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Large numbers of Oxford children, some as young as five, are forced to care for their alcoholic and drugabusing parents, according to figures recently released by Oxfordshire County Council. The shocking statistics suggest that about 4,000 children between the ages of five and 19 are looking after adults classified as suffering from ‘mental health or substance misuse problems.’ Furthermore, the work of these children is neither acknowledged nor classified by the authorities, since they are not included in the estimates of those with relatives who are diagnosed with physical and mental illness or disability. Officially, there are 54,435 unpaid carers in Oxfordshire, while 1,300 of those are young people. This figure, however, does not take into account children with alcoholic or drug-addicted parents. The estimate of 4,000 children acting as carers for their parents was provided by the Social Services for the district. Caring for disabled parents within the family saves the state millions of pounds each year. In an attempt to ameliorate the situation, an officer has been appointed for the support of children who find themselves in this predicament.ARCHIVE: 6th week TT 2004 read more
Since there a pandemic, she says its also a good idea to follow CDC guidelines. Commander Mary Kucharek says its always important to practice some general guidelines like checing the weather before you depart, knowing who has the right of way, and keeping a safe distance from other boats. The Susquenango Sail and Power Squadron usually holds boat safety classes in person, but due to the coronavirus they are on hiatus with few online classes. May 15 is wear your life jacket to work day. “It’s important that we all be mindful of the CDC recommendations for keeping our distance, for wearing masks in the marinas and boat ramp areas and to not raft up as many people like to do during the summer,” said Kucharek JOHNSON CITY (WBNG) — Local organizations are saying to stay safe out on the waters as national boat safety week starts May 16. The week was created to serve as a reminder to practice safe boating techniques on all the water ways. If you want to learn more about boating classes you can visit the Susquenangos website, or you can visit the Americas Boating Club website. read more
RelatedPosts EPL: Crystal Palace stun sloppy Man U EPL: Red Devils attack Palace Townsend: Eze’s an incredible talent Brighton vs. Crystal Palace Venue: Amex Stadium Kick off: 1:30PMBrighton & Hove Albion take on Crystal Palace at the Amex Stadium in the Premier League early kick off this afternoon, with both sides hoping to earn bragging rights in the A23 derby. The Seagulls have been struggling for form of late and sit just four points clear of the relegation zone, while a win for Palace could see them rise as high as 11th. Without a win since the new year began, Brighton have been in freefall after a positive start under Graham Potter and now find themselves in a relegation scrap. Three consecutive draws have altered the negative momentum somewhat and there would be no better way to end such a run of poor form than with a win over rivals Crystal Palace. Potter’s team have picked up just 13 points since the start of December and with only two wins in that time, and one clean sheet, the former Swansea City boss will need to get his side back to basics. The bulk of Brighton’s poor form has come away from home and bizarrely they are unbeaten in four home matches, although they have only won one of those games. Palace have also been in poor form recently and secured their first win since Boxing Day against Newcastle United last weekend. A Patrick van Aanholt strike just before half-time proved the difference and halted the club’s slow fall towards the drop zone. Roy Hodgson’s team had lost their previous three before last weekend and have struggled in front of goal all season, hitting the net just 24 times in 27 league fixtures. However, with 32 goals conceded they have the fifth best defence in the division and will have been boosted by the imminent return of Mamadou Sakho. The reverse fixture between these two sides ended in a 1-1 draw after Wilfried Zaha ruled out Neal Maupay’s opener at Selhurst Park. Brighton possible XI: Ryan, Schelotto, Dunk, Duffy, Bernardo, Propper, Mooy, Trossard, Gross, March, Maupay. Crystal Palace possible XI: Guaita, Ward, Dann, Cahill, Van Aanholt, Ayew, McCarthy, Milivojevic, McArthur, Zaha, Benteke.Tags: Brighton & Hove AlbionCrystal PalaceGraham Porter read more
A repeal of the Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors Act sponsored by State Assemblyman Tim Donnelly has received significant student support in its first week.The DREAM Act, signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown on Oct. 10, allows undocumented college students to qualify for and receive state financial aid. If Donnelly obtains valid signatures from 504,760 registered California voters before Jan. 6, a ballot measure to repeal the DREAM Act will appear on the Nov. 2012 ballot.Source: Californiadreamact.org – Christina Ellis | Daily TrojanThe petition received 7,800 signatures in its first week, and 20 percent was from college students, according to Donnelly.Donnelly disapproves of the DREAM Act because he says it provides illegal immigrants with some of the same benefits legal residents have.“We need to have one standard, and offering money to illegal immigrants is just wrong in so many ways,” Donnelly said. “Giving them the same benefits as legal residents and U.S. citizens who’ve worked so hard is wrong.”Aimee Chang, a sophomore majoring in health promotion and disease prevention studies, said the DREAM Act should be repealed because it could negatively affect U.S. citizens.“[The DREAM Act] should be repealed because it can really have a negative impact for American citizens,” Chang said. “It is already hard enough to get adequate financial aid as it is.”Alex Chin, a sophomore majoring in biological sciences, said given the current state of the U.S. economy, money should be spent on citizens rather than on illegal immigrants.“The economy is in a major slump right now,” Chin said. “By allowing illegal immigrants to obtain financial aid, we’re spending tax dollars on them when we really should be spending it on the education of U.S. citizens.”College students already pay high prices to attend college and government funds should be directed to help alleviate the financial burden of college for legal residents, Donnelly said.“What I hear college students complaining [about] the most is not getting their classes,” Donnelly said. “A four year education should not take five years. We’ve broken the promise to students that we will pay for their education and we should fix this instead of paying for the tuition of illegal immigrants.”Other students, however, said they believe undocumented students should not be prevented from receiving financial aid.“Students who graduate from California high schools should receive funding to attend [public] California universities,” said Katrina Kaiser, a sophomore majoring in economics. “[Undocumented students] have integrated into the California community, culture and economic fabric.” read more