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Angola faces critical security and humanitarian challenges new UN envoy says

“The Angola peace process has reached a very critical stage,” Ibrahim Gambari told reporters in New York. While noting that the Government and the rebel National Union for the Total Independence of Angola (UNITA) were cooperating in implementing their peace accord, he stressed that “there are many issues and challenges ahead.” Calling the humanitarian situation “very critical,” Mr. Gambari noted that more than a third of the internally displaced persons – estimated at about 30 per cent of the population – required emergency humanitarian assistance. UN agencies were seeking an additional $171 million to provide relief aid to Angola through the end of this year.Mr. Gambari said the Angolan Government realized that even with the best of efforts on its part, the country would need substantial assistance from the international community not only for immediate humanitarian needs, but for long-term economic reconstruction and recovery. The Secretary-General, at the request of President Eduardo dos Santos, had agreed to help convene an international donors conference. “It is important to organize it properly because there is no point in having an international donors conference for the sake of it,” said the envoy. “You want substantial resources to do what is needed to transform Angola from a war economy to a peacetime economy and to facilitate economic and reconstruction recovery.” read more

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Regular bedtimes stop children from becoming overweight study finds

first_imgRegular bedtimes stop children from becoming overweight, a study by Ohio State University has found.Eating meals at the same time every day and watching less than half an hour of television a day will also help to stave off obesity later in life, research suggests.Scientists found a link between the daily routines, emotions and weight, while studying the habits of almost 11,000 British children born between 2000 and 2002.Dr Sarah Anderson, an associate professor in Ohio State’s College of Public Health and the lead author of the report, said: “This study provides more evidence that routines for preschool-aged children are associated with their healthy development and could reduce the likelihood that these children will be obese.” Eating meals at the same time every day will also help to stave off obesity later in life, research suggests Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. The study, published in the International Journal of Obesity, is the first to look at the connections between early childhood routines and their potential association with weight issues in the pre-teen years.Researchers evaluated three household routines that three-year-old children were exposed to: regular bed time, regular meal times and whether or not parents limited television and video watching to an hour or less daily.All three household routines were associated with better emotional self-regulation, which is a measure of how easily the child becomes frustrated or over-excited. The children with less emotional regulation were more likely to be obese later, according to the study. Eating meals at the same time every day will also help to stave off obesity later in life, research suggestsCredit:Tetra Images / Alamy Children who did not go to bed at a regular time on school nights were more likely to be obese by age 11.  Dr Anderson said: “We saw that children who had the most difficulties with emotion regulation at age three also were more likely to be obese at age 11.” Watching less than half an hour of television a day means you are less likely to become obese, researchers say “This research allows us to better understand how young children’s routines around sleep, meals, and screen time relate to their regulation of emotion and behaviour.”The large, population-based, UK Millennium Cohort Study afforded the opportunity to examine these aspects of children’s lives and how they impact future risk for obesity.””Sleep is so important and it’s important for children in particular. Although there is much that remains unknown about how sleep impacts metabolism, research is increasingly finding connections between obesity and poor sleep.” Watching less than half an hour of television a day means you are less likely to become obese, researchers sayCredit: Andrew Foxlast_img read more

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