By Helen HoughtonI started the petition in response to the Ministry of Education’s recent inclusion of transgender identity as part of the Health and Sexuality Curriculum. As a registered teacher, parent and NZ tax payer I object to social constructionist gender identity teachings taking precedence over established biological fact. I object to being branded as transphobic, simply for exercising my right to question critically what I as a teacher am being coerced into teaching to impressionable minds. I should be able safely to voice my human rights as an individual without being judged as transphobic or discriminatory.Ironically, whilst accusing me of not accepting them and their world view, opponents of my position are attempting to stereotype and pigeon-hole me and my supporters. It has been claimed that I might be someone who has led a sheltered life and is consequently threatened by people who are different from me. In fact, I currently have a number of roles in which I interact with and support a diverse range of people. I am a registered teacher, a psychology student, a parent, an advocate for women and a protector of children. As part of this advocacy, I work alongside a team of professionals who care for children who have suffered from extreme trauma. I also run a Charitable Trust, which supports women with parenting and educational programmes while empowering them to be the best version of themselves.My reasons for lodging the petition are to highlight the act of gross negligence that the Ministry of Education undertook by posting on Facebook their plans of ‘Inclusive Education’ for one minority group, leaving all other groups subservient to this biased view.The Ministry of Education published these intentions on the Te Kete Ipurangi site before consultation had taken place with the majority of teaching staff and principals.A significant number of the education body was not made aware of the new Learning lntentions in the Health Curriculum, nor have many teachers been supplied with a copy of the Sexuality Curriculum guidelines, numerous resources linking to ideas of how to teach inclusiveness for LGBTQIA as well as links to YouTube videos of transgender youth have been suggested for use in our classrooms. There has been no stipulated age-appropriateness of the resources provided by Rainbow Youth and InsideOUT meaning any teacher could use them at will, with any age group level. I believe this undermines the professionalism of the high standard of code of ethics we as teachers are expected to uphold, yet those making policy decisions have failed to display them.One of the headings within the Health Curriculum, on theTe Kete Irugangi site states; “Make LBTQAI content and themes visible across the curriculum then integrate LBTQAI” This allows no room for conscientious objectors to withdraw and therefore schools will not be safe and inclusive for all students. It should be noted that this is a requirement for all subjects to cover explicitly LBTQAI “content and themes”, therefore parental consent is assumed and does not have to be sought under National Educational Guidelines.Gender stereotypes that are taught are not what ordinary mums and dads assume them to be., as multiple genders are taught as biological facts, including that a child can be neither male nor female. This is the sexualisation of our children under the guise of inclusivity and diversity. Many of the intentions are not age appropriate. The learning intentions for each curriculum level are listed below:Level 1 (5-7 Years old) A4: Describing different types of families(Mum’s new wife is picking me up from school today.)D1 & 2: Dealing with bullying and harassment and speaking out for others (Turning children into Language Police and Trans-activists)Level 2 (7-9 Years old)C2: Affirming diversity, questioning gender stereotypesD2: Identifying locally available health care services(How to get puberty blockers)B2: Questioning and discussing gender stereotypes in games and physical activitiesLevel 3 (9-11 Years old)D2: Exploring community events that celebrate and affirmdiversity (Having a nice family picnic at the Gay Pride Parade with its overt sexualisation)Level 4 (11-13 Years old)A4: Critiquing dominant messages about body image and body size,and affirming diversity. (Note: Affirming diversity, not simply understanding it.)D1: Critiquing gendered and sexualised media imagesThe prescribed curriculum teaching multiple genders undermines the human rights of individual teachers, many of whom hold different opinions about who should be discussing Gender Dysphoria with children. For the majority of teachers, being directed to enforce these controversial beliefs when they don’t believe them will create a learning culture of mistrust, not only within the education body but impacting crucial relationships of trust between student, parent and teacher. The integrity and moral principles of every teacher are being attacked. Teachers also do not have a right to go against the family values of their students, all the while instilling confusion into children, who are hearing misleading educational content. Research results illustrate the power of environmental influence on human development. Who can a child trust when the teacher is being forced to teach subject matter that is not age or developmentally appropriate? This in turn goes against our mission statement as schools, to provide a safe learning environment. It impacts on the rights of children to be children, instead of pawns in adult world debates.We are interfering with nature by inserting into the curriculum an ideology that is not scientifically sound. The suggested Learning Intentions are not teaching acceptance but encouraging new gender options. This is no different from having an expectation for children, parents and society to conform to this social engineering. I don’t recall any time in the history of our education system that we have adopted classical conditioning as a teaching tool in our democratic country.SIGN THE PETITION https://www.parliament.nz/en/pb/petitions/document/PET_83774/petition-of-helen-houghton-stop-transgender-teaching-in
GREENSBURG, Ind. — A Greensburg man has been arrested after a domestic altercation.The Decatur County Sheriff’s Department says Bryce J. Bower, 21, has been arrested on the charges of Intimidation and Domestic Battery.According to police, a teenager called 911 saying that Bower attacked a man, and later grabbed a handgun.When police arrived on scene, deputies detained Bower after he lunged at the man.Police found a handgun on Bower.Police say witnesses told them Bower yelled that he was going to kill everyone while he was holding the gun.He also threatened to use it against the responding officers.At a pre-trial hearing, Bower pleaded not guilty, and a jury trial is scheduled for August 23.Bond was set at $5,000.
Loading… Manuel Pellegrini has been named new coach of Real Betis. The former Real Madrid and Manchester City manager has signed a contract with Betis to 2023. Pellegrini succeeds Rubi, who was sacked by Betis last week.Advertisement Promoted ContentWho’s The Best Car Manufacturer Of All Time?7 Non-Obvious Things That Damage Your PhoneA Soviet Shot Put Thrower’s Record Hasn’t Been Beaten To This Day10 Stunning Asian Actresses No Man Can Resist5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A TattooCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayWhat Happens To Your Brain When You Play Too Much Video Games?Here Are The Top 10 Tiniest Mobile Phones On The Planet!The Best Cars Of All TimeBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them7 Facts About Black Holes That Will Blow Your Mind The Chilean’s last job was in England with West Ham United, before he was sacked earlier this season. read also:How hammers pulled down Stamford Bridge Betis currently sit in thirteenth place on the table, 12 points clear of the dropzone. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享
Manager Manuel Pellegrini has hinted the England number one is ready to commit himself to the club and fresh terms could even be finalised within the next day. Hart, 27, has reportedly been in discussions with the club over a possible new five-year deal since the summer. His present contract, worth a reported £80,000 per week, is due to expire in the summer of 2016. The Chilean said: “Joe is having a very good season. The arrival of Willy Caballero was very important for the club, for Joe, for Willy, for everyone – because he is a very good goalkeeper. “I think the best way for players to have high performance is when they have important competition. I think that was very useful for him and I am very happy about that.” City will be without their influential captain, Vincent Kompany, for the visit of Everton. The Belgian missed the midweek trip to Sunderland with a hamstring injury and is facing a battle to be fit for next week’s decisive Champions League trip to Roma. It is merely the latest of a long series of muscular injuries to have affected the 28-year-old in recent seasons. He missed the draw at QPR and an international last month with a calf problem and had spells out last season with a thigh and groin injuries. Pellegrini accepts that problems will occur because of the ferocity with which Kompany plays, but is hopeful issues can be controlled. He said: “Vincent, maybe in the way he plays, is more exposed to having injuries because he plays always with 100 per cent intensity and he works every day in the same way. “But we hope for the same that happened last season – he will manage those injuries. They are important injuries but not very long injuries.” The former Shrewsbury trainee has been in fine form this season, underlining his status as first choice for club and country after a spell out of Pellegrini’s side last year. Pellegrini, speaking on Friday at a press conference to preview Saturday’s home clash with Everton, said: “I always said it is important for this club to keep Joe with us. “He is a very good goalkeeper and not only a very good goalkeeper, he is a very important player for the squad also. So – maybe – in the next day you will have good news.” Asked if that meant within 24 hours, Pellegrini said: “I can’t say exactly the amount of hours, but the next day.” Hart has recovered well after a testing spell a year ago. He was axed by Pellegrini in favour of then number two Costel Pantilimon in October 2013 after a series of high-profile mistakes. He did not regain his place until December and even then continued to sit out domestic cup games. He went on to finish the season well, but Pellegrini still decided to increase the competition for his place by signing a new goalkeeper in Willy Caballero from his old club Malaga in the summer. Hart has responded to the challenge from the Argentinian by producing some fine displays and Pellegrini is pleased with the current situation. Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart is poised to sign a new contract with the Barclays Premier League champions. Press Association
Giant parks are valued in the worldâ€™s top cities. Consider that Hyde Park was founded in 1536 and made public in 1637. For 380 years, it has remained a public space, despite its location in one of the most expensive areas in the world. Central Park was established in 1857 and for 160 years has remained that way. These people are not stupid, these are the most civilized and business savvy societies in the world. Central Park alone attracted 40 million visitors in 2013, while Hyde Park attracted 12.4m in 2014.In both parks sports and recreation are a staple. Hyde Park boasts several sporting facilities, including a number of football pitches and a Tennis centre. People go cycling and horse riding, while at the 2012 London Olympics the park hosted the triathlon, and the 10km open water swimming events. Central Park is heavily used by runners, joggers, pedestrians, bicyclists, and inline skaters. The New York City Marathon finishes in the park, while there are also numerous baseball fields as well as courts for volleyball, tennis, croquet and lawn bowling, among others.For years now I have dreamed of a huge Lagos Park, and the best I have managed to come up with in terms of a location is where the Nigerian Police College is currently sited in Ikeja GRA. The idea of the Police College in GRA seems to have long outlived its usefulness. The school itself appears a shadow of what it once was. We have all been witnesses to the news of how rundown it has become. Today it looks quite a sight with a mammy market on the one side and a clash of architectural styles on the other. However, the people that designed it originally ensured they got a huge piece of land and plenty of space. So how about the state government buying it from the police or federal government? I imagine it would cost a good few billions with which the police can then build a brand new world class college somewhere else where land is cheap and distractions are few.That space would be fantastic for a park. Close to the airport, surrounded by decent hotels, a teaching hospital, and a boundary connecting the well-heeled and the rest of society. I would wager that the impact of a park there would be huge enough to fractionally redistribute the population of Lagos and decongest the Ikoyi, V.I, Lekki axis, as some sports and health-conscious rich move its way. All the government needs to do is get celebrated international park designers, developers to come up with something truly world-class park.While not of the size of parks in the major cities of the world, it would still be a giant space. There can be several football fields and tennis courts, with lots of space for a few other sports as well as other forms of recreation and entertainment.Â You may even call it the Police Park for heritage reasons. The state can target two to five million visitors every year and that can translate to a lot in economic terms.I am under no illusions about the chances of this ever happening, but let me at least dream. One thing Lagos surely does not need however, is another housing estate in a congested area. That I imagine would be the preference for some politicians and â€œreal estateâ€ mercenaries who buy up every space, build up every space and use the proceeds to live in the US and UK where they and their children can enjoy the benefits of more livable cities.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Last week, I wrote about how establishing a sports culture in Lagos can help it attract better quality visitors from around the world, both in terms of frequency of visits and length of stay. I was reacting to the recent ranking of as the second least livable city on the planet by The Economist magazine. It was a ranking waved aside by the government, but one I felt provided an opportunity for us to learn through introspection. Of the many reasons Lagos fell short of global standards, I focused on one: that the city was not friendly to sports and health-conscious people who are a growing population around the world. For instance, there are hardly any public spaces designed for people to freely exercise or roads to protect runners and joggers, while there are only a few community sports centers. I suggested that since the problem predated the current administration, Governor Akinwunmi Ambode and his team may now have to commit state funds to buying private properties and converting them to public sports centers. The most livable cities in the world are very generous in providing for sports and the health conscious.I also suggested that water was a platform for good sport and recreation, and that the lagoon was a goldmine that presented a significant opportunity for the government to capture the minds of the rich and adventurous. Thereâ€™s plenty to do in the lagoon if the government can invest in cleaning up the waters and the surrounding areas. From deep water swimming challenges to fishing, snorkeling, boat racing and other sports and entertainment events, Lagos could become West Africaâ€™s Monaco. I then ended by suggesting that I had a dangerous idea for a Lagos Central Park. I think a huge park would be great for the city, a bit like Hyde Park in London and Central Park in Manhattan.For some reason successive administrations in Lagos have seemed incapable of saving spaces for real parks and public recreation. Even spaces planned for this purpose have often been converted to homes and offices. We do have a culture of covering every available land space with some building or the other. Every piece of land becomes an opportunity to earn an extra naira for some insatiable men and women with no care for the greater good. The result is a mangled city and one pretty tough to live in especially for foreigners.
Manchester United are readying an ambitious swoop for Barcelona forward Antoine Griezmann, with the Spanish giants prepared to sell him for £90million.The French star only arrived at the Nou Camp last summer has not yet made the impact that was hoped of him, and now Barca are willing to cash in as part of a wider revamp of the squad.Now United are ready to pounce and want to recruit Griezmann as their marquee signing and show their confidence in his ability by giving him the famous number seven shirt – currently owned by flop Alexis Sanchez, according to Mundo Deportivo. The club bestowed similar faith in the Chilean star after signing him from Arsenal in 2018, but he went on a miserable run of just five goals in 45 games at Old Trafford and was shipped out on loan to Inter Milan at the start of this season.Griezmann was linked with a move to Manchester United in 2017 after the club won their place back in the Champions League, but the move failed to come to fruition with his old club Atletico Madrid undergoing a transfer embargo.The Frenchman committed to staying and helping the team through that period, but was snapped up by Barca last summer when they paid his £110m release clause.Many fans of the Spanish outfit hoped he might go down in folklore alongside favourites such as Neymar, Ronaldinho and Samuel Eto’o, but he hasn’t been as prolific as most supporters would have liked.He has just eight goals in LaLiga this season, with 14 overall and four assists.Barcelona have long been planning a refresh of their squad amid rumours that they are plotting a return for Brazilian star Neymar, and parting ways with Griezmann could allow them more funds to revitalise the team.The report says that the club will accept offers upwards of £90m for the 29-year-old, which could possibly allow them to move for Inter forward Lautaro Martinez as a replacement.United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is in need of more firepower atfter he sold Romelu Lukaku to Inter this season, with no immediate replacement coming in.The club’s board backed the Norwegian in January with the loan signing of forward Odion Ighalo from Shanghai Shenhua, but the signing of Griezmann would be a real statement of intent and offer a reliable goalscorer with a winning mentality.Griezmann’s career record makes impressive reading for United fans should the move go ahead. Since bursting onto the scene for Real Sociedad in 2009, he has netted 199 goals in 495 appearances.He won the Europa League and UEFA Super Cup with Atletico before the defining moment of his career as he lifted the World Cup with France in 2018.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
A Presidential Staffer Mr Ben Nunoo Mensah has been elected as the new president of the Ghana Weightlifters Association of Ghana at a short but impressive ceremony at the Media Center of the Accra Sports Stadium.He was elected unopposed as the incumbent President and now Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry who also doubles up as the Member of Parliament for the Odododiodio Constituency Hon Edwin Nii Lantey Vanderpuye decided not to contest.Vanderpuye cited his busy schedule as the main reason behind his decision not to contest thus paving the way for the newly elected Chairman who then contested as the sole candidate.As if by design, all the other leadership positions were also not contested with all the nominated candidates running unopposed.The occasion was graced by the Deputy Minister of Youth and Sports, Joseph Yammin, the Acting Director General of the National Sports Authority Madam Alice Attipoe, the Chief Sports Development Officer of the National Sports Authority Mr Erasmus Adorkor and the Chairman of the Ghana Olympic Committee Professor Francis Dodoo.The Chairperson of the Ghana Table Tennis Association, Rev Quarcoo who represented the various sporting disciplines under the National Sports Authority was full of praise for the outgoing executive led by Mr Vanderpuye and looked forward to the new executive further improving upon the hard work of their predecessors. Mr Nunoo-Mensah who was humbled by the honour done him, pledged to do his best to see the nation win a reasonable number of medals at the international level beginning with the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland next year where he incidentally happens to be the Chef De Mission of the Ghana team.Ghana was represented at the London 2012 event by weightlifter Alberta Ampomah who has since joined the Police Service and the new Chairman is already looking at unearthing a lot more talent good enough to win laurels for the nation.“Weightlifting is a very disciplined sport and my newly elected executives are committed to improving on its current state. Alberta made us proud in London but we want to surpass that. We are looking at improving upon the facilities, the general welfare of the athletes and providing them with the right expertise that should see our performances improve over the next few years.If this target set ourselves can be attained in reasonable time, I do not see why we cannot compete favorably with other sporting disciplines.”With up to a year to prepare for the Commonwealth games as well as other international tournaments, the association is counting on the support of government in order to see their dreams become a reality. Other members of the executive include Isaac Tetteh of TT brothers fame who came in as the Vice President.
The Fed Cup of the B&H team, made up of Jasmina Tinjić, Anita Husarić and Dea Herdželaš will play against South Africa in the first round of the tournament of group II of Euro-Africa Zone. Egypt and Georgia are also in the group.The first on the court will be Anita Husarić at 10:00, and afterwards Jasmina Tinjić will play. Following this, Husarić/Tinjić will play in a doubles match.‘’We will play with all selections from the group, and the match against South Africa is very important to us, because it can determine our future. In the Fed Cup all the sets are summed up, and the matches won can sometimes be the deciding factor, and thus every point is crucial’’, said the B&H coach Vojin Šukalo. He added that the atmosphere among the girls is excellent.‘’Georgia is probably the best team in our group, and Egypt has the least chance. Therefore, the match against South Africa is very important to us, so we could hold on to the semi-finals, and we don’t doubt this. We have three girls and all three are looking to play and have maximum focus on what to expect’’, said Šukalo.Only after the match with South Africa, B&H tennis players will find out their next opponent, and afterwards the B&H coach will decide who will play.(Source: sportsport.ba/Photo: Twitter)
In this May 8, 1997, photo, Atlanta Hawks’ Mookie Blaylock (10) drives against the Chicago Bulls’ Ron Harper during an NBA basketball playoff game in Chicago. (AP Photo/Michael S. Green, File)ATLANTA (AP) — Former NBA All-Star guard Daron “Mookie” Blaylock was upgraded to serious condition at an Atlanta hospital Saturday, a day after his SUV crashed head-on into a van and killed a woman.Atlanta Medical Center spokeswoman Nicole Gustin confirmed that the 46-year-old Blaylock’s condition had improved since he was airlifted to the hospital. Police said the former Atlanta Hawks player was initially placed on life support and was in critical condition late Friday even after he was taken off of it.Blaylock was driving in neighboring Jonesboro Friday afternoon when he crashed, said Clayton County police spokesman Clarence Cox. Police said his SUV crossed the center line and slammed into an oncoming van.A passenger in the van, 43-year-old Monica Murphy, died Friday night, Jonesboro Police Chief Franklin Allen said. Her husband, 41-year-old Frankie Murphy, suffered a broken ankle.
Cancer can be beaten.And West Kootenay Basketball Officials are doing their part to help fight the deadly disease by participating in the fourth annual BLOW the WHISTLE on CANCER — Pink Whistle campaign.The provincial campaign, which has the support of most hoop referees in the B.C. Basketball Officials Association, runs through the month of February and strives to raise funds for the Canadian Cancer Society B.C. and Yukon Division.Hoop refs will be officiating games from high school to university using pink whistles. “As more and more men, women and children are battling this disease each year, we can take pride in knowing that our donations are helping fund researchers at the BC Cancer Agency at UBC, fight for public policies to make healthy living possible and providing support in the services the Canadian Cancer Society offers through their programs such as Cancer Information Service, Cancer Connection, Camps, Accommodation and Financial Support,” said Shelley Ganchar Director of Administration for the BCBOA.”Together we can help our fellow British Columbians living with cancer and relieve the effects on those individuals and their families.The Pink Whistle campaign runs throughout the month of February.Anyone wanting to donate to the cause may do so through the Canadian Cancer Society by clicking on this link:http://cancerevents.kintera.org/faf/search/searchTeamPart.asp?ievent=420153&team=5383215West Kootenay Association officials ref games from Kaslo to Grand Forks.”Please join us as we strive to “BLOW the WHISTLE on CANCER ” this February,” Ganchar said.