South Africa celebrates gains made in battle against HIV/AIDS

first_imgThe South African government and non-governmental organisations marked World Aids Day by celebrating the huge gains made in the battle against the virus.And continued its call for more South Africans to get tested and know their HIV status.last_img

3 injured in motorcycle crash

first_imgBACOLOD City – Three persons werewounded in a motorcycle crash in Barangay Poblacion II, Sagay City, NegrosOccidental.  Officers of the Sagay City policestation were investigating the incident./PN The 36-year-old Jun Ian Matarong, JunIan’s 35-year-old wife Gracelyn and 35-year-old Dionesio Samera sustainedinjuries on the body, a police report showed. They were brought to the LodifhiHospital in Sagay City but Jun Ian was later transferred to the Corazon LocsinMontelibano Memorial Regional Hospital in this city for treatment. According to police investigators, JunIan was driving his motorcycle with Gracelyn as back rider when they crashedagainst another motorcycle driven by Samera around 8:10 p.m. on Monday.last_img

October 18, 2018 Police Blotter

first_imgOctober 18, 2018 Police Blotter101818 Decatur County Law Report101818 Decatur County EMS Report101818 Decatur County Fire Report101818 Decatur County Jail Report101818 Batesville Police Blotterlast_img

Bakewell Junior Lawn Tennis Open Resaul takes Boys’ U-18 title

first_img… Kalekyezi cops the U-14FOURTEEN-year-old Heimraj Resaul pulled off a significant win against 15-year-old Mark McDonald to grab his first Boys’ Under-18 title of the Bakewell Junior Open, currently underway at the GBTI lawn tennis courts.Last year it was McDonald who took the U-18 title after losing to Resaul in the U-14 division but this time the tables were turned.Wednesday’s match started with both players playing safe tennis to the detriment of holding up their service games until Resaul held for the first time at 3-2 to go up 4-2.At this time McDonald also held his serve and broke Resaul to even the set at 4. However, McDonald still played defensively and Resaul broke to go up 5-4 and then held serve to take the set at 6-4.In the second set, McDonald seemed revitalised and anxious to turn the tide and he demonstrated this by holding his first service game to go up 1-0.Resaul also upped his tempo and both players held serve until McDonald raced away to a 4-1 lead. Resaul then won 3 straight games to even at 4, with some great passing shots as McDonald became overconfident, frequently approaching the net.McDonald then regrouped and both players again held their service games to take it to 6-6 and force the third set super tie-breaker. At the start of the third set on Thursday, both players showed a high level of confidence and the standard of play dictated trading points neck and neck until Resaul edged to 7-6 with a lot of fist pumps.This clearly threw off McDonald who once again slipped into defensive mode and gave Resaul the next three points to prevail 6-4, 6-7(7-2), 10-6.In the Boys’ Under-14, the Ugandan Joshua Kalekyezi was visibly elated as he defeated Viraj Sharma 5-3, 4-2 to take the coveted title. Both players had tough semi-finals but it was clear that Kalekyezi’s defeat of former champion Jordan Beaton in the semis boosted his confidence enough to hold off Sharma, who too has shown tremendous improvement in techniques over the last year.The Boys’ Under-12 final between Jeremiah Kalekyezi and Vadeanand Resaul is scheduled for today at noon.last_img read more

Trojans’ secondary a growing concern

first_img“The 19th Hole” runs Tuesdays. To comment on this story, email Joey at or visit Someone is the hero and someone is the goat in spring practice. Someone enjoys success at another’s expense.And through three weeks of spring ball for USC, that message largely rings true. At present, the Trojans’ collection of receivers is playing the role of hero.The receiving corps shined during Saturday’s 52-play scrimmage at the Los Angekes Memorial Coliseum, even with junior wide receiver Marqise Lee sidelined because of a knee injury. Sophomore wideout Nelson Agholor scored on a touchdown pass of about 75 yards from quarterback Cody Kessler. Junior George Farmer hauled in a 47-yard reception. Redshirt sophomore Victor Blackwell caught a 25-yard touchdown pass.If you happened to stop by the stadium on that particular afternoon, you would have seen a fair share of big plays. Yup, those receivers looked fast. This is reassuring considering that, at present, it is unknown who will be throwing the passes come fall.But the concerning part is this: They were blowing past USC’s secondary. That’s the flipside of the coin. As strong as Agholor, Farmer and the rest have looked in recent weeks, they have also enjoyed their successes at the expense of an inexperienced and still-developing secondary.Here’s what’s been clear: The back four of the defense, particularly the cornerback positions, is the unit in question and is one that remains increasingly problematic.“We have a lot of concerns at corner right now, and it showed up today,” USC head coach Lane Kiffin said Saturday. “Three go routes in man coverage.”Those three “go routes” went for touchdowns.Evidently, finding the right match at cornerback has been anything but easy. To start off the spring, USC lined up freshmen defensive backs Su’a Cravens and Leon McQuay III at cornerback. But since the first week, they’ve found homes elsewhere — Cravens at “nickel corner” and McQuay at safety. It doesn’t appear likely either will move at this point.Florida transfer Josh Shaw, who spent his first season in the program primarily at cornerback, has moved back to safety. Sophomore cornerback Kevon Seymour and redshirt freshman cornerback Devian Shelton are currently out with injuries.And of course it doesn’t help that Nickell Robey opted to declare for the NFL draft, forgoing his senior season.“The early departure of Nickell really hurt us for a guy who is not going to be a first-round draft pick,” Kiffin added. “That was the kind of experience we were hoping would come back.”But that experience is gone, and the bulk of the experience that the Trojans have left comes from senior cornerback Torin Harris and redshirt junior cornerback Anthony Brown, who have assumed the role as the team’s top two cornerbacks. Thus far, though, both have struggled, including during Saturday’s scrimmage.“He’s really inconsistent,” said new defensive coordinator Clancy Pendergast when asked about Harris last week. “And we’re looking for consistent players we can depend on.”This isn’t nitpicking a position group in the spring but rather a growing concern for a defense that, in Pendergast’s system, hopes to be more aggressive. In particular, it’s a defense that requires corners to play more single coverage. They’re struggling with that now, and playing single coverage appears increasingly risky.“We have to get better with the guys we have,” Kiffin said. “We have to play better, have to coach better.”The reason USC has to get better with the guys it has is because, well, Kiffin and Co. don’t exactly have any other choice.Freshman cornerback Chris Hawkins is the only member of USC’s 13-player 2013 signing class who naturally plays the position. As tiresome as it has become to hear the oft-heard line about limited scholarships and depth over the last year, that issue only gets worse as the years progress: Next fall will be the beginning of year two of the three-year 75-player scholarship cap.For now, USC must do its best with what it has. There won’t be any reinforcements coming between now and the start of fall camp.There aren’t exactly plenty of backup plans, either. USC needs Harris to be more consistent. The same goes for Brown. Hawkins, though barely out of high school, needs to grow up quickly.Such is the circumstance.A revamped defense, though, is expected to be at the heart of the turnaround USC hopes will come in 2013. And that revamped defense is largely predicated on being aggressive, playing — as Pendergast has reiterated on several occasions — on the offense’s side of the line of scrimmage.But, to do all of that, USC can’t afford to be beaten deep on “go routes,” not this frequently.That’s how you lose football games, something the Trojans have done far too much of lately.last_img read more

Sam Riddle manages parenthood while quarterbacking Linfield College

first_imgSam Riddle got into the car with his father and, as they drove away from Oregon, Riddle began to cry. He didn’t stop for an hour.Riddle’s son, Mason, turned 2 months old the day he left. Briahnna, his then-fiancée and current wife, urged him to try North Dakota. Riddle felt wracked with doubt.“Leaving that morning was one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to do,” he said. “I told my dad to turn the car around, that I couldn’t do it.”Fifteen hundred miles later, the 18-year-old stepped out of the car. The quarterback had arrived at the University of North Dakota, one of Division I-AA’s best football programs. As Dave Riddle dropped his son off, at a good school on scholarship, he felt like a proud father. Sam felt like anything but.The moment he left the practice field or meeting room, without fail, he was reminded of the distance between him and his family. The things people told him would make the transition easier — Skype, FaceTime and texting — made it harder, he said. Riddle was watching his son grow up through a glass screen.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAround 4 a.m. on Thursday, Aug. 22, 2013, 25 days after leaving Oregon, Riddle boarded a train back home. After the 31-hour ride, Riddle got a haircut and went to Briahnna’s house. He spent Saturday with his family. Sunday, he moved into a dorm at Linfield College in McMinnville, Oregon, a Division III school near his hometown that had recruited him out of high school.Two years later, Riddle starts at quarterback, and is leading the 3-0 Wildcats offense, which averages 56.3 points per game, second in Division III. But the two years in between were anything but easy.“Things with my side of the family were rough,” Riddle said of his return. “I resented them a little bit. They tried patching things up with me and nothing really happened. (They didn’t want) me to come home.” Published on October 7, 2015 at 9:02 pm Contact Sam: | @Sam4TR Dave, a schoolteacher for 32 years, saw his son’s coming home as forfeiting a scholarship for the $45,000 tuition of Linfield. The family had a strict budget growing up, Riddle said. His fiancée and son moved in with Briahnna’s grandparents and became so busy that they barely saw Riddle’s family.There were occasional Sunday night dinners and a few other times spent together, but mostly Riddle’s parents didn’t see Mason until Saturday at the football games, which helped to ease the tension.“We just realized that we needed to be supportive of him,” Dave said. “It’s going much further than our feelings. His happiness is much more important than money or scholarships … He stepped up big time.”Both Riddle and his father said they’ve never been closer than they are now.Riddle discusses parenting challenges with his father, but doesn’t normally seek advice, Dave said. He’s confident and responsible, similar qualities which caught the attention of Linfield quarterback coach Aaron Boehme.A sophomore at the time, Riddle was named the starter ahead of a junior and senior in 2014. Boehme noticed Riddle’s attention to detail in learning offensive schemes. The same attention to detail required to be a husband and a dad, he said.“For Sam, football…is kind of his getaway for a bit,” Boehme said.Riddle has a routine. He wakes up at 6 a.m. to get Mason ready and Briahnna heads to work at Wells Fargo. There’s a long day ahead with cleaning the new duplex they live in: daycare, laundry, homework, school, making dinner. And football.“I’m not going to lie, it’s hard,” Riddle said. “It’s been hard to face real life.”“We could’ve easily decided no more football,” Briahnna said. “It easily could’ve been, ‘You need to go to school and work part- to full-time to support us.’ But football has been such a big part of his life.”Mason enjoys it too. The 2-year-old throws a spiral, wears his father’s helmet and Briahnna has a hard time getting him to wear something other than Linfield gear.“Mommy! Football field! Football field!” Mason pleaded this summer, knowing dad was at practice.Briahnna drove to the field. When practice ended, the little boy ran out to his father.Riddle scooped him up. He smiled, standing on a field far from North Dakota, wearing his football pads and holding his son.“When he comes out, even today, he shows up all smiles and just to be with his buddies,” Boehme said. “He’s a 19-year-old kid. It’s good for him.” Commentscenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Republic of Ireland finalise preparations for Gibraltar clash.

first_imgIreland hold their last training session this morning ahead of their Euro 2016 qualifier with Gibraltar.Richard Keogh remains a doubt through injuryEngland maintained a 100-percent start to Euro 2016 qualifying last night. They beat San Marino 5-0 at Wembley.Defending champions Spain weren’t so lucky, as they suffered a surprise 2-1 defeat in Slovakia.last_img

Paul shakes off awful start, leads L.A. past Heat

first_imgRedick made a layup on the game’s first possession and the Clippers proceeded to misfire on their next 14 shots, but recovered to win for the 11th time in their last 13 road games, most of that with Blake Griffin sidelined by injuries.“We’re just trying to hold it down until our big fella comes back,” Paul said.Miami went to the oft-used strategy of intentionally fouling Jordan in the third quarter to slow the Clippers’ offense. And while it worked to a point — Jordan went 3 for 10 from the free throw line in the quarter — Miami couldn’t score. The Heat were 4 for 20 in the third, got down by as many as 11 and never led again.“They made big plays down the stretch,” Wade said. “That’s the way we’ve been winning of late, so we can’t be mad at that. We got a little taste of our own medicine.”Austin Rivers out 4-6 weeks with broken left handClippers guard Austin Rivers is expected to miss four to six weeks with a broken left hand.Rivers was hurt during the Clippers’ home game against Minnesota on Wednesday, and the injury was originally diagnosed as a bruise. But when the pain persisted, further exams were performed, and the break was found.Rivers, the son of Clippers coach Doc Rivers, has averaged 8.1 points in about 22 minutes per game this season.The Clippers are still without forward Blake Griffin, first because of a torn left quad tendon and now also because of a broken right hand after he punched a team employee in January. The NBA is investigating that circumstances surrounding that incident, and the elder Rivers said Sunday he expects that probe to “be done pretty soon.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error J.J. Redick scored 14 points, Wesley Johnson had 10 and DeAndre Jordan and Cole Aldrich grabbed 11 rebounds each for the Clippers, who won despite a 1-for-15 start from the field and swept the two-game season series with Miami.“That was a team win because nobody really had it going,” Clippers coach Doc Rivers said. “But our defense really had it going all game.”Chris Bosh, Dwyane Wade and Goran Dragic all scored 17 points for Miami. Luol Deng added 15 points for the Heat, and Hassan Whiteside finished with 10 points and 10 rebounds off the bench.“They did to us what we’ve been doing the last few games, just grinding an opponent,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. “That’s what they did to us, then made the bigger plays down the stretch.”Paul was 0 for 7 in the opening period, the worst one-quarter shooting performance of his NBA career, and was 0 for 9 before he finally got a shot to fall. But his 3-pointers in the fourth snuffed out a Miami rally, and his lob that set up Jordan for a dunk was the clincher for the Clippers — who, after that horrid start, shot 55 percent the rest of the way.center_img MIAMI >> Chris Paul had the worst possible start to his shooting day.His finish, however, was perfect.Paul’s consecutive 3-pointers in the final minutes were daggers to a Miami comeback, and his game-high 22 points helped the Los Angeles Clippers hang on to beat the Heat 100-93 on Sunday.“I kept shooting it,” Paul said, “because sooner or later it had to go in.”last_img read more

Hurem: 15 Points is the greatest Achievement in the History of Women’s National Team

first_imgThe head coach of the women’s “A” national team of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Samira Hurem, did not hide her satisfaction over away win against Malta:“I am very happy, mostly because of my players. They deserved this result. We all work hard and try a lot, but they are the ones that make the right team and promise great results. I would especially like to point out our Sofija Krajšumović, our pearl that was great tonight. Congratulations to complete technical staff as well, everyone was fully engaged in their role to contribute and help the players. Thanks to the Football Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina for their support. Let’s move on, step by step. 15 points is the greatest achievement in the history of the women’s national team, but we will not stop there”, says Hurem.In their seventh match in qualifications for the EURO 2021, the BH female seniors defeated Malta 3:2 by the goals of Sofija Krajšumović.last_img read more

J.J. Watt shuts down Twitter troll for protest opinion: ‘Don’t speak for me’

first_imgWhen former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick knelt four years ago he was heavily criticised by United States president Donald Trump, but the NFL recently apologized for not listening to its players and encouraged them to “speak out and peacefully protest.”MORE: Baker Mayfield addresses his protest stanceSaints quarterback Drew Brees was criticized for suggesting those who took a knee were “disrespecting the flag,” though he later apologized for those comments, a U-turn that Trump insisted he was wrong to make. The 2020 NFL regular season is not due to begin until September, but Texans head coach Bill O’Brien has said he would join his players in kneeling.”Yeah, I’ll take a knee,” he told the Houston Chronicle. “I’m all for it. The players have a right to protest, a right to be heard and a right to be who they are. They’re not taking a knee because they’re against the flag. They’re taking a knee because they haven’t been treated equally in this country for over 400 years.”A Twitter user responded to that story on the social media channel by writing: “Pretty sure you won’t see [JJ Watt] taking a knee….” along with three emojis of the American flag.However, Watt hit back from his own account, saying kneeling for the anthem had nothing to do with either the USA flag or the country’s military.A) don’t speak for meB) if you still think it’s about disrespecting the flag or our military, you clearly haven’t been listening— JJ Watt (@JJWatt) June 13, 2020He quote-retweeted his mention, saying: “A) don’t speak for me B) if you still think it’s about disrespecting the flag or our military, you clearly haven’t been listening.” The new NFL regular season will kick off with the Texans facing the Kansas City Chiefs, who are the reigning Super Bowl champions, on September 10.MORE: Donald Trump to boycott NFL games if players don’t stand for national anthemMORE: Redskins executive explains why Colin Kaepernick wasn’t an option for team J.J. Watt said kneeling for the United States national anthem “isn’t disrespecting the flag or our military” as he fired back at a Twitter user who suggested he would not be among the Texans players protesting.The idea of taking a knee for The Star-Spangled Banner before NFL games to protest police brutality and racial injustice has been raised again following the death of George Floyd in police custody on March 25.last_img read more