– Arjoon retains men’s title; Khalil goes under to Nicolette FernandesIN a closely fought encounter, featuring long rallies and frustrating missed points,Alex Arjoondefending champion Aex Arjoon retained his men’s open national title after an overwrought battle against Richard Chin in the Digicel Senior National Squash Championships, at the end of which Nicolette Fernandes picked up another women’s open title.Fernandes dethroned Ashley Khalil in straight sets for her win; but Chin stretched Arjoon out to four games, after he was down two games and fought back to win the third set in the final match of the night to go down at the courts of the Georgetown Club. The 12 – 10 margin of the first two games exposed just how close Arjoon came to losing out on another title, as he traded points with Chin, before an anticipating and excited crowd. It was Chin who drew first blood as the action served off, but Arjoon would be the first to 10 points as he sent Chin darting all over the court for several shots he would never reply to.Both Arjoon and Chin had their fair share of supporters in the crowd rooting for them withRichard Chinevery point, but Chin’s fans celebrated the most when he took the third set 11 – 6, breathing new life into Chin’s chances of an upset, and frustration for Arjoon. As the players stepped out for the fourth set, the pressure was beginning to get to Arjoon who was even more aggressive and quickly romped to the first four points of the game. But his frustration would start handing points to Chin. After coming from 3 – 7 down, Chin climbed his way to 7 – 8, with quick comeback moves to strong putaways.But it was not just Arjoon who was feeling the pressure to seal a win, however, and Chin would never get the edge over Arjoon. He would manage to equalize at 10 – 10 however, after a stroke followed by a missed drop by Arjoon.However, another two shots to the tin ended it all and handed the match to Arjoon.The Arjoon/Chin matchup, however, did not reach the intensity of the third place play-off between Nyron Joseph and Kristian Jeffrey. In a tough five-setter, Joseph would prevail 13 – 11, 5 – 11, 10 – 12, 11 – 1, 11 – 4. Earlier yesterday afternoon, Fernandes defeated Khalil 11 – 9, 11 – 8, 11 – 1. But that was notAlex Arjoon (left) and Richard Chin during their match last nightthe only match of the day for Fernandes, who was competing in both the women’s and men’s category of the competition.Ashley’s lost would be avenged by her sibling Jason Ray-Khalil, when Fernandes next played him in a men’s plate match. Jason Ray won the match in four sets with margins of 11 – 4, 10 – 12, 11 – 7, 11 – 6. Winners in the various categories received their prizes at a presentation ceremony shortly after the matches last night.
Preparations by participating countries in the forthcoming Go On Africa Armwrestling Championship is peaking by the day. Sponsored by Go On Energy drink, a new product line with the prestigious look and premium taste by Twellium industries, the competition, scheduled on July 26, at the Hathramani Hall of the Accra Sports Stadium is expected to draw the continent’s finest for the tourney.Organizers of the competition, Ghana Arm wrestling Federation, through their President Mr Charles Osei Asibey, have indicated that all is set for the big event.So far, close to 15 countries have confirmed participation.Officials of Twellium Industries have said in an interview that ” Our commitment to the development of sports in the country remains unchanged. We believe in Team Ghana, we also believe this championship will go a long way to further strengthen the already healthy relationship among the participating countries. ” He added ” Arm wrestling is young in the country, but l must admit, the prospects look bright, hence our decision to come on board. I must also say that the Go On energy drink was designed for a physical activity like arm wrestling in mind. It enhances high-quality performance.At stake are attractive prizes, medals and a giant trophy. Ghana is being represented by the Golden Arms.Nigeria hosted the previous edition where Ghana won 22 medals which represent the highest silverware won by any single federation in Ghana.
“If you look at the overall numbers, the biggest impact are from two diseases,” said Dr. Jonathan E. Fielding, director of the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health. “One is HIV and the other is HPV.” Fielding said the data also highlights the “hidden epidemic” of chlamydia and gonorrhea. “This disproportionately affects young people and has a lot of secondary effects,” Fielding said. “For some women, chlamydia leads to infertility.” From 2000 to 2005 in Los Angeles County, the number of reported cases of gonorrhea jumped from 7,199 to 10,494. Syphilis more than tripled from 336 to 1,213, and chlamydia increased from 30,546 to 38,862. “But HIV is really what we are most concerned about,” said Dr. Peter Kerndt, director of the county’s Sexually Transmitted Disease Program. “We know the rates of HIV in the younger age groups and among minorities are increasing. That’s where the epidemic is growing the fastest.” Kerndt noted several reasons for the increases, including better screening by youths covered under managed-care insurance plans. Also, today’s youths generally are more sexually active, sometimes have multiple sexual partners and simultaneously place themselves at higher risk by using drugs and alcohol, Kerndt said. Health officials are also concerned about recent increases in different types of reported STDs among youth, including HIV, syphilis, chlamydia and gonorrhea. Although HIV became a reportable disease last year, no statistics are currently available, and HPV is not a reportable disease. But health officials are especially concerned about HPV, noting that more than 90 percent of people who have the disease have no symptoms. Although research suggests that most immune systems will eliminate HPV infection within a year or two, about 10 percent of people remain infected for much longer, possibly for life. A vaccine that now protects against four HPV types – which cause about 70 percent of cervical cancer cases and 90 percent of genital warts – is now approved for females ages 11 to 26. “If you have private insurance, you can be vaccinated by your private physician,” Kerndt said. “If they are eligible, they can receive vaccines in publicly funded clinics.” About half of hepatitis B cases are also sexually transmitted. Infected people often have no symptoms, but it can lead to fatal liver disease. A vaccine is also available for hepatitis B. “If youth are having sex, they should make sure they have protection,” Fielding said. “Condoms, for most of these diseases but not all, are the first line of protection.” firstname.lastname@example.orgWant local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas CityThe findings contrast sharply with previous data based on cases reported among youths ages 15 to 24 – with researchers saying their findings are nearly 10 times higher. Researchers used statistic estimation methods recently developed at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to estimate the number of new cases and associated medical costs for eight major STDs. “This epidemic is like an iceberg – what you see is just a small part of what you have,” said Petra Jerman, a research scientist at the Oakland-based Public Health Institute’s Center for Research and Adolescent Health. “The estimated number of new cases and their associated costs illustrate that the STD epidemic among California youth remains largely hidden.” The report comes as health officials have expressed growing concerns about serious complications STDs can cause. The human papillomavirus, or HPV, is linked to cervical and anal cancer. Other STDs can increase the chance of contracting HIV by two to six times. By Troy Anderson STAFF WRITER More than 1 million youths in California have sexually transmitted diseases that cost the state more than $1 billion a year in treatment, according to a study to be released today. And nearly one- third of all the cases – 361,876 – are in Los Angeles County at an annual cost of $390million, according to the study by the Public Health Institute.