‘At risk’ children should be identified before birth – study

first_imgOneNews 21 July 2014Information gathered during pregnancy checks should be used to identify “at risk” or “vulnerable” children before they are born and determine the level of support a family should receive, child development researchers say.The authors of the Growing Up in New Zealand study have identified 12 family and environmental prenatal factors they say increase the chance of children having poor developmental outcomes.The factors include teenage pregnancy, poor maternal health, the mother’s relationship status and financial stress.Identified risk factors1. Teenage pregnancy2. Mother with no formal secondary school qualifications3. Maternal depression4. Poor maternal physical wellbeing in late pregnancy5. Mother smoking regularly/daily during and after pregnancy6. Mother with no current partner7. Reporting highly stressful money problems8. Living in a decile 9 or 10 NZDep 2006 area9. Mother actively seeking work but not currently working10. Living in public rental accommodation11. Having two or more persons on average per bedroom12. Being in receipt of an income tested government benefithttp://tvnz.co.nz/national-news/risk-children-should-identified-before-birth-study-6033214last_img read more

GCF’s national championships to pedal off on Saturday

first_imgTHE Guyana Cycling Federation’s (GCF) National Road Race and Individual Time Trial will pedal off on Saturday on the Linden/Soesdyke Highway beginning at 09:30hrs from Hararuni Creek and ending at Long Creek, a distance of eight miles.The event will begin with the individual time trial for each category of cyclists and continues the next day (Sunday)with the road race for juniors, juveniles, ladies and veterans.The junior and veteran cyclists will contest a distance of 70 miles and they will pedal off from outside the National Sports Commission’s (NSC) office on Homestretch Avenue, Georgetown, at 08:00hrs and the cyclists will proceed to Camp Wesleyana, Linden/Soesdyke Highway before returning to the place of origin for the finish.The juveniles and ladies will cover a distance of 53 miles after moving off from the NSC office and travelling to Bottle Neck, Timehri, before turning back to finish on Homestretch Avenue.One week later (Sunday June 25), the seniors will cover a distance of 103.4 miles, beginning at Homestretch Avenue, proceeding to Camp Sewayo, Linden/Soesdyke Highway and back to Homestretch Avenue for the finish.Up to press time, it has not been confirmed if defending champion, Geron Williams, will be a part of this year’s championships as he is currently in the United States training and competing along with most of Guyana’s top wheelsmen, including Raynauth Jeffrey, Andrew Hicks, jamal John, Scott savory and Orville Hinds.Transportation for cyclists and officials for Saturday’s time trial will be provided by the GCF and the bus will leave the NSC’s office on Homestretch Avenue at 08:00hrs on Saturday.The GCF has also indicated that juniors and veterans will be allowed to participate in the senior road race.last_img read more

Badgers get back to work

first_imgUW quaterback Scott Tolzien was surrounded by several new faces in the Badger huddle due to injuries against Iowa, but Wisconsin head coach Bret Bielema says all those hurt could be ready to play Saturday.[/media-credit]The past few weeks have been physically and emotionally draining for the Wisconsin Football team.But coming off the bye week, and some much-needed rest, the players seem rejuvenated and full of energy at practice, according to head coach Bret Bielema.“On Tuesday when I came into that meeting room I could really just feel the energy,” Bielema said.The players had a daunting task in front of them with games against Ohio State and Iowa, but UW got the job done and used the bye week to rest up for the final four games of the regular season.Getting healthy, ready for PurdueLooking to come out strong from the bye week should be made easier with the return of a few key players. Wide Receiver Nick Toon is one of many injured Badgers expected to return to the playing field against Purdue.“He has been at practice and looks good to go,” Bielema said.Also, it appears as though Lance Kendricks, Peter Konz, and Mike Taylor will all be back in action this Saturday as all three have shown signs of improvement.Running Back James White, who suffered a knee sprain early on against Iowa, has seen a faster than expected recovery. Bielema attributes the reason for such rapid improvement being a result of White receiving assurance of only minimal amount of damage to his knee. The coaches are going to be careful with White’s injury but the hope is that he can contribute Saturday against the Boilermakers.“I saw [White] run around on Sunday and he won’t be in full speed on Tuesday but hopefully he will by the end of the week,” Bielema said.The Badger offense will be looking for continued success after piling up 31 points on a stingy Iowa defense in their last outing. Saturday provides a different challenge in West Lafayette, but for Bielema and the Badgers the plan remains the same.“For us to have success this weekend, we are going to have to stick to our formula, and the formula doesn’t change, only the tactics,” Bielema said.Purdue is coming off of two difficult back to back road loses against Ohio State and Illinois, however the Boilermakers played well in their last home game against Minnesota.The Badgers understand the challenge any road environment presents, but after a week off and plenty of rest, Bielema expects his team to head to Purdue with a lot of energy.“We have to embrace the challenge again of going on the road,” he said. “Our kids are going to be excited to play.”Resilience under center An important aspect to the Badgers’ offensive efficient has been quarterback Scott Tolzien’s durability and resilience, both physically and mentally.Tolzien has proven he overcomes adversity and comes back strong. According to Coach Bielema, one of Tolzien’s idols is Brett Favre, for his perseverance and toughness to find a way to get back out there. Tolzien has some of that same fire to find a way to get on the field, not only in the game but in practice as well.“If I cut practice, I am going to have to answer to Scott. If I cut plays out or 5-10 minutes, he is going to want to know why,” Bielema said. “That’s what makes him who he is.”Focused on the task at handWith Iowa defeating Michigan State this past weekend, the Badgers are in a great position right now to be serious contenders in the Big Ten title race, which could land them in a BCS bowl game.The speculation and bowl projections are fun for fans to look at, but now more than ever, Bielema needs his team to embrace the 1-0 mentality.“If you don’t take care of business this week, then it is all for nothing,” Bielema said. “I think this group of guys probably gets that better than years past. The reason they are in the position they are in is they take it one week at a time.”last_img read more

Boxing: Emmanuel Tagoe beats George Ashie

first_imgBoxer Emmanuel Tagoe, who is trained by legend Azumah Nelson defeated his long-time rival George Ashie to win the WBA International lightweight title.The bout staged at the Accra Sports Stadium which headlined Asamoah Gyan’s maiden boxing promotion, saw Ashie approach with more aggression early in the bout.But Tagoe, popularly known as the Game Boy, later warmed himself into the bout and was able to counter with his speed.Eventually the score-cards read 114-114, 113-115 and 112-116 in Tagoe’s favour.In other bouts, Raymond Commey won the West African and National super bantamweight title after defeating Emmanuel Quartey, while Abraham Osei Bonsu defeated Michael Pappoe in a featherweight contest.last_img read more

Golola, Semata to face off in October

first_imgGolola Moses (left) and Umar Semata (right) pose for a photo at Mt Zion hotel on Tuesday (Photos by Shaban Lubega)Kick-boxingGolola Moses vs Umar SemataFreedom City, NamasubaSaturday, 13-10-2018The much anticipated kick-boxing fight between Golola ‘Of Uganda’ Moses and Umar Ssemata has finally been set.It will happen on Saturday the 13th of October 2018 at Freedom City in namasuba.This was confirmed on Tuesday morning at Mt Zion hotel at the pre-launch of the fight where both fighters promised to beat the hell out of one another.“If I myself fear Golola Moses then who is Umar Semata, asked Golola.“In fact am going to beat him and his dog.“Mugula (Ronald) told me beat that ‘dog’ to which am going to do.“He came to challenge me but am going to show him that I am the only roaring lion in the jungle, continued the self proclaimed best fighter in Uganda.“Now I am going to Kabale to train for that fight.“He trained for 10 years to beat Golola (me) but i will train for him in less than 90 days.Golola Moses knocked out Abu Kikenywa in his last fight at fat the same venue at the start of the year.In his career, Golola has 40 fights on his back with 24 wins, 4 losses and the rest are draws, and if he stand on his words, this will be the last fight as he plans to retire.The fight was launched on Tuesday morningUmar Semata who has spent most of his career in Thailand, also promised to silence Golola once and for all.“I don’t have much words, let him speak, but each word he put out is equivalent to a punch, said Semata.“I am going to silence him, he going to find a real man unlike the jokers he has faced in the past.Semata, a world champion weighs 75kg, and has been involved in 74 fights, 42 wins, 30 loss and two.They are going to engage in K1 style of five rounds, each comprising of 3 minutes with a minute designated for rest after each round.As it is the main fight, it will have other 15 under card fights on the day.Comments Tags: Golola MosesUmar Sematalast_img read more