Cilic obstacle in way of Nadal’s semifinal quest

first_imgSpain’s Rafael Nadal hits a forehand return to Damir Dzumhur of Bosnia and Herzegovina during their third round match at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Friday, Jan. 19, 2018. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)Rafael Nadal sees his quarterfinal showdown with big-match player Marin Cilic on Tuesday as the time to crank up his Australian Open offensive for Grand Slam number 17.The Spanish world No.1 has been in ominous form in the first week after coming into the year’s opening major tournament with knee concerns.ADVERTISEMENT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak MOST READ “The match against Grigor in Brisbane wasn’t that long ago and I played well, he also played well,” Edmund said.“Of course, we can take things from that. There is a lot of things I did do well. Maybe a few things I could do better, and I will try and do that when I play him.” Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina LATEST STORIES Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hourscenter_img Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year Nadal, who lost to Roger Federer in last year’s final, overcame tenacious Argentine Diego Schwartzman in a classic round of 16 encounter and will have to get past former US Open champion Cilic to reach the semi-finals.In Tuesday’s other quarter-final in the top half of the draw, Bulgaria’s world No.3 Grigor Dimitrov is up against British hope and 49th-ranked Kyle Edmund for a place in the last four. FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkNadal leads world No.6 Cilic 5-1 in career meetings, including a straight sets win over the Croat in the round of 16 in Melbourne in 2011.   “Now is the moment to make a step forward, to play again more aggressive,” Nadal said. “Generally throughout my career, I know that if I’m playing well, if I’m top of my game, that I can challenge most of the guys on the tour,” a confident Cilic said.“And with the win at the US Open I now believe in my own game, I believe in what I’m doing.“I think I’m moving the right direction. It’s obviously a big challenge, but that’s what we also work for at training.“My goal in this year is to win a Grand Slam. It’s a big challenge, but I’m improving every single year.”Extra gearDimitrov beat Edmund only two weeks ago in the quarter-finals at the Brisbane International, but he is prepared for another struggle after his monumental four-set victory over Australian Nick Kyrgios in the round of 16.“He’s gone this far. So for sure I need to be ready. There is no place to underestimate him or anything like that,” Dimitrov said.“I am finding that extra gear in every match and the main thing for me is to really focus on myself.”Edmund, the only British man in the draw after five-time finalist Andy Murray’s injury withdrawal before the tournament, is having his best run at a Grand Slam.He upset US Open finalist and 11th seed Kevin Anderson in the first round and followed up with wins over Denis Istomin, Nikoloz Basilashvili and Andreas Seppi. Top seed Simona Halep eases into last eight “I know I’m going to have a tough opponent with Cilic. I need to play aggressive and play well.”Nadal is respectful of the Croat’s abilities and is expecting another ding-dong struggle with last year’s Wimbledon finalist.“Marin will be a tough one, but at the same time, it’s a beautiful match to play against a great player,” he said.“We know each other. We’ve played a couple of times and I know I need to play well. I hope to be ready to make that happen.”Cilic has moved efficiently through the draw with wins over Vasek Pospisil, Joao Sousa, Ryan Harrison and Spanish 10th seed Pablo Carreno Busta.ADVERTISEMENT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Alternative Livelihood Project Launched

first_imgMr. Samuel Kehleay,launched the project.-For those within concession affected areas The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in partnership with the United Nations Peace building Fund, on Thursday, June 28, launched an alternative livelihood project, targeting two communities in Bomi and Nimba counties.The project, under the title “Strengthening Conflict Prevention through Establishment of Multi stakeholder Platforms and Improved Alternative Livelihoods within Concession Affected Areas,” will cover a community in each of the two counties.The project is designed to provide alternative livelihood sources for women and youth living in concession affected communities; that is, those living around Sime Darby in Bomi County, and those in ArcelorMittal Concession areas in Nimba County.“It will build capacity for the affected residents through the introduction of simple innovation technologies to attract the youth in agriculture, and also promote equal participation and social cohesion,” said John Yarkpa, Nimba County Project Officer.Accordingly, the project will further consolidate peaceful co-existence between concessionaires and community dwellers through mitigated and preventive measures.FAO Country Director, Madam Mariatou Njie said the project is targeting about 1,200 farmers, with indirect beneficiaries of about 6,000 in the two counties, to include women and children.She outlined the activities as lowland rice, vegetable, cassava and poultry productions.The value chain of these crops will be strengthened to provide quality products for the market, thereby targeting increased income for the beneficiaries.Farmers, representing affected communities of both Bomi and Nimba at occasion in Administrative Building in Sanniquellie“This has resulted in several major governance and policy achievement. But despite progress made in building peace, several root causes of conflict remain unaddressed,” Madam Njie said.She said that recent assessments show that land, corruption, boundary disputes and concession related conflicts continue to be the main triggers of violence in the country.She said concession companies have made some payments to projects in the affected communities for losing access to farmlands and loss of livelihoods; but the payments have not provided the affected communities with alternative livelihood opportunities to sustain themselves.“Most of the conflicts between project affected communities and concession companies are still related to land allocation, which had deprived communities of their rights and benefits from owning land,” Madam Njie said.The occasion was attended by local government representatives from Nimba, the ministries of Agriculture, Gender, Youth and Sport.Representatives of farmers from the affected communities of Bomi and Nimba also attended the program as well as UNDP Peace-building Fund representative.However, a spokesperson of farmers from Bomi County, Abraham Conway, said the main issue in the county is lack of development, “not unemployment as many have insinuated.”Conway said in Bomi, a concession company would build roads around their concession areas, leaving out communities that are not too far away.William Mandein, Ministry of Youth and Sports Nimba Coordinator, said the project will address the lack of jobs being faced by young people living around the affected communities, to include food security.“We think this project is another way of reconciling the affected communities and the concessionaire,” said Darlington Walaka, farmer representative from Nimba.The launch was climaxed with a two-day intensive training workshop for farmers on how to formulate workplan and budget as well as log frame.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Lindener sentenced to 3 years in prison for armed robbery

first_imgA man, who hails from Block 22, Wismar, Linden, was sentenced to three years’ imprisonment by Magistrate Wanda Fortune after he was found guilty of armed robbery.Convicted: Devon CampbellThe sentence was handed down to twenty-six-year-old Devon Campbell also called “Ratty”, a pork-knocker of Lot 245 Block 22 when he made his final appearance at the Linden Magistrate’s Court last week.The court heard that while being armed with a gun on Thursday, October 18, 2018, he robbed the Virtual Complainant, Lenoid Nedd, of a Toshiba tablet valued $17,000, a Samsung charger valued $1500, a Samsung earphone valued $2500 and a silver ring valued $7000.The incident occurred at Half Mile, Wismar, Linden. During the trial, the prosecution maintained that Nedd was positively identified by the victim as one of the persons who carried out the robbery on the day in question.However, the defendant, during his sworn statement in court, maintained that he was not in Linden at the time. According to the prosecution, the defendant had remained silent when the charge was read to him during his arrest by Police last November.last_img read more

Catherine Seipp, former writer for Daily News, dies of cancer

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Catherine Seipp, a conservative writer best known for the weekly column “From the Left Coast” that appeared in the National Review Online, died Wednesday from lung cancer. She was 49. Seipp, who detailed her battle with cancer on her Web blog “Cathy’s World,” died at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. “Since I never smoked even one cigarette, never lived or worked with smokers, and in fact have zero family history and no other risk factors at all (unusual even in people who don’t get cancer), the bald truth is I’m pretty unlucky to have this in the first place,” Seipp wrote in an October 2005 blog entry. Seipp also wrote a monthly column for Independent Women’s Forum and freelanced for the Los Angeles Times and Wall Street Journal op-ed pages and other publications. She previously wrote columns for: Buzz, Mediaweek, UPI, New York Press and Salon. She also worked as a features writer for the Daily News in the early 1980s. Seipp is survived by her daughter Maia, her father, Harvey Seipp; mother, Claire Ungerleider; and sister, Michele Seipp. Services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday at Mount Sinai, Hollywood Hills, 5950 Forest Lawn Drive, Los Angeles. Instead of flowers, Seipp had requested that people make donations to the Humane Society, www.hsus.org.last_img read more

Best bets shopping for trail-runners

first_imgSANTA BARBARA – Trail-running shoes are available in nearly every shoe store, sporting-goods store or outdoors shop. Some of the top models on the market: Asolo’s Moab XCR for men and Lightning XCR for women are meant for hardcore runners seeking top-notch performance. A very stable shoe, this trail-runner has a wider sole that results in great stability. It holds the foot in place well, has excellent traction on the sole, and holds up in snow, ice, mud, water and any other hazard Mother Nature provides. Info: www.asolousa.com. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card Asics, long a supplier of well-made running shoes, has the Gel-Trail Attack II, which runs $80 and has the feel of a traditional running shoe yet does a great job absorbing rocks, pebbles, branches and other obstacles. The shoe has great mobility, protection and comfort, is available in men’s and women’s sizes, and offers a wider platform for better balance. Info: www.asicsamerica.com. Merrell is a worldwide leader in footwear, and its men’s and women’s Pursuit Shield Gore Tex XCR ($120) is sure to be well-received. This highly breathable shoe isn’t the lightest on the market, but the added weight gives runners the confidence to run through streams, over rocks, in mud and in any other situation. It’s waterproof and offers the utmost stability, comfortable, superb traction and top-notch mobility. Can double as a hiking shoe. Info: www.merrell.com. Brooks Sports makes two trail-runners – the Cascadia Pivot ($90) and Adrenaline ASR ($95) – that feel like a traditional running shoe when in full stride. These shoes don’t stray much from shoes made for concrete or pavement, yet they have the perfect design for trail-runners. Lightweight, with a great sole and excellent traction, these are a must for trail runners who don’t want to feel like they are running in hiking boots. In men’s and women;s sizes. Info: www.brooksrunning.com. – Chris Shaffer TEVA is the leader in water sandals, but the X-1C ($90) shows they also are a big player in the trail-runner market. The X-1C compliments the X-1 and might possibly be the lightest trail-runner on the market. Available in late January, the shoe weighs 10 ounces, has excellent support, and its lightweight complexion enables runners to run longer. Providing the right blend of cushioning and flexibility, the X-1C is the perfect shoe for folks that like to hit the trail without feeling like they have bricks on their feet. Available in men’s and women’s sizes. Info: www.teva.com. Salomon’s men’s XA Pro 3D XCR ($120) is a great multipurpose running shoe. The boot is a perfect tool for hikers who want to shed weight, yet it’s also ideal for runners looking to cross streams, conquer rocks, dirt, mud or any other trail condition. The advance chassis system within the shoe makes it ideal for a 10-mile run with varying terrain, a quick jaunt in the coastal mountains or a short trek through the park. Info: www.salomon-sports.com. center_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

SURF’S UP FOR LADIES OF DONEGAL THIS WEEKEND!

first_imgLadies: it’s time to head for the beach in Donegal and dip your toes in the sea! Rossnowlagh is heating up to welcome hundreds of women to the Irish Surfing Association’s annual Surfing & StandUp Paddle Weekend for Women.The Association welcomes girls and women of any age to come along and try surfing and SUP (standup paddle) under the watchful eyes of our skilled team of female surf instructors, including past and present Irish Surf team members. Participants can anticipate a fun, safe and inspirational surfing and SUP experience in the water. Out of the water, new friendships are made and surf stories told during our beach barbecue lunch and Saturday night entertainment.The weekend is about learning, inspiring others and sharing your excitement and enthusiasm for surfing and standup paddle in an all female environment. The event brings women of all ages and surfing abilities together in a celebration of women’s surfing in Ireland. Whether you are 8 or 80 – if you are interested in surfing or SUP, this is an opportunity to learn more!Activities include novice surfing and SUP lessons, coaching for improvers, talks on all aspects of surfing, beach barbecue and other entertainment. There is no requirement to book, just turn up and register any time between 10am and 3pm on Saturday 13th and between 11am and 2pm on Sunday 14th June.The weekend is FREE. We will have our team of all-female instructors on hand to guide you. We will supply all the equipment you need to get going. Bring a towel, swimming suit and if you have, a wetsuit, but not required as we will have plenty. Our Women’s weekend is hosted under the Women in Sport Initiative, run by the Irish Sports Council, to encourage more Irish women to participate in sport.SURF’S UP FOR LADIES OF DONEGAL THIS WEEKEND! was last modified: June 10th, 2015 by StephenShare 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)last_img read more

West Ranch gets serious as it prepares for its first varsity game

first_imgSTEVENSON RANCH – It’s a historic week at West Ranch High, as the football team prepares for its first varsity game scheduled for 7 p.m. Friday at Pioneer Valley of Santa Maria. A second-year program composed of ninth- and 10th-graders, West Ranch has scheduled three varsity contests and six junior varsity games this season. For the first time, a game really counts this Friday, so the players and coaches are fired up. West Ranch is considered a significant underdog because Pioneer Valley, with juniors, sophomores and freshmen, is 2-0 after defeating Knight of Palmdale 13-0 and Kilpatrick of Malibu 21-20. “When I exchanged game tape with one of the coaches Saturday, he told me we’re brave for taking this game,” West Ranch coach Mike Kane said. “I said, ‘What are you talking about? You guys wanted to play and called us.’ “ At any rate, Kane expects a strong challenge against Pioneer Valley, which runs a tricky fly offense that’s common among teams on the Central Coast. West Ranch opened with a 47-18 JV victory against Newbury Park, as Joe Spell rushed for 87 yards and three touchdowns on 12 carries, and Tyler O’Brien added 80 yards on four carries, including a 60-yard touchdown. Josh Gibbs completed five of nine passes for 87 yards, and he also scored a touchdown. Santa Clarita’s other first-year program, Golden Valley High, lost its opener 66-0 against Burbank on Friday. Besides West Ranch and Golden Valley, the area’s newest school is Valencia, which played its first varsity football season in 1995. Valencia fell 47-27 to Bishop in its first game, losing its first five contests before defeating Burbank 43-28 for its inaugural victory on Oct. 13, 1995; Valencia finished its first season 2-8, then improved to 5-5 in 1996 and 8-3 in 1997. In other West Ranch football news, the freshman team, coached by legendary former Sylmar High coach Jeff Engilman, is 1-0 after defeating Newbury Park 14-6 last week. Danny Garza, a Canyon High football receiver who was hoping to recover from shoulder surgery in time for last week’s season opener, should be cleared in a couple of weeks. “The doctor said we need a little more therapy but we’ve got an appointment in two weeks, and he should get his release,” said his mother, Linda. Twelve-year-old Christian Lopes, a 5-foot-9 baseball phenom from Santa Clarita who throws 81 mph and hits 380-foot home runs, has been selected to the Travel Ball Select All-American Baseball Team. The honorees were selected from a nationwide talent pool from elite travel teams, and TBS garnered information from a network of coaches, scouts, teams and tournament organizations including USSSA, AAU and others, said TBS national director Kevin J. Thomas. Lopes, who played at the William S. Hart PONY League, has been invited to participate in the 2006 Pan-Am games in Mexico and the Goodwill Series in Beijing, China. He’s also been picked by Baseball America as a player to watch, meaning the publication will track Lopes’ development through youth leagues, high school and college. Former Canyon High football standout Dejon Negron, a talented player but a young man who’s always been prone to change plans, is playing for San Jose City College after previously committing to College of the Canyons, then Glendale College. Negron, a freshman receiver, has one reception in two games. “I’m not getting much playing time but I love it here. I just had to get out of that atmosphere in Santa Clarita,” said Negron, who played football only during his senior year at Canyon because of academic problems during his first three seasons. “Dejon’s a work in progress. I didn’t recruit, he just showed up, and he’s getting better every week,” San Jose City coach Carlton Connor said. “He’ll get more opportunities to show what he can do.” Meanwhile, another former Canyon receiver, Sean Coen, caught two passes for Cal Lutheran during an opening 42-35 victory over Pacific Lutheran on Saturday. Coen, a sophomore, played sparingly during his freshman season after catching a school-record 108 receptions at Canyon as a senior. The Saugus High football program is looking for parent volunteers to sell programs for the varsity and junior varsity home games at College of the Canyons. For info, contact Rick Walroth at (661) 296-1828. Remember the name Rawston Redick. The youngster rushed for 135 yards and two touchdowns, including an 80-yarder, to carry Castaic (10-under) to an opening victory over Ventura in youth football action Saturday. Never thought I’d live to see Hart’s football team win by one point and Burbank win by 66 on the same night. Gerry Gittelson’s column appears in the Daily News three times a week. He can be reached at (661) 257-5218 or gerry.gittelson@dailynews.com. The fax is (661) 257-5262. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Ballybofey moves a step closer to getting public toilets

first_imgBallybofey has moved a step closer to getting public toilets.An expression of interest has been shown to Donegal County Council from an interested party in leasing facilities to the Council providing terms can be agreed.Cllr Patrick McGowan has welcomed the news from Water & Environment Director of service Michael McGarvey. However, the Fianna Fail councillor said he does not want the matter to rest there.Cllr McGowan has been pursuing public toilets for Ballybofey over the years.He told yesterday’s council meeting in Lifford that if an agreement is not reached by the end of this year that the Council should go ahead and identify a site, get planning and direct build a facility in Ballybofey without further delay.“It is too bad in 2017 that people are not able to avail of public toilets in one of the main centres in the County which services the National primary roads network from Galway to Derry,” said Cllr McGowan. Ballybofey moves a step closer to getting public toilets was last modified: November 28th, 2017 by StephenShare 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:Ballybofeypublic toiletslast_img read more

Help for homeless children

first_imgJanine ErasmusStreet children in South Africa face an uncertain future. With no more shelter than a cardboard box and a newspaper, and with the danger of exploitation, disease, hunger and thirst, injury and even death never far away, these youngsters often have to resort to a life of crime just to survive – and in our crime-ridden society there is not much sympathy for their plight.Fortunately there are several agencies and organisations working towards giving street kids a better life, one of which is the UK-based Pegasus Children’s Trust (PCT). It is run by Judy Westwater who was herself once a homeless child living on the streets of South Africa, so she understands better than most what children such as these endure, and what they need.Motivated by her own harrowing experiences and determined to extract meaning out of them and apply it to her life today, Westwater set up the PCT in 1991 with the vision of improving the lot of street kids, giving them a better quality of life, and helping to restore their sense of self-worth. Now resident in Inverness, Scotland, she is a frequent visitor to South Africa and to date seven centres have been opened across the country to provide homeless children with essential facilities that most people take for granted – shelter, food, and clothes.In a previous interview with a Scottish newspaper, she said, “We have taken 4 000 children off the streets since 1991, but there are so many more that need help. Without our help, they will just die. We are trying very hard to open the world’s eyes to what the problems are. These kids are looked at by many and seen by no one. People believe that street kids are a problem for someone else, but when they are just children, they are a problem for us all.”Not only does the PCT care for homeless children but it also schools them and helps them train for jobs and find work, encouraging and equipping them to ultimately move into their own accommodation and stand on their own feet in the world. Children of all ages are taken in, and the project has a 90% success rate.“We have many successful stories,” Westwater says. “It can be something as small as a child totally insular and terrified on first contact, after much care running to hug me with a huge smile on their face. Or it could be a struggling youngster trying desperately to fulfil potentials and goals and becoming downhearted at the response from blinkered individuals – but never losing faith and still working hard.“One example is my student Puleng Mabaya, a vulnerable child from Soweto who wants so badly to be a special lighting and theatre technician. I have been working alongside Puleng and now, to cut a long story short, she is in Glasgow and is attending Glasgow’s prestigious Drama College for three years on a scholarship. My charity is paying all her other expenses. So success comes in a variety of ways.”Music and dramaOne of Westwater’s weapons in the fight to help homeless children is arts and culture. Art forms such as music and drama can cut through barriers put up by even the most deeply wounded souls, and for children who are unable to respond to conventional forms of communication she has used the principles of drama to develop a method of reaching out to them and penetrating their suffering. Drama is an extremely valuable form of self-expression and can be a powerful outlet for pain and strong emotion, while at the same time offering a therapeutic and creative way for children to have fun, work together, act out their fears and sorrows, and explore their individuality.Another of her current projects is the creation of a “junk orchestra” for the children. This will see them playing on instruments made with their own hands from discarded rubbish, proving to them that even out of rubbish, beauty can be created – an analogy that can be applied to their own rough existences. It is her dream to see the orchestra perform at two of the greatest sporting events in the world – the 2010 Fifa World Cup, hosted by South Africa, and the 2012 Olympics in London.She says, “Our plans for the junk orchestra are firstly for the kids to have fun. These kids will be chosen from the street child projects I am involved with in Hillbrow and also Langa in Cape Town. My mission is to help keep burning bright the flame of love and hope within each street child; and to help open the world’s eyes to the plight of its forgotten street children.“Street kids believe they are rubbish – easily used, easily discarded. I want to show them and the rest of the world that rubbish can be looked at in another way. As I say to the kids, if you can make music out of rubbish, there is nothing in this world you cannot achieve.”The children will obtain their materials from scrapyards and will be looking for the likes of hubcaps, tyres, exhaust pipes, washing machine parts – in fact, anything that makes a sound.“We will teach them how to make the musical instruments,” explains Westwater. “The kids then will make their own music along with lessons from our music teacher. We have 10 of our most vulnerable kids taking music lessons with the Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra (JPO) and it is hoped that these kids will eventually form the backbone of the junk orchestra. Plans are that the orchestra will play at the 2010 opening ceremony, and then we will take them over to London and share the stage with our vulnerable London kids for the opening ceremony of the 2012 Olympics.”She hopes the JPO and the Royal Philharmonic will join forces and give the young musicians professional support during their musical journey.Years of neglectWestwater’s own story began in Manchester, England, when at the age of three she was taken to live with her deranged father – ironically, he was a preacher – and his girlfriend. For the next two years he seriously neglected her, often locking the child in the back garden for extended periods and leaving her with no choice but to scavenge for sustenance, although the façade he presented to the community was that of a loving family man. Barely out of toddlerhood, she was put into an orphanage that was unimaginably strict and presented her with just as dismal a life – and it wasn’t long before she found herself back with her father.Later the family moved to South Africa but the situation did not improve and the unhappy child even ran away to join the circus and spent several weeks with them before her father tracked her down and dragged her away.She had to wait until she was 12 before an opportunity came to escape her father’s cruelty. In the early 60s in apartheid South Africa it was unthinkable that a little white girl should be homeless, but the streets of Hillbrow, Johannesburg, were to be her home for the next few years. She found some employment in cafes and this enabled her to scrape together enough money to take her back to England. In the meantime she had made a promise to herself that was to bear fruit in years to come.“I made a pledge at the age of 12, as a street child, that one day I would go back and help change things for kids like me. This has been my lifelong passion, the very existence of my soul. I will do anything to aid the desperate plight of as many street children I can.“I am fully aware of the physical, material and spiritual trauma each child faces on a daily basis. And who better to help them find the tiniest flickers of positive lights and then to hold their hands as they find the right keys to open their own doors, than someone who has been there alone?”After her return to the country of her birth she married and raised a family, and became a teacher of drama and theatre arts, opening a group of drama schools in England. Her husband died in 1991 – without knowing anything about her ordeal as a child – and left her a small legacy, which she used without hesitation to take a step towards fulfilling her pledge and opening the first Pegasus Trust Centre in South Africa’s largest township, Soweto, west of Johannesburg.Revealing the secretWanting to protect her family from her past, she had kept the truth of her abysmal upbringing from everyone in her life until a friend persuaded her to reveal her secret, which she did on national radio in 2004. Since then her heart-wrenching story and her work have come to the attention of millions around the world. In 2006 her memoir, titled Street Kid, was published. The book reveals her traumatic childhood years and was a bestseller across the globe.Her new book, titled Street Kid Fights on: She Thought the Nightmare Was Over, is due for release in early 2008. “This book really covers my life from where Street Kid left off – the difficult times I had and the way I finally found myself and was able to work on the projects in South Africa.”In 2002 there were 250 000 children living on the streets of South Africa, according to a document published by South African representatives attending the Civil Society Forum for East and Southern Africa on Promoting and Protecting the Rights of Street Children – organised by the UK-based Consortium for Street Children.Ongoing factors such as poverty, overcrowding at home, and the increasing scourge of AIDS, which leaves children orphaned and having to fend for themselves, continue to push up the numbers. Through Westwater’s work many of these children who may otherwise have been doomed to an unthinkable way of life or even an early death have been given a chance to make something of their lives.Do you have queries or comments about this article? Email Janine Erasmus at janinee@mediaclubsouthafrica.com.Useful linksStreet Kid websiteTwilight ChildrenI CareOthandweniThe Consortium for Street Childrenlast_img read more

Lazyfeed Gets Even Lazier: Users Get TV-Like Feed Reader

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting We’ve been keeping an eye on super-simple feed reader Lazyfeed for about six months now. Cofounder and CEO Ethan Gahng wrote us today to let us know about some exciting changes users will see tomorrow morning when the startup launches Lazyfeed Squared, the second version of the product.“In our previous version,” he said, “users had to click on updated topics to see what’s inside. That is not lazy. And it wasn’t fun enough. With the new version, it’s not just the topics that update – each topic has its own live updates which show the latest headlines along with images.”In days of yore, users would type in a tag or single-word search term, and LazyFeed would return videos, photos and blog posts tagged with that term. Users were then prompted to add that term as a topic, which essentially meant the search was saved. The UI looked like a typical feed reader: Tags:#Real-Time Web#web 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market jolie odellcenter_img Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… “It delivers updates (updated content) of updates(updated topics),” said Gahng. “You don’t even need to flick a finger to see what’s up with your topics. You can just add stuff and watch live content flow in.”Lazyfeed has also eliminated the need to sign up to use the service. “This will make it much easier to recommend Lazyfeed to your friends,” said Gahng. “We think this will greatly make Lazyfeed more approachable for first-time users.” Related Posts In September, the site announced support for both RSSCloud and PubSubHubBub protocols, making the product even quicker, in some cases as fast as an IM client.Lazyfeed Squared retains the real-time capabilities of the previous version, but it’s a more passive experience, like watching television.last_img read more