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Kids as young as 3 entered in NZ Super Kids modelling competition

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first_imgNZ Herald 19 November 2017Preschoolers entered in contest involving catwalks and photo shoots.Kiwi kids as young as 3 have been entered into a new modelling competition where the winners travel to China for an international event which has a swimwear segment.Organisers say about 80 children are registered for the first New Zealand Super Kids & Teens Model Competition.Although the age requirement for entry is 4, an organiser told the Herald on Sunday they were accepting 3-year-old applicants who would be turning 4 before the finals in February.Critics are slamming the event saying modelling competitions are not child-friendly and cautioned about sexualising children.However, Parenting Place creative and development director Dave Atkinson, who has worked with young people in the field of resilience and mental health, said child modelling set off “serious alarm bells”.“Young people are exposed to an unprecedented amount of advertising and media every day, most of which has a very strong underlying message that ‘your value is based on your achievements, fame, or beauty’,” Atkinson said.“As parents it is our responsibility to protect our children from these ideas for as long as possible and to build a healthy sense of belonging and identity that goes far beyond their appearance.”Atkinson added: “One of the saddest beliefs a young person can grow up with is that they are significant or loved because they are beautiful.”Family First National Director Bob McCoskrie maintains catwalk training, photo-posing and modelling should be restricted to grown-ups.“There are no redeeming factors about child modelling and beauty pageants … they receive the message that their value is in their appearance and associated with sexualised standards,” McCoskrie said.“A premature interest in a sexy appearance, an obsession about body image for a 4-year-old and an undermining of the social prohibition against seeing children as sexual objects and sexually attractive are all huge warning flags.”READ MORE: http://www.nzherald.co.nz/index.cfm?objectid=11944563&ref=twitterlast_img read more

Tokyo governor apologizes for calling quake devine retribution

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first_img Share Sharing is caring! Tweet FaithLifestyle Tokyo governor apologizes for calling quake devine retribution by: – March 16, 2011 Sharecenter_img Share 51 Views   no discussions The governor of Tokyo apologized on Tuesday for saying the earthquake and resulting tsunami that left thousands dead were divine punishment for Japanese egoism, a leading Japanese news service reported. “I will take back (the remark) and offer a deep apology,” Tokyo Gov. Shintaro Ishihara said at a Tuesday news conference, according to Japan’s Kyodo News.On Monday, Ishihara had told reporters, “I think (the disaster) is tembatsu (divine punishment), although I feel sorry for disaster victims,” according to Kyodo News, which translated Ishihara’s remarks from Japanese. “Japanese politics is tainted with egoism and populism,” Ishihara had said Monday, according to Kyodo News. “We need to use tsunami to wipe out egoism, which has rusted onto the mentality of Japanese over a long period of time.”The death toll from Friday’s 9.0-magnitude quake off the east coast of Honshu grew to 3,373 on Tuesday. John Nelson, the chair of theology and religious studies at the University of San Francisco, said Ishihara’s remarks about divine retribution hark back to Japanese Buddhist ideas that fell out of favor decades ago. He said the Japanese term “tembatsu” could also be translated as heavenly punishment. “The way [Ishihara] used it was a prewar understanding of the will of heaven or the gods to discipline the Japanese people,” Nelson said.“That understating of the gods having an agenda was instrumental to the ideology of the prewar years, when it was said to be Japan’s divine mission to conquer Asia and establish an empire,” Nelson said. Ishihara, 78, had said he was leaving politics but announced after the earthquake that he will seek a fourth term as governor in this year’s elections.By Dan Gilgoff, CNN.com Religion Editorlast_img read more

Newborn, Avgerinos miss opportunity to give SU doubles point

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first_img Published on March 30, 2014 at 8:36 pm Facing a 5-3 deficit with her partner Maria Avgerinos, Rhiann Newborn delivered two consecutive serves that kept the duo in its doubles match against North Carolina. But Newborn committed a double fault late in the match, a costly mistake that derailed SU’s chance at earning the doubles point.“It was frustrating. I should not have double-faulted that,” she said. Syracuse (3-10, 3-5 Atlantic Coast) lost 2-of-3 doubles matches and stood no chance in its 7-0 loss to No. 8 North Carolina (19-3, 8-1) on Sunday at Drumlins Tennis Club. The freshman pairing of Newborn and Avgerinos had the opportunity to capture its biggest victory since becoming a doubles team. But the lack of execution in the tiebreak was the difference against the battle-tested Tar Heels.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSyracuse interim head coach Shelley George recognized that her freshmen squandered an opportunity against UNC’s Caroline Price and Whitney Kay, the 11th best doubles pairing in the country.“We were just a few points short of taking the doubles point, and that really would have helped us with the momentum going into the singles matches,” George said. Newborn and Avgerinos stayed loose and confident as they secured a 6-5 lead in the match. But North Carolina immediately roared back, tying the score and never allowing the freshmen to comfortably hold the lead.They responded by attacking the Tar Heels with aggressive serves, which gave the Orange a 7-6 lead. Instead of continuing in attack mode, though, Newborn and Avgerinos stayed conservative and that hurt their chances as the match wore on.North Carolina pushed it to a tiebreak by tying the game at 7-7, where Newborn and Avgerinos faltered and were never able to recover. “We really needed to close that match out,” George said. “When they were up 7-6, I think they got a little too defensive at that point. They needed to stay aggressive and close out the match.”In the tiebreak, UNC pounced on the inexperience of its opponents. The Tar Heels raced out to a three-point lead and placed plenty of pressure on the Orange.Avgerinos said it’s crucial to always move forward, and that Sunday’s loss is another reminder that you can’t show fear to your opponent.“One of the important things is showing your opponent that you’re never giving up,” she said, “so they don’t think that they can just walk over us.” Newborn attempted to turn the tide through her powerful serves, but her own miscues effectively ended SU’s chances of taking the doubles point. She had two miscalculated serves that led to a double fault, and a four-point advantage for North Carolina in the tiebreak. A month ago, she recorded a double fault against Virginia Tech and pulled out the victory. This time, though, Newborn was incapable of overcoming a crucial mistake against a Top-10 opponent.George recognizes the amount of pressure placed on Newborn as a freshman, and is confident she will use these matches as a learning experience moving forward.Said George: “Hopefully as she matures as a player, that kind of stuff won’t creep up in her game.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Tipp Intermediates out of Munster championsip

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first_imgPat Ryan got Tipp’s goal and also registered two points.Aidan McCormack also contributed handsomely to the losing side’s tally with 0-5.Limerick will play Clare in the Munster final on July 6th. Limerick beat the Premier County 2-11 to 0-15 in the provincial semi-final at Semple Stadium.Although William Maher’s side were always within touching distance of their opponents they never managed to edge in front.Their chances of victory were hit by goals in either half by the Treaty County’s David Dempsey and Pa Ryan.last_img read more