Hard evidence needed to keep liquor ban

first_imgNZ Herald 8 July 2015Auckland communities are being asked to come up with hard evidence to support a battle to keep 1200 liquor bans on beaches, neighbourhood parks and playgrounds.Recent law changes mean that from October 31 alcohol bans can only be used where there is evidence of high levels of alcohol-related harm – before and since the bans were brought in.Previously, councils could impose blanket bans on all parks if there had been problems in a few of them.The change has caused 15 local boards to take stock of all bans in their areas.Its plight has drawn support from Family First NZ national director Bob McCoskrie.“It should not be up to local residents to have to police and monitor unruly or drunken behaviour in order to prove that public parks should be alcohol-free.”He said alcohol bans in playgrounds and residential reserves prevented offensive behaviour associated with intoxication from being seen as normal.http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11477180last_img read more

Is Censorship in NZ protecting families? Not always.

first_imgThe chief censor hunts for the big five: Sex, horror, crime, cruelty and violenceStuff co.nz 14 August 2016Family First Comment: “Society is becoming more permissive, but parents are becoming more concerned, and rightly so.” – Family FirstChief Censor Andrew Jack says protecting freedom of expression is often the starting point for debates potentially affecting issues like these. When his office had its origins a century ago, the same year a law emerged to regulate the new-fangled “cinematograph”, more topics were contentious.Today, fewer things are candidates for censorship, but a complex media landscape and interplay between lobby groups, prosecuting agencies, and Dr Jack’s independent agency keeps his office busy, sometimes making it the centre of controversy itself.Jack’s Office of Film & Literature Classification has an obligation to protect the public good – the same term used in law a century ago. Irreconcilable arguments on what damages the public good, and on who should be allowed to view or read exploitative or sadistic content, fall on this office.A century ago, with the new Cinematograph-film Censorship Act, officials grappled with the surging popularity of motion pictures, and the controversial storylines some presented. Among the first flicks deemed “objectionable” was 1921’s Certain Rich Man, dealing with drunkenness, young love and business ethics. Eternal Three, featuring an old doctor who took a trophy wife who herself then had an affair, also earned opprobrium in the censorship law’s first decade.After tweaks to the law in recent decades, the independent Crown entity covers films, books and computer games. One thing hasn’t changed. Most people still agree definitions of the “public good” will always be subjective.From his Wellington office, Jack says social attitudes to controversial issues have moved since he took over in March 2011, but the pace is slow.What’s important is ensuring the censorship office keeps in touch with the community, maintains relevance, an ability to reflect social values, not impose them from above. Key to that is frequently escaping the “Wellington ivory tower” and ensuring staff have a life outside work, so Dr Jack says he spends much time talking to community groups.The office’s workload gives you another indication why having a life outside work is encouraged.Jack says “sex, horror, crime, cruelty and violence” are themes his team of around 25 must tussle with most often. And he reckons 40 per cent of his staff’s work relates to studying content police, customs or Internal Affairs supply during investigations or prosecutions. Of that, perhaps two-thirds is child abuse imagery, trafficked online.It can be distressing, disturbing work, and having to review it is the worst part of the job. But one reward is knowing the office can help prosecute predators and traffickers of exploitative content.And while some groups feel society is in a perpetual freefall of increasing permissiveness, Jack says Kiwis are less tolerant of some things than they were five years ago.Surprisingly, he feels society is increasingly intolerant of offensive language. And teenagers are probably more conservative than might be imagined. Depictions of self-harm, sexual violence and animal cruelty are especially out of favour with teens right now, he says.“Young people are often more discerning than they’re given credit for.”The biggest recent controversy erupted when Into the River was slapped with an R-14 rating last September. Conservative lobby group Family First slugged it out with author Ted Dawe. Foreign media, even Hollywood, weighed in too.President of the Film and Literature Board of Review Don Mathieson, QC, a conservative Christian, issued the interim order, overturning deputy chief censor Nic McCully’s​ decision to not restrict the book. The issue see-sawed until that R-14 restriction was lifted six weeks later. Mathieson stood down soon after.Bob McCoskrie​, Family First’s national director, defends the stance he took, and feels the media garbled the issue by presenting the R14 classification as a ban. “We felt that the book was inappropriate for young children the way it dealt with the sexual content and the language.“You can’t be silent and just see things get worse..We’ll always put a line in the sand.”He uses a story of families in the video store – a declining, dying business model – to provide an analogy around crumbling, decaying morals and the utility of age-based restrictions.“If Little Johnny brings you an R18, we immediately say ‘That’s R18, we’re not even even going to read what that movie’s about’.”He said the R14 rating for Into the River had a similar goal in mind.“At the end of the day, it comes down to parental advice, but based on correct information.”He’s sceptical of claims any publicity is good publicity, and thinks the Into the River decision flowed against a current of consciousness many parents share. “Society is becoming more permissive, but parents are becoming more concerned, and rightly so.”He paints a vivid picture of parents in the living room always on edge, quick on the draw with the remote control, ready to mute or change channels when adult-themed ads or promos for salacious TV shows emerge during “family viewing time.”READ MORE: http://www.stuff.co.nz/entertainment/books/82968384/the-chief-censor-hunts-for-the-big-five-sex-horror-crime-cruelty-and-violenceKeep up with family issues in NZ. 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Miss Zimbabwe’s crown in jeopardy over Nude photos

first_imgEmily Kachote Zimbabwe’s miss world Miss Zimbabwe Trust or organisers have threatened to take action on Miss Zimbabwe beauty queen 25 year old Emily Kachote if it turns out that she posed nude for pictures that were posted on the internet.The trust which manages Miss Zimbabwe, has said that it will not be taken advantage of anymore however it remained tight lipped on weather the beauty queen will be sued for miss-representation.It has been investigating the allegations against the beauty queen since last year after the nude pictures allegations emerged only two weeks into her reign as miss World Zimbabwe.The Herald reports that the organisers have remained tight lipped on their latest findings as they prepare to hold a press conference on their findings later on today.Organizers of the Miss Zimbabwe pageant said they are investigating 25-year-old Emily Kachote two weeks into her reign after photos that allegedly show her nude appeared on the internet.”Kachote, who would represent Zimbabwe at the Miss World finals later this year, will be dethroned if the photos are authentic,” pageant spokesperson Tendai Chirau is quoted by several news sources as saying.The contestants of the beauty pageant signed contracts declaring they had never posed nude before the pageant and that, in the event of winning the crown, they would not pose naked during the year long tenure as Miss Zimbabwe.Kachote told H Metro, a Zimbabwean tabloid newspaper, that she suspected “these pictures” would emerge but “it happened a long time ago.”last_img read more

Zuma deploys Ramaphosa to aid in stabilizing Lesotho

first_imgCyril Ramaphosa in direct discussion with Jacob Zuma over transition Cyril Ramaphosa beats Dlamini-Zuma to ANC presidency South Africa’s Deputy President Ramaphosa urgently deployed to Lesotho South Africa’s Deputy President Ramaphosa urgently deployed to LesothoSouth Africa’s Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa has been urgently sent to Lesotho to consult with Prime Minister Pakalitha Mosisili following fears of more political instability in the country.The decision was taken by President Jacob Zuma, who is the chairperson of the SADC organ on politics, defence and security co-operation, the Southern Development Community (SADC) said in a statement on Tuesday.Zuma had already sent a ministerial fact-finding mission headed by South African defence minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula and her Zimbabwean and Namibian counterparts to assess the situation in Lesotho.Lesotho’s opposition parties told the fact-finding mission that Lesotho’s controversial army commander Tlali Kamoli must go if peace and stability are to return to the country.The delegation met deputy leaders of the three opposition parties because the leaders have all fled to South Africa, fearing for their lives and it comes in the wake of the killing of former army commander Maaparankoe Mahao by soldiers of the Lesotho Defence Force last Thursday.It is expected that the SADC delegation will hold a press conference on Tuesday to discuss its trip and its findings. Related South Africa’s DP Cyril Ramaphosa backed to succeed Zumalast_img read more

Foetal epilepsy drug danger shown

first_img Share HealthLifestyle Foetal epilepsy drug danger shown by: – June 8, 2011 Share Share 11 Views   no discussionscenter_img Tweet Sharing is caring! Too much electrical signalling in the brain can cause a fit.The risk posed to unborn children by powerful epilepsy drugs could be easier to avoid, following an 11-year study.While the four most common drugs are all linked with a higher chance of birth defects, researchers believe they have pinpointed the safest.The 3,900 patient study, published in Lancet Neurology, could help doctors work out whether to switch drugs or cut doses.The Epilepsy Society said avoiding seizures in pregnancy was a priority.The link between epilepsy drugs and birth defects was first noticed in the 1960s, but choosing the right drug for women of childbearing age without exposing them to the risk of seizures can be a balancing act for doctors.Simply taking a patient off medication entirely is not usually an option, as uncontrolled seizures could harm both baby and mother.Earlier studies have highlighted valproic acid as the drug most linked to birth defects, but there has been little information as to the safety of alternatives.The latest research, from the Karolinska Institute in Sweden and the University of Pavia in Italy, also looked in detail at other drugs such as carbamazepine, lamotrigine and phenobarbital.Researchers studied 3,909 women and 4,540 pregnancies. Of those, there were 230 pregnancies involving major birth defects, including heart defects and neural tube defects such as spina bifida.None of the major drugs was given the all clear, and as the dose of each increased, so did the risk.However, the lowest risk was linked to smaller doses of lamotrigine and carbamazepine.Healthy majorityThe researchers stressed that, regardless of which drug was used, the vast majority of women still gave birth to perfectly healthy children.They added: “Our results show that dose selection is as crucial as the choice of drug.”In an editorial in the same journal Professor W Allen Hauser, from Colombia University in New York, said that the findings were “important” because they offered alternatives to the drugs linked most strongly to problems.He said: “The data provide another reason for use of the lowest dose of a drug associated with optimum seizure control.“Incidence of major congenital malformations associated with a low dose of a higher risk drug might be lower than that associated with a high dose of a lower-risk drug.”Professor John Duncan, Medical Director at The Epilepsy Society, said that the results would be useful to GPs with a specialist interest in epilepsy and hospital neurologists, both of whom would be well placed to offer advice to women.But he warned that controlling seizures should remain a priority, even during pregnancy: “It should be remembered that a lot of women have epilepsy, and it is not an uncommon cause of death during pregnancy.“This research helps to clarify the extent of the risks involved with these drugs – and all drugs carry some degree of risk.”BBC Newslast_img read more

Nature Isle Toastmasters Club Encourages You to Prepare for the Future

first_img Share 64 Views   no discussions Share Share Sharing is caring!center_img LettersLifestyleReader Bites Nature Isle Toastmasters Club Encourages You to Prepare for the Future  by: – June 18, 2020 Tweet As the novel Corona-Virus 2019 pandemic (COVID-19) continues to affect us all, it has created a new opportunity for us to explore working and operating in a virtual environment both at individual and organizational levels.With the spread of the virus, our club has taken to online meetings, which have so far proven to be a convenient way to continue on our mission to empowering individuals to become more effective communicators and leaders.The harsh reality is that, even when this pandemic is over nothing will be the same, things will not magically return to what we knew as normal, in fact I believe there will be a new normal.  NITC urges you to be ready for that phase which will come.  James Hume said “The art of communication is the language of leadership”.  NITC is here to help you improve your public speaking and communication skills and assist you in building your leadership skills.The Nature Isle Toastmasters Club has a special gift at this time for our current, past and prospective members.  This is in the form of a whooping reduction in dues payable for the upcoming Toastmasters half year.Dues payable is reduced to EC$150.00. This will cover the registration fee and fees for the next Toastmasters quarter (July, August and September 2020) for new and returning members and half year (July to December 2020) for existing members.  I encourage businesses and other organizations to take advantage of this offer to ensure that their staff or members continue to strive toward professional development amid this Covid-19 pandemic. You are free to share this offer with your co-workers and across your professional and personal networks, so they can take advantage of this valuable offer.We take pride and comfort in knowing NITC is here for you and your organizations during these challenging times. You do not have to put your professional aspirations on hold.  Kermecia Matthew-HarrisPresidentNature Isle Toastmasters Club – https://natureisle.toastmastersclubs.org/last_img read more

Henderson achieves milestone at Nation Station

first_imgIn an exclusive interview with Dominica Vibes News; Mr. Henderson said over the years the grace of God has kept him and that the most important thing to him is touching people lives.Click here to listen to part 1 of the interview:  Mr. Henderson says “Being on radio you have to cater for everybody” and although he has spoken mainly Creole for the older people he has also connected with the children when he created “ Nini Pout” for the Program “Espeweyans Kweyol” and the English programs which are human interest features that he has produced like “48 Hours in Prison”, “Under the Stars and Sky” and so on…., he believes he has shared a connection with everyone who can identify with these programs.Click here to listen to part 2 of the interview:  He further stated that his sense of humor which God has blessed him with is what catches people’s attention in his commercials without losing the focus of what he is advertising.Click here to listen to part 3 of the interview:  Mr. Henderson also pointed out that the problem with most of our journalists in Dominica is that we tend to focus on the people who did not make the news instead of the people who did make the news.Click here to listen to part 4 of the interview:  We congratulate Mr. Henderson on achieving this milestone as well as his service to Dominica, and wishes him every success in his future endeavors.News Reporter: Ms. Grace HendersonDominica Vibes News 247 Views   no discussions Sharing is caring! Share LocalNews Henderson achieves milestone at Nation Station by: – May 16, 2011 Tweet Share Mr. Felix Henderson. Photo credit: FacebookMr. Felix Henderson,  host of the Espeweyans Kweyol Program aired Dominica Broadcasting Corporation (DBS Radio) daily as well as popular commercial producer celebrated 34 years working at DBS Radio last Thursday 12th May 2011. Sharelast_img read more

UWP pleads not guilty to demonstrating without permission

first_img Share Tweet Share Share 16 Views   no discussionscenter_img Sharing is caring! Opposition Leader Hon. Hector John. Photo credit: uwpdm.comFive members of the United Workers Party (UWP) have pleaded not guilty to demonstrating outside the House of Assembly last year, without permission of the Police Commissioner.The party’s Deputy Leader Claudius Sanford, Opposition Leader Hector John, U.W.P President Edison James, Norris Charles and Ezekiel Bazil appeared in court Thursday morning, before magistrate Evelina Baptiste.When they assembled outside Parliament building on November 29 2010, the UWP contended Alix Boyd-Knights, Speaker of the House of Assembly, was “blocking” its questions from being heard in parliament.In February, then Deputy police chief Cyril Carrette disclosed police had charged UWP members for violating the Public Order Act.The UWP members, who came before the court Thursday, pleaded not guilty to abetting demonstration and procession without permission from the Police Commissioner and to organizing demonstration without permission from the Police Commissioner. They are to reappear in court on November 11 2011 for trial.Dominica Vibes News LocalNews UWP pleads not guilty to demonstrating without permission by: – June 3, 2011last_img read more

Fifa Vice-President Jack Warner Resigns

first_img Share NewsSports Fifa Vice-President Jack Warner Resigns by: – June 20, 2011 Sharing is caring! Share Warner (left) with ex-England captain David Beckham (right)Jack Warner, the controversial Fifa vice-president recently investigated for corruption, has stepped down from his position at the footballing governing body.The 68-year-old, from Trinidad and Tobago, had been a member of the Fifa Executive Committee since 1983, and was suspended last month after he was accused of corruption.Fifa accepted Mr Warner’s resignation – and the Ethics Committee investigation into bribery allegations against him have now been dropped.Mr Warner, who has also quit as head of regional bodies CONCACAF and Caribbean Football Union (CFC) and had been the longest-serving member of FIFA’s executive committee, was suspended along with Asian football chief Mohamed bin Hammam.There were suspicions that the pair had been involved in bribery during the presidential election, which Sepp Blatter, unopposed, won.Fifa said in a statement that Warner’s “resignation has been accepted”.“As a consequence of Mr Warner’s self-determined resignation, all Ethics Committee procedures against him have been closed and the presumption of innocence is maintained,” the statement from Fifa read. The statement also said: “FIFA regrets the turn of events that have led to Mr Warner’s decision. “His resignation has been accepted by world football’s governing body, and his contribution to international football and to Caribbean football in particularand the CONCACAF confederation are appreciated and acknowledged.“Mr Warner is leaving FIFA by his own volition after nearly 30 years of service, having chosen to focus on his important work on behalf of the people and government of Trinidad and Tobago as a Cabinet Minister and as the Chairman of the United National Congress, the major party in his country’s coalition government.“The FIFA executive committee, the FIFA president and the FIFA management thank Mr Warner for his services to Caribbean, CONCACAF and international football over his many years devoted to football at both regional and international level, and wish him well for the future.” Mr Warner and Mr bin Hammam were suspended after being accused of giving or offering bribes of $40,000 to the 25 members of the CFU.The total sum involved was $1million according to a report to the Fifa ethics committee. The affidavits sent to the Ethics Committee, as seen by agency Press Association, testify that Warner told the CFU members at the special meeting in Trinidad on May 10 and 11 the cash had been provided by Mr bin Hammam, who was then running for Fifa president.Bahamas FA vice-president Fred Lunn said he had been given the cash in a brown envelope which he photographed before returning.Mr Lunn said in his affidavit that the following day “Mr Warner stated that he had instructed Mr bin Hammam to bring the cash equivalent of any gift he had intended to bring for the people attending this meeting. “Mr Warner then stated that the money could be used for any purpose … for grassroots programs or any purpose the individuals saw fit.” A number of other associations have told investigators that they too were given the cash – some of whom kept it, and others who handed it back.A source close to Mr Warner said he had taken the decision “for the good of the game” but refused to comment when asked if he had jumped before he was pushed. The source told the PA: “He has taken the decision after speaking to his family. He believes it is in the best interests of Caribbean football and for the good of the game generally.”Sky Newscenter_img Tweet Share 27 Views   no discussionslast_img read more

St Kitts-Nevis police commissioner appeals to local media to be more responsible

first_imgNewsRegional St Kitts-Nevis police commissioner appeals to local media to be more responsible by: – January 12, 2012 Share Share Sharing is caring! Sharecenter_img 31 Views   no discussions Tweet Commissioner of the Royal St Christopher and Nevis Police Force, C. J. WalwynBASSETERRE, St Kitts (CUOPM) — Commissioner of the Royal St Christopher and Nevis Police Force, C. G. Walwyn, is urging the media in St Kitts and Nevis to be responsible and balanced in their reporting of crime in the Federation.“I became concerned when I read an internet radio station’s website report of ’17 tourists robbed in the Federation’,” said the police chief in a statement on Wednesday.Walwyn said the headline is very alarming if the report was true but the fact is that 17 tourists were not robbed in the Federation.“Some members of a ship were dropped off in New Town to play soccer. While they were playing soccer and involved in the game, a young man believed to be from the area walked over to the unattended bags, took one and left. He was observed by one of the players leaving the area with the bag, but that player said he was so involved in the game, he did not alert the other players,” said Walwyn, adding: “There was no confrontation between the suspect and the owner of the bag. Because there was no confrontation (actual or implied) there was no robbery. The charge then would be larceny, based on the dollar value of the contents.”Walwyn also refuted other news reports that masked men were involved in an incident on Tuesday at the Charles E. Mills Secondary School.“It was students who were involved in the altercation,” said Walwyn, who added: “It is indeed very troubling to see media outlets publishing stories without first seeking clarification or verification.”Walwyn said urged media houses need to be more responsible in publishing stories without having substantiated information.“Just this week, there were three stories on one internet media outlet that publishes some stories without verifying the information,” said the police chief.“Credibility is a word that should not be regarded lightly. Media houses that report unsubstantiated information should be concerned about their credibility,” said Walwyn.He gave the assurance that the police have a duty to protect victims of crime and cannot give details of the incident “because it is either under investigation or the next of kin has not yet been notified.”“As Commissioner, I want the media to be a part of the important role in fighting crime,” said Walwyn.He said the police force’s press and public relations officer and other senior members are willing to provide any information requested as long as it does not compromise ongoing investigations.Caribbean News Nowlast_img read more