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Serena Williams airs vulnerable side in 5-part TV series

first_imgJo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “There’s no escaping the fear: The fear that I might not come back as strong as I was. The fear that I can’t be both the best mother and the best tennis player in the world. I guess my only choice is to live and find out,” Williams says at one point.She cries as she recounts the pulmonary embolism that made it hard for her to breathe shortly after her child was born.There are also lighthearted moments, such as this exchange:Ohanian: “What did you say when someone said that our little girl was going to win Wimbledon in, like, 15-20 years?”Williams: “Not if I’m still on tour.”ADVERTISEMENT Ohanian: “You’re ridiculous.”The second episode closes with Williams heading to the practice court, seven weeks after becoming a mom, ready to get her comeback to the tour started.“I was thinking that I could just feel it around. Just probably hit some groundstrokes and see if I still have it, you know? Or need to pursue a different career,” Williams says with a chuckle.She won the 2017 Australian Open while pregnant and has not played in a major tournament since.Her next chance to take the Grand Slam stage could come at the French Open, which starts May 27.“I have more tennis to play,” Williams says in episode No. 2. “I have my life to live.” NVGRELATED STORIES:Venus, Serena Williams join Billie Jean King equal pay pushSerena says motherhood may make her better playerSerena Williams on her first million-dollar check and the gender pay gap ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC LATEST STORIES MOST READ View comments Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water recedingcenter_img Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew That is just one example of the images and words that show vulnerability the world is not accustomed to seeing — or hearing — from the owner of 23 Grand Slam singles championships, someone whose on-court game is built, at least in part, on intimidating power.“Being Serena,” airing on Wednesday nights starting this week, offers viewers a chance to feel as if they are getting to know the athlete better. There is the footage, including in the delivery room when Williams gave birth to her daughter on Sept. 1. And there are interviews, including with Williams; her husband, Reddit co-founder Alex Ohanian; her tennis-playing sister, Venus; another sibling; their mother; and Williams’ agent, Jill Smoller.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownThe debut episode is titled “Fear.” The other episode provided to reviewers is called “Strength.”Those first two installments mainly focus on Williams’ pregnancy, her difficult childbirth and her thoughts on motherhood. 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 In a photo provided by HBO date not provided, Serena Williams holds her daughter, Alexis Olympia Ohanion Jr., in a scene from the HBO’s “Being Serena,” a five-part documentary series. The series airs Wednesday nights, starting this week. (HBO via AP)The first episode of “Being Serena,” a five-part documentary series on HBO about Serena Williams, closes with the tennis great in a hospital bed, about to have a C-section.Just before the screen fades, a voiceover from Williams is heard: “I was terrified. And it was a whole new kind of fear. Tennis? I don’t think it ever felt so far away. And I don’t think my life ever felt so unsure.”ADVERTISEMENT In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident 2 Malaysian badminton players banned for match-fixing Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feastlast_img read more

Comair opens Dar es Salaam routes

first_img19 August 2010Comair Limited, operator of low-cost airline kulula.com and the British Airways franchise in South Africa, is again expanding its African network, and will soon be offering five return flights a week between Johannesburg and Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.British Airways will be operating the new route from 2 November, and the flights will also be integrated and sold through the kulula.com distribution network.“We look forward to including Dar es Salaam in our growing regional network,” Comair network development manager Stuart Cochrane said in a statement last month.“The growth of this network is part of our ongoing commitment to the South African government’s airlift strategy, which aims to improve access to and from South Africa for both business and tourism.”Daily service on the cardsComair will commence with five return flights per week, the full allocation granted to it by the International Air Services Licensing Council. However, Cochrane said Comair’s intention would be to grow this route to a daily service as soon as possible.Cochrane said the introduction of additional flights to Dar es Salaam would bring a much-needed alternative service – and competitive pricing – to a market that was currently only serviced by one airline operator.“Tanzania is a beautiful country and is rapidly becoming a desirable business and tourist destination,” he said. “We are looking forward to developing this route as a successful addition to our network.”SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Modernising SA’s air traffic networks

first_img29 May 2013 South Africa’s Air Traffic Navigation Services Company (ATNS) and French multinational aerospace technology firm Thales have signed several contracts in a partnership to modernise the country’s air traffic networks. ATNS is the sole provider of air traffic, navigation, training and associated services in South Africa and is also responsible for air traffic control for about 10% of the world’s airspace. It currently operates at 22 aerodromes around the country, including OR Tambo, Cape Town and King Shaka International Airports Thales will replace the current air traffic navigation services management systems with the Thales TopSky-ATC (air traffic control) system, as well as install the newest Thales 970s radars at ATNS’s Wakkerstroom, Potgieterus and Rhodes radar sites. Under the agreements, Thales will also provide maintenance and support for all existing ATNS radar sensors and the TopSky-ATC systems used by the Air Traffic Navigation Services Company. “South Africa is emerging as one of the fastest growing and complex air traffic management regions in the continent,” Thales South Africa chief executive officer, Patrick Oszczeda, said in a statement last week. In the last 10 years African air traffic has increased dramatically, with South Africa being one of the busiest airspaces on the continent. It is necessary to improve management, advance technologies and modernise systems as a result. “This technology acquisition will allow ATNS to deploy a truly future-proofed technology capable of not only dealing with the issues and challenges of Africa today, but also capable of growing and adapting as the airspace becomes more complex,” Oszczeda said. The two organisations are also exploring further partnerships to unlock growth and development opportunities in South Africa. “In delivering services to our customers and stakeholders, technology infrastructure and innovation play an important role in ensuring that we are able to do so,” said acting CEO of ATNS, Thabani Mthiyane. “It was therefore important for ATNS to select a partner that will not only provide enabling technology but will work with ATNS in ensuring that internal technology innovation capacity and capability is strengthened for the purpose of long-term joint development and cooperation. “This will further benefit the know-how and skills related to air traffic management in South Africa as a whole, especially in the area of technology transfer and management,” Mthiyane said. SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Ex-Googler & Brizzly Creator on Real-Time Web Filtration

first_imgAt the ReadWrite Real-Time Web Summit last Thursday, Jason Shellen, a former Google engineer and current Thing Labs CEO, sat down to talk with us about filtration and discovery on the real-time web.One of the greatest problems of this environment is said to be the capacity for information overload. At a Summit session, representatives of some of the most “filter-geeky” real-time startups debated the methods and merits of parsing data from the real-time web. Shellen’s was one of the most authoritative voices in the session, and his one-on-one insights are well worth listening to. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting jolie odell Tags:#Real-Time Web#web Related Posts center_img A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Patna University must compete among 10 best public varsities to get ₹ 10,000 cr. central grant, says Modi

first_imgShatrughan, Yashwant, Lalu absentProminent alumni of the university, local BJP MP Shatrughan Sinha; former Union Finance Minister and senior BJP leader Yashwant Sinha and Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad were conspicuously absent from the function.However, while welcoming Mr. Modi to the university, Mr. Shatrughan Sinha tweeted on Saturday “…even I got an invitation, alas very late and with a very short notice…delayed by the more loyal than the King’s people involved in the affair”. So, though “Muhabbat Karne waale kam na honge…Teri mehfil mein lekin hum na honge’… my best wishes”, he tweeted again.However, other prominent alumni of the varsity, Union Ministers Ram Vilas Paswan, Ravi Shankar Prasad, Ashwani Choubey and Upendra Kushwaha, were present on the dais with the Prime Minister, Governor Satya Pal Malik, Mr. Kumar and his deputy Sushil Kumar Modi.In bad shapeEstablished on October 1, 1917, Patna University, was once known as the “Oxford of The East”. But with the passage of time, al its past glory diminished and today it suffers from lack of teachers, staff, infrastructure and fund. “Its in pathetic situation today”, Mr. Shatrughan Sinha had said. Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday said the Patna University (PU) should compete among the 10 best public universities of the country to get a grant of ₹ 10,000 crore from the central government and become a fully autonomous institution.The Prime Minister was speaking at the university’s centenary celebration function in Patna.Earlier, amid a thunderous applause of the students, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar urged Mr. Modi to grant central university status to the university .Mr. Modi said, “India is nowhere among top 500 universities of the world…my government has put up a challenge to 10 private and 10 public universities to fulfil some criterions fixed by the government to get ₹ 10,000 crore grant in five years and become a fully autonomous institution…Patna University too should take up the challenge and compete for it…it will go beyond its demand for a status of a central university. Patna University should also connect with its glorious list of alumna to regain its past glory…it happens everywhere.”Calls for innovationAddressing the gathering of students, former students, staff and teachers, the Prime Minister also laid emphasis on prioritising “innovation” in universities for the country’s development.“I appeal to the Patna University to be innovative for the problems of your surrounding and compete for start-ups…India has no dearth of talent as it has vast lot of young people”, he said.After the function, the Prime Minister left for Mokama, 100 km from Patna to launch several development projects worth of over ₹ 3,700 crore.PM @narendramodi visiting the Bihar Museum in Patna pic.twitter.com/QfvEKiPlWY— PIB India (@PIB_India) October 14, 2017last_img read more

Takahashi gives PH its 2nd gold in judo, shocks Thai champ

first_imgEthel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ MOST READ Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Morrison delivers promise to win gold for his grandmother PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games PLAY LIST 03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics00:50Trending Articles02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters LATEST STORIES Takashi was very pleased over her feat but she could not express her emotions because she can’t speak English or Filipino.“I’m happy,” said Takahashi through her coach, Rio Olympian Kodo Nakano.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingTakahashi competed for the Philippines in the Jigoro Kano Cup held early this year here.She is a high school senior at Shukugawa Gakuin High School and only child of a Davaoena mother and Japanese father. Biggest Pogo service provider padlocked for tax evasioncenter_img Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Mariya Takahashi of the Philippines competes against Surattana Thongsri of Thailand in the finals of the women’s -70kg class of the 29th Southeast Asian Games judo competition at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Center Hall 5. Takahashi prevailed via ippon in 48 seconds to win the gold medal. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/SEA GAMES MEDIA POOLKUALA LUMPUR — Mariya Takahashi rocked the judo competition after a shocking ippon victory over a four-time champion Sunday in the Southeast Asian Games at KLCC Hall 3.The 16-year-old Kobe, Japan-native pinned down Surattana Thongsri of Thailand in less than one minute of the -70 kilogram final to secure the country’s second gold of the competition.ADVERTISEMENT Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ View comments Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Thongsri was holding on to a 1-0 lead before Takahashi scored ippon.On the way to the finals, Takahashi beat Vietnam’s Thi Diue Tieng Ngyuen in the semis.Sydney Sy took the bronze in the women’s -78kg via a 1-0 win over another Thai, Chattayaporn Prawiset. She came from the repechage bracket after losing her first bout.Kiyomi Watanabe had earlier gifted the country with a gold in women’s -63kg last Saturday.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaullast_img read more

New Bihar CM has big shoes to slip into, says Giridhar Jha

first_imgIt is always a tough task to follow in the footsteps of an illustrious predecessor. Bihar’s new Chief minister Jitan Ram Manjhi should know it well, as he finds himself in an unenviable position after taking over the reins from none other than Nitish Kumar. Nitish, who resigned after the disastrous performance of the JD(U) the recent Lok Sabha elections, had raised the bar of good governance by bringing Bihar back on the tracks of development during his eightand-a-half-year rule. From facilitating economic growth of an underdeveloped state, restoring law and order and tackling the scourge of corruption with an iron hand, his regime was marked for quick decisions and out-of-the-box solutions to many a long-standing problem.Jitan Ram Manjhi has been a sixterm MLA who has outshone his colleagues with his performance.For the first time in Bihar, development became a byword in the corridors of power during his tenure which prompted his admirers to hail him as the best administrator since Sri Krishna Sinha, the first and the longest-serving chief minister in the state.His political decision, especially the one to snap his party’s ties with the BJP against the rising stature of Modi, may have been questioned but no one could take away the credit from him that he served, to the best of his ability, to work for the inclusive growth of Bihar all through his stint.Nitish’s government was applauded for giving 50 per cent reservation to women in the three-tier panchayati raj institutions, setting up of speedy trials for disposal of long-pending and high-profile criminal cases and confiscating assets of corrupt public servants, including IAS and IPS officers.That is why his sudden exit created a vacuum of sorts. Most people, including former deputy chief minister Sushil Kumar Modi, felt that Manjhi, the new Chief Minister, would not be able to step into the big shoes of Nitish and end up as a dummy candidate to be remote controlled by his predecessor .This was, however, grossly unfair to Manjhi. A six-term MLA who was made minister in the Jagannath Mishra cabinet way back in the early 1980s, he has been a campaigner who had diligently worked his way to the top with making any noises over the years. Even his performance as the minister for SC/ST welfare in the Nitish government was better than most of his ministerial colleagues. This probably explains why no murmurs were heard within the JD(U) when he was handpicked by Nitish. It was Manjhi’s long experience – in addition to the fact that he belonged to the poorest of the poor Mushhar community of the mahadalits – that worked in his favour and minimised the possibility of any rebellion. Manjhi will now have to prove to his detractors that he is not merely a “rubber stamp.”His task is to carry forward the development agenda of Nitish but he is also expected to take his own independent decisions.Poor girls gettop spots in schoolsIi is not unusual for girls to outperform the boys in the school examinations these days. But in Bihar, they are grabbing the lion’s share of the top spots. In the Class XII Intermediate (Arts) examination conducted by the Bihar School Examination Board, out of the 20 students who got the top positions, 16 of them happened to be girls. What is significant about their achievement is the fact that all of them belonged to the interiors of the state. There were five girls from Madhubani district alone, three from Muzaffarpur, two each from Araria and Saharsa districts but none of them hailed from Patna.This year’s topper Huma Khatoon was a student of Purnia Secondary School while the second and third toppers were Kumari Priyanka from Siwan and Nidhi Kumari from Rosera in Samastipur district. Huma is the first girl from her family to have pursued her education beyond class X. The overall performance of the girls was also far better than the boys. While only 38.75 per cent boys could pass the examinations, 62.24 per cent girls achieved success. Still, the performance of the girls was not better than the last year. In 2013, altogether 19 girls were among the top 20 students. Girls’ education received a tremendous boost during the tenure of Nitish Kumar who offered girl students sops such as free bicycles to check the dropout rate in the state.Bihar kids enter record booksBihar’s kids have something to cheer about. The children of Kilkari Bihar Bal Bhavan have made it to the Limca Book of Records this year for their commendable feat. In December 2012, altogether 7,475 students in the age group of 9-16 had taken part in the Bal Olympiad (Children’s Olympiad) at the Moinul Haq Stadium in Patna. This turned out to be the largest children’s sports event in the country and earned it an entry into the record book.Patna Sahib mahotsav relocatedThe tourism department of the Bihar government has started organising the Patna Sahib Mahotsav on a grand scale at the birthplace of Guru Gobind Singh, seven years ago. Every year, it invites popular singers and other performers to regale the crowds at the festival held near the famous Harmandir Sahib shrine. This year, too, the two-day musical extravaganza saw singer Jasbir Jassi and the dance troupe of Aditi Mangal Das holding the audience in thrall. But the kicked off a controversy due to change in its venue. For the first time since its inception, the Patna Sahib Mahotsav was held at S K Memorial Hall, far away from the holy shrine. The change in venue had angered residents living near the shrine.last_img read more