first_img“Children being raised by their married biological parents are by far the safest from violence”- FAMILY FIRSTA new report on child abuse and its causes argues that the ‘elephant in the room’ is family structure, and that the growth of child abuse has accompanied a reduction in marriage and an increase in cohabiting and single-parent families.READ the Full ReportREAD the Executive SummaryThe report follows on from an earlier report (released in May 2016) on child poverty and its link to family structure. This latest report by welfare commentator and researcher Lindsay Mitchell is entitled “CHILD ABUSE & FAMILY STRUCTURE: What is the evidence telling us?” and examines child abuse rates and changes in family structure from the early 1960s through to current day.Key conclusions include:For the last fifty years, families that feature ex-nuptial births, have one or both parents absent, large numbers of siblings (especially from clustered or multiple births) and/or very young mothers have been consistently over-represented in the incidence of child abuse – similar to overseas data.Maori and Pacific families exhibit more of these features and have appeared disproportionately in child maltreatment statistics since earliest data analysis in 1967.The risk of abuse for children whose parent / caregiver had spent more than 80% of the last five years on a benefit was 38 times greater than for those with no benefit history. Most children included in a benefit appear with a single parent or caregiver.Contrary to the common narrative that men are perpetrators and women and children are victims, both sexes are responsible for physically abusing children. Males are responsible for around 60% of physical abuse findings and are more likely to sexually abuse children; females are more likely to neglect them. Females are also more likely to inflict multiple types of abuse against children.The high rates of single, step or blended families among Maori present a much more compelling reason for disproportionate child abuse incidence than either colonisation or unemployment, but like non-Maori, Maori children with two-parent working families have very low abuse rates.Asian children have disproportionately low rates of child abuse. The Asian population has the lowest proportion of single-parent families.The presence of biological fathers matters. Generally, it protects children from child abuse. Marriage presents the greatest likelihood that the father will remain part of an intact family.Compared to married parents, cohabiting parents are 4-5 times more likely to separate by the time their child is aged 5. Overseas data also shows a greater likelihood of child abuse in cohabiting families.The research paper, commissioned by Family First NZ, draws the conclusion that a reluctance remains (compared to other overseas jurisdictions) to identify which families are disproportionately associated with child abuse and deaths.“There are certain family structures in which children will be far more vulnerable. Suspension of fact is an abrogation of our collective responsibility to children. In the same way discussions about child poverty ignore the elephant in the room – family structure – so do analyses of the incidence of child abuse.,” says Lindsay Mitchell.Family First NZ is welcoming the report and calling on politicians and policymakers to develop policies which support marriage – including free counselling, income-splitting, removal of the marriage tax penalty, tax incentives for stable marriages – and promoting the strong formation of families and preventing the breakdown of families.“Children being raised by their married biological parents are by far the safest from violence – and so too are the adults,” says Bob McCoskrie, National Director of Family First NZ.“Whenever marriage is promoted, it has often been labeled as an attack on solo or divorced parents, and that has kept us from recognising the qualitative benefits of marriage which have been discovered from decades of research. In virtually every category that social science has measured, children and adults do better when parents get married and stay married – provided there is no presence of high conflict or violence. This is not a criticism of solo parents. It simply acknowledges the benefits of the institution of marriage.”“Governments should focus on, and encourage and support what works. Our children deserve this investment in their safety and protection.”ENDSlast_img read more

first_imgA twenty-three year old Vincentian national Toshiba Prescott who pleaded guilty to charges of importation and possession of ammunition on Monday has been fined $2000.00 by Ossie Lewis on Monday. Prescott was jointly charged with four other Vincentian nationals; Kemmicke Theobalds, Allison Blugh, Ezekiel Robin and Lennox John, after they were intercepted by Coast Guard officials on Dominican waters last week.However, the prosecution did not offer any evidence against the four Vincentians therefore the charges against them were struck out by magistrate Ossie Lewis.Police prosecutor Michael Laudat contended that on Sunday March 11th members of the Dominica Coast Guard who were on patrol duty observed a vessel named “Inspire” travelling in a southerly direction about ten miles West of Dublanc and pursued the vessel . That vessel he said, attempted to evade the Coast Guard and the officers noticed that during a chase which continued for about three miles, “A bag was thrown from the vessel into the water”.That bag was retrieved by the officers on patrol, thereafter the vessel and the defendants were taken into Police Coast Guard Base at Woodbridge Bay.According to Laudat, “The retrieved bag contained 25 rounds of 12 gage ammunition, electronics, shoes, clothes and money, all of which the defendant claimed belonged to him” and were seized along with the vessel.He said the defendant was “travelling from Guadeloupe to St. Vincent” and did not have any travel documents.Defence counsel Ronald Charles who made a plea in mitigation for Prescott said his client “was in the wrong place at the wrong time”.He further stated that his client cooperated with the police, had pleaded guilty and did not waste the courts time.He also contended that “Prescott was slapped by the police and guns were placed in his face” during interrogation.Charles asked that “mercy be granted” on his client and pleaded with the Court not impose a custodial sentence since his client was willing to pay a fine that the court sees fit since he was already in possession of a return ticket to St. Vincent.In handing down his judgment magistrate Lewis said “by Prescott’s action the state is now a few thousand dollars richer and he has already served one week in prison. He deserves justice with mercy”.He was fined Prescott $2000.00 for the importation of ammunition chargeto be paid forthwith or in default spend one month in prison.There was no separate penalty for the possession of ammunition charge. It was also reported to the Court that all Administrative and Customs fees had been paid.Dominica Vibes News has learnt that Prescott has paid the $2000.00 fine and is expected to leave the state along with the four other Vincentian nationals on Tuesday.Dominica Vibes News LocalNews Magistrate fines Vincentian national $2000.00 for importation of ammunition by: – March 19, 2012 Sharing is caring! 46 Views   one comment Sharecenter_img Share Share Tweetlast_img read more

first_imgPolice responded to a report of a car striking the Batesville McDonald’s Monday.An unidentified female driver took an uncommon entrance into the Batesville McDonald’s on Wednesday morning.Batesville Police received a report of a vehicle that had crashed into the building around 8:30 a.m.The collision caused limited exterior damage to the front of the restaurant. The store remained open throughout the day.WRBI will release updates as it is made available.last_img

first_imgCRYSTAL, Mich. (April 19) – Ionia’s A.J. Ward roasted the opening night competition with a wire to wire win in the Port City Racecars IMCA Modified class Saturday at Crystal Motor Speedway.Ward jumped to the lead and just walked away without challenge from those behind him, Rusty Ziegler, Myron DeYoung, Vern Buskirk and Jimmy Hale Jr.Two “B” mains were required to fill the feature field. Myron DeYoung took the first with Cory Rusink, Brenton DeYoung and Chris Dietrich transferring with him. The second “B” gave a lift up to the feature for Brady Hollenbeck, Kenny Playter, Austin Wonch and Tyson Minier. Minier was last year’s Flinn Stock champion and his first-ever appearance in the Modified feature proves he has a great future at CMS.last_img read more

first_img Published on August 5, 2016 at 12:05 pm Contact Matt: Related Stories Orange in the Olympics: Alyssa Manley’s chase for Rio de Janeiro Courtesy of Tommy ZaferesThe perfect race came to fruition on July 16 in a pre-Olympic event in Hamburg, Germany when Zaferes placed first with a time of 57:03.It was Zaferes’ first-ever ITU series title, and just the second time that Jorgensen had lost a world series race in her career. In a sport dominated by athletes in their early 30s, the 27 year old came out on top.“There’s no guarantees in sport, but that’s the beauty of triathlon racing in particular,” Filliol said. “There’s lots of different things that can happen.”Zaferes’ win vaulted her to the No. 7 ranking in the World Triathlon Series, and the No. 4 ranking on the ITU Olympic Qualification list even though she’s a newcomer to the sport.Just four years ago, Zaferes never even thought about becoming a professional triathlete. Once she did, she barely qualified for the Olympics. Now, she’s earned her spot as a podium contender on the largest international stage.“Going to the Olympics, going to that environment, I don’t even know what to expect,” Zaferes said. “But I don’t focus too much on the outcome, because I know things will fall into place. All of the struggles have definitely paid off.” Comments Katie Zaferes was trying to figure out what she wanted to do with her life when she got a phone call from Barb Lindquist, a former U.S. triathlete.Zaferes was looking into graduate schools, but Lindquist, the head of the collegiate recruitment program for the U.S. Triathlon Federation and a former U.S. Olympian, wanted Zaferes to become a professional triathlete.The recent college graduate’s first instinct was to say no. But after a few months of deliberation, she decided to give it a go.Zaferes, who graduated from Syracuse in 2012 after running track for the Orange, started her professional triathlon career in 2013. Now she’s headed to her first Olympics in Rio de Janeiro after just narrowly qualifying for the games. At 27 years old, Zaferes is considered an underdog by many, but is doing whatever she can to prove her place.She’ll be representing the United States in the women’s triathlon on Aug. 20 amongst a field of 54 women at Fort Copacabana in Rio.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“I didn’t fully expect for triathlons to become my living,” Zaferes said.By the time Zaferes decided to go ahead with becoming a triathlete, she was almost halfway through the Olympic cycle. In need of a mentor to train her for Rio, she called professional coach Joel Filliol and asked him to take her on.Her first test to qualify automatically for Rio was in 2015. The top two Americans qualified. Zaferes finished sixth overall and third among Americans behind Gwen Jorgensen, who won the race, and Sarah True.Her next chance at an automatic qualifier was the 2016 International Triathlon Union World Triathlon Yokohama in Japan. This time, she needed a top three finish overall — something she hadn’t done in the five previous events in the Olympic qualifying circuit.It was one final shot for Zaferes to prove herself.“Since I didn’t qualify (at the Rio test event), it elongated that whole time period another five months, six months, to whenever Yokohama comes around,” Zaferes said. “That’s the only other chance to qualify. During that time, there’s only one spot left, and there are a lot of good Americans left.”Courtesy of Tommy ZaferesZaferes crossed the finish line in 1:57:35 — just seconds behind elite triathletes Charlotte Mcshane (Australia) and Andrea Hewitt (New Zealand). But again she came in sixth place. And again she missed out on her ticket to Rio.Luckily for Zaferes, Jorgensen won the race again, meaning there was an unclaimed spot on the U.S. team.“The American women are phenomenal on the world stage, especially Gwen,” Zaferes said. “But it gave them the chance to pick someone else under discretion.”According to federation rules, Zaferes could be chosen because she had one of the highest ITU point totals in the world following the six races. So for 10 days, Zaferes waited as the federation decided who to select.She didn’t know whether the federation would make the popular choice— the best three U.S. women mathematically — or the strategic choice — the two best women and a specialist focused on just one one event.Ninety-nine percent (of our thinking) was like is, ‘Oh it’s going to be fine.’ But you always have that 1 percent doubt that, ‘What if it’s not fine?’ … Those 10 days were tough.Katie Zaferes’ husband, Tommy ZaferesAs Zaferes waited in California, Filliol was in Europe, periodically checking in. Filliol said that he had to stress to Zaferes that the decision was out of her control, and she just had to keep her hopes up.On May 24, the federation finally announced the three U.S. women that would compete in Rio. The first two were obvious: Jorgensen and True. They had both qualified automatically at the first race in the Olympic circuit, and were thus shoo-ins for the selection.The third selection was Zaferes.“Katie did an amazing job going on with normal life (during the selection period),” Tommy said. “So much pressure comes down to one specific day. There’s no second chance, that’s it.”Zaferes said knowing there was only one spot left made it much harder for her to race at Yokohama, but also made it much sweeter in the end to know that from a field of numerous strong Americans, she had been the final one selected.Jorgensen is currently the world No. 3 in triathlon and the favorite in Rio. True is also heavily favored. After narrowly qualifying at Yokohama, Zaferes was put just outside the top six in most Rio predictions, with experts saying if she puts together a perfect race, she might have a chance at the podium.“Everyone is kind of in the shadow of Gwen Jorgensen,” Filliol said. “She’s without a doubt the gold medal favorite.” Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

first_imgThe University of Wisconsin women’s hockey team welcomes Western Collegiate Hockey Association foe, the University of North Dakota Fighting Hawks, for an intense, and important, weekend series.The Badgers (20-2-1-0, 15-2-1-0 WCHA), who opened 2017 with two blowout games against St. Cloud State University last weekend, are looking to gain more momentum and retain their first-place standing in the conference by defeating the Hawks (12-7-5, 9-5-4 WCHA).Wisconsin returned from winter break as not only the top team in the WCHA, but also as the top team in the country per the rankings. With only three losses separating UW from a second place tie in the WCHA table, a loss this weekend could eliminate the Badgers’ hard-earned three-game security blanket.Women’s hockey: Two Badgers earn WCHA Player of the Week honors for weekend sweepUniversity of Wisconsin women’s hockey goalie Ann-Renee Desbiens and forward Emily Clark both earned the Western Colligate Hockey Association Player of Read…The last time these two teams saw each other, UW managed to sweep North Dakota on the road in Grand Forks, a first for the team since 2011. Historically, this matchup tends to favor the Badgers, with a 18-2 regular season tally in favor of Wisconsin.Wisconsin has also been on a hot scoring streak, with junior forwards Annie Pankowski and Emily Clark earning individual hat tricks last weekend. Wisconsin wound up outscoring St. Cloud 11-0, and Clark would earn the WCHA Offensive Player of the Week honor for her stunning performance.The return of a healthy and rested Ann-Renée Desbiens, who suffered a concussion in November, has also been beneficial for the team. Aside from adding yet another pair of shutouts to her already decorated NCAA record, Desbiens has been posting impressive numbers in front of the net across the board too.Currently, Desbiens is allowing 0.67 points per game – a 0.961 save percentage – and has only surrendered five power-play goals on 82 power-play opportunities this season. With the season finally settling down and penalty rules becoming more familiar to the teams, Desbiens should be relieved of the threat of special team play.Women’s basketball: Badgers hope to slow down one of the best in Big Ten at OSUThe University of Wisconsin women’s basketball team will head to Columbus, Ohio Thursday to take on the No. 16 Ohio Read…This game, along with every remaining WCHA matchup, is key for Wisconsin as the Badgers begin to shift their focus toward the WCHA playoffs at the end of February. Competition in the WCHA is close, with only three losses separating the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities and University of Minnesota-Duluth from the No. 1 spot.With another series against both Minnesota-Duluth and Twin Cities awaiting them in February, the more wins the Badgers can get under their belt, the better chances they have of securing a spot in the WCHA Final face-off. The challenge presented by North Dakota will be a good indicator of how Wisconsin will fare during the remainder of the season.The first puck drops in LaBahn Arena this weekend at 2 p.m. Saturday. Sunday’s match has been rescheduled for noon, and coverage of both games will be available on BTN Plus.last_img read more

first_imgUSC saw a strategy it hadn’t seen this year from Cal on the defensive side as the Bears tried to press the Trojans on the edge of the arc. McMahon spoke to how the Trojans adapted to the new defense and were able to grab 16 goals despite it.  “It’s an area of focus that we need to work on as a team, get better at and just continue to compete,” Munday said. “It’s still trying to figure out the circle people, our draw takers. And every game is different with that, but we just have to improve in the area.” USC was led by senior attacker Izzy McMahon, who finished with 5 goals on the afternoon — tying a career-high — after a frustrating performance in Friday’s win against Stanford in which she picked up only 1 goal on five shots.  The Trojans will face the 5-3 Arizona Sun Devils on the road Friday at 1 p.m. as they look to continue their perfect start to the season. “Every single person on this team battles so hard in practice and competes in practice,” Munday said. “It’s awesome to see [freshman midfielder] Caroline Cheetham score her first goal of her career today for all the hard work that they put in.” The Trojans kept the Golden Bears at bay most of the first half before McMahon tallied 3 goals to start the second. McMahon credited her success to her relaxed mindset coming into Sunday afternoon’s game.  USC took an 11-point lead with 11:46 left in the contest and got its bench into the game. Munday said it was important to get underclassmen playing time against the Bears this weekend.  Senior defender Natalie Byrne has been an integral piece of the Trojans’ success, starting in every game this year. (James Wolfe | Daily Trojan) Junior goalie Riley Hertford finished with 10 saves and three ground balls as USC held the Golden Bears in check most of the way. Senior defender Natalie Byrne spoke to how the Trojans were able to lock down California in the first half.  Not only did the Trojans thrive on the offensive end, but USC also put on a clinic defensively to hold Cal to only 2 goals in the first half. For the fifth time this season, USC kept its opponent’s scoring total in the single digits.  “Really proud of her for being able to step on the field today and put the past behind her, step up and take the opportunities she had, which was awesome,” Munday said. “It’s hard getting out after a bad game and not focus on it.”center_img Head coach Lindsey Munday was impressed with the way McMahon performed and with her ability to bounce back against Cal just two days after the Stanford game.  “We have been practicing really solid together,” Byrne said. “We pride ourselves on our defense. We are a family out there, we never get on each other, it’s always positive.” With 4 of the 9 goals on the afternoon coming from free position looks, it was tough for the Trojans to limit Cal’s open opportunities in front of the cage. Bryne spoke to how the defense is always coming together to try to do more to help their goalie. “After those 8-meters, we need to bring it in and say, ‘Hey, those calls aren’t going our way, this is what we need to do,’” Bryne said. “It’s a bummer for Riley to put her in that position. We never want to put her in that position, so we always talk about it afterward.” The No. 7 USC women’s lacrosse team continued its perfect start to the 2020 season with a 16-9 home win over Cal Sunday afternoon.  While the Trojans were stellar on the defensive end, they struggled with the draw controls against the Bears all afternoon as Cal won the battle at the draw circle 15-12. Munday spoke to how the draws will be a point of emphasis for the Trojans moving forward.  Senior attacker Izzy McMahon had eight shots on goal against the Bears Sunday. McMahon leads the Trojans in shots on goal with 22 on the season. (James Wolfe | Daily Trojan) “I just wanted to play loose and forget about whatever happened on Friday,” McMahon said. “Our mentality this year has been next play, letting go of the things that happened in the past and just focusing on the present.” “We are playing ‘SC lacrosse,” McMahon said. “We changed up our offense a little but just working on coming off the pick, coming off the screen and attacking right away. With us, our go-to is quick ball movement. I think that’s what broke down the defense the best way possible.” last_img read more

first_img Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Syracuse (3-10, 0-5 Atlantic Coast) dropped its eighth-straight game, 6-3, to North Carolina State (9-3-2, 2-2-1). The Wolfpack put all but one of its seven shots on goal, all of which got past the SU keeper. The Orange returned its top scorer in Kate Hostage and scored a first-half goal, but Syracuse allowed four goals in the second half and the game became quickly out of reach.Here are the best shots from the game.center_img Published on October 5, 2018 at 12:09 am Contact Max: mefreund@syr.edulast_img read more

first_imgThe game was heated for a brief moment, and Jorginho, who did not seem to be aware of being aware, went on too much in a protest to the referee and will miss the return at the Allianz, where his people arrive sentenced. And they will do it because the fury gave way to bewilderment and Lewandowski, who was not very interested in those stories, decided to yield a pass that he received to space so that Gnabry pushed the first goal of the tie to pleasure.The German arrived as a shot at this stretch of the season, and did not disappoint on his return to London, where he left crestfallen in 2015 after being rejected by Arsenal. Just a few minutes later, and in what was his sixth goal in this edition of the Champions League, the Teuton again got wet after a good assistance from the Polish striker, although this time he had to try a little harder and send it to the long stick Knight’sLampard tried to shake the attack point with the entry of Willian and Abraham and the exit of Giroud and Barkley, who made a very bad game, but Bayern would hit again, this time, through Lewandowski, who took a pass Davies to mark his goal. The highway that Reece James left on the right lane, where Azpilicueta could not shrink more water, will undoubtedly be one of the videos that the English coach must put to his team if he wants to stop a bleeding that has been coming for several months and that You can put the rest of the season at risk. From the draw for the round of 16, in London he whispered in fear, almost as if he were going to conjure the man in the bag: “Lewandowski is coming …”. And ‘Lewa’ came, put on his boots and, indeed, terrified London. It is what monsters like him have, that as much as you see them coming you know that they will eat you in the end. Huge match of the Polish, who took over Stamford Bridge, distributed two goal assists and scored his goal, which served to sentence a tie that can be bleeding. It even caused the expulsion of a Marcos Alonso who, desperate, attacked him in the back when he saw that he could no longer stop him. This Bayern has come to Europe to raze.Chelsea managed, however, to quench the fury of the Teutons during the first half, where Caballero, who is knowing how to seize the opportunity granted by Lampard to the detriment of Kepa, drew two very good hands from Lewandowski’s two shots.The blues They even responded with a play by Mount who was about to embocar in the goal line Giroud, who has returned to the title, but the Frenchman did not arrive and the Bundesliga leader responded with the most serious warning so far. Müller, who had already tried a shot with a rope that left shortly, headed a ball to the crossbar that shook the foundations of Stamford Bridge.Those of Flick dominated the possession, fundamentally thanks to a Thiago that was colossal at the helm of the center of the field, and also the occasions, but the party arrived at the rest without the Germans managed to open the can that Lampard had prepared. In the resumption, even, it seemed that the Londoners could get ahead with a play fruit of the heart and faith of Mount, who came to be planted hand in hand with Neuer, but the goal was easily removed with his foot and then was quick to the time to shrink spaces for Barkley, who turned off the lights.last_img read more

first_imgMembers of An Garda Siochana are to visit Tory Island this week in a show of support for the local community.Tory IslandThere is no full-time Garda presence on the island serving the population of approximately 140 people.However officers pay occasional visits to the island. Community Liaison Officer, Sgt Paul Wallace, said members will travel to the island this week to meet with locals.“It has ben a long summer for the islanders and we want to let them know they have our support.“If there are any issues, then we will discuss them and work them out. The visit is aimed at letting the islanders know that they have our full support,” he said.As well as Sgt Wallace, Sgt John Joe McClafferty from Burtonport and Garda Patrick McGlynn, will also travel to Tory.  GARDAI TO VISIT TORY ISLAND IN SHOW OF SUPPORT FOR LOCAL COMMUNITY was last modified: September 11th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalGardaiTory Islandvisitlast_img read more