11 February 2014 The Queen’s Baton Relay arrived in Johannesburg on Monday on the last leg of its African tour. It will spend five days in South Africa. Similar to the Olympic torch relay, the Queen’s Baton Relay travels around the world prior to the Commonwealth Games. This time round it will visit 70 nations over 288 days, covering about 190 000 kilometres on its way to the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. Message from the Queen The relay left Buckingham Palace in London on 9 October, after Queen Elizabeth had placed a message to the Commonwealth in the heart of the baton. The message forms the visual core of the baton design and is illuminated from within by LED lights, but is unreadable until the opening ceremony in Glasgow on 23 July. Within the baton is a granite “gemstone”, native to Scotland, which is gifted to each Commonwealth nation and territory. It can only be released by opening a clever puzzle mechanism. On Monday, the baton was taken around Johannesburg accompanied by South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (Sascoc) president Gideon Sam, who was also acting in his capacity as the Commonwealth Games Federation’s vice-president.‘Enormous symbolism’ British High Commissioner Judith McGregor was also on hand after joining the relay for the Swaziland and Lesotho legs. “The baton passed through places of tremendous historical importance and it has enormous symbolism, especially for the younger people,” McGregor said. “I’m delighted and proud to be with you here on behalf of the British government.” At the Soweto Aquatics Centre, Sam and McGregor addressed school children from Orlando West High School. “Look at this baton very carefully,” Sam said. “When you watch this baton and its message being read out by the Queen on 23 July, you can say that you saw this baton when it came to South Africa.” Sascoc CEO Tubby Reddy said in a statement: “We welcome the Queen’s Baton Relay to South Africa and it is a reminder of the importance of participating in the Commonwealth Games. As Sascoc, we celebrate our achievements in our 20-year democracy and we hope this inspires the youth to be great achievers.” The 2014 Commonwealth Games take place in Glasgow Scotland from 23 July to 3 August. SAinfo reporter and South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committe
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Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony PLAY LIST 00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Jeff Horn, top center, of Australia celebrates after beating Manny Pacquiao, bottom second left, of the Philippines, during their WBO World welterweight title bout in Brisbane, Australia, Sunday, July 2, 2017. Pacquiao lost his WBO welterweight world title to Horn in a stunning, unanimous points decision in the Sunday afternoon bout billed as the Battle of Brisbane in front of more than 50,000 people. (AP Photo/Tertius Pickard)BRISBANE, Australia — The World Boxing Organization will re-score the Manny Pacquiao-Jeff Horn welterweight title fight because of the contentious unanimous decision awarded to the Australian challenger, but there is no plan to change the result.The WBO was responding to a Philippines government department’s request to review the fight after Pacquiao said the decision against him Sunday was unfair.ADVERTISEMENT ‘Please help me’—Mattek-Sands suffers horror Wimbledon injury READ: Trainer Atlas blasts Horn’s UD win“Then, we will tabulate the results to ascertain clearly which rounds each fighter won using an average scale based on 60, 80 and 100 percent,” Valcarcel said. “This means that three of the five officials have to agree to determine which fighter won the round.”Valcarcel supported the judges, who have each scored hundreds of fights.READ: Deja vu as Horn pulls off a Bradley on Pacquiao“The officials who participated in this fight are all professional, distinguished, honest and honorable human beings,” he said.The 38-year-old Pacquiao and 29-year-old Horn have a rematch clause in their contract.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena The fight at Brisbane’s Suncorp Stadium was scored 117-111 by Waleksa Roldan and 115-113 each by Chris Flores and Ramon Cerdan, with Roldan’s score coming in for most criticism.READ: Pacquiao demands ‘closure’ from WBOIn Manila, Philippines, GAB chairman Abraham Kahlil Mitra welcomed the WBO’s decision to carry out a review, saying that even if that won’t change the outcome of the contentious bout, it will send a strong signal that any sign of leniency, abuse of authority or wrongdoing would not be tolerated.“We’re happy with that,” Mitra told The Associated Press. “Our feeling is, if you’re quiet, you’ll get abused but if you complain, they’ll be careful … Manny is a senator, a champion, but was like wrestled there, abused by them. If it can be done to him, it can be done to any other Filipino boxer.”Valcarcel said five anonymous judges will review the bout, assigning their own scores to rounds.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong The Philippines Games and Amusements Board (GAB) said it based the request on protecting boxing’s integrity, citing possible miscalls by the referee and judges. But the WBO reiterated its only hope of revoking the fight judges’ decision rests on proving fraud in match officiating.READ: No reversal of PacHorn decision, says WBOFEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“I would be very grateful if the GAB can provide any evidence indicating fraud or violation of law,” WBO President Francisco Valcarcel said in a letter to the GAB dated Thursday.“The purpose of this review is to be able to give the fans certainty of who was the winner of the bout, even though we do not have the power to reverse the decision of the judges.” MOST READ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend View comments Nikki Valdez rushes self to ER due to respiratory tract infection Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera
In addition, former O, the Oprah Magazine art director Herve Kwimo was named creative director of the group. As a result, Parenting art director Michael Goesele is leaving the group but “most likely” will be moved to another Bonnier title, the spokesperson says.In addition to Parenting (which was divided into two age-targeted magazines last year) and Babytalk, the group also includes Conceive, which it acquired from its founder and a group of investors in 2009. Bonnier’s Parenting Group is making some changes among its top management in an effort, it says, to ensure brand consistency across print and digital platforms. As a result, Babytalk magazine top editor Ana Connery was promoted to director of print content, strategy and design. Parenting.com editor-in-chief Rachel Feddersen was elevated to director of digital content, strategy and design. Meanwhile, Susan Kane, who has served as editorial director of the group since March 2008, is leaving the company. Before that, Kane was editor-in-chief of Babytalk.According to Bonnier, elevating Connery and Feddersen to lead print and digital strategy separately was more appropriate than having one person oversee both channels. “We felt Ana’s and Rachel’s expertise in their areas of strength (Ana with her strong background in print and her elevation of Babytalk since she took that brand over and Rachel with her terrific record on the digital side) dictated the move,” a company spokesperson tells FOLIO:. “We believe we have the strongest team possible with this change to strengthen the brand.”
News https://twitter.com/BLACKGIRLSROCK/status/1030865096036306945 The evening will also showcase a special tribute to the late GRAMMY-winning legend Aretha Franklin, featuring GRAMMY winner Yolanda Adams, GRAMMY nominee Tamia, up-and-comers H.E.R. and Victory Boyd, and Jacqueline Green of the Alvin Ailey Dance Theater. The inspirational star-studded event has been taking place since 2006 and is hosted by Black Girls Rock!, a non-profit “committed to empowering women through media and enriching girls through leadership, education, and positive identity development programs.”Latifah is no stranger to awards shows, nor to holding the role of master of ceremonies – she hosted the 47th GRAMMY Awards. She has been nominated for GRAMMYs in rap, jazz and pop categories and took home a win for Best Rap Solo Performance at the 37th GRAMMY Awards.The awards event will take place on Aug. 26 at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center, and will air on BET the following week on Sept. 9.Catching Up On Music News Powered By The Recording Academy Just Got Easier. Have A Google Home Device? “Talk To GRAMMYs” Email Facebook Twitter Queen Latifah To Host Black Girls Rock Awards queen-latifah-host-star-studded-black-girls-rock-awards The rapper/singer/actress extraordinaire will lead the evening celebrating the achievements of an inspiring group of women Ana YglesiasGRAMMYs Aug 22, 2018 – 12:51 pm GRAMMY winner and all-around superstar Queen Latifah has been tapped to host the 2018 Black Girls Rock! Awards, which will honor an equally amazing cohort of women, including fellow GRAMMY-winning songstress Mary J. Blige, iconic supermodel Naomi Campbell, pioneering dancer/choreographer Judith Jamison, and #MeToo founder Tarana Burke. Queen Latifah To Host Star-Studded Black Girls Rock Awards
More space stories Scientists used intracluster light (visible in blue) to study the distribution of dark matter within the cluster. NASA/ESA/M. Montes/UNSW Dark matter was so named because it doesn’t interact with anything we can readily detect or see. It’s basically invisible to us.The only reason we believe dark matter makes up 85 percent of the known universe is because of its observable gravitational effects. Now, a new method devised by astronomers in Australia and Spain, using images captured by NASA/ESA’s Hubble Space Telescope, may allow us to “see” dark matter using very faint light found in galaxy clusters.A galaxy cluster is a huge, gravitationally bound gathering of galaxies. For instance, our home galaxy, the Milky Way, exists within one known as the Laniakea supercluster with hundreds of thousands of other galaxies. Within a cluster, galaxies interact, and sometimes stars are ripped from their home galaxy and sent floating off freely through the cluster. As these intergalactic vagabonds travel freely through the cluster they emit a faint light known as “intracluster light.”And that’s the key. CNET’s Holiday Gift Guide: The place to find the best tech gifts for 2018.NASA turns 60: The space agency has taken humanity farther than anyone else, and it has plans to go further. In fact, gravitational lensing studies were central to Montes and Trujillo in devising their own method. Previous research had already looked at the same six galaxy clusters, studying their dark-matter profiles using gravitational lensing. So Montes and Trujillo could compare the distribution of the intracluster light with the previous analysis. The researchers suggest intracluster light “exquisitely follows the global dark matter distribution” within the clusters, and thus the stars floating freely through the cluster have “an identical distribution to the dark matter.”Future work will see the researchers extend their findings to galaxy clusters larger than the six studied here. An extension to the Hubble Frontier Fields project, the Beyond Ultra-deep Frontier Fields And Legacy Observations (Buffalo), will allow for observations at the edges of those galaxy clusters. That will present an opportunity to determine if this new way of seeing dark matter holds up. “We have found that very faint light in galaxy clusters, the intracluster light, maps how dark matter is distributed,” said Australia’s University of New South Wales Mireia Montes, lead author on the research (PDF) published in the Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society.In the past, astronomers have used “gravitational lensing” to estimate dark matter distribution in galaxy clusters. While lensing is powerful at revealing the structure of dark matter in clusters, it requires both intense observation and extensive time. The method proposed by Montes and study co-author Ignacio Trujillo of Spain’s Instituto de Astrofisica de Canarias, only requires deep-space imaging — such as that provided here by Hubble’s Frontier Fields project — to accurately infer the properties of the dark matter within a given cluster. Share your voice Sci-Tech 5:33 13 Photos Just look to space for good news from 2018 NASA sees world beyond Pluto as it readies for historic flyby Cosmic ‘holiday wreath’ gets festive in space NASA NASA’s Hubble telescope delivers stunning new space pictures 6 Now playing: Watch this: Tags Comments Mars, space soldiers and NASA’s big party: The biggest…
APPresident Donald Trump speaks at Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach, Fla., Thursday, April 6, 2017, after the U.S. fired a barrage of cruise missiles into Syria Thursday night in retaliation for this week’s gruesome chemical weapons attack against civilians. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)100-DAY MARK NEARS AS BUDGET DEADLINE LOOMSAs the symbolic milestone approaches, Trump juggles a renewed health care push and his demands that a government funding bill should include money for the border wall with Mexico.WHO SHUT OUT POLITICAL MAINSTREAM FOR FRENCH PRESIDENCYThe May 7 runoff will be between far-right leader Marine Le Pen and centrist Emmanuel Macron, and French politicians on the moderate left and right are urging voters to block Le Pen’s path to power.NEW ORLEANS TO TAKE DOWN CONFEDERATE STATUESLouisiana would be the latest Southern institution to sever itself from symbols viewed by many as a representation racism and white supremacy.ARKANSAS SET FOR FIRST DOUBLE EXECUTION IN US SINCE 2000Two inmates who say they’re in poor health after decades on death row argue that their medical conditions could lead to extreme pain during lethal injections.WHO IS CONCERNED ABOUT TRUMP’S IMMIGRATION PLANFarmers, nursery and winery owners who depend on immigrant labor are predicting a catastrophe if those workers are arrested for being in America illegally.WHO IS BRACING FOR NORTH KOREA’S NEXT ACTTrump speaks by phone with both the Japanese and Chinese leaders as the allies urge restraint and calm in dealing with Kim Jong Un.AARON HERNANDEZ’S HOMETOWN PREPARES FOR FUNERALFamily and friends of the former NFL player will say their farewells during a private ceremony in Bristol, Connecticut.REPORT: ANTI-JEWISH BIAS INTENSIFIED DURING ELECTIONThe Anti-Defamation League found an increase in cases of anti-Semitic intimidation and vandalism last year.SHERYL SANDBERG CHOOSES ‘OPTION B’ FOR RESILIENCEThe new book by the Facebook executive recounts the death of her husband, her grief, and how she recovered from it.HOW DODGERS, YANKEES MAY AFFECT FREE AGENTSThe free-wheeling franchises are cutting payroll and their luxury tax bills — just as Bryce Harper, Manny Machado and perhaps Clayton Kershaw near the market. Share