Reality President

first_imgBritain’s Plain English Campaign recently awarded U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld its annual “Foot in the Mouth” Award for these confounding remarks on the U.S. Iraq policy: “Reports that say something hasn’t happened are interesting to me, because as we know, there are known unknowns; there are things we know we know.”“We also know there are known unknowns; that is to say we know there are some things we do not know. But there are also unknown unknowns – the ones we don’t know we don’t know.” In recognizing Rumsfeld for the award, the organization observed wryly, “We think we know what he means. But we don’t know if we really know.”A TV series airing on Fox in December is instructive and indeed symptomatic of both the Bush administration’s politics and contemporary American culture. Two rich girls from California are asked to live on an Arkansas farm and we witness their stupidity (“What does generic mean?”) as much as the subtle humiliation of the farmer family. The show, This Simple Life, is expected to be a ratings hit for Fox. Some months ago, popular culture was abuzz with the troubles of Jessica Simpson, a young Pop singer (in the Britney mode) on a show called Newlyweds. Her stupidity is the stuff of legend (“Don’t the buffalo wings come from buffalos?) and the show proved a ratings bonanza for MTV. There is a settled wisdom in popular culture. The tone of the culture is set by the character and the persona of the president. Think of films like The Conversation (1974) about Richard Nixon (on lying and spying); Rambo (1986) modeled after Ronald Reagan (one man machismo to end everything against us) and The American President (1995) about Bill Clinton (the president who dates and is virile).That explains it, doesn’t it!We have been wondering why these dumb shows are spectacularly successful. Now we know. It has something to do with our president and people like Rumsfeld who he inflicts upon us. Perhaps observing this president is like watching a rich kid trying to make a living in the White House? Or, maybe it is like observing someone mangle the syntax and show how helplessly his mind works?Slate magazine ( keeps an extensive log of Bushisms, the idiotic pronouncements of this president. By the time we are done with the next election, we are going to get deeper into his adventures in simple syntactical structures and challenges to logical thinking. Try this one: “The ambassador and the general were briefing me on the – the vast majority of Iraqis want to live in a peaceful, free world. And we will find these people and we will bring them to justice.”For all we know, we are watching a reality show. Maybe the president declared war on Iraq just so his rich friends could watch an awesome fireworks display. We showed up for the party too. Dropping in for a couple of hours in Baghdad to serve thanksgiving dinner to the troops was surely a clever idea. What a turkey!Perhaps it was equally cute that a simpleton from Texas visiting Washington D.C. was mistaken by the U.S. Supreme Court for president. Here is a clever idea for the next reality show this presidential election season: Whoever constructs simple, logical statements gets to be president of the country.Maybe that might work. Or maybe it won’t. Wonder if that is a known unknown or an unknown unknown in Rumsfeld’s book.   Related Itemslast_img read more

Raptors sign guard Jodie Meeks to 10-day contract

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Vladimir Putin asks FIFA for support on World Cup legacy Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations Urgent reply from Philippine ‍football chief LATEST STORIES FILE – Jodie Meeks #20 of the Washington Wizards poses during media day at Entertainment and Sports Arena on September 24, 2018 in Washington, DC. Rob Carr/Getty Images/AFPTORONTO— The Toronto Raptors signed guard Jodie Meeks to a 10-day contract Wednesday.While with Washington last season, Meeks was suspended 25 games after testing positive for Ipamorelin, a growth hormone prohibited under the NBA drug program. The suspension came a day before Game 1 of the Wizards’ first-round playoff series against Toronto.ADVERTISEMENT Meeks was traded to Milwaukee during the offseason with 19 games remaining on the suspension, then waived when the ban ended.The 31-year-old former Kentucky player has appeared in 531 regular-season games with Milwaukee, Philadelphia, the Los Angeles Lakers, Detroit, Orlando and Washington, averaging 9.3 points, 2.1 rebounds and 22.6 minutes.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption charges ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war View comments MOST READ US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrantslast_img read more

Three-day technical fest to begin on March 3

first_imgCoimbatore, Mar 1 (PTI) More than 10,000 students from various institutions across the country were expected to participate in the 8th Edition of Annual technical fest “Mindkraft”, beginning at Karunya University here from March 3, the university said today. The Mindkraft is organized by the students of Karunya University and this years theme ?Innovate for Digital India? has been dedicated to the driving forces which gives path to greater innovations and revolution in the various fields of science and technology, a varsity release said today. The fest will have 57 technical events, 30 non-technical events and eight workshops, in collaboration with industrial partners to expose the participants to cutting edge technologies, it said. PTI NVM VSlast_img read more

Panathinaikos Tops PAOK In Cup final

first_imgATHENS — Marcus Berg scored a hat trick to lead Panathinaikos to a 4-1 triumph over PAOK in the Greek Cup final on April 26. Nikos Karelis also scored for Panathinaikos. Zvonimir Vukic scored PAOK’s consolation goal.It was the 18th Cup title, and the first since 2010, for Panathinaikos.At least 34 people were arrested before the game for possession of fireworks, wooden and metal poles, and drugs. Most were arrested around the Athens Olympic Stadium.Berg notched the first goal in the 15th minute. The Swedish forward met Nano’s corner from the left with a header, which bounced off the back of PAOK defender Juan Insaurralde. Berg blasted in the rebound.After dominating the early going, Panathinaikos fell back on defense, allowing PAOK to create scoring opportunities toward the end of the half.Panathinaikos started the second half aggressively and soon exposed PAOK’s defense. In the 50th, after PAOK failed to clear a corner kick, Giorgos Koutroubis passed to Berg on the right wing. The latter looked as if he might cross, but, seeing PAOK goalkeeper Panayotis Glykos out of position, scored from a tight angle.Four minutes later, and after Panathinaikos missed a couple of chances, Nano took another corner kick and Karelis rose over three standing defenders to head the ball in.PAOK coach Giorgos Georgiadis immediately made two substitutions, but this hardly helped his team’s effectiveness.In the 70th, Panathinaikos’ Mehdi Abeid brought down Lino inside the area and Vukic converted the penalty.In the 88th, Berg found himself at the end of a long pass on the break. He wrong-footed Insaurralde and closed the scoring with a low drive.Fear of violence prompted extraordinary security precautions. About 4,000 police patrolled the streets of Athens, and fans were forbidden to congregate in large areas of the Greek capital.Also, fears of an ambush against the more than 300 buses carrying PAOK supporters from their home city of Thessaloniki, 500 kilometers (310 miles) north of Athens, led the police to recommend the buses space their arrivals.The first vehicles left Thessaloniki before midnight. Police stopped all buses at the toll station closest to Athens, some 34 kilometers (21 miles) from the capital, where all PAOK supporters had to show their tickets and identification.Buses were allowed to proceed in groups of 20 and some PAOK fans were already seated in the Olympic Stadium more than five hours before the 8 p.m. kickoff.Although the teams’ fans were separated by a wide neutral zone, they started throwing flares at each other inside the stadium, after supposedly having passed through three control cordons outside the venue. The incidents subsided quickly, however.Two couples wearing PAOK’s black-and-white colors were attacked and slightly injured at a central Athens cafe on April 26.(DEMETRIS NELLAS) TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Kuch fitness nai, kuch nai: Pakistan fans blame burger for defeat to India

first_imgAs India beat Pakistan for a successive 7th time in World Cup history on Sunday in Manchester, a number of Pakistan fans blamed ‘burgers’ for their team’s dismal performance against their arch-rivals.A number of videos and pictures have emerged on social media which show a few Pakistan players having burgers on the eve of the crucial World Cup encounter. As soon as Pakistan crumbled to one of their worst defeats vs India in the tournament, the team’s fans wasted no time in pointing out the player’s outing as the chief reason for the loss.In a video that has been going viral on social media, a Pak fan can be heard saying that the players (Shoaib Malik, Sarfaraz Ahmed at al) were eating burgers before the game and that is why they lost. He goes on to add that Pakistan players are only good for ‘dangal’ and not cricket:Pakistan lost the match just because of burgerL lag gyeDil ro raha hai – 2019 edition #INDvPAK #CWC19 Kr Singh (@brajeshjee) June 17, 2019.Here are a few reactions across social media:Pakistani players were at 360 shisha lounge at Wimslow Road, Manchester a night before the biggest game of the World cup. Not sure if that was wise and accordingly to a very reliable source Sarfaraz ate 4 burgers , indeed that reflected in his performance. (@UkRung) June 16, 2019Feel the difference…..Imran didn’t allow Wasim to have burger after practice sessionSarfaraz was having burgers & cream shakes with team a night before big match against India in WC.Imran was ahead of this team even 31 years ago Junaid (@ProductionAadar) June 16, 2019Can’t even laugh at this because this is actually how I’m feeling (@Asfand781) June 16, 2019Shoaib Malik of the #pakistancricketteam at midnight, hours before the most crucial match of the #CricketWorldCup2019 In Curry Mile In a Shisha cafe. Add the burgers and deserts, no wonder they performed dismally at Old Trafford. They should be ashamed. Every single one of them. Shafiq (@mshafiquk) June 16, 2019Some also trolled Indian tennis ace Sania Mirza, who was also present at the outing along with her husband Shoaib Malik and his teammates.India wholeheartedly thanks Sania Mirza for taking the paki boys & her hubby out for party till 2AM b4 #INDvPAK match (@NewenglandRa) June 16, 2019Also Read | India vs Pakistan: Rohit Sharma’s cheeky reply to Pakistani journalist will make you smileAlso Read | Watch: Ziva Dhoni and Rishabh Pant have a blast at India vs Pakistan matchlast_img read more

Wenger hits back at Deeney after ‘cojones’ jibe

first_imgArsène Wenger ‘You can’t question Arsenal’s character’ – Wenger hits back at Deeney after cojones jibe Dom Farrell Last updated 2 years ago 02:23 10/19/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Arsene Wenger Arsenal head coach Getty Arsène Wenger Arsenal Watford v Arsenal Watford Premier League UEFA Europa League The striker questioned the Gunners after the Hornets’ weekend win but Wenger has defended his players’ strength of character Arsene Wenger believes Troy Deeney’s comments that his Arsenal team lack character are without justification.Watford striker Deeney came off the bench and equalised with a penalty before Tom Cleverley secured a 2-1 comeback win for Marco Silva’s side over the Gunners in the Premier League on Saturday.Arsenal 4/5 to beat Red Star Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina 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. Referee Neil Swarbrick’s decision to award a spot-kick when Richarlison went down under a challenge from Hector Bellerin angered Wenger but Deeney mocked the Frenchman for making excuses.Speaking at a news conference ahead of Thursday’s Europa League game against Red Star Belgrade, Wenger pointed at Arsenal’s form before the Vicarage Road setback to defend his players.”Everyone is entitled to talk,” he said. “We don’t listen to what people say – we try to analyse or own game.”I love my players and I trust their strength of character to respond quickly. I know who my players really are.”In the last seven games we had six wins and one draw. Comments are part of the modern game.”You can’t question our character. People try and put us down, they always have. Those comments aren’t justified.”Mesut Ozil Arsenal Watford 14102017If the flaws Deeney identifies are a part of Arsenal’s make-up, they will be placed under the microscope when 50,000 fans in Belgrade give Wenger’s men a hostile reception.”I don’t think it will have a negative impact,” Wenger said of the expected atmosphere.”We are of course in a country with a tremendous football tradition so we expect a game with huge commitment from everybody. “The support of the team always has a positive impact. We can deal with that – we have long experience in the Champions League.”The boss has been asked about @MatDebuchy …. “Hopefully he gets through. He will certainly start tomorrow.” #RSBvAFC — Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) October 18, 2017 Wenger confirmed Mathieu Debuchy will make his first start for almost a year against Red Star, while Olivier Giroud, Theo Walcott and Jack Wilshere are also set to come in.Teenage forward Josh Dasilva could make his full debut, while Wenger refused to rule out retaining regular number one Petr Cech in goal, having plumped for David Ospina in the opening wins in the competition over Cologne and BATE.Red Star lie second in Group H on four points.last_img read more

Suarez seals Arsenal loan after extending Barca deal

first_imgDenis Suarez has completed his loan move to Arsenal after extending his contract at Barcelona through to 2021.Despite penning fresh terms at Camp Nou, the deal which has taken the 25-year-old to Emirates Stadium includes the option for Gunners to push through a permanent transfer in the summer.Goal revealed back on January 10 that Suarez had emerged as a top target for Unai Emery. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? The Arsenal boss has previously worked with the Spain international at Sevilla.It appeared at one stage as though his efforts to put a reunion in place would come to nothing, with talks breaking down.Goal, however, confirmed on Tuesday that a breakthrough had been reached and a switch was back on.Barca then inadvertently announced the deal on their official website, before hastily deleting the article in question.Everything is now official, with Suarez linking up with the Gunners on an initial agreement through to the end of the 2018-19 campaign.Emery told Arsenal’s website on bringing in a familiar face: “We are very happy that Denis Suarez is joining us.”He is a player we know well and I have worked with him at Sevilla. He brings us quality and options in many different attacking positions, so he’ll be able to help the team.”Suarez has already said his goodbyes to those at Camp Nou, with an emotional message posted on social media prior to the announcement of his departure.He said: “You’re a group of amazing people! Thank you for everything, see you soon. Good luck and Força Barça.”Sois un grupo increíble! Gracias por tanto, hasta pronto. Sort y Força Barça Sempre ❤You’re a group of amazing people! Thank you for everything, see you soon. Good luck and Força Barça ❤— Denis Suarez (@DenisSuarez6) January 31, 2019Suarez has been brought in by Arsenal to compete for playing time in attacking midfielder berths with Alex Iwobi and Henrikh Mkhitaryan, who is currently sidelined with a foot injury. He arrives in north London having made a total of 71 appearances for Barca since re-joining the club in 2016, but having been used sparingly this term.Suarez has just two La Liga outings to his name this season, to go along with six appearances combined in the Champions League and Copa del Rey. In his time with the Blaugrana, Suarez scored eight goals and won five trophies: one La Liga, two Copas del Rey and two Spanish Super Cups.last_img read more

AFC Olympic Qualifiers: India women sail past Indonesia with 2-0 win

first_imgAFC Olympic Qualifiers: India women sail past Indonesia with 2-0 winThe Indian women’s football team defeated Indonesia 2-0 with a brace from Dangmei Grace and clinched the top spot in the AFC Olympic Qualifiers Round 2.advertisement Next Indo-Asian News Service MandalayApril 3, 2019UPDATED: April 3, 2019 19:01 IST Dangmei Grace scored once in each half to clinch Team India’s win over Indonesia in the AFC Olympic Qualifiers (Photo: Twitter/@IndianFootball)HIGHLIGHTSDangmei Grace scored once in each half to clinch the win over IndonesiaThis was Team India’s 5th consecutive SAFF title winIndia is now positioned in Group A of the Olympic Qualifiers Round 2Dangmei Grace scored a brace as the Indian women football team defeated Indonesia 2-0 in the AFC Olympic Qualifiers Round 2 match here on Wednesday.Grace (27th, 67th) scored once in each half as the team in blue took control of the proceedings right from the first whistle.”The goals were a gift for me. The team did all the hard work! “Watch @aditi03chauhan interview goalscorer Dangmei Grace after the win against Indonesia #BackTheBlue #ShePower #IndianFootball Football Team (@IndianFootball) April 3, 2019Speaking later, head coach Maymol Rocky said: “We wanted to start our qualifying campaign on a winning note and we have done so. Indonesia proved to be tough opponents that committed bodies in defence but we found a way to gather three points.”It is important to keep the winning momentum alive… We are taking one match at a time and our focus shifts on our next opponents Nepal (on April 6)”, she added.Keeping their winning momentum alive after the success of their 5th consecutive SAFF title win, the Indian women heaped pressure on the opponents from the opening minute.Some crafty work down the wings by Sanju and Ratanbala Devi caused havoc on the opposition defence that was unable to read the play of the Indian women.Sanju’s cross in the 24th minute caused chaos in the Indonesian defence, with one defender almost turning it into an own goal before clearing the lines.Sandhiya’s run in the 26th minute, after she was found by Sanju, caught the Indonesian defenders napping.advertisementStellar run by SandhiyaRasping shot by SumithraEasy pickings for GraceFinal score: 2-0Watch the highlights as India get off to a start against Indonesia in the Olympic Qualifiers Round 2!#IndianFootball #ShePower #BackTheBlue #INDIDN Football Team (@IndianFootball) April 3, 2019Her stinging shot from inside the box was saved by Indonesian custodian Riska Julianti but Dangmei Grace applied the finishing touches from close range to give India the lead in the next minute.The Indian defence made quick work of Indonesian counterattacks. Indian goalkeepr Linthoingambi Devi was not tested even once.India’s momentum continued in the second half. Ratanbala Devi’s shot from a distance in the 56th minute was thwarted by the Indonesian goalkeeper.Three minutes later, Grace failed to score from close range after Sanju found her with a rasping cross that bewildered the Indonesian defence.In the 67th minute, Dangmei Grace again applied the finishing touches to a shot from Sumithra Kamaraj that was haphazardly parried away by Riska Julianti and fell in front of her — to double India’s lead.January 27 – 3-0January 30 – 2-0April 3 – 2-0.3rd straight win against Indonesia in 2019 get the Indian Women off to a winning start in the Olympic Qualifiers Round 2.#BackTheBlue #ShePower #IndianFootball Football Team (@IndianFootball) April 3, 2019The midfield then dominated possession and kept Indonesia on their toes. India take pole position in Group A of the Olympic Qualifiers Round 2.Also Read | India women’s football team beat Indonesia 2-0Also Read | U.S. women’s football players sue federation for gender discriminationAlso Read | Indumathi Kathiresan stars as India beat Hong Kong in women’s footballAlso Watch | What is wrong with their culture? Sangakkara, Styris discuss RCB’s poor start to IPL 2019For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byRoshni Tags :Follow women football teamsFollow Women’s FootballFollow olympic qualifierslast_img read more

Having too much coffee in pregnancy bad for babys liver

first_imgLadies, limit your tea or coffee intake if you’re expecting, as researchers have found that excess caffeine intake during pregnancy may impair baby’s liver development and increase the risk of liver disease in adulthood. In a study on rats, it was found that pregnant rats, which were given caffeine, had offspring with lower birth weight, altered growth and stress hormone levels and impaired liver development. A recently published study indicates that consuming 2-3 cups of coffee a day may alter stress and growth hormone levels in a manner that can impair development of baby’s liver. Also Read – An income drop can harm brain”Our results indicate that prenatal caffeine causes an excess of stress hormone activity in the mother, which inhibits IGF-1 activity for liver development before birth. However, compensatory mechanisms do occur after birth to accelerate growth and restore normal liver function as IGF-1 activity increases and stress hormone signalling decreases,” said researchers.Insulin-like growth factor 1 (IGF-1) is a hormone that plays an important role in childhood growth. “The increased risk of fatty liver disease, caused by prenatal caffeine exposure, is most likely a consequence of this enhanced, compensatory postnatal IGF-1 activity,” they said. Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma AwardFor the study, the researchers investigated the effects of low (equivalent to 2-3 cups of coffee) and high doses (equivalent to 6-9 cups of coffee) of caffeine given to pregnant rats, on liver function and hormone levels of their offspring. “Our work suggests that prenatal caffeine is not good for babies and although these findings still need to be confirmed in people, I would recommend that women avoid caffeine during pregnancy.” However, according to some experts, there is hardly any evidence showing that caffeine is harmful for pregnant woman or her baby’s liver though it’s true that excess of caffeine can affect sleep and may deprive the mother of adequate rest which can, in turn, harm both the mother and the child.last_img read more

Opposition presses for answers on MP Raj Grewals gambling debts

first_imgOTTAWA — The House of Commons ethics committee has voted down a motion from opposition members to hear from the Privy Council clerk about who knew what and when concerning MP Raj Grewal’s gambling habit.Grewal is considering his future in politics as he takes a leave to deal with what he calls a compulsive gambling problem that caused him to rack up millions of dollars in debt.The MP for the Toronto-area riding of Brampton East says he has fully repaid his debts and is now rethinking a hasty decision to resign from the House, though he is no longer a member of the Liberal caucus.A source with knowledge of events has told The Canadian Press that the RCMP began looking into Grewal’s casino gambling based on reports of unusually large financial transactions.New Democrat MP Charlie Angus told the ethics committee today that an MP who owes millions of dollars in gambling debts is a security risk.He says there should be protocols to ensure the prime minister knows of such risks, making it an important issue to study at committee.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Hunter Hayes To Perform At Grammy In The Schools Live

Five-time GRAMMY nominee Hunter Hayes will perform with members of GRAMMY Camp — Jazz Session at the sixth annual GRAMMY In The Schools Live! event presented by Ford Motor Company during GRAMMY Week.More than 400 students from the greater Los Angeles area — including 375 from the L.A. Unified School District — will be joining in this special celebration on February 4. Prior to the concert the students will have participated in the GRAMMY Foundation’s GRAMMY Camp — Basic Training program at their school with the support of LAUSD’s Beyond The Bell Branch. GRAMMY Camp — Basic Training is a one-day event that brings top music industry professionals together with high school students to make them aware of careers that are available in music and present a behind-the-scenes look into the industry. These students were also given a careers-in-music lesson taught by their music teachers and developed by the USC Thornton School of Music.Tickets are on sale now at read more

DREAM SCENES – Need footage for your demo reel This is for

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Child malnutrition rates in DPR of Korea decline UN study shows

“These results are encouraging, and show that the balanced rations and fortified foods we provide to millions of the most vulnerable are helping,” the World Food Programme (WFP) Country Director for the DPRK, Richard Ragan, told a news conference in Beijing.The large-scale, random sample survey covered both child and maternal nutrition and was carried out last October by the Government’s Central Bureau of Statistics and Institute of Child Nutrition, in collaboration with the WFP and the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF).The UN agencies said that although the new assessment is not strictly comparable with the previous survey conducted in October 2002, positive trends are apparent in two areas: the proportion of young children chronically malnourished, or stunted (height-for-age), has fallen to 37 percent from 42 percent; and acute malnutrition, or wasting (weight-for-height), has declined to 7 per cent from 9 per cent.They attributed the improvements in part to the significant levels of support provided by the international community in recent years. While the proportion of children under six found to be underweight (weight-for-age) increased to 23 per cent from 21 per cent, the rate among 1-2 year-olds – the most nutritionally vulnerable group – fell to 21 per cent from 25 per cent.WFP, which supports 6.5 million people in the DPRK, provides a full ration of cereals and foods enriched with micronutrients by UNICEF to pregnant and nursing women, nursery and kindergarten children. Primary school children are given a daily supplement of fortified biscuits and school children in urban areas receive a take-home cereal ration.About one-third of mothers were found to be malnourished and anaemic, which are key factors contributing to child malnutrition. This is an area of concern, as it indicates no progress over the past two years.“The health and nutritional status of North Korean mothers inevitably determines that of their children, and are crucial to breaking the vicious cycle of impaired growth,” UNICEF’s Country Representative Pierrette Vu Thi said. read more

UN takes donors on trip across Sudan to see humanitarian needs on

“Nothing can compare to seeing the constraints, challenges and opportunities on the ground,” said Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Deputy Special Representative for Sudan, Manuel Aranda da Silva. “Donors will be able to return to their headquarters fully appraised of the diverse and complex challenges Sudan faces – throughout the country.”Donors were struck by the extreme differences between regions: for example, in Darfur in the west, the massive humanitarian effort has achieved nearly all it can in the absence of a political solution to the conflict between the Government, allied militias and rebels which has killed tens of thousands of people and driven nearly 2 million from their homes.In contrast, areas in southern Sudan, where a peace accord recently ended Africa’s longest civil war, are desperately in need of attention. Donors were able to note the high expectations of millions of internally displaced persons (IDPs) and refugees following the signing of the accord in January.In the east, the lack of basic social services and endemic poverty has led to severe conditions, included alarming malnutrition rates, and increased support is needed.The donors were also able see how repair of roads and railways and demining are key to ensuring free movement of both people and goods, as well as how continued threats to security and logistical constraints such as road conditions and travel permissions are hampering aid efforts.Nearly three months into the year, donors have contributed $380 million out of nearly $1.5 billion in total funds requested through the 2005 UN Work Plan for Sudan. These resources, however, have not been evenly balanced: more than 75 per cent has been for food assistance, primarily in the Darfur region.The donor mission helped highlight these needs in areas of the country that have received less attention and support, as well as the continued efforts needed to resolve the situation in Darfur. read more

UN data reveals huge disparities in cost of a hot meal the

The analysis is part of a new initiative by the WFP, called ‘Hot Dinner Data,’ which is being made public today, just before the 17 January opening of the annual World Economic Forum, a summit of political and economic leaders that takes place in Davos.“The Hot Dinner Data analysis aims to hold a new mirror up to the world – one which illustrates the distortions in the purchasing power of the rich and the poor as they try to meet their basic food needs,” announced Arif Husain, Chief Economist of WFP.“It is a reminder that access to affordable, nutritious food should be a right for all,” he added. Hot Dinner Data reveals that people in the developing world pay as much as 100 times more for a basic plate of food than those who live in wealthier nations. In the most extreme circumstances – for example, in regions under conflict – the cost can be 300 times higher.For example, a bowl of bean stew – a standard nutritious meal throughout regions and cultures – would cost a person in Switzerland 0.88 Swiss Francs (CHF), or an average 0.41 per cent of their daily income. That cost would be 100 times more in Malawi, where a person would need to spend 41 per cent of their daily income to purchase the same meal. In India and Nicaragua, it would be roughly 10 to 15 times more expensive than in Switzerland.A more extreme case exists in Syria, where in the besieged town of Deir ez-Zor, a bean stew costs far beyond a person’s daily income for an equivalent of CHF 271.40 – more than a 300 per cent increase. The high cost of food in poorer nations tends to be driven by losses created by deficient storage, transportation, and distribution systems; excessive reliance on only a few staple crops; lack of market access for local farmers; a lack of preparedness to respond to changing climates; and conflicts that are frequently themselves intensified by a lack of resources.To address these challenges, WFP advocates crop diversification, waste reduction, and more efficient supply chains, among other strategies aimed to make food affordable for everyone. WFP is working with partners from the local to global levels to achieve the Zero Hunger goal of the Sustainable Development Agenda and will continue to expand the reach of Hot Dinner Data. read more

Weekly football predictions Week 5

Quinn Pitcock Last week: 3-0 Overall: 9-4 Picks: Ohio State, Wisconsin, Alabama, Oregon Justin Zwick Last week: 3-0 Overall: 11-2 Picks: Ohio State, Wisconsin, Alabama, Oregon Zack Meisel Last week: 1-2 Overall: 6-7 Picks: Ohio State, Michigan State, Alabama, Stanford Dallas Lauderdale Last week: 3-0 Overall: 9-4 Picks: Ohio State, Wisconsin, Alabama, Oregon James Laurinaitis Last week: 3-0 Overall: 9-4 Picks: Ohio State, Wisconsin, Alabama, Oregon Last week, Justin Zwick, James Laurinaitis, Dallas Lauderdale and Quinn Pitcock all predicted the same winners for the three games of the week. Lantern sports editor Zack Meisel opted to be different. He was the only participant to choose Arkansas over Alabama and West Virginia over LSU. Poor decision. Meisel went 1-2, while the other four completed a perfect week at 3-0. This week, it’s more of the same, as Zwick, Laurinaitis, Lauderdale and Pitcock all envision the same outcome for the four games selected. Zwick leads the way with an 11-2 mark, while Lauderdale, Laurinaitis and Pitcock sit at 9-4. THIS WEEK’S GAMES: No. 2 Ohio State @ Illinois No. 11 Wisconsin @ No. 24 Michigan State No. 7 Florida @ No. 1 Alabama No. 9 Stanford @ No. 4 Oregon read more

Ohio State mens lacrosse set to take on No 7 Notre Dame

Senior defenseman Joe Meurer (11) tracks an opposing player during a game against Marquette Feb. 22 at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center. OSU won, 11-7.Credit: Brett Amadon / Lantern photographerAfter picking up its first win in almost a month, the Ohio State men’s lacrosse team (2-5, 1-0) welcomes No. 7 Notre Dame (3-2, 2-0) to town, a team the Buckeyes haven’t beaten since 2004.Junior defenseman Evan Mulchrone said this game provides a big opportunity for OSU to earn a quality victory as well as getting a chance to take down a team no current Buckeye has done in his career.“Right now at this point in the season we are just taking it one game at a time,” Mulchrone said. “This is a big one on our schedule. They’re not in our conference but they are a team that we haven’t beaten in years so we are trying to get the opportunity to get back at them for once in my career.”Playing without its leading scorer in junior midfielder Jesse King as well as starting goaltender Greg Dutton, OSU was able to snap a three-game skid Friday with a 10-7 win against ECAC opponent Bellarmine.Never trailing throughout the contest, the Buckeyes got big performances from sophomore attackman Carter Brown, who had five points, as well as freshman goaltender Nick Doyle, who made nine saves in his first collegiate game.OSU coach Nick Myers said the Buckeyes will need more of the same on the offensive end Tuesday if they are going to score on a Notre Dame defense yielding only 8.80 goals per game.“It’s important that we run our offenses, that we turn scoring opportunities into shots on cage, and make sure that we generate quality opportunities,” Myers said. “They’re defense is excellent. They have great goalie play, they are very well schooled, very well prepared … but I think for us, it’s executing our schemes, focusing on taking care of the ball and making sure we end up with shots not turnovers, and then doing a great job on the defensive end of making our stops.”Playing in the ACC, arguably the toughest conference in college lacrosse, Notre Dame has played four teams currently ranked in the top 20 in its first five games.However, after splitting their first four contests of the season, the Fighting Irish picked up a convincing win over No. 8 Virginia, 18-9, March 16.Leading the way for Notre Dame was sophomore attackman Matt Kavanagh with four goals and six points. Only once this season has the Rockville Centre, N.Y., native been held to fewer than five points in a game.Senior defenseman Joe Meurer said OSU cannot expect to stop Kavanagh every time, but his coaches have a gameplan in place which Meurer expects will limit his chances.“We’re going to stick to our scheme,” Meurer said. “We have a really good game plan going into the game. Matt’s a great player, he’s very dynamic, but we are going to play with seven like we do every week and try to limit him as much as possible. He might get a play or two here and there, but we are going to do everything we can to limit him.”This is the first meeting between the two teams since March 2013, a 9-4 victory for Notre Dame.Game time is set for 4 p.m. Tuesday inside Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. read more

President opens Bartica Regatta

President David Granger opened up the 2018 Bartica Regatta earlier today and used the opportunity to call for greater regional participation.The Head of State gave the charge to the regional authorities and the planning committee at the Bartica Regatta at Golden Beach, Third Avenue.The President charged “I want to see more participants from all over the region … all coming to Bartica to make this a more massive festival… More swimming, more canoes, more boating and other water sports”.Granger noted that Regatta is developing from a local festival to a more global one.  He pointed out that “people have come back home” to be a part of Regatta and encouraged Barticans to continue to support the event.Mayor of Bartica Gifford Marshall in his remarks noted that Bartica is poised to be the tourism capital of the country.Marshall said “We are working to ensure that our true potential is met. We are working to ensure that we enforce a green agenda. We are working to ensure the good life for all”.Moments before opening the Regatta, the president along with Mayor of Bartica, Gifford Marshall unveiled a plaque to mark the commissioning of the Golden Beach Development Project, the highlight of which is a boulevard.The president, joined by the First Lady, the Mayor, Ministers and other regional officials greeted persons along the boulevard.Bartica is located in Region Seven, Cuyuni-Mazaruni, and President Granger noted the region is bigger than the Netherlands and stressed the need for more diversified water sports. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedBartica Regatta 2019 launchedMarch 28, 2019In “Business”‘Green’ building codes for BarticaAugust 15, 2016In “latest news”Bartica to officially secure township status in 2016 – President announcesJune 22, 2015In “Business” read more

Lynn Ruane Sport is part of the solution to address young mens

first_img 11 Comments Short URL Sunday 8 Sep 2019, 8:30 PM 12,344 Views Sep 8th 2019, 8:31 PM Lynn Ruane: Sport is part of the solution to address young men’s mental health Services such as the Breakthrough Programme in West Dublin can be a lifesaver for young men. Share26 Tweet Email1 Independent Senator By Lynn Ruane WHEN FORMER PROFESSIONAL player Eric Cantona finished his acceptance speech for the UEFA President’s Award last week with the words ‘I love football’, I had a feeling of joy in my heart.I found myself nodding and responding with – “You are right Eric, sport can help save us”. Sport can be a very positive equaliser and part of the solution to many young men’s sense of isolation and loneliness.  It reminded me of an awards night I recently attended at Tallaght South Dublin County Council for the participants of the Breakthrough Programme. This programme was established at the Beacon of Light Counselling Service in Clondalkin, spearheaded by Geoffrey McCarthy as a unique response to the challenges facing young men in West Dublin aged between 18 and 30.The people behind this initiative had observed, like many others, that young men from working class communities are some of the highest at risk of suicide and they find it really hard to ask for help when they are struggling with their mental health.The programme thought that sport might be a way to get these men to engage in support. They have found that the combination of sport and one-to-one psychotherapy has the potential to change the lives of young men by positively supporting their mental health.This has been run several times with Mixed Marshall Arts (MMA), each time showing that sport can provide an acceptable doorway to psychotherapy for young at-risk males. It can provide them with a physical release and space to explore personal issues.In the first year of the scheme, Beacon of Light collaborated with Straight Blast Gym (MMA). Based on its huge success, the sporting element was extended to reach a wider group of males.The latest version of the programme saw football take centre stage due to a new collaboration with the FAI and Shamrock Football Club.   Dr Katriona O’Sullivan evaluated the effectiveness of the programme and the findings were very positive.This evaluation found that the programme provided what could be considered a masculine gateway to mental health services by making sport the central feature. This allowed males to participate without feeling the stigma often associated with asking for help.Through exercising on a regular basis and attending therapy, those who had reported depression, addiction and other difficulties all reported feeling more motivated, confident and better in themselves.The ‘sport and talk’ approach offered them something more holistic than simple therapy or popping to the gym. Research has shown for a long time that sport can have a positive impact on our mental health. Despite this, there are not many initiatives that bring together sport and other mental health interventions in this way.From reading the research on the Breakthrough Programme, and from meeting the young men at the awards ceremony, it is clear that this creative and innovative approach is effective.Rekindling the love of sport for young men is a way to address their mental health needs.  We also see this in initiatives like the Irish Street Leagues.BarriersWhen discussing her findings, Dr O’Sullivan said research consistently shows that men are less likely to seek help when facing psychological distress.She added that young men themselves said that there were no services for men in their communities. The Breakthrough Programme is helping these young men to live and feel better. The downside comes when we begin to consider how these initiatives can be sustained when they have no targeted funding.Despite a growing awareness of the need for alternative approaches for young men, these programmes have no long-term funding. Throughout the interviews conducted as part of the evaluation, a number of challenges emerged. These included social isolation, an absence of role models, gender norms and a lack of gender-aware services.Seeking help facilitated through sport was perceived by the young men as an acceptable activity in which males could participate.Some of the barriers expressed in the research were social, financial and personal challenges which stopped them from seeking help.One participant said that sitting at home “isolating” himself was when his mental health issues began. Finance was identified as a major contributor to the mental health difficulties of many men.One man said that being from a socially disadvantaged background compounded with his mental health difficulties due to the cost of seeking help.  That is why community-based programmes require state support to continue to reach young men, one of the most difficult groups to reach in society.The sportsmanship, humanity and working relationship between the staff, the participants and FAI sports coaches at the awards ceremony gave me the same joy in my heart I felt hearing Eric Cantona’s line.Mainly because what precluded that line and the awards ceremony was not only passion, belief and hard work, but also a lot of pain. September is National Recovery Month. The 2019 Recovery Walk will take place in Dublin on 14 September to show that recovery is possible and to mark the achievements of those in recovery. Find out more details here. 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