Coroner calls for increase of alcohol purchasing age following death of drink-driving teen

first_imgStuff 5 December 2018Family First Comment: We lobbied for increasing the age – even released a report with the research evidence – when Parliament last messed this issue up…“There appears to be incontrovertible evidence of a direct link between the lowering of the alcohol purchasing age in 1999 and an increase in the incidence of injury and fatal accidents involving alcohol impaired drivers aged 15-19 years,” the coroner said. coroner is urging the Government to raise the drinking age to 20 after the death of a 19-year-old drink driver.Blenheim butcher George Bernard Holland was killed in the early hours of August 6, 2017, when he failed to give way at a one-way bridge in Marlborough, colliding head-on with a heavy truck and trailer.Holland, who that night drank about 12 cans of Double Brown while on a “boys weekend” in Murchison, also had MDMA (ecstasy) and cannabis in his system.Coroner David Robinson said the crash could have been prevented if Holland adhered to the zero alcohol level for drivers under 20.In his findings, released on Wednesday, the coroner referred to extensive research in recommending the Government return the minimum alcohol purchase age to 20 with no exceptions.The alcohol purchase age was reduced in December 1999. One study, found “significantly” more alcohol-involved crashes amongst 15 to 19-year-olds in the four years following while a more recent study found the number of alcohol-related crashes in this age group  increased from 102 in 2014 to 142 in 2017.“There appears to be incontrovertible evidence of a direct link between the lowering of the alcohol purchasing age in 1999 and an increase in the incidence of injury and fatal accidents involving alcohol impaired drivers aged 15-19 years,” the coroner said.READ MORE: up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.last_img read more

Sophomore leaving competition in wake

first_imgThis season, sophomore swimmer Yi Ting Siow has been tearing it up in the pool, leaving behind opposing swimmers in her wake.”On good days, she trains like a beast. She can beat anyone in the pool,” senior Andrea Wiesner said. “It’s really fun to swim with her for me because it gives me someone to race, somebody to try and catch at the end of each set. So, it’s fun.”Two weeks ago, Siow swam a personal best 2:11.24 in the 200-yard breaststroke at the Iowa University Field House. Not only did she earn top time, but she also set a Wisconsin record, earning her Big Ten Swimmer of the Week honors.”I didn’t know until I went to the website. If I didn’t go to the website, I probably wouldn’t have figured it out,” Siow said. “I’m honored to have [the award], probably because of the 2:11 at Iowa, which was my best time. Even now, I have no idea where it came from. I was really surprised. It took me a while to absorb it.”Last weekend, Siow helped lead the Badgers to a third place finish at the Southern Methodist University Classic in Dallas. There, she won the 200-yard individual medley with a time of 2:00.01 and the 200 breaststroke with a time of 2:14.80. These victories helped her earn the meet’s High Point Swimmer Award.Over the last two years, Siow has been breaking pool records and becoming a prominent swimmer on the national and international stage. As a freshman, she placed fifth in the 200-yard individual medley with a time of 1:58.26 at the NCAA Championships. At the same event, she placed sixth in the 200-yard breaststroke with a time of 2:12.77. Although she has placed high in national competition, she is just starting to see what the years of hard training has done for her.”[Siow] is an amazing talent and is just finding out what hard work is going to do for her in this sport,” assistant coach Geoff Hansen said. “She has gotten to where she has gotten mostly on talent and some good background, but she’s really finding out what hard work, in and out of the pool, is really going to do for her.”Although Siow has become a success herself, she has helped others get better as well. During practice, she races not only other members of the women’s team, but the men’s team as well. This helps elevate the competitive spirit of the team.”She’s a great training partner for a lot of our women,” Hansen said. “Quite honestly, she can push some of our men to do some good things as well. It’s hard for a guy to have a woman in there beating them daily and she does that quite a bit.””When she is successful, we are all really excited for her,” Wiesner added. “So, of course, we want to swim just as well, just as fast and have just as much success.”Siow’s work ethic helped her improve so she could perform on the international level. Last summer, Siow competed in Pan Pacific Championships. There, she had three top-20 finishes, including seventh in the 200-meter individual medley, 11th in the 200-meter breaststroke, and 14th in the 100-meter breaststroke. Her goal is not just to make it to the finals in NCAA competition, but to make it on the big stage, the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, swimming for her home country, Malaysia. “This summer was a big turning point for her,” Hansen said. “She attending the Pan Pacific Games in British Columbia and was a finalist and the 200 IM. She saw what it took to be an elite swimmer on the world scene. We are looking ahead to not only the college season, but the Olympic games being close to her home, it’s a big, big thing for her.”Although she works and trains hard, she has a good relationship with the rest of her teammates. She keeps things light-hearted and is known to give her teammates a good laugh. “She has a funny laugh. She keeps things light. She’s fun to hang out with and fun to swim with,” Wiesner said. After competing, Siow would like to stay in the sport, probably coaching. Her work ethic and desire to compete and be successful can be instilled on many young swimmers to help inspire them toward the same success that Siow has experienced.”I might help out the little kids, you know, for fun,” Siow said. “I think being a coach for the national swimmers in Malaysia would be easy because they know you and coach the little kids. I think it would be fun. I would not like to coach for the national team though. It’s too much pressure.”last_img read more

Frustrations, technicals adding up for Lakers’ Nick Young

first_imgORLANDO — So much for that infectious smile.Lately, Lakers forward Nick Young has provided several other facial expressions on the court, and it’s cost him.Young picked up his fourth technical foul in the past five games during the Lakers’ 114-105 loss Friday to the Orlando Magic at Amway Center, bouncing the ball with 30.8 seconds left in the third quarter after receiving a no-call on a drive to the basket. Two of those technicals stem from Young’s ejection last week in Phoenix, where he was swarmed by numerous defenders. “It’s tough. I’ve been frustrated,” said Young after posting 16 points on only 6-of-16 shooting. “It’s everything going around. I’m also fighting for that respect factor, too, and playing with passion.” Young is nowhere near the NBA-maximum 16 technical fouls that yield an automatic suspension. But he has already forfeited $14,634 in player salary for a one-game suspension, $8,000 in technicals, and $2,000 for an ejection. Young makes about $1.1 million this season and has a player option next season worth $1.2 million. “It’s tough losing to teams. We’re better than that,” Young said. “It hurts. I came here saying I’m about to retire today.”Lakers coach Mike D’Antoni blamed Young’s latest technical foul on frustration and fatigue, while Pau Gasol suggested Young will have to remain positive. “The more positive and active we get on the floor, the better off we’ll be,” Gasol said. “People are frustrated and down on themselves. It carries and drags people around them.” Adjusted timetable After expressing optimism Lakers forward Xavier Henry could return from a bone bruise in his right knee within the next week, D’Antoni suddenly sounded pessimistic.“It’s another 10-14 days probably,” D’Antoni said.Henry sounded surprised when reporters informed him of the timetable. After checking with the Lakers’ training staff, Henry predicted his knee will “be all right within the next week or so.”Henry is at least penciled out for the Lakers’ slew of games against New York (Sunday), Indiana (Tuesday) and Charlotte (Friday). Henry will receive an MRI on Monday on his right knee, which has also suffered an abnormality in his meniscus. Henry has missed the past 13 games, but had made some progress this week by participating in weight-bearing exercises that involved running, cutting and shooting. The Lakers refused to call Henry’s latest timetable a setback and characterized it as a precautionary measure. Henry had also played in a full set of on-court basketball drills including games of three-on-three on Jan. 12, but he felt soreness in his right knee and scaled back his workload.“I don’t like it’s been this long, but I can’t help how my body reacts and recovers,” said Henry, who had averaged 10.4 points at small forward and point guard. “It’s an injury that sucks to have. “Sometimes you start feeling better in the next day and then you come in and you’re as stiff as ever. But it’s been feeling great for the past week.”center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Pensioner killed in Pomeroon boat mishap

first_imgA pensioner was on Sunday killed after the boat in which he was travelling collided with another at Grant Good Intent, Lower Pomeroon River. The dead man has been identified as 78-year-old Allan Handy, also called “Saga” of the same area.Based on information received, at about 16:00h, the now dead man left his son’s home in a wooden paddle boat and was heading home when a boat powered by a 90HP outboard engine came into his path.The captain of the boat, a security guard of Grant Hope, Lower Pomeroon, told the Police that as he navigated a turn, he felt as if he struck something and immediately slowed down. As he turned around, he saw the elderly man going down in the water and as he looked closer, he saw the damaged boat.He immediately raised an alarm. The dead man’s relatives rushed to the scene but there were no signs of Handy.A search party was established to look for the man’s body. After a few hours, the man’s body was recovered from the river in the vicinity of where the accident took place.A distraught captain claimed that due to the high boat bow, he could not have seen clearly in front of him and as such, he did not see Handy.He was taken into custody and is assisting with the investigations. The man’s body was taken to the Suddie Public Hospital Mortuary where it awaits a post-mortem examination.The boat and engine are reportedly owned by the Love and Faith Ministries.last_img read more