MEDICINE TIME By Jim Redwine

first_img GAVEL GAMUT By Jim RedwineMEDICINE TIMELast week we gave some attention to a problem we all know exists but that we wish we could make go away with pixie dust. It is not that you and I or our fellow citizens are uncaring about children and families caught in the maelstrom of child and spousal physical abuse or child sexual abuse or child neglect or alcohol and drug addiction. It is we instinctively know the cure will be painfully expensive and emotionally exhausting, to say nothing of how the resources we dedicate to these problems must be diverted from others. On the other hand, we know if we do not address our Children in Need of Services crisis now society will certainly pay a much greater price later. And that need for current and future self-preservation does not even consider our moral obligations.When Peg notices a chore at JPeg Ranch that must be done (by me, of course), there is a fairly consistent litany of the procedure. She notes something, say a decaying window sill, moles multiplying like moles, a tree about to fall in the pond, well, you get the idea. Here is how things normally progress. I pretend deafness and blindness. When that wears thin I tell her I will take care of it on the weekend. Sometimes I tell her it probably would be cheaper to wait until we have a full-blown disaster. Finally, she prevails with threats of making me turn off a ballgame or, the unkindest of all, saying she will just call someone else to do it.At this point, I will have to go to Bud’s Hardware at least twice because I can never find where I stored the bolts or screws, etc., from the last time I jerry-rigged a project. Then it comes down to actual manual labor and occasionally a trip to the E-Room for repair of the repairer.Well, my fellow Posey County citizens that’s where we are with our Child in Need of Services (CHINS) situation. We must take our medicine. As the Circuit Court Judge in charge of judicial solutions to these matters, I have been approached by numerous fellow public servants and other concerned citizens with suggestions. Just last week after a morning spent in a two-hour hearing involving one very blended family that required eight publicly appointed attorneys I ran into Posey County Councilman Aaron Wilson who told me he believed we should consider creating a Posey Circuit Court Magistrate position that would be dedicated to children and family cases. This approach to our current crisis has many reasonable elements and great potential benefits, not the least of which is the saving of taxpayer money.Of course, as Aaron said, our first obligation is to provide public services, but we should attempt to do so in a reasonable manner. Efficiency in government is a good thing. Let’s examine my case from last week.Because the Posey Circuit Court is charged with handling many important matters besides CHINS cases and there is only one Circuit Judge and only one Circuit Courtroom cases must be jammed into artificial schedules. For example, the same week as the case in question I had a criminal felony and misdemeanor cases, probate matters, civil lawsuits, divorce cases and innumerable logistical issues to address. So the CHINS cases had to be stuffed into the space of one day, mainly one morning.This required numerous publicly appointed attorneys in other cases to wait for hours as we processed the one in front of me. Of course, many citizens were also forced to simply wait around as if the Court were an emergency room at a city hospital. Such a procedure is more akin to the watching sausage being made analogy than seeing justice delivered.With this in mind, next week I will try to put some drywall compound on Councilman Wilson’s excellent suggestion of a Posey Circuit Court Magistrate, unless, of course, Peg fills my time with as yet unseen disasters at The Ranch.For more Gavel Gamut articles go to www.jamesmredwine.comFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

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Do you remember the last time…? — Michigan State edition

first_img Published on March 17, 2018 at 8:52 pm Contact David: [email protected] Comments With No. 11 Syracuse (22-13, 8-10 Atlantic Coast) set to face No. 3 Michigan State (30-4, 16-2 Big Ten) on Sunday at 2:40 p.m., check if you remember some SU men’s basketball history.Do you remember the last time Syracuse played Michigan State?The most recent meeting between the two teams came on Dec. 7, 2010, in the Jimmy V Classic. No. 8 Syracuse beat No. 7 Michigan State, 72-58, at Madison Square Garden behind 19 points from Scoop Jardine, while Rick Jackson and Kris Joseph chipped in 17 and 14 points, respectively. Durrell Summers was the Spartans’ top scorer with 18 points. Golden State Warriors star Draymond Green came off the bench, recording six points, 11 rebounds and five assists.The Orange’s win brought it to 9-0 on the season. Syracuse reached 18-0 before suffering six losses in eight games. SU ended the season 26-7 and was given the 3-seed in the East Region of the NCAA Tournament. After a 77-60 win over No. 14 Indiana State in the Round of 64, Syracuse was upset by No. 11 Marquette, 66-62.Do you remember the last time Syracuse played Michigan State in the NCAA Tournament?AdvertisementThis is placeholder textIn the 2000 NCAA Tournament, No. 1 Michigan State downed No. 4 Syracuse, 75-58, in the Round of 16 in Auburn Hills, Michigan. The Orange boasted a 10-point halftime lead, but were blown out, 51-24, in the second half. Now-SU assistant coach Allen Griffin scored 14 points off the bench and was one of two Orange players to reach double figures, along with Jason Hart.All five Spartans starters scored at least 10 points, including Morris Peterson, who led all scorers with 21 points. Michigan State went on the win the National Championship, beating No. 5 Florida in the final, 89-76.Do you remember the last time Syracuse played in a Round of 32 game?Two years ago, No. 10 Syracuse dispatched No. 15 Middle Tennessee State, 75-50, in the Round of 32 of the 2016 NCAA Tournament. SU would have faced No. 2 Michigan State in that game if not for the Blue Raiders’ monumental 90-81 first round upset. MTSU’s win over the Spartans was the eighth time a 15-seed defeated a 2-seed in NCAA Tournament history.The Orange then defeated No. 11 Gonzaga and No. 1 Virginia en route to the Final Four, where SU fell to No. 1 North Carolina, 83-66.Do you remember the last time Syracuse played against a 3-seed in the NCAA Tournament?Syracuse’s last meeting with a 3-seed in the NCAA Tournament came five years ago, when it faced No. 3 Marquette in the Elite Eight in the East Region. The fourth-seeded Orange eliminated the Golden Eagles, 55-39, to advance to the Final Four. James Southerland (16 points) and C.J. Fair (13 points) paced SU’s offense, while a dominant defensive performance held Marquette to 12-of-53 (.226) shooting.In the Final Four, Syracuse lost to No. 4 Michigan, 61-56. Fair’s 22 point-performance wasn’t enough, as the Wolverines used 21 bench points to advance to the National Championship game. Brandon Triche and Michael Carter-Williams, SU’s starting backcourt, each fouled out.Do you remember the last time Syracuse played against a coach with at least 500 wins in the NCAA Tournament? (Michigan State’s Tom Izzo has 574 wins)In the 2016 NCAA Tournament, No. 10 Syracuse fell to No. 1 North Carolina, 83-66, in the Final Four in Houston, Texas. The Roy Williams-led Tarheels used a 35-of-65 (.538) shooting night to top the Orange. Trevor Cooney led all scorers with 22 points, but UNC’s balanced offense that saw three players (Brice Johnson, Justin Jackson, Kennedy Meeks) score 15 points or more was too much for SU.Syracuse faced No. 11 Gonzaga two rounds prior, whose head coach Mark Few had tallied 466 wins in his coaching career at the time. Few has since eclipsed the 500-win mark, and now sits at 534.center_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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Through 7 games, Syracuse senior center Paschal Chukwu stuck in neutral

first_img Comments Jim Boeheim’s first move Saturday night mirrored his first motion Wednesday at No. 16 Ohio State. To start both games, he jolted off his seat after SU’s first time on defense. Both times, it was because Paschal Chukwu hadn’t slide correctly at the bottom of the 2-3 zone. Both times, it was because Chukwu wasn’t where he needed to be.The tallest player in Syracuse basketball history has struggled over his last five games, not playing more than 20 minutes in any game. He’s attempted a grand total of five shots, scored nine points and grabbed fewer than seven boards in all but one game over that span. That won’t cut it, Boeheim has said, because he needs to be at minimum the player he was last season, when he averaged 5.4 points, 6.8 rebounds, 2.5 blocks and averaged three shot attempts per game.“He got some rebounds, he made a big block, but he’s not a factor at really either end of the court right now,” Boeheim said Saturday after Syracuse’s 63-55 win over Cornell. “I don’t think either one of our centers is. They have to get better for us to be effective. Right now they’re not very effective.”The other center is sophomore Bourama Sidibe, who said before the first game of the season that he felt much better from last year, when he was dealing with tendinitis. He had surgery over the offseason and wanted to break out early, start his sophomore campaign well. He thought about his explosion last January at Pittsburgh, when he erupted for 18 points and 16 rebounds.Yet his production has also slid, putting the Orange in an interior predicament. There’s time for correction — the Orange are projected to handily win each of their remaining six nonconference games — but their performance, both individually and collectively, raises questions about how they’ll play when matched up against big bodies in the ACC. The clock is ticking with one month until conference play begins.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textOver 20 minutes Saturday, Chukwu attempted only one shot, a layup he made, grabbed five turnovers, blocked two shots and turned the ball over twice. He was at least five inches taller than every Cornell player. Still, his only shot attempt was a layup at the start of the second half.Chukwu was not available for interviews Saturday. Players said their biggest concern is his groin injury. He sustained an injury against Colgate on Nov. 21 that has set back any development he’d made entering the season. The injury is subtle, players said, but he’s wobbly and slower as a result.“He’s dealing with a groin injury that’s got him a few steps slow,” said Syracuse senior point guard Frank Howard, who scored three points and had four assists against the Big Red. “You can see that on his explosion at the rim. He came in from the summer really explosive really active, moving a lot. We’ll get him back there. He has to fight through this.”That the groin injury explains Chukwu’s recent struggles doesn’t add up with Boeheim’s assessments. Even before his groin injury, Boeheim has been mostly unimpressed with Chukwu’s anemic output. On Nov.15, after SU lost to Connecticut, Boeheim said Chukwu got “absolutely destroyed,” and “he’s trying, but he’s not accomplishing anything.” That was before the groin injury.Chukwu’s best game this season was Nov. 10 against Morehead State. He scored 14 points and grabbed 10 rebounds. “He’s improving,” Boeheim said, adding that last year was Chukwu’s first full season of playing competitive basketball. “He’s closing on the ball better. He’s getting in better position rebound-wise.”Since then, he’s shied away from attacking the rim when he has the ball. He hasn’t challenged as many shots as last season, and he’s been relegated to the bench when he makes a mistake. Freshman forward Robert Braswell said he’s turnover begins with confidence: “It’s about not getting down on himself when he messes up,” Braswell said on Saturday.Whether it’s his confidence, groin injury or a larger issue in his basketball development — or all of the above — Chukwu’s improvement is essential. Published on December 2, 2018 at 12:00 am Contact Matthew: [email protected] | @MatthewGut21center_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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GAA: BUNCRANA CLUB GAA NOTES

first_imgBord na nOg AGMThe Bord na nOg AGM will take place at the Scarvey, on Sunday 13th November at 5.30pm.All nominations and motions should be returned by email to club secretary, Pauline Grant by([email protected]) on or before Monday 7th November.Senior Executive Board AGMThe Senior Executive Board AGM will take place at the Scarvey, on Saturday 19th November at 5.30pm.  All nominations and motions should be returned by email to club secretary, Pauline Grant([email protected]) on or before Monday 14th November.Buncrana GAA Scrap Saturdays BIG Christmas Clear Out – FundraiserIn conjunction with Buncrana Tidy Town’s Initiative we plan to facilitate the lifting of old waste metals and other materials throughout the entire parish.Starts Saturday 05th November 2011We’ll collect any old items containing metal, from your garages, sheds, and back yards get rid of all that clutter.No skipsNo Collection or recycling costsAll items collected will be recycled by a local merchantEvery Saturday in November starting 5th we will collect the following items – Old Fridges, Washing Machines, Tumble Dryers & Toasters etc.Televisions, Microwaves, DVD Players, Hi-Fis, Radios, & Video Players etc.Lawnmowers, Wheelbarrows, Barrels, Buckets, Old Garden Tools etc.Hot Water Tanks, Piping, Bicycles etc.Scrap Cars, Engines, Tractors, Farm Machinery, Girders and All Factory Metal WasteOld Clothes (must be clean and bagged)BatteriesCopper Cylinders and pipesAny other Metal Items you want to get rid of.Paul – 086-811 6983Tom – 083-347 6549Malachy – 086-804 2607Gary – 086-403 6544David – 087-939 2767Call us now for further information and don’t miss this great opportunity!BORD na nÓGUnderage PresentationsA Large gathering of players and parents congregated in the impressive newly refurbished clubroom’s on Sunday for the annual Bord na nOg presentations, compere and Bord Chairman Tom Clare, greeted all andthanked the parents for encouraging their youngsters to participate in the Gaa, and asked for more to come along and get involved.  He pointed out to all that special guests Ryan Bradley and Stevie Boyle were atthe pinnacle for their sporting careers and are proof that if you put the work in, what you can achieve.The successful year the club has had this year was in evidence, with the glittering array of trophies and medals on show.  The u16 footballers winning the county league deserves particular mention, as does the u14 hurlers who had an incredible year in winning county and Ulster honours.  Other titles were claimed at u10 to u16 in football and hurling, to many to mention and is credit to all players and management for their hard work. On evidence at the presentation was the growth and development of the girls football, who can now compete with some of the best side’s in the county with many now representing the county.  Individual honors were:U12 Girls’ Football Chloe Grant; U12 Football Oisin Grant; U12 Hurling Dylan Duffy; U14 Girls’ Football Roisin Cloherty and Roisin Doherty; U14 Football Sam Doherty (Roe); U14 Hurling Sam Doherty(Roe); U16 Football Peter McLaughlin; U16 Hurling Donal og MacLochlainn.  Congratulations to all, but the Gaa in the main is ateam sport and it takes one to fifteen to achieve results and as a club, we are already looking forward to 2012 to build on what has been a fantastic 2011.Tom wrapped up proceedings by congratulating the ever industrious Ulster Volunteer of the Year John Porter and all the hard working mums who work tirelessly behind the scenes and once again provided refreshments.  He also encouraged all parents to come along to the Bord na nOg AGM which takes place next Sunday at 5.30pm in the clubrooms.  All welcome.Buncrana Parish League for National SchoolsOur parish league will finish up next Friday November 11th from 3.20pm to 4.30pm at the Scarvey.  Each team will play two games on the day to determine the overall winners.  There will then be a presentation where every young person from every team will receive a gift to acknowledge that they took part in the league.  Parents, other family members and friends are very welcome to come along.COLAISTI INIS EOGHAINUnfortunately in the Cor na nOg Ulster college football competition Colaisti Inis Eoghain lost to college football kingpins Omagh CBS last Saturday in Burt on a scoreline of 5-14 to 0-07.RecyclingCLOTHES RECYCLING FACILITIES NOW AVAILABLE AT THE SCARVEY!Club NotesAnyone who would like to receive a copy of the weekly club notes should email [email protected], stating so. LottoThe winning numbers in the €2,220 jackpot lotto draw, which took place on Tuesday 1st November in O’Flaherty’s Bar on the Main Street, are as follows: 03-05-26-28.There were no winners.   There were five €20 consolation prizes which went to the following participants:Kate Vaughan, Lisnakelly;Francis Craig, Linsfort;Breda Gibbons, Strand Court;M. Tobin, ℅ Conor Grant. Advertisement Use of the Scarvey pitches for training or matches MUST be confirmed with Martin Mullan in advance (087 246 8108).  Use of clubhouse MUST be confirmed with David McConnell in advance (087 939 2767).If you do have any items which you think should be included in the club’s weekly notes, please [email protected] by 6pm on a Sunday for consideration. To keep up to date with all the latest goings-on, please join us on www.facebook.com/buncranagaa orwww.twitter.com/buncranagaaUse of the Scarvey pitches for training or matches MUST be confirmed with Martin Mullan in advance (087 246 8108).  Use of clubhouse MUST be confirmed with David McConnell in advance (087 939 2767). If you do have any items which you think should be included in the club’s weekly notes, please email [email protected] by 6pm on a Sunday for consideration. Advertisement To keep up to date with all the latest goings-on, please join us on www.facebook.com/buncranagaa or www.twitter.com/buncranagaaGAA: BUNCRANA CLUB GAA NOTES was last modified: November 8th, 2011 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Buncrana GAA noteslast_img read more

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Evander Kane, San Jose Sharks skate past Carolina Hurricanes

first_imgSAN JOSE — Goalie Martin Jones kept the Sharks in it with one solid save after another in the opening minutes of Wednesday night’s game with the Carolina Hurricanes. Evander Kane and his opportunistic teammates took care of the rest.Kane scored a team-record three goals in the first period for his second career hat trick and Jones finished with 36 saves as the Sharks earned an impressive 5-2 win over Hurricanes at SAP Center.Barclay Goodrow also scored after a Hurricanes turnover and Tomas …last_img

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‘Enough is enough’ say McAuley House students

first_imgEvery Friday, students at McAuley House in Johannesburg stage a silent hour-long protest; they stand outside their school, right hands raised, palms out, in solidarity with victims of abuse.Their stand is part of the school’s Kwanele Kwanele – Enough is Enough – campaign to raise awareness of abuse against women and children.Kwanele Kwanele was initiated in 2013 by school principal, Eleanor Hough, an abuse survivor, who “could not take the hurtful moments anymore”. She says, “I was in my car driving within the heart of Durban and a part of me just could not take the hurtful moments anymore; my bleeding heart said shout ‘enough is enough’ which was my turning point.”The campaign is advocating for support for more stringent penalties for convicted abusers, and a more sympathetic justice system in which victims are always treated with dignity. It also aims to provide access to information for victims and survivors of abuse.The campaign also supports national non-governmental organisation POWA, People Opposing Woman Abuse (Images: McAuley House Facebook page)“We want to educate more people about … the … abuse that is within our country,” said Hough.“Even though we are a private school, most of our learners come from places where they see the abuse, are abused or know someone who is being abused; however most of the youth in our school have now found their voice to say ‘no’ and to come talk to us if they can’t find someone at home to talk to,” she said.The campaign also supports national non-governmental organisation POWA, People Opposing Woman Abuse, through funds raised from t-shirt sales. The t-shirts – sporting the Kwanele Kwanele logo – sell for R40 each and are available through the school.Hough hopes to involve more schools in the campaign and set up initiatives to promote Kwanele Kwanele; she wants to set up a solidarity walk and encourage pupils and their families to volunteer at local women’s shelters. She also invites speakers to talk to communities around the school about what constitutes abuse and how it affects victims and their families.PLAY YOUR PARTTo learn more about the Kwanele Kwanele campaign, visit McAuley House, or call Wendy Neervoort or Iva Brennan on +27 (0) 11 726 1310.last_img read more

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