Titmus claims Australia first world short-course gold in 200m

Teenager Ariarne Titmus has secured Australia's first gold medal of the world short-course swimming titles in China with a record-breaking 200m freestyle win.

The 18-year-old mowed down American Mallory Comerford and the Netherlands' Femke Heemskerk in the last 50m to claim victory in 1min 51.38sec – a new Commonwealth, Oceania and national record.

Precious medals: Gold medalist Australia’s Ariarne Titmus stands between Silver medalist Mallory Comerford and Bronze medalist’s Femke Heemskerk.Credit:Ng Han Guan

Titmus' stirring effort on the opening night of the six-day event at Hangzhou shattered Emma McKeon's mark of 1:51.66 set at the 2015 national short course titles.

It moved the teenager to fourth on the all-time rankings.

"I have been working on my speed, so I am glad it paid off. I knew the back end was my strength, so I just tried to play to that and it worked," Titmus said.

"It is my first individual world title, so it is a good stepping stone to next year with world championships and then Olympics after that."

Australia missed out on a second medal by just 0.05 of a second in the men's 200m individual medley final.

Champion backstroker Mitch Larkin was touched out for bronze by Japan's Hiromasa Fujimori while China's Wang Shun took gold.

Larkin earlier scraped into the men's 100m backstroke final as eighth fastest behind top qualifier and world record holder Xu Jiayu of China.

Australia's team of Cameron McEvoy, Louis Townsend, Jack Gerrard and Alex Graham finished fifth in the men's 4x100m freestyle relay with a Caeleb Dressel- inspired United States claiming gold in a new world record (3:03.03).

Rookie Nic Brown locked a personal best 1:52.10 to finish seventh in the men's 200m butterfly final behind Japan's Daiya Seto who claimed gold in a new world mark of 1:48.24.

Australian veteran Emily Seebohm was fifth fastest for Wednesday's women's 100m backstroke final with teammate Minna Atherton sixth quickest behind top qualifier, Olivia Smoliga of the US.

Seebohm (14th) missed a place in the 50m breaststroke final but fellow Australian Jessica Hansen nabbed the last spot in the field by winning a swim- off with Japan's Miho Teramura after they tied for eighth fastest in the semis.

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Primary school teacher claims male colleagues are victims of sexism

Primary school teacher claims he and his male colleagues are victims of sexism as female staff criticise their clothing and complain when they are promoted

  • Adam Black wrote an article about a decade of teaching and the sexism he saw
  • The primary school teacher said ‘sexist’ comments are often made about clothes
  • The article has received praise on social media with others agreeing with him

A primary school teacher has claimed he and other male colleagues suffer sexism at the hands of their female peers.

Adam Black claims female teachers criticise men’s clothing in a way that would be unacceptable if the situation were reversed. 

Mr Black, who works at at Eastmuir Primary School, Glasgow was reflecting on a decade in the profession for a piece in today’s Times Educational Supplement.

He also said men who are promoted are often assumed not to have worked for it – or are now overlooked based on them being ‘white male’. 

Only one in ten primary teachers is male and it has previously been claimed that boys in primary schools lack male role models as a result.

Mr Black claims in his article that the life of a male primary teacher can be ‘lonely’.

Adam Black has claimed he and other male colleagues suffer sexism at the hands of their female peers

Mr Black said he has witnessed a kind of sexist bullying of men and the way they dress – as well as men being passed over for promotion 

He wrote: ‘There are the odd occasions when either I or other men who I know have experienced what I suppose could be described as sexism or, at the very least, inappropriate.

‘If a man is promoted, as a university friend of mine recently was, the general feeling from his staff is that one of the factors in his promotion was that he was male.’

He added: ‘I heard a story once about a male primary teacher being in the staffroom when a very senior figure in one local authority came for a visit.

‘This particular individual claimed that people like the unassuming teacher (white male) weren’t needed in senior promoted positions but people like his colleague (Asian female) most definitely were needed.’

Mr Black also explained how he has heard of men’s fashion being criticized by other women.

He added: ‘I’ve also heard women openly slagging off men’s fashion in a way they would never do for each other.

‘An example is an old colleague of mine who was once openly slaughtered for daring to wear shorts during hot weather: comments like ‘put those legs away!’ or ‘did you shave your legs?’

‘Whether it was meant or not, objectifying this man made him feel uncomfortable and, funnily enough, he wore trousers the next day.’

The article has received praise on social media with others in the profession agreeing with Adam.

Ruth Luzmore said: ‘Sorry you and others have experienced this Adam.

Disparaging comments about appearance, clothing, suitability for promotion etc have no place in schools.

‘I have nearly 1:1 male to female teacher ratio in my school and lucky to have every single one.’

Fraser Boyd said: ‘I must say that although I did have two separate bad years experiencing sexism at the start of my teaching career, the things you mention are, thankfully, not present in my workplace.

‘I think having several men on staff helps.’

Adam’s article was welcomed by fellow teachers and supporters who said they too had witnessed sexism 

Mark Whittaker said: ‘Adam I am with you. My experiences mirror yours, sadly. I have taught for over 15 years in Primary schools. I have taught across KS1 and 2 and currently teach in a reception year one and two class.

‘There is not enough characters to share my experiences.’

However there were some who disagreed with Adam’s article.

Louise Ford commented: ‘I’m sorry you’ve had these experiences, but you need to be a little more informed on sexism before claiming that no man would ever dare say certain things to a woman (honestly? That’s offensive, it happens all the time) or that women wouldn’t have concerns applying for promotion.’

Others did not agree with him and said women’s experiences were far worse in schools 

Jeremy Kwee said: ‘The problem with this article is surely the fact that one bloke’s anecdotal experience doesn’t change the vast statistical evidence that men in teaching – in fact, in basically every job – are far more likely to be paid more, or be in management positions.’

Earlier this year, it was reported that more male role models are needed within early years education.

James Bowen, director of the National Association of Headteachers, covering England Wales, said: ‘It’s important for all children to experience positive male role models and to understand that men can be interested in education, science or reading, just as much as in football.’

 

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Electrician claims asbestos from his clothes caused his wife’s cancer

Electrician, 60, who unwittingly poisoned his wife with asbestos dust on his moustache while they kissed 40 years ago sues Vauxhall Motors for £1m after her death to lung cancer

  • John Carey worked at Vauxhall Motors  in Bedfordshire between 1973 and 1979 
  • The 60-year-old electrician claims he was regularly in contact with asbestos 
  • His legal team claims this asbestos rubbed off on his wife Lydia Carey 
  • It is claimed this asbestos caused fatal cancer which claimed her life last month 

An electrician who says he unwittingly poisoned his wife with deadly asbestos dust while they hugged and kissed as a young couple 40 years ago is now suing for £1 million over her death.

Lydia Carey’s grieving husband, John, 60, says that, from the day he started courting her in 1976, she breathed in asbestos fibres secreted on his work overalls and even in his hair, moustache and sideburns.

He escaped unharmed, but Lydia died, aged just 60, on November 27 this year after losing her fight against asbestos-linked lung cancer, the High Court heard.

John Carey, left, claims his wife Lydia, right died from cancer caused by asbestos exposure from dust on his body and clothes that he picked up while working for Vauxhall Motors 

The High Court heard Mrs Carey, pictured, died last month aged 60 from an incurable asbestos-linked blood cancer. Mr Carey’s legal team claimed he came into contact with the deadly fibres while working at the car manufacturer’s plants in Luton and Dunstable between 1973 and 1979 

Deadly fibres were transmitted from husband to wife during the habitual rituals of daily life, said Mr Carey’s barrister, John-Paul Swoboda.

‘All through the period she and John Carey would hug and kiss upon seeing one another,’ he told Judge Karen Walden-Smith.


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‘As well as the asbestos on his clothes, Mr Carey had a full head of hair, a moustache and sideburns in which asbestos dust would be trapped until liberated by movement from – say – a hug,’ he added.

Mr Carey, from Toddington, Bedfordshire, is now claiming massive damages from Vauxhall Motors, at whose Luton and Dunstable sites he worked between 1973 and 1979.

The car giant is fighting the case, denying that Mr Carey was exposed to hazardous amounts of asbestos whilst working for them or that he would have ‘disturbed asbestos in the fabric of the building’.

Mr Carey, pictured outside the Royal Courts of Justice, is suing Vauxhall Motors for £1 million as a result of his wife’s illness and death 

Mr Swoboda told the court fibres lay dormant in Lydia Carey’s body for 40 years before triggering the cancer that killed her.

She was diagnosed in October 2017 with mesothelioma, an incurable cancer notorious for the agony suffered by its victims, and was just 60 when she died on November 27.

Vauxhall says all asbestos-related work at the plants was done by specialist external contractors and it operated an overalls washing scheme for its employees.

But Mr Swoboda said the company had charged extra for the laundry service, and insisted that Mr Carey worked in close proximity to asbestos dust.

The couple wed in 1978, the court heard, and house proud Mrs Carey regularly washed her husband’s work overalls, he told the judge.

His work clothes were at times ‘black with dust’, he added, which even penetrated into the turnups of his trousers.

‘Once married, Mr Carey would change from his work clothes when he came home so as not to make the house dirty,’ said Mr Swoboda.

‘Mrs Carey would knock and brush the dust off his work clothes, and she remembered washing his blue overalls.’

She would even ‘beat the dust’ from his clothes before slotting them into the washing machine, the court heard.

Much of Mr Carey’s work was carried on at Vauxhall’s Dunstable plant, and Mr Swoboda claimed the factory was polluted by ‘huge quantities of asbestos’.

He worked alongside men removing or applying asbestos lagging to pipes, and he recalled seeing workers mixing asbestos powder to paste.

At times he had to ‘walk through, kneel or lie on asbestos dust and debris on the floor to carry out his work’, the barrister claimed.

‘He swept asbestos dust and debris from the floor using a dustpan and brush’.

Mr Carey claims Vauxhall neglected to warn him of the dangers linked to asbestos and should have provided him with protective equipment.

And Mrs Carey’s indirect exposure to dust and fibres over a three-year window between 1976 and 1979 was enough for asbestos to do its deadly work, argued Mr Swoboda.

But Vauxhall’s QC, Paul Bleasdale, suggested other sources for Mrs Carey’s fatal illness.

Even if Mr Carey was exposed to asbestos when working for Vauxhall, it would have been ‘very occasional if not minimal’, he argued.

And he claimed that Mrs Carey may have been exposed at other times during her husband’s working life – or by contact with her father, who also worked with asbestos during her childhood.

Mr Carey told outside court that his unwitting exposure of his wife to asbestos is ‘the cross I have to bear.’

Her cancer diagnosis came ‘completely out of the blue’ in October last year, and her funeral is planned for December 14th.

The couple had just celebrated 40 years of marriage when she died, said Mr Carey, adding: ‘We were together since our teens.

‘She was my world, she meant everything to me. She was a lovely lady, very bubbly.

‘We have four grandchildren and she was so much looking forward to seeing them grow up. She had everything to go on for.’

Describing the family as ‘devastated’, Mr Carey said: ‘They say everything happens for a reason.

‘I’m not so sure about that, but hopefully this case will raise some awareness about this stuff, which is a silent killer’.

Jugde Walden-Smith will rule on Mr Carey’s damages claim at a later date. 

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Man claims flu jab left him unable to breathe, walk or see just days later

Shane Morgan went from being perfectly healthy to being unable to breathe on his own, confined to a hospital bed after getting the injection.


He's been in hospital for two weeks, having spent time in intensive care where he was put on a ventilator.

His family blames the flu jab.

At the start of November, Shane and his wife Monique were planning for the upcoming festive season which they were expecting to celebrate with their extended family – which includes young children.

So, the pair decided to get a flu jab to avoid catching or spreading any seasonal viruses.


Symptoms of Guillain-Barré syndrome

Guillain-Barré (pronounced ghee-yan bar-ray) syndrome is a very rare and serious condition that affects the nerves.

Most people do make a full recovery but it can be fatal and it can leave people with long-term problems.

Symptoms start in your feet and hands, before spreading to your arms and legs.

Other initial signs include: 

  • numbness
  • pins and needles
  • muscle weakness
  • pain
  • problems with balance and coordination

You can die from Guillain-Barré syndrome if it causes blood clots or severe breathing difficulties. One in 20 cases is fatal.

"About 36-hours after he got the flu shot he started to get sick," Monique said.

Shane started to complain that he couldn't feel his legs or arms, so his wife rushed him to Centennial Hills Hospital, LA, where he spent four days on a ventilator in the ICU.

Docs started treating him for Guillain-Barre Syndrome (GBS) – a rare disorder where a person's immune system damages their nerve cells.

It can be fatal.

It's extremely rare but a link between the flu jab and GBS has been established.

Up to two people in every one million people develop GBS from the jab.

The couple now says that no one in their family will ever get the flu shot ever again, although health officials say that such a rare story shouldn't put people off from having it.

In fact, they claim that you're way more likely to develop GBS if you catch the flu.

The NHS says that while the causes of GBS isn't clear, it can be triggered by the flu vaccine, although again, it stresses that "this is extremely rare and the benefits of vaccination outweigh any risk".



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