On Republic Day, ‘cartoon war’ escalates between MNS and BJP

first_imgA cartoon made by Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief Raj Thackeray on Republic Day, showing Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Amit Shah hanging a woman named ‘republic’ from a fort, is an addition to the ‘cartoon war’ between the parties. As Mr. Thackeray shared the cartoon with the caption ‘Swatantrate na baghavate’ (can’t see her independent) on his official Facebook page on Saturday, the parties’ social media war escalated with certain pro-BJP groups sharing the same cartoon, but replacing the woman with Mr. Thackeray himself. They changed the caption to ‘Acchhe din na baghavate’ (can’t see good days) and labeled the rope ‘demonetisation’. This was shared on Facebook by many groups supporting the BJP and Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis.“Mr. Thackeray’s (cartoons) are leading the attack against the BJP and Mr. Modi creatively. These are liked not only by his supporters, but even by those who usually never agree with him such as Ambedkarites, socialists, Congress supporters. This is a real problem for the BJP and their online teams are trying to make fun of Mr. Thackeray to counter him,” Kirtikumar Shinde, author of the book Dagalbaj Raj, who defends the MNS chief’s politics on social media, said. Mr. Shinde claimed that Mr. Thackeray’s cartoons are visually so appealing to the masses that the BJP is left with no option but to ridicule him through paid trolls and paid posts. “How can anyone show a person hanging just because they do not agree with his creative opinion?” asked Mr. Shinde. BJP office bearers claimed that the cartoon showing Mr. Thackeray hanging has nothing to do with their party and is possibly a creation of the internet.Mr. Thackeray’s cartoon is inspired by his uncle Shiv Sena founder late Bal Thackeray’s old sketch in which Bharat Mata (Mother India) is being strangled by hands captioned ‘pre-planned riots’ and ‘problems in the north-eastern States’. This is not the first time that MNS and BJP have crossed swords over cartoons. Previously, the MNS chief’s cartoon over killing of tigress Avni too had irked the BJP, which responded with a political taunt, mocking him over his alleged neglecting of politics for love for cartoons.last_img read more

Historic triumph over Australia has given India edge for World T20: Suresh Raina

first_imgMiddle-order batsman Suresh Raina, who played a pivotal role in India’s 3-0 clean-sweep over Australia in the recent three-match T20 series, feels the triumph has given the side an “extra edge” going into next month’s World Twenty20 Championships. (India favourites at ICC World T20 2016 )Australia fielded a second string side against India with top players like Steve Smith, David Warner and James Faulkner playing only one of the three matches. Raina said irrespective of the strength of the opposition, India came out stronger from the series.”Whichever opposition you play, it was important for us to beat Australia on their home turf. Also since we beat them 3-0, we are now the No.1 ranked T20 team in the world. The win was a testimony that we prepared well. We will have an extra edge going into the World T20. Credit should be given to the captain and the support staff,” Raina said at the unveiling of the Rajkot IPL team ‘Gujarat Lions’ .His match-winning unbeaten 49 in the third T20 International came while batting at No 4 while he has mostly placed at No.3 for Chennai Super Kings during the eight seasons of the Indian Premier League.”Batting up the order in T20 is important as it helps you plan and execute your targets. I have played at No.3 for CSK but the team is almost set for the World T20s,” the UP left-hander stated.Raina believes that presence of him, Yuvraj Singh and Mahendra Singh Dhoni in the middle-order at No 5,6 and 7 gives the team required solidity to be able to play “fearless cricket”.advertisement”During the third ball of the last over, Yuvraj told me whatever happens, we have to run a single. Before that, he had already taken the pressure off with a four and a six. After I ran a two, he said he believed I could finish the match. So with me, Yuvraj and Dhoni in the middle-order, we have the required experience.”He also praised the likes of Hardik Pandya, Jasprit Bumrah who impressed during the T20 series.”It is not easy for youngsters to tour Australia in their first series. The youngsters showed required toughness and mental character and they should be lauded for their performance,” said Raina, who is one short of completing 50 T20 Internationals for the country.last_img read more

We need to respect ISL authorities decision: Jr Bachchan

first_imgMumbai, May 13 (PTI) The decision of the Indian Super Leagues regulatory commission to severely punish FC Goa for the unsavoury happenings, after it lost to Chennayin FC in the final of the second edition of ISL, should be respected by all, said the clubs co-owner Abhishek Bachchan today. “ISL has given its judgement and we will have to adhere by that. At the end of the day there is a governing body that takes care of these things. We have to listen to what they say and go with that,” said the Bollywood actor while talking to reporters during the Pro Kabaddi League (PKL)s player auctions here. The Junior Bachchan owns Jaipur Pink Panthers in PKL. “I just feel that at the end of the day its a sport, these things happen. Wherever theres an organised league there is also a regulatory committee and they also have the power to do and you have to adhere to what they finally decide. We respect the decision the committee had taken,” he added.In its judgement of May 5, the ISLs regulatory commission came down hard on FC Goa by docking the franchise 15 points in the next edition of the competition, imposed a fine of Rs 11 crore while debarring the clubs owners, Shrinivas Dempo and Dattaraj Salgaocar, for two and three years respectively.In the final order, FC Goa were found in breach of ISL regulations/code of conduct bringing disrepute to ISL, following the incidents on December 20 last, soon after the final in Goa.advertisementThe promotional body of ISL, Football Sports Development Ltd, has since then lodged an appeal with the ISL Appeals Panel against the 15-point deduction, as it felt the action of individual owners should not affect the fans of FC Goa, and all teams must compete on the field evenly. PTI SSR RSY AH ATlast_img read more

Alastair Cook, Stuart Broad receive special honour on Queen’s birthday

first_imgEngland cricket captain Alastair Cook led British sportsmen and women in the Queen’s birthday honors list on Friday.Cook was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) for his services to cricket, nearly five years after he became a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) for his performance in the 2010-11 Ashes.Last month, Cook became the youngest player at 31, and first Englishman, to reach 10,000 test runs. In the last year, Cook led England as it regained the Ashes and beat South Africa in South Africa, a defeat that cost it its No. 1 ranking.STUART BROAD, ALAN SHEARER ALSO HONOUREDCook’s team mate, fast bowler Stuart Broad, also received an MBE for his services to cricket.Nigel Owens received an MBE for services to sport, a day before the Welshman will become the world’s most capped rugby referee when he takes charge of his 71st test between Fiji and Tonga in Suva. Owens also officiated the Rugby World Cup final last October.Other MBEs were awarded to Jamie Murray, the younger brother of Andy, who helped Britain win the Davis Cup last year; Leon Smith, the coach of that Britain team; and Richard Driscoll, a doping control officer in the U.K. for 26 years.Recipients of the Officers of the Order of the British Empire included Claire Williams, the deputy team principal of Formula One’s Williams Martini Racing, and Dennis Gethin, the Welsh Rugby Union president.Also, former England and Newcastle football captain Alan Shearer, made an OBE in 2001, received a CBE for his charitable services.advertisementlast_img read more

IOWA RECEIVES FEDERAL DOLLARS TO IMPROVE VOTER CYBER SECURITY

first_imgThe State of Iowa is getting more than four-and-a-half million dollars from the federal government to help update the state’s voter registration system and improve cyber security.Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate says some of the money will help pay for mandatory training of county officials who conduct Iowa’s elections.Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/PATE.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC……..the technological one.” ;08Pate says 2003 was the last time the software for the state’s voter registration system was upgraded.While state legislators did set aside some money for updated software, it wasn’t enough to complete the project now.Pate says with this infusion of federal grant money, the work can be completed.Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/PATE2.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC……a big plus.” :05Pate says 60 percent of the federal “Help America Vote Act funds will go to Iowa counties.Some of the four-point-eight million dollars will be used to buy “curbside equipment” for disabled voters.Pate also plans to use some of the money to hire more staff in his office who will provide digital security assistance to counties.last_img read more

Men’s Open Team – 2019 World Cup

first_imgThe following players have been selected to represent Australia in the Men’s Open team at the 2019 Touch World Cup.The 2019 Touch World Cup will be held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia from 28th April – 4th May 2019.MEN’S OPEN TEAMJames BlackwoodStuart BriertyScott BuckleyScott BundyJustin CostelloShaun FrancisNick GoodDylan HennesseyMichael LawJordan Marshall-KingMadalitso MasachePeter NormanJonathan PalauAdam PrydeJames ShuteCiaran TonerCoach: Tony TradAsst Coach: Paul SfeirAsst Coach: Phil GyemoreManager: Paul FarahPhotography: Glen Eatonlast_img read more

Frontline Secures Financing for Eight Newbuildings

first_imgzoom Tanker owner and operator Frontline has secured a commitment for a senior secured term loan facility of up to USD 321.6 million in November to partially finance eight of its newbuildings.The company said that the loan, which will be provided by China Exim Bank and insured by China Export and Credit Insurance Corporation, matures in 2033.With an interest rate of LIBOR plus a margin and an amortization profile of 15 years, the loan will be secured by Frontline’s four Suezmax tankers and four LR2 tankers.The deal is subject to final documentation, according to the company.Including this facility, Frontline has secured bank financing in a total amount of up to USD 870 million to partially finance all of its 16 newbuilding contracts and four vessels that were delivered during the third quarter ended September 30, 2016.In the three-month period, the shipping firm saw its net income plunge to USD 5.4 million from USD 61.8 million reported in the same quarter a year earlier. The company’s total operating revenues for the quarter increased to USD 157.1 million from USD 107.4 million.During the first nine months of the year Frontline’s net income stood at USD 98.6 million, representing a slight increased from USD 96 million seen in the nine-month period in 2015, while its total operating revenues surged to USD 576 million from USD 304.9 million for the respective periods.“While the summer is typically a slower period in the tanker markets, seasonal weakness was more pronounced this year as supply disruptions, easing refinery margins and inventory drawdowns led to reduced oil flows and a slowdown in tanker demand,” Robert Hvide Macleod, Chief Executive Officer of Frontline Management AS, said.In October 2016, the company entered into an agreement with STX Offshore & Shipbuilding to terminate the contracts for four VLCC newbuildings due for delivery in 2017.The contracted price of these vessels was USD 364.3 million, of which the company has paid installments of USD 45.5 million. Following the contract terminations, Frontline has been released of any and all obligations relating to the contracts, and has received all installment payments made to STX, less a USD 0.5 million cancellation fee per vessel.last_img read more

Its Incredible Picnic Time in Nova Scotia

first_imgCelebrate and savour the flavours of local food with Nova Scotian producers and chefs at one of 12 Incredible Picnics hosted by communities during August and September. “We welcome all Nova Scotians to come out and celebrate with friends and family during our Select Nova Scotia local food celebrations,” said the Minister of Agriculture John MacDonell. The picnics showcase locally grown and produced items like fruits and vegetables, meats, cheeses, breads and beverages. People are encouraged to taste these delicious local foods from vendors as a picnic lunch and enjoy live entertainment and children’s activities. “When Nova Scotians purchase local foods, they contribute to a sustainable agriculture industry, which leads to economic growth, good jobs and strong communities,” said Mr. MacDonell. Together, the agriculture, fisheries and aquaculture industries contribute about $2 billion annually to the provincial economy and employ about eight per cent of the province’s workforce. The minister will kick off the first picnic at Harmony Park, Summerville, Hants County on Sunday, Aug. 7 from noon to 3 p.m. The other picnics are: Aug. 13, Dempsey Corner Orchards, Aylesford, Kings Co., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 14, Memorial Park, Kentville, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 21, Annapolis Royal Farmers Market, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Halifax Waterfront, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Chisholm Park, Antigonish, noon to 4 p.m. Wentworth Park, Sydney, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Muir Murray Estates Winery, Wolfville, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 24, Truro Farmers Market, 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Aug. 28, Noggins Corner Farm, Greenwich, Kings Co., 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Evan’s Family Farm Market, Wilmot, Annapolis Co., 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 11, Beacon Park, Yarmouth, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Select Nova Scotia was developed by the province to create partnerships with food producers, processors, retailers, food service and consumers and to promote the sale and consumption of Nova Scotia grown and produced food.For more information on the Incredible Picnics visit www.selectnovascotia.calast_img read more

ExUEFA chief Platini arrested in 2022 World Cup probe case

first_imgParis: The banned ex-UEFA chief Michel Platini was arrested on Tuesday in connection with a criminal investigation into the award of the 2022 World Cup to Qatar. The French football legend elected to lead European football’s governing body in 2007 was taken into custody by French anti-corruption police investigating the awarding of the 2022 World Cup to the gas-rich Gulf state. Qatar was named to host the World Cup in a decision that triggered controversy over its suitability amid allegations of corruption that ultimately sparked FIFA’s worst ever scandal five years later. Also Read – Djokovic heaps praise on ‘very complete’ MedvedevFrance’s Financial Crimes Prosecutors Office (PNF) opened a preliminary investigation in 2016 into allegations of corruption, conspiracy and influence peddling surrounding FIFA’s award of the World Cup to Qatar and also the 2018 tournament to Russia. According to Blatter, Qatar won hosting rights as a result of a deal with the French, derailing FIFA’s own “diplomatic arrangement” whereby hosting rights would go to Russia in 2018 and then to the United States four years later. Also Read – Mary Kom enters quarterfinals, Saweety Boora bows out of World C’shipsThe French investigation centres on alleged French intervention linked to Platini and former president Nicolas Sarkozy. According to the specialist magazine France Football, a “secret meeting” took place on November 23, 2010 at the Elysee Palace in Paris between Sarkozy, Qatar’s then-Prince (now Emir) Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani, and Platini, at that time both UEFA president and vice-president of FIFA. Just over a week later, FIFA awarded Qatar hosting rights for the 2022 tournament. Platini has made no secret of his support for Qatar but denies he was influenced by Sarkozy, whose advisor for sport, Sophie Dion, was also arrested along with Platini. “It was time to give them the World Cup. I am for that. It’s my conviction,” he said at the time. Claude Gueant, Sarkozy’s erstwhile chief of staff and former interior minister, was also called in for questioning Tuesday by France’s Anti-Corruption Office of the Judicial Police. The decision to award the event to Qatar ultimately led to a wider corruption probe that led to the overthrow of Blatter and Platini and the arrest of senior FIFA figures. Platini, 63, led UEFA until 2015 when he was banned from football for four years for ethics violations including receiving a two-million Swiss francs (1.8 million euros, 2 million) payment from the disgraced former head of FIFA Sepp Blatter. Qatar has been accused of buying votes in its bid to stage the World Cup and a subsequent report by US independent investigator Michael Garcia unearthed an array of suspect financial dealings, many linked to Sandro Rosell, the ex-Barcelona president who served as a consultant for Qatar. Platini, a triple Ballon d’Or winner, was expected to succeed Blatter as FIFA president in 2016 before his fall from grace. He has been battling to clear his name ever since.last_img read more

Second lobster boat torched amid tensions over Aboriginal fishery in Nova Scotia

first_imgSAULNIERVILLE, N.S. – A Nova Scotia fisherman whose boat was stolen and burned Monday says he believes it was targeted because he is Aboriginal, as tensions continue over the Indigenous fishery in the area.But Alex McDonald said he gets along well with non-Indigenous lobster fishermen in the area and doesn’t believe any of them are to blame.“I know the other fishermen so I don’t believe it was my fellow fishermen that fish beside me. For all the years that I’ve been fishing I haven’t had any problems with anybody. I fish the same licence that they fish,” he said Tuesday.McDonald said he thinks someone is trying to create trouble — noting that a dry-docked, non-Aboriginal fisherman’s boat was burned in Weymouth North last week.RCMP said Tuesday both fires appear to have been deliberately set and are asking the public to come forward with any information that could assist in their investigations.There have been tensions in the area recently over the Indigenous ceremonial and food fisheries, and last month two non-Aboriginal men were charged with threatening Indigenous fishermen online.“We don’t know if they are connected or not,” Premier Stephen McNeil said Tuesday when asked about whether the fires were related to the brewing problems in the fishery.McDonald said he went to the Comeauville wharf midday Monday to check on his boat, the Buck and Doe, but it was gone, and lines used to secure it to the wharf had been burned.He said he was called later in the day by Fisheries and Oceans, who said his boat was spotted burning in St. Mary’s Bay but sank before it could be towed to shore.“It’s pretty crazy, the thought of somebody taking your vessel and setting it aflame,” he said.“That’s my livelihood. I just rebuilt the transmission. It cost $7,300 three weeks ago.”In the case of the Weymouth fire, police said the initial investigation has determined someone put something in the engine hatch which caused the fire.Nova Scotia Justice Minister Mark Furey said Tuesday he’s aware of the boat arsons but says it’s too early to say if they were racially motivated.“It’s premature to draw any conclusions,” he said. “I’m confident that they (police) will complete a thorough investigation of these circumstances.”McNeil said the province has capacity for both the native and commercial fisheries, “but it means that everyone has to have an open conversation.”Asked if he was concerned the tensions could boil over into violence, McNeil replied: “I haven’t seen that.”Non-Indigenous fishermen have staged several protests outside fisheries offices in Digby, Tusket and Meteghan in recent weeks over claims that Aboriginal fishermen are taking unfair advantage of their right to continue fishing outside of the regular commercial season, which ended May 31.“I can’t see Aboriginal people depleting the stocks in any such way. It has no effect on the stocks. It never had,” said McDonald.McDonald said his boat was worth about $60,000 and he employed up to four deckhands during the winter months.He said if someone was trying to send a message, they picked the wrong person.“I don’t do a whole lot of food fishing for lobster in the summer time, so it shouldn’t affect me at all,” he said.In 1990, the Supreme Court of Canada issued the landmark Sparrow decision that found Indigenous Peoples have the right to fish for food, social and ceremonial purposes. The court also found that right takes priority over other uses for the resource, but conservation must be considered.However, federal regulations state that commercial sales from these fisheries are prohibited.Morley Knight, assistant deputy minister with the Department of Fisheries, told the CBC recently that there were “clear indications” of abuse in the Indigenous food, social and ceremonial fishery in St. Mary’s Bay and that officials were stepping up patrols of the area.Michael Sack, chief of the 2,500-member Sipekne’katik First Nation, has said some Mi’kmaq fishermen could be selling lobster on the side, but they are only exercising their right to earn a moderate living from the fishery as spelled out by the Supreme Court of Canada in its Marshall decision.The lobster business remains the most lucrative fishery in Canada, generating more than $2 billion in export sales in 2015 and again in 2016. The roughly 950 lobster licence holders in southwestern Nova Scotia work in the most profitable fishing grounds in the country.— By Kevin Bissett in Fredericton, with files from Keith Doucette in Halifax.last_img read more

Ten actors behind the lens at TIFF

first_img Twitter Facebook What they really wanted to do is direct. So they are.This year’s Toronto International Film Festival features a slew of directors who are better known for their work in front of the camera lens:1. Andy Serkis, Breathe: Andy Serkis’s face is less known than the faces of his many “motion capture” roles, as Gollum in the Lord of the Rings trilogy, as Caesar in the rebooted Planet of the Apes series, and as Supreme Leader Snoke in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. But Serkis got some experience as second unit director during the Hobbit films. He’s coming to the festival with Breathe, based on the true story of a British man paralyzed by polio who becomes an advocate for the disabled. 2. Simon Baker, Breath: The Aussie star has directed several episodes of his TV series The Mentalist. With Breath, he gets to direct himself once again, as a pro surfer who becomes an unlikely mentor to two teenage boys on the Australian coast in the 1970s. Now, couldn’t he and Serkis have coordinated their film titles so they wouldn’t be so confusing?3. Brie Larson, Unicorn Store: Winning an Oscar for playing a kidnapped mother in Room(2015) gave Larson some leverage, enough to helm and star in the fantasy/comedy Unicorn Store, starring Samuel L. Jackson and Joan Cusack. It’s her first feature directorial debut after making two short films. 4. Greta Gerwig, Lady Bird: The Frances Ha star has one previous credit under her belt, 2008’s Nights and Weekends, though it was a joint effort writing and directing with Joe Swanberg. This time, Gerwig is on her own, as writer and director of Lady Bird, starring Irish actress Saoirse Ronan. Login/Register With:center_img Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

Illegal printing press printing forged documents raided

The Police raided an illegal printing press printing forged documents in Ja-Ela and arrested one person.The Police Special Task Force conducted the raid and recovered over 50 fake rubber stamps and several forged official documents.

UN troops fan out in northeastern DR of Congo deploy to site

The spokesman, Fred Eckhard, said the 175 blue-helmeted soldiers had been deployed near a town in Ituri province where some 65 persons were massacred 6 October. Other troops would be assigned to three more areas in Ituri, he said, and still more soldiers would be stationed in other parts of Ituri at the end of November, pursuant to a Security Council resolution “to help to stabilize the security conditions and improve the humanitarian situation” in the province.The UN Organization Mission in the DRC (MONUC), meanwhile, said in a press release today that the head of the operation, William Lacy Swing, on Monday presided over an international planning meeting to discuss the upcoming elections in the country.Mr. Swing told the group, “Elections in the DRC will be the most complex and difficult the United Nations has ever witnessed in regard to the size of the country and the number of potential voters, around 23 millions,” the statement said. read more

Cuba UN rights office hopes release of political prisoners paves way for

According to media reports yesterday and overnight, at least nine political prisoners have been released by the Cuban authorities, reportedly as part of the recent US-Cuba agreement. “We understand that at least some of them may have been released conditionally, which means that they have to report to the authorities regularly,” Rupert Colville, spokesperson for the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) said at a Geneva briefing. “We do not know what other conditions may have been imposed for their release. As far as we are aware, the Cuban authorities have not made any statements with regard to these releases, so the details are not yet clear,” he added. OHCHR has been particularly concerned about Cuba’s recent short-term detention of political opponents, human rights activists and members of civil society. Over the past four years, the Office received numerous reports of such detentions, without warrants, especially in advance of certain meetings and events, apparently in order to prevent specific people from participating. “These detentions can last a few hours, a few days and sometimes longer, and then people are usually released without charges,” Mr. Colville said, adding that a number of UN rights experts have engaged with the Cuban authorities on this issue. “We urge the authorities to stop this practice, which clearly impinges on individuals’ human rights and appears to be little more than a form of intimidation or harassment,” Mr. Colville said. The latest such detention occurred on 30 December 2014 when, according to media reports, dozens of people were arrested before they could participate in a performance at the Plaza de la Revolución in Havana by Tania Bruguera, a well-known Cuban artist. The protest had not been authorized by the authorities. Ms. Bruguera and others were subsequently released, but she was detained on two further occasions over the following days and finally released last Friday. Sources in Cuba have put the number of these detentions to well over 8,000 in 2014 alone, although we have not been able to verify the number independently, he added. read more

Brock student researcher gives seniors tech lesson

A therapy traditionally used to aid children with autism spectrum disorder has instead been applied by a Brock graduate student to introduce seniors to technology.Jacqueline Pachis, who graduated in June from Applied Disability Studies with her Master of Arts degree, devoted her thesis research to using the principles of applied behaviour analysis (ABA) to help older adults in retirement homes learn to use technology to connect with friends and family.The older adult population, she said, is under-researched when it comes to the use of ABA.Recent Brock graduate Jacqueline Pachis devoted her thesis research to using the principles of applied behaviour analysis to help older adults in retirement homes learn to use technology to connect with friends and family.Pachis hoped to address a common misconception in her field — that ABA can only be used to aid individuals with autism spectrum disorder or other intellectual and developmental disabilities.To conduct her study, Pachis used iPads, purchased with funds granted by Brock’s Council for Research in the Social Sciences (CRISS), to teach three older adults living in a retirement home how to use FaceTime, YouTube and e-mail.“These apps were particularly relevant and useful to learn, as they have the potential to enhance social interaction and communication with family and friends,” Pachis said. “They also provide a source of entertainment, which may help improve quality of life.”Comparing methods of instruction was another important component of the project. Pachis offered participants both written instructions and video demonstrations.While all three senior participants were more accustomed to following text-based instructions, two soon found that they preferred to learn by video prompting. The third felt the video moved too quickly, whereas the text allowed for self-paced instruction.All three participants embraced the technology. Those who didn’t already own tablets purchased new ones after the study was completed, and planned to continue using their favourite new apps.“All the participants were really fascinated with FaceTime. At first, they couldn’t believe that you could talk to and see the person through the screen in real time,” Pachis said. “They also really enjoyed listening to music — mainly Elvis Presley — and watching video clips of classic movies on YouTube.”Pachis shared her findings at the 43rd annual convention for the Association for Behavior Analysis International held in May in Colorado. She was honoured with the Senior Student Presenter Award from the Society for the Advancement of Behavior Analysis.Her thesis was also recently accepted for publication in the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis. The full text is available online through Brock’s digital repository.Although she doesn’t have plans to pursue the research any further at present, Pachis does hope that her work inspires others in the field of ABA to conduct research with older adult populations.“I also hope that the results from my study encourages other older adults to learn to use tablets and related technologies, perhaps with the help of family members or staff at retirement residences, for both communication and leisure purposes.”Her thesis supervisor, Kimberley Zonneveld, agreed there is great potential in Pachis’ findings.“Jacqueline’s work was in a very specific area in behavior analysis, one that is highly under-researched,” the assistant professor in Applied Disabilities Studies said. “It is our hope that her study will spark future research in this area to help the growing aging population improve the quality of their lives.” read more

Johns 7 3s lead Drexel past Loyola Md 9586

PHILADELPHIA — Trevor John hit 7 of 9 3-pointers for a career-high 21 points and hot-shooting Drexel defeated Loyola-Maryland 95-86 on Wednesday night.Alihan Demir led the Dragons (5-4) with 24 points but it was John, a graduate transfer from Cal Poly that had never scored more than 10 points for the Mustangs, who stole the show.John entered the game 30 of 66 from 3-point range, including an 8 of 10 game, and upped his season per cent to 49 and his scoring average to 13.9.Troy Harper went 5 of 7 from the field, making both his 3s, and 7 of 8 from the foul line for 19 points for the Dragons.Andrew Kostecka scored 16 points for the Greyhounds (3-6), who shot 18 of 27 with 6 of 11 3-pointers to lead 48-43 at the half. Led by John’s 4 for 4, Drexel was 5 of 6 from distance and shot 16 of 24 overall in the second half to rally for the win.The Associated Press read more

Deadly diets Which foods take the heaviest toll

The research looked at 195 countries around the world. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. The countries with the lowest rates of diet-related deaths included Israel, France, Spain, Japan, and Andorra. Those with the highest rates included Uzbekistan, Afghanistan, Marshall Islands, Papua New Guinea, and Vanuatu.Tracy Parker, senior dietitian at the British Heart Foundation, said: “This study confirms the sad truth that poor diet is responsible for more deaths than any other risk factor in the world.“It is especially concerning to see that so many deaths in the UK could be avoided by tackling obesity, poor diet and physical inactivity. Unhealthy diet causes one in seven deaths in Britain every year, a Lancet study suggests.The research found lack of fruit and fibre is taking the heaviest toll, fuelling conditions such as cancer, heart disease and diabetes.The study by the University of Washington identified lack of wholegrain, nuts and fruits as the worst elements of the British diet.Too much salt was the fourth biggest dietary risk factor, followed by too little vegetables.And the study found that fizzy drinks and processed meats such as ham and bacon were only minor contributors to Britain’s death toll.In total, poor diet was found to be responsible for 90,000 deaths in the UK a year – around one seventh of the 607,000 fatalities annually.In Britain, bad eating habits cost almost as many lives as smoking the study found.Researcher Dr Christopher Murray, from the University of Washington, said: “This study affirms what many have thought for several years – that poor diet is responsible for more deaths than any other risk factor in the world.“Our assessment suggests the leading dietary risk factors are high intake of sodium, or low intake of healthy foods, such as whole grains, fruit, nuts and seeds, and vegetables.” “UK guidelines advise that we should be eating plenty of fruit and vegetables as well as beans, lentils, fish and wholegrains. Cutting down on foods high in salt, sugar, saturated fat and calories will also lower the risk of becoming obese and help prevent high cholesterol and blood pressure and type 2 diabetes; all known risk factors for heart and circulatory disease.Dr Anna Diaz Font, from the World Cancer Research Fund, said: “This study is very important as it demonstrates the major role that diet plays in the health of individuals and populations.”“Our own research shows that having a poor diet increases the risk of cancer as well as overweight and obesity; further increasing the risk of 12 different types of cancer.”Its experts recommend limiting alcohol consumption, red and processed meat and making fruit and vegetables a major part of the daily diet.Dr Oyinlola Oyebode, Associate Professor at Warwick Medical School, said: “This high-quality research examines dietary patterns across the globe and linking these to data on death and illness to determine what might be the most important dietary factors in the development of disease in the countries studied.“It is important to note that the authors linked the dietary factors to death and disease based on data from observational studies, which they mention as a limitation in the paper and the press release.” The UK had the 23rd lowest mortality due to diet, with 127 deaths per 100,000 people in 2017.This compared to 73rd place in 1990, when bad eating habits killed 345 per 100,000 Britons.Globally, unhealthy eating was responsible for more than one in five deaths in 2017, fuelling 10.9 million adult deaths.This was more than any other risk factor including smoking – which was associated with 8 million deaths, and high blood pressure, linked to 10.4 million deaths.Cardiovascular disease – such as strokes and heart attacks – was the biggest contributor followed by cancers and type 2 diabetes.More than 130 scientists from nearly 40 countries contributed the study, funded by the  Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, in the most comprehensive analysis of its kind. read more

Child dead and man arrested on Taylor murder

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppKiev, Ukraine – October 17, 2012 – A logotype collection of well-known social media brand’s printed on paper. Include Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, Google Plus, Instagram, Vimeo, Flickr, Myspace, Tumblr, Livejournal, Foursquare and more other logos.Providenciales, 30 Sept 2015 – The body of a five-year-old boy was found last night by his father in Bottle Creek, North Caicos and police are investigating the possible cause of the child’s death. The father is talking a little and says his son, a student of Adelaide Ohmler Primary School came home from school, took a nap but never woke up. In other Police news: It is not true that rumor about a murderous stabbing in Five Cays on Monday night. Press Officer, Audley Astwood said these social media rumors are damaging to public peace of mind and called for them to stop. Police did check out the matter and found the man, who was supposedly stabbed to death by his wife, at his home alive and watching television. In the murder case of 25-year-old Raymano Taylor, it was confirmed that a man, of Dock Yard where the killing happened was indeed arrested for the crime. Press Liaison, Astwood also characterized the posting of crime scene photos of the dead body of young Taylor, to the Internet as heartless. Recommended for you Further investigation warranted in death of Provo man Murdered father of two, shot in the head Related Items:Adelaide Oemler Primary School, audley astwood, bottle creek, child, dead, raymano taylor Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp No medical report yet in Capron deathlast_img read more

Heungmin feels connected to the Spurs fans

first_imgThe South Korean footballer is happy after more than 70,000 fans were part of the historic win 3-0 against Borussia Dortmund.Last week, Tottenham Hotspur and Son Heung-min defeated German Bundesliga side Borussia Dortmund 3-0 at Wembley Stadium.And the more than 70,000 fans that were there to support the English Premier League team went home happy.Who is also happy is South Korea superstar Son Heung-min, who has talked to the team’s official website to praise the club’s supporters.Son Heung-min started his professional career in 2010 with Hamburger in the German Bundesliga.He quickly rose in the squad and in 2013 he was bought by Baker Leverkusen, where he spent two years.It was in 2015 when he moved to England, where he has played 172 matches for his team, scoring 63 goals.“Our fans support us with heart,” he started saying.“I respect them and I support them as well.”Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“Even when I don’t play well, I try to pay them back as much as possible, try to work as hard as possible, this is most important,” he continued.“It’s about winning and losing, but we have to show people respect as well.”“This is what I try to do. I don’t know if I’m always doing well, but I always try my best, especially for the people around me and the fans as well,” the footballer concluded.The team will now play against Burnley on Saturday, then will visit Chelsea in the middle of the week and then host Arsenal on March 2nd.The second leg of the Champions League Round of 16 series will be played on March 5th, as they visit the Signal Iduna Park with a 3-0 advantage over the German club.🇸🇬 Singapore and Shanghai in July! 🇨🇳Click below for more on #SpursTour2019. 👇— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) February 19, 2019last_img read more

Bark dust fire damages northeast Hazel Dell house

first_imgFirefighters doused a bark dust fire that spread Friday afternoon to a house in northeast Hazel Dell.The fire apparently started in the bark dust underneath a play structure near the back of the house at 8704 N.E. 23rd Court, according to Sarah Mitchelson, Fire District 6 spokeswoman. The fire, reported at 1:41 p.m., moved along the dry grass in the backyard and caught the backside of the house on fire.No one was home when the fire started, Mitchelson said. District 6 and Vancouver firefighters quickly extinguished the flames, preventing serious damage to the inside of the house. The play structure was destroyed, and decks on the first and second floors were damaged, along with outside paneling. There was minimal damage inside the house, Mitchelson said.Traffic in the area was disrupted while firefighters were at the property. According to Clark County property records, the home is owned by Yuriy and Mariya Surma.The Clark County Fire Marshal’s Office is investigating the cause of the fire.last_img read more