Up to 31 athletes could be banned after Beijing retests

first_imgThe announcement comes after the International Olympic Committee (IOC) retested 454 selected doping samples from the 2008 Games in Beijing.The IOC said the retests were conducted using the very latest scientific analysis methods.It also revealed it is awaiting the results of 250 retests from the 2012 Olympics in London.”All these measures are a powerful strike against the cheats we do not allow to win,” IOC president Thomas Bach said.”They show once again that dopers have no place to hide. We keep samples for 10 years so that the cheats know that they can never rest.”By stopping so many doped athletes from participating in Rio, we are showing once more our determination to protect the integrity of the Olympic competition.”More than 4,500 tests were carried out at the Beijing Games in 2008 – but just nine athletes were caught cheating.The IOC said the retests were focused on athletes who could potentially take part in Rio.It added 12 affected national Olympic associations would be informed in the coming days.However, the IOC said it would not be revealing the names of athletes who had returned adverse findings until B-samples had been tested and individuals informed.The British Olympic Association said it has not been contacted by the IOC.The organisation also confirmed it is to start re-testing samples from the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics. Last week, a whistleblower alleged Russian secret service agents helped to protect drug cheats in Sochi, although the Russian authorities denied the claims.The World Anti-Doping Agency (Wada) is now investigating those allegations and on Tuesday announced it had appointed former Interpol agent and French Gendarmerie major Mathieu Holz to lead the inquiry.IOC steps up doping fightThe latest measures taken by the IOC come after Russia and Kenya were found to have breached anti-doping rules in recent months.Russia was banned from athletics competition in November after a Wada commission report recommended the sanction.The nation’s athletics federation accepted its ban from international competition, with sports minister Vitaly Mutko saying this week Russia was “very sorry” and “ashamed” of cheating athletes who were not caught by its anti-doping systems.But he argued not lifting the ban for the Rio Games would be “unfair and disproportionate” and that clean athletes should not be punished.Meanwhile, Kenyan sports minister Hassan Wario is confident the nation will not be banned from Rio despite being judged to be non-compliant with the global anti-doping code.Wada has written to Kenya, outlining what it must do to meet the anti-doping code.The IOC said it is funding Wada to carry out intelligence-gathering before the Rio Games to make pre-event testing “as efficient and independent as possible”.last_img read more

Lorne Targets Best Chess In 2017

first_imgBuoyed by his impressive joint second place in the Sub Zonal Chess Tournament last year, National representative, Malaku Lorne is targeting more consistency and improvements to attain his best game, in 2017.The tournament is part of the World Championships qualification cycle and the Jamaican will line up against competitors at this year’s Zonal which is expected to be held in El Salvador in March.”This year, I am trying to do a lot better and be more consistent, I have represented Jamaica on three occasions now,” he explained.The former Chess Master scored seven points from his nine games to place joint second (third on tie-break), in the 2.3.5 Sub-Zonal Chess Tournament held in Barbados from April 28 to May 2, last year.Courtesy of that performance, he earned the title International FIDE Master (FM).”To the best of my knowledge, I am only the second Jamaican to qualify for this stage of the zonal, so I want to do really well at this one,” Lorne said.Lorne has represented Jamaica at three Olympiads so far; 2004, 2014 and 2016, and will be looking to do so again in 2018.His career spans 24 years, and Lorne considers himself a professional player according to Jamaican standards.He received the Chess Sportsman of the year award at the RJR Sports Foundation National Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year ceremony, recently.”To be honest, I wasn’t aiming to win this accolade. I was just aiming to do my best throughout the year, and surprised to win it,” he told The Gleaner.”It will definitely help with marketing. One of my problems was sponsorship, and winning this award will help me get more sponsorship,” he said.Lorne said that preparations are in full swing to lift his game.”I can get a lot better, based on some performance I have put in I will do a lot better, I just want more consistency,” he observed.last_img read more

Hotshots reach semis

first_imgMos Burger to open in Manila; teases with a pop-up Reigning Best Import Allen Durham posted 18 points—including an inside basket that gave the Bolts a 91-90 edge with 15.8 ticks remaining—21 rebounds and seven assists while Chris Newsome and Cliff Hodge had 19 and 18 points, respectively.Blackwater tries to become only the fourth team to knock off the No. 1 seed when it tangles with Meralco on Thursday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours How to help the Taal evacuees PBA IMAGESStar became the first team to reach the semifinals of the PBA Governors’ Cup even when the top-seeded Meralco Bolts had an earlier game schedule—and a supposedly lighter quarterfinal opponent.The Hotshots came back in the second half to eliminate the NLEX Road Warriors, 89-77, Tuesday night to advance to the Final Four of the season-ending conference.ADVERTISEMENT The Bolts, who finished second in this tournament last season, could have gotten to the semifinals ahead after drawing an earlier game time and a quarterfinal pairing against eighth-seed Blackwater.But Allein Maliksi came out eager to prove that the Elite made a good decision in trading for him late in the season.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogMaliksi came up clutch as the Elite took down the Bolts, 92-91, to force a do-or-die in their pairing.“Going into the final 15 seconds of the game with Meralco up by one, the instruction was to have a good shot and if there was an opening, we take it,” said Blackwater head coach Leo Isaac after the gripping showdown between seeds at the opposite end of the spectrum at Mall of Asia Arena.center_img DAY6 is for everybody In ‘Jojo Rabbit,’ Comedy and Drama Collide MOST READ “We challenged the players to face the situation. We wanted the ball to go to Walker but there was also an option for Maliksi,” Isaac said.The ball did go to Walker, who then set Maliksi up for the game-winning jumper from the free-throw line with 9.5 seconds left.The Hotshots did not need as tight a finish as the Elite did, putting together a strong second half to overcome an NLEX squad that was seeing action in its first playoff stint under coach Yeng Guiao.The hard-fighting Road Warriors looked headed for a do-or-die as they stormed out of a deadlock at halftime to take a 63-55 lead in the third quarter.But Star went on a strong run to take a 69-63 edge before stretching the lead to 10 late in the fourth period behind huge baskets by Paul Lee.ADVERTISEMENT Import Kristofer Acox and Lee carried the Hotshots in the second half and finished with 21 and 18 points, respectively, for Star, which at one point in the tournament was staring at a possible seventh seed in the playoffs.“We came from seventh spot and we were able to get No. 4 so we just took advantage of it,” said Star coach Chito Victolero.Acox also had 12 rebounds and two steals for Star.In contrast, NLEX started the Governors’ Cup strong and was one of the early favorites to nab a crucial twice-to-beat advantage but the fickleness of the tournament, where the closely-packed standings meant one loss could spell doom for a team’s chances, dropped the Road Warriors out of the top four.Walker and Maliksi carried the Elite down the stretch but it took team effort in the waning seconds to pull off the defensive stop on the Bolts, whose last shot—a one-hander from just inside the 3-point line by Mike Tolomia—went off target.“We played good defense and made the stop,” Isaac said.The dramatic win was Blackwater’s first in the playoffs since joining the league in 2014. And it couldn’t have come at a better time with the Elite facing the formidable Bolts, who won nine games against only two losses in the elimination round.Walker had only 11 points in the first three quarters before taking over when it mattered most. He exploded for 19 in the fourth quarter, scoring Blackwater’s first 18 points there.The former NBA veteran, who had stints with the Boston Celtics, New York Knicks and Miami Heat, logged a total of 30 points, 18 rebounds, six assists, one steal and a block.The 30-year-old Maliksi, who was acquired from Star in a four-player trade on Sept. 10, wound up with 15 points and four rebounds. Starting guard Mike DiGregorio added 20 points. LATEST STORIES Ateneo shoots for 5th straight triumph Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

‘Double Arrears’: Football House Owes Staffers, Referees

first_imgThe Chief Scribe of the 53-member Secretariat of the Liberia Football Association (LFA) and the President of the Liberia Football Referees Association (LIFRA) have both confirmed arrears of salaries and match indemnities.The LFA’s Secretary General Alphonso Armah has admitted that the football house owes it staffers for three months as of Wednesday, April 30, 2014; while LIFRA President, Atty. Joseph Kollie has announced that the LFA is indebted to the referees for over US$10,000.Mr. Armah, in an exclusive interview with the Daily Observer yesterday, failed to state whether the outstanding in the employees’ salaries was due to technical or administrative reasons, but said the staffers would be paid this week.“I don’t know why the press is blowing this thing out of proportion, but let me say this, they will be paid this week – I mean they will get their salaries this week,” Mr. Armah said.For his part, the Liberia’s referee boss, in a poignant tone said the LFA owed them about little over US$10,000 because after the April 14 inauguration, they received some of their outstanding receivables.“We are hopeful before the start of the National Play-off of the 3rd division teams, the LFA would clear us off,” Atty. Kollie said.Though he refused to state whether the referees would lay down their wrestles, reports gathered have said that discontentment is fast setting in and there is growing disgruntlement among the referees, something soccer administrators presage could spell embarrassment for the National Playoff.However, football pundits have argued that the apparent sluggishness in the payment of salaries of LFA employees and matches indemnities for referees are cruelty in that FIFA provides an annual Financial Assistance Programme (FAP) to every member country.The FIFA’s FAP is designed to support its member associations and the confederations to improve their administrative and technical capabilities.According to the FIFA’s FAP, Liberia receives US$250,000 every year including bonuses, if FIFA deems it necessary.Unconfirmed reports say Liberia has received approximately US$500,000 for bonuses between 2010 and 2012 excluding the annual US$250,000.“The annual amount of funds available as financial support for all member associations and confederations under the FAP (“FAP funds”) is determined in FIFA’s annual budget (except for FAP bonus payments), which is ratified by the FIFA Congress and communicated to the member associations and confederations by the FIFA general secretariat,” Chapter 4 of the FIFA FAP’s regulations stated.Besides the FIFA’s FAP, the LFA also receives US$165,000 every year from Cellcom GSM, for sponsorship for the National League, which is known as the Cellcom LFA National League.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Liberia for 10th World Amp World Cup in Mexico

first_imgEmotions that gripped thousands at the just ended FIFA Brazil World Cup were felt by the world.  In Brazil, 200 million people wept as their pride was hurt after the humiliating 7-1 drubbing in the semi-finals by eventual winners, Germany, whose nationals are still celebrating their win against Argentina.Though Liberia was not among the elites, we are lucky to be among the elites of the Amputee soccer sector.On August 9, 2014, Liberia, the three-time African Champions, will take on Team USA at Soccerplex in Germantown, Maryland, USA, near Washington DC.The African champions will test their American counterparts, as both prepare to prepare in the 10th Amputee World Cup in Culiancan, Sinaloa, Mexico from November 30-December 8, 2014.A dispatch from Mr. Duannah Siryon, international coordinator of LAFASA said Liberians in the United States are excited about the friendly match.“We hope the Liberian government will embrace this friendly invitation,” Duannah said, “since we’ll be taking the team to Liberian communities in the USA to generate funds to help the team for their camping and trip to Mexico.”Duannah said Liberia being triple champions of Africa will have a lot to teach their American friends.“Both teams will be going for the World Cup in Mexico,” Duannah said, “and it will be nice to see them test each other.”In Monrovia, the news of the Mexico World Cup has excited LAFASA, and the team has begun what many considered as intensive preparation.“I have no doubt that President Sirleaf is getting excited about her team,” said a longtime follower of the team’s exploits, “with her support Liberia will be there for the friendly match and then be in Mexico.”The Liberia Amputee team is the country’s pride in international football, as the regular Lone Star has failed repeatedly despite huge financial and moral support to in continental competitions.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Weah to Construct Mini-Soccer Stadiums in 7 Counties

first_imgMap showing the proposed locations of the Mini-stadiums in 7 countiesPresident George M. Weah has proposed the construction of modernized mini soccer stadiums in seven counties as his initial way to promote and develop sports in the country.In the communications from the President to the House of Representatives and the Liberian Senate, which were separately read during Thursday’s sessions, the mini-soccer stadiums will be built in the capital cities of seven counties.They will be built in Harper, Maryland County; Barclayville, Grand Kru; Greenville, Sinoe; Cestos, Rivercess: Zwedru, Grand Gedeh; Robertsport, Grand Cape Mount and Bopolu, Gbarpolu County.….trust that the Legislature will ratify this Agreement which seeks to provide employment, build our infrastructure, strengthen our Union and drive our Pro-Poor Agenda for the good of our Liberian people,” President Weah noted.The President, who is a former International soccer icon made the suggestions of the erection of stadiums when he submitted for ratification a Loan Financing Agreement between Eton Finance PTE Ltd and the Liberian Government in the amount of US$536.4m.The communications of the President were dated on May 7, but were read Thursday, May 10 during the 27th day sitting of the 1st session of the 54th Legislature.The President, in his communications, said the contract of the project shall be constructed by a Joint Venture Consortium (JVC) comprising MAEIL Liberia Construction Company Ltd, a major Chinese Engineering, Procurement and Construction Company; and the subcontractor(s) will be Liberian-owned and operated construction and engineering company(ies), which will be vetted and confirmed by the Ministry of Public Works in respect of their technical capacities.The loan is payable in fifteen(15) years with 1.46% interest per annual with a seven year interest and principal free grace period.President Weah said he trusts “that the Legislature will ratify this Agreement which seeks to provide employment, build our infrastructure, strengthen our Union and drive our Pro-Poor Agenda for the good of our Liberian people.”According to reasons of the Loan, besides the mini-stadiums, the President also said the Loan will also finance the Coastal Corridor Connection of County Capitals Road Project, viz, construction of the Buchanan-Cestos City-Greenville-Barclayville Road, the Barclayville-Sasstown Road; the Barclayville-Pleebo Road; the Medina-Robertsport Road; and the Tubmanburg-Bopolu Road”.Meanwhile, the Loan Agreement has been send to the Committees on Ways, Means & Budget and Judiciary to report within two weeks.President Weah is the first African player to win both FIFA’s World Player of the Year trophy and the Ballon d’Or.Weah plied his string at top-flight European teams including Paris Saint-Germain, Chelsea and AC Milan.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Employers Asked to Develop Clear Policy on Sexual Harassment At Workplaces

first_imgAssistant Labour Minister wants Women group to use innovation and technology to address issue affecting women and girlsThe Assistant Labour Minister for Labour Standards, Atty. Welma Baye Sampson, says the Ministry of Labour is working to ensure that employers in the country have a clear and defined sexual harassment policy to protect women and men from harassment at work places in Liberia.She said that the Ministry is making efforts to ensure women’s rights are protected both within the Ministry and other workplaces across the country, noting that “the protection of women rights is the heart of the Pro-Poor Agenda for Prosperity and Development (PAPD).”“We have been creating awareness on the rights of women at work including paid-for maternity leave, nursing breaks and flexible work schedule for nursing mothers at work.”Assistant Minister Sampson made the statement on Friday, March 8, 2019 at program marking the Installation of Officers of the Ministry of Labour Women Association (MOLWA), held at the Ministry of Labour in Monrovia.The event also coincided with the observance of the International Women’s Day, which was held under the theme:”Think Equal, Build Smart and Innovate for Change.” The National Theme was: “Gender Equality for Innovators and not the Consumers of Innovation.”“People use the internet to degrade women, gossip, throw hints and share degrading articles and nude photos about women. Innovation is shaping and changing the way we live as a people and we have to be intentional about its use to positively impact the lives of women and girls. That means, it is time we got involved in making sure that women and girls are not only consumers of innovation, but take our place as innovators.”She admonished the newly inducted leadership and members of the MOLWA that it is time that they build network, a cycle that will be a support system to fellow women noting that “women group should not be a space of gossip, envy and jealousy instead, it should be a space of support and learning.”Atty. Sampson added that dissemination of information among women should no longer be an issue when they can create a WhatsApp group chat to get messages across. “Leaving work early because of unexpected period need not be an issue when a women can feel comfortable with a support group and send an emergency alert requesting a sanitary pad from a sister within the network.”“Our workplace should be a safe haven. Sexual harassment should not be the basis we change our career path. When we feel we are being sexually harassed, we should not hesitate to speak about it. We should look in the face of our harasser and say stop. If you are too shy, get a sister involved, share with your network and they will find a decent way to approach the harasser.She called on women in the country to design and execute solutions for women and girls from the creation of decent work to the delivery of products, services and infrastructure for women in all walks of life.The Assistant Labour Minister cautioned the incoming leadership to study the issues outlined and be on the frontline to engage women and girls; educating them on the importance of using innovation and technology to address issues affecting women and girls.She used the occasion to expressed sadness over the passing of two great women of Liberia Madam Ruth Caesar and Senator Geraldine Doe Sherif who she said they were women of power and grace.“They were involved in pushing women agenda around the country and in their areas of work. They were women we listened to on radio and read about in newspapers every time talking about the rights of women and I hope our quest for gender equality is a fitting tribute to their legacy.For her part, the newly inducted President of the Ministry of Labour Women Association Mrs. Deborah Davis Gray, praised the outgoing leadership of the Association for holding the women of the Ministry together during their tenure and the successful holding of a free and fair elections which resulted to a leadership coming into office to continue their good work.Mrs. Gray said that it is important to recognize the efforts of partners who helped in making the program a success, particularly the Minister of Labor and his hardworking team for the opportunity given them to celebrate such a historic day. She also thanked the men of the Labor Ministry for the high level of support she and other women have enjoyed over the years.The MOLWA President was quick to apologize to those she might have offended at any point in time.“Our leadership’s arms are open to listen to suggestions from all employees, including the former leadership, most especially constrictive criticism. We will also encourage dialogue and we make tangible recommendations which we believe will help the Ministry to progress as a family. Our administration was elected on the platform of respect for every employee’s view and not discussing each other in the corridors, because unity is the best way to enhance the workings of any association.”Those inducted were: Mrs. Deborah Davis Gray, President, Mrs. Dorian L. Kanneh, Vice President, Mrs. Nyama Gborkorquelle Dorko, Secretary and Ms. Enad Harris, Financial Secretary.Several female employees and members of the Ministry of Labour Women Association received certificates of appreciation for their dedicated service and their commitment to the promotion of programs at the Ministry.Those certificated were: Atty. Yvette Freeman, Deputy Minister for Administration; Ms. Sanniah Kollie, outgoing president of the Association; Madam Ophelia Tarm, former vice president; Mrs. Irena R. Sherif, former Secretary General; and Madam Rita Cooper, Financial Secretary.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Nasri reunites with Kompany to be an ‘example’ to Anderlecht’s youngsters

first_img0Shares0000Samir Nasri won the Premier League title twice as a Manchester City player © Belga/AFP / VIRGINIE LEFOURBRUSSELS, Belgium, Jul 9 – Former France midfielder Samir Nasri said on Tuesday he is joining former Manchester City teammate Vincent Kompany at Anderlecht to “be an example to the younger generation”.The 32-year-old was a free agent after his short-term contract with West Ham expired. He joined the London club in January, at the end of an 18-months doping ban, and made six appearances, the last one off the bench against Huddersfield in March. Kompany, 33, has returned to his first club to take his first steps in coaching as player-manager. He left in 2006 for Germany before spending more than a decade in the Premier League.Nasri’s career has included spells with City, Arsenal and Sevilla as well as 41 appearances for his country. He was banned for three games by the French football federation after insulting a journalist following France’s elimination by Spain at Euro 2012. He retired from the national team two years later.“I made mistakes, I am a tenacious character, that’s maybe why you have seen bad things on the internet,” he said.“Money is not the motivation, it is the sporting project, the fact of being able to work with a friend,” Nasri added.He has signed a one-year deal with the option of a second season and admitted he would like to follow Kompany into coaching.Nasri said becoming a father in 2018 changed him and made him want to pass on his experience having “recently matured”.“I want to give back what I have learnt,” said.“I wanted to stay in Europe with a project I found interesting and different,” he said of joining a squad in which more than half the PLAYERS are below the age of 25.Anderlecht, record 34-time champions of Belgium, finished sixth in the league last season missing out on European football for the first time in 55 years.“My aim and the club’s aim is to be champions and get back to the Champions League.”0Shares0000(Visited 3 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

A changed Tottenham line up but still strong enough for Fiorentina away?

first_imgTottenham are without Hugo Lloris for their Europa League match in Florence, having injured his shoulder against Man City.Spurs are in Italy to play Fiorentina in the first leg of their last 32 match and Paulo Sousa’s side have had a strong season in Serie A so far. 12 28. Tom Carroll (central midfield) 12 15. Eric Dier (central defence) 12 13. Michel Vorm (goalkeeper) 12 12 Therefore it may not be the best time to field a so-called weakened side, though some regular first team players may begin on the bench.Will Harry Kane play up front with an FA Cup match against Crystal Palace to come on Sunday?Will Toby Alderweireld, who has been so crucial to the defence this season, be given a rest? Have a look at the predicted talkSPORT line up and let us know who you would pick to start. 23. Christian Eriksen (central attack) 22. Nacer Chadli (wide forward) 33. Ben Davies (left back) 12 12 12 11. Erik Lamela (wide forward) 12 8. Ryan Mason (central midfield) 16. Kieran Trippier (right back) 12 12 17. Kevin Wimmer (central defence) 12 7. Heung-Min Son (striker) – click the yellow arrow above, right, to see Tottenham’s predicted Europa League line up v Fiorentina last_img read more

Foothill puts the brakes on fare hike

first_imgTo help people decide if using public transit is right for them, Foothill Transit has added a Trip Cost Calculator to its Web site to figure out how much money can be saved by riding the bus. “Changing from driving a car to taking the bus is somewhat complicated by timetables that may include day care, school schedules and daily appointments,” Friesema said. “Making the decision to switch to public transit takes some planning to accommodate the demands of a lifestyle. But the benefits are tangible.” For a complete list of cash fare and 31-day pass changes and to use the Trip Cost Calculator, visit www.foothilltransit.org. Foothill Transit is the second-largest fixed-route bus system in Los Angeles County with a 306-bus fleet that covers 327 square miles and serves almost 15 million customers each year in the San Gabriel and Pomona valleys. nisha.gutierrez@sgvn.com (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2109160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinals“Usually when you implement fare increases you calculate projections about a certain amount of loss of ridership,” said Felicia Friesema, spokeswoman for Foothill Transit. “But as a result of phase one fare increasing, we haven’t seen loss of ridership; we have actually seen an increase.” While most of the cash fares will remain the same, officials said customers should expect to see a slight increase in the Commuter Express fare, which will go from $3.50 to $3.65, and the Senior/Disabled/Medicare Commuter Express fare, which will rise from $1.75 to $1.80. Customers also will see price changes in 31-day passes, most of which will increase between $2 and $10. Customers like Alicia Vasquez of Baldwin Park said riding the bus takes some planning, but has benefits. “When I started taking the bus a few years ago, I realized that I had to plan things out much more than I did when I was just driving my car,” said Vasquez, 36. “But when you sit down and figure out how much you are saving, it is definitely worth it.” Foothill Transit officials said Wednesday they will hold off portions of a planned fare hike July 1, citing increased ridership since the first-phase raise last July. “It’s difficult to make a direct correlation between increased use of public transit and rising gas prices,” said Wil Briesemeister, president of Foothill Transit’s executive board. “That said, I don’t think it’s a huge leap to say that paying $3.50 at the pump contributes to people rethinking their personal car use. Public transit is one step toward reducing the gas bill.” Agency officials said preliminary reports show a 3 percent increase in overall ridership over the past month. last_img read more