Week promotes positive body image

first_imgThis week, the Gender Issues Committee of student government is trying to promote conversation about body image and understanding through Love Your Body Week.“We have a lot of students here who are perfectionists,” Monica Daegele, director of the Gender Issues Committee, said. “Everyone is well-rounded and talented at a number of things. But with that kind of perfectionist mentality can sometimes come dangerous behaviors and obsessions. The point of Love Your Body Week is to bring into perspective this mentality that a lot of students have.”Daegele said the events planned for the week will emphasize that body image issues are relevant to both men and women.“Eating issues, body-image issues, they are not just a female problem. A lot of men struggle with them, as well,” Daegele said. “A lot of research done in the past 10 years has illustrated that there are so many undiscovered body image issues for men. I think people would be surprised at the number of men who feel uncomfortable with their body, who are trying to fix parts of their body.“In the past, the eating disorder fact sheets we’ve used have largely focused on women, and this year we have one for women and one for men.”Daegele said Love Your Body week will address the stereotype that men don’t have eating issues or body issues.“It’s really quite the opposite — I think one of the statistics is that 43 percent of teenage boys have said they feel uncomfortable with their bodies,” she said.Daegele said events for the week include free RecSports classes and presentations by the University Counseling Center and the Office of Alcohol and Drug Education. A talk Tuesday night will focus on how advertising portrays male and female bodies.On Wednesday, there will be a screening of the documentary “Happy,” which analyzes happiness in various parts of the world.“Essentially what it looks at is what really makes people happy,” Daegele said. “It does a great job of putting everything into perspective and allowing a greater message to be received.”Daegele said representatives from the University Counseling Center and Office of Alcohol and Drug Education will discuss disordered eating Thursday evening.“They’re going to make it very applicable to Notre Dame,” she said. ‘The title of the presentation is ‘Eliminate the F Word’ — ‘F’ being ‘fat.’ That’s a common theme that will also be present throughout the week, getting students to understand the negative effects it can have on everyone.”On Friday afternoon, there will be free massages in the Sorin Room of the LaFortune Student Center, Daegele said. RecSports will host a workshop Sunday that teaches women how to utilize weight rooms.“There’s a huge stereotype that women shouldn’t lift weights or build muscle,” Daegele said. “This will walk women through the different weights available and show how lifting weights is actually very good for you.”Daegele said the events of the week will take a holistic approach to body appreciation.“We want to show why our bodies are important to us and why taking care of our bodies is so important,” she said.Tags: Body Imagelast_img read more

Georgia Produce Prices

first_img“Retail prices probably won’t reflect that entire price jump since other markets providesome of those same vegetables,” he said. But prices will go up. They may even doublecurrent prices. “We’re likely to see a price spike at the grocery store from now until the next cropcomes in sometime in late March or mid-April,” said Bill Mizelle, an economist withthe University of Georgia Extension Service. Georgia temperatures dipped into the 20s, too. Fortunately, crops here weren’t hurt asmuch as in Florida. “With the drop in supply, prices for farmers and at the retail level will rise at first,” hesaid. “But if there is a lot of replanting in Florida, both states’ growers may sufferlater.” South Florida buying-point prices have nearly doubled on beans and tomatoes. Squashand pepper prices rose by 25 percent to 50 percent. “Anything they choose to replant may overlap with Georgia crops at the market laterthis year,” Mizelle said. “If Florida farmers with damaged crops replant,” Mizelle said, “consumers will pay forthe freeze now, but farmers in Georgia and Florida will pay for it later.” A produce glut at the market causes prices to the farmer to drop. As wholesalers payless for produce, retail prices drop. “We got a little damage in our cabbage and collards,” he said. “But they should recoverbefore they’re marketed. Mustard and turnip greens may have to be cut, refertilizedand allowed to regrow.”center_img Not only did an arctic blast freeze south Georgia and Florida vegetable crops, butgrocery shoppers may get a chill when they see produce prices climb. Extension horticulturist Terry Kelley said most of Georgia’s winter crops came throughthe freeze with very little damage. The freeze may have slightly damaged the quills (the spiky leaves) of Georgia’s sweetonion crop. But Kelley said he didn’t expect the damage to be serious. “Grocery prices from April into June will probably be lower than normal,” Mizellesaid. If Florida farmers replant, the crop Georgia farmers nurture until harvest could beworth less. Kelley said anything Florida farmers don’t replant would certainly be betterfor Georgia farmers’ prices. South Florida vegetable-growing area temperatures plunged to 20 degrees the weekendof Jan. 18. Mizelle said his reports estimate total losses in some areas. Some Florida farmers with damaged crops may replant their fields, hoping to recoversome of their losses.last_img read more

Measure would protect business against lawsuits

first_imgMeasure would protect business against lawsuits Measure would protect business against lawsuits Gary Blankenship Senior Editor Owners of commercial properties would get additional protections from suits for criminal acts committed on their properties if they meet certain security arrangements under a bill recently passed by the Florida House Judiciary Committee.HB 573, sponsored by Rep. Jeff Kottkamp, R-Cape Coral, was also praised by both business representatives and the Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers as a way to reduce crime against citizens by encouraging businesses to improve safety in their parking lots, where most crimes occur. Those representatives, though, said more work needs to be done on the bill.“Essentially this is the first step in the process of setting guidelines for businesses and parking lots on the type of security they should put in place to prevent being sued for negligence [when a crime is committed],” said Kottkamp.As amended at the meeting, the bill provides that commercial property owners can present at a summary judgment hearing or at trial that some or all of several safety procedures enumerated in the bill had been installed or accomplished. Those include adequate lighting in parking lots and building entrances, fencing, training for employees, security cameras, use of security guards, and posting of signs.Rep. Kevin Ambler, R-Tampa, asked if it wouldn’t be better to enumerate the security precautions in jury instructions, but Kottkamp said he would prefer to codify the standards in law, and then perhaps address jury instructions later.Bill Hurley, representing the Florida Retail Federation, said the bill came from commercial property owners’ concerns when they are held liable for a crime committed by a third party at their businesses. While the property owners recognize they have a duty to protect the public, they also believe there are no standards or criteria on what constitutes reasonable protections.“We saw an opportunity to try and make premises safer,” said attorney Pete Dunbar, also representing the retail federation. He added the standards should be incorporated into statutes, not just jury instruction, and “we would also like there to be a reward for businesses that provide safe premises.”Paul Jess, representing the AFTA, said the academy had concerns about the bill as originally drafted, but likes much better the version approved by the committee.“We saw an opportunity for a real win-win [situation],” he said. “We want to fashion a bill that will be good public policy. We sense there is an opportunity to give a road map and incentive. . . to businesses to improve their security.”He said complying businesses will help reduce crime, which will benefit the public, and those businesses will be less likely to wind up in court, while the public will retain the right to sue businesses that do not provide safe premises, as defined in the law.The revised bill passed the committee unanimously.A companion bill, SB 1654, has been filed in the Senate, but at Bar News deadline, it had not been heard in any of the four committees to which it had been referred. April 15, 2004 Senior Editor Regular Newslast_img read more

Ukwuani, Aniocha-South, Ethiope-West Lead Medals Table

first_imgDELTA SPORTS FESTIVALAfter three days of activities at the on-going 6th Delta Sports Festival, three local government areas, Ukwuani, Aniocha-South and Ethiope-West are occupying the top of the medals table.The festival will be rounded up tomorrow with Governor Ifeanyi Okowa expected to perform the closing ceremony at Ozoro Polytechnic Stadium. The medals table made available by the Technical Sub-committee yesterday saw Ukwuani seating on top with 18 medals made up of 10 gold, five silver and three bronze while Aniocha-South has 23 medals made up of nine gold, seven silver and seven bronze medals. Ethiope-West has 13 medals made up of six gold, two silver and five bronze medals.Seating in the fourth position is Warri-South with 14 medals (five gold, one silver and eight bronze), Burutu in the fifth position with four gold, seven silver and five bronze, just as Ughelli-North is sixth with three gold, four silver and two bronze medals.Oshimili-North has three gold, three silver and four bronze, just as Aniocha-North has three gold, two silver and two bronze, while Ika-North-East has two gold, four silver and six bronze medals.Meanwhile, Ebele Agbha from Ika-North-East won three gold medals in the women’s 48kg, while Ukamaka Dominic won three gold medals in the 63kg. Adaobi Onyia has also won three gold medals for Aniocha-South. The weightlifting event is taking place at Asaba Stadium.In athletics event holding at Ozoro Polytechnic Stadium, Ineh Neyiwa from Warri-South, who wrote his name in gold, winning the men’s triple jump on Day-two of the competition, yesterday added the long jump gold medal with a leap of 7.13 metres.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Jose Mourinho facing season-defining week at Chelsea

first_imgAs Chelsea enter the most pivotal week of Jose Mourinho’s second stint with the club, Dan Levene looks at how a defeat could perversely be the best outcome for the club, but the worst for its manager.If, as former Prime Minister Harold Wilson said, a week is a long time in politics, then a day is an age in football management. Even more so at Chelsea, where 90 minutes can often be an eternity for any coaching career. This week, Chelsea have a series of potentially season-defining matters and Jose Mourinho’s future could not be more in the balance.After the humiliation of home defeat to Bournemouth, the next seven days look set to lay out a pathway for the remainder of the season: with draws at home in the FA Cup, and in European club competitions as well as a trip to table-topping Leicester City in the Premier League.But it is Wednesday night’s visit to Stamford Bridge of Porto which is most crucial to the Blues’ season – standing, as it does, between Chelsea and progression in the Champions League. The permutations are many and complex. But the rule of thumb is pretty much this: win, and Chelsea top the group; lose, and they come third, and are bound for the Europa League.That would result in a big slice of humble pie for Mourinho, who shortly after his reappointment as Chelsea boss in 2013 insisted he didn’t want to win the Europa League, or even play in the competition.That was a clear slight at Rafael Benitez, whose achievement in bringing just that trophy back to Stamford Bridge from Amsterdam was so pivotal in assembling the interim coach’s CV for his present role at Real Madrid. But the Europa League is certainly Chelsea’s best opportunity of getting back into next season’s Champions League – with Mourinho having more or less admitted fourth place in the Premier League will be a leap too far.Mourinho knows and admits the luck involved in winning the Champions League itself, and he has had more opportunities to look back on that good and bad fortune than almost any boss in the game.But few can see past Barcelona, who now look an even better side than the one that romped to glory in Berlin’s Olympiastadion in June.They could await Chelsea in the knockout stages, should the Blues qualify – as could Paris Saint-Germain or Atletico Madrid, who ended their hopes in each of the last two seasons. Drop to the Europa League, and the options broaden to include Molde of Norway, possibly Midtjylland of Denmark, and a trip beyond the Black Sea to Krasnodar of Russia.Yet, in the eyes of UEFA now, the winners of the two trophies are equal – each earning a place in next season’s Champions League.One tough route to remain in the top club of European sides – with the income and attractiveness to players associated with it. One Thursday night meander around the broader continent’s also-ran title-holders, for the same ultimate prize.A no brainer in competitive terms – but what would defeat to Porto do to Mourinho’s immediate job prospects? Should he battle through that, there is the matter on Monday of motoring up the M1 to the King Power Stadium.The very man he first deposed as Blues boss, Claudio Ranieri, awaits with tables somewhat turned. Mourinho says he has given up on targets, and wants simply to win the next match. Given the stakes at play here, is impossible to know whether those who run Chelsea feel the same way about that. –last_img read more