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Tennis player Monica Puig raises money for Puerto Rico, inspiring island as it rebuilds after Hurricane Maria

first_img Written by Beau Lund September 2, 2018 /Sports News – National Tennis player Monica Puig raises money for Puerto Rico, inspiring island as it rebuilds after Hurricane Mariacenter_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailMiguel Lozada(SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico) — Miguel Lozada remembers the moment tennis exploded on the island of Puerto Rico.“Years ago we had Roberto Clemente, but when Monica won the gold medal – I had never seen a community completely paralyzed to see that match,” he said.San Juan native Monica Puig had just won the gold medal at the 2016 Rio Olympics, the first the island has won under the Puerto Rican flag.“Very quickly after the win, my cell phone started to ring. From 50 students, it went up to 100. People calling to get classes so they can get their kids to play tennis – they all wanted to be like Monica Puig,” Lozada said.Puig calls that moment overwhelming.“I never saw myself as like anybody’s idol and there are these little kids running up to me saying I want to be just like you when I grow up and I was like really?” Puig told ABC News after a match at the US Open.Hurricane Maria made landfall on Sept. 20, 2017, as a category 4 hurricane. Maria left in its wake nearly $140 billion in damage, claiming thousands of lives and leaving the whole island in need of healing.In the aftermath of the storm, Puig started an online fundraising campaign to collect donations for people on the island.“After the Hurricane, I went with Maria [Sharapova] with the money that we set up with the YouCaring account we were able to buy insulin for the hospitals, portable stoves, gasoline for the stoves, lanterns for light,” Puig saidPuig has raised nearly $200,000.“Their faces of happiness: How they came in, took a ball and they started playing before I started to give the lesson,” Lozada said.Lozada still remembers the day his tennis facility reopened months after Hurricane Maria – dozens of his students returned to play.The effect of Maria was felt in every corner of the island including at Lozada’s El Valenciano Tennis Academy in the eastern central town of Juncos. The facility that had 2 courts and lights to allow for play at night was damaged.“Even though we didn’t have power, we still found a way to practice… the children would say ‘I need to practice. I want to play,’” Lozada said.Omar Davila’s son Jayden trains at Lozada’s facility. The weeks after the storm, the 7-year old would ask his father when he could start to play again.Davilia said that the academy’s nearly 100 students wanted to see each other after the storm in an effort to return to some normalcy.“Sports united them,” Davila said, adding, “tennis gave them a desire to get ahead in life, to be better, to help their neighbors. It was something very beautiful and a lot more than before the hurricane.”The United States Tennis Association, organizers of the US Open now in its 50th year, have exclusively told ABC News that they have pledged $350,000 to refurbish facilities and restart programming throughout the island. The USTA Foundation says that all contributions will go directly towards Puerto Rico.The next phase of the recovery for Puig is helping to grow the sport and to ensure people’s homes will remain safe.“We are looking at what we can do with all the money that is continuing to come in. And I think we are going to go more into rebuilding roofs of houses,” she said.Lozada and the children of his camp embody a phrase heard so often on the island after the storm Puerto Rico Se Levanta – Puerto Rico rises.“Maria stopped us but it also taught us that we need to reinvent ourselves. We have to go forward,” Lozada said.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

RMF members disrupt Rhodes contextualisation meeting

first_imgFive members of RMF today disrupted a meeting in Oriel on the contextualisation of the Rhodes statue, Cherwell can reveal.Sources close to the scene told Cherwell that the individuals entered the meeting some 20 minutes after it had begun, accusing Oriel of hypocrisy and of purposefully hiding the meeting from them.The entrance of the group of activists, which included prominent member Ntokozo Qwabe, was a surprise to those present in the room, as the consultation was intended for Oriel students only.Prominent activist Ntokozo Qwabe was one of the five RMF members who disrupted the meetingThe meeting was taking place in the Robert Beddard Room in Oriel’s Rhodes Building, and was being led by the Vice-Provost of Oriel, Annette Volfing.After the initial confusion that followed the entrance of the RMF members, Ms Volfing requested that the individuals left the room, unless they were Oriel students. With the RMF members refusing to leave, a “shouting match” reportedly broke out, with the Oriel Vice-Provost repeatedly asking that they leave.Tensions were running high, with one RMF member saying, “This statue is not about Oriel students. This is not a listening exercise.”The altercation comes several months after Oriel announced that the statue of Cecil Rhodes would remain in place, and that the college would seek to provide a clear historical context for the existence of the statue.The primary focus of RMF’s anger seemed to be the perceived U-turn made by Oriel. In December, the college released a statement setting out its commitment to conducting a listening exercise on the statue of Rhodes. By January, however, the college confirmed that it would be keeping the statue, despite not completing the listening exercise.Indeed the RMF members repeatedly attacked Oriel for its actions as they confronted the college’s Vice-Provost and others who were present at the meeting.“This is not a listening exercise, this is big money diplomacy,” one RMF member shouted, adding, “You want to shut down the voices of thousands of people.”One RMF member was also heard describing some of those present in the room for the consultation on the Rhodes statue as “white racists”.As the heated dispute continued, several Oriel members of staff arrived at the Robert Beddard Room. One individual told Cherwell that the RMF members were removed from the college because it was an “Oriel-only meeting”, adding that the RMF activists should seek to arrange a separate meeting with Oriel College to discuss matters surrounding the statue.last_img read more

Oxford archaeologists help achieve access to satellite images of Israel and the Palestinian territories

first_imgReuters reports that Israel is worried about how Lebanon’s Hezbollah and Gaza’s Hamas militants could “plan rocket strikes on key civilian and military infrastructure” using commercial satellite imagery. A 24-year-old US prohibition has restricted access to these high-resolution images. While most international satellite imaging is available to a resolution of 0.4-0.7 meters per pixel, the Kyl-Bingham Amendment (KBA) meant that US companies could not share – commercially or privately – images more detailed than 2 meters per pixel. Two Oxford archaeologists – Dr Michael Fradley and Dr Andrea Zerbini – headed the pressure movement to overcome this. Their main argument was that the KBA should have been dropped already as companies like the French Airbus were already producing high-quality images, making the KBA invalid. Despite this, no moves were made to amend the KBA until Fradley and Zerbini’s research paper was published, limiting research due to US predominance in the field. Two Oxford archaeologists have contributed to the declassification of satellite images of Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories, with “huge implications” for visual access to the areas. Climate studies can monitor crop change, desertification, soil conditions, erosion, water tables, and pollution. Cultural heritage professional can assess looting, urban development, preserve heritage, and map sites. Politicians and humanitarians can monitor potential human rights abuses. Fradley and Zerbini were involved in the Endangered Archaeology of the Middle East and North Africa Project. But the potential for the declassified images stretches beyond archaeology. Dr Fradley has called this development “a big win for science”, as it will affect many areas outside his own research. Dr Zerbini passed away from a rare form of cancer in July last year, before finding out that the restrictions had been lifted.center_img The head of Israel’s Defence Ministry, Amnon Harai, told Israeli media that their government is looking into “what exactly the intentions are” are the loosening of restrictions: “We would always prefer to be photographer at the lowest resolution possible. It’s always preferable to be seen blurred, rather than precisely.” Image Credit to Axelspace Corporation / WikimediaCommons. License: CC-BY-SA-4.0. This is the difference between being able to make out the blurry outline of a block of flats to seeing clearly the people walking next to it. This has limited the detail in which archaeologists, climate experts, humanitarian groups, politicians, and Google Maps users can view these areas. Zena Agha writes in Foreign Policy that the enhanced quality of the satellite images means Israel “can’t hide evidence of its occupation anymore”. Agha says that the restrictions were “implemented under the guise of protecting Israel’s national security”, but were actually “more an act of censorship”. Dr Michael Fradley tweeted his support of Agha’s article. The original impetus for the KBA came after images of an Israeli nuclear ‘research’ plant, suspected by some to be a weapon-manufacturing plant, were released in 1995. Senator Kyl, a co-author of the KBA, said that instances like this could be used by “enemies of Israel… to target Israel for long-range attacks or assaults by terrorists”.last_img read more

Sandwich guru

first_imgWe have recently been developing a range of ’open sandwiches’ for a chain of excellent gastro-pubs we supply, writes The SoHo Sandwich Company’s Adam Gilbert.Technically these are not really sandwiches. Layered and stacked on a crisp bread pedestal, they’re more closely related to the canapé. But whereas canapés call for the precise placement and rigid composition of fussy ingredients, these free-form assemblages are put together with ease. Never dainty or shy, they are proud sandwiches with a friendly, in-your-face attitude.For one of these delights, we take good-quality sourdough bread, which we rub with a garlic clove, brush with olive oil and warm on the chargrill. We place slow-roasted asparagus spears on the bottom, then we gently poach an egg and place it on the asparagus, cover the egg with fontina cheese and flash it under the grill in order to melt the cheese.Finally, we place thinly sliced pieces of prosciutto on either side of the egg and sprinkle some fresh thyme to garnish. Perfect for eat-in cafés.== Ingredients ==Sourdough breadAsparagus spears 4Olive oil 20gFresh thyme 5gFree-range egg 1Fontina cheese 30gProsciutto 50glast_img read more

Michael Jackson Broadway Musical In The Works

first_imgThe Michael Jackson estate has teamed up with a Broadway production company to develop a new musical inspired by the iconic pop star’s life and music. The show, which is being put together in conjunction with Columbia Live Stage, is expected to debut in 2020.Rolling Stone reports that two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Lynn Nottage has been enlisted to write the book for the production. Christopher Wheeldon, who earned a Tony Award for Best Choreography for his stage adaptation of the of the film An American in Paris, will direct and choreograph the show.While planned musical will mark the first Broadway venture for the Jackson estate, it won’t be the entity’s first foray into the theater. The estate has already backed two Cirque du Soleil shows—Michael Jackson: The Immortal World Tour and Michael Jackson: One.Jackson, one of the best-selling artists in the history of music, died in 2009 at the age of 50. In 2015, his 1983 album Thriller became the first LP to sell more than 30 million copies in the United States, proving that his popularity continues to endure long after his passing.last_img read more

Rock Around the Blockchain with Dell Technologies

first_imgWhile almost everyone has heard of Bitcoin, the blockchain based crypto-currency, not everyone knows that blockchain, a distributed ledger system of technology, has applications far ranging beyond the wallet.Many enterprise customers are experimenting with a new class of applications that insert transactions into a distributed ledger. As a result, they are looking at different ledger implementations in the form of blockchain. Companies like Microsoft, RedHat, and Fujitsu are participating in new enterprise blockchain initiatives, from Blockchain as a Service to secure data exchange networks.However, the industry is struggling with the implementation of enterprise-class blockchain solutions. There are two primary challenges being tackled. The first issue is the selection of a blockchain, and the second issue is the integration of that blockchain into an existing IT architecture.Starting in 2016, technology practitioners from across Dell Technologies, including Dell EMC, VMware, Pivotal and others, formed a Blockchain Interest Group (BIG), whose steering committee helps customers discover Dell’s blockchain capabilities.Dell Fellow Steve Todd wrote about the Dell Technologies portfolio and blockchain for the 2018 Knowledge Sharing Competition, and won first place for his paper Rock Around the Blockchain with Dell Technologies. In this interview from Dell Technologies World, Todd discusses the the research that his group has done related to customer business uses for blockchain, as well as some of the challenges of implementing blockchain applications, particularly in mission-critical environments.last_img read more

Oprah Is Our Favorite Thing, Clay Aiken Approves This Message & More Lessons of the Week

first_img View Comments New York City is up to its knees in slush (literally, we just stepped in a puddle that had its own zip code), but that could never stop us from bringing you a recap of all of the craziest, silliest and absolute best stories from the last seven days. Check out what we learned!Neil Patrick Harris Won’t Call In SickEven if he’s too sick to speak, walk or sing, Neil Patrick Harris will be playing the boozed-up, glitter-soaked title star in Hedwig every night. He’s a tough dude and he has the fishnet burns to prove it.Corey Cott Puts His Socks AwayNewsies star Corey Cott may play a dirty street tough onstage, but in real life, his best friend and former roommate Jon Jorgenson insists he’s a “decently clean” guy. OK, give us the real dirt—how much Rent memorabilia does he own?Clay Aiken Wants Your VoteThe moment has finally arrived: Broadway alum Clay Aiken is officially running for Congress. Claymates, get those votes in—after all, the American Idol runner-up has a history of coming in second place.Marty McFly Is a Quadruple ThreatBack to the Future is heading to the West End, and prospective Marty McFlys won’t only need to sing, dance and act to snag the leading role, they’ll also need to skateboard. Oh, and obviously the ability to travel through the space-time continuum.Bill Murray Won’t Grow UpFilm funnyman Bill Murray showed off his flying skills, green tights and middling singing voice on Letterman this week in hopes of snagging the leading role in NBC’s Peter Pan telecast. The verdict? Uh, we’d watch it.K.D. Lang Is a Super TrouperSinger-songwriter K.D. Lang is about to star in After Midnight, and even though she’s never seen another Broadway show before, she’s now game to try all sorts of musicals, including Mamma Mia! Not sure she knows about the white spandex.Jarrod Spector Doesn’t Want Fruity CandyBefore you shower Beautiful star Jarrod Spector with gifts this V-Day, keep in mind he will immediately spit out chocolates with fruit in them. Please forward those to Broadway.com, 729 7th Ave., 7th Floor, New York, NY, 10019.Justin Guarini Is Enrolling In Shiz UAmerican Idol runner-up and Shakespearean actor (yes) Justin Guarini is returning to Broadway for the fourth time, assuming the role of college stud Fiyero in Wicked. Hey, at least he’s not running for Congress.Meat Loaf & Minnie Driver Freak Us OutGrammy winner Meat Loaf got his start in theater and Minnie Driver was in a movie musical once, so why wouldn’t they want to team up for a flick about a murderer who haunts a theater camp? (All joking aside, this sounds awesome.)Oprah Might Give Us the Best Gift of AllAfter teasing us for years about a possible Broadway debut, Oprah Winfrey is eyeing the title role in ‘Night, Mother, opposite none other than eight-billion-time Tony winner Audra McDonald. This is way better than a free car.last_img read more

Tri-Border Sex Slaves

first_imgBy Dialogo January 01, 2010 María Celia Wilson sensed something suspicious in the weeks before her daughter Paula disappeared. Phone calls were coming in from relatives she didn’t know well, asking where Paula went to school and when she would get out of classes. Wilson believes Paula was abducted by people who wanted to exploit her for domestic or sexual slavery. The perpetrators, she said, were distant family members involved in a human trafficking ring. Argentine society is just beginning to address human trafficking, with mixed success. In 2008, Argentina passed its first federal anti-trafficking legislation. But experts and victims’ family members complain that many traffickers operate with impunity, and so it has largely fallen to civil society to take action. To evade detection, traffickers move their victims around frequently — sometimes along drug routes, since many perpetrators are also involved in the drug trade. Many of the trafficking routes start in the northeastern corner of Argentina, at the celebrated Iguaçu Falls at the Tri-Border of Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay. The famous falls, bigger than Niagara, are adored by tourists for the 40 billion gallons of water that pour across them every day. But a quieter stream flows across the border: Argentine authorities receive a new report of a trafficked person every other day — and those are just the ones who are identified. Human traffickers take advantage of a person’s vulnerabilities, often lying and making false promises, said Monique Altschul, a former trafficking advisor to the International Organization of Migration. Wilson said 18-year-old Paula had the psychological age of a 14-year-old when she disappeared. Some traffickers tell victims they will work as nannies or on ships, but they are taken to brothels instead and are not paid, Altschul said. “They say that because they had to pay for the trip, they are in debt, and they will never be able to repay the whole debt.” Argentina’s new law, following U.N. conventions, recognizes that in these cases, manipulation and deceit are as common and as criminal as brute force. Viviana Camino, coordinator of the National Network to Stop Trafficking and Slavery, said many law enforcement officials, especially at the local level, are accomplices in the slave trade. “There still has not been a real investigation into the network of complicity, which downplays the information about human trafficking,” Camino said. Victims’ photos appear in newspapers, and Camino’s National Network has a toll-free phone number for citizens to report sightings. Wilson said she had to conduct her own search for her daughter with help from people such as Susana Trimarco, whose daughter was abducted in 2002. Trimarco — whose story about one family’s attempt to rescue their kidnapped daughter from forced prostitution was the basis for the popular soap opera Stolen Lives — was given the International Women of Courage Award by the U.S. State Department in 2007 for her anti-trafficking work. Wilson’s search led her first to the northwestern province of Tucumán and then to the southern beach resort town of Mar del Plata. Those far-flung spots are two classic destinations for trafficked Argentines, often brought there from the Tri-Border area near the falls. Ten miles (16 km) down the road from the falls, Marcelina Antunes runs a Ministry of Labor anti-trafficking program called Light of Childhood. Leafing through her scrapbook of missing and rescued kids, Antunes pointed to a picture of two teenage girls rescued from a brothel just over the Brazilian border. Antunes said the two came from an Argentine town 100 miles (161 km) away, fooled by a woman who offered them work in a hotel. Antunes then turned the page to a much younger girl who still hasn’t been found. She said the girl was sold, along with her youngest sister and brother, by her own mother. Antunes said both girls and boys are in demand for sex work. A 2006 International Organization of Migration report found that brothels pay a few hundred dollars for a capture, depending on the child’s “quality.” A woman older than 23 is generally considered less desirable, but there’s no lower age limit. Until about 2007, almost all of the cross-border trafficking in the region came into Argentina from abroad. Now some of it is going the other way into Brazil, where, according to the U.S. State Department, between a quarter and half a million children are kept in prostitution. But immigration officer Emilio Osses, who oversees one of the Argentine checkpoints in the area, said that contrary to popular belief, it is not the worst trafficking hot spot on Argentina’s border. He said the Tri-Border area is heavily controlled — saturated with officers from at least eight local, federal and international agencies, including CIA agents. And it’s largely because of the intelligence community that there’s a lot of attention around the Tri-Border area, he said. There is a large and important Arab population, and it’s believed that the terrorist cells that bombed the Israeli Embassy in Buenos Aires had support in this area. But Osses admitted there’s a lot of room for illegal trafficking there. During peak season, 30,000 people per day cross the Tri-Border — and that’s just at the official checkpoints. As at any border, much of the travel is uncontrolled. As for María Wilson’s daughter, Paula was found in April 2009 in good health living with a man and a newborn baby in Mar del Plata. But she still hasn’t given a conclusive account of the past two years, and Wilson insists her daughter was tricked and exploited by a prostitution ring. The case is under investigation by the prosecutor general’s specialized Unit to Assist Investigations into Kidnapping, Extortion Crimes, and Trafficking in Persons — although some local law enforcement agencies, Wilson said, dismissed the case early on by saying there was no evidence of a crime. Adolescents for sale ‘Graciela’ : “We couldn’t refuse, and if we did, they hit us. …We had to do what the client wanted,” said “Graciela,” a 16-year-old who was promised a decent job at a bar in Misiones, Argentina. They made her secretly cross the Paraná River in Paraguay, and she wound up sequestered in a brothel, mistreated and forced to have sex with up to 10 clients per night, earning 50 pesos for her captors without being compensated for it. She managed to escape, but did not press charges for fear of retaliation. ‘L’ : “I said that I would never do that [prostitute myself], and then this man began to hit me until I was unconscious,” said “L,” a 15-year-old from the countryside, taken from Caaguazú in Paraguay supposedly to work as a maid in Argentina. She was taken to a brothel in La Plata and two days later, sold for 500 pesos. Because of her age, she was the most requested one there. After a month, she managed to escape and informed authorities. Today, she is back in her community and still has scars on her body. Última Hora Mafias Traffic Indigenous People As Sex Slaves Natives of Puerto Iguazú, Argentina, are recruited by criminal organizations involved in human trafficking for the purpose of sexual exploitation, a criminal trend that first came to light in 2007. As per their ancestral customs, the indigenous communities do not recognize border limits between countries. They constitute a single nation, and their members tend to live for months in Brazil, Argentina or Paraguay, then break camp and travel to another village in any of those countries. That continuous and rotating movement is exploited by mafias in order to recruit natives from these areas and transfer them, typically in luxury cars, to various points in Paraguay. The crime is planned without a single detail being left to chance. Depending on the area in which the selected victim is located — in this case Brazil or Paraguay — the victim is taken to Argentina, and is sent to various recruiting destinations like Córdoba, Rosario, Bahía Blanca and areas farther south in the country. In 2008, the justice system disrupted a dangerous group in Río Cuatro, a city in the province of Córdoba, in which 11 young missionary girls were rescued from forced prostitution in subhuman conditions. At times, to avoid any problems with immigration control, the natives are taken in precarious watercraft along the border rivers to Argentina or from Argentina to neighboring countries. Human trafficking in the Tri-Border region — more specifically in the Puerto Iguazú jurisdiction, when transport is by water — is carried out on clandestine, under-developed routes in places like Puerto Peninsula, Picada Galeano or Guazú Cué. In the Misiones province, for example, cases were uncovered of boys and girls who were deprived of their freedom in Zona Centro and rescued in Iguazú or San Vicente. In this context, there is no doubt that the sex slave traders move victims permanently, from one side to another. “Misiones supplies a constant flow of boys, girls and adolescents to neighboring countries,” said César Raúl Jiménez, criminal and juvenile court judge from Posadas city, Argentina. “The main providers are municipalities such as San Vicente [and] San Pedro, that border Brazil, Jardín América, Eldorado and Posadas.” The recruiters focus their attention and area of operations on the province’s rural areas, more specifically on families with scarce resources, whose unfulfilled basic needs leave them vulnerable to the deceitful actions of these groups. That internal exploitation network is combined with child sex tourism, becoming a thriving business for the mafias in the Tri-Border zone. In that region, sexual exploitation and indigenous trafficking is known as “exotic sex tourism.” Interested parties are usually wealthy European tourists who travel to Brazil, Paraguay and Argentina seeking sexual adventures. www.territoriodigital.com center_img efforts in the tri-Border Area Prevención de la trata de Personas en la triple Frontera, a project to prevent human trafficking in the tri-Border area, provides medical, psychological, legal and job placement assistance to the victims while strengthening the existing countertrafficking network based in the three border cities: Ciudad del Este, Paraguay; Foz do Iguaçu, Brazil; and Puerto Iguazú, Argentina. It is coordinated by the International organization for Migration or IoM, and funded in part by the U.S. department of State, and various governmental and social organizations are involved. the project has a media campaign in Portuguese, Spanish and Guarani.last_img read more

Emaciated Horses Rescued from Center Moriches

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York The Suffolk County SPCA released this photo of one of the horses.Suffolk County SPCA officials are asking the public for donations and a new home for a pair of emaciated horses that the agency recently rescued from their prior owner in Center Moriches.The horses, one of which is a thoroughbred, were found to be thin and had no feed or hay after an investigation prompted by a tip, officials said.The owner signed over the horses to the SPCA on Monday and are in foster care, but they need veterinary care and a permanent home, officials said.The agency needs donations to help defer the cost of the horses’ foster and vet care.The Suffolk County SPCA agency also asks that anyone interested in adopting one or both of these horses call them at 631-382-7722.last_img read more