Help soon for border residents

first_imgA study group has been set up by the government to examine the problems faced by people residing near the International Border (IB) and and the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir in the wake of regular ceasefire violations by Pakistan, an official said.The group will meet people living in the border areas of J&K, security forces deployed there, district administration officials and local public representatives, and submit its report within two months.“The competent authority has approved the constitution of a study group for considering various problems being faced by the people residing near the IB and LoC, in the wake of regular threats of cross border firing,” an order issued by the Home Ministry said.Rina Mitra, Special Secretary in the Home Ministry, will head the team. The Principal Secretary (Home) in the J&K government, the Divisional Commissioner of Jammu, and the Divisional Commissioner of Srinagar, are members. The Joint Secretary (J&K) in the Home Ministry is the Member-Secretary of the group.The study group will prepare a detailed report on the issues faced by people living near the IB and LoC, and submit its recommendations on the remedial action needed to address these issues, the order said.India shares a 3,323 km-long border with Pakistan, of which 221 km of the IB and 740 km of the LoC fall in J&K.There has been a sharp increase in ceasefire violations by Pakistan in recent times. Till September 30, there were over 600 violations in which eight civilians and 16 security personnel were killed.last_img read more

Haryana farmers seek higher compensation

first_imgThe residents of around two dozen villages have been holding a dharna at Mandora village here for the past four months seeking compensation for their agricultural land to be acquired for the proposed National Highway-344 M, connecting Bawana to Barwasani, under the Land Acquisition Act, 2013, and government jobs for the affected families.Four times market rateFarmer leader Shamsher Singh said the land for the proposed highway was being acquired under the National Highways Act, but the residents are demanding that it be acquired under the Land Acquisition Act, 2013, which grants compensation more than four times the market rate. He added that even for the acquisition under the National Highways Act, a committee was to be constituted to decide the market value of the land, but it was not set up. Mr. Singh said a memorandum for the same was given to the Deputy Commissioner office seven months ago, but no action was taken on it. Sonipat Deputy Commissioner Anshaj Singh did not respond to repeated calls.Dharam Singh Mandora, who is leading the protest, also demanded that the collector rate for these villages be hiked from the current ₹25 lakh per acre to ₹1.25 crore per acre since the current rate did not reflect the actual market value of the land. Several neighouring villages in Sonipat such as Murthal and a few villages in Jhajjar had collector rate running into crores, the farmers claimed.The protesters are also seeking increased compensation for six villages — Mandora, Mandori, Turkpur, Bada Thana, Pipli and Gopalpur — for their land acquired for the Kundli-Manesar-Palwal Expressway at par with the compensation granted to the villages in Uttar Pradesh for Kundli-Ghaziabad-Palwal Expressway.Mr. Singh claimed that while the farmers in U.P.’s Dasna and Hayatpur were paid around ₹3 crore per acre for their land acquired for the KGP Expressway, the farmers in Haryana were paid ₹20-30 lakh per acre only. He demanded that they should also be paid at par with the farmers in the U.P. since the two projects were identical.Jai Prakash demanded that the government ensure that the land being acquired for Haryana Orbital Rail Corridor, connecting Palwal to Sonipat along the KMP, be within a width of two acres along the highway. “If a wide strip of agricultural land is left between the KMP and the railway corridor, it would be a huge loss to the farmers,” he said.Ajit Turkpur stressed that the route for the proposed metro expansion from Bawana to Sonipat must pass through Kharkhoda as decided during the Congress government.last_img read more

CWG 2014: Indian flag shown upside down in official video song

first_imgThe Indian tricolour was shown upside down in the official CWG video songIndia has hit the headlines for reasons other than sporting in the just-begun Commonwealth Games here after it came to light that the country’s flag was shown upside down in the official song for the 11-day event.The official song titled “Let the Games Begin” is also the Glasgow Children’s 2014 anthem for Unicef.The song features the flags of all the participating countries but the makers have blundered while showcasing the tricolour.India, who finished second in the medals in the previous edition of the event in Delhi, has sent a 215-strong contingent this time.The Games kicked off yesterday with a colourful opening ceremony here.last_img

Tomas Berdych undecided on Rio tennis due to Zika concerns

first_imgWorld number nine tennis player Tomas Berdych has said he is undecided whether to compete at the 2016 Rio Olympics because of health fears over the Zika virus.”The Olympics are still on my schedule and in my plans,” Czech Berdych, who is seeded 10th at this year’s Wimbledon, told British media.”It (Zika) is definitely something that is in my mind. I have to really look at it and think about it. (Also read: Golfer Rory McIlroy withdraws from Rio Olympics over Zika fears) “I just need to see how all the things are going and then make the best decision for myself (nearer the time).”US health officials have concluded that Zika infections in pregnant women can cause microcephaly, a birth defect marked by small head size that can lead to severe developmental problems in babies.TEMPORARY PARALYSISThe World Health Organization (WHO) has said there is strong scientific consensus that Zika can also cause Guillain-Barre, a rare neurological syndrome that causes temporary paralysis in adults.The connection between Zika and microcephaly first came to light last fall in Brazil, which has now confirmed more than 1,400 cases of microcephaly that it considers to be related to Zika infections in the mothers.Last week, the WHO said that the Games did not need to be moved or postponed because there is “a very low risk” that holding the event in Brazil will cause further spread of the virus.An expert WHO panel on Zika concluded that staging the event during the Brazilian winter means the mosquito population will be smaller and intensified mosquito-control measures in place around venues “should further reduce the risk of transmission”.advertisementRORY MCILROY QUITSGolfers Rory McIlroy, a four-times major winner, Charl Schwartzel of South Africa and Fiji’s Vijay Singh, along with U.S. cyclist Tejay van Garderen have already announced they will skip the 2016 Games because of the Zika threat.DJOKOVIC FOCUSED ON RIOTennis world number one Novak Djokovic, however, said he is fully focussed on the Aug. 5-21 Games.”I’m still planning to go to the Olympics. It’s going to stay that way,” Djokovic said.last_img read more

What happened when Shreyas Iyer tried a fire paan

first_imgDelhi Capitals skipper Shreyas Iyer has been active on instagram and is known for his trendy and funny posts among the fans. He regularly conducts Q&A sessions with fans on his Instagram page, showing his funny side. He shared a video of himself, in which he was seen gulping down a fire paan.”The worst pan ever..Which made me speechless,” Shreyas Iyer wrote as caption. A friend can be heard asking the stylish middle-order batsman about the taste of the fire paan. Iyer didn’t seem to like the taste of the fire paan as he nudged the question.Shreyas Iyer guided Delhi Capitals to one of their most successful campaigns in the last 7 years in Indian Premier League this season.Delhi Capitals secured 18 points in the league stage and were tied on points with finalists Mumbai Indian and Chennai Super Kings. However, they were forced to play the Eliminator as they had a poor Net Run Rate. The Delhi-based franchise also managed to win Eliminator against Sunrisers Hyderabad but could not beat Chennai Super Kings in the 2nd Qualifier.The trio of Shikhar Dhawan, Shreyas Iyer and Rishabh Pant were consistent throughout the season and even Prithvi Shaw chipped in with a couple of match-winning knocks. Iyer led from the front and finished the season with 463 runs.Shreyas could not make it to the World Cup squad as the Indian selectors selected Vijay Shankar as a middle order batsman. However, Iyer has been appointed as the captain of India A for the West Indies tour comprising five one-dayers and three four-day games beginning July 11.advertisementAlso Read | Saha in India A team for 4-day games vs West Indies A, Pant in one-day teamAlso Watch:last_img read more

Depth Chart Update

first_imgThe new depth chart came out today and here are the changes from the beginning of the fall to Game 1 against Savannah St. – Parker Graham replaces Michael Bowie at LG, – Duh, Bowie was dismissed.– Daniel Koenig has been named the starter at RT – Replacing Parker Graham– Austin Hays added as 3rd WR behind Isaiah Anderson and Charlie Moore – No surprise there, he’ll play a lot.– John Goodlett named Josh Stewart’s backup, Dvid Glidden is the co-backup – Who? Oh, him.– Blake Webb replaces Torrence Carr as Blake Jackson’s backup – They’ll all play. The WR depth chart is whatever to me, it’s like the Dream Team, who cares who starts…– James Castleman replaces Anthony Rogers at DT – see wide receivers, OSU.– Demarcus Sherod named backup LB behind Alex Elkins – replacing Nico Ornelas– Kevin Peterson named backup behind Brodrick Brown replacing Andrae May– Shamiel Gary replaces Lavocheya Cooper at SS – They just switched spots, both will play.– Ashton Lampkin replaces Larry Stephens at CB – Stephens moves to free safety.The most interesting stuff to me is at CB. I promise we have the best upperclassmen/freshmen foursome in the entire country at CB. The WR lineup, like I said, is basically just names on a piece of paper. Here’s a picture of the full chart from Kelly Hines.Let the games begin.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

Emmanuel Ogbah: ‘Nobody Had To Teach Me About Hard Work’

first_imgAnd finally on what he did to prep for the combine.I went down to Florida and worked with one of the best speed coaches in the country. I got gritty. I got prepared. And come combine day, I showed out. I put up the second-best 40 time among defensive linemen, along with the third-best broad jump and vertical jump. Because I was prepared. Because I was challenged to do so.Good stuff from one of the best to ever play defense at OSU. His draft status has seemingly remained unchanged though: Late first round to second. Here’s where four different publications have him.CBS: Carolina (No. 30)ESPN: Carolina (No. 30)NFL: N/ASports Illustrated: N/AHow good would he be on Carolina, by the way? The NFL Draft is April 28-30.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers! Emmanuel Ogbah recently took to blogging. Stay in your lane, Emmanuel, you don’t see me doing broad jumps and hitting the bench press, do you? No, I’m kidding, his post on the Players’ Tribune was terrific.[1. Side note: I bet Jeets regrets naming his site something that has an apostrophe at the end of it. It’s confusing. Actually 10-1 Jeets doesn’t even know he has this site.] Ogbah talked a lot about his work ethic and why a team should draft him.[My dad] started over at the bottom, earned his degree and got a job as a technician for an oil company. In doing so, he gave my brother, my sisters and I the very thing he sought when he brought us to this country: the opportunity for a better life. And he did it with pure grit and determination. So nobody had to teach me about hard work, discipline and humility. I saw them firsthand. My father never took a vacation. Every day, he was working.Ogbah went on to say he felt like the Kansas State game from last year was his best even though he only had one sack. But boy was it a doozy.last_img read more

Big 12 Releases Statement Regarding the Conclusion of Oklahoma State-Central Michigan Game

first_imgIf you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers! According to a statement from the MAC, Central Michigan was wrongly awarded a final untimed possession in Stillwater on Saturday, ultimately leading to a game-winning hail mary that knocked off No. 22 Oklahoma State.The Big 12 coordinator of officials, Walt Anderson, has now released a statement on the matter:“NCAA Rules permit instant replay to correct egregious errors, including those involving the game clock (FR 12.3.7). Walt Anderson, Coordinator of Football Officials, acknowledges that the Big 12 replay crew missed an opportunity to stop the game to inform the MAC officiating crew of the misapplication of the intentional grounding penalty as time expired that resulted in the untimed down leading to Central Michigan’s game-winning touchdown in its 30-27 victory over Oklahoma State. Also by Rule 1.1.3.b the result of the game is final and cannot be overturned.”Then Bob Bowlsby called the ending “very unfortunate.””The game is final and errors can only be corrected during the game. Very unfortunate.” _ Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby on CMU-OSU ending.— Ralph D. Russo (@ralphDrussoAP) September 10, 2016last_img read more

Alli ‘unlucky’ with middle finger – Pochettino

first_imgD. Alli Alli was ‘unlucky’ with middle-finger gesture – Pochettino Tom Webber Last updated 2 years ago 22:43 7/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) PochAlli - cropped Getty Images Tottenham Hotspur Everton v Tottenham Hotspur Premier League England v Slovakia England WC Qualification Europe The manager insists that the action is “no big issue for FIFA” or for Spurs and says that he should not be banned Dele Alli was “unlucky” to be filmed gesturing with his middle finger during England’s World Cup qualifier against Slovakia and should not face repercussions, says Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino.It had been suggested Alli was expressing dissent at referee Clement Turpin and could face retrospective punishment, but the 21-year-old insisted former Spurs team-mate Kyle Walker was the intended subject of the signal as a joke.Alli 7/4 to score v Everton Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? 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 Pochettino does not feel it is a “big issue” and praised the development in the midfielder’s temperament, which has been the subject of scrutiny since a three-match ban for punching Claudio Yacob in April 2016.”Dele Alli has improved a lot from last season and his behaviour is fantastic. That was a joke with a team-mate. He was unlucky because the camera caught that moment,” said Pochettino.”I am not worried, I think it was the heat of the media afterwards. It is not a fantastic gesture, I think it’s not a big issue, although it was a shock in the moment.”It was something with his team-mate, no big issue for FIFA or for us. Things happen on the pitch. From my point of view it is not a big issue, he should not be banned by FIFA.”Dele Alli EnglandAnother player whose behaviour has come into question is new signing Serge Aurier.The right-back, who arrived from Paris Saint-Germain for a reported £23 million on deadline day, was forced to train with the Ligue 1 club’s reserves after making a homophobic slur about former coach Laurent Blanc, while he was convicted for assaulting a police officer last year.However, Pochettino is willing to give Aurier a clean slate at Spurs.”I’m the first to make mistakes in my life. It’s important people give the opportunity to show that you learn,” he said.”When you know and you meet some people, always you start to assess him from the day you meet them and for me we start from [here].”Serge is a player with a lot of experience in Europe. Last season he was playing with Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League. “He will be good competition for Kyle [Walker-Peters] and [Kieran] Trippier in that position. It is a position we need to improve and I am happy. “He is still young, only 24, but with a lot of experience. Now it is important he arrives here and adapts with the new squad.”The Premier League is completely different to Ligue 1.”last_img read more

MLS Wrap: Toronto survives Red Bulls dogfight

first_imgMLS The MLS Wrap: TFC survives Red Bulls dogfight, Dynamo win war of attrition and more Ives Galarcep @soccerbyive Last updated 2 years ago 07:33 11/7/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Jozy Altidore Tyler Adams Toronto FC New York Red Bulls MLS Dan Hamilton MLS Toronto Seattle Sounders v Vancouver Whitecaps Toronto v New York RB Portland Timbers v Houston Dynamo New York City v Columbus Crew New York City New York RB Portland Timbers Seattle Sounders Vancouver Whitecaps Houston Dynamo Columbus Crew Videos Toronto FC was pushed to the brink by a feisty Red Bulls side, while Houston overcame its own injury issues to knock off an injury-hit Portland Sunday’s MLS playoff triple-header had it all — from fights and goals to wonder-saves and red cards. It had upsets, bench players stepping up and coaches doing their part to position their teams to deliver big postseason performances.It wasn’t always pretty and got particularly feisty in Toronto, where the TFC-Red Bulls clash saw the kind of tension and emotion we have come to expect from the MLS playoffs. New York City FC helped provide plenty of drama by nearly pulling off a momentous three-goal comeback, only for the Columbus Crew to muster enough energy to hold on and keep their dream run going.And then you had the Houston Dynamo, who used a patchwork defense to knock off a Portland Timbers side that couldn’t overcome an overwhelming rash of injuries to maintain their top seed in the West. The Dynamo spoiled the Portland-Seattle series neutrals around the league were hoping for, but Wilmer Cabrera’s team has shown it has the depth and quality to make an even deeper run. 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A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Here is a look back at some of Sunday’s MLS playoff storylines:TFC FIGHTS OFF FEISTY RED BULLSSebastian Giovinco, Toronto FC, Felipe, New York Red BullsA halftime skirmish in the player tunnels served as the headline grabber in Sunday’s decisive Toronto FC-Red Bulls second leg, but it was how both teams responded in the wake of the red cards issued to Jozy Altidore and Sacha Kljestan that ultimately left TFC standing as the series winner.Sunday’s match was always expected to be intense, but things kicked up several notches as some TFC stars were clearly caught up in the emotion of the match, and the Red Bulls hoped to fan those flames and unsettle the top seed in the East. Altidore and Sebastian Giovinco let their emotions boil over at separate points in the match, propelled by a combination of Red Bulls antagonism and the pressure to deliver TFC’s first MLS Cup title. The Red Bulls fed on that, particularly with Altidore, and while we still don’t know exactly happened in the locker room area at halftime, the early reports suggest some Red Bulls players wanted to keep pushing Altidore’s buttons when it was clear just before the break just how agitated he was.”Antagonizing and trying to get the game to be a little chaotic and little bit off tilt was OK for their side,” TFC coach Greg Vanney said after the series win. “It is what it is. It’s the officials’ job to try and keep things under control on the field. I think that was lacking a little bit.”The game just became a little bit about soccer and a lot about nonsense,” Vanney added. “That’s irritating, I’m sure, for spectators. It’s irritating for coaches, players, and it’s irritating for what our league is supposed to be about.”New York nearly succeeded in unsettling Toronto to the point of pulling off the upset, with a big Alex Bono save on a Bradley Wright-Phillips chance serving as the turning point that could have seen the Red Bulls prevail, but instead saw TFC eventually hold on to win a wild and emotional series.”Any other team finds a way to lose this series,” TFC captain Michael Bradley said. “They did nothing. They scored a deflected goal, which makes the last 30 or 35 minutes tight, but we kept our nerve. We made big plays when we needed to make big plays, and we found a way to go through.”The Red Bulls saw their season come to an end, but there is a much different feeling around the team than after the previous two seasons, which saw their campaigns end early following outstanding regular seasons. There were some whispers around the league that the Red Bulls weren’t tough enough before 2017, but this year’s squad was clearly a more determined and strong team, even if it may have lacked some of the quality of previous years.”I told them this is the favorite team I’ve ever coached,” Red Bulls coach Jesse Marsch said. “A resilient bunch, a bunch that were committed to each other at the highest level. They cared about all the right things. A young group, a fearless group. A group that got better and better as the year went on.”We have work to do in the offseason, but I think we have a bright future with this team and with this group.”PATCHWORK DYNAMO DEFENSE HOLDS UPEric Alexander Adolfo Machado Erick Torres Houston Dynamo Portland TimbersThe Dynamo looked like they might be in for a world of hurt when their series against the Timbers began. The absence of A.J. DeLaGarza and Leonardo threatened to leave them extremely vulnerable against a high-powered Portland attack, and losing goalkeeper Tyler Deric to suspension and DaMarcus Beasley to a late injury only threatened to make surviving the series even tougher.A combination of stellar play from Dynamo’s reserves, coupled with a crippling wave of injuries to the Timbers, helped pave the way for a Dynamo series upset.Wilmer Cabrera was able to turn to Philippe Senderos, Jalil Anibaba, Dylan Remick and Joe Willis to secure the series win, and as much as Portland was decimated by injuries, the Timbers still had a good chance of winning the series — that is, if the Dynamo hadn’t had several players step up and deliver. It took the efforts of the aforementioned defenders, as well as strong outings from players such as Eric Alexander and Mauro Manotas, to put away the Timbers.There was some feeling in Houston that the Dynamo’s triumph wasn’t getting the credit it deserved because of the emphasis being placed on Portland’s injuries. The reality is both teams had to deal with injuries, but the Timbers were clearly hurt more by the losses in every part of the field, from Fanendo Adi and Darren Mattocks up front, to Diego Chara and Sebastian Blanco in midfield, and Larrys Mabiala and Roy Miller in central defense. That many injuries, particularly to members of of the front six, was simply too much for Portland, or any team, to overcome.”When the dust settles I think we will look back and realize it was a good season, but it’s also a season where you think to yourself, ‘What if?'” Timbers coach Caleb Porter said. “‘What if we were at full strength?’ Because at the start of the year and the end of the year at full strength we showed what we are capable of, and even tonight in the first half we showed what we are capable of, but it wasn’t enough.”Acknowledging Portland’s misfortune doesn’t take away from what the Dynamo accomplished, but it does provide proper context. The reality is that over time nobody outside of Portland is going to spend much time dwelling on the Timbers’ injuries, and will spend more time acknowledging what Houston was able to do.The Dynamo were able to turn to their bench for good performances all over the field — from Willis’ work in goal to the strong outings by Senderos and Remick on the back line, and the efforts of players like Alexander and Manotas.The Crew’s late-season hot streak served to overshadow what was also a strong finish to the regular season for Houston, which has flourished under first-year coach Cabrera, who took over a team in dire need of a makeover and helped transform it into a serious contender.”Sometimes we have to start from the bottom to prove ourselves,” Cabrera said Sunday. “The most important is not how you start. When you move, you need to be well prepared because at some point, when the opportunities open for you, you need to be ready and that’s what I wanted to do. I wanted to be ready. I’ve been working hard, we’ve been working hard together and now we’ve been rewarded. But we want more and we know that every time and every game you get something, now it’s more pressure for you. We like that. We really like that.”BERHALTER BESTS ANOTHER BIG-NAME COACH Gregg Berhalter Columbus CrewWhen Bruce Arena stepped down as U.S. national team coach after the World Cup qualifying disaster in Trinidad & Tobago, the rumor mill spit out plenty of names of potential candidates to replace him, including Atlanta United boss Gerardo “Tata” Martino and NYCFC coach Patrick Vieira. One name you didn’t hear is Gregg Berhalter, despite him being a well-respected tactician who enjoyed a lengthy playing career in Europe, and has had early success with the Columbus Crew.All Berhalter has done in these playoffs is knock off Atlanta and NYCFC, sending Martino and Vieira to early vacations, and boosting his own standing as one of the best coaches in the league.”Gregg’s brilliant,” Crew goalkeeper Zack Steffen told Goal. “He’s by far the best coach I’ve worked with. I’ve learned so much already in my year here. Just the way he thinks about games and thinks about tactics and thinks about his players is amazing, and it’s great to be a part of. It’s a lot of hard work. He wants a lot from his players, and it’s gotten us where we are right now.”Berhalter acknowledged that he feels he is still too young and inexperienced to be thinking about national team jobs, but there is no denying that the work he has put in with the Crew has elevated his standing as one of the league’s better tacticians.As for getting the better of Martino and Vieira, Berhalter wasn’t taking the bait on what that might mean for him.”I got a lot of respect for those guys,” Berhalter told Goal. “I look at it as a team going against another team. I don’t look at it as a personal battle. I know they’re good coaches, I know it’s going to be difficult for our team. We try to put ourselves in position to win.”Berhalter did just that with the Crew, and now has Columbus a step closer to a Cinderella run to the MLS Cup final, which would be the Crew’s second in three seasons.last_img read more

Why parents need to stop overprotecting children and build their health and fitness correctly

first_img India Today Web Desk New DelhiSeptember 7, 2019UPDATED: September 7, 2019 16:07 IST As childhood obesity rises amongst other lifestyle diseases, and more and more children refuse to get any physical activity, we need to ask if parents are shaping the health and fitness of their children right.Whenever we take up the subject of child health, it is more often than not discovered that the discussions focus on infants and children under the age of 5. While this emphasis is understandable, since they are physically the most vulnerable category, the neglect of the pre-adolescent children is baffling.Even while formulating the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), the focus remained on the health of children below 5 years of age. One major reason behind this could be the fact that children in this age group are the healthiest in comparison to the other categories.However, it is also important to note that over a million children in the age group of 5 to 14 died in the year 2015 and several others suffer from health issues as per UNICEF data.Why does the 5-14 age group need more attention?The 5-14 age group is an extremely critical component of demographics. This is when children come out of their childhood innocence and start finding their feet in the world.A normal child starts formal schooling at about 5 years of age and by the time he/she reaches the age of 14, the foundation for the life trajectory is laid.Children in these formative years find their own identity, passions, and preferences and discover their life ambitions.As they evolve from innocent, incoherent toddlers into self-conscious individuals with their own responsibilities and expectations, these children need a solid support system.Since they are historically in the healthiest bracket, attention on their health and wellness topics is usually inadequate or absent.advertisement How parents overlook the importance of proper health and fitness of childrenAs a child becomes capable of controlling the motor skills, thoughts and words, parents start focusing on the education and personality aspects, taking it for granted that the child would remain in the pink of health. They strive to ensure best schooling, life’s luxuries and future planning aspects for them.Even as a society, it is assumed that children are capable of independently handling themselves and should be subjected to moral, behavioural and academic teachings.However, their physical endurance and psychological constitution are often overlooked and any failure on the part of children to display a healthy persona is often attributed to lack of intent or focus.Unsuspecting parents keep channelling their time and resources to provide the comforts of life to their children. In fact, most modern parents go out of their way to remove roadblocks and insulate their children from life’s challenges.Whether it is the school admission or homework, dealing with the teachers or school bullies, deciding the future careers of their children or anything else, parents take it all upon themselves.In fact, it is often seen that they try to ensure the academic or competitive success of their children by helping them pass in exams or get favourable feedback from evaluators. This practice of pro-active and protective parenting is known as Snow Plow Parenting in today’s times. Repercussions of ‘Snow Plow Parenting’It is undeniable that most parents only endeavour to provide a comfortable life and a great future to their children. However, in their quest to do so, they often inadvertently end up causing more harm than good.They channel all their efforts into ensuring great education and material luxuries for the children and get so engrossed in future building that they don’t realize the importance of present building.Children today are increasingly experiencing problems such as physical inactivity, obesity and lack of nutrients. Their parents remain too busy solving maths problems but lack focus on the child’s health problems.This results in children becoming unhealthy and overly reliant on their parents for even the basic needs and tasks.They experience anxiety, panic or inability to undertake daily life tasks unassisted and while interacting with the society independently.This eventually transforms them into failed and frightened individuals. Need to join hands to improve health and fitness of childrenDespite the criticality and neglect, it is not a grim picture for the children in the 5-14 age group.What is important is for the various stakeholders such as the children, their parents, educational institutes, health and wellness experts and the authorities to jointly work towards improving the situation.Parents should imbibe values for a healthy living in their children. Children need to be encouraged to spend time out in the open, undertake exercises, eat balanced diets and personal hygiene etc.Schools and educational institutions can help their students/learners by setting up support’ systems that proactively respond to the biological and psychological changes that children experience in early teenage years. They should put greater emphasis on sports and physical activities.Authorities should form more relevant and executable guidelines, regulations, etc. for the wellness of children. There should be awareness campaigns conducted on a regular basis, similar to the regulations and campaigns run to address the health issues of infants and under 5 year olds.Health and wellness experts should promote aspects like importance of physical activities among children, nutritional guidelines and also create facilities where children can come and indulge in rejuvenating physical activities.advertisementHow it would benefit kids?Focusing strategically on the health and wellness of the children and encouraging them to be physically active, take responsibilities, has great benefits for all. The children will become happier and healthier.They will be able to withstand the rigours of 21st century life better and become less prone to lifestyle diseases such as obesity, breathing and stamina related problems.While all the above-mentioned stakeholders need to play their roles in improving health among the children, the impetus must come primarily from parents. They are the biggest influences on their children when they enter the 5+ age group.By inculcating and encouraging positive health and fitness practices among the children, parents can become instrumental in building a robust society altogether!- Article by Dr. Tejal Kanwar, Founder, Kleinetics (a physical fitness-system servicing company)Read: Over 50% schoolchildren have dental issues, 19% are obese, 1 in 2 need glasses: ReportRead: Are our schools actually harming children with humiliation, sarcasm and caning? How can we create an NEP for kids’ safety?Read: Does your child have the right social and emotional skills to live a good life in the 21st centuryGet 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 child healthFollow Health and fitness Why parents need to stop overprotecting children and build their health and fitness correctlyAs childhood obesity rises amongst other lifestyle diseases, and more and more children refuse to get any physical activity, we need to ask if parents are shaping the health and fitness of their children right.advertisement Nextlast_img read more

Colonel Littleton: Tomorrow’s Heirlooms

first_imgYou might think Colonel Littleton is just the name of a company, but there’s a real live person with that name behind the logo. It all started a bit by accident when in 1987 he bought 17 pairs of vintage cufflinks, put them in hand designed packaging, and quickly sold out. The Col. Littleton business was born, and he branched out into pocket knives with handles of Mother of Pearl and bone. Today, the company offers a wide array of products—everything from leather good and home accessories to belts, hats, jewelry and more.Colonel Littleton personally designs each product, whether it’s a leather cell phone holster or a brand new concept in men’s belt. His goal is to craft products his customers will not only love, but pass down as heirlooms to future generations. He also focuses on personalization of items and says, “What would you take for your Granddaddy’s pocket knife with his name and the date he received it engraved on the handle?”Col. Littleton is worthy of a stop if you’re in Lynnville, Tennessee, which is about an hour’s drive south of Nashville. But you can also order online from the comfort of your home.We especially covet the American Buffalo Saddlebag Briefcase. With front straps and workable buckles, the design is reminiscent of the saddlebags carried by the U.S. Cavalry from the 1850s. The bag features inside front and back canvas dividers with pockets for your cell phone, business cards and pens, and it’s roomy enough inside to safely store your laptop. There’s a serial-numbered brass plate on the back and space on the brass oval plate under the front flap to engrave three initials. Retail price of the bag is $700. Engraving is an additional $9. Editors’ Recommendations Hang Tight with the Best Camping and Backpacking Hammocks The 12 Best Laptop Bags for Men The Best Fun Socks for Men to Spruce Up Your Footwear Game 6 Essential Scotch Cocktails That You Need to Know 16 Unique Groomsmen Gift Ideaslast_img read more

Formalities in process to repatriate bodies of 12 Indians killed in bus

first_imgDubai: The Indian Consulate in Dubai is in the process of completing formalities related to forensics and other documentation required to repatriate the bodies of the 12 Indians who were among the 17 killed in a horrific road accident here when a bus coming from Oman entered a restricted lane and rammed into a low-clearance sign. Nine persons were also seriously injured when the driver of the bus, carrying mostly Eid vacationers and coming from Oman’s capital Muscat to Dubai, wrongly entered a road not designated for buses towards Al Rashidiya metro station here on Thursday evening. Also Read – ‘Hong Kong won’t rule out Chinese help over protests’ Eleven clearance certificates have been issued by forensics, while one forensic report is pending from the authorities, Vipul, India’s Consul General in Dubai, tweeted late Friday. “After this, with full documentation mortal remains will be sent for embalming and then to India,” he said. “We hope that all mortal remains will be repatriated to India tomorrow (Saturday) and day after. Air India is providing all help. We would like to sincerely thank Dubai Police and all hospital authorities for their assistance,” he said in another tweet. Also Read – Pak Army chief accompanies Imran at key meetings in China He said that the Consulate formalities for the deceased Indians were done on the spot and the their team worked with local authorities and community volunteers whole day. The bus, belonging to the Omani bus transport company Mwasalat, carrying 31 passengers, crashed into a height barrier that cut the left side of the bus and killed passengers sitting on that side. Dubai Police blamed the Omani driver, who was moderately injured, for the accident, saying “at times a small mistake or negligence can lead to adverse consequences”. The names of the Indians who passed away are: Vikram Jawahar Thakur, Vimal Kumar Karthikeyan Kesavapilaikar, Kiran Johny Johny Vallithottathil Paily, Firoz Khan Aziz Pathan, Reshma Feroz Khan Pathan, Jamaludeen Arakkaveettil, Vasudev Vishandas, Rajan Puthiyapurayil Gopalan, Prabula Madhavan Deepa Kumar, Roshni Moolchandani, Ummer Chonokatavath Mammad Puthen, Nabil Ummer Chonokatavath.last_img read more

Municipal official in Nanaimo BC subject of peace bond application

first_imgNANAIMO, B.C. – A special prosecutor in British Columbia has approved the application to have a senior municipal official in Nanaimo bound by the terms of a peace bond, the province’s prosecution service said Thursday.The service says in a statement the application was approved by special prosecutor Michael Klein, who was assigned to the case of Tracy Samra following her arrest by the RCMP after allegations that threats were uttered at or near Nanaimo City Hall on Jan. 31.The application was sworn on Wednesday and Samra — the city’s chief administrative officer — is scheduled to make a first appearance in provincial court next Tuesday.Her lawyer, Robert Mulligan, says if the court orders a peace bond, the decision would not be recorded as a conviction but could instead require Samra to abide by certain restrictions.Mulligan says the case will likely be adjourned on Tuesday while he reviews police reports and speaks Klein.Nanaimo Mayor Bill McKay has said he was contacted on Jan. 31 by the RCMP about alleged verbal threats made against him and another councillor.McKay said he was not present for the alleged threat. He said the RCMP told him a witness contacted them about threats that allegedly occurred at city hall earlier that day.None of the allegations have been proven.Klein was named as special prosecutor by the province’s assistant deputy attorney general to avoid any potential for improper influence in the administration of justice because the alleged incident and some of the complainants are elected municipal officials, the prosecution service said.A separate investigation by a special prosecutor into allegations involving the city council ended in October without charges being laid. At the time, the prosecution service said the matter related to an unnamed councillor who was arrested and released on conditions, but the issue was resolved without the need for court proceedings.In December, the city dropped a lawsuit against McKay, who councillors accused of leaking confidential information to an employee. McKay has denied the allegation.last_img read more

Japan father son win release before US trial in Ponzi case

LAS VEGAS — A father and son from Japan can be freed from federal custody to live with relatives in a rented Las Vegas apartment pending trial on fraud charges in what prosecutors call a $1.5 billion international Ponzi scheme, a judge decided Wednesday.U.S. Magistrate Judge Cam Ferenbach acknowledged a federal prosecutor’s argument that former MRI International Inc. executives Junzo Suzuki and his son, Paul Suzuki, had the money to flee the country before trial and could be motivated to avoid trial and the possibility of spending the rest of their lives in prison.Ferenbach also was told U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement could deport the two men if they’re freed.But the judge said that wouldn’t make sense after the 70-year-old father and 40-year-old son were extradited from Japan to the U.S. They arrived in custody in Las Vegas last week and pleaded not guilty to charges against them.Prosecutor Danny Nguyen told Ferenbach the Suzukis reaped a combined $22.5 million in four years of a scheme that led a jury to find company chief Edwin Fujinaga guilty in November of 20 counts of mail fraud, wire fraud and money laundering.In court documents, U.S. attorneys compare Fujinaga to the biggest-ever U.S. Ponzi schemers: Bernard Madoff in New York, Allen Stanford in Houston, Scott Rothstein in Miami and Thomas Petters in Minnesota. Prosecutors are asking a judge to sentence the 72-year-old Fujinaga to 50 years in prison. He’s due for sentencing May 23.Prosecutors said that from about 2009 to early 2013, more than $1 billion from more than 10,000 Japanese investors was wired to bank accounts in Las Vegas under Fujinaga’s control. Investors were told they were buying claims from a medical collection business.Fujinaga was found guilty of using new investors’ money to pay off previous investors while he lived a lavish lifestyle in Las Vegas, California and Hawaii.Nguyen said the Suzukis could face a theoretical sentence of up to 300 years in prison if they’re convicted of all charges.Defence attorney Junji Suzuki, representing Junzo and Paul Suzuki, told Ferenbach they were in Japan and “didn’t have an idea what Fujinaga was doing here in the United States.”Paul Suzuki also spent several years living and working in Hawaii, his lawyer said.Junji Suzuki is not related to his clients. He said they have few financial assets remaining after settling a civil lawsuit related to the MRI International scheme.“We are sincerely trying to make a resolution before this case reaches trial,” the attorney said.Ken Ritter, The Associated Press read more

Security Council extends UN force for two months as talks with Chad

The two-month technical roll-over of the mission (MINURCAT), set up in 2007 to ensure the security of hundreds of thousands of refugees from Darfur, other displaced persons and humanitarian workers, comes after recent discussions between the world body and Chadian authorities.The Government of Chad had called for the withdrawal of the military component of MINURCAT, stating that it had served its purpose and that it was better for Chadian forces to take over security responsibilities. Last week UN peacekeeping chief Alain Le Roy told reporters that a two-month extension, which was agreed with the Chadian Government, would “give some time to try to find agreement with the Chadian authorities on the future of MINURCAT in Chad.” Mr. Le Roy, who was recently in Chad to discuss the issue with the country’s leaders, added that many Council members have stressed the importance of keeping the mission on the ground.The 15-member body adopted today’s resolution unanimously. 12 March 2010The Security Council today extended the mandate of the UN peacekeeping mission in the Central African Republic and Chad until 15 May, as discussions continue on the future of the operation. read more

Stockpicking fund managers are clawing back Can it last

NEW YORK — Mutual fund managers are making the most of the shaky stock market, which has provided them an opportunity to prove themselves and lure back investors who dumped them in recent years.Nearly half of all actively managed U.S. stock funds turned in better returns than their average index-fund peer for the 12 months through June, according to fund tracker Morningstar. Their success rate of 48% may not sound very impressive, but it’s much better than the 37% of a year earlier.That supports the contention that stock-picking fund managers do their best work when markets are shaky because they’re free to avoid risky stocks dragging down the S&P 500 and other broad indexes. Index funds, on the other hand, mimic those indexes’ falls. These extra returns above index funds — what the industry calls “alpha” — are what managers hope will keep investors from panicking and selling their stock funds when prices fall.“The unfortunate reality is that active managers tend to add alpha when the market is heading lower,” said Steven DeSanctis, equity strategist at Jefferies. And the market has been heading lower more often in the last year, often to only quickly jerk higher again, as investor fears about a possible recession wax and wane. The S&P 500 tumbled nearly 20% in late 2018, only to start 2019 with its best opening quarter in decades.Some of the strongest gains in relative performance recently have come from managers of funds that focus on smaller and mid-sized stocks. They likely benefited by steering away from the smallest stocks, which have struggled much more than big stocks over the last year.But experts caution that short-term performance figures can be erratic, and last year’s pickup in performance wasn’t enough to shift the long-term trend, which still shows most stock-picking managers failing to keep up with index funds.“Over longer periods of time, active managers have had a hard time surviving,” said Ben Johnson, global director of passive strategies research at Morningstar. “The ones that die off tend to be funds that are not performing very well. But even among the remaining ones, what you see is many still fail to produce an outcome that investors might have gotten if they had just picked an average passive fund.”Consider funds that invest in a mix of large-cap stocks, which are among the most popular investments and often benchmark themselves against the S&P 500. Just 8% of such actively managed funds beat their index-fund peers over the last decade.The penalty for picking the wrong active fund is also often bigger than the potential reward. Over the last decade, more actively managed U.S. large-cap blend funds did at least 4 percentage points worse annually versus an index fund than did 1 percentage point or better.Investors have paid close attention to such numbers. They’ve pulled hundreds of billions of dollars annually out of actively managed U.S. stock funds and plugged roughly the same amount into funds that simply and cheaply track the S&P 500 and other indexes.Some areas of the market seem more conducive to active management than others. Among high-yield bond funds, for example, the majority of active managers have done better than index funds over the last decade. The same goes for funds that own a mix of small- and mid-cap foreign stocks.Regardless, the best approach seems to be looking for funds with low expenses. While their rates of success may not always be better than a coin flip, they are nevertheless much higher than for more expensive funds.“Pick your spots and focus on costs,” Morningstar’s Johnson suggested. “In fixed income and foreign stocks, you’re more likely to find a winner, especially if you focus on cheaper funds, and the shortcomings of picking a loser are less dramatic.”Stan Choe, The Associated Press read more

Srebrenica massacre was genocide UN tribunal for former Yugoslavia confirms

Five judges of the Appeals Chamber of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) ruled that its Trial Chamber was correct in August 2001 to convict Radislav Krstic of genocide. But they reduced his jail sentence to 35 years from 46 years. Between 7,000 and 8,000 Bosnian Muslim men and boys were murdered in Srebrenica in July 1995, despite the town and its immediate surrounds being designated by the UN as a “safe area” for civilians. At the time of the massacre General Krstic was deputy commander of the Drina Corps, one section of the army of Republika Srpska, which was known as the VRS. Releasing its verdict today, the five judges rejected the argument of General Krstic’s lawyers that the events at Srebrenica did not meet the legal definition of genocide. The judges said the scale of the killings, as well as the inclusion of boys and elderly men outside military recruitment age in the group of victims, indicated that the VRS wanted to ensure the demise of the local Muslim community. “By seeking to eliminate a part of the Bosnian Muslims, the Bosnian Serb forces committed genocide,” the court said in a summary of its judgment. “They targeted for extinction the 40,000 Bosnian Muslims living in Srebrenica, a group which was emblematic of the Bosnian Muslims in general. “They stripped all the male Muslim prisoners, military and civilian, elderly and young, of their personal belongings and identification, and deliberately and methodically killed them solely on the basis of their identity.” But the judges reduced General Krstic’s sentence, saying he could not be found to have had genocidal intent. While he was aware that others intended to commit genocide, and did nothing to prevent the use of Drina Corps personnel and resources to achieve this aim, the judges said his “responsibility is accurately characterized as aiding and abetting genocide,” rather than complicity in genocide. read more

Ban UNArab League envoy meet to discuss efforts to end Syrian crisis

Both expressed deep frustration at the failure of the international community to act with unity to end to the conflict, and regretted that the Government and the armed opposition forces have become “increasingly reckless with human life,” according to information from Mr. Ban’s spokesperson.They also emphasized the importance of ensuring accountability for war crimes and crimes against humanity.Up to 70,000 people, mostly civilians, have been killed since the uprising against President Bashar al-Assad began in March 2011 and more than 900,000 people have fled to neighbouring countries. In addition, 2 million have been internally displaced and over 4 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance.During their meeting, Mr. Ban and Mr. Brahimi reaffirmed their conviction that the international community should remain focused on pursuing a political solution to arrive at a peaceful, democratic Syria that protects the right of all of its communities. The two men also discussed recent statements by the Government and the opposition indicating their willingness to engage in dialogue and said that the UN would welcome and be prepared to facilitate a dialogue between a strong and representative delegation from the opposition and a credible and empowered delegation from the Syrian Government. read more