That weak bodies may be nourished’

first_imgGuided by the motto “Strong bodies fight, that weak bodies may be nourished,” Notre Dame boxers will lace up their gloves tonight for the preliminary rounds of the 83rd installment of the Bengal Bouts boxing tournament. Famed Notre Dame football coach Knute Rockne founded a boxing tournament at Notre Dame in 1920, but the tournament’s current purpose – to raise funds for the Holy Cross missions in Bangladesh – was solidified in 1931 by Bengal Bouts director Dominic “Nappy” Napolitano, who coined the “Strong bodies fight” motto.   Senior captain Jeffrey Ulrich said Bengal Bouts is instrumental in improving the lives of Bengalis served by the Holy Cross missions, which use tournament proceeds to build schools and clinics and empower people through education and poverty relief. “Bengal Bouts is the main contributor in funding schools, medical facilities and students’ expenses in the Holy Cross missions in Bangladesh,” Ulrich said. “The biggest impact we make is in giving people the opportunity to make their own path in the world, since most families are relegated to a limited number of social, professional and economic statuses.” The club reinforced its relationship with Bangladesh in 2008 when five Notre Dame boxers and a camera crew traveled to the country to volunteer at the Holy Cross missions for the first time. Their experiences were captured in the documentary “Strong Bodies Fight,” directed by Notre Dame film professor William Donaruma. This year, captains Daniel Yi, Pat Bishop and Danny Leicht, along with junior Ian Cronin, continued the tradition of serving in Bangladesh for the fifth year in a row. Yi said he was able to experience the work of the Holy Cross missions throughout his summer in Bangladesh. “I was fortunate enough to be chosen as one of four boxers to go to Bangladesh, and I got to see firsthand the work that Bengal Bouts has helped accomplish,” he said. Senior captain Ryan Alberdi said participating in Bengal Bouts has a deep impact on both the boxer and the Bengali people. “Every day, Bengal Bouts is changing the lives of the boxers in the program and their Bengali friends on the other side of the world,” he said. This year, 165 Notre Dame men will fight in the tournament after training intensively since the Monday after fall break, Alberdi said. “It has been about four months of training,” he said. “Practices were for about two hours a day, five to six days a week. On a typical week, I would say that I put in around 15 hours of training through practices and on my own time.” Aside from the opportunity to fight for a worthy cause, Alberdi, Yi and senior captain Alex Oloriz said staying in shape was a major motivation for joining Bengal Bouts.     “I got involved in Bengal Bouts because [in] freshman year, I was quickly losing my high school football physique,” Oloriz said. For senior captain Jack Lally, his fourth and final Bengal Bouts could help him complete the “perfect quartet” by winning the tournament each of his four years at Notre Dame. Achieving this honor would earn him an honorary Notre Dame monogram. Lally said the pressure to win for a fourth time motivates rather than intimidates him. “I mean, there’s always pressure,” Lally said. “I’d rather be in this position than never having won a fight. … There’s pressure in anything, but I enjoy it.” Ulrich said the club also hopes this year’s tournament raises at least as much money as last year’s event. “Last year, we raised [more than] $200,000,” he said. “Beating that is [going to be] our greatest challenge.” Preliminary bouts of the tournament begin tonight at 6 p.m. in the Joyce Athletic and Convocation Center field house. Contact Nicole McAlee at [email protected]last_img read more


Boris Johnson leaves hospital

first_imgBoris Johnson left hospital on Sunday to convalesce from coronavirus at Chequers, the country estate of British prime ministers, officials said, a week after he was admitted and then spent three days in intensive care.The 55-year-old leader will not be immediately returning to work, on the advice of his medical staff, a Downing Street spokesman said.”The PM has been discharged from hospital to continue his recovery at Chequers,” he said. “He wishes to thank everybody at St Thomas’ [Hospital] for the brilliant care he has received.”All of his thoughts are with those affected by this illness.”Johnson, who was admitted to the state-run central London hospital last Sunday and spent Monday to Thursday in its intensive care unit, had earlier voiced his gratitude to his carers there.”I can’t thank them enough. I owe them my life,” he said in a first public statement since leaving intensive care. The news of his continued improvement contrasted with the overall picture across Britain, as it braces to pass the grim milestone of 10,000 hospital deaths from COVID-19.The country is now seeing daily death tolls to match those previously seen in Europe’s hardest-hit nations Italy and Spain, after recording nearly 1,000 fatalities on each of the last two days.Despite hopes of hitting a peak, the actual figure may be far higher as the count does not include those who have died in care homes and the community.However, the overall latest number of British hospital deaths — 9,875 — remains well short of the totals in Italy, Spain and the United States. Globally, the death toll from the virus soared past 109,000 this weekend, with more than 1.7 million reported infections.  Britain’s tally of confirmed cases has climbed close to 80,000, but that is thought to be only a fraction of the true level of infections as testing for the virus has been limited. Johnson is the most high-profile leader to suffer from the coronavirus.It is unclear how quickly he will be able to return to work, with Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab currently deputising for him. Johnson’s pregnant fiancee Carrie Symonds, who also suffered from coronavirus symptoms in recent weeks, thanked his “magnificent” health staff.  “I will never, ever be able to repay you and I will never stop thanking you,” she said on Twitter, adding she felt “incredibly lucky”.”There were times last week that were very dark indeed. My heart goes out to all those in similar situations, worried sick about their loved ones.”Stanley Johnson, his father, also praised the medical team.  “I realize now — I think the whole country realises — how close he came to a crisis situation,” he said.It remains uncertain when Britain might be able to lift stringent social distancing measures rolled out on March 23.Implemented for an initial three weeks, the lockdown is set for a formal review next week and is likely to remain in place until at least the end of the month.Queen Elizabeth II urged Britons to keep staying home, in what is believed to be her first pre-recorded Easter address, released by Buckingham Palace on Saturday evening.”By keeping apart we keep others safe,” the 93-year-old monarch said. “We know that coronavirus will not overcome us.”Her resolute comments came a week after a rare televised address to the nation in which she told people to unite to beat COVID-19.Meanwhile, the government has been forced to defend its rollout of personal protective equipment (PPE) for medical staff during the pandemic.”We are making sure we get the equipment to the front line,” senior minister Alok Sharma said on Sunday, noting a “squeeze on supply” amid “huge global demand for PPE”.Health Secretary Matt Hancock confirmed Saturday that 19 National Health Service (NHS) staff had died from COVID-19. But he said a lack of PPE was not to blame for any of the cases.However, a senior doctor who has since died pleaded last month on social media with Johnson for better protection against the disease.Meanwhile, evidence is reportedly growing that the pandemic is having a disproportionate impact on people from minority backgrounds, who make up a large proportion of the NHS workforce.Research suggests that more than a third of critically ill coronavirus patients in British hospitals are black, Asian or from another ethnic minority, according to the BBC. Topics :last_img read more


Noble rules for Warren Place

first_img It is almost a year ago that Lady Cecil took over the running of Warren Place in Newmarket after the death of her celebrated husband Sir Henry, who finished his career by training the equine giant Frankel. It is only at the age of five that Frankel’s younger brother has started to emerge from his sibling’s shadow and he reaped the benefit of an aggressive ride from James Doyle, also successful in the colours of Khalid Abdullah on Kingman in Saturday’s Tattersalls Irish 2,000 Guineas. Press Association Noble Mission and Magician went off the even-money joint-favourites and the runner-up was closing by the post, but the all-the-way leader had built up a clear advantage with a telling turn of foot at the top of the straight and was able to hold on by a length and a quarter. Beaten by Cubanita on his reappearance at Newbury, Noble Mission had started to earn a slightly dubious reputation, but front-running tactics worked a treat when he hammered Telescope in the Gordon Richards Stakes at Sandown, after which he got the better of the same rival in the Huxley at Chester. As was tradition at Warren Place under Sir Henry’s regime, a flag will now be raised at the yard to celebrate a Group One triumph for the team. Lady Cecil said: “It’s great for all the staff at Warren Place. Our big aim was to win a Group One race and to raise the flag for Henry. I’m very emotional now. I’ve almost 30 horses for Prince Khalid (Abdullah), and without the horses you just can’t do it. “I’ll have to talk to Teddy (Grimthorpe, the owner’s racing manager) but, to be honest, we didn’t think past this about where he might next go. He’s in the Eclipse at Sandown, but we’ll have to see how he comes out of this first.” Grimthorpe added: “To win a Group One with Frankel’s brother, it’s a great tribute to those at Warren Place and huge for Juddmonte. It really is a very special day. “We fell upon the (front-running) plan at Sandown because of needs, but it worked again at Chester so we thought must try it again here. “We need to sit down and have some good thoughts now. He’s had four quite tough races, we might need to give him a little bit of a breather, but that’s up to Jane. It’s a huge win.” Aidan O’Brien said of Magician: “The race was in trouble of losing its Group One status. The ground was far from ideal, but we had to run as it would be very detrimental to Irish racing to lose a Group One race. Joseph looked after him.” center_img Noble Mission gave Lady Cecil a poignant first Group One success as he continued his own remarkable transformation in the Tattersalls Gold Cup at the Curragh. last_img read more


UEFA set announces new dates for 2021 Women’s European Championship

first_img(BBC) – UEFA is set to announce the postponed 2021 Women’s European Championship will take place from 6-31 July 2022.The tournament, to be held in England, has been pushed back a year after the men’s European Championship and the Tokyo Olympics were both postponed until 2021 because of the global coronavirus pandemic.The intention is to use the same venues as the original tournament.Moving the Euros to 2022 will avoid two women’s tournaments in the same summer.Three European teams – England, the Netherlands and Sweden – have already qualified for the Olympics.As it stands, the finale of the Women’s Euros will coincide with the start of the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games.last_img


San Francisco Giants rough up Brandon McCarthy, hand Dodgers a 9-3 defeat

first_imgThe Dodgers’ third loss in four games since they clinched the NL West on Sunday afternoon all but packs their bags for Washington next week. The Dodgers need to win their final two regular-season games this weekend while the Nationals lose twice in order to wrest home-field advantage from the Nats for their NL Division Series.“I did say that (the Dodgers wanted to catch the Nationals),” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. “But I also said the main thing we wanted to do was to play good baseball. I thought the first five innings tonight we were sharp.“Tomorrow, we have (Clayton) Kershaw going. The back end of our bullpen is rested. We’re going to try to win a ballgame.”Roberts said Saturday would be “a regular start for Kersh” and not a shortened prep start for the playoffs.The Giants, meanwhile, held their position in the three-way race for the two NL wild-card spots. The New York Mets and St. Louis Cardinals also won. The Mets are one game up on the Giants, who are one game up on the Cardinals for the second spot. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error The Dodgers have clearly focused more on playoff preparation and evaluating their roster options this week than chasing the home-field edge. But they did take a 3-2 lead against Giants ace Madison Bumgarner through the top of the sixth.Four consecutive hits in the first inning – including an RBI double by Bumgarner’s T-shirt supplier, Yasiel Puig – produced two runs. The Giants matched that against Hill in the bottom of the inning but three consecutive two-out singles by Carlos Ruiz, Rob Segedin and Kike’ Hernandez gave the Dodgers their brief 3-2 lead.McCarthy walked the first batter he faced in the bottom of the sixth then gave up three singles and two doubles (including one by Bumgarner that drove in two runs) before Roberts ended the experiment. Reliever Josh Ravin promptly gave up a three-run home run to Brandon Belt.“Obviously, it was a different role for Brandon,” Roberts said. “He went out there and did what he could. … The last outing was good (he started Sunday’s clinching victory). This time just didn’t go that well.”McCarthy acknowledged that everything felt different about warming up in mid-game and entering in the sixth inning. But he offered no other explanation for why things went so badly.“No idea,” he said. “They just hit everything I threw. I’m angry but other than that it was so quick and so violent I don’t know what other emotion to have.”center_img SAN FRANCISCO >> When an animal-rights activist ran on the field and offered Angel Pagan a flower, the Giants left fielder body-slammed him to the ground.That was not the rudest treatment given to a visitor at AT&T Park on Friday night.The Dodgers wanted to see if career starter Brandon McCarthy might possibly be an option to pitch out of the bullpen during the postseason. Now, they know.McCarthy followed starter Rich Hill to the mound in the sixth inning with the Dodgers having just taken a one-run lead. It was McCarthy’s first relief appearance since April 25, 2007 with the Texas Rangers. He faced six batters, didn’t retire any of them and the Giants scored seven times in the inning on their way to a 9-3 victory over the Dodgers.last_img read more


Google Maps Now Makes Getting on the Right Train Easier

first_imgOne More Feature That Sets Google Apart from the CompetitionWhile this is only a small addition to Google’s mapping product, the constant drumbeat of new features and partnerships that Google Maps announces on an almost-weekly basis makes it hard for competitors like Bing Maps to keep pace. Even though Bing Maps offers a very competitive set of mapping and directions features that still outperform Google Maps in many ways, Google is currently offering a more comprehensive set of features. Thanks to Google’s strong emphasis on getting local businesses to update their own data in Google Maps, the company is also able to offer better results for local searches.Given Microsoft’s renewed focus on Bing – and the Web in general – it would be wrong to count Bing Maps out, but for the time being, it looks like it will be hard for Microsoft to catch up with Google. Earlier this month, Google announced the addition of biking directions to Google Maps. Today, Google is also enhancing its maps by adding more data about local public transit options. Whenever you search for a train station in Google Maps, you can now see a list of transit lines that service this station. Google Maps will also display the next scheduled departure times for every line.We have to say, however, that while this feature worked great for the example given in Google’s blog post (“Zurich HB“) and most of the larger transit stations in big cities like New York, finding the right name for smallertrain stations can be rather frustrating. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#Google#news#NYT#web frederic lardinois Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more


Manning Gets 35 Years for Spilling Secrets To WikiLeaks

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#espionage#now#wikileaks Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting readwrite Related Posts center_img Pfc. Bradley Manning, the Army soldier convicted of leaking classified military secrets, has received a sentence of 35 years for passing more than 700,000 government files to WikiLeaks. Eligible for parole in seven years, Manning, 25, will also get a dishonorable discharge and be busted down from private first class to private.  Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img


Assam NRC: SC questions need for sample reverification

first_imgThe Supreme Court on Friday questioned the plea made jointly by the Centre and Assam to indefinitely extend the deadline for publication of the final National Register of Citizens (NRC) from July 31 in order to conduct a “sample reverification” process to quell a “growing perception” that lakhs of illegal immigrants may have infiltrated the list, especially in the districts bordering Bangladesh.The Centre and Assam urged the court for more time to cross-check “wrong inclusions and exclusions” in and from the draft NRC published on July 30, 2018.They said a 20% sample reverification of names included in the draft NRC should be conducted in districts bordering Bangladesh and a 10% sample reverification in the remaining districts.But the court orally voiced its scepticism. It referred to reports filed by Assam State NRC Coordinator Prateek Hajela’s reports and said reverification seemed to have been already done during the disposal of claims in the NRC process.“Mr. Hajela’s report says while disposing of claims, 80 lakh names have been reverified. That means at least 27% of names have been reverified, and you are asking for 20%… So, is there need for a sample reverification? If we are satisfied that verification has been done properly, then there is no need for a sample reverification, isn’t it?” Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi, who is accompanied by Justice Rohinton Nariman on the Special Bench, asked Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, appearing for both Assam and the Centre.‘Mistakes have crept in’Mr. Mehta said the findings in Mr. Hajela’s reports may not truly reflect the reality on the ground. “There is a growing perception. They must have done excellent work, but mistakes have crept in. The quantum of people included in certain areas is more… Wrongful inclusions are manifold in the bordering districts, lakhs of illegal immigrants have been included in the draft NRC list. The problem is the border districts are more prevalent,” he submitted.He said the wrongful inclusions may be because local officers were used in the NRC process and they may have come under local influences.“There should be proper reverification… There should be no room for a lack of confidence in an NRC exercise that takes away the rights of the people and will uproot them. Though, of course, illegals should be uprooted as India cannot be the refugee capital of the world,” Mr. Mehta urged the court.However, the Bench adjourned the case to July 23. It asked Mr. Mehta to go through what Mr. Hajela had to say on the issue of reverification in his reports to the Supreme Court on July 10 and 18.“Mr. Mehta, you are not the only fountain or source of information [about what is happening]. We have our own sources of information and Mr. Hajela has his own,” Chief Justice Gogoi addressed the Solicitor General.“I claim not to be a fountain of information, My Lord… And it should not be so,” Mr. Mehta responded.The court asked Mr. Hajela to redact paragraphs in his reports that do not strictly deal with reverification before handing them over to Mr. Mehta.“There is no national secret in them that needs to be kept from the government,” Mr. Mehta protested lightly.“Mr. Mehta, we wish to hear this statement from your lips in other cases too,” came Justice Nariman’s riposte.‘Supplementary lists can be published on July 31’Meanwhile, Mr. Hajela quoted from his report that supplementary lists containing the latest additions and exclusions made after the claims and objections stage could be published on July 31. This would be followed later by a consolidated list, he submitted.The Assam government, also represented by advocate Shuvodeep Roy, said the 20% sample reverification should target the border districts, where the incidence of illegal migration from Bangladesh was higher and where population growth had been reported higher than the State average as per Census reports.Both the Centre and the State have said the reverification exercise should be conducted by Class 1 officers of the State government from other districts who had knowledge and experience of handling the process of enquiry/investigation. The applications further sought an order that the sample reverification should be undertaken at a place different from where the NRC exercise happened. The Assam government agreed that this would cut out the possibility of local influences, biases/threats and so on.The application filed by the Union Home Ministry tries to impress upon the court the “unprecedented large scale of complexities” involved in the NRC process. The Ministry told the court that the NRC exercise had created apprehensions in the minds of the citizens and could very well impact social harmony, law and order in the State. Tensions could rise with just a few days left before the culmination of the ongoing NRC process.“It is pertinent that the exercise of sample reverification must necessarily follow before the publication of the final list,” the application said.The draft NRC list had included 2,89,83,677 persons as Indian citizens. But a total of 40,70,707 persons were left out. They were found ineligible to be considered for inclusion. The Centre said reverification should be done for both inclusions and exclusions.last_img read more