A public pool is being partially closed one night a week to give Muslim women the opportunity to enjoy some uninterrupted time in the water while they learn to swim.
WaterSafe Auckland is behind the initiative which sees a dedicated teaching pool at Cameron Pool and Leisure Centre managed by YMCA in Mt Roskill closed for two hours every Thursday night for Muslim women-only swimming lessons.
The programme, born of an identified need for a culturally appropriate programme delivered in a culturally appropriate space, has attracted a lengthy waiting list of mainly migrant women in addition to the almost 50 already participating in the classes. (more…)
Frightened teachers at a Sydney primary school have revealed students are showing signs of extreme radicalisation at a young age, saying they have been traumatised by threats of beheading and other violent behaviour.
Students as young as in Year 5 are making the threats and pressuring peers into reading the Koran at Punchbowl Public School in Sydney’s southwest, the Daily Telegraph has reported.
Documents given to the newspaper reportedly reveal that at least three staff members have taken stress leave, received counselling and been paid compensation after bullying from Islamic students.
One woman reportedly claimed it all got too much for her and she eventually had to quit her job.
She said the final straw was when she received death threats to her family from her year 5 and 6 students, with some saying they would behead her.
Prior to that she claimed she made a number of complaints in 2014 about some of the behaviour in her classroom.
She said she was abused by students when she stopped them from hanging a Syrian flag in the classroom.
The woman also said she was pushed into a corner by several students who then began marching around her chanting the Koran.
Many of the students also reportedly spoke of family members fighting in the war in Syria and pupils would walk out mid-way through a lesson to go and pray. (more…)
This is the speech I delivered almost in its entirety in my capacity as special commentator, along with Race Relations Commissioner Dame Susan Devoy, at Monday night’s semi-final in the intra-university Next Generation Debates series at Auckland University. I say “almost in its entirety” because a gaggle of Muslims became very vocal near the end of my speech and demanded, successfully, I be stopped at once for having gone over my allocated time. The point at which I was shut down is noted in the text below.
What a member of Young New Zealand First called “magnificent pandemonium” followed, with epithets flying back and forth, Dame Susan waiving her right of rebuttal and storming off from the table we were both sharing. (more…)
This month we supported the Office of Hon Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga in hosting the annual Eid parliamentary reception.
Eid ul-Adha is Islam’s holiest festival celebrated annually around the world and an official holiday in Muslim-majority countries. It is also known as the Feast of the Sacrifice, celebrated to commemorate Abraham’s willingness to sacrifice his son for God. Eid ul-Adha marks the end of the annual Hajj to Mecca.
“Eid has been celebrated at Parliament now for 11 years and every year it demonstrates our government’s continued commitment to recognising and respecting New Zealand’s cultural and religious diversity,” says Mr Lotu-Iiga.
The Eid ul-Adha parliamentary event was attended by members of parliament, diplomats, public officials and Muslim community leaders representing diverse range of ethnicities and communities. The event also featured inspiring and entertaining performances and speeches from representatives of the Muslim community.
THE AFL is offering 10 “diversity trainee” positions worth $34,000 a year exclusively to Muslim youth as part of a Federal Government-funded program.
To be eligible for the positions, whichspan a range of areasincluding social media, administration, finance and marketing, applicants must “be from Muslim background”, and “have recently completed secondary school”.
“Workforce participation is a pivotal issue impacting the Australian Muslim community, especially Muslim young people,” the job listings read.
“To help assist Muslim young people make that step into employment, the Federal Government has provided funding support for 10 traineeships for Muslim young people to work across the AFL industry over a 12 month period to gain critical work experience and job skills. (more…)
TWO MEN from Bradford are among 15 who have received jail sentences totalling over 160 years for sexual abuse of a vulnerable schoolgirl.
The jail terms imposed on Khalid Zaman and Mohammed Ramzan could not previously be reported in case of prejudice at a series of trials at Leeds CrownCourt.
Judge Geoffrey Marson QC had already jailed the pair and 11 other men for raping or abusing the same girl from Halifax when she was aged between 13 and 15 and today jailed two others for sex offences against her and another man for supplying the girl with cannabis bringing the total sentences imposed to 169 years four months.
During the trials, the court heard the schoolgirl waspreyed on by as many as 100 men, the majority of them of Asian origin, during a two year period.
Some took advantage because they saw her as vulnerable, others because word got round she was available.
The prosecution described her as “lonely, needy” and seeking friendship and love, a teenager who for a long time did not understand that she was a victim of child abuse being groomed and exploited.
A TERRIFIED mother says she fears for her young son’s life as controversial plans to move hundreds of migrants in threatens to destroy a peaceful tiny Swedish village once ranked the best place to live in the Nordic country.
Michelle Russell, 43, claims the local council are “completely unprepared” for the arrival of more than 300 migrants into houses near a elderly residential home at the end of the month.
The mother, who moved to Sweden from Stockport, Greater Manchester, said crimes including rape and murder in Swedish towns and villages where migrants had already arrived were sending shockwaves across the entire community of Vellinge.
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