Stuff co.nz 10 May 2014A designated red-light district of about 25 metres by 25 metres will be set up in Christchurch’s Manchester St.Christchurch city councillors Ali Jones and Pauline Cotter are spearheading the creation of a temporary site for street-based sex workers between Bealey Ave and Kilmore St.Jones said the aim was to solve post-quake tensions between prostitutes and Manchester St residents north of Bealey Ave, and to make it safer for workers and their clients.A preferred site had been identified out of five considered along that stretch of the street, she said.Jones would not reveal the exact location as it was not yet confirmed, and consultation with the landowner, residents and businesses was still under way.The temporary site would have facilities including toilets, lighting, security cameras and needle receptacles.It would start as a six-month trial, with the potential for it to be extended if successful, Jones said.http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/10029996/Trial-site-picked-for-sex-workers
File photoTeen pregnancy rates are at historic lows, but rates in Indiana are not declining as fast as the national average.According to the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy, Indiana has seen a 45 percent drop in teen pregnancy from 1991 to 2012, compared with a 52 percent drop nationally.Betty Cockrum, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood in Indiana and Kentucky, says the highest rates of unintended teen pregnancy occurred in more rural counties.“That’s not a surprise because the two essentials to well-informed decision making around sexual activity particularly for youth is, first, education, and second, access to contraception,” she points out.Cockrum says there is a great need to get into more schools and get to more parents to ensure everyone has access to medically accurate, age-appropriate sexual education.According to the report, there were more than 7,300 teens between the ages of 15 and 19 who gave birth in Indiana in 2012.Cockrum says when teens have the information they need, they make smarter decisions about sex.“Obviously, abstinence is the best answer for our youth,” she says. “But failure to educate them about the risks and potential outcomes of becoming sexually active, it’s a mistake.”She adds that Hoosiers need to understand the link between unintended pregnancy, poverty and the number of children who go to bed hungry at night.“If babies are planned and there are parents present who are prepared to take responsibility for ensuring that those children’s needs are met, then we could begin to reduce the cycle of poverty here in Indiana,” she says.Cockrum says teen pregnancy is also associated with lower education, higher infant mortality and greater reliance on public support.
Reigning US Open champion Flavia Pennetta will play for Mumbai Masters while Swiss veteran Martina Hingis will represent Hyderabad Aces in this year’s Champions Tennis League (CTL), following the players’ draft here on Wednesday.Indian tennis legend Vijay Amritraj, who is the mastermind behind this league, announced that the second season of the CTL will see 13 matches played over a two-week period from November 23 to December 6.The first match will be played in Mumbai. The league will feature a total of six teams, of which five have been finalised. Hyderabad, Mumbai, Chandigarh, Raipur and Nagpur are the five franchises. The sixth team will be selected from among Pune, Chennai and Bengaluru within 10 days.The CTL champion will receive a prize money of Rs.1 crore, while the runners-up will get Rs.50 lakh.The current men’s top players who will feature in the league are Andreas Seppi of Italy (Mumbai), Cypriot Marcos Baghdatis (Punjab Marshalls, Chandigarh), and French professionals Feliciano Lopez (Team Nagpur) and Fernando Verdasco (for the undecided team).Among the women players who will play in the six teams alongside Pennetta and Hingis are Serbian Jelena Jankovic (Nagpur), France’s Alize Cornet (Raipur), Ukraine’s Elina Svitolina (Chandigarh) and Heather Watson of Britain (sixth team).Speaking on the occasion, Amritraj said, “The inaugural season of the CLT saw many international stars take their world class talent to six cities in India with great players bringing action packed and exciting tennis to all parts of the country.””Cities like Raipur and Nagpur will get to see world class tennis and we are very delighted to have these cities join CTL in 2015. This year, we move to 14 days, from 10 last year, and CTL promises to be bigger, better and stronger!” he said.advertisementA couple of changes in the format were made following the first edition of the CTL.Keeping in mind the fans and the broadcasters, a match should not last more than two hours. A set can be won when it is 6-5 while a tie-breaker will be played only when it is 4-4.There will not be a deuce so the player who gets to 40 points first wins the game. It was also announced that all the matches will be played on hard courts, but only Raipur can use an indoor stadium if needed.