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Otago Daily Times 2 November 2017The three strikes law is “silly”, doesn’t work, and will be dismantled next year, Justice Minister Andrew Little says.“It’s been on the statute books for eight years now,” Little told the New Zealand Herald. “Our serious offending rate is rising, our prison population is rising. Throwing people into prison for longer and longer just isn’t working.”However, repealing it was not in the Government’s 100-day plan.“It will be some time next year, I imagine. It’s a silly law anyway, but I want to make sure when we do get rid of it, we can say, ‘Here is our plan to reduce serious offending rates’.”The three strikes law was passed in 2010 and applies to 40 serious sexual or violent offences.Family First said repealing the law would put the public in greater danger, and former Act MP David Garrett, who was the architect of the bill, said repeat violent offenders deserve longer sentences.“Each of those 216 guys on a final strike are dangerous, repeat, violent offenders who belong in jail, and they are doing more time than they were before.“What’s the wrong that needs to be righted? Andrew Little will have no examples of where the legislation has resulted in some rank injustice.”READ MORE: https://www.odt.co.nz/news/national/three-strikes-be-struck-outKeep up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.
The former first family of Alaska is breaking up. According to divorce papers, Sarah and Todd Palin’s marriage is over.In the court documents, Todd Palin cites incompatibility of temperament as a couple. That is similar to “irreconcilable differences.”The Palin family became well known after then Governor Sarah Palin was tapped to be John McCain’s Vice Presidential running mate in 2008. A couple of years ago the oldest Palin son was accused of beating up his father.The Palins, married for 31 years, have asked for joint custody of young est son, 11-year-old Trig.Sarah Palin, 55, was elected governor of Alaska in 2006.The marriage of Sarah and Todd, a commercial fisherman, snowmachine racer and oil field worker, was frequently on display in TV interviews, reality shows, books and other media appearances.Palin resigned as governor in 2009.
Broward County officials quickly responded to the incident, and Target was fined for not enforcing the county’s mask law. Citations were also mailed to the protesters, the South Florida Sun Sentinel reported. A group of anti-maskers went viral after they stormed into a Fort Lauderdale Target with no masks, yelling out “take off your masks” while blaring Twisted Sister’s song “We’re Not Gonna Take It.”Twisted Sister singer Dee Snider took to social media to condemn the anti-maskers. In a tweet he sent out on Wednesday the singer called the stunt “moronic,” and said the group doesn’t have his “permission or blessing to use my song for their moronic cause.”(Warning:NSFW)No…these selfish assholes do not have my permission or blessing to use my song for their moronic cause. #cuttheshit https://t.co/LPDAjSszbf— Dee Snider (@deesnider) September 16, 2020
A quartet of area high school boys basketball teams each faced various sets of expectations in the last full week of January.Fayetteville-Manlius was charged with trying to contain Baldwinsville’s sensational sophomore, J.J. Starling, last Friday night, and did an admirable job of it, yet still lost to the Bees 67-55.All through the first half, hot outside shooting allowed F-M to keep pace with B’ville. The Hornets trailed by just two, 38-36, at the break, and stayed within range during the third quarter, too.Like every other Bees opponent, the aim was to keep Starling from big numbers, and though he did have 23 points, F-M made Starling work hard for those numbers.Despite all this, B’ville got away by playing tough defense in the final minutes and having Bo Nicholson give big-time scoring support to Starling as Nicholson finished with 21 points.No one on the Hornets could match those totals. Charlie Gadsden and Josh Michel each had 12 points, with Trevor Roe getting eight points and Luke Davidson adding six points.That same night, Jamesville-DeWitt met a Fulton side that had quietly built a 9-3 record, though one of those defeats was to the Red Rams 75-53 on Dec. 20.A month later, very little changed, J-D again handling Fulton 71-47 even after a wild first quarter that saw the Rams have to battle to gain a 19-17 lead.Over the course of the next two periods, though, the Red Raiders were limited to just 17 points, J-D’s defense making all kinds of stops while its attack continued to perform well.At the forefront, Payton Shumpert got 23 points, adding seven rebounds and four assists. The trio of Trey Autry, Gunther Schnorr and John Marshall Withers each gained 11 points and Preston Shumpert had seven points.East Syracuse Minoa had little trouble in last Wednesday’s game against PSLA-Fowler, defeating the Falcons 63-43.Improving its record to 11-2, the state Class A no. 26-ranked Spartans opened with a 22-7 first quarter and built a 56-29 lead through three periods before resting its starters late.Nick Peterson finished with 13 points, while Devin Mascato-Buffaloe had 12 points. Matt Burchill-Wright got 11 points as Jimmy Ferns put in six points.Of far more importance was the way ESM played, on both sides of the ball, against Auburn last Friday night. Ignoring the Maroons’ 9-4 record, the Spartans were terrific in every aspect of the game in smashing them 65-33.As the game wore on, ESM’s defense only seemed to improve, and in the second and third quarters it left Auburn far behind, outscoring them 44-13.Peterson, with his 22 points, got plenty of support from Ferns, who gained 15 points. Burchill-Wright remained steady with nine points as no Maroons player scored in double figures.Manlius-Pebble Hill put together back-to-back wins for the first time this season, improving its post-season chances.On Jan. 17, the Trojans defeated LaFayette 65-58, overcoming an early 17-8 deficit and, in the third quarter, outscoring the Lancers 18-7 to move out in front for good.Aside from his 28 points, James Kelly earned 13 rebounds, three assists and two steals. Alex Abrams had a big night, too, with 18 points and seven rebounds as Shontez Anderson got eight points, seven rebounds and four assists.Then, in last Wednesday”s game against Stockbridge Valley, MPH prevailed 66-52, using a 21-9 push through the second quarter to gain control.Kelly had nearly half the Trojans’ output, earning 30 points. Anderson gained 14 points, with Isiah Clary adding six points.Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story Tags: boys basketballESMF-MJ-DMPH
Published on November 15, 2010 at 12:00 pm Contact Rachel: email@example.com Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ The score read 24-13 in favor of Louisville. It was the fourth set, and the Cardinals were one point away from winning the match and ending the season for the Syracuse volleyball team and its three seniors on Senior Day. It was clear the Orange wasn’t going to win this one. Louisville was just too tough. And even though slight hope could be felt throughout the stands and on the sideline, reality began to creep in. The season was over. There would be no miraculous comeback. For the three seniors on the team, this was the end. ‘We played with a lot of heart,’ senior Hayley Todd said. ‘We just sort of ran out of steam. That’s not the way you want it to go.’ Standing alongside the Syracuse bench as the game ended, fellow senior Mindy Stanislovaitis began to tear up. The Sunday afternoon game against Louisville would be her final game wearing a Syracuse volleyball jersey. And to have it end at home, without qualifying for the Big East tournament, was tough. Stanislovaitis tried her best. She had 13 kills to lead the team against the Cardinals. ‘I’m glad that Mindy finished with this game today,’ assistant coach Carol LaMarche said. ‘She really picked it up today, got some good kills and was a good leader out there for us, and I thought she did well.’AdvertisementThis is placeholder text But it wasn’t enough to extend the season. Five wins in Big East play won’t cut it, even if the team did finish with 23 total wins. After the game, Stanislovaitis reflected on her finale. ‘Just go out and play hard,’ Stanislovaitis said of her mindset toward the game. ‘It’s my last shot. Have to do all I can do.’ Stanislovaitis, Todd and fellow senior Sarah Hayes did all they could do this season. The trio led Syracuse to a program record 17-0 start and finished the season 23-9. But they could not extend that play into the Big East, leading to the team’s failure to qualify for the Big East tournament. Todd, Hayes and Stanislovaitis were not just senior role players. They were three of the best players on the team. Todd finished the season second in kills (317) and third in blocks (72). Stanislovaitis was third in kills (232), and Hayes was third in digs (221). Todd’s consistent smackdown of kills, Hayes’ knack for digs in the backcourt and Stanislovaitis’ energy and kills of her own proved to be assets the team will miss next year. ‘They’ve been consistent players for us all season and great leaders,’ LaMarche said. ‘(Head coach Jing Pu) and I can really rely on them to be ready game day. We’re going to miss them next year.’ But it wasn’t just their on-court performances that showed their value. It was the little things, too. Hayes could always be seen verbally cheering on her teammates from the bench. If Todd was on the bench, she would be jumping up and down every time someone on the team made a play. The same energy was brought by Stanislovaitis. These seniors were not just leaders on the court. They took charge on the sidelines, during practice and wherever else the team needed support. ‘We’ve relied a lot on them this year,’ LaMarche said of the three. Next year, the team won’t have Hayes’ dancing antics on the sideline. Or Todd and Stanislovaitis’ jumping and cheering. The seniors, and the mark they left on the program, will be gone. ‘There’s three spots that need to be filled now,’ LaMarche said. ‘They’re key players for us.’ Three big spots on all sides of the ball. And on the sidelines, too. Said LaMarche: ‘They’re just great kids, and it’s fun to watch them go through four years and finish their careers well.’ firstname.lastname@example.org
USC faced off against UCLA Friday and Saturday night in two parliamentary-style debates, which covered the war in Syria and U.S. immigration policy. The first debate, which had competitors debate the U.S. backing of Syrian rebel groups, ended in victory for the USC team.The event was followed by a multi-school roundtable debate on Saturday, which set teams from USC and La Verne University against UCLA and Pepperdine. The debate, over the costs and benefits of building a wall across the United States’ southern border, ultimately went in UCLA and Pepperdine’s favor.The debate took place at Politicon, a nonpartisan political convention at the Los Angeles Convention Center that hosted political commentators, comics and politicians including Newt Gingrich, David Axelrod, James Carville and Trevor Noah.The event took place over two days and featured multiple panels, movie screenings and musical performances, all with the goal of creating “a platform for media of all types to present their own events,” according to its website.Friday’s debate had a USC team of senior business administration major Ideen Saiedian and first-year law student Nathaniel Haas, who affirmed the resolution that the U.S. should remove its backing from any rebel groups in the Syrian civil war.USC’s strategy centered around denouncing the unpredictable nature and unintended consequences of U.S. support for rebels, citing the rise of ISIS and the ineffective influence of the U.S. program in Syria so far.“When was the last time the United States successfully supported a rebel group in a civil war that led to the successful transition to democracy?” Haas asked. “It wasn’t even a civil war — it was World War II, where we had to drop nuclear bombs and rewrite a nation’s constitution in order for it to work.”UCLA’s response emphasized the instability and human rights abuses of the current Assad regime, arguing that the only way to create peace in the region was to arm rebel groups that would fight back against the long-standing dictatorship.Ultimately, judges handed the debate to USC, citing the “unanswered questions raised from the USC side” as the deciding factor, according to judge Steven Olikara.Saiedian, a member of USC’s policy debate team, credited his and Haas’s success to the long hours of preparation that went into researching the Syrian conflict. Though they only found out the topic a few days before the debate, it happened to be the same topic the policy team had been preparing for since summer. According to Saiedian, this preparation involved 30 hours per week of research and tournaments every two to three weeks, such as last week’s tournament in Kentucky, in which USC placed in the top 35 teams.Saturday’s debate had a different format, with teams from two schools partnering up to debate whether a border wall would be a cost-effective way of significantly reducing illegal immigration.The USC team, consisting of sophomore economics and mathematics major Kristoff Weakely and freshman economics and sociology major Rebecca Harbeck, argued against the resolution, warning that the wall would not stop illegal immigration, and instead would marginalize immigrants and create a less accepting environment in the U.S.The opposing side, which supported building a wall, cited the success of cities such as San Diego in reducing illegal immigration, and ultimately won the debate due to the convincing nature of their economic argument, according to the judges.Though Weakely and Harbeck faced a setback, they plan to continue competing throughout the upcoming school year. Both members of the policy debate team found it difficult to transition into the parliamentary-style debate, which involves a different speaking order and more participants; however, they ultimately believed that their efforts paid off.“It was very confusing, but I feel like we made the thesis of our arguments clear and did the best we could,” Weakely said.
The USC women’s basketball team moved one step closer to the NCAA tournament with a narrow 55-53 victory over Arizona.All-around · Sophomore Ashley Corral had nine points and six assists to help the Women of Troy beat Arizona late Thursday night at home. – Tim Tran | Daily Trojan USC (17-11, 11-6) recorded its fourth straight victory in a game marked by a series of runs. The Women of Troy led by as many as 13 points in the second half before allowing Arizona (13-15, 6-11) to close within one point in the final minute.“I thought it was a very well played game for about 35 minutes for us, but at this particular time we’re taking wins,” USC coach Michael Cooper said. “It wasn’t a pretty win, but it was a win we have to take to continue what we are striving to do.”Sophomore guard Ashley Corral knocked down one of two free throws the final margin. The Wildcats missed an open three-pointer in the final seconds.Junior center Kari LaPlante led USC with 13 points, six rebounds and three blocked shots. The Women of Troy capitalized early on a size advantage down low with LaPlante and freshman forward Christina Marinacci. The duo combined for 13 points and seven rebounds in the first half and helped USC take an early lead.“Tonight Kari was very active rebounding for us and I thought that was a big plus as well as scoring when she got her opportunities,” Cooper said. “And again, you can’t pass up on her size.”A late surge propelled USC to a double-digit halftime lead. Senior guard Hailey Dunham started the run with a pair of fast break layups, the first coming off a highlight-reel pass from Corral. Sophomore guard Briana Gilbreath ended the run with a midrange jumper right before the halftime buzzer.Arizona came back in the second half behind some stellar play from forward Ify Ibekwe, who scored 16 of her 18 points in the half. Ibekwe missed much of the first half with foul trouble. A jump shot with 27 seconds left brought the Wildcats within one at 54-53.Gilbreath finished with 10 points on 4 of 15 shooting but added eight assists and three steals for the Women of Troy. Backcourt mate Corral set the single-season school record for three-pointers with a pair of threes in the game. She finished with nine points and six assists.“Records are always fun to have,” Corral said. “Right now I’m more focused on getting us to the NCAA tournament and getting this next win against Arizona State because I think that will take us into a good ride into the Pac-10 tournament.”She finished with nine points and six assists.USC wraps up the regular season with a home game against Arizona State on Saturday.
In what was a tale of two halves, the No. 5 Wisconsin men’s basketball team dominated the final 20 minutes of the game Tuesday night at the Kohl Center on their way to a 92-78 victory over the Indiana Hoosiers.Wisconsin (20-2, 8-1 Big Ten) opened the game on a 9-0 run, but Indiana (16-7, 6-4 Big Ten) was able to counter with a 13-2 run of their own that put them up 13-11. Unfortunately for the Hoosiers, that was the last time they would see a lead Tuesday night, as the Badgers countered with a 13-3 run that Indiana never seemed able to recover from.The game still remained fairly close throughout the rest of the first half, however. Both teams shot well in the period, with Wisconsin shooting 68 percent (17-for-25) from the field and 66.7 percent (4-for-6) from three, while Indiana shot 56 percent (14-for-25) and 72.7 percent (8-for-11) from three. Wisconsin also shot a perfect 6-for-6 from the free-throw line while Indiana did not attempt a free throw in the first half.Wisconsin was able to put the game away in the second half by means of a 15-1 run in the first five minutes and a 27-6 run in the first eight minutes of the period, getting the lead up to as much as 32.“With the way they shot and got themselves back into the game, if we don’t have that lead who knows what happens,” senior forward Frank Kaminsky said.Ultimately, it came down to Wisconsin improving on the defensive end in the second half and not allowing Indiana to shoot the ball from behind the arc with the same kind of rhythm they had in the first half.“We did not change anything we were doing defensively,” Wisconsin head coach Bo Ryan said. “It’s just that they got into a rhythm where they felt real comfortable with their threes [in the first half].”Just as UW’s defensive mindset stayed the same, so did that of their offense. The Badgers dominated undersized Indiana down low all game, outscoring the Hoosiers 24-8 in the paint in the first half and 40-24 overall.Wisconsin made sure to take advantage of all the mismatches they had down low, as there were even times where Indiana junior guard Yogi Ferrell, whose height is listed at six feet, would find himself guarding the seven-foot Kaminsky on the block.“Most of our offense ran through the post tonight,” Kaminsky said. “When we had the size advantage we knew we had to take advantage of it. I think we did a good job feeding the post.”Kaminsky, who scored a game-high 23 points on 9 of 12 shooting and also grabbed six rebounds, led the strong effort inside for the Badgers.“[Kaminsky] is smart enough and agile enough and a student enough to be able to recognize some things, and his teammates have done a good job of recognizing how to get the ball into him,” Ryan said. “He has to be a part of the offense and he has been all year.”While Wisconsin appeared to be in full control of the game in the second half, with more than seven minutes remaining in the game and the Badgers up 25, the Hoosiers decided to make one final push.Over the next two minutes of the game, Wisconsin appeared to relax a bit while Indiana refused to go away, hitting three shots from behind the arc en route to a 13-2 run that brought them within 12.With five minutes remaining, it seemed as though Indiana was going to make one final run at it, but Kaminsky had other plans, scoring the next 6 points for the Badgers, and Wisconsin wouldn’t let the Hoosiers creep any closer.“We might of stepped off the gas a little bit and kind of relaxed and they took advantage of it, but we were able to give ourselves a huge cushion that whatever they did would’ve been really hard to come back from,” Kaminsky said.Following Kaminsky’s effort were four other Wisconsin starters in sophomore forward Nigel Hayes (16), sophomore guard Bronson Koenig (15), junior forward Sam Dekker (14) and redshirt senior guard Josh Gasser (11) who all scored in double figures.Off the bench, it was redshirt sophomore guard Zak Showalter who provided a spark for the Badgers, scoring a career-high 9 points off three-and-one layups. Showalter came into the game early in the second half after Gasser picked up his third personal foul and was able to take full advantage of his opportunity.“I just kind of bring energy like I always do,” Showalter said. “Frank and Nigel seemed to be open every time I touched the ball so I was just trying to hit those guys. It felt good to be out there, and I had some good flashbacks of this action.”With their total team effort, Wisconsin was able to put up their second highest scoring mark of the season and now have a two-game lead over four other teams in the Big Ten standings.Wisconsin will stay at home for its next game when it takes the court Saturday against Northwestern. Tip is scheduled for 4:30 p.m.
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisAlpena, Mich. — A “blue” festival and night at the museum will takeover the Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary on Thursday.Michigan State University’s Science Festival is coming to the Great Lakes Maritime Heritage Center as part of the Sanctuary Cinema Series. This is the fifth year the sanctuary and MSU have teamed up to bring information and entertainment.Folks can watch different short films from the National Marine Sanctuary System’s “Earth is Blue” film series. Each of the 14 short film is based on a different site in the marine sanctuaries. They showcase the importance of water for different ecosystems.“What’s really neat about those films is that as you watch this incredible cinematography, you can’t help but feel that responsibility to take great care of our blue planet,” said Katie Wolf, director of the Friends of Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary. “Most of the earth is made up of water, and so we have this responsibility to make sure that we take care of that water.”Catch the collection of ‘Earth is Blue” films this Thursday at 7:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. The museum will also be open for folks to explore and enjoy. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, visit www.thunderbayfriends.org.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis Tags: Earth is Blue, Environment, friends of thunder bay national marine sanctuary, GREAT LAKES MARITIME HERITAGE CENTER, Michigan State University, Museum, National Marine Sanctuary System, Office of National Marine Sanctuaries, Sanctuary Cinema Series, waterContinue ReadingPrevious Photo of the Day for Tuesday, April 16Next Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel joins the fight for women’s reproductive rights