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Managing midlife transitions

first_imgWe’re all familiar with the stereotype of the 50-year-old man who exchanges his car for a flashier model, or trades his wife in for a younger model, starts covering his baldness and wearing younger clothes or chucks in his job to go off and travel the world. Less dramatic but disruptive nonetheless, mid-lifers may resort to drinking more alcohol than before, feeling depressed and blaming themselves for their failures, or putting excess pressure (possibly psychologically damaging) on their children to excel in academics or areas such as sports and arts.Many of us spend our 40s and 50s, even after having found our place in the world, re-evaluating our lives, searching impatiently for undefined goals, driven by a deep sense of remorse for unachieved dreams or a desire to relive feelings of youthfulness. An earlier generation of psychologists attributed it to the feelings that many individuals approaching the middle age of their lives experience, faced with the sense of the passage of their youth and the nearness of their old age and impending death. The Germans have a word for it: Torschlusspanik: the fear of doors closing. Normal transitions during this period of life, such as the death of parents, the realisation of being stuck in an unsatisfying career, the onset of menopause or children leaving home often trigger off strong feelings of dissatisfaction, self-doubt and depression in some individuals.It is popularly called midlife crisis. As a result, they may experience a powerful desire to make significant changes in core aspects of their lives: career, marriage, romantic relationships, big-budget expenditures, or physical appearance.advertisementBut a midlife crisis is not inevitable and may be less common than once believed. A new study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences reported that older people in their mid-to-late 50s are generally happier, and experience less stress and worry than young adults in their 20s. Though the traditional view about ageing is that the functions of the body and brain inexorably decline. However, recent discoveries in neuroscience show that the ageing brain is more flexible and adaptable than we previously thought. Throughout life, our brains encode thoughts and memories by forming new connections among the nerve bodies (neurons).With age, the neurons themselves lose some processing speed, but with the acquired learning of a lifetime, they become ever more richly intertwined, reflecting deeper knowledge and better judgment. The brain also becomes less rigidly bifurcated. Functionally two separate structures, the right brain and the left brain, are linked by fibres called the corpus callosum; the left specialises in speech, language and logical reasoning, while the right handles more intuitive tasks, such as face recognition and the reading of emotional cues. Unlike young adults, who handle most tasks on one side of the brain or the other, older ones tend to use both hemispheres. Besides keeping them sharp, this neural integration makes it easier for healthy mid-lifers to reconcile their thoughts with their feelings. As our ageing brains grow wiser and more flexible, they also tend toward greater equanimity. But one can’t sit back and expect wisdom and contentment to flow automatically. Research has identified several types of activities, which if practised regularly, help boost the powers of the ageing brain.Achieve mastery. Mastery over a skill or job is the most important factor deciding a person’s self-efficacy, especially in today’s world. Success experiences raise one’s sense of self-efficacy, failure lowers it. Practise mastering a skill, doing something or striving to do something at its highest level. People who enjoy a sense of control and mastery stay healthier than those who don’t. The possibilities are unlimited, ranging from learning a new language, playing a musical instrument, to taking up painting or embroidery.Exercise physically. Regular physical exercise leads to increased blood flow to the brain, the production of endorphins, better filtration of waste products from the brain and increased brain-oxygen levels and is consistently linked to increased well-being.Establish strong social networks. People who sustain rich and extended social relationships during the second half of life have been shown to enjoy significantly lower blood pressure, lower risk of stroke and brain damage. Social relationships also reduce stress, anxiety and depression.Fulfil your need for generativity. During middle age, the primary developmental task is one of contributing to society and helping to guide future generations. This leads to a sense of generativity-a sense of productivity and accomplishment. In contrast, a person who is self-centred and unable or unwilling to help society move forward develops a feeling of stagnation.advertisementlast_img read more

At the buzzer!

first_imgPH 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 Marc Barroca nailed a jumper at the buzzer as Magnolia slipped past San Miguel Beer, 88-86, to take a 3-2 Philippine Cup Finals series lead on Friday night at Smart Araneta Coliseum in Cubao.“I love that guy. He’s not afraid to shoot,” coach Victolero said. “Saktong, sakto ‘yung tira.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsBarroca finished with 22 points, his same output in a humbling Game 4 loss to the defending champions, to lead the Hotshots to within a win of knocking the crown off the Beermen’s heads.“It was a miracle shot. I know that when they have some runs, we just needed to weather the storm,” Barroca said. “This is the ballgame we wanted—as close as possible—to just have that chance in the end.” MOST READ Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting As Finals set to begin, Tigresses stars Rondina, Laure receive top honors DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew LATEST STORIES Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid But even with momentum on the Hotshots’ side, Victolero refused to be complacent.“Yes,” he said about being one game away from the title. “But we know San Miguel. They won’t go down that easily.”Meanwhile, the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) is looking at a couple of friendly games with European powerhouses to prepare Gilas Pilipinas for the Fiba World Cup in China.“[We are] in touch with Andrei Kirilenko. He wants us to go to Russia,” said SBP president Al Panlilio on Wednesday.“Initially, it was just a one-game trip. We were [partial about it] but they said they’re willing to expand it to two games,” he added. “It’s something we’re trying to finalize with Andrei.”Kirilenko, a former NBA star, now serves as the president of Russia’s basketball federation.Panlilio said the SBP is also eyeing a friendly against 2006 World Cup champion Spain.Gilas Pilipinas is in Group D play Angola, Italy and Serbia. A game with wild momentum swings—and a bizarre fan incident in between—was fittingly capped by a wild finish.ADVERTISEMENT Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next The roller-coaster game, which featured huge runs by both squads, moved to bizarre—and scary—territory when a fan in Spider-man costume stormed the court, accidentally hitting June Mar Fajardo and causing a wild commotion.He was chased and detained by security personnel and an apparent companion was dragged from his seat and also detained.That seemed to spark Fajardo, who hit a three-point play and keyed a run that had San Miguel swallowing a 13-point lead and tying the game at 86 on a Terrence Romeo triple.But the Beermen came up with several dry possessions, including one where Magnolia set up camp around Fajardo down low and when the five-time MVP made the exit pass, none of San Miguel’s gunners dared pull the trigger.Those flubbed opportunities led to the Magnolia possession with 14 seconds remaining that set the stage for Barroca’s heroics.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Pogba’s brother too fat for German club

first_imgMathias Pogba, the brother of Manchester United star Paul, has been snubbed by a German third division side for carrying too much weight.The 27-year-old striker recently took in a trial with KFC Uerdingen.He is on the lookout for a new club after severing ties with Dutch outfit Sparta Rotterdam in 2017. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! The former Wrexham, Crewe, Crawly and Partick Thistle frontman has been a free agent since then, with a lack of playing duties having allowed him to join sibling Pogba in toasting World Cup success over the summer.He had hoped to kick-start his own career after taking in that triumph, but has been unable to find a team willing to take a chance on him.Injury issues have taken their toll, with Uerdingen coach Stefan Kramer suggesting that Pogba is currently too big to be considered for competitive action.He told reporters after turning down the chance to do a deal with the Guinea international: “Mathias has already gone. He would not have been able to improve our team.”He is not yet in good enough shape physically.Mathias Pogba too fat KFC Uerdingen“Mathias is a big guy, and he has a good body for a number nine.”But he still has too many kilos around his hips.”Pogba has earned five international caps to date, while he also tasted Football League Trophy success with Crewe in 2013.A stint at Gresty Road proved to be his most productive to date, with short stints at Pescara, Crawley, Partick and Sparta taken in since then. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

Delhi pacer Parvinder Awana beaten up in Greater Noida

first_imgIndia’s first-class cricketer Parvinder Awana was on Friday beaten up by a group of five unknown people in Greater Noida.It is reported that Awana was returning from Haridwar and while passing Greater Noida, five unknown people, who were travelling by car along with a girl, attacked him.The group of people, who was running away after having a fight in ice factory, thought that Awana was chasing them and, therefore, they overtook his car before assaulting the cricketer.The five goons reportedly belong to Ghanghola village of Greater Noida. The state police have started investigation into the assault.This is not the first time when Awana has been caught in such a situation. As per media reports, the Delhi pacer was punched repeatedly by a Noida policemen after an argument over parking in 2014.The 31-year-old cricketer is currently a part of Kings XI Punjab squad in the Indian Premier League. Awana has also made two appearances for India and that came in a T20I series against England in 2012.last_img read more

FA Cup: Holders Arsenal stunned by Nottingham Forest, Harry Kane propels Tottenham Hotspur to win

first_imgDefending champions Arsenal were knocked out by second-tier Nottingham Forest 4-2 in a stunning fashion in the third round of the FA Cup on Sunday.For the first time, Arsenal lost an FA Cup third round game since 1996 and for the very first time in the Arsene Wenger reign.Nottingham took the lead in the match through Eric Lichaj before Per Mertesacker equalised for the Gunners.However, Lichaj scored once more to send Nottingham into half time with a 2-1 lead over the Cup holders.ALSO WATCHIn the 64th minute, Nottingham were awarded a controversial penalty. Ben Brereton, one of the seven players aged 23 or under in Nottingham, stepped up to take the penalty and scored to make it 3-1.Danny Welbeck then stepped up for Arsenal to pull one back in the 78th minute.However, Nottingham were awarded another penalty, which Kieran Dowell converted to seal the match.HARRY KANE SCORES TWICE AS TOTTENHAM BEAT AFC WIMBLEDON Harry Kane took his goal tally for the season in all competitions to 27 with a quickfire double in Tottenham Hotspur’s 3-0 victory over third-tier AFC Wimbledon in the FA Cup third round at Wembley Stadium on Sunday.Premier League Tottenham were labouring to break down the visitors before Kane effectively sealed the tie with goals in the 64th and 66th minutes. Jan Vertonghen added his side’s third.Wimbledon had proved stubborn opposition until a Moussa Sissoko cross found Kane who slid in to prod the ball home.Kane made it 2-0 when he turned in an attempted shot by team mate Kyle Walker-Peters from close range.advertisementVertonghen fired home a spectacular third goal from distance eight minutes later for his first Tottenham goal for four years.AFC Wimbledon, founded in 2002 to replace the existing club that became Milton Keynes Dons and who have worked their way back up through the various leagues, came close to scoring in the first half when Jimmy Abdou’s shot hit the bar.(Courtesy: Reuters)last_img read more

A Top Head Coach Admitted Something Ridiculous On College GameDay

first_imgESPN College GameDay logo.A top college football head coach admitted something pretty ridiculous on ESPN’s College GameDay this morning.The head coach, Louisville’s Bobby Petrino, says he doesn’t know how to use Google.Seriously.The Cardinals’ head coach was asked to reveal the last thing he googled and he responded by saying he doesn’t know how.“You’re going to have to show me how to get on Google,” he replied.This seems absurd – has he never been on the internet in general!?! – but college football head coaches often like to act like they have no knowledge about anything that isn’t football related.If Petrino does get on Google at some point this season, he should stay away from googling “college football hot seat rankings.”Louisville, after all, is off to a 2-4 start this season.last_img read more

Cruise on a Murksli Longboard

first_imgDo you still use skateboarding as your normal mode of transportation? Are you looking for a board that’s a little more unassuming than your standard skateboard with flashy graphics? Check out Murksli skateboards. The company was founded in 2009, and is currently based in Slough in the United Kingdom. Each longboard is handcrafted from mountain maple wood, and then covered with walnut-tree root layers, giving it a more refined look that is perfect for cruising around the city streets. Here’s a rundown of of their board styles:–Murksli KRUZER is our most versatile shape. A longboard by its size with a distinctive and convenient tail. Made for city cruising as well as for some hill-bombings.–Murksli SLIDER is a well-balanced and responsive freeride board. Whether you’re doing powerslides or just cruising around, Five will give you an amazing all-around control over your ride.–Murksli ERA is inspired by the golden-era of skateboarding. It’s our take on the skateboard shape of the ’80s. You can cruise, ride pools and basically do any trick with this little baby.–Murksli MIKRO is a perfectly shaped street cruiser. Ideal length with the right amount of concave and subtile, rounded tail makes sure you’ll be cruising the streets in full control.–Murksli DROP is our take on the pintail longboard shape, designed for joyful carving and cruising. Its surf-inspired slightly concave shape gives you extra grip and control. Ideal for beginners who want to learn how to ride those concrete waves.So if you’re in search of super cool longboard, may we suggest getting a Murksli?For more information, visit murksli.com. Sip On the Original Stormtrooper Beer While You Wait for the Next Star Wars Movie Vanderhall’s 2020 Carmel GT Is a Race-Ready, 3-Wheel Go-Kart Get Acquainted With the Military-Approved Skincare Brand Bravo Sierra Learn Guitar (and Don’t Give Up) With the Fender Play App Editors’ Recommendations This 1949 Barn Find Coupe Was Resurrected As a 638-Horsepower Hellraiser last_img read more

A Gentleman’s Guide to Fantasy Football Trash Talk

first_img Pairing the English Premier League Soccer Teams with Craft Beers from the United States Editors’ Recommendations Football season officially begins September 7 with a match between the Andy Reids (aka Kansas City Chiefs) and the Tom Bradys (aka New England Patriots). This means within the next two weeks NFL fantasy football leagues will kick off another year of pig-skinned voyeurism and, most importantly, wholesome trash talking.Whether or not this is your first year joining a fantasy football league, let’s brush up on the gentleman’s dos and don’ts of trash talking, which, if followed correctly, will add to the fun of your season and add another competitive element to Sunday games.The first and most important do:Do trash talkThere’s nothing worse than an inactive league. Odds are, you’re putting up actual dinero to join in for the season, banding up with a group of long-time buddies, work colleagues, or couples, so for goodness sake do some trash talking. If you’d prefer to keep it zipped, you might as well join a public league full of anonymous randos, or just skip the fantasy league altogether and play Madden.When should you begin the trash talking? Immediately.Do trash talk during the draftYou’ll notice in the corner of your draft screen a little box at the side for messages. Use it. Odds are that you’ll get at least one of your players stolen by a pick before you, so let that fuel the fire. This will also help set the standard of trash talking for the season and give you a taste of your competitors’ style. If it makes you feel more gentlemanly, think of it as ‘healthy debate.’ But remember, the draft room is only a warm up. Keep the smack light and don’t go out fists a-blazin’.Pro Tip: Use your team name as a form of smack talk, with the option of changing your name each week depending on your opponent and a smart joke at their expense.Do not keep conversations private    Once the season begins, your trash talk will naturally gravitate to certain members of your league, whom you’ll build a rapport with. Maybe they drafted your favorite or least favorite player/team. Maybe they beat you in the playoffs last year. But the moral of the story is, that during any and all trash talking, keep it open for the whole league to see and take part in. In fact, if your buddy’s girlfriend is new to the league, call out one of her draft moves as a way to welcome her into the fold and get more people involved in the conversation. If you’re a more seasoned fantasy trash talker, this gives newer players a sense of what to expect (aka what is and is NOT up for ridicule)… and with that being said:Do know your crowdThere’s a debate on whether the topic of mothers is fair game in trash talking. The answer is: depends on your crowd. If you’re in a league with people you grew up with, sure, mothers are 100% game. However, if you’re participating in a league at work with your colleagues, use common sense… so no, don’t trash talk your boss’ mom.Do not worry about memorizing statsThe gentleman’s art of trash talking has little to do with knowing every single player and team stat every week. Winning or losing comes down simply to points, and the singular team you’re playing each week. Keeping track of everyone’s stats is too time-consuming. That time could be better spent zeroing in on your immediate opponent, looking at their performance the past couple weeks, and crafting a witty remark. Plus, it’s better to know the people in your fantasy league than their pro players. Yes, you should play on their biggest annoyances.Pro Tip: You can always fall back on using your opponent’s Win-Loss Record and overall History to provide kindling to your trash talk fire. (Like the time Tom lost in the playoffs by exactly one point to Lou’s girlfriend who was a rookie. Ohhh!)Do think about what you’re going to say… but do not think too longIf you devise a savage comeback and for an inkling of a second think, ‘Is this too far?’ odds are it’s too far. You’re better off taking a step back and finding a different attack. We’re not trying to turn friends into enemies. Also, if you take too long trying to craft the perfect comeback you’ve lost this bout. You have exactly seven minutes until you officially forfeit the trash-talk session. Similarly, if you respond with a full block paragraph that took you the full seven minutes to type, you also lost. Keep your trash talk short and surface-level. Brevity is the soul of wit.Pro Tip: Your seven minutes are up and you sink into silent defeat. If the member of your league brings up later on that you didn’t have a response, pull out a simple ‘sorry I was talking to your mom/ex from high school/person you like… what I was going to say was…” Boom.Do not cut deepYou joined a fantasy league because they’re fun. In style, keep all trash talking light and as much about the NFL players and teams as possible. Another reason to keep the jib-jab civil is on the off chance that you’ll need to do a trades later on.Do not take it personallyIf another member of the league takes it too far (this is a common occurrence), don’t take their comments personally. More likely than not, they were having trouble coming up with a good response and in the heat of the moment aimed under the belt. The less emotional and aggravated you get during trash talk, the more you win.Do keep the conversation going Trash talking is a dish best served leading up to the games that week, during the games, and after. Don’t be that guy who only jumps into a back-and-forth after winning the week. Nobody likes that dude.Do target everyoneAt the end of the day, there will only be one winner at the end of the season. Even if you came in dead last, you have the right, neigh, the obligation, to trash talk every single other member for not coming in first. Remember: a loss at second can feel a lot worse than a loss at twelfth.Overall, boosting your fantasy league trash talk standards will build camaraderie within your group of friends and co-workers in the league. Which is the point of joining a league. Oh, and if you win (for a week or the whole season) be sure to remind everyone. 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Supacat Pounces on MDS Marine

first_imgzoom Supacat has acquired MDS Marine as the latest step in the company’s strategy to expand its marine and renewable energy business.Last year at Seawork International Supacat launched its Supacat Multi-purpose Vessel 24 (SMV 24), which has since secured James Fisher Marine Services as launch customer with the first vessel making its maiden charter in May.The Supacat Launch & Recovery System developed for the RNLI’s new Shannon Class Lifeboat provided the company’s springboard into marine engineering.“Acquiring MDS Marine demonstrates Supacat’s commitment to the marine sector and forms part of our continuing diversification strategy to expand our marine business further through appropriate teaming agreements, joint ventures or acquisitions”, said Nick Ames, Managing Director of Supacat.Hampshire UK based MDS Marine gives Supacat access to the inboard propulsion market for powering ribs, tenders, utility vessels and super yachts, where MDS provides sales, installation and support services for Marinediesel Sweden and manufacturers, such as Konrad.Marinediesel’s VGT engines are used worldwide in the commercial, leisure and military markets, the latter offering synergies with Supacat’s core defence business in high mobility military vehicles.Supacat has appointed former Managing Director of Southboats, Jeremy Paul, as General Manager of MDS Marine, which retains its brand as part of the Supacat Marine Business within the Supacat group of companies.Jeremy Paul said: “With MDS Marine we aim to expand our share of the growing commercial and leisure market for diesel engines and focus on building up the after sales, support and spares side of the business to consolidate MDS’s existing customer base and provide a firm foundation for future growth”. June 10, 2014last_img read more

Surveillance des plages pendant la longue fin de semaine

first_imgLes conditions météorologiques prévues auront une incidence sur la surveillance des plages de la province au cours de la fin de semaine. « Notre priorité est la sécurité des amateurs de plage, mais nous prévoyons de grands vents et une forte houle, ce qui peut entraîner des conditions dangereuses, a dit Paul D’Eon, directeur du Nova Scotia Lifeguard Service. La surveillance sera également interrompue avec la fermeture des parcs provinciaux, et reprendra dès la réouverture des parcs. » La plage Rainbow Haven, la plage de Lawrencetown, la plage du lac Aylesford et la plage du Lake Milo Boat Club seront surveillées de 10 h à 18 h à compter d’aujourd’hui 3 septembre jusqu’au lundi 6 septembre. Elles seront toutefois fermées samedi. La plage Rainbow Haven et la plage de Lawrencetown, qui sont des parcs provinciaux exploités par le ministère des Ressources naturelles, seront fermées à compter de 18 h aujourd’hui, et ce, jusqu’à avis contraire. Il n’y aura aucune surveillance sur ces plages jusqu’à leur réouverture. La plage du lac Aylesford et la plage du Lake Milo Boat Club sont des plages municipales. La surveillance de ces plages reprendra lors de leur réouverture prévue, dimanche et lundi. La plage de Lawrencetown sera également ouverte, tel que prévu, les fins de semaine du 11 et 12 septembre et du 18 et 19 septembre. Les conditions météorologiques entraîneront de grosses vagues qui seront extrêmement dangereuses, ainsi que des courants latéraux côtiers qui peuvent causer des courants d’arrachement. On demande au public de rester loin des côtes et de l’eau pendant la tempête. Si les Néo-Écossais décident d’aller nager à une plage non surveillée, on leur recommande fortement de prendre des précautions supplémentaires et de tenir compte des conseils suivants : Ne surestimez pas votre capacité et restez dans les endroits peu profonds. Les parents doivent rester très près des enfants, tant sur la plage que dans l’eau. Ne consommez pas d’alcool sur la plage. Nagez avec un partenaire au cas où vous auriez des problèmes. Le Nova Scotia Lifeguard Service est un projet conjoint du ministère de la Promotion et de la Protection de la santé et de la Société de sauvetage, section de la Nouvelle-Écosse.last_img read more

NS needadoctor registry doesnt prioritize sickest people auditor general

first_imgHALIFAX – The Nova Scotia Health Authority needs to find a way to ensure people with serious health concerns who’ve registered on a provincial website are actually connected with a doctor, the province’s auditor general says.In a report Wednesday, Michael Pickup says the provincial web site where people can register to indicate they need a family doctor is of limited usefulness because there is no priority based on health history or the person’s condition.As of Sept. 1, there were almost 36,000 people registered online with the health authority’s “Need a Family Practice” registry, about four per cent of the province’s population.The health authority encourages doctors to use the list to obtain new patients, but as Pickup noted during a news conference, they aren’t required to choose new patients from the list.“So you could have people that are on the list that are quite sick who may not get a doctor before others that do,” said Pickup. “That’s just one example of the potential impacts upon people.”The audit, on the performance of the health authority and the Health Department, also says the government has generally done a poor job telling the public about its plans for primary care, despite growing concern over a lack of access to doctors.Pickup said the department and health authority often get bogged down in discussions that can hinder efforts on such things as doctor recruitment.“If you look it from the public perspective and from those of us looking for service, you just want the plan you don’t want this back-and-forth,” he said.Pickup recommends the province bring in a communications plan that will inform people on what the goals are for doctor recruitment and when people should expect services to be available.He says the existing website is inadequate and confusing in explaining the shift away from individual physicians to collaborative clinics. The report notes 50 of more than 70 planned collaborative care teams are already in place.Health Minister Randy Delorey said Pickup’s report highlights the system’s “challenges,” but maintained several times that “work is ongoing” to improve areas such as doctor recruitment.He also reverted again to what’s become a standard response around efforts to transform the system, saying it is taking time because much of the initial work involved merging nine health authorities into one in order to “work provincially.”“That was a necessary step to move forward in the work being done,” said Delorey.But the minister remained vague when it came to questions about what constitutes an acceptable wait time to get a family doctor, how long it will take to get enough doctors, and how many will be hired each year.Progressive Conservative Leader Jamie Baillie said the government’s “we are working on it” response is no longer good enough. He said concrete work needs to be done to get doctors into communities that need them.“There are no standards around wait times — not even a common definition of what a wait time is after all these years. That’s unacceptable.”The auditor was also critical of health officials for failing to provide clear benchmarks for plans to find hundreds of new doctors over the next decade.The audit says the latest forecasts estimate Nova Scotia will need 512 additional doctors over the next decade. But it noted the health authority had only come up with a doctor recruitment plan earlier this year.It also says the province still doesn’t have a clear, province-wide plan on how to deliver mental health services, even though work on such a plan started in late 2015.Pickup said the approach to mental health care across the province is not consistent and has led to significant variations in wait time standards, eligibility criteria, and in how clients are assessed.As an example he pointed to the Dartmouth General Hospital, where there is no psychiatric support for emergency services and patients must be transferred for assessment. Pickup said the hospital has Nova Scotia’s fourth busiest emergency department, and saw over 1,400 mental health patients in 2016.“That is the only regional hospital in that situation and that is by design, he said. “The government should re-evaluate if that is actually the way they want to deliver service.”The audit also says health officials have not completed decade-old recommendations to do a better job monitoring home care services to ensure they met contract terms.Pickup said the ongoing lack of controls following a fraud risk assessment in 2016 means “there is a high fraud risk around this program.”last_img read more

FSIN chief shows support for Saskatchewan legislature teepee protest

first_imgThe Canadian PressThe organization that represents 74 First Nations in Saskatchewan says it supports a decision by a group of protesters not to remove their teepees from the grounds of the provincial legislature.On Monday the protesters met with a group of cabinet ministers to discuss concerns about racial injustice and the disproportionate number of First Nations children apprehended by child-welfare workers.On Tuesday, Justice Minister Don Morgan said he won’t consider a second meeting with the protest camp until the teepees are taken down.The Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations says it will support the protesters any way it.Federation Chief Bobby Cameron says the organization is happy and humbled about what the camp is trying to achieve.Cameron says he doesn’t see the teepees leaving any time soon.“We’ll sit together with our people here, in a circle, and they’ll decide when and if the teepees will come down,” Cameron said Thursday.He says there is a lot of work still ahead to make systematic changes to the justice and social services systems.Last week, Premier Scott Moe backed calls for Regina police to remove the protest teepees.Regina police have said there has been no need for them to step in.last_img read more

BC Minister of Mental Health takes a walk through Vancouvers Downtown Eastside

first_imgTina HouseAPTN NewsVancouver’s Downtown Eastside has been called ground zero in Canada’s opioid crisis.APTN News went on a walk through the neighbourhood with Judy Darcy, the minister of Mental Health and Addiction in British Columbia.That’s where she found out first hand the challenges faced by those on the streets and on the front lines.“We are not going to rest until we turn the tide on this terrible crisis and that means we are using every tool in the toolbox,” said Darcy. “We are adding tools to the toolbox every single day whether thats drug checking overdose prevention sites connecting people to treatment and recovery programs as soon as possible.“There isn’t one single magic solution its about pouring it on and really working with the 1000’s of people on the front line who are really doing all the heroic work.”thouse@aptn.ca@inthehouse7last_img read more

Tourists in Greece worry about ATMs and credit cards but most holidays

by Beth J. Harpaz, The Associated Press Posted Jun 29, 2015 3:20 pm MDT NEW YORK, N.Y. – Tourists on holiday in Greece offered advice to others Monday: Bring extra euros.Several reported having some anxious moments over the weekend thanks to empty ATMs and merchants refusing credit cards, but the inconveniences eased as ATMs were replenished Monday.“We were finally able to get cash out of an ATM today, thankfully, since we are running out of euros we got in the U.S.,” said Anthony Adornato, a college professor from Syracuse, New York, heading from Athens to the island of Kea with three other Americans. “We thought we would have to start rationing, but luckily found an ATM that worked after two days of having no luck with others.”They’d tried five ATMs before finding one with cash, and many merchants had refused to take their credit cards.Richard Joplin, a realtor in Austin, Texas, arrived in Athens Monday with his two daughters for a 10-day holiday. “So far we have only been inconvenienced with restaurants and cabs only wanting cash,” he said. “I brought euros with me for that reason.” But he didn’t bring enough to last the trip, and hoped he’d be able to use credit cards and ATMs later in the trip.But others reported no problems. “So far so good because we’ve only been here for a day and came with a lot of euros,” said Chloe O’Brien, 21, of New York City, travelling with her grandma and two aunts to Athens and Mykonos.Laura Simoes, visiting Kefalonia from New Hampshire, said she had “neither seen, nor felt, any impact from the economic crisis. … Nearly every market, restaurant, etcetera has taken our credit card and never suggested they’d rather have cash.”Greeks can only withdraw 60 euros ($67) per account daily from banks, but the limits do not apply to foreigners.The tour group company smarTours, which is sending several groups to Greece in a few weeks, is not seeing cancellations and is simply advising clients to bring euros.“It is our understanding that our various suppliers are preparing for shortages of goods by stocking up,” said smarTours co-CEO Greg Geronemus. “At this time, we do not believe that travellers are at risk, but this is a fluid situation and we are monitoring it very closely.”The Tauck tour company currently has a cruise group finishing up with three nights in Athens. “We were in touch with our hotel and our tour director earlier today, and both report that daily life is going on normally,” said spokesman Tom Armstrong.Jim Christoforidis, a doctor in Chicago who was born in Greece and who’s planning to travel there later this summer with his wife to visit family, said they’ll “probably withdraw a substantial amount of euros” to bring. The biggest issue, he said, will be safeguarding the cash.“Because we’ll be staying with family, it’s less of a concern,” he said. “But we’ve heard stories of people staying in hotels dealing with theft.”Nikolitsa Katsoulias, of Ottawa, Canada, who is planning a trip with her fiance the last two weeks of July to Athens, Corfu and Zakynthos, booked the trip on a credit card that allows cancellations of airfare and other prepaid travel, “but we decided to go ahead with our plans anyway. After speaking to family in Greece, they advised us to bring extra euros with us and not to worry. We are going to take a leap of faith and trust that we will still enjoy our two weeks with the possibility that we may hit some bumps along the way.”Travellers with standard trip insurance probably are not covered if they elect to cancel a trip simply because of economic turmoil. “A traveller would need a covered reason to cancel and economic events are not covered explicitly in our U.S. travel insurance plans,” said Luke Hilty, global head of travel products at AIG. “If someone has a cancel for any reason policy, they would likely have some coverage under that provision.”Newlywed Gina Cherwin, who works in public relations in New York, planned a honeymoon in Greece with her husband for September. “We looked at each other this morning and said, ‘Here we’ve been planning for six months the trip of a lifetime and what if we aren’t able to go?’”Because their wedding gifts were mostly contributions to the honeymoon, most of the trip is prepaid. “I was looking forward to doing my part to bolster the economy and eat all the amazing food and see all the amazing sights,” she said. “Hopefully this is a short-term crisis.” Tourists in Greece worry about ATMs and credit cards but most holidays unaffected AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

The NCAA Tournament Has Turned Into A Dunk Contest

Texas Southern10.5 The dunkers are thrivingDivision I men’s college basketball teams for whom at least 10 percent of their 2-point field-goal attempts in 2018-19 were dunk attempts Mississippi St.12.3✓ Marshall10.1 Northeastern10.4✓ Virginia10.7✓✓ LSU14.2✓✓ Gonzaga11.4✓✓ UCF14.0✓ UCLA13.5 Auburn13.4✓✓ Florida St.16.0✓✓ TeamShare of offense from DunksMade Tournament?Made Sweet 16? Texas12.8 Source: Barttovik.com Arkansas12.5 To be sure, some of this is intuitive. Advances in science and technology make comparing today’s college athlete to those of yesteryear a comical examination. Perhaps more than ever, basketball rewards height — and, increasingly, arm length — and athleticism. Nowadays, warm-up lines seem to be as much for the fans as for the players. Tennessee is credited for starting a choreographed dunk during warm-ups that involves the entire team. It spread around the country and even reached the NBA.The digital market is saturated with looped clips of diminutive high-flyers, players leapfrogging multiple humans and guards audaciously double-pumping in transition. The NCAA’s official website ran a listicle of players it wants to see in a dunk contest.2Some posit that college already boasts the better contest. Because of his dunking prowess, Williamson eclipsed 1 million Instagram followers before he even got to college.As the number of dunk attempts has spiked, so too has their importance. Dunks accounted for 5.4 percent of all 2-point field goal attempts this season, the highest portion since 2014-15, and the fourth consecutive season that the national dunk share has risen.In fact, according to Bart Torvik’s website, three3Duke, Florida State and LSU. of the 12 teams with the most single-season dunks since 2010 can be found in this weekend’s regional semifinals. Little Rock10.6 Vanderbilt10.3 Murray St.13.8✓ Duke14.4✓✓ Georgia10.9 William & Mary10.4 In one of the most intoxicating games of this year’s NCAA Tournament, the UCF Knights went toe-to-toe with the top-seeded Duke Blue Devils. Leading up to and throughout the game, considerable bandwidth was spent debating whether the soon-to-be top pick in this year’s NBA draft, Zion Williamson, would add another body to his posterized graveyard. UCF center Tacko Fall, the would-be victim, chipped in 15 points on seven made shots, each of which came in eerily similar fashion. They were all dunks. At 7-foot-6, Fall is genetically predisposed to excel above the rim, as evidenced by his ability to jam it, flat-footed.Nobody this season dunked on Mike Krzyzewski’s squad more than Fall and the Knights. But the Blue Devils, which ultimately moved on with a win, are even more dunk crazy. And they aren’t the only team still playing in this tournament with eyes trained on the rim.This season’s Sweet 16 features a number of teams that relish slamming the ball through the cylinder. The teams have combined to produce 1,866 dunks this season. Three of the four dunk-happiest teams this season — Florida State, Duke, and LSU — are still in the field. Another contender, Gonzaga, ranks in the top 10 while Auburn, Virginia, Tennessee and Michigan rank in the top 30 by this measure. In all, six of this year’s Sweet 16 entries have a dunk share1The percentage of 2-point field-goal attempts that were dunks. exceeding 10 percent. Four years ago, only one did. Texas A&M10.2 Alabama10.6 Stanford14.9 Maryland10.7✓ Villanova12.8✓ Creighton10.3 Nevada11.3✓ Arizona St.12.0✓ Eastern Michigan12.6 Dayton12.2 Washington10.3✓ Xavier13.2 This is less about a few dunk-crazed teams and more a reflection of the nationwide trend in college basketball. As of Tuesday, there had been 19,550 dunks this season, the highest total of any season since at least 2010. Five years ago, for comparison, there were 17,687. Individually, the 2010 season featured 23 players who had at least 45 dunks. This season there are 36, seven of whom remain in the tournament. “We’re seeing more dunks,” Jay Bilas told The New York Times, “because there are more spectacular athletes out there.” Of course, there are outliers. Most noticeably, Loyola-Chicago made a surprise run into and past the Sweet 16 a season ago. The Ramblers had just 15 dunks, accumulating a 1.6 percent dunk share. Duke squares off with Virginia Tech on Friday and has a clear edge on dunking; the Hokies (62 dunks) have fewer than a third as many dunks as the Blue Devils (188). But far more often, it seems that the high-flyers are moving on.Dunks have held a special place in the NCAA Tournament for decades. It’s how many came to know the UNLV Runnin’ Rebels. It’s where Florida Gulf Coast, a plucky No. 15-seed in 2013, became known Dunk City. They have been everywhere this season and will continue to be, particularly with the regional semifinals featuring Florida State, Duke and LSU, three teams that have already skied for at least 177 dunks. The play has elevated the entertainment of the sport by a considerable measure.While the rise of the 3-pointer has justifiably garnered much attention, the dunk is the sport’s most marketable shot. The feat of athleticism is frequent fodder for highlight reels and commercials. And, since nearly 90 percent of all dunk attempts since 2010 have been converted into points, it’s likely the most efficient shot in basketball. What was once banned is now propelling the sport forward. So keep your eye on the rim this weekend as the Sweet 16 takes flight. read more

Codan completes acquisition of Minetec

first_imgElectronics group Codan has completed its previously announced agreement of 22nd December 2011 to acquire all of the shares in Perth-based Minetec from the company’s founder and partner for A$10 million. Minetec designs and manufactures a range of electronic products and associated software and the statement said it is “closely aligned to Codan’s core competencies of developing and manufacturing electronic products and distributing them almost anywhere in the world.” Minetec has grown significantly over the past few years and is at a point where it requires additional funding, improved processes and assistance to maintain its significant growth rate. Minetec was established in 2000, employs approximately 50 staff and provides communications solutions to the mining sector.While Minetec’s products are different from those offered by Codan’s Radio Communications division, they are based on similar engineering principles and are closely aligned to Codan in that they provide critical technical solutions in difficult operating environments. In recent years, Minetec has developed products that leverage off their communications infrastructure to improve mine safety and productivity in underground mines. These products include asset tracking, collision avoidance systems and associated software. While Minetec’s revenue is predominantly Australian-based, it is developing relationships with a number of large global miners, and under Codan’s ownership will be well placed to develop the business internationally. Codan’s Managing Director, Donald McGurk, said “Codan has been actively looking for the  right acquisition and is pleased to make this entry into the fast growing mining technology services industry. The mining sector offers significant opportunities for future growth, and Australia is considered to be one of the world’s most innovative mining technology communities.” Codan will operate Minetec as a stand-alone business unit of the Codan group, and will use it as the foundation for further growth in this sector.last_img read more

Five years on Remembering the last time the UFC came to Ireland

first_imgFans at the O2 arena. Credit: INPHO/Morgan TreacyON 17 JANUARY 2009, the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) rolled into town for the first time as the organisation’s president Dana White brought his increasingly-popular spectacle to Dublin’s newly-refurbished O2 arena — formerly the Point Depot.Although Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) was very much a minority sport at the time, fans were eager to get a taste of the once-off event with over 9,000 tickets selling out months before the big night.The light heavyweight bout between Rich Franklin and Dan Henderson took top billing with the winner earning the chance to coach Team USA in The Ultimate Fighter reality television series, while the undercard included tasty match-ups such as Mauricio ‘Shogun’ Rua v Mark  Coleman and Marcus ‘The Irish Hand Grenade’ Davis v Chris Lytle.Former Irish Olympic boxer Wayne McCullough, meanwhile, was brought in by White in an ambassadorial role to promote the occasion.Ireland’s great hope was a young man by the name of Tom ‘The Tank’ Egan, who had been signed up to give home fans a local fighter to throw their support behind. SBG welterweight Egan was pencilled in to take on England’s John Hathaway in the final fight of the preliminary card.At just 20 years of age, the Kildare native was short on experience but jumped at the chance to live out his dream by stepping into the Octagon having grown up training in his house alongside current UFC fighter Conor McGregor before they discovered John Kavanagh’s SBG.John Hathaway and Tom ‘The Tank’ Egan at the weigh-in.  Credit: INPHO/James CrombieAt the time, Egan said: “It’s going to be an amazing experience and I really can’t wait. I’m fighting on behalf of Irish fighters and Irish MMA and it’s great to see the UFC in Ireland.It is a feeling of all my dreams coming true. Every punch and every fight has worked its way to this.”Unfortunately, it proved too soon for Egan and he was defeated by technical knockout (TKO) in the first round. Here’s clip of him backstage before the fight and giving his thoughts afterwards:YouTube credit: The TelegraphGraeme McDonnell, founder of SevereMMA.com, recalls the night:I had been watching UFC for a couple of years when it came to Ireland. All of my friends used to look at me like I was crazy when I mentioned MMA. I finally convinced two lads to come with me to UFC 93 and they loved it and have been fans ever since.There were 9,000 fans there on the night but it was a niche sport at the time. There was a big buzz around it and people were trying to get tickets late on. A lot of boxing fans also went along thinking they would try it out.I remember at the time there were a lot of people complaining about the card, saying “where’s this guy?” but it was actually a brilliant card with the likes of Shogun, Henderson, Franklin, Chris Lytle and Hathaway all involved. It was great.The only fight that was boring was the Shogun v Coleman but there was good action in the rest of them. The crowd was going absolutely ballistic for Marcus Davis, there were ‘Ole’ chants going and people were going off their heads.He walked out with an Irish flag and his nickname was ‘The Irish Hand Grenade’ so that’s all you need.A huge crowd watches on. Credit: INPHO/Morgan TreacyI had been to events in the O2 in London but it wasn’t as good because it is small and there was no second tier. Everybody was in on top of each other.Even Dana White said it was pound-for-pound the best atmosphere ever. What is noticeable is that these days people only turn up for the main cards and don’t even watch the others. That night the place was full before the Tom Egan fight.I had never seen Tom Egan fight up to that point and was just into the UFC until I realised there was actually a strong Irish team.He was 4-0 at the time but he wasn’t ready. It was a different dream to get to the UFC back then. But as John Kavanagh said, he wasn’t ready but you don’t say no to the UFC.UFC fan Noel McGuinness was also in the crowd that evening:As far as I remember it got going at four in the afternoon and when we arrived the place was already packed. There was some atmosphere and the place was buzzing.It was my first UFC fight but I was a big fan at the time. We would have a few lads over to watch other events on telly on a Saturday night so to have it in Dublin was amazing. I remember looking forward most to seeing the Henderson v Franklin and Belcher v Kang fights.I’m surprised they haven’t been back since because even before Conor McGregor blew up they would have had a sell-out here.I worked in the IFSC and the fighters were staying in the Clarion Hotel nearby. They just happened to be checking in a few days before and I came across a number of them. All the UFC staff were so friendly and made an effort to say hello.They were signing posters and happy to pose for photos. I got pictures with nearly all the fighters on the card as well as some of the announcers.Noel McDonnell meets Mauricio ‘Shogun’ Rua. Credit: Noel McDonnellYouTube credit: dametallicaIn the eagerly-awaited main event, the two US fighters exchange early blows with Henderson coming out narrowly on top (29-28) after the first round. There is little between them but Henderson takes the second by the same scoreline before winning via split decision (29-28, 29-28, 27-30) with Franklin claiming the final round.Rich Franklin (left) and Dan Henderson. Credit: INPHO/Morgan TreacyDuring the week, we asked fans to tweet us their memories from the night:Were you at UFC 93? How was it for you? And are you looking forward to it returning in 2014? VIDEO: Conor McGregor spars with Irish youngsterBig names to attend grand opening of SBG’s new facilitylast_img read more

Food Drink Maddogs Fortside Brewing a tasty match

first_img After a few failed attempts at finding a hot dog vendor, Fortside Brewing Company has teamed with Maddogs Gourmet Hot Dogs. Mike DiFabio, co-owner of Fortside Brewing, explained, “We’ve tried to get a lot of different hot dog carts here. We finally scored the big one.”When Maddogs opened a restaurant at 1900 N.E. 162nd Ave. several years ago, Fortside Brewing Company’s beer was the first they tapped. “We got draft beer at their place,” DiFabio said. “We had a relationship with them. Then, we bought a food cart. It was a food cart that had closed down in the Columbia River Gorge. It was already certified in Washington state. We had this great little cart that we could have here. We just kind of went with it without any firm plans in place. Then, we hit them up with the possibility of having a food cart here.”Like Fortside Brewing Company, Maddogs Gourmet Hot Dogs takes its craft seriously. All the hot dogs are free of hormones, antibiotics, and nitrates. The beef hot dogs (which are the only ones available at Fortside for now) are high-quality Niman Ranch dogs. Co-owner Debbie Hijar is obsessed with getting the best product to her customers. Her Chicago dog is so authentic that while eating it (later that night), I felt like I was on the banks of Lake Michigan. As DiFabio said, “The Chicago dogs are legit. Where else can you get authentic Chicago dogs?”On my visit, Hijar and DiFabio teamed up to create a beer and hot dog tasting. DiFabio guided my journey by sharing his hot dog eating and beer drinking method — “It’s the dog and then the beer” — repeated until done.Here is what we ate:• Bacon Gorgonzola Dog and Fortside IPA — Rocky Balboa vs. Apollo Creed: I first tried the bacon Gorgonzola hot dog with a Fortside IPA. The strong, sharp, and salty melted cheese and chunks of bacon punched against the bold Northwest beer. The battle between these two flavor-bombs reminded me of the final scene in the film “Rocky” — each competitor was getting in some good jabs. I wasn’t sure who was the stronger fighter. Then the fight was over and I just wanted more. Rachel Pinsky can be emailed at couveeats@gmail.com. Follow her on Instagram @couveeats and @rachelapinsky and on Facebook @coueeats.last_img read more

42 foreigners among Sri Lanka attack victims

first_imgA police officer inspects the site of a gun battle between troops and suspected Islamist militants, on the east coast of Sri Lanka, in Kalmunai, 28 April, 2019. Photo: ReutersSri Lankan authorities have identified 42 foreign nationals among the 253 people killed in the string of Easter suicide bombings, officials said Tuesday.Another 12 foreigners remain unaccounted for and could be among still unidentified bodies at Colombo’s police morgue, foreign ministry officials said.Five wounded foreigners were still in hospital after the 21 April blasts at churches and hotels claimed by the Islamic State group.A ministry statement said the highest number of victims were from India (11) followed by Britain (six), China (four) and Denmark (three).Saudi Arabia, Spain and Turkey lost two nationals each. Bangladesh, Japan, the Netherlands, Portugal, Switzerland, United States, all lost one national.There were six other people with more than one nationality.Previously authorities had said that 40 foreign nationals were killed and had not given a breakdown on their nationalities.”Human remains of 25 foreign nationals have been repatriated by Monday evening,” the foreign ministry said in a statement.”Additionally, 12 foreign nationals are unaccounted for at present, and could be among the unidentified victims at the Colombo Judicial Medical Officer’s mortuary.”Identification of those killed at the luxury hotels was difficult because many of the bodies were badly mutilated, health authorities have said.The government has declared a state of emergency after the devastating blasts and banned two jihadists groups accused of responsibility for the bombings.Many tourists have left the country after the attacks and there has been a sharp decline in the number of foreigners visiting the island after several countries warned against travel to Sri Lanka.Sri Lanka’s finance ministry expects a 30-percent decline in tourist arrivals this year leading to a loss in revenues of about $1.5 billion.last_img read more

Texas Strong Harvey Relief Concert Will Feature Willie Nelson Paul Simon

first_img Share On the heels of Tuesday’s “Hand in Hand: Texas” concert and telethon to help those affected by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, plans for a new relief concert to be headlined by Willie Nelson and other greats were announced Wednesday morning.Willie Nelson, Paul Simon, Bonnie Raitt and more plan Harvey Can’t Mess With Texas benefit concert this month https://t.co/Eimr3qvLfN pic.twitter.com/llGPMCLC3O— Rolling Stone (@RollingStone) September 13, 2017Scheduled for Sept. 22 at the Frank Erwin Center in Austin, “Harvey Can’t Mess With Texas: A Benefit Concert For Hurricane Harvey Relief” will include performances by Nelson, James Taylor, Bonnie Raitt, Paul Simon and others. An hour-long special will be broadcast on TEGNA’s 11 Texas stations, including KHOU, and the first hour of the concert will air live on YouTube.com/TexasStrong.“We got lucky when Hurricane Harvey avoided Austin, but though it missed us, it hit our neighbors hard. Every time I’ve asked you to help our neighbors you’ve risen to the challenge,” Austin Mayor Steve Adler said in a statement. “Now we have an opportunity to do good by being our best, and that means putting on a show and having a good time.”Proceeds from the concert will benefit the Rebuild Texas Fund, a project of the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation and the OneStar Foundation. Google will match the first $500,000 in donations.last_img read more