first_imgClaire Kelsey Two boxers engage in competition at the 2016 Baraka Bouts tournament, which raised $62,000 for Holy Cross Missions. This year’s tournament has already surpassed that total, having earned $90,000.Now in its 15th year, Baraka Bouts will feature 120 amateur fighters over the course of three days to raise money for the Holy Cross Missions in East Africa, third-year law student and vice president of Women’s Boxing Club Ashley Berding said. So far, the club has raised $90,000, surpassing last year’s total of $62,000, and all proceeds will be used to build a new dormitory for a secondary school in Uganda, she said.The tournament seeks to build camaraderie through boxing and charity, Berding said.“The camaraderie and sportsmanship of everybody there creates a very unique and all-encompassing experience,” she said. “It’s not just about you. It’s also about your teammates and the mission.”Berding said boxing gives participants the opportunity to gain confidence both in and out of the ring.“It’s so rewarding to see someone come in who says, ‘I can’t do this. I don’t think I can do this,’ and then by the end of the season they’re confident,” she said. “Seeing them build that confidence is something that, especially as woman, is hard to gain. Being able to get over that mental hurdle is something they can take to other aspects of their life that have nothing to do with boxing.”Club sports program coordinator Nathan Walker said he observes development and improvement in participants.“Seeing the growth and maturity over the course of a season and career, the self-confidence and personal drive that they have — those are experiences, and those are intangible things that they will be able to take with them beyond boxing,” Walker said.The amateur atmosphere of Baraka Bouts creates a friendly and encouraging atmosphere in a sport infamous for its individualism, senior and captain Joy Choe said.“We all start from the same point,” Choe said. “At first, you’re very scared — ‘I’m going to go into a ring and we’re going to start hitting each other.’ It’s scary, but it’s also very exciting.”The supportive environment propels participants to success, Choe said.“When we’re doing our workouts, we’re very encouraging of each other,” Choe said. “As your confidence grows, so does your confidence and trust in your partner. You know you can handle it, and you know your opponent can handle it.”Normally held at the fieldhouse in the Joyce Center, the Bouts had to be moved due to construction, Berding said. The new location of the Bouts is much smaller, but the size of the Dahnke Ballroom will add to the excitement of the fights, she said.“When the Duncan Center was put onto the table, we were really excited,” Berding said. “Everything is going to be set up a little bit different. It might be a little more intimate feeling because the fieldhouse is so huge. It’s going to be a very exciting feel.”Berding said participating in the tournament gives her an indescribable rush, though she will not be doing so this year.“It is an outstanding experience,” she said. “There is nothing quite like being under the lights in front of a bunch of you family, friends and teammates. We do a lot to prepare people, but the excitement and the and the anxiety is just a whole new feeling. It is very, very rewarding.”The quarterfinals of Baraka Bouts begin Monday at 6 p.m. Tickets are available at the door or from any boxer and provide admission to all three rounds of the tournament.Tags: Baraka Bouts, Boxing, Dahnke Ballroom, duncan student center, Holy Cross Missions Baraka Bouts, the annual women’s boxing tournament hosted by the Notre Dame Women’s Boxing Club, is slated to begin this evening at the Dahnke Ballroom of the new Duncan Student Center.last_img read more

first_imgBoeing and the plaintiffs’ lawyers agreed to brief the court on the outcome of a conference call with NTSB assistant general counsel Benjamin Allen scheduled for Thursday. Chicago-based Boeing is in the process of settling a separate batch of lawsuits related to the Lion Air crash, but families of the Ethiopian crash are seeking a jury trial. Following 737 MAX testimony from Boeing executives at congressional hearings in Washington, Ethiopian crash victim lawyers want to know whether the planemaker hid materials.Dan Webb, a lawyer for Boeing, rejected in court the notion that documents have been hidden, saying that some “haven’t been produced yet.” “Boeing takes very seriously its legal obligations and is working with the plaintiffs in good faith, and consistent with our obligations as a technical advisor to the NTSB, to provide the information they need to pursue their claims,” the company said in an emailed statement, adding that it was cooperating fully with investigative authorities. A Lion Air investigation faulted Boeing’s design of the 737 MAX but said the airline also made mistakes. The Ethiopian probe is still ongoing, nearly a year after the crash.Topics : “They’re hot documents,” Robert Clifford, lead counsel for the plaintiffs, told reporters, saying some show what and when Boeing knew about factors that played a role in the Lion Air accident. Boeing has argued that the US National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is restricting release of the documents under international guidelines on crash probes and that they are confidential. The plane, once Boeing’s fastest-selling jet, has been grounded globally since mid-March while Boeing addresses software and training issues involved in both disasters, costing the planemaker nearly $19 billion. The NTSB seemed to switch its stance on some of the documents in a Feb. 18 letter to Boeing, one topic of Wednesday’s hearing in US federal court in Chicago before US Magistrate Judge David Weisman.  Boeing Co and lawyers representing families of victims of a 737 MAX crash agreed in court on Wednesday to hold a conference call with US government crash probe authorities over access to documents related to the now-grounded aircraft’s design, development and two fatal disasters involving it.Boeing has resisted sharing documents sought by lawyers representing families of victims of an Ethiopian Airlines 737 MAX crash on March 10, which killed 157 people five months after a similar Lion Air disaster in which 189 people died. The lawyers, who are asking why the MAX continued flying after the first crash, say the materials are critical for assessing liability by Boeing and punitive damages. last_img read more

first_imgPierre-Emerick Aubameyang has told Arsenal fans his love for the club has kept him committed to the Gunners.Advertisement The Emirates skipper has been linked with a move away from North London after suggestions he is not happy at Arsenal. But the striker has dismissed any talk of him walking out of the Gunners and demanded the focus be on his performances on the pitch.He said: “I would like to react to some of the rumours that are going around about in the media.“People like making up stories and they should focus on what’s happening on the pitch.“They talk too much and it does my head in!“I am Arsenal captain. I love this club. I am committed to it and desperate to bring it back to the top, where it belongs.”Aubameyang has scored in two of Mikel Arteta’s three games in charge at the Emirates, but was not on the scoresheet in their 2-0 win against Manchester United.The 30-year-old forward revealed new Gunners boss Arteta has brought the squad “closer together” since he took over from Unai Emery.And the good spirits were being played out in the dressing last week.Aubameyang explained: “Finally, the win arrived at home.“We were so happy. I put the music back on after the game in the dressing room and it felt so good. Read Also: FA Cup: Arteta furious as Arsenal edge past Leeds“You can tell the whole squad feels so positive and encouraged by the last three games.“We’re ready to give everything we have and the bad period we just had, alongside Mikel Arteta’s arrival and his new message, has brought us closer together as a squad as well.” Loading… Promoted ContentThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A TattooEver Thought Of Sleeping Next To Celebs? This Guy Will Show YouBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made8 Shows That Went From “Funny” To “Why Am I Watching This”10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way8 Fascinating Facts About Coffee7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterStunning Wedding Looks From Around The WorldTop 8 Most Fun Sylvester Stallone Movies FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Editor’s note: Beat writers Stephen Bailey and David Wilson were assigned to take a side on whether or not Syracuse will finish undefeated. Click here for David’s take.PITTSBURGH — Lamar Patterson called it fate. Tyler Ennis’ heave. Syracuse’s escape from the Pete. The mass silencing of the Steel City.It was meant to be.Maybe it was lucky — SU head coach Jim Boeheim admitted there was an element of luck to the 35-foot buzzer-beater — but to say it was unfathomable would be wrong.Sure, the Panthers outplayed the Orange. And sure, 4.4 seconds from the opposite baseline isn’t exactly the ideal setup.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textBut for the best late-game team in the country, and a freshman with as much poise as any player in the nation, it was plenty of time to get a decent shot.“The more plays you make in late-game situations, the more confidence you have that you’re going to make those plays in late-game situations,” Boeheim said.No. 1 Syracuse (24-0, 11-0 Atlantic Coast) seems to find a new way to win every close game it encounters. With a cast of clutch contributors, it’s hard to foresee any team beating the Orange in the regular season.Ennis: the seemingly limitless rookie who committed his first turnover in the final five minutes of any game this season against Pitt. C.J. Fair: the stoic senior who somehow, someway always comes through from the baseline. Jerami Grant: the superhuman athlete who regularly soars through the lane and into SportsCenter’s Top 10. Rakeem Christmas: the resilient rim protector whose improvement this season rivals that of any player in the nation.It’s an unflinching crew that’s survived a heart-stopping Rasheed Sulaimon buzzer-beater, a 25-7 game-opening run from then-No. 8 Villanova on Dec. 28 and a second-half barrage of Patterson 3-pointers when SU and Pitt met in the Carrier Dome on Jan. 18.After all the Orange has been through, Grant’s sure this team can win out.“I feel like we can win every game,” Grant said. “If we can go undefeated then we do. I don’t think it would be surprising at a point like this.”Looking at it from a non-fate-based perspective, the Orange has two legitimate tests remaining in its final seven games: at No. 8 Duke on Feb. 22 and at No. 17 Virginia on March 1.The Blue Devils will be out for revenge after a trio of Grant dunks brought SU back in overtime. In that period, Ennis made two free throws while Christmas blocked his sixth shot of the game, deflecting a violent Rodney Hood dunk attempt with 13 seconds left.Virginia, however, is a new foe. The Cavaliers are the only one-loss team in the ACC, and one that’s won eight straight — also slipping by Pitt on a Malcolm Brogdon last-second 3-pointer on Feb. 2.It’s hard to imagine either game being anything but two more grind-it-out affairs. But Fair said he wouldn’t have it any other way.“That brings the best out of us,” Fair said. “We don’t want anything easy. We want to take everything.”Players agreed they aren’t looking past any opponent. Not 16-8 North Carolina State on Saturday, and not 6-18 Boston College on Wednesday.Some of the more inferior teams have given the Orange good fights this year.But it’s not closeness of any games that matter. It’s the score in the final five minutes.Syracuse is outscoring ACC opponents 109-82 at the end of games.Starting with a comeback win over St. Francis on Nov. 18, the Orange has gritted out seven two-possession victories this season, including three against ranked opponents and two away from home.“In all reality, if we just played pretty good at the end of games, we’d be 20-4 or 19-5, maybe,” Boeheim said.But Ennis has been impeccable and Fair has been unstoppable. The duo combined for 10 points in the final 1:42 against Pittsburgh, cementing the team’s top ranking and thickening the aura of invincibility that surrounds the program.Whether you believe it’s fate or not, Syracuse will finish the regular season undefeated.Said Boeheim: “It’s just been that kind of a team. They’ve made plays when they’ve had to make plays on both ends.”Stephen Bailey is the sports editor at The Daily Orange, where his column appears occasionally. He can be reached at [email protected] and on Twitter at @Stephen_Bailey1 Published on February 14, 2014 at 1:11 amcenter_img Commentslast_img read more

first_imgThe United States embassy in Port au Prince has warned Haitians to be wary of “malicious individuals’ promising jobs and other economic opportunities.In a statement, the Embassy said that it does not ask job applicants for money, ever and that “if you are asked for money to apply or to accept a job offer or start training, do not pay. It is a scam.“The Embassy does not make unsolicited job offers. The Embassy only chooses applicants who have submitted applications and who have had an in-person interview. If you have not applied for a job, then the job offer is a scam.”It said all Embassy jobs are advertised on its website, adding “if you do not see the job advertised there, it is not a real job.“Any emails about Embassy jobs would come from our Human Resources Department (HR). The email will be from a State.gov email account. It will NOT be from a Gmail, Yahoo, Hotmail, Twitter, Skype, Instagram, or Facebook account,” the US embassy said.The embassy also encouraged applicants to contact them via email at [email protected] if they received a job offer.last_img read more