Ethiopias Tiki Gelana Wins Gold Sets New Olympic Womens

LONDON (AP) — Tiki Gelana felt the marathon slipping away when she tumbled on the rain-slickened street.Around the halfway point of the race, the Ethiopian was knocked down by another runner as she reached for her water bottle, a hard fall that bloodied her right elbow. Already aching, Gelana thought about pulling out. Instead, she found new motivation, and headed on down the road.Gelana recovered from the fall to win the Olympic marathon on Sunday in a race that began in a downpour, was briefly brightened by sunshine and ended in another drenching rain.She was soaked as she crossed the finish line, but she didn’t seem to mind, raising her hands high to celebrate after navigating the rainy course in 2 hours, 23 minutes, 7 seconds to hold off Priscah Jeptoo of Kenya by five seconds. Tatyana Petrova Arkhipova of Russia won the bronze in the typical London weather.“When I fell, I said, ‘Oh, wow, I’m not going to finish,”‘ Gelana said through an interpreter. “But I just concentrated on running. All of a sudden, I made it.”Gelana said she loved running in the rain. “I have been doing that since I was a small child,” she said, a bandage on her elbow. “I enjoyed my run.”There was a small group of runners in a bunched pack over the last three miles. But with the finish around the bend, Gelana made her move, grimacing as she surged to the front. With the rain picking up – going from a light drizzle to a deluge – she kept glancing over her shoulder to see if Jeptoo was gaining ground.She wasn’t. No one could catch Gelana as she easily coasted across the line to win the biggest race of her life and Ethiopia’s second Olympic gold medal in the women’s event.Read more: Sports Illustrated 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

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

Polls not under Hasina Front leaders tell Sylhet rally

first_imgLeaders and activists of the Jatiya Oikya Front join the rally in Sylhet on Wednesday. Photo: Anis MahmudLeaders of the new opposition coalition have asked the people to unite for launching a movement to restore voting rights and hold a fair election in the country.Holding its first rally in Sylhet on Wedneday, the leaders of Jatiya Oikya Front or National Unity Front said their movement began.Secretary general of BNP, a key player in the front, Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir called it a march for restoration of democracy.Front leader and Gano Forum president Kamal Hossain expressed optimism about victory of the people through the coalition’s movement.The coalition, formally launched on 13 October, organised the rally to mobilise public support in favour of its demands, especially holding of the next general elections under a non-party administration.Citing massive rigging, intimidation and manipulation in recent civic elections, the front leaders insisted that the national elections must be held under a neutral government.“The 11th parliamentary election can in no way be held under prime minister Sheikh Hasina,” front leader and Nagorik Oikya convener Mahmudur Rahman Manna told the rally.Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal chief ASM Abdur Rab echoed the same sentiment, saying, “It’s a fight for vote, fight for democracy and fight for collective existence.”Criticising the Awami League government for its repressive measures, he cautioned that if any more opposition leaders and activists are arrested, the people will take to the street.A portion of the Jatiya Oikya Front`s rally at Registry Field in Sylhet on Wednesday. Photo: Prothom AloSylhet city mayor and BNP leader Ariful Haque Chowdhury presided over the rally which started around 2pm with recitation from the holy Quran and holy Gita.Speaking at a public rally at the city’s Registry Field, Front leader Kamal Hossain said the people will again become the owners of the republic as the victory of the coalition is certain through a united movement.”We’ll again become the country’s owners and bring the country under our control, ensure people’s overall welfare and equality through a united movement,” he was quoted by UNB as saying.The rally concluded peacefully despite arrest of many opposition leaders and activists on the night before, and obstacles to joining the rally.A huge number of leaders and activists of Oikya Front, especially many from the BNP, joined the rally.The law enforcement twice denied the permission for holding the rally, but later gave it. The ruling Awami League also observed a programme on the same day.Kamal further said, “I can assure you that our victory is certain through the unity of the Oikyafront.”He said though the government talks about development, only a handful of people have been benefited. “The development of a few people is not the real development…we want the development of all. Let’s get united for the real development.”He reminded the people that the Bengalis had been successful whenever they got united in the past. “So, get united thinking about our victory, we’ll surely be the owner of state power, and we’ll take the country forward with our united efforts so that we can enjoy our all rights.”Kamal Hossain addresses the rally in Sylhet on Wednesday. Photo: Prothom AloBefore the start of the rally, the senior leaders of the Oikyafront visited the shrines of Hazrat Shahjalal (R), Shah Paran (R) and the grave of general MAG Osmani, and offered fateha there on Tuesday night and Wednesday morning.Several hundred leaders and activists of the party holding placards, banners and portraits of BNP founder Ziaur Rahman, chairperson Khaleda Zia and acting chairman Tarique Rahman started thronging the rally venue since noon. They chanted various slogans demanding Khaleda’s release from jail.A huge law enforcement personnel were deployed in the city and around the rally venue.The Oikya Front’s seven-point demand includes installation of a neutral interim government, dissolution of parliament, reconstitution the election commission, release of all political prisoners, deployment of army and cancellation of the move to use electronic voting machines (EVMS) for holding the next polls in fair and acceptable manner.After the Sylhet Rally, Oikya Front is scheduled to hold another such programme at Laldighi Maidan in Chattogram city on 27 October.However, the coalition is yet to yet get permission for the rally.last_img

Nursing and midwifery should be empowered to achieve SDG goals

first_imgParticipants pose for a photograph at a roundtable on development and possibilities of nursing and midwifery in Bangladesh at CA Bhaban in Karwan Bazar on Saturday. Photo: Sabina YasminHighlighting the importance of nurses and midwives for overall improvement of the healthcare system and attainment of Sustainable Development Goals, stakeholders recommended raising the profile of the professions, establishing adequate nursing institutions, imparting proper training and ensuring workplace safety.Stakeholders hailed the overall development of the sectors in recent years but said the ratio of nurses to physicians is still inadequate.Competent and trained midwives are important components in reducing child and maternal death, several speakers said at a roundtable on Saturday. To attain the SDG target, Bangladesh needs to decrease maternal mortality to 70 per 100,000 which now stands at 172.Prothom Alo, in association with the World Health Organization (WHO), organised the roundtable on development and possibilities of nursing and midwifery in Bangladesh, at the CA Bhaban in Karwan Bazar.Former advisor to a caretaker government and executive chairperson of Power and Participation Research Center (PPRC) Hossain Zillur Rahman said, “These professions were once neglected but the scenario is changing nowadays, thanks to changing political will and commitment in this regard.”A good foundation has been created in the nursing sector, but now we need increasing quality of nurses and their numbers, he added.Referring to the recent rape and killing incident of a Kishoreganj nurse, speakers called for ensuring safety of the professionals.Highlighting the importance of midwives in cutting down the maternal mortality rate, United Nations Population Fund’s (UNFPA) country representative Asa Torkelson said, “Every year 5,200 women die from preventable causes, which means one hundred women die every week. We can together stop this weekly tragedy.”Directorate General of Nursing and Midwifery’ director general of Tandra Sikder said there is demand for professional nurses from Bangladesh in countries such as Australia and Libya.“But, we have our own demand for nurses and midwives to attain SDG and that’s why we can’t export our quality professionals in these sectors,” she added.Hussain Zillur said Bangladesh can think about exporting qualified nurses and midwives as it will help in gathering knowledge from foreign countries as well earning foreign remittance. Former advisor to a caretaker government Hossain Zillur Rahman speaks at the roundtable on development and possibilities of nursing and midwifery in Bangladesh at CA Bhaban in Karwan Bazar on Saturday. Photo: Sabina YasminTandra also said inadequate infrastructure and teachers for midwifes are one of the main challenges in these sectors.World Health Organisation’s (WHO) representative to Bangladesh Bardan Jung Rana called for empowering nursing professionals by incorporating them at a policy making level.“The community healthcare system did a lot to achieve MDG goals, but the country needs more qualified and competent professionals to attain SDG targets,” he added.The health and family planning ministry’s additional director general Nasima Sultana said 12-13 thousand nurses are passing out every year from 99 public and 218 private institutions, which is much less than required.Nasima called for increasing nursing colleges and institutes to meet the demand.She also recommended upgrading the nurses with graduate, post graduate and doctoral degrees to first class, and increasing ratio of nurses to physicians.Bangladesh Nursing and Midwifery Council’s registrar Suraiya Begum said Bangladesh can achieve 7 SDG goals by investing in midwifery.BRAC’s vice chairperson Mushtaque Chowdhury said midwifery would not develop if it is not seen as an independent profession.BRAC’s head of midwifery education programme Selina Amin emphasised the need to create an enabling environment for midwives.Obstetrical and Gynaecological Society of Bangladesh’s (OGSB) general secretary Saleha Begum Chowdhury said number of caesarean section births will decrease once midwives are given proper training and knowledge.Former vice chancellor of Bangladesh University of Health Sciences Liaquat Ali, Bangladesh Midwifery Society’s president Momtaz Begum, Bangladesh Nurses Association’s president Ismat Ara Parvin, among others spoke at the roundtable moderated by Prothom Alo associate editor Abdul Quayyum.last_img read more

City Of Houston Allocates Funds For MLK Blvd Reconstruction

first_img Share Ed MayberryCouncilmember Dwight BoykinsCouncilmember Dwight Boykins said the mayor and his colleagues have approved the funding for the reconstruction of more than 7,400 linear feet of concrete pavement roadway, plus sidewalks, street lighting and underground utilities.“There will also be improvements to drainage and the storm sewer system within and around the vicinity of this project,” he said.   Over $21 million in funding has been allocated for the improvements, which are on a “worst first” basis.Ed MayberryHeavy trash collection vehicle for District D“This is a Rebuild Houston project,” Boykins said. “That money that you pay out of your water bill — this is what’s paying for this street. It’s a Rebuild Houston project out of dedicated street and drainage funds.”  The project also includes the planting of trees. Barry Ward with Trees for Houston envisions native trees with long-term sustainability.“When everybody kind of gets together, and we’ll go out, they’ll say ‘I want this, or I want that,’ I will give you a pro and a con, and there’s a pro and con for every single tree that you put in,” Ward said.  The funding also covers the purchase of a Solid Waste heavy trash collection vehicle for District D, to clean up illegal dumping.Boykins said the state recently increased the penalty for illegal dumping.“These are the new rules — where if you are caught, you will pay a $4,000 fine and up to 30 days in the Harris County jail,”   Councilmember Boykins says these improvements are a good way to pay homage to Dr. King. Listen To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: X 00:00 /01:20 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

Allens Election Day Change Bill Draws Support

first_imgThe District of Columbia will move the primary election date from September to June permanently if Mayor Muriel Bowser signs a recent piece of legislation.D.C. Council Chairman Phil Mendelson and former Council Chair Sterling Tucker admire a photo of Tucker that was unveiled at the Wilson building in May. (Photo Courtesy of D.C. Council)On May 16, the D.C. Council passed The Primary Date Alteration Amendment Act of 2017 which moved the date of all future D.C. primary elections to the third Tuesday in June, starting with next year’s election which, according to the bill, would be scheduled on June 19, 2018. Allen’s bill was moved as emergency legislation, which means it would take effect immediately.“This bill needs to move quickly to provide potential candidates with sufficient time to plan to run for public office, to allow the board of elections enough time to make necessary preparations for the election, and to ensure that voters are aware of the change in date and able to participate at the polls,” Allen said in a statement.D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser (D) is expected to sign the bill.Allen, chairman of the Committee on the Judiciary and Public Safety, authored the legislation because the elections board indicated that under present law, it would not be able to meet federal law requiring overseas ballots for the general election to be mailed no less than 45 days before the general election.Allen also said moving the date to June avoids conflicts with schools that serve as polling places and avoids any federal holidays during the two-week early voting period to maximize voter turnout.The 2018 primary voting date was scheduled for Sept. 4, 2018, the first Tuesday in September and the day after the Labor Day holiday.Allen’s bill comes in time for the 2018 election cycle in which the District’s mayor, attorney general, council chairman, and Wards 1, 3, 5, 6, and two-at large council positions are in contention.“The bill allows the city to be in compliance with federal law,” Kevin B. Chavous, president of the D.C. Young Democrats, told the AFRO. “Plus, there have been a number of changes in the primary date in recent years and that has confused people. Allen’s bill provides permanency.In 2016, the primary date was June 16 but in 2014, it was April 1. In 2012, the primary election took place on April 3 while in 2010, it was held on Sept. 14.Since the advent of Home Rule in 1973, primary elections were held in September but changes were made in 2012 to accommodate the presidential primary season. In 2014, the April 1 date stayed because the D.C. Council failed to change the date in time and there were concerns about overseas ballots.Ronnie Edwards, longtime member of the Ward 5 Democrats and the D.C. Democratic State Committee and an advisory neighborhood commissioner in Ward 5, told the AFRO he favors September as the primary date, conceptually. “From June to November to me is a long time for a primary winner getting ready to assume office,” Edwards said, inferring that Democrats generally win the general election in the District. “I don’t like the change that Allen’s bill makes but let me be clear, it is better than holding the primary in April. That is really too much time.”Edwards said that the September primary “allows candidates to get signatures and meet people through the crucial summer months.”“Anything is better than April, where getting signatures on the ballot and campaigning in the winter months is cold, difficult, and challenging,” he said.Tony Donaldson Jr., a Ward 1 resident and D.C. State Board of Education at-large candidate in 2016, agrees with Edwards on the point of campaigning in the summer. “I was running for an office in the general election that required no primary,” Donaldson told the AFRO, “but I would say that in the summer there is nicer weather and you can engage people more. Charles Allen’s bill gives people more time to campaign.”last_img read more

Facebook Renews Three Univision Comedy Series for Watch Platform

first_imgFacebook has renewed three original scripted series from Univision Creator Network, Univision’s in-house network and studio for digital talent, for the social service’s Watch video platform.Coming back for second seasons are UCN short-form comedies “Las Kardachas” from Ana Alvarado (aka LipstickFables); “Mexican Survival Guide” from comedy group the Crazy Gorilla; and “Montoya’z Hollywood Break In” from teen twins Mya and Myka Montoya.Facebook is funding production of the shows, as it has done with several other content partners in order to feed new programming into Watch.“Mexican Survival Guide” (332,000 followers) purports to “teach” Mexican culture through comedy sketches. “Las Kardachas” (166,000 followers) is a parody of the Kardashian sisters; and “Montoya’z Hollywood Break In” (22,000 followers) is about twin sisters who leave behind small-town Texas to try to make it big in Hollywood through social media. Last fall, UCN launched the shows as part of five original comedies for Facebook Watch, with episodes running roughly 4-6 minutes. The shows generated 14.6 million video views in January 2018 alone. The two UCN shows that Facebook has not renewed are Josh Leyva’s “The Gaylo Show”: and Oscar Miranda’s “Bro-Mates.”“Working with Facebook’s Watch has allowed new audiences to discover our talented group of digital creators and their unique, authentic voices,” Isaac Rosales, manager of partnerships and operations for Univision Creator Network.The Hispanic media company launched Univision Creator Network in 2015. The division provides U.S.-based creators with support and resources, including access to experts, collaboration opportunities, and the potential to expand their audiences reach across TV, live music and sports events, radio and areas. Last year, UCN tallied 4.2 billion global video views across platforms.Pictured above: The Crazy Gorilla’s “Mexican Survival Guide” on Facebook Watch Popular on Variety center_img ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more