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first_imgNational’s Mark Mitchell accuses Justice Minister of trivialising 3-strikes ‘bottom-pinching’ caseNZ Herald 14 June 2018Family First Comment: “Little referred to the conviction of the first “three-strikes” offender Raven Casey Campbell for indecent assault in 2016 for “pinching the bottom of a prison officer”. National MP Mark Mitchell said the case in question was more serious than Little described it and he belittled the victim, who had to take stress leave as a result. The prison officer had said in her victim impact statement that she felt angry, frustrated and totally degraded and had since felt vulnerable and uneasy at work. The judge’s sentencing notes stated Campbell had “grabbed her right buttock, squeezed it quite hard and held on for 1 to 2 seconds.” He had then refused to leave and had followed the guard to a gate and asked to talk to her. “It beggars belief that the Justice Minister could so callously dismiss this as non-violent. “He even attempted to minimise the offence by describing it as ‘pinching’ and suggested that it shouldn’t have even been categorised as an indecent assault.”National MP Mark Mitchell has accused Justice Minister Andrew Little of “trivialising” an indecent assault in which a prisoner grabbed the bottom of a female prison officer.The case was raised by Little in Parliament on Thursday when Mitchell, National’s justice spokesman, was questioning him about the numbers in prison who were “low-level criminals.”Mitchell had asked for an example of a “non-violent” assault after Little said more than 50 per cent of those who entered the prison system each year were convicted of crimes that did not involve violence.Little referred to the conviction of the first “three-strikes” offender Raven Casey Campbell for indecent assault in 2016 for “pinching the bottom of a prison officer”.He said that left Campbell facing the maximum seven-year prison sentence without parole because it was the Campbell’s third conviction on a serious charge following convictions for robbery and aggravated robbery.“The judge said he was not going to sentence anybody to seven years for pinching somebody’s bottom.”Afterward Mitchell said the case in question was more serious than Little described it and he belittled the victim, who had to take stress leave as a result. The prison officer had said in her victim impact statement that she felt angry, frustrated and totally degraded and had since felt vulnerable and uneasy at work.The judge’s sentencing notes stated Campbell had “grabbed her right buttock, squeezed it quite hard and held on for 1 to 2 seconds.” He had then refused to leave and had followed the guard to a gate and asked to talk to her.“It beggars belief that the Justice Minister could so callously dismiss this as non-violent.“He even attempted to minimise the offence by describing it as ‘pinching’ and suggested that it shouldn’t have even been categorised as an indecent assault.”READ MORE: https://www.nzherald.co.nz/index.cfm?objectid=12070925&ref=twitterlast_img read more

first_img Press Association The Bray 28-year-old cruised past Dominica’s Valerian Spicer by unanimous decision to book her place in the next round of the 60kg competition. Taylor’s Ireland team-mate Michaela Walsh also got off to a good start with a unanimous win over Sarah Joy Rae of Jamaica at 54kg. Katie Taylor made a successful start in her quest for a fifth consecutive women’s boxing world title in Jeju City, South Korea on Wednesday.center_img Walsh, who pushed Nicola Adams close in the Commonwealth Games final earlier this year, is making her World Championship debut. England’s Chantelle Cameron went out to Russia’s Sofya Ochigava – who had been beaten by Taylor in the Olympic final in 2012. last_img read more

first_imgNo federal charges planned in NASCAR noose incident, authorities say it may have been in speedway stall since October Associated Press June 23, 2020center_img Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditTALLADEGA, Ala. (AP) — No federal charges planned in NASCAR noose incident, authorities say it may have been in speedway stall since October.last_img

first_imgMATTHEW KUTZ/Herald photoHeading into last Saturday’s matchup with Minnesota, the last thing Wisconsin could afford was further losses to its depleted defensive line. Yet that’s exactly what it got, with starters Jason Chapman (left tackle) and Joe Monty (left end) both leaving the win over the Gophers with injuries.As a result, the workload has grown considerably for the team’s few linemen with viable game experience. Sophomore Kurt Ware played nearly the entire second half against Minnesota in place of Monty, while true freshman Matt Shaughnessy played every single snap at right end — a position he inherited following the loss of starter Jamal Cooper.”Matt Shaughnessy played every snap,” head coach Barry Alvarez said. “That’s a 225-pounder and he’s getting double-teamed. You know, [Minnesota tight end Matt Spaeth] is a, I don’t know, 270-pounder. We recruited him as a defensive tackle. The tackles are 320. He’s getting double-teamed by those and he played hard from the first snap to the last snap, chased guys down, unbelievable how he played.”The main options to give Ware and Shaughnessy some rest in this weekend’s homecoming game against Purdue are two relatively unknown commodities in sophomore Brandon Kelly and true freshman Travis Beckum. Both began their careers at linebacker, and while Kelly made the conversion over a year ago, Beckum only moved from sam linebacker to end about two weeks ago.”I think [defensive line coach John Palermo] feels that Beckum probably will help, is getting close to helping in certain situations,” Alvarez said.Palermo also used the tandem of redshirt freshmen Mike Newkirk and Gino Cruse to fill Chapman’s void. Cruse, at 6-foot-5 and 312 pounds, has flashed potential in his limited time this season, and will be counted on in the coming weeks even if Chapman returns to the lineup soon.”Gino played, if I’m not mistaken, 40-some plays last week,” Alvarez said. “So, yeah, Gino is going to have to play and get more snaps.”Chapman hurt his ankle, while Monty suffered what Alvarez described after the game as a possible severe knee injury. Alvarez had no further updates on the pair’s status Monday afternoon.”We’re going to have to be creative probably in some sense. We had three guys injured in that game … I don’t know how severe they are. Some of them we’ll get better answers today or tomorrow. But we were thin there to start with, and you lose three right away and then to have more injuries this past weekend … it’s hard. We just have to find answers. That’s our job, is to try to find an answer some place.”Change at corner?: Redshirt freshman Jack Ikegwuonu, who saw significant playing time against Minnesota, is now sitting atop the Badger depth chart at right cornerback according to the team’s weekly release.Senior Brett Bell, an honorable mention all-Big Ten choice last season by the conference’s coaches, formerly occupied the position. However, Alvarez was reluctant to say what the significance of the change truly is.”I don’t even look at that depth chart because I just know who’s going to play,” Alvarez said. “I know we’ll play four corners. But I saw Jack play, Jack played last week and I thought he did a good job. He wasn’t tested a lot — missed a tackle on a short route — but Jack’s a guy who’s progressed, has a lot of ability and I think should continue to get better and better as we go along.”Bell has endured his share of struggles this season after undergoing knee surgery following last year. And though he was fully cleared by doctors prior to the team’s fall camp, Bell has not been the same on the field.”I think [Bell’s] knee has been strong in that he’s had all the tests to indicate that it’s where it should be mechanically,” Alvarez said. “But I don’t know if anyone, unless you’ve gone through that type of surgery, knows how tough that is mentally to get over it. He had arthritis in his knee, which is very painful, I know that.”Still no word on Bernstein: Alvarez again had no further update on the status of standout fullback Matt Bernstein. The Scarsdale, N.Y., native has missed the last three games, with backups Chris Pressley and Bill Rentmeester filling in. The two are listed as co-starters on the depth chart, and split time pretty much evenly against Minnesota.”I have no idea when [Bernstein will] return,” Alvarez said. “I said when he was injured that it would be awhile. I check with him about daily, and he’s improving, but I haven’t had any indication that he’s getting closer.”One away: With seven receptions against Minnesota, senior wide receiver Brandon Williams is now tied with former Badger great Lee Evans for the school’s all-time catches record (175). For the season, Williams has 32 grabs for 492 yards and three scores.”He’s been huge to us and to this program,” quarterback John Stocco said. “He’s a guy who makes so many plays for us and I just love having him out there. He’s such a competitor and he’s got a lot of fire and it’s just great having a guy like that with us.”last_img read more

first_imgSen. Rose Ritch worked with Thornton School of Music and Kaufman School of Dance administrators to establish a fund for fine art students.(Long Le | Daily Trojan) “[We’re] working on a proposal because there’s some money in there that has not been allocated,” Ritch said. “We’re working to try and have these people who made the donation to approve using as small as even $5,000 to start off with to go towards this fund.” The Native American Student Union is one of the groups that has pushed for the passing of this resolution because of its lack of student representation in numbers. During the meeting’s open forum, NASU members said without the amendment, they would be unable to access funding or have a voice in USG.  Sen. Hailey Robertson and Director of Accessibility Affairs Gwen Howard shared that they tested wheelchair accessibility on campus by physically going to various buildings on campus. Although they found everything to meet Americans with Disabilities Act requirements — including governmental standards of design and construction for public facilities — USG members found that accessibility could be improved by publishing an accessibility map and presenting their findings to senior administrators.  Undergraduate Student Government passed an amendment Tuesday that will now allow cultural organizations to become recognized student assemblies by submitting a petition signed by at least 50 undergraduate students. Previously, proposed assemblies had to have had at least five recognized student organizations to prove student interest in the assembly’s creation.  Sen. Rose Ritch provided updates on the financial literacy survey that she and Vice President Mahsin Tahsin have been working on. The survey gauges students’ comprehension of their finances in order to determine what resources to provide to help them better understand money management later in life.  Ritch also gave updates on her project to increase funding for fine art students. On Friday, she met with Thornton School of Music Vice Dean Lucinda Carver and Kaufman School of Dance Vice Dean Jodie Gates to propose how the $1 million grant the two schools received could be used for a fine arts fund for seniors who will soon be looking for jobs. Director of Residential Affairs Gabriel Savage and Sens. Benjamin Shiff and Ritch provided updates on their work to revise absence policies in all schools but have faced a setback with the School of Cinematic Arts’ John Wells Division of Writing for Screen and Television attendance policy, where the department would deduct a student’s grade by 10% after the first two absences. The policy was updated Wednesday to clarify exceptions for religious observances, family and medical emergencies and personal well-being. “As we all know, there’s been some issues with SCA recently, and so now, at our next meeting, we’ll most likely be addressing that, because it’s a real issue,” Ritch said.  “The user experience of [the buildings], essentially, can vary a lot, and we want every student to feel welcome and see facilities that are welcoming to them,” Howard said. “We have been left out of the conversation regarding our own future,” NASU President Maracea Chase said. “Our lack of representation, our lack of resources and the fact that we just don’t have the numbers on this campus to be recognized in the way that we want to.”last_img read more

first_img Published on November 26, 2016 at 4:49 pm Contact Matt: mcschnei@syr.edu | @matt_schneidman NEW YORK – In its first true test of the season, No. 18 Syracuse (4-1) couldn’t climb out of a double-digit second-half hole and fell to South Carolina (6-0), 64-50 on Saturday afternoon at the Barclays Center.Here are three quick takeaways from the Orange’s first loss of the season.Tyler the CreatorOne game after six different players scored in double figures for the Orange, Tyler Lydon led a skewed Orange offense with 18 points. Only two others finished with more than 10. Andrew White was the second player to enter double digits but didn’t do so until the 6:37 mark of the second half.With Syracuse trailing 40-28 at the beginning of the second half, Lydon reeled off six straight points – a free throw, 3-pointer and turnaround floater – to bring SU within six. The Barclays Center erupted and SU all of a sudden showed signs of life.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textBut Lydon didn’t score after that stretch, and a struggling Syracuse offense sputtered to the finish.Not the pointJohn Gillon’s five first-half turnovers stunted any Syracuse rhythm and Jim Boeheim didn’t have the freedom of going to Frank Howard off the bench. The sophomore picked up three fouls by the 6:19 mark of the first half and stayed on the sideline for the rest of the opening stanza.The two point guards, who combined for 20.8 points per game through four contests on over 56 percent shooting from the field, had as many turnovers as combined points in the first 20 minutes Saturday.In the second half, SU’s floor generals took care of the ball better but couldn’t manufacture much of anything on the offensive end. Gillon and Howard finished with a combined 13 points while only taking a combined eight shots.Pretty foulWith 10:50 left in the game, South Carolina committed its 10th team foul and Syracuse entered the double bonus.After White made two free throws, Howard missed the Orange’s next four attempts from the charity stripe unable to slice the Gamecocks’ lead below five.Syracuse finished the game 16-for-26 from the foul line and was unable to capitalize on the Gamecocks second-half foul trouble. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

first_img Related Articles Submit StumbleUpon Share Share GVC hires ‘comms pro’ Tessa Curtis to re-energise media profile  August 25, 2020 GVC absorbs retail shocks as business recalibrates for critical H2 trading August 13, 2020 Martin Lycka – Regulatory high temperatures cancel industry’s ‘silly season’ August 11, 2020 Heike MayerUpdating the market, International betting integrity body ESSA has elected a new Chairperson and expanded its board. FTSE listed GVC Holdings Heike Mayer succeeds outgoing ESSA Chair, Mike O’Kane, who has held the position since 2012.The ESSA board has also expanded to reflect its growing membership, with Betway’s Jon Russell and David Foster of Paddy Power Betfair strengthening the board of directors.Heike Mayer, who is responsible for Public and Regulatory Affairs at GVC, takes over as Chair of the association from Mike O’Kane, a veteran of over 40 years in the industry, who has stepped down following his retirement from Ladbrokes.Heike Mayer commented on her new appointment as ESSA Chair“I’d like to thank Mike for all of his hard work over the last five years. He has done a great job in repositioning the association and has been an influential and vocal advocate of ESSA members and our sector in general. There are a number of key issues and opportunities facing the industry going forward. I will be working with my board colleagues to deliver and implement a strategy that meets those challenges and maintains the strong working relationships that ESSA has built,”ESSA Secretary General Khalid Ali commented on the update: “The expansion of the board reflects a desire to ensure that we are best placed to represent the association’s increasing membership and to meet the ongoing challenges facing the sports betting sector. We are very fortunate to have a wealth of experience and knowledge within our membership to help drive us forward to achieve our goals.”last_img read more

first_imgThe Office of National Security will now take charge of the case involving the over 50 Ghanaians who have either been, or are facing, deportation by the Australian government.This is according to a statement from the Sports Ministry.In a story that has slighted Ghana since it broke a week ago, persons said to be posing as Ghanaian journalists were identified by officials at Australia’s airports and processed for deportation. The Australian government says all the people had the right accreditation, but investigations hinted that impersonation could be at play.“The Ministry has officially requested the National Security to thoroughly investigate circumstances leading to the acquisition of visas by underserving persons who are in no way connected with the ongoing 21st Commonwealth Games in Australia,” a statement from the Ministry said.In a related development, two officials on the Ghana Olympic Committee (GOC) have been suspended, although they remain with the national contingent in Australia. Hussein Addy and Christine Ashley are said to have had a certain level of involvement in the acquisition of visas by persons who have, in recent days, admitted that they were not journalists as their accreditations suggested.The first batch of deportees arrived in Ghana on April 3. Some of the deported persons have actually told the media that they paid cash amounting to several thousands of dollars to get the paperwork facilitated by officials of the GOC.Meanwhile, the Ghana Journalists Association also issued a statement earlier in the week distancing its membership from this sordid story, emphasing that authorities needed to get to the bottom of the matter to salvage the profession’s reputation. Joy News understands two Kumasi-based journalists were also affected by the deportation simply because they were on the same flight as the rest of the ‘fake journalists’.On Thursday, a statement from the Australian High Commission in Ghana shed more light on the matter: “The Australian Border Force (ABF) has cancelled the visas of several dozen travellers from a variety of countries, including Ghana, who attempted to travel to Australia posing illegitimately as journalists, athletes or officials.”The statement from the Sports Ministry reads: MALPRACTICES IN CONNECTION WITH GHANA’S PREPARATION IN THE 21ST COMMONWEALTH GAMESMINISTRY OF YOUTH AND SPORTS REFERS MATTER TO NATIONAL SECURITYThe Ministry has officially requested the National Security to thoroughly investigate circumstances leading to the acquisition of visas by underserving persons who are in no way connected with the ongoing 21st Commonwealth Games in Australia.This follows some inappropriate actions by some individuals which have led to some Ghanaians being denied the necessary courtesies when travelling to Australia in connection with the Commonwealth Games.The Ministry believes the National Security has the capacity to unravel the truth surrounding the unpleasant situation Ghana finds herself among the comity of sporting nations. —Signed—HON. ISAAC KWAME ASIAMAHMINISTER**last_img read more

first_imgAnita S. Turney, age 75, of Udall died early Monday morning, April 29, 2013 at Harry Hynes Memorial Hospice Unit at Via Christi St. Francis in Wichita.She was a retired registered nurse having worked at William Newton Memorial Hospital and Wesley for many years.Anita S. (Blankenship) Turney was born on December 5, 1937 in Winfield to Earl E. Blankenship and Pamelia E. (Collins) Blankenship.Anita married Forest “Gene” Turney on August 26, 1956 in Udall.She enjoyed spending time with her family and friends, singing, sewing, traveling and photography.She is preceded in death by her parents.Survivors include her loving husband Gene, of the home; one son Brian Turney and his wife Lynette of Belle Plaine, KS; three daughters, Cindy Hess and her husband John of Holt, MO, Lisa Ulrich and her husband Dane of Branson, MO, and Susan Campbell and her husband Roy of Kimberling City, MO; two brothers, Richard Blankenship and his wife Ada of Edmond, OK and John  Blankenship and his wife Shirley of Udall, KS; and 10 grandchildren, Brianna, Brandon, Levi and Lyndsey Turney, Shaun and Chelsea Hess, Cassidy and Bryant Ulrich, Aaron and Anny Campbell.Funeral Services will be held at the Church of Christ in Wellington on Thursday, May 2, 2013 at 11:30 a.m.  Interment will follow the service at the Council Hill Cemetery in Peck, KS.Visitation will be held at the funeral home on Wednesday, May 1, 2013 from 1 to 8 p.m.Memorials have been established with the Wellington Church of Christ and St. Jude Children’s Hospital.  Contributions can be left at the funeral home.Frank Funeral Home has been entrusted with the arrangements.To leave condolences or sign our guest book, please visit our website at www.frankfuneralhome.netlast_img read more