New advocacy service for South Australians with disability Uniting Communities will deliver a new, state-wide advocacy service to ensure vulnerable South Australians with disability can access and receive the supports they need.The advocacy service is a key recommendation from the recent Safeguarding Task Force and has been introduced swiftly by the Marshall Liberal Government.Minister for Human Services Michelle Lensink said the new service will receive $1.2 million over three years and will start operating this month.“The NDIS can be challenging to navigate and this advocacy program will help South Australians who are struggling to get the support they need,” said Minister Lensink.“The Safeguarding Task Force found that people with disabilities don’t always receive adequate support to understand the NDIS and pursue their rights.“The Marshall Liberal Government listened and acted swiftly, committing $1.2 million for a state-wide advocacy service to support people as the NDIS evolves.“This is the first-time individual advocacy funding has been provided by the State Government since 2007, when the former Labor Government defunded it as a cost saving measure.“This critical service will be available this month and will provide legal representation for people to challenge NDIS decisions, as well as educating and empowering people with disability to advocate for themselves.“We are committed to continuing to do everything we can to address the barriers facing people with disability.”Uniting Communities was selected via a competitive tender process.Uniting Communities Senior Manager Sarah Watson said the advocacy service will be highly respectful and accessible.“This service will give people practical help and real confidence knowing that someone is in their corner, advocating for their needs,” said Ms Watson.The State Government accepted all seven safeguarding taskforce recommendations – and all have been actioned or completed.Other actions include committing an additional $600,000 to continue the work of the Disability Advocate Dr David Caudrey and expanding the Adult Safeguarding Unit so that its scope now includes vulnerable adults of any age. /Public News. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:AusPol, Australia, disability, Force, Government, Human, Human Services, Minister, NDIS, SA Government, South Australia
Related Performance data start-up Lumin Sports has raised AU$650,000 through private investment to drive commercial expansion in 2020.The South Australian company’s software platform was launched in 2018 through a collaboration with global tech giant Dimension Data and World Tour cycling team NTT Pro Cycling (formerly Team Dimension Data).The technology, which interprets complex technical and non-technical data and presents it on a customisable platform in real-time, is now also used by several sporting organisations including Cycling Australia and AFL Club Adelaide Crows.Speaking from his home city of Adelaide during the Tour Down Under, Lumin Sports founder and CEO Ben Tripodi said the target for 2020 was to expand its Australian customer base and increase its focus on the United Kingdom and Europe before turning attention to the United States in 2021.“There was a very deliberate action to keep it at a handful of sports teams while we were building our product support, and now we are really focusing on building our marketing presence, building our brand and growing revenue,” he said.“We’ve been able to focus heavily on product development in the past two years and we now have a commercially viable product that is already being used by a number of teams and we believe will do well in the marketplace.”The platform leverages existing data collection tools and has multiple dashboards with up to 40 data points. It is also linked to an app to send recommendations to athletes such as how much water to drink after competition based on fluid loss data.“Our data visualisation platform is fully customisable and the way that we build the product is very modular, so for every sport it’s customisable, for every team it’s customisable,” Tripodi said.“However, the sports we are focusing on are Premier League Football in the UK, professional cycling, AFL, rugby and then eventually American football and baseball in the US.”Lumin Sports raised an initial AU$140,000 from seed investors at the beginning of last year and was also boosted by a AU$148,000 early commercialisation grant from the Australian Government’s Department of Industry, Innovation and Science.The Lumin Sports apps allows athletes to input their own personal wellbeing data. Tripodi said the latest capital raising round was part of a two-year strategy to “move beyond being a cool start-up with cool tech” to becoming a serious global player in the sports data space with a growing list of customers and revenues.He said he was confident of reaching an investment goal of AU$750,000 by the end of February.Lumin Sports hosted a group of clients and potential investors at an event in its home city of Adelaide, South Australia, during the Tour Down Under.In its 22nd year, the January 21-26 Santos Tour Down Under is Australia’s largest cycling race and is the first race of the 2020 UCI World Tour.“We’re very fortunate that we were born out of professional cycling and born out of Adelaide and this is the one time of year when a lot of our clients, partners and prospective partners are all in the same location,” Tripodi said.“For that reason the Tour Down Under is a big event for us each year and can really help us grow.”www.luminsports.com
“We felt like we deserved it (Saturday), but a lot of really good things happen other than the ‘W’ in the end.”Wernet said once the team gets over the loss it will be able to positively reflect on the match, as well as the optimism it brings toward next season.“We always said we made big steps that we got better. And we always said that at one point we deserved (a win against the Big Ten’s elite), but we lost again,” he said. “But in one week, I think everybody will look back and say we did a great job.”Young said he is equally optimistic about his young team.“We felt like we were doing things the right way (all year), even though we were losing a lot during the (start of the) year. We kept on fighting and trying harder and harder all year, and learned and got better,” he said.Women bounced in second round tooThe Minnesota women’s tennis team likely saw its season come to an end Friday when the Gophers were bounced out of the Big Ten Tournament in West Lafayette, Ind., after a 4-0 loss to the nation’s top team, Northwestern, in the second round.After the eighth-seeded Gophers disposed of ninth-seeded Purdue 4-3 on Friday for their second victory against the Boilermakers in less than a week, coach Tyler Thomson’s squad found little holes in the armor of the 24-1 Wildcats, losing the doubles point and then quickly dropping three singles matches in straight sets to end the dual.“They are just too tough. I told the team afterward, there is only one team in the country that is going to finish the year without a loss (as its last match), and it might have been the team we just lost to,” Thomson said.With a 15-11 overall record, the Gophers are ranked 64th overall and Thomson said generally speaking, it takes a top-50 ranking to get an at-large bid into the NCAA tournament, meaning, in all likely hood the Gophers won’t return to the courts until next fall.“I’m already really excited for it. We have three of our top four players returning, two freshmen coming in and would be very surprised if they don’t make an immediate impact in our starting lineup. Have another really deep team next year,” Thomson said. Men drop heated quarterfinal to BadgersMinn. was swept by Wis. earlier this year but lost an emotional 4-3 battle Friday.April 28, 2008Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrintThe Minnesota men’s tennis team that left Iowa City on Saturday morning after losing in the Big Ten quarterfinals – now, without question – little resembles the Gophers squad which started its season by dropping nine of its first 10 matches starting with a Feb. 1 encounter with Denver.up next NCAA Regionalswhat: Women’s tenniswhen: Time TBA, May 9-10where: TBDNor do they any longer look like the team that started out March with a 0-4 conference record, which cemented them to the bottom of the Big Ten for much of the season.The way Minnesota played this weekend, coach Geoff Young’s squad looked more like an NCAA tournament qualifier than a team that will end the season with a 7-17 record and no postseason berth.After making quick work of first-round opponent Michigan State (4-1), the seventh-seeded Gophers – who, rumor has it, were the talk of the weekend among coaches, fans and even line judges because of their competitive play – gave second-seeded Wisconsin everything it wanted and then some, pushing the Badgers to the limit but eventually falling 4-3 early Saturday morning.“It was crazy,” freshman Tobias Wernet said. “I’ve never been emotionally into it like this in a dual match or in general, in a tennis match.”The match, which started at 9:15 p.m. and lasted until 1:11. a.m, fittingly came down to a back-and-forth three-set singles match. Wisconsin’s Felipe Bellido overcame a 3-0 third-set deficit to senior Chi Pham to pick up a 4-6, 6-2, 6-4 victory and allow the Badgers to survive a big upset scare on day two of the conference tournament.The Gophers were in a 2-0 hole early against the favored Badgers after losing the doubles point and then watching as No. 1 singles player Raoul Schwark was downed.However, in a span of nearly 20 minutes, Minnesota reeled off three straight singles wins, all on adjacent courts – victories by sophomore Dino Bilankov, senior Pierre Dumas and Wernet – to take a 3-2 lead over a team the Gophers had lost to 7-0 two weeks prior.But the Badgers quickly tied the dual with a three-set win at No. 3 singles and then Bellido rallied to beat Pham, ending the Gophers’ season in somber fashion.“Of course we are proud but Ö it was so tough, the coaches didn’t have words. You can’t imagine how close it really was,” Wernet said.Young agreed.“We knew we could play with the team, it was just a matter of catching a couple of breaks and getting over the hump,” he said.
The New York Times: The most psychologically correct holiday of the year is upon us.Thanksgiving may be the holiday from hell for nutritionists, and it produces plenty of war stories for psychiatrists dealing with drunken family meltdowns. But it has recently become the favorite feast of psychologists studying the consequences of giving thanks. Cultivating an “attitude of gratitude” has been linked to better health, sounder sleep, less anxiety and depression, higher long-term satisfaction with life and kinder behavior toward others, including romantic partners. A new study shows that feeling grateful makes people less likely to turn aggressive when provoked, which helps explain why so many brothers-in-law survive Thanksgiving without serious injury.But what if you’re not the grateful sort? I sought guidance from the psychologists who have made gratitude a hot research topic. Here’s their advice for getting into the holiday spirit — or at least getting through dinner Thursday:Read the whole story: The New York Times More of our Members in the Media >
[av_one_full first min_height=” vertical_alignment=” space=” custom_margin=” margin=’0px’ padding=’0px’ border=” border_color=” radius=’0px’ background_color=” src=” background_position=’top left’ background_repeat=’no-repeat’ animation=”][av_heading tag=’h3′ padding=’10’ heading=’Ceres stuns S’pore Tampines at Panaad Stadium to surge in AFC’ color=” style=’blockquote modern-quote’ custom_font=” size=” subheading_active=’subheading_below’ subheading_size=’15’ custom_class=”]By ADRIAN STEWART CO[/av_heading][av_textblock size=” font_color=’custom’ color=”]Thursday, March 9, 2017[/av_textblock][av_image src=’http://www.panaynews.net/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/sports-Ceres.jpg’ attachment=’99096′ attachment_size=’full’ align=’center’ styling=” hover=” link=” target=” caption=’yes’ font_size=’14’ appearance=’on-hover’ overlay_opacity=’0.4′ overlay_color=’#000000′ overlay_text_color=’#ffffff’ animation=’no-animation’]Ceres-Negros Football Club stars Kevin Ingreso (6) and Roland Müller (2nd from right) and the rest of the team wave to their Negrense fans after a rousing victory over the Tampines Rovers in the 2017 AFC Cup group stage on Tuesday night at the Panaad Park and Stadium in Bacolod City. ARCHIE ALIPALO/PN[/av_image] [av_textblock size=” font_color=” color=”]MANILA – The Ceres-Negros Football Club did not disappoint its hometown fans as it scored a 5-0 win over Singapore’s Tampines Rovers in the 2017 AFC Cup group stage on Tuesday night at the Panaad Park and Stadium in Bacolod City.Bienvenido Marañon fired two goals, while Iain Ramsay, Manuel Ott and Fernando Rodriguez added a conversion each for Ceres-Negros which bounced back from a 1-1 draw with Vietnam.With the victory, the Bacolod City-based squad is currently at solo first place in Group G with four points, followed by the Tampines Rovers with three, Hanoi with two and Felda United with one point.Ramsay opened the scoring for the Ceres Negros with his left foot hit from outside the box. The lead was quickly doubled as Marañon was left wide open after Tampines Rovers came out of the goal area.The Tampines Rovers also had opportunities of their own late in the first half but failed to come up with a decent shot. Ceres-Negros closed out the first half with another hit by Ott from outside the box.Ceres-Negros continued its rampage in the second half as Ramsay passed the ball to Marañon for a beautiful finish. The Negrenses ended the dominant win with a goal from newcomer Rodriguez from a pass by Jeffrey Christiaens.“I think the crowd provided the special motivation for the players,” said Ceres Negros head coach Risto Vidakovic. “But like what I said if we play together we can get the result that we wanted.”Ceres-Negros will hope for its second straight victory in the group stage when it faces the lowly Felda United of Malaysia at 7:30 p.m. on March 15 still at the Bacolod City venue. Ceres-Negros needs to top their group for them to advance in the zonal semifinals and play against the Asia zone winner, with the winner moving up to the zonal finals./PN[/av_textblock][/av_one_full]
Although the president has a rally coming up in Minneapolis Thursday and the two briefly talked about the event, Cousins is not expected to attend, a Vikings spokesperson told the Star Tribune. Trump and the GOP hope to win Minnesota in the 2020 presidential election, even though the state has been reliably Democratic in recent years.Cousins golfed with Trump in June 2017 at Trump National Golf Club in Bedminister, N.J. Related News Kirk Cousins, who played his best game of the season Sunday in the Vikings’ 28-10 win over the Giants, fielded an unexpected phone call afterward.President Donald Trump called the quarterback to “briefly congratulate him and the Vikings on the win in New York,” Minnesota TV station WCCO reported. The Vikings quarterback, who has been under fire in recent days after a slow start this year, played well Sunday, completing 22-of-27 passes for a season-high 306 yards and two touchdowns. Titans sign kicker Cody Parkey Buccaneers guard Alex Cappa played Sunday with broken arm
Source: Alex Pavlovic, NBC Sports, Bay AreaNeed to know: Madison Bumgarner is only 30 years old, which seems weird because he’s been around for parts of 11 seasons. And despite not being MADISON BUMGARNER the past few years because of various injuries and perhaps some natural regression, it’s quite possible he has more strong seasons left. His stats since 2017: 19-25, 3.57 ERA, 3.94 FIP with 413 strikeouts in 448.1 innings. Not bad, not great.MORE: Braves one of six teams that could use MadBum’s services Regardless of how hot the Hot Stove Season actually is this year — it’s been lukewarm, at best, the past few offseasons — Sporting News will have you covered with all the trade rumors and free-agent rumblings you can handle.Rumor: The Braves have made Madison Bumgarner a priority. Could this happen: Bumgarner makes sense for the Braves on the surface. He’s a proven front-line starter with a stellar postseason resume who could give a young Atlanta rotation a boost in multiple ways. The only issue would be the money and the years. It seems risky for the Braves to give MadBum a long-term deal, but it seems unlikely he’d accept a one- or two-year contract. Still, the two sides have had mutual interest in one another of late — Bumgarner is a North Carolina boy from right in the heart of Braves country, after all — so it’s the kind of signing that could easily happen.Potential domino effect: Getting Bumgarner would mean the Braves could officially move on from lefty Dallas Keuchel, who is already expected to be elsewhere next season. It would also, presumably, mean the Braves could focus the rest of their offseason on re-signing Josh Donaldson and/or adding more offense to the lineup. But Atlanta is said to potentially have interest in finding more than one established, successful starter to further balance out the youth in the rotation, which now looks to be without veteran innings-eater Julio Teheran. MORE RUMORS: Rays, Marlins want Howie Kendrick