Shopping on Easter Sunday: 71 per cent of Hamilton submitters say no

first_imgStuff 25 June 2017The prospect of retail tills ringing on Easter Sunday has Hamiltonians arguing the relative merits of convenience, commercialism, and Christianity.Hamilton City Council’s suggestion was for retailers to choose whether to open while employees would be able to turn down the work.But of 225 submitters, 71 per cent said no to the idea. Many mentioned the holiness of the day, worker rights and family time.“I’m not convinced that one day of potential financial benefit will be as important as families and communities taking a break,” submitter Monique Rowe told councillors at a hearing on Thursday.Kiwis currently have three-and-a-half days out of 365 that are free of shopping, submitter Stuart Bayes said.He had been a retailer and employer for 45 years and was worried about what would happen to staffers who used their right to refuse Easter Sunday work.“If you say, no, it doesn’t suit me … maybe that works against you.”READ MORE: read more

Fair or Not?

first_imgYou have heard a lot of discussion on whether Greensburg will have to move up to 4A in basketball next year.  According to the latest information I have, they will not!  I will try to explain their situation in the simplest terms I can.Greensburg did win back to back state titles, but according to the fine print of the rules I read they will not move up because the first championship was in one enrollment period and the second one was in a new enrollment period.  Because of this, Greensburg will remain in 3A unless they reach the state finals again next year.  An enrollment period is designated by the IHSAA.  In a designated period of time the total enrollment of a school is counted by the IHSAA, and that is how your class is determined.The rule came about as a result of constant pressure put on the IHSAA by schools who felt certain schools in the state of Indiana were given more freedom to enroll students than the majority of the schools in the state.  To the average person, this is an extension of the public vs. parochial school debate.  With open enrollment in Indiana now, as many public schools as parochial have been forced to change enrollment status.I don’t believe any system that has been tried so far by any state has truly been fair.last_img read more

AFN’s Technical Director Recalled from World Championships, Faces Probe

first_imgAlthough both sprinters were later reinstated to the championships’ 200m following Nigeria’s appeal on why both athletes made ‘No Show’ in the 100m heat on Friday, THISDAY learnt that Sports Minister, Sunday Dare, wants the matter investigated over glaring administrative lapses and violation of IAAF rules and regulations.Both athletes had informed the AFN that they would not be running in the blue ribband race in order for them to concentrate on the longer sprint where their chances of podium placement was greater.But the minister who was reported to have followed developments in Doha till the early hours of Sunday morning was said to have ordered the recall of the TD and probably start immediate investigation to establish the extent of  negligence and administrative lapses that have brought international embarrassment to the country.IAAF rules state that, unless they’re injured or sick, athletes who withdraw after a certain deadline become ineligible for the rest of the championships.Okagbare later on Saturday told Associated Press that both she and Oduduru repeatedly told the AFN leadership that they had no plans to run in the 100.“It’s not the first time they’ve done a thing like this,” she said. “They deal with the African Games and national championships, but this is not Africa. We’re not running at national championships.“People here take the rules seriously and we keep bending them. It’s wrong. It’s incompetency. I feel like they’re wasting my World Championships. I don’t know how many more I have. I’m 30,” Okagbare stressed in the chat with the French wire agency at the Championship in Doha.Oduduru ran 20.40 in the heat to qualify as one of the three fastest losers that made in to the semi final. The time was a far cry from his PB of 19.76 that gave him the 2019 NCAA 200m crown.Following her reinstatement yesterday, Okagbare is to open her chase for medal in Doha in the 200m this morning. Divine-Oduduru *Oduduru qualifies for 200m s’final, Okagbare back for the longer sprintDuro IkhazuagbeFollowing the poor handling of the beef between double Commonwealth Games sprint champion Blessing Okagbare, Divine Oduduru and the Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN) leading to the initial disqualification of the two medals hopefuls from the 200m of the ongoing IAAF World Championships, the Technical Director of the federation, Sunday Adeleye, has been recalled home from Doha, Qatar.center_img Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more