Divorce in NZ – the 14-year itch

first_imgNo kids and in your 40s? Beware the 14-year itchNZ Herald 7 February 2016Most New Zealanders getting divorced are in their mid-40s and don’t have kids, and the “seven-year itch” is a myth.In fact, Statistics New Zealand figures show, couples are most likely to call it quits after about 14 years.Figures from 2014, the latest year reliable statistics are available, show that couples most commonly filed for divorce just before the 14-year mark. The average age of men breaking up was 47 and the women were 44.Experts say it’s an age when people start to reflect on where they are in life and what they want.And for those couples who have children it might be a time when they are about to fly the nest.At that point they find they no longer have anything in common and want to “do their own thing”, says divorce lawyer Jeremy Sutton.READ MORE: http://www.nzherald.co.nz/lifestyle/news/article.cfm?c_id=6&objectid=11585794last_img read more

Newcastle announce profit

first_imgNewcastle have recorded a profit for the second successive year, the club has revealed. The Magpies have released financial figures for the year ending June 2012 which show that the club made a profit after player amortisation of £1.4million. That is significantly down on the previous year’s level of £32.6million, although that was due largely to the £35million sale of striker Andy Carroll to Liverpool. Newcastle have also re-entered the list of the world’s top 20 revenue-generating clubs after increasing turnover by 5.4 per cent to £93.3million. That figure includes a rise of 14.6 per cent in television income as a result of their fifth-placed Barclays Premier League finish, a figure which is set to be boosted further by the bumper new broadcasting deal. However, while operating costs have remained steady at £21.6million, operating profit fell from £13.3million to £7.5million, and the club’s wage bill rose by 20 per cent to £64.1million as a result of the addition of the likes of Yohan Cabaye, Sylvain Marveaux, Davide Santon, Papiss Cisse and the now departed Demba Ba to Alan Pardew’s squad. That represents an increase in the wages-to-turnover ratio of 8.1 per cent to 68.7 per cent. Although attendances at St James’ Park rose to an average of 49,936 during the period – an increase of 2,190 on the previous year – ticket revenue dropped by seven per cent because of a series of pricing initiatives. Commercial revenue too was down by 12.7 per cent, although the figures do not include the Magpies’ new partnership with Wonga, which they say “represents a significant increase on the club’s previous commercial agreements”. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Vautour off to impressive start

first_imgVautour put up an impeccable display as he made a winning debut over fences in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Beginners Chase at Navan. Last season’s Supreme Novices’ Hurdle victor led from flag-fall and gave Ruby Walsh an armchair ride as he indicated he is sure to take high rank among the new recruits to fencing. None of his 15 rivals could get close enough to give the 2-11 favourite a race and it was simply a case of getting over the fences for Willie Mullins’ five-year-old, who did everything asked of him with aplomb and scored effortlessly by eight lengths from Clarcam. Walsh said: “I thought he jumped super. I thought he was absolutely amazing at the fourth-last. He has loads of scope and only does what he has to do. I’m very happy. “The first morning we schooled him he looked confident and was out the wings a little bit, but the second morning he was much better and today he was brilliant. “I suppose there aren’t many horses like him. What he did last year was spectacular. He always rode like a chaser to me even when he won his maiden hurdle here. I thought he’d be a great chaser. That was good today, but he has to build on it. “The trip to him is inconsequential. You can do what you want.” Mullins added: “He jumped well and it’s nice to see him pass his first test. I don’t think he could have jumped any better. “The fourth-last was the only fence he got a bit close to and I’d give him the benefit of the doubt because of the sun. For a novice he handled it well. “Ruby asked him after the second-last and I was delighted the way he jumped the last after changing gear. “The obvious thing is to go for the two-mile-one Grade One novice chase at Leopardstown over Christmas. We’ll see if there’s something before that or whether we wait for that, I don’t know. “His dam won from a mile and a half to three miles and being a Robin Des Champs, there’s no reason why he won’t stay.” center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

National Sports Federations to Hold Re-Run Elections on July 12

first_img” We are very careful to also ensure that candidates comply with the guidelines and present the right documents for verification. Thereafter, the master list will be published for all to see before the bye elections” Salau said.Fresh Presidential elections are to hold in Athletics, Taekwondo, Wrestling and Gymnastics while zonal elections will hold in Judo (South West) Athletics (South East and North West) and Taekwondo (South West).All Zonal, Vice and Presidential elections will take place in the Rugby Federation also on July 12.Inauguration of all National Sports Federations remains July 20, 2017 at the National Stadium, Abuja.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram The Federal Ministry of Youths and Sports has scheduled July 12, 2017 for the re-run of elections into the four pending national sports federations’ boards. The federations are Athletics, Gymnastics, Wrestling and Taekwondo.The Chairman of the National Sports Federations Electoral Appeals Committee, Alhaji Abdulrazak Salau said in a statement, that the influx of petitions which followed the June 13, 2017 elections at the Abuja National Stadium were overwhelming and needed more time to attend to.” We have had a beehive of activities since the Appeals Committee gave its verdict on June 30, 2017. The Committee has been bombarded with petitions and complaints from these Federations including Rugby. It became necessary for us to shift the election re-run date by 5 days to enable the monitoring bodies including the Election Committees to conclude screening and verification of candidates to ensure that what happened in the first election does not repeat itself.last_img read more