Now is the government’s chance to promote marriage and tackle our social problems

first_imgThe Times – Sir Paul Coleridge 13 July 2017 Family First Comment: This is a great commentary by a senior family court judge in the UK:“In 2012, after 43 years in the family justice system (14 sitting as a judge) watching the inexorable and seemingly unstoppable rise in family breakdown, I began to talk publicly about the scale and depth of the problem I was witnessing daily. I was driven by three motives: first, a desire to challenge the entrenched belief that nothing could be done to stop the rot; second, a conviction, having watched the fallout for so long in the family courts, that our children were the sector of the population most adversely affected by the epidemic and third, that the remedies had to be applied to the causation end of the problem, not the remedy end. In short, our children’s life chances were being seriously and permanently damaged and we had to do something to publicise the scale of the problem and suggest solutions….“…. This is not some moral crusade designed to hark back to some imaginary golden age. It is a public health campaign affecting millions of families, adults and children, of the greatest priority. The less well-off, the next generation and the public purse would be the main beneficiaries.”Exactly!In 2012, after 43 years in the family justice system (14 sitting as a judge) watching the inexorable and seemingly unstoppable rise in family breakdown, I began to talk publicly about the scale and depth of the problem I was witnessing daily. I was driven by three motives: first, a desire to challenge the entrenched belief that nothing could be done to stop the rot; second, a conviction, having watched the fallout for so long in the family courts, that our children were the sector of the population most adversely affected by the epidemic and third, that the remedies had to be applied to the causation end of the problem, not the remedy end. In short, our children’s life chances were being seriously and permanently damaged and we had to do something to publicise the scale of the problem and suggest solutions.Fortunately and wonderfully I discovered that others shared my concerns and vision. Thus was Marriage Foundation born and launched in May that year. Most thought it was a hair-brained idea with no future. Five years on we have confounded our critics.Time and again our research department has injected reality and hard evidence into this debate with eye-catching research that the media has broadcast. We are justifiably proud of our achievements, but we still have a long way to go.In the five years in which Marriage Foundation has been campaigning, the subject of marriage has become highly relevant, but also highly toxic. While the definition of marriage has been redefined to include same-sex couples (in recognition of the huge benefits it confers on the couple) support for marriage generally has been singularly lacking, especially among most policymakers and opinion-formers. George Osborne had to be dragged kicking and screaming into finally including a transferable marriage tax allowance of £200 in his budgetary package. The figure was so derisory that almost no one bothered to apply for it and the government had to advertise its existence. The Labour Party and Liberal Democrats have vowed to scrap it.And yet, as we have shown, the cost of family breakdown to the public purse and the impact on the least well-off is beyond doubt. At the same time the so-called couple penalty caused by the financial advantage in benefit legislation in living apart (a whopping £7,000 a year) endures.It is, of course, obvious why this paradox in attitudes has emerged; the least well-off (ie the greatest number of the voting public) have, to their manifest disadvantage, become less enamoured of the commitment of marriage. In an irresponsible attempt not to upset such a large section of the electorate the politicians pretend it matters not. Disingenuously they cry: “It is just a piece of paper.” And yet in the vast majority of cases they are themselves married; 90 per cent of the Cabinet. “Do as I say, not as I do”, perhaps? Or just plain hypocrisy.So, government — now is your chance to make a real difference to the lives of so many and tackle the real causes of our serious social problems. Let me suggest a five-point plan: start by absorbing and understanding what the research is telling us. Successive governments refuse to believe what the figures tell them or ignore them for fear of upsetting parts of the population who most need assistance. Make the issue of families and family breakdown a Cabinet-level priority. Let us have a tax and benefit system directed to promoting and supporting marriage and sustained relationships. Fund and promote relationships education and support at a proper level.In particular, stop being shy about supporting marriage. This is not some moral crusade designed to hark back to some imaginary golden age. It is a public health campaign affecting millions of families, adults and children, of the greatest priority. The less well-off, the next generation and the public purse would be the main beneficiaries.Article written by Sir Paul Coleridge a retired judge of the High Court of England and Wales. He is currently the Chairman of the Marriage Foundation. read more

Schafroth wins again at Stuart

first_imgSchafroth took the lead from Jeremy Gettler on lap four; second-running Todd VanEaton exited with mechanical issues on the 11th circuit, with Mike Nichols moving up to challenge.  Buck Schafroth raced to another IMCA Sunoco Stock Car victory at Stuart Speedway Thursday night. (Photo by Jim Zimmerline) The race went green from there and Schafroth had his hands full as Nichols worked high and low trying to find a way around. After taking the white flag, Nichols seemed to set up a move down the backstretch and into turn three, but his car went up on two wheels in turn three and his shot at the win was over. STUART, Iowa (May 2) – Buck Schafroth was back in victory lane following Thursday’s IMCA Sunoco Stock Car feature at Stuart Speedway. Schafroth took the exciting victory with 17th starting Shawn Ritter sneaking by Nichols for second. By Josh Reynolds Shannon Anderson topped an IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock feature that ran caution-free and Tyler Inman followed the lower line to the Karl Kustoms Northern SportMod checkers.last_img read more

Publics help needed finding missing safety equipment

first_imgLetts, IN —The Letts Community Volunteer Fire Department needs your help! According to the LFD Facebook page, sometime in the last two weeks, a Stryker chair stair was taken off an ALS transfer ambulance.  They believe it could have happened at any number of hospitals in the area including Margaret Mary Health, Columbus Regional Hospital, The Christ Hospital, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati Children’s, Indiana Heart Center, Peyton Manning Children’s or St Francis.If you have any information that could help, please contact Chief Matt Morrow at 812.614.1825.last_img

Martinez: Fellaini happy at Everton

first_img Press Association Everton boss Roberto Martinez is confident Marouane Fellaini is not interested in leaving the club. The 25-year-old Belgium midfielder, who has a release clause in his contract, has been heavily linked with a move either to Arsenal or to join up with former Toffees boss David Moyes at Manchester United. But Moyes’ replacement is not concerned. Quoted in the Sun on Sunday, Martinez said: “I don’t think it is an issue.” center_img He added: “You are not talking about a player who is out of the squad or in negotiations with another club. I won’t look to speak to him about this because there is nothing to speak about. “What I want is him to be ready for the next season, to be ready to take an important role at the club and understand that it is a big season for him. “As an individual, he has got an exciting year in front of him and I don’t think he is personally thinking, ‘Am I going to be here?’ I don’t think that’s in his head.” last_img read more

Juventus lose to Cagliari; Ibra stars in Milan win

first_imgTURIN: Cristiano Ronaldo’s hopes of finishing the season as top scorer in Italy’s Serie A faded away on Wednesday as he failed to find the net when champions Juventus slumped to a shock 2-0 defeat away to Cagliari. The 35-year-old Portuguese attacker is on 31 goals for the season, four behind Lazio’s Ciro Immobile with only a home league game against fifth-placed AS Roma left to play. Cagliari, who are 13th in the table, shocked the newly-crowned champions in the eighth minute when 20-year-old striker Luca Gagliano reacted quickest, stabbing home Federico Mattiello’s pass across the box to net his first goal for the club. Things went from bad to worse for Juve in first-half stoppage time as Giovanni Simeone smashed a right-foot shot across keeper Gianluigi Buffon and in at the far post to put Cagliari two goals up. With a first-half goal chalked off for offside, Ronaldo had plenty of chances as Juve dominated, but he found his efforts smothered by the Cagliari defence. When his team mates did manage to get a shot on target they found keeper Alessio Cragno in superb form as Cagliari held on to win. Veteran AC Milan forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored twice and Gianluigi Donnarumma saved a penalty as they won 4-1 at Sampdoria to stay unbeaten since the Serie A season restarted. Milan remained sixth with 63 points which will earn them a place in the Europa League second qualifying round next season, with the automatic spot in that competition going to fifth-placed AS Roma, who beat Torino 3-2 later on Wednesday. Milan went ahead after four minutes when Ante Rebic crossed from the left and the unmarked Ibrahimovic headed past Sampdoria goalkeeper Wladimiro Falcone who was making his Serie A debut at the age of 25. Lazio recorded a 2-0 win against already-relegated Brescia in their penultimate match of the season to stay in the race for second spot in the Serie A table. Lecce won 2-1 at Udinese to avoid drop while Genoa was routed 5-0 at Sassuolo. Lecce remained in the bottom three but is just one point below 17th-place Genoa. Federico Chiesa scored a hat trick to help Fiorentina beat Bologna 4-0 and Verona beat Spal 3-0. Agencies Also Watch: 3 Anti CAA Protests In Assam; 30 Indigenous Orgs Protest Todaylast_img read more

New Champs to crowned in Linden Guinness Greatest of the Streets

first_imgA new champion will be crowned in the Guinness ‘Greatest of the Streets’ Linden Championship, as holders Silver Bullets went down to High Rollers in the semi-final round at the Mackenzie Market Tarmac.A large crowd was on hand to witness the unlikely result, as the youthful High Rollers outfit prevailed 1-0 on penalty kicks, after regulation and extra time finished scoreless, in the process sealing their first ever appearance in the final.Talisman Omar Brewley was the difference on the night, netting from the distance, after both Silver Bullets players Robin Adams and Jermaine Samuels missed from distance, alongside a failure from team-mate Jonah Simon.With the win, High Rollers setup a meeting with fellow first time finalist Amazings, who also prevailed via the penalty shoot-out route.Amazings were perfect from the distance, defeating Capital Storm 2-1 on penalty kicks, after regulation and extra time ended scoreless. The two losers will face-off in the third place playoff.In the earlier quarterfinal round, High Rollers upset highly touted Swag Entertainment 2-1. First half goals from Jehu Regis and Shane Haynes in the fifth and eighth minute each secured the win.For the loser, Colwyn Drakes found the back of the net in the 13th minute. On the other hand, Amazings edged Coomacka 2-1 on penalty kicks, after normal time ended 0-0.Meanwhile, Silver Bullets crushed Wisroc 4-0. Damion Williams recorded a hat-trick, opening his account in the 11th minute, before registering a ‘Guinness Goal’ [GG] [a goal scored in the final three minutes counts as two] in the 20th minute.Assisting with a third minute conversion was Jermaine Samuels. On the other hand, Capitol Storm edged Quiet Storm 2-1. An 18th minute [GG] from Oral Peters sealed the win. For the loser, Kellon Adams netted in the sixth minute.last_img read more

Cazenovia ice hockey falls to CBA/J-D, Auburn

first_imgThough it is making slow, incremental improvement, the Cazenovia ice hockey team still has a whole lot of work ahead until it can catch up to its Division I opposition.At least, in last Tuesday’s game against CBA/Jamesville-DeWitt at the Morrisville State IcePlex, the Lakers had glimmers of good play amid a 6-2 defeat to the Brothers.Having lost to Syracuse and Fulton by a combined 18-1 margin the week before, Cazenovia wanted, at the very least, to not let things get out of hand early in this game.Through one period, CBA/J-D led 2-0, but the Lakers cut that margin in half five minutes into the second period when George Labinski found the net, assisted by Jack Donlin.Barely a minute later, though, the Brothers answered to make it 3-1, added two more goals 26 seconds apart late in the period to double that margin.At least Cazenovia played the third period on even terms, with Donlin getting a goal, assisted by James LeFever and James Dapson.All through the game, goalie Cy McCrink made a series of big stops, ending with 35 saves. Kodi Dotterer led CBA/J-D with a three-goal hat trick as Lesser Simon had a goal and three assists.Then the Lakers took on Auburn Dec. 21 at the Morrisville State College IcePlex, and though it twice found the scoreboard, it still lost 5-2 to the Maroons.Auburn had played the night before against Division I contender Baldwinsville and pushed that game to overtime before ending in a 1-1 tie, yet still had energy left over to take an early lead against Cazenovia and hang on from there.Cazenovia has games this Friday and Saturday against Shenendehowa and Saratoga Springs as part of Cortland-Homer’s holiday tournament at the J.M. McDonald Sports Complex.Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story Tags: Cazenoviaice hockeylast_img read more

Freshman Halis brings excitement to young Orange

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on September 4, 2013 at 12:13 am Contact Josh: Take even a slight glance at the Syracuse roster and one thing is immediately noticeable: no seniors. Instead, SU has relied on, and will rely on, a bevy of underclassmen in its first year in the tough Atlantic Coast Conference.Four freshmen have started in each of No. 17 Syracuse’s (2-0-0) two games this season, including Alex Halis, a shifty forward from Brampton, Ontario. The freshman has not only made an impression by scoring goals and dishing out assists, but he’s also brought excitement with an array of nifty moves and creative touches.“He’s a quality player,” SU head coach Ian McIntyre said. “He’s an exciting player. He’s a player that can make things happen and he can get people off their seats.”During Monday night’s home opener against Hartwick, Halis promptly introduced himself to the Colvin Street Elite, the group of student fans that sits near the net on East Colvin Street. The forward sped by defenders, put on the breaks and scanned the field. He also mixed in a few backward heel passes.Halis even made Hartwick senior midfielder Tim Crawford fall. The freshman Halis had possession just feet from the near sideline. His head and eyes went left, and so did Crawford. Halis’ body and the ball went right. The crowd “oohed” and “aahed.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAs Halis goes, McIntyre said, so does Syracuse.“That’s a good feeling,” Halis said. “It gives you confidence. But to me I feel like if everyone plays good, then it’s better for us. I don’t think it should be one player.”In both of SU’s games, Halis played a role in the team’s first goal. In SU’s season opener against Colgate – Halis’ collegiate debut – he headed in a ball from Jordan Murrell to give the Orange a 1-0 lead. Against Hartwick, Halis picked up an assist on Grant Chong’s goal early in the second half.McIntyre called Halis “cutting edge,” comparing him to Nick Perea, Stefanos Stamoulacatos and Emil Ekblom. McIntyre recruits the best players he can, but also the ones that fit his possession style that focuses on precision passing, ball control and creativity.Halis fits the mold. At 5 feet 9 inches tall, Halis can use his size to elude bigger defenders and his speed to get around them.In Canada, Halis led the St. Edmund Campion Bears to two straight OFSAA championships and an undefeated 33-0-1 season in 2012. He is also a member of the Canadian Youth National Program and represented Canada at the 2011 U-17 World Cup.“We’ve been playing together since we were just little kids,” said SU forward Chris Nanco, who played with Halis with St. Edmund Campion and FC Sigma. “We’ve always been together. We’ve created a bond since a young age and it’s a good thing to continue our careers together.”The connection between the two starters is one reason why the Orange has collected favorable results so far this season.In order to keep his personal success rolling, Halis said he has to stay positive and work hard.“He has that little bit of something different,” McIntyre said. “And it won’t always come off. That’s the nature of when you express yourself and when you try some things. But when it does come off, he’s an exciting player to watch.” Commentslast_img read more

USC crushes Pacific by double digits

first_imgAfter a month of road trips in front of hostile crowds and tough opponents, the No. 1 USC men’s water polo team finally returned home to face Cal Lutheran  and Pacific on Saturday and did what it has done consistently throughout 2012: win handily over a team it was expected to beat.Steady · Junior driver Stephen Siri scored two goals Saturday. Siri now has 13 goals on the season — eight fewer than last year’s total. – Ricardo Galvez | Daily Trojan“We love being at home,” USC coach Jovan Vavic said. “Everything is more comfortable. I thought we played well after the first quarter, the defense and James Clark played excellent. Offensively we were strong the whole game, so I was very happy with that.”The Trojans’ businesslike menatility is truly something to marvel at. The team is 20-0 this season, and though only a handful of games have been highly contested (top-5 teams such as Stanford, California, and UCLA all have pushed USC to the brink), every other team that has faced USC has been utterly beaten.“We talk about staying focused a lot, and we understand that it’s important to be prepared,” Vavic said. “Our guys believe in it. You can talk about it all you want, but if you don’t believe in it, then it’s just talk. Our guys realize how every opponent can beat you, so they take care of business, prepare, train hard, and we have great leadership.”On Saturday, USC started slow, and the first period featured seven goals scored — four for the Trojans and three for Pacific. Pacific actually led 3-2 late in the first before two quick goals by junior driver Stephen Siri and senior driver Tobias Preuss gave the Trojans a lead that they would not relinquish.“Pacific didn’t do anything that we didn’t expect,” Vavic said. “We made a few careless individual mistakes and let them score a couple of goals. But we did a good job the rest of the game. Excluding the first quarter, our defense was good.”In the second quarter, USC established its superiority with three straight goals to start the frame. After a Pacific goal on a penalty shot, Preuss assisted on junior two-meter Jeremy Davie’s goal to give the Trojans an 8-4 halftime lead.The third quarter was much of the same. Led by junior goalie James Clark, who finished with 12 saves, USC’s defense suffocated the Tigers’ attack. Pacific scored on another five-meter penalty shot in the third quarter to make the score 9-5 before the Trojans went on a 4-0 run with goals from Preuss, senior driver Michael Rosenthal, and sophomore driver Marc Vonderweidt. The goal from Preuss gave the senior a hat trick, tying him for the game high with junior driver Kostas Genidounias, who has now scored 36 goals on the season.“You want to see five guys scoring a goal,” Vavic said. “It’s always good for the team to be balance like that. It’s good for the confidence of each player. You don’t want to see just one or two players scoring and everyone else watching.”In this latest step toward another championship, the Trojans started slow before exerting their dominance and avoiding an upset.“Last week, Berkley beat Stanford, then Long Beach went to Berkley and beat them,” Vavic said, citing instances of upsets of top-ranked teams. “Teams are getting upset, and we did not allow that to happen this week.”last_img read more

Jimmy Cliff breaks hip, cancels tour

first_imgJamaican veteran entertainer Jimmy Cliff was forced to cancel his upcoming tour after he was injured  during a fall. He was reportedly hospitalized after breaking his hip last month.According to the artist’s Instagram account, Jimmy Cliff is “recovering well.”Jimmy Cliff has postponed all his shows for the month of October. His Management has apologized for the inconvenience via social media platforms. “Dear Audience,We are sorry to inform you that Jimmy Cliff will not be able to perform his October shows 2018. Unfortunately he broke his hip and he is in hospital recovering from the injury.We will keep you’ll posted.Bless you and thank you all.” – Jimmy Cliff managementIt’s unclear as to when the legendary entertainer will resume touring.last_img