This one’s for mom – Francis dedicates JII victory to his mother

first_imgExciting and never-say-die 400m runner Javon ‘Donkeyman’ Francis, who brought the curtains down on the 13th staging of the Jamaica International Invitational (JII) meet on Saturday night in emphatic fashion at the National Stadium, dedicated the victory “for my mother, tomorrow (yesterday) is Mother’s Day”. Twenty-one-year-old Francis completed a stout-hearted victory to much applause from the National Stadium crowd. “I just did a great job for her, and then tomorrow (yesterday) I’ll visit my mother and give her a big kiss,” the former Calabar High School standout said in a post-race interview. He added: “I feel good with the win and to come out here and put on a show.” Francis ran a fast backstretch from Lane Five and took over the race after being briefly consigned to second place by American Vernon Norwood for some distance before his power finishing saw him surge ahead and take the win in 44.85 seconds. Norwood was second in a flat 45.00, with Belgian Olympian Kevin Borlee (45.17) in third place. National record holder Rusheen McDonald had to settle for fifth in a time of 45.90 seconds. “It’s a good run for me and I am pleased with my time.” He added that in the “next couple years I just want to uplift myself, stay focused and just think about my career”. Francis is a 2013 World Championships relay silver medallist and says he is looking forward to an excellent National Trials in June. “My focus right now is on the Olympic team, and when I make the Olympic team, I focus on the final,” he commented, adding that he was doing what he loved, “running with the big guys”. “All the years I have always told myself I want to run with the big guys. The preparation is going quite fine and I want to just thank the Lord that I’ll stay injury-free,” he stressed, a clear reference to last year’s injury-plagued season. At last year’s IAAF World Championships in Beijing, China, Francis was eliminated in the semi-finals despite running a fast 44.77 seconds, the 12th fastest time overall.last_img read more

South Africa bans abalone fishing

first_imgSouth Africa has indefinitely suspended the fishing of abalone – commonly known as perlemoen – in its waters, effective from 1 February 2008.Wild abalone in South Africa has declined to such an extent that the resource is threatened with commercial extinction, says Marthinus van Schalkwyk, Minister of Environment and Tourism. (Image: South African Police Service)Brand South Africa reporterSouth Africa has indefinitely suspended abalone fishing in its waters, effective from February 2008, as marine authorities take drastic measures to protect the rapidly depleting shellfish species from commercial extinction.Illegal fishing and increased inward migration of a lobster species that destroy abalone habitat are being blamed for a decline in the shellfish’s numbers.Addressing the media following a Cabinet meeting this week, government spokesperson Themba Maseko said politicians had also approved a social plan to provide alternative employment opportunities for legal fishers of the shellfish, commonly known in South Africa as perlemoen.The Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism states that there are currently 302 rights holders – 262 individual divers and 40 close corporations – operating in the sector, accounting for about 800 jobs.“Some of the measures incorporated in the social plan will include the development of a sustainable aqua-culture industry and issuing of additional permits for whale watching and shark-cage diving,” he said.Maseko conceded that it was not an easy decision to indefinitely suspend fishing of the species, but that the government had the responsibility to “strike a good balance” between the needs of coastal communities and the species becoming extinct.“Wednesday’s tough decision by Cabinet to support the suspension of wild abalone commercial fishing will ensure the survival of the species and will also ensure that our children and the generations that follow will know what perlemoen is,” Environment and Tourism Minister Marthinus van Schalkwyk said, welcoming the decision.“We are unfortunately at a point where the commercial harvesting of wild abalone can no longer be justified because the stock has declined to such an extent that the resource is threatened with commercial extinction.”One reason for the decline is the migration of West Coast Rock Lobster into abalone areas. The Rock Lobsters consume the sea urchins, which provide shelter to juvenile abalone.“This in turn subjects the juvenile abalone to increased mortality. Studies further show that unless decisive and immediate action is taken, the resource will collapse completely with little prospect of recovery,” he said.A main cause for the decline, however, has been rampant poaching over the years, as the shellfish is highly coveted and fetches high prices especially in the Far East, and had to be dealt with.“I want to give notice that if there is not a drastic decline in poaching I will have to apply my mind at the start of the next season as to whether it is perhaps time to consider a complete ban on all perlemoen harvesting for a period of ten years to allow the resource to recover,” Van Schalkwyk warned.Source: South African Government News AgencyWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa materiallast_img read more

IBM earns record patents in 2018 India 2nd highest contributor

first_img[Representational Image]ReutersIBM investors from India earned over 800 patents — the second highest contributor to the company’s global record of 9,100 patents in the US in 2018 — with nearly half in the fields of Artificial Intelligence (AI), Cloud computing, cybersecurity, Blockchain and Quantum Computing.One of the patents filed from India went to IBM inventors Shivali Agarwal, Gaargi B Dasgupta, Shripad J Nadgowda and Tapan K Nayak, the company said in a statement on Tuesday.They developed an AI-based approach for structured representation and classification of noisy and unstructured data in tickets used in service delivery.Ticket analysis helps create problem diagnostics, prediction of outages and prevention of issues in service delivery, for example for help desks.”IBM is committed to leading the way on the technologies that change the way the world works – and solving problems many people have not even thought of yet,” said Ginni Rometty, IBM Chairman, President and CEO.Among more than 1,600 AI patents included “Project Debater” that, with the use of Machine Learning, can debate humans on complex topics — identifying evidence such as relevant text segments in unstructured text data, which supports or opposes a claim or topic under consideration.IBM inventors received more than 2,000 Cloud computing and over 1,600 AI patents.The new patents were granted to a diverse group of more than 8,500 IBM inventors in 47 US states and 48 countries.last_img read more

Full Show Sex Abuse And The Church And Protecting Seniors From Scams

first_imgListen To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: 00:00 /50:33center_img X On Monday’s Houston Matters: Religious leaders are holding key meetings this week amid newly-uncovered allegations about sexual abuse and misconduct and how they’ve been addressed in their churches.First, the Southern Baptist Convention holds its annual meeting starting Tuesday for the first time since the Houston Chronicle uncovered widespread abuse by hundreds of pastors, employees, volunteers, and missionaries. We hear from a survivor, and from a pair of Chronicle reporters.Then: We talk with a spokesman from SNAP – the Survivors Network of those Abused By Priests – about why that organization wants Cardinal Daniel Dinardo, the Archbishop of Galveston-Houston, to step down as head of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, which is also meeting this week.Also this hour: Protecting Houston’s seniors from scams. Answers to your dog and cat care questions from veterinarian Dr. Lori Teller. And a preview of the women’s World Cup soccer tournament and its Houston connections.We offer a daily podcast here, on iTunes, Stitcher and other podcasting apps. This article is part of the Houston Matters podcast Sharelast_img read more

Best face forward

first_imgIt doesn’t take much to look good but one needs to know what features of your face can be hidden or highlighted to give that final stunning effect. Makeup Expert Ishika Tanej, tells you what to do and what not to – depending on your face shape. Oval Shape – As this shape is well-balanced, just use blusher and highlighter to enhance the features.Blusher – Apply the blusher to the ‘apple of the cheeks’ and along the cheekbones.Highlighter – Blend a highlighter above the cheekbone near the outer corner of the eye. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Round Shape – Adding length to the face and slenderising the jawline is required for the round face.Shading – Suck in your cheeks and see where the hollows appear. To slenderize the face, sweep the darker shade of powder into the hollows and down to the chin line.   Blusher – To slenderise the face, apply blusher slightly under the cheekbones and blends towards the ear. This will make the cheeks more defined. To add an illusion of length, apply a bit of blush to your chin and blend well. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixLong/ Oblong Shape – To reduce the length of the face, an illusion of width is required for a long face.Shading – To shorten the face, apply a deeper shade of foundation across the jaw and chin and on the top of the forehead. Apply a little bronzer on the chin and blend well.Blusher – Apply extra blusher on the apple of the cheeks to bring out the cheekbones.Square Shape – Softening the wide corners of the face and adding an illusion of length is required for square face. Shaping – To soften the square angle of the face, sweep the darker shade along the outer edge of the jaw to under the ear. To soften the forehead, shade around the hairline at the upper corners of the square.Blusher – Keep blusher light and soft – you don’t need hard definition. Place the blusher on the ‘apple of the cheek’ and blend softly out towards the hairline, following the cheekbone – this will soften the face and make it appear more oval.Rectangular Shape – Cutting extra width from all corners of the face and make it appear more oval is what you should aim for. Shading  – By using  a darker shade of the foundation cut the edges on the forehead and jawline. Blusher – Apply the blusher on the apple of your cheeks towards the hairline in a straight sweep. Heart-shaped – Narrowing the width of the forehead and adding width to the chin and jaw line are required for a heart-shaped face.Shading – Shade the face at the temples to narrow the top part of the face. Avoid any shading in the hollows of the cheeks or the lower part of the face.Blusher – Apply the blusher to the apples of the cheeks – this will bring the focus up to the centre of the face, away from the chin.Highlighter – Apply the highlighter to the chin and around the jawbone – this will help to balance the face.   Inverted – Triangle Shape – Giving an illusion of length and adding width to the forehead are required for a triangular face.  Shading – A deep colour foundation should be applied on the sides to minimise the width of the jaw and to achieve a slender look,Blusher – Apply blusher to the cheekbones and blend towards the jaw line.Pear Shape – Here we aim at making small forehead appear broader and giving more oval look to the face. Shading – Use a darker shade of foundation to cut width from your jawline. On forehead, apply a lighter shade on the edges to add width. Blusher – Add volume to your cheeks by applying blusher on your cheeks that matches your skin tone with an angular sweep.last_img read more

Duronto passengers protest against stale lowquality food

first_imgKolkata: In a startling incident, passengers of Sealdah-bound Duronto Express complained of stale and low quality food served by the pantry staff, on Sunday. A section of the passengers of the train first agitated inside the running train, as it was travelling from Puri to Sealdah, claiming that they had been served stale food for dinner on Saturday night, leading to some people falling ill.According to the passengers who were travelling in the train, 23 persons, including some children, fell ill after consuming the chicken in the dinner. Passengers staged agitation at Sealdah station after the train arrived there early on Sunday morning. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedThey also demonstrated in front of the station manager and also lodged a complaint with the senior railway officials. It has been learnt that around 23 passengers, who were from Baduria and Swarupnagar area in Basirhat, had alleged that the chicken curry that was served to them was half cooked. The chicken was not cooked well, while the chapattis were rotten, alleged the passengers.It was also alleged that many of them, including children, started vomiting after having the food. Some of the elderly passengers who had consumed the food, had complained of upset stomach, they claimed. Also Read – Naihati: 10 councillors return to TMC from BJPThey urged the on-duty pantry staff to give them curd and rice, which they refused. As a result of this, some of the passengers lodged a written complaint with the Eastern Railway authorities, after the train reached Sealdah at around 4 am.Senior officials tried to pacify the passengers, who were staging demonstration at platform number 9A.Railway police and RPF rushed to the spot to bring the situation under control. The senior officials assured them that the matter would be looked into.”An enquiry has been ordered into the complaint and action will be taken against the food supplier if the allegation of serving stale and cold food is found to be true,” a senior official of Eastern Railways said.last_img read more