Keaton Parks U.S. youngster Keaton Parks makes first-team debut for Benfica Allen Ramsey 05:43 11/19/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Michael Steele Benfica v Vitória Setúbal Benfica Vitória Setúbal Taça de Portugal The 20-year-old Texas native saw his first action with the Portuguese side’s first team Texas native Keaton Parks made his first-team debut for Benfica on Saturday, coming on in the 71st minute against Vitoria Setubal in Portuguese cup action. The 20-year-old, who joined Benfica over the summer after spending time with Varzim SC in Portugal’s second division, reportedly impressed Benfica’s staff enough while playing with the club’s second team to train with the first team over the international break. #SLBVFC | 1-0 | 71′ Keaton Parks in for Pizzi. #HuaweiP10 pic.twitter.com/iAUnbPbH79— SL Benfica EN (@slbenfica_en) November 18, 2017Manager Rui Vitoria then saw fit to give him a shot with the first team in live action. Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player While a run-out in cup action doesn’t mean the Texan has made it just yet, it’s a promising sign that the club is willing to give him a chance at the top level.
APTN NewsThe federal government says it has a plan to take action against the crisis in child welfare.That includes shifting from apprehension to prevention and trying to keep children connected to their families and culture.Many of the reasons for over representation are well known – a lack of proper housing, poverty and inter-generational trauma.Another problem is the data, or lack of it.In an opening speech at a two-day emergency meeting on child welfare in Ottawa Thursday, Indigenous Services Minsiter Jane Philpott said the data available to count the number of Indigenous kids in care is not good enough and without an accurate measure you can’t properly understand what is wrong and fix it.An estimated 40,000 Indigenous children are in care across Canada, accounting for more than half of the kids in care overall, but Philpott said she doesn’t believe anyone actually knows the real number.She said the government has the political will to fix the crisis, including getting accurate data, but she won’t yet put deadlines or targets on reducing the number of kids in care and keeping more families together.Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami president Natan Obed says the discrepancies in services for Indigenous children are rooted in a lack of a basic level of respect for Indigenous families and culture.Philpott said the ultimate goal is Indigenous management of child welfare but Assembly of First Nations national chief Perry Bellegarde is urging First Nations to take control now and not wait for Ottawa or provincial governments to delegate the authority to them.-with files from The Canadian Press