first_imgBrace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC “Have been very, very tough conditions yesterday and today,” said the top-ranked Nadal, who played at night on Friday after the temperatures had dropped. “It’s not nice to see players suffering that much on court.”The tournament’s extreme heat policy calls for the roofs to be closed on the main show courts and play to be suspended on outer courts when the temperature reaches 40 degrees Celsius (104 Fahrenheit) and the wet-bulb globe temperature (WBGT), which takes into account humidity and wind speed, reaches 32.5 Celsius (90.5 Fahrenheit).FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe high temperature Friday marginally topped 40 Celsius, but the WBGT remained below the threshold, so play was not halted.Cornet said she began feeling dizzy at the beginning of the second set against Belgium’s Elise Mertens and, at one point, fell to her back on the court in obvious distress. She received a medical timeout so a trainer could check her pulse and blood pressure and wrap her in an ice vest before she returned to the court. Cornet was able to finish the match, losing 7-5, 6-4. But she later said it was “dangerous” to play in that kind of heat.“The (official) limit of not playing the match is really high. I think this limit should be a little bit lower because playing in this condition is not nice for anyone,” she said. “I would never give up because of (the heat), that’s for sure. But you push your body so hard, you almost feel like you’re on the edge.”Tournament director Craig Tiley defended the response of officials to the extreme heat on both Thursday and Friday, saying “we start the event with this set of rules and policies in place, and in the interest of fairness, can’t change them halfway through.”“Protecting our players and the fairness of the competition is paramount in these conditions, which we acknowledge can be challenging,” he said, adding the extreme heat policy would be reviewed after the tournament to see if adjustments need to be made.Petra Martic, who won a two-hour, third-round match against Luksika Kumkhum during the hottest part of the day on Friday, said she got blisters on her feet from the sizzling court and had to take painkillers after the second set.ADVERTISEMENT France’s Alize Cornet is attended to by a trainer and tournament staff after suffering from the heat during her third round match against Belgium’s Elise Mertens at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Friday, Jan. 19, 2018. (AP Photo/Andy Brownbill)MELBOURNE, Australia — French player Alize Cornet has called for the extreme heat policy at the Australian Open to be re-evaluated after she said she nearly fainted in the broiling temperatures during her third-round match Friday at Melbourne Park.Other players echoed her concerns, with Rafael Nadal saying playing in such extreme heat can be “a little bit dangerous for the health.”ADVERTISEMENT Asian shares slide on weak Japan data; US markets closed 8th Top Leaders Forum assessed the progress of public-private efforts in building climate and disaster resilient communities Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding View comments DOST-Pagasa 11 A.M. weather update, November 22, 2019 PLAY LIST 05:08DOST-Pagasa 11 A.M. weather update, November 22, 201900:50Trending Articles04:04‘Quiel’ now a severe tropical storm – Pagasa01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Defense wins games for GlobalPort in streak Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa “It’s really tough on your feet to play in these conditions,” she said. “I was hoping they would close (the roof), but the temperature was not high enough. … So unfortunately it stayed this way.”French player Gael Monfils staggered through part of his second-round loss to Novak Djokovic on Thursday, saying he “had a small heat stroke for 40 minutes,” and likewise described the conditions as a risk to players.Roger Federer, who requested to play at night to avoid the blistering heat on Thursday, said he believed the officials were doing the best they could under the circumstances.“What do you do … stop all matches? The lucky guys on the big courts, they get to play under the roof. The other guys get postponed till the next day? Is that great?” he said. “Is everybody going to finish at 3 in the morning, like a rainy day in New York. I’ve had that, too. Is that better? I’m not sure, honestly.”Click here for more weather related news.” Read Next MOST READ Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH LATEST STORIES Do not bring these items in SEA Games venues BI on alert for illegally deployed OFWs to Iraqlast_img read more

first_imgBuilding Blocks (“Raring to Grow”, October 4)Kudos to your team for profiling 35 young achievers who are dreaming with imagination and excelling with innovation in their fields (“Raring to Grow”, October 4). Chosen from across the length and breadth of the country, their ambition, motivation and success stories will inspire,Building Blocks (“Raring to Grow”, October 4)Kudos to your team for profiling 35 young achievers who are dreaming with imagination and excelling with innovation in their fields (“Raring to Grow”, October 4). Chosen from across the length and breadth of the country, their ambition, motivation and success stories will inspire many others to achieve what they desire and dream.–Rohit Kumar, MumbaiThe demographic profiling of the population has brought out the promise of the present generation. These 35 young role models have excelled in spite of insurmountable odds. The number of such stories would multiply manifold if an infrastructural and academic platform is provided to them. Their talent should be nurtured with the utmost care for optimum realisation of their latent potential.–Piyush Prashant Sinha, HyderabadGames of Neglect (“Sprinting to Disaster”, October 4)Deficiencies of the system and inefficiencies of the managers are squarely responsible for the ill-preparation for the Commonwealth Games (“Sprinting to Disaster”, October 4). Our incompetencies have caused irreparable damage to India’s image. It’s a pity that the prime minister had to step in to fix loose ends and ask those responsible to focus on completing the job, instead of indulging in a blame game.–Neeharika Sinha, AllahabadWalk the Talk (“Groping in the Dark”, October 4)The all-party delegation’s visit to Srinagar was an exercise in futility, a paid vacation for the MPs who went to offer lip-service (“Groping in the Dark”, October 4). Sitaram Yechury and Gurudas Dasgupta of the Left cannot do anything to stop bloodshed. After all, their party was responsible for the carnage of innocent people in West Bengal. Parliamentarians like them don’t have any moral right to speak on humanitarian issues.–Arun Azad, JamshedpuradvertisementHeart Matters (“New Hope for the Heart”, September 27)A heart attack strikes whenever and whosoever it wants, without any forewarning (“New Hope for the Heart”, September 27). About 40 per cent of heart attack victims in India do not even reach a hospital. It not only indicates the swiftness with which it happens but also the lack of proximity to healthcare units or hospitals. People need to be more conscious and alert, and hospital charges, doctors’ fees and other medical costs need to be brought down substantially to enable patients to seek timely treatment. –Prem K. Menon, MumbaiPolitics of Peace (“The Hate India Movement, September 27)Why have India and Pakistan become favourite terror targets (“The Hate India Movement, September 27)? It is because these two nations are run by weak governments, which shy away from acting against terrorists and have become their breeding grounds due to lack of political will? Instead, they love to blame each other for the rise of terror in the sub-continent. The governments let terrorists thrive because they help them reap gain electoral dividends.–Som Sharma, GurgaonSpoiled Sport (“Cricket’s Crooks”, September 13)Cricket in Pakistan has been dogged by betting scandals for over a decade now but its cricket board has largely remained indifferent to it (“Cricket’s Crooks”, September 13). If players are found guilty, they must be banned for life. Players are accepting money from bookies, but are they doing so out of greed or is there a powerful clique within the team that threatens to end their careers if they don’t? Honest answers are needed.–J.S. Acharya, HyderabadSplit Wide Open (“Splits in Silicon Valley”, September 13)What leads to marital disputes (“Splits in Silicon Valley”, September 13)? Perhaps, the lack of work-life balance, and more often than not it is the woman who is blamed for the lack of it. Life becomes a mess, especially for working couples whose materialistic pursuits costs them marital bliss. The man, however, is seldom blamed, for he is the breadwinner and not responsible for kids and domestic chores. This work should ideally be shared by both, but a man rarely does so. If a woman can be a boardroom queen and also a domestic goddess, why can’t a man be a little more responsible, understanding and involved to make a marriage work? Happiness is not just one big thing, but it is many little things rolled into one. And these little efforts will sow the seeds for a happy marriage.–Vimal S. Thaker, Ahmedabadlast_img read more