first_imgJamaican Michael Gardener, representing the Caribbean team in the Wray and Nephew Contender 2016 Series, makes his debut as a professional boxer tonight. Gardener will face USA boxer José Guzman, over five rounds in the fifth week of competition at the Chinese Benevolent Association auditorium. Fight time is 9.30 p.m. and the contest will be broadcast live on Television Jamaica. Last week the series heated up considerably when Guyanese boxer Revlon Lake fought a bruising battle against Anthony Woods from The Bahamas to take a majority decision, and tonight’s fight promises to be in the same vein. The 22 year-old Gardener is faced with a huge task, in this his debut, but he and his camp have stated that they are very confident of victory, despite the fact that Guzman, who is 27, is a seasoned professional with 20 fights on his rÈsumÈ. It is not an impressive one, as he has won six, lost 13, and had one draw, but the fact is that he has been a professional since 2006. He last fought on March 5, losing to John Hernandez in New York over six rounds. Gardener has been one of Jamaica’s best amateur boxers and has been a champion in both the welterweight and middleweight divisions. He has represented Jamaica in overseas competitions several times and is known to be a hard-hitting boxer. His major fault as an amateur was that being primarily a counter-puncher, he had the tendency to react and fight back rather than lead and be aggressive. As a result, he was usually coming from behind, and in a three-round fight, he therefore, found himself in trouble on several occasions. Over five rounds, he has some more time, but he still cannot afford to lose the early rounds as catching up would be difficult. The tactics that he uses tonight will be very important if he is to make a successful debut. He has good punching power, but his opponent, who was born in Puerto Rico and who has been living in the Bronx, New York, for some time, is quite likely to be very aggressive, so the ingredients are there for an exciting contest. The winner tonight moves into the quarter-final, and will be one step closer to the Contender 2016 title and first prize of $2million. The runner-up takes home $500,000, third place $250,000 and fourth place $200,000. In the next stage of the competition, the boxers will still challenge each other over five rounds, but the semi-finals will be over seven rounds, and the final in July will be a 10-round contest.last_img read more

first_imgSparked by her arrival in New Zealand, a major destination for China Southern Airlines, and upset that the airline is one of two remaining major airlines that still ship primates to laboratories, where they are caged, cut into, poisoned and killed, Baywatch babe Pamela Anderson has written on PETA Asia-Pacific’s behalf to the president and CEO of China Southern Airlines via its New Zealand office to urge him to use his influence to help end this cruel practice.“You may not be aware that after being torn from the wild or rounded up at dreadful breeding farms, the monkeys you ship from China to laboratories in the U.S. and elsewhere end up imprisoned in tiny, desolate laboratory cages, where they are cut open, addicted to drugs, infected with debilitating diseases, intentionally poisoned, and crippled in cruel experiments”, Anderson writes. “I … urge you to have a heart for animals this Valentine’s Day and stop shipping monkeys to their deaths in laboratories.”She also makes a promise: until China Southern stops shipping primates to laboratories, she says, “as a frequent traveler, I will avoid flying your airline and am also encouraging my friends, family members, and fans to do the same”.Many of the largest and best-known carriers in the world – including Air China, China Eastern Airlines, Vietnam Airlines, Philippine Airlines, EVA Air, Singapore Airlines, Korean Air, United Airlines and American Airlines – now refuse to ship primates to laboratories.Source:PETA Asia-Pacificlast_img read more

first_imgKaraoke-style videos like the Caleons’ made the app famous in China just after it was founded by Beijing tech company ByteDance in 2016, but its August 2018 merger with similar social media platform catapulted it to success in North America and caught the eye of the GTA’s Gen Z (those born in the late 1990s).“We decided to check it out and do it for fun, but we had no idea it would become what it is today,” Samantha told the Star of how her sister cajoled her into trying together in 2016.“I noticed it was more younger, more elementary-age kids, but nowI see anywhere from high school age to adults using the app. There has been a large growth over the last few months.” Login/Register With: Twitter Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Samantha and Madeleine Caleon are 22-year-old Toronto twins who choreograph and post roughly 10-second clips of them grooving and lip syncing every week on TikTok. COURTESY SAMANTHA AND MADELEINE CALEONcenter_img Advertisement Advertisement Samantha and Madeleine Caleon haven’t had formal lessons in singing or dancing, but that hasn’t stopped them from building a fanbase of millions who adore them for both.The 22-year-old Toronto twins choreograph and post roughly 10-second clips of them grooving and lip syncing every week on TikTok – an app turning locals into stars as it becomes the talk of Generation Z and a challenge for parents just trying to keep up with whatever newfangled social media their kids are on. Facebooklast_img read more

first_imgThe Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has started investigation against 18 hajj agencies for irregularities in hajj management.Deputy director (public relations) Pranab Kumar Bhattacharya confirmed this to Prothom Alo.Pranab said allegations have been raised against 18 hajj agencies.ACC deputy director Zulfiqar Ali has been assigned to investigate the allegations with director general Mohammad Munir Chowdhury supervising the investigation.Religious affairs ministry joint secretary Hafizur Rahman told the journalists that the allegations were raised against 18 hajj agencies as 98 pilgrims could not go to Saudi Arabia to perform hajj despite receiving visas.A general diary has been filed with the airport police station in this regard, he added.Meanwhile, the parliamentary standing committee on civil aviation and tourism ministry has recommended canceling licenses and imposing fine on those involved in the irregularities of hajj management. The committee at a meeting on Tuesday made these recommendations.last_img read more

first_img Explore further (—A pair of researchers with the Paris School of Economics in France has conducted an analysis of competitive exam results that are used as a basis for hiring teachers in that country and has found that there exists a bias toward grading women higher in traditionally male-dominated fields. In their paper published in the journal Science, Thomas Breda and Mélina Hillion describe their study and results, and suggest that policies that target female students at an early age be modified to reflect the reality that young women face when considering a career in one of the sciences. New study explores gender bias in academic hiring There has been a lot of discussion in the education and employment fields over the past few years regarding the disproportionate number of males in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) positions in many countries around the world. Some have suggested that the imbalance is a problem that needs to be addressed because it limits opportunities for women. Some have also suggested that the imbalance occurs because of male based biases in hiring practices. In this new effort, the research pair sought to discover whether this holds true for educational institutions.In France, those seeking teaching positions from grade school through college must take competitive exams—the exams have two parts, written and oral. The researchers obtained exam results from 10,000 applicants covering 11 different fields—some STEM, and some not STEM. For the study, the written parts of exams were graded with names hidden to prevent gender identification. Gender identification with oral grading was, of course, identifiable by graders. The implication was that the proportional numbers of people of a given gender passing the exams would be an accurate measure of the proportion of people of a given gender that would land a job as a teacher in their chosen field.Analyzing their data, the researchers were surprised to find that the gender bias that existed was actually in favor of the female students taking tests in STEM fields—they ranked it in the 10th percentile, which suggests women would have a leg up in being hired in their chosen fields. Interestingly, they also found a small gender bias for males taking exams in traditionally female-dominated fields.The researchers conclude by suggesting that their results indicate that policies aimed at encouraging young women to enter STEM fields should focus on the girls who are still too young to have made any career plans. © 2016 Credit: CC0 Public Domain Citation: Study of accreditation exams reveals biases actually favor women in STEM positions (2016, July 29) retrieved 18 August 2019 from Journal information: Science This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more