BBC News 14 April 2016Family First Comment: Interesting.“The case of a young couple in Norway whose five children were taken away by the state has fuelled mounting concern within the country and abroad over its child protection practices. Protesters around the world – and leading Norwegian professionals – say social workers are often too quick to separate children from their families, with too little justification, particularly when parents are immigrants.”The campaign in support of the couple has been particularly well-supported in Marius’s home country, Romania, and by Evangelical Christians worldwide, because the couple are Pentecostals.Many protesters believe they are victims of discrimination on religious and national grounds.There have also been other high-profile campaigns on behalf of immigrant families whose children have been forcibly taken into care in Norway, making the same claim.One case involving a Czech family in Norway has led to a major diplomatic row between Norway and the Czech Republic. Czech President Milos Zeman accused Norwegian social workers of acting like Nazis – an allegation the Ministry for Children has described as absurd and unworthy of comment.But campaigners have also highlighted controversial cases where they say wholly Norwegian families have had children taken into care without adequate justification or attempt to find alternative solutions.In an open letter of protest to the Children’s Minister, 170 leading Norwegian professionals involved in child protection – lawyers, psychologists, social work experts – say Barnevernet is a “dysfunctional organisation which makes far-reaching errors of judgment with serious consequences”.Psychologist Einar Salvesen, one of the initiators of the letter, says: “There is a lack of what I’d call the human factor. A lack of empathy, really providing an atmosphere so people can learn… It’s more like police interventions, more like we have to find out what’s wrong with you.”Norway has long been proud of the resources it devotes to protecting children.In 1981 it was the first country in the world to appoint a children’s ombudsman – an independent official responsible for protecting children’s rights. The idea has since been copied across Europe and beyond.The child protection service, Barnevernet, stresses that in the vast majority of cases when it thinks something’s going wrong in a family, it doesn’t take the children away. It works with parents to solve the problems and keep the family together.But the number of children and young people taken into care rose by half from 2008 to 2013. That was partly in reaction to nationwide shock in 2005 over the killing of an eight-year-old boy, Kristoffer, who was beaten to death by his stepfather.Most cases now don’t involve parental violence, though, or alcohol- or drug-abuse. The commonest reason for a care order now is simply “lack of parenting skills”.READ MORE: http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-36026458
This past weekend another season of college football got underway. Is your Alma Mater one of the 150 or more who can still go undefeated? This time of the year every college team has dreams of a national championship or an undefeated season. There were the usual routs, because some universities still like to schedule a cream puff to start their season. There is nothing like an SEC team playing a university that just became D1. Then there are teams like UC and Purdue whose opener is as tough as any mid-season conference game. One thing is for certain, we now have college football back and, before you know it, the MAC teams will be playing Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday night specials for ESPN. For you Ball State fans, this is the way to see the Cardinals; and for some of the MAC powers, their chance to be on national TV. It used to be that the Big Ten scheduled MAC schools for an easy early season win. That was until Ohio University, Toledo, and Central Michigan started regularly beating some of the Big Ten Schools. These MAC teams now demand and get recognition in some of the bigger bowls before the New Years. No one is safe drawing one of these schools in a bowl game. After all, can you say Ben Roethlisberger?
Hospice volunteers help families navigate grief and find hope – September 12, 2020 Bio Latest Posts ELLSWORTH — The Ellsworth Eagles have held their own against some of the top cross-country teams throughout the state of Maine so far this season. In one of the biggest competitions to date, the Eagles were at their best.Ellsworth claimed victory in both the boys’ and girls’ team events Friday at the Hancock County championships at Ellsworth High School. The event marked the second team victory of the season for the boys and the first for the girls.“Our goal was to start out easier and gradually build up the entire way,” Ellsworth head coach Louie Luchini said. “Our runners did a great job of executing the race strategy, and that earned us good results.”Matt Shea took first place in the boys’ competition for Ellsworth with a time of 17 minutes, 26.10 seconds to edge out second-place finisher Luke Barnes of Sumner. Ellsworth’s Beckett Markosian and Nick Cormier finished third and fifth, respectively, and George Stevens Academy’s Caden Mattson was fourth.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textJunior Calvin Partin’s time of 18:14.13 earned him seventh place overall as well as the top spot for the MDI boys. David Hileman claimed 20th to finish as the top runner for Bucksport, and Henry Penfold placed 25th for Deer Isle-Stonington. A total of 53 boys competed.Ellsworth’s total of 19 points earned it a decisive first-place finish over MDI, which recorded 46. GSA and Bucksport placed third and fourth with 65 and 114, respectively. Sumner and Deer Isle-Stonington were not given team scores, as they did not meet the five-runner requirement.The girls’ side featured a tight battle between Ellsworth and MDI runners. Caitlin MacPherson and Abby Mazgaj of Ellsworth took the top-two spots with times of 20:28.85 and 20:45.35, respectively, and MDI’s Olivia Johnson, Katelyn Osborne and Grace Munger rounded out the top five.Tess Williamson placed 13th for GSA with a time of 23:30.49, and Rachael Hastey (21st), Ariel Larrabee (25th) and Emily Erickson (28th) were the top runners for Sumner, Deer Isle-Stonington and Bucksport, respectively. Thirty runners competed in the girls’ race.Only Ellsworth and MDI competed in the girls’ team, event, and Ellsworth’s 26 points were just enough to beat out MDI’s 29. Both schools had five runners in the top 10.The win was a rewarding one for both the boys’ and girls’ teams at Ellsworth. The boys finished second to MDI in the 2017 county championships, and the girls didn’t even field enough runners last year for the team competition last year after placing third behind MDI and GSA the previous season.“It felt good because it’s been a while since we’ve won this meet,” Luchini said. “We have dedicated runners, and their hard work is paying off in these championship races.”Next up for local runners will be the Penobscot Valley Conference championships at noon Saturday, Oct. 13, at the University of Maine at Presque Isle. Ellsworth and MDI will be competing in Class B, and Bucksport, GSA, Sumner and Deer Isle-Stonington will compete in Class C.“The course up there is tough because it’s rolling hills the entire way and doesn’t have many trees to block out the elements,” Luchini said. “It’s going to be a long drive up there, and everyone knows they’ll have to run very well to win.” MPA approves golf, XC, field hockey, soccer; football, volleyball moved to spring – September 10, 2020 Ellsworth runners compete in virtual Boston Marathon – September 16, 2020 Mike MandellMike Mandell is the sports editor at The Ellsworth American and Mount Desert Islander. He began working for The American in August 2016. You can reach him via email at email@example.com. Latest posts by Mike Mandell (see all)
highlights Paris: Sergio Ramos scored a second-half penalty to help Spain beat a spirited Norway 2-1 in their opening Euro 2020 qualifier, while teenage striker Moise Kean netted in Italy’s win over Finland. Spain were not at their clinical best in Valencia, but got their Group F campaign off to a solid start despite Norway threatening an upset. The 2010 World Cup winners have been unpredictable of late, having been dumped out by Russia in the last 16 of the World Cup and then missing out on the Nations League finals after a home loss to England. “The team responded well to their equaliser. You always have the dream and aim of achieving something important,” Ramos told Spanish television channel TVE. “We’re in a new stage with a coach who has a fantastic style of play. We’ll take things game by game. We’ll pick up more confidence from winning.” Coach Luis Enrique named an attacking line-up, with Marco Asensio, Alvaro Morata and Rodrigo all starting, and it was the latter who volleyed home the opener from Jordi Alba’s cross in the 16th minute.RELATED Winger Jesus Navas created several other early chances for his teammates on his first Spain appearance since March 2014, but Rodrigo headed over and Morata was denied by away goalkeeper Rune Jarstein. Norway started to grow into the game and were handed a chance to draw level in the 65th minute when Inigo Martinez grabbed Bjorn Johnsen, and Bournemouth striker Joshua King stepped up to slot past David de Gea. Spain wasted little time in getting their noses back in front, though, as Jarstein felled Morata to concede a 71st-minute penalty. Centre-back Ramos stepped up and confidently dispatched a ‘Panenka’ spot-kick down the middle to score his 16th goal of the season for club and country. Juventus youngster Kean, 19, became the youngest striker to start for Italy in more than a century as Roberto Mancini’s men saw off Finland 2-0. Italy got off to a flying start in Udine, as Nicolo Barella gave them a seventh-minute lead with his maiden international goal. The 22-year-old Cagliari midfielder hammered home a low volley after a free-kick was only half-cleared by the Finnish defence. The day belonged to Kean, though, as he slotted in the second with 16 minutes to play to mark his full debut in style. “To become part of Azzurri history is an added incentive to keep working,” said Kean. “There are many goals ahead of me and my aim is to achieve them. I wanted to show that I deserved this chance from Mancini.” Italy are top of the early Group J standings ahead of Bosnia and Herzegovina, who edged out Armenia 2-1 as captain Edin Dzeko became the first player in their history to be capped 100 times. The other game in the group saw Greece win 2-0 against Liechtenstein in Vaduz. Earlier on Saturday, Mick McCarthy made an inauspicious start to his second stint in charge of the Republic of Ireland as his team laboured to a 1-0 victory over Gibraltar. The 60-year-old McCarthy, who led Ireland to the 2002 World Cup last 16 before resigning later that year, was reappointed manager last November, replacing Martin O’Neill. The result leaves Ireland second in the early Group D table behind Switzerland, who beat Georgia 2-0, but McCarthy will know he has plenty of work to do after seeing his men struggle to claim just their second win in 12 matches. Gibraltar almost took a shock lead early in the second half, but captain Roy Chipolina saw his header brilliantly saved by Darren Randolph. Ireland took the lead less than two minutes later, though, as Burnley midfielder Jeff Hendrick slotted home his second international goal from David McGoldrick’s cutback. But the 194th-ranked team in the world did not give up and almost found an equaliser when 37-year-old forward Lee Casciaro curled wide after a fine team move. Elsewhere, World Cup quarter-finalists Sweden made a winning start in Group F as midfielders Robin Quaison and Viktor Claesson both scored in the space of seven first-half minutes in a 2-1 success over Romania. For all the Latest Sports News News, Football News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. Kean became the youngest goal-scorer for Italy at age 19 in more than a century.Spain were boosted by Sergio Ramos as they beat Norway.Sweden, Ireland and Northern Ireland all secured wins in Euro 2020 qualifier tournament.
By Sudipto GangulyPUNE, India,(Reuters)-India will be hoping that by the end of March their Pune capitulation can be viewed from the lofty heights of a seventh consecutive Test series triumph as an aberration that acted as a brutal wake up call to the world’s number one side.The shell-shocked hosts have a week to regroup before they again engage an Australian touring party which made Virat Kohli and his team of world-beaters look quite ordinary in a 333-run first test rout inside three days.As they head south to Bengaluru, Kohli’s team will be forced to ponder the end of their hard-earned 19-test unbeaten run and what their captain described as their worst batting performance in two years.“I would say that we needed something like this for us to get a reality check and understand what are the things we need to work on and keep persisting with it, not take anything for granted at any stage, especially at the test match level,” Kohli told reporters after the defeat.Australia might be just below their hosts in the Test rankings but arrived in the country earlier this month having lost their last nine Tests in spin-friendly conditions in Asia.They were swept 4-0 sweep the last time they played a series in India and had not won a test since 2004 in what former captain Steve Waugh once called Australian cricket’s “Final Frontier”.There were many predictions of a result inside three days on the turning track dished out at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium, which was making its debut as a test ground, but none had India ending up on the losing side.That was unsurprising, considering India possess the world’s top two ranked bowlers in spinners Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja and a batsman in Kohli who recently became the first to score four double hundreds in as many series.But Ashwin and Jadeja managed only a dozen wickets between themselves in the match, the same number that Australia left-armer Steve O’Keefe alone bagged in the two innings.Kohli blamed the Indian batting for the humbling after they scored 105 and 107 in their two innings and the image of the captain frozen in a crouch with his bat in the air as an O’Keefe delivery shattered the wickets behind him will not fade fast.“Even a part-timer can get four wickets if you don’t apply yourself. And I certainly would like to think that that was the case with our batting line-up in this game,” he said.“It rarely happens that four or five batsmen make errors in judgement in both the innings, especially with the way we batted in the last few months.“I would say this was our worst batting performance and we need to accept that.”India’s shoddy performance with both bat and ball translated to their fielding too as they dropped numerous catches to compound their problems.Australia captain Steve Smith was dropped four times and he made India pay dearly with his 18th test hundred in the second innings.India were also found wanting in their choice of referrals in the match, losing all four reviews while fielding and managing to overturn one decision from the umpire out of three while batting.Kohli promised his side will come back stronger this week in the second of the four Tests, as they did after their last defeat, against Sri Lanka in Galle in 2015.“The last time we had a performance like this, we had the most outstanding run after that,” Kohli said.
In one final attempt to label the season a success, the Wisconsin men’s soccer team is making final preps for the first round of the Big Ten Tournament Saturday.Ninth-seeded Wisconsin (3-11-3) will face the eighth-seeded Rutgers, who defeated Wisconsin in overtime earlier this season 3-2.The three goals they gave up that game was the second highest total they allowed on the season. The Badgers let up the final goal on a defensive breakdown, which has not been as much of an issue in recent games.Since then, Wisconsin has consistently worked to improve their team defense, which has paid off, despite the six goals given up in their previous three games.“With our individual defending and our team defending, it will be a lot harder for them to break us down this time than the first time,” freshman forward Mark Segbers said.In order to advance in this tournament, along with the improved defending, Wisconsin can use things they have learned from their previous matches with Rutgers, and potentially Maryland.One major change from their previous game is their ability for a quick start. Wisconsin has made it a priority to come out strong in each and every one of their games to try to get a quick lead.“I think the way we start the game is going to be crucial,” Segbers said. “If we come out fired up with a lot of energy, like we have been the last couple of games, then there definitely will be a different result coming out of the game against Rutgers.”The Badgers are ranked last in the tournament, allowing them to play the role of spoiler.After tying the second-ranked Indiana Saturday, Wisconsin coach John Trask believes it allowed his team to understand they can compete with any team in the Big Ten.“If they don’t believe they can make some noise in the Big Ten Tournament, [that game] proves we are not an easy team to play against,” Trask said.Along with this gained sense of confidence, Wisconsin is also ready to play loose and give it their all in what could be their final games of the season.“It’s all or nothing at this point going into the Big Ten Tournament,” junior midfielder Drew Conner said. “We know that if we have any chance of going to the NCAA Tournament that we need to win this. At this point, we have nothing to lose, so just going into the tournament with the mentality to take it one game at a time.”The winner of the conference tournament gets an automatic bid into the NCAA Tournament, which is Wisconsin’s lone hope of continuing their season.Wisconsin is motivated to keep the season going for the seniors, especially after the Badgers made the NCAA Tournament last season.“We know that if we lose one game, we’re going home and we don’t want the season to end, and we don’t really want the seniors to have their last game, so we want to keep playing until we get to the championship,” Segbers said.The Badgers have not won a conference game yet this season, so making a run in this tournament would be a huge step for this team and a large confidence booster for the young players when they come back next season.The first step in trying to get to the tournament begins when Wisconsin takes on Rutgers at noon Saturday in Maryland, with the possibility of another game, against top-seeded Maryland at noon again Sunday.The Big Ten Tournament continues the following weekend for the semifinal and final Nov. 15 and 16.
London, United Kingdom | AFP | Pep Guardiola fears his Manchester City players are not ready for the gruelling demands of the Premier League restart.Guardiola’s reigning champions host Arsenal behind closed doors on Wednesday in the second game of the Premier League’s return to action following the coronavirus hiatus.City play again on Monday when Burnley come to the Etihad Stadium and the pace does not drop until the planned end of the season in late July.City manager Guardiola is concerned about the workload his players will be subjected to, with Premier League chiefs determined to play the remaining 92 matches in less than six weeks.He told reporters in a video press conference on Tuesday that the Arsenal match would show the level of his players’ fitness after three months of inaction.“What we were worried about over the (past) three weeks is with the incredible lack of preparation, like other teams in the Premier League, not like for example in Germany or in Spain, where they worked five or six weeks,” he said.“All the teams in the Premier League, they had just three weeks or three-and-a-half weeks. We know it is not enough but it is what it is.”Guardiola said the punishing schedule, with matches every few days, was a concern, adding that he would have to rotate and use his full squad.“You can play a game after three weeks on holiday but we were two (months) of holidays lying on the sofa doing nothing much,” he added. “That is why the players are not fully fit.“But we have to start, we have to finish the season because of the damage economically for all the clubs.” Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola is concerned about the demands on his players – ‘Difficult time’ –Since the Premier League went into lockdown in March, Guardiola’s mother Dolors Sala Carrio has died, aged 82, after contracting the coronavirus.“All the people who lost family or friends, it was a difficult time, but that’s why we have the family to be together, to stay strong with all of us,” he said.“The health of the people is important but at the end, the Premier League, like in Spain and Germany, decided we have to play and we are going to play.”City, who resume 25 points behind leaders Liverpool, will welcome back Guardiola’s former assistant Mikel Arteta for the first time since he took charge of Arsenal in December.The Premier League was suspended on March 13 after Arteta contracted coronavirus.“We are delighted he will come back, especially we have the feeling he is happy there. We sent a message an hour and a half ago,” Guardiola said.“It was about the wine we are going to drink after the game if social distance allows.” Share on: WhatsApp
By Liz SheehanSEA BRIGHT – An attempt by some Borough Council members to delay the introduction of metered paid parking for beachgoers until 2017 was defeated at the council’s May 3 meeting.Council President Jack Keeler asked for a vote to have the council consider amending a proposed ordinance to move ahead with installing the parking system for this beach season. Keeler’s amendment called for the paid parking system to be put in place next year.Council members Brian Kelly, Charles Rooney III and Marc Leckstein voted against considering Keeler’s amendment while Peggy Bills, John Lamia, Jr. and Keeler voted for it.Mayor Dina Long broke the tie with her vote not to consider Keeler’s amendment.“I don’t want to kick the can down the road,” Long said after her vote.Keeler has said he supports the parking plan but believes the town should spend more time studying it before putting it in place.But the council approval was unanimous of a resolution concerning the new parking program which authorized refunding the fees of those who bought beach badges and lockers “prior to the Council’s approval of the paid parking system” at its meeting on April 19.The refunds will be issued for five business days beginning Monday, May 16 through Friday, May 20, the resolution said.The cost of a season’s beach pass for an adult is $100, which covers Memorial Day to Labor Day. The dollar an hour parking fee being considered for the 99-day beach season could cause a considerable increase in the price of spending time at the beach.Borough Administrator Joseph Verruni said today it does not have contact information for the badge buyers, but the borough would seek to alert them to refunds through notices on the borough web site, Facebook page and those who signed up on the email list. “We’re going to give it our best shot,” he said.Long also had the tie-breaking vote on another matter, the ordinance setting the conditions for the parking plan. She first said no, and said she wanted to wait to decide on the issues until after a meeting with business owners and the vendor for the parking system on Wednesday, May 11, so she could hear the concerns and suggestions of the business owners. These would be part of a discussion on that meeting at the council workshop the next morning, before action on the parking plan details is taken, she said.But Long voted yes when the ordinance was amended to state that the parking fee would be set each year by the council. The vote again was 3-3, with Rooney, Kelly and Leckstein voting for the ordinance and Bills, Keeler and Lamia against it.“I don’t think we’re going to get it right this year,” Long said, acknowledging the concerns expressed by businesses and residents about the metered parking.“Bring these concerns to us before the rules are adopted,” she said.“I personally don’t like it,” Long said regarding metered parking after the meeting in April approving the purchase of a system to install paid parking in the town. She said she avoided going to towns that had such a system. But Long said the residents of the borough were going to be carrying a heavy tax burden to pay to restore the town’s buildings lost in Sandy. The parking fees would be a help with that burden, she said.At a previous council meeting, Councilman Brian Kelly said the estimated cost to replace the Borough Hall, fire house, police headquarters, library and beach facilities building was $14 million with the town receiving about $7.3 million from Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) funds and insurance. He said that the costs of the new buildings to the borough would be reduced by the fees from the planned beach parking fees, and cell tower.He estimated that the borough would gain between $95,000 to $133,000 a year from the paid parking.
Disappointed citizens flooded the sports pitch.Several Ganta and residents of its environs who turned out in their thousands at the Ganta Sports Stadium to witness the inauguration of Senator George Weah, went home disappointed after they could not find the giant “TV” that some CDCians had promised them yesterday.Snader Charles, 58, said: “I came to witness the inauguration, but nothing is going on here as was expected. We were told on the local radios that the program will be live on a big screen on this field, but since we came here this morning, we are yet to see anything on the screen and we are standing under the sun.”He added: “We want for everything to go on straight in this country, this is why we voted for change. So it is too soon to begin with such a disappointment.”Ganta was very calm with nearly all the public and private business places closed yesterday. The citizens were eager wandering everywhere in search of video club centers to watch the inauguration ceremony, without success.Stampede in the Peace Empire Theater, when it was announced the screen was onPrior to the inauguration, some CDCians made announcements on local radio stations informing the citizens to gather at the Ganta Sports Stadium to witness the occasion live on the giant screen.Anthony Wleh Martin, a nurse, said, “I’ve been here for almost four hours and yet to see the screen that was advertised on the radio stations. We are disappointed that we are unable to watch such a colorful event taking place in our country.”Fun makers were also at the gathering to entertain“We expected the CDCians to have prepared everything yesterday, before making announcements. They were still struggling to set up the screen when it is almost 12 pm. The people are not prepared and it is a big disappointment for us. I would have stayed at home to listen to the program on radio, but an occasion like this is good to watch with friends, where you share fun; so I am actually disappointed,” he added.The Ganta Sports Stadium was very crowded as if the inauguration was taking place in Ganta. Women with babies on their backs, elderly people as well as young people were seen swelling in their numbers at the sports arena, while the CDC technicians managed to set up a TV screen.Another resident, Martin Walker, said, “We were called on the radio to assemble here, but I am so disappointed with this kind of poor planning.”The giant screen under construction though the occasion was almost endingA lot of those present said they were also disappointed with the lack of digital television stations in Liberia, like other countries in the sub-region. “If this occasion had been in Ivory Coast, which is very close to here, it would have been live on TV, where those living in the villages will be able to watch,” said Ma Annie, an elderly woman.However, the CDCians were still trying to complete setting up the TV screen at the stadium until the occasion ended in Paynesville, outside Monrovia. They later moved the occasion to the Peace Empire Theater, where some members of the crowd followed them, but were again disappointed as the technicians failed to get the TV working.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Former Guyana Under-15 batsman Farook Hussain hit a belligerent 106 to spur Apollo Cricket Club to a resounding 208-run victory over Malton Cricket Club when action continued recently in the Etobicoke Cricket League 50-over round-robin competition.The right-handed Berbician struck seven fours and three sixes in his 69-ball century as his team piled up a massive 429-8 off the 50 overs. In reply, the host team, Malton, were 221 all out in the 38th over.Hussain was engaged in several attacking partnerships with the first being 80 with his opening partner, Daryal Narine, who contributed 27.Hamlet Gordon, batting down the order, also showed good aggression at the crease by hitting an entertaining 80, laced with seven fours and a six.Another former Guyana youth cricket Harrienarine Chattergoon weighed in with 40 while Surujnarine Kandasammy scored 40 as well. Adrian Sukhwa was also among the runs, striking two effortless sixes and three fours in a cameo 37 as spinner Marc Isa picked up two wickets for 49 runs from six overs.In Malton’s innings, Viabhav Parashar batted beautifully to make 98, which counted five sixes and two fours and Rakulan Santhiralingam made 27. Captain and off-spinner Dion Siewdyal snapped up three wickets for 31 runs from seven overs while Travis Mohammed supported with two wickets. Apollo now have nine victories from 11 encounters, with one loss and one rained-out fixture. The action continues this weekend. (Ravi Madholall)