How to beat exam stress: Just sleep over it!

first_imgEvery year around exam time stress and sleepless nights often consume most teenagers. Rather than expending their break-time appropriately to exercise, take a walk or sleep well in time teenager’s end up resorting to unhealthier options, such as taking-in higher levels of caffeine and overspending time with ‘gadget friends’ for surfing social media or communicating with friends via WhatsApp. This invariably triggers odd sleeping patterns and behavioral changes among teenagers, which ultimately restricts them from getting sufficient time to rest or take a nap. In doing so, teenagers actually miss-out on utilizing the valuable break-time for reviving their energy levels, by engaging in activities that encourage relaxation of mind and body. Scientific research reveals that on average teenagers require a well-timed sleep for 8-10 hours to get through the day effectively.However, teens do not get this required amount of sleep owing to several reasons. These include – quickly changing body clock, incorrect understanding of sleep, and pressure from school, home or their environment, technology (phones, tablets) and so forth.An unhealthy sleeping pattern can leave a lasting negative impact on a teenager’s daily life and lead to problems like emotional imbalance, narcolepsy, and circadian rhythm disorders among others.Too much of inactivity along with sleep deprivation can lead to obesity and serious disorders like sleep apnea – which impact many vital organs of the body and impact memory, concentration ability – and also predispose the child to problems like depression, metabolic disorders and heart problems at a later ageadvertisement While the biological clock in teens changes every now and then, through individual efforts they can synchronize the clock to match the required pace by ensuring a good sleep-wake balance combined with a scheduled lifestyle and a healthy diet & exercise regimen. It is really easy to obtain quality sleep by following good sleep hygiene practices by:Going to bed and waking up at a scheduled time Maintaining the recommended sleep duration Exercising regularly Eating healthy meals Avoiding consumption of caffeine, alcohol, tobacco and similar hazards Engaging in recreational activities like playing a sport A good sleep is extremely important at every stage of life for good health. Following these recommended practices teenagers will not only be able to sleep comfortably but also benefit by deriving maximum of their true potential to progress in life.Authored article : Dr. Bhaskar Azad, Clinical Head, ResMed Academy Indialast_img read more

Alli not concerned with form plateau

first_imgTottenham Hotspur Spurs star Alli not concerned with plateau in form Ante Jukic 10:51 12/29/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Dele Alli Tottenham Getty Images Tottenham Hotspur Swansea City v Tottenham Hotspur Premier League Ahead of his side’s trip to Swansea City next week, the midfielder believes he has not discovered a return to his best form Tottenham star Dele Alli said he is not fazed by public perception of his form, following a match-winning Boxing Day performance against Southampton.Providing a goal and two assists in their 5-2 Premier League win on Tuesday, Alli was pivotal as Spurs kept pace for Champions League places.Despite volatile showings against Burnley and Manchester City, though, the England midfielder insisted his form is not fluctuating. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player “We speak a lot, the manager and myself, and my form is not really something I think about too much,” Alli said. “But it’s always nice to prove people wrong.”At 21-years-of-age when you set your standards as high as I did the last two years it’s not always the case that you’re going to reach them all the time.”In three appearances in the Champions League this season, Alli has notched up two goals and three assists.His goal against Southampton was the first in 10 matches. However, according to Alli, goals and assists are not the sole indicators of performance.”Some people think if you’re not scoring or assisting you’re playing badly, but I think I criticise myself all the time,” he said. “I think it’s just working on myself and my own game.”As players we’re not too worried about what people are saying, as long as the people close to you, around you and your team-mates are speaking highly and you’re doing what the team wants, that’s all you need to think about.”Sitting a point off fourth-placed Liverpool, Spurs travel to lowly Swansea City next week.last_img read more

Balotelli says he knows ‘nothing’ about future

first_imgTransfers Balotelli says he knows ‘nothing’ about future Goal 01:54 6/1/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Mario Balotelli Getty Transfers Nice France v Italy Italy France Friendlies Mario Balotelli The striker said he is focused on the week ahead, and has no idea what his future holds. Mario Balotelli says he prefers not to think too far ahead in regards to his future, and does not know what is ahead for him.The Italy international has made a strong go of it the past two seasons with Nice, scoring 33 goals in Ligue 1 over that span.His strong form in France, along with the ascension of Balotelli’s former manager Robert Mancini with Italy, has seen the striker return to the national team and score a goal against Saudi Arabia in the process. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now But while his Italy future seems to be improving, Balotelli’s club outlook remains murky as he nears the end of his contract with Nice.The striker has been linked for a move away from from the Ligue 1 side, with his agent Mino Raiola hinting at a possible move back to Serie A with Napoli, though the club dismissed he was on their radar. However, in an interview with Nice’s club website, Balotelli admitted he does not know what the future holds and that his focus is on a week-to-week basis.“I never really think about [the future],” Balotelli told the club’s website. “I don’t want to think too far [ahead].“I want to concentrate on what comes during the week. Next week, I will think about next week. After, I will think about the week after.“To be honest, I know nothing about my future.”One thing Balotelli did say was that he did not feel he needed to go to a place where he was the biggest name. Instead, he pointed to his experience with star studded sides as proof he is content playing second fiddle.“I always play in teams where there were a lot of stars,” Balotelli said. “I think it’s nice to [be the star of the team], but it’s not so important to me.”Balotelli and Italy will be back in action on June 1 against France and then round off their summer friendlies against the Netherlands on June 4.last_img read more

Matilda Kennedy slams Women’s World Cup refereeing

first_imgAfter being sent off in Australia’s Round of 16 loss to Norway at the Women’s World Cup, Matildas centre-back Alanna Kennedy has hit out at the standard of refereeing at the tournament. Kennedy was shown a straight red card in extra time on Sunday to the shock of fans and players alike.VAR did review the incident but the defender was still given her marching orders for a challenge she clearly believes didn’t warrant a red card. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? “I felt at the time that my body was in front of hers and it was more or less a 50/50 and as a striker you go down and milk it a little bit,” Kennedy said post-match. “But the decision is what it is and the girls did really well to get us into penalties and that shows the character in our team and we will come back from this.”Though Norway wouldn’t capitalise on Kennedy’s dismissal as they triumphed on penalties, Australia were on the wrong end of a number of calls – including a decision to overturn a penalty that was initially awarded to them.Exiting France earlier than many expected, Kennedy believes the officiating didn’t do the Matildas any favours. “I think there needs to be a lot more clarity around the decisions of the referees,” she said. “I think it’s been questionable throughout the whole tournament, and that’s not the way we want to play.”We feel disappointed, we feel we had more potential and our tournament is cut short.”As the green and gold ultimately lost the match against Norway on penalties, Kennedy revealed she was unable to watch the game from the locker room after being sent off.”It was very difficult – I couldn’t get the game up on the TV,” she said. “I was just pacing around I guess. I had full belief in the girls that they would get through.”I am really proud of them for gritting it out and at least get to penalties. When you get to penalties anything can happen and that’s a bit of luck. “I am so proud of them for the fight we showed throughout the whole tournament and we showed a lot of character. Maybe we didn’t play our best football, but the character and mentality within our team is admirable and I am happy to be part of this team.”last_img read more

Ravindra Jadeja eyes major landmark in India vs West Indies Tests

first_imgRavindra Jadeja eyes major landmark in India vs West Indies TestsIndia tour of West Indies 2019: India spinner Ravindra Jadeja is just 8 wickets away from becoming only the 10th Indian bowler to 200 wickets in Test cricket. advertisement Asian News International AntiguaAugust 20, 2019UPDATED: August 20, 2019 12:12 IST India tour of West Indies 2019: Ravindra Jadeja is just 8 scalps away from 200 Test wickets (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSJadeja has 192 wickets from 41 matchesJadeja can also become the 2nd fastest Indian to 200 Test wicketsIndia begin their World Test Championship campaign from ThursdayAs India and West Indies gear up for the two-match Test series, all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja will look to achieve a bowling milestone.Jadeja is just eight wickets away from achieving 200 Test wickets. He will become only the 10th Indian bowler to achieve the feat.If Jadeja achieves the feat in the first Test at Antigua, he will become the second-fastest Indian bowler to reach the landmark after Ravichandran Ashwin.Jadeja is currently ranked at the fifth position in the ICC Test Bowler rankings.India displayed a clinical performance in the recently concluded T20I and ODI series against Windies. The Men in Blue defeated the team from Caribbean 3-0 in the T20I series whereas they outclassed West Indies 2-0 in the three-match ODI series.The first ODI was abandoned due to rain, but India recorded wins in the second and third ODI.Skipper Virat Kohli had a record-breaking run in the ODI series as he scored 234 runs in the ODIs.Kohli became the first batsman to record 20,000 international runs in a single decade. During the ODI series, he also became the highest run-getter against Windies in the 50-over format. The 30-year-old also went past Sourav Ganguly to become second-highest run-scorer for India in ODI cricket.Vice-captain Rohit Sharma went past Chris Gayle to become the batsman with the most number of sixes in the T20I format.India would look to hold on to their number one ranking in the Test format when they take on West Indies. If the team loses 0-1 against West Indies, India can get dethroned from the pole position in the ICC Test rankings.advertisementThe series between India and West Indies will be a part of the World Test Championship.India and West Indies take on each other in the first Test of the two-match series in Antigua from August 22.Also Read | Rejuvenated Umesh Yadav hoping to make a mark in West Indies TestsAlso Read | Kane Williamson reported for suspect bowling action during 1st Test vs Sri Lanka Also See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow India tour of West Indies 2019Follow Ravindra JadejaFollow R Ashwinlast_img read more

Jamaica Seeks to Increase Voice on Financial Matters in Caribbean

first_img The CFATF is an organisation of 25 States of the Caribbean Basin, Central and South America that have agreed to implement common countermeasures to address money laundering. Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Finance and the Public Service, Hon. Fayval Williams, says Jamaica is taking steps to increase its voice in the Caribbean on matters relating to the financial sector.In that regard, Mrs. Williams is to head a Jamaican delegation to the Caribbean Financial Action Task Force (CFATF) to accelerate the country’s representation to the body.The CFATF is an organisation of 25 States of the Caribbean Basin, Central and South America that have agreed to implement common countermeasures to address money laundering.Addressing the opening of the 7th Annual Anti-Money Laundering/Counter-Financing of Terrorism Conference, at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston on Tuesday (October 2), Mrs. Williams informed that Jamaica has sought and obtained a seat on the CFATF’s influential Steering Committee to increase its participation in the work of that body and, consequently, the wider Financial Action Task Force (FATF) global network.The FATF is an intergovernmental organisation based in France, which was established to combat money laundering and terrorism financing.“I will seek to advance certain issues that are of benefit to Jamaica, including de-risking issues, regulatory regimes for emerging technologies, and financial inclusion,” Mrs. Williams noted.In the meantime, the Minister said the Government is continuing its work to reform and strengthen Jamaica’s anti-money laundering/counter-financing of terrorism framework to comply with global standards.“Currently, new amendments are being proposed to the Proceeds of Crime Act, the Terrorism Prevention Act and the United Nations Security Council Resolution (Implementation) Act; as well as to the Microcredit Act. These amendments will address technical deficiencies outlined in the Mutual Evaluation Report of Jamaica carried out by the CFATF, and will complement enacted legislation and amendments,” Mrs. Williams said.She noted that it is critical that these laws be passed by next May, “to demonstrate to the FATF our commitment to meet the global standards”.Mrs. Williams praised the organisers of the conference for their consistency in “keeping the critical issue of (banking) compliance front and centre”.“Banking compliance both strengthens and protects Jamaica’s financial system whilst contributing to law-enforcement efforts in gathering the intelligence and evidence necessary to uncover economic crime,” she said.The two-day conference, which is being held under the theme ‘Compliance: Keeping Pace to Stay Ahead’, seeks to provide participants with sound institutional strategies to stay ahead of the game in the effort to protect clients, institutions and the country in general, against money laundering and terrorism financing.The annual event targets anti-money laundering/counter-financing of terrorism compliance practitioners from the deposit-taking and non-deposit-taking financial institutions; attorneys-at-law; front-line staff; internal and external auditors from the local and regional financial sectors; real estate practitioners; gaming industry personnel; accountants; law enforcement and regulators.The meeting is being hosted by the Jamaica Bankers Association (JBA) in collaboration with the Jamaica Institute of Financial Services (JIFS). In that regard, Mrs. Williams is to head a Jamaican delegation to the Caribbean Financial Action Task Force (CFATF) to accelerate the country’s representation to the body. Story Highlights Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Finance and the Public Service, Hon. Fayval Williams, says Jamaica is taking steps to increase its voice in the Caribbean on matters relating to the financial sector.last_img read more

Image of the Day: Olympus All Set

first_imgzoom <a href=””><img class=”aligncenter size-full wp-image-143539″ src=”” alt=”Image of the Day” width=”644″ height=”400″ /></a>The image shows Platform Supply Vessel (PSV) Olympus decorated for her naming ceremony that took place on November 15th. It is the third in the series of Havyard’s 832 design and the eighth vessel to be delivered to Global Offshore Services. On Friday night, an Indian ceremony was held on board, where the Indians blessed this impressive ship in accordance with their customs, before godmother Sun Wen of China wished the vessel good luck in the traditional manner. It is tradition for Global Offshore to name their ships after mountains. This time, it was the turn of the Greek mountain Olympus, which at 2,919 metres is the tallest mountain in Greece.World Maritime News Staff; Image: Havyard Group ASlast_img read more

Billy Idol Performs At Prostate Cancer Foundation Gala

first_imgProstate Cancer Foundation (PCF), a nonprofit organization which remains steadfast in its commitment to identify and fund groundbreaking cancer research programs to save the lives of millions, hosted its annual gala at the Parrish Art Museum in Water Mill, NY on Saturday, August 27, 2016.Billy Idol at Prostate Cancer Foundation GalaCredit/Copyright: Rob Rich/SocietyAllure.comThe event’s Challenge Research Award raised over $3.5 million in support of the foundation’s work.The gala was hosted in support of the 12th Annual Charles Evans PCF Pro-Am Tennis Tournament being held from August 26 – 28, 2016, named after the successful entrepreneur who constantly turned tragic events throughout his life into philanthropic causes. The gala evening was a wonderful night of dining, dancing and filled with loads of surprises. The event featured special musical performances by Grammy award-winning singer Dianne Reeves, double platinum recording artist Billy Idol, and nationally recognized pop vocal group The Company Men, with a special performance by Francis Collins, Director of National Institutes of Health. 100 percent of the funds raised throughout the evening went to supporting groundbreaking discoveries in cancer research.The night began with a short quiz by the Founder of the Prostate Cancer Foundation Michael Milken, with guests curiously participating from their seats. Milken then introduced Jan Haber, PCF’s Vice President of Events, to the stage. Haber welcomed guests to the event and thanked them for supporting the very important work of the PCF, after which she introduced the evening’s first performer to the stage, Grammy-award winning singer Dianne Reeves, who performed a few of her celebrated jazz songs to the delight of the audience.Reeves’ performance was followed by a short speech by Michael Milken on how far PCF has come since its founding, and how much of a difference the foundation’s work does. A video was shown highlighting the foundation’s progress and its aim to make prostate cancer an illness to “find in the history books”. Next, a few words were spoken by PCF’s President and Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Jonathan W. Simons. Dr. Simons touched on the progress in gene research and how it has made it possible to identify the drivers behind the disease, in the fight against not only prostate cancer but all types of cancer.The evening’s next performance was held by The Company Men, who performed a Motown medley, consisting of their interpretation of much loved songs by artists such as Simon & Garfunkel and Billy Joel. The vocal group had come all the way from Los Angeles to perform at the event, which they said they were honored to attend and being able to support. Following The Company Men was a surprise performance by the Director of National Institutes of Health, Dr. Francis Collins, who started off mentioning the nationwide cancer study that is currently being conducted in order to understand how to prevent and identify cancer risk factors at an early stage. Dr. Collins encouraged everyone to join in on this “unprecedented adventure”, before taking out his guitar for a surprise performance of Del Shannon’s “Runaway” in his own version, called “DNA”.A live auction was also held to support a young scientist. Attendees were asked to donate $75,000 per year to support the research of a young scientist and his or her research in the fight toward prostate cancer. This was followed by an appearance by Mitch Modell, who presented the foundation with a check for $141,ooo on behalf of Modell’s Sporting Goods and all of its customers.Michael Milken rounded up the evening’s lineup of performances and appearances by extending a heartfelt thank you to all performers, attendees, donors, hosts, pro tennis players and amateurs for making it an unforgettable evening in the support of finding a cure for prostate cancer. To top off the evening, a much anticipated musical performance was held by superstar Billy Idol, who kicked off his performance with crowd favorite “Cradle of Love”.The Weekend’s Pro-Am Tennis Champions were: Ricky Sandler and Rick Leach, Alex Norcross and Alex Bogomolov Jr., Dick Merkin and Rohan Bopanna, Bill Finneran and Graydon Oliver. Finalists included: Mark Ein and Scott Lipsky, Marie Bernstein and Santiago Gonzalez, Ralph Finerman and Jonathan Erlich, Sammy Herzberg and Jonathan Schneider.A silent auction was also held, including select items such as A Getaway to a Private Villa in Bali, sports memorabilia such as a signed plaque and boxing glove of legend Muhammad Ali and a signed Michael Jordan jersey, original photographs of Coco Chanel with model Jackie Rogers, as well as exclusive photographs of icons Prince, Marilyn Monroe, Elizabeth Taylor and Mick Jagger.last_img read more

Glen Abbey owner wants to demolish parts of golf course despite heritage

first_imgOAKVILLE, Ont. – An Ontario town council will continue Wednesday to hear submissions on a plan to demolish the historic Glen Abbey golf course despite its heritage status.Glen Abbey’s owner ClubLink filed an application Monday to demolish or remove the golf course and some buildings to make way for a mix of homes, offices and stores.ClubLink is battling local residents over its redevelopment plan for the golf course, which has hosted the Canadian Open 28 times.In August, the Town of Oakville voted in favour of designating Glen Abbey as a heritage site, giving it some protection under Ontario heritage laws.ClubLink has accused the Town of overreaching but says it will not appeal the heritage designation.Council heard Tuesday night from a number of groups opposed to ClubLink’s plans and will take up the issue again on Wednesday night.The company has applied to demolish the golf course and several buildings, but some sites, including stables and the Canadian Golf Hall of Fame and Museum, will remain.last_img read more

Japanese brand JVC launches 6 new smart TVs in India

first_imgNew Delhi: In association with Flipkart, Japanese brand JVC on Tuesday launched six new smart LED TVs in India starting at Rs 16,999. The product suite includes 4K “Ultra HD” intelligent smart TVs and “Full HD” smart LED TVs available in four screen sizes — 40-inch, 43-inch, 49-inch and 55-inch. The TVs come equipped with features such as “Quantum Backlit Technology”, Miracast support, and more than 500 licensed applications and up to 1 million hours of content to view, JVC said. Also Read – Swiggy now in 500 Indian cities, targets 100 more this year The products will be available on Flipkart from April 6. “The need and hunger for content in the smart TVs is increasing day by day and we assure our customers of providing the largest app base as well as inbuilt content in today’s times in these smart TVs,” Sharan Maini, Director – Business Development at JVC India, said in a statement. JVC entered India in partnership with Veira Group, an original equipment manufacturer (OEM) for consumer durables in India, in association with Flipkart. Viera Group said it currently has its manufacturing unit in Noida having a capacity of up to one million units per annum.last_img read more

Ships operating in Gulf region urged to take extreme caution

BERLIN — Governments and maritime agencies urged an abundance of caution Thursday for ships operating in the Persian Gulf region after two oil tankers were damaged in suspected attacks near the strategic Strait of Hormuz.Though details of the suspected attack on the ships in the Gulf of Oman of the coast of Iran were still vague, the incident comes amid growing friction between Washington and Tehran in an area already fraught with tension.“The shipping industry views this as an escalation of the situation, and we are just about as close to a conflict without there being an actual armed conflict, so the tensions are very high,” said Jakob P. Larsen, the head of maritime security for the shipping association BIMCO, which represents some 60 per cent of the world’s merchant fleet, including owners of the two damaged tankers.The vessels involved have been identified as the MT Front Altair, a Marshall Islands-flagged crude oil tanker owned by Norway-based Frontline, and Kokuka Courageous, managed by a Singapore company.Norway’s Foreign Ministry said it “is concerned about the situation in Oman Bay” and “this type of incident further increases tension in the region.”In a statement, the ministry referred to advice from the Shipowners’ Association and the Norwegian Maritime Authority about sailing in the area. The Norwegian Maritime Authority had earlier issued a warning to the country’s merchant fleet, advising ships to “exercise high care and alertness in the region.”“Although there is no full clarity in the background for these attacks, the Norwegian Maritime Directorate’s advice is to keep a good distance to Iranian waters based on today’s event,” the agency said in a statement.The United Kingdom Maritime Trade Operations, which is run by the British navy, put out an alert early Thursday urging “extreme caution” after the incident.“We are deeply concerned by reports of explosions and fires on vessels in the Gulf of Oman,” the agency said. “We are in contact with local authorities and partners in the region.”The Strait of Hormuz is the only sea passage from the Persian Gulf to the ocean, however, making it one of the world’s most important sea lanes.Larsen said past experience is that even with increased danger, commercial shipping will continue to use the route.“Shippers will be cautious with taking their ships into the region, but as we’ve seen many times before when the risks are high, so are the rewards, so I think shippers will continue their trade,” he said in a telephone interview from London, where he was attending a meeting of the United Nations’ International Maritime Organization’s Maritime Safety Committee.“You may some sort of naval co-operation and guidance to shipping being set up which will render protection to shipping through the area, but it will depend on what the investigation shows.”___Gregory Katz in London and Jan M. Olsen in Copenhagen contributed to this report.David Rising, The Associated Press read more

UN envoy calls for closer ties with West African regional bloc

17 February 2012A senior United Nations official today called for closer ties between the UN and the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) to deal with threats and challenges to the region after the 15-member body selected a new leadership team. Said Djinnit, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for West Africa, issued a statement welcoming the appointment of Ivorian President Alassane Ouattara as President of the ECOWAS Authority and the former Burkinabé prime minister Kadré Désiré Ouédraogo as President of the ECOWAS Commission.Mr. Ouattara and Mr. Ouédraogo were selected to the posts during a two-day ECOWAS summit in Abuja, Nigeria, that concluded today.“The incoming leadership should be assured of the continued support of the United Nations to the Community, its Member States and the people of West Africa in their constant search for peace, democracy and development,” said Mr. Djinnit, who also heads the UN Office for West Africa (UNOWA).He called for ties between the UN and ECOWAS to intensify, citing such threats to the region’s stability as drug trafficking, organized crime, piracy in the Gulf of Guinea and the insecurity across the Sahel following the fallout from the Libyan uprising. read more

Government needs to act in wake of lacklustre job numbers say Tories

Government needs to act in wake of lacklustre job numbers say Tories, NDP by The Canadian Press Posted Aug 5, 2016 1:22 pm MDT Last Updated Aug 5, 2016 at 4:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email OTTAWA – Opposition parties are seizing on bad news on Canada’s employment front to urge the federal Liberal government to shift economic gears.Statistics Canada says the economy shed 31,200 net jobs in July, a decline that included the biggest one-month drop in full-time work in nearly five years. The national unemployment rate inched up to 6.9 per cent in July from 6.8 per cent in June.Conservatives and NDP members alike say the latest numbers have cast a pall over Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s prolonged political honeymoon and say it’s high time the Liberals took action.Conservative finance critic Lisa Raitt says the Trudeau government has failed to deliver the jobs it promised during the last election campaign.She says the government doesn’t have a back-up plan.The NDP, meanwhile, wants the government to bolster the employment insurance system and work to stimulate job growth.New Democrat finance critic Guy Caron says the government has to cut taxes for small business, a promise that fell by the wayside in the first Liberal budget.Raitt — said to be contemplating a run for the leadership of the federal Conservatives —cites a growing crisis of confidence as unemployment creeps up, along with bankruptcy numbers.“Canadians have no reason to trust the Liberal government when it comes to Canada’s economy,” she said.“The Liberal government claimed that if it borrowed tens of billions of dollars, it could grow the economy and create jobs. In reality, the Liberals have failed to deliver results for middle-class families and the Canadian taxpayer will be left to pay the bill.”For his part, Caron said there must be easier access to EI benefits.“In light of these significant job losses, creating a universal qualifying threshold of 360 hours and reinstating the extra five-weeks program for all seasonal workers is more critical than ever and would significantly help areas like Atlantic Canada.”NDP jobs critic Niki Ashton urged the government to fulfil a campaign promise to offer EI premium breaks to employers who hire young people. That pledge also didn’t make it into the spring budget.“The Liberals must immediately live up to their campaign promise to spur youth employment for millennials,” she said. “Young Canadians can’t wait for them to do yet more consultations.”Raitt said the Liberals promised that tax changes to help the middle class, an enhanced child-care benefit and promised infrastructure spending would spur the economy, but that hasn’t happened.“They should stop consulting and start making decisions.” read more

Brock researchers company develop technology for mineral analysis

Brock University researchers are working with a Mississauga company to develop technology that dramatically speeds up mineral and ore analysis while reducing its impact on the environment.Brock University researchers are working with a Mississauga company to develop technology that dramatically speeds up mineral and ore analysis while reducing its impact on the environment.When Brock alumnus Ravi Kanipayor, together with the technology company Chemquant, invented ColdBlock, they began working with a research group at Brock University to analyze environmental samples, such as contaminated soils, biosolids and sludges.The analysis process involves dissolving samples – called “digestion” – to measure the contaminant metals in the samples.The group found that it took 15 minutes or less to digest the samples when using ColdBlock.Current conventional methods take up to four hours to digest samples using a technology often called hot block, which is basically a hot plate.“Pretty soon after we started to get these excellent results for environmental samples, we realized that this technique could have broader applications,” says chemistry Prof. Ian Brindle.Brindle and his research team have partnered with Chemquant to take the new technology one step further.“That’s when we started looking at the potential for ColdBlock to be used for mining samples,” he says.With current technology, it can take more than 16 hours to dissolve some of these mining samples, with methods that use toxic acids and acids that form explosive compounds.ColdBlock uses focused infrared energy to heat the sample in an acid mixture. “And this is the major difference: conventional methods heat the acid in which the sample sits,” says Brindle. “Together with the invention of new chemistry for sample preparation, this has given us a real boost in efficiency.”He explains that ColdBlock technology is also “green” in a number of important aspects.Sample treatment eliminates the need for perchloric acid, an acid that can form explosive metal salts, and, in some cases, eliminates the need for hydrofluoric acid, which is easily absorbed through the skin and is very toxic.In addition, because the temperature is well controlled, there is little need to replace acids that, in the case of conventional digestions, are boiled off into the environment.From a productivity perspective, the ColdBlock can save huge amounts of time, says Brindle.“Preparation of the difficult samples that normally take 16 hours, such as chromite, can be prepared in less than 15 minutes using ColdBlock technology.”Chromite is the ore of the important metal chromium, an essential ingredient in stainless and tool steels, and is a topic of great interest in Canada following the discovery of an enormous deposit of chromite in northwestern Ontario.Brindle’s group has just received a grant in cash and in-kind totaling $580,000 from a group of funders that includes the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, Ontario Centres for Excellence, the Centre of Excellence for Mining Innovation, Barrick Gold, and Chemquant Technologies (now operating as ColdBlock Technologies).Preliminary results on mining samples have been very encouraging, says Brindle.“The ColdBlock technology, combined with innovative chemistry, has been able to deliver accurate results for a number of samples, including chromite, sulfide ores, such as those from the nickel belt, and iron ore,” says Brindle.“But the technology needs to be upgraded to enable the sample preparation to be performed using automation, which should enable large number of samples to be processed as the service laboratories perform thousands of samples a week.“So that’s what this grant is about,” Brindle explains. “It’s about automating the technology and upgrading the ‘recipe’ book of sample types that can be prepared by this system.”Brindle says that samples could be analyzed at the mine site. “It is safer and uses smaller amounts of acids,” he says. “And if the instruments that measure the metals in these samples can operate in remote locations, almost real-time results could be obtained, which would improve efficiency.”Shantanu Mittal, Business Development Manager with Ontario Centres of Excellence, calls ColdBlock a technology with the potential to have a serious impact on the mining and environmental sector.“OCE first supported this technology through our Technical Problem Solving (TPS) program where we helped validate the technology through a collaboration with Dr. Brindle’s group at Brock University,” he recalls.“We are very happy with the progress the industry and academic partners have made in making this technology ready for commercialization.”“We have seen some promising preliminary results with ColdBlock technology,” says Yeonuk Choi, a senior manager with Barrick Gold’s Strategic Technology Solutions. “We look forward to exploring with Brock improvements in delivering fast and accurate results for gold and other metals in the ores from our mines.”Chemquant Chief Executive Officer Don Saunders explains that the technology has wide applications.“ColdBlock Technologies believes the high energy acid digestion process by ColdBlock will deliver not only rapid digestions with superior performance characteristics but, through automation, will be beneficial for small and large laboratories alike, in mining, agriculture, forestry, food, environmental, and pharmaceutical applications,” he says.Brock University innovation and commercialization director John Wilson lauds the partnership between Brock and Chemquant.“We’re particularly pleased with this agreement as it is the first of our ‘seed’ research partnerships to grow to a project with a value in excess of half-a-million dollars,” he says. “We hope that this is the first of many.” read more

Exclusive Teenager linked to Tube bomb plot was pokerloving loner

first_imgDescribing the mother as “friendly”, Mr Wilkinson added: “He (the son) used to play poker, he’d play poker he was a real poker fan and he used to join clubs and things like that. He didn’t speak too much.”His wife added: “He was a quiet boy actually. He was just an ordinary teenager, he must have been about 15 or 16 when they moved in there.”He was very friendly with a lad that lived around in George Street. A couple round there had a lad about the same age and thy were very friendly, he used to go round there and then you would see him come down and go off somewhere.”Another resident, who did not want to be named, said: “Damon went to go to university. He just seemed like a really gentle lad.”He is really smart, really smart. I know he played poker and stuff,  he’s really good at it. “From meeting him I would he really surprised. He is the gentlest natured person. He was lovely, you just knew he was smart.” Smith moved to London from Devon this summer, his neighbours claimed Smith moved to London from Devon this summer, his neighbours claimedCredit:Twitter The scene in Newton Abbot Several addresses linked to the student have been visited by police since a suspect device was found on board a Tube carriage on the Jubilee Line near the O2 Arena in Greenwich on Thursday.Police, who refused to confirm he was the 19-year-old in custody, raided his former home in Newton Abbot on Saturday and are also understood to have visited a nearby relative.In Devon, officers discovered a second suspect device, understood to be behind a garage, which has since been described as “not viable”. The scene in Newton AbbotCredit:BBC Damon Smith was described as a big poker fanCredit:Twittercenter_img Counter-terrorism officers cordoned off streets near the property and are known to have visited at least one relative of Smith’s nearby.The housing association property Smith shared with his mother is just yards from the town’s police station on nearby Baker’s Hill.Ray and Enid Wilkinson, who live on the same street as Smith’s former home, said Smith’s mother was divorced.She said: “We knew the pair there because she had a dog and she used to go past with her dog…. Back in the summer they moved to London, the mother and son. We used to speak to her and the son.”They are Teign Housing Association houses so she put in for a transfer, she told us that she wanted to move.”He went first. He went the son and then one day she said to Ray, I’ll be moving soon, they’ve got me a place in London.” Damon Smith was described as a big poker fan A teenager linked to the London Underground bomb plot was a poker-loving student who was only ever seen with his mother, The Telegraph can disclose.Damon Smith, 19, had moved from Devon to the capital over the summer to attend university. He was joined there by his mother, Antonitza, who feared he would struggle to cope on his own, neighbours claim.On his Twitter account, Smith poses with wads of cash he has won playing poker and also posts pictures of a recent trip to Tunisia and Turkey. The neighbour added: “Mum felt she needed to still be nearby to cook his dinner and stuff. I think that was another reason why I thought he was a bit vulnerable.”It wasn’t just because he was starting university but it was that they were fed up of the area, there was nothing here for them….They were always together, I don’t really remember him being with anyone else. He didn’t have a big friendship circle or anything.”One member of the Smith family told The Telegraph relatives had been told not to speak to the press.Security sources say the man in custody, who was Tasered outside London Metropolitan University on the Holloway Road, close to Arsenal’s football ground, was acting as a “lone wolf “.Scotland Yard has until Friday to question the suspect in custody. The force refused to confirm his identity.A statement said: “Officers are keeping an open mind regarding any possible motive. They are not looking for anyone else in relation to this investigation at this stage.”The discovery and subsequent arrest came 11 years after the 7/7 bombings of the London transport network. 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.last_img read more

Igor Vori joins PSG

Mega project of French handball, Paris Saint Germain has announced that one of the best line player of the last decade in World’s handball, Igor Vori (33) will join the squad from the next season. Olympic and World’s gold winner, Vori has played in HSV Handball in the last few years with success. During his time in Hamburg, HSV became German champion and played at the VELUX EHF F4 in Cologne.Also, Montenegrian right wing, Fahrudin Melic has signed contract with PSG.PHOTO: PSG FACEBOOK ← Previous Story Dragan Skrbic about Handball Person Contest: “Men’s EHF EURO 2012, Onesta and Montenegrian girls” Next Story → Johannes Sellin joins MT Melsungen Fahrudin MelicIgor VoriPSG Handball

Which gets mouldier quicker brown or white bread

first_imgWE’VE ALL BEEN there: You buy a loaf of bread and, three days later, wonder why it has gone mouldy.But are you better off buying white or brown bread if you want it to last longer?Henrietta Andoh of Coláiste Pobail Setanta in Dublin decided to test this out.Here’s Henrietta on her results – and why the exhibition is so great for young scientists:(Video conclusion of her experiment, she decided that although white bread lasts longer, as brown bread has more nutrients it is the better choice for those wanting a nutritious bread.Read: How to trick algae to save the planet>last_img

Off beat Fourth revelers quench thirst at forts Guzzle Gulch

first_img‘Boom!” and “Bang!” are among the louder aspects of July 4 at Fort Vancouver each year.But in one popular spot, the July 4 soundscape goes more in the direction of “glug” and “gulp.”That spot is where two local agencies hand out free cups of water. Clark Public Utilities has the more distinctive outlet, a covered wagon that is a familiar sight at community events.And Vancouver’s water quality program set up its booth there Tuesday, just west of Pearson Air Museum: a double dose of thirst slaking at what you might call Guzzle Gulch.The city’s volunteers actually poured more water, handing out about 4,000 12-ounce cups. That doesn’t include fill-ups for people who brought their own reusable water bottles.The city booth had a better location Tuesday, public works spokeswoman Loretta Callahan said, and was the first watering hole most people came across.The water wagon gave out about 200 cups, said Maxie Lofton, marketing and communications coordinator for Clark Public Utilities.But the old covered wagon has a much bigger community role, she said: “We get about 50 reservations for it per year.”It’s not just a hydration station. As something of a historic artifact, it has been an educational resource in many local schools.“A lot of teachers use it every year to go along with their Oregon Trail lessons,” Lofton said.According to a history of the wagon, it is a good example of the transportation that brought a lot of Americans west.“We believe this one was built in a factory back east in the late 1800s or early 1900s,” Richard Green wrote.A matter of degreesIt was acquired from a collector in Albany, Ore. Most of the chassis is original. The wagon box and some other components were completely reconstructed by fleet maintenance volunteers.last_img read more

Guardiolas life in Mexico with Dorados revealed

first_imgPep Guardiola’s life at Dorados from Mexicano has recently been revealed by his former assistant in the club where Diego Maradona just arrived.We got to give it to Mexican Club Dorados from Sinaloa, they sure know how to make an impression by signing high profile people like Diego Maradona or Pep Guardiola in the past. People tend to forget, but the Manchester City manager actually spent some of his final years as a football player at the same club where Maradona just arrived to manage. During his time in Sinaloa with Dorados, Guardiola had an assistant whose name is Eliseo Martine but goes by ‘Chevo’, he was the one who took Pep everywhere during his time in Mexico and took care of important stuff for the Catalan manager. In a recent interview for ESPN, ‘Chevo’ revealed some very interesting details of Guardiola during his final days as a player and he already showed his skills as a manager ever since. The man today works security for Dorados and he will still get to live the inside experience of yet another football legend like Diego Maradona, what a fortunate opportunity to live close to these people.Las figuras que han pasado por @Dorados:✅ Pep Guardiola✅ Loco Abreu ✅ Pedro Larley✅ Jared Borguetti✅ Cuauhtémoc Blanco✅ Diego Armando Maradona????????— Gol Gana (@Gol_Gana_) September 11, 2018During his interview for ESPN, ‘Chevo spoke about the many characteristics that Guardiola had both as a player and as a person: “When he first arrived I didn’t know who he was really, but when I investigated and started watching him play I noticed he was a different class from the rest. The way he touched the ball was quite impressive, I was the one tasked to stay beside him and help him get to know the city in order to get more familiar with it. They mostly asked me to help him move around the city because the Dorados practices were in a training facility located on the south side of town they didn’t know very well, and that’s why I was the one who drove Pep around. He was a very clever man, he studied and read a lot. He spent a lot of time with Lillo (Dorados’ manager at the time) and they both watched a lot of football. I had to buy football magazines for him all the time, the ones published here in Mexico. I even sent them both a box full of those magazines to Spain. They study a lot of football,” said ‘Chevo’ during the interview.jose mourinhoMourinho knows why City and Liverpool are so far ahead George Patchias – September 13, 2019 Jose Mourinho knows why Manchester City and Liverpool are so far ahead of everyone else in the Premier League.In an interview with the Telegraph,…Pep Guardiola en su presentación con #Dorados de Sinaloa, 2005.#MemoriaFutbolera— Memoria Futbolera (@MemoriaFutbol_) September 11, 2018‘Chevo’ also described a more private side of Pep Guardiola which people from Europe may have never known, something that describes the type of man that he is a little bit better and leaves him in a very good place in relation to the way he always tried to coexist with the fans or the staff from his club at the time. This personality was a little bit evident in the Amazon documentary he shot with Machester City, but never to this level of humbleness: “He practiced, he slept, then we always went to a kitchen to eat, and then he changed a few things from his gear if he had a double practice on the same day. He always wanted to know Culiacan a bit better, we wanted to eat ‘gorditas’ and always try new restaurants. Pep was also a very generous man, I remember he used to give me envelopes filled with money to give the people who always helped him around the club. I remember that he once gave 500 Mexican pesos to a kid and he said he would use the money to watch him play. I had to explain Pep that wasn’t meant to disrespect him because he didn’t really know how to interpret that reaction from the kid,” added ‘Chevo’ on his ESPN interview.Aprovechando el furor por la llegada de Maradona, así recordó ESPN el paso de otro grande, que jugó con Dorados— Heriberto Murrieta (@Beto_Murrieta) September 10, 2018What do you think about this unknown side of Pep Guardiola during his time in Dorados from Sinaloa, Mexico? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.last_img read more

Family of asylumseeker Constantin Bakala urges ICE to reunite them

first_imgFamily of asylum-seeker Constantin Bakala urges ICE to reunite them 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Constantin Bakala, an asylum-seeker from the Democratic Republic of Congo, has been detained for 19 months in detention centers across the country. His family is calling on ICE  to parole Bakala while his case is pursued in court so he may join his wife and children in San Diego.Bakala fears that, if deported back to the DR Congo, he could be killed.The family survived extreme hardship due to political persecution in the DR Congo before finally arriving to the border in San Diego to ask for protection. Government officials have separated Bakala from his wife and kids in San Diego and sent him to a detention center out of state.In a recent victory, Bakala has now won his right to a new hearing – the first hearing where he will have a lawyer.The family arrived in Tijuana in November 2017 and requested asylum at the U.S. border. Bakala was then separated from his wife and daughter and detained. He has spent the past 19 months in a series of detention facilities, unable to see his family.Bakala’s wife, Annie Kapongo, has received her work permit and is set to begin working next week. Their oldest daughter Marie-Louise, will turn 18 soon and is still waiting for her work permit. Posted: July 15, 2019 KUSI Newsroom, July 15, 2019 KUSI Newsroom Categories: Local San Diego News, National & International News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more