At the Bird’s Nest, it’s another Dibaba gold medal

first_img World titles BEIJING (AP): At the Bird’s Nest, it’s another Dibaba gold. Seven years after Tirunesh got a long-distance double at the Beijing Olympics, little sister Genzebe won her first gold medal at the same stadium at the World Championships – bringing her halfway to her own double. The Ethiopian sisters have the same languid, elegant stride, which packs a ferocious acceleration in the final stages of any middle and long-distance race. Genzebe proved that when she kicked for home halfway through the 1,500-metre final. No one could get on her shoulder again, and she even had time to punch the air four times and cross the line with a windmill motion, metres ahead of silver medallist Faith Kipyegon of Kenya. It all happened at the same Bird’s Nest venue where Tirunesh Dibaba had her 5,000-10,000 double at the 2008 Olympics. “I wanted to share this family experience,” Genzebe said. Tirunesh, now 30 and a mother of son Nathan, already has a standout record with three Olympic and five long-distance World titles to go along with five World cross-country titles, but the 24-year-old Genzebe is planning to close in fast. The younger sibling has two World indoor titles and two world cross-country titles on top of yesterday’s gold. And just this year, she set the World record in the 1,500. Not that Genzebe needs much sisterly help when her running is already so good, but when asked about the best advice she ever got from Tirunesh, the answer comes immediately. “Once you decide to go, you never stop,” Genzebe said. “My plan (was) to go at the 800.” Next up for Genzebe is Sunday’s 5,000 and a chance to make it double, just like her big sister.last_img read more

Caretaker Govt cannot recall Ambassadors – Nandlall

first_img…reminds of Govt’s illegal status, says all decisions after Sept 19 subject to reviewFollowing Government’s announcement that it would be recalling Ambassadors from overseas who it claims have overstayed their time, former Attorney General Anil Nandlall has reminded that because of its illegal status, the Government has no authority to make such decisions.Foreign Affairs Minister, Dr Karen CummingsNandlall, when contacted, informed Guyana Times that contrary to what the Government is claiming, the Government is currently not a caretaker Government but an illegal one. He claimed that the Government was supposed to act as a caretaker Government and announce a date for elections, up until September 19.“It was a Caretaker Government from the time the No-Confidence Motion was passed, that is, from the 21st December 2018 to three months immediately succeeding that time, that is, on or about the 20th March 2019, when elections were to be held under Article 106 (6) of the Constitution.”“Then the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) in its consequential orders delivered on the 12th July 2019, in the No-Confidence Motion cases, indicated that that litigation placed the constitutional clock on pause, in relation to the three months within which elections shall be held consequent upon the passage of the No-Confidence Motion, as mandated by Article 106 (6) of the Constitution.”Former Attorney General Anil NandlallNandlall referred to the CCJ’s act of referring to a three months’ grace period for Government to hold elections as “judicial benevolence”, but made it clear that the three months’ period has elapsed.“The first minute into the 19th September 2019, this Government became absolutely illegal, unconstitutional and unlawful. From that moment, it ceased to govern by virtue of constitutional authority.”“Consequently, every decision and appointment made, every contract signed and awarded and every cent of taxpayers’ dollars spent are illegal, unconstitutional and unlawful. Even monies budgeted for; they have no authority to spend because those monies were budgeted in accordance with the Constitution to be spent by a Government recognised by the Constitution.”Nandlall noted that at some point in time, all these decisions that were made including the decision to recall the unnamed Ambassadors from their overseas missions, will have to be reviewed.“This is a unit masquerading as a lawful Government and at some point in time, these decisions that are being made, contracts that are being awarded and monies that are being spent, will have to be reviewed, their legality or lack thereof examined and consequential legal actions taken,” he said.The Ministry’s announcement that it would be recalling Ambassadors follows speculation on the reason for former Director General Audrey Jardine-Waddell’s removal from the post. The Ministry confirmed that indeed, Waddell has been removed and will be replaced by Charlene Phoenix as their first Permanent Secretary, with effect from December 2.According to the Ministry, however, there are Ambassadors that have been serving for 20 years, when in fact their tenure is supposed to be 3 to 5 years. The Ministry claimed that this has impeded the work of younger, up and coming foreign service officers and that the reshuffling was part of “promoting greater efficiency”.A cursory check on the current Ambassadors’ residence overseas revealed only a few Ambassadors with over a decade of service abroad. But the Foreign Affairs Ministry has not revealed the names of those Ambassadors who were targeted.Questions have been raised as to whether there is more to the issue than the Ministry is letting on. For instance, there had been reports that Foreign Affairs Minister, Dr Karen Cummings, was being undermined at the Ministry.Those reports appeared shortly before word got out that Jardine-Waddell was being reassigned. However, it has also been alleged that the technical staff were being impeded from doing their job due to political interference.Waddell’s reassignment also comes after reports in sections of the media that her contract was not renewed by the Government. When she was asked about these claims, however, Waddell had denied knowledge of such a development.last_img read more


first_imgJunior Certificate Results – Out todayOver 2290 students across the county will be getting their Junior Certificate Results today.In Donegal, 1136 females and 1154 males sat the Junior Cert exams this year. Today they’ll find out how well they did.School principals will be handing out results to students throughout the day. Results will also be available online after 4pm on Nationwide, just under 60000 students sat the exams. Over 10 per cent of students received A grades in the Higher level English, Maths and Irish papers.There was an increase in the uptake of higher level Maths this year. The numbers earning A grades fell by 3 points to 11.90per cent. The failure rate of higher level Maths in the country rose by 0.5per cent.While ordinary level maths results have improved across Ireland, the number of students earning As fell by 4 points to 9.9per cent.There was a notable rise in students earning A, B and C grades in Science Students can appeal results through their schools before September 27.Mr Noel Brett, Chief Executive of the Road Safety Authority urged students to be safe tonight if they are planning to go out and celebrate.He said that today is a day for parents to be proud of their children’s achievements. “However, that pride could very quickly turn to grief if something tragic happens on the roads tonight,” he said.He called for parents to talk to children about responsibility on the roads.“Before they head out tonight, make sure you know who they will be going out with, where they are going, how they’re getting there and most importantly, how they intend to get home.” by Rachel McLaughlinJUNIOR CERT RESULTS FOR MORE THAN 2000 DONEGAL STUDENTS was last modified: September 11th, 2013 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:junior certificateResultslast_img read more

Part of my job as a tech journalist is reviewing t

first_imgPart of my job as a tech journalist is reviewing the newest technology to hit the market. I just wrapped up a review of Motorola’s latest high-end Android phone, the Motorola Moto Z Force Droid.It’s a hell of a phone. It’s large, yet lightweight, with powerful rear and front cameras. It also has turbo charging–the device charges to almost 50% full in less than 20 minutes.There is much to like about this phone (you can read my review here.) However, one particular feature caught my attention. It’s not that the feature doesn’t work, it does. But it is something that spotlights once again, how tone deaf the tech industry is in its white, male dominance.Who Defines Beauty?The feature is called “Beautification.” It’s a selfie filter. One described by Motorola in their Reviewers’ Guide as, “a new Moto feature that allows you to enhance your selfies by smoothing the skin to reduce blemishes or wrinkles. You can set this to manual or auto so your selfies will always look their best.”When I tested it, I didn’t notice so much smoothing out of my smile lines or other wrinkles. I did notice that it made my brown skin tone about a full shade lighter.I tested the feature on some other African Americans in our office. Sure enough, no matter the shade of our skin tone, Beautification lightened us up.When we tested with a white colleague, her complexion was lightened as well. However, not as marked a difference from the original as was the case with African American skin.Now, I know that a lot of selfie filters will lighten an image and attempt to smooth wrinkles to make for more of a “touched up” subject.My issue is with the name. Why is “beautification” being associated with a lighter complexion and smoothing of wrinkles?By the way, I did reach out to Motorola to ask them about the feature. Here is their response:“We’ve adopted a common feature in smartphone camera software that is generally referred to as ‘beautification’ within the industry. One aspect of the software feature balances imperfect lighting in order to minimize blemishes. It is a simplified version of what a professional photographer might do to retouch photos by adjusting the brightness. The manual mode provides full control of the feature so the user can determine the setting that shows them in the best light.”“Duh” MomentsDo I think Motorola is being deliberately sexist, racist, or ageist in naming this feature as such? Of course not.Yet, it’s another forehead-smacking “Duh!” moment when it comes to Silicon Valley’s missteps on matters pertaining to diversity and tech products moving from quality assurance to final market items.Just recently, someone at Snapchat thought it would be a good idea to release a racially insensitive filter that applies exaggerated, stereotypical Asian features to users’ facial photos.(Image: Mashable)Then there was the time HP made facial recognition cameras that would not recognize darker skin tones.Then there was the outcry when Google Photos labeled black people as gorillas.Or, remember when Dell came up with the horrific marketing idea “Della” to target its line of Inspiron Mini 10 netbooks to women? Instead of telling us about the netbooks’ specs, women were told we could use them to “Track your exercise and food intake” or to “find recipes online.”Technology is not racist or sexist or ageist. A computer system does exactly what it is instructed to do. And let’s be clear, no one is suggesting anything nefarious about any of these technology misfires.But it drives home the point: Diverse eyes looking at a tech product from concept to finish makes for a better product and certainly one less likely to offend. be_ixf; php_sdk; php_sdk_1.4.18 What’s New in TechnologyLatest News for EntrepreneursOur Best Videoslast_img read more