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Students react to health protocols, express concern over lack of adherence

first_imgAfter the tri-campus community’s first week of classes, many students have seen discrepancies between the protocols in place and practices of the student bodies. The University of Notre Dame, Saint Mary’s College and Holy Cross College have all created a set of guidelines and outlined rules to ensure the safety of everyone on each campus.While the administrations have enacted these policies to ensure the safety and wellbeing of their students and staff, many of the measures rely on the actions of the student body, as outlined by the administrations several times over the past few weeks, including a recent request from SMC interim vice president for student affairs Gloria Roldán Jenkins. The numerous health policies have required students to adjust daily habits. Saint Mary’s senior Jackie Rojas said she has seen students not following the policies. “People just usually forget,” she said. “If they are going quickly to the restroom or quickly out of their room they forget…or sometimes they probably just think, like, no one will see them.” Notre Dame sophomore Nick Crookston also noted seeing students not adhering to health guidelines. “You would think that in the midst of this major pandemic grown adult students could show a level of common sense and concern for our community’s most vulnerable and adhere to the very simple guidelines of handwashing, social distancing and the most simple of them all — wearing a mask,” he said in an interview conducted over text. Crookston also expressed concern whether or not the protocols are enough. “As for the current policies,” he said. “I think the University has done enough to prepare us for the semester, but they are simply not doing enough to keep us here.”Crookston said he thought the University should do more in terms of disciplinary actions against non-compliant members of the community. “If the University wants to keep us here, and most importantly protect the lives of our immunocompromised brothers and sisters, they’re going to have to draw some lines,” he said. “Otherwise, the consequences are going to be much more grave than an OCS strike, and simply put, that’s going to be on the conscience of these irresponsible individuals who can’t seem to see past the tip of their nose and get the big picture of the reality that we are living through together.”Aranza Sierra, a sophomore at SMC and a student at ND through the dual engineering program, expressed similar concern in a text interview. “I believe ND is not doing enough,” she said. “I feel like they should be honest with themselves and should have been honest with themselves before returning everyone on campus.”Sierra questioned the University’s priorities. ”I think Notre Dame should have reevaluated their priorities, because the way it seems and the way it has always seen is that they only want the students’ money, and that’s what it’s always been about.”With the possibility of contracting the virus, Rojas expressed her discomfort at times on campus when students choose to not follow the rules and put everyone at risk. “We obviously have a shared restroom on this hallway and we have seen many girls go out to parties and then they live in this hallway and if they happen to get the virus and they are using the same restrooms as we are it is very concerning because they are putting the whole floor in danger because we are sharing that space,” she said.As of Monday, Aug. 17, Notre Dame has reported 58 confirmed COVID-19 cases and SMC has reported two. Tags: COVID-19, COVID-19 dashboard, covid-19 protocols, Here, Holy Cross College, ND, SMC, Students Reactlast_img read more

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Golden Radish

first_imgGeorgia’s agriculture, education and public health departments, University of Georgia Cooperative Extension and Georgia Organics came together at the historic Georgia Railroad Freight Depot to celebrate Georgia school districts with outstanding farm-to-school programs. Seventy-five school districts, serving more than one million students, are now participating in farm-to-school programs. These districts served more than 97 million school meals with local food items during the 2016-17 school year.The Golden Radish Award publicly recognizes school districts for all aspects of farm to school, including procuring local food, hosting taste tests and gardening with students. This year, the Golden Radish partners awarded 26 new school districts and welcomed a new partner — UGA Extension.“UGA Extension is so excited to promote healthy eating habits and incorporate Georgia’s great agricultural food products into our school lunchrooms,” said Associate Dean for Extension Laura Perry Johnson. “This is a natural partnership that benefits us as well as the school kids who get to enjoy these tasty and nutritious products.”Agriculture and Natural Resources and Family and Consumer Sciences Extension agents, along with Master Gardener Extension Volunteers, work with teachers, parents, administrators and students across the state to build and maintain school gardens and farm-to-school programs. This year, Extension faculty helped review applications for Georgia Organics’ 4-year-old Golden Radish Awards program and co-sponsored the ceremony. Districts of all sizes are using farm-to-school programs to teach academic standards in school gardens, support the local economy through local food purchases for school meals, and fight childhood obesity and other preventable food-related diseases.“Access to fresh, locally grown food is not just important for students’ physical health — it’s part of their academic development as well,” said State School Superintendent Richard Woods. “When children eat fresh, healthy meals, they have the fuel they need for a successful day of learning.”Agriculture Commissioner of Georgia Gary W. Black notes that while farm-to-school efforts support academic achievement, they also help build a strong agricultural economy.“Feed My School For a Week, Georgia Grown Test Kitchen and the Golden Radish Awards are all great ways for school nutrition to support Georgia producers, and we are excited as to what current and future award winners will accomplish as we work toward our 2020 Vision Plan for School Nutrition in Georgia.”Department of Public Health Commissioner Dr. J. Patrick O’Neal also champions healthy food access for children and supports farm-to-school efforts. “The vitamins, minerals and health benefits from local fresh fruit and vegetables not only allow our children to be physically healthy, but research has shown that healthy eating is also key to brain development,” said Commissioner O’Neal. “Here in Georgia, we are leading the nation in identifying ways to increase early brain development, and healthy nutrition is an enormous part of that.”Georgia Organics founded the state’s first farm-to-school program in 2007. Since then, communities across the state have embraced the benefits of bringing students and fresh, local food closer together. “It’s astounding that over 40 percent of our school districts are actively involved in the Golden Radish Awards after only four years of establishing the program,” stated Georgia Organics Executive Director Alice Rolls. “This is an exciting trajectory given farm to school’s impact on child nutrition, farmer prosperity, rural development, local economies and public health.”During the 2016-17 school year, Golden Radish school districts collectively:Served over 97 million meals that featured locally grown and raised foods.Conducted 8,204 taste tests.Taught 7,263 standards-based lessons.Tended 885 school gardens.Engaged students in 3,794 hands-on cooking activities.Involved parents and community members in 1,339 farm-to-school activities.  The 2016-17 school year was a record-breaking year of farm-to-school growth in Georgia, and participants were thrilled to celebrate at the Golden Radish Awards.The 75 school systems being recognized are:Platinum LevelBarrow County School SystemCarrollton City SchoolsCherokee County School DistrictClarke County School DistrictFulton County SchoolsJackson County SchoolsLaurens County SchoolsSumter County SchoolsTift County SchoolsGold LevelAtlanta Public SchoolsBaldwin County School DistrictBartow County School SystemBleckley County SchoolsBurke County Public SchoolsCity Schools of DecaturCobb County School DistrictColumbia County School NutritionDougherty County School SystemEffingham County School SystemElbert County School DistrictFannin County School SystemFayette County Public SchoolsGwinnett County Public SchoolsHabersham County SchoolsHart County SchoolsTreutlen County SchoolsHenry County SchoolsNewton County SchoolsWarren County Public SchoolsSilver LevelCrawford County SchoolsDeKalb County School DistrictFloyd County SchoolsForsyth County SchoolsGainesville City School SystemMadison County School DistrictPaulding County School DistrictSavannah-Chatham County Public School SystemToombs County SchoolsBronze LevelBuford City SchoolsCarroll County SchoolsCoffee County School SystemDade County SchoolsDalton Public SchoolsDouglas County School SystemLee County School SystemMarietta City SchoolsMitchell County SchoolsMorgan County Charter School SystemMurray County SchoolsMuscogee County School DistrictRichmond County Valdosta City Nutrition Program Wayne CountyWhite County Worth County School DistrictHonoraryBanks County School SystemButts County School SystemCalhoun City School SystemClayton County Public SchoolsDawson County School SystemEmanuel County School SystemFranklin County SchoolsGlascock County School SystemHaralson County SchoolsHall County SchoolsJohnson CountyLincoln County School DistrictLowndes County HonoraryLumpkin County School SystemMiller County Board of EducationMcIntosh County SchoolsRockdale County Public SchoolsStephens CountyWhitfield County SchoolsWilkinson County Board of Educationlast_img read more

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Vermont Small Business Development Center names Rubel ‘State Star’

first_imgState Director, Lenae Quillen-Blume, announced that Dave Rubel has been selected as the 2011 State Star of Vermont Small Business Development Center.  Dave Rubel is the Area Business Advisor for Washington and Lamoille Counties and the Export specialist for the team. ‘I am pleased to make this announcement and to recognize Dave for extraordinary contributions to our organization’ said Quillen-Blume.  ‘Dave was chosen by VtSBDC for his excellent work with clients and his development of the export and international trade program offered by VtSBDC.  He is generous with his time for clients as well as peers and is a professional and valued representative of the organization.’  ‘It is an honor to accept this award,’ said Dave, ‘and to have the opportunity to help so many people achieve the dream of starting and succeeding in their own business.’  ‘It means so much to me to have been nominated for this award by my peers, people whom I respect and admire. VtSBDC has been extremely supportive of my professional development ‘ providing me with the tools, resources, and mentoring opportunities to become a successful Area Business Advisor.  VtSBDC walks the talk of entrepreneurship with the development of its ‘start-up’ International Trade program.  I’m thrilled to be leading the charge with this program as our organization’s new International Trade Specialist.’ Dave will be recognized for this honor at the national ASBDC conference in San Diego, CA in September.   America’s Small Business Development Center Network is a partnership uniting private enterprise, government, higher education and local nonprofit economic development organizations.  It is the Small Business Administration’s largest partnership program, providing management and technical assistance to help Americans start, run and grow their own businesses.last_img read more

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Weekend Pick: Red Wing Roots Music Festival

first_imgTo use the proper nomenclature, festival season is peaking right now. The summer circuit is in full swing at the moment with music lovers criss-crossing the Blue Ridge, and the country for that matter, seeking out their favorite bands, the best line-ups, and the coolest lot scene – sorry, make that camp scene. It seems that summer music festivals are aimed more and more at the counter-culture sect, the hippies, and the burnouts. Of course, this is the main demographic for your typical big festival crammed with jam bands, prog-rock, and late night techno raves. This leaves little room for the common man; the intrepid music fan who wants nothing more than to relax with their family, listen to some good old-fashioned mountain music, and maybe even slip off festival grounds for a bike ride or hike. This type of behavior would be blasphemy at Bonnaroo or All Good, where if you are not in a trance, hula-hooping to a band you’ve never heard of, you’re doing it wrong. Well, one band and one festival are out to change that, and it starts this weekend at the Red Wing Roots Music Festival at Natural Chimneys State Park outside Harrisonburg, Virginia.Presented by home-town and BRO favorites The Steel Wheels, the Red Wing Roots Music Festival is in its first year and is opening with a bang. Along with the Steel Wheels, the festival is headlined by the Del McCoury Band, Sam Bush, Tim O’Brien, and features festival favorites Yarn, Larry Keel and Natural Bridge, The Duhks, and Pokey LaFarge. For the family there will be a Kids Zone featuring a kids’ stage with workshops and performances by the bands, story telling, and animal viewing from The Wildlife Center of Virginia.The lineup is top-notch, but attendees will also be in the heart of Blue Ridge adventure at Natural Chimneys State Park. Hosts The Steel Wheels are cycling enthusiasts and will be leading rides on some of the country roads of Augusta County, and the Shenandoah Group of the Sierra Club will lead a hike to Little Bald Knob. There is also fishing, swimming, and mountain biking all in the immediate vicinity, and outdoor activities are encouraged by festival organizers.Day passes are available at the gate or camping passes are online, so there is no excuse not to check out this brand-spanking-new music festival right in your Blue Ridge backyard.View Larger Maplast_img read more

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​Wednesday people roundup

first_imgJLT Employee Benefits – Nick Buckland has been appointed as a senior investment consultant. He joins from Dorset County Council, where he was chief treasury and pensions manager for the pension fund. Buckland played a key role in the foundation of the Brunel Pension Partnership, the asset pool being implemented in the South-West of England by funds including the Environment Agency Pension Fund and the Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire Pension Funds. Hermes Investment Management – Robert Wall has been appointed infrastructure partner, reporting to Peter Hofbauer, head of infrastructure. Based in London, Wall joins from the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board, where he has worked for the past nine years in Toronto and London.International Integrated Reporting Council (IIRC) – Richard Howitt, a member of the European Parliament, has been appointed chief executive of the global corporate-reporting organisation. He is to succeed Paul Druckman on 1 November. Howitt has been rapporteur on corporate reporting-related issues, including social responsibility, for many years. He has also acted as a volunteer IIRC ambassador for the last five years.M&G Investments – Nas Islam has been appointed head of investment risk. He joins from Henderson Global Investors, where he was head of investment oversight. Before then, he held analyst, risk and performance roles at Morley Fund Management, now known as Aviva Investors.Vontobel Asset Management – Ludovic Colin has been appointed head of the global flexible investment team at Vontobel’s fixed income boutique. Colin will take over as lead portfolio manager of Vontobel’s absolute return bond strategies. He joined Vontobel in 2015 from Goldman Sachs, where he was a cross-asset macro specialist.Old Mutual Global Investors – Cristiano Busnardo has been appointed to the newly created position of country head for Italy. He joins from Allfunds Bank’s Italian branch, where he was deputy general manager. Before then, he worked at Société Générale Asset Management Italia.AXA IM-Real Assets – Andrew Stainer has been appointed to the new role of head of Northern Europe. Stainer will oversee all transactions and business operations within the UK, Germany, the Nordic region, Switzerland and Central and Eastern Europe. Joining from Carters Hill Group in Sydney, Stainer has also worked for Goldman Sachs, JBWere and Deutsche Bank. Aviva Investors, Rogge Global Partners, Standard Life Investments, Hermes Fund Managers, Schroders, PIMCO, AXA Investment Managers, JLT Employee Benefits, Dorset County Council, CPPIB, International Integrated Reporting Council, M&G Investments, Henderson Global Investors, Vontobel Asset Management, Old Mutual Global Investors, AXA IM-Real AssetsAviva Investors – Rémi Casals has been appointed head of European institutional client solutions, joining from Rogge Global Partners, where he was head of global distribution. He previously held positions with AXA Rosenberg, Barclays Global Investors and Andersen Corporate Finance. Nigel Cosgrove was appointed head of European institutional client relationships and service, joining from Standard Life Investments, where he was an investment director. Jennifer Stillman was appointed global head of consultant relations, joining from Hermes Fund Managers, where she was director of consultant relations. Lastly, TJ Voskamp was appointed head of European wholesale client solutions, joining from Schroders, where he was head of the global financial institutions group. PIMCO – Frank Witt has been appointed chairman of the board of PIMCO’s Germany entity, PIMCO Deutschland, effective 1 September. Witt joined PIMCO in 2002 and was most recently managing director in the Munich office, with responsibility for the asset manager’s German and Austrian business. Before joining PIMCO, he held various positions at Goldman Sachs and Deutsche Bank. Ryan Blute is leaving PIMCO Germany’s board, although he will continue as managing director for EMEA global wealth management.AXA Investment Managers – Two new members have been appointed to the management board. Amélie Watelet has been appointed global head of human resources and a member of the board effective 1 November, replacing Anne-Sophie Curet. Laurence Boone, head of research and investment strategy at AXA IM and chief economist for AXA Group, has also been appointed to the board. Bettina Ducat, meanwhile, has been promoted to global head of product, retail and institutional development.last_img read more

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Affordability key to region’s growth

first_imgOpening of the Moreton Day Hospital at North Lakes, Friday, August 17, 2018. (Photos Jono Searle)Queensland Health Minister Steven Miles said the new $5 million private hospital was a fantastic addition to the flourishing region. More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus16 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market16 hours ago“By creating high-quality health services right here in North Lakes, residents can receive their care closer to home without having to travel into Brisbane city,” Mr Miles said.MODE Design principal Peter Bertram said they had worked closely with Moreton Eye Group to deliver its new state-of-the-art facility. “Part of the design included two new surgical theatres, additional consult rooms for their clinic side, staff amenities, CSSD and recovery rooms,” Mr Bertram said. MODE Design is also involved with the latest Queensland Rail Station Accessibility upgrades to Strathpine and Morayfield train stations. MODE Design infrastructure team leader and architect Tanya Golitschenko said they were excited to be working with John Holland, MPN and DMA engineers on the project. Ms Golitschenko said the project focused on delivering safety and accessibility and would provide customers with a step-free path of travel through the station precincts. Moreton Bay Region Top 5 Suburbs for Capital Growth – Houses.Mr Peleg said houses had enjoyed a “healthy” capital growth of 23 per cent during the past five years.“While 23 per cent is considered a good and healthy capital growth, this is not the outstanding 80 per cent plus that we saw in five years in Sydney,” he said. “This healthy growth is driven by an increased demand for houses in the area. “Put simply, every year people are willing to pay a little bit more, as they see the prices deliver really good value, particularly when you’re considering what they get: a freestanding house, very affordable values, improved area and access to Brisbane CBD.” Among the long list of new infrastructure in the area is the Moreton Day Hospital, which opened in August 2018. Artist’s impression of the new University of Sunshine Coast at Petrie. Supplied.Housing affordability is key to the success of the Moreton Bay region.That’s according to Riskwise CEO Doron Peleg, who said a current median price of $477,269 for houses and $321,466 for units meant that Moreton Bay housing was a good option. “They have demonstrated affordability as compared to greater Brisbane, which has a median house price of $537,843 and for units $385,475,” he said. Mr Peleg said data from CoreLogic identified Wights Mountain, Mount Mee, Draper, Godwin Beach and Meldale as being the strongest capital growth performers during a five-year period. “(We’re seeing) housing affordability and overall increased demand for the entire Moreton Bay area, and particularly to these suburbs,” he said. Stockland is developing Promenade at Rothwell And Newport at Redcliffe“This project is being delivered as part of the Queensland Government’s $300 million station upgrade program, which aims to achieve independent accessibility, meaning that all train platforms can be accessed independently via paths, ramps or lifts, without the need to use stairs,” she said. Works at Morayfield station will begin before the end of the year.Education facilities in the area are also being stepped up, with the foundation building of the University of the Sunshine Coast’s new campus at Petrie starting to take shape. Builder Hansen Yuncken began piling works on September 20 for the first stage – a three-storey building with more than 16,000sq m of floor space. The foundation building will include a lecture theatre, multipurpose rooms and an open auditorium suitable for community events. USC Moreton Bay is planned to open in time for Semester 1, 2020. The first intake of students, expected to be as many as 1200,will be able to make a choice of almost 50 study programs, including business, education and computer science. USC vice-chancellor Professor Greg Hill said it was thrilling to see USC Moreton Bay begin to take shape as the campus would be a game-changer for the region, offering local residents unprecedented access to tertiary education. “Moreton Bay is one of Queensland’s fastest-growing regions, but has been the only region of its size in Australia without its own full-service university campus,” Mr Hill said. Moreton Bay Regional Mayor Allan Sutherland said the start of work on the campus was history in the making.“There’s been a lot of talk about how this project will change our communities, economy and educational outcomes,” Mr Sutherland said. Even the public schools are keeping up with those in Brisbane City.According to Better Education, Albany Creek State High School was named as one of Brisbane’s best-performing state high schools. It is an important gong, with many parents basing their house buying decisions around preferred school catchments, with many developers using proximity to a top performer as a selling point.last_img read more

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Cochin, Hooghly Dock & Port Engineers Set Up JV

first_imgIndian shipbuilder Cochin Shipyard Ltd has established a joint venture company with compatriot shipbuilder Hooghly Dock & Port Engineers Limited.The joint venture named Hooghly Cochin Shipyard Limited was set up on Monday, October 23, according to a regulatory filing from Cochin.The formation of the JV follows a green light from the country’s Ministry of Shipping in March this year.As disclosed, the new company aims to modernize shipbuilding infrastructure at the two shipyard sites of Salkia and Nazirgunge in Kolkata.Cochin Shipyard and Hooghly Dock & Port Engineers Limited will have 76% and 24% stake in the company respectively.In September, reports emerged on Cochin’s expansion plans in Andaman and Nicobar, Gujarat, Kolkata and Mumbai, where new facilities are expected to be set up.The plans were revealed by Nitin Gadkari, India’s Minister for Road Transport, Highways and Shipping, in an interview with Press Trust of India on the back of the shipbuilder’s initial public offering (IPO), through which Cochin Shipyard raised INR 14.4 billion (USD 224.8 million).As informed earlier, Cochin intends to use the proceeds to partly fund two expansion projects costing up to INR 28 billion (USD 436.3 million).last_img read more

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Auckland suburbs could become a red light district

first_imgNZ Herald 14 July 2015New signage regulations for residential brothels mean streets housing families and children could easily become a K’Rd-style red light district, a lobby group says.Under the new council rules, brothels in residential Auckland will soon be allowed small signs advertising their sex services — but flashing lights or sexualised shapes and images are being ruled out.The move is part of Auckland Council’s review of different bylaws inherited from seven councils, and the replacement regional bylaw will be effective from October 1.Bob McCoskrie, national director of right-wing lobby group Family First, said brothels should not be in residential areas or near sensitive sites such as schools, churches or marae — no matter how large or small.“The bylaws needs to give priority to the concerns and demands of families and create a bylaw that minimises the harms of the flawed Prostitution Reform Act.“In 2013, residents in an Auckland suburb were upset that a cluster of premises offering commercial sex were operating within a kilometre of one another in an upmarket Auckland city-fringe suburb, and there was nothing they could do.“To now allow signage on all these places will simply add further aggravation to families who don’t want their children confronted with this industry.”Mr McCoskrie said the council’s suggestion that the Advertising Standards Authority or the Human Rights Commission would deal with complaints was “naive and flawed”.“Both bodies are slow to act, come after the advertising damage has been done, and based on history are more likely to protect the brothels than consider the concerns of families.”Mr McCoskrie said residential brothels were not discreet, and there were also concerns about noise, traffic, intimidation, litter, and late night visit.http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11480341Auckland brothels allowed to advertiseYahoo NZ 14 July 2015Sex sells, and Auckland signwriters are about to get in on the action.A review of Auckland Council’s bylaws has given residential bordellos the right to advertise their sex services with small and discreet signs.However, perverse signs with sexualised shapes or flashing lights will not be allowed.The new regional bylaws come into place from October 1, with brothels to be subjected to the same advertising standards as all other businesses.But not everyone is thrilled by the development.Family First national director Bob McCoskrie said the bylaws need to prioritise the concerns of families and minimises the harms of the prostitution reform act.“Brothels no matter how large or small simply shouldn’t be in residential areas or near sensitive sites such as schools, churches or maraes,” he said on Tuesday.“To now allow signage on all these places will simply add further aggravation to families who don’t want their children confronted with this industry.”Complaints about the content of bordello’s signage may be referred to the NZ Advertising Standards Complaints Authority.https://nz.news.yahoo.com/top-stories/a/28783367/auckland-brothels-allowed-to-advertise/ Size limits imposed on brothel signsStuff co.nz 14 July 2015Auckland brothels advertising their wares may have to shrink the size of their road-side signs.Auckland Council’s new signage bylaw, coming into effect on October 1, will limit publicly visible brothel signage to 0.33 square metres in a residential zone or 1 square metre in all other zones.It will also prevent brothels being able to advertise anything except their name, street number and phone number on publicly visible signage.That means no flashing lights, changeable messages or sexualised shapes or images.According to the council documents the bylaw will replace 11 previous bylaws from former local councils.Most of these bylaws had prior requirements for brothel signs to be limited to 1 square metre.http://www.stuff.co.nz/business/better-business/70207211/size-limits-imposed-on-brothel-signs.htmlGreen light for red light advertisingRules relaxed for residential brothels3 News 14 July 2015A bylaw review in Auckland means brothels in residential areas will now be able to advertise their services with small signs.The new regional bylaw comes into action on October 1 and comes with restrictions, including the maximum size of the sign being 0.33sqm and flashing lights or sexualised shapes on it being prohibited, the New Zealand Herald reports.The current Manukau City Council Brothels Bylaw means signs aren’t allowed to be seen from a residential zone and prohibits words that are sexually explicit, lewd or offensive.Family First NZ national director Bob McCoskrie criticised the changes and says the new rules backtrack on the Prostitution Reform Act.“Our understanding was that a red light district would be a specific area and that it would be out of sight of families and children and also there were strict regulations around signage in those areas,” Mr McCoskrie told the Herald.http://www.3news.co.nz/nznews/rules-relaxed-for-residential-brothels-2015071407#axzz3fp4qMNkOBrothel signs coming to residential AucklandNewstalk ZB 14 July 2015Brothels in residential Auckland will be allowed small signs advertising their sex services under new council rules.But flashing lights or sexualised shapes and images are being ruled out.The move is part of Auckland Council’s review of different bylaws inherited from seven councils.“They work from home and tend to be discreet.” However, Family First NZ national director Bob McCoskrie criticised the changes..“When the Prostitution Reform Act was pushed through, one of the areas they were specific about was advertising and part of that was to protect families,” he said.“Our understanding was that a red light district would be a specific area and that it would be out of sight of families and children and also there were strict regulations around signage in those areas.”http://www.newstalkzb.co.nz/news/national/brothel-signs-coming-to-residential-auckland/last_img read more

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Survey: More US adults use marijuana, don’t think it’s risky

first_imgThe Big Story 31 August 2016Family First Comment: More are using marijuana, using it more often and far fewer think it’s risky, the government survey found.That runs counter to scientific research about pot, said Dr. Wilson Compton, lead author of the study published online Wednesday by the journal Lancet Psychiatry. “If anything, science has shown an increasing risk that we weren’t as aware of years ago.”Marijuana use is becoming more accepted among U.S. adults as states loosen pot laws, new national survey data shows.More are using marijuana, using it more often and far fewer think it’s risky, the government survey found.That’s understandable, experts say, as dozens of states now allow medical marijuana and four states have recently legalized pot for recreational use.More than a half million U.S. adults participated in the survey over a dozen years, and the responses show a shift in attitude. Only a third of adults in 2014 said they thought weekly marijuana use was dangerous, down from half of adults in 2002.That runs counter to scientific research about pot, said Dr. Wilson Compton, lead author of the study published online Wednesday by the journal Lancet Psychiatry.“If anything, science has shown an increasing risk that we weren’t as aware of years ago,” said Compton, deputy director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse.Other research has increasingly linked marijuana use to mental impairment, and early, heavy use by people with certain genes to increased risk of developing psychosis, he noted.READ MORE: http://bigstory.ap.org/article/1f898fb97ca04844b995190ec8a9365d/survey-more-us-adults-use-marijuana-dont-think-its-riskyKeep up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.last_img read more

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EPL: Everton, Spurs battle for survival

first_imgRelatedPosts Fulham keen on Lookman loan deal EPL: Son fires four past Southampton EPL: Calvert-Lewin treble fires Everton past West Brom Everton vs. Tottenham Venue: Goodison Park Kick off: 5:30PMTwo teams who have endured disappointing campaigns to date will face off this afternoon when Everton welcome Tottenham Hotspur to Goodison Park. The hosts go into the weekend sitting only two places and two points above the relegation zone, while Spurs are also in the bottom half having won just twice in the league since the opening day of the season. It is hard to know which club will be more underwhelmed with their performances so far this season – an Everton side who sit 17th having been tipped to challenge for the top six or a Spurs side languishing in 13th when they were backed to be the closest challengers to Liverpool and Manchester City in the title race. Today will be the first time these two teams have met while both have been in the bottom half since April 2004, and for Spurs time is running out to turn their form around if they want to at least salvage a top-four challenge this term. Eight points already separate Mauricio Pochettino’s side from the Champions League spots, while leaders Liverpool are a full 19 points clear of Spurs 10 games into the season following their victory when the two sides met last weekend. The Londoners will hope for a happier trip south from their second Merseyside visit in as many weeks, but they have picked up just one point from their last three league games and have only won six of their last 22 in the top flight. Indeed, Spurs have amassed only 23 points from those 22 games – an average which, spread over a 38-game season, would leave them just short of the 40-point mark generally required to guarantee safety. It is no exaggeration to suggest that Tottenham have been in relegation form for more than eight months now, then, and another defeat on Sunday would be their 19th of the calendar year across all competitions – their most since 2008. Incidentally, 2008 was also the last time they failed to pick up more than their current tally of 12 points from their opening 10 games of a season, and it is their away form which is the biggest reason behind that. Only Everton and Norwich have picked up fewer points on the road this season, and remarkably Tottenham’s wait for an away Premier League win stretches all the way back to January, since when they have accrued a measly two points from the 33 on offer. Indeed, Spurs’ only two away league victories in 2019 as a whole came against Cardiff City and Fulham, meaning that you have to go back to their last visit to Everton – in December 2018 – for their most recent win away to a team currently in the top flight. It is a woeful record for a side that reached the final of the Champions League last season, but they will be hoping that a return to Goodison – where they won 6-2 just before Christmas last year – will spark a much-needed end to their troubles on the road. Everton possible XI: Pickford, Coleman, Keane, Holgate, Digne, Delphs, Gomes, Walcott, Sigurdsson, Richarlison, Calvert-Lewin. Tottenham possible XI: Gazzaniga, Aurier, Alderweireld, Sanchez, Davies, Sissoko, Winks, Eriksen, Alli, Son, Kane.Tags: EvertonTottenham Hotspurlast_img read more

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