Scoop.co.nz 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?”https://www.familyfirst.org.nz/research/child-abuse-2016/The 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.https://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/AK2007/S00554/new-zealand-homicide-report-now-available-online.htm
Chairman of Ghana League Club Association (GHALCA), Mr. Kudjoe Fianoo has been appointed West Africa’s ambassador for Peace and Sport. The astute administrator was unveiled as the ambassador on the occasion of first Peace and Sport forum hosted by business and investments outfit, 9BS Group of Companies. Founder of Peace and Sport Joël Bouzou tasked Mr Fianoo to use sports as a tool for promoting peace and ensure harmonious living in Sub-Saharan Africa.The former AshantiGold Chief Executive Officer expressed gratitude for his appointment and urged all stakeholders in the sporting fraternity to render an unflinching support to his course. “It with great sense of pride and honour, I accept to serve as the ambassador for Peace and Sports for the sub-region of West Africa and I hope to get the full support for the Ministry of Youth and Sports, National Sports Authority, Ghana Football Association, GHALCA just to mention a few and the entire sporting fraternity in Ghana.“I wish to make a special request to the media, that I need the full support of the media in the discharge of my duties. Having dedicated myself to serve my country through sports especially football spanning over three decades I have come to appreciate the power of sports ion nation building. “I can confidently say sport is the driving force for healthy and sound society. It is just no surprise that the Mr. Bouzou has chosen sports to foster peace around the world and deserve commendation from the entire world.“I want to assure him that, they have found a capable hand to drive their dreams and aspiration of the organization,’’ Fianoo stated.Peace and Sport is a Monaco-based organization under the High Patronage of H.S.H. Prince Albert II.It was founded in 2007, with the objective to bring the structuring values of sport to the heart of communities in crisis throughout the world, making the sport a vehicle for tolerance, respect and citizenship at the service of sustainable peace.The backbone of its action is a group of over 80 high-level athletes, called “Champions for Peace” who dynamically support the organization’s activities at all levels.
Tags: Women in Golf Charter England Golf has become one of the first signatories to The R&A’s new Women in Golf Charter, pledging to get more women and girls playing, working and volunteering in golf.The Charter was launched today and aims to inspire an industry-wide commitment to a more inclusive culture, enabling women and girls to flourish and reach their potential at all levels of the sport.England Golf Chief Executive Nick Pink, who was a guest speaker at the launch, commented: “We are delighted to pledge our support to The R&A’s Charter. Growing the women and girls’ game is central to our strategy and we want to bring about real change in golf, with greater gender diversity at every level of the sport.“It’s clear there is a huge appetite for golf among women and girls. It is up to us to welcome them into the game and show it truly is a sport for all.”England Golf’s commitment is highlighted within its own organisation where 51% of the staff, 30% of the Board and 25% of the senior management team are female.The over-arching theme of its strategy, Growing the Game of Golf in England, is to get more women and girls into golf.Successful initiatives include Girls Golf Rocks which is running in 21 counties and has attracted 1600 girls to try the sport so far this season – with some results still to come in. That’s up by 84% on last year.The Get into Golf campaign attracted 40% female participation last year and has just been relaunched with a bold, modern look designed to appeal to a younger female audience.Women who have taken Get into Golf courses are able to enjoy a growing number of playing days to increase their confidence on the course. Last year, Women on Par attracted over 300 women in three counties. This year, it’s running in eight counties and involving 50 golf clubs, which are all hosting events.At elite level, England has won the European team championship for the past two years. So far this season there have been individual wins for Bel Wardle at the Portuguese amateur and Lily May Humphreys at the Scottish stroke play while five players have been selected to represent GB&I in the forthcoming Curtis Cup at Quaker Ridge, New York.The Women in Golf Charter specifically aims to:• Strengthen the focus on gender balance and provide a united position for the golf industry• Commit national federations and organisations to support measures targeted at increasing participation of women, girls and families in golf• Call on signatories to take positive action to support the recruitment, retention and progression of women working at all levels of the sport• Set individual targets for national federations for participation and membership and annual reporting of progress• Develop an inclusive environment for women and girls within golfAt the launch at The View from The Shard in London, Martin Slumbers, Chief Executive of The R&A, said: “We are asking the golf industry to recognise the real importance of increasing the number of women and girls playing golf and empowering more women to enjoy successful careers at all levels of the sport.“The Charter is a strong statement of intent from the golf industry that it has to change and a commitment on behalf of all of us to take measures designed to achieve positive change for women, girls and families. This is crucial to growing participation in the sport in the years ahead.”Tracey Crouch MP, Minister for Sport and Civil Society, added: “We are committed to creating an environment where women and girls can succeed at every level of sport.“Interest in women’s sports is at an all-time high, with increased global interest and record attendances. I welcome The R&A’s strong commitment to encourage more women into golf and nurture future generations of talent.”Among the organisations joining England Golf to pledge support to the Charter were the European Tour, the Ladies’ European Tour, the European Golf Association, the Professional Golfers’ Association, the European Disability Golf Association, Golf Australia, Golf Canada, the Golfing Union of Ireland, England Golf, the Irish Ladies Golf Union and Scottish Golf.The launch was hosted by renowned sports broadcaster Hazel Irvine and the event also featured presentations and panel discussions with guest speakers. Alongside Nick Pink were Sky Sports’ Golf Presenter Sarah Stirk, Chyloe Kurdas, National Female Participation Manager at Golf Australia, and Liz Dimmock, Founder of Moving Ahead. Caption: Speakers Chyloe Kurdas (Golf Australia), Hazel Irvine (BBC), Sarah Stirk (Sky Sports), Nick Pink (England Golf), Liz Dimmock (Moving Ahead) and Martin Slumbers (The R&A) at the launch of the Women in Golf Charter staged at The View from the Shard, London.Caption, from left: Chyloe Kurdas, Hazel Irvine, Sarah Stirk, Nick Pink, Liz Dimmock and Martin Slumbers. (Image copyright The R&A/Getty Images) 29 May 2018 England Golf pledges support to The R&A’s Women’s Charter