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Mothers should give children a healthy start.

Jamaican women by virtue of inappropriate practices are feeding a growing population of malnourished and undernourished children with the failure to breastfeed exclusively for the first six months chief among the factors identified by the Ministry of Health.

By so doing, these mothers, while providing a bellyful for their children, are denying them a proper nutritional start, the results of which are being reflected in the poor health status of the most vulnerable groups: children under five years old.

“They are not getting the best start. They are not getting breast milk. Our women are choosing to breastfeed for shorter periods or not to breastfeed at all,” Deon Bent, acting director, nutrition, in the Ministry of Health, told THE PORTMORE STAR on Wednesday.

In addition, “We are seeing where we are introducing foods that are inappropriate for the age that the child is at. we are introducing it to early and we are seeing that we are making the choices that are not necessarily healthy,” she disclosed at the World Food Day National Ceremony and Exhibition held at Greater Portmore High School in Portmore.

Bent continued: “I’m definitely concerned about the health status of the Jamaican population and not just as an individual, but at the Ministry of health we are concerned. so a lot of initiatives are going on to help our population to have better health.”

Jamaica joined the world in marking the 68th observance of World Food Day celebrated across the globe annually under the leadership of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO).

This year’s theme is ‘Healthy People Depend on Healthy Food Systems – Sustainable Food Systems for Food Security and Nutrition’.


Viewers worldwide are expressing shock and disgust at a Youtube video featuring adults dancing up a storm at a party earlier this year, which is currently making its rounds on the Internet.

The video titled ‘Crazy Daggering Party in Jamaica’ is approximately four minutes and 24 seconds of head-turning acrobatics mixed with violent hip gyrations to the tune of cheering spectators and an overzealous deejay.

The video, which currently has over 53,000 views on Youtube and over 500 shares on Facebook, starts with a man spinning with a very petite girl until he drops her.

Shortly after she falls on her head, he attempts to appease the disoriented girl by putting his hat on her head, while the deejay bellows in the background, “watch what a gwaan!!!”

It was apparent throughout the film that the plumper women were the dance partners of choice at this event, as they could be seen being tossed and pounced on by the multiple male dancers.

In a section of the tape a man could be seen standing on the back of one of the willing females, while she held on to a beam in the club; her partner proceeds to jump on her back repeatedly as she bucked in delights while he rode her.

In the last half of the film, one of the male dancers could be seen stacking three women on top of a small table; holding their legs while his colleague jumps from the summit of a sound box on the waiting trio.

Throughout the tape women could be seen, laying on the ground with legs open in invitation as various men ‘dagger’ them much to their delight.

The spectacle occurred much to the satisfaction of the party’s patrons, who could be heard throughout the tape screaming their approval.

But online viewers however, were not pleased.

“I couldn’t finish watching it, dem too disgusting and vulgar and di women to fool fi let di man dem handle dem like dutty rag,” a Facebook user commented.

While a Youtube viewer stated, “he treating the girls like they test dummies and the girls crazy for laying there, I don’t find this amusing, dem ago hurt somebody one day,” a Youtube viewer commented.

While a viewer on the popular US based site stated, “the craziest part for me is that the girls are actually willingly doing it and are enjoying beat downs.

1.8M-year-old skull shows early human ancestors evolving and on the move.

The discovery of a 1.8-million-year-old skull of a human ancestor buried under a medieval Georgian village provides a vivid picture of early evolution and indicates our family tree may have fewer branches than some believe, scientists say.
The fossil is the most complete pre-human skull uncovered. With other partial remains previously found at the rural site, it gives researchers the earliest evidence of human ancestors moving out of Africa and spreading north to the rest of the world, according to a study published Thursday in the journal Science.
The skull and other remains offer a glimpse of a population of pre-humans of various sizes living at the same time — something that scientists had not seen before for such an ancient era. This diversity bolsters one of two competing theories about the way our early ancestors evolved, spreading out more like a tree than a bush.
Spark of evolution found in ancient African soil: UBC-linked study
Nearly all of the previous pre-human discoveries have been fragmented bones, scattered over time and locations — like a smattering of random tweets of our evolutionary history. The findings at Dmanisi are more complete, weaving more of a short story. Before the site was found, the movement from Africa was put at about 1 million years ago.
When examined with the earlier Georgian finds, the skull “shows that this special immigration out of Africa happened much earlier than we thought and a much more primitive group did it,” said study lead author David Lordkipanidze, director of the Georgia National Museum. “This is important to understanding human evolution.”
For years, some scientists have said humans evolved from only one or two species, much like a tree branches out from a trunk, while others say the process was more like a bush with several offshoots that went nowhere.
Even bush-favouring scientists say these findings show one single species nearly 2 million years ago at the former Soviet republic site. But they disagree that the same conclusion can be said for bones found elsewhere, such as Africa. However, Lordkipanidze and colleagues point out that the skulls found in Georgia are different sizes but are considered to be the same species. So, they reason, it’s likely the various skulls found in different places and times in Africa may not be different species, but variations in one species.
To see how a species can vary, just look in the mirror, they said.
“Danny DeVito, Michael Jordan and Shaquille O’Neal are the same species,” Lordkipanidze said.
The adult male skull found wasn’t from our species, Homo sapiens. It was from an ancestral species — in the same genus or class called Homo — that led to modern humans. Scientists say the Dmanisi population is likely an early part of our long-lived primary ancestral species, Homo erectus.
Tim White of the University of California, Berkeley, wasn’t part of the study but praised it as “the first good evidence of what these expanding hominids looked like and what they were doing.”
Fred Spoor at the Max Planck Institute in Germany, a competitor and proponent of a busy family tree with many species disagreed with the study’s overall conclusion, but he lauded the Georgia skull discovery as critical and even beautiful.
“It really shows the process of evolution in action,” he said.
Spoor said it seems to have captured a crucial point in the evolutionary process where our ancestors transitioned from Homo habilis to Homo erectus — although the study authors said that depiction is going a bit too far.
The researchers found the first part of the skull, a large jaw, below a medieval fortress in 2000. Five years later — on Lordkipanidze’s 42nd birthday — they unearthed the well-preserved skull, gingerly extracted it, putting it into a cloth-lined case and popped champagne. It matched the jaw perfectly. They were probably separated when our ancestor lost a fight with a hungry carnivore, which pulled apart his skull and jaw bones, Lordkipanidze said.
The skull was from an adult male just shy of 5 feet with a massive jaw and big teeth, but a small brain, implying limited thinking capability, said study co-author Marcia Ponce de Leon of the University of Zurich. It also seems to be the point where legs are getting longer, for walking upright, and smaller hips, she said.
“This is a strange combination of features that we didn’t know before in early Homo,” Ponce de Leon said.