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Aussie do-gooders ‘tearing families apart’

Posted by admin on 29/04/2019
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Gullible Australians volunteering in Cambodian orphanages are unwittingly tearing families apart, an aid organisation says.


The number of orphanages in Cambodia has exploded to an estimated 600 in the past decade, despite a lack of conflict and social upheaval normally associated with such an increase.

Aid groups believe the trend is driven by dodgy operators exploiting poor families and deceiving foreigners to seek profits.

UNICEF estimates that only one in five children are legitimate orphans.

Friends International has launched a global campaign called “Don’t Create More Orphans” aimed at educating people about the consequences of misguided generosity.

It builds on a 2011 awareness campaign – children are not tourist attractions.

“By supporting orphanages, you’re tearing families apart,” spokesman James Sutherland told AAP.

“Foreigners are the principle funders and they are being fooled by something they don’t understand.”

Research shows institutionalisation is bad for children and the younger they are the more harm it causes psychologically, with many developing attachment disorders, Mr Sutherland said.

‘Volun-tourism’ is a rapidly expanding sector but many travellers are leaving their common sense at home.

“Children are not objects, they are not cute things you visit, feel sorry for, give pencils and teach them `heads and shoulders knees and toes’ for the umpteenth time,” he said.

There is no shortage of people willing part with several thousand dollars for volunteer stints spanning weeks or months, but Mr Sutherland said few questioned where the money goes.

Many orphanages allow strangers to come in unvetted without police and background checks.

Keeping tabs on care standards and child protection regulations compliance is also difficult because many are unregistered.

Some are run by faith groups with proselytising agendas.

Mr Sutherland said volunteers often lacked transferable skills or formal qualifications in childcare, health or teaching, and were completely out of their depth.

Years ago, Mr Sutherland visited a Cambodian orphanage and was taken around by some British high school graduates who were volunteering.

He said he was horrified by the conditions, with cots jammed in wall-to-wall, flies everywhere and the smell of faeces.

A lot of the kids were sick and some were HIV positive.

“I watched a child die in front of me,” he said.

“It was something like out of a medieval painting.”

It costs nine times more to keep a child in institutional care than to keep them with their families, Mr Sutherland said.

He urged people to redirect their cash towards projects working to keep families together.

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TIPS ON RESPONSIBLE VOLUNTEERING OVERSEASFind a reputable organisation.Research – does the organisation operate for profit, is it registered, does it comply with local and international child protection regulations?Are you being asked to pay money for the volunteer stint? Where does the money go?Match your existing qualifications and skills with what the community or project needs.Short-term volunteer stints with no applicable skills might not benefit the community.Passing on your expertise through training locals is better.Learn about the region’s culture and customs before departure.VOLUNTEERING AT ORPHANAGESThink about the long-term impact on children.Be aware some orphanages remove children from parents to profit from donations from abroad.Some deliberately house children in poor conditions to attract ongoing financial support.Volunteers may unknowingly contribute towards child exploitation.There are other ways to help – donate to NGOs and support long term projects that are strengthening communities.

(Source: Smartraveller.gov苏州半永久,)

Fahmy says Al Jazeera negligent

Posted by admin on 29/04/2019
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Peter Greste’s Al Jazeera colleague Mohamed Fahmy, who is awaiting retrial after more than a year behind bars in Egypt on terrorism-related charges, says his Qatar-funded employer is partially to blame for his ordeal.


Fahmy said it would be “naive” and “misleading” to see the case purely as a crackdown on press freedom, because it was complicated by Al Jazeera’s “negligence” and Qatar’s use of the outlet to “wage a media war” against Cairo.

“I am not losing sight of who put me in prison,” he said, referring to the Egyptian prosecutors, who failed to present any evidence related to the terror charges in a trial widely condemned by rights groups and major media outlets.

“However, Al Jazeera’s epic negligence has made our situation harder, more difficult, and gave our captor more firepower,” Fahmy said in an interview at his family home in a Cairo suburb.

“It is an infringement on freedom of speech to silence three innocent, recognised journalists. Yet a very important aspect of this case is Qatar abusing its Al Jazeera Arabic platform in waging a media war against Egypt,” he said.

Al Jazeera did not respond to emails seeking comment.

Greste, who was originally sentenced to seven years, was released and deported on February 1.

The broadcaster spearheaded a global media campaign calling for the release of the reporters, insisting they were unjustly punished for doing their job.

Egypt and Qatar have had tense relations since 2013, when the Egyptian military ousted Islamist President Mohammed Morsi amid massive protests.

Doha is a strong backer of Morsi’s Muslim Brotherhood and other Islamist groups in the region.

Cairo accused Al Jazeera of being a mouthpiece for Morsi’s supporters, charges denied by the broadcaster.

Fahmy maintained that Al Jazeera English was doing balanced and independent reporting.

Al Jazeera’s Arabic affiliates, however, were the only remaining platform for Islamists to criticise the military-backed government after Morsi’s ouster.

Fahmy said his senior managers failed to provide the English network’s staff with enough security, and to explain to the Egyptian government that they were different from the Arabic stations.

“They should have provided a security umbrella and put the security of their staffers ahead of getting the story, because it was framed as Al Jazeera and Qatar are challenging the Egyptian government,” he said.

He also said Al Jazeera failed to provide press passes or equipment permits.

Fahmy is now raising funds for his own defence team, which includes Amal Clooney, who has waived 90 per cent of her fees, he said.

Fahmy and his Egyptian producer Baher Mohammed begin their retrial on Monday, after an appeals court threw out the case that opened last year and ended in sentencing the two to seven and ten years respectively.

Cholesterol no longer a concern: US expert

Posted by admin on 29/04/2019
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More butter, anyone?

A warning against eating foods high in cholesterol is no longer included in the US government’s draft dietary guidelines for Americans, representing a major shift in policy, officials said on Thursday.


Until now, the Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommended that cholesterol intake be limited to 300 milligrams per day – the amount in about one stick of butter, or two small eggs, or a 300 gram steak.

Medical experts used to believe that eating too much cholesterol could raise the risk of heart attack and stroke by contributing to plaque buildup in the arteries.

But the 2015 version of the guidelines will no longer place an upper limit on cholesterol “because available evidence shows no appreciable relationship between consumption of dietary cholesterol and serum cholesterol”, the US Department of Agriculture said in a statement.

The draft report, published online at health.gov/dietaryguidelines, said “cholesterol is not a nutrient of concern for overconsumption.”

The recommended changes were compiled by 14 nationally recognised nutrition, medicine and public health experts.

The guidelines do not become official right away. Instead, they are open for a 45-day comment period and will be discussed at a public meeting in Bethesda, Maryland on March 24.

“We have seen this controversy, especially surrounding the consumption of eggs, which are very high in cholesterol yet filled with beneficial nutrients,” said Suzanne Steinbaum, preventive cardiologist at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York.

The committee “clearly is trying to dispel the idea that cholesterol matters”.

While cholesterol may be getting a free pass, the saturated fat that usually accompanies it is not.

In fact, experts recommend that Americans eat less than before.

Calories from saturated fat should make up about eight per cent of a person’s daily calorie intake, compared to the 2010 guidelines that advised 10 per cent.

For an average person, eating 2,000 calories per day, the new guidelines would mean the limit of saturated fat could be achieved with a few spoonfuls of butter, or a dozen eggs – since eggs are naturally low in saturated fat – or a seven-ounce steak.

“Saturated fat is still a nutrient of concern for overconsumption, particularly for those older than the age of 50 years,” said the report.

It’s been over 20 years since cherished children’s author Dr.


Seuss has passed. However, fans of his seminal picture books are set to receive a new installment of playful rhymes and quirky plots thanks to the discovery of new original manuscripts.

The manuscripts, complete with illustrations, were recently stumbled upon by Seuss’ widow, Audrey, while cleaning out her husband’s office at their home in La Jolla, California. Amongst a box spilling with sketches and texts lay Seuss’ next tale, ‘What Pet Should I get?’ – set to be released by publisher Random House on July 28.

The book follows the siblings from Seuss’ ‘One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish’ on a whimsical day.  

Theodore Geisel, Dr. Seuss, produced 46 works over the course of his life including ‘The Cat in The Hat’ and ‘Green Eggs and Ham’, which both feature in USA today’s top 50 best-selling books of all time. Remembered as a perfectionist by his wife, Geisel would spend vast amounts of time writing, even spending up to a year on a single book.

In a statement released by vice president of Random House Cathy Goldsmith, ‘What Pet Should I Get?’ was believed to be written between 1958 and 1962. Ms. Goldsmith who is overseeing its publication, once acted as art director for Geisel and closely worked with him on his last book ‘Oh, The Places You’ll Go’.

The news comes as esteemed author Harper Lee announced the late discovery, and release of a sequel text to her canonised novel ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’.

With Random House announcing at least two more text to be released, Dr. Seuss fans worldwide are reeling in anticipation and imminent nostalgia. 

Many took to Twitter to voice their veneration.

Which pet should I get? I don’t know yet. But Dr. Seuss will know, I bet.

— Me (@scott_towel) February 19, 2015

“Today was good. Today was fun. Tomorrow is another one.”-Dr. Suess

— Joe Young (@JoeYoung_3) February 19, 2015

“You are your own. And you know what you know. And you are the one who will decide where to go” -Dr. Suess

— AubreeG✨ (@agspasic) February 19, 2015


Drunk fans damaged buildings and threw bottles at riot police on Wednesday night before hundreds clashed with police at the Spanish Steps on Thursday before the game.


Police fired tear gas and tangled with fans, who left the square’s Baroque fountain full of empty beer bottles.

“Rome has been violated today,” local government councillor Paolo Masini said in a statement, describing tourists holed up in hotels and nearby windows shuttered. “This is pure and simple hooliganism.”

Italian police said they arrested six Dutch nationals on Wednesday night and confiscated truncheons and broken bottles. Judicial sources said a further 17 people were arrested on Thursday, and magistrates will deal with the four not yet charged next week.

Livio Ricciardelli, a member of the city government, said Feyenoord should make a public apology and pay for the damage caused to the city by its fans, adding that repairs would be costly.

The Dutch embassy in Rome said in a statement that there was “no place for violence in football” and that it would cooperate with Italian authorities to punish the perpetrators.

Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi said during a television interview that he appreciated the embassy’s message about the events, and would take the issue to European football authorities, calling it “an insult to civilised society.”

“Tomorrow we will check how it worked, if we made any mistakes, on the understanding that these hooligans are evidently responsible,” Renzi said in response to a question about the incidents on state news channel RAI2.

Most of the charges against fans are for resisting arrest, judicial sources said, adding that the first eight charged were given six months’ jail time, or they can pay a 45,000-euro (33,175 pounds) fine.

Rome’s public works department said staff had been sent to empty and clean the Barcaccia fountain, a boat carved out of travertine stone that nestles in an oval pool at the foot of the Spanish Steps.

Technicians will now assess what damage has been done to the recently restored fountain, which was designed by Italian artists Pietro and Gian Lorenzo Bernini.

Around 6,500 Feyenoord supporters were expected to attend the last 32, first leg match at the Stadio Olimpico.

(Additional reporting by Jacopo Lo Monaco; editing by Justin Palmer and Matthew Lewis)