Family First launches High Court appeal against being stripped of charitable status

first_imgStuff co.nz 26 September 2017Family First Comment: Hold your horses, Charities Board!Controversial conservative lobby group Family First is appealing against being stripped of its charitable status by the Charities Registration Board.The board’s decision was made public in August. It was the second time it had tried to deregister the group.“Family First will appeal this decision as far as we need to because of the threat it places on us and other charities and their freedom to speak and advocate on behalf of their supporters in a civil society,” national director Bob McCoskrie said in a statement on Tuesday.The group has lodged an appeal in the High Court at Wellington to fight the deregistration.McCoskrie said the group had also successfully applied for an order that the board be restrained from deregistering the group until the appeal was heard.The board can direct charities to be removed from its register when they do not advance a charitable purpose for the public benefit and it is in the public interest to remove them.The group promotes traditional family values, is anti-abortion and considers marriage to be only between a man and a woman.“The board considers that Family First has a purpose to promote its own particular views about marriage and the traditional family that cannot be determined to be for the public benefit in a way previously accepted as charitable,” a statement from the board last month read.In 2013, the board made the decision to remove the group from the Charities Register because it did not advance exclusively charitable purposes.Family First appealed against that decision to the High Court.In June 2015, the High Court directed the board to reconsider its decision in light of the 2014 Supreme Court Greenpeace judgment and its own judgment.https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/97276959/family-first-launches-high-court-appeal-against-being-stripped-of-charitable-statuslast_img read more


Doeren lists QB Mitchell as questionable

first_imgPete Thomas is North Carolina State’s unquestioned quarterback for now, but Brandon Mitchell still provides a dimension to the Wolfpack’s offense off the bench — when he’s healthy.Head coach Dave Doeren is still unsure about the quarterback’s status for Saturday’s game against Syracuse. Mitchell practiced in pads on Tuesday, Doeren said, and “there’s a chance” that he could play on Saturday.“He’s throwing the ball well every day,” Doeren said. “He feels really good in the pocket. He’s just getting more and more comfortable with the side-to-side and straight-ahead movements that you have to do.”Now he’s wearing cleats.Mitchell has played in just one game this year for NCSU — a 3-for-3, 93-yard performance in a season-opening win over Louisiana Tech — but he gives North Carolina State a different dimension.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“Once Brandon’s in there,” Doeren said, “you have both where he can stretch the field. There is just one extra runner in the backfield all the time that the defense has to be concerned about.”A graduate transfer from Arkansas, Mitchell began the season as the Wolfpack’s starter before breaking his foot. He listed himself as “50-50” to return against the Orange.Doeren is taking things “day-to-day” with the quarterback and said he wouldn’t put him out on the field until Mitchell feels protected. But it’s looking more and more like that could be against SU.“It’s just how long will it take him to feel like he can be full speed,” Doeren said. “I think every day is a new day for him.” Comments Published on October 10, 2013 at 12:38 am Contact David: [email protected] | @DBWilson2 Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more


GGEA is aiming to revolutionise player development in Call of Duty

first_imgOpTic Gaming‘s holding company, Infinite Esports and Entertainment, has created GG Esports Academy (otherwise known as GGEA) in an attempt to reinvent how amateur players are developed in the Call of Duty esports scene. Bryan Yale, GGEABryan Yale, a former cybersecurity consultant who is heading up the project, spoke to Dexerto about the newly-formed venture and what his goals are in the long-term. Explaining exactly why GGEA has been built, he said it “is about matching unique talents in the world of esports with pro organizations. We want to utilize the minor league systems to develop amateur talent that will eventually feed into the major tournaments. In essence, we are esports talent development.”GGEA entered the Call of Duty scene ahead of this weekend’s CWL New Orleans Open with two teams, entitled GGEA.Blue and GGEA.Orange – but the organisation won’t stop there. “The goal is to have six salaried Call of Duty teams at any one time, all from outside of the ‘pro level’ – the CWL Pro League,” he said.“We’re not interested in having a spot at the top level, and instead want to focus on our teams’ progression at open events.” So while having six teams suggests GGEA wants the best chance of landing in money-making placements, Yale insists that they’re actually interested in developing the skills of emerging Call of Duty players. He went on to reveal that “if either of Orange or Blue end up qualifying for the Pro League in New Orleans then we’d sell them on” because they’re in the scene to “develop talent and make the level of the scene better.”So, what type of player qualifies to represent GGEA? The team behind the scenes is “looking for players and teams that are on the cusp of breaking into the top-flight. More specifically, ones that have shown they have something but that there is just something missing that we’ll identify and work on.” Yale also revealed that GGEA is looking for talent from around the world – not just locally in North America.Working closely with its sister company OpTic Gaming, GGEA was also created to provide an academy solution for the organisation’s newest ventures into esports: Overwatch and League of Legends. There is no word on when it will actually venture into those games just yet, though. The organisation’s Twitter description reads “Coming soon” and it has no website at this moment in time.GGEA’s first outing at CWL New Orleans Open ended with a Top 20 finish with Orange and a Top 24 finish for Blue, which is a promising start for the organisation.Esports Insider says: This is a refreshing take on the development of Call of Duty talent, and we’re excited to see how this goes and moreover which other esports GGEA moves on to in the near future.last_img read more


COMMUNITY ALERT: SUSPECTED THIEVES CHECKING HOMES IN STRANORLAR

first_imgCOMMUNITY Alert: People living in Stranorlar should be on alert for three people acting suspiciously in the Ard McCool area.They may have been attempting to break into homes in the area but were disturbed.   COMMUNITY ALERT: SUSPECTED THIEVES CHECKING HOMES IN STRANORLAR was last modified: July 14th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more