diego_cervo/iStock(NEW YORK) — Multiple lists of Catholic priests that were said to be credibly accused of sexual abuse were released in New Jersey and Virginia on Wednesday.There were more than 180 named clergy in New Jersey and 50 named in Virginia, making these the two latest states to share findings from their internal abuse investigations.Many of the listed priests in New Jersey are dead and none of the individuals are in active ministry.Each of the state’s five dioceses released their own lists, with varying levels of detail about the allegations. The dioceses of Trenton, Paterson and Metuchen only listed the priests names, their date of birth, date of ordination and their current status. The Archdiocese of Newark and the diocese of Camden also listed where the priests served. None of them listed the date of the alleged abuse, when the alleged abuse was reported and how long after those reports were made that action was taken by the church.Cardinal Joseph Tobin, the Archbishop of Newark, released a statement saying that the lists are “the result of an extensive review of Archdiocesan records dating back to 1940” and all of the names had been previously reported to law enforcement.“It is our sincerest hope that this disclosure will help bring healing to those whose lives have been so deeply violated,” Tobin wrote in the statement.Bishop Michael Burbidge of Arlington, Virginia, released a statement saying that “embarrassment, frustration, anger and hurt” are among the feelings he shares with those affected.Virginia’s Catholic community is divided into the dioceses of Richmond and Arlington, with 42 offending priests in Richmond and 16 in Arlington. Eight priests overlap on both lists. None of the clergy in the report from either diocese are listed as active.“To those who experienced abuse from clergy, I am truly, deeply sorry,” writes Richmond Bishop Barry Knestout in his own letter published on the Catholic Diocese of Richmond website. “I regret that you have to bear the burden of the damage you suffered at the hands of those you trusted.”At least one of the Virginia accusations of sexual abuse of a minor dates back to the 1950s.Burbidge, who said that he is “open” to meeting with victims, wrote “I continue to be inspired by your strength and resolve.”The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP) released statements about both states’ disclosures, saying that they are grateful but want more to be done.“The man who abused me was listed on disclosures from both the Diocese of Richmond and the Diocese of Arlington, so I am experiencing some healing and validation,” Becky Ianni, a SNAP leader and survivor of abuse herself, said in the organization’s statement.“At the same time, I know there are other victims who are feeling angry, upset and disbelieved when they see their perpetrator left off, and I am saddened that instead of feeling validated, they are feeling re-victimized,” Ianni said in the statement.The SNAP statement about the New Jersey disclosures praised the work being done by the state’s Attorney General Gubir Grewal, whose office initiated a task force to investigate alleged abuse.“We know from the hundreds of calls that we have received over our tip line that there are many others who were abused as children and as adults, both by diocesan clergy and clergy members in various religious orders,” Grewal said in a statement released Wednesday.“The investigative work of the task force continues so that we may assure that all survivors of clergy abuse are heard and all abusers and institutions are held accountable for their acts,” he said.There are now at least 16 jurisdictions across the country that have launched investigations into clerical sex abuse following the release of a Pennsylvania grand jury report detailing the alleged cover-up of decades of abuse by hundreds of Catholic priests.In addition to investigations in New Jersey and Virginia, there are ongoing investigations in Arkansas, Delaware, Florida, Illinois, Maryland, Michigan, Missouri, Nebraska, New Mexico, New York, Pennsylvania, Vermont and the District of Columbia, as well as with the Archdiocese of Anchorage in Alaska. Spokespeople for several other state attorneys general offices told ABC News that their offices were reviewing options and considering taking similar actions.Other religious factions have not been immune to recent revelations of sexual misconduct, as an investigation into abuse within the Southern Baptist Church identified 380 church officials and volunteers facing abuse allegations.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
View post tag: visits July 28, 2014 Back to overview,Home naval-today Deputy Supreme Allied Commander Europe Visits Romania View post tag: Romania View post tag: News by topic Deputy Supreme Allied Commander Europe Visits Romania View post tag: Allied View post tag: Commander View post tag: Naval Authorities View post tag: Navy Deputy Supreme Allied Commander Europe (DSACEUR) General Sir Adrian Bradshaw reinforced NATO’s commitment to collective defence with a visit to Bucharest, Romania on Thursday, 24 July. In light of the Ukraine Crisis, NATO continues to implement a series of comprehensive assurance measures on land, sea and air in which Romania has played a vital role. View post tag: Deputy View post tag: Supreme View post tag: europe “Romania has supported NATO AWACs aircraft conducting surveillance orbits over Eastern Europe and has contributed professional and interoperable land forces to recent exercises,’’ said General Bradshaw. “NATO, and indeed many nations outside of NATO continue to be very concerned by the crisis in Ukraine, and it is essential to maintain our force readiness in order to provide a balanced response,” he said.During the visit, General Bradshaw met with the Chief of the General Staff of the Romanian Armed Forces, Lieutenant General Stefan Danila, and discussed further security and stability measures.“Romania is a highly valued member of NATO whose military contribution is widely recognized,’’ said DSACEUR. “In particular, Romania’s long standing participation to the ISAF mission has been commendable.’’“I have also been very impressed on this visit with our discussions and the mutual aims of continuing support to this crisis and other areas of interest,’’ he added.In addition to Romania’s support to the Air Surveillance Mission, the Standing NATO Mine Countermeasures Group 2 has been operating in the Black Sea and received extensive support from the Romanian port of Constanta.[mappress]Press Release, July 28, 2014; Image: NATO View post tag: Defence Share this article
An armband doesn’t usually have any inherent meaning. It’s merely a piece of brightly colored fabric. But, in one place that yellow armband, something otherwise small and meaningless, brings with it power and a great deal of responsibility.On the soccer field, an armband isn’t just the sign of a great player, but more importantly the sign of a great leader. It’s an honor and a privilege bestowed upon only a select few who prove themselves worthy of leading the team: the captain.Now, on the field only one person can wear the armband, as it’s reserved for the field captain. For the Wisconsin women’s soccer team, junior Cara Walls occupies that role of field captain. But what’s both interesting and unique is the fact that Walls only occupies the position of captain on the field. Off the field, she’s not a designated team captain. In fact, not a single person on this year’s Badger squad is a designated captain.It seems odd to be captain-less, but as sophomore midfielder McKenna Meuer explained, the team’s structure made the rather outlandish idea a perfect fit.“I think it’s very rare to find a team that has enough leadership qualities that you don’t even need captains,” Meuer said. “The whole reason you assign captains is so that when things get a little bit hectic or if you have a lot of people that don’t step up then you have those designated people that fill that role. It’s really special to find a team where there’s so many people with so many good leadership qualities that you don’t need to designate that.”Actually, the Badgers were in the process of designating captains during the season’s beginnings as the players voted on who those captains would be for the upcoming season. But following that vote, Badgers’ head coach Paula Wilkins decided to step in and change things up a little.According to Wilkins, democracy in soccer is not something that usually pays dividends. With the players and personalities present on her roster however, democracy was, for the first time in her coaching career, in order.“Well, I came up with the concept or the idea and then I kind of brought it to the team and see what their thought process was,” Wilkins said. “I think we have a lot of different types of leaders and I think that to limit it to one or two people was going to be an issue. And I thought that something different, something to kind of build on and talk about throughout the season, and we’ll see how this goes.”But what exactly made Wilkins and the players agree that having no team captains was the right choice? For starters, the Badgers have 18 underclassmen out of a total roster of 26 players, and only two of the upperclassmen are seniors, Alev Kelter and Nicole La Petina, who both sat out last year – Kelter to focus on hockey and La Petina because of an injury. So Wilkins didn’t have a clear cut choice for captain.However, the biggest part of the decision wasn’t that Wisconsin has an unusually small senior class and an unbalanced roster with only one less freshman (7) than the total of upperclassmen (8). In fact, the decision was based on just how balanced the Badgers are, not in a sense of age or experience, but in leadership ability.“No one is afraid to step up,” Walls said. “No one is afraid to say anything about how they feel, and we all kind of feel like we’re on equal playing fields. It makes it a really fun dynamic for the group.”That equal playing field makes for an equal balance of power that for once isn’t dominated by only a select few players, allowing players to settle into their natural roles.“There’s no hierarchy,” Wilkins said. “They’re all coming from the point is they want the program to be successful and they all have their different roles. I think when they know their roles that’s really important.”Just what those roles are differ from player to player. Regardless, one thing is certain: They are the ones ultimately in charge of the team, captains or no captains.“I always tell players they make the team,” Wilkins said. “I’ll never score a goal. I’ll never make a save. They spend more time interacting with each other than I would ever. I see them at practice and I see them sometime outside but they obviously live together and are in the training room together, locker rooms together, classrooms together. They spend much more time [together] and so they create that atmosphere and I think those personalities really kind of come together and mesh.“I think it’s been their sincerity with each other that has really made a difference.”Any sort of governance always has cons to counter the pros. With no designated leader, there is room for discord and chaos among the masses with a very slight chance of anarchy.But so far for the Badgers, Wilkins’ experiment has gone off without a hitch. The Badgers are 4-1-1, and internally they have had fewer problems than past years.It remains to be seen whether Wisconsin’s success both on and off the field continues, but the unorthodox strategy has proved quite fruitful to this point in the season.While only one armband might be on the field during the game, in reality, that single armband unites the Badgers, which could make for a special season.“We’re all on the same level,” Meuer said. “We all have the same amount of importance on the team and I think that’s really cool and I think ultimately that’s going to be one of the biggest contributors to our success this year.”
About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Pellegrini delighted as ten-man West Ham draw with Aston Villaby Freddie Taylora month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManuel Pellegrini was pleased with West Ham United’s display with 10-men in Monday’s goalless draw with Aston Villa. The Hammers were left a man down when Arhtur Masuaku was shown his second yellow card with 23 minutes remaining.West Ham continued to push for a winner despite the numerical disadvantage, which impressed their manager.”I think that we gave a good performance, first because we came here and from the first minute of the game until the last minute we tried to win,” he said.”After that, with ten men, we continued trying to have the ball, and trying to have the opportunity to win the game. We didn’t just defend so I’m very happy with a lot of things tonight.”I don’t know if we played better with ten men, but the important thing was that it didn’t seem we had ten players. “We worked very well in defending, we had the personality to come here and try to win from the first minute.”We couldn’t do that, but with ten men it’s a good result.”
Dakari Johnson Thank You KentuckyThursday, seven players from Kentucky’s 2014-2015 squad – Karl-Anthony Towns, Willie Cauley-Stein, Devin Booker, Andrew Harrison, Aaron Harrison, Dakari Johnson and Trey Lyles – all announced their decisions to turn professional this June. After the announcement – which you can see a clip of here – a number of them have taken to social media to thank Wildcats fans for their support during their stays in Lexington.Check out the posts from Booker, Johnson, Lyles and Aaron Harrison.Thank you #BBN pic.twitter.com/ajDQEmNyH5— Dakari Johnson (@SafariDakari44) April 9, 2015Thank You! pic.twitter.com/McbXHeV0yM— Trey Lyles (@TreyMambaLyles) April 9, 2015#BBN for life https://t.co/i1c7mUzTPa— Aaron Harrison (@AaronICE2) April 9, 2015BBN, it’s been a privilege to put on the UK jersey for you this season. You have made me one of your own and I’ll never forget my time here.— Devin Booker (@DevinBook) April 9, 2015To my brothers and coaches, no one can ever take away what we accomplished this year. Though things didn’t end like we wanted, we made— Devin Booker (@DevinBook) April 9, 2015history. I feel like it’s time for me to take that next step, but know I’ll treasure my time here forever. #BBN, you’re the best. #Reload— Devin Booker (@DevinBook) April 9, 2015If all seven players are taken in June’s NBA Draft, Kentucky will set a record for number of players drafted from one team.
New Delhi: Racing against time to meet the Supreme Court’s deadline, Reliance Communications (RCom) has paid Rs 458.77 crore of dues to Swedish telecom equipment maker Ericsson, according to sources. Failure to cough up the dues would have meant that RCom Chairman Anil Ambani would have faced a 3-month jail term. Observing there was a ‘wilful default’, the Supreme Court last month held Ambani guilty of contempt of court and ordered the debt-laden company to clear the dues to Ericsson within four weeks or face a 3-month jail term. A source in the know said RCom has paid Rs 458.7 crore to Ericsson as per the SC directive, but did not divulge details. However, Ericsson could not be reached for comments.
NEW DELHI: Delhi Transport Department on Tuesday accused the Centre of revising the component-wise cost for the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) Phase-IV project without assigning any “reason or justification”.In a statement, Transport Minister Kailash Gehlot’s Office said: “The component-wise cost has been revised by the Government of India unilaterally without assigning any reasons or justification. The equity component of the Delhi Government has been increased from 8.08 per cent to 16.36 per cent.” Accusing the Centre of increasing the project cost from 20.77 per cent to 31.44 per cent, the statement said that these kinds of unilateral changes by the government without taking the Delhi Government into confidence are not ‘comprehensible’. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderIt also raised concerns over the approval of only three Corridors out of the six approved by the Delhi Cabinet. “The Delhi Government had approved all the six Corridors proposed by the Delhi Metro in Phase-IV vide Cabinet Decision dated on the 19 December. However, the Government of India thereafter on March 9 approved only three Corridors out of the six approved by the Delhi Cabinet,” the statement read. “Inspite of serious reservations on some critical issues, the Delhi government has released Rs 200 Crore to the DMRC on 26 March, 2019 for meeting the cost of DMRTS Phase-IV Project for the year 2018-19,” stated by Gehlot. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsAfter the revision, the entire amount towards land acquisition was apportioned to the Delhi Government whereas in the earlier three phases it was apportioned between Government of India and the Delhi government equally. Expressing dismay over the Centre not communicating the revisions to the Delhi Government, it claimed that Centre unilaterally made changes to the proposal. “The unilateral changes are not only against the federal system of Government but also substantially increased the financial burden on the Delhi government,” it read. On March 8, the Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi had approved three of the six corridors proposed under Phase-IV of the Delhi Metro. The three corridors comprise of Aerocity to Tughlakabad (15 stations), RK Ashram to Janakpuri West (25 stations) and Maujpur to Mukundpur (six stations). The three corridors consist of both underground (22.359 km) and elevated (39.320 km) sections.The project comprises three priority corridors with a total length of 61.679 kms. Out of the total length, 22.359 kms will be built underground and 39.320 km will be constructed as an elevated section. “These corridors will consist of 46 stations, of which 17 stations will be underground and the rest 29 stations will be constructed as elevated sections,” the Centre had said in a statement.The total completion cost of three metro corridors will be Rs 24,948.65 crore.
Lucknow: BSP supremo Mayawati and Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav met here on Monday after exit poll projections that the NDA is all set to form the government again at the Centre. Yadav, who had formed a coalition with the BSP and the RLD to take on the BJP, drove to the residence of Mayawati. Details of what transpired between the two top leaders was not known immediately.
On opening day, every team has playoff dreams. Early on, the potential of the season outweighs our knowledge of each team’s quality. While our best predictions are modestly useful, they can’t tell us which team is destined for greatness with much certainty or which early-season trends to trust or disregard. That makes it tough for a baseball columnist — a pitiable lot, us — to write about anything with any certainty.But we do have spring training. Conventional wisdom holds that what happens in March is meaningless. But conventional wisdom can’t use R. Spring training results aren’t entirely worthless — either for players, as FiveThirtyEight’s own Neil Paine showed last year, or for teams. And I’m particularly interested in this idea that a team’s spring training may offer some indicators of how its season will go. What are the limits of its powers? And what is its potential?We know that spring training isn’t incredibly predictive. I gathered data on each team’s spring-training and regular-season performances in the last five years (2010-2014), checking to see whether there was any correlation between a team’s offensive performance in spring1I used on-base plus slugging percentage. and its average regular-season on-base plus slugging percentage (OPS). Just as with other spring statistics, there was a weak but consistent2The correlation is a statistically significant r=.2. relationship between the two. The teams that bash in spring tend to continue doing so through the summer.Even so, spring training results were somewhat faintly reflected in the regular season — teams have to bash a lot before the trend is noticeably continued once the season starts. But we’re not just interested in how spring training correlates to the regular season; we’re interested in whether spring training should make us adjust our expectations of what’s to come.If we look at spring training performances and then compare them against what sabermetric projections3By projections I mean estimates of players’ future production based on their past history and the history of players similar to them. For example, based on the three years of MVP-caliber performance that began his career — and the rarefied historical company that performance puts him in — Mike Trout is likely to be excellent again this year, to the tune of a .297/.382/.519 triple-slash line (his spring training performance of .441/.514/.847 only reinforces that belief). have to tell us, these preseason games become a lot more telling. So rather than just see whether offensive stats from spring training correlate to regular-season stats, let’s tally up all of a team’s player projections (I used PECOTA projections from Baseball Prospectus), average them, and combine that with spring training stats.Once I added in the projections, I had a workable system for estimating a team’s regular-season OPS — much better than the one based solely on spring training data.4A simple linear model, incorporating spring statistics and regular-season projections is able to predict team OPS with r=.35. This isn’t so far-fetched — we make these kind of calculations in our heads all the time. If a team is terrible on paper but slugs like the pre-humidor Colorado Rockies in spring training, we assume it’s likely to end up somewhere between those extremes in the regular season.After factoring in the projected performance, a 100-point increase in spring training OPS raises a team’s expected regular-season OPS by 15 points. While that’s not a huge increase, it’s also a much stronger relationship than what we find for individual players, where a hitter whose OPS is 100 points better than expected in the spring improves their expected regular-season OPS by only six points.5These are not perfectly comparable because Neil Paine used weighted on-base percentage in his analysis and I’m using OPS. However, if you scale each coefficient in terms of the standard deviation, player projections remain less responsive to spring-training performance.There’s a reason spring training has more to tell us about teams than individual players. It’s about signal versus noise. For an individual player, any set of 50 plate appearances (in spring training or otherwise) is extremely volatile and doesn’t say much about them individually. But bring together all the plate appearances of the nine players who make up a batting order and the volatility begins to cancel itself out. All of a sudden we have some sense of how good the nine are in aggregate.For example, New York Mets center fielder Juan Lagares hit much better than expected for the past month, and there was probably some luck involved in his .359 spring training batting average. But Mets catcher Travis d’Arnaud hit much worse (.212/.226/.288) than PECOTA would have predicted. If we gather together Lagares’s lucky singles and d’Arnaud’s unfortunate strikeouts, we get a decent measure of the average ability of Lagares and d’Arnaud together — even if we aren’t sure how much of the difference between the average and their individual numbers will come from d’Arnaud improving or Lagares regressing.Speaking of the Mets, they led all of baseball with an .817 average spring training OPS despite mediocre projections. Such a performance is good enough to raise their expected regular season OPS by 11 points, which ought to be worth something like two wins over the course of the season.6This estimate was obtained by regressing team runs against team OPS. That should bolster the fans’ dark-horse World Series hopes (or at least their hopes of making the playoffs for the first time in nine years).The success of other top spring performers had little effect on their OPS projections because they were already so high. The Los Angeles Dodgers, Los Angeles Angels and Oakland Athletics were already expected to field excellent offenses, and so their spring performances only confirm what we already believed.7For the following predictions, I am using a different, more accurate model (r=.5) than the linear regression I mentioned above. On the other side, teams like the Rockies,8Because of the Rockies’ extreme park effect, which wouldn’t manifest in the spring, it’s possible that the model is being too pessimistic here. Minnesota Twins and Texas Rangers showed unexpectedly anemic offenses in spring training, which drags down their regular-season projections. None of these teams had more than a faint hope at the playoffs anyway, but the third- and fourth-biggest decreases in expected offense belong to two potential playoff contenders — the St. Louis Cardinals and the Chicago White Sox — which may now find their paths more difficult.So you don’t have to wait months to begin worrying (or in the case of Mets fans, hoping) about the fate of your team. Once combined with a dose of projections, spring training results go a long way toward predicting how well a team will hit.CORRECTION (April 10, 2:56 p.m.): An earlier version of this article included a table with incorrect information on teams’ spring training OPS averages. It has since been updated.
Lilli Piper (22) celebrates after coming into home safely in a game against Indiana on March 24 at Buckeye Field. Credit: Gretchen Rudolph | For The LanternThe Ohio State softball team (23-11, 7-2 Big Ten) earned a victory in the final game of the three-game series against Rutgers, shutting out the Scarlet Knights 8-0 in the five-inning win with the help of three home runs, including a grand slam..Ohio State freshman third baseman Ashley Prange began the offense in the third inning, hitting her first career grand slam down the left field line to give the Buckeyes the 4-0 lead. “We had a great warmup, and we all have a great time hitting,” Prange said. “I think we are all prepared.”Sophomore catcher Claire Nicholson extended Ohio State’s lead to 6-0 in the bottom of the fourth inning with a two-run homer over the left field wall. In the bottom of the fifth inning, freshman Kaitlyn Coffman sealed the victory with another two-run home run to the left. “We had a rough game yesterday,” Coffman said. “I think we just want to really make a statement. This is our home field. We should [have] beat them yesterday.”Senior pitcher Morgan Ray added seven strikeouts in the complete game, earning her ninth win of the year. Overall, she has recorded 101 strikeouts in 108.1 innings of work this season and is the only player on the Ohio State roster with more than 32 strikeouts. Ohio State head coach Kelly Kovach Schoenly said Ray responded to yesterday’s loss in the way one of the team’s top pitcher should respond. “Just come out and put it on the line and just do what she needs to do,” Schoenly said. “I think having a determination to be better for her today was key. She is such a great player. I am glad she responded like that.”Ohio State will head to State College, Pennsylvania, to start a two-game series against Penn State, both of which take place on Tuesday. The first game will start at 5 p.m., and game two will start at 7 p.m. as the second part of the double header.