News story: Funding boost to help pupils affected by domestic abuse

first_imgDavid, a former police sergeant at Devon and Cornwall Police, added: I am so proud to award funding to this vital initiative. The passion David and Elisabeth have shown in developing Operation Encompass is inspiring and demonstrates how such a simple solution can support so many children. It is heartbreaking to think that a child’s education is suffering through no fault of their own. By police and schools having this system in place we can ensure these youngsters have the immediate support they need. This shows the government’s commitment to providing help to children affected by domestic abuse and we will build on this as we introduce the draft Domestic Abuse Bill. The scheme currently operates in some form in 33 forces in England and Wales.The funding will support the rollout of the initiative to all forces and allow Operation Encompass to carry out an audit of existing systems and the effectiveness of the supportive interventions in place for children.Statistics have found that as many as 1 in 5 children in the UK are witness to or exposed to domestic abuse and those affected by this horrible crime are 4 times more likely to go on and experience or perpetrate domestic abuse later in life.Minister for Crime, Safeguarding and Vulnerability Victoria Atkins said: We know if you are a child exposed to domestic abuse then you will suffer emotional and psychological harm and it will have negative consequences on their health, education and wellbeing. This funding will help make sure Operation Encompass will be in every force, in every school, for every child. Our children deserve no less. Imagine arriving at school after hearing or witnessing domestic abuse – you have not slept, had no breakfast, don’t have all your school uniform and your home is in disarray. Now you are expected to sit in your classroom and learn. This is happening in our schools every day and the current procedures in many police forces do not allow for the reporting to schools of domestic abuse incidents in a timely fashion. This funding from the Home Office will assist in ensuring that Operation Encompass is embraced fully by all police forces and that the partnership between the police and schools will enable them to work towards providing trauma-informed support. The Home Office has today (Friday 21 September) awarded charity Operation Encompass £163,000 for its vital initiative to support children who attend school following a domestic abuse incident.Operation Encompass is a system which ensures the police contact a school before the next school day when one of their pupils has been exposed to domestic abuse.This allows a school’s safeguarding team to make sure the appropriate support is in place to give the pupil the assistance they need.The simple, yet highly effective, scheme is the brainchild of headteacher Elisabeth Carney-Haworth and husband David, a former police officer.Elisabeth, the headteacher of Torpoint Nursery and Infant School in Cornwall said: The funding is the latest in a series of steps the government has taken to transform the way we respond to domestic abuse, and specifically support children. In July, the Home Office launched an £8 million fund for projects designed to intervene early to help children who have been directly or indirectly affected by domestic abuse.This comes ahead of the draft Domestic Abuse Bill, which will be published later this session. More than 3,200 people responded to the domestic abuse consultation, which includes measures such as introducing a new statutory definition of domestic abuse, new domestic abuse protection orders, and the creation of a domestic abuse commissioner.last_img read more

New species

first_imgHis drinking water smelled like old bait-shrimp, and the Putnam County homeowner wanted Keith Fielder, the local University of Georgia Cooperative Extension agent, to tell him why. What they found swimming around in his well still hasn’t been identified.Water quality specialists with the UGA Environmental Services Laboratory used a submersible camera to help identify the problem at the waterfront home on Lake Sinclair. “As we lowered the camera, we noticed flashes coming by the lens,” Fielder said. “When we reached the bottom, something swam by the lens, stopped and then swam by again. We all looked at each other like ‘What in the world was that?’ When we looked at the tape later, they were everywhere.”It turns out what they saw back in May 2006 was an unidentified isopod, similar to a small shrimp. They were being chewed up by the well pump, collecting in the filter and causing the smell and concern. A large crack in the well casing was found, too, which allowed water to flow in and maybe the creatures. Wire traps baited with bits of fresh fish were used to catch some of the isopods. Eleven specimens were caught and sent to experts at universities and research facilities across the U.S. Scientists at Penn State University and Texas A&M University at Galveston identified the organism as an asellid isopod. But it didn’t match any known species. George Wilson, a scientist at the Center for Evolutionary Research at the Australian Museum of Natural History, determined the organism didn’t match any specimen in any catalog of known asellid. Both female and male organisms were identified of what was determined to be an unknown species of asellidae and possibly a new genus.Back in Georgia, Fielder and other UGA Extension agents continue to use the camera as a diagnostic tool to solve well mysteries.“We’ve had a lot of fun with this camera and we’ve seen a lot of interesting things,” Fielder said. “It was really neat to find the isopod. The more we use it, the more unusual things we will find.”The UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences provides access to five cameras stationed across Georgia, one in each of the four UGA Extension districts and another at the AESL in Athens. UGA Extension agents have access to the cameras and the training to operate them. The brainchild of the late Paul Vendrell, a CAES water quality program coordinator, the concept grew from a camera fishermen use for scouting. Similar cameras are also used by professionals in the drilling industries. “Vendrell developed the methodology to use it in an extension environment to help homeowners,” he said. “It is a simple, efficient, practical tool and has become a very real way of helping people.”The camera has an automatic depth-tracking feature, which helps precisely locate problem areas. In addition to isopods, the camera has pinpointed faulty sub-surface geology, well casing failures, surface water intrusion and bad well equipment.“We find all kinds of stuff down in wells,” Fielder said. “We find some pretty well-established bacteria colonies that link and chain up into bio-films. They are almost sponge-like and attach to walls and casings. Folks just don’t want to see that down their wells.” Fish have been found in some wells and tree roots are a common find. Pieces of metal or trash have also been found, along with cell phones, hair dryers and dead rodents. “Most people don’t care to know they have stuff swimming in their drinking water,” Fielder said. “The more wells we drop a camera down, there is no telling what we will find.”last_img read more

Apartment prices slashed by up to 20 per cent in this inner Brisbane development

first_imgUnit 103, 70-74 Carl St, Woolloongabba, in Palazzo Brisbane is for sale. Picture: realestate.com.auSome apartments are even being offered with furniture packages, a second car space, storage on title and lower body corporate fees.Developer Glen Sainsbury, CEO of Sainsbury’s, said the discounted apartments represented a great buying opportunity.“It’s a pretty good deal,” Mr Sainsbury said.He said the inner Brisbane apartment market was the toughest he’d seen it since he started working in it 15 years ago, with recent lending restrictions deterring buyers.“There is a lack of buyers and a lack of investors who used to drive the apartment market,” Mr Sainsbury said.“APRA restrictions have really squeezed the life out of the market.”More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home3 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor3 hours agoHis competitors are also feeling the pinch.Twin Ocean Corporation recently reduced the price of apartments in The Hudson on the former Albion Flour Mill site by up to 25 per cent in an attempt to boost sales.And Fabric Apartments in Kedron is offering $30,000 off remaining units in the newly built complex. Apartments in Palazzo Brisbane have been slashed by up to 20 per cent. Picture: realestate.com.auA BRISBANE developer has slashed the price of apartments in his inner-city development by up to 20 per cent, in another sign the city’s unit market is in hot water.The remaining 30 two-bedroom apartments in the Palazzo Brisbane at 70-74 Carl Street, Woolloongabba, are being offered for sale at heavily discounted prices.These units were originally priced between $527,000 and $551,000, but are now available for between $50,000 and $100,000 less than that in what’s being advertised as an “apartment clearance”. Unit 103, 70-74 Carl St, Woolloongabba, in Palazzo Brisbane is for sale. Picture: realestate.com.auThe 10-level Palazzo building includes 97 apartments offering hotel-style living including in-room dining, Netflix and high-speed internet.The project, developed and marketed by Sainsbury’s and Nichols Constructions, has attracted interest from both owner-occupiers and investors. The pool at Palazzo Brisbane in Woolloongabba. Picture: realestate.com.auPete Wargent, CEO of AllenWargent Property Advisory & Buyer’s Agents, said developers were finding it increasingly tough to shift the last few units in their projects, even with discounting and particularly since foreign buyers had pulled back. “Apartment approvals in Brisbane have dropped off a cliff, while many owners of development sites will now opt to sit on them until the next cycle, or some are selling their sites to cut their losses,” Mr Wargent said. Units in the Palazzo Brisbane building have been heavily discounted. Picture: realestate.com.auMatusik Property Insights analyst Michael Matusik predicts Queensland’s apartment market is in for a tough financial year ahead, with substantial falls in sale volumes and rising levels of units for sale in many parts of the state. Mr Matusik said apartment sales were concentrated in only a few areas, including the Gold Coast, inner Brisbane and the Sunshine Coast. “These three areas comprised some 20,000 attached dwelling sales last year or 60 per cent of the Queensland total,” he said.last_img read more

German ministries collecting data on occupational pensions

first_imgGermany’s Social and Finance Ministries are collecting data on the use of occupational pensions in small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), as well as the impact of tax incentives in the second-pillar system.A team from the college at Paderborn under Frank Wallau is to present the results from research into SMEs by mid-November.Commissioned by the Social Ministry (BMAS), the academics are to look into obstacles encountered in this “important segment” for the German industry when it comes to setting up a pension fun.At the same time, the Finance Ministry has begun conducting research into how tax incentives are influencing the second pillar, particularly pension fund contributions. Christian Luft, head of the BMAS pension department, told delegates at the annual conference of the German pension fund association (aba) that the surveys would form the basis of measures to increase the use of occupational pension schemes.He said he was against “heavy” measures such as a mandatory regime or opting-out, both for employees as well as for employers.The latter opting-out model had been mooted during the recent election campaign.He also argued that a mandatory system should be only “a measure of last resort”, as it would interfere with the voluntary character of the system in which employers are using occupational pensions partly to motivate their employees.He also said opting out would do nothing to bring more occupational pension schemes into the SME landscape, as those companies might again opt out of the system due to greater administrative costs.Luft said he would rather opt for “smaller steps than big-bang solutions, as those are always stirring up dust”.He said the ministries were looking to improve information on occupational pensions among employees.He also confirmed they were “peeking across the borders” into countries like Sweden for new ideas.“But, for better information, we will also need more data and regular information from all schemes,” he said.last_img read more

Kansas RB Pooka Williams suspended after arrest on suspension of domestic battery

first_img Geoff Collins hired as Georgia Tech head coach University of Kansas running back Pooka Williams has been suspended from the team following his arrest Thursday on suspicion of domestic battery, according to The Kansas City Star. Coach Les Miles released a statement Friday, acknowledging the incident and announcing Williams’ suspension.  UCF must ‘look inward’ to improve CFP rankings, says SEC commissioner “We are aware of a reported incident involving Pooka Williams and we are taking these allegations very seriously,” Miles said in a statement. “We have suspended Pooka from all team-related activities pending further investigation.”KU RB Pooka Williams arrested on suspicion of domestic battery. Les Miles: “We are aware of a reported incident involving Pooka Williams and we are taking these allegations very seriously. We have suspended Pooka from all team-related activities pending further investigation.” pic.twitter.com/vk8HbjYKtJ— Jesse Newell (@jessenewell) December 7, 2018According to a police report obtained by the Star from the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, Williams’ arrest took place at 3 p.m. local time Thursday and a bond has not been set. He was arrested for “Domestic battery; knowing or reckless bodily harm to family/person in dating relationship.” Related News Williams was named the Big 12’s offensive freshman of the year and a first-team all-Big 12 selection as both running back and kick returner. He rushed for 1,125 yards this season.last_img read more