Three strikes law supported by 68 per cent of Kiwis, survey finds

first_imgNZ Herald 2 June 2018Third-strike offenders have an average of 63 criminal convictions and 68 per cent of Kiwis approve of the hardline policy, according to a new survey.Under the “Third Strikes” law, a person who has three warnings for serious violent, sexual or drugs offending can be sentenced to the maximum jail time without parole.Justice Minister Andrew Little will take the controversial law, introduced in 2010, to the Cabinet next week to soften it, but a new survey has found the majority of New Zealanders support the law as it is.The Sensible Sentencing Trust commissioned poll of 965 adults found 68 per cent approved of the law, and 20 per cent did not. The rest were unsure or refused to answer.Family First NZ said the independent nationwide poll showed the Coalition Government had no public mandate for scrapping the law, and that evidence proved it is having the desired effect.“The law appears to be working as planned because there is a dramatic drop from the number of first strikes (9632) to second strikes (273), and then again to a third strike (4),” national director Bob McCoskrie said.“Criminals aren’t stupid. They are well aware of the law and its consequences. If the regime is scrapped, the Government is in danger of sending a message that we’re not serious about the It’s Not OK zero-tolerance message on family violence,” he said.Ministry of Justice figures provided in a December 2017 response under the Official Information Act analysed the number of offenders becoming second, third or fourth strikers in the five years after Three Strikes was passed, compared with the five years prior to 2010.The figures showed a 34 per cent reduction in “strike” recidivism, McCoskrie said.“This is the kind of result that should be welcomed, not repealed.”READ MORE: read more

Nigeria’s Iyorhe, two other females to officiate at 2020 CHAN

first_imgRelatedPosts Three notorious Nigerian kidnappers arrested in Cameroon Adamawa Police confirm death of 18 kidnappers, but say in Cameroon Fire rips through crowded Cameroon prison Nigeria’s female FIFA-badged referee, Mimisen Iyorhe, would join Ethiopian central referee, Lidya Tafesse, and Malawian assistant referee, Bernadettar Kwimbira, to officiate at the forthcoming 2020 African Nations Championship in Cameroon. A statement by the Confederation of African Football on Tuesday said the trio joined their male counterparts, 19 referees and 19 assistant referees, in the five-day training preceding the championship. The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the championship, which is in its sixth edition, would hold from April 4 to 25. The statement quoted CAF Refereeing Director, Eddy Maillet, as saying that the decision was to provide a platform of more competitions for the female referees, considering the limited number of women’s tournaments and also to improve their match fitness. Maillet said: “We launched this ground-breaking initiative during the U-17 AFCON in Tanzania last April and the result was inspiring. “During the U-23 AFCON in November in Egypt, the performance of the female referees was impressive which saw two of them (Fathia Jermouni and Salma Mukansanga) taking part in the third place match. “The CHAN is the next senior competition after the Africa Cup of Nations, and it will provide a major platform for the female trio to prove that they are capable. ”It was interesting to see them compete for a spot in the final tournament with their male counterparts.” The statement added that the five-day training programme focused primarily on the application of Video Assistant Referees, which would be deployed at the sixth edition of the competition designed exclusively for footballers playing in their domestic leagues. The statement said: “It was under the supervision of experienced instructors such as Jerome Damon (South Africa), Jean Claude Birimushahu (Burundi), Hadqa Yahya (Morocco), Hannachi Boubaker (Tunisia) and Mohamed Hussein Ali (Djibouti). “It was the second major seminar for the pre-selected match officials after a similar one in Cairo, Egypt last February.” NAN reports that with this development, CHAN will be the third major men’s competitions to have female match officials after the Total U-17 Africa Cup of Nations (Tanzania 2019) and the Total U-23 Africa Cup of Nations (Egypt 2019.) NAN also reports that Tafesse is one of the most experienced female match officials having participated in major competitions, including the last FIFA Women’s World Cup in France in 2019. On her part, Kwimbira has several Women’s Africa Cup of Nations participation to her credit in addition to the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, whilst Iyorhe served at the 2016 and 2018 Women AFCON.Tags: 2020 CHANcameroonEddy MailletIyorheSalma Mukansangalast_img read more

Our lives need to be respected in this country

first_imgDear Editor,Medical doctors should not be the only ones to weigh in on the recent triple malpractice at the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC). Of course, opinions from nurses, pharmacists, scientists and others ought to be carried by the media to foster knowledge, to reduce medical errors and ultimately improve healthcare.Further, scientists like me who are in biomedical research are in authority to speak and write on healthcare issues. Biomedical scientists advance clinical medicine through innovation and also contribute to medical articles in magazines, journals and newspapers. Stifling the opinions of people like me is shortsighted and it is one reason why our healthcare system remains primitive and deadly. Do we want to continue like this? I bet not.Editor, I have rightly concluded in my previous letter that intrathecal vincristine is lethal and that it induces a unique repertoire of symptoms. Editor, my knowledge and my experience in drug delivery have enabled me to do this. There is not even one single experiment in my 20 years of research where I did not deliver a drug. I have even safely delivered novel ones as well. The recent news reports from the GPHC about a week ago have confirmed my position regarding what happened to those children. I find it hard to believe that doctors failed to link the patient’s symptoms to the lethal administration of vincristine after the first error. They even went on to kill two others. Such errors occurred primarily because of a lack of knowledge, a lack of training in basic science research and bad attitudes.Moreover, I also know that adverse drug effects are generally reversible when molecules are given through the correct mode and at the right dose and at the right frequency. It makes sense to reason that well-characterised drugs like vincristine shouldn’t result in deaths much less three in a row in a single month. This line of reasoning prompted me to conclude that medical errors were responsible and the GPHC has confirmed this. I have no doubt drawn attention and brought clarity on the triple error at the GPHC. Now the GPHC owes it to the public to at least outline its plans in preventing such errors in the future. This is critical in restoring some level of confidence in our hospitals.My research has taken me into the territory of sample collection and data collection. To this end, I can’t swallow the autopsy findings. I can’t believe that 100 per cent of the autopsies turned out to be 100 per cent inconclusive in 100 per cent of the samples and in 100 per cent of the analysis. I know that autopsies are difficult but these numbers are still hard to swallow. In my opinion, they indicate problems with the patient’s samples. Editor, this needs to be probed. We need to hear why all of the autopsy results are inconclusive. It is my contention that if the appropriate samples haven’t been harvested or handled correctly then obviously the results will be 100 per cent inconclusive. I know that mass spectrometry analysis could detect this drug, the end products of this drug and any degraded products of this drug, particularly in sites where they do not belong. I have used this technique to detect molecules in low concentrations. Of course, the patient’s medical records could be correlated with the autopsy results in constructing the cause of death. The results from the autopsies are necessary to seal the cause of death. My logic is what is applied in both basic science research and in clinical settings to solve clinical problems.Editor, the public needs to know that medical doctors generally know very little about drugs. This is a fact. And this is why there are pharmacists. Medical doctors also need deeper scientific knowledge through biomedical research. They need to be creative. They need to work alongside PhDs and other professionals to enhance their knowledge. Such a collaborative atmosphere is necessary but it is absent in our healthcare system and this is another reason why healthcare in Guyana remains deadly. Translational research needs to be incorporated into our healthcare system to improve it and the oil wealth should be pumped into this. Clearly, our medical doctors are lacking and this is exactly what the triple manslaughter at the GPHC is telling us. To this end, I urge the media to carry the opinions of everyone. Our voices are educational and instrumental in moving our country forward. There is no single professional with all the answers to every medical problem.The Guyanese Government needs to understand the value of hiring scientists with PhD degrees in translational research. Through translational medicine, novel scientific knowledge is moved from the research bench to the bedside in improving patient care. Such an understanding and appreciation is lacking in Guyana. I have personally contributed to this area of biomedical research in a world class hospital and in a developed country for over 12 years but a third world Government is hell-bent on shutting me down so that it appoints its political supporters who are army officers, book-keepers and doctors to key positions within the healthcare system. What can these people contribute to healthcare? They contribute absolutely nothing and they waste scarce tax dollars and cost lives. As citizens, we need to hammer away at these issues to transform the healthcare system into one that can save lives. Government must also move our drugs into proper storage to improve healthcare and to save lives. The Sussex Street bottom house and the rodent-infested hotel facilities can never be storage facilities for drugs.Editor, here is a view into how attitudes in underdeveloped countries have turned our healthcare system into one that is deadly.The APNU/PNC/AFC Government has even bought foreign medical coverage for its Cabinet members on tax dollars it drains from the poor while it ignores the troubles within our deadly healthcare system. A law is needed to force Government to use the deadly healthcare as its citizens. Government, every life is equal. This kind of third world mentality has got to go for us to see improvements in the Guyanese healthcare system.In underdeveloped countries like Guyana, doctors expose oversized egos and bark at patients and violate patients by injecting them with drugs without even explaining the nature of the treatment. This is unacceptable. I must inform Government that I also have those psychology degrees which position me to easily spot its dysfunction and I will continue to call them out for the sake of humanity. And in harking back to these children killed at the GPHC, I must urge their parents to take legal action to prevent medical malpractice in our hospitals. Our lives need to be respected in this country.Sincerely,Dr Annie Baliramlast_img read more