first_imgBy Kacy Mixon, M.S., LMFT[Flickr, Melissa and Dan by Rachel Adams, CC BY-ND 2.0] Retrieved on September 17, 2015Many of our previous posts have discussed the stressors and risk factors associated with military couples. It is well known that military operations in Afghanistan and Iraq have prompted lengthy deployments as over 2 million US military service members deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan after the September 11, 2001 attacks and 173 thousand military personnel were still stationed overseas as of December 31, 2012. These prolonged separations can have adverse effects on relationships as many military couples suffer from the loss of their loved ones’ affection, companionship, support, co-parenting, and so on. Furthermore, stressors experienced by military couples tend to place them at risk for other relationship struggles such as infidelity and mental health issues. Today we highlight recent studies that look at how military couples are faring compared to civilian couples, despite their increased vulnerability. Couple Communication:A recent study explored couples’ perceptions of their everyday discussions, perceived stress within the relationship, and topics that couple’s avoid [1]. The researchers found that of the 118 military couples and 94 non-military couples surveyed, military couples placed more importance on everyday interactions and talk than their civilian couple counterparts. Furthermore, the types of topics that both military and civilian couples avoid were found to be similar (i.e. prior dating experiences, negative behaviors within the relationship, and topics that cause conflict), however, it was civilian couples in the study who avoided these topics more frequently. Findings also revealed that communication patterns influenced how much stress military couples reported.Marital Status:Another study [2], analyzed military personnel records from male active duty service members between 1995-2005 and compared them to data from the 1998-2005 Current Population Surveys to explore the marital status of military and civilian men. In their attempt to ensure an accurate comparison, the researchers matched participant data from each group (military and civilian) in racial/ethnic composition, employment status, and educational level. Findings revealed that service members are more likely to be married when compared to civilians. Divorce, however, was not found to be more likely for military service members when compared to their civilian counterparts.Relationship Transitions:Other studies have explored stressful transitions within military (e.g. post-deployment, diagnosis of mental health issues) and civilian (e.g. infertility, diagnosis of terminal illness) couples that impact relationship dynamics. Findings suggest that transitions within a relationship can disrupt communication patterns leading to less openness, indirectness, and withdrawal within the relationship [3]. In addition, relationship transitions have been associated with more aggressive communications styles and increased criticism between partners [3]. In one study [3], 220 military service members experiencing post-deployment transitions were surveyed. Findings revealed that relationship uncertainty and interference (or when partners impede on each other’s goals) predicts whether couples engage in open or aggressive patterns of communication. Professionals working with military couples can be instrumental in promoting strength and resilience in those with whom they work. Having an awareness of the latest research that examines unique struggles and strengths of military couples allows for professionals to examine current practices used and tailor them to meet the unique needs of military couples they serve.References[1] Frisby, B., Byrnes, K., Mansson, D., Booth-Butterfield, M., & Birmingham, M. (2011). Topic avoidance, everyday talk, and stress in romantic military and non-military couples. Communication Studies, 62(3), 241-257.[2] Karney, B., Loughran, D., & Pollard, M. (2012). Comparing marital status and divorce status in civilian and military populations. Journal of Family Issues, 33(12), 1572-1594.[3] Theiss, J., & Knobloch, L. (2013). A relationship model of military service members’ relational communication during reintegration. Journal of Communication, 63, 1-21. This post was written by Kacy Mixon, M.S., LMFT, Social Media Specialist. She is a member of the MFLN Family Development (FD) team which aims to support the development of professionals working with military families. Find out more about the Military Families Learning Network FD concentration on our website, on Facebook, on Twitter, YouTube, and on LinkedIn.last_img read more

first_imgPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Defending champ gone: Maria Sharapova ousts Caroline Wozniacki in Australia Still, he said it was an “amazing” feeling to play in front of so many friends and relatives.“I wish I could have played a little bit better,” Giles said. “They’ve seen me hoop before so they know, but just personally you always want to do good.”WILLIAMS ON WILLIAMSNorth Carolina Tar Heels coach Roy Williams made a surprise visit to see former Tar Heels player Marvin Williams play, something he tends to do at least once per season.“The funny thing is you never know when he’s going to pop up,” Marvin Williams said. “I’ve been in the league 14 years now and coach Williams has found a way to make it to a game every year. It’s unbelievable. And I know he does that for a lot of his former players — it’s bigger than basketball for him.”UP NEXTKings: Visit the Pistons on Saturday night.Hornets: Host the Suns on Saturday. “The second unit played well and got us back in the game,” Parker said. “But we have to have more consistency and keep it going now.”The Hornets entered the game looking to make up ground in the East after a 2-4 West Coast trip.After falling behind by 13 early, Charlotte outscored Sacramento 43-25 in the second quarter to take control and never trailed again, leading by as many as 20 early in the fourth quarter. Kidd-Gilchrist brought energy in the second quarter, scoring with 13 points before the break — most of those coming in transition after solid defensive play.In all, the Hornets scored 24 points off 16 Kings turnovers.“To score 43 points, it speaks to our defense there. That’s really how we were scoring,” Borrego said. “We were getting stops and steals.”TIP-INSKings: Buddy Hield led the Kings with 24 points. … Were outscored 52-38 in the paint despite being the Hornets being without center Cody Zeller.Hornets: Carolina Panthers All-Pro linebacker Luke Kuechly and former teammate Thomas Davis took in the game from courtside seats. … Center Frank Kaminsky did not play, even with Zeller out.GILES’ RETURNNorth Carolina native Harry Giles capped a frustrating night by fouling out with 1:20 left in the game. He finished with one point after missing all three shots from the field and going 1 of 4 from the foul line. LATEST STORIES TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextcenter_img LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss The defense and bench play go hand-in-hand for Charlotte.Borrego has been substituting more frequently of late and going deeper into his bench in an effort to save energy for defense.“We want them to be fresh out there to give us all they have defensively,” Borrego said.While the first-year coach knows that may cost the Hornets some points on the offensive end, he said it’s “worth the payoff on defense.”Veteran guard Tony Parker agreed, saying if the Hornets want to make a playoff run — they are currently eighth in the Eastern Conference standings — they have to do it with defensive energy and consistently strong play off the bench.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte “That’s the message right now,” Borrego said. “If we come out and defend with energy, physicality and disruption, we have a shot against anyone.”Kemba Walker scored 23 points, surpassing 11,000 for his career, and the Hornets set the tone with a strong defensive effort in the second quarter and powered their way to a 114-95 win Thursday night over the Sacramento Kings.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsMiles Bridges and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist each had 15 points off the bench and reserve center Willy Hernangomez added 11 points and 16 rebounds for the Hornets. Charlotte’s reserves outscored Sacramento’s 60-44 and outrebounded them 25-17 as the Kings’ three-game winning streak ended. That run included a win over Charlotte in Sacramento on Saturday.“Their role players struggled a little bit at our place, our role players struggled a little bit here,” Kings coach Dave Joerger said. “That’s generally what happens — role players play better at home. We’re playing a lot of young guys at the same time, so it’s going to take a little while to figure out.” LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño Charlotte Hornets’ Willy Hernangomez gestures after making a 3-point basket against the Sacramento Kings during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Charlotte, N.C., Thursday, Jan. 17, 2019. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)CHARLOTTE, N.C— Coach James Borrego says the Charlotte Hornets can beat any team in the NBA if they bring defensive intensity.The challenge is getting that effort every game.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

first_imgINDIANAPOLIS — Florida State’s Jameis Winston showed there’s nothing wrong with his throwing shoulder.On Feb. 21 in Indianapolis, he threw with zip and accuracy — posting the most impressive performance in a six-quarterback group that included Heisman Trophy winner Marcus Mariota. Winston, the 2013 Heisman winner, and Mariota are presumed to be vying to go No. 1 in the April draft.“I think he throws an extremely catchable ball. Has all the arm strength you want, but he makes it easy for the receiver based on the route,” NFL Network draft analyst Mike Mayock said. “He understands that, he gets it.”The workouts came one day after ESPN reported doctors were rechecking Winston’s throwing shoulder for weakness, and the best news of all may have been that Winston said his right arm felt great.He didn’t even ice the arm following the workout.“I actually feel good,” Winston told NFL Network following the workout. “The thing is they actually (put a) shot in my shoulder and made it sore a little bit. I was like ‘You all tried to do that. I’ve done had this shoulder my whole life and you’re going to make it sore.’”Most of the quarterbacks, running backs and receivers spoke to the media Feb. 19. Winston came in because of the longer-than-expected medical exam. Players are not usually available to most media members following drills.Mariota threw well, too, but wasn’t quite as accurate as Winston.The Oregon quarterback had the fastest 40-yard dash time among all 15 quarterbacks, 4.52 seconds, and finished ahead of Winston in the vertical jump (36 inches to 28.5) and the broad jump (10-1 to 8-7).But he didn’t get quite the same endorsement from Mayock.“You can see how athletic he is and you can see that translate to his drop backs now, a sense of urgency with his feet,” Mayock said.“I know he will be able to adapt to being able to get under center. It’s the pocket awareness part you can’t see out here. Physically, he’s able to do all the things they ask him.”Mariota said he did chat informally with former Oregon coach Chip Kelly, who is now with the Eagles.By mid-afternoon Feb. 21, Mariota said he had not had any formal meetings with Philadelphia, who are believed to have interest in Mariota and may be willing to trade up in the draft to get him.Winston didn’t just look healthy, he appeared to be at ease on the Lucas Oil Stadium turf.After completing the workout, Winston traded high-fives with other competitors and the six quarterbacks in the group photo got together for a photo on the field.Winston did struggle in the 40, clocking a surprisingly slow 4.97 and 4.99 on his two tries. That was barely ahead of the fastest offensive lineman, 307-pound Ali Marpet, who ran 4.98.“The interviews for me were enjoyable because I was able to show some of the knowledge that I learned at Oregon,” Mariota said, adding that Kelly made no promise of making a move to get him.Alabama-Birmingham receiver J.J. Nelson had the fastest overall 40, a 4.28, falling just short of Chris Johnson’s combine record of 4.24.Miami’s Phillip Dorsett was next at 4.33. West Virginia receiver Kevin White certainly helped his case by running a 4.35, while Alabama’s Amari Cooper was clocked at 4.42.Heisman Trophy finalist Melvin Gordon had the fifth-fastest time among running backs at 4.52. Michigan State’s Jeremy Langford was No. 1 at 4.42.(MICHAEL MAROT, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

first_imgUnited States Gulati’s No. 2 Cordeiro to run for U.S. Soccer president Thomas Floyd @thomasfloyd10 05:51 11/2/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Carlos Cordeiro USA Sascha Steinbach United States United States The federation vice president has confirmed his plans to contest his longtime colleague for the top job in February U.S. Soccer vice president Carlos Cordeiro has confirmed plans to run against longtime colleague Sunil Gulati for federation president.The former Goldman Sachs partner outlined his vision in a letter to potential voters Wednesday, calling to host the 2027 Women’s World Cup in addition to the bid to co-host the men’s tournament in 2026.Cordeiro joins Steven Gans, Eric Wynalda and Paul Lapointe in announcing his candidacy for president, with Landon Donovan reportedly considering a run as well. Gulati, who has served as U.S. Soccer president since 2006, has indicated he plans to run for a final four-year term in February’s election. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player “U.S. Soccer has achieved a lot over the last 25 or 30 years, but I think we’ve hit a plateau,” Cordeiro told ESPN.”To use a business phrase, this is a growth story. We have the best set of demographics in this country. We have a wealthy country, a country with a strong corporate base for sponsors and an amazingly strong fan base. We simply need to aim higher than we have been.”Cordeiro has proposed increasing U.S. Soccer’s budget from roughly $100 million annually to $500 million by 2027, and he wants to separate the business and technical sides of the federation by creating a general manager position that would be responsible for hiring national team coaches.Gulati has come under fire in recent weeks after the U.S. men’s national team failed to qualify for the 2018 World Cup. Having run unopposed the previous three cycles, Gulati finds himself facing his first contested election for the federation presidency.”This is not about Sunil,” Cordeiro said. “I’ve decided to take the plunge here because I think it’s about the federation and how I fit into that. Sunil has been a friend and I very much hope he will continue to be a friend.”last_img read more

first_imgOhio State's players walking onto the field.COLUMBUS, OH – NOVEMBER 03: A general view as the Ohio State Buckeyes enters the field before the game against the Wisconsin Badgers on November 3, 2007 at Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio. Ohio State defeated Wisconsin 38-17. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)Ohio State didn’t take very long to decide on a replacement for Urban Meyer, as the Buckeyes are making offensive coordinator Ryan Day their new head coach.Day, 39, was Ohio State’s interim head coach at the start of the 2018 season while Meyer served his suspension.The Chip Kelly protege has reportedly received multiple head coaching offers in recent seasons, but opted to remain at Ohio State.College football insider Bruce Feldman reports that Ohio State has already agreed to a new contract with Day.“SOURCE: New #OhioState head coach Ryan Day has agreed to a five-year contract with the Buckeyes,” he reports.SOURCE: New #OhioState head coach Ryan Day has agreed to a five-year contract with the Buckeyes.— Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) December 4, 2018ESPN.com had some details on Day’s career earlier today:Day, 39, has had a 15-year coaching career in college football and the NFL but has never been a full-time head coach. He joined Ohio State’s staff in 2017 after stops at Temple (twice), Boston College (twice), the Philadelphia Eagles and San Francisco 49ers.He played quarterback at the University of New Hampshire from 1997 to 2001 for Chip Kelly, who was the offensive coordinator at the time. He then started his coaching career at New Hampshire in 2002 as the tight ends coach and eventually landed at Florida, where he was a grad assistant for Meyer. When Kelly became the Philadelphia Eagles’ head coach in 2015, he picked Day as his OC. Day then followed Kelly to the San Francisco 49ers in 2016.Day will officially take over the Ohio State football program on January 2. The Buckeyes are set to play Washington in the Rose Bowl on New Year’s Day.Ohio State is set to hold a press conference at 2 p.m. E.T.last_img read more

first_imgMumbai: Raising alarm over EVMs ahead of the Maharashtra Assembly polls, key opposition parties on Friday pitched for reverting to the use of ballot papers and announced a protest march on August 21 over the issue.A clutch of opposition leaders, key among them state Congress chief Balasaheb Thorat, MNS president Raj Thackeray and NCP’s Ajit Pawar, held a joint press conference here over the EVM issue. They termed the April-May Lok Sabha polls results as “shocking” as they expressed concern over the use of Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) in unison. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’Speaking in Wardha, Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis asked opposition parties to “introspect” why they have lost the people’s trust instead of finding fault with EVMs. Seeking to develop a groundswell on the issue, the opposition leaders said they would reach out to the people and get filled forms, saying they want ballot papers back. Thackeray also stated that the BJP and the Shiv Sena, too, should join the August 21 march, which he added, will not have flag of any particular party. The BJP had swept the Lok Sabha polls held in April- May this year, winning 303 seats. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KIn Maharashtra, the BJP won 23 seats, while its ally Shiv Sena bagged 18 out of the total 48 in the state. The Congress won 52 Lok Sabha seats across the country, including one in Maharashtra. The Sharad Pawar-led NCP emerged victorious in 5 seats, including 4 in the state. “Doubts are being raised over the use of EVMs. Such things should not happen in a democracy. Various parties and organisations have expressed concerns over the use of the machines,” Pawar told reporters here. “We urge the people to flag the demand of holding the election using ballot papers,” Pawar, a former minister, said. “People have doubts about EVMs, VVPAT as the elections are nearing. We do not distrust anyone, but the elections must be held in a transparent manner,” Pawar said. Thackeray, who has been at the forefront of the anti- EVM campaign by political parties, said the Lok Sabha poll results had “shocked all — those who won and lost”. “People in the US had raised suspicions over Donald Trump’s election as the President of that country. The chips installed in the EVMs used here come from the US…Using ballot papers will instill trust among people on the poll process,” Thackeray said as he favoured doing away with the use of EVMs. Thackeray, who campaigned against the BJP though his party did not contest the Lok Sabha polls, said all the opposition parties would reach out to the people getting filled forms, saying they want to revert to ballot papers. “These forms will be submitted to the poll panel on August 21,” he added. Asked about the BJP pointing towards its loss in Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh in the 2018 Assembly polls despite the use of EVMs as it counterd the opposition’s machine-related allegations, Thackeray accused the ruling part of “creating an illusion”. Thackeray alleged the BJP’s target was to retain power at the Centre and not in these states.last_img read more

first_imgOTTAWA – Scroll through Ontario’s online cannabis shop and you’ll see strains of marijuana called Banana Split and Tangerine Dream.There are others with the far-out monikers Dreamweaver, Super Sonic and Pink Kush.The names appear on packages even though the federal Cannabis Act is meant to discourage kids from using pot by prohibiting products that appeal to youth.The law also forbids packaging or labelling cannabis in a way that is attractive to the demographic.Thierry Belair, a spokesman for Health Minister Ginette Petitpas Taylor, said the department will continue to monitor the market and enforce the rules on a case-by-case basis now that recreational cannabis use is legal.“The law clearly prohibits promotions that associate cannabis with a particular way of life such as glamour, recreation, excitement or vitality, and that includes cannabis strains descriptions,” said Belair.The government expects all participants, including provinces, territories and those in the cannabis industry, to follow the law, he added.It means that not every bit of branding will necessarily stick, because if someone complains about a name Health Canada could ask the licensed producer to change it.But for now the names are not sitting will with Conservative health critic Marilyn Gladu.Gladu says the Liberal government needs to do more to ensure cannabis products available online are not enticing to kids.“The sprit of the regulation was that they did not want the packaging in any way to be attractive to young people,” she said.“The government keeps saying they wanted to keep this out of the hands of youth.”David Hammond, a professor in the school of public health at the University of Waterloo, said dessert-oriented names like Banana Split are going to appeal to young people.“There are so many different options out there for describing your brand,” he said. “Surely the industry is more creative that they don’t need to either skirt or cross the boundaries for things like naming it with dessert names.”last_img read more

“In the midst of the most serious economic downturn since the Great Depression, we now have the opportunity and the responsibility to search for solutions that take into account the interests of all nations, the rich and the poor, the large and the small,” Assembly President Miguel D’Escoto stated after the 192-member body adopted a resolution on the 1 to 3 June summit. Mr. D’Escoto has been tasked with organizing the UN Conference on the World Financial and Economic Crisis and its Impact on Development, which was called for by participants at a financing for development meeting held in Qatar in late 2008.Last month, he travelled to a number of countries to build support for participation at the highest level in the June meeting, and he plans to visit several more in the weeks ahead.“In agreeing to hold this United Nations conference at the highest level, Member States are recognizing the vital importance of assuring that all nations have an opportunity to participate equally and fully in the common search for solutions that meet the concerns and needs of all countries, large and small,” said Mr. D’Escoto.He stressed that, in this effort, it is vital to draw on “technical expertise and practical wisdom” from all over the world, and from countries at every stage of development, as well as from international organizations, academia, private sector organizations, and civil society.In addition to the impact of the crisis on development, the conference will also focus on ongoing discussions on reforming and strengthening the international financial and economic system and architecture.A Commission of Experts appointed by Mr. D’Escoto and chaired by Nobel Laureate Joseph Stiglitz has stated that international finance structures must be drastically overhauled in the face of the current global economic crisis. The panel, as well as the meeting later this month of the Economic and Social Council with the World Bank, International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Trade Organisation (WTO), are expected to contribute to the preparations for the June summit. Mr. D’Escoto will likely circulate a draft outcome text for the summit for negotiation in early May. 7 April 2009The United Nations will convene a global summit in June to assess the impact of the world economic crisis on development, it was announced today, after the General Assembly agreed on the arrangements for the conference. read more

VANCOUVER — BC Hydro confirms it has had a change in leadership, but few details have been released.A Hydro spokeswoman says its president and chief executive officer Jessica McDonald is no longer with the company — a decision the provincial government says would have been made by the corporation’s board of directors.Chris O’Riley, who was BC Hydro’s deputy CEO, has now been appointed president in McDonald’s place, but he is not filling the role of chief executive officer.The spokeswoman wouldn’t comment on who would be appointed into the CEO position, saying more information is expected to be released next week.The change comes days after the New Democrat government announced Kenneth Peterson is the new chairman for the Crown utility, replacing Brad Bennett who was a key player in former Liberal premier Christy Clark’s re-election campaign.Before being sworn in this week, Premier John Horgan had pledged to refer BC Hydro’s controversial Site C hydroelectric dam project to the B.C. Utilities Commission to determine if it is economic viable. read more

Quick acting Norfolk OPP officers saved the lives of two Norfolk men on Monday by administering naloxone.On March 25 around 6:30 p.m., police received a call to an address in Simcoe for a 28-year-old man in medical distress.Officers arrived and identified that the male was suffering from what appeared to be an opioid overdose. An officer administered naloxone and revived the unconscious male.The man regained consciousness and was transported to a local hospital.About an hour later, police received a call to attend another address in Simcoe this time for a 37-year-old male  in medical distress.Officers arrived and located the homeowner conducting chest compressions on an unconscious man. An officer immediately administered about three doses of naloxone and revived the male who was then transported to a local hospital by ambulance. read more

Elio Alonso Vasquez is just one month shy of finishing high school. The 19-year-old grew up in one of Latin American’s most vibrant cities, Arequipa, Peru, which is inscribed on the World Heritage List of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).  Currently a student in Norway, Alonso is one of the youngest recipients of awards handed out this week in Istanbul during the tenth session of the UN Forum on Forests (UNFF10). His film, entitled “Feel Like a Mountain,” tells the story of how he came to appreciate the qualities of the forests, and in particular how important they are to the indigenous peoples in Peru. “The aim of this film was to encourage young people back home to think about this issue, to react and to do something,” said Alonso, who admitted to never even liking documentaries before making the film. “I hated documentaries. I thought they were really, really boring,” he told the UN News Centre. It wasn’t until he moved to Norway that Alonso – who went from living in a city of nine million to a small village of several hundred – visited a forest for the first time. It was from there that he drew his inspiration. “After being near the forest, I looked back and thought about all the years that I lived in Peru and I didn’t care about the forest,” he said. “And I see that there’s a lot of indigenous people that are not protected and a lot of young people that just don’t care.” Photo: Elio Alonso Vasquez” rel=”gallery-default”> Elio Alonso Vasquez Miranda of Peru, 19, is finishing high school in Norway and is a winner of the UN International Forest Short Film Contest> Photo: Elio Alonso Vasquez The film recalls a June 2009 incident during which a protest by indigenous people in the Bagua area of the Amazon against the exploitation of natural resources on their traditional lands was broken up by police and ended in the deaths of 33 people. While indigenous peoples face many problems, Alonso believes that inequality is one of the main challenges. “We don’t think that indigenous people are part of the nation. We don’t want to believe that they are part of the group, that they have the same rights… people don’t feel connected to each other.” He wants to use his film to reach people, especially young people, and to get them to think about nature, and about forests in particular. “This, for me, is just the starting point. I know that this award will give me a big platform to address my generation back in Peru,” he said. “That’s what I really want. That’s what I had in mind when I made the film.” But reaching young people today is a challenge in itself, he acknowledged. “We live in another generation. We’re more focused on Facebook. We’re more focused on smart phones and gadgets and technology. “We haven’t really been in touch with forests and nature,” he added. “I feel that if you’re not familiar with something, you’re not going to be willing to protect it.” Sebastien Pins, 22, a second year university student in Belgium and a winner of the UN International Forest Short Film Contest. Photo: Sébastien Pins Sébastien Pins, 22, has been fascinated by the mysteries of nature from a very young age, thanks to the influence of his mother. A native of Belgium, the university student has already received many prizes throughout Europe. At the age of eight, he wrote and directed his first theatre scene, and at 20, became a professional pyrotechnician. His award-winning and visually stunning film, “Ma Forêt” (My Forest), depicts a toddler’s foray into the forest and his utter fascination at all that he finds there. “My goal in making the film was to touch a lot of people by using the symbol of the child to convince people of the importance of forests,” said Sébastien. “Many young people are not very concerned with forests. “If I can’t convince them by speaking to them, then I will try by making movies with strong messages,” he stated, adding that cinema can be a powerful way to influence people. Engineering student Olga Lavrushko did not even own a digital camera. But that did not stop the 21-year-old from Ukraine from entering the Forum’s first ever International Forest Photograph Contest with a photo taken on an old film camera produced in the former Soviet Union in the 1970s. “I was really surprised when I got the congratulations letter because I can’t call myself a photographer,” she said. An explorer at heart, Olga shot her winning photo at a forest near her town, where she likes to explore on her bike. Prasetyo Nurramdhan, a 21-year-old from Indonesia who took up photography as a hobby and is a winner of the first ever UN International Forest Photograph Award. Photo: Prasetyo Nurramdhan Another winner of the photo contest, Prasetyo Nurramdhan of Indonesia, is also 21. A self-taught photographer, he was first attracted to photography in high school. He is currently studying information technology, and also writes on teenage issues for an Indonesian newspaper called Compass. The UN Secretary-General has made working with youth one of his top priorities, and earlier this year appointed the first ever Youth Envoy to address the needs of the largest generation of youth the world has ever known. Youth are also among the nine “major groups” participating in the Forum’s session. Tolulope Daramola, of the International Forestry Students’ Association and coordinator of the youth major group, stressed that young people are vital to addressing the issue of forests and their sustainable management. “A true understanding of the value of forests and its contribution toward sustainable development can only be achieved when the social and cultural values are linked to environment and economic values, and recognizing the position of young people as major partners and not just as ordinary stakeholders is very essential in this case.” He called on the Forum to create youth forest ambassadors in each region, and encouraged Member States to support talented students in becoming highly qualified forestry professionals, as well as the development of global youth initiatives to empower young people in sustainable forestry management. Paul Rosolie of the United States, 25, knows very well the power of young people to initiate action on environmental issues. He became interested in forests as a young boy living in New Jersey, but found that he did not have access to many forests where he was. Paul Rosolie of the United States, 25, an activist, explorer and winner of the UN International Forest Short Film Contest. Photo: Paul Rosolie “I was very curious and anxious to get out into the world, so when I was 18 I traveled to my dream spot – the western Amazon in Peru – and from there got instantly wrapped up in the struggle of the local community to protect their forest,” he said. Working with indigenous communities to protect forests through responsible ecotourism, Paul spent over seven years with people who know the forest best. Though he specializes in the western Amazon, his work has also taken him to Borneo, India and Brazil. In the Amazon, he traveled with poachers into deep jungle documenting black market endangered species trade (the third largest black market globally, following guns and drugs), researched giant anacondas, raised a giant anteater, and explored an undocumented ecosystem known as the ‘floating forest’. Paul’s current focus is storytelling, and one juror for the UN short film contest described his piece on Amazonian wildlife, entitled “An Unseen World,” as “nature filmmaking at its most raw and innovative.” “There are a lot of people who don’t know what’s going on, but there’s also a lot of people… and maybe it’s because of the circles I travel in, but I feel that my generation is incredibly aware of what’s going and they actually care a lot,” said Paul. He firmly believes that this is a very crucial moment in history for the Amazon, and that his generation has a responsibility to ensure its survival. “The world cannot exist without the Amazon. We really need everybody to be concentrating on this… it needs to be done. “I am 100 per cent committed to forests forever. I can’t do anything else. I don’t want to do anything else.” read more

The best rivalry in professional men’s1In women’s tennis, Chris Evert and Martina Navratilova played each other 80 times, including in 60 finals. tennis history continues to unfold — and it isn’t Roger Federer against Rafael Nadal.It’s Federer against Novak Djokovic.Federer and Nadal are probably the best players of all time.2A whole article, or book, could be written about what that means. In tennis as in other sports, the level of play keeps rising as competitors get bigger, fitter and stronger, so the two dominant players of the last decade likely are the best ever. In relative measures, such as dominance of their peers, major titles and consistency, Federer and Nadal also stand up well to the likes of Pete Sampras and Rod Laver. They may have played the best match of all time. But their head-to-head history is mostly predictable and one-sided. It’s better than nearly every rivalry that came before it, yet it’s not even in the top two current matchups.Nadal’s rivalry with Djokovic, the current world No. 1, is much better. Nadal and Djokovic have met 42 times, more than any other pair since the sport went pro in 1968, according to data provided by Jeff Sackmann of Tennis Abstract. From September 2010 through June of this year, Nadal and Djokovic have played a remarkable 21 times,3More than all but 24 other pairs of players who have played each other throughout their careers since 1968. including in seven major finals, and have contested several classics. But they’ve also played many duds. And while their overall record is nearly even, the rivalry breaks down into several lopsided sub-rivalries: Nadal dominates on clay (14-4), Djokovic on hard (14-7). Nadal won 14 of their first 18 matches; Djokovic has won 15 of 24 since.Compare that to the running feud that is Federer vs. Djokovic. They have been playing close matches since their first meeting after Djokovic’s 20th birthday, when Djokovic won in a winner-take-all third-set tiebreaker. Since then, neither man has won more than three of the matches between them in a row. They’ve been even on every surface: 1-1 on grass, with Federer holding narrow leads of 4-3 on clay and 14-13 on hard courts. Djokovic is 6-4 in finals, Federer 11-10 in semis. They’ve split their 12 Grand Slam matches. They could meet for a 37th time in the World Tour Finals, the year-end event featuring the tour’s best players that ends Sunday in London.These are three of the sport’s greatest rivalries ever, and they remain very much alive, with the three participants currently holding the three top spots in the rankings. The continuing drama of these rivalries owes to the greatness of the trio, the happy coincidence that Nadal and Djokovic were born a year apart and the stubbornness of Federer, sticking around at age 33 to keep challenging his younger rivals.Federer-Djokovic provides plenty of intangible pleasure for neutral fans. Each can defend but prefers to play the aggressor, making for quick reversals and for many unpredictable points. Federer has one of the sport’s most effective serves ever. It has a mighty foil in Djokovic’s possibly best-ever return. Federer’s rekindling of his love for the serve-and-volley raises the tension.Many of their matches have been meaningful and memorable: Federer’s French Open win to break Djokovic’s 43-match winning streak in 2011 was bookended by two Djokovic wins in U.S. Open five-set semifinals after saving match points in 2010 and 2011. Their final this July at Wimbledon was about as high in quality and excitement as Nadal’s more celebrated win over Federer at Wimbledon in 2008.The Federer-Djokovic relationship has occasionally been tense; last July Djokovic’s father criticized Federer’s character. Other external figures keep the rivalry interesting: Djokovic coach Boris Becker and Federer coach Stefan Edberg are former world No. 1s who played each other 35 times.The statistical side of ranking a sport’s best rivalries is necessarily arbitrary. There is no single, universally accepted way to assess matchups, but here is what we can safely look for in a great rivalry: Frequent, competitive matches in significant situations. Just as the world’s best player probably isn’t best at every shot but must be really good at each one, the Federer-Djokovic rivalry doesn’t rule each category but it’s strong in all of them.Let’s take them in turn.FrequencyNadal-Djokovic is the most common meeting among men’s tour players since 1968. Federer-Djokovic ties for second; its next edition will push it past Ivan Lendl-John McEnroe. Nadal-Federer ranks eighth.SignificanceFedal, as fans call it,4Since Nadal has dominated the rivalry, his name probably should come first, but that doesn’t lend itself to as pithy a nickname. Naderer? ranks higher for total significance of matches. Of their 33 meetings, 20 have come in finals — double the number of Federer-Djokovic finals.After Federer’s match Sunday in London, I asked him to compare his rivalries with Nadal and with Djokovic. He ranked his Nadal tussles higher because of all the finals they’ve played. “I know Novak, the matches and the rivalry is nice,” Federer said. “I really enjoy playing against him. It’s very evenly matched, you know. But I played him more often probably in semis than in finals most likely. I don’t know if that’s true, but that’s kind of how it felt like.”He’s right, but you have to win semis to reach finals. I came up with a quick way to assess the importance of matches in winning titles, which I call title leverage.5A final counts as one, a semi as one-half — since winning a semi gives you a chance to play a final — a quarterfinal as one-fourth and a round-of-16 match as one-eighth. By this measure, Nadal-Djokovic ranks first in title leverage overall, and second at Grand Slams. Nadal-Federer is second in title leverage, and first at Grand Slams. Federer-Djokovic ranks sixth and third, respectively.CompetitivenessSo far, Federer-Djokovic looks like a contender for top rivalry but it’s hardly the leader. Consider competitiveness, though, and today’s top two players are the very best at challenging each other:The rivalry is unusually even. Djokovic, who trails in the head-to-head, has won 47.2 percent of their matches. That’s the highest winning percentage for the man who’s trailing in any rivalry with at least 25 matches. They mount comebacks. Two in nine of their matches were won by a player who trailed by a set at some stage. That’s higher than average and ahead of Nadal-Djokovic, though just behind Nadal-Federer.10Matches are considered comebacks only if they occur in completed matches; walkovers, retirements and defaults aren’t included. The sets are close. They’ve played the closest sets of any rivalry with at least 27 meetings.8If the loser of the set won five or more games, I counted that as leaving no games on the table. So I counted a 7-5 set and a 7-6 set the same, as leaving no games. A 6-4 set left one possible game, a 6-3 set two, and so on. Federer-Djokovic has averaged 1.47 games, compared to an average figure for rivalries of at least 15 matches of 1.73. The smaller the figure, the closer the sets. One-third of their sets have been 7-5 or closer. That’s the highest mark for any rivalry with at least 25 meetings.9The average is 25 percent for rivalries with at least 15 meetings. No amount of evidence will trump taste for most tennis fans. They might appreciate a matchup for the personalities, for the aesthetic joy of watching one player’s backhand volley against another’s forehand passing shot. Or they might adopt a favorite in their hearts, not in their minds, after a single memorable match. As much as I enjoy Federer-Djokovic, and especially was gripped while attending their Wimbledon final this year, I had more fun watching two players ranked outside the Top 100 playing a late-night five-setter in the third round of the 2009 U.S. Open.The players themselves use their own criteria for ranking rivalries.I wanted to lay out my entire statistical case to Federer and Djokovic this week, but their post-match press conferences weren’t the right setting. So I asked them, simply, where their rivalry ranked in their careers. Federer ranked his rivalry with Nadal over his tussles with Djokovic. He also put in a good word for rivalries with players closer to his age or older: Tim Henman, David Nalbandian, Lleyton Hewitt, Andy Roddick and Andre Agassi.11Federer won as high a percentage of his matches against those five as Nadal has won against him.“Both of these rivalries that I have with Roger and Rafa are special in their own way,” Djokovic said Wednesday. “I do feel those rivalries have contributed to my success a lot.” And he, like Federer, put in a good word for Nadal-Federer. “Their rivalry was amazing, and still is.”CORRECTION (Nov. 14, 5:25 p.m.): Chris Evert and Martina Navratilova played each other 80 times, including in 60 finals, according to the Women’s Tennis Association. An earlier version of a footnote to this article said that they played each other 56 times, including in 47 finals. (There is some disagreement about their record; Tennis Abstract lists 56 Evert-Navratilova matches and 47 finals while the International Tennis Federation lists 59 non-walkover matches and 50 finals.) They play very few duds. Just 47 percent of their matches have ended in straight sets, below the average rate of 58 percent and below the level for Nadal-Djokovic, though just above the 45 percent for Nadal-Federer. And just 14 percent of Federer-Djokovic matches have been what I call duds: straight-setters without a set 7-5 or closer. The rate is at least 30 percent for the two Nadal rivalries, and averages 33 percent overall for frequent matchups. They rarely leave any tennis unplayed. They’ve played 77.6 percent of possible sets in their matches.6If they finish a best-of-five-set match in four sets, they’ve played 80 percent of possible sets. That’s above average for rivalries with at least 15 matchups,7The average figure is 75 percent. Unless otherwise noted, the averages in this section are among matchups with at least 15 meetings since the professional era began. better than Nadal-Djokovic and behind only Nadal-Federer, by a nose, among rivalries with at least 27 meetings. read more

first_imgLawyer Lucie Rose Mrs Keys, a psychotherapist, said: ‘When someone, after 34 years of marriage, can do this to his wife and still plead for her to take him back, it really does beggar belief as to who this man is because I don’t know him. I really don’t know who he is.’Mrs Keys said her husband, with whom she has two children, had “completely run out of chances” and she would press ahead with the divorce.When approached Mr Keys said: “It won’t surprise you to hear I have nothing to say.”Miss Rose also refused to comment. Keys with wife and daughterCredit:Getty After being shown photographs of the pair at the Hyatt Regency Hotel London – The Churchill, where they shared a meal at the hotel’s restaurant The Montagu, Julia Keys said: “‘I am utterly stunned. Last year he bullied me into making a public statement saying the affair did not take place.“I did it for the sake of our family even though I knew he had been carrying on with her. After that he apologised and bought me roses and a teddy in an attempt to patch our marriage up.”Mr Keys left Sky Sports in disgrace after making a series of sexist remarks to fellow presenter Jamie Redknap about one of his former girlfriends and female match officials Sian Massey.He went on to land a £420,000 a year tax free TV presenting job in Qatar, from where he flew to London on Tuesday morning.Mrs Keys, who was not told by her husband that he was staying at the £400 a night hotel, told the Daily Mail: “He promised me that he would not see Lucie again. And this week he sent me texts saying he was categorically not with her and had no feelings for her any more. The irony is that when they were together in that hotel this week, I received a “love heart” in a text and a message which said, ‘I love you,’ from Richard. He wrote, ‘Please let me come home, I love you, I can’t live without you.’ He is a pathological liar.” Lawyer Lucie RoseCredit:TIM STEWART NEWS LIMITED Mrs Keys, 57, who suffers from a rare thyroid cancer, filed for divorce on the grounds of adultery last summer at a British court.When she then discovered that he was still seeing Miss Rose – despite travelling to Doha, where he works, in an attempt to patch up their marriage in the autumn – she arranged for her lawyers to send divorce papers to both of them again. The wife of sports presenter Richard Keys has branded him a “pathological liar” after it was claimed that he has continued his affair with a woman 32-years his junior.Mr Keys, 59, had last year pressured his wife Julia, into saying his affair with Lucie Rose, a 27-year-old lawyer and friend of his daughter Jemma, had never taken place.But it has now emerged that he spent two nights with Miss Rose at a five-star hotel in West London last week, where the couple were photographed arm in arm. 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. Keys with radio co-presenter Andy Gray Keys with radio co-presenter Andy Gray Keys with wife and daughterlast_img read more

first_imgDes fragments de la météorite de Tcheliabinsk exposés au Muséum de ParisMardi, la Russie a offert au Muséum national d’Histoire naturelle (MNHN) de Paris six minuscules fragments de l’énorme météorite qui s’est désintégrée en février dernier au-dessus de Tcheliabinsk, dans l’Oural. Les scientifiques estiment que près de 100 tonnes de météorites s’abattent sur Terre chaque jour. La plupart sont désintégrées en vol et arrivent au sol à l’état de poussière. Dans 85% des cas, elles finissent même leur course dans les océans (qui couvrent la majeure partie de la surface terrestre). Aussi, la pluie de météorites qui s’est abattue le 15 février dernier dans l’Oural après l’explosion en vol d’un astéroïde était tout à fait exceptionnelle.”En pénétrant dans l’atmosphère terrestre à 20 km par seconde, le bloc de roche subit une pression énorme, s’aplatit et finit par exploser, comme une orange qu’on comprime”, explique Brigitte Zanda, spécialiste des météorites au Muséum national d’histoire naturelle (MNHN) de Paris. Les estimations font état d’un astéroïde de 17 mètres diamètre et d’un poids de 5.000 à 10.000 tonnes ayant explosé à environ 20 km d’altitude. C’est la colossale onde de choc, dont la puissance équivalait celle de 30 bombes atomiques selon une étude, qui a alors provoqué d’importants dégâts.Face à un évènement aussi exceptionnel, les scientifiques eux, n’ont pas hésité à se manifester. Peu après la catastrophe, “j’ai écrit au gouverneur de Tcheliabinsk pour lui dire que nous avions ici l’une des plus grandes collections de météorites au monde, avec plus de 4.000 échantillons”, raconte le directeur général du MNHN, Thomas Grenon cité par l’AFP. C’est donc avec joie que le Museum a reçu quelques-uns de ces échantillons extraterrestres, gracieusement donnés par la Russie. Des fragments bientôt analysés À lire aussiBoisson, météorite et Facebook, les actus sciences que vous devez connaître ce 5 septembre”C’était une demande officielle mais les habitants ont eux aussi participé. L’un des fragments remis au Muséum a été trouvé et donné par un particulier”, a précisé Maria Grossman, représentante de la région de Tcheliabinsk qui a transporté les pierres jusqu’à Paris. Les chercheurs du Museum vont ainsi pouvoir analyser de près ces fragments, notamment à l’aide de la sonde ionique nanoSims, un équipement de pointe que possède le MNHN. D’une taille de seulement quelques centimètres pour les plus gros, les morceaux de Tcheliabinsk ont été exposés aux mêmes endroits où trônent les météorites. Ils côtoient ainsi des blocs bien plus imposants, dont ceux qui se sont abattues sur Draveil, dans l’Essonne, en juillet 2011.Comme l’a expliqué Brigitte Zanda, dans les deux cas il s’agit de “chondrites” issue de la ceinture d’astéroïdes située entre Mars et Jupiter. Des fossiles extraterrestres qui dateraient de la période à laquelle s’est formé le système solaire, il y a 4,568 milliards d’années. Contrairement aux fragments de Mars ou de la Lune qui sont exceptionnellement rares et qui coûtent une fortune, ces “météorites primitives” ne sont pas très prisées. Pourtant, ces “débris de planètes qui ne se sont jamais formées” peuvent livrer quantité d’informations. Selon Mme Zanda, dans la ceinture d’astéroïdes se joue une intense partie de “billard cosmique” et en décryptant l’histoire des impacts, “il y a tout un tas de phénomènes géologiques à lire dessus”.Le 3 juillet 2013 à 15:35 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

first_imgFacebook Braun Strowman Google+ Is Jon Jones Set To Return To The UFC? WhatsApp WWE announces 2020 Royal Rumble tickets to go on-sale Friday, September 20 Brock Lesnar Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Dave Bautista will be a character in new video game, Finn Balor reveals new look Will Bobby Lashley Finally Face Brock Lesnar? Videos Articles Twittercenter_img Videos Articles Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Is The Rocks Return To WWE In Jeopardy? Pinterest Now Playing Up Next ESPN.com is featuring a quote from Finn Balor regarding his Universal Championship match against Brock Lesnar this Sunday at the Royal Rumble PPV.Balor made it clear that he will be the one facing Lesnar this weekend and not to expected his “Demon” character to show up at the event.“I feel like maybe I leaned on the demon too much there in the past as a crutch, and I can assure you that the man who faces Brock Lesnar at the Royal Rumble will be Finn Balor, the man. I think a lot of people were surprised when I came out at WrestleMania not in demon paint but I feel like I had a bigger message to spread that day — one of equality and acceptance.”Balor admitted the match came about so quickly he didn’t even really consider it.“Honestly, this match just kind of came about so fast that I haven’t had much time to think about it. I don’t have any new gear, I don’t have any new looks, I don’t have any new ideas right now, but you know, we’re still six days away, so I’m sure I’ll come up with something.”Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipBraun Strowman Still Not Cleared For MatchVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:33/Current Time 0:03Loaded: 100.00%0:03Remaining Time -0:30 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Braun Strowman Still Not Cleared For Match Brock Lesnar Takes WWE Universal Championship WWE Superstar Finn Balor confirms marriage to FOX Sports Reporter Veronica Rodriguezlast_img read more

first_imgAll Schools/ General Public ThursdaySeptember 29thYouth Got TalentTalent Show7 pmLibrary Tennis Court Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Talent/Culture Night YOUTH WEEK 2016 – SCHEDULE OF ACTIVITIES – North/Middle Caicos DateEventDescriptionVenue & TimeParticipants FridaySeptember 30thFoot Steps For Good Charity Walk (Provo)Charity WalkFrom Clement Howell High to National StadiumClement Howell High to National Stadium7 amAll Schools/ General Public Raymond Gardiner High School WednesdaySeptember 28th WednesdaySeptember 28th Arts and Culture DayDisplay of arts and culture and games4:30pmNK Francis Park TuesdaySeptember 27thIsland Treasure HuntIsland Treasure HuntParade Ground5PM Friday30th September 2016 All Schools/ General Public TuesdaySeptember 27thInter- Primary Speech CompetitionEach school will have two contestants for our Quiz Competition.  Two schools will advance to the championship roundVenue TBA10am MondaySeptember 26thDevotions WednesdaySeptember 28th Events For National Youth Week DateEventDescriptionVenue & TimeParticipants All Schools/ General Public Jazz In the GardenJazz performances by schools from around islandsNational Stadium4PMAll Schools/ General Public All Schools/ General Public All Schools/ General Public Friday30th September 2016Jazz In the GardenJazz performances by schools from around islandsNational Stadium4PMAll Schools/ General Public PDM re-launches radio show for Youth Week All Schools/ General Public HJ Robinson HighHJ Robinson High A Taste of TCIForum on the evolution of Art and culture in TCI with sampling of locally made dishescenter_img Related Items:akierre missick speaks of national youth week, celebrating art and culture in the TCI, national youth week, national youth week 26th-30th of September MondaySeptember 26thDevotionsDevotions with all schools to commemorate Youth DayMethodist Church9:00amAll Schools/ General Public Culture event promoting TCI heritageVenue TBA7PM SundaySeptember 25thNational Youth Day Service Church ServiceChurch Service to  commemorate Youth DayHJ Robinson Parade Ground Youth Parliament Launched; Looking for Passionate people Cultural ConcertCulture event promoting TCI heritageRegatta Village7PM MondaySeptember 25thDevotionsDevotions to  commemorate Youth DayClement Howell High8:40amClement Howell High YOUTH WEEK 2016 – SCHEDULE OF ACTIVITIES – PROVIDENCIALES YOUTH WEEK 2016 – SCHEDULE OF ACTIVITIES – GRAND TURK All Schools/ General Public WednesdaySeptember 28th YOUTH WEEK 2016 – SCHEDULE OF ACTIVITIES – SOUTH CAICOS ThursdaySeptember 29thInter- house Speech CompetitionEach house will have 2 contestants for the competition.  There will be the winning house, and the best speaker award.Venue TBA10am TuesdaySeptember 27thSpeech CompetitionSpeech CompetitionOna Glinton Primary10am All Schools/ General Public Recommended for you DateEventDescriptionVenue & TimeParticipants TuesdaySeptember 27th Students/ General Public All Schools/ General Public Gustavus Sports Complex10am Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, September 23, 2016 – In keeping with the United Nations International Youth Day; The Department of Youth Affairs is please to celebrate National Youth Week 2016 under the theme “Celebrating Art and Culture in TCI” during  26th-30th September 2016.  National Youth Week events are scheduled for all the islands at both Primary and High school level. There will be speech competitions on North Caicos and Grand Turk, a culturally themed island treasure hunt on South Caicos as well as local youth artist performances throughout.All highlighted by the Jazz in the Garden themed concert on Friday 30th September 2016 which will showcase the talents of schools from around the islands at the National Stadium on Providenciales.Deputy Premier and Minister for Education, Youth, Sports and Library Services, Hon. Akierra Missick stated; “This year’s events are centered on allowing young people to express themselves through the various arts.   This outlet is an opportunity to demonstrate both cultural and personal identity while also learning of the importance of preserving Turks & Caicos Islands long and storied cultural background.” Arts ExhibitionDisplay of arts and craft by local artistProvo Public Library12 pm Friday30th September 2016Jazz In the GardenJazz performances by schools from around islandsNational Stadium4PMAll Schools/ General Public Friday30th September 2016Jazz In the GardenJazz performances by schools from around islandsNational Stadium4PMAll Schools/ General Public MondaySeptember 26thInter- Primary SchoolGeneral DevotionAll Primary schools will combine for devotionsVenue TBA8:40amAll Schools/ General Publiclast_img read more

first_imgWASHINGTON — Time growing desperately short, House Republican efforts to pass legislation averting a Treasury default and ending a partial government shutdown collapsed Tuesday night, and one of the country’s top ratings firms warned of a possible downgrade in the nation’s creditworthiness.The decision by Speaker John Boehner and the GOP leadership to pull a bill they had unveiled earlier in the day appeared to mark the end of what amounted to a daylong detour from separate negotiations in the Senate that had appeared on the verge of bearing fruit.There was no immediate reaction from Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid or the Republican leader, Sen. Mitch McConnell, on next steps as divided government sought to extricate itself from yet another crisis.As the day of secret meetings and frenzied maneuvering unfolded in all corners of the Capitol, Sen. Barbara Mikulski, D-Md., stood on the Senate floor at midafternoon and declared, “We are 33 hours away from becoming a deadbeat nation, not paying its bills to its own people and other creditors.”In New York, the Fitch rating agency warned that it was reviewing the government’s AAA credit rating for a possible downgrade, though no action was near. Fitch, one of the three leading U.S. credit-ratings agencies, said that “the political brinkmanship and reduced financing flexibility could increase the risk of a U.S. default.”last_img read more

first_img Share your voice Twitter has launched a new search tool to combat the spread of misinformation about vaccines on the social network.Users will now be prompted to visit a credible public health resource when they search on Twitter for certain keywords related to vaccines, Twitter said in a blog post Friday. In the US, Twitter has partnered with the Department of Health and Human Services to direct users to the agency’s Vaccines.gov.A search for the word “vaccines,” for example, generates a message at the top of users’ feeds that says “To make sure you get the best information on vaccinations, resources are available from the US Department of Health & Human Services.” Twitter The new tool comes as tech companies face mounting pressure from lawmakers, activists and health experts to prevent anti-vax misinformation from going viral. The misinformation may have contributed to an outbreak of measles in the US.Other tech companies have also beefed up their efforts to combat misinformation about vaccines. Facebook said in March it would demote the ranking of groups or pages that spread misinformation about vaccines on its News Feed and in search results. Pinterest blocked anti-vaccination searches and has tried to pull down anti-vax content. In February, YouTube said it would remove ads from videos that feature anti-vaccination content.The new search prompt is available on iOS, Android, and mobile.twitter.com in the US (in English and Spanish), Canada (in English and French), UK, Brazil, Korea, Japan, Indonesia, Singapore and in Spanish-speaking Latin American countries. Tags Internet Services Wellness 0 Post a comment Twitterlast_img read more

first_imgBy The Associated PressBEIJING (AP) — The West African Nation of Burkina Faso formally resumed diplomatic ties with China on Saturday after breaking off relations with Taiwan, which now has just 18 diplomatic allies.Burkina Faso’s decision was the latest blow to Taiwan, a self-governing democracy that Beijing claims as its own territory and has been seeking to isolate on the global stage.China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi, right, and Burkina Faso Foreign Minister Alpha Barry attend a signing ceremony establishing diplomatic relations between the two countries in Beijing, Saturday, May 26, 2018. (Thomas Peter/Pool Photo via AP)Earlier this month, the Dominican Republic established diplomatic relations with China and severed ties with Taiwan.A document establishing diplomatic ties was signed Saturday in Beijing between Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi and Burkina Faso’s foreign minister, Alpha Barry.The move leaves Taiwan with just one remaining African ally, Swaziland, and Wang appeared to indicate the small nation in the continent’s south was being actively courted by Beijing.“Now Africa has only one country with which we have not yet established” diplomatic relations, Wang said. “We hope this country can join the big China-Africa family of friendship as soon as possible.”On Friday, Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen tweeted that “China’s growing pressure will only strengthen other countries’ support for us.”She added defiantly, “We will never back down.”Taiwan has previously condemned what it called China’s “dollar diplomacy” campaign of luring away Taiwan’s allies with promises of vast financial aid and investment.Tsai has angered Beijing by refusing to endorse its “one-China principle” designating the island as a part of China.last_img read more

first_imgHay fever, also known as allergic rhinitis, is caused by an allergic response to outdoor or indoor allergens such as pollen, dust mites and leads to cold-like runny nose, itchy eyes, congestion, sneezing and sinus pressure.According to a report by the World Health Oragnisation (WHO), 10 to 30 per cent of the population worldwide suffers from hay fever.The findings showed that brains of mice when exposed to a model of grass pollen allergy actually produced more neurons than when they were under normal conditions. During an allergic reaction, an increase in the numbers of new neurons in the hippocampus — the part of the brain responsible for forming new memories, and the site where neurons continue to be formed throughout life — was found. This raised the question that what could be the consequences of allergies on memory, the researchers said.In addition, the allergy also reduced the presence of microglia — brain immune cells that perform immune system functions in the central nervous system – activity. The microglia in the brain of mice were found deactivated.“It was highly unexpected to see the deactivation of microglia in the hippocampus. Partly because other studies have shown the reverse effect on microglia following bacterial infection,” said Barbara Klein, University of Salzburg in Austria. “We know that the response of immune system in the body is different in case of an allergic reaction versus a bacterial infection. What this tells us is that the effect on the brain depends on type of immune reaction in the body,” Klein added.The allergic reaction also caused an increase in neurogenesis — the growth and development of nervous tissue, which is known to decline with age, said the paper published in the journal Frontiers in Cellular Neuroscience.last_img read more