Edith Piaf was born on this day in 1915.
I’d planned to make the Healthy Food Guide’s Skinny Chocolate Brownie for dinner but had no stewed apple.
I didn’t have any fresh apples to stew either but I did have frozen raspberries which I thawed, mashed a bit and added in place of the apple.
The result was even better than the original recipe. The colour was richer and there was a subtle hint of raspberry which enhanced the chocolate flavour.
I didn’t have walnuts which the recipe required and used hazlenuts instead.
But I think because the raspberry seeds add texture it doesn’t need nuts at all and next time I”ll leave them out.
Prevention is always better than cure and that’s the aim of taking a whole of government approach to addressing the factors which lead to crime.
Justice Minister Simon Power and Maori Affairs Minister Pita Sharples said there will be an initial approach on four areas:
• Antenatal, maternity, and early parenting support.
• Programmes to address behavioural problems in young children.
• Reducing the harm caused by alcohol.
• Alternative approaches to managing low-level offenders, and offering pathways out of offending.
A Ministerial Meeting on the Drivers of Crime in April, hosted by the Ministers reached a broad agreement that the drivers of crime are complex, social, inter-generational, and require early intervention.
“Though responsibility for reducing crime sits with justice-sector agencies, many of the tools to address the drivers of crime are in other sectors, such as health, education, parenting support, housing, recreation, and economic, social and community development.
“The focus will be on improving outcomes by tackling fragmentation, ensuring ministerial and chief executive co-ordination and leadership of the work programme, improving value for money, and improving the relationship between government and the community.”
“Far too many Maori end up in our youth justice and prison facilities, wasting the most productive years of their lives. Far too many Maori are victims of crime. And far too many Maori children grow up in households and communities disrupted by crime and punishment.
“Anything we can do to promote Maori control over their own destiny, community strength and resilience, and pro-social behaviour by Maori will reduce crime overall, and help improve the social and economic position of Maori in the long term.”
Mr Power said the factors that drive crime also contribute to other negative outcomes, such as being a victim of crime, poor health, early school leaving, and unemployment.
“This means efforts to reduce crime cannot be pursued separately from efforts to address other social harms, but need to be part of a co-ordinated response across sectors.
“Several other Ministers are already leading work that could make a significant contribution to addressing the drivers of crime.
Celia Lashlie got in to trouble for describing a young boy who would grow up to be a murderer. But poverty, poor parental education, drug and alcohol abuse and other factors which give children a poor start in life also predispose them to crime.
Taking a whole of government approach from before children are born won’t be easy nor will it be cheap. But it’s an important part of any crime reduction strategy.
Getting things right from the start to prevent children getting in to trouble is preferable to trying to get them on a more positive pathway once they’re in the criminal justice system.
It’s usually the buyer who needs to beware, but Federated Farmers is cautioning would be farm sellers to conduct strict due diligence before entering into sale and purchase agreements.
The warning follows news a trust which is thought to have backing from Dubai World has signed up 28 farms in Southland.
It goes against every commercial norm for major capital items to be sold on a ‘no-deposit’ basis and farms are as big a capital item as you can get,” says David Rose, Federated Farmers rural security spokesperson. . .
“I must say that I am extremely nervous of reports that no-deposits are being taken. It’s pretty fundamental that a deposit be exchanged as a tangible sign of good faith.
“Our second concern relates to the financial backer being reported as Dubai World – the Emirates’ owned and controlled corporate lender.
“On 27 November, the Federation warned that Dubai World was close to defaulting on a substantial part of its $82 billion (US$60 billion) debt. Only on Monday, another Emirates, Abu Dhabi, injected US$10 billion in order to save Dubai World from an immediate default.
“Given these pressing business issues, we are naturally concerned that the supposed backer may not be prioritising the purchase of Southland farms. The fact that a reported deposit milestone has already been missed is further cause for alarm. . . “
Another factor which requires caution is the possible need for these purchases to go before the Overseas Investment Commission which could delay sales or derail them completely.
A bill to strengthen the Crimes Act to deal with violent offending against children, and to modernise the law of assault and injuring, is a welcome move from Justice Minister Simon Power.
The four areas the bill will deal with are:
- Assault, injury, and serious injury: a new matrix of offences that consistently address both culpability and consequence.
- Specific offences: offences with a specific (usually aggravating) feature – eg, assault on a child, setting traps, impeding rescue – are rationalised and updated.
- Offending against children: a new offence of failing to protect a child or vulnerable adult, and reform of other offences dealing with offending against children.
- Endangering, negligent injury and culpable homicide: a hierarchy of offences that address the range of outcomes arising from grossly negligent behaviour, whether death, injury, or risk of injury results.
“The new offence of failing to protect a child or vulnerable adult will hold accountable household members who fail to notify authorities of a child or vulnerable adult suffering abuse.
“Legislation will ensure it will no longer be an excuse to say you were not involved in abusing a child – the fact that you lived in the household and knew of abuse makes you involved.
Sometimes the people who watch and do nothing are victims of violence and abuse themselves.
But to do nothing when a child or vulnerable adult is being abused is to be complicit in the act.
“The commission also recommended repealing the specific assaults of male assaults female and assault on a child. But, at a time when the Government is working to discourage domestic violence, it would be inappropriate to repeal these offences.
I understand the thinking behind the recommendation. Violence isn’t the sole preserve of men but repealing these acts when there is such a need to counter domestic violence would send mixed messages.
On December 19:
1683 Philip V of Spain, was born.
1820 Mary Livermore, American journalist and women’s rights advocate, was born.
1915 Édith Piaf, French singer and actress, was born.
1923 Gordon Jackson, Scottish actor, was born.
1925 Robert B. Sherman, American songwriter, was born.
1932 BBC World Service began broadcasting as the BBC Empire Service.
1941 The Royal Navy cruiser HMS Neptune struck enemy mines and sank off Libya – more than 750 men lost their lives including 150 New Zealanders.
1946 Start of the First Indochina War.
1984 The Sino-British Joint Declaration, stating that the People’s Republic of China would resume the exercise of sovereignty over Hong Kong and the United Kingdom would restore Hong Kong to China with effect from July 1, 1997 was signed in Beijing by Deng Xiaoping and Margaret Thatcher.
Sourced from NZ History Online & Wikipedia.