A state lawmaker wants more limits on when kids can be put in an isolation room or restrained in Missouri schools.Republican Dottie Bailey says seclusion and restraint can lead to trauma for vulnerable students.Illinois’ governor issued an emergency rule banning seclusion rooms, after a Pro Publica report last month showed the way some schools in that state were using them.Monday was the first day Missouri lawmakers could pre-file bills for the 2020 state legislative session.
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From Natasha ChakuMelbourne, Jan 27 (PTI)Mastercard is planning to expand its sponsorship presence in India by getting involved inlocal sportingevents.Mastercard, one of the largest financial transaction firms, which currently sponsors sports like Golf and Football in India,is in talks to finalise the details that is expected to further enhance its presence in the country.Without giving further details, the Mastercard senior Vice President, Marketing, Asia Pacific, Sam Ahmed said “We are assessing some local sports sponsorships and we are currently negotiating.””We alreadysponsor entertainment in India … butwe see sports, specially certain type of sports, that enable us to have that conversation with consumers,” Ahmed said.Explaining that sponsorship events were vital for unleashingthe companys innovative paymenttechnologies, Ahmed said by doing so, the company is ableto introducethe new paymenttechnologies and alsocloselyconnectwith consumers.Ahmed said that India wasgoing through a massive digital change and time was right for the company to link Sports, Entertainment and technology together.”Indian consumers loves all three platforms. What you will see from Mastercard is more of a link between the three to really help Indians in their digital journey.””India is the fastest e-commerce nation in the world and it is critical part of the economy,” he said, adding Mastercard would be at the center of that change.”There will bea lot of digital payments in India that will come through e-commerce,” he said.In Australia, Mastercard introduced new payment facility of ordering their food and drinks online during the ongoing Australian Open tournament after becoming itsofficial payment partner this year.advertisement”The collaboration with Tennis Australia offers us a way to showcase to consumers the benefits of being a Mastercard cardholder in a tangible way,” Ahmed said.He said the Australian Open was one of the worlds favorite major sporting events, with 13 per cent of spectators travelling from overseas, including India.”The Australian Open is a key tennis event for India, China and other Asian region. There is a growth in viewership by almost 15 per cent year by year across the region,” Ahmed added.”The Happy Slam has fitted in our priceless campaign,” he said. PTI NC AMS AKJ AMS
Sergio Aguero scored four goals as Manchester City extended their Premier League lead to 16 points with a 5-1 rout of Leicester City on Saturday.Raheem Sterling opened the scoring for the hosts, converting Kevin De Bruyne’s teasing cross in the third minute before Jamie Vardy equalised against the run of play with a slight deflection beating Ederson.City started the second period in rapid fashion, Aguero scoring twice within five minutes with both goals assisted by the brilliant De Bruyne.You’re gonna enjoy this! #cityvlcfc highlights…SHORT: https://t.co/3Cb9y2wQWQEXTENDED: https://t.co/qY8bAxCAvq pic.twitter.com/9u1eFQrSv2Manchester City (@ManCity) February 11, 2018The Argentine completed his treble in the 77th minute, capitalising on Kasper Schmeichel’s error and lifting a sublime finish over the Dane to become the fourth player to score at least 20 Premier League goals in four successive seasons.Aguero saved the best for last, though, with a sensational dipping shot that crashed in off the underside of the crossbar.”Sergio has an amazing talent in the box, so we try to create a lot of chances to score the goals he does, and he always does,” City manager Pep Guardiola told the BBC.”Congratulations to him because it’s not easy to score four goals.”City dominated possession from the first whistle and creative maestro De Bruyne’s superb cross evaded everyone before Sterling poked home at the far post.Are you getting better as you get older? pic.twitter.com/g0ZfLOn8J0advertisementManchester City (@ManCity) February 10, 2018What’s it like playing alongside @DeBruyneKev? pic.twitter.com/Wfiddz1vXZManchester City (@ManCity) February 10, 2018For all their possession, the hosts created few chances and Vardy punished them with a breakaway goal midway through the period – his fourth in four games.Aguero took over in the second half, scoring four times to take his tally to 21 Premier League goals.In the process he joined Harry Kane, Thierry Henry and Alan Shearer as the fourth player to score more than 20 goals in four successive Premier League seasons.Which goal was your favourite today, and which is your favourite of your twelve hat-tricks for the Club? pic.twitter.com/qPzoj8t8znManchester City (@ManCity) February 10, 2018Riyad Mahrez returned to the Leicester side after his proposed January transfer to City failed to materialise but the Algerian had little chance to make an impact after he was introduced as a second-half substitute.”My advice for the players is not to think how many games are left, just to look to the next one,” Guardiola, whose City side have 72 points from 27 games, added.”Every time we dropped points this season, the next game we won, which is so important. Keeping that consistency is so important for us. If we are able to win the title it will be something special for us.”(Source: Reuters)
Story Highlights Education, Youth and Information Minister, Senator the Hon. Ruel Reid, says that students who damage, lose or fail to return the texts provided under the Government’s secondary-school book rental scheme will be required to pay for them. He noted that the Ministry replenishes the stock of books at institutions each year through a routine system of incremental replacements for those that have deteriorated and are deemed beyond further use. Education, Youth and Information Minister, Senator the Hon. Ruel Reid, says that students who damage, lose or fail to return the texts provided under the Government’s secondary-school book rental scheme will be required to pay for them.He said further access to the scheme will be denied until payments are made.Senator Reid was speaking at the Ministry’s recent Region Two town hall meeting at St. Theresa’s Roman Catholic Church in Annotto Bay, St. Mary.He noted that the Ministry replenishes the stock of books at institutions each year through a routine system of incremental replacements for those that have deteriorated and are deemed beyond further use.“So, we try to provide schools with what we call a ‘top-up’, which is (about) 20 per cent (of the books) each year. So after five years, your whole stock would have been replaced,” he explained.The Minister said it was “unfair” for persons accessing the benefit to take the books and either damage, lose or fail to return them.“We can’t have a system where students (either) don’t return books (or) they are damaged and then the Government is required to replace them each year. This is one area, unfortunately, I will not support,” he added.Senator Reid said the Ministry is prepared to give consideration to compensatory arrangements for parents unable to pay for damaged or lost books.“There has to be some responsibility, or they (students) can’t access the rental for the next period,” he reiterated.The meeting formed part of Senator Reid’s itinerary for his visit to St. Mary, during which he toured several schools comprising the Ministry’s Region Two to mark the start of the 2017/18 academic year.Among these were Devon Pen Primary School, St. Mary Technical High School, Annotto Bay High School, and Enfield Primary School.
SAINT JOHN, N.B. – A New Brunswick woman who claims that her former Anglican minister and lover tried to kill her is suing him and the church for damages.Cynthia Mae Moore claims she had an extramarital affair with Rev. William Morton, and that on Nov. 24, 2015, he threatened to “skin her alive” and scraped her breasts with a box cutter.A statement of claim, filed with the Court of Queen’s Bench in Saint John, says Morton returned hours later and tried to kill her.“He succeeded in cutting her breasts and abdomen with a box cutter. On Dec. 8, 2015, (he) attacked (Moore) again and attempted to kill her with a knife to her throat,” the statement of claim reads.Moore filed a lawsuit with the Court of Queen’s Bench against Morton, the Anglican Church of Canada, the Anglican Diocese of Fredericton, and the Corporation of the Anglican Parish of St. Stephen.Morton pleaded guilty to two charges of assault with a weapon and was given a 15-month conditional sentence last November, which could be served in the community.Moore had worked part-time in the church office, and volunteered as a greeter, reader and head server in the church.Both she and Morton were married to others; the minister had counselled her on her marriage problems before their three-year affair began in 2012.Moore’s statement of claim says she now suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder and suicidal ideation, and is seeking payment for damages from the defendants.“She trusted (him) as her spiritual leader and counsellor and (he) abused this trust,” says the court document.“(He) was in a fiduciary relationship with her and that he breached this duty when he took advantage of her vulnerability and commenced a sexual affair, which ended in the horrific assaults on her person.”It goes on to claim that the church was negligent as it failed to provide proper supervision of Morton, and knew or should have known of his alcohol abuse.“(She) had a great respect for the clergy and the church and … she struggles with feelings of betrayal by the Defendant Church.”The document says Moore has been unable to work and earn an income as a result of the psychological injury she suffered.The defendants have notified the court that they intend to defend themselves to the allegations, but have yet to file a statement of defence.— By Kevin Bissett in Fredericton.
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Kolkata: A total of 710 companies of the central forces will be deployed for the seventh and final phase of Lok Sabha polls in West Bengal covering nine parliamentary seats on May 19, according to Central Police Observer Vivek Dubey. “The 710 companies will be providing 100 per cent coverage in the state. It will include 512 Quick Response Teams led by Assistant Commandants,” Dubey added. The Central Police Observer would be travelling to all the constituencies between Wednesday and Friday to review arrangements. The city will soon witness area domination and route marches conducted by the armed forces, said Dubey, who held a meeting with top-police officers to give them necessary instructions. Nine parliamentary constituencies namely Dum Dum, Barasat, Basirhat, Jaynagar, Mathurapur, Diamond Harbour, Jadavpur, Kolkata Dakshin, Kolkata Uttar will vote on Sunday. The votes will be counted on May 23.
Rabat – Security in Morocco guarantees security in Spain, said Spanish Interior Minister Juan Ignacio Zoido on Monday, highlighting Morocco’s “invaluable collaboration” with Spain in the fight against terrorism.Zoido’s statement came during a press conference held following the joint Spanish-Moroccan dismantling operation of a terrorist cell linked to the so-called Islamic State, better known as ISIS, in both Tangier and Catalonia.Zoido also paid a tribute to collaborative efforts made by the Spanish General Office of Information of the National Police, the Provincial Information Brigade of Barcelona and Tarragonaand Morocco’s General Directorate for Territorial Surveillance (DGST). “Together we are stronger, and [this] highlights the importance of international police cooperation as a strategic axis in the fight against terrorism,” Zoido said.“Terrorists are enemies of our society and we are going to pursue them where they are, as demonstrated by the operation against the three jihadists.”On Monday, Morocco’s Ministry of Interior said in a communique that the Central Bureau of Judicial Investigation (BCIJ) had dismantled the three-member cell in conjunction with the Spanish security authorities. The member arrested in Tangier will appear in court following the completion of an investigation by the public prosecutor.The two arrested in Catalonia are Moroccans aged 21 and 32 who had been planning to join ISIS in Iraq and Syria.The preliminary investigation had revealed that the cell had close contacts with two fighters in Iraq and Syria, helping recruit and send volunteers, including the brother of one of the detainees, to fight with ISIS.
Microsoft Corp.’s quarterly sales and profit topped estimates on the strength of the company’s cloud-computing business, which racked up clients for Azure web services and Office productivity software.Profit before certain items in the fourth quarter, which ended June 30, rose to US$1.37 a share, compared with the US$1.22 average forecast of analysts polled by Bloomberg. Revenue rose 12 per cent to US$33.7 billion, the Redmond, Washington-based company said Thursday in a statement, compared with the US$32.8 billion projection. Azure cloud sales rose 64 per cent, compared with 73 per cent growth in the previous quarter and 76 per cent in the one before that.Chief Executive Officer Satya Nadella is working to keep up a steady flow of cloud deals, seeking to center Microsoft’s strategy on web services and narrow the gap with market leader Amazon.com Inc. As more companies move to the cloud and upgrade aging software, they’re signing up for Azure and newer products like Microsoft 365 — a package of Office 365 cloud software, Windows 10 and security programs.“Everything has been going well for them,” said Sid Parakh, a portfolio manager at Becker Capital Management, which counts Microsoft as its biggest holding. “It’s the structural winner right now — as more and more companies move to the cloud, it’s largely Amazon and Microsoft in the running for those deals.”Net income in the quarter was US$13.2 billion, or US$1.71 a share.The company’s shares rose 1.6 per cent in extended trading following the report. Microsoft shares rose 15 per cent in the quarter, compared with a 3.8 per cent gain in the S&P 500 Index. The company’s stock has jumped on optimism about the company’s cloud business, and on some investors’ belief that Microsoft is a safe haven as U.S. and European regulators sharpen their scrutiny of other large technology firms.Related Stories:Microsoft approves $40 bln share repurchase programMicrosoft approves $40 bln share repurchase programBloomberg.com
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“He hopes that the discussions between Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi and Chairman of the DPRK National Defence Commission Kim Jong Il, which have helped to resolve some difficult issues, will lead to a normalization of bilateral relations,” spokesman Fred Eckhard said.”The Secretary-General is pleased to note the commitment of the two leaders to continue to resolve the nuclear issue within the Beijing process,” he added, referring to the six-way talks also involving China, the Republic of Korea, Russian Federation and United States.Mr. Eckhard said it was also the message that the Mr. Annan’s Personal Envoy, Maurice F. Strong, received during his visit last week to the DPRK. “The Secretary-General is grateful for Japan’s decision to resume providing humanitarian aid to the DPRK, which has been the subject of special efforts by the United Nations,” he said.
Junior relief pitcher Seth Kinker delivers a 1-1 pitch to UNCG sophomore second baseman Austin Embler in the top of the sixth inning Credit: Edward Sutelan | Lantern ReporterThe Ohio State baseball team was held hitless with two runs on Friday night and ended the day trailing 5-2 to Nebraska. Then the weather hit and suspended the game until Saturday afternoon. The Buckeye bats must have found some life over the 19-hour break as they piled on six runs in the bottom of the fifth on Saturday to win the first game of the series 9-7.In their second game on Saturday, the Buckeyes were engaged in a pitcher’s duel between the two starters, but ultimately came out on the losing end in a 3-1 loss to Nebraska. OSU coach Greg Beals said Saturday was just about hits coming at the right times for both teams. In the first game, his team found the lucky hit. In the second game, Nebraska found that hit. “It certainly was a catapult for game one, and you know we strung together great at-bats and it just shows you how contagious hitting can be and it’s contagious both ways,” Beals said. “And really, in Game 2, we were in position — I think we left nine guys on base I think the difference in Game 2 was they got a two-out double and we didn’t.”The Sunday game appeared to be all Cornhusker for most of the game until the Buckeyes rallied for eight runs in the eighth inning to draw within two runs late in the game, but Nebraska held on late to secure the series win over OSU.Game 1Ohio State redshirt junior Yianni Pavlopoulos pitched five innings of shutout baseball against Purdue on March 31 against Purdue at Bill Davis Stadium. Credit: Edward Sutelan | Lantern reporterThe Cornhuskers did not wait long before lighting up the scoreboard. Junior Jake Meyers led off the inning with a double down the right field line and advanced on to third on a sacrifice bunt. A sacrifice fly from the next batter scored Meyers, giving Nebraska the 1-0 lead.Trailing 1-0 early, the Buckeyes responded fast with a pair of sacrifice flies to push their team ahead 2-1. The second inning got started for Nebraska the same way they kicked off the first: with a double. Pavlopoulos then uncorked a wild pitch that sailed behind the batter at the plate and immediately reached for the back of his thigh. He limped off the field, and was replaced by sophomore Ryan Feltner on the mound.“He’ll be fully evaluated (on Monday) by doc,” Beals said after Sunday’s game. I’m sure he’ll have MRIs and stuff to see the extent of the tear that’s in that hamstring. We’re pretty sure there’s a tear of some type, so it’s really still too early to tell what the extent of that injury is going to be.”Feltner struck out the first batter he faced, but a bloop single to center scored a run and a weak grounder to short gave the Cornhuskers runners on the corners with the game now tied. The next batter doubled off the wall, scoring the runner from third, bringing the score now to 3-2 in favor of Nebraska. A bases-loaded hit-batsmen brought home one more runner in the inning.The Cornhuskers would later add another run to their lead in the top of the fourth.Then the rain came postponing the game until Saturday afternoon.When the game resumed in the bottom of the fourth, the Buckeyes were shut out, but they roared to life in the next inning. With two outs and the bases loaded, senior shortstop Jalen Washington singled to right to drive in a run. Freshman right fielder Canzone then followed up Washington with a bases-clearing double into the right-center field gap, giving the Buckeyes a 6-5 lead. Another double and a single brought in two more runs to expand the lead to 8-5.The Cornhuskers scored a run off a throwing error in the top of the seventh, but the Buckeyes responded just as quick when Washington scored on a single in the bottom half of the seventh after hitting a triple to lead off the inning.Heading into the ninth inning down by three, Nebraska started a comeback, rallying for a run off two hits and an error. But a pair of strikeouts and a groundout helped the Buckeyes escape the jam and come away with the 9-7 victory.Game 2Coming on the heels of a 9-7 OSU victory, Saturday’s scheduled game was a pitcher’s duel that ended with the Cornhuskers winning 3-1.Nebraska’s starting pitcher senior Derek Burkamper was locked into a battle with redshirt senior Jake Post through five innings until Burkamper’s team piled on three runs in the top of the sixth inning to take the lead for good.Neither team had a real run-scoring opportunity until the top of the sixth inning. With two outs, the Cornhuskers strung together a pair of hits and a walk to load the bases for junior left fielder Luis Alvarado. A wild pitch from Post allowed the first run to come around to score, giving Nebraska a 1-0 lead.Alvarado followed that wild pitch up with a double to the left-center field gap that bounced off the wall, scoring two more runs and extending his team’s lead to three runs.Post’s night ended after this inning with three runs allowed on six hits and one walk with six strikeouts over six innings. Beals said he was happy with the way his started battled through the game and was disappointed he did not come away with the win.“Jake Post gives us a really good ball game,” Beals said. “Five scoreless and then things just got a little bit loose. I thought he made some good pitches in that sixth inning and didn’t get rewarded for them. And then they got the big hit, they got that one big hit where that cleared the bases, but really overall, strong performance by him.”OSU eventually jumped on the scoreboard in the bottom of the seventh inning when Washington singled to left, scoring the runner from third, but that would be the only run scored by the Buckeyes.Game 3An eight-hit, eight-run eighth inning was not enough for the Ohio State baseball team (17-26, 5-10) to overcome an early deficit to Nebraska (26-16-1, 9-5-1) in its 11-9 loss. The Buckeyes have now lost every weekend series played at home with just one more home series remaining on the last weekend of the season, starting on May 18 against Indiana.OSU coach Greg Beals said he was proud of the way his team fought back, and that they just needs to find a way to play with that same level of intensity for all nine innings instead of just one.“I liked the fight. I like the gumption in our guys,” Beals said. “We’ve just got to have that sense of urgency from start to finish, for all 27 outs and we give too many outs, easy outs early in the game. We allow a starting pitcher to settle in a little bit more than I’d like to.”It didn’t take long for the Buckeyes to find themselves in their first jam of the day when the first three Nebraska batters reached base via a single, walk and hit-by-pitch. Senior first baseman Ben Miller singled to left, scoring a pair and giving the Cornhuskers an early 2-0 lead. Another run would later come around to score.OSU was in a similar jam in the top of the second inning, this time bases loaded and two outs. An infield single from junior right fielder Scott Schreiber followed up by a hit-by-pitch scored two more runs and expanded Nebraska’s lead to 5-0.During the middle of the second inning, Beals opted to turn to his relief ace, junior Seth Kinker. Last Sunday against UNCG, Kinker gave the Buckeyes a career-high six innings of one-run, seven-hit baseball while tying a career-high with five strikeouts.Again entering the game early for the Buckeyes, Kinker came in and provided the team with 4.1 shutout innings, allowing just four hits and no walks while tying his career high with five strikeouts.Kinker has twice in two weekend’s provided a starter’s workload out of the bullpen, and Beals said there will be consideration towards moving him to the starting rotation in the near future. “Seth Kinker’s our best, and we’ve got to find a way to get him in situations where he can make a difference in the ball game and our starting pitching is struggling to provide those opportunities,” Beals said.The Buckeyes were held shutout until the bottom of the sixth inning when sophomore third baseman Brady Cherry tripled to right-center field, driving in junior center fielder Tre’ Gantt from first.The next half-inning, however, the Cornhuskers responded emphatically. With the bases loaded and one out, a hit-by-pitch drove in one run and a single from senior second baseman Jake Schleppenbach brought the score to 8-1. After a strikeout, Schreiber then drove a two-run double into the left-center field gap to make it 10-1. Nebraska tacked on another run on an RBI-double from Schleppenbach in the top of the eighth, but senior shortstop Jalen Washington doubled down the left field line to bring the score to 11-2. Washington then scored on a single up the middle by Cherry to cut into the deficit further. Two more hits up the middle set up junior first baseman Bo Coolen with a chance to bat with the bases loaded, and he delivered with a single up the middle to cut the Cornhusker lead down to six runs.A walk loaded the bases for redshirt senior left fielder Shea Murray who crushed a two-RBI double to center field, drawing the Buckeyes closer. Washington punched another single — the team’s eighth hit of the inning — scoring two more runs and cutting the deficit down to 11-9.And though the rally ended there, Beals was encouraged by what he saw from his team in the eighth inning and believes “I believe that what that eight-run inning speaks to more than anything for me is the culture, Beals said. “And while the culture in the locker room, the culture room in the program may not be showing up on the field every day and may not be showing up in the wins and losses category, it certainly it showed up in the eighth inning that we’re down 11-1, but we’re not going to quit. And Ohio State Buckeyes aren’t going to quit, they’re not going to stop. We’re going to continue to compete all the way through.”The Buckeyes return to Bill Davis Stadium on Tuesday at 6:35 p.m. when they host No. 6 Texas Tech in the first of a two-game series.
← Previous Story VELUX EHF FINAL4: Veszprem VS Kiel again – Kielce looking for revenge against Barca Next Story → Maccabi Tel Aviv appoint new coach – Nedeljko Matic EHF Cup Finals hosts Füchse Berlin will play against Gorenje Velenje in the semi-final, while 2013 VELUX EHF Champions League winners HSV Hamburg will take on Skjern Handbold after the draw at the Max-Schmeling-Halle defined both pairings of the Men’s EHF Cup’s season-ending tournament on Tuesday.The EHF Cup Finals will be played in Berlin on 16 and 17 May 2015 with semi-finals to be played on Saturday, the match for third place and the final on Sunday.
Fota Wildlife Park celebrates birth of baby cheetah> THE TINY CHEETAH cub at Fota Wildlife Park in Cork finally has a name, and it’s… Source: Fota Wildlife Park The six-week-old cub has been named after Irish rugby star Ronan O’Gara, after a call for suggestions from the Irish public.Staff at Fota said they received over 8,000 suggestions and comments in just one week, and that they ultimately decided to name the cheetah after a local hero.The winning name was suggested by Alan Cogan on Twitter. Source: David DaviesROG the cheetah is said to be thriving after being hand reared by Head Warden Willie Duffy. His mother’s milk dried up after just a few days, a common problem when only one cub is born.ROG will be living in Fota’s incubation house for the winter. Source: FotawildlifeWATCH: The newborn cheetah cub exploring at Fota Wildlife Park>
The federal government imposed a ban on energy drinks that also contain alcohol, but what’s going to happen to all of those shelves of cans? It turns out, they’re being turned into fuel.According to a report from the Associated Press, the drinks are actually being distilled, with the alcohol being removed, and then blended into gasoline. In Virginia, hundreds of truckloads containing thousands of cases of drinks are being taken to the MXI facility for this purpose. And, in addition to reusing the drinks, the cans, cardboard cases, and shipping pallets are all recycled as well.AdChoices广告“These are actually things that could go directly into a landfill or incinerator or some other waste process that’s not as environmentally friendly, so I think it’s a good thing,” Brian Potter, MXI’s VP of Operations, said.
‘They’re extremely loyal. Even though they’ve grown up with neglect they just want to go home’ Guardians ad litem are appointed by the courts to give children a voice, but that task is by no means an easy one. By Sean Murray 5 Comments Saturday 10 Jun 2017, 6:30 AM Short URL Image: Shutterstock/iLpO88 Jun 10th 2017, 6:30 AM http://jrnl.ie/3430628 Share2 Tweet Email4 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Image: Shutterstock/iLpO88 14,022 Views WHEN A CHILD is brought into care, there are various people involved in that process.Social workers, gardaí, foster parents and carers, as well as their own parents, can be involved at various stages of the process but there is another person who can play a pivotal role in the future of a child at this stage of their lives.When the case involving such children is brought before the court, the only voice a child has comes in the form of a guardian ad litem. These are independent experts who are appointed by a judge to give children a voice, and represent what they feel and want.There are no actual requirements set out that are needed to become one but occupants of the role are usually experienced child care workers who are appointed to the court because of their background.However, these guardians has been criticised by former Tusla CEO Gordon Jeyes, among others, who say that they are “answerable to no one” and earn “outrageous” money.TheJournal.ie sat down with guardian Eugene Bigley from independent agency Tigala, to look at the role they play, tensions with Tusla, and how they help to plan what’s best for the children involved.He described the tough role of negotiating the best path forward for a child which often comes before the court, the ethical quandary of being paid by Tusla to do their job, and government plans to formalise the service.Day to dayBigley has a number of children under his care as guardian, ranging for toddlers to teenagers.He visits them regularly at their foster care or residential placements. Rather than a social worker, or a garda, he says that he is able to build trust with children when he shows that he’s not just another adult responsible for putting them in care.“As a guardian, you have a unique role,” he said. “You act as a safe space for children. You are a neutral person who will listen. It’s through that you build a rapport and a relationship with them.”His job brings him all around the country, with a requirement to often make round trips from Dublin to Cork and other cities as part of the role.Each case has its own demands and requirements, and the guardian must approach each in different ways:Take, for example, a case I was working on recently. There’s a young infant, with two very young parents. That child can’t talk to me about their wishes or feelings. But I make independent inquiries. I ask for records from Tusla, and any others that inform me of the background.Bigley then meets the child, witnesses how the parents interact with the child when they are allowed access, visits the child in their foster placement and looks at ways whereby the child could eventually be returned to their parents in a way that guarantees the safety of the child.“With a small baby,” he said, “every day they develop and grow. I’m always keen to see a long-term plan is made as soon as possible”.Another case sees Bigley work with two children under 10 who were subject to “significant neglect”.“There was fairly chronic domestic violence in the background,” he said. They are currently in a stable foster placement, where they are doing well but ultimately want to return home:They are extremely loyal to their family of origin and to their parents. Even though they lived in a situation of neglect, it’s what they’ve grown up in. They just want to go home.He visits them regularly, finds out how they’re getting on school and keeps them informed of court proceedings.The more complex cases, Bigley said, are usually found in adolescents. He said that, more often than not, teenagers don’t fit particularly well into foster care.The guardian would go to foster homes and residential centres, but it is often the case that they come across a placement that has broken down.“There seems to be a significant difficulty,” he said, “with adequate and robust residential placements for children of that age who have complex emotions and find it difficult to relate to adults”.He said that, from speaking to colleagues, that it wasn’t uncommon to hear stories of placements that repeatedly broke down for whatever reason.CollaborationBased on their interactions with the children, their foster families, birth families and Tusla, the guardian will then prepare a detailed report to show in court the next time a judge is called to rule on a future plan for the child.The court is interested to hear what the plans are for the child. I represent the wishes and views of the child in an independent and professional manner.Often, the guardian’s view for the best path forward can differ vastly from Tusla’s.On a recent visit to the family court, TheJournal.ie reported on a case where the guardian was sharply critical of Tusla’s approach in deciding to remove a child from their foster home:The children are very settled there. There are negatives, but there are a lot of positives… People think, ‘Oh this isn’t working, change it.’ All future moves must be carefully considered… this is just not good enough.Bigley says that guardians don’t always agree with Tusla’s approach, and this often creates a “healthy tension” around what is the best path forward.Published some weeks ago, Geoffrey Shannon’s audit of garda child protection procedures pinpointed failings in inter-agency cooperation, describing it as “overwhelmingly inadequate”.Bigley said that, in general, collaboration was fairly good between Tusla, the guardian and the parents of the child. However, he added that “occasionally, that doesn’t work”.He used the example of a teenager currently under his care that has been placed in over half a dozen different foster and residential care placements since 2013.“In those instances,” he said, “I’m in there and looking at exploring options to make sure the new placements are appropriate.”While the guardians want to forge the best long-term plan for the child, the limited resources available to Tusla means that there can be situations where the solutions found are not agreed upon by all:Where there are only a limited number of placements available for children with complex needs, they can end up in temporary situations that are not suitable. They’re suitable from Tusla’s point of view, in that they are available. I’m in the position where I don’t have to agree with that. I can say to a judge that this needs to be reviewed and look at again.“A distinctly uncomfortable situation”There are some occasions where tension with Tusla is not a healthy one for guardians.When legislation provided for guardian to be appointed in 1991, it included the following line: “Any costs incurred by a person in acting as a guardian under this section shall be paid by the health board concerned”.In practice in 2017, this means that independent guardians offering independent assessments of a child to the court are actually paid for the work that they do by Tusla.For Bigley, this creates an uncomfortable situation:It’s a bit of an uncomfortable position ethically. This can be a difficult relationship to navigate. You may do you your independent inquiries, and present your report to the court. From a different route, then, Tusla can ask whether or not the inquiry was relevant, and whether it should be paid for.He said that this system represents one of the biggest challenges to the guardian system as it currently exists.“Until responsibility for payment is moved away from Tusla,” Bigley said, “it will remain a distinctly uncomfortable situation”.Tusla agrees, and has also expresses its wish for the situation to be changed. A spokesperson told TheJournal.ie: “We believe that the funding of the guardian ad litem service should be independent of Tusla as we are a party to public child care proceedings in which guardians ad litem are engaged.”High paySpeaking to the Irish Times in 2015, then-Tusla CEO Gordon Jeyes said that amount earned by some individual guardians “was outrageous” and criticised guardians as being unregulated and accountable to no one.“They are not accountable to us so therefore we should not be paying them,” he said.In 2015, Tusla spent €8.1 million to pay guardian and €5.9 million on guardian’s legal fees.With around 65 guardians appointed that year, according to a report from the Comptroller and Auditor General, this equates to an annual salary of around €124,000 per year.Barnardos provided the majority of guardians in that year, with 31. Tigala provided 13 while individuals and small groups made up the other 21. At any time, guardians typically have between 8 and 12 children in their care.The report said that the professional rate paid to guardians is €125 per hour. In the case of a company such as Barnardos, the report notes that administration, management, training and supervision functions are subtracted from this figure.A comparison is also made between the fees paid per hour in similar jurisdictions. Guardians in Northern Ireland, for example, receive €40 per hour for preparatory work and that figure is €42 per hour in England and Wales.The Tusla spokesperson said: “[Tusla] believes that the guardian ad litem service as it is currently structured does not provide accountability and does not represent a clear, quality assured service or value for money.While Tusla recognises the importance of the guardian ad litem to the court and to the child in child care proceedings, Tusla is concerned that there is no system in place to monitor the quality of services.Bigley said that, when all of the work done is factored in, guardians represent value for money, with a fixed rate set for their work on a national basis.He said: “Conventional statutory services operate Monday to Friday, 9 to 5. Guardian ad litems does not operate such a service.We are independent people, responsible for paying our own tax, indemnity insurance, premises if we have an office, IT systems etc.“I was working on the bank holiday just gone, and would typically work six days a week,” he said. “We visit children at the evenings, and on weekends. You have to cover your own time.If a child phones you first thing in the morning, or last thing at night, you take the call.Bigley added that, as independent workers, they don’t get sick leave or similar benefits and operate under a system whereby if they don’t work, they don’t get paid.‘They’ll judge us in later life’There appears to be a political will to recognise the work that guardians do, and formalise and focus their role with new legislation.In April, Children’s Minister Katherine Zappone told an Oireachtas Committee the details of a bill that would extensively reform the existing “ad hoc” arrangements for guardians in child care proceedings.“I am taking a child-centred approach and child-rights based approach,” she said.My focus is on ensuring that all children in child care proceedings get the opportunity to have their voice heard, through having access to an independent guardian.The new bill would remove the responsibility for paying guardians from Tusla, and provide a nationally organised, managed and delivered Guardian ad litem service.It would also determine clear criteria for the role, function, and qualifications required for the guardians.Bigley said that he would welcome reform of the sector to clarify their role, and ensure that guardians are appointed to children in more cases.He said that it is vitally important to make sure that all those involved in the care of a child get the hard decisions right, as failure to do so can have a major impact later on. He said:I always think that no matter what age a child is that I’m working with, they might make a judgement in later life as to how all of us performed. It’s so important to make far-reaching enquiries to ensure that whatever decisions are reached for the good of the child now are the best that can be made.Read: ‘I was afraid of my father. I thought it was normal to be afraid of adults’Read: ‘Behind each of these numbers is a child that needs help’: The business of fostering in Ireland
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Each year, the Australian of the Year Awards program asks the public to submit their suggestions on who should be considered for the four Awards: Australian of the Year, Senior Australian of the Year (60 years and over), Young Australian of the Year (16-30 years) and Australia’s Local Hero.Nominating is easy – it can be an Australian a person knows or someone completely unknown. All that is needed for a nomination is to indicate what makes the nominated persons inspiring and how they contribute to making Australia a better place.From public nominations, finalists are selected in each award category for all states and territories. The State and Territory Award recipients then go on to the national awards which are announced on 25 January, Australia Day, each year.Nominations for all award categories can be made online at www.australianoftheyear.org.au or call 1300 655 193 for more information. Nominations close 1 August.
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram On a visit to Kiev, Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias on Thursday expressed Greece’s support for Ukraine’s sovereignty and for the enforcement of the ceasefire between Ukraine and pro-Russian rebels agreed last week.In comments to reporters after talks with his Ukrainian counterpart Pavlo Klimkin, Kotzias stressed that diplomacy was the only way to solve political disputes.“In international politics, sanctions are not a tool for expressing anger or sentiment,” he said, referring to restrictions being imposed on Russia by the European Union.Kotzias also expressed Greece’s readiness to help Ukraine deal with its “humanitarian crisis,” chiefly by offering medical treatment to wounded citizens.Source: Kathimerini
Lieutenant Governor Kevin Meyer, along with representatives of the Department of Law, Department of Corrections, and Department of Public Safety will be in attendance to listen and weigh-in on the negative impacts of SB91 and the need to strengthen Alaska’s crime laws. WHAT: Crime Town HallWHEN: Monday, May 13, 2019 from 6:00PM – 7:00PMWHERE: Wilda Marston Theater, Z.J. Loussac Public Library, AnchorageWHO: Lieutenant Governor Kevin Meyer, Office of the Governor, Department of Law, Department of Corrections, Department of Public Safety PARTICIPATE: Alaskans are invited to participate in-person and share testimony of how crime has affected their lives. Lt. Governor Meyer: “Alaska can no longer be a safe haven for criminals. Our number one priority is to protect law abiding citizens while taking criminals and predators off the streets by enforcing stricter penalties. Action needs to be taken on the Governor’s proposed crime legislation to repeal SB 91 this session. We cannot put this off any longer.” Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Offices of Governor Mike Dunleavy and Lieutenant Governor Kevin Meyer will host a Town Hall on Monday, May 13 to listen to the many ways in which crime has personally affected the lives of Alaskans.