Results from the Roseau Valley Basketball League Playoffs

first_img Share 11 Views   no discussions Share On Wednesday April 11th, the Lily Valley Sharks defeated the R.C. Bullets by a final score of 79-68 pts, in game 1, of a best-of 3 quarter final. Both teams made the play-offs after struggling in the final games, to get in. The game began extremely poorly, with both teams struggling to get points, and scored only a combined 12 points, in 6 minutes. The game did begin to pick up some pace in the ending of the 1st quarter, going into the 2nd. Both teams continued to trade baskets but the sharks had opened up a 10 point lead within the 1st half, but it was brought down to 5 points at the end of the half. At the beginning of the 3rd quarter the sharks walked all over the bullets, as they had no answer. Bernard Mills tried his best to keep the bullets in the game, as he was without his favourite comrade, Garth Joseph, who will not be available for the entire playoffs. The Sharks continued to dominate the game, both offensively and defensively, and closing out with a very comprehensive 11 point win. Top performers for Sharks were; Mathias “Bagalaw” Douglas – 27 pts, 5 reb, 2 asts, 2 blks, Clinton “Boogie” Charles – 20 pts, 2 asts, Ray Charles – 11 pts, 3 reb and Craig St. Rose – 10 pts, 5 reb, 8 asts.Top performers for Bullets were Bermard “Milo” Mills – 29 pts, 9 asts, 3 reb, Ian “Ehor” Brumant – 16 pts, 4 asts and Larocque St. Jean – 8 pts, 3 reb.Next games scheduled games will be on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. – Fond Canie Rebels vs. Laudat Spartans – game 2 and Friday at 7: 30 p.m. – R.C Bullets vs. Lily Valley Sharks – game 2Dominica Vibes News Tweetcenter_img NewsSports Results from the Roseau Valley Basketball League Playoffs by: – April 12, 2012 Sharing is caring! Sharelast_img read more

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Local County Has Highest Unemployment Rate In State

first_imgThe jobless rate in Fayette County rose to 8 percent in May. (Image: Tour Connersville)A southeastern Indiana county has the highest unemployment numbers in the state, according to new data released by the Indiana Department of Workforce Development.The jobless rate in Fayette County increased last month from 7.6 percent to 8 percent. The county now has the highest unemployment rate surpassing Vermillion County at 7.8 percent.The May numbers show the unemployment rate held steady across the state at 5.7 percent, mainly due to approximately 2,000 Hoosiers returning to the labor force to look for work.Indiana’s rate of unemployment remains more than one-half of a percentage point below the national rate. Indiana’s labor force gains also continue to outpace the national rate, as the Hoosier labor force has grown by more than 46,000 over the past year, while U.S. increases have been minimal.“The Hoosier labor force has grown significantly for the past eight months in a row,” said Scott B. Sanders, Commissioner of the Indiana Department of Workforce Development. “This is not the case with some of our neighboring states who have experienced unemployment rate declines due to decreases in their labor force. It is clear that Hoosiers are going back to work and that good jobs are available.”Other counties in the region were just above or below the state average with Ripley County at 6.1 percent, Dearborn at 5.8 percent, Franklin County at 5.6 percent, and Decatur County at 5.2 percent.last_img read more

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Deontay Wilder retains WBC title in thrilling split draw with Tyson Fury; rematch inevitable?

first_imgAlthough the end may not have been satisfying, the fight certainly was. Fury used his deft boxing ability, while Wilder sought to slug his way to victory. The contrast in styles led to fireworks and several nail-biting moments. For the most part, Fury controlled the war of towering giants with his movement, defensive ability and a flicking jab that had him banking early rounds. However, Wilder scored knockdowns in the ninth and 12th rounds that would have polished off just about any other heavyweight. Somehow, the Brit managed to get to his feet, regain his senses and get back to outboxing “The Bronze Bomber.”  Fury managing to rise in the 12th round after being left for dead with a savage combination from Wilder has epitomized his comeback trail. This time last year, Fury was closing in on 400 pounds and self-destructing with drugs, alchohol and mental issues. But the lineal champion willed himself back into fighting shape to put himself in position to face Wilder and be a champion. In the 12th round, Wilder landed a savage combination that put Fury flat on his back. It looked as if the count would reach 10, but Fury popped up to his feet. Not only that, he actually fought his way back into the round and saw the final bell. If nothing else, the profiles for both fighters has grown from an epic encounter. Wilder could have packed it in after Fury thoroughly outclassed him in the early rounds. The heavy-hitting fighter from Alabama struggled to find his target, as Fury evaded the big right hand and kept Wilder completely off balance. Without much of a plan B, Wilder was forced to throw caution to the wind in hopes of landing the big shot. Fortunately, there were rounds where Fury didn’t do much offensively, which left the judges flipping a coin over the winner of the round. As the rounds pressed on, Fury continued to pop the jab and follow with an occasional right hand. Wilder’s right eye began to swell shut, but the Tuscaloosa native refused to call it a night. In the ninth round, Wilder finally found his target as a right hand bounced off of Fury’s head and sent the Brit to the canvas. It looked as if the end could be near, but Fury regained his wits and boxed his way out of the round. With Fury forcing Wilder into his fight for the 10th and 11th rounds, Wilder desperately needed something big.He almost got it.The drama kept the fans engaged and the final scorecard begs for a rematch. “I would love for it to be my next fight (on the rematch),” Wilder (40-0-1) said afterward. “Why not? Let’s give the fans what they want to see. It was a great fight and let’s do it again.  It doesn’t matter to me where we do it. “​Fury agreed that the best course of action is to dance again to determine a winner. “One hundred percent we’ll do the rematch,” Fury (27-0-1) said. “We are two great champions. Me and this man are the two best heavyweights on the planet.”​Join DAZN and watch Canelo plus more than 100 fight nights a year(All times Eastern.)Wilder vs. Fury resultsDeontay Wilder and Tyson Fury battle to a split draw. Scores are 115-111 Wilder, 114-112 Fury and 113-113. We have a split draw.Round 12 : Wilder needs a hail mary and lands one! Fury goes down like a sack of bricks. Somehow, he gets to his feet. Unbelievable! Wilder looking to finish the job and is launching everything at Fury. But Fury lands a combination that stuns Wilder. Unreal! Fury survives until the final bell. 10-8 Wilder (113-113)Round 11 : Wilder is unable to do anything. Fury, on the other hand, is boxing brilliantly. Who knew he could keep this up for this long and survive a knockdown? 10-9 Fury (105-103 Fury)Round 10 : Fury has a monster bounce back round. The pep is back in his step and he’s cracking Wilder with jabs and right hands. Wilder tries to launch a desperation flurry, but this was all Fury. 10-9 Fury (95-94 Fury)Round 9 : Out of nowhere, Wilder lands a right hand that sends Fury down! Fury barely makes it up, but lands a huge right hand that stuns Wilder. It’s a brawl, but Wilder seems tired while Fury gets his wits. 10-8 Wilder (85-85)Round 8: Fury is taking over the fight. His jab remains crisp and finding its target. Wilder has no plan B. He’s done an awful job setting up the right hand and is playing right into Fury’s hands. A triple jab and right hand briefly stuns Wilder toward the end of the round. 10-9 Fury (77-75 Fury)Round 7 : Wilder charges but Fury, once again, avoids any damage. But Fury’s jab and a follow up right hand land clean. Wilder’s eye is swelling and he may start getting desperate. 10-9 Fury (67-66 Fury)Round 6 : Fury has Wilder fighting his fight. The output is way down, but a combination by Fury is the best moment of the round. These rounds are very close with just a hair of action from either side. 10-9 Fury (57-57)Round 5 : A much slower round as neither is able to land anything big. Fury isn’t throwing enough and that may have given the round to Wilder. 10-9 Wilder (48-47 Wilder)Round 4 : Fury has done an excellent job of staying away from the big right hand. However, his workrate is dropping. Wilder using the jab and lands a nice left uppercut is enough to take the round. 10-9 Wilder (38-38)Round 3 : A round where not much happens, but Wilder’s aggression with the jab and body shots likely took it. Fury is playing head games, which could be a problem late. 10-9 Wilder (29-28 Fury)Round 2 : Wilder is having a hell of a time figuring out the Fury puzzle. Fury landing the jab, a few hard body shots and a right hook around Wilder’s gloves. Wilder is working the jab, but can’t find the target. 10-9 Fury (20-18 Fury). Round 1 : Fury is dancing, while Wilder is looking for the big bomb. Wilder lands a hard left, but Fury is unaffected. It’s a Wilder round until Fury lands a BOMB that staggers Wilder toward the end of the round. 10-9 Fury. 11:46 p.m. : Deontay Wilder with an epic entrance. Rapper Jay Rock performs “Win” with fireworks, a brass section in the crowd and Wilder is wearing a crown with his mask. All of the theatrics. 11:38 p.m. : Fury heads to the ring to a MASSIVE ovation. The Brits have traveled for this fight and are making their presence felt. The energy here is crazy. 11:30 p.m. : The celebrities are rolling in and we’re minutes away from the main event. The arena is buzzing. The Brits are chanting. It’s time. Jarrett Hurd wrecks Jason Welborn with a body shot for 4th round KO11:07 p.m. : Welborn gets a rise out of the crowd as he blitzes Hurd. But while people think Hurd is in trouble, this was all by design as the champion waits for Welborn to exhaust himself and opens up a whole can of whoop ass. A salvo of power shots, punctuated by a vicious right hook to the body that puts Welborn down and out for the 10 count. Afterward, Jermell Charlo steps into the ring to challenge Hurd. The two exchange words before being separated. A clash between Charlo and Hurd in 2019 would easily be one of the most anticipated showdowns of the year. 11:00 p.m.: Hurd said earlier in the week that he wants to show the world he’s more than just a pressure fighter against Welborn. After two rounds he’s boxed, been defensive and moved. It shouldn’t be too much longer before he cranks up the pressure to get Welborn out of here. 10:49 p.m. : California rapper The Game walks Hurd out while performing his song “Dreams.” There’s a lot of California love from Hurd, who is also wearing the colors of the Los Angeles Lakers. 10:39 p.m.: The co-main event is up next as Jarrett Hurd (22-0, 15 KOs) will defend his WBA, IBF and IBO junior middleweight titles against Jason Welborn (24-6, 7 KOs). This shouldn’t be remotely competitive. Luis Ortiz dominates Travis Kauffman en route to a 10th-round TKO10:29 p.m .: For good measure, Ortiz drops Kauffman in the 10th round with yet another left hand. It’s been one-way traffic the entire fight. If Kauffman has done anything, it’s prove he can take a punch. Ortiz finally says enough and blitzes Kauffman with a brutal barrage of power shots. The referee allowed Kauffman to eat about four punches too many, but finally calls a halt to the bout at the 1:58 mark. 10:18 p.m .: Yet another blistering left hand drops Kauffman in eighth round. Another fighter would have packed it in, but Kauffman gets right back to his feet. He hasn’t won a single round, but he’s determined to last until the final bell.  10:13 p.m. : In the sixth round, a hard left hand by Ortiz put Kauffman down face first. “King Kong” thought it was over and began to celebrate. However, Kauffman bounced back to his feet with a smile on his face. Somehow, he survived the round.  10:05 p.m .: After five rounds, Kauffman is doing little more than mugging and posing in front of Ortiz. The one thing he’s not doing? Fighting. 9:56 p.m. : After two rounds, Luis Ortiz is in control against Travis Kauffman. It seems like it’s only a matter of time before “King Kong” puts an end to the fight. If that happens, we’re sure to have a lot of downtime before the co-main event. 9:42 p.m.: We’re killing time between fights. So far, Rosie Perez, Desus & Mero, Terence Crawford, Erislandy Lara, Badou Jack and Shawn Porter have all been spotted at Staples Center for the undercard. Word is that LeBron James, Kobe Bryant and Magic Johnson will all be here. Denzel Washington is also on the celebrity guest list. 9:31 p.m. : Next up is Luis “King Kong” Ortiz (29-1, 25 KOs) taking on Travis Kauffman (32-2 23 KOs). Ortiz is looking to make a statement and put his name right back into the heavyweight title mix with a win. After giving Wilder all that he could handle earlier this year, Wilder is deserving to be in the mix. Joe Joyce needs only one round to knock out Joe Hanks  9:22 p.m. : Well, that was fast. Joe Joyce obliterated Joe Hanks in the first round. Joyce caught Hanks with a chopping right hand that clearly hurt Hanks, but it looked as if he was playing possum. He wasn’t. He was hurt badly. Joyce invited him back into the center of the ring and took Hanks out of his misery with a left hook. 9:14 p.m.: The Wilder-Fury PPV broadcast kicks off with 2016 Olympic silver medalist Joe Joyce (6-0, 6 KOs) squaring off against Joe Hanks (23-2, 15 KOs). Joyce could be a legit threat to the top tier of heavyweights. It’s imperative that he loosens up as a professional. He still possesses some robotic amateur elements, but the power is real and so is the talent. Oleksandr Gvozdyk knocks out Adonis Stevenson to capture the WBC light heavyweight championship8:57 p.m.: Gvozdyk def. Stevenson by knockout in the 11th round to win the WBC light heavyweight title.  Gvozdyk rallied in the 11th with a straight right hand followed by a left hand to send Stevenson to the ropes. Gvozdyk threw a right hand that wobbled Stevenson. Gvozdyk smelled blood. He wobbled Stevenson again with another right hand and then poured it on with a vicious combination to send Stevenson down and out to capture the WBC crown.8:51 p.m.:  Stevenson needed a rally in the 10th round. He appeared to get it when he sent Gvozdyk to the ropes with a left hand. Gvozdyk held him to gain his composure. Gvozdyk came back with a two-punch combination and moments later, a five-punch combo to end the round. Can Stevenson rally in the last two rounds?8:45 p.m.:  Gvozdyk is putting on a clinic. With the crowd chanting “Superman” to begin the eighth, Gvozdyk wasn’t bothered by it whatsoever. He pressed the action, stayed in Stevenson’s space and just kept throwing combinations, moving out of the way and then blasting a right hand down the middle. 8:42 p.m.:  Gvozdyk learned from what he did at the end of sixth and applied it into the seventh, coming right out and landing another combination. He was throwing three-, four-punch combiations and then shifting to the side to not allow Stevenson to blast him with a straight left hand. When he did stand there, he’d make Stevenson miss. Stevenson walked back to his corner breathing heavily, so watch out for that as we head into the later rounds.8:37 p.m.:  Stevenson did a little more work in the sixth round. He tried to work the body and follow it up with a left upstairs. Gvozdyk put a halt to the little momentum at the end of the round, connecting on a explosive three-punch combination.8:30 p.m:  In the fourth round, Gvozdyk continues the momentum connecting on a series of four- and five-punch combinations and landing the right hand down the middle on more than one occasion. At this point, Stevenson has become a stationary target and throwing only one left hand at a time.8:24 p.m.:  Gvozdyk caught Stevenson with a right hand, but the ref called it a slip. Showtime is starting off with Adonis Stevenson vs. Oleksandr Gvozdyk from Centre Videotron, Quebec City.Sporting News will be providing live coverage and results inside the Staples Center when the main card begins at 9 p.m.Wilder vs. Fury fight cardDeontay Wilder vs. Tyson Fury for Wilder’s WBC heavyweight titleJarrett Hurd vs. Jason Welborn for Hurd’s IBF/WBA Junior Middleweight titleLuis Ortiz vs. Travis Kauffman; HeavyweightsJoe Joyce vs. Joe Hanks; HeavyweightsAlfredo Angulo vs. TBA; Super MiddleweightsJulian Williams vs. Javier Francisco Castro; Junior MiddleweightsMark Barriga vs. Carlos Licona for vacant IBF Strawweight titleChris Arreola vs. Maurenzo Smith; HeavyweightsRobert Guerrero vs. Adam Mate; WelterweightsMarsellos Wilder vs. David Damore; CruiserweightsIsaac Lowe vs. Luis Rafael Baez; FeatherweightsJesse Rodriguez vs. Alex Aragon; Junior FlyweightsAnthony Yarde vs. TBA; Light HeavyweightsWilder vs. Fury latest news – Why hasn’t Deontay Wilder become the biggest boxing attraction in the United States? Sporting News’ combat sports editor Andreas Hale gives the biggest reason.- Tyson Fury has a chance to regain the heavyweight title. Here are six of the greatest heavyweights to win back the gold.- Fury has risen to the top of the mountain and been to the depths of despair. We chronicle the uneven journey to this point.- Who wins: Deontay Wilder or Tyson Fury ? Our team Sporting News Boxing team give their picks.- SN talks with the top names in the sport on who they feel walks out of LA the WBC heavyweight champion.- Saturday night is the moment Wilder has been waiting for. LOS ANGELES — The naysayers said the heavyweight division was dead in the United States. Boy, were they wrong.The biggest heavyweight fight on American soil since Lennox Lewis faced Mike Tyson in 2002 delivered a great deal of excitement and drama as Tyson Fury survived two knockdowns, including one in the final round, and battled WBC champion Deontay Wilder to a split draw in front of 17,698 fans at the Staples Center.   – Even though they are battling for heavyweight supremacy, Wilder and Fury are more alike than people think.- SN takes a delve into why Deontay Wilder vs. Tyson Fury is a must-see fight .- The Deontay Wilder vs. Tyson Fury clash  plays a bigger role in the heavyweight division than most think.last_img read more

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High drama: NBS shuts down during 6-hour standoff with Police

first_img…as Marshals move to execute High Court order…Managers, security guards arrested…bank settles $59M paymentBy Jarryl BryanIt was high drama outside the New Building Society (NBS) as attempts to execute a High Court order on the entity’s properties resulted in a standoff between lawyers, bank officials and the Police.Lawyers for litigant Maurice Arjoon, accompanied by High Court Marshals, descended on New Building Society at noon on Tuesday to levy for a $59 million court awarded judgement. What followed after was a protracted standoff from out of a movie; a Police Officer, a court marshal and civilians were locked in the banking institution.A scene from outside the banking institutionThis situation necessitated the involvement of Deputy Commander of A Division (Georgetown-East Bank Demerara) and Senior Superintendent of Police, Wendell Blanhum, as well as other high-ranking Police ranks. According to Attorney Sanjeev Datadin, who is representing Arjoon, a number of NBS assets were seized leading up to the incident.Security guards being escorted by Police“They took away one of the vehicles… one of the vehicles has already been taken away. And then what happened, I think, the bank closed the doors with everyone that was inside and outside,” he related. “They’ve locked in a lawyer, they’ve locked in a (High Court) marshal, and they’ve locked in a Policeman. And the doors have not reopened; they haven’t allowed anyone in or out.”For more than four hours, the Police were held at bay. During this time, a number of other attorneys including Sase Gunraj and Senior Counsel Ralph Ramkarran arrived at the scene.While junior ranks formed a human cordon around the entrance of the bank, Police Officers managed to gain entry into the building and arrested two internal security officers of the bank for their alleged role in obstructing the order. During this time, a number of civilians remained in the bank, with the Police now able to take statements.Attorney-at-Law Sanjeev Datadin; NBS’s legal representative, Pauline Chase; Senior Counsel Ralph Ramkarran; and Deputy Commander of ‘A’ Division and Senior Superintendent of Police, Wendell Blanhum at the scene of the standoffLocked inAt about 16:45h, a number of NBS staff was allowed to leave the building. Though they all refused to comment, two workmen who were locked in the building related to media operatives that they were prevented from leaving.“The guard man locked the door. When we told him we wanted to (urinate), he said to (urinate) right in there,” one of the workers related. “All the customers and so talking to them and they ain’t want move. They ain’t want open the door,” another staff related.As the standoff wore on, NBS’s legal representative, Pauline Chase, was asked by media operatives about the bank’s actions. She explained that there was an application pending at the time to stay the judgement and as such, the litigants should have delayed their action.NBS acting General Manager Anil Beharry being taken into custodyHowever, after hours of standoff, a cheque to the tune of $59.3 million was made out to Maurice Arjoon; the bank’s dismissed former Chief Executive Officer who took them to court. Several of the bank’s Managers were subsequently arrested and whisked away by Police.The caseThe former CEO took NBS to court for his outstanding pension and other benefits in 2011. Arjoon had originally sued the lending agency for some $550 million in damages.High Court Judge, Justice Brassington Reynolds subsequently ruled in the dismissed CEO’s favour, awarding him more than $79 million in outstanding payments and benefits. The court also ruled that he should be paid a monthly pension of $372,498.The Judge further ordered that the former CEO should receive financial compensation for the damages he had suffered; and moreover, that he was entitled to his pension and severance benefits, in accordance with provisions stipulated in the laws of Guyana.last_img read more

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Zimmer introduces petition on gun magazine limits

first_imgFresh off the passing of federal Bill C-42, also known as the Common Sense Firearms Act, Prince George-Peace River Bob Zimmer introduced a petition in parliament today calling for further repeals to gun legislation.In a release, Zimmer said he introduced a petition from Canada’s National Firearms Association.The petition calls on the Minister of Public Safety, the Minister of Justice and the Attorney General of Canada to remove magazine capacity limits from prohibited status, according to the release.- Advertisement -The limits are set under regulations set under the Criminal Code of Canada.“They request and call upon the Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness and the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada To repeal Item 3 of Part 4 of the schedule to the regulations prescribing certain firearms and other weapons, components and parts of weapons, accessories, cartridge magazines, ammunition and projectiles as prohibited or restricted,” Zimmer said.Some 29,000 people reportedly signed the petition, according to Zimmer.Advertisement Bill C-42 was passed in the House of Commons last week. The bill calls for safety training for first time gun owners, proposes a streamlined licensing system, and would no longer require gun owners to carry a separate document to transport firearms to activities such as target practice or a shooting range competition.The bill will is now before the Senate as part of the legislative process.last_img read more

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Play Your Part to make SA better

first_img13 June 2011 Play Your Part is a national initiative by Brand South Africa, powered by the organisation forgood, to encourage all South Africans – from businesses to individuals, NGOs to government, churches to schools, young and not so young – to contribute to positive change in the country, to become involved, to simply play a part. Through our unique South African spirit of ubuntu and our innate creativity, we hope to bring together like-minded individuals, communities and companies so that we may all become active citizens. Play your part in giving someone a helping hand, donating time and resources, providing the know-how to start a business or an opportunity to kick-start a career. We all have our part to play, big or small. With the 35th anniversary of the Soweto uprisings approaching on 16 June, celebrate what South African youth have achieved. In 1976 they were young, today they are heroes. Everyone needs a hero. You are young now, whose hero will you be one day? Play your part and become that hero … because even heroes have to start somewhere. Play your part today and let us drive this initiative forward into the bright, promising future of South Africa our land.What’s forgood all about? Forgood is a home-grown social network that combines purpose with fun and rewards. The forgood community is made up of friends, groups and activities. Members create groups and activities that other friends on forgood can join. Connect with others near you or those who share your cause. Offer whatever you can: time, money, skills or resources. Get your good on and earn recognition and good points in our Give/Get programme. Once you’e earned enough points, you can exchange them for real-life rewards. Give vouchers to a group or an NGO – get movie tickets and or other goodies for yourself. We make giving fun for everyone. If you’re already involved in a social outreach project, or even if you just love helping others, create a profile for yourself, then create your group and get others to join your cause. Everyone who shares your cause and lives within 50km of your group will be invited to join you. How about if you really want to do something worthwhile, but don’t know where to start looking? Once you sign up, groups and activities will come looking for you, based on where you live and what you’re passionate about. Forgood gives you a real-time map of social action in your community, showing you which groups and activities are working for good right now on your local map. In time, you will find recycling points, HIV clinics, schools and other helpful places in your area. You can also read inspiring stories of good news happening on your doorstep. Or share your good news with us. Source: Brand South Africalast_img read more

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Drive to make all cops tops

first_imgRay Maota The “Promote Professional Policing –reward a cop, report a cop” campaignaims to encourage citizens to report goodand bad behaviour by police officers.(Image: MediaClubSouthAfrica.com. Formore free images, visit the image library) Andrew Faull, senior researcher at the ISS,is also author of Behind the Badge, anin-depth look at the lives of South Africanpolice, who tell about their experiencesin uniform.(Image: Books Live)MEDIA CONTACTS• Andrew FaullInstitute for Security Studies: SeniorResearcher+27 12 346 9500A recently launched initiative to promote professionalism in South Africa’s police force calls on the public to speak out about good and bad cop conduct.The Institute for Security Studies (ISS) launched the “Promote Professional Policing – reward a cop, report a cop” campaign in Johannesburg on 1 September 2011.The campaign aims to encourage citizens to report police involved in corruption, and recognise those who do well in their profession.It was brought about after the ISS’s Crime and Justice Programme (CJP) delved into the public’s perception of the police and the root of corruption among officers.The programme found that the majority of South Africans perceived the police as lazy and corrupt.CJP head Gareth Newham said: “Whilst there is no denying that some deserve that label, many police men and women want nothing more than to serve the public with pride.”Newham added that because there were police officers who were courageous, respectful and dignified; members of the public should encourage them by recognising their efforts.Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa said at the launch: “Understandably, members of the public often take the time to report complaints and negative experiences they have of the police, and we take these complaints and experiences very seriously.”Mthethwa also urged the public to support those officers who were professional and service-orientated.The minister said that the campaign was a platform for the public to voice their experiences with the police, be they good or bad.By showing recognition to those selfless police who strive to protect and serve, those who are corrupt will be isolated and the decline of it will be evident, said Newham.Rewarding and reportingMeasures have been put in place to help the public report on negative and positive policing.The Crime Hub website provides tips on how promote policing excellence, and a Facebook page called Professional-Policing has been set up where citizens can join a forum to share their experiences with others.There are also tips on the Facebook page for how people can reward good policing and report cases of bad police conduct.In addition, the public can follow @RewardaCop on Twitter for the latest news on good and bad policing.Creating a culture of better policingMpho Kwinika, president of the South African Police Union, said: “This campaign comes at an opportune time when police morale is very low. The best reward a cop can get is when communities work with the police to aid an arrest.”According to Andrew Faull, senior ISS researcher, studies have found that the public’s perception of police is not based on how effective they are in tackling crime, but rather how they treat civilians discourteously, abusively or with unnecessary force.Although the recently released crime statistics show that violent criminal acts are on the decline, police still need to work on their treatment of the public to bolster their reputation.Faull said: “What police must realise is that annual announcements of declining crime will only win police momentary legitimacy, what is far more important is that every encounter between a police official and a member of the public is based on procedural justice, fairness, and courtesy.”last_img read more

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John Hastings joins veterans in Aus World Cup squad

first_imgInjured batsman Mike Hussey and allrounder John Hastings will join veterans Ricky Ponting and paceman Brett Lee in the 15-man Australian cricket squad for the World Cup in February and March.Australia will be seeking a fourth World Cup title in the limited-overs tournament to be held in India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.Victoria allrounder John Hastings (left). APChairman of selectors Andrew Hilditch said the squad, which also included Steve Smith and Tim Paine, had found the right balance of youth and experience.”One of the major decisions to be made in this squad was ensuring the balance was right in the squad to provide the best cover for all positions in the event of injury, illness or form issues that may arise,” Hilditch said on Tuesday. “It includes the experience of Ponting, Michael Clarke and Lee, and also some young talent like Steve Smith.”Shaun Tait, Shane Watson, Mike Hussey, Mitchell Johnson and Brad Haddin were all also part of the victorious 2007 ICC cricket World Cup squad that went unbeaten in the Caribbean, so there is plenty of character in this group of Australian cricketers.”Hilditch said Nathan Hauritz was the selectors’ preferred spin option because he has a strong record in India.”He will be an important part of our bid for this fourth World Cup,” Hilditch added.Hussey suffered a hamstring injury in Sunday night’s one-day victory by Australia over England but is expected to recover in time for the tournament.Ponting, who struggled with his form during the recent Ashes test series against England, maintained Australia was still the team to beat at the World Cup.advertisement”It’s quite clear we are the number one ranked team in the world,” he said. “… Our World Cup record speaks for itself and we have a really good balance of youth and experience in the squad to succeed in the tournament.”Australia squad: Ricky Ponting (captain), Michael Clarke, Doug Bollinger, Brad Haddin, John Hastings, Nathan Hauritz, David Hussey, Mike Hussey, Mitchell Johnson, Brett Lee, Tim Paine, Steve Smith, Shaun Tait, Shane Watson, Cameron White.last_img read more

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Getting even, ahead

first_imgPanelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles PBA IMAGESTerrence Romeo swiftly quashed the thought of getting back at his former team, but his coach and his performance indicated otherwise in San Miguel’s gritty victory over TNT, 80-78, at the start of their PBA Philippine Cup quarterfinal series on Saturday night at Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay.Romeo teamed up with Marcio Lassiter and June Mar Fajardo to help the reigning defending champions buck a shaky start, and gain the head start crucial in a race-to-two series.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated LATEST STORIES San Miguel 80—Lassiter 15, Fajardo 15, Romeo 15, Cabagnot 12, Santos 8, Ross 6, Standahrdinger 5, Rosser 2, Pessumal 2, Nabong 0TNT 78—Rosario 23, Pogoy 16, Trollano 11, Williams 9, Taha 8, Castro 8, Reyes 2, A. Semerad 1, Carey 0, Heruela 0, D. Semerad 0, Washington 0Quarters: 13-22, 39-46, 60-65, 80-78Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Private companies step in to help SEA Games hostingcenter_img SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Tigresses, Lady Tams enhance semifinal chances MOST READ Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess “There was none,” the hotshot guard told reporters in Filipino when asked if he came into the game with extra motivation, having been ditched by TNT before finding his way to San Miguel.“I treated this like every playoff game I’ve played in,” he said after shooting 15 points in 22 minutes coming off the bench.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsFajardo was also big, also finishing with 15 points despite the gung-ho double-teams he dealt with all game long.The reigning five-time MVP also hit the go-ahead putback in the dying seconds. Lassiter also had 15 points, all but two coming in the first half that enabled the Beermen to tug at the KaTropa’s coattails. Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Romeo missed playing against his former team in the elimination round due to a sprained left foot.“I was excited to play them. But the goal wasn’t ‘Terrence versus TNT.’ It was ‘SMB versus TNT,’” added the spitfire guard, who shot 3-of-6 from rainbow territory and figured as the catalyst of the Beermen’s fightback in the middle quarters.RR Pogoy missed a desperation three-pointer inside the final 2.2 seconds which could have turned things around for the KaTropa.“Thank God Romeo is here,” San Miguel coach Leo Austria said candidly.The scores:ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

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GALVAN-HERNANDEZ SENTENCED TO UP TO 60 YEARS IN PRISON

first_imgOne of two men accused of killing and dismembering a northeast Nebraska man has been sentenced to up to 60 years in prison.19-year-old Brayan Galvan-Hernandez was sentenced to 35 to 40 years for attempted second degree murder and 15 to 20 years for being an accessory to a felony in Dakota County District Court.The terms are consecutive and Galvan-Hernandez must serve a minimum of 25 years in the plea agreement.Authorities say Galvan-Hernandez and 26-year-old Andres Surber, both of Wakefield, fatally shot 41-year-old Kraig Kubik, of Emerson, last November 1st.Kubik was shot in the back of the head and his dismembered body was found in a culvert in rural Cedar County four days after he was reported missing.In April, a judge ruled that Surber was not mentally competent to stand trial.last_img read more

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