first_imgLeksula is about 3 to 4 kilometers from the Nalbesi River. In the rainy season, residents are forced to travel on foot, as did Nori with her baby that day.With the bad weather and swift water, Nori ventured to cross the river while carrying her child with a sarong to return to her home in Neath.Three men volunteered to help Nori and other residents cross the river. They stretched strands of nylon rope across the river and tied them to tree trunks on both sides of the river.They wrapped other strands of nylon rope around the stretch, knotted them and tied them to a wooden branch that served as a seat. Residents would sit on the wooden branch to swing across the river. “This is our daily job. Sometimes we arrive home late at night after helping residents cross the river,” said one of the volunteers, Fendy Nurlatu.Every day, Fendy and the other volunteers witness how residents fight their fear and anxiety, while also remaining vigilant to cross the river safely.“I saw that [Nori] was worried. She was afraid because she was carrying her baby. But what else could she do? She had to cross the river,” Fendy said.Read also: Students in Maluku help each other cross dangerous river to get to schoolTo cross the river, Nori sat on the wooden branch with one hand holding her child and one hand holding the hanging rope. The rope was pulled from the other side of the river slowly until she reached the riverbank.Nori told Fendy how nervous she was crossing the river with a child in hand, especially when they paused in the middle of the river.“I prayed and prayed — Oh God, when will I get across the river?” said Fendy, conveying what Nori said to her.After crossing the river, Nori continued his journey to her village, which is about 4 km away from the Nalbesi River, Fendy said.Besides Nori, several women also crossed the river in the same way that day.A college student from Liang, Melky Solisa, said local residents had crossed the river for decades whenever they wanted to shop for basic necessities or sell their plantation products at the market in the district center.Melky, who is studying at the University of Pattimura in Ambon, Maluku, recalled an incident that happened to a resident crossing the river last year.“A resident was rushed to a hospital last year because he fell and was carried away by the river flow. The victim was injured but alive,” said Melky.The villagers, including Fendy and Melky, regretted that there was no actual plan from the central or regional governments to build a bridge over the river.Fendi said a district head and members of the local legislature had promised to build an emergency bridge during their pre-election campaigns but had never realized the program.“Five years ago, the current regent, Tagop Solisa, promised an emergency bridge. But the condition is still like this,” said Fendi.“Mr. President, please look at our suffering and lack of freedom, Sir. Even though Indonesia will be 75 years old soon, we are not independent yet,” Melky added. (syk)Topics : The flow of the Nalbesi River was getting stronger as the rain flushed Buru Selatan regency in Maluku on a Thursday morning, but villagers still flocked to the river bank.The river is the only access for residents in the two villages, namely Neath and Liang, to reach the district center, Leksula, while risking their lives and those of their loved ones.Among the residents crossing the river that morning was Nori Hukunala, who had just bought monthly supplies in Leksula with her 8-month-old baby.last_img read more

first_imgDoctors believe a woman’s silicone breast implants saved her life after she survived a close-range gunshot wound to the chest.SAGE medical journal published a case study last week where doctors described how a silicone breast implant deflected a bullet away from a 30-year-old woman’s vital organs.The incident took place in Toronto Canada two years ago. The woman suffered a gunshot wound, broken ribs and broken implants. None of her major organs were touched because the implant was likely responsible for deflecting the bullet’s trajectory, which saved her life, doctors said.Medics found the bullet in the woman’s right lower anterior thoracic wall below the right breast.Doctor’s removed the implants and she was cleared by the trauma service.The firearm was never recovered and the shooter remains unknown, according to the report.last_img read more

first_imgWisconsin did not want to start its conference season this way.The Badgers took a 1-0 loss Sunday against the Boilermakers of Purdue, dropping the team to 0-2 in Big Ten play. UW came out slow again, which has been the case as of late.“We need to come out confident in our abilities and not be scared of another team right off the bat and wait to see what they’re going to do to us,” freshman Laurie Nosbusch said. “We picked it up in the second half, but we were down and just weren’t able to get a goal.”Wisconsin struggled to get anything going in the first half, putting up just one shot to five for Purdue. The Boilermakers put three of their five shots on goal in the first half, including the eventual game-winner by Loredana Riverso in the 32nd minute.The Badgers came out strong once again in the second, outshooting the Boilermakers 9-5, but they failed to find the back of the net on any of their shots.“Our mindset today just wasn’t there in the first half,” senior goalkeeper Jamie Klages said. “We had some flurries of strong play [in the second half], but we just weren’t ready to play.”With a pair of 1-0 victories this weekend, Purdue is tied with Michigan State for first place in the Big Ten. Wisconsin, however, joins Indiana in last place with a 0-2 start.The losses are most troubling for the Badgers because they believe they have the talent to play with teams like Purdue and Illinois but failed to come out ready to play.“I absolutely think we could have won two games this weekend,” Wilkins said. “I think these are missed opportunities. Obviously it’s my job to make sure our team is focused and prepared to be able to get results, and I have to do a better job.”Wisconsin began conference play Friday with a hard-fought 2-1 loss to Illinois. The Badgers were plagued by another slow start as they allowed the Illini to take a 2-0 lead just over 36 minutes into the game.Illinois started fast, as senior Marti Desjarlais scored in the 15th minute on an assist from senior Jessica Levitt. Illinois’ second goal came just over 20 minutes later as Levitt scored on a rebound following a shot by junior Jackie Santacaterina.“I hate anybody scoring goals, [but] it was a little disappointing,” Klages said. “I had my chance at it. I could have gotten the second one, and I didn’t.”After going into halftime down 2-0, Wisconsin came out strong in the second half. Junior Stephanie Krombach put the Badgers on the board 32 seconds into the half with a shot from just outside the box, assisted by Krista Liskevych.“We really needed that goal. It was a great goal, and I’m glad that Stephanie was the one that scored it,” senior Taylor Walsh said. “Even though we didn’t end up winning, her goal was still important because it fired everyone up and boosted morale.”Walsh returned to the Badgers’ lineup this weekend for the first time in three games after aggravating a knee injury Sept. 12 against Boston University. Although she played less than half of each game, it was a step in the right direction for Wisconsin’s offensive captain.“I was very happy to get back out on the field,” Walsh said “This weekend was definitely not something I wanted to miss, so it was good to play again.”Following the goal by Krombach, the Badgers seemed to have the momentum but were not able to capitalize again. Several scoring opportunities were wasted, including a pair of shots on goal by Krombach and six corner kicks.Despite being unable to complete the comeback, Wisconsin was confident following Friday’s game, motivated by their strong play down the stretch and ready for Sunday against Purdue.“I talked to them about building confidence,” Wilkins said. “[We talked about] not worrying so much about the outcome, but still talking about the process. They have to feel as they walk off the field right now that they can compete with teams like Illinois.”Unfortunately, that confidence and motivation seemed to get lost between Friday and Sunday, as Wisconsin came out very flat against Purdue.“In the first game against Illinois, I was proud of the way they played, especially in the second half,” Wilkins said. “I was very disappointed with our effort against Purdue. I have to go back and look at how to help the team refocus and decide what type of team we want to be.”last_img read more

first_imgThe Blue Devils followed up their win over West Virginia in the national semifinal (pictured) by beating Butler for the championship.[/media-credit]INDIANAPOLIS — As Butler’s sophomore forward Gordon Hayward walked away from the scene behind him, Duke players diving on top of each other in a pile just feet from where he’d missed a last-second shot, he knew his team’s historic Final Four run was over.Of course, a 61-59 loss for his Bulldogs was not the way he wanted it to end.“I hate losing,” Hayward said. “It’s one of the worst feelings that I have — losing. When I look back on it, I think it’s going to motivate me.”The pace of the game was frantic. The defense, at times, was sparse. Hayward, the Bulldogs’ leading scorer, posted only four points in the first half, while senior forward Avery Jukes exceeded his season high for points in that period alone with 10.Butler struggled to maintain that breakneck speed, firing off 3-pointers and scrambling for offensive rebounds.Meanwhile, the Blue Devils fought for consistency, with senior center Brian Zoubek slowly backing down his defender in the paint and purposeful ball movement from the entire squad.But for every slow, steady, consistent shot Duke made, the Bulldogs found a way to nip back at the heels of their opponents.“We wanted it to be a toughness battle, and a fight to the finish, and that’s what we got,” Butler guard Zach Hahn said.The trend continued in the second half. Every open look the Blue Devils hit was countered with a hard-fought basket. And as the lead swayed back and forth, the Bulldogs looked more and more like the team Butler coach Brad Stevens expected to see that night.“It was obviously a physical game,” Hayward said. “I feel like we pretty much left it all out there.”But just as the game seemed to turn, it stopped. The pace slowed. The scoring died down. And, in the end, the committed and selfless game Butler had wanted to play from the beginning, its earnest effort to win “The Butler Way,” caused the Bulldogs to lose what had kept them close against Duke — raw emotion.The Bulldogs started to falter, failing to fire back at the Blue Devils. They didn’t make a shot from the floor from the 9:30 mark until the final minute of the game, fighting to stay in the game by way of foul shots. Somehow, at the end of their scoring drought, they were only down by three.A minute remained. Bulldog forward Matt Howard battled down low, getting position on Zoubek for an easy lay-in. And, all of a sudden, the field goal percentage didn’t matter. The underdog moniker didn’t matter. All that mattered was the 33.7 seconds left on the clock.It was Butler’s ball. They were down one.The Bulldogs passed the ball around the perimeter, looking for a chance to penetrate the lane and put themselves ahead for the first time since the 13:35 mark.Zoubek tipped a pass out of bounds, and Stevens called a timeout. On the first attempt at the inbounds play, nothing was open. Hayward took another timeout for his team.Less than 14 seconds remained.Hawyard got the ball off of the inbounds play. He drove to his right, fighting toward the center of the court. He backed down his defender, then stepped off.The fadeaway shot went up. Hayward watched it go. And he watched it as it hit the rim, bounced off and fell into the hands of Zoubek. As Stevens said, “It looked good all the way.”“They played good defense and forced me into a tough shot,” Hayward said. “I thought it was a good shot for us — I just missed it long.“It felt good. Looked good. It just wasn’t there.”A few seconds later, after Hayward missed a last-second effort that bounced off the backboard and clanked off the rim, it was over.“There’s not much to say from our end,” Stevens said. “We just came up one possession short in a game with about 140 possessions. It’s hard to stomach when you’re on the wrong end of that.”last_img read more