Thousands of Kiwi students suspended for drug use

first_imgStuff 27 December 2017Family First Comment: “…principals say it’s mostly marijuana – and small amounts of it – that get students into trouble.They’re unapologetic about the numbers of suspensions and say all schools should have a zero tolerance approach.”Exactly. Bet they’re nervous about the agenda of the Greens to legalise recreational dope – and so they should be. We all should be.Thousands of Kiwi kids have been suspended over the past five years for having drugs at school.It’s mainly the drug that has many names; cannabis, dak, ganja, weed, pot, herb, green, kakariki, bud, chronic.But there’s only one name for what happens when students get caught using it – suspension.Data released under the Official Information Act reveals 3177 state school students were suspended for drug use between 2012 and 2016.Students in the Auckland region had the highest number of suspensions – 755 over the past five years – but it’s also the region that has the largest number of schools.At the other end of the scale, seven students on the West Coast were suspended for drug use.And it’s not just high school students that are copping a suspension.Primary school pupils – 287 of them over five years – have been suspended, too.The figure for students suspended from private schools is unknown because they’re not covered under the act.READ MORE: read more

Price freeze: DTI warns profiteers

first_imgBasic goods that are under thejurisdiction of the DTI include canned fish and other marine products, locallymanufactured instant noodles, bottled water, bread, processed milk, coffee,candles, laundry soap, detergent and salt. Degala urged consumers to alert DTIabout sellers jacking up the prices of these products. The Department of Agriculture (DA), onthe other hand, covers basic agricultural goods such as rice, corn, cookingoil, fresh, dried and other marine products, fresh eggs, fresh pork, beef andpoultry meat, fresh milk, fresh vegetables, root crops, sugar and freshfruits. Essential drugs are under theDepartment of Health while firewood and charcoal are with the Department ofEnvironment and Natural Resources. Household liquefied petroleum gas andkerosene are under the Department of Energy. Proclamation 922 which puts the country under a state of public health emergency due to the novel coronavirus outbreak has triggered the implementation of a nationwide price freeze. Photo shows a woman checking prices at a grocery store in Iloilo City. IAN PAUL CORDERO/PN This is automatic, said ProvincialDirector Judith Degala of DTI-Iloilo.center_img Section 6 of the Price Act states thatprices of basic necessities shall be frozen at their prevailing prices for 60days or until sooner lifted by the President whenever there is a declaration ofa state of emergency, calamity, or other similar conditions, said Degala. Proclamation 922, which puts thecountry under a state of public health emergency due to COVID-19 outbreak,triggered the implementation of a nationwide price freeze. ILOILO – The Department of Trade andIndustry (DTI) announced a nationwide price freeze on basic necessities pursuantto the Price Act or Republic Act 7581 due to the coronavirus disease 2019(COVID-19) outbreak. All these basic goods are placedunder price freeze for 60 days with the exception of household LPG and kerosenewhose prices shall be frozen for 15 days only as provided in the Amended PriceAct, or RA 10623./PNlast_img read more

Russia Increases World Cup Budget

first_imgRussia has increased the budget for the 2018 World Cup by $600 million, according to a decree published on the government’s official site on Monday.The decree said that the overall cost for the preparations for the tournament will rise by 5.4 per cent – from 643.5 billion rubles to 678 billion rubles.Russia’s federal budget will allocate 390 billion rubles, while 91.9 billion rubles will come from the regional budget. The rest will come from companies and sponsors named as “legal entities” in the decree.Russia already increased the World Cup budget in May by 4.7 billion rubles after slashing it by 30 billion rubles in June 2015 in the wake of the economic crisis.The competition will be played in 12 stadiums in 11 cities from June 14 to July 15 next year.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Jerome Champagne bids to replace Fifa president Sepp Blatter

first_imgFormer Fifa deputy general secretary Jerome Champagne has launched his bid to succeed Sepp Blatter as the world governing body’s president.The Frenchman, who has been backed by Pele, announced his intentions to become football’s most powerful man at a news conference in London on Monday.”We need a different Fifa,” he said. “More democratic, more respected, which behaves better and which does more.”Fifa’s presidency election will be held in Zurich in June 2015.Champagne, 55, worked closely with Blatter between 2002 and 2005 before leaving Fifa in 2010.Since then he has been working as an international soccer consultant in troubled regions including Kosovo, Palestine and Israel and Cyprus. Blatter, who will be 78 in March, has been president since 1998. The Swiss has not yet said whether he will stand for a fifth term of office.Brazil legend Pele, a three-time World Cup winner, said he is supporting Champagne’s campaign.”I cannot stay away from a debate which is so important for the future of football and thus, I support Jerome Champagne and his vision,” he said in a videotape message shown at the news conference.Uefa president Michel Platini has also been discussed as a possible candidate, although the ex-France midfielder has not yet declared his intentions.last_img read more