Kevin Durant to sign with Brooklyn Nets

first_imgFILE – In this June 10, 2019, file photo, Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant (35) reacts as he leaves the court after sustaining an injury during first-half basketball action against the Toronto Raptors in Game 5 of the NBA Finals in Toronto. Durant is headed to the Brooklyn Nets, leaving the Warriors after three seasons. (Chris Young/The Canadian Press via AP, File)NEW YORK – Kevin Durant is headed to the Brooklyn Nets, leaving the Golden State Warriors after three seasons.His decision was announced Sunday at the start of the NBA free agency period on the Instagram page for The Boardroom, an online series looking at sports business produced by Durant and business partner Rich Kleiman.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Durant won titles with Golden State in 2017 and ’18 then was injured for much of this postseason as the team lost the NBA Finals in six games to the Toronto Raptors.A ruptured right Achilles tendon could keep him out the entire next season, and whenever he returns it will be in the Brooklyn black.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsESPN first reported Durant’s decision, saying he had agreed to a four-year deal worth $164 million.Durant could have gotten five years and about $221 million to remain with the Warriors. Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday PLAY LIST 03:12Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:56Heavy 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 award03:05Malakanyang bilib sa Phivolcs | Chona Yu01:26Homes destroyed after Taal Volcano eruption Taal evacuees make the most of ‘unusual’ clothing donations, leaves online users laughing Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Durant, a 10-time All-Star who just completed his 12th NBA season, was leading all postseason scorers at 34.2 points per game when he strained his right calf on May 8 in Game 5 of the Western Conference semifinals against the Rockets.He had seven 30-point performances during the recent playoffs.It’s unclear how he will play whenever he can return, but the Nets were willing to take a chance with a team on the rise.Brooklyn finished 42-40 this season and lost in the first round of the playoffs, then got a huge victory Sunday when it beat out the Warriors, New York Knicks and Los Angeles Clippers for Durant.Durant, who grew up in the Washington area and spent one college season at Texas, played his first year with the Seattle SuperSonics before they departed for Oklahoma City, where Durant played eight seasons with the Thunder before joining the Warriors in 2016.ADVERTISEMENT Staying alive 11 nabbed for shabu, drug den busted in Maguindanao View commentscenter_img Olympic rings arrive in host city on barge into Tokyo Bay Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Ukrainian prime minister resigns after recordings published He was heavily criticized for that move, seen as taking an easy route by joining a team that had just won an NBA-record 73 games.But it worked out for Durant and the Warriors, as he was the NBA Finals MVP in their championships in both 2017 and 2018.This season was filled with talk of his future, though for much of the season it was focused on the Knicks if he decided to leave.But the Nets became a more attractive option with young talent that should help them be competitive next season even while Durant recovers.  /gsgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Steaming fissures on Taal Volcano Island spotted Duterte lambasts Catholic Church anew in curse-laden speech before Filipino Baptists Deandre Ayton shines as Suns pound Knickslast_img read more

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Klopp tears into ‘not good’ Liverpool

first_img0Shares0000Liverpool’s manager Jurgen Klopp looks on ahead of their match against Hull City in Kingston upon Hull, north east England on February 4, 2017LONDON, United Kingdom, Feb 28 – Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp had little good to say about his side after the Reds crashed to a disappointing 3-1 defeat at Leicester City on Monday.Following the sacking of Claudio Ranieri last week, the Foxes delivered the perfect response to their critics with an emphatic win over the Merseysiders. Danny Drinkwater struck a spectacular long-range effort either side of a Jamie Vardy brace, before Phillippe Coutinho got one back for the visitors late on.The result sees Leicester move out of the relegation zone while Liverpool remained in fifth, albeit having played a game more than Manchester City and Arsenal above them, and Manchester United below them on the Premier League table.“If we make our best game and play really good and we lose I have to accept it, that’s football,” Klopp told Sky Sports.“We did not do enough. It looked like we’d never spoken about the strength of Leicester. That’s the real problem.“I spoke in the dressing room about it. That’s not enough, for sure. That’s not even close to being enough.“We have to work, obviously and try with everything we have to do better next time.  It is really hard to see what we would usually be able to do in this performance.“Not good in offence, not good in defence – that’s how you lose football games.“There is no reason at this moment for this. You can always find excuses but I am not ready to look for an excuse.”Liverpool host Arsenal in their next match next week and another defeat will be a significant blow to their Champions League qualification chances.The Reds have an excellent record against their rivals for the top for, with four of their five Premier League defeats coming at the hands of sides in the bottom half.“We have a week to prepare and we have to show a reaction. That’s what we have to do,” Klopp added.“We are all playing for our future. I don’t want to be too serious but that’s how it is.“We have to perform differently to what we did. We can be much better, we have shown it already. Not doing it feels really disappointing.“Thank God we don’t have to play again tomorrow. After you win and you lose you have to analyse, show the boys and react on it again.”0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Shifting fuel caused freeway meltdown

first_imgSACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The truck involved in a fiery crash that brought down part of an Oakland freeway overturned when its load of fuel shifted during a lane change, according to a preliminary finding by the California Highway Patrol. An onboard satellite navigation system recorded the truck’s speed as 62 mph, which is above the posted speed limit of 55 mph. But that was not the reason for the April 29 crash, according to Steve Vaughn, head of the CHP enforcement service division, who testified Wednesday to a House transportation subcommittee investigating truck safety. “We found that the driver did take an action, a turning movement, to move into a traffic lane, went a little bit further than he intended, shifted back to the left and it was at that point, we believe, the fuel shifted, causing the vehicle to go onto its side,” Vaughn said. Initially, the CHP said the driver, James Mosqueda, was driving at an unsafe speed. Mosqueda, 51, was the only person injured in the 3:45 a.m. crash. He was hospitalized with second-degree burns. The accident caused a section of Interstate 580 to collapse and disrupted the Bay Area commute for a month. Rebuilding the interchange cost $5.8 million. CHP Capt. Rob Patrick said the accident is still under investigation and he could not comment on the chief’s remarks. But Vaughn told panel members that excessive speed did not cause the crash. “He was maintaining a speed of 62 miles per hour, which is greater than the speed limit for commercial vehicles there of 55, but it is not excessive speed by any means at that time of the morning with no traffic out on the roadway,” Vaughn told the panel. Experts say the dangers of shifting liquids in tankers are well known. “Loads can shift on all trucks, but the instability of a tanker truck is something that has been recognized for a long time,” said Don Margolis, a professor of mechanical engineering at UC Davis. “It’s the same for fire trucks, the hook-and-ladders andtrucks that carry big cranes.” Vaughn said Mosqueda had a clean driving record with no citations or accidents. 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

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Reward proposed in highway shooting

first_img160Want 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 MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card When the other people in the car realized Ramirez was hit, they turned the car around and drove him to the South Valley Medical Center on Palmdale Boulevard. He was pronounced dead there. Homicide detectives said the motive for the shooting was unknown. They asked anyone who was driving on the freeway at the time or who saw the car in which Ramirez was a passenger to call them. Ramirez was in a green 1991 Honda Civic hatchback with tinted rear windows, deputies said. Homicide detectives Edward Godfrey and Phillip Martinez can be reached at (323) 890-5500 or (800) 618-6707. Charles F. Bostwick, (661) 267-5742 chuck.bostwick@dailynews.com PALMDALE – A $10,000 reward has been proposed in a car-to-car shooting that killed a 23-year-old man this weekend on the Antelope Valley Freeway. Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich proposed the reward at Tuesday’s Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors meeting in Los Angeles and it will be voted upon next week, officials said. “We hope that if anyone saw anything that they will step forward and help bring the killer to justice,” Antonovich aide Tony Bell said. Carlos Ramirez was riding in a car heading south on the Antelope Valley Freeway south of Avenue S about 9:15 p.m. Friday when someone in another vehicle shot at the car he was in. last_img read more

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‘I’ve waited months for this combo… Wenger fulfilling more dreams than Santa’!

first_img Ozil and Giroud embrace Olivier Giroud has been named in Arsenal’s starting line-up for the first time in the Premier League this season.Alexis Sanchez has been Arsene Wenger’s preferred man up top, but Giroud is back for the visit of West Bromwich Albion on Boxing Day.Here’s the Gunners’ starting XI against the Baggies in full: Cech, Bellerin, Gabriel, Koscielny, Gibbs; Coquelin, Xhaka; Alexis, Ozil, Iwobi; GiroudAnd some fans can’t wait for the Frenchman to start linking up with Mesut Ozil again…Read how a section of Gooners have reacted to the news below. 1last_img read more

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Ian Holloway defends Maurizio Sarri and hits out at ‘lazy’ Chelsea players

first_img Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT REVEALED And speaking on the Jim White Show on talkSPORT, the former QPR and Blackpool boss pulled no punches in his assessment of the current Chelsea squad – insisting the problem continues to be the players and not the manager at Stamford Bridge.“The fact is they almost look lacklustre. It’s always as if sometimes they need a William Wallace type talk,” he said.“How many times have they done that? They’ve done it to (Jose) Mourinho, (Antonio) Conte.“There’s something wrong with the group. I watched the game, and do I agree with him (Sarri)? Yes.“But is it risky? Of course. But I go back to my ultimate hero Bill Shankly and what he says about lazy players and what should happen (the clip is played out live on air).” Maurizio Sarri publicly slammed his players after their 2-0 defeat at Arsenal The former QPR boss believes the Chelsea squad are “lazy” and “lacklustre” Holloway believes the club have no leaders and a group of players who think about their individual needs ahead of what is collectively best for the team.He continued: “Well this group of Chelsea players are lazy. They are not going about their work in the right way.“(Roman) Abramovich should look at and think how many times has this happened? Where are the leaders in this group?“The Graeme Souness’, the Roy Keanes’ and so forth.“I was told years ago by senior players in that dressing room about what standards were expected from him.“Everybody leaves it now at Chelsea and just thinks of themselves and not the team.” revealed BEST OF 3 Most Read In Football Ian Holloway has defended Sarri after he labelled his players “extremely difficult to motivate” center_img SORRY Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion RANKED 3 scrap The 55-year-old, who is keen on a return to management himself, believes Sarri’s public outburst was a “beautiful, honest risk” and fully justified.He explained: “No, Sarri is not out on a limb. He’s a very intelligent man and a mathematician.“He cannot believe he’s had to come out and do this. Do this lot want to win as much as he does?“You’ve got to be very careful how you dig people out. If it’s just personal on one player, a bit like Mourinho was on (Luke) Shaw – that was a bit personal – maybe that’s too much.“(Pep) Guardiola had his problems with (Leroy) Sane earlier in the season, too.“Both players have responded to that though and shown what they’re all about.“Yes, Sarri’s taken a risk, but I think it was a beautiful, honest risk.“He did it because he couldn’t believe the group of players he’s working with are not performing to the standards they are capable of.”Sarri will be looking for a reaction from his side on Thursday night at Stamford Bridge when the Blues take on Tottenham in the Carabao Cup, a game you can listen to live on talkSPORT.They will have to overturn a one-goal deficit from the first leg of their semi-final clash if they are to advance to the final at the expense of their London rivals. GETTY Ian Holloway has criticised the Chelsea squad for being ‘lazy’ and ‘lacklustre’, while defending Blues boss Maurizio Sarri for publicly criticising his players following the defeat to Arsenal.Sarri said his players are “extremely difficult to motivate” following a dismal performance in the 2-0 loss at the Emirates on Saturday, which saw them register just one shot on target. latest Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade gameday cracker Gerrard launches furious touchline outburst as horror tackle on Barisic sparks chaos 3last_img read more

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Wolves post ‘big Willy’ tweet and the replies are hilarious

first_img Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars 1 Wolverhampton Wanderers defender Willy Boly came up big at a vital time time on Monday night as he netted in the equaliser in their 1-1 draw with Newcastle United.Isaac Hayden had put the Magpies ahead but Frenchman Boly made the net bulge five minutes into added time to secure a share of the spoils in a thrilling climax. Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury pic.twitter.com/GeA4c6cZVP— EiF (@EiFSoccer) February 11, 2019 pic.twitter.com/9B77qeb3f6— Cisco (@ZentenoDPaco) February 12, 2019 Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ MONEY pic.twitter.com/EiMAWXEXH2— Michael (@713_Richarlison) February 11, 2019 pic.twitter.com/v7R85heJH0— Kyle Hipkins (@khipkins14) February 11, 2019 Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? ADVICE Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Willy Boly heads home Wolves’ equaliser against Newcastle United. pic.twitter.com/EZ4ELGdSpH— Alex Bullions (@ABullionsSport) February 11, 2019 pic.twitter.com/SDcSWkwijQ— Hassan™ (@MagicalOle) February 11, 2019 pic.twitter.com/DkgW6mCyGW— Joshua (@__JoshuaJames) February 11, 2019 BEST OF pic.twitter.com/OJPCPyGAHz— mikaelhajje (@mikaelhajje) February 11, 2019 pic.twitter.com/KhqBVukDaA— Jack (was InstantIwobi) (@MasterfulMatteo) February 11, 2019 no dice Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card pic.twitter.com/eU0IF83cGg— Elliot (@LacaSweat) February 11, 2019 Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions pic.twitter.com/aH2D2wexgF— Imran Akbar (@ImranAkbar83) February 11, 2019 pic.twitter.com/33GOmjxu0Z— Ryan. 🔴 (@Vintage_Utd) February 11, 2019 huge blow REVEALED LATEST FOOTBALL STORIES It wasn’t without controversy, though, with Rafael Benitez furious the goal was given as he felt the 28-year-old had manhandled Martin Dubravka in the area before poking home with his head.Wolves fans couldn’t care less as the Midlands outfit claimed another point as they fight to be named ‘best of the rest’ and finish seventh in the Premier League.And the joy was so unrelenting the club’s official Twitter account posted a rather risque tweet about their adoration of goal-hero Boly. pic.twitter.com/R0VdhQzysB— . (@MartialTheMan) February 11, 2019 pic.twitter.com/UFO3CmONl8— Tom McGrath (@tommcgrath1878) February 11, 2019 pic.twitter.com/Fe7qGTmHCa— Steve (@GenuineGini_) February 11, 2019 REVEALED We all 💛 big Willy pic.twitter.com/E2Hm7hx0vY— Wolves (@Wolves) February 11, 2019The tweet got plenty of laughs, earning more than 13,000 likes and almost 4,000 retweets but it was the replies which from football fans across the globe which were just as funny, as you can see below. pic.twitter.com/peSP1BGdK1— Craig (@mrcraigo10) February 11, 2019 Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade pic.twitter.com/m3l0K9ehXs— Brennan McNamee (@BrennanMcNamee_) February 11, 2019 pic.twitter.com/QHOYI3n8Oj— Joshua (@Joshua_Brfc) February 11, 2019 RANKED shining Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move pic.twitter.com/s9OeqvDvUu— Nadav K🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 (@MagicMesut1) February 12, 2019 REPLY Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade pic.twitter.com/futdW204gT— kieran (@Kieranobriennx) February 11, 2019 pic.twitter.com/EZR4aYcc5q— Jurgen (@ZurGrinoSports) February 12, 2019last_img read more

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Partick Thistle boss Alan Archibald signs new three-year deal

first_imgPartick Thistle manager Alan Archibald and assistant Scott Paterson have signed new three-year deals to keep them at the club until the summer of 2019.The pair stepped in after Jackie McNamara moved to Dundee United in January 2013 and were appointed on a permanent basis two months later.Managing director Ian Maxwell has also committed by putting pen to paper on a new long-term deal that will keep him at Firhill for the same length of time.Archibald, who won promotion in his first season in charge, led the Jags to a 10th place finish on their return to the Scottish Premiership. They then built on that last year by finishing eighth. Thistle remain in danger of slipping into the play-off zone this season but sit six points clear of Kilmarnock with three games remaining.Chairman David Beattie, who appointed the trio, told Thistle’s official website: “Undoubtedly there have been bumps in the road, but both Alan and Scott have taken everything in their stride and risen to the challenges very effectively.“No one should be in any doubt that Partick Thistle means business. Following three and half years of constant progress, growth and development, we are now in a stable position to build something really special here over the next three seasons.“That means that not only do Alan and Scott have the Board’s full backing but we will also give them all the resource we can to ensure we go one step better next season and grab a top six spot with both hands. “This club is in the strongest position it has been in for as long as I can remember, on and off the pitch. It is imperative that we continue to build on this. “That’s why we believe Alan Archibald is the man to take us forward in the league, backed up by a strong club structure run by Ian Maxwell.”last_img read more

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Marshfield girls basketball tops undefeated Hudson in overtime

first_imgTigers host Newman Catholic on WednesdayBy Paul LeckerSports ReporterMARSHFIELD — The Marshfield girls basketball team found itself in another defensive battle, but unlike last week’s game against Bay Port, the Tigers were able to find a way to pull it out.Despite shooting 25 percent (16 of 64) from the field, Marshfield used gritty defense and just enough made free throws to down undefeated Hudson 45-42 on Tuesday night as part of the Seventh Annual Marshfield Tiger Girls Basketball Invitational.Marshfield made four of five free throws over the final 1:16 in the extra period to pull out the victory and improve to 8-1 this season. Hudson is now 6-1.Sophomore center Hannah Meverden had 12 points and nine rebounds, and Maddie Nikolai added 10 points and 10 rebounds for the Tigers. Meverden was 6 of 13 from the field while the rest of the team made just 10 of 51 shots.“You shoot 25 percent, but you find a way to win, it shows a lot of mental toughness on our kids’ part,” Marshfield coach Heidi Michaelis said. “There were a lot of times where they were frustrated, but I thought throughout the game, defensively, we really played solid. I thought we rebounded fairly well. When things weren’t going well on the offensive end, they played tough throughout on the other end, and that’s what we have to do in games like this.”The lead changed hands four times in the first half, and Marshfield took an 18-15 lead into the break as it forced 10 turnovers.The Tigers took a 28-23 lead after a three-point play by Ema Fehrenbach and two free throws from Nikolai and pushed it to six before Hudson stormed back.A 6-0 run by the Raiders, which included a 3-pointer by Ashley Juza, tied the game with 5:45 to go.A basket by Shayla Wallin put Hudson up with 50 seconds to go before McKayla Scheuer hit a leaner from the right side with 27 seconds left to tie it back up for the Tigers. The teams combined for three turnovers in the final seconds, and it went to overtime.Nikolai and Sara Dasler each made two free throws to put Marshfield up by four with 25 second left.After a basket by Juza, Scheuer made one of two at the line, and Juza’s 3-pointer to tie it at the buzzer missed everything.“There’s going to be games when they don’t shoot well. That’s reality,” Michaelis said. “Most of the time it’s not going to be Meg (Bryan), Scheuer, and Ema all at the same time, but tonight it was, but Ema was a really good passer tonight. She had five assists and made people around her better. You can’t hang your head. You just have to play hard.“I’m proud of the kids. Dani (Bender) went in for a few minutes and gave us energy on the defensive end. You had Sara Dasler who sat there a lot in the second half and came in there and made two free throws. It’s a good team win. Coming off a loss, another one would be hard to swallow, so it was a good win for us.”Hudson will take on Rhinelander at 1:30 p.m., and Marshfield plays Wausau Newman Catholic at 3:15 p.m. on Wednesday as the tournament concludes. The Marshfield game will be broadcast on WDLB-AM 1450 and wdlbwosq.com.(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of MarshfieldAreaSports.com.)Tigers 45, Raiders 42 (OT)Hudson 15 23 4 – 42Marshfield 18 20 7 – 45HUDSON (42): Lucy Fashingbauer 1-2 0-1 2, Lexi Jonas 2-17 1-2 6, Gillian Bolily 0-1 1-2 1, Makenzie White 1-1 0-0 2, Ty Huber 1-5 0-0 2, Kayla Gertschen 0-1 0-0 0, Kylee Christiansen 4-13 1-2 9, Shayla Wallin 1-5 2-4 4, Ashley Juza 6-10 0-0 14, Kassi Jenkins 1-2 0-0 2. FG: 17-57. FT: 5-11. 3-pointers: 3-14 (Juza 2-3, Jonas 1-7, Wallin 0-2, Huber 0-1, Christianson 0-1). Rebounds: 36 (Christiansen 10). Turnovers: 17. Fouls: 19. Fouled out: none. Record: 6-1.MARSHFIELD (45): McKayla Scheuer 4-15 2-6 11, Dani Bender 0-0 0-0 0, Sara Dasler 0-2 2-2 2, Meg Bryan 1-10 1-2 3, Maddie Nikolai 3-12 4-7 10, Ema Fehrenbach 2-12 3-3 7, Hannah Meverden 6-13 0-0 12. FG: 16-64. FT: 12-20. 3-pointers: 1-15 (Scheuer 1-9, Bryan 0-6). Rebounds: 38 (Fehrenbach 13). Turnovers: 15. Fouls: 8. Fouled out: none. Record: 8-1.last_img read more

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Doctors Without Borders asks if you can make the #ToughDecisions

first_imgDr  Mohammed Dalwai  treats a patient at a field hospital in Libya. (Image credit: MSF)Sulaiman PhilipWhen a bomb detonates, the blast wave – pressurised compressed air – causes major internal injuries as victims closest to the explosion are knocked down. With the explosion comes the blast wind and a vacuum is created, making it impossible to breathe. The shockwave follows closely behind, further damaging organs in a remarkably fragile body. Victims are peppered with flying splinters, hot steel or junk metal, included in the bomb’s design to cause the maximum number of injuries. Now, imagine that you are the doctor faced with victims of that blast streaming into your impermanent, understaffed and under-equipped hospital in a bleak tribal region of Pakistan. Who do you treat first? The child covered in blood or the woman stumbling around, clutching her chest with no visible wounds to treat.South Africans working with Doctors Without Borders (Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF)) make these life-altering decisions every day. The aid group’s latest awareness campaign to publicise its life-saving work will put Twitter users in their shoes and asks if they could make those #ToughDecisions.South African citizens returning from placements with MSF find it difficult to share the intensity of their experiences, but it is these experiences that inform the new campaign. According to Borrie la Grange, head of communications of MSF South Africa, the campaign wants to turn the flippant Twitter hashtag #ToughDecisions on its head. “We all make decisions every day, about wardrobe choices or meals. We wanted to take that offhand action and show the power of making and how the same process changes lives in life and death situations. We wanted to clue South Africans in to the  work that is being done by their neighbours and friends.“Not everyone can do the work these men and women do but while sitting safely on your couch watching TV you can do something small to help them. For a price of one cup of coffee a month you can help save the life of a pregnant woman in South Sudan or treat a TB patient in South Africa.” South African medics on the frontlinesIn 2012 as bombs fell around the hospital in a cave in Syria, Dr Mohammed Dalwai had to decide: was it safe enough to stay as the fighting crept closer to their makeshift facility? “We knew there was no other medical care available. If anyone had been injured who would have treated them? In the end we stayed, but we reduced the team, keeping just the most vital medical staff in the field.”South Africa-trained medics – like Dr Vanessa Naidoo – have an enviable reputation internationally as trauma and emergency specialists. When working in a converted chicken farm in the middle of a warzone with non-existent medical infrastructure, it is the skill of the medics that saves lives.“As a doctor why do I ‘go to war’?” Naidoo asks unflinchingly. She explains that to her, and her colleagues, disregarding the sick or wounded, the newborn and the frail would be an unbearable humiliation to bear. Despite the trying circumstances she always goes back. “We don’t have much to work with in the field, but we do the best we can with what we have and what we know.  What keeps us going back is seeing the innocent and the wounded and understanding that we are all the same, and we have a responsibility to try to use our skills to ease the suffering and speak out against injustice where we can.”Naidoo is not a bleeding heart needing to save the world. She admits to a feeling of powerlessness when she looks at all the need in the world, “but I know how to help an old diabetic who has not had treatment for months. I may be able to help a child who tripped and fell while running behind a truck full of soldiers cheering them on. I could deliver a baby and save a woman in labour the unavoidable three-hour hike for medical care across an unsafe border. All of these things I can do.”Doctors like Dalwai and Naidoo, or Stefan Kruger and midwife Zani Prinsloo, do not see themselves as heroes says La Grange. The work they do is heroic but they are simply answering a call and fulfilling a need in themselves to provide medical care where it’s needed, much like MSF colleagues from around the world.George Mapiya, an MSF nurse, draws inspiration from a Somali colleague. In 2013 MSF was faced with one of its toughest decisions. After 21 years the safety of MSF staff became an issue after several attacks and the deaths of staff. Guarantees of safety were no longer in place so MSF decided to shut down its clinic in Marere, in war ravaged Somalia. A day after MSF closed operations armed men came to take over the remote Marere clinic intent on evicting staff and patients. “The assistant project coordinator was running operations and negotiating with the Al Shabab. If you see him you won’t believe it. He’s a simple, small-bodied man. The gunmen were so tough – they don’t have time to reason. But he succeeded in getting them to back off so that his team could provide five months of medication supply to the last of the TB patients in the ward. He stood up to a group of armed men for the sake of our patients. He was my hero,” Mapiya says.About Doctors Without BordersDoctors Without Borders is present in 67 countries and treats nine million of the worlds most in-need patients. Its budget is 90% funded by individual donations and allows the group to be independent, neutral and impartial. Its staff were on the ground within days of the 2010 Haitian earthquake, have run programmes in inner city slums in Johannesburg and on the battlefields of Syria. Established in 1971 the organisation also runs programmes bringing medical care to people who have been excluded from healthcare or those suffering from epidemics or neglected diseases.last_img read more

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