NZ’s ‘shocking’ child abuse record

first_imgNZ Herald 9 Dec 2011Since the (Kahui) twins died in 2006, at least 95,200 children have been abused, according to Child Youth and Family. Of those children, 761 were either admitted to or seen by doctors at Starship hospital and deemed to have non-accidental injuries resulting from physical abuse. This year alone, 166 children have been placed on the “abused” list by Starship staff, already beating last year’s total of 157. CYF’s child abuse figures are also trending upwards. Notifications of suspected abuse or concerns about children have more than doubled in five years, to 150,747 alerts this year; substantiated reports are up 36 per cent to 22,087 cases. Any way you look at the issue, the numbers only go one way. Up.But those in charge of the care and protection of our children at the highest level are pleased with the results. It may seem strange to hear child advocates at a national level saying a rise in abuse numbers is “great”. But they believe the spike in abuse numbers shows a society less willing to put up with its little ones being hurt and more inclined to report what they see, rather than an increase in the number actually being abused. “The way I interpret this is that the numbers are good news,” said Children’s Commissioner Dr Russell Wills. “There aren’t more children [being abused], there’s better detection. I think that’s a good thing. Early detection means earlier intervention. It’s all good. These numbers reflect better practice and greater awareness.” But Dr Patrick Kelly, clinical director of the child abuse centre at Starship has a different view. “It’s not getting better. I don’t think generally in New Zealand child abuse is getting worse – but we’re not getting on top of the problem. It’s become worse in the sense that we see more head trauma in infants. Many have very serious brain injuries from being shaken or slammed or punched in the head. Fifteen years ago we might have seen two or three of those kids a year, now we see one a month.Anthea Simcock from child protection advocacy group Child Matters says the figures only show part of New Zealand’s abuse story. “It is the tip of the iceberg. For every child who dies there’s probably a couple of hundred who are severely abused and probably 3000 who are suffering ongoing abuse. “The iceberg is quite significant,” she said. “My other concern for those other children who never come to the attention of the authorities is that those people are at risk of not using their potential, of not contributing to our society and in fact of still coping coping with residual problems from their abuse that result in use of alcohol, living in violent situations, not performing well educationally – and they themselves have no strong healthy models of parenting to follow. It makes it very difficult to break the cycle.” Mrs Simcock said she was “delighted” the figures had gone up, also believing it meant more abuse reporting and awareness.http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10772163Domestic violence in city soarsManawatu Standard 10/12/2011Domestic violence in Palmerston North has surged 41 per cent, with police alarmed at the “scary” spike in strangulations. There were 2107 reports of domestic violence in the city between January and November this year, compared with 1487 during the same period last year.http://www.stuff.co.nz/manawatu-standard/news/6120130/Domestic-violence-in-city-soarslast_img read more

Lady Cards Split With Lady Indians

first_imgThe St. Louis Lady Cardinals traveled to Milan and brought home a split outcome.  Two very good games.The 7th Grade had a final score of 21-15.  We ended the half 11-10.  This was our first game of trying a press out and they did a great job with it.  Overall they had a great game by all and looked as one out there on the court.  Scoring for SLS were Ella Smith with 8pts, Megan Bauer with 5pts, and Alys Cochran with 2pts.  Nice job ladies. The 8th Grade Lady Cards brought home the win with a final score of 38-16.  We had an amazing game with our press also.  The girls hustled the whole game which lead to the reward of a W.  Scoring for SLS were Ava Allen with 14pts, Emma Weberding with 10pts, Lilly Wonnell with 7pts, Kate Voegele with 3pts, and both Olivia Raab and Alyssa Wanstrath with 2pts each.  All the girls contributed to the points tonight so offensively we were on point too.  Nice job ladies.Courtesy of Cardinals Coach Erin Trenkamp.last_img read more

NFL ace Umenyiora tasks stakeholders on poverty, education

first_imgFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… Nigeria born American NFL ace Osi Umenyiora believes it is time to get more practical in solving social problems.The Two-time Super Bowl winner says the NFL need to move on from ‘symbolic gestures’ and address social issues with ‘real resources and real funds’.The death of George Floyd in Minneapolis in May and the shooting of Jacob Blake in Wisconsin last month have been two high-profile cases of police brutality in America.But it has long been an issue in America – well before Colin Kaepernick took the knee before a San Francisco 49ers pre-season game in 2016.The ostracised former quarterback has been without a team since the end of that season, and while many players will follow his lead this season, Umenyiora wants players to find other ways to enact social change.‘I think that it is time for more substantive action to be taken as opposed to just taking the knee. Everybody is doing that, it’s becoming mainstream,’ Umenyiora said.Nigeria born American NFL ace Osi Umenyiora‘It’s the popular thing to do. To say black lives matter, to take a knee, post a black square. But what are you doing outside of that?’‘For me I feel like it’s time for players to be getting involved and actually doing things other than protesting. At this point everybody knows what you are talking about, so what are you protesting right now?‘We need to find a way to get the heart of a lot of these issues: the poverty, the lack of education, a lot of these different things that can really make a difference in people’s lives and the way they interact with each other‘I think it’s time for us to get doing that by committing real resources and real funds to that as opposed to just making symbolic gestures.’ After six months of unexpected and profound change, the two-time Super Bowl winner is not predicting a revolution in the NFL on the field.Read AlsoEx-NFL wide-receiver Reche Caldwell, 41, shot dead in ‘targeted robbery’‘It’s going to be the same old teams. You’re going to see a lot of the veteran teams in there, the teams that have a well-established head coach, the well-established franchises,’ he says.Teams have been forced to adapt to Covid protocols. They have not had a pre-season to scout talent and many will play without fans.center_img Promoted Content8 Addictive And Fun Coffee Facts5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks6 Incredibly Strange Facts About Hurricanes10 Hyper-Realistic 3D Street Art By OdeithWhat Is A Black Hole And Is It Dangerous For Us All?The Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreA Runner Uses Strava App To Create Amazing Pieces Of Running Art7 Thailand’s Most Exquisite Architectural Wonders10 Stargazing Locations To ‘Connect With Nature’Which Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?7 Truly Incredible Facts About Black Holes7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Betterlast_img read more

Lady Bulldog JV Spikers Win EIAC Title

first_imgIn the second match of the day, the Lady Dogs dropped Connersville in straight sets with scores of 25-14, 25-14. Gerstbauer earned 13 points in 17 attempts  and also dished out 21 assists. Westerfeld led offensively with 9 kills, while Naia Bustinza and Sophie Lee chipped in with 5 each. Belle Westerfeld added 3 kills and a block. Schaefer was the leader on defense with 11 serve receives and 5 digs.   Greensburg was the next opponent in pool play and the Lady Dogs were up to the challenge once again winning 25-21, 25-17. Schaefer and Kaitlyn Sarringhaus paced the team with 8 perfect serves scoring 6 and 5 points respectively. Bustinza, Lee, and S. Westerfeld continued their aggressive net play with 4 kills each. Bustinza shored up the defense with an impressive 16 digs.  The team defeated South Dearborn 25-8, 25-18 in the opening match. Regina Gerstbauer hit 17 of 18 serves including 5 aces and added 10 assists from her setting position. Sydnee Schaefer connected on 10 of 11 serves earning 9 points including 6 aces and contributed 9 digs defensively. Shelby Westerfeld led the front row attack with 5 kills.  The Batesville JV Volleyball Team ended their season with a bang rattling off 9 consecutive wins including 4 on Saturday to capture the EIAC Championship trophy at Greensburg High School.  The 3 wins in pool play led them to the championship game in a rematch with the Lawrenceburg Lady Tigers. The team came out on top once again with scores of 25-16, 28-26. In the second set, the Lady Dogs never allowed the Lady Tigers to reach a match point and held on for the 2 set victory to claim the title. Sarringhaus scored 8 points including an ace in 12 attempts, while Schaefer added 6 points in 10 tries. S. Westerfeld and Sophie Lee were the top spikers earning 7 and 6 kills at the net. Lee put down the game winner. Bustinza was outstanding in the back row with 15 serve receives and 21 digs to help secure the win. The team’s record was 20-7 overall and included Hauser, Ripley County Tourney, and EIAC tourney championship titles. Way to go, ladies! I am so proud of all of you!Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Shelly Prickel.last_img read more

Franklin County COVID-19 Task Force Transitions to Economic Recovery

first_imgBrookville, IN—The Franklin County COVID-19 Task Force announced today the transition to long-term economic recovery for the county. “COVID-19 has definitely not gone away,” said Franklin County Health Department supervisor Angie Ruther, RN. “It is still crucial to take preventative measures such as washing hands, sanitizing commonly touched surfaces, and practicing social distances,” Ruther continued.“As Indiana progresses through its ‘Back on Track’ stages, we want to turn our focus towards long-term economic recovery,” stated Franklin County E.M.A. Director Amy Lindsey. “Unless or until there is a vaccine, we are still going to have cases of coronavirus. Please, continue to take self-preventative measures. With that said, we want to help facilitate resources to those impacted financially due to the earlier restrictions,” continued Director Lindsey.Director Lindsey has been working with local groups such as United Way of Franklin County, Economic Development, the Community Foundation, and local business leaders to develop safety plans for businesses, as well as identifying resources for financial assistance. “We will continue to monitor the latest information regarding coronavirus, and if needed, we can reactivate the task force,” stated Director Lindsey.last_img read more

Ese Brume, Anuoluwapo win 2019 Nigerian Sports Award

first_imgRelatedPosts Minister gives condition for resumption of contact sports Minister pledges support for development of AI, robotics in Nigeria NSF 2020: Sports minister raises fresh hope It was a glorious and celebratory night for the duo of Africa badminton champion, Opeyori Anuoluwapo, and fast rising sprint sensation, Ese Brume, as they won big at the 8th edition of Nigerian Sports Award, even as the Minister of Sports and Youth Development, Sunday Dare, has assured the organizer of the award of the Ministry’s readiness to partner with it to make subsequent editions of the award more glamorous and successful. Dare gave the remarks at the award ceremony held at the weekend at Eko Hotel and Suites in Lagos. The Minister, who expressed delight at the rising profile of the award, noted that he is quite impressed with the organizer for sustaining the platform created to celebrate sport men and women till date. According to him, the award has significantly impacted the sports community having rewarded outstanding Nigerian athletes and offered needed motivation for youths to discover their talents and direct their passion towards sports. At the award ceremony, Anuoluwapo carted home with coveted crowns in two different categories of the award beating other strong contenders to become the 2019 Rackets Person of the Year and Sportsman of the Year, while Brume got rewarded with her sterling performance for the year by emerging both as Athletics star of the Year as well as Sportswoman of the Year categories. Former Super Eagles striker, Odion Ighalo, emerged footballer of the year, beating off competition from Super Eagles teammate, Samuel Chukwueze, and Super Falcons captain, Asisat Oshoala. D’Tigress captain, Evelyn Akhator, maintained her winning streak as she once again picked up the Basketball Person of the Year award category, beating the duo of Ezinne Kalu and Josh Okogie, while D’Tigress were rewarded with the award of the Team of the Year category following their superlative performance at AfroBasketball Championship and its subsequent qualification for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic. While Emmanuel Appah and Bose Omolayo won the Individual Sports Award of the Year and Para Sport Person of the Year respectively, Farouk Yusuf went home with the Team Sports Person of the Year. Coach of the Under 19 Handball Team, Christopher Nwadei, and Sam Ocheho were both rewarded for their stewardship in sports by winning the sports administrator of the year and Coach of the Year respectively. Folashade Lawal picked up the discovery of the year award, while Odunayo Adekuruoye retained the title by emerging wrestler of the year for the second year running.Tags: Sunday Darelast_img read more

Keane linked to Villa role

first_imgRoy Keane has held talks over becoming Paul Lambert’s assistant at Aston Villa, Press Association Sport understands. Keane held an informal meeting with Lambert last month with a view to replacing Ian Culverhouse, who was dismissed by the club following an internal investigation. It is understood Lambert would be happy for Keane to continue in his role as number two to Republic of Ireland boss Martin O’Neill if he were to take the Villa role. Press Associationcenter_img Keane is due to link back up with the Ireland squad in Dublin late on Tuesday before flying out on Wednesday for their two-game tour of the United States. Earlier this week, Keane indicated he did not wish to be considered as a potential replacement for Neil Lennon at Celtic. A source close to the club told Press Association Sport Keane had “asked not to be considered for the position”. Lambert is keen to get a permanent assistant on board as he rebuilds following Villa’s disappointing 15th-placed finish last season. The Villa job would offer Keane a route back into domestic management for the first time since he left Ipswich in January 2011. Meanwhile, ITV has confirmed that Keane has pulled out of his expected role as a World Cup pundit in order to concentrate on his coaching career. Keane was officially unveiled in the ITV line-up last month but subsequently had a change of heart. An ITV spokesman told the Press Association: “Roy has been a tremendous part of our pundit team in recent years, but we fully understand his decision to concentrate wholly on his coaching. “We wish him every success for the future.” last_img read more

O’Connell expected to join Toulon

first_img Press Association Paul O’Connell is expected to complete a two-year deal to join Toulon after the World Cup, following Saturday’s Guinness PRO12 final with Munster. The talisman lock has a dual Munster and Ireland contract that runs until summer 2016, but is thought to be able to free himself from the final stages of that commitment. The 35-year-old will line up for Munster for the final time in Saturday’s PRO12 final against Glasgow at Ulster’s Kingspan Stadium in Belfast. center_img Ireland’s oldest captain of all time will lead Joe Schmidt’s men in the autumn World Cup in England, and is now set to head to Toulon at the completion of the tournament. O’Connell has led Ireland to back-to-back RBS 6 Nations titles in the last two years under former Leinster coach Schmidt, and had been expected to retire entirely after the World Cup. Despite previous denials, Toulon have been keen to recruit the Irish lineout master to boost their lock options following the retirements of Bakkies Botha and Ali Williams. Former Ireland skipper Keith Wood backed O’Connell for a lucrative move to the three-time European champions, that would end his 14-year stint with home province Munster. “He’s a guy who loves the south of France, he got married in the south of France,” Wood told Newstalk. “He enjoys the place, he enjoys the culture. “I know he was envious of what Jonny (Wilkinson) got out of it, not in terms of the finances. “Of course the finances are always part of it, but it was almost like the fresh breath of energy he got back into it.” last_img read more

Peacock pair vie for Galway glory

first_img Press Association Owner Nick Peacock is eyeing a dream result to the Guinness Galway Hurdle on Thursday, with Diakali and Wicklow Brave both expected to go well in the Ballybrit feature. It could be a huge afternoon for the owner, with his star Flat performer Simenon considered a major contender for the Goodwood Cup. Peacock said: “I won’t be going to Galway, unfortunately, as I’m heading to Goodwood, but it ‘s brilliant to have the two of them there. It’s a huge prize. “Diakali was very impressive the other day, so my money would probably be on him, but the thing about Wicklow Brave is we don’t really know how good he could be. “The last time he ran over hurdles was when he cruised home in the County Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival. He’s gone up a fair bit in the weights for that, so we’ll see. “It probably won’t happen, but it is not beyond the realms of possibility they could be first and second. “I wouldn’t be that surprised if that was the case and it would obviously be an amazing result if it did.” Diakali and Wicklow Brave are part of a formidable hand for Willie Mullins, with the champion trainer also saddling Thousand Stars (Katie Walsh), Aminabad (Luke Dempsey) and Max Dynamite (David Mullins). The trainer said of Diakali: “He’s rated 153. It’s tough to win off that weight, but remember he’s run well in Grade Ones and was very unlucky in Aintree with Tony McCoy one day, beaten a head and a nose. Diakali returned from over a year on the sidelines when running out an impressive winner of the Grimes Hurdle at Tipperary almost three weeks ago and is the chosen mount of Ruby Walsh. Wicklow Brave, who will be ridden by Paul Townend in the second colours of Peacock’s Wicklow Bloodstock banner, reverts to jumps after having let down favourite-backers in the Queen Alexandra Stakes at Royal Ascot. “That gives him a good chance anyway.” Tony Martin is also well represented, with last year’s winner Thomas Edison, ante-post favourite Quick Jack and Ted Veale all in the final field, while Pyromaniac is third reserve. Bayan and The Game Changer were placed in last year’s renewal and are in the mix again for Gordon Elliott. “They are in very good form. They would like a bit of nice ground,” said the trainer. “They were second and third in the race last year so we know they like the track and that is a big plus”. With the top 20 horses in the entries all declared, Jessica Harrington’s Modem, who won the valuable Connacht Hotel Handicap on Monday, is not guaranteed a run, but is first on the reserve list. Speaking after his Monday success, Harrington said: “We’ve been training him since Cheltenham for Galway, and hopefully the ground will be right for him. “The first leg has come off so hopefully we haven’t used up all our luck.” Should Modem miss the cut, the Moone handler will still be represented by Macnicholson and Rae’s Creek. Shark Hanlon is expecting a bold show from his stable stalwart Hidden Cyclone. The top-class chaser is rated 20lb lower over smaller obstacles and showed himself in good heart when winning on the Flat at Leopardstown recently. “He’s well in himself and everything looks to be going right for him. Hopefully it keeps going his way,” said Hanlon. “It’s a tight race and you want a lot of luck in running. “If he gets that, he should be knocking on the door.” Matthew Smith’s stable star Rawnaq finished down the field in last year’s Galway Hurdle, but returns in good form after being touched off at Bellewstown at the start of the month. “We’re having a go as he’s run in it twice before and we want to give him another chance at it,” Smith told At The Races. “There’s some serious money on offer and if you run into a few quid you’d be delighted. “He came out of Bellewstown 100 per cent. There’s not a bother on him.” There are two British challengers in the field, with Nicky Henderson’s Snake Eyes joined by the Dan Skelton-trained Stephanie Frances. The latter was last seen winning a Listed novice hurdle at Cheltenham in April. Skelton said: “She travelled over there on Monday night and we’ve been very happy with her since. “She went there in good form. The ground is drying out in her favour and I wouldn’t change anything in the lead-up to the race. “It’s obviously a very competitive race, but she’s got a nice racing weight and we’ll just have to see if she’s good enough now. “Everything looks perfect, but you need a lot of luck around there.” last_img read more

Cricket News Steve Smith ruled out of third Ashes Test due to concussion, says Cricket Australia

first_imgNew Delhi: Australia’s star batsman Steve Smith has been ruled out of the third Ashes Test beginning on Thursday, Cricket Australia announced Tuesday.The 30-year-old – who has scored two centuries and 92 in his three innings in the first two Tests – suffered concussion when he was felled by a Jofra Archer bouncer on Saturday in the first innings of the second Test at Lord’s.”Steve Smith has been ruled out of the third Ashes Test at Headingley, with coach Justin Langer confirming the news after the batsman sat out Australia’s training session on Tuesday,” Cricket Australia announced on their website. Coach Justin Langer confirmed his absence after Smith sat out Australia’s training session on Tuesday. It has not been confirmed who will replace Smith in the Australia squad for the third Test at Headingley.Smith was replaced by Marnus Labuschagne in the second Test at Lord’s, with Labuschagne becoming Test cricket’s first concussion substitute. He made 59 as Australia survived a tense final evening to claim a draw and preserve their 1-0 series lead.(With PTI Inputs) For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more