Trump signs executive order to prevent price gouging, hoarding of medical supplies

first_imgOn Monday President Trump signed an executive order to prevent price gouging and hoarding of critical medical supplies amid the coronavirus outbreak.During  Monday evening’s briefing, Attorney General William Barr said that there was proof of people hoarding and price gouging amid the pandemic. Barr said the order would prohibit people from buying supplies to make profit off of them. Trump is authorized under the Defense Production Act to prohibit hoarding of needed resources by designating them as scarce or threatened by people accumulating excessive amounts, Barr said.This order will give Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar the authority to designate certain supplies as critical, meaning those found to be hoarding or price gouging such equipment could face criminal action, Barr said.The DOJ and HHS are currently working to identify what materials as designated as critical.President @realDonaldTrump just signed an EO to prevent hoarding & price gouging of supplies needed in our war against the #Coronavirus. This sends a strong message – we will not let those hoarding vital supplies & price gougers to harm the health of America in this hour of need. pic.twitter.com/eksxQOVKNM— Stephanie Grisham (@PressSec) March 23, 2020last_img read more

Korea Offers Parents, Students Taekwondo Tips on Self-defence

first_imgMuhammed, who was trained at Kyung-Hee University in Korea and was certified in the US, has been operating the centre equipped with state of the art facilities since 2009.In the company of other local instructors, including Michael Akande and Abdul Malik Saidu, they treated the students and parents to exciting routines and exhibition.There was a brief power-point presentation on kids’ display of Kibon Donjak (Basic Techniques) preceding the impromptu self-defence session for parents and the guests present.The Korea Culture Day was a dedicated day meant to put the spotlight on specific aspects of Korean culture while educating them in the process.Mohammed, who is a 4-degree black-belter, demonstrated the Apkoobi Seogi (Researched Long Stance) and lectured on five basic Disciplines of Taekwondo namely: Poomsae (Forms), Kyorugi (Free-sparing). Kyokpa (Art of breaking). Hoshinsul (Art of self-defense) and Shibum (Demonstration).The exhibition encouraged team spirit and self confidence among the kids, while one of the highlights was the Flying Side Kick performed by coach Saidu.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram From Olawale Ajimotokan in AbujaSouth Korea raised the bar in its pursuit of Taekwondo excellence in Nigeria, when the Korean Cultural Centre, Nigeria (KCCN) based in Abuja, exhibited several techniques to students and parents on the art of using taekwondo for self-defence in event they are gagged or assaulted by hoodlums. The display was one of the activities held to commemorate the Korea Culture Day.Chief Instructor of KCCN and a member of the Nigeria Taekwondo Federation (NTF), coach Abdulmalik Muhammed, led other Instructors who put students and some of their parents through some basic techniques they can apply for self defence when attacked by assailants.last_img read more

Marcellus softball goes 3-0, gives coach 200th win

first_img Tags: MarcellusSoftballSolvayWesthill Hannah Durand had six RBIs, with Emma MacLachlan going four-for-six, doubling twice and driving in five runs Emily Durand added four RBIs as Fraher and Mahoney both produced a pair of RBIs.Westhill found itself in a tough battle against Skaneateles last Monday afternoon, the Warriors needing a run in the bottom of the seventh inning to pull out a 6-5 decision over the Lakers.Skaneateles erased an early 1-0 deficit with a run in the third inning and two runs in the top of the fourth. Then Westhill appeared to take charge with a four-run rally of its own in the fifth.However, the Lakers used single runs in the sixth and seventh innings to tie it, 5-5, and force the dramatic finish, the Warriors getting to Skaneateles pitcher Lexi Cottrill, who had relieved Laci Galdis early in the game.Emma Shampine’s pair of hits led to two RBIs, with Ariel Cassidy getting a double, triple and RBI as Belle Cassidy also doubled. Abigail Edgar and Janae Ricks had two hits apiece. Ryley Pas’cal led Skaneateles with two hits and two RBIs as Cottrill scored twice.But when Solvay took its turn against Skaneateles a day later, it wasn’t as close, though the 19-8 margin did not reflect how it started.The Lakers answered a five-run Bearcats rally in the top of the second with six runs in the bottom of the second. But Solvay struck again in the fourth, scoring seven times to move in front for good.Hannah Martineau and Caitlin McCann each piled up five RBIs and combined for seven hits. Sidney Chaffee added three hits as she and Izzy Lambert both drove in two runs. Jordan Bamba scored four times to match Chaffee and also doubled.Pas’cal did hit the game’s only home run for Skaneateles, while Hannah Blowers had two RBIs. Maeve Canty, Tatumn Pas’cal, Natalie Yokom and Laci Galdis also drove in runs.Meanwhile, Westhill could not keep Cazenovia from a fourth consecutive victory as those other Lakers topped the Warriors 12-6, using five runs in the fifth inning to take control and adding three runs in the seventh.Belle Cassidy and Ariel Cassidy had two hits apiece, with Ricks adding an RBI and Tatiana Wicker scoring twice. Elora Wilmot and Samantha Morgan each hit home runs for Cazenovia and got two RBIs apiece.Skaneateles, on Thursday afternoon, saw a big lead get away in an 11-9 defeat to Weedsport.Trailing 3-2, the Lakers appeared to seize control when it batted around in the bottom of the fourth and scored seven times, Ryley Pas’cal getting three RBIs as Galdis drove in two runs.All of this was negated, though, when Weedsport got a run in the fifth, four runs in the sixth and three runs in the top of the seventh to reclaim the lead for good. Lauren Spingler went three-for-four for the Warriors, earning four RBIs.Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story Then Marcellus put up even more runs in a 25-1 win over Altmar-Parish-Williamstown a day later, scoring nine times in each of the first two innings to quickly evoke the mercy rule.Webster had a special day, going four-for-five and driving in a career-best seven runs. Fraher and Mahoney each had three RBIs, with Grattan, Caroline Trytek, Emily Durand and Hannah Durand getting two RBIs apiece.More success was found in Thursday’s 28-0, five-inning rout of Hannibal, which was a milestone in that it gave head coach Lisa MacLachlan her 200th victory at the Mustangs’ helm.center_img Wherever each of them stood in the OHSL Liberty division pecker order, area high school softball teams could change those positions, depending on how last week’s games turned out.Marcellus, who was back from its spring break work in Myrtle Beach, unloaded on Homer last Tuesday in an 18-3 romp, the Mustangs steadily producing runs until it scored 10 times in the bottom of the sixth.Aubrey Fraher, Emily Durand and Elaine Grattan led the way, each of them getting three RBIs. Evelyn Webster and Ellie Mahoney drove in two runs apiece as Emma MacLachlan walked four times and scored twice.last_img read more

Kaufman granted $1 million donation

first_imgThe donation, which will be paid over a few years, will be added to the University’s endowment fund to generate additional revenue for Kaufman to use for the coming years.  Leder-Morrow said that currently no decision had been made regarding the allocations of the funding, but discussions about utilizing the money have started. Leder-Morrow said the funds will lead to increased collaboration with other schools in terms of artists working together. “This is really just an opportunity for faculty to dream,” he said. “They can imagine what future collaborations might be.”  “Oftentimes when donors make a significant contribution, it’s essentially setting up an endowment fund that might be paid over a few years,” Leder-Morrow said. “We tap into that income to support [school] collaborations but the million dollars stays in the [endowment] fund forever, generating additional revenue for the school to use year after year.”  “The Choreographers & Composers Concert — that’s an established collaboration that happens year over year,” Leder-Morrow said. “One thing that’s been sort of in talk about was doing a similar program with popular music in addition to classical music.” center_img “There’s nothing planned yet,” Leder-Morrow said. “This is all still very new, but I know that conversations are happening among faculty both on the Kaufman side and the Thornton side to figure out the best way to put this new resource to good use.” The schools work together on programs such as the annual Choreographers & Composers Concert and want to use the funds to work on other projects in the future, according to Kaufman Director of Advancement Patrick Leder-Morrow.   The Kaufman School of Dance received a $1 million gift from an anonymous donor earlier this month. The funding will benefit both Kaufman and the Thornton School of Music, increasing collaboration between the two schools. The donation was gifted by an anonymous donor to the Kaufman School of Dance and will be added to USC’s endowment fund to generate additional revenue over the next few years. (Vincent Leo | Daily Trojan)last_img read more

Holt: Future bodes well for former Badgers

first_imgTurns out the kids are all right.Seven seniors and four underclassmen left the Wisconsin men’s hockey team in the 2010 offseason. Included in that group was UW’s first ever Hobey Baker Award winner in Blake Geoffrion and the team’s leading scorer, sophomore Derek Stepan. Three of those guys are in the National Hockey League, and two of them have hat tricks. Another three were named to all-star teams in the minor leagues.There’s certainly no shortage of Badgers in the NHL, as Dany Heatley, Joe Pavelski and Brian Rafalski are all household names among hockey fans. Twenty former Badgers played in an NHL game this season.But overall, the guys from that 2009-2010 team could end up being one of the most successful collections of NHL pros to come from one squad in quite a while. It’s very possible 10 of the Badgers who fell to Boston College in Detroit will be playing in the bigs within the next few years. What else would you expect from – as UW hockey blogger Chuck Schwartz has dubbed it – NHL University?Stepan surprised everyone – his head coach included – by signing with the New York Rangers last summer. The 20-year-old made the team out of training camp and got a dream of a first game, becoming only the fourth rookie in NHL history to score a hat trick in his first NHL game. Stepan finished the regular season fifth in scoring among rookies with 21 goals and 24 assists for 45 points.Not to be outdone, Geoffrion tore up the American Hockey League in early 2011, winning consecutive AHL player of the week awards as a member of the Milwaukee Admirals. Once called up to his hometown Nashville Predators, he notched a hat trick of his own against Buffalo.Defenseman Ryan McDonagh looks like he’ll be a staple on the blueline for the Rangers for years after getting called up in January. A hard-skating, physical defenseman, McDonagh is getting around 20 minutes of ice time a game, and his first NHL goal was a game-winner that helped the Rangers make the playoffs.As UW head coach Mike Eaves put it, McDongah looks like he belongs.“The pro game is made for Ryan in terms of his physical strengths and his ability to move from point A to point B. But the way he plays, it’s simple, it’s clean, it’s effective,” Eaves said. “That’s why he’s getting the ice time that he has, because he’s very effective in those areas.”So far, those three are the only former Badgers from that team to get NHL time. But they’re not the only ones to enjoy success.2010 WCHA Defensive Player of the Year Brendan Smith joined the Grand Rapids Griffins, the Detroit Red Wings’ AHL affiliate, and made an instant impact. Smith was the first Griffins rookie to be named to the AHL All-Star Game and was also named to the AHL all-rookie team.Forward Ben Street has proved to be a valuable free-agent signing, getting named the ECHL Rookie of the Year as a member of the Wheeling Nailers. Street scored 24-27-51 in just 38 games and was eventually called up to the Wilkes-Barre/ Scranton Penguins of the AHL, where he went 12-11-23 in 36 games.Forward Andy Bohmbach led all East Coast Hockey League rookies in scoring, with a 25-43-68 line, and was named to the ECHL all-rookie team. Aaron Bendickson was named an ECHL all-star at midseason but left to finish his college degree. John Mitchell played most of his season in the AHL for Syracuse and has the size (6-foot-5, 216) to possibly make an NHL roster someday. It won’t be surprising to see defenseman Cody Goloubef make his NHL debut next year for Columbus, either.That’s not even counting four guys from that Badgers team that still have their professional careers ahead of them.Defenseman Jake Gardiner left after this season ended, getting a taste of the AHL with a 10-game stint with the Toronto Marlies. Gardiner flashed his defensive prowess with McDonagh as a sophomore, forming one of the nation’s best shutdown defensive pairings. As a junior, he was counted on to produce points and responded by posting a 10-31-41 line that was second in the nation among defensemen.Ahead of Gardiner in blueline scoring was Justin Schultz, who has said he’s staying for his junior year. Schultz was named WCHA Defensive Player of the Year and had 18 goals – most for a defenseman since 2002.Craig Smith, a fourth-round pick of Nashville, is also staying for at least one more year, giving him time to work on his consistency. When he’s on, the center looks like the best player on the ice. But he’s not always on, despite a very successful 19-goal, 43-point sophomore campaign.And then there’s John Ramage, a fourth-round pick last summer, whose game is very well-suited for the smaller rinks of the NHL.Not a bad bunch, eh?“That speaks loudly for Mike Eaves and his ability to coach and teach,” Geoffrion said in a phone interview.Look at the guys from the 2006 title-winning team. Eight of those Badgers have played in the NHL since leaving Wisconsin, guys like Adam Burish, Jake Dowell and Tom Gilbert. The more recent group didn’t even win the championship and could surpass the ’06 team in NHL-ers.Five years from now, chances are good 10 members of that 2009-2010 UW team are playing in the NHL regularly. Another two or three have outside chances of making a roster someday. Give credit to Eaves and his staff for helping develop what might end up being one of the most successful groups of Badgers in UW history.Adam is a senior majoring in journalism. Been following any former Badgers in the pros? Email him at aholt@badgerherald.com or Tweet @AdamJSHolt.last_img read more

Men’s Hockey: Granato excited but not satisfied over early win

first_imgThe University of Wisconsin men’s hockey team played in front of their home crowd for the first time Saturday, beating the Victoria Vikes 10-1 in an exhibition game.First-year head coach Tony Granato reflected on his team’s performance and touched on some of the takeaway’s heading into Friday’s first regular season matchup in Green Bay against Northern Michigan.Men’s hockey: Badgers cruise past Vikes in first exhibition gameThe University of Wisconsin got off to a blazing hot start Saturday night in the Kohl center and never looked Read…“It was a positive start from a system side of things,” Granato said. “We didn’t implement a ton where they had to think out there. We wanted them to play.”Sophomores Luke Kunin and Seamus Malone led the way in scoring. Kunin followed up a dominant freshman season with a hat trick while Seamus finished with two.Granato alluded to the relative lack of action that his team’s goalies saw in their rout of the Vikes. Rumors before the game hinted that sophomore standout goalie Matt Jurusik might not start the whole season, and the slow action provided little to no answer to that question.“It would have been nice if they would have gotten a little more pressure on them, but I think they gained confidence as well, so it was good to get both those young guys in the game,” Granato said.Men’s hockey: Granato doesn’t want Wisconsin to be players’ final stopThere’s an intrinsic competitiveness in hockey players which drives them to the extremes. It’s shown in years of 6 a.m. Read…Despite the fact that Wisconsin had no trouble from an offensive standpoint, they tallied seven penalties exceeding Victoria’s six. Penalties were an extensive problem for the Badgers a season ago and were a main concern going into the offseason.“The good thing is it’s going to be hard decisions on who plays,” Granato said. “We go from 25 guys down to 20, so there’s five guys who won’t be able to play Friday night when we drop the puck. I think the positive thing for us as coaches is we know we have depth.”Wisconsin finished last season with an overall record of 8-19-8 and will certainly look to take the first step in improving upon that mark in Friday’s season opener. If Saturday’s blowout was any indication, it seems they are already making strides in the right direction.“There are certain things we’ve obviously worked on in the first few weeks that they’ve adapted to very well, and I think it carried over into the game,” Granato said.last_img read more

French casino trade union demands ‘hard games protections’ on FDJ sale

first_img Winamax maintains Granada CF sponsorship despite bleak Spanish outlook August 19, 2020 Share Submit Share Related Articles FDJ’s ParionsSport launches sponsorship programme for French amateur football August 24, 2020 Vbet sponsors AS Monaco as Ligue 1 kicks off new season August 24, 2020 StumbleUpon French casino trade union ‘Casinos de France’ has written to the En Marche government demanding that its planned sale of state-owned gambling/lottery operator Francaise des Jeux (FDJ) be undertaken on specific terms which do not hinder national casino incumbents.The trade union, which represents staff working across forty French private/independent casino operators including Groupe Barrière, Partouche and Tranchant, states that FDJ’s sale must not include any terms allowing its buyer to service ‘Article-D (321-13)’ games.Under France’s current gambling code, Article-D games reference casino-style inventory and slots machines, making no clear distinction between land-based and digital verticals. Furthermore, these games are classified as ‘hard content’ regardless of player % payouts.Writing to En Marche, the governance of Casinos de France demands that its sale terms stipulate that the buyer of FDJ cannot service hard games content across FDJ terminals and its network of outlets.The trade union highlights ‘FDJ’s +30,000 retail point network’, underlining that without this written demand 200 French casinos would be exposed to ‘encroachment by a new buyer’, who could simply add casino content to FDJ terminals, threatening the outlook and performance of its members.Casinos de France closes its statement by detailing that it will challenge any threat to France’s land-based casino sector, reminding En Marche of the employment, commercial and cultural benefits of French Casinos.“45,000 jobs including 15,000 direct, 60 million visitors, 500 cultural events supported financially, 350 bars and 300 restaurants in the casinos as well as 300 performance and reception halls employing 20,000 intermittent performers, 50 hotels, 35 discotheques, 34 bowling / cinemas, financial support and active development of tourism sector,” it said.This August, Bruno Le Maire – France’s Finance Minister – expressed confidence that En Marche would deliver on its schedule to sell FDJ by the end of 2019, fulfilling a key directive of the government’s ‘Pacte Loi‘ enterprise mandate.last_img read more

CAF release guidelines for the return of football

first_imgThe Confederation of African Football (CAF) has issued comprehensive guidelines on how to restart football across the continent.Following developments in the spread and control of COVID-19 across the continent and the rest of the world, a series of meetings have been held regarding the future of competitions by the continent’s football governing in which safe ways have been determined to bring football back.The Caf Medical Committee in collaboration with the Technical & Development Department and a team of experts has put together a comprehensive plan to guide the Member Associations (MA’s) on the restart of football activities on the continent which have largely been suspended since the middle of March 2020.The 27-page document titled “Caf Guidelines to Resume Football in Africa” emphasizes the health of the major stakeholders (players, officials, fans, partners) as the essential elements which should constitute the basis of all decisions regarding the reintroduction of football activities across the continent supported by the authorization of relevant state authorities.The plan also highlights on effective and continuous medical assessment (testing) of players and officials, guidelines for training sessions, disinfection of sporting facilities, as well as strict adherence to the global preventive protocols.“This comprehensive document is a major step towards resuming football on the continent. Based on recent developments, it is important we have a plan in place to guide our stakeholders on the return of continental and domestic competitions, and the need for an all hands on deck approach.“Many considerations were factored into the putting together of the document by our team of experts notably the specificities of the continent. Together with strategies established by local authorities, it provides the MA’s with adequate information to resume operations upon receiving the green light,” said Caf acting general secretary Abdelmounaim Bah.Meanwhile, the Organizing Committee for Interclubs Competitions & Management of Club Licensing, and the Organizing Committee for Women’s Football held meetings via video-conference last week on the future on the various competitions.The Caf Executive Committee is scheduled to meet on Tuesday, 30 June via video-conference and will make pronouncements on the recommendations by the respective standing committees. Details of the Executive Committee meeting is to be announced in due course.View full document below:Caf-guidlelines-for-football-return-COVID-19 Source: Footy-Ghana.comlast_img read more

Dennis Liske Faces Judge in a Status Conference Following Sexual Assault Allegations

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisA status conference docket call…was held inside of the Alpena County Courthouse Monday in regards to the Dennis Albert Liske case. The 67–year–old allegedly assaulted his young granddaughter on two separate occasions.The Ossineke Township clerk was charged with a single count of criminal sexual conduct in the second degree. The final status conference will be held on Monday, August 7th, at the Alpena County Courthouse due to a second criminal sexual case in Midland County, where Liske has been charged with two counts of criminal sexual conduct in the second degree.“August 7th for the final status conference. We have the trial date set. I presume if it doesn’t go in Midland. August 7th at 9 am.”Liske allegedly assaulted his granddaughter back in January inside of his home. He also allegedly assaulted the same victim at a Midland hotel during a family gathering for Christmas back in December of 2016.A trial has been set in regards to the Alpena assault case for September 26th through September 29th. Details in regards to Liske’s Midland case have not been released yet.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis Tags: Alpena County Courthouse, Dennis Albert Liske, Dennis Liske, status conferenceContinue ReadingPrevious Diocese of Gaylord Release Statement on Rev. Obwaka ‘Not Guilty’ TrialNext Supreme Court Denies Alpena Man’s Request For Appeallast_img read more

Ex-Armstrong teammate: I lied for a long, long time

first_imgA former teammate of once acclaimed, now embattled former cyclist Lance Armstrong said Friday that there was no question why U.S. Postal Service team members doped during big races.“It was done by the team, but it was done for the Tour de France so I could be a good teammate for Lance Armstrong,” Tyler Hamilton told CNN on Friday. “He wanted you to be riding your best in the biggest races.”Hamilton, who admits he’s not Armstrong’s “biggest fan,” is one of 26 witnesses who testified to the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency as part of its investigation into doping by Armstrong and other riders on the team.In its report, released Wednesday, the organization tasked with keeping banned substances out of U.S. Olympic-sanctioned sports said it had uncovered “overwhelming evidence” that Armstrong had participated in and helped run the cycling team’s doping program.Armstrong’s lawyer Tim Herman dismissed the USADA report as a “one-sided hatchet job” and a “government-funded witch hunt” against the seven-time Tour de France winner, who has consistently denied doping accusations.Armstrong decided to give up fighting the agency’s investigation in August, after a federal judge dismissed a lawsuit he had filed seeking to stop the probe. Hamilton was one of two former members of Armstrong’s cycling team who spoke to CNN Friday about the doping allegations.Emma O’Reilly, a former part masseuse and part personal assistant to Armstrong and his cycling team, said she hoped her decision to talk about doping — which she first did nearly a decade ago and more recently through the USADA report — will help make the sport of cycling better, rather than simply bring Armstrong down.“I think that now, more than ever, this is the opportunity for riders to have the choice to ride clean and stay clean if they choose to,” O’Reilly told CNN.The USADA sent its report — chronicling what it called “the most sophisticated, professionalized and successful doping program that sport has ever seen” — to international cycling authorities, who are considering a request to strip Armstrong of his Tour de France titles and other wins.And the International Olympic Committee said Friday that it also is examining the agency’s evidence to decide if it should consider taking away the bronze medal Armstrong won in the 2000 Sydney Olympics, according to spokesman Andrew Mitchell. Meanwhile, the RadioShack Nissan Trek cycling team announced Friday that it is parting ways with Johan Bruyneel, who managed the U.S. Postal Service and Discovery racing teams on which Armstrong raced.In its report, the USADA said “the overwhelming evidence in this case is that Johan Bruyneel was intimately involved in all significant details of the U.S. Postal team’s doping program.”Bruyneel is among three former U.S. Postal Service and Discovery team officials who are fighting the charges.The Radio Shack Nissan Trek team said the mutual decision “is necessary to make this decision since Johan Bruyneel can no longer direct the Team in an efficient and comfortable way.”On his website, Bruyneel said he was “surprised and extremely disappointed” the USADA released its findings before he could review them. “I still hope to be able to defend myself in a forum free from bias, although I now fear that USADA’s calculated action may have irreversibly prejudiced my case,” he said.n her affidavit, released Wednesday, O’Reilly reiterated allegations she first made in a 2003 book “L.A. Confidentiel” by two journalists on allegations against Armstrong.She told the agency she engaged in clandestine trips to pick up and drop off what she assumed were doping products and said she was in the room when Armstrong and two other team officials came up with a plan to backdate a prescription for corticosteroids for a saddle sore to explain a positive steroid test result during the 1999 Tour de France.“Now, Emma, you know enough to bring me down,” she says Armstrong told her after the meeting.“The quote has got a bit dramatized,” she said. “History has shown that I didn’t have enough to bring him down, and I never wanted to bring him down. Never, ever wanted to bring Lance down.” Doping was commonplace in cycling in the ’90s, O’Reilly said, as integral to the sport as the bikes that bore riders up and down the French hillside. She said she tried to distance herself from doping activities but felt some pressure to go along.She said she first came across doping by the team in 1998, when she said a man gave her a package that he described as testosterone for team cyclist George Hincapie. The man, whose name is redacted from the affidavit, warned her not to travel to the United States with it, O’Reilly said.Hincapie acknowledged using banned substances in his affidavit to the USADA and in a statement released the same day.That same year, she says, Armstrong gave her a small plastic-wrapped package after a race in The Netherlands and asked her to dispose of it. O’Reilly said Armstrong told her it “contained some things he was uneasy traveling with and had not wanted to throw away at the team hotel.”O’Reilly also recounted buying makeup for Armstrong to conceal what she said he described as bruise from a syringe injection during a race. While O’Reilly said she never saw Armstrong use banned substances — though she felt sure that he did — Hamilton had a different story, saying “the first time I ever blood-doped was with Lance” and that Armstrong was well aware and involved with everything that happened.The Massachusetts-born cyclist recalled how the U.S. Postal Service team had a French man, whom he referred to as Motoman, who followed the tour on his motorcycle to deliver the performance-enhancing drug EPO at different stops.Asked why few cyclists on his team were caught despite what he characterized as repeated doping, Hamilton said they just did as they were told.“The team doctors told us what we could take, when we could take it, how long it would stay in our system,” he said. “So if we followed those simple rules, 99 times out of 100, we would pass.”Having first tested positive for doping in 2004, Hamilton said he continued to lie — pointing to what he called omerta, or “the code of silence … within the top tier of cycling.” “I believed that was my only way back into the sport,” he said. “It is a bit of a mafia. It’s a powerful group. You can say the wrong thing, and next thing you know …”It wasn’t until last year, with an interview on CBS’ “60 Minutes” and the publication of a book the following year, that Hamilton came clean about being a chronic user.He said telling the truth has been cathartic for him, while expressing understanding about his former teammate’s continued denials.“I lied for a long, long time. And you start believing some of your lies,” said Hamilton, who accused Armstrong of trying to intimidate him a year and a half ago. “And he’s got himself really backed into a corner.”last_img read more