VALUE YOUR VOTE 2017: Binding Citizens Initiated Referenda

first_imgIf important issues can pass the very high threshold of firstly obtaining almost 300,000 valid signatures from New Zealand citizens, and then win a majority vote after the public debate, Parliament should be bound by the result. Unfortunately, politicians have been able to simply ignore the views of New Zealanders on issues such as law and order, the anti-smacking law, and the number of MPs. Government accountability should be able to happen regularly and on individual issues where there is high voter interest – not just once every three years at a general election. A poll in 2014 found 2:1 support in favour of binding referenda.last_img read more

TTC set targets for Quadri in German League

first_imgThe management of German Bundesliga team, TTC RhönSprudel Fulda-Maberzell, has raised the stake for Aruna Quadri ahead of the new season in September.Quadri joined the German side from Sporting in Portugal and he is expected to lead the team in the prestigious European league for the 2020/2021 season, which serves off next month. According to the President of the club, Stefan Frauenholz, the arrival of Quadri has come with a lot of expectation from the Nigerian.Already, the team is targeting a play-off stage in the forthcoming season with the hope that Quadri will spearhead the team’s campaign.Frauenholz said: “TTC is confident about the new season.“Quadri Aruna is a top 20 player.“The Nigerian has not lost a game in Portugal in six years. “He plays very attractive table tennis and is very pre-stressed.“I think fans will enjoy him a lot.“The TTC board does not want to commit to a clear season goal.“The playoffs would be nice, but you also know that everything has to fit.“Quadri Aruna must strike as desired and Ruwen Filus also needs a super shape. “It’s a real surprise bag.”The decision by the league organisers to cancel the doubles match the President of TTC believes would surely help the team.“That would certainly be an advantage for us, as it would give us significantly more options when it comes to setting up,” said Frauenholz.Already, the rule has already been applied to the playoffs for the German Championship.RelatedPosts How we got rights to broadcast Live German Bundesliga matches – OurTv Aruna Quadri’s uncommon qualities stand him out, says Oshodi Quadri Aruna leads Africa to World Cup Apart from Quadri, the German team will be relying on the 23-year-old Hong Kong Siu Hang Lam as he has been considered as the ideal addition to the existing squad, while teenage sensation Fan Bo Meng is also crucial to the team.The youngster won a total of five games in his first season in the Bundesliga.Tags: aruna quadriGerman BundesligaGerman LeagueTTC RhönSprudel Fulda-Maberzelllast_img read more

Meet the newest Dodgers: Rich Hill

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Background: A fourth-round pick out of the University of Michigan in 2002, Hill made the majors three years later with the Chicago Cubs. He split time as a starter and a reliever in the majors and minors with limited success over the next six seasons before undergoing Tommy John surgery in 2011. By mid-summer 2015, he was out of baseball and signed with the independent Long Island Ducks. Given another chance by the Boston Red Sox last season, Hill has emerged as a quality starter, going 11-4 with a 2.06 ERA and 0.97 WHIP in 18 starts over the past year.Scouting report: Hill has one of the best curveballs in baseball, comparing favorably to fellow lefties Clayton Kershaw and Gio Gonzalez, which he throws at a more frequent rate than almost any other pitcher in baseball. That leads to a high strikeout rate (10.66 per nine innings this season). Hill is currently on the DL with persistent blister problems on his pitching hand. Acquired from A’scenter_img LHP RICH HILLAge: 36last_img read more