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Bengal Bouts fighters reflect on service abroad

first_imgWhile fans in attendance at last week’s Bengal Bouts finals believed they were witnessing the end of a four-month boxing season, the men in the ring, gasping and bleeding for a common cause, saw something quite different — another beginning to the larger, seemingly endless fight to protect Christian minorities in Bangladesh.According to Bengal Bouts captain senior Cam Nolan, Bangladesh has a population of around 170 million people but is only around the size of Wisconsin, making the country densely populated. Since Christians make up only about a half percent of the country’s population and are often not ethnically Bengali, these Christian tribal groups rarely have access to the same resources and privileges of other residents of the country.“Their government doesn’t even acknowledge they exist basically,” two-time Bengal Bouts boxer junior Chris Lembo said. “They don’t give them any public or private education, any healthcare, any help in the law system or anything. So they’re basically seen as non-existent to anyone.”Helping to combat this injustice are the Holy Cross missions in Bangladesh, who, using the money generated through the Bengal Bouts tournament — including over $137,000 from this season alone — are able to successfully support these struggling communities in areas the local government has consistently failed, Nolan said.“The Holy Cross educates them, they give them a church, they give them a community [and] they represent them in court,” Nolan said. “They are a power to be dealt with, and they protect a lot of these people that are underprivileged and would otherwise be harassed and taken advantage of.”Nolan and Lembo, who traveled to Bangladesh as part of an ISSLP program in the summers of 2016 and 2018 respectively, volunteered as English teachers for the tribal children while at these various parishes and hostels. However — whether it was playing soccer with the students after class or sharing a meal with the village in the evening — the two men said they learned through their experience their role as a teacher was often secondary to their role as a fellow human being.“The hardest part of it is you quickly realize that you don’t get to change the world,” Nolan said. “The biggest thing you can do is simply be present, I’d say. You know, how much is two months of English really going to change these kids’ lives? Not a lot, but you get to see what the funds have done for the past 89 years and will continue to do. So, it’s really just about being present, bearing witness and having the experience and coming back to Notre Dame fully committed to Bengal Bouts, fully committed to making sure this club survives.”Nolan said coming to terms with this realization and learning to accept the village’s generosity was challenging after seeing the intense poverty of the local families, many of whom live in mud houses and survive on a household income of only around one U.S. dollar per day, Lembo said.“It tears at your heart ‘cause you’re like, ‘No, don’t love me. I want to love you. I want to serve you,’” Nolan said. “And you spend so much of the summer being served by these people and eventually you just have to allow yourself to accept love because that’s honestly the most you can do to them, is to be a gracious guest sometimes. That’s all you can do. And that was such a weird paradoxical lesson to learn. God, that was difficult. … That was difficult.”In the classroom, Lembo said his average day with the students consisted of roughly two hours of English lessons followed by an hour or two of dancing, playing games and, of course, boxing. Interacting with the students in these ways produced a wide array of memorable moments, one of which Lembo said was one of the highlights of his life.“The kids at the end of the class were begging [him and his co-teacher Ben] to sing. … We were like, ‘No, you guys have to sing for us first.’ And they agreed,” Lembo said. “And all at once, in unison, they sang the Notre Dame alma mater, like, to us. To us. We asked them to sing for us and they sang our alma mater, and we actually started crying. … I couldn’t believe it.”Nolan said the true impact of his time in Bengal Bouts did not fully register to him until this year’s tournament when, after advancing through the quarterfinals, he came up short in a hard-fought semifinal matchup, ending his boxing career at Notre Dame.“As soon as I was done … I knew I lost. He was better than me, and I was fine with that. But I just wanted to cry,” Nolan said. “And it was ‘cause I felt this metaphysical bond between myself and this experience that I had after freshman year. The door was finally, in so many ways, closed. That I was driven to love the club. I was driven to fundraise. I was driven to train and teach all these kids in the Bengal Bouts program because of this love for these kids [in Bangladesh]. … And it was heartbreaking, but I was telling myself, ‘I hope it’s enough. I hope I’ve served you well.’”(Editor’s note: A previous version of this article incorrectly identified a competitor’s year. The Observer regrets this error.)Tags: Bangladesh, Bengal Bouts, Bengal Bouts 2019, ISSLP, servicelast_img read more

The Brazilian Army and Navy Conduct a River Patrol with the Colombian Army

first_imgBy Dialogo August 25, 2011 Members of the Missões Task Force – part of the 6th Jungle Infantry Brigade – and of Task Force 451 (Brazilian Navy) have conducted a joint river patrol with Colombian Army personnel along the course of the Traira River, a dangerous border region between the two countries. The 4th Army Aviation Battalion, headquartered in Manaus, also participated in the operation. Twenty years ago, on 26 February 1991, this area was the site of attacks by FARC (Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia) guerrillas on a Brazilian Army border post, causing the deaths of three soldiers and wounding another 29, in addition to the theft of weapons, ammunition, supplies, and equipment. The Brazilian Government then immediately transferred Special Forces Brigade troops and Army Aviation helicopters, Air Force transport and fighter planes, and Navy river resources. A search was conducted in the Amazon jungle, known as “Operation Traira,” ending with the recovery of the stolen weapons and the deaths of 21 FARC guerrillas. A sizeable group of guerrillas was also captured, who after being interrogated, were extradited to Colombia, where they were tried and convicted.last_img read more

Tropical Storm Eta Heads Toward South Florida After Strengthening

first_img– Advertisement – Tropical Storm Eta, the 28th named storm of this year’s busy hurricane season, has strengthened and is expected to bring strong winds, heavy rains and dangerous storm surge to the Florida Keys and South Florida by late Sunday, the National Hurricane Center said.Eta devastated portions of Central America, where it started Tuesday as a Category 4 hurricane, leaving more than 50 dead in its wake before weakening to a tropical depression. The storm passed over the Cayman Islands and the northwestern Bahamas on Saturday and made landfall on the south-central coast of Cuba early Sunday morning.- Advertisement – Eta made landfall in Nicaragua as a Category 4 hurricane, bringing devastation to portions of Central America with winds of up to 140 m.p.h. and heavy rainfall that reached 35 inches in some areas.Flooding and mudslides contributed to at least 57 deaths in Guatemala, the country’s president, Alejandro Giammattei, said at a news conference on Thursday. One mudslide buried 25 houses with dozens trapped inside, according to The Associated Press.Two miners were killed in mudslides in Nicaragua, The A.P. reported. In Honduras, a 12-year-old girl was killed when she became trapped in a mudslide.The storm was downgraded to a tropical depression as it traveled over mountainous terrain, Mr. Feltgen said, but by Saturday it had strengthened again into a tropical storm.With Eta, the unusually busy 2020 season tied the record for the most storms with 2005, when Hurricanes Katrina, Rita and Wilma battered the Gulf Coast. That year, so many storms grew strong enough to be named that meteorologists had to resort to the Greek alphabet after exhausting the list of rotating names maintained by the World Meteorological Organization. A tropical storm warning was in effect for South Florida, from the Brevard and Volusia County line to Englewood, including Florida Bay and Lake Okeechobee.Dennis Feltgen, a meteorologist and spokesman at the National Hurricane Center in Miami, said the storm had expanded since it hit Central America. Eta’s zigzag path, steered by high and low pressure systems, was not uncommon for storms that form later in the season, he said.Forecasters predict six to 12 inches of rain, with isolated instances of 18 inches possible, in parts of South and Central Florida. Tropical storm force winds were expected to arrive in Florida by Sunday night.- Advertisement – It was expected to bring tropical storm conditions, including heavy rains and dangerous flooding, as it approached the Florida Keys and South Florida, according to a National Hurricane Center advisory issued on Sunday morning.The storm could reach hurricane strength by the time it hits Florida, the center said.A hurricane watch was in effect for the Florida coast from Deerfield Beach to Bonita Beach, and for the Florida Keys, from Ocean Reef to the Dry Tortugas, including Florida Bay.center_img “We always say there’s no such thing as just a tropical storm,” Mr. Feltgen said. “You can get some very serious impacts from a tropical storm. This is a very big, very serious rainfall event.” “We had some pretty heavy rain on the grounds here in October, so the ground is already pretty saturated,” Mr. Feltgen said. “We’re looking at the potential for a lot of urban flooding around here.”On Sunday morning, the storm was 60 miles southwest of Camaguey, Cuba, and 280 miles south-southeast of Miami. It was traveling northeast at about 12 miles per hour with wind speeds of 60 m.p.h., the advisory said. – Advertisement –last_img read more

Ashtenne to take over Cleveland for £33m

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Four inner-city Art Deco one bedders hit the market

first_img1-4/549 Brunswick St, New Farm. 1-4/549 Brunswick St, New Farm.FOUR one-bedroom apartments on the ground floor of an Art Deco complex have hit the market in one of Brisbane’s most popular inner-city suburbs.The boutique apartments at 1-4/549 Brunswick Street, New Farm, have the same layout, with open-plan kitchen, lounge and dining room, hallway storage, bedroom and contemporary bathroom with laundry. Each residence captures charming old-world elegance with classic architectural elements, including polished timber floors, high ceilings, decorative cornices and ornate windows.Modern refurbishments complement the apartments, particularly in the kitchens which have been updated to include ample cabinetry, tiled splashbacks and quality appliances such as gas cooktops and ovens. 1-4/549 Brunswick St, New Farm.A nearby CityCat terminal ensures easy Brisbane River transport to the CBD, while New Farm Park is a stroll away.Listing agent Aaron Woolard said these four apartments offered the perfect chance for new buyers or experienced investors to gain reliable residential properties with considerable returns.“Graced with enduring sophistication and an unbeatable locale, each apartment meets all the living requirements of young professionals and couples seeking Brisbane’s alluring inner-city lifestyle,” he said. Mr Woolard said it was a once-in-a-lifetime find in the current housing market, and these apartments were proven investment properties with future potential. More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home2 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor2 hours ago1-4/549 Brunswick St, New Farm.A central hallway ties the floorplan together, separating the lounge and dining space from the bedroom. The well-lit bedroom has a bright palette and enjoys convenient access to the bathroom and laundry. The bathroom features decorative tiles as well as a combined shower and bathtub and mirrored vanity. All four apartments have access to a covered car park at the rear of the complex. Surrounded by established gardens, the apartment complex has a serene living atmosphere and timeless grandeur. It is close to New Farm’s renowned restaurants, shops and bars, along with the James St entertaining precinct and Brunswick Street Mall. 1-4/549 Brunswick St, New Farm.last_img read more

You don’t need cold hard cash to buy this rural property, Bitcoin will seal the deal for you

first_imgWooroonooran Falls at BabindaA SLICE of Far North paradise can now be purchased for Bitcoin, a digital currency that has soared in value over the past 12 months.In a move rarely seen in Australian real estate, the owner of the majestic 32ha property known as “Wooroonooran Falls” has made his home available for 100 Bitcoin (BTC).At the foot of Mt Bellenden Ker, the property has an asking price of $1.2 million. “After extensive research the seller has decided that the digital currency offers significant chance of appreciation over the coming weeks, and buyers at the current price would get a discount on the asking price by paying in Bitcoin,” said selling agent Cheyenne Morrison, of LJ Hooker Cairns South. The value of Bitcoin has increased dramatically recently, and at the time of going to press was more than $10,700 for 1BTC.Mr Morrison said listing the property through Bitcoin opened up a whole new market of potential buyers.“I believe this will be the first property advertised for sale via Bitcoin in Cairns,” the agent said.“The seller and I are both big advocates of Bitcoin, and have personally invested in the crypto currency. More from newsCairns home ticks popular internet search terms3 days agoTen auction results from ‘active’ weekend in Cairns3 days ago“It was my idea to offer the property for 100BTC because of the recent swath of publicity about Bitcoin, and the seller was enthusiastic about the idea.“Up until six months ago the value of Bitcoin was just bouncing along, and now it has gone through the roof.“There’s a lot of people in Australia who have Bitcoin, so you just never know who might come along.” Bitcoin is a digital currency.Mr Morrison said the property, which includes its own waterfall and a Queenslander-style house, had attracted a foreign buyer but the deal fell through.Owner Rod Overell previously told the Cairns Post that he felt like a “custodian” of the property.“I want to let it go to someone else who will be able to appreciate it,” he said. “It’s just a wonderful place – all you can hear in the afternoon is the chorus of bird life.” For more information about “Wooroonooran Falls”, call Cheyenne Morrison on 0479 054 972.last_img read more

Above average price growth is a homeowner’s dream. These are the Brisbane suburbs that have exceeded expectations

first_img2 Fairleigh St, Windsor. Picture: realestate.com.auThe three-bedroom Queenslander has high, pressed metal ceilings, timber floors and coloured glass windows. There is a separate lounge room and a combined kitchen and dining room. It is listed for sale through Garry Jones and Mark Waldron of McGrath Estate Agents – Wilston.At Wynnum, buyers looking to spend more than $2 million could be in the ballpark for this home at 6 Alverna Close.The five-bedroom house has panoramic views of the bay and islands. 31 Musgrave Rd, Toowong.Suzy Roden has lived in her house at 31 Musgrave St, Toowong, since 1999.Her home is listed for sale through Ryan Smith of RE/MAX Profile Real Estate. It has views to Mt Coot-tha and the city, and is on 866sq m.More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North1 hour agoNew apartments released at idyllic retirement community Samford Grove Presented by Ms Roden said they built the house 18 years ago. With her children now older, she was downsizing and said it was good news to hear that the market was performing well in the area. She said the home was “very private but it is still really close to everything’’.“In this area, one of the good things is it is really close to the city,’’ she said.The home has a flexible floorplan and multiple undercover decks. There is parking for two cars, an audio system, reverse cycle airconditioning and polished timber floors.At Windsor, a home at 2 Fairleigh St is scheduled for auction on December 2, at 4pm. Suzy Roden is selling her home at Toowong home. AAP Image/Josh WoningA new report has highlighted the Brisbane suburbs with above average property price growth.And the winner on the northside and throughout greater Brisbane, according to PRDnationwide, was Windsor where median house prices increased by 15.9 per cent in the past year.On the southside it was Rocklea where the median house price rose by 5.9 per cent, on the east side it was Wynnum with the median up 7.5 per cent and on the west side it was Toowong with median house prices up 7.6 per cent.center_img 6 Alverna Close Wynnum. Picture: realestate.com.auThere is a championship-sized tennis court, outdoor pavilion, a solar heated 13m swimming pool and a fire pit. Inside is a media room, billiard room, wine cellar, workshop and study. The main bedroom has a conservatory with water views. It is listed through Joseph Lordi of Queensland Sotheby’s International Realty – Ascot.last_img read more

SMEC lands 700 kW tidal demo permit in Canada

first_imgNova Scotia Energy and Mines has issued a tidal energy demonstration permit to Sustainable Marine Energy Canada (SMEC) for a 700 kW project in the Bay of Fundy. In July 2019, Nova Scotia issued another licence to Sustainable Marine Energy (SME) Canada. This feature allows rapid, cost-effective access to the turbines at site for routine inspection and maintenance. The PLAT-I 4.63 unit has four 6.3m-diameter turbines, and a PLAT-I 6.40 unit comes with six 4.0m-diameter turbines. The second SMEC device will be similar in size to PLAT-I 4.63 with 6 tidal turbines and a larger generating capacity. The proposed demonstration will be the first electrical grid-connection of the PLAT-I technology in the world. The project will begin with the connection of the PLAT-I 4.63 tidal energy platform to the Nova Scotia electrical grid. The 1.26-megawatt marine renewable energy licence allowed the company to further develop its project at FORCE. The PLAT-I system consists of a single, slender hull with a perpendicular bridge located near the stern and supported by two outriggers. The installation of the second PLAT-I device will also follow near the current location of PLAT-I 4.63. To that end, they will utilise SME’s PLAT-I floating in-stream tidal energy technology to deliver up to 9MW of tidal energy to the Nova Scotia grid. Furthermore, SME and Minas Tidal have agreed to co-develop their adjacent berths at FORCE. Subsea cables will connect both devices to the electrical grid. The permit is valid for a period of five years. The turbines are located along the bridge, mounted on retractable turbine support structures. last_img read more

Barca plan new loan deal for Coutinho

first_imgBarcelona are planning a new loan arrangement for Philippe Coutinho next season. Coutinho was shipped out on loan to Bayern Munich this season but, again, has not hit the heights expected and the German giants will not take up the option to sign him permanently in the summer. Indeed, Barcelona “cannot find a club” that is willing to meet their asking price of £72million at the end of the season. Read Also:Four Premier League clubs go after Coutinho But they’re willing to let him leave the Nou Camp on a temporary basis again, which could potentially interest Premier League clubs. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted ContentYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of AnimeMost Popular Movies With Sylvester Stallone7 Non-Obvious Things That Damage Your Phone10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoWhy Do So Many Digital Assistants Have Feminine Names & Voices?14 Hilarious Comics Made By Women You Need To Follow Right NowTop 7 Best Car Manufacturers Of All TimeTop 10 Most Romantic Nations In The World7 Universities In The World With The Highest Market ValueThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreThe Best Cars Of All Time6 Best Movie Cars You Could Own But Probably Can’t Afford Loading… Marca says Manchester United and Chelsea have been put on red alert after Barcelona made clear their desire to send Coutinho out on loan again next season. The Brazilian playmaker has failed to live up to expectations at the Nou Camp since his £142million move from Liverpool in 2018.Advertisementlast_img read more

Man Injured in Greensburg Accident

first_imgGREENSBURG, Ind. — One man was injured in an accident in Greensburg on U.S. 421 and Overpass Rd. near I-74 Monday afternoon.Police say the man was riding a small motorcycle north on Michigan Avenue when he hit a car that was turning east onto Michigan Ave.Police say it appears the motorcycle hit the car in the side.Upon impact the driver was tossed from the motorcycle and suffered multiple injuries.The driver of the motorcycle was transported by ambulance to the Decatur County Memorial Hospital, and then airlifted to another hospital for further treatment.The names were not released.last_img