ukjipeuw 3 Oct 2012The suspected suicide of a 12-year-old girl in state care may have been prevented if Child, Youth and Family (CYF) had properly informed caregivers of her history and distressed mental state, a coroner has heard.The girl, Krystal, whose last name is permanently suppressed, was found dead by her 7-year-old sister at her Auckland foster home in 2008.The Ministry of Social Development said in a coroner’s hearing in Auckland today that its care plans for Krystal fell well below standard, because it had failed to disclose to her new foster family full details about allegations of sexual abuse and her suicide risk.It also admitted that social workers had incorrectly interpreted a suicidal screening test completed by Krystal leading to a lack of support or counselling and a “tragic” outcome.“What we missed out here were the needs of Krystal,” ministry representative Nova Salomen said.“We were focussed on systems… instead we need to be seeing, knowing and valuing children.”Krystal was one of eight children from a Northland family of 12 taken into care when her parents were arrested on drugs charges in 2006.All eight children were initially placed with family foster carers but were removed after Krystal alleged she had been sexually abused by a person there. The charges were later dismissed after her death.Krystal and her sister had been with the new caregiver, from Barnados, for just three weeks when she died.Barnados manager of residential services Paul Smith, who provided the plan to the caregiver on behalf of CYF, agreed it did not have enough information read more

first_imgIn Indiana and many other states, high school students can change schools if they feel that school offers a better chance of improving the education they can receive.  Some of you might know that this process has helped organizations like the IHSAA fend of groups who wanted a separate state tournament for non-public schools.  The IHSAA can now stay and public schools can now receive transfer students just like faith-based schools have always been able to do.A lot of people see this open enrollment as a way for schools to recruit athletes.  This certainly was not its intention.  In fact, the school you asked to change to has the right to reject your application.  All schools must have a policy in place saying how they will accept transfer students.  The IHSAA has declared certain moves illegal because they were simply done so a student had a better chance in that school as an athlete.One non-advertised part of this open enrollment policy is used to calm the unrest created by certain non-public schools winning state championships.  After all, today we have magnate schools, charter schools, and faith-based schools.  In fact, we even have home schools.  We know that some kids still transfer for strictly sports reasons, but they are moving from one school to another because they have found an education reason for transferring.  The easiest reason they can use is “my old school does not offer the courses I need.”last_img read more

first_imgBATESVILLE, Ind. — Officials with the Indiana Department of Transportation say they are closing the Lammers Pike overpass over I-74 in Batesville indefinitely due to structural damage.There is no estimate on when the bridge will re-open.last_img

first_imgWEST BURLINGTON, Iowa – The Ironman Challenge will help bring the curtain down on the 30th annual Deery Brothers Summer Series.Drivers with perfect attendance through the first 16 IMCA Late Model tour events of the season and previous series champions are guaranteed starting spots in the race, to be held during the Saturday, Sept. 24 at West Liberty Raceway.Sponsored by Ideal Ready Mix of West Burlington, the Ironman Challenge pays $1,000 to win and a minimum $100 to start.Justin Kay was the winner of the Ironman Challenge held last season, also at West Liberty.“The Johnson family and Ideal Ready Mix have been the longest-tenured and most influential supporters of the IMCA Late Model division since its inception and we’re thrilled to partner with them for the Ironman Challenge again this year,” IMCA Marketing Director Kevin Yoder said. “Having this event as part of the Ideal-sponsored Liberty 100 weekend is a great way to cap the Deery Brothers Summer Series and showcase the best Late Model drivers in the Midwest.”More information about the event will be available from Yoder at the IMCA home office, 319 472-2201.last_img read more

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: South Africa’s last Test tour to India was an absolute nightmare, with the Proteas losing the four-match series 3-0 with only rain in the Bangalore Test preventing an outright whitewash. Heading into the series in 2019, South Africa face an uphill task. India have not lost at home since 2012 and players like Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane, Rohit Sharma and Cheteshwar Pujara add a lot of depth to the squad. With Hanuma Vihari and Mayank Agarwal displaying their solid prowess, combined with India’s pace and spin reserves, South Africa face an uphill task. In the tour game against Board President’s XI in Vizianagaram, South Africa were boosted by Aiden Markram’s century and Temba Bavuma’s fifty while Vernon Philander contributed with 48 runs and two wickets, including the wicket of Rohit for 0. Speaking to the official ICC website, Philander urged South Africa’s senior players to go after India’s ‘Top Dogs’, which meant all the top players in the Indian side. “Spotlight will be on a lot of big players to make a statement. Our job is to come here and give the first punch as India is obviously expected to do well. It’s a tough start to play India in India but I don’t think the South Africans would have wanted it any other way which is to take the big dogs in their home ground,” Philander said.Also Read | Rohit Sharma Should NOT Tweak His Natural Game Too Much: VVS LaxmanPhilander, who had picked up 15 wickets during South Africa’s last Test series against India in 2018 which they won 2-1, wants the senior players to leave behind a legacy for the youngsters. “We have lost some senior players and there are new players coming in and we want them to learn quickly. Hopefully we can use the experience of the senior players that are still around and mold this into a good Test side for the years to come. That’s the most important part, to lay a good foundation for players to take forward,” Philander said. Also Read | Rohit Sharma Opens Batting For Board President’s XI, But Falls For 0Philander also spoke about the World Test Championship and said it added a different dimension to Test cricket. “The Test championship brings in a new dimension. It is a new sort of excitement for players. Also knowing that you will be playing against top teams more often (is great). We are obviously prepared to do well. When we do well, it gives you that better confidence and I’ll take that confidence with me. It’s been a long winter for me and I am feeling in really good nick,” Philander said. last_img read more

first_imgPremium Malt Drink, Amstel Malta, has congratulated the senior national female team, the Super Falcons for defeating South Korea at the ongoing Women’s World Cup in France.The Super Falcons defeated the Taegeuk Ladies, 2-0, after an exciting game. Asisat Oshoala scored Nigeria’s second goal after Kim Doyeon had in the heat of play commited an own goal to give Falcons the lead.Nigeria has become the first African side at the ongoing Women’s World Cup to win a group game at the tournament. Speaking on the win, the Portfolio Manager, Non-Alcoholic Drinks, Nigerian Breweries Plc., Ngozi Nkwoji said, “When we tell you the Super Falcons have got balls, we know what we mean. They played a great game and we’re immensely proud of them even as we look forward to more wins from them.”“As the Official Malt drink of the Super Falcons and all the other national teams, we’re standing solidly behind the ladies wishing them even more victories in France,” she added.With a powerful marketing campaign highlighting the power of women, Amstel Malta is showing its support for the senior female national team while urging Nigerians across the country to do the same, cheering them on to victory.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

first_imgNEW YORK — For the second night in a row, Kaleb Joseph found Rakeem Christmas for a dunk for Syracuse’s first basket.But on Thursday night, the emphatic, crowd-stirring alley-oop from Joseph to Christmas was a misleading start to what would be a game of offensive struggles for SU. On Friday, Christmas’ less-resounding slam was a more accurate beginning to SU’s performance on the offensive end.Christmas dunked again 44 seconds later off a pass from freshman Chris McCullough, and their presence around the paint became a recurring theme.While the No. 23 Orange’s (3-1) woes from outside persisted, its efficiency down low carried it to a 66-63 victory over Iowa (2-2) in the 2K Classic consolation game at Madison Square Garden. Christmas, a night after fouling out with just eight points, went for 18 points and freshman forward Chris McCullough finished with 20 points, 10 rebounds and three blocks.Both shot better than 50 percent from the floor, and both came through in the final minute as Syracuse held off the Hawkeyes’ pesky comeback attempt.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“Chris made a huge play on the defensive end and Rak was our go-to throughout the game,” Joseph said. “… They didn’t really have an answer for Rak or Chris down in the post so that’s something we try to take advantage of.”After impressive showings against Kennesaw State and Hampton last weekend, Christmas was limited to 23 minutes and eight points against California on Thursday before fouling out with 6:23 to play. Syracuse shot just 23.5 percent from 3 and with Christmas on the bench and McCullough physically outmatched in his place, the Orange couldn’t create enough offense on the inside to make up for it.But in a collective bounce-back effort, Christmas and McCullough owned the paint against the Hawkeyes.“We were just being aggressive,” Christmas said. “We were trying to put the game from last night behind us. Just come out here, it’s a new day and just try to play our game like we normally do.”Christmas followed up his game-opening dunk with another one, off a pass from McCullough. The senior continually outworked Iowa’s big men for position, often in Christmas’ ideal spot in the post — a defender behind his back and only a couple dribbles needed to get a clear look at the rim.By halftime, the pair of SU big men had tallied 20 of the team’s 34 points. “They were able to get to the foul line early and get some of those guys in foul trouble,” guard Trevor Cooney said, “and when they get position, you’ve got to give them the ball.”McCullough, on a pick-and-roll with Joseph, converted an and-one to open the second half. He smoothly connected on a midrange jumper six minutes later, then followed it up with an athletic reverse layup high off the glass to give SU a 50-35 lead with 12:05 remaining.But after a Michael Gbinije dunk with 8:35 left, the Hawkeyes made their run.Powered by a pair of Jarrod Uthoff 3s, Iowa embarked on a 15-2 run to cut the score to 59-58 with 3:34 left. Out of a timeout, Joseph beat Iowa’s trap, charged at the rim with a full head of steam and dropped a one-bounce pass for a cutting McCullough to throw down.Again, SU’s lead was cut to one by an Adam Woodbury layup, and a Joseph miss put the ball in Iowa’s hands with 14.4 seconds left.“He said if Rak has to step out to the corner,” McCullough said of SU head coach Jim Boeheim, “I got to fill in his spot and that’s exactly what I did.”Christmas went toward the corner to trap Woodbury, who tried to get a pass to forward Adam White in the paint.Instead, the ball found the hands of a rotating McCullough. He and Christmas tacked on four free throws and sealed an Orange victory in its first down-to-the-wire game of the season.Said Boeheim of McCullough’s steal: “That was the game. If he doesn’t come across and get that one, we don’t win.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on November 21, 2014 at 7:15 pm Contact Phil: | @PhilDAbblast_img read more

first_img Published on February 16, 2017 at 6:13 pm Contact Charlie: | @charliedisturco Facebook Twitter Google+ Sophomore attack/midfielder Henry Grass is no longer with Syracuse, according to head coach John Desko.“He’s not in trouble or anything,” Desko said. “I think he just needs time to get his academics together. Lacrosse was a lot for him to do both. He wasn’t out there in a playing position or a starting role. He’ll try back out next fall.”Grass, a Johns Hopkins transfer, was ranked Inside Lacrosse’s 38th-best incoming freshman. He did not play a single game for the Blue Jays.Freshmen Cole O’Brien and Alec Orazietti are also no longer apart of the team, Desko said. O’Brien, a Florida native, left for reasons similar to Grass, per Desko.Orazietti transferred to Fairleigh Dickinson. He is listed as a freshman on the FDU website despite spending his first year at Syracuse where he did not make a single appearance.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSyracuse (1-0) will continue its season on Saturday, when the team takes on No. 12 Albany at 3 p.m. in the Carrier Dome. Commentslast_img read more

first_imgAsante Kotoko failed to score for the first time in the 2013 Caf Champions League after drawing 0-0 on Friday night with J.S.M Bejaia in Algeria.The Ghanaian side, who advanced to the 1/16th stage of the continent’s flagship club-competition courtesy an 8-0 aggregate thrashing of Sony Ela Nguema in the preliminary round must now win the return leg in Kumasi in a fortnight to progress in the competition.However, Kotoko will have other worries apart from winning convincingly in the second leg at home in their quest to qualify to the next stage.The Porcupine Warriors picked up four bookings as goalkeeper Abdoulaye Soulama, Ben Adama, Issa Yakubu and Bobie Ansah were all cautioned ahead of the return leg.Kotoko, two-time African champions, are returning to the Champions League after four seasons.last_img read more

first_imgBrandon Ingram doesn’t seem fazed by the Indiana crowd’s trade heckling.— Sporting News (@sportingnews) February 6, 2019Ingram tallied 12 points on 4-of-8 shooting in the game. He added he didn’t “really care about” the upcoming Feb. 7 trade deadline.“(The media) puts more speculation on the trade deadline than anyone else,” Ingram said, via Silver Screen & Roll. “I’m just here to play basketball.”Lakers star LeBron James also addressed the chants postgame.“That’s just fans being fans,” James told reporters. “If you let that bother you, you’re in the wrong sport.”The Lakers fell to the Pacers 136-94 in the largest loss of James’ career. He said he wasn’t sure if the rumors were affecting the team.“Obviously we have a lot of guys that have been in trade talks these last couple weeks that have never been in that position before,” James said. “I know it has to be tough, especially on our young guys.” In the loss, James became just the fifth player in NBA history to record 32,000 career points. He scored a team-high 18 and chipped in nine assists on the night.  The loss dropped the Lakers to 27-27 this season. The Pacers improved to 35-19. LeBron James on Lakers’ trade rumors: ‘It’s a business, so right now this is who we have’ Brandon Ingram appeared to shrug off the chants he heard Tuesday.The 21-year-old forward has reportedly been included in the Lakers’ offers for Pelicans star Anthony Davis and fans serenaded him with “LeBron’s gonna trade you” chants while he was shooting a free throw in the first quarter against the Pacers in Indiana.center_img Anthony Davis trade rumors: Lakers end talks with Pelicans over ‘outrageous’ demands 🗣:”Bron’s gonna trade you”Pacers fans being ruthless to BI— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) February 6, 2019Ingram said he wasn’t bothered by the hecklers.“I heard it,” Ingram said, via The Athletic. “I still made the free throw.” Related Newslast_img read more