October 19

World hunger worsening as coronavirus weighs and obesity rises: UN

first_imgBeyond ensuring enough food, food must be nutritious, the study underlined, citing costly “health and environmental consequences” of sub-par diets. Nearly 690 million people, or 8.9 percent of people around the globe, are hungry, the UN found. That number rose by 10 million people in just one year to 2019, and by 60 million in the past five years, found the study, which said eradicating hunger by 2030 – a goal set five years ago – will be impossible if trends continue.By 2030, over 890 million people could be affected by hunger, or 9.8 percent of the world’s population, it estimated. Five United Nations agencies co-authored the report: the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the World Food Program (WFP) and the World Health Organization (WHO). Last year, the report estimated over 820 million hungry, but estimates were recalculated following revised data from China for prior years.Topics : Nearly one in nine people in the world are going hungry, with the coronavirus pandemic exacerbating already worsening trends this year, according to a United Nations report published Monday.Economic slowdowns and climate-related shocks are pushing more people into hunger, while nutritious foods remain too expensive for many, contributing not only to undernourishment, but to growing rates of obesity in adults and children.”After decades of long decline, the number of people suffering from hunger has been slowly increasing since 2014,” read The State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World annual report.last_img read more

September 25

As Indonesia’s forests burn, haze clouds parts of Visayas, Mindanao

first_imgNearby, Singapore and Malaysia have both choked in a dense haze all week, with air quality reaching unhealthy levels. Manila — Parts of the Visayas and Mindanao are seeing hazy skies amid neighboring Indonesia’s forest fires, officials said. However, the EMB has warned Sunday that intense forest fires in Sumatra and Kalimantan in recent weeks could cause “high levels of air pollution” to be blown towards the southern part of the Philippines in the coming days. The EMB’s regional offices are conducting air quality tests to determine whether pollution has reached dangerous levels. This would not be the first time that haze from Indonesia has reached the Philippines. In 2015, haze — made up of fine dust, smoke or light vapor that obscures part of the atmosphere — clouded southern Mindanao and reached all the way to Bohol. Air quality in the towns of General Santos City, Koronadal City and Tupi in South Cotabato was in “good and fair condition” as of Saturday.center_img Health officials then warned that haze may lead to eye irritation, itchy and runny nose, sneezing, dry throat and coughs. The fires were allegedly caused by farmers using slash and burn techniques to clear the ecologically rich land — the same practice that led to uncontrollable fires in the Brazilian Amazon this summer. (CNN Philippines) Regional offices of the Environment Management Bureau (EMB) have confirmed the existence of haze in Central Visayas and SOCCSKSARGEN, but have not linked this directly to the Indonesia fires. Intense forest fires have raged across the Indonesian regions of Sumatra and Kalimantan in recent weeks. More than 930,000 hectares of land have been razed, hundreds of residents evacuated, and more than 9,000 personnel have been deployed to battle the flames, according to CNN Indonesia.last_img read more

September 24

Help Celebrate National Teacher Appreciation Week

first_imgUNITED STATES — Teachers provide our children with the tools and resources they need to be successful.To recognize educators and their vital roles, the country will be celebrating National Teacher Appreciation Week May 2-6.One way to show your appreciation is by sharing a picture of yourself with an influential teacher, a picture of your child with their teacher or a picture of yourself with a simple thank you to a teacher on social media.Regardless of how you and your family participate in National Teacher Appreciation Week, let’s work to make sure our Hoosier educators know they’re valued. Thank you to all teachers — past and present — for all your hard work.last_img read more

September 17

Protecting their house

first_imgThere might be no Under Armour advertisements at Goodman Diamond. There might not have been a lot of success at home in the early portion of the season.But there certainly is a strong will from the team to protect their house.It is something head coach Chandelle Schulte has been stressing all year and a subject she wished the team felt more passionate about.Well it looks like the team listened.Wisconsin (16-27) swept Wednesday’s doubleheader against North Dakota (13-33), winning game one 4-3 after scoring the game-winning run on an error committed by North Dakota in the bottom of the eighth. Game two didn’t go to extra innings, but the ending was equally, if not even more, exciting.With two on and one out and the score knotted at two, backup catcher and Madison native Dana Rasmussen lined the ball over the left field fence for the game-winning three-run homer. Rasmussen sprinted around the base paths and was pummeled by her teammates at home.The seldom-used backup is a team favorite, and the team rejoiced with her as if they had just won the College World Series.Rasmussen sharply fouled off two previous pitches and knew the third time was the charm.“Before I even got into the box, I knew I was going to hit a home run,” Rasmussen said. “I knew [Grimm] was going to get on, and I knew I was going to hit a home run. After I fouled that [last] one off pretty far, I was like ‘Alright, the next one is going to go out.’ And it did.”The spectacular moment by Rasmussen, witnessed by her parents, lifted the Badgers to their second win of the day over the Fighting Sioux.UW now has a five-game home winning streak, protecting what they feel is their right to win at home.“I don’t want to say it’s more pressure to win here, but we should be winning here,” Soderberg said with a smile. “This is our field not theirs. We should be winning here. What else can you say about that?”Although all five wins registered at home have come against sub-.500 non-conference teams, it gives the team confidence to know they can win at home.“It’s our home diamond,” Rasmussen said. “We need to show Madison and the university that we can win here.”While offensive and defensive balance has generally eluded the Badgers, the team was finally to combine solid pitching with clutch hitting.Interestingly enough, the hits came from unlikely sources, such as Rasmussen and Soderberg.“It actually works out because our bigger hitters have not being coming through as much,” senior Letty Olivarez said. “We’ve all been working on trying to stay relaxed, and I think that’s what they’ve been doing.”Olivarez cited a more relaxed practice regiment as a reason the team has been playing well of late.Another reason has been the stellar play from Soderberg, who went a combined 3-for-7 against UND with four runs while leading off.Soderberg, who was moved up in the order Wednesday after playing down in the lineup for most of the season, has provided the top of the order with a much-needed facelift.“I think it’s really important to have the top of lineup [produce], especially the first and second batters,” Soderberg said. “If your first and second hitters are roping the ball, then the bigger hitters think they should be roping the ball too.”The Badgers also exploited some slow pitching seen from North Dakota pitchers, as they accumulated 10 runs and 19 hits in two games on the day against the Fighting Sioux.“Their first pitcher was really slow, so it was more of a patience game,” Soderberg said. “And when you’re more patient at the plate, you usually choose better pitches to hit. I think that’s how we produced more runners on base, just taking the pitches we wanted to.”Despite the strong wins the team does not have much time to relish their success, as they travel Thursday to South Bend, Ind., to face the No. 25 nationally ranked Notre Dame Fighting Irish.The team hopes these two victories will help propel them into wins today and this weekend against Indiana.“We’ve just got to stay positive, look at all the good things we had and the small game we were able to play,” Olivarez said. “All the clutch hits we had… as long as we stay positive as to what we did here hopefully we can carry it on.”last_img read more

September 16

Defense boosts Badgers Sunday

first_imgAfter being held scoreless for 10 consecutive periods – including all three in Friday night’s 1-0 loss to Bemidji State – the Wisconsin women’s hockey team turned its play around with three goals in Sunday’s 3-3 tie.While senior forward and captain Brianna Decker finally snapped the streak in the second period Sunday, it was the Badger defense’s work that kept the team alive.Defensemen Courtney Burke and Jordan Brickner each contributed a goal Sunday, allowing Wisconsin (3-3-2, 1-3-2 WCHA) to take the lead over the Beavers (2-3-1, 1-2-1-0) on each score.“Our forwards have been having chances but haven’t been able to put them in,” Decker said. “But to have our D step up and get a couple goals, that is huge. It’s not often that the defense scores, so to have two of them score today is awesome.”Wisconsin certainly was not at a loss for scoring opportunities in either game, as the Badgers recorded 72 shots this weekend. With 45 shots on goal Sunday in comparison to Bemidji State’s 21, the Badgers dominated play throughout the game.Friday night was a different story for Wisconsin in terms of scoring. The team opened play at LaBahn Arena for the first time with a tough 1-0 loss. Despite attempting 75 shots, 27 of them on net, UW left the game scoreless and frustrated with its lack of ability to finish scoring opportunities.Decker said although she and her teammates wished they could have converted one of their countless chances, she knew her team had played a quality game.“Overall I think we played a good game; I think we outplayed them,” Decker said Friday. “Shots were pretty even, but I think our opportunities were overall a little bit more quality.”The frustration continued until Decker’s backhanded shot into the back of the net in the second period Sunday, tying up the game 1-1. From then on, Wisconsin appeared more energetic and greedy for more scores.Entering the third period with the score tied, head coach Mark Johnson told his team it had one period to go out and win the hockey game. The pressure and frustration with not scoring was clearly in the past for Wisconsin, as it came out on the prowl and put up 19 shots alone in the third period and kept the puck out of its defensive third for most of the period.“It’s a situation where the game is tied and you can go out and win a hockey game and we looked like we were in a good position to do it,” Johnson said. “And then a couple of penalties hurt us.”Beavers capitalize on power playsBemidji State did not give up without a fight Sunday, but six penalties against the Badgers also worked in their favor.Three of the penalties alone came in the third period, erasing all the momentum the team had built up from Decker and Burke’s goals. Bemidji State capitalized on a power play with five minutes and 28 seconds left to play in regulation and just 32 seconds later found itself on another power play.“It hurts the whole flow of the game; we had great momentum. You take one [penalty] here or there and you have a pretty good chance of killing it off,” Johnson said. “But with multiple [penalties] and especially when you give an extended five versus three, that makes it that much more challenging.”While giving up that power play goal, the Badger defense found great success on the penalty kill during their home-opening weekend. The defensive unit, backed by goaltender Alex Rigsby, managed to kill five of six penalties Sunday, including a two-man advantage for Bemidji State late in the third period.Friday night, UW also managed to not give up a goal on Bemidji State’s two power play opportunities.The veteran defensive group, with seven returning skaters, has been the backbone for Wisconsin through the start of this season. In the first eight games, the Badgers have given up just three goals on 27 penalty kills.Even on the penalty kill, Wisconsin’s defense found success with Brickner’s short-handed goal to give UW the 3-2 lead with less than five minutes remaining. The defense took a combined 10 shots in Sunday’s game, providing support to a young offensive unit that holds eight underclassmen, five of whom are freshmen.For Brickner, the backline’s ability to kill more than 10 minutes of game time a man down is something her team should be proud of.“Killing them off is good and it gives us, and the team, a boost of confidence,” Brickner said. “We are looking pretty good defensively I think.”However, for Johnson there is always room for improvement, and Sunday’s performance in the back was not worthy of praise. The three goals UW surrendered Sunday is the most it has given up in a single game so far this season.“It was a good third period, energy was high and we were in the offensive zone quite a bit,” Johnson said. “The end result is we gave up a late goal for them to tie, which is the disappointing part of the whole thing.”Though taking the game to overtime and coming away with a tie, UW earned an extra point by winning the shootout. Looking ahead, Johnson said he remained optimistic, seeing progress in his team after each game. The ability to battle back, both from a one-goal deficit Sunday and from the three-game scoreless streak, showed him this team is making the right strides forward.“The overall commitment by the players has been good, so from a coach’s standpoint we are happy with it,” Johnson said. “If we continue to grow that is all we can ask the kids to do.”Follow Caroline on Twitterlast_img read more

September 9

West Ham manager says it’s not the right time to discuss future

first_imgBilic says he’s grown use to speculation, given that it’s gone on for months.Meanwhile, Everton boss Ronald Koeman says he does want to be Barcelona manager one day.He’s among the favourites to replace Luis Enrique, who’s leaving this summer.Koeman told Catalan newspaper ‘Sport’ that his two coaching dreams are to take charge of Barca and the Netherlands.The Dutchman did add that he feels he “owes” Everton, and wants to give them Champions League football. West Ham manager Slaven Bilic says it isn’t the right time to talk about his future.This week there have been more reports linking possible replacements.West Ham are 15th in the Premier League table with three games to play.last_img read more

September 9

Premier League: Man City Host West Ham with Eye on Top…

first_imgDespite the disappointment, Bilic believes his side can lift themselves and get a result from Pep Guardiola’s City, having masterminded a 2-1 victory in the corresponding fixture last season.“We are all disappointed because it was a big blow last night,” Bilic told reporters on Friday. “But we have to pick ourselves up and show character and quality.”Striker Kelechi Iheanacho has been cleared of serious injury after being carried off against Steaua, but captain Vincent Kompany, right-back Bacary Sagna and midfielders Leroy Sane and Ilkay Gundogan are not yet fit.For West Ham, Bilic has recently been without his main creative threats, Dimitri Payet and Manuel Lanzini, but hopes at least one of them will be fit to face City. Skipper Mark Noble should be available after he rested a minor knock against Astra, but fellow midfielder Havard Nordtveit is set to miss out.City have lost only one of their last 10 Premier League meetings with West Ham on home soil (W8 D1), though it did come last time out in September 2015 (1-2).Sergio Aguero has been involved in eight goals in his last seven Premier League matches against West Ham United (six goals, two assists). Aguero has scored 37 goals in 47 Premier League games against London teams and six in eight league apps against West Ham United.The Argentine striker is the fourth player to score a penalty in each of the first two matchdays of a Premier League season (Duncan Ferguson in 2001/02, Frank Lampard in 2012/13 and Roberto Soldado in 2013/14). None of those players managed to continue the run into MD3.West Ham have now scored in 15 successive Premier League matches – the longest such current run in the competition. Substitute Marcus Rashford scored an injury-time winner as Manchester United finally overhauled a stubborn Hull at a sodden KCOM Stadium.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram New Manchester City goalkeeper Claudio Bravo will not go straight into the team for today’s clash with West Ham as Pep Guradiola’s team aim to retain top spot in this nascent season. Willy Caballero, who has played the first two league matches, is therefore expected to feature again, even though Joe Hart kept a clean sheet in the midweek Champions League play-off win over Steaua Bucharest.Meanwhile, Slaven Bilic believes West Ham can pick themselves up after their Europa League elimination by Astra Giurgiu and prove their character by getting a result against City.For the second year in a row, West Ham failed to make the competition’s group stage after being eliminated by Astra, following up a 1-1 draw in Bucharest with a 1-0 defeat at the London Stadium on Thursday – their first loss at their new home.last_img read more

September 9

Mourinho under Pressure to Drop Rooney

first_imgManchester United manager Jose Mourinho is under pressure to drop Wayne Rooney, with the captain’s clanking performances emblematic of the team’s struggles.Mourinho’s side visits third-tier Northampton Town today in the League Cup, where defeat would rank alongside their humiliating 4-0 loss to Milton Keynes Dons in this competition under Louis van Gaal in 2014.United has lost its last three matches and there is clamour among supporters and journalists for Rooney to be removed from the starting XI. In an online poll by the United fanzine Red Issue, over 99 percent of respondents called for him to be axed.“Where do you want Wayne Rooney to play? Or should he be playing at all?” former England captain Alan Shearer wrote in The Sun after United’s 3-1 defeat at Watford on Sunday.“Not on yesterday’s performance, it is fair to say.”Despite United winning its first three league games, Rooney’s lacklustre displays meant his place was already under scrutiny.With United having since lost to Manchester City, Feyenoord, in the Europa League, and Watford, the calls for him to be dropped are getting louder.Rooney, 30, was rested for last Thursday’s trip to Feyenoord, but he has started all of United’s other games under Mourinho.It was a similar story during Louis van Gaal’s two-year tenure as manager. The Dutchman sidelined Rooney only once, for a 2-0 defeat at Stoke City on Boxing Day last year.David Moyes, van Gaal’s predecessor, was similarly faithful to the United number 10, whose career he launched at Everton.But Alex Ferguson lost patience with the England captain towards the end of his storied tenure.Ferguson claimed Rooney had asked to leave the club for a second time in 2013 and he disappeared from view in the dying days of the Scot’s 26-year reign.Mourinho, whose side host Leicester City on Saturday, has said he would have no qualms about dropping Rooney.“I can take him out. No problem for me to take him out,” Mourinho said following United’s last-gasp 1-0 win at Hull City last month.As has been the case for much of his career, debate continues to rage about Rooney’s best position.Never quite a true No 9, but not a classic number 10 either, Rooney was deployed in central midfield by Roy Hodgson during England’s calamitous Euro 2016 campaign.Rooney has said he is open to the idea of moving into midfield as his career progresses.Mourinho appeared to nix that ambition, in the short term at least, prior to the season.“For me, Wayne will be a No 9 or a number 10 or a No 9-and-a-half,” Mourinho said. “But with me he will never be a No 6, not even a No 8.”Yet in the loss at Watford, Rooney started the game in a midfield three alongside Marouane Fellaini and record signing Paul Pogba.Once again he looked off the pace, even after moving into a number 10 role behind Zlatan Ibrahimovic in the second half.A “highlights” video flagging up his sloppy touches and wayward passing circulated widely on social media.“I think playing him as a number 10 is holding back United,” former Arsenal defender Martin Keown said in the Daily Mail.A knock-on effect of Mourinho’s deployment of Rooney as a number 10 is that several of his teammates have been prevented from playing in their preferred positions.Teenage striker Marcus Rashford, last season’s breakthrough star, started on the left wing against Watford.Juan Mata and close-season signing Henrikh Mkhitaryan, both more conventional number 10s, have had to content themselves with wide roles or places on the bench.Perhaps most worryingly, in using a 4-2-3-1 system to accommodate Rooney at number 10, Mourinho has been fielding Pogba as a holding midfielder, denying him the freedom to attack that he thrived upon at Juventus.“Until they find the right balance, you won’t see the best of Pogba,” said Liverpool midfielder turned BBC pundit Danny Murphy.Rooney needs only four goals to surpass Bobby Charlton’s United scoring record of 249 goals, but his first-team status is more fragile than ever.LEAGUE CUP TodayFulham v Bristol CityNorth’Town v Man UtdQPR v SunderlandS’tampton v Cry’PalaceStoke v Hull CitySwansea v Man CityTottenham v GillinghamWest Ham v AccringtonShare this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

August 31

Guyanese man remanded in custody on murder charges

first_imgA 26-year-old who allegedly killed his uncle by chopping off his head was on Wednesday remanded to prison when he appeared at the Sparendaam Magistrate’s Court charged with murder.The former Guyana Defense Force soldier, Dwayne Tappin, appeared before Magistrate Alisha George and was not required to plead to the indictable offence.Remanded until SeptemberParticulars of the charge alleged that Tappin on August 6, 2017, at Lot 125 South Better Hope, East Coast Demerara, murdered 51-year-old Randolph Seenauth.Magistrate George remanded Tappin until September 28.According to reports, Seenauth and his nephew lived in separate apartments on the plot of land.Killed over land disputeHowever, the family has a dispute over the plot of land which the dead man’s mother had occupied before she died.On August 6, 2017 around 04:30hrs, neighbors heard a loud commotion coming from one of the apartments, but then there was silence for a few minutes which led them to suspect something was amiss.Neighbors called out for Seenauth but got no response and later contacted the Sparendaam Police Station.Police arrived shortly after and upon pushing the front door to Seenauth’s apartment, found his head lying in a passageway between the living room and kitchen.Further checks were made in the apartment and the rest of the man’s body was discovered on a mattress in the bedroom.The murder weapon was not recovered despite searches on both apartments.Tappin, hours after the murder, turned himself over to cops at the Sparendaam Police Station.last_img read more

August 31

T&T Prime Minister Rowley to undergo medical tests in the US

first_imgPORT OF SPAIN Trinidad, CMC – On Sunday, Trinidad and Tobago’s Prime Minister Dr. Keith Rowley announced he would be traveling to the United States on Tuesday to undergo medical cardiac related tests.“I am in my 69th year, I am not as young as I used to be. There are benefits at being at my age but there’s also downsides,” he told reporters, adding “as a matter of fact I take this in stride going forward. “There was a time when I didn’t have any such condition and like I said I had no such symptoms that slowed me down or caused me to think, but I have to be aware and modern technology allows one to be aware of what is happening with one.”Delinquent about his health Rowley told reporters that he was “delinquent” in dealing with the situation after his doctors had informed him of the matter in 2017“I should have gone back to do these tests last year September, but that was the budget time and so on and so on and I put it off,” he said, adding that after the budget, he had to deal with the revamping of the state-owned oil company, PETROTRIN that had been losing billions of dollars annually (One TT dollar=US$0.37 cents).Still, in relatively good health“So, I really should have done that last year, so when I look back and realize it is a year and a half, I really did not take the advice that I got in 2017. So, I am going to take it now,” he said, adding that he would be out of the country “for a couple of days”.“I am in relatively good health, but I have observations to make and I have to be guided by the experts who are better at telling me what is happening … “It starts with a series of tests,” he said, adding that would be done in California.”last_img read more