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Government accused of appeasing Greens’ ‘incessant desire’ to decriminalise drugs

first_imgNewsHub 2 May 2019Family First Comment: Interesting comments in the drug discussion, and concerns around “police discretion” related to the anti-smacking law!“Police discretion in law has been contentious, particularly when it was included in former Green MP Sue Bradford’s controversial child discipline bill which was passed in Parliament in 2007. Police have been accused of too often referring child abuse cases through to the court to decide, rather than applying the discretion available, because of the sensitivity around family violence cases. New Zealand lawyer Mai Chen has pointed out in a legal analysis that the police discretion section of the 2007 anti-smacking law provides “little to no guidance as to how police should exercise its discretion”. Similar concerns were raised at the select committee on drug law reform, with Police Association President Chris Cahill saying there needed to be wider debate within the public.”Paula Bennett has asked the Government if proposed drug law reforms are to appease the Green Party’s “incessant desire” for decriminalisation.Bennett, the deputy National Party leader and spokesperson for drug reform, took aim at the Government in Parliament on Thursday over submissions made at select committee.MPs were told on Wednesday that changes proposed in the Misuse of Drugs Amendment Bill would essentially decriminalise all drugs and make it difficult for police to prosecute for drug possession.Bennett asked the Government why the Bill “codifies police discretion”, and suggested that it may have been included to appease the Green Party’s “incessant desire to decriminalise drugs”.The Green Party has shown strong support for drug decriminalisation. The party’s spokesperson on drug law reform, Chlöe Swarbrick, has said it’s time for “evidence-based policy” that “prioritises compassion”.Filling in for Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, Winston Peters told Bennett police discretion can be found “in a great number” of our laws, and said “we don’t want to dispute with a bunch of Philadelphia lawyers on the other side”.Police discretion in law has been contentious, particularly when it was included in former Green MP Sue Bradford’s controversial child discipline bill which was passed in Parliament in 2007.Police have been accused of too often referring child abuse cases through to the court to decide, rather than applying the discretion available, because of the sensitivity around family violence cases.New Zealand lawyer Mai Chen has pointed out in a legal analysis that the police discretion section of the 2007 anti-smacking law provides “little to no guidance as to how police should exercise its discretion”.Similar concerns were raised at the select committee on drug law reform, with Police Association President Chris Cahill saying there needed to be wider debate within the public.READ MORE: https://www.newshub.co.nz/home/politics/2019/05/government-accused-of-appeasing-greens-incessant-desire-to-decriminalise-drugs.htmllast_img read more

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Bongaigaon Bowlers Shine On Day 1 In Nuruddin Senior Inter-District Cricket Tournament

first_imgGUWAHATI: Bongaigaon bundled out Karimganj for 94 as 21 wickets fall on Day one of the quarterfinal round of Nuruddin Senior Inter-District Cricket tournament at Barpeta today.Sunil Ranjan Gogoi claimed 6 wickets for 33 in 11.3 overs to restrict his opponent in 26.3 overs. Santanu Dhar, supporting him well, took 3 wickets for 8. Saurab Dey scored 30 of the batting side.In reply Bongaigaon also could not score many, all out for 144 in 45 overs inside the first day’s play. Debodip Nag hit 57 while Vishal Roy added 35. Roshan Kr. Madhab and Ajoy Kumar took two wickets each.In their second innings Karimganj put on 47 in 14 overs losing 0ne wickets at stumps.At Biswanath, NFRSA managed 156/3 in 60 overs at stumps of Day one against Dibrugarh. Parvez Aziz hit a half century (59) while Kirti Azad Yadav contributed 35.At Judges’ Field, Tezpur scored 250 in 50.2 overs against Golaghat with the help of Diptesh Saha’s 72. Roshan Basfor and Siddharth Sharma added 45 and 35 respectively. Sanjib Hazarika claimed 5 wickets for 75 in 18 overs. Golaghat were 18 for one at stumps.At Nagaon, Sivasagar bowled out Silchar for 133/10 in 55.2 overs. Samik Das scored 34. Arpan Dutta (4/28) and Shyam Gurung (3/46) were the most successful bowlers. Sivasagar managed 63 for 3 in 24 overs at Stumps. Also Read: Guwahati Thrash Tezpur In Nuruddin Senior Inter District Cricketlast_img read more

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Kings ground the Ducks in OT

first_imgThe Kings played without rookie sensation Anze Kopitar, who suffered an undisclosed upper-body strain in practice this week and is considered questionable for Saturday’s game against Nashville. “The playoffs are out of reach so it’s more about pride,” Kings forward Dustin Brown said. “The worst thing we can do is just roll over and die.” NOTES: London called, and the Kings and Ducks answered. The Southern California rivals will open the 2007-08 season in a newly refurbished arena in downtown London on Sept. 29-30 as the NHL attempts to expand interest in the game beyond the North American shores. News of the games leaked out several weeks ago, but the dates were formally announced before the Kings and Ducks faced off Thursday night at Staples Center. These will be the NHL’s first regular-season games abroad since the San Jose Sharks and Calgary Flames played two games in Tokyo to start the 1998-99 season. – Elliott Teaford 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “We have a lot of respect for (the Ducks),” Cammalleri said. “We have to play well against them or we’re not going to look good. We have a lot of pride and fans who want to see us develop.” Cammalleri’s goal, 3:17 into overtime with Ducks captain Scott Niedermayer in the penalty box, capped a rally. The Kings rallied from a two-goal deficit, just as they did Saturday against Colorado. LOS ANGELES – The Ducks are in second place in the Western Conference and the Kings are in last place. The gap between them is 31 points, but that’s not discernible when the teams meet on the ice. The crosstown rivals have played seven times this season, and every game has been decided by one goal. The Ducks have prevailed four times to the Kings’ three, but the Kings pulled one out Thursday when Michael Cammalleri’s overtime goal gave them a 4-3 victory before 17,620 at Staples Center. center_img The Ducks, who won their last two games despite blowing a two-goal lead in each, couldn’t pull it out this time. Niedermayer’s interference penalty led to Cammalleri’s 4-on-3 overtime goal. Niedermayer also took an interference penalty on Sunday against Colorado that led to a game-tying goal, but Niedermayer responded with the game-winning goal. There would be no redemption on Thursday. “Everybody has the physical ability here,” Niedermayer said. “It’s our mental focus. Tonight we had it off and on. We didn’t play a consistent game all night.” The team captain echoed his coach, who was disappointed with the Ducks’ effort in a game in which they outshot the Kings 30-21. Kings goalie Sean Burke held up well and Ilya Bryzgalov took the loss, as the Ducks chose to save No. 1 goalie Jean-Sebastien Giguere for tonight’s showdown against San Jose. “We didn’t play with the necessary urgency that the situation asked for,” Ducks coach Randy Carlyle said. “We turned the puck over too many times and it cost us. It’s mental, that’s all it is. Our mental preparation has got to be better.” last_img read more

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Lampard confident for Super Cup despite Kante question

first_img0Shares0000Chelsea coach Frank Lampard was waiting to make a decision on N’Golo Kante’s fitness for the Super Cup after the Frenchman picked up a knock against Manchester United at the weekend © AFP/File / Oli SCARFFISTANBUL, Turkey, Aug 13 – Chelsea coach Frank Lampard was set to make a late decision on the fitness of N’Golo Kante for Wednesday’s UEFA Super Cup clash with Liverpool in Istanbul, a match he is “optimistic” the London club can win.The France midfielder has been struggling with a knee injury that saw him fly home early from the club’s pre-season trip to Japan and meant he started on the bench in Sunday’s 4-0 defeat at the hands of Manchester United. Kante came on in the second half of their Premier League opener but Lampard revealed another knock picked up at Old Trafford has left a question mark over the 28-year-old’s presence at the Vodafone Park, home of Besiktas.“The selection of N’Golo Kante on the bench was purely because he had an injury in pre-season. He wasn’t ready for the game but I’m very aware of how important he is for us as a player,” Lampard said.“He also picked up another small injury in the game so we are assessing that with regards to tomorrow (Wednesday).”– Turning to youth –Lampard also confirmed that Brazilian winger Willian and German centre-back Antonio Rudiger will start on the bench as they continue to recover fitness following spells on the sidelines.Frank Lampard is keen to give young players like Tammy Abraham a chance to shine © AFP / Toshifumi KITAMURAMeanwhile, young duo Tammy Abraham (21) and Mason Mount (20) will hope to keep their places after starting at the weekend, with Lampard prepared to give youth a chance after a transfer ban prevented Chelsea from signing any new players in the close season.“I’ll pick the best team to win the game, regardless of age. Mason Mount deserved his chance on absolute merit as opposed to age,” Lampard insisted.“I will have no fears to play young players, it’s important at a club like Chelsea that we do that, but they need to deserve the chance.”Lampard is eager to mark just his second competitive match in charge with a trophy, all the more so after losing this match as a Chelsea player in 2012 and 2013.“It means a lot to the club,” he said. “I know that first hand because I lost two: one in poor circumstances because we lost against Atletico Madrid having been champions of Europe.“We were far, far off in that game. It was different against (Bayern) Munich, we lost unfortunately but I understand the feeling that when you work hard to get into this game, which is a game between two champions, it’s important as a club like Chelsea that we give everything to try to win it.”The former Derby County boss added: “I am optimistic because I believe in the players and I believe we are here in the final because we deserve to be here.“I am very proud to be here managing the team but I am also very understanding of the quality of Liverpool.“We know it’s going to be a big test, but yes I believe in my players and if we play to our maximum we can win the match.”0Shares0000(Visited 41 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more