NZ Herald 28 May 2012Two MPs from opposing parties, National’s Nikki Kaye and the Greens’ Kevin Hague, have joined forces to develop a bill that would legalise adoption by gay couples. The National Party’s northern regional conference in Auckland at the weekend passed a remit in closed session supporting adoption by couples in a civil union. The party’s national conference in July is expected to debate a gay adoption remit, although such a matter would be a conscience vote in Parliament. It is possible that the Government could pick up the work Ms Kaye and Mr Hague are doing on adoption and surrogacy laws as a Government measure, while making some of the controversial issues a conscience vote. Prime Minister John Key told the Herald yesterday the passage of the remit reflected the changing face of the National Party.….The two MPs are drafting legislation to amend the Care of Children Bill 2004 based on a previous Law Commission report that looked at guardianship and adoption. The measure should be ready in a few months, Ms Kaye said, and would be a private member’s bill in her name or Mr Hague’s. It was a complex piece of work and there would be about 40 policy decisions. Some would be controversial, including the age of adoption, adoption by same-sex couples, adoption by single people, Maori adoption practices and issues relating to surrogacy. Labour list MP Jacinda Ardern has a bill in the private members’ bill ballot that would require the Law Commission to rewrite the law to allow gay couples to adopt.http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10808932Gay adoptions not a priority – PMNZ Herald 28 May 2012Prime Minister John Key said it wasn’t a top priority for the Government to promote a Bill legalising adoption by gay couples. Mr Key said he would vote for any Bill to progress to the Select Committee stage but would not confirm if he would vote for the bill to move further. “My own personal opinion is the issue of gay adoption is not hugely significant issue and it’s not because it doesn’t matter to those couples who might want to adopt children, but the truth is less than 200 non-family adoptions take place in New Zealand at the moment.” He said in the current economic climate it was not a priority for the Government.http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10809120
Foreign Direct Investment …points to complaints about judicial delaysA recent report from the United States Economic Affairs Bureau has painted an unflattering picture of Guyana’s legal system and the way it doles out justice in contractual and civil matters. Among other things, the report cites complaints of sloth in the Judiciary As a factor in its analysis.Guyana was among other countries that had their investment climates assessed by the US Department of State for 2018. The report makes it clear that the problem is not legislation; it’s the enforcement of said legislation.“Sufficient legislation exists in Guyana to support foreign investment in the country, but implementation of relevant legislation continues to be inadequate. The objectives of the Investment Act of 2004 are to stimulate socio-economic development by attracting and facilitating foreign investment,” it states.The Department noted that other relevant laws include the Income Tax Act, the Customs Act, the Procurement Act of 2003, the Companies Act of 1991, the Securities Act of 1998, and the Small Business Act.It was pointed out however, that the regulators are still required to act in order for much of these legislative measures to be implemented. And even though the State Department acknowledged that there is no known case of executive interference, it noted that the court systems are still perceived as lacking.“The judicial system is generally perceived to be slow and ineffective in enforcing legal contracts. The 2018 World Bank’s Doing Business Report states that it takes 581 days to enforce a contract in Guyana. Suspected corrupt practices and long delays make the courts an unattractive option for settling investment or contractual disputes, particularly for foreign investors unfamiliar with Guyana.”“In order to redress this obstacle to investment, the Government of Guyana, with support from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), established a Commercial Court in June 2006. Given Guyana’s growth potential, there is need for expansion and strengthened capacity in the near future.”In summing up, the State Department noted that implementing the legal framework remains inadequate as the judicial system is slow and ineffective in enforcing legal contracts.The Department also noted that there have been no recent cases of expropriation. It went on to advise that all companies should conduct due diligence and seek appropriate legal counsel to have any concerns resolved prior to doing business in Guyana.Persons have long complained about the sloth of the Judiciary. A recent case was Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo, who had noted back in June that more than three years after his party filed an election petition in the High Court, the matter continued to languish in the courts.
With the season fast approaching its end, Finn Harps make the trip to Longford on Saturday evening with all the pressure on the home side (kick-off 7.45pm).For the second season in a row, Longford look like they have thrown away the chance of automatic promotion as the season enters the final straight.For Finn Harps, promotion looks like it has gone for another year and Peter Hutton’s side will travel to Longford on Saturday with one eye already on the following weeks FAI Cup Quarter-Final against Drogheda United at Finn Park. “This weekend’s clash with Longford will be a good test but one we must look forward to,” said Hutton earlier this week.“We have a good record against them and we hope that continues. Longford are still very much in the promotion hunt and will view each game now as a must win. We on the other hand must look to the cup as our main priority now so we should go and enjoy the game but continue to finish the league campaign as strong as possible.”Last Saturday, Harps came out on the wrong side of a five goal game in Cobh against a side who they had knocked out of the Cup in the same St. Colmans Park venue just six days earlier.“Whilst we were disappointed with the result I was happy with the level of performance in general,” said Hutton of the 3-2 defeat at the Cork venue. “Defensively we gifted the three goals with some slack play and should have done better in preventing situations developing higher up the pitch. We got off to a great start with a really well worked goal with a real footballing passage of play down our right side which was finished well by Pat McCann. Cobh then got an equalizer from a very dubious penalty when young Kynan Rocks went down very easily in the box.“We managed though to take the lead again with a well taken goal by young Shane McGinty from the edge of the box but again we couldn’t hold on after Kynan Rocks was allowed to get away from three of our defenders to set up Stanton for Cobh’s second equalizer.“The second half we dominated possession for long spells and had a few chances but we failed to deal with a long punt forward that caught our defence on their heels and young Stanton broke free to grab what proved to be the decisive goal. Overall we were disappointed with the defeat and there are areas in which we were poor but performance wise I thought that given the amount of changes made to the starting 11, I was pleased and took a lot of positives.”As Hutton said, he made wholesale changes from the team which had won in Cobh earlier in the week.“I felt that given Monday’s replay, the journey involved and in particular the potential of a few confrontations given the nature of Monday’s game I decided now was an opportune time to freshen things up and change the personnel,” explained Hutton for his reasons for all the changes to personnel. “The vast majority of those that came in had for different reasons not played much recently but deserved some game time as they too have been working hard in training.”Hutton may decide to continue to rest some of his key players on Saturday ahead of the Cup quarter-final. Doubts hang over the fitness of Tommy McMonagle (foot) and Johnny Bonner (knee) and they are unlikely to be risked.In the three previous meetings with Longford this season, Harps hold the upper hand with two wins and a draw. Harps have won on each of their previous three visits to Longford despite having won only once there in ten games prior to last season.~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ TEAM NEWSSuspended: None.Doubtful: Tommy McMonagle (foot), Johnny Bonner (knee).Injured: None.Form Guide (last six league games)Finn Harps: L-W-L-W-L-L (6 pts)Longford Town: L-L-D-L-W-L (4 pts)~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Last six away games against Longford Town13-Aug-10 – Longford Town 1-0 Finn Harps (First Division)03-Jun-11 – Longford Town 0-0 Finn Harps (FAI Cup)09-Jul-11 – Longford Town 3-2 Finn Harps (First Division)14-Apr-12 – Longford Town 1-3 Finn Harps (First Division)11-Aug-12 – Longford Town 0-1 Finn Harps (First Division)11-May-13 – Longford Town 2-3 Finn Harps (First Division)~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Finn Harps Goalscorers 2013Kevin McHugh – 9 (2 in FAI Cup)Sean McCarron – 8 (1 in FAI Cup)Michael Funston – 4 (1 in FAI Cup)Keith Cowan – 3 (1 in FAI Cup)Mark Forker – 2Thomas McMonagle – 2Pat McCann – 1Shane McGinty – 1Lee Toland – 1 (in FAI Cup)Paul McVeigh – 1 (in FAI Cup)Thomas McBride – 1 (in League Cup)Matt Harkin – 1 (in League Cup)James Doherty – 1 (in League Cup)Marc Brolly – 1 (in League Cup)Aaron O’Hagan – 1 (in League Cup)~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Finn Harps Results 2013 (Harps goalscorers in brackets)31-Aug-13 – AL – Cobh Ramblers 3-2 Finn Harps (McCann, McGinty)26-Aug-13 – FAI – Cobh Ramblers 0-4 Finn Harps (McHugh, Toland, McVeigh, Funston)23-Aug-13 – FAI – Finn Harps 1-1 Cobh Ramblers (McHugh)16-Aug-13 – AL – Finn Harps 0-2 Waterford United09-Aug-13 – AL – Finn Harps 2-0 Salthill Devon (Forker 2)02-Aug-13 – AL – Athlone Town 1-0 Finn Harps26-Jul-2013 – AL – Finn Harps 1-0 Wexford Youths (McHugh)19-Jul-2013 – AL – Mervue United 4-0 Finn Harps12-Jul-2013 – AL – Finn Harps 0-0 Longford Town28-Jun-2013 – AL – Finn Harps 2-2 Cobh Ramblers (Funston, Cowan)28-Jun-2013 – AL – Waterford United 3-0 Finn Harps14-Jun-2013 – AL – Salthill Devon 2-1 Finn Harps (Funston)08-Jun-2013 – AL – Finn Harps 2-3 Athlone Town (Funston, Cowan)31-May-2013 – FAI – Finn Harps 2-1 Wexford Youths (Cowan, McCarron)24-May-2013 – AL – Wexford Youths 2-1 Finn Harps (McCarron)20-May-2013 – LC – Finn Harps 1-1 Derry City (O’Hagan) – Derry win 6-5 on penalties17-May-2013 – AL – Finn Harps 1-0 Mervue United (McCarron)11-May-2013 – AL – Longford Town 2-3 Finn Harps (McCarron, McHugh, McDonagh og.)04-May-2013 – AL – Cobh Ramblers 2-2 Finn Harps (McHugh, McCarron)26-Apr-2013 – AL – Finn Harps 0-1 Waterford United19-Apr-2013 – AL – Finn Harps 1-0 Salthill Devon (McMonagle)12-Apr-2013 – AL – Athlone Town 1-0 Finn Harps05-Apr-2013 – AL – Finn Harps 0-0 Wexford Youths29-Mar-2013 – AL – Mervue United 2-2 Finn Harps (McMonagle, McHugh)23-Mar-2013 – AL – Finn Harps 1-0 Longford Town (McHugh)15-Mar-2013 – AL – Finn Harps 4-1 Cobh Ramblers (McCarron 2, McHugh 2)08-Mar-2013 – AL – Waterford United 1-1 Finn Harps (McCarron)03-Mar-2013 – LC – Mayo League 1-4 Finn Harps (Harkin, Doherty, Brolly, McBride)HARPS PREPARE FOR CUP SHOWDOWN WITH STIFF LEAGUE TEST IN LONGFORD was last modified: September 6th, 2013 by StephenShare 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:CUPfinn harpsLeagueLongford TownPeter Hutton