Family First finds unlikely ally in charitable status fight

first_imgNZ Herald 7 May 2013The Green Party is calling for a public debate about how charities are defined after a decision to remove Family First’s charitable status. The Charities Registration Board has ruled that Family First’s main purpose is political, rather than charitable, and that it will lose its charitable status unless it appeals to the High Court by May 27. Family First director Bob McCoskrie said the organisation was being penalised for its leading role in the campaign against legalising gay marriage, which was passed by Parliament on April 17. “This is a highly politicised decision which is grim evidence that groups that think differently to the prevailing politically correct view will be targeted in an attempt to shut them up,” he said. Ironically, the Greens, whose MPs voted unanimously in support of gay marriage, were the only party to speak up for Family First yesterday. Green MP Denise Roche, who has prepared a bill defining advocacy as “charitable” if it is in pursuit of a charitable purpose, said the current law should be reviewed. “Advocacy in charities is where we also keep our democracy. Not-for-profits and charitable organisations have a real role in advocating for a better society, and if they are unable to do that then we lose a voice.”Family First’s first purpose stated in its charitable trust deed is “to promote and advance research and policy supporting marriage and the family as foundational to a strong and enduring society”. In 2008 and again in 2010, the Charities Commission investigated whether the organisation was genuinely charitable and decided then that it was. But the new Charities Registration Board, which replaced the commission last year, ruled on April 15 that Family First’s main purpose was “to promote points of view about family life, the promotion of which is a political purpose because the points of view do not have a public benefit that is self-evident as a matter of law”.Charitable or not?Deemed to be charitableAmnesty InternationalChild Poverty Action GroupNational Council of WomenSociety for Promotion of Community StandardsDeemed to be politicalFamily First NZCouncil for Civil LibertiesSave Our Arts Centre Society (Christchurch)Sensible Sentencing Trust read more

Police Blotter 05-11-2020

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Britton set for hernia op

first_img “For the last two months of the season my groin has felt quite tight, but I wanted to play through the pain and finish the season,” said Britton. “I missed parts of training in that time but it was necessary to ensure I was available for the games, although I did struggle a little bit in the last four to six weeks. “I’ve had one hernia since December, and a scan around four weeks or so ago showed I had another one. “So I will be flying out to Germany with Kate on June 2 and I’ll have the operation two days later before flying back on the sixth. “I’ve had a hernia operation before, around 2005, so I know the procedure. “It means I will come in during the summer to do some rehab which will make sure I’m ready for pre-season training. “Next season will be huge for us as we will be involved in four competitions, so I want to make sure I’m fit and ready when we report back for pre-season.” Swansea midfielder Leon Britton is to travel to Germany next month to undergo a double hernia operation. It is hoped the procedure will ensure the 30-year-old is fit in time to return for the start of pre-season training in July, ahead of a campaign which will see the Swans compete in the Europa League after their Capital One Cup triumph. Britton will head to Munich with Swansea head physiotherapist Kate Rees for the surgery, having played through the pain barrier during the latter part of the season. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Pellegrini praises battling City

first_imgManchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini hailed his side’s fighting spirit after they shrugged off the 10th-minute dismissal of captain Vincent Kompany to claim a potentially priceless 2-0 Barclays Premier League win at Hull. Hull boss Steve Bruce dismissed suggestions Boyd dived in a bid to win his side a 69th-minute spot-kick. And although Bruce stressed he thought referee Lee Mason got the decision spot-on, he suggested Boyd had a better shout when he was pulled down by Fernandinho in the box two minutes later. Bruce said: “There’s a difference between simulation and diving, and trying to get out of the road. That’s what Boyd is trying to do – nobody’s going to stand there with Joe Hart coming at him. “I think the referee got it spot-on. But the push in the back (by Fernandinho) looked a penalty.” Bruce was left to rue his side’s inability to make the most of their chance to build on last Sunday’s FA Cup quarter-final win over Sunderland. Bruce added: “I think the frustration is we have never had a better chance to beat them. In the end it became one of those frustrating afternoons. “We know how difficult it is to play against 10 men. We needed the game to go 30 or 40 minutes longer before Silva scored – that gave them something to hang onto. “It’s been a difficult week for Manchester City but I have to say they defended fantastically well. “We just didn’t have the quality to break them down but I have to say City defended very, very well and they scored a wonder goal. Silva’s was a fantastic piece of individual skill.” David Silva’s stunning 14th-minute strike and a late effort from Edin Dzeko helped City end a tough week on a high after successive defeats to Wigan and Barcelona had left their dream of an unprecedented quadruple in tatters. Pellegrini said: “I think it was a very good response from the team. It was a very difficult week and then we had to start this game playing with one player less after 10 minutes. “It was more difficult to play with 10 players but I trust the team, I trust the players and I think we did really well with the ball.” Kompany was dismissed for hauling down Hull striker Nikica Jelavic as he tried to burst clean through on goal, but Pellegrini suggested Jelavic ought to have been punished for fouling the Manchester City man moments earlier. Pellegrini added: “I thought before it was clear foul by Jelavic – before Vincent did his foul – but the referee didn’t see it, he saw the foul of Kompany and he sent him off.” Pellegrini also sought to play down the second-half bust-up between Joe Hart and Hull substitute George Boyd following the latter’s penalty appeal, which resulted in the goalkeeper being shown a yellow card. He added: “I am so far away on the bench it is not possible to see what happened. If Joe reacted, maybe the other player dived. I don’t know – that is why there is a referee.” Later, video footage and photographs emerged which hinted Boyd might have spat in Hart’s direction, although it was played down by pundits, who suggested it looked accidental. City’s win took them at least temporarily back into second place and cut the gap on leaders Chelsea, but the City boss sought to play down the implications of the result. He added: “We are not sending a message to anyone – to Chelsea or to any other teams. We are back in the Premier League after three weeks and it was important to win this game because we were nine points behind the leaders.” Press Associationlast_img read more

MMA Athletic Director Jim Dyer Announces Retirement

first_img Latest posts by admin (see all) Hancock County Court News Nov. 3 thorugh Dec. 11 – January 22, 2015 CASTINE — Maine Maritime Academy Director of Athletics Jim Dyer has announced his intention to retire from his position effective July 30, 2010. Dyer has been the Director of Athletics at the Castine- based NCAA Division III school since August 2004.During his six-year tenure, Dyer has overseen a successful period for Mariner Athletics. During that time, MMA teams have qualified for seven NCAA Tournament berths, three in Women’s Basketball, one in Football, and three in Women’s Volleyball.A strong advocate for the student-athlete, Dyer has emphasized academic achievement which has led to marked improvement in the overall grade point averages of Mariner student-athletes. Overall GPA’s for all MMA student-athletes consistently fall in the 2.9 to 3.0 range.Under Dyer’s leadership, Maine Maritime athletic facilities have also realized decided improvements. The playing floor in Margaret Chase Smith Gymnasium has been completely refurbished, and a new ceiling and sound system have been added to the facility. Ritchie Field, MMA’s primary outdoor playing field, has received a new Sprinturf surface, a new scoreboard, new grandstands, along with a two-story press box, and fencing which completes an attractive look for the lighted facility.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textOther noteworthy accomplishments of Dyer’s tenure have included a number of highly successful fund-raising activities in support Mariner Athletics, and the launch of a new website, increasing exposure for the college and recognizing student-athlete accomplishments.A 40-year veteran of intercollegiate athletics, Dyer coached college soccer for 25 years, most recently at the University of Maine, prior to entering the area of athletic administration. In addition to administrative assignments at UMaine and Maine Maritime Academy, Dyer lists administrative leadership positions as chairman of the NCAA Men’s Soccer Committee, a position on the National Soccer Coaches Association Board of Directors, membership on the America East Conference Championships and Competition Committee, and chairman of the North Atlantic Conference Athletic Director’s Council. Dyer plans to continue his involvement in athletic administration by doing consulting work for the North Atlantic Conference.“I am very fortunate to have been able to work with such a strong group of coaches and support staff at Maine Maritime Academy. They are not only talented individuals, but also educators who have great values and sincerely care about the development of their student-athletes” Dyer said.For more sports news, pick up a copy of The Ellsworth American. admin Biocenter_img State budget vs. job creation – January 22, 2015 House fire in Winter Harbor – October 27, 2014 Latest Postslast_img read more

Dikko: Attempt to Arrest Me, Bad Publicity for Eagles

first_imgThe Chairman, League Management Company (LMC), Mallam Shehu Dikko, has described the latest attempt by policemen to arrest him as outrageous and bad publicity for the Super Eagles.Two unidentified policemen in mufti had attempted to arrest Dikko at the Nnamdi Azikiwe Airport on Sunday night on his way back from Zambia with the Super Eagles.Two policemen who claimed to be acting on the orders of the Commissioner of Police, Abuja Command had attempted to arrest Dikko, but it was resisted by Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) President, Amaju Pinnick, his first Vice-president, Seyi Akinwunmi and the journalists around. The policemen had fired shots into the air, threatening to shoot anybody who tried to stand on their way.Reacting to this development through Whatsapp chat yesterday, Dikko said it was a sad development and very outrageous.“It was a bad publicity for the national team who just recorded a major victory on its way to the 2018 World Cup. The scenario whereby the policemen fired gunshots really scared many of the players who expressed reservation of honouring national team assignments in future because their lives were not secure,” he said.The LMC boss further stated that: “I have eight police officers attached to my house and others to my office by the Abuja CP on the orders of the Inspector General of Police, so if it’s true that my attention was needed by Abuja CP, why can’t he send for me through one of the police officers attached to me, so that means those officers have different plans”.Dikko, who also doubles as the second vice-president, NFF, however, informed that the matter had been reported to the office of the IGP “as our safety is surely being compromised”.He added that he is a law abiding citizen who has done nothing wrong to deserve such embarrassment from the police officers who could not even identify themselves.“We are following the law as law-abiding citizens and to close all issues.“We didn’t break any laws anywhere and the matters are subject to jurisdiction of the court of appeal. It’s within our right and law to take any matter to court of appeal and we would not take any steps that will compromise the appeal court process”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Ambode’s Vision Key for Race Success, Says Ogba

first_imgOgba said because Ambode saw into the future, he bought into the idea the moment it was sold to him and as a result, today, Lagos State has one of the fastest growing marathons in the world and it is the biggest one-day event in Africa.“The IAAF and AIMS have a special interest in the Access Bank/Lagos City Marathon so if you see their top officials at the third edition, don’t be surprised. Lagos is one of the few marathons in the world that got an IAAF Label after just two editions. This is a rare feat. The event had over 50,000 runners at the first edition and over 73,000 in the second, this is something you rarely find in any part of the world,’’ said Ogba.The president of the history-making Bobsled & Skeleton Federation of Nigeria urged other governors and corporate bodies to emulate Gov. Ambode and Access Bank.“Nigeria does not have enough marathons and road races, Ambode and Access Bank have taken the lead with the Access Bank Lagos City Marathon. I urge other governors and corporate bodies to emulate them; we need more races in Nigeria. New York State alone has over 70 marathons and road races in a year. Our political and business leaders must embrace marathon even if it for the health benefits alone,’’ Ogba concluded.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram ACCESS BANK/LAGOS MARATHONThe President of the Bobsled & Skeleton Federation of Nigeria, Solomon Ogba, has attributed the success of the Access Bank/Lagos City Marathon to the vision of Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode.Ogba, who was president of the Athletic Federation of Nigeria between 2009 and April 2017, said: “Lagos has all the ingredients to host a world-class marathon. As president of AFN, I approached many officials of the Lagos State Government, but they didn’t welcome the idea. A few weeks after Ambode was sworn-in, I was still the head of AFN then, Nilayo Sports Management Limited sold the idea to him and he bought into it immediately.”last_img read more

For schools near USC, it’s all part of the family

first_imgNot many Trojans can say they’ve been a part of the USC family from infancy, but Jairo Umana can.The Information Technology Services staff member kick-started his career at the Multimedia University Academy, a USC neighborhood outreach program that offered at-risk, inner-city kids opportunities in multimedia. But his USC education didn’t begin there.Umana attended a USC Head Start preschool before moving on to 32nd Street Elementary School across the street from USC and adjacent to the Shrine Auditorium. The K-12 school also includes the USC Math, Science and Technology High School, Umana’s alma mater.Reaching out · USC President C. L. Max Nikias has recently toured 10 of 15 schools in the Family of Schools partnership. “It’s been a wonderful experience,” he said of the visits. | Photo courtesy of the Office of the President“His entire life has been really shaped by and molded by USC programs,” said Kim Thomas Barrios, executive director of the USC Neighborhood Academic Initiative Program, who has followed Umana’s academic and professional careers.32nd Street is also a part of the USC Family of Schools program, the brainchild of former USC President Steven B. Sample, which has had a lasting impact on the university and its surrounding community.Sample assumed presidency of the university in 1991, a tenuous period in Los Angeles history. Census data from the year before painted a dismal picture of education in the area — 30 percent of Los Angeles County residents older than 25 had not finished high school. More than 26 percent of teenagers between 16 and 19 years old were not even enrolled in school.But the communities that surrounded USC — including Umana’s — saw significantly higher numbers than the rest of the county.In an address to students, staff and community members shortly after the Los Angeles riots in 1992, Sample made community engagement a priority — specifically within schools.“We want parents from all over the region to look at our community schools and say, ‘That’s where I want to send my child,’” he said.“There were five initiatives that he outlined for the neighborhood in terms of engagement with the university, and one of those was education,” Barrios said. “That’s when the Family of Schools was born.”It began as a partnership between USC and the five neighborhood schools nearest the university — Foshay Learning Center, Norwood Street Elementary School, Vermont Avenue Elementary School, Lenicia B. Weemes Elementary School and 32nd Street School/USC Magnet School.The original schools are now referred to as the “Family of Five,” but the Family of Schools has since added 10 more schools near the University Park Campus and the Health Sciences Campus to its roster.The outreach didn’t stop there.In 1994, Sample created the Good Neighbors Campaign, a fundraising effort aimed at USC faculty and staff. Since then, more than $11 million has been donated to support programs that not only supplement English and math education but revive arts programs that are  often among the first to disappear when district budget cuts are made.“Music education pretty much went the way of the dodo,” Barrios said. “When money’s tight and students need English and math instruction, the money’s going to go to English and math instruction.”The Family of Schools didn’t invent community engagement, as several high-profile USC service groups, such as the Joint Educational Project and the Neighborhood Academic Initiative, existed long before the Family of Schools. But even if they were connected to the community, the programs were disengaged from each other.The Family of Schools pulls these programs together so that they’re working toward unified goals specific to each school, Barrios said.“The principals are engaged,” said Barrios, who meets with each principal to discuss their schools’ needs and goals. “What is it that they would really like to see happen with a partnership with USC?”Lynn Brown, the principal of Weemes is a part of such discussions — but not just with Barrios.“I’ve met with USC students, USC readers, students who tutor our children during the day and after school,” Brown said.USC President C. L. Max Nikias has also made an effort to reach out by visiting 10 of the 15 schools to better understand their needs.“It’s been a wonderful experience for me to visit them on their grounds,” Nikias said in a Nov. 9 discussion with USC students. “I had a hard time going to sleep in the evenings. I was having a lot of ideas of what we can do to make a difference, especially for the kids.”Now the differences come in the form of more than 400 USC service programs. Weemes benefits from several of these, including Kid Watch, a safety initiative where volunteers direct traffic and help get students safely walk from their cars and into school.“Kid Watch, because of USC, has helped get our parents trained by the Department of Transportation to do what we [do],” Brown said.The list doesn’t end there. JEP, one of USC’s oldest programs, sends tutors and teacher’s assistants to the schools. KUSC Kids exposes children and their families to classical music. After School Sports Connection offers students an instruction in a variety of activities, including swimming, soccer and martial arts.Still, the Family of Schools doesn’t just benefit the community’s kids.Emily Brooke, a sophomore majoring in sociology, is the assistant coordinator of the USC Readers Program efforts at Norwood. She said her experience has been inspiring.“We were teaching them geography and they couldn’t put Los Angeles in California,” Brooke said. “Seeing that happen around me makes me want to make sure they have an opportunity to learn and that they love learning.”“It’s a symbiotic relationship, you don’t just get a good feeling — you actually know that you’ve made a huge difference,” Barrios said.No research is available about the measurable changes the USC Family of Schools has made overall, Barrios said, but statistics for each of the programs have shown a positive reflection of the their effectiveness.Ninety-five percent of the students are accepted to higher education institutions. Eighty-three percent of those go to a four-year university, Barrios said.And 35 percent, like Umana, end up attending USC.“Now we’re an elementary school. People aren’t really thinking about college,” Brown said. “But one of my goals this year is to make sure that every student from kindergarten to fifth grade says that they’re going to USC.”last_img read more

Community must aid vets, official says

first_imgReadjusting to civilian life presents quite a challenge for veterans returning from war.During a Veterans Day Appreciation Reception on Friday in the USC Radisson Hotel, René Bardorf, deputy assistant secretary of defense for community and public outreach, emphasized the importance of reintegrating soldiers and including veterans in the community.According to Bardorf, a survey conducted this year revealed that 95 percent of soldiers feel disconnected from civilians -— a statistic she said must change.Bardorf explained that soldiers are three times more likely to volunteer in their community than citizens who have not served.“They can help shape the future of the country, but they need help from the community,” she said.Many veterans present for the speech agreed with Bardorf’s statements about the disconnect.“It struck a cord,” said David Kim, a senior majoring in business who served in the Navy. “What she said is what is in our subconscious. She had it on the dot.”For many soldiers, the biggest adjustment is being away from their unit, Bardorf said. The lack of cohesion makes reintegration a challenge, as veterans feel alienated from society and without anyone to talk with.Though Bardorf’s grandfather, father and husband all served in the military, she admitted she never fully understood the life of a post-war soldier until her own work with veterans.Bardorf has had some incredible interactions with injured veterans through her work with the Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund, which  provides immediate financial assistance for injured and critically ill members of the U.S. Armed Forces. She told a moving story about a soldier who had lost his vision, both his legs and one of his hands. He was in the hospital with his parents, and Bardorf was charged with delivering a relief check to him.“I was terrified to go on the hospital unit floor,” Bardorf said. “I had never seen someone who had been through that. I was shaking like a leaf.”What touched her most, however, was the soldier’s kindness and resilience.“He said ‘the only thing I miss is the unit back in Iraq. Not my legs or my vision, just my unit,’” Bardorf said. “That experience changed who I am.”Bardorf also emphasized the importance of motivating veterans to tell their stories.“Share your story with civilians,” Bardorf said. “They only hear what they see on the news. They don’t hear what’s in your hearts.”She explained that if she had not heard the stories of the wounded Marines, she never would have gained the perspective on veteran life that she has today.The integration of veterans into civilian life is always difficult, but even more issues can arise for student veterans. Bardorf said. Student veterans often have trouble relating to peers who might not understand or appreciate what they’ve been through.“It feels trivial versus the work they’ve done in service,” Bardorf said. “They feel they have to deal with inefficient or ineffective professors and teachers.”Joshua Jacobs, a senior majoring in business who was a sergeant in the Marines and served from 2007 to 2011, strongly agreed with this point.“We have to deal with so much just to get here,” said Jacobs, who is the president of the USC Veterans Association. “It’s really hard to readjust. No one appreciates the lives we have lived. It can become easier to overcome when they find that community.”Shane Quinn, a senior majoring in business who served in the Marines from 2004 to 2009, expressed similar sentiments about the challenge of relating to peers.“Your whole life is turned upside down,” Quinn said. “You go from everyone understanding you to being in college where no one understands.”Not only do veterans feel isolated, but they also often sense confusion from other students who might not treat their service time respectfully.“Students are not aware,” Kim said. “They are very oblivious to asking inappropriate questions. They will ask, ‘How many people have you killed?’’In an effort to improve support  for student veterans, Jacobs and the association are currently working on hosting networking events for veterans.“When soldiers are in school, we treat it like the military,” Jacobs said. “We put our heads down and do what we are supposed to do — do well in school. Often they forget to think about what happens after school.”With Veterans Day on Monday, Bardorf closed her speech by urging students to express their gratitude for veterans.“Find a way to thank a vet,” she said. ”Their sacrifice needs to be appreciated at home.”last_img read more

William Hill commits to extended PDC Darts World Championship

first_img Share Premier League looks to broadcast every behind-closed-door fixture August 28, 2020 StumbleUpon William Hill has reaffirmed its commitment as title sponsor of the Professional Darts Corporation (PDC) World Championship, as the Alexandra Palace held showpiece undergoes record breaking expansion.Extending its contract with darts flagship tournament through to 2022, an increased field of 96 competitors are to battle it out for its largest ever prize pot of £2.5m, which will see the 2018/19 champion scoop £500,000 and the prestigious Sid Waddell Trophy.Grant Williams, Managing Director of William Hill Online, said: “We’re delighted to extend our sponsorship of the World Darts Championship.“We have a great relationship with Barry Hearn and his team at the PDC and we’re thrilled to continue this partnership until at least 2022.”An increase of 24 additional players is to see opportunities to compete extended to a plethora of international qualifiers, whilst female players will also be afforded the same opportunity to earn their place at the William Hill World Darts Championship.At least two of the 96 spots will be taken up by female players, via a UK or rest of the world qualifier, as they aim to emulate previous competitors Gayl King and Anastasia Dobromyslova, as well as China’s Momo Zhou who participated in last weekend’s World Cup of Darts.Sky Sports is to also increase its coverage by 30 per cent, which will result in over 110 hours of live coverage being broadcast.Barry Hearn, PDC Chairman, commented: “The William Hill World Darts Championship has become a phenomenon in worldwide sport given its incredible growth in recent years, but this announcement takes the tournament to a whole new level.“The backing of our sponsors William Hill and worldwide broadcasters led by Sky Sports has been matched by the incredible interest from fans who flock to Alexandra Palace every Christmas and watch around the globe.”Adding: “Combined with the leading professional talents in darts, rising stars from around the world and new faces who win through the qualifiers, this promises to be an incredible tournament and a feast of festive darts for fans either at Ally Pally or watching the tournament later this year.” Related Articles Share Submit EFL announces that all non-Sky Sports fixtures will be available to stream August 27, 2020 SBC Magazine Issue 10: Kaizen Gaming rebrand and focus for William Hill CEO August 25, 2020last_img read more