Personal best If the 2018 track and field season ended in April, shot putter Danniel Thomas-Dodd might have been Jamaica’s Female Athlete of the Year. Thomas-Dodd bombed her way to silver at the World Indoor Champion-ships and then launched a national outdoor record of 19.36 metres to beat shot legend Valerie Adams of New Zealand to the gold medal at the Commonwealth Games early in April. She might have won despite the matching World Indoor silver/Commonwealth gold performance by triple jumper Kimberly Williams. However, as the season progressed, Janieve Russell, Natoya Goule, Danielle Williams, Aisha Praught-Leer and Shanieka Ricketts pulled into the fast lane. Ricketts showed her intentions with a big triple jump in January, 14.49 metres at the Ted Dwyer Invitational. Later, she would win silver at the Commonwealth Games and gold at the Athletics World Cup where she set a new personal best of 14.61 metres. Even so, with a 2-4 win-loss record against fellow triple jumper Williams, the top spot eludes her. Roommates Danielle Williams, the 2015 World 100-metre hurdles champion, and Goule seemed to inspire each other. They both started with medals at the Games and routinely traded personal bests. Williams won the Oslo Diamond League and then revved up to a lifetime best of 12.48 seconds as the Stockholm runner-up, before ending the season with a win over world record holder Kendra Harrison at the Continental Cup in 12.49. Goule won her Commonwealth bronze in the personal best time of 1 minute 58.82 seconds and broke Kenia Sinclair’s national record of 1 minute 57.88 seconds in Paris – 1.57.69 in fifth. The coup de gr‚ce came in Monaco when she zoomed home in 1 minute 56.15 seconds. Wins were hard to come by, but that is understandable when you recall her opponents include undefeated South African Caster Semenya. Praught-Leer made history with her Commonwealth 3000-metre steeplechase win and late in the season, succeeded in resetting her national record to 9 minutes 14.09 seconds. Notable seasons were also produced by MVP teammates Shericka Jackson and Stephenie-Ann McPherson, with their main prizes being Commonwealth medals, silver in the 200 for Jackson, and bronze in the 400 for McPherson, and dual wins in the NACAC Championships in Toronto and the Athletics World Cup in London. Despite all that, there is only one sound choice for Jamaican Female Athlete of the Year and it is Janieve Russell. Never placing lower than third in any of her 400-metre hurdle races, Russell won the Commonwealth Games, the Athletics World Cup and the Continental Cup, with a personal best of 53.46 seconds coming in Lausanne. She lost that race by 0.05 to the girl who succeeded her as World Junior Champion, Shamir Little of the United States. If not for Little, who also beat her in London and at NACAC, Russell might even be world number one. Her remaining losses to compatriot Leah Nugent at the Racers Grand Prix and to Americans Georgiana Moline and Olympic champion Dahlila Muhammad, and Swiss star Lea Sprunger, were frequently avenged. Her trump card was consistency. Hopefully, her steady performances will be a springboard to even better campaigns in 2019, when the World Championships roll into view, and in 2020, when Japan hosts the Olympics in Tokyo. She will also have the fastest woman of 2018, Sydney McLaughlin, to contend with. The young American ran no race after dominant displays on the US college circuit and which a world junior record of 52.75 seconds. They will no doubt meet next season when Russell, Jamaica’s 2018 Athlete of the Year, seeks another consistent year at an elevated level. – Hubert Lawrence has made notes at trackside since 1980.
The titles will still be used for both women and men when it comes to code violations, medical announcements and player challenges, according to the All England Club.Heather Watson, a British player who is making her 10th appearance at Wimbledon, didn’t even notice the change while beating Caty McNally of the United States 7-6 (3), 6-2 on Monday in the first round. But she was all for it.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs“Equality is always good,” Watson said.In the past, the chair umpire would use the titles at the end of each game during women’s matches, and at the end of the match. But not for men’s matches. Britain’s Heather Watson celebrates after beating United States’ Caty McNally to win their Women’s singles match during day one of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London, Monday, July 1, 2019. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)WIMBLEDON, England — Wimbledon has tinkered with its traditional naming titles for this year’s tournament.Spectators at the All England Club and those watching at home will still hear the chair umpire refer to female players as Miss, Mrs. or Ms., but only at certain times — in the same instances that they will use Mr. for the male players.ADVERTISEMENT Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? LATEST STORIES Duterte lambasts Catholic Church anew in curse-laden speech before Filipino Baptists Taal evacuees make the most of ‘unusual’ clothing donations, leaves online users laughing So when Watson won a game in the past, the chair umpire would announce, “Game, Miss Watson.” But for a men’s match, the announcement would just be, “Game, Federer,” in the case of eight-time Wimbledon champion Roger Federer.The topic of using the titles came up last year, the first year Serena Williams played at the All England Club as a married woman.Instead of, “Game, Miss Williams,” it was, “Game, Mrs. Williams.” This year, assuming she wins a game in her first-round match on Tuesday, the chair umpire will say, “Game, Williams.”Novak Djokovic, a four-time Wimbledon winner and the defending champion, said he hadn’t noticed that the club made the change for this year’s tournament.“I don’t know, to be honest, how I feel about it,” said Djokovic, who beat Philipp Kohlschreiber 6-3, 7-5, 6-3. “I thought that tradition was very unique and very special. I thought it was nice.”ADVERTISEMENT But after being told that the reason for the change could be in the interest of gender equality, Djokovic was on board.“I mean, sure, if that is the reason, then why not?” the top-seeded Serb said. “I support that.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparc Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia PLAY LIST 00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award03:05Malakanyang bilib sa Phivolcs | Chona Yu01:26Homes destroyed after Taal Volcano eruption Steaming fissures on Taal Volcano Island spotted Tolentino wants POC elections to be held by July 18 Deandre Ayton shines as Suns pound Knicks Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Olympic rings arrive in host city on barge into Tokyo Bay Ukrainian prime minister resigns after recordings published Read Next MOST READ 11 nabbed for shabu, drug den busted in Maguindanao View comments
Radamel Falcao 1 Radamel Falcao is convinced Manchester United took a gamble by signing him on loan from Monaco in September.The Colombian, who scored his first goal for the Red Devils in the 2-1 home win over Everton last weekend, missed most of last season and the World Cup in Brazil with a serious knee injury.But that did not deter United as Louis van Gaal shelled out a £6m loan fee to bring Falcao to Old Trafford and also has the option to sign the 28-year-old permanently at the end of the season.Falcao has revealed he is enjoying life in Manchester and is thankful the club trusted his form and fitness.He told Spanish radio station Onda Cero:”Manchester United were the ones that gambled on me when it was very difficult to do so. It has been a very difficult year, not just in my professional career.“What happened at the start of the year [the injury] affected me in every way, but it has also helped me grow as a human being, to think about many things, to mature.”He added: “In terms of my thoughts and plans for the future, I want to stay at Manchester United for the coming years.“I’m still going to need some time to be OK, but I am feeling very comfortable and very good on the pitch, in harmony with myself, with the ball and with football.”
Southampton legend Matt Le Tissier has welcomed reports the club are targeting Daniel Sturridge and Theo Walcott – but doubts the deals will happen.The Saints will bank £75million from the sale of Virgil van Dijk to Liverpool and are ready to reinvest that money in January, with the England duo said to be in their sights.The south coast club are sitting just two points above the Premier League relegation zone, having failed to win any of their last seven games.“We do need some reinforcements,” Le Tissier, widely regarded as Southampton’s greatest ever player, told talkSPORT.“We have had a serious lack of goals. We have had a bit of a problem with the guys that play behind the strikers as well.“I would think we will be looking for forward players with the [Van Dijk] money.“If you could get Daniel Sturridge and guarantee that he was going to play most games for you, that would be amazing because that boy has got some ability.“Theo should have left Arsenal a while back. He has stagnated there and it’s not been great for his career in terms of the games he has played in recent years.“It would be great if we could get him back but I’m not sure if the wage structure at Southampton would allow those guys to come into the club.”
Scotland finished their Six Nations campaign with a win against Italy but they left it late to make their mark at the Stadio Olimpico.Gregor Townsend’s side were looking to finish on a high but a sluggish first half performance saw the hosts take advantage.Scotland rallied and were the better side after the break but looked to be heading for defeat until Laidlaw’s boot made the most of a late opportunity.
The Whoriskey family from Kerrykeel presented the proceeds of their Christmas lights display to Pieta House and Mevagh Fire Service.The Whoriskeys go to extraordinary lengths each year to light up their home during the Christmas season – with a fundraising touch. Over the last 12 years, big-hearted Michael and Mary Whoriskey have raised over €50,000 for various charities.This week, the coupled presented €3,200 each to Pieta House Northwest and the Mevagh Fire Service after raising €6,400. Big-hearted Kerrykeel family make charity donations from Christmas lights display was last modified: February 22nd, 2017 by Chris McNultyShare 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)
A young Letterkenny man has settled a High Court action for €2.9m over injuries he received after a milk van ran over his head when he was a toddler.Ian O’Donnell (18) suffered severe skull fractures in the accident outside his Donegal home just weeks before his third birthday, the court heard. Mr O’Donnell, Glenwood Park, through his mother Helen O’Donnell, sued milkman Paul Rodgers, Manorcunningham, Letterkenny, Co Donegal.The Irish Independent reports he also sued the van owners, John, Paul and Brendan Kelly of Killtown, Killgordan, Co Donegal, as a result of the accident on November 10, 2001.It was claimed there was an alleged failure to keep any or any proper lookout. It was alleged the child was dragged some distance along the road before Mr Rodgers was alerted to the presence of the boy under the milk van.It was further alleged the milk van had been moved at a time when it ought to have been known it was unsafe and dangerous to do so.The claims were denied. The court heard liability was in full issue in the case.John Finlay SC, for Ian, said the boy was outside his home with his then eight-year-old sister and mother and the milk van was parked at Glenwood Park.The child’s mother thought the child was getting into their car but he was found on the roadway after the accident.Counsel said the wheel of the milk van had run over the boy’s head.The difficulty in the case was there was no proof of where the child was immediately before the accident, counsel said.Mr Finlay said the boy had made a good physical recovery but had been left with other issues. While he finished school, it was not likely he would be able to hold down employment in the future.Mr Justice Kevin Cross, approving the settlement, said he hoped it would reassure Ms O’Donnell that Ian’s needs will be met for the rest of his life.Young Donegal man awarded almost €3million after being run over by milk van was last modified: March 16th, 2017 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:awardHIGH COURTIan O’Donnellletterkenny
The adverse weather which has struck Donegal this St. Patrick’s Day has forced one town parade to be cancelled.Organisers in Creeslough have decided to call off the parade, and have apologised for any inconvenience caused.Heavy rain and strong winds have been forecast for across the county today. A Status Yellow rain warning is in place by MET Eireann until Sunday morning. The public is being advised to wrap up well for the weather as they attend festivities across Donegal. Bad weather forces cancellation of Creeslough Parade was last modified: March 17th, 2017 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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)
Disney Cruise Line: In The NewsPhoto: TouringPlans StaffAvengers…Assemble! This week, Disney Cruise Line revealed the character roster for the upcoming Marvel Day at Sea itineraries, and our friend Scott Sanders of The DCL Blog has the scoop – not to be confused with the SCOOP, which was featured in last week’s Saturday Six. Some of these characters are available for character greetings at Disney’s California Adventure, Disneyland, and Disney’s Hollywood Studios, but for the fist time ever, guests will be able to meet Black Panther and Loki. Newcomers to the ships include Iron Man, Star-Lord, Gamora, and Groot. For guests wishing to meet Spider-Man, Iron Man, and Black Panther, reservation times are available at Guest Services or through the official Disney Cruise Line app. The Marvel Day at Sea itineraries begin in October on select sailings departing from New York.The Disney Dream, in port at Castaway CayWe’re getting closer to the debut of the highly anticipated Beauty and the Beast musical on the Disney Dream, and that means more “first looks” into the creative process behind the show. The official Disney Cruise Line Twitter gave us another behind-the-scenes video as they prepare to bring this classic to life for guests. This Broadway-style musical is expected to debut this October, exclusively on the Disney Dream. Share This! Welcome aboard for this week’s Disney Cruise Line Preview for the week of September 2nd! I’m Brand Glover, and I’ll be giving you everything you need to know before cruising with Disney Cruise Line this week. As always, let’s take a look at the weather and see who is going to need a parka in the days ahead.Ports of Call (High/Low Temperature, Chance of Rain)Atrium, Disney DreamDisney Magic 2 September – Barcelona (74/62, 50%)3 September – Day at Sea4 September – Naples (80/66, 0%)5 September – Civitavecchia (75/60, 50%)6 September – Livorno (78/61, 10%)7 September – Cannes (77/61, 0%)8 September – Day at SeaDisney Wonder2 September – Ketchikan (63/50, 30%)3 September – Day at Sea4 September – Vancouver (85/61, 0%)5 September – Day at Sea6 September – Tracy Arm Fjord (68/54, 50%)7 September – Skagway (63/54, 60%)8 September – Juneau (60/50, 20%)Admiral Donald DuckDisney Dream2 September – Nassau (92/80, 10%)3 September – Castaway Cay (91/81, 20%)4 September – Port Canaveral (88/78, 50%)5 September – Nassau (90/81, 60%)6 September – Castaway Cay (90/81, 20%)7 September – Day at Sea8 September – Port Canaveral (88/77, 40%)Disney Fantasy2 September – Port Canaveral (88/76, 90%)3 September – Day at Sea4 September – Cozumel (88/78, 40%)5 September – Grand Cayman (87/81, 20%)6 September – Falmouth (90/79, 30%)7 September – Day at Sea8 September – Castaway Cay (90/81, 20%) Upcoming EntertainmentThe following films are being shown aboard the Disney Cruise Line ships this month:MoanaBeauty and the BeastBorn in ChinaGuardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No TalesCars 3Spider-Man: HomecomingFor future reference, films debut on the Disney Cruise Line the same day of their initial release in the United States. Show times are available in your Personal Navigator or the official Disney Cruise Line app.The special performances in the Star Set Sail series will continue this month with several Disney on Broadway acts performing in the Walt Disney Theatre on the Disney Magic. Showtimes are available via the Personal Navigator or official Disney Cruise Line app.September 2nd – Pamela KashaniSeptember 9th – Josh StricklandSeptember 16th – Scarlett StrallenCaptain’s Log: Important Tips and InformationWe have been informed of a special opportunity only available to guests aboard the Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy this weekend. Julia Mascardo passed along information regarding Force Friday II, which runs Friday, September 1st through Sunday, September 3rd. “Guests are invited to celebrate Force Friday II all weekend long and help the Resistance by unlocking Augmented Reality (AR) characters featured in Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Guests sailing aboard the Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy this weekend will have an opportunity to participate during their cruise. To participate, guests should go to www.starwars.com/findtheforce from their smartphone for details on how to download the Star Wars app and launch the “Find the Force” feature to complete the second part of the download prior to boarding. Beginning September 1st, guests can look for the Star Wars graphic on Deck 3, Forward, with the “Find the Force” logo and scan with their phone’s camera to unlock digital rewards. Guests should be certain to set their phone to airplane mode once on board to avoid and unwanted Wi-Fi charges.” Not only does this sound incredible, but it features characters from the upcoming film! If you are able to participate in Force Friday II, leave us a review in the comments. Oh, and May The Force Be With You, of course!Guests sailing on the Disney Wonder’s Alaskan itineraries may be interested to know that in lieu of Pirate Night, they will be treated to a Pixar Pals Party! Scott Sanders of The DCL Blog recently sailed on the Disney Wonder and has provided video of the event. Pixar Pals Party! takes place in the atrium on two separate days during your cruise, featuring characters from all of your favorite Pixar films including Toy Story, Monsters Inc., The Incredibles, and Inside Out.If you’re on the Wonder, look for this sketch of Joy and Sadness outside of Animator’s Palate. Did you know there are ten categories of staterooms on the Disney Cruise ships? On the TouringPlans blog, Tammy Whiting recently covered the Best Staterooms in Each Category. This is a helpful resource so you can find the best room for your needs.Are you deciding whether to book a Disney Cruise but are having a tough time deciding which ship fits all of your desires? Well, our own Laurel Stewart has put together a chart that makes it easy to compare all of the options in one place. Also available as a valuable planning and companion guide from authors Len Testa, Erin Foster, and Laurel Stewart is The Unofficial Guide to the Disney Cruise Line. The companion guide contains a complete overview of each Disney ship as well as Castaway Cay and includes valuable tips on how to save time and money during your cruise!That concludes this week’s preview of the Disney Cruise Line. Join us next Friday as we take a look at what happens in the world of Disney Cruise Line over the next week. In the meantime, check out the latest edition of The Saturday Six from author, illustrator, and masked luchador Derek Burgan. Special thanks to Derek Burgan, Julia of Best Week Ever fame, Rikki Niblett, and Scott Sanders of the DCL Blog for their assistance on this article. You can follow Scott on Twitter @TheDCLBlog for daily updates on the cruise line. Tune in to the Be Our Guest WDW Podcast to hear Rikki discuss topics covering all things Walt Disney World.
Accessibility Bookmarklets and Tools: If you haven’t created a toolbox of apps for testing accessibility, this is an excellent collection to start with recommendations for checking parsing errors, validating markup, free screen reader and more.WordPress and Accessibility: Ensuring Access to the Largest Pool of Readers: Tips for WordPress developers to provide better accessibility in their themes.Social media helping autistic children ‘navigate the world’: Read how YouTube changed the life of 13 year-old Jordan Hilkowitz, a young teenager in Ontario, Canada.Accessible Web Sites: What Can You Do?: Web designer and developer Joe Dolson’s slideshow overview of the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0 (WCAG).User ExperienceA Beginner’s Guide to Wireframing: Nice intro to wireframing from WPTuts, discussing the basics and highlighting several popular tools and applications including Balsamiq, Omnigraffle, and a new online application Flairbuilder that looks promising.Feel UX: If Apple Won’t Innovate The User Experience, Android Designers Will: With the help of design company Frog, the release this summer of the new line of Sharp smartphones demonstrates the opportunities for Android developers to move beyond Apple’s user experience.Everything I Needed To Know About User Experience I Learned In A Restaurant: Based on his past work in a restaurant, Craig Wright offers five basic user experience principles.Why Your Links Should Never Say “Click Here”: Good guidelines from UX Movement including: Add context to your link textUse concrete and proper nouns in your link textAvoid linking to only verbs Hope you enjoyed the first week of summer. Did you get to the beach?Sigh. I didn’t, but I did find many great resources this past week. Also had some fun raising awareness and votes to bring the Build Responsively Websites workshop by well-known developer Ben Callahan to Detroit.Last Monday, Detroit was in sixth place, way behind Pittsburg in first place. By sharing with Twitter friends and on Facebook Pages, designers and developers in Detroit have steamrolled ahead and are now in first place. Woohoo!Woohoo! #Detroit is in 1st place to bring two-day responsive design @brworkshop to Detroit. Love it! http://t.co/oWn1Z9YY— Deborah Edwards-Onoro (@redcrew) June 21, 2012CSSLettering vs. CSS-Ligatures: Sara Cannon’s experiment with lettering and CSS.Responsive Grid System: The first version of a new strategy for building a responsive grid system. Graham Walker provides all the markup, CSS and media queries for you to download. Would love to hear how you use it.5 Simple and Practical CSS List Styles You Can Copy and Paste: Good coding and style examples to add to your snippets from Design Shack. I found them to be useful; also noticed one of the style snippets didn’t include :focus and :active along with :hover.HTMLHandy Tutorials & Tools for Embedding HTML5 Video: Though browser support isn’t complete, check out this collection of posts and articles for methods to include video using HTML on your sites.Create a Website Using User Interface Packs (PSD to HTML) – Day 1: First article in a step-by-step guide from DesignModo showing the initial markup and style setup.Classes? Where We’re Going, We Don’t Need Classes!: Heydon Pickering’s post on Smashing Magazine suggesting classes aren’t needed in CSS brought over 180 comments from readers.Off Canvas Multi-Device Layouts: Interesting approach: hide “secondary” content outside of the visible browser window until it’s needed.AccessibilityUS Judge Rules Netflix Subject to Disability Act: The major accessibility news this week was the announcement that US District Judge Michael Ponsor rejected Netflix’s argument that it is exempt from the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Ponser declined to dismiss the lawsuit brought by the National Association for the Deaf. Some background may be helpful:Netflix refused to include captions in its streaming service, forcing people who are deaf or hearing impaired to purchase more expensive DVD show and movie rentals that did include captions. WordPressPlanning and Building an Intranet with WordPress: I like this article because David Albert points out the pros and cons of using BuddyPress to create an Intranet. Excellent list of plugins to consider if you decide to go this route.9 WordPress Myths That Might Surprise You: Love the “WordPress websites are low quality” myth. Short post worth reading; good discussion and points made in the comments.How To: Stop the Hacker by Hardening WordPress: Thanks Tony Perez for posting these tips, well done. Don’t have time to review his 60+ slideshow? Tony graciously summarizes the highlights and provides five tips to secure your site.Our Readers’ Favorite 3.4 Features: Did you vote for your favorite WordPress 3.4 feature on WPCandy’s poll? With over 200 votes in, the three top features are:Query efficiency improvementsTheme customizer and live preview improvementsEmbed tweets via oEmbed 13 Tenets of User Experience: Robert Hoekman, Jr shares his beliefs of the value of user experience strategy beginning with:User experience is the net sum of every interaction a person has with a company, be it marketing collateral, a customer service call, or the product or service itself. What I Found InterestingAbsolutely loved this: Van Gogh’s Starry, Starry Night, Recreated with DominosShare this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading…RelatedJune 23, 2013: Weekly Roundup of Web Design and Development ResourcesEvery week I post a roundup of new web development and design resources I’ve learned about from the blogs I read and the people I follow on Twitter. 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