Attack on Chancellor despicable, unwarranted – Nandlall

first_imgFormer Attorney General Anil Nandlall has lashed out at his successor, Attorney General, Basil Williams, describing his attack on acting Chancellor of the Judiciary, Justice Carl Singh as despicable and unwarranted.Acting Chancellor, Justice Carl SinghNandlall’s comments comes on the heels of Williams’s criticisms against the actions of his Deputy Solicitor-General Prithima Kissoon and acting Chancellor of the Judiciary, Justice Carl Singh, following a ruling on Wednesday, dismissing a State-sponsored appeal against a High Court decision which quashed a racial incitement charge against Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo.The private criminal charge was brought against Jagdeo by political activist and social commentator, Christopher Ram, back in May 2015.However, Jagdeo subsequently moved to the High Court to challenge what he deemed an unlawful and politically inspired charge against him following the delivery of his historic and frank speech at a memorial service to honour People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) Founder and late President, Dr Cheddi Jagan, on March 8, 2015 at Babu Jaan, Port Mourant.“The Attorney General merely appeared in the matter for the Magistrate. He was never a party. How could an appeal be filed in the name of the Attorney General? It cannot get more elementary than that.”Former Attorney General Anil NandlallIn the High Court ruling, the presiding Judge found that Magistrate Charlyn Artiga, in front of whom the charge was heard at the Whim Magistrate’s Court, had no jurisdiction to hear the private criminal charge brought against the Opposition Leader because it is legally defective and invalid and any attempt for her to so do, would amount to an abuse of court.“The Particulars of Offence do not disclose an offence. Based on the foregoing analysis, even if what is alleged in the Particulars of Offence is proved there can be no resulting conviction since no criminal offence is disclosed,” the Judge ruled.Attorney General Basil WilliamsThis decision was then appealed and ruled on by the Chancellor on Wednesday. In his judgment, Justice Singh found that the Deputy Solicitor-General Prithima Kissoon, who filed the appeal on behalf of Attorney General Williams, conceding that the AG was not a proper party to the matter; hence there was sufficient evidence to dismiss the case.Kissoon was required to file an affidavit in response to Bacchus’s contention against the Attorney General being named in the matter along with adding Magistrate Artiga’s name to the appeal but this was not done; hence the Chancellor’s ruling.Williams was reported in the state’s newspaper saying, “(Kissoon) filed the appeal and her concession is unknown to me; she did not consult the Attorney General and she has absented herself for the month by submitting medical certificate after medical certificate; the Judge ruled that the appeal is a nullity…and in favour of Jagdeo.”The AG also called the Chancellor’s dismissal of the appeal a “vain attempt” to free the Opposition, indicating his intention to approach the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) noting that the case is appealable.However, his predecessor, former AG Anil Nandlall, penned his amusement at what he calls a desperate attempt by Williams to shift from himself blame and responsibility for the Appeal Court’s dismissal of a “frivolous and vexatious” appeal case. Nandlall posited that rather than accepting the responsibility for filing an appeal on behalf of the wrong party, his successor is blaming the Chancellor and even his own officer.“It is the responsibility of the Attorney General to inspect and approve every legal document prepared in the AG Chambers before they are filed, irrespective of who drafted it. The buck stops with the Attorney General. In this instance, the error made was most elementary. The Attorney General was never a party to the proceedings in the High Court. The parties were Bharrat Jagdeo and Magistrate Charlyn Artiga. The Attorney General merely appeared in the matter for the Magistrate. He was never a party. How could an appeal be filed in the name of the Attorney General? It cannot get more elementary than that,” the former AG pointed out.Nandlall recounted seeing the Notice of Appeal which was filed over a year ago and immediately advised the Leader of the Opposition that the wrong party had appealed and that the case will be dismissed. He had also presented Jagdeo with reference of another case, where the Court of Appeal threw out an appeal on identical grounds.The unanimous judgment in that case was handed down by Chancellor Desiree Bernard. The name of the case is Attorney General vs Jardim (2003) 67 WIR, 100.“In his interview with the Chronicle, the Attorney General failed to disclose that during the hearing of the appeal, he appeared before the Court of Appeal and was granted leave to review the submissions made by the Deputy Solicitor-General in which she correctly conceded that the wrong party has appealed the matter.Further, the Attorney General did not say that he was granted leave to make additional submissions if he wished to do so. I do not know whether he reviewed the Deputy Solicitor-General’s submissions but my information is that he did not place any additional submissions before the court as he was offered to do. Therefore, the impression which the Attorney General conveyed in the Chronicle that he was unaware of this matter is absolutely incorrect. The record of the court will bear me out if examined,” Nandlall asserted.In these circumstances, the former AG opined that any other ruling from the Appeal Court would have been perverse. To this end, Nandlall remarked that William’s attack on the Judiciary and in particular, Chancellor Carl Singh, is “unwarranted and despicable”.“Attacking judges who rules against him and attributing ulterior, undesirable and even racist motives has been his modus operandi for a long time. Recently, referring to a particular judge, he has been saying, openly: “we put she deh, she gafuh rule fuh we,” Nandlall noted.This, he went on to highlight, is simply deplorable, adding that it is nothing short of an insult and an attack on the integrity and independence of our judges.last_img read more

FEMA shuts down housing

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! FEMA spokesman Manuel Broussard said, “This is a very quick, decisive move because of concern for the residents.” By late Sunday, 48 of the 58 households had places to go to, with many of those households moving on to other FEMA sites, the agency said. The 10 remaining were still in search of housing, Broussard said. The site on this town’s edge in the loblolly pine country north of New Orleans was one of the dozens of compounds the government rushed to establish for the tens of thousands of displaced hurricane victims. Residents said they questioned the genuineness of the sudden concern for their health because the stink of sewage has been a nuisance for about a year. HAMMOND, La. – FEMA abruptly closed down a site housing Hurricane Katrina victims Sunday because of health and safety concerns, and its weary residents said they were being left in the lurch once again since losing everything in the storm. A 48-hour deadline to leave fell on Sunday night, and FEMA scrambled to find new places for the 58 households. Although many residents said they would have been happy to keep on living there, the Federal Emergency Management Agency determined it was too risky because of ongoing problems with raw sewage and periodic power outages. “They know how to put me out, but they don’t know how to help me out. That’s how I look at it,” Allsee Tobias said about FEMA. He lost his home in the Lower Ninth Ward of New Orleans to post-Katrina flooding. About 20 of his family members, including 10 children, lived in four trailers, and they were anxious about FEMA splitting them up. last_img read more

Kenn Borek Air pilots to attempt another daring Antarctic rescue mission

first_imgCALGARY, A.B. – A pair of bush planes are on their way to Antarctica for a mid-winter rescue mission for only the third time ever, and have a connection to the BC Peace Region.The CBC is reporting that the two DeHavilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otters are owned by Calgary-based Kenn Borek Air. The aircraft were dispatched last Tuesday to the USA’s Amundsen-Scott Base at the South Pole to rescue a Lockheed Martin worker who is in medical distress. There is also a possibility that a second patient may also be flown out of the station once the aircraft arrives.The planes have made it to the British Antarctic Survey station at Rothera on the Antarctic Peninsula to wait for favourable weather in order to complete their mission. One plane will stay at the British station, while the other will travel the 2,400 kilometres to the South Pole.- Advertisement -Flights to the station are usually not planned during northern summer months due to the harsh winters at the bottom of the world. In the 60 years that the Amundsen-Scott station has been operating, only two previous winter rescue missions have occurred in 2001 and 2003. Both of those missions were flown by Kenn Borek Air Twin Otters.The airline was founded by Dawson Creek entrepreneur Kenn Borek in 1969 providing air support to oil and gas exploration in Northern Canada, and has operated the legendary Twin Otters on Earth’s southern continent since 1985. In addition to the two previous rescue mission, Kenn Borek aircraft have also supported an aircraft salvage mission in 2009, and were also chartered by the BBC for filming the documentary Frozen Planet in 2011.With files from the CBC: read more

AFC is a work in progress, says coach Zapata

first_img“We need to fight for the league title this year, but also, we are building a powerful team for the next two seasons. We need to be patient especially with the new players who need to adapt, but I know that if we keep this project then we will dominate football because AFC is a big team,” the tactician said.AFC Leopards fans celebrating. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYAAFC is placed fourth in the Kenyan Premier League standings and despite sitting a massive 14 points behind eternal rivals and leaders Gor Mahia, Zapata says he will not give up the chase for the league title.Ingwe were 1-0 winners over Sony Sugar over the weekend and the win was an encouragement for Zapata that his side can challenge for the crown.“I am very happy with the players because we performed very well and created many opportunities to score. Even the last game we lost 3-0, we still played very well and created more chances than the home team. We should continue in this way,” the tactician added.-Sofapaka warns Gor-Sofapaka bench led by head coach John Baraza (center). Photo/RAYMOND MAKAHAYAMeanwhile, Sofapaka head coach John Baraza has warned Gor Mahia they will not relinquish the fight for the league title easily, despite being nine points behind the leaders who have a three-game deficit.Sofapaka beat Mathare United 3-2 over the weekend to narrow the gap and Baraza who won the title with Batoto ba Mungu as a player in 2009 says they will push on with their focus left on winning their matches.“The league is still open. As much as Gor have those matches at hand, they will have to fight for the points on the pitch. This is football; anything can happen. We still have a lot of hopes and ours is just to keep winning our games and see what happens at the end,” Baraza said.Sofapaka have a five point deficit between them and third placed Bandari FC and Baraza is confident that at worse, if their league ambitions do not come to fruition, they will ensure the worst they finish is second.Sofapaka’s Pistone Mutamba in action against their Mathare United clash. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYAMeanwhile, Mathare United who earlier on in the season looked like title favorites, have fizzled away winning only one of their last 12 games, drawing eight and losing three.Despite the poor run, head coach Francis Kimanzi remains confident his charges can bounce back to winning ways though fighting for the league title now seems like a far-fetched dream as they lay 15 points behind the league leaders.“Of course you have to get worried when things do not go your way but I know our win is coming. We have to work on our mistakes especially minimizing the defensive errors and ensure we are better in scoring. That’s the only way we can rise back,” Kimanzi mentioned.The tactician was disappointed in the 3-2 defeat to Sofapaka noting that they gave away cheap goals through defensive errors and has called on his team to up their game as the league enters the business end.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000AFC Leopards head coach Rudolf Zapata. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYANAIROBI, Kenya, Jul 11 – AFC Leopards head coach Rodolfo Zapata says the club will be a force to reckon over the next two seasons considering the investment they have made with bringing in young players into the squad.Among the players who landed at the den in the June transfer window included the Thika United trio of Eugene Mukangula, Said Tsuma and Saad Musa while midfielder Edward Seda returned to the club after a stint at Mathare United with striker Alex Orotamal arriving from Rwanda.last_img read more

Put set to shake up Stars technical bench

first_img“When you have people like Wanyama (Victor), Olunga (Michael) playing at the highest level, you also have to approach them at a higher level. There will be people coming in yes. I can’t say I’m not happy, because everyone has been doing his best,” the tactician said on Wednesday.He adds; “My work is to get improvement and make sure everything is professional. They don’t have to take it they are not good enough, it is because we are at a higher level.”The Belgian tactician hired on a two year contract by FKF last November has been working with Stanley Okumbi and John Kamau as first and second assistant coaches with Haggai Azande as the goalkeeper trainer.Harambee Stars head coach Paul Put and his assistant Stanley Okumbi at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos during the CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluThe coach says he will not entirely do away with the trio if he gets his way and has his people coming in, saying they will remain part of the team and learn from his new deputies.“When I came in they asked me to give my best experience. I can only request and explain why I am doing this. It’s the federation to make a decision. The Kenyan people will still be on board, they will be on their side to learn and improve,” Put added.Before Put’s arrival, Okumbi had been tasked with heading the team and worked with Kamau, Frank Ouna and Musa Otieno but the latter two were disposed as soon as the Belgian landed. Okumbi had come under increasing fire for the team’s performance since he took over.“If you try qualify for AFCON you can’t make mistakes. Football is detailed and every detail makes the difference. We can’t joke with anything; we have to do everything in a professional way,” the coach insists.Put says these changes are meant to ensure the team earns its quest to qualify for the 2019 AFCON in Cameroon and he remains optimistic that they will despite losing the first qualification match away to Sierra Leone.“I believe and if I didn’t I would not be here. There is potential and it showed when we did something no one was expecting with CECAFA. It is not only the quality that matters; the heart, mentality and spirit has to be there and this is what I will try give players and push them over the limit,” added the coach.Harambee Stars head coach Paul Put presents a signed jersey to Deputy President William Ruto during a breakfast meeting at the DP’s Karen Residence on December 19, 2017. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluMeanwhile, he says the team will have at least four friendly matches before the qualifier against Ghana. He has suggested two in march and two in May, though the latter will not be a FIFA date.“We might play Comoros and then we are also looking at either Burkina Faso, Mali or Niger for the second match. Hopefully we can do it because if you are preparing for Ghana you cannot joke. You have to do 100 percent,” he said.Put hopes these two matches will help him analyze all his players especially the foreign based ones. For both May matches he hopes the Russia World Cup preparatory games will give his team a chance to play at least two matches at home.With the federation wallowing in financial uncertainty since the exit of major partners SportPesa, Put hopes they will look into other ways of financing the preparations with his major hope fixed on government help.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Haambee Stars head coach Paul Put issuing instructions to players during training at Utalii Grounds on 30th November, 2017. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYANAIROBI, Kenya, Feb 7- Harambee Stars head coach Paul Put says he will bring in his own assistant coaches ahead of the team’s crucial African Cup of Nations qualifier against Ghana in October, saying he needs to put in a stronger team to aid Kenya to the first continental championship since 2004.Put says he has already forwarded his proposal to the Football Kenya Federation after the completion of the CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup and he expects a response before March when he plans to have his first two friendly matches.last_img read more

Housing in Valley reflects troubles

first_imgBlake said foreclosures are rising because homeowners who bought a year or two ago with adjustable-rate loans cannot afford the higher payments they are seeing now as their interest rates spike. “It’s climbing right now, and I don’t see any reason for it to drop off that pace,” he said. “These mortgages are continuing to (reset at higher rates), and they will continue to (do so) for the next 12 to 19 months at a pretty steady pace.” At its worst, foreclosures could account for about 25 percent of home resales until this cycle passes. Among the neighborhoods with the most foreclosures last month were Pacoima (20), Olive View (19) and Reseda (18). But foreclosures popped up in just about every community from Glendale to Calabasas. NORTHRIDGE – Foreclosures soared nearly 400 percent across the greater San Fernando Valley in August as the residential real estate market sank further and lenders tightened credit standards, a research center said Tuesday. Last month, 289 families from Glendale to Calabasas lost their homes, 231 more than in August last year, or a 398.3 percent increase, said the Economic Research Center at California State University, Northridge. So far, there have been 552 foreclosures in the first two months of the year’s third quarter, and the final number will likely top the 632 foreclosures in the second quarter, said Daniel Blake, the center’s director. The center’s records go back to 1988, and, in that time span, foreclosures peaked at 1,854 in the third quarter of 1996, the bottom of the last market downturn. So far, foreclosures have not depressed prices to a great degree. But that could change. “If it keeps going like it is now for the next year, we’ll have downward pressure on prices,” Blake said. Homeowners who will lose the most equity are those who bought when the market peaked. In addition, sales of previously owned houses and condos fell an annual 32 percent last month to 1,250 transactions. The median house price, excluding condos, in the Valley rose to $650,000 in August from $612,000 a year ago, reflecting far fewer sales of entry-level or moderate-price homes, Blake said. The center’s numbers come from market tracker DataQuick Information Systems in La Jolla. DataQuick covers a wider area than the Southland Regional Association of Realtors, which also issues a monthly report but does not track Glendale, Burbank and La Crescenta and lumps condos and houses into one sales number. Market analyst Nima Nattagh agrees that this kind of trouble will persist. “The real question is whether this problem you see in the subprime sector will spread to the rest of the market, and it is probably manageable,” Nattagh said. “As long as homeowners can service the debt payment, I think they’ll be OK.” (818) 713-3743160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Derby snap up Tottenham scouting supremo and QPR recruitment chief

first_img1 Nigel Pearson Steve Hitchen and Rob Mackenzie have joined Derby as directors of recruitment.Hitchen has already started in his new role after arriving at the iPro Stadium from QPR while Mackenzie will begin work with the Rams later this month following his departure from Tottenham.Mackenzie has previously worked with Derby boss Nigel Pearson at Leicester and was influential in the Foxes signing current Premier League player of the year Riyad Mahrez.Hitchen was head of European recruitment at QPR and has also held senior scouting jobs at Tottenham and Liverpool.Both men will oversee Derby’s recruitment, analysis and scouting operations and will report to Pearson and the club’s president and chief executive Sam Rush.last_img read more


first_imgFinn Harps’ EA Sports League Cup hopes for 2011 were ended almost as soon as they began when Mervue Utd advanced to the second round of the competition after an extra time Rory Gaffney penalty gave them a first win of the season at Fahy’s Field on Monday night.The crazy scenario of all three Galway club’s playing at home on Monday night saw small crowds attend all three games with probably the biggest crowd in Fahy’s Field were we had to wait until extra time and the 97th minute for a goal, while goals were a plenty in the other two games in the city.In an evenly matched first half, the home side shaded the chances which were created. Debut boy John Mountney created the first chance of note as he slipped a good ball to winger Tom King who cut inside hitting a low strike which James Gallagher saved well with his feet at the expense of a corner on 22 minutes. The home side had earlier lost centre half Martin Conneely on the quarter hour mark with a nasty head wound which required five stitches as Darren Kelly entered the fray. They then lost Mountney, who had showed some nice touches, just after the half hour mark as Rory Gaffney was sprung from the bench. Gallagher tipped a curling Marc Ludden free-kick over his crossbar after Tom King had been hauled down on the edge of the box. At the other end Kevin McHugh created space for a well struck effort but Ger Hanley saved smartly with a flying save on 42 minutes.Seven minutes after the break and King raced clear down the right wing before cutting into the box and sending a low ball across the six yard box but Gaffney just couldnt get a touch on it to knock it home to the empty net. McHugh then blazed over the crossbar after a mistake by Nicky Curran allowed him a sight on Hanley’s goal on 59 minutes.McHugh then saw another fine effort on the turn saved down low by an alert Hanley on 67 minutes. An excellent cross-field ball from King on the right wing picked out Gaffney once again, but he flashed his shot across the Harps goal and just passed Gallagher’s far post on 74 minutes.The final quarter hour had extra time written all over it as the game failed to produce a goal following ninety minutes of scoreless play. Into extra time and Packie Mailey headed a Gary Whoriskey corner just over on 96 minutes before a goal finally arrived a minute later. Sub Peter Dravins found himself in the Harps box and before he could shape to shoot he was pulled down by Mailey who was duly booked. Gaffney took the responsibility for the spot kick and blasted his effort to Gallagher’s right for 1-0.Gaffney got on the end of another clever King through ball but he struck his effort badly wide of the advancing Gallagher’s far post after 102 minutes. Five minutes later and Harps had claims for a penalty waved away as Mike Elwood and Mailey, now positioned as a centre forward, collided in the penalty box.Harps threw everything forward in search of an equaliser as sub Darren McGeever saw his low shot saved by Hanley after Mailey’s knock back had set him up in the box. Harps came very close to levelling matters just on half time of the extra period. Mervue failed to clear a corner and Mailey’s on target header beat Hanley but Noel Varley was on hand to boot clear off the goal line.Mervue weren’t done either as they counter attacked well as Ludden swapped passes with Dravins before cutting into the box but he couldn’t pick out a teammate with his low cross as Harps cleared once again. Gaffney then wasted another chance on 115 minutes as the home team failed to settle the game.They were nearly made to pay the price on 116 minutes when Garret Harkin found himself free inside the home box, but he pulled his effort badly wide with Hanley to beat. That proved to be the final chance of the game as Mervue saw out the remaining few minutes rather comfortably with Mike Elwood and James Casserely commanding at the back. Mervue Utd: Ger Hanley, Nicky Curran, James Casserely, Martin Conneely (Darren Kelly ’18), Mike Elwood, Kevin Crehan, Tom King, Noel Varley, Jason Molloy (Peter Dravins ’81), John Mountney (Rory Gaffney ’33) and Marc Ludden.Subs not used: Alex Lee, Barry McEntee, TJ Forde (GK).Booked: Noel Varley (67), Jason Molloy (69) Marc Ludden (78)Finn Harps: Ciaran Gallagher, James Doherty, Ciaran Coll, Packie Mailey, Aaron O’Hagan (Keith Cowan ’46), Gareth Harkin, Conor O’Grady, Gary Whoriskey; Raymond Foy, Oisin McMenamin (Gary Merritt ’77), Kevin McHugh (Darren McGeever ‘106)Substitutes Not Used: Aaron MacAlwee, Lee McFadden (GK)Booked: Aaron O’Hagan (18), Ciaran Coll (32), Gareth Harkin (78) Packie Mailey (97)Referee: Darren Coombes (Dublin)HARPS KNOCKED OUT OF CUP BY MERVUE UNITED was last modified: March 29th, 2011 by gregShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more


first_imgCharlie McConalogue has said households in Donegal and across the country should be given the option of getting approved water meters installed themselves, instead of paying the exorbitant fee of €800 over 20 years.The Donegal North East Deputy has also called on Minister Hogan to clarify if homes in Co Donegal that already have water meters fitted will also be subject to the €40 annual charge.Fianna Fail Deputy McConalogue commented, “Fine Gael and Labour are applauding themselves for not introducing an upfront charge of around €300 for water meter installation. Instead, households in Donegal and across the country will have to pay €40 a year over 20 years for their meters – that’s before they pay a cent for the water they use. How can the Government suggest that meter bill of nearly €800 is an improvement on the original figure of €300? “The suppliers themselves cannot understand how meters and installation will cost this much. I have spoken to local suppliers who have confirmed that all of the hardware required for installation costs less than €100.“One major national supplier has said the meter itself and the work to install it could be done privately for less than €300. Allowing local suppliers to carry out installation will also keep the jobs in this area,” he said.He said he was asking Minister Hogan to clarify urgently if households will be given the choice to have standard, approved meters fitted themselves instead of paying a fee of €40 a year amounting to an overall bill of €800.“Hundreds of newer homes or newly refurbished houses in Co Donegal already have meters fitted as standard – will they be exempt from the €40 annual fee? “Minister Hogan has given no indication whatsoever of how these charges will be implemented in a fair way, taking into consideration people’s ability to pay. Families in Co Donegal who are already to the pin of their collar are now extremely worried about how they will cope with water bills on top of everything else. The notion of asking them to pay an exorbitant €800 for water meters so that they can be charged for their water use is ridiculous.“Minister Hogan’s failure to communicate with the public and listen to their very valid concerns has failed him in the past. He must be fair, honest and upfront with households on this occasion,” said Deputy McConalogue. HOUSEHOLDERS MUST BE ALLOWED TO INSTALL THEIR OWN WATER METERS – MCCONALOGUE was last modified: April 19th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more


first_imgBY EMMET RUSHE: This article is aimed at men. It is going to be blunt and straight to the point and may offend. 

We live in an age where everything is computerised.You name it; you can do it online.The trouble with this is that the majority of our lives are being spent in front of a computer. As men, we sit too much, drink too much coffee, stress too much, don’t sleep enough, have pretty awful diets and don’t exercise enough.Once upon a time, when food was food and there were no computers or video games, people used to go outside.You heard that right kids, OUTSIDE.You know that place where you go to get into the car, so you can drive to the gym and walk on a treadmill, or spin on a bike. What is the result of the last few years of prosperity and technology?We have a generation of men who are skinny fat!This new body type is probably the most unhealthy that we as men are facing.Skinny fat looks like this:

The extremities (arms and legs) are completely normal looking. In some cases they are actually thin, whereas the trunk of the body is carrying quite a bit of excess body-fat.When you are wearing jeans and a t-shirt you will look relatively normal. It won’t look as if there is a problem. However, when you remove the t-shirt it will look as if you are wearing your grandfather’s skin for a shirt.You will have “moobs”, belly fat and probably a muffin top.To put it bluntly, you are beginning to look like a woman!This is not an insult to women. It is natural for women to carry fat on certain parts of their bodies. Men simply should not be holding fat in the same areas. This might seem a bit extreme, but when you look at the health and hormonal issues that are being studied regarding this issue, this is no laughing matter.A recent study in Journal of the American Medical Association found that;If you are skinny fat and get diagnosed with diabetes, you are twice as likely to die as if you are overweight and get diagnosed. 

You simply do not have the muscle mass that an overweight person has to protect you.Testosterone levels in skinny fat men were also found to be extremely low, with oestrogen levels being overly high.A simple test: when you wake up in the morning, are you flaccid?If you are in your twenties and you consistently wake up like this, something is not right.Stress levels are also extremely important in the issue of skinny fat.Most people these days have stressful jobs, stressful commutes to work, and stressful lives outside of work.They survive on coffee and energy drinks, are always on their phone or computers, never get into full deep sleep, which leaves nearly every situation they face feeling stressful.This leaves cortisol levels high which in turn, will hamper the body’s ability to build muscle and to burn fat.So let’s round this up;If you recognize yourself in this description, you probably have moobs, belly fat and a muffin top, the testosterone levels of a 16 year old girl and the stress levels of a mortgage broker when the 2008 crash happened.So what do we do?How do we fix this problem and get men back to being MEN?The first step is cleaning up your nutrition.Stop eating pre-packaged and processed foods and reduce your consumption of refined carbs.Reduce your consumption of carbonated drinks and alcohol.Eat protein at every meal.Increase your intake of healthy fats.Take a multi vitamin, quality fish oil and a vitamin D supplement.Doesn’t sound fun? Enjoy having Moobs!Start lifting weights, aim for reps of between 6-10 reps and 3-6 sets per exercise.Concentrate on the larger muscle groups and hit the big lifts like the squat, chin ups/lat pull down, deadlifts, bench press and overhead press.STOP DOING CARDIO, you do not need it.Trying to burn fat with excess cardio without building muscle will only leave you a skinnier fatter version of what you previously were.Reduce you time online, especially before bed.Preferably, there should be no screen time for 2-3 hours before bed.What could you do instead?Here’s a few ideas: GO OUTSIDE, GO TO THE GYM OR READ A BOOK.Sooner or later you will have to face up to the fact that, if you are skinny fat, you are on the road to severe health issues in the near future.How you deal with this is your choice, try and make it a good one.#TrainSmart 

* Emmet is the owner and operator of Rushe FitnessEMMET RUSHE’S FITNESS COLUMN: ATTENTION MEN! ARE YOU SKINNY FAT? was last modified: September 28th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:emmet rushefitness columnMenskinny fatlast_img read more