Chelimo slams heat, pollution after Asiad marathon gold

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Chelimo’s gold continued Bahrain’s recent Asian Games success in the marathon after Eunice Kirwa and Hasan Mahboob — both also born in Kenya — won the women’s and men’s titles in 2014.Despite smashing her rivals in a slow race to take gold, Chelimo admitted that Jakarta’s heat and poor air quality had caused her problems.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’“It was bad, it was too hot,” the 29-year-old told AFP. “I felt something in my throat too. The air here, you feel like it’s hard to breathe.“I felt like I wasn’t going to finish but I found some morale and hope to keep going. Thank God I finished with no harm.” Nogami bit her tongue when asked if she had any sore feelings about being beaten by a runner born in Kenya.“Maybe, but she came first regardless of her nationality,” said the Japanese runner.“Perhaps I should just focus on my own shortcomings.”Nogami, whose countryman Hiroto Inoue won the men’s marathon a day earlier, also complained about the heat despite the early morning start.“When I threw my sunglasses away late in the race my eyes were really stinging,” she said.“I felt then it was because of the air pollution but to be honest the heat was worse.”Kirwa followed her Asian Games gold medal with a silver at the Rio Olympics two years ago and Chelimo signalled her intent to race at the 2020 Tokyo Games — mindful that severe heat could be a factor.“I’m planning to go for gold in Tokyo,” she said. “I hope all will be well.” Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal LATEST STORIES Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy 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 award Peza offers relief to ecozone firms Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Chelimo had already crossed the finish line when Japan’s Keiko Nogami entered the stadium to claim silver over a minute and a half behind. North Korea’s Kim Hye Song took bronze.“But I’m very proud to be the Asian champion,” said Chelimo, one of 10 siblings who captured the world title in London last year. “I just spoke to my family on the phone and they were all praying for me,” added the gold medallist, who grew weary of the snail’s pace the leaders were running at to break away after 25km.“I planned to break away around 35km but I saw my chance and decided to go for it,” said Chelimo.“Nobody followed me so I continued to push the pace and then I was on my own.” ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anewcenter_img Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college MOST READ Bahrain’s Rose Chelimo reacts after winning the women’s marathon athletics event during the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta on August 26, 2018. AFP PHOTO / Juni KriswantoWorld champion Rose Chelimo made light of brutal conditions on Sunday to scoop Asian Games gold for Bahrain with a runaway win in the women’s marathon.The Kenyan-born athlete produced a devastating break from the leading pack after the 25-kilometre mark in Jakarta and ploughed a lonely furrow as she crossed the line to win in a modest time of two hours, 34.51 seconds.ADVERTISEMENT ‘One of those weeks’: Woods doing well except with putter DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial beginslast_img read more

Hundreds attend National Hindu Youth conference

first_img…urged to use technology wiselyHundreds of youths hailing from various communities across the country attended a National Hindu Youth conference at the Sanskritik Kendra, Prashad Nagar, hosted by the Dharmic Naujawaan.Hindu youths from across Guyana attended the National Youth Conference at Dharmic Sanskritik Kendra, Prashad NagarThe activity was held under the theme, “Moulding tomorrow’s Hindu leaders” and coincides with National Youth Week, Naujawaan ka hapta.During the opening of the one-day conference, president of the Guyana Hindu Dharmic Sabha, Dr Vindhya Persaud, urged youths to use technology wisely – especially mobile devices – to become wiser and better individuals. Dr Persaud said the conference was held with the aim of moulding Hindu youths to be better leaders and more responsible in society.Speaking on technology the Sabha’s president urged those in attendance to use technology constructively since the entire world is said to be at the fingertips: “Use your technology to better yourself, do things that you strongly believe in, use it to solve problems that have plagued society.”Youths were urged to form themselves into groups and be better empowered in the fight against abuse, suicide and violence, rights for girls, and literacy.Additionally, Persaud advised that young people gathered at the event: “drive the extra mile in making things happen and never stop dreaming, and to believe in life.”Youths were also encouraged and empowered to “brush off failures” and to make something out of their life by being practical. The organisation’s head emphasised that the gift of life is precious and one should never live in regrets.Chairman of the central Naujawan Kumar Kissoon addressed the youths, explaining that the conference seeks to empower youths to face day-to-day challenges.Guest speaker for the conference was senior economist of Bank of Guyana Reshma Ramratan. She discussed the importance of young people being educated and appreciating the value of life.During the sessions youths were educated on the existence and effects of emotional abuse, leadership, becoming an effective and efficient leader of tomorrow, career guidance, photography, finance, law, engineer and medicine.The dharmic Naujawaan is the youth-arm of the Guyana Hindu Dharmic Sabha.last_img read more

Seven Eritrean players go missing in Kampala

first_imgOthers who were not on the plane back home according to @EritreaFootball were Yosief Mebrahtu, Filmon Semere, Abel Ogbay, Ismail Jahar, Isias Abraham and Eyob Girmay.Capital Sports sources intimate that the players escaped from their team hotel in the wee hours of Friday morning and efforts to trace them were futile.“Their hotel rooms are usually barricaded at night by the team officials but they jumped over the fence and escaped very early on Friday,” a source told Capital Sports.Another one added; “There is a very big village in Kampala where most of the Eritreans stay and those players were whisked away by their fellow Eritreans. I heard that the police went there to try and get them but they escaped again.”The Eritrean players were residing in the same hotel as the Harambee Stars.Eritrea players protest a penalty during their 2019 CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup match against hosts Uganda at the Lugogo Arena in Kampala, Uganda. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluThere was a frantic search for the players on Friday and Saturday and when they could not be traced, the rest had to be on their way back home.The Red Sea Boys finished second in Kampala after losing 3-0 to Uganda in the final. They made it for their first ever final after beating defending champions Harambee Stars 4-1 in the semis.There have always been cases of Eritrean players escaping whenever they play tournaments outside their country. It was the same case in 2012 when the tournament was also held in Kampala, something that led to their ban from the tournament.They were reinstated this year, but seems old habits die hard.Outgoing CECAFA Secretary General Nicholas Musonye was non-committal on the issue.0Shares0000(Visited 47 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Eritrea celebrate their goal against Harambee Stars. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuuKAMPALA, Uganda, Dec 23 – Seven Eritrean players were not part of the squad that jetted back to Asmara from the CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup in Uganda on Sunday as they could not be traced after the final on Thursday.Robel Kidane who was Eritrea’s top scorer at the tournament with three goals is one of the seven players who were reported missing from the team’s camp, according to Eritrean news outlets.last_img read more

Panel touts affordable housing

first_imgOne member of the blue-ribbon panel, Gilbert Saldate of the Tri-Cities Mental Health Center, which serves Pomona, La Verne and Claremont, said members agreed on the overall goal but differed on how to achieve it. “Everybody wanted the same outcome – to see people off the streets. But there were different approaches to get there,” he said. “Today, everybody’s come together.” Local officials also urged that homelessness be recognized as a national issue. “The problem is an American problem,” said county Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky. Out in the courtyard of the Midnight Mission, the proposals were welcomed by Victoria Wilson, 23, a recently homeless pregnant woman who sat on a milk crate while watching her 2-year-old daughter, Kamille. “A job and child care,” Wilson said, were basic needs that go unfulfilled because a drug-possession conviction has thwarted her efforts to find work. “When it’s raining, I don’t know what I’m going to do. I can’t sleep on the concrete,” she said. The report called for initially building at least 11,500 units of affordable housing for the homeless, with an eventual goal of 50,000 units. Enacting the blueprint’s recommendations would take an estimated $1.5 billion a year, said Mitchell Netburn, executive director of the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority. Netburn, however, estimated that homelessness already costs about that much, when everything from emergency room visits to police overtime, jailing and lost tourism is factored into homeless services. The report recommended a mix of private, state, federal and local funding, including bond measures. Yaroslavsky warned against so-called not-in-my-back-yard efforts by communities to prevent homeless services from being established in their areas. “It’s not just Skid Row,” he said. “Every community has homeless in the streets, under bridges. Anybody who will be a NIMBY on this issue – shame on them. This is not a high-rise building. This is not a toxic waste dump. These are human beings.” Sheriff Lee Baca agreed, saying that county jails now serve as de facto temporary shelters for the homeless. “The wealthiest nation in the world cannot turn its back on its poorest citizens,” he said. A recent survey found that of the 88,000 homeless people on county streets on any given night, 9,254 are in the San Gabriel Valley and 7,178 are in Whittier, Norwalk, Downey, Santa Fe Springs, Montebello, Pico Rivera and other the nearby cities. Whittier City Councilman Owen Newcomer, a member of the Los Angeles Homeless Services Commission, said he is not opposed to having a homeless shelter located in the city. “A facility that helps people change their ways is an asset to a community,” he said. “We need more services. Mental health \ are critical.” Pasadena Mayor Bill Bogaard, a member of the blue-ribbon panel, said he sees difficulties in getting the county and 88 cities to work together on the plan, particularly at a time when housing costs are rising. “The implementation of this plan is still in question because of the multi-jurisdictions involved,” he said. “It is a question of how quickly implementation can happen.” The Associated Press contributed to this story. sandy.mazza@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3026160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LOS ANGELES – Los Angeles County could end homelessness in 10 years by spending up to $12 billion for new affordable housing and for services to get people quickly off the streets, a panel of community leaders said Thursday.The blue-ribbon Bring L.A. Home panel made more than 200 recommendations tackling a problem estimated to involve more than 220,000 people cycling through homelessness each year, with more than 88,000 not having a place to sleep on any given night. The proposal, unveiled at a downtown Skid Row mission, was presented by officials as a road map for dealing with a problem that ensnares not just people who lose their jobs, but children, drug addicts, newly released prisoners, people who are HIV-positive and the mentally ill. The panel of 60 community leaders spent three years developing the recommendations. The ambitious plan hinges on a drastic increase in affordable housing, calling for the creation of at least 50,000 new units. last_img read more

‘Trek Through Time’ in this free online Donegal history exhibition

first_imgDonegal County Archives have shared images from Donegal days gone by in a fascinating online exhibition.As part of the annual November Explore Your Archive Campaign, Donegal County Archives has made their exhibition ‘A Trek through Time’, available online in English and as Gaelige at www.donegalcoco.ie/culture/archives/exhibitionsThis colourful exhibition curated by Donegal County  Archives (The Archives Service of Donegal County Council) is a touring exhibition consisting of 12 pull up stands, each based on a collection or theme strongly represented in the County Archives collection. Exhibition: A Trek through Time.These are: Arts & the Archives; Donegal Grand Jury; The Railways of Co. Donegal; Schools & Schooling in Co. Donegal; The Joseph Murray Collection; The Workhouses of Donegal; The GAA in Co. Donegal; Exotic and Eccentric Donegal; Donegal Archives of Emigration; Maps of Donegal; Elections & the Electorate; Ladies of Donegal.The exhibition explores many of the themes and historical events of significance from the past 250 years in County Donegal through original archives such as photographs, letters, posters, official documents, public notices, flyers, maps, plans, memos, notes and newspaper articles, all from the Donegal County Archives Collection.Unknown lady in Ladies panel in Exhibition: A Trek through TimeThe purpose of the exhibition is to showcase the variety of interesting and attractive archival collections held by the service and to introduce archival material to as wide an audience as possible, including interested researchers, local people, heritage and history groups, teachers and students and visitors to the county. It aims to increase awareness of local archives and local history and demonstrate their inherent value.The exhibition is freely available for heritage centres, libraries, public service centres, museums community centres, etc. For more information, please contact the Archives Service, 074 91 72490 or archivist@donegalcoco.ieTo view some of the images from the Exhibition go to : www.facebook.com/DonegalCountyArchives‘Trek Through Time’ in this free online Donegal history exhibition was last modified: November 23rd, 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) Tags:A Trek through Time.last_img read more

JOANNE ‘THE LEGEND’ SURVIVES THE APPRENTICE CHOP ONCE MORE

first_imgDespite rumors to the contrary, Donegal’s own Apprentice Joanne Sweeney-Burke has again survived the chop on the TV3 show.The Letterkenny businesswoman is down to the last seven in the competition and getting closer to that €200,000 prize.Joanne was on the winning team once again despite a relatively low-profile appearance. The task for teams Spirit and Zest was to launch an event in a pub on behalf of Guinness.Guinness hoped the unique event will eventually book part of their branding and promotion strategy.Joanne and her team went of the theme of local legends in the community.But starting off it looked life Joanne and her team were only short of one thing – legends! They eventually managed to get some legends and the night in a Co Cork pub proved a huge success.Joanne even compered the night and not even her Dunfanaghy accent got in the way.She might just be saving herself for a last drive as the weeks pass by and the candidates drop away.Will it be the Bill and Joanne Show come December?Only time will tell…..because Joanne won’t tell us! Though we do know she has a break-down in next week’s show….the trailer showing her crying.JOANNE ‘THE LEGEND’ SURVIVES THE APPRENTICE CHOP ONCE MORE was last modified: November 21st, 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)Tags:Joanne Sweeney-BurkeThe Apprenticelast_img read more

EARAGAIL ARTS FESTIVAL MAKES AN EXHIBITION OF ITSELF AGAIN!

first_imgOnce again the Earagail Arts Festival has an excellent variety of art and photography exhibitions this year. The RCC and An Grianán Theatre have many fantastic exhibitions between them, which I had the pleasure of visiting this week.By Caoimhe Ní ChathailRCC – Selected Works : Paul Rooney (9th to 28th July) This photography exhibition is a snapshot of Paul Rooney’s ingenious work in relation to his hometown Letterkenny as he invites us to delve deeper into the familiar. His ‘Dead Pool’ collection reveals the abandoned condition of the old swimming pool and contrasts with memories we would previously have held of the leisure centre. Other images of Tinney’s ‘Coalyard’ and Oatfields reveal intriguing glimpses of Letterkenny. These photographs offer a creative and innovative image of Letterkenny. RCC – The 5th Birthday Show (9th July to 29th September)Having recently celebrated its 5th birthday, the RCC’s latest exhibition is a varied collection of art associated with Donegal, iconic works of art in the county and varied collections and exhibition pieces. The variety insures some object of interest for everyone. From Abigail O’Brien’s ‘Dripping Toffee’ from the DCC Collection ‘Oatfield’ which was held in the RCC in 2008 to the ‘Degas book’ from Derek Hill’s collection this is a captivating exhibition which excellently displays the diversity and quality of Donegal’s art and photography.  An Grianán – Daniel Nellis (9th July to 31st August)Having been awarded the Derek Hill Prize at the Glebe Open in 2011, Daniel Nellis is an upcoming artist who oozes talent and promise. The examples of his work in An Grianán such as ‘Self-portrait’ and ‘Dad’ display his beautiful style and focus on expression. An Grianán – Ann Quinn (9th July to 31st August)An acclaimed and established artist whose work appears in many Irish Collections such as those of AXA Insurance and the HSE, Ann Quinn’s pieces such as ‘Up By Lough Insheagh’ and ‘Sitka Spruce Sky’ put a particular emphasis on the sky and its varied forms. With the above exhibitions running as well as those in the Warehouse; Glenties, Fort Dunree; Buncrana and An Gailearaí; Gweedore to name a few, there is certainly no shortage of artistic entertainment this summer!  EARAGAIL ARTS FESTIVAL MAKES AN EXHIBITION OF ITSELF AGAIN! was last modified: July 20th, 2012 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

DD LOCAL – DRUMKEEN TO TAKE PART IN CLOTHING FOR CANCER CHARITY COLLECTION

first_imgDrumkeen Utd FCDrumkeen 7 Lifford 1 Drumkeen under 12s kept the pressure on at the top of the table with this convincing win over Lifford. Drumkeen scorers were Sean Doherty with 4 and Jason Mc Daid who helped himself to a hat-trick. Great team performance from the lads.Lotto Results 02nd Mar 04, 05, 06, 21. No jackpot winner 2 winners €50 each. John Cannon, Drumkeen. Frank Browne, Stroan. Next weeks jackpot € 3,330 Lotto’s only €2 Drumkeen Youth ClubYouth Club this Fri 14th Mar 7.30-9.30 pm. Leaders on duty this week John Guthrie, Patricia Guthrie and John Conaghan.“Date for your Diary” our Easter quiz is on Fri 11th April at 8 pm.Charlie Daly & H-Block Martyrs Sinn Féin Cumann DrumkeenLotto Results 05th Mar 10, 13, 19, 15, 23. No jackpot winner. 2 winners €50 each. Charlie Herrity, Fanad. Hugh Sharkey, Annagry Next weeks jackpot €2,125. Go raibh maith agat.Sponsored SkydiveJulie Patton from Drumkeen and Emma Brolly and Eimear Mc Elchar from Convoy are taking part in a sponsored skydive at Galway airport on the 29th March 2014, in memory of Shane Patton and Shane Brolly. All proceeds going to Our Lady’s Hospital for sick children Crumlin, donations big or small would be greatly appreciated. Contact Julie on 086 1958421 or email drumkeennotes@gmail.com if you would like to donate.Spinning/Circuits/Boxercise Spinning classes continue mornings and evenings, also circuit training and Boxercise? There is something to suit everyone just give Benny a call on 086 4562271 for details or check out our Facebook page AB Fitness.Career GuidanceA private Career Guidance service for Leaving Cert., Third Level Students & Adults is now available in the county. Contact 087 9740228.Clothing Collection A charity clothing collection in aid of (CCCC) cancer cure control care will take place on Thursday 13 March in Convoy on the main st near church of Ireland 10.30-3.30 all items of clothing shoes bags and household textiles wanted no bric a brac bags can be collected any other info contact mick 0863821979Jiving ClassesJiving classes continue in the parish hall every Monday from 9pm-10pm. For more information contact Aaron on 086 2431359.St. Mary’s GAABingo continues in Hall at 8.30 The National GAA Draw tickets are now on Sale priced at €10 ALL money goes directly to your Local GAA Club there are great prizes to be won from All-Ireland Football and Hurling packages AND trips to Australia and New York . Ticket sellers from St Marys Club will be calling around the Parish soon. Underage training from 6-7 on Fri Bring €2 and Drink Can all parents please ensure that their child keeps on the Footpath and that they are collected from the Playing Field after each session.Senior men Training as NormLadies training 7-8 Tues evening and sun morning 10.30 till 11-30 in clubhouse check page for detail new players welcomeBest wishes to our Ladies Niamh Mailey, Cathy De Ward and Kelly Wilson in their matches for the Donegal Senior ladiesParish HallAnyone wishing to book the hall should contact Charlie Quinn on 91/34010 or 087 7728608Drumkeen NotesAnyone wishing to have material included for next week are asked to please Email: drumkeennotes@gmail.com or text 086 4083625 (Deadline Fri @ 8pm)DD LOCAL – DRUMKEEN TO TAKE PART IN CLOTHING FOR CANCER CHARITY COLLECTION was last modified: March 9th, 2014 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:Drumkeen noteslast_img read more

Half-time: QPR 0 Reading 1

first_imgKaspars Gorkss’ goal against his former club left QPR staring at the prospect of another defeat.Gorkss, who also scored in Rangers’ recent League Cup loss against Reading, pounced after the home side failed to deal with Nick Shorey’s right-wing corner.Sean Morrison headed against the bar and Gorkss’ left-footed follow-up found its way through the hands of keeper Julio Cesar and past Esteban Granero on the line.Rangers, bottom of the table and without a league win this season, were on the back foot for much of the opening 45 minutes.Djibril Cisse, restored to the R’s starting line-up, sent a long-range effort over the bar before Junior Hoilett saw an effort go wide.But Reading remained a threat, especially at set-pieces, with Morrison dominant in the air.And they stayed in front after a brilliant save by keeper Alex McCarthy, who tipped Granero’s free-kick onto the bar before Jose Bosingwa volleyed over from the rebound.QPR (4-4-2): Cesar, Bosingwa, Ferdinand, Nelsen, Traore; Hoilett, Granero, Diakite, Taarabt; Hoilett, Mackie. Subs: Green, Derry, Hill, Wright-Phillips, Onouha, Zamora, Faurlin. 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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Claim My Name Offers Vanity URLs Across Multiple Sites

first_imgAs proven by last month’s Facebook Vanity URL rush, there’s value in personal domain names. As an answer to brand protection across multiple networks, DandyID is launching ClaimMyName at around 3pm this afternoon. The site allows users to register their custom URLs across hundreds of social networking and social media sites for a fee. And the service certainly doesn’t come cheap to individuals. The 20 domain starter pack costs $80 and the 300 domain pro pack is $699. Then again, when has security ever been sold at cut rate prices? Essentially this is a seemingly easy way for companies and individuals to mitigate risk; however, when there is no verification process to keep out squatters, the system can definitely backfire. ClaimMyName works under the assumption that only you would be willing to buy your own domain name. While it seems like a high price tag for individuals, $699 is relatively cheap for a major corporation to buy hundreds of domains bearing its own name or competitor’s name. In fact, at a time when world news travels fastest by Twitter, and elections are financed via Facebook, $699 is an absolute drop in the bucket for politicos. Oh you don’t think anyone would stoop to squat on the domains of key opposition figures? Look at the facts. The National Arbitration Forum denied former US President Bill Clinton’s cybersquatting complaint against Joseph Culligan who has been redirecting williamclinton.com, williamjclinton.com and presidentbillclinton.com to the Republican National Committee’s website.The National Arbitration Forum is one of the ICANN’s selected resolutions providers under the Uniform Domain-Name Dispute-Resolution Policy. This piece of legislation deals directly with international domain names and cyber squatting. And because the group did not see “evidence of bad faith” in Culligan’s usage of the domains, Clinton is left in a lurch. While this isn’t surprising to see someone lose the battle for a domain, it is surprising to see someone lose the battle for a domain that is being used in such a obviously misleading manner. While I feel for the former president, campaign strategists and business pundits have been warning us to register our chosen domains for years. Perhaps Clinton should’ve simply known better. Just look at the strange nomenclature of a ton of Web 2.0 companies. Do you really think Flickr’s first domain choice dropped the “e”? Good domains are few and far between. It appears that with the Facebook Vanity rush, the subsequent creation of the Personal URL Facebook App and now the launch of ClaimMyName, individuals and companies are thinking about their online legacies. While critics in the Open ID camp certainly have their fair share of issues with domain grabs on 3rd party sites, I’ve got a personal branding reason to avoid mass registering 3rd party domains. If you’re just a normal person without any enemies, and you stake a profile without any intent to use it, you’re really just a useless parasite in an otherwise vibrant community. When you don’t even want to introduce yourself, but you lay claim to your namesake, you’re branding yourself as both lazy and paranoid. That being said, if you’ve truly got to protect your brand, or you’re the type of person that will attempt to produce great content across multiple sites, then by all means pay DandyID the money and put your best face forward. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts center_img dana oshiro Tags:#start#startups 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more