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Sexual advice for teens ‘seriously flawed’ – expert

first_imgONE News 17 June 2013Resources to advise young people on sexual health in New Zealand are seriously flawed and skip over critical information, a campaign group claims.Family First has commissioned US psychiatrist Dr Miriam Grossman to review several websites and other resources aimed at advising sexually active young people.Grossman, who describes herself as a sexual health “activist” on her website, says the resources fail to give thorough information and “students are left misinformed, and with a false sense of security”.She examined several websites recommended to young people including curious.org.nz, getiton.org.nz, theword.org.nz, sexnrespect.co.nz, iwannaknow.org and attitude.org.nz.“While most of these resources claim to promote sexual health, we find, overall, little encouragement of restraint or self-discipline. Instead, students are informed that at any age, sexual freedom is a ‘right’,” Grossman said.“The information is not accurate, comprehensive, or up-to-date. Sex is seen as risky only when it’s ‘unprotected’. The efficacy of condoms is overstated, in some cases vastly so. The quantitative data about their use is absent.“Young people are led to believe that sex is easily divorced from emotional attachment. Worst of all, critical life and death information is distorted or ignored,” she added.http://tvnz.co.nz/national-news/sexual-advice-teens-seriously-flawed-expert-5466779Sex report slams Kiwi lessonsNZ Herald 17 June 2013Family First study claims overall message to young people is intercourse okay as long as you use a condom.http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10891000last_img read more

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Wellington City Council looking for volunteers to complete housing assessment for grant

first_imgSumner Newscow report — The Wellington City Council is looking for volunteers to assist the city in completing a Housing Assessment Tool which is part of the Community Development Building Grant. There is potential for a $300,000 grant geared to improving affordable housing in Wellington.The first meeting is Thursday, 6:30 p.m., at the Wellington Economic Development office. Currently, there is two city staff members, two council members, two real estate, and two from the general public. The council is looking for representatives from the local churches, hospital, county health department, 353, etc.last_img read more

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First Friday Events Begin June 1

first_imgATLANTIC HIGHLANDS – The Atlantic Highlands Arts Alliance welcomes Live on First Fridays, beginning June 1 and ending October 5. The first scheduled event will be held from 3 to 6 p.m. in Veterans Park at the farmers’ market, and will then move until 9 p.m. to the Courtyard at the Blue Bay Inn, 51 First Ave. The event will feature a schedule of musical groups and activities. Local businesses will stay open later than usual to accommodate visitors and residents.AH Arts Alliance (AHAA) is a collaboration of businesses, artists, social organizations and local government whose mission is to enhance the Atlantic Highlands arts scene. The group was formed in 2011.Additional information is available by contacting the chamber of commerce office at 732-872-8711, or emailing the chamber office at [email protected]last_img read more

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DOHERTY CALLS FOR FLOOD REPORT FOR FINN VALLEY

first_imgSinn Féin Councillor Gary Doherty has today called on Donegal County Council and the Office of Public Works to immediately carry out a flood risk assessment of the Finn Valley.Flooding in the Finn ValleyThe call comes in the wake of the significant flooding which occurred in the area over the last two days.Cllr Doherty said “After the heavy snowfall on Tuesday and Wednesday and then the onslaught of Storm Rachel, we were faced with a torrent of flood water throughout the Finn Valley and indeed the County as a whole. This caused serious problems on our roads and in the river network of streams and burns which run adjacent to residential homes. “In Castlefin last night the bridge crossing the River Finn was flooded and had to be closed to traffic causing significant delays. We also had flooding in the N15 National Primary road leading into and in the town itself, as well as on the Hollow Road and in the Twin Towns area.“I am also aware of one family who were unable to reach their home because the access road was flooded, so they had to take refuge with a neighbour for the night. Other homes in the area were at a serious risk of being flooded as burns and streams burst their banks.”He called on Donegal County Council and the Office of Public Works to carry out a flood risk assessment of the Finn Valley as a matter of urgency.“I am fully aware that in the short term it is difficult to prevent the flooding we have seen over the last two days, but a long term solution must be found before we have a serious injury or a home destroyed by flood water. It is imperative that we look at solutions such as improving flood banks and the overflowing tributaries sooner rather than later when it may be too late. “ DOHERTY CALLS FOR FLOOD REPORT FOR FINN VALLEY was last modified: January 16th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:CLLR GARY DOHERTYfinn valleyfloodslast_img read more

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Penza: Humboldt State’s young defense is in need of some consistency

first_imgI sat here two weeks ago, at this very keyboard, and told you that Humboldt State’s defense is getting better. And, at times, the Jacks’ young defense is looking like it’s starting to find its footing and producing like head coach Rob Smith knows it can.But for as much as there has been good, there’s also been quite a bit of not-so-good.Rarely has Humboldt State trailed by as many points as it did — 23 and then later on 27 — in Saturday night’s 48-42 loss to arch-rival Western Oregon, the …last_img read more

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Soweto Fashion Week supports African design

first_imgFrom left, Phindo from the Soil, Jackie Phamotse, Communications and Marketing Manager of SFW, Stephen Manzini, Founder of SFW and Ms Mda from the Soil. Manzini believes Soweto is a region of untapped potential in the South African fashion world and Soweto Fashion Week is empowering underprivileged designers. Strutting on the catwalk with UJU Designs. The Soweto space is rising as the new hub of haute couture. UJU Designs on display, Manzini says that, “SFW treats audiences to the latest summer trends, featuring glamorous, colour-rich designs.”(Images: Eunice Driver Photography www.eunicedriver.com)MEDIA CONTACTS• Jackie Phamotse Communications and Marketing ManagerSoweto Fashion Week+27 79 635 6376RELATED ARTICLES• South African designer at London fashion week • African fashion takes Paris• Fashion week wows Jozi • South Africa’s fashion gold medallist • Tlale returns to wow New YorkMelissa Jane CookStrutting their stuff, pouting their lips and swinging their hips, models draped in designer fashion stalked the catwalk as the biannual Soweto Fashion Week kicked off on 21 November.Established to showcase local talent and help designers launch their fashion businesses, Soweto Fashion Week was founded in 2011 by Stephen Manzini.Manzini is an entrepreneur who sees opportunities around every corner and has his fingers in many pies. He owns Jericho Events, which produces the fashion extravaganza.“Growing up, my friends always complained about the South African fashion industry and how elitist it was. I never really believed it until I experienced it myself. I decided right then that I wasn’t going to sit back and complain as well but start a fashion week that would later grow into stores and a fashion magazine. Fast forward and this is our second Soweto Fashion Week.“One truth holds for most of the designers; the South African fashion industry is tough to crack with minimal resources.“Most of these designers have had to work with minimal budgets and no proper equipment. Educating oneself further whilst trying to make money and grow a brand is hard if you are not focused and hands on.”Inspiring African designsManzini says producing the event is very challenging; however, despite obstacles, the brand is growing in the global market.“While travelling overseas Irealised thatinternational people are inspired by African designers. We have phenomenal talent here and this is a perfect opportunity to treat audiences to the latest summer trends, featuring glamorous, colour-rich designs.”Designers from across Africa, including Zimbabwe and Botswana, unveiled their fabulous creations over the event’s three nights, with Ngugi Velly Vere, Soweto Fashion Week’s creative director saying, “Soweto bought Africa together from its history, so it is very fitting to have this event here.”He adds that “This week is a podium that inspires and supports to build consciousness of upcoming and established designers in South Africa, particularly those based in Soweto. This space is rising as the new hub of haute couture.”Communications and marketing manager for the event, Jackie Phamotse says: “We have nothing but a great end state to this event, a lot of hard work and passion runs through the art that will be displayed. Many people are taking us seriously, as we are building a global brand.”Manzini explains that Soweto Fashion Week primarily wants designers to grow, not just on the creative front, but also commercially, for them to build sustainable businesses around their craft.“The event is not just about models sashaying fashionable clothing; the event expects more engagements, sales and a larger crowd, including fashion buyers.“The brand is growing so in order to protect our name, this year, we carefully selected and handpicked our designers.”Tapping Soweto’s talentManzini believes Soweto is a region of untapped potential in the South African fashion world and Soweto Fashion Week is empowering underprivileged designers.“We scout for some of our designers just like models on the streets.“We appeal more to our global community and township community by our ways of doing business hence growing the South African fashion industry dramatically by reaching the nation’s majority and closing the gap in the fashion week industry demographically.”He adds that the event aims to dominate the fashion industry on a global scale, making a mark for Africa-made clothing. He believes that western and eastern nations have come to dominate the clothing industry worldwide, and hopesSoweto Fashion Week will make a dent in that domination “Soweto style”.Manzini says that South Africa has a unique diversity of cultures, and that with this diversity come countless combinations and inspirations. Given the proper training, encouragement and support, young design talent would flourish.Phamotse adds: “Our vision at the end is to help designers come to a place where they have grown to a higher level and have learned the business of fashion. The concept of this exciting series of shows is to create a relaxed environment for fashionistas to enjoy a top-of-the-line runway show and have the opportunity to place orders and interact with the designers.”Manzini says that “When you witnessthe talent and the dedication of the designers, it is evident to see why fashion is worth being part of at all.”Soweto Fashion Week was held at theSoweto Hotel on the Walter Sisulu Square of Dedication (Freedom Square) in Kliptown, with the who’s who of South African fashion gathering to support the 12 emerging, and established, style mavericks. Designers included Fresh Wear, Thesis and from Botswana, Woolaholic. SFW was sponsored by Darling Hair South Africa.last_img read more

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Rotorua Airport to get 7 increase in flight capacity

first_imgImage credit: Air New ZealandRotorua Airport is set to see an 7% increase in capacity from Air New Zealand as a result of schedule changes about to be implemented by the airline.The changes include a 25% increase in capacity on the Auckland-Rotorua route, an increase of up to 20% on the Rotorua-Christchurch route, and improved connectivity between Rotorua and Queenstown, as well as Dunedin and Invercargill.The increased capacity and connectivity will predominantly come from additional frequency on the Auckland and Christchurch routes.These changes will also see an improvement in connectivity with Queenstown, with an increase from two to five connections daily from the end of October.Rotorua Airport chief executive, Nicole Brewer, says the changes are extremely positive for the Rotorua community, economy and tourism sector, and are a reflection of increased patronage and support from local travellers and visitors, and a strong relationship with Air New Zealand.“These changes firmly support our growing tourism industry, our local business community and our goal to achieve greater connectivity with Queenstown, which is a critical tourism route for Rotorua.“The improved capacity and additional flights to and from Christchurch are particularly important, as good connectivity with the south island is essential for international visitors to Rotorua.”Ms Brewer says the new schedule will provide improved choice for travellers, as well as better fare availability.“Further more, the changes mean that a 68 seat ATR aircraft will overnight in Rotorua and provide an early morning flight to Christchurch, returning in the evening. This will deliver an improved service for southbound passengers currently travelling via Wellington.“These changes also reinforce Air New Zealand’s commitment to Rotorua and, if demand is demonstrated and proven, additional capacity will be provided. At the same time, if demand drops, then it is likely we will see a corresponding change in capacity.”The implementation of Air New Zealand’s new schedule will see a change in services on the Rotorua-Wellington route, with the reduction of two flights a week and a change in departure times.Ms Brewer says this route has been under performing for some time, and the schedule changes have been designed to lift performance, and consequently, sustainability of the route.“While the Wellington changes will not suit everyone, we will continue to actively work with Air New Zealand on this route to measure the impact and opportunities, and explore other options.”Rotorua Mayor Steve Chadwick says the updates to the schedule are “great for inbound and international visitors in a growing tourism market”.“We are certainly making good progress for our wanted north-south link, but recognise that the changes to Wellington-Rotorua flights, from October, will not meet the needs of all travellers and will be watching the situation closely.”Ms Brewer says additional capacity and connectivity is likely to be introduced in the coming months for the peak summer season, including Chinese New Year.The changes in the Air New Zealand schedule will be available for booking next week, for travel from 30 October, 2016. Rotorua AirportSource = Rotorua Airportlast_img read more

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