DES MOINES — The Iowa Supreme Court gave a partial victory to a former D-C-I agent who says he we fired for speaking up against leaders of the Department of Public Safety.The Supreme Court ruled Larry Hedlund’s whistleblower claim can move forward, but upheld the dismissal of his age discrimination claim and his request for emotional damages. Hedlund was fired in 2013 after he made several complaints against D-P-S leaders and reported that the S-U-V carrying then Governor Terry Branstad was doing 90 miles-an-hour on the highway.The district court had dismissed all of Hedlund’s claims — saying they should be resolved at the department level.
JAMAICAN TRAINING A PLUS PORTLAND, USA: It isn’t only Jamaicans who train in Jamaica who have been participating at the International Association of Athletics Federations World Indoor Championships at the Oregon Convention Centre this weekend. On Thursday, Tjipekapora Herunga of Namibia competed in the women’s 400m heats. Herunga is a student in the Faculty of Science and Sport at the University of Technology (UTech) and trains with the UTech-based MVP Track and Field Club. The Namibian was hoping to improve on her 55.40-second indoor personal best, but was unfortunately disqualified. “I came out today to run the 400m. It’s kind of hard. It was my second 400m and I came here saying I’m going out there to give my best,” she told The Gleaner. Herunga explained how she ended up in Jamaica from Windhoek, Namibia. “We watch athletics and we see most of the best world-class athletes in Jamaica,” she said. “In Namibia, we have talented people, but I don’t think we have people who can help the athletes go forward, so then our government and UTech came together and decided to give people 50 per cent of our scholarship, and that’s how we end up there and with MVP.” Herunga believes training in Jamaica will help push her to her best. “I think they are people who can push me because, back home, I just train alone, and here, there’s Stephenie (McPherson) and a lot of them and competition-wise, Jamaica always has athletes who can push me to my limit,” she said. Life in Jamaica is different, but Herunga admits to loving the Jamaican cuisine. “The weather is different because we have summer, we have winter, we have spring, but the weather is not that bad. It’s humid. I like the food too. It is different. I love the ackee. That’s one thing that I would take back home, and the training facilities. We don’t have the best training facility, but what we have, it’s enough to take us to Rio.”
Abraham Ndugwa scored six league goals for Masavu last season (Photo by Agencies)Abraham Ndugwa has completed a move to join reigning Uganda Premier league champions Vipers SC just less than two months after leaving relegated side Masavu FC.The young and promising forward on Thursday signed a three year deal that will see him at the Venoms until the close of the 2020/21 season.Ndugwa has been courted by several East African clubs since his departure from Masavu in May, one being Kenyan giants AFC Leopards.He was believed to be in advanced talks with the Kenyan side but the deal fell through due to playing time issues.“It was an easy choice for me, said Ndugwa in an exclusive interview with PML Daily.“Vipers are the best team in the country as evident by the fact that they won last season’s league title.On the Leopard’s deal that fell through, the striker who scored six goals in the league last season’ had this to say;“I was on the verge of joining Leopards but the Kenyan league is already into the second round which would affect me personally in terms of not playing yet the National team resumes competitive duty in September and i want to be part of the set-up.Ndugwa becomes the eight signing for the Venoms this off season.He joins Rahmat Ssenfuka, Bashir Sekagya, Joseph Janjali, Ibrahim Kiyemba, Fred Okot, Livingston Mulondo and striker Dickens Okwir as the new players at Kitende so far.With a host of stars highly anticipated to be on their way out of the St. Mary’s stadium, it would come as no surprise if the Venoms sign one or two more players.Ismail Watenga, Shafick Bakaki, Halid Lwaliwa, James Alitho, Erisa Ssekisambu and Moses Waiswa are all expected to leave this summer.The Venoms are currently in Tanzania where they are taking part in the 2018 CECAFA Kagame cup and on Wednesday, progressed onto the quarter finals thanks to a 3-0 win over South Sudanese side Katar FC.Ndugwa is expected to stay in Uganda as he works on his fitness ahead of the 2018/19 Uganda Premier League season rather than join his new side in Tanzania.Comments Tags: Abraham Ndugwamasavu FCtopvipers sc