Family First appeals against deregistration

first_imgNZ Herald 27 May 2013Family First has lodged a High Court appeal against the removal of its charitable status – a decision the group has blamed on a single complaint which coincided with the same-sex marriage debate.The Charities Registration Board earlier this month ruled Family First’s main purpose was political, rather than charitable, and that it would lose its charitable status unless it appealed by today.An appeal was lodged in the High Court at Wellington this afternoon, which means the group can remain on the charities register until the outcome of the appeal.Family First national director Bob McCoskrie said the group had been de-registered because of its views on gay marriage, which was legalised by Parliament last month.He said the “highly politicised” decision to remove its charitable status followed an investigation sparked by a single complaint on August 28 last year – the day before same-sex marriage legislation was given its first reading in Parliament.The two-sentence complaint, released to Family First under the Official Information Act, said the group was “a religious based pressure group” with the sole purpose of preventing human rights for non-heterosexual people.Mr McCoskrie said the board’s decision was an abuse of power which showed government groups were being used to enforce an ideology.He said the board had investigated only one charity which opposed Family First’s views, and that group was still registered.“The Charities Registration Board should be consistent – but it’s quite evident that it’s not, and is using isolated complaints by disgruntled people to muzzle groups who challenge the prevailing politically correct view.” First fights for charity status3 News 27 May 2013 First to appeal deregistrationONE News 27 May 2013Family First New Zealand says it will appeal a decision that will soon see it deregistered as a charity. read more

Brampton gets first LED-lit full-size cricket field

first_img… BEDCL president thanks mayor for fulfilling promise By Frederick HalleyTORONTO, Canada – Already assured of a state-of-the-art stadium through the initiative of the Mayor and City Council of Brampton, the Brampton Etobicoke District Cricket League (BEDCL) has been further boosted with the introduction of its first LED-lit full-size cricket field. Teramoto Park, located on Chinguacousy Road, now has nighttime LED lighting that covers the entire field. It also has upgraded spectator seating for all the cricket-lovers in the city. According to BEDCL president Praimp Persaud, the park will soon feature a digital scoreboard, which is to be installed to enhance the unique cricket site.The Guyanese-born Persaud also boasted that with all the upgrades, Brampton is now in a position to host more competitive cricket tournaments.A scenic view of Teramoto Park following the installation of lightsPersaud described the installation of the lights as a major milestone for the hosts of the 2019 Global T20 cricket tournament and the fulfilment of a promise from Mayor Patrick Brown. “He has kept his word and all his promises with respect to getting cricket to the next level in our city. He has stood true to his commitments without anyone having to remind him.”Persaud pointed out that “cricket is now one of the mainstream sports in our city and is on the same level when discussing plans for all sports. It is no longer on the lowest tier.“Thanks Mayor Brown for all that you and council have done and continue to do for the sport of cricket, one of the fastest growing sport in Brampton and Canada.”In a Facebook post, Mayor Brown described cricket as a highly popular sport in Brampton. “We are leading the way with the most cricket fields per capita in Ontario and throughout Canada.” Speaking from the Teramoto Park, Mayor Brown said he was there to share the exciting news.The mayor disclosed that the cricket-only field now has LED lighting that covers the entire field – the first of its kind for a full-size cricket field in Canada.“This field also has upgraded spectacular seating and a digital scoreboard will soon be installed to enhance this unique cricket site.“This means we can host more competitive cricket tournaments in Brampton. We are working on other cricket upgrades across your city. Brampton truly is the cricket capital of Canada.”Meanwhile, the city has also built a new full-size cricket field at the 407/Dixie Park to provide players with an enhanced experience while another one at Gore Meadows Community is almost completed. The site will boast two more cricket fields with turf wickets including one with stadium-style seating and a clubhouse with lighting.These additions are a direct result of Brown being elected mayor following the 2018 Municipal elections. The major concerns were the lack of lighting, which restricted practices and tournaments to be held only during the day and for better infrastructure to allow the sport to grow.last_img read more

Armstrong “Superman” for UW

first_imgMissing spring practice recovering from a shoulder surgery before being injured in the second practice of fall camp — causing him to miss the subsequent 15 days with a mild leg injury — redshirt senior linebacker Ethan Armstrong could not catch a break.But following an impressive performance against Arizona State last weekend including 11 tackles — a Wisconsin football team-high — it appears the dynamic defenseman has not missed a step.For first-year defensive coordinator and linebackers coach David Aranda, Armstrong’s return to the field has been fuel to the 3-4 defensive scheme the Badgers debuted this season, providing both strength and adaptability to the defensive unit.“I think he is someone we want to be able to build around,” Aranda said. “I think he has a very strong skill set and unique abilities that we can use to attack people.”Chief among these strengths has been Armstrong’s ability to transition through positions without hesitation. Finding success in the opening games of the season as an outside linebacker, including a fumble recovery against Massachusetts, Armstrong moved inside alongside standout redshirt senior linebacker Chris Borland to take on the Sun Devils.“It is definitely a fun scheme to play. It’s a scheme where players get to have a lot of freedom … there is a lot of movement and different things you can do so it was fun … a lot of our guys just embraced it [right away],” Armstrong said.Spending much of his time away from the field this spring locked in the film room learning every aspect of the 3-4 scheme, Armstrong found it easy to buy into his new coach’s strategy.And for his fellow teammates, including redshirt senior linebacker Brendan Kelly, this ability to step up and take on multiple roles on the field is what makes Armstrong such a valuable player.“They’ve got him playing all over the place,” Kelly said. “He can play defensive end he can play outside linebacker, he can play Mac [linebacker], he can play Rover [linebacker], he’s even played safety a few times. There is a lot to say for that.”Armstrong’s run-in with injury this past offseason was not the first time the Badger was forced to the sidelines. After earning two starts his sophomore season and racking up 29 tackles, Armstrong missed the first-ever Big Ten Championship Game and sat out UW’s meeting with Oregon at the Rose Bowl with a hip injury sustained during the 2011 regular season finale against Penn State.Working hard in the weight room to recover, No. 36 appeared stronger than ever when he returned to the field. The walk-on freshman was awarded a scholarship during fall camp last season and went on to have a breakout junior year. Starting all 14 games, Armstrong quickly became a leader of the defensive unit, recording 93 tackles, the third most for UW, and five passes denied.“It was just doing a lot of little things to try and work my way up but it was kind of baby steps,” Armstrong said. “I had to be patient and it wasn’t always easy. It definitely wasn’t fun, but in the end it was definitely worth it.”Now in his final year in cardinal red and white, Armstrong serves as a key leader among his fellow defensemen and teammates. While he would describe himself as leading by example and offering help to all the freshman players, his coaches and teammates had much more to say.“When I think of Ethan I think of an inspirational leader,” Aranda said. “He is vocal and everybody respects Ethan. Everybody knows Ethan is aware, and Ethan pours his heart and soul out to everything we do.”While Aranda, head coach Gary Andersen and most of the Wisconsin coaching staff were not around when Armstrong made the decision to join the Badger squad more than four years ago, Kelly remembers some of the first times they met, taking note of Armstrong’s reliability early on.“He is always going to do his job and always is going to be there for you both on and off the field,” Kelly said. “Guys like that are really valuable, whether it’s a friend or a teammate — guys that you can just count on — that is one of the biggest things I noticed about Ethan.”And though his performance on the field alone speaks to the quality of a player Armstrong is, there is one distinctive characteristic about his game that his teammates see as truly setting him apart.“Off the field he is literally the nicest guy you will meet … but he is an animal on the field,” Kelly said. “He flips this switch on game day when he is the meanest, baddest, most vicious player you have ever seen. Most guys are a little different, they are pumped up, but [Armstrong] is on a different level. It’s like he puts on his pads and turns into Superman.”last_img read more

Colombian charged for entering Guyana illegally

first_imgA Colombian was on Thursday remanded to prison by acting Chief Magistrate Sherdel Isaacs-Marcus when he appeared before her charged for illegally entering Guyana, and a psychological evaluation was ordered.Jose Valencia, a 32-year-old cook, admitted that he entered Guyana without presenting himself to an immigration officer on October 22, 2018 at Lethem, Region Nine (Upper Essequibo-Upper Takutu). He was, however, arrested by Police on January 19, 2019, and taken to the Rose Hall Police Station, Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne), where he failed to hand over his passport.According to the prosecution’s case, an investigation confirmed that Valencia entered Guyana illegally.In court on Thursday, with the aid of an interpreter, the defendant told the court that upon his arrival in Guyana, he was taken to the Immigration Office where he presented himself and was granted a three-month stay.Further, he explained that he was sleeping at the Stabroek Market during his stay when his suitcase containing his documents and belongings were stolen. After observing the defendant and listening to his claims, Magistrate Isaacs-Marcus asked that he be psychologically evaluated after which she would hand down her sentence.As such, he was remanded and expected to return to court on February 12, 2019.last_img read more