Childcare workers say some centres are like ‘factory farming children’

first_imgStuff co.nz 7 October 2015A quarter of early childhood teachers would not enrol their own children at their centres due to concerns about quality, a survey reveals.A ChildForum survey of more than 600 teachers, given exclusively to Stuff but due for official release on Wednesday, has some saying their centres are like “factory farming for children” or “mostly crowd management”.Centres and teachers were under pressure to provide safe and quality care, but indicated a lack of support, the research network’s survey report said.The Ministry of Education was pushing for 98 per cent of Kiwi children to participate in quality early childhood education, but its focus was on “increasing participation and not on quality”, it said.“It would seem that the policy push for increased participation is very likely putting children’s attachment and development of secure relationships, brain development, learning, and life-long outcomes at risk.”With 153 out of 601 teachers indicating they would not be happy for their child to attend their centre “we should be seriously worried”, it says. Reasons given related to quality and personal beliefs about young children’s needs.http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/news/national/72694017/Childcare-workers-say-some-centres-are-like-factory-farming-childrenCall for more investment in childcare qualityStuff co.nz 8 October 2015The focus for early childhood education should be quality, not high participation, sector representatives say.A ChildForum survey of more than 600 teachers found that a quarter of early childhood teachers would not enrol their own children at their centres due to concerns about quality, with some saying their centres were like “factory farming for children” or “mostly crowd management”.New Zealand Educational Institute early childhood representative Virginia Oakly said the report endorsed what the union had been saying for some time.“If we don’t get it right and make sure the education children are receiving is quality there are long-term effects on their education and well being.”The sector was “chronically underfunded”, and any extra funding was spent on new centres rather than improving services already available.Early Childhood NZ chief executive Nancy Bell said while the survey only represented 2 per cent of teachers, it highlighted its concerns, “namely teacher-child ratios for under-2s and teachers’ employment conditions”.http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/education/72778261/call-for-more-investment-in-childcare-quality.htmllast_img read more

Tanzania albino documentary controversy

first_imgIn Tanzania, a film is causing some controversy.’ A Boy from Geita’ charts the story of a young albino boy, who was mutilated for his body parts. Criminals work with witch doctors, who believe albino body parts can be made into potions that bring luck. It’s a big problem in the country, but authorities say the movie is one-sided. The director has now been defending his work. Dan Ashby has more for us on that.last_img

Robert E. VanMeter age 82

first_imgRobert Earl VanMeter, age 82, of Blooming Grove Township, died Wednesday, October 19, 2016 at his residence.Born February 15, 1934 in Fayette County, Indiana he was the son of the late Earl R. & Clara (Keal) VanMeter. He was a Veteran of the U.S. Army. On September 15, 1956, he was united in marriage to the former Dorothy Chappelow, and she survives.He had worked at Sperry Rubber in Brookville; and had farmed in Franklin County for much of his life. He was an accomplished woodworker and harvested, milled, and dried his own lumber from the farm. He enjoyed his cattle and life on the farm and restoring antique tractors.Besides Dorothy, his loving wife of over 60 years, survivors include four children, David (Rita) VanMeter of Connersville, Indiana, Daniel (Jennifer) VanMeter of Brookville, Indiana, Timothy VanMeter of Blooming Grove Township, and Rebecca (Mike) Robbins of Cincinnati, Ohio; two sisters, Lilah Howell of Moorseville, Indiana and Kathleen Covey of Danville, Indiana; 13 Grandchildren, 2 Step-grandchildren; as well as 8 great-grandchildren.In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, Bruce L. VanMeter; and two sisters Juanita Higgs and Phyllis Gwin.Eric Hopkins will officiate the Funeral Services on Saturday, October 22, 2016, 12:00 Noon, at Phillips & Meyers Funeral Home, 1025 Franklin Avenue, Brookville. Burial will follow in Maple Grove Cemetery in Brookville.Family & friends may visit from 10:00 A.M. until 12:00 Noon on Saturday, October 22, 2016 at Phillips & Meyers Funeral Home in Brookville.Memorial Contributions may be directed the Franklin County Community Foundation Fred & Midge Chappelow Operating Endowment. Phillips & Meyers Funeral Home is honored to serve the VanMeter family, to sign the online guest book or send personal condolences please visit www.phillipsandmeyers.comlast_img read more

Canaan Community Academy launches ‘1837 School Brick’ campaign

first_imgCanaan, In. — Canaan Community Academy is selling bricks from the 1827 school to create a student-designed walking labyrinth.The community of Canaan has had an operating school since the early 1800s, the first being a log cabin. The third school was built in 1872 and sat in front of our school. The bell out front is from the 1872 school. It was demolished after our existing school was built. The bricks were dumped on a nearby farm. The bricks are being unearthed and will be used as part of a walking labyrinth that is being designed by CCA students.If you sponsor a brick, your name or family name will be placed on the plaque. There are different levels of sponsorship:Friend – $25. Name will appear on plaque.Bronze – $100. Name will appear on plaque and receive social media recognition.Silver – $250. Name will appear on plaque and receive social media and newspaper recognition.Gold – $500. Name will appear on plaque and receive social media, newspaper, and radio recognition.Platinum – $1000 and up. Name will appear on plaque and receive social media, newspaper, radio, and CCA website recognition. Platinum sponsors will also receive a special VIP invitation to the ribbon-cutting ceremony and reception.last_img read more

Staging of IPL critical to country’s morale, says Delhi chairman

first_img(CMC) – DELHI Capitals chairman, Parth Jindal, believes the return of the Indian Premier League (IPL) would help boost the morale of a nation fighting to contain the outbreak of the novel coronavirus pandemic.India closed its borders last March in an effort to contain the spread of the virus which has so far resulted in 158 000 infections and 4 531 deaths nationwide.The lucrative IPL, which features a galaxy of West Indies Twenty20 starts, was expected to bowl off in March but has been suspended indefinitely.“COVID-19 has put live sports in a difficult spot, especially in terms of fan engagement,” said Jindal, whose franchise boasts the West Indies pair of all-rounder Keemo Paul and stroke-maker Shimron Hetmyer.“The need for live sports has never been felt in this way before, and it’s vital to bring it back to heighten the morale of the population.”Media reports here say the Indian cricket board (BCCI) is eyeing the October-November window for the hosting of the tournament. The T20 World Cup is scheduled to be played during that period but the International Cricket Council (ICC) is yet to confirm it will go ahead.And while not calling outright for authorities to push ahead with the staging of the IPL, Jindal said India needed to look to the example of countries like England and Germany where live sports were resuming amidst the ongoing threat of COVID-19.“Globally, there are countries worse affected than India who are gradually resuming their national leagues like the Premier League in England, and Bundesliga in Germany,” he pointed out.“Talks have begun on the NBA’s comeback in America too. I feel the IPL has a huge role in uplifting the spirits of the country.”He added: “There can be no substitute for live sport. Fans may not have access to stadiums this year, but that will give the franchises and broadcasters an opportunity to innovate their fan engagement even more.”Several of the IPL’s biggest names hail from the Caribbean with the likes of veteran batsman Chris Gayle, all-rounder Dwayne Bravo, off-spinner Sunil Narine and West Indies white-ball captain Kieron Pollard down to participate.last_img read more

Confidence rises as Syracuse pieces together winning streak

first_img Published on October 23, 2013 at 12:22 am Contact Ryan: rlraigro@syr.edu The Atlantic Coast Conference season started off as bad as it could for Syracuse. The Orange was 0-4 and confidence was low, but after three wins in four matches the attitude is rising.“I don’t know, I feel more confident,” outside hitter Silvi Uattara said. “Like really much more confident.”“I feel like what scares (the other team) the most when you see when you’re like very happy and when you’re screaming to their faces,” middle blocker Monika Salkute interjected. “They are getting more uncomfortable and frustrated.”After an extremely disappointing performance against North Carolina State more than two weeks ago — SU’s (8-12, 3-5 ACC) fourth conference loss in a row — impressive results came almost out of nowhere.Freshman setter Erica Handley said the work the players have been doing in practice has started to click.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“Everything is really starting to click compared to the beginning of the season and that’s what we were hoping for,” Handley said. “That’s what we’ve been working for.”Head coach Leonid Yelin, who won his 500th match as a coach on Sunday, runs a grueling practice in which the team works on technique and scrimmages with each other. Yelin requires workouts involving push-ups and laps around the court, usually when one of the players messes up.During these practices, Yelin has been emphasizing technique and fundamentals that seem to finally be showing in the team’s play. Although Yelin had very little to say about anything regarding the team’s turnaround, Handley feels his practices have made a huge difference.“I think just from working on all the little things in practice and really just focusing on the basic fundamentals, just makes us get better at making less errors and less mistakes,” Handley said. “That’s what really makes us pull out.”As the team enjoys its first real success all season, the team seems to be in much better spirits.During practice, the players appeared to be much more active and energetic, and having more fun. And almost all of the players had smiles on their faces that had not been seen during the days following all of Syracuse’s home ACC losses a few weeks ago.“It definitely has made it a lot more positive. Everyone’s been really upbeat and happy,” Handley said. “The bus ride home was a lot more relaxing than in the past. It’s a lot more positive now.”After its slow conference start, Syracuse now has a chance to improve to .500 in the ACC.The teams Syracuse faces this weekend have not exactly been dominant in ACC play. Georgia Tech only has one conference win, and Clemson is 4-3 in league play.As the Orange returns home, the team hopes to build off the confidence it gained on the road.“I think now we feel that we can get more wins in a row,” Salkute said. “Not just one win and then (lose). We have to. We will do this.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

EDITORIAL: Try to maintain the Christmas spirit all year

first_imgPeople need hope more than everAn interesting observation was recently made by a local Pentecostal pastor that the current environment in America is driving more people to seek hope in Christ and placing renewed emphasis on Christmas. “People need hope more than ever these days,” said the pastor. “They’re not just hoping to live better materially, but for a society devoid of the hatred, tension and division that has been engulfing it,  particularly over the past couple of years. I can attest people genuinely find real hope exemplified in the Christmas message with the commemoration of the birth of Christ, the Messiah, bringing salvation to a sinful and stressful world.”People of other religious beliefs may not share this pastor’s view, but it does seem Christmas generates a degree of hope and optimism among a large percentage of people wherever the religious observation is celebrated. A more positive spiritDuring Christmas most people tend to be more generous. Individuals who complained of being stropped for cash during the year somehow find money to spend on friends, relatives and themselves. People who were otherwise strangers during the year become more friendly offering each other pleasant greetings for joy, blessings and happiness. Generally, people become more charitable, reaching out to feed the hungry, and offer gifts to the poor, especially children, who would otherwise receive no gifts. But people also tend to lose their sense of reasoning during the season, spending relentlessly, not caring this could leave them in serious debt during the coming year. While such spending augers well for the region’s economy, it depletes personal savings of individuals and families who cannot afford this loss.  Nonetheless, most people get caught up in the environment of generosity, hoping the new year bring the blessings they prayed for to compensate for the excesses committed during the Christmas season.Christmas disappears like Cinderella’s coachBut despite the kindness, joy, the glitter and music of Christmas and the message of hope, Christmas is not permanent. It ends abruptly, especially in America, compared to the Caribbean, at midnight on December 25, disappearing like Cinderella’s coach, replaced by the pumpkin of reality. Some make Christmas message a part of their livesUnfortunately, for the majority the goodwill associated with Christmas surfaces just once a year. Fortunately, although they are the minority, there are those who make the Christmas message a part of their lives;  endeavoring for the spirit of kindness, goodwill, and brotherly love to extend far into the next year, seeking to make the society more friendly and happy. For them the common refrain is, “Everyday should be like Christmas.”But, of course, every day isn’t like Christmas. After the glitter is cleared, the music stops, and the visiting friends and relatives leave, people return to reality, trying to cope with the challenges of their respective lives. Nonetheless, Christmas does serve as an important reprieve, and reminder to how people can co-exist. As the pastor referred to said, Christmas does offer hope to a frustrated and divided nation. The season proves kindness, sacrifice, goodwill, and attempts to reach out to the more unfortunate of our neighbors are possible. Some people can’t afford to spend without limit most of the year, packing their cupboard and refrigerators with food and their homes with new furniture and linen, or buy new toys for the kids, but they could strive to maintain the spirit of Christmas even if they are not Christians. They could try to love and respect each other as if it was still Christmas.  This spirit, when all the fuss ends at midnight on the 25th should be the legacy of Christmas. If only this legacy could prevail long after the season ends. Christmas is one of the more interesting anniversaries  on the Christian calendar. Long declared a holiday to be celebrated in December, Christmas Day is now  bundled with several other holidays celebrated between the end of November and the end of December. These include Thanksgiving, Hanukah, Kwanza, and New Years. Since these holidays include other religious commemorations, in recent years it has become “politically-correct,” to refer to  this extended holiday as “the holidays,” but to Christians this will always be the Christmas season.Merry Christmas greetings rebuff Happy Holiday greetingsIt seems Christians, including a large percentage of South Florida’s population, are more adamant this year to emphasize the season represents the commemoration of Jesus Christ’s birth. People offering “Happy Holidays” greetings are rebuffed by the pronounced response, “Merry Christmas.” Also,  this year more retail businesses have hung “Merry Christmas” banners than those depicting “Happy Holidays” as occurred in other years. This year, there is also evidence of more greeting cards saluting “Merry Christmas” than generic “Happy Holiday” cards.last_img read more

Final report detailing PFAS testing in deer now released

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisALPENA, Mich. — After months of research, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services released its final report on testing per- and polyfluoroalkyl (PFAS) substances in deer. The health department says 128 bucks and does were tested for contaminants across the state.Only one deer, near Clark’s Marsh, turned up with elevated levels of the perfluorooctane sulfonic acid (PFOS) contaminant in its muscle tissue. There’s a ‘do not eat’ deer advisory within a 5–mile radius of Wurtsmith Air Force Base and Clark’s Marsh in Oscoda Township.Experts say there’s little scientific information on PFAS mounting up in deer. If exposed, deer may not show any signs or symptoms of sickness.Visit michigan.gov/pfasresponse for more information about PFAS in wild game and fish.  AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious Traffic stop leads to meth bust in Roscommon TownshipNext Photo of the Day for Thursday, January 24last_img read more

New Japan Pro Wrestling G1 Climax A Block Final match grades: Kota Ibushi and Kazuchika Okada deliver a classic

first_imgA pretty great moment occurred at the end when both guys are laying on the mat with their arms draped over one another.Perfect match with perfect storytelling with the right guy winning since Okada is already the IWGP heavyweight champion.Grade: A+++ New Japan Pro Wrestling’s G1 Climax 29 A Block Final looked to be an above-average show — until the main event of IWGP heavyweight champion Kazuchika Okada vs. Kota Ibushi, with the winner advancing to the G1 Climax final on Monday.Okada and Ibushi went out and put on one of the best matches of 2019, with Ibushi beating Okada to advance to the final against the winner of B Block Final that will be determined on Sunday. Here are match grades and a recap, courtesy of SN’s Steven Muehlhausen.Join DAZN and watch more than 100 fight nights a yearNew Japan Pro Wrestling G1 Climax 29 A Block Final GradesJon Moxley & Shota Umino def. Juice Robinson & Ren NaritaMuehlhausen: Surprised to see Moxley and Robinson have as much interaction as they did heading into their match on Sunday at the B Block Final. Nothing really to the match. Basic stuff that ended with Robinson hurting his knee to play into the bout on Sunday and Umino getting the fall over Narita.Grade: CJeff Cobb & Toa Henare def. Toru Yano & Tomoaki Honma Muehlhausen: Yano is excellent because he’s the buffer guy. With all the top-notch wrestling, he provides the comedy. Cobb and Yano face each other on Sunday’s B Block Final show, and CobB gained momentum getting the win for his team with the Tour of the Islands.Grade: C-Minoru Suzuki & Taichi & Yoshinobu Kanemaru def. Hirooki Goto & Tomohiro Ishii & Yoshi-HashiMuehlhausen: Taichi really stands out. His personality is a sight to behold — he isn’t the greatest in the ring, but his mannerisms make you want to see him get beat up by the babyface. Liked the interaction between Taichi and Ishii afterward to tease their match on Sunday.Grade: C-Tetsuya Naito & Shingo Takagi & Bushi def. Jay White & Yujiro Takahashi & Chase Owens Muehlhausen: The interaction between White and Naito in the middle of the match was done perfectly. They hit a couple of moves and then got out to not give too much away when they meet in the B Block championship on Sunday. Takagi hit the Made in Japan on Takahashi for the pin.Having White and Naito stand next to each other and get into each other’s faces on the outside after the match talking trash was well executed. They didn’t touch during the interaction, which made you want to see the match more.Grade: B-Bad Luck Fale def. Sanada Muehlhausen: The finish takes away from what was a better-than-expected match as they did the little man-vs.-big man style, even though Sanada is an excellent-sized talent. While it was impressive seeing Fale win with a small package, why pin Sanada after he was the only guy up to this point to pin Okada to net a future IWGP heavyweight title match? It makes the win meaningless.Grade: B-Lance Archer def. EVILMuehlhausen: Archer has come into his own in this tournament. He’s a big man who can move fluidly, and it showed. Not many guys over 6-6 can do standing moonsaults from the apron to the outside and do flips over the ropes into the ring. Add in the fact that Archer tried his hardest to bring back The Claw from the 1970s — and you know what, might have succeeded. Grade: BZack Sabre Jr. def. KENTA Muehlhausen: A really good bout between wrestlers whose styles meshed exceptionally well. You had smooth transitions into submissions and near falls and hard-hitting with the hard open-palm strikes. Great ending playing off Sabre hurting KENTA’s left arm from his WWE injury a few years ago. Sabre locked in the omoplata in stretching KENTA’s left eye arm back with his left leg in the middle of his back and using the right leg to pound the back of KENTA’s head to get him to submit. You don’t see submissions like that in this day of age. The old school aspect of wrestling is alive and well because of guys like Sabre.Grade: A-Will Ospreay def. Hiroshi Tanahashi Muehlhausen: This had the makings of a passing of the torch, and to the shock of many it happened with the IWGP junior heavyweight champion pulling off the upset.The crowd was heavily into the match and wanting both guys to win. The psychology of Tanahashi is breathtaking. He sells everything perfectly; his facial expressions are spot on and executes his maneuvers flawlessly. It doesn’t get any better than that.No athlete quite like Ospreay. He’s like the NBA’s Golden State Warriors: always in constant motion. It’s a sight to see watching him mix in emotion to get the crowd invested when he performs aerial moves combined with his punches and kicks.The look on Ospreay’s face when he realized he beat Tanahashi with the stormbreaker showed how much the win means to him and now he belongs in the upper echelon of the New Japan roster. You don’t see guys like that every day. Ospreay is something special. The fact he beat Tanahashi in the G1 shows the future is bright for the English star.Grade: AKota Ibushi def. Kazuchika Okada to win the A Block championship Muehlhausen: Words cannot describe what I just saw. You couldn’t have paced a better wrestling match, starting with a slow build with mat wrestling from Okada to Ibushi’s aerial attack to his power game to turning it on in the final 10 minutes. By that point, the crowd was in the palm of their hands, and then they went up a notch.The match seemed destined to go close to the 30-minute time limit, but it went a little over 25.A well thought-out match finished when Ibushi reversed the Rainmaker into a kamigoye, and Okada kicked out at 2 9/10. Ibushi goes right back to the well, hitting another kamigoye to score the pin and move on to the finals of the G1 Climax for the second year in a row.last_img read more

Wellington house fire results in $20,000 damage Thursday evening

first_imgSumner Newscow report — On Thursday there was a structure fire at 6:54 p.m. on 119 E. Sumner in south Wellington to the resident of John Chinn.Wellington Fire Department personnel arrived on the scene to discover a utility room in a residence was found on fire with heavy smoke throughout the structure. The fire was confined to the utility room, but smoke damage was throughout the home.The fire was caused by the clothes dryer which spread to wall cabinets and nearby contents.Occupants were home at the time of the fire and escaped safely with their pets. Estimated damage to the home was $20,000 to structure and contents. Mutual aid was provided by Belle Plaine, Fire District 9; and Mayfield, Fire District 8.At the time of the structure fire, Wellington and Oxford emergency crews were in the process of extricating an individual from a vehicle accident at River Road and U.S. 160. That individual was flown by Eagle Med to a Wichita Hospital.Follow us on Twitter. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. There are no comments posted yet. Be the first one! Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new commentslast_img read more