Daycare detrimental to kids – Family First report

first_img3 News 8 February 2012A conservative lobby group has sparked debate after issuing a report from a controversial academic who claims daycare is detrimental to children. The report, issued by Family First this morning, claims spending long periods of time in day care is detrimental to a child’s long-term development. The author of the study, Dr Aric Sigman, is also behind a 2009 study that Facebook and other social networking sites cause cancer. When the study was released in Britain last year experts attacked Dr Sigman for “cherry-picking”, or ignoring evidence that did not support his theory. The report claims the level of stress hormone cortisol is higher in children in centre-based care. Dr Sigman says the hormone is produced in response to fear and uncertainty, and too much of it has been linked to a lowered immune system. “Attending daycare for an extended time… could have potential long-term consequences for their mental and physical health as adults,” the study says. The Family First report, entitled ‘Who Cares’, looks at the increasing number of children who spend time in daycare while their parents are at work.—Family-First-report/tabid/423/articleID/242141/Default.aspx#ixzz1ljN5WgAvlast_img read more

Denying kids a daddy – it’s not a gift

first_imgNZ Herald 21 June 2014Grant Triplow is 43 and describes his build as athletic. He is 178cm tall and weighs 90kg. His hair and eyes are dark brown and he has olive skin.These facts, without his name attached, along with his occupation and medical history are how he will first be encountered by clients of a sort – clients sizing up his reproductive powers.Mr Triplow is a sperm donor – a good one according to a medical assessment of his sperm’s motility and quantity.“I was told it’s strong and the count is quite high.”He has Maori ancestry and this may be his most attractive feature, given that amid a shortage of sperm donors overall, the scarcity is most acute for women and couples who want a Maori, Pasifika or Asian donor. read more

App to protect children from porn

first_imgHawkes Bay Today 28 May 2017Family First Comment: Family First endorses SafeSurfer “Two Kiwi dads, Rory Birkbeck and Aaron Sinclair, designed Safe Surfer, an application which blocks harmful websites and enforces safe search options on Google and YouTube so pornographic material cannot be accidentally seen.”Hawke’s Bay families have been asked to take a stand against the ease of accessing online pornography for children.Two Kiwi dads, Rory Birkbeck and Aaron Sinclair, designed Safe Surfer, an application which blocks harmful websites and enforces safe search options on Google and YouTube so pornographic material cannot be accidentally seen.“Pornography often features aggressive content which is degrading towards women. We can’t afford to have our children grow up thinking this is the sexual norm,” Mr Birkbeck said.The latest figures showed that 34 per cent of internet users were exposed to unwanted porn and 37 per cent of youths said pornography had shaped expectations in relationships.A Colmar Brunton poll confirmed that 82 per cent of 16-18-year-olds had seen pornography and almost one third of New Zealand boys were watching porn several times a week.Family First president Bob McCoskrie said this research was revealing the true picture, which linked the increased consumption and availability of online pornography to sexual violence.“If we want to tackle sexual violence, we must first admit the role that pornography plays and the harm that it does to attitudes and actions.”He said evidence suggested that youth with greater pornography exposure were found more likely to engage in risky sexual behaviour at a young age, view women as sex objects and develop attitudes that support violence against women.They also believed “rape myths”, which were beliefs that justify or defend rape, and had increasingly aggressive behavioural tendencies.A nationwide poll by Family First and conducted by Curia Market Research in April showed that 71 per cent felt porn was bad for society and 72 per cent believed there was a “fair bit” or “a lot” of connection between porn and rape culture.READ MORE: read more

‘Wuhan virus impact to tourism worse than Boracay closure’

first_imgPeter Tay, liaison officer to Boracay from the Chinese Embassy, relayedhis fears that the travel ban could hurt “deeper” into the tourism businessesand travel spending of the visitors in the island.    The island – which saw 434,175 Chinese tourists or 50 percent of the 865,419foreigners last year – is usually packed with inbound travelers during the peakmonths of January to May. As of this writing, over 300 people have died in China and more than 14,600others were infected worldwide. Around 60 percent of the activities, as well as majority of vendors,tattoo artists and beach masseuses here are affected by the temporary ban. “This is worse than Boracay closure; we don’t know when the situationis going to end. It is going bad to worse. When Boracay closure happened, youcould look forward for Oct. 26 re-opening. Itongsituation ngayon hindi natin alamwhen it will end,” Tay said on Feb. 3.  He added the local tourism will anticipate a marked decline oftravelers from mainland China this year amid the precautionary measures tocontain the spread of the Wuhan coronavirus in the country.  Chinese operators of restaurants have decided to postpone theirbusiness, while hotels across the island have recorded cancellations fromtourists. The directive, however, didn’t state how long the temporary ban willlast. “Malaki ang apekto sa transport,hotels, resorts, lahat ng activities sa Boracay dahil sa temporary ban sa mgaChinese tourists. Hindi naman natin ma-compromised ang health at safety ng ating mga residente at ibang turista,” headded. “We were caught by surprised, but we have to accept that this isactually happening. No hard feelings. I am more worried of the livelihood ofthe local workers affected by the situation,” he said. Meanwhile, acting Malay mayor Frolibar Bautista said all sectors willlikely feel the impact of the temporary ban. Various airlines have also suspended their flights to and from China,Macau and Hong Kong.  It was on Feb.2 that President Rodrigo Duterte restricted the inboundtravel of foreigners from China and its administrative regions to the country.He also required Filipinos and those who hold permanent resident visas toundergo 14-day quarantine upon arriving in the Philippines. BORACAY – The impact of the 2019 novel coronavirus acquired respiratorydisease (2019 nCoV ARD) to this island’s tourism industry could be worse thanthe its closure for rehabilitation, according to a liaison officer. Tay encouraged hotel workers to visit hospitals or medical carefacilities if they are experiencing cough and difficulty in breathing fornecessary precautions. Although, this world-famous resort island hasn’t come to completestandstill, it still remains to accommodate Koreans, Taiwanese and touristsfrom long-haul destinations.  Cases of the deadly virus have been reported in countries including Italy,Japan, United Emirates, Korea, Malaysia, Australia, Russia, Hong Kong, Vietnam,Singapore, India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Germany, United States, Spain, Canada,France, Finland, Cambodia, United Kingdom, and Sweden.(With a report from Akean Forum/PN)last_img read more

Batesville Bulldogs Baseball Youth Night

first_imgThe Batesville Baseball Youth League Night at The Plex will take on place on May 16th at 5:30 pm. The Varsity Batesville Bulldogs will be taking on the visiting South Dearborn Knights at Plex Field #1.Some players from the youth league will be throwing out the first pitch and being introduced with our varsity players! We will be raffling off Batesville Baseball t-shirts, hats, and signed baseballs in between innings and also have them for sale.At the end of the game, the Bulldog Varsity players will be signing autographs for youth league players and giving away complimentary game calendars.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Justin Tucker.last_img read more

First round of All-Star voting is complete

first_imgBOONE, Iowa – Defending race winner Jimmy Gustin, 2014 winner Kyle Strickler and a trio of first-time All-Stars are among the 10 Modified drivers already guaranteed starting spots on the Fast Shafts Invitational grid during the IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Ca­sey’s.Gustin and brother Richie had the top two vote totals in first-round balloting from the BMS North Central Region – Richie led all candidates with 12,945 votes – while Strickler and Scott Sessions, the first Floridian elected to the All-Star event in its 13-year history, led the way in the Dirt Works Eastern Region.Hunter Marriott and Jeff Taylor were elected out of the Jet Racing Central Region, first-timer Kevin Green and William Gould from the Razor Chassis South Central Region.The Larry Shaw Race Cars Western Region will be represented by Brad Pounds and first-time All-Star Ethan Dotson.The second round of All-Star voting, also conducted through the IMCA Facebook page, sees 18 drivers elected at-large. Balloting is now underway and runs through 4 p.m. Friday, Aug. 5.The All-Star candidates with the top national point total and the most 40-point feature wins compet­ing at Super Nationals will complete the 30-car starting field for the Friday, Sept. 9 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational at Boone Speedway.In addition to Florida, the All-Star field is already represented by drivers from Arkansas, California, Iowa, Missouri, North Carolina, Oklahoma and Texas.last_img read more

Probst wins 100th Saturday at Arlington

first_imgHistory was made several times over Saturday night, when Cory Probst won for the 100th time in his IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock career at Arlington Raceway. Probst is the 100th driver in the modern era of the sanctioning body to reach the 100 win mark; Arlington became the first track where five IMCA drivers won for the 100th time. (Photo by Sarah Moriarty)ARLINGTON, Minn. (June 23) – Cory Probst raced his way into the history book on a historical Saturday night at Arlington Raceway.Probst won for the 100th time in his IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock career, after starting 10th and racing into contention by just the fourth circuit.Karl Hewitt had the lead ahead of Steve Kroyer – driving Probst’s 2017 car – but pulled in on the backstretch with mechanical problems. By the next lap, Probst weaved around Kroyer and had command of the race.He led the rest of the way for the milestone win. Kroyer held tight for second and Jed Trebelhorn took third.Probst became the 100th driver in IMCA’s modern era to reach the 100 win mark and the record fifth to do so at Arlington.Arlington was also the site of 100th wins by Curt Lund (Modified) in 2013, Jeff McCollum (Stock Car) in 2014, Dan Mackenthun (Stock Car) in 2015 and Justin Luinenburg (Hobby Stock) last year.Other feature winners Saturday at Arlington were Brandon Beckendorf in the MN 93 IMCA Modifieds, Neil Stevens in the 95.7 the Rock IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Cars, Brent Uecker in the B&B Racing Chassis IMCA Stock Cars, Matt Looft in the Unhinged Pizza IMCA Northern SportMods and Austin Friedrich in the Coors Light IMCA Sport Compacts.last_img read more

Naughton’s appeal rejected

first_img It was Naughton’s second dismissal of the season and he will miss the trip to Hull on November 23 and the home meeting with Everton on November 30. Tottenham’s Kyle Naughton has lost his appeal against his red card against Stoke, the Football Association has announced. Press Associationcenter_img The full-back will serve an immediate two-match ban after the appeal was dismissed by an independent regulatory commission hearing on Tuesday. Naughton tripped Victor Moses as the Stoke forward raced through on goal during Tottenham’s 2-1 Barclays Premier League loss on Sunday. He was sent off for denying a goal-scoring opportunity. last_img read more

Second Caribbean Boxing Development Tournament

first_imgGuyanese boxers continue winning ways in Barbados… Moore captures gold, Amsterdam and Allicock march into semisLOCAL boxers continued their winning ways when the Caribbean Development Boxing Tournament (CDBT) continued in Bridgetown, Barbados on Thursday evening.According to reports emanating from the Island of the `Flying Fish’, the pugilists from the `Land of Many Waters’ (Guyana) `drowned’ their opponents from Barbados in all three bouts that the fighters contested.The end result was that Guyana secured their first gold medal through Isaiah Moore who was the lone junior boxer on tour and who competed in the flyweight division.Moore forced the referee to stop his flyweight contest against Barbados’ Roshawn Holder in the first round of their final.Kevin Allicock got into the medal round in the Youth category by causing the referee to stop his flyweight contest against Barbados’ Stephan Harding in the very first round, securing his semi-final place.In the final bout on Thursday night’s card, Guyana’s Desmond Amsterdam, competing in the Elite category, secured a 3-0 points-decision win over Barbados’ Ision Fraser in their middleweight contest.The victories for the trio follow on the heels of wins by other Guyanese boxers, Joel Williamson, Christopher Moore and Colin Lewis during the first two days of the tournament.On Tuesday evening, Moore, fighting in the Youth category, secured a round three technical knockout (TKO) win against his Cayman Islands’ opponent Alex Smith in their lightweight contest, while Williamson, fighting in the lightweight division of the Elite category pounded out a points-decision win against Guadeloupe’s Ronald Bicep.Some hours later (Wednesday), Moore returned to the ring and faced Miguel Diaz of Anguilla and once again, the referee had to stop the fight in the third round in favour of Moore.On Wednesday too, Guyana’s Colin Lewis registered a points-decision win against Fredric Pierre of Guadeloupe in the light welterweight division of the Elite category.After arriving in Barbados at 17:00hrshrs on Tuesday afternoon and booking into their hotel, the Guyanese management team was informed that Moore and Joel Williamson were down to contest the fourth and fifth bouts respectively on that night’s card, just two hours after their arrival.Despite the late notice, the two Guyanese adjusted themselves psychologically and went down to the venue.The other boxers that make up the Guyanese contingent are: Akeem Mounter who will compete in the welterweight division of the Youth category, Keevin Allicock (Youth) flyweight division and Elite boxers Jason Barker (super heavyweight), Markember Pierre ( light heavyweight) and Clairmont Gibson (bantamweight).The boxers are being guided by coaches Sebert Blake (head coach) and assistant coaches Adrian Thompson and Clifton Moore.The team manager is Guyana Boxing Association vice-president Maurice Rajkumar.last_img

CONCACAF Women’s U-20 World Cup qualifying tournament

first_img… Lady Jags head coach looking to go all the wayBy Rawle ToneyDR IVAN Joseph, head coach of Guyana’s women’s U-20 team, believes that Guyana have what it takes to go all the way in the February 22–March 8 CONCACAF U-20 Women’s Qualifier tournament in the Dominican Republic. Dr Joseph, speaking with Chronicle Sport, said the composition of the team is one that is capable of coming out of Group D, where Guyana are placed alongside Mexico, Puerto Rico and Nicaragua.The Lady Jags will kick things off on February 23 when they come up against Nicaragua, and will then suit up against Puerto Rico on February 25, before facing Mexico on February 27 in their final Group D game.“We have a great group of players who have been training in anticipation of the championship in February,” said Lady Jags coach.He added that he was “lucky enough to have several of our players playing football in the United States universities, a few in Canadian universities and a few who have been playing year-round with their clubs. On top of that, what we’ve done also is put together several of our top players in an indoor league, so they’ll have continuity of our system.”Stressing on the difficulty of putting together a squad worthy enough of not only competing at the Championship, but also qualifying, Dr Joseph opined, “I would be lying to you if I said it was an easy task, pulling together a national team that’s from multiple countries, from the Diaspora; but the good news is that we’re all committed to the same thing and trying to get better and get fit.”However, with the absence of any meaningful and continuous female football programme in Guyana, Dr Joseph said, “I’m nervous that our Guyana-based players, who don’t have the same level of playing meaningful games, may be missing a step off of speed, but we’ll do the best we can.”The Canada-based Lady Jags coach hinted that the team, with the addition of some new players, will have more depth than the one he featured who played undefeated during the preliminary round of matches, hosted in Guyana last year.He told Chronicle Sport, “People will see a stronger team than the one we fielded this summer. The only prohibiting factor is that we need to get some games in before the tournament.”CONCACAF announced earlier this week, that their Council had determined that Costa Rica and Panama, as host countries of the World Cup, will automatically qualify to the World Cup and will no longer participate in the 2020 CONCACAF Women’s Under-20 Championship, meaning that the two remaining slots in the World Cup will be determined via the 2020 CONCACAF Women’s Under-20 Championship.For the group stage of the 2020 CONCACAF Women’s Under-20 Championship, to be played at the Felix Sanchez Stadium and Panamericano Stadium, in Santo Domingo and San Cristobal, respectively, Guyana (top-ranked team in qualifying Group A) and St Kitts & Nevis (top-ranked team in qualifying Group B) will be replacing Costa Rica and Panama for the group stage of the final championship.In Group C, the United States, Honduras, Dominican Republic and Cuba will go head-to-head, while Group E is set with Canada, Jamaica, Guatemala and El Salvador and in Group F Haiti, Trinidad and Tobago, St Kitts & Nevis and Cayman Islands.For the Round-of-16, Bermuda (third-place finishers in qualifying Group A) and Barbados (third-place finishers in qualifying Group B) will occupy the positions vacated by Guyana and St Kitts &Nevis.All knockout round matches (round of 16, quarterfinal, semifinal and final) will be played in a single match elimination format, with the finalists qualifying for the FIFA Women’s U-20 World Cup 2020.last_img read more