Government makes drug court permanent in justice shake-up

first_imgNZ Herald 12 December 2019Family First Comment: This is good. Courts that take a health approach and know the best way to deal with drug addiction and drug lifestyles.BUT that involves the coercion of the law to force them to take the action necessary to change their ways AND it doesn’t involve legalising drugs!Specialist drug and alcohol courts in Auckland will be made permanent and a new one will be opened in Hamilton, Justice Minister Andrew Little has announced as part of a pre-election-year promise for major reform of the justice system.Releasing two independent reports that deeply criticise the sector, Little on Thursday said the Government would embark on a “new direction” in the criminal justice system in a bid to tackle reoffending and incarceration rates.“Thirty years of locking more people up for longer has not changed reoffending rates nor made communities safer,” Little said.“The old ways have failed us. They have resulted in too little rehabilitation and therefore more crime, while not doing enough to support victims.”While large-scale and long-term change is being promised, Little on Thursday announced the two current Alcohol and Other Drug Treatment Courts in Auckland and Waitākere would immediately be made permanent.The Government will also fund a new, third court in Hamilton – with Little promising it would open next year.READ MORE: read more

SC reinstates graft case vs Lapid, 3 others

first_imgManila – The Supreme Court (SC) has reversed an earlier ruling by theSandiganbayan in relation to the graft charges filed against Sen. Lito Lapidand three others over the 2004 fertilizer fund scam. Sen. Lito Lapid and three others have been slapped with graft charges in 2015 for buying P4.761 million worth of liquid fertilizers without public bidding. CNN PHILIPPINES In a decision that was made publicyesterday, the SC’s second division reinstated the cases against Lapid, Ma.Victoria Aquino-Abubakar, Leolita Aquino, and Dexter Alexander S.D. Vasquez“with reasonable dispatch.” The SC said the respondents wererecommended indicted in 2013, a resolution the Ombudsman approved on June 2014.The respondents filed motions for reconsideration and were charged in courtonly on Nov. 4, 2015. “No such delay attended theOmbudsman’s proceedings that would warrant the dismissal of the criminal caseagainst herein respondents,” it added. Just months after the case was filed,the Sandiganbayan found that it violated the defendants’ right to the speedydisposition of cases and dismissed it, prompting the Office of the Ombudsman totake the case to the High Court./PN The High Court added the Sandiganbayanhas gravely abused its discretion when it dismissed the case against Lapid andother fellow respondents supposedly due to inordinate delay. “In sum, delay becomes inordinate onlyin the presence of arbitrary, vexatious and oppressive actions or inactions thatare discernible from the proceedings,” the SC said. Lapid and three others have beenslapped with graft charges in 2015 for buying P4.761 million worth of liquidfertilizers without public bidding.  last_img read more

World Record

first_imgBatesville High School and Notre Dame Graduate, Chris Giesting, and 3 other members of the New Jersey New York Track Club set an indoor 4 x 800m World Relay Record at the BU Last Chance Meet in late February.  They broke the old record by close to 2 seconds with a time of 7:11.30.  Giesting’s time was 1:47.  His teammates were Kyle Merber, Joe McAsey, and Jesse Garn.Giesting was surprised at this performance, because in the individual 800m he had a disappointing time of 1:52 just a week or so earlier.  Giesting stated to a reporter that he seems to run much better in relay situations.  This is the 3rd time that I know of that Chris has been a part of a relay team that set some type of meet or world record.  His first came as a member of Indiana’s 4 x 4 relay team at the Midwest Meet of Champions.  When he was a junior at Batesville, in a meet at East Central, Chris “wowwed” the crowd by making up a 50m deficit in a final leg of a 1600m relay race.  He not only made up the difference, but won “going away”.  That is when I knew he was something special!I want to thank Sherry & Elton Linville for sharing this information with me.  Congratulations, Chris!last_img read more

Eboighe gets Medical support

first_img Promoted Content14 Hilarious Comics Made By Women You Need To Follow Right NowKendall Jenner’s Photos Have Never Looked This Good!8 Best 1980s High Tech GadgetsThese TV Characters Proved That Any 2 People Can Bury The Hatchet12 Celebrities Who Almost Ruined Their Careers With One MovieMind-Bending Technology That Was Predicted Before It Appeared10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do6 TV Shows That Got Better After A Major Character Had Left9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A TattooBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This YearCOVID-19 Pandemic Has Significantly Improved Air Quality Eboighe had been bedridden as a result of a strange ailment that had made it impossible for the ex Bendel  Insurance of Benin player to use his limbs. His plight had attracted the attention of the Minister who sent a staff of the Ministry to hand him some cash and also ascertain areas of further assistance.After due consultations, the Minister contacted the Deputy Governor who then raised a medical team to do a proper evaluation of the state of health of the ex-player.A medical team visited Eboighe at his Benin City residence on Monday for proper evaluation and will soon  commence treatment to get him back on his feet.The Minister promised to pick the medical bill of the former International .Eboighe who played alongside the likes of Bright Omokaro, Stephen Keshi, Augustine Eguavoen, Friday Elaho among others was a member of the Morroco 88 and Algiers 90 Nations cup Super Eagles team. read also:National Council on Sports agree to hold Sports FestivalThe poor welfare of ex-internationals had prompted the Ministry of Youth and Sports Development to request the Nigeria Football Federation to come up with welfare incentives for injured and sick ex-international footballers. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Advertisement Ailing  former Super Eagles defender Sunday Eboighe may soon be back on his feet following the intervention of the Minister of Youth and Sports Development Mr. Sunday Dare and Edo State Deputy Governor Comrade Philip Shuiabu to raise a team of medical experts to look into his medical condition. Loading… last_img read more

Munster too strong for Edinburgh

first_img Rob Penney’s men took a firm grip on proceedings with first half-tries from Denis Hurley, captain James Coughlan and new prop James Cronin. Edinburgh had a lengthy injury list for Alan Solomons’ first league match in charge, the absentees for this Musgrave Park clash including regular skipper Greig Laidlaw, Tim Visser and Ross Rennie. They were 22-6 adrift at half-time with Piers Francis converting two of his four penalty chances. A Nick De Luca try raised hopes of a comeback from the Scots and while centre Ivan Dineen grabbed Munster’s fourth of the night, the visitors remained competitive throughout. Replacement Harry Leonard kicked a penalty and converted Lee Jones’ 70th-minute try, but a losing bonus point was out of their reach with Munster replacement JJ Hanrahan also touching down.Munster were first to threaten with ball in hand, Cronin getting involved twice on his first senior start before Johne Murphy almost put man-of-the-match Ian Keatley over to the right of the posts.Edinburgh lost prop Alasdair Dickinson to injury but managed to take an 11th minute lead, with a Francis penalty punishing Stephen Archer for going offside.But Munster tore ahead with two tries in the space of three minutes. Keatley conjured up the opener, slicing into the 22 and passing wide for full-back Hurley who managed to stretch over past Dougie Fife and Sean Cox.After Keatley missed the conversion from wide out, Murphy gobbled up the restart to set up another high-tempo raid.There were some nice touches from Murphy and Duncan Williams before a touch of good fortune set up the second try – Murphy’s dinked kick was flicked up by Ronan O’Mahony’s right heel, allowing the onrushing Coughlan to finish neatly in the right corner.Keatley added the extras this time and he nailed a long range penalty entering the second quarter, with Edinburgh falling 12 points behind.Francis steadied them with his second three-pointer, only for winger Lee Jones to needlessly tackle Coughlan in the air near halfway and earn himself a yellow card.Keatley missed the resulting penalty from a difficult position on the right, but Munster quickly resumed on the offensive with Casey Laulala starring with his quick-witted offloads.The province relied on brute force for their next try. Coughlan was stopped in front of the posts and Cronin picked up from the ruck to crash over by the posts, TMO Jude Quinn confirming the grounding.Keatley converted and Francis was unable to respond before the break, drilling a penalty wide from a tricky spot on the left and missing on the right in the final seconds.Referee Marius Mitrea sided with Edinburgh for a couple of scrum decisions early in the second half, helping them build some much-needed territory.Scotland international De Luca left Coughlan for dead and evaded the grasp of two more defenders on a fine 25-metre burst to the try-line, with Francis converting from in front of the posts.But Munster made certain of their bonus point with 53 minutes gone, Cronin and Coughlan gaining the hard yards before Keatley’s long pass put Dineen over in the left corner for an unconverted score.Gaining more possession by the minute, Edinburgh closed the gap to 27-16 thanks to a Leonard penalty as they set up a competitive final quarter.Munster were no doubt frustrated by not putting the Scots away and they effectively made the game safe with Hanrahan’s easy run-in from a clever feed from fellow replacement Cathal Sheridan, the former adding the conversion.Nonetheless, Solomons will have been pleased with the perseverance shown by his players, a strong run and step inside from Jones seeing him complete the scoring. Munster outscored an under-strength Edinburgh team by five tries to two in Cork as they began the RaboDirect PRO12 with a fine 34-23 victory.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

The Latest: Thiem: Australian Open was a great distraction

first_img___7:45 p.m.The Australian Open final is underway, with Novak Djokovic bidding for an eighth title at Melbourne Park and Dominic Thiem aiming for his first.Second-seeded Djokovic has never lost a semifinal or final he’s contested at the Australian Open, and is aiming for a 17th Grand Slam title overall. No. 5-seeded Thiem has been runner-up to Rafael Nadal at the last two French Opens, his best performance so far at the majors.Djokovic won the toss and was serving first. 8:40 p.m.Novak Djokovic has taken the first set in the Australian Open final against fifth-seeded Dominic Thiem. Djokovic, who is bidding for an eighth title at Melbourne Park, broke Thiem’s serve in the last game to clinch the set 6-4 in 52 minutes. Thiem served a double-fault on set point. Second-seeded Djokovic has never lost a semifinal or final he’s contested at the Australian Open, and is aiming for a 17th Grand Slam title overall. Thiem has been runner-up to Rafael Nadal at the last two French Opens. ___4:45 p.m.Rajeev Ram’s decision to focus on doubles paid off when he teamed with Joe Salisbury to win the Australian Open men’s doubles title.The No. 11 seeds were in control from early in the opening set to beat Australian wild-card entries Max Purcell and Luke Saville 6-4, 6-2 in 70 minutes.It’s Ram’s second Grand Slam title – he teamed with Barbora Krejcikova to win the Australian Open mixed doubles last year. Krejcikova successfully defended that title with Croatia’s Nikola Mektic on Saturday. Novak Djokovic has won his record-extending eighth Australian Open championship and 17th Grand Slam title overall by beating Dominic Thiem in five sets in the final.Djokovic’s 6-4, 4-6, 2-6, 6-3, 6-4 victory means he will return to No. 1 in the rankings, replacing Rafael Nadal.Djokovic improved to 16-0 in semifinals and finals at Melbourne Park. No other man in the history of tennis has won this tournament more than six times.Djokovic adds his Australian Open haul to his five titles from Wimbledon, three from the U.S. Open and one from the French Open.Only Roger Federer, with 20, and Nadal, with 19, have won more men’s Grand Slam singles trophies. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditMELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — The Latest on the Australian Open (all times local):12:45 p.m.After trading shots for five sets vying for the Australian Open title, Novak Djokovic and Dominic Thiem united to recognize the impact of the deadly wildfires on the tournament’s host country. Associated Press February 2, 2020 Thiem was appearing in his third major final. He has lost them all.___11 p.m.Novak Djokovic has rallied to take the fourth set 6-3 and send the Australian Open final against Dominic Thiem to a fifth set.Seven-time Australian Open champion Djokovic won the first set 6-4, but lost six straight games after being called for a time violation on his serve in the ninth game of the second set. Thiem took the second and third sets 6-4, 6-2.center_img Seven-time Australian Open champion Djokovic won the first set 6-4, but lost six straight games after being called for a time violation on his serve in the ninth game of the second set. Thiem took the second and third sets 6-4, 6-2.Djokovic had only dropped one set in the tournament — in the first round against Jan-Lennard Struff — until the final. He won his previous two finals at Melbourne Park in straight sets.Fifth-seeded Thiem, a 26-year-old Austrian, is aiming for his first major title after losing the last two finals at the French Open to Rafael Nadal.___9:30 p.m. Dominic Thiem has taken the second set to level the Australian Open final against seven-time champion Novak Djokovic.After surrendering the first 6-4 with a double-fault on set point, Thiem broke Djokovic’s serve in the third game and then fended off a break point in the sixth game before dropping serve in the eighth to make it 4-4.Fifth-seeded Thiem broke again in the next game after Djokovic was first warned by chair umpire Damien Dumusois for exceeding the 25-second serve clock at 15-30 and then penalized with a fault on break point for exceeding the time allowance again.At the change over, Djokovic told Dumusois he’d done a “great job, especially in the second one. You made yourself famous.” Thiem held in the next game to take the set 6-4.___ Djokovic had only dropped one set in the tournament — in the first round against Jan-Lennard Struff — until the final. He won his previous two finals at Melbourne Park in straight sets.Djokovic has never lost a final or semifinal at the Australian Open.___10:15 p.m.Dominic Thiem has won the third set to lead the Australian Open final against Novak Djokovic by two sets to one. The Latest: Thiem: Australian Open was a great distraction “We all saw, before the tournament, also during, what we’re doing is by far — there are way more important things in life,” Thiem said after his five-set loss to Djokovic, now an eight-time champion at Melbourne Park. “It’s very tough what this beautiful country has been through, or still going through.”He said he hoped the tournament, where millions of dollars was raised to go toward the bush fire recovery, was “a great distraction” for people affected and that “a disaster like this is never happening again.” Djokovic mentioned the fires among “some devastating things that started 2020.”Fires across southern and eastern Australia have claimed at least 33 lives since September, destroyed more than 3,000 homes and razed more than 10.6 million hectares (26.2 million acres).___11:45 p.m. This was Salisbury’s first Grand Slam final. ___More AP Tennis: and read more

Copa America: Argentina thump Paraguay 6-1 to reach final

first_imgArgentina will face Chile in the Copa America final after an emphatic 6-1 demolition of Paraguay – in which Angel Di Maria, Marcos Rojo and Sergio Aguero all found the net.The two sides had already faced each other in the tournament – following their opening game 2-2 draw – and just like on that occasion, La Albiceleste took control of the match early on, grabbing the lead after 15 minutes when Rojo smashed home a finish from a freekick scramble inside the box.Javier Pastore doubled his side’s advantage before the half hour mark – finding the bottom corner with a low finish after excellent build-up work from Lionel Messi, who was the driving force behind Argentina’s impressive performance.Paraguay gave themselves hope of a comeback just before the break, when Lucas Barrios made the most of some slack defending to finish past Sergio Romero.But goals from Di Maria, Aguero and Gonzalo Higuain ensured that Argentina secured their place in Saturday’s final against Chile in style.–last_img read more

Combate Fresno: Zoila Frausto vs. Reina Cordoba fight date, price, how to watch, live stream

first_imgJoin DAZN and watch Combate Fresno: Frausto vs. Cordoba on August 2Cordoba (9-1) returns for the first time since May 2017. She got her MMA career off to a rapid start, winning her first eight fights, seven by stoppage. The native of Costa Rica suffered her first loss to Sabina Mazo and then bounced back for a second-round submission of Alejandra Orozco a little over two years ago.This is a solid test for Frausto to see where she is at this stage of her career. Here is everything you need to know about Combate Fresno:How to watch Combate Fresno on DAZNCombate Fresno is available on DAZN, the global live-sports streaming service, as well as Univision.A new subscriber to DAZN can sign up for a monthly subscription or annual pass to watch the fight. The annual pass — which includes access to all of DAZN’s live events, as well as highlights, replays, behind-the-scenes features, original shows and live reports — is $99.99, which averages out to a little over $8 a month. For those who want a monthly-plan instead of the longer-term value, fight fans can sign up for a monthly option for $19.99.For current subscribers, the fight is already included as part of your plan.DAZN is available on a variety of platforms, including Roku, Apple TV, Google Chromecast, iOS, Android, Xbox One, Playstation 4 and Playstation 3, as well as Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer and Safari browsers via Zoila Frausto continues her comeback when she meets Reina Cordoba on Friday in the main event of Combate Fresno at the Save Mart Center in Fresno, Calif., live and exclusively on DAZN. Frausto (14-5) returned from a three-year hiatus in February to stop Jaimelene Nievera in the first round at Combate 31. After a seven-fight win streak, the former Bellator strawweight champion lost four in a row before taking her leave of absence. She transitioned to Muay Thai and kickboxing, going 6-0 in those styles before returning to her roots earlier this year. What time does Combate Fresno start?The six-fight prelims are slated to get underway at 10 p.m. ET, with the main card kicking off closer to midnight.Combate Fresno fight cardMain cardZoila Frausto vs. Reina Cordoba; Women’s FlyweightJ.C. Llamas vs. Joaquin Lopez; WelterweightIsaiah Batin-Gonzalez vs. Jesse Strader; BantamweightPreliminary card Adrian Guzman vs. Jose “Froggy” Estrada; Catchweight (150 pounds)Paul Elizondo vs. Mike Tubera; FlyweightJose Avalos vs. Trey Branch; BantamweightAlbert Gonzales vs. Javier Pedroza; Catchweight (180 pounds)Brock Dias vs. Carlos Figueroa; FeatherweightAustin Liu vs. Daniel Oseguera; Bantamweightlast_img read more

African players in Europe: ‘Diving’ Salah under fire

first_imgMohamed Salah. PHOTO via  @LivEchoLFC Paris, France | AFP | Egypt superstar Mohamed Salah was compared to British Olympic diver Tom Daley at the weekend after winning the penalty that sealed a 2-0 victory for title-chasing Liverpool at lowly Cardiff.The exaggerated fall by the reigning African Footballer of the Year angered Cardiff manager Neil Warnock as the Reds took a two-point lead over Manchester City.Salah and attack partner Sadio Mane from Senegal failed to score, but Ivorian Wilfried Zaha and Gabonese Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang netted as Crystal Palace upset Arsenal 3-2.ENGLANDMOHAMED SALAH (Liverpool)The striker found himself being compared to British diver Tom Daley by the frustrated Cardiff manager after earning the penalty converted by James Milner that secured the Premier League title-chasing Reds a 2-0 win in the Welsh capital. The forward was clearly grappled inside the area by Cardiff captain Sean Morrison but the exaggerated fall left Warnock bemoaning how he had made the most of the opportunity the Bluebirds had given him.  “I think the end of it was a 9.9 Tom Daley job. I don’t think he could have got much higher off the diving board at the end of it,” said the veteran manager.WILFRIED ZAHA (Crystal Palace)Going from Crystal Palace straight to the Champions League may seem like a big leap but it is one the forward has said he wants to make at the end of the season. The Eagles star gave a glimpse of his class in a shock 3-2 win over Arsenal, providing a fine cross which Christian Benteke ballooned over the crossbar. He then scored their second goal after making the most of a mistake by Shkodran Mustafi.PIERRE-EMERICK AUBAMEYANG (Arsenal)The former African Footballer of the Year gave his side hope of rescuing a point against Palace when he scored their second goal — his 24th of the season — in the 77th minute but that incisive burst was as good as it got for the Gunners.SPAINSOFIANE BOUFAL (Celta Vigo)Moroccan striker Boufal scored a stunning winner as Celta beat Girona 2-1 in La Liga. Boufal dribbled in from the left and curled the ball into the corner for his third goal of the season to give Celta what could prove a crucial victory against one of their rivals in the battle against relegation.KARL TOKO EKAMBI (Villarreal)/NABIL EL ZHAR (Leganes)Cameroon forward Ekambi scored his 17th goal of the season to help Villarreal beat Leganes 2-1. Toko Ekambi guided a shot into the far corner to give Villarreal a two-goal lead before Moroccan El Zhar converted a late penalty to give Leganes brief hope of a comeback. Victory sends Villarreal up to 14th, four points clear of the relegation places. ITALYHAMED JUNIOR TRAORE (Empoli)Ivorian Traore scored his first senior goal in Italy for relegation-threatened Empoli in a 4-2 defeat by SPAL. On loan from Fiorentina to Empoli, where he has played since 2017, the 19-year-old collected a Levan Mchedlidze pass to fire in from just outside the box on 47 minutes.GERMANYISHAK BELFODIL (Hoffenheim)Hoffenheim’s towering Algerian midfielder continued his superb form in 2019, scoring twice in a 5-2 win over Schalke. Belfodil scored either side of half-time to make it seven goals in his last four games and take his tally to 11 this year.SALOMON KALOU (Hertha Berlin)The Ivorian veteran missed several chances as Hertha laboured to a 0-0 draw with bottom-of-the-table Hanover. The result ended a five-game losing streak for Hertha, but keeps them in the doldrums after it was announced that coach Pal Dardai would step down at the end of the season.FRANCEKALIFA COULIBALY (Nantes)Malian Coulibaly took his tally to four goals in the last five games as Nantes beat struggling Amiens 3-2 to pull well clear of the relegation battle. The 1.97m striker has had the tough task of filling the void left by the late Emiliano Sala but his recent form suggests he is growing in confidence. With the scores level, Coulibaly turned the game his team’s way with two goals in six minutes early in the second half. He scored the first with a low strike after he was put through by Ghanaian team-mate Majeed Waris. The second was a header from a corner.BRICE SAMBA (Caen)Congo Brazzaville-born goalkeeper Samba, who started the season by making costly mistakes in a loss at Paris Saint-Germain, was the hero as Caen climbed off the bottom of the table, and gave themselves hope of escaping the automatic relegation places, with a 1-0 win at Patrick Vieira’s Nice. The scores were level when Alexander Djiku handled a free-kick from Malang Sarr. But Samba stretched to save the spot-kick by Remi Walter. Djiku made amends by scoring Caen’s second-half winner.Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

Sarah Hodge and Peter Mitchell

first_imgPeter Mitchell and Sarah HodgeSarah Hodge and Peter Mitchell announced their engagement on October 22, 2011 in South Bend, Ind.Sarah attended Fair Haven schools and graduated from Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School. She earned a bachelor’s degree in sociology and fine arts from the College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, Mass. After graduation, she was an English teacher at L.B. Landry High School, New Orleans, La., through Teach for America.Peter is a graduate of Bishop Verot High School, Fort Myers, Fla. He earned a B.A. in philosophy from the University of Notre Dame, Ind. After graduation, he taught English at Sacred Heart College in Tirupattur, India.They graduated from Notre Dame Law School in 2010. Peter works as a judicial clerk for the Honorable Alfonse Cifelli, Superior Court of New Jersey, and Sarah is an associate at the law firm of Podvey, Meanor, Catenacci, Hildner, Cocoziello & Chattman, P.C.The couple will wed on July 21 at the Basilica of the Sacred Heart, Notre Dame, with a reception following at the Morris Inn.last_img read more