In the just concluded 15th World Championships, several athletes entertained fans with their best efforts. However, five women stood out in Beijing, the host city of the meet. They were Anita Wlodarczyk of Poland, Allyson Felix of the United States, Dafne Schippers of Holland, Almaz Ayana of Ethiopia and Cuban Denia Caballero. Before the world’s best congregated in Beijing, Wlodarcyzk had stretched her global record past 80 metres with a mark of 81.08m. In Beijing, the Polish blond dominated with the second and third 80 plus throws in history. Her best was 80.85 metres. Elegant as ever, Felix turned on the speed early in the 400 metres final and left the field gasping in her wake. After a little rest in the third quarter of the race, she floored the accelerator in the last 100m to win the gold medal in 49.26 seconds, a personal best. She was even more impressive in the 4x400m. Her third leg was an outstanding interval of 47.7, the second fastest ever recorded. Runner-up in the 100m, Schippers edged past Jamaica’s Elaine Thompson on the finish line in the 200 metres final. The astounding times – 21.63 to 21.66 seconds – moved the gold and silver medal winners to fourth and sixth fastest of all time. Almaz did a demolition job on the Dibaba family in the 5000 metres. Though pundits picked 1,500 winner and world record holder Genzebe Dibaba to win, Almaz used a long surge to break away. Her dispirited compatriot slipped to third. Almaz’s time of 14 minutes 26.83 seconds did the damage and lowered the old meet record which had belonged to Dibaba’s celebrated big sister, Tirunesh. Caballero had issued a warning by beating reigning discus champion Sandra Perkovic before Beijing. Once there, she ruled. In the end, she made good her threat with a winning throw of 69.28 metres. That’s the longest in World Championship history since the 1991 renewal in Tokyo. Caballero is the first Cuban to win the event at the World Championships.
Airbnb sued the city of San Francisco on Monday, arguing that a recent ordinance which requires hosts to register with the city violates the online home-sharing company’s free speech rights.A San Francisco law slated to take effect next month requires companies like Airbnb to verify that rentals have a valid registration number issued by the city. The ordinance would impose on the company fines of up to $1,000 per day for each offense.Airbnb’s lawsuit claims that the ordinance violates federal communications laws and asks a judge to block it. The law cannot fix San Francisco’s housing crunch, the company said in a blog post.”This legislation ignores the reality that the system is not working and this new approach will harm thousands of everyday San Francisco residents who depend on Airbnb,” the company said.Matt Dorsey, a spokesman for the San Francisco city attorney’s office, said nothing in the ordinance punishes Airbnb for their hosts’ content. Rather, the ordinance is intended to facilitate tax collection, he said.”In fact, it’s not regulating user content at all – it’s regulating the business activity of the hosting platform itself,” Dorsey said in an email. The case in U.S. District Court, Northern District of California is Airbnb Inc. vs. City and County of San Francisco, 16-03615.(Reporting by Dan Levine; Editing by Bernard Orr) June 28, 2016 Legal Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. Reuters Next Article This story originally appeared on Reuters Register Now » 2 min read Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business Image credit: Reuters | Dado Ruvic Add to Queue –shares Airbnb Sues San Francisco Over Registration Policy