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Justin Kievit, Middle School Wrestler, Lets Boy With Cerebral Palsy Win Match (VIDEO)

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on December 5, 2012

A video that exhibits the “true sportsmans

hip” of a 12-year-old boy and his plucky wrestling opponent has gone viral on Facebook.

The clip, which features seventh grade wrestlers Justin Kievit and Jared Stevens, has racked up more than 87,000 shares since Justin’s dad posted it on Facebook less than a week ago.

97 Rock Online explains:

Over the weekend a young wrestler from a Middle School in Tennessee did something that a lot of kids his age would not think about doing. He intentionally lost a match, but unintentionally won the hearts of anyone that watches his actions in the video.

“I think a lot of people are scared to put kids like me on the mat, but they don’t need to be,” Jared, a boy with cerebral palsy,” told Franklin Home Page on Monday. His match with Justin had been his first. Read the rest of this entry »

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Photographer’s Son’s Cuteness Is Just Unbearable

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on August 25, 2012

Cute Piano Kid

Our hearts melted when we came across a photo of toddler Ethan and had to share with the world (you can thank us after you click through the gallery). We’ve had quite a few contenders that could be entered into a “most adorable baby ever”competition here on HuffPost Parents, but Ethan has a few advantages — chubby cheeks, hipster sweaters and a photographer dad, Dotun Ayodeji. Sometimes, when you’re that cute and your parent is a talented photographer, the “OMG” factor can be almost too much to handle. (More proof: Kayla, Kristin and Henry). Click through the slideshow below, say AWW for as long as you need, then let us know in the comments — who are the cute kids in your life?

 Cutest Kid in America? Read the rest of this entry »

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Shock discovery: 248 human embryos found trashed in Russian forest (GRAPHIC PHOTOS)

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on July 24, 2012

Up to 250 human embryos found trashed in Russian forest (Still from NTV coverage video)

Up to 250 human embryos found trashed in Russian forest (Still from NTV coverage video)

A fishing trip in Russia’s Urals ended with cries of horror as a man found canisters filled with human embryos, some already shaped to baby bodies.

Lids on the bright blue containers apparently unlocked as the canisters hit the ground, and many embryos spilled out. The little bodies, no longer than 15 centimeters, shrank, turning into mummies.

A friend of mine called at night and said he went finishing and wanted to get some wood for his fire. He found some abandoned water canisters and wanted to take them for his house. And when he came up, he saw… little baby bodies,” a local told Russia’s Channel 4.

Arriving Monday morning, police found 248 embryos aged 12-16 weeks in and around the four canisters. Labels attached to tiny hands and legs listed family names of assumed mothers and some digit codes, which may refer to the pregnancy period, date of abortion or the hospital where the body originated from.

The 50-liter canisters filled with formalin seem to have been thrown out of a vehicle not far from a road leading to Nevyansk, a town on the slopes of the Ural Mountains.

Nevyansk authorities immediately said the canisters could not have originated in their town.

Our area is too small; we can’t have so many stillborns, miscarriages or artificial abortions,” they said.

Later it was revealed that the horrifying content was “biological waste” from at least three hospitals in Ekaterinburg, the region’s major city.

It appears a waste disposal company has failed to carry out its duties properly,” remark local authorities as the investigation continues. The Ministry of Health has been requested to determine which companies provide embryo disposal services to Ekaterinburg hospitals. Read the rest of this entry »

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Americans impoverished back to 1992

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on June 12, 2012

Families wait in line to receive aid from Feed The Children in Hoffman Estates, Illinois (Scott Olson/Getty Images/AFP)

Families wait in line to receive aid from Feed The Children in Hoffman Estates, Illinois (Scott Olson/Getty Images/AFP)

An average American family’s income has fallen to the level of Bush Sr. presidency, the Survey of Consumer Finances published on Monday. America’s middle class has been affected the most, losing 12.1 per cent of income in just three years.

The Fed reports that if in 2007 the wealth of American middle class family exceeded $126,000, but by 2010 the figure had dropped to $77,300, the minimum index since 1992. The survey notes that the wealth of the poorest families has fallen by 7.7 per cent, whereas the wealth of the richest has dropped only 1.4 per cent.

One of the reasons the wealth has dropped so significantly is that the median housing prices dropped to $75,000 in 2010 from $110,000 in 2007. And this is no secret that home equity has scarcely recovered since then.

The richest 10 per cent of American households in 2010 still earned an average of $349,000 a year. These families still had an average net worth of $2.9 million in 2010. Read the rest of this entry »

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5,000-strong brigade to hunt down Joseph Kony

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on March 25, 2012

Joseph Kony (C), (AFP Photo / The Monitor / Stringer)

Joseph Kony (C), (AFP Photo / The Monitor / Stringer)

The African Union says it will create a special force to track down notorious rebel leader Joseph Kony in the heart of central Africa. The announcement follows a viral video campaign that courted controversy around the world.

The Uganda-led mission will commence in South Sudan on Saturday, United Nations and African Union officials said at a news conference in Uganda, AP reports.

The 5,000-strong brigade tasked with bringing down Kony and his Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) will consist of regional troops whose countries have been affected by the rebel group’s activities.

“We need to stop Kony with hardware – with military hardware in this case,” the African Union’s special envoy on the LRA, Francisco Madeira, said on Friday. “We are on a mission to stop him.”

The announcement follows the Kony 2012 Internet movie sensation created by the US advocacy group Invisible Children. Invisible children say the video, which has now garnered more than 100 million views, was created “to end the use of child soldiers in Joseph Kony’s rebel war and restore LRA-affected communities in central Africa to peace and prosperity.” Read the rest of this entry »

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Dad goes to jail for 4-year-old daughter’s drawing

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on February 28, 2012

Jessie Sansone was arrested at his daughter's school after the 4-year-old drew a picture of a gun (Peter Lee / Record staff)

Jessie Sansone was arrested at his daughter’s school after the 4-year-old drew a picture of a gun (Peter Lee / Record staff)

It was a kindergarten class piece of art that Jessie Sansone probably won’t want to hang on the refrigerator anytime soon.

After Jesse Sansone’s 4-year-old daughter drew a picture of a gun, cops handcuffed the clueless father and dragged him off to jail. It was there that the dad was stripped of his clothes and searched by the authorities. Sansone was never charged with a crime.

Sansone wasn’t expecting to be greeted by police when he went to pick up his three children from school last week. Faculty there had become concerned, however, after the man’s 4-year-old daughter drew an image last Wednesday that they thought warranted investigation. It was a picture of a man holding a gun, and when teachers asked the girl to explain it, she said it was a depiction of her father.

“He uses it to shoot bad guys and monsters,” teachers say the girl explained.

The father says he doesn’t own a gun. Nor does he kill monsters. Read the rest of this entry »

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Why American Kids Are Brats

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on February 11, 2012

And their parents might be getting just what they deserve
Marcelo Santos / Getty Images

Warner’s latest book is We’ve Got Issues: Children and Parents in the Age of Medication.

Amidst all the talk this past week about Pamela Druckerman’s new book, Bringing Up Bébé: One American Mother Discovers the Wisdom of French Parenting, there was one phrase that immediately lodged itself in my mind. It was in a sidebar that ran with the Wall Street Journal adaptation of her book,“Why French Parents Are Superior,” and it said this: “Children should say hello, goodbye, thank you and please. It helps them to learn that they aren’t the only ones with feelings and needs.”

That statement points directly to what I see as one of the most meaningful differences between the French and (contemporary) American style of parenting. I don’t happen to believe, as the Journal pushed Druckerman’s argument to say, that French parenting is necessarily superior, overall, to what we do in America. I don’t think French children are, overall, better or happier people — such generalizations are silly. But it is true that French kids can be a whole lot more pleasant to be around than our own. They’re more polite. They’re better socialized. They generally get with the program; they help out when called upon to do so, and they don’t demand special treatment. And that comes directly from being taught, from the earliest age, that they’re not the only ones with feelings and needs.

(MORE: Warner: Girl Scout Cookies: The Latest Controversies)

I say all this based on many years of extended hanging out time with French families, both before and after my own girls — who, like Druckerman’s children, were born in France — came along. In fact, that experience — and the contrast with the American way of parenting I discovered when I moved back to the States — inspired my book Perfect Madness: Motherhood in the Age of Anxietythe main argument of which Druckerman recapitulates at the very beginning of Bringing Up Bébé. (Fuller disclosure: she interviewed me for the book as well.) Read the rest of this entry »

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Kim Jung-who? Ten facts – or rumors – about North Korea’s new leader

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on December 20, 2011

Kim Jong-Un (AFP Photo / KCNA VIA KNS)

With the youngest son of the late “Supreme Leader” of North Korea set to take the reins of the world’s most secretive state, little is known about a man who has been described as an out-of-shape heavy drinker who is the spitting image of his father.

1. No one knows exactly how old Kim Jung-un is, though North Korean officials give his official birth date as January 8, 1984.

2.  Prior to 2010, only one grainy black-and-white photograph of the younger Kim existed outside North Korea.

3.  He is believed to have attended the International School of Berne in Switzerland until 1998 under an assumed name.

4.  Classmates said he was an avid lover of skiing, basketball and James Bond.

5.  According to an anonymous high-ranking North Korean source, once Kim got older and put on weight, he started playing 15-ball pool instead of basketball, the Seoul-based North Korea Strategy Information Service reports.

“The game of pool has become increasingly popular among North Koreans in the past five years, in large part thanks to Kim Jung-un being an avid player. He even installed four Chinese brand-name pool tables in his grand mansion,” the source said.   Read the rest of this entry »

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Girls desperate for education in rural Balochistan

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on November 29, 2011


Most girls in rural areas of Balochistan are out of school (file photo)

29 November 2011 (IRIN) – Gehava Bibi, 9, is very excited. She is visiting the city of Quetta, capital of the southwestern province of Balochistan, with her father to buy some basic school supplies. She has never held a pencil or piece of chalk. “This seems like magic,” she told IRIN as she awkwardly drew a few squiggly lines across a piece of paper offered to her by the shop-owner.

Bibi has never been to school; there is no educational facility in her village in the Bolan district, some 154km southeast of Quetta, and like 90 percent of women in rural Balochistan, according to official figures, she is illiterate. 

However, recently, an elderly villager, who had spent many years in the southern port city of Karachi, has returned to Bolan and offered to provide the girls in the village with some basic education.

Fazila Aliani, a social activist, educationist and former member of the Balochistan provincial assembly, recently told the media the reason for the lack of educational facilities was the “insurgency” in the province, “while a lack of necessary funds, absence of a well-defined education policy, lack of girls’ schools, acute shortage of teaching staff, and poverty are other factors which contribute to the backwardness”.

She said that except for Quetta, educational institutions were “non-existent in Baloch-dominated areas of the province”. Aliani also said foreign donors seeking to set up schools in Balochistan struggled to do so because of the lack of security and government resistance.

Another reason is the reluctance of teachers to venture into districts they see as dangerous. Strikes by militants on targets that include security personnel occur frequently in Balochistan, with one of the most recent killing 14 members of the Frontier Corps force in the district of Musakhel.  Read the rest of this entry »

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Occupy Wall Street’s first fatality (VIDEO)

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on November 23, 2011

A protester in Seattle, Washington aligned with Occupy Wall Street says that an assault from a cop last week has caused a miscarriage, which if true marks the first loss of life from police brutality since the demonstrations began two months ago.

Photographers were on hand November 15 to document 19-year-old Jennifer Fox being pepper-sprayed by police in Seattle while participating in an Occupy protest on the West Coast. Along with an assault on an 84-year-old activist, the incident involving Fox, then pregnant, was arguably not only the most disturbing scene out of the Occupy Seattle movement but out of the international demonstrations altogether. Less than a week later now, Fox says that she has suffered a miscarriage and according to her, doctors say that an attack from police is to blame.

“Everything was going okay until yesterday, when I started getting sick, cramps started, and I felt like I was going to pass out,” Fox tells The Stranger out of Seattle.

Although a checkup with her physician a month earlier proved the unborn child to be in perfect health, Fox says that things took a turn for the worst this week after her confrontation with the Seattle police. Five days after she was pepper sprayed and assaulted by cops, she found out on November 20 that the heart of her child stopped beating and she was experiencing a miscarriage. Read the rest of this entry »

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World Population: Challenges Loom As Global Populace Reaches 7 Billion

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on October 17, 2011

That challenge will also be challenged by world leaders. For them this is not a problem. For them how to stick on the chair is the problem. What’s happening in the world, that is due to the chair game.
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GENDER EQUALITY: Why involving men is crucial

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on October 3, 2011

NAIROBI/KAMPALA, 3 October 2011 (IRIN) – The involvement of men is key to the success of the gender-equality movement, but changing long-held social structures and convincing men of the importance of equal opportunities for women will not happen overnight, experts say.

“Men giving up their superior position is akin to acting out of the normative or prescribed way and [means men can be] ridiculed for acting differently – not like men,” Maria Magezi, programme officer with the NGO, Akina Mama wa Afrika, told IRIN in the Ugandan capital, Kampala. “This also means that men will feel as if some kind of power is being taken away from them and the normal thing is to fight to restore their position and power.”

A new report by the NGO, Plan International, says gender equality cannot be achieved unless men and boys are convinced of the importance of equal opportunities for women and girls. Read the rest of this entry »

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NEPAL: Few resources for child drug addicts in Dharan

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on September 27, 2011

DHARAN, 27 September 2011 (IRIN) – Child drug users in one of Nepal’s largest cities, Dharan, near the border with India, lack access to

Photo: Marcus Benigno/IRIN Nagendra is chained to the family bed

proper rehabilitation and social services, and those from lower caste families are especially vulnerable.

“More than 50 percent of youth [in Dharan] are involved in drug use,” said Rajendra Bista, deputy superintendent of police in Dharan. “Most of their parents are abroad working, so the children are not given proper guidance, but they get a lot of money. Misguidance leads them to drug addiction.”

In contrast with other Nepalese cities, Dharan boasts well-maintained roads and good infrastructure, thanks to remittances sent home by Nepalis working abroad.

In the absence of decent social services, however, particularly for low-income and lower caste families, some parents have resorted to drastic measures to restrain their children. For Durga Bishwakarma, chaining her 10-year-old, drug-abusing son, Nagendra, to the family bed was her only option.

“While I was at work or asleep at night, he would run away. I would pay one of the street kids to find him and pay another child and another until I had no money left to give,” Durga told IRIN.

Durga and her family are Dalits, a marginalized caste in South Asia, and live in a single room off the squatter tenements in Dharan.

According to a 2006 survey by the Nepal Central Bureau of Statistics, 53 percent of hard drug users are aged 15-24 in Nepal. Buprenorphine, in the form of Tidigesic (an injecting painkiller illegal in Nepal) and considered a hard drug, is popular in Dharan, and available for as little as US$3. Dharan’s proximity to the Nepal-India border eases drug-trafficking. Read the rest of this entry »

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NEPAL: Gender discrimination fuels malnutrition

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on September 22, 2011

KHALANGA BAZAAR, 22 September 2011 (IRIN) – Gender discrimination lies behind much of the malnutrition found in under-five children in Nepal, say locals and experts.

In Khalanga Bazaar, the headquarters of Jumla District in Nepal’s remote mid-west, there is evidence of seasonal plenty – apples and walnuts in abundance – yet last month a three-year-old child died of malnutrition in the neighbouring village of Urthu.

According to the preliminary Nepal Demographic Health Survey (NDHS) released in August, 29 percent of children under five are malnourished, and the problem is chronic in remote parts of the Mid-Western Region. The most recent regional figures (in the NDHS 2006report) show more than half of the children are chronically malnourished.

“Girls are neglected because they are thought not to need strength,” Indra Raj Panta, programme officer for Decentralized Action for Children and Women in Jumla, told IRIN.

Women live hard lives from day one, born with no fanfare, contrasting starkly to the six-day celebration to mark the birth of a boy. Walking along the road from one village to the next, women and girls bear the weight of baskets of apples, rocks or bags of rice, while men and boys tag alongside unburdened.

Despite the physical demands of a woman’s daily life, boys and husbands eat first and are offered the most nutritious food, often leaving girls and women with leftovers.

Pregnant women still labour

The role of a woman as labourer does not ease while pregnant either: The same work is done, the same weight is borne. And the local belief that leafy, green vegetables are bad for babies, results in a seriously restricted diet contributing to the puzzling chronic malnutrition found in the remote Karnali Zone. Read the rest of this entry »

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IRIN Africa | MADAGASCAR: Sex for school fees | Madagascar | Children | Economy | Education | Gender Issues | Governance

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on August 2, 2011



ANTANANARIVO, 1 August 2011 (IRIN) – The ambition of 16-year-old Madagascan schoolgirl Nadine* is to open a clothes boutique after completing a college course in textile design, but in the meantime, along with eight of her friends, she has turned to sex work to pay her tuition fees. Charging up to US$7 a time, she works in the poor Antananarivo suburb of 67 Hectares. 

“The reason I sought money is because my parents were in financial difficulty. They have difficulties and I can help them. It’s me who’s paid my school fees since I was 13 years old. I was scared but I made an effort because of my parents’ money problems,” she told IRIN.

“Most of them [my friends] are like me; they are looking after their parents [through sex work]”, she said.

Anecdotal evidence of the increasing numbers of commercial sex workers and growing homelessness in Madagascar’s capital, Antananarivo, is providing a snapshot of a country’s descent into deeper poverty.

More than three years after Andry Rajoelina deposed President Marc Ravalomanana with the help of the military, the imposition of international sanctions, the cancellation of preferential trade agreements and the withdrawal of international aid are driving up the social indicators of desperation. IRIN Africa | MADAGASCAR: Sex for school fees | Madagascar | Children | Economy | Education | Gender Issues | Governance.

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