Select Committee hears CYF complaints process doesn’t work

first_imgRadio NZ News 21 August 2013A select committee has been told that Child, Youth and Family’s complaints process is laborious, time-consuming and ultimately ineffective.A complainant, Graeme Axford, says his complaint to the service’s advisory panel in 2009 was upheld but no one was held responsible and still nothing has changed.Currently people can complain to that panel, the Social Worker Registration Panel or the Ombudsman.But Mr Axford says that is exhausting and usually fruitless.Former police commissioner Howard Broad is currently leading an inquiry which is considering whether to set up an external independent body for complaints.Mr Axford says that would be a good solution.’t-worklast_img read more

Martinez: No bids for duo

first_imgEverton manager Roberto Martinez has dismissed suggestions the club are in discussions with Manchester United over the possible sale of midfielder Marouane Fellaini. Martinez told the club’s website, “There are no bids. “When you read that someone is interested in someone, it doesn’t mean there is a bid on the table. “Marouane has been working really hard. Leighton Baines has been working really hard for the team and that’s all that matters. “Headlines in the media happen at this time of the season unfortunately but it won’t distract me from the work we have to do. I’m not bothered at all. “It is speculation in the media and you’ll never stop that. I’ve said from day one as a manager you only concentrate on working hard. “I don’t mind having my players grabbing headlines. That’s a good story because it means they’ve been doing well and performing well. “I’m only concentrating on having as strong a squad as possible for the start of the season. That’s all my concern is.” United, now managed by former Everton boss David Moyes, are keen to strengthen their midfield but have so far failed in attempts to sign Cesc Fabregas from Barcelona. Real Madrid’s Luka Modric, and now Fellaini, are reportedly further possible targets. Left-back Baines, 28, has also been the subject of speculation linking him with Old Trafford this summer. Fresh reports have linked the Belgium international, whose contract reportedly contains a £23.5million buyout clause, with a move to Old Trafford. But Martinez has insisted Everton have not received any bids for the 25-year-old, nor have they for another star player in Leighton Baines. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Boult and Southee strike late to put Kiwis on course

first_img(REUTERS) – Seamers Trent Boult and Tim Southee struck late to leave New Zealand needing seven Zimbabwe wickets on the final day of the second Test after setting their hosts an unlikely victory target of 387 runs yesterday.Zimbabwe closed day four at the Queens Sports Club in desperate trouble on 58 for three after New Zealand had smashed a quick-fire 166 for two declared in 36 overs in their second innings.Craig Ervine and nightwatchman Donald Tiripano will resume in the morning having yet to get off the mark after Zimbabwe lost their top three before the close.Chamu Chibhabha (21) edged seamer Neil Wagner to Martin Guptill at third slip before Tino Mawoyo (35) was trapped lbw by Boult in the penultimate over.It got worse for the hosts when two balls later Southee produced a superb in-swinger to have Sikandar Raza (0) leg-before as well.Survival will be top of the agenda for Zimbabwe on an excellent batting wicket but they must find a way to counter the prodigious swing of the New Zealand seamers.Zimbabwe were 305 for six overnight in their first innings and lost their remaining four wickets for 57, including anchor Ervine for 146, his maiden Test century, as he picked out Wagner at long-off off the bowling of spinner Ish Sodhi.The latter was the pick of the visitors’ attack with 4-60 as New Zealand chose not to enforce the follow-on having been in the field for 143.4 overs.They rather pushed for quick runs in their second innings but slipped to 26 for two before captain Kane Williamson (67 not out) and Ross Taylor (68 not out) shared an unbeaten third-wicket stand of 140.The declaration came four overs after tea, leaving the tourists a minimum of 116 overs to bowl out their hosts.New Zealand lead the two-match series 1-0 after an innings and 117-run victory in the first Test.NEW ZEALAND 1st innings 582 for 4 decl. (T. Latham 136, R. Taylor 124 n.o., K. Williamson 113, M. Guptill 87, B. Watling 83 n.o.) ZIMBABWE 1st innings (overnight 305-6)T. Mawoyo b Southee 26C. Chibhabha c Williamson b Santner 60S. Raza c Williamson b Wagner 3C. Ervine c Wagner b Sodhi 146P. Masvaure b Santner 2S. Williams lbw b Sodhi 16P. Moor c Guptill b Sodhi 71G. Cremer lbw b Boult 8D. Tiripano lbw b Wagner 3J. Nyumbu c Santner b Sodhi 8M. Chinouya not out 0Extras: (b-12, lb-6, nb-1) 19Total: (all out, 143.4 overs) 362Fall of wickets: 1-65 T, 2-83, 3-107, 4-115, 5-147, 6-295, 7-319, 8-327, 9-352.Bowling: T. Southee 28-14-73-1, T. Boult 27-13-45-1, M. Santner 35-8-105-2, N. Wagner 31-8-61-2 (nb-1), I. Sodhi 21.4-9-60-4, M. Guptill 1-1-0-0.NEW ZEALAND 2nd inningsM. Guptill c Nyumbu b Chinouya 13T. Latham c Moor b Tiripano 11K. Williamson not out 68R. Taylor not out 67Extras: (lb-4, w-3) 7Total: (for 2 wickets declared, 36 overs) 166Fall of wickets: 1-24 T. Latham, 2-26 M. Guptill.Bowling: M. Chinouya 9-2-45-1 (w-2), D. Tiripano 6-1-14-1 (w-1), C. Chibhabha 3-0–22-0, G. Cremer 11-0-59-0, J. Nyumbu 7-0-22-0ZIMBABWE 2nd innings (Target: 387 runs)T. Mawoyo lbw b Boult 35C. Chibhabha c Guptill b Wagner 21S. Raza lbw b Southee 0D. Tiripano not out 0Extras: (b-1, lb-1) 2Total: (for 3 wickets, 25.2 overs) 58Fall of wickets: 1-45, 2-58, 3-58.Bowling: T. Southee 6.2-3-18-1, T. Boult 6-2-11-1, N. Wagner 8-3-21-1, M. Santner 5-2-6-0.last_img read more

2017 AITEO Cup Finalists Confirmed

first_imgThe two finalists for the 2017 AITEO Cup has been confirmed after former winners Akwa United defeated Sunshine Stars 3-2 on aggregate to join giant killers Niger Tornadoes.2015 winners Akwa United had lost the away leg 1-0 to the Akure Gunners and needed at least a two-goal win to secure a spot in the final. That was exactly what happened as the Promise Keepers ran out 3-1 winners to book their place in the final with a 3-2 aggregate win.Former Sharks and Enyimba player Christian Pyagbara netted his 7th goal in the competition during the game to become the leading goalscorer. Ifeanyi Ifeanyi was also on the scoresheet for Akwa United.With their semifinal victory, Akwa United will face Niger Tornadoes in the final  slated for the Agege Stadium in Lagos on October 15.Relatedlast_img

Browns veterans confronted Baker Mayfield after negative comments about Duke Johnson, report says

first_imgThe group hashed out their differences surrounding the situation and the team has apparently moved on.As I just stated on @nflnetwork: According to multiple sources, several veteran Browns players approached Baker Mayfield in the locker room after the young QB’s critical comments about RB Duke Johnson to register their displeasure, and they hashed out their differences.— Michael Silver (@MikeSilver) June 13, 2019Mayfield’s comments about Johnson’s request were not, by any, means neutral. Related News Johnson has requested a trade from the Browns after the team picked up free agent running back Kareem Hunt this offseason.According to Johnson, the team put his name on the block and were searching for suitors to take the running back.He says he then requested a trade because he felt unwanted. Browns’ Baker Mayfield to Duke Johnson: ‘You can get out of the way or you can join us’ Baker Mayfield’s comments about Duke Johnson’s trade request apparently didn’t go over too well in the locker room.Several veteran Browns players approached Mayfield about his comments and expressed their displeasure with how he handled the situation, according to NFL Network. “It’s not awkward. It’s self-inflicted,” Mayfield told reporters. “I hope he does his job.”He continued: “If we have guys that want to be here, they’ll show that, they’ll voice that. Obviously, he’s going to handle his stuff how he wants, but you’re either on this train or you’re not, it’s moving. You can get out of the way or you can join us.’’last_img read more