Wheelchair competition gets going at US Open

first_imgDavid Wagner returns a shot during a practice session for the wheelchair competition at the U.S. Open tennis tournament, Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)NEW YORK — David Wagner is attempting to win his fourth U.S. Open singles title and his ninth in doubles.The United States’ most decorated wheelchair player begins his run Thursday in the U.S. Open Wheelchair Competition, part of a field of 20, that also includes Kgothatso “KG” Montjane, who this year became the first black South African woman, wheelchair or not, to play at Wimbledon.ADVERTISEMENT ’10 French champ Schiavone retires, shifts focus to coaching Wheelchair tennis has been around for more than four decades with 120 professional events in 80 countries, but only recently become a mainstay all four Grand Slams.It has been played at the U.S. Open since 2005, but did not have a match in Arthur Ashe Stadium until last year. It will have two more played there this week.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’“The Grand Slams incorporating wheelchair tennis has brought a new sense of notoriety and professionalism to our sport,” said Jason Harnett, the USTA’s national manager for wheelchair tennis.“The fact that we’re engaged here has made it much more popular with the able-bodied population, because now they have access to our elite athletes.” Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum It’s OK to notice the wheelchair, as long as that’s not all fans see, said 27-year-old American Dana Mathewson, who lost her ability to walk when she was 10 years old because of a rare neurological disease.What they can expect from a match, she said, is elite players whizzing around the court, flying into the net and getting to shots that seem impossible to make.“We are athletes, one and the same as everybody else here,” she said. “We work just as hard. We prepare just as well. It’s just that we do things a little bit differently. But we are athletes, and that’s what we want people to see.”The players say it is hard for many of them to make a living solely by playing wheelchair tennis. The wheelchair athletes here are competing for $350,000 in total prize money, and the singles winners ($31,200 for men and women, $23,400 for the quad) will take home less than a first-round loser receives ($54,000) in the main singles draw, said Wagner.The players said the next big step for the sport will be to increase the size of the draws at major tournaments, so the money is spread among more players and fans aren’t seeing the same 20 athletes over and over.But Montjane, who was born with a congenital condition that affected the growth of her limbs, said she and most wheelchair athletes aren’t playing just for the money.“I am a woman who came from a disadvantaged background and grew up with a disability,” she said. “For me, it’s about giving hope and sharing with others that we live in the world of possibilities. You’re disability doesn’t define your abilities.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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He was a community college tennis player before an accident at the beach when he was 21. He was jumping for a Frisbee when he was flipped by a wave and landed on his head.He understands that the first thing fans see during a wheelchair match is the chair. They also notice that athletes can play the ball on the second bounce, which is the only rules difference between wheelchair and able-bodied tennis.ADVERTISEMENT Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ View comments Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew LATEST STORIES Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California collegelast_img read more

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CDC Promises Health Workers Safety in Ebola Fight

first_imgThe Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has promised to provide more training and other support to help ensure that health workers are kept safe in the process saving lives of people infected by the deadly Ebola virus.Giving the assurance yesterday at the regular Ebola Hour press briefing at the Ministry of Information, Culture Affairs and Tourism in Monrovia, the Medical Officer of the CDC, Neil Gupta, MD, explained that, the CDC was doing everything necessary to ensure that health workers are safe and are provided training.He said CDC is working with health practitioners and reaching out to the various ETUs to make sure that they identify all the problems and provide regular coaching to help health workers avoid contracting the virus.“If they are working in a health facility, we know that training is important but they need more than that.  They also need access to all the necessary support,” Mr. Gupta explained.The CDC Medical Officer further disclosed that CDC has been involved in providing training for over 1000 health workers around the country. It is important for the health workers to be fully protected in the process of saving lives, since they are the people we need to fight Ebola, said Mr. Gupta.“We also provide training materials and train Liberians who will master the materials and move out there to train other people. With this, we can have people trained all around the country in the fight against the disease,” he said.Dr. Moses Massaquoi, National Case Management Chairman for Ebola Response, explained that group has been involved in training health staff working in the various ETUs in partnership with the World Health Organization (WHO), as one of their strategies in the fight against the virus.The objective of case management is to provide quality care and supportive treatment for all patients entering the various ETU.He said his entity has improved the training program at the various Ebola treatment centers by training in three faces, including core training with the aim of knowing the disease and how it is transmitted and what one needs to do to be protected.“We also take you through the hot training that has to do with real life training that involves interacting with Ebola patients. We take you through the competency on how to manage it and provide certificates internationally accredited by WHO,” Dr. Massaquoi explained.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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CSUDH prof says parents need to chill about teens’ online life

first_imgYou can’t beat them, so go on and join them. That’s among the primary messages of a new book by CSU Dominguez Hills psychology professor Larry Rosen, who targets parents in his discussion of how and why the youngest generation likes to live largely online – and why adults should stop fighting it. “Me, MySpace and I: Parenting the Net Generation,” from publishers Palgrave Macmillan, was released last week. After walking through the ongoing proliferation of technology and how today’s texting, instant-messaging, MySpacing, iPod-ing, gaming tweens and teens have become what he describes as “a generation that does not know how to unitask, that prefers multitasking to the nth degree,” Rosen advises parents, essentially, to get in where they fit in. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson“It’s a different world now, and parents have to get used to it,” the author said in an interview. “Kids’ social life is online, now and you can’t take that away from them – you have to manage it.” The book offers parents a way to do just that with simple tips such as placing computers in a common area, setting limits for time spent online and using sites like MySpace and Facebook themselves to glean a clearer understanding of what kids experience. Rather than lament the loss of those long-gone days when children spent their free time outside instead of on the computer, Rosen encourages parents to embrace the techie ways of the so-called millenial generation and the potential benefits therein. “I’m of the opinion that this actually is an incredibly positive opportunity for kids because it gives them a forum for what they would normally do as adolescents – search for their personal identity,” said Rosen, who interviewed some 2,000 parents and children in researching the book. “They can say things online they might not be able to say face to face and watch the reactions flow,” he continued. “They can try things out and if they get a bad reaction, erase what they said and start over.” By testing the waters in such a way – whether to ask someone out, express their opinions or even reveal their sexuality – Rosen argues that social networking in the virtual world can actually serve to improve kids’ experience and ability in the real thing. “These kids have figured out a way to use technology to help them assess and establish their identities,” he said. “MySpace offers them a chance to practice life.” Throughout the book, Rosen also attempts to quell some of the fear that has sprung up around social networking – something he calls “moral panic” about such things as sexual predators and cyberbullying – and aims to spin in a more favorable light what’s become a pastime de rigeur for today’s teens. “The bottom line, the whole focus of my book is, `Here’s the world your kids are in – welcome. Now let me talk to you about how to handle that,”‘ he said. “The most important revelation is how important your parenting style is to what your kid gets from being online. It impacts everything.” “Me, Myspace and I” is Rosen’s third in-print examination of tech’s impact on modern life. His previous books include “TechnoStress: Coping with Technology @Work @Home @Play” and “The Mental Health Technology Bible.” shelly.leachman@dailybreeze.com160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

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Fundraisers giving local mum Sonya Hamilton a fighting chance

first_imgBallybofey mum Sonya Hamilton’s hopes for specialist cancer treatment have become a reality thanks to the amazing generosity of her local community.The 35-year-old mum of five is planning to travel to Germany later this month for three weeks of daily treatments and interventions.Sonya, who is originally from St Johnston, was diagnosed with aggressive cancer in April 2019 following two years of illness. But a major local fundraising campaign has given her hope and a fighting chance as she searched for alternative treatments. Thousands of euro was raised from a wide variety of events held recently to support Sonya and her husband Michael in their hour of need.Sonya Hamilton Mc Closkey“We want to thank every single person who has offered support, fundraised, sent best wishes,” Sonya wrote to the ‘Sonya’s Struggle’ Facebook group yesterday.“Without ye I would not be in a position to look at alternatives. I would not have been able to sit and research and find the best places available to me. As a family we are so thankful & grateful to be given the chance to do this. From the bottom of my heart, thank you.” Sonya’s friend Lisa Spelman told Donegal Daily that the response from the community has been phenomenal.“The fundraising has given Sonya an option. Here at the moment, she has none at all. “The support she gets out in the shop, on the school run, is all pushing Sonya on as she knows she has the support and thanks to all the fundraising she can now go to the German clinic and give herself the best chance.”Another large-scale fundraiser will take place this Saturday 14th September in aid of ‘Sonya’s Struggle’.  Up to 20 volunteers have been training for a White Collar boxing tournament taking place in Jackson’s Hotel at 7pm. Tickets are available from the door or from any participant and it promises to be an exciting night. All support is welcome.Click here to visit the Sonya’s Struggle GoFundMe page.  Fundraisers giving local mum Sonya Hamilton a fighting chance was last modified: September 11th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:sonya hamiltonsonya’s strugglelast_img read more

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49ers report card: Who’s to blame for season-high 43 points allowed?

first_imgCLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos on a mobile deviceSANTA CLARA — Here is how the 49ers (2-10) graded in Sunday’s 43-16 loss to the host Seattle Seahawks (7-5):PASS OFFENSE: B After passing for 114 yards in the first half, Nick Mullens finished with 414 yards, the first 49ers QB to go over 400 since Colin Kaepernick (412, 2013 opener against Green Bay) and the most yards since Tim Rattay put 417 on the Arizona Cardinals in 2004. But, as Joe Staley said, the …last_img

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SA ‘forging African security’

first_img29 June 2005South African police, military and intelligence officials are currently working in Ethiopia, Eritrea, the Ivory Coast, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Sudan, Burundi and Madagascar, Safety and Security Minister Charles Nqakula told a media briefing in Cape Town on Wednesday.The South African government has a two-pronged approach to its efforts in Africa, Nqakula said: peacekeeping on the one hand, and assistance with expertise on the other.Experts from the South African Police Service and/or the SA National Defence Force are currently assisting with capacity-building and election preparations in Ethiopia, Eritrea, the Ivory Coast and the Democratic Republic of Congo.Peacekeeping efforts are concentrated in the Darfur region of Sudan – where an SA official is commanding a civilian police structure of over 100 police members operating under the auspices of the African Union – and in Burundi, Nqakula said.In Madagascar, officials from SA’s National Intelligence Agency and Crime Intelligence are helping the government there consolidate a security project, he added.Members of fledgling unified police forces from Ivory Coast and the DRC are also receiving training in South Africa, and the government has also been assisting these forces with “non-lethal” material such as computers, Nqakula said.“Our commitment to improve cooperation and partnerships on the continent and globally continues at a vigorous pace,” the minister said.“Our ability to ward off transnational threats and promote development lies in forging such partnerships to counter threats of mercenary activity and proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, among others.”Further afield, the government remains concerned about the activities of South Africans with military training in Iraq.The Foreign Military Assistance Act is being tightened to close loopholes to enable effective prosecutions of South Africans fighting in foreign wars, Nqakula told journalists.Once the amendment to the Act had been passed, South Africans involved in combat in Iraq, for instance, are likely to be prosecuted on their return to SA.The Act is also being revised to take into account South Africans who have joined “peaceful armies” in other countries, and who are involved in humanitarian operations in conflict zones, Deputy Justice Minister Johnny de Lange told journalists.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

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More audits for government departments

first_img20 January 2011 South Africa’s Auditor-General is to begin conducting quarterly reviews of government departments, focusing on problem areas identified in preceding reviews, in order to give early warning signs of any financial trouble in the public sphere. This will be the first time that quarterly financial reviews are carried out; up until now, reviews have been carried out once a year. “Quarterly reviews will help to give us earlier warning of whether the action plans are being taken care of,” Auditor-General Terence Nombembe said in Pretoria on Wednesday. He was briefing the media on how South Africa’s national and provincial government departments performed in the 2009-10 financial year. While there was a move towards clean audits, Nombembe said, qualified audits still continued. Areas for improvement The 2009-10 General Report on National Audit Outcomes identified R831-million in irregular expenditure by government departments, as well as wasteful expenditure while 58 public entities. Nombembe said the country’s movement towards unqualified reports was being constrained both by compliance with laws and regulations (with contraventions happening in the course of regular expenditure), as well as by lack of effective reporting on service delivery issues. “We need to see improvements in the way things are reported … [and] how strategic plans are carried out,” Nombembe said, adding that issues around management of assets, particularly immovable assets like land, also needed improvement. The Auditor-General also expressed concern at the quality of leadership monitoring and human resource management in government departments, including their reliance on consultants. Departments should also encourage better document management, as well as a proper understanding of information flow. “These issues sound elementary, but they [hold] us back,” the Auditor-General said. Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

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South African struggle heroes honoured in Mozambique

first_img14 September 2015The Matola Monument and Interpretative Centre was unveiled in Maputo on Friday in a tribute to the anti-apartheid activists killed by security police in a raid on 30 January 1981.The South African Defence Force of the apartheid government raided the African National Congress (ANC) safe houses in Matola, Maputo and killed 13 members of Umkhonto we Sizwe (MK) and one Mozambican national.The Mozambican and South African presidents, Filipe Nyusi and Jacob Zuma, both attended the inauguration of the centre. The monument is an effort to redress the historical imbalances in heritage sites, as well as aid social cohesion and nation building.“The unveiling of the memorial will enable South Africa to pay homage to the fallen soldiers and also acknowledge the sacrifices and contributions made by the Mozambicans towards a free, non-racial and democratic South Africa,” the Presidency said.Three red pillars in the centre of the monument are inscribed with the names of those who lost their lives in the raid. The multimedia information centre contains photographs and documents chronicling the anti-apartheid journey, and the joint effort of Mozambique and South African freedom fighters to end apartheid.Nyusi said that through the raid, “the apartheid regime once again showed its true cruel and inhuman face”. He described the attack as “a clear affront against our territorial integrity and sovereignty, our peace and all forms of human rights”.Zuma added: “The opening of this monument stands as a witness of freedom and it also stands as a testament to the resilience of our people. This monument is our testimony to the world that we have conquered in trying times.”Ties that bindThe monument was also a symbol of the strong bonds of friendship between South Africa and Mozambique, Zuma said. “We must together grapple with the strategic questions facing our peoples, such as unemployment, inequality and poverty. We must work together as we face these challenges.”Earlier in the day, the two presidents laid wreaths in Llhanguene Cemetery, at the graves of the victims of the raid. They also unveiled a large collective gravestone for the South African freedom fighters who died at Matola.Source: SAnews.govlast_img read more

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Serena Williams passes suspended Maria Sharapova as top woman earner

first_imgSerena Williams may have been second best at the French Open on Saturday but the American has moved ahead of fellow tennis player Maria Sharapova to top the women’s earnings list in sports, according to Forbes Magazine.Williams ended the Russian’s 11-year reign as the world number one women’s money earner in sports by hauling in $28.9 million in combined prize money and off-field earnings over the past 12 months, the magazine said on Monday.Sharapova, who lost some sponsorship money after announcing she had tested positive for the recently banned substance meldonium at the Australian Open in January and is provisionally suspended, holds second spot at $21.9 million.American mixed martial arts standout Ronda Rousey shot up to third on the list at $14 million from eighth place and $6.5 million, just ahead of compatriot and NASCAR driver Danica Patrick, who earned $13.9 million, according to www.forbes.com.The rest of the women’s top 10 were also tennis players.Poland’s Agnieszka Radwanska ranked fifth at $10.2 million followed by Dane Caroline Wozniacki ($8 million), Spain’s newly-crowned French Open champion Garbine Muguruza ($7.6 million), Serb Ana Ivanovic ($7.4 million), Victoria Azarenka of Belarus ($6.6) and Canada’s Eugenie Bouchard ($6.2 million).last_img read more

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Shahid Afridi fully confident that Pakistan will win World Cup 2019

first_img Indo-Asian News Service New DelhiJune 3, 2019UPDATED: June 3, 2019 22:18 IST Shahid Afridi believes that Pakistan can go on to win the World Cup 2019 (IANS Photo)HIGHLIGHTSPakistan were bowled out for 105 in their 1st match of the 2019 World CupShahid Afridi has still backed his country to win the trophyPakistan are looking to trump tournament favourites England in their 2nd matchFormer swashbuckling batsman and Pakistan skipper Shahid Afridi has put his weight behind the Sarfaraz Ahmed-led Green Brigade and said that the team is well capable of winning the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, currently underway in England and Wales.Pakistan had opened their tournament campaign on a disastrous note after suffering a humiliating seven-wicket defeat to West Indies at in Nottingham as they were folded out for a paltry 105 runs. The Windies then overhauled the target in just 14.4 overs, losing three wickets.Afridi then took to Twitter, urging the team to build confidence and strive for a win in their second group game against hosts England, which is presently in progress in Nottingham on Monday.”I’m fully confident in our team and their capabilities & truly believe they can go on to win this World Cup. Wishing the best of luck to our boys including @SarfarazA_54. Early games are crucial in building up confidence & momentum; we should strive for a win against England 2day,” tweeted Afridi on Monday.I’m fully confident in our team and their capabilities & truly believe they can go on to win this World Cup. Wishing the best of luck to our boys including @SarfarazA_54. Early games are crucial in building up confidence & momentum; we should strive for a win against England 2dayShahid Afridi (@SAfridiOfficial) June 3, 2019Chasing 106, Chris Gayle smashed a half-century knock, helping his team finish the line with ease.Also Read | World Cup 2019: Pakistan have the ability to beat England, says Azhar MahmoodAlso Read | Salaam Cricket 2019: Indian fans lack a bit of patience, says Viv RichardsadvertisementFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAjay Tiwari Tags :Follow Pakistan cricket teamFollow Shahid AfridiFollow World Cup 2019 Shahid Afridi fully confident that Pakistan will win World Cup 2019After Pakistan were shot-out for 105 against the West Indies, they invited a lot of criticism their way, but former all-rounder Shahid Afridi has backed his team to go all the way in the 2019 World Cupadvertisementlast_img read more

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