Bolt focused on Rio .. Sprinter cops intl awards, sets sights on Olympic success

first_imgHaving secured two new, glistening post-season accolades, Jamaican speedster Usain Bolt says he is fully focused on ending next season like the last: on top. Bolt, like he did in 2008, 2009, and 2012, followed up another triple gold-medal-winning season by topping tennis star Novak Djokovic for his record fourth Champion of Champions award, handed out by French media outlet L’Equipe. The sprinter was also named the Male Athlete of the Year by the International Sports Press Association (AIPS) Americas (a grouping of Latin American-based sports journalists). This follows the 29-year-old receiving the top award from the Caribbean Sports Journalists’ Association. Bolt successfully defended his 100m, 200m, and 4x100m titles at the IAAF World Championships in Beijing, China, in August. “I am always happy when my hard work is recognised, and so I am pleased to have received these awards. It’s also pleasing to have come out on top over so many other global sporting superstars,” said Bolt, who bettered the likes of Lionel Messi, Steph Curry, and Lewis Hamilton, among others for the L’Equipe award. SERENA WILLIAMS American tennis star Serena Williams won the female Champion of Champions award, while Cuban pole vaulter Yarisley Silva Rodriguez was the AIPS’ Americas Female Athlete of the Year. “I want to thank the organisations for this honour and all the fans for continuing to support me,” Bolt told The Gleaner before going on to underline his ambitions heading into the next season, when he will look to defend his Olympic sprint titles. “Last year was a good year for me, and I am thankful for what I was able to accomplish. However, I am working hard to achieve my goals for the coming season,” said Bolt. “The 2016 Olympic Games represent a major point in my career and ambitions, and I am putting in the work to ensure I will be in top shape in Rio.” Bolt, a six-time Olympic and 11-times World Championships gold medal winner and world record holder in the 100m, 200m, and 4x100m, has so far confirmed one appearance in 2016, the Anniversary Games in London, which takes place a couple weeks before the start of the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. The five-time National Sportsman of the Year, has also won the Laureus World Sportsman of the Year award (2009, 2010, 2012); the IAAF World Athlete of the Year (2008, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013); the BBC Overseas Sports Personality of the Year (2008, 2009, 2012); and the Jamaica Gleaner Man of the Year award (2008 and 2009).last_img read more

Japanese Gov’t Constructs 3 Bridges in Cape Mt.

first_imgThe Japanese Government has begun the construction of three major concrete bridges in three districts in Grand Cape Mount County.The  bridges under construction are in Kaylia, Porkpah District, Tallah in Commonwealth District and Diah in Tewor District.The bridge projects are being funded by the Japanese Government through its Commodity Value Fund, CVF.When completed, the double-span reinforced concrete bridges will increase access, promote trade and lead to reduction in prices of basic commodities in the county, especially during the rainy season.“This is a glorious opportunity, and we are very happy. God has answered our prayers to solve the bridge problem over the Mannie River,” Elder Momo Fahnbulleh of Diah Community said during a tour of the projects last weekend.Elder Fahnbulleh also commended the government through the County Administration for selecting Diah Community as the beneficiary of one of the bridges.“From monkey bridge, we are now moving toward a modern concrete bridge”, the Elder exclaimed.Engineers say construction work on the Diah Bridge is well on course with more than fifty percent of the work already completed.In Porkpah District, the Kaylia Bridge will link the district with other major parts of the county, including the mineral-rich Western Cluster Belt, which covers the Mano River,  Congo, Kongbor and Dambala.Kayliah Town Chief, Madam Hawa Vaye, said the bridge is their primary focus right now. “When it is completed, our children will have a free way to and from school across the Kaylia River. It will ease the transportation problem, especially during the rainy season.”Town Chief Vaye said the rains and the resulting difficult road conditions usually trigger increase in prices of basic commodities.  For his part, Mr. Lawrence Brown, Commissioner of Porkpa Administrative District, expressed happiness for the project, describing it as a relief to his community.Meanwhile, Grand Cape Mount County Superintendent Imam Paasewe has expressed the hope for quality and timely completion of the projects.Superintendent Paasewe warned that it was no time for delay and that he and his team would ensure compliance by contractors working on all three bridges.Mr. Passawe spoke when he convened a meeting with contractors in Senji over the weekend.He said the meeting was intended to discuss issues arising from the projects and also set a timeline on each deliverable relating to the projects.The Superintendent then lauded the Japanese government for sponsoring the construction of the bridges and praised the government of Liberia for its support to the people of Grand Cape Mount.Two Liberian owned construction companies,  namely Associated Builders Contractor Inc. (ABC) and Quality Engineering & Standard Technology, (QUEST Inc), were hired to carry out the projects.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

New Media Challenges Darwinism

first_imgWebsites and resources challenging Darwinian dominance are springing up all over the place.  Uncensored by scientific societies, they may be having more of an effect than evolutionary biologists wish to consider.  Many are aimed at students and young adults.Overwhelming Evidence is an ID website aimed at high school students.  It has blogs, forums and opportunities to get involved.Salvo Magazine is a new magazine devoted to cultural and scientific issues related to origins and the meaning of life.  It’s snazzy interface and cutting-edge, no-holds-barred approach is aimed at the tastes of knowledgeable young adults.Darwinism and ID has a wacky website featuring the new book by Jonathan Wells, The Politically Incorrect Guide to Darwinism and Intelligent Design.Blogs like GlobeLens and this example from Brazil are too numerous to mention in this day of personal publishing.Life’s Story volume II, from Exploration Films, is due for release in mid-October.Lee Strobel’s best seller The Case for a Creator is expected to come out in a film version soon.Randy Olson’s zany attempt at a balanced film, Flock of Dodos, is still making its rounds, according to its October newsletter.  But with the most-touted reviews coming from radical pro-Darwin groups like Pharyngula, it’s not clear whether any Darwin critics are watching the “latest droppings from the ‘Flock of Dodos’ circus” or dodging them.The hardened Old Guard of the Darwin Party has shown itself incorrigible too long.  Welcome to a new generation of critical thinkers who don’t have to be force-fed the Darwin Brand Snake Oil, but know what’s good for them and can read the bottles for themselves.(Visited 10 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Total helps protect the leopard

first_imgRay Maota The leopard is elusive in nature and isseen here feasting on a springbok. Sperm is collected from a wild leopardfor research purposes.(Images: The Leopard Conservation Project)MEDIA CONTACTS• Fred BerrangeLeopard Conservation Project: Founder+27 82 813 8013RELATED ARTICLES• Big Five cat moves into new reserve• Bringing a taste of Africa to London• Gallery: South Africa’s wildlife• Kruger’s animal populations growingSouth African conservationist Fred Berrange is on a mission to protect the endangered leopard, with the help of petroleum giant, Total.Berrange believes that leopard poaching is just as rife as rhino poaching but isn’t publicised as the latter.“The leopard is as much in danger of extinction as the rhino, but not enough people are aware of this fact,” said Berrange.Berrange, who founded the Leopard Conservation Project in 2000, has saved 19 leopards from traps, snares, illegal cage traps and gin traps, this year alone and has captured and released 75 since its inception.The projects main focus is protecting leopards from poaching, poisoning, trapping and over-hunting but in recent years there has also been an emphasis on the collection of data regarding population, territory, genetics and diversity.Total is sponsoring the project with fuel so that the team of conservationists can move within different regions of the country collecting data on population and territory size, as well as the genetic relatedness and diversity of leopards.“Total’s sponsorship of our fuel is a massive win for us as it means that we can get to where we need to be when we need to be there,” said Berrange, speaking from Gravelotte in Limpopo Province, where he is tracking a leopard in search of food for itself and its cubs.Total is also the supplier of fuel to South Africa’s SANParks body which manages national parks.Reina Cullinan, Total South Africa’s marketing manager, said: “As a responsible company we are passionate about environmental issues and about preserving the country’s wildlife.“We believe that the Leopard Conservation Project is doing vital work in improving the prospects for leopards which are under constant threat from a variety of man related pressures and actions.”The Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism along with the Gauteng Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Environment and the Limpopo Economic Development Environment and Tourism have all accredited the project as a research organisation, enabling it to collect and process data that will expand the knowledge base of the elusive predators.The focus of the projectThe accreditation by the departments will help the project which covers a study area of 100 000km² in the Waterberg region of the Limpopo Province.The project has three areas of focus which are protection, research and education.Being a high-profile cat species, the leopard’s value in the tourism industry cannot be underestimated, so the LCP works closely with farmers, conservation bodies and other research organisations to protect its existence.As part of its research, the conservation project teamed up with the University of Johannesburg to “study the physiological, morphological, development and viability of the spermatozoa from the males of these untraditionally researched animals, which could lead to later success in assisted reproduction”, according to Berrange.This will entail the drawing of sperm from the male species to preserve and later use in assisted reproduction because “both tourist and local hunting activities of the leopard will result in a decrease of the ‘good’ gene pool within this species”.To research what motivates the leopards movement, how human habitation and development affects this movement, the leopards that are saved from traps or are sighted get collared to track their movement.The project uses GSM cell phone collars to monitor the collared leopard’s movements. In 2010, 10 leopards were collared.From the research, the population and territory sizes; photographic database of individual leopards; prey preference; infant growth and mortality rates, as well as male to female ratios in specific areas will be known.These findings will assist farmers better protect their livestock and will educate people on the issues facing the leopard due to us infringing on its territory.Helping outAlthough Total and other companies are aiding the project to fulfil its objectives, it is always in constant need of more help.“Some young leopards need to be hand reared and then released back into the wild, this process is costly. Please help the project through sponsoring equipment, services or by depositing into the LCP’s bank account directly,” said Berrange.Those that help out will have their companies logo displayed on the projects website, where they can also find the project’s banking details.last_img read more

25 Inspirational VFX Breakdowns from Hollywood

first_imgGo behind-the-scenes with these amazing Hollywood VFX breakdowns.Despite the fact that the VFX industry is undergoing a serious shift, the demand for amazing visual effects persists. From the subtle effects in American Hustle to the blockbuster VFX sequences in Godzilla, we’ve rounded up incredible breakdown videos that unveil the magic behind recent Hollywood films.If you know any other VFX breakdowns we should include, link to them in the comments below!1. X-Men Days of Future PastBreakdown by MPC2. GodzillaBreakdown by MPC3. Sin CityBreakdown by World of Motion4. Resident Evil: RetributionBreakdown by Mr. X Inc5. American HustleBreakdown by Marc Dominic Rienzo6. White House Down BreakdownBreakdown by Prime Focus World7. World War Z BreakdownBreakdown by Prime Focus World8. Men In Black 3Breakdown by Prime Focus World9. Tree of LifeBreakdown by Prime Focus World10. Final Destination 5Breakdown by Prime Focus World11. G.I. Joe The Rise of CobraBreakdown by Prime Focus World12. Non-StopBreakdown by Prime Focus World13. ImmortalsBreakdown by Image Engine14. Flying SwordsBreakdown by Sam Khorshid15. ElysiumBreakdown by CGBros16. Zero Dark ThirtyBreakdown by Sam Khorshid17. Lone SurvivorBreakdown by Sam Khorshid18. The PacificBreakdown by Iloura19. Don’t Be Afraid of the DarkBreakdown by Iloura20. StarTrek: Into DarknessBreakdown by PIXOMONDO21. Blind AlleyBreakdown by Onirikal Studio22. Dredd 3DBreakdown by Prime Focus World23. SpliceBreakdown by BUF24. Underworld AwakeningBreakdown by Rodeo FX 25. Red TailsBreakdown by Rodeo FX Want to see even more VFX breakdowns? Check out a few of the following links:2014 Oscar Nominees VFX Breakdowns – PremiumBeatVFX Breakdowns – Vimeo GroupBreakdowns & Showreels – Art of VFXKnow of any other inspiring VFX breakdowns? Share in the comments below.last_img read more

Of cows, compassion and communal comity

first_imgEven as cow vigilante groups in the northern States are targeting people on the mere suspicion of eating beef or smuggling cattle, an adarsh gaushala (model cow shelter) established by a Muslim institution in Jodhpur is taking care of old and sick cows. It is also assisting dairy farmers in a dozen surrounding villages in looking after their animals, and earning goodwill for promoting communal amity.Launched in 2004 by Jodhpur-based Marwar Muslim Educational and Welfare Society (MMEWS), the initiative has won mass appreciation, with hundreds of people handing over cows and bulls to the shelter.Old, weak, sick, abandoned, and neglected cows are given priority at the sprawling gaushala located in Bujhawad village off the Jodhpur-Barmer highway, 12km from Jodhpur. The shelter claims to be the first gaushala to be wholly owned and managed by the Muslim community.Situated on a large piece of land without any boundary wall, the shelter is currently home to 217 bovines tagged by the State government’s Animal Husbandry Department. The shelter’s full-time caretaker Hakim Khan and his wife Allahrakhi are in charge of the bovines’ welfare. Dogs and wild animals intruding into the shelter is a major concern, but Mr. Khan says the job is worth it. “We are glad to receive appreciation from the majority community, which sees the gaushala as an enterprise promoting communal harmony,” he said. A trained team brings the cows, mostly from nearby villages, to the gaushala in a specially-designed vehicle. The MMEWS currently spends a little over ₹1 lakh a month on the animals. It is planning to double the shelter’s capacity by taking over a part of the 56 acres of land allotted for the construction of the Maulana Azad University, the society’s general secretary, Mohammed Atique, told The Hindu.“When we started the gaushala, some fringe elements objected to Muslims operating the shelter,” Mr. Atique said. “But over the years, the shelter has won people’s admiration and generated immense goodwill as villagers appreciate the selfless work.”Most of the bovines in the shelter have come from villages such as Doli, Gangana, Bhandu, Narnadi, Khudala, Jhanwar and Rohila Kalan. The shelter also employs a team of veterinarians who not only attend to the animals but also visit the nearby villages to assist dairy farmers in taking care of their cattle. Filling gaps in the government’s veterinary infrastructure, the team runs vaccination and treatment camps for stray cows in the villages. “A mobile van visits these villages to treat cows, goats and buffaloes free of cost,” Mr. Atique said.last_img read more

Onion prices hit Rs 50kg mark in retail market

first_imgNew Delhi: Sattar, a local tea seller in Delhi’s Jamia Nagar has four polybags of onions weighing around 2 kg each piled up in his shop. He says that he bought these just before the prices of onions soared.Onions in the retail market in Delhi is being sold at Rs 50 kg. Consumers are left with no choice but to either use fewer onions into day to day food or do away with the essential ingredient straightaway. “It is impractical to do away with onions. Its a must in almost every Indian food. Now with the prices of onions skyrocketing, it becomes hard for us to manage our daily budget. Reasons whatever may, but the prices should be brought down,” said Anees Fatima, a housewife in Delhi. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderOnion prices have scaled up due to a reduction in the arrival of onions in the wholesale mandis , following floods in major onion supplying states such as Maharashtra, Karnataka and Madhya Pradesh. “I used to buy atleast 5 kg of oinions but this price is almost double of what we paid some days back. It becomes difficult for you to buy it at almost double the price when you know that it was sold at 20 to 25 rs/kg a few days back,” said Kamal, a consumer. It is belived that the arrival of onions from Madhya Pradesh and Karnataka is lower this year due to floods. Also the plantation of some varities of onions was also affected by late arival of monsoon.last_img read more