Family First NZ has been in attendance at the World Congress of Families in Georgia. The event was hosted by Levan Vasadze (shown left, and below with Bob McCoskrie). His son was in the Auckland Rugby Academy, and we met him in Utah last year. We even watched the Rugby World Cup final together (he was supporting the All Blacks) and gave him an All Blacks shirt.Family First NZ is a partner of the World Congress (a fact that will send Craig Young in to a hissy fit).Background:The WCF regards the natural family as “the fundamental social unit, inscribed in human nature, and centred on the voluntary union of a man and a woman in the lifelong covenant of marriage. The natural family is defined by marriage, procreation and, in some cultures, adoption. Free, secure, and stable families that welcome children are necessary for healthy societies. History has shown that those societies that abandon the natural family as the norm are destined to decline and even extinction. The loving family reaches out in love and service to their communities and those in need. All social and cultural institutions should respect and uphold the rights and responsibilities of the family.”Central to the mission of the World Congress of Families is the celebration of and advocacy for the natural family, described by the 1948 United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights as “the natural and fundamental group unit of society” and, as such, “entitled to protection by society and the state.” The UN declaration also observes that “men and women of full age…have the right to marry and found a family.” And the WCF believes the natural family is the foundation of a free and prosperous society, as well as the cradle of civilization. It is also far and away the best environment in which to raise children.The WCF is an affiliation of scholars, government and ecclesiastical leaders, as well as advocates who focus on all issues relevant to the welfare of children and family. At present, it has 42 organizations in 14 countries, on five continents, affiliated as partners. From 1997 to 2015, WCF held eight international Congresses—Prague (1997), Geneva (1999), Mexico City (2004), Warsaw (2007), Amsterdam (2009), Madrid (2012), Sydney (2013) and Salt Lake City, Utah, USA in 2015 – and now Georgia in 2016.
February 12, 2020 Associated Press Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditPresbyterian (9-16, 6-6) vs. Radford (15-9, 10-2)Dedmon Center, Radford, Virginia; Thursday, 7 p.m. ESTBOTTOM LINE: Radford looks for its eighth straight win in the head-to-head series over Presbyterian. In its last seven wins against the Blue Hose, Radford has won by an average of 8 points. Presbyterian’s last win in the series came on March 3, 2016, a 65-64 victory. FEARLESS FRESHMEN: Presbyterian’s Cory Hightower, Michael Isler and Zeb Graham have collectively scored 38 percent of the team’s points this season, including 40 percent of all Blue Hose scoring over the last five games.DIALING IT UP A NOTCH: The Blue Hose have scored 67.3 points per game against conference opponents so far, an improvement from the 58.8 per game they managed against non-conference foes.FACILITATING THE OFFENSE: Carlik Jones has either made or assisted on 54 percent of all Radford field goals over the last five games. The senior guard has 43 field goals and 32 assists in those games.SCORING THRESHOLDS: Radford is 0-5 when its offense scores 61 points or fewer. Presbyterian is a perfect 5-0 when it holds opponents to 62 or fewer points.COLD SPELL: Presbyterian has lost its last four road games, scoring 66.5 points, while allowing 78 per game. Radford looks to extend streak vs Presbyterian DID YOU KNOW: Radford has committed a turnover on just 16.7 percent of its possessions this season, which is the second-best percentage among all Big South teams. The Highlanders have turned the ball over only 10.8 times per game this season.___For more AP college basketball coverage: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and http://twitter.com/AP_Top25___This was generated by Automated Insights, http://www.automatedinsights.com/ap, using data from STATS LLC, https://www.stats.com
Related Stories No. 4 Syracuse beats No. 18 Massachusetts 4-0 Published on September 6, 2015 at 5:28 pm Contact Liam: [email protected] Jess Jecko spent the majority of the last five minutes of Sunday’s game with her arms crossed, watching her teammates on the other half of the field. The senior goalkeeper remained far removed from the action in the waning moments of the contest, much as she had been all game long.Massachusetts only totaled five shots and Jecko was only required to make one save in what was a relatively easy game for the anchor of SU’s defense. Her teammates controlled possession throughout and kept the ball in the offensive zone.“To only see (five) shots against a tough opponent like UMass is just a total team effort defensively,” Jecko said. “It starts with everyone — the forwards, midfielders, and backs.”No. 4 Syracuse (4-0) shutout No. 18 UMass (2-2), 4-0, Sunday afternoon at J.S. Coyne Stadium to remain undefeated before starting Atlantic Coast Conference play next week. SU applied pressure through relatively constant offense and jumped passing lanes in the midfield. The Massachusetts attack was neutralized and never had an opportunity to put together a full-fledged offensive threat.The Orange dominated defensively with aggressive stick play and rotations to confuse UMass. It dictated the tempo by moving the ball quickly with short touches and quick decisions while passing.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“(We were) being patient when a team drops back in half court press. It’s up to us to decide when to play forward,” Syracuse head coach Ange Bradley said. “… They got tired and we kept the ball moving.”As little action as Jecko saw, one small miscue in the first half almost changed the entire game. Already leading 1-0, Syracuse allowed two UMass forwards to push the ball directly into the circle and into close quarters with Jecko.Syracuse’s goalkeeper slipped, and with the ball squirting back and forth between players of both teams, Massachusetts’ Izzie Delario managed to fire a dangerously close shot. But as the ball flew through the air and toward the back of the cage, Roos Weers slid in to help the fallen Jecko and the ball ricocheted off her right thigh and back out of the circle. The play prevented a sure goal.“Roos is an amazing defender and she really saved me there,” Jecko said. “I knew she was on my left and a girl made a good pull and like I said I was scrambling on the ground. She came up with a big save there.”Five minutes after the halftime break, midfielder Laura Hurff neutralized a UMass push into SU territory by chasing down a forward and executing a poke check to knock the ball away, once again preventing UMass from even recording a shot.“We just flew around and controlled the game from all areas of the field,” Hurff said. “We never gave up on plays.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+
Malachi Richardson and Michael Gbinije were both in attendance at the NBA Draft Combine in Chicago on Thursday, but only Gbinije participated in game action. Richardson opted not to play in the 5-on-5 portion of the event due to a back injury, he told ESPN’s Andy Katz on the broadcast.In the scrimmage, Gbinije played for the blue team, one of four teams and one that also had Iowa State’s Georges Niang, Gonzaga’s Kyle Wiltjer and Wisconsin’s Nigel Hayes on the roster.Gbinije played 27 minutes and shot 4-of-8 from the field, including a 2-for-4 mark from beyond the arc. He also hit three of his four foul shots to finish with 13 points. The former Syracuse point guard, who played both the point and 2-guard in the scrimmage, also chipped in three rebounds, three steals and two assists.He is projected to be taken in the second round by a handful of mock drafts, and Thursday’s performance would likely boost his stock, if anything.Richardson, who has yet to sign with an agent, also told Katz that he’s 50-50 on the decision to stay in the draft or return to school and he wants to make sure he makes the right decision for both him and his family.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text In the measurable department, Richardson’s 10.56-second lane-agility drill ranked fourth of the 34 players who had completed the drill on Thursday. Gbinije slotted in 12th with a time of 11 seconds.Gbinije’s three-quarter sprint time of 3.12 seconds was tops in the group of 35, while Richardson recorded a time of 3.33 seconds, which ranked 24th. In the standing vertical leap, Gbinije and Richardson ranked ninth and 10th respectively out of a group of 34 with Gbinije posting a mark of 33.5 inches and Richardson jumping 33 inches.The combine goes until Sunday, and underclassmen without an agent like Richardson will have until May 25 to decide whether they will return to school or keep their name in the draft. Comments Related Stories Malachi Richardson will enter NBA Draft but not sign with an agentMichael Gbinije signs with Roc Nation, talent agency run by rapper Jay Z Published on May 12, 2016 at 6:40 pm Contact Matt: [email protected] | @matt_schneidman Facebook Twitter Google+