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first_imgIt’s been just over a year now since I wrote an article on My Fellow Millennials, a piece dedicated to denouncing the stereotypes made about the Millennial generation. By putting the spotlight on seven regional twenty-somethings who are doing cool things, my mission was to showcase that Millennials are not narcissistic, lazy, uncreative, and as addicted to technology as the older generations let themselves believe. Actually, the Millennial generation as I know it has proven time and again to be quite the opposite.Fearless. Patient. Radical. Inspirational. Tough. Grounded. Ambitious.After those eight interviews with ultrarunners, environmental economists, Montessori guides, and farmers, these were the words that came to mind about my generation. Now, a year later, I still feel very passionately that hope for our future lies in the Millennials’ hands. If anything, our older generations should not look on us with doubt and criticism – they should be proud at what we have managed to accomplish so far in the face of international turmoil and environmental crises. They should look not at statistics and sweeping generalizations about twenty-somethings, but at the twenty-somethings themselves who are actively carving out a lifestyle that incorporates passion with doing good, whether it’s on the community front or the international scale.That’s where Theresia Hinton comes into play.I met Theresia through my road ramblings this past summer. Based out of Asheville, N.C., Theresia is a Millennial who works long hours at the ER at Mission Health as an Emergency Department Tech. While she loves hiking and biking in and around Asheville, her true passion lies in helping others. As the volunteer Outreach and Fundraising Director for the non-profit MedicForce, Theresia was tasked with the duty of creating a fundraiser to help raise awareness and money for building a health clinic in Kenya. Her idea? Tap into the outdoor recreation community in western North Carolina and host an event that no adventure nut can turn down – Beer For Gear.“We’ve seen an incredible response,” Theresia says on the subject of reaching out to outdoor brands for donations. “The fact that we’ve had local companies donate gear or items to us who don’t know anything about MedicForce is amazing.”From SylvanSport to Watershed Drybags, Pyranha Kayaks, Astral Designs, Threshold Provisions, Adventure Technology Paddles, ENO, and Catawba Brewing (just to name a few), Theresia’s not kidding about that impressive response.1422467_835207869831780_7655148472260435250_nThe idea of Beer For Gear is simple. Show up to Catawba Brewing in Asheville, Thursday night at 5:30pm, bring a piece of new or used gear to donate to MedicForce, and you get a free beer (and who doesn’t love free beer). Those items will then be placed on a table for direct purchase – name your price, pay up, and the gear is yours. What’s more, that money you spend will go directly to the construction of that health clinic in Kenya (so treat yourself, and shop big). In addition to this yard sale of sorts, Theresia will be putting on both a silent auction and a raffle for the products donated by the above-mentioned (and many more) brands.Paddles, PFDs, drysuits, drybags, a 60-minute massage, a free WFR course, even a few kayaks! Thus far, Theresia has secured over 20 items to be included in the raffle and silent auction. From local artisans and coffee roasters to internationally recognized outdoor brands, it seems that everyone everywhere has been more than willing to support the cause.Attachment-1For those of you that don’t know anything about MedicForce, look ’em up. Theresia first got involved with the organization after taking her EMT course at the NOC, where she met the head of MedicForce and hopped on board a trip to Belize. For nearly two weeks, she traveled with the organization from village to village teaching women in particular about their bodies, cervical cancer, and basic health education and first aid.“A lot of people don’t know this, but the healthcare workers in these villages are oftentimes either voted in or they volunteer despite having no medical experience,” Theresia says. “Our goal is to go in and see what they know, what kind of access to natural medicines they have, what they want to know, and then to stay there as long as they need us. Compared to other charities, we don’t want to just throw medical supplies at them and say ‘we fixed you’ and leave. We want to let them teach us, create a sustainable healthcare system, and then work from there.”That trip to Belize was life-changing for Theresia. She returned to the States with a newfound appreciation for the life she led here, but with an itch to do more. Though she has been the sole organizer for this fundraiser, a task that has eaten up nearly every hour she’s not sleeping or working a 12-hour shift at the ER, Theresia says she is more than happy to help with a cause she feels so passionately about.“After Belize, just seeing the smiles on people’s faces and the gratitude for what we were doing, that made it all worth it,” she says. “I’d say for people who want to do good but feel like they can’t, go after something you love and nothing else will really matter. Money isn’t a factor in donating to a cause. There are so many other ways you can help organizations.”If you’re in the Asheville area this Thursday (or even if you’re not) come out to Catawba Brewing to support the cause and walk away with some awesome gear. Even if you don’t end the evening with a new Pyranha kayak or AT paddle in hand, you’ll be supporting a good cause and drinking a good beer (or three) in the company of good people. What more could you ask for? Raffle tickets are cheap too – 1 for $5 and 5 for $20.Check out the Facebook event here for more information on the raffle and silent auction items as well as updates on the fundraiser.last_img read more

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How the Equifax breach went from bad to worse – and how to avoid the same mistakes

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first_img 7SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr With as many as 143 million consumers impacted – representing roughly 40 percent of the U.S. population – the fallout from the recent Equifax breach promises to be nothing short of staggering.While a compromise of this magnitude is a somewhat rare occurrence, in fact smaller cyberbreaches occur all the time.According to PYMNTS.com, one of the world’s top cybersecurity consulting firms, Deloitte, just announced a recent breach that compromised “sensitive corporate data,” including emails and company plans of some of the world’s “biggest banks, multinational companies, media enterprises, pharmaceutical firms and government agencies.”Millions of Records Compromised Each YearUSA Today reports that more than 825 million personal records were exposed in data breaches from 2006 to 2016, according to the Identity Theft Resource Center. A 2017 Javelin Strategy & Research study reveals that a record 15.4 million U.S. consumers became identify fraud victims in 2016 alone – with losses totaling $16 billion for the year. continue reading »last_img read more

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The new talent: How to recruit and retain young and diverse board members

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first_imgFor the past two years, I have attended the a large credit union board of directors conference as part of the delegation of 360 Federal Credit Union, based in Connecticut. Both years I had generally the same experience, I was one of the youngest (likely the youngest!) board members of any credit union delegation, way below the average age. Also, I was one of the few of Latino heritage, and in general there were not very many minority board members. At both conferences, almost everyone admitted the need for recruiting young and diverse board talent to remain competitive, but many were struggling to find and retain such talent. As a young and diverse board member from a credit union that has successfully recruited and retained such talent, I decided to write this article to share my experiences and help credit unions in this crucial task. I don’t claim to have all the answers and you should get perspectives from others, but my experience can be replicated at other credit unions to improve their chances of success. First of all, why should credit unions look for young and diverse board members? Every organization needs to be able to stay in touch with the times in order to remain competitive, serve the needs of its market, and grow. In order to do that, credit unions need to know their market, and there is no way to know that market unless they regularly engage in and involve that market in its decision making. According to The Brookings Institute, Millennials have surpassed Baby Boomers to become the nation’s largest age group. They are also one of the most diverse generations in our history.¹ Ignoring these population trends will guarantee that eventually every organization that doesn’t adapt will be sidelined by its competition who does, thus gaining a competitive advantage. The statistics also recommend recruiting young and diverse board members. The Boston Consulting Group found that companies with diverse management have 19% higher revenue and 9% higher EBIT due to improved innovation when compared to companies with less diverse management. Recruiting this kind of talent can help keep a credit union ahead of its competition and improve its financial performance! How should credit unions find young and diverse talent? Instead of waiting for them to come to you, I suggest you go to them! There are lots of different ways you can do this, so the methods outlined in this article are not exhaustive. There are many young and diverse professional organizations that are full of talented potential candidates who are looking for an opportunity to prove and distinguish themselves. A credit union can send representatives (even board members) to these events to meet these potential candidates and hear how they want to be served by a credit union. Also, a credit union can host events in its offices designed to attract a young and diverse crowd. For example, I was eventually  recruited because I met the Vice President of Human Resources of 360 Federal Credit Union at a seminar about understanding credit scores. At this event, 360 Federal Credit Union was able to attract a crowd of people to come to one of their offices, meet potential candidates, and even advertise itself to prospective members!  Credit Unions can use other methods like hiring a recruiter, but they can be expensive and often lack experience recruiting young and diverse talent. They can also utilize social media like LinkedIn to advertise board openings. Another method is to task the credit union board members and staff with exploring their networks to find potential candidates. 360 Federal Credit Union has used this tactic successfully to recruit new board members. In order for any recruitment tactic to work, credit unions need to be willing to talk to and support these potential candidates. We rarely see young and diverse people serving on organizational boards, so the prospect of serving on a credit union board can be intimidating. Credit unions need to be willing to answer their questions, calm their concerns, and show them that they will be supported during their service. Show them that they will be valued for who they are, that their insights and skills matter, and that they are not being used as a simple “token” to fill some kind of quota or to show off. I suggest showing them how the credit union plans to invest in them. Is there monetary compensation involved? What kinds of opportunities are available for education and development (this is especially important if the potential candidate is not familiar with the credit union industry, which few will be)? How will credit union board experience help them in their careers? How is the application or election process run? What should they expect as part of the onboarding process? I would also suggest the credit union consider offering a mentorship opportunity with a more experienced board member. Once these concerns are addressed, the candidate will likely feel like serving on the board would be a good use of their time and that they will be able to make a difference. Failing to do this is a major reason why credit union boards fail to convince qualified candidates to apply or run for board vacancies. Then comes the next step, of equal importance, which is the process of retaining the young and diverse talent on your board. You need to develop an atmosphere that will embrace and value the unique perspectives of these new board members. For example, many credit unions have struggled to retain board members because they couldn’t come to meetings during the middle of a work day. This might be fine for individuals who are retired, but not for those with typical 9am to 5pm jobs. I suggest making sure board meetings occur later in the day or early evening to minimize disruption to the work day. Credit unions should also utilize technology to allow board members to attend meetings remotely via conference calls or other virtual meeting programs. I have called into board meetings when I was traveling for work, and it has allowed me to contribute even when I am physically far away. At first, don’t be surprised when a new board member is quiet. They may still be intimidated by being on a new board, especially if they are not familiar with the industry. Take the initiative to reach out to them and respectfully solicit their opinions and feedback in meetings. Maybe even give them opportunities to issue certain reports to the board so that they can practice speaking to the group. Occasionally, schedule one-on-one meetings between the board chair and the new board members to check up on them and see how they are feeling. Don’t let new board members feel isolated and ignored, that is a major reason why they end up leaving. Take their suggestions seriously and make sure their concerns are addressed.As I mentioned earlier, continue to invest in new board members to make sure they get up to speed. Invite them to join various sub-committees and even ask them if they could see themselves as future board officers. Give them plenty of opportunities to grow and be heard. Sending young and diverse board members to conferences to network and learn from other credit unions is a major way to engage them. There are various young and diverse credit union professional groups, like the World Council Young Credit Union Professionals, that can be major resources to these new board members. Showing them that there are other credit union board members that look like them will inspire them to get more involved. Recruiting and retaining young and diverse board members is crucial to the long-term success of any credit union. If credit unions take a proactive approach to recruiting such talent, and develop a welcoming culture that values their insights, then they will unlock their amazing potential and get a competitive advantage. Be patient, be persistent, and make the necessary changes, because they will be worth it. Feel free to reach out to me to continue this important discussion. ¹https://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2018/03/01/millennials-overtake-baby-boomers/ 20SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Luis A. Valdez-Jimenez “Luis A. Valdez-Jimenez has served on the Board of Directors for 360 Federal Credit Union in Windsor Locks, Connecticut since 2018. Valdez-Jimenez is passionate about increasing diversity in credit union … Web: https://www.360fcu.org Detailslast_img read more

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Minke Whale With Shark Bites Found on Fire Island

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first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 12-foot male Minke whale covered in shark bites washed up dead on the beach at Robert Moses State Park on Wednesday, the Riverhead Foundation for Marine Research and Preservation said.Marine biologists responded Thursday to the scene between fields 3 and 4, where they performed a necropsy to determine the whale’s cause of death before burying it on the beach, a spokeswoman for the nonprofit said. The whale will then be buried on the beach.The case marks the third dead whale to wash up on Long Island in a 10-day span.A 28-foot juvenile male humpback whale was found dead on Fire Island on June 29. Experts said it died of blunt force trauma after being hit by a ship.The next day, an emaciated eight-foot-long female True’s beaked whale calf washed up in Westhampton Beach. Biologists determined that that whale died of starvation.Minke whales are a federally protected species that can grow up to 35-feet long, 20,000 pounds and have a lifespan of 50 years, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.Anyone who finds marine wildlife on the beach should call the foundation’s stranding hotline: 631-369-9829.last_img read more

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Joe Biden takes the narrowest lead in Wisconsin

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first_imgNote, there is a roughly 10,000-vote gain in Kenosha that isn’t reflected in these numbers. ThWisconsin’s Democratic Party Chair tweeted this several hours ago:xAbsentee ballots are still being tallied in Milwaukee, Kenosha, and other cities. Based on everything we’ve seen, those ballots will decisively favor Biden. Green Bay hasn’t reported *any* results yet. When all votes are counted, we’re confident that Joe Biden will win Wisconsin.— Ben Wikler (@benwikler) November 4, 2020- Advertisement – xI’ve been talking about this for days, weeks, months: the *scope* of the shift between mail-in & Election Day ballots is unlike the stuff you’re used to seeing on Election Nights. We just saw it in Kenosha, maybe momentarily in Milwaukee, & also makes MI & PA tricky to assess. https://t.co/DYp5oTd4YX— Taniel (@Taniel) November 4, 2020- Advertisement – Milwaukee is mostly in. Kenosha will be +9,600 votes. Green Bay will add to Biden’s margin, since 32,000 absentee ballots remain uncounted. Update: This is the Kenosha results, which weirdly haven’t been posted by the AP. Maybe because it’s 2 am PT. xBREAKING: after all three machines tabulated 19,700- Biden 10,103-Trump The absentee ballots in Kenosha are not enough to take over the county for Biden. Final results should be on the county website soon— Cassidy Williams (@CassidyWtv) November 4, 2020- Advertisement – This isn’t over. But things are looking up. center_img And what we’ve seen here, we’ll see in Michigan and Pennsylvania as well xBased on my replies, I don’t think people have fully internalized how Democratic these mail and absentee ballots will be in MI/PA/WI. It’s going to be close, but these ballots will be overwhelmingly Democratic— Nate Cohn (@Nate_Cohn) November 4, 2020 – Advertisement –last_img read more

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The University of Zagreb has advanced on the Shanghai list of the best universities in the world

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first_imgThe Shanghai University Ranking or the Shanghai List of the World’s Best Universities (ARWU) is one of the most cited rankings of the world’s best universities published by Shanghai Jiao Tong University since 2003.  The University of Zagreb is the only representative from Croatia on this prestigious list, and it is in the field of tourism that it achieves the best position, to which the Department of Tourism of the Faculty of Economics has made the greatest contribution. “The methodology is rigorous and when calculating the position, only papers in the Web of Science (WOS) database, the degree of internationalization, international awards and publications in the top journals of the field are observed.. We are proud that our department is recognized domestically and internationally”Points out Assoc. prof. dr. sc. Josip Mikulić, Head of the Department of Tourism at the Faculty of Economics, University of Zagreb. Compared to last year, it is a jump of almost 50 places (216). The Department of Tourism has a total of 11 members, namely professors, assistant professors and assistants and external associates / Department of Tourism, EFZG The Department of Tourism of the Faculty of Economics – Zagreb is a member of the UNWTO Education and Science Council (EdSCo) and also the only representative from the Republic of Croatia in this prestigious world organization. The condition for membership is the possession of a TedQual certificate, which is a guarantee that education and research for the needs of tourism is carried out in accordance with the highest quality standards prescribed by UNWTO EdSCo. The Department of Tourism is the only educational institution in Croatia that has a TedQual certificate, which was awarded to it in 2001. Attachment: ShanghaiRanking’s Global Ranking of Academic Subjects 2020 – Hospitality & Tourism Management According to the latest Shanghai list of the best universities in the world, the University of Zagreb ranks high 169th in the global ranking in the category “Hospitality & Tourism Management”.  In addition to the regular education program for students majoring in tourism, every year a special education program is organized: ITHAS – International Tourism and Hospitality Academy at Sea. last_img read more

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Indonesia to hold digital celebration of 75th Independence Day amid COVID-19 concerns

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first_imgIn line with most other public events taking place amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Indonesia’s 75th Independence Day is to be commemorated digitally on Aug. 17 in compliance with the prevailing health protocols.Tourism and Creative Economy Minister Wishnutama Kusubandio said on Monday that the public could expect a different, albeit innovative, celebration of the country’s Independence Day as it would take place entirely online.“Despite the limitations, the Independence Day celebration will not be less festive. This is because the public will be involved in unleashing their creativity and innovation to keep the [Independence Day] spirit alive,” he told an online press conference on Monday. Wishnutama went on to say that the annual Independence Day telecast would also feature a 60-minute video displaying public creativity from various parts of the country.Read also: Companies turn to digital marketing to weather pandemicIn addition, the government will encourage public participation in singing the national anthem “Indonesia Raya” by activating sirens at 10:00 a.m. on Aug. 17, he said.“We will also organize an online video competition with participants from villages across the country. Participants are to promote the beauty and cleanliness of their respective communities,” Wishnutama said, adding that the winners would be determined by several judges and members of a digital verification team.Presidential Secretariat head Heru Budi Hartono said during the same event that only a handful of state dignitaries would physically attend the annual ceremony at the Presidential Palace, including President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo, First Lady Iriana, Vice President Ma’ruf Amin and his wife Wury Estu Handayani.The government will not recruit any new members of the national flag-hoisting team (Paskibraka) as it will enlist the help of last year’s reserve team instead.“The Youth and Sports Ministry will not recruit new members in 2020 because we prioritize public safety above all else,” he added.Topics :last_img read more

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US envoy caps Taiwan trip with tribute to late democracy leader

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first_imgBeijing, which claims Taiwan as its own territory, loathed Lee. When news emerged of his death, Chinese state media called him “the godfather of Taiwan secessionism”.Despite being self-ruled since 1949, Taiwan has never formally declared independence from the mainland and Beijing has vowed to react with force if it ever does.Both Washington and Taipei portrayed Azar’s trip as an opportunity to learn from the success of Taiwan’s battle against the coronavirus.The island has fewer than 500 infections and just seven deaths, compared with more than 160,000 fatalities in the United States.But the visit has also been an opportunity to ruffle Beijing’s feathers at a time when US President Donald Trump is taking an increasingly hard line against China as he seeks re-election in November.”We will continue to support Taiwan as our friend and our partner across security, economic and healthcare issues,” Azar told reporters after a visit to a mask factory on Wednesday.China takes umbrage at any formal recognition of Taiwan.It called for Azar’s trip to be cancelled and Taiwan accused Beijing of sending fighter jets over a de facto border on Monday, the day the US health chief met President Tsai Ing-wen.During his visit Azar has repeatedly contrasted Taiwan’s open, democratic system with China’s authoritarian leadership.In a speech on Tuesday he suggested the coronavirus might have been stopped sooner had it emerged in a more transparent and democratic place, such as Taiwan, rather than China.He also hit out at Beijing for keeping Taiwan locked out of the World Health Organization. China has taken an increasingly hostile approach towards Taiwan since Tsai took office in 2016. Despite the pressure campaign she won a second term earlier this year with a landslide.Topics : On the last day of his visit, Azar visited a shrine and wrote a message of condolence for Lee, who died last month aged 97.”President Lee’s democratic legacy will forever propel the U.S.-Taiwan relationship forward,” Azar wrote. Lee was a towering figure in Taiwan’s recent history.He defied China by pushing for the island to be recognized as a sovereign nation and earned the nickname “Mr. Democracy” for the part he played in its transition from authoritarian rule. A US cabinet member visited a shrine to Taiwan’s late president Lee Teng-hui Wednesday, praising his role in steering the island’s transition to democracy, as he capped a historic trip to the island that has riled China.Health chief Alex Azar is on a three-day visit to Taiwan that Washington has billed as its highest-level delegation since the US switched diplomatic recognition to China in 1979.His visit comes as US-China relations plunge to historic lows with the two powers clashing over a wide range of issues from trade to military and security issues, human rights and the coronavirus pandemic.last_img read more

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KCCA eyes firmly on sealing Uganda Super league title

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first_img“We are taking the game very seriously because we are using it as preparation for the CAF Confederation Cup against FUS Rabat and above all if we win it, we will be champions,” the manager intimated to www.kccafc.co.ug.At 57 points in 27 games, KCCA FC is five points adrift of second placed SC Villa yet with a game in hand and thus a positive result against Lweza will be enough for Mike Mutebi charges to successfully retain the title.READ FULL STORY (click here)Share on: WhatsApp EYES ON TITLE: Top striker Sserunkuuma set for today’s clash. PHOTO KCCA MEDIAKampala Capital City Authority Football Club (KCCA FC) need just a point in the remaining three league games to officially retain the Uganda Premier league title.Ahead of the league game against Lweza FC at Phillip Omondi stadium on Tuesday, KCCA FC prime target will be making sure they clinch the title as soon as possible.Team manager,Mike Hillary Mutebi believes the game against Lweza is important because it seals the title and also prepares the team ahead of continental engagement.last_img read more

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Hima Das bags 4th gold in 15 days, Muhammad Anas wins men’s 400m race at Tabor Athletics Meet

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first_imgStar Indian sprinter Hima Das clinched her fourth gold of the fortnight as she won the 200m race with a creditable time in the Tabor Athletics Meet in Czech Republic here Wednesday.Hima won in 23.25 seconds though the race had a mediocre field with most of the competitors representing clubs of Czech Republic. Nonetheless, she is inching closer to her personal best of 23.10.Hima’s compatriot V K Vismaya was second with a season best 23.43.This was 19-year-old Hima’s fourth gold since July 2 when she ran her first competitive race in Europe. She has been keeping on improving since her first race.In her first competitive 200m race of the year, the old Assam runner had clocked 23.65 seconds on her way to gold at the Poznan Athletics Grand Prix in Poland on July 2. After that, she won her second 200m gold at the Kutno Athletics Meet, also in Poland, on July 7 with a time of 23.97 seconds.On July 13, she won her third 200m gold at the Kladno Athletics Meet in Czech Republic with a time of 23.43.Hima’s pet event is 400m and she is yet to qualify for the World Championships in both the quartermile event and the 200m.The World Championships qualifying time for 200m is 23.02 while it is 51.80 in 400m.In men’s 400m, Muhammad Anas won in 45.40 seconds in a mediocre field while compatriots Tom Noah Nirmal came second with a season best effort of 46.59. K S Jeevan was third in 46.60 and M P Jabir finished fourth in 47.16.On July 13 at Kladno, Anas had bettered his own 400m national record to clinch a gold and qualify for the World Championships by clocking 45.21 seconds.advertisementThe World Championships qualification time is 45.30 seconds in men’s 400m race.Also Read | Hima Das claims 3rd international gold within two weeksAlso Read | Poznan Athletics Grand Prix: Hima Das wins second international gold in 200m racelast_img read more

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