NZ Herald 28 April 2016Family First Comment: This is great news. However, think about this. When we complained about a book for young people that had explicit sexual content and foul language (‘Into the River’), the Censor said no. When a politician complains about similar material on a campervan, the Censor says yes – ban it! Inconsistency? You bet!Three slogans on Wicked Campers have been ruled R16 by the Chief Censor and are now “objectionable publications”.Associate Minister of Tourism Paula Bennett, who has led the campaign against the vans, has declared the move a “victory”.“It’s something I believed in and there wasn’t an easy solution to it. It does feel good being part of finding one. This is a real victory for everyone that has seen the vans and been offended by the awful slogans and images on them.“This will send a clear message to Wicked Campers that their offensive slogans are not welcome here and it’s time they cleaned up their act.”The ruling against the three slogans means Wicked Campers faces a fine of up to $200,000 for each instance in which its vans are caught out in public.Enforcement is down to the police, which was the agency that raised the issue with the Chief Censor.Ms Bennett said slogans which promoted drug use and sexual violence “totally overstep the mark”.READ MORE: http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11630357Keep up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.
London: Former England football captain David Beckham on Tuesday pleaded not guilty on a technicality to a speeding offence in a loaned Bentley, and will face trial later this month.The former Manchester United star, who played 115 times for his country, was caught driving the luxury car at 59 miles (94 kilometres) per hour in a 40 mph zone in London in January.Also Read | No Messi as Ronaldo, Salah and Modric nominated for The Best awardBut his lawyer Nick Freeman, known as “Mr Loophole”, argued at a London court that the notice of prosecution was served a day after the 14-day limit.“There’s no issue in terms of driving or speed limit,” Freeman told the judge.“I’m not disputing it (notice) wasn’t served. I’m saying it was served out of time.”Also Read | US Open: Roger Federer crashes out after losing to John MillmanBeckham, 43, was not at the hearing, and Freeman said his client was unlikely to appear at the full trial starting September 27. For all the Latest Sports News News, Football News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. read more
Blessing Okagabare was in yet another blistering form yesterday when she not only won the 100 m race at the African Athletics Championship but also set a new championship record of 11 secs.The amazon who blew away strong oppositions at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland to win the double, 100 m and 200 m, was dominant in Marrekech, Morocco as she powered to glory to erase the former record of 11.03 secs.‘’I am very happy to have won the title because I just wanted to win for my fans and do my country proud. Just coming straight from the Commonwealth Games, my body is tired, but my coach told me to just focus and execute the race, which was what I did’’, she said moments after the race.Her closest rival was Ivorian Murielle Ahoure but Okagbare noted that the competition was stiffer in Glasgow but acknowledged the challenge of Ahoure and hoped that Nigeria could re-produce having three Nigerians on a bigger platform like they did in Morocco yesterday.‘’ Of course the competition was stiffer at the Commonwealth Games, but that is not to take anything away from Murielle Ahoure. She is a great athlete. It was good that we had three Nigerians in the final but this is Africa. I am hoping that we can have this kind of representation on a bigger platform, like the World Championships and the Olympics’’..Okagbare by her records has virtually won everything this summer. She won the IAAF Golden League in Lausanne, Switzerland and Monaco and went to the Commonwealth Games where she sent tongues wagging with her her doubles win in the 100 m and the 200 m. She erased the records. read more