LONDON, England: Triple Jumper Kimberly Williams was left disappointed with her performance in the World Championships final inside the London Stadium earlier this week. Williams finished 10th with a best mark of 14.01 metres in an event that was won by Venezuelan Yulimar Rojas, 14.91m, ahead of Caterine Ibarguen, 14.89m, of Colombian and Kazakhstan’s Olga Rypakova, 14.77m. The other Jamaican in the final, Shanieka Ricketts, was eighth with a distance of 14.13m. Williams’ best effort came at the first attempt and was followed by a foul and a surprising 13.95m on her final attempt with the experienced Jamaican failing to secure another three attempts after finishing outside the top eight. “I am disappointed, I know I am better than 14.01m but I am not upset or anything, it’s just what I did on the day and it just did not come together for me,” she said of her performance. “I can’t expect to be mediocre and get into the finals because everyone is coming with their ‘A’ game and unfortunately, I came with my ‘Z’ game. I don’t know, I know that I am good enough to be in the final eight so it was tough to see it go on without me. “In 2009 Berlin and 2011 in Daegu when I didn’t make the finals then, I was young and still inexperienced but after 2012 I knew that I belonged and I should have done better here and I feel like I let all my fans and family down because I didn’t compete as expected,” Williams said. “When it happened I laid down and wondered if this was real because I know I am way better than some of those girls out there,” she said. “Moving forward I just need to do better, get things together so I would never feel like this again or be in this position.” Williams’ finished fifth and fourth at the last two World Championships and was seventh and sixth at the London and Rio Olympics. Her best this season is the 14.60m mark registered at the National Championships.
After weeks of intense training, the six beauties vying for the title of Miss Mash Queen Guyana 2017 will now battle on the stage of the National Cultural Centre on Sunday evening.The delegates are Ashanti Jasper, Aquaila Rupan, Keleisha Kelly, Younette Stepheny, Romichelle Brumell and Gabriella Chapman.Come Sunday evening, the delegates will participate in an opening fanfare but this will be followed by heated competition in the introduction, talent, swimwear, evening gown and onstage interview segments.Tickets for the pageant will cost $3000, $2000 and $1000 and are available at the National Cultural Centre. This pageant has returned after several years under the management of Simpli Royal.
President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has called on Liberians to exhibit a greater sense of unity and service to nation as the country celebrates her 168th years of nationhood.She noted that the unprecedented representation of Liberians from all levels and persuasions of society at the independence celebration in Greenville, Sinoe County, was a demonstration of unity.She added that unity is even greater than Ebola virus, “because it touches one’s inner spirit to serve his or her nation.”President Sirleaf made the call in a special statement she delivered at programs marking the official celebration of Liberia’s 168th Independence Anniversary in Greenville, Sinoe County on Monday.“As Liberians have come together in unity to celebrate their community as a strong foundation for accelerated development, each one should touch one, say a good thing to someone and reach out to someone holding a placard and offer him or her a scholarship rather than mudslinging the Nation,” she urged.She also pointed out that the convergence of Liberians in Greenville in their numbers demonstrates patriotism in recognition of the achievements and quantifiable progress made by the government, especially in the fight against Ebola due to the unity and service to nation exhibited by everyone.“Let today’s celebration remain in our hearts as we resolve to love our country, protect our heritage and pledge a true idea of service to our nation,” President Sirleaf stressed.Meanwhile, President Sirleaf has assured Liberians that in spite of the trying times and difficulties faced by the country due to the Ebola outbreak, the government’s development objectives remain on course.The Liberian Chief Executive noted that Liberia’s fundamental principles of democracy, the rule of law, human freedom and individual dignity were strengthened by the resolve of all Liberians to defeat the Ebola virus disease (EVD) from the country.She observed that this year’s celebration is quite different from those of previous years, especially looking back at last year when the country was challenged by an unknown enemy, something, she noted, that spoke to the true test of the Liberian people’s faith and resilience.President Sirleaf lauded diplomatic missions, the international community and United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) as well as bilateral and multilateral partners for their extraordinary show of solidarity during the Ebola scourge in Liberia.She also thanked members of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and the African Union (AU) for mobilizing in an unprecedented way, private sector support and recruiting about 339 medical practitioners from 16 African countries to help Liberians eradicate Ebola from their country.“We are always mindful that global conditions such as floods, earthquakes, death and terrorism, among others, affect people in all parts of the world, but their ability to surmount these challenges demonstrates their inner strength to survive, to regain lost grounds and to continue to build their nation towards the common goals of peace and prosperity; this was shown by Liberians,” she emphasized.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has played down the Hollywoodesque turn of events which saw Frank Lampard come back to haunt his former club in the Blues’ 1-1 draw with Manchester City.Blues legend Lampard, the London club’s record top goalscorer, shocked the Stamford Bridge faithful when he agreed a short switch to the Etihad Stadium this summer ahead of joining new MLS side New York City.Many did not expect the former England midfielder to play a major role for the defending champions, but manager Manuel Pellegrini called upon his experience in the closing stages of the Premier League title contenders’ clash, and it seemed the script was already written.After enduring a difficult first-half, Chelsea eventually took the lead on 71 minutes when World Cup winner Andre Schurrle found the net with a close-range tap-in.But on came Lampard to silence his former fans and team-mates, as he bundled home a late cross to secure a dramatic point for the hosts.Mourinho, however, couldn’t see what all the fuss was about.“For me, Frank Lampard is a Manchester City player,” said the Blues boss said of his former favourite.“He has the same shirt, the same objective and the same ambition as the other City players, so for me he’s a Manchester City player… and that’s it.“It’s not a story for me.“It’s simple, a Man City player scores a goal and does his job. That’s what they pay him for, so it’s not a story for me.”And, despite having their slim lead snatched away with five minutes remaining, Mourinho believes City deserved a share of the points following their superior first-half display.“In the first-half they had more initiative than us, they pressed us and we didn’t any real danger,” the Blues boss added.“Then we had an opportunity in the second-half to make it 2-0 and kill the game, but hit the post. So overall, if you split the game in the two halves, I think they deserved a point.“But we arrived here with a two-point lead, and we leave with three-point lead, so it’s nothing unbelievable, just a positive weekend for us.”
Meanwhile, mindful of the fate that has befallen other repressive socialist regimes, he is making extensive purchases of Russian weapons to arm his supporters. ? Clearly, Chavez plans to stay in office, preferably by a rigged vote – he’s up for re-election in December – but by other means if necessary. – Scripps Howard News Service 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Venezuelan strongman Hugo Chavez likes being president so much he’s arranging to stay in charge indefinitely, much in the manner of his hero and mentor, Fidel Castro. While this may be good for Chavez’s boundless ego, it’s bad for Venezuela. Chavez has presented another rewrite of the country’s constitution – he rewrote it earlier after first being elected in 1998 – to the tame National Assembly. This latest version would abolish the current two-term limit and extend a presidential term from six to seven years. ?
Javier Hernandez says ‘only God knows’ where he will be playing next season but says he is at ‘the best team in the world’ in Real Madrid.The Manchester United striker joined Real on loan earlier this season and has enjoyed a superb week, scoring the winner against Atletico Madrid in the Champions League before following that up with a brace against Celta Vigo.That has led to speculation he could make the switch from Old Trafford permanent but the Mexican says he has no idea what his future holds – although he says recent events have restored his confidence after a disappointing season.“More than anything else my goals have served to give me confidence. I love playing football and it’s what makes me feel good,” he said after the game in Vigo.“However, only God knows where I will be this time next year and right now my only plan is to continue enjoying things and helping the best team in the world.“As I’ve said before, I’ve had a tough time and now it’s my turn to enjoy the moment and nothing beats being out there on the pitch.“What I’ve learned is that being a success is down to me and I need to continue working hard.“There will always be good days and bad days but if you give your all then you’ll increase your chances of things turning out well. “I’m happy for myself but even happier for my family and loved ones, for the people who have always had faith in me and told me my time would come.” 1 Javier Hernandez in action for Real Madrid
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan – The Pakistani military said Monday that it had destroyed a religious school in the Bajaur tribal area, near the border with Afghanistan, killing at least 80 people it described as militants. Helicopter gunships fired missiles into the Islamic school, or madrassa, in the village of Chingai near the town of Khar, military officials said. Among those reported killed in the pre-dawn attack was Maulvi Liaqut, a cleric the authorities have accused of sheltering local and foreign militants. Liaqut was affiliated with the banned militant organization Tehrik Nifaz-e-Shariat Mohammadi, which had recruited thousands of Pakistanis to fight with the Taliban in their insurgency in Afghanistan. “We received confirmed intelligence reports that 70 to 80 militants were hiding in a madrassa used as a terrorist-training facility, which was destroyed by an army strike, led by helicopters,” Maj. Gen. Shaukat Sultan, a military spokesman, told The Associated Press. “No high-value target was present at the time of the attack,” Sultan was quoted as saying, referring to top al-Qaida or Taliban leaders. Some local residents and opposition politicians said there were children in the school and contended that U.S. planes had participated in the attack, but Sultan said no children or women were in the madrassa and that no U.S. or NATO troops were involved. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’Local television channels showed footage of the site of the attack. Thousands of people gathered around the rubble of the madrassa, and armed men were seen standing amid the bodies. Residents of the nearby village of Damadola, reached by telephone, said they were awakened Monday about 5 a.m. by two loud explosions, and when they went to look, it appeared that the school had been destroyed. Three Pakistan army helicopter gunships appeared 15 minutes later, firing rockets, the residents said. One man, who identified himself as Akhunzada, said local people had seen planes flying over the area in recent days. Sultan was quoted as saying the attack was carried out after those in charge of the building refused warnings to close it down. The Associated Press quoted hospital officials as saying that only three of the people inside the building survived, wounded. Pakistani officials dismissed suggestions that the United States was behind the attack. Tasnim Aslam, speaking for Pakistan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs at a weekly news briefing, said the attack was not carried out in response to any foreign pressure. But opposition Islamist parties were quick to denounce the attack and blamed America. Qazi Hussain Ahmed, the leader of Jamaat-e-Islami, contended that innocent children had been killed. “This area is not an area where there can be any training camp. This is actually tantamount to the declaration of war on Pakistan,” Ahmed said. Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal, an alliance of opposition Islamist parties, called for nationwide protests today.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Deputy Pearse Doherty is seeking urgent clarification from Government over its pledge to reopen the 19 bed Short Stay Ward at Letterkenny University Hospital.The Donegal TD was speaking following having received a response to a Dáil Question on the issue of new hospital beds in which the Minister failed to specifically cite Letterkenny as one of the locations where additional beds will be rolled out next year.Deputy Doherty said “As many people will be aware the campaign to have the short stay ward at Letterkenny Hospital has been something which Sinn Féin has been to the fore on for many months now. “In fact, a petition initiated by the party last July garnered over 5,600 signatures from people across the county demanding that the ward be reinstated in order to alleviate the chronic problem of hospital overcrowding.“And while the pledge made by the government following the budget earlier this month that the short stay ward would be reopened was a fantastic achievement and one which is owing to people power, there are still serious questions over just how genuine the government’s determination is to deliver this pledge.He added that when he sought clarification from the Government over recent days about its plans to provide additional hospital bed capacity and queried the locations and time frame for the delivery of these new beds, there was no reference made to the Letterkenny Hospital in the Minister’s reply.“Instead, the Minister simply responded to state that in early 2019 an additional 80 hospital beds will be brought on stream and these included an additional 30-bed ward in Our Lady of Lourdes Drogheda, a 40-bed modular ward block in South Tipperary General Hospital, and four high dependency beds in the Mater and Cork University Hospital respectively. “The Minister went on to give some vague details about the government allocating an additional €10 million in capital funding next year for further acute beds as part of the Winter Initiative 2019/20.“It’s now vital – given the severity of hospital overcrowding and lack of capacity at LUH – that the Government immediately provides clarity in respect of these plans to reopen the Short Stay Ward in Letterkenny.“This is why I intend to now raise this issue once again with the Minister where I will be demanding clarity in relation to the unit and when it’s expected that the short stay facility will be reinstated at the hospital.”Clarity demanded over plans to reopen LUH Short Stay Ward was last modified: October 23rd, 2018 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalletterkennyluhPearse Doherty
Emirates was one of the airlines involved in the test. Photo: Emirates. Airbus A380’s future is assured with Emirates very close to signing an order with Rolls-Royce to deliver engines for the 36 additional A380s the Dubai-based carrier ordered in February says the airline’s President Sir Tim Clark.“The deal is just about to be closed, it will be Rolls-Royce”, Sir Tim Clark confirmed in an exclusive interview to Airlineratings.com on the sideline of the APG aviation conference in Monte Carlo, Monaco.This ends speculation that the whole deal might fall through as airline and engine manufacturers missed several deadlines for the decision on which engines to select.The deadlines were supposed to secure planned delivery from 2020 onwards. So far Emirates had ordered Rolls-Royce engines for 52 of its A380s and Engine Alliance ones for 90 aircraft.See our Concorde tribute.Sir Tim Clark also talked about the delays in the current A380 delivery schedule.Media speculated this week that the carrier might not be ready to take on more at the moment as the airline faces a pilot shortage and reportedly has stored some A380s at Dubai World Central airport.But Clark dismissed these conclusions. “We don’t control the delivery stream, Airbus does, it’s called production. Unfortunately, quite a few of the A380 deliveries have slipped and they are all compressed in the back end of the year in the next two months, so we are taking them now.”Sir Tim Clark addresses the APG aviation conference in Monte Carlo, Monaco. Credit Andreas SpaethThere had been speculation that it was Emirates asking for a stretch in the deliveries. “It’s not us delaying anything, one of the aircraft coming now should have been delivered in February, we are talking about a compression, all of them should have been delivered last year and haven’t been”, said Tim Clark when asked by Airlineratings.comWith the current widespread engine troubles in the aviation industry, Clark had some critical remark“Engine manufacturers were moving too quickly to try to meet specifications. When it came to innovation they did little and sat on their hands, they overpromised and what we see now is the result of that.”Commenting on the current problems Airbus faces with the geared turbofan (GTF) Pure Power engines by Pratt & Whitney powering the A320neo, Clark said: “I’m not saying GTF is a failure, it should work, I am not altogether sure why it hasn’t worked, whether it’s a metallurgical thing or a simple design flaw I don’t know because we haven’t got them, it’s a real shame but I’m sure Pratt will get it right, they have to.”He urged propulsion manufacturers to combine innovations found in the LEAP powering the 737 MAXs and the GTFs for A320neos and regional jets with those implemented in high-thrust engines for wide-bodies.“You see the quantum movements in the technology of thrust and weight driven by the ability of the engine to work hotter and harder, using ceramic technology to keeping the hot sections in check, even that’s under development at the moment. It is not going to a stop where it is today, what I am looking for is seven or ten years out, when all this has been looked at and they come out with better engines, that is what will happen.”For Emirates itself, he said the biggest challenge currently is higher fuel prices. “At the moment we got huge problems with the fuel price, which is really destroying value for us, it really hit our bottom line quite hard, we haven’t had a good first half year just because of fuel.”
The plaintiff is a Michigan lawyer. She was placed on the assignment list of the County Probate Court and, as a result, received several case assignments. She made a comment on Facebook about what she believed to be inefficiency at the Clerk’s Office at the Court in a particular case she was handling. She tagged two people in the post, mistakenly identifying them as employees at the Clerk’s Office. One of the two employees brought the post to the attention of the Court administrator. The administrator never saw the actual post. Two days later, the Court administrator notified the plaintiff by letter that she had been removed from the assignment list because of her comment on Facebook. The plaintiff attempted to get back on the list multiple times but was unsuccessful and filed suit. The suit alleges several constitutional claims, all but one of which were dismissed by the court. The claim that survived is a claim for unlawful retaliation in violation of the First Amendment—i.e., a free-speech claim.The court declined to dismiss the free-speech claim for several reasons. First, it held that the plaintiff was speaking as a private citizen—not as an employee—when she made the post. I tend not to agree but, well, we can’t all be right all of the time. Second, the court held that she was speaking on a matter of public concern. This finding was based, in large part, on the fact that no one could produce a copy of the actual post and, therefore, the court was left to decide the nature of the speech without ever having seen the speech. Yikes. Why, you ask, did no one produce the post? According to the opinion, because the plaintiffdeleted it. Hmmm. That doesn’t seem like exactly the right outcome, does it? Because the plaintiff destroyed evidence, she gets the benefit of the doubt?Maybe not. But it does teach an important lesson to employers. If you are going to discipline or terminate an employee due to something the employee posted on Facebook—get and keep a copy of the actual post if at all possible. Taking someone’s word for what the post says doesn’t mean that the termination is unlawful but it does likely mean that you’re going to have to work a lot harder to prove your case.Butler v. Edwards-Brown, No. 13-13738, 2014 U.s. Dist. LEXIS 62032 (E.D. Mich. May 5, 2014).To read the original blog post, please cick here.