Lancers ready for another run at state championship

first_img Following a successful campaign last season, the St. John Vianney girls basketball team has its sights set on another championship run in 2011. With four junior starters, St. John Vianney made it to the NJSIAA Tournament of Champions (TOC) final, losing to Neptune, 67-48. This year, those four juniors will be back on the court. “With four returning starters, I believe we want another state championship,” head coach Dawn Karpell said. “We will try to make it back to where we were last year.” Seniors Missy Repoli (Colgate University), Katie O’Reilly (Lehigh University), Arron Zimmerman (American University) and Jackie Kates (University of Pennsylvania) have already signed their National Letters of Intent, but nothing would make them happier than to graduate St. John Vianney with another state championship (SJV won the TOC when they were sophomores in 2009). “It’s definitely an advantage having four returning starters. They know what it takes to play for this team, and they know the expectations,” Karpell said. Beyond St. John Vianney’s senior leadership, this season’s roster is composed of younger players that will be looked upon to fill important roles with the team. Karpell indicated that she has yet to see the rest of the depth chart shake out. However, Karpell was not overly concerned about the start of the season. She considered her team prepared after months of preparation. “They are all very dedicated. They work very hard,” Karpell said. “They did a great job getting themselves prepared in the fall.” Karpell also spoke about the importance for the younger players to catch on quickly, adding that it will take time for some of the younger girls to differentiate themselves from the rest. “It all depends on how quickly the younger players mature,” Karpell said. “We have a tough schedule this season. We are a very defensive-first team. If we stick to our defensive game plan, that will be a telling sign how well we do this season.” St. John Vianney will open the season against Cicero-North Syracuse on Sunday, Dec. 19 at the Festival of the Phoenix. The tournament will be held at Kean University. The team is slated to play Red Bank Regional the following day. BY MATTHEW ROCCO Correspondent last_img read more

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Saving the democratic transition

first_imgOn October 5, 1992, with the return of “free and fair elections”, Guyana joined what the Harvard scholar Samuel Huntington had only the year before dubbed “The Third Wave: Democratisation in the late 20th century”. Referring to the initial wave in the 18th and 19th century led by the US and France, and the second in the decolonisation era following WWII, Huntington noted the structural factors that undergirded the third wave after authoritarian relapses in the preceding decades.For Guyana, the external factor was the fall of the Berlin Wall, which symbolised the end of the polarising Cold War between the US and USSR: the return of the PPP did not threaten the US strategic interests in the hemisphere. The internal factor was posited as the collapse of the economy occasioned by the PNC’s disastrous policies which led to a crushing debt burden. However, when the PNC retained 42% of the vote, the same percentage it had amassed in the last free and fair elections 28 years before, and the new party the WPA, which had presumably created a “multiracial” constituency was wiped out, it signalled that the old ethnic political cleavages had remained intact.In 1989, the PNC Government, under the leadership of Desmond Hoyte, had accepted the Structural Adjustment Programme (SAP) from the IMF, in return for returning Guyana to solvency even though the loans acquired during the previous decades now totalled US$2.1 billion, with the accumulated interests. Guyana now had one of the highest per capita debt burden. Under the new economic regime of liberalisation, stabilisation and privatisation, dubbed the “Washington Consensus”, Desmond Hoyte’s PNC Government allowed the economy to return closer to its production possibility frontier, with concomitant higher growth rates.The task for the PPP after 1992 was to complete the transition of democracy by deepening the substantive aspects as it related to the lives of the people. One area of its focus was “poverty reduction” and in this area, its success was palpable. In 1992, the critical poverty rate was 28.7% and the moderate rate 43.2% but by 1999, this had been reduced to 19.1% and 36.3% respectively. What was interesting, was in 1992, the poverty rates of African Guyanese were far higher than those of Indian Guyanese, but by 1999, the gaps had been closed. The poverty rates of the Indigenous Guyanese, unfortunately, remained stubbornly high.Yet, against that background, the PNC accused the PPP Government of “discrimination” and after the 1997 elections, of “voters’ fraud” and set into motion forces that undermined our democratic transition. Elections protests segued into violent attacks on innocent citizens and the State by gunmen claiming to be “freedom fighters”, lasted through the decade 1998-2008. In spite of that, elections continued to be free under the PPP Government and economic conditions continued to improve.Bharrat Jagdeo-led negotiations with bilateral and multilateral lenders had most of the debt burden written off and the funds saved were ploughed back into the economy which grew from a Highly Indebted Poor Country into a Middle Income Economy. For most of the first decade of the millennium, Guyana was the fastest growing economy in the Caribbean.The politics, however, became more polarised, with the PNC insisting that, contra to all evidence, its African-based constituency was being discriminated against. In such an environment, democracy becomes more difficult to maintain since the moderating and centripetal influence of a “swing vote”, which bases its political choices on issues rather than primordial loyalties, is reduced. The PPP, to its credit, however, did not deviate from its value-free economic policies or its commitment to free and fair elections.As such, it accepted the diminution of its support to a plurality in 2011 and to a razor-thin minority in 2015, when it became the Opposition. Since then, unfortunately, the PNC, in coalition with some smaller parties, has combined its polarising policies with a disregard for the Constitution, which further threatens our democratic transition.The elections of 2020 will allow Guyanese to defuse that threat.last_img read more

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FED, Farmers Pay Homage to “Nimba’s Agriculture Hero”

first_imgNimbaians on Saturday, August 22 paid their last respect to the fallen manager of an American funded Food and Enterprise Development (FED) as his remains were laid to rest in his home town of Zoeluapa, Zoe-Gbar Administrative District, Nimba County.The Nimba FED Manager, V. Horace Yansine Sr. 55, died at the JFK Memorial Hospital on August 5 after a period of illness.He was the first FED County Manager since FED started empowering local farmers in agricultural production in the country almost four years ago.Many farmers and sympathizers described the late Yansine as someone who was “so instrumental in the expansion of the FED activities across the county.” His efforts, the farmers said, have greatly impacted some of them to the extent that there are now positive changes in their farming activities.Some of the farmers said the late Yansine’s activities as FED Nimba Manager empowered them with skills and materials, which included power tillers, manual farming tools, seedlings of all varieties as well as structural facilities for storage.“We hope to get another FED Manager like the Late Yansine,” a farming group from Kwindin, Lower Nimba County lamented.“He was so good and down to earth, and could listen to the farmers’ plights,” they added.“Horace [was] one of our hard working county managers, and we really regret his passing,” the FED family said in their tribute.Nearly all the farming groups across the country as well as local county officials, some members the county Legislative Cacucus turned out and also paid their final respect to the one they referred to as “hero of Nimba’s Agriculture.”The late V. Horace Yansine Sr. acquired his agriculture degree at the Cuttington University in Suakoko, Bong County and served in several positions in Nimba before he was hired by FED as its first Manager for the county. He was a prospective graduate of the Atlantic International University in Hawaii, USA where he was doing an online course in Agriculture.During the Disarmament, Demobilizatrion, Repatriatioin and Resettlement (DDRR) process that characterized the end of Liberia’s 14 years civil crisis, the late Yansine served as manager of Liberia Opportunities Industrialization Center (LOIC) Ganta Satellite where over 500 of the former combatants were trained and reintegrated into society.Prior to becoming FED Manager, Mr. Yansine contested for Nimba Electoral District #7 Representative seat in the 2011 general and legislative elections, but lost to the incumbent, Rep. Worlea Saywah Dunah.He was born in 1960 unto the union of Mr. Moses Yansine Sayekoloyee, a traditional leader in Zoeluapa Town, and his mother Lualay in the former Gbao Clan, Zoe Geh District, Nimba County.He leaves to mourn his wife, Kuku Yansine, his mother, Lualay, five children and a host of other relatives living in and out of Liberia.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Independent, effective judiciary

first_imgOn Wednesday, President David Granger and Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo met to kick-start the process of consultation, as required by the Constitution of Guyana. This would hopefully culminate in the long overdue appointment of a Chancellor of the Judiciary and a new Chief Justice.It came at a point and time in our history when Guyana’s Judiciary has been functioning without a substantive Chancellor since 2005, when Justice Desiree Bernard resigned from the post to take up appointment as the first female Judge at the Caribbean Court of Justice.When Justice Bernard resigned, the substantive Chief Justice, Carl Singh, was made to act as the Chancellor, while Justice Ian Chang was elevated to the post of Chief Justice.The two had since been acting, and neither was confirmed in those portfolios because of the failure on the part of three consecutive Presidents and two Opposition Leaders to agree on their suitability for appointment; or the suitability of other candidates, if there were others indeed nominated or courted to fill the vacancies.It is important to note that the failure to make substantive appointments to these two key judicial postings had a largely negative impact on the morale of those operating within the administrative bureaucracy of the Judiciary and those within the legal profession over the past decade and a half.While one would have thought that the growing backlog of cases and the need to address the slothfulness in dispensing justice at the levels of the Magistracy and the High Courts would have forced both parties to reach a compromise and embolden efforts to arrive at a “consensus candidate’, this did not happen. Not even the need to implement and pilot more modern and realistic reforms, which could have seen massive improvements in the way justice is administered in Guyana, served as a compelling force that was powerful enough to encourage President Donald Ramotar and then Opposition Leader, Granger, to do what was legally required to end the impasse and delay in appointing the substantive office holders.As guards changed, two more suitably qualified Judges were appointed to act as the Chancellor and CJ. This time, they were women of great distinction in the persons of Justices Roxanne George-Wiltshire and Yonette Cummings-Edwards.  As history would have it, neither of the two was selected by the Presidential panel to be confirmed in their respective posts, following what was described as a long and arduous advertisement, interviewing and shortlisting process.In the end, Justice Kenneth Benjamin emerged as the top person recommended by the panel, and has now been proposed by the President for appointment, while Justice Cummings-Edwards is being proposed for appointment as the new CJ. While no credible concerns have been raised about Justice Cummings-Edwards’s track record, a lot is being reported by sections of the media about Justice Benjamin’s history as far as delivering timely judgments is concerned. It is therefore important that Opposition Leader Jagdeo be given all of the requisite reports and information that led to the President’s selection of Justice Benjamin. Jagdeo must meet the nominee along with those who recommended him if he has doubts about Benjamin’s suitability for the job. The Opposition Leader must question the advertisement process and the President’s decision not to propose Justice George-Wiltshire for confirmation despite her sterling performance.Also, Jagdeo must not turn a blind eye to other suitably qualified legal luminaries in the country, who can function in both posts. There must be no haste and no rush if the consultations are to be truly meaningful within the context of the Constitution. Any fallout or non-agreement can see the appointments being further delayed despite the frank and factual criticisms of no less a person than the President of the Caribbean Court of Justice, Sir Dennis Bryon.President Granger must do all that is necessary to seal the deal and have substantive appointments made. He must go with what is specifically spelt out in the Constitution if he wants to demonstrate a true commitment to restoring the total independence and effectiveness of the Judiciary which dispenses justice here. Partisan politics could lose this time round in order for Guyana’s interests to win.Even if the first meeting, based upon the statements released by both parties, was conducted in an atmosphere of mutual respect and civility, ‘justice must not only be done, but must also be seen to be done’.last_img read more

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Police to resend case file to legal advisor today

first_imgAssassination allegationOnce again, investigators probing the alleged assassination plot against President David Granger will be resending the case file to the Guyana Police Force’s Legal Advisor with the hope that she finally pronounces on the matter this time.Head of the Criminal Investigations Department (CID), Wendell Blanhum, told Guyana Times on Wednesday that the file will be resent to the Legal Advisor sometime today. Further probed about the investigation, Blanhum opted not to divulge any other details on the matter.Since first submitting the case file to the Force’s legal mind for advice almost three weeks ago, it has been returned to investigators on each occasion, with instructions for further work to be done. These included holding a confrontation between the complainant and an alleged witness, as well as obtaining phone records of the parties fingered in the probe.Last week, acting Police Commissioner David Ramnarine told this newspaper that although the phone records were submitted to the legal advisor, she returned the file requesting some clarification on a few other issues.This publication understands that the stories submitted by the complainant and the alleged witness, who was supposed to corroborate the assassination plot, do not coincide; hence, the Legal Advisor had previously advised that a confrontation be held to make certain clarifications.During that confrontation, this newspaper was told that the alleged ‘witness’ told investigators that the complainant had contacted him and offered him a sum of money to give a statement to the Police claiming that he was present when the two businessmen contacted him (complainant) to assassinate the President.=According to sources, the complainant had only made the monetary offer after he informed the Police of the assassination plot. The statements from the confrontation were submitted to the Legal Advisor on Wednesday morning.The man who claimed two local businessmen hired him to assassinate President David GrangerFurthermore, this publication was previously told that the complainant allegedly owes some businessmen, whom he accused, in excess of $8 million.Independent investigations revealed that the man failed to repay the money and was confronted by his creditors. Based on his inability to repay the money and more so, out of fear of what the men are capable of doing, he allegedly levelled the allegation against the businessmen.About two weeks ago, the Crime Chief had disclosed that investigators made certain recommendations based on their findings during the probe. However, he never expounded on this. Nevertheless, Police Commissioner Seelall Persaud, had previously explained that the Legal Advisor would have to determine whether there is substance to the allegation or if it is just a ploy to create mischief and based on her findings, the Police will take the appropriate actions.The Top Cop had pointed out that if the allegation is indeed true, the guilty parties involved could be charged for treason, but if it was a mischievous act, the person who made the allegation could be charged for providing false information to the Police.Shortly after Minister of State Joseph Harmon broke the news of the investigations into an alleged assassination plot against the Head of State, the complainant, a well-known barber of Grove, East Bank Demerara (EBD), appeared on a local private television station to relate his story.In that interview, the barber revealed that he was offered $7 million and given a “long black gun” by a businessman to carry out the job of assassinating the President, but he had declined the offer.Reports indicate that he subsequently filed a complaint with the Police, prompting the investigation which has been ongoing for over three weeks.last_img read more

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National border security plan on the way – Harmon

first_imgIllegal aircraftBy Jarryl BryanFollowing back-to-back discoveries of illegal aircraft and airstrips in Guyana’s hinterland regions, Government is formulating a National Border Security Plan – inclusive of satellite imagery, high-tech aircraft field sensors, and an integrated network of spies – to address national security issues affecting Guyana.Minister of State, Joseph Harmon, said President David Granger was in LethemThe twin-engine Beechcraft aircraft that was discoveredand had discussions with officials on the ground in furtherance of this proposed plan.Detailing the modus operandi of drug traffickers, Minister Harmon said they are able to set up landing strips in the Savannah region because the mostly flat terrain expedites their work. However, a plan of action designed to secure the borders is on the way.He said that while some parts of this proposed plan have been put on the back burner, others have been a work in progress, in that some recommendations from the 2016 Commission of Inquiry into the discovery of another illegal aircraft nearOne of the dugout trenches that were found west of Santa FeYupukari in Region Nine have already been introduced.“The immediate ones we actually took into consideration, and some of the steps that we took were that: we increased the level of police command in the area; we introduced a system of regular patrolling in the region, and those patrols move from one base, in this case Lethem, to another base, so that the area between those two bases is covered by vehicle patrols and, in some cases, horse patrols. Secondly, we reactivated the operations of the Regional Intelligence Committees,” Harmon stated.He explained that the Regional Intelligence Committees comprise members of the Guyana Defence Force (GDF) and the Guyana Police Force (GPF); the locals; the toshaos; members of the Regional Democratic Councils (RDC), and other Government officers in the region.Harmon related that as a result of this system, information is shared on a weekly and sometimes fortnightly basis. This information, he noted, is also conveyed to the National Security Committee. Probed further, Harmon also revealed that satellite imagery was something being looked at to clamp down on illegal aircraft and air strips.“But we are going to take any necessary step to ensure that our land, air and sea space is protected, and that we are given advanced notice, wherever possible, about any incursions in those areas,” he assured.Long term plansThe Minister also shared aspects of a long-term plan, the implementation of which would be guided by financial and other factors. A major aspect of this plan, according to the Minister, is to encourage residents to report to the network any suspicious activity detected. And as it turns out, the use of technology will play a large part.“On a longer term, the intention basically is to cover those areas by aerial activity — by the use of drones; by the use of fixed wing aircraft on a regular basis, so that you can have a better understanding as to what is happening in between the fixed locations of the police and the army.“As a result of this, we are likely to see some additional type of deployment in that area from the GDF,” he predicted. “We are also looking at the technology which you use to ensure that if there is an (aircraft) landing, the vibrations which take place can be communicated. These are technological things we are exploring.”Last Sunday, a twin-engine Beechcraft aircraft was discovered in Region 9. It is currently registered to Banco Brandesco –one of Brazil’s largest banks. No trace of narcotics was found on the plane, but identification cards of Venezuelan and Brazilian nationals were discovered on board.An illegal airstrip was also unearthed about five kilometres west of Santa Fe, Rupununi, Region Nine (Upper Takutu-Upper Essequibo) by members of the Guyana Defence Force on August 5.last_img read more

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Carroll good at preparation

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson Naturally, Carroll is the last person to ask about what makes his bowl preparations so special, as he is always worried he might give away a company secret. “I just coach,” he said. “The only reason I can think people say stuff is because we won the Orange, Rose and Orange bowls (the past three years) and the performance of those teams. Otherwise, it doesn’t matter.” It’s not that simple, of course. Part of Carroll’s secret is keeping bowl preparation identical to regular-season practice routines. He learned as an assistant with the San Francisco 49ers that never altering your routine led to success. “I watched the 49ers do it for years and they always did well in the playoffs,” Carroll said. But the more important secret is Carroll’s ability to pore over game films, constantly searching for the other team’s weaknesses. “If you give him three weeks, it can be dangerous,” former USC quarterback Brandon Hance said. “He’ll find every potential flaw. I’ll take Coach Carroll over (Texas coach) Mack Brown any day of the week. “The last couple years, the defensive game plan was incredible, doing things (Oklahoma quarterback) Jason White had never seen before in the Orange Bowl (last January).” “When he has extra time, he studies the game and views it from the offensive coordinator’s viewpoint,” offensive line coach Pat Ruel said. “A lot of guys can do only one thing, either offense or defense. I sit and listen to him talk and he has a unique awareness and knows what can hurt an offense. “He’s been on both sides of the ball. He has very good analytical skills and understands the game better than others.” Perhaps the best example of Carroll’s bowl prowess occurred at the Rose Bowl two years ago, when USC defeated Michigan 28-14. The Wolverines allowed just 15 sacks all season but USC sacked quarterback John Navarre nine times. “Navarre had no idea where people were coming from,” Hance said. “Defensive linemen were dropping back into coverage. Cornerbacks were blitzing. He keeps coming up with innovative cool things to do.” Sometimes, the ideas pop into Carroll’s head at unexpected times, like when he watches film at 1 a.m. Maybe his energy level is what allows for his creativity as much as anything else. “He works with an extra passion and is so excited about it, he can’t wait to be the best,” Hance said. “And he does it with great confidence. A lot of other people do it with nervousness or a lack of confidence.” Hance expects Carroll to implement something innovative for today’s game. “I don’t think (Texas quarterback) Vince Young has seen too many sophisticated defenses,” he said. ABC-TV analyst Dan Fouts said he is eager to see what wrinkles Carroll installed in USC’s defense to combat Young. “He’s not afraid to experiment and be creative,” Fouts said. “The question is, just how innovative will Pete be?” USC offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin said the Trojans’ success in bowl games is predictable because Carroll also does well in season-openers and games following a bye. “He gets more chances to see all the little things,” Kiffin said. “It’s more about he gets to relay more information to the players.” A cynic might point out that Carroll didn’t fare as well in his first bowl game, the Las Vegas Bowl. USC lost to Utah, 10-6. “Why does someone always ask about Vegas?” Carroll joked. But the talent level was vastly different for that game, as converted fullback Sunny Byrd played tailback. Today, USC starts a Heisman Trophy winner and probable No. 1 NFL draft pick (Reggie Bush) and another expected first-round draft pick (LenDale White) at the position. Carroll supporters also point out that he took more control over the offense following his first season, which eventually led to a falling out with former offensive coordinator Norm Chow. Hance said another advantage with Carroll is that the Trojans worry more about themselves than their opponent. Although Carroll searches for soft spots with Texas, he will not let the players obsess over the Longhorns. “When I played at Purdue, we spent so much time preparing for what the other team was doing,” Hance said. “At USC, we would spend 10 minutes on the other team on Monday and then the focus was on you because you control yourself. You’re not too worried about the other guys. It’s about us.” Ruel has known Carroll for nearly 30 years, but this season is the first time they’ve worked together since both were at Arkansas in 1977. Ruel said one unique aspect of Carroll is his willingness to listen to his assistants. “Pete wants an open dialogue, he doesn’t shoot things down,” Ruel said. “We exist in a creative think tank. There’s a lot of creative trading of ideas. I’ve never been on a staff that’s as open as this one.” Scott Wolf, (818) 713-3607 scott.wolf@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img If USC coach Pete Carroll got a month to prepare for every team he played, the No. 1-ranked Trojans’ 34-game winning streak might be even longer. At least, that’s the conventional wisdom heading into today’s national championship game against No. 2-ranked Texas at the Rose Bowl. 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Rob Reiner resigns from First 5 panel

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl event160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Complaining of “personal political attacks,” Hollywood director Rob Reiner resigned Wednesday as chairman of a statewide preschool commission he helped create that’s under scrutiny for $23 million in advertising spending. Just two weeks ago, Reiner dismissed suggestions that he should step down from the California First 5 Commission, which has collected nearly $4 billion in tobacco taxes to fund early childhood programs. “Everything I’ve done is completely legal,” he said then. But Reiner called Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger over the weekend and resigned, said Margita Thompson, a Schwarzenegger spokeswoman. In a letter to the governor Wednesday, Reiner said, “We agreed that we cannot let personal political attacks get in the way of doing the very best we can for California’s children.” Critics accused the commission of a conflict of interest after it spent $23 million in state money on an ad campaign that coincided with Reiner’s promotion of an expanded preschool initiative that’s on the ballot this year, known as Proposition 82. The Legislature has asked the state auditor to investigate the commission, and Attorney General Bill Lockyer referred the matter to the Sacramento County district attorney for possible investigation. Reiner was out of town and unavailable for comment, spokesman Mark Fabiani said. Fabiani added that Reiner was concerned that criticism of him could detract from the statewide program and Proposition 82, which would create free universal preschool by raising taxes on the wealthy. “The opposition has not focused on the merits of the initiative,” Fabiani said. “They’ve decided to focus on Rob.” In a statement, the Republican governor said Reiner will be replaced by Hector Ramirez, 38, an executive at a nonprofit group for needy children, Para Los Ninos. “Rob Reiner has always put California’s kids first and I thank him for the great work he has done over the last seven years,” Schwarzenegger said. “Because of Rob’s efforts, California has become a national leader in providing early childhood health and education services for our youngest children and their families.” Reiner’s exit has the potential to relieve the election-bound Schwarzenegger of a distracting political problem at a time when the governor has been trying to improve his diminished public standing and get his re-election campaign under way. Last week Schwarzenegger, who calls Reiner a friend, said he had no plans to replace the director as the commission chairman. But with the prospect of a state audit, the commission’s problems may be far from over. “It’s reasonably clear that there have been taxpayer dollars used for the promotion of a personal political agenda. That’s the issue here,” said state Sen. Dave Cox, R-Fair Oaks.last_img read more

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Cooking the books

first_imgChief William Bratton paints an impressive statistical picture of his time at the Los Angeles Police Department. Among his favorite data is the claim that in 2005 violent crime in Los Angeles dropped a stunning 28 percent. It’s a pretty awesome stat, but statistics don’t tell us the whole story. According to the City Council’s Public Safety Committee, that figure is boosted by some clever accounting tricks. In 2005, the LAPD downgraded its classification of domestic-violence incidents in which the victim suffered minor or no injuries. So, an incident that would have been reported as a violent crime in 2004 no longer was in 2005. An estimated 5,000 domestic-violence cases in 2005 were reclassified this way – which could go a long way toward explaining the dramatic drop in numbers. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinalsThere is a valid logic in the shift in reporting: The department says the change was necessary to be in compliance with federal guidelines. And the LAPD, to its credit, was careful to note the differences with asterisks pointing to footnotes in its statistical filings. Still, all the boasting about great crime drops now seems overblown and unnecessary. The suggestion was that in comparing one year’s numbers against the next, we were getting an oranges-to-oranges comparison, when clearly we weren’t. According to the committee, whose members include former Chief Bernard Parks – who has both expertise in these matters and motive to find fault – there have been other manipulations, too. The LAPD stopped counting a holdup that included a kidnapping, murder and carjack as four separate crimes, and instead treated it as only one – lowering the number of crimes by an undetermined amount. Until we can get a clearer breakdown of the data, it’s hard to know exactly how much of a difference Bratton’s reforms have made. He has brought strong leadership to the department, improved morale and the LAPD’s image, so maybe it’s time to drop the statistical games. 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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Premier League super subs: Arsenal, Liverpool and Man United stars feature

first_img2 Michy Batshuayi has been a star for Chelsea from the bench It’s not all about the players named in the starting line-up.Often it’s those who emerge from the substitutes’ bench that can make the difference: from offering crucial assistance in defence to setting up or scoring the winner.More than anything else though, it’s goals from substitutes that’s gets managers, team-mates and fans alike excited.Michy Batshuayi, months on from netting the decisive goal to wrap up the Premier League title towards the end of last season, repeated his heroics in an ethralling 2-1 win over Atletico Madrid in the Champions League mid-week.And, inevitably, that has led talkSPORT.com to check out the leading super subs.Since the start of the 2016/17 season to now, see the table below to find out which players have come off the bench to score the most goals in the Premier League only.last_img read more

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