New Zealand Homicide Report Now Available Online 28 July 2020Family First Comment: “Children under the age of five made up 12 percent of homicide victims, and around one in five were under 18. These victims include the most vulnerable members of society, who too often are killed by those whose job it is to keep them safe.”Shocking. Read our report “CHILD ABUSE & FAMILY STRUCTURE: What is the evidence telling us?” rate of homicide in New Zealand increased in 2018, provisional figures released today show.However overall the statistics for the last 12 years indicate the rate of homicide is trending down.The statistics released today are the official homicide victim statistics for 2007-2017, plus provisional figures for 2018.The report details the homicide of 737 people over an 11-year period across New Zealand.“The report gives insights that are important and of public interest,” says Detective Superintendent Tom Fitzgerald, National Manager: Criminal Investigations.“However, we must not lose sight of the fact that every one of these numbers represents a person whose life has ended prematurely at the hands of another, in often tragic and horrific circumstances.”The 11-year period saw an over-all declining trend in homicide numbers.The first five years from 2007-2011 averaged of 74 homicides a year, while from 2012-2017 this dropped to 61.The lowest annual figure of 50 was in 2017.Provisional figures for 2018 indicate a total of 73 homicides.Of the 737 homicides, around 7 out of 10 were murders.“Over the 11-year period, 62 percent of homicide victims were male and 38 percent were female.Those of European descent appear most frequently in the homicide data, but Maori account for approximately a third of all victims, yet make up only one seventh of New Zealand’s population,” says Detective Superintendent Fitzgerald.“The data also enables us to link victims to the offender with respect to the type of relationship they had.“Women continue to be over-represented in victimisation of those killed by partners or ex-partners – about 75 percent were female and 25 percent were male.“Family harm is a serious issue that affects people of all walks of life, with victims of all ages from infants through to the elderly,” says Detective Superintendent Fitzgerald.“Disturbingly, children under the age of five made up 12 percent of homicide victims, and around one in five were under 18.These victims include the most vulnerable members of society, who too often are killed by those whose job it is to keep them safe.Note: Homicide statistics are not released monthly like other official Police statistics because investigations typically take many months and data on homicides can take up to two years to stabilise. read more

Over 400 int’l masks featured in Bacolod exhibit

first_imgLee said mask culture is part ofintangible cultural heritage, which is difficult to preserve. “We are trying tosafeguard and preserve the mask cultures,” she added. Dawon “Ginny” Lee, chief of the IMACOInternational cooperation team, in a press briefing at the SM City BacolodAtrium, said that ahead of the conference, “we are delighted to host (theexhibit) in the City of Smiles.” IMACO is based in South Korea’s AndongCity, which has sisterhood ties with Bacolod. BACOLOD City – More than 400 masks from22 countries were unveiled here in an exhibit, a prelude to the InternationalMask and Culture Organization’s international conference hosted by this city onNov. 5 to 8. The exhibit, being held at the Atrium,will run until Dec. 26 and features masks from five continents – Asia, Europe,America, Africa, and Oceania. Among those from Asia are masks from thePhilippines, particularly the smiling masks of the Bacolod MassKara Festival. The IMACO, consisting of more than 130individual and group organizations from about 60 countries, was founded in 2006to construct archives of mask-related culture that is integral to culturalcommunity symbols.center_img She acknowledged the assistance andsupport of the city government, headed by Mayor Evelio Leonardia and Vice MayorEl Cid Familiaran, in the preparations for the exhibit and the upcomingconference, which is expected to gather some 200 delegates from 17 countries. Through research, preservation, and dataaccumulation, the organization aims to develop an understanding of mask cultureas it focuses on the value that masks promote in terms of freedom, peace, andequality, which in turn provides an approach to understand human values. (With areport from PNA/PN) Photo by Archie Alipao/PN “We’ve known about the MassKara evenbefore and we’re very interested about how you preserve the masks and howeveryone is participating in this event,” Lee said.last_img read more

First Ranked UWF Targets Third Championship

first_imgFirst Ranked UWF Targets Third Championship April 2, 2007MUSCLE SHOALS, Ala. – West Florida would like to make room for their third tournament title of the 2006-07 season. They are on their way through 18 holes of the North Alabama Spring Classic at the par-72, 7,126 yard RTJ Fighting Joe Course. The first ranked Argonauts are four strokes up on 16th ranked Abilene Christian.West Florida shot a 286 in round one. Matthew Galloway shot a 70, -2 (37-33), which puts him in a tie for fourth. David Lingmerth is in a tie for sixth with a 71, -1 (37-34). Leonardo Di Marino shot a 72, E (38-34). Matthew Berzovich sits in a tie for 17th with a 73, +1 (39-34). Federico Damus is in a tie for 33rd with a 75, +3 (38-37). Mitch Boles of 21st ranked Central Oklahoma is in first with a 65, -7 (33-32).There are six nationally ranked teams competing in the tournament hosted by 12th ranked North Alabama. The final round will start tomorrow morning. Check detailed results on the schedule page at goargos.comPrint Friendly Version Sharelast_img read more

NFF sanctions NPFL 2019/2020 final table

first_imgRelatedPosts COVID-19: NCAA to revoke erring airlines licence over non-compliance FRSC to Schools: We’ll arrest, prosecute drivers who flout COVID-19 rules Sanwo-Olu: We’re committed to fulfilling promises to Lagosians The Football Committee of the Nigeria Football Federation has endorsed the final table of the Nigeria Professional Football League for the 2019/2020 season as prepared and released by the League Management Company.The decision was taken at a virtual meeting held at the instance of the President of the NFF, Amaju Melvin Pinnick, to deliberate on all the issues arising from the forced ending to the season by COVID-19. On the agreement reached by all stakeholders to use the Points-Per-Game to determine the final table and the subsequent petition by Rivers United FC, the Committee unanimously recommended that the NFF Executive Committee endorses the LMC decision and the Final Table for the 2019/2020 season in line with the NFF Statutes.It also charged the LMC to work out its calendar to ensure that very minimal number of matches are postponed for Clubs taking part in continental competitions.As part of its consultations on the matter, the NFF reached out to both continental-governing body, CAF, and world-governing body, FIFA, whose responses affirmed the position of the NFF Football Committee.The said meeting of the NFF Football Committee reviewed the following: “The process followed by the LMC from May 2020 when the NFF approved the decision to end the NPFL 2019/2020 season at Match day 25 due to the Covid-19 Pandemic, to July 2020 when it approved the NPFL table based on the PPG system with the top three teams to represent Nigeria in the 2020/2021 CAF Inter-Clubs Competitions.“The relevant provisions of the NPFL Rule Book that the LMC relied upon to end the season and adopt the PPG. “The Petition from Rivers Utd proposing for the LMC to use the Goal difference to break the tie.“The LMC’s response to Rivers Utd Petition seeking to clarify the issues and stating the basis of its decision.”Tags: Amaju Melvin PinnickCOVID-19LMCNFFnpflSanctionVirtual Meetinglast_img read more

Manchester United defender tackles thief in Sweden

first_imgRelatedPosts Ighalo: My best moment as ‘Red Devil’ EPL: Crystal Palace stun sloppy Man U EPL: Red Devils attack Palace Manchester United’s defender Victor Lindelof made a timely intervention by chasing down a man who stole an elderly woman’s handbag in his home city of Vasteras on Monday.Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet quoted a police statement saying the suspect snatched the handbag as he cycled past the woman, who is in her 90’s. The newspaper reported that Lindelof chased and caught the man before handing him over to the authorities.“A man who was in the vicinity is said to have run after the suspected perpetrator, caught up with him and held him until the police arrived at the scene,” the police said without naming the 26-year-old Lindelof.“The police will like to take this opportunity to thank the witness for a quick and sensible intervention to restore the plaintiff’s property.”Manchester United were not immediately available for comment when contacted by Reuters, but British media said the club had confirmed the Aftonbladet report.Lindelof, who joined Manchester United from Portuguese side Benfica in 2017, started 35 English Premier League games in the 2019/2020 season as they finished third. Reuters/NAN.Tags: AftonbladetManchester UnitedSwedenVictor Lindeloflast_img read more

Laudrup set for contract talks – agent

first_img Press Association Laudrup’s existing deal runs until the end of next season but Swans chairman Huw Jenkins confirmed last week he would like to extend the Dane’s deal by 12 months. Laudrup is happy in south Wales but recently stated his focus is on the present rather than the future and is in no rush to negotiate new terms. Nevertheless, Laudrup’s agent Bayram Tutumlu told Danish newspaper Ekstra Bladet: “Yes, Swansea has a strong interest in extending Michael Laudrup’s contract. In the coming days, we will meet with Swansea and discuss the possibility of an extension.” Laudrup is enjoying a good first season in charge of Swansea after replacing Brendan Rodgers in June. The 48-year-old has led the Swans into the top half of the Barclays Premier League table and they are already just three points shy of the 40 widely regarded as the mark required to avoid relegation. Laudrup has also guided Swansea to the Capital One Cup final at Wembley later this month, where they will face Bradford City. center_img Swansea manager Michael Laudrup will begin contract talks with the club’s board in the coming days, according to his agent.last_img read more

PBC Commission to Consider Vaping Ban for Parks, Playgrounds

first_imgBlowing smoke at parks and playgrounds in Palm Beach County could soon become a thing of the past.Eric Call, the county’s director of parks and recreation, says the county commission plans to vote this October on a proposed vaping ban. He explains that the commission is reacting to the increasing popularity of e-cigarettes among young people.Call says, “I heard a statistic recently that 70% of high schoolers are actively engaged in some form of vaping, and that’s pretty amazing to me.”According to the U.S. surgeon general, e-cigarettes have become the most commonly used tobacco product among youth during the past five years, with more than 3.6 million vaping last year.Call believes it could be difficult, if not impossible, for law enforcement to monitor such large areas, which means the public could be asked to operate on an honor system. Offenders would face fines that would increase with each incident. He says, “Fifty dollars for the first occurrence, $100 for the second, $200 for the third and $300 for the fourth and any successive violations of that.”County commissioners will vote on the issue during their scheduled meeting on October 8.last_img read more

Firing stirs talk about Boeheim’s job safety

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ The firing of Bernie Fine, former associate head coach of the men’s basketball team, left students and Syracuse residents alike buzzing Sunday night, but it also prompted conversation about the future of head coach Jim Boeheim. For the first time in Boeheim’s 36-year tenure as coach, he may be on the hot seat, as it is unclear how much he knew of Fine’s alleged molestations. ‘It would be interesting to find out what Boeheim actually knew about this because if he knew all that we know now, then I think he is in deep trouble,’ said Jake Reiner, a junior broadcast journalism major. Boeheim expressed his ‘full support’ for Fine in a Nov. 17 statement after two former ball boys, Bobby Davis and Michael Lang, accused Fine of sexual molestation. On Sunday, Zach Tomaselli, 23, stepped forward with a third accusation. A 2002 tape-recorded telephone conversation between Davis and Fine’s wife, Laurie, was also published that day. In the recording, Laurie admitted she was worried her husband molested Davis.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Syracuse resident Kevin Carpenter said Boeheim should not have supported Fine so definitively in that statement, especially when many of the details were unclear to the public. ‘The statement that Jim Boeheim made, he shouldn’t have made that, saying that he supported him 100 percent, because he didn’t know exactly what happened,’ Carpenter said. ‘Now that his wife, Bernie Fine’s wife, done gave him up, that’s pretty much saying that you support a child molester,’ he said. Although the statement may have reflected poorly on Boeheim’s quick backing of Fine, Will Boucher, a junior entrepreneurship major, said it does support the argument Boeheim was unaware. ‘If he did know everything that we know now, then I don’t think he would have jumped out to defend (Fine) immediately,’ Boucher said. Boeheim issued a second statement Sunday in which he apologized for any ‘insensitive’ statements and maintained he ‘never witnessed any of the activities that have been alleged.’ But some have a hard time believing that Boeheim was in the dark. Zach Schotz, a sophomore sport management major, said he is skeptical Boeheim really had no idea about the potential molestations. ‘He seemed like he had a good relationship with Bernie Fine,’ Schotz said. ‘It’s hard … it’s the same thing with Paterno and Sandusky. How can you not know?’ For the university, Schotz said, the ‘bigger blow’ could come if Boeheim is fired. It would end the career of one of the greatest coaches of all-time and stain his legacy, he said. ‘The guy’s a legend and that’s the biggest nightmare for Syracuse,’ Schotz said. ‘Although it’s already really bad right now, that’s the worst case scenario.’ Published on November 28, 2011 at 12:00 pm Contact Stephen: | @Stephen_Bailey1center_img Commentslast_img read more

New sexual battery offenses reported near USC campus

first_imgFour new sexual battery offenses were reported to the USC Dept. of Public Safety this past week that are in line with a string of attacks that have occurred since late February in the immediate USC area.  In all instances, female victims were approached by a male or group of males and slapped on the buttocks.Three of the attacks are congruent with the Los Angeles Police Department’s main suspect: a lone male who approaches girls from behind — often while jogging — and slaps the victims’ buttocks.The first of the most recently reported incidents occurred at approximately 9:30 p.m. on Thursday night at the intersection of 29th Street and Vermont Avenue. The victim was jogging when a male suspect, also jogging, ran past her and turned around. He then slapped her buttocks, smiled and ran away.The second offense happened less than an hour later near the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity house on West 28th Street. Two friends stopped to take a photo when one of the friends said she was slapped on the buttocks and saw two males flee afterward.The next two offenses occurred a few hours later, just after midnight on Friday morning.At 12:10 a.m., a victim was waiting for the traffic signal to turn green at the corner of 28th Street and Figueroa Street. She said a male suspect grabbed her buttocks, then quickly walked away.The most recent attack was just 25 minutes later, near the Galen Center on the 3400 Block of Figueroa Street. The victim was approached by a male suspect, who slapped her buttocks and then kept running.DPS Deputy Chief David Carlisle said there has been progress in the case over the last week. The two departments have been able to jointly identify a person of interest.“LAPD has developed some leads, and there was a person of interest identified and they are [now] pursuing it closer,” he said.LAPD released two sketches earlier this month regarding a key male suspect. He is described to be either Hispanic or East Asian, between 16 and 21 years old with black short hair in a “spiked” style. He is around 5-feet 8-inches tall and weighs between 140-160 pounds.“We think the majority [of the crimes] are committed by one person,” Carlisle said.last_img read more

Exhibit allows visitors to see LA’s future

first_imgUSC Libraries Discovery Fellow Geoff Manaugh came to Doheny Memorial Library on Thursday evening to introduce a new exhibit: “Los Angeles to be Determined,” an interactive project that incorporates game design, storytelling and architectural modeling to allow visitors to visualize Los Angeles in the future.The L.A.T.B.D exhibit is located in the Treasury Room in Doheny. It will allow visitors to take a look at USC’s archives of L.A. history as well as the possibilities that citizens have to imagine and create their own future for the city of Los Angeles. This exhibit is unique because it will give visitors an interactive glimpse into L.A.’s past, as well as explore L.A.’s possibilities for the future.L.A.T.B.D was created by architecture and design writer Geoff Manauagh. He is a writer of the architecture blog BLDGBLOG. He worked in collaboration with London architects Mark Smout and Laura Allen from the firm Smout Allen. Professor Jeff Watson and his students at the School of Cinematic Arts were also able to share their insight on the game-design aspect as well.“Design is a way of imagining the future,” Watson said. “Collaborative games are about creative brainstorming. It is a good way to structure that community imagination about a certain place.”This exhibit is a manifestation of utilizing USC’s archival collection of Los Angeles to create a relationship between urban design and architecture.“It is interesting how this exhibit combines a virtual game with architectural design. Students should come to this exhibit to learn about the future of L.A. and USC in terms of design and architecture,” said Chen Zou, a first-year graduate student of business and analytics.When creating this game for L.A.’s design future, the collaborators conducted extensive research. Researchers took many things into consideration when creating L.A.T.B.D. Some of these aspects included Los Angeles’s freeway system, demography, landscape, gentrification, climate and history. Students have already begun to talk about how L.A. can evolve.“The diversity of L.A.’s architecture is one of my favorite things about this city. When I think about the future of L.A., I think about ways that USC can be expanded,” said Ivy Hu, a graduate student in education. “It is also exciting because the presentation is impressive. Those that worked to create it are very qualified.”When visitors walk into the Treasury Room, they will be greeted by a description of the exhibit. On their left will be a collection of USC’s archive on L.A. history. There will be a display of actual artifacts mixed with fake, or ghost, artifacts designed by the creators.“With these ghost artifacts, our plan is to blur the line between fact and fiction,” Manaugh said.He explained that the goal is to turn an abstract idea into something concrete. This exhibit was created to encourage visitors to have an open mind about the future, something Zou feels is important.“L.A. is very decentralized, and it is hard for me to travel Downtown,” Zou said. “I really like how this  exhibit can cause discussion for the future of L.A. It is important to think about how to make a better future.”Because it is designed like a board game, visitors can gather information to create ideas of how they think L.A.’s architected future should look. The exhibit will then lead visitors to a series of 3D urban models that show hypothetical moments in L.A.’s future. These models were created by architects Smout and Allen.last_img read more