Christian charity facing banishment by government regulators 6 October 2017Family First Comment: World famous in NZ – as international media start to cover our experience!A Christian charity in New Zealand right now is fighting a battle more and more Christians may come to encounter as LGBT activists expand their influence around the globe – a government decision its belief in biblical marriage “cannot be determined to be for the public benefit.”While Christian and conservative organizations in the United States faced harassment and targeting under the administration of Barack Obama, with deliberate delays in regulatory approval so they could operate, charities in New Zealand operate under a different legal structure.There, they must be authorized by regulators, the government’s New Zealand Charities Board, or they simply are not allowed to operate. That is, without that approval they are not allowed to collect donations at all.Officials at the Barnabas Fund, which works on behalf of persecuted Christians worldwide, explained when the first Charities Commission was set up in the United Kingdom, which was integral in establishing governments in New Zealand and Australia, in 1853, “its role was very simple – to ensure that when people gave money to a charity, that money was used for the purpose for which it was given.”“In those days everyone understood what a charitable purpose was – it was things like helping the poor, caring for the sick or spreading the Gospel. In fact in the nineteenth century more than three-quarters of all charities had a specifically Christian foundation,” the report said.“However, in the last two decades laws have been passed in Australia, NZ and the UK which require charities to prove they provide a ‘public benefit.’ This has created a dangerous situation in all three countries where unelected individual civil servants at the charity regulator can effectively decide on their own what is/is not allowed to be a charity (and therefore allowed to collect donations).”It’s the Family First NZ organization that has been fighting the attacks from the regulators.It recently lodged a followup appeal with the Wellington High Court regarding the regulators attempts to shut it down.“Family First has also successfully applied for an order that the board be restrained from deregistering Family First until the appeal is heard,” the group reported.READ MORE: up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.last_img read more

ICC World Cup Shikhar Dhawan hits the gym, aims to be ready for ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 clash

first_img New Delhi: Shikhar Dhawan’s injury has posed a challenge to the Indian cricket team in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 ahead of their clash against Pakistan in Manchester. With the game against New Zealand in Trent Bridge being abandoned due to rain, the focus now shifts to the India vs Pakistan clash in Manchester on June 16. KL Rahul is expected to open the batting while Vijay Shankar or Dinesh Karthik might occupy the No.4 spot. However, Dhawan is ensuring that he leaves no stone unturned in his quest to regain full fitness as the ICC Cricket World Cup reaches the business end.With a heavily bandaged left hand, Dhawan was seen doing lower body exercises in a short video posted by him on his Twitter page. “You can make these situations your nightmare or use it an opportunity to bounce back. Thank you for all the recovery messages from everyone,” was the accompanying message from Dhawan. Dhawan, the hero of India’s win over Australia in the World Cup, played through the pain after being hit on the thumb by a rising delivery from pacer Par Cummins. The left-hander continued to bat and went on to score 117 off 109 balls but did not come to the field due to the injury and Ravindra Jadeja fielded in his place for the entire 50 overs.After the match, Dhawan had to undergo precautionary tests, including an x-ray, which confirmed the fracture. Following the result, Physio Patrick Farhart took the call. This is a big blow to team India ahead of their next game against New Zealand at Trent Bridge on Thursday.The three week recovery time has ruled Dhawan out of the clash against Pakistan and Afghanistan and he might be fit in time for the game either against the West Indies or against England. KL Rahul will open in the game against Pakistan after the game against New Zealand was abandoned without a ball bowled. Rishabh Pant has been flown in as cover for Dhawan. Pant will be allowed into the dressing room only if the team management decides to declare Dhawan unfit for the remainder of the tournament. An assessment of his injury will be done next week. highlights Shikhar Dhawan was hit by a bouncer from Pat Cummins.India won after eight years in a World Cup against Australia.Dhawan will miss the games against Pakistan and Afghanistan. For all the Latest Sports News News, ICC World Cup News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

A lot on line for volleyball this weekend

first_imgWith only six matches remaining, the Wisconsin volleyball team’s (15-10, 4-10) postseason hopes are still very alive. The Badgers rebounded from a rough start in conference play to give themselves a chance to make the NCAA Tournament. This weekend they travel to ninth-ranked Penn State (21-4, 11-3) and Ohio State (19-8, 7-7) in two tough matches that will show if this team is worthy of a postseason bid.“Each of the weekends possess big challenges, there’s no doubt,” head coach Pete Waite said. “Penn State’s near the top of the conference right now, and they’re very good, as always. We want to continue improving the way we have in the gym and in practices and take that to the weekend matches.”Friday night, Wisconsin will face a Penn State squad that hasn’t lost since Oct. 9. The Badgers hold an unimpressive 1-7 record against ranked teams this season, so they’ll have to prove themselves against Penn State. They’ve gone 3-3 in their last six matches, though, and they’re coming off an impressive victory over a ranked Northwestern team.“I think our passing and our blocking have improved a lot, which is helping our defense and offense,” Waite said. “Going into these matches, you play to win. That’s all you can do, and you give it your best shot.”Wisconsin has played some very tough opponents lately. The match against Penn State will mark its fifth ranked opponent in six games. After Friday night, it only faces one ranked team in its final five matches. It’s by no means a favorable schedule, but it features fewer top tier teams.“Winning out would be great just to guarantee ourselves into the tournament,” sophomore Alexis Mitchell said. “We definitely know that there’s some beatable teams, and [it’s about] just taking care of those games so that we can make it into the tournament.”The last time the Badgers played Penn State and Ohio State was at the Field House in late September. Mitchell was plagued by injury at the time, so she’s looking forward to facing these teams again.“For me personally, when I played against Ohio State and Penn State, I sprained my ankle like three days before, so I wasn’t at 100 percent,” Mitchell said. “It gives me a lot more confidence going in, knowing that I’m healthy.”Having Mitchell healthy this time around will be huge for the Badgers. She’s been one of the team’s top performers this season, as she leads the Badgers with a .316 hitting percentage on the year. She’s improved on her offense too, but she’s specifically focused on her blocking lately. “[I’ve] been working on becoming a better blocker and more disciplined, so I can be more of a presence as a blocker in the front row,” Mitchell said.In preparation for this weekend, the team used a creative approach in practice, with the players wearing jerseys with the opposing team’s numbers to prepare themselves for certain players on Penn State and Ohio State. Wisconsin hopes its efforts in practice and improvements in recent matches will help its success continue. It obviously won’t overlook a tremendous Penn State team, but it knows what’s at stake and the importance of these matches down the stretch.“Our goal to get into the tournament basically has to be [for us] to have a record that’s over .500, and to do that, the committee will consider us,” Waite said. “We’re definitely in the top 50 right now in the RPI. If we get those wins, I know we can accomplish it, so I know the team’s going to fight hard for it.”last_img read more