Childhood neglect erodes the brain

first_imgIn perhaps the most famous study of childhood neglect, researchers have closely tracked the progress, or lack of it, in children who lived as infants in Romania’s bleak orphanages and are now teenagers. A new analysis now shows that these children, who display a variety of behavioral and cognitive problems, have less white matter in their brains than do a group of comparable children in local families. The affected brain regions include nerve bundles that support attention, general cognition, and emotion processing. The work suggests that sensory deprivation early in life can have dramatic anatomical impacts on the brain and may help explain the previously documented long-term negative effects on behavior. But there’s some potential good news: A small group of children who were taken out of orphanages and moved into foster homes at age 2 appeared to bounce back, at least in brain structure.“This is an exciting and important study,” says Harvard Medical School psychiatric researcher Martin Teicher, who directs the developmental biopsychiatry research program at McLean Hospital in Belmont, Massachusetts. The “crucial question” of whether children can recover from the setbacks of early adversity had not been answered before, he adds.The work is based on MRI scans and other measures taken in Romania by researchers at the Bucharest Early Intervention Project (BEIP). The group, headed by neurologist Charles Nelson of Harvard Medical School, was spurred to action by the collapse of Romania’s Nicolae Ceauceșcu regime in 1989, which had shunted tens of thousands of unwanted children into state-run orphanages. Nelson says that caretakers in the orphanages worked in factorylike shifts; children might see as many as 17 different caretakers in a week. 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But more than a decade ago, when they were still in favor, BEIP’s leaders saw a need for humanitarian aid; they also saw a rare opportunity to study the effects of child neglect. Drawing mainly on U.S. government research funding, BEIP offered a limited number of children a chance to move out of orphanages into foster care, providing desperately needed attention. BEIP also worked with Romanian officials to recruit orphans and other local children into clinical studies.BEIP initially enrolled 136 children in research. Only 69 were involved in the MRI study published online today in JAMA Pediatrics. Of these, 23 were drawn from the group randomly assigned to foster care, 26 from a group assigned to remain in orphanages, and 20 from the local community, as controls. Lead author Johanna Bick, a clinical psychologist at the Boston Children’s Hospital, and colleagues in the BEIP group used an MRI technique called diffusion tensor imaging to look at the microstructure of 48 white matter tracts in each child, comparing results at 2 years and 8 years of age.The analysis found that the children who stayed in orphanages were consistently worse off—with less mature development in four key sets of white matter. The most affected tracts included nerve circuits involved in general cognitive performance, emotion, maintaining attention and executive function, and sensory processing. Another analysis suggested that the foster care group was more like the community group in brain development, but this finding appears to be less robust.Other nonrandomized studies have reported broad cognitive deficits or reduced white matter in adults and some children who suffered neglect or maltreatment in the past. They highlighted “the same regions that we find affected by early life neglect. These results and those from BEIP converge,” Bick claims.More important, Bick says, the comparison with those children taken in by foster parents suggests that white matter losses may be reversible. What worked in Romania to improve brain development—moving children into a supportive family environment—might work elsewhere as a remedy for child neglect. “This has really important implications,” she says: It suggests that the harm that takes place in a family setting may reversible, too.In a prepared statement, psychiatric researcher Andrea Danese of King’s College London praised the study but noted that more research is needed to determine how such changes in white matter are related to changes in behavior.Bick agrees on that point. “What I’m really interested in investigating right now,” she says, “is whether the improvements [seen in the foster children’s white matter profiles] actually support improvements in higher order abilities,” such as IQ, attention, and control of emotion. BEIP plans to collect new neurological data this year from the Romanian orphans as they turn 16.Related content: “An experiment in zero parenting”last_img read more

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Manipur CM wants Centre to implement NRC in the State

first_imgManipur Chief Minister N. Biren Singh on Monday said the State government is in favour of implementation of National Register of Citizens (NRC) and will approach the Centre for it in line with the one in Assam.We have already approved a resolution for a NRC in the State, he told reporters here on the sidelines of the North-East Democratic Alliance (NEDA) conclave in Guwahati.“We and many of the States in the northeast need NRC. The Manipur government has already taken a decision in the cabinet to have it,” Mr. Singh said. The Centre’s view is very clear that no illegal immigrant will be allowed to stay anywhere in the country. “That is a very clear message,” the Chief Minister said. Asked how the State plans to implement the exercise, Mr. Singh said: “It will be done through the central government. Assam is doing it under the supervision of the Supreme Court. So we are requesting the central government and it will be done by them.”last_img read more

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Rain in Punjab and Haryana to boost wheat crop

first_imgWidespread rain during the last two days in Punjab and Haryana is expected to boost wheat crop sowing this rabi season, officials and experts told The Hindu.An expected drop in minimum temperature during the first week of December would also help the temperature-sensitive wheat crop, which needs cold conditions to thrive.Rain and thunder showers at most places in Punjab and at many places in Haryana during the past 48 hours have brought cheer to farmers, especially the wheat growers who were in for another round of irrigation this month. The west Uttar Pradesh region also received isolated showers, according to the India Meteorological Department (IMD).“The current active wet spell over Punjab and Haryana is mostly over and thereafter the weather conditions are likely to improve with an expected fall in minimum temperatures in the first week of December,” said Surinder Pal, Director at the India Meteorological Department, Chandigarh.According to government data, in Punjab 75% of wheat sowing has been completed. The total sowing in the State is expected to be around 35 lakh hectares during the ongoing rabi season. In Haryana, wheat has been sown on nearly 18.05 lakh hectares so far. Both States are major contributors of wheat to the central pool.‘Welcome showers’“These are welcome showers. Sowing of wheat had started in early November and now it has reached the crown-root initiation stage. For farmers who have sown the crop in early November, it’s time for second irrigation of the crop, and hence, the rain has come at the right time. If at this stage the crop is not irrigated, it could result in less yield,” Anand Sharma, Deputy Director General of the Agromet Advisory Service Division at IMD said. Wheat is sown between late October till December while the harvesting starts from April onwards.last_img read more

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Conor McGregor open to boxing return despite defeat by Floyd Mayweather

first_img Pinterest Floyd Mayweather v Conor McGregor Read more Share on LinkedIn Share via Email Only the most devoted supporters of Conor McGregor, of which there were no shortage in Las Vegas, gave him a chance in Saturday’s junior middleweight fight with Floyd Mayweather. What hope did a mixed martial artist who had never boxed professionally or even at the senior amateur level have against not just any elite boxer, but a slick technician regarded as the greatest of his era? Yet for the first three rounds of Saturday’s money-spinning blockbuster at the T-Mobile Arena, the unimaginable appeared within touching distance. McGregor found Mayweather with jabs. He touched him with right hands and body shots and even a sharp uppercut. Against all odds, this was a fight.The class, poise and experience of the American prevailed in the end but McGregor delivered a far more credible performance in his debut than even the most cynical observers could have expected, placing the UFC’s first ever simultaneous two-division champion at an unprecedented crossroads.“This was some buzz to come in and face this man,” said a cheerful McGregor at the post-fight press conference. “So many doubters. First it was this fight is never going to happen, then it was like I’m not going to lay a glove on him. So many things to overcome. I just enjoyed the whole experience. I have many options in mixed martial arts. I’m sure there’s options that will present themselves in the boxing game.“But right now I’m a free agent. My name is on the ring.”Make no mistake, Mayweather was in control from the jump, his slow start attributable to a constellation of factors including his advanced age, ring rust from a lay-off of nearly two years and a strategy of tactical concession designed to draw a novice boxer into deep waters. McGregor was stopped inside the distance and any flowing praise would amount to grading him on a curve.But consider that a total of nine Mayweather opponents landed less than 100 punches in a 12-round fight, among them Manny Pacquiao, while McGregor landed 111 in less than 10. Share on Twitter “I believe the first couple of shots flustered him,” McGregor said. “But then he started reading them and parrying the shots well. He had a good strong parry on his lead hand. And he dipped low and caught the body shots well. I enjoyed the fight, it was a great contest and a lot of stuff I’ll take with me.”He added: “I have many options in MMA. I love a good fight and this was a damn good fight. I enjoyed myself and long may it continue. I cannot tell you what is next, but something will be next.”The UFC president, Dana White, speaking before McGregor’s arrival at the post-fight debriefing, was understandably reticent about the biggest name in his stable remaining in boxing.“I would rather he did not,” White said. “This isn’t what he does. He’s a mixed martial artist where he goes in and he uses all of his weapons, and tonight he was only allowed to use his hands. I think he did great tonight. I don’t think there’s anything left to prove.”But it may not be White’s choice. After earning a minimum of $30m, a tenfold increase on his previous career-high purse of $3m, which could balloon to $75m once his share of the pay-per-view receipts, live gate, closed-circuit revenues and foreign sales are tallied, McGregor might like to see how far he could go in the square circle.“The check is all right,” said McGregor with a laugh when asked to assess the difference between boxing and MMA. “The check’s not bad. But I’ve already been raising the MMA checks, so don’t get it twisted. I’m gonna raise the MMA checks when I go back there. View gallery Reuse this content Topics Conor McGregor taunts Floyd Mayweather during the fight by putting his hands behind his back. Photograph: Steve Marcus/Reuters “I don’t know what the difference is but it’s different. It’s very different. It’s just a little more cleaner or something. But I enjoyed it very very much, it was an honor for me to come over on to the boxing side and showcase my skills.“I know there was a lot of disrespect and disregard for my skill. I’m a multiple-weight free-fighting world champion, I was a little taken aback by the disrespect and disregard that I was shown. In fairness, Floyd and his team never showed that disrespect. It was just the overall, everyone else. And it was almost like a jealousy thing so I just got over it. But the disrespect for my skill set was … it took me back a bit. But I always knew when the fight came around on August 26th I’m going to show up and give a good account of myself.”“I am certainly open to all options. I am young, I’m fresh and I am ready.”Mayweather v McGregor in numbers10 – The round in which Mayweather stopped McGregor.50 – Mayweather’s total number of career fights, and victories.1 – Remains the number of times Mayweather has been officially knocked down in a fight.14,623 – The attendance inside the T-Mobile Arena.1 – The amount of rounds won by McGregor across all three scorecards at ringside.170 – Punches landed by Mayweather (53 per cent of 320 thrown).111 – Punches landed by McGregor (26 per cent of 430 thrown).83 – McGregor’s highest score on the cards for the nine completed rounds, the one of judge Dave Moretti.100 – Million dollars, reportedly earned by each fighter.40 – Dollars per hat being sold in the arena carrying the 50-0 record Mayweather now owns.514,300 – Public mentions of the fight on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram between 9.05 and 10.05 Pacific Time.355,420 – Mentions of McGregor during the same period.2 – McGregor still owns two UFC world titles. Facebook center_img … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Share on Pinterest Conor McGregor Floyd Mayweather Twitter Boxing Since you’re here… Mayweather retires after picking apart Conor McGregor in 10 rounds Support The Guardian Floyd Mayweather beats Conor McGregor: how the fight unfolded – in pictures Share on WhatsApp Share on Facebook Share on Messengerlast_img read more

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Dominant Lewis Hamilton wins the French Grand Prix as Vettel slips back

first_imgShare on LinkedIn Formula One Maintaining his lead through the only pit stops where the leaders switched to the hard tyres, Hamilton described the race as “eventful”.Which it may have been for him, working the wheel and having complained of an issue with his seat, but from outside the cockpit it looked positively serene.In no mood to relinquish any pressure, he pumped in a series of quick laps in the final third and even a late virtual safety car to deal with a loose bollard added no drama to the finale. The victory that followed was as assured and, indeed, ominous a win as he has had all season.McLaren finished with Carlos Sainz in sixth while Britain’s Lando Norris, who had looked on for seventh until stymied by hydraulic problems, could manage only ninth. Daniel Ricciardo in the Renault was in seventh but received two five-second penalties for failing to rejoin the track safely and leaving the track and gaining an advantage and was demoted to 11th. His teammate Nico Hülkenberg finished in eighth. Kimi Räikkönen in the Alfa Romeo was in seventh with Red Bull’s Pierre Gasly in 10th. Daniel Ricciardo: ‘There was more risk staying. Renault excited me’ Pinterest Share via Email Formula One 2019 Since you’re here… Hamilton had held his lead from Bottas into turn one, with the Finn just holding off Leclerc to maintain second. Verstappen had a good look at Leclerc into turn two but could not quite get his nose in front and the leading four held their grid positions to the end of the first lap. After which Hamilton held all the cards.He swiftly opened up two seconds on Bottas by lap seven, with the gap to Leclerc already at five seconds and the British driver was in control, putting in a series of fastest laps which Bottas could initially only match. Facebook Share on Facebook Read more Support The Guardian By the time the pit stops were complete Hamilton had a gap that looked like they were racing in different classes. Indeed, Ferrari appeared to be in a different race for much of the 53 laps, with Charles Leclerc finishing 19sec back, even after having run a very strong final third to close on Bottas and challenge him into the last corners. Max Verstappen in the Red Bull was fourth with Sebastian Vettel recovering his Ferrari to fifth from seventh on the grid.Hamilton’s 79th career victory means he now has six wins from eight grands prix this season, including the last four in a row. He has extended his lead over Bottas to 36 points in the world championship, while Vettel has fallen to 76 points back. Ominously for his rivals, the five-times world champion is revelling in these victories with the same joyous abandon that accompanied his remarkable success during his debut season in 2007.“It has been a really good weekend,” he said. “I have been racing a long time and it never gets old and it is such a challenge out there, finding the edge and building the gap.“We are creating history together and I am so proud to be part of this team. It wasn’t easy at all and everything is on the edge. I had quite big blisters on the front two tyres but this has been the best start of the year.”The history of which he speaks is represented by the relentless numbers Hamilton is racking up for Mercedes, who are still unbeaten this year.As Hamilton clocks these achievements with what has seemed sometimes to be effortless superiority, the remarkable history he looks very much like making marches ever closer. He now trails Michael Schumacher’s record of 91 wins by just 12. Schumacher’s dominance was similarly marked by criticism that the racing had become boring, an issue that was addressed by Hamilton after the race. Motor sport Lewis Hamilton wins French Grand Prix: F1 – as it happened … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many new organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Share on WhatsApp Twitter That more wins are to follow this season seems inevitable. Mercedes, who gained their first F1 win at the French Grand Prix in Reims with Juan Manuel Fangio in 1954, have been in control all weekend and Hamilton was able to turn the dominance he showed in qualifying into a fearsome performance at racing pace.After qualifying Hamilton had suggested he would only get stronger and on this form it is a claim hard to disagree with. He did not allow his teammate a look in across the 53 laps in yet another display of flawless driving.Vettel, who qualified poorly, and Leclerc, managed to maximise what they could with a car that was demonstrably not as quick through the corners. Leclerc was the better of the two over the weekend and can be pleased with a creditable performance in pushing Bottas to the wire, although the Finn was suffering with a misfire for the last seven laps.Ferrari had brought aerodynamic upgrades here but struggled to make them work and their issue in finding the balance and grip for their car remains. Any straight line speed advantage they enjoy is being more than matched by the Mercedes through the corners. As things stand, as Hamilton has suggested, the title fight is at best now a two-horse race between the British driver and his teammate. Read more Mercedes GP Lewis Hamilton insists rule makers should ask drivers to help improve F1 Share on Messenger Share on Pinterest Read more Share on Twitter news Lewis Hamilton With a winning edge honed over 12 seasons in Formula One, Lewis Hamilton, it seems, expects his skills to become keener still after victory in the French Grand Prix. His desire to win, and indeed win well, has had a bludgeoning impact on his rivals this season yet it has been his clinical execution, as displayed at the Circuit Paul Ricard, that has made the difference.It may not make for the most thrilling of encounters but this is hardly Hamilton’s fault. He was operating here with the finesse of a conductor, and the rest of the grid were simply following his lead. The Briton won from pole by 18 seconds from his Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas. The Finn, lest it be forgotten in identical machinery, could stay with Hamilton for only the opening laps. Topics Sebastian Vettel could only manage to finish fifth. Photograph: Dan Istitene/Getty Images Reuse this contentlast_img read more

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Injury Update For Ohio State LT Thayer Munford

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 is struggling against Maryland Terrapins today, as the Buckeyes could be looking ahead to the upcoming rivalry game with Michigan.While the defense is downright putrid right now, the Buckeyes are having success with their running game. In one quarter of play, J.K. Dobbins has over 60 rushing yards.Unfortunately for Ohio State, that recent success could decline with the latest injury to Thayer Munford. During the Buckeyes’ last drive, the starting left tackle was down on the field after getting hit in the knee.Thayer Munford exits the game for Ohio State. Took a blow to the lateral (outside) of his right knee. Concern for medial collateral ligament (MCL) injury. Being evaluated on the sideline now #buckeyes— Dr. Brandon Bowers (@blbowers12) November 17, 2018The extent of the injury is still up in the air, as it recently occurred.Considering that Munford left the field with assistance from the trainers, there’s a strong chance that he could miss time.Thayer Munford limping slowly off the field with assistance from trainers.— Dan Hope (@Dan_Hope) November 17, 2018If the Buckeyes are without Munford for the remainder of the game, this offense could have to rely on Dwayne Haskins even more.For now, Joshua Alabi will replace Munford at left tackle.Maryland currently leads 17-3 over Ohio State. The game is available on ABC.last_img read more

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Will miss you: SRH after David Warner leaves for Australia’s World Cup camp

first_img Press Trust of India HyderabadApril 30, 2019UPDATED: April 30, 2019 17:24 IST David Warner left Sunrisers Hyderabad to join Australia’s 2019 ICC World Cup camp (IANS Photo)HIGHLIGHTSDavid Warner top-scored with 81 in his last game of the 2019 IPL as SRH beat KXIP by 45 runsWarner won’t play any further IPL matches this season and has left for Australia’s World Cup campRashid Khan, Tom Moody along with other Sunrisers Hyderabad players said they will miss himSunrisers Hyderabad players and support staff say the team will miss prolific David Warner – who has left Indian shores to join Australia’s World Cup camp – in the business end of the tournament.Warner, who recently returned to competitive cricket after serving out his one-year ban for ball tampering, has been named in the 15-member Australian squad for the mega event.”I can not express my gratitude enough to the @SunRisers family for your support, not just this season but also for the last year. It’s been a long time waiting but it was great to be back,” the swashbuckling opener posted on his official Twitter handle.I can not express my gratitude enough to the @SunRisers family for your support, not just this season but also for the last year. It’s been a long time waiting but it was great to be back https://t.co/zhfY5HA7jSDavid Warner (@davidwarner31) April 30, 2019Warner, who has been the leading run scorer in this IPL, thus won’t play any further matches for SRH. He amassed a staggering 692 runs in the ongoing edition of the cash-rich T20 league.Afghanistan and SRH spinner Rashid Khan tweeted that he would miss Warner in the team.”Safe flight my bro @davidwarner31.We are already missing you it was an absolutely pleasure to play together again and 1 thing I will miss a lot while you were telling me in ground MASHALLAH and INSHALLAH . See u soon in World Cup. @SunRisers @IPL,” tweeted Rashid along with a photo.advertisementSafe flight my bro @davidwarner31.We are already missing you it was an absolutely pleasure to play together again and 1 thing I will miss a lot while you were telling me in ground MASHALLAH and INSHALLAH . See u soon in World Cup . @SunRisers @IPL pic.twitter.com/ENMv3vYDBSRashid Khan (@rashidkhan_19) April 30, 2019Sunrisers head coach Tom Moody also lavished praise on his compatriot for the great character and resilience shown by him.”Another phenomenal @IPL for @davidwarner31, takes more than skill to emerge from the recent past it shows great character, resilience and determination to rise as he has. #welcomeback #ClassAct #IPL2019,” Moody, who also represented Australia, wrote on his Twitter handle.Another phenomenal @IPL for @davidwarner31, takes more than skill to emerge from the recent past it shows great character, resilience and determination to rise as he has. #welcomeback #ClassAct #IPL2019Tom Moody (@TomMoodyCricket) April 30, 2019Sunrisers Hyderabad face Mumbai Indians in a crucial clash at the Wankhede Stadium here on May 2.Also Read | David Warner and Rashid Khan star as SRH crush Kings XI PunjabAlso Read | Tried to be the best batsman I can be: David Warner after signing off for SRH on a highAlso Read | The girls and I are proud of you: Wife Candice’s emotional message for David WarnerFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Tags :Follow IPL 2019Follow David WarnerFollow Sunrisers HyderabadFollow SRHFollow AustraliaFollow 2019 ICC World Cup Will miss you: SRH after David Warner leaves for Australia’s World Cup campDavid Warner finished 2019 Indian Premier League with 692 runs including eighth half-centuries from 12 matches. Warner left Sunrisers Hyderabad to join Australia’s 2019 ICC World Cup camp.advertisementlast_img read more

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Stars Play Charity Golf For Caudwell Children

first_imgStars of stage, screen and sport headed to Loch Lomond last week to take part in the annual Caudwell Children Celebrity Golf Classic and helped raise thousands for disabled children.Jonathan Wilkes, Mikey Graham, Ant McPartlin, Trudi Beswick, Declan Donnelly, Ben ShephardCredit/Copyright: CIA Photography via Caudwell ChildrenCelebrities including Ant & Dec, Ben Shephard and Jonathan Wilkes joined Boyzone’s Mikey Graham, the host of the glamorous annual event at The Carrick golf course on Thursday 27th and Friday 28th.Mikey Graham Plays Golf For Caudwell ChildrenCredit/Copyright: CIA Photography via Caudwell ChildrenEach celebrity played with a team of three paying guests and competed over two days against the stunning backdrop of the Scottish Highlands. The teams also enjoyed two nights at the five-star De Vere Cameron House Hotel including a gala dinner and awards presentation.Dec Donnelly Plays Charity GolfCredit/Copyright: CIA Photography via Caudwell ChildrenHosting the event again was the Irish singer songwriter, Mikey Graham, he said: “We’ve had another great couple of days at this year’s event, with a fantastic bunch of celebrities joining me on the course.”Other celebrities attending the sporting fundrasier included Olympian Louise Hazel and the twin stars of Harry Potter, James and Oliver Phelps.Local celebrities joining the all-star event are ex Scottish international footballers Andy Goram, Alan Rough and Derek Johnstone and boxer Ian McLeod.Money raised over the two days will be donated directly to national charity, Caudwell Children.Trudi Beswick, CEO of Caudwell Children, said: “We are thrilled with the turn out for this year’s golf event and we’re delighted to return to Loch Lomond. The event raises vital funds to provide practical and emotional support for sick and disabled children right across the country, we can’t thank our guests enough for their continued support.”For more information contact the charity events team on events@caudwellchildren.com or call 01782 600611.last_img read more

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Morocco Endeavors to Bring Paris Agreement into Force During COP22: FM

New York – Morocco will endeavor to make the 22nd Conference of Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP22), be held on November 7-18 in Marrakech, an important step to bring the Paris Agreement into force, said Friday in New York, Foreign Minister, Salaheddine Mezouar.“In this regard, the Kingdom of Morocco will endeavor under the leadership of HM the King, to make the Marrakech Conference an important step to bring the Paris Agreement into force, by finding solutions to ensure sustainable economic development and adopting concrete measures to implement the international obligations of this historic Agreement, through the mobilization of necessary financial structuring resources and the strengthening of capacity building as well as the facilitation of access to finance,” said Mezouar who was speaking before the 71st session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA).In this context, he said, Morocco “will ensure that the Marrakech Conference attaches particular importance to southern countries, including African and island states, which are suffering the perils of climate change.” “Morocco, which has just filed the instruments of ratification of the Paris Agreement, calls on other states parties to speed up the process of ratification of this instrument to ensure its entry into force in the shortest possible time,” he stressed.He added: “It is sure that Morocco will build on the support of States and non-State actors so that the Marrakech Conference can reflect our solidarity and commitment to preserving the future of present and future generations.”Regarding the issue of sustainable development in relation to the environment, Mezouar stressed that Morocco aspires to make this global meeting a suitable occasion to make the voice of African countries heard, like the other most exposed regions in the world to the negative impact of environmental degradation and climate change.“Our goal is to find appropriate solutions to ensure sustainable economic development and adopt practical measures to implement the international obligations of the Paris Agreement,” he concluded. read more

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Shooting on Six Nations early Saturday

An early morning shooting Saturday on Six Nations left a 23-year-old man in hospital and police searching for two male suspects.Six Nations police said they responded to a report of gunfire at 6:30 a.m. Saturday on Fourth Line Road where a man was shot in the left leg with a large calibre hunting rifle.A second man, aged 21, told police he and the victim were standing in a residential laneway when a white Chevy Silverado pickup truck, with a male driver and a male passenger, pulled up. After a short exchange of words, the passenger pulled out a rifle and shot the 23 year old. The truck raced away.Police found the truck at a First Line Road home and seized it for forensic examination. They also found some evidence at the scene of the shooting.Police said they believe the suspects and victim are known to each other.Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to contact police at 519-445-2811 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or www.crimestoppers-brant.ca.SGamble@postmedia.com@EXPSGamble read more

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Malaysia UN rights office urges Government to rethink ban of civil society

“We call upon Government of Malaysia to amend the Societies Act 1966, maximize the space for human rights activists and organisations to operate freely, and ensure that they can conduct their legitimate activities without intimidation or harassment,” the spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Rupert Colville, told journalists in Geneva.The COMANGO coalition submitted joint reports to both the UN Human Rights Council’s 2009 and 2013 Universal Periodic Reviews (UPR) of the situation in Malaysia. Since its submission to the second cycle of the UPR, which took place on 24 October 2013, the coalition has reportedly been subjected to a series of harassment and threats, allegedly by both State and non-State actors. The coalition has been accused of attacking Islam and of spreading beliefs that do not conform to Islamic teachings. The Malaysian Ministry of Home Affairs declared in a press statement on 8 January that COMANGO promotes rights which are not in line with Islam, and is therefore illegal. The statement also noted that only 15 of the 54 organizations are registered under the Societies Act 1966.“We are concerned by what appears to be an act of reprisal against COMANGO for its engagement with international human rights mechanism,” the spokesperson added.UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, High Commissioner Navi Pillay and the Geneva-based Human Rights Council have persistently called for the protection of individuals and members of groups that cooperate with the UN, its representatives and mechanisms in the field of human rights from acts of intimidation or reprisal. read more

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Astoria Ore opposes proposed Vancouver oil terminal

first_imgAstoria, Ore., has added itself to the list of cities opposed to the Vancouver Energy oil terminal.On Monday, the city council unanimously passed a resolution that specifically cited the proposed Tesoro Corp. and Savage Cos. terminal as a reason to oppose any proposed oil-by-rail projects along the Columbia River.“I think the benefits of the terminal project to Astoria definitely don’t outweigh the risks,” City Councilor Zetty Nemlowill said in a story by The Daily Astorian.The resolution also announced Astoria’s supporting stance with other cities, saying “Spokane, Vancouver, Portland and Seattle, the Columbia River Treaty Tribes, and others have expressed profound concerns and opposition to the (terminal).”The Daily Astorian also reported that the council plans to submit the resolution to the Washington Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council, which is evaluating the terminal project.The terminal is proposed to be built at the Port of Vancouver. It would be the largest rail-to-marine oil terminal in the United States, capable of handling 360,000 barrels of oil per day.last_img read more

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Mazzarri issues Roma warning

first_imgWalter Mazzarri warned his Torino side “to be perfect” if they want to stop a strong Roma team beating them tomorrow.Mazzarri and his Torino team had a chaotic transfer deadline day, where Roberto Soriano, Koffi Djidji and Simone Zaza all signed.The Torino has called on his team to put in a great shift tomorrow. Football Italia reports.“I thank those who are here and apologise if I didn’t get the chance to say goodbye to those who left,” said Mazzarri in his Press conference ahead of the game against Roma.“The season begins tomorrow with a very important match. Now I’d like to talk more about Roma than the transfer market, as I want my players to remain concentrated.”Chris Smalling open to a permanent AS Roma deal Andrew Smyth – September 6, 2019 Chris Smalling can “definitely see a longer-term future” for himself at AS Roma should things work out on his loan spell from Manchester United.“Roma have done extraordinary things to strengthen their midfield. They were already a great team last season and did so well under Eusebio Di Francesco, so we have to perfect against them to hope for a result.”“I believe in hard work and tactical organisation. I gave the club some indications on which players to sign and how many we needed, but the markets are still open elsewhere and we will try to whittle down the squad.”“In my career, when given the right number of players, I’ve always managed to get 110 per cent out of my players. If the lads are ready to work hard, we can do great things together.”“Fitness is an essential condition for me and in order to choose a starting XI, I must have guarantees on their fitness. We’ve got to stop Roma playing their game and do our best going forward.”last_img read more

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Government Continues To Create Environment For Technology And Innovation

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppKINGSTON, Sept. 10 (JIS):Minister of State in the Ministry of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining, Hon. Julian Robinson, says the Government will continue to create the enabling environment for technology and innovation.This, he said, is being done by ensuring that Jamaicans have access to the Internet through the e-learning initiatives, and community access points. He noted that an island-wide broadband network is also being rolled out.“We are playing a role in facilitating the build out of the infrastructure and that really is no different from the same way you build a highway. But the highway is not just a road, it is a highway to economic development and it is the same way we see the island-wide broadband network that we are doing,” he stated.Mr. Robinson was responding to questions during a roundtable discussion at the 2nd annual Venture Capital Conference held on Tuesday (September 9), at the Jamaica Conference Centre, downtown Kingston.He noted that the Government has been undertaking initiatives to support and foster innovation such as the Tablets in Schools Initiative and the ‘Start Up Jamaica’ programme.“We are rolling out those tablets and (while) it may be primarily educational, I think it will also facilitate this culture of innovation and entrepreneurship once it is used properly. You’re going to have 25,000 kids having tablets in the next month or so and that opens up a whole set of other opportunities for entrepreneurs, who programme content etcetera,” he said.Students and teachers at 38 learning institutions are being equipped with tablet computers under the pilot of the Tablets in Schools programme, which got underway at the start of the new academic year.Start-up Jamaica is a five-year programme, which will provide business support for young innovators and entrepreneurs to grow their ideas into marketable products and services, thus contributing to economic growth, increasing employment, and generating foreign exchange.Mr. Robinson, in the meantime, stated that infusing courses centred on innovation and entrepreneurship into the school curriculum will create more highly qualified technology graduates for the job market.“We have to start at the schools so those kids, ages 15 and 16, can recognise that there are (other) options… you can build and develop your own business and your own ideas…and the more we can infuse it earlier on in our education system, the better,” he said. The 2nd annual Venture Capital Conference, organised by the Development Bank of Jamaica, was held under the theme: ‘Towards a Dynamic Ecosystem…Linking Capital, Innovation and Entrepreneurship for Growth’. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for you Jamaica’s Senate Begins debate on National Identification and Registration Bill Bahamas DPM Turnquest, as IDB Governor, Talks Technology and Climate Change Resilience at IDB Conclave Related Items:Energy and Mining, Hon. Julian Robinson, jamaica, Minister of State, Ministry of Science, Technology Two boys die, bicycle and van collide in St. Catherine, Jamaicalast_img read more

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Macau GGR up 26 in October with record total for 2018

first_imgMacau’s gross gaming revenue grew by 2.6% year-on-year to MOP$27.3 billion in October, the 27th consecutive month of GGR growth for Asia’s gaming hub and the highest monthly total in real terms in 2018.Figures released by the DICJ show a substantial jump from September revenue of MOP$21.9 billion, due primarily to Golden Week in the first week of the month. Daily revenue was up 1.5% on February’s total, which coincided with Chinese New Year. RelatedPosts Although the numbers were strong, it is noticeable that they also represent two straight months of low single digit growth following a long period of double digit moves.According to Union Gaming’s Grant Govertsen, October was negatively impacted by three key factors. They include the recent visit of Chinese President Xi Jinping to open the Hong Kong-Zhuhai Macau Bridge; the “long holiday factor” which saw the calendar provide an opportunity for Chinese travelers to take a longer than usual break and therefore head overseas rather than to nearby Macau; and the gradual decline in VIP’s share of Macau GGR, with holidays such as Golden Week traditionally stronger period for the VIP segment.Bernstein’s Vitaly Umansky, Eunice Lee and Kelsey Zhu also pointed to a softening in the VIP segment.“Recent China Macro data have shown weakness over the past couple months,” they said. “China Manufacturing PMI has been trending down year-on-year every month since June 2018 and hit 50.2 for October 2018 (a figure below 50 represents economic contraction).“Other than weakening macro environment, we begin to observe tighter liquidity controls in China. As we have been highlighting, these trends in China will create headwinds for GGR growth in Macau.”Estimates for November growth range between +2% and +7%. Load More JW Marriott at Galaxy Macau named venue and Galaxy Entertainment Group named Venue Sponsor for 2019 Asian Gaming Power 50 Black Tie Gala Dinner South Korea’s foreigner-only casinos see revenues grow in August Strong VIP growth sees Okada Manila GGR climb 72% in Augustlast_img read more

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Teambased sports perks more popular than benefits enjoyed alone

first_imgTeam-based sports perks are more popular with employees than those enjoyed in isolation, according to research by employee benefits platform Perkbox.A study of 2,315 UK employees asked respondents to rate a number of employee benefits out of 100. Office sports teams scored higher (89) than birthday days off (86), duvet days (75) and sabbatical opportunities (64).Chieu Cao, chief managing officer and co-founder of Perkbox, said: “It’s interesting to see that workplace sports teams are rated so highly by UK employees, and how these are proving more popular than more traditional perks enjoyed alone. This highlights a shift in how people want to be rewarded and interact with their team.“This is especially interesting at a time when a lot of industries involve less face-to-face interaction than ever before. Although workers are more virtually connected and social than before, clearly this making them value real-world connections with their colleagues more than they have previously.”Almost a third (29%) of employees said they felt workplace sports teams were fun, while a similar percentage (27%) said they were enjoyable.More than a quarter (27%) of respondents said sports benefits would help them feel more loyal to their organisation, while 20% said these perks would increase their productivity and 18% said they would make them less likely to leave their employer. However, only 5% stated that their workplace offers this kind of benefit.Cao said: “Successful businesses rely on employees working together cohesively, and these types of team perks really help to make this a reality, as the sense of team and the interpersonal skills they promote will be carried into day-to-day work too.“This is good news for many employers, because sports-based perks can actually have positive implications for both the workforce and the [organisation] on a broader scale. Sports-based activities improve morale, team-building skills and health and wellbeing.”last_img read more

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Googles spamcall killer is coming to Motorola phones

first_imgMotorola’s G7 and One phones are getting Google’s Call Screen feature.  Óscar Gutiérrez/CNET Google’s Call Screen technology, which helps determine who’s calling your phone and why, is coming to Motorola’s G7 and One lines. This marks the first time the feature will be available outside of Google’s own Pixel lineup.Call Screen answers incoming calls, asks the caller for information and then transcribes the response in real time. Designed to help users manage robocalls and telemarketing spam, the feature debuted in the US in October as an exclusive for Google’s Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL phones. Since then, it’s been rolled out to Google’s other devices, the Pixel 2, 2 XL and the original Pixel.Read more: Here’s everything you can do to stop robocallsNow, owners of Motorola G7 and One phones will be able to see verified calls from all participating carrier providers. Call Screen uses Google Assistant to monitor and transcribe calls in real time, but does not send any information to the company’s servers, and Google says the feature works even without a data connection. screenshot-20181206-093227Here’s what is read to the caller when you choose to use Call Screen. Google Call Screen is part of Google’s Digital Wellbeing program, which helps users monitor their screen time, including how often they use specific apps, how many times they unlock their phone and how many notifications they receive.For now, Google Call Screen is currently available only on Pixel and Motorola G7 and One phones in the US, using US English as their locale. Google has stated that it intends to expand the feature to additional countries and languages — and other Android phones, we expect — though no specific timeline has been announced.  Now playing: Watch this: Google Call Screen: Everything to know Tags In the meantime, phone owners can turn to the many US carriers who have introduced their own antispam solutions. AT&T’s free Call Protect app, available to Android and iOS users, automatically blocks fraudulent calls, issues spam call warnings and lets you block unwanted calls from a specific number. The app also offers more advanced call monitoring features, such as reverse number lookup, but those require a monthly subscription. Verizon offers a similar service for its Fios customers. T-Mobile in January began using a technology that verifies that the phone number shown on caller ID is actually the phone number that placed the call. AT&T and Comcast said they’ll offer call authentication between networks later this year.  1 Phones Software Share your voice Comment AT&T Comcast Google Motorola T-Mobile Verizon 2:16last_img read more

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Minister Malla Reddy inaugurates six new reservoirs

first_imgHyderabad: Malla Reddy, Minister for Labour, Women and Child Development on Friday inaugurated six reservoirs that have been built in Keesara mandal. The reservoirs have been constructed as part of provide drinking water to villages located within the Outer Ring Road (ORR) at a cost of Rs 748 crore. Minister started three reservoirs each in Dammaiguda municipality and Nagaram municipality on Friday. Project director D Sridhar Babu, Project higher officials along with the concerned department officials were present.last_img read more

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Truck bomb rocks Somali capital Kills 20

first_imgMen and Somalian soldiers arrive on the site to rescue victims of the explosion of a truck bomb in the centre of Mogadishu. Photo: AFPA truck bomb exploded outside a hotel at a busy junction in Somalia’s capital Mogadishu on Saturday causing widespread devastation that left at least 20 dead, with the toll likely to rise.“Initial reports from emergency departments indicate more than 20 bodies picked up off the street and many more are under the wreckage of buildings destroyed by the blast”, said Ibrahim Mohamed, a senior police officer.Government security official Mohamed Aden said that bombing took place in a busy part of the city.“There was a huge blast caused by a truck loaded with explosives. It went off at the entrance of a hotel alongside the K5 intersection,” he said.There was no immediate claim of responsibility, but the Al-Qaeda aligned Shabaab carries out frequent suicide bombings in the capital and elsewhere as it fights to overthrow the internationally-backed government.Witnesses said the blast, which threw a thick cloud of smoke into the sky that could be seen across the city, badly damaged a nearby hotel and left scenes of devastation on the busy road.“This was very horrible, the bomb went off alongside the busy road and left many people dead. I saw several dead bodies strewn about but could not count them,” said witness Ismail Yusuf.“It was horrible.”Emergency services were overwhelmed as they sought to respond to the bombing.“This was very horrible incident. The emergency team don’t even know how many people they have collected because of the high number of the casualties,” said Abdukadir Haji Aden, director of Mogadishu’s main Amin Ambulance Service.“They have collected tens of dead and injured and the work is still ongoing,” he said.Widespread devastationThe so-called “Kilometre 5” junction is in the Hodan district, a bustling commercial part of the city with many shops, hotels and businesses.The explosion occurred outside the Safari Hotel, a popular place but not one that is commonly used by government officials. It is not known whether the hotel was the target on this occasion, but in the past the Shabaab has frequently attacked hotels where officials stay.In any case, the devastation caused was widespread. Muhidin Ali, a Mogadishu resident who was close by at the time said it was, “the biggest blast I have ever witnessed, it destroyed the whole area.”“There were dead bodies everywhere and injured people were screaming, some of them from under the rubble of destroyed buildings,” said Fadumo Dahir, a witness.“The whole area looks like a scene from a war,” said Ahmed Bare, another witness.The Shabaab was forced out of the capital six years ago by African Union and Somali troops, and subsequently lost control of major towns across southern Somalia.However, the militants continue to control rural areas and launch attacks on military, government and civilian targets in Somalia, as well as terrorist raids in neighbouring Kenya.Saturday’s blast comes two days after Somalia’s defence minister and army chief both resigned from their posts without explanation.last_img read more

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