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Zephyr Teachout Wants Andrew Cuomo & Common Core Out

By on December 18, 2020

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York [dropcap]Z[/dropcap]ephyr Teachout, constitutional law professor at Fordham University and now the Democratic primary challenger for governor of New York, grew up with a picture on her bedroom wall of a man she idolized: then-Gov. Mario Cuomo.She admired his traditional Democratic ideals, his strong character, and his vibrant leadership. When his son Andrew threw his hat in the ring for governor of New York in 2010, Teachout was enthralled enough to inquire about volunteering for his campaign. But soon she grew so disillusioned that she was transformed from avid supporter to current rival.This June, demonstrating what some are calling a “lefty Tea Party” movement, Teachout, 42, announced she would challenge Cuomo in the Democratic primary after losing the nomination for the Working Families Party to him.This Thursday she gave a phone interview to the Press to discuss exactly how she believes the current Gov. Cuomo has failed New Yorkers by not staying true to the traditional Democratic values he’d campaigned on, including what she says is his “abandon[ment] of public schools,” and how the current Moreland Commission scandal sheds light on his leadership.After The New York Times broke the story Wednesday that during anti-corruption investigations by the Moreland Commission Cuomo’s close associates intervened whenever the panel of prosecutors began focusing on groups politically linked to him, Teachout seized on the scandal as an example of the fellow Democrat’s “violation of the public’s trust.”“If Governor Andrew Cuomo directed or even knew that his top aide was obstructing and interfering with the Moreland Commission, he should immediately resign,” she tells the Press.Teachout calls the revelations of his alleged misconduct “shocking” and says the accusations portray his governorship as “profoundly corrupt.”“The powerful—and devastating—New York Times piece on Andrew Cuomo’s top aide meddling in the Moreland anti-corruption commission is the worst example of old-boy network Albany, where the rich and powerful play by different rules,” she said.That “old-boy network” in Albany is exactly what Teachout is looking to change. Although she concedes that Cuomo’s progressive stance on gun control and gay marriage are steps in the right direction, she believes that he is a “corporate Democrat” who has used the “bully pulpit” to advance his own agenda. He doesn’t represent the people, but rather corporate interests.New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo.If elected, she would start by restructuring New York’s campaign finance laws to incorporate Connecticut’s public funding of campaigns.“Nominations should not depend on rich friends” she insists, but instead place a preference on grassroots campaigns that directly emphasizes citizens’ interests. “New Yorkers are very egalitarian people, yet we live in the most unequal state.”She believes that the recent election of Bill DiBlasio as mayor of New York City proved that the electorate is ready to embrace a progressive candidate who would represent the true Democratic values that she says Cuomo has abandoned.“When [Cuomo] picked [Kathy] Hochul for lieutenant governor, it showed that he is taking his Democratic voters for granted,” Teachout explains. By choosing a running mate who is “anti-immigrant and has not stepped away from that accusation,” she says that Cuomo could be courting right-leaning supporters for a possible presidential campaign.“He promised to clean up Albany, to change the way campaigns are funded, to fight for a Democratic [state] Senate and to veto gerrymandered districts,” she tells the Press. “He broke all those promises, and instead has governed as a trickle-down Republican taking advantage of the lack of good anti-corruption laws in this state.”She believes that one of the biggest failures of Cuomo’s governorship has been the disastrous implementation of the Common Core education reform. If she becomes governor, Teachout says she “would immediately halt Common Core and lead a delegation of parents and teachers to Washington to argue that we can and should develop our own standards, and not use high-stakes testing to judge teachers.“The stress of these tests brings anxiety into classrooms that should be places of learning, curiosity, and engagement,” she continues. “Students thrive when teachers are trusted, schools are well-funded, and they suffer when teachers are treated like suspects and tests replace learning.”Teachout claims she’s found tremendous support on Long Island, where there is a robust anti-Common Core movement that she finds impressive. Her supporters here have “come out in droves,” she says. She finds it telling because “they were not bought. They are just looking out for the children,” the children she believes that Cuomo has “abandoned” to corporate donors like Bill Gates, who has invested millions of dollars in Common Core’s nationwide rollout.“I’ve visited more public schools than [Cuomo] has,” she states. “Why is that?”An advocate for a decentralized government, she criticizes the Common Core curriculum as a federal takeover of education that removes the freedom of teachers to adapt to the individual needs of their students. This usurpation strips the teaching profession of autonomy and is precisely the vision of Gates, who, Teachout claims, is saying he knows better than educators and parents.Teachout would adapt a new system based on the input of education professionals who would set a high bar while still responding to the needs of the children.Her vision of an overhaul of New York’s education system would include the replacement of the often-criticized Education Commissioner.“John King has failed to listen to parents and teachers who have spoken up forcefully about the problems with high stakes testing and privatization of public schools,” she says, adding that he “is the wrong person for the job.” Many observers believe that with Cuomo leading Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino, the Republican candidate, by nearly 40 points and possessing a vast campaign war chest that dwarfs his rivals’ coffers by millions of dollars, her campaign is a lost cause. Teachout is not one of them.Asked whether she thinks she can beat Gov. Andrew Cuomo, without hesitation, she says enthusiastically, “Yes, I do.”last_img read more

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6 of the Best – SBC Awards co-host Kirsty Gallacher

By on August 30, 2020

first_img Schmitt joins Schmeichel for STS ‘Bet with the leaders’ campaign November 22, 2019 StumbleUpon STS signs Peter Schmeichel for ‘Bet with the leaders’ campaign November 6, 2019 Rounding off November in style, we have a special edition 6 of the Best featuring Kirsty Gallacher – one of the star co-hosts for next week’s SBC Awards at The Artillery Garden in London.Gallacher, one of the most recognisable faces in sports broadcasting, will be joined on stage by Manchester United and Denmark goalkeeping legend Peter Schmeichel.Keep reading for more from Gallacher – confirmed as a brand ambassador for William Hill in July of this year, including the “incredible performer” taken too soon, and the “unique” biennial contest that she believes stands above other sporting events.Best HolidayHolidays at our house near Seville. It’s home from home, and the children adore time spent there!Best Film An old classic ‘Ghost’, haunting in many ways but brilliant and a fantastic cast avid sound track!Best AlbumIt’s a difficult one but I do love ‘The very best of Prince’! I was so upset when he passed, gone far too soon. I so hoped to see him live again as I went years ago, and he was an incredible performer.Best BookI am reading and loving ‘Oscar’ by Matthew Sturgis. I enjoy reading about Oscar Wilde and have read many books about his life, but this is by far the best in my opinion!Best BetI am not a lucky winner in general. However, at the King George at Ascot this year I surprised myself and came away with more cash than I’d started with that day!Best Sporting ExperienceI’ve been so lucky to work at so many fabulous events, but it would have to be the Ryder Cup! It’s so unique and a great team event. Related Articles Share Sportech highlights new client wins under lockdown June 26, 2020 Share Submitlast_img read more

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UNIQUE GRAVE CEREMONY TO REMEMBER CELTIC FC GREAT

By on December 25, 2019

first_imgA remarkable ceremony to mark the grave of one of Celtic FC’s founding members is to be held in Co Donegal on Saturday week.In conjunction with the Celtic Graves Society there will be a family ceremony in Frosses graveyard to mark the grave of Joseph Francis McGroary who 125 years ago was part of the committee responsible for founding Glasgow Celtic.Those who will attend the ceremony will include a member of Celtic FC, members of the McGroary family and members of the Association of Donegal Celtic Supporters club. All Celtic supporters are welcome to attend the event and flowers/tributes can be laid at the graveside.Born in Glasgow in 1865 his father Bernard was from Inver, Donegal and Joseph maintained connections with Donegal throughout his life, spending his last days in the town of Mountcharles.He was married in August 1888 in Mountcharles to his sweetheart Catherine Cannon from Drumkeelan. He was one of the first post-Reformation Catholic solicitors in Glasgow and active in the city’s Irish political scene.A pupil of St. Aloysius College along with other early Celtic figures such as John H McLaughlin and Joseph Shaughnessy he later represented it in elections for the city’s Catholic Union and was a member of the Irish National League along with other key figures in the foundation of Celtic FC. After meetings were held to establish a new Irish Catholic football club in the East End of Glasgow in late 1887, Joseph McGroary was one the club members elected to be part of, in Willie Maley’s words, ‘the Committee formed to carry through the great work’.Joseph was a Celtic committee member at various times throughout the club’s tumultuous first decade and played a significant role in the stormy debate over the direction the club would take in becoming a limited liability company in 1897.A colourful character, Joseph left Glasgow for Brooklyn, USA 1898 before returning to Mountcharles some four decades later, where he passed away in 1937. He provides a direct connection between the County Donegal and Celtic FC from the club’s earliest days.This commemoration has been organised in association with the Donegal Gathering and is one of a series of events designed to invite the Donegal Diaspora home in this year-long celebration of all things Irish. UNIQUE GRAVE CEREMONY TO REMEMBER CELTIC FC GREAT was last modified: August 28th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:celtic fcFrancis McGroaryFROSSESgravelast_img read more

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Raptors show off Splash Brothers North in Game 3 win over Warriors

By on December 20, 2019

first_imgWith Klay Thompson not playing Wednesday, the Raptors made sure Oracle fans still got to see jaw-dropping shooting displays by a backcourt tandem in Game 3 of the NBA Finals on Wednesday.Toronto’s tandem of Kyle Lowry and Danny Green combined for 11 of their team’s 17 3-pointers and 41 points to help overcome Stephen Curry’s one-man show in the Raptors’ 123-109 victory.The Splash Brothers of the North, if you will.Curry was dazzling with 47 points, the most he’s ever scored in an NBA …last_img read more

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Update: Personal Data of 70 Million Sony Customers Exposed in Hack

By on December 16, 2019

first_img4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App dan rowinski Related Posts 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnoutcenter_img The hack that has plagued the Playstation Network for the last week is much worse than simply taking down the platform. Sony reports on its Playstation Network blog that personal data of its 70 million users has been exposed by the hacker, including the possibility of credit card numbers.According to the Playstation Network blog; “we believe that an unauthorized person has obtained the following information that you provided: name, address (city, state, zip), country, email address, birth date, PlayStation Network/Qriocity password and login, and handle/PSN online ID. It is also possible that your profile data, including purchase history and billing address (city, state, zip), and your PlayStation Network/Qriocity password security answers may have been obtained.”Sony has said that credit card information may have been obtained but they cannot be sure.“While there is no evidence at this time that credit card data was taken, we cannot rule out the possibility,” Sony wrote. “If you have provided your credit card data through PlayStation Network or Qriocity, out of an abundance of caution we are advising you that your credit card number (excluding security code) and expiration date may have been obtained.”The hack shows that even the biggest vendors on the Web are vulnerable to security threats by a motivated hacker. Yet, this is a big black eye for Sony and there will probably be some significant consequences.This goes way beyond a simple distributed denial of service attack or even a hack that just compromised connectivity. The fact that Sony cannot confirm if credit card information for 70 million accounts has been breached means that the attack was sophisticated enough to completely befuddle Sony’s security team.Sony says that the attack happened between April 17 and April 19. Since discovery, the company shutdown the network, engaged an outside security firm and attempted to strength the network by rebuilding the infrastructure with greater protection for personal information. Historic ProportionsThe depth of the breach and the amount of information taken ranks up there with some of the major data thefts in history. Last year two hackers infiltrated AT&T servers that held personal information on 120,000 iPads including government officials and celebrities. Gawker had a massive and embarrassing data breach in December, 2010 that exposed information on 1.25 million accounts. Just last week WordPress suffered an attack that took down many of the popular websites on the Internet and exposed 18 million accounts personal information. In what could be the most similar type of attack, social gaming and entertainment network RockYou.com exposed account information for 32 million accounts in December, 2010.Sony urges Playstation Network and Qriocity users to be vigilant in protecting in tracking and protecting their information. In its blog post it gives the numbers of credit card agencies and the Federal Trade Commission if users want to investigate the extent of their information leaked. Tags:#gaming#NYT#security#web 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People…last_img read more

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The 2015 Solar Cooking Festival

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first_imgRELATED ARTICLESNatural Building In NicaraguaAn Induction Cooktop for Our Kitchen If you’ve ever wanted to learn how to cook with the sun, the 2015 Solar Cooking Festival in Sacramento was the place to be.This is the second year of the event, which is hosted by Solar Cookers International. They had quite a variety of solar cookers on display, from simple, two-panel low-temperature solar cookers to large, high-temperature cookers with concrete bases. There was also a cook-off and lots of advice for those who want to learn more.A plethora of solar cookersI took a lot of photos and talked to a lot of people at the Solar Cooking Festival. At the festival, I saw three basic kinds of solar cookers:Parabolic cookers,Box cookers, andPanel cookers.Parabolic cookers. These were the reflective dishes like you see in the photo above. A reflective dish, parabolic in shape, will concentrate the sunlight in a small area. That’s where you see the pan above. It can make very high temperatures because of the intense concentration of solar radiation in small place. The reflectors on these cookers were also highly polished, resulting in even better performance. Don’t make the mistake of putting your hand in the place where all that sunlight is concentrated, though, or you’ll get a very nasty burn. Box cookers. These cookers are generally simpler and less expensive to make. The basic idea is to put the food you’re cooking inside some sort of enclosure to help keep the heat in.One example of the middle range of solar box cookers is the Sun Oven (see Image #2, below). They’ve been around since 1986, and you can buy one for $349. My PhD thesis adviser, Liz Seiberling, had one and used it in her off-grid solar home in Florida.Another mid-range box cooker is the Solavore Sport, which sells for about $270. They just started up this year but look to have a really nice solar cooker at a good price.Although box cookers can be less expensive than parabolic cookers, they also can be more expensive, as demonstrated by the box cooker in Image #3, below. This one is called the Quantum Solar Oven.†, and it’s huge. It uses real glass mirrors for a higher reflectivity and thus higher temperatures. Although you can’t see it, the thermometer inside this solar cooker was reading about 350°F when I took the photo. This one costs $1,500, but they’re working on bringing that price down.You can see two loaves of bread baking in it. They had two of these cookers at the festival and the other one had a pan of ribs going when I spoke with them. In the next photo you can see that it took them 1 hour and 50 minutes to cook the ribs, 25 minutes to bake the bread, and 20 minutes to bake a pan of muffins — about the same as a regular oven.At the low end of solar box cookers are the homemade jobs. The can be made with simple, readily available materials like cardboard, aluminum foil, black paint, and duct tape (see Image #5, below).Panel cookers. I don’t recall if this is the actual name used for this type of cooker, but it seems to be a good one. The organization that puts on the festival makes these to distribute overseas, and some Americans use them, too.This is about the simplest type of solar cooker. It’s just two pieces of reflective material held together at an angle with the food being cooked in the space between (see Image #6). There’s no glass cover over the space so it’s not going to get as hot as a box cooker. And that’s OK because one of the benefits of solar cooking is the enhanced taste of slow cooking.In case you’re wondering, that is indeed a mason jar painted black. They make good containers to use in a solar cooker.Fun in the sunThere was a lot going on at the 2015 Solar Cooking Festival. A lot of folks had set up their own solar cookers to demonstrate how they worked and what they could do with them. Some were companies selling their solar cookers. Others were individuals who love solar cooking. I also met a woman named Ilsa who makes a dairy-free nacho sauce called Nacheez and a man from Nevada City wearing an aluminum hardhat who told me how you can turn your car into a solar cooker if you have a deep enough dashboard.I was mostly interested in walking and talking, but for those who were so inclined, the solar cookoff seemed to be a big draw. Three teams competed to see who could make the best solar-cooked dishes. It was emceed by a real chef, and a panel of judges decided whose food tasted best (see Image #7). I suppose if I were a foodie I could tell you more about it, but I’m not. Guess you’ll just have to go there yourself next year if you want to know more.Naturally, you can’t have a solar event in California without having a solar-powered band, so Alan and James of Solar Punch provided the solar-cooked music (see Image #8).My solar cooking pastMy interest in solar cookers began in the mid-1990s. I bought a book called Heaven’s Flame by Joseph Radabaugh and then built the solar box cooker you see in Image #9 from the design he included. Since I didn’t have a molded plastic base for the cooker, I used my recycling bin to adjust the tilt for different sun angles. It worked well, and I made a few tasty meals in it. Then I moved to a shady yard and rarely used it again.And that’s Calli, the best dog ever, in the photo, too. She was a purebred American Short Shepherd. Heard of it? Part shepherd, part short legs, her breed is better known as Heinz 57.An organization worth supportingI found out about Solar Cookers International a few years ago when Marc Rosenbaum mentioned them in an article on Green Building Advisor. I’ve been donating to them ever since. Here’s why:SCI helps women in poorer countries. Sometimes women spend many hours a day gathering fuel for fires just to cook meals for their families. Solar cookers eliminate that work, freeing up a lot of time.Solar cookers can improve the health of people by giving them an alternative to cooking over smoky, lung-damaging open fires. According to SCI, nearly 3 billion people use open fires to cook their food.By helping to reduce the number of cook fires, they also help reduce deforestation in what they describe as the “sun-rich, fuel-starved” parts of the world.Access to clean drinking water is also a problem for many in those areas, and SCI shows people how to use solar cookers to make their water safer.SCI is a great organization doing lots of good work. The truth is that, because we have an abundance of energy sources here in the U.S. and Canada, solar cooking will never be a big thing here. But it can be an amazing tool for people in those “sun-rich, fuel-starved” places. As they say on their website, “SCI’s unique role is to spread solar thermal cooking technology to the people who need it most.”Footnote† The word “quantum” usually means something really small, yet so many people really, really want it to be the opposite. I think Planck, Einstein, and Bohr would get quite a chuckle over terms like “quantum leap.” Allison Bailes of Decatur, Georgia, is a speaker, writer, energy consultant, RESNET-certified trainer, and the author of the Energy Vanguard Blog. Check out his in-depth course, Mastering Building Science at Heatspring Learning Institute, and follow him on Twitter at @EnergyVanguard.last_img read more

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An EDGY Conversation with Dan Waldschmidt – Episode 31

By on December 9, 2019

first_imgPodcast: Play in new window | Download (45.9MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Email | Google Podcasts | RSSToday’s guest, Dan Waldschmidt, is a business strategist uninterested in short term tactics for success. He understands the rules of success shift by the time you tap into them. Instead, Dan offers a formula and lifestyle to achieve lasting success. He unleashes his passion for your success in his book, EDGY Conversations: How Ordinary People Can Achieve Outrageous Success. This is a book about achieving mindset, before worrying about skillset. Dan’s loud living is visible in his business endeavors, popular speaking events, and ultra-races. If Dan wants it, he goes and gets it. Listen in to his story of attempting to break records in ultra-running and in business. Get In the Arena with Dan Waldschmidt.How big will your success be?Click To TweetHow the ordinary can achieve the extraordinaryDan’s acronym, EDGY, began by analyzing why people who were not set up for success, became successful. People who were relegated to the middle class, or bound to be weekend warriors, achieved extraordinary success through extreme effort. Their weaknesses were made up for and equalized through effort. The question is no longer, will you be successful, it is how big will your success be? We are often told to work smarter, optimize our presentation and avoid wasting time. Today, Dan brings us back to one of the greatest assets available: good old fashioned sweat. Listen in for your own outrageous success.When will it start working?Dan says that if you stop doing the right thing before it starts working, you’ve done the wrong thing. Discipline action is part of the formula for success that separates the extraordinary from the ordinary. Disciplined action looks like doing what you need to do everyday, even when it means denying yourself quick fixes of quick success. Dan teaches to stay the course, and continue to take action. It it not the final blow that splits the granite: it is all the chinking and clinking away before that final blow. Re-think the popular quote of insanity being the definition of doing the same thing over and over, with the same results. Put in brute force and do not stop too soon. If you are willing to do what everyone else is making excuses for, you are In the Arena, with the best shot at success.Don’t stop doing the right thing before it starts workingClick To TweetSomething not working? Try giving. Success is often talked about in terms of self and wrapped up in me-me-me. Today, Dan Waldschmidt shares about his own shift from selfish ambition, to giving from his heart. Dan looked at successful leaders and found that they were not just taking, they were giving. Even if it meant defying industry experts, they did things that made them awesome. Successful leaders attracted their ideal customers, by giving. From Ford’s story, to Dan’s personal story, giving is an essential aspect of success. It is a fine line to walk, between giving and trading, but giving equals greatness. Learn how to create value and demonstrate value from today’s conversation with ring leader, Dan Waldschmidt.Heros healThe final piece of Dan Waldschmidt’s formula is all about healing. We are humans, and pretty primal, whether we’re in the jungle or in business suits in the boardroom. People understand the importance of healing in most settings, but when it comes to business and achieving goals, it is often left out. The person you are selling to might just need to be healed. Dan knows that everyone calls the healer. If you want to be successful, look past the business suit and into the soul you are selling to. They will hear you, and want to hear from you again. Get EDGY today, and on your way to success, with Dan Waldschmidt on Into the Arena.Effort as the great equalizer, with Dan WaldschmidtClick To TweetOutline of this great episode Introduction of today’s guest, Dan Waldschmidt. Dan’s decision to do more than just an ultra-event. The EDGY acronym: E is for extreme behavior. How and where you start success. There are no sick days: disciplined action. Salespeople: This is prospecting. It’s about giving, from your heart not your head. Anthony’s example of giving in business. The healing aspect. Details about Dan’s book & workbook.Resources & Links mentioned in this episodehttp://danwaldschmidt.comB00IH3K2AK The theme song “Into the Arena” is written and produced by Chris Sernel. You can find it on SoundcloudConnect with AnthonyWebsite: www.TheSalesBlog.comYoutube: www.Youtube.com/IannarinoFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/iannarinoTwitter: https://twitter.com/iannarinoGoogle Plus: https://plus.google.com/+SAnthonyIannarinoLinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/iannarinoTweets you can use to share this episodeIf things are not working the way you want them to, try giving ~ Dan WaldschmidtClick To TweetWe’re pretty primal, in the jungle or in the boardroom.Click To TweetSubscribe toIn the ArenaApple PodcastsGoogle PodcastsAndroidby EmailRSSOr subscribe with your favorite app by using the address belowlast_img read more

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Amid acute poverty, M.P.’s Saharia children battle malnutrition

By on December 1, 2019

first_imgOn July 9, when Akki Adiwasi returned home after working in the fields, she found her 18-month-old son lying unusually quiet, with eyes closed. She nudged him — even shook him — but to no avail. By then, Amir Awadesh, his chest shrivelled and cheeks sunken, had died of hunger.“He didn’t die of hunger. Usse sookhe ki bimari ne cheen liya (the disease of drought snatched him away),” quips Akki, a resident of Tiktoli village in Sheopur district.While her husband is away in Gujarat for three months to work as an agricultural labourer for ₹150 a day, their half-an-acre arid field here lies fallow. Only milk from a few goats, shoring up their one-room ramshackle hut, and wheat given by neighbours, keep Akki, who is pregnant, and her other son, aged three, alive.Loss of livesAcute malnutrition among Saharias, a particularly vulnerable tribal group, due to crushing poverty, delayed breastfeeding, premature pregnancies and seasonal migrations is continuing to take away lives. As a result, every second child under five in the Shivpuri and Sheopur districts of central India is underweight. Even the country, in the 2018 Global Hunger Index, ranked an abysmal 103 out of 119 countries, consistently showing a downward trend on wasting and undernourishment parameters.Mitti Adiwasi, an anganwadi worker in Nonheta Khurd village in the Shivpuri district, breastfed her 10 children, two dead now, for the first time, three days after being delivered of them. Until then, they were fed only jaggery syrup or honey.“The first milk is impure. That’s because it is extracted from breasts after nine long months,” she says.Chipping in, Danmati Adiwasi, wife of a school teacher who earns ₹22,000 a month, says, “Moreover, women become polluted at the time of a delivery. They need to bathe after three days and only then feed newborns, otherwise the milk would only cause them harm.” Right after the birth of her son a few years ago at a hospital, when she was prompted to breastfeed him, she just put his mouth to her breast, and received ₹1,400 in the name of an institutional delivery.According to the National Family Health Survey 2014-2015, just 43.2% of children under three were breastfed within the first hour of their birth in rural parts of Sheopur district.Seasonal migrationAlmost all the 35 families in the village, taking their children along and leaving behind the elderly, migrate to Rajasthan and Agra to harvest wheat and potatoes every year.When families returned in July this year, the anganwadi workers noticed that more number of children had come back weaker. While three boys and four girls out of 83 children were underweight in April, 15 girls and four boys are in the category this month.“Girls are most affected as parents mostly take them along with them to fields where they are neglected, wander under the sun, don’t get food, and contract diseases easily during the monsoon,” says an anganwadi worker.For each bigha of wheat they harvest in Rajasthan, 6-7 labourers get a quintal in return. And each villager manages to bring back at least two quintals. Individual families have no more than two acres each to themselves, mostly arid, and completely dependant on rain.“When we run out of it, we barter PDS (public distribution system) rice,which is unsavoury, in exchange for wheat from a local vendor,” says Parmal Adivasi. Married at 15, he lost two infants who were born weak. In the past fortnight, two meals of chappatis with dry onions or chilli chutney is all he and his wife have been eating.“We don’t have breakfast. A vegetable dish or dal is a luxury. And children don’t get to eat until they start howling out of hunger. Toddlers get only a roti each in a day,” he says. Seven individuals in the village, including children, suffer from tuberculosis (TB). Ajay Yadav, a social worker who has been working in the area for 18 years, believes higher incidence of tuberculosis among Saharias is linked to the high malnutrition level among them and vice versa. An Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) study revealed that, among Saharias, TB prevalence is an alarming 1,995 per 1,00,000 persons.last_img read more

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Indian Premier League 4 loses viewers post India’s World Cup win

By on November 28, 2019

first_imgThe euphoria of winning the ICC Cricket World Cup may have raised the bar for cricket. But the latest season of the Indian Premier League (IPL) has failed to keep viewers hooked.With two new teams joining the bandwagon this year, the fourth season of IPL was expected to be a bigger event than the previous three. However, the tournament has opened to the lowest average television viewership ratings (TVRs) since it started four years ago.According to the data released by TAM Sports, an agency that measures TV viewership, the first 26 IPL matches of this season recorded a TVR of 4.30, while the third season of IPL saw an average of 5.52 TVR. The ratings are for six metros.”Yes, the IPL ratings are a source of concern. Even the ratings on weekends have dropped. Winning the World Cup was the highest point or say the peak for an Indian cricket fan, so I feel IPL turned out to be a low. But at the same time we feel as the time goes by the ratings will pick up,” said Punitha Arumugam, group chief executive officer (CEO), Madison Media.TOO MUCH CRICKETWith two new teams joining the IPL bandwagon, the fourth season was expected to be a bigger event, but IPL4 has opened to the lowest average TV viewership ratings (TVRs) in 4 yrsIndustry sources fear that if the ratings remain low, it might affect the broadcaster SET MAX’s potential to charge a premium for the matches ahead besides the next seasonThis is also a major concern for advertisers as well, who have invested heavily to connect with the consumersMany big-screen owners, that had screened the World Cup matches, have also not broadcast the IPL matches due to lack of response from viewersIndustry sources fear that if the ratings remain low, it might affect the official broadcaster SET MAX’s potential to charge a premium for the remaining inventory as well as the next season.This has, of course, been a concern for advertisers as well, who have invested heavily just to connect with the consumers.According to industry sources SET MAX is charging around Rs 5 to Rs 5.7 lakh for 10 seconds of ad time.Indian cricket fans were still basking in the World Cup glory when the glitzy IPL followed. An overdose of cricket seems to have affected the viewership of the much-hyped IPL. Or is it the absence of the lavish yet controversial Lalit Modi, the mastermind behind IPL, which has hit the tournament? FROM THE MAGAZINE:Brands betting big on cricket Cricket gear may be in short supply Caught and bowled “The viewership has gone down but we can still see stadiums full in Mumbai and Kolkata. I feel the viewership will pick up. In fact, it has started picking up and will bounce back in a week or two. The Cup fever is dying and IPL fever is seeping in,” said Anand Yalvigi, president, Ignitee Sports.Ignitee Sports has a three-year contract with Maxx Mobile to handle the on-ground implementation and execution of the ‘Maxx Mobile Strategic Time-Out’ and ‘Play Off sponsorship’ for IPL. “I feel the response has been great and the brand will benefit from this,” Yalvigi added.The IPL 4 followed close on the heels of the World Cup, and India’s victory made it a much bigger event than it would have been. Many big-screen owners screened the WC matches but the same does not hold true for IPL. “We had screened all the matches last IPL and received average response throughout but the semi-finals and finals received great response. This year, as of now, we are not screening the IPL matches since the viewer interest is not strong enough,” said Milan Saini, MD, Cinepolis India.Courtesy: Mail Todayadvertisementlast_img read more

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