Nishantha calls Ranil a woman

Muthuhettigama also said that as far as he is concerned the President of Sri Lanka is still Mahinda Rajapaksa. Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) Member of Parliament Nishantha Muthuhettigama today accused Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe of behaving like a woman.Muthuhettigama said that the Prime Minister has no personality. He expressed regret over President Maithripala Sirisena’s connections with a “woman” like Wickremesinghe. Audio Playerhttp://colombogazette.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/12-05-Sanath-Galle-Nishantha-Muthuhettigama@Yakkalamulla.wma00:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. “We are working at getting Mahinda Rajapaksa back into power as Prime Minister,” he added.He also accused President Sirisena of being controlled by Wickremesinghe and the United National Party. (Colombo Gazette) With several opposition members now being arrested, Muthuhettigama says the media is afraid to report anything positive regarding Mahinda Rajapaksa. read more

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Investing in early childhood development helps communities thrive – UNbacked report

“We now know how high the cost of inaction is, and new evidence makes clear that the time to act is now. We hope the evidence in this series will help countries reach more pregnant women and young children with preventive and promotive services that have the potential to drastically improve developmental outcomes for children as well as their adult health, well-being and economic productivity,” said series co-author, Linda M. Richter, of the Centre of Excellence in Human Development at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa. Research shows that a child’s brain develops faster during the first two to three years of life than at any other time in life. These early years are also a critical period of adaptability and responsiveness to interventions. When young children are deprived of nutrition, stimulation and protection, the damaging effects can produce long-term detriments for families and communities, the agencies said. “The science and economics are clearly on the side of investing in the first 1,000 days of a child’s life, starting with a woman’s pregnancy,” said Keith Hansen, Vice President of Human Development at the World Bank Group. “The Lancet research is further proof, if more is needed, of just how important this agenda is.” The authors stress the strong position of the health sector in providing an entry point for early childhood interventions – especially in support of nurturing care. The sector’s ability to access women and children during the critical period from conception through early childhood presents an opportunity to integrate low-cost interventions, such as WHO/UNICEF’s Care for Child Development, into existing maternal and child health and nutrition services. These have shown to help improve the quality of nurturing care and the overall development of young children, while also giving attention to the well-being of the caregiver, the agencies said. “The science shows us that biology is not destiny – and that what children experience in the earliest days and years of life shapes and defines their futures,” said UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake. A mother with her newborn baby recovers in a postnatal ward at the Shakawe clinic in the village of Shakawe in Botswana. Photo: UNICEF/Christine Nesbitt “We need to turn that science into an alarm bell – because the development of millions of children is at urgent risk. Right now, 43 per cent of children in low- and middle-income countries are at risk of not achieving their cognitive potential. No country can risk losing nearly half of the brain potential of its youngest citizens – low- and middle-income countries least of all,” he added. The series’ authors propose several ways the global community can scale up support for early childhood development services. Among the recommendations include encouraging the adoption and implementation of policies to create supportive environments for families to provide nurturing care for young children; building capacity and strengthening coordination to promote early childhood development through existing health, nutrition, education, social and child protection services; strengthening measurement and ensuring accountability for early childhood development services; increasing research, and fostering global and regional leadership and action; and expanding political will and funding through advocacy for the SDGs. “Investing in young children is a moral, economic, and social imperative. The [Sustainable Development Goals] SDGs have provided a promising vision on children and adolescents’ health, but political will and increased investment in early childhood development are needed to ensure that the ambitious targets can be reached,” said Dr. Margaret Chan, Director-General of the UN World Health Organization (WHO), which, along with the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the World Bank, contributed and offered guidance to the series. “Early childhood development will not only benefit the children of today, but will have a direct impact on the stability and prosperity of nations in the future,” she added. The three agencies highlighted that the series, “Advancing Early Childhood Development: from Science to Scale,” reveals that early childhood development interventions that promote nurturing care – health, nutrition, responsive caregiving, security and safety, and early learning – may cost as little as 50 cents per child per year, when combined with existing services such as health. The findings underscore the importance of increased global commitment to early childhood development. Individuals are estimated to suffer a loss of about a quarter of average adult income per year, while countries may forfeit up to as much as two times their current gross domestic product expenditures on health or education. Consequences of inaction impact not only present but future generations, the agencies said. read more

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Polish Kielce on Croatian wings until 2018

← Previous Story Zvonimir Noka Serdarusic overtakes Croatia from the next summer? Next Story → RK Metalurg icon Filip Mirkulovski to TSV Hanover Burgdorf! Ivan CupicManuel Strlek The best Polish team and one of the powerhouses of the European handball, Vive Tauron Kielce, strongly believe in the pair of Croatian wings – Manuel Strlek (25) and Ivan Cupic (29). Left and right wing, who came to Poland in 2012, signed new contracts with the team coached by Talant Dujshebaev, which will keep them until 2018 in the yellow jersey. read more

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