NZ to get first child sex offender register

first_imgNewsTalk ZB 8 September 2016Family First Comment: Good start. Should be public – but still an important step. How could the Green party vote against it?!A register of child sex offenders will soon be available to government agencies for the first time after Parliament overwhelmingly backed the measure.But the Government has resisted making it a public register, saying such a move could encourage vigilante behaviour.Parliament voted strongly in favour of the law change this afternoon, by 107 votes to 14.All parties backed it apart from the Greens, who were concerned that the $146m measure would take funding away from more effective, evidence-based policies.Social Development Minister Anne Tolley said the new register was targeted at offenders who were released from prison and “just disappeared into the community”.“It’s not intended to make it tougher for them, but it is intended to keep track of where they are.”Tolley said it differed from overseas registers because it distinguished between various levels of offending. People would remain on the register for eight years, 15 years, or for life depending on their level of offending.New Zealand First supported the bill, but said the register should have been made public, instead of being limited to police, corrections, social services, and Housing New Zealand.“It is information that parents have a right to know to ensure that they make proper decisions about protecting their children,” said New Zealand First’s social development spokesman Darroch Ball.Tolley rejected this, saying that many offenders had name suppression to protect their victims.Furthermore, publishing offenders’ names was likely to lead to retaliation by members of the public.“One poor chap had his house burned down while he was out at work,” she said.“He hadn’t re-offended, he hadn’t caused any risk, but the community found out he was there and burned his house down.“That’s not going to help any of them. In fact, that’s more likely to make them reoffend again.”The register will come into force within a month and will require offenders to provide personal information annually or within 72 hours of a change, such as a new address.It will apply to anyone older than 18 who has served jail time for a child sex offence, or for non-custodial sentences when a judge orders it.Green Party social development spokeswoman Jan Logie said the costly register was likely to displace funding for proven, less expensive rehabilitation measures.More than half of the $146m cost will have to be met within existing law enforcement budgets.“When only 1 per cent of Government funding is spent on prevention … I call out spending $146m on something that has no evidentiary basis,” Logie said.“There is no evidence that this is proven to work and you are taking money from things that do.” read more

Pulis hopes he has bought goals

first_img “The lads have found it easy to integrate with them. You have to try and get your best team on the pitch, it is about finding out how fit the new lads are and whether you take a little bit of a chance. “The big thing with signing new players is, I think they are all good, but how quickly do they settle in? It takes time and some people take longer to settle in so it is always a gamble.” That gamble did not pay off for Holloway whose mass changes unsettled the dressing room at Selhurst Park and saw him depart in November to be replaced by Pulis. The 56-year-old has since guided Palace to five league wins, enough to take them just above the bottom three and level on points with Saturday’s opponents West Brom. The Baggies have surprised many by their struggles this season but Pulis will not be underestimating Pepe Mel’s side. “I think every club will have good times and bad times,” he said. “The important thing is to keep focused, they have got some good players and they have got a lot of experience in the Premier League and it will be a tough game for us. “Whether you are on the same number of points, above them or below them, the big thing is that you stay focused on what you try and do to get the three points.” Neither Marouane Chamakh nor Cameron Jerome have scored for the Eagles in the Barclays Premier League since the turn of the year, with Palace the lowest scorers in the top flight having netted just 15 goals in their 24 league fixtures so far. Scott Dann, Thomas Ince and Joe Ledley, as well as goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey, were all brought in by Pulis on transfer deadline day and the trio of outfield players have scored 13 goals between them this campaign. Now the former Stoke boss is hopeful they can add another dimension to his side at Selhurst Park, with West Brom the visitors on Saturday. “We need to score more goals full stop,” Pulis said. “But we also need to share the goals more around the team, we are a little bit disappointed that we haven’t scored as many goals from set-pieces as well because we have some big lads in the team. “We have got to contribute all over the pitch, irrespective of who scores, the main thing is that we have the firepower to score from all over the pitch.” Pulis had made no secret of wanting to add to his squad in the transfer window, with the Eagles currently sitting just one point and one place above the Premier League relegation zone. The Welshman finally got his men at the close of the window but was pleased to avoid a mass recruitment drive similar to that of the summer where predecessor Ian Holloway welcomed 16 new recruits. “Well we haven’t signed 16 players that is for sure,” Pulis added. “It came together okay. What we tried to do and what we tried to achieve we ended up getting there so that is pleasing. Tony Pulis is hoping his January signings can help take the goalscoring burden away from his shot-shy strikeforce. Press Associationlast_img read more

Eriksen slams Spurs and claims he was a ‘black sheep who got the blame’

first_imgCHRISTIAN ERIKSEN claims he was “the black sheep” that was labelled a “bad guy” at Tottenham after telling them he wanted to leave.The 27-year-old Danish attacker ended his six-and-a-half-year spell in North London last month as he headed to Inter Milan for £17million.1 Christian Eriksen says he was made to be the ‘black sheep’ at SpursCredit: Getty Images – GettyAfter losing to Liverpool  in last season’s Champions League final, the playmaker handed in a transfer request as he entered the final year of his contract.That led to some fans turning on him, and despite Jose Mourinho’s efforts to convince him to stay, the ex-Ajax ace finally secured his exit a fortnight ago.Now in an interview with BBC Sport, he has explained how his desire to leave made him feel like an outcast despite “being honest” with Spurs.Eriksen said: “If you have a short contract, you will be the black sheep.“I was very honest. I felt I had to be honest. I didn’t want to hide like a lot of players do.“Everyone is different. I was honest. I wanted to say it out loud.”MAKE YOUR DEBUT Bet £5 get £20 in free bets for new customers at LadbrokesHe continued: “I did get the blame for a lot of stuff, for being the bad guy.“I read I was the bad person in the changing room, that ever since I said I wanted to leave, it was no good me being there.“To be honest, over the last few years, if anything came up, any player would think about leaving but I was the guy who said it publicly.”Mourinho’s arrival in the Tottenham dug-out led to more public comments from the new manager over Eriksen’s future, placing him further under the microscope.SPURS NEWS LIVE: Follow all the latest news on TottenhamLATEST TOTTENHAM NEWSHARRY ALL FOUR ITKane admits Spurs must win EIGHT games to rise into Champions League spotGossipALL GONE PETE TONGVertonghen wanted by host of Italian clubs as long Spurs spell nears endBELOW PARRSpurs suffer blow with Parrott to miss Prem restart after appendix operationPicturedSHIRT STORMNew Spurs 2020/21 home top leaked but angry fans slam silver design as ‘awful”STEP BY STEP’Jose fears for players’ welfare during restart as stars begin ‘pre-season’KAN’T HAVE THATVictor Osimhen keen on Spurs move but only if they sell Kane this summerBut the star, who also admitted to holding talks with Manchester United over a transfer, insists that did not change anything.He added: “No. When the window is not open, there can only be talk. There cannot be anything concrete.“I think Mourinho did well. He could have said ‘he wants to leave, so he is not going to play any more’. He didn’t do that.“After I told him where my feelings were and what I would like to do, he told me just to be happy and if I was needed I would play.“I was needed in a few games where I did make a difference. It was more as an extra rather than in the starting XI of course.”last_img read more