Family First stripped of charity status

first_imgNational Director of Family First, Bob McCoskrie, says it’s going back to the same court. He said it is “a highly politicised and inconsistent decision” by the board and will have a chilling effect for many not-for-profit charitable groups who advocate for causes and beliefs.https://www.tvnz.co.nz/one-news/new-zealand/family-first-loses-charity-status-vows-appeal-high-courtFamily First stripped of charity statusNewsTalk ZB 21 August 2017Family First has been stripped of its charity status.The Charities Registration Board said in a decision today the reason was “because it does not advance exclusively charitable purposes”.“The board considers that Family First has a purpose to promote its own particular views about marriage and the traditional family that cannot be determined to be for the public benefit in a way previously accepted as charitable,” said chairman Chairman Roger Holmes Miller.“Family First has the freedom to continue to communicate its views and influence policy and legislation but the board has found that Family First’s pursuit of those activities do not qualify as being for the public benefit in a charitable sense.”In April 2013, the board removed Family First from the Charities Register for the same reason but that decision was appealed in the High Court.In June 2015 the High Court directed the board to reconsider its decision in light of a 2014 Supreme Court Greenpeace judgment and its own judgment.This decision represents the board’s reconsideration of Family First’s eligibility for registration.Holmes Miller said the board’s role was to maintain the integrity of the Charities Register by ensuring that entities on the Charities Register qualify for registration.“The board can direct charities to be removed from the Charities Register when they do not advance a charitable purpose for the public benefit and it is in the public interest to remove them.”Family First Director Bob McCroskie said he will be going back to court to challenge the belief that the group’s views on marriage aren’t of public benefit.He said the decision has been highly politicised and will have a chilling effect for many not-for-profit groups.A notice of appeal will be filed in the High Court at Wellington immediately.http://www.newstalkzb.co.nz/news/national/family-first-stripped-of-charity-status/Keep up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox. That decision was appealed to the High Court by Family First, and in 2015 the High Court directed the board to reconsider its decision. “It appears that certain views of marriage and family are now deemed out-of-bounds by the state. We’ll fight that political correctness and muzzling of free speech,” he said.center_img “Family First will appeal this decision as far as we need to, not because we have to have charitable status to exist, but because of the threat it places on other charities and their freedom to speak and advocate on behalf of their supporters in a civil society,” Mr McCoskrie said. NZ Herald 21 August 2017Family First has been stripped of its charity status.The Charities Registration Board said in a decision today the reason was “because it does not advance exclusively charitable purposes”.“The board considers that Family First has a purpose to promote its own particular views about marriage and the traditional family that cannot be determined to be for the public benefit in a way previously accepted as charitable,” said chairman Roger Holmes Miller.“Family First has the freedom to continue to communicate its views and influence policy and legislation but the board has found that Family First’s pursuit of those activities do not qualify as being for the public benefit in a charitable sense.”In April 2013, the board removed Family First from the Charities Register for the same reason but that decision was appealed in the High Court.In June 2015 the High Court directed the board to reconsider its decision in light of a 2014 Supreme Court Greenpeace judgment and its own judgment.This decision represents the board’s reconsideration of Family First’s eligibility for registration.Holmes Miller said the board’s role was to maintain the integrity of the Charities Register by ensuring that entities on the Charities Register qualify for registration.“The board can direct charities to be removed from the Charities Register when they do not advance a charitable purpose for the public benefit and it is in the public interest to remove them.”National director of Family First, Bob McCoskrie, said it was filing an appeal to the decision in the High Court at Wellington.“This is a less-than-satisfactory procedure of trudging back to the same court,” he said.“It seems that the Charities Board are simply hoping for a different judge and a more favourable decision. It is a highly politicised and inconsistent decision by the Board and will have a chilling effect for many not-for-profit charitable groups – both registered, deregistered and wanting to be registered – who advocate for causes, beliefs, and on behalf of their supporters, and often have to engage in advocacy at a political level, not always through choice but through necessity.”McCoskrie, said the decision threatened other charities and their freedom to speak and advocate on behalf of their “supporters in a civil society”.“It appears that certain views of marriage and family are now deemed out-of-bounds by the State. We’ll fight that political correctness and muzzling of free speech.”http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11908182Charities Registration Board strips Family First of charitable statusStuff co.nz 22 August 2017Controversial group Family First has been stripped of its charitable status “because it does not advance exclusively charitable purposes”.But the group is not going down without a fight, saying it will argue the decision in the High Court.The decision by the Charities Registration Board was made public on Monday. It is the second time the board has tried to deregister the group.“The board considers that Family First has a purpose to promote its own particular views about marriage and the traditional family that cannot be determined to be for the public benefit in a way previously accepted as charitable,” a statement from the board read.“Family First has the freedom to continue to communicate its views and influence policy and legislation but the Board has found that Family First’s pursuit of those activities do not qualify as being for the public benefit in a charitable sense.”Headed by Bob McCoskrie, Family First promotes traditional family values, and constitutes marriage to be only between a man and a woman.In 2013, the board made the decision to remove Family First from the Charities Register because it did not advance exclusively charitable purposes.Family First appealed that decision to the High Court.In June 2015, the High Court directed the board to reconsider its decision in light of the 2014 Supreme Court Greenpeace judgment and its own judgment.The latest decision represented the board’s reconsideration of Family First’s eligibility for registration.In a statement, McCoskrie said the group was going back to court to challenge the decision.“This is a less-than-satisfactory procedure of trudging back to the same court. It seems that the Charities Board [is] simply hoping for a different judge and a more favourable decision,” he said.“It is a highly politicised and inconsistent decision by the board and will have a chilling effect for many not-for-profit charitable group.”McCoskrie said they will fight the “political correctness and muzzling of free speech”.The board can direct charities to be removed from the Charities Register when they do not advance a charitable purpose for the public benefit and it is in the public interest to remove them.https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/96002410/charities-commission-strips-family-first-of-charitable-statusFamily First loses charity status, vows to appeal to High CourtTVNZ One News 21 August 2017Family First New Zealand says it will appeal to the High Court against a Charities Board decision to de-register the organisation as a charity.The Charities Registration Board says Family First has a purpose to promote its own particular views about marriage and the traditional family that cannot be determined to be for the public benefit in a way previously accepted as charitable.The decision confirms a 2013 decision to remove Family First from the Charities Register because it did not advance exclusively charitable purposes.last_img read more

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Hoosier basketball season begins amid turmoil

first_img(Image: Indiana University)BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Indiana University will open the 2014-2015 season tonight with an exhibition matchup at home against Northwood University at 7 p.m.The game comes at a turbulent time for the athletic program as three basketball players have recently been suspended.Freshman Emmitt Holt will be held out after his vehicle struck teammate Devin Davis over the weekend. Investigators said Monday that Davis was mostly to blame for the accident.Sophomores Standford Robinson and Troy Williams are benched for reportedly failing drug tests.Oldenburg native Jake Paul is an IU freshman and says there is a lot of buzz around campus.“Sitting next to those guys in class and talking to them around campus, you get to know their personal side,” Paul explains.  “At times, I think people forget that these guys are college students.”“They are going to make mistakes, just like the rest of us, but I just hope they have all learned from their mistakes and teammates mistakes and can move on as the basketball season quickly approaches.”Catch IU Hoosier basketball throughout the season on Country 103.9 WRBI.last_img read more

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Woakes, Buttler propel England to unlikely win over Pakistan

first_imgPAKISTAN 1st innings 326ENGLAND 1st inningsRory Burns lbw Shaheen Afridi 4Dominic Sibley lbw Mohammad Abbas 8Joe Root c Mohammad Rizwan b Yasir Shah 14Ben Stokes b Mohammad Abbas 0Ollie Pope c Shadab Khan b Naseem Shah 62Jos Buttler b Yasir Shah 38Chris Woakes b Yasir Shah 19Dom Bess c Asad Shafiq b Yasir Shah 1Jofra Archer c Mohammad Rizwan b Shadab Khan 16Stuart Broad not out 29James Anderson lbw Shadab Khan 7Extras: (b-8, lb-4, nb-8, w-1) 21Total: (all out, 70.3 overs) 219Fall of wickets: 1-4, 2-12, 3-12, 4-62, 5-127, 6-159, 7-161, 8-170, 9-197.Bowling: Shaheen Afridi 18-4-51-1 (w-1, nb-4), Mohammad Abbas 15-6-33-2 (nb-3), Naseem Shah 16-4-44-1, Yasir Shah 18-2-66-4 (nb-1, Shadab Khan 3.3-0-13-2.PAKISTAN 2nd inningsShan Masood c Jos Buttler b Stuart Broad 0Abid Ali c Chris Woakes b Dom Bess 20Azhar Ali lbw Chris Woakes 18Babar Azam c Ben Stokes b Chris Woakes 5Asad Shafiq run-out Dominic Sibley 29Mohammad Rizwan lbw Ben Stokes 27Shadab Khan lbw Stuart Broad 15Yasir Shah c Jos Buttler b Stuart Broad 33Shaheen Afridi c Rory Burns b Ben Stokes 2Mohammad Abbas not out 3Naseem Shah b Jofra Archer 4Extras: (b-4, lb-5, nb-4) 13Total: (all out, 46.4 overs) 169Fall of wickets: 1-6, 2-33, 3-48, 4-63, 5-101, 6-120, 7-122, 8-137, 9-158.Bowling: James Anderson 9-2-34- 0 (nb-1), Stuart Broad 10-3-37-3 (nb-1), Jofra Archer 6.4-0-27-1 (nb-1), Dom Bess 12-2-40-1, Chris Woakes 5-1-11-2, Ben Stokes 4-1-11-2 (nb-1).ENGLAND 2nd inningsRory Burns lbw Mohammad Abbas 10Dominic Sibley c Asad Shafiq b Yasir Shah 36Joe Root c Babar Azam b Naseem Shah 42Ben Stokes c Mohammad Rizwan b Yasir Shah 9Ollie Pope c Shadab Khan b Shaheen Afridi 7Jos Buttler lbw Yasir Shah 75Chris Woakes not out 84Stuart Broad lbw Yasir Shah zz 7Dom Bess not out 0Extras: (lb-2, nb-5) 7Total: (7 wkts, 82.1 overs) 277Fall of wickets: 1-22, 2-86, 3-96, 4-106, 5-117, 6-256, 7-273.Bowling: Shaheen Afridi 15.1-1-61-1 (nb-4), Mohammad Abbas 16-4-36-1 (nb-1), Naseem Shah 13-4-45-1, Yasir Shah 30-2-99-4 Shadab Khan 8-0-34-0. MANCHESTER, England (Reuters) – A magnificent partnership between Chris Woakes and Jos Buttler helped propel England to an unlikely three-wicket victory over Pakistan in a topsy-turvy first Test at Old Trafford yesterday.Woakes joined Buttler at the crease with England having slumped to 117-5 in their pursuit of a daunting 277 on a bowler-friendly pitch. But they launched a superb counter-attack to turn the tide with a sixth-wicket stand worth 139 runs.Buttler was eventually out lbw for 75 to leg-spinner Yasir Shah with England requiring another 21 for victory, briefly reviving Pakistan’s flagging hopes. Stuart Broad was also dismissed lbw attempting to knock off the last four runs but fittingly Woakes edged a boundary to clinch victory, ending unbeaten on 84.Pakistan earlier boosted their overnight 137-8 with 32 quick-fire runs to be bowled out for 169 – a frenetic flourish that looked to have put the visitors in control on a dry pitch offering bounce, pace and spin.England had reached 86-1 in reply with skipper Joe Root looking in control, but quick wickets left them reeling in their attempt at the second-highest successful fourth-innings run chase seen at Old Trafford. When Ollie Pope gloved an unplayable brute of a Shaheen Afridi delivery to gully, England still needed 160 with five wickets left.But Buttler, and more surprisingly Woakes, took the game by the scruff of the neck.“It was a fantastic win, it looked a long way away on Friday,” Buttler said. “I think from the position we were in to get over the line was a fantastic effort.“We wanted to be positive and put pressure back on Pakistan and try to replicate a one-day chase.”The only sad thing was there were no fans at Old Trafford to witness another great advert for Test cricket.AUDACIOUS SIX Pakistan blotted their copybook on Friday when, having earned a 107-run first-innings lead, they slumped to 137-8.They were still in the driving seat though and more so after an extraordinary start yesterday when Yasir Shah added 21 runs to his overnight total, including one audacious six off Broad. Broad eventually had him caught behind for 33 and Jofra Archer bowled 17-year-old Naseem Shah to restore order.England openers Rory Burns and Dom Sibley looked relatively secure as they negotiated the opening burst from Mohammad Abbas and Shaheen Afridi before Abbas dismissed Burns lbw to leave England on 55-1 for at lunch.Sibley dug in after the break and, with Root looking increasingly comfortable, the pendulum swung England’s way.But having made a patient 36, Sibley was tempted into a drive at Yasir Shah and edged to Asad Shafiq at slip.Root (42) was undone by a well-directed delivery from teenage quick Shah that took the splice of the bat and flew to Babar Azam at first slip. Pakistan were cock-a-hoop when the impressive Yasir pitched one in the rough outside off stump and the ball pitched up at England dangerman Stokes and flew to keeper Mohammad Rizwan who juggled a superb catch. Initially given not out, Stokes (9) was aghast when a review showed the ball had brushed his glove.Pope (7) had no chance when a ferocious full-length Afridi delivery reared up and caught his glove before looping up to Shadab Khan at gully.There seemed no way back for England but Buttler and Woakes began playing with freedom, putting on 50 in 49 balls to put some doubts into Pakistan heads. By the time they were parted, the victory that had looked so unlikely was all but assured.last_img read more

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TV spot puts all eyes on the Trojans

first_imgWith thousands of USC fans making the dedicated pilgrimage to San Francisco today to watch the Trojans take on the California Golden Bears, everyone’s hoping the team doesn’t put up a stinker.In fact, this one’s a must-win for USC to salvage some pride, exert dominance and satisfy hordes of fans who accompany the team upstate.Why is this one so important?Well, it’s USC’s first rivalry game as a member of the Pac-12. It’s the Weekender. And USC hasn’t lost to Cal since 2003, when it took the Bears three overtimes to down the Trojans 34-31.It’s also one of the two teams of merit that USC has handled in the Matt Barkley era — along with UCLA.Many were upset the game is on a Thursday, when it’s inconvenient for a lot of students and alumni to make the trek. But the game will get a lot more attention this way.It won’t be buried on a Saturday afternoon between Verne Lundquist slobbering over some SEC team and a blowout Big XII game. It’ll be primetime tonight on ESPN; the only other notable game scheduled is a showdown between San Diego State and Air Force.On national television, it’ll be a great opportunity for USC to put on a jaw-dropping spectacle.Cal is not a very good football team. It won its first three games against sub-.500 teams this season before dropping its first two conference games (the game against Colorado didn’t count against the conference record) to Washington and Oregon, which it tried to defend with the same strategy that nearly took down the Ducks last year.The Golden Bears played man coverage with a quarterback spy on every play for the second straight year. The issue with that this year is simple: Darron Thomas doesn’t run the ball anymore.So the Bears wasted a man in run and pass coverage focused on a quarterback who barely left the pocket.This is why USC has to win. It’s playing a not-so-good team on a big stage with the toughest tests of the season yet to come.Losing on the road at Cal would drain all momentum from this young team and spell certain doom against the likes of Stanford and Oregon — if it’s not certain already.The loss would also deal a serious blow to USC’s street cred in the Northern California-Southern California showdown. Pat Haden and others went to great lengths to make sure USC’s rivalry games were preserved in the reorganization of the conference. But the Trojans have lost their last two games to Stanford. If they drop the Weekender to Cal this year, there will be an awful lot of egg on some important peoples’ faces.Just as boxers hate to lose fights they lobbied for, you never want to lose a game you fought hard to make happen.Sure, USC will eventually lose to Stanford or Cal. But to lose in the first year of the Pac-12 Weekender in enemy territory? That would be bad.But just how easy will it be for USC?That remains to be seen. Cal’s weak point on defense seems to be its run containment after it surrendered 365 rush yards to Oregon (although Oregon torches basically everyone on the ground).USC’s run game has been mediocre. Figure Cal will expect Barkley to throw 40 to 50 passes and do its best to neutralize sophomore wide receiver Robert Woods, a charge easier planned than executed.Nevertheless, someone will need to have an effect on the ground or Cal will capitalize on the one-dimensional offense. Whether it’s senior tailback Marc Tyler, junior Curtis McNeal or redshirt freshman D.J. Morgan, someone’s going to have to step up and turn carries into yards.And don’t think USC will hold Cal to 15 points this game. Quarterback Zach Maynard is no Nick Foles, but USC’s inability to cover underneath routes and its tendency to miss key tackles will give Cal a chance on offense it doesn’t really deserve.And no coach has seen USC more than California coach Jeff Tedford, who has run the Golden Bears’ football program since 2002 — that makes him the longest-tenured coach in the conference.USC should hope the special teams remain as solid as they have been up to this point to give some leeway for the offense and defense to screw up once or twice.There’s a reason USC is only favored by three points in this game, and it’s not because USC can’t execute. It’s because USC is terribly inconsistent and largely unable to put together strong offensive and defensive showings within the same game.The last time USC went into AT&T Park was to play its 2009 Emerald Bowl game against Boston College; it came away with an easy victory.USC needs to win against Cal — or else it’s going to be a long ride home and a long rest of the season. “Suicide Blitz” runs Thursdays. To comment on this article, visit dailytrojan.com or email Danny at savitzky@usc.edu.last_img read more

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UPDATE: Several persons arrested in connection with shooting of undercover cops

The Miami-Dade Police Department has detained several individuals in connection with the shooting and injury of two undercover cops from the department last night.The two cops, were shot after hoodlums ambushed them as they were conducting gang surveillance in the county last night.The injuries to the cops are not life threatening and they are currently undergoing treatment in hospital.The department has reported that those held will be interviewed to determine their involvement, if any, with regards to yesterday’s shooting.There have been no arrests made in the case. read more

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Video – Watch Usain Bolt Bow Out With A Bronze, Loses 100 Meters To…

first_imgWorld 100 meters record holder, Usain Bolt bows out of the 100 meters race with a bronze medal, as the Jamaican loses to America’s Justin Gatlin at the World Athletics Championships in France.?Justin Gatlin beats King Usain Bolt in the final #London2017 pic.twitter.com/cyj4A8OuJ5— Fr9266 ?? (@Fr9266) August 5, 2017Bolt finished third with a time of 9.95 seconds, behind two American Athlete’s, Christian Coleman and Justin Gatlin, who finished in a time of  9.94 seconds and 9.92 seconds respectively. Video Credit: Twitter.comRelatedlast_img read more

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World XI shortlist shows sharp fall in Premier League numbers

first_imgThe number of Premier League players considered among the world’s best has halved in just three years.The 55-strong shortlist for the 2015 FIFA FIFPro World XI was announced on Thursday and contained only 10 players from the English top flight.Back in 2012, the Premier League boasted 20 names on that list, with that sharp tail-off raising fresh questions of the current quality within the English club game.Chelsea captain John Terry and Manchester United skipper Wayne Rooney are the only English players to make this year’s shortlist, as opposed to three years ago when they were among seven selected.Real Madrid forward Gareth Bale is another shortlisted for this year’s team, with the Wales international among 12 former Premier League players named.Manchester City make up the crux of the current Premier League representatives, with Vincent Kompany, David Silva, Yaya Toure and Sergio Aguero shortlisted. Reigning champions Chelsea saw Terry, Branislav Ivanovic and Eden Hazard included, while Manchester United captain Rooney and David de Gea also made the 55-strong list along with Arsenal’s Alexis Sanchez.In contrast, Real Madrid alone had 12 players on the FIFA FIFPro World XI shortlist, while Bayern Munich had 11 and European champions Barcelona 10.The award is decided by the players and involves votes from nearly 25,000 professional footballers from an estimated 70 different countries.Players select one goalkeeper, four defenders, three midfielders and three forwards, with the final World XI to be announced at the FIFA Ballon d’Or award ceremony on January 11, 2016.FIFA FIFPro World XI shortlist: Goalkeepers: Gianluigi Buffon (Italy, Juventus), Iker Casillas (Spain, Porto), David De Gea (Spain, Manchester United), Keylor Navas (Costa Rica, Real Madrid), Manuel Neuer (Germany, Bayern Munich)Defenders: David Alaba (Austria, Bayern Munich), Jordi Alba (Spain, Barcelona), Daniel Alves (Brazil, Barcelona), Jerome Boateng (Germany, Bayern Munich), Daniel Carvajal (Spain, Real Madrid), Giorgio Chiellini (Italy, Juventus), David Luiz (Brazil, Paris St Germain), Diego Godin (Uruguay, Atletico Madrid), Mats Hummels (Germany, Borussia Dortmund), Branislav Ivanovic (Serbia, Chelsea), Vincent Kompany (Belgium, Manchester City), Philipp Lahm (Germany, Bayern Munich), Marcelo (Brazil, Real Madrid), Javier Mascherano (Argentina, Barcelona), Pepe (Portugal, Real Madrid), Gerard Pique (Spain, Barcelona), Sergio Ramos (Spain, Real Madrid), Thiago Silva (Brazil, Paris St Germain), John Terry (England, Chelsea), Raphael Varane (France, Real Madrid)Midfielders: Thiago Alcantara (Spain, Bayern Munich), Xabi Alonso (Spain, Bayern Munich), Sergio Busquets (Spain, Barcelona), Eden Hazard (Belgium, Chelsea), Andres Iniesta (Spain, Barcelona), Toni Kroos (Germany, Real Madrid), Luka Modric (Croatia, Real Madrid), Andrea Pirlo (Italy, New York City FC), Paul Pogba (France, Juventus), Ivan Rakitic (Croatia, Barcelona), James Rodriguez (Colombia, Real Madrid), David Silva (Spain, Manchester City), Yaya Toure (Ivory Coast, Manchester City), Marco Verratti (Italy, Paris St Germain), Arturo Vidal (Chile, Bayern Munich)Forwards: Sergio Aguero (Argentina, Manchester City), Gareth Bale (Wales, Real Madrid), Karim Benzema (France, Real Madrid), Douglas Costa (Brazil, Bayern Munich), Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Sweden, Paris St Germain), Robert Lewandowski (Poland, Bayern Munich), Lionel Messi (Argentina, Barcelona), Thomas Muller (Germany, Bayern Munich), Neymar (Brazil, Barcelona), Arjen Robben (Netherlands, Bayern Munich), Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal, Real Madrid), Wayne Rooney (England, Manchester United), Alexis Sanchez (Chile, Arsenal), Luis Suarez (Uruguay, Barcelona), Carlos Tevez (Argentina, Boca Juniors)– Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @Joy997FM. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more

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Gilas shooting for crown

first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netGilas Pilipinas may be using the Jones Cup Invitational to prepare for bigger tournaments ahead. But make no mistake about it, the Filipinos will be going to Chinese Taipei seeking nothing less than the championship.“Just like any tournament, our goal will be to win [the title],” amateur standout Kiefer Ravena said on Wednesday during the team’s sendoff at Bar One Restaurant of Holiday Inn in Ortigas. “The Jones Cup is just one step [for us] moving forward.”ADVERTISEMENT Team Philippines plays nine games in as many days starting with its clash against a Canadian club team on Saturday as Gilas tries to win it again for the first time since LA Tenorio emerged MVP in 2013.The Philippines won this title last year with an import-laden team led by former NBA All-Rookie Team member Al Thornton.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’Gilas will also seek to retain the Southeast Asian Games gold medal starting August 20 in Kuala Lumpur and will play in the Fiba Asia Championship just days before that in Beirut in Lebanon as it tries to improve on second place finishes in the last two editions.The Jones Cup team will be practically the same squad that will play in those two tournaments with the PBA set on lending its biggest stars only in the World Cup Qualifying process that starts in November. End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. IT happens: Facebook sorry for Xi Jinping’s name mistranslation LATEST STORIES MOST READ Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ “[That’s why] it’s nice to get momentum going to the bigger tournaments,” Ravena, a former UAAP MVP who is entertaining thoughts of making the jump to the pros in the coming Draft, added. “This will really count for Gilas.”Mike Myers will play as the import in the Jones Cup as the Gilas Cadets led by RR Pogoy, Jio Jalalon and Matthew Wright get their international baptism of fire, with the tournament definitely to prove tougher than the Seaba, which the Filipinos ruled with ease two months ago.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextcenter_img Malacañang open to creating Taal Commission LIVE: Sinulog 2020 Grand Parade Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite View comments Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer Japanese ace, Dizon seek repeat wins 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleetlast_img read more

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Tackling Agro-poison suicides

first_imgDear Editor,Public Health Minister Volda Lawrence has been quoted in the local media as stating that “investigations ought to be conducted in suicide deaths caused by the intake of pesticides or other toxic chemicals, to ascertain whether safety and best practices were breached.”May we remind the Minister that in early 2015, The Caribbean Voice (TCV) and a number of other stakeholders had met with the Pesticides and Toxic Chemicals Control Board (PTCCB) and an agreement arrived at that the PTCCB would unveil an adaptation of the Shri Lankan Model later that year. Nothing has since been heard about that unveiling.The Shri Lankan model encompasses:1. Introducing a minimum agro-chemicals list restricting the use of pesticides to a smaller number of pesticides least dangerous to humans.2. Placing import restrictions to ensure that more dangerous chemicals do not enter the country.3. Restricting the availability of agro-chemicals by ensuring they are stored safely in locked boxes in rural households, along with all equipment with which these pesticides are used.4. Ensuring that empty containers are safely and effectively disposed of.5. Restricting sale of agro-chemicals only to licensed premises and to licensed farmers.6. Implementing administrative controls to ensure that sales outlets safely store all agro-chemicals.7. Implementing an ongoing safe use policy to educate people about safe handling, use, storage and disposal. Concurrently, for small-scale farming, non-chemical methods, including organic farming, should be encouraged.8. Improving medical management of pesticide poisoning: an important facet of control because better management will reduce the number of deaths. Requirements are the better availability of antidotes (both in central referral hospitals and ideally in peripheral health units) and ventilation facilities, better training, and better evidence for interventions.9. Constantly monitoring all measures to ensure ongoing conformity, including random home visits to check for locked box storage and field visits to ensure that only licensed premises and licensed farmers have access to chemicals and that safe handling, use, storage and disposal are in effect.In this context the policy of sharing out cabinets to farmers makes sense. However, given that there are tens of thousands of farmers in Guyana, the few hundreds cabinets doled out so far is simply a band-aid approach. Thus time for government to reach out to the World Health Organization and other potential international and local partners to come up with an effective, long term plan to tackle agro-poisons suicide.This plan must, of necessity, include a widely publicized list of all banned agro chemicals. Additionally potent agro-poisons such as gramozone, the choice of poison in Guyana, must be added to that list. Gramozone contains the lethal ingredient paraquat a substance banned in many nations across the globe. There is no known antidote and it has one of the highest death rates for poisons once ingested. While there has been no study on its usage in Guyana, a 1997 study by Dr Daisley and Dr Simmons on forensic analysis of acute poisonings in south Trinidad showed that of 105 deaths analysed, almost 95 per cent were cases of suicide, and almost 80 per cent of deaths were due to paraquat. An analysis of international literature, especially a study in South Korea, shows that the introduction of national policies regulating and banning paraquat led to a significant decrease in pesticide-associated mortality. Yet access to this poison in Guyana is as easy as access to candy. And, considering that those who attempt suicide generally do not want to die, ingestion of gramozone effectively takes away from them that option to survive.As well, at the Second Caribbean Regional Symposium on Suicide held in December 2015 in the Cayman Islands, a representative from the government spoke with UWI’s toxicologist and founder/head of UWI’s poison control center, Dr. Verrol Simmons, and indicated to him that the Guyana government would employ his services in addressing agro-poisons suicides. At the third symposium in Trinidad & Tobago, Dr. Simmons disclosed to TCV that he never heard back from that individual or the government.Dr. Simmons also indicated that once a person ingests poison, critical first steps can be taken right there and then to start the lifesaving process. There is no doubt that such information is desperately needed in Guyana for training and for nationwide dissemination.As well, Dr. Simmons can provide technical and other assistance with respect to the poison control centers, which were supposed to have been established in mid-2016, according to a January 2016 disclosure in the media by Dr Shamdeo Persaud. To date no such center has ever been set up.The combination of an adaptation of the Shri Lankan Model and training by Dr. Simmons, even without the poison control centers, can ensure that there are no gaps and that in the mid to long-term agro-poisons suicides would be significant reduced if not eliminated.SincerelyThe Caribbean Voicelast_img read more

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