Ecuador and Colombia Agree on a Binational Action Program to Strengthen Border Security

first_imgBy Dialogo April 12, 2011 A working group led by the Ecuadorean vice minister of defense, Rosa Mercedes Pérez, and her Colombian counterpart, Rafael Guarín, established overall guidelines for strengthening border security between the two countries at meetings in Quito on 4 and 5 April. These meetings resulted in agreement on a Binational Action Program to Strengthen Border Security containing twenty-one wide-ranging action items, according to the Ecuadorean Defense Ministry. The actions are directed toward strengthening border security, along twenty-one wide-ranging lines of action directed toward strengthening security in the border area and increasing the exchange of information and the capacity to better confront threats to security. The document additionally establishes a follow-up and evaluation mechanism chaired by the vice defense ministers, who will hold biannual meetings to evaluate the program’s implementation and recommend other measures to promote progress in bilateral cooperation. This agreement also fits in with the work of the Binational Border Commission (COMBIFRON). In order to implement the road map, six working groups have been created, made up of officials from the defense ministries and armed forces of both nations, in the areas of measures for monitoring mobility and informal border crossings, communication strategy in the border area, civic-military actions, development-support actions (protection of the population, indigenous communities, and prevention of enlistment in criminal groups), illegal mining and biodiversity protection, monitoring the trafficking of arms, ammunition, and explosives, and other areas of cooperation. The delegations included, in addition to the vice defense ministers, the Colombian vice minister for the Defense Social and Business Group and the Ecuadorean deputy secretary of defense for development, as well as officers of the armed forces. The agreement will be signed by the Ecuadorean and Colombian defense ministers.last_img read more

Brazil To Use $6.25 Billion for Voluntarily Turning In Guns

first_imgBy Dialogo May 10, 2011 The Brazilian government has available a fund of 10 billion reais (6.25 billion dollars) with which to pay individuals who voluntarily turn in their firearms to the authorities, Justice Minister José Cardozo announced on 6 May. “We have 10 billion reais available to indemnify whomever turns in a gun. I believe that no minister has said this before, but I hope that all that money is used up, so as to be able to look for more,” the official remarked in Rio de Janeiro, where the permanent disarmament plan was relaunched. The official disarmament campaign was launched seven years ago and was made permanent in September 2010. This new stage of the plan was moved forward a month due to the massacre at a Rio de Janeiro school a month ago, in which twelve children were shot and killed by a former student who entered the center firing two revolvers. “We urge Brazilians to help to prevent tragedies like the one that took place in Realengo. The objective is to collect as many guns as possible by 31 December,” Cardozo continued. Dozens of people came to various locations all around the city to turn in their firearms, which were immediately destroyed by the authorities. For each gun collected, the government is paying between 60 and 120 dollars. Between 1997 and 2008, the Army destroyed more than 1.8 million firearms, according to a study by a private NGO, which revealed that at least 8 million more guns are in the hands of civilians, security forces, and criminals.last_img read more

Lawyer professionalism: It’s no laughing matter

first_img Lawyer professionalism: It’s no laughing matter August 1, 2003 Regular News Lawyer professionalism: It’s no laughing matter In addition to the jokes depicting lawyers as greedy, dishonest moneygrubbers, there are, among others, jokes currently circulating including lawyers seeking justice, lawyers as predators, and lawyers as laboratory rats. 3 W hile one might chuckle reading any one of the countless jokes, the truth is that it does not require a quantum leap to discern that there is a relationship between the jokes’ implications and the publics’ image of our profession. For instance, jokes about justice infer that lawyers are willing to put forth “Herculean efforts” to obtain justice for the rich and the powerful. Yet, 60 percent of Americans believe lawyers are less likely to work as hard for poor clients. 4 The lawyer-shark analogy suggests lawyers combine skill and deception to achieve a desired result and are not opposed to devouring the opposition in pursuit thereof. 5 F inally, the laboratory rat jokes epitomize the public’s view that there is an overabundance of lawyers; lawyers lack morals; lawyers are not human; and, thus, extermination is a viable remedy. 6Lawyers have been abhorred since biblical days when they were rebuked for creating “red tape,” which interfered with religious freedom. 7 T oday lawyers derive their unpopularity, in part, from advocating objectionable causes and representing unsavory clients. Nonetheless, the causes and clients alone do not address the depiction of lawyers portrayed in the jokes. Florida Bar disciplinary statistics may help one realize that the public perception is not without merit. Last year 8,691 disciplinary files were opened. 8 That number equates to approximately one grievance filed for every group of eight Bar members. While all of the claims filed may not proceed to final order, during 2001-2002 the Supreme Court entered 414 final orders. 9 N early half of those orders resulted in disbarments, suspensions, or disciplinary resignation. 10It will not be an easy task to dispel the image thrust upon lawyers, but something worth achieving is worth the effort expended. We must associate integrity, honesty, and professionalism with the practice of law. This goal can be achieved through early intervention and continued mentoring, The Embryonic Esquire and Early InterventionOn the first day of estates and trusts, the professor referred to his classroom of consternated yet attentive students as “embryonic esquires.” At the time, the term had little relevance other than to break the ice. Metaphorically, however, a clear connotation between a law student and an embryo can be drawn. As a law student, one is in a closed world much like an embryo. The classroom only provides the law student with a surreal vision of how law is practiced outside collegiate walls. In order to bring professionalism into the law student’s world, we must provide law students with experiences that they will encounter as a practicing attorney. Law schools can institute means to effect this end by introducing professionalism at orientation, enhancing the introduction of professionalism in the classroom, and implementing a modified version of the American Inns of Court. Professionalism at OrientationGenerally speaking, prior to beginning their first year, law students are welcomed to their prospective law school and to the profession through orientation. Orientation aims to reduce the new students’ anxiety by providing them with an overview of what is required to become a successful student and lawyer. It seems only fitting that the requirements to being successful include an introduction to professionalism. Associate Dean Joyce McConnell from a West Virginia law school recognized the need to remind students at the beginning of law school that the practice of law was not just a job but rather “a profession with a higher calling, one with significant responsibilities.” 11During the orientation process, students explore what it means to be a lawyer. After hearing from the dean, judges, and lawyers, the students break into groups of 15 to 20 to discuss lawyer responsibilities, including ethics and public service. 12 This early introduction provides role modeling for students to emulate in their law school and professional careers. Professionalism in the ClassroomOrientation is only the first step. There are numerous articles that have been written, which echo a reoccurring concern law schools are failing to thoroughly integrate professionalism into their respective curriculum. While it is true that most schools require an ethics course, the purpose of the course is to equip the student with the basic elements necessary to pass the Multi-State Professional Responsibility Exam. 13 As such, the courses offered are generally designed to assist the students in interpreting the model rules; however, the rules are merely a minimum standard of conduct required of practicing attorneys to avoid discipline. Professionalism encompasses behavior both within and outside the realm of the model rules. Thus, to ingrain professionalism in the hearts and minds of students, the law schools must teach both legal ethics and professionalism persuasively. 14 This can be accomplished by incorporating ethical and professional issues facing practicing attorneys into the curriculum of each substantive area of law taught. 15 Law School Inns of CourtWith the fundamentals of professionalism laid during orientation and expanded in the classroom, students should be ready to address professionalism issues encountered in the practice of law. In 1980 Chief Justice Warren Burger adopted the American Inns of Court concept modeled after the British Inns of Court system, which utilized seasoned lawyers in a process of legal apprenticeship and mentoring to educate and train attorneys. 16 The American Inns of Court’s central theme is professionalism. 17Currently, third-year students are eligible to apply for admission to a local chapter, but student admission is limited. The president of the Detroit Chapter Inns of Court stated that participation provides young lawyers and students an opportunity to learn how the system works, which they do not get in the classroom. 18 The Inns of Court reflect a tremendous improvement in students from the start of the program to the end; helps students develop interpersonal relationships, not emphasized in law school; and provides a form of direct interaction between pupils, barristers, associates, and masters. 19That being said, it is clear that all law students would benefit from the institution of a Law School Chapter Inns of Court modeled after the American Inns of Court. Masters could be filled by judges, lawyers, and law professors (perhaps in exchange for CLE or pro bono credits); and barristers, associates, and pupils could be filled by third-year, second-year, and first-year law students, respectively.The program could be modeled to apply the same traditional Inns of Court proceedings or could be geared to draw from specific courses offered by the university. The subject of the ethical or professional issue need not be limited to litigation dilemmas but could be expanded to include a variety of issues facing attorneys in numerous areas of practice. Participation of the student body could be through competitive moot-court type programs, voluntary membership, or mandatory participation linked to a specific course. The Practicing Attorney and MentoringThe embryonic esquire magically transforms into a practicing attorney after successfully completing law school and passing the bar. Nonetheless, learning the law and spewing that information onto the pages of the bar examination does not imbue the new attorney with the ability to practice law without further training. Law school has merely laid a foundation to be expanded upon in the years to come.Professionalism within the practice of law includes themes such as: exceeding minimum standards set forth in the code of conduct; displaying civility, good manners, fairness, and honesty; promoting the system of justice and epitomizing that promotion through behavior; and being efficient, prepared, and prompt when dealing with the court, a client, and opposing counsel. 20 Aspirations to permeate professionalism into new attorneys require mentoring. Mentoring can take many forms. In multi-attorney firms new attorneys will benefit from the knowledge and wisdom of more seasoned attorneys. Mentoring not only provides firms with economic incentives by developing partners and avoiding attrition but also produces well-rounded, well-developed attorneys to better serve the profession and individual clients. 21New lawyers whose firm does not offer mentoring programs and sole practitioners have mentoring resources available. Membership to local chapters of the American Inns of Court provides an excellent opportunity for mentoring and learning. Additionally, The Florida Bar offers mentoring through Seek Counsel of Professional Experience (SCOPE). 22 This program consists of a rotating panel of volunteer attorneys with five years experience in more than 60 substantive and procedural areas, including professionalism. 23 The panel attorney will engage in a brief consultation to assist SCOPE users to determine their professional capability to undertake the matter at issue and to decide the best approach to resolve the legal problems involved. 24 S imilarly, the American Bar Association’s Center for Professional Responsibility provides an ethics research service. 25 One can call, write, fax, or e-mail a description of events posing an ethical issue and an ETHICsearch lawyer will assist the attorney in resolving the question by providing applicable ABA ethics rules, ethics opinions issued by the ABA, and local bar opinions, or other relevant materials. 26 F inally, both The Florida Bar and the American Bar Association provide formal ethics opinions online. Awareness and utilization of these resources and the institution of new resources will enable new attorneys to be responsible in decision- making and to practice law professionally. ConclusionProfessionalism is no laughing matter. While lawyer jokes could keep a comedian in business, they portray a public image which is disgraceful to the legal profession. Thus, it is our responsibility to impress upon students and new attorneys the importance of professionalism. Professionalism can be etched into the hearts and minds of new attorneys through early intervention and continued mentoring. incorporating professionalism into the practice of law, attorneys are operating above the minimum standard required by model codes of conduct and are, therefore, not only avoiding discipline but also improving the public image and seeking justice with integrity and honor. 1 www.apc.net/ia/lawethi.htm Attorney Jokes from Snifter, Flute, & Stein Ethics. 2 Id. 3 Marc Galanter, Changing Legal Consciousness in America: The View from the Joke Corpus , 23 Cardozo L. Rev. 2223, Lecture ( 2002). 4 Id. (Citing Barbara Curran, The Legal Needs of the Public 234, Am. Bar Found (1977). 5 Id. 6 Id. 7 Luke 11:45, New King James Version. 8 www.flabar.org, The Florida Bar Disciplinary Statistics (Aug. 2002). 9 Id . 10 Id. (20 disbarments, 133 suspensions, 69 public reprimands, 29 disciplinary resignations, 52 admonishments, 109 probations). 11 Joyce McConnell, Greetings from the Academic Dean , W.Va. Law 10, (1999). 12 Id. 13 Steven R. Plotkin, Anita C. DiGioia, Where Do You Stand? Professionalism: Challenges for the 21 Century , 47 La.B.J. 316 (1999). 14 Id. 15 Id. 16 Nora C. Poter, Enriched by Colleagues, How Lawyers are Learning from Each Other and Enjoying Social Camaraderie through Membership in the American Inns of Court, Pa. Law. 20 (2002). 17 Elliot L. Bien, Toward a Community of Professionalism , 3 J.App.Prac. & Process 475 (2001). 18 Stecker, Naseem, A Matter of Civility: American Inns of Court Strive to Shape a Culture of Excellence in Jurisprudence, (2001). 19 Id. 20 A Roundtable on Professionalism, 40-Oct Hus. Law.16— 2002, by Houston Bar Association. 21 Elizabeth Toth Stepping up to the Plate as a Mentor, 49 Aug Fed. Law 4, 2002. 22 www.flabar.org SCOPE Form (last visited Jan. 13. 2003). 23 Id. 24 Id. 25 www.abanet.org/ethicsearch/how.html. 26 (There is no charge for the initial consultation or if the ETHlCsearch lawyer can answer a question immediately. Thereafter, ABA members are charged $45/hr and nonmembers $65/hr). Kimberly L. Rothenburg The Florida Bar Standing Committee on Professionalism recently presented Kimberly Rothenburg the Lion of Justice Trophy for winning its annual Law Student Professionalism Essay contest. Rothenburg is starting her third year of law school at the University of Florida this fall and is from West Palm Beach. She is currently focusing her studies on tax law issues. Each year, essays on the topic of legal professionalism are collected by each Florida law school and the best essay from each law school is submitted to the Bar’s Center for Professionalism. The winner is chosen from those essays by The Florida Bar Standing Committee on Professionalism. The Center for Professionalism administrates the award for the committee and also distributes a newsletter, The Professional. The summer issue is now available. A lawyer charged a man $500 for legal services. The man paid him with crisp new $100 bills. After the client left, the lawyer discovered that two bills had stuck together — he’d been overpaid by $100. The ethical dilemma for the lawyer: Should he tell his partner? 1 Two lawyers were negotiating a case. “Look,” said one to the other, “let’s be honest with each other.” “Okay, you first,” replied the other. — End of discussion. 2 last_img read more

Governor Wolf Announces First Quality Tissue to Expand Creating 184 New Jobs in Clinton County

first_imgGovernor Wolf Announces First Quality Tissue to Expand Creating 184 New Jobs in Clinton County January 06, 2017 Jobs That Pay,  Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Governor Wolf announced today that First Quality Tissue, LLC a manufacturer of ultra-premium towel and tissue products, will expand its operations in Lock Haven, a move that will create 184 new jobs.“This was a highly competitive project, as First Quality has other operations outside of the Commonwealth. Even so, Pennsylvania’s dedicated workforce and prime location continue to be highly valued assets to both new and existing companies and helped lock in First Quality’s decision to expand here,” said Governor Wolf. “As Clinton County’s largest employer, I am pleased that it is furthering its presence in Pennsylvania. The creation of 184 new, full-time jobs will have a significant impact on the county and beyond.”First Quality Enterprises will expand operations at First Quality Tissue by constructing a new plant near its existing facility at 904 Woods Avenue, and purchase machinery and equipment to accommodate a new tissue line. First Quality Enterprises has agreed to make a significant investment at the site along with a commitment to create 184 new, full-time jobs over the next three years and retain more than more than 3,000 employees statewide. Project completion and start-up of the new facility is anticipated for the first half of 2019.First Quality Enterprises received a funding proposal from the Department of Community and Economic Development that includes a $1 million Pennsylvania First program grant and $250,000 in WEDnetPA funding for employee training. First Quality has also been encouraged to apply for a $2 million low-interest loan through the Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority (PIDA).The project was coordinated by the Governor’s Action Team, an experienced group of economic development professionals who report directly to the governor and work with businesses that are considering locating or expanding in Pennsylvania, in collaboration with the Clinton County Partnership.“First Quality has been a staple in our community for many years and this expansion positively enhances their impact on many working families,” said state Rep. Michael Hanna.  “I am honored to have been a part of securing state funding for this expansion project, as it is guaranteed to boost economic growth in Clinton County.”“We are very pleased that First Quality is again expanding in our greater community. We sincerely appreciate the company’s latest investment and providing new employment opportunities for our area,” said Mike Flanagan, president, Clinton County Economic Partnership. “First Quality is a first class operation. We would also like to thank DCED and Governor Wolf for providing a state financial package to assist in the company’s growth. The state has always been a great partner to work with on various projects throughout the years.”First Quality Tissue is a member of the privately held First Quality family of companies a diversified group that manufacture a variety of adult, infant, and feminine care products, consumer paper products, bottled water, and engineered non-woven goods. The company serves the retail, institutional, and commercial channels throughout the world.Last year, DCED approved nearly $1.1 billion in low-interest loans, tax credits, and grants for projects across the commonwealth and secured private sector commitments for the creation and retention of more than 245,000 full-time jobs. In the same timeframe, the Governor’s Action Team completed 77 projects – creating and retaining more than 36,800 jobs.For more information about the Governor’s Action Team or DCED visit dced.pa.gov.Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolfcenter_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

BT scheme loses final court appeal against PPF levy exemption

first_imgIn a statement, the scheme said: “We welcome the clarity the judgement provides and have proceeded to date on the basis that the levy would remain payable.”A spokesman for BT said it accepted, but was disappointed, by the court’s decision.The ruling is the latest in a number of court cases for BTPS, which has been seeking to clarify in front of domestic courts the extent of the Crown Guarantee – a guarantee that would require the UK government to support the formerly state-owned company’s pension fund were it to become insolvent.A UK Court of Appeal ruling from July found that the UK government would not be required to meet the costs of a buyout were the sponsor to collapse.,WebsitesWe are not responsible for the content of external sitesLink to European Court of Justice verdict The BT Pension Scheme (BTPS) has seen its exemption from the Pension Protection Fund (PPF) levy confirmed as unlawful state aid.The UK’s second-largest pension fund had been appealing a 2013 ruling by the European Court of Justice (ECJ) that found it was incompatible with the single European market to be exempt from the lifeboat scheme’s levy, and therefore amounted to state support.It followed an investigation by the European competition authorities in 2007 that led to then-competition commissioner Neelie Kroes to order an end to the PPF levy exemption.In its judgement, the court said the appeal was “unfounded” and would be dismissed, ordering BT and the BTPS to cover all associated costs.last_img read more

50 Years Ago

first_imgIt certainly does not seem that it has been 50 years since Indianapolis Washington won a state basketball championship.  The Continentals were led by George McGinnes, Steve Downing, and Jim Arnold.  Their coach was Jerry Oliver.  They defeated Gary Tolleston 79-76.Why is this team so special?  According to an article in the Indianapolis Star, this team is considered to be the best team to ever hit the floor in Indiana basketball.  My recollection of this team was their tremendous physical appearance.  In person you thought you were watching a college team take the floor–not 17 or 18 year old high school kids.  These guys were men!Most of these guys still live in the Indianapolis area and stay very close.  Can you imagine going to your favorite family restaurant and listening to these guys reminisce?  Both McGinnes and Downing wound up playing professional basketball and each made a mark on the game.  McGinnis was an early version of Lebron James.last_img read more

Suarez conquering critics – Rodgers

first_img The Uruguayan joined the Reds in January 2011 and in December of that year was found guilty of racially abusing Manchester United’s Patrice Evra. Last season he was handed another ban for biting Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic, meaning he did not play until September this campaign, but that has not stopped him netting 19 goals as Liverpool battle for a Champions League place. Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers believes Luis Suarez is beginning to win over his critics with his form on the pitch after a controversial start to life in English football. And Rodgers, who has given his public backing to Suarez on numerous occasions, believes that form on the field is beginning to win over those who are not on the red side of Merseyside. “He’s absolutely in the right place,” Rodgers told several national newspapers. “Supporters around the country are marvelling at his talent and he is gaining the understanding of the culture here. “Throughout South America and parts of Europe it is part of the game to maybe get the referee to make a decision for you. He has recognised and realised that this is a country where honesty is very much at the forefront of the game. “He’s well on the way to being the PFA Player of the Year. Whether he gets the award or not, there certainly hasn’t been a better player consistently this season and he’ll be looking to continue along that vein. “It would be a great testament to not only him but (to us) as a people as well. (When) people get knocked down, we like to see that sometimes in this country, but we’re also a nation that will pick people up again, and that’s something you can see in the football world with Suarez.” Rodgers was also full of praise for the way the striker, who recently penned a new long-term contract, handled himself in the wake on the Ivanovic biting incident. “There was a lot of self-reflection and he probably thought he couldn’t have gone any lower,” Rodgers admitted. “I know he was in a real bad place at the time and sometimes in life it takes you to get to that point and you have to assess it and you go one of two ways. “In that period there were a lot of difficult moments for him but as he became closer to staying and realising he was going to be playing fairly quickly, he’s been exemplary in his behaviour. “On the pitch everyone can see the maturity and his level of performance speaks for itself.” center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Black Cats get the point

first_img The Black Cats were in front within the opening few seconds when Connor Wickham pounced on an error by Potters goalkeeper Asmir Begovic. Stoke deservedly equalised in the 27th minute as Charlie Adam continued his recent goalscoring heroics by cracking home an unstoppable shot, moments after Jermain Defoe had spurned a fine chance for the visitors. Press Association There were decent opportunities for either side to win the match after the break, but it finished with honours even, with Costel Pantilimon diving to keep out another Adam strike at the end. While the result takes Sunderland to 30 points with five games remaining, they have fallen from 16th, a point clear of the drop zone, to 18th, a point adrift of safety, with both Hull and Leicester leapfrogging them after winning their fixtures on Saturday. Stoke, meanwhile, remain ninth. The build-up to the game had certainly been far from ideal for the Wearside outfit, with midfielder Adam Johnson on Thursday being charged with three offences of sexual activity with a child under 16 and one of grooming. But – with Johnson absent from their matchday 18 – the contest began as well for Sunderland as they could have imagined as they grabbed the lead inside a minute. Begovic fumbled horribly as he tried to collect a Will Buckley cross and Wickham took full advantage, prodding in from close range. Stoke responded strongly, with Adam sending a swerving shot into Pantilimon before having penalty appeals turned down when he went down under the attentions of Buckley. Pantilimon then got down low to palm away a Jonathan Walters shot and saw a Stephen Ireland volley deflect wide. Sunderland had mustered little since their goal, but in the 25th minute they might have extended their lead as a long ball that was not dealt with by Philipp Wollscheid put Defoe through on goal. A turbulent few days for Sunderland ended with them claiming a point towards their Barclays Premier League survival bid but also dropping into the relegation zone as they drew 1-1 with Stoke at the Britannia Stadium. The striker could only fire into the side-netting, though, and moments later his profligacy was punished as Adam drew things level with his third goal in four games. Neat play between Walters and Marko Arnautovic saw the latter turn nicely and tee up Adam, who rifled the ball into the top corner. Stoke continued to pressurise, with Ryan Shawcross heading over, Arnautovic bending a shot into the arms of Pantilimon and Adam trying for another spectacular effort that went too high. The Potters were putting together some nice passing moves, particularly getting joy down the left flank, and their opponents looked relieved to hear the whistle for half-time. Sunderland – with John O’Shea playing on despite taking a boot in the face from Wollscheid just prior to the interval, but Danny Graham on for Buckley – did their best to create some momentum at the start of the second period, Jordi Gomez shooting to Begovic and the goalkeeper then turning a Defoe attempt behind. The sleeping Wollscheid was subsequently robbed of possession and Wickham burst through, but a great Shawcross block denied him. And soon after, another decent chance went begging for the visitors as Billy Jones found space in the area but his shot deflected wide. The visitors then survived a scare when Pantilimon did superbly to to divert over a Mame Biram Diouf strike after the frontman chested down Adam’s free-kick. Peter Crouch came on for Stoke and saw a Sunderland shirt get in the way of his goalbound effort, before Arnautovic struck wide. Crouch’s team-mate Peter Odemwingie, recovered from his long-term knee injury, was introduced with 10 minutes to go for his first appearance since August. And with only three minutes of normal time remaining, Pantilimon preserved a point for his side by diving to tip away Adam’s drive. last_img read more

Danns makes return to Golden Jaguars

first_imgUK-BASED Neil Danns is about to make a return to the Golden Jaguars, as Guyana’s Senior National Football team prepare for their October 7 International Friendly against Grenada at the Kirani James Stadium in St George’s.It will be déjà vu for Danns, 34, who made his international debut for the Golden Jaguars against Grenada. He assisted in both of Pernell Shultz’s two goals, which resulted in Guyana walking away with a 2-0 win.However, the game was rewarded to Grenada and Guyana also fined by FIFA, after the sport’s world-governing body deemed former English Premier League (EPL) defender Matthew Briggs’ participation ‘illegal’.Danns, who plays in the midfield, is coming off a sensational run in English football’s League One with Blackpool, and featured four times for Guyana, scoring three goals.Meanwhile, 19-year-old full-back Terence Vancooten who plays for Stevenage Football Club in the English football’s League Two, is expected to make his international debut for Guyana after being called by the Guyana Football Federation (GFF).Defender Warren Creavalle, who features in the USA’s Major League Soccer (MLS) with the Philadelphia Union, will also be joining the team for another outing with the Golden Jaguars. So too is Englishman Samuel Cox, who usually wears the captain’s armband.Finland-based Walter Moore, according to sources, is also expected to return as the GFF technical team looks to put together the strongest possible team to face Grenada.With regard to the local players, the GFF still remains tight-lipped on its selection, with a source close to the team confirming that striker Gregory ‘Jackie Chan’ Richardson will be included in the squad.The team will depart on Thursday for Trinidad and Tobago, where they will play a warm-up match before heading to the Spice Isle. … Terence Vancooten to make international debutlast_img read more

Riley steps up after seeing increased minutes in vital stretch

first_imgBUFFALO — Rick Jackson said he didn’t want to pick up that third foul and the seat on the bench that would come with it.Nevertheless, just 55 seconds after foul No. 2 against Gonzaga on Sunday, Jackson committed his third foul and made the long, sad walk back to the bench.Syracuse only led Gonzaga by one point. Big but raw freshman DaShonte Riley was about to play extended time in the Orange’s most important game of the season. The game was in the balance, and Syracuse’s center was a rarely used player who averaged 1.4 points and 1.3 rebounds per game.The defining moment of the game loomed ahead.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text‘I knew that the team needed me, and I wanted to be that presence in the middle, but DaShonte got in there and he did a good job,’ Jackson said. ‘And that’s when I finally relaxed. He’s handling the middle, and I just couldn’t wait for the second half to start up.’Syracuse could have wilted. Instead, it closed the half on a 25-11 run that helped ice the game in the Orange’s 87-65 win over Gonzaga in a second-round West Regional game at HSBC Arena in Buffalo.Gonzaga’s 7-foot center, Robert Sacre, scored just one basket in the final 8:58 of the first half, with Riley doing a serviceable job of containing him.‘This team has had such great cohesiveness all year no matter what five guys are on the floor,’ shooting guard Andy Rautins said. ‘We’re all on the same page. We’re more than confident in DaShonte stepping up and having big minutes. He’s progressing every day. We have confidence in whoever is on the floor.’When Jackson left, Syracuse quickly used a 9-0 run to balloon its lead to 31-21, before Gonzaga sliced the lead to 32-28. Rautins then scored four straight points, before finding Brandon Triche for a layup that pushed the lead back to 10.In that final 8:58, the Orange stepped up defensively, limiting Gonzaga to just 11 shots and forcing four turnovers. Gonzaga tallied just two buckets in the final 3:49 of the half.‘When (Rick) went out, me and Kris took it upon ourselves to get to the boards,’ Wes Johnson said. ‘When DaShonte came in, we knew we would be fine when he came in. We would have to crash the boards more and really make an emphasis on defense to get out to the shooter and make it tough for them.’The soft-spoken Riley was pleased with his performance in the extended time, which saw him total 15 minutes with an assist and a steal but no points or rebounds. He played for all but 29 seconds of that 8:58 stretch.‘I wanted to go out there and play hard,’ Riley said. ‘I know I was going to play some minutes in this tournament, but I never knew I would be put in a situation where the game was that close, but at the same time I just wanted to go out there and play hard and just give an effort.’Triche comes on again For Brandon Triche, it’s all about confidence.As the season wound down, the freshman point guard said his confidence was low. That stopped him from attacking the basket and playing aggressively like he normally does. He did not score double-digit points since a game against Providence on Feb. 2, and his numbers dropped like an anchor.But in his first two NCAA Tournament games, the offensive output has returned, coinciding with a rekindling of his confidence. Triche scored 13 points against Gonzaga on Sunday and is now averaging 11.5 points per contest in the Tournament. He hit two more 3s against the Bulldogs, moving his two-game total to five. He had just five 3-pointers in his last 14 games entering the Tournament.‘My confidence is high, I’m having fun and that’s the key. You just have to have fun out there,’ Triche said. ‘Toward the end of the season, I really wasn’t having fun out there and also just putting a lot of pressure on myself to do good, so I think that kind of affected my game. So now I’m just playing at ease. I’m at ease with myself, and I’m playing comfortable and I’m helping the team out.’Triche scored all 13 of his points in the final 8:15 of the first half. He hit a 3 and scored on a layup to expand SU’s lead to 29-21, before connecting on a 3 that gave Syracuse a 46-30 lead. He only took three shots in the second half, with Syracuse comfortably cruising along on its way to the Sweet 16.‘Once I see the ball go through the net, my confidence rises to another level and that’s a big thing with me, being comfortable and having confidence,’ Triche said. ‘If my confidence is high, I’m going to help the team out.’mrehalt@syr.edu Comments Published on March 20, 2010 at 12:00 pmcenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more