By Dialogo September 01, 2009 Rafael Nadal is about to compete in the U.S. Open following his recent return to competition after more than seventy days away from the courts due to tendinitis in his knees, but motivated to try to win the only Grand Slam title lacking on his list of victories, despite the limited preparation he has been able to do for the event. The Spanish tennis player is ready for his first appearance, possibly on Tuesday, against Frenchman Richard Gasquet. “I got here in better shape than expected, but I’m conscious of the fact that I’ve never gotten past the semifinals. If I make it to the quarterfinals or semifinals, I believe that it will be a great tournament for me, and I’ll probably go home satisfied, but later on, over the length of my career, that won’t count for anything. Especially here, at the only Grand Slam tournament I haven’t won. That’s why I’m here to win. If not, I probably wouldn’t have come,” Nadal said. His semifinal appearance last year, when he lost to British player Andy Murray, is the best result that the native of the Balearics has obtained at Flushing Meadows. The Scotsman is precisely the one who has pushed him out of second place in the rankings, marking the first time in the last four years that he will face the season’s last Grand Slam tournament ranked at number three. “I don’t believe that it makes a difference for me that I’m starting out this time as number three. I don’t know how it could make a difference for me to start out as number three,” Rafael Nadal said. Following more than two months without playing due to injury, the Spanish tennis player rejected the idea that he might “be under less pressure” than on other occasions when he has competed in the U.S. Open. “The pressure in the end is the pressure you put on yourself. You know how you are and what you need to do. Less pressure because I’m coming off of an injury? The pressure is what it is. It’s logical that I won’t win the tournament, but I’m here to try to win it,” the number-three player in the world insisted. Rafael Nadal thinks positively. He looks toward the future and feels that his return to competition “isn’t a return, because I haven’t left.” “No, I don’t feel that I have bad luck. I haven’t been worrying about losing the number-one ranking or the number-two ranking. What happened at Roland Garros and missing Wimbledon wasn’t very pleasant, but it’s all been the consequence of showing up poorly prepared. At the beginning it was an almost perfect season; I was playing better than ever. With great results. The best of my career, undoubtedly. I’ve worked hard, and it’s not the case that I’m returning. It’s that I haven’t left. I’m number three in the world. That’s the reality. I’ve played quarterfinal and semifinal matches on hard courts now, in Montreal and Cincinnati. I see myself doing well and capable of winning big tournaments again as soon as possible,” the Spanish tennis player emphasized. The tennis player from Manacor is hopeful about his chances in the tournament and doing something significant. What happened at the Australian Open is an example “You never know what can happen. When I got to Australia, I wasn’t thinking about whether I might win or lose. I worked hard enough to find inspiration and be entirely focused on the competition,” he remembers. “I’ve trained well, following my normal routine, I’ve felt that I’ve been doing well, and now we’ll see. I’m well, calm, and prepared to do the best I can,” Nadal added, emphasizing his “great excitement about participating in this tournament and doing well in it.” “The U.S. Open is a Grand Slam tournament; that’s the first thing. And then it’s in New York, a special city for me, and one of the most important cities in the world. I believe there’s nothing that doesn’t make this tournament special,” Nadal said, eager to start competing in order to evaluate how he feels and judge the level at which he may be able to perform during the tournament. The Spanish tennis player, who acknowledged that he had not been able to follow the opening match of his favorite team, Real Madrid, in the Spanish soccer league – “I wasn’t fortunate enough to be able to watch Madrid play, and now we we’ll see what happens, although there’s high excitement and high expectations” – admitted that he had been more surprised that Swiss tennis player Roger Federer was the father of twins than that he finished first at Roland Garros. “It was more surprising to me that he had twins, because I hadn’t known that. That he won at Roland Garros was more normal. He’s always made it to the finals or semifinals, and it was normal that he would end up winning. Besides, he deserved it,” the Spanish tennis player concluded.
September 26, 2020
Share 31 Views no discussions InternationalLifestyleLocalNewsRegional CARPHA Salutes Lab Professionals in Celebration of Medical Laboratory Professionals Week by: – April 23, 2020 Share Sharing is caring! Tweet Share In recognition of Medical Laboratory Professionals Week, the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA), celebrates and thanks all laboratory professionals for their dedication to providing an essential health care service, especially during this COVID-19 pandemic.Executive Director, CARPHA, Dr. Joy St. John said, “At CARPHA, we have always recognized and appreciated the work of laboratory professionals, but now COVID-19 has seen the entire world applauding them, as lab professionals along with other healthcare workers, continue to provide yeoman service in the frontline of this global crisis.”The CARPHA Medical Microbiology Laboratory (CMML), headquartered in Trinidad and Tobago, is the regional reference laboratory, which currently conducts tests for suspected COVID-19 cases for 18 of its Member States.CARPHA’s Head of Laboratory Services and Networks, Dr. Gabriel Gonzalez-Escobar, was high in praise for his CMML team.“The lab staff works deep into the night, on a shift system, to deliver timely COVID-19 results to the Region,” he said.“This diligent work has resulted in a consistent turnaround time of less than 48 hours for test results,” he added.Dr. St. John further expressed pride and sincere gratitude for the other hard-working laboratory teams at CARPHA’s Medicines Quality Control and Surveillance (MQCSD) Department, located in Jamaica, and its Environmental Health and Sustainable Development Department (EHS) in Saint Lucia.MQCSD is the Region’s sole ISO/IEC 17025 accredited pharmaceutical quality control laboratory. The staff analyses and verifies the adherence of medicines marketed in the Caribbean to international quality and safety standards.The CARPHA EHS is also accredited to ISO 17025 by the Canadian Association for Laboratory Accreditation (CALA). This full-service microbiological and analytical laboratory provides environmental analyses, including water quality monitoring, plant, soil and tissue analyses, food microbiological testing, indoor environmental quality monitoring and noise testing.Medical Laboratory Professionals Week was initiated in 1975 and is an annual celebration, which takes place in the last full week of April. It provides the profession with an opportunity to increase public understanding of and appreciation for clinical and public health laboratory personnel.
August 13, 2020
== Mason City High followed the same plan by dropping their original week three and four games with Grinnell and Ames. The Mohawks will open at Marshalltown and host Fort Dodge before starting their Class 3A District 2 schedule. FORT DODGE — The 50th annual Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union state softball tournament gets underway in Fort Dodge today:== Class 5A quarterfinals11:00 — Fort Dodge vs. Bettendorf11:30 — Waukee vs. Ankeny Centennial12:30 — Cedar Rapids Kennedy vs. Pleasant Valley1:00 — West Des Moines Valley vs. Muscatine== Class 4A quarterfinals3:00 — Carlisle vs. LeMars3:30 — Charles City vs. North Scott4:30 — West Delaware vs. Winterset5:00 — Fairfield vs. Dallas Center-Grimes== Class 3A quarterfinals7:00 — Albia vs. Creston7:30 — Humboldt vs. Mount Vernon — other Class 1A quarterfinalsSaturday — St. Mary’s Remsen 11, Burlington Notre Dame 1 (5 innings)Friday — Kingsley-Pierson 3, Martensdale-St. Marys 2 (8 innings)Friday — Don Bosco 3, South Winneshiek 1— Class 2A quarterfinals today10:30—Van Meter vs. Treynor1:30—Mid-Prairie vs. West Lyon4:30—North Linn vs. Durant7:30—Dike-New Hartford vs. Des Moines Christian BOONE — The Iowa High School Athletic Association has approved a shortened schedule for the upcoming football season. The plan features a seven game regular season with all teams qualifying for the playoffs. Teams in eight-player through 3A will play all or most of their previously scheduled district games while 4A schools will be free to set their own seven game schedules. Chris Cuellar is a spokesman for the association.KGLO News · 7 – 27 – Hssched – 1Cuellar says the changes will allow schools flexibility to deal with COVID-19.KGLO News · 7 – 27 – Hssched – 2Cuellar says under the plan a team’s postseason hopes won’t be ended by a positive test.KGLO News · 7 – 27 – Hssched – 3Practice is still set to begin August 10th and the first Friday of the regular season will be August 28th. == Clear Lake announced that they have removed the last two non-district games off of their schedule in response to the shorter schedule. The Lions in those games were scheduled to travel to Humboldt and Waukon. Clear Lake will open the season with non-district games at home with Aplington-Parkersburg and Osage prior to entering into Class 2A District 3 play. The revised schedule means the Lions will have five of their seven games this season at home at a refurbished Lions Field complex. CHICAGO (AP) — Jake Cave hit a grand slam, Nelson Cruz homered twice and Kenta Maeda was strong in his debut with his new team, helping the Minnesota Twins beat the Chicago White Sox 14-2, as the Twins took two of three games in their season-opening series. Cruz added two doubles and drove in seven runs for the reigning AL Central champion Twins, who won two of three. Maeda (1-0), a Japanese right-hander who was traded in February from the Los Angeles Dodgers, allowed two runs and struck out six in five innings.Highly touted rookie Luis Robert hit his first career home run and right-hander Reynaldo López (0-1) and left fielder Eloy Jiménez exited early with injuries for the White Sox.The Twins have today off and will open the home portion of their schedule tomorrow night hosting St. Louis. 6:30 will be the pre-game show with the first pitch at 7:10 on KGLO. DES MOINES — Freshman Max Burt had a two-run double off the left field wall, part of a four-run sixth inning as defending champ and sixth ranked Newman rallied for a 6-5 win over third ranked Council Bluffs St. Albert in a 1A quarterfinal at the state baseball tournament Saturday morning as you heard on AM-1300 KGLO and kgloam.comKGLO News · 7 – 27 – Mburt – 1Burt opened the scoring in the top of the first with a solo homer to left.KGLO News · 7 – 27 – Mburt – 2Burt also got the save on the mound as the Knights kept alive their bid for a fourth consecutive title. Newman will now face St. Mary’s of Remsen in Thursday afternoon’s semifinals at 1:30, a game you can hear on KGLO.