US reveals Internet security efforts

Thursday, March 4, 2010

The United States announced the declassification of a portion of the Comprehensive National Cybersecurity Initiative, a major part of the US’s efforts to thwart cyber warfare, on Tuesday.

The announcement came at the RSA Security Conference in San Francisco, and was given by Howard Schmidt, who is the current US cyber-security coordinator, having been assigned the position in December.

While only a portion of the document was revealed at the announcement, and much remains classified material, including all material related to plans by the government for offensive cyber-warfare, the program has twelve parts, and has three main strategies:

  • To create a defensive mechanism against immediate threats, as well as those possible in the near future;
  • To create a defensive mechanism against a wide variety of threats, both present and future;
  • To initiate efforts to strengthen future cyber-security efforts.

The program includes funding for numerous security measures, including the government’s controversial Einstein program, which scans all incoming communications to government-operated websites. The plan also mentions increasing security for classified networks within the government, as well as developing a government-wide plan for counter-intelligence work, although the declassified portions gave little indication as to what that would involve.

The program was begun by President George Bush in 2008 as a National Security Presidential Directive, and has been entirely classified until now. At its inception, it was intended to serve as a program to unify cyber-security efforts within the government and to develop other security programs for use nationwide. No budget has been released for the program, although estimates place the cost at $40 billion until 2015.

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Obesity and the Fat Acceptance Movement: Kira Nerusskaya speaks

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Opinions rooted in racism, sexism, homophobia are commonly unacceptable to express in public or in polite company. Michael Richards shouted down a black heckler by yelling, “Shut up!” followed by “He’s a nigger!” and gave his already dormant career less of a chance of ever reviving. When Isiah Washington called a co-star on Grey’s Anatomy a “fag,” his contract was not renewed.

None of this would have happened to either actor if instead of racist or homophobic terminology they had said, “Shut up, fattie!” or “Fat ass!” It’s not an easy time to be fat in America. A fat person is seen as weak-willed, as suffering from an addiction to food, as unhealthy and deserving of ridicule. It goes without saying that people who are overweight are, indeed, people with a full range of emotions and feelings that are as easily hurt as a thin person’s.

Wikinews reporter David Shankbone met Kira Nerusskaya, a documentary filmmaker, at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival. Her film The BBW World: Under the FAT! is in production and post-production. She is a self-described Big Beautiful Woman (BBW) and she hosts the website; she is also one of the leading voices that has recently emerged for fat acceptance. In researching her film she has traveled to Russia, London, Paris, Ireland and all over the United States to interview fat women about their obesity and their place in their respective societies.

Below is an interview with Nerusskaya about the health, issues, public reactions to and sexuality of a BBW.

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Why Are Abortion Pills Preferable To Surgical Abortion Method In The First Trimester?

Why Are Abortion Pills Preferable To Surgical Abortion Method In The First Trimester? by JonesHarvey02As per a recent new report, the amount of pregnancy terminations with abortion pills is now slightly more than surgical procedures. Even though, these abortive medications have been around for two decades, the access to abortion pills have just became a reality in the recent years. This access, however is not easy or even possible in many areas around the world. Given the rules and regulations far outweigh the facilities provided for termination, it has become an international subject, of what goes on if a woman wants to buy MTP Kit and where. Due to such reasons, women are often forced to choose a lengthy and expensive way of terminating with surgical methods or to travel to other nations where they can legally seek help. Advantages of terminating with abortion pillsThe procedure is more private and confidential The woman must be under the gestational limit of 10 weeks to effectively use medication induced miscarriage. For the completion of the procedure, the person needs to take one pill of Mifepristone [200 mg] and four pills of misoprostol [800 mcg].Therefore, it is far more private because it can be home administrated, unlike surgical procedures which have to be done in clinics by healthcare professionals. Furthermore, if the woman doesn’t want anyone to know about the abortive procedure, it is better for her to choose abortion pills. Feels more naturalOne of the most common reasons given by women who had aborted with medication was that they chose to do so because it felt more natural, like a miscarriage. Surgical procedure is far more intrusive compared to medical abortionIt is a technique which requires the women to be injected with sedative [anesthesia] and surgery to remove the pregnancy parts from the uterus by utilizing surgical tools. This method is termed as the suction aspiration method, which is then followed by curettage, i.e. fixing the cut off veins inside the uterus during the procedure].Meanwhile, medical abortion only needs medication to end the pregnancy and therefore only require maximum two visits to the clinic. Pregnancy can be ended much sooner with With surgical procedure, the embryo must be older than 6 weeks for the procedure to take place. Meanwhile medical abortion does not have a low bar time limit for pregnancy termination, it can end even one-week old pregnancy till 10 weeks. Effects of the procedureOne of the concerns while doing a surgical procedure is that there is a slight possibility of the uterus/cervical damage from the instruments or the suction. There is a likewise possibility of contracting an infection after getting an invasive treatment. This however can be corrected immediately with anti-infection medication.With abortion pills however, there is no cause of worry of getting uterus injury as there is no use of tools or instruments used for removing the embryo. Apart from the bleeding, abdominal cramps and other few side effects, the medicinal process is more effective and private than any other method of pregnancy termination.Multiple abortive surgical procedure can cause troubleIf a woman already has had a termination procedure by surgery before, she is much more at risk of causing a permanent damage to the uterus due to surgery on the same part of the body multiple times.This can harm the nerves situated in the uterus which cannot be healed once damaged. This can lead to not only a permanent injury but also lead to infertility. A support person can be there throughout the process with medical abortive procedure This is simply not possible with surgery. Article Source:

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Global markets plunge

Friday, October 10, 2008

Stock markets across the world have fallen sharply with several seeing the biggest drop in their history.

Asian markets saw the biggest sell-off. The Nikkei dropped 9.62% to reach a 20 year low. Japan also saw a collapse of a mid-size insurance company, Yamato Life Insurance Company, which declared bankruptcy. The Hang Seng, which was one of the few markets that was positive yesterday, fell 7.19%. Australia dropped by 8.4% and South Korea saw a 9% fall.

In Europe, markets dropped at the open with the FTSE losing 11%. They have recovered only sightly with all European markets losing more than 5%. The European sell off was more about the Asian lows then any specific news. European banks and financial institutes saw the most selling. Also, oil related companies saw large drops as an result of an expected decrease in oil consumption.

The U.S. markets opened lower with the Dow Jones Industrial Average falling below 8,000, before recovering slightly. President George W. Bush made an address on the economy and said markets were being “driven by uncertainty and fear.”

Oil has seen losses of more than US$6 in trading with the current price of a barrel of oil less than $80. This is a year low for oil. News also came out that OPEC will hold an emergency meeting on November 18 to discuss the falling price of oil.

Charities, such as Cats Protection, today said that they have lost much of their funds in collapsing banks. Cats Protection had a total of £11.2 million saved in the now-collapsed Kaupthing bank.

The British National Council for Voluntary Organisations said that 60 of its 6,500 have lost money due to the collapse of banks.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell to its lowest level in five years at 8,579.19, falling 679 points in one day. This, at 7.3%, is the eleventh largest percentage fall in the history of the index. The growth then continued, with the index being up over 150 points on the start of the day at one point.

The index, did however, recover, and as of 19:30 UTC was up 17.68 points, or 0.21%, pushing the index up to almost 8600.

Peter Cardillo, chief market economist at Avalon Partners, commented on these massive falls. “What we’ve seen here was one big margin call that just kept feeding on itself, so the opposite could happen. But you need a catalyst,” he said. “I’m more convinced now than ever that this market has made a bottom. The capitulation came when we breached 8,000,” he continued. “It doesn’t mean we can’t go back and revisit that level.”

The UK’s FTSE 100 index fell dramatically to close below 4000, in the index’s worst week in history. This is despite the fact that just a few days ago the index was above 5000, and the index peaked above 5500 in September.The FTSE 100 index has fallen by 41% this year.

Barclays Wealth analyst Henk Potts commented on this massive fall. “We are drowning in a sea of red numbers,” he claimed. “Investors are concerned about the exacerbation of the credit crunch and the gloomy forecasts for economic growth. The reality is that most investors have been spooked by the sheer pressure that the credit crunch is putting on the global economy.”

The Japanese Nikkei 225 has recorded it’s third biggest drop in history with a massive sell-off in the exchange that has resulted in USD 250 billion being knocked of the index’s value.

Toyota, which is the second largest carmaker in the world, fell by the largest amount in 21 years, while Elpida Memory, the world’s largest manufacturer of computer memory, dropped in value to a record low.

Masafumi Oshiden, a fund manager in Toyota commented on the drop.”It’s capitulation,” he said. “There are lots of forced sellers. If you’re a fund that’s going bust you need to close out all your positions.”

George W. Bush commented on the financial situation earlier today. “Over the past few days, we have witnessed a startling drop in the stock market — much of it driven by uncertainty and fear,” he said. “This has been a deeply unsettling period for the American people. Many of our citizens have serious concerns about their retirement accounts, their investments, and their economic well-being.”

Bush then continued by promoting the government’s plan’s to get through the crises. “Here’s what the American people need to know: that the United States government is acting; we will continue to act to resolve this crisis and restore stability to our markets. We are a prosperous nation with immense resources and a wide range of tools at our disposal. We’re using these tools aggressively.”

Gordon Brown, the UK Prime Minister, also spoke on the economy. “I think we quickly realised that we cannot solve the problems we have got as a result of the sub-prime market collapse simply by improving liquidity,” he said speaking in Birmingham to business leaders earlier today. “That would simply not be enough to deal with the bigger problem of rebuilding the banking system for the future and restoring trust is a fundamental element of that.”

Jim Flaherty, the Canadian minister for finance, also commented today on the recent incidents in the economy. “It is important to underline that Canada’s banks and other financial institutions are sound, well capitalized and less leveraged than their international peers,” he claimed. “Our mortgage system is sound. Canadian households have smaller mortgages relative both to the value of their homes and to their disposable incomes than in the U.S.”

“”However, it is becoming increasingly clear that the continuing disruption of global credit markets, which has been severe and protracted, is making it difficult for our financial institutions to raise long-term funding. This is beginning to affect the availability of mortgage loans and other types of credit in Canada,” he continued. “The Government has therefore decided to act to address the current scarcity of private sector lending to Canadian mortgage markets and lending markets overall. This is going to make loans and mortgages more available and more affordable for ordinary Canadians and businesses.”

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    Race to save Chilean miners trapped underground from spiralling into depression continues

    Thursday, September 2, 2010

    It has emerged that the 33 Chilean miners trapped underground after the mine they were working in collapsed could be brought to the surface in a shorter time than was initially feared. While officials publicly announced that the men would not be brought to the surface until Christmas, sources inside technical meetings have revealed that they could in fact be on the surface by early November. The news comes as families were allowed to speak by radio-telephone to their trapped loved ones on Sunday. Over the weekend, video images filmed by the miners emerged showing the miners playing dominoes at a table and singing the Chilean national anthem. The miners also used the camera to send video messages to their families on the surface, saying that they regularly broke into tears, but were feeling better having received food and water.

    The grainy nightvision images, filmed on a high definition camcorder that was sent down a small shaft to the mine, show the men in good spirits, chanting “long live Chile, and long live the miners.” They are unshaven and stripped to the waist because of the heat underground, and are seen wearing white clinical trousers that have been designed to keep them dry. Giving a guided tour of the area they are occupying, Mario Sepúlveda, one of the miners, explains they have a “little cup to brush our teeth”, and a place where they pray each day. “We have everything organized,” he tells the camera. Gesturing to the table in the center of the room, he says that “we meet here every day. We plan, we have assemblies here every day so that all the decisions we make are based on the thoughts of all 33.” Another unidentified miner asks to rescuers, “get us out of here soon, please.” A thermometer is shown in the video, reading 29.5C (85F).

    As the film continues, it becomes evident that the miners have stuck a poster of a topless woman on the wall. The miners appear shy, and one man puts his hand to his face, presumably dazzled by the light mounted on the cameraman’s helmet. One miner sent a message to his family. “Be calm”, he says. “We’re going to get out of here. And we thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your efforts.” Another said that the miners are “sure that there are people here in Chile that are big people, that are powerful people, that are intelligent people, and they have the technology and they will all work together to get us out of here.” Speaking to the camera, one says: “we have had the great fortune that trapped in this mine there are good, professional people. We have electricians, we have mechanics, we have machine operators and we will let you know that while you are working to rescue us on the surface, we are down here ready to help you too.” It has been reported that Mario Gómez, 63, has become the group’s “spiritual leader”, having worked in the mines for over fifty years. He has requested that materials to build a shrine be sent down to the cavern.

    Upon seeing the video in a private screening, family members, who are living in a small village of tents at the entrance to the San José copper-gold mine—which they have named Camp Hope—were elated. “He’s skinny, bearded and it was painful to see him with his head hanging down, but I am so happy to see him alive”, said Ruth Contreras, the mother of Carlos Bravo, who is trapped in the mine. The video, of which only a small portion has been released to the public, shows the miners, many of them wearing helmets, cracking jokes and thanking the rescuers for their continued efforts. The supplies are being sent to the men through a small shaft only twelve centimeters wide, and a laboratory has been set up with the purpose of designing collapsible cots and miniature sandwiches, which can be sent down such a narrow space.

    CNN reported on Friday that “officials are splitting the men into two shifts so one group sleeps while the other works or has leisure time .. On average, each man has lost 22 pounds (10 kilograms) since they became trapped three weeks ago, and dehydration remains a threat. But a survey of the men indicates that at least nine miners are still too overweight to fit through the proposed rescue shaft. Initially, the miners survived by draining water from a water-cooled piece of equipment. To stay hydrated in the 90-degree mine, each miner must drink eight or nine pints of water per day.”

    But while there are jubilant celebrations on the surface that the miners are alive, officials are now nervous that the miners could become depressed, trapped in a dark room the size of a small apartment. Chilean health minister Jaime Mañalich said that, on the video, he saw the telltale signs of depression. “They are more isolated, they don’t want to be on the screen, they are not eating well”, he said. “I would say depression is the correct word.” He said that doctors who had watched the video had observed the men suffering from “severe dermatological problems.” Dr. Rodrigo Figueroa, head of the trauma, stress and disaster unit at the Catholic University in Santiago, Chile, explained that “following the euphoria of being discovered, the normal psychological reaction would be for the men to collapse in a combination of fatigue and stress … People who are trained for emergencies – like these miners – tend to minimize their own needs or to ignore them. When it is time to ask for help, they don’t.” NASA has advised emergency workers that entertaining the miners would be a good idea. They are to be sent a television system complete with taped football matches. Another dilemma facing Mañalich is whether the miners should be permitted to smoke underground. While nicotine gum has been delivered to the miners, sending down cigarettes is a plan that has not been ruled out.

    With the news that drilling of the main rescue tunnel was expected to begin on Monday, officials have informed the media that they hope to have the miners out of the mine by Christmas—but sources with access to technical meetings have suggested that the miners could actually be rescued by the first week of November. A news report described the rescue plan—”the main focus is a machine that bores straight down to 688m and creates a chimney-type duct that could be used to haul the miners out one by one in a rescue basket. A second drilling operation will attempt to intercept a mining tunnel at a depth of roughly 350m. The miners would then have to make their way through several miles of dark, muddy tunnels and meet the rescue drill at roughly the halfway point of their current depth of 688m.” Iván Viveros Aranas, a Chilean policeman working at Camp Hope, told reporters that Chile “has shown a unity regardless of religion or social class. You see people arriving here just to volunteer, they have no relation at all to these families.”

    But over the weekend, The New York Times reported that the “miners who have astonished the world with their discipline a half-mile underground will have to aid their own escape — clearing 3,000 to 4,000 tons of rock that will fall as the rescue hole is drilled, the engineer in charge of drilling said Sunday … The work will require about a half-dozen men working in shifts 24 hours a day.” Andrés Sougarret, a senior engineer involved in operating the drill said that “the miners are going to have to take out all that material as it falls.”

    The families of those trapped were allowed to speak to them by radio-telephone on Sunday—a possibility that brought reassurance both the miners and those on the surface. The Intendant of the Atacama Region, Ximena Matas, said that there had been “moments of great emotion.” She continued to say that the families “listened with great interest and they both felt and realized that the men are well. This has been a very important moment, which no doubt strengthens their [the miners’] morale.” The phone line is thought to be quite temperamental, but it is hoped that soon, those in the mine and those in Camp Hope will be able to talk every day. “To hear his voice was a balm to my heart … He is aware that the rescue is not going to happen today, that it will take some time. He asked us to stay calm as everything is going to be OK … He sounded relaxed and since it was so short I didn’t manage to ask anything. Twenty seconds was nothing”, said said Jessica Cortés, who spoke to her husband Víctor Zamora, who was not even a miner, but a vehicle mechanic. “He went in that day because a vehicle had broken down inside the mine … At first they told us he had been crushed [to death].”

    Esteban Rojas sent up a letter from inside the mine, proposing to his long-time partner Jessica Yáñez, 43. While they have officially been married for 25 years, their wedding was a civil service—but Rojas has now promised to have a church ceremony which is customary in Chile. “Please keep praying that we get out of this alive. And when I do get out, we will buy a dress and get married,” the letter read. Yáñez told a newspaper that she thought he was never going to ask her. “We have talked about it before, but he never asked me … He knows that however long it takes, I’ll wait for him, because with him I’ve been through good and bad.”

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    Integrating The Elderly And Disabled With Personal Support Worker Training And More

    Integrating the Elderly and Disabled with Personal Support Worker Training and More


    Valeria Stephens

    A very modern challenge is integrating the disabled and the elderly into daily life and helping them lead independent lives. While in the past, institutionalization and isolation was the norm, today it is considered to be healthier for society and for the individuals to be able to work, live in non-care home or alternatively structured care-home environments. There are many factors that have gone into this, from sociological research, medical break throughs and the rise of careers like community service worker or for people with personal support worker training.

    Some of these concepts are not new. In the distant past, before there was anything close to modern hospital and social infrastructure, disabled people and other people who needed care and assistance were generally looked after by family. Institutions began as a mercy operation for the impoverished or people like veterans, who were being rewarded with care in exchange for their military service. Usually this was part of a religious organization s charitable mission. At this time, excepting nuns, professional nursing was not seen as a respectable profession. People with the resources could hire servants to look after their needs, but even the role of doctor or surgeon was on the cusp of respectability.

    With the primitive medicine of the time, it took better results before healthcare became more respected. That was followed by a zealous trend towards institutionalization. Meanwhile alongside a growth in nursing there was also a growth in social work, from which we get the professional

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    At this time, even in the home, there was still an unfortunate trend to hide away sick or disabled people. Disabled persons were seen as being better off in a structured environment where they could receive medical attention. But while this dealt with physical problems efficiently, it created emotional problems. Psychological and sociological research discovered better health results and quality of life. As treatments extended life and increased mobility, disabled and elderly patients became capable of functioning better without constant help.

    Meanwhile social values shifted towards more respect for diversity. Simple adaptations like wheelchair ramps were added to many locations. It was discovered that with only a few hours a week from someone with

    personal support worker training

    , many of these people could stay in comfortable home networks. Employers are also encouraged to make allowances for disabled workers, increasing their efficacy.

    On the other hand, institutions tried to become more like the world outside their walls. Today a retirement community encourages social involvement and resembles a luxury apartment complex more than a hospital. True there are plenty of healthcare workers, but also usually even small stores and hairdressing services. And people are brought in from outside the community for mutual benefit, from school kids to people there to learn from seniors.

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    Woman finds human finger in bowl of chili at Wendy’s restaurant

    Story sources
    • Maria Alicia Gaura and Dave Murphy. “Wendy’s diner finds human finger in her chili” — San Francisco Chronicle, March 24, 2005
    • Chuck Carroll and Sandra Gonzales. “Exposure to `finger’ in chili would pose little risk, official says” — San Jose Mercury News, March 23, 2005
    • Dan Reed, Knight Ridder Newspapers. “Woman finds human finger in Wendy’s chili” — Kansas City Star, March 23, 2005
    • “Woman Eating Chili Bites Into Human Finger” — Associated Press, March 23, 2005
    • “Diner finds human finger in bowl of chili” — MSNBC, March 24, 2005

    Thursday, March 24, 2005

    San Jose, California — A woman eating a bowl of chili at a Wendy’s restaurant bit into a chewy bit that turned out to be a human finger. She immediately spat it out, warned other patrons to stop eating, and upon recognizing the object as a finger, vomited.

    “I’m more of a Carl’s Jr. person,” the 39-year-old Las Vegas woman, Anna Ayala, told Knight Ridder. She said this incident was her first visit to a Wendy’s restaurant. Ayala described how she found the finger, “Suddenly something crunchy was in my mouth,” she continued, “and I spit it out.”

    According to Devina Cordero, 20, after Ayala found the finger, she ran up to her and Cordero’s boyfriend and said, “Don’t eat it! Look, there’s a human finger in our chili.”

    “We went up to the counter and they told us it was a vegetable,” Cordero continued. “The people from Wendy’s were poking it with a spoon.”

    The restaurant is located at 1405 Monterey Highway, just south of downtown San Jose.

    Wikinews reporter David Vasquez drove his car up to the drive-thru menu and found that chili was still on the menu, at a price of US$1.19 for a small serving. He also witnessed workers unloading supplies from a semi-trailer truck in the restaurant’s parking lot, and carting them into the back door of the establishment.

    According to Ben Gale, director of environmental health for Santa Clara County, the finger did not come from any of the employees at the restaurant. “We asked everybody to show us they have 10 fingers and everything is OK there,” he said. The found portion of the finger likely belonged to a woman because of its long and manicured fingernail, also found in the food.

    Officials seized the food supply at the restaurant and are tracing it back to the manufacturer, where they believe the finger may have gotten mixed in with the raw ingredients used to prepare the chili. The restaurant’s operators were later permitted to re-open after preparing new chili prepared from fresh ingredients.

    As this story was filed, there was no mention of the incident on the Wendy’s corporate web site. Wendy’s issued a statement through a spokesman.

    “Food safety is of utmost importance to us,” said Wendy’s spokesman Joe Desmond. He referred to the incident as an “unsubstantiated claim.”

    “We are cooperating fully with the local police and health departments with their investigation. It’s important not to jump to conclusions. Here at Wendy’s we plan to do right by our customers,” Desmond said.

    According to county health officials, the unfortunate woman who bit into the finger is doing fine, despite her initial reaction. Officials also noted that the finger would have been cooked at a high enough temperature to destroy any viruses.

    The Santa Clara county medical examiner reported that the finger had a solid fingerprint, although investigators did not say if a search of fingerprint databases would be performed to find the owner of the finger.

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    Childhood And Teen Aging: From Bean Bag Toss To Crushes

    By William U. Steinmetz

    About a quarter of our lives is spent on pre-adulthood years, but these are the 18 most crucial years of human development. People, unlike animals do not only develop physically, but mentally, emotionally, socially and psychologically as well. This is why, unlike the animal species, typical laws of nature do not apply to us, save for the really fundamental ones like eating, sleeping, breathing etc.

    The point is, there is more to human beings than their biological makeup. While it may be an impossible feat to dissect all there is to this complicated organism, there are at least some points of commonalities for all men in the stages of their growth.

    Mans growth and development may be divided into three major categories, the childhood, adolescent and adulthood. Everything else may fall in between these stages or may serve as the boundaries, the threshold of crossing from one stage to the next. While most of the years are lived by man as an adult, the small quarter of his life spent as a child and an adolescent is actually the most crucial one in his development. It is where most of mans foundational character develops and are thus referred to as the growth years of man.

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    During childhood, which is typically from age 5 to 10, its the physical aspect in man that is growing at a fast rate. At this point, the person should have already ideally developed basic locomotive skills like walking and moving his or her hands, thus during childhood this develops more along with the growth and strengthening of his or her body parts. In line with this, the child who should be in school must also start developing his or her mental capabilities. This can be done with subjects like basic math, basic language skills, basic arts and crafts and etc. More importantly, what signifies childhood from all the other stages is the concept of play.

    While playing in the adult stages may take the form of recreational sports, childhood holds a less serious type of playing and more an area to expend their creative and explosive energies. Of course underlying these games are also many aids to developing their locomotive skills and their mental agility. For example games such as the bean bag toss where not only are they to throw corn hole bags but also figure out strategies to increase their scoring. The bean bag toss is just one of the games that achieve this underlying development of mental and physical agility.

    The next stage of human development, which is the adolescent stage or in layman terms, the teenage years, elevates to a more complicated type of development. While it may no longer be the stage for bean bag toss, this stage has now more on the psychological development of the teen, in accordance with the development of his bodily hormones. This stage is signified with the change in a persons perception of the opposite sex. They begin to recognize that this is the stage where the opposite sex is someone who can more than be a friend.

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    Delhi Police question South African cricketer Herschelle Gibbs over match-fixing scandal in 2000

    Thursday, October 12, 2006

    While being interrogated by the Delhi Police today, South Africa cricketer Herschelle Gibbs admitted that his former captain Hansie Cronje asked him to underperform at the Pepsi Cup in 2000. Gibbs also named Derek Crookes among three others who, he said, were involved in the affair.

    “Gibbs had come and the interrogation took place in a manner in which we wanted. The investigation can now move forward,” Joint Commissioner of Crime Branch Ranjit Narayan said at a press conference following the two hour long session.

    Gibbs maintained that he did not know whether or not any Indian players were involved in the scandal, although he did reveal that the entire South African team had received an offer in 1996, which they refused. Gibbs also refrained from revealing whether or not he actually accepted any money to underperform, saying only that he was following his late skipper’s wishes. Narayan, on his part, indicated that the investigation could now “move forward”, following the filling-in of “loopholes and gaps” as a result of today’s interrogation. The Delhi Police have also taken samples of Gibbs’ voice to compare it with the telephone recordings that they have recovered. The cops also stated that Gibbs had been cooperative, and that he “might be needed again”.

    Transcript of a telephone conversation between (late) South African Captain Hansie Cronje and bookie Sanjay Chawla:

    Hansie Cronje: Ok. I have spoken. Yes, everything is fine. I’ve spoken to Gibbs, and to Williams and Strydom.

    Sanjay Chawla: Already ok. And how many runs for Gibbs?

    Hansie Cronje: Less than 20.

    Sanjay Chawla: Less than 20?

    Hansie Cronje: Ya.

    Sanjay Chawla: Ok. So, everything is according to plan. You have to score at least 250.

    Hansie Cronje: Ya.

    Sanjay Chawla: And if you score 270, then it is off.

    Hansie Cronje: Ok. And financially the guys want 25. They want 25 each.

    Sanjay Chawla: All guys. Ok.

    Hansie Cronje: So, that’s 75 for these three. And what can you pay me? I do not know how much you pay me?

    Sanjay Chawla: You say.

    Hansie Cronje: If you give me… 140 for everybody.

    Sanjay Chawla: Ok. 140 all together?

    Hansie Cronje: Ya.

    Sanjay Chawla: Ok. That’s fine. And we will sort something out for the previous ones as well.

    Hansie Cronje: All right, we are on.

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    U.S. asks Czech Republic to grant asylum to Guantanamo Bay prisoners

    Thursday, November 10, 2005

    Jan Krc, the spokesman for the US embassy in Prague, has confirmed that the embassy had asked the Czech government to grant asylum to some Guantanamo Bay prisoners, Muslims of Chinese origin, who had formerly been suspected of being terrorists. Krc said that the Muslims face persecution if they are sent back to China.

    Krc said the request was “a humanitarian request because we clearly need to place these people somewhere,” adding that the ex-prisoners would have as much liberty as anyone else given asylum.

    The Czech Republic’s Interior Minister Frantisek Bublan said; “It concerns prisoners concentrated at the Guantanamo base, of whom membership of al-Qaeda has not been proved. We were asked if we could not include them here in an asylum process.”

    The Czech interior ministry spokesperson, Radka Kovárová, said that the Czech government turned down the Americans’ request: “Minister Bublan evaluated the whole issue and, bearing in mind potential security hazards, said he would not see offering asylum to these persons as appropriate.”

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