Why Labour wants to repeal ‘three strikes’

first_imgStuff co.nz 7 November 2017Family First Comment: Superb summary from ex-MP David Garrett, printed in the Dom Post today“the numbers of second strikers are a mere fraction of first strikers – 216 as opposed to 8000 odd. Those 216 are offenders who have been given a final warning by a judge – “do this for a third time, and you will be going to jail for a very long time”.The numbers tell us two things: firstly, the majority of first strikers have not yet reoffended. Criminal lawyers and those working within the prison service tell me inmates are very well aware of the consequences of getting a second, much less a third strike. Secondly, the numbers strongly suggest that there is a very real element of what is known as “specific deterrence”, i.e. deterrence of individuals directly affected, rather than of prospective criminal offenders as a whole.” But here’s the key bit…“In short, in the five years before 3S came into force, there were 103 second strikers (assuming the law been in force) as compared to 68 second strikers in the five-year period after 3S came into force.”Seems to be working, Labour.OPINION: Labour has announced that it intends to repeal “three strikes” (3S), supposedly because it is having no effect on the rate of serious violent offending with which the 3S regime deals.In my view the real reason is that Labour – and to an even greater extent its bedmates the Greens – is ideologically opposed to any measure which calls violent offenders to account, and punishes them in a way most people would see as just.First some numbers. There are currently 8503 first strikers, 216 second strikers, and two third strikers. It is important to keep in mind that on these numbers 3S has a minimal effect on the prison muster.Any first striker who is imprisoned would have been imprisoned before 3S. Second strikers must serve the full judge-given sentence without parole.Therefore, 216 offenders – from a total prison muster of almost 10,000 – are serving the extra months or years imposed on them over and above the parole period. The same applies to third strikers – all two of them at this point.There are three main reasons laws are repealed: firstly because of unintended and undesirable consequences not foreseen or acceptable; second, because the law is redundant and no longer necessary; third, blind ideology on the part of the repealing government. Let’s look at those in turn.UNINTENDED CONSEQUENCES?The law is working exactly as intended, locking up second and third strike offenders for longer – considerably longer in the case of third strikers – than hitherto.There are no heartrending cases of poor lads being locked up for 25 years to life for stealing a pizza or a set of golf clubs. The reason is very simple: the law was deliberately designed so such disturbing cases as have been seen in American jurisdictions could never arise here.“Strike” offences – all 40 of them – are offences of serious violence carrying a maximum sentence of at least seven years in prison. These are the top end of the criminal spectrum: murder, manslaughter, rape, aggravated robbery and the like. There are no “minor offences” on the list.Much has been made of the first third striker, Raven Campbell aged 22, whose third strike offence was indecently assaulting a female prison guard by grabbing and squeezing her buttocks while he was in prison serving time for his second strike, a nasty aggravated robbery.The sentencing notes make it clear this was no “pinch on the bottom” as has been reported. The 3S regime required the judge to sentence Campbell to the maximum for indecent assault – seven years – to be served without parole, unless it was manifestly unjust.Justice Toogood, quite rightly in my view, applied the so-called manifestly unjust proviso, and imposed the seven-year sentence with eligibility for parole. This was a perfect example of the proviso working as intended. No-one could argue that the assault was a high end indecent assault. So whether Campbell serves seven years, or is released on parole sometime after serving a third of his sentence is entirely up to him.In my view, far from being an egregious example of the justice wrought by 3S, Campbell’s case is an illustration of the law working exactly as intended.IS THE LAW REDUNDANT?As noted, the only change for first strikers under the 3S regime is the warning they receive: their sentence is exactly the same – often not one of any imprisonment at all – as it would have been hitherto. It is only at stage two that the law begins to bite.As we have seen, the numbers of second strikers are a mere fraction of first strikers – 216 as opposed to 8000 odd. Those 216 are offenders who have been given a final warning by a judge – “do this for a third time, and you will be going to jail for a very long time”.Contrary to Justice Minister Andrew Little’s claim, Judges are very rarely applying the “manifestly unjust” proviso at stage two. They don’t need to. Rather they are imposing the sentence that they think the criminal should serve, knowing that it will be served without parole.The numbers tell us two things: firstly, the majority of first strikers have not yet reoffended. Criminal lawyers and those working within the prison service tell me inmates are very well aware of the consequences of getting a second, much less a third strike.Secondly, the numbers strongly suggest that there is a very real element of what is known as “specific deterrence”, i.e. deterrence of individuals directly affected, rather than of prospective criminal offenders as a whole.In short, in the five years before 3S came into force, there were 103 second strikers (assuming the law been in force) as compared to 68 second strikers in the five-year period after 3S came into force.Put another way, in the five years after the law came into force, 35 per cent fewer serious violent offenders came back for a second go.Again, it is important to note that deterrence was never seen as the primary purpose of 3S; rather it was primarily intended to protect the public from the depredations of serious violent offenders by locking them up for longer. It is doing exactly that. Any deterrent effect – which is almost impossible to prove – was seen as a bonus.The law is clearly doing both – locking up serious violent offenders for longer, and encouraging those subject to the first stage of it not to reoffend. The law is most certainly not redundant.BLIND IDEOLOGY That leaves blind ideology as the real reason the Labour wishes to repeal the law.For Labour, the vast majority of criminals – no matter how violent or habitual – are capable of rehabilitation. Sadly this is simply not the case, as anyone who works within the criminal justice system knows. It is particularly not the case for strike offenders – almost all of them have serious violent offences in their past before three strikes came along.We know that 218 of them (216 second and 2 third strike offenders) have continued to commit serious violent offences, despite several prison sentences, and the warning words of a judge ringing in their ears.These are emphatically not people who have made one or two mistakes in life; they are people who have chosen a life of violent crime, of intimidation, and of terrorising decent citizens.Based on ideology, and in contravention of all the evidence, Labour is putting the interests of violent criminals above the rest of us.Shame on them. Don’t allow them to do it.Former MP David Garrett introduced the Three Strikes legislation.https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/crime/98585181/why-labour-wants-to-repeal-three-strikeslast_img read more

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Capitals re-sign Jakub Vrána to 2-year deal

first_img NHL trade news: Blackhawks acquire Zack Smith from Senators for Artem Anisimov He also became the 15th player in franchise history to record at least 24 goals in a single season before the age of 24 and the first since Nicklas Backstrom did so in 2009-10 (33 goals). Wild, Ryan Donato agree to 2-year deal after solid run to end season Jakub Vrána is staying in Washington.The Capitals announced Tuesday, they have re-signed the winger to a two-year deal worth $6.7 million that carries an average annual value of $3.35 million. We know you’ve been waiting on this one, Twitter Fam!Washington Capitals have signed left wing @JVranaa to a two-year, $6.7 million contract ($3.35 million AAV)!RT/LIKE/ALL THE THINGS FOR V! #ALLCAPSMore info: https://t.co/NURHKNAZin pic.twitter.com/QkDlSbsqYe— Washington Capitals (@Capitals) July 16, 2019″Jakub is a highly skilled player with a tremendous upside and is a big part of our future,” senior vice president and general manager Brian MacLellan said in a statement. “We are pleased with his development the past two seasons and are looking forward for him to continue to develop and reach his full potential with our organization.”Vrána, 23, was selected 13th overall by the Capitals in the 2014 draft and helped the team claim its first Stanley Cup championship in 2018. He posted career highs in goals (24), assists (23) and points (47) last season. Related Newslast_img read more

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Inquest hears tragic brothers’ boat may have been hit by wave from ship

first_imgAn inquest into the deaths of two elderly fishermen who perished off Inishowen has heard claims that the men’s boat may have been toppled by waves from a large ship.The inquest in Buncrana into the drowning of the brothers 11 years ago returned a majority verdict of accidental death. Experienced Glengad fishermen Danny McDaid, 70, and Francis McDaid, 69, died when their boat, the ‘Strath Marie’, floundered at the mouth of Lough Foyle on Friday, 14 March 2008.RTE reports that the McDaid brothers’ lobster boat had been passed by a large Norwegian oil tanker shortly before it sunk off Kinnego Bay.The larger ship was later searched and “bore no signs of damage”, however a marine expert said the wash from the passing ship “could have had an impact”.Dr Norman Fullam said it was clear that a “very sudden” or “catastrophic event” had caused the sinking, because no mayday call was issued and both men had gone into the water with their Wellington boots on.“If I knew I was going into the water I would get rid of my Wellingtons for sure,” he explained.Dr Fullam, a former Assistant Director of Operations with the Coast Guard, who had worked for 20 years in Malin Head, said it was possible that the small boat could have “gotten a bang” from the “wash” coming off the larger vessel – but that the crew of the tanker “wouldn’t have been aware of that”.“If the [McDaid] brothers were engaged in pot hauling at the time, if a wash came at that point it could have been very serious.”“But there’s no evidence to that,” he added. “A lot of things could have happened.”“These things happen at sea and unfortunately, unless there’s a survivor – we just don’t know.”The brothers had arranged to go fishing the night before.Ellen McDaid remembered that her husband Daniel had “done a few chores around the house” and was in “good spirits” before he left at around 7.45am on 14 March.The weather was fine and both men were in “good form” when they set off in their boat from Bunagee Pier Culdaff an hour later.However the Coast Guard was alerted at 5.20pm that evening when they hadn’t returned as expected.Daniel McDaid was taken out of the water at 6.19pm by the Portrush Lifeboat and was then airlifted to Altnagelvin Hospital in Derry.Francis McDaid was discovered almost two hours later by the Greencastle Coast Guard and was brought ashore at Greencastle before being removed by ambulance to Altnagelvin, after a helicopter was unable to land.Both men were pronounced dead shortly after 9.30pm.Pathologist Dr Gerry O’Dowd testified that the brothers died by drowning and were alive when they went into the water.A meeting of the Greencastle Coast Guard on the night of the 14th heard that the ‘Strath Marie’ could have been involved in a collision at sea, “possibly with an oil tanker”.Subsequently Derry PSNI Inspector Robin Young, who became the primary investigating officer in the case because the men drowned in UK-claimed waters, contacted Interpol and ordered that the Norwegian vessel be boarded and inspected.After leaving Norway, the tanker was later inspected in Scotland by Strathclyde Police, who found no damage, with the crew reporting “no knowledge of any incident”.Inspector Young also made a request for a voice recording from the ship but this was never obtained.This week’s inquest heard that there had been an “undue delay” in the case because of the “peculiar nature” of the waters of Lough Foyle, which is claimed by both the Irish and British authorities.The deaths were first investigated by the PSNI and later involved the Norwegian police and Strathclyde police in Scotland.Initially Coroner Sheridan in Northern Ireland accepted jurisdiction but a full inquest was never held, and some years later Coroner Lecky passed it back to the Republic of Ireland side after making representations to then Taoiseach Enda Kenny, Minister Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Leo Varadkar and the Attorney General that it should instead be held in the Republic.The coroner’s court in Buncrana heard that the Republic’s Marine Casualty Investigation Board had published a report into the sinking in 2010 but refused to engage with the inquest and did not send any representatives to explain its findings or to be questioned on aspects of the case.Solicitor Ciaran MacLochlainn, acting for Daniel McDaid’s widow Ellen, said it was “an outrageous insult” to the coroner’s court and to the families of the men that the MCIB hadn’t attended.“It’s an extraordinary situation that a State body that investigated the deaths of two citizens in mysterious circumstances should refuse to attend,” he said.Solicitor MacLochlainn said authorities on both sides of the border had been “deficient” in investigating the incident.Coroner Dr Denis McCauley also expressed his anger at the MCIB snub, saying he had made “numerous applications but they refused to attend”.He conceded that the inquest, which he inherited via three other coroners, hadn’t had all the facts.“We know what we know, but there’s an awful lot we don’t know,” Coroner McCauley added.Relatives of the McDaid brothers were in tears after the jury delivered its verdict, which was reached on a 9-3 majority after close to an hour of deliberation.The jury added a rider that any State body that has investigated an incident should in future produce a witness to explain its findings.Inquest hears tragic brothers’ boat may have been hit by wave from ship was last modified: June 10th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:boatborthersDROWNINGSGlengadInishoweninquestlast_img read more

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Durham rues Meralco’s poor endgame in Game 2 loss

first_imgLOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary That’s what Durham thought.From that point on, Ginebra’s defense clicked as they held Meralco checked for the remainder of the game as the Gin Kings went on to fire a 17-1 run to end the game and claim the 86-76 Game 2 victory.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“We had a six-point lead in the fourth quarter. You got to be able pull a win out when you got a lead on a good team like that,” rued Durham, who was bestowed with his second straight Best Import award before the game.The 29-year-old big man did all he could for Meralco to claim Game 2, uncorking 25 points, hauling down 22 rebounds, dishing out seven assists with two steals to boot. The Bolts’ performance on Sunday was indeed an improvement from their listless showing in Game 1, but Durham noted that his team still needs a lot of fine-tuning, especially with the way they finished the game.“We played a whole lot better than Game 1. I think everybody was focused,” he said. “But down the stretch, we didn’t execute. We missed our free throws at crucial moments. I think the officials made some questionable calls at crucial moments, but that’s in the past.”But Durham isn’t putting too much thought on this game now, as he knows that the spotlight is now on Meralco to rebound in Game 3 on Wednesday.“[The loss] spoiled a little bit of everything. When you play good for 44 minutes, and then we come out with a loss, it’s kind of hard to take. But you got to move forward. The good thing is we’re not too deep in the hole and we still can come back. But we got to find a way to get that win on Wednesday,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games MOST READ Allen Durham. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAllen Durham truly believed that Meralco already had Game 2 of the PBA Governors’ Cup Finals in the bag.Leading 75-69 with 5:56 remaining, the Bolts were primed to equalizing the series.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasacenter_img Pat Riley’s 50th anniversary in the NBA has arrived Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Read Next Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  View commentslast_img read more

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a month agoREVEALED: Why Aubameyang passed penalty to Arsenal teammate Pepe

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say REVEALED: Why Aubameyang passed penalty to Arsenal teammate Pepeby Freddie Taylora month agoSend to a friendShare the loveUnai Emery has revealed Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is Arsenal’s designated penalty-taker after he passed on the responsibility to Nicolas Pepe against Aston Villa.Pepe converted the spot-kick to level the scores and grab his first goal for the club.Aubameyang eventually capped of Arsenal’s comeback in the 3-2 victory, and Emery was full of praise for the Gabon international after the game.”Yes, it’s Aubameyang who is responsible for penalties,” our head coach said after the game. “Also Lacazette, and today for me is a very big decision from Aubameyang to let Pepe shoot to give him confidence and the possibility to score.”Really, the responsibility is Aubameyang and I was happy when I saw that decision from Aubameyang.”He is hungry every day to score, to achieve, individual and collective objectives. Today that decision shows a really great player.” last_img read more

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Usher Features On UNCF An Evening Of Stars

first_imgActor-comedian Anthony Anderson, co-star of NBC’s Guys With Kids, hosts the 34th annual United Negro College Fund An Evening of Stars Educating our Future Presented by Target.The show premieres nationwide on Saturday, January 26 (check local listings for stations and times) and airs on BET Networks on Sunday, January 27, 2013 at 10:00 p.m. EST. The nationally televised variety show focuses public attention on America’s need for more African American college graduates and UNCF’s work getting students to and through college.The show features Grammy-Award winner and founder of the Usher’s New Look Foundation, Usher, presenting a four-year college scholarship to Milwaukee, Wisconsin high school senior, Ammon Lyle. Additionally, superstars Steve Harvey, Kevin Hart and Chaka Khan will present scholarships to deserving college and college-bound students.The national audience will be electrified by performances and appearances by some of the hottest names in entertainment including Chaka Khan, Yolanda Adams, Charlie Wilson, Keyshia Cole, Trey Songz, Tyrese Gibson, Melanie Fiona, Eric Benet, Tracee Ellis Ross, Keenan, Ivory Wayans and many more.“I hope everybody tunes in and donates from the bottom of their hearts and the bottom of their pockets,” said Anderson. “Unfortunately, over 60,000 students apply for scholarships and financial aid every year and UNCF is able to award scholarships to just 15,000 who need help going to college. That’s why I’m a part of what UNCF is doing and I’m here for the long run.”“UNCF is delighted that stars like Usher, Anthony Anderson, Steve Harvey, Yolanda Adams, Kevin Hart and Chaka Khan have agreed to make our cause their cause,” said UNCF president and CEO Michael L. Lomax , Ph.D., “performing for the UNCF An Evening of Stars national audience and introducing UNCF’s “rising stars” — the high-achieving students who, thanks to UNCF, are getting the education they need to compete in the 21st century economy. The country is facing a crisis in African American education, and UNCF, BET and our galaxy of rising and established stars are determined to do something about it.”“We are very excited to be a part of this inspirational night,” says BET Networks Chairman and CEO Debra Lee . “Historically black colleges and universities hold a special and important role in the African American community and we are honored to help raise funds and awareness to support the education of the next generation of leading African American professionals.”UNCF, the country’s largest and most effective minority education organization, supports the education of more than 60,000 students each year. A recent study by UNCF’s Patterson Research Institute showed that UNCF’s 38 member historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) out-perform many non-HBCUs at enrolling and graduating low-income students. UNCF’s largest scholarship program, the Gates Millennium Scholars Program, has a 90 percent graduation rate among its 13,000 low-income minority students, a rate significantly higher than the national college graduation rate.
UNCF An Evening of Stars, formerly the Lou Rawls Parade of Stars, first aired in 1979, and since that time has become one of the longest-running and most successful televised events in U.S. history. Over its 34-year history, UNCF An Evening of Stars has raised more than $200 million that has helped hundreds of thousands of students attend college and graduate. In recent years, UNCF An Evening Of Stars has featured a who’s who of remarkable talent, including Stevie Wonder, John Legend, Chaka Khan, Ne-Yo, Nancy Wilson, Beyonce, Anita Baker, Jill Scott, Whoopi Goldberg, Fantasia, Joss Stone, Jennifer Hudson, Michael Bolton, Natalie Cole, Herbie Hancock, Al Jarreau, Hall and Oates, Ziggy Marley, Maroon 5, and scores of others. UNCF An Evening of Stars received NAACP Image Awards for its 2006 tribute to Stevie Wonder, its 2008 tribute to Smokey Robinson and its 2010 tribute to Lionel Richie. Learn more about UNCF An Evening of Stars at www.UNCF.org.Source:PR Newswirelast_img read more

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The Wright start Ohio State mens basketball beats Wright State in season

If the first possession of the season was any indication of how the rest of the season may go, the Ohio State men’s basketball team is destined for success. Sophomore forward Jared Sullinger won the tip, the Buckeyes worked the ball inside, kicked it out and swung the ball around the perimeter to wide-open sophomore guard Aaron Craft who buried a three-pointer. OSU led 3-0 and never looked back. The No. 3-ranked Buckeyes dominated visiting Wright State on both ends of the floor and defeated the Raiders, 73-42. Head coach Thad Matta said he was pleased with the team’s performance. “Obviously, a good win for us opening up,” he said. “…Probably a little bit better effort of what we were looking for.” Sophomore Lenzelle Smith Jr. joined an OSU starting lineup that included Sullinger, Craft, senior William Buford and sophomore Deshaun Thomas. Sullinger led the way for the Buckeyes, scoring 19 points and nine rebounds. The Buckeyes struggled to find their offensive rhythm early on, allowing the Raiders to keep the score closer than some may have expected. OSU led, 19-14, with 7:30 remaining in the first half. “We were kind of sluggish in the first half,” Buford said. “I think some people had some jitters and needed to get the nervousness out of them.” With less than four minutes remaining in the half, Buford threw a pass to sophomore forward J.D. Weatherspoon, which Weatherspoon caught in mid-air and flushed through the hoop, giving OSU a 29-17 lead. “They came out with their best punch,” Sullinger said. “As soon as we took that punch we started elevating our game to a whole other level and we just kept pushing.” OSU’s defense was stout. Craft’s three first-half steals stifled the Raiders and helped the Buckeyes take a 34-20 lead into the locker room despite shooting 40 percent from the field and 29 percent from behind the arc. Buford struggled offensively in the first half, shooting 1-of-4 from the field, but scored six quick points to ignite the OSU offense as part of a 10-0 run to start the second half, giving the Buckeyes a 44-20 lead. Buford finished with 13 points and four assists. As OSU extended its lead, Matta began to look to his bench to finish the job. Sophomore guard Jordan Sibert and junior forward Evan Ravenel were the first Buckeyes to come off the bench, but all 12 players on the roster saw action. Matta said he was pleased with the bench players’ performance, but added that playing twelve players is not going to become a trend. “The rotation could get a little bit tighter,” Matta said, “but I thought the young guys did some pretty good things out there.” OSU next plays No. 10 Florida on Tuesday at 8 p.m. at the Schottenstein Center in Columbus, Ohio. read more

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Ohio State mens basketball trip to Bahamas cost more than 200K

Click to enlargeThe Ohio State men’s basketball program spent $223,221 on hotel and airfare for a team trip to the Bahamas in August, OSU athletics spokesman Dan Wallenberg told The Lantern.The team was in the Bahamas Aug. 5-10 to play two exhibition games against the Bahamas All-Stars and the Providence Storm.The Lantern originally requested this information on Aug. 11 before receiving the final numbers after a third records request Wednesday afternoon.The cost for the Atlantis hotel was $65,000, while the airfare totaled $158,221.While on the trip, the team also participated in extra activities that included snorkeling, a three-hour catamaran tour and a trip to a USA soccer game being played nearby, according to an OSU release.According to a search on travel website Kayak made Wednesday night, the minimum price on a round-trip flight for one adult from Columbus to Nassau, Bahamas, departing Oct. 5 and returning Oct. 10, was $528 as of Wednesday evening, while the same search on travel website Priceline showed a minimum price of $346.According to Atlantis Paradise Island website, the cheapest hotel rooms available average a cost of $142 per night for one adult, while the average cost of the most expensive room is $539 per night for one adult.The Lantern also requested a list of players, coaches and personnel flown by OSU to and from the Bahamas, however did not receive an immediate response from Wallenberg.On the trip, the Buckeyes went 2-0 in their games, defeating the Bahamas All-Stars, 88-66, on Aug. 7, and dominating the Providence Storm the next day, 115-63.Freshman forward Keita Bates-Diop led the Buckeyes in scoring against the Bahamas All-Stars, scoring 16 points, while sophomore forward Marc Loving led OSU against the Storm finishing with 19 points.Virginia Tech transfer Trevor Thompson did not attend the trip because of NCAA transfer rules, and senior forward Jake Lorbach was not listed on the stat sheet for either game the Buckeyes played on the trip.The Buckeyes are scheduled to begin their 2014-15 season Nov. 14 against the University of Massachusetts-Lowell at the Schottenstein Center. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. read more

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Mazagan Beach Golf Resort to host World Travel Awards Grand Final 2015

first_img Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppLondon, November 30th, 2015 – Mazagan Beach & Golf Resort in El Jadida, Morocco, has been selected to host the prestigious World Travel Awards (WTA) Grand Final 2015.Set to take place on Saturday, December 12th, the dazzling red-carpet ceremony will welcome hospitality leaders and luminaries from around the world.Mazagan Beach & Golf Resort itself was opened in October 2009 following a multi-million dollar investment project initiated by HRH Mohammed VI, the King of Morocco.The resort, which encompasses 250 hectares of the Atlantic coast, was created by Kerzner International, a leading international developer and operator of destination resorts. The perfect host for the highlight of the international hospitality calendar.Preparations are well underway, with WTA in the process of confirming world-class entertainment and an internationally renowned host for the event. A sumptuous banquet will also be served at the Gala Ceremony, mixing the best of local and international cuisine.World Travel Awards President Graham Cooke said: “It is with great pleasure World Travel Awards is able to announce the Grand Final 2015 will take place at Mazagan Beach & Golf Resort in December. Having completed our annual Grand Tour it will be a honour to welcome all of our regional winners from around the world to compete for the converted global titles.“Preparations are now being finalised for what promises to be a night to remember.”WTA Gala Ceremonies are widely regarded as the best networking opportunities in the travel industry, attended by government and industry leaders, luminaries, and international print and broadcast media.WTA was established in 1993 to acknowledge, reward and celebrate excellence across all sectors of the tourism industry.Today, the WTA brand is recognised globally as the ultimate hallmark of quality, with winners setting the benchmark to which all others aspire.Each year WTA covers the globe with a series of regional gala ceremonies staged to recognise and celebrate individual and collective successes within each key geographical region.For more information on the World Travel Awards Grand Final 2015 head over to the official website. Diamonds La Gemma dell’Est to host World Travel Awards Africa & Indian Ocean Gala Ceremony 2016 Sandals Resorts win top prizes at World Travel Awards Gala in Exuma Sandals Resorts International Honored At Annual World Travel Awards Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:el jadida, Mazagan Beach & Golf Resort, morocco, world travel awardslast_img read more

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