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Caster Semenya
Tuesday 30 March 2010 21.04 BST

Caster Semenya, the world 800m champion, today claimed she would return to competition this season and accused the world governing body, the IAAF, of damaging her career and infringing her rights by not bringing its gender verification tests to a conclusion.

Breaking her silence on the day she was barred from competing in a local meeting at Stellenbosch near Cape Town, Semenya said the occurrences that had followed her victory in Berlin last year had infringed her human rights. “Since my victory in the female 800m event at the Berlin world championships in August last year I have been subjected to unwarranted and invasive scrutiny of the most intimate and private details of my being,” said Semenya, who has not raced competitively since.

“Some of the occurrences leading up to and immediately following the Berlin world championships have infringed on not only my rights as an athlete but also my fundamental and human rights, including my rights to dignity and privacy.”

Semenya had not been banned or suspended by the IAAF but said today she had originally agreed not to race until it had brought its processes to a conclusion. However, the South African athlete said she was withdrawing her “begrudging agreement” not to compete because the processes had “dragged on for far too long with no reasonable certainty as to their end”.

After studying the governing body’s rules and taking advice from her team of legal and medical experts, who have lodged their information with the IAAF, she said she was “of the firm view that there is no impediment to me competing in athletics competitions”.

The governing body ordered the gender verification tests following Semenya’s gold medal-winning performance last August, amid questions from rivals over her dramatic improvement in times and muscular build, pitching the then 18-year-old into a media frenzy and a swirl of intrusive speculation. The South African today claimed that on her return from Berlin her representatives attempted to contact the IAAF three times to obtain the medical information it held on her and arrange to sit down and discuss “what appeared to be a very simple matter”.

“After three formal attempts by my legal advisers to make contact with the IAAF on my behalf, the IAAF had still not responded to my overtures. I requested my legal advisers to prevail upon the government to open negotiations with the IAAF by sending an emissary to negotiate a fair and equitable settlement of this matter,” she said.

“The outcome of that lengthy process was the pronouncement that I was not guilty of any wrongdoing or cheating and that I was entitled to keep my gold medal, my prize money (which has now been paid to me) and my ranking as the No1 female athlete in the world over the female 800m event.”

In a lengthy statement, Semenya accused the IAAF of refusing to engage with her representatives or make medical details available to her and said it had “severely compromised” her athletic capabilities and earning potential. She announced that she would return to competition this season and was in the process of identifying a series of races in consultation with her coach, Michael Seme, and advisers.

“The result is that my athletic capabilities and earning potential are being severely compromised. I am an athlete first and foremost and it is vital for my competitiveness, my wellbeing and for my preparations for events during the European summer that I measure my performance against other athletes,” she said.

The IAAF was initially hampered in its efforts to quell the controversy by the hostility of the South African athletics governing body and the national government, which angrily claimed that Semenya had been unfairly targeted. The IAAF, facing accusations that ranged from insensitivity to outright racism, claimed at the time it had been frustrated in its attempts to meet Semenya to discuss the situation.

That changed when it emerged that the former head of Athletics South Africa, Leonard Chuene, had ordered gender tests to be secretly performed on Semenya in the run-up to the Berlin championships and then lied about it. He was forced to resign. But the IAAF, which has faced widespread criticism over its handling of the affair, has since missed a series of self-imposed deadlines to bring Semenya’s case to a conclusion.

The situation appears to have come to a head today after Semenya turned up to compete at the meeting in Stellenbosch but organisers would not give her a place, despite pleas from her lawyers and advisers.

ASA’s acting head, Ray Mali, urged patience from Semenya and her advisers, saying: “The IAAF has given the assurance of completing the medical process speedily and has requested that ASA abides by the world body’s decision not to allow Semenya to participate in track-and-field events until the process has run its course.”

from:  http://www.guardian.co.uk/sport/2010/mar/30/caster-semenya-iaaf-return-blocked

Caster Semenya was born on January 7th, 1991 according to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Caster_Semenya

January 7th

1 + 7 +2+0+1+0 = 11 = her personal year (from January 7th, 2010 to January 6th, 2011) = Fairness.  Justice.  Equality.  Parity.  Scale.  Weigh.  Balance.  Deserve.  Just desserts.  Legal dealings.  Outcomes.  Consequences.  Karma.  Akarma.  Vikarma.  Mercy.  Be fair.  Cause and effect.  You get what you deserve, and you deserve what you get.  Fair is fair.  Fair and balanced.  Fair and equitable.  Balancing the scales.  Fair means produce fair results.  We who seek justice will have to do justice to others.  Justice is served.  Out for justice.  What’s good for the goose is good for the gander.  Justice is swift and certain.  Justice becomes injustice when it makes two wounds on a head which only deserves one.  That’s not fair. 

11 year + 3 (March) = 14 = her personal month (from March 7th, 2010 to April 6th, 2010) = Moderation.  Tolerance.  Diversity.  Inclusive.  All things in moderation (including moderation).  It takes all types.  To be able to live among people we must allow everyone to exist with their own given individuality. 

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Caster Semenya 

3         1

her primary challenge = CS = 31

Caster Semenya

3                      1

how she obtains her heart’s desire = CA = 31

So both her primary challenge and how she obtains her heart’s desire = 31 = Competition.  Challenges.  Tests.  Contests.  Contestant.  Runner-up.  Competitor.  Contender…Stir.  Catalyst.  Reaction.  Risk.  Controversy.  Contention.  Striving to be number 1.  Rising to the challenge.  Stirring things up.  Stirring the pot.  Provoke a reaction.  Getting a rise out of someone.  Raising a ruckus.  Things get out of hand.  Prove you wrong.  I’ll show you.  In your face.  Bring it on.  C’mon.

 

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Ricky Martin Reveals He's Gay
Monday March 29, 2010 05:15 PM EDT
After years of sidestepping questions about his sexual orientation, singer Ricky Martin reveals in a heartfelt posting online that he is gay.

“I am proud to say that I am a fortunate homosexual man,” Martin, 38, said Monday on RickyMartinMusic.com. “I am very blessed to be who I am.”

He said his twin sons, who turn 2 in August, inspired him to be true to himself.

“To keep living as I did up until today would be to indirectly diminish the glow that my kids were born with,” Martin writes. “These years in silence and reflection made me stronger and reminded me that acceptance has to come from within and that this kind of truth gives me the power to conquer emotions I didn’t even know existed.”

“I’m so happy!” Martin told PEOPLE in December 2008 after his sons were born. “Everything they do, from smiling to crying, feels like a blessing. Being a father feels amazing. This has been the most spiritual moment in my life.”

Read Ricky’s Full Message

A few months ago I decided to write my memoirs, a project I knew was going to bring me closer to an amazing turning point in my life. From the moment I wrote the first phrase I was sure the book was the tool that was going to help me free myself from things I was carrying within me for a long time. Things that were too heavy for me to keep inside. Writing this account of my life, I got very close to my truth. And thisis something worth celebrating.

For many years, there has been only one place where I am in touch with my emotions fearlessly and that’s the stage. Being on stage fills my soul in many ways, almost completely. It’s my vice. The music, the lights and the roar of the audience are elements that make me feel capable of anything. This rush of adrenaline is incredibly addictive. I don’t ever want to stop feeling these emotions. But it is serenity that brings me to where I’m at right now. An amazing emotional place of comprehension, reflection and enlightenment. At this moment I’m feeling the same freedom I usually feel only on stage, without a doubt, I need to share.

Many people told me: “Ricky it’s not important”, “it’s not worth it”, “all the years you’ve worked and everything you’ve built will collapse”, “many people in the world are not ready to accept your truth, your reality, your nature”. Because all this advice came from people who I love dearly, I decided to move on with my life not sharing with the world my entire truth. Allowing myself to be seduced by fear and insecurity became a self-fulfilling prophecy of sabotage. Today I take full responsibility for my decisions and my actions.

If someone asked me today, “Ricky, what are you afraid of?” I would answer “the blood that runs through the streets of countries at war…child slavery, terrorism…the cynicism of some people in positions of power, the misinterpretation of faith.” But fear of my truth? Not at all! On the contrary, It fills me with strength and courage. This is just what I need especially now that I am the father of two beautiful boys that are so full of light and who with their outlook teach me new things every day. To keep living as I did up until today would be to indirectly diminish the glow that my kids where born with. Enough is enough. This has to change. This was not supposed to happen 5 or 10 years ago, it is supposed to happen now. Today is my day, this is my time, and this is my moment.

These years in silence and reflection made me stronger and reminded me that acceptance has to come from within and that this kind of truth gives me the power to conquer emotions I didn’t even know existed.

What will happen from now on? It doesn’t matter. I can only focus on what’s happening to me in this moment. The word “happiness” takes on a new meaning for me as of today. It has been a very intense process. Every word that I write in this letter is born out of love, acceptance, detachment and real contentment. Writing this is a solid step towards my inner peace and vital part of my evolution.

I am proud to say that I am a fortunate homosexual man. I am very blessed to be who I am.

Ricky Martin was born on December 24th, 1971 according to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ricky_martin
December 24th, 1971
12 + 24 +1+9+7+1 = 54 = his life lesson = what he is here to learn = 54 = Memoir.  Autobiography.  Cover story.  Things are not as they appear.  Living a double life. 
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December 24th
12 + 24 +2+0+0+9 = 47 = his personal year (from December 24th, 2009 to December 23rd, 2010) = The future.  Famous.  Name & fame.  Notoriety.  Name recognition.  (Inter)nationally known.  High profile.  VIP.  Well-known.  Household name.  Public life. 
47 year + 3 (March) = 50 = his personal month (from March 24th, 2010 to April 23rd, 2010) = Family life.  Bliss.  Joy.  Overjoyed.  Wonderful. 

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03/29/2010

Dan L. Duncan, 77, died Sunday night at his home.

According to Forbes, Duncan was Chairman of the Board for Enterprise Products Partners, a company he started in 1968. In 2010, he ranked in the top 100 of Forbe’s Richest.

Born in Shelby County, Texas, Duncan was known for his large philanthropic contributions to local organizations such as M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, Texas Children’s Hospital and Baylor College of Medicine, where he made a $100 million donation in 2006.

“The entire Enterprise family mourns the unexpected passing of Dan Duncan, who will truly be missed,” said Michael Creel, president and chief executive officer of Enterprise Products. “Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.”

Duncan is survived by his wife, Jan, four children and four grandchildren.

Dan Duncan was born on January 2nd, 1933 according to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dan_Duncan

January 2nd

1 + 2 +2+0+1+0 = 6 = his personal year

6 year + 3 (March) = 9 = his personal month

9 month + 28 (28th of the month on Sunday March 28th, 2010) = 37 = his personal day = Benevolence.  Goodwill.  Heartfelt.  Heart-centered.  A real family person.  Father.  Dad.  Fatherly advice.  Grandfather.  Grandpa. 

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Duncan was chairman of the company that manages Enterprise Products Partners. The midstream energy giant has more than 48,000 miles of natural gas, petrochemical and crude oil pipelines and 25 natural gas processing plants.
 

 

using the number/letter grid:

1      2      3       4       5       6      7      8      9
A      B     C       D       E       F      G      H      I
J      K      L      M      N       O      P      Q      R 
S      T      U      V      W      X      Y      Z
 

Where:

A = 1              J = 1              S = 1

B = 2              K = 2             T = 2

C = 3              L = 3             U = 3

D = 4              M = 4            V = 4

E = 5              N = 5            W = 5

F = 6              O = 6             X = 6

G = 7              P = 7             Y = 7

H = 8              Q = 8             Z = 8

I = 9               R = 9

Dan L. Duncan

       3  4

his salvation number = DL = 34 = Energy.  Fuel.  Gasoline.

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Demi Lovato Wants the World to Know She Loves Joe Jonas | Demi Lovato, Joe Jonas
Monday March 29, 2010 02:45 PM EDT
Demi Lovato and Joe Jonas may have only recently gone public about being a couple – but the teen star isn’t exactly shy about sharing her feelings for her beau.

“It’s amazing!” she gushed to the Canadian entertainment show eTalk at Saturday’s Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards. “It’s a great feeling! When you’re in love, you want the world to know!”

The couple have earned themselves a nickname that puts them on par with such major celebrity pairs as Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie as well as Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes.

“They call us ‘Jemi,’ which I think is pretty funny,” said Lovato.

Demi Lovato was born on August 20th, 1992 according to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Demi_lovato
August 20th
8 + 20 +2+0+0+9 = 39 = her personal year (from August 20th, 2009 to August 19th, 2010) = Charming.  Idealist.  Ideals.  Romantic.  Dating.  Dreamy.  Poetic.  Poetry.  Compliments.  Invitations.  Offers.  Proposals.  Engagement.  Dreamer.  Utopia.  Paradise.  Idyllic.  Nice.  Commitments.  Promises.  Sincerity.  Genuine.  Authentic.  Chivalry.  Suitor.  Woo.  Courtship. 
39 year + 3 (March) = 42 = her personal month (from March 20th, 2010 to April 19th, 2010) = Relationships.  Love.  Deep sharing.  Beautiful.  Loving relationships.  True love.  Lovers.  Couples. 

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QUOTED: Marlee Matlin Can (Sort of) Hear Screaming Justin Bieber Fans
Monday March 29, 2010 03:10 PM EDT

“I am so glad I’m DEAF! Every time they mention Justin Bieber or Taylor Lautner, 10,000 girls SCREAM here at Nickeodeon’s KCA … OMG they just slimed Katy Perry! Now Justin Bieber, Miley Cyrus here at KCA. They are screaming so loud even I CAN HEAR IT!”

• Hearing impaired actress Marlee Matlin jokes about all the loud fans while Tweeting live from Saturday’s Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards.

from:  http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,20355491,00.html

Marlee Matlin was born on August 24th, 1965 according to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marlee_Matlin

August 24th

8 + 24 +2+0+0+9 = 43 = her personal year (from August 24th, 2009 to August 23rd, 2010) = Fun.  Enjoyment.  Playing.  Celebrating.  Entertaining.  Fun times.  Good times.  Congratulations.  Abundance.  Bountiful.  Enough.  Plenty.  Bountiful.  Cornucopia.  Feast.  Cookouts.  Picnic.  Banquet.  Dinner.  A toast.  Gregarious.  Recreation.  Hobby.  Pastime.  Leisure.  Diversions.  Festivities.  Events.  Fairs.  Gala.  Gatherings.  Get togethers.  Reunions.  Satsang.  Friends.  Peers.  Colleagues.  Mingle.  Guests.  Acquaintance.  Pals.  Buddies.  Chummy.  Hospitable.  Hospitality.  Holidays.  Merriment.  Mirth.  Frolicking.  Amusement.  Laughter.  Chuckle.  Comedy. 

43 year + 3 (March) = 46 = her personal month (from March 24th, 2010 to April 23rd, 2010) = Youth.  Kids. 

46 month + 27 (27th of the month on Saturday March 27th, 2010) = 73 = her personal day = Disability.  Deaf.

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Sean Flynn (r.) is photographed during U.S. operations near Ha Thanh in South Vietnam in 1968.

Sean Flynn (r.) is photographed during U.S. operations near Ha Thanh in South Vietnam in 1968.

Monday, March 29th 2010, 2:21 PM

Remains that may be those of Sean Flynn, the swashbuckling combat photographer son of Hollywood icon Errol Flynn, have been found in a mass grave in Cambodia.

Tests are scheduled to be conducted on the jaw and femur bone found last month and handed over last week to the U.S. embassy in Phnom Penh.

Sean Flynn, a dead ringer for his famous father, was 28 and shooting for Time Magazine when he and Dana Stone, a buddy from CBS, were captured by Khmer Rouge guerrillas on April 6, 1970.

They were never heard from again, though some believe they lasted a year in captivity before they were executed.

Errol Flynn was already dead when his son vanished but his mother, French former Hollywood star Lili Damita, spent millions over the years chasing down phantom rumors of a “movie star” being held prisoner in the jungle.

In 1984, she gave up and had him declared legally dead. She died ten years later.

Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/world/2010/03/29/2010-03-29_remains_of_errol_flynns_son_photographer_sean_flynn_may_have_been_found_in_cambo.html#ixzz0jb23rCxH

Sean Flynn was born on May 31st, 1941 according to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sean_Flynn

May 31st

5 + 31 +2+0+0+9 = 47 = his personal year (from May 31st, 2009 to May 30th, 2010) = The future.  Famous.  Name & fame.  Notoriety.  Name recognition.  (Inter)nationally known.  High profile.  VIP.  Well-known.  Household name.  Public life.  Limelight.  Legendary.  Notable.  Noteworthy. 

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using the number/letter grid:

1      2      3       4       5       6      7      8      9
A      B     C       D       E       F      G      H      I
J      K      L      M      N       O      P      Q      R 
S      T      U      V      W      X      Y      Z
 

Where:

A = 1              J = 1              S = 1

B = 2              K = 2             T = 2

C = 3              L = 3             U = 3

D = 4              M = 4            V = 4

E = 5              N = 5            W = 5

F = 6              O = 6             X = 6

G = 7              P = 7             Y = 7

H = 8              Q = 8             Z = 8

I = 9               R = 9

  51     7           13

Sean Flynn                38

1    5 63 55      25

his path of destiny / how he learned what he was here to learn = 38 = Caring.  Nurturing.  Support.  Feelings.  Emotions.  Mom.

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June Havoc as Dainty June in her vaudeville days.

March 29, 2010

June Havoc, who appeared on vaudeville stages when she was 2 as Baby June and went on to a successful acting career — but saw her accomplishments overshadowed by the fictionalized portrayal of her in the 1959 musical “Gypsy” — died on Sunday at her home in Stamford, Conn.

from:  http://www.nytimes.com/2010/03/30/theater/30havoc.html

June Havoc was born on November 8th, 1912 according to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/June_Havoc

November 8th

11 + 8 +2+0+0+9 = 30 = her personal year (from November 8th, 2009 to November 7th, 2010) = Home sweet home. 

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