first_imgKEVIN HAGUE – Green Party MPGood morning, Paul.PAUL What is wrong with adoption at the moment? What needs fixing, given that the Adoption Act hasn’t really changed since ’55?KEVIN Well, I think that’s the first thing that needs fixing.PAUL Because the world has changed?KEVIN Yeah, the world has changed, and that act fossilises some attitudes and values that were, I guess, common in 1955 but are no longer fit for modern New Zealand.PAUL Yes, that’s right, so we have a different attitude to couples living de facto, gay couples living together and so forth. Can I just ask you about the politics? God, the old adoption area is getting a bit crowded at the moment. Why come up with another bill, because you haven’t even submitted yours yet. You’ve got Louisa Wall’s Gay Marriage Bill, Jacinda over there has got a bill – an adoption bill. The waters are getting very muddied.KEVIN Yeah, there have been a number of attempts to overhaul adoption law over the years. In the last Parliament, in 2009, I had a bill that was specifically looking at de facto couples—PAUL Don’t worry about all that. I’m asking why you’re muddying the waters now.KEVIN Well, this is the result of work that’s been going on, in fact, for three or four years. You know, there was a cross-party vote in the last Parliament. Now I’ve continued that work with Nikki Kaye.PAUL One thing Jacinda said before on the panel was she hoped that adoption will be more about the child than about the grown-ups, presumably, the grown-ups putting the child out for adoption and the grown-ups adopting. This is one of the keys to your bill. Explain that.KEVIN Absolutely. One of the things about this bill, and indeed about the Care of Children Act, is that it makes the best interests of the child paramount in all decisions made about the child. That’s not what—PAUL In all decisions at the time of the adoption?KEVIN Exactly.PAUL Right-oh.KEVIN That’s exactly right, so that the law becomes about what is the best thing to do for this particular child?PAUL Well, you’ve also got a scheme, I think. You’ve got an idea where the parents – the proposed parents, the adoptive parents – would propose a parenting plan.KEVIN Yeah, that’s a—PAUL How do you do that? How do you do that?KEVIN Well, that’s right. One of the problems with the existing law is that what it allows for is closed adoption, where the relationship between the child and a child’s biological family is severed. Now, that’s, we have discovered, not in the best interest of the child. So what we want to try and do is ensure that there is an agreement between the biological family and the adoptive family about the parenting of that child.PAUL To be fair, while the ’55 law does favour closed adoption, most adoptions are open now, aren’t they?KEVIN Yeah, they are, but—PAUL So you’d like to formalise that, would you?KEVIN Yeah, exactly. Those open adoptions that occur now are happening outside of the framework of the law, and that’s causing a real problem. It’s one of the reasons that reform of this act is urgent, in fact.PAUL Yeah, right-oh. So it’s got to be about the child, so you’d have a parenting plan and so forth. Would you send—? Another thing you were talking about to us is you’d send— would you send—? I’m not clear on this. Would you send all adoption applications to the Family Court?KEVIN Oh, yes. You know, the court needs to make an adoption order.PAUL And how’s the court going to do all that work?KEVIN Well—PAUL God knows they’re closing the courts down and mothers can’t get across town to even do their real business with the Family Court.KEVIN Yeah, well, the court is involved now, of course, so there are adoption orders made now. But under our plan, in fact, it’s likely that the court may need to be involved less in trying to sort out really messy disputes that have arisen because of the inadequacy of the law. So I think in many ways this is streamlining and regulating the process to achieve good outcomes for children.PAUL Right-oh. One thing you’re hoping for, I think, is if you back over the last 20, 30 years, there has been a massive reduction in the number of children adopted, the number of people trying to adopt and putting their children up for adoption and so forth. Abortion has been the favourite way out, I suppose. You would be hoping, I suppose, that this leads to fewer abortions?KEVIN Look, it might well. We don’t actually know what the consequence will be in terms of the number of adoptions. So, for example, it’s at least conceivable that one of the consequences of a law that’s completely unfit for purpose is that people who might otherwise make use of adoption, in fact, use other alternatives.PAUL Now, before I get on to the big bugbear – not bugbear, but the big buggy – of gay adoption, you talk about making sure adoption protects the child, would you also allow for continued really closed adoption if that child was being born into a family where there’s no way they should have a child?KEVIN Yes.PAUL Yeah?KEVIN What the bill provides for is that open adoption becomes the norm,…PAUL Yes.KEVIN …except where there are various extenuating circumstances. The adoption may be a closed one if the Family Court believes that will be in the best interest of the child.PAUL Right. Now, gay adoption – Louisa’s Gay Marriage Bill – will that allow married gays to adopt?KEVIN Yeah, I think that the substantive issue of whether or not gay couples ought to be able to do adopt, if that’s the best option for a child, will be addressed by Louisa’s bill.PAUL You think so?KEVIN I think so.PAUL Have you asked her?KEVIN Well, it certainly will be—PAUL Presumably, if you can get married and you’re gay, you can adopt a baby. You can have all the rights of marriage.KEVIN That’s exactly right, so that issue that has dogged adoption reform, and I’m certain has been one of the reasons why some governments have not moved to overhaul the law, will be dealt with by that bill passing.PAUL May I give you a really reactionary idea and suggest to you, well, the Adoption Law of 1955 assumes a male father and a female mother – a mother and father, a man and a woman. That’s kind of how a lot of people think, isn’t it?KEVIN Well, and indeed it may well be that for most of the children who are being adopted that that remains the best option available for that child. But for some children, the best option will be something different.PAUL Well, how do you know at 3 weeks old or whatever it is, 4 months old, whether a baby’s more suitable for gay parents or for heterosexual parents?KEVIN Well, of course, one doesn’t necessarily know at 28 days old, but adoption actually applies right up until the age of 17. So the people being adopted are not all tiny babies.PAUL But, you know, in the end— in the end, Kevin, you know, don’t kids need a mother and a father?KEVIN Well, the evidence suggests not. In fact, the evidence suggests that the critical things are having parents who love and care for a child. And, actually, opinion polls suggest that most New Zealanders also believe that.PAUL So would your bill—? If, you know, you had worked your bill in to law, would you allow gay people to adopt? Gay couples? Single gays?KEVIN Well, of course, single gay and lesbian people can already adopt under the law.PAUL Got you, yes.KEVIN But I believe that the couples issue will be dealt with by Louisa’s bill. For argument’s sake, if Louisa’s bill did not pass, then certainly my bill provides for any individual or couple to be able to make an application.PAUL I have got to leave you. There is a huge wind-up coming from the control room. I thank you and wish you all the very best for the overdue bill.KEVIN Thank you very much, Paul.PAUL Thank you, Kevin. Scoop 14 October 2012Green MP to place adoption reform bill in ballot tomorrow, seeking to alter 57-year-old Adoption Act.That act “fossilises values and attitudes” from the 1950s that “are no longer fit for modern New Zealand”.Opens door to gay adoption, as evidence suggests “love and care” is more important than a mother and a father.For most children, having an adoptive mother and a father “may remain the best option… but for some children the best option will be something different”.New bill will make “the best interests of the child paramount” and allow open adoptions that are now occurring “outside the framework of the law”. Closed adoptions still possible if the child is at risk.MP says it could turn around our falling adoption figures and even lower abortion rates.Q + APaul Holmes Interviews Kevin HaguePAUL National’s Nikki Kaye and the Greens’ Kevin Hague have been working together on a bill that will reform adoption law, the Adoption Act of 1955, that hasn’t actually been changed for 57 years. 1955, that act. Is it time for a clean-up? Good morning to the Green MP Kevin Hague.last_img read more

first_imgBrookville, In. — The 2019 Stayin’ Alive “Family Fun Day” will be Monday, May 27 (Memorial Day) in the Brookville Town Park from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Games, activities and crafts are free and open to the public.For more information call 765-647-7272 or go to the website.last_img

first_imgNorthern Ireland manager Michael O’Neill was buoyant after his side maintained their perfect start to Euro 2016 qualifying with a 2-0 win over the Faroe Islands. First-half strikes from Gareth McAuley and Kyle Lafferty secured the points, while Roy Carroll’s superb one-handed penalty save from Frodi Benjaminsen ensured a clean sheet. The 10,049 fans who crammed into the two operational stands at a Windsor Park in the early stages of redevelopment might have enjoyed more goalmouth action after the interval, but after winning in Hungary last month it was all about the points for O’Neill. “I didn’t ask Carl in to speak to the lads,” he said. “We’ve had Rory McIlroy in the hotel with us this week as well but the players had to make do with my words of wisdom instead. “It’s great when you see people like that around – and we had (record goalscorer) David Healy at the hotel last night too. “The lads are always glad to see him. There’s a really good atmosphere around at the minute and it’s one that we need to keep going.” O’Neill eased concerns over McAuley, who was substituted early in the second half in mild discomfort, but confirmed his West Brom team-mate Chris Brunt would not be travelling to Greece with the squad on Sunday. “On another night we might have kept Gareth on but we had to look to Greece. He was hobbling a bit, he collided with the post, but we got a great performance out of Gareth again,” said the manager. “I emphasised in the last campaign that he was probably our best performer and he showed again how vital he is to us tonight. “He’ll be vital again in Greece, so we’ll wrap him in cotton wool and make sure he’s ready to play on Tuesday. “Brunty would have played but unfortunately he nicked his groin on Thursday morning and has returned to his club.” His side top Group F after two games, having opened a campaign with back-to-back wins for the first time since 1968. “The target off the back of the game in Hungary was to take three points and we did that with a really strong performance,” he said. “We’re delighted with the performance and the three points. We have six points from two games but it’s a little bit early to be looking at the group, that’s for the supporters to enjoy. “For us, the campaign is about momentum and getting that as early as possible. “Had we not taken three points here it would have diminished the significance of Budapest and we haven’t allowed that to happen.” O’Neill had tasted only one victory in two and a half years prior to this campaign and cut a relieved figure after seeing off a so-called minnow for the first time. Previous attempts against Luxembourg and Azerbaijan had ended in embarrassment, with two points from a possible 12 against the pair. And although there was no shortage of local star power on hand in Belfast this week, with world champion boxer Carl Frampton paraded before kick-off at Windsor Park and a certain Ryder Cup star sharing the side’s digs, O’Neill kept the motivational duties in house. Press Associationlast_img read more

first_imgELLSWORTH — The Boston Red Sox Foundation is seeking seniors from Bucksport, Mount Desert Island and Sumner Memorial high schools wishing to apply for this year’s $1,000 New England Red Sox Service Scholarship.The scholarship foundation, which was founded in 2010, is awarded annually based on academic performance, community service and financial aid eligibility. Last year, Luke Mitchell of MDI and Issiac Christiansen of Sumner were among the recipients.“We are continually inspired by high school students’ charitable endeavors and seek to recognize and reward their ongoing dedication to promoting social good,” Red Sox Foundation Board Member Linda Henry said. “We are very pleased with the growth of the Service Scholarship program and we are eager to hear about this year’s seniors who are going above and beyond in their communities.”Submissions should be sent via email to by 5 p.m. Friday, Jan. 12. Those wishing to apply can do so at is placeholder textThis is placeholder textlast_img read more

first_imgMILWAUKEE — It may have taken three years, but Marquette finally got its revenge.Three seasons after Wisconsin escorted Marquette out of the NCAA Tournament with a 3-2 victory in Milwaukee, the No. 12 Golden Eagles (17-3-1) returned the favor, defeating the No. 24 Badgers 1-0 in front of 1,626 people at Valley Fields in Milwaukee Friday evening.”I think it was just a classic great game between two great teams, exciting, but we just did not make things go our way as well,” head coach Dean Duerst said. “In games like this, you say big players have got to step up and play, but I think our big player was our team today. We just didn’t all find it as a team today and that’s how games are won and lost sometimes.”The loss marked the end of an era for six Badger seniors including Erin Dubina and Becky Katsma, as well as captains Amy Vermeulen, Katy Lindenmuth, Jessica Ring and Marisa Brown.”They’re a great group, the neat thing about them is they’ll be very proud of their days at Wisconsin,” Duerst said. “They’re Big Ten Champions, they’ve been to NCAAs, that’s something they can walk away with and be very proud to be a Badger player. They’ve been part of history.”Wisconsin fell behind 36:46 into the game when Marquette freshman defender Katie Kelly took a free kick from the right side and sent the ball sailing on net for Marquette’s first and only score.Wisconsin goalkeeper Lynn Murray, playing close to the end line, got her hands on the Marquette offering, but the sophomore crossed behind the end line on the save, allowing the ball to cross the plane for the eventual game-winning tally.”Those are tough moments; in the end, this game is sometimes luck and that was a bounce that went Marquette’s way,” Duerst said.After failing to record a shot in the first half, the Badgers came out firing in the second half, out-shooting the Golden Eagles 7-5. However, the Marquette defense was up to the challenge, with goalkeeper Laura Boyer stopping both of UW’s shots on net and the defense disrupting both of Wisconsin’s chances on corner kicks.”They were definitely all over the place and they wanted it,” Brown said of the Marquette defense. “We wanted it too, but I think they just outworked us today.”Wisconsin pushed even harder in the waning moments of the physical contest; one that saw 42 fouls called and a pair of yellow cards handed out, eventually dropping only one defender back in its attempt for the equalizer. But the Golden Eagle defense refused to break as they scraped their way to the 1-0 victory.”I don’t think we played a good game, it was not a good way to end it definitely,” Brown said. “I really felt like we had our momentum going and then when they got that goal, I think it just put a damper on things.”Wisconsin was shut out for just the third time on the season, and for the first time since a 1-0 loss to Purdue in mid-October.”The thing is, we’ve been shut out when we had a lot of chances, but today we didn’t have enough [chances] because we didn’t play our game,” Duerst said.The Marquette defense stopped a Wisconsin offensive attack that had been on a tear during their recent seven-game winning streak, averaging nearly three goals a game during their stretch run to the postseason.”We got into a game where some players wanted to do some things individually, take too many touches and hit the home run ball and that’s not our style,” Duerst said. “I wanted to display the way we’ve been playing the last couple weeks, and we’ve been playing winning soccer.”last_img read more

first_imgThe Wisconsin men’s hockey team found itself in the midst of one of its best stretches of the season when it took to the ice to face Michigan State Saturday night at the Kohl Center.Entering Friday night against the Spartans (13-13-2, 7-5-2-2 Big Ten), the Badgers (4-20-4, 3-10-4) had failed to collect a series-opening win in their previous 13 series. But thanks to two second-period goals in the first game, Wisconsin held off MSU 2-1 to secure its first winning streak of the season — a modest two games.The winning streak happened to come on the heels of an 11-game winless streak, which was also the longest of the season so far. The win had the players feeling as if they had emerged from one of the darker parts of the season, according to senior captain Chase Drake.“We’ve had a tough stretch there and we’re picking up momentum now,” Drake said. “I think guys are excited to come to the rink. When you win, it always makes everything better, so yeah, there’s definitely a positive light for us now.”It was short-lived, however, as the winning ways came to a halt in the series finale. The Spartans responded with a 3-0 victory. Scoring two times in the opening period. Michigan State didn’t look back, as the Wisconsin offense continued its season-long woes.However, despite the loss, Wisconsin head coach Mike Eaves did not view the game as a step back for his team.“I think it was more of a litmus test of where we are,” Eaves said. “We didn’t react very well to it. It kind of let us know where we stood. I just didn’t like the number of battles we lost and the fact that our skill guys didn’t react well.”The lost battles Eaves pointed to were also what he said decided Saturday night’s affair, along with a lack of poise by Badgers’ skilled players.Wisconsin was certainly not without chances throughout the series finale, and actually had 13 more shots than on Friday night, when it scored two times. But the lack of poise prevented Wisconsin from cashing in on scoring opportunities when it had them.On multiple occasions throughout the night, UW had passing sequences that set a player up with a good look at the net, but either the pass was not clean or the shot didn’t find the net. When the puck did go on goal, Spartans netminder Jake Hildebrand made the stop, as he earned his fourth shutout of the season for Michigan State with 31 total saves.While Wisconsin couldn’t win the small battles and had trouble finishing the plays, Michigan State had all three of its goals come after beating the Badgers to the puck. The Spartans’ first tally in the first period resulted from a series of rebounds in front of Wisconsin goaltender Joel Rumpel that his defense couldn’t clear. Michigan State’s final two goals came by way of Spartan players securing the puck along the end boards and feeding a player in front of the net.“It was evident that they were playing with a little burr in their bonnet that was a little bit bigger than ours,” Eaves said. “They won more races, more battles.”The Wisconsin offense didn’t just struggle at even strength and had a great deal of difficulty on the power play, going 0-5 through the course of Saturday night. Including a power-play goal at Ohio State last Saturday night, Wisconsin has gone just 1-17 on the man advantage over the course of the last three weekends.The Badgers had trouble entering the zone and maintaining possession once they were inside the offensive zone during the five power plays, as they managed a total of eight shots. Eaves thought the power play performed poorly enough that it even took away some of the Badgers’ momentum by the time the man-advantages expired.“We definitely did not execute on any our power plays,” defenseman Tim Davision said. “We had limited chances, if any, got a lot of shot blocks. Our breakouts were tough. We couldn’t really establish in-zone offense. It just wasn’t there tonight.”Wisconsin’s shot total was 31, making it only the fifth time this season the Badgers have eclipsed 30 or more shots on goal. But similar to the other four games with 30 or more shots, the Badgers failed to win, giving them a record of 0-4-1 in those contests. The shutout also marked the fourth time this season Wisconsin has failed to record a goal, and the 11th time this year where the Badgers have been held to one goal or fewer. Last season Wisconsin was limited to one goal or fewer just four times, and in the last three seasons combined it had been shutout a total of three times.Rumpel masked those offensive woes Friday night with strong play, but there wasn’t much he could do for the Badgers on the three goals Michigan State scored Saturday night, with Eaves saying “he would have had to have pulled a rabbit out of his hat to get some of those.”The loss may have set Wisconsin back and given the Badgers their 20th loss of the season, but taking both games from a team in the middle of a conference title race is a tall task, according to redshirt sophomore Morgan Zulinick.“I don’t think we can look at it as a step back,” Zulinick said. “We got to push forward no matter what happened tonight. Sweeping is hard no matter who it is.”last_img read more

first_imgThe Chelsea boss picked up the award after leading his side to the title.Meanwhile, Eden Hazard was voted as the Premier League’s Player of the Season.The Chelsea forward has also won the PFA player of the year, and the Football Writers’ Association Footballer of the Year awards this season.last_img

first_img Kansspelautoriteit enters into MoU with Malta Gaming Authority August 28, 2020 StumbleUpon Soft2Bet continues new market drive with Irokobet launch August 26, 2020 Share Submit TVBET passes GLI test for five live games in Malta and Italy August 25, 2020 Share Related Articles The Malta Gaming Authority (MGA) has established a new ‘Sports Integrity Unit’ helping strengthen its capacity and resources towards fighting sports corruption and match-fixing.The Integrity Unit will focus on gathering intelligence and data related to suspicious betting, serving as the MGS’ liaison foreign regulatory authorities, law enforcement agencies, wagering monitoring systems and sports governing bodies combatting the manipulation of sports.In addition, the Integrity Unit will further assist MGA departments and stakeholder in the development of policy initiatives, improving the regulator’s all-around sports integrity monitoring and governance frameworks.The MGA’s new unit will be led by Senior Executive Antonio Zerafa serving as ‘Sports Integrity Officer’, who has formerly led the Authority’s ‘criminal probity screening’ programme, with the MGA’s Enforcement Directorate.Updating stakeholders, Heathcliff Farrugia Chief Executive of the MGA stated: “Having a dedicated Sports Integrity Unit is vital for the MGA’s statutory objective to ensure that gambling is free from crime, specifically the manipulation of sports competitions. The MGA is committing to cooperation with stakeholders to the extent permitted by law to act against a pervasive phenomenon that threatens the integrity of both the sports and the betting industries.”The MGA informs the public that any matters/queries related to sports integrity or suspicious betting are to be forwarded via email to  The MGA treats all cases in strict confidence as per article 8 of the Gaming Act (Chapter 583 of the Laws of Malta).last_img read more

first_imgChelsea have had a number of strikers wear their famous ‘Number 9’ jersey, some more successfully than others.One of the less prolific forwards to have donned the shirt was Mateja Kezman, who was part of the squad during the years of success in the mid-2000s.The Serbian striker who scored four Premier League goals for the Blues and won the Premier League title and a League Cup – after scoring in the final – dropped off the map a bit after leaving Stamford Bridge.Once a feared goal poacher, his time in West London was not as successful as he or the club would have hoped.After he left Chelsea, he played for Atletico Madrid, PSG and Zenit.However, he insists his time at Chelsea was the highlight of his career and that despite his limited success, he does not regret moving to London. “Chelsea was the best thing in my career. That was the climax of my career, for sure. Living and playing in London was something that I will never forget. I don’t know if I made a mistake because I moved away so quickly. Maybe I do and maybe I don’t regret it, but I always believe in my decisions,” he said. “But the transfer to Chelsea made my dreams come true. That was the best thing that ever happened to me. Maybe I could achieve more and I could have been more successful at Stamford Bridge, but I don’t regret anything.”center_img He retired at the age of 33, becoming director of football at Serbian side FK Vojvodina before turning to football agency.He’s currently the representative for one of the most sought-after players in Europe, Lazio’s Sergej Milinkovic-Savic.last_img read more

first_imgInter Allies’ winger Evans Mensah has been handed a late debut Ghana call-up for the Black Stars’ 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers against Mozambique after a streak of  excellent showings for his club in the league.The nimble-footed wide man was handed the late call-up by Ghana coach Avram Grant to replace the injured striker David Accam.Mensah becomes the third local player to join the squad after the inclusion of WAFA’s Samuel Tetteh and Wa All Stars’ Richard OforiMensah will join the Black Stars for their second training session in Accra ahead of the tie against Mozambique. –Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @JoySportsGH. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more