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Hawkes Bay Today 15 August 2012Two prominent lobby groups have expressed outrage at a judge’s decision to give a young Hawke’s Bay father home detention for breaking his daughter’s legs and causing other injuries during assaults from birth until she was 4 months old.…Sensible Sentencing Trust spokesman Garth McVicar said Hall’s punishment in no way reflected the seriousness of his actions and called for a tougher penalty.“We have become used to the judiciary handing down ridiculous sentences, but this one takes the cake in recent memory,” he said. “For a crime that carries a maximum term of imprisonment of seven years, the sentence of a year’s home detention for such serious, repeated violence against a helpless infant by the person who should have been her protector, beggars belief. Even the defendant’s own lawyer argued for a starting point of two years’ imprisonment, while the Crown called for four years.” Mr McVicar asked that the Crown immediately appeal the sentence, which Family First New Zealand described as a slap on the wrist with a wet bus ticket.Family First claimed the justice system was perpetuating the problem of child abuse and sending the wrong message by handing out weak sentences in response to serious cases. “As a community, we are trying to say that the abuse of our young and most vulnerable is completely unacceptable, and that our responsibility as adults is even greater around these young children, yet the consequences given out by the courts are completely undermining that message,” national director Bob McCoskrie said. He called home detention a “pathetic sentence [for a] cold, calculated and grotesque,” instance of abuse. “We simply don’t value the life and protection of our vulnerable young children, based on the response of our justice system. To put a value on that as a ‘homestay’ for 12 months is insulting and pathetic.” Mr McCoskrie argued consequences for harming a child should come in line with those for attacking a police officer or prison guard.“It is time that children received the same increased level of protection … People who murder and maim our children need to know that children will be afforded greater protection by the judiciary.”http://www.hawkesbaytoday.co.nz/news/abusers-sentence-outrages-lobbyists/1505559/Crown urged to appeal baby leg breaker’s sentenceNewstalk ZB 14 August 2012The Crown’s being urged to appeal the sentence handed down to a Napier man who broke his baby daughter’s legs. James Hall has been sentenced to a year’s home detention after fracturing both her legs and breaking her shin. Family First national director Bob McCoskrie says it’s a pathetic sentence that sends a dangerous message. He says people who murder and maim our children need to know children will be given greater protection by the judiciary.http://www.newstalkzb.co.nz/auckland/news/nbcri/1831461460-crown-urged-to-appeal-baby-leg-breaker-s-sentence
The club captain travelled to Sweden to see a specialist known for his work with Zlatan Ibrahimovic after experiencing discomfort following a routine challenge in training. Having initially been given a positive diagnosis it was hoped he would swiftly return, but the discomfort remained and he has since been operated on in an attempt to cure his condition. “When he’s playing, when he’s injured, it doesn’t really change, so he’s now focusing on his rehab and coming back stronger than ever. Although he now faces a long recovery time, he’s in good mental shape. “It went as well as can be expected. Those types of injuries, going back 10, 15 years, were a lot bigger operations than they are now, so the surgeon was very happy. “(It’s also) really positive to get Harry back, first and foremost, on the pitch. He enjoyed the game, every player enjoys playing when they haven’t played for so long. “He will need more training time, more game time – that’s me, in an ideal world – sometimes you don’t know what happens and whether you’re forced to put players in before you want to, but at the moment I’d say another week or possibly longer before he’s considered for selection.” Press Association “Tommy’s had an operation on his ankle so he’s facing around 10 weeks out,” said Cherries manager Eddie Howe of the defender. “It was innocuous really. It was a kick on the ankle and, despite many attempts to come back, it just didn’t feel right. “With further investigation it was discovered that he needed an operation. “He’s had it, he’s two weeks in. Ten weeks is the estimate (recovery time) but it could be longer than that.” Elphick’s injury is just the latest to undermine Howe’s plans in an already difficult start to the season. Callum Wilson, Tyrone Mings and Max Gradel – three important players, the latter two the most expensive signings in the club’s history – are unlikely to play again in 2015/16 after each suffered anterior cruciate ligament injuries. Howe has revealed, however, that Wilson – the most recent of the trio to be injured – has so far responded positively to surgery, and that he expects his squad to be strengthened by the imminent return of Harry Arter from a groin problem after the midfielder played for Bournemouth’s Under-21s against Colchester on Monday. “Callum’s had the surgery on his knee,” Howe said. “He’s in a good form, he’s a very positive guy, he’s got a great mentality. Bournemouth defender Tommy Elphick will be out of action for at least the next eight weeks after undergoing surgery on an ankle injury.
Undergraduate Student Government President Edwin Saucedo delivered his State of USG address at the USG Senate meeting on Tuesday, highlighting the projects that USG has undertaken and its accomplishments this year.He began his address by revisiting the goals his administration set for the 2016-2017 school year. Among these were improving campus sustainability, improving college affordability and mental health support and advocacy. He also had aimed to give a voice to USC’s first generation and low-income students and improve the accessibility of USG. “Our efforts to create a better USG and USC really began with transforming our organization internally,” Saucedo said. Previously, USG was divided into the Executive Cabinet and Program Board. This past year, Saucedo and his administration decided to differentiate USG’s branches and their respective roles by creating six different branches: Program Board, Communications, Advocacy, Legislative, Funding and Judicial. “This switch helped us consolidate resources and positions within the organization and ensured that an executive member was directly supporting each group,” Saucedo said. Saucedo went on to highlight USG’s increased allocation of funds for student programs and the mobilization of a 120-member team to represent the various communities and identities on campus, such as transfer students, spring admits, students with disabilities and campus sustainability initiatives. “These advisers have not only been able to work on their own advocacy projects, but also serve as a resource and collaborating partners to others in our organization,” Saucedo said. “An example of this collaboration will be displayed at Springfest, where for the first time ever, we will have wheelchair-accessible viewing platforms so that all students will be able to enjoy their experience and have a clear view of the show.” According to Saucedo, USG also increased the pool of funding resources for other student organizations this year, setting aside over $350,000 dollars in funds. This was a $50,000 increase from last year. He also highlighted the achievements of USG’s Senate, which created resolutions aimed to improve the student experience. Some examples include passing the Smoke-Free Campus Resolution and voting to make USC a sanctuary campus.On the topic of advocacy, Saucedo said there were both successes and obstacles. USG eliminated the additional fees that were required on top of tuition, such as lab fees. Additionally, for the first time, USC’s administration released an infographic this year that explained how tuition dollars were being used. However, he acknowledged that USC tuition still increased by 4 percent this year, a rate that has been continuous since 2015. In his closing statements, Saucedo said USG has submitted its proposal for a center for first-generation and low-income students, which would provide advising, community space and strategic programs. According to Saucedo, USG has also been actively exploring how to decrease students’ financial barriers to getting involved without affecting their financial aid. “These are only some of the highlights of the work we have been able to accomplish over the last year,” Saucedo said. “I cannot express enough how grateful I am to each and every one of my executives and team members for making this possible. Throughout my term in USG, I have been surrounded by individuals who passionately fight for underrepresented student voices, and work extensively to create the best undergraduate experience for all students.”