The Jamaica International Invitational (JII) meet this past weekend churned out some mind boggling results. This being the year of the Rio Olympics, greater significance is inevitably placed on what athletes bring to the table in early outings. Foster’s Fairplay was stunned by the 100m mark of 10.71 rolled out by MVP girl Elaine Thompson. It was aided by a +2.4 metre per second (mps) wind, marginally over the legally accepted limit of 2.0. However, although it will not have record keepers reaching for their books, it cannot be underestimated as another milestone in the rise to world prominence of this pint-sized gift to the sport from the district of Banana Ground in hilly Manchester. As former Olympic and World Champion, Linford Christie, once told this columnist, “wind or no wind, it proves the time is in your legs”. Another JII event that attracted the attention of this columnist in a poignant way was the women’s 100m hurdles. Reigning world champion, Danielle Williams, took that title at a time when the high-riding Americans had faltered, suffering mishaps at one stage or another. There was a claim that the 2015 Sportswoman of the Year runner-up’s performance was diluted because of the missteps by the USA girls. They included defending champion Jasmine Stowers, who pulled out of Saturday night’s proceedings at the last minute, 2015 USA champion Brianna Rollins, Sharika Nelvis and Queen Harrison, all Beijing World Championship finalists and the cream of the USA’s crop. What Danielle showed on the night in a close, wind assisted race, is interesting. None of those named, including the always effervescent Jamaican miss, had competed in more than two finals this year. They were all in the infant stages of the 2016 season, but the revelation was clear. They can dance together at the same party. Also worthy of mention – in the context of exciting prospects for this summer’s action – is Kemar Bailey-Cole’s 10.01 clocking to win the men’s 100m. The 2014 Commonwealth Games champion left Beijing injured last year. His only appearance since was a 200m on local soil in April. With this 2016 best, he has factored in himself to make that sprint trio for Rio. Over in Doha, Qatar, the previous day (Friday), there was another eye-catching run by sprint hurdler out of the prestigious University of Arkansas program, Omar “Mr. Silk” McLeod. He sounded the trumpet of his presence, also in Beijing last year. Slamming hurdles repeatedly, he muscled into the final, where in the same rhythm-challenging style he placed a more than creditable sixth. Now a professional athlete under the guidance of IAAF athletes representative, the very selective and overall quality-conscious, Claude Bryan, he created what the organising team called the ‘Performance of the Meet’. It was a world leading 13.05 seconds, legally crafted and throwing down the gauntlet to the most lettered of his rivals. Several of them trailed him in Doha, notably countryman Hansle Parchment (Beijing silver medallist) and the USA’s power men – Aries Merritt (world record holder) and David Oliver (2013 World champion). Foster’s Fairplay, with all these top end performances in mind, calls on the experience and lessons learnt covering this sport. Medals are won on the day. Even before that, there is a hurdle to be tackled called Trials, where no quarter is given. The stern test of strength, endurance and character is almost seven weeks away. The order of the four-day championships is one-two-three for selection in individual events and top six in relays. There are no wild cards to allow any athlete, unfettered passage to the most appropriately named ‘Greatest Show on Earth’. The Diamond League has seen only one event on its four-month long calendar. The action, yet unfolded, will produce a plethora of oooohs and aaahs, spills and thrills, as is the tradition. Apart from those who competed on the Indoor circuit, other countries’ elite are not yet in full fitness or shape. It is a logistical impossibility for them all to make it. For those who do, Foster’s Fairplay wishes for them all the very best as they huddle under the black, gold and green. Until then, there is every confidence that the city of the samba will have a lot of time for the beat of Reggae. Onward Jamaica, the spirits of your athletic ancestors are watching. For feedback: E-Mail firstname.lastname@example.org
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Kolkata: The pressure of goods vehicles has increased in Jessore Road after the collapse of Majerhat bridge. According to the police, a section of goods vehicle drivers are using the Belgharia Expressway and Jessore Road to enter Kolkata and to move towards South 24-Parganas.According to police sources, since the collapse of Majerhat bridge, a good number of heavy goods vehicles have been using Jessore Road as their entry point. Due to this, traffic congestion has also increased in the airport area. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal life”As Kolkata Police has imposed some new restrictions, we are using Jessore Road as the entry point to the city. Several drivers are using Eastern Metropolitan Bypass to travel to South 24-Parganas. The distance is getting a bit high,but we can move smoothly using this route,” said a truck driver.”We have noticed that the movement of goods vehicles has increased recently. As a result of excessive pressure of traffic, it is taking a long time to clear the congestion,” said an official of Bidhannagar Police. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedDue to the increasing number of goods vehicles, Jessore Road is also getting damaged. The stretch between airport 3 number gate and airport 1 number gate is in a mess. Due to bad weather since the last few months, a section of road has been heavily damaged. The pressure of goods vehicles on the road is damaging it further. As a result, normal vehicular traffic flow is getting slower, creating congestion.According to daily commuters, the situation worsened due to goods vehicle movement after 9 pm. “After 9 pm, goods vehicles rule the road. Due to that both Kolkata and Barasat bound movement gets slower,” said Sanjib Chakraborty, a resident of Madhyamgram area.
March 21, 2019 Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. 5 min read For decades, society and the federal government fixated on how to get girls into technology careers. There have been summits and conferences held, numerous presidential and congressional committees and reports, plus countless articles on the issue. All this activity would indicate that education and inspiring girls to choose tech as a career is the key for long-standing and sustainable female representation in the heavily male-dominated tech industry. However, this approach, which stretches back to the Clinton administration, fails to address a key issue — keeping women in the tech workforce.Related: 6 Inspiring Women Changing Tech and Business This New YearThe female tech talent pool in the U.S. leaks like a sieve and requires immediate attention. Here’s a sobering fact: today, there’s a smaller percentage of women in tech than 25 years ago. Men, and almost exclusively men, design the technologies that individuals use to interact with the world for more than half of their waking hours. It’s staggering how much influence tech has on society and the individual, and how much of that influence is coded by one gender.More than half — 56 percent — of women who enter the tech industry drop out of the workforce midway into their careers. None of the reasons cited are particularly shocking or unknown. The NCWIT report cited reasons including being undervalued — which is demonstrated in lower pay — not being challenged in tasks, not having a seat at the table and seeking a balance in priorities to include their personal life. Women don’t want to walk away from what they love to do, but the male-led tech industry isn’t working for the majority of women.Individuals, businesses and the society-at-large pay an astronomical price in hard and soft costs when women drop out of tech. For the worker, she’s forfeited more than $120,000 to get her degree, and she’s probably paying 4-5 percent in interest with student loans. There’s the cost of certifications, conferences and continuing education as well as the time investment in developing key expertise, building networks and developing intellectual capital.Related: Fellow Women in Tech: Where Do We Go From Here?Financial impacts on businesses can run even more steep in real costs, climbing as high as a million dollars or more. According to The Society of Human Resource Management, it costs six to nine months salary to replace a salaried employee. Hired.com reported in 2017 that the average tech worker in San Francisco made $142,000 a year. So, a company could pay anywhere from $852,000 to $1.3 million to backfill this position. Of course, replacing a salaried woman is on the lower end of this range, thanks to the well-documented wage gap. Keep in mind, this cost does not take into account the loss of productivity, institutional knowledge, and potentially, the industry’s next great idea when a woman leaves tech.Parity is profitable. A 2016 study by Peterson Institute for International Economics compared companies with no female corporate leadership to those with a 30 percent representation and found that the injection of women leadership yielded a 15 percent increase in profitability. This stat just scratches the surface of the missed growth and opportunity in tech without female participation at parity. We know that diversity of thought increases innovation and enhances problem-solving.I urge us to focus our energy equally on keeping women in tech careers and inspiring girls to enter tech. Gender parity in the tech industry is about more than workforce diversity. All of us must shape the virtual worlds in which we operate so these worlds are truly expansive, innovative and disruptive versus hard coding more of the same. But gender parity in tech is an impossible dream unless we stop the drop of women from tech after they start their careers. Awareness is a start, but it doesn’t generate change. Action is needed to move society forward. To energize this much needed change, I am launching the One Woman Challenge to ignite a discussion around this issue and create career supportive actions for women in business.Related: How Tech Conferences Are (Finally) Injecting Gender Balance Into Their Speaker Line-upsAt its core, the campaign is about connecting and contributing to a woman’s career path by pledging to help with one supportive act. This could be anything from reviewing a presentation, to taking a coffee meeting, to making an introduction. These acts create opportunity and change at the individual level, and each individual action creates a swell that together starts to change the tide. The time is now for us all to be change agents for society and a future in tech that will include female.To learn more about the One Woman Challenge, visit MJ Freeway’s social media pages on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn. Enroll Now for Free This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now