Williston, VT – Child Care Resource of Williston was recently awarded full accreditation by the Quality Assurance Program (QAP) of the National Association of Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies (NACCRRA). The Chittenden County agency was recognized at a regional NACCRRA meeting in Albany, NY and again in Washington, DC. QAP is a national, voluntary, quality assurance system for community child care resource and referral programs. The program is designed to ensure that families across the country have access to consistent, high-quality consumer education and referral services. Kathie Mercia, Director of Subsidy, Resource and Referral, headed up the two-year accreditation process.Child Care Resource is a nonprofit agency founded in 1984. It serves the needs of Chittenden County families who need help searching and/or paying for child care, as well as offering workshops and trainings throughout the year for child care professionals. To learn more, visit www.childcareresource.org(link is external).
Osgood, Ind. — The Osgood town council has amended the unsafe building ordinance. Under the new guidelines, the town council will be able to appoint a person of the Ripley County building inspector for code enforcement.Other changes include a requirement to notify adjoining property owners and clerk-treasurers of towns will be given notice of applications involving property within town limits.
Lionel Messi scored the decisive goal as Barcelona secured the first part of a potential treble by winning La Liga with a 1-0 victory at Atletico Madrid on Sunday.Barca had looked destined to bring the title back to Catalonia ever since Luis Suarez’s winner against Real Madrid in March, and the Catalans did exactly what was required a year to the day after Atletico won the crown at Camp Nou.Messi, Suarez and Neymar have led the way for Barca, scoring 79 goals between them in La Liga, and, fittingly, it was the former who sealed the title with a typically clinical finish just after the hour mark.Suarez missed out due to a hamstring injury picked up in midweek, and Barca were less fluid than usual in attack without the Uruguayan.But Messi’s brilliance eventually shone through 25 minutes from time, as he beat Jan Oblak from inside the area after taking a sublime touch from Pedro’s pass for his 54th goal in as many games this season.Neymar should have doubled Barca’s lead shortly after, but the Brazilian’s wild shot from Messi’s perfect throughball mattered little as Barca wrapped up their seventh title in the last decade, with Copa del Rey and Champions League finals still to come.Atletico made it clear early on that they would not relinquish their title without a fight, enjoying a particularly bright opening 10 minutes. But Oblak was called into action to twice deny Messi, before the Argentina captain then grazed the roof of the goal with a free-kick after Diego Godin had brought down Dani Alves.Alves then went close himself just before the interval, though Oblak confidently turned his speculative long-range drive over.Atletico began the second period better, and Godin went close to putting the home side ahead in the 51st minute, heading just over following a fine delivery from Koke.Fernando Torres was the next to try his luck, and the striker forced Claudio Bravo into a crucial save at his near post.But Barca finally broke the deadlock with 65 minutes on the clock, Messi proving decisive yet again.The 27-year-old received a pass inside the area from Pedro, coolly dragged the ball past a defender with his first touch and duly stroked it beyond Oblak’s reach through a crowd of players. The in-form Neymar then uncharacteristically spurned a one-on-one chance that could have put the game – and title – beyond doubt.Guilherme Siqueira’s long-range effort three minutes from time had Bravo scrambling and Barca hearts in mouths, but the Catalans held on with relative comfort to earn Luis Enrique the title in his first season in charge.–
– as Child Protection Week concludesMinister within the Communities Ministry Dawn Hastings-Williams and a team, including a Blossom Incorporated representative Tiffany Griffith, conducted an education outreach programme to several communities in Region Seven (Cuyuni-Mazaruni).The aim of the exercise was to raise awareness about child abuse and the strong role the community plays in intervention and prevention. This was part of activities in observance of Child Protection Week, September 18 to 24.Minister within the Communities Ministry Dawn Hastings-Williams addressing the meeting during the education outreachFor three days (September 21-23), the Minister and team held engagements with the children, parents, community leaders and Councillors of Kamarang, Jawalla, Kako and Kwebanna on child rights, preventing child abuse and better parenting. This was reinforced by a travelling exhibition titled “Break the Silence, Stop Child Sexual Abuse”, which the team shared with them, a release from the Government Information Agency (GINA) stated.Speaking at the different engagements, Minister Hastings-Williams sought to reinforce the importance of community involvement in ensuring the protection of the nation’s children.The Minister declared, “Child abuse is real.” Moreover, incidents of child abuse are on the increase throughout the 10 Administrative Regions, with the hinterland regions showing signs of being more vulnerable.The Minister noted that “all (parents, community leaders, businesses and the Police) must become involved” to stop this scourge and called on the community leaders, parents and residents to give prominence to the issue by making it a topic of discussion at every forum.The Minister urged that the community make it a decisive issue at the weekly village meetings and at the level of the different Parent-Teachers’ Association meetings. The Minister also asked that these meetings discuss topics such as how to recognise the signs and symptoms of abuse and what to do if it was suspected that a child or young person was being harmed.The Minister not only urged further education, but for the community to seek to report instances of suspected abuse. Meanwhile, Griffith reminded the children that they were all special, telling them: “You are going to be the leaders of tomorrow’s generation…”She explained that their parents, community and Government have a responsibility to them in relation to ensuring that they become their best self for their future role. Griffith pointed out that the responsibility also includes ensuring that they are “well taken care of” including protected from all forms of abuse.“Abuse is any form of punishment or wrongdoing that has been done to a child,” Griffith explained to the children. “If somebody beats you and leaves marks on your skin and causes you pain and you are not able to attend school that is abuse. If somebody should touch you on your private parts, that is abuse,” she added.The Blossom Incorporated representative urged the children to report all instances of abuse to “somebody who you think you can tell and who would not cause you more harm”.During the meetings, Minister Hastings-Williams also spoke briefly about Indigenous Heritage and Education Month, both of which are being observed in September.Alluding to the two observances, the Minister reiterated the Government’s commitment to indigenous development, including its pledge to work to bring quality education to the hinterland, on par with what is offered on the coastland.“The Government is committed in ensuring that every child has access to quality education despite their geographical location,” the Minister assured.She also resolved to bring to Cabinet’s attention a number of issues and concerns that were raised during engagements, including improving the living quarters of Government workers in the hinterland.The Child Care and Protection Agency (CCPA) stated that over 2238 cases of child abuse have been reported. According to CCPA Director Ann Greene, the most reported form of abuse is neglect, followed by sexual abuse.Blossom Incorporated is a registered Non-Governmental Organisation within Guyana, that works separately and in collaboration with the Social Protection Ministry to build and strengthen children and families’ relationships and to safeguard the physical and mental well-being of all children.