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Police find gun in bag dropped by man

first_imgThe police have unearthed a .32 pistol from a bag that was disposed of by a man along Cemetery Road, Georgetown.According to reports, at about 21:00h Wednesday, police A Division (Georgetown-East Bank Demerara) were on patrol when they saw a man drop the bag he was carrying and made good his escape.The ranks collected the bag and upon checking, they found the firearm.An investigation has been launched into the incident.last_img

National Athletic Championship Saturday

first_imgThe Liberia Athletics Federation (LAF) has released the calendar of activities for this year’s National Open Athletics Championship, which starts on Saturday, 31 May 2014 at the SKD Sports Complex in Monrovia.The LAF said over 100 athletes have registered for the daylong events.Conquerors Athletics and Fast Spikes Athletics will grace the occasion with their respective athletes.The LAF said the competition is open to both female and male athletes; Youth (born 1996 – 2000), Junior (born 1995 – 1999) and Senior (born before 1995).Successful athletes will be selected to join the national athletic team.It will feature the following events: 100m, 200m, 400m, 800m, 1500m, 5000m, Long Jump, High Jump, Shot Put, 4 x 400m relay and 1 x 100m relay.The LAF said it is expected to participate in the African Junior Championship in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso on 14 – 15 June 2014; World Junior Championship in Eugene, USA on 22 – 27 July 2014; World Youth Olympic in China in August and the African Senior Championship in Morocco in August 2014.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Prep extra

first_img This week’s must see Dorsey at Taft Boys’ basketball, Saturday, 7 p.m. The vitals: After Campbell Hall of North Hollywood extended its winning streak to an area-record 42 games, Taft of Woodland Hills and Dorsey of Los Angeles beat the Vikings on consecutive nights at the Modesto Christian tournament. Now, the City Section powers get to face off in a big nonleague game. Today 3 Boys’ basketball Hart at Crescenta Valley, 7 p.m. The vitals: Annual clash between two of the area’s most successful programs is final tune-up before Foothill and Pacific leagues open play Friday. Wednesday 4 Girls’ soccer Harvard-Westlake vs. Louisville at Crespi HS, 5 p.m. The vitals: Top-ranked Harvard-Westlake of Studio City opens Mission League against old nemesis Louisville of Woodland Hills, which tied the Wolverines and lost in overtime last season. Thursday 5 Girls’ basketball Chaminade at Notre Dame, 7 p.m. The vitals: Notre Dame of Sherman Oaks captured the Mission title last year, a game ahead of Chaminade of West Hills. Their first showdown this year should again have championship implications. Friday 6 Girls’ basketball Westlake at Royal, 7 p.m. The vitals: Royal of Simi Valley tries to knock off defending-champion Westlake as two of Marmonte League’s top teams meet in first-place showdown. Saturday 7 Girls’ basketball Harvard-Westlake at Oaks Christian, 2:30 p.m. The vitals: Wolverines, led by YoYo Greenfield, will look to gain a measure of revenge against Lions after earlier loss in Santa Barbara tournament. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! THEY SAID IT “We see us, Harvard-Westlake and Campbell Hall being the premier teams in the Valley. So when we get together, we have to sort out the pecking order.” – Taft of Woodland Hills boys’ basketball coach Derrick Taylor on his team’s 68-51 victory over Campbell Hall of North Hollywood in the semifinals of the Modesto Christian tournament, snapping the Vikings’ 42-game winning streak. RANDOM NUMBERS 29, 5, 12 Lancaster’s girls’ soccer team outscored opponents 29-0 over five games en route to winning its own tournament for the first time since 2001. The Eagles (9-0-2) defeated Golden League rival Highland of Palmdale 2-0 in Thursday’s championship game to snap the Bulldogs’ run of 12 consecutive tournament victories over a three-year span. Highland (9-2-2) was bidding for its third successive title and fourth in the tournament’s 10-year history. center_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson TRIVIA QUESTION With Campbell Hall of North Hollywood having its 42-game winning streak snapped by Taft of Woodland Hills on Thursday, which area boys’ basketball team now holds the longest active winning streak? TRIVIA ANSWER Chatsworth has won five in a row, including four victories to capture the title at the Chaminade of West Hills tournament. Campbell Hall had the longest winning streak this season at 10 games. DAY PLANNER last_img read more

DD LOCAL: GLENTIES COMMUNITY NEWS

first_imgSunset in Glenties from Eamonn McNeilisBingo:The winners at the Bingo in the Community Centre, Glenties on Tuesday 10th June 2014 were – € 20 winners – Adele Dooley, Brid Gallagher and Mary Kennedy; €25 Winners – Norah McHugh, Francis Brennan, Sandra Moore, Ann Boyle, Cecila Campbell and Mary McDermott; € 50 Winners – Margaret McBrearty, Caroline Kee, Patsy Martin, Terence Breslin, Breid Gallagher, Faye Moore, Josie Martin, Johnny O’ Donnell, Mary Ita Boyle and Nan Doherty, €100 winners – Mary Gallagher, Una Kennedy, Kathleen Boyle, Sally McGuigan, Anne Deane, Caroline Kee, Francis Brennan and Michael Langan; €150 Winners – Mark O Donnell and Pauline Mc Geehan.Ceili in the Kitchen: Every success to Kieran and Anne Kennedy with their Cabaret Evening (Ceili in the Kitchen) every Wednesday for the Summer season.Sympathy:Sincere sympathy is extended to Kathleen Molloy, Lacklea Greenans; Glenties, on the death of her brother, Tommy Meehan, Dromore, Mountcharles, and formerly of Loughfad, which took place recently; also to all other relatives and friends.Sincere sympathy is extended to Sally Mc Devitt, Gortnasillagh, Glenties on the death recently of her sister, Rosaleen Mc Dyre, Rhenny, Lettermacaward; also to all other relatives and friends. Glenties Community Centre:Bingo in the Glenties Community Centre every Tuesday night at 9 p.m. Every line € 50, Every house € 100; Jackpot, if not won, will be € 3200 on 24th June. If not won on the night € 300 will be paid out. In house draws.Snooker:Snooker Hall is open every day 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.Corpus Christi Procession: At the end of the 11 a.m. Mass next Sunday 22nd June we will process from the Church to the Grotto for Benediction (weather permitting). The people who are usually involved in the carrying of the canopy are asked to make themselves available as well as those who usually steward the Procession. The First Holy Communion children are invited to walk in the Procession in their First Holy Communion Dress.“Do This in Memory”:The Parish based Preparation Programme for First Holy Communion called “Do This in Memory” will conclude next Sunday 22nd June at 11 a.m. Mass.DD LOCAL: GLENTIES COMMUNITY NEWS was last modified: June 19th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Glenties community newslast_img read more

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

Focussed training helps underprivileged students

first_imgPharmaceutical major Lupin Limited expects to train over 1,000 undergraduates as pharma professionals by the year 2020 under a ‘Learn and Earn Initiative’ aligned with the Centre’s Skill Development mission. The initiative is aimed at youngsters who have passed Class XII in the Science stream with a minimum of 50% marks, but are facing financial constraints. They are taken for a three-year-long course during which they are paid stipend and provided all the facilities.“Since 2011, Lupin has helped create 560 graduates with 181 students passing out in 2018,” Yashwant Mahadik, president, global human resources at Lupin, said in Panaji last week.“We expect to help graduate more than 1,000 students by 2020 adding to the manpower resource of the pharmaceutical sector,” Mr. Mahadik said adding that “most of these would be absorbed by Lupin.”The curriculum, designed in concert with open universities such as Yashwantrao Chavan Maharastra Open University and Bhimrao Ambedkar University, confers graduates with a Bachelor’s Degree in Pharmaceutical Chemistry Education B.VOC. in Manufacturing Technology (Pharmaceutical Chemistry) after the successful completion of the three-year programme.While training facilities are located in cities like Tarapur or Goa, efforts have been made to penetrate to the interiors in States such as Maharashtra, Karnataka, Sikkim and Goa through newspaper adverts, propaganda in colleges, distribution of flyers and pamphlets, and even personally meeting such families. These efforts are currently focussed around five of Lupin’s largest manufacturing hubs: Tarapur, Goa, Sikkim, Indore and Aurangabad.The third batch of 181 students graduated through the initiative last week at a function held in Margao, Goa. Those who graduated were presented with a degree and an appointment letter for a job with Lupin. In 2014, the first batch of candidates under the program from Goa, Tarapur, Indore, and Aurangabad, was given appointment letters with their degrees.(The writer was in Goa at the invitation of Lupin Limited)last_img read more

SEA Games: Suarez, two Filipino pugs enter semis; Paalam out

first_imgLacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Fil-Briton Felix John Nobel Tupas finished the card with a dominant debut for the Philippines team in 81kg, banging Cambodian Felix Merlin Martinez via unanimous decision.READ: ‘Solid’ PH boxing team capable of taking home golds But the victories were tinged by the questionable defeat of Carlo Paalam to Malaysian Muhamad Fuad Redzuan in the 49kg.Paalam, one of the most promising boxers in the country at only 19 years old, was clearly on top of everything against the fighter who had earlier in his career lost to Filipinos Rogen Ladon and Elmer Pamisa.But Redzuan kept Paalam busy by dragging him down at least four times throughout the match.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES PH men’s volley team drops SEA Games opener to Vietnam Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side “I told myself that I need to win the favor of the crowd,” said Suarez in Filipino who unloaded his power punches that put Azmi on all fours. The Malaysian, though, made the count.READ: PH boxers make rousing 2017 SEA Games debutsFEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingMario Fernandez also advanced after a masterful unanimous decision win over Tran Phu Masuk of Vietnam in the 56kg.Fernandez, the defending champion in bantamweight division, controlled the match with his 1-2 combinations. READ: PH in for tough gold hunt in SEA Games; Athletics, boxing bright spotsThe Malaysian also threw haymakers coming from out of nowhere and landing very few.That decision shocked the Philippine team here drawing criticism as the Malaysian Sports Minister Brig. Gen. Khairy Jamaluddin Abu Bakar was in the sidelines.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremonycenter_img Charly Suarez of the Philippines dominates Khir Akyazlan Bin Azmi of Malaysia in the quarterfinals of the light welterweight class men’s boxing competition of the 29th Southeast Asian Games at the MITEC Hall 8 in Kuala Lumpur. Suarez prevailed by unanimous decision. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/SEA GAMES POOLKUALA LUMPUR — Two-time champion Charly Suarez battered Malaysia foe to score a convincing decision win and lead two other Filipino boxers to the Southeast Asian Games semifinals at MITEC Hall 8.Suarez slammed left and right upper cuts to the solar plexus of Khir Akyazlan Azmi in the third to win the 64kg quarterfinal match before a band of uniformed, boisterous crowd trying to distract the Filipino.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters View commentslast_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

Repairs to Minnard Deep Well to be Completed in Two Weeks

first_imgMinister of Water, Land, Environment and Climate Change, Hon. Robert Pickersgill, is assuring residents of Brown’s Town and surrounding districts in St. Ann, who are served by the Minnard Deep Well, that water will return to their taps in another two weeks.He made the commitment on Monday, May 27, following a tour of the well site and water facilities in the parish.Water has had to be trucked into Brown’s Town over the last few months, as a result of a drop in water levels at the well due to drought conditions, and the subsequent burning out of the pump.At an impromptu media briefing during the tour, Minister Pickersgill informed that the “important parts and equipment” had to be imported to get the facility up and running again.He said that the trucking of water to the communities will have to continue until the well is back in operation. The Minister informed that the full repair programme is estimated to cost $300 million.According to Maintenance Manager for the NWC’s Western Region, Curtis Thomas, the Minnard well, which is the deepest in Jamaica, is approximately 750 feet in depth. He pointed out that the facility was constructed in the 1970s and had developed some defects, which also had to be repaired.When fully up and running, the well has a capacity of approximately one million gallons of water per day.Also on the tour were: Minister of State, Ian Hayles; NWC Programme Director for the K-Factor Programme, David Geddes, along with other Ministry and NWC officials.last_img read more

Roadway Robbery attempts in Blue Hills Be Careful

first_img Related Items: #magneticmedianews Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, December 2, 2016 – At least two residents posted their own accounts of what happened to them while driving in Blue Hills and Millennium Heights and it points to the boldness of criminals.A man said his vehicle was ambushed by several men, one tried to get into the car but he sped off and that alleged attacker fell to the ground.Another involved a woman, also driving and who told neighbors a tree branch was tossed into the road to force her to stop; she didn’t and it is believed she averted danger in her decision.  Both instances are said to be from this week.Go to MagneticMediaTV.com to see the holiday safety tips shared by the Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police.center_img Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more