Girls in single-parent families at greater risk of obesity

first_imgThe Conservation 16 Dec 2011In Australia, girls in single-parent families are at a higher risk of being overweight or obese than children in dual-parent families. This fits with recent research findings from the United States showing that children in single-parent households are at a higher risk of becoming overweight or obese than those from households with two parents.A staggering one-in-four children between the ages of five and 17 are overweight or obese. The sooner we understand the risk factors that make children vulnerable, the more traction we can gain to reduce this number.Our research indicates that children in single-parent households eat fewer servings of fresh fruit and vegetables, eat more servings of food high in fat and sugar, and spend an extra two hours every week watching television, compared with children in dual-parent families.The difference in servings per day is relatively small, about half a serve less of fruit and vegetables, and half a serve more of food high in fat and sugar, but clearly this, combined with increased sedentary behaviour, such as watching television, is having a cumulative effect. read more

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15 y/o’s allowed state-funded sex change ops – without parents knowing (Oregon)

first_imgOregon allowing 15-year-olds to get state-subsidized sex-change operationsFox News 9 July 2015The list of things 15-year-olds are not legally allowed to do in Oregon is long: Drive, smoke, donate blood, get a tattoo — even go to a tanning bed.But, under a first-in-the-nation policy quietly enacted in January that many parents are only now finding out about, 15-year-olds are now allowed to get a sex-change operation. Many residents are stunned to learn they can do it without parental notification — and the state will even pay for it through its Medicaid program, the Oregon Health Plan.“It is trespassing on the hearts, the minds, the bodies of our children,” said Lori Porter of Parents’ Rights in Education. “They’re our children. And for a decision, a life-altering decision like that to be done unbeknownst to a parent or guardian, it’s mindboggling.”In a statement, Oregon Health Authority spokeswoman Susan Wickstrom explained it this way: “Age of medical consent varies by state. Oregon law — which applies to both Medicaid and non-Medicaid Oregonians — states that the age of medical consent is 15.”While 15 is the medical age of consent in the state, the decision to cover sex-change operations specifically was made by the Health Evidence Review Commission (HERC). read more

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Beware the influence of vested interests’ input into the cannabis debate

first_imgStuff 9 January 2020Family First Comment: Superb article  warning of financial conflicts of interest by those arguing for legalisation of cannabis…“In the ongoing public discussion of New Zealand’s decision on cannabis it is valuable to hear all perspectives, but when these reflect only major corporate vested interests it would be reasonable to expect an indication of this from the publisher.”Media – take note.OPINION: David Clement of the Toronto Consumer Center writes of mistakes he believes Canada made in recent legalisation of recreational cannabis use, warning New Zealand not to do the same.He writes of the need to create a “more consumer friendly regulatory regime”. The gist of his recommendations is to allow the sale of higher potency products, keep prices low, and allow the marketing of cannabis.It was not surprising to find on the Consumer Center website acknowledgement of funding from Facebook (a social media platform selling data on individuals’ characteristics to enable marketing to them) and from two cannabis corporations. It is certainly possible to infer the influence of these funders on Clement’s arguments.Clement argues against a ban on cannabis advertising because it is inconsistent with our liberal approach to alcohol marketing, an argument we will expect to hear often from the cannabis corporations and their public relations surrogates.However, this inconsistency is also an issue for those concerned with health and wellbeing. There is a certain irony in our Government saying there should be no marketing of cannabis because research shows the adverse impacts of alcohol marketing, yet successive New Zealand governments have failed to regulate alcohol marketing even in the face of costs from alcohol harm of $7 billion every year.Marketing these products and keeping the price low, as Clement advocates, will increase the amount sold and correspondingly increase the number of people with cannabis-use disorder and cannabis-related motor vehicle crashes.In the ongoing public discussion of New Zealand’s decision on cannabis it is valuable to hear all perspectives, but when these reflect only major corporate vested interests it would be reasonable to expect an indication of this from the publisher.Professor Sally Casswell is a Professor of Public Health and Social Research at Massey University.READ MORE: read more

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Who do people say I am?

first_img Tweet 332 Views   one comment Share Share FaithLifestyle Who do people say I am? by: – September 15, 2012center_img Share Sharing is caring! Jesus raised this question when it was still unclear what his contemporaries were making of him. From the answers the disciples gave, it’s clear that there was no unanimity among the people about who he was. We, however, couldn’t give those same answers today. It couldn’t possibly occur to us, for example, to confuse Jesus with John the Baptist.The issues for us are different. ‘Who do people say I am’ does not make us think principally about his identity. We are concerned with other things. Many people today, for instance, say regarding Jesus that that they can worship him in private without going to Church. In one sense, the sentiment is perfectly in order. The day is coming, Jesus said in John’s gospel, when believers will worship the Father “not on any hill or mountain,” but will worship Him “in spirit and in truth.” And that, of course, you can do anywhere, including the confines of your own room.And yet, faith has a necessary public dimension. It involves not just private but also public witness, and this has been the case since the beginning of Christianity. In the Acts of the Apostles, the early followers of Jesus, many of whom had actually seen him, or had had, we must assume, some actual encounter with him, used to gather in homes for prayer and the breaking of bread. Later history also shows that Christianity has never entailed purely private witness. Even in periods of great prosecution, when Christians could have easily and understandably taken refuge in privacy, they often chose instead the dangerous course under the threat of death of secretly meeting in different houses for the Eucharist. They deliberately chose this way to give public testimony to their faith, and keep the memory of Jesus alive. It was so under the Communists in Russia and China, and in Ireland in the time of persecution by the British.We have no such choices to make; we face no such fear-inducing circumstances or conditions. Why then do we make such a boast of the claims of privacy? One remark you often hear regarding Church attendance today is that services are boring. Sometimes they are, of course. A deaf and dumb person knows and sees that. But this is something that afflicts not only Church services. For many people today work is boring, marriage is boring, life on the whole is boring.How do we deal with that? There are different kinds of boredom in life, and ways of dealing with them that are also different. If you’re watching a TV program at night, for instance, and you find it boring, you can use your remote to switch to something else. If you find this sermon boring, you have the consolation of knowing that I can’t go on forever; I must stop at some point. If you’re in a cinema and you find the movie boring, you can just get up and leave. But if you find your life as a whole boring, what do you do? Clearly the remedy will not be as easy as flicking a remote or getting up and going somewhere else. You will need a response of greater complexity. What do we do about boring Church services? One important thing we can’t do is leave our liturgies to chance. In other words, we must plan our celebrations; we must sing things that are accessible and appropriate; preach sermons that speak to people’s needs; and – and this I where you come in – we have to cultivate prayer on our own. Good services depend significantly on the prayer life we bring to them. We have to come, in other words, with something in order to find something.This doesn’t take care of everything. These are difficult times for religion. There’s no easy way round that. It’s a time that calls for special discipline. We have to accustom ourselves to praying in season and out of season, when the mood is upon us and when it isn’t. We have to learn not to depend so much on external stimuli and draw on our own internal resources of resilience. I wish I could propose easier ways of dealing with the issue, but I’m afraid – at least my conviction is that there’s really no easier way of doing so.By: Henry Charles PhDlast_img read more

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More schools involvement needed in organizing bands for carnival street parade.

first_img Tweet 24 Views   no discussions Share Sharing is caring! LocalNews More schools involvement needed in organizing bands for carnival street parade. by: – May 26, 2011center_img Share Share Chairman of the Carnival Development Committee, Mr. Alwin Bully. Photo credit: flickr.comChairman of the Carnival Development Committee Alwyn Bully is calling for more involvement from schools across the Island in organizing bands for the carnival street parade.Bully who was at the time giving the 2011 Carnival Report at the carnival prize giving ceremony on Tuesday says there was a time when school bands dominated the Monday and Tuesday parades.He says there is tremendous potential in costume building in the Schools.“Much more can be done in the area of costume and we intend to address through training workshops and by working with the schools,” he said.Meantime Bully says the debate continues as to what day is most suitable for the costume parade as well as the date of the carnival itself.He says a formal survey will be conducted.Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more

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Registration for 2012 LIME National Basketball League open

first_img Share Sharing is caring! NewsSports Registration for 2012 LIME National Basketball League open by: – February 3, 2012 Share Tweetcenter_img National Basketball Team. Photo credit: Mickey JosephThe Dominica Amateur Basketball Association announces the beginning of its 2012 LIME National Basketball League featuring again the DOMLEC Premier Division and the Vitamalt / Loubiere Water 1st Division. The season is expected to commence shortly after carnival and teams are being asked to ensure that they are registered before registration closes.The DABA is preparing for an early start to the season in order to avoid the rainy season as well as to complete the season in time to prepare the Dominica National team for regional competitions. The DABA is expecting another exciting basketball season with a number of 3 on 3 Basketball competitions on the cards for this year as part of the 3×3 initiative that FIBA International has initiated globally in preparation for the upcoming 3 on 3 World Championships.The DABA is fortunate and grateful to again have the support of LIME as the National Sponsors and thanks DOMLEC and Dominica Brewery & Beverages Ltd for again partnering with the DABA by sponsoring the various Divisions.All teams are again reminded to collect their registration forms from Mickey Joseph at MVB or from any executive member.We take this opportunity to thank all those who contributed to the successful season we had last year and again seeks everyone support in ensuring that we can make 2012 an even greater success.Press ReleaseDominica Amateur Basketball Association Share 35 Views   no discussionslast_img read more

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Everton complete first January signing

first_img Promoted ContentBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A Drone7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?Behind-The-Scenes Selfies From 10 Popular Movies6 Extreme Facts About HurricanesPlaying Games For Hours Can Do This To Your Body12 Celebrities Who Almost Ruined Their Careers With One MovieCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayCan Playing Too Many Video Games Hurt Your Body? Loading… “My long-term goal, 100 per cent, is to play for Everton first team in front of the great crowds at Goodison. That would be my dream.” The Toffees are believed to have had an opening bid worth around £500,000 rejected last week, with Carlisle holding out for in excess of £1million. Though the terms of the deal have not been revealed, Everton’s revised offer was believed to be in the region of £900,000. Branthwaite made his senior debut in October and has gone on to make 12 appearances, scoring once. Everton have signed 17-year-old defender Jarrad Branthwaite from Carlisle for what the League Two club say is a “substantial fee” with future bonuses and performance-related clauses. The teenager has signed a two-and-a-half year contract and will link up with David Unsworth’s U23s.center_img Read Also:Everton: Davies salutes Ancelotti,others Premier League rivals Leicester City, Newcastle, Aston Villa as well as Scottish giants Celtic and Rangers were also linked with the teenager. Though Everton are currently banned from signing Academy players until November, they were able to bring in Branthwaite as he was signed to professional terms. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Branthwaite watched the young Blues in action against Arsenal at Haig Avenue on Monday evening. Speaking about his move, Branthwaite said: “The pathway is superb – that’s what made me want to join Everton. “I’ve seen those players get their chance in the first team and do well. “I just can’t wait to get started. Everton is a big club and I’m buzzing to be here. “The facilities at USM Finch Farm are unbelievable. I like everything about the place. “I want to settle in, get to know all the boys and put in some good performances for the Under-23s.Advertisementlast_img read more

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Ighalo, Aribo get Europa round of 16 foes as Man U face LASK

first_img Loading… Basel have been drawn against Frankfurt or Red Bull Salzburg. Their second leg was postponed due to bad weather in Austria and will be played on Friday; the German side lead 4-1 on aggregate. Istanbul Basaksehir, debutants at this stage, will play Celtic’s conquerors FC Copenhagen, while Wolfsburg play Shakhtar Donetsk. Below is the full fixture for Europa round of 16 Istanbul Basaksehir vs FC Copenhagen Olympiakos vs Wolves Rangers vs Bayer Leverkusen Wolfsburg vs Shakhtar Donetsk Inter Milan vs Getafe Sevilla vs Roma Frankfurt/Red Bull Salzburg vs Basel LASK vs Manchester United FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Former Super Eagles ace Odion Ighlo and Compatriot Joe Aribo were pitch against Austrian side LASK and Bayer Leverkusen respectively in the round of 16 of the Europa cup on Friday. Draw for the event held in Switzerland, saw Manchester United pitched against LASK, while Scottish side Rangers faces Bundesliga side Bayer Leverkusen. Manchester United new buy Odion Ighalo opened goal account with the club on Thursday contributing in the 5-0 demolition of Club Brugg to earn a place in the round of 16, while Rangers overcame Sporting Braga to qualify. The draw could pass for some form of relief from Manchester United coach      Ole Gunnar Solskjær who had revealed he would love to avoid Inter Milan for now. United, champions in 2017, will be away from home in the first leg against LASK, who will be playing in the last 16 of the competition for the first time. Rangers, who are having their best Europa League campaign since 2011, will host Leverkusen at Ibrox in the first leg. Wolves, who are enjoying their first season in European football since 1981, have been drawn to play Olympiakos. The Greek side reached the last 16 in dramatic fashion, scoring a 119th-minute winner at the Emirates to eliminate Arsenal on Thursday night. Rangers and Super Eagles ace Joe Aribo set for round of 16 battle Antonio Conte’s Inter Milan will line-up against Getafe, who knocked out last season’s Champions League semi-finalists Ajax in the previous round. Sevilla, the most successful side in the history of the competition with five wins, face Roma. Read Also Ighalo sends message to Man United fans after debut goal vs Club Bruggecenter_img Promoted Content10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do”Chronicles Of Narnia” Fans Were Bemused To See How She Looks NowWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?7 Netflix Shows Cancelled Because They Don’t Get The Ratings6 Incredibly Strange Facts About HurricanesFantastic-Looking (and Probably Delicious) Bread ArtLaugh, Cry, Or Just Relax With The Best Series Streaming On HBOGreatest Movies In History Since 198210 Awesome TV Series That Got Cancelled Way Too Soon6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A Drone7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterTop 7 Best Car Manufacturers Of All Timelast_img read more

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Mourinho agreed to manage Liverpool before Chelsea hijacked move

first_img Loading… Promoted Content5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?This Guy Photoshopped Himself Into Celeb Pics And It’s Hysterical7 Mind-Boggling Facts About Black HolesEver Thought Of Sleeping Next To Celebs? This Guy Will Show You9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A TattooBig Actors Who Started Off With A Part In A Soap OperaBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksNo Good Disney Role Models For Boys?7 Facts About Black Holes That Will Blow Your Mind ‘They asked us to wait for 15 days as Houllier was still the Reds’ manager.’ But despite Mourinho appearing to edge closer to the hotseat on Merseyside, Chelsea sensationally pounced to change his mind. Super agent Jorge Mendes is said to have informed the Blues that they may be able to lure Mourinho to Stamford Bridge, and helped the club piece together a more attractive offer. Super agent Jorge Mendes played a role in convincing Chelsea to move in with a higher offer Read Also: EPL clubs committed to finishing season, but no deadline set The Portuguese coach met Abramovich for the first time the evening before Porto’s Champions League semi-final in May. And the deal was finalised after another meeting aboard the billionaire’s luxury yacht in Monaco, just the day after Porto lifted the Champions League trophy. Mourinho infamously clinched three Premier League titles, an FA Cup and three League Cups over his two spells with the top flight giants. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 center_img Jose Mourinho agreed to take charge at Liverpool in 2004 before Chelsea hijacked the deal to poach the Champions League-winning manager instead, a new book has claimed. The renowned 57-year-old reportedly agreed to join the Anfield outfit and replace Gerard Houllier, but Roman Abramovich swooped in with a higher offer and convinced Mourinho to move to west London. Jose Mourinho agreed to take charge at Liverpool in 2004 before Chelsea hijacked the deal A new book, ‘Mourinho: Behind the Special One, from the origin to the glory,’ written by French journalist Nicolas Vilas, chronicles the tussle between two of the Premier League’s biggest clubs to snap up the divisive tactician. Liverpool decided to reach out to potential successors to Houllier, who appeared to be floundering in his attempts to guide the club into the top four – although the Frenchman did ultimately secure top-tier European football. However, the club had already compiled a shortlist of potential replacements and Mourinho, then in control of Porto, featured among the candidates. Liverpool reached out to potential successors after struggles under Gerard Houllier Negotiations to snap up Mourinho began in April 2004, according to the book, just before Porto’s Champions League quarter-final showdown with Lyon. Jorge Baidek, Mourinho’s adviser at the time, said: ‘Mourinho should have gone to Liverpool. Rick Parry [then chief executive] was in charge of transfers and we had an agreement.last_img read more

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