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40km/h school speed limit urged

first_imgWairarapa Times-Age 1 Feb 2012More organisations are joining the call around the country to have the speed limit dropped to 40km/h around schools, especially buses, as children prepare to go back to school. Family First is supporting similar calls from groups such as Rural Women NZ, the NZ Society of Paediatric Surgeons, Safe Kids, NZ Automobile Association, the National Council for Women of NZ and the NZ School Trustees Association. National director Bob McCoskrie said there had been far too many injuries and deaths around school gates and buses, and perhaps many more near-misses. “Many drivers may be completely unaware of the speed limit of 20km/h when passing buses dropping off children, and more needs to be done to raise awareness and enforce this limit, especially considering that in rural areas, the open speed limit can be up to 100km/h,” he said. “It should be standard practice for all buses to have an active 20km/h sign alerting passing motorists …” Mr McCoskrie described the situation as a tragedy waiting to happen.http://www.times-age.co.nz/news/40km-h-school-speed-limit-urged/1256889/last_img read more


September 27, 2020 0

Oz bill to recognise foreign gay marriage fails

first_imgAAP 20 June 2013Efforts to change Australia’s marriage laws to recognise gay couples who tie the knot overseas have been shot down in parliament.The Australian Greens had moved a private bill to amend the Marriage Act, so that same-sex marriages validly entered into in foreign countries were recognised under Australian law.But on Thursday the bill was defeated 44 votes to 28 in the Senate.…DLP senator John Madigan not only voiced his opposition to the bill, but said he’d be calling for a referendum to recognise marriage as just a union between a man and a woman.http://au.news.yahoo.com/latest/a/-/latest/17678417/bill-to-recognise-foreign-gay-pairs-fails/last_img read more


September 27, 2020 0

In recognition of today….

first_img“Next.”“Good morning. We want to apply for a marriage licence.”“Names?”“Tim and Jim Jones.”“Jones? Are you related? I see a resemblance.”“Yes, we’re brothers.”“Brothers? You can’t get married.”“Why not? Aren’t you giving marriage licences to same gender couples?”“Yes, thousands. But we haven’t had any siblings. That’s incest! Why do you want to get married?”“For the financial benefits, of course. And we do love each other. Besides, we don’t have any other prospects.”“But we’re issuing marriage licences to gay and lesbian couples who’ve been denied equal protection under the law. If you are not gay, you can get married to a woman.”“Wait a minute. A gay man has the same right to marry a woman as I have. But just because I’m straight doesn’t mean I want to marry a woman. I want to marry Jim.”“And I want to marry Tim, Are you going to discriminate against us just because we are not gay?”“All right, all right. I’ll give you your licence. Next.”“Hi. We are here to get married.”“Names?”“John Smith, Jane James, Robert Green, and June Johnson.”“Who wants to marry whom?”“We all want to marry each other.”“But there are four of you!”“That’s right. You see, we’re all bisexual. I love Jane and Robert, Jane loves me and June, June loves Robert and Jane, and Robert loves June and me. All of us getting married together is the only way that we can express our sexual preferences in a marital relationship.”“But we’ve only been granting licences to gay and lesbian couples.”“So you’re discriminating against bisexuals!”“No, it’s just that, well, the traditional idea of marriage is that it’s just for couples.”“Since when are you standing on tradition?”“Well, I mean, you have to draw the line somewhere.”“Who says? There’s no logical reason to limit marriage to couples. The more the better. Besides, we demand our rights! The mayor says the constitution guarantees equal protection under the law. Give us a marriage licence!”“All right, all right. Next.”“Hello, I’d like a marriage licence.”“In what names?”“David Deets.”“And the other man?”“That’s all. I want to marry myself.”“Marry yourself? What do you mean?”“Well, my psychiatrist says I have a dual personality, so I want to marry the two together. Maybe I can file a joint income-tax return……..”“That does it!? I quit!!? You people are making a mockery of marriage!!”last_img read more


September 27, 2020 0

Massive rally in Paris to protest same-sex marriage

first_imgCBS News 16 October 2016Family First Comment: Gotta love the French Tens of thousands of people have marched in Paris to call for the repeal of a law allowing gay marriage, six months before France’s next presidential election.The protesters ended up at Trocadero Plaza, near the Eiffel Tower. Police estimated the crowd at 24,000, while organizers gave a figure of 200,000.They were also protesting Sunday against the use of assisted reproduction techniques and surrogate mothers to help same-sex couples have babies.Assisted reproduction is allowed in France only for infertile heterosexual couples and surrogacy is banned.The group organizing the march presents itself as promoting the traditional family model of “one mother and one father.” It hopes to influence the debate before the presidential election next year.None of the major candidates in the election attended the march.A small group of bare-breasted Femen demonstrators briefly showed up Sunday during the march to protest against what they call “homophobia.” The half-dozen Femen protesters were removed by police.The 2013 law allowing gay marriage exposed deep divisions in French society, prompting big protests for and against such unions.http://www.cbsnews.com/news/tens-of-thousands-rally-in-paris-to-protest-same-sex-marriage/Keep up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.last_img read more


September 27, 2020 0

The Science of Pornography Addiction (SFW)

first_imgIt’s the number one topic for internet searches, but do we ever consider how pornography can have lasting neuroplastic effects? Discover the hard science behind the ‘porn epidemic’ – the internet’s drug of choice.last_img


September 27, 2020 0

LIAT warns of possible flight cancellations due to impending storm

first_img 151 Views   no discussions Share Share Regional airline LIAT has placed customers on notice that it could be forced to cancel flights on Sunday August 23, Monday August 24 and Tuesday August 25 due to the impending passage of Tropical Storm Danny.The carrier said customers affected by the disruptions who wish to rebook for a later date will be allowed to do so without change fees or fare differences for a period of two weeks from the date of their original scheduled travel.Following the two-week grace period, passengers will be required to pay applicable fare and change fees when re-booking, LIAT said.LIAT is also advising that passengers who decide to travel but are unable to complete their journey due to disruption caused by weather conditions that they will not be provided with meals, transportation or hotel accommodation.LIAT said it regrets any inconvenience caused as a result of the passage of the storm. Tweetcenter_img Sharing is caring! Share LifestyleNewsRegionalTravel LIAT warns of possible flight cancellations due to impending storm by: Caribbean News Service – August 19, 2015last_img read more


September 26, 2020 0

Cricket Association Gives Care Packages to Cricketers

first_img Share LifestyleLocalNews Cricket Association Gives Care Packages to Cricketers by: – May 21, 2020 The Dominica Cricket Association has come through for 12 of its players.An initiative conceptualised by the DCA in partnership with the Senior Men’s National Training Squad got additional support from Fine Foods Inc to supply a select group of players with food hampers.President of the Cricket Association, Glen Joseph said the idea was to reach out a supportive hand.He told a small ceremony that, “I move around with the Under-13s, Under-15s, Under 19s  [teams] and the Senior Team. Most of the time I would have to contribute to the young cricketers on tour personally soI realize that if this situation hit us so hard our cricketers out there might be having a tough time and that is what triggered the initiative.”Delaney Alexander, an 18-year-old first year Civil Engineering major is one of the recipients.Hailing from Tarish Pit, Alexander is an all-rounder on the under 19 team. He responded, “I’m very grateful for that…In times like these it’s hard. I just want to say thank you.”Alexander says cricket is his passion and the DCA is “doing a wonderful job” with this initiative.“I enjoy cricket. I prefer cricket to any other sport and any other thing. When I’m home, I have to take a ball and bat and knock or do something,” he said.The packages total about $1800. Share Sharing is caring! 414 Views   one comment Delaney Alexander receives package from DCA Public Relations Officer, Augustus Pascal Share Tweetlast_img read more


September 26, 2020 0

Lime National Basketball League results for last game of regular season

first_img Share The results of the last night of the regular season are as follows:Game 1 7pm: Kubuli/Vitamalt Division 1 – Goodwill Starz vs. Maximum Building Supplies TigersThe Goodwill Starz finished the regular season undefeated with a perfect 10 – 0 record, easily defeating the Maximum Building Supplies Tigers by the score of 81 to 63. This win crowns the Starz as the Champs of Zone A of the 1st Division. Top scorers for the Starz were Jason Samuel with a game high 20 points, Kester Edwards with 13 points, Straun Gregoire with 11 points, and Daynes Peters and Jeffrey Gregoire each scoring 10 points while veteran player Curtis John scored 14 points and Tony Lee scored 12 points in a losing effort for the Tigers.In the Domlec Premier Division, the Paix Bouche Eagles forfeited their games against the Gatorade Blazers and the Dr. Mac Prowlers.Damien SorhaindoDABA Treasurer Tweet Sharing is caring! Sharecenter_img Share 34 Views   no discussions NewsSports Lime National Basketball League results for last game of regular season by: – August 12, 2011last_img read more


September 26, 2020 0

Government should get to know Haitians before giving them passport

first_img Share Share Share LocalNews Government should get to know Haitians before giving them passport by: – August 15, 2011 Sharing is caring!center_img 30 Views   no discussions Tweet Passport of the Commonwealth of Dominica.President of the Dominica Haiti Friendship Association Frantso Moise is calling on the Government of the Commonwealth of Dominica to conduct research on Haitian nationals before issuing passports to them.There have been reports of Haitian nationals presenting false documents to the Immigration Department when applying for work permits. Mr. Moise says this research would assist the Government in determining who should be issued a Dominican passport.“Before the Government gives a Haitian a paper, or a citizen or a resident; get to know the person. That’s why we want the Government to work with us, if the Government does not open its doors to me then I am still going to have a little issue. When the person goes for residency they can send them to our Association or call us to find out who that person is, where he comes from and if the person should be given a passport,” he said.Mr. Moise is asking the Government to consider that there are many Haitian nationals in the country who are employed and complying with the laws of the land and should be dealt with on an individual basis.“It’s not because Peter was doing bad and John goes for his papers means he should not get it. If John is behaving himself and doing well in the country then he should be given his documents,” Mr. Moise said.President of the Dominica Haiti Friendship Association, Mr. Frantso Moise.Meantime the President urges all Haitian nationals residing in Dominica who are bent on committing crimes and causing others to receive unfair treatment to cease this behaviour.The Association is organizing a second meeting scheduled for the 28th of August and invites all Haitian nationals to attend and voice their concerns.Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more


September 26, 2020 0

Dominica prepares to hold major summit on CNCD’s

first_imgLocalNews Dominica prepares to hold major summit on CNCD’s by: – September 6, 2011 Share 13 Views   no discussions Share Tweetcenter_img Share Sharing is caring! Photo credit: medilinks.blogspot.comDominica will be the venue for a national summit on Chronic Non Communicable Diseases later this week.The National summit which is expected to to sensitize policy-makers, civil society, health and non-health sectors and other key stakeholders on the CNCD situation in Dominica will commence on Thursday.In its 10-year National Strategic Plan for Health for 2010-2019 the Ministry of Health listed Chronic Non-Communicable Diseases (CNCDs) as a priority area, and identified strategies for the prevention and management of the epidemic. Dominica is also in the process of finalizing a CNCD policy which sets out the course of action that will guide protocols for the prevention and management of the CNCDs and their complications.The results of a survey of Chronic Disease Risk Factors conducted in 2007 indicated that the increase in life expectancy and obesity, coupled with changing lifestyle practices are among several factors within the population that have contributed to a dramatic change in the morbidity and mortality profile of the CNCDs in Dominica over the last several years. The summit is also expected to mount a collective response to prevent diseases, reduce their risk factors and maintain wellness at community level. At the end of the two day Summit participants are expected to generate synergy to address the risk factors associated to CNCD,s.Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit, Health Minister Julius Timothy and National Epidemiologist Dr Paul Ricketts are among officials scheduled to address the event.Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more


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