Hong Kong leader insists she will stay on

first_imgHong Kong: Hong Kong’s embattled leader insisted Tuesday she had no intention of stepping down, after an audio recording emerged of her saying she wanted to quit and apologise for causing the unrest that has rocked the southern Chinese city. Hong Kong has endured three months of violent pro-democracy protests, triggered by opposition to Chief Executive Carrie Lam’s bid to push through a law allowing extraditions to mainland China. The protests evolved into a wider democracy campaign involving violent clashes between protesters and police, in the biggest challenge to China’s rule of Hong Kong since its 1997 handover from the British. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from US “I told myself repeatedly in the last three months that I and my team should stay on to help Hong Kong,” Lam told a press conference on Tuesday morning. Lam said she had “not even contemplated” discussing resigning with the Chinese government, which gives Hong Kong a restricted form of autonomy but ultimately is in charge of the territory. Lam was speaking after the Reuters news agency released an audio recording of her telling business leaders last week she wanted to step down and take responsibility for the unrest. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential polls “For a chief executive to have caused this huge havoc to Hong Kong is unforgivable,” Lam said in the audio recording. “If I have a choice,” she said, speaking in English, “the first thing is to quit, having made a deep apology.” Lam told the business leaders she had “very limited” room to resolve the crisis because it had become a national security and sovereignty issue for Beijing. Lam described the leaking of the audio recording as “quite unacceptable”, and denied accusations that she or her government had orchestrated it. “The conflict that I myself want to quit but cannot quit does not exist,” she said. Rallies over the weekend saw some of the worst violence of the crisis, with protesters throwing bricks and petrol bombs at police, who responded with tear gas, water cannon and baton charges. More than 1,100 people have been arrested since June when the unrest began, including a swoop of key pro-democracy leaders and politicians late last week. China has responded to the crisis by ramping up threats and intimidation, including by warning its security forces could intervene. Chinese state media have released videos showing mainland security forces deployed just across the border. An editorial by China’s state news agency on Sunday warned the protesters that “the end is coming”.last_img read more

Natural Resources minister says new pipelines the answer to oil price problems

first_imgThe Canadian Press CALGARY — Natural Resources Minister Amarjeet Sohi says he shares Albertan’s “frustration” at billions of dollars being lost to the Canadian economy due to oil price discounts linked to export pipeline capacity constraints.But he says Ottawa is focused on finding long-term solutions by getting approval for new export pipelines such as the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project it bought in August and by pursuing Bill C-69 to reform the National Energy Board.Following a speech at an Energy Council of Canada forum in downtown Calgary, Sohi told reporters the key to building pipelines is building trust in regulatory processes and engaging affected parties early on so that approvals aren’t overturned, as was the case with Trans Mountain.The judge that overturned that project’s NEB approval cited a lack of meaningful consultations with Indigenous people and failure to consider marine environmental impacts.An NEB reconsideration of the identified issues is expected to conclude by February but Sohi said he won’t put a deadline on new Indigenous consultations now underway. Asked about an Alberta request in October for the federal government to support crude-by-rail shipments, Sohi said the Alberta request is being examined by his department but he hasn’t actually seen it.“My administration has been engaging with the province of Alberta, their officials and the officials from other provinces to explore options, options that can work, options that are practical to implement and options that will actually give us the ability to transport Alberta resources in a way that needs to be done,” he said.“Those are short-term solutions but the long-term solution is making sure pipeline capacity is expanded.”Asked then what options are being considered, he said: “I don’t know what those options are. Officials are engaging with the provincial officials.”last_img read more

Delhi students passing percentage improves slightly by 235 per cent

first_imgNew Delhi: Despite showing an improvement in the pass percentage as compared to the last year, Delhi has been ranked ninth in top 10 states in CBSE Class 10th examination with a slight improvement of 2.35 percentage overall all this year. The results were declared by the board on Monday.The percentage of students in Delhi who cleared this year’s CBSE class 10 boards up 2.35 percentage point this year, which recorded pass percentage of 78.62 percent last year and improved it to 80.97 percent this year. Also Read – Odd-Even: CM seeks transport dept’s views on exemption to women, two wheelers, CNG vehiclesMoreover, a total of 2, 60,789 appeared in the exam with 79.52 passing percentage for boys and 82.57 percentage for girls. Data further shows, that once again girls outperform over boy in Delhi. Overall a total of 3,35,128 candidates had appeared for the Class 10 examination( Govt aided, govt, independent, JNV and KV, CTSA, private (full subject) compartment, with all additional category) from the Delhi region whereas a total of 3,39,614 registered for the secondary exam. Also Read – More good air days in Delhi due to Centre’s steps: JavadekarMoreover, a delhi based, 15 year old student Shivika Dudan from Amity International School Pushp vihar has topped the national capital Delhi in the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) class 10 exams. She has secured 498 marks out of 500 marks and is among 25 students to share the all India rank two in the country. Her mother is a doctor and Shivika too has a love for Biology. “This subject is my favorite and I want to take up medical in class 11 and 12. I want to become a doctor. I have yet to decide the specialisation but I am ready to work hard towards my goal,” she said. Ten students bagged top position including Shivika Dudan, scored rank second and Arnav Singh, Mallika Ajmani, Neha Jain, Kalpana Kumari, Sejal Saxena and Khushi Rawat from Delhi are among the 59 students, who have shared the third rank with 497 marks. The Delhi Government schools improved its performance by 2.68 percentage points this year. As per the results of 2019, the total pass percentage in schools run by Delhi Government is 71.58%. Besides, the numbers of students who are placed in compartment i.e. those who have failed in upto 2 subjects are 44516 which is 26.79% of the total who appeared. The percentage of students who have failed is 1.63%. This year 1,66,167 students from schools run by Directorate of Education, Govt. of Delhi appeared in the board exam which is 29,504 students more than last year. The number of students who have passed the exam this year is 1,18,936 students which is 24,776 more than last year.last_img read more

Saudi King Reshuffles Government ٌRemoves Al Sheikh from Sports Post

Rabat – King Salman of Saudi Arabia ordered a government reshuffle on Thursday, dismissing and appointing replacements for several officials.In a decree, the Saudi King replaced foreign minister Adel al-Jubeir with Ibrahim al-Assaf. According to Al Jazeera, the King appointed Turki Al Shabanah as minister of information. The Saudi King also replaced the chairman of the General Sports Authority,Turki Al Sheikh and gave him a post in entertainment. Al Sheikh has had an unfriendly history with Morocco since the bid to host the 2026 World Cup.Al Sheikh expressed anti-Moroccan sentiments several times throughout the campaign, complaining about Morocco’s neutral position on the Gulf crisis between Qatar and the Saudi-led coalition.Al-Sheikh tweeted, “Some people went astray. If you want our support, you should seek it in Riyadh. What you are doing is wasting your time. Now ask the pseudo-state to help you,” referring to Qatar.Read Also: After 2026 World Cup Row, Al Sheikh Says Morocco Should Host CAN 2019In an interview with the Saudi-based sports news platform Arriyadiyah in March, Al-Sheikh said that putting friendship first has been “very detrimental to the Saudis.” He added that what really mattered to him was that “the 2026 World Cup needs to be hosted  in the best conditions.”Later this year, Al-Sheikh seemed to have made an about-face when he tweeted his full support for Morocco to host the Africa Cup of Nations next year. The Confederation of African Football announced that Cameroon, the original host, was not ready for the tournament and invited bids from other African countries.After the government reshuffle, Al Sheikh expressed gratitude to King Salman and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for their “confidence to appoint me as a president to General Authority for Entertainment,” he tweeted.أشكر مولاي خادم الحرمين وسيدي ومولاي ولي العهد على الثقة في تعييني رئيس لهيئة الترفية … تجربة جديدة يارب وفقني لخدمة ولاة امري واخواني وخواتي الشعب العظيم ♥️— تركي آل الشيخ (@Turki_alalshikh) December 27, 2018Abdulaziz bin Turki al-Faisal has replaced al-Sheikh.The Saudi King also appointed Abdullah bin Bandar bin Abdul Aziz as the minister of the national guard.King Salman also named Khaled Al-Harbi as head of the Public Security Directorate, replacing Saudin bin Abdul Aziz Hilal.The reshuffle of the Saudi cabinet comes at a time when Saudi Arabia is under international pressure after the murder of prominent Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul in October. read more

Iraq perpetrators of killings cannot stay unpunished – UN rights experts

7 January 2010A team of United Nations independent experts today called for those behind the 2007 incident where 17 people were killed in the Iraqi capital to be brought to justice, following the dismissal of an indictment against five private security guards by a United States court. In response to the decision by the US Federal District Court for the District of Columbia to throw out the case against the American security company Blackwater, Iraq announced that it will sue the security firm in both American and Iraqi courts in connection with the 2007 Nissour Square shooting, in which 20 people were also seriously injured.The five Blackwater guards had been charged with voluntary manslaughter and firearms violations, and the US Government can appeal against the 31 December decision by Judge Ricardo M. Urbina that the evidence against the accused was inadmissible.The UN Working Group on the use of mercenaries today called on the Governments of the US and Iraq to cooperate to ensure that the incident is fully remedied and that those responsible are held accountable.“We respect the independence of the United States judiciary and the requirements for due process, but are very concerned that the recent decision to dismiss the case against Blackwater guards may lead to a situation where no one would be accountable for grave human rights violations,” Shaista Shameem, head of the Working Group, said in a media statement.On the heels of the dismissal of the indictment in the US court, “the Iraqi Government and the families of victims correctly feel they have no recourse to justice for the alleged human rights abuses” that took place in Nissour Square,” she added.Under Coalition Provisional Authority Order No. 17, American contractors operating in Iraq have been granted immunity from Iraqi laws.“Credible oversight and accountability of private security companies working on behalf of the United States and other governments remain essential to avoid these alleged violations to be unpunished in the future,” Ms. Shameem stressed.The Working Group was established in 2005 by the Commission on Human Rights, which has since been succeeded by the Human Rights Council, and is calling for an international oversight mechanism to provide an avenue of redress for victims.It comprises five experts serving in their personal capacities. They are: Ms. Shameem of Fiji, Najat al-Hajjaji of Libya, Amada Benavides de Pérez of Colombia, José Luis Gómez del Prado of Spain, and Alexander Nikitin of Russia. read more

Somalia Annan hails inauguration of new parliament

In a statement released by his spokesman, the Secretary-General called the milestone “the beginning of long-awaited reconciliation” and voiced hope that the new parliament would work for the election of a President of Somalia and the establishment of governance structures for the country.Mr. Annan also pledged the UN’s readiness to support the peace process.Through his spokesman, the Secretary-General congratulated all Somalis and commended Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki, other countries of the regional group organizing the talks – the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) – as well as the international supporters of Somalia National Reconciliation Conference. read more

Taxing sugary drinks can curb global epidemic of obesity and diabetes –

“If governments tax products like sugary drinks, they can reduce suffering and save lives” says Dr. Douglas Bettcher, Director of World health Organization’s (WHO) Department for the Prevention of Noncommunicable Diseases (NCDs), in a press release. “They can also cut healthcare costs and increase revenues to invest in health services,” he adds. Launched on World Obesity Day, the new WHO report, Fiscal policies for Diet and Prevention of Noncommunicable Diseases, argues that fiscal policies that lead to at least a 20 per cent increase in the retail price of sugary drinks would result in proportional reductions in consumption of such products. WHO says such reduced consumption would mean lower intake of “free sugars” and calories overall and improved nutrition, with fewer people suffering from overweight, obesity, diabetes and tooth decay. Free sugars refer to monosaccharides – such as glucose or fructose – and disaccharides – such as sucrose or table sugar – added to food and drinks by the manufacturer, cook or consumer, along with sugars naturally present in honey, syrups and fruit juices and concentrates. Obesity on the rise“Consumption of free sugars, including products like sugary drinks, is a major factor in the global increase of people suffering from obesity and diabetes,” emphasized Dr. Bettcher. Diabetes: a blood glucose test is used to check the level of sugar in the blood of this woman. Photo: WHO/PAHO/Sebastián Oliel Between 1980 and 2014, global prevalence of obesity more than doubled with greater than half a billion adults – 11 per cent of men and 15 per cent of women – being classified as obese. In 2014, more than one in three, or 39 per cent of adults worldwide aged 18 and older, were overweight. At a press conference at WHO headquarters in Geneva on the launch of the report, Dr. Francesco Branca, Director of the agency’s Department of Nutrition for Health and Development, described obesity, overweight and diabetes as major global heath challenges. “Largely due to unhealthy diet, more than 600 million people overweight, including some 42 million children under the age of five,” he said. Almost half of these children lived in Asia and a quarter in Africa. WHO added that the number of people living with diabetes has also been on the rise, from 108 million in 1980 to 422 million in 2014. Moreover, the disease was directly responsible for 1.5 million deaths in 2012 alone. “We are recommending that [sugar intake] is reduced to 10 per cent of energy or even five percent,” he said, emphasizing that a key factor in keeping those numbers dangerously high is the ease of availability of sugary drinks in some parts of the world. While the United States has been the leader in consumption of sugar sweetened drinks, it has been overtaken by Latin America, where Chile and Mexico are now the top consumers. Unfortunately, he continued, consumption is also rising in China and sub-Saharan Africa, where he said specifically, the rising sugar intake would have a “devastating” effect on obesity and overweight. “So, we definitely need a strong policy response,” Dr. Branca said, pointing to the report’s call for taxation policies as one of the many important tools that could be used to tackle consumption of sugary drinks. The report points out that some groups, including people living on low incomes, young people and those who frequently consume unhealthy foods and beverages, are most responsive to changes in prices of drinks and foods and, therefore, gain the highest health benefits. The report adds that fiscal policies should target foods and beverages for which healthier alternatives are available. The report presents outcomes of a mid-2015 meeting of global experts convened by WHO and an investigation of 11 recent systematic reviews of the effectiveness of fiscal policy interventions for improving diets and preventing noncommunicable diseases and a technical meeting of global experts. Other findings include:Subsidies for fresh fruits and vegetables that reduce prices by 10 – 30 per cent can increase fruit and vegetable consumption;A number of countries have taken fiscal measures to protect people from unhealthy products, including Mexico, which has implemented an excise tax on non-alcoholic beverages with added sugar; and Hungary, which has imposed a tax on packaged products with high sugars, salt or caffeine levels, and; Countries, such as the Philippines, South Africa and the United Kingdom have also announced intentions to implement taxes on sugary drinks. read more

Mens basketball Its win or go home Ohio States lone shot at

Ohio State sophomore guard JaQuan Lyle drives to the basket against Nebraska on Feb. 18 at the Schottenstein Center. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Photo EditorIt’s March.A month that lends its name to the insanely popular and unpredictable NCAA Tournament: March Madness.Unfortunately for the Ohio State men’s basketball team, to reach March Madness, the Buckeyes (17-14, 7-11 Big Ten) will likely have to win the Big Ten tournament, which calls for five wins in five days.On Wednesday, 11-seed OSU battles 14-seed Rutgers (14-17, 3-15 Big Ten) in the first round of the conference tournament in Washington, D.C., at 7 p.m. The winner will play sixth-seeded Northwestern (21-10, 10-8 Big Ten) on Thursday at 9 p.m.“I hope (the players) understand that this is the funnest time for college basketball,” OSU coach Thad Matta said. “This is where players play. You better have yourself ready to go — there aren’t a lot of secrets anymore. You got to go out there and play, you got to man up.”The Buckeyes have played the Scarlet Knights just once this season, in Columbus, winning in an ugly, 70-64 affair on Feb. 8. OSU shot 46 percent from the field, but turned the ball over 15 times in the game, which came just days after OSU put together one of its best games of the season at Michigan.Much has changed in the college basketball landscape in the month since OSU and Rutgers met, but the Buckeyes’ inconsistency remains, and Rutgers is still the hands-down worst team in the conference.The Scarlet Knights are averaging just 60 points per contest in Big Ten play — at least six fewer than every other team. Rutgers also ranks last in the conference in free-throw percentage, scoring margin and field-goal percentage among other categories.One strength that coach Steve Pickiell’s team has is its rebounding. The Knights average 37 boards per game, which ranks second in the conference. OSU has struggled rebounding the ball this season, allowing nearly eight offensive rebounds per game and ranking seventh in Big Ten play in team rebounding and opponent rebounding.Rutgers is led by sophomore guard Corey Sanders who averages 14.7 points in league play. Sanders was the team’s leading scorer against OSU in February with 17 points on 5-of-13 shooting.Matta said that last time out against Rutgers, OSU got caught up in playing Rutgers’ game by forcing quick shots and trying to move the ball too quick instead of running the Buckeye offense.“The more I watch them, they want an ugly game,” Matta said. “We did not handle our offense real well, in terms of taking care of the basketball and getting the shots we wanted to get when we wanted to get them. We have to be a little bit smarter this go-round than we were last time.”The Buckeyes are entering the tournament after a 96-92 loss to Indiana, where OSU couldn’t defend its own shadow at times. The 92 points is undoubtedly the offensive efficiency that Matta wants to see, but the defense — or lack thereof — is something OSU has to fix moving into the tournament.Ohio State sophomore guard C.J. Jackson contests a shot against Nebraska on Feb. 18 at the Schottenstein Center. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Photo Editor“I know this: You have to play great defense in this tournament,” Matta said.Redshirt junior center Trevor Thompson, who is averaging 10.7 points and 9.1 rebounds per game, said the team has put extra emphasis on the intricacies of the defense in attempt to fix the maladies from Saturday’s game.On the offensive side, the duo of sophomore guards C.J. Jackson and JaQuan Lyle have played at a higher level of late for OSU. Averaging close to 25 minutes per game, Lyle has scored 17, 17 and 18 points, respectively, in his last three games coming off the bench. Jackson has scored 18 points twice in his past three games.For the Buckeyes to have a shot at a run in the tournament, not only do Lyle and Jackson have to be phenomenal, the rest of the team has to be balanced — which is something that has rarely been seen this season.“I feel like when we come ready to play, when we come with our ‘A’ game, we can beat anybody in the Big Ten,” Thompson said. “Then again, we know that if we don’t come ready to play, then we’re susceptible to losing.”Junior forward Jae’Sean Tate, who scored 21 against Indiana on Saturday, said that if the team can replicate its performance against Wisconsin — an 83-73 victory on Feb. 23 — it can be difficult to beat.“We don’t have no choice,” Thompson said. “Win or go home.” read more

Another voice for shotclock Dragan Djukic Handball has to go to the

Story about shot-clock or time limited attack in handball, has more and more supporters among the TOP handball coaches. The last voice was heard from Israeli NT head-coach Dragan Djukic. Former PICK Szeged and RK Vardar coach, who led Great Britain at Olympic Games in London, but also Swiss and Macedonian NT, has same opinion as Alfred Gislason, Gudmundur Gudmundsson or Lino Červar…– If handball want to survive in competition with other sports has to change some things, this is not a question this is fact! As soon as we do it, we will become more global game, without this we will lose the step with other sports. If we have a “time limited attack” that open a lot of tactical things not just in attack! For example if team lose during the game and want to turn result, has to find the way to take the ball from opponent even before opponent shot. That open lot of new tactical solutions, maybe like open defense etc etc. And I really cannot understand why officials “don’t listen” more opinion of the world best coaches in modern time. Handball has to go to the next step; there is no time to wait – said Djukic in an interview for Szeged’s web radio. ← Previous Story South American Games: Argentina and Brazil in the battle for the gold! Next Story → Brazil takes South American Gold! read more

Mark Hughes empathizes with Leicester City

first_imgSouthampton manager Mark Hughes sends his condolences to everyone at Leicester City following the tragic death of their club owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha.Leicester City owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha died in a tragic helicopter crash last weekend and the football family all around the world has come out in emotional support for the club, including Saints manager Mark Hughes.Hughes told Sky Sports: “It does affect the club and the players themselves, but what you find in football is you have to get on with your football life and your personal life, you have to deal with tragedy and change.“It will take time I am sure, given the circumstances, but everybody will I am sure will heal in their own time.”harry maguire, manchester UnitedMaguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…Mark Hughes was at Chelsea when the club’s vice-chairman Matthew Harding died in a similar helicopter crash in October 1996.“It was really sad times for everyone connected to the club. We’d played a night match in Bolton and were traveling back and heard the tragic news that a big presence at the club had lost his life.” Hughes said, speaking of the crash in 1996.“The club came together as club and a team and you make decisions that you think were right at the time.“We as players just wanted to do well for the memory of Matthew Harding, and that is how we approached it.”last_img read more

BNP stages demonstrations

first_imgBNP logoBangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) leaders and activists are staging their sit-in programme in front of its Nayapaltan central office in the capital on Tuesday protesting at the jailing of its chairperson Khaleda Zia in a graft case.Several hundred of BNP leaders and activists started to gather in front of the office from morning and started their programmes around 11:00am with the presence of senior leaders.They chanted different slogans demanding the release of Khaleda Zia immediately.Police cordoned off the protesters to fend off any trouble.Earlier, BNP decided to hold the programme in front of party office as police did not give any written permission for holding programme on the premises of the Institute of Diploma Engineers, Bangladesh at Kakrail.The party leaders and followers will observe the programme till 12 noon.On Saturday, Rizvi announced a three-day protest programme at a press briefing at BNP’s Nayapaltan central office.As part of the programmes, the party leaders and followers will also observe a hunger strike from 9:00am to 5:00pm on Wednesday across the country.They formed a human chain in the city on Monday protesting the jailing of its chairperson Khaleda Zia in a graft case.On Thursday last, a special court here convicted Khaleda and sentenced her to five years’ imprisonment in the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case.Earlier, BNP leaders and activists staged demonstrations on Friday and Statuary protesting Khaleda’s conviction all over the country, including in the capital, amid obstruction by police.last_img read more

Will Europe Be Powered by the Sahara

first_img First of all, there is the fact that Africa is not exactly connected by land to Europe. The Initiative has a plan for that, though. The Guardian reports that power lines will stretch across the Mediterranean to provide as much as 15% of Europe’s electric power by 2050. Another issue is the fact that there are some, er, less than stable countries involved. Just as energy from oil can be disrupted by conflict and political turmoil in African nations, solar energy in the Sahara could be impacted by problems in the region. And, of course, if Saharan countries agree to allow such farms on their land, it is likely that some of the power will have to go to African cities, and that there will be leases to pay and perhaps royalties. It is likely that some sort of financial arrangement will have to be made, and could affect the project’s profitability.The technology to be used for the solar farms is described by The Guardian:The solar technology involved is known as concentrated solar power (CSP) which uses mirrors to concentrate the sun’s rays on a fluid container. The super-heated liquid then drives turbines to generate electricity. The advantage over solar photovoltaic panels, which convert sunlight directly to electricity, is that if sufficient hot fluid is stored in containers, the generators can run all night.The technology has been around for years, but never used on this scale. There are hopes that, if everything goes well, the first power station of the project could be build by 2015.© 2009 PhysOrg.com Image source: U.S. government via Wikimedia Commons Citation: Will Europe Be Powered by the Sahara (2009, November 4) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2009-11-europe-powered-sahara.html (PhysOrg.com) — Europe has long been interested in developing alternative energy sources. And, one of the more interesting places that some Europeans are looking for solar power is the Sahara. With the vast amounts of sun beating down on the Saharan desert, it seems an ideal place for solar panels. The Desertec Industrial Initiative, a consortium of 12 companies, including Siemens and Deutsche Bank, aims to make Saharan solar power for Europe a reality. But it won’t exactly be easy. Desert power: A solar renaissance Explore further This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

Insomnia prompts binge

first_imgDo hunger pangs hit you at the sight of guilty pleasures like cookies, candy and chips, even after having a full-course meal? If yes, blame it on sleep deprivation.According to a new study, lack of sleep not only leads to increased calorie intake but also stimulates changes in the hedonic aspects of food consumption.The study showed that sleep loss initiates the process of overeating, poor food choices and leads to weight gain.It amplifies and extends blood levels of a chemical signal that enhances the joy of eating, particularly the guilty pleasures gained from sweet or salty, high fat snack foods. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Sleep-restricted study subjects reported higher scores for hunger and stronger desire to eat. When given access to snacks, they ate nearly twice as much fat as when they had slept for eight hours. “We found that sleep restriction boosts a signal that may increase the hedonic aspect of food intake, the pleasure and satisfaction gained from eating,” said Erin Hanlon, research associate at the University of Chicago in the US. The effects of sleep loss on appetite were most powerful in the late afternoon and early evening, times when snacking has been linked to weight gain, the researchers noted. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe researchers designed the study, published in the journal SLEEP, to help understand how the endocannabinoid system —a group of endogenous cannabinoid receptors located in the mammalian brain and involved in the regulation of appetite —connects short sleep and weight gain.After the period of restricted sleep, study subjects reported a significant increase in hunger levels. This was prominent soon after their second meal of the day, the time when endocannabinoid levels were the highest.This increase in circulating endocannabinoid levels could be a mechanism by which recurrent sleep restriction results in excessive food intake, particularly in the form of snacks, despite minimal increases in energy need, the researchers maintained.Obesity and sleep restriction have become extremely common.last_img read more

Afghan war enters 12th year

first_img“It was a very bad situation,” said Wahidullah, who was a teenager when he was wounded in the 1992-1996 civil war. “All these streets around here were full of bullet shells, burned tanks and vehicles,” he added, squinting into a setting sun that cast a golden glow on the bombed-out Darulaman Palace still standing in west Kabul not far from where he was wounded.“People could not find bread or water, but rockets were everywhere,” said Wahidullah, who now hobbles around on red-handled crutches. He goes by one name only, as do many Afghans.The dilapidated palace is a reminder of the horror of the civil war when rival factions _ who had joined forces against Soviet fighters before they left in early 1989 _ turned their guns on each other. Tens of thousands of civilians were killed.Fed up with the bloodletting, the Afghan people longed for someone _ anyone _ who would restore peace and order. The Taliban did so.But once in power, they imposed harsh Islamic laws that repressed women and they publicly executed, stoned and lashed people for alleged crimes and sexual misconduct. The Taliban also gave sanctuary to al-Qaida in the run-up to the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks on the U.S. When the Taliban refused to give up the al-Qaida leaders who orchestrated 9/11, the U.S. invaded on Oct. 7, 2001. Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day (Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Coalition officials claim they have battered the Taliban and that while they are capable of staging suicide bombings and insider attacks, the insurgents cannot defeat the Afghan forces on the battlefield. They contend that keeping up the pressure on insurgents will push Taliban leaders to the negotiating table and that the international community’s pledge to bankroll the Afghan army and police force in coming years will support the Afghan government as it works to provide better governance.The more pessimistic view is that the Afghan forces won’t be up to the task.The joint international and Afghan force is fighting a losing battle, Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid said in a statement marking the 11th anniversary of the start of the war. Mujahid claims the Taliban have infiltrated the Afghan forces and are responsible for the rash of insider attacks that have left more than 50 U.S. and NATO forces dead at the hands of their would-be Afghan partners so far this year.“Right now, the foreigners are in a position where they are just trying to escape,” Mujahid said.___Associated Press Writer Kathy Gannon in Islamabad, Pakistan, contributed to this report. Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix “Maybe if there is a deal between America, Pakistan and the Taliban, the Taliban might come with the tie instead of the turban,” Ghafel, a round-faced military man with a small black mustache, said snacking on green grapes and melon in his office. “If the foreign troops leave, there will not be a good result. I am not confident about the future. I’m not optimistic.”Karzai has called for national unity and has tried to reassure his people that Afghanistan will not collapse when the troops leave.“If the foreigners are not here, we are nothing?” he asked sarcastically at a news conference last week: “We were not a nation before NATO and the Americans came?”Karzai claims there has been a decline in violence in areas where Afghan troops are taking over from U.S. and NATO forces and that Afghan policemen and soldiers will be strong enough to provide security in the future. He blames the media for scaring Afghans into thinking they have no future once the international coalition leaves. Those who share Karzai’s optimism argue that despite reports of drug use and unprofessionalism, Afghan security forces _ now 352,000 strong _ will be capable of securing the nation by international troops leave. “Unfortunately in Afghanistan, we do not have any political unity,” said Gen. Sayed Hussain Anwari, a former governor of Kabul and Herat provinces who led fighters during the civil war.Speaking in emotional, rapid-fire sentences at his home in Kabul, Anwari says that the Taliban have a right to participate in the political process.“But if the scenario changes and they come to power by force, there will be groups that won’t go with the Taliban and the fighting will continue,” he said.Ghairat Baheer offers an even gloomier prediction. Baheer is a representative and son-in-law of Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, a key civil war leader in the 1990s whose fighters attack foreign troops today. He warns that the current Afghan government will collapse with the international troop withdrawal and says civil war is likely without a peace agreement.“The realties are that the government is not sustainable,” he said in a telephone interview. “Anti-Americanism and anti-western sentiment is increasing daily in Afghanistan and the resistance is spreading day-by-day across the country.”Fahim Dashti was with Ahmad Shah Massoud, the charismatic Tajik leader who commanded the Northern Alliance of minority groups, when he was fatally wounded by two terrorists posing as journalists two days before the Sept. 11 attacks. Dashti’s face and hands were burned when one of the journalists blew himself up as the interview began. Even now, Dashti’s hands are not strong enough to twist the cap off a bottle of water. Despite his experience, Dashti, who now directs the National Journalists’ Union in Afghanistan, doesn’t think his country is headed toward a civil war.“I do share the concerns of the people, no doubt. But there are some positive points such as the (growing) capability and the ability of the Afghan security forces,” he said in his office.Donor nations have pledged to continue supporting the Afghan forces, which will avoid civil war and prevent Afghanistan from becoming a sanctuary for international terrorists again, Dashti said. He’s more worried about the upcoming presidential race.“There is no one-man solution,” he said, adding that a team of leaders from all ethnic factions needs to be assembled to lead the nation forward.Gen. Majid Rouzi, who also commanded fighters in the civil war and is now an adviser at the Afghan Interior Ministry, agrees.“Nobody has any justification for rearming,” he said, sitting cross-legged on a rug in his home in Kabul. “The Taliban coming again? It is not possible. A factional war is not coming.”However, Gen. Sahki Dad Ghafel, who led 1,500 troops fighting under Hazara commander Abdul Ali Mazari during the civil war, says civil strife is inevitable unless a peace can be reached with the Taliban before 2014. And he’s not optimistic that the Taliban will renounce violence, moderate their hardline ways and participate in the political process. Eleven years later, Afghanistan remains divided and ethnic tension still simmers.The Taliban, dominated by the ethnic Pashtun majority, have strongholds in the south. Ethnic minorities such as Tajiks, Hazaras and Uzbeks live predominantly in central and northern Afghanistan. The fear is that when international forces leave, minority groups will take up arms to prevent another Taliban takeover and that members of the Afghan security forces could walk off the government force and fight with their ethnic leaders.Anxiety and confusion about what will happen after the foreign forces leave permeates every aspect of society. Political debate about an Afghanistan post-2014 is getting more vocal. Some political leaders threaten to take up arms while others preach progress, development and peace. Young Afghans with money and connections are trying to flee the country before 2014.There also is mounting uncertainty about the upcoming transfer of power. At the same time that foreign troops are scheduled to complete their withdrawal in 2014, Afghans will go to the polls to elect a successor to President Hamid Karzai, who is barred by the constitution from running for a third term.The Afghan people already view their government as weak and corrupt and those doubtful of a peaceful future say that if the upcoming presidential election is rigged and yields an illegitimate leader, civil war could erupt between ethnic groups backed by neighboring countries trying to influence Afghanistan’s future. Sponsored Stories center_img Top Stories Top holiday drink recipes Former Arizona Rep. 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