Greenpeace being denied charity status very disappointing – expert

first_imgNewsTalk ZB 21 March 2018Family First Comment: Family First will be in the High Court in Wellington on April 30 fighting the Charities Board on similar grounds. Bet Greenpeace will be watching our case with interest!A move to decline Greenpeace’s bid to be a charity has been labelled the wrong move.The independent Charities Registration Board says the organisation does not exclusively advance charitable purposes, bur rather promotes its own particular views about the environment and other issues.However, it’s a decision made after a 2014 Supreme Court ruling in Greenpeace’s favour, after it was refused charitable status by the now defunct Charities Commission.Charity law specialist Sue Barker says the decision is a total misapplication of the law.“In my view, the community should be outraged that charities like this are being subjected to this.” read more

LMC Invites NPFL Clubs to Submit 2020/21 NPFL Season Licensing Applications

first_imgAn action plan and check list to guide the clubs through the process indicates that the LMC and the clubs will hold virtual meetings starting from today, Wednesday, September 9 to September 18 to assist them on how to carry out documentation for licensing.The clubs are expected to as from September 18thbegin submission of licensing applications with supporting document while spot checking of the clubs by the First Instant Body (FIB) under the jurisdictions of the LMC, to verify submissions made holds from September 21-26.According to the action plan, a meeting of the FIB has been scheduled for September 30with the outcome of its decisions released on October 2while clubs that may not be satisfied with any decisions of the FIB are to file appeals not later than October 7.The Appeals Body (AB) under the jurisdictions of the NFF is to meet on October 12to rule on the possible appeals that may be filed and release the decisions on October 14.The Final decisions will be communicated to CAF by October 16in line with CAF regulations.Chairman of LMC, Shehu Dikko, who is also a member of the CAF Organising Committee for Inter-Clubs Competitions and Clubs Licensing Management, enjoined the clubs to take advantage of the week-long virtual meetings to prepare all necessary documentation to qualify for licensing.Licensing criteria will cover Financial, Legal, Administrative, Infrastructure, Commercial, Health and Safety, Personnel, among others.The NFF Club Lincensing regulation/conditions have been in place since 2014 and has seen a gradual/phased application in line with the best international practices as the seasons progressed.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Olawale Ajimotokan in AbujaNigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) participating clubs have been invited to submit their respective licensing application which is a compulsory requirement for all clubs intending to participate in the 2020/21 NPFL season. This is further to the notification from the LMC to the clubs in a letter dated August 6, 2020.Following the removal of the restriction on football activities by the Federal Government through the Covid-19 Task Force, the League Management Company (LMC) on Monday wrote to the clubs providing guidelines for license application in line with the Confederation of African Football (CAF) and the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) licensing regulations/conditions.last_img read more

Chelsea, Barcelona and Manchester City all want Miralem Pjanic

first_imgChelsea, Barcelona and Manchester City all want Miralem Pjanic, but it’d take a bid of over €80m to bring Juventus to to the table, reports say.The Bosnian international is a key part of Massimiliano Allegri’s side, and has so far given no indication that he wants to be sold.Indeed, this morning’s Gazzetta dello Sport reports that the midfielder is excited to play with Cristiano Ronaldo, and has been offered a new €6m per season deal in Turin.That doesn’t completely rule out a sale though, with interest from Chelsea, Manchester City and Barcelona.Juve don’t want to sell, but would at least listen to offers above €80m.If Pjanic were to leave, the Bianconeri would look at Adrien Rabiot of Paris Saint-Germain, whose contract expires in the summer of 2019.(Source: klix)last_img read more

Draymond Green fined $50,000 for saying Devin Booker should leave Suns

first_imgDraymond Green talking Devin Booker on @NBAonTNT: “Get my man out of Phoenix. It’s not good for him, it’s not good for his career. I need my man to go somewhere he can play great basketball all the time, and win.”Ernie Johnson: “Are you tampering?’Draymond: “Maybe”— Rachel Nichols (@Rachel__Nichols) August 7, 2020From the NBA:”The NBA announced today that it has fined Draymond Green of the Golden State Warriors $50,000 for violating the league’s anti-tampering rule. The fine is in response to statements Green made as an analyst on TNT on August 7 regarding the Phoenix Suns’ Devin Booker. As announced prior to the start of the 2019-20 season, the NBA has adopted a stricter enforcement approach for conduct relating to tampering, salary cap circumvention, and free agency timing rules, including with respect to the rule prohibiting player-to-player tampering.”MORE: How to become a virtual fan, land on video board during 2020 NBA restartGreen started by praising Booker and the Suns for their undefeated start in the NBA bubble but later added, “but get my man out of Phoenix.””It’s not good for him. It’s not good for his career,” Green said. “… They gotta get Book out of Phoenix. I need my man to go somewhere where he can play great basketball all the time and win, because he’s that type of player.”Green was asked by TNT’s Ernie Johnson whether he thought his comments were tampering, and Green responded, “Maybe.” The NBA was not happy with Warriors forward Draymond Green for suggesting Suns guard Devin Booker should request a trade out of Phoenix.The league on Sunday fined Green $50,000 for tampering after the comments he made Friday as a guest analyst on TNT’s “Inside the NBA.” The NBA said his remarks violated the league’s anti-tampering rule. The NBA has decided that they were.Booker is under contract with the Suns through the 2023-24 season. The 23-year-old, who averages 26.4 points per game this season, signed a five-year, $158 million extension with the team in July 2018.Phoenix, which has not reached the postseason in 10 years, is a half-game behind the Trail Blazers for the No. 9 seed in the Western Conference.last_img read more

Birth of an Artist: The Writing on the Wall

first_imgWhether past or present, many artistic works (drawing, painting, crafting, weaving etc.) have often been associated with mystery.  From the world famous Mona Lisa painting by Leonardo D’ivinci to the original Vai script of Western Liberia, these great works of art and culture inspire endless debate as to the meanings and their messages.  This concept of mystery in art is not at all a thing of the past.  Mysteries in general form part of traditional life and daily occurrences in places like Liberia, art (and culture) being no exception.For J. Latty M. Zarwu, it all began with a dream and a writing on the wall.  He was a 23-year old money changer trying to make his way through life when it appears his luck ran out.  Tall, dark and rather lanky in his posture, the calm-looking Latty had not much sense of direction as to what he wanted to be in life as a matter of self improvement.  It all changed, however, when one day he hit rock-bottom – or so it seems – and, that very night, experienced a supernatural visitation that set him on the course of what he believes to be his purpose in life. Writing on the Wall“It was on November 28, 2009, when I went to bed in a bad mood, because I didn’t make a sale that week lost all the investment I made in my money changing business. That night in my sleep I saw my self under a tree and a person’s finger drawing on the wall, “ART”; but I couldn’t see that person body only their reflection on the wall. It was very bright and difficult for me to see.  When I asked what was on the wall, he said, “Art”.“These were his exact words he said to me,” Latty narrated: ‘This will heal you, this will heal the world, this will make you rich.’“I asked, How?  He then began drawing on the wall.  I told him, I have no idea about drawing, neither do I have knowledge about painting and there is no money in my pocket.  He told me not to worry, that when I wake up, money would be available.  On that bright morning of November 29, a lady I know just came up to me, saying she had a gift for me.  Wrapped up in her hand was $US25, which she handed to me.“I went back to my room and started to see the possibility of my dream come to reality.  Immediately I purchased some art materials and commenced drawing. My inspiration began to flow from my Creator. (That’s how I call him.)“The most interesting thing that happened was that, all the paintings and drawings I saw in my dream come to my head and I begin doing them.  There were three in all. That same day after drawing, I sold all of them for US$250, and that is how my artistic career began.  My work began to get discovered and was featured in 2010 by Liberia Travel and Life magazine on their cover page.”‘Warrior Artist’Latty graduated in 2014 with an associate’s degree in journalism from the Lincoln College of Profession Studies, in Monrovia. As an artist, he made up his mind to not let his art be only about painting, but to include poetry, music and crafts.  He recently produced a song called ‘Ebola Therapy’, to heal the heart of those who lost friends and loved ones during the Ebola epidemic.  Some of his paintings are featured in the National Museum of Liberia and he recently released a collection of poems in a 10-page pamphlet. Latty also served at the More Than Me Academy as Art Director (2010-2011).“Presently I run an organization called Warrior Art Liberia, which is engaged in training of young people from the ghetto to show them a better life.  At least that is what I was called to do by my creator.  Everybody is a messenger and a warrior but you have to look into yourself and push your mission forward.”“I feel the sense in nature when I’m in my artistic realm,” Latty explains. “Once there, I don’t need noise. The uncertainty of what we see in our work is a very important element in art. Art is a way of sensing the world in depth and finding a way to create an impression on the viewers. Art doesn’t have to be nice, however, you could return to it, at a point in time, in your mind. It will eventually create a question that you need to answer, or to express it some ways that makes you wonder about the outcome of your sensation. Our minds are constantly drawn to mystery because life itself is a mystery in so many ways. Art can convey our spirit so we can be able to remember long after it is gone from sight.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more