Eaton, Dibaba Top 2015, says Track And Field News

first_img World records Dibaba and Wlodarczyk both set world records – three minutes 50.07 seconds for the 1500 and 81.08 metres for the hammer throw, respectively – before their wins at the World Championships. The Track and Field News panel could only separate them by three points, 312 to 309. In fact, 17 members of the panel felt that the Pole was number one compared to 16 who voted for Dibaba. Holland’s Dafne Schippers finished third with Jamaica’s 100-metre World champion, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, appearing at number six. Bolt and Fraser-Pryce were voted as the year’s top performers in the men’s 200 metres and the women’s 100m, respectively. American Justin Gatlin, and not Bolt, is the magazine’s number one in the 100 metres. Details aren’t available yet on the website, but in its 2014 Annual World Rankings issue, Track and Field said: “As important as major meets are, we should also note that no competition, not even the Olympic Games, is the be-all, end-all. We’re looking for people who maintain high standards over a whole year.” Restricted by injuries, Bolt did the 100 metres in only three 2015 athletics meetings, with clockings of 10.12, 9.87 and 9.79 seconds, respectively. The latter time pipped Gatlin in the World Championships. That was the American’s only loss of a seven-meet season that yielded times of 9.74, the fastest in 2015, 9.75 twice, 9.77, 9.78, 9.80 behind Bolt at the Worlds and 9.98 seconds. Gatlin isn’t the only athlete to top the rankings in an individual event despite losing at the World Championships. Others include Mutaz Essa Barshim of Qatar, who was fourth in the high jump at the Worlds, French pole vault star Renaud Lavillenie, Kenyan Eunice Sum in the 800 metres, Croatian discus thrower Sandra Perkovic and American Dawn Harper-Nelson, who fell in the semis of the 100-metre hurdles. The respected United States publication, Track and Field News, has named American Ashton Eaton and Genzebe Dibaba of Ethiopia as its Athletes of the Year for 2015. Despite contesting just one decathlon for the entire season, Eaton won the bulk of the votes from a 36-member international panel to emerge ahead of triple jumper Christian Taylor and Jamaican sprinter supreme Usain Bolt. It was far closer among the women, with Dibaba edging Poland’s Anita Wlodarczyk, the 2014 Athlete of the Year. According to a notification appearing on the magazine’s Internet site, Eaton’s world record performance – 9,045 points – at the World Championships tipped the voting his way. In fact, it was voted the Performance of the Year. The magazine’s website notes that two members of the panel objected to the season on the grounds that Eaton’s single decathlon did not ‘constitute a full season’.last_img read more

Hooptopia: Live like a Warrior in San Francisco pop-up adventure

first_imgDon’t think you have quite enough height — or hops — to throw down a rim-rattling slam dunk? Think again. There’s a brand-new basketball fantasyland in the Bay Area where your hoop dreams can come true.Fittingly dubbed Hooptopia and designed for fans of all ages, it’s a playful interactive experience brought to you by the Golden State Warriors and the creative minds behind Candytopia. The two-story pop-up adventure is located just outside the new Chase Center and opens to the public on …last_img

Mega development for Central Africa

first_imgAFDB will invest in Central Africa’s publicinfrastructure development. (Image: Mediaclubsouthafrica.com For more photos visit the Image library) MEDIA CONTACTS • African Development Bank Group +216 71 10 39 00 or +216 71 35 19 33 RELATED ARTICLES • $90bn boost to Africa’s economy • Eskom gets $500m for upgrade • Namibia ups power-supply capacity • Zambian hydro projects in full swingBongani NkosiThe African Development Bank (AFDB) has committed itself to developing infrastructure networks in and between Central African countries over the next five years.This was revealed in the bank’s recently released 2011-2015 Regional Strategy for Central Africa, a developmental blueprint approved by its board of directors on 28 April. Infrastructure development is the primary focus of the strategy. The Tunis-based AFDB is a leading finance institution on the continent, providing both grants and loans.Angola, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Congo, Democratic Republic of Congo, Gabon, Equatorial Guinea, Sao Tome and Principe and Chad are the countries targeted in AFDB’s new strategy. The 10 are members of the Economic Community of Central African States regional group.The region has been identified as having one of the poorest infrastructure networks on the continent, especially in the transport and energy sectors. “This impacts negatively on the region’s productive capacity, trade and social conditions. It is the least integrated region in Africa, despite its huge natural resource potential,” said the bank.AFDB wants to help develop roads to speed up the movement of goods between targeted states. Only about 20% of the entire regional road network, which covers 150 000km, is currently tarred.“Infrastructure development is crucial to leverage its immense potential and enhance its integration,” the organisation said.Although the region has the potential to generate 166 gigawatts of electricity, AFDB concedes that its energy sector is the least developed in Africa. There are plans to transform the region into a bulk supplier of hydro power in forthcoming years.Air transport in Central Africa also needs urgent attention, according to the AFDB. “It is plagued by lack of connectivity between countries due to the collapse of several airlines in the region, the obsolescence of aircraft, low competition and limited airport infrastructure.”The bank has to facilitate funding for rehabilitation and expansion of railways as well, which it has described as “obsolete and underused”.Major ports in Central Africa also need focus to boost maritime transport there. AFDB said the private sector, which is already involved in port management, will continue to play a key role in improving the quality of such services through enhanced public-private partnerships.“Inadequate infrastructure is the leading obstacle to stronger growth in Central Africa,” AFBD added.Besides using its own funds, AFDB appeals to investors like the Bank Group, World Bank, European Union, France, Germany, UK and UN to bankroll critical projects. All these agencies are major, well-established donors for development in Central Africa.Sustaining the Congo BasinAFDB also promises to support the preservation of the Congo Basin. Although it already backs sustainable environmental management via the Congo Basin Forest Fund, it is expected to initiate further interventions to preserve the region.Besides being home to the world’s second-largest forest and water reserve, the Congo Basin also boasts “huge, but largely untapped mining, mineral and agricultural potential”.“Infrastructure development should factor in the preservation of the Congo Basin which is vital for humanity.”Fear of political instabilityPolitical instability in the region is one of the factors that AFBD fears could impede development.Kivu in the DRC, eastern Chad and north-eastern Central African Republic are currently “hotbeds of tension and insecurity” and are a major concern in the region.Governments in the region have set up the Central African Peace and Security Council to deal with political conflict.“Political stability in the region is improving, but remains fragile,” states the bank. At least six of states belonging to the Central African bloc are rich in oil, which continues to sustain the region’s economy. The GDPs of these six nations – Angola, Cameroon, Congo, Gabon, Equatorial Guinea and Chad – grew at an average of 6.2% between 1999 and 2009, while the remaining four achieved growth of 4.7%.International economic fluctuations also pose a threat to the mineral-driven economies. “In 2009, in the wake of the international financial crisis, the region’s economic situation deteriorated sharply,” said AFDB.last_img read more

Poultry documentary filmed at the Ohio Expo Center debuts this week on CMT

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest “Look at you. You are a warrior,” is not typically a phrase one would utter to a chicken, unless, that is, you are considered Chicken People.There are few places where more of these birds of a feather flock together than the Ohio National Poultry Show held at the Ohio Expo Center each November — the PERFECT place to film portions of the new Chicken People movie that will have its broadcast premiere on Wednesday, Nov. 23 on Country Music Television (CMT) at 8 p.m.The film is described as a “charming, critically acclaimed CMT documentary about the colorful and hugely competitive world of champion show chicken breeders…A real life ‘Best in Show,’ but about chickens, the film follows the struggles and triumphs of both humans and their feathered muses on the road to compete at the Ohio National Poultry Show, considered the Westminster of Chickens. Chicken may be just food for most people, but raising the perfect chicken is an all-consuming passion for some.”Indeed. The New York Times said Chicken People is “a fun and at times astonishing film,” and the Los Angeles Times called the movie “poignant and illuminating.”Chicken People made its world premiere at the 2016 SXSW Film Festival and was featured at SIFF, Nashville Film Festival, Port Townsend Film Festival, AFI Docs, Laemmle Monica Film Center and Village East Cinema. Any Ohio State Fair visitor will recognize scenes in the movie trailer and anyone closely associated with Ohio’s poultry show culture will surely recognize some faces in what looks to be an entertaining look into the unique world of Chicken People.last_img read more

Foodspotting: Foursquare meets Food Porn

first_imgRelated Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#start#startups dana oshiro 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Founded by Adaptive Path UI designer Alexa Andrzejewski and Get Satisfaction engineer Ted Grubb, Foodspotting lets users upload photos of their favorite dishes along with a restaurant address. In Posterous-style fashion, you can also email your finds to food@foodspotting.com. From here you can rate dishes and users, add additional details, earn reputation points and follow places, dishes and community members. The difference between Foodspotting and Yelp is that every review is a positive one. Instead of showcasing restaurant rants, Foodspotting offers a visual menu of customer favorites. ReadWriteWeb got an early look at the duo’s upcoming iPhone application. Set for release in early 2010, foodies will be awarded points for their uploads as well as the particular foods they’ve tried. In Foursquare, users become the “Mayor” of a particular establishment, but in Foodspotting users become the “Champion” of their favorite dishes. And because so many towns are famous for a particular dish, you’re likely to see stiff competition for the “Champion” of Maine lobster or Chicago hot dogs. Users will also compete to collect dishes through scavenger hunts and a food passport system. In the future, as we begin to record more dishes, the system will amass our flavor profiles. These profiles will later form the basis for a dish-related recommendation system. While the mobile application will not hit the market for at least a month, Foodspotting is well on its way to offering salivating diners a chance to discover nearby favorites on a per-dish basis. To register for the site’s early alpha visit foodspotting.com/ilovefood. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… After eating the best meal of your life, it’s hard to forget the experience. It’s not unusual for individuals to spend a decade in search of the perfect New York-style pizza in California or the best ramen in London. At this level of obsession, you simply can’t be satiated by reading menus or scouring the blurry restaurant pictures and user-generated diatribes of regular review sites. Whether you’ve got a fixation on fresh lobster ragoût or a hankering for hickory smoked ham, Foodspotting lets hungry users peruse through what can only be described as food porn. last_img read more

PM Honoured With Key to Portmore

first_imgPrime Minister, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller, was on Friday, June 28, presented with the key to the Municipality of Portmore, in a civic ceremony that was the highlight of a week long celebration of the municipality’s 10-year anniversaryw.At the function held at the Power of Faith Ministries, the Prime Minister was honoured for her invaluable contribution and service in assisting Portmore to achieve municipal status while serving as Minister of Local Government and Community Development in 2003.Expressing gratitude and delight at the special recognition, the Prime Minister said she was honoured to be marking the special milestone with the residents.She noted that as Portmore celebrates its 10th anniversary as a municipality, it can look towards an even brighter future, as the area stands to benefit from some major investment projects being undertaken by the Government.She cited for example, the planned Caymanas Logistics Centre, located close to the municipality, which is part of the Logistics Hub Initiative.The Prime Minister encouraged the Municipal Council to plan for and position the municipality to take advantage of opportunities that will be created by the hub.“I encourage you to begin preparing your young people to acquire the necessary skills training and certification to take up the jobs when they are created from the investments in the hub,” she said.She noted too that the municipality can celebrate the fact that at Naggo Head, some 750,000 square feet of factory space will be developed into an ultra-modern technology park with the potential to employ some 13,000 persons.She informed that already, one investor, in anticipation of the opening of the technology park, has booked the first 100,000 square feet in the facility.The Prime Minister noted that the community has come a far way in 10 years and encouraged the council and citizens to reflect on the journey and plan for the future.The event was celebrated with pomp and pageantry with marching bands heralding the Prime Minister’s arrival and a guard of honour mounted by members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF).Several members of the diplomatic corps; councillors; government officials and scores of students, also attended the event.CONTACT: ANDREA BRAHAMlast_img read more

HOA Opens slew of Health Bills on Agenda Key questions to Border

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppHouse of assembly is opened for business today and there will be six first reading of bills most of which come from the Ministry of Health & Human Services and include the Mental Health Bill and Health Appeals Tribunal Bill.There are eleven parliamentary questions including a request for update on the escaped detainees from the Detention Center; whether there will be more police added to the squad in South Caicos; how many new people were hired in the public sector and of the Border Control Minister, why he suddenly ceased processing of status documents for a month this past April, with less than a day’s notice.Top on the HOA agenda is the presentation by the Finance Minister of Turks and Caicos Islands Airports Authority Financial Statements for the year ended, March, 2015. Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Budget cuts hurt, but necessary says TCI Deputy Premier in parliamentary debate on hurricane funds TCI Premier blasts Opposition side for “slop” information, sets it straight in HOA Minister of Works puts government buildings reconstruction post hurricanes at $8.6m Related Items:HOA, house of assembly, Minister, ministry of health, politicslast_img read more

Dr Brent Crandal joined us instudio to discuss suicide prevention

first_img Updated: 10:43 PM September 10, 2018 Categories: Health, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom, KUSI Newsroom center_img Dr. Brent Crandal joined us in-studio to discuss suicide prevention 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The purpose is to raise awareness that suicide can be prevented.The day was organized by the International Association for Suicide Prevention and co-sponsored by the World Health Organization.According to the WHO’s first global report on suicide prevention, more than 800-thousand people die by suicide every year.In the United States, suicide rates have gone up 25-percent in the last 20 years.The phone number for the National Suicide Prevention lifeline is… 1-800-273-TALK (8255).Here in San Diego Rady Children’s Hospital has launched a program to screen children who may potentially be suicidal.Dr. Brent Crandal, child and family psychologist at Rady’s Children’s Hospital, joined us in-studio Monday for more. Posted: September 10, 2018last_img read more

2020 Acura TLX PMC Edition goes to NSX finishing school ahead of

first_img Sedans Luxury cars Beyond the crazy-rich nano-pigment paint borrowed from the NSX, you might be wondering: What makes the 2020 Acura TLX PMC Edition so special? Starting with a conventional A-Spec all-wheel-drive model’s body-in-white, master technicians will hand assemble each example at PMC away from the regular production line, including adding all of the driveline, chassis and electrical components. In fact, so much of the assembly work on these models will take place at PMC that the facility will be its manufacturing location of origin.Each sedan then receives PMC-specific gloss-black 19-inch wheels with matching lug nuts, along with model-specific exterior finishes including a body-colored grille surround and 4-inch dual exhaust tips rendered in dark chrome. In an effort to add a bit more contrast and menace, the roof panel and door handles are finished in gloss black, as well.Enlarge ImageBadges? Apparently we do need some stinkin’ badges. Dan Howell/Acura Inside, TLX PMC Edition models are treated to black Milano leather seats incorporating black piping, red stitching and Alcantara faux-suede inserts. There’s matching red stitching on elsewhere in the cabin, along with a serialized PMC dash plaque. Uniquely, each TLX PMC Edition will be subjected to the same battery of quality-control tests as the NSX, which Acura says includes “dyno check, final paint inspection, rough-road simulation and water leak test.” Once the ink is dry on that checklist, completed models will be wrapped in a unique PMC car cover and shipped to dealers via enclosed car carrier. Each 2020 Acura TLX PMC will be hand assembled and undergo the NSX’s inspection process. Acura Interestingly, Acura has declined to make performance modifications to the TLX’s V6 drivetrain, meaning that the PMC Edition relies on the same 3.5-liter direct-injected unit and nine-speed automatic that many ordinary TLX models come equipped with. In conventional TLX guise, at least, that combination is good for 290 horsepower and 267 pound-feet of torque, and those same numbers will almost certainly apply here. (According to reports, Acura will exhume its Type S higher-performance model family soon, but it has yet to reveal which vehicle in its line will get the treatment first.)If around $50,000 sounds a bit rich for a TLX with special paint and trimmings, know that it’s not that far off the regular model’s pricing. While a base, front-wheel-drive TLX with Acura’s 2.4-liter I4 starts at an affordable $33,000 plus $995 for delivery, a comparable AWD A-Spec model with the optional V6 and Tech Package runs a shade over $46,000 before accessories. In other words, given the extra TLC and wicked paint job, the 2020 TLX PMC Edition may prove to be a sought-after upgrade for the brand’s faithful. As it is, the TLX is quietly outselling higher-profile sport sedans like the BMW 3 Series and Audi A4 in the US.Acura spokesman Chris Naughton confirms to Roadshow that the company won’t have any sort of special reservation or ordering process for the new model; customers can simply go to their local dealer and express their interest.2020 Acura TLX PMC EditionEnlarge ImageMaster technicians will build TLX PMC models from the body-in-white on up. Dan Howell/Acura If a sport sedan isn’t your speed, Acura is already confirming that this special-edition TLX will be followed up by a PMC Edition of the company’s popular MDX crossover SUV, and other models could be coming, too. “We designed the PMC not only to build NSX, but to give Acura the flexibility to explore handcrafted production of limited edition models. The TLX and MDX PMC Edition are the first to take advantage of this unique capability, and we intend to explore additional options,” said Jon Ikeda, Acura brand officer, in the official release.According to Acura spokesperson Chris Naughton, “The plan from the beginning was for PMC to be flexible… [to be] kind of a test bed for technology or processes… and also try new things that may not work well in a mass-production environment.” Indeed, in an interview with Roadshow, Naughton pointed to the Acura NSX GT3 as a further example of PMC’s flexibility — each race car’s body structure starts life at the plant. 2020-acura-tlx-pmc-edition-2Enlarge ImageThe TLX is just the first model to get this special PMC treatment. Acura’s MDX SUV will be next. Dan Howell/Acura In the case of the TLX PMC, Marysville Auto Plant’s paint shop simply isn’t set up to handle the car’s time- and process-intensive Valencia Red Pearl application process. Painting a normal TLX Advance or A-Spec is a one-day job, and it takes five days to fully bake the TLX PMC’s nano-pigment finish.If nothing else, these special models may serve to keep the master technicians at Acura’s Performance Manufacturing Center busy, and ensure their expensive tooling and paint shop remain active, too. Despite rave reviews, slow sales mean that NSX production volumes may not be sufficient to keep PMC humming. Last year, Acura sold just 581 examples of its six-figure gas-electric sports car. So far this year, the NSX is faring a bit better, with 67 units sold through March, a 17.9% improvement year over year. May 29 • 2020 Ford Escape: Everything there is to know 2019 Nissan Pathfinder Rock Creek Edition first drive: Its roots are showing Tags See All Share your voice Apr 19 • Check out the gory details in Honda’s IIHS crash-tested HR-V 20 Photos Acura Apr 19 • Volkswagen’s US CEO says around $25,000 would be a smart price for a small pickup Acura’s been keen to make the most of its NSX mid-engined supercar, and it’s been featuring the hybrid sports coupe in its recent print, television and digital ads alongside its more affordable offerings. The NSX’s rub-off will finally become a bit more literal at next week’s New York Auto Show, however, when the Japanese automaker unveils the 2020 Acura TLX PMC Edition seen here.Looking like a particularly vibrant TLX sedan, the Valencia Red Pearl-painted PMC Edition takes its name from the brand’s Performance Manufacturing Center in Marysville, Ohio, where final assembly of the model will be completed. (Regular TLX models are assembled at the nearby Marysville Auto Plant.) Just 360 examples of this special model we be built over six months starting this summer, with pricing estimated to be “around $50,000,” according to a statement released Thursday. reading • 2020 Acura TLX PMC Edition goes to NSX finishing school ahead of NY Auto Show More From Roadshow New York Auto Show 2019 0 Apr 19 • Acura MDX PMC Edition is a hand-assembled SUV in brilliant red paint New York Auto Show 2019 Acura • 2020 Volvo XC90 first drive: An improvement worth subscribing to 2020 Acura TLX PMC Edition rocks up ahead of NY Auto Show 2019 Nissan Maxima review: The ‘four-door sports car’ that isn’t Post a commentlast_img read more

Economic Output Shrinks for October amid Clamor for Rate Cut

first_imgIndia’s industrial output for October suffered a three-year low, even as inflation reduced, bringing back the clamor for a rate cut. ReutersThe industrial output unexpectedly shrunk by 4.2% year-on-year, due to a fall in manufacturing and capital goods output, states government data.Analysts point to the continuing weak growth while inflation pressure falls, and termed the drop a ‘one-off’ instance.Falling fuel and food prices have helped retail inflation drop to 4.38%; the trajectory of the retail inflation determines the RBI interest rate policy.Reserve Bank of India Governor Raghuram Rajan said that the central bank would consult with the government for an appropriate time to ensure that the economy is within a medium-term inflation target of 2-6%. ReutersFebruary would see Finance Minister Arun Jaitley present his budget, where the onus on a rate cut would be further reinforced to aid economic growth and to reduce the fiscal deficit.last_img read more