Friday, July 3, 2015

Wimbledon 2015: Few Things to know about Dustin Brown, the man who knocked out Rafael Nadal



Dustin Brown in headphones focuses on the match ahead

Eye candy alert, so i am kind of sad that my sweetie Rafael Nadal lost out at this years Wimbledon but my oh my i am not mad that the guy who knocked him out is finally getting some deserved exposure.

here are few things you probably did not know about Pro Tennis Player Dustin Brown.

Dustin Brown was born in Celle, West Germany, on December 8 1984 to Inge and Leroy and moved to his father's birth country, Jamaica, in 1996. His paternal grandmother was born in Britain, technically making him eligible for the GB Davis Cup team had he not made his debut for Jamaica in a match against Bolivia in 2003. 


 
King of the jump volley

While growing up in Celle, Brown played handball and football as well as judo and tennis but decided at the age of eight to concentrate solely on tennis. When he moved to Montego Bay with his parents, he started again on public courts, moving up through the juniors until he joined the Futures circuit in 2010.

 

 Brown has not cut his hair since 1996
His parents, worried about the lack of support from Tennis Jamaica, bought their son a VW Camper van in 2004 in which he could live and travel while playing in Europe. It took them six years to pay off and the week after they made the final HP payment in 2010, Brown cracked the top 100 for the first time. The personalized number plate he chose was CE DI 100 which was a message for himself, according to the New York Times. CE for his birthplace, Celle; D for Dustin, I for Inge and 100 for his goal of breaking the top 100.


Prejudice remains a problem

He has faced prejudice both as a boy and a man at home in Germany, still sometimes finding it difficult to get into bars and clubs. He told the Observer last year: "Sure, I stood out. And there were a lot of problems when I was younger, both at school and in the tennis world. Mostly, it's fine, I've got used to it, but even nowadays it can be a problem. If you're with one guy it doesn't matter so much, you go somewhere else, but if there are six or seven of you, and none of them can get in because of one guy – and that guy always tends to be me – it kind of takes the fun out of the whole thing."


Mystery tattoo

Having changed his shirt twice during his scintillating second-round victory over two-time Wimbledon champion Rafa Nadal, Dustin Brown's tattoo was on show to Centre Court, leading to some speculation over the idenitity of the inked face on his torso. Andrew Castle at first posited that it was Bob Marley, who it does not resemble in the slightest, but sounded quizzical and then came back with the information that it was the late Dennis Brown, the Jamaican lovers rock pioneer whose most-remembered song in the UK is his 1979 No14 hit Money in my Pocket. In fact, Brown says it's his father, Leroy. Perhaps his patting of it seconds after winning was a clue as were the rather clunking assertions that his dad was on his side.


He has knocked out a champion before

Although Brown had to qualify at Roehampton this year for the Championships, he is far from a SW19 novice, this being his fifth appearance in six years. In 2010 he lost in the first round to Jürgen Melzer, two years later to David Ferrer at the same stage and in 2014 was knocked out by Marcos Baghdatis. But in 2013 he defeated Guillermo García-López and then went on to beat Lleyton Hewitt 6-4, 6-4, 6-7, 6-2. “I cried like a little girl,” he said after that win. “It’s going to take this a while to sink in. I’m not normally the kind of guy to cry. I’m playing Lleyton Hewitt, a guy you grow up watching.” Despite his remarkable victory over Nadal at Halle last year, Brown's highest ever ranking is 78 in June 2014,overall ATP record going into Thursday's match was 32-56 and record in slams 3-10 (including a first-round victory in the 2010 US Open where he was beaten by Andy Murray in the second round).

Culled from  the telegraph.

MOSES AKATUGBA FINALLY RELEASED FROM JAIL AFTER TEN YEARS.






Moses Akatugba was sixteen years old when he was arrested under suspicion of armed robbery in November 2005. Soldiers shot him in the hand and beat him on the head and back before taking him to the police station. Moses then spent more than three months in police detention, where he says that police officers repeatedly beat him with machetes and batons. He told Amnesty that they tied and hung him up for several hours, and then used pliers to pull out his toe and fingernails. Finally, Moses was forced to sign two pre-written confessions.

 Last year, Moses Akatugba was sentenced to death for armed robbery, after eight years awaiting trial in prison. The sentence was based only on his forced confession and the testimony of the robbery victim, which was full of contradictions.

After several years held unjustly allegedly for a crime he did not commit, with the galvanisation of petitions by Amnesty International  against his unlawful imprisonment . Moses was finally pardoned and released in May 2015, find excerpts of his emotions one week after being released below.

 When I called my mother from prison to tell her I’d been pardoned after 10 years in jail, she fainted.

I was told they had to pour water on her to revive her. Later, when she saw me for the first time after all those years in jail, she grabbed me and held me so tight. She wouldn’t let go for almost 15 minutes. The whole time she had tears of joy streaming from her eyes.

Football and juice: celebrating with my death row friends

I was also overwhelmed with joy when I found out about my pardon, at 4pm on 28 May. Initially I couldn’t even speak, I was so happy.

The day after hearing the news, I celebrated in prison by organising a football match between death row inmates and other prison inmates. I’d been the death row team football coach during my time in prison. We won the match 3-0! Everyone was so happy to play.

That Sunday I went to the prison church. I bought some biscuits and fruit juice to share with other inmates in church and an announcement was made that I was being released. Everyone was happy. I had friends in prison; I had been teaching English and Maths to fellow inmates and those students who were keen became my friends.

I was released a few days later. That first evening at home, my mother prepared a special dish – Okro soup with beef. The whole family ate together at the dining table. Afterwards, there was a party with family friends and we sang songs, played music and prayed.

We prayed for all the activists who campaigned for my release, those from Amnesty international and Justine Ijeomah [the Director of HURSDEF, Nigeria’s Human Rights Social Development and Environmental Foundation] and his wife, Goodness Justine. Drinks were shared around with everyone at the party.

The sleep of the free

The first night I slept in my new bed, I slept so well. What struck me most was that at 5am, I did not hear the prison wake-up bell. I waited for it, and then realised that it was not a dream, but in fact I really am free.

When I realised that, I felt freedom deep in my spirit. Things had changed for good. I went back to sleep and slept until 10am, fully enjoying my ‘freedom sleep’. My family came to wake me up but I told them to let me sleep longer. It was such a good sleep.

People keep asking me ‘What happened to your finger?

[After I was arrested] my fingernails and toenails were pulled out. The scars people see are the lasting marks that torture has left me with. When I wear sandals, seeing my toes reminds me of what I went through.

Torture affects people in so many ways. It’s inhuman: heating cutlasses on a fire and then flogging a person’s back is barbaric. It affects people mentally: it causes madness. They pass out because of the pain and admit to things they never did.

What I went through – the torture and being on death row – affected me in so many ways. It affected my plans for life and my ambitions at school. I spent ten years in jail. By now I could have finished school and have started working.

What struck me most is that you can live in a country where you can face so much tragedy for no reason, and yet still have to live there. I will always pray for change in Nigeria, but I advise others living here to be very careful, so that they will not fall victim to what I went through.

I’m joining the fight against torture

My plans now I’m free are to continue my education and get as far as I always dreamt – I want to be a doctor to fulfill my late father’s wishes.

But I’ll also be a human rights activist and help others who face the same challenges that I did. I have already filled out an application form and had a passport photo taken – the requirements for becoming a volunteer activist with HURSDEF.

The Director, Justine, welcomed me warmly as ‘Comrade Moses Akatugba’. I told him: Justine, I’m joining the fight against torture so that others will not go through the pain that I did.

If I have my way, and can stop torture, I will be the happiest man on earth. I don’t want any future generation to go through what I went through in that torture chamber.

PASTOR TELLS CONGREGATION TO EAT WORSHIPPERS HAIR

This is what happens when Christians have no idea of what the word of God says SMH.

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A pastor in South Africa who operates a church called End Time Disciples Ministries has performed another bizarre scene in which he purported ‘turned’ the hair of a woman into food which was consumed by church members.

The photos which were shared on Facebook in June, 2015 on the church’s page show a man placing his hand on a woman’s head and then other people are seen eating a patch of hair, supposedly, from the woman’s head.

The post says, “Man of God held the head of woman of God Thapelo from Mabopane and her hair turned into food for the sons and daughters of God to eat.
Everything depends on what we say because we carry life in our tongue.”
Magicians in the church? It doesn’t get weirder than this.
Just take a look for yourself.






 sigh...so sad

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Critically Ill anorexic actress whose desperate video plea for help touched hearts across the world is receiving life-saving hospital treatment.

In good spirits: Ms Farrokh is pictured being wheeled into the UC San Diego Medical Center on June 20 after doctors at a hospital in Denver, Colorado, apparently determined it was too risky for her to be flown there














A dying anorexic actress whose desperate plea for help touched hearts across the world is finally receiving life-saving treatment at a California hospital - and has stood up for the first time in months.
Rachael Farrokh, 37, who is five-foot-seven and weighs a mere '40-something' pounds, made the headlines in May after posting a video online, detailing her 10-year battle with anorexia nervosa.

In the footage, she explained how her condition had declined in recent months - but no hospitals near her San Clemente home would treat her because her 'dangerous' weight made her a 'liability'.
In subsequent weeks, well-wishers raised nearly $200,000 in donations for Ms Farrokh, some of which were spent on a 'handpicked' medical team, which provided medical care at her bedside.
But now, Ms Farrokh has eventually been accepted into the UC San Diego Medical Center after doctors at a hospital in Colorado apparently concluded it was too risky for her to be flown there.

Ms Farrokh is pictured in a previous YouTube video, thanking well-wishers for raising nearly $200,000   She poses with her devoted husband, Rod Edmondson, before her condition worsened      
Contrast: Ms Farrokh is pictured in a previous YouTube video (left), thanking well-wishers for raising nearly $200,000, and posing with her devoted husband, Rod Edmondson (right), before her condition worsened

The actress's devoted husband, Rod Edmondson, who quit his job to become his wife's 24-hour caregiver when her condition worsened, shared the 'exciting news' on Facebook on June 20.
The ex-personal trainer said: 'We finally made it! Thanks to all of you who have been sending good thoughts... We are so excited to tell everyone that we are now safely in an Eating Disorder facility.
'We have a lot of work ahead of us but with the love and support we will fight this to recovery!'
He added that doctors at Denver Health Medical Center - the only hospital that had initially agreed to treat Ms Farrokh - had ruled it was too dangerous to airlift her to its ACUTE eating disorder center.


Because of her condition, Ms Farrokh, who lists her occupation as 'Actor' on Facebook, has previously suffered from heart and liver failure, and has had to undergo blood transfusions.
She has also experienced a decline in mental ability as her body continues to 'shut down'. 
'At such a low body weight, my brain is a little slower than I would like, Ms Farrokh told ABC. 'Sometimes, you'll forget what you said a few seconds ago. You're just not on your game.' 


Anorexia nervosa is an eating disorder that is characterized by an abnormally low body weight and an intense fear of gaining weight.

Sufferers typically have a distorted perception of their bodies.

They may either restrict the amount of food they eat, or control the amount of calories they consume by vomiting after meals. 

They also might attempt to lose weight by engaging in excessive exercise.
Symptoms include extreme weight loss, abnormal blood counts, fatigue, insomnia, dizziness, thin or easily breakable hair, a lack of menstruation (in women) and dry skin,

The condition can be life-threatening.

On the GoFundMe page, Mr Edmondson writes: 'My lovely wife and I have been together for more than a decade and she will be seeing her final days if we don’t take action! 'Her weight continues to plummet to a weight that's extremely dangerous.

'She has been fighting through a disease that has the highest mortality rate of all psychological disorders, an extreme case of Anorexia. 

'There is only one hospital in the country that specializes in refeeding patients at such a low body weight and it’s my mission to get her there. 'If she receives too many calories her metabolism will kick up and she will lose even more weight. This is a VERY delicate medical situation. 

'Hospitals won't admit her because she is a liability for them. 'She doesn't meet their minimum weight requirement and they don't have the capabilities to save her.'

He goes to describe his wife as a 'captivating, kind and amazing woman' who 'always puts others before herself'. Her family and friends have supported her throughout her battle, he writes.
Dr. Michael Strober, professor of psychiatry at Resnick UCLA Neuropsychiatric Hospital, told ABC that the refeeding process needs to be 'carefully monitored', otherwise it can put patients at risk.
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Too rapid increase of calories can result in the metabolic adaptation which is associated of a number of hazards, which can be life-threatening,' Dr Strober said. 

Anorexia is an eating disorder that is characterized by an abnormally low body weight and an all-consuming fear of gaining weight. Sufferers typically have a distorted perception of their bodies.
N:B To all the young ladies out there who are forcing themselve to throw up and starving themselves to stay thin, please use this woman's case as a reference point. There are healthier alternatives to keeping fit, seek professional help fast if your issue becomes complicated.
Life has no duplicate.