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

FKF to appeal court ruling on 16 team KPL

first_img0Shares0000Football Kenya Federation President Nick Mwendwa. Photo/TIMOTHY OLOBULUNAIROBI, Kenya, Sep 21 – Following an order by a Nairobi High Court directing the Kenyan Premier League (KPL) to be composed of 16 teams, Football Kenya Federation (FKF) says they will appeal the ruling.While acknowledging the receipt of the decision, FKF declared that they remain committed to discharging their duties and will not be distracted by the ongoing effort by a section of former Football Administrators, referring to former federation president Sam Nyamweya who filed the petition. “We wish to clarify that we shall be tendering our appeal at the Court of Appeal in due course in an effort aimed at protecting the sanctity of the sport. We shall also be providing an update to FIFA on the judicial development locally as we further seek to tap on their technical capacity in our forth coming Appeal Suit,” FKF said in a rejoinder.“Further details will be provided progressively as the matter has been referred to our legal counsel,” the statement added.The High Court on Thursday ordered that the KPL be composed of 16 teams, and Football FKF promotion of four teams from the National Super League is null and void.The ruling consequently overturns the decision by the Sports Disputes Tribunal (SDT) earlier in the year that allowed the expansion of the top tier to an 18-team format.Also, in the ruling delivered by High Court judge John Mativo, the Club Licensing rules imposed by FKF which nearly cost the relegation of Muhoroni Youth and Sofapaka at the start of the season have been declared null and void.The ruling now throws into limbo the composition of the top tier league with FKF and KPL having already worked to an 18-team format after arbitration by the Sports Disputes Tribunal.The current season has 25 rounds of matches already played on an 18-team format.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

World Cup winner wanted by Man United, plus more Europa League stars to watch out for tonight!

first_img Radja Nainggolan – Roma – Click on the arrow to see the midfielder attracting Real Madrid and Man United – Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers reportedly scouted the Belgium international recently. Nainggolan’s defensive abilities make him the ideal team player, and he offers steel and graft, along with his guile, making him a valuable asset. 10 Memphis Depay – PSV – Click the arrow to see the Portuguese midfielder on Man United and Arsenal’s radar – Depay has been in excellent form this season, scoring 15 goals in 19 games in the Eredivisie, and five in six games in the Europa League. Teammate Jurgen Locadia is also one to watch, and the forward is among the hottest prospects in European football. 10 William Carvalho – Sporting Lisbon – Click the arrow to see one of Italian football’s most exciting prospects – Carvalho’s stock has risen quickly over the past 18 months, with a series of impressive performances for Sporting and Portugal – the Portugal international has attracted interest from Arsenal and Manchester United. Christoph Kramer – Borussia Monchengladbach – Click the arrow to see the man linked to Southampton last month – It speaks volumes for Kramer’s ability when Joachim Low turned to the midfielder when Sami Khedira got injured in the warm-up ahead of the World Cup final. Man United and Real Madrid have been linked with the robust midfielder, whose qualities in defence are impressive, while his attacking game is highly regarded. Lorenzo Insigne – Napoli – Click the arrow to see the former Chelsea man excelling in Germany – Having come through the academy in Naples, Insigne is the creative influence in Napoli’s midfield. The 23-year-old is full of pace and trickery and is fast becoming one of Italian football’s most exciting prospects. 10 10 Jordy Clasie – Feyenoord – Click the arrow to see the Argentine who nearly joined Tottenham last summer – The Feyenoord man has developed his skills as a box-to-box enforcer, averaging the third-highest tackles per game for the Dutch club. The 23-year-old was strongly linked with Manchester United in the summer, and Southampton in the January transfer window. 10 Kevin De Bruyne: Wolfsburg – Click the arrow to see the Belgian on Brendan Rodgers’ shopping list – After moving from Chelsea, the Belgium international has excelled in the Bundesliga, and this season he’s been one of the stand-out players in German football, scoring 11 goals and providing 14 assists. 10 Denis Suarez – Sevilla – Click the arrow to see the Spaniard who has been linked with a number of clubs across Europe – At the age of 20, the Spaniard had little first-team experience before this season, only playing with Barcelona B. But the midfielder has impressed and he’s represented Spain at all youth levels and was part of the 2012 Under-19 European Championship-winning side. Iker Muniain – Athletic Bilbao – Twice a European Under-21 Championship winner with Spain, Athletic Bilbao’s Iker Muniain remains one of the brightest talents in European football and has attracted interest from a number of clubs. 10 10 10 The Europa League is back!For years the tournament has been looked upon with distain, but this season the winners will earn themselves a place in the Champions League for the 2015-16 season.While it may not have the glamour of its bigger brother the Champions League, there are some talented players on display as the competition reaches the business end.British hopefuls Tottenham, Liverpool, Everton and Celtic can call on the likes of Harry Kane, Raheem Sterling, Ross Barkley and Kris Commons, but which players from the continent will shine? talkSPORT takes a look…Click the arrow to see some of the players who could star in the Europa League knockout rounds and let us know who you think will excel… Mateo Musacchio – Villarreal – Click the arrow to see the Spaniard from Barcelona starring with the holders – The 24-year-old Argentine turned down a move to Tottenham in the summer and is highly thought of in Spain. As well as playing in his natural centre-back position, Musacchio can operate at right-back and defensive midfield. 10last_img read more

‘Quality’ Michail Antonio should get England call-up, says West Ham boss Bilic

first_img Michail Antonio has scored an impressive 12 goals in his debut Premier League season West Ham manager Slaven Bilic insists ‘quality’ forward Michail Antonio has got what it takes to play for England.The 26-year-old has enjoyed a fine debut season in the Premier League after arriving at Upton Park from Nottingham Forest last summer.Antonio has been filling in at right-back for the injury-hit Hammers during the latter stages of the campaign, but has still managed to score 12 goals this term, with his latest coming in Tuesday’s 3-2 win over Manchester United.Antonio revealed back in March that he rejected the chance to play for Jamiaca in favour of chasing a Three Lions call-up.And with Danny Welbeck ruled out of Euro 2016 through injury, Bilic feels England manager Roy Hodgson could do worse than check out the Hammers wideman.“He’s quality, the way he is playing, the big impact that he’s had on our game and also on the Premier League,” said the West Ham boss.“I’m saying as his club manager he’s scored some goals, he’s made some assists, he’s defending really well.“Of course Roy Hodgson has got a good team, he’s not struggling for names. England qualified with ten out of ten wins so it’s very hard for some players to break in – somebody has got to get injured or somebody has to lose a place in his club long term.“But if you ask me does he have enough to offer? Yeah, definitely. He’s a player who when he’s one against one, he’s got pace, he’s got strength, he’s got the quality of going up and down, he’s dangerous on goal. He’s a great player for us.“So does he have potential? Definitely.” 1last_img read more


first_imgDONEGAL are celebrating their all-Ireland hurling victory over Tyrone at Croke Park on Saturday.Click on this brilliant Wallace Media video to hear interviews with the heroes including Ciarán Mathewson. Enjoy!DDTV VIDEO: INTERVIEWS WITH DONEGAL’S ALL-IRELAND WINNING HURLING HEROES was last modified: June 18th, 2011 by gregShare 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:all-irelanddonegal hurlerslory meagher cup finalwallace medialast_img read more


first_imgTHERE was heartache for Carndonagh Ladies after they lost the Ulster Ladies Junior Final in the dying minutes to St Dympna’s of Dromore at Celtic Park in Derry this afternoon.The Carn ladies have had a fabulous season and can hold their heads high after going all the way to the final.The Donegal champions led early on thanks to two goals, leading 2-05 to 0-05. And it was a lead they would hold well into the second half.With six minutes to go, they still held a three point lead – 3-07 to 1-10.But the Tyrone junior champions came back and the Carndonagh dream of Ulster glory fell apart.St Dympna’s fired over a point, before hitting a goal and added two more to win 2-13 to 3-07, a three point win. The Carndonagh Ladies however can be proud for a club which only began ladies football a few years ago. HEARTACHE FOR CARN IN ULSTER LADIES JUNIOR FINAL was last modified: November 1st, 2014 by John2Share 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:Carndonagh LadiesDromoreSt Dympna’sUlster Finallast_img read more


first_imgDonegal TD Charlie McConalogue has said abolishing independent Junior Cert assessment is not the answer.Deputy Charlie McConalogueThe Fianna Fáil Education Spokesperson has called on the Education Minister Ruairí Quinn to engage meaningfully with secondary school teachers who have begun industrial action today in a row over Junior Cert reform.Deputy McConalogue commented, “Minister Quinn has allowed this row to rumble on for far too long. We cannot allow a situation where teachers still feel they can’t implement reforms that are due to be introduced from September. Minister Quinn needs to start taking the concerns of teachers seriously and agree to enter discussions on a compromise. “The dispute has escalated because of the Minister’s mishandling of the reform process since he entered office. He failed to engage teachers in process from the beginning, despite the fact that he is expecting those teachers to implement his reforms.“He has ignored their concerns about the outright removal of all independent assessment at Junior Cert level. He has failed to provide adequate time for proper teacher training on the changes that he is expecting them to introduce in a matter of months.“In addition to this, the Minister has also ignored the independent advice of the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment, which sought a mix of school-based and State-based assessment.“The Minister needs to change his approach immediately. He cannot continue to try to implement these reforms unilaterally. He needs to engage with teachers, back away from abolishing all independent assessment and start considering a compromise.” McCONALOGUE CALLS ON MINISTER QUINN TO ENGAGE MEANINGFULLY WITH TEACHERS was last modified: April 7th, 2014 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:Charlie McConalogueeducationlast_img read more

Old Primordial Soup Is Spoiled

first_imgDon’t open it; that can of primordial soup sitting on the shelf for decades is rotten.  PhysOrg announced, “New research rejects 80-year theory of ‘primordial soup’ as the origin of life.”  In its place come new theories about tiny chemical cooking pots in the pores of deep-sea vents.  Pioneered by Michael Russell (02/15/2008) and others, these scenarios picture energy gradients and concentrating mechanisms that might have gotten life cooking deep below the sea.  National Public Radio printed a short synopsis, asking, “Is It Time To Throw Out ‘Primordial Soup’ Theory?”    The article is clear that primordial soup is off the shelf.  “Textbooks have it that life arose from organic soup and that the first cells grew by fermenting these organics to generate energy in the form of ATP,” said team leader Dr Nick lane from University College London.  “We provide a new perspective on why that old and familiar view won’t work at all.”  One problem is that there is no energy gradient in such a view: no driving force for chemical reactions.  “Despite bioenergetic and thermodynamic failings the 80-year-old concept of primordial soup remains central to mainstream thinking on the origin of life,” said senior author, William Martin, an evolutionary biologist [Institute of Botany III in D�sseldorf].  “But soup has no capacity for producing the energy vital for life.”  There goes a ton of expensive soup down the drain.  It sure had a lot of sentimental value.This story should make the righteous angry.  For decades – almost a century (more if you consider Darwin’s “warm little pond” story) – the Primordial Soup Myth filled biology textbooks with fallacies.  The Miller experiment, with its flasks zapped with electricity, lent itself to visualization, exaggeration and power of suggestion.  It became a veritable icon of evolution – a “useful lie” for materialists (05/02/2003).  Lee Strobel was one of countless students swayed by the Primordial Soup Myth, as he recounted in his book and film, The Case for a Creator (watch it on YouTube).  This simplistic mythoid, devoid of factoids, has now been destroyed and should be avoided, but it will take an act of Congress, an executive order and a Supreme Court decision to overcome the Law of Inertia for Falsified Theories (01/15/2010).    With the soup gone, would you trust the same materialists to come up with a better dish?  Would you dare taste their Thicken Plot Pie? (08/22/2005).  Their new story has all the same fallacies as the old one, including the biggest: it doesn’t account for the most important element of all, the origin of genetic information (01/26/2008, and Meyer’s Signature in the Cell).    To dispense with materialistic origin-of-life scenarios, with their “building blocks of lie,” let us propose an alternative experiment that is easily visualized and can even be tested by junior high school students.  (This was suggested by Dr. A. E. Wilder-Smith.)  Take a sardine can.  It has ideal conditions for the origin of life, because the little fishies were once alive.  It has all the molecules and nutrients life could ever want.  Do anything you want with the can, other than puncturing it or breaking its seal.  You can heat it, chill it, tap it, spin it, and expose it to electromagnetic fields.  An alternative experiment was suggested by Dr. Jonathan Wells.  Take a living cell in a test tube of sterile fluid, and puncture it.  Let the cell’s contents ooze out, then cap the tube.*  Again, you have all the ingredients for life right there.  Wait for life to emerge.    These are the best possible conditions for origin-of-life studies.  Let the materialists succeed here before attempting to prove life could have emerged under far less favorable conditions.  We suggest it will be a lot like watching the prophets of Baal.  Give them time to cut themselves, weep and wail for the god of chance to send the fire of life.  Then, send a modern Elijah to show where the true power behind life is to be found.  He can insert a little genetic information, a little E. coli into the can perhaps, and like fire from heaven, the can will burst with life.  The only step left will be to round up the fakes and deal with them.*Actually, a variation on this experiment was done by Louis Pasteur in the late 1800s – the famous swan-necked flask experiment that disproved spontaneous generation.  Some of his flasks, on display in France, remain sterile to this day, after well over a century, even though open to the air (source: Clermont College).  They stand as a testament to the fact that life (containing genetic information), and only life, begets life.  If materialists respect empirical evidence, let them stand in silent humility at one of the longest-running experiments in the history of science.(Visited 95 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more