QPR 1-1 Leeds United: Highlights of the draw at Loftus Road

first_imgJermaine Jenas netted for QPR as they ended their losing run but continued to drop points in the race for automatic promotion. See also:Unimpressive QPR draw at home to LeedsBond rues ‘key’ Traore miss after QPR drawFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img

‘He’ll never have any hair on his head again’: Matt Chapman shaves his head, hits a homer in Athletics win

first_imgCHICAGO — Matt Chapman’s hair was getting a long, a little too curly. The Oakland A’s are 115 games into the season — a 7-0 win over the Chicago White Sox on Friday afternoon moved the A’s to 65-50 — and opportunities to squeeze in a haircut appointment are scarce.So a few hours before batting practice, Chapman had teammate Chad Pinder take a razor to his head. With the lost locks perhaps Chapman was looking to regain his on-field groove.“I’m not gonna say it was fully for that,” Chapman …last_img read more

Picking Up the Pieces: Working with Children Exposed to Family Violence

first_imgBy Isadora Burnham and Violina LilovaFlickr [Px4u by Team Cu29, September 1, 2013, CC BY-ND]Little ears and little eyes.  When whispering turns into shouting, who hears it?  When yelling turns into shoving, who sees it?  Couples often do not realize the impact their actions and words may have on their children.  Witnessing a traumatic event can hugely impact a child. Little and Bogel (1998) noted that “witnessing” can have such a large impact on a person that the Diagnostic Statistical Manual (DSM) diagnosis of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) was amended in 1987 to include it [2].  However, when Initmate Partner Violence (IPV) is occurring in the home, “witnessing” does not correctly encompass the full experience of the child.  Children “exposed” to IPV in the home witness, intervene, and are used as property to continue a pattern of abuse between parents [1].When treating victims of Intimate Partner Violence (IPV), why is it relevant to consider the children exposed to IPV when they have not been abused as well? As service professionals, we tend to focus on the victim of IPV and may disregard the children in the home as potential victims, themselves. Thus, we would like to focus on the effects children may obtain when exposed to IPV.  Effects may include: fear, depression, anxiety, PTSD, loneliness, lowered self-worth, self-blame, lowered verbal intellectual functioning, lowered reading ability, and many more [1].  Some of these effects align similarly to the effects experienced by the actual victims of IPV, which provides evidence for the significant impact children exposed to IPV experience. So, is it important to inquire about the amount of exposure to IPV a child has experienced?  Absolutely. Multiple family types may experience IPV in the home, including military families.  Soldiers who serve in the military and do tours overseas may have experienced or were exposed to traumatic events. Some may even experience second-hand trauma.  Thus, when returning to the US and their families, some soldiers may find it difficult to disable the effects of the traumatic experiences from spilling over into other aspects of their lives.  If one continuously relives those experiences, then those around them may experience a form of second-hand trauma themselves.  Hence, it is important to consider the traumatic military experience and the trauma one may inflict on others as a result of that experience.  If a child were to experience some form of second-hand trauma based on the parent’s military experience along with exposure to IPV between parents, the effects might be likely to increase.  Thus, children in military families may be considered at greater risk of obtaining negative effects from exposure to IPV and related second-hand traumatic experiences.  According to Little and Bogel (1998), children exposed to IPV in the home are also likely to become victims of violence [2].Little and Bogel (1998) state that witnessing IPV occurring in the home should be considered a form of psychological child abuse [2].  As time and research progressed, the impact of IPV on children became more prevalent, and policies were adopted to recognize this as a form of psychological child abuse [1].  While the legal system does recognize this, there will always be discrepancies in what is truly considered child abuse. Thus, there will be instances where the impacts of IPV on the children in the home go unnoticed, and children go untreated. Hence, when working with families experiencing IPV in the home, the effects on children should never be overlooked.  Moylan et al. (2010) found that 3.3 to 10 million children are exposed to IPV in the home every year, which indicates the relevance of being aware of the impact IPV may have on children when exposed [3].  There is a strong indicator that children exposed to IPV in the home may also become victims of abuse [3].  The effects children may experience as a result of exposure are copious and subject to vary per child.  Although our focus was not on gender differences, research has found a difference in the impacts of exposure to IPV based on gender [3].When working with families experiencing IPV in the home, it is important for service professionals to inquire about the family structure and dynamics. It is also important to attend to the potential second-hand trauma the children in the home could experience without making therapy solely about the children and not the victim. Service professionals should communicate with clients about the effects children in the home may experience from IPV and some common signs and symptoms among this population of children.  It may be helpful for the service professionals to mention the child’s presence during an altercation for the client to become aware of the events witnessed by the child.  As service professionals, we must be mindful of how we language terms and phrases when dealing with children who have experienced second-hand trauma to refrain from encouraging a child to relive a traumatic event. We must be aware of the fact that children have less of a choice and voice to violence occurring in their homes than do victims. Put simply, children are forced to live with IPV [1].  Service professionals, including mental health clinicians, are mandated reporters of child abuse. Laws may vary from state to state regarding reporting child abuse solely based on exposure to IPV in the home [1]. Thus, it is important to be familiar with the laws of your state.Resources for clinicians: For more research findings on the effects children experience when exposed to IPV in the home, click here.For information to provide to a parent who is curious about the ways IPV in their relationship may impact their children, click here.For a short video to provide insight as to what life looks like for child exposed to IPV, click here. Another video about a family experiencing IPV in the home can be found, here. References[1] Goddard, C. & Bedi, G. (2010). Intimate partner violence and child abuse: A child-centred perspective. Child Abuse Review, 19(1), 5-20.[2] Little, P. L. & Bogel, C. M. (1998). The effects of spousal abuse on children: Awareness for correctional educators. Journal of Correctional Education, 49(1), 30-39.[3] Moylan, C., Herrenkohl, T., Sousa, C., Tajima, E., Herrenkohl, R., & Russo, M. (2010). The effects of child abuse and exposure to domestic violence on adolescent internalizing and externalizing behavior problems. Journal of Family Violence, 25(1), 53-63. doi:10.1007/s10896-009-9269-9This post was written by Isadora Burnham and Violina Lilova, guest bloggers for the MFLN Family Development (FD) team which aims to support the development of professionals working with military families. Isadora and Violina are masters-level marriage and family therapist (MFT) in training enrolled in the Marriage and Family Therapy Department at Valdosta State University. They also work as MFT interns at VSU’s FamilyWorks Clinic, a community-based family therapy clinic. You may find more about the authors, here. Find out more about the Military Families Learning Network FD team on our website, on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and on LinkedIn.last_img read more

Wilmington Yard Sale Listings October 2021

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below is information on a yard sale happening in Wilmington this weekend:When: Saturday, October 20, 10am-2pm (may start at 9am if not raining)Where: 34 Shady Lane Drive, WilmingtonDetails: Multi-Family Yard Sale. Clothes, shoes, games, toys, household items, kitchen items, outdoor folding chairs, DVDs, DVD holders, Halloween decorations, Christmas decorations and much more. [Source: Wilmington Community Board Page]Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWilmington Yard Sale Listings (July 13-14)In “Community”Wilmington Yard Sale Listings (July 27-28)In “Community”Wilmington Yard Sale Listings (August 24-25)In “Community”last_img read more

Unimpressed By Oil Downturn Houston Retail Development Still Booming

first_img X 00:00 /01:54 Share Listen Florian MartinKroger employees cut the ribbon to a new Kroger Marketplace in Katy.Kroger just opened its fifth store in Greater Houston this year – and the grocery store chain has more planned. “We’ve made a commitment to invest over $500 million over the next five years, continuing to build stores just like this Kroger Marketplace,” Mike Krell, Kroger’s vice president of operations for the Houston division, said after a new store opening ceremony in Katy.And Kroger is not alone. According to real estate services firm JLL, the Houston area leads the nation in retail development activity.Simmi Jaggi, senior vice president with JLL, said many retailers stopped expanding during the Great Recession.“So since 2008, our city on a residential basis has exploded and done extremely well, with a lot of corridors that needed and had large demand for retail,” she said. “Those retailers are now coming in and filling in those pockets, so there’s been a tremendous amount of pent-up demand.”Jaggi says that’s true for retailers in general. Grocery stores actually kept expanding even during the recession.But will the strong retail growth in Houston continue?Jaggi expects it to slow down once the currently high need is satisfied, and the effect of the oil slump will probably catch up to retail as well – simply because fewer jobs mean fewer people move here, which will have an effect on demand for new stores.“If energy and office, if they have been impacted for the past 18 months, I would expect another 12 to 18 months and then we’ll see that more of a considerable slowdown with retail,” Jaggi said.For now, retailers are trying to come up with creative ideas to stay ahead of the growing competition, such as pickup windows or even drive-thrus at grocery stores. To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: last_img read more

Desperate Search For Harvey Missing Funerals Begin For Dead

first_imgHCSOImage of white van that the Harris County Sheriff’s Office found with two bodies belonging to a reported missing family in the wake of Harvey, in Green Bayous area. Aug. 30th, 2017.It’s been four days since volunteer rescuers Ben Vizueth and Gustavo Rodriguez went missing in Harvey’s murky floodwaters when their boat hit submerged power lines and everyone was pitched overboard. The bodies of two other men on the boat at the time — Vizueth’s brother, 45-year-old Yahir Rubio-Vizuet, and 33-year-old Jorge Perez — were found dead floating in the water soon after. Two journalists for the British newspaper The Daily Mail were aboard and survived. Vizneuth’s wife, Perla Jaquez, trudged through a wooded area filled with downed trees and debris Thursday with other volunteers looking for the missing men. “There’s still a lot of faith and a lot of hope that we can recover them,” she said in a Facebook Live video. A week after Harvey came ashore as a Category 3 hurricane, leaving a trail of devastation on the Texas Gulf Coast, the search for the missing has become more desperate and funerals have begun. Authorities say 39 people are confirmed dead so far from Harvey and 19 are still believed to be missing. But more bodies are likely to be found. A gathering of friends and family was planned Friday for Benito Juarez Cavazos, 42, who was found dead in a parking lot after floodwaters receded Tuesday. His death was being listed by police as a drowning or accident. When news of Cavazos’s death spread through the small, tightknit and mostly Mexican neighborhood of Port Houston, dozens of people congregated for an impromptu memorial service, said childhood friend Rene Velez.  The group of friends and family reminisced about Cavazos’ constant jokes and the time 15 years ago when Cavazos was sent flying off a horse that stopped short after galloping at full speed.”We were all laughing about that,” Velez said. But the mood turned somber as the realization of his death sank in. “One by one, everybody just broke down,” he said. “Everybody’s devastated.” “The thing I admired about him was that he was always smiling, always happy,” Velez said. “It was like nothing got to him.” The funeral of 82-year-old Ola Mae Winfrey-Crooks, was scheduled for Saturday. She drowned when her car was swept off a farm-to-market road at the San Jacinto River near her home north of Houston. Authorities say it appears Crooks was trying to cross the bridge and the swift water carried her vehicle off the road and into the flood waters. A memorial also was being held Saturday for 58-year-old Ruben Jordan, a former football and track coach at Clear Creek High School who disappeared while driving during the storm. Al and JoDell Pasek want to scatter the ashes of their son, 25-year-old Andrew Pasek, at Mount Rushmore, where they had long planned to take a family trip. Andrew was on a mission to check on his beloved big sister’s cat when he stepped on the wire, then fell into a lamppost attached to the live wire. Pasek’s friend moved closer to help, but Pasek warned him away. “He said, ‘Don’t touch me. I’m dying,’” said JoDell Pasek. Sharelast_img read more

Several Thousand Migrant Children In US Custody Could Be Released Before Christmas

first_imgBrynn Anderson/APMigrant children run around a track outside at the Homestead Temporary Shelter for Unaccompanied Children in Homestead, Fla. Shelters that house these children are reaching capacity and the federal government is now working to speed releases to sponsors.Updated at 4:59 pm ETThe Department of Health and Human Services is changing the ways it conducts background checks on sponsors of migrant children, a surprise move that will mean the release of hundreds of such children from controversial government-contracted shelters across the country.The Trump administration had come under fire for holding nearly 15,000 migrant children in 137 shelters. The vast majority of the children are “unaccompanied alien children” who crossed the border without parents or legal guardians. The administration has been criticized for long delays in releasing them to live with sponsors while their asylum cases are pending in immigration court. In a turnabout, the government now agrees the vetting of sponsors — usually a parent or family member — was taking too long.“The children should be home with their parents. The government makes lousy parents,” said Lynn Johnson, assistant secretary at Health and Human Services’ Administration for Children and Families, in an interview with NPR.“We’re finding [the extra screening] is not adding anything to the protection or the safety of the children,” she added.To speed the release of children, HHS has decided to drop a requirement, put into place just six months ago, that everyone in a sponsor’s household be fingerprinted and receive an extensive criminal background check. That extra vetting had slowed down the process. Starting immediately, only the sponsors will continue to be fingerprinted and run through FBI and state databases and through Department of Homeland Security records.A source familiar with the operation of the sprawling tent camp in Tornillo, Texas, said children in that facility had waited 50 days, even after all the vetting was completed. He said there are 1,300 children ready to be discharged.Johnson said there are about 2,000 children in the shelter system who are ready to be released to already vetted parents in the next four to five days.“I don’t want to cause any additional harm by keeping kids in care any longer than they need to when they have a thoroughly vetted parent waiting for them,” she said.On Tuesday, there were 14,600 children in a system whose capacity is 16,000. At 91 percent capacity, the government has to either add beds or release children. The number of children in the government’s care has doubled since March, as more Central American teenagers are crossing the border without their parents, and the wait time in shelters has lengthened.HHS has already spent $144 million on the Tornillo facility, where it employs some 2,000 employees to care for 2,800 children. The nonprofit that operates Tornillo has stressed how it strives to make the children as comfortable and happy as possible, but child welfare experts say detention is simply wrong for children.“This is really an extraordinary development, and one that should dramatically reduce the number of children in federal immigration custody,” said Neha Desai, senior attorney at the National Center for Youth Law. This group and others filed a lawsuit last month challenging the extra background checks that were prolonging children’s stay in shelters.“The new policy should never have been enacted in the first place,” she said, “but I’m truly thrilled that the government has finally acknowledged its deeply flawed approach and chosen to correct course.”Johnson said the rule change would not affect an agreement whereby HHS shares sponsor information with Immigration and Customs and Enforcement. Critics have warned that some potential sponsors are reluctant to come forward knowing that they are possibly making themselves targets of deportation agents. So far, ICE has arrested 170 immigrants who applied with HHS to sponsor children but are in the country unlawfully. Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit https://www.npr.org. Sharelast_img read more