Los Angeles: Actress Hilary Duff, who is battling “very contagious” strep throat, has opened up about feeling mom guilt. The actress took to Instagram Stories about how she was battling a “very contagious” case of strep throat. Although Duff, 31, felt terrible, she said her mom guilt was making her feel even worse because she is currently unable to spend time with her children – son Luca Cruz, 7, and daughter Banks Violet, 10 months – as she recovers from the illness, reports “people.com”. Also Read – ‘Terminator: Dark Fate’ has James Cameron’s fingerprints all over it: Arnold Schwarzenegger “I’m super sick – I think I have strep throat – and I’m in bedï¿½ I’m getting an IV to hopefully feel better,” Duff explained, before asking her followers, “As a parent, why does it feel so horrible to be sick? Like, the guilt of being in bed.” “There’s obviously times when I’ve had to be with my kids all day long, sick and feeling horrible, with no help. But today, I have help and I should be resting and the guilt is crazy.” “My head is spinning, and I feel like I should be doing a million things and being with my kids every minute when really I’m very contagious,” she added. “It’s just the hard part of being a parent. It s**ks.” Since she is unable to do anything or go anywhere, Duff said she was using her time in bed wisely – to prepare for the upcoming “Lizzie McGuire” reboot. “I’m going to take this opportunity to watch ‘Lizzie McGuire’, like, start to finish,” she shared. “I’m going to do all my research and get it all fresh in my mind.”
Lucknow: Terming the killing of two Dalit children in Madhya Pradesh for defecating in the open “unfortunate”, BSP president Mayawati on Wednesday slammed the successive BJP and Congress governments in the state for “failing to provide proper toilet facilities”. The two Dalit children were allegedly beaten to death by two persons for defecating on a street in front of a panchayat building in Madhya Pradesh’s Shivpuri district on Wednesday. “Besides keeping millions of Dalits, backwards and religious minorities deprived of government facilities, they have also been made a victim of all kinds of malicious atrocities and in such a situation the dastardly violence of two Dalit youth in Madhya Pradesh’s Shivpuri is most unfortunate and condemnable,” the BSP chief tweeted. In another tweet, she said, “The Congress and BJP governments should explain why proper toilet facilities have not been provided in the houses of poor Dalits and backward communities? If this truth is very bitter then those who beat to death the Dalits for being forced to defecate in the open should be hanged.”
New Delhi: The athletes reacted with anger but the officialdom chose to weigh its words before responding to Indian Olympic Association chief Narinder Batra’s assertion that the Commonwealth Games is a waste of time and the country should consider a permanent pullout. Batra, while speaking at an event in Bengaluru on Tuesday, said the level of competition at the CWG is not particularly high and that India should consider a pullout to improve its own standards. Also Read – We will push hard for Kabaddi”s inclusion in 2024 Olympics: RijijuThe statement has context as Batra had earlier called for an Indian boycott of the 2022 CWG in Birmingham over the axing of shooting from the Games program due to logistical issues. Shooting has been a major contributor to India’s CWG tally and the nation stands second, with 134 medals, in the overall count won from the sport. “It is not acceptable,” said one of India’s currently most successful table tennis players G Sathiyan, who claimed two silvers and a bronze in the 2018 edition in Gold Coast. Also Read – Djokovic to debut against Shapovalov at Shanghai MastersThe shooting fraternity chose to sidestep queries on Batra’s comment but others were upfront. Boxing star Vijender Singh, who is the first and only male pugilist with an Olympic medal to his credit, said Batra’s statement is heartbreaking as it undermines athletes’ hard work. “It is heartbreaking. By this logic, India should not send teams to invitational tournaments either because the level of competition is not like the Olympics or the world championship even there,” said the boxer who has two silver and a bronze from the three CWGs he competed in. “Why belittle the athletes’ achievements? And in any case, CWG has strong boxing nations such as England and Ireland in fray,” he added. The 2014 Glasgow CWG gold-medallist shuttler Parupalli Kashyap also differed with Batra, who also heads the International Hockey Federation (FIH). “It is ridiculous to think of boycotting the Commonwealth Games. I don’t think the standard is low. I didn’t have it easy when I beat all these players during the 2010 edition (when he won bronze) and the 2014 Games,” he recalled. “It is not like we are winning all the gold medals. Even in badminton, there are teams like Malaysia, England who are tough,” he added. In fact, 2010 CWG gold-medallist discus thrower Krishna Poonia said the Commonwealth competition in athletics is stiffer than the Asian Games, which is generally perceived to be tougher by the sporting fraternity. “For athletics, CWG is world-class, the competition is of higher level than the Asian Games,” she said. A top official from the national federation of a prominent Olympic sport asked if Batra would deem the competition good enough if shooting is brought back. “Someone should ask him will the CWG regain significance if shooting is accepted back on the roster. May be he will have a different view to offer,” the official said. “Why deride the athletes who have worked hard for their medals at CWG because you are unhappy about the exclusion of one sport? CWG won’t die if India pulls out,” he added. Two-time CWG gold-medallist weightlifter Sathish Sivalingam said a medal at the Games provides job security to a lot of athletes and that shouldn’t be taken away. “I am completely against the pullout. The Commonwealth Games are a big event for us. Medal-winning performances in the CWG bring a lot of incentives like jobs and money etc. So for us, this competition is important,” he said. Former India hockey captain Zafar Iqbal, who was part of the 1980 Olympic gold medal-winning team, was surprised by Batra’s comment. “That’s a ridiculous statement coming from a man who is holding numerous important positions in national as well as international sports federations,” he said. “Commonwealth Games is the biggest competition after Olympics in terms of participation of countries. 72 countries took part in the last Commonwealth Games. And if you talk about hockey, all top nations like Australia, New Zealand, and Great Britain are there,” he added. A more guarded response came from the Wrestling federation. The sport contributes massively to India’s medal tally at CWGs and its President Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh said the grapplers are eager to continue at the quadrennial showpiece. “The general view of the wrestling fraternity is that the athletes want to compete, whatever the tournament is,” he said.