Illegal sex workers access million-dollar taxpayer-funded health programme

first_imgNZ Herald 31 May 2018Family First Comment: New Zealand legislation specifically excludes migrants holding temporary visas from being able to lawfully work in the sex industry. “It is disturbing that both the ministry and NZPC are knowingly aiding illegal forms of prostitution in NZ, and using taxpayer funding to facilitate that work,” McCoskrie said. “Turning a ‘blind eye’ to illegal migrant workers will simply open up a huge market for trafficking and exploitation which, based on local anecdotal evidence and international experience, will harm women.”Illegal sex workers are accessing a million-dollar taxpayer funded sex programme, a Herald investigation can reveal.The Ministry of Health (MOH) funds $1,099,944 excluding GST annually to the New Zealand Prostitutes Collective (NZPC) for health programmes across the country for sex workers.In a response to an email enquiry by a local sex worker, the ministry confirmed that the services were “from time to time” being accessed by sex workers who are not legally able to work in New Zealand.The programmes include sexual health and family planning, weekly sexual health clinics in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch, and needle exchange services in Tauranga and Auckland.The ministry’s service commissioning director Jill Lane said the prevention of HIV and Aids and the health, safety and welfare of all sex workers and their clients remained its “prime focus”.Family First national director Bob McCoskrie slammed the ministry and NZPC for using taxpayer money to “knowingly aid” illegal prostitution.New Zealand legislation specifically excludes migrants holding temporary visas from being able to lawfully work in the sex industry.“It is disturbing that both the ministry and NZPC are knowingly aiding illegal forms of prostitution in NZ, and using taxpayer funding to facilitate that work,” McCoskrie said.“Turning a ‘blind eye’ to illegal migrant workers will simply open up a huge market for trafficking and exploitation which, based on local anecdotal evidence and international experience, will harm women.”NZPC national co-ordinator Catherine Healy said the collective runs five community-based programmes and had more than 10,700 engagements with sex workers last year.READ MORE: sex workers undercut by illegal foreign prostitutesTVNZ One News 31 May 2018A wave of foreign prostitutes working in breach of their visas is taking work from locals, sex workers say.While some women advertising on sex work websites as foreign visitors would have residence or citizenship, immigrants now outnumbered New Zealanders in the industry, Christchurch prostitute Amber O’Hara* said.“The New Zealand sex industry is now on a quite predictable trajectory, containing mainly illegal sex workers willingly travelling here to work from countries where it is illegal,” she said.“Yet it’s a see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil situation from those with the actual power to help.” One of the main sex work websites advertised more than 800 women, separated into Asian and non-Asian prostitutes. “It will mean that New Zealand ladies who do want to work, who are straight with the IRD and trying to do the right thing, can actually run a sustainable business without unfair competition from people who are not doing the right thing by our law. A registration scheme on sites would mean only those eligible to work could advertise – and ensure everyone was paying tax, Ms O’Hara said.center_img Immigrants taking New Zealanders’ jobs would not be allowed in other industries and the country was seen as a soft target for women who could makes thousands on a sex work holiday, Ms O’Hara said. “It wouldn’t be a problem if there were just a few fly-by-nighters but, if you count the ads, New Zealanders are easily outnumbered.”READ MORE: read more

Badgers raise Final Four banner, take down Northern Kentucky

first_imgFor just the second time in the history of the Kohl Center, a Final Four banner was raised into the rafters.Before the third-ranked Wisconsin men’s basketball team took to the floor for their regular-season opener against Northern Kentucky Friday night, the 2014 Final Four banner was raised into the rafters and last year’s team was given their Final Four rings in a pregame ceremony.“The hype is good, the people are talking about us, it’s cool, it’s fun but at some point you have to turn the page from last year,” junior forward Sam Dekker said of the ceremony. “I think after that, everyone came back down to earth and it’s always good to get back on the court against a different opponent in a game that matters now standings-wise.”Once they came back down to earth after the pomp and circumstance of the ceremony, No. 3 Wisconsin (1-0, 0-0 Big Ten) showed the 17,279 in attendance at the Kohl Center why they’re a top-five team, disposing of Northern Kentucky 62-31 Friday night.Preseason Big Ten Player of the Year Frank Kaminsky started the 2014-15 season right where he left off last season, chipping in his first double-double of the year with a game-high 16 points and 11 rebounds. Dekker added 15 points for UW while sophomore forward Nigel Hayes hauled in 10 rebounds of his own.The UW defense was in mid-season form Friday night, holding Northern Kentucky to only 26.4 percent shooting (14-for-53) from the floor and 12.5 percent shooting (2-for-16) from beyond the arc. No player from NKU scored in double figures with Daniel Camps leading the way for the Norse with eight points. The Badgers dominated the glass as well Friday night, outrebounding NKU 42-28.“I think we did really well defensively tonight,” Kaminsky said. “Holding an opponent to 31 points is pretty good. We had a little slip-up at the end; we wanted to hold it to under 30 but it’s a good start and hopefully we can build on it.”Wisconsin head coach Bo Ryan was well prepared for the Norse offensive attack Friday night, recognizing their quickness and their ability to attack the basket. Shutting down Northern Kentucky’s dribble-drive was key to the Badgers equaling the fewest points they have given up while under the direction of Ryan.“We know the strength that [Northern Kentucky] brought in here with their quickness off the dribble-drives and their throw backs and things like that; they’re pretty effective with that,” Ryan said. “So I thought that defensively Vitto [Brown] and Nigel [Hayes] and the other guys…they did a good job of moving their feet and shutting off the driving lanes.”Both teams came out slow the first five minutes of the game before the Badgers went on an 18-4 run to take an 18-8 lead over Northern Kentucky with 9:05 left in the first half. UW would take a 27-15 lead at halftime, holding NKU to 28 percent shooting (7-for-25) in the half. Kaminsky led all scorers with 10 points while he and Hayes each added seven rebounds for the Badgers. Wisconsin also had assists on eight of their 11 field goals with Kaminsky leading the way with three.In the second half the Badgers started on an 18-6 run with senior guard Traevon Jackson scoring seven of his nine points during the run while Dekker added five points of his own. At this point the Badgers had opened up a 46-21 lead over NKU and were well on their way to their 17th-straight home-opening win.Returning four of their five starters from last season, the cohesiveness of the Badgers was on display Friday night as well. UW finished the game with 13 assists on 23 field goals with Kaminsky leading the way with four.“Returning so many people from last year’s team we have an understanding on how to play with each other already…building on last year,” Kaminsky said. “Everyone knows everyone’s strengths so we just try to play to that.”Following the win, the Badgers will have a short turnaround as they take on Chattanooga Sunday at the Kohl Center. Tipoff is scheduled for 12 p.m.last_img read more

Justin Turner’s full circle with Dodgers is drawn by hard work, powerful fate

first_img Whicker: Scenes from a wetting: Dodgers rejoice, reflect in Chicago So they understand the superstitions, and why Red wears his hair so and his beard so identifiably thick.“I do wish he’d clean it up a little bit,” Betsy said.“I don’t think the Dodgers are doing their job,” John said, with a familiar-looking grin. “They should be getting him a deal with Lucky Charms.”LOST AND FOUNDAnd, as baseball people, they know they’re not in control.You work and work and then hand off your life to inexorable fate.They have learned that in easy and hard ways.They were at the College World Series in 2003, the year before the Titans won, the second of Justin’s three.The Stanford pitcher was Matt Manship. His fastball hit Turner in the face.A surgeon, watching at home, immediately told his wife, “I’m going in and this is going to be a long night.”He raced to Bergan Mercy Hospital, attended to Justin, kissed him on the forehead and said, “Someone is looking after you. A quarter-inch either way and it’s really bad.”Turner was back in the dugout for the 10th inning, although his ankle started hurting.“But when the surgeon said somebody was looking out for him, I immediately knew who it was,” Betsy said.It was Ruben Gonzalez.When Justin was 13, Ruben was his friend and summer teammate, a 6-foot power hitter. His feet stuck out of the short beds on which they slept. For John, there is little doubt Gonzalez would be in the big leagues.“We were going to Vegas for a tournament and we heard Ruben had been killed in a wreck,” John said.“It was devastating to us. But we knew he was the one the doctor was talking about.”Team USA didn’t want to use Justin that summer because he might be gun-shy. In his first summer at-bat Turner immediately faced the pitcher and tried to bunt, just to prove something.By then his ankle was worse. A second diagnosis discovered it was broken, thanks to the force of Manship’s fastball.BARELY A DODGERThat’s how baseball was played at Lakewood High, when John Herbold coached, between Long Beach Poly High and Cal State L.A., on his way to 918 wins. His team was known as Herbold’s Hustlers, and John Turner was one.That’s how it is still played at Fullerton, where Red was a bat boy on teams with Mark Kotsay and Aaron Rowand.Rick Vanderhook, the head coach, was an assistant then. Florida sent the Turners a recruiting questionnaire, and John showed it to Vanderhook, who grabbed it, filled it out and sent it back.“Too late,” he wrote. “Justin Turner is a Titan.”Spirits kept intervening. Turner didn’t have a contract in February 2014. He went to the CSF Alumni game, and Tim Wallach, the Dodgers’ third base coach, talked with him, then recommended him.“He was 10 minutes from signing with the Red Sox,” Jill said. “And that’s when Ned Colletti (then the Dodgers GM) called. It was a dream to play here. He just didn’t know if he’d be distracted by being home.”“He could have worn out that wall in Fenway Park,” John said.Turner went to camp with no guarantees. Alex Guerrero was supposed to be the second baseman, and Turner was butting heads with Chone Figgins for a roster spot.Then third baseman Juan Uribe came to camp out of shape and then pulled a hamstring. “That opened the door,” John said.Turner never stopped knocking. He revamped his swing – “certainly not the way I was taught,” John said – and became a power source.He analyzed his 2016 performance and frowned at his 107 strikeouts and his .209 average against lefties. This year he hit .380 against lefties and struck out 56 times, with 59 walks.“We’ve always said he was lucky,” Betsy said. “And people would say what he is doing this year isn’t luck. I know, but you don’t get a chance in the majors until somebody else fails or gets hurt, not unless you’re one of those 5-tool players. You just keep working and be ready once that happens.”Now all the decks at Dodger Stadium and tens of millions of viewers look down on Justin Turner and a pressured pitcher.The Turners do, too, with someone they know. BELLFLOWER — John Turner was the third employee hired by NC Dynamics, a machinery firm in Paramount.That was 37 years ago. Now 183 people work there. It’s the type of business that let John leave at 2 p.m. and coach the Mayfair High freshman baseball team, then come back to work at 6.John’s son Justin was on that team, with the school just a few blocks away. Later, Justin started for four years at Cal State Fullerton, even as a 120-pound freshman, and he passed through three organizations before the Dodgers signed him in 2014.Now Turner hits walk-off homers in the playoffs, finishes second in the National League batting race, leads the Dodgers to 111 wins. Or the kid who won a summer game against a team organized by his cousins. On the way home Betsy asked him, “I was nervous when you came up.”Justin replied, “Really? I like pressure. The pressure isn’t on me. it’s on the pitcher.”GAME OF THEIR LIVESIt’s a baseball family. Jill works for the Legacy Group, which represents Justin. John celebrates his birthdays at spring training. Betsy celebrates hers at opening days.They try to add two new major league parks every summer.“And I’m J.T.,” John said. “I know they call him J.T., but he’s always been Red.”Related Articles Dodgers 2017 World Series, postseason results, recaps, box scores How the Dodgers’ roster was built: 2 front offices, 12 trades, millions of dollars Whicker: Dodgers’ merit system works both ways John and his wife Betsy will hold their usual anniversary dinner Monday night, their 35th, at Captain Jack’s in Sunset Beach.The next night they will watch Justin play in the Dodgers’ first World Series since 1988.Much has happened since, but Justin is still the kid who sat on the porch with glove, ball and bat, waiting for John.Or the kid who sat in the living room with the new Mayfair coach and discussed practice plans for three hours. Justin did the talking. The coach took the notes.Or the kid who sat in front of the TV and correctly predicted the hit-and-runs and the steals. “It was ridiculous,” said Jill, Justin’s sister. “How did he know that?” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

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first_imgBARCLAYS PREMIER LEAGUE REVIEWSCHELSEA 3 SUNDERLAND 1GOALS:- CHELSEA: IVANOVIC 5th; PEDRO 13th; OSCAR PEN 50th. SUNDERLAND: BORINI 52nd.Chelsea began life without JosÈ Mourinho by punishing a poor Sunderland at Stamford Bridge. The Blues, watched by incoming caretaker boss Guus Hiddink, took an early lead through Branislav Ivanovic and added a second before the break through Pedro. Oscar’s penalty confirmed the win, though Fabio Borini replied in the second half.EVERTON 2 LEICESTER CITY 3GOALS:- EVERTON: LUKAKU 32nd; MIRALLAS 87th. LEICESTER: MAHREZ PEN 27th, PEN 65th; OKAZAKI 69th.Leicester ensured they will be top of the Barclays Premier League at Christmas by beating Everton at Goodison Park. Riyad Mahrez scored the first of two penalties after Ramiro Funes Mori held back Shinji Okazaki. Romelu Lukaku levelled, but Everton goalkeeper Tim Howard tripped Jamie Vardy to allow Mahrez to convert from the spot a second time. Okazaki scored a third for the Foxes, who held on despite Kevin Mirallas’ late strike.MANCHESTER UNITED 1NORWICH CITY 2GOALS:- UNITED: MARTIAL 66th. VILLA: JEROME 38th; TETTEY 54th.The pressure is on Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal after his team were humbled by struggling Norwich at Old Trafford. Norwich took the lead in the first half through Cameron Jerome. It got worse for the home side in the second half, as Jerome broke clear to feed Alex Tettey, who netted from close range. Anthony Martial pulled a goal back, but United’s winless run is now six games, while Norwich are out of the drop zone.NEWCASTLE UNITED 1ASTON VILLA 1GOALS:- NEWCASTLE: COLOCCINI 38th. VILLA: AYEW 61st.A wonderful second-half strike from Jordan Ayew earned Barclays Premier League bottom-club Aston Villa a valuable point at Newcastle. Ayew drove into the top corner from inside the area to cancel out Fabricio Coloccini’s close-range opener. Both sides had chances to win in the closing stages, with Newcastle striker Georginio Wijnaldum and Villa’s Rudy Gestede having shots saved.SOUTHAMPTON 0TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR 2GOALS:- TOTTENHAM: KANE 40th; ALLI 43rd.Harry Kane scored on his 100th Tottenham appearance, as they moved into the Barclays Premier League top four with victory at struggling Southampton. Kane broke through the Saints’ defensive line and finished coolly for a 10th goal in his past 10 games. Soon after, Dele Alli benefitted from some lax defending to score from close range and put Spurs firmly in control.STOKE CITY 1CRYSTAL PALACE 2GOALS:- STOKE: BOJAN PEN 76th. PALACE: WICKHAM PEN 45th; LEE 88th.Lee Chung-yong came off the bench to claim an 88th-minute winner for Crystal Palace at Stoke, leaving the Eagles level on points with fourth-placed Tottenham. Connor Wickham’s penalty gave Palace a first-half lead, but after Stoke levelled from the spot when Damien Delaney was punished for handball and Bojan stepped up to dispatch his fourth goal of the season, Lee found the net with a 30-yard shot which sailed past Jack Butland on 88 minutes.WEST BROMWICH ALBION 1 AFC BOURNEMOUTH 2GOALS:- WBA: McAULEY 79th. BOURNEMOUTH: SMITH 52nd; DANIELD PEN 87th.Charlie Daniels’ late penalty earned Bournemouth a third successive Barclays Premier League victory at the expense of West Brom, who finished with nine men.The Baggies were a man down in the 34th minute when James McClean was shown red for scything down Adam Smith.The Cherries took the lead when Smith fired in low from 20 yards, before Gareth McAuley equalised with a header. Daniels crashed home the winner three minutes from time, before Salomon Rondon saw red for a clash with Dan Gosling.last_img read more