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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. read more
Published on November 2, 2019 at 9:28 pm Syracuse (3-6, 0-5 Atlantic Coast) entered Saturday’s game looking for its first conference win of the season, and despite a promising start, Boston College (4-5, 3-3) ran all over the Orange in the second quarter, scoring 34 points and blowing the game open. The Orange allowed 496 rushing yards on Saturday.Our beat writers discuss the Orange’s season-defining loss: Facebook Twitter Google+ Comments
United States swimmers Gunnar Bentz and Jack Conger have been prevented from boarding a flight by Brazilian authorities as an investigation continues into four team members allegedly involved in a robbery.It comes after a Brazilian judge ordered the seizure of the passports of the two others involved – Ryan Lochte and James Feigen – after they supposedly provided conflicting reports regarding their claims they were robbed at gunpoint by muggers during the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.Six-time Olympic champion Lochte was returning to the Olympic Village in a taxi from a post competition night-out at the French Hospitality House on Sunday a, alongside team-mates Bentz, Conger and Feigen. Their taxi was allegedly stopped by individuals dressed as policeman close to Ipanema.One pointed a gun at the swimmers, it is claimed, before taking their money and belongings.It has now been claimed that little evidence has emerged to support the swimmers’ story, with a judge determining that Lochte and Feigen’s versions of events differ.“Judge Keyla Blanc De Cnop ordered US swimmers Ryan Lochte and James Feigen’s passports to be seized,” a statement from the Rio de Janeiro Court said.“Therefore they are not allowed to leave the country.“Decision was based on a requirement from the General Attorney of Rio.“According to the judge, there were contradictions in the swimmers’ reports.“Lochte said to the police they were approached by a mugger who demanded them to give all the money.“Feigen told they were approached by more than one criminal, but only one had a gun.“Judge De Cnop also highlighted the competitor’s attitude when they got to the Olympic Village as shown in the surveillance cameras.”All four had won gold medals as part of US relay teams.Lochte, Bentz and Conger were all part of the 4×200 metres freestyle squad and Feigen participated in the 4x100m freestyle event.Lochte has reportedly already left Brazil and headed back to the United States, while Feigen’s whereabouts has currently not been confirmed.It is thought that he remains in Brazil, however.“Local police arrived at the Olympic Village yesterday morning and asked to meet with Ryan Lochte and James Feigen and collect their passports in order to secure further testimony from the athletes,” said United States Olympic Committee Spokesman, Patrick Sandusky, regarding the ongoing investigation.“The swim team moved out of the Village after their competition ended, so we were not able to make the athletes available.“Additionally, as part of our standard security protocol, we do not make athlete travel plans public and therefore cannot confirm the athletes’ current location.“We will continue to cooperate with Brazilian authorities.”USOC confirmed last night that Bentz and Conger had been barred from boarding a plane.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram read more
Real Madrid crashed out of the Champions League at the last-16 stage for the second year running. And it was entirely their own fault, again.Although this defeat wasn’t as shocking as their capitulation against Ajax last season, it could have been far, far uglier. Manchester City spurned bundles of chances and with more precision in front of goal they could have racked up an embarrassing scoreline for Zinedine Zidane’s side. https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/GOAL/9b/1d/raheem-sterling-manchester-city-2019-20-champions-league_x6jb4wwrmrkj19pl5talc5sf5.jpg?t=-897184805&w=500&quality=80Madrid’s performance here carried directly on from that, as if the past five months had never happened. It was that of a side who has not played for three weeks, compared to City’s two, but perhaps also of a team drunk on its own success, who thought they could come to Manchester and not be pushed to the limit.Madrid won 10 games in a row to lift La Liga, drawing only their final match after they had banked the trophy, but City were always going to prove a different challenge to what they had faced in Spain.Zidane’s side ground out those victories but to succeed in Manchester they needed something special, which is why Eden Hazard was given a start on the left.The former Chelsea winger has not been anything like his past self this season, hounded by injuries, and this was another blunt-edged performance, far from his best.Benzema, by contrast, has been sublime this season and, after missing his first good opportunity, made no mistake with his second, heading home Rodrygo Goes’ cross to level on the night.The Frenchman has carried the banner for Madrid but this time he didn’t get enough support behind him.Casemiro, Militao and Varane, especially, seemed hell-bent on giving the ball away, while Courtois spilled one shot into the danger zone and was nearly caught out by compatriot Kevin De Bruyne from a corner.Madrid seemed to be relying on the intangible magic which often accompanies them in Europe, and with the scores level it seemed like they might still somehow go through, despite City’s dominance.But another Varane error put paid to that, as he made a hash of a long ball forward and sold Courtois short as he tried to send the ball back.Jesus took advantage and squeezed home from a tight angle to give City a cushion, leaving Madrid needing two more goals. They didn’t come close to getting one. Zidane sent on Luka Jovic and Lucas Vazquez, ahead of the live-wire Vinicius Junior, which was a puzzling decision given the circumstances. Gareth Bale, meanwhile, was in Spain after Zidane’s claim that he had asked to be left behind.Varane will take the blame for his two obvious mistakes which led to City’s goals, but nobody in the team could hold their head up high.This was a wake-up call for Madrid. While they may be the best team in Spain, they are some way behind the continent’s other top sides. Getty Images CHAMPIONS LEAGUE: Highlights from City-Real, Juve-LyonIn the end, Pep Guardiola’s side had to be content with a 2-1 win, 4-2 on aggregate, but they made the newly crowned Spanish champions look like amateurs. Madrid gave away the ball in front of their goal so frequently that it looked like they were trying to lay a red carpet route to goal for the Premier League side.Los Blancos handed City their opener on a silver platter. While analysts figured Eder Militao might be the weak spot in Zidane’s backline, it was his center-back partner Raphael Varane who made a crucial error, the first of many.The French center back, usually so composed, dilly-dallied in the box before Gabriel Jesus pressed him and won the ball back, squaring for Raheem Sterling to tap home in the ninth minute.Thibaut Courtois, who has also been crucial for Madrid this season, put Varane under pressure with his pass but a man of the World Cup winner’s caliber and class should have dealt with the problem effectively.Suspended Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos watched on nervously from the stands, trying to orchestrate the defense with shouts, whistles and gestures, keenly aware that without his contribution the team is missing a key ingredient.That was his own fault, having been shown a red card in the 2-1 defeat by City at the Santiago Bernabeu in February, as Madrid collapsed and allowed Guardiola’s team to come from behind. read more