Posts Tagged ‘Alcohol’

State of the Nation – some successes but escalating challenges too

Thursday, February 15th, 2024
State of the Nation

In the midst of the country’s escalating cost-of-living crisis, the Salvation Army’s State of the Nation 2024 report spotlights the growing socio-economic challenges confronting New Zealanders. The report, Ngā Tukunga Iho – The Things We Inherit, offers an annual assessment of the country’s social progress – this year especially – children and youth housing crime Read more

KiwiSaver investments in unethical stocks on the rise

Thursday, September 7th, 2023
KiwiSaver investments

Passive investment strategies and index funds are having an adverse impact on the environment, animals and human welfare, according to Barry Coates. Coates is CEO of Mindful Money. Analysis conducted by Mindful Money reveals that of the $98 billion of KiwiSaver investments, a substantial $8.6 billion (8.9%) is now allocated to unethical stocks. This figure Read more

Migrant exploitation in a liquor store near you

Monday, August 10th, 2020
liquor stores

It is estimated that 40 per cent of workers in liquor stores are paid below the minimum wage. Alcohol activists alarmed by the tide of migrant exploitation cases in liquor stores are demanding an urgent government inquiry. Community lawyer Grant Hewison, who specialises in liquor licence applications, and a former barrister and Alliance MP Liz Read more

Vatican censors Pope’s joke about whisky being the real holy water

Monday, April 20th, 2020

Footage of Pope Francis holding up a bottle of Scotch whisky and jokingly describing it as “the real holy water” was cut by the Vatican from a documentary on Scots College seminarians in Rome. Read more

Students call for cheaper beer

Monday, May 13th, 2019

Dunedin students want cheaper beer. But more than that, they want the Dunedin City Council (DCC) to help them lobby the government to make it happen. Otago University Students’ Association (OUSA) president James Heath speaking for thousands of students across the city, said OUSA wanted to encourage students to drink alcohol in licenced venues. Continue Read more

Booze banned at school fundraisers

Thursday, May 10th, 2018

Selling alcohol at some school fundraising events may violate the right of children in the eyes of the United Nations. That is the view of Hawke’s Bay District Health Board. It will now oppose applications for alcohol sales at school functions where children are present. The board is concerned at the presence and promotion of Read more

Irish pubs can now serve alcohol on Good Friday

Thursday, February 15th, 2018

After 90 years of banning the sale of alcohol in pubs on Good Friday, Ireland will now be able to serve liquor on this religious holiday. This was made possible following a 2017 liquor bill passed in the Dáil and will now be in place before Good Friday, which this year falls on March 30. Read more

Feeling guilty about drinking alcohol? Ask the saints

Monday, November 20th, 2017

Each year the holidays bring with them an increase in both the consumption of alcohol and concern about drinking’s harmful effects. Alcohol abuse is no laughing matter, but is it sinful to drink and make merry, moderately and responsibly, during a holy season or at any other time? As a historical theologian, I researched the role that pious Christians played in Read more

The Catholic attitude to drinking alcohol – OK?

Tuesday, October 18th, 2016

“Sometimes when I share my Catholic faith with people, they mention to me that Catholics like to drink alcohol and how wrong that is. How do I respond to this?” Scripture gives strong testament to the fact that merely drinking alcohol is not a sin, but getting drunk on alcohol is. Continue reading

Bishop says official inaction contributed to alcohol linked deaths in Papua

Tuesday, September 20th, 2016

An Indonesian bishop has accused local authorities in Papua of ignoring an alcohol ban, saying their inaction has contributed to a spate of deaths linked to the consumption of bootleg liquor. According to Papua police, 86 people have died, 264 have been seriously injured and 839 injured slightly since 2013 in alcohol-related incidents. Papua governor Read more