Lebanon orders two-week shutdown after COVID-19 surge

first_imgLebanon’s interior ministry ordered businesses across the country to shut down for two weeks and enforced an overnight curfew from Friday after a rise in coronavirus infections.Tuesday’s decision allows for clearing rubble, making repairs and giving out aid in neighborhoods demolished by the Aug. 4 blast in Beirut. The airport will remain open, with travelers having to take a PCR test before boarding.Lebanon has registered record numbers of daily infections that have crossed 400, with its tally on Monday standing at 9,337 cases and 105 deaths since February. Already deep in financial crisis, Lebanon was struggling with a COVID-19 spike before the huge blast at Beirut port killed at least 178 people and pushed the government to resign.The warehouse explosion damaged many hospitals and overwhelmed them with more than 6,000 wounded. It put about half of 55 medical centers across Beirut out of service.Officials have urged precaution. But after the blast uprooted nearly a quarter of a million people, the risk of the virus spreading has grown, healthcare workers say.All markets, malls, gyms and pools – among other private businesses – will have to close during the lockdown, the ministry said on Tuesday. The curfew will extend from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. local time, exempting workers in the medical and food sectors, as well as the army, diplomats and journalistsTopics :last_img read more

16 Facts on Gender Confusion

first_imgFamily Watch International 7 March 2018Consider the following facts regarding gender confusion:1. Mental health professionals consider gender confusion that causes serious mental distress to be a mental disorder. It was formerly called “Gender Identity Disorder,” but in the most recent revision of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) published by the American Psychiatric Association (APA), it has been renamed “Gender Dysphoria” in an effort to reduce the stigma often experienced by those afflicted with it. The DSM is used as the recognized standard by mental health professions in the U.S. and some other countries for identifying and describing mental disorders.2. The APA and other mental health organizations do not consider all manifestations of “gender nonconformity” to be a mental disorder. But when it is severe enough to cause individuals “significant distress,” it crosses the threshold of “gender dysphoria” and is considered a mental disorder.3. Individuals who experience severe gender confusion may sincerely believe they are the opposite sex from their biological sex and believe they are “trapped” inside the wrong body. We should feel compassion for those who deal with gender dysphoria. But the way to help these individuals is not to amputate healthy body parts or to inject hormones.4. One of the world’s leading authorities on gender confusion, Dr. Paul McHugh, former psychiatrist in chief at Johns Hopkins University Hospital warned, “…policymakers and the media are doing no favors either to the public or the transgendered by treating their confusions as a right in need of defending rather than as a mental disorder that deserves understanding, treatment and prevention.”5. Autogynephilia is the condition in which a male experiences intense sexual arousal by cross-dressing as a female or by the thought or image of themselves as female.6. “Sex change” is biologically impossible. Dr. McHugh stated: “People who undergo sex-reassignment surgery do not change from men to women or vice versa. Rather, they become feminized men or masculinized women … encouraging surgical intervention is in reality to collaborate with and promote a mental disorder.”7. Public promotion of the “sex change” attempts of celebrities can confuse and damage impressionable children. Dr. Keith Ablow, a prominent U.S. psychiatrist, outlined the danger to children from this kind of misplaced praise for what may be a mental disorder. Speaking about a celebrity, who was a participant on a popular dancing talent show, Ablow stated, “It would be wrong to think that gender dysphoria cannot be kindled by celebrating those who have undergone sexual reassignment surgery. Human beings do model one another—in terms of emotion, thought and behavior. By broadcasting, applauding and mainstreaming the journey of a very disordered person who endured, and likely will continue to endure, real suffering based on extraordinarily deep psychological problems, we suggest that that journey is a smart—even heroic—one to take ….That’s very nearly insane. It’s a psychologically destructive myth and can erode our children’s evolving senses of self.”8. For children who experience gender confusion, family therapy can help. Dr. Kenneth Zucker, head of the Child and Adolescent Gender Identity Clinic in Toronto, Canada and one of the leading authorities in the world on gender disorders, has treated over 500 children with gender confusion. He has documented that in the vast majority of cases, therapy focused on reducing the psychopathology within the family and child and has resulted in the child’s acceptance of their birth sex. (Zucker, K., &  Bradley, S. (1995). Gender Identity Disorder and Psychosexual Problems in Children and Adolescents. New York, NY: The Guilford Press.)9. Studies of children who exhibit gender confusion find that about 80 percent of such children spontaneously lose these feelings as they grew older and are comfortable with their biological gender.10. A review of more than 100 international medical studies of post-operative transgenders conducted in the United Kingdom in 2004 found “no robust scientific evidence that gender reassignment surgery is clinically effective.” In fact, Christopher Hyde, director of the University of Birmingham’s Aggressive Research Intelligence Facility (ARIF), who conducted the review, warned that “there’s still a large number of people who have the surgery but remain traumatized—often to the point of committing suicide.”11. Sex-change surgery does not solve underlying mental health problems. Under Dr. McHugh, Johns Hopkins University, the first American medical center to venture into “sex-reassignment surgery,” launched a study in the 1970s comparing the outcomes of transgendered people who had the surgery with the outcomes of those who did not. McHugh stated, “Most of the surgically treated patients described themselves as ‘satisfied’ by the results, but their subsequent psycho-social adjustments were no better than those who didn’t have the surgery. And so at Hopkins we stopped doing sex-reassignment surgery, since producing a ‘satisfied’ but still troubled patient seemed an inadequate reason for surgically amputating normal organs.” Doctor Ablow further stated, “It would be wrong to think that gender dysphoria—discomfort with one’s gender—must always end either in misery or sexual reassignment surgery. It can end with coming to terms with deep psychological conflicts that are fueling the gender dysphoria.”12. “Sex-change” surgery increases health risks, including suicide rates. A long-term Swedish study following more than 300 sex-change surgery patients for up to 30 years published in 2011 concluded: “Persons with transsexualism, after sex reassignment, have considerably higher risks for mortality, suicidal behavior, and psychiatric morbidity than the general population.” The study found suicide rates 10 years after surgery were 20 times that of the general population.13. Many people who have sought to change their gender through hormone therapy and surgery have deeply regretted the decision, and in some cases, have tried to reverse the surgery. (See www.sexchangeregret.com.) In fact, shortly after one feminizing surgical procedure, transgender celebrity Bruce Jenner reported panicking and thinking, “What have I done to myself?”14. Surgically removing or altering children’s genitals could be considered child abuse. Dr. McHugh stated, “Given that close to 80 percent of such children would abandon their confusion and grow naturally into adult life if untreated, these medical interventions come close to child abuse.”15. There is a dark and sordid history behind the transgender movement that promotes the idea that surgery and hormone therapy can change a person’s gender. This is outlined in a recent article by a former transgender.16. Gender dysphoria is in the same family of mental disorders as other dysphorias. Dr. McHugh stated, “… gender dysphoria—the official psychiatric term for feeling oneself to be of the opposite sex—belongs in the family of similarly disordered assumptions about the body, such as anorexia nervosa and body dysmorphic disorder. Its treatment should not be directed at the body as with surgery and hormones any more than one treats obesity-fearing anorexic patients with liposuction. The treatment should strive to correct the false, problematic nature of the assumption and to resolve the psychosocial conflicts provoking it. With youngsters, this is best done in family therapy.”Keep up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.last_img read more

Mikel Obi quits Trabzonspor by mutual consent

first_img Loading… Former Super Eagles skipper, John Obi Mikel and Trabzonspor have parted ways by mutual consent, the club has announced. “The professional football player agreement between our company and John Obi Mikel on 30.06.2019 start date 31.05.2021 has been mutually terminated. With a mutual termination agreement, the football player gave up all his forward-looking receivables,” the club announced. Last Saturday, Mikel criticised Turkish football authorities for not suspending the Super Lig season despite the spread of the coronavirus across Europe. Read Also:Sturridge quits Mikel Obi’s Trabzonspor The former Premier League star stated he does not feel comfortable during the Covid-19 outbreak and called for the season to be cancelled. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Mikel only joined Black Sea Storm as a free agent on a two-year deal last summer, at the end of his brief stint in the Championship with Middlesbrough. The 32-year-old played a crucial role in helping Trabzonspor soar to the summit of the Super Lig this season with 19 league appearances. While no reason was given for the mutual termination of the contract, the club announced the former Chelsea midfielder gave up his remaining wages.Advertisement Promoted ContentWhat Happens To Your Brain When You Play Too Much Video Games?Top 10 Tiniest Phones Ever Made6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A DroneCan Playing Too Many Video Games Hurt Your Body?Who Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its Growth8 Things That Will Happen If An Asteroid Hits Earth9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A Tattoo27 Animals That Don’t Need Color To Be CoolYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of AnimeWhat Is A Black Hole In Simple Terms?The Highest Paid Football Players In The Worldlast_img read more

Brookville resident to serve as Indianapolis 500 royalty

first_imgIndianapolis, In. — Brookville resident, Lauren Koester has been selected as one of 33 princesses the Indianapolis 500. Lauren is a graduate of Franklin County High School and is a senior at Butler University studying business and communications. Following graduation she will pursue a master’s degree in public health.All 33 princesses receive a $1,000 scholarship and life-long memories through serving as an ambassador at various events from now to race day. She will have the opportunity to participate in pre-race ceremonies, Victory Circle celebration and the 500 Festival Parade.On May 18 the Queen Scholar will be selected, she’ll receive a $1,500 scholarship.last_img read more

Arsene Wenger: Gabriel appeal decision repairs ‘five per cent’ of damage

first_imgArsenal manager Arsene Wenger welcomed the Football Association’s decision to overturn Gabriel’s red card at Chelsea but remains angry about events at Stamford Bridge. The Brazilian centre-back was dismissed for kicking out at Chelsea forward Diego Costa during Saturday’s ill-tempered Barclays Premier League clash. However, on Tuesday, the FA announced it had accepted Arsenal’s challenge to the decision, which was understood to be based on television evidence showing no actual contact between the players, and withdrawn the three-match suspension. Gabriel could still face a suspension and fine from the FA should he be held to account for failing to leave the field of play immediately after being shown a red card. Wenger added: “I said to you after the game that he should not have responded at all and I maintain that and I told him that, but when I saw it again, he did not do a lot, honestly. “You want them just to have hopefully a fair judgement and we will accept what they decide. That’s part of it.” “The FA will judge that situation and it is right. They cannot consider the whole context of the game. “You want them to judge, they will decide and we will accept the decision, that is no problem.” Gabriel, though, still faces a separate charge of improper conduct for his reaction after being shown the red card by referee Mike Dean, while Arsenal were charged with failing to control their players and have until 6pm on Thursday to respond. Following Wednesday night’s Capital One Cup win at Tottenham, Wenger revealed he was still troubled by how events unfolded at the weekend. “It just shows that they decided after the game what should have happened during the game. They repair five per cent of the damage which has been done to us, instead of us playing 11 against 10, we played 10 against 11,” he said. “I have watched the game again, at it is better I don’t talk too much because there are some things that were really surprising in this game, some incidents were really handled very lightly and not seriously, and it is better I don’t talk too much because I am still angry about it. “One or two situations in the game are very difficult to understand when you watch it again.” Chelsea have pronounced themselves “extremely disappointed” after Costa was handed a retrospective three-match ban for violent conduct following his clash with Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny, which was missed by the officials on the day. Wenger, though, hopes to now put the matter behind them. “I am in a job where I sometimes have to swallow things that are not right, maybe our opponents do sometimes as well. I just have to focus on the next game,” he said. Press Associationlast_img read more

‘Youngsters not attracted to cricket, that’s why 100-ball idea’

first_imgLondon, May 15: England Cricket Board (ECB) Chairman Colin Graves feels young people “are just not attracted to cricket” and that is the reason the board’s new 100-ball-a side tournament has been conceptualised.“The younger generation, whether you like it or not, are just not attracted to cricket. In all the work, surveys and research we have done, the younger generation want something different,” Graves told BBC Sport.“They want more excitement, they want it shorter and simpler to understand. Those are the things we have learnt for this new competition and that is what we have to make it,” he added.The proposed tournament, which has got mixed reactions so far, could feature innings of 15 traditional six-ball overs and a final 10-ball over.“We’ll build it and we’ll work with the players because we want them to be involved. From the players’ point of view, this is bringing in an extra 8m worth of salaries into county cricketers. That’s what the tournament will generate for them,” opined Graves.Meanwhile, in a separate interview with The Telegraph, Graves pulled up Surrey by saying that “they have to be 100 per cent committed” if they are to host games in the new competition.“If anyone thinks that it is a laughing stock then I totally disagree,” the ECB Chairman said.“We chose eight venues that we thought were right for the new competition. We offered them (Surrey) the opportunity to be one of those venues. If they don’t want to be that venue then all they have to do is tell us. I have got three venues who are desperate to have it,” he added.“We are not forcing anybody to have it. If they don’t want it, fine. But if they do want it, they have to be 100 per cent committed. People who make those sort of comments need to make sure they are totally on board. If they are not on board then fine we will go somewhere else,” he expressed.“If the venue is not behind the competition it is going to be difficult to get it off the ground. If they are behind it we stand a great chance of making it a big success. The other venues are totally behind it, and I mean totally behind it. They have not questioned anything,” Graves concluded. IANSlast_img read more

Police to Investigate Racial Abuse of Chuks Aneke

first_imgMK Dons described the abuse as “totally disgusting and unacceptable”.A statement from Rovers on Sunday night said: “Earlier this evening, [we] were made aware of a racist social media post which we have already referred to the police and we shall provide them with all of the assistance they require to investigate the matter.“In addition, we have already commenced our own enquiries and, in the event that the racist comment involves one or more of our fans, we shall not hesitate to issue the appropriate bans.“We have a record of zero tolerance of hate crime and such behaviour has no place in our club or in football.“Until the police investigation and our own enquiries have been completed, the club will be making no further comment.”London-born former Arsenal trainee Aneke, 25, played for all 90 minutes as the promotion-chasing Dons were beaten at Prenton Park.Aneke’s club added in a statement: “MK Dons is aware of a racist social media post, made on Sunday, 14 April, which was directed at one of our players, Chuks Aneke.“Needless to say, the club is appalled at the nature of this totally disgusting and unacceptable post. The individual responsible must be held to account and we will play our part in working towards that outcome.“Like many in the game, MK Dons are distressed by the increasing number of racism incidents which are sadly, and once again, tarnishing football.“As well as providing Chuks with whatever support he needs, we will continue to work with our players, our supporters, and all those in football, as well as others in society, so that together we can eradicate all forms of discrimination from our game.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Milton Keynes Dons say they are “appalled” after their forward Chuks Aneke was allegedly the subject of a racist social media post on Sunday.A meme on Instagram appeared to compare Aneke to a monkey, and was allegedly uploaded by a fan of Tranmere Rovers, who beat the Dons 2-1 on Saturday.Tranmere say they have referred the post to the police, and vowed to impose bans if any of their fans are involved.last_img read more

Joey Valdivia’s path to Division III’s leader in rushing TDs has been 5 years in the making

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on November 2, 2016 at 10:29 pm Contact Matt: mjfel100@syr.edu For each of the past five years, Joey Valdivia has held a different title with the Lake Forest College football team.In 2012, he was a backup running back for the Foresters. In 2013, he served as a volunteer assistant tailbacks coach, sidelined with an injury.In 2014, Valdivia disappeared from the team’s roster altogether, spending the entire fall at home in Grayslake, Illinois, nursing a foot injury on his own. In 2015, he was named the Foresters’ starting running back halfway through the season, after finally recovering from the injury he sustained the year prior.Now, in 2016, Valdivia holds his most prestigious title: statistically the best running back in Division III football. He leads the country with 1,422 yards and 27 touchdowns in nine games. The second-highest touchdown total in the nation, 18 by Dayton Winn of Hendrix, is nine less than Valdivia’s tally.Back on the field for his junior season, Valdivia has finally been able to play a full campaign for the Foresters, cementing a legacy as one of the most efficient running backs in Division III with a historic stat line in 2016.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textCourtesy of Lake Forest AthleticsComing off a freshman campaign in 2012 which saw Valdivia rank second on the team in rushing attempts, yards and touchdowns, Lake Forest head coach Jim Catanzaro said Valdivia was preparing for his breakout year in 2013.But he tore his hamstring during a preseason practice. Catanzaro said that doctors would discover the muscle “dangling” off of the bone — almost a complete tear. It sidelined Valdivia for the entire 2013 season.“We had expected Joey to be the head tailback (in 2013),” Catanzaro said. “We had a couple of young guys who came in and had to carry the load.”Valdivia wouldn’t let his injury separate him from the team, though, and he spent the season coaching the running backs from the sidelines. Catanzaro said the Lake Forest offense is a tough adjustment for a lot of freshmen to make, but Valdivia made it easy for the young tailbacks, offering advice from his time as a freshman and easing them into the Foresters’ scheme.He worked himself back to full health by the summer of 2014, and was set to return and make up on lost ground from the year before. But just when Valdivia thought he was in the clear, he was sidelined with a more serious injury — a broken foot.Valdivia was distraught. He missed an entire season again.It was the hardest thing Valdivia has faced in his life, he said.Unsure of his future as a football player and discouraged by just how long he was going to have to go without football, Valdivia left Lake Forest in the fall of 2014 and returned home.Catanzaro called it “radio silence” while Valdivia was home, with little communication between the two. Valdivia was removed from the Lake Forest roster, a step that Catanzaro said was necessary in the recovery of the running back. It was chance for Valdivia to “take care of himself” and reflect on his options, Catanzaro said.“I had a lot of alone time,” Valdivia said. “A lot of time to think about what I wanted to do, and I think it gave me a lot of motivation to come back working hard.”Courtesy of Lake Forest AthleticsWhen Valdivia reached out to the team regarding a comeback, Catanzaro said the staff was impressed at how much more communicative and confident he was in himself. Valdivia no longer identified himself as only a football player, but was now adamant on going to school and looking into his future as an adult.Returning as “a new person,” according to Catanzaro, Valdivia began physical therapy. Initially, the physical therapists made Valdivia lose a lot of his muscle, something that was tough for the 210-pound player to swallow.“We kind of joke with him that he had to get weaker to get stronger,” Catanzaro said. “If you look at his weightlifting numbers as a freshman and sophomore to where he is now, they’re not nearly as strong. We intentionally based his training on getting smaller, so he could grow again.”Valdivia returned for six games in 2015, again taking the reigns of the Foresters’ offense. He rushed for 454 yards in six games, scoring five touchdowns.Catanzaro said it felt like he had his old tailback again. He could finally give the ball to a runner he was confident wouldn’t fumble, and Valdivia’s ability to run up the middle or outside made him a dual threat rusher that facilitated the Foresters’ ground offense well.“You don’t have guys very often miss two seasons and come back completely fresh mentally and emotionally,” Catanzaro said. “We didn’t really have any playmakers while he was away, and it was a special reappearance when he was finally able to return.”But even in his wildest dreams, Catanzaro couldn’t begin to imagine Valdivia would be Division III’s leader in rushing touchdowns.Valdivia’s latest impact on the Lake Forest program has been five years in the making.“He knows that he’s essentially on borrowed time,” Catanzaro said. “His appreciativeness of this opportunity and the way he does it is great, and having another chance is something very special for him.” Commentslast_img read more