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19
Dec
2019

Roadmap for African unity, growth

first_img8 July 2004African delegates attending the African Union’s recent executive summit of foreign affairs in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia praised AU Commission chairperson Alpha Konare for delivering a comprehensive, realistic roadmap for achieving economic growth and development on the continent.Konare presented a far-reaching, multifaceted plan aimed at revolutionising Africa’s growth and links with the globe – particularly with Africans in the Diaspora.The plan also covers civil society in the region and its ties with the international community in tackling poverty, disease, unemployment and illiteracy in Africa.The plan was submitted to the African heads of state summit in Addis Ababa this week.The three-volume plan covers the AU’s vision and mission, a plan for the AU Commission for 2004-2007, and a plan of action to speed up integration, and includes a guideline document entitled “Africa, our common destiny”. Vision and Mission of the African UnionStrategic Framework of the AU CommissionPlan of Action While the guidelines, mission and vision outlines Africa’s evolution and the political context within which the AU operates, the strategic framework identifies the challenges in implementing programmes such as the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (Nepad).The time-bound action plan highlights “priority programmes” covering practical ways of bridging the digital bridge, pushing for equitable world trade, food security and self sufficiency, generating investment on the continent, and linking Africa with the Diaspora.It also includes workable proposals for encouraging education, deepening peace efforts, distributing clean water and fighting disease on the continent.Questioning Africa’s povertyThe report questions why Africa continues to be marginalised and poor while possessing massive human and natural resources.The continent, it says, accounts for 30% of the total mineral reserves on earth, including 40% of world’s gold and 60% of cobalt, making Africa what it terms “a strategic producer”.Africa is also a leading coffee and cocoa producer, awash with diamonds and oil in numerous countries – yet it remains a “complex continent beset with difficulties”, accounting for just one percent of the world’s GDP and barely two percent of global trade.Besides Africa’s population living on less than a dollar per day on average, the continent’s people remain highly restricted to their countries with little freedom movement, hamper knowledge sharing among different communities.‘An Africa reconciled with itself’On African leadership, the plan’s agenda is that of pan-Africanism, which the plan says should be built on regional integration, good governance and democratic principles.The vision is that of an Africa “integrated, prosperous and peaceful, an Africa driven by its own citizens, a dynamic force in the global arena … an Africa reconciled with itself and with its Diaspora, an Africa using its own resources to play a major role that it can legitimately claim in a polycentric and more equitable world in which there will be no economic, political and ideological hegemonies which characterised the previous century”.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

12
Dec
2019

Nutrition and Brain Power

first_imgBy Sarah Pittman Graduate Student in Food Science and Human Nutrition at the University of Illinois The young adult human brain represents only 2% of body weight but requires 20% of the body’s resting energy needs, but this is not true for children. At age 10, a child’s brain represents 5-10% of body mass and consumes 1.5 times the oxygen per gram of tissue compared to an adult’s brain.1 This goes to show the importance and remarkable amount of energy the brain needs to function.1 As kids are back in school, it is important to think about what foods they should be eating to get optimum “brainpower” to be able to learn as much as they can in the classroom. Some of the most important years of brain development are in the early years of life, making nutrition during childhood so incredibly important. So what are the best “brainpower” foods? Important minerals in brain health include iron, zinc, iodine, copper and selenium help with emotions, behaviors, memory, and motor coordination.1 Iron deficiency is the most common nutritional disorder globally; affecting an estimated 2 billion people.1 Children with iron deficiency can have developmental delays and behavioral problems and have difficulty paying attention in or outside of the classroom.5   Zinc deficiency can occur if the diet lacks animal source foods or if a diet is high in maize since phytates found in maize interferes with the absorption of zinc.1 Zinc deficiency can present as stunted growth, deficits to motor development and impaired development.1,6 Although there have been mass efforts to improve iodine deficiency globally, it still remains the leading cause of preventable brain damage.1 This deficiency can cause impaired growth, infant and neonatal mortality causing detrimental neurodevelopment in fetal life, infancy and childhood.9 Important vitamins in brain health include: B vitamins, choline, and vitamin A. B vitamins are critical in brain function in that they primarily act as coenzymes in energy production, DNA/RNA synthesis, repair, and methylation, etc. Vitamin B 12 and B 9 are very important in the diet for brain function and deficiencies in childhood can result in developmental delays, neurologic problems and a diverging growth curve.3,4 Choline is incredibly important in the diet for brain development and the normal function of all cells.7,8 And, although choline deficiency is very rare, it can cause muscle damage, liver, kidney and pancreas damage and hinder the developing brain.8 Although these brain nutrients are especially important in children, it is in everyone’s best interest to eat a well-balanced diet with these and other essential vitamins and minerals! What foods do you eat that you consider “brainpower foods”? References:1. Goyal MS, Iannotti LL, Raichle ME. Brain Nutrition: A Life Span Approach. Annual Review Of Nutrition. 2018;38:381-399. doi:10.1146/annurev-nutr-082117-051652.2. Nutrition & Academic Performance – Today’s Dietitian Magazine. Todaysdietitian.com. https://www.todaysdietitian.com/newarchives/0819p24.shtml. Published 2019. Accessed August 30, 2019.3. Vitamin B12 deficiency in children – Stichting B12 Tekort. Stichting B12 Tekort. https://stichtingb12tekort.nl/wetenschap/stichting-b12-tekort-artikelen/english/vitamin-b12-deficiency-in-children/. Published 2019. Accessed August 30, 2019.4. Folate-Deficiency Anemia (Child). Fairview.org. https://www.fairview.org/patient-education/512073EN. Published 2019. Accessed August 30, 2019.5. Iron-Deficiency Anemia (for Parents) – KidsHealth. Kidshealth.org. https://kidshealth.org/en/parents/ida.html. Published 2019. Accessed August 30, 2019.6. Black MM. Zinc deficiency and child development. Am J Clin Nutr. 1998;68(2 Suppl):464S–469S. doi:10.1093/ajcn/68.2.464S7. Office of Dietary Supplements – Choline. Ods.od.nih.gov. https://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/Choline-HealthProfessional/. Published 2019. Accessed August 30, 2019.8. Sanders LM, Zeisel SH. Choline: Dietary Requirements and Role in Brain Development. Nutr Today. 2007;42(4):181–186. doi:10.1097/01.NT.0000286155.55343.fa9. EN P. Iodine deficiency in children. – PubMed – NCBI. Ncbi.nlm.nih.gov. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25231449. Published 2019. Accessed August 30, 2019.last_img read more

23
Oct
2019

PO Ferries Finnlines to Link Britain and Spain

first_imgzoom Pan-European ferry operator P&O Ferries and Finnish ro-ro and passenger services provider Finnlines have decided to cooperate on providing a sea bridge between Britain’s east coast and northern Spain.Namely, the parties plan to connect Spain and the Iberian Peninsula to markets in mainland Britain.P&O Ferries runs 98 sailings a week from the British east coast ports of Tilbury, Hull and Teesport to its main continental hub at Zeebrugge. By connecting with these routes, Finnlines’ ferries from Zeebrugge to the Spanish ports of Bilbao and Santander would provide a service spanning the 1,100 miles between northern Spain and north-eastern England and Scotland.“Anyone who needs to transport freight between Spain and Britain will now be able to make a single booking and take advantage of a maximum transit time of five days between the Spanish port from which goods depart and the British port at which they arrive, or vice versa,” Nick Pank, P&O Ferries’ Head of Sales Development for the North Sea, said.The ferry and logistics company said it expects to see strong volumes of project cargo, machinery and machine parts, packaging, aluminium, car parts, fruit and vegetables, batteries and paper being transported between Spain and Britain.last_img read more

17
Oct
2019

More talk than action on increasing caribou protection federal report

first_imgEnvironment Canada says that despite lots of talk on preserving caribou habitat little has been done.A report from the agency says not much has changed since a survey in April found significant gaps in protecting the threatened species from coast to coast.The report does list dozens of ongoing negotiations, draft plans and provincial promises to restore caribou populations to sustainable levels.But it concludes problems first outlined nine months ago persist.Chief among those is that provincial agencies that license development on caribou habitat aren’t required to follow federal environmental laws.Environmental groups say that sooner or later federal Environment Minister Catherine McKenna will have to step in with emergency protection orders for some of the vanishing herds.They also say the report shows few new areas to protect caribou have been created.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

28
Sep
2019

Ohio State hockey captain Anthony Greco hits century mark in career games

Senior forward Anthony Greco during a game against Canisius on Nov. 13. OSU won 4-1. Credit: Courtesy of OSUWhen Ohio State senior captain Anthony Greco was notified that Friday’s game against Nebraska-Omaha would be his 100th as a Buckeye, he gave an uncommon response for a college hockey player reaching that type of milestone.“It is? Really?” he asked. “I didn’t know that.”It is actually fitting that he said that. If one sees him play, it’s clear he skates with the energy of someone stepping on the ice for his first college game.The son of Paul, a New York City firefighter, and Mary Jane, a nurse, Greco has dedicated his life to the game of hockey, leaving home at the age of 12 to attend perineal hockey powerhouse Shattuck St. Mary’s School in Faribault, Minnesota.For a kid that young to make that impactful of a decision on his life says a lot, but the now 22-year-old Greco did not mind at all.“It wasn’t tough for me at the time because I kind of just saw it as one big vacation at the time of making the decision,” Greco said. “When you get there, you realize it’s a lot different. You can’t go home to mom and dad after a game, after practice or after a day of school. It was an adjustment, but I really enjoyed the people that I met there. It definitely made me grow up a lot faster.”Following his stay at Shattuck, Greco spent time with the Waterloo Black Hawks and the Des Moines Buccaneers of the United States Hockey League, the top junior league in the United States.Then it was time to make his decision on where to play in college.In his second year in the league, after participating in the USHL Fall Classic, the most highly scouted event in the country attended by NCAA and NHL scouts alike, Boston University, Ohio State and St. Cloud State were among his top choices.His decision to come to OSU was based off of the loyalty of coach Steve Rohlik and his staff, as well as his desire to come to a city that has a lot to offer.“I’m from New York, so I wanted to go to a big school and be surrounded by a lot of people,” Greco said. “I don’t think in the Big Ten there’s a better city to go to with so much stuff to do.”A total of 99 games later, Greco has been through a lot. There have been many highs, but also many lows, like being a goal away from an NCAA title birth his sophomore year. Still, he has plenty of games yet to play this season.“To be able to come and play 100 games, that’s a lot of college hockey games, and he still has a lot to go,” Rohlik said. “He’s put some bricks in the wall here at Ohio State. When he leaves here, hopefully he can do something special.”After solid seasons in his freshman and sophomore years, Greco enjoyed a breakout campaign last year in which he put up a team-high 15 goals. He added eight assists for a career-high 23 points in 36 games played.So far this year, he is on pace to pass that point total after 10 games with four goals and four assists.“He brings passion and excitement to the rink every day,” fellow captain and classmate Craig Dalrymple said. “As a player, we know what he’s got, what he is going to bring every day. You see speed, you see skill, you see a guy that is going to be the first on the forecheck. As a person outside of the rink, he’s everything you could ask for. If you need him for something, he is going to be there for you.”In terms of what the future holds for Greco, he is no different than any other player who laced up the skates for the first time as a young boy, chasing the ultimate dream of playing in the NHL some day.“Everyone says that they want to play in the NHL,” Greco said. “I’m going to take the best path to get there. Whether that’s going hopefully to the American Hockey League or going over to Europe in Finland or Sweden or something along those lines, I want to play at the highest level that I’m capable of playing at and do the best I can and see where it takes me.”Greco’s 100th game is set to be played on Friday at Nebraska-Omaha. Puck-drop is scheduled for 8:07 p.m., followed by a rematch at the same time the following night. read more

18
Sep
2019

Rakitic aiming to surpass Croatias heroes of 1998

first_imgIvan Rakitic has set his sights on helping the current Croatia side surpass the historic achievement of the 1998 World Cup team by making it to the final on WednesdayThe Barcelona midfielder again scored the decisive penalty in the shoot-out against Russia, after doing so in their last-16 tie with Denmark, to book Croatia’s place in the last four for only the second time in their history.“We worked so hard and gave everything we had to get through to the semis. I think for a country like Croatia it is impressive and we want to keep going further,” said Rakitic, as stated on IOL.“We want to enjoy this victory and not put more pressure on ourselves with what happened in 1998 — what they did was impressive but we want to keep writing our own history and enjoy what we are doing which is very positive.”Jadon Sancho, Borussia DortmundCrouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.Next up for Zlatko Dalic’s side is England on Wednesday with Croatia now aiming to go one step further than the side from two decades ago by reaching the final of the tournament.“I hope we can outdo them. Their generation are more than heroes for us,” added Rakitic.The winner between Croatia and England will earn a place in the World Cup final against either France or Belgium.last_img read more

18
Sep
2019

Isco and Asensio vindicate themselves vs Melilla

first_imgStellar performances from Isco and Asensio against Melilla in Copa del Rey, Vinicius Junior was also on point with 1 goal and 1 assist.For Isco and Asensio, things were starting to get a little complicated under new manager Santiago Solari and they desperately needed a great performance in order to gain back a little confidence in their game.Isco’s case was quite more pressing as he had been constantly scrutinized for not having a good relationship with Santiago Solari, Asensio’s case was slightly less concerning as he was only underperforming since the start of the season but didn’t really have any problems with the new manager.This Thursday against Melilla, was a perfect opportunity for both players to get back on track and they didn’t disappoint.It was a relatively easy opponent after they were able to win the first Copa del Rey match with a convincing 4-0 victory, but Real was playing at the Bernabeu and they really wanted to make a good impression with the fans.Asensio started the goal-fest with a great solo goal after 30 minutes of the first half had passed, then Vinicius made his appearance two minutes later to assist Marco from the left flank and let Real Madrid take a 2-0 lead.👏 Congratulations to @Frangarcia_11 and @Alvaro10fidalgo on making their official first-team debuts! Well played, guys! #HalaMadrid pic.twitter.com/Y467DiABp8— Real Madrid C.F. 🇬🇧🇺🇸 (@realmadriden) December 6, 2018Just before the 40th minute of the game, Asensio was able to confirm his Player of the Match status with an assist to Javi Sanchez.Marco delivered two goals and one assist in the span of only six minutes, this was more than enough for Real Madrid to completely shut down any hopes Melilla had to turn the game around.But the match was still on the first half, it was far from over and we still had at least three more goals to watch.Isco hadn’t appeared yet, but he did it in the 47th minute with a beautiful long-range goal that gave Los Blancos their fourth of the night and a breath of fresh air to Isco who barely celebrated scoring this goal.Throughout the second half, it was Vinicius tho took the lead of all offensive plays with his explosive dribbling coming from the left flank.Jose Mourinho, Lionel MessiMourinho: “Lionel Messi made me a better coach” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho believes the experience of going up against Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi at Real Madrid made him a greater coach.The Brazilian was determined to score his goal, which came fifteen minutes away from the final whistle after a double effort because they goalkeeper was able to deflect his first shot.‘Vinny’ was finally able to get a proper goal, unlike the one he got the first time through a rebound.⏸ HT: @realmadrid 3-0 @UDMelilla (agg. 7-0)⚽ @marcoasensio10 33′, 35′, @javisf5 39’#RMCopa | #HalaMadrid pic.twitter.com/wSTXPbQ4Em— Real Madrid C.F. 🇬🇧🇺🇸 (@realmadriden) December 6, 2018For Melilla, playing this stage of the Copa del Rey was already a major achievement. They had already received Real Madrid’s visit a couple of weeks back and all the players wanted was to play at the Santiago Bernabeu, they never really expected to upset Los Blancos.Any goal they scored against Real Madrid would be celebrated as if they had already won the title itself, the moment finally came through Qasmi and all the players ended up very grateful for the massive opportunity.At the end of the match, Isco was able to get his second goal that gave Real Madrid a 6-1 victory with an aggregate 10-1 in total.This victory puts both Asensio and Isco back in Solari’s radar, they really needed this performance in order to shake off the bad luck they had attracted to themselves in the last few months.Solari proved that he was really happy with not only the result, but also the fact that he seems to have recovered two of his most important players for Real Madrid.📸 Six of the best at the Bernabéu this afternoon as we ease through to the next round of the Copa del Rey! #RMCopa pic.twitter.com/pZDtRFAKb5— Real Madrid C.F. 🇬🇧🇺🇸 (@realmadriden) December 6, 2018Which goal was your favorite from Real Madrid’s 6-1 victory against Melilla? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.last_img read more

18
Sep
2019

Van der Sar compares De Jong to Isco Hazard

first_imgAjax director Edwin van der Sar has compared the Barcelona-bound Frenkie de Jong to both Isco and Eden Hazard.The 21-year-old midfielder has agreed to join Barcelona for next season on a five-year contract in a €75m transfer fee along with bonuses of €11m.The Catalan giants fended off competition from Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester City to win the race for De Jong’s signature.And Van der Sar accepts that the young star’s exit from Ajax was inevitable.“You want to build as strong a team as possible and that’s better if the team stays together but we are in a smaller league, we know there are bigger clubs than Ajax,” Van der Sar told AFP.“The fact that a player like Frenkie goes to Barcelona is also due to the support he received from the trainers and the other people here, which makes us proud.”De Jong is regarded as one of Europe’s most exciting young talents following an impressive two years starring in the Ajax midfield.Gerard Pique, Neymar, BarcelonaLa Liga Betting: Match-day 4 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Despite it being very early into La Liga season, both Barcelona and Real Madrid have had unprecedented starts to their campaigns. With this in…The Netherlands international has been compared to Barcelona icons Xavi Hernandez and Andres Iniesta and will be expected to become Sergio Busquets’ long-term successor in the Blaugrana line-up.But Van der Sar instead compared him to Real Madrid’s Isco and Chelsea’s Hazard.“He reminds me a bit of Isco at Real Madrid, that low centre of gravity, and Eden Hazard, with the way he dribbles and tries to beat people, as Frenkie does but in midfield,” said the former Manchester United keeper.19-year-old defender Matthijs de Ligt has also been strongly linked with a transfer to Barcelona this summer.“The relationship with Barcelona is excellent,” Van der Sar said.“Josep Bartomeu says that Barca is the son and Ajax the father – but the son has maybe outgrown the father now. The son is 18 and we can’t lift him anymore.”Matthijs de LigtWALSALL, ENGLAND – JULY 19: Matthijs de Ligt of Ajax looks on during the pre seaon friendly match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Ajax at the Banks’ Stadium on July 19, 2018 in Walsall, England. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)last_img read more

17
Sep
2019

Western Air defends flight record gear problems in Freeport

first_img ALERT # 2 ON POTENTIAL TROPICAL CYCLONE NINE ISSUED BY THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY THURSDAY 12TH SEPTEMBER, 2019 AT 9 PM EDT Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppFreeport, Bahamas, February 8, 2017 – Western Air explains that it was not a crash landing that their flight experienced yesterday while en route from Freeport to Nassau.   Media reports say the pilot noticed something wrong and radioed to air traffic control to return to the Grand Bahama International Airport. It was described as an electrical problem; while the plane made a safe return landing, it was said that during the taxing of the aircraft on the runway that the left gear malfunctioned, sending flight 708 into bushes aside the tarmac.No one was injured but the passengers were shaken up.  “I was on the plane, we came from Bimini to Freeport and when we take from Freeport, we had to land back, we had an emergency landing and through us landing we end up through the bush.  So now we’re on the runway waiting for a ride to come, and fuel is leaking out the plane and everything.”  #MagneticMediaNews Recommended for you Related Items:#magneticmedianews The Luxury of Grace Bay in Down Town Provo Electricity Cost of Service Study among the big agenda items at September 11 Cabinet meeting Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

17
Sep
2019

Daves World of Wonder 1800 Shipwrecked beer

first_img Categories: Dave’s World Of Wonder, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Posted: August 28, 2018 Dave Scott August 28, 2018 Dave’s World of Wonder: 1800 Shipwrecked beer Dave Scott, 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsOn this week’s World of Wonder, Dave Scott brings us a special story of this golden treasure once lost, now brought back to life last_img read more