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Swedish town to use ‘stinky’ fertilizer to deter spring revelers

first_imgThe Swedish university town of Lund will spread foul smelling chicken fertilizer in its main park this week to deter revelers holding spring celebrations as part of efforts to curb the coronavirus outbreak, officials said Wednesday.City officials have asked residents to skip the traditional Walpurgis Eve celebrations on April 30, known in Sweden as Valborg, and plan to fence off the Lund city park.But they told AFP they would also go a step further and take the opportunity to spread one ton of chicken droppings in the park. While giving the lawns a welcome dose of nutrition, they also hope it will keep at bay those who would otherwise be tempted to defy the coronavirus restrictions. “Well, chicken manure simply smells awful,” Gustav Lundblad, chairman of the city’s environment board, told AFP.”It’s not very pleasant to sit around drinking beer in that smell,” Lundblad added.The park is a popular gathering spot for afternoon and early evening picnics on April 30, before the traditional bonfires later in the evening. Since the festivities — which can attract up to 30,000 visitors — are “spontaneous”, the city cannot outright ban them but given the coronavirus outbreak, Lundblad said the city strongly wanted to avoid them.Lund is home to one of Sweden’s largest universities and many of the municipality’s some 125,000 inhabitants are students.center_img Topics :last_img read more

South Africa’s anti-smacking law: lessons from New Zealand

first_imgBusinessTech 28 October 2017Family First Comment: Supporting parents in South Africa against an ideologically-flawed smacking ban!Family First NZ, a leading family group in New Zealand, is warning South African families that a smacking ban will do more harm than good by criminalising good parents, and harming children and families with little effect on the real issue of child abuse.“A decade on from the passing of the controversial anti-smacking law in New Zealand, the law has maintained its very high level of opposition, but most significantly the law has had a ‘chilling’ effect on parenting and rather than tackling rotten parents who are abusing their children, it has targeted well-functioning parents,” said Bob McCoskrie, National Director of Family First NZ.“An independent legal analysis at the end of 2014 by a prominent NZ public lawyer of court cases involving prosecutions for smacking found that statements made by politicians that the smacking ban would not criminalise ‘good parents’ for lightly smacking their children are inconsistent with the legal effect and application of the law.”A report at the beginning of last year analysing the 2007 anti-smacking law, “Defying Human Nature: An Analysis of New Zealand’s 2007 Anti-Smacking Law”, found that there was not a single social indicator relating to the abuse of children that had shown significant or sustained improvement since the passing of the law.Police statistics show there has been a 136% increase in physical abuse, 43% increase in sexual abuse, 45% increase in neglect or ill-treatment of children, and 71 child abuse deaths since the law was passed in 2007.A survey this year found that two out of three New Zealanders said they would flout the law.An earlier survey in 2011 – four years after the law was passed – found that almost a third of parents of younger children say that their children have threatened to report them if they were smacked, and almost one in four parents of younger children say that they have less confidence when dealing with unacceptable behaviour from their children.“New Zealanders predicted all of this before the law was passed, but their concerns were ignored. The politicians and anti-smacking lobby groups linked good parents who smacked their children with child abusers, a notion roundly rejected – and still rejected – by NZ’ers,” said McCoskrie.“The anti-smacking law assumes that previous generations disciplined their children in a manner that was so harmful that they should now be considered criminals. But anti-smacking laws are problematic because they contradict many adults’ own childhood experiences with discipline and their long-term outcomes.”“We would warn South African parents that this law will harm and rip apart families. Even just an investigation – without prosecution – by the police or social services is hugely traumatic and destabilising to families.”“The supporters of smacking bans such as the UN are influenced by political ideology rather than common sense, good science and sound policy-making. Parents use occasional smacking because it works and it’s appropriate. Criminalising good parents who simply want to raise law-abiding and responsible citizens is bad law-making,” said McCoskrie.https://businesstech.co.za/news/government/207817/south-africas-anti-smacking-law-lessons-from-new-zealand/SA smacking ban will do more harm than good, says NZ groupIOL 30 October 2017Family First NZ, a leading family group in New Zealand, is warning South African families that a smacking ban will do more harm than good by criminalising good parents, and harming children and families, with little effect on the real issue of child abuse.“A decade on from the passing of the controversial anti-smacking law in New Zealand, the law has maintained its very high level of opposition; but, most significantly, the law has had a ‘chilling’ effect on parenting, and rather than tackling rotten parents who are abusing their children, it has targeted well-functioning parents,” says Bob McCoskrie, the national director of Family First NZ.“An independent legal analysis at the end of 2014 by a prominent New Zealand public lawyer of court cases involving prosecutions for smacking found that statements made by politicians that the smacking ban would not criminalise ‘good parents’ for lightly smacking their children are inconsistent with the legal effect and application of the law,” he said.A 2016 report analysing the 2007 anti-smacking law, “Defying Human Nature: An Analysis of New Zealand’s 2007 Anti-Smacking Law”, found there was not a single social indicator relating to the abuse of children that had shown significant or sustained improvement since the passing of the law. Police statistics showed a 136 percent increase in physical abuse, a 43 percent increase in sexual abuse, 45 percent increase in neglect or ill-treatment of children, and 71 child abuse deaths since the law was passed in 2007.A 2017 survey found that two out of three New Zealanders said they would flout the law. An earlier survey in 2011, four years after the law was passed, found that almost a third of parents of younger children say their children have threatened to report them if they were smacked, and almost one in four parents of younger children say they have less confidence when dealing with unacceptable behaviour from their children.“New Zealanders predicted all of this before the law was passed, but their concerns were ignored. The politicians and anti-smacking lobby groups linked good parents who smacked their children with child abusers, a notion roundly rejected – and still rejected – by New Zealanders.“The anti-smacking law assumes that previous generations disciplined their children in a manner that was so harmful that they should now be considered criminals. But anti-smacking laws are problematic because they contradict many adults’ own childhood experiences with discipline and their long-term outcomes,” says McCoskrie.“We would warn South African parents that this law will harm and rip apart families. Even just an investigation, without prosecution, by the police or social services is hugely traumatic and destabilising to families. The supporters of smacking bans, such as the UN, are influenced by political ideology rather than common sense, good science and sound policy-making.“Parents use occasional smacking because it works and it’s appropriate. Criminalising good parents who simply want to raise law-abiding and responsible citizens is bad law-making,” according to McCoskrie.https://www.iol.co.za/lifestyle/family/parenting/sa-smacking-ban-will-do-more-harm-than-good-says-nz-group-11770446Keep up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.last_img read more

Ajax Esports partners with social media powerhouse 433

first_img433, a legitimate football focused social media powerhouse with over 16 million followers, has signed a strategic partnership with the esports arm of Ducth football club Ajax. Juul Manders, 433Ajax eSports, which has maintained a presence in esports by way of FIFA for two years and counting, has signed this partnership with one of the world’s leading online football communities. 433’s audience consist primarily of ‘the younger generation’ for whom FIFA is a rather popular, and esports more widely too. FIFA related content is prominent on 433’s social media channels, and the outfit’s second biggest Instagram account is 433FIFA with 1.6 million followers. 433 is the largest football community on social media. Over 16 million people follow 433, of which reportedly ‘at least 14,000 are professional footballers from the top 50 leagues in the world’. 433’s influence and reach has seen the firm work with the likes of Adidas, Nike, Samsung, Sony and Hilton. 433 generates 1.6 billion impressions on a monthly basis, and receives an estimated 675 million views on Instagram. Juul Manders, CEO of 433 commented: “433 and Ajax eSports are revolutionary entities both dedicated to leading their respective markets in the Netherlands and worldwide. Becoming strategic partners with Ajax eSports will enable us to further assert ourselves in a dynamic and rapidly growing industry. Combining our young audience and Ajax eSports’ talent will produce innovation and promising results for years to come.”Mirroring the club’s success on the real life pitch, Ajax eSports became champion of the Dutch eDivisie last year as well. The team also announced a new signing this week, in the form of American FIFA pro Joey Calabro, who is currently the number one in the world on Xbox. He previously played for New York City FC. Menno Geelen, Commercial Director of Ajax stated: “We noticed the content consumption of the new generation is different. 433 is unique in knowing how to reach this generation football fans as none other online community. With Ajax we do have the ambition to become the best football club of the world in FIFA eSports. Both regarding the best performances and engagement of our FIFA-fans through unique content. This cooperation emphasized our international goals with our eSports domain.”This marks 433’s first partner in the esports field, the two will ‘collaborate to develop innovative concepts that engage fans through live streams and activations’. Esports Insider says: 433’s reach in the world of football is staggering, and if they’re able to mirror this then Ajax eSports has made an undoubtedly smart move from which it’ll bolster potential sponsorships and more going forward.last_img read more