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St. John Vianney poised for another championship run

first_imgOne year removed from an NJSIAA Non-PublicAstate title and appearance in the Shore Conference Tournament final, the St. John Vianney High School softball team is poised for yet another successful spring. The Lancers are relatively young, but most of their lineup is back from last season.“The girls are gelling well together,” head coach Kim Lombardi said. “We have strong leadership from our juniors and seniors and a good combination of young and old.” The Lancers graduated Kasey Bulman, the New Jersey Player of the Year who hit for a .682 average last year. They have only one senior starter in the lineup this season. But Lombardi believes the lineup still has enough talent.“I think our lineup is just as good, if not better, than last year’s. It’s about everyone in the lineup, one through nine, helping out,” Lombardi said.And St. John Vianney has one of the top pitchers in the state, senior Jen Retzer, who is slated to attend Penn State University. She went 24-3 last season, allowing only 98 hits in 161 innings pitched. Retzer also struck out 270 batters and walked only 43. “You can have the best defense and hitting, but it is tough to win without pitching,” Lombardi said. “I am very confident in our pitching.”Coach Lombardi has high hopes for the Lancers, who finished with an overall record of 29-3 last season. The team has another sectional title in mind, as well as another successful Shore Conference Tournament run. St. John Vianney lost toRBC, 4-0, in last season’s SCT championship game.“We are a very talented team.As long as we are communicating and working together, we should do well,” Lombardi said.Retzer (pitcher) and McKinley Tretler (designated player) are the only seniors on the varsity roster, which also consists of Zoe Otterman (center field), Cailin Winokur (second base), Taylor August (third base), Emma Tabacchi (outfield), Kristen Solari (catcher), Amanda Durham (left field), Jackie Gallagher (shortstop), Kate Beriont (pitcher/first base), Kate Baron (infield/outfield) and Marlena Bevilacqua (infield/outfield).On Thursday the Lancers will go on the road to face Matawan at 3:45 p.m.St. John Vianney will face some tough opponents this weekend with the Mount St. Dominic Invitational in Caldwell scheduled for Saturday at 10 a.m. The tournament will feature Mount St. Dominic, Toms River East, Red Bank Catholic, Pequannock, Immaculate Heart Academy, Caravel (Delaware) and Pennsbury (Pennsylvania). Softball team won state title last year BY MATTHEW ROCCO Correspondent last_img read more

Former PNGFA president banned

first_imgThis is for offering and accepting gifts as well as conflict of interest, world soccer governing body FIFA said on Friday.Along with the ban, which comes into immediate effect, former FIFA vice president Chung was also fined 100,000 Swiss francs (K337,000).“The adjudicatory chamber of the independent Ethics Committee has found David Chung … guilty of having offered and accepted gifts, as well as having acted under a conflict of interest, in violation of the FIFA Code of Ethics,” FIFA said in a statement.Malaysia-born Chung had resigned as president of the Oceania Football Confederation, citing personal issues, in April last year.There was no immediate response from him or the Papua New Guinea football body to the FIFA sanctions.(Loop filepic)last_img

Ramos bringing underdog mentality in return to Star

first_imgBevy of guards not a problem for San Miguel, says Austria 30 Filipinos from Wuhan quarantined in Capas Mainland China virus cases exceed 40,000; deaths rise to 908 As fate of VFA hangs, PH and US forces take to the skies for exercise Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan PLAY LIST 01:31Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan01:33WHO: ‘Global stocks of masks and respirators are now insufficient’01:01WHO: now 31,211 virus cases in China 102:02Vitamin C prevents but doesn’t cure diseases like coronavirus—medic03:07’HINDI PANG-SPORTS LANG!’03:03SILIP SA INTEL FUND EDITORS’ PICK Smart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PH Aldrech Ramos in a Star jersey. Photo by Randolph LeongsonIt will be a homecoming of sorts for Aldrech Ramos.Returning to the Purefoods franchise he suited for in 2012, the 6-foot-6 forward is optimistic that he can make waves this time out for Star.ADVERTISEMENT PH among economies most vulnerable to virus Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town View comments Smart’s Siklab Saya: A multi-city approach to esports We are young Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Shanghai officials reveal novel coronavirus transmission modes Where did they go? Millions left Wuhan before quarantine MOST READ Ramos also hopes to bring the underdog mentality he and Victolero had in Mahindra, as Star seeks to break out of the cellar this season.“Sana madala namin dito yung desire dumepensa at all-out effort. Ganoon rin naman yung team na ito dati,” he said. “Kulang-kulang kami sa Mahindra pero buo kami sa defense. Dito, mas may materyales na so hopefully, madala namin dito yun sa Star.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “Masaya ako kasi dito ako nag-start. Ngayon, nandito na ulit ako,” he said.The Hotshots acquired the services of Ramos anew from Mahindra in the offseason.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSWe are youngSPORTSCone plans to speak with Slaughter, agentThe Cebuano forward averaged a career-best 13.3 points and 5.7 rebounds for the Enforcers last year as one of the team’s lead veterans. That role would obviously change in Star, but Ramos is optimistic that he can adapt, especially with coach Chito Victolero at the helm.“Excited din ako na makatulong dito. Yung big men naman kasi nila, more on the inside so malaking bagaypara sa akin na makatulong sa pag-stretch ng depensa,” he said.last_img read more

Ethnic Relations Commission

first_imgAfter a hiatus of eight years, the National Assembly has reconstituted the Ethnic Relations Commission (ERC) with new names selected to serve on that body. The ERC has its genesis in the aftermath of the PNC-induced protests and riots following the 1997 general elections, which they claimed was fatally flawed. As part of the Herdmanston Accord brokered by Caricom and signed on Jan 17, 1998, the ERC was established as a constitutional body by Constitutional Amendment (#2) Act of 2000, which was assented to by the President on August 11, 2000.The ERC held out great promise to finally address the ethnic concerns and interests that drove the political system in Guyana. Its legitimacy was intentionally made very wide, to include the widest possible participation of Guyanese civil society – defined broadly as those organisations working outside of the governmental apparatus: Christian, Hindu and Muslim religious bodies; the Labour Movement; Private Sector; Youth; Women’s Organisations; Afro- Guyanese; Indo-Guyanese; and Indigenous/Amerindian bodies. As can be seen, the members of the ERC are not only from “ethnic” organisations.However, the ethnically directed political protests and violence arising from those protests not only continued, but escalated to new levels when five prisoners escaped from the Camp Street Jail and ensconced themselves in the village of Buxton on the East Coast of Demerara. There they announced they were “African Freedom Fighters” who would violently address their constituency’s “marginalization”.Even though the ERC was officially constituted, and launched in 2003 with the participation of the PNC in Parliament, the organization, which executed its mandate, did not serve to defuse the gunmen’s increasingly violent actions, which by 2008 had included three mass massacres that killed three dozen persons.In just as violent tit-for-tat responses, “phantom squads”, which included elements from narcotics gangs, embarked on vigilante missions that killed several hundred citizens, according to one “dossier” compiled by the PNC.Ironically, the mandate of the ERC, as adumbrated in Article 212A of the Constitution, was extremely wide, and was detailed in twenty-four functions that were both proactive and reactive to the very ethnic issues that were being articulated by the armed gunmen. For instance, on the first prong, the ERC could: “Identify and analyse factors inhibiting the attainment of harmonious relations between ethnic groups, particularly barriers to the participation of any ethnic group in social, economic, commercial, financial, cultural and political endeavours; and recommend to the National Assembly or other relevant public or private sector bodies how these factors should be overcome”.On the second prong, for instance, it could: “Investigate complaints of racial discrimination and make recommendations on the measures to be taken if such complaints are valid, and where there is justification therefor, refer matters to the Human Rights Commission or other relevant authorities for further action to be taken.”The PNC, after 2007, objected to the composition and chairmanship of the ERC, accusing the latter of being partisan towards the PPP. This was the identical objection the PNC had made to the “Race Relations Task Force”, formed in 1993-1995 by the PPP government and headed by Bishop Randolph George, head of the Anglican Church. By 2011, just before the general elections scheduled for that year, Robert Corbin, then leader of the PNC, filed an injunction against the ERC. By the time the injunction was dismissed by 2011, when Corbin dropped the suit, most of the ERC employees had departed.Even though the PNC-led APNU and the AFC controlled the National Assembly following the 2011 elections, and chaired the Appointments Committee, they never reconstituted the ERC in that Parliament. The same occurred after their victory at the 2015 elections, subsequent to which they launched a new “Social Cohesion” Ministry, which has incorporated much of the proactive agenda of the ERC. In fact, early in the new administration, it was explicitly stated that the Social Cohesion Ministry would deal with “ethnic relations”.There is no question that better ethnic relations are needed now more than ever in Guyana. It is hoped that the PNC-led ERC will take its mandate seriously, and not play partisan politics.last_img read more

Study on alternatives to pre-trial detention commences

first_imgPrison overcrowdingAn international expert hired through the Citizen Security Strengthening Programme (CSSP) is in Guyana to conduct a study on alternatives to pre-trial detention. This is in response to the many problems that have been associated with overcrowding in the nation’s prisons. Peter Pursglove met with Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan on Wednesday where he briefed him on the recently commissioned study that seeks “to explore and present alternatives to pre-trial detention that are harmonious with criminal justice processes in Guyana.”A statement from the Ministry on Thursday noted that Pursglove’s work isPublic Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattanexpected to contribute to a reduction in prison overcrowding with an aim of preventing further criminalisation of youths.The Public Security Minister opined that the study is timely, especially with the recent event which saw inmates setting on fire a mattress at the Juvenile Detention Centre, Sophia, earlier this week. Minister Ramjattan was said to have emphasised the need for the study to include juvenile holding facilities, further expressing his “eagerness at receiving viable and sustainable solutions” to the many challenges that plague the country’s prison system.The consultant’s tasks include conducting initial meetings with key stakeholders and identifying the strengths and weaknesses of Guyana’s approach to the provision of alternatives to incarceration, along with opportunities for reform and development. The Public Security Ministry disclosed that the study will review and make recommendations on matters pertaining to and identifying dy to include j for the study to include Juvenile detenthe penal system.ion Centre, Sophia. sentencing policy; discretion available to Judges, Magistrates, Police and Prosecutors; capacity of probation and other systems of supervision of non-custodial sanctions including possible collaboration with civil society organisations; restorative justice; and “decriminalising certain acts”.Pursglove is a Senior Counsel in Trinidad and Tobago who has been a barrister for 36 years with experience as an advocate and practitioner in three jurisdictions. He has also advised Ministers of Justice, Attorneys General and Prime Ministers in several Commonwealth Member States in Africa, the Caribbean and in the Pacific region. His areas of speciality include sentencing reform, judicial-sector reform, rule of law issues, justice and security, human rights, constitutional reform and anti-corruption.The study Pursglove will conduct comes just over a year since a report was submitted on the findings of a Commission of Inquiry (CoI) into the deadly Camp Street Prison riots which left 17 inmates dead. That report was handed over to President David Granger on June 1, 2016. At that time, Government was urged to quickly implement the recommendations.The CoI Commissioners, led by retired Justice James Patterson, had observed that overcrowding was a major problem, with some 60 per cent of inmates at the Camp Street Prison being on remand at the time the report was compiled. The actual figures showed that 604 of 1014 of those prisoners were on remand awaiting trial.“The consequent backlog of cases in the High Court has reached astronomic proportions and there is no sign of a downward trend anytime soon,” the report noted, adding that the judicial system did not either implement or make public its steps to reduce this backlog. In December 2016, Government had set aside over $350 million for expansion works at the Mazaruni Prisons, in Region Seven (Cuyuni-Mazaruni), to accommodate more inmates to reduce overcrowding at Camp Street.Also in late 2016, the Legal Affairs Ministry had embarked in consultations with the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) on developing alternative sentencing as part of measures to reduce overcrowding.“The whole idea is to try to weed out these offences that are clogging up (the prisons). Sometimes some people who are there for a six-month sentence could have had some other sentence,” subject Minister Basil Williams had explained.Another point observed in the Camp Street CoI Report was that there was a huge disparity in the ratio of remand to convicted prisoners. It went on to call for more enforcement of the Bail Act as bail is a constitutional right afforded to prisoners with the exception of murder, treason or the possibility of the accused being a flight risk. However, often times when many prisoners are bailed for smaller offences, they are remanded to prison as they can’t afford to post bail. This too has contributed to overcrowding.Major alternatives to pre-trial sentencing include community service and requiring offenders to attend classes and enter programmes relating to their offence which could prevent reoffending. Funding for the CSSP alternatives to pre-trial detention study was acquired from the IDB.last_img read more

Van Gaal hoping to avoid ‘tricky’ Champions League play-off spot with victory over Arsenal

first_img1 Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal hopes to avoid a “tricky” Champions League play-off by beating Arsenal to third spot in the Premier League.The race for third place may be won when the teams lock horns at Old Trafford on Sunday.Although Arsenal have a match in hand, defeat at Old Trafford would mean they drop to fourth, one point behind United.Having finished in the last Champions League spot for six of the last nine seasons, Wenger knows all about the accompanying play-off ticket.Van Gaal knows how hard it can be to qualify for the Champions League through the preliminary stages too having squeezed past Skonto Riga with Barcelona in 1997 and he is keen to avoid another difficult playoff.“We can say we have qualified for the Champions League, but that is not true,” the United manager told MUTV.“Maybe Liverpool cannot chase us anymore but we have to play a game before the entrance into the Champions League and that game is always tricky. It is not easy. There are not existing any easy games any more.“We can give pressure to Arsenal and that is what we want to do on Sunday.”last_img read more

Bird flu spreads to Cameroon, Myanmar

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant The fatal virus was first discovered in Africa on a commercial poultry farm in Nigeria in February. It has since been reported in Niger and Egypt. Experts have expressed concern that bird flu was likely to be spreading undetected in Africa, which is ill-prepared to deal with the virus and lacks laboratories to detect it. YAOUNDE, Cameroon – The deadly H5N1 strain of bird flu was detected for the first time in poultry in Myanmar and Cameroon, officials in the two nations said, in the latest sign of the disease’s expanding range in Africa and Southeast Asia. Experts over the weekend confirmed cases in hundreds of dead chickens at a farm outside of Myanmar’s second largest city, Mandalay, Than Tun, director of the country’s livestock breeding and veterinary department, said today. Myanmar borders Thailand and China, which together have reported 24 human deaths from the disease. Cameroon’s government announced its first avian case on Sunday, becoming the fourth African country to be struck by the deadly bird flu virus. last_img read more

‘I said to the boss our story was not finished at Arsenal’

first_img Olivier Giroud came close to leave Arsenal in the summer 1 Olivier Giroud says he stayed at Arsenal as he has unfinished business with the club.The striker was heavily linked with a move away from the Emirates over the summer as he wanted regular game time ahead of next year’s World Cup.Everton, Marseille and West Ham were all interested in the France international, but in the end he stayed put.Now Giroud has explained he decided not to push for a transfer as he believes he has more to achieve at Arsenal along with boss Arsene Wenger.“Actually that’s a very private decision because it’s true that I was close to leaving the club because I said that I wanted to play,” said Giroud.“But after a big reflection with everybody around me like my family and my close friends in a supportive way, I wanted to stay at Arsenal and I thought the story was not over at Arsenal.“The club brings me a lot and I think I give it back and I still want to improve again and again and win some more trophies for the club.“So as I said to the boss our story was not finished, so everybody was pleased with that.”Wenger has always maintained his desire to keep Giroud – who has 99 goals for the club – at Arsenal and was full of praise for the striker on the eve of Thursday’s Europa League clash with Cologne.“I have said many times that his contribution has been huge,” he said.“He has had a great evolution here and overall (his) contribution has been tremendous, and I think he has shown a very loyal spirit and has a high respect from everybody inside the club, as well as (from) our fans.”last_img read more

Arsenal seal memorable victory over Tottenham in thrilling north London derby

first_img no dice Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? 5 Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade It was a heated affair at the Emirates RANKED Latest Football News And four minutes later, Kane converted from the penalty spot after Heung-min Son was adjudged to have been fouled by Rob Holding.Tottenham, however, were far from deserving of anything against a rampant Arsenal. Eric Dier hushed the crowd after his equaliser huge blow Aubameyang was at the double MONEY Lacazette put the Gunners ahead in the second-half 5 5 Then Juan Foyth dawdled in possession and was robbed by Ramsey – who found Lacazette and his effort was deflected past Lloris courtesy of a big deflection off Dier.The points were secured when the exceptional Torreira tucked away his first goal for Arsenal after Aubameyang slipped him in with a fine pass, before Vertonghen saw red for following through on Lacazette.The Gunners’ second-half blitz sees them leapfrog their north London neighbours into the top four on goal difference, as Spurs slip to fifth. Aubameyang grabbed his first from the spot after a nonsensical handball from Jan Vertonghen, who endured a nightmare afternoon and saw red late on for a second bookable offence.But Spurs quickly turned the game on its head as Dier nodded in at the near post, sparking handbags at dawn among both sets of players after he celebrated by hushing the Emirates crowd. Aubameyang kick-started the fightback with a wonderful second, before Alexandre Lacazette and Lucas Torreira sealed the memorable victory in front of a rocking Emirates Stadium.It was a thrilling encounter from start to finish, as the Gunners raced out of the blocks and into the lead. Lucas Torreira rounded off a stunning victory Emery made two changes at half-time as Lacazette and Aaron Ramsey replaced Alex Iwobi and Henrikh Mkhitaryan and both played their part in turning the game around.Hector Bellerin’s perfectly-weighted pass found Ramsey, who touched the ball into the path of Aubameyang and he arrowed his strike past a helpless Hugo Lloris for his ninth league goal of the season. Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury 5 Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions REVEALED Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move REVEALED ADVICE BEST OF 5 A fired-up Arsenal came from behind to earn a famous 4-2 victory in a pulsating north London derby against bitter rivals Tottenham.The Gunners somehow found themselves 2-1 behind at half-time, after Eric Dier and Harry Kane cancelled out Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s early penalty, but three second-half goals swung the derby in Arsenal’s favour. Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red cardlast_img read more