NFL Draft Expert Has An Iowa Star Going No. 2

first_imgIowa's A.J. Epenesa reaches for Northwewstern's Clayton Thorson.IOWA CITY, IOWA- NOVEMBER 10: Quarterback Clayton Thorson #18 of the Northwestern Wildcats breaks a tackle in the second half from defensive end A.J. Epenesa #94 of the Iowa Hawkeyes, on November 10, 2018 at Kinnick Stadium, in Iowa City, Iowa. (Photo by Matthew Holst/Getty Images)For the NFL teams that needed a quarterback and failed to land one in the 2019 NFL Draft, the 2020 draft looks like it will be flush with quarterbacks. But a new mock draft from a top analyst has a quarterback-needy team passing on a bunch of good ones.On Thursday, RotoWorld draft analyst Thor Nystrom posted his latest mock draft, and has the Miami Dolphins going in a different direction with the No. 2 overall pick. With Tua Tagovailoa off the board to the Oakland Raiders at No. 1, Nystrom has the Dolphins taking Iowa edge rusher A.J. Epenesa instead.Nystrom noted in his scouting report of Epenesa that he has a remarkably high ceiling in the NFL, and even referenced Houston Texas All-Pro J.J. Watt as a comparison.Believe the hype, folks. I’ve seen the monster. And the monster is real. As the NFL Draft media’s foremost consumer of Iowa football, I can tell you that the only complaint Hawkeyes fans have had about AJ Epenesa is that the coaching staff didn’t use him more as a true freshman and sophomore.[…]When this conversation comes up, J.J. Watt’s name is inevitably evoked. Epenesa had 3.5 more sacks as a two-year part-timer than Watt did in his two years as a starter at Wisconsin (Watt also had 36.5 TFL). I’m not saying, I’m just saying.We already know that Epenesa is a touched-by-God’s-hand pass-rusher. What we need for him to do next is improve against the run and prove that he can play the style he prefers to play (with his hair on fire) while out there on all three downs.Despite Epenesa’s strong case as an elite pass rusher in the NFL, there would still be a ton of potentially great NFL quarterbacks that the Dolphins would be skipping on in this scenario. Justin Herbert and Jake Fromm would both still be on the board. As for the Hawkeyes, such a selection would be the highest for any Iowa player since the Raiders took offensive lineman Robert Gallery No. 2 overall in the 2004 NFL Draft.Quarterback Randy Duncan is the only Iowa player to go No. 1 overall. He was taken first by the Green Back Packers in the 1959 NFL Draft, but never played for them.Maybe Epenesa is poised for a breakout year, and maybe he’ll wind up being the top defender in the draft. But if the Dolphins are tanking as many people seem to believe, they won’t be doing so to land a defender – even one with the ceiling of an All-Pro pass rusher.[RotoWorld]last_img read more

Most countries lack adequate laws to protect and promote breastfeeding – UN

The 2016 status report, Marketing of breast-milk substitutes: National implementation of the International Code, shows that of the 194 countries analyzed, 135 have in place some form of legal measure related to the International Code of Marketing of Breast-Milk Substitutes (the Code) and subsequent, relevant resolutions adopted by the World Health Assembly.This is up from 103 in 2011, but only 39 countries have laws that enact all provisions of the Code, a slight increase from 37 in 2011.The report, by the World Health Organization (WHO), UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), and the International Baby Food Action Network (IBFAN) , reveals that among the countries that have any laws on marketing of breast-milk substitutes, just over half sufficiently prohibit advertising and promotion of breast-milk substitutes, including infant formula, feeding bottles and teats.“It is encouraging to see more countries pass laws to protect and promote breastfeeding, but there are still far too many places where mothers are inundated with incorrect and biased information through advertising and unsubstantiated health claims,” said, Francesco Branca, Director of WHO’s Department of Nutrition for Health and Development, in a joint press release.“This can distort parents’ perceptions and undermine their confidence in breastfeeding, with the result that far too many children miss out on its many benefits,” he adds.WHO and UNICEF recommend that babies are fed nothing but breast milk for their first 6 months, after which they should continue breastfeeding – as well as eating other safe and nutritionally adequate foods – until two years of age or beyond.The report says that globally, nearly two out of three infants are not exclusively breastfed for the recommended 6 months – a rate that has not improved in two decades. Breast milk is the ideal food for infants. It is safe, clean and contains antibodies which help protect against many common childhood illnesses.Breastfed children perform better on intelligence tests, are less likely to be overweight or obese and less prone to diabetes later in life. Women who breastfeed have a reduced risk of breast and ovarian cancers. Inappropriate marketing of breast-milk substitutes continues to undermine efforts to improve breastfeeding rates and duration worldwide, the report warns.In this context, WHO member States have committed to increase the rate of exclusive breastfeeding in the first 6 months of life to at least 50 per cent by 2025 as one of a set of global nutrition targets.The Code calls on countries to protect breastfeeding by stopping the inappropriate marketing of breast-milk substitutes, including infant formula, feeding bottles and teats. It bans all forms of promotion of substitutes, including advertising, gifts to health workers and distribution of free samples.Labels must not ‘idealize’ infant formulaIn addition, labels cannot make nutritional and health claims or include images that idealize infant formula. They must include clear instructions on how to use the product and carry messages about the superiority of breastfeeding over formula and the risks of not breastfeeding.The breast-milk substitute business is a big one, with annual sales amounting to almost $45 billion worldwide. This is projected to rise by over 55 per cent to $70 billion by 2019.The breast-milk substitutes industry is strong and growing, and so the battle to increase the rate of exclusive breastfeeding around the world is an uphill one—but it is one that is worth the effort“The breast-milk substitutes industry is strong and growing, and so the battle to increase the rate of exclusive breastfeeding around the world is an uphill one – but it is one that is worth the effort,” says UNICEF Chief of Nutrition Werner Schultink. “Mothers deserve a chance to get the correct information: that they have readily available the means to protect the health and wellbeing their children. Clever marketing should not be allowed to fudge the truth that there is no equal substitute for a mother’s own milk.”Overall, richer countries lag behind poorer ones. The proportion of countries with comprehensive legislation in line with the Code is highest in the Southeast Asia Region at 36 per cent, followed by Africa at 30 per cent while Europe has the lowest rate at six per cent.WHO and UNICEF have recently established a Global Network for Monitoring and Support for Implementation of the Code (NetCode) to help strengthen countries’ and civil society capacity to monitor and effectively enforce Code laws.New analyses have revealed that increasing breastfeeding to near-universal levels could save the lives of more than 820,000 children under the age of five and 20,000 women each year. It could also add an estimated $300 billion into the global economy annually, based on improvements in cognitive ability if every infant was breastfed until at least 6 months of age and their expected increased earnings later in life. Boosting breastfeeding rates would significantly reduce costs to families and governments for treatment of childhood illnesses such as pneumonia, diarrhoea and asthma. read more