Program helping vulnerable families stay safely together Almost 90 children in Adelaide’s north have avoided entering the child protection system thanks to a $3 million Marshall Liberal Government intensive family support pilot program.Since the program launched in August 2019, Safe Kids, Families Together has completed working with 38 families, including 111 children who were at risk of being removed.Of those, more than 80 per cent (89 children and young people) have been kept out of the state care system and remain at home safely with their parents or kin, avoiding the need for costly and less desirable out-of-home care.The program, being delivered by AnglicareSA, works intensively with at-risk families, giving parents extra, specialist help to overcome complex issues including domestic violence, drug and alcohol abuse and mental health issues.Specialist support workers work with the families over a period of months, up to 15 hours per week, to address each family’s unique challenges.Minister for Human Services Michelle Lensink said the program continued to show signs of success in keeping children out of the child protection system through better supporting our most vulnerable families.“Supporting our most vulnerable families earlier is a Marshall Liberal Government priority,” said Minister Lensink.“We are committed to reducing child abuse and neglect in South Australia through intervening early, with the right services at the right time, to keep children at home whenever it is safe to do so.“The 89 children and young people who remain living safely with their parents or kin thanks to this program are 89 children and young people who otherwise would have likely ended up in out-of-home care, which is both expensive and much less desirable.“The Marshall Liberal Government is investing more than $50 million in our Child and Family Support System, which aims to reduce child abuse and neglect by providing targeted support to families and their children – and the Safe Kids, Families Together program is one of several new pilot programs we have invested in.”Minister for Child Protection Rachel Sanderson said there were three main risk factors why families enter the child protection system – and programs like Safe Kids, Families Together was helping many vulnerable parents overcome complex issues.“We know that many South Australian families are facing multiple and complex challenges such as domestic and family violence drug and alcohol abuse and mental health concerns, and this requires an early, coordinated and cross-government effort,” said Minister Sanderson.“We’ve always said stemming the flow of children and young people coming into the child protection system would take time given the issues our vulnerable families are facing are complex and far reaching – however, this pilot program is showing early signs of success.”AnglicareSA Executive General Manager Community Services Nancy Penna said that AnglicareSA is committed to continue working in partnership with State Government and the social services sector to reverse the current trajectory of children being removed and placed in the state care system.“We’re pleased to be given the opportunity to provide families in extreme crisis with immediate, intensive and focused support to ensure the safety of their children and ongoing sustainability of a flourishing home environment,” said Ms Penna.“Families simply want the best for their children and what we do know is if they can remain safely with their birth family, then that’s by far the best place for them.“It’s vital that government continues to invest in strengthening the continuum of support for families at risk of losing their children in order to drive long-term change. “We would like to see this program continue to have a real impact on families and children into the future.”Following its two-year trial, the pilot program will be independently evaluated by the Parenting Research Centre.Other new Marshall Liberal Government programs targeting our most vulnerable families include the $11.3 million Resilient Families program, $18.2 million Newpin program, $900,000 Breathing Space pilot, $1.6 million Family Group Conferencing pilot and the $2.2 million KWY pilot in the West. /Public News. 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HomeNewsPolice officer’s death intensifies Capitol siege questions Jan. 09, 2021 at 5:00 amNewsPolice officer’s death intensifies Capitol siege questionsAssociated Press5 months agoNo tags Lisa Mascaro and Matthew Daly, Associated PressA police officer has died from injuries suffered as President Donald Trump’s supporters stormed the Capitol, a violent siege that is forcing hard questions about the defeated president’s remaining days in office and the ability of the Capitol Police to secure the area.The U.S. Capitol Police said in a statement that Officer Brian D. Sicknick was injured “while physically engaging with protesters” during the Wednesday riot. He is the fifth person to die because of the Capitol protest and violence.During the struggle at the Capitol, Sicknick, 42, was hit in the head with a fire extinguisher, two law enforcement officials said. The officials could not discuss the ongoing investigation publicly and spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity.His family said in a statement Friday that Sicknick wanted to be a police officer his entire life. He served in the New Jersey Air National Guard before joining the Capitol Police in 2008.“Many details regarding Wednesday’s events and the direct causes of Brian’s injuries remain unknown, and our family asks the public and the press to respect our wishes in not making Brian’s passing a political issue,” the family said.The rampage that has shocked the world and left the country on edge forced the resignations of three top Capitol security officials over the failure to stop the breach. It has led lawmakers to demand a review of operations and an FBI briefing over what they called a “terrorist attack.” And it is prompting a broader reckoning over Trump’s tenure in office and what comes next for a torn nation.Protesters were urged by Trump during a rally near the White House earlier Wednesday to head to Capitol Hill, where lawmakers were scheduled to confirm Biden’s presidential victory. The mob swiftly broke through police barriers, smashed windows and paraded through the halls, sending lawmakers into hiding.One protester, a woman from California, was shot to death by Capitol Police, and there were dozens of arrests. Three other people died after “medical emergencies” related to the breach.Despite Trump’s repeated claims of voter fraud, election officials and his own former attorney general have said there were no election problems on a scale that would change the outcome. All the states have certified their results as fair and accurate, by Republican and Democratic officials alike.Sen. Ben Sasse, R-Neb., said news of the police officer’s death was “gut-wrenching.”“None of this should have happened,” Sasse said in a statement. “Lord, have mercy.”Sicknick had returned to his division office after the incident and collapsed, the statement said. He was taken to a local hospital where he died late Thursday.Trump did not personally comment on the officer’s death, but a White House spokesman said the death of any police officer in the line of duty is “a solemn reminder that they run toward danger to maintain peace.’’ Trump and the entire administration “extend our prayers to Officer Brian Sicknick’s family as we all grieve the loss of this American hero,’’ spokesman Judd Deere said.House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said those responsible for Sicknick’s death “must be brought to justice.’’“The violent and deadly act of insurrection targeting the Capitol, our temple of American democracy, and its workers was a profound tragedy and stain on our nation’s history,’’ Pelosi said Friday. She ordered flags at the Capitol lowered to half-staff in Sicknick’s honor.Pelosi said Thursday that any remaining day with the president in power could be “a horror show for America.” Likewise, Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer said the attack on the Capitol was “an insurrection against the United States, incited by the president,” and Trump must not stay in office “one day” longer.Pelosi and Schumer called for invoking the 25th Amendment to the Constitution to force Trump from office before President-elect Joe Biden is inaugurated on Jan. 20. Schumer said he and Pelosi tried to call Vice President Mike Pence early Thursday to discuss that option but were unable to connect with him.At least one Republican lawmaker joined the effort. The procedure allows for the vice president and a majority of the Cabinet to declare the president unfit for office. The vice president then becomes acting president.Pelosi said if the president’s Cabinet does not swiftly act, the House may proceed to impeach Trump.Trump, who had repeatedly refused to concede the election, did so in a late Thursday video from the White House vowing a “seamless transition of power.”Two Republicans who led efforts to challenge the election results, Ted Cruz of Texas and Josh Hawley of Missouri, faced angry peers in the Senate. Cruz defended his objection to the election results as “the right thing to do” as he tried unsuccessfully to have Congress launch an investigation. In the House, Republican leaders Rep. Kevin McCarthy of California and Rep. Steve Scalise of Louisiana joined in the failed effort to overturn Biden’s win by objecting to the Electoral College results.With tensions high, the Capitol shuttered and lawmakers not scheduled to return until the inauguration, an uneasy feeling of stalemate settled over a main seat of national power as Trump remained holed up at the White House.The social media giant Facebook banned the president from its platform and Instagram for the duration of Trump’s final days in office, if not indefinitely, citing his intent to stoke unrest. Twitter had silenced him the day before.Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg said “the shocking events” make it clear Trump “intends to use his remaining time in office to undermine the peaceful and lawful transition of power.”U.S. Capitol Police Chief Steven Sund, under pressure from Schumer, Pelosi and other congressional leaders, was forced to resign. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell asked for and received the resignation of the Sergeant at Arms of the Senate, Michael Stenger, effective immediately. Paul Irving, the longtime Sergeant at Arms of the House, also resigned.Sund had defended his department’s response to the storming of the Capitol, saying officers had “acted valiantly when faced with thousands of individuals involved in violent riotous actions.”Washington Mayor Muriel Bowser called the police response “a failure.”Lawmakers from both parties pledged to investigate and questioned whether a lack of preparedness allowed a mob to occupy and vandalize the building. The Pentagon and Justice Department had been rebuffed when they offered assistance.Black lawmakers, in particular, noted the way the mostly white Trump supporters were treated.Newly elected Rep. Cori Bush, D-Mo., said if “we, as Black people did the same things that happened … the reaction would have been different, we would have been laid out on the ground.”The protesters ransacked the place, taking over the House area and Senate chamber and waving Trump, American and Confederate flags. Outside, they scaled the walls and balconies.Rep. Val Demings, D-Fla., a former police chief, said it was “painfully obvious” that Capitol police “were not prepared.”Associated Press writers Mary Clare Jalonick, Zeke Miller, Alan Fram, Padmananda Rama and Michael Balsamo in Washington contributed to this report.share on Facebookshare on Twitteradd a commentLA, Congress take divergent paths after COVID test warningEssential Interviews: Bus Driver Nicole Honaker-HwangYou Might Also LikeFeaturedNewsBobadilla rejects Santa Monica City Manager positionMatthew Hall5 hours agoNewsCouncil picks new City ManagerBrennon Dixson16 hours agoFeaturedNewsProtesting parents and Snapchat remain in disagreement over child protection policiesClara Harter16 hours agoFeaturedNewsDowntown grocery to become mixed use developmenteditor16 hours agoNewsBruised but unbowed, meme stock investors are back for moreAssociated Press16 hours agoNewsWedding boom is on in the US as vendors scramble to keep upAssociated Press16 hours ago
MOOSONEE, Ontario (AP) – Ontario’s air ambulance service is confirming four of its employees have died after one of its helicopters crashed in northern Ontario. The Ornge air ambulance service says no one survived the accident near Moosonee, Ontario early Friday. Ornge says two pilots and two paramedics were on board the aircraft, but no patients. The air ambulance service says it lost contact with the Sikorsky S76 shortly after takeoff from its base in Moosonee around midnight. Canada’s Transportation Safety Board has been notified and will be investigating the cause. Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.
The Hattie’s Coffee building at Corinth Square is slated to get a facelift.Representatives of First Washington Realty, the Bethesda, Md.-based company that purchased the Village Shops, Corinth Square and the Fairway Shops last year, told the Prairie Village City Council on Monday that they were planning on moving forward with plans to renovate the Hattie’s Coffee building at Corinth Square.A preliminary rendering of the renovation concept showed a refreshed exterior that features the same exposed cedar paneling that is a part of the facade of the Hen House Market installed in 2012. The improvements would also include the addition of an outdoor patio attached to Hattie’s, a sidewalk that connects Somerset Drive to the building, and improved signage for tenants.The improvements would be paid for in part with funds from the Community Improvement District at Corinth Square.The announcement came as part of an update to the governing body that came at the request of the city council. While First Washington representatives Alex Nyhan and Monica Mallory focused on the success the company has had since taking over in keeping long-standing tenants and in making improvements to the shops — including the recent repaving of the Village Shops parking lot – members of the city council took the opportunity to express concerns with the lines of communication between the company and the tenants.Councilor Jori Nelson spent several minutes relaying conversations she’d had with Village Shops tenants who said they were “nervous about the future of the centers.”Nelson said tenants had told her that First Washington had assumed a much more aggressive negotiating posture than previous owners, and that some felt that they had to hire an attorney to represent them in lease negotiations for the first time.Nyhan responded that First Washington’s strategy was to retain all of the existing tenants, and that thus far they have been successful in that approach.“Yes, there are negotiations,” he said. “But we’re retaining everybody, which I think it great.”Both Nelson and Mayor Laura Wassmer expressed concern that tenants did not have a clear channel of communication open with the company’s Bethesda-based staff, though they noted that the Kansas City-based representatives had been excellent to work with.“I know you care about our local merchants,” Wassmer said, “but there is a disconnect there. There is something that isn’t quite the way it should be.”Wassmer encouraged Nyhan to arrange time to meet directly with local tenants to improve relations. He said he appreciated the feedback and thought it was a good idea.
BIRMINGHAM, Ala.- The UWF Men’s soccer team was rewarded with eight players being named to the Gulf South Conference’s all-decade team along with long-time coach Bill Elliott who won coach of the decade, the conference announced Tuesday morning.The Argos landed three players each on the first and second teams, while two more members were chosen as honorable mention selections. Forward Sean Hoffstatter is first up on the list of Argos who made the first-team. The Fort Walton Beach native had his best season during his junior year where he was named the 2018 GSC player of the year, united soccer coaches first-team all-region, D2CCA All-America third team after scoring 17 goals and tallying 40 points. In 2019, he was once again selected All-GSC first team, USC all-south region second team and D2CCA all-south region first team. He leaves as the program’s 10th all-time scorer with 26 career goals.Next up is midfielder Richard Dixon. He made the first team after being the only Argo to be selected as a USC all-south region all four years during his time at UWF. Dixon was also chosen twice to the D2CCA All-south region teams and is the only player in program history to win GSC player of the year twice (2009, 2012). Rounding out the list of the first teamers is former defender, Sean Reynolds. Reynolds was a force on the back end as similar to the two aforementioned players, he was named GSC player of the year in 2011. His other accolades include being a two-time USC all-south region member, D2CCA All-South region selection as well as making the GSC All-Tournament team in 2011.Ed Chappe leads the way for those on the second team as the midfielder was phenomenal in both 2018 and 2019. In both years he was selected All-GSC first team, D2CCA All-South Region First team and also to the USC All-South Region first team. In 2019, the Reading, England native tied for the program led with seven goals to go along with six assists. He was also named to the 2019 GSC Academic Honor Roll and All-Academic Team.Frank Cope played a huge role for the Argonauts during his four years with the squad. His biggest impact came during the 2010-2011 season when he was chosen as a GSC “Top Ten” member which is presented to the top five male and female student-athletes across all sports based on athletic, academic and extracurricular achievement. Cope led the team in assists with 10 that season, igniting the squad to a GSC Title. He was also a two-time All-GSC first teamer, a 2010 member of the GSC All-Tournament Team, a D2CAA All-America Honorable mention and finally a 2012 USC All-South Region second team selection.2019 GSC defender of the year Jerry Wiltshire closes out the list of second-team selections. A native of London, England, Wiltshire is a two-time All-GSC first team selection, and also a member of the 2019 GSC All-Tournament team, D2CCAA and USC All-South Region first teams to go along with making those publications second-teams during the 2018 campaign. Wiltshire had the lone goal in the 2019 NCAA Tournament match-up against Florida Tech, the program’s first appearance in the NCAA Tournament since 2013.Former forward Felipe Oliveira and goalkeeper Ramon Sealy were named as honorable mention players. Oliveira, a three-time All-GSC first team member, is ranked sixth and ninth in school history respectively with 29 career goals and 68 career points. He made the All-GSC team all four years and was chosen to the 2015 All-GSC Tournament team. Sealy minded the net during the early part of the decade and is one of only 11 Argos named to the All-GSC first team twice. He is third in program history with a career GAA of 1.05 and had the second best GAA for an individual season of 0.79.Finally, Elliott was chosen as the coach of the decade after guiding the squad to a record of 108-53-21 and winning two GSC tournament titles in 2010 and 2013. The Argos made the NCAA tournament three times during the decade (2010, 2013, 2019) and had two all-americans (Hoffstatter in 2018 and Cope in 2010) and three GSC players of the year. The Chattanooga, Tennessee native was previously named as the GSC All-Time team coach and has led the Argonauts to a 284-131-45 record while going 113-32-19 in the GSC, over his 24 seasons at UWF.For the latest on the UWF Men’s Soccer Team, fans can visit goargos.com or follow the team on Twitter @UWFMSoccer or on Instagram and Facebook @UWFSoccer.Print Friendly Version
Jamaica’s Usain Bolt set two World records, 9.58 seconds (100m) and 19.19 (200m), at the 2009 IAAF World Championships in Berlin, Germany. The two marks still stand.
Jason Quigley has again reiterated another powerful mental health message – ‘It’s ok not to be ok’.It is a subject the Ballybofey boxer has touched on previously, noting in a tv interview earlier this year how he masked his own struggles to adjust to living in Los Angeles with social media posts.Quigley recently retained his NABF middleweight belt with a unanimous decision win over Freddy Hernandez in Indio. Having returned home to Donegal, the Golden Boy Promotions puncher returned to a topic that he’s passionate about: the dangers of online bullying, social media ‘popularity’ and general mental hearty,“Just don’t be scared to talk,” Quigley said.“Kids need to know that it’s ok not to be ok. It’s ok to go through hard times, have bad thoughts or think negative – but never let that get the better of you.“Talk to your friends, talk to your family, your teachers, coaches, whoever. Once you talk, they might just laugh and reassure you not to worry.” Quigley last year swapped Los Angeles for Sheffield, where he is now trained by Dominic Ingle.The unbeaten Irish middleweight (15-0) has seen the dangers himself when he realised that life in Tinseltown ‘isn’t all glamour, sunshine and rainbows’.And at his recent homecoming with his NABF strap, Quigley urged those who might be feeling the weight of the world on top of them to ‘stay strong’He said: “I’m not here to be God or be Jesus, to to save the world. I’m here to give a wee bit of advice that I have learned through my career and what I would have liked from sports people that I look up to.“If I had heard that it might have made life a bit easier for me. There were problems that I might have wen through and it might just help kids if I explain it. “You have this social media and online bullying and you could be sitting at home one night with your mother and father away out, someone might send a message and it could just take the guts from you.“It can make you feel very lonely and can make you feel worthless. I’m just saying: Don’t feel like that, it will pass. Stay strong and get through those hard moments and get to the next level.”“It’s ok not to be ok” – Jason Quigley gives strong mental health message was last modified: November 9th, 2018 by Chris McNultyShare 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:BallybofeyGolden Boy PromotionsIndioJason QuigleyLOS ANGELESNABF middleweight titleSheffield
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21 November 2006Slovakian Martin Velits upset the Team Barloworld favourites to take the men’s title in the tenth edition of the Pick ‘n Pay 94.7 Cycle Challenge on Sunday. His girlfriend, Yolandi du Toit, claimed the women’s honours.Velits, the Slovakian national champion, stunned his closest challengers by getting a jump on a breakaway group just 500 metres from the finish to race through to victory.Du Toit, meanwhile, rode a more risky race that produced a great reward. She broke away after 60 kilometres and fought through to the finish to claim the women’s title, also for Konica-Minolta.Critical moveThe critical move in the men’s race happened after only 10 kilometres of racing when a group of 11 riders broke away.The group comprised Velits, Barloworld’s James Perry, Ryan Cox and Felix Cardenas, Microsoft’s Nic White, Malcolm Lange, Daryl Impey and Daniel Spence, Exel’s Hanco Kachelhoffer and Adrian Maske, and John Paul Pearton of the Wits Cycling Club.They opened up a lead of almost a minute-and-a-half over the chasing pack with the four-strong Microsoft contingent driving the group on.At the 60-kilometre mark there was a series of attacks, which resulted in five riders going clear, but Velits and Cardenas gritted their teeth and fought their way back to the leaders.Strong headwindHowever, a strong headwind made conditions tough and two Microsoft riders, White and Spence, fell off the pace.Heading towards the finish line, it was Barloworld who tried to dictate matters, with Perry and Cox attempting to set up Cardenas, a former King of the Mountains in the Tour of Spain, for the sprint to the line.Velits, though, timed his attack to perfection, sprinting clear of the other challengers to cross the line ahead of Kachelhoffer, with Cardenas in third and Impey in fourth.Women’s raceIn the women’s race, Du Toit, who recently spent six months competing in Europe for the FBUK team, made her break on a long, gradual incline.After her victory, explaining her decision to go for it so early, she said she didn’t want to end up in a sprint for the title because sprinting is not her strength.Working on her rhythm, the 21-year-old said the first she heard of her gap over the chasing pack was when it had reached almost three minutes, which surprised her.The last five kilometres, she reckoned, were really tough, but she kept pushing until the end to register what she described as “the biggest win of my career”.Marissa van der Merwe claimed second place, with her Proline teammate Anriette Schoeman following in third. Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo material
GLENDALE, AZ – JANUARY 11: Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide celebrates after defeating the Clemson Tigers in the 2016 College Football Playoff National Championship Game at University of Phoenix Stadium on January 11, 2016 in Glendale, Arizona. The Crimson Tide defeated the Tigers with a score of 45 to 40. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)Believe it or not, Alabama head coach Nick Saban has a humorous side. It doesn’t come out often, but it’s there.Friday, Saban, in wishing ESPN College GameDay host Lee Corso a happy 80th birthday, decided to wear the school mascot head. Big Al never looked so good – or so terrifying.Earlier this year, we saw Big Al pop up at Saban’s daughter’s wedding too. Perhaps the Alabama head coach just has an extra mascot head in the trunk of his car or something.