NZ Herald 21 August 2018Family First Comment: Working as it should, and keeping families safe.“I acknowledge that your sentence will be much harsher than I would otherwise have imposed, however, that will invariably be the case for a third-strike offence,” the judge said. “Parliament deliberately designed a harsh response to offenders who persistently commit serious offences despite clear warnings.New Zealand’s first offender, a Whanganui stabber, to be given the maximum sentence available under the controversial three-strikes rule is the law working as it was intended, says Act Party leader David Seymour.The sentence, imposed today by Justice David Collins in the High Court at Whanganui, comes as the Government holds its three-day criminal justice summit this week.Minister of Justice Andrew Little expressed his desire to repeal the three-strikes law, which came into effect on June 1, 2010 after a deal with the National-led Government and Act Party.The Labour-led Government, however, ditched its planned repeal of the law after objections by New Zealand First.The three-strikes law requires a person convicted of a third serious violent, sexual or drugs offence to be sentenced to the maximum available sentence without parole, unless it would be “manifestly unjust”.READ MORE: https://www.nzherald.co.nz/index.cfm?objectid=12110937&ref=twitterKeep up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.
… South Africa look to shine on home soilSOUTH Africa will be hoping to get their second hosting of the ICC U-19 Cricket World Cup off to the perfect start when they face Afghanistan in the opening match of the tournament.The young Proteas are strong favourites for Group D and will be aiming for their second title after reigning supreme in 2014, 16 years after first playing hosts to the world’s best.But thoughts of another victory will have to wait a while yet, with United Arab Emirates, Canada and Afghanistan set to provide stiff opposition in Potchefstroom, Bloemfontein and Kimberley.Former U-17 Cricketer-of-the-Year Bryce Parsons has the honour of captaining his country on home soil and has been described as a ‘natural leader’ by head coach Lawrence Mahatlane.The team also includes 19-year-old Gerald Coetzee, who took part in the previous tournament in New Zealand and has already played franchise cricket for the Knights as well as for Jozi Stars.“There is a lot of flexibility with some special talent around; I am personally excited about this group and I am sure they will make the nation proud,” said head coach Mahatlane.Opponents Afghanistan will be no pushovers in the January 17 opener in Kimberley, with this their sixth successive appearance at the U-19 World Cup having made their breakthrough in 2010.Opening batsmen Ibrahim Zadran and Farhan Zakhil are the standout stars for the boys in blue.A tally of 929 runs in 13 matches, including three centuries and five half-centuries, makes 16-year-old Zakhil one to watch, with Zadran also playing a major part in helping Afghanistan reach the semi-finals last time out.Zadran also brings some much-needed experience to the side, having already made his senior international debut in all three formats of the game.Afghanistan have become regular attendees at Youth level but for UAE, this is just their second appearance in the U-19 World Cup.Hosts in their previous appearance six years ago, this time they will compete on merit having qualified through Asia Division 1 – largely thanks to Player-of-the-Tournament Aryan Lakra.A flawless record of five wins from five matches sealed their progression, with captain Lakra man-of-the-match in the final three matches of the qualifying event.“It is a great feeling to qualify for the World Cup,” he said.“We had really worked hard to achieve this and feel really good when all the hard work we put in paid off.”Their first challenge will come in the form of Canada, who edged past rivals USA by five wickets to secure their own place at South Africa 2020.The two countries were locked on three wins apiece heading into their winner-takes-all final match, with Canada prevailing to qualify for the seventh time in their history.The decade has seen plenty of improvement too, finishing 16th on their debut before coming fourth eight years later – a welcome progression with both events taking place in New Zealand.Captain Ashton returns as one of four players in the squad who also featured at New Zealand 2018, but Canada’s Group D rivals will have to look out for 18-year-old Raqib Shamsudeen. The slow left-arm orthodox bowler was near-unplayable in qualifying, with a quadruple wicket maiden against Argentina just one of the fine performances that saw him take ten wickets and concede just seven runs in the opening three games. (ICC)
Michael Ryan’s side saw off a depleted college outfit 7-29 to 6 points in Boherlahan yesterday afternoon.Patrick Boner Maher and Connor Kelly both scored two goals a piece in a game dominated by the Premier from the outset.Speaking afterwards Senior Hurling Manager Mike Ryan told Tipp Fm’s Stephen Gleeson it was very much a one sided affair