Bill to stop sex offenders changing names set to pass first reading

first_imgNZ Herald 2 December 2015A bill which will prevent convicted child sex offenders from changing their names is set to pass its first hurdle tonight.National, New Zealand First and the Act Party have indicated they will support National MP Jian Yang’s private member’s bill, meaning it has the numbers to pass its first reading.Dr Yang told Parliament this afternoon that his bill was designed to maintain public safety and assist with the rehabilitation of criminals.He said it would give parents confidence that people who worked with their children had been properly vetted.“This will prevent … sex offenders from being able to change their names in an attempt to get closer to innocent children,” he said.The National MP has cited the case of Henry Te Rito Miki, who was employed at six different schools despite being subject to a supervision order that prevented him from coming into contact with children.He evaded detection by changing his name.Keep up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.Dr Yang indicated the bill could require some redrafting.When it was introduced, lawyer Graeme Edgeler pointed out that it could capture a broad range of offences including burglary, kidnapping, and discharging a firearm with intent.Said Dr Yang: “I look forward to the select committee input on this bill to meet the objective of preventing child sex offenders from legally changing their name.”Labour and the Greens said they would oppose the legislation.Labour MP Adrian Rurawhe said the purpose of the bill was “admirable”, but his party believed it would be a waste of a select committee’s time because it was poorly drafted.“It is our assessment that this bill needs to go back to the drafting table to be completely rewritten,” he said.Mr Rurawhe was also concerned about the Attorney-General’s finding that it unjustifiably breached the Bill of Rights by limiting freedom of expression. read more

Rahul Dravid reveals how taking commerce over science led to a career in cricket!

first_imgImage Courtesy: IANSAdvertisement ty3rNBA Finals | Brooklyn VscmcqWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E3qwc( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 3szznlWould you ever consider trying this?😱r3tCan your students do this? 🌚j17Roller skating! Powered by Firework Assessing risk is a pretty tough task in sports, even in cricket, taking decision under a critical point in a match can completely change the outcome of the game. Every great name in the gentleman’s game have been famous for taking such risks in some point of their career, which has often rewarded them in the long run. Former Team India stalwart Rahul Dravid, who is revered for the calm and composed attitude he maintained on the 22 yards, spoke about one important decision back during his academic days that was very impactful for his career.Advertisement Image Courtesy: IANSOn Sunday, Dravid teamed up with retired Indian badminton icon and former world no. 1 Prakash Padukone and Olympic gold medallist Abhinav Bindra for the talk show ‘Staying Ahead of the Curve – The Power of Trust’ organised by the Padukone – Dravid Centre For Sports Excellence located in Bengaluru.Joined by the host Mr. Nandan Kamath, the three icons of the Indian sporting fraternity had discussion on various topics ranging from the current novel Coronavirus pandemic to how the lock down might affect the performance and fitness of sportspersons.Advertisement Speaking about the precautionary measures that are necessary during the ongoing virus crisis, the trio were asked about the importance of ‘risk assessment’ in sports. Dravid, who was famous for his defensive and sound approach towards cricket, spoke on how critical decisions impact on a player’s career.“There are certain stages in your career when you need to be able to take certain risks, take certain decisions that probably go against the grain of conventional thinking, if you really want to be a successful sportsman,” Dravid said during the live session.Advertisement Recalling his academic years, there was a certain point of time when Dravid was up against a critical decision to make.He continued, “I got out of 10th standard with an opportunity to get into any of the engineering colleges in Bangalore. They had good cricket teams at that time as well and quite keen to get me to join one of them.”However, the young Dravid took the risk of opting for commerce instead of engineering, so he could invest more time in cricket.“I kinda realised that I would not be able to pursue sports seriously or to the level that I wanted to if I picked up engineering, it would have been a lot more complicated for me at least personally. So, I went with commerce,” the 47 year old added.If you like reading about MMA, make sure you check out Also follow India’s biggest arm wrestling tournament at ProPanja.comAlso read-Virat Kohli reveals origins of his ‘maniac’ mentality to fellow skipper Sunil ChhetriDale Steyn reveals umpire Ian Gould’s fear for his safety influenced decision to give Tendulkar not out Advertisementlast_img read more

Next Food and Wine Walk July 21 in Red Bank

first_imgRED BANK – Red Bank Flavour and the Red Bank RiverCenter’s next Food and Wine Walk will be Sunday, July 21.The monthly culinary tour, which kicked off in June, is held the third Sunday each month through October with more than 20 participating venues.The Red Bank Flavour Food and Wine Walk encourages foodies throughout the region to enjoy samplings of the borough’s unique culinary offerings.“The Red Bank Flavour Food and Wine Walk is made possible by our town’s diverse restaurant community,” said Valerie Aufiero, owner of Front Street Trattoria. “We are thrilled to collaborate on events like this. It is a great way to raise awareness of Red Bank’s culinary offerings, and gives foodies a chance to experience all of Red Bank’s flavors.”Venues participating in the Red Bank Flavour Food and Wine Walk include: Biagio Wood-Fired Pizza,  Carter & Cavero, Cupcake Magician, Danny’s Grill & Wine Bar, Buona Sera, Dish, Front Street Trattoria, Gaetano’s, The Globe Hotel, Jamian’s, Jr.’s, La Pastaria, Lil’ Cutie Pops, New Corner Italian Restaurant and Pizzeria, Pazzo, Readies Café, red, Siam Garden, Sicilia Café, Sugarush a Sweet Experi­ence, Taste, Teak, The Bistro at Red Bank, The Boondock’s Fishery, The Cheese Cave, The Downtown and The Wine Cellar.Buona Sera will participate in the Food and Wine Walks in July, August and October.The remaining dates for the Red Bank Flavour Food and Wine Walk are Aug. 18, Sept. 15 and Oct. 20. Each walk will be held from 2 to 6 p.m. and tickets are $35 per person. Interested parties can purchase tickets at Danny’s Grill & Wine Bar, Teak, and red Restaurant and Lounge starting at 1:30 p.m. on the afternoon of each Food and Wine Walk.For more information about Red Bank Flavour, please, visit To learn more about the Red Bank RiverCenter, please visit read more

Leafs ready to feast on steady diet of Murdoch Division Teams

first_imgThe Nelson Leafs begin a steady diet of Murdoch Division competition when the Heritage City squad travels to Castlegar Saturday to meet the Rebels in Kootenay International Junior Hockey League action.In a rare quirk in the KIJHL schedule, Nelson plays the Rebels three consecutive times beginning Saturday — four times in the next six games.Castlegar, clinching a playoff spot, is second in the Murdoch Division with a 25-12-2-0-0 record, 10 points behind division leading Beaver Valley.Castlegar leads the season series against the West Kootenay rivals, winning two of three games including a 9-0 shellacking of the Leafs December 2 in the Sunflower City.The Rebels have also scored more goals than Nelson — 140-118 — and have better goals against — 102-144 — than the Green and White.Rebels see star netminder take flight for BCHLThe KIJHL schedule makers may have done the Leafs a favour as Castlegar saw its top netminder, Joseph McLeod, leave Junior B Hockey for the bright lights of the BC Hockey League in December.After three years with the Pursuit of Excellence program, the 6’2” goalie from Kelowna joined Castlegar this year where in 21 games he has 13 wins, with five of those coming as shutouts.“Joseph is a very good young goaltender who was having a great season with a strong program in Castlegar,” said Spruce Kings general manager Mike Hawes.”He’s got good size, is technically strong, and competes hard. He’s also a well mannered young man who will fit in well with our group.”In three games since joining the Spruce Kings, McLeod, starting two games, sports a 1-1 record with a 5.19 Goals Against Average.Meanwhile, Leafs new goalie Josh Williams appears to be a week away from playing his first game with Nelson.Williams, who came to the Leafs from the Aberta Junior Hockey League, remains on the injured list. It’s hopeful Williams may be back with the Rebels face Nelson next week. Leafs need stretch run to secure third in Murdoch DivisionNelson continues its push to sneak into third place and avoid playing Beaver Valley in the first round of the playoffs.The Leafs, riding a two-game losing streak, trail Grand Forks by a points in the Murdoch standings.Nelson, 17-23,0-0-1, has played one more game than the Bruins, currently struggling with losses in fourth straight games.Veteran Jordan Davie tops Leaf scoringVeteran forward Jordan Davie holds a commanding 11-point lead over Eamonn Miller in the Leafs scoring race.Davie, 20, with 19 goals in 37 games for 33 points, also leads the team in goals.Davie is tied for 33rd in KIJHL scoring, 32 points behind Rainer Glimpel of Osoyoos Coyotes.Leaf captain Rayce Miller leads in helpers with 15.Next home game for Nelson is Friday, January 29 against Castlegar.Leaf games a community eventNelson Leaf home games are more than just a hockey game.Throughout the season the hockey club continually hosts special interest groups.During the January 14 game against Grand Forks, almost 80 exchange students attending schools in Kootenay Lake School District No. 8 attended the game.These students, from Brazil, Mexico, China, Korea, Japan, Spain, Germany, Italy and Ukraine, are billeted with local families.Two days later, Nelson Leafs hosted KidSport.last_img read more