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USU Coach Craig Smith Prepares For His First Basketball Camp

first_img Brad James FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailLOGAN, Utah-Monday, the Craig Smith basketball camp commences with walk-up registration available at noon on June 11.His position and shooting camp is the first of three camps to be offered by the men’s basketball program this summer.Additionally, there will be a team camp and a day camp with online registration for the day camp set to close on Sunday June 17.The position camp runs June 11-13 and will focus on instruction in fundamentals and will include activities and team awards.This camp is for youths from kindergarten-9th grade while Smith and all of his staff will be on hand involved with all instruction. June 5, 2018 /Sports News – Local USU Coach Craig Smith Prepares For His First Basketball Camp Written by Tags: Awards/Basketball Camp/Craig Smith/Fundamentals/Instruction/USU Men’s Basketballlast_img read more

Tullow Oil allocates 90% CAPEX on West African production assets

first_imgThe company expects to generate nearly $7bn of operating cashflow over the next decade The offshore production assets of Tullow Oil in West Africa are in Ghana, Gabon, Cote d’ivôre, and Equatorial Guinea. (Credit: D Thory from Pixabay) UK-based Tullow Oil has unveiled a new plan to focus 90% of its future capital expenditure (CAPEX) on its producing assets in West Africa.Currently, the company’s production assets in the region are located offshore Ghana, Gabon, Cote d’ivôre, and Equatorial Guinea.The company said that its new strategy and plan will focus on the considerable potential within its resource base associated with its producing assets where extensive infrastructure is available.Tullow Oil CEO Rahul Dhir said: “Since joining Tullow in July 2020 I have been deeply impressed by the strength of the Group’s assets, especially in Ghana. Following hard work by our team, and with input from our partners and external experts, we have a clear strategy and plan for the next 10 years.“The plan focuses our capital on a deep portfolio of short-cycle, high-return opportunities within our current producing asset base and will ensure that Tullow can meet its financial obligations and deliver material value for our host nations and investors.”Over the next decade, the company expects to generate nearly $7bn of operating cashflow.Tullow Oil also disclosed plans to invest around $2.7bn from 2021 and 2030 and make close to $4bn cash flow available for reducing debt and for shareholder returns.The company further stated that the new plan will yield production growth in the medium term and also enable it to sustain production levels over the longer term.It will begin the first phase of investment in the second quarter of 2021 by launching a multi-well drilling programme in Ghana.Tullow Oil also revealed that the evaluation phase of its Kenyan and South American assets does not require a significant capital investment. Instead, the company will look to use an innovative approach and its expertise in geoscience and engineering to unlock their value.In Kenya, the company has been engaged in re-evaluating Project Oil Kenya for designing an economic project at low oil prices while retaining the phased development concept.In South America, Tullow Oil will focus on getting a better understanding of the prospectivity of the basins in Suriname, Guyana, and Argentina where its assets are located.Recently, the company sold its assets in Uganda, including its stake of 33.3% in the Uganda Lake Albert project, to Total, for $575m.Tullow Oil said that it will continue to assess sale of additional assets if they are value accretive and can make its balance sheet stronger.However, the company said that currently there isn’t much urgency to sell additional assets because of the material cost savings it has realised and the cash flow generation from the newly unveiled plan.last_img read more

GasBuddy’s DeHaan: Pump prices could go back up this week

first_img Twitter GasBuddy’s DeHaan: Pump prices could go back up this week Facebook Pinterest By Network Indiana – April 12, 2021 1 123 Previous articleHelp for Michigan’s homebound: COVID vaccine outreach expandsNext articleOne person injured in shooting on Huey Street in South Bend Network Indiana Facebook Twitter WhatsApp WhatsApp (“Gas Pump” by Mike Mozart, CC BY 2.0) Gas prices have gone down slightly across Indiana and much of the country, but that could change as early as this week.The main factors that are driving that are the coronavirus, oil prices, and the supply of oil and gasoline.“On the supply side, OPEC did meet a couple of weeks ago. That’s where the supply is coming from. They are increasing production by 350,000 barrels per day starting in May. So that was a little bit of downward pressure on the price of oil. The other thing driving downward pressure is COVID-19 cases going up,” said Patrick DeHaan, head of petroleum analysis for GasBuddy. “Countries in Europe are locking down and cases in the U.S. are going up too.”In Indianapolis and much of Indiana, DeHaan said prices have not gone up in April yet. Oil prices went up by 82 cents Monday morning. Typically, when it’s been at least a week or so since a price increase, DeHaan said you can expect an increase to happen in the coming days. That appears to be the case this week.As of Monday, GasBuddy has the statewide average for gas at $2.75 per gallon. It’s $2.70 in Indianapolis, $2.71 in Fort Wayne, and $2.81 in Evansville.“There could be a hike later this week. If you’re sitting on empty or even if you’re at a half or three-quarters of a tank, it may not hurt to fill up, especially if you can find it for under $2.60. I would think that by Thursday, we could see an increase to about $2.79 or $2.89 per gallon unless there is some huge plummet in the price of oil,” said DeHaan.$3 per gallon gas prices are possible at some point this summer, but DeHaan doesn’t expect that anytime soon.“I don’t expect that to happen in April, but it still could happen in May, June, or July as we get into hurricane season,” said DeHaan. Google+ Pinterest Google+ IndianaLocalNewslast_img read more

Undersea life, clear as glass

first_imgThey sold for as little as 50 cents in a scientific catalog in the 1800s, but today are priceless. They were scientific teaching tools, illuminating life under the sea in a way that drawings and preserved specimens couldn’t, but today are works of art.The Blaschka glass sea creatures are a collection of Portuguese man-o-war, sea anemones, octopuses, and other tentacled marine life that make up a new permanent exhibition, “Sea Creatures in Glass,” at the Harvard Museum of Natural History (HMNH), marking the culmination of an eight-year effort to clean and restore the models. <a href=”https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MPy8GS4O5PM” rel=”nofollow” target=”_blank”> <img src=”https://img.youtube.com/vi/MPy8GS4O5PM/0.jpg” alt=”0″ title=”How To Choose The Correct Channel Type For Your Video Content ” /> </a> The 61 specimens are among the 430 marine and terrestrial invertebrates held by Harvard’s Museum of Comparative Zoology (MCZ), one of three museums that make up the HMNH, which itself is part of the Harvard Museums of Science and Culture.The glass sea creatures, dating to the 1870s and ’80s, were made by German glass artists Leopold and Rudolf Blaschka, who created Harvard’s famed Glass Flowers collection. The sea creatures were made earlier in the Blaschkas’ careers and, unlike the Glass Flowers, which were made solely for Harvard, the sea creatures were widely sold as biological models. Consequently, there are several other collections as well as the MCZ’s.James Hanken, Alexander Agassiz Professor of Zoology, said the restoration project started shortly after he became MCZ director. An initial assessment of the museum’s collections found the sea creatures stored in shoeboxes and in forgotten corners. Hanken made them a priority, not with the aim of one day putting them on display, but as part of the museum’s broader curatorial mission.“Our first concern is they were in bad shape,” Hanken said. “Part of our job is to take care of things.”Museum officials looked for a glass restoration expert who was up to the job of refurbishing irreplaceable specimens more than a century old. They found Elizabeth Brill of Corning, N.Y. Brill was the daughter of a glass chemist, had trained as a marine biologist, and had already worked with the Blaschka invertebrates in other collections. Corning has been a glass-making center for well over a century“Glass was probably always in my future. I just didn’t know it until I was 29,” Brill said.What Brill found was a collection badly in need of TLC. Though much of the glass was intact, many of the specimens were made of several parts, held together by glue and wire. Over the years, the glue had deteriorated, and specimens had fallen apart. Curators had carefully set aside the pieces, dusty but whole, leaving Brill with a job that at times resembled putting together a jigsaw puzzle.“It was really just reassembly,” Brill said. “Over the course of years, curators and professors who used them [to teach] just took care of them, even when better teaching tools came along.”Working roughly half time for eight years, Brill painstakingly cleaned and reassembled the models, some of which had more than a hundred parts. Though she had originally thought as many as one in five were beyond repair, today, with just a handful still to complete, she said it appears that only three could not be fully restored.Restoring Blaschka Sea Creatures in Glass An aeolid nudibranch, or sea slug. Chrysaora hysoscella, or compass jellyfish, seen here in glass, is rarely seen fully extended. ‘Sea Creatures in Glass’ Called a phosphorescent sea pen because of its resemblance to a quill pen, this creature is comprised of polyps and able to emit light. A glass version of the athecate hydroid, a species of jellyfish. Photos by Jon Chase/Harvard Staff Photographer Many years before they were commissioned by Harvard University to make the Glass Flowers, father and son artists Leopold and Rudolf Blaschka meticulously shaped glass into lifelike models of marine and terrestrial animals. Renowned for their beauty and exacting detail, the Blaschka invertebrate models were commissioned by universities and museums throughout world during the 19th century.Though permanent, the exhibition will change over time, according to Linda Ford, director of collections operations at the MCZ. That’s because specimens will be swapped out periodically to both allow the public to see a broader selection and to protect individual specimens from prolonged exposure to light, which can degrade them.Since they were teaching models, the invertebrates are scientifically accurate. The models allowed students to examine lifelike examples that, at a time when the main alternatives were drawings or limp specimens in glass jars, had no equal without a trip to the sea.“This was one of the ways to see what these creatures looked like in life,” Hanken said. “From a science standpoint, you can get a lot of information from those models.”The “Sea Creatures in Glass” exhibit and restoration was supported and made possible in part by a gift in memory of Melvin R. Seiden ’52, LL.B. ’55. The exhibit is on display at the Harvard Museum of Natural History, 26 Oxford St., on the Harvard campus. The museum is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Plan your visit or call 617.495.3045 for admission prices.last_img read more

Rachel Tucker & Jonah Platt to Star in Broadway’s Wicked

first_imgJonah Platt Related Shows Rachel Tucker’s going green on the Great White Way! The U.K. Wicked favorite, who made her Broadway debut last season in The Last Ship, will assume the role of Elphaba at the Gershwin Theatre on September 15, taking over for Caroline Bowman. Also joining that day is Jonah Platt, who steps in for Matt Shingledecker as Fiyero.Shortly after she began her long-running stint in Wicked in the West End, Tucker chatted with Broadway.com about taking on the green girl, saying, “She is an extremely intricate, intelligent young lady who knows herself well enough but is nonetheless forced to learn about herself. I love the beauty of being able to stand on stage and tell this story.” She later told us about the possibility of starring in the long-running tuner on the Main Stem: “I’d love to have a crack at Elphaba over here. God, yeah!”In addition to Wicked in the U.K. and The Last Ship on Broadway, Tucker starred in the West End production of We Will Rock You, as well as London stagings of Farragut North and Communicating Doors. Though she had been singing in pubs and clubs since the age of 10, Tucker first hit the scene as a semi-finalist in the reality competition I’d Do Anything, a BBC series searching for a Nancy in the West End’s Oliver!.Platt has appeared on the Los Angeles stage in Scream: The Unauthorized Musical Parody, American Idiot, Hair, Floyd Collins and Bare. He’s the older brother of Broadway alum and kite enthusiast Ben Platt.The two join a cast that includes Kara Lindsay as Glinda, Robin De Jesus as Boq, Michele Lee as Madame Morrible, Fred Applegate as the Wizard, Arielle Jacobs as Nessarose and Timothy Britten Parker as Dr. Dillamond. View Commentscenter_img Wicked from $95.00last_img read more

Bianca Marroquin & Jaime Camil to Make History in Chicago

first_img Bianca Marroquín is back for more jazz! She is set to return to Chicago on Broadway on July 11, taking over for Charlotte d’Amboise as Roxie Hart.The production is currently headlined by Marroquín’s long-time friend Jaime Camil as Billy Flynn, and this will mark the first time that two Mexican-born actors will lead a Broadway musical. Camil is scheduled to appear in the production through July 31; Marroquín will continue in her role through August 21.Marroquín’s additional stage credits include Carnegie Hall’s recent presentation of West Side Story, In The Heights and The Pajama Game.Chicago also currently stars Amra-Faye Wright as Velma Kelly, Raymond Bokhour as Amos Hart, NaTasha Yvette Williams as Matron “Mama” Morton and R. Lowe as Mary Sunshine.The Tony-winning revival is playing at the Ambassador Theatre. Bianca Marroquin in ‘Chicago'(Photo: Jeremy Daniel) View Comments Chicagocenter_img from $49.50 Related Showslast_img read more

Graffiti Superstar Kenny Scharf ‘Bombs Out’ in Wild Style at the Nassau Museum of Art

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Right now the coolest, hippest exhibit space on Long Island has to be the “Cosmic Cavern” created by the internationally known street artist Kenny Scharf and currently installed at the Nassau County Museum of Art.This psychedelic phantasmagoria of found objects ranging from a mirrored disco ball to a 45-turntable to hollowed out TV sets, electric guitars, dinosaur toys, plastic robots and so much more—all spray-painted luxuriantly with Day-Glo fluorescent colors and lit by black lights—has to be experienced at least once to be believed. It’s like stepping into a “Wild Style” abstract painting and entering a secret clubhouse that would leave your mom so speechless that she would forget to tell you to “clean up all this junk” before your father gets home from work.My only regret is that its days are numbered. This unique Kenny Scharf show—and the fascinating Glamorous Graffiti exhibition on the second floor—will vanish from this historic Gold Coast mansion for good after July 10. Museum director, Karl E. Willers, who curated the show, should be commended for encouraging what once was—and to some critics still is—an outlaw form of artistic expression to take up residence within the former Frick Estate.It almost defies imagination to consider where Scharf’s “street art” was displayed decades ago when he was part of the most famous (or infamous) trio of contemporary urban artists the East Village produced in the 1980s that included him, Jean-Michel Basquiat and Keith Haring. Each man’s style was distinctive. Haring drew the definitive white-lined figures boldly on a black background. Basquiat, who never studied art formally, was more expressionistic with dripping paint strokes and multiple layers of sometimes violent images, while Scharf took a more pop-surrealistic jokester approach by appropriating cartoon figures like the Flintstones and the Jetsons. Basquiat, who was taken under Warhol’s wing, died of a drug overdose in 1988. He was only 28. Last month, Yusaku Maezawa, a Japanese online retailer, bought one of Basquiat’s 1982 works for $57.3 million. And to think that Basquiat, born in New York, used to be one rent check away from being evicted.Scharf grew up in Hollywood, California, and moved to New York City to study at the School of Visual Arts, where he met Haring, who was from Kutztown, Penn. In 1990 Haring died of AIDS with Scharf by his side. He was only 31. But Haring’s iconic faceless crawling children, barking dogs and kinetic dancing figures live on all over the world.These days Scharf, a grandfather, lives in Los Angeles and divides his time between New York and Brazil, among other locales. Last month he was invited to be part of a public art show in Malaga, Spain, where Picasso was born.“Growing up in LA in the ’60s profoundly influenced my visual landscape,” Scharf explained in the program guide. “There were bright plastic colors and space age designs everywhere, from coffee shops to car washes…When I moved to NY in the ’70s, it was a very drab place colorwise, and I thought a little brightening up would help a bit.”Gallery I features Scharf’s whimsical polished bronze sculptures and an appetizing series of paintings of rather singular donuts. One typical title is “Pink Frosted Cruller in Outer Space,” which he did in 2010. No galaxy ever looked sweeter. Adding to the overall aesthetic experience is that the gallery’s false walls were taken down, exposing the room’s stately windows and letting viewers take in the museum’s spacious grounds as well as the art on display—an idea that Scharf had expressed because “he thought the room would look happier,” recounted a grinning Laura Lynch, the museum’s director of education, on a recent tour with the Press.Graffiti artist Kenny Scharf“The really important thing for me is communicating,” Scharf has said, “and the bigger the audience, the better. I went to art school, took art history, and I want the art elite to be able to see in my work how it’s new but also how it has a tradition within it. I also want people who don’t know or care about art to want to know about art and get inspired in some way.”Although some visitors may scoff at the idea, Scharf considers himself a traditional painter, according to Lynch, pointing out how he used reflected light coming from the left of the frame to illuminate the central object on the canvas, an aesthetic concept stemming from the Renaissance. In this case, the subject being a dark chocolate glazed donut.It’s like stepping into a “Wild Style” abstract painting and entering a secret clubhouse that would leave your mom so speechless that she would forget to tell you to “clean up all this junk” before your father gets home from work.In Gallery II, the white walls surrounding the “Cosmic Cavern” installation came from Scharf’s former studio in Bushwick, showing his artistic process, his evolving lines and paint splashes, plus candid photos of him and his friends. It took him and his crew two weeks to install the Cavern. Scharf had created his “Cosmic Closet” in 1981, supposedly discovering a closet in the apartment he shared with Haring that was filled with junk, which he subsequently drenched with fluorescent paint and lit up by a black light. The idea caught on, eventually taking up shape at P.S. 1 in Long Island City and the 1985 Whitney Biennial, which helped put the East Village art scene on the international map once and for all time.Here in Nassau, museum-goers daring to explore the Cavern enter a large room the size of a suburban basement filled from top to bottom with an amazing array of “found objects.” There’s a boom box to fill the air with music from the ’80s and a couple of artfully decorated ceiling fans to keep the air moving. Some of the stuff dates back to 1981 and other things are “gems” he just found in the garbage this year, Scharf says.“In a sense it’s a time capsule,” Lynch explained. “Everyone who comes in here wants to stay here!”His exhibit culminates in Gallery III with “Pop Renaissance,” consisting of four 33-foot canvases that he originally did in 2001 across the ceiling of the Palazzo Communale in Pordenone, Italy, and now expanded considerably with more dimensions. The work combines religious figures, surrealist motifs, black text, magazine images, swirling paint, sculptural elements, plus the ubiquitous rectangle of a TV. But there’s always a touch of whimsy to Scharf’s art. Pointing to a line of Arabic on one of the panels, Lynch said that it translates into “Best kebabs!”Evergladagator, by Kenny Scharf.The second floor of the museum is devoted to Scharf’s urban contemporaries with art work, sketches and even repeated film screenings of Edo Bertoglio’s “Downtown 81,” which features a 19-year-old Basquiat and Debbie Harry as a fairy godmother, Charlie Ahearn’s groundbreaking “Wild Style,” which chronicled the hip-hop cultural explosion that happened when the Bronx blew the East Village away, and Harry Chalfant and Tony Silver’s “Style Wars” historic documentary.“This [exhibit] is called ‘Glamorous Graffiti,’” said Lynch. “This is not art that’s on the wall or a subway train. These artists started doing public works outside but now they’re framed in the museum.” She said they may have started as “outlaws” in a sense but soon “companies really wanted that urban aesthetic and started bringing it into their products and they started getting commissions.”And for some, those commissions added up to real money.There’s only one painting by Basquiat, “Third Street,” done in 1984, but it’s a powerful work, showing his interest in human anatomy, African masks, comic books and language, and conveying the full range of this innovative artist’s imagination. Keith Haring’s “Growing Suite I-V” consists of five color screen prints done in 1988 on Lennox Museum board.Kenny Scharf’s Pink Frosted Cruller in Outer Space, 2010Lee Quinones, considered one of the most influential artists to emerge from the NYC subways,  is represented by several pieces, including a very funny take-off on “Sesame Street” with Big Bird and his pals breaking the law, let’s say. Quinones’ “One Million B.C.” is a revealing sketch he did in 1977 for a whole subway car mural, showing the process he undertook. Starting when he was only 13, he was known as “a ninja in the train yards,” because he worked so quietly and quickly in the dark to avoid the MTA cops on patrol in the Bronx, as well as the “conscience on the rails,” because he used his hand-sprayed images and text to convey radical political messages against war, death and violence. His tag was LEE. Two years later he had his first solo show in Rome, and these days his work is included at the Whitney, the Museum of Modern Art and elsewhere.The show upstairs also includes works by CRASH (John Matso), Toxic (Torrick Ablack), Koor (Charles Hargrove), Futura 2000 (Leonard Hilton McGurr), Dondi (Donald Joseph White), DAZE (Chris Ellis) and NOC167 (Melvin Samuels Jr.). There’s a 2012 piece, “Lotus, Target Black,” by Shepard Fairey, who became famous for his Obama “Hope” poster that he did in 2008, and a very provocative print that the street artist Banksy created in 2003, called “Bomb Hugger,” which shows a girl in a pony-tail and a mini-skirt happily embracing the aerial weapon.“It freaks out the kids at first,” said Lynch. “It makes you nervous for her!”The title is ironic, too, considering that graffiti artists used the expression “to bomb” when they meant painting quickly on many surfaces in one area. Scharf will put it in action for several hours on June 19, when he will be outdoors at the Nassau Museum for a performance he calls “KARBOMBZ!” He’ll be spray-painting three automobiles on the grounds so viewers can watch him at work. He’ll also be on hand to sign his new book, “Kenny Scharf: Kolors.”Nassau County Museum of Art is located at One Museum Drive in Roslyn Harbor, west of Glen Cove Road, just off Northern Boulevard, Route 25A. For current exhibitions, events, days/times, and directions, call (516) 484-9337 or log onto nassaumuseum.org.last_img read more

Paper right to note Union College’s milestone

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionRe Feb. 27 letter, “Why mention race in Union presidency?”: There’s a profound lack of understanding exemplified from Mr. John Metallo.The Gazette did the right thing in mentioning that Union College’s new president is the first African-American to hold that position. Why? Because blacks have been an oppressed minority in our history and it’s taking a long time to overcome and correct that history.So whenever there’s evidence that such is being done, we need to be made aware of it and applaud it. Apparently and sadly, Mr. Metallo isn’t able to acknowledge that reality and that history.Michael FosterNiskayunaMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationPuccioni’s two goals help Niskayuna boys’ soccer top Shaker, remain perfectEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristslast_img read more

Rooms with a view open for inspection

first_imgThe view from the penthouse at Coorparoo SquarePlace Coorparoo agent Scott Hay will hold an inspection today, with the majority of interest coming from local downsizers and older executive couples.“When I walked in and saw it, I thought the views were just incredible,” he said. “And you can see that view can never be built out, which is important to anyone buying a penthouse.”The two-level penthouse sits atop ‘North’, one of three towers constructed by joint venturers, Frasers Property Australia and Honeycombes Property Group.It is one of only three penthouses in the whole complex, and is the only one with panoramics views of the city, mountains and surrounding suburbs. The view from the living area in the Coorparoo Square penthouseIT is the room with a view in Coorparoo. In fact, it has many rooms with spectacular views across the Brisbane CBD and beyond.And now the only penthouse with city views within the $252 million Coorparoo Square complex is on the market, with offers tipped to exceed $1.5 million. The view from the master suite in the penthouse at Coorparoo SquareMore from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus23 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market23 hours ago The view from the master suite in the Coorparoo Square penthouseMr Hay said the entire complex, which was built on the site of Queensland’s first Myer department store at Coorparoo Junction, was otherwise sold out.The Aldi is open, as are a number of bars, a pub and other amenities. The Dendy cinema opened last night.The penthouse itself has three bedrooms, three bathrooms and three car spaces. The master suite boasts walk-through robes, and a priavet ensuite with his and hers basins and a freestanding bath.The entertainers kitchen has designer appliances, a butlers pantry and stone benchtops.Every light in the penthouse can also be turned off with the flick of the ‘green switch’. Residents within the complex also have exclusive access to ‘Club Coorparoo’, which offers a 25-metre lap pool, recreational pool, BBQ gazebo areas, a full size tennis court, gym and private dining room. The pool deck at Coorparoo Square“Everyone who comes through loves the fact you can just walk downstairs, do your grocery shopping, have dinner and come back up to a penthouse that has everything,” Mr Hay said.***COORPAROO SQUAREWhat: PenthousePrice: Offers from $1.5 million Inspection: Today 11am to 11.30amLocation: 11801/26 Holdsworth Street, Coorparoolast_img read more

Family First backs Taupō mother ‘horrified’ by naked swimmers

first_imgNZ Herald 24 January 2020Family First Comment: “freedom of expression must never be at the expense of the right to protect children and families from offensive and inappropriate behaviour. Public nudity will offend against generally prevailing community standards of decency. Most families don’t want their children being confronted by naked men and women or ‘adult behaviour’… It is not for those families to ‘get out of the way’.”Lobby group Family First has put its support behind a Taupō mother who said she was “horrified” by naked swimmers in the district.Katrina Payne said 14 naked men and women at a popular swimming spot on Monday night deserved to be fined, after they arrived at Spa Thermal Park, where she swam with her 13-year-old daughter Hollie.The public reserve is in need of a “g-string ban” according to other concerned Taupō mothers who spoke to NZME earlier this month.In a public statement, Family First’s national director Bob McCoskrie has called on councils “to amend their bylaws to clarify clearly that nudity is banned from public places”.He said: “freedom of expression must never be at the expense of the right to protect children and families from offensive and inappropriate behaviour.”“Public nudity will offend against generally prevailing community standards of decency.”In his opinion: “Most families don’t want their children being confronted by naked men and women or ‘adult behaviour’… It is not for those families to ‘get out of the way’.”“It is also important to note that family nakedness in the home is completely different to stranger nakedness in public… These ‘show-ponies’ should be told to cover up and do it at home.”Taupō mayor David Tewavas told NZME today councillors hadn’t discussed the issue and it was “a matter of the common courtesies of life”.“The town is absolutely jam-packed with people, chock-a-block with visitors at the moment.”http://nzh.tw/12303088  (behind paywall)Keep up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.last_img read more