NZ Herald 19 June 2012Grandparents described as “the perfect family” have been banned from taking in their baby grand-daughter because they believe in smacking. Brian and Hannah Johnson, of Tauranga, have two adult children of their own, have been Child, Youth and Family caregivers for a niece for 13 years, and have brought up an 8-year-old grandson since he was a baby. But CYF has refused to let them take in their grandson’s 21-month-old half-sister because they told CYF they smacked their grandson occasionally as “a last resort”. Mrs Johnson, 57, said a CYF social worker told her last week: “We were the perfect family, perfect grandparents, if it wasn’t for that little thing and that was smacking. “I feel like our name has been tainted now,” Mrs Johnson said. “I went out of my way, I worked for them for this long time unpaid, I have done it out of the kindness of my heart to be of service to them, I have been up to the CYF office so many times it’s not funny. I don’t feel like I’ve been fairly treated.”She sought help from Ngai Te Rangi social services, the Maori Party, the Social Development Ministry, Social Development Minister Paula Bennett and finally the Family First lobby group. Family First director Bob McCoskrie said the Johnsons’ experience, and six other new cases he has documented, showed “good families” were being penalised by the 2007 law change that banned parents from using force against children for “correction”. “Not only are police resources being wasted on investigating ‘smacking’ allegations, but CYF is ignoring the intent of the law and is removing children from good homes where the parents may use a smack,” he said.http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10813892LISTEN Interview on Radio NZ
Desmond Harrison charged with strangulation, released by Cardinals Representatives for the NFL and NFL Player’s Association met Wednesday in Chicago to discuss a new collective bargaining agreement, though the meeting didn’t last as long as initially believed.According to NFL Media, citing unidentified sources, the session initially slated to take place for three days has ended already after just one, but the two sides are scheduled to reconvene July 29. Jimmy Garoppolo: It was ‘invaluable’ to learn from Tom Brady “Today’s meeting was productive, constructive and beneficial for both sides, and the meetings between the NFLPA’s Executive Committee and the NFL’s Management Council Executive Committee will continue,” the statement read.From the NFLPA & NFL pic.twitter.com/zX6hhCWZgQ— Brian McCarthy (@NFLprguy) July 17, 2019CBS Sports later reported the NFLPA emailed a “work stoppage checklist” to all agents, noting the union has an “obligation to prepare for a rainy day in worst case scenario.” The report noted those in attendance included NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith, a number of owners from the NFL’s Management Council Executive Committee and a number of players from the NFLPA’s Executive Committee, including Richard Sherman, Russell Okung and Adam Vinatieri.The NFL and NFLPA bargaining session, originally scheduled for 3 days, is already over. One source described it as “productive.” Now need time to review and regroup. Plan is to resume on July 29.— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) July 17, 2019Despite the abrupt sitdown, the NFL and NFLPA released a joint statement summarizing the meeting that took place as a “productive” one. Related News Browns’ Myles Garrett eager for ‘more freedom to be the player I want to be’ NFLPA sent a “work stoppage checklist” email to all agents today to share with their clients. I have heard for months about the progress on a new CBA but union has obligation to prepare for a rainy day in worst case scenario— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) July 22, 2019Goodell confirmed earlier this month that the league would like to have a new CBA in place before the start of the 2019 regular season, which will kick off September 5 when the Bears host the Packers.It was reported that discussions between the NFL and NFLPA were “set to intensify” this summer, with the meetings scheduled for July 17-19 marking the first time the two sides will engage in talks for three straight days — or so they thought.The current CBA is set to expire after the 2020 season. While there’s no guarantee an agreement will be reached, both sides are optimistic they can find some middle ground to avoid a work stoppage.
England’s Ryan Evans “ripped it” with a final round 66 to come from six shots back and snatch a one-stroke win in the Avondale Amateur Medal in Australia. The victory, on 11-under par, sealed a superb tour Down Under for Evans who, two weeks ago, also won the prestigious Lake Macquarie International at Belmont in New South Wales. His play during the five-week tour of Australia has taken him up to eighth in the world amateur rankings – and that’s before his latest triumph is taken into account. Evans, an England international from Wellingborough in Northamptonshire, was well placed at the halfway stage of the Avondale Medal. He had blitzed the course with a seven-under 64 in the second round – the best score of the tournament – and, adding it to his opening 68, was just two shots off the lead set by Australia’s Harrison Endycott. But in the third round Evans slipped back with a score of 75, which he was later to describe as “terrible” on Twitter. Endycott went round in level par and held a six-shot lead going into the final round. Undaunted, Evans played the final round in five-under 66, telling his Twitter followers: “I ripped it this afternoon.” He drew level with the leader with a birdie on the 17th and fired a great shot into the 18th, to about 12ft from the pin. Endycott’s approach finished at the front of the green, with the pin at the back, and he three-putted from long range for a bogey and a closing two-over par 73. Evans two-putted for par and grabbed the title, watched by a crowd of spectators. There was more good news for England when Harry Casey, from Enfield in Middlesex, swept up the leaderboard into a share of third place. He was three-over and lying 27th after two rounds but completed the tournament with scores of 66, 67 to finish on six-under par. Both Casey and Evans were members of England’s winning team at the 2013 Home internationals. The last English winner of the Avondale Medal was Matthew Cryer of Coventry, who was successful in 2008, when the event was played over 36 holes. Click here for the final scores 8 Feb 2014 Evans Ôrips it’ to snatch second Australian win