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‘Anything is possible’ – Thompson says race execution key to getting national record

first_img POWERING AWAY Despite winning the women’s 100m in a wind-aided 10.71 seconds at Saturday night’s 13th Jamaica International Invitational at the National Stadium, IAAF World Championship 200m silver medallist Elaine Thompson rued not executing a ‘complete race’. The time is not official because the wind reading was +2.4, above the allowable +2.0 mps limit. Thompson, whose 100m PB is 10.84 seconds, believes that with good race execution and ideal conditions, she could better the national 100m mark (10.70 seconds), which is held by her training partner, Olympic and World Champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce. “Anything is possible, hopefully,” Thompson said of her chances of getting the national record in her post-race interview. Speaking about her race execution, Thompson said: “… Not the first part only, I am working on all of the 100m. My first 30 metres is not the best, so I am trying to work on that more.” Continuing, she said: “The comparison between last year and this year, I mean, last year, I was a collegiate athlete. I am not racing that much this year, but I’ll just keep on training and putting in the work and go out there and deliver.” The 23-year-old’s time was greeted by voracious cheers of approval from the National Stadium crowd. She ran from Lane Four, stamped her class over the final 20 metres and powered from the rest of a competitive field, which included American English Gardner (10.85), who finished second, and Trinidad & Tobago’s Michelle-Lee Ahye (10.98), who placed third. The meet record is 10.86, set by American Carmelita Jeter in 2011. Thompson reiterated that she has been “training really hard and happy to come out victorious”. “It’s a stepping stone for me to see where I’m at, so I have to go home and train harder and see the mistake that I made and see if I can correct it from there,” emphasised the MVP athlete. Meanwhile, Thompson is not sure what sprint event(s) she will do at trials for this summer’s Oympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, but leaves the decision to veteran tactician Stephen Francis. “I am not sure. My coach will decide. My training has been going okay so far, so I’ll just continue doing my best out there at all times.”last_img read more

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Clarity on Jacob Zuma’s wives

first_img7 January 2010South African President Jacob Zuma, who practises polygamy in keeping with traditional African culture, has not five but three wives, any of whom may accompany him on official engagements.In a statement aimed at correcting media reports following Zuma’s wedding to Tobeka Madiba-Zuma on the weekend, the Presidency said that South Africa’s Constitution and public service regulations did not make provision for a First Lady or First Ladies, and that there was thus “no such official designation”.Contrary to media reports, Zuma has not five but three wives: Sizakele Khumalo, Nompumelelo Ntuli, and Tobeka Madiba. He also has a fiancee, Bongi Ngema.When it comes to official or public engagements, the Presidency said, it is up to Zuma to decide whether he is accompanied by any or all of his wives. “This is his prerogative, and has been the practice since he took office.”The Presidency said it provided “administrative support” to the President’s wives through its spousal office, “as has been the practice in past administrations”.While Zuma’s wives might take part in community work or other activities that supported the President’s work, this was purely voluntary, as they were not part of the Presidency or the public service.MaKhumalo (in isiZulu culture, married or adult women have the prefix “Ma” added to their surnames), whose area of interest is agriculture and food security, runs a vegetable garden project in Zuma’s home village of Nkandla in KwaZulu-Natal.KaMadiba (the prefix “Ka” is used for names already beginning with “Ma”) is interested in health care, especially work relating to the fight against cervical cancer. MaNtuli’s focus is on social development; she works to help orphans and vulnerable children.SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

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Kerala: Sonia summons Sudheeran amid Cabinet reshuffle row

first_imgV.M. Sudheeran, president, Kerala Pradesh Congress Committee (Photo: IndiaToday.in)The Congress high command has summoned party’s Kerala unit chief, apparently to sort out the controversy over an impending state Cabinet reshuffle.Kerala Pradesh Congress Committee president V.M. Sudheeran left for Delhi on Sunday evening to meet party president Sonia Gandhi and vice-president Rahul Gandhi.The cabinet reshuffle became a serious issue after Home Minister Ramesh Chennithala, leader of the “I” faction in the party, expressed dissent fearing they will have to sacrifice a Cabinet berth for Kerala Congress (B) leader K.B. Ganesh Kumar in the event of a reshuffle.The Cabinet is at its maximum now with 21 ministers.Chennithala was inducted into the cabinet in January after Ganesh Kumar was forced to resign as sports and film minister over domestic violence charges.Now the case has been settled in court and Kerala Congress (B) wants the cabinet berth back.Also read:  Ganesh Kumar’s reentry into Kerala cabinet won’t be easy Kerala Congress (B) chairman and Ganesh Kumar’s father R. Balakrishna Pillai even blackmailed Chief Minister Oommen Chandy by threatening to reveal names of ministers who find place in solar scam accused Saritha S. Nair’s secret statement.Chandy had announced a cabinet reshuffle plan before the Lok Sabha elections, inviting criticism from the “I” group.Two weeks ago, Chandy met the party high command and sought permission for a reshuffle.It is learnt that the high command has given a go ahead but asked Chandy to consult state leaders.advertisementChennithala too flew to Delhi last week to express his dissent over the reshuffle plans and told media that at present, there was no need for w cabinet rejig.India.Today.in learnt from reliable sources that Chandy is indeed planning to induct Ganesh Kumar into the cabinet by replacing ‘I’ faction leader and Cooperation Minister C.N. Balakrishnan.Besides, Chandy also intends to bring in some new faces into the government.However, Sudheeran told media that his trip to Delhi has nothing to do with the cabinet reshuffle.”It is a routine trip. Cabinet reshuffle is the prerogative of the Chief Minister and. No such discussions have taken place in the party,” said Sudheeran said.KPCC vice-president V.D. Satheesan told India.Today.in that the reshuffle is expected after the Monsoon Session of the Assembly and hoped Chandy would take everyone into confidence before arriving at a decision.last_img read more