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first_img Training & Education Sailors from USS Oak Hill Visit Nursing Home in Maine View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Nursing View post tag: Maine View post tag: Navy View post tag: Naval View post tag: Hill June 22, 2011 Share this article Back to overview,Home naval-today Sailors from USS Oak Hill Visit Nursing Home in Maine View post tag: sailors View post tag: Oak View post tag: home Sailors from USS Oak Hill (LSD 51) took part in a community relations project by visiting the residents of Gregory Wind Nursing Home (GWNH) in Booth Bay Harbor, Maine, June. 20.Once the Sailors arrived, they were met with a reception from the residents.“It was so sweet that they came to see us,” said GWNH resident Margaret Drisko. “We talked about everything and shared our memories from the older days of the military. This was a treat.”While the Sailors were visiting, they sang the Navy’s “Anchors Aweigh” and played piano songs.“We wanted to make an impact on the residents here, and we thought that singing and playing the piano was a great way to do that,” said Information Systems Technician 1st Class (SW) Kim Johnson.“Giving back to community is something I always have to do wherever I go, regardless if its back at home or a port visit,” said Yeoman 2nd Class Mary-Katherine King. “This was a great project for us to do and I can’t wait to have many more like this to come.”Cmdr. David Bauer, commanding officer of Oak Hill, stated that interaction between service members and the civilian populace is a Sailors duty in order to promote the Navy’s professionalism.“My Sailors were quick to volunteer themselves to the community, so that is just a small taste of the pride they have when it comes to involving themselves for any opportunity to be involved in any community event,” said Bauer.[mappress]Source: navy, June 22, 2011; View post tag: Visit View post tag: USSlast_img read more


first_imgA motion has passed to subsidise the purchase of Mooncups by members of Hertford JCR.The motion stated, “Re-usable menstrual cups, such as the Mooncup, are better for the environment, pose fewer health risks and are cheaper for their users in the long run than tampons and pads.” It went on to note that JCR members might be put off from buying them due to their initial high fixed-cost, and that, “Subsidising the cost of menstrual cups would be a sustainable way for the JCR to support its female members and encourage members to consider the environmental consequences of other sanitary products.”Ayla Ansari, who proposed the motion, said, “I proposed the motion in order to get people using Mooncups because I know that many people haven’t heard of them or might think they’re just a bit gross and excessively hippy but this really isn’t true.They’re far, far more environmentally friendly – the average woman uses 11,000 pads or tampons in her lifetime which all go to landfill or are incinerated. One menstrual cup, on the other hand, can last for 10 years.”She added, “Talking about menstruation shouldn’t be considered a social taboo, especially when at the same time women are expected to shell out money every month which does add up and there is no equivalent necessary expenditure for men which women do not buy.”Kate Guariento, a member of the Hertford Feminists group, seconded the motion, and she explained why she had chosen to do so. She told Cherwell, “I decided to second the Mooncup motion because I think that more women should be encouraged to opt for sanitary products that are less harmful not only to the environment, but also to their bodies. We hoped that a JCR subsidy would encourage people who might otherwise be put off by the expensive upfront cost – about £20, though it’s far cheaper in the long run!”However, the motion was not passed without controversy. Having originally requested full subsidy for any Mooncups bought within the JCR, it was eventually passed in an amended form which stated that members would be subsidised half the cost of any Mooncups bought, with an annual cap of £500 on JCR money spent on Mooncups.Arguments raised against the motion included the point that if Mooncups were such good value for money, they should not have to be subsidised. Another concern was that JCR members may purchase Mooncups to try them out, then stop using them, thus wasting JCR money.However, Josh Platt, Hertford JCR President, was pleased that the motion eventually passed. He said, “The motion to subsidise Mooncups was brought forward as a way for the JCR to show it support towards our female members and towards the environment.“Originally, the proposers of the motion asked for a full reimbursement, but after a healthy debate in our meeting, everyone was agreed that a 50% subsidy, capped at a total cost of £500 for the year, was the fairest way to settle things. I’m glad that the JCR is now able to help women with the costs of purchasing a Mooncup and I am sure that the cap of £500 will not stop anyone who wants to take up this offer from doing so. I know that other JCRs have already passed motions to a similar effect, and I hope that many more will continue to champion green policies in any way that they see fit.”The Mooncup, a silicone menstrual cup which can be used as an alternative to tampons and sanitary towels, is reusable and retails at between £15 to £20.last_img read more


first_imgTo the Editor:As the municipal election approaches, I would ask Bayonne voters to view it not as one election, but as six in which each voter can participate in four. We need to move away from the “Vote Row A All the Way” mentality which has plagued Bayonne for decades and elect people based on their qualifications and issue engagement, not which “team” they are on. Such team voting creates narrow group think policymaking which compounds errors and refuses to consider alternatives originating outside the “team.” The first three elections are the ones for the ward council members. Each voter can participate in one. In selecting a candidate, we should consider whether the incumbent has adequately reflected the desires of his constituents, worked to improve the quality of life in the ward and actively engaged with the constituency to ascertain its needs and wants. In judging the challengers, we need to determine if they have ever been engaged on the issues or offered criticisms and alternatives before deciding to run. I would also like ward council members to give great deference to the view of a ward council member on issues which uniquely impact that member’s ward. The next two contests are the council at large seats. Here we need to determine if the incumbents have shown an ability to work with all the ward council members and integrate ward needs to citywide goals. Again the challengers must answer questions about their prior engagement and whether they have ever articulated criticisms and alternatives to the programs they fault during a campaign. Last, we have the mayoralty. Do we reelect the incumbent or change? Bayonne has had six mayors in about 25 years: Rutkowski, Kiczek, Doria, the Malloy interregnum, Smith and Davis. This instability has created stop and start development because each change brought new developers, new visions, new city hall administrators and new plans. Lawsuits ensued and we created many vacant storefronts, empty lots and abandoned holes in the ground. MOTBY sat mostly fallow. Mr. Davis has created a certain momentum here, some of which I agree with. Some I disagree with. The challengers rail against the current direction and promise yet another change to Bayonne’s future. So we must decide, do we risk another jolting halt to our development leading to yet another new set of plans, developers, and bureaucrats or do we stay the current course which will likely determine both the long and short term future of the city. Decide we must. RONALD PREZIOSOlast_img read more


first_imgTom Tyrrell, of Seaville, is taking his real estate expertise to Goldcoast Sotheby’s. (Photos courtesy Goldcoast Sotheby’s) Goldcoast Sotheby’s International Realty in Ocean City announced the addition of Tom Tyrrell to its team of real estate professionals.A broker associate, Tyrrell started his career at Prudential Fox and Roach and over the past eight years he has built a level of commitment and trust with his clients that earned him a Silver Award in the 2019 New Jersey Association of Realtors Circle of Excellence, according to a news release announcing his hiring.He looks to continue that growth and development at Goldcoast Sotheby’s International Realty with his team that handles all real estate needs, but recently focused on investment properties and first-time home buyers.Tyrrell and his team of Kathleen Tyrrell, Adina Ahlstrom and Michael Cifelli are a combination of local agents, born and raised in the area with ties to both Cape May and Atlantic counties.Ahlstrom, a graduate of Ocean City High School, has extensive experience with yearly and seasonal rentals. Cifelli, a graduate of Egg Harbor Township High School, brings over five years of experience.Tom Tyrrell and his family have deep roots in the local community.With over 20 years of cumulative experience, the Tyrrell team offers a unique skill set to their clients.Tyrrell, a 2003 graduate of Ocean City High School, has deep family ties to Cape May County. He is active in the community, serving on committees for the Ocean City Board of Realtors and volunteering his time for a variety of events in Ocean City.Outside of the office, Tyrrell  enjoys surfing, fishing, golf and spending time with his family and friends. He resides in Seaville with his wife Kathleen and two children, with a third on the way.Contact Tom Tyrrell at [email protected] or (609) 425-9486.Goldcoast Sotheby’s International Realty, located at 200 34th Street, Ocean City, has extensive experience in Ocean City’s real estate market.last_img read more


first_imgFARMINGTON – Residents of Franklin County will likely have the option of weighing in on an issue that was cut short last year. A bill that would increase the number of County Commissioners from three to five is currently being drawn up by committee members for legislative approval. The bill would then be posed to Franklin County voters by way of referendum, likely sometime this year according to Rep. Scott Landry.A similar bill was approved by legislation last year, but county commissioners at the time opted not to spend the money on the ballot election which the state had said they wouldn’t fund. There were no figures discussed for the event, but commissioners said they did not want to see any increase in the budget.“The wording was weak,” Landry explained regarding last year’s attempt. “It gave them room to deny it.”Landry is one of several committee members working on the bill, and said he believes that if passed by voters it would offer a more accurate representation of county-wide residents.The three current commissioners represent three districts: Terry Brann represents District 1 which covers Carthage, Jay, Wilton, Temple, Washington and Perkins Township; Lance Harvell represents Chesterville, Farmington and New Sharon as District 2; and Clyde Barker sits as District 3 representation which covers 14 towns from New Vineyard to Eustis to Weld as well as five unorganized territories.“The northern part of the region is more than 50 percent of the tax base. We could end up with five republicans, but that’s not the issue. It’s about accurate representation,” Landry said.Carrabassett Valley is just one of the municipalities pushing for the bill to reach voters. Town Manager Dave Cota said all of their select board members are in support of the initiative.“There’s not a lot of representation for the northern part of the county,” Cota said. “To be honest, some of the decisions the commissioners were making were a little disturbing.”Cota specifically mentioned the decision to cut funding for services such as Western Maine Transportation and Greater Franklin Development Council.In Somerset County, five commissioners work to represent residents; that change was made in 2010. Commissioner Cyprien Johnson said he thinks the decision to increase the number of commissioners was an important one.“What was happening was two of the commissioners were having sidebar conversations, so then they knew they could pass something at a meeting.”Johnson said the third commissioner at the time, a friend of his, was left out of those conversations and information she brought to the table would often be disregarded.“When you have five, those kinds of things don’t happen,” Johnson said.Harvell, who was voted in as commissioner last November to replace Charlie Webster, said he’s not in favor of the bill.“For 150 years they’ve done this job, even back when they only had a horse to ride in for meetings. Are they saying we can’t do the job that a guy on horseback did?”Harvell argued that if the county needs more commissioners to represent the people, then committee members should also be arguing for more senators to represent the region. He said that many of the counties with bigger populations only have three commissioners. Currently, there are four counties in Maine that have five commissioners.“I’ve been involved with local politics for 20 years. Not once have I heard someone say they want more politicians,” he said.last_img read more


first_imgThirty-five years ago, the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University began offering free programs for elementary school students called Field Study Experiences (FSE), opening the gates of nature and science to thousands of Boston Public School (BPS) children.The initiative — launched in 1984 with a request from the Boston schools to local museums to help enhance the study of science for elementary school students — continues to grow as an important educational partnership helping support the BPS life sciences curriculum for children in pre-kindergarten through grade five.“This fall we not only celebrate the longevity of these programs, but the expansion of our reach and our recommitment to the Boston Public Schools,” said Nancy Sableski, manager of children’s education at the Arboretum.In celebration of its 35 years serving the community, the FSE program is honoring the volunteers who serve as guides, which have grown from 11 in 1984, to now more than 60. During the 2018-19 academic year, guides logged more than 1,031 volunteer hours. Sableski said the mission — cultivating young scientists through hands-on explorations in Boston’s landscape for learning — succeeds through the dedication of these skilled volunteers who share their love of the natural world in a small-group format, putting plants and tools right into students’ hands.The Arboretum’s 281-acre urban greenspace is ideally suited to translate life science curriculum standards into interactive experiences for children. Successful engagement for those with little access to nature or experience learning in an outdoor setting must be grounded in a multi-sensory approach that allows for flexibility and spontaneity, key tenets of the FSE program.An ongoing commitment to strengthening the partnership with BPS facilitated a revitalization of FSE in 2004, including expanded opportunities for learning at the Arboretum, free bus transportation for students and teachers, as well as specialized training for volunteers tailored to the needs of young learners.When the program began in 1984, the Harvard Gazette wrote, “With the recognition that the teaching of science has fallen on hard times, the Arnold Arboretum has embarked on an ambitious, hands-on program for elementary school children.” This assessment sounds similar to the state of science education at the present moment Sableski said, but 35 years later, the Arboretum continues to offer quality science study to elementary school students. As of last year, BPS participation averages more than 80 percent of all programming for the 2,500 students who come to the Arboretum each academic year. Sableski projects participation will likely increase to 90 percent by next fall.“Serving Boston’s school children is a fitting mission for the Arboretum, for which we are proud,” she said. “Small groups, skilled guides, a wondrous landscape, a free bus, this is the recipe, and we look forward to increasing our impact in the years to come.” Read Full Storylast_img read more


first_imgGovernor Jim Douglas threw his support behind efforts to redevelop downtown Winooski and with that support comes loan guarantees from the state that the federal government and developers have said are essential to the project’s success.The Governor said that he believes the Winooski Falls Riverfront Redevlopment Project can work, and that he expects to be able to provide the guaranty required by US department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for the approximately $22 million loan that HUD will make to Winooski for affordable housing.”The City of Winooski has been working very hard for many years to realize its vision for a revitalized downtown,” Governor Douglas Said. “I too, share that vision and since coming to office in January have worked with city officials, and others to assist in transforming that vision into reality.”Douglas said that the downtown revitalization project is important to him for three primary reasons, fighting sprawl and creating affordable housing and hundreds of new jobs.Douglas noted that Winooski’s largest employer, the Vermont Student Assistance Corporation, would be preserved in the Winooski downtown by the construction of new headquarters and more than 100 acres of public recreation areas and open space would be maintained.The project will create 600 units of housing, 125 of which will be designated for low and moderate income Vermonters.Construction of the project could begin as early as Spring 2004. The first phase, in conjuction with infrastructure improvements, will be the construction of the new VSAC headquarters, an integrated parking garage, and commercial and residential establishments. The total project will be phased in over the next 4 to 5 years.This $175 million project will have $40 million in state loan guarantees and grants, infrastructure improvements or tax credits from entities such as Vermont Housing Financing Agency when it is completed.This will be the largest revitalization project in Vermont’s history. VSAC will have new headquarters. The historic Champlain Mill will be rehabilitated into a mixed residential and commercial building. Riverfront condominiums will be built. Two rental-housing complexes will also be built.last_img read more


first_imgPhoto by Buck NelsonWere there a lifetime achievement award in the category of DIY Outdoor Superstar, Bruce “Buck” Nelson would invariably top the list of recipients. He explored the Alaskan frontier during his seven-year tenure as a Coast Guard parajumper and a smokejumper.Then Nelson decided to get back to the land, constructing himself a 16 x 20’ cabin just outside of Fairbanks (“With all the regular amenities, minus running water.”). Whenever Nelson wasn’t parachuting from DC-3s and battling wildfires, he was off exploring the great Alaskan wilds. Nelson exhibited a penchant for the dramatic: Like some kind of mutant thrill-junky, he systematically sought out and proceeded to tackle the biggest, most notorious high-mileage solo excursions known to man.After thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail in 2001, he canoed solo down 2,300 miles of Mississippi River from headwaters to the Gulf of Mexico.PCT, Mt. Jefferson, 2010_FIXPhotos courtesy bucktrack.comThen in 2006, hoofed, paddled, hunted, and fished his way across 1,000 miles of Alaska’s Brooks Range, abiding by the rather hardcore imperative of “live by the land or perish.” His trek was featured in “Alone Across Alaska”, a documentary described by Backpacker Magazine as “Oscar-worthy for indie outdoor films.” Nelson has also conquered the 3,100-mile Continental Divide Trail, the 2,650-mile Pacific Crest Trail, and in 2012, he became the first thru-hiker of the 2,223-mile Desert Trail from Mexico to Canada.Most recently, Nelson paddled 557 miles from the source of the Yellowstone River to its convergence with the Missouri, and he spent 70 days in Alaska’s Admiralty Island’s Kootznoowoo Wilderness area, living exclusively off the land.Interspersed throughout these wanderings were a slew of international adventures, including summits of Aconcagua and Kilimanjaro.What exactly drives Nelson to pursue these big-mileage solo expeditions? BRO caught up with Nelson on a rare moment off-trail to find out.What has been your most exalted moment on the trail? BN: It would be hard to beat a wildlife encounter I had during the river portion of my Alaska traverse. I was drifting down a remote river and spotted a black wolf. Nearby was a caribou. When the wolf first rushed the caribou, the caribou reared up on its hind legs and fled in terror. With the wolf catching up, the caribou leapt into the river and swam for its life, passing just a few feet from my inflatable canoe. Its eyes were huge. I floated right past the black wolf, which was still staring at the caribou. They were both so focused—one on escape and the other on its meal—they barely noticed me. That was intense.What about your most life-threatening and/or terrifying experience you’ve yet to encounter?BN: On the Pacific Crest Trail I hiked several hundred miles with another hiker whose hiking style matched mine. We came to a creek roaring with icy snowmelt. The ‘official’ crossing was marginal, with a fifteen-foot section of falls a stone’s throw below it. Not a good deal. We went upstream in to a better spot. Still marginal looking, but a bit easier and farther from the falls. I wanted to take some time, to double-bag gear in case we fell in, maybe scout a bit more. She wanted to get it over with. She waded in, looking very wobbly as the water deepened, but kept going. She fell in the middle and was swept away. I ran downstream, hoping to be able to grab her when she came by. As I got to the main crossing I thought, “If I don’t see her here, she’s dead.” When I got there, I couldn’t see her. I stood looking up and downstream. Nothing. I’m sure my face went white. I was yelling for her. Thankfully, I heard her answer—she’d made it to some brush just upstream. She and her gear were completely soaked. She was a trooper. No whining. But it was mighty scary for us both.What’s the most number of days you’ve gone in the wilderness without crossing paths with another human being? BN: I have gone for weeks without seeing people in Alaska. I’m unusual in that being alone for weeks doesn’t bother me at all. Doing trips solo is a big advantage for me. Pacing and goals are usually different between partners. Team hiking always involves compromises that sometimes lead to friction. Hiking with other people can be a positive, but it can also be a negative. In the river crossing story I related, my partner wouldn’t have tried to cross on her own, but she didn’t want to hold us back and she almost paid dearly.Were you ever surprised by a human encounter? BN: On my Alaska traverse I went weeks without seeing another soul. One day I was hiking along a beautiful mountain valley and saw a reflection up ahead. I thought, “What could that possibly be?” Then I saw a few dots and another reflection. “The sun reflecting off caribou antlers,” I figured. Seemed too early in the year for shiny antlers though. Finally I figured out what it was. The dots were people and the reflection was a Frisbee. When I got there it was a group of about fourteen young ladies! Half had flown out to a lake and were walking back to the village, the other half started at the village and were walking to the lake. They had just met at the halfway point. I have to admit, it was fun seeing their faces when they I told them that I was in the middle of a 1,000-mile trek.What was your most coveted trek? BN: My Alaska traverse across the Brooks Range was an incredible adventure. This was before Google Earth. When I tried to ask people if certain passes were doable, the standard answer was “I don’t know.” It was real exploring. I didn’t know what I’d find, what I’d see, if there was even enough time before winter for me to complete the trip. At times there was no indication that humans had ever existed. There was only wilderness in every direction. I had many close encounters with grizzlies, moose, Dall sheep, musk ox, and caribou. I had a pack of wolves howling outside my tent. I came upon wolf puppies, found an old plane wreck, and discovered ancient artifacts.What was your most challenging excursion? BN: The Desert Trail, Mexico to Canada, was very tough, especially logistically. No one had thru-hiked the Desert Trail before. I had to figure out how I’d resupply and get water. It took over two weeks just to lay it all out and pick up water and food caches. The toughest part was making sure my caches would be intact when I got to each point along the trail.What do you get from these wilderness steeped, solitary quests? BN: For some people the answer would be that these experiences aren’t important, but pointless and narcissistic. For me, I’ll answer that question with two quotes:“All America lies at the end of the wilderness road, and our past is not a dead past, but still lives in us. Our forefathers had civilization inside themselves, the wild outside. We live in the civilization they created, but within us the wilderness still lingers. What they dreamed, we live, and what they lived, we dream.”—T.K. Whipple“What we’re really seeking… is an experience where we can feel the rapture of being alive.”—Joseph Campbell To learn more about Buck’s upcoming plans, take a gander at journals and photos from his many prior travels, peruse exclusive gear reviews, or get yourself a copy of his scintillating documentary (available on DVD), “Alone Across Alaska: 1,000 Miles of Wilderness,” visit www.bucktrack.com.last_img read more


first_img February 15, 2002 Managing Editor Regular News Ethics panel asks courts to amend the judicial canons Ethics panel asks courts to amend the judicial canonscenter_img Mark D. Killian Managing EditorThe judicial canons should be amended to actively encourage — rather than merely passively recognize — a judge’s ability to engage in activities that improve the law, the legal system, and the administration of justice; and should expressly recognize that judges may support attorney pro bono services, according to the Judicial Ethics Advisory Committee.In January, the JEAC petitioned the Supreme Court to amend Canons 4 and 5 of the Rules of Judicial Conduct in an effort to clarify what activities judges may ethically take part in.“The Judicial Ethics Advisory Committee’s petition is reflective of the understanding that judges, by the very nature of their publicly elected or retained status, are performing an important public function,” said 11th Circuit Judge Scott Silverman, who chairs the JEAC. “The petition underscores the importance of doing more, but does so without creating a risk of harm to the independence of the branch.”The petition says while Canon 4 currently recognizes that judicial officers may engage in activities that improve the law, the legal system, and the administration of justice, it is deficient because it fails to actively encourage such involvement. The JEAC said judges should be encouraged to “improve upon the system they serve.”The JEAC has asked the court to strike the word “may” in Canon 4, which reads, “A judge may engage in activities to improve the law, the legal system and the administration of justice,” and replace it with “is encouraged to.”The committee also would like the court to rewrite the commentary to Canon 4B to read that a judge “is encouraged to speak, write, lecture, teach and participate in other quasi-judicial activities concerning the law, the legal system, and the administration of justice” and add the phrase, “including the role of the judiciary as an independent branch within our system of government.”Most notably, according to the petition, a proposed amendment to Commentary 4B would recognize that it is appropriate for judges to support pro bono legal services, “because such support is viewed as an activity relating to the improvement of the administration of justice.”That new language for Commentary 4B also describes examples in which support may ethically be rendered, and reads: “Support of pro bono legal services by members of the bench is an activity that relates to improvement of the administration of justice. Accordingly, subject to the requirements contained in the Code, a judge may engage in activities intended to encourage attorneys to perform pro bono services, including, but not limited to: participating in events to recognize attorneys who do pro bono work, establishing general procedural or scheduling accommodations for pro bono attorneys as feasible, and acting in an advisory capacity to pro bono programs.”The JEAC said the amendment codifies the committee’s long-time acceptance of the necessity of pro bono legal services within the system of justice, as well as the role of the judiciary in supporting such services, subject to the requirements of the code.“However, in proposing this amendment, the committee desires to make it clear that not all activities in support of pro bono legal services are ethically permissible,” the petition says. “For example, a judge is ethically prohibited from raising funds for organizations that perform pro bono legal services or from acting as the exclusive legal trainer for attorneys in such organizations.”The JEAC also proposed amendments to Canon 5 to actively encourage, rather than passively acknowledge, a judge’s ability to speak, write, lecture, and participate in other extrajudicial activities concerning nonlegal subjects.“The committee understands that an effective judge is one that not only is well-versed in the law, but one who stays in touch with his or her community on non-legal matters,” according to the petition. “The proposed amendment to 5B actively encourages judges to participate in those non-legal subjects, rather than merely advising them that the Code passively authorizes that option.”The proposed amendment to Canon 5B (2) would authorize a judge to accept appointment to a governmental committee or commission or other governmental position that is concerned with issues of fact or policy on matters pertaining to the improvement of the judicial branch. The current Canon 5C (2) does not include “the judicial branch” as an option.The proposed amendment to Canon 5C (2) says:“A judge shall not accept appointment to a governmental committee or commission or other governmental position that is concerned with issues of fact or policy on matters other than the improvement of the law, the legal system, the judicial branch or the administration of justice. A judge may, however, represent a country, state or locality on ceremonial occasions or in connection with historical, educational or cultural activities.”last_img read more


first_imgNZ Herald 17 April 2012A police decision to drop family violence as a category in crime statistics will obscure a nationwide rise in domestic abuse, Women’s Refuge says.But Government and police say the decision is aimed at putting New Zealand in line with international best practice on family violence reporting.Police removed family violence as a category in the latest round of national crime statistics.Deputy commissioner Mike Bush last night said the move was shifting focus to realign police with Australia.Family violence was still recorded under a broader range of categories that reflected the complexity of its impact, he said.Women’s Refuge spokeswoman Kiri Hannifin said her organisation had been blindsided by the move.She said it looked like an attempt to divert attention away from rising police callouts to family violence incidents.“A cynic would say it’s in the Government’s interest to have crime statistics going down.http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10799480last_img read more