Facebook27Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by The City of LaceyThe community is invited to attend the 17th Annual Children’s Day Celebration on Saturday, October 5 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Huntamer Park (618 Woodland Square Loop SE).This year’s theme is ‘It’s a Circus.’ Children and families are encouraged to attend this free event dressed as their favorite circus character. Performances begin at 11:15 a.m. with the Charlie Brown Juggling Show, followed by DancerZone360 Dance and Acrobatic Troupe at 12:10 p.m., then the High Impact Dance Group at 12:45 p.m. The day will end with a circus parade featuring attending children at 1:45 p.m.Other entertainment includes music, circus entertainment, face painting, inflatable bouncers, and over 30 community booths with free activities for kids.Children’s Day is a free community event co-sponsored by the City of Lacey Parks and Recreation and the Lacey Timberland Library. For more information please visit www.ci.lacey.wa.us or contact Jordy Beasley at (360) 491-0857 or email@example.com.
- Doping: WADA urges Russia to stop hacks of top athletes
As WADA urged Russian help, Niggli warned that the hacking could hamper the country’s efforts to reintegrate into the sports world.“Continued cyber-attacks emanating from Russia seriously undermine the work that is being carried out to rebuild a compliant anti-doping program in Russia,” he said.Foreign ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova, however, said it was wrong to connect the issue of cybercrime with Russia’s attempts to overcome the massive doping scandal around its athletes.“You can’t link up the battle with cybercrime with redressing the rights of athletes, these are questions that fall into different categories,” Zakharova said.She accused WADA of sowing confusion, saying that “no one understands the principles behind the actions and functioning of this organisation”.WADA needs to “develop clear criteria for its work that everyone understands, based on international law, and not on some very strange statements,” she said.She reiterated that Russia denies any role in the hacks, saying: “For Russia just like for the rest of the world, hackers and hacking are outside the law.”“We can influence this process using laws, but we have no other way to influence the hackers,” she stressed. Sowing confusion Froome defends record Froome, among those whose medical record was leaked, defended his right to a therapeutic use exemption (TUE).“I’ve openly discussed my TUEs with the media and have no issues with the leak which confirms my statements,” the 31-year-old said.“In nine years as a professional I’ve twice required a TUE for exacerbated asthma, the last time was in 2014.”TUEs exist to allow athletes with recognised medical conditions such as asthma, from which Rio gold medallist Wiggins suffers, to take drugs on WADA’s banned list for their ailment so they can compete in elite level sport. Montreal, Canada | AFP | The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) called on Russia to help stop the hacking of its computer systems as medical records of 25 more athletes including three-time Tour de France winner Chris Froome were revealed on Thursday.The Kremlin reacted immediately by saying it was ready to help, while also denying any Russian involvement in the hacking.“We condemn this criminal activity and have asked the Russian Government to do everything in their power to make it stop,” WADA director general Olivier Niggli said.The hack on WADA’s computer system, Niggli said, constituted “retaliation” against the agency, which imposed heavy penalties against Russia over doping, including banning practically its entire athletics team from the Rio Olympics.“WADA has no doubt that these ongoing attacks are being carried out in retaliation against the Agency, and the global anti-doping system, because of our independent (Dick) Pound and (Richard) McLaren investigations that exposed state-sponsored doping in Russia,” Niggli said.Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov responded by saying: “If we’re talking about a request for help, then no question, if we receive such an appeal.“Russia consistently backs fighting cybercrime, consistently invites all states and international organisations to cooperate in this area, and this position of Russia is well known.”On Tuesday, WADA announced that the Russian cyber-espionage group Tsar Team (APT28), also known as Fancy Bears, had broken into its Anti-Doping Administration and Management System (ADAMS) database.The hacking group released information gleaned from the files of sports stars including US Olympic gymnast Simone Biles, a four-time gold medallist in the Rio Games, and tennis champions Venus and Serena Williams.In a fresh release on Thursday, the group published confidential data of 25 athletes, from eight countries, including British cyclists Bradley Wiggins and Froome, whose three Tour de France triumphs followed that of Wiggins.“To those athletes that have been impacted, we regret that criminals have attempted to smear your reputations in this way,” said Niggli.Russia’s Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko brushed aside suggestions of an orchestrated hacking campaign.“How can you prove that they are hackers from Russia? You blame Russia for everything,” Mutko said. Share on: WhatsApp
- Liverpool’s Van Dijk wins PFA player of year award
England international Sterling has been praised both for his on-field performances and a willingness to speak out about football’s continuing problems with racism.Arsenal Women forward Vivianne Miedema won the Women’s Player of the Year award after scoring 22 times to lead the Gunners to their first title since 2012, with her and Van Dijk completing a Dutch double.The north London side were crowned champions with a 4-0 win away to Brighton on Sunday.Miedema was also nominated for the Young Player of the Year award won by Manchester City forward Georgia Stanway.Miedema said: “I’m obviously really proud to represent my team here. I think we’ve had an amazing year, especially with winning the league today.”Meanwhile, the PFA’s special achievement award went to Manchester City and England captain Steph Houghton.The 31-year-old defender is set to skipper the Lionesses at this year’s World Cup in France.But Houghton has said she could miss the tournament in order to care for her husband, former Liverpool midfielder Stephen Darby, who was diagnosed with motor neurone disease last year.Darby, however, is determined Houghton takes her place in manager Phil Neville’s squad.Share on: WhatsApp Van Dijk. PHOTO @LFCLondon, United Kingdom | AFP | Liverpool centre-back Virgil van Dijk was named as England’s PFA Player of the Year for 2019 on Sunday.Van Dijk succeeded Liverpool team-mate Mohamed Salah in winning the award, voted for by his fellow players and saw off competition from Manchester City striker Raheem Sterling.But Sterling, 24, was named the Professional Footballers’ Association Young Player of the Year, following on from City colleague Leroy Sane.Van Dijk joined Liverpool from Southampton for £75 million ($97 million, 87 million euros) in January 2018.The 27-year-old Dutchman has been an ever-present for Liverpool in their bid to dethrone City as Premier League champions this season, with Sterling’s side one point clear of the Reds at the top of the table with just two games left to play.Van Dijk has starred in a hugely improved Liverpool defence that has kept 20 clean sheets and conceded a mere 20 goals in the current campaign.– ‘Unbelievable’ –“It’s pretty difficult to put into words,” said Van Dijk, the first defender to win the award since Chelsea’s John Terry 14 years ago.“I think it’s the highest honour you can get as a player to get voted player of the year by the players you play against every week. It’s special. I’m very proud and honoured to receive it.”Van Dijk, who also has a Champions League semi-final against Barcelona to look forward to this week, added: “If you see the standard of strikers or playmakers we have in the league, it’s unbelievable.”