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Older teenagers ‘stop exercising’

Saturday, November 14th, 2009

The majority of 19-year-olds in England do not take regular exercise once they have left school, according to figures obtained by the Liberal Democrats.

Only 30% of 19-year-olds participate in at least 30 minutes of sport, of at least moderate intensity, three times a week or more.

And just 20% of sixth formers reach the target of three hours of sport a week.

The number of 16 to 18-year-olds doing sport at least once a month has been in decline over the past four years.

The statistics – provided by Sport England and the Department for Culture, Media and Sport – were obtained by the Liberal Democrats in response to a parliamentary question.

‘Obesity time-bomb’

The figures show 37% of 16-year-olds, 35% of 17-year-olds and 31% of 18-year-olds take part in at least 30 minutes of sport, of at least moderate intensity, at least three times a week.

There has also been a steady decline in the percentage of teenagers participating in at least one active sport a month.

In 2005-06, 83% of 16-year-olds were active once a month, but this fell to 78% in 2008-09.

Liberal Democrat sport spokesman Don Foster said: “Ministers’ claims over successes in school sport mask the fact that large numbers of children still aren’t doing enough exercise.

“Despite the government pumping billions of pounds into school sport, many older children are doing very little exercise and dropping out completely once they leave.

“It’s ludicrous for ministers to be making commitments to raise the time children spend playing sport to five hours a week when some are doing less than half an hour a week.

“With the country threatened by an obesity time-bomb, it is vital that the government gets the basics right before making grand promises.”

more at : http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/education/8339887.stm

a brief history of unknown soldiers

Saturday, November 14th, 2009

A couple walk by the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

Each year on Nov. 11, the U.S. celebrates Veterans Day in honor of those who have fought — and those who have died — for the country. Wreath-laying ceremonies take place at cemeteries across the land, including at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia. Though the commemoration officially began in Arlington as Armistice Day, with the burial of an anonymous World War I soldier at the Tomb of the Unknowns in 1921, the occasion didn’t become a federal holiday in the U.S. until 1938. (In 1954 its name was changed to Veterans Day.) Accounts differ on when the tradition began in Britain and France, but most experts surmise that the first burial of unidentified soldiers at Westminster Abbey in London and at the Arc de Triomphe in Paris took place in 1920, a year before the practice took root in the U.S.

Read more: http://www.time.com/time/nation/article/0,8599,1937558,00.html#ixzz0WrA6V0SH

Just a great video

Saturday, November 14th, 2009

It’s called “Signs”

A simple short film about communication

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Divided soccer loyalties of Dublin’s French

Saturday, November 14th, 2009

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On Saturday night, the Republic of Ireland’s soccer team will take on France at Croke Park in the first leg of a World Cup qualifier – at stake is a place in South Africa next summer.

read more here

A Brief History of Friday the 13th

Saturday, November 14th, 2009
Are you supertitious ?
Face it, you’re screwed. Today is Friday the 13th — the unluckiest day on the calendar — so try not to crash your car, fall down a flight of stairs, set yourself on fire or do anything else that might compromise your well-being.

Read more: http://www.time.com/time/nation/article/0,8599,1879288,00.html#ixzz0Wr5PLych