DNR collects national award for floodplain project

first_imgIndianapolis, IN—The DNR Division of Water’s use of technology to communicate flood risks to Hoosiers has been recognized by the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Cooperating Technical Partners program (CTP).The Division of Water received honorable mention “for outstanding achievement in developing CTP Communications and Outreach and Program Management activities.”According to the CTP Newsletter, “Indiana DNR used funding and partnerships to merge the National Flood Hazard Layer to create the Indiana Best Available Floodplain Layer (BAFL).” The BAFL includes more than 18,000 stream miles of updated floodplain information that is useful for planning and a better understanding of potential flood risk.In 2016, the CTP launched the CTP Recognition Program to recognize top-performing Cooperating Technical Partners that clearly demonstrate best practices, and who help communities get involved in mitigation action.“These are CTPs that are exceptional in the areas of project management and/or communications best practices or innovative tools and resources,” according to the CTP Newsletter. “The organizations who are nominated for this award are submitted by the CTP community and voted on by their peers for the final selection of the First place and Honorable mention.”Approximately 100 CTP stakeholders from across the country participated in a live vote in April to determine the top honorees.last_img read more

First “The Accuser” book, now Netflix features Big Dan’s Rape Trials

first_imgOver the last few years, with the #MeToo movement, Americans have become more aware of the pervasiveness of sexual abuse and how survivors who go public are re-victimized. Now, Netflix is paying attention to the gang rape trials of Cheryl Araujo’s attackers, as were crystallized in the 2019 true crimes book, The Accuser, by Karen Curtis. Araujo’s rape trials were the first of their kind to be televised, and became international news. Now, the story has been re-examined in Netflix’s true crime anthology.Cheryl Araujo was the victim of one of the most publicized sexual assaults of the 1980s. An attorney for one of the accused men insisted Araujo had consented, and that “one thing led to another.” Defense lawyer Edward Harrington asked her, “If you’re living with a man, what are you doing running around the streets getting raped?”In 1983, Cheryl Araujo was a 21-year-old mother of two living in her hometown of New Bedford, Massachusetts. On March 6th, she went into Big Dan’s Tavern to buy cigarettes from a dispenser inside the bar. After chatting with a waitress and ordering a drink, Araujo was attempting to leave the bar when a man grabbed her from behind. She was gang raped on the bar’s pool table while others looked on. One man admitted during the trial that he shouted, “Go for it! Go for it!” during the assault. After more than two hours, Araujo managed to escape, and ran half naked into the street where she flagged down a car carrying three three men, including brothers Dan and Michael O’Neill.Later that month, four men, John Cordeiro, Daniel Silva, and Victor Raposo, Joseph Vieira were charged with assaulting Araujo. Two others who were in the bar that night, Jose Medeiros and Virgilio Medeiros (who aren’t related) were charged with being accessories to the assault. They were accused of cheering the rape and preventing the bartender from intervening. The four accused of assaulting Araujo were convicted at trial in March 1984 and sentenced to serve between 6 and 12 years in prison. The Medeiros were acquitted.In 2020 the Araujo case was featured as an episode of the Netflix documentary series produced by George Clooney Trial by Media; the episode “Big Dan’s” explores the effect that the broadcasting of the trial had on Araujo, the New Bedford community, and American society at large. News reports of the assault brought national attention to the Massachusetts city. The assailants, like 60 percent of New Bedford’s population, were Portuguese-American, and some of the coverage took on xenophobic overtones, blaming Portuguese community as a whole for the crime. Hustler magazine ran a fake postcard featuring a naked woman on a pool table with the caption, “Greetings from New Bedford, Massachusetts, the Portuguese Gang-Rape Capital of America.”New Bedford rallied against the slurs targeting their community, but some turned to attacking the victim and supporting the accused rapists. Community members raised around $20,000, and bailed four of the men out of prison. Between 7,000 and 10,000 people later marched in protest of the convictions. One listener called into a local radio show to declare that Aruja was “dead meat.” Another woman told the local news that she “ should get punished, too. If they raped her, she was the aggravator. I’m sorry to say it but I think it was her.”Over 16,000 people signed petitions requesting leniency for the convicted men. After the trial, both Araujo and her sister moved to Miami due to the harassment they received. Even the O’Neills, who helped Araujo in the aftermath of the assault, received death threats for aiding the victim and testifying for the prosecution. None of Araujo’s assailants served more than six and a half years in prison.The attack inspired the 1988 film The Accused. Jodie Foster played a character based on Araujo, and won the Best Actress Academy Award for her portrayal. By then, the real Cheryl Araujo had already died. In December 1986, at the age of 25, Araujo crashed her car on a South Miami road and died while her daughters, Jessica and Kerri survived with minor injuries. Toxicology showed Araujo was drunk at the time of the crash. She had struggled with alcoholism in the years after the rape, and spent more than six months of the year before her death in rehab. Also, as first reported in The Accuser, Cheryl’s daughter Kerri reported to the FHP who documented it in their report (featured in the book) that “a white van ran mommy off the road.”In 1984, the Senate held a hearing examining the effects of allowing the New Bedford trial to be aired on television. “Rare is the woman who can endure both the trauma of rape,” said then-Bristol County, Massachusetts district attorney Ronald Pina, “and the trauma of a highly publicized trial.”The Netflix Big Dan’s docuseries did make reference that Cheryl had trouble coping after the rapes and living in South Florida, they also reported that she had gone to secretarial school. However, they did not report that at the time of the accident, Cheryl was in rehab also that she had a book and movie deal that was brokered by a Miami Attorney. Hollywood, especially George Clooney who produced the Netflix series, don’t want you to know about her movie deal. It’s all in the book, The Accuser.Listen to Karen Curtis’ Full Rigor podcast featuring audio from interview she exclusively conducted with Araujo’s mother Arlene and her two daughters here.Netflix “Trial by Media” the truth behind the crimes. In this true crime docuseries, some of the most dramatic trials of all time are examined with an emphasis on how the media may have impacted verdicts.Order Karen Curtis’ The Accuser book here.last_img read more

Football News FA Cup Match In England Abandoned After Players Racially Abused And ‘Spat On’

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Football News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. London: An FA Cup qualifying match between Haringey Borough and Yeovil Town was abandoned after allegations that players were racially abused and spat on. The players of seventh-tier outfit Haringey walked off the field on Saturday with about 25 minutes to go, shortly after Yeovil had scored a penalty. The incident during the match in the fourth qualifying round came just five days after England players endured racist abuse during their Euro 2020 qualifier against Bulgaria in Sofia. Haringey manager Tom Loizou said defender Coby Rowe suffered racial abuse while Cameroonian goalkeeper Douglas Pajetat was also spat at, prompting him to take his players off the pitch.  “Early into the second half, we got a corner and a couple of the players said to me there was monkey chants,” Loizou told Sky News.”We got over that, we carried on playing. They got a penalty and my goalkeeper was spat at and had missiles thrown at him. The referee halted the game briefly, they scored the penalty, one of players went to pick the ball out of the back of the net and Coby Rowe was racially abused.”   Loizou said he had to take his players off. “I looked at a couple of our players’ faces and I was distraught myself, just to see their faces. I gave it a couple of minutes and I went on the pitch and pulled my players off,” he said. “There was no way that two or three of those players could have continued playing. What they heard was disgusting, they looked frightened. I can’t sit down and watch young players being abused by a minority.”   Rowe later posted on Twitter: “Can’t believe I’m tweeting this and it’s 2019 but today I was a victim of racism, in what was supposed to be a great day for @HaringeyBoroFC. Another game of football ruined by racists.” ‘Matter of urgency’  Anti-discrimination charity Kick It Out praised the “swift and decisive action” taken by Loizou and his players. The FA said it was looking into the incident “as a matter of urgency”. In a statement, Yeovil said: “We are aware that there are allegations that racist comments were made in the crowd and this allegation will be a key part of any investigation. “Irrespective of the outcome of any investigations, we would like to make it clear that the club will not accept racism or discrimination in any form.”   Also Read | Bulgaria Football Coach Quits Amid Raging Racist Abuse Incident In Euro 2020 Qualifier Vs EnglandEngland players endured monkey chants and apparent Nazi salutes in Bulgaria. That match was stopped twice as England players made their feelings known to UEFA officials before the tie was eventually completed. Aston Villa’s Tyrone Mings, who made his international debut that night and was singled out by the Bulgarian crowd, applauded Haringey for “taking a stance” against racism. “Sometimes it can get brushed off in lower leagues but everyone stands with you,” he tweeted. “Our country isn’t perfect either.”last_img read more

O’Brien under pressure

first_imgPhoto © Pixabay Fergal O’Brien has it all to do if he’s to seal a place in the World Snooker Championships.He resumes his third qualifying round tie 6-3 down on world number 20 David Gilbert.It’s the first to ten frames that will progress in Sheffield.last_img

Taylor Ward collects 2 hits in his big league debut, helping Angels beat Padres

first_imgPreviousThe Angels’ Justin Upton is greeted by David Fletcher as Padres catcher A.J. Ellis looks on after Upton hit a two-run home run during the fifth inning of Tuesday’s game in San Diego. (AP Photo/Orlando Ramirez)Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Jaime Barria works against a San Diego Padres batter during the first inning of a baseball game Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2018, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Orlando Ramirez) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsLos Angeles Angels starting pitcher Jaime Barria works against a San Diego Padres batter during the first inning of a baseball game Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2018, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Orlando Ramirez)Los Angeles Angels’ Taylor Ward doubles during the second inning of a baseball game against the San Diego Padres Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2018, in San Diego. The hit was Ward’s first major league hit. (AP Photo/Orlando Ramirez)Los Angeles Angels’ Francisco Arcia is greeted at the dugout after scoring on a double by Taylor Ward during the second inning of a baseball game against the San Diego Padres Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2018, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Orlando Ramirez)Los Angeles Angels’ Taylor Ward (3) is tagged out at home by San Diego Padres catcher A.J. Ellis on a fielders choice hit by Jaime Barria during the second inning of a baseball game Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2018, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Orlando Ramirez)Los Angeles Angels’ Kaleb Cowart singles during the second inning of a baseball game against the San Diego Padres Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2018, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Orlando Ramirez)San Diego Padres’ Manuel Margot singles during the second inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2018, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Orlando Ramirez)Los Angeles Angels’ Taylor Ward hits an RBI double during the second inning of a baseball game against the San Diego Padres Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2018, in San Diego. The hit was Ward’s first major league hit. (AP Photo/Orlando Ramirez)San Diego Padres’ Cory Spangenberg singles as Los Angeles Angels catcher Francisco Arcia looks on during the second inning of a baseball game Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2018, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Orlando Ramirez)Los Angeles Angels’ Eric Young Jr. watches his RBI triple during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the San Diego Padres Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2018, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Orlando Ramirez)San Diego Padres’ Travis Jankowski, right, steals second base ahead of the tag by Los Angeles Angels second baseman David Fletcher during the third inning of a baseball game Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2018, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Orlando Ramirez)Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Jaime Barria reacts on the mound as San Diego Padres’ Freddy Galvis rounds the bases after hitting a home run during the fourth inning of a baseball game Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2018, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Orlando Ramirez)San Diego Padres’ Freddy Galvis is congratulated in the dugout after hitting a home run during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2018, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Orlando Ramirez)Los Angeles Angels’ Justin Upton hits a two-run home run during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the San Diego Padres, Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2018, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Orlando Ramirez)San Diego Padres starting pitcher Brett Kennedy, right, looks on from the mound as Los Angeles Angels’ Justin Upton rounds the bases after hitting a two-run home run during the fifth inning of a baseball game Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2018, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Orlando Ramirez)Los Angeles Angels’ Taylor Ward singles during the sixth inning of a baseball game against the San Diego Padres Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2018, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Orlando Ramirez)Los Angeles Angels’ Justin Upton hits a two-run home run during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the San Diego Padres Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2018, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Orlando Ramirez)San Diego Padres third baseman fielder Wil Myers throws to first base on a ground out by Los Angeles Angels’ Andrelton Simmons during the third inning of a baseball game Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2018, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Orlando Ramirez)San Diego Padres’ Hunter Renfroe is congratulated in the dugout after scoring on a triple by Cory Spangenberg during the sixth inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2018, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Orlando Ramirez)San Diego Padres’ Hunter Renfroe scores ahead of the throw on a triple by Cory Spangenberg during the sixth inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2018, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Orlando Ramirez)San Diego Padres’ Cory Spangenberg watches his RBI triple during the sixth inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2018, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Orlando Ramirez)San Diego Padres’ Cory Spangenberg watches his RBI triple during the sixth inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2018, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Orlando Ramirez)San Diego Padres’ A.J. Ellis singles during the sixth inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2018, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Orlando Ramirez)Los Angeles Angels third baseman Taylor Ward throws to first base on a ground out by San Diego Padres’ Freddy Galvis during the sixth inning of a baseball game Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2018, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Orlando Ramirez)SAN DIEGO, CA – AUGUST 14: Taylor Ward #3 of the Los Angeles Angels is tagged out at the plate by A.J. Ellis #17 of the San Diego Padres during the second inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels at PETCO Park on August 14, 2018 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Denis Poroy/Getty Images)SAN DIEGO, CA – AUGUST 14: Taylor Ward #3 of the Los Angeles Angels hits a double during the second inning of a baseball game against the San Diego Padres at PETCO Park on August 14, 2018 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Denis Poroy/Getty Images)SAN DIEGO, CA – AUGUST 14: Jaime Barria #51 of the Los Angeles Angels pitches during the first inning of a baseball game against the San Diego Padres at PETCO Park on August 14, 2018 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Denis Poroy/Getty Images)SAN DIEGO, CA – AUGUST 14: Jaime Barria #51 of the Los Angeles Angels pitches during the first inning of a baseball game against the San Diego Padres at PETCO Park on August 14, 2018 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Denis Poroy/Getty Images)SAN DIEGO, CA – AUGUST 14: Brett Kennedy #60 of the San Diego Padres pitches during the first inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels at PETCO Park on August 14, 2018 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Denis Poroy/Getty Images)SAN DIEGO, CA – AUGUST 14: Manuel Margot #7 of the San Diego Padres can’t make a diving catch on a double hit by David Fletcher #6 of the Los Angeles Angels during the third inning of a baseball game at PETCO Park on August 14, 2018 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Denis Poroy/Getty Images)SAN DIEGO, CA – AUGUST 14: Andrelton Simmons #2 of the Los Angeles Angels can’t make a diving catch on a single hit by Eric Hosmer #30 of the San Diego Padres during the first inning of a baseball game at PETCO Park on August 14, 2018 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Denis Poroy/Getty Images)The Angels’ Taylor Ward hits an RBI double for his first major-league hit during the second inning of Tuesday’s game against the Padres in San Diego. (Photo by Denis Poroy/Getty Images)SAN DIEGO, CA – AUGUST 14: Eric Young Jr. #9 of the Los Angeles Angels hits an RBI triple during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the San Diego Padres at PETCO Park on August 14, 2018 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Denis Poroy/Getty Images)SAN DIEGO, CA – AUGUST 14: Eric Young Jr. #9 of the Los Angeles Angels is tagged out in a run down between A.J. Ellis of the San Diego Padres and Wil Myers #4 during the fourth inning of a baseball game at PETCO Park on August 14, 2018 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Denis Poroy/Getty Images)The Angels’ Justin Upton is greeted by David Fletcher as Padres catcher A.J. Ellis looks on after Upton hit a two-run home run during the fifth inning of Tuesday’s game in San Diego. (AP Photo/Orlando Ramirez)NextShow Caption1 of 35The Angels’ Justin Upton is greeted by David Fletcher as Padres catcher A.J. Ellis looks on after Upton hit a two-run home run during the fifth inning of Tuesday’s game in San Diego. (AP Photo/Orlando Ramirez)ExpandSAN DIEGO — As Taylor Ward continued putting up big numbers at Triple-A, he couldn’t help but think about the next step.“You definitely get a little nervous,” Ward said. “Falling asleep at night and thinking about it. Absolutely you start to think about it. You just hope for this day.”The day finally came on Tuesday, when the Angels’ third base prospect made his major league debut. Making the day even better, Ward had two hits and a walk in the Angels’ 7-3 victory over the San Diego Padres.“It felt good,” Ward said after the game, clutching the ball from his first hit. “I was a little nervous early on. Around the third inning, I felt a lot better. I slowed the game down and was able to start breathing again.” In the field, he handled a foul pop-up and an easy bouncer, so it remains to be seen how he’ll do on defense.He said before the game that he typically went out for extra defensive work four or five times a week in the minors, and he made a breakthrough in his comfort at the position just recently.“I feel good,” he said. “Of course there’s a lot of tweaking that’s been going on. Now I believe in the last three or four games at Salt Lake I found a routine before each pitch that gets me in the right position to make the best decision as quickly as I can.”Ward was able to enjoy a relatively stress-free big league debut thanks largely to another big night from Justin Upton, whose two-run homer put the Angels ahead 5-1 in the fifth. Upton’s fifth homer in his last seven games was one of three hits on the night. He is 13 for 29 (.448) in the last seven games.Starter Jaime Barría gave up one run in five innings, working around six hits and a walk. The Angels have won Barría’s last four starts. In the fourth, Ward drew a walk and scored on an Eric Young Jr. triple, putting the Angels ahead 3-0. Ward led off the sixth with another single into right field.“It’s fun to watch,” Manager Mike Scioscia said. “You have your normal butterflies any youngster would have and he came up and was very comfortable in the batter’s box. He did a great job.”Related Articles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield Don’t blink. You might miss it. RBI triple for @EYJr [#thehaloway] @Angels pic.twitter.com/awxwIOUL4Y— FOX Sports West (@FoxSportsWest) August 15, 2018 “I did a lot of things this past offseason to really refine my swing and get into positions I can easily repeat,” Ward said before Tuesday’s game. “That’s what I’ve done so far this year.”He stepped to the plate for the first time on Tuesday with runners at first and second and no outs, facing right-hander Brett Kennedy, who was ahead of Ward by just one game in major league experience. Kennedy, who had spent most of the year in Triple-A, threw him a fastball over the outer half and Ward punched it past the first baseman into right field, good for an RBI double. Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter Ward, a 24-year-old former first-round pick, said he had 10 friends and family members in the stands at Petco Park, just a three-hour drive from his high school in Indio.Sign up for Home Turf and get exclusive stories every SoCal sports fan must read, sent daily. Subscribe here.The Angels hung a No. 3 jersey in his locker, an improvement from the No. 99 he had sported during spring training.Back then, Ward was a catcher who hadn’t quite panned out in his first three professional seasons. Shortly after he was sent down from big league camp in March, the Angels moved him to third base, and everything began to change.Ward hit .349 with a .977 OPS between Double-A and Triple-A this season, a change that’s often been attributed to him being free of the mental and physical demands of catching.While Ward didn’t deny that helped, he said he actually began retooling his swing last winter. “Sorry not sorry”- @JUST_JUP to @PetcoPark probably.(via @Angels) pic.twitter.com/IrweQdYsEL— FOX Sports West (@FoxSportsWest) August 15, 2018 Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Leafs ride out regular season with weekend series against Rebels

first_imgSince the happy man in the nice red suit paid a visit to the NDCC Arena, the Leafs have been a dismal 8-8-1 and 0-5 since the final week of January.The Castlegar series is crucial to the Leafs playoff hopes as the Green and White enjoy a slim two-point advantage over the surging Beaver Valley Nitehawks.The Hawks, fresh from being swept by the Rebels last weekend, meet Spokane in a season-ending home-and-home series.The first game of the series goes at 7:30 p.m. in the Castlegar Arena Complex.The return contest is Saturday at 7 p.m. at the NDCC Arena.GAME NOTES: The Rebels success has been sparked by the one-two goaltending punch of Connor Beauchamp and Jordan Gluck. The latter leads the entire KIJHL with a 2.14 goals against average. And Beauchamp is not your regular backup, sitting third with a 2.32 average. . . .In contrast, Leafs Brett Soles is fifth in league goaltending but is 4-4 in his last eight games after starting the season with a 12-0 mark. Soles teammate Marcus Beesley, brought in to be the Nelson stopper, sits 21st in league netminding with a 3.29 goals against average. . . . Offensively Castlegar is led by veteran Stuart Walton with 73 points. Leafs top point man is Colton Schell with 66. . .The Rebels post an amazing 90-goal difference between offence and defence. . . . Only two Leaf players have scored more than 20 goals this season. So will the real Nelson Leafs please stand up.Ya the Leafs that reeled off a 10-1 November and not the squad that’s winless in February.The Nelson Leafs conclude the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League regular season this weekend with a home-and-home series against the Murdoch Division Champion Castlegar Rebels beginning Friday in the Sunflower City.The Rebels clinched the Murdoch title with a three-game win streak last weekend and are out to claim the KIJHL title with at least one victory against Nelson.The Leafs have been a shadow of the team that was tearing up the league in prior to the Christmas break.last_img read more

Gil Marín has been appointed first vice president of LaLiga

first_imgThe CEO of Atlético has just returned from Canada, where he has laid the foundations for the new club franchise in America. It will be in the city of Ottawa. Atlético Ottawa already has the license to participate in the Canadian Premier League. It is the last expansion project of the mattress club. Miguel Ángel Gil Marín has been appointed new first vice president of LaLiga. The CEO of Atlético de Madrid already officially occupies that position within the delegated commission formed by Real Madrid, Barcelona, ​​Betis, Levante, Valencia and Villarreal. Atlético has been the one who announced the appointment through its website after it was public officially through circular number 26 of LaLiga this Thursday. Athletic points out that it coincides with the recent election of the leader as a new member of the Executive Board of the Association of European Clubs.last_img read more

Nadal chases ninth Monte Carlo title

first_imgMONACO (AP):Standing in the way of a ninth Monte Carlo Masters title for Rafael Nadal is Frenchman GaÎl Monfils, an opponent the Spaniard has beaten every time they’ve met on clay and who has a dismal 5-18 record in finals.Nadal has waited two years to win a Masters title and four years to get his Monte Carlo crown back, so losing today would be a particularly bitter blow.Nadal beat Andy Murray 2-6, 6-4, 6-2 yesterday to earn a shot at a record-equalling 28th Masters title – with Novak Djokovic – and a 68th overall.”It’s been a very important week for me,” Nadal said. “I increased the speed of the ball and played a little bit more inside the court because Andy had control of the point too many times in the first set.”Monfils has lost the only two Masters finals he has played – both in Paris – the last of which was in 2010.”I expect an enormous match, a huge match. I need to try to have him play badly, or walk all over him,” said Monfils, who has lost 11 of 13 career matches against Nadal. “To beat him, I need to take many risks and I need to have some luck.”FRESHMONFILSAt least Monfils will be fresh, having eased past Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 6-1, 6-3 in an all-French semi-final, breaking Tsonga’s serve six times in less than half the time Nadal spent turning the table on Murray.The last French player to win here was Cedric Pioline in 2000 – who was also the last French finalist – and Monfils is even more of an outsider considering he is 0-4 against Nadal on clay.The 29-year-olds first played each other 11 years ago and that was also at Monte Carlo – with Nadal beating Monfils in the second round – and their last meeting on clay was a quarter-final win for Nadal in Barcelona in 2011.For Murray, meanwhile, it was a missed opportunity to become the first British player in the final in 56 years and to beat Nadal for only the second time on clay – having routed him 6-3, 6-2 in the Madrid Masters final last year.”I missed some shots, but you have to take chances against the best players,” Murray said. “If you don’t do that, you’re going to lose anyway.”last_img read more

Miss Guyana launches special needs summer camp

first_imgStudents from the Sophia Special Needs School will be engaged in six weeks of physical and academic activities as Miss Guyana World 2018 launched her “Healthy Wholly Summer Camp” to tackle mental health issues on Wednesday.The summer camp was organised in collaboration with the National Sports Commission, the Social Cohesion Ministry and other stakeholders, with the aim of strengthening the mind and body of these students through physical activities, which can significantly improve their physical and mental health.Miss Guyana World 2018 Ambika Ramraj noted at the launch of her Beauty with aMiss Guyana World 2018 Ambika Ramraj at the launching of the “Healthy Wholly Summer Camp”Purpose campaign initiative, that these activities coincided with her platform to spread more awareness on the importance of addressing mental health issues. For her, sports and physical activities are the best way to do so and thus, the children will be occupied with these engagements over their August vacation.“Today (Wednesday), we take action to commit to giving these children an opportunity for a successful life. We want to help them to better themselves and better their futures through the use of sports, physical activities and different aspects such as some forms of academic programmes and hands-on activities that they may develop further on into careers,” she said.Ramraj explained that sport could assist these persons with establishing a disciplined and focused mindset while improving their mental well-being.“We know that mental health has no colour, age, religion, status or other dividing factor. Mental health can affect every one of us and it is important for us to stand to fight against such an ill in society,” she emphasised.“Our young people often times do not have the voice to speak for themselves. They often have to deal with mental health issues in silence, and some may not even know that they’re dealing with it,” she added.Meanwhile, Social Cohesion Minister, Dr George Norton underscored of the importance of pageantry in the eradication of many social issues.“I have long recognised the role that pageantry has played in our society andA section of the gathering at the launching at the Sophia Special Needs School on Wednesdaytoday reaffirms my strong belief that pageantry can have a significant impact on the alleviation of many social issues,” Minister Norton said.“I’m even more glad and appreciative of the fact that the programme is being introduced to the Sophia Special Needs School,” he later stated.Throughout the six weeks, coaches and other partnering stakeholders will work with the children on different aspects of their development.The summer camp will run until August 24. The organisers are also encouraging interested persons to make a pledge towards this cause.last_img read more

Young Guyanese gets article featured in book launched in India

first_imgBy Devina SamarooYoung Guyanese Rafael Boodhoo has accomplished a great feat, having his very first publication prominently featured in a book launched by the Amity Law School, New Delhi, India.Young Guyanese Rafael Boodhoo“Words can’t possibly express how inspired I feel right now,” Boodhoo stated during an interview with Guyana Times.Boodhoo, 26, of Great Diamond, East Bank of Demerara (EBD), is currently in India where he is pursuing an MBA at the Faculty of Management Studies, Delhi University.The publication, entitled “The Disruptive Potential of Artificial Intelligence; Something to Ponder Upon”, provides perspective to young people who are at that critical point of planning their careers.It was co-authored by his friend and classmate, Shantanu Narain.The article is one of several in the book titled “Artificial Intelligence, An Inducement of Technology in Human Affairs” which was launched as part of a grand cultural ceremony called “Srijan – A Genesis of Indian Politics”.The book itself is a collection of scholarly articles from students, research scholars, academics and various industry experts and seeks to highlight the impact of Artificial Intelligence on contemporary society.Apart from it being heavily skewed to influences in the legal industry, the book also features applications to other industries as well, such as medical, management, engineering, social sciences, etc.What is the article about?According to Boodhoo, the article seeks to highlight some important considerations when it comes to Artificial Intelligence (AI).“When we hear AI, we automatically refer to those glamorised Hollywood depictions of a utopian society where man and machine live in complete harmony and there is a seamless interaction between the two and our minds race toward the possible applications to business and how easy things will become for us,” Boodhoo explained.“However, AI is changing all landscapes as we know it and much sooner than later, we will find ourselves at a turning point where what we once considered to be ‘normal’, will only be a distant memory of less civilised days.”Boodhoo explained that there are things to consider before making those choices as expectations are continuously evolving at an equal rate to advancements in technological capabilities.He noted that this especially comes at a critical time when Guyana is expected to be launched into a developmental exodus with the advent of the emerging oil and gas industry.“Therefore, apart from the production of this article, I am personally endeavouring to learn and identify ways we can make our own human capital more competitive so that we can aid the sons and daughters of our country to reap the benefits of her soil.”Where did the idea come from?The story behind the article being published is quite simple. Boodhoo’s friend Shantanu, a former student of the Amity University, approached him one day with the proposal.“Coincidentally, I had just completed an internship as a Consultant at a Technology Consultancy Company in New York just one month prior so my insight on AI and its applications had already been nurtured and developed.”Boodhoo said he accepted the offer without hesitation, as he was excited to have his very first publication.The article was completed in one night, after the duo worked for four continuous hours.“It was my interests for application of human capital development back home and my colleague’s passion for his practice as well as his dynamic industry experience that served as the driving force to complete our small project,” Boodhoo pointed out.Who is Rafael Boodhoo?Boodhoo is currently employed as an assistant administrative officer of the Guyana Water Inc.He is on study leave pursuing his MBA Degree at the Faculty of Management Studies, Delhi University, through a Commonwealth Scholarship.Boodhoo is a proud former student of the St Joseph High School and he also holds a BSc Public Management Degree from the University of Guyana.His aspirations in life are simple – to be as helpful and inspirational as he can to all those he meets along his journey in life.“I do not believe my aspirations are those of a typical business school student, rather than simply aiming for the top seat in the corporate world, I find that my motivations are more of a nonmaterial nature,” he stated.However, he has a burning passion to play a role in the transformation of his country.“It is disappointing to know how far behind we as a country are, so it is my intention to try to improve this state with whatever resources I can produce to aid its advancement,” he posited.“My main inspiration is the development of our human capital component so that we as a country can be more competitive with the rapid exposure to ‘real globalisation’ to come with our emerging oil and gas industry and to help equip our own youths to be more competitive and enjoy its benefits that are so eagerly anticipated.”last_img read more