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first_imgNaomi Osaka, the champion of U.S. Open women’s singles, smiles during a press conference in Yokohama , Thursday, Sept. 13, 2018. Osaka defeated Serena Williams of the U.S. on Saturday, Sept. 8, to become the first Grand Slam singles champion from Japan. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)YOKOHAMA, Japan — Naomi Osaka’s victory in the U.S. Open has added her to a growing list of athletes, Nobel Prize winners, and beauty pageant contestants who have raised the issue of what it means to be Japanese.The daughter of a Japanese mother and a Haitian father, Osaka was born in Japan but raised in the United States. But she is being lauded in Japan as the first from the country to win a Grand Slam singles tennis title, which has upstaged most questions about her mixed background.ADVERTISEMENT Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown — Abdul Hakim Sani Brown, track and field sprinter: son of a Japanese mother and Ghanaian father. Born in Tokyo.— Koji Murofushi, Olympic gold- and silver-medal winner in the hammer throw: son of a Romanian mother and Japanese father. Born and raised in Japan.Murofushi said he’s always felt Japanese.“I know that I have a mixed heritage,” he told AP. “But I always feel Japanese.” He added it’s “not something that really concerned me or anything.”The visibility of mixed-race athletes in Japan is sure to increase as the 2020 Tokyo Olympics approach and the country hunts for competitors in sports where it has little history.The reverse happened two years ago in the Rio de Janeiro Games, where Brazil found athletes with Japanese roots — more than 2 million Brazilians claim Japanese ancestry — to compete in non-Brazilian specialties.One thing is clear, the 20-year-old Osaka is cashing in.The U.S. Open victory was worth $3.8 million in prize money. And on Thursday, Osaka was introduced in Japan as a “brand ambassador” for the Japanese car maker Nissan. It’s a three-year deal, though financial terms were not disclosed.Osaka defeated Williams in Saturday’s chaotic final . Forbes magazine reports that Williams is the highest earning female athlete with income of $18.1 million, almost all from endorsements and sponsorship deals. She’s topped the list for several years.But Osaka’s mixed-race profile, her appeal in the huge Asian market, and her links to Japan’s world-wide brands should drive her long-term earning potential. Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption “She seems very shy and it’s not for everyone,” Jonathan Jensen who researches sports marketing at the University of North Carolina, told AP. “But the potential is there if that’s the route she wants to take, particularly with brands based in Asia, like Nissan. Tech firms and consumer electronics would also be a natural fit.”Jensen speculated the size of the Nissan contact with her would depend on how much of her time the company uses. And how many tournaments — and what tournaments — she wins.Osaka has charmed Japanese audiences with her grace and gentleness off the court, and her ferocity on it. She’s talked about her fondness for Japanese food — curried rice topped with a pork cutlet is a favorite.She’s also been a spokeswoman for two years for the Japanese cup noodle brand Nissin, which is launching a new noodle cup to commemorate her victory.Kazuyoshi Minowa, a spokesman for Windsor Corp, which operates tennis shops in Tokyo, said customers are asking to buy the same racket that Osaka uses. He said he met her two years ago when she visited a store.“My impression was that she was very quiet, unlike her powerful image playing the game,” he told Japanese broadcaster NHK.Questions about race also surfaced in 2016 when Priyanka Yoshikawa was crowned Miss World Japan. Her mother is Japanese and her father in Indian and she was born in Tokyo.This came a year after Ariana Miyamoto won the Miss Universe Japan title. She was born in Japan to a Japanese mother and African-American father.Hashimoto, the researcher at the University of Sussex, pointed out that under Japanese law, Osaka will have to decide on her nationality before she turns 22. She’s 20 now and cannot legally hold two passports.Hashimoto referenced three Nobel Prize winners born in Japan who eventually took other nationalities. The writer Kazuo Ishiguro holds a British passport, and scientists Yoichiro Nanbu and Shuji Nakamura both now hold American passports. Stewart, Storm surge past Mystics 98-82 for WNBA title 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 LATEST STORIES View comments Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ She said the strict one-passport rule “could risk leading to brain drain of great talents out of Japan.”“While Naomi Osaka’s victory should be celebrated on its own,” Hashimoto said. “Her case provides those Japanese with a narrow conception of Japanese-ness with an excellent opportunity to rethink what it means to be Japanese.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Some children from mixed race families in Japan often get bullied and demeaned, called “hafu” — from the English word “half” — and are chided that they aren’t fully Japanese.Japan has embraced Osaka, and she — despite barely speaking Japanese — talks fondly of her affection for her adopted country. But her victory also challenges public attitudes about identity in a homogeneous culture that is being pushed to change.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss“It is hard to say for sure if the extremely narrow conception, unconsciously or consciously, held by many Japanese of being Japanese, is being loosened,” Naoko Hashimoto, who researches national identify at the University of Sussex in England, wrote in an email to Associated Press.“In my opinion, it still appears that Japanese are generally defined as those who are born from a Japanese father and a Japanese mother, who speak perfect Japanese and ‘act like Japanese’.” Athletes and celebrities seem to fall into a different category. Osaka has lots of company in this realm with an increasing number of sports stars claiming mixed backgrounds.For instance:— Yu Darvish, the Chicago Cubs pitcher: son on a Japanese mother and Iranian father. Born in Osaka.— Mashu Baker, an Olympic gold-medal winner in judo: son of a Japanese mother and American father. Born in Tokyo.— Asuka Cambridge, Olympic silver-medal winner in the 4×100 track relay: born in Jamaica to a Japanese mother and Jamaican father, but grew up in Japan.ADVERTISEMENT Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

first_imgThe Liberian Association of Central Jersey (LACJ), a not-for-profit organization based in the state of New Jersey in the United States, over the weekend brought smiles to the faces of students at the Sawlad Daycare and Elementary School in Wood Camp, Paynesville when they presented them with assorted school materials.The school runs from nursery to fourth grade and has a little over 100 students. The kids were given copy books, pens, pencils, erasers, rulers and other educational materials. The Action-secretary general Peter Massaquoi, presented the items on behalf of the LACJ to the administration of the school as the group’s way of contributing to the children’s education. “We have the heart to do more because we know how things are tough in this country, especially after such a devastating Ebola crisis that the country has endured,” he told the students.Mr. Massaquoi, a practicing journalist, said the group has a vision to impact the Liberian society, especially the lives of students who are suffering as a result of the current educational mess. “We need to do more for these kids because they are the victims of the mess in our country’s education sector,” he said.He also spoke of the difficulties that parents are enduring to send their kids to school, noting, “We know things are difficult also for parents who are finding it very hard to meet their children’s educational needs. In this little way, we want to buttress their efforts,” Massaquoi said.The kids who expressed joy for the gesture sang songs of praise when Mr. Massaquoi told them he will construct a computer lab on their campus very soon. “You kids need the same opportunities as your western counterparts. Computers have made the world a small place and provide countless avenues for learning,” he said.The establishment of the computer lab, according to Mr. Massaquoi, is an initiative of his and one of his colleagues. “We see that the need really exists here. This is why we really want to establish this.” He assured that the computers are already packed for shipment to Liberia as soon as he returns to the United States.The Principal of the school, Maryann Watson, thanked the group for selecting her school for such a worthy gesture and prayed that their promise of a computer lab will come to pass. This was also echoed by the school proprietor, Garmondeh Watson. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_imgMandla Masango will probably never hit a ball as well as this ever again, so it’s perhaps slightly unfortunate that he ended up on the losing side as South Africa fell 2-1 to Ghana in their African Cup of Nations group clash.The Kaizer Chiefs midfielder managed to strike an unstoppable volley despite being on the ground just seconds earlier. Take a look above.last_img

first_imgTHE Government has been accused of doing a u-turn over school transport in the Finn Valley.The Finn Valley School Transport Action Group claims promises made in June have already been broken.“At a meeting with a civil  servant in the Transport Section, Dept of Education and Skills on 24th of June, FVSTAG committeee members and TD Dinny McGinley were advised that once Parents wrote to Department advising that Deele College was over capacity that transport for this year would automatically roll over to Stranorlar and so would the Medical Card,” said a FVSTAG spokesman. “However, it has now emerged, that Medical Card Holders are being asked to pay for their concessionary ticket and that their appeals have been turned down.“Fvstag are advising families affected by this to contact the civil servant and her department and query why their appeal was turned down after assurances had been given on June 24th.“We would ask people to please phone immediately on 057 9325471. If you need any any assistance email fvstag@hotmail.com or see our Facebook Page http://www.facebook.com/fvstag.”  GOVERNMENT ACCUSED AGAIN OVER SCHOOL TRANSPORT IN FINN VALLEY was last modified: August 26th, 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)last_img read more

first_imgBrian “Dinky” Dorrian of St Catherines FC where Seamus Coleman played his football as a youngster.One of soccer sensation Seamus Coleman’s earliest managers has said the Killybegs man is an inspiration to all youngsters who want to play in the Premiership.Brian ‘Dinky’ Dorrian coached the Everton star at underage level at St Catherine’s FC in the fishing town before he hit the big time.But Dorrian has revealed that it was more hard work and not natural ability which has helped Seamus to become a huge star. Dinky told Donegal Daily “I will be honest and say that Seamus did not stand out technically at a young age. There were better players.“But the one thing that he has always possessed has been a determination and drive to be the best he can. That has made him the footballer he has become today.“And I hope that can help lots of young players to see that they can become the best players they can if they work hard at it.”Dorrian’s honesty may be difficult for many to comprehend after a few short weeks which has seen Coleman’s value go through the roof. With four goals from right back in his last seven appearances, it’s no wonder that he is being linked with a big money move to a list of clubs including Arsenal.A photo of Seamus Coleman beside a picture of his brother Stephen’s Ireland jersey which is hanging on the walls of local St Catherines FCAs the days fade on 2013 and the daylight fades outside in Killybegs, Brian is more than happy to show off the small clubhouse of St Catherine’s where Ireland’s most talked-about soccer star regularly togged out.Not surprisingly there are plenty of pictures of Coleman on the walls reflecting the teams he played on in recent years.There are also two framed shirts, his first Republic of Ireland shirt and an Everton shirt.A picture of Stevie Coleman, Seamus’ brother and his Ireland shirt also adorns the walls reminding the Premiership star that there was another Coleman brother here before him! Brian, who also worked with Seamus as part of the backroom staff at Sligo Rovers under Paul Cook, says Seamus is still the down-to-earth young fella who walked out the narrow corridor onto the pitch at Emerald Park hundreds of times.“That’s the kind of lad he is and that’s down to his parents Henry and Marie. They have made him appreciate people and life and he’s never allowed himself to get above his station.“He was here a few weeks back when we played Curragh Athletic sitting in the dressing room with the lads before the game messing and hiding shoes and what not. Having the craic.“That’s Seamus. He’s a young fella from Killybegs and he will always be from Killybegs. He knows when he comes home here he can relax and have a bit of fun and he knows he has to be a Premiership footballer when he goes back to Everton,” said Brian. Another St Catherine’s man who knows Coleman better than most is former Sligo Rovers player Jason Noctor.Seamus and Rachel Cunningham who announced their engagement this week.The pair grew up together on St Cummin’s Hill, kicking a ball up and down the street on summer nights as fishing ships unloaded their catches below in the harbor.With a bit more luck, Noctor too could have made his way across the water and could have been featuring on Match of the Day in what would have been the stuff of dreams for the one-time neighbours.Noctor, now the captain of St Catherine’s senior team, has nothing but admiration for his close friend and former team-mate.“I always thought that Seamus had what it took to make it. He always got the best out of himself and pushed himself to the limit.“He never smoke or drank and always looked after himself. That’s what stood to him when he got the chance. And when he got the chance he took it with both hands.”Noctor has been to visit Coleman on a number of occasions in England and stayed with his friend and his new fiancée Rachel Cunningham.Indeed Coleman phoned Noctor last Sunday and revealed he had just proposed to the teacher whom he has been dating for nine years.“We had a bit of banter. They have been dating for a long time and they are so suited to eachother. I was just delighted for them,” said Jason.Another man who knew from an early age just how serious Coleman took his sport was Killybegs senior manager Martin ‘Slua’ Boyle.Boyle managed the Killybegs Minor team which won a minor title, one of the last competitive GAA games which Coleman would play before opting full-time for soccer.The lads ended up on a trip to Carrick-On-Shannon after their long season but Coleman still didn’t allow himself the luxury of indulging on alcohol.“He has never been a drinker and that night would have been a reason to have a drink and let the hair down a bit. But it’s just not Seamus.“He has always looked after himself and he didn’t even bother having a drink that night and yet he still had great fun along with al the lads,” revealed Martin.Boyle also revealed revealed how Seamus called him last summer and asked him if it would be okay if he trained with the Killybegs team.“I thought he was just going to come along and do a light training session because it was the summer and yet he put in a huge effort.“Some of the lads came off the pitch and couldn’t believe how serious he took it. But that’s just Seamus and that’s why he is where he is today.”Seamus Coleman. One of the lads but nobody’s fool.COLEMAN IS AN INSPIRATION TO ALL YOUNGSTERS, SAYS FORMER MANAGER was last modified: December 31st, 2013 by StephenShare 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:Brian Dunky DorrianevertonKillybegsseamus colemanSligo RoversSt Catherineslast_img read more

first_imgJuventus look set to complete the signing of Juan Cuadrado from Chelsea on season-long loan.Cuadrado, 27, has been tipped to return to Italy all summer, having been unable to establish himself as a first-team regular at Stamford Bridge.The Colombian was signed in February from Fiorentina in a deal worth around £23m but has started only four league matches.He has fallen further down the pecking order following the recent signing of Pedro, who scored on his debut as Jose Mourinho’s side won 3-2 at West Brom on Sunday.Last week, Chelsea boss Mourinho did not rule out Cuadrado leaving but insisted that Willian, who has also been linked with a move, would stay.See also:Mourinho insists Willian will not be sold by ChelseaWest Brom v Chelsea player ratingsMarin set to complete move from ChelseaFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO–It’s September 12 and the Giants haven’t won a game since August.Even as the club stumbled to a 98-loss season in 2017, the Giants still found a way to collect 10 September victories, but this year a double-digit win total in the final month of the year is practically out of the question.Though the Giants have already won four more games in 2018 than they did a season ago, a 10-game losing streak to open the month has the team in danger of suffering through its worst September …last_img read more

first_imgBUFFALO, N.Y. — As consistency issues continue to plague the Sharks eight weeks into the season, the team is relaying a message to its fans: stick with us.Heading into Tuesday’s showdown with the Buffalo Sabres (16-6-2), Sharks fans are outraged that a team considered to be among the most talented in franchise history isn’t performing like Stanley Cup contenders. Some are going as far as to call for Pete DeBoer’s job, assuming that the team’s inability to find consistency on the defensive side …last_img read more

first_imgCobus Potgieter is on the rise.(Image: Supplied by SMG Africa)MEDIA CONTACTS• Antoinette PantonCobus Potgieter’s media relationsSMG Africa+27 43 726 8833 or +27 83 419 8939Bongani NkosiCobus Potgieter, a self-taught South African drummer, is an authentic international trendsetter who’s capturing the hearts of fans the world over.The 23-year-old East London-based musician has found his niche on the internet, using social networking sites to grow his support base in the global music market. He’s amassed more than 100 000 fans on YouTube, where he’s been uploading videos since August 2006.“I think I’m very blessed,” Potgieter said. “The support I’m getting is incredible.”Self-taughtPotgieter started playing drums in 2002, at the age of 15. He’s taught himself everything he knows about the expressive instrument.It’s sheer hard work that has secured him a place in the hearts of many youthful drum aficionados, he said. In many of the uploaded videos he plays two covers, including John Mayer’s Waiting on the World to Change.“I try to add something unique, to do things that come naturally,” said Potgieter, a devout pastor’s son.Just four years ago he started uploading home-made videos onto YouTube, a platform that has catapulted him into international stardom.  He was just playing around with the concept, but the results are surprising him. “It was not a decision that I made as such. I just had the videos, and I thought, why not?”His fans are located in different parts of the world, as his Facebook and other social media accounts show – from Asia to America and Europe. He has more than 72 000 friends on Facebook.The hits he garners on YouTube are enough to make webmasters envious. A video uploaded two months ago, remixing Jay Sean’s Down hit, has had 276 986 views – a remarkable feat by internet standards. To date he’s had more 11-million views in total.Some of his popular uploads include Vanilla Sky’s Umbrella and Face Down by Red Jumpsuit Apparatus.His fans shower him with positive messages daily. One fan from a foreign country wrote as a comment to a Facebook status update: “You are amazing, I can sit att [sic] watch your covers all day long. I just don´t get how you do it?! I will never be tired of your clips ;).”The enthusiastic Potgieter is jetting off to Spain in August to record and co-produce a song with a Spanish producer, he announced. He’ll also record a new YouTube series in full HD in the accomplished producer’s studio.Growing the Potgieter brandPotgieter does not make any money from the internet uploads, he only attracts more fans to his international support base. He released a tutor DVD for aspiring drummers in 2009, which is being distributed from the US.Though he cannot reveal the circulation figures, Potgieter said the DVD is selling well abroad. The sales picked up during the earlier days of release and then took a slump, he said. But they are surging once more. “I’m happy that it’s picking up again.”His success on the internet has earned him sponsorships from international companies. Established brands like Samson, Music Connection and TRX are sponsoring his drums and other audio equipment.He also has signature drum sets named Laus Deo Semper and Soli Deo Gloria, marketed by drum companies UDRUM and Jobeky Drums. This equipment is helping to grow his brand in the UK and North America.His clothing range is also growing, he said, with merchandise including hoodies, t-shirts and his DVD, among others.last_img read more