Nadal wins 200th ‘Slam’ match

first_imgPARIS (AP): Rafael Nadal set another milestone at the French Open yesterday, posting the 200th Grand Slam match win of his career. Nadal got off to a sluggish start but once he got into his swing, he was in control. The record nine-time champion at Roland Garros ended up beating Facundo Bagnis 6-3, 6-0, 6-3 to become the eighth man in history to win 200 matches at major tournaments. Novak Djokovic, who ended Nadal’s 39-match winning streak at Roland Garros last year in the quarter-finals, joined the Spaniard in the third round. The top-ranked Serb was far from his best, hitting 42 unforced errors against Belgian qualifier Steve Darcis, but his mistakes did not prevent him from advancing 7-5, 6-3, 6-4. The man with the most wins at majors is Roger Federer, who has 302 over his career but is missing from this year’s French Open because of injury. “I think this year I played better than last year,” said Nadal, who has been in fine form in the build-up to the French Open, winning titles in Monte Carlo and Barcelona. Chasing the only Grand Slam tournament missing from his trophy collection, Djokovic won his 50th match at Roland Garros by defeating Darcis. Djokovic said he struggled to cope with his opponent’s speed from the baseline. “It was difficult for me tactically to dictate points because he’s very talented,” Djokovic said. “It was difficult but I’m happy I was able to finish in three sets.” The other men with 50 victories at the French Open – Nadal, Federer, Guillermo Vilas, Ivan Lendl, Andre Agassi and Nicola Pietrangeli – all won at least one title at the clay-court tournament. Djokovic, who has lost in the final on the red clay in three of the last four years, and Nadal could meet in the semi-finals this year. After dropping his first service game, Nadal converted his two break chances and sealed the first set in 39 minutes. Nadal was warned for a time violation on his first set point, but he served out the set on his second occasion after Bagnis went long following a baseline rally. Nadal broke at the start of the second set with a cross court forehand attack, and a service winner wrapped it up 20 minutes later. The 99th-ranked Bagnis, who has never got beyond the second round at a major tournament, dropped his serve again at the start of the third set. The Argentine left-hander saved a match point in the eighth game and managed to break his rival, only to drop his next service game and the match. Also advancing were seventh-seeded Tomas Berdych, No. 13 Dominic Thiem and No. 14 Roberto Bautista Agut. No. 20 Bernard Tomic lost to 19-year-old Borna Coric 3-6, 6-2, 7-6 (4), 7-6 (6). Among the winners yesterday were women’s defending champion Serena Williams, who beat 81st-ranked Teliana Pereira of Brazil 6-2, 6-1, and her sister, Venus, who reached the third round of the French Open for the first time since 2010. Venus, who turns 36 next month, overpowered 20-year-old American qualifier Louisa Chirico 6-2, 6-1 in 54 minutes. Kiki Bertens extended her winning run to nine matches to reach the third round with a 6-4, 6-1 victory over Camila Giorgi. Bertens, who upset Australian Open champion Angelique Kerber in the previous round, won the Nuremberg tournament last week as a qualifier. Former French Open champion Ana Ivanovic reached the third round, too, hitting 35 winners in a 7-5, 6-1 win over Kurumi Nara. Eighth-seeded Timea Bacsinszky and No. 12 Carla Suarez Navarro also advanced, while No. 28 Andrea Petkovic lost to Yulia Putintseva 6-2, 6-2. Major tournamentlast_img read more

Spread Your Lappa against Rape in Liberia

first_imgMontserrado, Liberia- Anger, disappointment, frustration and sadness are some of the emotions that stir up in women whenever they hear the news of another woman or child being raped.But for far too long, the many strategies put in place to stop rape have not worked and sexual assault cases are still rising.Berenice Mulubah, a Liberian Blogger and entertainer has brought forward her own strategy to help put an end to such unlawful acts of violence and the mental, physical and emotional trauma caused by sexual assault.“We are planning a campaign against rape, sexual assault and violence against women through the involvement of Liberian communities around the world,” she added via Facebook.The campaign is set to take off this Saturday April 11 in two locations, the BYC field in Monrovia at 1pm and in Makefield Rd, Morrisville, PA 19067 in the US, at 1pm.According to Berenice’s Facebook page under the name Zama Queen and cliberiaclearly, she credited two people who have helped tremendously.“Minister Eugene Nagbe of the Ministry of Youth and Sports secured a venue for the event and Lincoln The Legend Ward gave a financial donation to help us print our flyers,” she posted.  This campaign will be the first of its kind and is also being supported by C Liberia Clearly, Irep LIB, The Success Forum and HottFm 107.9. “Also with the commitment of my hard working team mates Siah Stevens, Jemiama Dassan and Caleb Fredrick Foley, I have no doubt that the campaign will make an impact,” Berenice added.According to Berenice, “rape is on the increase all around the world, including Liberia where it receives little or no coverage, as serious as it has become.”And she believes that the rape epidemic should be handled with care.“We will handle the rape epidemic the same way we did Ebola with massive awareness and involvement of the communities.“There will be amazing guest speakers with firsthand information on the rape epidemic in Liberia and rape survivors sharing their stories and how they dealt with PTSD,” she shared.Educating communities on how they can be a part of the solution.Meanwhile, this event will help many Liberian women to stand together to stop rape. Berenice says in order for that to happen, women need to be alerted about the serious rape problem in Liberia.According to documents gathered by Bushchicken website, 40 rape cases in Liberia were docketed in mid-2013 of which only two were tried.“Liberia has reported over 10,000 rape cases in the last four years. In 2009, Criminal Court E was established specifically for rape cases. In February of 2015, the court released its report on cases on the docket, showing 20 convictions and 16 acquittals with one hung verdict, since its establishment in 2009” bushbucket.com highlighted.Furthermore, with the recent release of rape stats in Liberia, it is clear to say that rape has not stopped.The “Spread Your Lappa Campaign” has over thousands of supporters on facebook, each having their own say while posting pictures of them opening their lappas.One post reads: “The need to campaign against rape is very important, but the symbol chosen beats my imagination. Look carefully at the pictures of women opening their lappas exposing their thighs. Is it not seductive?“Real men will not dare rape a woman, much less talk about a child. However when a woman exposes her body, it invites weak men. PLEASE CHANGE YOUR SYMBOL. DON’T EXPOSE YOUR BODY LIKE THIS. WE WILL JOIN THE CAMPAIGN,” posted Garswa Reuben Duncan II.In response to Garswa’s post, Berenice posted this.“Outfit is not consent for rape, that’s another powerful awareness message. Don’t take it by force even if the woman is naked. No means no,” she added.“Spreading lappa is a tradition in Liberia. Folks spread lappa to cry for help, to celebrate or to mourn the dead. Rape is sex without consent, period. When it comes to sex, a child is not of legal age to consent. Rape hurts; it hurts its victims and society. We must all stand in coalition against rape in Liberia,” she urged.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

FSJ Capital Roadworks projects awarded to local construction company

first_img92 Street (100 Avenue to 102 Avenue) – reconstruction of an existing paved street. 97 Avenue (98 Street to 100 Street) – reconstruction of an existing paved street – including the installation of a storm sewer down an alley, tying into the existing storm sewer on the south side of 96 Avenue. 110 Street (102 Avenue to 100 Avenue) – the paving of these two blocks of 110 Street, which will connect new apartment building developments to the 100 Avenue Arterial.“These projects fit into council’s long standing priority to accomplish the paving of the gravel streets in the city, improve pedestrian safety and walk-ability by constructing more sidewalks, and improved street-lighting, as well as improvement of the storm sewer system by expanding the storm sewer and catch-basin system,” engineering manager Jim Stewart writes.The city had a combined budget of just over $5.4 million for the four projects, and now have a projected savings of $1.7 to $1.9 million – depending on whether or not contingency amounts are used by Interoute Construction Ltd.- Advertisement -Public Works will prepare the sites prior to construction by refurbishing existing water mainline valves and fire hydrants, installing any additional fire hydrants that are required, video taping the existing sewer services and repairing the services that need repair, according to Stewart.There will also be an on-site meeting with all of the directly affected residents and businesses before construction begins.These projects had previously been approved in council’s Capital Budget.Advertisementcenter_img There are four projects attached to this tender, which include:108 Avenue (96 Street to 98 Street) – reconstruction of an existing paved avenue and the attached 97 Street cul-de-sac.last_img read more

Donegal mum steps up to honour her gift of life

first_imgA Letterkenny mum is honouring the gift of life she received through organ donation by running a mini-marathon to raise funds for The Irish Heart & Lung Transplant Association.Organ Donor Awareness Week 2019 began with a park run for Clíona Marley. The 45-year-old mum of three was given the gift of life almost 5 years ago when she was offered a donor heart to replace her own, which was failing fast. Cliona was born with a congenital heart condition, which deteriorated when she was in her late thirties. She underwent a heart transplant in the summer of 2014 after spending 180 days in hospital, away from her husband Paul and her family, being kept alive by a heart pump. After a challenging 5 years since her transplant, Clíona’s strength and fitness have returned and she has decided it is time for her to give something back. Clíona is a big fan of the Letterkenny park run, where she wears the Irish Heart & Lung Transplant Association (IHLTA) t-shirt to raise awareness for Organ Donation.And this weekly 5k is part of her training for participation in the VHI Women’s Mini Marathon. A team of over 20 women – friends and relatives from all corners of Ireland are joining Clíona to complete the marathon in Dublin on June 2nd 2019 in support of IHLTA.And she keeps her past illness and her three daughters at the forefront of her mind as motivation to keep moving forward. Cliona said: “Three weeks ago, on a cold morning with fresh snow on the ground, I briefly considered reneging on my decision to complete the park run. Then my mind took me back 5 years when I was confined to bed in the Mater Hospital, far away from my 3 little girls and attached to an intra-aortic balloon pump (IABP) to keep me alive. I was waiting to live or die and my time was short. Thanks to my donor, I got to live. I promptly jumped at the chance to get out in the cold fresh Spring morning (snow or not!) and honour the gift my donor and their family so selflessly gave to me.”Clíona Marley and her three daughtersThis week marks National Organ Donor Awareness week, a time to remind individuals to talk to their families about their organ donation wishes and keep the reminders of their decision available by carrying the organ donor card permitting Code 115 to be included on their driver’s licence and having the ‘digital organ donor card’ APP on their smartphone.Currently, the number of people waiting for transplants in Ireland is approximately 550. Cliona said: “I can’t stop thinking that someone else is in the position I was in 5 years ago, lying in bed, away from family and friends and waiting for the Gift of Life. This thought has prompted me to raise much-needed money for The Irish Heart & Lung Transplant Association (IHLTA) to fund equipment, training and research and to help raise awareness for Organ Donation which can change many lives immeasurably. “Please have the conversation about Organ Donation with your families.”To support Clíona and her team in the Dublin VHI Women’s Mini Marathon and to follow their progress see: https://vhi-women-s-mini-marathon-2019.everydayhero.com/ie/the-gift-of-lifeDonegal mum steps up to honour her gift of life was last modified: April 3rd, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:cliona marleyIrish Heart & Lung Transplant Associationorgan donationVhi Women’s Mini-Marathonlast_img read more

Man United may have found a cheaper alternative to Alex Sandro

first_img 2 Gaya recently signed a five-year deal to keep him at Valencia until 2023, but the lure of the Premier League could be too hard to resist.He has been a mainstay at the back for Valencia since making his debut in 2012, and featured in 38 games in all competitions during the previous campaign.Manager Jose Mourinho has been keen to strengthen the back line midfield and consequently, United have made some early signings in this transfer window, with full-back Diogo Dalot and midfielder Fred arriving from Porto and Shakhtar Donetsk respectively. Alex Sandro is just too expensive Manchester United are targeting Valencia left-back Jose Gaya as a cheaper alternative to Alex Sandro.The club are believed to have deemed the Brazil and Juventus man too expensive, with Gaya, 23, possibly being available for just £30million, according to the Mirror.That’s almost half the price they would have to pay Juve for Sandro. Jose Gaya could cost Man United £30m Ashley Young played as United’s left back last season, but at 32 years old he may not have a huge number of years left in the tank, while doubts remain about whether Luke Shaw has a place in Mourinho’s first team plans for next season. 2last_img read more

Ryanair’s hand luggage policy is ‘abusive’, Spanish Court rules

first_imgRYANAIR’S policy of charging extra fees has been ruled as ‘abusive’ by a Spanish court.A passenger complained about the policy, which was introduced last year and charged people additional fees for bringing any more than one personal item into the cabin.The passenger launched proceedings after she was force €20 to bring her 10kg luggage on board the flight from Madrid to Brussels,  The budget airline allows only small bags onto the cabin, provided they can be placed under the seat. Larger bags, weighing a maximum of 10kg, require a luggage fee.The court ordered Ryanair to refund her the €20 plus interest.The court, however, rejected the passenger’s demands for an additional €10 for the suffering experienced.The judge ruled that the hand luggage could be easily have been carried in the cabin. The judge said the the charge – which she deemed ‘invalid’ in Spain – was abusive and ‘curtailed the rights that the passenger has recognised by law’. The ruling cannot be appealed.In a statement, Ryanair said: “This ruling will not affect Ryanair’s baggage policy, as it misquoted the [European Court of Justice] and misinterpreted the airlines’ commercial freedom to determine the size of their cabin baggage.”Ryanair’s hand luggage policy is ‘abusive’, Spanish Court rules was last modified: November 21st, 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:ryanairlast_img read more

Behind enemy lines: Five questions with Chiefs beat writer

first_imgFive questions with Adam Teicher, who covers the Kansas City Chiefs for ESPN.com:Q: The Chiefs have the week off. Andy Reid is known for having his teams well prepared after a bye with a 17-3 record in Philadelphia and Kansas City. Can you shed any light on why Reid is so good at this?Teicher: Reid and his staff put the extra time to good use. Their game plans usually look fresh after having some time off. The players look fresh, too. Reid gives the players the entire bye week off from …last_img

Thumbs up for South Africa’s tap water

first_img18 March 2010Water and Environmental Affairs Minister Buyelwa Sonjica says the world can rest assured that the tap water in all host cities for the 2010 Fifa World Cup™ is safe to drink.She was briefing the media in Cape Town this week, following the release of the 2010 Host Cities Drinking Water Quality Management Audit Report. The audit used the Blue Drop Certification System, an incentive-based regulation system which the department introduced in September 2008 to rate municipalities across the country.All of the host cities scored 95% under the certification system and were awarded Blue Drop Status.Johannesburg (98.39%) and Cape Town (98.18%) got the highest scores, while Rustenburg (95.1%), Port Elizabeth (95.08%) and Bloemfontein (95.05%) ranked the lowest.The certification system looks at, among other things, water safety planning, and submission of credible information, asset management and incident management.Ahead of the audit, a core group of Blue Drop assessors visited the UK’s Drinking Water Inspectorate in October last year and the inspectorate also provided training for the assessors.Improved drinking water qualityOver the last six months the country’s overall South African drinking water quality was measured as 96%, an improvement over the 2009 Blue Drop Report when the country’s towns and municipalities scored on average 93.3%.Sonjica pointed out that South Africa still had safe tap water relative to other countries.“You go to other countries and at the hotels there’s a tag that’s there – don’t drink from the taps. We’ve never had that,” said Sonjica, adding that South Africa had also had very few outbreaks of waterborne diseases.However, she said this didn’t mean one had to be complacent as the quality of water was constantly under threat by an increasing population, dilapidated infrastructure and pollution.Sonjica said the department issued directives to those municipalities where the supply of water had become unsafe. These would be followed up by “strict monitoring” of the municipalities in question, but the department would also offer assistance to those towns that needed to improve their water standards.Tariff increases, free basic waterShe said South Africa was a water-scarce country and that a tariff increase may be “unavoidable”, but she added that at this point an increase was not on the cards.She said the department was still working on its tariff policy and until it had been completed a decision could not yet be made.“But even if we get to that point we would look at a rising tariff as we have today, with a provision to cushion the poorest,” she said, adding that the free basic provision of water would remain.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Oprah spreads her love

first_imgOprah Winfrey brought her brand of hope to South Africa recently. (Images: Nokuphila Nyawo) MEDIA CONTACTS • Jaco-Louis Groenewald   PR Manager, Associated Media Publishing  +27 21 464 6250. RELATED ARTICLES • Oprah’s girls get 100% matric pass • Africa’s social change champions • Women taking SA forward • Madiba: role model for South Africa’s youthSulaiman Philip US phenomenon Oprah Winfrey hosted 6 000 adoring fans at Gallagher Estate in Midrand at the first South African O Magazine O You event this week. Her appearance on the stage was met with the sort of rapturous applause she received from her audience for 25 years when her hit talk show aired. Winfrey drew a crowd of young and old, all eager to hear the message she has been advocating for as long as she has been famous: fulfil your destiny and live your best life. Or as she put it: “You want to be the fullest expression of who you are. When the time comes you want to be able to say you blew it out.” For more than 5 000 episodes of Winfrey’s talk show, her aim was to help her audience find a purpose to their lives. It was the same message she brought to her excited fans at Gallagher Estate, who hung on her every word. It was also the message shared by the guest speakers who preceded her. Author Ariane de Bonvoisin, radio personality Redi Thlabi and professional organiser and de-clutterer Julie Morgenstern shared the light touch of their host as they proclaimed a simple message: from change something good will come. For the South African women at the event, Winfrey’s assurances that they could take control in small ways and create lives of value had helped them find meaning in their own lives. They identified with her struggles, with her weight issues, with the abuse she suffered and the depression she overcame. As private banker Anthea Riffle put it: “We really do idolise her because we see so much of ourselves in her.” Powerful audience The audience was a cross section of the powerful – Agang leader Mamphela Rampele and first lady Thandeka Zuma – media personalities – the Raphaelys and morning TV host Leanne Manas – and young and old fans. The front of row, however, was given over to students from the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls. Samantha Page, the editor of O Magazine South Africa, used the event to announce the launch of the OWN network programming block on the TLC channel (DSTV 172). From 17 October, every Thursday and Sunday, Oprah’s fans will be able to watch her brand of feel-good spirituality. The OWN network, Winfrey’s broadcast group, was not an immediate success and she used the lessons she learned from righting that ship to advise people who got to ask questions at the end of her presentation. The most valuable lesson she learned, Winfrey revealed, was finding the right people. “Surround yourself with people who know how to make your vision come true.” She added: “Ultimately, you have to make money because you are a business. I let other people worry about that. I worry about the message. I am always, always, always about holding true to the vision and the message, and when you are true to that, then people respond.” In such interactions, she uses the story of her own life and her triumphs over adversity, discrimination and abuse to inspire the women who listen to her. Without a regular TV show to spread her message, she interacts on a more personal level and her most important South African audience are the girls she calls her daughters, the young women who attend her academy in Henley-on-Klip, in Gauteng. The academy This weekend, the academy held its third graduation ceremony. There are now 160 South African girls receiving university educations thanks to Winfrey’s largesse. “When Madiba asked me how Africa was going to change, I told him I believed it was going to be her women that would change Africa,” she recalled. The academy was established in 2007 to provide a superior education to girls from disadvantaged backgrounds. Winfrey’s generosity grew out of a conversation over tea with Nelson Mandela at his Qunu home about education’s role in alleviating poverty. Built at a cost of $40-million, the school’s first graduating class of 157 girls are now at universities around the world. At the time of the academy’s opening Winfrey said: “The best way to effect change long term is to give children exposure and opportunity and nurture them to understand their own power and possibility.” Winfrey is a child of poverty, whose talent and hard work has made her wealthy and famous. The more powerful and wealthy she has become, however, the more she has looked for what she calls “important work”. When asked, she points to the establishment of her academy and the time she spends with her girls as her most joyful. In 2000, when she promised Mandela that she would start a school, her desire was informed by the old women and young girls she had seen walking along the road. She told the Gallagher Estate audience that those women reminded her of the grandmother who raised her and the young girls accompanying them could so easily be her. The future Winfrey shared the story of an awakening she had as a three-year-old. Her grandmother’s most fervent dream for Winfrey was for her to find good white employers in America’s South. “I was churning butter while she was boiling clothes and she kept saying to me that I needed to learn how to do these things because I would need to know how to do them. I promised myself then that that would not be my future.” Pointing skywards, she ended by saying: “Every so often I tell my gran: ‘Yes I have wonderful white people working for me now.’” In all, 6 000 women and about 10 men spent a day being inspired and motivated by Winfrey. For her audience, the community that has formed around her is just as important; these are woman like Shamala Chetty, who attended with her sister and friends. “I was going through a rough time this year. It was nice just to be around other women, other people who have come through and survived,” she said. And that is the secret of Winfrey’s appeal to South African women, and perhaps to women across the world. “She gives me hope for my life. It feels as if she is the only person in the world who understands how I feel.”last_img read more

The PV/Solar-Thermal Switch-up

first_imgA recent story about market forces at work in the solar-power world underscored the notion that large-scale photovoltaic systems, at least in regions where sun exposure favors their use, are dominating the renewable-energy landscape.The basic point of the story is that oversupply and declining prices of photovoltaic panels, particularly those imported from China, are making PV systems increasingly attractive not only to consumers and commercial builders, but also to utilities whose solar projects originally were designed for solar-thermal technology. During the past three years, while developers of many large-scale renewable-energy facilities pushed the projects from planning to permitting stages, the cost of PV panels dove to such an extent that many developers dropped solar thermal in favor of PV, notes a San Jose Mercury News story posted on December 8.“PV is very cheap right now and it’s faster to put up,” Paula Mints, a solar industry analyst with Navigant Consulting, told the paper, adding that solar thermal takes “about two years to build. With PV there’s more instant gratification.”Beyond residential uses, PV’s upper handAs GBA’s “Green Basics” guide explains, PV tends to be more cost-effective than solar thermal for space heating homes. For large-scale power generation, solar collectors are used to boil water to power steam-turbine electricity generators. The technology was widely embraced a few years ago, and still will be used for some major projects.The SJMN story points out that California law requires utilities to generate at least a third of their power from renewable-energy systems by 2020. At the same time, the California Public Utilities Commission is pressuring utilities to pursue that goal in the most cost-effective ways possible so that the cost to ratepayers is minimized. But whether developers are responding to pressure from regulators or the market, it appears that a significant number are switching to PV from solar thermal. Of nine solar thermal utility projects licensed in 2010 by the California Energy Commission, five had announced by early December that they were switching to PV. The CEC licenses solar thermal projects of 50 megawatts or larger, while permitting for utility-scale PV projects is handled by counties.State officials don’t expect the shift to PV will reduce utility rates in the short term, but could keep rates lower than they would have been had all utility-scale projects stayed with solar thermal.last_img read more