French priest gets 5-year jail term for sex assault of boy scouts

first_imgA defrocked Catholic priest was given a five-year jail term Monday for sexually abusing boy scouts in his care several decades ago, a case that roiled the French Church over claims he was shielded from prosecution by his superiors.Bernard Preynat, 75, had confessed at his trial in January in the southeastern city of Lyon to “caresses” he knew were forbidden after victims testified of the abuses they suffered at his hands.The accusers were aged seven to 14 when the alleged crimes were committed between 1971 and 1991, when Preynat was a scout leader in Lyon. The five-year term was less than the eight years sought by prosecutors, who accused the ex-priest of “shattering” his victims’ lives and profiting from the silence of both parents and the Church hierarchy.Victims’ groups had long accused Preynat’s superior, Philippe Barbarin, of covering up the abuse, making him the most senior French priest to be caught up in the global clerical paedophilia scandal in recent years.Barbarin, a staunch conservative who became archbishop of Lyon in 2002, was originally handed a six-month suspended sentence in March 2019 for not reporting Preynat’s crimes.But in January, an appeals court overturned the conviction, saying that while Barbarin should have informed the authorities, he was not criminally liable for his lack of action.Pope Francis accepted Barbarin’s resignation this month.Topics :last_img read more

Fiammetta: Ruminations on the Badgers’ 3-game winning streak

first_imgWith Sunday’s win over Northwestern, the Wisconsin Badgers – now No. 15 in the coaches poll and No. 17 in the AP Top 25 – got something they hadn’t had all season long: an extended Big Ten winning streak.Trouncing the Wildcats gave the Badgers their third consecutive victory, and it came in resounding fashion. Freshman guard Josh Gasser produced the first triple-double in UW history with 10 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists in the 78-46 blowout, and Wisconsin’s offense operated with lethal efficiency. For the game, the Badgers averaged 1.6 points per possession – significantly higher than their season average of 1.2, third in the nation.In the three-game winning streak, Wisconsin gained some stability after a tough overtime loss at Michigan State Jan. 11. The loss, while not crushing, saw the Badgers lead by as much as 12 and would have been a landmark win on their tournament r?sum? come March.Nevertheless, UW has righted the ship, and questions regarding the lack of a strong third option have been replaced by claims of how strong a team the Badgers are. Here’s what we learned about the Badgers in these last three games:Jon Leuer is no longer the Badgers’ most important playerMake no mistake – Jon Leuer is arguably Wisconsin’s most talented player. The 6-foot-10, 228-pound forward’s guard-like ball skills and prowess in the post are well-recognized, and he still leads the team in points (19.2) and rebounds (6.9) per game. His ability to knock down shots from outside (.471 from behind the arc, second on the team) opens up the offense and forces defenses to pay attention to another man far from the hoop.Yet, Jon Leuer is no longer the most important player for Wisconsin.That title now belongs to Jordan Taylor. UW’s point guard averages 17.4 points per game and manages to pull down 4.5 rebounds per game, but his contributions have the most impact in the way he runs the offense. Taylor’s assist-to-turnover ratio of 4.1 (87 assists/21 turnovers) is top in the nation, as is Wisconsin’s as a team (1.8, 273/148).With Jordan Taylor running the offense, the Badgers find great shot opportunities and do not turn the ball over; they have a remarkably strong chance of winning any game, in or out of the Big Ten. The same can be said of Leuer, but to a lesser extent. Last year, Leuer missed nine games with a broken wrist – and Wisconsin went 6-3.This year, the Badgers are even better. With Leuer out, they can still win. If Taylor goes down, though, UW is in trouble.Wisconsin’s offense is rollingWhen people watch Wisconsin’s offense, they typically think one of two things. As things often are, it’s a love/hate relationship. Many hate it, finding the 20- or 30-second-long possessions unbearable. Others love it, seeing it as basketball at its purest.In their last three games, the Badgers have surely gained many supporters from the latter category. When Wisconsin is at its best – as it has been lately – the head and ball fakes keep defenders way off-kilter, passes are crisp and accurate and shot selection is near-perfect.Since falling to Michigan State, Wisconsin is averaging 74.3 points per game – four more than its season average. In that same period of time, the Badgers shot 47.8 perfect from the floor – better than their average of 44.9 percent – and averaged just five turnovers per game – down from their average of 7.8, top in the nation.When UW converts on shot opportunities and holds onto the ball, it will, at the very least, remain very, very competitive in every game it plays. But when the Badgers do things like get to the foul line even more than they typically do – 21 free throw attempts per game in this three-game stretch, up from 16.3 per game – and hits those shots – 85.7 percent from the line, up from 81.9 percent (already the nation’s best) – they’re nearly impossible to beat.Role players’ roles are becoming clearerWhile Gasser’s triple-double opened many eyes throughout the nation, very few on Bo Ryan’s coaching staff were concerned, least of all himself. After all, Gasser nearly broke the UW record for points in a freshman debut with 21 in Wisconsin’s season-opener against Prairie View A&M. His 5.4 points, 3.7 rebounds and 2.6 assists per game may be fairly nondescript, but his presence remains felt.Gasser’s rare confidence as a freshman mixed with his ability to remain calm in the face of pressure – he made the winning play Dec. 11 at Marquette, knocking the ball out of bounds off of Dwight Buycks’ foot – significantly enhance his ball skills, most notably his prowess as a passer. His 3.3 assist-to-turnover ratio is astounding, especially for a freshman.Consequently, Gasser seems to have cemented his return to the starting lineup – at least for the time being. Joining him as key contributors outside of Taylor, Leuer and Keaton Nankivil are Mike Bruesewitz and Tim Jarmusz. Jarmusz starts at the 3-spot for UW, alongside Gasser and Taylor, and his numbers are even less impressive than the former’s. Yet, Jarmusz has started five games this year – including the last five – and for good reason. He has contributed 24 assists and only turned the ball over three times in an average of 22.8 minutes of playing time per game – a ridiculous 8-assist-to-turnover ratio. Jarmusz is also a strong outside shooter (.364 from three-point range) and defender, lending to his reputation as the ultimate role player.Bruesewitz, meanwhile, has built on a surprising freshman year to emerge as another one of the first players off the bench for UW. Seemingly even taller than his listed 6-foot-6 thanks to his budding red-orange afro, Bruesewitz is also an accomplished long-range shooter, nailing 35.1 percent of his three-point shots to average 5.3 points per game. His rebounding numbers aren’t eye-popping – 2.9 per game – but his hustle play on the boards and for loose balls truly makes him one of those players that can’t accurately be defined by statistics.For any proof of the validity of that last statement, just ask Ryan.“I told him, ‘If you don’t play a little bit better today, I think you are going to have to get a haircut.’ He played pretty well,” Ryan said after the second Illinois game. “I didn’t really say that, but Mike was everywhere, diving on the floor; offensively, good hands against their pressure, he showed me something there. That is the way Mike Bruesewitz played last year, kind of loose.”Mike is a junior majoring in journalism and communication arts. What are your thoughts on men’s hoops? Let him know at [email protected] and follow him on Twitter @mikefiammetta.last_img read more

Fathers support group wants DNA testing before child maintenance

first_imgFeeles…wants mandatory DNA testing before child maintenance A father’s support group is advocating for family Courts to order mandatory DNA testing before child maintenance orders are granted for children in Antigua & Barbuda and the wider region.President of the Single Fathers’ Association of Trinidad & Tobago, Rhondall Jesse Feeles believes that this should be an integral part of the application process as men are often faced with imprisonment if they fail to make child support payments in a timely manner – and in some instances, they may not even be the father.Feeles made the suggestion as he highlighted a case where the man had already been paying child support but later discovered he was not the biological father, according to a report on stlucianewsonline.com.“He did a paternity test 13 years after and it was proven that the child was not his child and there was an order out for his arrest for maintenance before that. Of course, the upkeep of the child is instrumental but are there any checks and balances, even on the mother’s side that she is contributing to the child as well?” he asked.Feeles said the man spent several years going back and forth in the court to address the situation and eventually the order to pay was quashed. The man nonetheless maintained a relationship with and supported the child.He said many times men own up to being the fathers based only on information from the woman. Meanwhile, he said constantly taking time off to make the child maintenance payments can also affect the man’s livelihood.“In Trinidad & Tobago, we have a slow methodology of paying. Men have lost their jobs because they have days off to go to have this maintenance paid and it has been a horrific experience,” he said.Feeles meanwhile expressed the view that men should not be imprisoned due to non-payment of child support because some cannot afford these court-ordered payments and called for an assessment of the earning capacities and schedules.pressed the view that men should not be imprisoned due to non-payment of child support because some cannot afford these court-ordered payments and called for an assessment of the earning capacities and schedules.last_img read more

Big Bivalves Await Diggers at Upcoming Razor Clam Dig

first_imgFacebook71Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by Washington Department of Fish and WildlifePlenty of fat clams await diggers who turn out for the next razor clam dig, set to run Feb. 26 through March 3 on various ocean beaches.The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) approved the dig after marine toxin tests showed the clams are safe to eat.As in previous openings, all digs are scheduled on evening tides. No digging will be allowed on any beach before noon.Dan Ayres, WDFW coastal shellfish manager, said razor clams sampled in recent days are noticeably heavier than those tested earlier in the season.“With all the plankton in the water, the clams seem to be “fattening” up earlier than usual,” Ayres said. “Those clams will make for some tasty meals after the next opening.”The upcoming dig is scheduled on the following dates, beaches and low tides:Feb. 26, Wednesday, 4:15 p.m.; -0.4 feet; Twin HarborsFeb. 27, Thursday, 5:04 p.m.; -0.7 feet; Twin Harbors, Long Beach, MocrocksFeb. 28, Friday, 5:49 p.m.; -0.8 feet; Twin Harbors, Long Beach, MocrocksMarch 1, Saturday, 6:32 p.m.; -0.7 feet; Twin Harbors, Long Beach, Mocrocks, CopalisMarch 2, Sunday, 7:13 p.m.; -0.3 feet; Twin Harbors, Long Beach, MocrocksMarch 3, Monday, 7:53 p.m.; +0.3 feet; Twin HarborsAyres noted that the beaches open for the greatest number of days are those with the most clams still available for harvest.Under state law, diggers can take 15 razor clams per day and are required to keep the first 15 they dig. Each digger’s clams must be kept in a separate container.All diggers age 15 or older must have an applicable 2013-14 fishing license to harvest razor clams on any beach. Licenses, ranging from a three-day razor clam license to an annual combination fishing license, are available on WDFW’s website at https://fishhunt.dfw.wa.gov and from license vendors around the state.For updates on upcoming digs, see WDFW’s website at http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/shellfish/razorclams/current.html.last_img read more