“In the last decade, Conway’s agency has identified more than 21,000 people to hand over to ICE,” the report said. “Since 2017, Gwinnett, Georgia’s second-most populous county, has helped to detain more immigrants than any other county except five counties in states along the US-Mexico border.” Following Taylor’s advancement to the general this year, ICE did what it does when its overreach gets checked: threaten retaliation by saying it would escalate raids in the area. Taylor refused to budge—and won.Also in Georgia, Cobb County Police Department major Craig Owens defeated incumbent Republican sheriff Neil Warren 54.7% to 45.2% after also vowing to end the department’s 287(g) agreement. – Advertisement – “Are we doing the job of a federal agent? And why are we wasting resources?” Owens told Cobb County Courier during the Democratic primary earlier this year. “And that’s something I’m not in support of. I’m not in support of it because I think we can put those resources we put in that program to other resources in the county to help our crime rate come down.”“And I think if immigration is a federal task, they should be handling it,” he continued. “And I can use my resources I’m putting into that to other things within the community to help my community out. And that’s why I think I could refocus that.” Impeached president Donald Trump endlessly claimed that pro-immigrant policies implemented by localities are dangerous. That’s of course a lie.But pro-ICE candidates were also booted out elsewhere! In Ohio, Charmaine McGuffey defeated Republican Bruce Hoffbauer 52% to 47% to become the first woman, as well as first openly gay person, to serve as Hamilton County sheriff. She in fact defeated not one, but two pro-ICE opponents this year, massively trouncing incumbent sheriff Jim Neil during the Democratic primary earlier this year, 70% to 30%. Neil not only collaborated with ICE, but also attended a rally—in full uniform—for then-candidate Donald Trump in 2016, for which he later apologized.- Advertisement – The Appeal reported last month that Hoffbauer, who was subsequently endorsed by sour grapes Neil, vowed to “be even more active in partnering with ICE than it has been under Neil,” but didn’t say how exactly. Thankfully we’ll never have to find out. In Arizona’s Maricopa County, Prism also reports incumbent Democratic sheriff Paul Penzone “continues to hold a sizable lead” over Republican Jerry Sheridan, who served as a deputy to disgraced former sheriff and noted racist Joe Arpaio. In the final weeks leading up to the general election, Sheridan loudly complained about people continuing to bring up his former boss, telling Arizona Republic “[I] have a difficult time trying to convince people, ‘Hey, I’m not Joe (Arpaio).” But he spent six years showing Maricopa County that was exactly who he was. – Advertisement –
By Frederick HalleyTORONTO, Canada — Essequibo’s dominance in the Ontario Masters Softball Cricket Clubs (OMSCC) Inter-county softball tournament continued over the last weekend at theMVP Robert Lall receives his award from a representative of the Khan family.Ashtonbee ground, Scarborough here with the players from the Cinderella County carting off an unprecedented fifth consecutive title in a lopsided final.Contesting the final against East Coast Bannas after earlier disposing of West Demerara in their semi-final encounter, Essequibo inflicted an eight-wicket drubbing on their opponents in the Khan Memorial-sponsored tournament, played in honour of the late Samad, Cecelia and Simon Khan, father, mother and brother of Mark and Nazir Khan who are associated with GT Bannas and EC Bannas in the OMSCC and Ontario Softball Cricket League (OSCL).Chasing an inadequate 93 for victory, after restricting East Coast Bannas to 92 for eight in their allotted 20 overs, Essequibo rushed to 98 for two in a mere 8.5 overs much to the jubilation of their players and supporters.Opener Ahmad Bradshaw slammed an unbeaten 44 which included four massive sixes and two fours while Robert Lall, who batted at number four, finished on 24 not out – an innings that was laced with four sixes. The two wickets went to Mark Sawh and skipper Mark Khan.Apart from Navin Nauth who was left stranded on 29, which included three sixes, and opener Ian Baldeo 22 with two sixes and a four, no other East Coast Bannas batsmen reached double figures as Lall marked a fine all-round effort with three for 17 from two overs.In the semi-final game, Essequibo took first strike and rattled up a challenging 132 for eight in their allotted 20 overs, with Ricky Bradshaw leading the way with an attractive unbeaten 37, which contained two sixes and a similar number of fours. Captain Azeez Baksh supported with 34 (three sixes and a four). Sheldon Burnett took two for 16 from three overs.When West Demerara batted, opener Mike Singh held the innings together with a fine 35, hitting four sixes in the process. He, however, failed to get adequate support from the middle and lower orders, as they were limited to 109 all out in 20 overs, going down by 23 runs. There were two wickets each for Abdool Azeez, Rudy Bhopaul, Ricky Bradshaw and Robert Lall.Robert Lall was voted the Most Valuable Player (MVP) of the tournament for his dynamic all-round performance while he also copped the prize for the bowler claiming the most wickets. Abdool Azeez took home the trophy for the player scoring the most runs while the Spirit of Award went to Abdool Azeez.Medals were also presented to all the players and officials from the winning and first runner-up teams.Unlike previous years, Berbice failed to field a team in this year’s tournament. At the presentation ceremony which followed, OMSCC president Azeem Khan expressed sincere thanks to the Khan family for sponsoring the tournament. He also showered praise on Trophy Stall (Guyana) for its input.Vice-president Paul Jaman also congratulated the participating teams and the Khans for their fine gesture, pointing out that the occasion was beyond cricket and more about the family’s contribution to the sport.Mark Khan said that it was a pleasure to be involved in the sponsorship of the tournament and promised that he is aiming for it to be even bigger next year.The Essequibo players also expressed their appreciation for Jenny Tajpaul of Re/max Community Realty Inc. Brokerage for her generous sponsorship of their uniforms.
JEFF SCHORFHEIDE/Herald photoEVANSTON, Ill. ? This wasn’t supposed to happen.Most teams that lose half of their scoring from theprevious year, including a first-team All-American, the program’s leadingscorer and the highest scoring duo in school history, generally don’t come backthe following year and win conference championships outright.But as they proved again Saturday, the Wisconsinbasketball team is not most teams.In earning an undisputed Big Ten title with a 65-52win over Northwestern, Wisconsin turned in a performance that typified how ateam without much big-name star power or a specified go-to player was able towin the Big Ten.?We didn?t get away from what we?ve done,? seniorforward Brian Butch said. ?When we do get away from what we do, we?re not thatgood.?They did it with balanced scoring.Without All-American Alando Tucker and classmateKammron Taylor to lean on, it was an egalitarian offense for UW for most of theseason. The Badgers ? a team that had a five-game stretch earlier in the BigTen season with a different player scoring 20 points or more in each game ? got20 points from Butch, who in the final regular season conference game of hiscareer, also matched a career high with 14 rebounds.But just like it has all season, Wisconsin didn?tjust get scoring from only one place. Two other Badgers besides Butch (JasonBohannon, 15 points; Marcus Landry, 12) broke the 10-point barrier, and afourth player, Joe Krabbenhoft, ended only one point shy of double digits.?That?s the unique thing about this team,? Butchsaid. ?We just don?t have ? and I kind of sound like a broken record when I sayit ? but we just don?t have one guy that you can key on. ? I think thatexplains how we?ve been all year.?They did it with defense.The Badgers entered Saturday?s game allowing thefewest points per game in the nation, just 54.4 every contest, a defense thatgives up nearly four points less than the second-best team in the Big Ten andranks third nationally in defensive efficiency, according to statistician KenPomeroy.That stifling defense was on display again, as theWildcats scored just 52 points on 59 possessions, an average of just over 0.87points every time down the floor.It was that sort of defense that helped alleviatesome of the burden of losing Tucker and Taylor?s scoring and became theidentity of this Badgers team.“On thedefensive end, they were willing to make that commitment to cover, help, pinchand sink,” Ryan said. “This group, defensively, gave themselves anopportunity to be champions in the Big Ten.”They did it withrebounding.Coming into thegame, the Badgers were one of the better rebounding teams in the Big Ten, outreboundingtheir opponents by an average of just over five per game.The same grittytoughness that shaped the defense also came through in the rebounding game, asthe Badgers pulled down as many offensive rebounds (14) as the Wildcats diddefensively.Four Badgersgrabbed five misses or more, as Wisconsin nearly doubled Northwestern?srebounds, winning the battle 38-21.?Their guys arebig, strong guys and we weren?t able to keep them off of the backboard,?Northwestern head coach Bill Carmody said. ?They were getting very goodposition, and they just sort of overpowered us, I thought.?A lot of that wasdue to Butch. The forward dominated the glass and the undersized Northwesternfront line for his 14 rebounds, but he missed a potential career-high for thatstatistic as several loose balls bounced away from him late in the second half.Balanced scoring,defense and rebounding. That was the successful formula for Wisconsin Saturday,and that was the concoction that won the Big Ten championship, even without asuperstar.?Last year I was soconfident, I would say maybe 90 percent in Alando Tucker and 10 percent in us,?Krabbenhoft said. ?This team is a complete team. I?m just glad to be a part ofit.?