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Radwanska and Cibulkova march into semis

Radwanska and Cibulkova march into semis

first_imgSilent assassin Agnieszka Radwanska ended Victoria Azarenka’s bid for a hat-trick of titles at Melbourne Park on Wednesday and reached her maiden Australian Open semi-final with a 6-1 5-7 6-0 win.The crafty Pole frustrated Azarenka with a scrambling, cat-and-mouse game early and completely dismantled the big Belarusian in the third set to close out the match in exactly two hours under bright sunshine at Rod Laver Arena.Fifth seed Radwanska’s triumph ensured the top three seeds have all been eliminated early, with world number one Serena Williams and third-ranked Maria Sharapova already dumped from the tournament.The 24-year-old Radwanska will play 20th-seeded Slovakian Dominika Cibulkova for a place in the final.“The best quarter-final for sure,” Radwanska beamed in a courtside interview after snapping a seven-match losing streak to the world number two.“I have played a couple of quarter-finals before and I said to myself one day I need to take one step forward and make the semi-final and final. I’m so, so happy that I did it finally.“It was always hard. I have lost so many times against her before and I knew she was a very great player, very consistent so I just knew that I had to play my best tennis.“Play aggressive and go for every shot that I could. That was what I was trying to do and it worked today.”Double defending champion Azarenka was a picture of torment, spraying unforced errors all over the centre court as she slumped to a 5-0 deficit in the first set.She finally held serve in the sixth game and pummelled her legs with her fists, letting out an angst-filled shriek to try to shake herself out of her stupor.She was powerless to prevent Radwanska from closing out the set, however, when she bamboozled the Belarusian with a deft drop-shot that was harmlessly pushed into the tramlines.Azarenka rallied and pounced as Radwanska served to stay in the set at 6-5, blasting a string of fierce returns to bring up set points and levelled the match with a searing crosscourt winner.The Belarusian dipped again, though, double-faulting to bring up a second break point in the opening game of the third set, and then losing serve when she floated a backhand long.After Radwanska held for 2-0, Azarenka needlessly blasted a volley into the back of the court raising jeers from the crowd, and promptly lost the next four points to go a double-break down.Tested on serve at 4-0, Radwanska raised huge roars from the terraces with a succession of exquisite points, scrambling down a series of would-be winners to hold, prompting Azarenka to crumble in the final game of the match.“I just didn’t have the focus on finishing the point… She really took advantage of that,” Azarenka told reporters.“My game wasn’t there as I wanted it … She was aggressive, she was making everything.”In the other quarter-final big-stage experience proved the deciding factor for Dominika Cibulkova as she marched into her second grand slam semi-final with an impressive 6-3 6-0 demolition of Simona Halep.The 24-year-old had made the quarter-finals at each of the other three grand slams and completed the set when she beat 2008 champion Maria Sharapova in the fourth round on Monday.By contrast, 11th seed Halep had achieved her best grand slam result in making the last eight at Melbourne Park and Cibulkova sensed her Romanian opponent would be battling nerves.“I think it was also important today because I already was on the stage,” Cibulkova told reporters.“I already played a couple of quarter-finals in the grand slam (and) I already did semi-finals in a grand slam,” she added of her loss to Dinara Safina at the French Open in 2009.“So that was my experience today. I was ready for it. It was for me like every other match so I didn’t take it … too serious (and) put myself under pressure.”Cibulkova, one of the shorter players on the WTA Tour at 1.61-metres tall (5’3″), used that relaxed approach to play her natural game, which is based on quick feet and deceptively powerful ground strokes.The 20th seed also attacked Halep’s serve and controlled many of the rallies by keeping the Romanian pinned deep behind the baseline.“I knew I have to be aggressive,” Cibulkova said of her game plan for the counter-punching Halep.“Even if you play well, you play fast, she’s there at the ball … I knew I had to step into the court and play a lot to her weaknesses, use my backhand down the line that she was not expecting, to play some (unexpected) shots.“When I play my great tennis, I’m really aggressive … that’s what I do the best.”Cibulkova’s aggression and risk-taking paid off as she broke early in both sets and used that advantage to put pressure on Halep, who admitted to being a bag of nerves before the match.“I had emotions, big emotions, and I couldn’t manage,” Halep said. “Before the match I was very nervous and I didn’t feel the ball at all. I couldn’t move my body and I couldn’t play.“Nothing is easy. There is pressure you can feel from everywhere … so I still want to do the same thing what I came into the tournament.”last_img read more

McEnroe refuses to apologise for Serena Williams comments

McEnroe refuses to apologise for Serena Williams comments

first_imgMcEnroe hit the headlines following an NPR interview over the weekend when he said, “If [Williams] played the men’s circuit she’d be like 700 in the world.” His comments came after the host, Lulu Garcia-Navarro, said Williams could be seen as the “best player in the world” instead of the “best female player.”Reaction to what McEnroe said has been strong, but when given the chance to apologise Tuesday on “CBS This Morning,” the legendary seven-time major champion did not back down.Presented Norah O’Donnell asked if he would like to apologise to his fellow American and McEnroe replied: “No.”McEnroe added “She’s the greatest female player that ever lived, then the lady said to me, I don’t remember which one, but she said, ‘why did you say woman, why don’t you just say the greatest, you know, tennis player that ever lived?'”And so then I felt the need, however unfortunately probably, to defend myself. I don’t know, just say what I really felt, which is about what I think she would be.”McEnroe continued: “I don’t want anything to go wrong with Serena because she’s pregnant. I don’t want to upset her or whatever it was. She’s — I think she was doing a tongue-in-cheek as well. And I think that deep down we’re talking about something — I can’t even believe we’re talking about it.”Williams responded to McEnroe’s comments on Twitter by posting: “Dear John, I adore and respect you but please, please keep me out of your statements that are not factually based.”I’ve never played anyone ranked ‘there’ nor do I have time. Respect me and my privacy as I’m trying to have a baby. Good day sir.”Dear John, I adore and respect you but please please keep me out of your statements that are not factually based.— Serena Williams (@serenawilliams) June 26, 2017I’ve never played anyone ranked “there” nor do I have time. Respect me and my privacy as I’m trying to have a baby. Good day sir— Serena Williams (@serenawilliams) June 26, 2017Near the end of the interview, McEnroe mocked the situation by being asked to re-rank the world’s top five tennis players ever, and ranked Williams fifth. Photo: Getty Images (John McEnroe)last_img read more

Barcelona and Girona seek permission for US game

Barcelona and Girona seek permission for US game

first_imgLa Liga’s plans to play Girona’s fixture with champions Barcelona in Miami moved a step closer after the league’s organising body said on Tuesday they have asked for permission from the Spanish football federation to take the game abroad.“Barcelona, Girona and La Liga have requested the authorisation of the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) to play Girona v Barcelona on 26 January at the Hard Rock Stadium in Miami at 20.45 CET,” said a statement from the league.“The letter, signed by Josep Maria Bartomeu, Delfi Geli and Javier Tebas, presidents of Barcelona, Girona and La Liga respectively, was sent on Monday night.”The statement added that the request was made after meetings with fan umbrella group Aficiones Unidas (Fans United), who have approved their plan to compensate Girona season ticket holders who will be deprived of a home game against Barca as a result.The request also follows a meeting held on Monday between representatives of La Liga and the Spanish footballer’s union (AFE).The union were one of the loudest opponents of the league’s deal with multi-national entertainment company Relevent, announced last month, which includes plans to play one game per season in North America over the next 15 years.The AFE said in a statement on Monday that after telling La Liga of their anger at not being informed of the plans the league has committed to creating a full report on the impact playing games in the US will have on players.The statement added that players will make a final decision on whether or not they go to play the game.As well as requiring the permission of the Spanish football federation, the game needs to be approved by European football’s governing body UEFA as well as the United States’ soccer federation and the regional body CONCACAF.The three organisations did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Reuters.last_img read more

Leicester sacks 3 players for Thai sex tape

Leicester sacks 3 players for Thai sex tape

first_imgThe offending video was obtained by the Sunday Mirror.The three development squad players apologised for their behaviour.A club statement said Leicester City “is acutely aware of its position, and that of its players, as a representative of the city of Leicester, the Premier League, the Football Association and the club’s supporters”.It added that it is “committed to promoting a positive message of community and family values and equality” and “to upholding the standards expected of a club with its history, tradition and aspirations”.The Premier League team were on tour in Thailand, home of the club’s billionaire owners, Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha and son Aiyawatt.Of the three men, only defender Pearson has made a first-team appearance this season.He played in the Capital One Cup loss to Shrewsbury Town.-By BBC Sport0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000James Pearson, son of manager Nigel who was among 3 players sacked by Leicester City for sex tap. PHOTO/F365LONDON, June 18- Leicester City have sacked three players, including manager Nigel Pearson’s son, after they took part in a racist sex tape filmed on the club’s end-of-season tour of Thailand.James Pearson, 22, Tom Hopper, 21, and Adam Smith, 22, had their contracts terminated following an internal investigation by the club.last_img read more

Snowfall warning issued for Pine Pass

Snowfall warning issued for Pine Pass

first_imgMACKENZIE, B.C. — Environment Canada has issued a snowfall warning for the Pine Pass this morning.Meteorologists say that a slow-moving frontal system over the northern Interior, combined with an advancing Arctic front, will give snow, heavy at times, to the Pine Pass today and tonight. Total snowfall accumulations of up to 20 cm can be expected before the snow tapers off overnight tonight.Environment Canada is warning motorists to prepare for quickly changing and deteriorating travel conditions. Visibility may be suddenly reduced at times in heavy snow. Weather in the mountains can change suddenly resulting in hazardous driving conditions.- Advertisement -ShiftIntoWinter.ca reminds drivers to know before you go. Adjust to winter driving behaviour and use winter tires and chains. Road conditions are available at www.drivebc.ca.last_img read more

Graduates overcome setbacks to earn long-sought degrees

Graduates overcome setbacks to earn long-sought degrees

first_imgMore than 2,000 students from Los Angeles Valley, Mission and Pierce colleges picked up associate degrees Tuesday on their campuses. Guest speakers included politicians such as state Sen. Jack Scott, D-Pasadena, at Los Angeles Valley; city Controller Laura Chick at Pierce; and Yvonne Chan, principal of the Vaughn Next Century Learning Center, at Mission. But the focus was on students like Bear. Giving a commencement address to hundreds of ecstatic graduates and their families and friends, Bear encouraged her decidedly younger contemporaries to follow their dreams “step by step.” Born in Boyle Heights and raised in East Los Angeles and Montebello, Bear first attended California State University, Los Angeles, after her 1959 high school graduation. At the urging of her first husband, she left college in 1961. “He wanted to buy a house and so he said, `Quit school and save money to buy a house,’ which is sort of what women did then,” Bear said. Bear enrolled in Los Angeles Valley College in 1963, but she divorced soon afterward. The single mother had to jump back full-throttle into the work force. Life’s setbacks, surprises and opportunities can sidetrack a college student, often turning an associate degree, usually earned in two years, into a five-year endurance test. But for Linda Bear, 65, the experience has been nothing less than an odyssey. During her 44-year quest for a liberal arts degree from Los Angeles Valley College, Bear became a mother, a grandmother, started an outreach program for people with HIV/AIDS, served as the vice-chairwoman of the county Democratic Party and knitted items for specialty boutiques. “I was getting an education all along in other ways than through school,” said Bear, who now has California State University, Northridge, in her sights. “I never stopped learning.” “I had a few bumps along the road,” said Bear. “I had to concentrate on raising my daughter. Sometimes, I was working two jobs in order to survive.” In the mid-1980s, Bear once again started taking night classes at LAVC and chipped away at her degree. But then politics, social and business interests pulled her off course again. Two years ago, at the urging of Laurence Bear, her husband of 12 years, Bear met with a school adviser and discovered she only needed seven more classes to graduate. She gave school one more try. “No matter how many steps you go backward, know that you are going to go forward again,” Bear said. “Look at me: 44 years later, I’m graduating from L.A. Valley College and I’m moving on to Cal State Northridge.” Like Bear, 22-year-old Karen Linares got sidetracked when she first started community college after her 2002 graduation from Chatsworth High School. After figuring out her $7.50- per-hour job at a discount store wasn’t going to cut it in the long run, Linares re-enrolled at LAVC in 2005. At the urging of Chicano studies professor Pete Lopez, Linares joined the Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano/a de Aztlan and became involved in student and community issues. During spring break, she went to New Orleans to help rebuilding efforts after Hurricane Katrina, teaming up with 18 other LAVC students and three faculty members. “It was beautiful, but horrible all at the same time,” Linares said, recalling the warmth of the people she met there amid the devastation. As she spoke to her fellow students Tuesday she reminded them of the good work professors did on their behalf. “We all had a Mr. Lopez at least once in our time at Valley (College),” Linares said. Linares plans to attend CSUN, where she’ll major in Chicano studies. She hopes to return to Valley College as a professor. Vincent Araneta, whose wife, Sharon Giron, was receiving her nursing degree, said that the pair, both 30, had put off having children so his wife could pursue her goal of becoming a nurse. “Amazing,” said Araneta. “It’s a dream fulfilled. A lot of sacrifices, but we got through it.” Giron’s parents traveled from Union City, near San Francisco, to see their daughter graduate. “I feel good,” said her father Evie. “She’s a working student.” LAVC president Tyree Wieder said working students are the rule and not the exception in today’s college experience. “One of the things we find is almost all of our students are working while attending school – not just a few hours a week. The vast majority are holding down jobs while raising families. There’s more on their plates these days than in the past.” Although figures weren’t available for graduates, Wieder said another thing that is on the rise is an increase in armed forces veterans on campus. “When I started (in 1994), we had a handful of veterans,” Wieder said. This last semester the campus had 452 veterans enrolled. “We have not only a lot more veterans, but female veterans,” Wieder said. “They’re a visible part of our campus now.” rick.coca@dailynews.com (818) 713-3329160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img
Belichick fined for spying incident

Belichick fined for spying incident

first_imgSpy on your opponents, and it will cost you. The New England coach was fined the NFL maximum of $500,000 Thursday and the Patriots were ordered to pay $250,000 for stealing an opponent’s defensive signals. Commissioner Roger Goodell also ordered the team to give up next year’s first-round draft choice if it reaches the playoffs and second- and third-round picks if it doesn’t. The videotaping came to light after a camera was confiscated from Patriots video assistant Matt Estrella while he was on the New York Jets’ sideline during New England’s 38-14 win last Sunday at Giants Stadium. The NFL said the camera was seized before the end of the first quarter and had no impact on the game. NFL: Coach must pay $500K, Patriots another $250K plus one or more high draft picks. By Dave Goldberg THE ASSOCIATED PRESS NEW YORK – Bill Belichick should be able to read this signal clearly: “This episode represents a calculated and deliberate attempt to avoid longstanding rules designed to encourage fair play and promote honest competition on the playing field,” Goodell said in a letter to the Patriots. He said he considered suspending Belichick but didn’t “largely because I believe that the discipline I am imposing of a maximum fine and forfeiture of a first-round draft choice, or multiple draft choices, is in fact more significant and long-lasting, and therefore more effective, than a suspension.” Instead, Goodell imposed the biggest fine ever on a coach and took away a first-round draft pick as a penalty for the first time in NFL history. Reached at his home, Patriots owner Robert Kraft declined to comment. Belichick, however, accepted full responsibility “for the actions that led to tonight’s ruling. Once again, I apologize to the Kraft family and every person directly or indirectly associated with the New England Patriots for the embarrassment, distraction and penalty my mistake caused.” “I also apologize to Patriots fans and would like to thank them for their support during the past few days and throughout my career,” Belichick said in a statement issued by the team. “As the Commissioner acknowledged, our use of sideline video had no impact on the outcome of last week’s game. We have never used sideline video to obtain a competitive advantage while the game was in progress.” Goodell’s hard line on discipline has been aimed so far at players – most notably Michael Vick and Adam “Pacman” Jones. By penalizing a coach and a team he showed that no one, not even management, was immune. “We support the commissioner and his findings,” the New York Jets said. New England, strengthened by the addition of Randy Moss, two other first-rate wide receivers and linebacker Adalius Thomas, is considered one of the favorites to win the Super Bowl for the fourth time since the 2001 season. If the Patriots lose their first-rounder next season they still will have a first-round pick, obtained from San Francisco in the deal that brought Moss from Oakland. NFL rules state “no video recording devices of any kind are permitted to be in use in the coaches’ booth, on the field, or in the locker room during the game.” They also say all video for coaching purposes must be shot from locations “enclosed on all sides with a roof overhead.” That was re-emphasized in a memo sent Sept. 6 to NFL head coaches and general managers. In it, Ray Anderson, the league’s executive vice president of football operations wrote: “Videotaping of any type, including but not limited to taping of an opponent’s offensive or defensive signals, is prohibited on the sidelines, in the coaches’ booth, in the locker room, or at any other locations accessible to club staff members during the game.” The NFL statement said Goodell believed Kraft was unaware of Belichick’s actions. But it said the commissioner believed penalties should be imposed on the club because, “Coach Belichick not only serves as the head coach but also has substantial control over all aspects of New England’s football operations. His actions and decisions are properly attributed to the club.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

YOUR COMPLETE WEATHER GUIDE TO 2011!

YOUR COMPLETE WEATHER GUIDE TO 2011!

first_imgSO WHAT was the weather really like in 2011.Just in case you’ve forgotten here’s a complete review of last year from Kenneth McDonagh from the Donegal Weather Channel!2011 DONEGAL WEATHER CHANNEL WEATHER REVIEW DONEGAL  11/1/12 Temperatures were up nearly 1C in places even though a frozen January and cool summer months failed to feel the effect.The hottest day of the year was June 3 when 26C (78.8F) was recorded at Drumconnick in Co Cavan and Chanterlands, Athy, Co Kildare.It was also the country’s sunniest day of the year with 15.9 hours recorded at Casement Aerodrome in west Dublin.The lowest temperature of minus 8.3C (17F) was recorded at Thomastown, Mt Juliet, Co Kilkenny on January 29. _________________________________________________________________RAIN FALL AMOUNT (MM)CO.DONEGALJAN        FEB        MAR        APR        MAY         JUNMAILIN HEAD        89.6       104.4      58.7        66.2        100.4       84.5 GLENTIES            103.2      189.9      85.5        95.9        199.1      110.7BALLYSHANNON  65.4       128.6      42.1        49.1        127.4      86.0(MM)               JUL        AUG        SEP        OCT        NOV        DECMAILIN HEAD       50.3       78.6        133.0      151.3      177.6      198.8 GLENTIES            96.9      112.3       214.4      220.0      239.7      260.4BALLYSHANNON  71.6       83.0        120.8      132.5      153.9      180.8____________________________________________________________________TEMPERATURESCO.DONEGALJAN       FEB        MAR        APR         MAY          JUNMAILIN HEAD     MAX    7.5       9.5         9.5          14.1        13.7          14.6MIN-     3.0       3.8         4.4          7.7          8.6            9.2GLENTIES         MAX-     6.9       9.9        11.5        16.3        14.7          16.1MIN-     -0.1       2.9        3.1           6.8          7.8            8.0BALLYSHANNON MAX-    6.8       9.6        10.7         16.1         14.5         15.9MIN-     0.2       2.9        3.2           6.9          7.8            8.6JUL        AUG        SEP        OCT        NOV        DECMAILIN HEAD     MAX-    16.7       16.2       16.3        16.4        11.4         8.5MIN-    11.2        11.2       11.5        10.0        4.9          -3.8GLENTIES          MAX-    18.1       17.5       16.5        16.9        10.6         8.0MIN-    10.1         9.5        10.8        10.0        4.1          -5.1BALLYSHANNON MAX-    18.1       17.2       16.6        16.1        10.9         8.2MIN-    10.8        10.4       10.8        10.0        4.7          -4.0____________________________________________________________________JANUARY – started off cold and became much milder as the month set in.FEBRUARY – started mild and wet with some windy weather but as the month went on we saw sunny spells too.MARCH – had started off on a dry and mostly sunny period and remained throughout the month due to areas of high pressure close to Ireland.APRIL – after a wet start to April the month ended dry and sunny with above normal temperatures.MAY – Depressions over the Atlantic were the main influence on Ireland’s weather during the month of May, giving generally unsettled weather across the country with very strong winds at times. it was also warm and windy. And we also saw some of our worst gorse fires ever in Donegal. There were 120 troops with specialist suits, three Air Corps helicopters (two equipped with buckets able to carry 1,200 litres of water) and 200,000 litres of water had been used in a bid to stop the flames spreading.JUNE – June was a mostly unsettled month with a warm start and a cool end to the month with downpours in places.JULY – July was a dull and cool month with below average rainfall in parts.AUGUST – August was dry and sunny in parts and cool everywhere.SEPTEMBER – Rainfall in September was above average everywhere this month was warm nearly 1°C or more above the normal and dull to. We also got a glimpse of our first storm Hurricane Katia with gust up to 130km/hr.OCTOBER – Yet again we saw more heavy rainfall which was above average especially in the north of the country and here in DonegalNOVEMBER – In November Ireland was hit yet again with more storms and rain with strong gales and damaging gusts. Temperatures started to drop later in the month.DECEMBER – December was a month of rain, hail, sleet, snow, frost, ice, and of course damaging gusts Malin head recorded a 10-minute mean wind speed of 68 kts (78 mph, 126 km/hr, 35 m/s).YOUR COMPLETE WEATHER GUIDE TO 2011! was last modified: January 11th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:YOUR COMPLETE WEATHER GUIDE TO 2011!last_img read more

Acrobats kick off college’s Nixon tribute

Acrobats kick off college’s Nixon tribute

first_imgA panel discussion, tentatively scheduled for Oct. 25, will feature individuals whose lives were personally affected by the 37th president’s trip to China. “A gentleman from Beijing, who was ultimately allowed to come to the United States to study and eventually became a U.S. citizen, will be part of this panel,” Palmer said, adding he was hesitant to name the man because he wants to keep the public in suspense. A screening of the documentary, “History Declassified: Nixon In China,” will be held Nov. 27. The documentary by Dr. Chen Jian is filled with declassified documents provided by the United States and China. Also in November, Jian will take part in a three-day residency at Whittier College and will speak to the public on Nov. 30 about his documentary. All the programs are scheduled to take place at the Shannon Center. For more information on the series, call the center’s box office, (562) 907-4203.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! • Photo Gallery: 9/26: Chinese acrobats • Video: Shangri-La Chinese Acrobats WHITTIER – Whittier College officials kicked off the school’s elaborate commemoration of its most-famous alumnus Richard M. Nixon’s historic trip to China with a performance by the Shangri-La Chinese Acrobats on Tuesday night. Inside the college’s Ruth B. Shannon Center for the Performing Arts, the internationally known acrobatic troupe entertained a standing-room-only audience with dizzying turns, thrilling leaps and baffling acts of contortion. “We are so pleased to have this group be part of our commemorative series,” said David Palmer, manager of the Shannon Center. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe joys and headaches of holiday travel: John Phillips It was a fitting performance, Palmer added, because Nixon’s 1972 trip to China opened the door for the first Chinese acrobats to perform in the United States. Under the direction of the venerable Hai family, the Shangri-La Chinese Acrobats combined martial arts displays and acrobatics based on centuries of Chinese tradition. The performance was the first that Whittier College officials are planning to shine a light on Nixon’s trip, which has been credited with hastening a thaw in relations between the China and the West. Feb. 27 marks the 35th anniversary of Nixon’s trip to China. Throughout the end of this year and into 2007, Palmer said, the college will host a series of events focusing on China and Nixon, a member of Whittier College’s graduating Class of 1934. “A series of lectures, discussions and films will take a broad view on China and Nixon,” Palmer said. “It will not be all good or all bad, but an overview.” last_img read more

Teen aims to help Ugandan orphans

Teen aims to help Ugandan orphans

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe joys and headaches of holiday travel: John Phillips“They just said thank you for actually caring,” Rosetta said. “You’re teenagers, and you’re not selfish.” From the murderous rule of Idi Amin in the 1970s to the Lord’s Resistance Army rebellion today, decades of conflict and disease have orphaned a generation of Ugandan children. The young often are abducted to serve as laborers or soldiers. Rosetta said she learned of the quiet crisis unfolding 9,400 miles away on another continent and felt it deserved more attention. “I was really alarmed that it wasn’t as big as it should be in the United States,” she said. “Most people don’t really know what’s happening in Uganda.” Of the money she raised, about $1,000 came from donations she collected in lieu of gifts for her 16th birthday. LA CRESCENTA – Rosetta Ragusa, 16, has made it her business to raise money and awareness about the plight of orphans in the African nation of Uganda – a few dollars at a time. For two years, the Crescenta Valley High junior has spent Saturday afternoons sitting at a table outside the local grocery store to collect donations for housing and rescue programs assisting the war-ravaged nation’s youngest victims. “We get mixed reactions,” said Rosetta, who has raised about $4,000 over two years for Washington-based nonprofit SOS Children’s Villages, which operates 450 orphanages worldwide. “Some people are just bothered with me being out there, like we should be focusing more with America. But there are some people who are really generous.” She recalled one encounter with an older couple who wrote her a $20 check. “I did receive a gift,” Rosetta said. “I was able to help another person. It was perfect.” “Rosetta is the kind of person – once she puts her mind on something, she would continue,” her mother, Linda Ragusa, said. “Each year, she comes up with bigger ideas and more fundraisers. It’s a commitment for the rest of her life.” Recently, Rosetta translated her activism into a campus club. Her peers would kid about her mission – though it’s something she thinks all young people are capable of accomplishing. “They say, `She’s going to change the world,”‘ Rosetta said. “In some ways, they also wish they can do that. I guess they’re just a bit insecure about stepping out of their mode and helping other people.” Her mother already understood. “She’s always teaching me you have to step out of your comfort zone,” she said, “and to see beyond what we’re around.” eugene.tong@dailynews.com (818) 546-3304160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img