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Tougher law to protect children hailed

first_imgStuff.co.nz 7 Dec 2011Child advocates are hailing new laws giving sweeping powers to prosecute all those turning a blind eye to assaults on the very young. The Crimes Amendment Act (No3) becomes law on March 19 and will allow police to charge everyone in a household with failing to protect a child. The maximum sentence is 10 years’ jail. The new law comes as a result of the public outcry following the murder of the Kahui twins for which no-one has been held responsible after a jury acquitted the twins’ father. However, the extended family’s infamous “code of silence” was typical of such cases, pediatricians say. In Taranaki, a serious assault of a 14-month-old, who suffered a fractured skull, was dropped last month for lack of evidence.Starship children’s hospital paediatrician Patrick Kelly welcomes the law which allows everyone in a house where the abuse took place to be charged. The message is that they should have protected the abused child. “If you can’t determine which of the adults in the house did it you charge all of them – or none of them.” However, the law change should have gone further, he said. The code of silence within families was an issue throughout the world. In Britain, the same “failing to protect” law was implemented but went further to limit the right to silence. “The UK has shown it’s possible to modify the law. For some reason New Zealand did not follow through with changing the right to silence.”http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/crime/6097019/Tougher-law-to-protect-children-hailedlast_img read more

Measles Outbreak Spreads to Florida

first_imgDepartment of Health investigates measles case involving 72-year-old man in Pinellas County https://t.co/Yv6a66VX6I pic.twitter.com/MDSOe0ZL3R— FOX 13 Tampa Bay (@FOX13News) April 25, 2019 The 696 measles cases is the most since the U.S. declared the disease eliminated in 2000.The previous high was in 2014, when 667 cases were reported.Earlier this week, health officials said there were 626 cases of the measles, but that number was updated Wednesday evening.Nearly two dozen states are reporting cases of measles including Florida. Most of the measles cases are unvaccinated children and may have originated fromtravel abroad. The CDC is confirming that the U.S. has had nearly 700 cases of measles this year. And a new case has been reported in Florida.The Florida Department of Health confirms an elderly man in Pinellas County has been diagnosed with measles.Health officials said the 72-year-old man had traveled to Asia, but did not provide any other details.Anyone older than 12 months of age should receive the MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) vaccine, the Department of Health said.As you would expect, the disease is making its way through our most vulnerable populations: Man, 72, from Pinellas County is latest to contract measleshttps://t.co/VYn06r41eC— Larry Lynam (@scopedbylarry) April 25, 2019last_img read more

Sale of Tickets for Sarajevo Derby to start today

first_imgSale of tickets for Sarajevo derby start on Saturday, at sales points on Grbavica and Ferhadija.“The sale of tickets will take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday. On Sunday, the day of the match, tickets can be purchased from 9 a.m. until the half of the match in front of the Grbavica Stadium. Fans of FC Sarajevo can purchase their tickets for the North Stand only at sales point on Ferhadija. Tickets for the North Stand for fans of FC Sarajevo are marked with a different color and they will not be available for purchase in front of the Grbavica Stadium. We ask the fans to come to the match on time, in order to prevent big crowds,” as announced in a statement from FC Zeljeznicar.The match starts on Sunday, at 3:30 p.m.(Source: klix.ba)last_img read more

Christmas arrives at the White House

first_imgChristmas has officially arrived at the White House and this year’s theme is “The Spirit of America!”First Lady Melania Trump tweeted about this year’s theme late Sunday night and accompanied it with a minute long video.More detailed photos of the decorations where then posted early Monday!What do you think?last_img

Scientists “May” Have Figured out What Causes Autism

first_imgResearchers may have determined what triggers autism in children and it’s not vaccinations.Scientists have identified a genetic mutation that, they say, causes autism and intellectual disability.According to the study, a gene called “USP9X,” controls a network of proteins. These proteins modify cell structures that regulate how nerves communicate with each other and interpret information. Researchers say that the mutation of this process affects early postnatal brain development.They say that it is linked to Autism Spectrum Disorder, bipolar disorder and schizophrenia.Scientists say that with this new knowledge there is greater possibility of the development of treatment.The three year study was a collaborative effort between University of Chicago, Northwestern University, University of Queensland and University of Adelaide.last_img read more

2 killed in Central Florida during New Year’s party shooting

first_imgOrange County Sheriff’s responded to a scene at a club in a shopping plaza north of Orlando after a shooting occurred that left two men dead.According to reports, over 250 people fled the scene after the shots were fired.Security was at the event but appeared to be outside when the shooting broke out.“We are told some security guards were outside at the time of the shooting, but investigators say they don’t believe they screened or searched any of the party-goers before entering,” Jamie Hoffman of the Orange County Sheriff’s Office said.Officials say they are still looking for a suspect.last_img read more

Man kills four of his neighbors’ dogs to make “doggy coat”

first_imgA Kentucky man has been arrested after he reportedly killed and skinned four dogs to make what he called a “doggy coat.”38-year-old Jonathan D. Watkins was arrested on December 23rd after one of his neighbor’s contacted police about the incident.The neighbor told authorities that Watkins showed up to their home around 1:20 pm covered in blood and asking for a cigarette. When the neighbor inquired why Watkins was covered in blood, Watkins replied  “I’ve been skinning dogs.”The neighbor says he didn’t initially believe Watkins, however, when the neighbor went walking by Watkins home later that afternoon, they saw what they believed to be four animal skins and two dog carcasses on his porch. That’s when the neighbor called police.Authorities say two residents contacted them earlier about their missing dogs, however, authorities had not been able to locate them.When a trooper made contact with Watkins about the missing dogs and the carcasses on his porch, Watkins told the trooper: “I’m making myself a Doggy Coat. ” He then went on to say that he didn’t see anything wrong with making the coat and  that he killed the animals by “stabbing them in the heart” before he skinned them and abandoned their carcasses over a nearby hill.Watkins is now facing animal cruelty charges in addition to charges for tampering with physical evidence.last_img read more

Florida brewery puts shelter dogs on beer cans to help them get adopted

first_imgA Florida brewery is raising awareness by putting shelter dogs on beer cans to help them get adopted.Motorworks Brewing in Florida in Bradenton, Florida teamed up with a local shelter and started featuring adoptable dogs on their beer cans in efforts to find the dogs a home.Hans Wohlgefahrt, the Manatee County Animal Service outreach and event specialist says the gesture has been a huge help since the shelter is extremely overcrowded. “It has been a constant problem, being the county’s only open-admission shelter, we take in nearly 15-20 animals every day,” said Wohlgefahrt.Elwonger says all of the proceeds are going to help build a new shelter.Photo Courtesy of Motorworks Brewinglast_img read more