On Jan. 29, the global graft watchdog Transparency International (TI) released the 2018 Corruption Perception Index (CPI). Indonesia shows marginal improvement as it scores at 38, one point higher than the 2017 score at 37. In Southeast Asia, Indonesia ranks fourth after Singapore ( 85 ), Brunei Darussalam ( 63 ), and Malaysia ( 47 ). Other neighboring countries scoring less than Indonesia include the Philippines ( 36 ), Thailand ( 36 ), and Timor Leste ( 35 ). The release of a new CPI report always makes headlines. However, do we really understand what CPI really means? People refer to the CPI as an indicator of corruption across countries since it was introduced by TI in 1995. As a leading global indicator of public sector corruption, according to TI, the Index sends a powerful message and governments have been forced to consider and act on graft in their countries. A senior partner of an international anti-corruption agency, Global Integrity Group, Stuart Gilman argued that … [Read more...] about Corruption Perception Index: What does it really mean?
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source Shutterstock Some people say that drinking caffeinated drinks, such as tea and coffee, will dehydrate you. This might not be accurate. Business Insider spoke to Ali Webster, PhD, RD to find out what happens to your body if you drink only tea and coffee all day with no water. Webster said the hydrating aspects of tea and coffee outweigh the small diuretic effect they can have. Some associate caffeinated drinks with dehydration because of the dry feeling they can leave in the mouth, but this, she said, doesn’t translate to dehydration. Heavy caffeine intake, however, can cause other unwanted side effects. Monitoring your urine is the simplest way to assess hydration. The smugness of people who drink copious amounts of water every day might be somewhat unfounded – or their scorn for people who only … [Read more...] about This is what drinking just tea and coffee all day does to your body, according to a registered dietitian
By Morgan Campbell Sports Reporter Tues., April 3, 2018 On April 4, 1968, Toronto Raptors senior advisor Wayne Embry was in Philadelphia when he learned Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. had been killed — shot through the neck while standing on the balcony of Memphis’ Lorraine Hotel. Embry, then a power forward with the Boston Celtics, felt gutted, unable to process the violent death of a peaceful civil rights icon, or contemplate facing the 76ers the next night. Sports sociologist Dr. Harry Edwards received the news midway through a speech in New Mexico, disheartened by both the shooting and the people in the audience cheering it. John Carlos was a new addition to San Jose State University’s track team when he learned of the assassination. He arrived on campus wrestling with whether to boycott the 1968 Olympics, and King’s death helped him decide. King’s assassination might not have qualified as sports news, but to many African-American … [Read more...] about King knew sports could help Black America change the game
As a globally renowned professional historian, she has in recent years been the target of vicious right wing trolls who are out to spread their own version of history. If it doesn't seem to overly bother her, it is because, unknown to most, Romila Thapars life has been one lived amidst sustained hate and criticism. Thapar completed her PhD in 1958 from the University of London and returned to India in 1961 and joined Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), New Delhi, in 1970 as professor of Ancient Indian History (after brief stints at Kurukshetra University and the University of Delhi). Just seven years after she joined JNU, her troubles began. In the late 1970s, several members in the Janata Party and the Morarji Desai government sought changes in textbooks. The books that were targeted by members of the Jan Sangh - which later morphed into the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) -- included two significant works by Thapar: "Medieval India" written by her, and "Communalism and the Writing of … [Read more...] about I write what I think is right, give my evidence… take it or leave it: Historian Romila Thapar
Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said under oath that she “did not hear” President Donald Trump use the phrase “shithole countries.” Trump made the reported remark at a meeting on immigration at the White House last week, according to some senators who attended the meeting. Nielsen said she did not dispute that Trump “was using tough language” in the meeting. Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen testified to the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday that she “did not hear” President Donald Trump use the word “shithole” to refer to foreign countries in a meeting last week. “The conversation was very impassioned. I don’t dispute that the president was using tough language,” Nielsen said. “The concept and the context I believe in which this came up, was that the president would like to move to a merit-based system. The … [Read more...] about Homeland Security secretary denies under oath that she heard Trump say ‘shithole countries,’ but admits that he used ‘tough language’