UAE develops jiujitsu as national sport, holds major event in Tokyo

first_imgZlatan Ibrahimovic has first MLS hat trick, Galaxy rally The UAE’s focus on the sport has been led by Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan — the powerful crown prince of the emirate of Abu Dhabi — for more than 10 years. Jiujitsu has been officially designated as the national sport of the emirates.The crown prince appreciates jiujitsu’s educational values, such as respect for others, self-confidence, health and self-discipline, according to Mansour Al Dhaheri, a board member of the federation. “Sometimes in the Arab world, people are not [necessarily] time-conscious. Jiujitsu can help [promote] discipline” in the UAE, he said.Having introduced the sport to the public school curriculum, Abu Dhabi has more than 76,000 students — ranging from grades 6 to 12 — learning jiujitsu, the federation said.Al Khoori started jiujitsu about nine years ago at school and has acquired a blue belt. “I can concentrate on studying more after practice. I cannot spend a day without jiujitsu training,” the female university student said.Al Khoori also values the health benefits. “In our country, obesity is a big issue for women, particularly after marriage and pregnancy,” she said, stressing she is determined to keep fit by continuing practicing jiujitsu after marriage.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Despite the intense heat in the capital, about 900 male and female jiujitsu practitioners from 44 nations gathered at Ota-City General Gymnasium in Ota Ward.“Tokyo is not hot at all compared to my country,” said Ashwaq Al Khoori, a 20-year-old participant from the UAE.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’The Tokyo competition was the first leg of the 2018-19 season’s Abu Dhabi Grand Slam Jiu Jitsu World Tour, the annual series organized by the UAE federation in cities including Los Angeles, Rio de Janeiro, Abu Dhabi and London.At the venue — which displayed huge national flags of both the UAE and Japan — bouts were held in categories divided by gender, weight and belt. Athletes demonstrated skillful techniques that forced their opponents into admitting defeat. Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? LATEST STORIES ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names TOKYO — A major international jiujitsu competition was held Sunday in Tokyo under the auspices of the United Arab Emirates’ federation for the sport, as the wealthy Gulf state is increasingly committed to promoting the martial art to help promote such values as discipline, self-defense and health in its society.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Saud Al Naqbi, a 20-year-old male athlete with a white belt from the UAE, loves the spiritual aspect of the sport. “Jiujitsu is a competition of minds, not bodies. What matters is how you use your mind.”The UAE federation is considering interacting with the Japanese government and Olympic authorities in the hope that jiujitsu will be accepted as a demonstration sport at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team MOST READ DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs View commentslast_img read more

Awareness Campaign in Liberia Helps Limit Ebola Stigma

first_imgSebastian Dean sits in front of his house in Liberia’s Cow Field Community, in Paynesville, on the outskirts of Monrovia, watching his children play soccer with other neighborhood children.Dean, 38, a nurse, and his family were among the more than 150 people who had been quarantined for 21 days after having come into contact with a 15-year-old boy, Nathan Gboto, who died from Ebola last month.All those quarantined were found free of Ebola and were released from the quarantine center on December 11. They have been reintegrated into their community.Fears of stigmaDespite initial fears of stigma, Dean said he and his family was welcomed back into the community — a stark change from last year when fear, lack of education and community resistance left survivors and victim contacts ostracized.“My friends, brothers, whosoever, everybody [is] coming around. It was necessary and they highly welcomed us,” he said. “Community people; actually, the community. I even thank the community chairman, the community people, every one of them. I mean, they work in line with us and, today, we are all living happily, no stigmatization.”More than 10,000 people have contracted Ebola since the outbreak began in 2014 and more than 4,000 died.For a long time, many survivors and the families of victims were shunned and ostracized, due to fear of the virus.But now, things have begun to change, they say.AwarenessCow Field Community Chairman Thomas Pluato said upon hearing that his community was affected, he and his neighbors worked to create awareness on stigmatization.“We were very happy to have received them from the ETU (Ebola Treatment Unit). … I performed the welcoming ceremony by becoming the first person to shake all of [their] hands,” Plauto said. “Normally, when you are pronounced [an] Ebola survivor or patient, it stigmatizes you. But since we are getting to understand what Ebola is and how it works and what are the preventive measures, so we thought it wise that we cannot get the Ebola from them when they have already been pronounced survivors,” he said.Dr. Mosoka Fallah of Liberia’s Ministry of Health said he has been working with the community to show them that stigma is not helpful.“We have learned a lot about the dark episode of the Ebola crisis. There have been some good things we can look back to. The community perception has changed a lot and it is in our favor,” Fallah said. “To work with that and the experiences we learn from Ebola can be used to attackother essential health issues in our country. The communities are resourceful. We need to take advantage of that to address health issues and other things.”Liberia is again waiting for a 42-day incubation period to end in order to be declared Ebola-free… for the third time.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Donegal learner drivers face up to five month wait for driving test

first_imgFigures released this week by the Road Safety Authority shows a massive backlog of applications for driving tests.77,419 applicants across the country are either waiting for a date for their test, or to sit their scheduled test.The RSA aims to have a national average waiting time for a driving test of no longer than 10 weeks, however this target depends on the number of applications received. Waiting times at Donegal’s two NDLS centres, in Letterkenny and Donegal Town, are almost double the RSA’s 10 week goal.In Letterkenny, the average waiting time is 18 weeks, with the longest wait time being 20 weeks.18.5 weeks is the average time for an applicant to be given a driving test in Donegal Town, with 24 weeks being the longest wait time.The longest waiting times nationally are in Loughrea and Clonmel, where learners can expect to wait up to 21 weeks for a driving test. Sinn Féin TD for Louth and East Meath Imelda Munster highlighted the statistics this week, saying it is “unacceptable.”“This situation has been ongoing for a long time. It beggars belief that it has not been remedied to date,” Deputy Munster says.“The Road Safety Authority (RSA) have told me in a response to a Parliamentary Question on the matter that the situation has worsened in the past 18 months due to retirements from the service. Twenty three driver testers have been recruited since 2016, yet the waiting list is still unacceptably long.”Donegal TD Charlie McConalogue has previously called for an NDLS Centre to be established in Inishowen as people living in Carndonagh, Malin and Culdaff have to travel over 60km to Letterkenny to apply for or renew their driving licences.The addition of another NDLS centre would reduce these waiting times for Donegal applicants. The Fianna Fáil TD says: “While the NDLS system makes sense, there are only 34 centres in the country and counties like Donegal, which have a huge geographical spread, are at a major disadvantage.“The locations of NDLS centres were originally decided on the basis that 95% of the population would be within 50km of a centre. However, more than 50% of the population of Donegal live more than 50km from Letterkenny. In fact, residents in Carndonagh, Malin and Culdaff have to travel well over 60km to get to Letterkenny.“Disappointingly, despite these concerns, an NDLS centre for Inishowen appears unlikely.”Donegal learner drivers face up to five month wait for driving test was last modified: January 28th, 2018 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:backlogDriving testlearner driverndlslast_img read more