New IAAF testosterone rules could slow Caster Semenya by up to seven seconds

New IAAF testosterone rules could slow Caster Semenya by up to seven seconds

The Olympic 800m champion Caster Semenya could run up to seven seconds slower under new rules requiring her to lower her natural testosterone levels to race internationally, a prominent sports scientist has predicted. Under rules due to be announced on Thursday morning by the IAAF, the world athletics governing body, a separate female classification for an athlete with differences of sexual development (or DSDs) will be introduced. Such athletes, including Semenya, will have to reduce and then maintain their testosterone levels to no greater than 5nmol/L by 1 November if…

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Nuclear phase-out: subsidies for electricity producers

Nuclear phase-out: subsidies for electricity producers

Belgium’s Federal Energy Minister plans to grant subsidies to all electricity producers as part of efforts to encourage the energy sector to increase its non-nuclear thermal production capacity by supporting investors, according to a draft law that Le Soir newspaper was able to consult. Under the bill, a capacity remuneration mechanism (CRM) would be established in 2020 to support primarily gas-production plants since “at least 3,600 Mw” of additional thermal capacity needs to be installed to offset the closure of the Doel and Tihange nuclear plants, the Elia electricity utility…

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Persimmon investors revolt against chief’s ‘excessive’ £75m bonus

Persimmon investors revolt against chief’s ‘excessive’ £75m bonus

Persimmon shareholdershave revolted against the “grossly excessive” and “totally and utterly unjustifiable” £75m bonus handed to the housebuilder’s chief executive, Jeff Fairburn. Several shareholders took to their feet at Persimmon’s annual meeting in York on Wednesday to express their outrage at the “enormous sums” awarded to Fairburn and other senior managers at Britain’s second biggest housebuilder. Some 64% of shareholders failed to support the huge payout and just 36% voted in favour of the housebuilder’s renumeration policy in one of the biggest expressions of investor frustration in recent years. However,…

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