Archive for April, 2019

  • Wesley Mission program helps foster kids become independent

    Date: 2019.04.19 | Category: 老域名 | Response: 0

    Jessica Wilson entered foster care as a five-year-old.Photo: Edwina PicklesWhen Jessica Wilson left her foster home as a teenager, she had little idea how to shop, cook, clean, run a car or manage household bills.

    Having lived in multiple foster placements from the age of five, she never absorbed what she describes as “the most basic life skills.”

    “It was a steep learning curve,” she said. “I had to learn by experience and learn by my mistakes.I had no family support to fall back on; I could only rely on myself. Luckily, I’m pretty determined.”

    Ms Wilson, now 27, put herself through a social sciences degree at the University of Newcastle, found a job and bought her first home on the NSW Central Coast in 2011.

    Her story is not typical for most young people leaving out of home care in NSW. Many leave their foster homes as teenagers, havelow rates of further education and suffer higher incidence of unemployment, homelessness and mental illness.

    A new pilot program from Wesley Mission aims to help young people leaving foster care make a smoother transition to adulthood by providing support with accommodation, education, employment and life skills.

    There are 20,000 children in out-of-home care in NSW with 670 supported by Wesley Mission in Sydney, the Central Coast, the Hunter and the North Coast.

    Wesley Mission chief executive, Keith Garner, said young people exiting the care system at 18 were particularly vulnerable.

    “There is almost no support to help these young people successfully take charge of their own lives as they leave foster care,” he said.

    “Few have extended family or community networks to fall back upon. Research indicates that the ensuing years are marked by low levels of educational attainment and high rates of unemployment, mobility, homelessness, financial difficulty, loneliness and physical and mental health problems.”

    The 12-month pilot, a joint scheme between Wesley Mission, theRotary Club of Sydney and the NSW Government, will initially be offered to 100 people leaving foster care in Sydney. The Take Charge of Your Life program, to be launched on Wednesday, could be extended nationally if successful.

    Ms Wilson, who now works as a team leader with Wesley Dalmar on the Central Coast, said such a program would have been invaluable to her as a teenager.

    “I was lucky because I was resilient and really wanted to break the cycle,” she said. “No one in mybiological family went on to further study so I just put 110 per centinto school. I wanted to prove it to myself and prove it to others.”

    She knows not all children leaving foster care are as fortunate, with figures from advocacy group the Create Foundation showing that only one-third finish high school and less than 3 per cent undertake further education.

    “A lot of these young people want to be independent just to escape the foster kid stigma,” Ms Wilson said.

    “It’s difficult to become a strong adult without a support network. A lot of these children do fall through the cracks.”

  • Goulburn’s historic St John’s Orphanage roof collapses in fire

    Date: 2019.04.19 | Category: 老域名 | Response: 0

    Goulburn’s historic St John’s Orphanage on fire on Wednesday. Photo: Jo Bennett Goulburn’s historic St John’s Orphanage roof collapses in fire Photo: Darryl Fernance

    A fire at St John’s Orphanage that destroyed a large section of the roof is now under control.

    Emergency services were called to the Mundy Street building shortly before 4pm on Wednesday after a man travelling along Hume Street, who noticed the smoke, called Triple-0.

    Unconfirmed reports are that a loud bang was heard moments before the building caught fire.

    Some 40 fire fighters joined the efforts. Uniformed police, police detectives and Ambulance crews were also present.

    It is understood Fire & Rescue NSW Trucks from Goulburn, Crookwell, St Andrew’s, Moss Vale, and Busby were tasked to the incident. Rural Fire Service crews also attended.

    Goulburn Mulwaree Council and NSW Police on Wednesday afternoon closed both Mundy and Bourke Streets in a bid to ease the flow of traffic to the area.

    Police, at 5pm, were still urging people to stay away.

    More smoke from the old St John’s home #Goulburn. Large sections of the roof have gone. pic.twitter老域名/2v8ct2ms0O— Goulburn Post (@GoulburnPost) November 4, 2015

    Initially the Goulburn Fire Brigade concentrated their attack on the fire from the front of the building using 70mm hose lines to spray water onto the roof level where the fire had taken hold.

    RFS units from Crookwell went around to the Combermere St side of the home, setting up two hoses to battle the flames.

    The sound of collapsing masonry could be heard from within the building, as roof tiles fell inward, leaving the timber frame skeleton exposed. GOULBURN | UPDATE: #FRNSW crews working to contain a bld’ing #fire on Mundy St. Partial roof collapse. pic.twitter老域名/9muhjZBPBQ— Fire & Rescue NSW (@FRNSW) November 4, 2015

    Journalist Peter Oliver, one of two journalists on the scene, said smoke appeared to be pouring from an area of the roof, where a section had been destroyed.

    Almost two hours after the blaze was first reported, small flames could still be spotted flickering through the roof of the building.

    Neighbours ‘forever’ reporting vandals

    Phillip Phelps, who lives a couple of doors from the old orphanage, told the Goulburn Post he was forever ringing the police about people in the building and the sounds of damage from within.

    Mr Phelps said kids and others often got into the place without permission.

    Christine McLaughlin, who lives across the road from the former home, echoed Mr Phelps’s comments, saying she could often hear the sound of windows smashing.

    In recent times people have been conducting ghost tours at night

    Mrs McLaughlin said the first thing they knew about the fire was the siren from the fire engine arriving at the orphanage.

    Another person standing outside the police line said that he had contacted  a couple of relatives who had spent part of their childhood at the orphanage, and they were very upset that their childhood home was being destroyed.

    They had been hopeful that the owner could eventually give the building a new purpose, he said.

    In November 2014, the Goulburn Post reported former residents of St John’s were “dismayed and saddened by the state of the building”.

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  • Mark Bouris’ son Dane found not guilty of domestic violence charge

    Date: 2019.04.19 | Category: 老域名 | Response: 0

    Dane Bouris leaves Downing Centre Local Court after being found not guilty of assaulting his girlfriend Photo: Janie BarrettThe son of businessman Mark Bouris has been found not guilty of accusations he tried to choke his on-off girlfriend and pulled her hair out.

    Dane Bouris​, 33, who runs the Morgans Boutique Hotel at Darlinghurst, maintained he never attacked the woman but rather she kicked him in the head and chest after he tried to hug her.

    Alexandra Dankwa​, a 23-year-old model, was living with Mr Bouris at Watsons Bay in Sydney’s east at the time of the alleged attack in April. The pair continue to see one another, she told the Downing Centre Local Court on Wednesday.

    The night before the alleged assault, Mr Bouris had gone to watch the football with his brothers and father, the founder of Wizard Home Loans and host of the television series Celebrity Apprentice.

    The accused had said he would be home that night but returned at 4pm the next day, intoxicated and “coming down”, according to Ms Dankwa. The pair fought.

    Ms Dankwa said later that evening she was collecting her belongings to leave when Mr Bouris pulled out three of her hair extensions, along with some of her natural hair.

    He allegedly placed her in a headlock and called her a “f—ing bitch”. Ms Dankwa said he later pinned her down on a bed and started choking her.

    “I couldn’t breathe,” she said. “It got to the point where I couldn’t even scream.”

    Ms Dankwa said the accused let go of her after she kicked him, but then complained of a headache, so she sarcastically offered him a paracetamol.

    Police photographs taken that night do not show bruises on Ms Dankwa’s neck. She did not return to the police station to show them the leg bruises she said emerged days later.

    Ms Dankwa admitted to sending Mr Bouris a text message two days after the alleged assault saying her police statement was “wrong in many areas”.

    She told the court she sent that message because she felt at the time as if she was doing the wrong thing by her partner.

    Giving evidence, Mr Bouris denied choking his girlfriend, holding her down or pulling her hair. He said had been kneeling, trying to give her a hug, when she lashed out.

    “I remember being kicked to the chest about twice and to the head once,” Mr Bouris said.

    Magistrate Michael Barko said there was no independent evidence pointing toward hair pulling or choking. He said both witnesses had appeared honest and genuine but he was not satisfied beyond reasonable doubt that either attack occurred.

    Magistrate Barko dismissed the charge of assault occasioning actual bodily harm. 

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  • Gender pay gap higher in bonuses, report finds

    Date: 2019.04.19 | Category: 老域名 | Response: 0

    Sabiha Vorajee says not only do women not ask about pay, but they can be perceived negatively if they do. Photo: Jessica Hromas Sabiha Vorajee says not only do women not ask about pay, but they can be perceived negatively if they do. Photo: Jessica Hromas

    The great Aussie sickie falls out of favour

    Steel yourselves, female workers of the world. You know that male colleague, the one who is not as diligent or talented as you are?

    Well, odds are that the last time you both went for a bonus, he got more than you, even if he did not perform as well.

    Not only do women earn less base pay, on average, than men, but this inequity extends to performance-based rewards like bonuses, new Australian research shows.

    Despite getting the same performance ratings as their male colleagues, women get smaller bonuses on average, according to a report from human resources consultants Mercer.

    Even men who only partially met their performance objectives got bonuses that were 35 per cent larger than their female counterparts.

    And the gap increases as salaries increase and women progress through their careers, according to 60,000 data records collected by Mercer.

    The problem with bonuses is that their allocation is never transparent, says RMIT’s Professor Sara Charlesworth. And while managers might not intend to pay women less, the data clearly shows “unconscious bias” kicks in.

    “It’s the old truism; women have to be performing at a certain level, while men just have to be seen as having the potential to perform to that level,” Professor Charlesworth said.

    The most recent figures show the gender pay gap in Australia sits at 18 per cent, with full-time male workers earning an average of $1590 a week, while women earn $300 less, on average.

    Sabiha Vorajee​ worked for two decades in the “rewards” (bonuses and salary) area of large corporations, and noticed most of her conversations about how to get better conditions were with men.

    “I would get the woman at the company together and ask, ‘Why aren’t you coming to me to have these conversations?’,” she said.

    Frustrated, Ms Vorajee, started her own Sydney-based business coaching women in their careers. Clients tell Ms Vorajee they struggle to be assertive and find it nerve-racking to talk to their manager about pay.

    “Global research shows that not only do women not ask, but they can be perceived negatively if they do ask,” Ms Vorajee says.

    Corporations serious about addressing the gender pay gap for staff should have checks in place when allocating bonuses, says Garry Adams, the leader of Mercer’s talent division in the Pacific.

    “This provides hard evidence of why pay equality can’t be simply viewed through the lens of fixed pay,” he said.

    For the past two decades, the national gap has never fallen lower than 15 per cent. In Victoria, it is currently 13.5 per cent. The Mercer report compares men and women who do the same job within the same organisation, and therefore arrives at a smaller pay gap, of about 6 per cent for women in management.

    Since 2012 all private sector firms that employ more than 100 people – which represents about a third of workforce – have to report data on gender pay gaps to the Workplace Gender Equality Agency.

    The most recent data revealed an even bigger pay gap of 24.7 per cent because, unlike the ABS weekly earnings, this figure includes bonuses.

    There are more women working than ever before. Female participation in the Australian workforce increased from 60 per cent in 2001 to 65 per cent in 2011.

    The difference in pay – as well as career breaks for women having children – has other implications too. Australian women, on average, are retiring with a super balance that is only 53 per cent of the average male balance, according to the Association of Superannuation Funds of Australia.

    And while about two thirds of companies provide superannuation on the paid portion of parental leave, almost none (5 per cent) paid super throughout the duration of parental leave, the report from Mercer found.

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  • Woman who posted selfie with barcode on Melbourne Cup ticket had $825 winnings stolen

    Date: 2019.04.19 | Category: 老域名 | Response: 0

    A woman who posted a selfie of her winning Melbourne Cup ticket – including its barcode – has been fleeced for her $825 winnings.

    “Winner winner chicken dinner”, read the caption on the photograph of an elated Chantelle holding her winning ticket.

    The Perth woman – whose last name has been suppressed – backed the 100-to-1 shot Prince of Penzance and jockey Michelle Payne in Tuesday’s Melbourne Cup.

    But someone else dined out on her winnings after they used the barcode on the clearly displayed receipt to withdraw the cash from an automated machine.

    “When we found out we naturally took a bit of a selfie to show my friends,” Chantelle told Merrick Watts on Triple M.

    Just 15 minutes later she took her winning ticket to the TAB only to be told it had already been claimed.

    “Someone had a pretty good game at filtering my picture and cutting out my barcode and putting it into an automated machine,” Chantelle said.

    The theft was made all the worse after Chantelle realised the culprit must be one of her Facebook friends.

    “To the low life who is obviously my friend on Facebook and used my photo to claim our winnings. You’re a massive dick. You ruined my day,” she later posted to Facebook.

    “I might need a bit of a Facebook cull now,” she said.

    Police were able to track down the machine that was used to withdraw the money and were confident they would be able to identify the person or people involved, Chantelle told Triple M.

    The incident served as a warning to social media users posting seemingly innocuous images that may contain sensitive information.

    Facebook users were sympathetic and scathing in equal measure once the radio station posted the story online.

    “Wow what a scumbag,” wrote one user.

    “Wow !!! Who need enemies with a ‘friend’ like that? [sic]” posted another.

    Then came: “Stupidity at its worst. Moron.”

    “Bahahahaha serves her right,” read another comment.  Do Not Post Your Winning Ticket On Social Media:老域名/10i5tXpnTi— Triple M Melbourne (@TripleMMelb) November 4, 2015

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