PREMIUMASEAN Para Games postponement hurts training for Paralympics

first_imgForgot Password ? ASEAN-Para-Games ASEAN-Para-Sports-Federation coronavirus sports sporting-event LOG INDon’t have an account? Register here After previously being postponed to March this year, a regional sporting event for people with impairments, the ASEAN Para Games has been deferred indefinitely because of the coronavirus outbreak that has spread to more than 20 countries around the globe.The announcement arrived on Monday as Southeast Asia’s main organization for para sports, the ASEAN Para Sports Federation (APSF), informed Indonesia’s National Paralympic Committee (NPC) of the second postponement.After careful deliberation among executive committee members regarding “the physical and emotional well-being of all participating para athletes and staff” APSF’s board of governors secretary Osoth Bhavilai said a majority of the members had agreed that the 10th ASEAN Para Games hosted by the Philippines should be postponed indefinitely, with possible reconsideration within the year sh… Linkedin Google Facebook Log in with your social account Topics :last_img read more

Wozniacki stands firm to claim WTA Finals title

first_imgBy John O’Brien SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Caroline Wozniacki’s cruise to the biggest win of her career turned into a desperate struggle before the Dane finally subdued Venus Williams 6-4 6-4 in the WTA Finals title showdown at an enthralled Singapore Indoor Stadium on Sunday.The 27-year-old former world number one entered the contest having lost to the evergreen Williams seven times in as many matches but the resilient Dane served and retrieved brilliantly to emerge with a deserved victory after 88 minutes.Wozniacki was flawless for an hour as she raced to a set and 5-0 lead but Williams is renowned for an insatiable desire to win and the 37-year-old reeled off four games in a row before her increasingly anxious opponent finally closed out the match.“I felt like it was a little bit of an uphill battle, to be honest. I knew she was stepping it up, she had nothing to lose at that point, and she really went for it. Things were going in for her,” Wozniacki told reporters.“I just had to keep reminding myself that I‘m still up and I‘m the one who is leading here, and I‘m the one who can close out this match right now.”The first three games were dominated by the server until the Dane began to find the corners of the court with her powerful backhand, fashioning the first break of the match with back-to-back winners off both flanks.Williams was trying to get to the net at every opportunity and came forward to good effect in the next game, with a vicious cross-court backhand enabling her to break back immediately on her way to levelling the score at 3-3.The American continued to be the aggressor but the Dane held on in the face of some brutal hitting and somehow forged her second break of the set with some exquisite deep groundstrokes to move within a game of taking the opener.The American came roaring back once more, however, leaving the Dane looking on as a helpless spectator at a barrage of winners that put the high-class contest back on serve.After working so hard to stay in touch, Williams would have been deeply frustrated to gift her opponent the set when the Dane was handed the third break in a row as the wayward American sent a string of forehands wide, long and into the net.Wozniacki had seized the momentum and with her variation, depth of shot and complete lack of errors preventing Williams from grabbing any sort of foothold in the contest, the flying Dane raced into a 5-0 lead in 11 second-set minutes.Wozniacki’s triumph was her second of the season in eight finals after she successfully defended her Pan Pacific Open title in Tokyo last month. The Dane will rise three places to world number three in Monday’s rankings.last_img read more

South Africa eyes bid for 2019 Cup of Nations

first_imgSports Minister Tokozile Xasa told journalists after Nigeria’s 4-3 victory over South Africa in the women’s Afcon final, Awcon, Saturday that “we are indeed interested”.“We have all the infrastructure and stadiums to host this kind of event like we did in 2010 with the FIFA World Cup,” she told local media.Cameroon was stripped of hosting the 2019 edition due to delays in preparing for the tournament and security concerns.Cameroon has faced persistent attacks by Boko Haram jihadists in the north and a conflict between the army and separatists in the two English-speaking regions.Share on: WhatsApp Johannesburg, South Africa | AFP | South Africa’s football association (SAFA) said on Sunday it is considering making a bid to host the Africa Cup of Nations in 2019 after Cameroon was dramatically stripped of the continental showpiece.Though South Africa has much of the necessary infrastructure after hosting the 2010 World Cup, cost could be a stumbling block and the final decision to bid would rest with the government.“The Confederation of African Football has asked the Association to seriously consider hosting Afcon 2019. SAFA will however, meet the Government first before making a decision,” wrote the national team on its verified Twitter account which was then re-tweeted by SAFA.The tweet followed SAFA’s annual meeting of its top leadership in Johannesburg.“The 2019 bid… is important for South Africa to remain a major role player continentally and globally. Afcon will help in building influence and relevance,” added a second tweet.last_img read more

SA, Namibia push corridor development

first_img Both countries also belong to the Southern African Customs Union (SACU). 8 November 2010 South African President Jacob Zuma and Namibian President Hifikepunye Pohamba agreed on a package of enhanced co-operation during Zuma’s latest visit to the country, while urging completion of the Trans-Kalahari Rail Initiative. Zuma, accompanied by a delegation of five ministers and two deputy ministers, concluded a successful working visit to Namibia on Friday. According to the Department of International Relations and Cooperation, Zuma and Pohamba agreed on a package of enhanced co-operation on issues including marine and coastal management, transport and communication, agriculture, energy, science and technology, trade, and regional integration. The two presidents also checked on progress made in the implementation of the Trans-Kalahari Rail Initiative, which forms part of the Trans-Kunene Corridor. Recognising the increase in cooperation in various sectors, Zuma and Pohamba also agreed the South Africa-Namibia Bi-National Commission should be held annually, focusing not only on economic issues, as is currently the case, but also on social and security issues. Speaking ahead of his visit last week, Zuma said the cooperation between Windhoek and Pretoria offered real prospects for mutual development and growth, while at the same time expanding economic opportunities and investment between the two countries. He said Namibia and South Africa should establish a symbiotic link between broader continental efforts, as well as those of the region, for infrastructure development. “In this regard, we should spare no efforts in increasing the momentum of integration between the South African Development Community (SADC), the Common Market of Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) and the East African Community (EAC)”, Zuma said. “This tripartite economic project holds real prospects for contributing to continental efforts aimed at increasing intra-Africa trade.” Namibia imports more than 80 percent of its goods from South Africa, while almost all Namibian exports end up in South Africa or go via it.center_img “The two presidents highlighted the importance of this project and expressed the view that its completion would contribute to the intra-regional trade through the movement of goods, services and people,” said department spokesman Saul Molobi. Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Virtual Learning Event October 2015 – Session 2

first_imgVLE 2 | From Coercion to Collaboration: Strength- Based Interventions for Military Couples Experiencing Domestic ViolenceSession 2Date: October 15, 2015Time: 11:00am – 12:30pm EasternLocation: From Coercion to Collaboration: Strength-Based Interventions for Military Couples Experiencing Domestic ViolenceAdrienne Baggs, PhD. and Bridgette Schossow, MA, LPC, CACII, will explore common approaches to working with domestic violence but also introduce how they intersect with a strength-based treatment model. Presenters will provide case study examples to further highlight the techniques shared.MFLN Family Development’s Virtual Learning Event (VLE) will host a professional development training session on October 8th, 15th, 22nd, and 29th. For more information about upcoming VLE sessions, click here.We offer 1.5 National Association of Social Worker (NASW) and Georgia Marriage & Family Therapy CE credits for each of our professional development training sessions, click here to learn more.For more information on future presentations in the 2015 Family Development webinar series, please visit our professional development website or connect with us via social media for announcements: Facebook & Twitter.last_img read more

Don’t Wait for Motivation

first_imgThose who achieve their goals don’t wait for motivation, intrinsic or extrinsic.Not ExternalThey don’t wait to be inspired by some larger-than-life figure who seems to have all the answers to life’s biggest questions. They don’t look to their heroes to inspire or motivate them. And they don’t expect their manager, their leader, or their CEO to provide the spark that catches them on fire and compels them to take action.The truth of the matter is that people who succeed and achieve their goals don’t need extrinsic motivation to do their work.Not Exactly IntrinsicThose who produce extraordinary results don’t have to pump themselves up or psyche themselves up to do what they need to do. They don’t need their inner coach to talk them into working, whatever that work might be. Nor do they re-read their mission statement to remind them of—or reconnect to—their “why.”They don’t constantly remind themselves of why they want what they want or the contribution they intend to make. Instead, they do. Let’s call this the “Chuck Close Rule.”The Chuck Close RuleThe artist and photographer, Chuck Close, once said: “Inspiration is for amateurs—the rest of us just show up and get to work.” Of all the so-called secrets of success, this just may be the most important. Your ability to will yourself to act is what produces results, even if something, someone, or some higher purpose doesn’t motivate you.External, hyped-up motivation is fleeting at best. Believing you have to motivate yourself is an excuse. It lets you off the hook with the excuse that you “just aren’t feeling it.” And if you “just aren’t feeling it,” you won’t even look at your mission statement, let alone act on it.When you don’t feel like working, start working and notice how fast you get over your resistance to work. Essential Reading! Get my first book: The Only Sale Guide You’ll Ever Need “The USA Today bestseller by the star sales speaker and author of The Sales Blog that reveals how all salespeople can attain huge sales success through strategies backed by extensive research and experience.” Buy Nowlast_img read more

People here want a local face, not a celebrity: Gugan Singh

first_imgA man with age over 70, clad in a yellow kurta is going door to door of every village house in North West Delhi. Once a BJP MLA, now AAP’s Lok Sabha candidate for North West Delhi, Gugan Singh Ranga talks exclusively to Sayantan Ghosh on his poll journey. North West Delhi this time has a tough fight like other seats, what are the issues you are focusing on? This is one of the most underdeveloped and neglected areas in Delhi. After the AAP government was formed, many development works were started. Now work on water pipelines and roads are going on everywhere. But the government has limitations in terms of lands, law and order, these are very big issues. The people have very less access to public amenities, here we need new colleges, universities and also engineering college but the state government does not have the power to do that. I am addressing these issue and telling people about why the AAP raised the demand of the full statehood. Also Read – Odd-Even: CM seeks transport dept’s views on exemption to women, two wheelers, CNG vehiclesThis is a schedule caste seat and you yourself come from Jatav caste, how will this caste factor work in your favour? This is constitutionally an SC seat but the AAP is not doing any caste centric politics. I have a very good relationship with people of all the castes and even with upper caste people who live here. After the AAP came to power, we have worked for the development of every section of people. We have not done religious and caste-based politics, therefore, I have support from all the sections. It is bizarre that BJP has given the ticket to Hans Raj Hans who is not an SC but a Muslim. We have already put forward all the proofs of this illegal act by BJP. Also Read – More good air days in Delhi due to Centre’s steps: JavadekarDelhi dehat as this area is known as is always considered as a place where poor people stay and in mainstream people do not talk about these areas much, how will you deal with these issues? This is the biggest pain of the people North West Delhi constituency. A person who resides in South Delhi is a resident of Delhi and a person from Narela is also a resident of Delhi but people call this area Delhi dehat which means rural Delhi or outer parts of Delhi. One of the major reasons for such perception is because these areas never got a leader who is connected to the ground. To represent the sentiment of these people, you need to walk through the villages of North West, you need to talk to the people, you should know what they are lacking and what they need. After AAP came to power, these areas started developing. I will represent this area to a larger platform and tell the people that this is as much Delhi as like any other section of the state. This time BJP candidate is a celebrity and in comparison, you are just a local face, how is this fight of global vs local? Here people want a face who understands their pain, their demands, their, struggle, their little emotions. These little emotions are very different from songs or cinema or limelight things. The emotions here are raw and connected to the ground, the only person who belongs to this place relate to these needs. Hans Raj Hans from BJP is a great singer and must be a great celebrity but people of this constituency know that he will never stay with them if he wins because his life is very different. But I stay here and always stayed here, served the people. I think that by giving the ticket to an outsider, BJP has made AAP’s chances brighter to win this seat. People of this constituency understand the motive of BJP and these old tricks will not work here.last_img read more

Jesse Williams Isnt Here for the National Anthem Refuses

Jesse Williams has been outspoken about racial injustice. (Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty ImageIt looks like the national anthem protest that was driven by Colin Kaepernick has reached Hollywood.Jesse Williams took a page out of Marshawn Lynch’s book and remained seated through “The Star-Spangled Banner” during the regular-season finale of the Ice Cube-founded Big3 basketball tournament.“We’ll stand up when you do …” read the caption the “Grey’s Anatomy” star wrote on his Sunday, Aug. 13, Instagram Live video. The statement is believed to be intended for President Donald Trump, who has been slammed for not condemning the racism that spurred the violent response to a protest of a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Va., over the weekend.James Alex Fields Jr. has been charged with second-degree murder, three counts of malicious wounding and one count correlated to leaving the scene after plowing his car into a crowd protesting the white supremacists. One is dead and 19 people have been injured as a result of the collision. read more

Slow start turns into blowout for Ohio State Buckeyes beat Tulsa 483

OSU junior Jalyn Holmes embraces a teammate after a play against Tulsa on Sept. 10, 2016. OSU won 48-3. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Photo EditorOhio State football fans came into Saturday’s matchup against Tulsa with high hopes after the team’s drubbing of Bowling Green last week. Buckeye fans saw a much different game in the first half from their team against the Golden Hurricane, but OSU was too much to handle in the second half, winning 48-3.Things could not have started better for the Buckeyes, as the first pass from Tulsa quarterback Dane Evans was tipped at the line, and intercepted by redshirt sophomore cornerback Marshon Lattimore.A short field did not help OSU find the endzone early. After two failed run plays, a pass from redshirt junior J.T. Barrett intended for redshirt sophomore Noah Brown was swatted away, forcing the Buckeyes to trot out their field goal unit.After senior kicker Tyler Durbin gave OSU a 3-0 lead, the game fell into a defensive stalemate. Sloppy offensive play and little movement by either team’s offensive units kept things close throughout the first quarter.“The offensive line gets a lot of praise around,” OSU coach Urban Meyer said. “Also, when things aren’t going well, it’s probably because we’re not playing up to our expectation level.”Coming off a stellar game against San Jose State, Tulsa junior running back D’Angelo Brewer found wide-open running lanes for much of the first half, slashing through the Buckeyes front seven for 47 first-half yards.The absence of redshirt junior Tracy Sprinkle was apparent for the Buckeyes. A distinct lack of push along the defensive line allowed Evans to remain in the pocket and create space for Brewer to pick up multiple first downs.“The loss of Tracy Sprinkle…it set us back a bit because he’s such a great leader and a great player,” OSU redshirt sophomore defensive end Sam Hubbard said. “These young guys had a good day and stepped up.”Hubbard also said he was pleased with the play of redshirt freshman Davon Hamilton and redshirt freshman Dre’Mont Jones, who are filling in for the injured Sprinkle. Combined, the two players picked up three tackles.OSU redshirt junior quarterback J.T. Barrett struggled to connect with receivers, completing eight passes on 14 attempts and only racking up 69 yards. His biggest target of the first half, redshirt sophomore Terry McLaurin, had a 16-yard catch, which was the longest reception of the first half.Without much of an offensive attack, the Silver Bullets stepped up in a big way, picking off Evans three times in the first half, two of which were returned for touchdowns.Redshirt sophomore safety Malik Hooker’s interception was good enough for a 26-yard return, putting the Buckeyes up 13-3.Redshirt sophomore cornerback Marshon Lattimore picked off two first half passes, returning one all the way back for a score with less than a minute left in the half.“This was my first pick six ever; I was excited to just get out there,” Lattimore said. “I had some blockers in front of me, so they really helped me out, too.”A delay for inclement weather lasted from 5:25 p.m. until 6:35 p.m., as lightning was spotted multiple times near the stadium during the pause in play. The halftime show was cancelled, and many OSU fans left the stadium during the hour-long storm.However, the Buckeyes were a different team in the second half, leaning heavily on the legs of junior H-back Curtis Samuel.On the initial drive of the second half, Samuel busted off a few double-digit yardage runs, and set a key block that opened a lane for Barrett to break the goal line. The touchdown marked Barrett’s second rushing touchdown of the season.The hour-long break seemed to create a spark for OSU on both sides of the ball, with the Buckeyes preventing Tulsa from scoring during the second half. Evans threw his fourth interception on the day, and once again failed to find paydirt.Opposing offenses have struggled against OSU so far this season, with the Buckeyes defense having yet to surrender a touchdown to another team’s offense.Weber was the leading rusher of the day for OSU, carrying the ball 17 times for 92 yards and a touchdown. Barrett finished the day with a statline of 14 for 22 and 149 yards, with no passing touchdowns and two rushing scores.“I thought the best thing he did is he hit the hole hard, he ran hard, but he also hung on that ball,” Meyer said. “It’s night and day compared to who he was a year ago.”Samuel came back to Earth a bit after racking up 261 all-purpose yards last Saturday, failing to find the endzone after scoring three times against Bowling Green. He still managed to gain 140 total yards, much of which came in the second half.Senior H-back Dontre Wilson picked up a late touchdown run, which was his first rushing touchdown of the year.The wide receiver’s play for OSU was heavily criticized by Meyer last week, and there was little in terms of improvement by the unit. Wideouts for the Buckeyes combined for five receptions, 49 yards and no scores.The Buckeyes face a tough test next week in Norman, Oklahoma, against the Sooners. 14th-ranked Oklahoma lost in its first week against then-No. 15 Houston, taking a hit to its ranking. Both OSU and Oklahoma will be looking for a win to remain prominent in the national picture.The game is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. at Memorial Stadium next Saturday.This article has been amended by quotes following the post-game conference. read more

Larry Johnson bringing new mindset to Ohio State defensive line

Members of the OSU defense line take part in a drill during spring practice March 20 at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center.Credit: Mark Batke / For The LanternWhen former Ohio State defensive line coach Mike Vrabel left the Buckeye staff to join the Houston Texans, many wondered if OSU could successfully replace such a polarizing figure.According to its players, OSU has done just that.Larry Johnson, who coached at Penn State from 1996-2013, has made a positive impression on the players he coaches.“It is just a different attitude,” sophomore defensive lineman Joey Bosa said Thursday after practice when comparing Vrabel’s style of coaching to Johnson’s. “Their technique is all similar. He is more positive, I dare say.”Bosa, who had a breakout freshman year in 2013 — tallying 7.5 sacks, tied for the team lead — said he responds better to Johnson’s uplifting style of coaching.“Coach J is super positive, he is never really tearing anyone down,” Bosa said. “The coaches have been much more positive in trying to coach and make us better.”Teammate and fellow defensive lineman, junior Adolphus Washington, agreed with Bosa and said Johnson has been encouraging the players to succeed.“What is unique about him is that he is always a motivator. He is going to tell you what to do and he is going to show you how to do it and he is going to motivate you to do it,” Washington said. “Instead of using an angrier approach to it, he uses more of a teaching approach.”Johnson said he wants his players to understand the love he has for football as well as showing them the right way to play.“My deal is about passion. I want my guys to see the passion in how I coach. And that’s in my room, off the field and every area of their lives,” Johnson said. “I bring the same intensity, but I’m also teaching at the same time and getting them (to) understand my passion for the game and to feel that.”Despite only being in Columbus for a few months — OSU officially announced Johnson as part of its staff Jan. 16 — Johnson said his players are beginning to buy into what he wants them to.“They’ve got to trust me. I tell them all the time once they drink the Kool-Aid, we’re ready to go,” Johnson said. “Understanding 4-6 (seconds), A-B, that’s the style we’re going to play here, and once they understand my passion for that and then (I) told them the first day I got here I was going to do the best I can to reach them.”The Buckeyes, who were thin on the defensive line last year, will look to try and develop depth, something Johnson said he is striving to achieve.“There’s not a first group, there’s not a second group — there’s a group of guys trying to get better. And I’ve sold them on that idea that there are going to be eight, nine guys playing who compete,” Johnson said. “It’s not the guy who started the game, it’s the guys who finish the game that are going to make a difference. I think they’ve bought into that and I think that’s what’s really neat.”Johnson wants to bring back the “Silver Bullet” mindset the OSU defense did not seem to have last year, as they gave up 38.3 points per game in their last three games, of which they lost two. He said it’s what OSU is known for, and it is what he wants to get back to.“Great defense … I think that’s what we all feel we’re going to get back to,” Johnson said. “So it’s one focus, one fight, one team and just one idea about being the best defense in the country.”Bosa said Johnson has mentioned the Silver Bullet mindset around the players and he is trying to develop an attitude about them.“We watch guys that played before us and how hard they played,” Bosa said. “But again, we are focusing on playing hard and just competing against the offense.”The Buckeyes are scheduled to take on Navy Aug. 30 at noon at M&T Bank Stadium. read more