The Age 26 August 2015Fiona Court and her husband Dale Bartley waited three years to adopt their daughter from China and are desperate to do the same with the son they began fostering in Australia two-and-a-half years ago.But they they face an agonising, years-long wait to adopt Jimmy*, now 6. They have heard of other foster families waiting up to seven years.Ms Court and her family are prepared to wade through the red tape and uncertainty. Adoption is “the most rewarding thing possible,” she said. But the Sydney mother added that many people are put off by the lengthy and complex process, which is run by state governments and adoptions agencies.“A lot more good people will step forward if they could feel that ‘permanent care’ could mean permanent care,” she said.On Wednesday, the advocacy organisation Adopt Change will release research on attitudes towards adoption in Australia. A national survey of more than 1000 adults found that 17 per cent of those polled had given serious thought to adopting, but 87 per cent of that group did not go ahead with adoption.This comes in the face of historically low adoption figures. In 2013-14 there were just over 200 children adopted locally in Australia, with about 114 adopted from overseas. The small number of domestic adoptions compares with about 43,000 children in out-of-home care (alternative accommodation for those who can’t live with their parents).Adopt Change says that more than 18,000 of these children have been in the system for more than two years.Despite the number of children looking for a permanent home, focus group research conducted for Adopt Change found potential parents were put off by how hard adoption is.The Adopt Change research follows a call from Coalition senators last week to make adoption of local children easier in Australia, as part of a Senate inquiry into out-of-home care.http://www.theage.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/adoption-failures-and-agonising-waits-put-off-prospective-parents-20150825-gj77xi.html
Okon Bassey in UyoThe Akwa Ibom State government has expressed optimism that the Super Eagles will emerge victorious in this weekend encounter with the Chipolopolo of Zambia.The State Commissioner for Youths and Sports, Mr Monday Uko, said in Uyo on Tuesday that the necessary logistics have been put in place for the Super Eagles to win the match.â€œGod has delivered them (Chipolopolo) into our hands, and this time around I believe the goals could be as many as 4-0,â€ Uko posited According to him, with the expected win during the Eagles clash with Chipolopolo, the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium would continue to be Nigeriaâ€™s fortress against visiting teams in crucial encounters.Meanwhile, Eagles handler, Gernot Rohr, has urged fans to turn out massively to ensure Nigeria takes the maximum point at the end of the crucial encounter with Zambia on Saturday.He ruled out injury worries, stressing that the players were highly motivated for the big game.Rohr who supervised the first training session of the team at the training pitch of the Ibom Le Meridien Hotel and Golf Resort further stressed that Eagles would be drilled twice daily (morning and evening) before the clash on Saturday.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
Governor Ron DeSantis announced yesterday that two walk-thru testing sites will open tomorrow in Fort Lauderdale and Pompano Beach. The sites will cater to those who don’t have cars, but it’s only for those showing symptoms who make an appointment.Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis announced Thursday that the sites would open at Mitchell Moore Park at 901 Northwest 10th Street in Pompano Beach and at the Urban League at 560 Northwest 27th Avenue in Fort Lauderdale.The sites will open for testing on Saturday and will start with 200 tests per day, DeSantis said.The governor will be in South Florida today for the opening of the new walk-through testing sites.During his Thursday briefing on the state’s response to the coronavirus pandemic, Gov. Ron DeSantis said he is visiting Broward County on Friday.DeSantis will be with Florida National Guard Adj. Gen. James Eifert and Jared Moskowitz, the director of the division of Emergency Management.DeSantis and his team is scheduled to arrive at 10 a.m. at the Urban League of Broward County, 560 NW 27th Ave., in Fort Lauderdale.Jen and Bill talked to Lt. Governor Jeanette Nunez this morning on the South Florida morning show.
Facebook44Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by South Sound Women’s EventsSouth Sound Women’s Day is a shining example of women empowering women. Photo by Dinea de PhotoHere in our own community, women who attend South Sound Women’s Day on Saturday, October 10, 2015 on the campus of South Puget Sound Community College will experience a stimulating, unstoppable energy. Oprah Winfrey became known for it, from the moment she first dabbed at her eyes, shared a tragic personal story and embraced a tearful guest, when the books she recommended were read in every book club everywhere, as her probing, intimate questions revealed countless, unexpected commonalities among women.What was that powerful thing that made The Oprah Winfrey Show stand apart from the sensationalism of other daytime talk shows and catapulted Oprah herself to become the legend-in-her-own-time, iconic woman that she is today?That thing was the electric, inexorable energy that happens when women come together, when they suddenly feel safe enough to let their guard down, supported enough to share their feelings and fears, and committed enough to want to help each other get where they’re going. At South Sound Women’s Day, that same energy will be present for all attendees to relish in.Once the Oprah show started speaking essentially to women, in real terms, about real women’s issues – health, wealth, spiritual fulfillment, influence, potential, life goals – The Oprah Winfrey Show became the highest rated talk show in American television history.Speakers, workshops and booths to browse are all part of the South Sound Women’s Day. Photo by Dinea de PhotoOprah and her producers saw, and then built on, an incredibly powerful energy source. What they understood was the strength of women in numbers, the potential impact of women cheering each other on, the amazing combustion that happens to women, among women, when it’s just women. They share a mutually nurturing and supportive mindset, a safety net woven from their vast range of life lessons, a forum to share what they know, learn what they need to, applaud each other’s strengths, and discover new paths to success and fulfillment.With a dynamic group of women at South Sound Women’s Day teaching, sharing, learning, encouraging, celebrating, and empowering one another, attendees will enjoy an exciting, powerful and busy day packed with activity, inspiration, creativity and laughter. And, when you head home at the close of the event, you’re sure to take with you a renewed sense of who you are, what you aspire to do, and how you can achieve your goals.The day-long program gets underway at 8:00 am, when the SPSCC Student Union Center opens its doors for registration and networking. Introductions and acknowledgments follow, with opening remarks from the YWCA of Olympia, priming participants and setting the tone for a full day of inspiration, sisterhood and fun.Breakout sessions take place throughout the day, with a dozen workshops to choose from. Whether you want to increase your business and self-confidence, make your money go further, negotiate the salary you deserve, learn time-saving cooking tips or become more savvy at social media marketing for your business, there’s a workshop for you.Marilyn McKenna is the keynote speaker for the event.Following a healthful and filling lunch from Elyse’s Catering, keynote presenter Marilyn McKenna, an online nutrition coach and health, happiness and fitness blogger, will speak on being Happy and Healthy, From the Inside Out! Her story is one of realizing her own potential, but it’s also very much about how to find your own. She will help all of the South Sound Women’s Day attendees unleash our own hidden potential so that we can become a fierce agent for change within our own life and redirect the trajectory of our family’s health and wellness. With her trademark determination, honesty, and “take no prisoners” online persona, Marilyn was recognized in 2013 as the Best Local Twitter Personality by KING 5’s Best of Western Washington.Throughout the day, stroll the exhibitor area and enjoy a variety of local business showcasing their goods and services. Be sure to stop by the wellness area for a chair massage. A hosted Happy Hour including networking will cap off the fulfilling day.South Sound Women’s Events Inc. invites local women of all ages, stages, and walks of life to attend South Sound Women’s Day!Learn more or register now at www.southsoundwomensevents.org .Tickets are $75 when purchased by October 3 or $80 thereafter and include all workshops, speakers, meals, snacks, and more.The beneficiary of South Sound Women’s Day, YWCA of Olympia will gladly be accepting donations of hygiene products (feminine hygiene pads, toilet paper, dish soap, diapers) – for the YWCA’s Other Bank. The Other Bank supports health and human dignity through hygiene, while offering a gender-responsive job training opportunity for participants in the agency’s Women’s Economic Empowerment Program. Each purchase of a Table Host package for South Sound Women’s Day will give the gift to several YWCA Women’s Economic Empowerment graduates to attend this inspirational event. Please visit www.southsoundwomensevents.org about serving as a Table Host.
By John Burton | FREEHOLD TOWNSHIP — The battle lines are drawn and the troops have made their selection of this year’s warriors for the political struggles of the June primary and November general election.Scores of members of the Monmouth County Republican Committee gathered Saturday March 18, at the iPlay America indoor entertainment and theme park, 110 Schanck Road, to offer their endorsement by acclamation for the list of GOP candidates for this year’s challenges for the various offices on the county ballot.And if politics is war by another name, minus the literal bloodletting, of course, it was on display as county party leaders offered their strategy and commitment to continue to maintain control of the county’s legislative delegation and county government, and the governor’s office, for the party faithful.A high priority for this year’s political front, acknowledged county chairman Shaun Golden (who also holds the elected position of county sheriff), will be regaining the two state Assembly seats for the 11th Legislative District, which the Republican incumbents lost two years ago. “We have a great opportunity here,” Golden said, with the ticket for that particular race. A race, one audience member shouted was “stolen by lies and slander” by political opponents.“It is our ground zero this year,” in the political races, Golden told the crowd, “and we will get these seats back.”Democrats in that race benefited from a late game influx of cash from the state Democratic organization who detected an opportunity in the 11th District – which skews Democratic in voter registration and includes such county Democratic strongholds as Red Bank, Neptune, Long Branch and Asbury Park. Golden alleged the Democrats outspent the Republicans by more than $1 million to win the two seats, currently held by Joann Downey and Eric Houhtaling, who will be running for re-election this year.Incumbent Republican state Senator Jennifer Beck, Red Bank, will be seeking another term for the 11th. Joining her will be Michael Whelan, who his currently two years into his three-year term on the Red Bank Borough Council; and Robert Acerra, Ocean Township’s deputy mayor.Beck vowed to knock on 14,000 doors as she campaigned with her running mates for the three seats, running against what she called “All spin and no substance.”With veteran state Sen. Joseph Kyrillos Jr.’s decision to not seek another term for the 13th district, that led to Golden, with his committee’s support, to announce that incumbent Assemblyman Declan O’Scanlon would step up and run for the Legislature’s upper chamber. Assemblywoman Amy Handlin, Middletown, had said she intended to seek the party’s nod for the spot, but, according to Golden, decided to bow out leaving it open for O’Scanlon. Handlin will run for re-election for her Assembly seat.O’Scanlon, Little Silver, said it was difficult to square off with his colleague Handlin, “One of the classiest people I know,” he said. However, “This party is in better shape than it’s ever been.”With O’Scanlon running for the Senate, the other Assembly candidacy for the 13th District, will be Monmouth County Freeholder Serena DiMaso. DiMaso, Holmdel, was appointed to fill a vacancy on the Freeholder board in 2012 and began serving a full term in January 2014 and was re-elected in November 2016.Freeholder Lillian BurryThis year’s GOP freeholder candidates are veteran incumbent Lillian Burry, who began her tenure on the county government board in January 2006. Burry argued that the county has been well served by Republican elected officials, as she pointed to the county’s library and parks department, that she called the envy of the state, and fiscal responsibility that continues to earn national AAA bond ratings. “I would say after working in public service for 30 years,” including her term as a local elected official, Burry said, “I’m not finished yet.”Joining Burry on the ballot will be Holmdel’s Deputy Mayor Patrick Impreveduto. Impreveduto has lived in Monmouth County since 1984 and has served on the local board of education as well as the Holmdel Township Committee. He is taking the place of incumbent Freeholder Gary Rich who is not running this year.For the county organization, the top of the ticket belongs to Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno. Guadagno, a Monmouth Beach resident, told the supportive audience she has the ability and experience to defeat likely Democratic nominee Phil Murphy, a Middletown resident, for the governor’s office.“It’s going to be a bloody battle,” for the governor’s race as well as the Legislature, Guadagno said. “A lot of it is about money,” she said, telling the crowd, “I have the ability to raise money and we will have the money to get the message out.”State Assemblyman Jack Ciattarelli (R-16) also made an attempt to sway some support for his bid for the party nomination, but promised following the June 6 primary he would support the Republican ticket.The party committee members endorsed incumbents Senator Sam Thompson and Assemblymen Robert Clifton and Ronald Dancer for their re-election to the 12th Legislative District, which represents seven Monmouth County communities; and the 30th District’s Senator Robert Singer, Assemblymen Sean Kean and David Rible, whose district covers the county’s southern portion.With the talk of money, Golden noted “I’m happy to report that MCRC is in great financial shape,” but didn’t offer any specifics. While the county returned incumbent Republicans to countywide offices last November (including Golden’s own re-election), and went strong for GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump, there is a voter registration deficit with Democrats. But it’s the unaffiliated voters who make the difference. “And we have to continue to give them a reason to vote Republican,” Golden said.This article was first published in the March 23-30, 2017 print edition of The Two River Times.