Having swept the top three positions in the men’s one mile open run at the highly rated Gibson/McCook Relays at the National Stadium last Saturday, coach Milton Sergeant believes his Maximum Aerobic Club will be an exciting project in coming years. The Spalding-based athletes Chadoye Dawson was first in four minutes 20.15 seconds; followed by Kevin Campbell, 4:22.46′ and Ainsworth Daley 4:23.45. Kingston College’s Shane Buchanan (4:24.87) was fourth. Added to Saturday’s triumph, they were winning their fourth consecutive title. They won the 4x800m at the S.W. Isaac Henry Invitational, Central and Hurdles Relays and Western Relays, respectively. “I would like to see these athletes being able to compete with the elite athletes of Kenya and other parts of the world because it is believed we are only good in the sprints. But I believe that we can also do well in the middle distances, especially in the 800 and 1500 metres,” Sergeant shared. The club started last year and Sergeant, who has been coaching for about 12 years, has seven male athletes at the club where he works alongside assistant Jason Clowson. “This is my passion. I was an 800, 1500 and 5,000-metre athlete. I’ve always been producing middle distance athletes who have been producing well at Champs,” he told The Gleaner in an interview. Sergeant ran for Holmwood Technical during his early years and has since coached at his alma mater, as well as Foga Road and Spalding High schools. “At present I have seven men that I am working with. Most of them are under the age of 24. The bulk of them are athletes I have already coached in high school and have already gone like one minute, 51.55 seconds. We are really seeing if I can basically start an Olympic cycle program for them, so I am looking for them in the next four years to be running 3:36 and 800s in 1:43 or 1:44,” he pointed out. Presently, Sergeant admits he gets very’ good’ support from Ludlow Watts. Otherwise, he is funding his project by himself and calls for assistance. “I am doing it basically by myself. One Mr Ludlow Watts is giving me very good assistance. There are times when I would call them and they would give me track shoes and spikes and he believes in the program.” He added that Watts, a treasurer of the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA), has encouraged his dream and helped him out with two of his athletes getting about $30,000 per month from the JAAA.
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They became friendly over the next two years, discussing sports, health tips and Constand’s career. Cosby, according to his deposition in her lawsuit, once invited her to a dinner with local college presidents and also took her to Foxwoods Resort Casino in Connecticut to talk career options with an executive. Bill Cosby – Andrea Constand. Image: AP – Associated Press Andrea Constand will be the star witness when the comedian dubbed America’s Dad goes on trial Monday in suburban Philadelphia on charges he drugged and sexually assaulted her. Cosby, 79, could get 10 years in prison if convicted. On the night in question, in early 2004, Cosby summoned her to his gated estate near Philadelphia to discuss her job search. In his deposition, he said he gave her three unidentified pills to ease her stress. She said she thought it was an herbal remedy. Cosby, 36 years her senior, then put his hand down her pants, according to his deposition. Facebook Advertisement NORRISTOWN, Pa. — When Andrea Constand takes the stand in the coming days to break her decade-long silence about Bill Cosby, jurors will hear from a free spirit who devotes her life to family, her French poodle, and her work treating cancer patients and others as a massage therapist. “She’s the only one who found the fortitude to press charges against him within the statute of limitations. I think that’s not a coincidence. She’s so strong and courageous,” said Lili Bernard, who said Cosby sexually assaulted her before giving her a one-time role on “The Cosby Show” in 1992, the eighth and final season of the top-ranked sitcom. Constand, an athletic six-footer with colourful arm tattoos and a wild mane of brown curly hair, is the only Cosby accuser whose complaint has led to criminal charges. About 60 women have accused him of similar conduct, most of them coming forward in Constand’s wake. The trial is expected to last about two weeks. Constand has visited Motsinger during trips to the Southwest, an area she loves from her college days in Arizona. They hike, talk about their spiritual journeys and share the occasional margarita. One thing they don’t talk about is Cosby, the older woman said. Constand also visited Bernard in Los Angeles last year, where they happened upon his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame while taking in the sights. They kept walking, Bernard said.Cosby, Temple’s most famous booster and trustee, first spied Constand from across the school gym in 2002. He had a friend introduce them. When she mentioned having back pain, he led her into the locker room to engage in a back-to-back, two-person stretch. Login/Register With: Advertisement Constand’s lawyer, Dolores Troiani, considers that ludicrous, since the 30-year-old Constand was dating a woman at the time. She later told police she was drifting in and out of consciousness, unable to fend him off. When they last met, in 2004, Constand was wrapping up a life in basketball that had taken her from the Toronto suburbs to a national title with the University of Arizona to a pro league in Europe and finally a job on the coaching staff at Temple University in Philadelphia, Cosby’s alma mater. Twitter “Andrea was a basketball player. She would prepare for a championship game like no other,” Motsinger said. “That’s what she’s done here.”By: Maryclaire Dale – The Associated Press “Andrea is not focused on the outcome. She is not emotional. She’s the opposite. She is so centred and focused. She does yoga, she meditates,” said Donna Motsinger, 75, a fellow Cosby accuser who has become close to Constand since the Canadian woman reached out to her two years ago. “She lives a beautiful life.” Constand then filed the first sexual battery lawsuit against the Hollywood star, a case he settled for an undisclosed sum after giving four days of lurid testimony about his sexual conduct with Constand and other young women. He acknowledged giving some of them pills and alcohol and at least one woman quaaludes. After that testimony became public in 2015, more women came forward and a new set of prosecutors took another look at the case and arrested Cosby. Constand left Temple when the basketball season ended, returning home to become a massage therapist like her father. During her training, she learned about the professional boundaries involving touch and started having nightmares, according to court documents. She told her mother in 2005 that something had happened. They went to the police. Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Constand, now 44, has never spoken publicly about the TV star under the terms of a confidential settlement they negotiated in 2006. And her deposition from that lawsuit remains sealed. Yet friends say she is ready to face Cosby and the crush of media in the courtroom. Prosecutors in Pennsylvania at the time deemed the case too weak to prosecute. The Associated Press does not usually identify people who say they are the victims of sexual assault, but Constand’s lawyer has said her name can be used. Cosby called some of their time together “romantic,” describing a few occasions when he said he made advances toward her or lay next to her on his bed during the 2003 casino trip. He insists the encounter at the heart of the criminal case was consensual.
While b-to-b publishing executives saw print account for 52.4 percent of total revenue in 2009, they anticipate print dropping to 47.5 percent of overall revenue in 2010, according to the latest FOLIO: B-to-B CEO Survey, conducted by Readex Research. That’s the first time print has fallen below 50 percent of total revenues for b-to-b publishers as a whole, according to the Folio: surveys. Meanwhile, paid subscriptions are the only other area b-to-b executives expect to drop in 2010, down from 7.3 of total revenue last year to 6.9 percent this year. A recent report from American Business Media said print was the hardest hit category for b-to-b publishers in 2009, down 24 percent to $7.5 billion, while events fell 15.8 percent to $11.1 billion. While ABM has reported events have eclipsed print as a revenue stream in recent years, events still lag well behind print for most b-to-b publishers (with the exception of larger companies such as Advanstar), according to the FOLIO: surveys. In the last two years, as publishers have been forced to cancel shows and seek out online alternatives, digital media has eclipsed events as a revenue stream. How Much of Your Overall Revenue Will Come From These Sources in 2010? Print advertising 47.5% (-9.4%)E-media 16.6% (+27.7%)Events 10.6% (+8.2%)Custom publishing 8.8% (+4.8%)Paid subscriptions 6.9% (-5.4%)Data information sales2.6% (+18.2%)Other 7.0% (no change)Not surprisingly, “staying in business” was cited most often as the respondents’ biggest success in 2009, while “the economy” was the biggest disappointment. However, others cited being forced to lay off quality people and the lack of success in finding good salespeople as the biggest disappointments. For a full look at the 2010 FOLIO: B-to-B CEO Survey-including profitability, operating expenses, tech spending and CEO compensation for 2010, turn to FOLIO:’s May issue, out May 1.
.Japan’s emperor Akihito will step down on 30 April 2019, the prime minister Shinzo Abe announced Friday. This is the first retirement in more than two centuries in the imperial family believed to be the world’s oldest.Shinzo Abe said he was “deeply moved” at the “smooth decision” taken after a special meeting of the Imperial Council to decide on the date for the popular 83-year-old to step down for health reasons.”The government will make utmost efforts to ensure that the Japanese people can celebrate the emperor’s abdication and the succession of the crown prince,” added Abe.Akihito’s eldest son, 57-year-old crown prince Naruhito, is expected to ascend the Chrysanthemum Throne the next day.The emperor shocked the country last year when he signaled his desire to take a back seat after nearly three decades, citing his age and health problems.There have been abdications in Japan’s long imperial history dating back more than 2,600 years but the last one was more than two centuries ago.Akihito is the 125th person to sit on the Chrysanthemum Throne since emperor Jimmu, said to be a descendant of the legendary sun goddess Amaterasu.Emperors have played a crucial role in the country’s native Shinto religion, conducting various annual rites and prayers for the prosperity of the nation.- Female succession -There is no republican movement to speak of in Japan and the emperor and the royal families enjoy the admiration of the vast majority of the country.But Akihito’s unexpected move presented a challenge since there was no law to deal with an emperor retiring from what is usually a job for life — and it reignited debate about allowing women to ascend the traditionally male-only throne.In June, the parliament passed a one-off rule allowing the ageing emperor to step down.The abdication must take place within three years and applies only to Akihito, who has been treated for prostrate cancer and has also had heart surgery.Some worried that changing the rule to allow any emperor to abdicate could put Japan’s future monarchs at risk of being subject to political manipulation.The status of the emperor is sensitive in Japan given its 20th century history of war waged in the name of Akihito’s father Hirohito, who died in 1989.Akihito was born in 1933 just as Japan was embarking on its militaristic sweep across Asia, and was 11 when the war ended in defeat.His father was allowed to remain on the throne after Japan’s defeat, but his status was downgraded from semi-divine sovereign to a figurehead with no political power.Akihito embraced the role and tried to use it to help heal the scars of the war while remoulding one of the world’s oldest monarchies for a democratic age.Even before he assumed the throne, Akihito broke with tradition when he married the daughter of a wealthy flour magnate in 1959, becoming the first imperial heir to wed a commoner.The emperor and his wife empress Michiko are seen as being the more accessible face of a monarchy that largely remains in the shadows, unlike the British royals.Akihito is barred from commenting on politics, but he has over the years hinted at his own anti-nationalist views.Speaking at a memorial marking the 70th anniversary of Japan’s surrender, Akihito expressed “deep remorse” for the country’s actions in World War II.The looming abdication has reignited concerns about a potential succession crisis.There are no more eligible male heirs after the 11-year-old son of crown prince Naruhito’s younger brother Akishino.Japan’s centuries-old succession would be broken if that son, Hisahito, does not have a male child.In response, Japan’s parliament has called for a debate on giving women a bigger role in the male-dominated monarchy.The idea — including the possibility of letting women ascend the throne — is popular with ordinary Japanese, but it is vehemently opposed by traditionalists.Female imperial family members lose their royal status upon marriage to a commoner, a point highlighted by the engagement of one of Akihito’s granddaughters, princess Mako, to her college sweetheart.
new zealandNew Zealand’s prime minister Jacinda Ardern made an emotional apology Monday to the family of a 22-year-old British tourist who police say was murdered.Ardern spoke about the nation’s reaction to the case several hours after the man that police accuse of killing Grace Millane made his first appearance in court. Police on Sunday found a body in a forested area near Auckland which they believe is Millane’s.”From the kiwis I have spoken to, there is this overwhelming sense of hurt and shame that this has happened in our country, a place that prides itself on our hospitality,” Ardern said at her weekly media briefing, using a colloquial term for New Zealanders.”On behalf of New Zealand, I want to apologize to Grace’s family,” Ardern said, her voice breaking with emotion. “Your daughter should have been safe here, and she wasn’t. And I’m sorry for that.”Ardern said it wasn’t necessarily her role to apologize for individual acts of violence, but she’d sensed that New Zealanders were feeling a collective sense of shame over the case and that many were taking it personally.Earlier, the 26-year-old man accused of killing Millane stared at the floor while a judge addressed him during his brief appearance at the Auckland District Court. The man has not yet entered a plea on murder charges and the court has temporarily blocked his name from being published.Millane’s father, David Millane, traveled to New Zealand last week after his daughter vanished, and Judge Evangelos Thomas addressed him and other family members.”I don’t know what to say to you at this time, but your grief must be desperate,” he said, according to television station Three. “We all hope justice will be fair and swift and ultimately bring you some peace.”As the man was led away from the dock, somebody in the public gallery yelled out “Scumbag!” Three reported.The case has riveted people both in Britain and New Zealand.Described by her father as fun-loving and family-oriented, Grace Millane had been traveling in New Zealand as part of a planned yearlong trip abroad that began in Peru. She went missing 1 December and failed to get in touch with her family on her birthday the next day, or on the days that followed, which alarmed them.Before she vanished, Millane had been staying at a backpacker hostel in Auckland and left some of her belongings there. Detective Inspector Scott Beard said she met a man for a couple of hours in the evening before surveillance cameras showed them entering the CityLife hotel at about 9:40pm.A week after Millane disappeared, police detained a man for questioning and later charged him with murder.On Sunday, police found a body in a forested area about 10 meters (33 feet) from the side of the road in the Waitakere Ranges near Auckland. Police believe Millane’s body was taken to the area in a rental car.Police said the car, a red Toyota Corolla, was rented for 24 hours and returned to an Auckland rental agency on 3 December, meaning Millane’s body could have been in the forest for six days before it was found.The suspect’s lawyer, Ian Brookie, on Monday applied for name suppression on the basis his client needed it for a fair trial, an argument that Judge Thomas rejected on the basis of open justice. Brookie appealed, triggering the man’s name to be temporarily suppressed.The man is being held in custody and is scheduled to make his next court appearance 23 January.
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The findings showed that blocking oestrogens might help women suffering from systemic sclerosis. SSc, also known as scleroderma, which means ‘hard skin’, is an autoimmune disease affecting multiple organs and which predominantly affects women. The excessive production of proteins such as collagen by fibroblasts in the body results in the thickening and hardening of the skin, particularly of the hands and face – a defining feature of SSc. The condition increased in women after the menopause as oestrogens – that were found to significantly slow down fibrosis (the thickening of the skin) – decreased. “Inhibiting this oestrogen showed a consistent and significant deterioration of the process of skin fibrosis,” said Jerome Avouac from Paris Descartes University in France.In some SSc patients, disease progression is very rapid, with fibrosis extending beyond the extremities. The widespread fibrosis (thickening) involving the internal organs can prove a survival risk in such patients and can also be considered as a valuable marker of the overall disease severity.
Sanjay Barot’s canvasses come alive with the beauty of fine details and meticulous moorings. Treatment and finesse are paramount in these works brought by Ruskshaan Art Mumbai. Barot’s eight works at are an epitome of devotion and distinct allegories in time. “Every canvas is enclosed or mounted with a wooden frame (differently constructed for each canvas) that has been lovingly treated with images, color, layers and texture ,” says Rukshaan Krishna . ” For example, people known and unknown, particularly those that have managed to make a mark in society and rise through the legacy of life have been portrayed on the frame. These wooden frames work as frames of construction for the work and also as the entry point of the society that Sanjay has painted for his viewers.” The artist asserts that these can be read as the ‘final impressions’ that have been culled out from the chaos in the canvas. The chaos on the canvas is patterned by bold lines that have been layered almost a hundred times along with passages that provide space for the playing out of truths that are personal to the artist. And some, we as viewers may empathize with.Barot speaks of his sensibility, and says: ” My creative process is really like my beliefs. They have travelled with me from when I moved from my village in Kapadvanj to the city that I now live in and love, Baroda. Layers and layers. I return to my hometown every 6 months and with every visit, the roots get stronger and help me cope with the chaos of city life.” However, it is only upon drawing closer to the canvas that one can experience the interesting interplay of man and his moments, architectural forms and objects from his beloved hometown and socio-political incidents that have had a bearing on the artist.Rukshaan Art has credentials of commitment rare to see in the modern day art world practices where greed and commerce drive every act. Rukshaan Art hosts works of contemporary artists who are based in or have studied at or work in Baroda, Gujarat. Gallery owner Rukshaan Krishna is the reason behind Baroda March, a decade-old tradition wherein close to 50 ‘Barodian’ contemporary artists showcase their works at the Coomaraswamy Hall, at Mumbai’s Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangharalaya every March. Artists from Baroda, opines the brilliant and deeply admired and respected, Rukshaan have high integrity. Recently she had a historic culling of the works of the 80 year old doyen Jyoti Bhatt who is a legend in the world of intaglio as well as photography. “These artists are in constant conversation with each other. As a result, there’s learning and encouragement. They are not proud but have their pride. They also care about the career graphs of one another,its unheard of in the art community elsewhere.”