‘Restorative justice’ a bad joke

first_imgStuff co.nz 13 January 2015OPINION: Michelle Smith’s powerful letter to The Press on Saturday (reprinted below) underscores the outright stupidity of the overcooked restorative-justice revolution that has been unleashed on our courts.In this case, her loved one, Terrence Martin Smith, died after being doused with petrol and set alight. How unbelievably insulting to presume the victim’s family would wish to rendezvous over tea and biscuits with the killers, ahead of sentencing.At the other end of the spectrum, The Press reported the case of the Rolleston scooter rider who last month pleaded guilty to intentionally exposing his genitals to passing women.The female complainant made it patently clear she didn’t want to meet the offender, yet sentencing still had to be delayed for a month.This is so inquiries can again be formally made about convening a conference, even though the woman has clearly seen more than enough of the individual.Four weeks ago, in this column, I predicted how this overblown new monkey wrench would puncture the wheels of justice.Presiding judges are now forced to adjourn all cases after a guilty plea to give Ministry of Justice conference facilitators time to coax offenders and victims to come together. It enables offenders the opportunity to earn brownie points by playing the game and pocketing a discounted sentence.http://www.stuff.co.nz/the-press/opinion/64886358/Gratuitous-restorative-scheme-has-slashed-wheels-of-justice‘Absurd’ mandatory referrals clogging courts Stuff co.nz 14 January 2015Changes to New Zealand’s restorative justice process are creating a huge backlog in the country’s courts and could cause more harm to the people they were meant to help, critics say.Legislation that came into force last month now means judges have to refer all cases for the restorative justice process if there is an identifiable victim.About 70 cases a week are being referred from the Christchurch courts but it is understood the service in Christchurch can handle only 10 cases a week at present.Judge Paul Kellar said in court yesterday that the limit had been reached during the morning sessions on Monday, highlighting the “absurdity of the legislation”.Last week, Judge Alistair Garland called it “an appalling situation”.http://www.stuff.co.nz/the-press/news/64920954/Absurd-mandatory-referrals-clogging-courtslast_img read more

Remember me for gay marriage, says David Cameron

first_imgChristian Institute 24 June 2016Family First Comment:   In 2006, David Cameron said marriage was important whether it was between “man and a woman, a woman and a woman or a man and another man”. Three days before the 2010 General Election, David Cameron told Sky News he had no immediate plans to legalise same-sex marriage. Despite this, the Coalition Government introduced a Bill to redefine marriage, and in February 2013 it won a decisive vote on the issue. “We believe that if same-sex marriage had been put to a referendum it would have been defeated, but he chose not to give the British people a say on the redefinition of marriage.”          If that’s your greatest legacy, David, best you be gone then! #flipflop A referendum on ‘gay marriage’ would have lost in NZ also.David Cameron has placed redefining marriage among his proudest achievements, as he announced his resignation today as Prime Minister.Speaking outside 10 Downing Street following the vote to leave the European Union, he said same-sex marriage was one of the “great steps” this country had made in recent years.His move to introduce same-sex marriage in 2013 was highly controversial, with two-thirds of a million people signing a petition against the plan.‘Very proud’David Cameron said he was “very proud and very honoured to have been prime minister of this country for six years”.He added that the country had made positive moves, including “enabling those who love each other to get married whatever their sexuality”.Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn praised David Cameron over gay marriage, saying he was “very brave” and had “faced down his own party” on the issue.SaddenedThe Christian Institute’s Deputy Director Humphrey Dobson said: “Whatever your view of David Cameron’s premiership it is saddening that he has chosen to highlight this deeply controversial issue as his legacy.“We believe that if same-sex marriage had been put to a referendum it would have been defeated, but he chose not to give the British people a say on the redefinition of marriage.”In 2006, David Cameron said marriage was important whether it was between “man and a woman, a woman and a woman or a man and another man”.Three days before the 2010 General Election, David Cameron told Sky News he had no immediate plans to legalise same-sex marriage.READ MORE: http://www.christian.org.uk/news/remember-me-for-gay-marriage-says-pm/Keep up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.last_img read more

POLE FIRES PERSIST: BFP-Iloilo City records five more during holiday season

first_imgCongress instead granted MORE Electricand Power Corp. (MORE Power) a 25-year power distribution franchise. There is,however, a two-year transition period to ensure uninterrupted service toconsumers, thus the CPCN to PECO. Meanwhile, power distributionfranchise holder MORE Power stated in a statement:  “We no longer have to accept these fires as atypical occurrence around the city. We now have an option. There is a newdistribution utility looming to take over to deliver what PECO failed toprovide its consumers — better customer relations, adequately maintained lines,adequate investment in distribution facilities, less distributor-related poweroutages, prompt restoration of power services, and MOREKOREK billings.” PECO and MORE Power are locked in alegal battle. PECO is questioning the legality of MORE Power’s franchise. Thecase is now with the Supreme Cour. The tolerance of illegal connectionsor “jumper” was also a culprit to the fires caused by faulty electricalconnections, it added. BFP clarified that only electricalcables could cause fires and not telephone or cable TV wires, contrary toPECO’s justification. * Remonville Subdivision, BarangayTabuc Suba, Jaro on Jan. 2. All of these electricity pole fireshappened at night, according to the BFP. Fortunately there were no reportedinjuries or deaths. ANOTHER FIRE. This electricity post on Remonville Subdivision in Barangay Tabuc Suba, Jaro, Iloilo City caught fire on Jan. 2. Residents were thankful that firemen responded quickly enough. The fire was prevented from spreading. The ERC eventually came out with itsfindings: PECO’s protective devices were not properly rated and designed, someof its poles were leaning and in unsafe positions, and that some electricitymeters were clustered and installed in an Elevated Metering Center withoutsecuring prior ERC approval. ILOILO City – Electricity pole firespersist in this southern city. During the holidays there were five suchincidents from Dec. 23, 2019 to Jan. 2, 2020 and according to the Bureau ofFire Protection (BFP) the poles belonged to Panay Electric Co. (PECO) whosepower distribution franchise expired on Jan. 19, 2019 yet. * on Guzman Street, Mandurriaodistrict on Dec. 25 PECO was then ordered to explain thesewhich ERC considered as operational lapses. * in front of the barangay hall onLocsin Avenue, Barangay Tacas, Jaro district on Dec. 30 Congress refused to extend PECO’sfranchise due to numerous consumer complaints arising from its ageingdistribution system, including leaning electric poles, spaghetti-like hangingelectricity lines, overbilling, and unprofessional handling of consumercomplaints. BFP data showed the pole fires to bein the following areas: * in front of the transport terminalin Barangay Ticud, La Paz district on Dec. 23 It added: “A quick tour around thecity would reveal spaghetti lines, lopsided poles, and electric meters stuck inelectric poles from top to bottom…a picture of disaster waiting to happen…Whendid PECO actually spend for expansion and upgrades not only to accommodate thegrowing power needs of the city but to improve its services to the ordinaryIlonggos?” The reasons for these police fireincidents were dilapidated and ageing wooden poles and electrical wires andoverloaded transformers of the 95 years old power utility PECO, according tothe BFP. According to Iloilo City fire marshalChristopher Regencia, of the 461 fire incidents recorded here in 2019, nearlyhalf or 218 cases were pole fires. The rest were structural fires (121),rubbish fires (37), and vehicular fires (nine), among others. Two months ago the Energy RegulatoryCommission (ERC) conducted an investigation on the series of pole fires hereupon the prodding of Mayor Jerry Treñas who had expressed concern over thepossible threat to public safety of “inadequately-maintained lines, poweroutages and hazardous electric posts.” * entrance of Juntado Subdivision,Zone 3, Barangay Calumpang, Molo district Franchise-less for almost a year now,PECO is operating merely by virtue of a provisional Certificate of PublicConvenience and Necessity (CPCN) issued by ERC. MORE Power, on the other hand, filedan expropriation case against PECO to take over the latter’s power distributionsystem. The case is currently being heard at the Regional Trial Court, Branch35 here./PNlast_img read more

‘Pusher’ falls in buy-bust

first_imgWhen frisked, Odasco yielded five more sachets of suspected shabu. The suspect was detained in the lockup cell of the Sagay City police station, facing charges for violation of Republic Act 9165, or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002./PN Odasco – resident of Barangay Vito, Sagay City – was caught after he sold a sachet of suspected illegal drugs to an undercover officer for P500 around 2:30 p.m. on Aug. 1, the police added. The 35-year-old Aljearhu Odasco was arrested in a drug buy-bust operation in Barangay Andres Bonifacio, Sagay City, Negros Occidental, police said. BACOLOD City – He sold suspected shabu, police said.last_img read more

Are Race Car Drivers Athletes?

first_imgThere have been many commentaries about whether a race car driver is really an athlete or just someone driving a car.  Have you recently driven 500 miles without a break except to slow down?  Try driving a NASCAR around the track going  200 mph on a 30% banked surface.  I think if you did this, you would find out that these smallish men and women are pretty strong.  Most of them have a regular training routine that would put most of us to shame.  Add to this that occasionally they lose their power steering and have to turn these cars at high speeds with just the power in their arms.  If you are my age, you might remember driving trucks before power steering was invented.It has been pointed out that the Indy type car is much less of a physical grind than a mental grind.  These sleek vehicles require very little steering; but, at the speeds they are driving, the mental fatigue might be as tiring as the physical fatigue in other vehicles.  When the Indy 500 practice starts in a week or so, they will again be talking about how fast these cars can go before they become airborne.I do not have the final answer on how good an athlete these drivers are, but I know that most of them quit racing before they get the AARP magazine.  Enough said.last_img read more

Brazilian star Oscar may battle fifa over allegiance rule

first_img “The China national team needs one good midfielder, so I think I can help with this. “I like China, but the players now who go to China to change their nationality, they can do better also.” So why did Oscar decide to move to the Chinese Super League in the first place? According to teammate Hulk, the Brazilian midfielder left the Premier League for Shanghai because of him. “I talked to Oscar about Shanghai SIPG before he made the move.” The former Porto player said to Chinese Media via Goal. Read AlsoEjaria switches allegiance to Nigeria “I said to him that Shanghai is a beautiful city, the club is fantastic and we will get even better in the coming years. I also said our team-mates are very friendly and welcoming, which makes me feel pretty good. After hearing what I told him, he came.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Brazilian midfielder Oscar to wants world soccer ruling body to change the international allegiance rule to grant players wider freedom to choose. Oscar, who has made 47 appearances for Brazil since making his debut in 2011 is currently having soft spot for China and would like the regulations changed to allow him switch allegiance to China. The former Chelsea player left Stamford Bridge in January 2017 to join Chinese Super League side Shanghai SIPG for a reported £60 million and since that big-money move; he has enjoyed great success in the country. The 28-year-old has scored 24 goals in 79 games for the club and now, after three years in the country, Oscar wants to switch international allegiance from Brazil to China. Despite his lofty ambitions, the problem remains; FIFA laws do not allow players to switch allegiance if they have already represented their country in a competitive match. “Of course I can think about it because it’s difficult to go to the Brazil national team now because I’m here, but in China everyone sees how good I play.” he told Sportscene.Advertisement Loading… Promoted Content6 Most Unforgettable Bridges In The World6 Ridiculous Health Myths That Are Actually True6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A Drone8 Weird Facts About Coffee That Will Surprise You7 Truly Incredible Facts About Black Holes10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of AnimeThe Highest Paid Football Players In The World6 Best Movie Cars You Could Own But Probably Can’t Afford6 Incredibly Strange Facts About HurricanesWhat Are The Most Delicious Foods Out There?last_img read more

Indiana ranks 14th for most underprivileged kids

first_imgStatewide — In a recent Wallet Hub survey, the state of Indiana is ranked 14th across the country in states with the most underprivileged children. The state ranks 1st for the percent of children in foster care, 9th for the percent of maltreated children, and 12th for the percent of children that are uninsured. To see the entire study, click here.  According to the Children’s Defense Fund, a child is abused or neglected every 47 seconds and the total costs of maltreatment per year reach $80.3 billion, in the United States.last_img read more

Waqar urges Afridi and Gambhir to end social media war

first_imgNew Delhi (AFP) – Former Pakistan star Waqar Younis has called on Shahid Afridi and Gautam Gambhir to end their social media war, and for India and Pakistan to resume playing cricket.After being fierce on-field rivals, Pakistan’s Afridi and former Indian opener Gambhir have become involved in heated social media exchanges over the troubled Kashmir region, which is claimed by both countries.Gambhir is now a lawmaker in the Indian parliament, while Afridi has his own foundation and is a vocal activist.Waqar advised the pair to “calm down” in an online chat show.“The banter between Gautam Gambhir and Shahid Afridi has been going on for a while now. I think they both got to be smart, sensible, and calm down,” said Waqar.“It has been going on for way too long. My advice to them is to maybe catch up somewhere around the world and talk it out if you cannot really calm it down.”India and Pakistan have not played a series since 2012-2013 and have hit a new peak in tensions over Kashmir, which they have fought over since their independence in 1947.India frequently accuses Pakistan of organising militant attacks in the sector of the Himalayan region that it administers.Waqar, 48, said a cricket series would boost relations between the arch-rival neighbours.“I think that it would be the biggest hit of the world,” said Waqar.“I think Pakistan (and) India should play, and should play on a regular basis to avoid depriving cricket lovers.”last_img read more

APASS launches initiative

first_imgThe Asian Pacific American Student Services has launched a Pacific Islander-focused initiative on campus in an effort to encourage more unity on campus.The Promoting Unity, Liberation and Education initiative held its first panel event, We Are Leaders, last week. Pacific Islanders who are leaders in their own career fields spoke on the panel and discussed their experiences.“It was really exciting,” said Sumun Pendakur, director of Asian Pacific American Student Services. “There were architects, there were filmmakers and there were physicians. People who were breaking the glass ceilings in their own fields, but at the same time, every one of these people were doing something with the community at the same time.“Pendakur said the event targeted the goal of PULE: to create dialogue in the larger USC community around stereotypes held about Pacific Islanders, and encourage younger students to apply for higher education.“People really wanted to create this space,” Pendakur said. “I think we as educators need to think, ‘How do we help students, how do we critically adjust stereotypes and how do we tell the stories that are untold?’”Pendakur said she wants the program to help Pacific Islanders and students of all different ethnicities to come together and create a dialogue to help build community and break stereotypes.“Too often when people think of Pacific Islander, they think of hula, or you have these broad sort of stereotypical images like football, gang members or lazy islanders,” Pendakur said. “This was the opportunity to build a community-based program and kind of shatter some of these stereotypes at the same time.”Asian Pacific American Student Services is aimed at creating opportunities to help students with leadership development and mentoring, as well as expanding opportunities for cross-cultural involvement for students of different backgrounds.“A couple of years ago I was thinking that too often the Pacific Islander part of the Asian Pacific Americans gets lost in the mix,” Pendakur said. “Pacific Islander issues have real specificities, and I wanted to make sure that we were not only talking about the specificities, but also really attempting to build more of a community here for Pacific Islander students and students of non-specific Pacific Islander backgrounds.”Pendakur set up focus groups to gain input from both community-based leaders and activists as well as from Pacific Islander students at USC to gauge what they felt was missing from the university.“We have all of the research available, but we wanted to really understand the small community size and the alienation felt by many Pacific Islander students expressed at the focus groups,” she said.DannyBoy Naha-Ve’evalu, a sophomore majoring in cinema-television critical studies, is a project coordinator with PULE, and said USC needs more programs to help Pacific Islander students.“I am Samoan, Tahitian, Hawaiian and French. I grew up and I identify with Samoan, and it makes me feel like I’m here for a purpose,” Naha-Ve’evalu said. “I think it is high time for Pacific Islanders to leave a mark and have that stage at USC.”Naha-Ve’evalu said it was a difficult transition for him as a transfer student, since he did not have many people to identify with on campus.“I felt like a needle in a haystack, and that is part of the reason why I think this program is important,” Naha-Ve’evalu said. “It not only helps Pacific Islanders learn about their own identity, but they have an organization where they can talk about issues in their community.”Brittany Valdez, a graduate student studying social work who is also a project coordinator, said she would like to encourage more Pacific Islander students to apply to college.“When I worked as an assistant director with the USC Marshall Undergraduate Admissions Office, I would continuously see low numbers of Pacific Islander students and professors in higher education.” Valdez said. “I became concerned, wondering why these numbers are low — not just at USC, but in universities nationwide.”PULE’s next event is planned for Friday Nov. 12, when students will go to the Pacific Islander Ethnic Art Museum.In the spring, Pendakur said PULE will host a number of programs, including film screenings, film festivals and educational volunteer opportunities. There might also be a Pacific Islander cultural arts showcase, she said.Pendakur and the project coordinators said they are excited about the future of PULE.“Hopefully we can get something going on with the ethnic studies,” Valdez said. “We hope to see it continue to progress and to keep this dialogue open against stereotypes.”Pendakur plans to build a collaborative pipeline program with local area middle and high schools to increase Pacific Islander application and admission to USC in the future.last_img read more

Point-counterpoint: Biggest surprise of Tourney

first_imgAckerstein:Duke may not be the power it once was, but the Blue Devils’ poor performance in this year?s NCAA tournament still ranks as the most surprising one so far.Though Duke was knocked off in the first round last season and looked a little soft as a No. 2 seed this year, the manner in which the Blue Devils went down was nothing less than shocking.No. 15 Belmont not only gave Duke a game in the first round, but it appeared poised to pull off the biggest tournament upset in several years until a Gerald Henderson layup propelled the Dukies into the second round.In the second round it seemed Duke would correct its mistakes and get back on track. For a few minutes, it looked like that was the case.West Virginia came back, though, poking another hole in the Duke image by taking the Devils down and making it the second straight season that Coach K?s team failed to reach the Sweet 16.Maybe it wasn?t a Final Four caliber team, but it was a No. 2 seed, with a coach who has more wins than any other in tournament history.Two disappointing games make Duke?s performance the most surprising of the tournament.?Mason:It shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone anymore when Duke fails to live up to the hype in the NCAA Tournament. For how good everyone always says the Blue Devils are, they haven’t made the Final Four since 2004, and they have lost in the second round four times since the tournament expanded to 64 teams in 1985.So, then, what has been the biggest surprise in this year’s Big Dance? Look no further than Tampa, Fla.If you love upsets in the tournament ? and just about everyone does ? you had to love the games in this city. No. 12 seeds Villanova and Western Kentucky topped a pair of five seeds, while No. 13 seeds Siena and San Diego pulled off the unthinkable against No. 4s Vanderbilt and UConn, respectively.While it seems as if every year at least one 12-seed upsets a five, it happened twice this year ? in the same venue. And no one gave the USD Toreros a chance against the Huskies, but a last-second shot by De’Jon Jackson sealed his team’s fate as one of the most talked about and surprising stories of the tourney.Four upsets in the first round? That’s expected. Four in the same city? Surprise of the tournament.last_img read more