Releasing Prisoners During The Covid 19 Crisis

first_imgColumnsReleasing Prisoners During The Covid 19 Crisis Vivek Sood, Senior Advocate & Ayushi Bansal30 April 2020 7:06 AMShare This – xPrisoners are vested with numerous human and fundamental rights. With this thought let’s examine the recent policies adopted by several States to enable the temporary release of certain categories of prisoners from jails for a specified period of time due to COVID pandemic. On 28th March this year, the Supreme Court took suo motu cognizance in a matter that was titled ‘Contagion of COVID…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginPrisoners are vested with numerous human and fundamental rights. With this thought let’s examine the recent policies adopted by several States to enable the temporary release of certain categories of prisoners from jails for a specified period of time due to COVID pandemic. On 28th March this year, the Supreme Court took suo motu cognizance in a matter that was titled ‘Contagion of COVID 19 Virus in Prisons’. The Supreme Court observed that having regard to Article 21, it has become imperative to ensure that the spread of the Corona virus within the prisons is controlled. The court directed each State/Union Territory to constitute a High Powered Committee to determine which class of prisoners can be released on parole or interim bail for such period as may be thought appropriate. The Court clarified that it would be open for the High Powered Committee to determine the category of prisoners who should be released as aforesaid, depending upon the nature of offence, the number of years to which he or she has been sentenced or the severity of the offence with which he/she is charged with and is facing trial or any other relevant factor, which the Committee may consider appropriate. The High Powered Committees across the States in their wisdom have made schemes for temporary release of certain categories of prisoners from jail. However, the schemes formulated by numerous States for temporary release of prisoners during the COVID 19 crisis have followed a rather conservative and restrictive approach in categorizing the prisoners eligible for temporary release from jails. Most schemes have stipulated that only those prisoners accused or convicted of offences carrying a maximum sentence of upto seven years would be eligible for the temporary release. Also, most schemes have specifically excluded prisoners accused of specified offences. Are such restrictions justified in this critical time when the COVID 19 is threatening to spread into the community. Jails are at a grave risk of a COVID explosion, keeping in view the overcrowding and inhuman conditions. Corona would have silently entered most jails through the thousands arrested recently, before and during the lockdown. Whether the lockdown is revoked on 3rd May or not, normalcy in the functioning of courts will take a long time to return. What to speak of speedy trial which is part of the fundamental right under Article 21, there’s no question of criminal trials even resuming in the near future. Normal resumption of the hearing and disposal of criminal appeals in the courts over next several months also appears unlikely. Cognizance must be taken of these realities by the High Powered Committees designated to look into the temporary release of prisoners during the pandemic. Keeping prisoners in jail whereas their criminal trials are stalled and criminal appeals remain unheard indefinitely, is a gross violation of Article 21. In the above scenario, a strong case is made out for expansion of the list of prisoners eligible for temporary release from jails across the country till normalcy returns with the Corona pandemic subsiding and resumption of normalcy in courts, without in any way compromising with the law and order in the country. The schemes of releasing prisoners, in operation presently, thus must be liberalized while ensuring that law and order in the country is not compromised in any way. The Apex Court in Anuradha Bhasin v. Union of India [WP(C) 1031/2019] has observed that the objective of the Court is to strike a balance between liberty and security concerns so that the right to life is secured and enjoyed in the best possible manner. Here is the way forward. Release from jail for limited duration is a relief granted by courts frequently to undertrials and convicts. Interim bail, interim suspension of sentence, Parole, and Furlough are legal concepts well known to criminal law and these reliefs are frequently granted to prisoners. The essence of these reliefs is temporary release of prisoners from jail. The distinctions between the aforesaid concepts need to be understood. An undertrial may seek temporary release from jail on some exigency, which is commonly referred to as interim bail. Depending upon a confluence factors such as the nature of offence alleged (serious or not), chances of the accused absconding, apprehension of his influencing witnesses or tampering of evidence, and the nature of the exigency the court exercises discretion whether or not to grant interim bail. When a prisoner has been convicted and has appealed against his conviction he may seek temporary release from jail which in legal parlance is called interim suspension of sentence on showing an exigency. When the appellate court has convicted the accused whether by converting the acquittal into a conviction or upholding the conviction by the trial court, temporary release from jail on certain exigencies is called ‘Parole’. Furlough is yet another grant of temporary release of convicts from jail and is distinct from Parole. Furlough is granted to a prisoner without his having to show any exigency. The underlying concept of Furlough is that convicts sentenced for long terms of imprisonment such as lifers are likely to lose their mental equilibrium and family ties due to long incarceration, hence, such prisoners need to be temporarily released from jail periodically. Interim bail, interim suspension of sentence, Parole, and Furlough are all interim reliefs granted to prisoners whereby they are released from jail temporarily. Generally, most categories of prisoners are eligible for being considered for temporary release from jail. These reliefs are granted on a case to case basis. Neither the nature of the offence nor the quantum of punishment, are absolute barriers in praying for these reliefs. Even lifers are eligible for these reliefs and in fact Furlough is meant for prisoners with long sentence terms. A significant feature of these temporary releases from jail is the fact that once the interim release is granted to a prisoner and liberty is not misused, a similar relief of temporary release the next time is much easier to obtain from the concerned authorities. A positive past record of not having misused the temporary release from jail by surrendering on time and not committing any offence when outside jail, makes it easier in getting a temporary release from jail the next time. The aforesaid principles and features of the criminal justice system should be taken into account by the High Powered Committees for liberalizing the Schemes to release many more prisoners during this COVID pandemic. All prisoners including lifers who have enjoyed temporary release from jail in the past and did not misuse their liberty must be temporarily released from jails during the pandemic. In other words, irrespective of the nature of the offence or the quantum of sentence for the offence accused or convicted of, every prisoner who has enjoyed temporary release from the jail by whatever name called (interim bail, interim suspension of sentence, Parole or Furlough) in the past, must be considered for temporary release from jail till the end of the pandemic and return of normalcy in the functioning of the Courts. Prisoners who have enjoyed temporary release from jail on an earlier occasion or occasions and did not misuse liberty satisfy the ‘reliability’ test for subsequent release as an established practice in our criminal justice system. Here are some suggestions which the High Powered Committees should find reasonable in the current scenario and keeping in mind the balance between liberty and security of the citizens. All prisoners, undertrials as well as convicts, who enjoyed temporary release from jail whether on interim bail, interim suspension of sentence, Parole or Furlough in the past, should be released till the resumption of normalcy in Courts. Some checks are necessary so that the underserving prisoners do not benefit from the scheme. For instance, in cases where after the last release, the prisoner has committed a serious misdemeanor in jail such as committing an offence it should render him ineligible for the interim relief. Also where the prisoner has been sentenced to death after the previous release, he should be rendered ineligible for the temporary reprieve. The above suggested scheme is extremely simple to implement and doesn’t need lawyers to argue or judges to adjudicate. As the Nominal Roll of a prisoner speaks of all his past releases with dates as also the list of misdemeanors in jail a large number of deserving prisoners whose credibility is proven by past release or releases from jail without abusing liberty can walk out of jail without in any way threatening the law and order in the country and without any judicial intervention. When in normal times a prisoner is shown leniency for temporary release from jail for the reason he did not misuse his liberty on a past occasion such leniency ought not be truncated or restricted in times of crisis by putting the nature of offence and quantum of sentence as obstacles in his release. In the words of Justice Bhagwati [Francis Coralie Mullin v. The Administrator, Union Territory of Delhi; 1981 SCR (2) 516], “Article 21 is a fundamental right that has a highly activist magnitude and it embodies a constitutional value of supreme importance in a democratic society.” The COVID 19 crisis must be used for expansion of the horizons of Article 21 to release the largest number of prisoners from jails without compromising on securityViews Are Personal Only(Vivek sood, is a Senior Advocate and Ayushi Bansal is an Advocate)  Subscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Storylast_img read more

Ray Parlour explains why Arsenal should attempt to sign Dele Alli over Jorginho

first_imgAdvertisement PSG are favourites to land the England attacking midfielder (Picture: Getty)And while Parlour concedes there would be ‘uproar’ if Alli somehow ended up at Arsenal, he believes the England international could be an excellent addition on the red side of north London.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTThe Gunners have reportedly been eyeing a last-ditch bid for Chelsea’s Jorginho – with Arteta keen to strengthen in midfield – but Parlour is confident Alli would be a much better fit for his former club.‘I think he’d be more of a fit than Jorginho, if I’m being honest, and I’ve always said they’re lacking goals from midfield,’ the legendary ex-Arsenal midfielder said on talkSPORT.‘But I don’t think Spurs would sell Dele Alli to Arsenal. I think there would be uproar by the Spurs fans if that happened. ‘But he would certainly be a good fit for Arsenal. Parlour can see Alli being a huge success at Arsenal (Picture: Getty)‘I’m trying to put a figure in my head to say how much he would be worth. I’d say £50m, I certainly believe he’s got a lot of good years left in him as a player so £50m has got to be the marker. ‘One thing about Arsenal is that they are lacking goals from central midfield areas so I think he could tick that box especially where he can score goals, he can get you ten goals from midfield if he plays on a regular basis. ‘Whether he can get more goals, Arteta… I don’t know. I’ve never worked under Arteta but what he’s done for the other players from what I’ve seen from the outside… certainly they’re responding to Arteta so I’m sure Dele Alli would be exactly the same.’ Metro Sport ReporterFriday 25 Sep 2020 10:25 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link6.3kShares Dele Alli has been linked with a move away from Tottenham this summer (Picture: Getty)Ray Parlour has encouraged Arsenal to make an audacious move for Dele Alli as he feels the Tottenham star could become a goalscoring force from midfield under the tutelage of Mikel Arteta.Alli was not included in Spurs’ squads for their recent clashes with Lokomotiv Plovdiv and Southampton and was replaced by Jose Mourinho on the hour-mark on Thursday evening as the club struggled their way past KF Shkendija in the Europa League. Real Madrid were offered Alli during Tottenham’s talks for Gareth Bale earlier this summer and Paris Saint-Germain have also been heavily linked with the 24-year-old, with just over a week remaining of the transfer window. Advertisement Ray Parlour explains why Arsenal should attempt to sign Dele Alli over Jorginho Jorginho has been linked with Arsenal this week (Picture: Getty)Parlour is confident Arsenal fans would welcome the addition of a player of Alli’s quality before the transfer deadline.‘I’m not saying Jose Mourinho can’t get more out of Dele Alli. Maybe he’s still pushing now to get more out of Dele Alli,’ he added.‘I think Arsenal fans would be pretty happy, no? Because you’re getting a quality player off your rivals so I think they’d be pretty happy if they got Dele Alli. ‘If he started playing week-in, week-out, started putting in performances like when he joined Spurs, I’m sure fans would be delighted.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalAtletico Madrid’s Thomas Partey and Lyon’s Houssem Aouar remain Arsenal’s top targets in midfield and the latter has looked the most likely of the two to join the Gunners this summer. Earlier this month, Lyon chief Juninho confirmed that Arsenal had held talks to sign Aouar but it appears the Premier League giants are struggling to agree a fee for the Frenchman.AdvertisementAdvertisementAsked whether Aouar is likely to stay with Lyon, club president Jean-Michel Aulas said: ‘Financially, Arsenal are like everyone else (in a tricky spot).‘And Houssem could say to himself that the best thing would be to stay with us.’Who would be the best signing for Arsenal?Dele Alli0%Jorginho0%Thomas Partey0%Houssem Aouar0%Share your resultsShare your resultsTweet your resultsFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For more stories like this, check our sport page.MORE: Laurent Koscielny finally apologises to Arsenal fans following controversial exitMORE: West Brom in talks over Emmanuel Adebayor making shock Premier League return Commentlast_img read more

Appiah wants Black Stars to rediscover their shine against Uganda

first_imgKwesi Appiah is expecting his Black Stars to rediscover their shine when they meet Uganda in Kumasi on Saturday.Ghana are meeting for the first time since their participation at the World Cup in Brazil, with the Cranes match the first of two-quick qualifying matches for the 2015 Africa Nations Cup ahead of their qualifier in Togo next week.The build-up has been overshadowed by off-field matters on the back of their World Cup exit in the first round.Some negativity has surrounded the Black Stars since then but Appiah insists the team will need to pull together with the jury still out on them.”Automatically, there’s pressure not because of the up-coming match but due to the distractions created by our disappointing World Cup campaign,” Appiah told on Monday in Kumasi.”Ideally, we would have expected to be enjoying all the plaudits but that is not the case now. We hope to draw important lessons from that experience and shine again. “I trust our fans to stick by us as we begin another important campaign. Their support is key so we can all have another opportunity to dream again.”Appiah hopes to put his best foot forward for the opening Group E contest at the Baba Yara Stadium and he trusts his called up players to be up for a tough game against Uganda.”We have to start well. We want to win and that is our focus. However, we are expecting a tough game,” he said.”Uganda come in with no pressure compared to us. Football always defies the rule book so nothing can be left to chance. “Our opponents will come in seeking to win just like we will be doing. It’s a very important start for either side but one that we must strive to get out of the way. “Their last encounter here in 2005 ended in a draw so they will be aware of what they can do even though it’s been a while since they played at the Nations Cup.”Expectations will be high but we must deal with it and deliver a good performance.”last_img read more

Why did the Raiders move to Las Vegas? Explaining franchise’s 2020 shift from Oakland to Sin City

first_imgThe final Raiders game at the Oakland Coliseum — yes, it was officially RingCentral Coliseum at the time, whatever — ended not with cheers and a standing ovation for the players walking off the field, but rather a chorus of boos and trash on the field.Uh, thanks for the memories? Allegiant Stadium, which will cost nearly $2 billion, is expected to be finished by July 31. The 2020 NFL season is supposed to begin Sept. 10, but it’s possible that date could change depending on future federal and state guidelines regarding the pandemic.The Raiders shared an update on the status of the stadium last month via the team’s YouTube channel. (There is also a live stream of the stadium available on Mortenson and McCarthy’s web site.) NFL MOCK DRAFT: Raiders pick star WR in first roundA loss to the Jaguars on Dec. 15, 2019, shut the door on the Raiders’ time in Oakland. The franchise will kick off the 2020 season in Las Vegas after calling Oakland home for more than two decades following a previous move from Los Angeles in 1995. There has been speculation about whether the Raiders’ new stadium will be completed in time for the inaugural season, but construction appears to be on schedule despite challenges presented by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. It feels safe to say the Las Vegas Raiders will officially hit the field in the not-so-distant future.So why exactly did this shift to Sin City happen? Here’s the reasoning behind the move and what comes next.Why did the Raiders move from Oakland to Las Vegas?Relocation basically came down to one issue: finding an appropriate venue for home games.”The commissioner and membership had found in 2016, in the context of considering an application by the Raiders to relocate to Los Angeles, that the Raiders’ current home stadium is not adequate for NFL football, and must be replaced, a conclusion agreed to by the civic leadership in Oakland,” the league said in a statement shared back in April 2017. “Notwithstanding the established preference for clubs to continue to serve their existing fans and communities, the member clubs concluded that the Raiders should be permitted to relocate from Oakland.”The Raiders had previously attempted to relocate to Los Angeles, but the NFL shut down that move and gave Oakland additional time to address its stadium issues. When the league rejected Oakland’s proposal, it opened the door for Las Vegas to snag the franchise.While Oakland was uneasy about using taxpayer money for a new stadium, Las Vegas promised $750 million in public funds. Game over.”The proposal to relocate to Las Vegas involves a clearly-defined and well-financed proposal for a first-class stadium in a diverse and growing community that is well-recognized as an entertainment destination,” the statement said. “It offers the Raiders a genuine opportunity to resolve longstanding stadium issues and is expected to provide the club with solid future prospects.”After full consideration, the membership approved the relocation of the Raiders’ home territory to Las Vegas.”Of the 32 NFL team owners, only the Dolphins’ Stephen Ross voted against the move to Las Vegas, saying the league and its owners “owe it to the fans to do everything we can to stay in the communities that have supported us until all options have been exhausted.”When will the Raiders start playing in Las Vegas?The Raiders are scheduled to start the 2020 NFL season at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas. The NFL has not yet released the full regular-season slate, but the league’s formula guarantees the Raiders will play these teams.Home: Denver Broncos, Kansas City Chiefs, Los Angeles Chargers, Buffalo Bills, Indianapolis Colts, Miami Dolphins, New Orleans Saints, Tampa Bay BuccaneersAway: Denver Broncos, Kansas City Chiefs, Los Angeles Chargers, Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers, Cleveland Browns, New England Patriots, New York JetsLas Vegas was also originally preparing to host this year’s NFL Draft, but holding an event that size wouldn’t have been wise given current social-distancing guidelines. Instead, teams will make their picks from remote locations as part of a virtual draft.Latest on Raiders’ new stadiumConstruction on Allegiant Stadium remains on schedule, a stadium official told ESPN, despite two on-site workers testing positive for COVID-19.”In light of the immediate crisis, there is heightened concern regarding worker safety, labor volume and timing of materials shipments,” Jeremy Aguero, a spokesperson for the Las Vegas Stadium Authority, told ESPN. “[Stadium construction firm] Mortenson and McCarthy have put worker safety at the forefront of the project since day one; they continue to do so today.”Labor volumes remain on track with expectations for this period in the project’s development cycle with as many as 2,000 workers on site each day and materials shipment are generally on track. Most materials are stored locally at this point.”last_img read more

How prospect Jaylin Davis’ arrival impacts Giants plans in the outfield

first_imgDavis hit a combined 35 home runs over 126 games for three different minor league teams this year. Ten of Davis’ 25 home runs at the Triple-A level came following his July 31 trade, which took the former 24th round draft pick by surprise.“When it happened, it was just a shock at first,” Davis said. “Then I was excited to get a chance to prove myself.”It’s not exactly clear how many opportunities Davis will receive during the final 24 games of the season, but Bochy said he’ll receive some starts in the corner outfield spots this month. Davis’ arrival will force Bochy to balance playing time for a large group of corner outfielders that includes Mike Yastrzemski, Alex Dickerson, Austin Slater and Joey Rickard.“One, it keeps those guys fresh and two, it keeps everybody involved,” Bochy said. “I’d hate to sit a kid for a week and then ask him to do something.”Slater and Rickard will continue to receive most of their opportunities against left-handed pitchers, but the right-handed hitting Davis had reverse splits at Triple-A this year and was far superior against right-handed pitchers.Bochy said he’ll use all of his outfielders in pinch-hitting situations when they don’t start.Davis said his mother, his grandparents and his brother were all en route to St. Louis on Wednesday to take in his major league debut. The number belonged to River Cats manager Dave Brundage, who joked around before informing Davis he would soon be making his MLB debut. It was past midnight on the east coast when Davis heard the news, but he kept the phone in his hand and immediately dialed his mom in North Carolina anyway.“She started crying a little when I first told her,” Davis said. “At first she thought something was wrong because it was late back home.”Davis, 25, was one of three prospects acquired by the Giants in a July 31 trade with the Minnesota Twins. The other two –pitchers Kai-Wei Teng and Prelander Berroa– have never played above A-ball, but Giants’ president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi hinted that Davis could help the big league club as soon as this season.The Giants didn’t add Davis to the club when rosters expanded on September 1, but the front office elected to reward him for a strong month at Triple-A with a call-up on Wednesday.“We’re trying to put our best team here and he’s been playing very well,” manager Bruce Bochy said. “He’ll get some playing time.” ST. LOUIS — An already crowded Giants outfield welcomed a new arrival Wednesday in St. Louis.Fewer than 24 hours after receiving word that he would be headed to the big leagues, power-hitting prospect Jaylin Davis is starting in right field and batting seventh for a slumping Giants offense.“It almost doesn’t feel real,” Davis said.Davis thought he’d spend Wednesday at Raley Field in Sacramento for the Triple-A River Cats’ first playoff game, but he received a surprise call from a number with an Oregon area code late Tuesday evening.last_img read more

Nehemiah’s Wall Found

first_imgEarlier this month, archaeologist Eilat Mazar found remnants of an ancient wall on the old city of David she believes is a remnant of the wall built by Nehemiah in 445 BC (see Nehemiah 3-6 that describes the project in detail).  This was reported on the Bible Places blog, with a link to The Trumpet which broke the news.    Now, the mainstream press has picked up the story.  MSNBC and other news sites are printing Regan Doherty’s Associated Press report, and Todd Bolen has provided additional pictures on Bible Places, including a close-up of the actual wall.  The Jerusalem Post contains a picture of a person in the wall for scale.  The identification with Nehemiah is based on pottery shards dated to the post-exilic period; see photo of the pieces on PhysOrg.  More coverage can be found at WND.    Students of Old Testament history will also be fascinated to know that an inscription in Arak el-Emir in Jordan specifically mentions Tobiah.  This may well be the very same “Tobiah the Ammonite” who opposed Nehemiah’s project, as described in Nehemiah 4.  Pictures and descriptions of the inscription are available on the Bible Places Jordan CD.    The other recent big story concerning Old Testament archaeology, the First Temple artifacts (10/23/2007) found in a trench dug by Muslims on the Temple Mount, is placed in context on the blog of Dr. Leen Ritmeyer, the world’s leading authority on the historic Temple Mount.  Todd Bolen has provided an update to this story on Bible Places, with additional links.  He has also provided documents proving that Muslim guides as recently as 1930 acknowledged the existence of Solomon’s temple on the site; click here and here.These are exciting times for monumental discoveries, but Jerusalem is currently a pawn in Israeli-Palestinian peace talks (see WND).  The Israeli government showcases these discoveries to the public in beautiful archaeological parks; would Palestinians be as hospitable if the site were entirely under Muslim control?  Their treatment of the Temple Mount, Gaza and Hebron portends ominously otherwise.  And did you hear what members of the Religion of Peace are demanding today in Sudan? (    The capricious history of archaeology in Israel shows that opportunities for exploration are volatile.  Major discoveries can be followed by decades of denied access.  Ritmeyer has experienced this firsthand.  He has had to stitch together tantalizing tidbits of information gathered from fortuitous opportunities over 30 years.  How much better it would be for the scholarly community if these historic sites were open for free and fair investigation.  This is another reason to pray for the peace of Jerusalem – and for Iraq, another country with untold archaeological treasures where scholarly access hangs in the balance.(Visited 10 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

NU, Ateneo spikers collide with Final 4 berth at stake; UP tests Arellano

first_imgJuvic fires 69, grabs clubhouse lead MOST READ View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. National U and Ateneo dispute the first Final Four berth in Group A, while University of the Philippines and Arellano U clash for the second semifinals seat in Group B in the Premier Volleyball League Collegiate Conference on Friday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Read Next Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients center_img Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president National U hopes to cash in on its solid roster led by national player Jaja Santiago and ace playmaker Jasmine Nabor.But the Lady Eagles are going all-out to stop the Bulldogs and boost their bid for the top semis slot behind Kat Tolentino, Jhoana Maraguinot, and Bea de Leon. BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight The Lady Bulldogs will go for a sweep of their group side against a surging Lady Eagles (3-1) at 6:30 p.m.Focus will also be on the 1 p.m. faceoff between the Lady Maroons and the Lady Chiefs with the winner joining the unbeaten Adamson Lady Falcons (4-0) in the crossover semifinals of the event backed by Mikasa and Asics.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutOusted St. Benilde and Technological Institute of the Philippines, both winless in four games, cap the rare triple-bill at 4 p.m.All matches can be viewed live via streaming on LATEST STORIES Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong Citylast_img read more


first_imgApplications for permits for the VT League are continuing to come in. The competition is set start on Friday October 12, 2007. 15s and Under SASSSA division (five teams entered) The Queensland Touch website: TERRITORY (NT)Play: # 5NT GDO visits Katherine:Last week Touch Football Northern Territory Game Development Officer Rebecca Houston spent time visiting schools in the Katherine region. Rebecca visited Casuarina Street Primary, Katherine South Primary School, St Josephs College, MacFarlane Primary School and Clyde Fenton Primary School and spent each day with a number of different classes.  On Friday August 3 2007, Rebecca assisted with the first day of Katherine’s interschool Touch Football competition. This interschool competition will hopefully lead the school children into the Katherine Junior Competition, which will be starting soon.  Other events:The Northern Territory Girls and Boys Under-18 squads are well into preparations for the National 18 Years Championships in Coffs Harbour, New South Wales, from 17 – 20 September, 2007. The Northern Territory web-site: CAPITAL TERRITORY (ACT)Play: #6Grand Finals of Innes McDougall Premier League:This week sees the culmination of the 2007 Innes McDougall Premier League. The event is named in honour of Innes McDougall, an ACT Level 6 referee who was tragically killed in a car accident.The Men’s Division sees the Tuggeranong Vikings ‘Warriors’ up against the ‘Sea’ Eagles in what promises to be an exciting and close affair.The Women’s Division will feature the Canberra City ‘Hilllbilly Bears’ and the Eagles ‘Chicks’. This game will be hotly contested between these two traditional rivals. Best of luck to all teams.Other events:All ACT junior representative sides (U12s, U13s, U15s and U18s) have now been named. Congratulations to all selected. The ACT Touch Association website:’s it for this week’s edition of A Set of Six.Be sure to visit each State’s websites this week for all the latest news and views from around the nation. Round Nine of the Ten round PowerAde Isotonic South East Queensland Touch League (SEQTL) will be played at Brisbane Metropolitan Touch Association’s Whites Hill Complex on Friday 10 August 2007. Action in all divisions has stepped up with semi-finals just around the corner. Touch Football Australia brings you this rapid fire “Set of Six” news ‘plays’ from around the Country. TFA’s National Media Coordinator Karley Banks  and TFA’s Media Intern Henry Holland bring you up to date every week with a selection of six ‘plays’ on the latest news, views, and events nationally.Welcome to Touch Football Australia’s a Set of Six – Volume Thirteen.SOUTH AUSTRALIA (SA)Play: # 1Be Active All Schools Mixed Touch Championships:South Australia’s Be Active All Schools Mixed Touch Championships are set to take place this Friday August 10, 2007.The Championships will incorporate three divisions: SAPSASA Primary division (12 teams entered)center_img The Touch Football Victoria website: (QLD)Play: # 4Community Coaching Course:Queensland will be presenting its first Community Coaching Course this Saturday August 11, 2007, in Redlands. This is a brand new course developed by National Coaching Director Dennis Coffey aimed at beginner and ‘Mum and Dad’ coaches. The course will run from four – six hours as opposed to the 16 hours for the Level 1 coaching course. There are currently 18 participants registered but registrations are still open. Redlands Touch is excited about this Course as it has wanted a ‘Mums and Dads’ coaching course for some time.For more information contact Game Development Officer Greg Jones in the Queensland Touch office.Other events: The will be the biggest Touch Football event for schools in South Australia. Games commence from 9am – 2:30pm at Park 17, Southern Parklands (Corner Beaumont & Greenhill Roads, Eastwood). For more information contact Andy Crawford (08 8306 7503)Other events:The registration deadline for the Australasian Masters Games to take place in Adelaide from October 5 – 14, 2007, has been extended. The original cut off was Friday August 3. The late fee has also been wavered.For more information contact Kathryn Hambour in the Touch Football South Australia office on 08 8306 7502.The Touch Football South Australia website: AUSTRALIA (WA)Play: # 2TouchWest steps into the future:TouchWest has launched a new Sporting Pulse website which can be viewed at This is a more cost-effective and convenient option for the organisation.All future correspondence in relation to TouchWest operations will be found on this site. Some further work is required to build sections into the site, but visitors are encouraged to scan the site and pass on comments or suggestions to maximize the effectiveness of the new site.In conjunction with the websites, TouchWest has developed MySpace and Facebook accounts. Creating TouchWest sites on the social networking Internet phenomenon will provide further communication and marketing opportunities for the organisation, especially with the youth market. TouchWest also hopes to broadcast segments of its Super League Series games on YouTube this season.Other events:TouchWest will hold its annual Events Forum this Sunday August 12, 2007, at its offices in Mt Claremont. The Forum is an additional medium where affiliates can express their concerns and/or suggestions for future TouchWest events. Discussions will focus on major TouchWest events including State Championships, the Super League Series, Junior State Championships, and Beach Touch. TouchWest will put forward its vision for these events as well as recommended changes to improve the competitions and the sport.The TouchWest website: (VIC)Play: # 3GDO visits South West Victoria:Touch Football South Australia Game Development Officer Carly Goodrich will be in South West Victoria from Tuesday August 7 – Monday August 13, 2007. Carly will visit the regions of Warrnambool, Portland, Hamilton and Geelong with the aim of developing new competitions and junior AusTouch programs. Carly will also undertake Teacher Professional Development Sessions to educate teachers on the finer points of playing and coaching Touch Football. Touch Victoria’s work will be advertised through both radio and newspaper. Council and regional sports assembly meetings have been organised to get a sense of what the various communities require. Issues such as access to fields, lighting, and networking with other clubs and community members will be discussed.  Other events: Open SASSSA division (five teams entered) Touch Victoria’s Women In Media scholarship student Stephanie Chalkley-Rhoden is gathering information to start working with the affiliates with the aim of increase media exposure this summer. last_img read more

Touch Football Community Recognised In Australia Day Honours

first_imgMembers of the Touch Football community have been recognised at Australia Day awards ceremonies across Australia, for their contribution and achievements in the sport. Australian Mixed Open co-captain, Kylie Hilder was named the Sportsperson of the Year at the Great Lakes Australia Day Awards ceremony for her efforts in helping Australia win the Mixed Open title at the 2012 Trans Tasman Series in Mudgee. To read the stories in the Great Lakes Advocate, please click on the link below: Mudgee Touch Association secretary, Kathy Lang was also recognised, receiving the Mid-Western Regional Council’s Senior Sports Award. To read the full story in the Mudgee Guardian, please click on the link below: The Yass Touch Association was also recognised, receiving the Australia Day Community Group award at the Yass Valley Australia Day Awards. To read the full story in the Yass Tribune, please click on the link below: If you know of any other members of the Touch Football community that received recognition at Australia Day awards, be sure to let us know by emailing [email protected] Related LinksAustralia Day Awardslast_img read more

23 days agoBournemouth boss Howe plans lesson for booking-prone Jefferson Lerma

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Bournemouth boss Howe plans lesson for booking-prone Jefferson Lermaby Freddie Taylor23 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveBournemouth boss Eddie Howe insists he will teach Jefferson Lerma to avoid “needless bookings”.The Colombian grabbed his fourth booking out of seven Premier League games in Saturday’s draw with West Ham United.He told the Daily Echo: “Saturday’s (foul) he probably didn’t need to do. I think the majority of his tackles I’m with him on the pitch and he might be a split second late and it’s a yellow card. That’s the way he plays.”You wouldn’t want him to change that competitive style. Obviously we don’t want to lose him to suspensions and it would be a big blow if we did lose him.”It’s the needless ones (bookings). It’s the ones at the end of the game that he’ll probably look back at and think ‘I didn’t need to do that’. They’re the ones that you want to try and eradicate from his game.”Howe added: “It was well-documented, Harry Arter and our relationship with Harry and how many yellow cards he picked up. But you wouldn’t want to change Harry’s instincts and the way that he played because he wouldn’t be the player that made him what he was.”It’s the same with Jeff. That’s why we signed him. You don’t want to take that away, a lot of the attributes that he shows but it’s trying to educate him and show him maybe a different way at times will be key – talk to him and show him some things.”We want to keep him on the pitch for as long as we can.” last_img read more