Agencies doubt abuse figures

first_imgNZ Herald 6 March 2015The number of child abuse complaints referred to Child Youth and Family in Tauranga is falling, but agencies in the area are debating the new figures.Information released by the Ministry of Social Development to the Bay of Plenty Times under the Official Information Act shows 444 children up to the age of 14 suffered emotional abuse, 172 suffered neglect, 149 suffered physical abuse and 29 were sexually abused in the 2013/2014 financial year.The figures showed the number of critical cases fell during a five-year period.In the 2009/2010 financial year 226 cases were assessed as critical while in the 2013/14 financial year the number was 181.A critical rating is applied when a child or young person is identified as having been severely abused or neglected.Bernadine Mackenzie, deputy chief executive of Child, Youth and Family, said when a concern was expressed to CYF a child or young person may be at risk of abuse or neglect, a notification was recorded. read more

FL man pleads guilty to bomb threats targeting courthouses, government offices

first_imgA Florida man has plead guilty to threatening to blow up courthouses and other government offices across northern Florida.US Attorney Lawrence Keefe announced the guilty plea on Friday.Noah Stirn plead guilty to twelve separate charges stemming from 21 threatening letters he mailed or attempted to send in April and May of this year.In those letters, he claimed to have planted explosives in government buildings, including the Florida Capitol and the US Courthouse in Pensacola.Some buildings were forced to evacuate as a result of the threatening letters.Stirn is scheduled to be sentenced in late January.He faces up to five years in prison for each charge of mailing a threatening communication and up to 10 years for each charge of threatening to use an explosive.No other information is available.last_img read more

U-18 Soccer Club fundraising to get to Grande Prairie

first_imgThe coupons being sold cost $10, and offer 6 buy-one get-one free pizza deals, as well as a free medium pizza.The event is raising money to help offset the costs of travel and rental time for an upcoming soccer tournament in Grande Prairie.The tournament will be taking place this weekend, where the local soccer club will take on Grande Prairie to determine their position in the provincials.- Advertisement -A victory would have the boys compete in the Tier 2 League, while a loss would result in them playing in the Tier 3 League.A victory would be substantial for Fort St. John, who has never played in the second tier.last_img