Department of Student LifeThe Department of Student Life, co-directed by senior Claire Marie Kuhn and junior Eduardo Luna, focuses on matters of residential life, campus dining and student events and programming. They have emphasized coordinating with Campus Dining, meeting monthly with director of residential dining Scott Kachmarik, to improve campus dining halls. This semester, the department held a survey to gauge student dining preferences, which was presented to the head chefs of the dining halls. Their discussions with Campus Dining have also led to the creation of a weekly student poll to determine which Sirius XM music station should be played in the dining halls on Fridays. During midterms, the group also co-hosted several other events, including Flick on the Field and the Syracuse vs. Notre Dame game watch in Duncan Student Center. Luna said the group is currently working on a research project to compare Notre Dame policies and student life to those of other universities. They hope to use this data to frame residential life proposals in the spring.Grade: B+ University AffairsThis semester, the Department of University Affairs — previously known as the Department of University Policy — shifted its focus toward assessing student life. Directed by senior Maria Palazzolo, the department is currently reviewing Notre Dame’s parietals policies, pushing for amnesty for residents who have violated parietals but wish to leave an unsafe or uncomfortable situation without punishment. The group also collaborated with NDSP for the first time to co-host the annual Campus Safety Summit. This year, the department is conducting research for a new safety app to help NDSP quickly locate students who feel unsafe on or near campus. The group is also working to help resolve conflicts between clubs and the Student Activities Office (SAO) and is collaborating with SAO to offer training for students on how to use SAO360, the platform student organizations use to register their events. In the future, the department hopes to expand current campus safety initiatives by introducing GreeNDot training to employees of South Bend bars that students frequent.Grade: A Department of Academic AffairsSenior Caroline Cloonan, director of Academic Affairs, has led several events for her department this semester, most notably Majors Night, an event that allows students to meet with representatives from different academic departments. The event drew about 500 attendees and also featured a raffle where students could win prizes. This fall, the department also hosted Rise ’n Roll and Einstein’s Bagels giveaways and Play-Doh Power Hour, where students were given a free container of Play-Doh as well as complimentary snacks. Cloonan is also a member of Academic Council, faculty senate and has been working with other student government members to update the University’s Honor Code. Next semester, the department is rolling out “Coffee Hours,” a program where students can request $10 vouchers to take professors out to coffee on campus.Grade: B+ Department of AthleticsJunior Katherine Wallace, athletics representative, worked with the Department of Athletics, Development Office and the Office of Military and Veterans Affairs this semester to organize a wristband sale to support the Notre Dame Veterans Fund. Additionally, the department collaborated with the Gender Relations Center and other student government departments to encourage all varsity teams to become GreeNDot certified. In November, the group also hosted a Notre Dame vs. Syracuse game watch in Duncan Student Center. This semester, the department has worked to further several other initiatives, such as providing feedback on proposed NCAA legislation and coordinating “Irish Fight for Life,” a program that works to foster relationships between athletic teams and patients from the Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Unit at South Bend’s Memorial Hospital.Grade: A- Department of Social ConcernsThe Department of Social Concerns, according to its mission statement, “aims to break down the complexities associated with sustainability initiatives on campus and provide channels of advocacy to respond to crises of international scope.” To this end, the department has worked on several projects this year, including setting up a table and giving out hot chocolate to inform the student body of the results of the National Climate Assessment and coordinating with Catholic Relief Services to hold a Fair Trade Christmas Market. The department is also working on establishing a sustainability coalition with student governments at other colleges, and is collaborating with the Office of Sustainability to form a campaign encouraging students to avoid obstructing access routes such as handicap ramps when parking Lime Bikes. Sophomore Kevin Gallagher was appointed to the role of director of the department in October, following the departure of the previous department director. Gallagher said the department hopes to provide more consistent programming going into the spring semester.Grade: B Department of Diversity and InclusionThe mission of the Department of Diversity and Inclusion is to foster a more inclusive community in terms of race, religion, nationality, socioeconomic status, citizenship status and sexual orientation. This semester, junior and department director Mita Ramani worked to better establish the structure of the department, as it is only in its second year. Ramani said the group’s semester goals were to work with cultural clubs on campus, strengthen diversity initiatives and build a stronger relationship with the administration’s Multicultural Student Programs and Services department. The group reached out to over 40 cultural clubs on campus to offer their support and have co-sponsored over 20 campus events this semester, she said. They also hosted the third-annual Race Relations Week, which sponsored Dia de los Muertos events, Asian Allure and a talk by Megan Red Shirt-Shaw, a Native American activist. In addition to these campus events, the department has been working closely with the Office of Student Enrichment for a stronger advertising distribution system and the Diversity Council to assess dorm multicultural commissioners. While they’ve hosted and co-sponsored a number of successful events, however, the department is still working on reforming larger issues on campus relating to diversity and inclusion.Grade: B+ Community Engagement and OutreachHeaded by sophomore Fritz Schemel, the goal of the Community Engagement and Outreach Department is to not only get students connected with the South Bend community, but also the broader national community through civic engagement opportunities. This year, the department’s work began with Welcome Weekend, when they hosted a South Bend farmers market that included about 12 local vendors selling everything from food to artisan goods. Before the midterm elections, the team also partnered with NDVotes to set up voter registration tables at various locations around campus. Since the beginning of the semester, the department has pushed to make South Bend education a greater part of the Moreau curriculum, which will likely be implemented next year. The group has plans to host a South Bend Involvement Fair in January, hosting representatives from community partners in addition to continuing their highly successful Back the Bend campus-wide day of service in April. The department’s work has been promising so far, but it is still waiting for several initiatives to pay off.Grade: B FUELSophomores Clark Bowden and Rachel Ingal, co-directors of First Undergraduate Experience in Leadership (FUEL), have the mission of developing talented and passionate leaders by working with roughly 20 first-year students interested in becoming future leaders in student government. Working as motivators, they hope to teach freshmen how to effectively work in student government to improve student life at Notre Dame. This semester, they have restructured FUEL to establish specific committees to enable the first-year students to work on projects of their own. The freshmen created the committees themselves, and the department plans to implement the events the group planned next semester. While FUEL has made steps in the right direction to prepare first-year students for leadership, it is hard to tell how successful their efforts are as the first-years have yet to actually put any of their ideas into action.Grade: C+ Department of Gender RelationsLed by junior Elizabeth Boyle, the Department of Gender Relations has sought to create a more tolerant environment for all students, specifically in regards to gender identity and sexual orientation. Their semester goals were to increase the number of students who are GreeNDot trained, write policy in response to Title IX changes, host Notre Dame: Unfiltered, audit the prevalence of sexual assault in study abroad programs and partner more closely with PrismND. They have worked with the organization Aunt Flow to provide free feminine hygiene products on campus as well as Notre Dame Security Police (NDSP) on the blue light phone system. The group has succeeded in bringing SOS Advocacy training to campus, a program training individuals to work a 24-hour rape crisis hotline, accompany survivors to the hospital and offer medical advice and serve as counselors and consultants at events involving sensitive material. The program, typically six weeks long, will be held over two weekends early next semester.Grade: A Department of Faith and ServiceRecognizing existing faith-based and service-oriented organizations on campus, the Department of Faith and Service has worked collaboratively with Campus Ministry, Notre Dame Right to Life, BridgeND and the Office of Sustainability throughout the semester. Under the leadership of sophomore Aaron Benavides, they have co-sponsored a number of events, including Fellowship Night, Notre Dame: Unfiltered and Respect Life Week. Earlier in the semester, the department also released a statement on the sex abuse crisis in the Catholic Church and worked with the University administration as part of the Campus Engagement Task Force. As a whole, the department strives to encourage students to individually improve their mind, body and spirit in addition to promoting community and dialogue on campus through service and faith-based projects.Grade: A- Executive ControllerThis year’s executive controller is senior Dylan Jaskowski, who described his primary duties as managing the student government budget, sitting on the financial management board and approving expenses. His main focus this year has been helping to bolster financial support for student clubs on campus, in coordination with a larger push within student government for increased collaboration with clubs. Last year, the Financial Management Board raised the percent allocation of the student government budget for clubs from 36 percent to 39 percent, and Jaskowski says he hopes to work with the Club Coordination Council to further increase allocation this year. Another focus of Jaskowski’s term has been to make the University more fiscally transparent. As such, he worked with the Development Office to host a seminar on University spending.Grade: B+ Department of Campus TechnologyThe Department of Campus Technology, led by senior and director Thomas Krill, has carried on long-term projects as well as taken the department in new directions this semester. The department has continued to promote the Wi-Fi Feedback Survey, which gives students the chance to report issues in internet connectivity so that the Office of Information Technologies knows which areas of campus need the most help. This year, it partnered with an IT project management course, in which, over the course of the semester, students put together an implementation plan for an outdoor activity app called IrishGo. Additionally, the department has worked to represent students’ interests at various councils this semester, including the Learning Management Guidance Council, the University Council on Academic Technologies and the ND Mobile Advisory Council. Responding to student feedback, the department had a printer installed in the north wing of Duncan Student Center. CTI has laid the groundwork this semester for more projects next year — the group has plans to redesign the ND Mobile homepage, develop a prototype version of IrishGo and partner with Apple Inc. to host workshops in the bookstore.Grade: B+ Department of CommunicationsThis semester, Communications Department co-directors senior Peter Seidner and senior Vivian Nweze devoted their efforts to the McGavick-Gayheart platform promises of transparency and approachability. They accomplished this in a number of different ways, including by hosting “Lunches with Gates, Corey and Bri,” an event where 10 students are invited to lunch in North Dining Hall with the student government executives and are able to share their comments, concerns and suggestions with the current administration. Since launching the lunch initiative, the officers have met with about 80 students. The department has worked to uphold student government transparency by ensuring every senate meeting is streamed on Facebook Live. Next semester, the department is aiming to improve their social media presence on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.Grade: A- Department of Health and WellnessUnder the leadership of sophomore Grace Dean, the Department of Health and Wellness has been working to improve the overall physical and mental well-being of students in a variety of ways. Their main goal for the semester was to work with the University to expand student access to mental health resources. In an effort to partner with health groups on campus, they invited members of the mental health advocacy group Active Minds and several McWell Public Health fellows to sit on their committee. The department also worked with the Department of Student Life to create Campus Dining’s “Dining Hall Hack” contest and has hosted several successful events promoting student stress relief and mindfulness, such as “Macaroni & Chill” and “Berries on the Quad.” Finally, in terms of policy-making within student senate, they wrote and passed a resolution to encourage professors to include mental health resources on University syllabi.Grade: A- Dominique DeMoe | The Observer Tags: 2018 Student Government Insider, McGavick-Gayheart, Student government
About the Artist: With a desire to celebrate the magic of live theater and those who create it, and with a deep reverence for such touchstones as the work of Al Hirschfeld and the wall at Sardi’s, Squigs is happy and grateful to be among those carrying on the traditions where theater and caricature meet. He was born and raised in Oregon, lived in Los Angeles for quite a long time and now calls New York City his home. Show Closed This production ended its run on June 14, 2015 The Visit Related Shows The Visit, by John Kander, Fred Ebb and Terrence McNally, opens officially at the Lyceum Theatre on April 23. The John Doyle production stars Tony winners Chita Rivera and Roger Rees. To celebrate the musical’s big night, Broadway.com resident artist Justin “Squigs” Robertson penned this portrait of the entire cast.In addition to Rivera and Rees as Claire Zachannassian and Anton Schell, the sketch features Jason Danieley as Frederich, Mary Beth Peil as Matilde, John Riddle and Michelle Veintimilla as Young Anton and Claire, George Abud as Karl, Matthew Deming as Louis, Diana DiMarzio as Annie, David Garrison as Peter, Rick Holmes as Father Josef, Tom Nells as Rudi, Chris Newcomer as Jacob, Aaron Ramey as Otto, Elena Shaddow as Ottilie and Timothy Shew as Hans.Congratulations to the cast of The Visit. We tip our yellow hats to you! View Comments
Brazil is developing the curriculum for a new anti-narcotics police training center it plans to establish in the Bolivian city of Cochabamba — a direct result of the Bolivia-Brazil Action Plan aimed at fighting narcotrafficking. Police capacity building is a priority area established by the bilateral pact, which was signed Dec. 16, 2010, in Foz de Iguaçu, Brazil. The two South American neighbors are working closely with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) in La Paz to create the center, which will be run directly by UNASUR (Union of South American Nations). The idea is to turn this initial bilateral endeavor into a multilateral, UNASUR-wide initiative. “Cochabamba was chosen for its symbolic significance since it will be the seat of UNASUR’s parliament,” explained Murilo Komniski, an official at the Brazilian Embassy in La Paz. In the short term, 110 Bolivian police officers will receive training in Brazil to improve their skills in protecting border areas, sharing intelligence and controlling transit routes. The new Bolivia-based training center is a medium-term goal; courses are expected to commence in 2012. Brazil is working with its neighbor to combat the influx of drugs into its territory from Bolivia, which is a drug-producing as well as a transit country, with illicit production entering Bolivia from Peru en route to Brazil. This trend has been exacerbated by increased consumption in Brazil and Western Europe. Yet the drug trade is a regionwide menace, with more South American countries becoming production and transit points. A decade ago, drug violence was confined to Mexico, Central America and a few Andean countries. Today, Argentina, Brazil and even Chile are under siege by drug traffickers and associated violence. The new center will cooperate with an existing, international anti-narcotics police training center in Chimoré, Bolivia, known as Centro Garras de Valor. This center, located in the heart of a coca production area and supported by the U.S. Embassy in Bolivia, trains about 400 South American police officers a year in intensive three-month courses. “The idea is not to compete with or duplicate the courses provided in Chimoré but rather to complement them,” said Komniski, who heads the Brazilian Embassy’s Human Rights, Illicit Transnational and Social Issues sector in La Paz. He said the courses at Centro Garras are shorter in length and more practical in approach. Their focus is more situational, for example, combating trafficking in specific regions, gathering intelligence under special circumstances, and surviving in jungle terrain. The new center in Cochabamba, said Komniski, will provide longer courses with a broader, more academic focus. While the curriculum is still being designed, the idea is to ensure that human rights are addressed in all lectures about counternarcotics and public security. The course could last as long as two years with about 500 to 600 graduates per year. Course structure and curriculum contents are expected to be finalized by the end of this year. On Sept. 28, UNASUR will kick off a two-day Conference on Public Security and Human Rights in Cochabamba; its future police academy will certainly be on the agenda. Brazil is replicating its success in the setting up of a similar police academy in the West African nation of Guinea-Bissau last year with the cooperation of UNODC. Chronic political instability following a civil war period made Guinea-Bissau a hub of a new cocaine trafficking route from South America to supply growing demand for illegal drugs in Europe By Dialogo September 02, 2011
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A historic hurricane made landfall 75 years ago Saturday, lashing Long Island with whipping winds and torrential downpours that killed dozens and destroyed thousands of homes and summer cottages across the region.The deadly storm—dubbed Long Island Express—barreled into LI as Category 3 hurricane on Sept. 21, 1938. It slammed the area with such force that it formed 10 new inlets from Fire Island to East Hampton.The storm developed near Cape Verde Islands and charged through LI with 120 mph sustained winds that crushed homes and downed more than 20,000 miles of telephone lines, according to the National Weather Service.The hurricane was blamed for around 60 deaths on LI.It flooded coastal communities from Long Island to New England.The National Weather Service has created a 75th Anniversary page on its website, which features video footage from the storm, photos of the carnage and historical facts.The 75th anniversary of the Long Island Express comes a little more than a month before the one-year anniversary of Superstorm Sandy.
16SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Stuart R. Levine Founded in 1996, Stuart Levine & Associates LLC is an international strategic planning and leadership development company with focus on adding member value by strengthening corporate culture.SL&A … Web: www.Stuartlevine.com Details In your next presentation, what would happen if you tossed your PowerPoint slides and told a story instead? Although this drastic measure is probably not applicable to all situations, stories are more likely to be remembered and make people take action. Stories create a visual representation in the listener’s mind, and they activate the experiential centers of the brain. When the audience hears stories that touch emotion, they are remembered and are all the more effective. When the CEO or the company’s leaders share personal experience it is particularly powerful.All too often, instead of a personal touch, business people use an intellectual process to communicate, building their cases through facts and statistics. PowerPoint slides dryly describe the organization’s challenges, report its data, and communicate its plans and strategies to succeed. Agreed, your team needs facts and data that they can trust. Consider how a compelling story can convey needed information by incorporating your data and analyses. When done well, it will stimulate the audience’s energy and motivate them to act. When the CEO is faced with tough decisions, and needs to inspire the leadership team and the organization to act, a clear and frank story can drive new ways of thinking and behaviors. Painting only a positive picture not only loses the audience’s interest, but also does not ring true. Stories describing deeply human life experiences, especially the struggle against adverse forces, energizes the storyteller and the audience alike. There is neither exaggeration nor minimization of the situation. Examples and narratives that involve real people will convey meaning and are more likely to spur action, even more so when delivered from a person in authority.Years ago, I became the CEO of a company with a very well respected name and a mission of personal development and organizational learning. It was facing an increasingly difficult, changing market environment. New competitors entered the field and new delivery technologies were emerging. We did not have the capital to deploy strategic acquisition as a solution, nor to advertise our way out of the problem. Instead our team developed a vision of what was needed to compete and grow by engaging each other in relentlessly honest communication in an environment of trust. This difficult process brought us to understand what was needed, and what each person’s role would be as we moved forward. All levels of the organization understood our honest story of the difficult business situation. Yes, data and analyses underpinned our strategy and supported the story of the great effort needed to transform the organization in order to survive and thrive. Our stories helped crystallize the effect of change and inspired confidence during those tough times. My personal stories were from the perspective of a parent and a spouse, and not just the CEO. Clear personal communication engaged our organization in the conversation. It was a powerful way to bring the strategic vision to employees. They needed extraordinary energy to fundamentally rethink and reshape the business while continuing to run it day to day. PowerPoint slides were not required, just our clear, honest, and personal stories.
Murray, a two-times champion at Cincinnati, was on Monday awarded a wildcard at the Western & Southern Open which has the likes of Novak Djokovic, Rafa Nadal and Daniil Medvedev also in the field.Mandatory quarantine would rule out players’ participation in other ATP and WTA claycourt events scheduled in Europe before the French Open from the end of September.The two major claycourt events in the leadup to Roland Garros are in Madrid (Sept. 13-20) and Rome (Sept. 20-27).While Spain does not require mandatory quarantine, Italy would need travellers to quarantine for 14 days if coming from the US The USTA has said the organizers are working with relevant authorities to resolve issues. Players need assurance that they would not face mandatory quarantine upon returning to Europe from the US Open before travelling to New York amid the COVID-19 pandemic, former world number one Andy Murray has said.Organizers United States Tennis Association (USTA) will set up a strict bio-security ‘bubble’ to minimize the risk of contracting the novel coronavirus during the Grand Slam, which will be played from Aug. 31-Sept. 13.The Western & Southern Open, which was relocated from Cincinnati this year because of COVID-19, will also be held in New York from Aug. 20-28 and will serve as a tune-up for the hardcourt Grand Slam. “My understanding is that it would be sorted before we go to America. But things can change in the next 10 to 12 days,” Murray told British media.”Hopefully before we leave, the players will have the assurances that, when they come back from America, they won’t have to quarantine for two weeks.”If that is the case, and if you do well in the US Open, you can’t just arrive on the Sunday before the French Open starts on the Monday. That’s not going to work.”Unites States has over 4.68 million confirmed cases of COVID-19 with more than 155,000 deaths.Murray, a three-times Grand Slam winner, has not played competitively since November due to hip problems but took part in some exhibition events recently with the professional circuit shut.The 33-year-old said he is willing to take the travel “risk” as he missed playing in big events.”The situation I’ve been in the last few years, I’ve not had opportunity to play in many Slams. I don’t know how many I’ll have left,” Murray said.”So, while I’m feeling relatively decent … obviously there is a risk there, but I want to try and play in them and enjoy the biggest events again.” Topics :
Evander Holyfield has revealed he is in negotiations with former rival Mike Tyson over a trilogy bout and the pair are close to agreeing a deal.Tyson has been teasing a comeback on social media over the past month and has said he would be open to fighting in four round exhibition bouts for charity. Holyfield, who famously had part of his ear bitten off by Tyson in their 1997 rematch, had also been pondering a comeback and is hoping to fight Iron Mike in a charity exhibition for his foundation.Holyfield said: “His people have been talking to my people and we haven’t yet got a solid deal together, but it’s coming that way.“If it happens, then that’s no problem.“The thing is, he was doing something and I was doing something.“When I told people about it, they saw me working out and they kind of put two and two together. “They must be coming together to do this.“But the fact of the matter is, I don’t mind if we do do something like this.“I’d been telling people that I wanted to start doing exhibitions, meaning that with my foundation, the Holyfield Foundation, I wanted to help the kids.“I wanted to come back and be able to show the kids that if you take care of your body at a young age, if you don’t get bad habits, then at an old age you ain’t got to be worried about what type of person you’re going to be.”However, Carl Froch has warned Tyson against accepting a third fight against Holyfield, saying: “I mean if you’re in your 30s and been retired a year or two I’d say no, don’t bother, because you can never be what you was. “During your 50s you should not even be considering it.“I’ve seen Mike Tyson, he looks explosive and he looks fantastic for the five second clip I’ve seen of him on Instagram.“But we’re talking about three minute rounds for 12 rounds or a two minute round if it’s professional boxing.“There’s a reason why these people retire, because they can’t do it anymore.”RelatedPosts Mike Tyson comeback fight postponed Mike Tyson beats up seven prostitutes Mike Tyson to face Roy Jones Jr —Tags: Evander Holyfieldmike tysonTrilogy fight
“We lost Mama (Sakho) in a perfect situation, he came back (against Watford) and of course had problems because it was the worst game for all of us. “Now Dejan has not a had a long break, he was in perfect shape before he left now we have to see what will happen. “I would like to defend a 1-0 but not always strike back after a 0-1. We need to be concentrated from the first second.” Saturday will be Liverpool’s first match at Anfield since Klopp’s well-publicised salute to the Kop when he encouraged all his players to hold hands and thank the fans for the support they showed in cheering the side on as they snatched a last-gasp draw against the Baggies. He was surprised to find himself roundly criticised after that action was interpreted as celebrating a point at home to a mid-table side but the German’s motives were part of a strategy aimed at garnering greater affinity between players and fans. “It is really interesting for me as it is the first time in my life I have lived in a foreign country and I thought I knew a lot about England because I’ve been here a few times and I enjoyed it always,” he said. “We look similar but it seems in some ways we are really different. “It was a decision in the moment, I never planned it and thought ‘If we made a draw against West Brom maybe we should’. “I would like to be cooler but I am pretty emotional, you can see it in my face sometimes. “Sometimes I laugh more than I should, sometimes I look more angry than I should and sometimes no one knows what my face should mean. “I like to be close with the fans but it is not a thing from one side, I cannot say, ‘Come on, let’s do this together’ we have to build it up. That is how it should be in football. “For me it is always a common fight, always together.” Leicester’s visit presents a significant challenge for Klopp’s side but he stressed that should not come as a shock to anyone now. “I am not surprised any more, no one is surprised any more, this is really quality and it is deserved,” he said of the Foxes. The German has half-a-dozen senior players unavailable as he heads into a period of nine matches in 31 days as centre-back Martin Skrtel was the latest to be added to the list with a hamstring problem which is likely to sideline him for six weeks. Striker Daniel Sturridge was effectively ruled out of the festive programme after Klopp said his recovery from a hamstring injury sustained at Newcastle at the start of the month would probably take at least a further 10 days, pushing back his previously anticipated return. Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp will not allow injuries to be an excuse as he seeks to turn around their dip in form. Midfielder James Milner also misses the Boxing Day visit of Premier League leaders Leicester – although goalkeeper Simon Mignolet and defender Dejan Lovren will return – as Klopp attempts to arrest a sequence of four matches without a win, the worst run of his short time in charge. “Daniel is still doing his little pre-season, his intensive training, and he will do this for seven, eight, nine or 10 days and then we will see what happens then,” said the Reds boss. “Martin is now missing and that is not perfect but it is not our place to complain about this. “Martin is a tough guy and he usually recovers quick but we can’t put pressure on him. “We have to wait a few weeks and that is bad news for us.” It is also bad news defensively as Liverpool have shipped seven goals in their last three league matches, two apiece to Newcastle and West Brom and three at Watford – the first inside three minutes – last weekend. Klopp is desperate for his side to become more resilient and but knows an ever-changing backline does not help. “I would like to change centre-halves sometimes because of the big number of games but not because we have to only because we want to and that is what we couldn’t do in the last few weeks because one of the boys was injured,” he added. Press Association
highlights For all the Latest Sports News News, Tennis News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. Montreal: World number two Rafael Nadal said that he and long-time rival Roger Federer made a joint decision to stand for the ATP Player Council. The 33-year-old Spaniard, an 18-time Grand Slam singles winner, confirmed the choice by the pair of icons at the ATP Montreal Masters after reaching the quarter-finals by beating Argentina’s Guido Pella 6-3 6-4 on Thursday. Federer, a 20-time Slam singles champion, and Nadal were elected by fellow players to fill two of the vacancies caused by the resignations of Robin Haase, Jamie Murray and Sergiy Stakhovsky prior to Wimbledon. “We decided to be together out there,” Nadal said. “I will not be alone there. He will not be alone there. Both of us can (combine to) be a good power, good help for the sport in some way — hopefully in a better way. We are here to help and to know a little bit better what’s going on. Last year have been some up and downs in a lot of things.” Controversy has arisen over the past months concerning various issues, with ATP Council president Novak Djokovic often on the opposite side of discussions from Nadal and Federer. The world number one Serb has clashed with many fellow players with disagreements centred on the decision to dispense with the services of ATP chief executive Chris Kermode, a popular figure in tennis. Splits widened at Wimbledon when Djokovic was taken to task over his relationship with the disgraced Justin Gimelstob. Former player Gimelstob, who has sat on the player council, pleaded no contest to assault charges in Los Angeles earlier this year for attacking a man in front of his wife and children at Halloween in 2018. Djokovic has come under fire for refusing to rule out a possible return to the board for Gimelstob. “I have a friendly relationship with Justin,” said Djokovic at Wimbledon. An ATP spokesman said that Nadal and Federer, who turned 38 Thursday, will begin their roles with immediate effect and will serve until the end of the existing term, which runs through to Wimbledon next year. Important things to do “(There have been some) tough moments in terms of discussions — a lot of important things to have to be done,” Nadal said in a vague reference to various ATP situations. “I will try and give my opinion after more than 15 years on the tour. I can probably give a different perspective on how the game has to be or things that we can add. It’s just trying to help the game to be better. If I am there, I believe that I can be helpful.” Djokovic, who won his 16th Slam singles crown last month at Wimbledon, will try to defend his title at the upcoming US Open. “Novak has been there for a while. We have been there in the past. It’s good that players are interested in what’s going on in our sport,” Nadal said. “(Over) all of our careers, Roger and I cared a lot about this sport. There are a lot of things that have been going on. We want to be part of it. That’s why we are there now.” Roger Federer has won 20 Grand Slam titles.Rafael Nadal has won 18 while Novak Djokovic has won 16.Novak Djokovic defeated Roger Federer in Wimbledon.
The quiet city of Uyo, the capital of Akwa Ibom State, erupted with ecstasy moments the long awaited UEFA Champions League Tour got underway yesterday morning when former Barcelona defender Carles Puyol brought the famous Big Ears, the UEFA Champions League trophy sponsored by Heineken to the public glare.The symbolic entry first at the Emerald Event Centre where the world press conference took place was backed by an ensemble of former Nigeria internationals; Austin Jay Jay Okocha, Mutiu Adepoju Austin Eguavoen and ‘Gentle Giant’ Uche Okechukwu, Puyol held aloft the UCL trophy on stage for the first public view of the iconic UEFA Champions League trophy.The three-time winner of the Champions League with FC Barcelona, Puyol addressed the gathering that also had in attendance, indigenes of the state. He explained that his excitement at coming to Uyo and being able to see the Super Eagles legends who he played against as the Star Shine Shine Bobo Team during the ‘Unmissable Game’ at the Uyo International Stadium later in the day.“I am very happy to be here in Nigeria for the UEFA Champions League Tour and I am very excited for the match tonight,” Puyol remarked.He also stated that the Champions League always holds great memories for him and he is happy to continuously be associated with the competition.“The title in 2006 was significant for me because Barcelona had not won the Champions League for a long time. It also has extra significance because my father actually came to the stadium to see me play before he died,” he explained as the audience all applauded the emotion family moment shared.Nigeria Breweries MD, Jordi Borrut-Bel expressed the delight of the company at bringing the ‘Unmissable Match’ to Uyo in partnership with the state government.Marketing Director Emmanuel Oriakhi stated that Uyo is the perfect place to be for football in Nigeria and remains excited that the city’s residents turned out en-masse for the event.Later in the afternoon before the ‘Unmissable’ match, the officials of Nigerian Breweries with the Ambassador paid a courtesy visit to the State Governor, Udom Emmanuel and thereafter it was the turn of the general public to have a fair share of the excitement powered by Heineken when the iconic Big Ear went on road show which afforded the passionate fans to have a view of the trophy before the final destination to the stadium for the football match.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram