Calls for government commitment to halve youth homelessness by 2020

Young people with a serious mental illness are more likely to spend short periods away from home, prompting calls for early intervention before they become homeless.

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Mission Australia’s Youth Mental Health and Homelessness Report found mental illness and poor family relationships increased the risk of homelessness for young people, while homelessness and poor family functioning also increased the risk of serious mental illness.

Young people with a probable serious mental illness were 3.5 times more likely than their peers to have spent time away from home because they felt they could not go back, the report found.

Nearly 60 per cent of people with a probable serious mental illness rated their family function as poor.

The report found homelessness among young people often begins with ‘couch surfing’ at the homes of family or friends, before moving to a youth refuge or living in government housing.

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It’s a phenomena Mission Australia CEO Catherine Yeomans calls “the hidden homeless.”

“We know that adolescents who are couch surfing – that is, when they stay for short periods of time on couches, floors or in other insecure housing situations with relatives or friends – are at a greater risk of homelessness later in life,” she said.  

The charity is calling on all levels of government to commit to halving youth homelessness by 2020.

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— Catherine Yeomans (@cathyeomans) August 2, 2017

“We urgently need more targeted and holistic early intervention services so we can adequately address the issues faced by young people before they become homeless, as well as increased investment in social and affordable housing and supported accommodation models for young people.”

Ms Yeomans said it was important to raise awareness about homelessness.

“We need to make sure we’re funding the programs that are going to help young people avoid entrenched levels of homelessness into the future,” she said.

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Finding the right path

Twenty-year-old Sydney woman Jane has Asperger’s Syndrome, and was homeless as a teenager.

She didn’t receive the support she needed early on.

“I was living in a youth refuge for about a year. I moved out into this government housing so things were really rough for me,” she said.

Being homeless at 17 “was tough”, she says, and she often felt “low”.

But with the help of Mission Australia’s Creative Youth Initiative, she’s now a budding artist.

The program is aimed at supporting homeless people aged between 16 and 25 develop their creativity through arts and music.

Jane says nurturing her artistic talent has helped her overcome the struggles of homelessness. SBS

For Jane, nurturing her talent has led to a sense of confidence and direction.

“I think the teachers don’t just help me with art but also my social skills. It’s a very friendly environment.”

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Moses inspires Eels in NRL win over Dogs

Parramatta playmaker Mitchell Moses has piled more pressure on Canterbury after orchestrating a 20-4 NRL victory at ANZ Stadium on Thursday night.

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While the score never blew out in wet and wild conditions, the Bulldogs were wasteful in attack and at times embarrassing in defence as the Eels notched their sixth straight win.

Brad Arthur’s side provisionally moved into the top four and are on the march with four regular rounds left, fuelling belief they can be a force in the finals.

Moses set up two tries and turned in a masterful kicking game having discovered career-best form since his mid-season move from Wests Tigers.

In driving rain, the Eels forced nine goal-line drop-outs to two, strangling the Bulldogs out of the game.

Daniel Alvaro’s opening try set the tempo for the match as he carried James Graham and Aiden Tolman over the line.

The game was summed up when the Bulldogs finally got inside Parramatta’s 20m zone for the first time in the 24th minute, only to drop the ball on the next play.

In the next set of six tackles, Parramatta made their way upfield with Mitchell Moses punching through to send Bevan French over.

Moses at times toyed with the Bulldogs defence, running 20m across field before firing a spiral pass for Semi Radradra’s try which made it 16-0 at the break.

They were unlucky not to extend their lead after Corey Norman ran 60m to score only to be called back because of a knock-on.

Replays showed he didn’t get a hand to the ball.

The game was marred in the second half when Eels prop Frank Pritchard suggested to the referee he had been bitten by David Klemmer,.

Pritchard did not make a formal allegation and later told reporters it was a joke between former teammates.

Canterbury’s third loss in a row will only fuel speculation about coach Des Hasler’s future.

Hasler rolled the dice by shifting centre Chase Stanley to halfback and dropping hooker Michael Lichaa.

Arthur has been reluctant to talk up Parramatta’s top-eight hopes but concedes his side was well poised to go deep into the finals.

“If we can continue to improve every week and stick to our plan like we did tonight with our discipline and not get carried away, we can make some real noise,” he said.

Hasler said it was a cop out to suggest speculation about his job security had contributed to the loss.

“You don’t have to be a football whiz to work out that we made it very easy for them in the first half,” Hasler said.

Crusaders again unchanged for Super final

The Crusaders believe selection continuity will be a weapon in the Super Rugby final after unveiling an unchanged side for the second straight week.

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The same starting XV and reserve bench which beat the Highlanders 17-0 in the quarter-finals and the Chiefs 27-13 in last week’s semi-final will face the Lions in Johannesburg on Saturday.

The only injury concerns had surrounded two key All Blacks forwards who picked up niggles in their Christchurch semi-final.

Prop Owen Franks (achilles tendon) and No.8 Kieran Read (knee) have both been passed fit. They have participated in what has admittedly been a light start to the week’s preparation.

Assistant coach Brad Mooar said fielding an unchanged team throughout the finals distilled a sense of unity for the seven-time champions.

“It’s awesome. The third game in a row and wonderful to get to a final and have everybody fit and available for selection,” he said.

“Continuity is very very important. Being in this position at the back end of the season speaks highly of the way we’ve managed the players.”

Nearly half of the Crusaders 23 are All Blacks, including seven in the starting pack.

Mooar is confident they have the know-how to handle a sold-out crowd of 62,000 at Ellis Park, against a top-qualifying Lions side who roared home in the second half to beat the Hurricanes 44-29 last week.

“Ours is a very, very good 23 with an outstanding bench to be able to impact on the game later on,” Mooar said.

“There’s a heck of (a lot of) experience, with people who have had success here, with the Crusaders and with the All Blacks.

“To be able to call on that sort of experience and to have the All Blacks captain (Read) fit is super for us.”

Mooar says the Crusaders are content with the appointment of South African referee Jaco Peyper to control the final, disagreeing with a number of Kiwi-based commentators who believe the match officials should be neutral.

Peyper has always been impartial and relates well to players during games, Mooar said.

Crusaders: David Havili, Israel Dagg, Jack Goodhue, Ryan Crotty, Seta Tamanivalu, Richie Mo’unga, Bryn Hall, Kieran Read, Matt Todd, Jordan Taufua, Sam Whitelock (capt), Scott Barrett, Owen Franks, Codie Taylor, Joe Moody. Reserves: Ben Funnell, Wyatt Crockett, Michael Alaalatoa, Luke Romano, Pete Samu, Mitchell Drummond, Mitch Hunt, George Bridge.

Felix ready to forget 2016 nightmare and win more gold

“I feel like I am in really good shape right now,” America’s most decorated female sprinter said following a U.

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S. news conference on Thursday. “So I am looking forward to seeing what I can do.

She goes into the championships the favourite and holder of the outdoor season’s fastest 400 metres, 49.65 seconds.

“I wish I could have a redo of last year,” she told Reuters.

“I think it is a different year, and I try not to bring any of that into this year.”

“That” was tearing ligaments in her right ankle in a freakish gym accident that put her 2016 season in jeopardy before she rebounded to make the U.S. Olympic team in the 400 metres but narrowly missed out on a Rio spot in her favourite event, the 200 metres.

Then Shaunae Miller of the Bahamas lunged across the finish line in the 400m Rio final to deny Felix a second individual Olympic gold medal.

“It felt like a movie,” Felix, the winner of six Olympic golds, said. “I never could imagine that many things would happen last year.

“But I am grateful that I went through it. I am grateful to see how strong I was and that I could really go up against things like that.

“There were points I didn’t know if it was really going to happen,” she said of going to Rio.

Only for that reason will another gold in the 400 feel special, Felix said.

Already with nine world gold medals, she hopes to round that total up to an even dozen with victories in the 400 and the 4×100 and 4×400 metres relays, where she also won gold in the Rio Olympics.

Now aged 31, she hopes to continue her career through the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, which means she will have an opportunity to earn more world gold at the 2019 championships.

There might also be an opportunity to return to the 200 metres, where she was the London Olympic champion and three-times world champion.

But never will she try the 400 hurdles as a questioner hinted might happen.

“I love that I am a versatile athlete,” Felix said. “I love to do the 1, 2, 4 and relays but the 4 is definitely where it stops for me. You won’t see me in any hurdles.”

(Editing by Pritha Sarkar)

Official says Russia will not accept WADA’s McLaren report

WADA said on Wednesday that the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) had passed 19 criteria on the roadmap to compliance but plenty of roadblocks remain, with 12 hurdles still to clear before reinstatement.

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The body has demanded that authorities responsible for Russia’s anti-doping programme, including the Ministry of Sport and the National Olympic Committee, publicly accept the reported outcomes of the McLaren Investigation, which uncovered widespread state-sponsored doping at the Sochi Olympics.

“As for the report, we have repeatedly said that it contains certain contentious positions and provisions,” Vitaly Smirnov, who heads a state-backed anti-doping commission, was quoted as saying by R-Sport news agency.

“Undoubtedly no one is going to accept this report.”

When asked by Reuters during a conference call on Thursday, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov did not say whether the country would be willing to publicly accept the outcomes of the McLaren report.

“Concerning the different reports about this, there are some elements with which Moscow does not agree,” Peskov said.

RUSADA was stripped of its international accreditation in 2015 after a WADA Independent Commission exposed widespread doping in Russian athletics, and has yet to regain credibility nearly two years on.

The report by Canadian lawyer Richard McLaren found that more than 1,000 Russian competitors in more than 30 sports were involved in a conspiracy to conceal positive drug tests over a period of five years.

WADA said Russian agency had made some progress, listing 19 criteria that had been met, including access to “closed cities” for testing athletes and the removal of twice Olympic pole vault champion Yelena Isinbayeva from her position as head of RUSADA’s supervisory council.

WADA has also given RUSADA permission to plan and coordinate testing again using trained doping control officers (DCOs), under the supervision of WADA-appointed international experts and the British Anti-Doping Agency (UKAD).

Despite the progress, WADA said in a statement on Wednesday that RUSADA would remain non-compliant until the 12 criteria were met.

Among them, RUSADA must select a new director general through a transparent recruitment process overseen by the two international experts.

The Russian government must also allow testers access to stored urine samples in its Moscow laboratory.

Once RUSADA meets all the conditions, the agency will be put on a form of probation that would require it to fulfill some post-compliance conditions, including the continued funding of the two international experts.

Nineteen Russians will compete as neutral athletes at the World Athletics Championships that begin in London on Friday.

(Reporting by Gabrielle Tétrault-Farber in Moscow and Steve Keating in Toronto; Editing by Ian Ransom, Sudipto Ganguly and Alison Williams)