Disabled students face bullying, violence – report

first_imgNZHerald 4 December 2012Mainstream education does not work for all children, a local special school principal says. “A proportion of our students have been in mainstream settings but it hasn’t worked for a myriad of reasons like not enough teacher aide time, no specialist support and they’re placed in a room where they are one of say 30 children,” Kea Street Specialist School principal Sherie Collins said.A report, released this week, highlights major issues facing New Zealanders living with disabilities.Bullying, violence and harassment of disabled students in schools was highlighted in the annual report on the Disability Convention.Several government agencies were found to be severely lacking in their delivery of services to disabled people.Disability and race relations matters were the most common complaints made to Human Rights Commission, the report said.Mrs Collins said some mainstream schools were more accepting or more supportive of children with disabilities.http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10851945last_img read more

Stephens routs Keys for US Open title, first Slam crown

first_imgSet 1Key points in Saturday’s US Open women’s singles final between Madison Keys (USA x15) and Sloane Stephens (USA): In the second set, Stephens broke with a forehand crosscourt winner past on outstretched Keys to grab a 2-0 edge, then broke again on a double fault for a 4-0 lead, Keys swatting the ball with her left hand as it bounced back at her.Keys forced triple break point in the fifth game but Stephens saved them all and held to 5-0.The end came after 61 minutes on Stephens’ third break and championship point when Keys netted a forehand.Hands on hips, Stephens simply stood for a few seconds with a stunned expression, then smiled and made a tiny fist pump before going to the net to share a teary-eyed hug with Keys.Neither Keys, 22, nor Stephens, 24, had ever reached a Slam final, only the seventh time in the Open Era (since 1967) two first-timers met for a women’s Slam title.But it was the second time in three years it happened at Arthur Ashe Stadium after Flavia Pennetta beat Roberta Vinci in 2015’s all-Italian final. Stephens 6-3+ Colorful start to the evening as service personnel of the US Marine Corps and cadets from West Point unfurl a huge American flag on Arthur Ashe court+ First break of final as Keys hits long, Stephens leads 3-2+ Keys goes long on set point and set is over after just 30 minutesKey stat: Keys winners/unforced errors 10/17; Stephens 2/2Top tweet: “Definitely looks like Madison Ave Keys movement a bit off going to her fearhand going to have to be more aggressive.”— Former player and coach, now TV pundit, Brad Gilbert @bgtennisnationSet 2Stephens 6-0+ Stephens in complete control, passing shot winner for the break and 2-0; holds and it’s 3-0+ Keys broken again on double fault and trails 0-4+ Keys has her first break points of final but can’t convert any of the three. Stephens 5-0 ahead+ Stephens wins on third match point when Keys nets forehand after just 61 minutes of action.Key stat: Total unforced errors for match – Keys 30; Stephens 6Top tweet/comment: “Best moment of the tournament was at the net just then — aw.”— Australian player Daria Gavrilova on the emotional Stephens/Keys embrace at the net @Daria_gav****Recent US Open women’s champions after Sloane Stephens beat Madison Keys 6-3, 6-0 in Saturday’s final:2017: Sloane Stephens (USA)2016: Angelique Kerber (GER)2015: Flavia Pennetta (ITA)2014: Serena Willliams (USA)2013: Serena Willliams (USA)2012: Serena Willliams (USA)2011: Samantha Stosur (AUS)2010: Kim Clijsters (BEL)2009: Kim Clijsters (BEL)2008: Serena Willliams (USA)Share on: WhatsAppcenter_img US Open tennis champion Sloane StephensNew York, United States | AFP |  Sloane Stephens, sidelined for 11 months by a left foot injury until returning in July, captured her first Grand Slam title by routing fellow American Madison Keys 6-3, 6-0 in Saturday’s US Open final.Stephens took a $3.7 million (3.07 million euros) top prize from the biggest victory of her career, pitted against one of her closest friends in the first all-US final since 2002 on the New York hardcourts.With the 15th victory in her past 17 matches, Stephens became only the fifth unseeded player to win a women’s Slam title, although Latvia’s Jelena Ostapenko managed the feat at this year’s French Open.The only prior unseeded US Open women’s champion was Kim Clijsters, who came back from retirement to take the 2009 title.Stephens made only six unforced errors in the match to 30 for Keys, who had 18 winners to 10 for the champion.It was the first final set of a US Open women’s championship match where the loser didn’t take a game since Chris Evert beat Evonne Goolagong 6-3, 6-0 in 1976.Keys, seeded 15th, and 83rd-ranked Stephens each fought off injuries to reach the title showdown.Stephens returned at Wimbledon and slid to 957th in world rankings before semi-final runs at US Open tuneups in Toronto and Cincinnati, while Keys underwent her second left wrist surgery after the French Open and won a tuneup title at Stanford.Stephens will jump to 17th in Monday’s world rankings while Keys, who took hom $1.825 million as runner-up, will rise to 12th.In the firset set, Stephens broke to seize a 3-2 lead, Keys swatting a forehand beyond the baseline to surrender the game, and Stephens broke again when Keys send a backhand long to take the set after 30 minutes.Keys made 17 unforced errors in the opening set to just two for Stephens, both in the last game.last_img read more

Vettel warns Ferrari need to step up to challenge Mercedes

first_imgSilverstone, United Kingdom | AFP | Sebastian Vettel warned Ferrari on Friday his team needs to take a ‘significant step’ if they are to mount a challenge to Mercedes at this weekend’s British Grand Prix.The four-time world champion finished fourth behind pace-setting Valtteri Bottas, the Finn’s Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton and third-placed Charles Leclerc in the second Ferrari.“I’m not entirely happy,” said Vettel.“It was a tricky afternoon. We tried a couple of things.“Now we need to see what of the stuff we tried we keep and what we dismiss. And, hopefully, tomorrow we’ll take a significant step. FILE PHOTO: Ferrari “Mercedes looked very, very fast and are the ones to beat so we’ll see where we are tomorrow. The car was quite nervous,” he added.Frenchman Leclerc, who was faster than Vettel in both the morning and afternoon sessions, said Mercedes were emphatically faster than Ferrari.“To be honest, on my side, I expected Mercedes to be the team to beat this weekend and they confirmed that today — that they are very, very quick in race pace,” he said.“We need to work. We struggled a lot on race runs and a bit less in qualifying runs, but we still have to find pace,” he added.center_img Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

NFL looking into players’ casino investment

first_imgSANTONIO HOLMES DOTHAN, Ala. (AP)—The NFL is investigating the reported investment by at least 25 NFL players in an Alabama casino that has been shut down, a business venture that might have run afoul of league rules. NFL spokesman Greg Aiello confirmed the investigation Friday, a day after Yahoo! Sports reported that wide receivers Terrell Owens, Santonio Holmes, Santana Moss and other players had invested some $20 million in Country Crossing casino. The report also named defensive tackle Gerard Warren and linebacker Adalius Thomas, a free agent who played for the New England Patriots until his release before last season. NFL rules bar employees from involvement with any gaming operation. Players violating that rule could be subject to fines or suspensions and have to give up their investment.Country Crossing owner Ronnie Gilley and two of his lobbyists have pleaded guilty to offering legislators millions in bribes.Country Crossing and another Alabama casino are at the center of a probe that resulted in nine people going to trial accused of buying and selling votes on pro-gambling legislation, including four former or current state senators.The country music-themed development included electronic bingo, restaurants, a concert amphitheater, an RV park and an Inn. Thomas was a partner in a barbecue restaurant that had been scheduled to open in June.State police raids and court rulings closed the two bigger casinos and other gambling operations around the state.Attorney Keith Givens, who provided the land for the project, is helping lead efforts to reopen the businesses. Givens did not immediately respond to an email from The Associated Press on Friday.Representatives for the casino and the named players either did not immediately respond to phone calls or emails or had no immediate comment.Mark Culver, chairman of the Houston County Commission, said he didn’t have information about specific NFL players investing but that there had been discussions about a group making a collective investment.“We wouldn’t have intimate knowledge of who has and who hasn’t invested,” Culver said. “But from early on in the project professional athletes were talked about, so it would not surprise me that athletes had been invested in the project.”Yahoo! Sports said boxer Floyd Mayweather was an early investor who is trying to get his money back.Former NFL players Cornelius Griffin and Jevon Kearse also have put in money, the report said.last_img read more