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Ancient magma plumbing found buried below moon’s largest dark spot

first_imgScientists have found a nearly square peg underneath a round hole—on the moon. Several kilometers below Oceanus Procellarum, the largest dark spot on the moon’s near side, scientists have discovered a giant rectangle thought to be the remnants of a geological plumbing system that spilled lava across the moon about 3.5 billion years ago. The features are similar to rift valleys on Earth—regions where the crust is cooling, contracting, and ripping apart. Their existence shows that the moon, early in its history, experienced tectonic and volcanic activity normally associated with much bigger planets.“We’re realizing that the early moon was a much more dynamic place than we thought,” says Jeffrey Andrews-Hanna, a planetary scientist at the Colorado School of Mines in Golden and lead author of a new study of the Procellarum’s geology. The discovery also casts doubt on the decades-old theory that the circular Procellarum region is a basin, or giant crater, created when a large asteroid slammed into the moon. “We don’t expect a basin rim to have corners,” Andrews-Hanna says.The work is based on data gathered by GRAIL (Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory), a pair of NASA spacecraft that orbited the moon in 2012. Sensitive to tiny variations in the gravitational tug of the moon, GRAIL mapped density variations below the surface (because regions of higher density produce slightly higher gravitational forces). Below known impact basins, GRAIL found the expected ringlike patterns, but underneath the Procellarum region, the mysterious rectangle emerged. “It was a striking pattern that demanded an explanation,” Andrews-Hanna says.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)Scientists already know that the Procellarum region is rich in radioactive elements that billions of years ago would have produced excess heat. The study team theorizes that as this region cooled, the rock would have cracked in geometrical patterns, like honeycomb patterns seen on Earth in basalt formations, but on a much larger scale. In a study published today in Nature, the researchers propose that these cracks eventually grew into rift valleys, where magma from the moon’s mantle welled up and pushed apart blocks of crust. Lava spilled out and paved over the Oceanus Procellarum, creating the dark spot that is seen today. The extra weight of this dense material would have caused the whole region to sink slightly and form the topographic low that has made the Procellarum seem like a basin.With the discovery, the moon joins Earth, Mars, and Venus as solar system bodies with mapped examples of rifting. There are also similar features near the south pole of Enceladus, the moon of Saturn that is spewing water into space from cracks in an ice shell.Andrews-Hanna and colleagues have made a good case, says Herbert Frey, a planetary scientist at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, even though the newly described features are surprising. The moon is not big enough to have the same strong convective cooling process that Earth has in its interior, he explains, and ordinarily convection is one of the main mechanisms thought to lead to large-scale rifting. So just what caused the rifting remains unclear. “It just means the moon continues to surprise us,” he says. Frey adds that a remaining mystery is why the rectangular features were found only beneath Oceanus Procellarum. Even if the rifting is explained by the excess radioactive elements, there is still no definitive explanation for why only the near side of the moon ended up enriched.The discovery could also be a death knell for the impact theory for Oceanus Procellarum, an idea first put forth in the early 1970s. A basin there would have been the largest on the moon—larger than the South Pole–Aitken Basin—and second in the solar system only to the Borealis Basin on Mars, which covers the planet’s entire northern hemisphere.Ryosuke Nakamura, a researcher at the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology in Tsukuba, Japan, is still not convinced that an impact can be ruled out. In 2012, he and his colleagues published a paper in Nature Geoscience that found compositional evidence for an impact within Procellarum—a type of pyroxene mineral that is found in other, known impact basins such as South Pole–Aitken and is associated with the melting or excavation of mantle rock from an asteroid impact.In response to the current study, Nakamura says that the features in the southwestern corner of the Procellarum region look to be circular rather than rectangular, and still consistent with an impact. But Frey, who has long been skeptical of the impact theory, says that the features are as clear as day, and not what you’d expect underneath a basin. “That looks like a rectangle to me.”last_img read more

Escape of dangerous bacterium leads to halt of risky studies at Tulane

first_imgThe apparent escape from a high-security lab of a dangerous bacterium that led federal officials last month to suspend research on certain high-risk pathogens at Tulane University has left questions about an ongoing investigation of the incident and broader risks.According to a lengthy 1 March news article in USA Today, two rhesus macaques at the Tulane National Primate Research Center in Covington, Louisiana, that fell ill in early November later tested positive for infection with Burkholderia pseudomallei, which is found naturally in soil and water in Southeast Asia and northern Australia. Center researchers had been working with rodents on a vaccine for the bacterium, which can cause a sometimes serious illness called melioidosis in animals and people. The two macaques, which later had to be euthanized, and two other rhesus macaques that tested positive for the bacterium may have been exposed while being treated at the center’s hospital.Adding to concerns, a U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) investigator who visited the site in late January fell seriously ill a day later and tested positive for Burkholderia pseudomallei. It is not clear whether the investigator, who has since recovered, was infected at Tulane or earlier during travel abroad, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced in February. The agency said it had suspended all studies at the center involving select agents, a list of dangerous viruses, bacteria, and toxins that are tightly regulated. That includes about 10 projects, USA Today reports.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)The hospital where the rhesus macaques were treated is located some distance from the biosafety level 3 lab where the vaccine research took place. According to the article, federal officials are still investigating the release of the bacterium. It has not been found in soil or water samples from the site, but USA Today cites studies and documents suggesting that the sampling was not done properly.Tulane University said in a statement today: “Our work with Select Agents was suspended in February as a result of the USDA investigator falling ill after visiting the Tulane National Primate Research Center (TNPRC). Initial blood tests indicate that this investigator, who has since recovered, was not exposed to Burkholderia pseudomallei at the TNRPC. At present there is no evidence of Burkholderia pseudomallei in any human or non-human primate at the TNPRC.”The Tulane incident follows several accidents with risky pathogens last year at U.S. high-containment labs that have fueled concerns about dual-use research, or studies of agents that could potential be used as bioweapons. Last summer, the government called for a nationwide search for forgotten pathogen samples in federally funded labs and a review of safety and security procedures.And in October, U.S. officials halted new federal funding for 18 projects that tweak the influenza, SARS, or MERS viruses to make them more pathogenic or likely to spread among mammals. Federal officials and outside experts are now reviewing the risks and benefits of such “gain-of-function” studies to decide whether they should be allowed to resume.last_img read more

After Punjab CM asks, Google removes ‘Sikh Referendum’ app from Play Store

first_imgDays after Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh asked the IT giant Google to remove a mobile application — ‘2020 Sikh Referendum’ — from its Play Store, the mobile app has been removed, said a government statement on Tuesday.A press release from Punjab Chief Minister’s office said that ‘2020 Sikh Referendum’ was not available any more on Google Play Store for mobile users in India.The Chief Minister, who had also urged the central government to persuade Google in the matter, had asked State’s Director General of Police to coordinate with central security agencies to tackle the threat resulting from the launch of the App.Notably, the app invited general public to register themselves to vote in the ‘referendum’. The statement said, that during analysis of the said application and an associated website in the Digital Investigation Training and Analysis Centre (DITAC) Lab, Punjab, it was found that the data of voters registered through the app was also linked and stored in the web server of the website, namely www.yes2Khalistan.org, created and handled by ‘Sikhs For Justice’ (SFJ), an outfit banned by India.“Based on these findings, the Cyber Crime Centre of Bureau of Investigation, Punjab, had moved to get the App removed from the Google play store and the website blocked for usage in India. On November 8, 2019, a notice under Section 79 (3) B of Information Technology Act was sent to the Google Legal Cell for immediate removal of the Mobile Application from the Google Play Store,” said the statement.last_img read more

IOWA & NEBRASKA JOBLESS RATES EDGE HIGHER

first_imgIowa’s unemployment rate climbed slightly in July to 2.5% but remains among the lowest in the nation.Iowa Workforce Development announced Friday that the unemployment rate rose from 2.4% in June.The rate had been at that level since July 2018.Although the unemployment rate increased, the number of residents with jobs also rose by about 4,000 compared to June.The number of unemployed residents increased by about 1,400.Iowa’s unemployment rate was third-lowest in the nation, behind Vermont and North Dakota and tied with New Hampshire.Meanwhile officials say Nebraska’s unemployment rose a tenth of a point from June to 3.1% in July.The new Nebraska rate is well below July’s national preliminary rate of 3.7%, which is unchanged from June.The department says nonfarm employment was up nearly 6,800 over the year-ago figure and up more than 9,500 over the month.The Nebraska Labor Department says the preliminary July rate was four-tenths of a point higher than the adjusted July 2018 rate of 2.7%.The national unemployment rate in July was 3.7%.last_img read more

A SET OF SIX – VOLUME THIRTY-TWO

first_imgTouch Football Australia brings you the latest edition of “A Set of Six” with this week’s rapid-fire news ‘plays’ from around the Country. TFA’s National Media Coordinator Karley Banks brings you up to date every week with a selection of six ‘plays’ on the latest news, views, and events nationally.Welcome to Touch Football Australia’s “A Set of Six” – Volume Thirty-Two – the last edition for 2007.VICTORIA (VIC)Play # 1 Victorian Touch Trans-Tasman this weekendThe 2007 Victorian Touch Trans Tasman series (Victorian based Aussies vs. Victorian based Kiwis) will be played from 9am on Sunday 16th December at Elwood Park Touch Fields.  There will be the traditional New Zealand Haka from 9am. and three games of top quality Men’s and Women’s Touch.  Previous clashes saw the series go very close, and indicators are that 2007 will be much closer than before.Other Events: Touch Football Australia and Victorian Touch bid farewell and thanks to Victoria Game Development Officer, Carly Goodrich who this week completes her last day of employment with Touch Football Victoria. Carly has been working with Victorian Touch for 3 years and has made a great contribution to the development of juniors in Victoria.   The new Game Development Officer’s position is currently being advertised and applications are due 7th January 2008.·  Borderline Touch in Yarrawonga is having their Grand Finals this Sunday, December 16 at JC Lowe Oval.  ·   The 2008 Affiliates Cup will be played at Elwood Park on Sunday February 24, and entry forms will be with the affiliates soon. ·   An Affiliates forum was held on Saturday December 1 at Port Melbourne. TFA Board of Directors Peter Rooney and TFA Chief Executive Officer Colm Maguire were in attendance at the forum and both contributed significant information on National initiatives. A copy of the summary of the meeting can be obtained from Nick Mooney in the Touch Football Victoria office.The Victorian Touch website: www.victouch.com.auSOUTH AUSTRALIA (SA)Play # 2Touchdown Turnaround Shootout to precede State League GamesThe Touchdown Turnaround Shootout is being held during normal City Touch games, to help market the elite State League competition to the huge number of players in the competition.As well as a bit of fun for the State League players, with prizes for all participants, it is hoped that the Shootout will help draw spectators out to State League games on the Sunday evening, and help create more of an atmosphere.Sponsors Streets, Coopers and Schweppes are providing products and giveaways to make the event as attractive as possible, including Coopers who will introduce their new low carb beer ‘Mich Ultra’.For more information, contact Matt Cross (08) 8306 7501 or mcross@touchsa.com.auThe Touchdown Turnaround Shootout details: Wednesday, 12th Dec 7:55pm and 8:20pmGreenhill Rd Playing Fields20min Games, High intensity, BBQ, special drink offers and giveaways7:55pm First Round:G1 Vipers v StingraysG2 Wolves v Scorpions8:20pm Second game:Winner of G1 v Winner of G2Loser of G1 v Loser of G2For more information, contact Matt Cross (08) 8306 7501 or mcross@touchsa.com.au  Other events:State League Round 2 Results: WomenVipers 5 d Wolves 2Scorpions 9 d Stingrays 2MixedVipers 9 drew Wolves 9Stingrays 3 d Scorpions 2MenVipers 5 d Wolves 0 on forfeitStingrays 8 d Scorpions 5 For more information, contact Andy Crawford (08) 8306 7503 or acrawford@touchsa.com.auThe Touch Football South Australia website: www.touchsa.com.auPlay: # 3NORTHERN TERRITORY (NT)Exciting clashes complete first round of Darwin Finals SeriesIn the Men’s Open division, Minor Premiers Dream Team were beaten for the first time this season by finals specialists Crocs in what was the most exciting game of the season thus far.The two teams were locked at 1-1 at full time before Crocs prevailed in a drop-off.In the Minor semi-final, last years premiers Palmerston Bulls had a comfortable win over the vastly improved Bundy Bears. The Bulls won 8-4, ensuring this weeks game between Palmerston Bulls and Dream Team will be a desperate clash with Palmerston keen to defend their title, and Dream Team wanting to make the finals after dominating the regular season.In the Women’s Open semi-finals, Scorpions pulled off a stunning upset in recording a 5 -3 win over the previously undefeated Palmerston Bulls. The game was in the balance until midway through the second stanza when Scorpions leading 3-2 notched back-to- back touchdowns to take the game away from Palmerston.The Bulls will now face a refreshed Crocs outfit that had an easy night at the office with All About Us forfeiting. Palmerston will have to work hard to beat the young Crocs side, in what should be a very entertaining game.Other Events: This week NT Touch held a Primary school Gala Day at the Touch Fields that saw 8 teams compete for the Inaugural schools gala trophy. It was a hot day, but the kids had an enjoyable day with the final being played between two Larrakeyah sides.The Northern Territory website: www.touchnt.com.auWESTERN AUSTRALIA (WA)Play # 4WA Super League Round Seven WrapThe Super League circus rolled on, with top of the table Southern hosting Round 7. The big top would have blown away with rainy and blustering conditions, which was not a typical Perth summer’s evening. Results, like the weather did not go to script with two surprising results in the Women’s.Fremantle scored a touchdown in the corner right on full-time to snatch a draw with League leaders Southern. Despite the draw, Tompkins Park has leapfrogged Fremantle into 4th position. Their clash next round will be all-important to the Semi-Final roster. Northern had a hard-fought 7-4 victory over Brothers in a game that had the crowd involved with scoreline to scoreline action. Northern’s early season poor form is now but a distant memory. They are on a roll winning their last 5 games in succession. In other results:Women’sTompkins Park 9 defeated Rosalie 0Men’s Perth Brothers 10 defeated Northern 3Southern 8 defeated Fremantle 1The final round before Christmas will take place at picturesque Cottesloe – the newest affiliate of TouchWest on Sunday, 16 December 2007.Other Events: There is only three months until the 2008 Be Active WA State Championships. It may seem like a while away but time flies especially during an action packed Summer of Touch.The Tournament will take place between Friday, 29 February 2008 until Sunday, 2 March 2008 at Rosalie – Onslow Road, Shenton Park and TouchWest is calling for Referee Nominations.Referees play a vital role in all Touch Football events and officials are needed for the tournament. The Western Australian Touch Community has a reputation of putting on a great State Championships, and 2008 should be no different.Visit www.statechamps.com.au for further details.The Western Australian Touch Association website: www.touchwest.comQUEENSLAND (QLD)PLAY # 5Level Two Coaching Course a successCavendish Road State High School hosted a Level 2 Coaching accreditation course over the weekend of 7-9 December 2007.Australia’s most successful Coach at World Cup level, Hall of Fame member Mr. Peter Bell conducted the course that saw 10 participants from all over the South East Queensland corner gain insights from the master coach and complete the theoretical and practical components of the accreditation process.Other Events: The Redcliffe Junior Touch Grand Finals will be conducted this Thursday 13 December 2007 at Bradley Park on Victoria Avenue. The action gets underway at 4.30pm in Under 11, 13, and 15 years divisions.The Queensland Touch website: www.qldtouch.com.au Play # 6AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY (ACT) Christmas Party to recognise Referees and VolunteersThe ACTTA is holding its Annual Referee and Volunteers Xmas BBQ on 14 December 2007 from 5-7pm.The BBQ is an opportunity to recognize the efforts of the many important people who contribute to the success of ACT Touch. For the first time this year, there will be a “VERY SOCIAL” game of touch played.“I pity the poor whistleblower who has to ref the game… I’m sure that with two teams full of referees and coaches there will be plenty of pressure to perform,” ACTTA State Manager Matt Mc Kerrow said yesterday.Other events: The ACTTA would like to wish all their members a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year and remind everyone that the office will close at 3pm on 21 December 2007 and re-open for business on 7 January 2008.The Australian Capital Territory website: www.acttouch.com.auThat’s it for this week’s edition of “a Set of Six”.This is the last edition for 2007. Many thanks to all contributors to the “Set of Six” this year.Have a very Merry Christmas and a safe and Happy New Year.“A Set of Six” will return in the New Year in the week of 6 January 2008.In the meantime, please be sure to check out each State’s website for all the latest information, news, and views in Touch Football from around the nation.last_img read more

Education State Minister Says Parent Places Are Needed At ECIs

first_img Speaking at a recent handover ceremony for the expanded Middlesex Infant School in Holland Bamboo, St. Elizabeth, the State Minister said parental involvement at an early age is critical, noting that it ensures positive learning outcomes beyond the early-childhood years. State Minister in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, Hon. Floyd Green, says Parent Places are needed at early-childhood institutions (ECIs), in an effort to provide parents with the necessary tools to offer psychosocial stimulation and educational support to their children. Story Highlightscenter_img State Minister in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, Hon. Floyd Green, says Parent Places are needed at early-childhood institutions (ECIs), in an effort to provide parents with the necessary tools to offer psychosocial stimulation and educational support to their children.Speaking at a recent handover ceremony for the expanded Middlesex Infant School in Holland Bamboo, St. Elizabeth, the State Minister said parental involvement at an early age is critical, noting that it ensures positive learning outcomes beyond the early-childhood years.In this regard, Mr. Green said the Early Childhood Commission (ECC) has been mandated to get Parent Places instituted at ECIs, in order to foster proactive parenting education and support.“Parent Places are necessary, so that when the parents come, it is not just to drop off children and pick up children… . You have to schedule a time and come in, so we can do some counselling with you, because we recognise that we can be doing excellent work at school and it is being eroded when they go back into some of our homes and communities,” the State Minister argued.The State Minister emphasised that home-school partnerships are important to building a strong foundation in early-childhood development.“So, we are on a mission to ensure that parents understand that they are a part of this partnership, and, as such, we are looking to establish Parent Places at our early-childhood institutions,” he said.In the meantime, Senior Education Inspector for Region 5, Andrea Tulloch Davis, told JIS News that the establishment of Parent Places at ECIs forms part of the ECC’s 12 required standards for operation.Mrs. Tulloch Davis said Parent Places have become necessary in ECIs, as recent reports released by the National Education Inspectorate (NEI) have revealed that there is an absence of parental involvement at the early-childhood level.“When you look at the reports that are generated from the inspections, we would normally be getting zero per cent, so that is why the Early Childhood Commission thinks it is really important to get the Parent Places up and running, so we can get the involvement of as many parents as possible,” she added.last_img read more

Does loosening Cancon rules hobble Canadian TV creators

first_imgOn Sunday, Orphan Black star Tatiana Maslany became the first Canadian to win a lead actor Emmy for her role on a Canadian series. But many homegrown TV creators worry she could be the last, given a recent change by Canada’s broadcast regulator.The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) revealed on Aug. 25 it was dropping the minimum certification points required for projects seeking access to funds that support Canadian independent productions.According to the CRTC, the decision provides “flexibility” for creators and could “facilitate the hiring … of non-Canadian actors or creators, who may increase a project’s attractiveness and visibility in international markets.” Advertisement Advertisement Login/Register With: But Orphan Black co-creator Graeme Manson says it’s a “vote of non-confidence.” Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

Canadian musical Come From Away wins Tony Award for best direction

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement Login/Register With: A complete list of this year’s Tony winners can be found below.2017 Tony Award winnersBest musical: Dear Evan HansenBest play: OsloBest book of a musical: Dear Evan HansenBest original score: Dear Evan HansenBest revival of a play: JitneyBest revival of a musical:  Hello, Dolly!Best actor, play: Kevin Kline, Present LaughterBest actress, play:​ Laurie Metcalf, A Doll’s House, Part 2 Best actor, musical:​ Ben Platt, Dear Evan HansenBest actress, musical:​ Bette Midler, Hello, Dolly!Best featured actor, play: Michael Aronov, OsloBest featured actress, play:​​ Cynthia Nixon, Lillian Hellman’s The Little Foxes​Best featured actor, musical: Gavin Creel, Hello, Dolly!Best featured actress, musical:​ Rachel Bay Jones, Dear Evan HansenBest scenic design, play: Nigel Hook, The Play That Goes WrongBest scenic design, musical:​ Mimi Lien, Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812Best costume design, play: Jane Greenwood, Lillian Hellman’s The Little FoxesBest costume design, musical: Santo Loquasto, Hello, Dolly!Best lighting design, play: Christopher Akerlind, IndecentBest lighting design, musical:​ Bradley King, Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812Best direction, play:​ Rebecca Taichman, IndecentBest direction, musical: Christopher Ashley, Come From AwayBest choreography: Andy Blankenbuehler, BandstandBest orchestrations:​ Alex Lacamoire, Dear Evan HansenWith files from Steven D’Souza and Jessica WongSOURCE:  CBC “If you want to learn, you’ve got to go to where some of the greatest hosts of all times have gotten their start. Carson, Crystal, Letterman. You’ve got to go to the Rock,” Goldberg said, just before the Come From Away company performed Welcome to the Rock from the musical.The cast of Come From Away, a Canadian-written musical about the Newfoundlanders who helped stranded passengers during 9/11, give a wave during their performance at the Tonys. (Theo Wargo/Getty Images) “What’s amazing is seeing that the story behind it resonates just as strongly with everyone who comes to it,”  Hein told CBC News in New York. “Over this six-year journey, the same story that inspired us is inspiring so many other people and that means the world.”Come From Away received seven Tony nominations in total, including best musical, best book of a musical and original score.All of those awards, however, went to the heartfelt Dear Evan Hansen, about a teenager with social anxiety disorder who becomes an unlikely hero following the suicide of a classmate.Producer Stacey Mindich and the cast of Dear Evan Hansen accept the award for best musical. (Theo Wargo/Getty Images)Dear Evan Hansen’s Ben Platt won for best actor in a musical. Other winners included Oslo for best play and Hello, Dolly! for best revival of a musical.House of Cards star and Tony-winning actor Kevin Spacey hosted the evening, opening the show with a lighthearted number about the pains of helming the Tonys for the first time.Host Kevin Spacey performs onstage during his opening number, which included appearances by Whoopi Goldberg and Stephen Colbert. (Theo Wargo/Getty Images) Stephen Colbert, Billy Crystal and Whoopi Goldberg made cameo appearances to offer hosting advice. Goldberg included a shout-out to Newfoundland.Whoopi Goldberg made a reference to Newfoundland, where Come From Away is set, just before the cast from the musical took the stage for a performance. (Theo Wargo/Getty Images) Twittercenter_img The cast of Come From Away performs the number Welcome to the Rock onstage during the awards show. (Theo Wargo/Getty Images) “The people who gave their lives and the people who extended their hearts and their homes and were generous and kind at the very worst moments.”The feel-good hit, which has become the toast of the theatre scene since it officially opened on Broadway in March, was written by Canadian husband-and-wife team David Hein and Irene Sankoff.Irene Sankoff and David Hein attend the Tony Honours Cocktail Party celebrating the 2017 special award recipients at Sofitel Hotel June 5 in New York City. (Bryan Bedder/Getty Images) Facebook The Canadian musical Come From Away won a Tony Award on Sunday for best direction, which went to American stage director Christopher Ashley.The production is based on real-life stories of people in and around Gander, N.L., who provided food, shelter and comfort to thousands of stranded passengers after the 9/11 terrorist attacks.“I’d like to accept this [award] on behalf of the people of Newfoundland and all of the first responders and their families in New York,” Ashley said during his acceptance speech.Christopher Ashley accepts the award for best direction of a musical for Come From Away. (Theo Wargo/Getty Images) LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisementlast_img read more

UNbacked project helps villagers in Myanmar rebuild lives following floods

9 September 2010Almost 100,000 villagers in western Myanmar whose homes or croplands were badly damaged by floods earlier this year are rebuilding their lives under a United Nations-backed project that provides income-generating activities for locals. The scheme, supported by the UN Development Programme (UNDP), began in Myanmar’s Rakhine state in early July after torrential rains and strong winds a month earlier killed dozens of people and inundated swathes of countryside.Villagers have been paid for cleaning and repairing damaged houses, latrines and schools; cleaning water ponds and wells; rebuilding footpaths and jetties and reclaiming paddy fields that were covered with sand.The villagers who took part received $2 to $2.50 a day for their work, according to a press release issued today by UNDP. Many had no means of earning money following the floods.UNDP said the project, which is being carried out across 90 separate villagers, is likely to continue until later this month. read more

Markets update at midmorning

On the markets at midmorning (ET):The Toronto Stock Exchange’s S&P/TSX composite index was up 9.69 points to 15,275.32, after 90 minutes of trading.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average was up 16.68 points to 22,032.92. The S&P 500 index was down 2.95 points to 2,474.62 and the Nasdaq composite index was down 7.04 points to 6,355.61.The Canadian dollar was trading at 79.61 cents US, down from Wednesday’s average price of 79.62 cents US.The September crude contract was up 14 cents to US$49.73 per barrel and the September natural gas contract was up one cent at US$2.82 per mmBTU.The December gold contract was down $3.40 to US$1,275.00 an ounce and the September copper contract was unchanged at US$2.88 a pound. read more

These Kings Are Better Than Gretzkys Kings

For NHL fans of a certain age,1Full disclosure: I am of this demographic, albeit one of the younger members. the definitive Los Angeles Kings team is Wayne Gretzky’s Los Angeles Kings team. The franchise existed for 21 seasons before Gretzky arrived in Los Angeles in 1988, but the banality that he single-handedly made hockey relevant in LA is largely true. Kings attendance soared with No. 99 in the fold,2Increasing 27 percent in Gretzky’s first season with LA and another 11 percent in his second, per Rodney Fort’s data. the team’s value increased sharply during his tenure there,3The Kings ranked as the NHL’s third-most valuable team in 1994, according to contemporary estimates by Financial World magazine. In 1995, the team sold for a price ($113 million) nearly three times its value in 1988, when Bruce McNall bought 51 percent of the team for $20 million. and Gretzky instantly transformed the on-ice product into a legitimate contender by powering one of the best offenses in the game. Behind a 40-point postseason by Gretzky, the Kings reached their apex in 1993 — losing in five games but earning what was, at the time, the franchise’s lone Stanley Cup Final berth. For years, the Gretzky era easily represented the high-water mark of hockey’s four-decade experiment in Southern California.Not anymore. The Kings now are back in the finals for the second time in three years, and are looking for another Stanley Cup victory to follow the one they won in 2012. But this team isn’t Gretzky’s. It’s constructed differently and it plays a different game. And it might be better for it.If you’re looking for an NHL “Moneyball,” the modern Kings may be as close as any team to embodying the ethos of hockey’s sabermetric revolution. As FiveThirtyEight contributor Eric Tulsky has noted before, the current Kings pursue a strategy of constant control of the puck. With a host of possession superstars, the Kings have led the NHL in close-score4To filter out the influence of score effects. Fenwick percentage — a proxy for time of possession that measures a team’s share of all unblocked shots directed at either net during its games — for two years running, and the year before that they dominated the metric down the stretch after swapping defenseman Jack Johnson5A particularly poor Fenwick player, it should be noted. for center Jeff Carter at the trade deadline.No opposing team can score (or even shoot) when it doesn’t have the puck. During the regular season, LA allowed the league’s third-lowest rate of unblocked shots per minute of 5-on-5 play, and its second-lowest rate of total shots allowed per game. Along with decent goaltending from Jonathan Quick, that’s how the Kings helped clinch the William Jennings Trophy, given to the goaltenders on the team that allows the fewest goals all season. Maximizing possession is a hockey hack that helps at both ends of the rink.But all that possession hasn’t guaranteed the modern-day Kings a bushel of goals. The Kings spent most of the 2013-14 regular season struggling to light the lamp, despite firing the league’s second-highest rate of unblocked shots at the opposing net.6Per 60 minutes of 5-on-5 play. Their 5-on-5 shooting percentage with the score close, which had been average in 2012-13, slumped to third worst in the NHL this season. Still, LA kept emphasizing possession and putting the puck on net, seeming to trust that shooting percentages tend to regress heavily to the mean.And the Kings rediscovered their scoring touch at just the right time. During the playoffs, they’ve scored on a substantially higher proportion of shots than they did during the regular season. It doesn’t hurt that they also acquired right wing Marian Gaborik — whose career shooting percentage ranks among the best of any active player’s — at the trade deadline. But the biggest reason for the Kings’ offensive resurgence is that they rode out their poor shooting luck and continued to focus on dominating the puck, the way statheads have been calling for teams to do for years.The Kings squad that Gretzky tearfully joined on Aug. 9, 1988, played a very different kind of hockey.We don’t know for sure because play-by-play records from that era are not available, but it’s unlikely that Gretzky’s Kings dominated possession of the puck. According to estimates of close-score Fenwick percentage for older seasons, Los Angeles ranked among the top half of teams in possession rate just once (1990-91) in the eight seasons the Great One wore silver and black. Most of the time, they were actually somewhat bad at keeping control of the puck, ranking 18th out of 26 teams in estimated close-score Fenwick percentage during Gretzky’s tenure.Instead, they lived off a suspiciously high shooting percentage that modern analysts might decry as luck. During Gretzky’s first three seasons as a King, LA finished no worse than second in goals per shot. But Gretzky’s playmaking wizardry was probably a very real effect. Over that span, he paced the league in assists by a wide margin,7He notched 107 more helpers than No. 2 Adam Oates. You could have finished 70th in assists over the same period with the leftovers Gretzky didn’t need to pass Oates. and his teammates shot 9.1 percent better in those seasons than they would over the rest of their careers.The defense couldn’t measure up to the offense, though. Those Kings allowed the league’s second-highest number of shots8Only the miserable San Jose Sharks, in their second year of existence, played softer D. and its fourth-highest number of goals.Gretzky’s squad didn’t have a deep roster, either. According to Tom Awad’s catch-all summary stat Goals Versus Threshold (like Value Over Replacement Player for hockey), the 1992-93 Kings were a notably top-heavy team. They were led by stars such as Luc Robitaille and Jari Kurri. (Not to mention Gretzky, who recovered from an injury in time to post 65 points in 45 games.) But they also lost 17.8 goals because sub-replacement-level talent was on the ice, one of the largest totals in recent memory by a team that won more than half its games.The current iteration of the Kings has superior depth, and nary a Gretzky type to be found. Since LA’s top scorer Anže Kopitar debuted with the club in 2006-07, his best offensive season was 86 adjusted points. Gretzky’s worst full-season mark as a King by far was 83 adjusted points9Adjusted points are, well, adjusted — meaning they remove the influence of scoring environment — so Gretzky doesn’t get an unfair advantage for playing in a more high-flying era. in 1994-95 — and he cracked the century mark in five of his six full seasons in Los Angeles. Today’s Kings rely less on a single superstar to carry the bulk of the offensive workload.Superior depth and puck possession don’t automatically equal a better hockey team, though they often do. The proof is in the results for the current Kings, who over the last three seasons are already twice as close to a quantifiable dynasty as the franchise was during Gretzky’s entire stay in Southern California.10200.0 dynasty points compared to 97.6. If advancing deep into the postseason is the standard for success, today’s Kings beat No. 99’s in a landslide.Gretzky himself has said that the present-day Kings are impressive. Of the Cup-winning 2012 team, the Great One said, “They’re a much better team than we were in ’93.”He’s right. Gretzky’s team was an exciting offensive squad, and one of the last successful relics of the high-octane playing style that had ruled the game in the 1980s. But today’s Los Angeles Kings are exemplars of the modern game. They know that if you always have the puck on your stick, you can’t lose. read more

All cars sold after 2022 must have speedlimiting technology EU says

first_img File photo. The M50 in Dublin Image: Eamonn Farrell/Rollingnews.ie The political agreement reached is now subject to formal approval by the European Parliament and Council, with a view to the introduction of the rules in 2022. File photo. The M50 in Dublin By Sean Murray All cars sold after 2022 must have speed-limiting technology, EU says It is part of a string of new measures proposed by the EU to help improve road safety. 91 Comments 24,404 Views With the new advanced safety features that will become mandatory, we can have the same kind of impact as when the safety belts were first introduced. Many of the new features already exist, in particular in high–end vehicles. Now we raise the safety level across the board, and pave the way for connected and automated mobility of the future.Last year, 148 people were killed on Irish roads, the RSA said.Recent road safety measures introduced by the government here include new zero tolerance drink driving laws which sees an automatic ban for drivers on their first offence in this regard.Other measures the EU wants to introduce include the reduction of dangerous blind spots on trucks and buses, and technology that warns the driver in case of drowsiness or distraction.  Image: Eamonn Farrell/Rollingnews.ie Wednesday 27 Mar 2019, 7:45 AM THE EU HAS said a provisional agreement has been reached with member states that will see new road safety technologies become mandatory on vehicles sold in Europe from 2022 onwards.The new measures will see cars, for example, required to have features such as intelligent speed assistance, lane keeping technology and advanced emergency braking.EU Commissioner Elżbieta Bieńkowska said: “Every year, 25,000 people lose their lives on our roads. The vast majority of these accidents are caused by human error. We can and must act to change this. Share1203 Tweet Email4 Mar 27th 2019, 7:46 AM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Short URL https://jrnl.ie/4562711 List of the proposed safety features Source: EUThe European Commission said it hopes these measures will help to save over 25,000 lives and prevent at least 140,000 serious injuries by 2038. The new proposals were warmly welcomed by the European Transport Safety Council.Its executive director Antonio Avenoso said: “There have only been a handful of moments in the last fifty years which could be described as big leaps forward for road safety in Europe.  The mandatory introduction of the seat belt was one, and the first EU minimum crash safety standards, agreed in 1998 was another.If last night’s agreement is given the formal green light, it will represent another of those moments, preventing 25,000 deaths within 15 years of coming into force.last_img read more

Pêche en eaux profondes les associations de défense de lenvironnement fulminent

first_imgPêche en eaux profondes : les associations de défense de l’environnement fulminentFrance – Après 9 mois de réflexions, la Mission pêches profondes (MPP), mandatée par les deux ministres de la Pêche et de l’Écologie lors du Grenelle de la Mer a rendu son rapport. Dans un communiqué commun, les diverses associations de défense de l’environnement impliquées dénoncent une “imposture” doublée d’un “échec cuisant à tous points de vue.” Le WWF, Greenpeace ou encore l’association Bloom récusent aujourd’hui le rapport produit par Alain Biseau de l’Ifremer, rapporteur de la mission présidée par le député-maire de Pornic, Philippe Boënnec.Pour elles, la MPP n’a pas répondu à sa lettre de mission dont l’objectif principal était de “s’assurer que les pêches en eaux profondes sont viables économiquement, socialement et écologiquement, pour que leur poursuite, éventuellement adaptée, puisse être envisagée.” Cet objectif s’inspirait de la logique des dernières résolutions des Nations unies encadrant les pêches profondes. En effet, depuis 2006, deux résolutions exigent que les pêches profondes apportent la preuve que leurs pratiques n’impactent pas de façon significative les habitats profonds et les espèces qui les peuplent pour pouvoir opérer. Problème : pour les associations, les conclusions du rapport sont “biaisées et orientées” : “Les conclusions de la mission en matière de rentabilité économique s’inscrivent en complète contradiction avec le bilan économique des trois principaux armements concernés” (Scapêche, Dhellemmes et Euronor, présentant tous des bilans négatifs). Elles soulignent en outre que ces activités, très consommatrices de gazole (7 000 litres/jour pour un chalutier de 40 mètres, 1000 litres/jour pour un chalutier de moins de 25 mètres) rendent ces armateurs particulièrement vulnérables à l’augmentation des prix du pétrole. Un facteur qui suffirait en lui-même à mettre en cause la durabilité de ces pêches comme le soulignait, dès 2006, le rapport Poséidon du secrétariat général Mer rattaché à Matignon.À lire aussiUn requin mako filmé en pleine attaque par une caméra embarquée (Vidéo)Sur le plan environnemental enfin, le rapport présenterait des conclusions aux antipodes de celles publiées par la communauté scientifique internationale. Les impacts de la pêche en eaux profondes sur les écosystèmes ou sur les autres espèces n’ont pas été pris en compte, et des problématiques comme celle des prises accessoires, constituées entre autres de requins menacés d’extinction, ont été mises de côté.Les dernières recommandations scientifiques de référence comme celles du Conseil international pour l’exploration de la mer (Ciem) préconisent pourtant de nouvelles réductions des captures pour 2010 et la question de la durabilité économique de ces pêches se pose donc avec encore plus d’acuité. Elle reste cependant en suspens.  Le 14 juillet 2010 à 17:22 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Sixfold increase in Uttar Pradesh Boards examination fees

first_imgLucknow: The Uttar Pradesh Secondary Education Board has increased six-fold the examination fees for high school and intermediate board examinations in 2020. The fee for high school examinations has been raised from Rs 80 to Rs 500, while for intermediate examinations it has gone up from Rs 90 to Rs 600. Private students appearing in UP Board high school examinations will now pay Rs 700 instead of Rs 200, while those appearing in intermediate examinations will be charged Rs 800 instead of Rs 220. Also Read – Dehydrated elephant being given treatment Advertise With Us Candidates will have to submit the fees to their school principal by August 15. In April, the UP Board had increased the fee for a re-evaluation of examinations by five times. Board officials said that the reason behind the steep hike was to bring it at par with CBSE and CISCE to some extent. UP Board secretary Neena Srivastava said: “We are still not charging as much fee as CBSE or CISCE since major ity of our students come from rural background.” Also Read – CBI carrying out surprise checks at 150 government departments Advertise With Us In CBSE, high school and intermediate students are required to pay Rs 750 for five subjects. A fee of Rs 100 is charged if they opt for an additional subject. The examination fee for ICSE and ISC students is Rs 1,500. Meanwhile, the state president of Madhyamik Vittavihin Shikshak Mahasabha (Secondary Self-finance Teachers’ Association), Umesh Dwiwedi said: “At a time when the government talks about providing free food and uniforms to all, the fee hike is too steep for students.”last_img read more

BSE closes points 8187 up on Dec 6

first_imgNew Delhi, Dec 6 (ANI): Trading at the Bombay Stock Exchange today closed 81.87 points up to stand at 21,039.68. At the National Stock Exchange the Nifty closed 18.80 points up to stand at 6,259.90. Oriental Bank and Tata Power were among the top gainers of Group A with an increase of 8.01% and 6.35% along with Amara Raja and UCO Bank with an increase of 5.00% and 4.92% respectively, while the top losers of Group A include Mahindra and Mahindra Financial Services Ltd. and Gujarat State Petronet Ltd. with a decrease of 2.39% and 2.11% along with Future Retail and Godrej Consumer Products Ltd. with a decrease of 2.09% and 1.84% at the close of the markets. The Auto sector is up 50.23 points at 12,292.04, while the banking sector is up 133.56 points at 13,431.82 and the realty sector is up 4.22 points at 1,367.04. The Indian currency is up 0.22% at Rs 61.62 per dollar.last_img read more

Bigg Boss Tamil 3 elimination Not Fathima fans wanted this contestant to

first_imgFathima Babu is the first contestant to enter Bigg Boss Tamil 3 house.PR HandoutFathima Babu is the first contestant to be evicted from Bigg Boss Tamil 3. She ended her two-week journey in the show last weekend as she apparently received lesser votes than the other participants who were in the danger zone. But the netizens are not happy with the outcome because they wanted someone else to be out of the Kamal Haasan-hosted show.Saravanan, Meera Mitun, Fathima Babu, Sakshi Agarwal, Cheran, Jangiri Madhumitha and Kavin were facing the elimination last weekend. The netizens, in large, wanted Sakshi to be shown the door as her behaviour had irked them. The actress’ proximity with Vanitha’s gang and her clever strategies have earned her the tag of “cunning woman.”The least there were expecting is Saravanan’s elimination as he lacks energy and has failed to entertain the views. The eviction of Fathima Babu has come as a big surprise as the netizens feel she deserved to be in the house. Her courage to speak out against Vanitha, who is accused by people of dominating the house, came late.”#Fathima amma, we love you. you are too good to be in the show #biggbosstamil3. [sic]” a fan wrote after her eviction.It looks like the love and respect from the netizens failed to translate into votes for Fathima.Speaking on stage with Kamal Haasan after her eviction, Fathima slammed Vanitha for her dominating behaviour. She was given the power to choose three people who will be the nominees for the captain of the house post next week. She choose – Abhirami, Sandy and Tharshan.Fathima Babu is a Tamil and Malayalam actress who was introduced to films by K Balachander in Kalki. Her notable films were : Ninaivirukkum Varai, Devathayai Kanden, Swarnamukhi and Azhagiya Pandipuram. At Andheri, Gramam and a few others in Mollywood.She had come to limelight in 80s as a new reader on Doordarshan. She was also seen in TV serials and Yaaradi Nee Mohini on Zee Tamil remains one of her popular shows.The nomination for the next weekend will be aired on Monday episode (8 July). It has to be seen who will be pushed to the danger zone in Bigg Boss Tamil 3.last_img read more

Latest fitness trends to keep you in shape

first_imgEvery time there is a photograph of a celebrity showing off his or her toned and fit body, hundreds of thousands of fans search eagerly for their diet and workout plan so that they can follow suit.To become as fit as them, one has to follow a fitness code. Experts jot down the latest A-to-Z fitness regime.Workleisure clothing: Athleisure contributed to the rise of wearing leggings outside of the gym, and now comfy clothes are making their way into the office. Basically, workleisure takes technical, sweat-wicking, and flattering fabrics and incorporates them into work, dinner, happy hour-appropriate pieces Also Read – Add new books to your shelfEntomophagy: Bugs, anyone? They’re a cheap and sustainable source of protein, so don’t be surprised to find crickets on restaurant menus instead of Fear Factor reruns. If you’re keen on trying the trend, just know that bug-based foods can still be heavily processed, so bear in mind what else you’re eating in addition to crunchy insects.Fat to fitness band: Move over, wristwatch, there’s a new accessory in town and it’s sleek, functional and wildly popular. These fitness bands are wearable devices that are strapped to the wrists tracking your every move. These can act as a substitute for a phone when you’re out for a run and can be an accurate fitness trainer. Get yours today. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveIndoor plants: Living walls have entered a bounty of corporate spaces while eucalyptus shower bouquets are trending due to the invigorating essential oils released when activated by heat and steam. Not to mention, plants are shown to boost moods, filter toxins, and produce oxygen.Matcha made: Not only has this green powder (which is packed with caffeine and antioxidants) popped up in cafes across the country, but bakeries, grocery stores, and even beauty products have also gone mad for matcha. Ketogenic diet: A low carb, high-fat diet, the ketogenic diet transforms your body into a fat-burning machine. You body runs entirely on fat, your insulin levels become low and fat burns drastically. The main focus is to get all the calories from the consumption of healthy fats.Paleo diet: Paleolithic living as a dietary model was introduced by gastroenterologist, Dr Walter L Voegtlin. Also known as the Stone Age or caveman diet, paleo diet includes consuming only fresh and organic fruits or veggies or meat. In the Paleo diet, there is no use of processed and canned food. Foods that have preservatives or chemicals are completely avoided in this diet.Atkins diet: This diet completely eliminates carbohydrates and focuses on proteins and fats for the daily source of energy.Dukan Diet: The Dukan diet is designed by the French nutritionist and dietician, Pierre Dukan. This is a protein-based commercial fad diet similar to the ketogenic diet, as both focus on the consumption of fats and proteins but omits carbohydrates.Zone diet: The Zone diet is a low- glycemic index diet introduced by biochemist Barry Sears. This diet includes foods that do not spike your sugar levels. The right proportion of fat, carbhohydrates and protein helps you lose weight and decreases the risks of heart diseases.last_img read more

Chris Paul is more valuable to the Rockets than James Harden

first_imgChris Paul is more valuable to the Rockets than James HardenJames Harden was recently named to the All-NBA 1st team, and is considered by many to be the leading candidate for MVP, but during Houston’s play off run that has them one win away form the NBA Finals, it’s Chris Paul who has stepped up in the crucial moments to make the difference.When the Rockets needed to put away the pesky Jazz, it was Paul who came through with a dominant 41-point night. In Game 5, when Harden disappeared with 19 points, including 0-11 from three, it was Paul that made the winning plays down the stretch before going down with a hamstring injury. In the postseason, the Rockets are 6-0 in Harden’s 6 worst offensive games, most of them blowouts.Colin thinks Harden is a fantastic individual talent, but he’s a solo act. It’s Paul who is Houston’s tough physical presence, vocal leader and communicator. Without CP3 in the lineup for Game 6, Golden State is currently a 10.5-point favorite. Vegas knows how valuable he is, too. Also:– Golden State lucks out again with CPS out for Game 6 Star studded Warriors lack a late game go-to guyFor the second game in the Western Conference Finals, the Warriors kicked away their final fourth quarter possession in Game 5 and walked away with a tough loss. Similarly, in Game 4, a potential game-tying possession ended in a forced shot by Klay Thompson that missed.Despite being the NBA’s dominant team over the past three years, Golden State has been a disorganized mess on crucial late game possessions and don’t have a clear go-to guy in end of game situations. Colin thinks the ball should be in Curry’s hands since he’s the best ball handler and shooter, but since he’s not at 100% it’s not clear he’s up to the task.center_img Guests:Eddie House – FS1 NBA analyst and NBA World Champion talks Rockets/Warriors Game 5.Dahntay Jones – NBA World Champion with the Cavs looks ahead to Cleveland/Boston Game 6 in Cleveland.Cuttino Mobley – 10-year NBA Veteran is in-studio talking Rockets/Warriors and the impact of Chris Paul missing Game 6. Jason Whitlock – Host of FS1’s Speak For Yourself is in-studio explaining why Kevin Durant still can’t decide who he is.last_img read more