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Why families vote for Three Strikes

first_imgDirect from KiwiblogStuff reports:A Hastings man who sexually assaulted an 87-year-old woman in her home was on parole at the time.Name suppression on Hugh Hemi Tuatua Tareha, 30, was lifted yesterday after he admitted the attack on November 7 last year.It can now be revealed that he attacked another woman on the same day – and that he was on parole at the time for the robbery of an elderly woman.Tareha had been before the Parole Board just the day before and had led the board to believe he was motivated to make changes.“We are pleased with his performance,” the board wrote in its report on November 6.Well they got that one wrong.Yesterday, Justice Simon France entered the convictions and noted that Tareha would receive a second strike under the three strikes legislation at sentencing in September. He ordered a cultural report and two health reports, as the Crown was seeking preventive detention. Tareha was remanded in custody.This is excellent. No parole for him next time, and if he offends again, then he will receive the maximum sentence for his crimes.Make sure you vote to retain the three strikes law at the election.last_img read more

Tanking in the NBA

first_imgThe subject of tanking in the NBA keeps coming up with each completion of a season.  This practice occurs when a team is completely out of playoff contention and they play to lose so they can get a lottery pic in the next draft.  Instead of playing to win and improve their position in the current rankings, they believe a lottery pick will rebuild their team quicker than trying to move up and possibly make the playoffs.The Philadelphia 76ers, the New York Knicks, and the Pacers have all been accused of this in recent years.  To the purest in the sport of basketball, this is just like shaving points.  Teams have done this in the past so bettors can get huge payoffs.  It is also unfair if you tank a game that allows a contender to get an easy win while some other team is playing in a legitimate game.The NBA is trying to come up with a system that favors number of wins over who finishes at the bottom.  My feeling is that too often this practice of tanking allows one of the top teams in the NBA (and other pro sports as well) to rest players at the end of the year while some other contending teams have to play their starters a full game so they do not lose any playoff position.last_img read more

Rogers stuns Serena at Top Seed Open

first_img(REUTERS) – Shelby Rogers pulled off one of the biggest wins of her career when she toppled Serena Williams 1-6, 6-4, 7-6(5) in the quarter-finals of the Top Seed Open in Lexington on Friday.It looked like the top seed would make quick work of Rogers in the rain-delayed encounter after romping through the first set in 26 minutes.But world number 116 Rogers kept her composure and got the better of Williams as the first meeting between the two big hitting Americans turned into a slugfest. Rogers sealed the win when Williams sent a backhand long on match point.“It’s every kid’s dream when growing up watching her (Serena) play, and to be able to do something like that …,” said Rogers, who has yet to get used to the unfamiliar surroundings as the event is being played without any fans in attendance due to the COVID-19 pandemic.“Weird circumstances, weird setting, but a win is a win. I know we’re all just happy to be playing.” Next up for Rogers will be Switzerland’s Jil Teichman.Williams was hoping the tournament would help her to get into top form for the U.S. Open, which starts on August 31.But having been stretched to three sets in all three of her matches this week, the 38-year-old American knows she has plenty of work to do if she is to fulfil her dream of winning that elusive 24th Grand Slam title at Flushing Meadows. “I could play a lot better, I think that’s the main thing I can take from this match,” Williams said.“I made it difficult on myself by making a plethora of unforced errors.”In the other quarter-final of the day, 16-year-old Coco Gauff battled back to defeat Tunisian Ons Jabeur 4-6, 6-4, 6-1 and will next face fellow American Jennifer Brady.last_img read more

Jovan, Monica Vavic earn league awards

first_imgWhen it comes to dominating the competition in the pool, nobody does it better than the Vavic family. Following a season in which head coach Jovan Vavic and his son Nikola guided USC to its fifth straight men’s water polo NCAA title, Jovan Vavic and daughter Monica have won the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation coach of the year and MPSF player of the year honors, respectively, after leading the Women of Troy to a win in the MPSF title game and earning the No. 1 seed in the upcoming NCAA tournament.Lead the way · USC head coach Jovan Vavic has now won the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation coach of the year award a total of 10 times. He’s also been named the national coach of the year 11 times. – Ralf Cheung | Daily TrojanFor Jovan Vavic, the honor is his fourth coach of the year award for the women’s team and 10th overall. After leading the team to a 24-1 season, including two big upsets against reigning national champion and preseason No. 1 Stanford, his selection is largely undisputed. His coaching abilities were highlighted by the emergence and integration of the USC system of many first-year USC stars, including freshmen Anni Espar and Jayde Appel and junior Hannah Buckling, who transferred to USC from Sydney University.Not to be outdone by her brother Nikola, who also won MPSF player of the year honors in the fall, sophomore Monica Vavic holds her own in the family. In addition to her player of the year honor, Monica Vavic leads the conference with 71 goals this season, making her fourth on the list of single-season goals scored by a USC player. A force on both offense and defense all season long, her nine goals this past weekend in the MPSF tournament earned Vavic a spot on the all-tournament team and also earned her first-team all-MPSF honors for the season. Vavic’s selection as MPSF player of the year is the ninth time in history that a USC player has won the award. Her career 110 goals lead the current roster.Along with Monica, teammates Espar and junior goalie Flora Bolonyai were selected as first team all-MPSF players. Espar, a reigning silver medalist at the 2012 London Olympics with the Spanish national team, blasted 25 goals this season, six of which came this past weekend in the MPSF tournament. Bolonyai has anchored the Trojan defense all season, hauling in an average of just fewer than eight saves per game, including nine big ones against Stanford in the MPSF title game.Junior two-meter Kaleigh Gilchrist, who serves as co-captain of the team, was named to the all-MPSF second team. Buckling, also named MVP of the MPSF tournament, received an honorable mention distinction.The Women of Troy will begin their last leg of their run to the title game May 10 in Cambridge, Mass. Their first round match pits them against No. 8-seed Pomona-Pitzer (18-16) at  2:15 p.m.last_img read more

Syracuse goalie Drake Porter to return for 5th year

first_imgSyracuse starting goaltender Drake Porter announced he will return for a fifth year, using an extra year of eligibility granted by the NCAA due to the canceled 2020 season. Porter was the second graduating senior to announce his return, following face-off specialist Danny Varello on Wednesday. “My teammates and I will do whatever it takes to bring a National Championship back to ‘Cuse,” Porter said in a statement. “Hartford or bust.”  Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on April 16, 2020 at 2:01 pm Contact Mitchell: mbannon@syr.educenter_img AdvertisementThis is placeholder textPorter was a member of the preseason All-Atlantic Coast Conference team in 2020 and posted 64 saves and an ACC-leading .577 save percentage across five games. Porter became the first two-year starter in the cage since Evan Molloy. In 2019, Porter led the ACC in save percentage and saves-per-game and was a member of the All-ACC team.The Aurora, Ontario native was ranked as the fourth goalie in the 2020 Premier Lacrosse League draft class by Paul Carcaterra.Earlier Thursday on a Zoom call with the media, teammate Nick Mellen hinted that Porter could possibly return. When asked about the team’s potential for next season, Mellen said, “the roster of guys we have coming back is ridiculous, like extremely deep.” “We got our starting goalie coming back, pretty much our whole defense, pretty much our whole team from last year is coming back,” he said. Other graduating members of the 2020 team that could return with NCAA eligibility include Peter Dearth, Jamie Trimboli and Stephen Rehfuss, all of whom have yet to announce their decisions. Commentslast_img read more

Unprecedented Turnout at Lagos Triathlon Championship

first_img“I am so happy with the enthusiasm showed by the athletes in the first phase of the competition held in Alausa, Ikeja on Sunday where they competed in Duathlon event (cycling and running) and their performance in the last phase at the Teslim Balogun Stadium, Surulere points to the fact that we are in the right path.“I want to assure that the next edition will be better packaged as we will make available clean water for the swimming event of the Triathlon tournament. We will not relent in our efforts to always provide enabling environment for all our athletes to excel. “Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram A Triathlon fiesta facilitated by the Lagos State Sports Commission and organised by the Lagos State Triathlon Association was concluded on Tuesday.The championship, which featured about 80 athletes, saw them competing in cycling, running and swimming. Director General of the Sports Commission, Mr. Adewunmi Ogunsanya said the motive behind staging the event was to give athletes in Triathlon, which is regarded as a lesser sports, a sense of belonging.”We discovered that we have many of our athletes who have the potentials to excel in Triathlon, and we believe that giving them the opportunity to showcase their talents will be a good service to their career and sports development in the state. That is the reason the Governor, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode graciously approved fund for us to organise this competition.last_img read more

Madden 21 ratings feature five players in the 99 overall club

first_imgEA Sports has already released some player ratings, mostly rookies. And throughout the week they slowly (emphasis on slowly) revealed the players who were 99 overall.MORE: Madden 21 release date & everything else you need to knowWho are the 99 overall players in Madden 21?The 99 overall players in Madden 21 at launch are Patrick Mahomes, Aaron Donald, Stephon Gilmore, Christian McCaffrey and Michael Thomas. The Chiefs quarterback getting 99 overall shouldn’t be a surprise. He was also 99 overall in Madden 20 as the cover athlete, and is arguably one of the most talented quarterbacks we’ve ever seen play.Rams pass rusher Donald is another player who was 99 overall during the launch of Madden 20. His pass rush skills make him such an elite player, and he’s well deserving of back-to-back 99 overall ratings.Patriots cornerback Gilmore is somewhat of a surprise, but he’s definitely deserving of being the best cornerback in Madden. He was a shutdown corner for New England in 2019, and should continue to dominate receivers in the virtual world.Panthers running back McCaffrey became the youngest player ever to reach 99 overall in Madden 20. He’s the complete dual threat running back as he’s a dominant pass catcher out of the backfield while also being a force as a runner. His versatility is what helps improve his overall rating into 99.Saints receiver Michael Thomas wasn’t part of the leaked 99 club, but after being a dominant wideout since entering the NFL it isn’t a surprise to see him on this list. Last year, the only 99 wide receiver was DeAndre Hopkins.In addition to being honored with a 99 overall rating, players were also gifted with swag from EA Sports. Reaching 99 overall in “Madden NFL 21″ is an honor, and that honor will only go to five special players at launch.A 99 overall player shows you’re not only one of the best at your position, but one of the best players in the entire league. Madden ratings only go up to 99, so you have to have a special all-around talent for your overall rating to get that high. So it’s no wonder why only four players hit that mark in the 2020 video game. Swag for this year’s #99Club 🔥 @EAMaddenNFL #Madden21— EA SPORTS (@EASPORTS) July 13, 2020Players received a black box that featured a 99 chain.MORE: Madden 21 fans upset over lack of franchise featuresPatrick MahomesMahomes Magic is back in the #99Club‼️Congrats @PatrickMahomes 👏 #Madden21— Madden NFL 21 (@EAMaddenNFL) July 13, 2020Christian McCaffrey The most dynamic RB in the @NFL‼️Welcome to the #99Club @CMC_22— Madden NFL 21 (@EAMaddenNFL) July 14, 2020Aaron Donald” We in the #99Club ” – @AaronDonald97His 4th straight appearance 😎— Madden NFL 21 (@EAMaddenNFL) July 15, 2020Stephon Gilmore99 AWR99 MCV99 PRS#99Club @BumpNrunGilm0re 🔒— Madden NFL 21 (@EAMaddenNFL) July 16, 2020Michael Thomas99 in real life, 99 on the game… @Cantguardmike 😏#99Club #Madden21— Madden NFL 21 (@EAMaddenNFL) July 17, 2020last_img read more

Uganda premier league clubs turn to northern Uganda for talent

first_imgAccording to Onen, many people look at Eastern and Central part of Uganda for talent yet there are good players from Acholi, Lango and West Nile sub region who deserve more attention.Allan Ocen, the chief executive officer Super Eagles FC, a Gulu based team says the challenges up country teams face are lack of financial and logistical support, which affect football development in the sub region.*****URNShare on: WhatsApp Rashid Toha from northern Uganda at Vipers FC. PHOTO via @VipersSCKampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | Uganda premier league clubs are shifting their talent search to northern Uganda because of the emerging talent from region.Edward Golola, the Vipers FC head coach, says a few players from northern Uganda who have had the opportunity to exhibit their talent at the regional and national platforms have shown great potential of talents in the region.He was speaking to URN shortly after his team defeated Super Eagles Gulu 3-0 in a pre-session friendly match at Pece stadium in Gulu Municipality.Golola says players from Northern Uganda like Rashid Toha, Mohamed Shaban Jagason, Francis Tito Okello Onekalit and Hudu Mulikyi among others from the region have shown great talent.Peter Onen, the head coach BUL FC, says his team is planning to hold a friendly match in Lango sub region so as to boost his squad.BUL FC has five players from northern Uganda in the team.last_img read more

Advantage Humble Lion

first_img 2-0 LEAD HIGH PRAISES Swaby entered the match in the 69th minute for Kemeel Wolfe and scored two minutes later to put his team 2-0 ahead. However, Portmore got a vital goal when Ricketts slotted home 15 minutes from the end. Humble Lion’s head coach, Vessel Reynolds, was elated for the win heading into the second-leg semi-final next Monday at the Anthony Spaulding Complex in Trench Town, starting at 6 p.m. “It was a good performance as Portmore are technically a very good team. We have been improving in our finishing and got two goals today,” Reynolds told The Gleaner. Looking ahead to the next game, the head coach said: “I am very confident as the team is peaking at the right time.” Swaby, who returned from injury and started on the bench, was full of praise for his team. “It feels good to come off the bench, and to score the second goal, but it was a team effort. We will focus on the next game against Portmore,” Swaby said. Jeffrey Hewitt, Portmore’s head coach, said the tie is far from over. “Humble Lion did well and gained the advantage, but we have everything to play for in the next game,” Hewitt said. The winners on aggregate will advance to the final. Montego Bay United will host defending champions Arnett Gardens at the Montego Bay Sports Complex tonight, starting at 8:40 o’clock in the second semi-final. At the Red Stripe Premier League press briefing last Thursday, Arnett’s coach Jerome Waite said his team was “fully recovered (from the recent Caribbean Club Championships) and ready for the semi-finals”. Montego Bay United director Lincoln White said: “We are ready to regain the title from Arnett Gardens. Coach Paul ‘Tegat’ Davis will field the strongest team.” Humble Lion made home advantage count yesterday when they edged Portmore United 2-1 at the Effortville Community Centre in their first-leg Red Stripe Premier League semi-final. Ricardo Cousins scored in the 59th minute and substitute Francois Swaby the 71, to put Portmore 2-0 up before Osani Ricketts pulled a goal back for Portmore in the 75th minute. Humble Lion started well and looked more purposeful as a result of good link-up play from captain Wolry Wolfe, Cousins and Andrew Vanzie in midfield. Portmore countered with captain Omar Daley, Ewan Grandison, and Ricardo Morris. The half ended 0-0. In the second half, Cousins sent the home crowd into wild celebrations when he sent a shot from inside the 18-yard box past Portmore’s goalkeeper Shaven-Sean Paul.last_img read more

Micro, Small & Medium Enterprise Conference Begins Today

first_imgThe Ministry of Commerce & Industry— with support from the Government of Japan, International Finance Cooperation, International Trade Center, USAID and other partners—will host the second annual national Micro Small Medium Enterprise (MSME) conference and trade fair.Speaking to journalists at his Ministry of Commerce and Industry office on Ashmun and Gurley Streets, the Minister, Mr. Axel M. Addy, said this year’s conference would benefit business people and the country at large.The conference will showcase its secrets to success, network with big local regional and international investors, and explore unique opportunities for small businesses in Liberia.The theme for this year conference is “From Vision to Implementation: Buying Liberian, Building Liberia”—and this year’s spotlight will be focused on the ‘Agribusiness Experience in Liberia.’The conference will showcase made-in-Liberia cotton and artisanal cloth from Lofa County, production of domestic cassava and rice, as well as goods and services from a range of other sectors.The MSME week will take place from April 28- May 2, and highlight key policy activities that promote all things made in Liberia, namely: hosting the Liberia Entrepreneurial Exchange Round Table; launching the Liberian marketplace store; facilitating the Liberian experience through the arts for the promotion of intellectual property and announcing the first project under the Liberia innovation fund (LIFE).The conference will also focus on the launching of the Entrepreneur Plus (E+) program showcasing the most innovative entrepreneurs in the nation.The MSME conference will take place at the Monrovia City Hall on April 29 and 30.  It will include thematic plenary sessions on policy opportunities for MSME in the areas of: Access to Finance and Access to Markets, with multiple breakout sessions to allow more detailed discussions.During the conference, a number of qualified and merit-selected Liberian businesses will exhibit their products and services at the made-in-Liberian trade fair.The conference will highlight a roadmap to MSME policy and how it can help grow the MSME as well as promote networking between stakeholders for strategic business connections.There will be key business training and tools for MSME to run its daily operations and lesson in best-business practices from regionally active business leaders as well as take the opportunity to compete in the first national business competition.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more