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first_imgStuff co.nz 1 April 2015Child, Youth and Family (CYF) is set for a major overhaul, with Social Development Minister Anne Tolley admitting that the department charged with protecting New Zealand’s most vulnerable citizens “must do better”.Tolley has announced the formation of a high-powered panel to lead the restructure, headed by senior public servant Paula Rebstock and joined by Police Commissioner Mike Bush.Also on the panel are chief science adviser to the Ministry of Social Development Richie Poulton, former Maori Party chief of staff Helen Leahy and Duncan Dunlop, chief executive of Who Cares? Scotland, an independent advocacy charity for young people.The panel will oversee the development and implementation of an operating model to modernise CYF and enhance its governance. It is expected to have a wide-ranging brief to consider all aspects of CYF operations.“For the sake of vulnerable children, we must do better, and we need a very clear strategy that focuses on the needs of children, rather than the needs of the system,” Tolley said.“New Zealand used to be a world leader in the field of child protection, but I believe we are now eight to 10 years behind in our thinking in some important areas, such as how we support children in state care.http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/67577125/cyf-in-line-for-major-overhaullast_img read more

first_imgBBC News 20 October 2015An attempt by UN officials to get countries to decriminalise the possession and use of all drugs has been foiled, the BBC can reveal.A paper from the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) has been withdrawn after pressure from at least one country.The document, which was leaked, recommends that UN members consider “decriminalising drug and possession for personal consumption”.It argued “arrest and incarceration are disproportionate measures”.The document was drawn up by Dr Monica Beg, chief of the HIV/AIDs section of the UNODC in Vienna. It was prepared for an international harm reduction conference currently being held in Kuala Lumpur.The UNODC oversees international drugs conventions and offers guidance on compliance.Sources within the UNODC have told the BBC the document was never sanctioned by the organisation as policy. One senior figure within the agency described Dr Beg as “a middle-ranking official” who was offering a professional viewpoint.http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-34571609last_img read more

first_imgSydney Morning Herald 10 August 2017Family First Comment: Australia are going to be voting on the redefining of marriage – so some interesting commentary is coming out. Especially this one…(PS: Senator Wong (referred to) is a key supporter of same-sex marriage)“On the issue of marriage I think the reality is there is a cultural, religious, historical view around that which we have to respect. The party’s position is very clear that this is an institution that is between a man and a woman.” ….It seems right now no one can make any statement in favour of marriage without being condemned for being a “hater” or “bigot”. However, the statement doesn’t come from Mr Bernardi, but from that other strong-minded senator from South Australia, Penny Wong. Senator Wong articulated the traditional view of marriage in an interview on the Sunday program on network TEN in 2010. It’s a bold statement, sure. But it’s also a fair and reasonable summary of how many Australians feel about marriage. And given that Senator Wong is a woman in a committed lesbian partnership, no one could say the statement was homophobic.”“On the issue of marriage I think the reality is there is a cultural, religious, historical view around that which we have to respect. The party’s position is very clear that this is an institution that is between a man and a woman.”If I told you that was a quote from Cory Bernardi, Lyle Shelton or worse, that oft condemned unreconstructed traditionalist Tony Abbott, would you consider it just more evidence of their homophobia? Many commentators would. It seems right now no one can make any statement in favour of marriage without being condemned for being a “hater” or “bigot”.However, the statement doesn’t come from Mr Bernardi, but from that other strong-minded senator from South Australia, Penny Wong. Senator Wong articulated the traditional view of marriage in an interview on the Sunday program on network TEN in 2010. She spoke it in that calm, emphatic metre which has made her so formidable in our parliament.It’s a bold statement, sure. But it’s also a fair and reasonable summary of how many Australians feel about marriage. And given that Senator Wong is a woman in a committed lesbian partnership, no one could say the statement was homophobic. I accept of course that she was speaking in support of her party’s position while working hard to change it. But do not miss her deeper point – the traditional position deserved respect. She acknowledged that many Australians have traditional views on marriage formed by culture, religion, and history. That is still true.Senator Wong wasn’t homophobic then, and she’s certainly not homophobic now. However she has changed her view on whether the traditional view is one worthy of respect and can be spoken. I won’t take issue with her argument for redefining marriage here. We disagree, no doubt, but I would strongly defend her right to express her beliefs. However, everyone who is passionate about our democracy should take issue with her argument against a plebiscite.READ MORE: http://www.smh.com.au/comment/why-marriage-should-be-between-a-man-and-a-woman-20170810-gxt87w.htmlKeep up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.last_img read more

first_img Share NewsRegional Hugo Chavez stays in Caracas for new chemotherapy round by: – August 29, 2011 Tweet Share Sharecenter_img 8 Views   no discussions Sharing is caring! President Chavez, seen here entering the hospital in Caracas, says his treatment is going wellVenezuelan President Hugo Chavez is set to to have a third round of chemotherapy after having a cancerous tumour removed in June.He is being treated at a hospital in the capital, Caracas, in contrast to two previous treatments and initial surgery which took place in Cuba.Mr Chavez says his treatment has been going well and is aimed at preventing the reappearance of cancer cells.His illness has caused political uncertainty in Venezuela.It has cast doubt on whether he will be able to stand for re-election next year.The president walked into the Dr Carlos Arvelo Military Hospital on Sunday accompanied by aides and his daughter, Rosa.He thanked his supporters for their prayers and messages of goodwill.“From here, I join all these prayers and masses for the health of all of us. God bless you!” Mr Chavez tweeted.Speaking on national television on Saturday night, Mr Chavez said he and his team of Cuban and Venezuelan doctors had decided he could undergo his latest round of chemotherapy in Venezuela.“I’m determined to continue living,” Mr Chavez, 57, said later at the hospital.“It’s not time to die. What we have to do still is a great deal.”The left-wing leader underwent surgery in Cuba in June to remove a tumour from his pelvic region. However, he has not disclosed the exact nature of the cancer.BBC Newslast_img read more

first_imgBACOLODCity – A man was killed and four others were injured in a road accident inBarangay Sampinit, Bago City, Negros Occidental. JejelBelegrio and Romer Morales were identified as the passengers of Labrador whowere also injured in the incident. Policeidentified the fatality as 55-year-old Ricardo Detangco of Barangay Calumangan,Bago City. He died of injuries on the head and body. All ofthem were rushed to the Bago City Hospital where the attending physiciandeclared Ricardo “dead on arrival.”center_img Accordingto police investigators, Detangco was navigating the road on a tricycle withhis wife onboard when they hit the tricycle of 29-year-old Ryan Labrador around5:50 p.m. on March 8. Officers ofthe Bago City police station were still investigating the incident as of thiswriting./PNlast_img read more

first_imgOA won 4-1 over Trinity Lutheran.1 singles: Sarah Price won 6-2,6-1.2 singles: Carsen Thompson won 6-1, 6-1.3 singles:Claire Hollingsworth won 6-1, 6-1.1 doubles: Meagan Flannery/Samantha Sheets lost 6-4, 6-2.2 doubles: Gigi Dreyer/Alexa Miles won 6-4,6-3.JV winners: Bella Monroe.Coaches comment: ‘This was a good match to give some of our younger players a chance to play in a varsity match — all freshman and sophomore players. I thought they played well and are continuing to improve.’  Twisters Coach Mark Wilder.OA Record: 6-2.  Next match vs. Milan (4-20).last_img

first_imgChelsea midfielder Frank Lampard believes Rafa Benitez did all that could be expected of him during his difficult period in charge of the club. The former Liverpool boss received a frosty reception from the fans when he was appointed interim manager partway through the season when Roberto di Matteo left. But the Spaniard confounded his critics by taking the Stamford Bridge club to Europa League glory and guiding them to third place in the Barclays Premier League. Lampard, whose form under Benitez was rewarded with a one-year contract extension, told the Sun: “He’s a professional bloke. He prepared very well for games. And it was a difficult situation for him as well.” He added: “As interim manager it was always going to be quite difficult because we all knew it was only to the end of the season. “So there was no planning, no long-term relationships were going to be built. So, in that respect, he did a good job because we got the end result – success.” Despite that, though, Lampard did not grow close to Benitez on a personal level. “There are certain managers you build relationships with and feel closer to,” Lampard said. “He’s not that kind of bloke. “Other managers draw a bit of a line and keep it that way. Rafa’s more like that. “He was not really the sort of manager you could sit and talk with.” center_img Press Associationlast_img read more