Claims man running program for troubled kids in remote NT fabricated Aboriginal origin story

He claims he was abandoned on a riverbank as a baby by his biological mother and adopted by an Indigenous family which named him Brahminy — meaning wild and free.

It’s the story Allan Brahminy’s program for troubled kids was based around, and for more than a decade he has been looking after children — many of whom are Indigenous — receiving hundreds of thousands of dollars from state governments.

But Mr Brahminy’s biological family, former military colleagues, ex-wife and former partner claim he is not who he says he is.

His program, which provides therapeutic care to at-risk children, is based on a remote property just outside Batchelor in the Northern Territory, about 122 kilometres from Darwin.

The ABC understands the only children currently at the site are from Tasmania.

Their families and the Tasmanian Aboriginal community have for years been raising concerns about the program.

But it has

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Teaching kids food origins, healthy eating

Sunday Brunch: Teaching kids food origins, healthy eating


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JENNIFER: TIME NOW FOR SUNDAY BRUNCH. JOINING US THIS MORNING, ONCE AGAIN, IS WENDY JEFFRIES WITH TASTEWISE KIDS AND JERRY EDWARDS THIS TIME WITH CHEF’S EXPRESSIONS. GOOD MORNING, GUYS. THANKS FOR JOINING US. >> THANKS FOR HAVING US. >> GOOD MORNING. JENNIFER: WENDY, GO AHEAD AND START AND TELL US ABOUT TASTE WISE KIDS >> SO TASTE WISE KIDS IS A NONPROFIT THAT TEACHES KIDS WHERE THEIR FOOD COMES FROM AND HOW TO BUILD HEALTHY EATING HABITS. WE WORK WITH KIDS ALL OVER BALTIMORE. IT LOOKS DIFFERENT THESE DAYS IN THE VIRTUAL SPACE, BUT WE ARE STILL SERVING LOTS OF FAMILIES AND KIDS AND MAKING SURE THAT NOT ONLY ARE THEY THINKING ABOUT FOOD IN NEW WAYS BUT ALSO GETTING A CHANCE TO INTERACT WITH FOOD THEY HAVE AT HOME AND

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Virus shutdown took a toll on routine health care for kids

WASHINGTON (AP) — A sharp decline in routine medical care for low-income children during the coronavirus shutdown could cause long-term harm if not reversed, federal officials warned Wednesday.

A data snapshot from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, or CMS, found that vaccinations, screening for childhood diseases, visits to the dentist and even mental health care dropped precipitously from March through May of this year, when doctors’ offices and hospitals put elective services on hold to confront the coronavirus.

“The absence of these vital health care services may have lifelong consequences for these vulnerable children, and I call on states, pediatric providers, families, and schools to ensure children catch up,” CMS administrator Seema Verma said in a statement.

The data, based on an analysis of billing records, come from Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program, which together cover nearly 40 million low-income children.

Among the findings:

  •  Early childhood
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Listening to Your Kids

Are you really listening to your kids? And are they listening to you?

They say: “I was just holding these cigarettes for a friend.” You say: “YOU ARE GROUNDED FOR LIFE. DON’T YOU KNOW THAT SMOKING WILL KILL YOU!”

You say: “Don’t do drugs. Don’t drink alcohol. Don’t smoke.” Your child hears: blahblahblahblah

Is it possible to avoid these constant disputes and disconnects with your kids? Definitely, experts tell WebMD. You absolutely can talk so your kids will listen, and listen so your kids will talk.

But how do you crack the code of youth — without resorting to “LOL,” “BRB,” “TTYL,” or other irksome — but popular — kidisms? Here’s what the experts have to say about listening to your kids and getting them to listen to you.


Listen closely.

To start with, listening to your kids makes them more likely to listen

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Two thirds of adults want to lose weight to keep up with their kids and avoid catching coronavirus, study finds

Britons have revealed their motivations for wanting to get in shape — including getting a good night’s sleep, keeping up with the kids and reducing their chances of getting Covid-19.

Research of 2,000 adults found two thirds are eager to improve their physical health so they can get more out of life.

And four in 10 adults believe a healthier lifestyle could limit the chances of them developing underlying health conditions.

But a quarter hope changes to how they live will mean they are less at risk of catching Covid-19.

However, the study, commissioned by Bupa Health Clinics, found half of those polled have ‘always’ struggled to motivate themselves.

Dr Arun Thiyagarajan, medical director, said: “The Covid-19 pandemic has thrown our health and wellbeing into the spotlight, and it’s no surprise that people are looking to make long-term positive changes to their overall lifestyle.

“Despite being motivated, it

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Sports Backers, Kids Run RVA collaborating on virtual exercise challenge

RICHMOND, Va. (WWBT) – Sports Backers and Kids Run RVA announced a new “Kids Challenge: Virtual Edition” that encourages Richmond-area kids to stay active every day.



a little girl standing in a kitchen: Sports Backers and Kids Run RVA are offering a seven-week program to keep Richmond-area children active during the fall.


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Sports Backers and Kids Run RVA are offering a seven-week program to keep Richmond-area children active during the fall.

Children who are registered in the program will receive a weekly email with seven challenges for the week. Participants can choose which activities to complete, or attempt to complete all seven.

Kids will earn one point for every challenge they complete, which will unlock special badges and fill their virtual trophy case. Participants will earn a prize for every badge they unlock, and prizes will be handed out after the program is completed on Nov. 22. Any participant who earns at least 40 points will be entered to win an additional Kids Run RVA prize pack.

Registration for the seven-week

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Survey reveals devastating impact of Covid-19 on kids from poor families

The Covid-19 pandemic has had a devastating impact on the education of children from poorer backgrounds; widening the gap between rich and poor and boys and girls; a new global survey by Save the Children has revealed.

Johannesburg – The Covid-19 pandemic has had a devastating impact on the education of children from poorer backgrounds; widening the gap between rich and poor and boys and girls; a new global survey by Save the Children has revealed.

In the six months since the pandemic was announced, the most vulnerable children have disproportionately missed out on access to education, healthcare, food, and suffered the greatest protection risks.

The global survey has found two-thirds of the children had no contact with teachers at all, during lockdown; violence at home doubled during school closures.

The reported rate was 17% compared to 8% when the child was attending school in person.

The findings in the

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Dentist invents plastic shield that fits over birthday cakes so kids can still blow out the candles

‘Spread love, not germs!’ Dentist invents brilliant plastic shield that fits over birthday cakes – so kids can still blow out the candles and make a wish in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic

  • The Top It Cake Shield fits over cakes and has a place to hold candles, so kids can still blow them out on their birthdays 
  • It’s made in Florida from food-grade, FDA-approved recycled polystyrene
  • It retails for $4.99 to $14.99 and comes in three sizes, with shipments going out starting in early October
  • Dr. Billy Kay, a dentist from Boca Raton, had considered the bacteria blown on cakes for 30 years but did something about when the pandemic hit the US 
  • A study found that 1,400% more bacteria can be found on the outer icing of a cake that has been blown on compared to a cake that hasn’t been blown on
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Balanced snacks for busy kids (and parents)

What are the components of a balanced afternoon snack? If possible, incorporating two different food groups can help ensure long-lasting energy and balanced nutrition. Snacks can be thought of as a condensed version of a regular meal, incorporating fiber, lean protein, and/or healthy fat. Incorporating all of these nutrients helps satisfy hunger and helps us power through the afternoon.

Fiber provides a myriad of health benefits, including heart health and cancer prevention. Fiber also helps control blood sugar and stabilize mood, both of which are crucial while engaging in extracurricular activities or finishing up homework. Fiber achieves all of these benefits through its main function of slowing down digestion, which also contributes to a long-lasting feeling of fullness.

Fiber is not the only nutrient to provide these benefits: Protein and fat are also important for slowing down digestion and prolonging feelings of fullness. For those involved in sports or other

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Kids spotted pointing toy guns and holding each other at gunpoint on Sheffield street

Three teenagers were seen playing with plastic guns in Johnson Street – off Nursery Street – yesterday.

They were spotted pointing the guns at each other and appeared to pretend to hold one of the boys at gunpoint in a hostage type scenario.

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Three teenagers were seen playing with toy guns in Sheffield city centre

They were also seen aiming their guns at the New Testament Church of God.

The boys were photographed by a concerned member of the public, who called the police to inform the force that the guns were toys before anyone else dialled 999 believing the teens were genuinely armed.

The witness said: “I called the police before anyone else did to prevent armed officers being deployed to what was children playing with toy guns.

“It was the city centre and there were

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