SMACKING LAW FAIL: NZ’s shocking child abuse statistics

first_imgStuff 2 June 2015A child is admitted to a New Zealand hospital every second day with injuries arising from either assault, neglect or maltreatment, research says.Nearly half of them are aged under five.The figures, which are likely under reported, are contained in a 2012 report prepared for the Ministry of Health by the NZ Child and Youth Epidemiology Service.Officials say child abuse remains a significant problem in New Zealand and a series of changes have been made to try and prevent it from occurring.They say that there is now a greater emphasis on identifying at risk families before a child is born and putting support measures in place to help them cope.However, much of the responsibility lies with the public who need to report any warning signs before they escalate.“It’s very hard for outside agencies to pick up on these things. Close family won’t even know what’s going on,” Detective Inspector Tom Fitzgerald said.“It’s about having the guts . . . to front people who aren’t coping and making sure we’re all responsible for looking after these kids.”According to the report, which was cited by Children’s Commissioner Russell Wills, 843 children aged 0-14, were admitted to hospital from 2007 to 2011 with injuries arising from either assault, neglect or maltreatment.Their injuries ranged from serious head trauma to broken legs.Wills said the statistics were likely under reported because national guidelines meant officials had to be certain of an assault before it could be recorded.Attitudes about violence towards women and children had to change, he said. read more

Lampard to look at goalkeeper options at end of season

first_imgChelsea manager Frank Lampard said on Monday he would reassess his goalkeeping options at the end of the season after dropping the world’s most expensive goalkeeper, Kepa Arrizabalaga, in recent weeks. Chelsea’s Kepa Arrizabalaga has been dropped in recent weeks despite a world record price tag for a goalkeeper The Spanish international has fallen behind 38-year-old Willy Caballero after a series of poor performances in his second season after a £72 million ($92 million) move from Athletic Bilbao. “Of course in the summer then we look at the group as a whole and think how can we improve but there are no decisions or thoughts beyond the game tomorrow night as far as I’m concerned,” Lampard said ahead of Tuesday’s FA Cup tie against Liverpool. Kepa could return to face the runaway Premier League leaders at Stamford Bridge and Lampard praised his response to being dropped for the past five games. “He’s been professional as expected and has trained well, kept his head down, supported the team, and the group,” added Lampard. “Every player is in control of their destiny in terms of how they train and how they play.Advertisement Loading… “This is Chelsea and we’re trying to close the gap to the top, so there can be no one that can be relaxed or loose, we have to push every day.” Promoted Content5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksPretty Awesome Shows That Just Got CanceledThe Funniest Prankster Grandma And Her GrandsonCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More6 Extreme Facts About HurricanesBest Car Manufacturers In The WorldTop 10 Most Romantic Nations In The World10 Phones That Can Easily Fit In The Smallest Pocket5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksPlaying Games For Hours Can Do This To Your BodyBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Madecenter_img Read Also: Chelsea face uncertainty over Abraham injury Lampard will again be without the injured Tammy Abraham and Christian Pulisic for the visit of Liverpool but hopes to have both back in the near future to aid Chelsea’s challenge for a top-four finish in the Premier League. “It’s certainly frustrating for them, particularly Christian, who has had a big phase out now and is desperate to get back,” said Lampard. “I’m hoping they might be fit over the next week or two. I just can’t say that with clarity because they’ve both had their issues.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more

Belmont looks to extend streak vs EKU

first_imgFor more AP college basketball coverage: and was generated by Automated Insights,, using data from STATS LLC, STEPPING UP: The prolific Jomaru Brown is putting up 19.1 points and two steals to lead the way for the Colonels. Complementing Brown is Ty Taylor, who is producing 12.7 points per game. The Bruins are led by Nick Muszynski, who is averaging 15.3 points and 6.5 rebounds.MIGHTY MUSZYNSKI: Muszynski has connected on 35.6 percent of the 45 3-pointers he’s attempted. He’s also made 62.2 percent of his foul shots this season.WINLESS WHEN: Eastern Kentucky is 0-7 this year when it scores 69 points or fewer and 14-7 when it scores at least 70.TWO STREAKS: Belmont has won its last three road games, scoring 83.3 points and allowing 71.7 points during those contests. Eastern Kentucky has won its last five home games, scoring an average of 81.4 points while giving up 70.2.DID YOU KNOW: The Belmont offense has scored 81.1 points per game this season, ranking the Bruins seventh among Division I teams. The Eastern Kentucky defense has allowed 76.7 points per game to opponents (ranked 285th overall).___ Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditBelmont (21-7, 12-3) vs. Eastern Kentucky (14-14, 11-4)McBrayer Arena, Richmond, Kentucky; Saturday, 7 p.m. ESTBOTTOM LINE: Belmont looks for its ninth straight win in the head-to-head series over Eastern Kentucky. Belmont has won by an average of 17 points in its last eight wins over the Colonels. Eastern Kentucky’s last win in the series came on Feb. 6, 2016, an 88-78 win. Belmont looks to extend streak vs EKUcenter_img February 21, 2020 Associated Press last_img read more

Keane bows out with farewell goal

first_imgIn transfer news last night, three Irish internationals were involved in deadline day moves.Jeff Hendrick has joined Burnley from Derby County for a club record fee of 10.5 million pounds.Meanwhile, Aiden McGeady joined Preston North End on a season-long loan, and Eunan O’Kane joined Leeds United from Bournemouth for an undisclosed fee. Ireland’s record goal-scorer and most-capped player marked his final appearance in green with a 68th – and final international goal, during last night’s 4-0 win over Oman.Keane says he couldn’t have hoped for a better farewell.last_img

Corn and soybean planting nearly done already, well ahead of schedule

first_imgCLARION — This spring planting season in Iowa started out much like last year, cold and wet, but conditions have improved significantly in recent weeks. Angie Rieck-Hinz, a field agronomist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, monitors crop conditions in north central Iowa.  “It’s such a turnaround from the last couple of springs,” she says. “People are still a little bit in shock about how good planting conditions have been over the course of the last two weeks and how much progress we’ve made planting corn and beans. People are in great shape.” Rieck-Hinz says farmers were prepared to move quickly this spring — and they’re doing just that. “If conditions are good, say we plant about 13-million acres of corn in Iowa, we can knock out about 1.1- to 1.2-million acres planted statewide on a daily basis,” she says. “Our soil temperatures have stayed pretty steady in the low- to mid-50s, but the big thing that’s helped us is, it’s really kind of dried out.” Rieck-Hinz says the spring weather is much more cooperative this year, but she still recommends growers who planted early check on the progress.  “There were people planting corn around April 1st and around April 8th, it was still pretty cool back then and it was kind of wet back then,” she says. “I would go out as soon as that corn starts poking through the ground, and some of it has, do some stand counts and make sure your stand’s where you want it.” When the new weekly crop report comes out, Rieck-Hinz says she expects to hear nearly all of the corn is in the ground and most of the soybeans.last_img read more