21 Dec

O’Meara ready for title defence

first_imgSteve O’Meara will aim to stay on course for a shot at a major title when he faces Nathan Weise at Bethnal Green’s York Hall on Wednesday night.It will be O’Meara’s first defence of the southern area light-middleweight belt he won with a stunning first-round knockout of fellow West Londoner Ryan Toms at the same venue in September.The 27-year-old hopes to challenge for the British or Commonwealth title next year and expects to see off Thamesmead boxer Weise, whose last fight was, ironically, a draw against Toms.“All the training’s done and the weight’s never been a problem for me, so I’m ready to go,” O’Meara told West London Sport.“I’ve seen a bit of Weise and he seems decent. He looks like a boxer rather than a banger and has a good left-right combination.“But if I’m going to get to where I think I can be, I need to be getting past fights like this and that’s what I intend to do.”Weise, also 27, has a record of 7-1-2 and will be the underdog against O’Meara (14-2), who could face British champion Brian Rose in 2012.O’Meara, who was born in Shepherd’s Bush and lives in West Drayton, was touted as a future opponent for Prince Aaron before the 6ft 3in Mancunian lost the Lonsdale belt when he was beaten on points by Rose last month.“Funny enough that fight went exactly as I believed a fight between myself and Aaron would have gone,” said O’Meara.“Fair play to Brian Rose, though. He got there first and went in there and did what I’d have looked to do.“I just have to make sure I do the business on Wednesday. I want to move forward and don’t want any slip-ups.”www.twitter.com/davidmcintyre76Related stories:O’Meara stuns Toms in west London clashTrainer eyes title shot for O’Mearalast_img read more

18 Dec

SA calls for peaceful resolution in Ukraine

first_img3 March 2014 The South African government has called for a peaceful resolution to the escalating international political crisis in Ukraine. “South Africa urges the protagonists in the stand-off to settle the crisis through dialogue,” the Department of International Relations and Cooperation said on Sunday, adding: “We will continue to monitor the situation and encourage international diplomatic efforts meant to produce a lasting peaceful solution.” The Russian parliament on the weekend approved the deployment of more soldiers to the Crimean peninsula, while Andriy Parubiy, secretary of Ukraine’s National Security and Defense Council, announced on Sunday that the Ukrainian Defense Ministry had orders to assemble all soldiers. The new Ukrainian government in Kiev had already put its army on alert on Friday. Since then, Russian forces have effectively occupied the Crimean peninsula. The United Nations announced on Sunday that Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson would travel to Ukraine to get an understanding of the situation on the ground. This followed a UN Security Council meeting on the growing crisis in Ukraine on Saturday, the second meeting in two days held by the 15-member body. “Following the Security Council’s consultations and given the developments on the ground in Ukraine, the secretary-general is dispatching Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson to the country this evening,” a spokesperson for UN chief Ban Ki-moon said. “While in Ukraine, the deputy secretary-general will be personally apprised of the facts on the ground and will subsequently brief the secretary-general on the next steps the United Nations could take to support the de-escalation of the situation.” Eliasson, as well as Ban, his senior adviser Robert Serry, and the Security Council have all called for calm and direct dialogue between all concerned to avoid a further escalation of the crisis. Source: SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more

18 Dec

Decrease in infant mortality in South Africa

first_imgThere has been a marked decrease in child mortality rates in South Africa, according to the Institute of Race Relations (IRR), which says this is indicative of improved child health in the country.From 2001 to 2014, severe malnutrition rates among under-fives dropped from 12.5 per 1 000 children to 4.5 per 1 000 children.There has been a marked decrease in child mortality rates in South Africa, according to the Institute of Race Relations (IRR), which says this is indicative of improved child health in the country.The IRR made this finding in its latest South Africa Survey, published this month. The institute is a classically liberal think-tank.It found that the under-five mortality rate had declined from 77.2 deaths per 1 000 live births in 2002 to 45.1 deaths per 1 000 live births deaths in 2015. The institute also found that deaths of infants under one year of age declined from 51.2 deaths per 1 000 live births in 2002 to 34. 4 deaths per 1 000 live births in 2015.According to the IRR, poor access to health care services, especially immunisation programmes; malnutrition; and poor living conditions were three of the leading contributors to child deaths.It found that:Immunisation rates had steadily increased in South Africa. In 2001, 67% of children under one year of age were immunised. This increased to 89.8% in 2014.The rollout of social grants had probably contributed to preventing child deaths. Social grant beneficiaries as a percentage of the total national population increased from 9% in 2001 to 30% in 2015. This had undoubtedly contributed to raising living standards.From 2001 to 2014, severe malnutrition rates among under-fives dropped from 12.5 per 1 000 children to 4.5 per 1 000 children.“Although these figures are encouraging, South Africa still has a high infant mortality rate, especially compared to other emerging markets and the developed world,” said IRR analyst Gerbrandt van Heerden.“Data from the World Bank shows that the under-five mortality rate in Germany was 3.9 deaths for every 1 000 live births. Therefore, South African policymakers still have some way to go in ensuring that our child health indicators reach global norms. Better public health care services are part of the solution but rising economic growth and employment levels will do just as much, if not more, to improve the conditions of South Africa’s children.”The South Africa Survey has been published annually by the IRR since 1948 in the interests of advancing fact-based policy making.Source: Institute of Race Relationslast_img read more

12 Dec

Helping Military Families Who Have a Child with Disabilities

first_imgThe military lifestyle can be hard on families. There is a demand for their time, energy and commitment that can lead to stress on the family unit.6 In military families who have a child with special needs, the stress for the family is increased even further.It is important that families are taught how to cope with the stress concerning events of their lives, and to understand and expect the family environment to be adjusted due to not only the military lifestyle but also having a child with a disability.3,4 Researchers suggest that medical and mental health services alone are not enough to alleviate stress for military families who have a young child with disabilities.1,2It is suggested that military families find family-centered services, community partnerships, and support groups with similar areas of interest, to aid in lowering stress for the family.5Below are links to support groups, resources, and services for military families who have a child with special needs.Military Special Needs Network: This Facebook page is a great place for families to reach out to other families with similar needs. Ask questions, contribute advice and build relationships.Autism: the Military: This Pinterest page is a collection of articles, news events, videos, and stories to help military families who have a child with Autism.The Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP): Addresses the unique needs of military families with special needs children, and provides resources, tools and articles to further inform parents about EFMP and the families is serves.Military Families with Complex Kids: In this Facebook group, ask questions and find the support of other military families raising children with special needs or medical complications.Military One Source Special Needs: provides information and support for families with special needs family members.The DoD Special Needs Parent Tool Kit: provides information for parents that is downloadable and covers birth through 18 years old. Whether you need to learn about early intervention services or want to learn how to be a more effective advocate for your child, this resources has the information you are searching for.Do you have any resources to add to our list? Post your go to resources in the comment section below. Dyson, L.L. (1993). Response to the presence of a child with disabilities: Parental stress and family functioning over time. American Journal of Mental Retardation, 98, 207-218.Dyson, L.L. (1996). The experiences of families of children with learning disabilities: Parental stress, family functioning, and sibling self-concept. Journal of Learning Disabilities, 29, 280-286.Murphy, D.L., Behr, S.K., & Summers, J.A. (1990). Do something about it-think! Cognitive coping strategies and stress and well-being in parents of children with disabilities. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Psychological Association: Boston.Paulus, P.B., Nagar, D., Larey, T.S., & Camacho, L.M. (1996). Environmental, lifestyle, and psychological factors in the health and well-being of military families. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 26, 1053-2075.Russo, T.J., & Fallon, M.A. (2001). Helping military families who have a child with a disability cope with stress. Early Childhood Education Journal. 29(1). 3-8.Segal, M.W. (1989). The nature of work and family linkages: A theoretical perspective. In G.L. Bowen & D.K. Orthner (Eds.), The organizational family: Work and family linkages in the U.S. military (pp.3-36). New York: Praeger. Subscribe to our mailing list for monthly eNewslettersEmail Address First Name Last Name This MFLN-Military Caregiving concentration blog post was published on February 26, 2016.last_img read more