Tests reveal most crash drivers had taken drugs

first_imgNZ Herald 27 August 2012More than half the drivers taken to hospital after causing a crash were found to have drugs in their system, a study has found.The Ministry of Transport study used blood samples taken from 453 drivers who caused crashes.Drugs were detected in the systems of 258 drivers, analysis by the Institute of Environmental Science and Research (ESR) found.Of that group, 156 were found to be on drugs not administered by a medical professionalNinety people sent to hospital had both cannabis and alcohol in their system.Yesterday, the Automobile Association renewed its calls for random roadside saliva tests to be used to target drug drivers.Such saliva screening devices can detect only three drugs – cannabis, methamphetamine and Ecstasy – and are used in every Australian state.http://m.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10829711Keep up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.last_img read more

More families are childless couples – Stats NZ

first_imgNZ Herald 4 November 2014Childless couples are making up an increasingly large proportion of families – a trend that has been on the rise for more than 20 years, Statistics New Zealand says.There were now 1.1 million families in New Zealand, according to 2013 Census data.“Couples without children make up just over 40 per cent of all family types, up from 35 per cent in 1991,” Census customer focus manager Gareth Meech said.“Couples with children are still the most common family type, but the proportion of these families continues to fall.”Since 2006, the rise in the number of couples without children was almost double that of couples with children.Marlborough was the only region where over half (53.2 per cent) of the families were couples without children, which reflected the older age structure of people in these families in this region, Mr Meech said.http://www.nzherald.co.nz/lifestyle/news/article.cfm?c_id=6&objectid=11353075last_img read more

Waimate library removed Into the River before ban

first_imgStuff co.nz 8 September 2015Waimate District Library removed controversial book Into the River more than a year before it was banned nationwide.The award-winning kiwi novel, written by Auckland based novelist Ted Dawe, includes sexually explicit content some organisations say is too racy for its intended teeange audience.An interim ban restricts it from being displayed in libraries or sold in stores anywhere in New Zealand. The fines, for doing so, range from $3000 to $10,000.Waimate assistant librarian Linda Halkett revealed on Tuesday library staff removed the “shocking” novel from its collection in early 2014.The Film and Literature Board of Review placed an interim restriction order on the book on September 3.It bans anyone in New Zealand from displaying or exhibiting the book, which won the New Zealand Post Margaret Mahy Book of the Year in 2013.http://www.stuff.co.nz/timaru-herald/news/71846005/waimate-library-removed-into-the-river-before-banlast_img read more

New Australian book on marriage hits censorship roadblock

first_imgMercatorNet 26 September 2016Family First Comment: An interesting question – Why are gay marriage supporters in Australia afraid to debate? Probably the same reason they rammed through the law in breakneck speed in NZ! 1. a television advertisement around the time of Sydney’s Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras banned at the last minute by the SBS network. 2. Mercure International Hotel in Sydney cancelled the venue for a gathering of groups opposing same-sex ‘marriage’, after gay activists threatened hotel staff 3. the printer contacted the publisher, Connor Court Press, on the evening before the book “Stealing from a Child: the Injustice of ‘Marriage Equality’” was launched to announce that the company would not fill the order “due to the subject matter and content of your book”. Imagine if a printer refused to print a same-sex marriage invite!! #selectivetoleranceOne of today’s Australian headlines is “We can already see how a ‘debate’ about love will lead to violence and hate”. The article was written after a bomb threat to an LGBT FM station in Melbourne by a strong supporter of same-sex marriage and vehement opponent of a plebiscite.However, there may a grain of truth in her prediction, judging from the way doctor, activist and author David van Gend has been treated.Dr van Gend, a general practitioner from Toowoomba, is the author of the just-published book Stealing from a Child: the Injustice of ‘Marriage Equality’. He makes a strong case for traditional marriage, attacks the “genderless agenda” and critiques the push for gay marriage. He describes it as “a manifesto in defense of society’s inviolable foundation: Father, Mother, Child”.I read an advance copy. Van Gend has firm ideas, but expresses them respectfully and insults no one.So he was quite surprised when the printer contacted the publisher, Connor Court Press, on the evening before the book was launched to announce that the company would not fill the order. “Due to the subject matter and content of your book, unfortunately I have been instructed by senior management not to proceed with printing this title,” the publisher was told.If Connor Court had not had been prudent enough to run off a couple of thousand digital copies, the carefully planned book launch would have collapsed. “This was a shock,” says Dr Van Gend, “because you don’t expect a printing firm to act as a political censor for the gay lobby.”But this was act of sabotage number 3 for Van Gend.Act of sabotage number 2 took place last week when Mercure International Hotel in Sydney cancelled the venue for a gathering of groups opposing same-sex ‘marriage’, after gay activists threatened hotel staff. According to The Weekend Australian the hotel received threats of physical harm. This was backed up by a coordinated social media campaign — unlike the bomb threat.Act of sabotage number 1 took place last year when a television advertisement around the time of Sydney’s Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras banned at the last minute by the SBS network.So, yes, some people in the community have become heated enough to threaten violence, impose financial intimidation and censor the free flow of ideas. But, by and large, it is not going to be supporters of traditional marriage. It will be the LGBT thought police. In fact, they have already started.“We are meant to be an open society where great issues are debated freely. What’s the difference between burning books and banning them being printed?” asks Van Gend.http://www.mercatornet.com/conjugality/view/new-australian-book-on-marriage-hits-censorship-roadblock/18730last_img read more

Towns throughout NZ worried about drugs and housing crisis

first_imgRadio NZ News 12 December 2018Family First Comment: “there were some massive social challenges that were facing their communities. One that was extremely consistent was the damage of drugs…”DrugFree2025www.VoteNo.nzPeople in working class communities are most concerned about the effects of drug abuse and the housing crisis on their neighbourhoods.The Salvation Army said these social problems are holding back communities from thriving and it’s calling on the government to help fix the problem.The organisation interviewed more than 600 people on the streets of Kaitaia, Whangarēi, Manurewa, New Plymouth, Hornby and Timaru for its State of our Communities report, released today.When asked what the they would say if they could talk to the prime minister about their community, people in the six communities raised serious concerns about drugs, housing, lack of mental health services and economic problems that were holding back their neighbourhoods.Salvation Army policy analyst Ronji Tanielu said the report gives marginalised communities a voice.“There were some real thriving communities but they all acknowledged that there were some massive social challenges that were facing their communities. One that was extremely consistent was the damage of drugs, especially methamphetamine,” Mr Tanielu said.READ MORE: https://www.radionz.co.nz/news/national/378070/towns-throughout-nz-worried-about-drugs-and-housing-crisisKeep up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.last_img read more

President Obama to visit Nairobi in July

first_imgUnited States President Barrack Obama to travel to Nairobi, Kenya in July for the Global Entrepreneurship Summit, says White House.During his visit, Obama will be attending the 2015 Global Entrepreneurship Summit, his fourth trip to sub-Saharan Africa during his presidency, the White House said in a statement on Monday.This will be his first trip to Kenya after being elected as president of the worlds super power.last_img

Friendship Crew brings New Year cheers to the children of Dubique

first_img Share LocalNews Friendship Crew brings New Year cheers to the children of Dubique by: – January 4, 2012 Friendship Crew members Oliver St. John addressing the gathering.Still in the spirit of Christmas which is marked by universal giving and sharing, members of the Friendship Crew converged on the southern community of Dubique on Sunday January 1st, 2012 for a very memorable activity at the start of the New Year – 2012.At that activity approximately 40 children (mostly between the ages of 3 to 10 years old) of Dubique were served refreshments and snacks and presented with toys and items of shoes and clothing.The activity was described by leader of the group, Mr. Ronald Charles as a sign of the group’s interest in going out beyond themselves and reaching out to the community, particular the disadvantaged ones. It was a sign of their firm belief in the practice of Christianity. Member of Friendship Crew with children of DubiqueThe villagers of Dubique were very welcoming and displayed great appreciation for the generosity of the group.The Friendship Crew would like to place on record its deep appreciation to the following business interests who partnered with them to make the activity the success that it was. These include Francis Enterprises, Fine Foods Inc., Popeye Ice Cream, Thomas and Archibold Security and of course the members themselves who provided out of their own resources. This is the second of such presentations that group has been involved with during the Christmas Season. On Saturday December 17th 2012, the group presented a Food Hamper (more like a Truck Hamper) to the Delices-based “House of Hope” fraternity.By: Ronald CharlesChairman, Friendship Crew Share Sharecenter_img Tweet 20 Views   one comment Sharing is caring!last_img read more