A long, good run

first_img Bob Scalise spent more than four decades in various roles across campus Athletics director to retire at end of academic year New study to look at organization, programs, and student experience to lay groundwork for strategic planning “I feel very lucky to have had Bob as a partner in the first two years of my deanship, and luckier still that I’ll continue to have the benefit of his advice over the next year,” said Gay.For Scalise, who served under three University presidents, the decision to retire now was part of a life plan. “I always envisioned I would work until I was 69 or 70,” he said. “It’s still a time when people feel young and vibrant and can do a lot of things. I want to enjoy that with my family and not run out of time.”His valedictory, as he envisions it, will be understated. “I don’t want anything special,” Scalise said. “I don’t want a big dinner. I’ll see the people that I do business with and say, ‘Thank you.’ And if I did well by them, they’ll say, ‘Thank you, Bob. Hope to see you around some day.’”Bob Scalise at Harvard Stadium. Rose Lincoln/Harvard file photo Athletics for the 21st century Scalise named director of athletics Bob Scalise reckoned that he’d be Harvard’s athletics director for eight to 10 years. It’s now been about 19, and he’s still at his desk overlooking the stadium. “It became a different job all the time,” he said. “It never seemed like: ‘Here we go again. Let’s dust off the September to-do list.’ That’s not how I looked at it. Each year it was something different and exciting.”This one was undeniably different. The COVID-19 pandemic triggered the closure of campus, migration of classes online, and a halt to intercollegiate sports for the remainder of the semester. And the end of this academic year will mark the retirement of the 69-year-old Scalise, capping a tenure full of accomplishment and change — and the longest since that of the first, Bill Bingham, who served from 1925 until 1951.“It is through Bob that I have come to understand and appreciate the mission of Harvard Athletics, and its profound positive impact on the lives of our students and on the life of this University,” said Edgerley Family Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences Claudine Gay. “Bob has been a steward of the mission for his entire career, a steadfast believer in the ideal of education through athletics and the value of the Ivy League. That commitment has been inspiring but also grounding, especially in moments of challenge.”As John D. Nichols ’53 Family Director of Athletics, Scalise oversaw 42 men’s and women’s varsity teams; nearly 60 club programs, from boxing to Quidditch; 27 intramural sports, and a recreational fitness system spread across 10 facilities. He also increased the ranks of women and minority coaches, mentored generations of players and coaches, established pay-equity procedures, and steered the program’s growth amid various challenges, all the while guided by a sense of mission as an educator.Scalise has been involved with the University for 44 years as a head coach, Harvard Business School student, and executive. When he first arrived in 1974 as the league’s youngest lacrosse coach at 24, the Harvard-Radcliffe merger was not yet underway, Title IX’s impact on college sports had not yet begun, and the University’s athletic facilities were outdated.,Now there are about as many female undergraduates as male and 21 women’s sports. Specialization by athletes, longer seasons, and off-season training now are the standard. Ice hockey begins in October, lacrosse in February. The physical plant on both sides of the river has been expanded and modernized. And a department once housed in a warren of offices at 60 John F. Kennedy St. has expanded to more than 100 staffers at the more expansive Murr Center across the Charles.“When you consider the scope and the challenges of managing the largest Div. 1 program in the country, I think Bob did a terrific job,” said Tim Murphy, the Thomas Stephenson Family Head Coach for Harvard Football. In Scalise’s time as AD, Crimson teams won 25 national championships and 148 Ivy titles from football to fencing.,“Adjust and adapt” has been Scalise’s maxim. “That’s one of the great lessons of athletics,” he said. “This is a different Harvard than existed 20 years ago. How do we be true to what we’re trying to do with athletics and pursue excellence and value the richness of the diversity of the kids on our teams?”Scalise has kept pace with the changes both in the University and athletics. He has deepened the department’s expertise in marketing, multimedia, and information technology. And he has been committed to creating more diversity atop team rosters, recruiting five female and three black head coaches. “I was a high school coach with no college experience,” said Ted Minnis, who was working at a California girls’ school when Scalise hired him. He now has directed the men’s and women’s water polo teams for a decade and is the winningest coach in the program’s history. “He saw something in me,” he said.The big board behind Scalise’s desk, which has been there since his arrival, spells out in detail the department’s operating principles: “Adhere to the highest standards of integrity, ethics, and sportsmanship. Attract and develop people of outstanding capabilities. Grow and manage the department’s resources wisely.”“It’s a roadmap to success for Harvard athletics,” said Merrimack athletics director Jeremy Gibson, Harvard’s former senior associate AD who worked with Scalise for a dozen years. “The headers might change, but the pillars always remained the same.”The Ivy model as it was conceived 66 years ago is based on the notion that the purpose of intercollegiate sports is to contribute to the larger educational mission, and that athletes should be treated like any other student. “Bob’s not going to make a big proclamation about what we’re going to do,” said Gerrie Mahoney, who arrived at Harvard a year before Scalise and now is senior associate AD. “He finds a way to weave it in so that it becomes part of the fabric.”,Scalise learned the model at Brown, where he was a two-time All-American in lacrosse. He directed the men’s varsity at Harvard for 13 years and was the first coach for the women’s soccer team, a job he kept for a decade. His wife, Maura Costin ’80, was an All-Ivy swimmer who coached the women’s varsity for 13 seasons.“Right away Bob had street cred with me because he’s done it all,” said Minnis. “He’s won an Ivy championship. He’s coached both men and women at a high level. He’s played at a high level. He’s administrated at the highest level.”Scalise spent nearly a decade at HBS, ultimately as senior executive officer, and three years at Bain Capital, where he was director of recruiting, career development, and alumni relations — his only foray away from Harvard since his arrival. “He treated different situations as case studies,” said Gibson. “How are we going to deal with it and what are we going to learn from it going forward?”The Scalise approach is data-driven and objective. “Bob does not get rattled and is the consummate problem-solver,” said Jenny Allard, who has coached the softball team for more than a quarter century. “He has great insight.”Scalise’s most valuable asset as AD is that he understands the essence of the place. “Bob knows our mission statement,” said Kathy Delaney-Smith, who has coached the women’s basketball team for 38 years. “Bob knows how important the combination of academics and athletics is. Athletics is part of your education, not an extracurricular part of your education.”Scalise’s extensive coaching background at Harvard has made him an empathetic adviser. “Bob and I had a good relationship,” said Murphy. “I appreciated him, and I think it was mutual. Having a coaching background certainly didn’t hurt his ability to have a fair understanding of what was important in hiring and in managing coaches. I absolutely believe that was an asset.” “I feel very lucky to have had Bob as a partner in the first two years of my deanship, and luckier still that I’ll continue to have the benefit of his advice over the next year.” — Claudine Gay, Edgerley Family Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences Related His experience in directing the transition of women’s soccer from a club team to an immediate Ivy champion was particularly helpful to the women’s rugby squad, which won last year’s national title in only its fourth season as a varsity. “As a younger team it was especially meaningful that Bob made sure we always had what we needed to be successful and gain that momentum,” said coach Melanie “Mel” Denham, whom Scalise hired in 2017.At coaches’ gatherings Scalise is appreciated for his dry wit. A decade ago he agreed to invest in a state-of-the-art infield surface for the softball team. “To this day he gives me a hard time that it was the most money he has ever paid for dirt,” said Allard.Scalise has an educator’s knack for getting to the essentials. “Bob has a masterful way of simplifying things so that everyone can understand it, and it sticks,” said Mahoney. “He says, ‘We’re in the business of developing people.’ Bob’s the coach of all of us.”As Harvard Athletics approaches the centennial of its founding, Gay commissioned a study, which is being handled by Mercer, that will examine Harvard’s student-athlete experience, program culture, and departmental structure, and will inform strategic planning for the next decade.After he retires, Scalise will spend another year as adviser to Gay. The University recently named as his replacement Erin McDermott, director of athletics and recreation at the University of Chicago.last_img read more

Registration is now open for the Citizens Bank Lake Champlain Dragon Boat Festival August 7

first_imgTeam registration is now open for the Citizens Bank Lake Champlain Dragon Boat Festival. This year’s festival is Sunday, August 7th at Burlington’s Waterfront Park. Each team is comprised of 21 paddlers who race head to head in 41 foot long dragon boats over a 300 meter course. Festival organizers encourage everyone to join together with your co-workers, friends, and family and form a team. No paddling experience is necessary, it’s all for fun, friendly competition, and raising money to fund programs to help friends and neighbors living with a cancer diagnosis. Online registration is easy. Just visit www.ridethedragon.org(link is external) for complete festival information and registration details. Every team gets a free one hour practice session in July. Space is limited so organize your team right away. The festival has become one of Vermont’s most popular summer events with over 20,000 paddlers and spectators annually. It’s all about community with entertainment, food vendors, a silent auction, raffles and more. The core of Dragonheart Vermont’s mission is to give back to the community and over the last five years the Lake Champlain Dragon Boat Festival has raised over $435,000 to support critical cancer programs in Vermont. This year, Dragonheart is expanding its community mission. With the on-going support of presenting sponsor Citizens Bank and other local businesses and organizations, the festival has set a goal to raise $250,000 to launch Survivorship NOW, a new Dragonheart Vermont initiative to help bridge the gap cancer survivors face between treatment and recovery. The Network on Wellness will promote opportunities for therapeutic treatments, strengthening programs, education, and networking to better serve cancer survivors in our community. The initiative has the strong endorsement of cancer survivors, doctors, and health care institutions in our area. The need is real and Survivorship NOW promises cancer survivors a network of services that will help them live well with cancer. Linda Dyer, Dragonheart Vermont, Executive Director:‘Our Dragonheart organization is excited about putting our efforts toward helping to promote more opportunities for wellness for cancer survivors in our community. As a breast cancer survivor and supporter organization, we have seen firsthand how valuable fitness, camaraderie, and connection can be. Our hope is that all cancer survivors in our community will have the chance to get the programs needed to live each day to the fullest.’ Marni Willams, Team Captain of Paddling in Vein states:‘We are honored to take part in the LCDBF for the 6th year in a row. Many of our members have been touched one way or another by cancer and we look forward to this opportunity to pay forward the efforts that have been made on behalf of those affected.’ Visit www.ridethedragon.org(link is external) for complete details.last_img read more

Peruvian Peace Corps Learns to Prevent Tropical Diseases

first_imgBy Gonzalo Silva Infante/Diálogo January 17, 2019 The Peruvian Armed Forces’ Joint Command (CCFFAA, in Spanish) concluded 2018 with the inauguration of a health education and prevention course for members of peacekeeping operations. The Tropical Diseases course, conducted with the support of the U.S. Embassy in Lima, gathered 60 units of the Peruvian, Colombian, and Salvadoran armed forces. The objective of the course was to analyze tropical diseases that threaten service members deployed in peacekeeping missions. The course also sought to provide better knowledge on how to prevent endemic infectious diseases, such as dengue, zika, yellow fever, hemorrhagic fevers, and monkeypox, among others, with greater emphasis on malaria. The course was taught with the support of the U.S. Military Assistance Advisory Group and the U.S. Department of Defense’s Defense Institute for Medical Operations (DIMO). Four instructors taught the course under the leadership of U.S. Air Force Lieutenant Colonel Jessica Cowden, chief of infectious disease programs. The loss of a Peruvian blue helmet deployed with the Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA, in French) prompted the creation of the course. “It was a very tough lesson learned that warned us about the risks and, above all, how it was addressed,” Peruvian Navy Petty Officer Second Class Edsson Evaristo Alvarado, CCFFAA analyst on peacekeeping operations and course organizer, told Diálogo. “It was in 2014 in Africa, where ebola was taking its toll, so they treated [the blue helmet] as if it were that disease. He was quarantined, and instead of treating him for malaria, they treated him for ebola, and he died.” Preventing illnesses The five-day course was divided into two phases. During the initial theoretical phase, DIMO’s instructors shared their knowledge and experiences. They focused on preventing malaria, chemoprophylaxis—the use of medication to prevent a disease—severe malaria, malaria surveillance programs; and the history, transmission, and detection of the Ebola virus and monkeypox. Instructors also addressed diseases transmitted through food and the sanitary conditions of dining areas. With the topics covered, they sought to promote prevention among military personnel deployed in peacekeeping missions. “The idea is to prevent diseases, and doing research before going on a [peacekeeping] mission,” Peruvian Air Force Petty Officer Second Class Jacqueline Galarza López, who participated in the course before deploying to MINUSCA, told Diálogo. “We attend talks at the Peruvian Training and Instruction Center for Peacekeeping Operations, but in this seminar we saw instructions, experiences, and medical processes that take place upon return.” The second phase, the hands-on part, required students’ active participation to conduct malaria diagnostic tests and blood sample observation under microscopes, among other procedures. “The U.S. personnel taught us how to do the tests and how to immunize uniforms, and they gave us clothes for the contingent that’s about to travel,” said Petty Officer 2nd Class Galarza. A benefit for the region In addition to the Peruvian units to be deployed in January or February of 2019 to join the peacekeeping mission in the Central African Republic, military health corps members also took part in the course. According to Petty Officer 2nd Class Alvarado, Colombian and Salvadoran personnel were invited to learn and share their experience. “We convened the medical personnel from military institutions who deal with health issues of the personnel that takes part in peacekeeping operations, the nurse that administers vaccines, the doctor who provides medical certificates, and those who deal with epidemic issues in each institution, among others,” Petty Officer 2nd Class Alvarado said. “Participants included personnel we offered to the UN who have already been accepted.” With its own experience in the field and the support of U.S. experts, Peru’s CCFFAA seeks to improve deployments and protect the health of its units in peacekeeping missions. When taught again, the course will be beneficial to regional partner nations that want to increase their participation in peacekeeping missions in countries prone to infectious diseases. “Most importantly, during the course we realized that we are pioneers in South America in teaching it,” Petty Officer 2nd Class Alvarado concluded. “We learned and presented new things, and we expect to cover more at the national level. The service member leaves, but it’s a human being who returns, potentially bringing back an epidemic element.”last_img read more

Team Elio won the first place of the Opatija incubator Creative Tourism Lab

first_imgRELATED NEWS: “I am very pleased and pleasantly surprised by what I saw. The organizers really put in the effort, the pitches were great and the discussion was constructive and stimulating. I certainly believe that such initiatives are necessary and useful to give young people the right opportunity”, Said Roberto Gobo from Valamar. As part of the event held in the hall of Villa Antonio in Opatija, the participants of the program presented to the audience and investors their business ideas that they have developed over the past two months, of which the three best ideas brought cash prizes. Based on the evaluations of the mentors and the jury, the first prize went to the team Elio (Sara Sušanj, Nika Kurti, Emil Rubinić,…) with its application for interactive guided tours, the second place went to the team Sea Memory (Korana Kraguljac, Tonči Brnečić) who created an innovative and an authentic souvenir, while third place went to the Grop team (Ana and Oliver Kamenečki) for an online platform for discovering indigenous local products. “I’m glad to see things like this happen. Also, it is somehow logical for the center of tourist innovations to be launched in Opatija, the cradle of Croatian tourism.”, Emphasized Aljoša Domijan from ABC Accelerator, and continuedWe are following the development of this story with a watchful eye and I think that we will soon have a lot more space for cooperation.” Hubbazia’s activities so far are an overture for the EU project “Establishment of the business incubator of the city of Opatija – Hubbazia” within the Urban Agglomeration of Rijeka. The aim of the project is to establish an incubator specializing in tourism activities that would be a leader in business innovation in the region and a link between young and creative people and existing companies. Immediately before the awards ceremony, a panel discussion was held on the topic “The role of innovation in tourism” with the participation of Valamar’s innovation director Roberto Gobo, RDA Prigoda director Vedran Kružić, founder and investor of Ljubljana’s ABC Accelerator Aljoša Domijan and Silos Group director Mateo Stupičić. while the discussion was moderated by Vanja Vitezić, postdoctoral student and assistant at the Faculty of Management in Tourism and Hospitality.center_img “I am extremely proud that the City of Opatija was the first to decide to make such a step forward. In the midst of a strong outflow of young people, such initiatives and a constructive environment can encourage young and enterprising people to venture into business ventures in Croatia. I am of the opinion that self-employment and constant improvement are the foundations on which a better future can and must be built. Now we are arranging the space to provide the best possible working conditions, and even richer and better quality programs”, Concluded Deputy Mayor Emil Priskić. The City of Opatija, in cooperation with Silos Group doo and a partner, the Faculty of Management in Tourism and Hospitality, at the beginning of the year began organizing a program of free workshops called “Creative Tourism Lab Opatija – incubation program”. Yesterday, on Thursday, May 23, the pilot program called “Creative Tourism Lab” within the new Opatija center of creative tourist innovations “Hubbazia” was concluded with a solemn event. You can find more about Creative Tourism Lab – Opatija HERE.last_img read more

BLOG: Protecting Pennsylvania’s Consumers

first_imgRead more agency year in review blog posts.Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf By: Teresa Miller, Insurance Commissioner SHARE Email Facebook Twitter BLOG: Protecting Pennsylvania’s Consumerscenter_img January 13, 2016 Efficiency,  Government That Works,  The Blog,  Year in Review Since taking office, Governor Wolf and I have set consumer protection as the Insurance Department’s top priority. A big part of helping consumers is letting them know that we are here as a resource for them, and under Governor Wolf’s direction, we have substantially increased our consumer outreach.There were many times throughout 2015 where Governor Wolf and I took an active stand in order to put consumers first and protect them from future harm.Keeping Rates LowI’m also very proud of the work done by my department in reviewing individual and small group health insurance rates this year to ensure that we balanced the needs of the companies involved without placing too much burden on consumers through drastic rate increases. My department was able to save Pennsylvania’s consumers nearly $81 million – an outcome that wasn’t the case in all other states. I’m glad we can tell that story here.CHIPShortly after taking office, we addressed an issue where families enrolled in the full-cost CHIP program were facing tax penalties, because these plans did not meet minimum essential coverage standards dictated by the Affordable Care Act. We worked quickly to bring these plans up to MEC standards and obtained waivers so these families would avoid the tax penalty. Under the direction of Governor Wolf, we brought the remaining CHIP plans up to MEC standards so that more than 150,000 Pennsylvania children enrolled in the program could enjoy improved benefits and coverage standards.Highmark/UPMCThe Insurance Department is also continuing to play a role in protecting consumers affected by the consent decrees signed by Highmark and UPMC in 2014. My department supported Governor Wolf’s decision to go to court in order to protect the access of more than 180,000 seniors in western Pennsylvania to the doctors and hospitals of their choice, by requiring UPMC to stay in Highmark’s Medicare Advantage program, consistent with the terms of the consent decrees.Saving Consumers MoneyAway from the health side, we’ve taken a stand against unfair pricing tactics like the “widow’s penalty” and price optimization – a practice that occurs when insurers consider factors unrelated to expected losses and expenses, such as a customer’s likelihood to shop around for a better price, when setting rates. I issued notices to insurers to remind them that these practices are unfairly discriminatory and my department will not authorize rates that impose costs where additional risk can’t be proven.We’re also continuing to pursue other consumer protection issues, including surprise balance billing, which occurs when patients receive a bill for a service received at an in-network facility with an in-network provider but encounter an out-of-network provider at some point during care.What’s Next?These accomplishments demonstrate the Wolf Administration’s strong commitment to putting consumers first through increasing access to health insurance, ensuring consumers are treated fairly by companies, and educating the public on issues so consumers have the information they need to make the best decisions for themselves and their families.As we move into 2016, we’re going to continue to focus on finding solutions to issues that affect consumers every day.Find Us OnlineOver the summer, we revamped the Insurance Department website to make it much more user-friendly, and we’re making good use of this new platform to reach and educate consumers. We regularly update it with consumer alerts focused on seasonal tips or issues we hear of from consumers, and we’re producing more educational content, such as our videos and shopper’s guide to using and purchasing health insurance, to help consumers make educated and empowered choices.We’ve also joined social media, so head over to Facebook.com/PAInsuranceDepartment or follow us on Twitter @PAInsuranceDept.We’re going to work to become a more visible force in communities around the commonwealth. I want Pennsylvania consumers to know that we’re here as a resource and to connect with consumers in their own environments, and I strongly encourage you to contact us if you have any issues or concerns via our Consumer Services Bureau at 1-877-881-6388 or through our contact form at insurance.pa.govlast_img read more

Over 50s development ahead of schedule thanks to local push

first_imgAveo Springfield is running ahead of schedule thanks to strong interest from local over 50s.LOCALS are snapping up retirement living in Springfield, pushing construction ahead of schedule for what will eventually be Australia’s largest fully-integrated age-friendly retirement village. Aveo Springfield has had more than 300 sales inquiries with at least 80 per cent from savy locals for its $1 billion development which will eventually provide more than 2,500 dwellings and a range of facilities.Aveo’s executive general manager of development Gary Kordic said interest had been mainly from locals looking to retire close to their family and taking advantage of the first-class amenities on offer.“It’s great to see strong local interest from the Springfield area, with buyers attracted to theaccessible and interconnected village design with a range of lifestyle, health, and care services right at their doorstep,” he said.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home1 hour agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor7 hours agoStage one of the development includes 66 independent living units in Building A, which will also house a dining and bar area, cafe, fully equipped gymnasium, specialist suit and hairdressers as well as a shared community recreational park which will be open to the general public. Aveo Springfield is leading the way in retirement living with locals wanting in.“Having been designed as a social and intergenerational community, Aveo Springfield will provide a supportive environment for residents with an array of living options, including a full-service aged care facility, to meet their long-term needs,” Mr Kordic said.With the project tracking strongly, it is set to welcome residents into the community from June, ahead of schedule.The retirement community is also set to be home to a child care centre giving retirees the chance to remain connected to their grandchildren and extended family throughout their retirement.Aveo Springfield is positioned in Springfield Central’s Health City and next to the Mater Private Hospital.Aveo is currently home to 13,000 residents in 90 retirement villages across Australia.last_img read more

ESG overlay ‘boosts outcomes for corporate bond investors’: report

first_imgIncorporating environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG) factors improves outcomes for corporate bond investors, according to a report from JP Morgan Asset Management.The asset manager found that ESG scores could enhance portfolio outcomes via lower drawdowns, reduced portfolio volatility and, in some cases, marginally increased risk-adjusted returns.Although its study showed that using ESG scores improved gross portfolio returns for all categories of corporate bonds, this only held true for investment grade corporate debt once transaction costs were accounted for.The study involved back-testing portfolios of investment grade, high yield and emerging market debt, comparing their benchmarks with a portfolio constructed using MSCI ESG scores. The asset manager also set out to find out whether ESG scores differed from traditional agency credit ratings, and said the study suggested that MSCI scores were “additive” to traditional credit ratings.“The contingent liabilities related to ESG issues are not necessarily factored into rating agencies’ assigned ratings,” said Lovjit Thukral, vice president for global fixed income, currency and commodities (GFICC) at the asset manager and report co-author with Bhupinder Bahra, co-head of the quantitative research group for GFICC.According to Thukral and Bahra, the study showed that MSCI’s ‘E’, ‘S’, and ‘G’ scores were generally not related to one another or to credit agency ratings. In the investment grade segment, the governance score was negatively related to credit agency ratings.Another result of the study was that ESG benchmarks (of issuers covered by MSCI) had an inherent quality bias in terms of the performance metrics.In 2017, Hermes Investment Management found that there was a significant relationship between companies’ ESG credentials and their credit spreads. It recently turned its attention to ESG risks in sovereign bond markets, as did BlueBay Asset Management.Rating agencies have moved to more clearly demonstrate how ESG considerations feed into their credit analysis in response to pressure from investors.last_img read more

Ghana’s Judicial Council suspends 22 judges

first_imgGhanaian judicial council says it has suspended 22 judges and magistrates allegedly implicated in corrupt practices.The suspended are reported to have been captured on video receiving the bribes.The council also said that it is probing the conducts of 12 high court judges and several other court officials who had been mentioned in the videos that were recorder by undercover agents.Reports have emerged that a local investigative journalist had captured over 180 officials receiving bribes and went ahead to publicise some of those clips, petitioning President John Mahama to remove the judges from office.Following this expose, the Judicial Council held an emergency meeting and recommended that the 22 junior judges be suspended as part of an investigation process.Ghana has been riddled with cases of massive corruption over the yearslast_img read more

T&T attorney general concerned about increase in murders

first_img Share Share Tweet Sharing is caring! NewsRegional T&T attorney general concerned about increase in murders by: – December 31, 2011center_img Share 52 Views   no discussions At least 15 people have been killed since the State of Emergency ended earlier this month.PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad-Attorney General Anand Ramlogan said the crime plan implemented in the wake of the State of Emergency has failed.And, he wants Commissioner of Police Canadian Dwayne Gibbs to present his 2012 plan to ensure that murders are kept to a minimum.At least 15 people have been killed since the SoE ended December 5 – eight of them during the Christmas holiday weekend.“There should have been some plans to deal with it, anticipate it and that is why perhaps it’s a little troubling at this time,” the attorney general told a media conference yesterday.“…The government is very concerned in the spike of the murder rate post State of Emergency. I for one am very anxious to hear from the Commissioner of Police who had the benefit of a year to settle into the job and who we hoped to have brought fresh ideas and new perspective to be able to help us to solve the crime problem.”Ramlogan said the matter would likely be discussed at an upcoming meeting of the National Security Council.While noting that the murder rate was now lower than the previous three years, he said there was clear evidence that the SoE, which was in effect from August 21, saved lives.More than 350 people have been murdered for the year so far, 117 more than in 2010. Caribbean 360 Newslast_img read more

Twisters Edge Out Bulldogs Of Centerville

first_imgThe Oldenburg Academy Twisters eeked out a 2-1 home win against The Centerville Bulldogs.C-000 000 1.   1-5-1OA-000 002 x.   2-6-3OA Batting:Matty Hurm 1-2, run, double, bbSam Gast 1-3, runTanney Alley 1-3, 2 rbiTyler Hesselbrock 1-2Bryce Ahaus 1-2Tyler Hogg 1-2, doubleOA Pitching:Matty Hurm 7 IP, 1 unearned run, 5 hits, 7 k, 2 bb, hbp.   Win.Varsity record: 13-7Next game (5-12) vs. Rushville.Courtesy of Twisters Coach Doug Behlmer.last_img