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QLD mum charged with murder of girls to remain behind bars for Xmas

Kerri-Ann Conley will remain behind bars for Christmas. The 27-year-old Queensland mum, who has been accused of murdering her two young daughters by leaving them in a hot car, did not appear as her two counts of murder were adjourned in Beenleigh Magistrates Court on Wednesday for mention on March 11. Darcey-Helen, 2, and Chloe-Ann, 1, died inside a black station wagon parked across the front yard of their family home in Logan, south of Brisbane, on November 23. Paramedics arrived but were unable to revive the young siblings. The girls were declared dead at the scene and police say they showed signs of being exposed to extreme heat. Conley is the first person to be charged under the state’s expanded definition...

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Too much TV time 'is the biggest driver of childhood obesity'

Too much TV time may be the biggest driver of childhood obesity, research suggests. Scientists from the Barcelona Institute for Global Health set out to uncover the lifestyle habits that cause youngsters to carry dangerous amounts of weight. After analysing more than 1,400 four-year-olds, they found screen time is more to blame than inactivity or processed food. TV exposes youngsters to adverts for unhealthy food, while also taking time away from exercise and disturbing sleep. One in 10 children aged between four and five in the UK were obese in 2016/17, NHS Digital statistics show. In the US, nearly one in five (18.5%) two-to-19 year olds carry dangerous amounts of weight, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Childhood obesity has...

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Tennis coach charged over sexual abuse of girl

A tennis coach will appear in court today following an investigation into the alleged sexual abuse of a girl he was coaching. Detectives from the Child Abuse and Sex Crimes Squad commenced an investigation following reports a 12-year-old girl had been sexually abused on several occasions by a man known to her. Following extensive inquiries, detectives arrested a 71-year-old man at a reserve at Lindfield about 1.15pm yesterday (Wednesday 11 December 2019). The man was taken to Chatswood Police Station and charged with 11 counts of intentionally sexually touch child between 10 and 16 years, and seven counts of intentionally do sexual act with child between 10 and 16 years. Police will allege in court that the man sexually abused...

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Tasmanian government releases second progress report on Child Sexual Abuse Royal Commission recommendations

A report providing details of the Tasmania's government work implementing the recommendations of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse has been released. The Second Annual Progress Report and Action Plan 2020 outlines the state's response to date and planned actions for next year. Of the 189 recommendations handed down by the commission in 2017, 105 are relevant to the Tasmanian government. Key law reforms arising from the recommendations implemented in Tasmania include a new crime of failing to report child sex abuse and the abrogation of the confessional privilege for the purposes of the new crime and mandatory reporting obligations. The state has also introduced a statutory duty on organisations engaged in children-related services and reforms to enable the identification...

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"What can I do to help?" 5 questions a teacher wants you to ask in parent-teacher interviews.

For many school-aged students and their families, it’s that time of the year where reports have been sent home and Parent-Teacher Interview (PTI) bookings have been opened up. PTIs, or your school’s equivalent, are an opportunity to discuss your kid’s progress at school for the past six months – or sometimes the entire year. Although they seem to come at the busiest times of the year (read: Christmas) they are still so important to try and get to. Yes, even if your kid’s report was overwhelmingly positive. As an ex-teacher and mother of two, I cannot encourage participating in the process enough, for both parents and students alike. But it’s important to make the most of it. The first step (and...

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