PM Encourages Parents, Particularly Fathers, To Read with Children

first_imgPM Encourages Parents, Particularly Fathers, To Read with Children EducationDecember 19, 2011 RelatedPM Encourages Parents, Particularly Fathers, To Read with Children RelatedPM Encourages Parents, Particularly Fathers, To Read with Children Advertisements FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Prime Minister and Minister of Education, Hon. Andrew Holness, is encouraging more parents, particularly fathers, to develop the habit of reading aloud with their children. He said that this simple practice will not only help to solidify the “bond of love” between child and parent, but will also prepare the child’s mind for the school system. “It prepares the mind of the child to be taught, so when your child goes to school, your child has an advantage,” the Education Minister told parents during a handing over ceremony of Bookstart Jamaica ‘book packs’, at the University Hospital of the West Indies (UHWI) Paediatric Clinic, on Monday, December 19. Bookstart Jamaica is part of the Ministry of Education’s new family literacy initiative, which aims to create a nation of readers and encourage an early start to family literacy activities. Each Bookstart Jamaica ‘book pack’ has a locally developed board book suitable for infants, and information about the Jamaica Library Service, its locations and family programmes, including ‘We Likkle but We Tallawah’ – parents reading with infants and toddlers Bookstart Jamaica companion programme. Mr. Holness noted that the programme was established as part of the Ministry’s National Literacy Strategy, as it was found that many Jamaican children were entering the school system unprepared. “This places us at a disadvantage, because teachers now have to do the work that parents should have done as a natural part of their parenting responsibility. When we examined what was happening in the households, we realised that many parents did not understand the importance of early reading with their children,” the Prime Minister said. He informed that the objective of Bookstart  is to provide parents with books at the earliest stage, “so that when the programme is fully implemented, every Jamaican child born in a hospital in Jamaica will be presented with a package.”                                                                                                   “We don’t only want you to read (to) your children, we want you to read aloud and we want you to have your children read aloud as well,” Mr. Holness urged. “If we can get all our parents, especially fathers, reading with their children, it will start the receptivity to education,” he added. Senior Adviser to the Minister of Education, Dr. Rebecca Tortello, said some 14,000 book packages will be distributed to parents islandwide as part of a pilot project, before the programme is rolled out in full force. This, she said, will be done in partnership with the Ministry of Health. “We will be conducting a cohort study, which will be conducted with parents around the island and we will gather data from that study, which will tell us about parents’ reading habits, how they read with their children, how they read before they had children, and what difference it made when they received the pack. The remainder of the packs will go out through the Ministry of Health into clinics and birthing hospitals in the South-east region, to see how it works before we roll this programme out nationally next year,” Mrs. Tortello said. Director of Family Health Services, Ministry of Health, Dr. Karen Lewis-Bell, pointed out that the Bookstart programme is a continuation of a long and fruitful collaboration between the Ministries of Health and Education. She informed that the Health Ministry first facilitated the pilot of the project in two health centres across the island, namely the Morant Bay and Maxfield Park Health centres, where it was recognised that parents were excited about receiving the books and encouraged to read more to their children. “Our health care workers also liked the idea, because it gave them another tool to discuss with parents the importance of their child’s growth and development. We are therefore very pleased that this Bookstart programme will continue in 2012 through our health facilities,” Dr. Lewis-Bell said. By Athaliah Reynolds, JIS Reporter RelatedPM Encourages Parents, Particularly Fathers, To Read with Childrenlast_img read more

Exelon Plans to Reduce Emissions by 15 Percent Via Upgrades

first_img Twitter Linkedin Facebook Vietnam: scaling back coal-fired plans toward gas, renewables Facebook RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR TAGSExelon New Jersey utility regulators extend zero-carbon breaks for PSEG nuclear power plants Twitter Previous articlePotential New Santee Cooper Head Grilled by LawmakersNext articleXcel Energy Wins Approval for 1,230 MW of Texas, New Mexico Wind chloecox Linkedin “As the nation’s largest producer of emissions-free electricity, Exelon has made significant contributions to reducing greenhouse gas emissions and our new goal is part of our long-term plan to integrate and develop carbon reduction energy solutions,” said Christopher M. Crane, president and CEO of Exelon. “Just as we partner with our customers and communities to achieve their carbon-reduction goals, we continuously look within our own operations for opportunities to improve our performance and lead by example.” Combined with Exelon’s previous efforts, the company aims for a total reduction of 700 million metric tons of emissions by 2022.center_img This plan is the third in a series of greenhouse gas commitments Exelon has undertaken, with the first two programs resulting in the avoidance of more than 67.8 million metric tons of emissions. By Editors of Power Engineering Similar to many other utilities, Exelon announced plans to reduce carbon emissions by 15 percent by 2022 – only their plan isn’t dependent on a change in their generation mix. Currently, Exelon’s utilities help customers save 19.2 million MWh of electricity through various efficiency programs. 4.30.2018 Instead, Exelon plans to achieve the reduction by driving down methane emissions from natural gas distribution equipment, reducing losses from other carbon-insulated electrical equipment, increasing energy efficiency of its own buildings and investing in vehicle electrification. By chloecox – Exelon Plans to Reduce Emissions by 15 Percent Via Upgrades Emissions Mississippi Power cutting stakes in coal-fired, gas-fired stations to reduce excess MW, emissions No posts to displaylast_img read more

FBI posts photo of person who placed suspected pipe bombs outside DNC, RNC

first_img#FBIWFO is seeking the public’s assistance in identifying those who made unlawful entry into U.S. Capitol Building on Jan. 6. If you witnessed unlawful violent actions contact the #FBI at 1-800-CALL-FBI or submit photos/videos at— FBI Washington Field (@FBIWFO) January 8, 2021Copyright © 2021, ABC Audio. All rights reserved. FBIBy ROSA SANCHEZ, ABC News(WASHINGTON) — The FBI has shared a photo of the person responsible for placing the suspected explosive devices outside the Republican National Committee and Democratic National Committee Wednesday, prior to the U.S. Capitol protests.On Thursday night, the FBI tweeted a photo of the suspect and posted a reward of up to $50,000 “for information leading to the location, arrest, and conviction of the person(s) responsible for the placement of suspected pipe bombs in Washington, D.C. on January 6, 2021.”At around 1 p.m. on Wednesday, law enforcement agencies received reports of two suspected pipe bombs with wires outside the RNC and DNC headquarters in Washington, D.C.ABC News then obtained an exclusive photo of the suspected explosive device found outside the RNC, which is located just a couple blocks away from the Capitol.A federal law enforcement source told ABC News that the suspected pipe bombs were indeed active, and U.S. Capitol Police confirmed that the devices could have caused “great harm.”“The USCP Hazardous Materials Response Team determined that both devices were, in fact, hazardous and could cause great harm to public safety,” police said in statement.Bomb technicians used water cannons to blast the devices to break them apart and render them harmless just as violent pro-Trump protesters broke though police lines and stormed into the Capitol.The Capitol siege left four people — including one female protester who was shot by law enforcement officers — and one police officer dead.The FBI is is still seeking information on those involved in the siege, and on Thursday night tweeted photos of some of the pro-MAGA protesters, asking the public for help in identifying them.last_img read more

The three faces of Donald Trump

first_imgEven among people who think about Trump all the time, there was wide variance in the answers. (If you want to play the parlor game? Send an email explaining your reasoning to [email protected])No one opted to put all their chips on one square. Trump is too much of a kaleidoscopic character for that. But there were some interesting general trends.One is that political practitioners were much more likely to give Trump credit for being a genuine tribune. He may frequently tell lies, the theory goes, but he is not a phony. He puts his essential nature on plain view, and this has given him extraordinary latitude to shatter norms in ways that would be politically fatal to conventional candidates. Many of these people believe he may not have a well-developed philosophy, but he has some consistent ideas about trade and national sovereignty that have harnessed a genuine gust of history.One strategist who is regularly analyzing polling data in the race but not formally aligned with either candidate said Democrats will make a mistake by spending much time trying to argue about Trump’s character or redefine his persona. The only thing that moves numbers, this person said, is arguments that he is ineffective in responding to the pandemic or other pressing policy challenges.Journalists typically see it differently. Very few give Trump much credit for being a tribune—they think he is too self-absorbed and improvisational to think more than passingly about ideas or people beyond his immediate circle, or what he sees on TV. What’s more, while many commentators and editorial pages fully embrace the Trump as tyrant thesis, many working news reporters tend to put just as many or more of their chips on Trump as buffoon. Even a dictator like Putin has a certain discipline to his ruthlessness and has thought deeply about his historic project of regaining Russian power on the world stage. One prominent reporter who follows Trump said he has authoritarian sympathies but is not a full-fledged fascist. People underappreciate how much of a “people pleaser” Trump is, eager for applause and affirmation, and that Trump has “no theory of the case” to be a plausible American incarnation of Putin.Let’s give the last word, then, to someone who does have a deep understanding of the Russian incarnation of Putin. Michael McFaul, a Stanford foreign policy expert and Obama’s ambassador to Russia, agrees with Timothy Snyder that all three baskets of Trump interpretation are somewhat true. It’s also true that Trump may share some broad ideas about politics and power but, “he’s certainly not as ideologically sophisticated as Putin.” (The closest analogue, he suggested, was the puffed-up but ultimately ineffectual figure of Benito Mussolini.) In the end, it will be up to historians to decide who Trump really was, and that argument is likely to last far longer than his presidency. But the inability to agree on Trump matters in the moment as well—and perhaps very urgently.The Republican National Convention that ended Thursday night was less a party event than a kind of re-coronation, an effort by the party to embrace the president and soften his edges—which were then continually re-sharpened by the Trump family itself. The Democratic National Convention was a demonstration that there are still competing interpretations of what threat he really represents, and thus how to beat him. For Democrats, and to some extent the news media, the now-familiar challenge is that denunciations of Trump are more likely to strengthen his hold on supporters than to dilute it.From the start of his first campaign in the summer of 2015, there have been three dominant interpretations of Trump and the Trump phenomenon. These three models go up and down in terms of which one has the most currency among the news media, the political class and the public broadly. But it is notable that the entrees at the analytical buffet have not changed:Interpretation One: Trump is the political equivalent of a pro wrestling celebrity. He cares about (and is skilled in reaping) media attention and self-affirmation and not really much else—including ideas, or history, or party-building, or how specific policies fit into a larger whole, or how one day in the presidential spotlight connects in some linear way to the next. This is Bill Clinton’s buffoon thesis. It’s not that someone like this can’t cause a lot of damage, but, as a political type, it is different in character than …Interpretation Two: Trump is the American equivalent of Vladimir Putin. In this light, Trump is more than just a self-absorbed improvisationalist. To the contrary, he operates with clear purpose: To weaken the mechanisms of democratic accountability and attack all constraints on his power. Obama offered a mildly more understated version of this thesis at his virtual convention address, standing before a giant blow-up of the U.S. Constitution. It is this thesis that justified his dire warning to voters: “Do not let them take away your power. Do not let them take away your democracy.”Interpretation Three: Trump is a tribune of Americans whose voices are mostly unheard by conventional politicians. Trump may be a bit coarse or hammy, by these lights, but he does possess an intuitive sense of politics and history—of how the system had tilted too far in the direction of self-dealing global elites, diluting frank assertion of national interests and undermining the interests of average Americans. Here was Barack Obama: “I never expected that my successor would embrace my vision or continue my policies. I did hope, for the sake of our country, that Donald Trump might show some interest in taking the job seriously; that he might come to feel the weight of the office and discover some reverence for the democracy that had been placed in his care.”The subtext: America, this is serious. Trump isn’t just a bad president, he’s an actual threat to our way of self-governance.From the start of his first campaign in the summer of 2015, there have been three dominant interpretations of Trump and the Trump phenomenon.Buffoon and tyrant aren’t necessarily mutually exclusive. But they point in very different directions. And the tension between the two highlights a curious reality.Five years after Donald Trump leapt on the stage of presidential politics and instantly came to dominate it—and after two national conventions almost totally consumed by discussion of his character and motives—there still isn’t a stable consensus on just who Trump is, and what gives him power.There are three distinct pictures of Trump jostling for primacy in American politics: the would-be tyrant of Obama’s speech, the clownish dilettante of Clinton’s and a third view that holds him up as a legitimate, if flawed, tribune of a wide swath of America. So, by one interpretation, Trump is making a mockery of democracy. By another he represents an assault on democracy. And by the third he is an authentic expression of democracy.Does one really have to choose? No, it is not essential. Both parties are now headed into the general election with coalitions that include devotees of all three interpretations. Democrats, obviously, draw most support from believers in the buffoon and tyrant categories, along with some people who once believed he was a tribune of their cause but are now disillusioned.Republicans, obviously, have just spent a week—capped by Trump’s speech Thursday night—trying to revive support for the idea that Trump has a singular understanding of how to represent ordinary Americans from liberal excesses and elite indifference. But the GOP coalition also includes some who think a dash of American authoritarianism is just what the doctor ordered for current maladies, or who appreciate the buffoonish elements of Trump’s persona precisely because they know it drives his critics crazy.What’s more, views can change over time. Obama was once firmly an adherent of the buffoon thesis. By some accounts, his mockery of Trump at the 2011 White House Correspondents’ Dinner, while Trump was in the audience, helped embolden the Republican to run for president. Even after the 2016 election, the New York Times reported the other day, Obama was calling Trump “a cartoon,” and only later did he come to believe that the man posed a more fundamental threat to constitutional values and rule of law.Addressing the interpretive challenge posed by Trump, “There’s no reason to choose among the three,” says Yale historian Timothy Snyder, who wrote the 2017 bestseller On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century. “They may be in tension, but there is a way to put them together.” Snyder is one of the leading intellectual apostles of the idea that Trump is a genuine danger, with parallels in the bloody history of Europe. Buffoonery can serve the authoritarian’s purpose, he noted, by distracting attention from important matters, and most authoritarians in history have tapped into some vein of popular support, even if that is marked by prejudice and exclusion.Confronting Trump, however, has always been a good bit more complicated for his foes than simply indexing all the reasons they don’t like him and trying to persuade voters why those reasons are sound. That is because Trump’s appeal depends on being criticized—in the same way a plant can’t thrive without both water and light. It’s useful to consider the distinction between politicians who have absolute appeal versus those who have relative appeal. One good example is Ronald Reagan. To many conservatives, he has absolute appeal—his political and personal traits represent the beau ideal of how presidents should act, in any time or in any circumstances. Many progressives feel the same way about Barack Obama.But even many—possibly most—Trump supporters don’t think his raffish, roguish, divisive and disruptive style represents the ideal of how presidents should act. They just think his brand of politics is right for this moment. His appeal is relative—compared to the hypocrisy or venality or ineffectuality of conventional politics. Data from the Harris polling firm for Harvard’s Center for American Political Studies indicates roughly 40 percent of people who support Trump as a president either dislike him as a person or are indifferent.So critics can roll their eyes and make fun of Trump as a buffoon if they wish. The risk from a liberal perspective is that this looks complacent—do you think an authoritarian in our midst is a laughing matter?—and from a pro-Trump perspective it looks like you are patronizing his supporters. The joke may be on you, just as it was on Obama at the end of his term.Or critics can raise their voices in alarm that he is an incipient American fascist. The risk is that this looks overwrought—and thrills Trump supporters, who love their candidate precisely because he offends liberal pieties.After the 2016 election many Democrats for a season invested a lot of psychic energy in the notion that Trump might indeed be a tribune of the people and that efforts must be made to better connect with his supporters. The problem with this is that no one’s heart is really in it. Most Democrats actually believe, as Hillary Clinton got caught saying out loud in 2016, that Trump draws significant support from racially charged and nativist politics that appeal to ignorant voters and “deplorables.” The phoniness of pretending otherwise would be self-evident.Since all three can be somewhat true, I played a parlor game with a dozen or so political sources and journalists who follow Trump closely. I gave each person ten chips and said they could distribute them on the three squares however they wished. Put all ten chips on one interpretation, if that seems right, or split the difference with four on one square and three on the two others. Two former Democratic presidents last week tried to build up by Joe Biden in part by taking down President Donald Trump. When they did, there were some important distinctions in how they spoke about the man in their party’s crosshairs.Here was Bill Clinton: “If you want a president who defies the job, is spending hours a day watching TV and zapping people on social media, he’s your man.”The subtext: America, we all know this guy is a buffoon. Most likely, McFaul said, Trump is not an “active autocrat” but he is an “indifferent democrat”—someone who doesn’t care about political or constitutional niceties whether he’s playing the tribune, tyrant or buffoon. Now Democrats have just over 9 weeks to decide which face of Trump is most credible—and most alarming—to the most people. Also On POLITICO Trump administration weighs accusing China of ‘genocide’ over Uighurs By Daniel Lippman and Nahal Toosi Richard Grenell claims he watched Trump ‘charm’ Germany’s Angela Merkel By Lara Seligmanlast_img read more

Policies regarding IRB members’ industry contacts often lacking

first_imgAt a time of heightened concern about conflicts of interest posed by relationships between academic medical researchers and commercial firms, a new study finds that a significant number of academic institutions do not have clear policies covering the industrial relationships of members of institutional review boards (IRBs), committees charged with ensuring that clinical studies uphold patient rights and follow ethical guidelines.  In the April issue of Academic Medicine, researchers from the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) Institute for Health Policy report that many IRBs do not require members to disclose industrial relationships and that procedures for defining, reporting, and handling conflicts vary widely among institutions. “This study points to an obvious need for more consistent policies and accountability in regards to industry relationships within IRBs,” says lead author Christine Vogeli. “IRBs and medical schools can’t manage what they don’t know, so consistent reporting among IRB members is vital to ensuring the integrity and safety of medical research.” Every institution in the United States that conducts research involving human participants must have an IRB, which is responsible for reviewing proposed studies to make sure the rights and safety of participants are protected and that study protocols are scientifically valid and follow ethical and regulatory guidelines. IRBs also monitor the conduct of studies to make sure that appropriate practices are maintained.In 2006, MGH Institute of Health Policy researchers, including the authors of the current study, published a survey of IRB members regarding their personal industrial relationships, whether their IRBs had policies or processes regarding such relationships, and their own actions regarding protocols related to companies with which they had relationships. The current study surveyed the chairs of IRBs at 107 U.S. medical schools and research hospitals about how their committees managed members’ industrial relationships, whether members were required to disclose such relationships, how and to whom conflicts were disclosed, and where responsibility for overseeing such conflicts should reside. While nearly 75 percent of chairs reported their IRBs had a defined process for disclosure of industry relationships, of the 25 percent without such processes, only one had any requirement that voting members disclose relationships.Written policies defining conflicts of interest were reported by 68 percent of chairs, the others indicating they did not have or were not aware of such policies. Chairs of IRBs without written conflict definitions indicated that responsibility for determining whether a conflict existed was left to the chair, the whole IRB, another group or individual, or that members would assess their own relationships. Policies describing how conflicts should be handled were reported by 74 percent of chairs. Among chairs who reported dealing with a member conflict of interest in the past year, 68 percent indicated that conflicted members had never participated in discussions about the protocols in question or left the room when votes were taken. Although all of the chairs that had dealt with a recent conflict reported no conflicted members ever voted on protocols in which they had an interest, in the 2006 survey of IRB members, one third of respondents reported that they had voted on such a protocol at least once. “It is shocking that, after more than 20 years of talking about industry relationships and conflicts of interest, there are still IRBs out there that haven’t dealt with this issue,” says Eric G. Campbell of the MGH Institute for Health Policy, the study’s senior author.“It also is clear that many IRB chairs have no clue about the behavior of their members who have industry relationships. The IRB is the primary mechanism medical schools and hospitals have to ensure the appropriate conduct of clinical research, and IRBs without clear, well-defined and enforced policies about conflicts of interest cannot accomplish their fundamental mission.” Campbell is an associate professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School (HMS), where Vogeli is an instructor of medicine. Greg Koski, an associate professor of anesthesia at HMS, member of the MGH Institute for Health Policy, and former director of the Office for Human Research Protections at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is also a co-author of the Academic Medicine report. The study was supported by the Research on Ethical Issues in Human Subjects Research program of the National Institutes of Health.last_img read more

Clarity vital in energy debate

first_imgGet your free guest access  SIGN UP TODAY To continue enjoying, sign up for free guest accessExisting subscriber? LOGIN Subscribe now for unlimited access Stay at the forefront of thought leadership with news and analysis from award-winning journalists. Enjoy company features, CEO interviews, architectural reviews, technical project know-how and the latest innovations.Limited access to industry news as it happensBreaking, daily and weekly e-newsletters Subscribe to Building today and you will benefit from:Unlimited access to all stories including expert analysis and comment from industry leadersOur league tables, cost models and economics dataOur online archive of over 10,000 articlesBuilding magazine digital editionsBuilding magazine print editionsPrinted/digital supplementsSubscribe now for unlimited access.View our subscription options and join our communitylast_img read more

After being close to joining Tottenham, Frenchman now ‘arousing interest’ of…

first_imgOne of the Championship sides who scouted in Europe the most, Fulham will already have a list of targets ready to go for, compiled depending on which league they found themselves in next season.L’Equipe believe that one of the targets, and one who may have been suitable for either Championship or Premier League, is Lamine Fonda. The French newspaper report the 20 year old has previously come close to signing for Tottenham.Before signing his first professional contract with Auxerre, Fonda was the subject of a serious approach from Spurs and nearly signed for Mauricio Pochettino’s men.Deciding to continue with Auxerre at that time, a change could be on the cards this summer, and L’Equipe say the midfielder has ‘aroused the interest’ of Fulham.There’s no slant on whether Tottenham will come back in for Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksTrending TodayForge of Empires – Free Online GameIf You Like to Play, this Strategy Game is a Must-HaveForge of Empires – Free Online GameUndo聽多多 Hearmore.asia我們現正尋找希望使用市面上最新幾乎隱形的助聽器的香港試用者。限50歲以上*聽多多 Hearmore.asiaUndoHero WarsGetting this treasure is impossible! Prove us wrong!Hero WarsUndo美術寶1對1風靡全球的在線美術課程 | 專為4-12歲孩子定制 | 1對1名師直播互動教學美術寶1對1UndoTheTopFiveVPNNetflix Users In The Hong Kong, Use This To Enjoy US Netflix ShowsTheTopFiveVPNUndoSmart Tech TrendOver 55? You Have to Try Those Revolutionary Glasses!Smart Tech TrendUndoCoworking Space | Search AdsThe cost of shared office in Hong Kong might surprise youCoworking Space | Search AdsUndo熱門話題生髮率無敵高!96%的禿頭都獲得改善!←這會不會長太多?熱門話題UndoSingles50Tung Chung: A 40+ Dating Site That Actually WorksSingles50Undo It’s wasn’t a bad Saturday for Fulham. Promotion to the Premier League at the expense of Aston Villa was much deserved and now they need to start planning for at least one season in the top tier of English football.last_img read more

EPL: Alex McLeish sacked as Aston Villa’s manager

first_imgAlex McLeish has been sacked as Aston Villa manager after 11 months in charge at Villa Park.The news comes less than 24 hours after Villa’s 2-0 defeat at Norwich City on the final day of the Premier League season as the club finished just two points above the relegation zone.The 53-year-old Scot was at the club’s training ground on Monday morning to say his farewells to the Villa staff.A club statement read: “Aston Villa can confirm that Alex McLeish’s contract has been terminated with immediate effect. The club has been disappointed with this season’s results, performances and the general message these have sent to our fans.“The board wishes to assure supporters that we are conscious in every sense that Villa expects and deserves more and we will strive to deliver this.”Villa chairman Randy Lerner said: “We need to be clear and candid with ourselves and with supporters about what we have lacked in recent years.“Compelling play and results that instil a sense of confidence that Villa is on the right track have been plainly absent. “The most immediate action that we can take is to look carefully at our options in terms of bringing in a new manager who sees the club’s potential and embraces our collective expectations.”The early favourite for the Villa Park role is Norwich City boss Paul Lambert, who has guided the Canaries to a 12th-place finish after an impressive debut campaign in England’s top flight.However, Norwich chief executive David McNally insisted earlier on Monday he is ready for a fight to keep Lambert at Carrow Road.last_img read more

Real Madrid star Benzema open to BOXING career after football having been inspired by legend Mike Tyson

first_img Top 5 Best Budget Hotels In Dubai under AED 400 a night. What’s This “Trick” Called? Comment Down Below!! People Slammed By Massive Waves 4 10 INCREDIBLE Space Launch Failures! 8 MOST DANGEROUS RAINS of All Time | TOP 10 INTERESTING Real or Fake? Shark Attacks Helicoptercenter_img MANCHESTER CITY have been warned not to get on the wrong side of Karim Benzema after the Real Madrid star declared his intention to take up BOXING.The Citizens host the Spanish giants in the Champions League Round of 16 second leg on Friday, with Pep Guardiola’s side taking a 2-1 aggregate lead into the match.Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema has stated he could embark on a boxing career once he retires from footballCredit: AFP or licensorsAnd they know they will come up against an in-form Benzema, with the Frenchman enjoying another fruitful campaign under Zinedine Zidane.In 47 games in all appearances, the ex-Lyon marksman has found the back of the net on 26 occasions, while he has also provided 11 assists.And speaking ahead of the clash against City, the 32-year-old has revealed he is tempted to switch sports once he hangs up his boots.Benzema made his revelation in a YouTube chat with his kickboxer pal Fouad Ezbiri.He said: “I get a thrill out of combat sports, and I love to train. “Once my football career is over, why don’t I train with you for six months?“Then, if you think I am ready for a fight, there’s no problem as far as I’m concerned.“I swear to God, I’m up for it.”Benzema, 32, has spoke of his admiration for boxing legend Mike TysonCredit: AP:Associated PressBenzema also spoke of his admiration for heavyweight legend Mike Tyson.He added: “It’s his strength. I have always admired his presence, his determination and attitude.“Besides, he has come from nowhere.”Watch Sergio Ramos and Karim Benzema’s disallowed cheeky penalty routine Travel Diary // Vietnam 2017 Rebekah Vardy scores an impressive penalty in six-inch heels Source: Soccer – read more