Early childhood development

first_imgAccording to findings of The Lancet’s new Series, ‘Advancing Early Childhood Development: From Science to Scale’, an estimated 43 per cent – 249 million – of children under five in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) are at an elevated risk of poor development due to extreme poverty and stunting.This most recent finding is indeed shocking when one considers what this means for a country’s development and more particularly, the future of its children. Developing countries such as Guyana must therefore heed the call for increased focus to be placed on early childhood development, especially when it comes to allocating the necessary resources aimed at supporting the relevant programmes.On a more global scale, the findings in this Series underscore the importance of increased global commitment to early childhood development. Co-author of the Series, Professor Linda M Richter warned: “We now know how high the cost of inaction is, and new evidence makes clear that the time to act is now. We hope the evidence in this Series will help countries reach more pregnant women and young children with preventive and promotive services that have the potential to drastically improve developmental outcomes for children as well as their adult health, wellbeing, and economic productivity.”According to WHO, research shows that a child’s brain develops faster in the first two to three years than at any other time in life: “These early years are also a critical period of adaptability and responsiveness to interventions. When young children are deprived of nutrition, stimulation, and protection, the damaging effects can produce long-term detriments for families and communities.”In Guyana, there are weaknesses in certain areas in relation to early childhood development, especially as it relates to the collection of data. More often than not, the relevant data is not readily available to help policy makers and development partners design effective early childhood development programmes that would have lasting impacts.As noted by UNICEF in one of its previous reports, much progress has been made in terms of access to preventive and curative healthcare for children and indicators for immunisation reflect this. However, there is a concern about relatively high infant mortality rates.Further, chronic malnutrition continues to be a problem and displays significant geographical disparities. For example, the national averages for stunting are somewhere around 10 per cent but could be much higher in hinterland communities. Poor diet and repeated bouts of infectious disease in childhood are considered the main causes.The case has been made for huge investments in the first 1000 days of a child’s life, starting with a woman’s pregnancy. In this most recent report, the authors stress the strong position of the health sector in providing an entry point for early childhood interventions – especially in support of nurturing care.The sector’s ability to access women and children during the critical period from conception through early childhood presents an opportunity to integrate low-cost interventions, such as WHO/UNICEF’s Care for Child Development, and Reach Up and Learn, into existing maternal and child health and nutrition services.Interventions need to be available early.The authors propose several ways the global community can scale-up support for early childhood development services. These include: Encouraging the adoption and implementation of policies to create supportive environments for families to provide nurturing care for young children; Building capacity and strengthening coordination to promote early childhood development through existing health, nutrition, education, social, and child protection services; Strengthening measurement and ensuring accountability for early childhood development services; Increasing research, and fostering global and regional leadership and action; and Expanding political will and funding through advocacy for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).Certainly, the Lancet research is further proof that much more needs to be done by governments and policy makers in developing countries with the support of other international development partners to ensure that our children are given the best care and support, beginning with the earliest stages of their lives.What children experience in the earliest days and years of life has a tremendous impact on shaping and defining their future.last_img read more

Nigeria’s Enyeama quits international football

first_imgSharesSuper Eagles goal keeper, Vincent Enyiema. PHOTO/FILEABUJA, October 8 – Nigeria’s most capped international Vincent Enyeama has quit international football after a meeting with top officials of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) in Belgium on Thursday.Enyeama’s decision did not come as a surprise after a major falling out with Super Eagles coach Sunday Oliseh on Tuesday night following the announcement of CSKA Moscow forward Ahmed Musa as the country’s new captain. Earlier, on Thursday the 33-year-old Lille goalkeeper, who has been Nigeria skipper since Joseph Yobo quit international football last year, vowed “not to walk out on Nigeria”.But later Thursday, Enyeama announced via Instagram he has quit the country’s team.“I have fought a good fight for more than 13 years. I have finished my course, I have kept the faith and sang the anthem with passion,” he wrote.“Henceforth, there is laid for me a crown which only God can reward me for my 13 years of national service.“God bless NIGERIA. From HENCEFORTH, I am no more the captain of the NIGERIAN senior football team, I am no more the goalie of the team, I am out of the team.“I am no more available for international duties.“I want to say thank you to every Nigerian fan and supporter worldwide. It’s being the most trying period of my life but I know that Nigerians are there for me and God is with me. God bless NIGERIA.”In June against Chad, Enyeama won a record-breaking 101 caps to beat a century of appearances compiled by Joseph Yobo last year.Incidentally, it was from this AFCON qualifier in Kaduna that would lead to his retirement from international football.Enyeama had expressed fears over the safety of Kaduna city to stage this match at a time the activities of the Islamist Boko Haram sect was becoming a lot more daring and deadly in the northern part of the country where Kaduna is situated and which has also been hit by the militants.He was subsequently queried and at the height of insurbordination he tore apart the query right in front of the NFF general secretary.He was then invited by the NFF disciplinary committee to state his own defence and he failed to turn up, arguing that he did not get the invitation in time.The bad blood between the NFF and Enyeama degenerated with the NFF opting for an internal resolution of this gross misconduct.It was agreed then that Enyeama be stripped of the captaincy and possibly banned from the national team.The goalkeeper featured in three World Cups and won the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations with Nigeria.Shares(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Bale not England’s only worry, says Rooney

first_imgA young England side looked to be heading for victory at the Stade Velodrome when Tottenham’s Eric Dier beat Russian goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev with a superb 20-metre free kick.But three minutes from the final whistle, Russia captain Igor Berezutski stunned the stadium when he rose above the England defence to send a looping header over goalkeeper Joe Hart.Two years after their first-round exit from the 2014 World Cup, England will now have to bounce back against a Welsh side that beat Slovakia 2-1 earlier in the day.Real Madrid star Bale also scored a stunning strike in the win. Fresh from helping the Spanish giants to Champions League victory, he is expected to be the danger man when the sides meet in Lens.Manchester United veteran Rooney labelled Bale as “one of the top five players” in the world, said England will not concentrate on the Welsh winger.“We have to stop other players, you can’t just focus on Gareth Bale. We’re not going to double team him,” said Rooney.“We have to just think about the next game, and playing the same way we did tonight, on Thursday.”– Bitter pill –Rooney had a marvellous chance to put England ahead when the ball fell to him unmarked in the middle of the Russia 18-yard area.PHOTO/courtesy.England manager Roy Hodgson handed five Tottenham players their tournament debut, leaving Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy on the bench.But despite bossing Russia for long spells, England struggled to find the net in a dominant first half that saw Adam Lallana drill wide of Akinfeev’s post and Rooney testing the Russian goalkeeper with an impressive volley.Although Russia came fighting back in the second half, the game turned 13 minutes from the end when England won a free kick on the edge of the area after Georgi Shchennikov’s foul on Spurs midfielder Dele Alli.Dier sent England’s rowdy fans into raptures when he stepped up to fire into the top corner of the net to score England’s first free kick goal in a major tournament since David Beckham scored against Ecuador in 2006.Man-of-the-match Dier admitted watching Beckham over the years had inspired him to perfect his dead ball technique.“Obviously he was one of the best at it,” said Dier. “I’ve seen lots of his free kicks and it’s something I like doing and have practised a lot.”But after declaring the goal one of his “best moments” in football, he added: “I would have taken a win, with anyone else scoring.”Cente-back Cahill said he believed England can bounce back against Wales and Slovakia.“I can’t help thinking we should all be celebrating victory but we got a kick in the teeth at the end which has made the mood after not great,” said the Chelsea defender.“We wanted to get off to a winning start but if we bring that level of confidence and performance in the next two games, we’ll be fine.”For Hodgson, the draw felt more like a defeat.But after seeing positives in the performance, the 68-year-old insisted: “It was a bitter pill to swallow but if we can swallow it and take encouragement from the good things we did offensively and defensively then I shall be very hopeful going forward that the misfortune of tonight won’t happen again.”Hodgson added: “There were a lot of good things in our performance tonight. It was, unfortunately for us, a very good goal they scored to equalise and we’ll have to accept that disappointment, digest it and move on.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Wayne Rooney.PHOTO/FILEMARSEILLE, France, June 11 – Wayne Rooney insists England will not focus on Gareth Bale’s threat when they look to bounce back in Euro 2016 against Wales on Thursday.England were stunned by a late equaliser by Russia in Marseille in their opening Group B match. England centre back Gary Cahill called the 1-1 result “a kick in the teeth”.last_img read more

Outed pedophile leaves Mt. SAC

first_imgThrough his podcasts, Cole has been associated with various members of the North American Man/Boy Love Association, or NAMBLA, the Mountaineer reported. Mendoza said Cole in a podcast connected to the Web site interviewed a woman who said she was a victim of molestation and thought it beneficial to expose her own young daughter to a pedophile. College officials said Cole voluntarily withdrew from all his classes Sept. 14. Marketing and Communications Director Clarence Brown said Cole was in good standing grade-wise and was in compliance with the junior college’s behavior codes. Brown said he doesn’t believe Cole was “actively promoting” his views in classroom settings. Local authorities said Cole is not under criminal investigation and is not listed on the Megan’s Law Web site as a convicted sex offender. Perverted Justice’s Von Erck said Cole was investigated over a relationship with a 13-year-old Southern California boy who was featured in some of his podcasts, but no charges were filed. “As far as Damien goes, it’s true they did find out this history, but he has a right to attend Mt. SAC,” said Toni Albertson, professor of journalism and adviser to the Mountaineer. “His views don’t interfere with his being a student.” Students on campus Friday afternoon expressed surprise about Cole. “There’s a day care here,” said Denise Pineda, a West Covina nursing student who had her 10-month-old with her. “I wouldn’t want to put her in a daycare here if I knew that.” Chris Suh, 21, of Hacienda Heights said Cole’s presence hit close to home. “I know there are people out there like that,” he said. “But being this close to it is kind of surreal.” bethania.palma@sgvn.com (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2236160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “He is one of the most dangerous pedophiles we’ve run across and profiled, as we caught him actively `grooming’ a young boy and his family in Southern California as a target for molestation,” Xavier Von Erck, director of operations for the Perverted Justice Foundation, wrote in an e-mail. On Perverted Justice’s Web page devoted to Cole, he’s described as a member of Boychat, an organization and message board for pedophiles sexually attracted to little boys. Gabriel Mendoza, editor in chief of the Mountaineer, said Cole’s identity was made known at the newspaper after boasting about his Internet prowess led another student to search his name on Google. Mendoza and Victor Gastellanose reported the story in Tuesday’s Mountaineer. Cole was the host of the now-defunct podcast “Pedologues,” described on its home page as “a podcast which offers a glimpse into the controversial and often taboo subject of child sexuality, the laws and social norms that surround it, and how it affects the lives of those in the adult world throughout society.” Mendoza said the episodes would “talk about a lot of social and political issues that would affect pedophiles.” WALNUT – A student abruptly left Mt. San Antonio College recently after details of his self-professed pedophilia surfaced, officials said Friday. Damien Cole, 29, of Pomona was a longtime student and briefly worked on the college’s student newspaper, the Mountaineer, officials said. Cole’s identity was originally revealed in 2006 by Perverted Justice, an organization devoted to tracking and busting Internet predators. He reportedly had been using the online moniker “Rookiee” on various pedophilia-oriented Web sites and forums. Cole did not return three phone calls. last_img

Hull City table bid for Angers forward Nicolas Pepe

first_img Angers forward Nicolas Pepe 1 Hull City have made an offer for Angers forward Nicolas Pepe.The Tigers are on the hunt for attacking reinforcements after Robert Snodgrass joined West Ham for £10million.Pepe has been on Hull’s radar this January and they now look set to make a late swoop for him in the final hours of the transfer window.Indeed, according to reports in France, the Premier League club have made an offer for Pepe on Monday morning.The exact amount of the bid is currently undisclosed but it has previously been stated that Angers want around £7.5million for the 21-year-old.But, as well as Hull, Newcastle and West Brom have expressed an interest in the Ivorian and a scrap for his signature may break out.last_img

Escutia to aid Mexico shelter

first_imgWHITTIER – State Sen. Martha Escutia believes she has found a unique way to finish out her 14 years in office. Along with friend Angie Medina of unincorporated West Whittier, Escutia, D-Norwalk, is traveling to Chiapas, Mexico, where the two will spend next week helping out at a shelter for homeless children. The children cross into Mexico from Guatemala searching for their parents who have gone to the United States to work. “This is something special to end my days in the Senate,” said Escutia, whose last day in office will be Thursday. She said she was inspired to make the trip after reading about Olga Sanchez Martinez, who runs the Albergue Jes s el Buen Pastor – Jesus the Good Shepherd Shelter. “It reminds me how fortunate I am and, more important, that I get more from giving,” said Medina, who is now retired after working 33 years for the Los Angeles County Department of Health. “I’ve been fortunate to live a nice, comfortable life. We need to be reminded of what we have in this country,” she said. Escutia plans to do more than volunteer. She said she is bringing more than $11,000 she raised through donations from various groups and individuals. She hopes the money will help purchase prosthetics for the children. She also plans to meet with the coordinator of international relations for the governor of Chiapas. “People say we have an immigration problem,” Escutia said. “There’s also an immigration problem between Mexico and Central America. These kids, after they cross the border, are being assaulted by gangs and are victimized by the corruption of the immigration authorities in Mexico.” mike.sprague@sgvn.com (562)698-0955, Ext. 3022160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’“She takes care of children who have crossed the border from Guatemala trying to be reunited with the parents in the U.S.,” Escutia said. Many of the children are injured while trying to sneak their way onto trains to cross into Mexico. Some have died, while others have lost legs or arms, she said. Escutia said she plans to help with whatever Martinez needs, including cooking and cleaning. Martinez has won accolades for her efforts, earning the 2004 National Prize for Human Rights in Mexico. Medina, too, said she is looking forward to the trip. last_img read more

A Taste of Donegal: The 9 stands keeping kids happy

first_imgThe Donegal Food Festival has something for every age and every taste this weekend. It’s not just for serious food fans, as young foodies will enjoy exploring the tented village to discover new flavours and activities.If you are bringing the family down this Saturday and Sunday, make sure to add these kid-friendly spots to your list:The big seats of the ‘Chill Out Zone’Huge novelty furniture has been set up at specific places at A Taste of Donegal for relaxing or great photos. The benches and deck chairs are so huge that they will fit all the family! A Taste of Donegal Food Festival Fireworks Display 24th August 2018Big seats at A Taste of DonegalThe Dale Farm Ice-cream Games AreaThis exhibitor van at the main entrance has a fun game that young ice-cream fans will love. All they have to do is spin the wheel for the chance to win a free dessert.The Dale Farm Ice-cream Games AreaHarvey’s PointThe Donegal Town hotel team are flipping great at flipping pancakes, and they’re here all weekend to serve thousands of free sample cakes for all. The mini pancakes will please everyone.The hard-working Harvey’s Point pancake teamRocket’s Ice CreamFun ice-creams of every flavour can be bought here, along with popcorn and candy floss for added sweetness.Rockets at A Taste of Donegal 2018 Clayotic PotteryThis fun multi-coloured stand in the back tent attracts a lot of young visitors. Claylotic is Ireland’s first brand of modelling clay and a great stand to spend time admiring the creations.Ella McNulty enjoying ClayoticChoc AmoreA chocolate fountain flows constantly in the main tent all weekend. Kids will love the hot melted goodies, while parents will be pleased to see there’s a healthy fruit cup option.Choc AmorePaul’s Sweet ShopDonegal Town’s traditional sweet shop has a Taste of Donegal stand to whip up fluffy pink candy floss and serve American sweet treats. There are also helium balloons and wine from the off licence – so young and old are both happy!Paul’s Donegal TownClew Bay CookiesThe sweetie wagon at the entrance greets everyone with a wide selection of goodies – from ice-cream to candy floss, popcorn and organic coffee.Clew Bay CookiesDinky DonutsWarm, delicious, mini doughnuts are prepared here at the outdoor tent. The list of toppings lets the little ones get creative. A very popular spot this year.Dinky DonutsPlus, each day there is live entertainment from street entertainers, mimes, characters and the one and only Mr Majestic! So make sure to bring all the family to A Taste of Donegal 2018. Opening Times:Saturday 25th – 11am to 7pmSunday 26th – 11am to 7pmFor the first time, Donegal Daily will be at the Donegal Food Festival all weekend to bring you video coverage from events. Make sure to follow www.facebook.com/donegaldaily for online interviews and demos every day! Check out the detailed programme to plan your visit here: A Taste of Donegal: The 9 stands keeping kids happy was last modified: August 25th, 2018 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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)last_img read more

Gilman rallies to knock off Columbus Catholic baseball

first_imgDons drop to 5-9By Paul LeckerSports ReporterGILMAN — Gilman scored a run in the bottom of seventh inning to beat Marshfield Columbus Catholic 5-4 in a Cloverbelt Conference East Division baseball game Tuesday.The Dons led 4-1 after 3½ innings before Gilman rallied with three runs in the bottom of the fourth inning to tie it. Gilman then won it in walk-off fashion in the seventh.Tyler Fuerlinger had a double and two RBIs for Columbus, which is now 5-9 overall and 5-8 in the Cloverbelt East. Gilman improves to 11-7 and 8-5 in the conference.Columbus hosts Spencer on Thursday and Neillsville on Friday in a pair of Cloverbelt East games.(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of MarshfieldAreaSports.com.)Pirates 5, Dons 4Columbus Catholic 003 100 0 – 4 6 0Gilman 010 300 1 – 5 8 0WP: Wininger. LP: Tyler Fuerlinger.SO: Charles Payant (5 2/3 inn.) 3, Bryce Fuerlinger (1/3 inn.) 0, T. Fuerlinger (1/3 inn.) 0; Skabroud (5 inn.) 1, Wininger (2 inn.) 1. BB: Payant 4, B. Fuerlinger 0, T. Fuerlinger 0; Skabroud 5, Wininger 1.Top hitters: CC, Ryan Dieringer 2B; T. Fuerlinger 2B, 2 RBIs. G, Ogle 2×4; Person 3×4, 3B; Skabroud 2B.Records: Columbus Catholic 5-9, 5-8 Cloverbelt Conference East Division; Gilman 11-7, 8-5 Cloverbelt East.last_img read more

Blatter awarded National Orders

first_imgSepp Blatter sharing an idea with NelsonMandela and housing minister TokyoSexwale during one of his many visitsto South Africa. (Image: Fifa) Caf president Issa Hayatou has also beenhonoured. (Image: Bongani Nkosi)MEDIA CONTACTS• Vincent MagwenyaThe Presidency+27 12 300 5315or +27 82 835 6315vincentM@po.gov.zaBongani NkosiSouth Africa has honoured Fifa president Sepp Blatter for backing the bid to host the 2010 Football World Cup in Africa, making this year’s edition a first for the continent, and a significant milestone in the history of the tournament.Blatter was one of the 36 local and international achievers to be given National Orders by President Jacob Zuma on 27 April, Freedom Day in South Africa.The orders also went to various prominent South Africans in various spheres, including anti-apartheid activism, education and science.The 74-year-old Blatter was awarded gold in the Order of the Companions of OR Tambo, one of most prestigious of the six categories, which recognises foreigners who have supported South Africa’s aspirations to make a name for itself internationally.The award also recognises the Fifa president’s “exceptional contribution” to football. He will receive his award at a ceremony in July.“We will have the opportunity to bestow this prestigious Order on a friend of South Africa, Joseph Sepp Blatter,” Zuma said, “for his outstanding leadership of world football, and his support of our country in hosting the greatest soccer spectacle of all times”.The eighth Fifa president since its inception in 1904, Blatter is credited for introducing the rotation policy, which gave all six continental confederations a chance to host the World Cup tournament. However, Fifa has decided to scrap the system after 2018.“When I became president in 1998, my greatest goal was to see the Fifa World Cup played in Africa,” he wrote on the Fifa website on 23 April. “It would never have been possible without our rotation policy.”Even before his first year as president was up, Blatter called for the rotation policy to give Africa a chance to stage the event. Amid protests from a number of football unions in Europe, Blatter campaigned for months to convince Fifa members to support the policy.Inspired by Blatter’s confidence in the continent, South Africa made a firm bid for the 2006 Fifa World Cup, but it lost to Germany by a single vote after one Fifa member abstained.But the country’s spirit was not dampened, as it made another bid, this time successfully, for the 2010 tournament.Many South Africans, including former president Nelson Mandela, shed tears of joy when Blatter announced in May 2004 that the country would host the 2010 edition. This was the realisation of a dream, both for Africa and Blatter.“It’s taken a long time, but ultimately it means justice for Africa, and for everything Africa has done for football in the past,” he said.Swiss-born Blatter has tirelessly defended South Africa’s ability to be a safe, world-class host amid widespread scepticism. His mantra is: “Africa’s time has come” to show the world what it’s capable of. “This Fifa World Cup will be a success,” he has said.“We have no doubts whatsoever in our ability to organise a secure tournament. Eleven million tourists visit South Africa every year, so why should people stop coming because it’s the World Cup?”The country has spent billions of rands to prepare for the spectacle, which starts in 41 days. It has revamped its public infrastructure and built many impressive stadiums. The government has repeatedly stated that it’s ready for the crowds that will flock to South Africa between June and July.Honouring African heroesConfederation of African Footballpresident Issa Hayatou was also honoured with gold in the Order of the Companions of OR Tambo. Zuma said Hayatou was recognised “for his excellent contribution to the development of African football”.In the same category, Angolan President José Eduardo dos Santos received gold for his “exceptional” role in the fight against apartheid and the support of liberation movements in Southern Africa.The Order of Ikhamanga, which recognises those who have excelled in the arts, culture, literature, music, journalism and sport, went to local artists Hugh Masekela, Nothembi Mkhwebane, Jonas Gwangwa and Winston Ntshona.last_img read more

iPad Business Apps: A Look at Box.net

first_imgInitally, people will have the capability to view and share documents . Eventually, we can expect to see some of the new features that Box.net introduced in the past few months, including its viewer for watching videos in the Box.net environment. That would be interesting if no other reason than to see an enterprise-focused company adopt HTML5, as the iPad does not support Adobe Flash.In the next few weeks, the company will add more features for the app:Download files from Box.net to the iPadUpload files from the iPad to Box.netWork with iWorks suiteAbility to open third-party apps to edit certain filesLaunch the Box.net Ipad app from third-party appsThe iPad is not designed for creating documents. It looks like it better for viewing and sharing more than anything else. The keyboard is a shift that will take time to adjust to. Is the keyboard going extinct? If so, we still have a long way to go with the multi-touch experience. The App store for iPad is live and it includes a number of apps for business use.It’s a mixed bag, with media publications alongside apps from Cisco, LinekdIn and Box.net.We got a demo of the Box.net app, and it provides a glimpse into how the iPad changes the customer experience, compared to the iPhone or a laptop. Related Posts Tags:#enterprise#news#Products We’re not sure how a customer may actually use the app. The Box.net team says it may have an impact when a salesperson brings it to a sales meeting. They say the “business meeting” use case is there. But we agree with them when they also say that there will be a lot of use cases they did not anticipate.Box.net focused on taking advantage of the larger screen and so it can be used in a number of orientations. alex williams 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now IT + Project Management: A Love Affair The app is available for free from the App Store on the iPad or at www.itunes.com/appstore/. Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of…last_img read more