Who’d be a single parent?

first_imgDirectly accessed from Lindsay Mitchell Blog 4 Oct 2014 http://lindsaymitchell.blogspot.co.nz (because it’s good!)The Families Commission produced some research which compared one parent families with three other family types: two parent families, younger couples without children and older couples without children.The following is a summary of what they discovered about one parent families:› less likely to have felt satisfied with their life as a whole (77.8 percent)› generally less likely to have felt calm and peaceful (66 percent)› nearly a third were regular smokers (31.3 percent)› fewer felt safe walking alone at night in their neighbourhood (55.7 percent)› relatively high participation in study or training (32.3 percent)› less than one-quarter hold a post-secondary school qualification (23.1 percent)› less likely to be satisfied with their knowledge, skills and attitude (79.5 percent)› significantly less likely to have an annual household income of greater than $70,000 (23.6 percent)› much less likely to be involved in paid employment (46.7 percent)› consistently less likely to be satisfied with their standard of living (64.3 percent)› among the least likely to do voluntary work for a group or organisation (22.7 percent)Today, thirty percent of all families with children are single parent families. This high proportion is the product of forty years of state subsidisation.Any young person looking at the four groups, asked to choose which they would like to belong to ‘when they grow up’, is going to avoid the one-parent group.It isn’t ‘compassionate’ to continue encouraging the single parent lifestyle. It isn’t kind to the mothers or their children. Any reasonable efforts to reverse the trend should be supported without question.http://lindsaymitchell.blogspot.co.nz/2014/10/whod-be-single-parent.htmllast_img read more

Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech delighted with clean-sheets record

first_img Press Association A first goal for the club for Gabriel and a strike from in-form Mesut Ozil wrapped up the points against the Cherries but the clean sheet was also more newsworthy than usual. For in keeping it, Cech continues to show what a shrewd move it was and, in picking up his eighth league clean sheet for his new side, he surpassed David James’ old record. He celebrated as he left the field, punching the air as the record he had been eyeing for some time was finally his and he knows how important his role in a title-winning side can be. “I feel really proud,” he said after the game. “I believe that this is the best league in the world and one of the most difficult leagues to play for a goalkeeper so to have achieved such a record, obviously, it’s a great personal achievement so I’m really proud of that. “What makes me happy the most, probably, is that these clean sheets so far brought four Premier League trophies, so hopefully we will add clean sheets this season and we will celebrate at the end of the season, because this is far more important. “I think the most important (thing) was to win the game and obviously once we got the 2-0 lead and it was going towards the end of the game, then, I have to confess that I started thinking about the record and in the last 10 minutes, I was checking the clock.” Cech is the studious type and, when it was falsely claimed he had broken the record some months ago, the Czech Republic international took to Twitter to say that someone had jumped the gun. The 33-year-old secured his 170th Premier League shut-out in Monday’s 2-0 win over Bournemouth – a result which also saw the Gunners move to the top of the table and Cech enter the history books. He was Arsene Wenger’s only summer acquisition at the Emirates Stadium, signed from rivals Chelsea because the Arsenal boss wanted an assured pair of hands. How did he know that? He puts it down to his father’s meticulous data-collection. “I have a kind of a chronicle where I have every game that I’ve played, so you just look through and you can see,” he said. “My father has a book where ever since I started playing games, he wrote down the games that I played in. “So if you go to my website, then you will find it all there. And you can set what league, what competition, what year, whatever you want, you will find it there, so it’s easy to track. “It’s great when somebody gives you the record but I want to have the record when I know I have really done it in the right way. I always like to do things the right way. “Obviously, as I was approaching the number of David James and people kept reminding me, I had a look because I really wanted to make sure that I knew when it could happen.” Cech enjoyed a brief chat with former Arsenal goalkeeper Bob Wilson as he prepared to leave the stadium on Monday night before the 74-year-old told a story about someone he labelled a “special guy”. Wilson watched on as Cech, fresh from the 4-0 hammering at Southampton on Boxing Day which delayed Arsenal’s ascension to the Premier League summit for 48 hours, entered the crowd to hand over his gloves and apologise to supporters along the way. Cech certainly has the fans onside and he will only boost that reputation if his clean-sheets, experience and all-round calming nature aid Arsenal to the title this year. Having lifted the trophy four times across London at Chelsea, the former Rennes man is a perfect judge of title-winning credentials – and he spots that in his current dressing room. “I think that the great thing is that we go game by game,” he added. “We don’t feel overwhelmed when we win. Obviously, you are disappointed when you lose a game like we did two days ago but the reaction and consistency of the work is very important and so far we’ve been doing that, preparing every game as well as we could. “Now, we are in a really good position so hopefully we can carry on that. Now going into the New Year, we are in a position where we can actually aim for our targets.” Cech plans to commemorate the occasion by getting his team-mates to sign the shirt he wore in his record-breaking game and a ll of the Arsenal players are likely to oblige as they know just how crucial he is to their hopes of a first league trophy in 11 years. Arsenal’s record-breaking goalkeeper Petr Cech knows all about keeping clean sheets and the importance they play in winning Barclays Premier League titles. last_img read more

Inside threats carry women’s hoops over Illinois

first_imgOnce again, the Wisconsin women’s basketball team (11-9, 6-2) was led by its two major inside threats in senior forwards Lin Zastrow and Tara Steinbauer.It may seem like a common theme, but with star senior guard Alyssa Karel struggling with her shooting and scoring just nine points, Zastrow and Steinbauer were needed more than ever Sunday against Illinois. Scoring 28 points in the paint, inside play was a key to the Badgers’ 60-47 win over the Fighting Illini as UW proved that it truly is an inside-out team.“Offensively…we attacked inside early, Tara had a great, strong start,” head coach Lisa Stone said. “We really keyed in on Lin a lot, then we hit a couple threes and we stopped going inside for a while.”It comes as no surprise that, when the Badgers started relying on their outside game, they quickly fell behind to Illinois. Still leading with just over five minutes left in the first half, Wisconsin had to come back to make it a one-point Illinois lead at halftime.The most telling part of that stretch was that the Badgers lost an edge when they stopped making an effort to consistently get the ball to the post players. Although Steinbauer had 10 quick points early on, the Illini clearly had an easier time defending Wisconsin when the Badgers fired shots from outside.“We’ve been able to find success [inside]; our guards have been doing a great job,” Steinbauer said. “We’ve emphasized bounce-passing into the post, which has not only gotten us more post touches, but limited our turnovers. So, [it’s] definitely something we’re working to improve every day.”Even though she may give much of the credit to the guards, Steinbauer finished with 19 points, and her success inside the paint was crucial to the team’s rebounding in the second half.Passing was also a key to the post game against Illinois, as the Badgers tallied 14 assists to the Illini’s eight and relied on great passes to open up good looks inside. As players struggled to find a true rhythm from outside, the emphasis on looking for the best option gave Wisconsin plenty of high-percentage shots. Zastrow had four assists herself, a sign that even the post players were trying to spread the scoring.“I’ve gotten yelled at quite a few times in my career for too much passing, but I guess I always want to look to pass first,” Zastrow said. “I love getting my teammates involved, helping my teammates out. So I just work on that all the time.”After shooting just 37.7 percent from the field and 26.7 percent from beyond the arc in the game, getting points in the paint was clearly the best strategy for mounting a comeback. Zastrow and Steinbauer also got some help from junior forward Anya Covington, who finished with four points and missed just one shot from the field.Another effect of the Badgers’ impressive performance inside was that it created plenty of opportunities at the free throw line. Making 16 of its 17 shots from the charity stripe, UW made up for much of its poor shooting by fully taking advantage of free baskets.The Badgers’ inside players were also able to slow down Illinois by getting their players, particularly their star sophomore forward Karisma Penn, into foul trouble.Despite the fact that Penn finished the game with 18 points, her four personal fouls limited her playing time in the second half. Penn’s foul trouble was a direct result of the aggressive play inside by Zastrow and Steinbauer.“Our bread and butter is our inside game, and I think getting Karisma Penn into foul trouble, especially early on in that second half, was huge for us,” Steinbauer said. “We had a definite size advantage down low.”Perhaps the importance of the inside play was best displayed by the way it frustrated the Badgers’ opponent. By taking out the Illini’s best player and leading Wisconsin’s offense, Zastrow and Steinbauer clearly had a major impact on the game.“They [have] experienced posts, two seniors that have been here,” Illinois head coach Jolette Law said. “Sometimes I look, and it’s like wow, Zastrow is still here”?last_img read more

Putting her best foot forward

first_imgIt was only fitting that Aja Mandrell’s tying goal in Quartz Hill High’s 1-1 tie Jan. 26 with Golden League rival Highland came with her left foot. To that point, one of the Rebels’ best offensive weapons had been nearly nonexistent, thanks to a fluke injury suffered during club soccer last fall. Mandrell believed she had an ingrown nail on her left big toe. She soon discovered there was a non-malignant tumor pushing up on the nail, and she needed surgery to have it removed. With teammate Shannon Cox already recovering from surgery – she had a 14-inch rod placed in her shin after suffering broken a fibula and tibia playing indoor soccer last May – Quartz Hill’s offense found itself missing two crucial components before the season started. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card “At first, the doctors made it seem like I was going to be out for a day or two,” said Mandrell, a senior forward. “Then it turned into a week. By the time it was all over, it was most of the preseason.” Without the two stars, the Rebels struggled to consistently score goals during their preleague schedule. “When I was injured, I didn’t want to baby myself, because that’s the worst thing I could do,” said Mandrell, who made her season debut in Quartz Hill’s 2-1 loss Jan. 6 to Highland. “As a captain, missing that bonding period (in preseason) and not being able to lead the team was hard. But not playing was a killer to me.” Said Cox: “I can’t say I’ve felt sorry for (our situation). It just took us a little longer to mesh, and we just accepted it for what it was and moved on.” Although Cox and Mandrell don’t claim to be at 100 percent, their presence and energy has sparked the Rebels (10-5-3, 6-1-2) to an eight-game unbeaten streak – heading into Wednesday’s match at Knight – since the loss to Highland (17-2-3, 7-0-1). “I think it’s made a big difference,” Cox said. “We both play important positions, and we both try to get the other players involved in the offense. We’ve played together for three years, so that helped our chemistry fall back into place.” Although Quartz Hill lost to Highland – only its third setback in 91 league games since 1998 – with Mandrell back on the field, it told veteran coach Maury Cauchon and the Rebels they could compete with the defending league champion. “That was a huge game for us,” said Cox, who scored Quartz Hill’s lone goal against the Bulldogs on a second-half penalty kick. “Aja’s a captain, and we all felt better when she was out there. It made me feel more comfortable, and I left that game feeling better about the direction of our team.” Quartz Hill continued to build on its momentum with a 1-1 tie Jan. 13 against Lancaster (16-1-3, 7-0-1), although Mandrell didn’t play because she was on a college recruiting trip to Chico State. She hopes to be a factor for the Rebels when they play Friday at Lancaster at 6 p.m. “I feel like I have more to prove because I wasn’t there the first time,” said Mandrell, who also is considering Baylor, Portland State and Wright State. “We have to get up for this game as much as we get up for Highland.” Mandrell said scoring an important goal against Highland made her feel for the first time this season that she had made an impact in Quartz Hill’s success. “I was really nervous to come back and not live up to my potential,” said Mandrell, who shares team captain responsibilities with Kelsey Banks. “I was scared I wasn’t going to be able to perform at the level I expected from myself. It definitely felt good to come back and play like that.” A victory over Lancaster would be another step forward for Mandrell and Cox, who have made the most out of a potentially disastrous situation. “They’ve both really stepped up for us,” Cauchon said. “Obviously, we weren’t the same team without them, but since they’ve come back, we keep improving as we go.” Said Mandrell: “At Quartz Hill, we’re known for winning, and the pressure is on people like me and Kelsey and Shannon to make things happen. … If we can go out big, then it’ll be a good year.” Erik Boal, (818) 713-3607 [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more