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.” 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.”
The name of Assam’s lone woman Chief Minister Syeda Anowara Taimur, who is residing in Australia, is missing from the National Register of Citizens, and she plans to return home to initiate the process of enlisting herself and her family in the register of citizens of the State.“It is sad that my name is not there in the list. I will return to Assam in the last week of August and then initiate the process to get mine and my family’s name enlisted in the National Register of Citizens (NRC),” the octogenarian told a television channel. Ms. Taimur headed the State government from December 6, 1980 to June 30, 1981. She has been ailing for some years and is living with her son in Australia.The former Assam Chief Minister said she had “requested a relative to submit the application for the family’s inclusion in the NRC, but maybe it could not be done due to some reasons”.The NRC authorities in Guwahati, however, said there was no legacy data of the former Chief Minister available with them and as such it was not possible for them to ascertain whether she and her family members had applied for inclusion of their names in the draft NRC.Ms. Taimur had served as a Rajya Sabha member in 1988. She was elected as a member of the State Assembly in 1972, 1978, 1983 and 1991. She left the Congress to join the AIUDF in 2011.AIUDF general secretary Aminul Islam on told PTI on August 3 that they, too, had heard from media reports about her name not being in the list. “We have come to know from media reports that our party member and Assam’s first woman Chief Minister’s name does not figure in the list. There are others like former President Fakhruddin Ali’s nephew whose names do not figure in the NRC. This is a serious matter,” he said.“The NRC is full of errors and we will soon meet NRC State coordinator Prateek Hajela and then chalk out our future course of action,” he said.Meanwhile, Ms. Taimur’s Guwahati residence near the Rajdhani Masjid in Dispur is lying vacant. The complete draft of the NRC released on July 30 included the names of 2.89 crore people, out of the 3.29 applicants, with the names of over 40 lakh people excluded.