Body Image: The Perfect Body

first_imgContrary to popular belief, a woman’s body does not need to be perfect and probably never will be Perfect.  Some may ask, where does the pressure and thirst for perfection come from?  Well unless you are living underneath a rock, the answer is closer to home. Be assured, the size of a woman’s bottom; shape or cleavage, does not make her anything else but a female. God’s Divine creation, made to become Adams help mate. Her structure was never an important factor, yet in these times – our minds are corrupt with images of perceived beauty.  To be deemed “sexy” is more important than to be praised for having morals, values and integrity.  We have been brainwashed with ideologies about what it means to be a woman in present times; what assets contribute to our femininity and which criteria are to be met in order to be considered “sexy”.  Sadly we have allowed someone else’s opinion to become our reality.  Instead of walking around with pride and dignity, we have chosen the easy route – to get a man’s attention and to satisfy his selfish desires, by presenting ourselves as a walking, talking sexual advertisement. Until we learn; there is more to being a woman than what the media is selling to us, we will continue to be seen as objects instead of prized possessions. There is more to being a woman than a slim figure, a curvy body and exposing of the skin; we will merely be tolerated and not celebrated within our communities. To my sisters feeling pressured to be everything else the world wants you to be, remember: in order for one to be great, you must be different and do things outside the norm.  To my sisters entering their teens, don’t always believe what you see in the magazines or follow so called “public figures”.  Stay true to who you are .Dawn Gluskin wrote, “Nothing is more attractive than being your authentic self!”  That means not conforming into what society wants; stand for something and dare to be different! When we think of our mothers, these come to mind: care, approval, assurance, belonging, courage, responsibility,  wisdom, goodness,  simplicity,  strength, grace, hardworking, purity and integrity. Being an attractive woman, has nothing to do with our body and asset.   Instead it has more to do with our character, self-love, self-confidence and self-contentment.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

EU Conference on Ebola Affected Countries Begins Today

first_imgPresident Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and her delegation will today participate in a major conference, organized by the European Union (EU) in Brussels, Belgium to discuss the way forward in the economic and social recovery of countries affected by the deadly Ebola virus.President Sirleaf, according to a statement from the European Union, will serve as a spokesperson on behalf of the three Mano River Union countries of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. Presidents and Ministers of Guinea, Sierra Leone and Togo as well as representatives of the African Union Commission, the UN, the Economic Community of West Africa States (ECOWAS) and the European Union will all be attending.The Conference is taking place at the historic Egmont Palace in Brussels, and will be attended by Queen Mathilde . The main focus is to maintain current efforts of preventing the spread of the Ebola virus and to also put in place a plan to help Liberia and the other main African countries to recover and also plan for the future. During the conference, the 11th European Development Fund National Indicative Program for Liberia 2014-2020 will be signed between Liberia and the EU.  This is the most important support program of the EU to Liberia for the coming years. This Fund is allocating EUR 279 million (USD 326 million at current exchange rates) to Liberia, which will be divided into four areas, including Good Governance, Energy, Education and Agriculture.  The EU and its member states have so far pledged about EUR 1.2 billion to the Ebola crisis in West Africa.The EU Ambassador to Liberia, Ms Tiina INTELMANN, said “For us it is crucial to assess the priorities and envisaged action presented by Liberia and to find a way that we can all work together, in the immediate and longer term, for recovery in Liberia and in West Africa.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Kuru Kururu residents call for frequent Police patrol

first_imgResidents of Kuru Kururu, on the Linden-Soesdyke Highway, have expressed concern due to the increased number of crimes in the area; as such, a call has been made for more frequent Police patrols in the evening.One resident, 54-year-old Glen Ramdass, was on Tuesday evening attacked by two armed bandits as he was about to make his way into his Lot 33 Kuru Kururu home.The man said that at about 20:10h, he opened his gate and was about to drive in his car when two dark skinned males, armed with guns, pounced on him and demanded that he lie down on the ground.Adamant to do so, the man began shouting “bandits” to alert his family members.His reputed wife, Diana Thakurdin, shared with this newspaper that she and herKuru Kururu resident, Glen Ramdass, who was attacked by banditsthree daughters were at home watching the news with their doors wide open when she heard her husband shouting in the yard.“We hear he holler ‘bandit, bandit close up de door’ so we close up de door,” the woman recalled. She added that her nephew, who was over at their house at the time, grabbed two cutlasses and ran out to rescue his uncle.Seeing this, the two bandits ran for cover, forgetting they were in the middle of a robbery and armed with a gun.Thakudin explained that a report was subsequently made to the Kuru Kururu Police Outpost, which resulted in the officers visiting the area.The woman said she believes that the men did not have a real gun since they did not hurt her husband. Nevertheless, she said, “We would like Police patrol in the night because in here got a lot of strange people walking up and down who you won’t even know because them two people he (Glen Ramdass) said he never see them.”Neighbours also joined the call for more frequent Police presence in the area.Earlier this month, at about 04:30h, the lifeless body of 46-year-old legal clerk Gregory Frank, also called “Wayne”, was found lying face down in a pool of blood in the sitting room of his home at Lot 686 Kuru Kururu, Soesdyke/Linden Highway.The man was suspected to have been killed during a robbery.A post-mortem examination later performed on the body of Frank determined that the man died as a result of asphyxiation due to compression injury to the neck compounded by blunt trauma to the head.last_img read more

Morata clarifies Juventus comments

first_img0Shares0000Chelsea’s Alvaro Morata celebrates at the end of their UEFA Champions League match against Atletico Madrid, at the Metropolitan stadium in Madrid, on September 27, 2017LONDON, United Kingdom, Oct 31 – Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata has had to backtrack on an interview in which he said he misses Juventus and never should have left Italy.The Spain international spent two successful seasons in Serie A before returning to boyhood club Real Madrid, where he felt that he was right back at square one despite proving his quality with Juve. He went on to have a prolific season in his second spell with Los Blancos, but was never first-choice, hence his transfer to the Blues.“There were contractual agreements to respect,” he said of his return to Madrid. “The disappointment was huge: I went right back to the start.“They treated me like the kid I was before the two seasons in Italy. I arrived [in Italy] feeling like a boy and I returned feeling like a true player. I should never have left Italy and Juve.”Despite saying he would “like to live in Italy”, Morata insists he is happy at Stamford Bridge, and thinks they had “a communication problem with this interview”.“All I said was I was very happy at Juventus,” Morata insisted. “In the interview I wanted to say probably after my career I don’t live in London. But I’m really happy in London.“I really like London now, but probably in the future when I want to bring my children to school I prefer to go back to my country. I’m talking only about the traffic & lots of people. But it’s a great city… I really enjoy London.”Morata even said that he would happily extend his stay in England. “If they offered me 10 years, I’d probably sign.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Paris Saint-Germain to snatch Arsenal transfer target?

first_img Stephan Lichtsteiner 1 Paris Saint-Germain have joined Arsenal in the race for Juventus full-back Stephan Lichtsteiner, according to reports in Italy.talkSPORT told you last week that the Gunners were weighing up a move for the Switzerland international, who has eight months to run on his current contract.Lichtsteiner is reportedly unwilling to sign a new deal with Juventus and as such the Serie A champions are ready to consider bids for the 30-year-old in January, rather than lose him on a free next summer.And now, according to Tuttosport, PSG are preparing to take the right back to the French capital by offering him a significant pay rise.Lichtsteiner currently earns around £1.5m-a season, but PSG are willing to nearly double that amount.last_img read more

‘Has there been any progress at Man United?’ – Riled Van Gaal reacts to press probes

first_imgManchester United manager Louis van Gaal reacted angrily to questions following Sunday’s 1-0 defeat to Southampton regarding the team’s progress during his reign at Old Trafford.In their first home defeat since the opening day of the season, the Red Devils failed to register a single shot on target against the Saints, who snatched victory thanks to substitute Dusan Tadic’s second half goal.The result saw the south coast side leapfrog Van Gaal’s men into third place in the Premier League, while also leaving United with the same amount of points they had at the same stage last season under David Moyes.And when posed the question about why fans should feel there has been progress under his leadership compared to Moyes’ doomed reign, the Dutchman was less than impressed.He said: “So, you have waited until the moment you can ask this question? At the moment I have less, or the same, points as David Moyes?“Does that mean I haven’t made [the team] better?”It’s a change of tact from the manager, who has been critical of his team throughout the season even when they have squeezed out some good results.When that was pointed out, Van Gaal replied: “Yes, that is why I’m always saying we have to be better and we have to improve.“We are working very hard. All the training sessions, all the team meetings, all the individual meetings, we are working at that all the time.“But I have also said today that we were the dominant team, though we didn’t create many chances despite dominating the game. We gave them a chance in the opening minute, but after that we dominated the game and we created chances at the end.“We played with our heart and I put [Marouane] Fellaini in the top [up front] and we made three big chances but that was not enough.“Mata had three chances and he could have scored one of these chances, but you cannot change this result any more.“The goal we gave it away I think. First of all the header and we have to push forward instead of running behind.“What we did wrong is that we didn’t make the right decisions in the final phases of our attacking moves, but have always to take into account that Southampton played well, and they defended well and were well organised.“I think they came here for a draw and they’ve got away with a victory.“It’s a little lucky for them and a little bit unlucky for us, but it’s exactly what happened for us at Southampton five weeks ago [when United secured a fortunate 2-1 win].”last_img read more

Ronaldo taking lessons from Zidane! See Madrid legend take training for the first time

first_img Click the arrow above, right, for more pictures 5 Zidane and Ronaldo pictured during the Frenchman’s first training session as manager – click the arrow above for more pictures 5 5 Click the arrow above, right, for more pictures center_img 5 Click the arrow above, right, for more pictures Less than 24 hours after replacing Rafael Benitez as Real Madrid boss, Zinedine Zidane took his first training session as manager.The Frenchman won the Champions League with the club as a player and is now tasked with trying to claim an 11th success in the competition, as well as hunting down Barcelona in La Liga.Zidane’s playing credentials are impeccable, so it will be fascinating to see how he does in his first managerial role, in arguably the toughest job in football.What do you think about Zidane’s appointment? Comment below. 5last_img read more

Eagles leave it all on the court

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita RANCHO CUCAMONGA – Lyneeka Boyd pulled up her jersey to hide her face, then found teammate Adrienne Domingo and hugged her, the tears flowing from both girls. Crying after a regular-season nonleague loss might have seemed a bit overdramatic, but this game meant so much to the Etiwanda basketball team that the scene somehow made sense. Etiwanda fell to highly regarded La Puente Bishop Amat by a 44-34 margin Monday at the Los Osos “I Have a Dream” Classic at The Cave, a result that was in question until the final minute. “We played respectable, and as a coach you don’t go for respectable, you go for victories,” Etiwanda coach Rob Siler said. “But I think Bishop Amat was happy to leave with a victory. You could see the worry in his face.” The Eagles (17-4) desperately wanted to win the game, a rematch from the Ayala Best of the West Tournament in December. Bishop Amat, ranked No. 1 in CIF-SS Division III-A, blew out Etiwanda 60-34 in that game, which Siler said was the worst loss of his coaching career. Sure enough, Monday’s game didn’t look anything like the first version. Etiwanda (No. 3 in I-AA) had the lead on six different occasions in the first half, but Amat (20-1) had a 24-22 halftime lead and never trailed in the final two quarters. With 4:34 remaining in the game, Etiwanda pulled within 34-32, then tried a three-pointer that would have given the Eagles a lead. But the shot missed, and Amat allowed Etiwanda just one more basket for the rest of the game. “We did exactly what we intended to do,” Siler said. “We said before the game we wanted to hold them to 45 points, and we’d have a chance to win.” Etiwanda seemed to run out of steam in the final minutes against an Amat team which had lost just one game in the past two years. It may have been the result of a tough weekend stretch that included victories against Los Osos (which whipped 13-4 Indio on Monday) and Redondo (ranked No. 3 in II-AA). “We were tired,” Boyd said, sighing. “But (the chance to win) was right there.” Even with the loss, sharpshooter Teri Washington added, “this weekend gave our team a lot of confidence.” The Eagles needed the pick-me-up, because some questioned their ability after the first Amat game. A few of the players were miffed at Siler’s comments to the Daily Bulletin in Monday’s editions, in which he suggested the Los Osos victory was more important than the Amat game. Siler said Monday that in reality, beating Bishop Amat was one of the team’s goals for the season. “And I’ll keep playing them until we beat ’em,” Siler said. One thing which might aid Etiwanda in a future meeting would be improved free-throw shooting. The Eagles were just 10-for-22 from the free-throw line, although Amat wasn’t much better, going 17-for-32. Overall, Siler isn’t shy when talking about how he feels about his team. “As far as Inland Empire teams go, east of the 57, I’d take us over everybody,” he said. Los Osos pounds Indio At the end of the first quarter during the Los Osos-Indio game, the public address announcer said it was halftime. Certainly, that would have been highly preferable for the Rajahs. Los Osos completely dominated Indio (13-4) for the full 32 minutes, turning a game between two winning teams into a rout with an 84-23 victory. The Grizzlies (10-7) led 48-9 at halftime and 72-14 at the end of the third quarter before game officials ran the clock continuously in the fourth quarter. Cierra Warren had 18 points to lead all scorers. Krystal Wells (12 points) and Richae Kaeter (12) also hit double-digits for the Grizzlies. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more


first_imgOne of the best things about summer in Donegal is the massive Evolve Menswear Summer Sale! The Evolve Menswear Summer Sale kicked off this morning.As always, the sale attracts huge crowds because of the genuine reductions across top clothing brands like G-Star, Tommy Hilfiger, Lyle & Scott, Jack & Jones, Fynch-Hatton and many more. You will save up to 50% when you make your way to the Evolve Menswear sale.With footwear to clear, suits half price and jeans for eur20, you won’t be long evolving your wardrobe with several great outfits for less.So get to Evolve today, and avail of some sensational offers on all your favourite brands.SAVE UP TO 50% TODAY ON TOP BRANDS AT THE EVOLE MENSWEAR SUMMER SALE was last modified: June 26th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Businessevolve menswearFeaturesnewsNoticeslast_img read more


first_imgBREAKING NEWS: One person is believed to have died and others are injured following a crash in Buncrana last night.Details are only emerging of the incident which is understood to have happened close to Cockhill Bridge.There are other unconfirmed reports that at least one other person has been seriously injured. The road was closed off as the emergency services arrived at the scene.It is believed one person was killed at the scene while others have been rushed to hospital for treatment.We will bring you more from this breaking story as we get it.  ONE FEARED DEAD AND OTHERS INJURED FOLLOWING LATE NIGHT CRASH was last modified: March 14th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:buncranaCockhill Bridgecrashlast_img read more