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first_imgStuff.co 23 October 2013Sixty children a day are being abused, with few signs that New Zealand’s appalling record of caring for our young is improving.Latest figures show there were 21,778 substantiated child abuse claims in the year to June, slightly more than in the previous year.Social Development Minister Paula Bennett said it was still early days in the fight against child abuse.“The fact that children are being seriously abused and neglected at such high rates proves in itself that our priority and attention should be on them,” she said.Children’s Commissioner Russell Wills said the number showed the public’s tolerance for violence against women and children still had a way to go.“One is too many and 22,000 is a very high number . . . We need it to come down,” he said.BY THE NUMBERS148,209 notifications of child abuse or neglect21,778 cases of substantiated abuse12,072 of emotional abuse5104 of neglect3190 of assault1412 of sexual abuse17,181 children abused 2309 children abused more than once in the past six months37 children abused under state care.http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/9314332/Child-abuse-is-rising-in-NZlast_img read more


first_img Press Association Advocaat has confirmed the 27-year-old midfielder, who was charged with three offences of sexual activity with a child under 16 and one of grooming on Thursday, remains available for selection with the club reviewing the situation. For the time being at least, the Black Cats’ position remains unchanged, and that means Johnson, who has been used as a substitute in the last three games, can play on as Sunderland battle relegation. Sunderland boss Dick Advocaat has insisted it was not a difficult decision to include Adam Johnson in his squad for Saturday’s Barclays Premier League trip to Stoke. Advocaat’s side currently sit 16th in the table, but just a point clear of the bottom three, and he has set them a target of at least six points to avoid the drop. In the circumstances, he needs all the players he can get, and especially a man who cost £10million when he arrived from Manchester City during the summer of 2012. Johnson’s continued presence could prove all the more important after the Dutchman revealed that striker Steven Fletcher travelled to London on Friday to consult a specialist over a troublesome ankle injury. Asked if it was a difficult situation for a coach, Advocaat replied: “No, because the club made a statement about it and I stay behind that, and we will wait and see what the future will bring. “He still has to come in, but in principle if he feels okay, then he will be a member of the squad. If he’s in the squad, then I will consider him for selection, otherwise he would not be in the squad.” Johnson has already been the target of unsavoury chants from fans of rival clubs, but Advocaat is confident that will not be an issue during the final weeks of the season. He said: “No, I don’t think so.” Advocaat’s comments came after Sunderland released a statement outlining their position on the matter. It said: “Following yesterday’s statement from Durham Constabulary, the club recognises that the formal legal process must take its course and whilst our position remains unchanged, we will keep the matter under review. “The club will not be making any further comment.” Johnson is due to appear at Peterlee Magistrates’ Court on May 20 – the Black Cats face Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium that evening – but in theory, should be available to play in the other five games Sunderland have in which to preserve their top-flight status. last_img read more


first_img“No, we lost,” he said. “It still goes in the loss column. We learned a few things. We know we can get a lot better.”Then again, sixth-man Jamal Crawford could not deny there was some good that came out of the team’s first setback of the season.“The fact that we fought back is encouraging,” said Crawford, whose team plays host to Houston on Saturday night at Staples Center. “To get down 17 in this environment against the champs and still have resolve and still have the lead in the fourth quarter shows a lot of character on this team.” Even Jordan had to go along with that.“Yeah, I think we can compete with not just them, but anyone,” he said. “Like I said before, they are a great team with a lot of great guys who have been together for a while and so have we. They have probably one of the best crowds in the league and I’m proud of the way we came in. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Considering they were down by 17 points in the second quarter to the defending champion Golden State Warriors on Wednesday at Oracle Arena in Oakland, where just two nights earlier the Warriors demolished Memphis by 50 points, one would think the L.A. Clippers might look at their eventual 112-108 loss as a moral victory of sorts.Not necessarily.“It would have been encouraging if we won,” shooting guard J.J. Redick said. “We are not the ‘Bad News Bears.’ We are a team that has championship aspirations and for us to do that, we have to win.”Center DeAndre Jordan was asked if he was encouraged by the showing by the Clipper (4-1). He shot that down.center_img “We have a lot of work to do, but we will be all right.”The Clippers went up by 10 points at 97-87 on a basket by Crawford with 7:56 to play. The Warriors (5-0) outscored them 25-11 down the stretch.The rivalryGolden State’s Klay Thompson scored 16 points on 7-of-18 shooting Wednesday. Afterward, he talked about this budding rivalry and how he expects their games to be hotly contested.“It’s going to be like that every time we play these guys,” Thompson said. “There are a lot of improved guys on their team, so it was good. Whoever it is, who’s out there, we don’t like to lose on our home court, so it would have been a tough loss.”Paul injuredPoint guard Chris Paul left Wednesday’s game with 13.3 seconds left because of a groin issue.“I don’t know, I’ll find out,” coach Doc Rivers said, when asked to assess the extent of the injury. “I don’t think it’s severe.”Scouting the RocketsSaturday will be the first time the Clippers see the Rockets since Houston beat the Clippers in seven games in the Western Conference semifinals. Houston’s Game 7 victory in Houston came after the Clippers blew Game 6 at Staples Center.The Rockets started 0-3 this season but have since beat Oklahoma City and Orlando. Houston, which plays Friday at Sacramento, is being led in scoring by James Harden. He’s averaging 23.8 points, but he’s shooting just 29.4 percent — 16.4 percent from 3-point range.Harden has shot 55 3-pointers, making only nine.last_img read more