Men get behind baby bonus plan

first_imgNZ Herald 28 March 2014Voters are evenly split over Labour’s promise to pay most parents of newborns $60 a week for a year according to the latest Herald-DigiPoll survey.In the survey taken this month, 47 per cent said they supported the policy for families earning less than $150,000 while 49 per cent did not. Surprisingly, support was higher among males – 51 per cent supported it compared to 43 per cent of women.Labour leader David Cunliffe announced the policy for families earning less than $150,000 a year as the centrepiece of his state-of-the-nation address in January.But controversy followed because he did not mention parents on paid parental leave would not qualify until those entitlements ended.The policy is expected to cost about $270 million a year once fully implemented. Labour has estimated about 59,000 households will benefit from the payment in a baby’s first year.About 63,000 families earning less than about $80,000 will continue to receive some level of payment for a further two years at abated rates. read more

EPL: Arsenal rescue point in Arteta’s opener

first_imgRelatedPosts EPL: Gunners survive West Ham scare EPL: Gunners gun for West Ham scalp Martinez completes £20m Aston Villa move Arsenal came from behind to earn a 1-1 draw at Bournemouth in Mikel Arteta’s first match in charge of the club. The Emirates side came into this match on the back of a wretched run of results, which had yielded just one win in their past 11 games — and that was extended to 12 at the Vitality Stadium. Despite a bright start for Arteta’s side Dan Gosling, who recently earned Bournemouth a 1-0 win away at Chelsea, opened the scoring on 35 minutes. The goal gave Bournemouth positive momentum for the remainder of the half, but it was Arsenal who looked the brighter after the break. And they were level on 63 minutes when Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang finished off at the near post. Arsenal then wasted a host of chances, with Alexandre Lacazette guilty of missing when put through one-on-one, but saw his effort saved by Bournemouth goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale. Arsenal appeared the likelier team to score next, but it was Bournemouth who then had the ball in the back of the net through Callum Wilson, only to see the goal disallowed for an offside. The draw meant Arsenal stayed 10th, while Bournemouth remained 16th — just two points above the relegation zone.Tags: Dan GoslingMikel ArtetaPierre-Emerick Aubameyanglast_img read more

Dyke condemns Scudamore remarks

first_img There is growing concern among some figures both inside and outside the FA at the lack of formal action taken by the Premier League. Sports minister Helen Grant has already branded the content of Scudamore’s emails “completely unacceptable” while Labour’s shadow sports minister Clive Efford has written to both the FA and Premier League asking why Scudamore has not faced action. Scudamore’s emails were seen by a former temporary PA who leaked them to the Sunday Mirror. As well as some sexual innuendoes, the email exchanges also made sexist jokes about “female irrationality”. In a statement Scudamore said the exchanges were “private emails exchanged between colleagues and friends of many years” that should not have been accessed by the temporary employee, but accepted they were inappropriate and added: “It was an error of judgement that I will not make again.” It is understood that the case will go before the Premier League’s audit and remuneration committee, chaired by Chelsea chairman Bruce Buck, next week. The Premier League said a formal process was currently under way dealing with Scudamore’s emails. A statement said: “The governance and board procedure is being followed with the matter being reported immediately to the acting non-executive chair of the board, the chair of the audit and remuneration committee and the shareholders, who are the principal decision-making authority of the Premier League and to whom the chief executive is ultimately responsible.” Rabbatts said the Premier League had been asked to respond on the issue. Rabbatts told Press Association Sport: “As has been made clear in the letters from the chairman and general secretary, our view is these comments were totally inappropriate and unacceptable. “We have convened a special meeting of the IAB from next Tuesday and we have asked the Premier League to respond on this matter, and we look forward to hearing from them before that meeting on the positive and concrete steps that they will take.” Rabbatts confirmed Scudamore had not been in breach of FA rules. She added: “The FA has looked into the issue of whether it is a breach of FA rules and this is not the case, but it is firmly a matter for the Premier League. “Clearly, it’s important for the IAB to discuss this matter as it has a remit to fight discrimination across the game.” The pressure on Premier League chief executive Richard Scudamore over sexist emails has intensified after Football Association chairman Greg Dyke described the remarks as “totally inappropriate”. Scudamore has apologised for the emails, which were sent privately to a lawyer friend but were published in a Sunday newspaper. In a response to Edward Lord, a member of the FA’s Inclusion Advisory Board (IAB), which has been copied to acting Premier League chairman Peter McCormick, Dyke makes clear his view of Scudamore’s remarks. Press Association He also explains why the FA decided not to take disciplinary action against Scudamore – Lord had suggested the 54-year-old Premier League chief should face action. Dyke says in the response, a copy of which has been seen by the Press Association: “In terms of FA disciplinary policy we, as the FA, could have considered taking action had Mr Scudamore’s statements been made in the public arena. “However our policy has always been that we do not consider something stated in a private email communication to amount to professional misconduct. “We do, however, consider the content of the emails to be totally inappropriate.” A special meeting of the IAB has been convened for next Tuesday by the board’s chair, the independent FA board member Heather Rabbatts, to discuss the Scudamore issue. Dyke’s comments go significantly further than the official FA statement issued on Monday, as does an email to staff from FA general secretary Alex Horne about the issue. Horne said: “It is important I communicate to all staff how disappointed all of us are in the tone and nature of the content of these emails which we believe is totally inappropriate. “Richard is not an employee of the FA and the matter is one for the Premier League to address considering their respective policies. The issue is something we will continue to monitor.” last_img read more

Sparta Boss eye another title in ‘Gold Rush’ Futsal tournament starting tonight

first_imgTHE proverbial ‘kings of futsal’ Sparta Boss, will begin their quest to claim another title when they play in the feature game on the opening night of the Xtreme Clean & Maintenance Co.GT Beer ‘Gold Rush’ Futsal Tournament.Devon MillingtonThe inaugural tournament kicks off tonight at the National Gymnasium, where 24 of the country’s top futsal teams will take aim at winning the $500 000 first place prize. Second-, third- and fourth-place finishers are set to collect $200 000, $100 000 and $50 000 respectively.With the likes of Gregory ‘Jackie Chan’ Richardson and Devon Millington in their side, Sparta Boss will have to get past West Back Road, since the tournament takes an unusual format, with the 24 teams playing a knockout round, and the top 12 (three groups of four) playing a round-robin.A Linden versus Georgetown clash will be the feature game of the evening, as Linden’s Guinness ‘Greatest of the Streets’ champions Dave and Celena square off against Sophia from 19:30hrs, after the opening game between Agricola and Beterverwagting (BV)-A at 19:00hrs.These two communities have long battled one another for supremacy in sports and this encounter will no doubt be used to reinforce that contention.West Demerara Guinness champions Showstoppers will come up against Tiger Bay – a team searching to restore their reputation as being one of the best teams in the shorter format.All the matchups should give the tournament the ideal start, that is to entertain fans and put on display the customary skills and speed that are the main characteristics of the format.Meanwhile, according to the organisers, every night two lucky fans will have the opportunity to win one pennyweight of gold or its equivalent. There will be several other novelty events which will allow patrons to win prizes.Below are the fixtures for the first two nights.Tonight’s round of matches:Agricola vs BV-A – 19:00rsFestival City vs Albouystown – 19:30hrsSophia vs Dave and Celena All-Stars – 20:00hrsShowstoppers vs Tiger Bay – 20:30hrsBroad Street vs Kitty – 21:00hrsSparta Boss vs West Back Road – 21:30hrsTomorrow’s fixtures:Tucville vs Melanie – 19:00hrsPlaisance vs Alexander Village – 19:30hrsBent Street vs Campbellville – 20:00hrsNorth East La Penitence vs Future Stars – 20:30hrsWest Front Road ‘Gold is Money’ vs North Ruimveldt – 21:00hrsBack Circle vs Globe Yard – 21:30hrslast_img read more