TVNZ One News 16 April 2017An international children’s charity and an academic are calling for paid parental leave to be back on the table for election year despite a bill to extend paid leave being withdrawn last year.Studies show on average, women return to work when their child is six months old, which UNICEF says is an issue because the first 1000 days of life are important for the child’s development.“This is a vital time for children to be well supported and looked after, parental leave is a way of doing that,” said UNICEF New Zealand’s Jacqui Southey. However, the Government says it’s not considering any changes to paid parental leave, simply because it’s unaffordable.https://www.tvnz.co.nz/one-news/new-zealand/new-calls-paid-parental-leave-back-table-election-yearKeep up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox. “That will make a big difference if people aren’t worrying about getting back to work before they should,” Ms Hyman said. Academic author Prue Hyman agrees, saying not enough is being done in New Zealand to support mothers back into the workforce and extending paid leave would help.
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The Ghana Football Association (GFA) says the Premier League will continue as planned despite the increasing concerns over the spread of coronavirus across the worldAlthough Ghana has not officially recorded any case of COVID-19, all three bordering neighbours have confirmed cases of the disease. ‘We want to play in big competitions’ – Jordan Ayew targets European spot with Crystal Palace RelatedPosts Ivory Coast FA elections: Asamoah Gyan backs Didier Drogba ‘I’m happy at Crystal Palace’ – Jordan Ayew says amid transfer speculation Tags: CoronavirusGhana Football Association In an official statement released on the GFA’s website, the Association says it is “monitoring the evolvement of the Coronavirus around the world and particularly in Africa.”The GFA added that it was working with the Ghana Health Service and the Ministry of Health on precautionary measures against the disease and cautioned the public to report suspected cases to nearby hospitals.Sporting activities over the globe have been affected by the spread of the virus since China recorded its first case in December 2019.Due to the rapid spread of the disease, which the WHO has upgraded to pandemic status, league games in Italy, Spain, and Denmark have all been suspended.Juventus’ Italian defender Rugani tested positive for the disease on Thursday.China, Argentina have stopped all sporting activities.Champions League matches in affected countries have also been played behind closed doors.The NBA has also had to suspend its schedule after a player for the Utah Jazz, Rudy Gobert, tested positive.Read the full statement from the GFA below:The Ghana Football Association wishes to inform stakeholders and the entire football fraternity that the GFA is closely monitoring the evolvement of the Coronavirus around the world and particularly in Africa.As espoused by His Excellency the President of Ghana Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo on Wednesday, we each have a responsibility to ensure Ghana is safe. The President assured the country that the Government is taking steps to handle any adverse impacts the outbreak could have on the country. This statement is very encouraging and assuring.The GFA has therefore decided to maintain the schedule of all competitions as we continue to liaise with the Government, the Ghana Health Service and the Ministry of Health and follow all national health protocols on the matter.The GFA has also taken notice of the statement from the Confederation of African Football on the virus.The GFA will continue to support government efforts by appealing to all participants of football, media and the general public to report suspected cases to nearby health centres and hospitals or call hotlines 0558439868/0509497700 for prompt action as directed by Government.