoping her ordeal is over once and for all.

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Elon Musk overtakes Bill Gates to become world’s second richest person | Science & Tech News


Elon Musk has passed Bill Gates to become the world’s second richest man as Tesla’s share price continues to soar.

The electric car company’s value has risen following the announcement that it would join the S&P 500 index, and is currently valued at $521.49 (£390.20) a share.

Mr Musk, 49, is now worth more than $128 billion (£95bn) as he owns 20% of all of the company’s shares, which have risen by more than 675% since 25 November last year, when they were valued at $67.27 (£50.33) each

The limelight-friendly billionaire started this year in 37th position on the rich list. Last week he overtook Facebook founder and chief executive Mark Zuckerberg in third position.

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Tesla shares rose on the news it would be added to the S&P 500

The deposition of Bill Gates, who is also worth $128bn, marks only the second time the Microsoft founder has dropped out of the top two on the Bloomberg billionaires index, although Mr Gates could conceivably be ranked higher if he did not persistently donate billions of his personal wealth to charity.

Amazon founder and chief executive Jeff Bezos remains at the top of the Bloomberg rich list, with an estimated net worth of $182bn (£136bn).

Tesla is the most valuable car company in the world by share price, with a market value of just over $494bn (£370bn).

It produces fewer vehicles than all of its major rivals, with just 500,000 expected this year. Toyota has an annual production of 10 million.

Mr Musk and Mr Gates have recently distinguished themselves by their reactions to the COVID-19 pandemic, with Mr Gates’ foundation committing $36bn to ramping up the manufacturing and distribution of future vaccines.

In contrast, Mr Musk claimed to have taken four tests on the same day, two of which showed he was positive for the virus, and two that came back negative, as he stated “something extremely bogus is going on”.

It is not the first time the outspoken billionaire has expressed scepticism about the coronavirus pandemic. Earlier this year, he described lockdowns as “forcibly imprisoning people in their homes” and “fascist”.



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Elon Musk overtakes Bill Gates to become world’s second-richest person


Elon Musk’s year of dizzying ascents hit a new apex on Monday (US time) as the Tesla co-founder passed Bill Gates to become the world’s second-richest person.

The 49-year-old entrepreneur’s net worth soared $US7.2 billion to $US127.9 billion ($175 billion), driven by yet another surge in Tesla’s share price. Musk has added $US100.3 billion to his net worth this year, the most of anyone on the Bloomberg Billionaires Index, a ranking of the world’s 500 richest people. In January he ranked 35th.

Elon Musk is now the world’s second-richest person. Credit:Bloomberg

His advance up the wealth ranks has been driven largely by Tesla, whose market value is approaching $US500 billion. About three-quarters of his net worth is comprised of Tesla shares, which are valued more than four times as much as his stake in Space Exploration Technologies, or SpaceX.

Tesla closed 6.5 per cent higher at $US521.85. A year ago, they were fetching around $US67.



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“It broke me as a person”: Ablett tormented by overdose


Gary Ablett Snr has spoken emotionally and openly of his regret and torment over the tragic incident involving Alisha Horan some 20 years ago.

Horan died from a combination of heroin, ecstasy and amphetamines after a binge with Ablett Snr, who continues to grieve over what happened on that fateful day.

Ablett, who is widely regarded the greatest footballer of all-time, admits his pain and suffering may have been too much, had it not been for his strong Christian beliefs.

“There’s been times, especially when, with moral failure some 20 years ago, where I was involved in drugs and there was a young lady that overdosed… I can’t tell you how much that shattered me, how much it broke me as a person, it still grieves me to this day,” an emotional Ablett told Reclink Australia – an organisation that offers evidence-based sport and art programs to disadvantaged Australians to create socially inclusive, life-changing opportunities.

“It’s only been my relationship with Jesus Christ that has got me through,” he added. “Without him, I couldn’t have kept going; after that happened I didn’t want to be here for a number of years and I said to God, ‘you should have taken me instead’. It’s been a very painful experience… if only I could go back in time and change thing I would, unfortunately we don’t get that opportunity.

“That’s why choices in life are so important because once we’ve made a choice or a decision, we don’t get the chance to go back in time and change it.

“We need to make sure that we get our decisions right the first time, that’s been a big lesson for me, but I just wish I had have known that a lot earlier.”

Ablett was charged with four drug offences to which he pleaded guilty and was convicted and fined $1500.

The incident at Melbourne’s Park Hyatt Hotel in February 2000 took place 10 years after he was placed on a $10,000 good behaviour bond after pleading guilty to assaulting a man he found sitting in a car with his estranged wife.

Ablett says his checkered past means he can easily connect with people who are in pain and are struggling.

“We all have our issues, and that’s why I certainly can relate to people with mental health issues, whether it’s depression or anxiety, and the temptation to turn to chemicals, whether that’s alcohol or drugs, to try and relieve our emotional pain, to try and get rid of depression… especially long-term mental health issues and things like that,” Ablett explained.

“You can become so desperate, that, sadly, we often begin to compromise and turn to things because none of us likes emotional pain; it can be very draining, especially over a lot of years. The temptation is to try and look to some sort of alternative to try and get rid of your pain to try and cope; it’s called self-medicating… it could be alcohol, drugs, it could be gambling, people get caught up in sexual addictions, all sorts of stuff… as human beings we were created for perfection but there was a fall and we now live with a fallen nature in a fallen world, and unfortunately, that brings with it not just sinfulness but brokenness and pain.

“It’s so easy to want to turn to things, to numb our pain, to escape reality. But, the problem is, when we do that; when the drugs wear off, when the alcohol wears off, we not only wake up with a hangover, but our problems are back worse than ever, often… because what we’ve done while we’re on the drugs or on the drink can obviously add more pain or even shame to our lives.

“It’s so important the company we keep; that we make sure that we’re connecting with and hanging out with people that are going to lead us in the right direction and not the wrong direction.”

MAKING A DIFFERENCE

Delivering groceries to those in need is a far cry from booting bags of 10 or more and taking hangers on the MCG.

But, 24 years after his final game, that’s exactly what Ablett is doing.

And the three-time Coleman Medallist couldn’t be happier.

“For many years now, whether it’s playing football or working jobs for money… you know, you can do all that, but my heart is really with helping and serving people,” said Ablett, who kicked 1031 goals in 248 games (six for Hawthorn, 242 for Geelong).

“I’ve recently had the pleasure, over the last four or five months, to be able to join in voluntarily with a charitable organisation to help out with delivering groceries for needy families.”

Asked if they know who’s knocking on their door, Ablett replied: “No, they don’t, and boy am I glad! Although, it’s funny, word got around that Gary Ablett was delivering groceries… I think a few of them started calling up asking for groceries just so they could get a photo with me. Once they got their photo they rang up and went off the list again.”

Ablett has never been one to seek the spotlight, however, his extensive list of achievements and acclaim have paid to those plans.

Now 59, Ablett is finally able to take comfort from putting a smile on someone’s face.

“It doesn’t really bother me anymore (being recognised), I’ve got to the point where, if people recognise me and they want to say g’day… if I can be a blessing to them and give them a bit of a thrill, well that’s a real pleasure for me. I really find that quite rewarding,” he said.


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Pizza bar worker not the only person to have lied to coronavirus authorities, police say


The pizza bar worker whose deception led to South Australia’s coronavirus lockdown last week is not the only person to have lied to contract-tracing authorities, SA’s Police Commissioner has said.

South Australia was last week ordered into the strictest lockdown imposed on any Australian state or territory since the start of the pandemic.

But on Friday, Commissioner Grant Stevens announced the stay-at-home order would be cancelled three days early because it was partly based on false information supplied by a worker at the Woodville Pizza Bar.

Health authorities today said the worker was “very regretful” and being offered mental health support while in hotel quarantine.

Police said the man initially told contact tracers he ordered a pizza from the shop, but later conceded he had been working there, dramatically altering the risk assessment by SA’s COVID-19 Transition Committee.

But Commissioner Stevens told ABC Radio Adelaide the worker was not the only person being investigated for being untruthful with authorities.

“We’re investigating that at the moment … it makes it very difficult to get to the truth.”

Worker receiving support

Police have been stationed at the the Woodville Pizza Bar, which some social media users have threatened with vigilante action over its role in the lockdown.

The Woodville Pizza Bar has attracted backlash because of the actions of a worker.(ABC News: Simon Christie)

The pizza bar worker — a 36-year-old Spanish national — is believed to have contracted COVID-19 while working another job at an Adelaide medi-hotel.

Chief Public Health Officer Nicola Spurrier said the man was being offered mental health support during his stay in hotel quarantine.

She said while she was disappointed that the man provided false information, her reaction to the misinformation was pragmatic.

“I was more focused on what implications this had for our contact tracing and for … whether we could safely come out of the pause sooner, rather than thinking, look, I’m really mad.

“[Those are] not the sort of emotions that help you in a pandemic.”

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On Sunday, Professor Spurrier said modelling she had reviewed ahead of the lockdown showed the potential for 100 new COVID-10 cases per day by mid-December in the absence of drastic action.(ABC News)

Professor Spurrier added that she had “no regrets” about recommending the lockdown when she did.

Commissioner asked if lockdown could be delayed

Commissioner Stevens also revealed he was mindful of the serious consequences of issuing the stay-at-home order, and asked whether it could be delayed.

But he said Professor Spurrier’s advice convinced him it needed to be implemented quickly.

“The question was asked, ‘Can we wait 24 hours?’,” Commissioner Stevens said.

“I was satisfied that they had taken a considered approach to this and they were requesting a level of restrictions that I believe are justified based on the information they had.”



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Guatemala Residents Begin Repairs on Bridges Damaged by Iota

Residents and community members of the Municipality of Camotán, in Guatemala’s Chiquimula department, began repair work on Thursday, November 19, on bridges that were severely damaged by hurricanes Eta and Iota. According to Camotán officials, one bridge for vehicular traffic on Guatemala’s CA-11 – the last bridge that allows vehicles to cross the Rio Grande de Zacapa before the border with Honduras – collapsed due to damage from intense rain and flooding from the back-to-back hurricanes in November. Steps to a footbridge over the Rio Grande de Zacapa were also destroyed during Hurricane Iota, cutting off access to the small community of Pajcó, a representative for the municipality said in a livestream. The municipality announced evacuations for the area of Pajcó on November 18. Credit: Municipality of Camotán via Storyful



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SA Corrections employee fourth person to test positive to coronavirus in state outside of hotel quarantine


Four people have tested positive for coronavirus in South Australia outside of hotel quarantine.

SA Health says an 80-year-old woman has tested positive for COVID–19 after being treated at the Lyell McEwin Hospital in Adelaide’s northern suburbs.

Two of her close contacts — a woman in her 50s and a man in his 60s — have also tested positive for the disease.

Chief Public Health Officer Nicola Spurrier said one of them worked at one of the medi-hotels in Adelaide’s CBD.

One of them is the elderly woman’s child.

Four other family members are showing symptoms, Dr Spurrier said.

Later on Sunday, a South Australian Correctional Services employee also tested positive.

An email from SA Correctional Services chief executive David Brown said the employee who tested positive works at Yatala Labour Prison in Adelaide’s northern suburbs.

The employee is believed to be linked to the developing cluster of cases.

The department said it was in the process of activating a health rapid response team to assist with contact tracing efforts at Yatala Labour Prison.

Lyell McEwin Hospital in Elizabeth Vale.(ABC Radio Adelaide: Spence Denny)

Following the news, WA’s Police Commissioner, Premier and Chief Health Officer decided at an emergency meeting to test anyone arriving at Perth Airport from South Australia and direct them to self-quarantine for 14 days.

This includes passengers from a Qantas flight to Adelaide from Perth that had just arrived in the city.

People who had entered the state by plane were given the option of flying back to Adelaide on Monday after being told of the changes on arrival.

Passengers due to arrive on a flight later on Sunday were told about the new requirements and given the option to disembark.

Anyone arriving in Western Australia by road from South Australia will be told to follow the same self-quarantine and testing rules.

Anyone who arrived in the state from South Australia on Saturday or Sunday will be contacted by WA officials and will be required to be tested for COVID-19 and self-quarantine until results are returned.

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People travelling from South Australia to Perth are now required to self-quarantine for 14 days “in a suitable premise”.(ABC News: Nic Perpitch)

South Australia’s Chief Public Health Officer said she expected there would be more cases.

“Which is why I am absolutely warning South Australians: this is a wake-up call — if you have respiratory symptoms, you’ve got to get tested,” she said.

The Victoria Park drive-through coronavirus testing clinic has reopened after previously being closed because of lightning.

The last positive case without a known source of transmission in South Australia was reported on April 16 — seven months ago.

Dr Nicola Spurrier speaking at a press conference
SA’s Chief Public Health Officer Nicola Spurrier.(ABC News)

About 90 people who were in the hospital’s emergency department at the same time as the woman — between 5:30pm on Friday and 4:00am on Saturday — have been put into quarantine.

Dr Spurrier said the 80-year-old woman also visited the Parafield Plaza Asian supermarket between 10:30am and 11:30am on Thursday while infectious.

Anyone who was there at the same time should monitor themselves for symptoms.

Dr Spurrier said the medi-hotel was the likely source of the positive cases but it was “very, very early information” and genomic testing would be undertaken to determine the source.

“Obviously, this is where we’re considering the source to be,” Dr Spurrier said.

Another man in his 30s tested positive in a medi-hotel after arriving from overseas.

From today, all staff at quarantine hotels will need to get tested for coronavirus every week, Dr Spurrier said.

A total of 526 coronavirus cases have been reported in South Australia since the beginning of the pandemic, including 19 active cases.

Four people have died.



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21-year-old American is first person with Down Syndrome to finish Ironman thriatlon race


A 21-year-old man became the first person with Down Syndrome to finish an Ironman triathlon event.

Chris Nikic, from Florida, swam 3.5 kms in open waters, cycled 180 kms and ran another 42 kms before completing the race in Panama City Beach on Saturday, November 7.

Three years ago, his father had encouraged him to exercise more. Training initially began with one press-up a day but was closely followed by thousands more, leading up to the historic achievement.

Nikic was given the 17-hour time all athletes get to complete the race, which he finished in 16 hours, 46 minutes and nine seconds, earning official recognition from Guinness World Records.

The Ironman thriatlon has been running for 42 years, and this was the first time an athlete with Down Syndrome entered the race.

(You can watch the full report by Andy Robini in the player above).



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