Why parenting can’t be outsourced to a pill tester

first_imgSydney Morning Herald 3 January 2019Family First Comment: Excellent commentary – and totally relevant to NZ setting…“As parents, we spend so much of our time trying to invest our values into our children and then what happens? A politician comes along, seeking to curry favour with Greens’ supporters and effectively says “it’s OK to take drugs if they have been tested.” Is that really the message you want to give your child or grandchild ? That there are no dramatic consequences from taking illicit substances, because a government will take responsibility for your decisions from this point.”It starts with that first tantrum (theirs not ours) and progresses to life lessons like crossing the road safely, being kind to others, respecting elders and developing a strong work ethic.But none is more important than our words and actions around drugs and alcohol, and the consequences that follow from the decisions our children will one day have the freedom to make.That’s why I couldn’t believe my ears last week when I heard the new opposition leader Michael Daley stating that NSW Labor would consider allowing the testing of drugs at music festivals.As parents, we spend so much of our time trying to invest our values into our children and then what happens?A politician like Mr Daley comes along, seeking to curry favour with inner-Sydney Greens’ supporters and effectively says “it’s OK to take drugs if they have been tested.” Is that really the message you want to give your child or grandchild ?That there are no dramatic consequences from taking illicit substances, because a Labor government will take responsibility for your decisions from this point.READ MORE: https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/why-parenting-can-t-be-outsourced-to-a-pill-tester-20190103-p50pck.htmlKeep up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.last_img read more

‘Putting us in danger’ – athlete concerns grow ahead of Olympics

first_img – ‘Bigger than the Olympics’ – Doubts are increasingly being expressed about holding the Olympics on time, after the outbreak that first exploded in China spread to Asia and then worldwide, infecting almost 200,000 people and killing 7,900. Britain’s Katarina Johnson-Thompson said her training and competition schedule had been seriously disrupted “It’s unbelievable,” said Stefanidi. “What about team sports that have to train together? What about swimming? What about gymnastics that they touch the same objects? “There is zero consideration of the risk they are putting us in right now.” Johnson-Thompson, the world heptathlon champion, criticised the IOC for telling athletes to train “as best they can”, saying it was at odds with stringent government health measures. “I feel under pressure to train and keep the same routine which is impossible,” she wrote on Twitter. “It’s difficult (to) approach the season when everything has changed in the lead-up apart from the ultimate deadline,” added the Briton. Read Also: Pogba makes coronavirus fund-raising pledge “From an athlete perspective, I can only imagine and try to empathise with the anxiety and heartbreak athletes are feeling right now,” she said in a statement. “The uncertainty of not knowing where you’re going to train tomorrow as facilities close and qualification events are cancelled all over the world would be terrible if you’ve been training your whole life for this.” Wickenheiser added: “I think the IOC insisting this will move ahead, with such conviction, is insensitive and irresponsible given the state of humanity.” Middle-distance runner Jess Judd also criticised the IOC advice on training, while fellow British track athlete Guy Learmonth has told The Guardian that the Olympics should be postponed. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach says the organisation is committed to holding the Games on time On Wednesday an Olympic gymnastics qualifier in Tokyo, doubling as a test event, became the latest competition to be cancelled. A day earlier, the deputy head of Japan’s Olympic committee said he had tested positive for coronavirus. But the IOC insisted “there is no need for any drastic decisions at this stage” adding that “any speculation at this moment would be counter-productive”. Hayley Wickenheiser, a Canadian IOC member with four ice hockey gold medals, warned “this crisis is bigger than even the Olympics”. Olympic pole vault champion Katerina Stefanidi said athletes were being forced to take health risks as competitors started to speak out about holding the Tokyo Games during the coronavirus crisis. Greece’s Katerina Stefanidi said training for the Olympics was putting athletes in danger Stefanidi and British heptathlete Katarina Johnson-Thompson both voiced concerns after the International Olympic Committee said it was “fully committed” to running the Games as scheduled from July 24. An IOC member called the body’s stance “insensitive and irresponsible”, saying athletes were facing “anxiety and heartbreak” as they try to train during the virus emergency. Stefanidi, one of Greece’s most prominent athletes, was scheduled to hand the ceremonial flame to Japanese officials before the Greek leg of the torch relay was scrapped over COVID-19. “The IOC wants us to keep risking our health, our family’s health and public health to train every day?” she tweeted. “You are putting us in danger right now, today, not in 4 months.” On Tuesday, minutes before the IOC statement, the Euro 2020 football tournament was delayed for a year, bowing to the crisis that has paralysed Europe and drastically curtailed international travel. Olympic qualifying tournaments are among the swathe of sports events that have been cancelled or postponed, with only 57 percent of athletes booking their places so far. Loading… Promoted Content6 Incredibly Strange Facts About Hurricanes5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks7 Universities Where Getting An Education Costs A Hefty Penny10 Of The Dirtiest Seas In The World10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do8 Things That Will Happen If An Asteroid Hits EarthThe Highest Paid Football Players In The WorldCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way6 Best Natural History Museums In The WorldBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its GrowthThe Funniest Prankster Grandma And Her Grandsonlast_img read more

Rosemary Hilda Luers, age 84

first_imgRosemary love Bingo and played twice a week. She loved to watch the Game Show Network and sports, especially baseball, football and the Indy 500.  She looked forward to eating out with her brothers at McDonalds where her favorite was the Big Mac and she always had a coupon.  She also enjoyed quilting, jigsaw puzzles and visiting friends but most of all, she loved being with her family, especially her grandchildren. Rosemary’s wishes were to be cremated. The family will have a private service at a later date.  Meyers Funeral Home, Batesville was in charge of arrangements.  Online condolences at www.meyersfuneralhomes.com Rosemary Hilda Luers, age 84 passed away Wednesday, January 6, 2016 at her home in Batesville, IN. Born March 31, 1931 in Connersville, IN she was the daughter of Jacob & Ida (Humig) Amberger.  She married Donald Luers on July 7, 1962 at Adams Lutheran Church.center_img Rosemary is survived by her husband Donald Luers, daughter Sandy (Albert) Meyer of Batesville, and sons Dennis Luers of Greenwood, IN and Randy (Debbie) Luers of Batesville. She will also be missed by her grandchildren Ben & Emily Meyer and Kyle, Stacy & Keith Luers, great grandson Konnor Luers, along with her brother George Amberger of Batesville and her twin brother Ben Amberger of Morris, IN.  In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her sisters Catherine Wells and Mary Johnson and an infant brother Joseph Amberger.last_img read more

Video: Che Adams nets 40-yard screamer to open EPL account

first_img Talking to Southampton’s YouTube channel, Adams revealed he’s got his eyes on the Premier League title. Adams said: “Southampton’s a huge club. Obviously, we want to win the league. Obviously, it’s a lot to ask for. Promoted Content7 Of The Wealthiest Universities In The WorldPlaying Games For Hours Can Do This To Your BodyWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do7 Truly Incredible Facts About Black Holes5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeWhat Is The Fastest Way To Get 1 Million Followers On Instagram?The 9 Best Robots In Movie HistoryWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?10 Hyper-Realistic 3D Street Art By Odeith12 Flicks That Almost Ended Their Stars’ Careers Former Sheffield United striker Adams has come from the lower leagues but upon his arrival at Southampton, he displayed the highest level of ambition despite the club finishing 17th in the previous campaign. Che Adams opened his Premier League account in sensational fashion with a 40-yard goal against Manchester City Sunday evening. Oleksandr Zinchenko was dispossessed by Stuart Armstrong and former Birmingham City man Adams spotted Ederson off his line before curling in a phenomenal finish for his first goal in Southampton colours. Having made his debut back in August 2019 following a £15 million summer move, Adams went 330 days without finding the net as a Southampton player. Loading… Read Also: Mata eyeing move away from Manchester United “But you have to set yourself new targets to hit. And with the squad here that I’ve seen from last season, there’s no reason that we can’t (win the Premier League).” Heavily linked with a move to Leeds United in the January transfer window, Adams will be hoping he doesn’t have to wait so long for his second Premier League goal. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 But with the awareness and execution for his wondrous opener at St Mary’s on Sunday evening, you could say his first goal was well worth the wait.last_img read more

Klopp wins Premier League Manager of the Season award

first_imgLiverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has been awarded the Premier League Manager of the Season award.The German guided the Reds to their first Premier League title in an historic season for the Merseyside club. It ended a 30-year wait for a top-flight title. Liverpool finished 18 points clear of closest challengers Manchester City.Their title success made Liverpool reigning European, World and Premier League champions.Klopp’s men had secured the Premier League title with seven games remaining, which broke the previous record of the earliest a team win the league.Liverpool equalled a number of records last season, including winning 18 consecutive games, winning 32 matches overall and picking up 57 points from a possible 57 at home.The German beat Chelsea’s Frank Lampard, Chris Wilder of Sheffield United and Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers to the award. News of Klopp securing the Premier League Manager of the Season award comes a day after Trent Alexander-Arnold was named Premier League Young Player of the Season.Klopp and his Liverpool side lifted the Premier League trophy at Anfield last month.There were concerns that the coronavirus pandemic, which saw games played behind closed doors after the restart, could see the season declared null and void.However, the Premier League’s Project Restart was a huge success and the season was completed.After Liverpool won the title, Klopp promised to celebrate with the fans when it’s safe to do so. He said: “What can I say? If you don’t see that we do it for you I can’t help you, really.“Five years ago I asked you to change from doubters to believers. I said the minute before the press conference, I had no idea when they asked it that they would ask it.“But you did it. You made us happen, really. Thank you very much.“We all together should celebrate. At home, safe, drink what you want.RelatedPosts Lampard: I still have confidence in Tomori EPL: Vardy primed for another prolific season after brace at West Brom EPL: Salah nets hat-trick as Liverpool beat Leeds in seven-goal thriller “But you have to prepare for a party. I don’t know when this bull**** virus will be gone, but then we will have a party, all together.“Make sure you are ready then. Thank you very much.”Tags: Brendan RodgersChris WIlderEngilsh Premier LeagueFrank LampardJurgen KloppLiverpool Football Clublast_img read more

Redknapp: Remy would pass medical

first_img Remy has also attracted interest from Tottenham and Arsenal in the past but Redknapp would be delighted if the striker remained at Loftus Road. “From our point of view we’ve got a fantastic striker – one of the best strikers in the Premier League in my opinion,” Redknapp said. “Liverpool’s loss is our gain. When he went to Newcastle last year I said he was capable of 20 goals in the Premier League so that’s what we need him to do. “I’m disappointed for the boy that his move didn’t happen but from a selfish point of view, I’ve got a great striker back here now. “If he’s here, we’ll be delighted to have him – he’s a good lad, a good player and a good professional.” “I don’t really see how he could have failed a medical,” Redknapp said. “He had a stringent medical here – one at Marseilles, at Newcastle and with the French team at the World Cup. “He’s never had a problem with his fitness – you couldn’t meet a fitter lad. “I’ve seen the story break but I don’t know how there can be an issue with his fitness – he’s got no problems whatsoever.” Remy spent last season on loan at Newcastle where he scored 14 goals for the Magpies in the Barclays Premier League. The striker was out for almost a month with a calf problem towards the end of the campaign but Redknapp believes there must be another reason for Liverpool pulling the plug. “There must have been a breakdown or they’ve changed their mind or they’ve decided to move in another direction,” Redknapp said. “It’s not fair on him because it’s my opinion and the opinion of everybody else – he’s never had a problem before.” Harry Redknapp was shocked to hear QPR striker Loic Remy failed a medical with Liverpool and believes there must be another reason why the transfer broke down. Remy was set to complete a switch to Anfield over the weekend but Liverpool called the deal off due to what are believed to be concerns over the 27-year-old’s health. The France forward encountered problems when he moved from Nice to Marseilles in 2010. The medical discovered a heart defect but further tests convinced Marseilles to complete the transfer. Press Associationlast_img read more

Bayroc president says facility had been identified for FIFA Goal Project

first_imgBy Joe ChapmanPRESIDENT of the Bayroc Community Centre,Lance Easton,yesterday afternoon said that as far as he was aware they are looking forward to the FIFA Goal (Special) Project coming to that facility,but the recent announcement that a 400m Synthetic Track being placed there and which would cost $210M from government coffers,was news to him.Easton said that there was a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed and he recalled that in 2014 this activity began to take shape for the Goal Pproject when Sharma Solomon was regional Chairman of Region 10 (Upper Demerara/ Berbice) and president of the Upper Demerara Football Association (UDFA).When new Regional Chairman, Renis Morian,took over from Solomon, the plan remained that Bayroc would have the facility.Easton said he was there when Chairman of the Guyana Football Federation’s Normalising Committee,Clinton Urling,called concerning this project being done at Bayroc,to the Regional Chairman’s Office. He said Member of Parliament,Jermaine Figuiera,was told of this project then but never came to the office to discuss this matter at the time the discussion was going on.According to Easton,over the past two years the matter went as far as obtaining a lease of ownership for FIFA with Director of Sport Christopher Jones. He said the matter was also discussed when Jones was in Linden where he met with various sports organisations at the Linden Concert Hall and School (LICHAS), and another time when Mayor Holland brought up sports administrator Joseph’ Reds’ Perreira to meet with several sports bodies and discuss the administration of sport in the Mining Town. The topic of the FIFA Goal Project was again discussed. So it is disappointing that Mr Figuiera seemingly does not know about this being a priority for the Bayroc Community Centre ground, Easton lamented.Minister of State,Joseph Harmon,who got involved in this issue and Easton noted there was also a letter prepared pertaining to the ownership with the involvement of Mayor of Linden Carwyn Holland, so that the project could be pushed ahead without any hindrances as required by FIFA,the world governing body of football.Speaking about the first consultation done at the Linden Enterprise Network (LEN),Easton said he was unaware about this while notably the Mackenzie Sports Club was represented. Easton said he was not invited and he questioned that if the funds for the track was mainly for the laying of the track, he wondered where the other money was coming from , at the very least,to have the track fenced for security purposes.The Bayroc top official said he was aware that the Providence FIFA Goal Project would be the first and then FIFA had identified the one at Bayrock to be a Special Project.last_img read more

Former world record-holder banned for anti-doping violations

first_img(BBC) – Former marathon world record-holder Wilson Kipsang has been banned for four years for anti-doping rule violations.World Athletics said between April 2018 and May 2019 the 38-year-old Kenyan, twice a London Marathon winner, had missed four “whereabouts appointments”.Three such failures within 12 months lead to an automatic ban.Kipsang said he missed a test in May 2019 because of a traffic accident and provided a photo of the crash, but that was found to be from August 2019.The World Athletics Disciplinary Tribunal said it had banned the Kenyan with effect from January 10 this year for “whereabouts failures and tampering by providing false evidence and witness testimony”.The Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) statement said “evidence demonstrates overwhelmingly that the athlete was engaged in tampering or attempted tampering in breach of the IAAF rules”.Kipsang, a bronze medallist at the 2012 London Olympics, had been provisionally suspended in January for whereabouts failures and tampering by providing false evidence.He also won the Berlin, New York and Tokyo marathons and is the sixth fastest marathon runner in history, with a personal best of two hours three minutes 13 seconds.The Kenyan’s competitive results from April 12, 2019 to January 10, 2020 were expunged, but he has the right to appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).In recent years, Kenya’s 2008 Olympic 1500m champion Asbel Kiprop, former Boston and Chicago Marathon winner Rita Jeptoo and 2016 Olympic marathon champion Jemima Sumgong have all been sanctioned.last_img read more

Without top runners, Syracuse still puts up impressive performance at John Reif Memorial

first_imgIn the last invitational before the Big East championship, the men’s and women’s cross country team traveled to Ithaca to compete in the John Reif Memorial.Coming off of a short week after competing in the season’s most high-caliber race at the Wisconsin Adidas Invitational on Oct. 12, the top-seven men and women runners did not compete in Friday’s race.The Orange had no problem showing up without its top runners.Reminiscent of the first three invitationals of the season, the men’s team placed four runners in the top 10.Freshman Andres Bennison finished first for the Orange and second overall with a time of 26:19 in the 5-mile race. Freshman Juris Silenieks came in fourth place with a time of 26:28. Senior Jonathan Aziz and freshman Joe Kush rounded out the top 10 finishing in seventh and 10th, respectively.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe women’s team matched its season debut at the Harry Lang Invitational with five harriers in the top 10.In the 5,000-meter race against Cornell, Niagara and Cortland State, Syracuse junior Kimberly Spano finished first with a time of 18:40 with junior Breanna Symoniak finishing fractions of a second behind her. Freshmen showed their skills as Emily Nist, Margo Malone and Katherine Kinkead rounded out the top 10.Syracuse stuck with its emphasized pack mentality in this race. The Orange looks to keep up the pace for the Big East championship on Oct. 26 in the Bronx.—Compiled by Melissa Bronson-Tramel, staff writer, qsbronso@syr.edu Comments Published on October 22, 2012 at 12:06 am Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Irish squad begin prep for World Cup qualifier

first_imgLiam Kelly, Paul McShane, David McGoldrick and Rob Elliot are also absent due to various injuries.Ireland are currently top of Group D with Wales 4 points behind them, and former Ireland defender Gary Breen says it should be a thrilling tie. The squad will train at the FAI National Training Centre in Abbotstown ahead of the game with Wales at the Aviva Stadium.Martin O’Neill received another injury blow last night with the news that Harry Arter will miss the game through injury, alongside Shane Duffy and Ciaran Clark.O’Neill is also sweating on the fitness of Wes Hoolahan and James McCarthy, while Robbie Brady is suspended.last_img