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UN representative tells Govt to respect Constitution

first_imgCJ’s ruling on No-confidence Motion…says developments are a test of Guyana’s strength, integrityEven as Government digs its heels in after losing its legal challenge to the no-confidence vote, United Nations Resident Coordinator Mikiko Tanaka is urging the State to demonstrate its integrity and respect the Constitution.According to Tanaka, who was at the time addressing an interfaith ceremony on Friday at the launching of Harmony Week, building a peaceful and just society requires respect for the rule of law and confidence in national institutions.“SDG (Sustainable Development Goal) 16 recognises that building a peaceful, just and inclusive society that provides equal access to justice and that are based on respect for human rights requires respect for the rule of law, good governance and transparent institutions.”“Recent political developments triggered by the no-confidence vote in the National Assembly, are a test for Guyana’s strength and integrity with regards to the effectiveness of the rule of law and governance.”Tanaka lauded acting Chief Justice Roxane George for demonstrating the independence and integrity of the Judiciary when it comes to protecting the Constitution of Guyana.She added that Speaker of the National Assembly, Dr Barton Scotland, who had previously rejected Government’s attempts to overturn the no- confidence vote in his chambers.“The delivery of the decisions by the Chief Justice demonstrates the independence and integrity of the Judiciary in protecting the Constitution and upholding the rule of law. The Honourable Speaker’s earlier validation of the process of the controversial voting at the National Assembly was testimony of the integrity of the legislative arm of the State.”“It is hoped that the third arm of the State, the Executive, will demonstrate its integrity and respect for Guyana’s Constitution and the Judiciary that constitute the foundation for the rule of law,” Tanaka added.She also noted that upcoming General and Regional Elections will be a big test for Guyana, considering the atmosphere of mistrust that permeated previous elections. She noted that the need for political parties to be responsible was absolutely critical for bringing an end to racial inequality.“Voting citizens, young and senior, women and men, should inform themselves of issues that affect their lives and the wider society and what they should expect and demand of political parties in shaping the future.”The acting Chief Justice ruled on Thursday that the No-confidence Motion was validly passed 33-32 in the National Assembly and the Cabinet has to resign in keeping with constitutional provisions of Article 106 and 106 (7) respectively.Consequent to the declaration that the 33-majority meant that the motion was carried, CJ George observed that the President and the Ministers cannot therefore remain in Government in accordance with Articles 106 (6) and 106 (7) after three months.Article 106 (6) of the Constitution states: “The Cabinet including the President shall resign if the Government is defeated by the vote of a majority of all the elected members of the National Assembly on a vote of confidence.”Meanwhile, 106 (7) goes on to state that, “Notwithstanding its defeat, the Government shall remain in office and shall hold an election within three months, or such longer period as the National Assembly shall by resolution supported by not less than two-thirds of the votes of all the elected members of the National Assembly determine, and shall resign after the President takes the oath of office following the election.”She said too that Government will remain in office until the next President is sworn in but not the Cabinet which advises the President.Justice George also determined that the court cannot set aside a motion that is validly passed and noted that the Speaker’s ruling in the resolution was “lawful and valid”, therefore refusing the AG’s application.last_img read more

Planting practices affect corn stand, yield

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Corn growers attending a recent field day saw firsthand what a difference planting practices can make in a stand of corn, even in a year plagued by wet and cold weather at planting.On a 10-acre plot on Chillicothe farmer Brian Brown’s farm, growers saw side-by-side trials where row-spacing, ear counts and root systems showed how using optimum downforce settings, planting depths and seed singulation results in more even stands, more kernels and eventually higher yields. For example, dug-up corn plants planted with an automatic downforce system consistently into the moisture layer produced a large, much fuller root system, compared to the narrow root ball resulting from seed being left too shallow in the furrow by a planter with manual, static downforce.The Aug. 7 event, co-sponsored by Ohio Ag Equipment and Seed Consultants, Inc., with technology and equipment from AGCO, White Planters and Precision Planting, is part of the annual AGCO Crop Tour program. Started in 2016, the Crop Tour demonstrates how the interaction between soil conditions, equipment and seed placement affect plant emergence, health, productivity and yield. The goal is to help growers gain agronomic knowledge about tillage and planting technology in order to make better planting decisions based on their local conditions.“Being able to demonstrate, in the field, the real-world benefits of using Precision Planting technology and the While Planter is very exciting,” said Todd Shephard, general sales manager of Ohio Ag Equipment. “Any time we can help our customers add to the bottom line of their operation is a win for all of us.”last_img read more

Our Children are Obese!

first_imgBy Robin Allen MSPH, RDN, LDNCreative Commons Licensing, Flickr “All for One” & Fit For All, the 5K Against Childhood Obesity. Nov 12, 2013We are still discussing the epidemic of chronic diseases; hypertension, type 2 diabetes and now obesity.  Particularly we will look at childhood obesity.  The increasing prevalence of obesity in all ages is a common thread which runs through all of these conditions.September is Childhood Obesity Awareness Month!  That we even need such a month is shocking and alarming to me.  When I was growing up I don’t remember any obese children.  Now as a sometimes substitute public school teacher, I am amazed at how many children and teens are overweight or obese. How did we get to this point?  What are the causes of childhood obesity?  What can we do as dietitians and parents to prevent childhood obesity?The prevalence of obesity in children has more than tripled from 1971 to 2011.  Recent information from the National Center for Health Statistics indicates the childhood obesity rate may finally be reaching a plateau.  However, the prevalence is still high among children and adolescents.  According to the American Heart Association (AHA), one in three children and teenagers are obese or overweight.Obesity in children is causing health problems that used to be reserved for only adults.  High blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, and elevated cholesterol are all on the rise in children and teens.  Obese children are more likely to have low self-esteem, depression, become victims of bullies and a possess a negative self-image leading to psychological and social issues.How do we determine overweight or obese in children?Body mass index (BMI) is a measure used to determine childhood overweight and obesity. Overweight is defined as a BMI at or above the 85th percentile and below the 95th percentile for children and teens of the same age and sex. Obesity is defined as a BMI at or above the 95th percentile for children and teens of the same age and sex. For children and teens, BMI is age- and sex-specific and is often referred to as BMI-for-age. A child’s weight status is determined using an age- and sex-specific percentile for BMI rather than the BMI categories used for adults.  Children’s body composition varies as they age and varies between boys and girls; therefore, using adult BMI based on height and weight is not accurate.  BMI levels need to be expressed relative to other children of the same age and sex. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) has an online BMI calculator for children which is easy to use.What are the causes of this increased prevalence of childhood obesity? The cause is not totally clear, but the following are factors associated with this increase:Sedentary lifestyle: Studies have shown that children who watch television for longer than one hour per day tend to have a higher BMI as well as higher blood pressure. Watching television frequently leads to snacking and poor food choices.Decline in physical education and overall activity: Budgetary pressures on schools and increased focus on academic scores have pushed out physical education and recess. Children are spending more time in the car, being driven to school and other activities rather than walking. Working parents are not comfortable with their children going outside when they are not home.High-calorie foods and sweetened beverages: Making poor nutrition choices with calorie-dense foods and the intake of sweetened beverages. Studies have shown an association between sugared beverage intake and obesity, in both children and adults. This includes both soft drinks and sugar-sweetened fruit drinks.Large portion sizes:An increase in portion sizes, for instance, has been linked to increased obesity in children, particularly among adolescents.  Portion sizes have increased since the 1970’s.Eating away from home:There is evidence that eating away from home, usually “fast food” is associated with increased risk for overweight and obesity.Parental obesity: A genetic component to obesity cannot be ignored, as obesity has been found to be inherited in certain families. Genetics plays a big role in obesity. Some studies suggest up to 25% to 40 % of BMI is inherited.Excess weight gain during pregnancy. In Boston, Project Viva, found that children of women who gained an excessive amount of weight had more than four times the risk of being overweight at age 3 compared to children of women who gained less weight. Many women are also heavier when they become pregnant.Gestational Diabetes:This may subject the fetus to periods of high blood glucose and elevated insulin leading to increased body fat and larger size at birth.Low birth weight: < 2500 gm is a risk factor for overweight or obesity in children and teens.Infant weight gain: Rapid weight gain in the first weeks or months of life has been associated with a higher BMI and obesity later in life.How long an infant is breast fed: Breast feeding has been associated with a 13 percent and 22 percent reduced risk of obesity later in life. It is not clear if breast feeding actually prevents obesity, but breast feeding has been associated with higher socioeconomic status and other cultural factors. Another factor is that breast feeding provides an infant with greater self-regulation than bottle feeding.Infant sleep: Infants who slept less than 12 hours per day doubled the odds of becoming overweight at age 3 compared to infants who slept more than 12 hours per day. Shorter infant sleep duration can be influenced by maternal depression during pregnancy, solid foods introduced prior to 4 months and infant TV viewing.Parental eating and physical activity habits: Parents influence a child’s eating behavior and activity levels.Demographics: Low-income, African American, and Hispanic children are more likely to be overweight.Parenting style: Some researchers believe that excess parental control over children’s eating may lead to poor self-regulation.Although progress has been made in the prevention and treatment of childhood obesity it is still a complex problem which requires a multilevel multi-systems approach.  The parents, schools, food manufacturers, infrastructure, physicians, dietitians, all health care and child care providers must be involved. While there are many programs trying to combat childhood obesity, 5-2-1-0 Let’s Go! is a nationally recognized childhood obesity prevention program that has been implemented successfully around the country. The goal is to increase physical activity and healthy eating from birth to age 18.  Learn more about this program  and register for the free webinar 5-2-1-0 Healthy Messaging Campaign at the event page.References: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2531152/http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/GettingHealthy/HealthierKids/ChildhoodObesity/Overweight-in-Children_UCM_304054_Article.jsphttp://www.cdc.gov/obesity/data/childhood.htmlhttp://obesity.about.com/od/Childhood-Obesity/fl/Childhood-Obesity-Causes.htm http://www.hsph.harvard.edu/obesity-prevention-source/obesity-causes/prenatal-postnatal-obesity/#breastfeeding D.M. Hoelscher, S. Kirk, L. Ritchie, L. Cunningham-Sabo, Position of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics: Interventions for the Prevention and Treatment of Pediatric Overweight and Obesity.  Jn of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics vol. 113:10 (Oct 3, 2013)This post was written by Robin Allen, a member of the Military Families Learning Network (MFLN) Nutrition and Wellness team which aims to support the development of professionals working with military families.  Find out more about the MFLN Nutrition and Wellness concentration on our website, on Facebook, on Twitter and on LinkedIn.last_img read more

Japan’s Kamegai faces Cotto in first world title bout

first_imgPagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend LATEST STORIES LOOK: Vhong Navarro’s romantic posts spark speculations he’s marrying longtime GF Yoshihiro Kamegai of Japan v Jesus Soto-Karass of Mexico during the junior middleweights bout at The Forum on September 10, 2016 in Inglewood, California. Josh Lefkowitz/Getty Images/AFPJapanese boxer Yoshihiro Kamegai has the chance to grab the world junior middleweight title left behind by Saul “Canelo” Alvarez, but blocking his path is former world champion Miguel Cotto.Promoters announced Wednesday that Kamegai will face Cotto on August 26 at Los Angeles for the vacant World Boxing Organization junior middleweight crown.ADVERTISEMENT Lakers win 9th straight, hold off Pelicans More than 5,000 measles deaths in DR Congo this year — WHO Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students PLAY LIST 01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH 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 athletes Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next South Korea to suspend 25% of coal plants to fight pollutioncenter_img Mexican star Alvarez, who defeated Julio Cesar Chavez Jnr earlier this month, dropped the 154-pound title as he moves up to the middleweight ranks for a megafight on September 16 against unbeaten Gennady Golovkin for the Kazak star’s three world titles.Vying to replace Alvarez at 154 pounds are Kamegai, in his first world title bout at age 34, and 36-year-old Puerto Rican Cotto, whose first world championship bout was in 2004.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hosting“I’m very excited to be back and showcase a high level fight for the fans,” Cotto said. “Kamegai is a great, tough fighter, but I will be ready for him and to capture the world title. I can’t wait to start training for this fight and get back in the ring.” MOST READ ‘Coming Home For Christmas’ is the holiday movie you’ve been waiting for, here’s why SEA Games: PH beats Indonesia, enters gold medal round in polo Tigresses lead BVR tournament Ilocos leg champs Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games Cotto, 40-5 with 33 knockouts, has owned world titles at super lightweight, welterweight, super welterweight/junior middleweight and middleweight — the only Puerto Rican fighter to claim crowns in four different weight classes.“I fully understand who I’m going to be in the ring against, but Cotto’s record and history won’t matter once we are toe-to-toe,” Kamegai said. “I am looking forward to giving fans the kind of aggressive fight that they have seen from me before and having my arm raised in victory.”Kamegai, 27-3 with two drawn and 24 knockouts, is 3-2 with one drawn in his past six fights over the past three years, having stopped Mexico’s Jesus Soto Karass last September in his most recent bout.Cotto is 3-3 over the past five years, including a super welterweight title loss to Floyd Mayweather in 2012. His most recent bout was an unanimous decision loss to Alvarez in November 2015.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more