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LEXINGTON, Neb. (June 7) – Casey Woken’s margin of victory was measured by inches over Mike Nichols in Sunday’s IMCA Sunoco Stock Car feature at Dawson County Raceway.Woken had started in the fifth row and Nichols was right behind in the sixth row at the drop of the green flag. Nichols snared the lead on lap eight before the late showdown that saw the front pair run side-by-side the last three times around the track.Crossing the finish line in third was Casey Werkmeister.Kyle Rohleder took the lead on the eighth lap and never looked back in winning the Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modified headliner.Fifth row starter Josh Leonard made his way to the front with just two laps remaining to win the Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod feature.Jacob Olmstead passed his brother Zach and led the final five laps to earn another IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock win.
USC surrendered 56 points to No. 6 Oregon on Nov. 2 and even struggled against weaker competition this year. The Trojans allowed 35 points to UCLA, 31 points to Colorado and 30 points to BYU. Baxter’s special teams unit ranked last in college football this season in kickoff return coverage and allowed two kickoff return touchdowns. He had served as USC’s special teams coordinator since 2016 and also worked as the associate head coach and special teams coordinator from 2010-2013. USC also saw another change to the coaching staff Saturday when outside linebackers coach Joe DeForest accepted a safeties coach job at North Carolina State. DeForest spent just one season in the role at USC after being promoted from defensive analyst in December of 2018. “Although we did fight through adversity all season and we showed improvement over the previous year, my coaching staff and I fell short of fielding a championship team,” Helton said. “We are taking immediate steps to improve our competitiveness and meet the winning expectations of our student-athletes and fans.” But the changes have been expected since long before Friday’s loss. USC’s defense entered Saturday ranked No. 77 nationally with 408.7 yards allowed per game this season. In the last few weeks of the 2019 USC football season, head coach Clay Helton and athletic director Mike Bohn said they would spend time over the offseason considering potential changes to the coaching staff heading into 2020. Those changes began just one day after the season finale. Helton announced Saturday that defensive coordinator Clancy Pendergast and special teams coordinator/tight ends coach John Baxter will not return for next season. The moves come on the heels of a blowout loss to No. 16 Iowa Friday at the SDCCU Holiday Bowl in San Diego. The Trojans were steamrolled by the Hawkeyes for 49 points, including touchdowns on each of Iowa’s first four offensive drives and a 98-yard kickoff return touchdown in the second quarter. “I want to thank Coach Pendergast and Coach Baxter for their dedicated service and efforts,” Helton said. “However, in evaluating our team’s performance this year and after consulting with AD Mike Bohn, it is evident that these changes are necessary.” No replacement for any of the three positions has been named.
On Saturday, November 8, at the St. David’s Episcopal Church, 43600 Russell Branch Parkway, Ashburn, Virginia, a truck will be loaded with medical supplies, including disposable gowns, gloves, face masks, goggles, etc., various pain killers, Clorox/sanitation products, high energy drinks, boxes of 25lbs parboiled rice, 100 large cans kidney beans, luncheon meat/corned beef/spam, etc. The items will be packed in a 20-ft freight container and shipped to the Episcopal Church of Liberia. Prior to this, a truck from the shippers will pick up donated medical supplies and materials from the Trinity Episcopal Church, 7005 Piney Branch Road, NW, Washington DC 20012. The contents in the container are estimated at US$60,000 and are designated for those affected by the deadly Ebola Virus Disease, living in the rural areas of Liberia. Ebola Care Centers are set to benefit from many of the medical and relief supplies. The cost for trucking and shipment is approximately US$4,800. An additional amount is being earmarked to assist the Episcopal Church of Liberia with logistics/transportation to distribute donated materials in rural Liberia. The container is expected to arrive at the Freeport of Monrovia within 30-35 days after it departs the Port of Baltimore, Maryland. The Rt. Rev. Jonathan B.B. Hart, Bishop of Liberia and Archbishop of the Internal Province of West Africa (IPWA) is Church’s direct contact person in Liberia. The Episcopal Relief and Development – ERD will assist with the distribution in Liberia.The Liberian Episcopal Community USA (LECUSA) in collaboration with the clergy and parishioners of St. David’s Episcopal Church, Ashburn, St. Anne’s Episcopal Church, Reston, both in the Diocese of Virginia; and Trinity Episcopal Church, Washington D.C. are spare heading this Ebola Relief Assistance project to Liberia. LECUSA and partners have received moral support from The Episcopal Church (TEC), Episcopal Relief and Development – ERD, Global Relations and Partnership Office, Bishop Mark Beckwith – the Covenant Committee TEC/ECL, etc. Financial and material donations have come from LECUSA members, parishioners of St. David’s and St. Anne’s, the Union of Black Episcopalians – UBE, Church Pension Group – CPG, local Episcopal parishes and Missions, non-Episcopal churches, organizations and individuals throughout the USA. The LECUSA website: www.lecusa.net provides updated information/materials on the Ebola crisis with a secured area for an on line donation. On September 27, at St. David’s Episcopal Church, Ashburn, LECUSA and partners conducted an Ecumenical Worship Service of Love and Care for Liberia, and the Rev. Dr. James T. Yarsiah, LECUSA Chairman served as preacher. Yarsiah shared excerpts from a letter he received by email from Bishop Hart, written on August 2, 2014 by Dr. Benjamin Dorme Lartey, Immediate Past General Secretary. “Ecumenical Greetings, We wish to appeal for your prayers for LIBERIA, SIERRA LEONE and GUINEA. The EBOLA situation is alarming and killing us!!!!!! No one know who is next only GOD!!!!” In response to the health crisis in West Africa, St. Anne’s Episcopal Church, Reston along with other faith communities hosted a Candlelight Vigil for West Africa on Sunday, November 2nd at 6 p.m. on Lake Anne Plaza in Reston, Virginia.Nearly 4,900 deaths from Ebola have been recorded across West Africa since the virus was first detected in Guinea. Liberia has been the hardest hit of the countries most affected by the virus, with 2,705 deaths and 4,665 recorded cases.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
…says prisoners on remand costing the nation a fortunePublic Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan has said that reducing the amount of detainees among the general inmate population requires effective functioning of the criminal justice system.Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan addressing a workshop that looked at pre-trail alternatives on Thursday at the Grand Coastal HotelThe Minister was speaking against the backdrop of a study on alternatives to incarceration of pre-trail detainees, conducted through the Citizen Security Strengthening Programme.The study was commissioned by the Public Security Ministry, and looked at recommendations for this issue, among other things. The draft final report was discussed at a workshop on Thursday.Ramjattan has said that while the study has stressed the alternative to pre-trial, methods must be utilised to resolve this problem. He said the local law provides for this, but the laws are not being used. He also pointed to another issue highlighted in the report, which is the granting of bail in deserving cases.The Minister, an attorney by profession, pointed to his experience in private practice, saying he is aware of situations where prosecutors, for sometimes no good reason, do not want to recommend bail.Speaking about the slow pace of the criminal justice system, Ramjattan said this often results in the incarceration of persons awaiting trial for long periods.Another issue is insufficient community-based sanctions, and the need for criminal law reform.“We’re somewhat hesitant in doing major criminal law reform, although I must say that we have started the process by having a number of pieces of legislation brought by the Ministry of Legal Affairs and Attorney General and myself (Juvenile Justice Bill) being one that will soon be debated,” he stated.Further, the Minister spoke about the heavy price that Government has to pay to support those on pre-trail detention. He noted that it is costing Government way too much even just to feed them.“The current remand population of our prison facilities accounts for 35 percent of all inmates, and the cost of providing meals alone for the remand population is estimated at $150 million annually.”The Minister has said that given this high percentage of remand prisoners, members of the judiciary should be more encouraged and willing to capitalise on the opportunities to utilise alternatives to pre-trial detention.“The current high ratio of remand-to-prison population makes a strong case for stakeholders along the criminal justice chain to seek ways to eliminate inappropriate use of pretrial detention,” he asserted.Addressing prison officials also was consultant for the programme, Peter Pursglove, who noted that one of the major issues found during his assessment of the system is unreliable information.He said that with the lack of reliable information, it will be difficult to reliably develop alternative systems.“We found that we had prisoners with different names but the same facts; different dates of births from the judiciary and the Prison Service; different sentences, and different times that they were committed. Overall. We found that their statistics could not be accurately used because they were unreliable,” Pursglove said. The consultant therefore recommended the establishment of a modern data collection system.“There has to be a proper prisoner database if there is going to be any development of sentencing reforms. You have got to know who is in your prison and why he’s is there,” he added.According to Pursglove, this information is important so as to allow Prison officials to constantly monitor those in the system to make sure they are going through their stages at the right time.