Daily Mail 13 December 2016Family First Comment: Based on the Dunedin longitudinal study, but here’s a key point…In the at-risk group, “77 per cent of children brought up without fathers”This is what our recent report on child abuse and also our report on child abuse highlighted! A simple test at the age of three can predict if children will grow up to be a burden on society, scientists claim.A study has found roughly a fifth of the population are responsible for 81 per cent of criminal convictions, 77 per cent of children brought up without fathers, two-thirds of benefits claimed and more than half of nights spent in hospital.This small group of people drain the public purse, but researchers at King’s College London say their troubled lives could be forecast from early childhood.It takes just 45 minutes to give three-year-olds a battery of tests, on their language abilities, motor skills, frustration and impulsivity.Decades after taking the test, children who scored low were far more likely to fall within the most burdensome group.They were also more likely to smoke, be obese and take prescription drugs.The findings, while controversial for indicating that someone’s life path is set in their early years, suggests reaching these at-risk children young could turn things around.READ MORE: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-4026274/Brain-tests-age-THREE-predict-child-s-future-Scientists-say-scores-reveal-kids-burden-society.html
People in Ohio, Michigan and 15 other states found themselves unable to use their food stamp debit-style cards on Saturday, after a routine test of backup systems by vendor Xerox Corp. resulted in a system failure.“While the electronic benefits system is now up and running, beneficiaries in the 17 affected states continue to experience connectivity issues to access their benefits. Technical staff is addressing the issue and expect the system to be restored soon,” Xerox spokeswoman Jennifer Wasmer said in an emailed statement. “Beneficiaries requiring access to their benefits can work with their local retailers who can activate an emergency voucher system where available. We appreciate our clients’ patience while we work through this outage as quickly as possible.”U.S. Department of Agriculture spokeswoman Courtney Rowe underscored that the outage is not related to the government shutdown.Shoppers left carts of groceries behind at a packed Market Basket grocery store in Biddeford, Maine, because they couldn’t get their benefits, said fellow shopper Barbara Colman, of Saco, Maine. The manager put up a sign saying the EBT system was not in use. Colman, who receives the benefits, called an 800 telephone line for the program and it said the system was down due to maintenance, she said.“That’s a problem. There are a lot of families who are not going to be able to feed children because the system is being maintenanced,” Colman said. She planned to reach out to local officials. “You don’t want children going hungry tonight because of stupidity,” she said.Colman said the store manager promised her that he would honor the day’s store flyer discounts next week.Ohio’s cash and food assistance card payment systems went down at 11 a.m., said Benjamin Johnson, a spokesman for the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services. Ohio’s cash system has been fixed, but he said that its electronic benefits transfer card system is still down. Johnson said Xerox is notifying retailers to revert to the manual system, meaning customers can spend up to $50 until the system is back online. Recipients of the state’s supplemental nutrition assistance program, or SNAP, should call the 800 number on the back of their card, and Xerox will guide them through the purchase process.