Garden centres defy retail law

first_imgNZ City 25 March 2016Family First Comment: Most people seemed to be in their cars on Good Friday, not in their gardens!A garden centre operator defying Easter trading laws says it’s getting plenty of positive feedback from customers.Oderings had grown thousands of plants for its Easter sale and they were selling well at its ten garden centres on Good Friday, Julian Odering, a company director, says.Garden centres are not allowed to open on Good Friday but are allowed to open on Easter Sunday.Mr Odering said up until 1990 garden centres had an exemption but it was inadvertently done away with.Garden centre operators had been lobbying politicians ever since, and in 2000 they got the right to trade on Easter Sunday.But he said most of the prosecutions had been for trading on Good Fridays.Family First NZ said the current limits on Easter trading were good for the country and families were taking advantage of the long weekend and public holidays to travel, visit friends and family, and holiday together.A bill that allows councils to decide if shops can open on Easter Sunday passed its first reading in parliament last year after a heated debate and is being considered by a parliamentary committee.Workplace Relations Minister Michael Woodhouse has said the bill was a pragmatic solution to give local authorities and their communities the right to choose whether shops in their area should be allowed to open on Easter Sunday.The bill protected shop staff, who could not be compelled to work and did not have to provide an explanation if they refused, he said.He said current rules were complex and arbitrary. There were several historical exemptions which allowed shops in areas such as Taupo to open on Easter Sunday, while those in Rotorua could not.The bill affects Easter Sunday trading only. Good Friday, Anzac Day and Christmas Day shopping restrictions will remain.READ MORE: could be open on Easter Sunday, with conditions: Andrew LittleStuff 27 March 2016Easter Sunday – it’s quiet. But next year it could be bustling.Labour leader Andrew Little has expressed favour in allowing shops to trade on the weekend, but he had a few concerns.“I wouldn’t object to a law that allowed trading on Easter Sunday, providing the right of the worker to genuinely opt-out,” he said.The Shop Trading Amendments bill is in the select committee stage in Parliament.READ MORE: read more

Petra unveils lights at Ministry of Education ground

first_imgTHE Petra Organisation continues to shine bright at the helm of youth football and on Monday evening, they made another leap forward.The body embarked on a public/private partnership with stakeholders in Ansa McAl, Beepats and the Ministry of Education, to illuminate the ministry’s Carifesta Avenue ground.Giving the feature address, Education Minister Nicolette Henry contended that projects like these help to make rounded individuals who are in turn better model citizens.“As a government, we are very much interested in merging sport, culture and education, to ensure that young persons are holistically developed.”“The commissioning of the lights here certainly indicates a combination of partnership between sport and education, in this instance, Petra and the Ministry of Education.”She noted that more public/private partnerships are needed to develop many of the sporting facilities locally.Also present was president of the Guyana Football Federation, Wayne Forde, who said, “Their (Petra) focus on youth development is one that is unmatched by almost every other sporting organiser in Guyana.”He added that the body’s work complements that of the GFF, adding that the GFF alone cannot develop football locally.Speaking on behalf of Petra, Director Troy Mendonca stated that it is a dream come true for the body, with many more ideas in the pipeline.“It’s a representation of our mandate as an organisation and it is in sync with our philosophy and practised culture and that is to use sports in general and more so football as a vehicle for development,” he added.Ansa McAl, through their representative and Smalta Brand Manager Shawn Abel, contended that the company is all too willing to assist in football development.The facility will be used for the Petra Organisation’s youth programmes which include the Milo and Smalta tournaments as well as several of the ongoing features.last_img read more

Ogle beat ECCCC by six wickets in T20 final

first_imgOGLE Cricket Club eased past the Enmore Community Centre Cricket Club (ECCCC) by six wickets to win the Neville Ramotar T20 final, when the two teams battled last Sunday at the Enmore Community Centre ground. For the visitors, some of their players were able to excel with both ball and bat. Left-arm spinner Sohan Ragnandan spun his way to a five-wicket haul to help restrict the home side, before former senior national cricketer Azeemul Haniff turned back the clock to stroke a comfortable half-century.In the low-scoring clash, the home team won the toss and opted to take first strike. Except for a 55-run third-wicket partnership between opener Imran Hassan and Rudolph Singh the batting side crumbled.Anthony Ifill snared two top order batsmen, including Hassan for a well-played 49 (2×4, 1×6), but it was Ragnandan, who cleaned up the middle and lower order. Among his wickets was Singh for 32 (1×4, 2×6). In total, the spinner took 5-19 from 3.2 overs, which restricted the home team to 115 all out in 19.2 overs.Not without some effort, Ogle were able to chase down the target. Enmore made the early breakthrough, after Khemraj Jaikaran was run-out without scoring (1-1), but then youngster Andrew Samaroo joined Haniff and the pair batted their team past the halfway mark.The 69-run second-wicket partnership featured good running between the wickets. Samaroo who was stumped off the bowling of Yuvraj Dyal finished with 23 (1×6), while Haniff, whose batting was instrumental for the win, finished with 64 (4×4, 2×6)last_img read more

Alexis Peterson named to Wooden Award Preseason Top 30

first_img Published on December 7, 2016 at 4:34 pm Contact Matthew: | @MatthewGut21 Syracuse senior point guard Alexis Peterson has been named to the John. R Wooden Award Preseason Top 30, which recognizes the nation’s most outstanding players.On Monday, the 5-foot-7 guard became the first SU player since December 2013 to earn Atlantic Coast Conference co-Player of the Week honors. In No. 20 Syracuse’s (7-3) rout of Coppin State on Wednesday, Peterson led all players with 16 points and nine assists.She has already received Preseason All-ACC honors and been named to the watch lists for the Nancy Lieberman Award, given to the country’s best point guard, and Naismith Trophy, college basketball’s top individual honor. Award finalists will be announced at the end of the season.Through 10 games, Peterson is averaging 22.4 points, 3.4 rebounds, and 6.5 assists per game. The ACC’s leading scorer, Peterson ranks seventh in program history with 1,431 points scored. Comments AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more