Caregiver Alphabet Soup

first_imgBlog post written by Mary Brintnall-Peterson, Ph.D., MBP Consulting, LLC, Professor Emeritus, University of Wisconsin-ExtensionHave you noticed since becoming a caregiver that your vocabulary has increased? Mine sure has! I have learned many new words including medical terms associated with my husband’s medical condition, names of his drugs — many of which I can’t even pronounce and words related to my caregiver role and responsibilities. I refer to my enhanced vocabulary as learning the caregiver alphabet soup. Your alphabet soup is different than mine but I’m sure we have some similar words. I could define different terms but probably wouldn’t define the one you need, so I’ll share the strategies I use when I am confronted with new terms. These strategies are so simple, yet it’s taken me a while to become comfortable using them.The first strategy is to ask the person who uses it what it means. I believe that I am the consumer and my husband’s advocate so I do not need to apologize for asking questions. In some cases I have to ask them to explain their definition so I can understand it. It seems as if I encounter new terms when we are in new situations, like medical procedures, so of course I’m stressed out. When I’m stressed I find the need to slow doctors or professionals down so I can keep up with the vocabulary and I need them to explain it several times. At times I feel inadequate, but then realize that if I don’t understand fully what is being shared then problems arise at home. So – it’s in everyone’s best interest if I’m aware of what the various new terms mean.Secondly, there is the internet but I want to caution you about taking everything as truth that you find on it. The internet is a great resource but we need to verify the information we find on it. The best way to find reliable information is to use only reputable web sites. Here are my criteria for identifying reputable web sites (which I learned from reading several articles on searching the internet for reliable sources):Who created the site? I look at web sites only of reliable organizations. We may have different ideas about what is a reliable organization, but I tend to stick to information from universities, medical, disease, or illness specific groups, and government organizations. This means the website will end in edu, gov, or org.Where did the information come from? Even on reliable websites it is necessary to know where they got the information. Do they use information from research or are they sharing their own experiences or ideas?Who is the author of the information? Do they have credentials? Are they selling a product or service? What is their training?Are there common themes, suggestions, and ideas that emerge? Do they site several research studies? Another way of finding this is, does the web site share similar information to other sites or are they saying something completely different?These are just a few ideas on making sure the information from the web is reliable. Here are a few sites I find helpful:Websites for specific caregiver types, diseases, illness:United Department of Veteran AffairsMayo Clinic: Disease or Illness SpecificTraumatic Brain Injury-National Institute of Neurological Disorders and StrokeAmputee CoalitionMedical terminologyWebMDMayo ClinicDisease or Illness Specific  CaregivingFamily Caregiving Alliance/National Center on CaregivingeXtension Family CaregivingeXtension Military CaregivingSince all of us are learning new terms please share the strategies you use to find definitions including web sites you find most helpful. Keep in mind there will always be new terms to learn regardless of how long you are a caregiver. This MFLN-Military Caregiving concentration blog post was published on February 12, 2016.center_img Subscribe to our mailing list for monthly eNewslettersEmail Address First Name Last Name last_img read more

Resource Discovery| Danny and the Blue Cloud: Coping with Childhood Depression

first_imgReferencesFoley, J. (2016). Danny and the Blue Cloud: Coping with Childhood Depression. New York, NY: APA Magination Press., M. (2016). Reducing mental health risks for kids in military families. U.S. News. Retrieved from: post was written by members of the MFLN Family Development Team. The Family Development team aims to support the development of professionals working with military families.  Learn more about us at, and connect with us on Facebook, and on Twitter.  Subscribe to our Anchored. podcast series on iTunes and via our podcast page. By: Jason M. Jowers When we think of resilience we think of the ability to bounce back from anything that life throws our way. Some of us are naturally resilient and can continue to push ahead when faced with adversity, while many of us struggle with physical and psychological strain. Children are also susceptible to these struggles, especially military children who face increased anxiety around deployment and having parents who are deployed. Deployment throws the family system into an upheaval. According to this article from US News, “Reducing Mental Health Risks for Kids in Military Families,” military children are more likely to experience increased anxiety, depression, and other mental health and behavioral issues as a result of a parent’s deployment. So how do we combat or prevent these mental health risks for kids in military families? The previously mentioned article includes steps that parents and caregivers can take to provide support for children including: improved communication, connecting emotionally, taking advantage of online resources and apps, and keeping mementos of a parent while they are gone on deployment.A great resource that we found is this nice storybook for kids and parents called “Danny and the Blue Cloud: Coping with Childhood Depression” by James M. Foley. This book shares what are called “Feel Good Rules,” which are helpful tips and ideas to help kids cope when they are down. Also included is a note to parents and caregivers with info on what childhood depression looks like and how it presents itself, as well as strategies to help. This book does a great job illustrating ways for kids to be resilient in the face of adversity.For more resources on helping children cope and to overcome all manner of challenges, be sure to head on over to our Kids Serve Too Series page! This webinar series is a collaboration between MFLN and Sesame Street for Military Families and focuses on topical issues that military children face. CEUs are still very much available to all of those that are interested.Also, be sure to take a look at out upcoming Resilience Series, that will focus on promoting protective factors to support personal, family and community resilience. This webinar series will take place in August 2019, so be sure to RSVP for all the webinars we have coming up! Return to article. Long DescriptionPexels[Book by Caio, CC0]Recently, I had the pleasure of spending some time with my brother, his wife, and my 15-month old niece. While the adults talked, my niece (who just so happens to be building increased confidence since she started walking) fell and landed on her hands and knees. Everyone immediately turned to grab her up and make sure she was ok, with my mother making it to her first. Instead of making an issue of it, my mom stood by her granddaughter and said “You’re ok; walk it off” in a very light-hearted way. On previous times when my niece had fallen, she would cry and you would think the world had ended. But on this occasion, she simply got back up and took off running around again. This was an example I was seeing first hand of things I had been reading about childhood resiliency recently and ways that parents, caregivers, and other adults can help kids to improve. Some of the best ways to help is to highlight the inner strength that others have as well as how we respond to struggles. My mom’s response to my niece falling for one, acknowledged that it happened, and two, modeled how to respond to it. It changed the context of this incident being something that could have resulted in a major meltdown, to just being a minor blip and helped to promote resiliency. Resource Discovery open book stock imagelast_img read more

Nitish’s human chain a flop show, claims Opposition

first_imgA day after the Bihar government organised a human chain against social evils such as dowry and child marriage, claiming that over 4 crore people had participated in it, the Opposition Rashtriya Janata Dal and the Congress on Monday termed it a “big flop” and demanded a white paper on its expenses.“People refused to join the human chain in most of the districts…we demand that the government should make public pictures taken by drones to prove its claim and also release a white paper on expenses incurred in organising it,” senior RJD leader Shivanand Tiwari told journalists. Mr. Tiwari charged that the “human chain was basically an event management exercise by Nitish Kumar for his image-making”. “He is the most expensive CM Bihar has ever got,” he added. Terming the event a “complete waste of money”, State Congress president (in-charge) Kaukab Quadri said: “Why don’t they organize a human chain on the issues of unemployment, caste and communal divide or the collapsed educational system in the State?” However, party MLC Ram Chandra Bharti participated in the event despite the Congress boycotting it. “If someone is in the party he should follow the partyline,” Mr. Quadri said.The government claimed that the human chain was a success. “Reports from districts said people were enthusiastic about the human chain and actively took part in it,” Chief Secretary Anjani Kumar Singh said.last_img read more

Mahendra Singh Dhoni named captain of Wisden’s all-time India Test XI

first_imgIndia’s celebrated skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni on Wednesday was named the captain of reputed cricket magazine Wisden’s all-time India Test XI.The team, which was announced to mark India’s 500th Test match starting on Thursday against New Zealand in Kanpur, includes former Test skipper Sunil Gavaskar and Virender Sehwag as openers, according to a release by Wisden India.Rahul Dravid, Sachin Tendulkar and V.V.S. Laxman make up the middle-order with Dravid being the No.3 batsman, followed by Tendlkar and Laxman.Dhoni, currenty India’s captain for One-Dayer and T20 teams, also remains the wicket-keeper. (Also read: Kumble’s Perfect-10 to Sehwag’s Multan-triple: Iconic performances in India’s 500-Test history)Pace legend Kapil Dev also has been named in the dream team.Also included are pacers Javagal Srinath, Zaheer Khan and spin stalwarts Anil Kumble, Bishan Singh Bedi. Former skipper Mohammad Azharuddin was named the 12th man.Earlier, Cricket Australia, after receiving more than 50,000 votes from fans, also named its greatest India Test XI which included former batsman Sourav Ganguly and veteran off-spinner Harbhajan Singh.The side, similar to Wisden’s, named Gavaskar and Sehwag as the openers with Rahul Dravid and Sachin Tendulkar the unsurprising choices for the No.3 and No.4 positions. Former India skipper Sourav Ganguly was named as the No.6 batsman and Bishan Singh Bedi was replaced by offie Harbhajan Singh.Kapil Dev led the bowling department with left-armer Zaheer Khan in a two-man pace attack, while leg-spinner Kumble and offie Harbhajan Singh rounded off the fantasy team. (Also read: ICC chairman Shashank Manohar congratulates BCCI for India’s 500th Test)advertisementThe team:Wisden Test XI: Sunil Gavaskar, Virender Sehwag, Rahul Dravid, Sachin Tendulkar, V.V.S. Laxman, Kapil Dev, M.S. Dhoni (capt, wk), Anil Kumble, Javagal Srinath, Zaheer Khan, Bishan Singh Bedi, Mohammad Azharuddin (12th man).Cricket Australia’s India XI: Sunil Gavaskar, Virender Sehwag, Rahul Dravid, Sachin Tendulkar, V.V.S Laxman, Sourav Ganguly, M.S. Dhoni (captain, wk), Kapil Dev, Anil Kumble, Harbhajan Singh, Zaheer Khan.last_img read more

Send gau rakshaks to fight terrorists, quips Uddhav

first_imgMumbai, Jul 12 (PTI) Taking a dig at the BJP over the terror attack on Amarnath pilgrims, Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray has asked the senior ally to send gau rakshaks to fight terrorists in the Valley.Seven Amarnath pilgrims, including six women, were killed and 19 injured when terrorists attacked a bus in Kashmirs Anantnag district on Monday evening.While five of the deceased hailed from neighbouring Gujarat, two were from Maharashtra.”They (the BJP) used to say that do not bring sports, culture etc. in political issues. Today, religion and politics came together in the form of the terror attack. Should we understand that none of those terrorists would have been alive today if they had cow meat in their bags and not weapons?” Thackeray asked yesterday.”The issue of gau rakshaks is raging today. Why dont you send these vigilantes to fight terrorists?” he asked while addressing representatives of various Ganesh mandals for the upcoming festival here.Thackeray, whose party shares an uneasy relationship with the BJP, further said, “If the BJP government can talk to separatists in the Kashmir Valley to resolve their issues, they can certainly talk with those wishing to celebrate the Ganesh festival amidst fanfare.”He requested the Devendra Fadnavis government to bring in an ordinance against restrictions imposed by the Bombay High Court on noise level during the festivals.Earlier, Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut said the attack on Amarnath pilgrims is an assault on the entire nation and the government, and it is high time that such dastardly incidents are given a befitting reply.advertisement”This attack was not only on pilgrims going for the Amarnath yatra but on the entire country and the government in Delhi (Centre),” he said.”Merely condemning the incident will not suffice. It is now high time that this (terrorist attack) is given a befitting reply,” he said. PTI MM NSK GVS GK DVlast_img read more

Royals Pound Giants, 7-2, Tie Series

first_imgKANSAS CITY, Missouri — Salvador Perez shouted at Hunter Strickland, who shouted right back. The Kansas City Royals streamed from their dugout, the San Francisco Giants from their own. And for a tense moment in the sixth inning Oct. 22nd, Kauffman Stadium was consumed by chaos.The one thing that was clear? The World Series suddenly had some life.Perez broke open Game 2 with a two-run double in a five-run sixth, and the Royals’ cast of clutch relievers kept the Giants in check for a 7-2 victory that leveled the Series and spiced things up as it shifts to San Francisco for three games.“We showed them that we have fight in us, and I think they knew that already,” said Billy Butler, whose RBI single in the sixth inning gave the Royals a 3-2 lead. “But we stepped up big there as a team, and that gave us some confidence.”Jeremy Guthrie will be on the mound Oct. 24 for the Royals, who had won eight straight playoff games before a 7-1 loss in the opener. Tim Hudson will start for San Francisco.“With their pitching and our pitching, and the way both teams play, we’re going to have a fight, I think, every game,” Giants Manager Bruce Bochy said.So much talk of fighting after the two teams nearly came to blows Wednesday.The Royals had surged ahead on Butler’s single when Perez followed with a double off Strickland into the left-field gap. Omar Infante then scorched a pitch into the bullpen in left, the fifth homer that Strickland had allowed to 23 postseason batters.Boiling over with anger, Strickland yelled into his glove then got into a shouting match with Perez as the big, burly catcher headed for home. Players spilled out of both dugouts, and several Royals streamed in from the outfield bullpen before the umpires finally restored order.“He started to look at me, so I asked him like, ‘Hey, why you look at me?’” Perez said. “So he was telling me, ‘Get out of here, whatever.’ So I don’t know. ‘You don’t have to treat me like that. Look at Omar. Omar hit a bomb. I didn’t hit a bomb. I hit a double.’”Strickland said he simply let his frustration get to him. “I let the team down,” he said. “My emotions got to me.”With his 100 mph fastball singeing the Giants’ batters, Royals flamethrower Yordano Ventura allowed two runs while pitching into the sixth inning. The 23-year-old protege of Pedro Martinez hardly looked like the first rookie to make a World Series start for the Royals, calmly handling a lineup that had ravaged staff ace James Shields.The dynamic trio of Kelvin Herrera, Wade Davis and Greg Holland did the rest.Herrera got the final two outs of the sixth to escape a jam, his first three pitches clocking at least 100 mph. He also survived a shaky seventh before Davis breezed through the eighth.Greg Holland, who saved each game in the Royals’ sweep of Baltimore in the AL Championship Series, allowed a two-out single to Brandon Crawford before fanning Gregor Blanco to end the game.The Giants’ only runs came on a homer by Blanco and a double by Brandon Belt, their streak of seven straight World Series wins ending on a crisp, breezy night.“For us to leave here with a split, you like to get greedy,” Bochy said, “but we know it’s going to be a tough series.” Early on, it looked as if the Giants could have a big lead heading back to the Bay Area.The fleet-footed Blanco silenced a rollicking sea of blue, becoming the 10th player to open a World Series game with a home run. He deposited Ventura’s 98 mph fastball in the bullpen in right field, just his 17th home run in more than 2,300 at-bats.The crowd, energized from the moment that Hall of Famer George Brett delivered the ceremonial first pitch, was left waiting for something good to happen for the second straight night. This time, the scrappy Royals gave it to them.ALCS MVP Lorenzo Cain stretched a two-out double later in the first, and Eric Hosmer walked on four pitches. Butler, Giants starter Jake Peavy’s long-time nemesis, then bounced a single past the outstretched glove of Crawford at shortstop to knot the game 1-all.The Royals kept the pressure on in second. Infante doubled over the head of Travis Ishikawa in left field, and Escobar sliced a two-out double down the right-field line to give Kansas City a 2-1 lead, its first in the World Series since Game 7 in 1985.The Giants, so accustomed to October baseball, refused to back down. Belt tied it in the fourth with a double that bounced off Nori Aoki’s glove in right field.The game was still knotted at 2 when the Royals got their first two batters aboard in the sixth. Bochy pulled the fiery Peavy. Butler promptly hit a go-ahead single off Jean Machi, and Strickland came in two batters later.From there, well, the Royals showed they still had plenty of fight left.(DAVE SKRETTA, AP Sports Writer) TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

22 days ago​Bayern Munich target Birmingham City whizkid Bellingham

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say ​Bayern Munich target Birmingham City whizkid Bellinghamby Ansser Sadiq22 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveBayern Munich are showing an interest in signing Jude Bellingham from Birmingham City.The 16-year-old has already been earning rave reviews for his performances in the Championship.And The Sun reporters that Bellingham is among a crop of youngsters that Bayern would love to have at the Allianz Arena.The England under-17 international has two goals in six games for Birmingham this term.Unfortunately for Bayern, he was not in the starting line up for his side’s last two matches. last_img

Former Ohio State Star Trashes Michigan Player During Game

first_imgurban meyer hugs michael thomas during ohio state's win over alabamaNEW ORLEANS, LA – JANUARY 01: Michael Thomas #3 of the Ohio State Buckeyes celebrates with head coach Urban Meyer after catching a 13 yard touchdown pass late in the second quarter against the Alabama Crimson Tide during the All State Sugar Bowl at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 1, 2015 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)In what was supposed to be the best game of the day, Ohio State is blowing out Michigan in Columbus on Saturday afternoon. The Buckeyes lead 21-6 thanks to three touchdown passes from quarterback Dwayne Haskins.Two of those touchdown passes came against Michigan corner Brandon Watson. Watson has struggled in pass coverage today and got called out by former Ohio State star Michael Thomas.Thomas took to Twitter with a message for the Ohio State offense: attack No. 28.Go at #28 lol he look even weaker live ?? #GoBucks— Michael Thomas (@Cantguardmike) November 24, 2018Thomas, who stars for the New Orleans Saints, was in town to watch the Buckeyes take on their bitter rival.Can Michigan make a comeback? Or will Ohio State make it seven-straight against the Wolverines?Stay tuned.last_img read more

Registration Underway for Diabetes Assistance Program

first_imgNova Scotians under the age of 65 with diabetes and no drug insurance are now able to register for the province’s new diabetes assistance program, which begins Jan. 1. This new Pharmacare program helps people with the cost of diabetes medications and supplies, and provides educational materials to promote a healthy, active lifestyle. When people with diabetes can’t afford the medications and supplies they need, they have a greater chance of developing complications such as heart disease and kidney failure. The program aims to reduce that risk. The program helps to cover the cost of insulin, oral blood glucose lowering medications, blood glucose test strips, needles, lancets, and syringes listed on the Nova Scotia Pharmacare formulary. For more information, including registration forms, information booklets and the Pharmacare formulary, see the website at: or call the Nova Scotia Diabetes Assistance Program at 424-6565 in the Halifax area, or toll-free at 1-800-305-5026. Forms and booklets will also be available by Friday, Dec. 16 at doctors’ offices, pharmacies, diabetes centres across the province, and the Nova Scotia Office of the Canadian Diabetes Association. In 2005-06, the provincial government is allocating $2.5 million to design and implement this program. The program will be phased in over time and this amount represents the startup costs of what’s estimated to be an $8-million to $9-million program. Between 3,000 and 5,000 Nova Scotians will be eligible for coverage under this program.last_img read more

Provinces and Territories Call On Federal Government to Transform Program

first_imgProvincial and territorial agriculture ministers are calling upon the federal government to move forward on their recent unanimous decision to transform the Canadian Agricultural Income Stabilization program rather than replace it. Ministers recognized the financial crisis facing the agriculture sector across the country and said they look to the federal government for leadership on underlying causes such as trade inequities on international markets. They agreed during a conference call on Thursday, April 6, that working together to transform the Canadian Agricultural Income Stabilization program, rather than replacing it, would best serve the interests of Canadian producers. They expressed concern that the federal government is unilaterally calling for a replacement to the nationwide business risk management program, when all parties at a federal-provincial-territorial meeting held only weeks ago agreed to work together to transform the program. At that meeting, ministers asked their departments to work together on concrete proposals to be presented for decision at their June annual meeting, paving the way for decisions affecting the 2007 crop year. Specifically, ministers agreed the existing program needs to become simpler as well as more responsive and predictable. The minsters expressed concern that the program will lose credibility with the country’s banking industry at a time when agriculture producers need stable financial support and business risk management backing. “I have heard from producers of certain issues within the program. We want to enhance its strong points while at the same time fixing the parts that don’t work,” said Ron Chisholm, Minister of Agriculture. “Nova Scotia is committed to providing an income program that will work for producers.” The Canadian Agricultural Income Stabilization program is a federal-provincial-territorial business risk management program, cost shared on a 60/40 basis between the federal government and provincial-territorial jurisdictions. The program is available to eligible farmers regardless of the commodities they produce.last_img read more

A Love Letter From Earth To Paris

first_imgEarth to Paris, a coalition of global partners driving awareness about the connection between people and planet, on Monday released a high impact video promoting the global #EarthToParis movement that took place on 7 December, 2015, in Paris.Video: A Love Letter from #EarthToParis – Narrated by Morgan FreemanNarrated by Morgan Freeman, the video serves as a crowdsourced love letter from Earth to Paris for world leaders to take action on climate change.“Allegro Prestissimo,” performed by Yo-Yo Ma and Bobby McFerrin courtesy of Sony Music Entertainment, plays as the vibrant video reveals several famous #EarthtoParis supporters such as Richard Branson, Gisele Bündchen, Kid President (Robby Novak), Pharrell Williams, Cameron Russell, Ram Dass, Jack Black and many more. The video also includes an assortment of people from around the world who have sent video messages to their world leaders.In the video, Freeman (as the Earth) reads, “Dear Paris, there is no voice more beautiful than the voice of the world speaking as one, and the world has spoken. This is about all of us — everything we know, everyone we love, and our survival.”This video follows the first Earth To Paris anthem video which received over 6 million views in its first week.The Earth To Paris coalition invites people everywhere to unite their voices this week for bold climate action so that Earth’s voice is heard during the negotiations at the United Nations Climate Summit—COP21. Earth To Paris kicked off 7 December at 12:00 am CET with a 36-hour global digital surge of Twitter chats, Google Hangouts, and locally hosted watch parties and digital events in at least 19 countries across all six inhabited continents.The Earth To Paris Coalition consists of more than 110 partners — including the City of Paris, Facebook, Swarovski and Twitter — with a social reach of over 200 million individuals globally.last_img read more

Indigenous youth find hidden talent in robotic program

first_imgBrittany Hobson APTN National NewsArmed with a new set of skills six Indigenous youth are ready to share their knowledge. All thanks to robots.First Peoples Development Inc. teamed up with Cogmation Robotics to create a program to educate kids from remote communities.Students first learn how to be build and program a robot. They then share what they’ve learned with First Nations in Manitoba.“What we’ve done is we’ve taken a half dozen Aboriginal youth who had no previous computer programming experience and mentored them intensely for a five-week period,” said Chris Schulz, program manager of Cogmation Robotics. “Now they’re actually able to teach others about how this works and be an inspiration and a role model to other people in different communities.”The program began three years ago as a way to show remote communities different employment opportunities.“The hidden talents (are) there that they didn’t know they had. So we just like to hope that we bring something to help them. Having these instructors they open our eyes to what is there,” said Ethel Anderson, president of First Peoples Development Inc.Using Lego models, participants learn the ins and outs of software development with an emphasis on coding.“My favourite thing now is I’m excited to go into the communities and teaching other kids and other people,” said Lisa Harper, graduate of Aboriginal Robotics Program.Instructors will visits 16 communities throughout northern Manitoba starting this week wrapping up in December.bhobson@aptn.calast_img read more

UN health agency joins relief efforts after deadly floods strike Mongolia

WHO reported yesterday that it would provide funds to the Mongolian health ministry and helped coordinate the emergency response in the wake of the floods, considered among the worst to strike the sparsely populated, landlocked country in decades.Eight children are among the people reported killed, while about 130 families have been left homeless and some 2,000 people have been evacuated from areas considered to be at risk of flooding.The floods have been particularly severe in and around the capital, Ulaanbaatar, and provinces to the immediate west.WHO said it is concerned that the overflow of sewage pits and lavatories following the floods could lead to major health problems, include outbreaks of diarrhoea and acute respiratory infections. Response efforts will focus on ensuring safe water supplies and promoting personal hygiene. 25 July 2009The United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) is helping Mongolian authorities respond to flash flooding that has killed at least 26 people, damaged infrastructure and raised the risk of outbreaks of infectious diseases. read more

Senior UN envoy begins sevennation tour to promote peace in Somalia

Acting on recommendations contained in a Security Council presidential statement of 13 July, Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Special Representative for Somalia, François Lonsény Fall, also plans to visit Djibouti, Egypt, Eritrea, Sudan, Uganda and Yemen forconsultations with their leaders.“Among the most critical issues on Ambassador Fall’s agenda is the third round of the Khartoum peace talks scheduled for 30 October between the Transitional Federal Institutions (TFIs) based in Baidoa and the Union of Islamic Courts (UIC) established in Mogadishu,” the UN Political Office for Somalia (UNPOS) said in a statement.The last round of talks between the rival sides took place at the beginning of last month in an effort to bring peace to the impoverished drought-afflicted country, which has been riven by factional fighting and has not had a functioning national government since President Muhammad Siad Barre’s regime was toppled in 1991.Mr. Fall had separate meetings today with Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi and African Union (AU) Commissioner for Peace and Security Said Djinnit. In August he said his office had been informed by UIC Executive Council Chairman Sheikh Sharif Sheikh Ahmed that Ethiopian troops were in Somalia but it had no monitoring capacity on the ground to confirm the charge. Mr. Fall will travel to Asmara tomorrow for talks with the Eritrean Government. He is scheduled to visit Djibouti and Yemen next week, before holding talks with leaders in Uganda, Sudan and Egypt prior to the Khartoum talks. Included in his Cairo schedule will be discussions with officials from the Arab League. read more

Cost of deforestation in Kenya far exceeds gains from forestry and logging

“Deforestation deprived Kenya’s economy of 5.8 billion shillings ($68 million) in 2010 and 6.6 billion shillings in 2009, far outstripping the roughly 1.3 billion shillings injected from forestry and logging each year,” according to a UNEP news release on the joint UNEP-Kenya Forest Service (KFS) study.The economic impact of Kenya’s five montane forests – called ‘water towers’ as these forests store water during the rainy season and release it slowly, thus ensuring water flow during dry periods – are assessed in the study, entitled The Role and Contribution of Montane Forests and Related Ecosystem Services to the Kenyan Economy.In his comments on the report, UNEP’s Executive Director, Achim Steiner, recognized rehabilitation work Kenya has undertaken in the Mau Forest Complex, one of the so-called water towers.“Kenya is today underlining its determination to be among a group of pioneering countries putting its nature-based assets at the centre of its sustainable development ambitions,” he said.“The findings of this report are based on the best international analytical methods and the latest environmental and economic evidence,” he added. “It is these kinds of cutting-edge assessments that are inspiring more and more countries in Africa and beyond towards the opportunities presented in a transition to an inclusive Green Economy.”Ongoing work by KFS, the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics and international partners has additionally found that the contribution of forests to Kenya’s income is undervalued by 2.5 per cent, according to UNEP, which added that this means that forests actually account for an estimated 3.6 per cent of Kenya’s gross domestic product.The UNEP-KFS report is being launched to coincide with the beginning of the Kenya Water Towers, Forests and Green Economy National Dialogue. It says the five water towers – Mount Kenya, the Aberdares, Mount Elgon and Cherangani complete the list – provide more than 75 per cent of the country’s renewable surface water resources annually, by feeding more than 15,800 million cubic metres of filtered rainwater to rivers and lakes each year.However, deforestation has occurred from activities such as unregulated charcoal production, logging of indigenous trees, marijuana cultivation, cultivation in the indigenous forest, livestock grazing, quarry landslides and human settlement. “Between 2000 and 2010, deforestation in the water towers amounted to an estimated 28,427 hectares, leading to reduced water availability of approximately 62 million cubic metres per year,” UNEP stated.Since Kenya’s economy is highly vulnerable to water availability, inflation spiked above 10 per cent on three occasions between 2000 and 2010, “each time driven by drought combined with increasing crude oil prices and weaker exchange rates,” UNEP said.Private consumption accompanying a doubling of household demand within the last 10 years has largely driven deforestation, the environment agency noted.“Fuel wood and charcoal represent the most important energy source for the population, at 75 per cent, and the forestry sector creates both formal and informal job opportunities, especially in rural areas,” UNEP said.However, it added, while forest products bring in one-off cash to the national economy, they also “encourage illegal deforestation activities and create huge economic damage through the loss of regulating services.” According to UNEP, the report found that the “cumulative negative effect” of deforestation on the economy through a reduction in regulating services was an estimated 3,650 million shillings per year, which was “more than four times the cash revenue of deforestation.”While UNEP recognized Kenya’s efforts to expand rehabilitation programmes in all water towers, it also highlighted various report recommendations calling for more action.Among them is a call for sustainable forest management that UNEP said included selective thinning regimes, protection against uncontrolled settlements, adequate allocation and policing of water withdrawals, and improved management of degraded land. read more

Two rulings to shape the future of NCAA collegiate athletics

NCAA president Dr. Mark Emmert speaks to the media during the Final Four press conference in Atlanta, Georgia, on Thursday, April 4, 2013.Credit: Courtesy of MCTThe future of student athletes and the NCAA rests with two rulings which were handed down in recent weeks.With a 16-2 vote, the NCAA Board of Directors passed a resolution on Aug. 7 that restructures the NCAA’s governing body.The restructuring, which was proposed 18 months ago, will promote open communication with the public while building accountability and streamlining the NCAA’s legislative process, according to an NCAA report dated July 18.Under the current model, athletic directors and student athletes do not have a voice in the legislative process, but under the new model they will.Instead of an 18 member board composed of 11 university presidents from the football bowl subdivision and 7 presidents from the football championships subdivision, as well as Division I schools without football, the new board will be comprised of 24 members.Those 24 members will be comprised of 10 presidents from the football bowl subdivision, five  presidents from the football championships subdivision, five presidents from division I schools without football, one student-athlete, one athletics director, one faculty athletics representative, and one senior female representative.“We hope this decision not only will allow us to focus more intently on the well-being of our student-athletes but also preserve the tradition of Division I as a diverse and inclusive group of schools competing together on college athletics’ biggest stage,” Nathan Hatch, president and board chair at Wake Forest University, said in an NCAA article dated Aug. 7.The NCAA’s restructuring is expected to streamline the process in approving new legislation concerning student athlete safety and well-being. Among the issues are extending healthcare coverage for student-athletes beyond graduation and athletic scholarships past eligibility, but the biggest issue is autonomy for the “Power 5” Conferences: the Big Ten, Southeastern Conference, Atlantic Coast Conference, Big 12 and Pac 12.This autonomy would allow members of these conferences to create rules that only apply to them.“We just have to be patient, not move too fast make sure whatever pieces of legislation we come up with is the right piece of legislation and ultimately benefits the kids,” Gene Smith, Ohio State’s vice president and athletic director said Sunday, following the Buckeyes’ football media day. “Over the next three to five years, we’re going to see a lot of change.”In a July 18 NCAA article by Michelle Hosick, OSU President Michael Drake echoed Smith’s comments.“We will begin to focus on student-athlete welfare in ways they will feel as early as next year,” Drake said.The other major decision that occurred last week was the ruling in the antitrust class action lawsuit, O’Bannon v. NCAA.According to, District Judge Claudia Wilken ruled in favor of O’Bannon and declared that the NCAA could not place restrictions on member schools that would prevent college football and basketball players from receiving a share of the revenue from using a player’s likeness.“We made a decision as a conference not to discuss the O’Bannon case publicly,” Smith said at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center on Sunday. “Obviously, it’s an ongoing litigation, so I’m not going to comment on the O’Bannon case.”OSU football coach Urban Meyer was also asked about both cases during a press conference on Sunday where he admitted that he did not know enough about either to provide comment due to preparations for the upcoming season.When asked again about the issues, Meyer said, “Beat Navy,” while rendering a hand salute during a moment of levity.Ed O’Bannon, a former UCLA basketball player, became the lead plaintiff for the case in 2009, which named Electronic Arts, the Collegiate Licensing Company and the NCAA as defendants.EA and the CLC decided to pay out a $40 million settlement to any athlete whose likeness has been used in their products since 2003.OSU spokesman Gary Lewis did not immediately respond to a request for comment.The NCAA is also expected to file an appeal on the O’Bannon decision. read more

Meyer vs Harbaugh Playoff hopes pinned on coaches second showdown

OSU coach Urban Meyer leads the Buckeyes onto the field before their game against Michigan State on Nov. 19. The Buckeyes won 17-16. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Photo EditorTen years ago, Ohio State and Michigan met in Ohio Stadium in a showdown of No. 1 and No. 2. The capacity crowd inside the walls of the ‘Shoe witnessed the nail-biting conclusion to a season-long buildup, and helped propel the Buckeyes into the national championship.In those days, Lloyd Carr was the man directing the Wolverines’ attack, while Jim Tressel picked the plays for the Buckeyes. Now, a decade later, OSU has Urban Meyer, the only other Buckeyes coach since The Game of the Century. Michigan, on the other hand, is on Carr’s third replacement with Jim Harbaugh.Meyer and Harbaugh are two names with a history of winning behind them. While both men went through different paths to coaching stardom, each has the ability to push their respective teams to a potential playoff spot. While both Michigan and OSU are ranked in playoff spots with just one week left this season, each team’s lone loss for the year has come in varied fashions. The Buckeyes dropped a tough one on a cold, blustery night in State College, Pennsylvania, to Penn State. Meyer was scrutinized for not getting the ball to junior H-back Curtis Samuel, and blamed for conservative play-calling.For Michigan, the Wolverines’ offense sputtered against Iowa on a cold, windy night in Iowa City. Michigan redshirt sophomore quarterback Wilton Speight struggled to produce anything through the air while senior running back De’Veon Smith was a non-factor.“Every little thing doesn’t always go our way, and to win, you’ve got to make it that way,” Harbaugh said following the loss.Meyer and Harbaugh met for the first time in 2015, when the Buckeyes embarrassed Michigan at home, 42-13. The dominant performance against the Wolverines gave the Buckeyes momentum for a playoff run, but OSU’s season was ruined by a loss to Michigan State.This time, the implications rival that of the 2006 edition of The Game, which saw both the Buckeyes and the Wolverines as the top spots in the nation. Even though many of the players on the team might remember this game as their first OSU football experience versus Michigan, Meyer has a different time in mind.“In the ’70s, Bo, Woody,” he said, referencing past OSU eras. “My mother, for some reason, I still to this day don’t know why, grabbed me and said we have to go run an errand. What the hell you talking about? You don’t leave that game. In Ashtabula, Ohio, outdoor mall walking down, and over the loud speakers, I just kept stopping and listening to the game. In the ’70s, the Ten-Year War. I remember that.”Harbaugh’s experience comes from playing in the biggest rivalry game in the nation back in 1986. At the time, Meyer was a graduate assistant with OSU, while his counterpart on Saturday was slingin passes downfield. Most Buckeyes fans from the 1980s might remember Harbaugh for a different reason.Famously, Harbaugh guaranteed a victory in the 1986 edition of The Game. It was a bold statement from a quarterback then-Michigan coach Bo Schembechler called one of the cockiest quarterbacks he had ever met. The statement still strikes a nerve with many OSU faithful.For Meyer, he still remembers the promise by Harbaugh that he kept. More surprisingly, he remembers something that came after the 26-24 loss that most fans forget today.“Vince Workman had a touchdown, and we missed a field goal right at the end and went to the Cotton Bowl and won that,” he said. “So I remember it very well.”Now, the matchup between the two college football icons has come full circle. With so much riding on this game, it would be easy to buy into the hype of the dynamic ability of Michigan junior linebacker Jabrill Peppers or the cool poise of OSU redshirt junior quarterback J.T. Barrett. But it’s Meyer vs. Harbaugh round two, with playoff implications in the minds of both teams. With such an important game coming Saturday, players could resort to bashing their opponents and downplay the accomplishments of the coaches.Instead, players like redshirt junior guard Billy Price has nothing but respect for the opposition’s leader. He had one word to describe Harbaugh.“Iconic,” Price said. The entire premise of The Game is a bitter rivalry, filled with hatred for a team from a state that shares a border. The tradition of the game — from OSU players tearing down the “M” banner in 1973 at Michigan Stadium to Wolverines’ safety Charles Woodson fighting OSU wide receiver David Boston on the field — is drenched in bad attitudes and feelings of disdain for the other side.However, from the coaching side, Meyer has different feelings about the man he is facing off against on Saturday, and it comes from two coaching icons.“I didn’t say like, but there’s a mutual respect,” Meyer said. “And I learned it from (Woody Hayes and Bo Schembechler), two of the greatest coaches of all time.”While it’s No. 2 OSU vs No. 3 Michigan in the final week of the regular season, the chess match between coaches is the more compelling matchup. read more

Football and basketball punishments differ drastically in Ohio State selfreported NCAA violations

Former five-star prospect and now-Penn State defensive end Micah Parsons (left) poses for a photo with former Ohio State running back Eddie George (right) at the set of College GameDay on Sept. 9. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorOne football recruit and a group of three men’s basketball recruits went on their official visits to Ohio State and took trips to the set of College GameDay before the football team’s game against Oklahoma on Sept. 9. Both parties walked onto the stage of College GameDay and met with former Ohio State quarterback and ESPN analyst Kirk Herbstreit, former Ohio State running back and celebrity guest picker Eddie George and two other ESPN analysts. The visits, it turns out, weren’t permitted, and Ohio State ended up self-reporting three NCAA violations for reach program.But the Ohio State football program issued a much harsher self-imposed punishment from the university than the basketball program, despite the exact same violations occurring at the same location on the same day. As part of its self-imposed punishment, the football program agreed to end its recruitment of former five-star defensive end and now-Penn State freshman Micah Parsons, who was declared ineligible to compete for Ohio State, while issuing a one-game suspension to the football recruiting assistant — Ed Terwilliger — who brought Parsons to the stage. The NCAA agreed with the action and decided no further action should be taken.However, Ohio State did not give its men’s basketball program nearly as harsh of a punishment. In fact, it’s possible two of the prospects have already signed with the Buckeyes for next season. The self-imposed punishments were not harsh enough for the NCAA, which added three additional sanctions including one that made the three recruits temporarily ineligible and required Ohio State to apply for reinstatement in order them to play for the Buckeyes. Both and 247Sports reported three basketball prospects visited Ohio State that weekend: Elijah Weaver, Luther Muhammad and Jaedon LeDee. Muhammad and Ledee have since signed letters of commitment with Ohio State and will join the program in the fall. The two were seen at St. John Arena that day and tweeted about their visits during that weekend.LeDee committed on Sept. 19 while Muhammad joined him on Sept. 22. The violation was not reported until Nov. 16. Ohio State was unwilling to confirm whether Weaver, Muhammad and LeDee were the three prospects in the violation.Despite committing the same NCAA infractions, the basketball program continued its recruitment of the three basketball players and did not suspend the staff member — director of player development Scoonie Penn — who allowed the prospects to walk onto the stage and set area. Instead, the program was forbidden from returning to the set of any future College GameDay sets over the remainder of the 2017-18 school year and letters of education regarding the violation of the bylaws were sent to both the basketball program and the producers and analysts of GameDay, according to the report obtained by The Lantern.As noted, the NCAA did not agree with Ohio State’s action and decided to impose three additional penalties, according to Ohio State’s compliance department.It declared the three prospects ineligible, requiring Ohio State to apply for reinstatement for the student-athletes involved in the violation from the NCAA Student-Athlete Reinstatement staff. This specific sanction matches what Ohio State self-imposed in its punishment of the football program.Eddie George, Lee Corso & Kirk Herbstreit make their game predictions on the ESPN College GameDay broadcast during the 2017 Ohio State- Oklahoma game on Sep. 9. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorThe NCAA also issued a reduction of “two recruiting person days” and forced Penn to sit out one game. The Lantern reached out to the NCAA for comment about the current eligibility status of the basketball recruits, but did not receive a response in time for publication. David Ridpath, an Ohio University professor and former compliance director at Marshall, said he expects the two players to be reinstated quickly and that the process is more of a formality than anything else. He cited his own personal experience, where at Marshall, the program self-reported a violation in the morning, had the player ineligible, contacted the NCAA and had the player reinstated before the end of the day.“If it’s something very minor and I look at this as pretty innocuous with the basketball players, it can happen relatively quick,” Ridpath said. “But I’d be stunned if it’s not done in a little while, but certainly it would be done by the season and they don’t really have anything to worry about.”The main difference between the punishment for the football program and that of the men’s basketball program is neither the university’s compliance department nor the NCAA told the program it could not recruit any of the three basketball players. This calls into question how Ohio State decided to determine the self-imposed punishments and why they differed so drastically. Ohio State did not comment on the discrepancy in the the self-imposed punishments.After learning of the self-imposed punishment on Ohio State’s football program, Parsons’ father, Terrance, told The Lantern that he believed the recruitment of his son ended because of a tweet his son had sent out after the Oklahoma game that then-redshirt freshman quarterback Dwayne Haskins should replace then-redshirt senior J.T. Barrett.Parsons said he and his son were supposed to meet head coach Urban Meyer the next day, but did not see him and were not contacted by Ohio State after the Oklahoma game except for a brief exchange with Meyer. He said no one ever notified him of the violation, which Ohio State reported on Sept. 26.The idea of Ohio State using this to smoothen the ending of the recruitment is not far-fetched to Ridpath. He said that if a program decided it no longer wanted to pursue a player, an NCAA violation would be a convenient excuse to tell the recruit that they can’t be recruited anymore because of a violation. Lee Corso and Kirk Herbstreit react to being served a ‘Thurmanator’ from The Thurman Cafe in Columbus during the ESPN College GameDay broadcast for the 2017 OSU- Oklahoma game on Sep. 9. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo Editor“I think Mr. Parsons is spot-on correct,” Ridpath said. “Is that nefarious of Ohio State? Not really. They’re playing the game and they’re playing it pretty effectively to be honest with you.”In both instances, the same three NCAA bylaws were broken.Though it was not a violation to meet with the former Buckeyes, it was a violation for all recruits to meet with other members of the media during an official visit. The contact broke two NCAA bylaws that state members of the media may not be present during a school’s recruiting contact with the prospect. In both cases, the prospects entered the stage and set area, which is not accessible to the general public, which broke the third NCAA bylaw.Both Ridpath and Don Jackson — an attorney from Montgomery, Alabama, with experience representing college athletes — said they believe the punishment for Micah Parsons was excessive, given the type of violation. Jackson called it an “awfully serious sanction for this violation.”Ohio State reported the football program’s violations in September, but did not report the basketball program’s violations until November. Jackson said because Ohio State self-imposed a much more severe punishment on the football program before and set a precedent for a harsh penalty, the sanctions self-imposed by the basketball program did not appear to be enough in the eyes of the NCAA.“Had they self-reported the offenses or the violations and self-imposed the less-severe sanctions, it’s quite possible that the NCAA might have accepted that,” Jackson said. “Unless there was some degree of intentional conduct or a past history of compliance issues in a particular program, this was not a significant violation.”Terrance Parsons declined to comment on the matter, saying he just wanted to put the whole incident behind him and his family.“Well I think it’s important to say, I don’t think Ohio State’s done anything bad or wrong here,” Ridpath said. “They’ve done the reporting and there’s two different results really because of the way they reported it and I think they have to be honest that Micah Parsons wasn’t part of their plans anymore. These three basketball players — even though one wasn’t — obviously [were].”Correction: Don Jackson was misidentified as “Brown” on second reference instead of “Jackson” on three occasions. He also was incorrectly quoted in the story as saying “awful” instead of “awfully.” The Lantern regrets and apologizes for this error. read more