Refs change colours to help fight cancer

first_imgBy Bruce FuhrThe Nelson Daily SportsHoop fans taking in the Bomber tournament this weekend at the Hangar may be a little confused at the colour of the whistles used by the game officials.Please do not adjust your bifocals.The pink whistle is part of the Blow The Whistle on Cancer campaign supported by basketball officials across B.C.“Many of us have been touched by cancer and the pink whistle just shows the community that we support the fight against cancer,” said West Kootenay Basketball Official’s Association president Dave Brewer, who normally uses a black Fox-40 to officiate games.This is the second year of the program, headed by Lower Mainland officials Karn Dhillon and Shelley Ganchar.  
 From February 1-14 basketball officials throughout the province will be monitoring games using the pink whistle.Each official in the province, , more than 300 in total, raises funds for the program by purchasing a pink whistle. Coaches and the public are also urged to join the cause by buying a whistle or making an online donation to the Canadian Cancer Society/BCBOA at: BC Cancer Society/BCBOA“Last year we raised more than $2,200 to help fight against cancer,” Brewer said. “This year the goal is $5000 and I think we’ll reach it quite easily.”The West Kootenay Association covers high school and men’s games from Kaslo to Grand Forks.Brewer and company will be out in full force this weekend at the Bomber Classic High School Girl’s and Boy’s Basketball tournament beginning Friday at the Hangar.The tournament concludes Saturday afternoon.Teams from Prince Charles in Creston, Fernie, Kimberley, Vernon join host Bomber teams in the two-day event.sports@thenelsondaily.comlast_img read more

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Volleyball: Oct. 18 Scoreboard

first_imgThe Huskies will return to action at home for the Dig Pink match against McNeese State at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 23. They will then hit the road to face Nicholls State on Saturday, Oct. 25 at 1 p.m.-  Return to top – Central Arkansas 3, Sam Houston State 2CONWAY, Ark. – The Central Arkansas volleyball team returned to the court at the Prince Center on Saturday afternoon, hosting Sam Houston State. The Sugar Bears and Bearkats played a hotly-contested match, trading the first four sets, before Central Arkansas took the fifth set 15-11 to secure the 3-2 victory. “I think that was a crucial win,” Hernesman said. “Even talking with their staff afterwards, we both knew this would be a big step in qualifying for the conference tournament for whoever won this match. It’s a step closer which is the ultimate goal for us to get there and be playing our best volleyball in November. To take care of your home court when you know how hard it is to win on the road is so important.” The Islanders bounced back in the second set to win 25-13 and even the match at 1-1. A&M-Corpus Christi recorded a perfect sideout percentage and hit .267, while holding ACU to .000 hitting. The Islanders surged out to an 8-3 lead after Nicholson and Gilpin teamed up for a block assist. After back-to-back blocks by the Islanders extended their lead to 11-4, A&M-Corpus Christi kept things rolling to pad its lead to 11 at 20-9 after scoring five straight. The Islanders eventually finished off the set at 25-13 after a kill by Nicholson.  Central Arkansas hits the road for a three game road-trip starting Tuesday. The Sugar Bears travel to Corpus Christi, Texas on Tuesday to take on Texas A&M-Corpus Christi at 7:00 PM. UCA will then take on Northwestern State at 7:00 PM on Thursday night before wrapping up the road swing at Stephen F. Austin at 1:00 PM on Saturday afternoon.-  Return to top – The hitting clinic was put on thanks in large part to senior Paige Holland. The setter was able to find her hitters all over the court and recorded 36 assists in the match overall. Holland also dumped in four kills of her own and had four digs for SFA. Senior Jill Ivy recorded nine kills in the match to pass MC Bottles (2008-11) for 10th on SFA’s all-time career kills list. With 280 kills so far in 2014, Ivy sits at 1,261 over her four-year career – 39 kills shy of Traci Rohde (2004-07) for ninth all-time. Sophomore Justice Walker, the Ladyjacks’ hottest hitter over the last two weeks, joined Ivy with a big afternoon offensively. She posted a match-high 12 kills, committed just one error and hit at a .688 clip. While a force on offense, Walker also led the team with six blocks on the afternoon. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 3, Abilene Christian 1ABILENE, Texas – Four Islanders finished in double-digit kills to lead the Texas A&M-Corpus Christi volleyball team to a 3-1 (25-27, 25-13, 25-15, 25-21) victory over Abilene Christian today in Moody Coliseum. Senior Brianna Brink propelled the Islanders’ offense with her eighth double-double of the year to help the Islanders improve to 5-2 in Southland play. Despite the momentum from the big 25-15 win in set three, NSU struggled in the outset of set four but in typical team fashion, responded in a huge way. Northwestern State 3, Southeastern Louisiana 1NATCHITOCHES, La. – Northwestern State volleyball utilized a comeback victory in set four and three straight set wins to capture a 3-1 victory (14-25, 25-18, 25-15, 25-23) over Southeastern Louisiana at Prather Coliseum on Saturday afternoon. –  Return to top – –  Return to top – NSU finished with a total of 12 service aces against the Lady Lions (7-13, 4-4 SLC), their second most on the season and highest number since recording 17 against Mississippi Valley State on Aug. 30. SHSU’s Deveney Wells-Gibson turned in a match-high 24 kills, but three Central Arkansas players recorded double-digit kills. Evie Singleton had a team-high 22 kills, while Heather Schnars added 19 and Megan Nash added ten. Kristine Hjembo keyed the Sugar Bear attack by dishing out a match-high 47 assists. Shelbee Berringer and Corri Hunt had a team-high 12 digs, and Schnars earned her fourth double-double of the season by tallying 10 digs of her own. Central Arkansas, who out-blocked Sam Houston State 14 to 6, was led by Nash, who had two solos and four assists. In the third set, the Cardinals took the lead by scoring the first two points. A kill by senior outside hitter Bailey Keith made the set 2-1, but UIW kept their lead until a kill by Wooten kept HBU close 6-5. The Cardinals then kept their lead again by the most of four; however, the Huskies scored back to make the set 10-9. Although UIW kept their lead for most of the set, HBU tied it up 20-20 toward the end. The Huskies pulled through in order to take the match 25-23. Sophomore outside hitter Jessica Wooten recorded a double-double for HBU (9-12, 4-3 SLC) with 20 kills and 12 digs. Senior outside hitter Megan McStravick had 15 kills and nine digs for the Huskies. Freshman middle blocker Blair Gillard recorded three block assists for HBU.  McNeese (11-12, 2-6 SLC) used a .261 hitting percent in the opening set to take an early lead in the 25-19 first set win. McNeese State 3, Nicholls 0LAKE CHARLES, La. – A week off proved to be beneficial for the McNeese volleyball team who picked up their second Southland Conference victory of the season with a straight set (25-19, 25-22, 25-13) win over Nicholls Saturday. “The last couple of weeks at practice Abby has really started to get things going,” Humphreys said. “Today was really big for her – to go in, have some success and play at that same high level was great to see.” Junior OJ Olson led the way with 15 digs and Bates also chipped in five rejections at the net to join Walker in the SFA block. The Cowgirls closed out the match and picked up its first Southland Conference straight set win with a 25-13 third set win. Sophomore Rebecca Korenek led the Cowgirls with 10 kills.  Amber Fryer chipped in with eight kills and led McNeese with a .300 attack percent.  Malina Sanchez led the Cowgirls with 10 digs while DeMarque led all players with four blocks. Freshman Abby McIntyre had a huge day for SFA off the bench, going 6-for-6 on the attack in two sets played. The Cardinals out-blocked the Huskies 8-6. HBU outhit UIW 54-39. The Huskies out-dug the Cardinals 45-38. McNeese opened the second set with two service aces by Malina Sanchez but Nicholls came back to take the lead 11-10 and extended it to 21-15.  McNeese’s defense stepped up as did its offense to come back to tie the set a 22.  A Nicholls attack error gave the Cowgirls a 23-22 lead before a Carly DeMarque kill McNeese a 24-22 lead.  A block by DeMarque and Shelby Poehls gave the Cowgirls the second set win. Kaitlyn Brooks recorded 19 assists and 12 digs for UIW. Angelique Vidaurri had 17 kills and four block assists for the Cardinals. Taylor McClelland had 14 assists for UIW. Bryaunea Hall had a match-high of six block assists for the Cardinals, while Hope Kelley recorded three block assists for UIW. The Islanders (12-12, 5-2 SLC) fell short in the first set, 27-25, after a late comeback. A&M-Corpus Christi opened with an early lead before ACU answered back to take a 10-8 lead on a 3-0 run. The Islanders then evened things up at 11-11 after straight kills by Baresh and Gilpin. However, the Wildcats garnered the lead for good after pushing ahead 13-11. ACU maintained their lead but the Islanders gained a spark after a timeout and a kill by the Wildcats at 23-18. A&M-Corpus Christi followed with a 4-0 run to pull within one at 23-22. After a kill by ACU, Gilpin followed with a kill and an attacking error by the Wildcats evened the set at 24-24. After exchanging points, ACU scored two straight to seal a 27-25 victory. –  Return to top – The Islanders will return home for a three-match homestand at the Dugan Wellness Center. First up is a Tuesday night match against two-time defending Southland Conference champions Central Arkansas in the annual Dig Pink match. First serve is set for 7 p.m. Sam Houston State (12-8, 5-2 SLC) took the first set 25-23 before Central Arkansas (14-7, 9-0 SLC) rebounded to win the second set 26-24. The Bearkats took a 2-1 lead in the match following a 25-21 victory in the third set. The Sugar Bears responded by winning the final set 15-11. Central Arkansas 3, Sam Houston State 2Stephen F. Austin 3, New Orleans 0McNeese State 3, Nicholls 0Houston Baptist 3, UIW 0Northwestern State 3, Southeastern Louisiana 1Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 3, Abilene Christian 1 Next up, the Lady Demons travel to Nacogdoches, Texas to face rival Stephen F. Austin. The match will take place Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. from Shelton Gym. “I feel like we came in and did exactly what we needed to do today,” said head coach Debbie Humphreys. “We continued to execute at a really high level on our side of the court. That was our biggest focus coming into this match.” The Ladyjacks (15-7, 8-0 SLC) turned in their most efficient hitting performance of the season, swinging .487 in the attack for the match. The impressive mark shattered the previous season-high of .368 set against New Orleans back on Sept. 12. SFA committed just six attacking errors in the match – also a season-best. Brink posted 17 kills and 14 digs while Ashley Phelps, Brittany Gilpin and Kirstee McGarva chipped in 10 kills apiece. It marked a career high for McGarva. Kristyn Nicholson passed out 33 assists while Chelby Stanford dished out 17. The Islanders who currently lead the nation in digs registered 87 in the match and held the Wildcats (2-19, 0-8 SLC) to .072 hitting. Hailey King powered the defense with 24 digs, while Ivy Baresh collected 22 and Wall added 10. At the net, Kelsee Felux notched five block assists to lead the team.     Defensively, Bailey Martin was a force for NSU, grabbing 21 digs and providing some key first touches. After sitting out last match with a personal illness, DiFrancesco added 11 digs and some key defensive play Offensively, Emily Johnson finished with 23 assists followed by Natalie Jaeger’s 17. Houston Baptist 3, UIW 0SAN ANTONIO, Texas – HBU sophomore setter Kayla Armer led the Huskies with a match-high of 47 assists in their 3-0 (25-14, 26-24, 25-23) win over the UIW Saturday afternoon. The Ladyjacks have a big week upcoming as they host Northwestern State, Sam Houston State and Lamar on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday respectively. SFA will meet the Lady Demons of NWLA in Shelton Gym on Tuesday night at 6:30 p.m. to start the home stretch. After calling a timeout trailing by four, the Lady Demons rebounded following one central message. “I think all too often people try to make too many adjustments,” Hernesman said. “I felt like we had the right game plan. I felt like they were just making plays. You have to trust that your defense is going to make a play here and there and it takes a big play to spark some of that. The message was to stay patient and do what we do.” The Ladyjacks held the Privateers (6-17, 0-9 SLC) to a .033 hitting percentage on the day and service pressure was a huge factor. SFA got eight service aces in the match, including three from junior Tori Bates. “They are a physical team and we knew that coming in,” fifth-year co-head coach Hugh Hernesman said. “We’ve played against some physical teams but that doesn’t make it any easier. I thought we did a good job of making some adjustments especially in rotation. Our middles were outstanding. They won the match for us today.” –  Return to top – In the fourth set, the Wildcats built an early lead before the Islanders tied the set at 10-10 after scoring four straight. The Islanders kept trimming away at ACU’s lead and eventually pulled away on a 4-0 run at 14-12. During the run Phelps and Brink put down back-to-back kills. A&M-Corpus Christi maintained its lead until ACU rallied back to knot the set at 17-17 with three straight points. After tying two more times, the Islanders put together a 3-0 run with kills by Nicholson and Phelps to push ahead at 22-19. After battling back-and-forth, A&M-Corpus Christi received a kill by Felux, an ace by Wall and an attacking error by the Wildcats to secure the win. “What we got out of our service game was real good,” Hernesman said. “In that third set early when we went down three or four, Stacey (DiFrancesco) went back to the line and we caught them in a tough rotation and she started short serving them in a spot they just couldn’t handle. That got us back in that third set and built momentum into the fourth.” In the second set, the Cardinals scored the first three points to take the lead for the set. However, HBU managed to come back to tie the set 3-3. Once UIW scored the next point, a kill by Gillard tied the set again 4-4. The Huskies then kept their lead until the Cardinals scored to tie the set 12-12. After a kill by McStravick, HBU then scored to keep their lead until the very end of the set when UIW tied up 24-24. A kill by Doerpinghaus kept their lead by one, but a kill by Wooten led the Huskies to win this set 26-24. In the first set, HBU broke the tie 4-4 by scoring six straight points to take the lead 10-4. The Cardinals then attempted to come back by making the set 17-9, but the Huskies scored two to make the set 19-11 with kills by junior middle blocker Allison Doerpinghaus and McStravick. HBU then kept the lead to win the set 25-11. In the win, NSU (9-12, 6-2 Southland Conference) received tremendous play from middle blockers Mackenzie Neely and Glynna Johnson who made their impact on the offensive end each tallying 11 kills. “In the fourth set, it was kind of how we’ve been the last couple years,” Hernesman said. “I think it was 14-18 or 14-19 and I never really felt uncomfortable. I knew there was pressure there but we perform well in those situations. It was a little bit of a trademark defensive run for us there.” Stephen F. Austin 3, New Orleans 0NACOGDOCHES, Texas – The Stephen F. Austin women’s volleyball team excelled in every phase of the game on Saturday afternoon to run away with a straight set victory over New Orleans (25-12, 25-15, 25-11) in Shelton Gym. At the midway point in the Southland Conference season, the Ladyjacks are a perfect 8-0 and have won 24 of 25 sets. It is the best start in conference for SFA since 2007.  “Today got us halfway through the conference schedule,” Humphreys said. “We’ve had a very successful first half but there’s a lot of volleyball remaining. One of the reasons we’re improving at such a fast pace this season is our depth that you saw today. We have quality players on the other side of the net every single day in practice so we get to compete at a high level every day.” A&M-Corpus Christi carried over their momentum into the third set to secure a 25-15 victory. The Islanders jumped out to an 8-2 lead after consecutive kills by McGarva and Brink. The Islanders then extended their lead to 14-4 on a 6-1 run after an ace by Baresh. McGarva then put down a kill at 21-11 before an attacking error by ACU at 22-11 sparked the home team on a 4-1 run to cut the Islanders lead to 23-15. However, a kill by Phelps and an attacking error by the Wildcats gave the Islanders the 2-1 match lead. The Islanders hit a set high .333 in the set and held ACU to .000 hitting.last_img read more

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Blues third in nation at Jr. College World Series

first_img BY TIM MORRIS Staff Writer BY TIM MORRISStaff Writer By any measurement, the 2006 season was a huge success for the Brookdale Community College baseball team. Johnny Johnson’s Jersey Blues defended their Region XIX and Northeast District titles, and finished third at the Division II Junior College World Series, held in Millington, Tenn. They finished the season 48-10. “They came out and played unbelievably, overall,” Johnson said of his team’s play at the World Series. “They played with their hearts. “Talent-wise, we were right there,” he added. Pitcher Bill Lawson, who tossed a shutout and picked up a save, third baseman Paddy Matera and outfielder Carlos Guzman were the Blues who made the All-Tournament Team in Millington. The Blues were oh so close to reaching the final, losing to eventual champion Louisiana State University-Eunice, 6-4. In that game, the Blues had a 3-0 lead before an uncharacteristic error opened the door for three unearned runs that allowed Eunice to tie the game and eventually win. The Blues had a rested Lawson waiting to pitch the championship game had they gotten past LSU-Eunice. Lawson opened up the tournament by registering one of just two shutouts thrown at the Series. The Blues beat Allegheny College, 8-0. That was followed by a 10-5 loss to Grand Rapids. With wins over St. Louis-Forest Park (8-6) and Allegheny (7-6), the Blues climbed back into contention and were just one game away from the final, when they lost to LSU-Eunice. Matera led BCC in hitting during the tournament (May 27-June 2), batting .43 going 7-for-16 with five RBIs. Joe Schiettino batted .400 with a team-high eight hits (8-for-20) and six RBIs. Guzman was 7-for-21 for a .333 average. He slammed the team’s two home runs and was tops in runs scored (seven), total bases (14) and slugging (.667). Joe Arminio batted .350 (7-for-20) and scored five runs, and Pedro Nieves was the other BCC batter over .300, hitting .333 (6-for-18). Lawson was 1-0 with one save and an earned run average of 0.00. Besides his shutout, he picked up a save in the 8-6 win over St. Louis-Forest Park. Johnson wasn’t going to bring it up as an excuse, but it didn’t help that the Blues were the only team in the tournament to have two weeks between games. They won their District playoff on May 14, and the Series didn’t begin until May 27. It was easy for hitters to lose their momentum with that much time off. From the start of the season back on March 1, Johnson saw a lot of potential in this year’s club. He pointed to the team’s depth from one-to-nine in the lineup, and how well they played as a unit. “I was very excited about the team,” he said. “I thought they had the talent to exceed last year. “They had to bring their A game each game,” he added. “They left everything on the field. They deserved everything they got.” There was another way to measure Brookdale’s season, and that is where the sophomores are going. Eight have won college scholarships to four-year schools, where they will continue their careers. Center fielder Damian Walcott was drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 37th round of the amateur baseball draft, and the Freehold Borough High School grad is leaning toward signing with the National League Club. Catcher Nick Mullins, a Brick Township High School grad, is going to the University of Pittsburgh. Pitchers Kevin Rickert, Nick Riker (Red Bank Catholic) and Ramon Guzman, and first baseman Joe Arminio are headed to Lynn University in Florida. Shortstop Joe Schiettino (Lakewood) will be going to Lambuth College in Tennessee. Pitcher Ryan Beard has signed with Rutgers, and Lawson will be deciding among Western Kentucky, University of Alabama, South Alabama and Seton Hall. The college scholarships may be the best way to judge the success of this club, and on that basis, it was a championship season. Eight Brookdale players offered scholarships to four-year schools last_img read more

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First Brazil gold spurs last-minute ticket sales

first_imgBrazil’s first gold medal has boosted Olympic ticket sales and organisers expect attendances to pick up in coming days, although some venues including the Copacabana beach volleyball arena are still struggling to fill seats.Judoka Rafaela Silva, who grew up in Rio’s notorious Cidade de Deus favela, burst into tears on Monday as she held up her medal to a roaring crowd as the Brazilian national anthem played.“There is nothing better for ticket sales than when the country wins its first gold,” Games spokesman Mario Andrada told reporters on Tuesday.“Brazilians, as has been widely said, are late buyers, but it’s impossible to resist when you have the Games at home,” he said.Some 100,000 new tickets were taken up on Monday, much better than the average of 10,000 per day about two weeks before the Rio 2016 Games kicked off. Around 82 percent of tickets available for Monday were sold, Andrada added.“We wish we could have done this before but we’re not complaining, we’re looking to the future and we’re going to sell more and more,” he said.A late surge could help compensate for a shaky start, with organisers admitting this week that only Friday’s Opening Ceremony had sold out.Even iconic venues like beach volleyball on Rio’s famous coastline have had a good chunk of empty seats. Not even Brazil’s soccer team in their first match at the Games attracted a capacity crowd.Prices for the Rio tickets range between $10 and about $1,150 for the Opening Ceremony. More than half the tickets cost $17 or less, about half the price of London 2012 tickets.But for many poor people in Brazil, a developing country, those prices remain cruelly out of reach.The Latin American powerhouse is also struggling with its worst recession since the 1930s and there is strong opposition to hosting the Games amid the crisis.In addition, long delays at security checkpoints on the first day of full competition frustrated spectators.Brazilians tend to show up late and trickle in and out of events, but exuberant crowds have helped compensate for empty seats.“I would say that it seems really loud (on the court), so I can’t imagine if it was full and everyone was cheering that loud,” said American tennis player Madison Keys.“As long as you can feel the energy and you feel that the crowd is really into it, I don’t think it really matter how many people are there.”last_img read more

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Usino Bundi claim soccer title

first_imgThe boys from the Madang- Ramu Highway inland were too strong, scoring in the first half leading 2-0 into the break.Madang District on the other hand played a classic game but could not find the net despite numerous opportunities by the strikers.Usino Bundi District defended well in the second half all to win the game. Bogia finished third after forfeiting Sumkar.last_img

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Yeng Guiao says late foul cost NLEX the game vs NorthPort

first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—NLEX head coach Yeng Guiao was left with mixed emotions after his team’s sorry loss to NorthPort in the 2019 PBA Commissioner’s Cup on Saturday.Guiao said he was pleased with the Road Warriors’ showing despite the 83-79 setback having played minus an import, but at the same time, furious over a foul called against his guard Kyles Lao with 52 seconds left.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “Sobrang nipis. And previous to that action, if they want to call a foul, we just watched the tape, Sean Anthony was climbing all over the back of Kenneth Ighalo. They did not call that but they called an itsy bitsy physical contact. To me, that’s not justifiable.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award03:05Malakanyang bilib sa Phivolcs | Chona Yu LATEST STORIES Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard Serbian star Nikola Jokic to play in 2019 Fiba World Cup MOST READ The Witcher series prompts over 500,000 reprints of Andrzej Sapkowski’s bookscenter_img LeBron James stretches lead in NBA All-Star Game fan voting View comments Pagadian on tighter security for 100,000 expected at Sto. Niño feast Solon urges Solgen to reconsider quo warranto petition vs ABS-CBN Eduard Folayang gets new opponent for ONE Manila card Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption “I’m actually happy with our effort. We played without an import but we had a chance to win the game in the last one or two possessions,” Guiao told reporters.“We got a really ugly break. I don’t think the foul on Kyles Lao was something that you should call in a situation like that. That’s a really bad call and it cost us the game.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsThe foul resulted to NorthPort guard Nico Elorde making one of two free throws that gave the Batang Pier a 79-77 edge.“I’m not surprised that people are complaining about the officiating. My problem with that call is (technical director) Eric Castro justified it,” said Guiao, who also got a technical foul for arguing the call. “I think that’s stupidity. That is a stupid way to justify that call. They justified it by saying there was contact. The problem is not all contacts are foul. To me, that is a stupid way to justify that.”last_img read more

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Crime at crisis levels

first_imgA study by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) estimates the direct annual cost of crime and violence in Latin America and the Caribbean at US1 billion or 3.55 per cent of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) – roughly what the Region invests in infrastructure and double the average cost for developed countries.IDB’s study, “The Costs of Crime and Violence: New Evidence, New Revelations in Latin America and the Caribbean”, compared the cost of crime for 17 countries in the Region, benchmarking them against six developed countries and found that “crime and violence are at near crisis levels in Latin America and the Caribbean. The Region accounts for nine per cent of the world’s population but contributes nearly one-third of its homicide victims, making it the most violent region outside of war zones. Six out of ten robberies in the Region involve violence and 90 per cent of murders go unresolved. Its prisons are the most overcrowded in the world.”The IDB noted that while there have been positive developments for Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) in terms of economic growth comparative to developed countries, crime in the Region has increased.According to the IDB, “in the face of high crime rates, the costs of crime can be sizable: individuals change their behaviour to avoid (or engage in) criminal activity, households and businesses spend to protect themselves from crime, firms reduce their levels of investment and incur productivity losses, and governments shift the allocation of resources to tackle the associated problems.”The executive summary of the IDB study revealed that “crime costs LAC countries, on average, between 2.41 per cent and 3.55 per cent of their GDPs. This is equal to an amount for LAC between US5 billion and US0 billion (at 2014 exchange rates) or between US5 billion and US1 billion (adjusted for purchasing power parity). The size of crime-related costs in LAC is similar to what those countries spend on infrastructure and is roughly equal to the share of the Region’s income that goes to the poorest 30 per cent of the population. These cost estimations provide a clear picture of the impact of crime and violence in LAC and should foster improvements in public policies that can ultimately reduce them”.The Finance Minister, Winston Jordan made reference to Guyana’s crime situation during the presentation of the 2017 Budget estimates, where he announced a myriad of new measures which will allow the authorities to both prevent and respond efficiently to crimes. He announced that in 2017, the Government will expend .1 billion to restore public confidence in our security sector.Besides the obvious unrest being experienced by the local business community and residents in neighbourhoods across Guyana, the effects of crime would also be felt in the pockets of taxpayers.The measures to be implemented, which were announced, are all aimed at restoring public confidence in the security sector. These include but are not limited to: increasing recruitment of Police Officers by approximately 20 per cent; improving the Police Force’s mobility; expanding patrols in key areas to deter criminal activity, for which over 0 million has been budgeted, complemented by expansion of the mounted branch in key hinterland locations; strengthening the integrated crime information system; re-establishing and operationalising the 911 service; expanding surveillance; the launching of a multi-agency collaboration to tackle narcotics, smuggling, and human-trafficking, and the upgrading of 12 police stations across the country.Added to this, to offset the overcrowding of the Georgetown Prison, the Finance Minister announced that the complex at the Mazaruni Prisons would be expanded at a cost of .2 billion, of which 9 million is budgeted for in 2017, and will see the expansion of offices, inmate living facilities, staff and family living facilities, training facilities, as well as the construction of a school, day-care centre and places of worship.However, the IDB study also notes that countries that spend more on prisons do not necessarily reap the benefits of less violence. “The Bahamas and El Salvador, for instance, spend large sums (in terms of GDP) on their penitentiary systems, but suffer from high crime rates. Argentina and Uruguay, on the other hand, have much lower incarceration costs and lower crime rates.”The IDB also found that high levels of incarceration rates were exacting an economic toll on the Region, more so Latin America. For the 2010-2014 period, the Region spent US.5 billion per year to maintain and build prisons. On top of this, imprisoned individuals forgo an additional US.3 billion annually in income. The two numbers together amount to 0.39 per cent of GDP, more than the conditional cash transfers for the Region’s poor.last_img read more

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Everton boss Koeman reveals midfielder has had surgery, out for next three weeks

first_imgEverton manager Ronald Koeman has revealed he will be without James McCarthy for the next three weeks.The midfielder has had an operation to repair a groin injury which kept him out of the win over Stoke City on August 27.However, full-back Seamus Coleman is set return on Monday against Sunderland.The full-back has not featured in the Premier League this season due to an ankle injury.But he played for Ireland earlier this week in their World Cup qualifier in Serbia and is in contention to start at the Stadium of Light.“James McCarthy has had groin surgery and will be out for three weeks,” Koeman said, at a press conference ahead of Monday’s clash with Sunderland.“Seamus Coleman was fit to play [for Ireland] and he has come back without any reaction. He is now fit to start.” James McCarthy in action for Everton 1last_img read more

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Six indicted in election day vote violations

first_imgMEMPHIS, Tenn. – Three poll workers accused of casting ballots in the name of dead voters were among six people indicted on charges of violating election laws in a state Senate race, a prosecutor announced Wednesday. Prosecutor Bill Gibbons said his investigation found no evidence of a widespread conspiracy to throw the election to either candidate. Democrat Ophelia Ford was certified the winner over Republican Terry Roland by 13 votes in September. The state Senate overturned the election this year amid allegations of irregularities. “There was an effort on the part of certain individuals … to cast some illegal votes for Miss Ford. But I stress that there is nothing to indicate that she knew anything about that,” Gibbons said. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2None of those indicted worked for either of the campaigns and neither candidate has been accused of wrongdoing, officials said. The poll workers are charged with official misconduct. Three felons who cast ballots also were charged with violating election laws. All the counts are felonies. Ford is challenging her removal from the Senate, and a federal judge has blocked the seating of an interim replacement pending a hearing. David Cocke, Ford’s lawyer, said the indictments might help his client. “It bolsters our argument that this was not a conspiracy that tainted the entire election,” he said. But GOP Senate Majority Leader Ron Ramsey said the indictments show the election was flawed. “This justifies the actions we took,” Ramsey said. “From the beginning, we said this was about the integrity of the ballot box, not necessarily about partisan politics or the candidates.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Developer fees to dip by millions

first_imgLANCASTER – Antelope Valley Union High School District officials are forecasting that its collection of developer fees will drop by almost half from $18 million to $10 million this school year because of a slowdown in Antelope Valley home building. The drop, if it materializes, will reduce the money available for finishing Eastside High School, but officials say the district has about $32 million banked in its developer fee fund. “We’re projecting a softening in the real estate market will reduce developer fees signficantly but not completely,” trustee Al Beattie said. “We would like staff to work with conservative numbers. We are OK even if developer fees fall way off this next year.” District officials are basing their lower estimate on anecdotal evidence: talking to local home builders, viewing tract maps, and hearing reports by the media. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe Christmas Truce of 1914 proved that peace is possible“Developers come in here and pull permits. As they do it, we talk to them and find out how the housing market is going,” said Mat Havens, director of facilities, acquisition and development. “Tract maps get sent to us; we keep a pulse on it. From what you read, houses are not selling as much. You can see that the building market and housing development is going to slow down. It’s happening already.” The district will spend about $25 million, or more than two-thirds of the $32 million it has collected in a developer fee fund, to complete construction of Eastside High School. The district is being forced to dip deeper into that fund after the failure of its $177.5 million school construction bond measure in June that was supposed to finance finishing up Eastside as well as build two more high schools and do other improvement projects. Had the bond passed, the district probably would have only used between $10 million to $12 million in developer fees on the Eastside project. Eastside’s permanent campus, the district’s eighth comprehensive school located at Avenue J-8 and 35th Street East, is under construction. The school has ninth- and 10th-graders housed in portable classrooms. The board has approved spending $42 million to build the 200,000-square-foot main classroom building. The bid was awarded to San Diego-based Douglas E. Barnhart, which submitted the lowest of five bids. Left to be built are the cafeteria, fine arts building, and food kiosk, which should bring the total construction budget to about $120 million. The district separated construction of Eastside into phases in March after the sole construction bid came in nearly 50 percent more than the estimated cost. Sylmar-based Tutor-Saliba sent in a bid of $141.7 million, which was more than the district’s estimated projected cost of $95 million. School officials hoped that breaking up the work would draw more interest from smaller companies, which might not be able to complete the entire campus but could do portions of the work. After voters rejected the bond, the district postponed indefinitely building Eastside’s administration and theater/fine arts buildings. “Our objective was to build with what the district has available and attract more competition, and we’ve done that,” Havens said. Havens said the projected $8 million drop in developer fee revenue is equivalent to the cost of Eastside’s administrative offices. “Any $8 million decline in revenue is significant for us. If the projections are wrong, then that additional revenue could be earmarked for Eastside,” Havens said. The district also uses developer fee money to pay for ongoing leases on portable buildings, and will use it to pay for more temporary buildings for Eastside as the school adds two more classes of students and to fund design work for the district’s ninth and 10th high schools. The board last November approved a 5 percent hike in the fees it charges home builders to $1.57 per square foot. The state has set $2.63 per square foot as the standard residential developer fee for financing school construction, but in the Antelope Valley that fee must be shared among more than one school district. In the Los Angeles County portion of the Antelope Valley, developer-fee revenue is divided between the high school district and the individual elementary school districts within the high school district boundaries. karen.maeshiro@dailynews.com (661) 267-5744160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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