NewsTalk ZB 30 March 2016The government is agreeing with a major study which found a punitive approach to drug offending is doing more harm than good.The joint John Hopkins University-British Medical Journal study noted the ‘War on Drugs’ has had “no measurable impact on supply or use”, and in fact countries which had liberalised their non-violence related drug laws like Portugal and the Czech Republic saw a rise in “public health benefits, cost savings, lower incarceration [rates] and no significant increase in problematic drug use”.Associate Health Minister Peter Dunne said the government is preparing to take more of a health focus on drugs and balancing that against their classification.Dunne said it’ll happen over the next two years and with the new focus, penalties will be looked at, as will handling those caught with small amounts of cannabis for their own personal use.“The excessively legalistic punitive approach has failed,” he said. “We need to treat these issues as health issues.”“I’ve never used the term ‘the War on Drugs’, so I’m delighted to see that it’s been consigned to the scrap heap, because I think it was unduly provocative and unnecessary.”However, Dunne said it won’t mean the legalisation of cannabis.“You have to get 61 votes in Parliament to pass such a move. Last time I checked with political parties, the total score of parties supporting was zero.”Health Minister Jonathan Coleman said marijuana won’t be made legal any time soon.“We’ve got too many drugs in society. I mean cannabis is very carcinogenic. I don’t think it would be a good idea to have more people smoking more cannabis”.Coleman said he’s not ruling out allowing medical cannabis.“There’s a big difference between loose leaf cannabis and cannabis being available as an extract in a medicine where you can run a proper clinical trial”.Former drug squad detective Keith Price, who’s now a Napier City Councillor told Larry Williams the current law is sufficient to deal with the issue.He believes police have already softened their approach, and are using discretion a lot more often.“You can’t get away from the point that it causes crime, abnormal behaviour, anti social and under motivated people”.A number of states in the US, including Oregon, Colorado, and Washington, have decriminalised marijuana possession and ownership in recent years, creating a regulated, taxable market.http://www.newstalkzb.co.nz/news/politics/govt-changes-tune-on-approach-to-drug-offending/Govt won’t decriminalise cannabisNewsHub 30 March 2016The Government is considering a softer approach to low-level drug offences, but says it’s not considering decriminalising cannabis.The shift in policy comes as a study is released showing the war on drugs has done more harm than good.It’s been almost 45 years since former US president Richard Nixon declared a war on drugs, and now it’s been declared a failure.A new study by the John Hopkins University in the US concluded the international War on Drugs approach to drug offending hasn’t worked, and could even have made things worse.“I agree entirely,” says Associate Health Minister Peter Dunne. “It has failed, and we’ve been saying that from New Zealand’s perspective for some time now.”READ MORE: http://www.newshub.co.nz/politics/govt-wont-decriminalise-cannabis-2016033018#axzz44QWkpCU3
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— A person familiar with the negotiations tells The Associated Press that the Cleveland Browns are closing in on a massive contract extension with star defensive end Myles Garrett. He was the No. 1 overall pick in 2017 and is one of the NFL’s premiere edge rushers. Garrett and the Browns could have the deal completed in the next day or so. NFL Network reported the extension could be for five years and $125 million. NHL-ISLANDERS-SOROKINIslanders sign Sorokin for next seasonUNDATED (AP) — The New York Islanders have signed goaltender of the future Ilya Sorokin to a contract for next season. The $2 million deal includes $1 million in salary and a $1 million bonus. A day earlier, the team signed Sorokin to an entry-level deal for the remainder of this season even though he’s not eligible to play. The 24-year-old Sorokin is considered one of the top prospects at any position not current in the NHL. In NHL news: Each school will be responsible for any rescheduling of non-conference contests impacted by the postponement.The league hasn’t made any announcement on the football season. The Big Ten and Pac-12 have opted to only play conference games.VIRUS OUTBREAK-NFL-PATRIOTSPatriots hope to play before some fansFOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — The New England Patriots have joined a growing list of NFL teams who hope to play home games this season in front of a significantly reduced number of fans to help reduce the spread of COVID-19. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditVIRUS OUTBREAK-MLB-BLUE JAYSCanadian health official suggests longer Blue Jays homestandTORONTO (AP) — A top Canadian government health official says a longer stretch of home games might help the Blue Jays to get approval to play in Toronto amid the pandemic. Associated Press Deputy Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Howard Njoo says back and forth travel from the U.S. where cases are surging is a major issue that could prevent the government from approving MLB to play in Canada. MLB requires an exemption to a requirement that anyone entering Canada for nonessential reasons must self-isolate for 14 days. The U.S.-Canada border remains closed to nonessential travel. The Blue Jays’ home opener is scheduled for July 29 against Washington.In other MLB news:— About 10 Major League Baseball umpires have opted out this season, choosing not to work games in the shortened schedule because of concerns over the coronavirus. There are 76 full-time MLB umpires and more than 20 of them are age 55 or over. Joe West and Gerry Davis are the oldest umps at 67. Umpires who are deemed at risk — either for their age, health situation or other issues — and opt out will continue to get paid. Umps get their salaries over 12 months and have already been paid through April. Update on the latest sports — Jake Burger is going to play in a local league this summer in his hometown of St. Louis after the Chicago White Sox approved the plan for their first-round pick in the 2017 amateur draft. It’s a chance for the third baseman to get back on the field after he tore his left Achilles tendon twice, sidelining him for each of the previous two seasons. —Texas Rangers catcher Robinson Chirinos could miss the start of the season because of an injured right ankle sustained in an intrasquad game. Manager Chris Woodward said Chirinos was probably better than anticipated Tuesday, a day after getting hurt. But it’s still unclear if he will be ready for the season opener July 24 against Colorado.— Fans wanting to see their faces at Dodger Stadium this season can buy cutouts. The team says net proceeds from the sale will benefit the Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation. Cutouts in the Dugout Club or new Pavilion Home Run Seats cost $299. Field and loge cutout locations cost $149. The cutouts are 18 inches wide and 30 inches high. The images are subject to team approval. VIRUS OUTBREAK-NBAKings’ Barnes isn’t at NBA restart, says he has coronavirus LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Harrison Barnes of the Sacramento Kings became the latest NBA player to reveal that he has coronavirus, making the announcement Tuesday and saying he has hopes to join his team at the league’s restart later this summer. Barnes is the only player who has started all 64 of the Kings’ games this season. To extend that streak, he’ll need to be cleared and arrive at Walt Disney World before Sacramento’s season resumes with the first of its eight seeding games on July 31 against San Antonio.VIRUS OUTBREAK-SOUTHEASTERN CONFERENCESoutheastern Conference postpones start of some sportsUNDATED (AP) — The Southeastern Conference is postponing the start of volleyball, soccer and cross country competition through at least the end of August because of COVID-19. The league says that provides more time to prepare for a safe return to competition on an adjusted timeline. The decision includes all exhibition and non-conference games. July 15, 2020 — Several people familiar with the conversations tell The Associated Press that the baseball players’ association has discussed hiring noted sports lawyer Jeffrey Kessler to litigate a contemplated grievance against clubs. The grievance would accuse Commissioner Rob Manfred and management of failing to act in good faith to complete the longest season economically feasible. A grievance has not yet been filed and an agreement with Kessler has not been finalized.— Minnesota Twins center fielder Byron Buxton has a sprained left foot but no structural damage. Further testing revealed the diagnosis Tuesday, a day after his injury in an intrasquad game at Target Field. The Twins said Buxton would be evaluated on a day-to-day basis. He got hurt tracking a fly ball and lost his balance. —Yankees pitcher Masahiro Tanaka is unsure whether he will be able to take his first turn through the rotation as he recovers from a line drive off his head. Tanaka was hit on the right side near the temple by Giancarlo Stanton’s shot during batting practice on July 4. While the 31-year-old right-hander says he has no concussion symptoms, he has not thrown off a mound since. —A person with knowledge of the deal says the Atlanta Braves have agreed to a one-year deal with free agent outfielder Yasiel Puig (yah-SEEL’ pweeg). The agreement helps the NL East champions address a depth problem in their outfield. Nick Markakis recently opted out over concerns about the coronavirus. The 29-year-old Puig hit a combined .267 with 24 homers and 84 RBIs for Cincinnati and Cleveland in 2019. He also stole 19 bases.— Anthony Rizzo’s back trouble flared up again after he took batting practice over the weekend, and the Chicago Cubs are sending the slugger for tests. Rizzo has been dealing with back tightness during summer camp, a recurring problem throughout his career. The first baseman took live BP on Sunday before the issue surfaced again. Manager David Ross says Rizzo remains day to day. The team announced Tuesday that it plans to play in front of about 20% of Gillette Stadium’s capacity, if approved by state and local officials. The stadium’s capacity is just under 66,000. The Patriots also informed season ticket holders that if fans are allowed at the stadium, they will be asked to adhere to physical distancing of at least six feet. Tickets will be arranged in blocks of 10 seats or fewer, with the first eight rows of the stadium not in use. Face coverings will also be required at all times.NFL-CHIEFS-JONESChiefs have four-year extension with JonesKANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Kansas City Chiefs have agreed with defensive tackle Chris Jones on a four-year, $85 million contract extension that includes $60 million in guarantees. That word comes from a person familiar with the deal. The Chiefs and representatives for Jones have been working on a contract extension ever since last year, when they remained far apart on terms and the Pro Bowl selection skipped the entirety of the offseason program. Elsewhere in the NFL: — Right wing Troy Terry has agreed to a three-year, $4.35 million contract extension through the 2022-23 season with the Anaheim Ducks. Terry has eight goals and 20 assists in 81 career games with the Ducks. They drafted him in the fifth round in 2015. He scored 15 points in 47 games this season.—The Minnesota Wild similarly signed fellow Russian Kirill Kaprizov to a two-year contract for this season and next. Kaprizov like Sorokin can’t compete in the resumption of the season.— Blackhawks defenseman Calvin de Haan missed practice because of a family emergency. Coach Jeremy Colliton said he isn’t sure when de Haan will be back. The 29-year-old de Haan is coming back from right shoulder surgery in December. He was acquired in a June 2019 trade with Carolina. — NHL leading scorer Leon Draisaitl of the Oilers, Avalanche center Nathan MacKinnon and Rangers winger Artemi Panarin are the finalists for the Ted Lindsay Award. The trophy goes to the league’s most outstanding player as voted by fellow players. None of them have won the award before. Clergy Abuse-New Orleans Saints News outlets seek to unseal files on Saints owner Tom BensonUNDATED (AP) — A group of news organizations including The Associated Press are headed to court today seeking to unseal court records involving the mental competency of billionaire Tom Benson when he rewrote his will to give his third wife ownership of the New Orleans Saints and Pelicans sports franchises. The news outlets argue that interest in the 2015 case has been heightened by revelations this year that Saints executives engaged in a behind-the-scenes public relations campaign to help the area’s Roman Catholic archdiocese contain the fallout from a clergy abuse crisis. Attorneys for Benson, who died in 2018, have opposed the request.
– Guyana finish Gold Cup with heartbreaking 1 – 1 draw against T&TBy Rawle Toney in Kansas City (Compliments of Let’s Bet Sports)NEIL Danns scored what many thought would’ve been the winning goal for Guyana in the 54th minute, but Kevin Molino, with a bit of help, thanks to some goalkeeping blunder, equalised in the 80th minute for Trinidad and Tobago as the game ended 1 – 1 between the regional rivals. Coach Michael Johnson made some dramatic changes to the starting line-up from the team that went down 4 – 2 to Panama.PICTURE PERFECT! Neil Danns swarmed by his Golden Jaguars teammates (Sam Cox, Sheldon Holder and Terence Vancooten) after scoring a beautiful goal to give Guyana a 1 – 0 lead over T&T in the CONCACAF Gold Cup. (Samuel Maughn photo)Quillan Roberts, who plays for Forge FC in the Canadian Premier League, made his International debut as the starting goalkeeper, while Western Tigers’ Pernell Schultz, UK-based Kadell Daniel, Ronayne Marsh-Brown, Sheldon Holder and Anthony Jeffrey had their first start of the tournament.Keanu Marsh-Brown, Eliott Bonds, Sam Cox, Neil Danns and Terence Vancooten were the other players on the starting 11.The game started slow, with Guyana, for the most part, controlling the bulk of the possession, but the Golden Jaguars didn’t threaten the Soca Warriors’ goal.However, Trinidad began to press forward and had some threatening run on Guyana’s goal, forcing Roberts to pull off some crucial saves. The two sides went into the dressing room knowing that based on the first-half play the second-half was wide open.Johnson made some changes at the half way stage, replacing Schultz with Brandon Beresford, Callum Harriott for Jeffrey while Holder would later be replaced by Emery Welshman. The move allowed for Danns to play more up front than he did in the first half, and the 36-year-old midfield ace found himself one-on-one with Aubrey David, a Guyanese playing for T&T, in the 18-yard box and showed the crowd at the Children’s Mercy Park why he lasted this long in English football, with a clinical finish.Danns’ right-footed volley was curled too far out of reach for Trinidad’s Adrian Foncette.The crowd erupted and Danns, with his teammates on his back, celebrated his 9th international goal in 11 outings for the Golden Jaguars.Meanwhile, on the opposite end, Trinidad and Tobago continued to make some run on goal, but Daniel and Ronayne Marsh-Brown, along with Vancooten, kept them at bay. But Molino snuck into the ’18’ and Roberts, with some ordinary goalkeeping, handed the Trinidadian the equalizer.It was Trinidad’s first goal since their 2 – 0 win over the United Arab Emirates in September of 2018.The two sides held on to share points at the end of 90 minutes, but it was Guyana who would finish third in the group, thanks to their superior goal difference than the ‘Trinis’. Though the two sides conceded the same amount of goals (nine), Guyana was able to score three goals, as compared to Trinidad’s one.