Police challenge to confidentiality of sources on World Press Freedom Day

first_img May 4, 2005 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Police challenge to confidentiality of sources on World Press Freedom Day June 2, 2021 Find out more Reporters Without Borders voiced dismay today at the action of plain-clothes police from Orleans in interrogating two journalists with Le Berry Républicain daily newspaper yesterday in an attempt to get them to reveal their sources for their reports about a murder investigation.”It is particularly shocking and untimely that, as World Press Freedom Day was being celebrated all over the world, gendarmes questioned two journalists and tried to find out their sources as part of a preliminary enquiry into a supposed breach of the secrecy of a crime investigation,” the press freedom organization said.”The confidentiality of journalists’ sources is an inviolable principle that allows no exceptions,” Reporters Without Borders said, stressing that it is recognized by article 10 of the European Convention on Human Rights and article 109-2 of the French code of criminal procedure. Furthermore, in a famous ruling on 27 March 1996 in Goodwin v. United Kingdom, the European Court of Human Rights defined the protection of sources as one of the cornerstones of press freedom, the organization addedWithout previously notifying Le Berry Républicain, three plain-clothes members of the Orleans gendarmerie entered the newspaper’s bureau in Issoudun at around 10 a.m. yesterday and questioned a journalist for an hour in an unsuccessful attempt to get her to disclose the sources for the reports she and another journalist wrote for the 30 April, 2 May and 3 May issues about a local murder in which the body has never been found. The reports were headlined, “Body still cannot be found”, “Body’s scant traces” and “Details of the murder without a body.”The gendarmes also went to the newspaper’s head office in Bourges at 1:30 p.m. to talk to the other journalist, who is in charge of its crime section. As he had the day off, they then went to his home to question him about the sources for the reports.The deputy state prosecutor in Châteauroux ordered the interrogation of the two journalists because of a supposed breach of the murder investigation’s confidentiality. Le Berry Républicain editor Bernard Stéphan said he was “shocked” and added, “even if they had sources, they would obviously not give them.” News RSF_en News Organisation Help by sharing this information Two journalists with the provincial newspaper Le Berry Républicain were questioned yesterday by members of the Orleans gendarmerie in an attempt to get them to reveal their sources for their reports about a murder investigation. Reporters Without Borders is shocked at this attack on the confidentiality of journalists’ sources, which took place on World Press Freedom Day. RSF denounces Total’s retaliation against Le Monde for Myanmar story Receive email alerts News Follow the news on France June 4, 2021 Find out more FranceEurope – Central Asia News May 10, 2021 Find out more FranceEurope – Central Asia to go further “We’ll hold Ilham Aliyev personally responsible if anything happens to this blogger in France” RSF says Use the Digital Services Act to make democracy prevail over platform interests, RSF tells EUlast_img read more

Vermont wins award for improved use of e-prescribing

first_imgAt an event at the National Press Club, Surescripts announced today that Vermont was the most improved state in the nation and Massachusetts ranks first overall when it comes to routing prescriptions electronically. According to the results of an annual nationwide audit of electronic prescriptions routed in 2008, it was determined that prescribers in the Bay State sent more than 6.7 million prescriptions electronically, representing 20.5 percent of all eligible prescriptions in the state as compared to 2.3 percent in 2005. For this accomplishment, Massachusetts was recognized, along with 14 other states, at the fourth annual Safe-Rx Awards.Surescripts created the Safe-Rx Awards to raise awareness of e-prescribing as a means of enhancing patient safety by providing a more secure, accurate and informed prescribing process. Congratulations to all the Safe-Rx Award winners for increasing the use of e-prescribing and for the benefit it has brought to the economy, safety and quality of patient care in communities throughout their states, said Harry Totonis, president and CEO of Surescripts. And as much as this program is about measuring and recognizing real success, its greater purpose is to highlight the leaders who are driving that success and the stories of how they are doing it. As the numbers and rankings suggest, each year there are more and more examples of how a state and the various stakeholders within the state can work together to drive e-prescribing adoption and use. We congratulate those leaders and hope that their examples will inspire and inform many more successful efforts in many more states in the year ahead. The Massachusetts model should serve as a roadmap for the rest of the nation, said U.S. Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.). Electronic prescribing saves money, improves efficiency and, most importantly, reduces life or death medical errors. While we debate how to reform our healthcare system, improve quality and lower costs, one of our top priorities should include modernizing the way physicians write prescriptions.In its first three years, the Safe-Rx Award was given annually by Surescripts to the top 10 e-prescribing states in the nation. In an effort to measure and recognize critical progress occurring outside states that finished in the top 10, Surescripts has introduced a new category of state rankings: the Top 5 Most Improved (see both lists for 2008 below).Top 10 E-Prescribing States                                          Top 5 Most Improved States1.  Massachusetts                                                             1.  Vermont2.  Rhode Island                                                                2.  Tennessee3.  Michigan                                                                        3.  Kansas4.  Nevada                                                                          4.  Illinois5.  Delaware                                                                       5.  Missouri6.  North Carolina7.  Pennsylvania*8.  Connecticut9.  Maine*10. Arizona*New to the top 10Today s event featured Tennessee Gov. Phil Bredesen and Vermont Gov. Jim Douglas, co-chairs of the State Alliance for e-Health and co-hosts of the Fourth Annual Safe-Rx Awards. The State Alliance was created by the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices in January 2007 to improve the nation’s healthcare system by forming a collaborative body that enables states to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of the health information technology initiatives they develop. The State Alliance has recognized the potential for e-prescribing to improve both patient safety and the health of all Americans and has encouraged states to be proactive in creating and implementing policies that advance this and other e-health initiatives. Govs. Bredesen and Douglas were also on hand to receive Safe-Rx Awards recognizing their states sizable jumps in e-prescribing use. The State Alliance recognized early on that encouraging states to make e-prescribing a top priority would have an immense value in our electronic health efforts, said Bredesen. Paperless prescribing is making its way into the health care mainstream in Tennessee and across the nation. It s our hope to see e-prescribing become a natural part of every health care provider s workflow because of its practical benefits to patients in providing better care. To the State Alliance, e-prescribing is important to building momentum toward the goals of an effective health care system and improved public health, said Vermont Governor Jim Douglas.  And I m proud that e-prescribing has been an integral part of Vermont s Health Information Technology strategy from the start. That s because e-prescribing is a fundamental system improvement for ensuring accurate, timely health care communication. Much of Vermont health care reform is about utilizing the right tools to enhance our systemic approach to health care reform and the evidence regarding the value of e-prescribing is clear.Surescripts Announces A Meaningful Change to Future State RankingsHistorically, the Safe-Rx Awards have been based on an analysis of data from new prescriptions and refill responses electronically routed over the Surescripts network. States were ranked and recognized according to the number of prescriptions routed electronically in 2008 as a percentage of the total number of prescriptions eligible for electronic routing.In January 2010, Surescripts will release a new state ranking. Using data from 2009,the rankings will measure use of not one, but three critical steps in electronic prescribing:1. Prescription Benefit: Electronically accessing a patient s prescription benefit information.2. Prescription History: With a patient s consent, electronically accessing that patient s prescription history from pharmacies and payers.3. Prescription Routing: Electronically routing the patient s prescription to their choice of pharmacy and electronically reviewing and responding to a prescription renewal request that pharmacies send to the physicians practices for approval.This approach recognizes the combined role that prescription benefit, history and routing play in improving the overall safety, efficiency, cost and quality of the prescribing process. It is Surescripts position that measuring and reporting the actual use of all three of these services helps define meaningful use of electronic prescribing under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.For a full description of the change in ranking methodology, go to www.surescripts.com/Safe-Rx(link is external).What About My State?Individuals who are interested in finding out how their state is progressing in its efforts to move to e-prescribing can go to the Safe-Rx Awards Web site at www.surescripts.com/Safe-Rx(link is external). The site shows a complete ranking of all 50 states and the District of Columbia based on prescription routing. For an in-depth statistical review of each state s progress across a number of e-prescribing use and adoption metrics, go to the U.S. maps on either www.surescripts.com/Safe-Rx(link is external) or www.surescripts.com/stats(link is external) and click on your state.Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Honored With Safe-Rx Evangelist AwardThe Safe-Rx Evangelist Award goes to a single person or organization whose leadership has made an extraordinarily positive impact on raising awareness and reducing medication errors by promoting the adoption and use of electronic prescribing. In 2008, the Safe-Rx Evangelist Award went to Health and Human Services Secretary Michael Leavitt. In 2007, the Safe-Rx Evangelist Award went to the Institute of Medicine for its breakthrough report Preventing Medication Errors.Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts (BCBS MA) is widely known as a leader in electronic prescribing and health information technology initiatives. It was one of the very first organizations to embark on an initiative to encourage electronic prescribing with physicians because of the many patient safety, practice efficiency and cost saving benefits. BCBSMA took a very collaborative approach, bringing in multiple health plans to create the eRx Collaborative itself a prominent advocate for e-prescribing and ensuring that prescribers would have access to more comprehensive prescription benefit and prescription history information on their patients. Working together sends a message that e-prescribing is important for everyone in the community, said Steve Fox, vice president of provider network management at BCBSMA. As a leader in e-health initiatives and e-prescribing programs, BCBSMA will continue to focus on the delivery and promotion of technology to enable a delivery system that reliably provides safe, effective and affordable patient-centered care.Surescripts Salutes E-Prescribers of the YearThis year, Surescripts is recognizing six prescribers for the outstanding leadership they have shown through their own use of e-prescribing. Three users of standalone e-prescribing software and three users of electronic medical record software received Safe-Rx Awards and were recognized as E-Prescribers of the Year:Standalone E-Prescribing Users                  EMR UsersDr. Amando Garza (Laredo, Texas)                Dr. Narinder Batra (Adrian, Mich.)Dr. Steven Green (Lancaster, Ky.)                  Dr. Michael Brewer (Springfield, Ill.)Dr. Abdul Kabir (Monroe, Mich.)                      Dr. Mark Earhart (Watkinsville, Ga.) More and more doctors, nurse practitioners and physician assistants are turning to e-prescribing for the safety, efficiency and quality advantages it provides them and their patients,said Dr. Peter Basch, medical director for ambulatory clinical systems at MedStar Health. In fact, for many clinicians, their introduction to and use of e-prescribing has helped them emerge as leaders in their communities towards the effective use of health information technology as part of everyday medical care.About SurescriptsSurescripts is the result of a 2008 merger between the country s two leading health information networks: RxHub and SureScripts. Surescripts gives healthcare providers secure, electronic access to prescription and health information that can save their patients lives, improve efficiency and reduce the cost of healthcare for all. Available during emergencies or routine care, the Surescripts network connects prescribers in all 50 states through their choice of e-prescribing software to the nation s leading payers, chain pharmacies and independent pharmacies. Through its work in standards, certification, education and collaboration at the national, regional and state levels, Surescripts and its network have become the backbone that facilitates e-prescribing. For more information, go to www.surescripts.com(link is external). WASHINGTON, D.C. June 22, 2009last_img read more

Children’s panel turns to the experts

first_imgChildren’s panel turns to the experts “We all know that if we get someone sober and educated, and give them vocational skills and a job, we’re not going to see him in the juvenile justice system again. Those are the odds,” said Sixth Judicial Circuit Public Defender Bob Dillinger, describing his circuit’s comprehensive “one-stop shopping” of services at the Juvenile Assessment Center. Children’s panel turns to the experts Associate Editor Because of a zero tolerance policy against bringing weapons to school, a young child was tossed out for bringing an ax to class. Never mind that it was made of plastic and was part of his fireman uniform when he dressed up for Halloween. “I’m not making this up,” Robert Schwartz, executive director of The Juvenile Law Center in Philadelphia, told members of The Florida Bar’s Commission on the Legal Needs of Children, who let out a collective groan. “The school officials ended up apologizing,” Schwartz added. Not to the child or his parents, he said, but to the firefighters’ union that had protested the ax was a tool, not a weapon. Such zero tolerance policies popular in schools nationwide, he said, are bringing younger and younger kids into court, harming children and putting a tremendous strain on the juvenile justice system. He’s working on an American Bar Association resolution against them. Schwartz was one of 10 experts — including a law professor, a researcher, a public defender, a state attorney, a lawyer devoted to special education issues, and a teenager charged with armed robbery — who converged in Tampa on September 15-16 to enlighten the commission on issues affecting juvenile justice. The special commission, chaired by 11th Circuit Judge Sandy Karlan, is embarking on its second year, with a goal of working to solve the unmet legal needs of children who appear in Florida’s courtrooms — whether as victims, witnesses or defendants in civil, dependency or criminal court. After making a progress report to the Board of Governors, also meeting in Tampa in conjunction with the Bar’s General Meeting, Judge Karlan received its blessing to carry on. “We’re grateful to the Board of Governors and The Florida Bar for allowing us to have this commission and to do the work we’re doing,” Judge Karlan said, adding the commission’s goal is to have a report of recommendations to give to the Board of Governors by May. Bar President Herman Russomanno paid a personal visit, assuring commission members that the Bar is fully committed to their mission. “We thank this commission for the hard work you’ve done in the past year and for what you’ll be doing this coming year for the legal needs of children,” Russomanno said. “The Bar has made it its policy that our children are our greatest resource. With your work, if you can give some of these children back their childhood, we will accomplish great things together.” No matter how many advanced degrees a speaker possessed, how thorough their research, how impressive their resumes, or how many years they spent on the front-lines of juvenile justice, their recommendations often came down to good old common sense on how to fix a system that often seems to ignore common sense: “If you educate people, you reduce recidivism. It’s common sense,” said Joseph Tulman, professor at the University of District of Columbia, David A. Clark School of Law, who is also on the faculty of the National Judicial College teaching judges how to deal with children in adult court. October 1, 2000 Jan Pudlow Associate Editor Regular News Much of the discussion centered on the fact that Florida leads the nation in direct filing juveniles to adult criminal court. “Florida direct files more children than the rest of the states combined,” said Dillinger, the public defender. “Put a 16- or 17-year-old in adult prison and you’ve lost him. Might as well write him off.” Dillinger criticized the defense bar — including inexperienced assistant public defenders — for not giving judges more information to work with when the child first enters the court system. It’s not unusual, he said, for lawyers to first meet their child clients the morning of the court appearance. He also called it a “bothersome fact” that a lot of children going through the court system are not represented by a lawyer at all. “Some are not incompetent — they’re insane,” Dillinger said. “More and more are waiving their right to counsel.” Go to Jail for Help Though many agreed it’s a sad commentary that the best way to deliver services to children charged with crimes is to lock them up in the county jail, Shorstein was warmly received for his innovative program that direct files juveniles into adult court so that he can help them behind bars. Shorstein’s program — a combination of punishment, constructive programming and after care — was created in response to Jacksonville’s juvenile crime problem that skyrocketed 27 percent in 1992. It has received international attention and was featured on “60 Minutes.” “We decided to turn everything upside down and make juvenile crime our No. 1 issue,” Shorstein said. The violent repeat juveniles are sent to adult prison, but the ones with hope of turning around are sent to a special section of the Duval County Jail, where they receive everything from schooling to mentoring to counseling. When their time behind bars is up, adjudication is withheld, so they’re not branded convicted felons, and after-care counseling and foster care for those with no safe home to return to is provided. Despite the accolades Shorstein’s program has received and the statistics that juvenile crime in Jacksonville is down, Delbert Elliott, the director of The Center for the Study and Prevention of Violence at the Institute of Behavioral Science at the University of Colorado in Boulder, said research has shown that, in general, waivers to adult court do not work. They don’t help children and they don’t reduce crime, he said. Juveniles in adult prisons are at greater risk of becoming victims, they are less likely to get treatment for their problems, and recidivism is higher once the young people come out of adult prison, Elliott said. In addition, research has shown that the practice is rife with racial bias because more African-American children are direct-filed as adults than whites for the same crimes, he said. “We have states who have lowered the age to 10 to direct file,” Elliott said. Mendel, a researcher and consultant who wrote, “Less Hype, More Help: Reducing Juvenile Crime, What Works — and What Doesn’t,” stressed: “Kids are fundamentally different than adults. They break the law for different reasons than adults. They need a different system of justice.” While 45 states have adopted the get-tough philosophy, “Adult time for adult crime,” Florida is the leader in direct filing juveniles to adult court. Unlike other states that give the discretion to judges, Mendel said, Florida puts the decision in the wrong hands by allowing prosecutors to make that call. “This headlong rush to throw kids into adult prison is counterproductive,” Mendel said. “It actually increases criminality.” While Florida was first to seize upon direct filing, Mendel said, Florida is second in the nation in juvenile crime rates. To make matters worse, Mendel said, research has shown that direct-file practices actually punish the wrong kids. It’s mostly used against juveniles who commit property crimes and drug offenses, not violent or chronic offenders, he said. Nineteen-year-old Jason Bond brought his been-there, done-that testimony to the commission. As a 16-year-old, he was charged with his first crime: armed robbery. The prosecutor wanted to direct file him to adult court. Thanks to his guardian ad litem, Fran Feinberg, and family support, Bond was spared a trip to adult prison. Instead, he was sent to an out-of-state juvenile facility that was run like a strict prep school. The intense no-nonsense personal attention turned him around, said Bond, who is now attending Broward-Dade Community College and hopes to attend Florida International University on a track scholarship. “Kids being direct-filed, they’re not given a chance, in my opinion,” Bond said, describing himself as falling in with the wrong crowd in a public school system where “no one knew my name. I lost myself there.” How Would Oliver Twist Be Treated Today? Schwartz, of Philadelphia’s The Juvenile Law Center, said the child-versus-adult question is “the most troubling question. That’s a Florida question par excellence, given the direct-file numbers.” The underlying question, Schwartz said, is: What kind of kid are we talking about? Children have traditionally been broken down into the categories of Bad (send to juvenile justice); Sad (let child welfare workers handle); Mad (get the kid to mental-health treatment); and Can’t Add (needs special education services). “The case I love to talk about is Oliver Twist. He was a member of a street gang. But Charles Dickens portrayed him as more sad than bad. How would Oliver be treated today? Direct-filed as an adult?,” Schwartz asked. He called it a “disturbing trend” that the country is “using criminal law to respond to normal adolescent development.” For example, in Florida, it’s an offense for teens to smoke cigarettes. And nationwide, more and more first- and second-graders are making headlines when they’re charged with crimes. One of Schwartz’ biggest recommendations is that the dependency judge, who knows the child and family problems best, retain jurisdiction if that child is also charged with a crime. He gave the example of a child who was seriously emotionally disturbed, whose parents were both dead. When taken to a school for special testing, he snapped and trashed the classroom. Once he was adjudicated guilty of a crime, he couldn’t go back to his residential treatment home. “There ought to be a way the dependency judge can come back and say to the delinquency judge: `That kid is mine, not yours,’” Schwartz said. “I’d love it if the judges in dependency cases could retain jurisdiction if the child is arrested over county lines, so the judge who knows the kid can keep the case.. . . “We’re seeing it left and right, where children hit their foster parents and are charged with a crime. Our child welfare agencies can’t wait to close cases and send it to the Department of Juvenile Justice.” As a member of the American Bar Association’s Criminal Justice Section, Schwartz is working on a resolution to oppose zero tolerance policies in schools because it operates with the rigidity of a mandatory sentence. “If The Florida Bar could support it, that’d be great,” he said. Barbara Burch, the education attorney for the Juvenile Advocacy Project of the Legal Aid Society of Palm Beach County, said, “I have an 11-year-old client with five felonies for batteries on school board employees (for acting out in class). If this kid does something at age 15, he’ll be direct-filed to adult court.” Her biggest wish is that Florida provide surrogate parents to children with special education needs — who can serve as “the one adult who knows what’s going on and can advocate for children.” She also issued a hue and cry for more attorneys to focus on special education advocacy, adding that federal law for Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) cases provide for paying attorneys’ fees at market rates. “We don’t have the number of attorneys to do this. We need to get the bar involved.” Tulman, the Washington law professor, trained 100 lawyers to handle special-education advocacy cases, including class-action lawsuits. “Eighty to 90 percent of kids locked up in your facilities qualify as educationally disabled,” Tulman said. “It’s a phenomenal number.” Stressing that getting parents involved to help children receive the services they are entitled to under IDEA (Title II of Americans with Disabilities Act) is a sure-fire way to help children with education disabilities. “We can do remarkable stuff to stabilize families by getting special education services,” he said. And while no state in the nation is in compliance with the IDEA, he said, special education law is a powerful incentive for schools to provide services, rather than pay attorneys. Ideally, Tulman said, there would be a way to better help children by getting various agencies to sit together and shift funds from multiple pools of budgets. Now, too often, he said, agencies would rather shift the kid to become some other agency’s problem. “Duh! If we help people become productive, it will help the kid and the community and save money,” Tulman said of activities all children need to define themselves as individuals — whether it’s music, art or sports — the very things that are cut out first in programs for kids. “I don’t care what side you come down on, put money in children ages zero to 18. If you’re the toughest prosecutor in the world, it makes sense. Most state attorneys agree, but then they go back home and talk about quicker death penalties to get re-elected,” said Fourth Judicial Circuit State Attorney Harry Shorstein. center_img “Many parents have to give up custody of their kids to get them services,” said Burnim, of the dilemma that Medicaid is the biggest resource to pay for mental health services and no one has the right to mental health services. He stressed that what works best are intensive services to kids and their families in their homes, not confining kids in residential treatment facilities and then sending them back to the environment from which they came with no support. The adults who best know the child, including teachers and family members, need to be at the table with social workers and lawyers to create the best plan for the child. “Our nation locks up 105,000 children a day,” said Richard Mendel, who served as director of research and public policy for The South Bronx Overall Economic Development Corp. “Yet only 5,000 children are treated in home-based multisystemic functional family therapy.” That’s the name of intensive family-oriented, home-based counseling services that research has shown works best to help juveniles and was endorsed by the U.S. Surgeon General in his 1999 report to the nation on mental health. “You can’t help kids without helping their families. We love poor kids, but we tend to hate their families.. . It sounds mushy and not professional, but it comes down to: What do we need for this kid? What will work? Piece together a plan that’s best for the kid and watch it. If it’s not working, try something else,” said Ira Burnim, legal director of the Judge David L. Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law in Washington, D.C. “It’s crazy that kids from Miami are doing their time in the Panhandle,” said Francisco Alarcon, deputy secretary of the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice. He shared his frustration that while he has funds to build more therapeutic foster homes where they’re most needed in South Florida, he is unable to use sites the state already owns because of the NIMBY (Not in My Back Yard) factor. “Isn’t it odd that criminal court is the only way to get help for kids? It’s an odd notion to have to resort to jail to get help for kids,” said Schwartz, of Philadelphia’s The Juvenile Law Center, in response to Shorstein’s program in the Duval County Jail for juveniles he direct files as adults in order to give them comprehensive counseling and education services. last_img

DeSantis commits to play softball at Villanova

first_img“The coach was telling me, they were trying so hard there was so much going on and no one’s in office, so it took awhile to finalize it,” said DeSantis. DeSantis is staying ready for softball by hitting multiple times per week, playing casually with her teammates and playing on her travel softball team, which recently began. DeSantis missed out on her junior softball season, and said missing her senior season is a possibility that has crossed her mind. “It’s something you don’t see often, to have that many talented girls all in one group. So they challenge me to be better.” DeSantis announced her decision last night on Twitter. DeSantis said when she first visited Villanova last fall, it felt like home. She said she looked at a few other schools, but Villanova was her top choice. Through the unknowns of the year, DeSantis said knowing where she’ll be playing in college has been a huge relief. center_img “I felt like this was going to be my year, I was so excited.I worked so hard for it and the whole year I just spent looking forward to softball.” DeSantis plays soccer and basketball in addition to softball, but knew she always wanted to play softball in college. She said she had been waiting to make the announcement, but the pandemic pushed things back. TOWN OF UNION (WBNG) — Maine-Endwell senior Amanda DeSantis will continue her softball career at Villanova University in 2021. “It’s just something that I’ve been so looking forward to. And I’ve always known I wanted to play college softball,” said DeSantis. “It still hasn’t sunk in. It’s just my dream school and I’m so excited.” Committed! pic.twitter.com/xsXKf8hws7— Amanda DeSantis (@adesantis34) July 22, 2020last_img read more

Track and field sends athletes to nationals

first_imgThe track and field team qualified 14 athletes in 16 events for the NCAA Championships at the NCAA West Preliminary Rounds held in Lawrence, Kansas, from Thursday to Sunday.“I was pleased with the overall outcome of the NCAA first round meet,” Director of Track and Field Caryl Smith Gilbert said in a press release. “I thought we did a good job of overcoming all of the circumstances this weekend. I thought we kept our composure daily with five- and six-hour rain delays. We didn’t get to run a preliminary round, but we were still able to come out and win heats and advance to nationals race by race.”The top 12 athletes in each event earned a bid to compete in the finals on June 8-11 in Eugene, Oregon.Day one was slowed down by the weather, and few athletes were able to compete. Freshman Nathan Bultman was the only Trojan to step on the field in the men’s hammer throw. Despite coming close to a personal record, throwing 60.02, he wasn’t able to qualify, finishing 27th.Day two started with sophomore Dominic Smallwood and sophomore Adoree’ Jackson competing in the men’s long jump. Smallwood marked a personal best at 7.50 m that kept him in the race for the finals until the last round of the final flights, when he dropped out of the top-12, finishing thirteenth. Jackson finished third overall with a jump of 7.75 m.“Dominic had a great PR in the long jump, and although he did not qualify, that was one of my most proud moments this weekend because he has been working very hard,” Gilbert said at the end of the weekend.Sophomore Kendall Ellis and junior Cameron Pettigrew ran the 400-meter women’s event. Starting together in the fifth heat, they got second (52.91) and third (54.38) respectively. Ellis was the fastest of the non-automatic qualifiers and advanced to the finals. Pettigrew finished sixteenth overall. On the men’s side, sophomore Ricky Morgan Jr. qualified with the eighth time (46.46).Senior Jaide Stepter and junior Amalie Iuel advanced to the finals in the women’s 400-meter hurdles. Both won their heats in 56.87 and 56.90 respectively.Iuel was supposed to compete in the high jump as well, but was forced to withdraw as the two events were rescheduled one hour apart and in two different locations.Sophomore Randall Cunningham finished tied at first place in the men’s high jump as he cleared 2.07, 2.12 and 2.16 with no error.In the last event of the day, women’s long jump, the Trojans were able to send two more athletes to Eugene as senior Alexis Faulknor leaped 6.02 in her final attempt, finishing eleventh. Freshman Margaux Jones finished sixth with 6.20 marked in her first attempt.The success didn’t stop there for USC. On day three, Ellis, Iuel, Pettigrew and Stepter set a new school record in the 4×400-meter relay team with a time of 3:26.73, finishing third overall and advancing to the finals.Senior Tera Novy threw 55.62 in her first attempt in the women’s discus throw, finishing sixth overall.The 4x100m relay of Faulknor, junior Destinee Brown, sophomore Deanna Hill and redshirt senior Tynia Gaither finished third overall after they won their heat in 44.14 and secured a spot in Eugene.Hill and Gaither also took part in the women’s 200-meter event. They both marked new personal records at 22.60 (+0.7) and 22.61 (+1.2) respectively. Overall they were second and third respectively.In the final event of the meet, the men’s shot put, USC had three athletes set to compete. Bultman in his third event of the weekend was joined by freshman Matthew Katnik and sophomore Nick Ponzio. Bultman fouled the first two attempts and decided to step out of the ring for the third one because he wasn’t pleased with the mark, finishing with no valid measure. Katnik threw 18.48 m in his second attempt, only 0.12 m short of the 12th place, finishing 15th overall. Ponzio was the only one to qualify, with his opening mark at 19.05 m putting him in fifth place overall.“We had a few mistakes along the way, but overall just about everyone that was ranked to make it to nationals did,” Gilbert said. “Our talented freshmen learned some huge lessons about nationals, and next year they will be even stronger and knowledgeable about the process.”Overall 10 women qualified for the NCAA championships.“On the women’s side it was one of the best meets of the season, and we have a strong team of 10 women heading to the NCAA final round,” Gilbert said. “We ran some of our best performances of the season this weekend. We are starting to put our races together. I was excited to see some PRs and everyone came out healthy.”last_img read more

B&H Youth Basketball Players at Tournament in Germany Starting Tomorrow

first_imgThe B&H junior basketball team will travel today to Mannheim (Germany), where they will participate at the tournament “Albert Scweitzer”.16 selections will participate at the unofficial world championship from 19 to 26 April and B&H young basketball players will play their first match tomorrow with the selection of Spain at 16:30.Their second match will take place on Sunday against Italy and on Monday against China.The two best teams will continue the competition in the quarterfinals.The B&H team in the last few days has been training in Vogošća and the coach Dragan Bajić has the following players at his disposal: Đorđe Aleksić, Sandro Gačić, Damir Hadžić, Nedim Đedović, Milenko Predić, Alija Pirić, Enis Memić, Edin Atić, Đorđe Beronja, Mirsad Pilavdžić, Srđan Ružić, Luka Jovanović, Ivo Garić and Rijad Smajlović.The young B&H basketball players played yesterday a preparatory match in Vogošća against Bosna Royal. The final result was 60:50 for the B&H team.(Source: Fena)last_img read more