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New calls for paid parental leave to be back on the table for election year

first_imgTVNZ 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are calling for paid parental leave to be back on the table for election year despite a bill to extend paid leave being withdrawn last year.Studies show on average, women return to work when their child is six months old, which UNICEF says is an issue because the first 1000 days of life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.center_img 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.last_img read more

Monk eyeing further progress

first_img Monk has managed to keep key players like skipper Ashley Williams, striker Bafetimbi Gomis and goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski, the latter signing a new four-year deal on Thursday amid reported interest from Serie A giants Roma. He also did his summer transfer business early with international forwards Andre Ayew and Eder, France Under-21 defender Franck Tabanou and Sweden goalkeeper Kristoffer Nordfeldt integrated into the Swansea squad at the start of pre-season. “We’ve had good preparation time with the group, they’ve put a lot of hard work in on both the physical and football side of things,” Monk said. “The group were together very early and the new signings were here early as part of our plan. “It’s an advantage because we’ve had five or six weeks with the whole group while other clubs are still looking to bring in players. “We got to a good level last year with the expectations of how I want them to work but now it’s about improving tactically, physically, technically – and that’s what we’ve been working on. “We have sat down and shown them how much they have improved and how much they can improve. “We have showcased situations on the pitch when it’s been negative and they’ve not dealt with it properly, then – after work with them to put it right – how they dealt with it properly and how it becomes second nature. “That’s how we are trying to improve, how to attack stronger and quicker, keep the ball better, how we defend certain areas of the pitch.” Monk has had no joy against Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho in the past, losing every one of their three previous meetings with the most recent being a 5-0 thrashing at the Liberty Stadium in January. “We conceded nine against them last year, which wasn’t good enough at all,” Monk said. “There weren’t many times I could say I was gutted with a performance but the one at home was one of them. “But Jose is tactically one of the best managers in the league. “He’s very clever in his approach, his team is so adaptable in playing different ways and brilliant to watch. “They’ve set the standard for everyone and when I come up against Jose I know I’m in for an interesting afternoon.” Monk has valid reason to curse his side’s start away to champions Chelsea on Saturday evening – “I don’t think the fixture computer likes us very much,” – as 12 months ago Swansea started their campaign at Manchester United. But Swansea spoiled Louis van Gaal’s Old Trafford bow that day by winning 2-1 and, while many observers feel Monk has his work cut out to repeat last term’s eighth-placed finish and 56-point haul, the 36-year-old feels the current squad is in a healthy place. Press Association Garry Monk feels Swansea are in good shape to build on last season’s best Premier League finish and record points total.last_img read more

More Woes for Theresa May Govt: Priti Patel Resigns Over Israel Meetings

first_imgThe Conservative Party in the United Kingdom has given Prime Minister Theresa May a deadline until Christmas to turn around her administration after two recent high-profile exits. After Defence Secretary Michael Fallon’s resignation due to a sexual harassment scandal, International Development Secretary Priti Patel bit the dust on Nov. 8 for holding unauthorized meetings in Israel during a personal holiday in August this year.“My actions fell below the standard of transparency and openness I had promoted and advocated,” Patel said while resigning.Patel was a Brexit campaigner but was forced out when it was revealed that she had withheld details of her meetings with Israeli officials. She apologized earlier this week for the conduct. Apart from meeting some organizations, she met Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as well, without the knowledge of the Foreign Office. She also visited the disputed Golan Heights area and asked her department if aid could be sent to Israeli troops in the territory. The United Kingdom generally balances meetings with officials in Israel with those with Palestinian officials since it recognizes a two-state policy.Priti Patel appears to have breached the Ministerial Code, gone behind the Government’s back, and misled the British public. #PritiPatel pic.twitter.com/BWNam592X3— Kate Osamor (@KateOsamor) November 8, 2017“Now that further details have come to light, it is right that you have decided to resign and adhere to the high standards of transparency and openness that you have advocated,” May’s letter said.The May-led government faces more criticism after Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson told a Parliamentary Committee that Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, a British-Iranian woman jailed in Iran for five years for espionage, was teaching journalists there. Her family said she was there on a holiday and there are fears that Johnson’s statement would increase her jail term.Also in hot water is May’s deputy Damian Green, who has been accused of inappropriate behavior and was recently questioned about pornographic material being found on his computer.Despite the attention – rightly – on Priti Patel, we mustn’t also forget Boris Johnson’s catastrophic error in the Iran case, his pathetic qualified apology to a mother in tears at prospect of not seeing her child for more years, and his risk to diplomacy— Jane Merrick (@janemerrick23) November 8, 2017Priti Patel needed to go but why given Boris has endangered the life of a British citizen is he still in post? His rank incompetence involves an innocent third party and it simply cannot be allowed to stand. If PM has any bottle he would be given his marching orders tonight.— David Lammy (@DavidLammy) November 8, 2017The recent events have cast a negative view on the government and there seems to be a trust deficit from the general public even as the tough Brexit talks continue.“There is cumulative effect and there is a danger for the Prime Minister that she could be perceived as having lost control of events,” an unnamed minister told the Independent. “That is a very difficult thing to regain once that perception is created. This next month to six weeks is make-or-break time. Not just domestically, not just with the EU withdrawal Bill and the Budget, but with the European Council in December and whether we get ‘sufficient progress’ in Brexit talks.” Related ItemsBoris Johnsonconservative partyIndian UK MPsIndian UK parliamentmichael fallonpriti patelPriti Patel controversypriti patel israelPriti Patel resignationPriti Patel resignsTheresa Maylast_img read more