At least 30 dead in South Korea as rain triggers landslides, floods

first_imgIn all, nearly 6,000 people have been evacuated from their homes across the country this month, with about 4,600 of them staying at temporary shelters.Among the victims was a man in his 80s who was found dead after he was buried in a landslide with his tractor. A 61-year-old man and a 59-year-old woman were killed after their home was swallowed by a landslide.Authorities have issued landslide warnings for 24 regions. At least 667 landslides have been reported so far in August.More heavy rain is expected to cause further damage in flood-hit areas as Typhoon Jangmi, the season’s fifth typhoon, is forecast to strike the southern region from Monday, according to the Korea Meteorological Administration. Topics : Landslides and flooding triggered by days of heavy rain in South Korea have left at least 30 people dead and 12 missing, officials said Sunday, warning of more downpours. Torrential rain has wreaked havoc across the country since the beginning of the month, but nearly half of the deaths occurred in the past three days, according to the Ministry of the Interior and Safety.Since Friday more than 3,700 people have been displaced from their homes after flooding in the country’s hardest-hit southern region. last_img read more

Sex education is failing Kiwi teens, US psychiatrist claims

first_imgNZ Herald 25 June 2012Teenagers are being let down by sex education that doesn’t tell them it’s best to wait until you’re an adult and have one sexual partner for life, a visiting physician says. But Family Planning disputes United States psychiatrist Dr Miriam Grossman’s characterisation of New Zealand’s sex education. She has been brought here by the conservative lobby group Family First to speak at a conference in Auckland on Thursday. Dr Grossman said she took up writing and speaking on the “harms” of sex education after her experiences as a campus psychiatrist at the University of California. She saw many female students who were panicking about having, or possibly having, a sexually transmitted infection (STI), being pregnant, having had an abortion, or being confused about their emotional attachment to a man who had no intention of becoming emotionally attached to them. “They didn’t understand we are wired, both men and women, but especially women, to become emotionally attached to people we are intimate with.” She said this was omitted from the range of sex education materials produced in New Zealand that she had viewed. Dr Grossman said sex education, like other public-health initiatives, should present the “ideal”, such as in nutrition. In sexuality – “and I’m not talking about morality, I’m a physician” – the ideal was one sexual partnership for life, delayed until adulthood. “People that are able to achieve that – not that this is so easy – never have to worry about these myriad health issues.” Health issues included STIs and human papilloma virus (HPV), which is a key factor in cervical cancers. Dr Grossman cited a Family Planning website, theword.org.nz, and pamphlet, both aimed at young people, which encouraged those considering becoming sexually active to make sure they were ready and to talk with their partner about contraception, but did not tell them to talk to a responsible adult. And she said sex education materials in New Zealand dangerously overstated the degree of protection people could expect from condoms, even when correctly used.http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10815278LISTEN – Dr Grossman on Radio LiveLISTEN – Dr Grossman on National Radio’s The PanelLISTEN – Dr Grossman on NZ’s RhemaWATCH – Dr Grossman on Close Uplast_img read more

Commish deserves credit for new steroid policy

first_imgHow about some kudos for Bud Selig?I know it seems like an odd thing for a lot of people to do — after all, is there anyone fans love to hate more than Selig? Well, at least before NBA Commissioner David Stern implemented a dress code for his league, the answer was a resounding “no.” But still, Selig takes a lot of heat in his position as the leader of America’s pastime.But Selig definitely deserves some praise for Major League Baseball’s new and improved steroid policy, one that increases punishments to a 50-game suspension for the first offense, a 100-game leave for a second offense and a possible lifetime ban for a third positive test, which was unanimously approved by baseball owners Thursday.”I’m glad we had this opportunity today. It was a very easy ratification,” Selig said in an Associated Press interview. “Every vote was unanimous today, and that one was about as easy as it gets. As it should have been.”His last sentence sums it up — “As it should have been.” Baseball’s commissioner has been fighting for these strong measures with an iron will since the first discussions of an anti-steroid policy, even when many around him felt that the punishments were too harsh. Well, a dozen culprits later — including Rafael Palmeiro — it’s clear that Selig was right and that stronger punishments are needed as a real deterrent for players.Some might say that Selig’s will wasn’t that strong. After all, he did compromise his beliefs to allow much looser regulations to take effect last season.But let’s be honest, had he refused to back down from his stance for the stronger penalties last year, baseball might not have instituted a policy at all, and who knows what kind of effect that could’ve had on this past season.But Selig deserves even more credit for seeing past the steroid issue and trying to stay a step ahead of the curve by adding severe punishments for testing positive for the use of amphetamines. The previous policy offered no punishment for players testing positive for amphetamine use while the new policy mandates additional testing following a first offense, a second offense garners a 25-game suspension, and a third offense will get players an 80-game vacation.Sure, there are a few obstacles still in the way of this policy going into effect, namely the players’ union decision whether to send the issue directly to the players for a vote or to just accept the board’s approval, but that’s really a moot point at this juncture.The new policy will be approved; the players can’t possibly fail to ratify it now, not after last season. The players got away with a timid policy last season only because there was a lack of evidence that steroids were a problem in MLB. In the eyes of many, the players deserved the benefit of the doubt. Everyone had their theories, but without more proof, the stronger policy wasn’t going to be ratified and the players’ association knew it could get away without ratifying it.This year, the same isn’t true. Players have been caught, the benefit of the doubt is gone and the proof has been brought to light. Not to mention, Congress is not going away, and if the policy isn’t ratified players could face much more severe regulations from federal legislation.The creation of a policy this strong has been a long time coming, definitely too long, and hopefully now baseball can go back to being about the game and not about whether the records being set are aided by the “juice” or not. It would be naive to believe the new policy will stop the use of these illegal substances; as long as an advantage exists, individuals will try to exploit it — legal or not. But it’s definitely a marked improvement over the previous policy, and by far the toughest policy in professional sports.I don’t claim to speak for everyone, but when I watch sports I like to believe I’m watching the amazing feats the human body can naturally reach — “naturally” being the key word. If I wanted to watch something unrealistic and improbable I’d watch the WWE.So here’s to sports the way they should be — honest, fair and within the natural realm of a human being. And here’s to Selig, for doing more than any other professional commissioner in trying to keep sports that way. Kudos, Bud.last_img read more

Beat writers predict Syracuse-Louisville matchup

first_imgThirteen days after nearly upsetting Louisville on the Carrier Dome floor, Syracuse gets another crack at the No. 7 Cardinals. This time, it’ll be at KFC Yum! Center Sunday at 2 p.m. The Orange (17-12, 9-7 Atlantic Coast), which is 0-2 on Sundays this season, is coming off a last-second victory over No. 10 Duke on Wednesday while UofL (22-6, 10-5) lost 74-63 at No. 8 North Carolina, also on Wednesday. Both teams round out the regular season next Saturday.The Daily Orange beat writers explain their selections for Sunday afternoon’s matchup.Connor Grossman (16-13)Red zoneLouisville 77, Syracuse 70As Syracuse nears completion of the regular season, we won’t learn anything we don’t already know in the team’s last road game before the ACC Tournament. SU can’t play its best game outside of the Carrier Dome, and that’s what it’ll take to beat the seventh-ranked team in the country. Louisville once again will take away the 3-point shot from the Orange and the visitor’s offensive fate will rest on John Gillon, Taurean Thompson and Tyus Battle. It’s not that Syracuse is incapable of beating the Cardinals, it just won’t happen on Sunday afternoon in the KFC Yum! Center.Matt Schneidman (13-16)Lock it upSyracuse 74, Louisville 70AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThere’s nothing, on paper at least, that indicates Syracuse will win the game. It’s on the road, for one, and against one of the best teams in the country, despite the Cardinals’ loss to North Carolina on Wednesday. As we saw in the Carrier Dome, Louisville doesn’t need its best player, Donovan Mitchell, to build a lead. We also saw that the Orange is up to snuff against Rick Pitino’s team, and coming off its second buzzer-beating win of the season, Syracuse will steal one from the Cardinals and all but lock up an NCAA Tournament spot with a fourth Top 10 win.Paul Schwedelson (17-12)SlugfestLouisville 70, Syracuse 65This Syracuse season has been as turbulent as any, but there are a few things we’re pretty sure we know. This is a much worse team on the road and it’s also one that won’t quit no matter what. Each of the Orange’s past nine games have been decided by 10 points or fewer. Louisville’s pretty good but with three Top 10 wins under SU’s belt, there’s good reason to think Syracuse can hang around. Comments Published on February 25, 2017 at 6:26 pm Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more