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Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Nigeria’s Paralympics team ‘left stranded’ at Lagos airport


The athletes are demanding the same recognition as given to their able-bodied counterparts. Nigeria finished 22nd with a total of 13 medals – 6 gold, 5 silver and 2 bronze at the Paralympic games. Their counterparts did not win any medal at the London Olympics.
In our country, nobody regards us as anybody, nobody regards us as the specials, there is no budget for us. But in other countries when they are doing anything, their first consider the physically challenged people, the old ones but in this country there’s nothing like that‘, Gold medalist in the Women’s +82.50 kg Powerlifting category, Gloria Anozie explained to Channels TV.
‘So we found that if you don’t wake up, fight for yourself, do something better for yourself, you are not going anywhere, so we motivate ourselves to do what we are doing’, she further explained. 
By Osagie Alonge

Monday, September 10, 2012

Obama Got The Convention Bounce, As Well As Bad Economic Numbers



The Democrats were no sooner out of Charlotte when the bad economic news came.
A more disappointing job report than had been forecast. Economic numbers weaker than expected. Just 96,000 jobs were created in August, far fewer than what economists were anticipating. And even a lower unemployment rate — down to 8.1 percent from 8.3 — was explained as that more people had simply stopped looking for work. The hope of four years ago is quickly becoming a fading memory, especially for those whose lives have not seen the change Barack Obama once promised.
Reality often can get in the way of a celebration, and that may be how we define the convention bounce of 2012. All the emotion and enthusiasm and memorable speeches of Charlotte have indeed resulted in a "bounce" for the president and his party. But how long does it last? Maybe a little trip down memory lane is in order.
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Serena Williams showed incredible resolve to outlast Victoria Azarenka and secure her fourth US Open title.


Serena Williams showed incredible resolve to outlast Victoria Azarenka and secure her fourth US Open title. The 30-year-old lifted her 15th Grand Slam singles crown - and fourth in New York - with a 6-2 2-6 7-5 win in 138 minutes on Arthur Ashe Stadium.World number one Azarenka served for the match, but Williams broke in a run of four ruthless games to triumph.She became the first player aged over 30 to win the US Open women's singles since Martina Navratilova in 1987. "I honestly can't believe I won," said the American. "I was preparing my runner-up speech because she was playing so great."Azarenka wept into a towel at the end as her dream of becoming the first Belarusian to win the US Open ended in agonising fashion"It's tough but Serena deserves to win," said the 23-year-old. "She showed what a true champion she is."I'm honoured to stand with such a true champion here. I definitely gave it my all today, stepping out of this court I have no regrets."It was a dramatic end to an captivating encounter that suggests Williams remains the leading player in women's tennis and further cements her place among the legends of the sport.The win comes 13 years after her first US Open title in 1999 - the biggest span of success by a female singles player in the Open era. She is the fifth woman in the Open era to triumph four times in New York and now has a 15-4 win-loss record from her 19 major finals.The result looked a formality as Williams blasted her way through the 34-minute first set with two breaks of serve.An inch-perfect lob in game two drew applause from Azarenka, while a series of brutal winners in game eight epitomised her dominance.Having come from a set down to beat Maria Sharapova in the semi-finals, Azarenka knew she was capable of mounting a fightback.Hope arrived with a Williams double-fault early in set two, and the American was further distracted by a foot fault in game three.Azarenka had captured the momentum and she struck again for a 4-1 lead before comfortably levelling the contest.It was the first US Open women's final to go the distance since 1995 and breaks were exchanged in a nervy start to the decider.Azarenka made what seemed a decisive move when she punished an error-strewn Williams in game seven and held for 5-3.The crowd noise rose to deafening levels and it had contrasting effects - Williams growing in belief, Azarenka wilting.Williams produced a crunching forehand winner to put the set back on serve, levelled and then broke again when Azarenka netted.A flurry of ferocious serves moved the home favourite to within a game of glory, and she was able to celebrate when Azarenka fired long.

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Saturday, September 8, 2012

Obama calls jobs report 'not good enough'

 


 President Barack Obama called the last month's jobs report, which showed weak growth and over 350,000 people dropping out of the workforce, "not good enough" at a rally on Friday, meanwhile mocking Republicans' tax proposals and asking for another four years to accomplish his proposals. The unemployment rate fell in August from 8.3% to 8.1%, according to the Labor Department report issued Friday, but that slip was fueled by 368,000 people dropping out of the workforce. 

The 96,000 jobs added is far below the generally accepted 150,000 needed to simply keep up with population growth, and Obama said that "there is a lot more that we can do."
"We need to create more jobs faster. We need to fill the hole left by this recession faster. We need to come out of this crisis stronger than when we went in," Obama told voters in Plymouth, New Hampshire.
"When Congress gets back to town next week," he continued, "you need to send them a message: go ahead and give middle class families and small businesses the confidence of knowing that their taxes, your taxes will not go up next year."
The president traveled to the battleground state in the wake of his party's nominating convention, which concluded Thursday evening in Charlotte, North Carolina after Obama accepted the Democratic presidential nomination. GOP challenger Mitt Romney is to campaign in the Granite State Friday evening.
Romney's running mate, meanwhile, held a rally in Nevada, a battleground state where the unemployment rate is 12%. Rep. Paul Ryan said at the steamy outdoor event at a Peterbilt Motors Company dealership in Sparks, Nevada the president is "good at giving great speeches, he's just really bad at creating jobs."
"You know we learned today for that every person that got a job, nearly four people stopped looking for a job," the Wisconsin lawmaker said, comparing the 96,000 new jobs and 368,000 people who dropped from the workforce. " They gave up. We can't keep doing this," the Wisconsin lawmaker said
He added, "Friends, this is not an economic recovery, this is nowhere close to an economic recovery. We need a new president and we need a real economic recovery."
Obama told supporters Friday "I need four more years" to accomplish a set of goals he laid out in his speech at the Democratic National Convention on Thursday night.
"New Hampshire, I need you to help me recruit a hundred thousand math and science teachers and improve early childhood education and give two million workers the skills they need at community colleges," he said.
He also called for deficit reduction, doubling exports in the next two years, and halving imports of oil in the next 8 years in his Thursday evening remarks.
Speaking to reporters in Iowa before Obama's event, Romney said Obama "has been unable to deliver on virtually any of the promises he made when he ran for office four years ago.
"The idea that the American people are going to accept the same promises again would be one that I think would be flying in the face of America's ability to understand what's in their best interest," he said.
Obama has previously blasted Republicans - and they have criticized him - for the standoff over an extension of Bush-era tax breaks which is to expire at the end of this year, absent Congressional action. Obama and many Democrats favor extending the break on income below a certain threshold - Obama has advocated for $250,000 - while Republicans generally favor extending the break on all levels of income.
The three-day convention had its share of criticism Romney and the Republicans, and on the trail Friday, Obama blasted the GOP for offering "the same prescriptions that they've had for the last 30 years."
"Tax cuts, tax cuts, gut some regulations and, oh, more tax cuts," Obama said. "Tax cuts when times are good, tax cuts when times are bad, tax cuts to help you lose a few extra pounds.
"Tax cuts to improve your love life," he continued. "It'll cure anything, according to them."
New Hampshire is one of the nine toss-up states on the CNN Electoral Map. Obama won the state and its four electoral votes by nine percentage points in the 2008 election. 

by  Rachel Streitfeld