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No Wairarapa laws for Wicked signs

first_imgWairarapa Times-Age 23 February 2016Family First Comment: Councils are starting to respond to our concerns and call!Wairarapa lacks a bylaw to tackle offensive signage as seen with slogans on campervan company Wicked Campers, but it seems Wairarapa people aren’t easily offended, anyway.The Whangarei District Council is threatening legal action against the Australian company, whose campervans pass through New Zealand, including Wairarapa, with slogans such as “Fat chicks are harder to kidnap”.Whangarei has a bylaw to fight “any sign that explicitly or implicitly, is objectionable, offensive …” in its district and is using it to go to war on Wicked Campers.The Wairarapa Combined District Plan, which covers Masterton, Carterton and South Wairarapa, mentions “obtrusive or excessive” signage, and says all signs should be in keeping with surrounding amenities and historical qualities of the area.Whangarei’s MP, Shane Reti, says he will write to every council in the country encouraging them to review their signage laws with a view to force offensive campervans off the road.READ MORE: http://www.nzherald.co.nz/wairarapa-times-age/news/article.cfm?c_id=1503414&objectid=11594108last_img read more

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Hughes: Moderation needed in Ball’s workload

first_imgThere’s no doubt in anyone’s head who the go-to man for the Wisconsin football team is. No Badger fan would particularly want to daydream about what this UW team might be like without Montee Ball.But running back is a funny position. When a team’s – or, more specifically, an offense’s – go-to man is a quarterback, wide receiver or tight end, the objective is always to give that player the ball as many times as possible so he can be a playmaker as often as possible. The idea of “moderation” rarely applies to them.And that’s where those skill positions differ from running backs, who are routinely described as workhorses for a few good reasons. They’re counted on to punch through the trenches and to cruise in fifth-gear on every play despite the beating they take.They need doses of moderation.Last Saturday, Ball took the feed 32 times in a season opener against an FCS school, in what is hoped to be a 14-game season. That’s folly.Sure, that game became disturbingly close out of nowhere in the fourth quarter. And sure, it’d be harder to explain a loss to Northern Iowa than Nebraska or Michigan State to those who wield a vote in the national rankings.But when Ball is earning 3.8 yards per carry and the sure-as-hell capable James White is averaging 5.2 (and getting only nine cracks at the ball), Ball doesn’t need 32 carries. Not in the season opener. Not against an FCS school.Only one game has passed, so the message is only cautionary at this point: Just don’t be afraid to give White the ball (or even the yet-to-be-revealed, star-of-tomorrow Melvin Gordon, an able-bodied redshirt freshman).It would probably be easy for UW to overcommit on Ball. The offense features a sizable amount of new personnel and debuting with 26 points versus a lower-echelon school only keeps the question marks hanging around. And, after all, Ball’s already been named a Heisman finalist once in his career, it would be tough not to instinctively give a guy like that the rock when the game’s still in reach (be it by 19 points or five).But you know what? Ball didn’t produce a Heisman Trophy-worthy season by taking 32 carries a game. He did it with 21.9 on average.There are probably two reasons – other than Ball’s own athleticism – that allowed him to be so damn efficient. One is the passing game was nearly as good, which prevented defenses from a narrow focus on Ball.Another is that his relatively low amount of carries probably didn’t wear on him all that much down the stretch, which is when he was at his best. He gained 1,070 of his 1,923 yards in the final six games and never averaged fewer than 5.1 yards per carry.Ball didn’t see any contact drills between January’s Rose Bowl and Saturday’s season opener, so it’s understandable if he was a little rusty. But simply put, White moved the ball more efficiently – and did it with verve. When that happens, Matt Canada and Bret Bielema need to spare Ball a handful of carries if they want to keep him fresh and running like an All-American or Heisman type of player again.It’s better both in the long run and short run.Take Alabama, for example, who had a stacked backfield with Mark Ingram and Trent Richardson in 2009. Ingram had 271 carries that year, never taking more than 28 a game (he averaged 19.3), and won the Heisman. Alabama won five contests by 14 points or less that year and still never poured the weight of the game on its go-to man.Meanwhile, Richardson was there to take 145 carries off Ingram’s hands and was productive while he did it.Ingram finished that year stronger than how he began it, which makes me wonder how that Heisman hype for Michigan State’s Le’Veon Bell will go if he keeps taking 50 handoffs a game.So if Ball gets 32 carries against an FCS school flirting with a win, does that mean Ball will get closer to 40 if Ohio State, Michigan State or Nebraska start acting out? There are just more creative ways to answer a challenge like the one given Saturday, especially when dealing with someone who’s going to take a couple hundred hits as the season wears on.If Wisconsin wants or needs to run more than it did last year, or if Ball isn’t behaving like a superhero Harry Houdini in a given game, then it should be White who gets first dibs on the extra carries.That way, Ball can still be rolling in November, December – and perhaps even on January 1, again.Elliot is a fifth-year senior majoring in journalism and philosophy. What are the chances UW will wear out Ball? How many carries should White get? Let him know via Twitter (@elliothughes12) or email (ehughes@badgerherald.com).last_img read more

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Tuesday June 23rd “The Midday Report”

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Man City boss Pellegrini confirms Toure talks at the end of the season

first_imgManchester City will sit down with Yaya Toure at the end of the season to discuss his future with the club, boss Manuel Pellegrini has revealed.The Ivorian, 32, has failed to reproduce last year’s exceptional form, which helped the Blues with the Premier League for a second time in three years.Rumours of his unhappiness at the Eithad Stadium have also continued from the end of the last campaign, and his agent has claimed it is 90 per cent certain he will exit the club this summer.But despite Dimitri Seluk’s comments, Pellegrini has insisted they will only talk about his future once they have played their final match.“I don’t talk about speculation,” he said. “It’s just words that his agent has said. I don’t know why he’s talking in that way.“Yaya Toure is here and happy. We’re not talking about next year. After the game against Southampton we will sit and talk about the future with the player, the owner and the directors.“At the moment we are just focussing on finishing in second place.”last_img read more

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McCONALOGUE WELCOMES U-TURN ON JUNIOR CERT REFORMS

first_imgCharlie McConalogue TDDONEGAL TD Charlie McConalogue has said he is disappointed to see the breakdown of talks over reform of the junior cert but has welcomed the Government’s u-turn on independent assessment and state certification.The Fianna Fail education spokesman said tonight: “I welcome the fact that Minister Jan O’Sullivan has finally relented and agreed to maintain independent assessment and state certification for the 60% of the new junior cert which will be composed of a written exam.“Fianna Fáil has consistently called for a more inclusive and open process of negotiation on reform than the approach adopted by the Government. Former Minister Quinn pursued his reform proposals in a confrontational and dictatorial way and it is clear that this has soured relations between the Department of Education and some teacher representatives. Minister O’Sullivan seems to be taking a different approach and appears more willing to listen to the concerns of parents and teachers and I welcome that.” He said his party remains a strong advocate for maintaining independent assessment of the new junior cert exam.“I think the government’s u-turn is a positive step and I would urge teachers to step back and consider the proposals being put forward now,” said the Inishowen politician.“I believe if they can find a way to engage with the department and the minister with the purpose of trying to reach an agreed way forward then our education system will be stronger for it.“Fianna Fáil has consistently said that we felt the Government was rushing these reforms and that it was more important that reform of this nature and on this scale would be done right rather than hastily. “We believe in reforming the junior cert and we want to see a new exam structure that delivers high quality education for students. I believe we are a lot closer to that now than we were in recent weeks and months. However I also believe the Government has to accept that its approach from the outset did not engender much goodwill from the stakeholders in the process who ultimately we rely on to enact these reforms in our schools.” McCONALOGUE WELCOMES U-TURN ON JUNIOR CERT REFORMS was last modified: November 11th, 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) Tags:Charlie McConalogue TDJunior Certreformlast_img read more

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