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Ramblings: Why the Sharks are A-OK without Joe Thornton

first_imgNASHVILLE, Tenn. — Joe Thornton flew to Nashville with his Sharks teammates Monday, but he’ll probably see more cowboy boots, live music and menus with hot chicken this week than game action.Head coach Pete DeBoer’s acknowledgement Sunday that Thornton is receiving antibiotic treatment through a PICC line suggests that he’s unlikely to play on the Sharks three-game road trip. That isn’t necessarily bad news.Tuesday’s game against the Nashville Predators (7-1) will mark the 41st time in the …last_img

President Jacob Zuma appoints members to serve on the Board of Trustees of Brand South Africa

first_imgMEDIA STATEMENTTO ALL MEDIA/NEWS EDITORS14 April 2015PRESIDENT JACOB ZUMA APPOINTS MEMBERS TO SERVE ON THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES OF BRAND SOUTH AFRICAPresident Jacob Zuma has appointed new members to serve on the Board of Trustees of the Brand South Africa Trust for a period of three years.Brand South Africa’s key mandate is to develop and implement proactive and co-ordinated marketing, communication and reputation management strategies for South Africa, with the ultimate aim of contributing towards economic growth, job creation, poverty alleviation and social cohesion by encouraging local and foreign investment, tourism and trade.NEW MEMBERS• Ms Khanyisile Kweyama, with extensive business leadership and management expertise, has been appointed as Chairperson of the Brand SA Board of Trustees. She is the CEO of Business Unity South Africa (BUSA) and a former executive director at Anglo American South Africa.• Ms Babalwa Ngonyama has been appointed as Deputy Chairperson. She is the Chief Executive Officer of Sinayo Securities. A chartered accountant, she is a member of Advisory Board of African Women Chartered Accountants. and She is also a former interim CEO and former Treasurer of the Black Business Council. She holds directorships on other Boards.• Ms Thembi Kunene, an expert in Tourism, Marketing as well Business Management and Strategy, and has wide experience in quality assurance in the tourism sector.• Mr Mpho Makwana, independent non-executive Chairman of Arcelor Mittal South Africa. He brings to the Board vast experience in executive business leadership, business strategy and management, transformation, strategic communications and stakeholder relations. He is also a former chairman and former acting CEO at Eskom.• Mr Kuseni Dlamini, Chairman of Aspen Pharmacare Holdings and of Massmart Holdings. He brings extensive business executive leadership, strategic communication and management expertise to the board.• Ms Janine Hills, the founder and CEO of Vuma Reputation Management. She brings expertise in reputation management, stakeholder relationship management and media relationship management to the Board,• Ms Lehlohonolo Bonoko, lawyer and partner in the law firm Bonoko and Maphokga Attorneys, who brings legal expertise to the Board.• Ms Muditambi Ravele, the chairperson of Boxing South Africa who brings sports marketing expertise. She previously held directorship positions in Women in Sports International, Netball South Africa, and South African Sports Hall of Fame among others.• Mr Arthur Mafokate, musician and producer. He is founder of 999 Music, an independent black owned music label. He is a pioneer of the kwaito music genre, and also an astute marketer and entrepreneur.• Ms Given Refilwe Sibiya, a chartered accountant and director of Xabaniso Consulting, and previously served on the Board of Basil Read.• Mr Rashid Lombard, the founder of Cape Town International Jazz Festival has a played a pivotal role in conceptualising, strategising and implementing the marketing strategies for the festival now branded as “Africa’s Grandest Gathering“. He previously worked as an international political and war photojournalist for over 28 years and is former CEO of esp Afrika (Pty)Ltd.RETURNING TRUSTEESThe following persons have been re-appointed to the Board of Trustees;• Mr Stavros Nicolaou, the Senior Executive responsible for Strategic Development for Aspen Pharmaceuticals.• Mr Mzimkulu Malunga, media and communications consultant and former CEO Urban Brew and former MD of BDFM Publishers, publishers of Business Day and Financial Mail publications.• Ms Pumla Ncapayi, the Deputy Director-General responsible for trade and exports at the Department of Trade and Industry.The new team will join the only current serving member, Mr Geoffrey Rothschild, consultant and former head of government relations at the Johannesburg Stock Exchange.President Jacob Zuma wishes the new trustees well in executing their duties.Enquiries: Bongani Majola on 082 339 1993 or bonganim@presidency.gov.zaIssued by: The PresidencyPretoriawww.thepresidency.gov.zalast_img read more

How healthy is your child?

first_imgThe tummy, they say, is a mirror of emotions. A stick of a girl in the outpatients department of All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), Delhi, has a stomach issue. In that crowded OPD, where everybody befriends everybody to while away the waiting hours, she sits like a zombie,,The tummy, they say, is a mirror of emotions. A stick of a girl in the outpatients department of All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), Delhi, has a stomach issue. In that crowded OPD, where everybody befriends everybody to while away the waiting hours, she sits like a zombie, eyes fixed on the ground. Her parents don’t quite know why she gets those excruciating bellyaches. It starts when she is about to go to school and becomes so bad that she is often sent home.Doctors routinely press stethoscopes to her stomach, put her on countless pills, prescribe a battery of tests, before dismissing the pain as a curious, if insoluble, problem. Hazy, drugged and in constant pain, she had to be pulled out of school last month. Today, however, she’s in good company. A little down the corridor, Dr Manju Mehta, professor of clinical psychology, and her students are studying precisely this phenomenon-Recurrent Abdominal Pains (RAP)-which they come across increasingly among schoolchildren across the country.Here’s some news that will give parents more reasons to lie awake at night. India’s children of prosperity may have much more- clothes, toys, gadgets, sport equipment-than their parents ever did. But with the economic advances of recent years-pumping in new money and new foods-there has been a telling change in the health of the country’s young citizens. According to a sweeping study conducted by the wellness R&D section of Apollo Hospitals, urban Indian children are not well.For the last one year, Apollo undertook a series of surveys covering 50 schools and 40,000 children, between class VI and XII, across the country- from Hyderabad to Allahabad, Bangalore to Lucknow, Chennai to Mumbai and Pune to Kochi. And by every measure, the report reveals alarming trends: about 34 per cent urban schoolchildren are in poor health.advertisementAs many as 62 per cent of the children surveyed eat irregular, untimely meals, snacking and eating junk food through the day. Not so coincidentally, a similar percentage have poor physical stamina and, among other things, become breathless while climbing stairs. A whopping 65 per cent told doctors that they face insoluble daily crises that affect them psychologically (compared to just 15 per cent adults).”Unless some changes are made, this batch of children will grow up with poorer health than the current set of adults in the country,” says Professor Adrian Kennedy, who heads the Apollo Lifetime Wellness Rx International Ltd.The survey revealed that more children (34 per cent) are on daily medication than adults (31 per cent). Surprised? Ask the Rajaratnams of Bangalore. The 30-something techie couple makes sure that their sevenyear-old son, Rakesh, stays in the best of health, even if that means popping some pills every day. Hence, Rakesh starts his day at the crack of dawn, takes two spoons of specially ordered Chawanprash from Kottakkal in Kerala because “his immune system is weak” and dashes off for his cricket coaching session.”He has to take calcium supplements because he has low bone density,” says his worried mother, Anila. Rakesh also takes a vitamin C supplement in the morning because coughs and colds are a part of his daily life-what with the pollution and the city’s weather. Anti-allergics, syrups and paracetamols are not uncommon to Rakesh. Nor are health tonics-for everything from common cold to purifying his blood.Peruse the stats and children seem to be slipping through the cracks: more children are admitted to hospitals (12 per cent) compared to adults (3 per cent); if 45 per cent adults surveyed wore spectacles, 33 per cent children do so. “Imagine what this figure will be when they grow up,” says Kennedy.Health meter An exclusive survey of 40,000 school children across seven states reveals alarming trends about how unhealthy our children really are and a public health crisis in the making12% of Indian schoolchildren face hospitalisation, compared to 3% of adults62% eat irregular, untimely meals, snacking mindlessly through the day34% children are in poor health; 37% physically unfit34% children pop pills every day, compared to 31% adults37% gorge on sweets every day32%eat junk food as a major meal three times a week43% do not eat veggies and fruits daily49% have low protein intake31%drink less than two cups of milk a day19% feel they are at breaking point, unable to cope with studies33% of children wear glasses30% children have dental problems, compared to 22% adults40% of children are seriously overweight40% feel that they can not confide in their parents36% can’t keep pace with their peer group30% have poor muscle strength and shape16% crave for love and affection from extended family63% become breathless when climbing stairs54% sent off to coaching classes after school36% of the children get little solace from home30% do not have the time to play outdoor games65% face personal, academic or family problems, to which they see no solution30% watch television for 4 to 6 hours daily7% are from broken homes17% find the fights and disagreements at home between family members unbearableQ: “Does any of your friends indulge in alcohol, cigarettes, drugs, reckless driving and sexual activity?”Yes: 34% Q: “Have you ever indulged in alcohol, cigarettes, drugs, reckless driving or sexual activity?”Yes: 32%advertisementAbout 22 per cent adults have dental problems compared to 30 per cent children-alarming since most polled children were long past the milk-teeth stage. When surveyed for family history of cardiac ailments, cancer, high blood pressure and diabetes, children outnumber adults (67:45 per cent). In other words, the risk for lifestyle diseases has risen by a whopping 22 per cent within one generation.The numbers tell only part of the story. In a world that’s raining food, making healthy choices about what and how to eat is not easy. The saga of little lives reflects that diet conundrum. Ankit Parashar of Lucknow might be just 12, but he has already been to the OT and back for what is essentially an adult affliction-gall stone. The doctor’s diagnosis? Too much junk food. “Instead of preparing fresh tiffin, I used to give him money to buy food from the canteen,” says his contrite mother, who works with a bank.”The shifting contours of the post-globalisation family-with more working mothers and both parents putting in more hours on the job- have created new circumstances of parenting,” says Delhi-based counsellor Gitanjali Kumar. As lives become busier, there is less time to cook healthy meals, more people eat at restaurants, grab takeout food or buy frozen foods to heat up at home.Ankit, obviously, belongs to the brigade of surveyed children, who score high on knowledge related to food (81 per cent), yet have appallingly disbalanced diets (29 per cent). “Except for the fact that more adults are overweight (61 per cent adults to 39 per cent children) in all other aspects of nutrition, children fare far worse than adults,” points out Kennedy.Track the diet demon: 31 per cent drink less than two cups of milk every day; 37 per cent eat sweets with each meal daily; 43 per cent refuse fruits and veggies; pizzas and burgers form a major meal at least three times a week, for 32 per cent; 35 per cent frequent fast food centres more than twice a week.When endocrinologist Dr Nikhil Tandon went around Delhi in 2006- measuring and weighing 21,485 schoolchildren between age 5-18-he was taken aback by the high burden of excess weight (18 per cent) and obesity (6 per cent) among them. “In the past two decades, adolescent weight has gone up by 5-15 kg,” says Tandon, professor at the department of endocrinology and metabolism, AIIMS.”The soaring symptoms of metabolic dysfunction among them indicate early onset of conditions like diabetes, hypertension, heart diseases and polycystic ovarian syndrome.” It’s not just the rich kids in the capital. An ongoing Fortis Hospital study, that also covers cities beyond Delhi (Agra, Jaipur, Allahabad and Pune), finds abdominal fat, insulin resistance and hypertension in one among four schoolchildren-indicting a likely explosion of lifestyle diseases when they reach the 20s.advertisementPritish Daudkhane is all of 11. But his schedules are more demanding and days more packed than his parents. And his mother, Parumita, who runs coaching classes in Navi Mumbai, is worried sick. Pritish looks and acts drained and exhausted at the end of each day. The student of Vasant Vihar High School wakes up every morning at 5.30 to catch his school bus, gets back by 2 p.m., watches television or plays computer games till it’s time to do homework or leave for coaching classes.”He wakes up too early,” claims his mother. “With the pressure of homework and coaching classes, he hardly has the physical stamina or enthusiasm to do anything else.” Pritish got into this mode ever since he entered high school. “I have never consulted a counsellor because every child seems to be leading this sort of a life. But it upsets me,” she says.The survey rings alarm bells over the physical fitness of children. The World Health Organization guidelines recommend 60 minutes of moderate intensity physical activity each day, with activities to improve bone health, muscle strength and flexibility at least twice a week. But India’s couch potato kids (over 30 per cent) prefer to spend 4-6 hours a day in front of the TV. Over 37 per cent are physically unfit; 30 per cent don’t have the time to play; 30 per cent have poor muscle strength and shape and 43 per cent have poor joint mobility.”Children are turning out to be sitting ducks for bone disorders later in life,” says Dr Ambrish Mithal, endocrinologist with Apollo Indraprastha Hospital in Delhi. A new study by AIIMS and the Institute of Nuclear Medicine and Allied Sciences in Delhi found rampant vitamin D deficiency (essential for strong bones) in nearly 90 per cent schoolchildren in the city in 2006.Not a pretty picture? Gear up for some more gory statistics: 65 per cent children face one or more persisting problems (personal, academic or otherwise) to which they see no solution; 54 per cent find it necessary to take tuitions after school; 36 per cent find it difficult to keep pace with their peer group, not just in studies but in other activities, too.Add to that 47 per cent children whose days are too full of things to do (school, tuitions, family obligations) and 54 per cent who spend over a couple of hours each day commuting to school-and you get a peek into the life of urban Indian children. Mehta of AIIMS is not surprised, “Children are increasingly found to be defiant, hostile, irritable, quarrelsome and destructive these days,” she says.That’s exactly what the parents of a 13-year-old Chandigarh girl complained of when they brought her, comatose, to paediatrician, Dr R.S. Bedi. Barred from calling up two of her boyfriends at nights, harassed by spying siblings, bullied by family members for not doing well in school, disturbed and distraught, she had started taking sleeping pills and went into overkill that day. The doctor reprimanded the parents and referred the family to a counsellor. They never visited him again.”Teenage is the time for hormonal change. A lot of parents don’t recognise that,” says Bedi. “Kids don’t feel at home when they are at home. When they come back from school, parents are away. At home parents are either too tired or too busy. Home is like a hostel these days,” he adds. No wonder, for 36 per cent of the surveyed children, home is not a refuge, 40 per cent can’t confide in their parents, 16 per cent crave for love from extended family and 7 per cent are from broken homes.Ahmedabad boy, Satyam Patel, 14, landed up in a hospital with an abysmal haemoglobin count of eight. It was just waiting to happen. The reed-thin student of class IX would skip breakfast, scarf down unhealthy fried food at school, hurry through lunch, slog at his all-subject coaching class in the afternoon and burn the midnight oil over his school and tuition homework. No one noticed when the drudgery started telling on him, until one day he fell sick.”Parental pressure to do well in life takes a huge toll on today’s troubled children,” says city psychologist, Dr Prashant Bhimani. “Another thorny issue is a father’s unwillingness to spend enough time with children,” he points out. With Bhimani’s help, Satyam is well on his way to recovery.Doctors across the country are pressing the panic button. Paediatrician, Dr Paresh Majmudar, who owns two hospitals in Vadodara, feels worried about the lack of awareness among parents. “A 11-year-old weighs 70 kg, yet he is a ‘healthy child’ to his parents,” he says. “Parents also tend to pass on their stress and ambitions to children. More than a child’s health, the fact that he would miss a day of school bothers some parents more.” Ask Dr Gaur Chaudhary of SGP Institute of Medical Sciences in Lucknow. His project, Hope Initiative, surveyed 22,000 children in 10 districts of Uttar Pradesh. “There’s a huge gap between the health of urban and rural children, yet all of them are united in one thing-bad health.”This is one study where there are only losers: parents for their lack of understanding and children for the predicament they find themselves in. The truth, however unsavoury, is writ large on the wall: regaining the future health of the nation ultimately rests on parents. Cardiologist Dr K.S. Reddy, director of Public Health Foundation of India, recommends looking back and learning from the past.”A 100 years ago, there was no such thing as snack food-nothing you could pop open and overeat,” he says. “People ate plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables. And low-technology lifestyles demanded more physical activity.” So find ways to get your child 60 active minutes each day, at least; encourage them to jump around; opt for regular, timely and home-cooked meals. The route to wellbeing is never easy. Parents will need to be healthy role models more than ever if they don’t want to be responsible for the dwindling health of generationext. Turn off the television now and go for a walk for your child’s sake.-with Nirmala Ravindran in Bangalore; Mitali Patel and Jhilmil Motihar in Mumbai; Adhi Valliappan in Chennai; Arvind Chhabra in Chandigarh; Uday Mahurkar in Ahmedabad; Subhash Mishra in Lucknow; Jhumari Nigam in Vadodara and Ayesha Singh in Delhi.last_img read more

Today only Save 300 on unlocked Galaxy Note 9 Expired

first_imgJuan Garzon / CNET Patience is not only a virtue, it’s a money-saver. The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 debuted last summer with a list price of $1,000 and has stayed pretty steady ever since. Good thing you decided to wait.Today only, from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. PT (6 p.m. to midnight ET), Samsung is having a flash sale: $300 off the unlocked Note 9 when you apply promo code 300SAMSUNG at checkout.See it at SamsungThe Note 9 features a mammoth 6.4-inch screen, 128GB of storage and Samsung’s fairly awesome S-Pen.I’m not an Android guy, but of course my colleagues have you covered: For a deep dive into the phone’s pros and cons, look no further than CNET’s Galaxy Note 9 review. Phones 3:29 The Cheapskate News • Grab an unlocked Samsung Galaxy Note 9 for $719 Galaxy Note 9 looks stunning in these photos Sprint Review • Note 10 launch could still give Note 9 sales a jolt $799 CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Galaxy Note 9 is a superphone through and through See It Samsung $999 Tags See It See It This is another great reminder that phones with sky-high prices will eventually see discounts — often soon after launch. (The brand-new Galaxy S10 Plus saw a nice deal just yesterday.) I’ll bet your patience is feeling especially virtuous right about now.By the way, if you can ask your wrist to be patient as well, the Samsung Gear Fit2 Pro will be $75 off on Monday. Stay tuned for a separate post about that deal. $999 Mentioned Above Samsung Galaxy Note 9 (128GB, ocean blue) 72 Photos Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. Samsung Galaxy Note 9 See it Preview • Four days with the Galaxy Note 9: Here’s the good and bad so far Best Buy Now playing: Watch this: 8 Share your voice Verizon Wireless Comments CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on PCs, phones, gadgets and much more. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page. Find more great buys on the CNET Deals page and follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter! $799last_img read more

UN rights chief slams Bangladesh drug war

first_imgUN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra`ad Al HusseinThe UN rights chief on Wednesday condemned the recent killing of more than 100 alleged drug dealers in Bangladesh, insisting that extra-judicial killings cannot be justified in the fight against narcotics.Some 130 people have reportedly been shot dead by Bangladeshi security forces since 15 May and another 15,000 arrested in the Philippines-style crackdown aimed to halt the spread of methamphetamine and other illegal drugs.”I am gravely concerned that such a large number of people have been killed,” UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein said in a statement.He also voiced concern about government reaction, which “has been to assure the public that none of these individuals were ‘innocent’.”Such statements are dangerous and indicative of a total disregard for the rule of law,” he said.”People do not lose their human rights because they use or sell drugs.”Bangladesh has been struggling to contain a surging drug trade.Police have vowed to stamp out “yaba”, a very popular street pill made of caffeine and methamphetamine.Authorities last year seized a record 40 million yaba tablets, but said an estimated 250-300 million others entered the market, due in part to large quantities coming across the border from major producer Myanmar.Nine million yaba tablets were seized in less than three months earlier this year, including nearly two million in a single haul.The rights commissioner stressed that “the presumption of innocence and the right to due process must be at the forefront of any efforts to tackle crime.””Given the large number of people arrested, there is a high likelihood that many people may have been arbitrarily detained, without due regard for their rights.”Urging Bangladesh to investigate reports of extra-judicial killings and hold the perpetrators to account, he also voiced concern that already vulnerable slum communities were particular targets and that the crackdown appeared to be hampering drug users from accessing health services.The alleged dealers killed in Bangladesh mainly died in what authorities described as shootouts, but parallels have been drawn to the Philippines where police have been accused of executing suspects.”There is no doubt that the trafficking and sale of illegal narcotics leads to tremendous suffering,” the rights chief added.”But extra-judicial killings, arbitrary arrests and the stigmatisation of people who use drugs cannot be the answer.”last_img

Fresh DUCSU polls not possible DU VC

first_imgvice-chancellor AkhtaruzzamanDhaka University vice-chancellor Akhtaruzzaman on Wednesday said the demand of students to go for fresh polls to Dhaka University Central Students’ Union (DUCSU) is not possible as there is no rule to this end, reports UNB.”Students came to my office with their demand. I listened to it But it’s not possible to meet their demand as there’s no rule or system in university regulations for fresh polls,” he said.The DU vice-chancellor was responding to queries from reporters in front of his office.On the election day, instant actions were taken in case of any irregularity, he said referring to the Kuwait Maitree Hall incident where stamped ballot papers were recovered before the voting started on 11 March.Earlier in the day, newly elected DUCSU vice president Nurul Haq Nur demanded fresh election by 31 March.Besides, members of various panels, who boycotted Monday’s DUCSU elections, have given the authorities three days to announce fresh polls schedule and submitted a memorandum to the VC office in this regard.last_img read more