India U-20 team stun Argentina counterparts in COTIF Cup

first_imgNew Delhi : A 10-man India Under-20 football team defeated powerhouses Argentina U-20 2-1 in what Coach Floyd Pinto described as one of the “biggest days for Indian Football” in the U-20 COTIF Cup in Spain.Eight boys who represented the Indian team in the FIFA U-17 World Cup started the day for India with the rest all being from AIFF’s developmental team Indian Arrows, according to the statement issued by AIFF.Goals from Deepak Tangri (fourth minute), and a crisp free-kick from Anwar Ali (68th) along with some determined pressing, defending and astute passing helped India register the upset victory against Argentina U-20 who have won six FIFA U-20 World Cups over the years.For the record, this is the second time the two sides met – the first time being in the 3rd Nehru Cup in Calcutta in 1984 when India lost 0-1.The Argentina U-20 is being coached by 2006 World Cupper Lionel Scaloni while Argentine great Pablo Aimar has also accompanied the team as the Technical Director of the side. IANSlast_img read more

Asian Games Asian Games 2018 theme ‘Sound of Music’ fills the streets of Jakarta, inspires athletes

first_imgNew Delhi: Amid the din of brickbats hitting Indonesia for several inconveniences facing the atheletes and vistors, it’s the Sound of Music – the Asiad 2018 theme song – that is making waves among players and fans alike this Asian Games 2018 at Jakarta Palembang. The theme song is also a hit among Indians as it is also available in Hindi version.Indonesia has been drawing flak for its traffic woes in Jakarta Palembang where the Asiad Games 2018 are being held. However, the Sound of Music has brought much joy on the streets of Jakarta and Palembang, at Games Village and the sporting venues.Also Read | Anushka Sharma’s Sui Dhaaga latest memes are complete laugh riotThe song has been created to celebrate the unifying spirit of the Games and motivate the 11,000 plus athletes from 45 countries competing at the quadrennial event, the organisers told reporters.Here’s all you need to know about the Asiad 2018 theme song – Sound of Music.The Sound of Music is an adaptation of the original ‘Meraih Bintang’.Indonesia’s Meraih Bintang means “Reach for the stars”The original version was sung by Indonesian rising Dangdung music star Vi VallenThe Asiad 2018 theme song was released 50 days ahead of the opening of the Games on August 18Sound of Music has been released in six different languages – Bahasa, Hindi, Arabic, Korean, Japanese and ThaiMeraih Bintang has garnered the most hits on Youtube – 31 million — since its releaseThe Hindi version is sung by Siddharth SlathiaThe Hindi version of Sound of Music had close to two million hits at the time of writingThe organisers have launched a full-fledged Games album, featuring 13 songsIndia’s young trap shooter, Lakshay Sheoran, shot his way to a silver medal on Monday as the theme song played in the background. He was even seen grooving to it.”Mein music mein kho jaata hoon (I get lost in the music to focus). It was the case today also,” Lakshay told PTI after his memorable feat.Also Read | Asian Games 2018, Day 4: India’s complete Schedule, Timings, Live Coverage and more “It is really catchy even though I don’t understand the language (Bahasa). It keeps me going during competition,” 15-year-old Thai shooter Natsara Champalat also told PTI.Another catchy song popular among the athletes is called ‘Non Political’ – “Love is our language, peace is our weapon. We don’t need no politician, we all just want to dance…” goes the song. The song features Slank, the biggest Indonesian rock band.Read More | Bigg Boss 12: Interesting twist in ‘Weekend Ka Vaar’ episodes”I have been to other Games but the theme songs there did not create a buzz. What they have done is great. The songs have a very global appeal to it,” Bahraini athlete Ali Hussain told PTI.What is Dangdung?Dangdung is a form of Indonesian pop music inspired from Hindustani, Malay and Arabic music.The Asian Games 2018, which opened on August 18 will draw to a close on September 2.Read More | Deepika, Ranveer to make their relationship official on THIS show For all the Latest Sports News News, Asian Games News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

Zidane distracted by speculation about Real Madrid future

first_imgISTANBUL (Reuters) – Zinedine Zidane has admitted that constant speculation about his future as Real Madrid coach has been bothering him in the build up to today’s Champions League Group A game against Galatasaray.Real landed in Istanbul reeling from a shock 1-0 defeat to Real Mallorca, their first loss in La Liga this season which allowed Barcelona to take over at the top of the standings.Just as when his side were humbled 3-0 by Paris St Germain in the Champions League last month, the latest domestic defeat has led to suggestions in the Spanish media that Zidane’s job is at risk and Jose Mourinho could be in line to replace him.“I won’t say that I’m not bothered by (the speculation), it does bother me, but all I can do is give everything and think positively,” Zidane, who has won three Champions League titles as Real coach, told a news conference on Monday. “What has happened is in the past and in football everything you have done gets forgotten quickly, it’s what you do in the present that matters.”The 13-times European champions are bottom of Group A with one point and defeat against Galatasaray would leave their hopes of remaining in the competition hanging in the balance. Zidane, however, believes his team can turn things around.“We all know we have made a bad start in the Champions League but tomorrow is a new game and we’re going to try and win,” he said.“Every game at Real Madrid is like a final, I first came here 18 years ago (as a player) and I know what it’s like and how you are always under pressure,” added the 47-year-old. Real captain Sergio Ramos said the players were also getting fed up of the uncertainty about Zidane’s position.The French coach returned to the club in March 10 months after resigning from the role, after successors Julen Lopetegui and Santiago Solari were sacked.“It would be very easy for the club to say Zidane will stay until the end of the season and then this speculation would end. We are tired of hearing about all the coaches that could come to Real Madrid,” Ramos said.“We’re only focused on winning tomorrow. Everyone has a different way of measuring form but we’re relaxed, we know that if we work hard we’ll get our reward.” Real are still without injured pair Gareth Bale and Luka Modric but Toni Kroos has returned.last_img read more

Down, but not out

first_imgJEFF SCHORFHEIDE/Herald photoCHICAGO — There are a number of reasons why the UW men’s basketball lost the Big Ten tournament title Sunday, but the main one is simple: For the first time this season, the No. 3 Badgers were unable to obtain a single lead.Playing from behind all game, Wisconsin (29-5) could not muster any sort of comeback run in its 66-49 loss to No. 1 Ohio State (30-3).”We were trying to play from behind, so it was kind of hard,” Alando Tucker, UW senior forward and Big Ten Player of the Year, said. “We were taking a lot of jump shots for the most part because that’s what was available, that’s what was open at the time.”It’s tough playing a team like that from behind.”In the two previous Big Ten tournament games this past weekend, Tucker posted 21 points against both Michigan State and Illinois. Against Ohio State on Sunday, Tucker struggled to find his shot, scoring 10 points on 4-of-13 shooting.However, Tucker did heat up toward the end of the first half.After Buckeyes freshman guard Mike Conley Jr. knocked down a 3-pointer to give Ohio State a 21-11 lead with 4:08 remaining, Tucker found the range. He scored seven of his points in the final 4 minutes before halftime to help the Badgers pull within six.While he played well during that stretch, Tucker, an all-tournament selection, struggled getting to the basket throughout due to 7-foot freshman Greg Oden’s imposing presence in the middle of Ohio State’s 2-3 zone defense. “Oden moves pretty well for a big guy, so it’s not like he just waits in the paint for people to come,” UW head coach Bo Ryan said. “But you notice how tough it was getting the easy ones.”Oden was named the tournament’s Most Outstanding Player, but the Badgers relatively held him in check Sunday — at least compared to the Buckeyes’ first two tournament games. In the quarterfinal game with Michigan, Oden posted numbers of 22 points, nine rebounds and four blocks. Versus Purdue, the Big Ten Freshman of the Year recorded 17 points, 19 rebounds and four blocks. Against Wisconsin, Oden was held to 12 points, 10 rebounds and four blocks.UW junior center Greg Stiemsma came off the bench and did a good job on Oden defensively.”Stiemsma [is] a great defender,” said Oden, who also mentioned that Wisconsin has defended him the best this season. “[He] knows how to body you and how to hide it from the refs, and that’s the main part.”Nevertheless, Oden still made his presence known.”I tried to be physical with him, tried to play him hard and aggressive, but it wasn’t enough,” Stiemsma said. “But even if we would’ve stopped him, they have so many other weapons that they can go to.”One of the Buckeyes’ other weapons was another freshman and all-tournament team member — Conley, who posted 18 points, six rebounds and eight assists.The Buckeyes’ one-two punch, who also played together at Lawrence North High School in Indianapolis, proved to be just too much for the Badgers.”The quickness of Conley with the ball and Oden being such a presence inside, there’s two pretty big factors of why things turned out the way they did,” Ryan said.In the second half, Wisconsin was able to cut the lead to as little as four behind the hot shooting hand of senior guard Kammron Taylor, who scored all 15 of his points after halftime. But after Wisconsin and Ohio State exchanged back-and-forth buckets, OSU junior guard Jamar Butler provided the dagger in the heart with just less than seven minutes remaining in the game.After Taylor deflected a pass into the backcourt, Butler snatched up the loose ball and drained a deep 3-pointer with the shot clock winding down. The bucket extended the lead to 10 points and prompted a 13-4 Ohio State run to close out the game. “As a team, we just didn’t get it done,” UW sophomore forward Joe Krabbenhoft said. “We’re better than what we showed everybody today, but it’ll show — we’ll show everybody again how good we can be.”News and notes: Wisconsin’s Taylor and Tucker, as well as Purdue’s Carl Landry, joined Oden and Conley on the all-tournament team . … Ryan gave no timetable for Brian Butch’s return from his right elbow injury. … Wisconsin is now 1-16 all-time against No. 1-ranked teams.last_img read more

Men’s and women’s golf prepare for big week

first_imgThe No. 21 men’s golf team and the No. 3 women’s golf team both have big tournaments this week as they look to add on to their tournament success. The men are headed to San Martin, California to compete at the Gifford Collegiate Championship, while the women will be in Hawaii for the Pac-12 Preview. The men have finished in the top-two three times in their four events and the women are looking to win their third straight first-place finish.Powerful Park · All-American junior Annie Park is coming off of a win at the Windy City Collegiate Classic, the sixth of her career at USC. – Photo courtesy of USC Sports InformationThe women won the Pac-12 Preview last year, an event in which every Pac-12 team and Hawai’i compete in a two-day tournament. The Women of Troy will use their fourth different lineup in their fourth event of the year with two-time All-American juniors Annie Park and Kyung Kim, All-American sophomore Karen Chung, sophomore Gabriella Then and junior transfer Elizabeth Doty.Park’s win at the Windy City Collegiate Classic earlier this year was the sixth of her USC career, setting a new school record for career wins. Park has also qualified for the final stage of the LPGA “Q” School which will take place Dec. 3-7 at the LPGA International G.C. She tied for third at the Stage II event and was the only player in Stage II to finish under-par in all four rounds. Park and fellow All-American Kim are tied for second on USC’s career list for rounds in the 60s with 18 each, only four back of the all-time record.The women’s team had nine wins last season which was two better than the previous school record of seven, set in the 2012-2013 season.The men’s team will compete against UCLA, Colorado, Lamar, Northwestern, Stanford, South Florida, SMU, Texas and Wisconsin on the par-71 course in the three-day tournament. The Trojans return three starters from last year’s group that made it to the final round of the NCAA Championship for the eighth year in a row. The three returners are sophomore Rico Hoey, and seniors Paul Smith and Eric Sugimoto.After four events, freshman Sean Crocker leads the men in stroke average and rounds in the 60s. Crocker has a pair of top-four finishes in the fall tournaments including a second-place tie at the Southwestern Intercollegiate. Hoey is second on the team in both stroke average and rounds in the 60s followed by freshman Jonah Texeira,75 who is third on the team in both categories. Hoey also has a couple of top-three finishes including a second-place finish at the Bill Cullum Invitational. Texeira has two top-10 finishes so far including a third-place finish at the Bill Cullum Invitational.The Gifford Collegiate Championship runs from Nov. 3-5 while the Pac-12 preview kicks off on the Nov. 3 and finishes the next day. The results from both events can be followed on Golfstat.com.last_img read more

Sergio Salcido erases ‘God awful’ shooting this season for game-winner at No. 17 North Carolina

first_imgCHAPEL HILL, N.C. — Sergio Salcido was always going to shoot. It didn’t matter that he hadn’t scored since the first quarter. It didn’t matter that he had a tough, roughly 55-degree angle on a red-hot goalie. It didn’t matter that he entered the game with a .150 season shooting percentage — “God awful,” by his standards.Brad Voigt swung him the ball and Salcido didn’t hesitate.“The guy who had rotated onto me ran about 10 yards up from the crease,” Salcido said. “That’s a long rotation.”North Carolina opened Fetzer Field in 1935 and Salcido closed it for good on Saturday afternoon. His overtime man-up bullet capped an improbable run in which the No. 1 Orange (10-1, 4-0 Atlantic Coast) overcame a five-goal, second-half deficit to topple No. 17 North Carolina (6-6, 1-2), 12-11, and clinch the ACC regular-season title and No. 1 conference tournament seed. It was an improbable run Syracuse has been making all season, embodied perhaps no better than by Salcido.The former walk-on had only five assists in two years entering last season, then broke out for 29 goals, 24 assists and a second-team All-American nod — something ESPN analyst Mark Dixon said is one of the most surprising things he’s ever seen in lacrosse. But this season, the redshirt senior said he did not practice for the first seven weeks of the season with an undisclosed injury. He left an early February scrimmage hobbling. Sometimes he worked out a day before the game, but seldom.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“When you’re not practicing during the week,” SU head coach John Desko said, “it’s hard to get in rhythm.”On Saturday, Salcido showed he might be fully recovered. He matched his season-high goals (two) in the first quarter alone on just two shots. The first on a wide-open man-up can around the crease. His second infuriated Tar Heel defender Jack Rowlett, UNC’s second-best defender, when he dodged from behind the goal and suddenly stopped his full run. Salcido spun and Rowlett, fooled, kept running and the crowd gave its approving, “Oooh.” A flick of the wrist pocketed the shot and dispatched flailing Tar Heel goalie Brian Balkam.Rowlett was a downgrade from top defenders that teams have regularly thrown at Salcido all season. That added attention, for an unassuming walk-on just 18 months ago, startled Salcido into his poor start. The pressure of facing a top defender made Salcido realize that he may only get one or two good looks at the goal per game. In the beginning of the season, he shot his shot anyway. He attempted seven against Siena (no goals), 13 against Albany (two) and 11 against Virginia (two).“Right now, I think I’m trying to aim a little bit too much,” Salcido said last week. “I analyze my game probably more than I should. I think that’s kind of hurt me, as far as shooting goes. In practice, I let it fly and it seems to go in. In the games, I’m trying to pick a corner instead of picking a spot. It’s something I’m working on.”The Winter Park, Florida, native has been able to practice for the last two weeks and used that time to re-hone his shooting mechanics, wary of any bad habits he picked up while compensating for his injury.“Fortunately, he was on today,” Desko said, “because that’s when we needed it the most.”Yet after his initial burst, Salcido remained quiet. He missed his next two shots — including one when North Carolina midfielder Justin Anderson got caught in transition and ended up guarding his counterpart. Salcido hesitated at first, looking to pass off, but then he squared up Anderson, shimmied and went left as Anderson’s ankles went right. His second “Oooh” of the day left him alone about 18 yards out, from where he promptly pushed the shot wide right.North Carolina frustration boiled over well after the halftime whistle, when Rowlett ran up behind Salcido and tomahawked his stick out of his hands. Flags flew immediately and Salcido slowly turned with his hands out. Then he seemed to shrug and turn back to his team.In the second half, Salcido mostly directed the offense from the top as his teammates mounted a 7-1 run to force overtime.“Teams slide to (Salcido) much quicker this year,” attack Jordan Evans said. “If they’re not going to get there (fast enough), he’s going to put it in the back of the net.”With about a minute gone in the overtime period, UNC defender Jack Lambert pushed SU attack Nate Solomon and sent the Orange on a man-up.SU worked the ball methodically around the top as Salcido sat on the backside and waited. Then it came to him. This time, the redshirt senior said he didn’t try to shoot it as hard as he could. He didn’t try to force it into a specific spot. He looked at an area — just over the goalie’s right shoulder — and let it fly. Comments Published on April 15, 2017 at 8:34 pm Contact Sam: sjfortie@syr.edu | @Sam4TR Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Busy day on the club front

first_imgIn the Intermediate hurling championship Newport meet Golden Kilfeackle at 3pm in Kilcommon. Newport manager Ger Bradley is looking forward to todays game but says Intermediate is a very tough grade to winTipp FM will have live updates throughout the afternoon on the hurling and fotball games. In the county board draw in Borrisoleigh last night 1st prize went to Stephen John Burns of the Grangemockler club while 2nd prize went to John Kissane of the Tipperary club in New York.last_img

Former Suns player Matt Barnes calls Robert Sarver the ‘worst owner in the NBA’

first_imgThe decision has been criticized by many, but one voice prominently stood out. Former NBA player Matt Barnes, who played one season with the Suns from 2008-09, voiced his thoughts on social media shortly after the decision was made official. Barnes had some strong criticism toward the team’s owner, Robert Sarver.NBA PLAYOFFS: Full bracket, dates, times, TV channels for every seriesCoaching isn’t the problem w the @Suns the owner is! Sarver is the worst owner in the NBA.. Do that great city of phnx a solid & sell the team, they deserve a winner! You’re wasting Devin Bookers career— Matt Barnes (@Matt_Barnes22) April 23, 2019Barnes makes a great point with his last thought there.Devin Booker is only 22 years old, and he’s now about to have his fifth head coach in the NBA (Jeff Hornacek, Earl Watson, Jay Triano, Kokoskov). How is any young superstar supposed to grow while he’s constantly having to adjust to new management and coaching? But while Barnes isn’t alone in his thoughts about Sarver, it’s worth noting these two have a history. In 2015 Barnes bluntly said about the Suns owner, “We don’t like each other. He didn’t like me when I was there and I didn’t like him when I was there, so it is what it is.”MORE: Suns’ front office has some explaining to do… again In 2015, Barnes was fined $25,000 by the NBA for using “inappropriate language to a fan.” However, Barnes claimed it wasn’t a “fan” he was talking to, but rather Sarver. Barnes said Sarver was baiting him by cursing at him from the sidelines, so Barnes responded and ended up paying the price.Several others, however, have pointed out how Sarver is ruining the Suns with his decisions.Seems like a good time to remind everyone that Igor Kokoskov was Luka Doncic’s Slovenia coach and the Suns had the top pick in the draft and passed on Doncic, the absolute no-brainer No. 1 prospect, because Robert Sarver had ties to the University of Arizona.And now Igor is out— Jeff Siegel (@jgsiegel) April 23, 2019This Suns news should be shocking, yet it’s not because this is Robert Sarver we’re talking about here. Looking forward to discussing the #BrightFutureSuns on Tuesday’s @ringer NBA Show with @ChrisVernonShow. https://t.co/dY2mOdNhIF— Kevin O’Connor (@KevinOConnorNBA) April 23, 2019The Suns stated their search for a new coach begins immediately. The Suns fired coach Igor Kokoskov after just one season with the team. “After extensive evaluation, I determined it is best to move in a different direction with our head coaching position,” Suns general manager James Jones said in a team statement issued late Monday night. “I want to thank Igor for his work this past season and wish him the best with his future endeavors.”last_img read more

Intercity Transit Seeks Public Comment On Transportation Improvement Projects

first_imgSubmitted by Intercity TransitOlympia/Thurston County, WA – Intercity Transit, the public transportation agency for Thurston County, invites public comment on potential federally funded transit projects proposed in the agency’s 2014-2016 Transportation Improvement Program and its 2013 revised project list. The Intercity Transit Authority, the governing board for the agency, will review all comments made prior to and any made at the public hearing on Wednesday, July 3, 2013. The public hearing will occur at Intercity Transit’s business office, 526 Pattison Street SE, in Olympia (just off Pacific Avenue and I-5 exit 107). Routes 62A, 62B, and 66 serve this location.Once the Transit Authority approves the projects outlined in its Transportation Improvement Program (TIP), the projects are subject to review by the respective regional planning organizations (Thurston Regional Planning Council-TRPC and Puget Sound Regional Council –PSRC) that have responsibility for integration in their Regional Transportation Improvement Programs (RTIP). Projects in RTIPs become part of the State Transportation Improvement Program, which is subject to federal transportation agency review.The currently proposed TIP projects total more than $25 million in combined federal and local funds for the revised 2013 and 2014-2016 time frame. Projects for which Intercity Transit has programmed potential funding for 2014-2016 and project revisions for 2013 are:Preventive maintenance of buses and vans which helps extend the life cycle of vehicles;Purchase of hybrid, biodiesel-electric coaches to replace older buses;Federal funding to continue Walk-n-Roll youth transportation partnerships;Purchase of vanpool vans;Bus stop enhancements to improve accessibility and safety;Additional funding for the engineering and construction of the Olympia Transit Center expansion, in order to address current capacity issues, andA Smart Corridor Project related to regional traffic signal prioritization to enhance operational efficiency for the transit system.The draft TIP represents Intercity Transit’s complete program of potential federally funded projects for 2014 through 2016 plus a revised project list for 2013 including projects programmed through both TRPC and PSRC.Copies of the draft Intercity Transit TIP for federally funded projects are available at Intercity Transit’s business office, 526 Pattison Street SE, Olympia. The office is open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Information is also available online at www.intercitytransit.com.Members of the public may comment at the public hearing or by writing, calling, or emailing Intercity Transit. All advance comments must be received by 4 p.m. on Tuesday, July 2, 2013. Send comments to tellsus@intercitytransit.com, 360.705.5852, or to Grants Program Administrator, Development Department, Intercity Transit, P.O. Box 659, Olympia, WA 98507-0659l. Questions may be directed to Bob Holman, Grants Program Administrator, by mail to the above address, at (360) 705-5885, or by email at bholman@intercitytransit.com. Facebook0Tweet0Pin0last_img read more

More Local Police Outfitted With Body-Worn Cameras

first_imgBy John Burton |ATLANTIC HIGHLANDS — Police Chief Jerry Vasto told a story about a traffic stop he had while on duty a couple of years ago. It was routine, he said, and he wound up giving the young male driver a simple warning. But what made it interesting to Vasto, was that the young woman sitting in the front passenger seat had slipped out her cell phone and video recorded the interchange. When he was done, after giving the driver a little lecture on safe driving, Vasto told the driver if he had any questions he could review his girlfriend’s video. And that surprised and flustered the girl who didn’t realize the officer had noticed.“Now, no surprises,” Vasto said, as officers inform the public during all stops that they’re now subject to being video recorded.Atlantic Highlands is the latest department in Monmouth County to adopt body worn cameras for patrol officers. Thanks to a matching grant made available from the state Office of the Attorney General, funds were made available to county prosecutors for local law enforcement camera purchases. The state funds were used by way of the Criminal Forfeiture Fund, with the state allocating $2.5 million for local departmentsThe Atlantic Highlands department with its $3,500 and matching $3,500 was able to purchase seven cameras and accompanying equipment. The department has been using them for about two weeks at this point. “So, it’s a little new yet, so not much to report,” Vasto acknowledged. “But I’m really curious to see how it pans out.”According to the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office, there are more than 400 body worn cameras being used, or being prepared to used, by law enforcement in the county. Along with the county Sheriff’s Office, departments that have begun using them or in the process of establishing a program are: Asbury Park, Atlantic Highlands, Bradley Beach, Englishtown, Highlands, Howell, Long Branch, Manalapan, Marlboro, Middletown, Monmouth Beach, Neptune City, Ocean, Sea Bright, Sea Girt, Spring Lake Heights, Union Beach and Wall.The cameras themselves are about the size of the average smartphone and can be attached to the officer’s uniform. Typically they are located in the chest or shoulder area to give the best point of view.When it was first announced that the department would begin using them, “There was a little resistance, like anything new,” from some of the 13-officer department, Vasto acknowledged. But, Vasto, who has been with the department for 40 years, recalled that was the case when the department first instituted in-vehicle cameras in the 1990s (back when they used VHS cassettes). “But as time goes on they realize it’s part of the job to have something like this.”“Across the country, we’ve seen what happens when distrust and distance between police and their communities result in situations that can quickly spiral out of control,” said Gov. Chris Christie in a released statement when announcing the grant program in 2015, referencing the long stream of citizen-made videos of confrontations between law enforcement and the public. “In New Jersey we’re doing things differently and showing how engagement and relationship-building by officers in their communities make our neighborhoods safer and our law enforcement efforts more effective.A close-up of the video camera.Departments using the equipment have to adhere to the attorney general’s protocol established two years ago. That directive lays out the parameters for using the body worn cameras for traffic stops and other calls, plus interrogations, witness interviews, deadly force incidents and on-scene investigations. But the guidelines also allow for times when the cameras can be deactivated, such as when police enter schools, houses of worship, hospitals, private homes, unless on an emergency or crime call, or are dealing with an uncover officer or confidential informant. The directive includes provisions to protect children and crime victims.Police have to inform the public they are being recorded; officers can turn it off at their discretion but it has to be documented and officers can’t make the suggestion that it be deactivated, explained Atlantic Highlands Police Sgt. Harry B. Murtha III.The camera offers protection to department members as well as the public, police officials believe. “In a sense, it probably backs up the officer more, depending on whatever occurs,” Vasto said.“Basically, what you’re getting is you can recall the entire (police) call,” to get a more accurate sense of the incident, said Atlantic Highlands David Rossbach, a 32-year veteran with the department.“It makes people realize they were on video so they were acting better,” contributed Monmouth Beach Police Chief Thomas Walsh. “On both sides.”“I’m all for them,” Walsh said, planning on instituting a pilot program for his small department for the summer. “It serves its purpose to give a clear account of what happened but also protecting victims of crime,“It’s a tightrope act,” to maintain that balance, he offered. “But I’m sure it can be done successfully.”The side of the camera has a function that allows the officer to categorize the video content.There are issues with adopting this program, however, law enforcement conceded: namely the logistics of operating new technical equipment, especially away from the patrol scenario.“The backend issues will be the big challenge,” observed Middletown Deputy Police Chief Robert Stefanski. By “backend” he means the administrative end, especially data storage. Middletown has a 112-member department. “That’s a lot of data to store,” Stefanski admitted, explaining using cloud storage or outsourcing the responsibility to a private sector company can be expensive.Middletown has the equipment, which it too obtained with the state grant, and is in the process of establishing the program. which Stefanski predicts the program could be in place within the next six months to a year, depending on working out some administrative details.“It’s not a cure-all,” Stefanski said. “But it gives the public a little bit more insight into what officers are looking at.”However, there still remains issues of public access and logistics of redacting non-public information and local law enforcement is still working to get a grip on those parameters.“It’s still a grey area,” Murtha acknowledged.This article was first published in the May 4-11, 2017 print edition of The Two River Times.last_img read more