Same names, different year for Badgers’ infield

first_imgWisconsin’s infield will have continuity on its side in 2013, with all four starters from a season ago returning and a new face or two ready to make an impact.[/media-credit]They say Shanel Blackshear is loud and somewhat goofy. They say Stephanie Peace can inspire her teammates with a simple flick of her glove. They say Whitney Massey doesn’t say too much, or talk too loudly, but she doesn’t need to; her bat speaks much louder. They say Michelle Mueller has a cannon for an arm. They say a lot of things.And although the things they say may seem different in most aspects, in the end they, as a group, are all the same: starting infielders for the Wisconsin softball team. They’re pretty good too.“It is unique when you get this much returning experience,” head coach Yvette Healy said with an excited smile on her face before Tuesday’s practice in the McClain Facility. The Badgers may have been practicing indoors, and it may still be January, but you wouldn’t know it by talking to the ever-anxious head coach entering her third season.She will gladly welcome the “unique” situation presented to her with an entire infield returning from last year, and although the players will return, the positions may change, if ever so slightly.Peace and Massey, the pair up the middle, will not be changing at all. It’s ho-hum for the returning shortstop and second baseman.Blackshear and Mueller, however, will likely swap positions. Blackshear, last year’s third baseman, spent much of the offseason battling the pains of knee surgery before just recently being cleared to fully participate. Mueller, last season’s first baseman, will now cross the diamond toward third.Healy noted the two corner infielders could switch again as the 2013 season progresses, but until Blackshear is fully comfortable with her knee, her spot will be at first.Most programs couldn’t fathom the option of moving a third baseman to first base. The Badgers, however, can seem to do whatever they please with their pair of talented corner infielders.“Shannel [Blackshear] has probably one of the best gloves on our team,” Massey said, a noteworthy trait for first basemen.“Michelle [Mueller], she’s got a gun of an arm,” Healy echoed, a noteworthy trait for a third baseman.The move almost seems perfect, though the results remain to be seen.Between the bases, it’s the same old story of Peace and Massey, a story that frustrated opponents throughout all of 2012.Massey led the Badgers in hitting last season, batting .358 en route to a first team All-Big Ten selection as a junior. Her five errors were the fewest of the experienced infield group. The well-rounded middle infielder spends a lot of time near second base thanks to her bat, much more than your typical second baseman.Her 22 doubles led the conference and inked her name in the record books as the best-ever season total for a Badger. Naturally, she wears No. 2 on the back of her jersey.Deuces remain wild for the Badgers as Peace, Massey’s running mate up the middle, calls No. 22 her own. Not as well known for her hitting, Peace makes up for any lacking offense with her extravagant defensive prowess.“She makes a lot of inspirational plays,” Healy said of the junior shortstop. “She’s the type of kid that makes plays catching it off one foot, diving and gets the team going that way.”As a group, the Badgers’ infielders are as consistent as can be. Each member of the group started at least 48 games last season out of a possible 53. Massey started them all, Peace missed just one and Blackshear only two.Through the amount of games they’ve played together, a special bond formed in protecting the dirt and keeping runs off the scoreboard. Their proximity on the field keeps them rather close, but their interaction, as slight as ever, keeps them even closer.“It’s just our chemistry on the field,” Massey said of what she’s looking forward to in 2013. “We all have little phrases that we say to each other, it’s just the feeling, I guess, of having played together for about three years now.”And in between them all will be pitchers Cassandra Darrah and Meghan McIntosh, both also returning from last season.Each of them coming off sub-3 ERA seasons, Wisconsin’s set of slingers certainly appreciates the players that can cover the ground behind them. Each defender finished 2012 with a fielding percentage of at least .921 with Massey and Mueller at .976 and .978, respectively.And while they may do a good job making the pitchers look good, having familiar faces toeing the rubber does a lot for the infielders as well.“It’s just a comfort thing,” Peace said. “Just knowing what their strengths and weaknesses are as pitchers, and where they’ll be in coverages … it’s a lot of fun to play behind them.”These infielders were comfortable in 2012. They were comfortable setting countless records and comfortable leading the Badgers to match a program-best 34 wins. With the same crew of infielders back again and with another year of experience, comfortable could take on a far greater meaning in 2013.last_img read more

Team named to target Costa Ballena success

first_img3 Dec 2015 Team named to target Costa Ballena success Six players from the England men’s A squad will bid to regain the trophy in the Costa Ballena International Quadrangular Tournament in Spain on January 20-22. They are: Ben Amor of Wiltshire (image © Leaderboard Photography), Will Enefer of Shropshire & Herefordshire, Scott Gregory of Hampshire, Josh Hilleard of Somerset, Will Whiteoak of Yorkshire and Andrew Wilson of Durham. The Costa Ballena competition is played on a round robin basis against teams from Finland, Germany and the hosts, Spain. England won the tournament in 2014 and were only beaten in a title decider on the final day last year. The players: Ben Amor, 20, (Marlborough) was in England’s winning Costa Ballena team in 2014. Last season he was runner up in the Darwin Salver and led the southern qualifiers for the Brabazon Trophy, where he went on to finish 15th. Will Enefer, 18, (Wrekin) represented England in the Boys’ Home Internationals.  He was runner-up in the German boys’ amateur and had eight top ten finishes in the 2015 season. Scott Gregory, 21, (Corhampton) was in last year’s Costa Ballena team. He was third on the England Golf men’s order of merit with results including fourth place in the European Amateur and second in the Lagonda Trophy. Josh Hilleard, 20, (Farrington Park) was fourth on the men’s order of merit after a season in which he was top qualifier at the English amateur and won both the Midlands amateur and North of England Youths. Will Whiteoak, 21, (Shipley) won the Tillman Trophy and led the northern qualifiers for the Brabazon Trophy, alongside a number of top 20 finishes.  Andrew Wilson, 21, (Wynyard) was runner-up in the North of England Youths and was 10th in the French amateur stroke play.last_img read more

Briggs and Muse team up again for title defence

first_img Teenage internationals Toby Briggs of Norfolk and Hollie Muse of Lancashire will team up again to target a title defence for England in the Nations Cup event at this weekend’s Fairhaven Trophies. The pair, together with Matty Lamb of Northumberland, make up one of four teams to represent England in the international championship for U18s at Fairhaven Golf Club, Lancashire, from 29 April to 1 May. Last year, Briggs and Muse won the Nations Cup, together with George Gardner who has moved out of junior ranks. If they are successful in their defence it will mean a third consecutive team win for Muse (Image © Leaderboard Photography). The other three teams are: Team Two – Rhys Nevin-Wharton of Cheshire, Oliver Clarke of Lancashire and Amelia Williamson of Norfolk Team Three – Charlie Strickland of Sussex, Arrun Singh Brar of Surrey and Sharna Dutrieux of Kent Team Four – Harry Goddard of Hertfordshire, John Gough of Berks, Bucks & Oxon, and Natasha Slater of Cumbria. The players   Team One Toby Briggs, 15, (Dunston Hall) is a boy international who was third in this year’s McEvoy Trophy. Last year he tied for the McGregor Trophy, only to lose in a play-off, and was runner-up at the Fairhaven Trophies. Matty Lamb, 18, (Hexham) tied fourth in the McEvoy Trophy, repeating his result of 2015. During last season he secured a string of top 10 results and represented England in the Boys’ Home Internationals. Hollie Muse, 16, (West Lancashire) was in England’s winning teams at last year’s match against Spain and at the Girls’ and Women’s Home Internationals. She won the 2015 Scottish U16 championship and was eighth in this year’s new Scottish U18 tournament. Team Two Rhys Nevin-Wharton, 18, (Sandiway) is a boy international and last year tied third in the Sir Henry Cooper Junior Masters, shared fourth place in the Irish boys’ open and reached the match play stages of the English amateur. Oliver Clarke, 17, (Hillside) was eighth in the recent Hampshire Salver. Last year he won the U17 trophy at the Irish boys’ amateur and was third overall; he also tied third at the Canadian International Junior Challenge. Amelia Williamson, 15, (Royal Cromer) tied third in the recent Scottish girls’ championship and was sixth in the U16 spring championship at Hawkstone Park. Last year she won three English schools’ titles and the West of England U16 stroke play. Team Three Charlie Strickland, 16, (Ham Manor) is a boy international who tied for the McGregor Trophy last year and was beaten in the three-way play-off. He shared fourth place in this season’s Berkhamsted Trophy. Arrun Singh Brar, 17, (Foxhills) was an U16 boy international and has been the North of England U16 champion. He had a string of top ten finishes last season and this year he reached the matchplay stages of the French boys’ international. Sharna Dutrieux, 17, (Wrotham Heath) shared eighth place in the Scottish girls’ championship and was leading amateur in the Roehampton Gold Cup where she was fourth overall. She was third in the Hampshire Rose. Team Four Harry Goddard, 16, (Hanbury Manor), reached the quarter finals of the French boys’ international. Last season he won the North of England U16 championship and was third in the German Junior Masters. He was an U16 boy international. John Gough, 17, (Stoke Park) was eighth on the 2015 England boys’ order of merit after a season which included second place in the Telegraph Junior Championship and  fifth in the Carris Trophy. He reached the last 16 of this season’s French boys’ international. Natasha Slater, 16, (Furness) has been an U16 international, is a past Scottish U14 champion and was 11th in this year’s new Scottish U18 girls’ championship. Last season she was sixth on the North of England U16 stroke play and 22nd in the English women’s stroke play. 25 Apr 2016 Briggs and Muse team up again for title defence last_img read more

Joseph, Rickaby pace Team 1999-2003 to top prize at Bomber Alumni Basketball Tournament

first_imgMike Vance, Matthew Fuhr, Jeremy Phelan, Brody Blair and Leo Grypma paced Team 1999-2003.Team 2006-08, consisting of Florian Joseph, Chase and Clay Rickaby, Ben Irving, Joel DeVito and Ryan Moore, advanced to the final by stopping Team 2013-18 72-63 and Team 2010-11 64-52.Team 1999-2003 opened by outlasting Team 2004-05 73-57 before edging the West Kootenay Men’s Basketball League All-Stars 62-58.All proceeds from the Bomber Alumni Basketball Tournament benefit the Blair D’Andrea Alumni Scholarship Society.The scholarship fund supports development of local grassroots basketball and student-athletes with post-secondary pursuits.D’Andrea, who was instrumental in the development of high school basketball while teaching at L.V. Rogers in Nelson, Salmo Secondary and Mount Sentinel High School in South Slocan, died suddenly in 2013. Florian Joseph and Chase Rickaby were too hot to handle in sparking Team 2006-08 to a 72-63 victory over Team 1999-2003 in the final of the 2016 Bomber Alumni Basketball Tournament Boxing Day at the Trafalgar Middle School Gymnasium.The dynamic duo of former Bomber point guards led the victors to the early lead then snuffed out any rallies by Team 1999-2003 with shots from downtown.Joel DeVito and Ben Irving also chipped in on the scoresheet for Team 2006-08.last_img read more

Sunburn? Smear on the DNA

first_imgDNA makes for an excellent sunscreen, researchers have found. And that’s not all.Today’s oily sunscreens often fail at durability and protection and may dry out the skin. We need new concoctions. How about DNA? At Binghamton University, Science Daily reports, researchers “have developed a coating made out of DNA that gets better at protecting skin from ultraviolet light the more you expose it to the sun, and it also keeps your skin hydrated.”Guy German, one of the researchers, explains what his team found:German and a team of researchers developed thin and optically transparent crystalline DNA films and irradiated them with UV light. They found that the more they exposed the film to UV light, the better the film got at absorbing it.“If you translate that, it means to me that if you use this as a topical cream or sunscreen, the longer that you stay out on the beach, the better it gets at being a sunscreen,” said German.If that’s not good enough, they found another application for DNA covering: wound protection.“Not only do we think this might have applications for sunscreen and moisturizers directly, but if it’s optically transparent and prevents tissue damage from the sun and it’s good at keeping the skin hydrated, we think this might be potentially exploitable as a wound covering for extreme environments,” he said.If this ever comes on the market, you’ll know which brand to buy: DNA brand.This is remarkable that a molecule known for its information storage can provide other independent benefits.(Visited 95 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Play Your Part ambassador destined to take the world stage by storm

first_imgAll the world’s a stage’, this rings true for 27-year-old Play Your Part Ambassador Luntu Vuyisa Masiza, who recently graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Live Performance from The South African School of Motion Picture Medium and Live Performance (AFDA) along with two awards for best male performance on a stage production and best male performance in a television production.Luntu was awarded the 2017 Fleur du Cap Theatre Award for Most Promising Student and the Czech Republic’s, Setkani/Encounter Theatre Director’s Special Award for his performance in The Island, which was directed by Chris Weare. Luntu’s journey now continues as he perfects his craft by pursuing his MA at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA).RADA is a drama school in London, that provides training for film, television and theatre. It is one of the oldest and most prestigious drama schools in the United Kingdom, founded in 1904 by Herbert Beerbohm Tree.“My journey has not been easy, I have had many challenges that have come my way in investing in my craft and these challenges have helped to shape my character, but I am so determined to grow as a storyteller because this is what I love doing”, writes Luntu in his motivation letter.Tackling the international stage to learn, enhance his work as an actor and find his voice as a storyteller. Luntu calls on citizens to play their part and assist in fulfilling his dream by donating towards his fundraising target. He is eager to fly the South African flag for the world to see.The creative industries have proven to be strong nation builders that showcase a country’s strengths to enhance its reputation and image. These industries are rich in authentic stories and talented individuals which contributes to the Nation Brand’s competitiveness. For more information on how you can play your part click here #GetInvolved #PlayYourPartPhoto credit: @masiza_luntulast_img read more

India gearing up for London Olympics

first_imgIn the good old days, Olympic preparation for Indian athletes would begin just a few months before the quadrennial extravaganza.Those were the times when qualification norms in various sporting disciplines were not as difficult as they are today.Deepika Kumari is expected to do well in archery.Times have changed. Just as India and Indians have grown in various spheres of life, in sport as well there are a lot of positives to look at. Yet, if we are going to ask ourselves if we will win more medals at the London Olympics, it is difficult to answer that question.With 362 days to go for the big day and the host city fully geared up, there is gloom in India thanks to the doping shame which track and field athletes have brought us. Each day we hear about the National Anti- Doping Agency ( NADA) raiding Sports Authority of India hostels and not sparing even PT Usha’s academy.Add to it the mess that the hockey administration finds itself in with the international body (FIH) snatching away three big events which India was to host, and it would seem everything in Indian sport is chaotic.However, I beg to differ with this kind of thinking. Agreed, in terms of medals we won at the Olympics in the past, there was nothing to show other than the glory from hockey and KD Jadhav’s bronze at the Helsinki Olympics in 1952.It took a certain Leander Paes to alter the trend when, in 1996, he won the bronze at Atlanta.advertisementFrom then onwards, at successive Olympics, India has won at least one medal in each edition – bronze from Karnam Malleswari in 2000 at Sydney and a silver from double trap marksman Rajyavardhan Rathore in 2004 at Athens.Then came India’s first individual gold through air rifle ace Abhinav Bindra at Beijing 2008, which was followed by a bronze each from boxer Vijender Kumar and grappler Sushil Kumar.So with just under a year for the curtains to go up in London, are we preparing in the best possible way which can guarantee the nation more medals? I still think as far as medal chances go, hazarding a guess at this stage is indeed premature.Firstly, let us not fool ourselves that we are a nation which produces world- beaters in the sporting arena. Agreed, MS Dhoni’s boys won the ICC ODI World Cup and the No. 1 tag in Test rankings is still there.The average Indian sporting fan knows all these cricket details but few would know that in Ronjan Sodhi, we have a shooter set to be the world No. 1 in double trap.Ronjan Sodhi is a medal prospect.It is a huge achievement for Ronjan and the nation as eight shooters have already qualified for London. Ronjan is in Italy and from here onwards, he will do whatever it takes to win gold in London. But to ask whether he will definitely win gold on that big day is a question which is illogical.On their day, be it Ronjan or Abhinav or Gagan Narang, they can win a medal.At the same time, if you talk of a shooter like Sanjeev Rajput, who had almost lost it after being dropped from the Commonwealth Games squad last year, he has shaped up well.The experts said Sanjeev was mentally fragile. But thanks to the meaningful motivation and advice he gets from motivatorAbha Banerjee, there has been a remarkable transformation in his mental approach, resulting in a 50m rifle 3 positions gold in Changwon earlier this year.Today, Abha is part of Olympic Gold Quest and many more athletes stand to gain from her skills as a person who can make an athlete razor sharp mentally.Such things were virtually unheard of in Indian sport, where athletes with a fragile mind would choke on the big day. And even as the sports ministry fights with the babus in the central government to loosen the purse strings so that more funds can be made available for the training of Indian athletes, it is the support given by Olympic Gold Quest and the Mittal Champions Trust which is heartening.Without expecting quick returns, these virtually unseen forces behind Indian sport are a big boost for our athletes.Let’s take a quick look at the Indians who have qualified for the Olympics. The eight shooters apart, if one starts in alphabetical order, five athletes have qualified in track and field with Mayookha Johny, Vikas Gowda, Gurmeet Singh, Babu Bhai and Om Prakash Karhana making the cut.advertisementEven as the women’s 4×400 relay squad has been exposed thanks to the doping shame, there is still hope that the newer bunch can make the cut.In archery, the women’s recurve team has been making news with stellar performances and is preparing in right earnest for the Olympics. The gymnastics team, too, is currently training in London.In boxing, what needs to be remembered at this stage is there are three Olympic qualifying events waiting to happen and half a dozen Indian male boxers can make the grade.But to think that five- time world champion MC Mary Kom is a sure shot medal prospect in women’s boxing needs to be weighed in the right perspective, since she is now in a higher weight category.Two swimmers – Virdhawal Khade and Sandeep Sejwal – have qualified with stellar performances and there could be one more through AP Gagan, with more swimming meets coming up.The focus will also be on Saina Nehwal. While the diva of Indian badminton is ranked No. 6 in the world, she has flopped at the majors, be it the world championship, the All England or the Asian Games. However, news of her getting a video analyst to help in her preparations is a big change from the past. It is valuable inputs like these which can make the difference in razorsharp contests.Many more athletes will qualify in the coming months, be it in rowing or yachting. And with tennis also being a big sport for us, things don’t look so gloomy.So what about the final medal count for India in London? It’s best to simply focus on the preparation rather than make projections on the number of medals.last_img read more

Video: A Crowd Of Cameron Crazies Greeted Duke’s Bus When It Returned To Campus Last Night

first_imgCameron Crazies go nuts after win.Cameron CraziesDuke’s team bus probably didn’t get back to campus until after midnight last night, but the campus wasn’t quiet following the Blue Devils’ 74-73 win at North Carolina. As the team pulled up, it was greeted by a loud and joyous contingent of Cameron Crazies. Luke Kennard, Brandon Ingram and others were mobbed as they exited the bus. Coach K even stopped and interacted with a few crowd members.Duke posted a cool video on Instagram documenting the scene. That’s why the Crazies are known for being some of the most dedicated fans in the country.last_img

Emancipation Message 2018 by Prime Minister The Most Hon. Andrew Holness

first_imgMy fellow Jamaicans,Each year, the Emancipation celebrations give us an opportunity to reflect on the struggle of our ancestors for freedom, against a system that denied them their dignity and humanity, often through brutally oppressive and violent means. It must have been a euphoric day, today the first of August, 180 years ago, when our forebear gathered in their village, and churches to rejoice and give thanks.Free! free at last, free at last. Thank God Almighty we are free at last! I can only imagine the tears of joy that would have rolled down the cheeks of our oppressed forefathers, replacing the tears that came from the whip on their backs. They must have celebrated this day as the beginning of a new life for them and for us, their generations to come. It must have been a time of great hope and optimism. A wide embrace of freedom and a determined rejection of the system of violence used to oppress to them.Freedom was a gradual process of securing rights. On that fateful Friday morning, the first day in August 1838, our forebears assumed the full right to work for their own account and enjoy the benefits therefrom, their children could no longer be taken at the master’s pleasure, they no longer faced the threat of the pain of the whip, or the ultimate enforcement, death. They could settle lands and live in peace in their villages. The system, that classified them as property and denied them personhood and agency came to an end. The immoral system that gave legal authority to enslavers to use violence including the deprivation of life to force and subjugate our ancestors to submit came to an end.In setting aside today, we stand, as our ancestors stood, looking back at the brutality and violence meted out to us, and rejecting it, and looking forward at the boundless opportunities of our freedom, determined to realize them. The passage of time can erase the profundity of our historic experience, leading us to take for granted or even forget our connections to the past. The danger of forgetfulness is to repeat the danger we forgot. Isn’t it ironic that we as a people who suffered under systematic violence and brutality inflicted by enslavers, we are now inflicting violence on ourselves and depriving our own people of freedom. I am certain that Sam Sharpe would be very disappointed at how pervasive and acceptable violence has become in society and culture. Indeed, violence is systematic in our social transactions:in how we discipline our children, we beat them to teach right from wrong, but in doing so we teach them that the only way to correct a wrong is through the application of pain – violence,in our intimate partner relations, violence, spousal battering often by men and often leading to the murder of entire families,in domestic matters, family members escalating simple disputes to loss of life,in our community interactions, the proverbial stepping on the toe in the dance leading to harm, and even death, creating an unending cycle of retaliation.in our music and cultural expressions that claim only to reflect but end up projecting and promoting violence,However, what would be incomprehensible to Sam Sharpe, would  be the organized violence of gangs and dons against their own people. Yes…the new oppressors, denying our people their freedom, the new slavery masters who use the gun instead of the whip, to extort hardworking Jamaicans of their earnings, to demand daughters as tribute from their mothers, and recruit our sons into the murderous gangs, to drive fear into entire communities through threat of pain and the enforcement of death.Today, in as much as we celebrate the beginning of our freedom from enslavement, we are also celebrating the end of the violent system that oppressed our forefathers. We must never forget that, not as motivation to hate, but as a reminder to love and respect ourselves. The enslavers dehumanized our forefathers, as chattel, property, not entitled to love, or dignity, or the inviolability of their  physical being,  in order to justify the use of violence on them. Unfortunately, we are seeing an emerging culture that dehumanize and objectify our people and devalue their life. There is a growing lack of respect of the inviolability and sanctity of the physical human form and the right to life. This creates a permissible attitude to wantonly use violence against each other in our society.The violence inflicted on us as a people in our history should not be allowed to imprint itself in a patterned behavior of self-hate. It was the recognition of our humanity, our equality, our dignity and love for our people that lead forefathers like Sam Sharpe to resist the system of enslavement. The emancipation that resulted was not merely that we are free to do as we wish, our freedom must evolve to a deeper understanding and respect for rights and responsibility, both for ourselves and others.Today as we examine our past, let us take lessons from it to address the epidemic of violence that face us.Today, lets us commit to emancipate our communities from the criminal gangs and dons that take away the freedom of our people cowering under their beds in fear. Free yourself of the notion that the violent criminal gangs cannot be brought to end. Resist them by using the trustworthy channels to provide information to the authorities. Your government is working assiduously to erode the criminal gangs and dons and with your help we will bring their tyranny to an end.Today, we must commit to teaching our children to respect life and the inviolability of the person. Physical pain doesn’t have to be inflicted to get compliance and brutality never rights a wrong.Today, let us dismiss this foolish notion that violence is a demonstration of loveToday, let us commit to being kinder, gentler, more patient, and more civil with each other.Today, let us emancipate ourselves from violence.last_img read more

No sanction for judge who repeatedly failed to give reasons for decisions

first_imgTORONTO – An Ontario Superior Court justice who repeatedly failed to provide reasons for her judgments has apologized and mended her ways, the Canadian Judicial Council said on Thursday.In closing its review of Justice Susanne Goodman without sanctioning her, the council said the issue has been satisfactorily addressed and a “number of accommodations and remedial measures” had been implemented.“A Superior Court judge must have the capacity and ability to perform all of the normal judicial functions that attach to the office,” Nova Scotia Chief Justice Michael MacDonald said in a statement. “One of these judicial functions is to be diligent in the delivery of reserved judgements, with reasonable promptness.”MacDonald, the chairman of the council’s judicial conduct committee, undertook the review after Ontario’s highest court made blistering comments against Goodman in a decision in May last year. In its ruling, the Court of Appeal overturned the acquittal of a man accused of beating and sexually assaulting a woman.In ordering Stanislaw Sliwka to face a new trial, the Appeal Court, which called it a “terrible result,” expressed dismay at Goodman’s repeated failure to provide reasons for the acquittal and noted the case wasn’t the first time she had shown such behaviour.“The trial judge’s failure to give reasons, despite her repeated promises to do so, has frustrated the proper administration of justice,” Justice David Doherty wrote for the court. “Nor is this the first time that this trial judge’s failure to provide reasons has required this court to order a new trial. It must be the last time.”After hearing from Ontario Chief Justice Heather Forster Smith as well as from Goodman, a Superior Court judge for 18 years, MacDonald decided the issues at play had been addressed and her conduct would not be repeated.“Key to his decision to close the matter was the fact that Justice Goodman experienced a medical condition, now resolved, which was at the root of her difficulties,” the council said. “Justice Goodman and her chief justice have set out a number of specific and comprehensive measures to ensure that she discharges all aspects of her judicial responsibilities in a timely manner.”Goodman had expressed “deep regret” about the impact of her actions on litigants who appeared before her and to public confidence in the justice system generally, the statement said“She has undertaken to ensure that the situation never repeats itself.”In the case that triggered the probe, Goodman dismissed all charges against Sliwka in March 2016. He had been charged after a distressed woman called 911 from an apartment in March 2014 and police found her badly beaten.At his nine-day trial, the woman accused Sliwka of repeatedly physically and sexually assaulting her over many months when she lived with him. He denied the assaults, calling her a drunk who sometimes hurt herself when she fell and also blaming her injuries on an unknown intruder.Goodman told court her acquittal was based on a reasonable doubt as to his guilt and promised detailed written reasons would flow quickly. She never delivered, even after prosecution lawyers asked time and again.Council spokeswoman Johanna Laporte said in an email Thursday there had been no issue with the quality of Goodman’s decisions — only their timeliness.“Justice Goodman and Chief Justice Heather Smith have discussed and established clear timelines for the release of all reserved decisions to the satisfaction of Chief Justice MacDonald,” Laporte said.MacDonald said Goodman was now discharging her judicial duties in an “effective and timely” manner.“Failure to uphold these obligations can have a detrimental effect on public confidence in the judiciary,” he said.last_img read more