New NYC day care policies promote optimum learning and health

A father reads with his children.

A father reads with his children to  promote learning, which can become the new thrust of NYC Day Care Centers under newly publicized guidelines.

The guidelines made public by New York City Board of Health Department drastically restricting the consumption of juice and television viewing by children in day care centers is a long overdue step in the right direction.

The new guidelines, which were made public on Monday, March 23 when they were entered into public records, now limits children to 30 minutes of television time during day care hours. Also, the guidelines children must now be two years old in order to be served no more than four ounces of 100 percent juice per day.

The guidelines are aimed at optimizing learning activities instead of television viewing; boosting activity levels instead of encouraging sedentary lifestyles and promoting healthy habits by limiting sugar intake which leads to higher incidences of obesity and diabetes, which bring along lifelong health challenges that can be avoided.

Undoubtedly, many parents will be irritated by the restrictions. However, cooler heads should prevail with the recognition that these small steps now can lead to a longer, healthier and more academically stimulating adulthood. Afterall, the number one priority of child care providers should be to care for children by providing an environment that promotes their overall well-being and development. Preserving their heath and mind is an important step to achieving that noble goalOnPointPress.net.

Despite Durant’s injuries OKC is poised to win division, MVP title for Westbrook

Russell Westbrook has been phenomenal this season, keeping his team in playoff contention despite a myriad of injuries to key players.

Russell Westbrook has been phenomenal this season, keeping his team in playoff contention despite a myriad of injuries to key players.

By Charles Glover, Jr.

With a dozen games remaining in the Thunder’s season they have a three game lead for the eighth seed in the Western Conference and trail by five games in their division. This writer is predicting that the Thunder will continue their winning ways and eventually win their division, propelling them to a top four seed in their conference.

Kevin Durant (l) and Serge Ibaka (not pictured) will likely not be available for the rest of the regular season. Westbrook (r) will have to continue picking up the slack.

Kevin Durant (l) and Serge Ibaka (not pictured) will likely not be available for the rest of the regular season. Westbrook (r) will have to continue picking up the slack.

Winning the division would have been viewed as implausible as little as a few days ago when news circulated that reigning NBA MVP Kevin Durant will not be returning to action anytime soon. Durant’s setback, coupled with the news of Serge Ibaka’s recent knee surgery, means that the Thunder will be without two of their best three players for the remainder of the regular season. The Thunder have responded by winning their last three games since learning of Durant’s setback while showing continued resiliency following Westbrook’s lead. However, it will take a grandiose effort on the part of the team to ultimately win their division.

The Portland Trailblazers currently lead their division with 14 games left in their season. They will have a hard time maintaining their lead with LaMarcus Aldridge (l) and Nicolas Batum (r) battling injuries after already losing Wesley Matthews (c) for the rest of the season.

The Portland Trailblazers currently lead their division with 14 games left in their season. They will have a hard time maintaining their lead with LaMarcus Aldridge (l) and Nicolas Batum (r) battling injuries after already losing Wesley Matthews (c) for the rest of the season.

The Thunder’s injury woes have been headline news but the Northwest division leading Portland Trailblazers have their own injury concerns that threaten to derail their season. Both LaMarcus Aldridge and Nicolas Batum left their last game together with different injuries and are questionable for their next game. Guard Wesley Matthews suffered a ruptured Achilles a few weeks ago and is out for the season. With three fifths of their starting lineup potentially absent or compromised, the Trailblazers have a tough stretch remaining on their schedule while trying to hold off the surging Thunder.

The Thunder have added quality depth to their team this season especially along their frontline with Mitch McGarry (r) and Enes Kanter (c) joining Steven Adams and Nick Collison (l).

The Thunder have added quality depth to their team this season especially along their frontline with Mitch McGarry (r) and Enes Kanter (c) joining Steven Adams and Nick Collison (l).

The Thunder have given themselves a chance for a late season push by making moves to add quality depth to a team that has usually been described as being led by two superstars. The Thunder have been able to deal with the absence of forwards Durant and Ibaka with the emergence of other talented big men like Enes Kanter, Steven Adams, rookie Mitch McGarry, and veteran Nick Collison. Guards Dion Waiters, D.J. Augustin, and Anthony Morrow have also taken advantage of more playing time in wake of the numerous injuries the team has endured. The team seems poised to finish the season on a high note.

Westbrook has been relentless as he has guided his team into playoff contention so far. if the Thunder capture their division, Westbrook would deserve MVP honors.

Westbrook has been relentless as he has guided his team into playoff contention so far. if the Thunder capture their division, Westbrook would deserve MVP honors.

While the Thunder’s front office and coaches deserve credit for putting together and developing a roster that can endure the changes they have so far, the bulk of the praise still rests with Russell Westbrook. Westbrook almost notched his tenth triple-double on Sunday and continues to lead the league in scoring. He is also second in steals and fourth in assists. Night in and night out, Westbrook plays with a fiery passion reminiscent of Allen Iverson. It is a long shot, but winning a division with the challenges this team has faced would create a narrative likely to propel Westbrook to the top of the NBA MVP race. It would be well deserved.–OnPointPress.net– Charles Glover, Jr. is a sports aficionado and a training/benefits consultant. Follow me @GloverIsGood on Twitter.com. For business inquiries contact (646)309-1938.

Jamaica highlights sustainable development at model UN Assembly

 

The Hon. Arnaldo Brown, Jamaica's State Minister in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade.

The Hon. Arnaldo Brown, Jamaica’s State Minister in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade.

Kingston, Jamaica, March 19, 2015: On Thursday, March 19, Jamaica’s United Nations Association of Jamaica (UNAJ) held its 39th Model Assembly of the United Nations. The event was attended by members of staff at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, students and Dr. Lucille Buchanan, UNAJ’s national president.

Hon. Arnaldo Brown, State Minister in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, outlined the topic for debate as “The Role of Governments of Small Island Developing States is to Protect the Rights of its People,” which he said  “will certainly lead to some interesting and passionate exchanges among you as you represent Member States.” Minister Brown provided background information on “the issues affecting countries like Jamaica which are Small Island Developing Countries (SIDS), and our aspirations for contributing to the well-being of our people through engagement at the international level.”

Hon. Arnaldo Brown

Hon. Arnaldo Brown

He spoke about sustainable development and the importance of each country making diligent efforts to ensure economic growth for its citizens. Addressing the importance of collaboration he said:

“I am happy to note that there is global recognition of the need for enhanced coordination, cooperation, coherence and effective policymaking across the entire United Nations system to meet the development needs of its Member States. Jamaica, therefore, supports the processes currently underway within the UN to ensure greater scope for the participation and engagement of all actors within the development process.

YS Falls, Jamaica, West Indies.

YS Falls, Jamaica, West Indies.

“We view sustainable development and human rights as inextricably linked, and that sustainable development is best undertaken in an environment of peace and justice for all. It is in this connection that we have undertaken substantive work to ensure that the freedom and rights of our citizens are protected under the UN Charter, the Jamaican Constitution and the Charter of Rights and Freedom. Jamaica is also party to seven (7) of the nine (9) core international human rights conventions including the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights; the International Convention on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights; and the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination.

“In acknowledging our vulnerability to environmental hazards, we recognise that the intensity and complexity of the challenges faced by SIDS are likely to grow exponentially in coming years. We remain committed to the principles enshrined in the Rio Declaration, the Barbados Plan of Action and the Mauritius Strategy for Implementation of the Barbados Plan of Action. These set the framework for international action in relation to the sustainable development of Small Island Developing States, such as Jamaica.

“As a small island developing state with unique characteristics and vulnerabilities, the Government of Jamaica will continue to build national and international partnerships to protect human rights, promote economic development and ensure environmental sustainability for this and future generations.”–OnPointPress.net.

 

 

NCAA Tournament 2015 features battle of coaches, exciting NBA prospects

The Kentucky Wildcats are the overwhelming favorite to win the men's 2015 NCAA tournament.

The Kentucky Wildcats are the overwhelming favorite to win the men’s 2015 NCAA tournament.

By Charles Glover, Jr.

March Madness has begun in college basketball and the best is yet to come as the men’s NCAA tournament is set to begin on Tuesday. The top seeds for the tournament are Kentucky, Villanova, Duke, and Wisconsin. Despite Kentucky enjoying a perfect season on the way to the tournament, as their coach, John Calipari rightly said on Selection Sunday. “Every team is at a 0-0 entering the NCAA Tournament.”  Here are some head coaching jobs at schools that also deserve recognition this year.

John Thompson III has Georgetown back in the NCAA tournament hoping to advance for the first time in years.

John Thompson III has Georgetown back in the NCAA tournament hoping to advance for the first time in years.

Georgetown: The Hoyas have been flying under the radar all season but they have been a solid team all year. They lost a heart-breaker to Xavier in the semis of the Big East tournament. John Thompson III hopes his team has learned lessons quickly as he prepares them for a matchup against Eastern Washington on Thursday. The team will be further inspired by the improving health of Georgetown icon John Thompson Jr. who recently had surgery for a twisted intestine.

Steve Alford hopes to coach UCLA to an upset victory over SMU.

Steve Alford hopes to coach UCLA to an upset victory over SMU.

UCLA: The Bruins have been the most questioned team selected to the tournament. Meanwhile, quality teams like Temple and Richmond did not receive the invite they were hoping for. UCLA might have benefitted from playing in a historically strong conference and having a good finish to their regular season. Head coach Steve Alford will have to prepare UCLA for the tough test of the SMU Mustangs,coached by Hall of Fame coach Larry Brown.

Manhattan coach Steve Masiello has to create a game plan to help the Jaspers win their next game.

Manhattan coach Steve Masiello has to create a game plan to help the Jaspers win their next game.

Manhattan: The Jaspers have been playing the best basketball this winter in Manhattan with no apologies to the New York Knicks. The Jaspers were in the news before the season due the controversy surrounding the resume of head coach of Steve Masiello during his short-lived departure to South Florida. Now the Jaspers are on their way back to the NCAA tournament with a chance to at victory in the first round in a matchup against Hampton.

Northeastern head coach Bill Coen will need to see the Huskies have another great shooting night in order to keep their season going.

Northeastern head coach Bill Coen will need to see the Huskies have another great shooting night in order to keep their season going.

Northeastern: The Huskies ended a 24- year drought by winning the Colonial Athletic Association tournament to earn their bid into the NCAA tournament. The Huskies are a good 3-point shooting team which can help them win a game or two. Northeastern will make the most of their first appearance at the big dance since 1991. Bill Coen will have a tough challenge to come up with a game plan to slow down Notre Dame on Thursday.

Steve Lavin has a serious challenge on his hands as St. John's heads into their next game at less than full strength.

Steve Lavin has a serious challenge on his hands as St. John’s heads into their next game at less than full strength.

St. John’s: The Red Storm had a strong middle of the season that did not end well in then Big East tournament. Nonetheless, they have a chance to turn things around in the NCAA tournament if they can get fantastic perimeter play. The absence of suspended Center Chris Obekpa will force head coach Steve Lavin to dig deep in talent pool to defeat San Diego State.

Head coach Marvin Menzies will have the Aggies ready to go as the NCAA tournament approaches.

Head coach Marvin Menzies will have the Aggies ready to go as the NCAA tournament approaches.

New Mexico State: The Aggies stand out among most teams due to the size of the players in their rotation, with four being 6’8″ or taller. Their size helps them get to the free throw line often, which occasionally helps them overpower their opponents. Head coach Marvin Menzies hopes that size really does matter as they hope to upset Kansas on Friday.–OnPointPress.net–

Charles Glover, Jr. is a sports aficionado and training/benefits consultant. Follow me @GloverIsGood on Twitter.com. For business inquiries contact (646)309-1938.

Brooklyn’s female gang fight and feedback show lack of direction and dignity

 

Aniah Ferguson is arrested as the ring leader in the fight earlier this week at a fast food restaurant in Brooklyn, New York.

A remorseless Aniah Ferguson smirks as she is arrested as the ring leader in the fight earlier this week at a fast food restaurant in Brooklyn, New York. Meanwhile, the victim, Ariana Taylor, basks in her newfound fame on social media, seemingly unclear about the damaging consequences associated with gang culture.

The brutal gang fight that took place at a fast food restaurant in Flatbush, Brooklyn, New York earlier this week garnered international attention after the video of the melee was posted on social media. Without missing a beat, 15-year-old victim Ariana Taylor gleefully posted pictures of herself and boasted about the fame that she feels that she has gained as a result of the fight.

While police arrested the main attacker in the fight, 16-year-old Aniah Ferguson, who has a history of assaults and arrests, and questions  other suspects, the lack of remorse, morality, direction, discipline, dignity and self-respect portrayed by the girls in the video is as appalling as it is heartbreaking. Where is the sense of pride, self-esteem and values that young women often embrace in their teenaged years? Such perspective is sadly missing from the girls involved in the disgraceful display of immodesty.

While attention is focused on the herd mentality that is being blamed for patrons who watched the fight while failing to call police, the central concern about young women showing a callous disregard for their bodies and well-being is overlooked. It is a troubling reality when girls engage in savage conduct that is more commonly associated with primitive times. It is even more disturbing that their conduct is cheered as routine entertainment instead of the pox on society that is really is. What a disgrace!!!-OnPointPress.net.

University of Oklahoma President expels racist students in swift, decisive move

David Boren, president of the University of Oklahoma and former Democratic Sen., speaks at a bipartisan summit at the University of Oklahoma, in Norman, Okla., Monday, Jan. 7, 2008. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

David Boren, president of the University of Oklahoma and former Democratic Sen., speaks at a bipartisan summit at the University of Oklahoma, in Norman, Okla., Monday, Jan. 7, 2008. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

By Carmen Glover
As soon as a video clip surfaced on social media on Monday, March 9,depicting  members of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity at the University of Oklahoma chanting derogatively that blacks will not allowed in the fraternity, the university’s president, David Boren, issued strong, forceful, condemnation:

“You are disgraceful. Real Sooners are not bigots,” The Oklahoman quoted him saying. Taking quick action, Boren ordered the students to leave the fraternity house by midnight on Tuesday, March 10. Television cameras showed the students packing up their belongings and leaving the fraternity house, which was stripped of its letters.

The national office for the fraternity closed the school’s chapter and suspended all of the house members, as Unheard, a black student organization, rallied on campus and spoke to the media. In the mushrooming scandal, offensive lineman Jean Delance, a highly positioned recruit, rescinded his agreement to commit to play at the school.

The offensive clip showed fraternity members on a bus enthusiastically chanting about denying blacks entry to the fraternity and vowing to lynch them instead.

“There will never be a n—-r SAE. You can hang him from a tree but he will never be a n—-r SAE,” they gleefully chanted, without a shred of humanity, embarrassment or decency.

By Tuesday afternoon, OU President Boren had enough, expelling two of the students who were identified in the clip. His statement appears below:–OnPointPress.net.

Oklahoma President

Oklahoma President

Increased carrying charges/garage fees loom in Co-op City for new fiscal year

Co-op City is home to more than 50,000 residents.

Co-op City is home to more than 50,000 residents, who invested a significant amount of money in exchange for an affordable, safe, and comfortable housing environment.

By Carmen Glover

While taking a victory lap for ridding Co-op City of the destructive and corrupt Marion Scott Real Estate Inc. (MSI), the Riverbay Board of Directors, which manages Co-op City, announced in different financial presentations recently that carrying charges and parking garage fees will be increased by 4.5 percent during the upcoming fiscal year.

Aerial shot of Co-op City

Aerial view of Co-op City.

Sandwiched between providing a breakdown of the board’s reasons for settling an employee lawsuit brought against Riverbay Corporation and Marion Scott Real Estate Inc. for unlawful employment practices, board president Cleve Taylor suggested that imposing the increases was the best solution to settle the $8 million agreement and satisfy the cost of cleaning Co-op City’s cooling tower where legionella bacteria, which sickened several residents, was discovered by New York Department of Health.

For many shareholders, the increases add more burden to financially stretched households. However, the 4.5 percent increase will take effect in the fall of 2015, regardless of the disastrous impact shareholders anticipate.  For information about how to voice your concerns about the looming increases, contact Riverbay’s offices at 718-320-3300–OnPointPress.net.