The English Football Association has been forced to issue a humiliating apology to Nigerian born female player Eniola Aluko for ill judged attempts at joking.
The FA admitted and accepted that jokes made by the team’s manager Mark Sampson were unacceptable and racially prejudiced.
The England striker was speaking before a Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) select committee about events that led to the sacking last month of Sampson as manager of the women’s national team.
Earlier in the year Aluko had alleged that in 2014 Sampson had asked her to make sure her Nigerian relatives didn’t bring the ebola virus to the friendly against Germany at Wembley. It was also claimed that Sampson had also made derogatory comments about another mixed-race player, Drew Spence, during his tenure as England women’s boss.
The Daily Telegraph reported that Sampson was sacked last month following unrelated revelations about inappropriate relations during his time in charge of the Bristol City women’s team, but yesterday’s hearing focused on the claims of racism.
Independent barrister Katharine Newton concluded in her report that Sampson – who had been exonerated on two previous occasions about the allegations – was not racist, but that his attempts at humour towards the two players were “ill-judged”.
Commenting on the findings Aluko said she felt “vindicated and relieved”, adding: “Although I’m grateful to be here, does it have to come to this? There’s been an agenda to protect Mark Sampson, and an agenda to protect the FA’s reputation.”
Aluko, who also alleged that England goalkeeping coach Lee Kendall had addressed her at one time in a fake Caribbean accent, revealed that she had been awarded an £80,000 settlement by the FA.
However, part of this payment would be made only if she released a statement in which she cleared the FA of being “institutionally racist”.
She explained: “Martin Glenn said if I wrote a statement he would release the second tranche of the money. I felt that was bordering on blackmail. I categorically refused to write it. It’s not for me to come up with that determination. I would never say the FA are institutionally racist.
“My comments were based on comments to me and Drew Spence and how they handled that. For Martin Glenn to say I should say that in order to get a payment I was contractually agreed to is appalling.”
FA chief executive Glenn has “sincerely apologised” to Aluko and Spence for the remarks made by Sampson and in a statement the organisation said: “Based on new evidence submitted to independent barrister Katharine Newton, she has now found that they were both subject to discriminatory remarks made by an FA employee. This is not acceptable.”
Neither Glenn nor FA chairman Greg Clarke believed there was a case for them to resign, even though one MP, Jo Stevens, described their governance as “shambolic”.
Instead, said Clarke, they would ensure there was no repeat of the scandal. “There were systemic, historic failings which contributed to this mess,” he admitted. “When I took the job, there was one other decent applicant. It’s career death. I’m willing to risk my reputation to make it better. If it doesn’t get better, it’s my fault.”
HOW THE STORY HAS EVOLVED
August 6: Sportsmail reveals that the Football Association paid hush money to Eni Aluko to keep quiet over an investigation into her claims of racism and bullying against Mark Sampson.
August 8: Aluko speaks out and says she was silenced after making her claims.
August 18: Sampson says he needs to communicate better after FA release summery of report into Aluko’s allegations.
August 21: Aluko claims Sampson once told her to make sure her Nigerian relatives did not bring Ebola to a match at Wembley.
August 23: Lianne Sanderson accuses Sampson and the FA of creating a culture of fear by axing players who dare to raise issues.
August 25: England boss Gareth Southgate gives his backing to Sampson.
August 25: Drew Spence is revealed as the player involved in Aluko’s allegations about a comment made at the 2015 China Cup.
August 30: Aluko says she is ’embarrassed and ashamed to be a participant of women’s football in this country’ after accusing FA of endorsing racism.
September 5: Sampson rejects Aluko’s allegations in his first TV interview since the claims were revealed by Sportsmail.
September 8: England midfielder Katie Chapman claims she was dropped after telling Sampson about her divorce.
September 11: FA officials will face grilling by MPs over the situation, it is announced.
September 14: It emerges that the FA could re-open their investigation after Spence writes to officials, corroborating Aluko’s claim.
September 16: It is revealed that Alex Scott was not interviewed during investigation into the allegations.
Men who have performed oral sex on five or more women are at greater risk of developing head and neck cancer, especially if they smoke.
Oropharyngeal cancer can be triggered by contracting the human papilloma virus (HPV), which is a common cause of cervical cancer in women.
Although the risk of diagnosis remains low – just 0.7 per cent of the male population – US researchers warned that men are more likely than woman to contract it.
According to the research, published in the journal Annals of Oncology, 15 per cent of men who smoked and had five or more oral sex partners are most likely to get HPV.
Around seven per cent of men who smoke and have had two to four oral sex partners contract the infection.
And the lowest risk group were those who had one or no oral sex partners in their lifetimes, with only 1.5 per cent of them getting an oral HPV infection. This rises to four per cent among non-smokers with two to four oral sex partners.
The risk was much lower among women, anyone who did not smoke, and people who had less than five oral sex partners in their lifetimes.
One of the authors of the study, Dr Amber D’Souza, said cases of head and neck cancer are predicted to overtake cervical cancer by 2020 and said that, because of this, an effective screening process was crucial.
“It would be useful to be able to identify healthy people who are most at risk of developing oropharyngeal cancer in order to inform potential screening strategies, if effective screening tests could be developed,” she said.
“Most people perform oral sex in their lives, and we found that oral infection with cancer-causing HPV was rare among women regardless of how many oral sex partners they had.
“Among men who did not smoke, cancer-causing oral HPV was rare among everyone who had less than five oral sex partners, although the chances of having oral HPV infection did increase with number of oral sexual partners, and with smoking.”
Researchers analysed data from 13,089 people, aged 20-69.They used the numbers of oropharyngeal cancer cases and deaths from US registries to predict the risk of cancer from oral HPV infection.
There are over 100 different kinds of HPV but only a few are known to cause cancer. HPV 16 or 18, for example, is known to cause most cervical cancer, and HPV 16 also triggers oropharyngeal cancer.
Detectives are appealing for information after a man was left fighting for his life following a shooting in Haringey.
The victim, who is 28 and the father of a new born baby, has been left in a critical condition after the attack.
The brutal attack happened at about 00:20hrs on Saturday, 14 October in West Green Road, N15.
Police attended the scene and found the victim with a gunshot wound to the head.
He was taken by LAS to and east London hospital where he remains in a critical condition.
His family has been notified.
Officers from Trident and Area Command are investigating the incident and enquiries are ongoing.
As at yet, there have been no arrests and officers are keeping an open mind as to motive.
DI Jane Topping of Trident, said: “A young man, who has just become a father for the first time, is now critically injured in hospital. Our enquiries suggest this was a determined attack and the victim had been repeatedly shot at before he was critically injured. His family is distraught and we clearly want to identify and locate the suspects for this crime at the earliest opportunity so they can be brought to justice.
“I would ask anyone who knows anything about this terrible crime to think about the devastating effect this has had on this young man and his family. Anyone with information can call police or Crimestoppers – any information will be kept in the strictest confidence.”
Any witnesses or anyone with information should contact detectives at Operation Trident on 101 or contact police via Twitter @MetCC.
President Muhammadu Buhari has given the directive that all the 36 state capitals should be connected with rail in the ongoing railway projects, the News Agency of Nigeria is reporting.
The Minister of Transportation, Mr, Chibuike Amaechi, passed on the President’s directive on Thursday at the meeting with the Chairman Senate Committee on Local and Foreign Debts, Sen. Shehu Sani.
The meeting which was also attended by the Ministers of Finance; Budget and National Planning; and Power, Works and Housing, was to address the President’s $5.5billion loan request.
Amaechi said that the central rail line project connecting several communities of northern and southern Nigeria would be completed in June, 2018.
He further stated that 17 coaches are expected to arrive in November and out of the number, 10 will be deployed to Abuja-Kaduna rail line while the remaining seven will be deployed to the Itakpe-Warri rail line.
The Minister said that part of the money being requested now for approval by the senate was to execute the rail projects covering Kano-Kaduna, and Lagos-Ibadan networks.
Sani had earlier advised that if Nigeria “must borrow, it must borrow responsibly”.
Sani added: “the committee has the mandate to examine the merits and otherwise of the President’s current loan request.
“If we must bequeath to the future generation a pile of debt, it must be justified with commensurate infrastructural proof of the value of the debt, he said.
“The payment plan of this debt will undoubtedly last the length of our lifetimes and possibly beyond.
“We must leave behind a legacy that will appease and answer the questions the next generation of Nigerians will ask,” Sani concluded.
Also providing insight into the loan request, the Director-General, Debt Management Office, Mrs Patience Oniha, explained that the loans have sustainable benefits that would live beyond the present generation of Nigerians.
“What we should take away is that we are going into projects whose benefits don’t go away.
“The roads don’t go away, the schools don’t go away, and the hospitals don’t go away but all that we need to do is to maintain them properly and that is the explanation I want to make on that,” she said.
In a fascinating and scorching editorial in the British Journal of Sports Medicine, three authors argue that the myth that exercise is the key to weight loss – and to health – is erroneous and pervasive, and that it must end. The evidence that diet matters more than exercise is now overwhelming, they write, and has got to be heeded: We can exercise to the moon and back but still be fat for all the sugar and carbs we consume. And perhaps even more jarring is that we can be a normal weight and exercise, and still be unhealthy if we’re eating poorly. So, they say, we need a basic reboot of our understanding of health, which has to involve the food industry’s powerful PR “machinery,” since that was part of the problem to begin with.
The major point the team makes – which they say the public doesn’t really understand – is that exercise in and of itself doesn’t really lead to weight loss. It may lead to a number of excellent health effects, but weight loss – if you’re not also restricting calories – isn’t one of them. “Regular physical activity reduces the risk of developing cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, dementia and some cancers by at least 30%,” they write. “However, physical activity does not promote weight loss.”
Plus, in the last 30 years, exercise has stayed about the same, while overweight and obesity have skyrocketed. So something else must be at play – like the type of food we’re eating. That part has gotten steadily worse over the years, as highly-processed sugary foods and sodas have taken over as our go-to choices. “According to the Lancet global burden of disease reports,” they write, “poor diet now generates more disease than physical inactivity, alcohol and smoking combined.” This is a disturbing statistic. But it gets worse.
The related and larger issue is that even normal weight people who exercise will, if they eat poorly, have metabolic markers that put them at very high risk of chronic illness and early mortality. “Up to 40% of those with a normal body mass index will harbour metabolic abnormalities typically associated with obesity, which include hypertension, dyslipidaemia, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease and cardiovascular disease.”
And the crux of the issue is this: We’re continually “fed” the idea that all that’s behind the rise in obesity is lack of exercise, or sedentariness. There have certainly been a lot of studies and popular articles suggesting that sitting is our downfall. Instead of effective messages about diet and health that science actually knows to be true, “members of the public are drowned by an unhelpful message about maintaining a ‘healthy weight’ through calorie counting,” the team writes, “and many still wrongly believe that obesity is entirely due to lack of exercise. This false perception is rooted in the Food Industry’s Public Relations machinery, which uses tactics chillingly similar to those of big tobacco.”
What we know to be true is much simpler: “Sugar calories promote fat storage and hunger,” the write. “Fat calories induce fullness or satiation.” For every additional 150 calories in sugar (i.e., a can of soda) a person consumes per day, the risk for diabetes rises 11-fold, regardless of how much or little we exercise. The single most effective thing people can do for their weight, they write, is to restrict calories – and even more, restrict carbohydrates.
So if this is all true, and research seems to suggest it is, how will it change? It might take quite a lot of work to shift our psychology around food, especially since advertising is so saturated with the message that carbohydrates are good for us. The celebrity endorsements might need to be tweaked, the authors say, and certainly the way foods are advertised and, perhaps, created, need to be shifted. The public should be repeatedly hit with the message that whole, natural foods, where possible and affordable is the best way to go. If you’re trying to lose weight, reduce your calories (especially sugars) – don’t think exercise alone will cut it. And even if you’re normal weight, you can’t subside solely on junk and stay healthy.
The authors end with this powerful finale: “It is time to wind back the harms caused by the junk food industry’s Public Relations machinery. Let us bust the myth of physical inactivity and obesity. You cannot outrun a bad diet.”
Turns out those who don’t have to trudge through a morning commute and humor water-cooler talk can get more done throughout the day — or at least they feel like they do.
That’s according to new research from the University of Cardiff, which found that while 69% of in-office workers said they put in more effort than required of their jobs, 73% of remote workers said they did the same. The study also found that those who work from home have higher job satisfaction. That said, the benefits come at a price: Work-from-home employees reported putting in more overtime (39%) than their in-office counterparts (24%).
If working from home is supposed to promote better work-life balance, why are remote workers clocking in more hours? Ironically, the lack of physical boundaries between work and life could be to blame. After all, when your commute is the 10 seconds it takes to move from the bedroom to the living room, you may decide to stay online for another 30 minutes to make up for it. You might also feel the need to prove your work-from-home arrangement makes you more productive, leading you to log more hours to go above-and-beyond your normal output from the office.
So whether you’re working from home full-time or just a few days a month, consider these work-life balance tips that can help you get more done throughout the day — and log off at a reasonable hour.
Mimic a Regular Work Day — to an Extent
One of the best things about working from home is not having to wake up as early, make yourself look presentable and take the time to commute into work. So why do any of these things when you don’t have to? Simply put, studies have shown employees who dress the part in turn act the part. Similarly, mimicking some of your regular routine — throwing on a bit of makeup, taking a walk around the block during the time you’d normally drive in — can help you get in the right headspace before settling down with your laptop for the day.
Create a Dedicated Workspace
“A separate workspace makes it easier to set boundaries between your home and office [lives],” says Lisa Kanarek, a home office expert. Moving from the couch to a desk can also put you in the mindset to get work done, instead of feeling like you can fire up your Apple TV while you file reports.
Most people can only work for about 90 minutes at a time before their productive energy levels begin dropping, says productivity strategist Cathy Sexton. Put time on your calendar or set an alarm for 10- to 15-minute breaks throughout the day. While this is a good idea even when you’re in the office, an extra reminder at home may be necessary when you don’t have the usual workday distractions like chatting with a coworker, checking out the kitchen snacks or stepping out for lunch.
Stick to a Hard Stop
What’s another 30 minutes finishing up a presentation when you don’t have to beat rush hour? That 30 minutes can quickly become hours if you don’t give yourself a hard stop the way you would at an office. Set an “end time” as a calendar reminder, let your colleagues know (a little peer pressure goes a long way), log off email and — maybe best of all — change back into your “home” clothes to recreate the feeling that you’re finally done for the day.
**Article by jennifer Liu was featured in Forbes.com