Wednesday, July 30, 2008


Taken from Fort Adams - Narragansett Bay

All photo credits: Sandra Hammel
These are pictures taken
recently where I live

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that I be given credit,
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Narragansett Bay

Ocean Drive

Easton Beach

The Cliff Walk

Easton Beach

Catch the Wind sung by Donovan
Uploaded by lucyinthesky64

In the chilly hours and minutes,
Of uncertainty, I want to be,
In the warm hold of your loving mind.

To feel you all around me,
And to take your hand, along the sand,
Ah, but I may as well try and catch the wind.

When sundown pales the sky,
I wanna hide a while, behind your smile,
And everywhere I'd look, your eyes I'd find.

For me to love you now,
Would be the sweetest thing, 'twould make me sing,
Ah, but I may as well, try and catch the wind.

When rain has hung the leaves with tears,
I want you near, to kill my fears
To help me to leave all my blues behind.

For standin' in your heart,
Is where I want to be, and I long to be,
Ah, but I may as well, try and catch the wind.

Last night, I walked Easton Beach (also called Newport Beach and First Beach) after the concert at the beach that is every Tuesday evening for free.

How beautiful water, wind and sunset can be.

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The International Tennis Hall of Fame and Grass Courts in Newport, RI

Strangers in a Strange Land - Newport's Slaves

Newport Slavery

Don't bury the past

Own it

and do better...


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Rafa rolls over Serra in Cincinnati tennis beat-down

CINCINNATI, Ohio (AFP) — Rafael Nadal steamrolled to another overwhelming victory this season, crushing Florent Serra 6-0, 6-1 on Thursday in the second round of the ATP Cincinnati Masters tournament.

The lop-sided victory took just 46 minutes and was the second runaway win for the world number two in less than three months. He also lost just one game in a dominating victory over German Denis Gremelmayr in the Barcelona semi-finals.

Nadal also lost only four games when he beat number 84 Serra, of France, at the Australian Open in January.

Nadal laid down another marker for Roger Federer, whose top ranking he is closing in on and now trailing by a hair-thin 300 points.

But the Spaniard refuses to peer into the future: "I'm focussed on Cincinnati, this is a very important tournament.

"If the number one comes it will be very difficult to achieve. I have to keep playing like I have for the last four months," said the Roland Garros and Wimbledon winner.

Dmitry Tursunov sent 11th seed Richard Gasquet packing, the Frenchman collapsing in the second set to go down 7-6 (10/8), 6-0.

Novak Djokovic timidly re-entered the rankings chase behind Nadal, the third-seeded Serbian advancing over Italy's Simone Bolelli 7-6 (7/2), 7-6 (7/2).

Djokovic is being left behind as Nadal closes in on Federer. The Australian Open champion Djokovic trails Nadal by a massive 1,300 points and did not help his cause when he lost in the quarter-finals to Britain's Andy Murray during a Toronto title defence a week ago.

He came to that event with minimal confidence after going out in the Wimbledon second round to Marat Safin. But the Serb may not be quite ready to resume the fight.

"I'm just trying to focus on my game, on my career and my matches. That's my priority," he said. "I just want to improve."

The winner has advanced beyond the Cincinnati second round for the first time this week on his fourth appearance.

"I'm only 21. I don't want to put an extra pressure. I have enough pressure and expectations of being a favourite in most matches I get in.

"Thinking about number two or number one in the world would create an extra amount of pressure, which I don't need in this moment."

Eighth-seeded Scotsman Andy Murray and American seventh seed James Blake advanced with straight-set victories.

Blake continued the rescue of a modest hardcourt start, producing a 6-3, 6-4 victory over Frenchman Gilles Simon, who won the Indianapolis title earlier this month.

Murray dropped an early break but roared back over erratic American Sam Querrey for a 7-6 (7/3), 6-1 victory. The British number one looked healthy after tweaking his knee in Toronto. A scan showed him good to play this week.

Blake, who has won five of his 10 ATP titles at US events, has been trying to recover after second-round disappointments at Roland Garros and Wimbledon.

He was badly let down in Indianapolis a fortnight ago, after winning the first set but losing a semi-final to Tursunov. Blake fell 6-1, 6-2 last weekend to Nicolas Kiefer.

Spain's fifth seed David Ferrer became the highest-ranked player to fall, going down in a struggle lasting two and a half hours to Ecuador's Nicolas Lapentti 7-6 (7/2), 3-6, 6-3.

Source for the above article


Pictures from the Rafa d Florent Round 2 match
Photo credits: Daylife, Elmundo, Getty, Yahoo Sports, Cincinnati Inquirer, The Pulse Journal

Thursday, July 31

CENTER COURT start 11:00 am
[7] J Blake (USA) vs E Gulbis (LAT)

Not Before 1:00 PM
A Seppi (ITA) vs [3] N Djokovic (SRB)
[1] R Federer (SUI) vs [16] I Karlovic (CRO)

Not Before 7:00 PM
T Haas (GER) vs F Serra (FRA) or [2] R Nadal (ESP)

[1] B Bryan (USA) / M Bryan (USA) vs [8] M Fyrstenberg (POL) / M Matkowski (POL)

GRANDSTAND start 12:15 pm
[4] N Davydenko (RUS) vs C Moya (ESP) 67(8) 01 - To Be Finished
D Tursunov (RUS) vs [8] A Murray (GBR)
[4] N Davydenko (RUS) or C Moya (ESP) vs I Andreev (RUS)
N Lapentti (ECU) vs [10] F Verdasco (ESP)

Not Before 7:00 PM
[4] M Bhupathi (IND) / M Knowles (BAH) vs [WC] M Fish (USA) / J Isner (USA) or [5] J Bjorkman (SWE) / K Ullyett (ZIM)

COURT 3 start 12:00 noon
R Soderling (SWE) vs P Kohlschreiber (GER)
[WC] M Fish (USA) / J Isner (USA) vs [5] J Bjorkman (SWE) / K Ullyett (ZIM) 76(4) 00 - To Be Finished
R Lindstedt (SWE) / J Nieminen (FIN) vs [3] J Erlich (ISR) / A Ram (ISR) 01 - To Be Finished

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Report on Darfur
From: AlJazeeraEnglish
The text from the Youtube upload:
The United Nations African Mission in Darfur has been touted as the largest peacekeeping operation the UN has ever undertaken.

But six months after forming, the joint force is suffering from a shortage of troops and a lack of equipment.

Furthermore, authorities are threatening to expel them if the International Criminal Court indicts Omar al-Bashir, the Sudanese president, for alleged crimes committed in Darfur.

Mohammed Adow joined a group of peacekeepers on patrol in Southern Darfur.

The following text is from Amnesty International

Torture. Long-term detentions without charge or trial. Censorship of the internet and media. Does this sound like a country that’s trying to improve its human rights record?

Ye Guozhu, a human rights defender in Beijing, was sentenced to four years' imprisonment for taking action against forced evictions related to the Olympics. Amnesty International fears he has been tortured while in detention. He was due to be released on Saturday, July 26 but will now remain imprisoned until October, after the end of the 2008 Olympic Games.

Chinese authorities have stepped up their repression of human rights defenders in order to “clean up” Beijing. With the Olympics only 10 days away, take action and urge China to create a positive human rights legacy.

In 2001 China made a promise to improve its human rights record if given the honor of hosting the Olympic Games. Instead, China has become increasingly repressive with crackdowns on dissent and the rounding up and arrest of human rights defenders. Citing "security", China has imprisoned individuals for doing nothing more than drawing international attention to ongoing human rights violations.

President Bush will attend the opening ceremonies of the Games on August 8. Before he leaves for Beijing, tell President Bush to make a public statement condemning the human rights violations perpetrated in preparation for the Olympics.

Dear President Bush,

Your visit to the Olympics Games this summer is a historic moment for you to promote human rights in China, and we urge you to express concern about the increase of repression in the run-up to the Games to the Chinese authorities. As the leader of the United States, your support for human rights would send a clear message to China and the world that Americans are fully committed to the preservation of human dignity - one of the "Fundamental Principles of Olympism".

When applying to the International Olympic Committee in 2001, the Chinese government suggested the Games would act as a catalyst for human rights developments in the country. Unfortunately, as China prepares for the Games, its human rights record has deteriorated. Human right defenders have been arrested, journalists were harassed, “re-education through labor” programs proliferate, and executions continue.

Mr. President, please use your position as leader of the United States to push the Chinese towards upholding their human rights commitments, thus ensuring a positive Olympic legacy.



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China Sells Weapons to Sudan That Kill Darfuris

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Above photo credit: Getty

Above two photo credits: Yahoo of the Semi-Final match against Andy Murray

Above photo credit: Daylife in Semi-Final match

Above two photo credits: Yahoo
Quarter Final match


The Championship Trophy Ceremony and Rafael Nadal Thanks Everyone
From luneworld


Toronto Rogers Cup July 23 - 27, 2008 Nadal played and defeated Levine (Round 2), Andreev (Round 3), Gasquet (Quarter Final), Murray (Semi-Final) & Kiefer (Final)
Photo credits: Daylife, Elmundo, Reuters, Yahoo, Zuma Press, CBS, El pais, Reuters, Getty

El mundo photo credit

Photo credit: Ines also known as Ganda at The Forum at

I am caught up with pictures except for one match.
And that is the Wimbledon match of Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray.

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Win number 29 in a row for Nadal
and fifth title in five events over the last 3 months

Highlights from the final at the 2008 Rogers Masters in Toronto.
Rafael Nadal takes on Nicolas Keifer.
Watch highlights from all ATP Masters Series marquee matches at www.atpmastersseries.tv

From: ATP


Rafa on being a number....
Nadal after third win in a row at The French Open at Roland Garros 2008
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Rafa remains perfect at Roland Garros

Nadal adds Toronto to his collection

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If you like Rafa Nadal,
most likely you'll like this...

Rafael Nadal - Keep On Rising
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Tuesday, July 29, 2008


What a year to be watching Rafael Nadal

Photo credits above: Getty

Photo credits below: Elmundo

Rafael Nadal defeated Nicolas Kiefer in the Final at Toronto
Rogers Cup
July 27, 2008
6-3, 6-2

Above (1) photo credit: Daylife

Below photo credits: Yahoo

Rafael Nadal plays Wednesday, July 30, 2008 (not before) 7:00 p.m.

Current Results as of July 29, 2008 at Cincinnati

Order of Play for Wednesday July 30, 2008 (also below)

TV schedule

Rafael Nadal plays (not before) 7:00 p.m. July 30, 2008

Want to watch the matches Wednesday and the rest of the week (free)
and don't have The Tennis Channel, like me?

1) TVUNetworks. This doesn't work on MACs.
The links
http://pages.tvunetworks.com/channels/# http://pages.tvunetworks.com/channels/index.jsp?g=3

You can set the time to your area when reading their guide
which is for one week forward.

This requires you to install their software.

on the Sports channel use:
10006 Star Sports

2) Works on MACs and PCs: http://www.justin.tv/slazenger

Wednesday, July 30

CENTER COURT start 11:00 am
[7] J Blake (USA) vs G Simon (FRA)
S Querrey (USA) vs [8] A Murray (GBR)
S Bolelli (ITA) vs [3] N Djokovic (SRB)
Not Before 7:00 PM F Serra (FRA) vs [2] R Nadal (ESP)
R Lindstedt (SWE) / J Nieminen (FIN) vs [3] J Erlich (ISR) / A Ram (ISR)

GRANDSTAND start 11:00 am
[5] D Ferrer (ESP) vs N Lapentti (ECU)
T Haas (GER) vs G Monfils (FRA)
[WC] J Isner (USA) vs I Andreev (RUS) or [15] R Stepanek (CZE)
[11] R Gasquet (FRA) vs D Tursunov (RUS)
Not Before 7:00 PM
[4] N Davydenko (RUS) vs C Moya (ESP)

COURT 3 start 11:00 am
E Gulbis (LAT) vs [LL] A Clement (FRA)
T Berdych (CZE) vs A Seppi (ITA)
[Q] C Guccione (AUS) vs [10] F Verdasco (ESP)
[1] B Bryan (USA) / M Bryan (USA) vs T Widom (USA) / M Yani (USA)
S Bolelli (ITA) / A Seppi (ITA) vs [2] D Nestor (CAN) / N Zimonjic (SRB)
T Chen (TPE) / P King (USA) or [WC] M Fish (USA) / J Isner (USA) vs [5] J Bjorkman (SWE) / K Ullyett (ZIM)

COURT 4 start 12:00 noon
[6] L Dlouhy (CZE) / L Paes (IND) vs I Karlovic (CRO) / R Wassen (NED)
P Hanley (AUS) / J Kerr (AUS) or T Robredo (ESP) / A Sa (BRA) vs [8] M Fyrstenberg (POL) / M Matkowski (POL)
[4] M Bhupathi (IND) / M Knowles (BAH) vs T Berdych (CZE) / R Stepanek (CZE) - To Be Arranged


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Nadal deafeats Kiefer in Toronto on hard July 27, 2008
directly after winning on clay at Roland Garros
and on grass at Wimbledon


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About our fellow human beings.....

I received this text in an email today from another Darfur activist community leader.

* Damanga Coalition for Freedom and Democracy has received very
disturbing news from different sources this weekend confirming that a
“Kasha” is taking place right now in the three cities of the capital
of Sudan, particularly in the marketplaces and shopping centers.
“Kasha” is a term in Arabic which loosely means, “Clean the capital of
dirt”. This term has been used since the time of former President
Nimery, during which time the security personnel and the police would
ask people in the streets for their IDs and where they came from. If
they found out that these innocent, unsuspecting people were from the
South, or Darfur, or Nuba, they forced them on trucks and sent them to
jail. In Jail, they would ask them to return to where they came from,
but only after inflicting extreme brutality.

When al-Bashir’s government came to power, he used the same term,
“Kasha”. At first the word was used figuratively, however it
eventually took on a literal meaning. Al-Bashir took on all the same
tactics as Nimery’s regime, only worse. Al-Bashir’s regime eventually
changed the term “Kasha” to “Al-Nizam” which means to organize or to
make tidy. While the actions behind the term remained the same, or
possibly worse, al-Bashir’s regime chose this particular term to
change the connotation of the process. By a simple turn of phrase, al-
Bashir managed to make his actions sound innocent, potentially good
even, and completely unrelated to genocide.

The act of “Al-Nizam” has escalated dramatically within a few days of
the indictment of al-Bashir. The escalation began when the security
personnel in mufty interrupted people in the marketplace, on the
streets and in various other public spaces. Once it is discovered that
a person is Darfuri, they are beaten up and taken to ghost houses
where they are beaten further and then tortured. These incidents
remind us of when the Justice and Equality Movement attacked Khartoum
and the government killed dozens of women and children, and tortured
several others. This time the government of Al-Bashir is apparently
sending a new message to the ICC and to those who are in support of
the indictment by taking action against the innocent Darfuris who live
in the capital. It is very interesting that al-Bashir has contradicted
himself. He claims that Darfuris are supporting him in Darfur, yet he
is abusing them in the capital city.

Damanga condemns segregation based on racism and the denial of
freewill to the citizens of Sudan that comes in tangent with that. We
urge the ICC to continue its effort against this tyranny, and bring
the tyrant to justice soon. We hope that all of the African leaders
will stand up and cooperate with the ICC, not with the perpetrators
and killers, so as to assure justice and dignity for the people of
Sudan. We urge the U.N. Security Council to continue its efforts to
enable the ICC to do its job, to bring al-Bashir and his cabinet who
committed genocide and war crimes, to justice. We also advise the U.N.
Security Council not to impede the efforts of justice and
accountability, and to continue to support the justice that the ICC is
trying to bring, until those perpetrators are all accountable, and
sent to The Hague. We applaud the arrest of former Yugoslavian
genocide criminal, Radovan Karadzic, and we hope that the arrest of al-
Bashir will follow suit.
Date: July 29, 2008

* Mission of Damanga Coalition for Freedom and Democracy
Through non-partisan research, analysis and public education, Damanga promotes the human rights of the people of Darfur, Sudan and elsewhere in the world. We educate the people of the region, the United States of America and beyond about their rights to freedom, equality and participation in government. Damanga seeks to aid the disempowered, including the victims of the Darfur conflict, through charitable work supporting education and livelihoods, so these people can work for the preservation of their communities.

Damanga works toward these objectives through publication on our web site of non-partisan research and analysis and presentations based on this research and analysis. Damanga makes these presentations at academic institutions, faith-based groups, human rights events and responds to invitations from concerned individuals and groups from diverse backgrounds.

Furthermore, Damanga seeks to protect the people of Sudan whose lives have been violated and marginalized because of their ethnicity, religion, gender, culture or language. Damanga wishes to improve the lives of the 8 million Massaleit, Fur, Dajo, Zagawa, Bargi, Tama, Gimir, Berty, and other displaced peoples in the Darfur region of Sudan. Damanga will continue to contact people in cities, in villages, and in refugee camps, to advocate in the world community on their behalf, and to establish a center for the purpose of gathering and disseminating information about the current crisis in Darfur.

By creating and maintaining a link between the oppressed people of Darfur and Western organizations, governments, and the media, Damanga hopes to coordinate a movement to end the genocide in Darfur, stop the oppression, and to establish the foundations of democracy. In order to accomplish this the founders of Damanga recognize that the following conditions must be met:

An international tribunal must be established to prosecute all those who have committed war crimes against the people of Darfur;

All internally displaced persons must be guaranteed the right to return to their towns and villages, they must be given free and full access to humanitarian aid, even in the most remote areas of the region, and they must be compensated for lives and property lost;

Once the people of Darfur are returned to their land they will need basic resources in order to build houses, schools, hospitals and other basic necessities of life;
Finally all of Sudan's people must be allowed equal political rights, which includes sharing in the power and wealth of the country.


The term Diaspora (in Greek, διασπορά – "a scattering or sowing of seeds") refers to the forced or voluntary dispersal of any population sharing common ethnic identity to leave their settled territory, and become residents in areas often far removed from the former.'
An email text that I received July 26, 2008:

Some members in U.N. security council are preparing a
resolution to defer ICC case against al-Bashir.
Libya, South Africa, and Russia are working on a
resolution language.
France and Britain must stop these efforts.
U.S. is in awkward position
since it is not a member of the ICC.

The link to the story in NY TIMES :
U.N Debates Court Efforts to Prosecute Sudan Chief
a part of the article:

......John Prendergast, co-chairman of the Enough Project, which campaigns against genocide, said the Security Council’s ability to put off Mr. Bashir’s prosecution could provide the Council with its best leverage to influence Sudan. But he criticized the current talk of a suspension, saying the Security Council could squander its power by dangling the prospect prematurely.

“Faced with this extraordinary opportunity, the Council is ready to give it away without anything in return,” Mr. Prendergast said.

If the Security Council does vote on a resolution to defer the pursuit of Mr. Bashir, it could put the United States in a tricky position. The United States has been notably strong in its criticism of the situation in Darfur, going so far as to call it genocide. But it has not signed on to the International Criminal Court, and vehemently opposed its establishment...

Another email that I received today:
 The Special Courts of al-Bashir have just handed down
death sentences to 8 individuals allegedly
participated on May 10th attack on the Capital (Khartoum) by
Darfur rebel movement -
Justice and Equality Movement - JEM.

Performed by Grayson Hugh
(Featuring clips from the movie "Fried Green Tomatoes"
starring Jessica Tandy, Kathy Bates,
Mary-Louise Parker and Mary Stuart Masterson.)

From: FanfromPR

I'll Remember You

By Bob Dylan

I'll remember you
When I've forgotten all the rest,
You to me were true,
You to me were the best.
When there is no more,
You cut to the core
Quicker than anyone I knew.
When I'm all alone
In the great unknown,
I'll remember you.

I'll remember you
At the end of the trail,
I had so much left to do,
I had so little time to fail.
There's some people that
You don't forget,
Even though you've only seen'm
One time or two.
When the roses fade
And I'm in the shade,
I'll remember you.

Didn't I, didn't I try to love you?
Didn't I, didn't I try to care?
Didn't I sleep, didn't I weep beside you
With the rain blowing in your hair?

I'll remember you
When the wind blows through the piney wood.
It was you who came right through,
It was you who understood.
Though I'd never say
That I done it the way
That you'd have liked me to.
In the end,
My dear sweet friend,
I'll remember you.



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Sunday, July 27, 2008



Some of the Final Match

Above picture credits: Daylife



Rafael Nadal wins the Rogers Cup in Toronto
over German Nicolas Kiefer July 27, 2008
6-3, 6-2

The ATP website live streaming didn't work for the Final due to technical difficulties. And ESPN2 aired the final, but not live. Then we had a thunderstorm and almost the entire match on ESPN2 was completely missed. So I am waiting to see the fireworks and the ceremony once someone uploads it to Youtube.

More pictures coming of the Rogers Cup

Next tournament is in Cincinnati. www.cincytennis.com
The second round play begins Monday, July 28, 2008

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Saturday, July 26, 2008



Rafael Nadal drives the bus and John McEnroe drives Rafa bananas
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Rafael Nadal serves July 23 versus Jesse Levine in Round 2 in Toronto

Picture credit above: Daylife

Picture credit: Reuters

I am so far behind on the Rafael Nadal's matches and pictures. Tomorrow, Rafa plays Nicolas Kiefer in the Final in Toronto at the Rogers Cup.

You can catch it online for free www.justin.tv/slazenger (works on both MACs and PCs). This is exactly what you would see on the ATP website where you have to pay. It just doesn't have the clarity that the ATP has, but it is more dependable than the streaming at the ATP in my experience. You have to pay to use the ATP streaming. The ATP website doesn't work on MACs.

You can also catch it on the tvunetworks.com, which only works on PCs.
Go to Sports when there, then use the 10006 Star Sports channel. This requires free software installation, first.

ESPN2 is scheduled to air it from 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. However, the Rogers Cup website says it can start as early as 1:30 p.m. The Doubles Final Match precedes the Singles Final Match so it depends on how long the doubles match goes.

The match pictures here are of Round 2 in Toronto (Rafa didn't play Round 1), where Rafael Nadal defeated Jesse Levine 6-4, 6-2. He played a hard fought match Saturday, July 26 against Andy Murray. Murray played fabulously. Rafa won however 6-7, 3-6.

Next picture credit: Elmundo

Rafael Nadal
Above picture credit: Daylife

Photo credits to next six pictures of Rafael Nadal: Daylife

Next two pictures' credit: Daylife



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