Lancers’ seniors go out winners by capturing conference title

first_imgThe St. John Vianney High School softball team finished the season on a high note. Coming off a loss to underdog Immaculata High School in the NJSIAA Non-Public South Jersey A finals, the Lancers bounced back in the Shore Conference Tournament championship a day later. St. John Vianney came out swinging with six runs in the first two innings, and the Lancers went on to rout Pinelands Regional High School, 12-0, for the title.“You want to go out winning your last game,” head coach Kim Lombardi recalled telling the team’s seniors. “I told them not to leave the field without a win.”Top-seed St. John Vianney got on the board when Demi Rivera came around to score on an error. Junior Jessica Carlucci knocked in another run with a single, followed by an RBI-hit off the bat of freshman Gianna Mavica.Pinelands had three more errors in the second inning, allowing three Lancers to score. In the fourth inning, St. John Vianney broke the game open. A run-scoring hit by senior Katie Baron and a two-run home run by Carlucci made it 9-0.Senior Jackie Gallagher drove in two runs with a single. Sophomore Helena Coppola tacked on another run with an RBI single that scored senior Marlena Bevilacqua. “I didn’t have one player hit below .300 this year. We hit consistently one through nine,” Lombardi said.The conference championship caps a season that began with big questions for St. John Vianney (26-2), which lost standout pitcher and University of Notre Damebound Katie Beriont to an injury before Opening Day. The Lancers dealt with other injuries as well. Junior Claire Stefanelli missed the entire season.Lombardi noted how St. John Vianney showed no signs of slowing down after losing two of its top players right off the bat.“I’m proud of our kids,” she said.Junior Ashley Ventura had a very strong year on the mound, throwing seven no-hitters and four perfect games en route to a 26- 2 record. In the Shore Conference title game on June 4, Ventura allowed just three hits in five innings of work against Pinelands.Lombardi, who completed her 10th season as head coach, said Ventura proved to be a dominant pitcher “for a girl who was going to be at first base this season.”Following last week’s loss in the state sectionals, the Lancers were motivated to win their final game of the year. Lombardi said the team rallied around St. John Vianney’s seniors, who were taking the field for the last time.“I told them they can’t get down,” she said. “They had one more championship to play. They had a chance to redeem themselves.” By MATTHEW ROCCO Correspondent last_img read more

Strenuously objecting to intention of Lands Commission

first_imgDear Editor,We, the undersigned organisations, write to express our deep concern and opposition to recently disclosed information pertaining to the proposed creation of a ‘Lands Commission’ or ‘Land and Life Commission’. From various public pronouncements, and as part of the stakeholder interest participating in meetings of the Amerindian Land Titling Project Board, we understand that this proposed commission may focus on Indigenous peoples’ land rights, and would likely “address issues of land extension in Indigenous communities and ancestral lands in coastal communities” . We also learned, via the Government Information Agency and through a 20th February 2017 news bulletin, that the terms of reference of this commission are almost completed, and that a draft was shared with various Government Ministries and State Agencies in November 2016. To be clear, we strenuously object to any suggestion that the commission address both “land extension” for Indigenous communities and “ancestral lands in coastal communities.” These issues are not connected, nor should they be; and we will not accept their linkage in any commission or otherwise. We see no basis for any link between these disparate issues, and consider that the announced course would only result in further delay on desperately needed action on Indigenous land rights.If the Government is of the view that the concept of “ancestral lands in coastal communities” warrants attention, this can and must be done separately from the actions it has promised and is obligated to undertake with respect to Indigenous lands.Moreover, we stress that there has been no attempt to secure the participation of Indigenous peoples and organisations in this proposed commission or in its terms of reference. Indigenous peoples have been calling for an Indigenous Lands Commission for some time now, and have said that such a commission must be established with the participation of its peoples from the very inception. Any such participation must be done at the earliest stages of the development of any plan or proposal that may affect Indigenous peoples’ rights. This has not occurred.The vague public statements made in the recent past about plans to establish a commission do not constitute even basic consultation, as they provide no information on which Indigenous peoples can assess the necessity, utility, or potential effectiveness of such a commission as a mechanism to fairly resolve outstanding land tenure rights.There also has thus far been no attempt to discuss what plans may exist to realize Indigenous peoples’ participation moving forward. This substantial deficiency, which violates a basic tenet of our constitutional democracy and human right, requires immediate correction.To its credit, Government had previously stated its intention to resolve Indigenous land tenure rights finally and fairly, and to do so in accordance with the State’s commitments under international human rights law. From our perspective, this must be the primary and overriding purpose of any lands commission that may be established. We fully endorse and support any effort that is designed and aimed at achieving this end. Conversely, we will oppose any efforts that are not so designed and directed.While there are defects in the Amerindian Act relative to Indigenous peoples’ internationally protected rights – defects that the Government has committed to correct – the Act nonetheless contains a procedure for receiving, assessing, and deciding on title or extension applications. The pending adoption and implementation of the Guideline developed through the Representative Platform under the ALT Project is an important step forward in this process, and we support this action. We have no doubt that the MIPA – and other State agencies – must build capacity to effectively comply with its statutory duties and the State’s obligations pertaining to Indigenous peoples’ rights.Likewise, capacity within and coordination among different ministries and agencies need to be improved. This especially includes developing collaborative arrangements to enhance effectiveness; to weigh and resolve competing rights or interests in land; and to ensure that the titling of Indigenous lands is facilitated, not hindered by contradictory policies or actions (e.g., precipitous grants of mining permits or concessions). We strongly urge that this should be the focus of our collective efforts, not misdirected claims about where authority may reside or inappropriate and opaque attempts to join distinct issues (i.e., in the proposed commission) that would only cause further delay and confusion.Yours respectfully,Earl Thomas,Secretary, Amerindian Peoples AssociationMary Valenzuela,Chief, Guyanese Organisation of Indigenous PeoplesPeter Persaud,The Amerindian Action MovementNicholas Fredericks, South Central Peoples Development AssociationAshton Simon,National Amerindian Development Foundationlast_img read more

‘When that time comes, I’d think about it!’ – Wayne Rooney would consider MLS move once Manchester United career is over

first_img1 Wayne Rooney England captain Wayne Rooney says he will consider a move to Major League Soccer once his Manchester United career is over.Midfielders Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard became the latest Englishmen to move to the United States this summer when they joined New York City and the Los Angeles Galaxy, respectively.Rooney, 29, has four years left on his contract at Old Trafford but said when his United career comes to an end, a move across the Atlantic will be considered.“I’m obviously concentrating on Manchester United,” said the United captain in an interview with the Seattle Times during United’s tour of the States.“When that time comes, that’ll be something I’d think about. (I’ll) sit down with my wife and children and decide if it would be right for me.”United play the first of four tour matches against Club America in Seattle and then travel to San Jose, where they face San Jose Earthquakes and Barcelona before tackling Paris St Germain in Chicago.And Rooney admits he has been taken aback by the popularity of the club in the country.“When you’re first getting into the first team, it’s not something you think about,” he added.“You’re just trying to break into the team.“The older you get, the more you start to think about it, and realize how big football is. Coming to these tours, you get to see it first hand and realize the passion and how much football can bring people together.”last_img read more