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A Glimpse of 2009 Sealed into Government House Walls

first_imgGovernment House added a little piece of the present as it readies for the future. Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal Minister Bill Estabrooks and staff today, Oct. 22, placed a time capsule into walls as Government House prepares to re-open after almost three years of renovations. “I think this is a terrific way to mark the end of this significant project,” said Mr. Estabrooks. “These renovations will preserve this historic building for future generations.” Project manager Ron Jeppesen and his team have selected several items that represent what life is like in Halifax in 2009. “We tried to pick a variety of everyday items including a Tim Hortons cup, a newspaper, postage stamps, coins, a photo of the lieutenant governor and a copy of the project plan,” said Mr. Jeppesen. “Minister Estabrooks also contributed a small painting representing the provincial legislature.” The time capsule was placed in the old kitchen of the house, which will now be an artifact room. Government House is Canada’s oldest occupied government residence and a National Historic Site. The residence belongs to the people of Nova Scotia and is maintained by the Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal. Government House is an intrinsic part of Nova Scotia history and is near the end of an estimated $6-million renovation. Its last major renovation was in the 1950s.last_img read more

North Koreas stable exchange rates confound economists

first_imgPYONGYANG, Korea, Democratic People’s Republic Of — One of the biggest mysteries among North Korea economy watchers is how the country has managed to maintain stable exchange rates despite intense sanctions, political tensions and a swelling trade imbalance.The North claims it simply shows how strong the economy really is. But outside experts say it could reflect anything from tight loan policies and government restrictions on speculative dealing to a massive sell-off of state assets.Understanding what’s going on with the North Korean economy is essential for negotiators trying to gauge how seriously leader Kim Jong Un is about giving up his nuclear weapons and whether sanctions are actually what got him to the negotiation table, as many in the U.S. government have suggested.The Associated Presslast_img read more

Ban Kimoon briefs Security Council on tense Middle East situation

1 June 2007The situation in the Middle East remains volatile and tense, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon warned the Security Council today, with fresh clashes between Israelis and Palestinians in the Gaza Strip and the resumption of fighting at a Palestinian refugee camp in northern Lebanon. Briefing Council members in a closed-door session after returning from Berlin, where he took part in a meeting of the principals of the diplomatic Quartet on the Middle East, Mr. Ban said he has spoken to several regional leaders to try to help alleviate the situation.He noted that the Quartet voiced support for the ongoing bilateral talks between Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, as well as regional efforts – particularly the Arab Peace Initiative – to find a solution to the conflict.The Quartet, which comprises the UN, the European Union, Russia and the United States, decided to meet at an undetermined location in the Middle East on 26 June or the day after to continue the momentum of international peace efforts, Mr. Ban’s spokesperson Michele Montas told reporters.Quartet members will meet with Israelis and Palestinians and will then hold a separate meeting with members of the Arab League to follow up on the Arab Peace Initiative, Ms. Montas added.In northern Lebanon, fighting has again resumed between Lebanese army forces and Fatah al-Islam gunmen entrenched in the Nahr el-Bared refugee camp near the city of Tripoli.The shelling today has been heavier than on previous days, the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) reported, and it has meant the agency is unable to obtain first-hand information on the latest conditions for civilians living in the camp.UNRWA estimates that about 5,000 people remain at Nahr el-Bared, less than two weeks after the deadly clashes erupted in a camp that was home to about 31,000 people. Most refugees fled to Tripoli or the nearby camp of Beddawi during lulls in the fighting. read more

Wynne blasts feds for inadequate funding of Ontario infrastructure projects

TORONTO – Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne is firing back at federal Finance Minister Joe Oliver, accusing him of playing the “blame game” on infrastructure funding.Oliver accused the Ontario government on Monday of causing delays in Ottawa’s plan to spend nearly $11 billion on infrastructure by not providing a list of projects the province wants to see funded.But during a speech today to a conference on public-private partnerships, Wynne said Oliver’s “rhetorical enthusiasm does not build bridges or ease congestion.”She said the federal allocation for Ontario projects is so “inadequate” that her Liberal government has little choice but to apply pressure on Ottawa for better funding.Ontario plans to spend $130 billion over 10 years on public transit, roads and bridges, but Wynne complained the federal allocation for the province under the Building Canada Plan will be only $2.7 billion over a decade.She said with low interest rates and a federal surplus expected next year, “the time to act is now.”The Ontario government faces a $12.5-billion deficit that Wynne has pledged to eliminate by 2017-18.Oliver said Monday that he was still waiting for Ontario to submit its list of preferred infrastructure projects under the Building Canada Plan, which is designed to give predictable long-term funding to provinces and territories.But Wynne said Ontario has been waiting for months on a federal response to a proposed deal on how the province can access the Building Canada funds.“Our government has made infrastructure a real economic priority, so we have no shortage of projects in need of a real federal partner, and have been very clear about this,” she said in her speech. “With every delay, Canada’s persistent infrastructure gap widens and economic growth narrows.” AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Wynne blasts feds for inadequate funding of Ontario infrastructure projects by The Canadian Press Posted Nov 4, 2014 1:06 pm MDT read more

What Tom Brady And Case Keenum Do Better Than Anyone Else

Pressure on the quarterback is often a determining factor in which team wins the Super Bowl. However, pressure does not only mean sacks. Just forcing a quarterback to release a ball sooner than he wants or hitting him as he’s releasing it can sometimes be even more advantageous than a sack.In Super Bowl XLVIII, two quick pressures by Seattle on Peyton Manning led to two interceptions, including one returned for a touchdown after Manning’s arm was hit as he threw. That led to a 22-0 lead and the rout was on. Two years later in Super Bowl 50, Manning had the great defense on his side, and Von Miller forced two strip-sacks of Cam Newton that ultimately decided that game for Denver. In New England’s comeback win over Atlanta in Super Bowl LI, the turning point was when Dont’a Hightower strip-sacked Matt Ryan on a 3rd-and-1 with the Falcons up 28-12. That set up the offense on a short field and the comeback was on.It’s not so much about the volume of pressure put on a quarterback, but it’s how he handles it in the big moments on third down, in the red zone, and with the game on the line. Fortunately, that type of context is what an advanced metric such as ESPN’s QBR is able to adjust for.In 2017, Minnesota’s Case Keenum (58.5) and New England’s Tom Brady (54.0) led all quarterbacks in QBR under pressure with marks that rank among the top 10 in all seasons tracked since 2009. Brady’s placement may not come as a big surprise, but Keenum’s breakout season in Minnesota continues to be one of the wildest success stories since Kurt Warner went from bagging groceries to Super Bowl MVP in 1999. Brady has improved with ageTom Brady’s year-by-year numbers while under pressure, 2009-2017 201232.143233.85402713.810 Peyton Manning2009IND59.047.754562.9 Case Keenum2017MIN53.336.616358.5 201539.238426.48813827.311 Drew Brees2011NO54.556.035258.0 201639.186847.05321544.56 Keenum also led all quarterbacks in Football Outsiders’ passing Defense-adjusted Value Over Average metric, which measures efficiency, and he may just be the least likely quarterback to do so since 1986. A big part of Keenum’s success has been his improvement at handling pressure. When we first saw Keenum with the 2013 Houston Texans, he held the ball a long time as an inexperienced second-year player. Keenum’s pressure rate in 2013 was 38.7 percent, the second-highest season among all quarterbacks since 2009. With the Rams in 2016, Keenum ranked dead last in QBR under pressure (6.5). He took a sack on 26.7 percent of the plays he was pressured on.In Minnesota this year, Keenum has cut that mark in half, taking a sack on 13.3 percent of his pressures. Keenum has taken multiple sacks in each of his last seven games, but he was sacked just one time total from Week 5 to Week 11. A big help to Keenum has been wide receiver Adam Thielen, who led the NFL with 40 targets while his quarterback was under pressure — seven more than any other player. Thielen’s 397 receiving yards while targeted under pressure also led the NFL.Thielen is a great security blanket for Keenum, but Stefon Diggs has also been helpful in these moments. The game-winning touchdown pass to Diggs against New Orleans technically wasn’t a play under pressure, but it was a pressure-packed moment of desperation for the duo. Keenum’s QBR under pressure against New Orleans was just 26.4; he completed 4 of 10 passes for 53 yards with a bad interception that got the Saints back in the game. He’ll have to be much better against a Philadelphia defense that got after Matt Ryan often last week. For the season, Philadelphia allowed a 4.7 QBR when getting pressure on the quarterback, which ranked third among all defenses. Keenum can’t force things this week or create turnovers in what should be a low-scoring battle.Speaking of defense, the Jaguars ranked No. 1 in QBR when getting pressure (2.8). This is often a product of the Jaguars being able to get at the quarterback without sacrificing defenders in pass coverage: no defense blitzed less than Jacksonville at just 17.8 percent of its pass plays. That’s probably the right strategy against Tom Brady and the Patriots. You especially don’t want to send a big blitz of six-plus pass rushers at Brady. Since 2006 (including playoffs), Brady has 71 touchdowns to one interception against big blitzes (six-plus pass rushers).Still, at 40 years old, Brady has managed to improve in this area, posting a phenomenal season against pass pressure. His average yards per pass attempt under pressure was 8.76, the highest of any of the 277 qualified seasons since 2009. He also had the second-highest completion rate (59.0 percent) and second-highest passer rating (109.1) under pressure since 2009. The only real issue was that Brady still took 35 sacks this year, but sometimes that’s just the smart play instead of forcing a pass into coverage. Jameis Winston2016TB51.81%6.3112576.7 Tyrod Taylor2015BUF49.387.574255.0 Carson Palmer2015ARI49.647.067255.0 Tom Brady2017NE58.978.7610254.0 Jay Cutler2015CHI55.568.534369.2 201041.672986.21112510.79 Ryan Fitzpatrick2015NYJ43.405.005269.1 201334.654424.3821407.126 Rob Gronkowski and his large catch radius are obviously a big help to Brady when he’s under pressure. Gronkowski led the Patriots with 226 receiving yards when his quarterback was pressured, but Danny Amendola also has a tendency toward clutch catches. Filling in for Julian Edelman in the slot, Amendola caught 14 of 21 targets for 186 yards when Brady was pressured this year. Throw in Brandin Cooks’ 215 receiving yards in these scenarios and the Patriots have a lot of formidable weapons for defenses to worry about even when Brady is pressured. They’ll need all this playmaking ability against a tough Jacksonville defense. While the Jaguars didn’t pressure Ben Roethlisberger often last week, they did hold him to just 1-of-10 passing for 43 yards (including a brilliant touchdown to Antonio Brown) under pressure, and had a huge strip-sack returned for a touchdown in the second quarter.The Jaguars will need to do that to Brady to have a good chance at another upset, but Brady’s seen just about everything from defenses in his career. Against the Titans last week, Brady’s QBR under pressure was 87.6, including a touchdown pass to Chris Hogan and a soft toss to Amendola after heavy pressure.Even if Brady and Keenum aren’t at their best in tough matchups this weekend, they should still have a decisive advantage over the other quarterbacks. Blake Bortles finished 14th in QBR under pressure (21.2), but the strength in his game is really his scrambling ability. According to Sports Info Solutions, Bortles avoided 21 sacks this year, the second most by any quarterback (Matthew Stafford had 22). Bortles will have to use his legs against a New England defense that likes to make quarterbacks hold the ball —a unit that took down Marcus Mariota for eight sacks last week.As for the Eagles, Carson Wentz ranked third in QBR under pressure (52.7), so the offense has been missing that element since his injury. Nick Foles, in a limited sample of games, only has a 7.6 QBR under pressure this season. He’s always a hard one to predict with his unusual career path. Foles actually led all quarterbacks in QBR under pressure in 2014 with a mark of 48.2, but he was dreadful with the Rams (2.3 QBR under pressure in 2015).Then again, as Keenum has shown, stats collected in a Jeff Fisher offense may not be all that telling. If head coach Doug Pederson can devise another good game plan for Foles to implement this week, there’s no reason he can’t get this team to the Super Bowl.Then a whole new level of pressure begins. YearCmp %YardsYPATDINTSacksQBRQBR Rank Regular season onlySource: ESPN Stats & Information Group Keenum and Brady are elite with defenders in their facesThe best seasons based on QBR while facing pressure, 2009-2017 Includes all action plays (passes, sacks, runs); regular season onlySource: ESPN Stats & Information Group Aaron Rodgers2016GB48.185.9610166.7 201442.025684.77452136.33 201758.9710258.761023554.02 PlayerYearTeamCMP %YPATDINTQBR Dak Prescott2016DAL50.435.213052.4 200945.637036.83771634.16 201141.033874.96313215.013 Carson Wentz2017PHI43.436.378052.7 read more

Stephen Nicholson jailed for 33 years after being found guilty of rape

Nicholson will serve a minimum of 33 yearsCredit:Hampshire Constabulary/PA Nicholson will serve a minimum of 33 years Lucy McHugh was killed in July last year “She was also vulnerable and newly romantic and this made her an easy target for someone looking to satisfy his own appetites. The man who took her life was just such a person.”It seems Lucy developed a crush on Nicholson. Instead of rebuffing her, he encouraged her to continue her interest in him. She was available and he took full advantage.”Notes written tell the full story, at once they are heartfelt and stomach-turningly explicit. The mix of mature insight and young confusion serves as a powerful reminded to show why there’s a need for an age of consent. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. A 13-year-old schoolgirl’s “narcissistic” killer has been jailed for life, after a judge described the killing as “pitiless execution” he used to escape being exposed as a paedophile.Care worker Stephen Nicholson, 25, will serve a minimum of 33 years for raping and murdering Lucy McHugh.Nicholson killed Lucy McHugh in July last year after their “secret sexual relationship turned sour”, a court heard on Thursday.Nicholson, originally from Southampton, lured Lucy to her death in woodland at Southampton Sports Centre on July 25 last year.When she arrived, prosecutors said he “brutally” stabbed her, leaving almost 30 knife wounds which included three “very dangerous” cuts to the carotid artery in her neck. Lucy McHugh was killed in July last yearCredit:Hampshire Police/PA Sentencing Nicholson, the judge, Mrs Justice May, told him: “This was a pitiless attack on a child following months of sexual exploitation.”The prosecution has described it as an execution and I am satisfied this is correct.”The combination of his cold narcissism and hot anger dictated that she had to be put out of the way and he saw to it that this was done.”The judge added: “Lucy McHugh was brutally murdered. She was just 13 years old. Any sudden death is a tragedy, but the violent death of a child is shocking.”Lucy was described as bright, bubbly, intelligent and eager to learn. Her grandmother said her nickname was ‘Brains’ because of how quick she was. “Nicholson used and abused Lucy. She had ceased to be of interest to him and had become an obstacle to his comfortable life.”There was also the real risk of her making good on her threat to out him as a paedophile. As far as he was concerned, she had to go.” Lucy McHugh was last seen heading towards the sports centre where Nicholson killed herCredit:Hampshire Constabulary/PA “He has targeted Lucy, taken advantage of her and when she wanted a relationship with him, he has taken the decision to silence her once and for all by brutally killing her,” he said. The investigation into Lucy’s death, described by the CPS as “one of the largest in criminal history” was hampered when Nicholson refused to give police his Facebook password.After applying through the US courts for access to his account, prosecutors only received a log of his Facebook contacts with Lucy but not the content of any messages. It finally arrived the day that the trial started.Detective Superintendent Paul Barton, of Hampshire Police, said Nicholson was a  “cold and calculated predatory paedophile” who preyed on vulnerable girls to satisfy his sexual appetite. Lucy McHugh was last seen heading towards the sports centre where Nicholson killed her read more

Des spécialistes de la préhistoire découpent un bison au silex

first_imgDes spécialistes de la préhistoire découpent un bison au silex Des spécialistes de la préhistoire se sont lancés dans le dépeçage et la découpe au silex d’un bison fraichement tué. L’objectif est de comprendre comment les hommes des cavernes utilisaient leurs outils, il y a 50.000 ans.   Vingt chercheurs s’affairent autour d’un bison d’Amérique voué à l’euthanasie. Entre aujourd’hui et demain, ils découpent, dépècent, débitent et désarticulent au silex l’animal de 300 kg, étendu sur le flanc, dans le jardin de l’un d’entre eux. Parmi les scientifiques présents, on trouve des archéozoologues, spécialistes des ossements d’animaux, des technologues, spécialisés dans les outils en pierre et des tracéologues, spécialistes des traces d’usure laissées sur ces outils. Un boucher professionnel est venu assister à l’opération.  À lire aussiLes résultats fascinants de l’étude d’un crâne vieux de 400 000 ansSi de pareilles expériences avaient déjà été menées aux Etats-Unis, elles avaient expérimenté les outils en obsidiennes utilisés par les Indiens d’Amérique. En Europe, “c’est la première fois que ce genre d’expérience est menée sur un animal aussi gros”, explique Vincent Mourne, préhistorien de l’Inrap qui travaille aux côtés du CNRS et des universités de Toulouse et de Bordeaux.  Les scientifiques cherchent ici à mieux comprendre la façon dont vivaient les hommes de Néandertal qui occupaient cette partie du globe il y a entre 40.000 et 50.000 ans. L’étude pourrait permettre de savoir quels outils ils utilisaient et comment ils s’en servaient pour débiter les bêtes tuées. Sebastian Chong, qui rédige un mémoire sur la caractérisation des stries de boucherie, explique qu’il est possible de “retrouver des traces de désarticulation, de décharnement ou d’exploitation de la moelle”.  Les outils utilisés par les chercheurs sont des répliques exactes d’outils en silex ou en quartzite. Chaque pierre biface et pointe sont consignées et mises de côté à chaque fois qu’elles ont permis de réaliser une opération spécifique. Ainsi, un système de références est peu à peu mis au point. Il permettra de comparer les observations réalisées au cours de ces deux jours avec les outils et les ossements retrouvés sur les sites de fouilles.Le 22 avril 2011 à 11:33 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Goodbye 2018 Mbappe is aiming for a new trophy

first_imgThe French teenager ended up on 13th place in the top scorer list last season with only 13 goals, and this year he’s first with the same number of goals and time to spareAfter only 17 matches played, Paris Saint-Germain’s Kylian Mbappe is currently France’s top scorer with 13 goals.This matches the same number of goals he scored last year, where he ended up on 13th place in the goalscorer list.The teenager keeps surprising everybody and doesn’t seem to stop.He is followed by Nantes’ Emiliano Sala and Lille’s Nicolas Pepe with 12 goals.Neymar, BrazilNeymar can win the Ballon d’Or, says Ander Herrera Andrew Smyth – September 13, 2019 An “excited” Ander Herrera believes new Paris Saint-Germain team-mate Neymar is a contender for the Ballon d’Or alongside Kylian Mbappe.On fourth Marseille’s Florian Thauvin and PSG’s Neymar Jr. are tied with 11 goals.And last season top scorer, PSG’s Edinson Cavani, is following closely with 10 goals.Cavani was the top goalscorer of the 2017-2019 French Ligue 1 season with 28 goals, he scored six more than second-place Thauvian.Do you think Mbappe can add another trophy to his personal collection?last_img read more

American Heart Association hosts healthy cooking class for expecting mothers in Lauderhill

first_imgLAUDERHILL, FLA. (WSVN) – A free cooking class was offered to families and expecting mothers in Lauderhill.The class is part of the American Heart Association’s “Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies” initiative.“I’m on a journey to start eating and cooking healthy, and I think this was the best start for me,” said participant Whitney Phillips.On Tuesday, attendees were taught cooking tips and received food samples, meal kits, grocery gift cards and cooking supplies.“We really want people to know that the healthy choice can be the easy choice by us providing simple tools on how to reduce sodium, how to reduce sugar intake and again how to make simple, quick recipes,” said American Heart Association member Jennifer Tossie.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

KNWR Three Skilak Lake Area Campgrounds Have Reopened To Tent Camping

first_imgRefuge managers had temporarily closed three area campgrounds to tent camping for public safety: Lower Ohmer, Upper Skilak, and Engineer Lake. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Three campgrounds in the Skilak Lake area have reopened for tent camping as of this morning. In a release from the refuge, it is important that campers take the time to properly manage their campsites to avoid attracting bears and to avoid getting a ticket from Refuge officers. Refuge staff have been enforcing campground food and attractant regulations to reduce the encounters with bears. Visitors are reminded to keep all food and attractions locked in their vehicles when not having direct contact with them.center_img Reports of a black bear damaging a camper’s tent and scratching the person inside prompted Refuge managers to close the three campgrounds to tent camping, on July 22. Refuge officers will continue to patrol the campgrounds to monitor bear activity and to enforce proper storage ofall food and attractants.last_img read more

Meredith Buys and Absorbs Parenting and Babytalk From Bonnier

first_imgMeredith today announced it acquired the Parenting and Babytalk brands from Bonnier. The two magazines will effectively be absorbed into Meredith’s existing Parents and American Baby brands. Following the deal, subscribers of Parenting and Babytalk will begin getting Parents and American Baby instead starting with the September issues. In the meantime, Meredith will port over popular editorial features and columns from the former Bonnier titles into Parents and American Baby. But starting this fall, Parenting and Babytalk will essentially cease to exist in print., however, will continue to operate as part of the Parents network of sites. A sale price wasn’t released, but Meredith says the acquisitions will not have a material effect on performance. According to PIB numbers, Babytalk was down about 37 percent in ad pages in the first quarter this year compared to the same period in 2012. The 2.2 million circ Parenting was down 29 percent in ad pages in that same period.The sale follows a succession of events out of Bonnier since Dave Freygang took over as CEO after Terry Snow’s departure in January. The company sold its skiing titles to Active Interest Media at the end of April and shut down its Caribbean Travel + Life brand last November. But none of this points to anything as dramatic as a wholesale selloff by Bonnier, says Freygang in a pre-emptive statement following the deal announcement. “I want to make this point perfectly clear: This divestiture following last week’s sale of the Mountain Group should not be taken as the dismantling of the company,” Freygang says. “Our parent company, Bonnier AB in Sweden, reminds us that it plans for generations, not years — we adhere to that theory. This choice was a difficult but necessary one to ensure the company is well positioned for the future.”According to a spokesperson, Bonnier lost money last year and the snow sports and parenting brand deals are designed to put the company back on track to profitability. In the case of the parenting titles, the deal also signals the difficulty magazines have if they’re not number-one in their markets. “We were not number-one in parenting,” says the spokesperson, “Parents is—by a wide margin. At this point, we don’t believe that in the foreseeable future we could make these titles number-one.” As it stands, Bonnier now has titles in outdoor, travel and epicurean markets and, says the spokesperson, the company will continue to review opportunities for further rightsizing as well as acquisitions. “Bonnier is continuing to look at properties that fit into those categories,” says the spokesperson.last_img read more

2 alleged robbers lynched

first_img.Two suspected robbers were killed in a mob attack at Durgapur in Ashuganj upazila of Brahmanbaria early Thursday, reports UNB.The identities of the deceased could not be known yet.Makbul Hossain, assistant superintendent of police in Brahmanbaria, said a group of robbers swooped on the house of a certain Habibur Rahman in the dead of night and tried to loot valuables, keeping the house inmates hostage at gunpoint.As the inmates tried to resist the robbers they beat them up, leaving Sanaullah Mia, 40, Rahul Mia, 25 and Priti Akter injured.Hearing screams from the house, local people rushed to the spot and caught two of the robbers while the other gang members managed to flee the scene.The locals beat up the robbers, leaving them injured.Police rescued the robbers and took them to a local hospital where physicians declared them dead.last_img read more

3400 Ellerslie Ave Waverlys Annual Academic Resource Fair

first_imgThe Waverly School’s Annual Academic Resource Fair will take place on March 1. This city/state-wide event will be held at 3400 Ellerslie Ave, Baltimore, MD 21218 from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Our goal is to provide a platform place to bring together resources that support ‘the whole’.For more information contact Jerrell Bratcher at 443-768-1661.last_img

Facebook likesmay help reduce exam anxiety

first_imgReading supportive comments, ‘likes’ and messages from Facebook friends just before taking an exam may help anxious students reduce their nervousness and improve test scores, a new study has found. Researchers at the University of Illinois in the US found that undergraduate students with high levels of test anxiety who sought support from their online friends and read the messages prior to a simulated exam reduced their anxiety levels by 21 per cent. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThese students, and peers who performed a seven-minute expressive-writing exercise, were able to perform as well on a set of computer programming exercises as students who had low levels of test anxiety, said Robert Deloatch, a graduate student at the university. Up to 41 per cent of students are estimated to suffer from test anxiety, which is a combination of physiological and emotional responses that occur while preparing for and taking tests.Test anxiety is linked to lower test scores and grade point averages, as well as poor performance on memory and problem-solving tasks. Test anxiety can be particularly acute when students face exams involving open-ended problems, such as those commonly used on computer science exams that require students to write and run codes, the researchers said. When students’ test anxiety is reduced, their scores and task performance improve accordingly, they found. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveStudents with high test anxiety strongly fear negative evaluation, have lower self-esteem and tend to experience increased numbers of distracting and irrelevant thoughts in testing situations, according to the study. For the simulated exam, students had to solve two programming problems by writing and running codes. Most of the participants were computer science majors or computer engineering students who passed a pretest that ensured they had basic programming knowledge. The researchers measured participants’ levels of test anxiety using the Cognitive Test Anxiety scale, which assesses the cognitive problems associated with test-taking such as task-irrelevant thinking and attention lapses.Participants also completed two other questionnaires that measured their levels of anxiety. The day before the experiment, students in the social support group posted messages on their personal social media pages requesting encouragement – in the form of likes, comments or private messages – about an upcoming computer programming challenge they planned to participate in.”We found that only the students who received supportive messages from their Facebook network showed a significant decrease in anxiety and an increase in their performance on our simulated exam,” Deloatch said.last_img read more

James Ivory wanted more full frontals in Call Me By Your Names

first_imgGAYSTARNEWS- Speaking to The Guardian, it seems the Academy Award winning screenwriter is calling out director Luca Guadagnino’s claims that he never wanted nudity in the film.The 89-year-old director told the paper that he protested the absence of nudity in the film’s final cut.James Ivory says director’s ‘conscious aesthetic decision’ to not include nudity ‘was bullshit’Armie Hammer and Timothée Chalamet star in Call Me By Your Name | Photo: Call Me By Your Name‘When people are wandering around before or after making love, and they’re decorously covered with sheets, it’s always seemed phoney to me.‘I never liked doing that.Ivory also revealed that his original script specified that main characters Elio (Chalamet) and Oliver (Hammer) be shown fully naked.But the possibility of fully naked scenes was overruled in the actors’ contracts.‘When Luca says he never thought of putting nudity in, that is totally untrue,’ continued Ivory. eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Here are all the LGBTI winners at the 2018 Academy AwardsArmie Hammer shares video of pre-Oscars chest wax and we love itWATCH: Armie Hammer romances Timothée Chalamet in Call Me by Your Name trailerRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  : Call Me By Your Name screenwriter James Ivory has revealed he would have liked to have seen more full frontal nudity in the film. The movie was a big awards contender. | Photo: IMDB/Sony Pictures Classic | Photo: Sony Pictures‘He sat in this very room where I am sitting now, talking about how he would do it.‘So when he says that it was a conscious aesthetic decision not to—well, that’s just bullshit.’Comparing his 1983 screenplay Maurice, he said ‘two guys have sex and they get up and you certainly see everything.‘To me, that’s a more natural way of doing things than to hide them, or to do what Luca did, which is to pan the camera out of the window toward some trees.‘Well …,’ he continued with derision.Film banned from Beijing International Film FestivalEven though the film didn’t contain explicit or fully nude scenes, a Beijing film festival pulled Call Me By Your Name over its gay themes.The Oscar-winning gay romance was scheduled to be shown in its program.The film’s banning comes as China has been criticized for its censorship of homosexuality in TV and film.Sony Pictures Entertainment told Reuters hat the film was withdrawn from the festival program.While no official reason was given, critics believe it is because of the gay themes of the film.Call Me By Your Name follows a 17-year-old boy and an older student falling in love in Italy.Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . director James Ivory wishes there had been more nudity included after the films final cut (Picture: Sony Pictures Classics)last_img read more

Panama lawmakers approve bill allowing the sale of stateowned land

first_imgNo related posts. PANAMA CITY – Panamanian lawmakers on Friday approved a controversial bill that would allow the sale of state land in the Colón Free Zone.The bill was supported by 44 lawmakers and rejected by four. Many members of the political opposition were out of room when the legislation was passed.In addition to allowing the sale of government-owned land in Colón, on the North Atlantic coast, the bill allows the government to adjust rent to raise more money for social investment.Under the new law, 35 percent of proceeds from the sale of government land would go to a trust run by Colón authorities for social investment, while the remaining 65 percent would go into the national treasury.The government claims that in 10 years, Colón will receive investments of $390 million from the sale of land and taxes.Opponents say the initiative will benefit President Ricardo Martinelli, a billionaire businessman, or his relatives.“The sale of national assets is a mistake by this administration and will be amended in 2014,” the leader of the opposition Democratic Revolutionary Party, Juan Carlos Navarro, said.Demonstrations, roadblocks and clashes between residents opposed to the project and police have occurred in Colón in the past three days.With more than 3,000 companies in operation, the Panamanian free zone in 2011 generated more than $29 billion and added $1.7 billion to a total of $23.2 billion of the country’s gross domestic product. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

On Pacific beaches dancing the hermit crab conga

first_imgRelated posts:Looking back: A microscopic wasp and other amazing Costa Rica wildlife stories 6 Costa Rican animal names decoded The secret lives of leaf-cutting ants It’s frog orgy season Also Recommended: 6 camouflaged Costa Rican creatures you probably haven’t seenIf you’ve ever picked up a shell from a beach in Costa Rica, you may have found it was already occupied. Millions of hermit crabs inhabit Costa Rica’s shores and tend to quickly scoop up the limited number of shells washing up on the beaches, but the process of finding the right shell is far from easy.Of the 800-plus species of hermit crabs in the world, only 15 live on land. Sea-dwelling hermit crabs can easily find a new home thanks to the high number of predators capable of sucking snails from their intact shells. No such predators exist on land, forcing surface-dwelling crabs to wait patiently for a suitable shell-ter to wash ashore. The Ecuadorian hermit crab (Coenobita compress), the most common terrestrial hermit crab on the Costa Rican Pacific, are notoriously picky about their shells.The crabs face threats from pollution and human seashell collection, which have restricted the number of usable homes. This is particularly challenging, as the crabs are forced to switch shells multiple times as they outgrow old shells. When a rare shell does wash ashore, Ecuadorian hermit crabs have to hollow out extra space in the shell to accommodate their legs, claws and eggs. The remodelling process is laborious, and the crabs prefer to use the pre-fabricated shells of other crabs, but Ecuadorian hermit crabs live like, well, hermits, and rarely socialize except to breed. Over the years as shell shortages have increased, scientists uncovered one other activity that makes the hermits come out of their shells.A 2012 study conducted in Costa Rica’s southern Pacific Osa Peninsula found that Coenobita compress had been forced to abandon its loner ways over the years as shells became harder to come by. Researchers tied individual hermit crabs to a post and watched as other crabs gathered, looking to trade up to a larger shell. The study found that once three or more hermit crabs are in the same place, other nearby hermit crabs quickly converge on the spot for a shell-swap.The crabs form a sort of conga line, ordering themselves by size, with each crab grasping the shell of the crab one size up. At some point, the hermits pry the largest crab from its shell spurring a chain reaction. Each crab moves up a shell after it is vacated.The adorable game has a dark side, however. Hermit crabs may be all armour and claws on the outside, but their body inside the shell is soft and unprotected. One crab always always loses out and takes the smallest shell, which is often not large enough to protect its vulnerable abdomen. A too-small shell is usually a death sentence for a hermit crab, which can be picked up by a predator or baked in the sun.In hermit crab world, upgrading to a bigger house is a fight to the death.Watch hermit crab musical chairs  Facebook Commentslast_img read more

After 2 disasters on Everest Sherpas worry about future

first_img New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Just when Nepal’s climbing industry was recovering from last year’s deadly avalanche on Mount Everest, another avalanche triggered by last month’s earthquake killed 19 people, ending yet another climbing season.Sherpa guides and those in the climbing business say they are worried that the disasters will have a devastating impact on mountaineering in Nepal, a vital source of income for guides and for the impoverished nation’s economy. Natural spring cleaning tips and tricks for your home Sponsored Stories Business was looking up after 118 people who had climbing permits for 2014 returned to Everest this year, and the total number of climbers swelled to nearly 400.Weather predictions were good, and expeditions planned to launch their attempts on the summit around the second week of May.The Sherpas had already set up camps 1 and 2 above the base camp when the earthquake struck, unleashing an avalanche that tore into the tent city at the base camp, burying climbers and camp staff. Nineteen people were killed, 61 were injured and the climbing route set up by guides known as “icefall doctors” above the base camp was destroyed.The Sherpas refused to rebuild the route, saying it was unsafe and there was not enough time to transport all the aluminum ladders there, tie ropes, dig a path and then finish climbs before the end of the season later this month.Nepal’s government has not formally canceled the climbing season and permits are valid until the end of May, but with the Sherpas refusing to rebuild the route, there can’t be any more attempts.There are hopeful signs. Ang Tshering of the mountaineering association said they have received hundreds of messages from people saying they will return, and that all the publicity is likely to bring curious tourists to trek to the base camp. Tsheri, who owns Dreamers Destination Trek and Expedition in Kathmandu, said the two disasters would probably scare away foreign climbers as well as Sherpa guides. “It will take years for me and other businesses to recover,” he said. “I don’t even know if I am going to be able to bear the loss and spring back.”Ang Tshering of the Nepal Mountaineering Association, an umbrella group, agrees.“These disasters are certainly going to have a longtime impact on mountaineering in Nepal,” he said. “It is going to take a long time for the industry to recover.”Both avalanches hit Everest right at the beginning of climbing season, when expeditions had gathered at the base camp and were preparing their summit assaults, which typically take place in May.After last year’s avalanche, which hit April 18, the surviving Sherpas refused to work, resulting in the cancellation of the season.Over the past year, the government implemented policy changes and safety pledges to bring climbers back to Everest. Officials were stationed at the base camp, Sherpa guides were given more insurance, a welfare fund was set up and rescue plans were worked out. Comments   Share   Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Each year, thousands of foreigners to attempt to conquer the country’s soaring peaks. Sherpa guides can earn up to $7,000 after a successful summit bid, while those who work at Everest base camp can receive half that amount — huge sums in a nation where the annual per capita income is around $700.Still, many Sherpas — an ethnic group that many also use as a last name — say they aren’t going back to Everest to work.“You can be lucky once or maybe twice, but I am not risking a third time,” said Nima Sherpa, who was at base camp at the time of last year’s disaster, when 16 guides were killed on the treacherous Khumbu Icefall while carrying client’s gear up the mountain before the peak climbing season.Sherpa said he would try to find work elsewhere — or head to the Persian Gulf like thousands of others Nepalis to find a job there.Temba Tsheri, who started his own business organizing expeditions after he became the youngest person to stand atop Mount Everest at age 16, lost three foreign clients and two Nepali employees in the April 25 avalanche caused by the magnitude 7.8 earthquake.“I have lost everything I have earned in the past five years. I am ruined,” he said. “All my tents, climbing gear are gone and the money I spent for transport is also gone.”center_img Top Stories Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility 5 ways to recognize low testosterone Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement FILE – In this April 26, 2015 file photo, injured Sherpa guides sit inside a bus after they were evacuated from Mount Everest Base Camp, in Kathmandu, Nepal. Just when Nepal’s climbing industry was recovering from the 2014 deadly avalanche on Mount Everest, another avalanche triggered by the country’s massive earthquake killed 19 people, ending yet another climbing season. Sherpa guides and people in the climbing industry say they are worried about the impact of the disasters on mountaineering in Nepal, which has eight of the 14 world’s highest mountains.(AP Photo/Bikram Rai, File) Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Four benefits of having a wireless security systemlast_img read more

FILE In this Nov 11 2017 file photo Willem Da

first_img FILE – In this Nov. 11, 2017 file photo, Willem Dafoe arrives at the 9th annual Governors Awards in Los Angeles. Dafoe stars in the film, “The Florida Project.” (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File) by Sandy Cohen, The Associated Press Posted Dec 21, 2017 11:05 am PDT Last Updated Dec 21, 2017 at 11:40 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Dafoe finds encouragement for his craft in early awards nomscenter_img LOS ANGELES, Calif. – Willem Dafoe came into “The Florida Project” ready to be transformed, and working in a cheap motel helped him get there.The 62-year-old actor has been collecting accolades — including a Golden Globe Award nod and Screen Actors Guild Award nomination — for his performance in the Sean Baker film, which was set and shot at the Magic Castle hotel in the shadows of Orlando’s Disney World.Dafoe said filming at a real hotel that houses homeless families like the one at the heart of the film changed his perspective as a performer.“The beautiful thing is you learn things and then you can apply it to the pretending. And I love that situation, where you’re not really just drawing from your impressions and your thoughts, but you’re really getting outside of yourself,” he said in a recent interview. “That’s always when the best things happen, when you’re a little — you’re new, you know? You have a better chance to enter into a kind of new way of thinking. And being around the people of our story and being in the actual place, it guides you. It just tells you what you need to do, and that’s always thrilling because you feel like it opens your mind and your heart and broadens the possibility of how you are.”Immersive settings, and real settings, allow him to connect more deeply with his characters, he said. He just finished playing Vincent Van Gogh in Julian Schnabel’s “At Eternity’s Gate,” which shot in various European locations where the artist spent time.“When you do that, you can’t help but, with a little imagination, feel his presence there; or imagine that that a tree, that old big tree that is 200 years old, was in his presence and now you’re in its presence and there’s some sort of connection,” Dafoe said. “So you’re aware of those things and you do kind of connect the dots and make a connectivity that you wouldn’t normally have.”He said that while all his past characters stay with him, some make more of an impression than others — Van Gogh among them.“Great experience, really beautiful, really challenging, but the first thing I want to do is shave off my beard to try to get back to a neutral place,” Dafoe said.He returned from Europe the morning of the Golden Globe nominations and was awoken after little sleep with news of his supporting actor nod. The veteran actor is deeply appreciative of the recognition.“The nature of performing, the nature of making things, the nature of making movies, it isn’t a science. It’s not precise. It’s full of all kinds of variables. So, no matter how long you do it, it’s an uncertain life, so you’re always happy for encouragement. You’re always happy for someone to say, ‘Keep going, keep going. We like what you’re doing,’” he said. “From day to day, the whole the whole prospect of performing is you’re kind of wiping the slate clean every time, so you’re starting from zero. And that zero is not that different from the zero that you were at when you had never made a film before. So it helps to be encouraged.”___Follow AP Entertainment Writer Sandy Cohen at .last_img read more