Steve Eggleston Writes

People

Kids who sit down to eat with their families are less likely to be overweight and eat unhealthy foods, according to U.S. researchers who call for more shared meals.

In the first report to combine all existing studies on the issue, they found kids who eat with their parents at least three times a week had 12 per cent lower odds of being overweight.

The children were also 20 percent less likely to eat junk food, 35 percent less likely to have eating problems like skipping meals or bingeing, and 24 percent more likely to eat vegetables and other healthy foods.

[continue reading…]

March 2017 sow and multisow, plants offer, growth of autumn sowings, kale and leeks

1st March, the start of spring by some definitions, sees the UK weather turning cooler, a sure sign that spring is underway! Hence the need for waiting to sow seeds of warmth loving plants such as tomatoes, sweetcorn and courgettes. Have fleece or cloches ready to cover new plantings, from mid march in southern UK to late March in the north.

 

Read more here

http://www.charlesdowding.co.uk/march-2017/

Paul, 60, and Rachel Chandler, 56, from Kent, were seized from their yacht near the Seychelles in October 2009.

Mrs Chandler said: “I’m enjoying being free”. The couple said they were fine, but will undergo medical checks.

They were taken to Adado, then Mogadishu, and have now arrived in Kenya. The BBC held off reporting the release due to an injunction.

[continue reading…]

A day before Haitians head to the polls to vote for a new president, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged them to “take full advantage of this historic opportunity to shape the future of their country.”

The former first lady Mirlande Manigat and the popular musician Michel Martelly are contesting tomorrow’s run-off round of presidential elections, four months after the first round was staged. Legislative elections are also being held tomorrow.

[continue reading…]

The Red Cross said it was extending its activities to western Libya today, as a ship of medical supplies docked in the besieged port city of Misrata and its aid workers made their way to Zawiyah.

“We are sending the ship to support Misrata’s main hospital, by delivering enough medical supplies to treat 300 patients with weapon injuries on the spot,” Jean-Michel Monod, head of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) team now in Tripoli, said in a statement.

Meanwhile, Libyan rebels fighting troops loyal to Gadafy said eight of their fighters had been killed in clashes along a road leading to the rebel-controlled port today.

[continue reading…]

A couple who won nearly £7million on the lottery have given away every penny in just three months.

Allen and Violet Large drew up a list of good causes – then handed a cheque to each one.

Violet, 78, said: “What you’ve never had, you never miss.”

[continue reading…]

He just wanted to see if it looked good with his fur coat.

Anna Clark, 35, says that a red fox stole her handbag. Or maybe “borrowed” is the correct term, since the little critter apparently brought it back.

Anna’s husband, 38-year-old Jeremy Clark, told The Argus yesterday that the couple was standing in their driveway in West Sussex, England, when the fox appeared and snatched up the bag in his mouth.

Jeremy said he yelled at the fox to drop the bag, but the fox didn’t listen, taking off into the bushes instead.

[continue reading…]

Steve Eggleston reports:

Hippity Hip Hooray for Seed Sovereignty

Sandwiched between Thanksgiving and Christmas last year, a wonderful thing happened. On December 17, 2018, 121 members of the United Nations showed some courage and foresight: they approved (over 8 nays and 52 abstentions) the Declaration of the Rights of Peasants and other People Working in Rural Areas.

[continue reading…]

Eleven new countries have added their names to a growing United Nations-backed list of States that have pledged to halt child recruitment, support the release of children from armed groups and help reintegrate them into civilian life.

Cape Verde, Gabon, Georgia, Iceland, Latvia, New Zealand, the Republic of Korea, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Togo and Uruguay yesterday endorsed the Paris Commitments on Children Associated with Armed Forces or Armed Groups, raising the number of supporting countries from 84 to 95.

[continue reading…]

Dr Jude Currivan is a cosmologist, planetary healer, futurist, author and previously one of the most senior business women in the UK. Having grown up as the daughter of a coal miner in the north of England, she has since journeyed to nearly seventy countries around the world and for the last nearly twenty years has lived in the sacred landscape of Avebury. She has experienced multidimensional realities since early childhood and worked with the wisdom keepers both incarnate and discarnate of many traditions. Jude integrates leading edge science, research into consciousness and universal wisdom teachings into a wholistic wholeworld-view. This underpins her work aimed at enabling transformational and emergent resolutions to our collective planetary issues, raising awareness and empowering fundamental change and sustainable solutions to global problems. She holds a PhD in Archaeology from the University of Reading in the UK researching ancient cosmologies and a Masters Degree in Physics from Oxford University specialising in cosmology and quantum physics. She is the author of five non-fiction books currently available in 15 languages and 25 countries including CosMos – a co-creator’s guide to the whole-world co-authored with Dr Ervin Laszlo. Her first fictionalised e-book Legacy is recently available at amazon.

MARCO ISLAND: Some persistent dolphins are being credited with saving a dog that had run away on Marco Island. The dog’s owner said he had been missing for 15 hours before the dolphins alerted neighbors.

Cindy Burnett says her 11-year-old Doberman named Turbo disappeared late Sunday night after his gate was left open.

And that’s when Burnett and her sons went looking for him.

“I searched and searched and called his name. I drove through this street at least five or six times,” she said.

[continue reading…]

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Coca-Cola Company, Fundación Avina, Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), and Multilateral Investment Fund (MIF), launched a coalition that aims to improve the lives of the at least 4 million people who make a living off of recycling.  In some regions, up to 90% of recycled materials are procured by informal collectors but those same people reap little of the benefits.  The hours are long, conditions are filthy, and the work is sometimes dangerous–to the entire family as everyone is often involved.

After a long day of sunbathing, volleyball, and body surfing at Rio de Janeiro’s iconic Ipanema or Copacabana beaches, from afar the beaches appear to sparkle as the sun sets.  The glistening, however, is not the sand, but the countless bottles that litter the shoreline where sunbathers lay hours earlier.  Municipal workers hold their own in cleaning up the beaches for another day of locals’ and tourists’ frolicking in the sun,  but individual collectors do most of the work, gathering glass, plastic, and metal containers that can be turned in for cash.

[continue reading…]