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History-makers not done yet

first_imgBEIJING, China:Veteran Novlene Williams-Mills and Christine Day form part of the history-making quarter-mile quartet that sent Jamaica to the record books for being the first nation to qualify four athletes to a 400 metres final at any major global event.Shericka Jackson and Stephenie-Ann McPherson will join Williams-Mills and Day in tomorrow’s final of the IAAF World Championships inside China’s Bird’s Nest stadium here, and both are feeling pretty good about their chances.For Williams-Mills, the bronze-medal winner in 2007, getting to the finals seemed like too much of an ask a few months ago as a thyroid infection and other physical setbacks meant that she entered the championships coming off one of her worst seasons.In fact, yesterday’s 50.47-second run in the semi-finals was her first time running below 51 seconds this season. But the experienced campaigner, who hailed her teammates for their role in the history-making feat, says she is entering the final with a positive attitude.”Anytime you go into a World Championships and you can even be in the final, it’s a big accomplishment because there are so may people who are running and trying to make it to the final, and the plus thing is we are the only country with four persons in the final,” said Williams-Mills, a breast cancer survivor.”It’s been a rough year. I was taking it race by race. I will rest up and then, as usual, I will come and give it my best in the final,” added Williams-Mills, the Diamond Race winner from last season.”Eight people will line up in this final, three medals, and we are all going after the same thing, so we will see how it works out,” she added, when discussing her chances.Day has had a productive year on the track, from winning a bronze medal at the Commonwealth Games to making her first 400m final at a World Championships, after two attempts.The wiry sprinter bowed out at the semi-final stage of the Berlin and Moscow editions of the World Championships in 2009 and 2013 and also failed to make the final at the 2012 Olympic Games.Happy to be there”God is really good. My aim was to ensure I secured a spot in the final, and I’m really happy that I was able to do that,” said Day, who was, nevertheless, not too pleased with her execution. “I was just working on my technique and tonight I didn’t think I executed properly. I know what I did wrong, so I’m still happy.”Day, who finished second in her semi-final in 50.82, has been busy on the circuit this year and hinted that regularly competing with the world’s best has helped her to learn to pace herself, while building her confidence as well.”When you are racing with the top girls, it builds your confidence and it doesn’t put you under any type of pressure. You just have to run your own race, and that’s what I’m focused on doing,” said Day.Shericka Williams, who won silver in Berlin in 2011, was the last Jamaican medallist in the women’s 400m at the World Championships. Jamaica and the USA have won the most medals in this event at the World Championships, with seven each.- A.L.last_img read more

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Benatia tells Roma he wants to stay, ruling out Chelsea or Man United move

first_img Mehdi Benatia 1 Chelsea and Manchester United target Mehdi Benatia is set to stay with Roma this season, according to sources in Italy.It had initially been reported that Chelsea had tabled a £30m bid for the Moroccan, an act the Blues boss Jose Mourinho has since denied.And now, according to TMW, Benatia’s agent has informed the Roma board that his client will stay with the Serie A club this season.The news will come as a boost to Rudi Garcia’s side, who have seen their star centre-back linked with nearly all of Europe’s top clubs this summer.Benatia, who only joined Roma last summer in a £10m deal from Udinese, was one of Roma’s players of the season as they shocked everyone with a second-place league finish.last_img

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Real face last-place Huesca in battle of large and little

first_img0Shares0000After Cucho Hernandez gave Huesca a third-minute goal at the Nou Camp, Barcelona replied with eight. This weekend La Liga’s bottom club hosts Real Madrid © AFP / LLUIS GENEMADRID, Spain, Dec 7 – Luka Modric has been voted the best player on the planet and Real Madrid crowned European champions three times in a row but in Huesca on Saturday they will meet a team from the opposite end of the ladder.Madrid´s stars gathered in Paris on Monday, dressed in shiny black suits and bow-ties, to watch their midfield magician collect the Ballon d´Or, ahead of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. “He is at his peak,” Real coach Santiago Solari said. “That makes it even more beautiful.”From the Grand Palais on the Champs-Elysees, they head this weekend to northern Spain and Alcoraz, Huesca’s recently-expanded stadium with a capacity of just over 7,000, in a town of little more than 52,000 people.There, they face La Liga’s bottom club, on seven points from 14 games, but Huesca’s ascent began far lower down than that.The majority of their 58-year history has been spent between the third and fourth tiers. They were languishing in Segunda B as recently as 2015.Promoted to the top flight for the first time at the end of last season, Huesca prepared by overhauling their squad, but on a shoe-string budget, with a mix of players from the lower divisions, promising youngsters and old heads from abroad.They changed coach too, twice, after Rubi was poached by Espanyol, who are now seventh. He was replaced by Leo Franco, who only lasted until October. Then in came Francisco, who is yet to see a victory.Some of te promotion team remained, including top scorer Alex Gallar. He joined in 2017 after spells at Cultural Leonesa, Hercules, Cornella and Mallorca’s B team, all four sides in the third tier.“When I came here, it was not the main objective to go up to the top flight but we did it,” Gallar said. “It was a very good decision to come here.”One of his three goals this term came against Barcelona at the Camp Nou. Huesca scored twice there, including the opener, but Barca finished with eight.This, though, will be Huesca´s first time hosting either of Spain´s two grandees and a chance for the fans to ponder on how far their team has come.“We have seen people are behind us despite the results and pushes us to turn it around,” Francisco said last week. “Our home has to be a fortress.”In the summer of 2013, Real Madrid bought Gareth Bale for a world record 100 million euros while Huesca signed seven players, all for nothing.Madrid are in good form and Bale, again, has a point to prove. He came off in the second half of last weekend´s win over Valencia, rubbing his thigh, while Santiago Solari said afterwards he was “exhausted”.It was Bale’s tenth La Liga game without scoring, even if that run masks some decent performances under Solari, including two goals and an assist in the Champions League.“Bale is working well,” Solari said on Wednesday. “He’s fine.”Real’s victory over Valencia, on the back of beating Roma in Italy, means the 3-0 defeat to Eibar following the international break seems more like a blip amid six wins from seven matches.Despite changing coach this season, a scoreless drought that lasted more than eight hours and being thrashed by Barcelona, Madrid are only five point off the top.That they remain just about in touch is down to one of the most error-ridden title races in recent memory. Last weekend, Barca, Sevilla, Atletico Madrid and Alaves could all have finished the round in first but only two of the top six managed to win.Barcelona were one of them. On Saturday, Ernesto Valverde’s side visit their Catalan rivals Espanyol.Atletico host Alaves, who have finished every weekend in the top six since round five. Sevilla are away to Valencia, a side that last season finished fourth but now sit 14th.FridayLeganes v Getafe (11pm)SaturdayAtletico Madrid v Alaves (3pm), Valencia v Sevilla (6:15pm), Villarreal v Celta Vigo (8:30pm), Espanyol v Barcelona (10:45pm)SundayEibar v Levante (2pm), Huesca v Real Madrid (6:15pm), Real Sociedad v Real Valladolid (8:30pm), Real Betis v Rayo Vallecano (12:45am) Monday Athletic Bilbao v Girona (11pm)0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Emmanuel Adebayor set to make Crystal Palace debut against Bournemouth

first_img1 Emmanuel Adebayor Alan Pardew is ready to hand Emmanuel Adebayor his Crystal Palace debut against Bournemouth.Adebayor, who joined the Eagles on a free transfer last week, has not played in the Premier League since May.But Pardew is ready to throw the Togo striker into action at Selhurst Park on Tuesday night.He told reporters after the 1-0 defeat of Stoke in the fourth round of the FA Cup: “We’ve kind of pencilled (Adebayor) in to be involved on Tuesday, so we’ll have to wait and see. I think there’s a good chance.”Dwight Gayle is expected to leave Palace before Monday’s deadline after Swansea made a £7.5m move the striker.Gayle missed the win over Stoke on Saturday, but Pardew insists he was left out due to injury and was giving nothing away over his future.“Dwight got four goals in our pre-game (training match) we have on a Friday, but was injured (on Saturday),” Pardew said.last_img read more

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HARTE WELCOMES €4MILLION ROAD PACKAGE FOR DONEGAL

first_imgMore than €4 million has been allocated to upgrade roads across County Donegal.The announcement is part of a €60million package announced in the past few minutes by Transport Minister Leo Varadkar.The plan, which has been welcomed by Labour Senator Jimmy Harte, will create a number of jobs locally. Senator Harte said the announcement is to be welcomed on two fronts.“Firstly the announcement will go a long way towards upgrading a number of local and regional roads in the county.“Also this is a major investment which will lead to the creation of jobs.“The fear was that with the downturn in the economy area that areas in Donegal which were not represented in the past would remain so. “I’m happy that Labour and Fine Gael are now recognising that Donegal has been ignored in the past and this will go some way towards improving our roads infrastructure,” he said.The announcement is part of an overall jobs creation package which is expected to create at least 1,000 new jobs in other sectors including tourism.EndsHARTE WELCOMES €4MILLION ROAD PACKAGE FOR DONEGAL was last modified: May 10th, 2011 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)last_img read more

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MAN CHARGED WITH BURGLARY AND THREATENING TO KILL 96 YEAR OLD BUNCRANA WOMAN

first_imgA 48 year old man has been charged with burglary and threatening to kill 96 year old Buncrana woman Margaret Lilly.The robbery of Margaret ‘Greta’ Lilly shocked the nation when she was robbed at her home in Aghilly on January 5th last.Ms Lilly, a widow, was admitted to hospital after her ordeal. A substantial amount of cash was taken from Ms Lilly’s house during the raid.Thomas Alcock, who had recently returned from living in the UK, today appeared on court in Cloverhill charged with the incident.Alcock, of no fixed abode, had been arrested after the incident and was staying at a hotel in the county but was later released without charge.He will appear in court again on Wednesday.Following the raid, the people of Buncrana and further afield rallied behind the local woman.A fund was set up in her name by local councillor Ciaran McLaughlin while numerous offers were also made to the well-known woman.She is now living back at home and is set to be settling back in well after her ordeal.MAN CHARGED WITH BURGLARY AND THREATENING TO KILL 96 YEAR OLD BUNCRANA WOMAN was last modified: February 26th, 2013 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:buncranacourtMargaret LillyThomas Alcocklast_img read more

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Soweto’s first four-star hotel

first_img1 November 2007More than 50 years after the Freedom Charter was signed, Soweto’s Kliptown is once again the focus of much attention. Setting the trend for other townships in South Africa, it is about to enter a new era in its history with the opening of its first-ever hotel.Holiday Inn Soweto opened its doors to the public on 1 November. Situated at Walter Sisulu Square of Dedication, a tourist draw card, in Soweto’s oldest suburb, the four-star hotel offers accommodation at an international standard to the more than 200 000 tourists who visit the township every year.This was not merely a 2010-focused initiative, confirmed George Phefo, the hotel’s general manager. In time, the group hopes to do more for the neighbourhood. “We are looking beyond 2010. We believe there are opportunities for Soweto.”Jazz and politicsIn addition to its location on a world-famous national heritage site, the hotel overlooks the informal market in Union Street and Jada’s place, the house in which Nelson Mandela was hiding when the Freedom Charter was drawn up on 26 June 1955. It plans to give tourists the opportunity to explore the Kliptown of the 1950s.“We will deliver on the Holiday Inn promise but also bring the political and historical stories into focus,” confirmed Lindiwe Sangweni-Siddo, the chief executive of the Zatic Group, or the Zuka Afrika Tourism and Investment Corporation, at the hotel’s inauguration. Zatic holds the franchise and a 30-year contract with the Intercontinental Hotel Group to manage the hotel.The decor is a mix of Kliptown history and African township – gogo blankets, Alf Khumalo photographs, vintage radiograms. With an eclectic blend of the modern and the old, private rooms and public areas offer style and comfort, without the visitor feeling removed from the real Soweto on the doorstep.Interior designer Fanie Makhanya said the brief was to take the uniqueness of Kliptown and modernise the application.Half a century ago, on 26 June 1955, more than 3 000 representatives of resistance organisations and ordinary people made their way through police cordons to gather on a dusty square in Kliptown, 40 kilometres south of Johannesburg.It was the Congress of the People, held to draw up the Freedom Charter, an alternative vision to the repressive policies of the apartheid state. At the time, Nelson Mandela was in hiding to avoid the police. On the second day, authorities broke up the illegal gathering, but by then the charter had already been adopted as a guiding document. It remains the cornerstone of ANC policy to this day and is seen by many as the foundation of South Africa’s 1996 Constitution.Local prospectsAnd the Zatic Group is determined to have as many locals benefit from the project as possible. At least 80 percent of the workforce comes from small, medium and micro enterprises based in Soweto.There will be about 40 permanent employees at the hotel, and numerous opportunities will be created through procurement of services from businesses based in Soweto, including sourcing fresh produce from traders.“We want to procure as much as possible from our immediate surroundings,” said Steven Bagg, the director of the Zatic Group.In another move to improve conditions on the ground, the group has spoken to Deputy President Phumzile Mlambu-Ngcuka about funding for the hospitality clinics it wants to offer to local matriculants.“Above all, our job will be to train young people from this community who want to enter the hospitality sector,” Sangweni-Siddo confirmed.The local bed-and-breakfast industry was also bound to benefit, Bagg pointed out. Foreigners would take comfort from the globally recognised brand, leading to an increase in the number of visitors to the area. “This is a step up for Soweto.”Initial discussions with local tour operators and African curio artists have also taken place.Priceless accommodationHoliday Inn Soweto is owned by Freedom Square Hotel, a consortium of leading business and leisure shareholders. Built at a cost of R23,4-million, it forms part of the Walter Sisulu Square mixed-use precinct initiated by the Johannesburg Property Company (JPC).The Kliptown project comprises the hotel, the recently opened Kliptown Museum, retail, restaurant and office space as well as an informal trading area. The JPC has signed a 10-year lease with empowerment group Zatic Hotels and Resorts to operate the hotel. Capello, the restaurant chain, plans to open a restaurant on the square soon.The Holiday Inn Soweto has 48 rooms, including two suites, the Oliver R Thambo and Chief Albert Luthuli suites; two executive boardrooms, the Winifred Mandela and Helen Joseph rooms; the Jazz Maniacs restaurant and Rusty’s cocktail bar, which is named after Rusty Bernstein, who assisted with the drafting of the Freedom Charter.Families are catered for in the 10 inter-leading rooms. The passages are called The Long Walk to Freedom – it is indeed a very long passage – and Unsung Heroes.The hotel is easily accessible from the Golden Highway and, with additional policing and security, the safety of guests and visitors is ensured. The luxury rooms cost R1 500 per person for one night, bed and breakfast. Deluxe suites cost R2 700 per night.For reservations, contact Holiday Inn Soweto on 0800 999 136.Source: City of Johannesburglast_img read more

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Adobe Creative Cloud Subscribers Reach an All Time High

first_imgSubscription based licenses continue to grow in popularity despite initial criticism.Executives at Adobe Systems have stated that subscriptions to the Creative Cloud have reached an all-time high at 1.8 million. With an increase of over 405,000, the first quarter of 2014 has also proven to be the fastest growing quarter for subscribers since the Creative Cloud was released in 2012. The company is also reporting more revenue than ever and expecting an equally successful amount of growth throughout 2014.As stated in 2013, Adobe plans to completely shutdown their perpetual software licenses and move to subscription-only licenses.This news comes at a time when perpetual license software vs. subscription based licensing is battling for the market. In a recent conference call with investors Adobe CFO Mark Garrett stated “We will soon end general availability of CS6 perpetual licensing in the channel. This decision is consistent with our comments last December, when we stated we expected no material revenue from perpetual licensing of CS6 in the second half of fiscal 2014.”Adobe also stated that they plan on launching an exciting new offering to their creative cloud subscribers which should be released later this year. The offering is expected to be “so strong that CS6 will look longer in the tooth” says Adobe CEO Shantanu Narayen.Although subscription based downloads seem to make it cheaper and easier for creatives to get the latest software, there has been serious pushback from some in the industry (FCPX and Avid lovers, for instance). But one thing is for sure, If Adobe keeps growing as fast as they are now, Apple and Avid will have to make a significant counteroffer.What do you think about Adobe getting rid of perpetual licenses?Do you like the Creative Cloud? Share thoughts in the comments below.last_img read more

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Jolt to Manjhi as Bihar HAM(S) chief, spokesperson resign

first_imgA split appeared imminent in former Bihar Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi-led Hindustani Awam Morcha (Secular) ahead of the Lok Sabha polls, as State president Brishen Patel quit the party on Wednesday. Party spokesperson Danish Rizwan too resigned on Wednesday, alleging “bungling” in party fund. The HAM(S) is a constituent of the Grand Alliance in Bihar.Saying that all is not well in the party, Mr. Patel, however, clarified that he would remain with the Grand Alliance. “At a time when all Opposition parties supported West Bengal Chief Minister and TMC leader Mamata Banerjee on her protest against the CBI, our party president stated that she should not have staged dharna (protest) against CBI… I think it was not the right statement,” Mr. Patel said. He also criticised Mr. Rizwan’s displeasure over mismanagement at the recently held Congress rally in Patna. “It sounds ridiculous when the party president was present in the rally, the spokesperson was pointing fingers at it”, Mr. Patel added. Mr. Rizwan had said that the “rally was organised like a novice…they should have invited alliance partners”. In a letter to the party president, Mr. Rizwan alleged that “some party leaders have been indulging in anti-party activities and also involved in financial mismanagement of party fund”. “Being a true soldier of the party, I cannot be a mute spectator to all this, so I’m resigning from the party post and the primary membership of the party,” he added.HAM(S) sources told The Hindu that a split is imminent in the party as several leaders are set to resign in days to come. The HAM (S) had formally joined the Grand Alliance in February 2018 after its exit from the National Democratic Alliance.Mr. Manjhi, who has so far not commented on the latest developments inside his party, had expressed disapproval of the views expressed by Mr. Rizwan and similar comments by another party spokesman, Vijay Yadav.last_img read more

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Foreign Media Hails PM Modi’s Bold Currency Move

first_imgThe foreign media has hailed Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s recent decision to demonetise high-value currency notes, with the Singapore-based The Independent comparing him to the nation-state’s founding father Lee Kuan Yew while the Forbes said despite “obvious chaos, it is working”. Related Itemslast_img

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