TVNZ One News 18 January 2019A new poll suggests there is strong public support for cafes and other businesses to block pornography websites on their in-store Wi-Fi.It comes after Starbucks Coffee rolled out an international block in this year, following consumer pressure. Some members of the public told 1 NEWS watching pornography in public had never occurred to them, another said they had “never heard of it, and that it seemed “a little unnecessary” and one person agreed people should not be watching pornography in public. Bob McCoskrie of Family First said the result was “indicative of the growing community concern over this issue”. Family First supporters went around some cafes and fast food restaurants testing if they could access pornography on the Wi-Fi, finding some blocked pornography, and some did not. Family First commissioned the poll by Curia Market Research that found 79 per cent of respondents thought there should be adult filters in place for public Wi-Fi, with 16 per cent opposed and six per cent unsure. Netsafe said there was a range of tools available that businesses can use to block content.https://www.tvnz.co.nz/one-news/new-zealand/strong-public-support-cafes-other-businesses-block-porn-sites-in-store-wi-fi?variant=tb_v_1
(BBC) – Umar Akmal’s three-year ban has been reduced by one-and-a-half years by an independent adjudicator, retired Supreme Court judge, Faqir Mohammad Khokhar. The batsman attended the hearing in person in Lahore, and with the reduced ban, he will remain suspended effectively from February 2020 until August 2021.Akmal said he might appeal again to try and get it “reduced further.”Akmal had been banned from all representative cricket in April this year after he failed to report details of corrupt approaches made to him ahead of this year’s PSL.He did accept then that the incidents which formed the basis of the two charges pressed against him by the PCB had taken place, but pointed out that the circumstances were such that they did not merit reporting to the board.Each charge carried a three-year ban which was running concurrently.In May, Akmal filed an official appeal against the ban, challenging the length of the sanction and hoping to get it reduced.His appeal was based on the narrative that players who had fallen foul in a similar manner to Akmal previously were handed far lighter sanctions, with Mohammad Irfan banned in 2017 for six months, and Mohammad Nawaz given a two-month ban.But it had emerged that he had been handed the stiffer-than-expected penalty for failing to show sufficient remorse.“I am thankful to the judge for listening to my lawyers properly,” Akmal said after the hearing. “I will decide about the remaining sentence and try to get it reduced further. For now I am not satisfied and will consult my lawyers and family how to take this ahead.“There are many players before me who made mistakes and just look at what they got and what I got. So all I say right now is thank you very much.”Akmal initially did not contest the PCB charges, forgoing the right to plea his innocence.The case was directed to the chairman of the PCB’s independent disciplinary panel who, after hearing both the PCB and Akmal handed down the three-year ban.The judge Justice (ret’d) Fazal-e-Miran Chauhan had observed that Akmal had failed to give any plausible explanation for not reporting the matter to the PCB’s vigilance and anti-corruption departments and was in breach of Article 2.4.4, and was deemed to have engaged in corrupt conduct under the anti-corruption code of the PCB.Akmal had attended that hearing without a lawyer, presenting his case himself. Should he wish to appeal against the reduced ban, Akmal’s recourse would have to be the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in Lausanne, Switzerland.After Akmal had been banned for three years in April, the PCB counsel had said he was satisfied with the verdict, indicating the penalties for breaching the anti-corruption code needed to be made stiffer.“This three-year ban on the basis of non-reporting is considered appropriate,” he had said. “The PCB was asking for a stiffer sentence. It’s high time that duration of the ban should be increased because it’s very clear that players are not learning the lessons as much as they should.So as far as the legal side is concerned, I am very satisfied that the duration of the ban is reasonable, justified and proportionate.” There has been no comment yet from the PCB on today’s ruling.
The number 13 proved to be a good luck charm for the Wisconsin men’s soccer team Friday night as the No. 16 Badgers defeated Ohio State 2-0 on senior night at the McClimon Complex.The Badgers, led by 13 seniors in their final career regular season home game, dominated in all facets of the game to pick up their 13th win of the season and, in the process, extended the nation’s longest home unbeaten streak to 13 games.The senior class that has led Wisconsin (13-3-2) to its most winning season since the program earned a national championship in 1995 was honored in post-game ceremonies.“This is the best team, best group of guys I’ve been around. We’ve been here for four years. We’ve been through so much together,” senior captain Chris Prince said.Friday’s strong effort led by the seniors included strong defensive play by co-captain Paul Yonga and goals netted by Tomislav Zadro and Nick Janus.“We’ve been playing together for four years now, so you just know each other, where they’re going be at, and know each other’s strong suits,” senior captain Blake Succa said.That chemistry has helped the Badgers bounce back after a myriad of years being tenured in mediocrity. Since the 1995 championship campaign, Wisconsin has failed to reach the NCAA tournament and finished below .500 in 10 out of 17 seasons.This season, however, has been completely different. The culture and mood surrounding Wisconsin soccer has changed in head coach John Trask’s fourth season at the helm.The win over Ohio State improved Wisconsin to 9-0 at home in 2013, and their 13-game unbeaten streak is three games greater than the next-longest in all of NCAA Division I men’s soccer. The Badgers’ resiliency has been tested repeatedly during their current streak, and time and time again, they have come out on top.Early in the season, Wisconsin netted a game-tying goal with one second remaining in the game against Drake and went on to win 3-2 in overtime. On Oct. 17, the Badgers scored three goals in a 17-minute span to erase a 3-1 deficit against defending NCAA champion Indiana. Before outscoring their opponents 7-1 over the last two home games against Eastern Illinois and Ohio State, the first seven contests of the season at the McClimon Complex were all in a one-goal margin of victory.Those 13 seniors may not have played their final game of their careers at home, however. On Nov. 13, the Badgers will head to Columbus, Ohio, for the Big Ten Tournament. The team is assured of a berth in the NCAA tournament, but that’s not merely enough for Wisconsin. They plan to use their time in Columbus to improve their seeding and earn the chance to host a game in the NCAA tournament.“Hopefully, we’re looking to get a couple home games in the NCAA tournament. Obviously thus far we haven’t lost here this season. Knock on wood, hopefully that will continue to happen,” Succa said. “A couple games at home here would be huge and build our confidence even more for whoever we play.”For those 13 seniors, Friday night served as the possible culmination of an incredible body of work done on their home turf during their tenure. In 2010 — the freshman season for most of the current seniors—the Badgers went 4-13-3.That was also the first year at Wisconsin for Trask. Following the victory Friday, Trask engaged in a long embrace with each of the seniors, thankful for the work they have done in their four years together.The win served as the Badgers’ fourth consecutive win and eighth in their last 10 games. With postseason play coming up — highlighted by what will be Wisconsin’s first NCAA Tournament appearance in 18 years — they can only hope to remain one of the nation’s hottest teams going forth.
The Football Association has appointed a renowned Ghanaian sports psychologist to assist in the preparation of players of the Black Stars prior to matches.Patrick Ofori, a UK based psychologist, has over 3 years of professional experience and holds a PHD in Applied Sports Psychology.He worked with Asante Kotoko in last season’s premier league in the same portfolio. In 2009 he was awarded Commonwealth Scholarship for his PhD at Aberystwyth University.Ghana FA president Kwasi Nyantakyi who is currently with the Black Stars team in Kenya as they prepare for the second leg qualifier of the 2013 Nations cup against Malawi explains the motive behind hiring the sports psychologist.“This appointment is against the background that we have realized some problems which appeared to be psychological problems”.“We have realized that our team doesn’t do well in away matches as compare with our performances home and the problem is more pronounced during friendly matches and we hope to change this trend must change”. “So we thought that issues of superstition and other thoughts that affected the team could be settled or resolved through the appointment of a sports psychologist”.