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Nae’Jon Ward finished 7-for-8 from the free-throw line. Photo by Desirée KeeganNae’Jon Ward knew his team needed him, so when the going got tough he did what he knows best — scored.The junior point guard went 3-for-4 from the free-throw line in the game’s last 15 seconds and racked up 13 second-half points in Bridgehampton’s 63-61 win over Academy Charter for the school’s first Long Island Championship Class D crown.“Whenever my team is counting on me, I’ve gotta make it happen,” said Ward, who finished the March 1 game at Center Moriches High School with 24 points, hitting three three-point shots and converting seven of eight chances from the foul line. “In that moment, all that was going through my head is ‘I have to seal the game.’”The Killer Bees started slowly. After a J.P. Harding (16 points, 10 rebounds) bucket, Academy Charter went on a 9-0 run, and led, by as many as 10 points, 19-9, before an Elijah White (18 points) buzzer-beating three-pointer closed the gap. White went on a tear in the second quarter, scoring 11 points and going 6-for-6 from the free-throw line, while Ward made all three of his shots from beyond the arc for a 38-33 halftime advantage.“We didn’t really know what to expect,” White said, because Academy Charter fielded a team for the first time this season. “It was a little nerve-wracking, because all we heard was that they had two good guards and they were really scrappy. They never played a team that we played, so we had no judgement, just had to come out here and play our hardest.”Ward hit both ends of a 1-and-1 opportunity after a long field goal to push the Killer Bees lead to 46-40 with 2:28 to go in the third, but three straight Academy Charter scores to end the period, and three more to start the fourth gave the team its first lead since the first quarter, 50-46.Harding made a shot from under the basket off a feed from Ward, and swished two free throws to retie things at 50 before Ward completed a three-point play to force Academy Charter to call timeout. Jahqur Carr scored the front end of a 1-and-1 out of the break and grabbed his own rebound off his miss to give Bridgehampton a six-point lead, but three seemed to be Academy Charter’s lucky number, as a 6-0 run knotted the game for the final time at 56-all before a Ward field goal and two White free throws once again put the Killer Bees out front.White said there’s always butterflies, but what made this win so special was the way his team was able to keep its composure when necessary, and score when it counted most.“The whole time we played hard, we stuck together,” White said. “When clutch time came all of us hit free throws and made the layups we were supposed to.”He let out a sigh of relief when Ward gave Bridgehampton a 4-point lead after hitting hitting two foul shots with seconds remaining, but Academy Charter cut the lead to one on a three-point basket with just 3.3 seconds on the clock. Ward was fouled and hit one of two three throws to give Bridgehampton the two-point victory.Bridgehampton coach Ron White said he stressed to his team the importance of defense if it wanted to win a championship, despite Justin Faulkner finishing with 22 points and Jarrett Dingle adding 16 for Academy Charter. While the rebounding wasn’t there in the first half, Bridgehampton finished with 20, and the Killer Bees made fouls count by finishing 22-for-28 from the free-throw line.“We were gritty, trying to get back to the old-school Killer Bees defense, and I’m going to make sure that comes together for us going forward,” White said. “These guys didn’t want to fail, had the crowd on their back, and I commend them for going hard and not quitting.”The coach smiled as he rubbed the golden basketball atop the trophy with the first-ever Class D Long Island championship title etched on the plaque below. Although the Bees have won nine state titles, they have never had to play for a Long Island title because there were no Class D schools in Nassau County.“We came a long way,” said Ward, who along with White made the All-Tournament team. “This is where people didn’t think we’d make it, they didn’t think we’d get here. We came together as brothers, put in countless hours in the gym, and it’s paying off. We’re finally getting recognition for the things we’ve been doing, and I love it.”Bridgehampton will play Section IX’s Roscoe at Mount Saint Mary College in Newburgh on Monday, March 4, at 6 PM. Roscoe held on to defeat Livingston Manor 45-44 to make it to the regional semifinals. The Killer Bees advanced to the finals last year after edging Livingston Manor firstname.lastname@example.org Nae’Jon Ward finished 7-for-8 from the free-throw line. Photo by Desirée Keegan Share
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Barrister and rights campaigner Martha Spurrier has been appointed the director of human rights group Liberty.She replaces the former in-house lawyer Shami Chakrabarti who stepped down earlier this year.Spurrier (pictured) joins the group from Doughty Street Chambers where she specialised in defending access to justice and the rights of women, children and disabled people.She acted in a fight by two charities, the Howard League and the Prisoners’ Advice Service, against cuts to legal aid for prison law cases. She was previously a lawyer at mental health charity Mind and the Public Law Project, where she led an access to justice project.Spurrier said it was a ‘privilege’ to join the organisation. She said: ‘Liberty is a dynamic, dauntless and unshakably principled force in the fight to protect our rights and freedoms. It has been fearlessly confronting state power for more than eight decades – and its work is needed now more than ever.‘In this fast-paced, complex, digital world the battle to defend our human rights faces new frontiers. Liberty must continue to shine a light on abuses of power and protect equality, dignity and fairness in our society.’Frances Butler, chair of Liberty, described Spurrier as a ‘compelling and fearless campaigner’ with a ‘first-class mind and a quick wit’.She added: ‘We are confident that, under Martha’s leadership, Liberty will continue to vigorously and successfully champion all our rights and freedom.’Spurrier will lead the organisation as it campaigns to stop the investigatory powers bill, save the Human Rights Act, and curb what it described as the government’s ‘discriminatory’ policing, immigration detention and asylum policies.Chakrabarti said: ‘I am proud to be succeeded by such a brilliant young barrister – a woman so capable of taking her advocacy from our highest courts to the nation’s heart.‘With so many threats to refugee protection, online privacy and even our Human Rights Act, Liberty was never more needed, nor its leadership ever in better hands.’Meanwhile 39 Essex Chambers, where Chakrabarti completed her pupillage, announced that the former director is to rejoin the set as a door tenant.
PRESENTING a report to the Spanish Parliament on difficulties encountered with the Madrid – Lleida section of the Madrid – Barcelona high speed line, Development Minister Magdalena Álvarez said last month that the assessment confirmed ‘the impossibility of operating the line with the features for which it was designed and contracted’.This was a reference to speed on the 481 km route being limited to 200 km/h since it was opened by King Juan Carlos in October 2003, although the minister hoped that by the summer it would be possible to run ‘at least at 250 km/h’. The problems relate both to civil engineering and to persistent trouble with ERTMS signalling and train control that was intended to have become operational at the end of 2003. ETCS Level 2 is ultimately envisaged over the whole route to Barcelona, paving the way for trains to run at 350 km/h – making this the world’s fastest railway.In practice, the Level 1 equipment already installed has so far been used only for testing, and trains have used the interim ASFA train protection system, which does not allow speeds above 200 km/h. Álvarez told Parliament that signalling and train control had become a critical issue and that ‘some months’ more were needed to complete functionality and reliability testing of on-board and lineside equipment. The most optimistic forecasts suggest that trials will be completed in June, allowing the maximum speed to be raised in stages to 300 km/h during the second half of 2005. Ávarez blamed the delays on ‘systematic obstruction’ by GIF when Renfe was trying to commission the equipment.Spain is not alone in finding it time-consuming and difficult to bring ERTMS to the point where it is robust and reliable enough for commercial service, and with hindsight the delays on the Madrid – Lleida route are not surprising. More astonishing are the civil engineering failings revealed in the report, which said that there had been a failure to plan and analyse the geological and geotechnical risks, and that ‘design and construction in particularly complex areas’ was inadequate. Not only that, but construction of tunnels, viaducts and other structures had been carried out ‘excessively quickly’. The consequences were serious. No less than 166 km were affected by subsidence and cavities below the track, and some cuttings and embankments were potentially unstable. Putting all this right is expected to cost up to €74m.Yet another hitch was the discovery of cracks in the linings of some tunnels and in the concrete used for the Ebro bridge, while operation at speeds greater than 300 km/h caused ballast particles to be sucked up and thrown around. The report also mentions the need to replace a system that detects objects falling on to the track, considered to be another factor preventing trains from exceeding 200 km/h.The good news is that the first AVE S102 trainsets entered service on February 26 (RG 3.05 p121), operating four services each way every day except Saturday, when three run in either direction. Part of an order for 16 trainsets placed with Talgo and Bombardier for €330m, the trains are expected to run at up to 330 km/h once the ETCS Level 2 equipment is operational.Under the terms of an outline agreement announced on March 1, Siemens is to supply this year the first five of 16 Velaro E (AVE S103) trainsets under a contract signed in 2001. Derivatives of the German ICE3, the trains should have been delivered last year (RG 10.04 p670). Siemens had previously incurred penalties of €12·9m for late delivery, and the manufacturer has now agreed to pay a further €8·1m. The agreement increases the maximum penalty for late delivery to 12% of contract value or €48m.
Internet service being restored in Ethiopia Ethiopia shuts down mobile internet Cameroon government restores internet after 3 months shutdown Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed. REUTERS/Tiksa Negeri Map of Ethiopia.Rights groups and citizens are calling on Ethiopia’s government to lift the internet shutdown in parts of the country that is leaving millions of people without important updates on the coronavirus.The months-long shutdown of internet and phone lines in Western Oromia and parts of the Benishangul Gumuz region is occurring during military operations against rebel forces.“Residents of these areas are getting very limited information about the coronavirus,” Jawar Mohammed, an activist-turned-politician, told The Associated Press.Ethiopia reported its first coronavirus case on March 13 and now has a dozen. Officials have been releasing updates mostly online. Land borders have closed and national carrier Ethiopian Airlines has stopped flying to some 30 destinations around the world.A ruling party official in the Oromia region, Taye Dendea, on Sunday, posted on Facebook saying that “tourists and other foreigners are not traveling to these areas because of the security problem that exists there, so there’s little chance that the virus will get there.”Human Rights Watch has said millions of Ethiopians are not getting access to timely and accurate information.“It is laudable that (Ethiopia’s prime minister) Abiy is taking charge of managing a coronavirus prevention effort on the African continent, but he should not ignore the needs of those within his own country.”Yohannes Tessema, a political figure from the Benishangul Gumuz region, said both internet and phone lines are cut in some locations and that it’s difficult to disseminate information about the pandemic to residents.“We have never experienced such lengthy cuts in the past. People in these areas are not getting badly needed updates, and that is dangerous,” he said.Related
Two Farmington area charity events slated this spring have moved online.KINDNESS RALLYThe Farmington Area Jaycees host the local Kindness Rally, founded by Redford Jaycees Club member Susan Dials and now a national event. Original plans were to postpone the annual day-long acts of kindness rally, but organizers on Facebook wrote, “With the current state of our world, we simply couldn’t wait until September.”The Farmington Area Jaycees gathered at the Walter Sundquist Pavilion in downtown Farmington for the 2018 Kindness Rally. (Contributed)Typically, teams travel out into the community to do things like leaving change at laundromats and vending machines, thanking first responders, or leaving uplifting notes in random locations.With Michigan under a shelter in place order, however, there’s a different list of Kindness Rally actions that include picking up trash while on a walk, posting a sign thanking your delivery drivers, leaving positive Google or Yelp reviews, donating to a charity, or sending money to a friend who lost a job due to the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.The virtually rally started March 25 and continues through April 8. Sign up to participate at thekindnessrally.org.FARMINGTON/FARMINGTON HILLS/WEST BLOOMFIELD CROPWALKThe CROP Hunger Walk typically starts at First United Methodist Church in downtown Farmington, but this year, on Sunday, May 3, participants will walk around their own neighborhoods.Teams collect donations that will benefit local food pantries at CARES in Farmington Hills, The Salvation Army Farmington Hills, Farmington-Farmington Hills Neighborhood House, Yad Ezra Kosher Food Pantry, and Zaman International – Hope for Humanity.Participants in teams are encouraged to keep social distancing recommended by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and to go live on Facebook or Instagram wearing their CROP Hunger Walk gear. Learn how to participate at crophungerwalk.org/farmingtonmi. Farmington Voice Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window) Reported by
[/av_textblock][/av_one_full] [av_one_full first min_height=” vertical_alignment=” space=” custom_margin=” margin=’0px’ padding=’0px’ border=” border_color=” radius=’0px’ background_color=” src=” background_position=’top left’ background_repeat=’no-repeat’ animation=”][av_heading heading=’Donaire defends title vs Magdaleno ‘ tag=’h3′ style=’blockquote modern-quote’ size=” subheading_active=’subheading_below’ subheading_size=’15’ padding=’10’ color=” custom_font=”]By ADRIAN STEWART CO[/av_heading][av_textblock size=” font_color=” color=”]MANILA – Filipino boxer Nonito Donaire Jr. is confident he’ll be keeping his World Boxing Organization (WBO) super bantamweight belt after he squares off with American Jessie Magdaleno today at the Thomas and Mack Center in Las Vegas.The Talibon, Bohol-native Donaire said that, while he respects the ability and skills of Magdaleno, he is optimistic he can keep his title belt as his opponent “is too predictable.”“Magdaleno is very talented and he has a good amount of speed and a good amount of power,” Donaire said. “As I looked to study him he has pretty good pop and lateral movement and speed. I’m excited to be fighting him.”“I love the challenge but I think that my experience is going to be a big, key factor,” he added. “He has never faced anyone who can punch like I do or move like I can. He’s in the big leagues now. He’s more of a textbook fighter and easy to read.”The 24-year-old Las Vegas-native Magdaleno, for his part, said he believes he can score a win against the one-time Boxer of the Year awardee Donaire since the latter is already old and is past his prime.“Nonito is a fighter who still has the punching power despite his age, but he will face a younger fighter who will be ready – with quick reflexes, speed and punching power,” Magdaleno said.“I don’t think it’s going to be his night. It’s going to be mine – because I feel for this fight I’m coming in there at my best, it’s the perfect time,” he added. “I am young and I am hungry to win the championship.”Donaire has an impressive 37-3-0 win-loss-draw ring record, including 24 wins by way of stoppages. He has won his last four matches since a defeat to Nicholas Walters in 2012.Magdaleno, on the other hand, has a clean 23-0-0 slate with 17 KO wins. His last two victories, all by knockouts, came at the expense of Filipino boxers Vergel Nebran and Rey Perez./PN
Share RelatedWriter’s Block: Easter TraditionsBy DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press email@example.com There’s a ceramic coffee mug filled with silk flowers that sits atop an end table in my parents’ living room this time of year. It’s shaped to look like a rabbit with its floppy ears curving outward to form handles. Its almost doleful…April 6, 2015In “Editor’s Column”From the Desk of the Laguna Vista City ManagerSpecial to the PRESS The Town is proud to announce the upcoming community events: Easter Egg Hunt by the Bay on Saturday, March 26 The Town has scheduled the Easter Egg Hunt by the Bay for Saturday, March 26 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. We’re going to have the Easter Bunny along with an egg hunt…March 4, 2016In “News”From the Desk of the Laguna Vista City ManagerSpecial to the PRESS The Town is proud to announce the upcoming community events: Easter Egg Hunt by the Bay on Saturday, March 26 The Town has scheduled the Easter Egg Hunt by the Bay for Saturday, March 26 from 10am to 12noon. We’re going to have the Easter Bunny along with an egg hunt and treats…March 18, 2016In “Opinion & Advice” By DINA ARÉVALOPort Isabel-South Padre Presseditor@portisabelsouthpadre.comI have to admit, Easter has always been one of my favorite holidays. From a kid’s perspective it’s easy to understand why. Easter is a bit like Christmas in the spring — at least it was with my family.Like Santa does on Christmas Eve, every year the Easter Bunny would make a surprise overnight visit to leave Easter baskets for each of us kids. The baskets were filled with chocolate eggs and toys, of course, but, for me, what made Easter better than Christmas was the Easter egg hunt.My brother, sister and I would pile into the family car after church as mom and dad drove us to one set of grandparents or another for the traditional Easter barbecue. Once everyone had had their fill of food, punch, cake and cookies, some of the adults would sneak outside laden with carton upon carton of cascarones, or confetti eggs. The other adults would make sure we stayed away from the windows so we couldn’t see where all the “golden eggs” containing candy or small sums of money were being hidden.All this was back before you could buy premade cascarones by the truckload from the local Walmart or from a vendor on the side of the road. We kids had to work hard to dye, decorate and fill the shells ourselves. I can distinctly remember bugging my dad every year to start collecting shells. See, dad took care of breakfast on weekdays during the school year. He’d often ask us what we wanted to eat: eggs prepared a variety of ways, cereal, oatmeal, pancakes, etc. Guaranteed, if it was between New Years and Easter, my answer would always be eggs because I wanted to have as many cascarones available as possible.So there dad would be, collecting egg shells every morning for about three months straight. He had a special knack for being able to crack just a tiny hole in the tippy-top of the shells, all the better for making confetti eggs with. To this day, I haven’t quite mastered that skill myself.About a week before Easter, mom, a career elementary school educator, would take over and oversee our decoration efforts with the same no-nonsense efficiency she employed in the classroom. She’d be set with small squares of brightly colored tissue paper, Elmer’s glue, and bags of confetti for us to fill and seal the eggs with. As for decorating them, she had all that ready to go, too, from dip dyes to markers and crayons.In no time at all, we’d transform those plain white shells into the type of children’s artistic masterpieces sometimes only a mother can love. It didn’t matter to us, though, since half the fun was in getting messy while making them and the other half was in getting messy while breaking them.If ever there was an Easter during my childhood that was spoiled by inclement weather, I don’t remember it. All my memories of those Sundays past are of sunny days spent hunting for eggy treasure on my grandparents’ lawns and laughing with my cousins as we chased each other around.Nowadays, families can enjoy creating similar memories on a much larger scale thanks to public Easter egg hunts held by local municipalities or community organizations. One such hunt is being hosted by the South Padre Island Farmers Market this weekend. It’s sure to be fun for big and little kids alike. Line up begins at noon, so don’t be late. And as always, be sure to visit us online at www.portisabelsouthpadre.com.Want the whole story? Pick up a copy of the Port Isabel-South Padre Press, or subscribe to our E-Edition by clicking here.