Saah No. 1 in US-Trenton High School Tennis Singles

first_imgOne of America’s renowned founding fathers, Benjamin Franklin, inspiringly said, “What is the recipe for successful achievement? To my mind there are just four essential ingredients: choose a career you love, give it the best there is in you, seize your opportunities, and be a member of the team.” This is definitely the case of 14 –year-old Liberian tennis prodigy, Saah Kandakai, who is currently the No. 1 single’s player for Trenton High School, in the USA. He is a freshman.Some might call him an inspiration and also an optimist who sees the opportunity in every difficulty. Saah is a member of the New Jersey Tennis League, and amongst the top junior singles.According to the New Jersey Tennis League (NJTL) and the New Jersey High School Sports, the Liberian tennis icon in 2014 reached the finals of the USTA Sectional U-14 qualifiers. He also reached the quarterfinals in his first Sectional Tennis Tournament in Philadelphia.Eventually, some say, “Luck is when preparation meets opportunity” – and this is what happened to Saah when he escorted his father, Aflred Kandakai on one of his training sections. The young man played a tennis match against Mr. Tani Hanna, the chairman of Games World International in Liberia. Mr. Hanna was surprised at how skillful Saah played for his age and decided to give him an opportunity of a lifetime. He and Mrs. Anna Bsaibes, a shareholder at the Mamba Point and Oceano Casino (situated at Mamba Point) in 2011 sent Saah to Sanshall Casal in Barcelona – Spain and he spent three weeks at the tennis academy that Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray once attended.Two years later, Mr. Hanna and his partners further sponsored Saah to train at the Sanchez-Casal Academy in Naples, USA.How did Saah get so good at tennis?  He accredits that to his father, his present coach, who started a refugee’s tennis academy in 2006. “He’s at a pretty high level,” said Michelle Gbelama, Program Director for National Junior Tennis and Learning (NJTL) of Trenton, affiliated with the U.S. Tennis Association (USTA). The NJTL is a non-profit developmental organization that provides tennis, education, nutritional and life skill programsFounded in 1975, NJTL now serves more than 2,700 underprivileged youngsters in the Trenton area between the ages of 5 and 17.“He found us,’’ Gbelama said about Kandakai. “He was passing Cadwalader Park and came to our office. We now support his tennis career and provide him with whatever he needs.’’“He’s such a polite young man, oh my gosh,’’ said Trenton tennis coach James Jones, a graduate of THS and coach for more than 25 years. “He has good footwork. He’s very agile and he has quick hands. He’s willing to listen and really a joy to be around.’’Kandakai does not just enjoy tennis. He wants to turn pro. His favorites are Federer and Novak Djokovic.“I love the way Federer plays and he’s a great guy,’’ Kandakai said. “And Novak, I really want to be like him because he’s most consistent in playing and he’s really focused when he’s playing a match.’’ If he fails to attain the heights of the Australian Open, Wimbledon or the U.S. Open, his Plan B is earning a degree in civil engineering.“Tennis is good for me. I want to play in grand slams,’’ he told a publication two years ago. Regarding the refugee camp, he was quoted as saying, “(It) was very hard, that situation. But I play tennis because my dad is a tennis coach and he told me that tennis will make me a good person and I will have an education.’’ Kandakai’s mother, (who works nights as a supervisor for a house cleaning company), is very proud of her son, though she laughed when she said that he is not perfect.“No one is,’’ she added. “But he’s a child you always want to be around. He’s funny and he’s loving.’’One of his roommates from the academy in Florida, Andres Diaz of Mexico, put it best, “I am learning from him,’’ he said during an interview a couple of years ago, “because Alfred is a good example that, (despite) difficulties, you can follow your dream.’’It may be recalled in 2011 and 2012; Saah represented Liberia in the under-14 and under-12 categories of the West and Central Africa junior championships in Ghana and Togo, where he was a quarter-finalist.In 2013, he participated in the under-14 West and Central Africa junior championships in Togo, where he earned laurel. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Twin Towns protest: HSE says it is committed to “long-term future” of St Josephs

first_imgThe HSE has again emphasised its commitment to the upgrade of St Joseph’s Community Hospital in Stranorlar.A statement from the authority to Donegal comes on the eve of a major march expected in the Twin Towns today organised by the St Joseph’s Hospital Action Group.Chairman of the group, Fr John Joe Duffy, has accused the HSE and the Government of making false promises to locals over the facility. A march in the Twin Towns today starting at 1pm is to allow people to voice their concerns about the future of the facility.However, the HSE has said they are “committed’ to the long-term future of St Joseph’s.The statement reads “The redevelopment of St Joseph’s Community Hospital, Stranorlar is included in the HSE Capital Plan.“An application for funding in 2019 is part of the capital bid submitted by HSE Estates North West. “The HSE 2019 Capital Plan is currently being finalised and it is intended to proceed with the procurement of a Design Team for this project this year, subject to normal approvals.“The HSE is committed to the long term future of the Hospital at St Joseph’s and will continue to work to ensure full HIQA compliance at the facility.”Twin Towns protest: HSE says it is committed to “long-term future” of St Josephs was last modified: March 25th, 2019 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) Tags:donegalFr John Joe DuffyST JOSEPH’S COMMUNITY HOSPITALtwin townslast_img read more

Call for action as Inishowen residents left without doctor for over four weeks

first_imgConcern has been raised over the lack of medical clinics with staff in South Inishowen with the HSE pulling doctors from Fahan and Muff in recent weeks leaving residents with a €30 taxi fare to the nearest practice. The two practices have been left without a doctor for over four weeks and it is understood that the current situation will remain the same until next month at least.Inishowen councillor Martin Farren, speaking to Donegal Daily, said a similar situation arose several years ago. The Moville native has called for the HSE to provide clarity surrounding the ‘outrageous’ uncertainty for the people in the area.He said: “I think it’s absolutely disgraceful that the people of Muff are being treated this way by the HSE.“I would feel the HSE need to get their act together and appoint a doctor to be present at the clinic to deal with peoples medical problems.“To expect patients to travel to Buncrana is totally outrageous and we are actually talking about a 20-mile round trip and if an elderly person has to pay a taxi to get there it is extremely expensive. “In this day and age, this is totally unacceptable to the people of Inishowen and especially the people of Muff and Fahan.“The clinic was put there for a reason,” he added. “The clinic was put there to deal with patients in those areas and so there is an onus on the HSE to sort this out.“This uncertainty that has been given by the HSE, with resident left without a doctor for the past four weeks, is absolutely crazy.“There has to be a timetable put in place so that people know that the doctor is going to be there on a weekly basis to treat the patients,” Farren said.“One of the most important things to people, whether that is families, young people or residents in general, is their health and that needs to be prioritised.” Call for action as Inishowen residents left without doctor for over four weeks was last modified: July 14th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare 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

Win a VIP suite for 12 at Loftus Road

first_imgEver dreamt of watching QPR from the luxury of your own VIP box at Loftus Road?Well, this could be your chance.Top betting magazine Citibet* have teamed up with QPR to offer one lucky winner and 11 of their mates the use of a VIP suite at Loftus Road for the match against Derby County on 2 November.The winner will receive the full VIP treatment with unrivalled views of the action on the pitch in your own private area restricted for just you and your guests.Your party will also be treated to a two-course meal, plus half-time and full-time refreshments, served by your own personal match hostess.You will also have access to your own private bar.Whether you want a treat a QPR-crazy loved one or you’re a season ticket holder intrigued to experience the VIP treatment on a match day, make sure you’re in it to win it!How do I get involved? We hear you scream.All you need to do is enter via, which will take less than a minute, and you’ll be in the hat to watch the rampaging R’s take on Steve McClaren’s side in style.Be lucky!*Citibet is a FREE betting magazine distributed across London every Thursday. If you work in the City and want one delivered weekly to your desk for FREE, sign up at full terms and conditions click here. Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Learn Photography from a Video Game: Q&A with CameraSim 3D Founder Jon Arnold

first_imgLearn the technical skills needed to master photography using the immersive CameraSim 3D game.Phones with cameras, cheap DSLRs, and an ever increasing equipment selection, has made being a photographer easier than ever. However, one of the biggest challenges to overcome when transitioning from amateur to professional photographer is learning how to shoot in manual mode. While there are a lot of really good online resources for learning how to shoot in manual, nothing compares to actually going out and shooting pictures with a camera…until now.CameraSimIf you’re a photographer in the industry then you are probably familiar with an app called CameraSim. In short, CameraSim is an app that allows user to practice taking pictures in manual mode. The app gives users the ability to change different parameters including focal length, ISO, aperture, and shutter speed. It can even be embedded into your own website for free.Currently CameraSim’s classic DSLR Camera Simulator is among 3 other simple-to-use apps all designed to help aspiring photographers learn framing, exposure, manual mode, and DSLR basics. These apps are indeed entertaining and fun to play around with, but CameraSim founder Jon Arnold decided to take his apps to a new dimension.CameraSim 3DCameraSim 3D was created as an immersive video-game like experience designed to teach users how to use a DSLR on a computer. This isn’t your old Pokémon Snap game either. Between ISO, depth-of-field, motion blur, exposure, white balance and flash, CameraSim 3D simulates all the technical controls you will need to master the basics of photography.Even more, CameraSim 3D will allows users to swap lenses to practice the best time to use a telephoto lens compared to a wide angle lens. After taking a picture users can save them to a photo album. But unlike real photography, CameraSim 3D remembers the exact conditions that your photo was taken under and allows you to pop up those conditions to share with others.Check out this demo video previewing game footage from CameraSim 3D:Pretty cool huh? Jon Arnold the founder of CameraSim was kind enough to answer a few questions we had about CameraSim 3D.PB: What inspired you to create CameraSim 3D?A: The response from photography students and teachers to the original CameraSim has been very positive, so I wanted to continue improving the app. Unfortunately, the 2D platform that I built CameraSim on was stretched about as far as it could go. I had sort of an “ah-ha” moment once I started looking into 3D gaming engines, which natively “think” in terms of scenes, cameras and lighting. It was a perfect paradigm for building a better photography learning tool!PB: So would you consider yourself a photographer that develops video games? or a video game developer that enjoys photography?A: I am captivated by 3D game development right now — I’m having that much fun. But over the last 15 years, I’ve been a photographer and a web designer, then a photographer and a user interface designer, and now a photographer and a game developer. So the common thread among all of those career pivots has been my love of photography.PB: What has been the biggest challenge in creating CameraSim 3D?A: By far, the biggest challenge has been reproducing photography principles that aren’t inherently mathematical. For example, what is the value of ISO 6400 grain? What is the value of background blur at f3.5? What is the brightness value of a full stop over-exposure? I’ve done my best to interpret things like this based on hundreds of reference photos, but it’s definitely more art than science. It often strikes me how much I’ve learned about cameras by having to simulate one!PB: Do you have any future plans for CameraSim 3D?A: I’ve spent the last 10 months focusing on the core 3D technology, and now a partner and I are working on getting this into a launch-able product. CameraSim will continue to evolve in response to our user feedback, so we’re quite eager to get this new 3D version to market.PB: When can we expect to see CameraSim 3D on the market?A: We will be launching later this summer with our first structured lesson for students and some open-ended scenes for instructors.PB: Where can people go to get CameraSim 3D news and updates?A: We have a new playable demo, some video footage and a signup form for our growing email list at Is there anything else you would like to add?A: The feedback we received from our first demo was invaluable and so appreciated, and we’re now looking for feedback on the second demo we just released. So whether you’re a photography noob or a photography pro, please try out the demo and let us know what you think!Try it YourselfAs Jon said a complete version of CameraSim 3D isn’t quite available yet, but a new 3D demo is available as of July 11. If you want to get an alert when CameraSim 3D goes live later this summer you can be notified via email by signing up on CameraSim’s website. While you’re there try out some of the 2D camera simulators or download CameraSim to your iOS devices, Android tablets, or computer.Thanks for sharing your awesome new game Jon!What do you think about CameraSim 3D? Are you excited to see it in action? Share in the comments below.last_img read more