Gopi Thonakal becomes first Indian male to win gold at Asian Marathon Championships

first_imgGopi Thonakal created history by becoming first Indian man to win Asian Marathon Championships 2017 after he achieved the feat in the 16th edition of the prestigious event on Sunday.All you need to know about the winner and the championship:Gopi Thonakal clocked 2 hours, 15 minutes and 48 seconds to clinch the gold for the championshipAndrey Petrov of Uzbekistan bagged the silver with a timing of 2:15:51s while Byambalev Tseveenravdan of Mongolia won bronze by clocking 2:16:14sThe 29-year-old who won the New Delhi Marathon this year was on the 28th position in the London World Championships in August with a timing of 2:17:13In the Rio Olympics last year, he had clocked his personal best of 2.15.25 while finishing 25thHe is the third Indian overall to have won a gold in the event. Earlier, Asha Agarwal won the women’s title when it was part of the biennial Asian Track and Field ChampionshipsSunita Godara won the women’s title in 1992 after the event was moved out as a separate one away from the Asian Athletics Championships in 1988Gopi had managed to make the Olympic qualifying mark at the Mumbai Marathon in 2016, which was the first event of his career at which he had attempted the distance. Interestingly, Gopi was only in the race as a pace-setter and was supposed to drop out after 30km, but continued to finish with an excellent timeGopi studied at the Kakkayaval School, before enrolling for a Bachelor’s degree in Economics at the Mar Athanasius College in Kothamangalam. However, he dropped out of college to join the Indian Army at the age of 21Hailing from the town of Suthan Bathery, in Wayanad, Kerala, situated at an altitude of 1000m above sea level, Gopi, whose farmer parents alternately grew rice and ginger on their patch of land to bring food on the table, always had an innate love for runningAbout the Asian Marathon ChampionshipsThe championship is a biennial international competition in marathon road running for Asian athletes. It is organized by the Asian Athletics Association. It was established in 1988 after 42.195-kilometre race was dropped from programme of events at Asian Athletics ChampionshipsadvertisementInterested in General Knowledge and Current Affairs? Click here to stay informed and know what is happening around the world with our G.K. and Current Affairs section.To get more updates on Current Affairs, send in your query by mail to education.intoday@gmail.comlast_img read more

Racist guests blacklisted by Seven Stars

first_img Related Items:#magneticmedianews, #racialrantsparksdisgust, #touristblacklistedbySevenStarsresort Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, April 13, 2017 – Providenciales –  Thousands of islanders have commented now on the racist rant by an American couple reported upon by Magnetic Media, including the resort at which they staying.   General Manager of the Seven Stars resort, Grant Nobel explained that the couple was never abusive to their staff and that Seven Stars would not permit them to treat their resort team in any derogatory manner.Nobel added that the resort also found the tirade disgusting and one of the worst displays of racism ever heard.  While Seven Stars was made aware that the cell phone was believed stolen at the Mango Reef restaurant, the pair did not share any information with the resort on their telephone conversation and behavior at the restaurant with the resort.Staff at Mango Reef recorded the telephone exchange, which is posted at our Magnetic Media Facebook page.  Concern is largely about the unfiltered racism of the couple, but there are others who also say the workers at Mango Reef crossed the line too.There were yet others who pointed to the fact that the tourist couple broke country laws, namely issuing of a death threat and discrimination.  Mr. Nobel confirmed that by the time anyone got wind of the racial slurs hurled at the Mango Reef workers, the guests were gone; they left Provo Tuesday morning.   Grant Nobel added, “These guests left yesterday morning and have been blacklisted from ever returning to the resort.”#MagneticMediaNews#racialrantsparksdisgust#touristblacklistedbySevenStarsresortlast_img read more

Akiva wraps up hurricane relief campaign donates cases of longlasting mosquito repellent

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, October 31, 2017 – Nassau –  ‘‘No matter the size, every company can do its part’’  – LivFul, the Atlanta-based developers and manufacturers of Akiva Mosquito Repellent, donated cases of repellent wipes to NEMA today as it wrapped up its recent Hurricane Irma Relief promotion.  For three weeks in October every 3 bottles or packages of wipes purchased at Lightbourn Trading were matched with LivFul’s donation of nature-based, non-toxic wipes with the power to last 16 hours.“A hurricane can be devastating.   If we all use our gifts and talents to help, our collective efforts make a huge difference,” said LivFul CEO Hogan Bassey.   “Homes are damaged, infrastructure needs to be restored, deadly mosquito populations have increased.   Akiva is the most effective mosquito repellent on the market. We knew that by sharing Akiva we could help.  No matter the size, every company can do its part.”Akiva representatives from Diane Phillips & Associates made the presentation at NEMA headquarters.“We are very grateful to LivFul which is demonstrating what it means to be a social entrepreneurship enterprise,” said Chrystal Glinton, Deputy Permanent Secretary of NEMA.   “There are many needs on our islands and this donation has been eagerly anticipated and is truly appreciated.   For other companies and individuals wanting to help, we are in need of building supplies as there are homes still in need of repair.   Persons can contact NEMA for more information on how they can assist.”Press Release: DPA NewsPhoto caption:  Akiva Mosquito Repellent representative Sandra Kemp (left) shows Chrystal Glinton, Deputy Permanent Secretary, NEMA, how gentle the repellent wipes feel when applied to the skin.  Akiva recently wrapped up its hurricane relief campaign when purchases were matched in kind with donations of the long-lasting, DEET-free wipes for distribution in the southern islands.(Photo: Kristaan Ingraham, BIS)last_img read more

Nuno Espirito wants his team to learn from mistakes

first_imgWolves manager Nuno Espirito Santo wants his team to learn from the errors made in defeat to Watford ahead of the remainder of the campaign.The Hornets ended Wolves six-match unbeaten run after scoring twice in the first-half to secure three pointsHowever, the Portuguese boss bemoaned his team’s display in the first period of the game tagging the defeat a lesson.“We must bounce back. We have to analyse really carefully what we did today and this week we must work harder,” he told the club’s website.“We didn’t stick to our rules and tasks. As a team they were more compact, we made mistakes and allowed them to recover the ball and create situations.Tammy Abraham, ChelseaChelsea hat-trick hero Tammy Abraham hopes for more Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Tammy Abraham hopes this season will be his big breakthrough at Chelsea after firing his first hat-trick for the club in Saturday’s 5-2 win at Wolves.“It’s a bad result but the first half was a bad performance, they were better than that and achieved their goals. We didn’t move it, didn’t break, there was no mobility.”After three consecutive clean sheets in all competitions, Wolves’ defence was pierced twice in a minute in a style which disappointed Nuno.“First one OK, but the second is our ball and we had to take the game where we want to take it. Every goal is annoying, but we must not do it again, it’s control of the game, even if we concede a goal.“They got the second goal immediately after the first. We needed more control to manage the situations better. There was a lack of energy and many mistakes.”last_img read more

Steven Gerrard hails Defoes loan deal

first_imgRangers manager Steven Gerrard says signing Jermain Defoe on an 18-month loan deal is a win-win for the club.Rangers sealed the signing of Bournemouth striker Jerman Defoe on loan on Sunday. The 36-year-old will stay with the Scottish club till the summer of 2020.Defoe joined the Rangers squad at their training camp in Tenerife on Monday, and Gerrard was relieved to see the deal completed.“To be honest Bournemouth are the key to getting Jermain here, they’ve been super helpful,” Gerrard told Sky Sports.“I must say a huge thank you to Eddie Howe who’s been very understanding. I think he’s been very respectful to Jermain and his career and I think it’s a win-win situation for everyone.“Jermain gets the move he wants, he gets to play. He wants to score goals, we can provide that stage for him.Steven Gerrard, Michael OwenOwen reveals why Liverpool didn’t offer Gerrard a new contract Manuel R. Medina – September 6, 2019 According to Owen, the Reds wanted to sell Gerrard two years before he left the club and that’s why they didn’t offer him a contract renewal.“The fans are super excited and so are the staff to work with him. I know more than most what he’s about, what he’s capable of.“People talk about his age which is fine but I know the player, I know the professional.“I know he’s in a very young body, he doesn’t drink, he works exceptionally hard.“I met him recently and he’s in fantastic shape so a lot of work’s gone into it from myself and Mark (Allen, director of football).“We’ve been monitoring the situation for a long time but it wasn’t until of late that we approached Bournemouth and they’ve been super helpful.last_img read more

NASA is shooting an asteroid with a giant DART to help save

first_imgNASA’s DART spacecraft will blast off to the asteroid 65803 Didymos to crash into its moon.  NASA If an asteroid was shooting towards Earth, what would our options be? Sure, we could send up a ragtag team of miners to drill into the asteroid, plant a nuke and blast it to smithereens. But if NASA has its way, we won’t need to train miners to be astronauts — it has other plans to deflect those deadly asteroids. (A lucky thing too, because it makes far more sense to teach already-trained astronauts to use a drill rather than putting miners through astronaut school, but that’s another matter entirely). NASA is prepping for a (potential) doomsday outcome with the Double Asteroid Redirection Test — a mission that will test whether we can crash a spacecraft into an asteroid and knock it off course, thus saving humankind and preventing us from ever sending Bruce Willis into space. In this week’s episode of Watch This Space, we take a look at the DART mission to 65803 Didymos — a binary asteroid (complete with its own companion “moonlet”) that’s currently orbiting the sun out past Earth. Now playing: Watch this: NASA wants to save the Earth from asteroids (with a giant… Share your voice According to NASA, the moonlet (or “Didymoon” as it’s been nicknamed) is a perfect example of an asteroid of the size and type that could crash into Earth. So, the space agency wants to send its DART spacecraft up there as early as Dec. 2020 to blast towards the 150-metre-wide moonlet and crash into its surface. Imagine it like a game of pool. If you need to knock the 8 ball in the corner pocket, you knock the cue ball into its side and it’ll shoot off on an angle. By sending its cue ball careening into the moonlet, NASA will measure how the impact changes the moonlet’s momentum and hopefully get a better idea of how asteroids can be redirected in future.To learn more about the DART, the partner mission being run by the European Space Agency and what all this has to do with Elijah Wood and the film “Labyrinth” (there are connections, we promise) then check out this week’s episode of Watch This Space. You can get your space fix every other Friday with new episodes, or catch up with the whole series on CNET or YouTube.  Post a comment Sci-Tech NASA Space 4:55 Tags 0last_img read more

GMCs 2020 Acadia looks good and is priced to compete even in

first_img Tags 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better 6 Photos 2019 Ford Edge ST review: Compelling performance General Motors 2 Share your voice More From Roadshowcenter_img 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous SUVs Enlarge ImageThe 2020 GMC Acadia AT4 is priced at just under $43,000, which makes it a bit of a bargain. GMC The 2020 GMC Acadia is a good example of the newish trend in crossover styling that favors more aggressive, blockier design, and we really like it. We also like the Acadia for other reasons, like its comfortable interior, decent infotainment and 310-horsepower V6 engine.The Acadia naturally is available in a few different trim levels, but our personal favorite is the AT4 trim, which has the advantage of being both more affordable and cooler-looking than the top-tier Denali trim. How much more affordable? Try $7,000, according to a report Wednesday by CarsDirect.With a starting sticker price of $42,495 including destination, the three-row Acadia makes a pretty strong case for itself among the General’s other SUVs, even if it may struggle somewhat against a new crop of competitors like the Kia Telluride, its cousin the Hyundai Palisade, the Subaru Ascent or Honda’s new Passport.The Acadia is set to hit dealers nationwide later this year. Check out the 2020 GMC Acadia’s new look GMC Commentslast_img read more

Nawaz Sharif rejects resignation call

first_imgMaryam Nawaz .Photo : ReutersPakistan prime minister Nawaz Sharif on Thursday rejected calls for his resignation at an emergency cabinet meeting to chart out a counter to the Panamagate probe panel’s report that recommended the filing of a graft case against Sharif and his family.Addressing the cabinet members, Sharif termed the Joint Investigation Team (JIT) report a “concoction of allegations and stories” regarding his family’s private businesses, Geo News reported.”Without any hesitation I presented myself and family before the JIT,” the prime minister said, adding that his family business predates the entry of any family member into politics.”My family didn’t earn anything from politics but did lose a lot,” Sharif said, adding that despite reservations he accepted the formation of the JIT to probe allegations of money laundering against him and his family.The Pakistan Muslim League-N (PML-N) leader said that the language used in the JIT report displayed “malafide intentions”, Dawn newspaper reported.Pointing to the opposition parties who were demanding his resignation following the release of the JIT report, Sharif said that the PML-N had bagged more votes than those of the opposition parties combined.”Those demanding my resignation on false and unwarranted claims should first look at themselves,” said Sharif. He said he will not let the country’s development become a “target of conspiracies”.”The people of Pakistan have elected me and only they can remove me from this post,” Sharif said.The members of the meeting agreed that there’s no legitimacy to the demands for Sharif’s resignation and expressed their complete support in him, said the report.Interior minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan expressed the hope that Sharif will be exonerated.”We are not one to be worried as we have faced such difficulties before with the people’s help,” said Khawaja Asif, water and power and defence minister.Several projects related to power generation and other economic initiatives of the government were also discussed in the meeting.On Wednesday, Sharif presided over an informal consultative meeting where he was briefed by legal and constitutional experts regarding the preparations of the government’s stance on the JIT report, Geo News reported.The JIT in its 10-volume report submitted to the apex court earlier this week recommended that a corruption case should be filed against Sharif and his sons Hassan Nawaz and Hussain Nawaz, as well as daughter Maryam Nawaz, under the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) ordinance 1999.Maryam Nawaz Sharif had on Wednesday expressed the party’s resolve in a tweet that Sharif will not step down.”Insh’Allah he won’t resign. Should Nawaz Sharif resign because not a single allegation of misuse of public money has been proven against him?” she said.last_img read more

Big Contracts No Storm Tarps For Puerto Rico

first_img Share People fill containers with water from a stream near the Puerto Rico Highway 52 in Cayey on Tuesday. People have been without water service in their homes after Hurricane Maria roared through a week ago.After Hurricane Maria damaged tens of thousands of homes in Puerto Rico, a newly created Florida company won more than $30 million in federal contracts to provide emergency tarps and plastic sheeting for repairs.Bronze Star LLC never delivered those urgently needed supplies.According to an exclusive Associated Press report, the Federal Emergency Management Agency terminated the contracts this month, without paying any money, and re-started the process to supply more tarps for the U.S. territory.The original effort took nearly four weeks between the day FEMA awarded the contracts to Bronze Star and the day it canceled them, tying up millions in disaster relief funds.Thousands of Puerto Ricans remain homeless, and many complain the federal government is taking too long to install tarps.last_img read more

Ward 8 Dems Endorse White

first_imgTrayon White and LaRuby May are running for the Ward 8 seat. (Courtesy Photos)Former Ward 8 D.C. State Board of Education member Trayon White overwhelmingly won the endorsement of the Ward 8 Democrats, recently. White got 135 votes for the Ward 8 Democrats’ nod while D.C. Council member LaRuby May (D-Ward 8) received 50 and the lesser known opponents, Aaron Holmes, Maurice Dickens, and Bonita Goode had eight, two and zero votes, respectively.White was elated at receiving the political club’s stamp of approval. The Ward 8 Democrats are known for having a large influence on political elections in the city. “I feel great, it is a blessing to get the support of the Ward 8 Democrats,” White told the AFRO. “We just have to continue to work to get every vote we can before Election Day.”The endorsement was the product of a straw poll on May 14 at Anacostia High School. Any registered Democrat living in Ward 8 had the right to vote in the poll and the results were tallied by members of the D.C. Democratic State Committee. Ward 8 Democrats President Charles Wilson told the AFRO that in order for a candidate to get the organization’s endorsement, they would need 60 percent of the votes cast. On a percentage basis, White got 68 percent while May got 25 percent.Earl Weaver, chairman of the National Association for the Advancement of Returning Citizens, is a firm White supporter. “He understands the needs of returning citizens and he is also able to bring the youth out. No other candidate in the race can reach the youth the way Trayon can,” Weaver told the AFRO.The Democratic Party primary for the Ward 8 D.C. Council seat will be held on June 14. The winner of that primary will have no problem winning the position in the November 8 general election because the Democrats have a 10-1 voter registration advantage over the Republicans.The race is essentially a rematch between White and May. May barely won the April 23, 2015 special election to replace the late Marion S. Barry Jr., as the Ward 8 council member, defeating White by 78 votes in a field with numerous candidates.In this race, White is running with the support of the unofficial political operation of D.C. Attorney General Karl Racine and some backers of former D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray. May is one of D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser’s strongest allies on the council and is a beneficiary of Bowser’s informal political and financial organization.While May has received the endorsements of such organizations as National Nurses United, AFSCME, the United Food and Commercial Workers, and Democrats for Education Reform, White has been tapped by Jews United for Justice, the D.C. Latino Caucus, and Marion C. Barry, the son of the late council member and four-term mayor.In addition to the straw poll, there was an approximately 90-minute candidates’ forum held in the Anacostia High School auditorium before 200 people that was moderated by 8A04 Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner Troy Donte Prestwood. White, Holmes, Dickens, and Goode focused on such issues as affordable housing, crime, and economic development. May did not attend the event.May was the keynote speaker at the George Washington University’s Graduate School of Education and Human Development commencement that morning but some of her competitors took her to task for missing the forum. May received her master’s degree in community counseling and psychotherapy from the university.“The fact that she is not here shows what she thinks of you,” Holmes said to some scattered boos in the audience. “You cannot just buy this seat.”Dickens also commented, saying, “she’s been MIA [missing in action] like she has been the last 20 months.”However, May told the AFRO May 16, “I have a lot more to do as the Ward 8 council member. I want to focus more on economic development, education, employment and all of the issues that affect the people of Ward 8.”May supporter Absalom Jordan, the advisory neighborhood commissioner for 8D03, said it was his candidates’ critics and the Ward 8 Democrats leaders who are out of order. “LaRuby made the commitment to speak at George Washington University long before this event was scheduled,” Jordan told the AFRO. “We were notified about this event a few weeks ago. They should have re-scheduled this meeting because she was speaking at George Washington. A Black woman out of Ward 8 [speaking] at George Washington University is a real honor.”last_img read more