Relieved Nadal wins 9th Monte Carlo title

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first_imgMONACO (AP):The relief was evident for Rafael Nadal as he overcame a sloppy performance on his serve to beat Frenchman Gael Monfils 7-5, 5-7, 6-0 yesterday and get his hands on the Monte Carlo Masters trophy for the ninth time.This was the Spaniard’s first tournament win in Monte Carlo since the last of his eight straight titles there in 2012. It is also the record-equalling 28th Masters title for Nadal, bringing him alongside top-ranked Novak Djokovic.He sank to his knees after sealing victory with a brilliant forehand winner, tilting his head back, closing his eyes to savour his biggest tournament win since the French Open in June, 2014 and his first at a Masters event since Madrid a few weeks before that.”It has been a very important week. The victory confirms that I am better,” Nadal said. “Monte Carlo is one of the most important places for me, without a doubt.”first title of the yearIt was his first title of the year, having won only three in 2015 when he was riddled with self-doubt and became a prey on clay, rather than a predator.Last year, Djokovic battered him in the French Open quarter-finals; Stan Wawrinka beat him in the Rome Masters quarter-finals in straight sets; Andy Murray routed him in the Madrid final 6-3, 6-2; Djokovic won 6-3, 6-3 in the Monte Carlo semi-finals; and even erratic Italian Fabio Fognini beat him twice – in Rio and Barcelona.”I’m enjoying it after some tough moments,” said the fifth-ranked Nadal. “Last year was a tough year. The nerves that I had, I was anxious in the matches.”resilience coming backAlthough Nadal says he is “still not 100 per cent”, his famed resilience is coming back.”This week, I was able to increase my level when things became tough, like I did before,” he said. “We will see how things are in the next six months (but) I have to enjoy this moment. Tomorrow, I will start to think about Barcelona, another important event.”It took him 2 hours, 46 minutes to finally see off Monfils, who had never won a set against Nadal on clay and had lost 11 of their 13 previous matches.”You just have to accept he’s a bit better.” Monfils said. “He increased his intensity and changed the way he was playing.”Nadal dropped his serve five times against the 13th-seeded Monfils in a topsy-turvy encounter in which they conceded 34 break-point chances between them.Playing in his 100th final, Nadal clinched his 68th title and his first since winning on clay at Hamburg last August. His previous final was in January routed by Djokovic in Doha.last_img read more


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first_img…chemotherapy to end by May 2019President David Granger on Tuesday morning left Guyana, accompanied by his wife, Sandra Granger, for his second round of chemotherapy in Cuba.Prior to his departure at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA), the President said that the Centro de Investigaciones Médico Quirúrgicas (CIMEQ) has drafted a schedule of treatment, which will run until May 2019.“In my first visit, I had not only the biopsy but a series of tests and examinations and I also had my first cycle of chemotherapy.I now have to return for succeeding five cycles, so this is the second cycle and I hope to return much more quickly than I did the first visit ,because this is simply the administration of chemotherapy so presumably after the tests, which will be done today (Tuesday), I will have the chemotherapy and return by weekend,” Granger said.According to the Ministry of the Presidency, Granger will return to Cuba later thisPresident David Granger and First Lady Sandra Granger at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA), Timehri on Tuesdaymonth for his third round of treatment.“I expect that by the start of the new year, my progress, which has been gradual so far, will be sufficient to allow me to take on more duties,” he said.The Head of State added that he was very grateful for all the prayers and get-well messages he has received for his full and complete recovery, especially from Caribbean Heads of Government, business leaders, his colleagues, the churches and the public, particularly those who held vigils while he was in Cuba.“I think my illness, although personally unfortunate, has brought forth a response by the Guyanese public, not to a politician, not to a political leader, but to a national President. I think they feel the presidency is what is being jeopardised by this threat to my health and I think what I have seen so far, both privately and publicly, are favourable national concern that the Head of State, whomever he may be, should enjoy the best health,” he said.On October 30, 2018, the President and the First Lady travelled to Cuba for him to undergo medical tests after he complained of feeling unwell. It was later revealed that the Head of State was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma, which is a type of cancer that develops in the lymphatic system.The lymphatic system is part of your immune system. Clear fluid, called lymph, flows through the lymphatic vessels and contains infection-fighting white blood cells, known as lymphocytes.He was discharged from the hospital on November 6 after undergoing a series of tests and surgical procedures. He returned to Guyana on November 20 after he was given approval by his medical team to travel.According to webmd.com, chemotherapy targets cells that grow and divide quickly, as cancer cells do. Unlike radiation or surgery, which target specific areas, chemo can work throughout the body. But it can also affect some fast-growing healthy cells, like those of the skin, hair, intestines, and bone marrow.That’s what causes some of the side effects from the treatment. According to the website, some of the most common side effects of chemotherapy are fatigue, hair loss, easy bruising and bleeding, infection, anaemia (low red blood cell counts), nausea and vomiting, appetite changes, and constipation.Minister of State, Joseph Harmon, during his weekly post-Cabinet briefing on Friday last, disclosed that even though President Granger’s workload has been reduced, he remained in charge of the State’s business.In May of this year, Granger and the First Lady had travelled to Trinidad and Tobago to undergo what was referred to as their annual medical check-up.At the time, and in response to reports in the press, the Government had revealed that the couple did their examinations under a Caribbean medical insurance scheme at the Good Health Medical Centre. Those results, Government had said, indicated a clean bill of health.last_img read more


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first_imgThe closure of up to four obstetric units including Letterkenny General Hospital is mooted in a confidential report commissioned by the HSE.Letterkenny HospitalThe units at Ballinasloe, Castlebar, Sligo and/or Letterkenny could close as part of a reconfiguration of maternity services in the two regions, according to options set out in the politically explosive report, seen by The Irish Times.While the HSE says no decisions have been made yet, the study by consultants the Health Partnership makes it clear that “significant changes” are needed in the way services are delivered. The development of midwife-led units, either alongside obstetric units or on a standalone basis, is recommended in the study.A system of centralised booking for expectant mothers, which would see women directed to the appropriate centre for care “based on admission criteria”, as well as the rotation of staff through each area, are also recommended.Fianna Fáil health spokesman Marc MacSharry, who raised the issue in the Seanad yesterday, said the report confirmed that the HSE was strongly considering dramatically downgrading maternity services.“There are reports that plans are already under way to shut down the maternity unit at Portiuncula as soon as the local and European elections are over, and transfer patients to University Hospital Galway, ” he said. “For the Government to keep this major change to our local health services a secret until after polling day is deeply cynical and deeply unfair to expectant mothers who are due their babies at Portiuncula very soon. “If these plans go ahead, it would amount to a major downgrading of obstetrician-led maternity services in this region. It is completely unacceptable to consider shutting down the maternity unit in Sligo and forcing expectant mothers to travel hours to Letterkenny or Galway city to see an obstetrician.”LETTERKENNY MATERNITY UNIT ONE OF FOUR ON LIST WHICH COULD BE CLOSED was last modified: May 14th, 2014 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


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first_imgForty years ago this day, Christmas Eve, a riotous and troubled world stopped in its tracks and held its breath.  The crew of Apollo 8, which had blasted off 3 days earlier in the new behemoth rocket Saturn V, masterminded by rocket pioneer Wernher von Braun, had reached orbit around the moon, and was about to speak to the world.    Because of delays with the lunar lander, the mission planners decided to try a lunar mission earlier than first scheduled.  It would help them gain confidence with orbital maneuvers and keep ahead of the Russians.  It was a risky move that would involve several firsts: first manned use of the Saturn V (one of the most complex machines ever built by man), first manned lunar orbit, and farthest from Earth man had ever traveled.  Lunar orbit insertion was particularly risky.  The slightest mistake in calculation would have doomed the crew: either crashing them into the moon, or sending them off into space with no chance to get home.  Ground controllers were in blackout when the burn completed behind the moon.  A confirming voice from the spacecraft, slightly later than expected, sent a huge sigh of relief through mission control.  Apollo 8 was in orbit.    For the next 20 hours the crew circled the moon 10 times.  They were the first humans to witness “Earthrise,” a sight of our blue marble, brimming with life, rising above the limb of a desolate, airless world (for a more recent image in HD, see the 11/15/2007 entry and Astronomy Picture of the Day).  The pictures Apollo 8 took were historic.  Those images were to alter man’s perception of his place in the universe, showing how precious our delicate jewel appeared against the blackness of space (see Australian Broadcasting Corporation).    The world needed some good news.  1968 had been a disastrous year.  The Vietnam War escalated during the Tet Offensive, Martin Luther King and Robert Kennedy had been assassinated, millions of hippies were taking drugs and protesting the establishment, and anti-war activists were rioting in the streets.  What happened next on that Christmas Eve brought a precious moment of peace on earth, good will to men.  Calling long distance from the moon to planet earth, William Anders began a Christmas greeting like no other (follow along on YouTube).  As people around the world hushed and watched their TV sets, he said:We are now approaching lunar sunrise, and for all the people on Earth, the crew of Apollo 8 has a message we would like to send you. “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.And the earth was without form, and void;and darkness was upon the face of the deep.And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.And God saw the light, that it was good:and God divided the light from the darkness.”Jim Lovell:“And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night.And the evening and the morning were the first day.And God said, Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters,and let it divide the waters from the waters.And God made the firmament, and divided the waters which were under the firmamentfrom the waters which were above the firmament: and it was so.And God called the firmament Heaven.And the evening and the morning were the second day.”Frank Borman:“And God said, Let the waters under the heavens be gathered together unto one place,and let the dry land appear: and it was so.And God called the dry land Earth; and the gathering together of the waterscalled he Seas: and God saw that it was good.”Borman then added, “And from the crew of Apollo 8, we close with good night, good luck, a Merry Christmas, and God bless all of you – all of you on the good Earth.”An estimated one billion people listened to that greeting – the largest TV audience to date.  Somehow, everything took on a new perspective.  The war and the national boundaries faded into insignificance as the ancient words of Genesis, pronouncing goodness on the newly-created world, took center stage.  That moment captured the imagination of poets, journalists and authors for years.  An anonymous telegram to the astronauts after the mission said, “Thank you Apollo 8.  You saved 1968.”    A commemorative stamp was issued showing Earthrise with the words, “In the beginning God…”  The story has been retold by John S. Gardner on National Review.  Background of that holy night can also be found at a NASA-Goddard web page.  A very lifelike and faithful re-enactment of the event can be seen in Tom Hanks’ HBO miniseries, From the Earth to the Moon, Part 4.    The Apollo 8 Christmas Eve anniversary was mentioned today by the BBC News and Space.com and Astronomy Picture of the Day, but all three avoided mention of the Genesis reading.  It was mentioned, however, on Maryland Weather, the Boston Globe, the Chicago Tribune and many other news outlets.  There will undoubtedly be many Apollo celebrations leading up to the 40th anniversary of the moon landing in July, but there was never a Christmas Eve quite like that one – a modern wish for a silent night, holy night, calm, brightness, and sleep in heavenly peace.“Trouble and anguish have overtaken me, yet Your commandments are my delight,” says Psalm 119 of God’s healing Word.  “The righteousness of Your testimonies is everlasting; Give me understanding, and I shall live.”    Even back then, a few sourpuss spoilsports got uptight about the government-funded Bible reading.  Madelyn Murray O’Hair, the famous atheist, tried to sue to keep the word “God” off the stamp, but the courts decided she had no jurisdiction.  Ha!  But can you imagine the uproar something like that would cause today?  The AmurkyOnes Untied, the NCSE dobermans and the “I’ll-Sue-You” ACLU would be taking off in an imperial TIE Fighter to shoot them down.  The UN would come unglued and threaten America with sanctions.  Borman, Lovell and Anders might have decided it wasn’t safe to come back.    The greeting was apparently conceived by the astronauts themselves, and surprised NASA as much as everyone else.  The Chicago Tribune claimed that the astronauts got the idea from the wife of a reporter friend.  NASA had only asked the three to “think of something appropriate to say.”  It worked.  The timeless words of Genesis 1 touched the hearts of a billion people wearied by war and conflict.  The image of a beautiful blue orb in the vastness of space fit those words as humans had never before sensed from such a perspective: “and God saw that it was good.”    We trust most people can celebrate that event as one of the most beautiful gifts the space program ever sent home.  Too bad most people quickly forgot it and resumed their selfish, thankless, violent ways.  Keep the light shining.  Put this wallpaper on your desktop and tell your coworkers about the Apollo 8 Christmas Eve message.  And so to all our readers, we likewise extend our wishes for a good night, good providence, a Merry Christmas, and God bless all of you – all of you on the privileged planet.(Visited 15 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more