Review of CYFs complaints mechanism

first_imgNewstalk ZB 21 March 2012The Government’s asking officials to review the current complaints mechanism for Child Youth and Family. It follows a request for an independent body to handle complaints. Graeme Axford petitioned Parliament in 2008 requesting such a body be established and Parliament’s Social Services Select committee recommended the move be looked out. Now the Government has made its formal response and says a decision on allowing an independent review process will be taken should evidence show a need for it.http://www.newstalkzb.co.nz/auckland/news/nbpol/1065939521-Review-of-CYFs-complaints-mechanismlast_img read more

The Latest: UEFA calls soccer officials for Tuesday meeting

first_img___10:30 a.m.The International Basketball Federation says it is suspending all competitions indefinitely from Friday.FIBA says the decision was made “in order to protect the health and safety of players, coaches, officials and fans.”The suspension includes games in the Basketball Champions League, which is a rival competition to the better known Euroleague, and the second-tier FIBA Europe Cup. The Champions League is part-way through its playoffs. The Danish league made the move a day after the national government announced a lockdown. The small Scandinavian country has 514 cases of people testing positive.“We will look at exactly what this will mean for the running of the tournaments for the weeks to come,” said Danish league director Claus Thomsen, adding more information on what will happen with the postponed matches and the rest of the season will be announced later.___10:10 a.m.The Swiss hockey league has ended the season in the top two divisions before the playoffs because of the spreading coronavirus. March 12, 2020 11:30 a.m.McLaren says it has withdrawn from the season-opening Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne after a team member tested positive for the coronavirus.The British-based team says the person was self-isolated as soon as they started to show symptoms and “will now enter a period of quarantine.”Team officials have taken the decision to pull out of Sunday’s race “based on a duty of care” for McLaren employees and the wider Formula One family.Qualifying was scheduled to start Friday. The league’s decision comes less than two months before Switzerland is due to host the world championships in Zurich and Lausanne.The league says decisions on awarding titles, and promotion and relegation places, will be decided at a special meeting on Friday.The Swiss soccer leagues have been suspended through March, and Basel is unable to host a Europa League game next week against Eintracht Frankfurt.___10:05 a.m. Rugani is the first player in the country’s top soccer division to test positive for the virus.___9:55 a.m.The season-ending men’s World Cup ski races were canceled Thursday to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, giving Norwegian skier Aleksander Aamodt Kilde his first overall title.Giant slalom and slalom races were scheduled for this weekend in Kranjska Gora, near Slovenia’s border with Italy. “Full details regarding the rescheduling of competitions will be announced at a later date,” the FIE said. “Information regarding Olympic selection criteria will be made as schedules for the remainder of the season are finalized.”___11:40 a.m.The Indian Premier League Twenty20 tournament could be staged without spectators after a government decree related to the coronavirus outbreak.Indian sports minister Kiren Rijuju told all national sports federations to ban spectators at all events, but events can go on if they “can’t be avoided.” The Latest: UEFA calls soccer officials for Tuesday meeting International Bandy Association president Boris Skrynnik says “we know that there are concerns in other countries when it comes to travel and spending time with larger groups.”The under-15 world championships in Arkhangelsk, Russia, at the end of the month will also be played at a later date.___10:15 a.m.Denmark’s top soccer leagues are shutting down for at least two weeks because of the spreading coronavirus. 10 a.m.The Juventus player who tested positive for the coronavirus says he’s “OK” and wants “to reassure everyone who is worrying about me.” Juventus announced late Wednesday that defender Daniele Rugani and “those who have had contact with him” are being isolated. It also said Rugani is not showing any symptoms of the disease.Rugani sent a post on Twitter overnight in Italian.“You’ll have read the news and that’s why I want to reassure everyone who is worrying about me. I’m OK. I want to remind everyone to respect the rules, because this virus doesn’t make distinctions! Let’s do it four ourselves, for those dear to us and for those around us,” he wrote. After the NBA suspended its season, the Euroleague is considering doing the same.The league says it is consulting with clubs about a suspension, something which its players are demanding.“Euroleague and the participating clubs cannot ask from players to put their health and that of their families at risk,” the Euroleague Players Association said.The players’ union asked for the season to be suspended “until health, safety and freedom of movement can be guaranteed.”___ UEFA has called European soccer stakeholders to a meeting by video conference on Tuesday to deal with the effect on competitions of the coronavirus outbreak.UEFA says they will discuss “all domestic and European competitions.” That includes this year’s European Championship.The meetings will involve UEFA member federations and representatives of clubs, national leagues and player unions.There is no blanket suspension of soccer across the continent, but national leagues have been shut down by public authorities in some countries, including Italy and Spain.___ 11:05 a.m.German broadcaster Sky says it will show some Bundesliga soccer games on a free channel after spectators were barred from the stadiums.Sky will show four league games simultaneously on Saturday on its non-subscription news channel in a “conference” format, with the broadcast switching between each game to show the key action.That includes Borussia Dortmund’s game against Schalke, which is one of Germany’s most heated rivalries.There will be a similar procedure for some second-division games. ___10:55 a.m.The Euroleague says it is suspending all games indefinitely because of the coronavirus outbreak.Europe’s main club basketball competition says it made the decision because of “the increased risks for participants in games, the vast amount of traveling disruptions causing the impossibility to reach certain destinations, and the different recommendations by the health authorities.”The league was scheduled to hold regular-season games in Moscow, Istanbul, Madrid and Tel Aviv on Thursday. Men’s qualification for the Tokyo Olympics is expected to resume in June with a series of qualifying tournaments overseen by FIBA. Women’s qualifying has already concluded.___10:25 a.m.The hockey-like game of bandy has postponed its world championships in Russia because of the spreading coronavirus.The Swedish Bandy Association says the tournament, scheduled to be played from March 29-April 5 in Irkutsk, has been postponed until October. The decision impacts the hugely popular IPL, due to start on March 29 and last seven weeks.It’s not yet been determined how it will affect the one-day international series between India and South Africa which began on Thursday in Dharamsala. The second ODI is in Lucknow on Sunday, and the third ODI in Kolkata next Wednesday.Foreign players are expected to face difficulties in traveling to India as the government on Wednesday suspended all visas, barring categories such as diplomatic and employment-related, until April 15 in an attempt to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.Unless the government makes an exception, foreign cricketers will not be given business visas with which they travel to play the IPL.___ NoonThe International Fencing Federation has postponed all international events for the next five weeks, including four Olympic qualifying tournaments.The FIE made the decision after the coronavirus outbreak was declared a pandemic, and the U.S. banned travelers from 26 European countries starting on Friday.The events postponed included the Africa, Asia, Europe and Americas qualifiers next month. Also off is the Anaheim Grand Prix in California starting on Friday, and the junior world championships in Salt Lake City next month.Four World Cups in saber and epee next week were also called off. The cancellations mean Henrik Kristoffersen, another Norwegian, becomes the season champion in both disciplines by tiny margins.A four-race finals week in Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy, was canceled last week by the International Ski Federation.“The health and welfare of the athletes and all other participants, as well as the general public are in the forefront and the priority of FIS and all stakeholders,” the governing body said Thursday.Kilde’s runner-up finish in what proved to be the season-ending race — a downhill last Saturday in Kvitfjell, Norway — lifted him to the overall title above French rival Alexis Pinturault.Pinturault also finished runner-up to Kristoffersen in giant slalom. Another Frenchman, Clement Noel, was runner-up to Kristoffersen for the season-long slalom title by only two points, 552-550. ___11:15 a.m.Real Madrid says its soccer and basketball teams have been put in quarantine after a basketball play for the club tested positive for the coronavirus.The Spanish club says the soccer team was also affected because it shares training facilities with the basketball team.___ Kristoffersen had an outside chance of winning the overall title if the final two races had gone ahead.Kilde succeeds Austrian great Marcel Hirscher, who won eight straight overall titles before retiring in the offseason.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports Associated Press Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditLONDON (AP) — The Latest on the coronavirus outbreak’s affect on sports around the globe (all times local):___1:40 p.m. ___11 a.m.South Korea’s professional baseball league says it will postpone the start of its season to mid-April because of the coronavirus outbreak.The Korea Baseball Organization says it still hopes to maintain a 144-game regular-season schedule but will consider banning spectators from some games when risks of infections are high.The KBO had already canceled its preseason.last_img read more

Ponga overlooked for Cowboys’ final trial

first_imgGreen named an 18-man squad to travel to Sydney with the same backline that was present for most of 2016, including Kyle Feldt, Antonio Winterstein, Justin O’Neill and Kane Linnett to go with incumbent halves Michael Morgan and Johnathan Thurston.Handed his NRL debut in the pressure-cooker of an elimination final against the Brisbane Broncos in front of a sold-out home crowd last September, Ponga delivered an electrifying performance that gave Newcastle the confidence to sign him to a multi-million dollar deal starting in 2018.The 18-year-old further emphasised his immense talent with a sparkling debut at the Downer NRL Auckland Nines a fortnight ago but it appears as though Green is unwilling to squeeze him into the 17 for the season opener against the Raiders.Green knows Friday’s trial will be the last opportunity for the Cowboys to work on fine-tuning their attack after a low-scoring game against the Roosters in Mackay last Saturday. “What I’m most looking forward to out of this trial is probably just a few combinations, just getting those a little bit sharper, especially with the new guys coming into the team,” Green said.New recruit Ben Hampton will fill the utility role and Green wants the former Storm player ready to go. “Ben Hampton in that utility role… we want him to feel comfortable in the team,” Green said. The match will also be the last chance for forwards Sam Hoare, Patrick Kaufusi and Coen Hess to prove they are ready to go in Round 1. Asiata seems likely to retain his bench position from 2016, with Scott Bolton moving into a starting spot alongside co-captain Matt Scott in the front row.That leaves three players fighting it out for only two positions on the bench in Round 1. Hess played eight NRL games in 2016 and Kaufusi 12 whilst Hoare missed all of last season with a knee injury after playing 14 games across the previous two seasons.Friday night’s hit-out may go some way to solving Green’s headache but the decision is far from final. “Out of the young guys I think they all actually stood up. Everyone played well, the areas that I wanted to see those guys be good in they were,” he said of their performances against the Roosters.The trial match against the Tigers kicks off at 7pm AEDT and is the last for the Cowboys before they open their campaign against the Raiders at 1300SMILES Stadium on Saturday, March 4.last_img read more

Bul vs Vipers: Vipers seek proper rehearsal for Champions League return leg

first_imgVipers lost to CS Constantine in their last competitive fixture (Photo by Vipers Media)StarTimes Uganda Premier LeagueBul FC vs Vipers SCNjeru Technical Center, JinjaWednesday, 19-12-2018 @4pmNJERU – Vipers SC will be hoping to return to winning ways when they travel east and take on Bul FC in the StarTimes Uganda Premier League on Wednesday afternoon.The Venoms are on the back of a 2-1 loss to SC Constantine of Algeria in the CAF Champions League but will be confident as they are still unbeaten in the League so far.At the start of the day, they sit six points behind leaders KCCA FC with Javier Martinez’s side having three games in hand. A win for the Venoms on Wednesday will most definitely serve as a morale booster ahead of their return leg clash in the Champions League.However, it will not be a walk in the park as they have won only one of their last three visits to Bul.For the home side, they come into the game on the back of a 2-2 draw away to Kirinya JSS in the Jinja derby.Peter Onen’s side have been performing fairly well so far, having lost only three of their first 11 and none in the last three.Having lost only one of their first six home games, they will be confident they can get something out of the game.What the Coaches are saying:Peter Onen, Bul FC.“It is a game we are going to approach with a lot of caution.“Whenever we draw away from home, we come back and win in Njeru.“It is a run that we want to maintain.“We are going to work extra hard so as we overcome our opponents and continue the march up the table.Javier Martinez, Vipers SC.“Bul is a strong team and we are not taking them lightly.“Each game is a final for us and we will go out to fight for victory in Njeru.Team News: Third choice goalie, Derrick Ochan is expected to start his first league game for Vipers with Bashir Ssekagya and Fabian Mutombore out injured. Ssekagya limped over during Vipers 2-1 loss away to CS Constantine in the Champions League while Mutombora has been out of action for over a month.Steven Mukwala is ruled out while Thomson Sefu and Bashir Asiku could be selected in the match day squad. Tadeo Lwanga and Geoffrey Wasswa will return to the starting line-up after missing the trip to Algeria due to suspension.Match Facts:This will be the 15th top flight meeting between the two sides ever since Bul gained promotion in 2011.In the first 14, Vipers have won 7 and lost only 2 with the other 5 ending in draws.Bul have won only one of the 7 home fixtures against Vipers with the victory coming four years ago in a 2-1 result.Last season, Vipers took 4 points off Bul including one in the 0-0 draw in the reverse fixture.Bul head into the game having lost only one of their last 9 league games (W4 D4). The loss came in their meeting away to Mbarara on the 13th of last month (1-0).At home, Onen’s side have lost only two of their last 14 fixtures (W8 D4).For Vipers, they are currently on a 26 match unbeaten run in the league (W20 D6). The last team to topple the Venoms was URA on 28th of November 2017.Away from home, they have gone 12 matches minus defeat (W6 D6). Their last loss was the 3-1 defeat to KCCA in November 2017.Comments Tags: Bul FCJavier martinezStarTimes Uganda Premeir Leaguetoplast_img read more