Yoga boosts mental well being in older adults

first_imgPractising yoga can boost muscle strength and balance in older adults as well as improve mental wellbeing, a study has found. Researchers at the University of Edinburgh in the UK reviewed 22 studies that had investigated the effects of yoga on physical and mental wellbeing in older adults. The yoga programmes varied in length from one month to seven months, and duration of sessions ranged from 30 to 90 minutes. Statistical analysis combined the results of the studies to see the effects of yoga compared with no activity, and compared to other activities such as walking and chair aerobics. Also Read – Pollution makes you more aggressive”A large proportion of older adults are inactive, and do not meet the balance and muscle strengthening recommendations set by government and international health organisations,” said researchers from University of Edinburgh. “Based on this study, we can conclude that yoga has great potential to improve important physical and psychological outcomes in older adults. Yoga is a gentle activity that can be modified to suit those with age-related conditions and diseases,” they added. The researchers found that people who practiced yoga had improved balance, flexibility, leg strength, depression, sleep quality, vitality and perceived mental and physical health – compared with no activity.last_img read more

BC fuel up 4 cents more hikes due as bumpy year looms

first_imgVANCOUVER — Extreme volatility in oil markets has resulted in a price jump for gasoline of four cents a litre in Metro Vancouver and an analyst predicts a further hike could arrive within days.Dan McTeague, a senior petroleum analyst at, says Vancouver residents will be the “poster children” for what he expects will be a wild year for gas prices Canada-wide.He says the four-cent increase is the culmination of a series of events, including the explosion of the Enbridge natural gas pipeline in October and the unexpected maintenance shutdown of the Olympic pipeline last month in Washington state.McTeague says traders are still rebounding from those events and must cover gasoline demand in Oregon, Washington and southern British Columbia, prompting the latest hike and another boost of what he predicts could be a “penny or two,” by Sunday.Greater Vancouver imports all its fuel, adding to the cost, but McTeague says fuel taxes will also climb in B.C. on April 1.He says the tax will add 3.3 cents to the price of a litre of fuel and make the Vancouver area the highest tax jurisdiction for fuel of any major city in North America.“You knocked out Montreal,” McTeague says. “There are some occasions where being No. 1 isn’t such a great thing.”The GasBuddy website pegged the average price for gas in Vancouver at about $1.31 a litre on Friday, well above the average price of gas in some other Canadian cities. In Halifax, the average price was 97.8 cents, while it was at about $1.11 a litre in Montreal. A litre of gas was just over $1 in Toronto and was at 90.6 cents in Calgary.A written analysis provided by McTeague says the turbulent year ahead for prices at Canadian pumps will stem, in part, from concerns over a looming trade war between the U.S. and China, Brexit, the status of global crude supplies and overall demand for oil products.“Overall, fuel prices in 2019 could well turn out to be more expensive than any year since 2014, helped in no small part by an increase in gas taxes and currency challenges,” the analysis says.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

UN tribunal for Balkans crimes transfers convicted police officer to Germany

8 July 2011The United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) has transferred a former police officer convicted of murder during the Balkans conflict of the 1990s to Germany to serve out his 12-year prison sentence. Johan Tarčulovski, a police officer in the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM), was transferred yesterday from the Tribunal, which is based in The Hague. He is the fourth person convicted by the court to be transferred to Germany. On 19 May 2010, the Appeals Chamber affirmed his conviction of having ordered, planned and instigated crimes committed against ethnic Albanians during a police operation conducted on 12 August 2001 in the village of Ljuboten in the northern part of FYROM. “Tarčulovski was found guilty of the murder of three ethnic Albanian civilians, the wanton destruction of 12 houses or other property and the cruel treatment of 13 ethnic Albanian civilians,” the ICTY said. The Appeals Chamber dismissed all grounds of appeal and upheld his sentence of 12 years’ imprisonment.His co-accused in the case, Ljube Boškoski, Minister of Interior of the FYROM from May 2001 until November 2002, was acquitted by both the Trial and Appeals Chamber.The Tarčulovski case is the only case related to the conflict in the territory of FYROM to have been heard by the ICTY.Since its inception 18 years ago, the Tribunal has indicted 161 persons for serious violations of humanitarian law committed on the territory of former Yugoslavia between 1991 and 2001. Proceedings against 126 persons have been concluded. To date, the Tribunal has signed agreements on the enforcement of sentences with 17 States. “To ensure the successful completion of its mandate, the Tribunal calls upon Member States to assist it in securing additional enforcement capacity,” the ICTY said in a press statement. read more

TSX closes at fresh record while Wall Street slumps on Amazon Visa

TORONTO — Gold stocks and financials helped give the Toronto stock market a lift Friday amid a rebound for U.S. durable goods orders and gold prices.The S&P/TSX composite index gained 60.59 points to finish at a record high close of 15,455.04.The gold sector was ahead about 3.3% as the August gold contract gained $12.50 to US$1,303.30 an ounce after three days of losses. The financials sector was up 0.59%.Meanwhile, the Canadian dollar shed 0.6 of a cent to 92.47 cents US as the greenback strengthened in the wake of U.S. data showing that orders for durable goods increased by 0.7% during June.U.S. markets were lower after earning disappointments from online retailer Amazon and Visa. The Dow Jones industrials dropped 123.23 points to close at 16,960.57 while the Nasdaq fell 22.55 points to finish at 4,449.56. The S&P 500 index lost 9.64 points to close at 1,978.34.Amazon shares plunged 9.65% to US$324.01 after posting a quarterly loss of US$126 million, or 27 cents per share, 14 cents worse than estimates. Revenue rose 23%, but operating expenses also rose by a similar percentage.Shares in Visa, which is closely watched because of its heavy exposure to U.S. and global consumer spending, dropped 3.58% to $214.77 as the global payments technology company trimmed its forecast for annual revenue growth.The Toronto stock market finished the week up 188.47 points or 1.24% on positive Chinese manufacturing data and a series of positive earnings reports from Canadian National Railway, Teck Resources and Loblaw Co. Ltd.. The Dow shed 132 points or 0.8%.Traders are optimistic ahead of next week as many of the big names in the Canadian resource sector prepare to report their second-quarter results.“It’s pretty solid by and large; hard to complain,” said Bob Gorman, chief portfolio strategist at TD Waterhouse.“If in Q1 we saw TSX earnings up around six%, Q2 is looking like about 15% and that is probably, I would say, going to be the number for the year,” Gorman said.The industrials sector was ahead 0.48% after Candu Energy Inc., an SNC-Lavalin (TSX:SNC) company, signed a co-operation agreement with China Nuclear Power Engineering Company Ltd. for the construction of two nuclear reactors at the Cernavoda Nuclear Power Plant in Romania. SNC rose $1.23 to $57.74.The metals and mining sector gave back 0.27%, returning all of the gain racked up Thursday in the wake of the strong report on Chinese manufacturing. However, the International Monetary Fund warned that global growth will be about three-tenths of a point lower at 3.4% this year than it thought in April. September copper was down three cents at US$3.24 a pound after surging six cents Thursday.The energy sector was down 0.37%, while September crude on the New York Mercantile Exchange edged up two cents to US$102.09 a barrel. The move came after U.S. officials accused Russia of firing artillery shells over the border into Ukraine.Also on Friday, European Union ambassadors reached a preliminary deal on stepped-up sanctions against Russia, targeting its access to European capital markets and its trade in the defence sector, dual-use goods and sensitive technologies. read more

In new report UN agency promotes agrocorridors as economic driver for developing

The programmes – also described as economic ‘agrocorridors’ by the UN agency – are designed to foster agriculture in developing countries, particularly in territories connected by lines of transportation such as highways, railroads, ports or canals, by integrating investments, policy frameworks and local institutions. “The key idea is not just to make transportation or irrigation infrastructure improvements but to provide a platform that enables and empowers authorities at local, national and regional levels to make more informed decisions about what they want to achieve,” said FAO agribusiness economist Eva Gálvez Nogales and author of the Making economic corridors work for the agricultural sector report. In a press release issued earlier today, the FAO explained that such corridors have traditionally been used to bolster physical connectivity to improve the functioning of markets, such as the linking of mines to ports. However, the agency added, the corridors can also be harnessed to smarter planning initiatives, aimed at enhancing agricultural opportunities, achieving explicit targets such as creating rural jobs, environmental goals and catalysing improved governance along value chains. The 200-page report itself analyses in detail six specific case studies, including three well-advanced corridor programmes in Central Asia, the Greater Mekong Subregion in Southeast Asia and Peru and three new projects still largely in the early implementation phase in Indonesia, Mozambique and Tanzania. In addition to boosting local economies and accessing untapped growth potential, so-called ‘agrocorridors’ can also be a boon for efforts aimed at protecting the environment, said Eugenia Serova, director of FAO’s Rural Infrastructure and Agro-Industries Division.“Corridors can in fact allow for better management of environment risks and practices such as unsuitable monocropping,” Ms. Serova continued. “The key is for inclusive coordination of stakeholder interests both in the planning and execution phase.” read more

GCSE results day 2017 Marking reforms benefit girls as they make up

first_img“It does take time for schools to respond to the demands of the curriculum and that’s why you have this thing called comparative outcomes so we don’t see a dramatic change in the proportions achieving the various grades.” It’s GCSE Results Day 2017 and the girls are steaming ahead of the boys. The new toughened up GCSEs have seen two thirds of the coveted grade nines awarded to girls. The reformed GCSEs, which are marked in numerical grades of nine to one rather than A* to G, are designed to separate the very highest achievers, with roughly half as many nines awarded as A*s.The new grades were part of a package of reforms introduced by former education secretary Michael Gove, designed to toughen up syllabuses and to cut down on the number of students getting A*s by splitting it between the two highest grades, eight and nine.Almost 51,000 grade nines were given out across the three reformed subjects, English Literature, English Language and Maths.  Search for the pass rate in your subject In English Language, almost treble the number of grade nines went to girls compared to boys, with 3.3 per cent of grades awarded to girls and 1.3 per cent to boys.Boys won more grade nines in Maths than girls, achieving four per cent of the top grade compared to 2.9 per cent for girls.Fewer candidates have achieved a 9 compared to the proportion that gained an A* under the traditional A*-G grading system, following the deliberate move to change the system to allow more differentiation, particularly between the brightest candidates.Last year, 4 per cent of 16-year-olds in England scored an A* in English language, along with 7 per cent in maths.The grading switch is part of wider reforms designed to make GCSEs more rigorous and challenging.There are now three top grades – 7, 8 and 9 – compared to two under the old system – A* and A – with A* results now split into 8s and 9s. More than double the number of grade nines were awarded to girls than boys, with 4.5 per cent of grade nines awarded to girls compared to 1.9 per cent to boys. Pupils will be marked under the new system for English Literature, English Language and MathsCredit:FREDERICK FLORIN Pupils will be marked under the new system for English Literature, English Language and Maths Among 16-year-olds in England, almost 20,000 maths entries scored a 9 – the new highest grade, while over 31,000 achieved the top mark in the two English GCSEs combined.Under the overhaul, traditional A* to G grades are being gradually replaced in England with a 9 to 1 system. Of these, around 30,000 went to girls. Just over 2,000 students in England were awarded a clean sweep of straight nines, which is less than a third of the 6,500 straight A*s candidates from last year, according to Datalab.This is far more than predicted by Sally Collier, the head of Ofqual, who said that only a “few hundred” students would achieve straight 9s.Overall UK GCSE pass rates have fallen this year amid the biggest shake-up of exams in a generation. Changes to GCSEs: What you need to know English and maths – key GCSEs for all teenagers – are the first to move across, with other subjects following over the next two years.Today’s figures show that across England, Wales and Northern Ireland, the proportion of entries scoring at least an A grade – or a 7 under the new system – has fallen by 0.5 percentage points to 20 per cent compared to last summer.Meanwhile, the percentage gaining a C or above – or a 4 under the new system – is down 0.6 percentage points to 66.3 per cent.The statistics, published by the Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ), show that among 16-year-olds in England:In maths, 3.5 per cent of entries – around 19,885 in total – scored a 9In English, 2.2 per cent of entries – around 13,913 in total – scored a 9In English literature, 3.2 per cent – around 17,530 in total – scored a 9Girls outperformed boys in 9 grades in both English GCSEs, while boys did better in maths at the highest result Mr Gibb told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: “It is more demanding but we don’t want any student to be disadvantaged as we introduced new reforms so there is a process in place that’s been in place for many years to ensure that broadly the same proportions achieve the grades as they did under the old system. 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

Dragan Markovic to lead Bosnia and Herzegovina until January

Current Bosnia and Herzegovina national team coach Dragan Markovic accepted an offer from the Federation to extend contract on only next three months until the end of pre-qualifications for the World Championship 2017 in France. Bosnians will fight against Slovakia (November 4) and Lithuania (November 7) at the start of the Group competition which will come to an end on January 20. Only a group winner (Kosovars are the fourth team) will grab the ticket for the WCH 2017 Play-Off in June.After that, Board will decide about new head-coach by organizing open competition.The first pick to replace Markovic, in the last few weeks, was KIF Kolding assistant coach Bilal Šuman. ← Previous Story 2019: Luc Abalo extends deal with PSG Handball! Next Story → CASE “40 SECONDS IN KIELCE”: To improve or to die… Bosnia and Herzegovinadragan markovic read more

France is in no doubt who it blames for deadly sarin gas

first_img Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article France is in no doubt who it blames for deadly sarin gas attack It says the chemical fingerprint was developed in Syrian laboratories. 116 Comments Image: SalamPix/ABACA 12,783 Views Share5 Tweet Email center_img FRENCH INTELLIGENCE SERVICES  have scientific proof that the Syrian regime was responsible for a suspected chemical attack that killed 87 people, France’s foreign minister has said.Jean-Marc Ayrault said analysis of samples taken at the scene of the 4 April attack in rebel-held Khan Sheikhun in which 31 children were among the dead showed “there is no doubt that sarin gas was used” and that it was produced by Syrian laboratories.“There is no doubt about the responsibility of the Syrian regime given the way that the sarin used was produced,” Ayrault told journalists after the report was presented at a meeting of French defence chiefs.He said the substance France believes was used in the attack contains hexamine, a component that was also found in a gas attack in northwest Syria in 2013.“We are able to confirm that the sarin used on April 4 is the same sarin that was used in an attack in Saraqeb on April 29, 2013,” he said.Ayrault said the chemical fingerprint is “typical of the method developed in Syrian laboratories”.“This (production) method bears the regime’s hallmarks and allows us to determine its responsibility for this attack,” he said.A French diplomat said the analysis was carried out on unexploded ordnance found at Khan Sheikhun.‘Same as 2013 attack’Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, backed by his ally Russia, has strongly denied allegations that his forces used chemical weapons against the town, describing it as a “100%  fabrication”.He has said repeatedly that his forces turned over all chemical weapons stockpiles in 2013, under a deal brokered by Russia to avoid threatened US military action.That agreement was later enshrined in a UN Security Council resolution.In a policy u-turn, US President Donald Trump ordered air strikes on the Syrian airbase from which Washington believes the attack was launched.US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis said on Friday there was “no doubt” Syria has retained some chemical weapons and warned Assad’s regime not to use them.“There can be no doubt in the international community’s mind that Syria has retained chemical weapons in violation of its agreement and its statement that it had removed them all,” Mattis said during a visit to Israel.Mattis added that the Damascus regime would be “ill-advised to try to use any again”, adding: “We’ve made that very clear with our strike.”On Monday, the US government placed 271 Syrian chemists from the Syrian Scientific Studies and Research Center (SSRC) and other officials on its financial blacklist in response to their presumed role in the chemical weapons attack.Washington says the SSRC was responsible for developing the alleged sarin gas weapon.© – AFP 2017Read: US blacklists Syrian chemists over deadly sarin gas attack >Read: US forces say they have killed man responsible for Istanbul nightclub attack > Apr 26th 2017, 11:54 AM Wednesday 26 Apr 2017, 11:54 AM Short URL Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Image: SalamPix/ABACA By AFPlast_img read more

Failing Airfield Infrastructure May Be Jeopardizing Safety House Panel Says

first_imgThe House Armed Services’ Readiness Subcommittee is asking the Defense Department for an update on the condition of airfield infrastructure due to concerns that the statutory budget caps have caused DOD to shortchange investment in its facilities, according to report language in the panel’s portion of the fiscal 2017 defense authorization bill.“The committee is concerned that the risk assumed in infrastructure investments has resulted in the deterioration of runways, taxiway pavements, parking ramps, and aircraft hydrant fueling systems that may pose a safety risk to aircrews, a hazard to aircraft, and have an adverse impact on military operations and training,” the panel states.When prioritizing investments, infrastructure in the worst condition that directly supports military operations and training should be addressed first, it said.The panel directs the secretary of defense to brief it by Feb. 1, 2017, on the current condition of military airfield infrastructure and include:a list of locations where the airfield infrastructure has a facility index rating below 80;the cost and scope of work required to restore locations with degraded airfield infrastructure; andthe extent to which the poor condition of airfield infrastructure poses a risk to aircrews, a hazard to aircraft and has an adverse impact on military operations and training.In the report accompanying its FY 2017 military construction-veterans affairs spending bill, the House Appropriations Committee highlighted the poor condition of air traffic control facilities used by the Army and Air Force, and said it was concerned the deteriorating condition of control towers is jeopardizing safety in many locations.The Armed Services Committee began marking up the authorization bill Wednesday morning and is expected to finish by Thursday morning. The subcommittee’s mark is available on the committee website. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

Sunaq tribe to open Alutiiq language immersion school for children

first_imgThe Sun’aq Tribe of Kodiak has just received a grant to begin an Alutiiq language program for preschool-aged children.Listen nowCandace Branson is the tribe’s Alutiiq heritage educator and says last week Sun’aq learned that it won a five-year, almost $2 million grant from the Administration for Native Americans. Branson explains it’ll enable a whole new generation to be immersed in Alutiiq language with a teacher and a teacher’s aide dedicated to that mission.“Our community has been working on language revitalization since the 1960s, and this grant is a huge honor and a huge responsibility for the Sun’aq Tribe, and I really look forward to doing our best and moving forward with the language revitalization movement.”Branson says connecting with her ancestral language has helped her form an identity within the Native community, and there are other benefits to learning the Alutiiq language.“In terms of broader scales outside of my experience, we know that learning your indigenous language helps with the effects of historical trauma, so it can be something that relates you to a positive aspect of your culture rather than just seeing the alcoholism and the abuse and the historical trauma effects that happen as a result of our history.”Branson also says learning a second language makes a person’s brain more active. Various sources, from studies to articles, have made connections between language learning and increased mental performance.Branson says the language nest will serve the same age group as a preschool and the teacher and teacher’s aide will instruct 2 days a week, 4 hours a day. She explains by the end of the third grant year, the language nest will run 5 days a week, and may eventually require enrollment fees in order to pay the instructors and maintain a sustainable program.Branson says Sun’aq is currently taking applications for both the teacher and teacher’s aide positions, and classes should be ready to begin in January.last_img read more

AK Options dwindle for orphaned sea otters

first_imgA technician helps groom an orphan otter pup at the Alaska Sealife Center. Maintaining a healthy coat is essential for otter survival. (Photo: Alaska Sealife Center)In coastal Alaska, a bacterial infection has caused adult sea otter die-offs in record numbers. Meanwhile, researchers have seen a steep increase in the number of orphaned pups over the last several years.In North America, the places where rescued pups would normally live out their lives are nearly full, putting volunteers in a tough spot.Listen nowUntil recently, when an orphan sea otter was found on a beach, volunteers helped get it out of harm’s way and into rehabilitation.The Alaska SeaLife Center in Seward was the only place that would accept orphan pups.Animal Husbandry Director Brett Long is in charge of caring for the baby otters. While that might sound like a dream job, don’t be fooled: it’s hard work.“It’s the screaming child, right? Hey, it’s your turn to take care of it,” Long said.All four of the otter pups at the SeaLife Center are orphans. Over the last several years, a strain of Streptococcus bacteria has been killing Alaska’s sea otters.Since 2002, an estimated 328 otters have died statewide from the infection. That means more orphan pups to care for.Long coordinates a team that cares for the pups round-the-clock. Because of their fast metabolism, sea otters eat about 25 percent of their body weight in seafood every day. He opened a heavy metal door, revealing a freezer the size of a studio apartment.“We’ve got smelt, squid, herring, pollock, capelin and mussels,” Long said, pointing to cardboard boxes lining the shelves.It’s not just feeding that’s time-consuming. Because many of the pups are too young to know how to groom themselves, the staff has to do it for them. They use blow dryers, towels and combs to clean the fur and fluff it up.For Long, the demanding nature of the work feels familiar.“I had two nephews that were born 3 months early, so the first three months of their life was in a neonatal care ICU. That’s what raising sea otters is like,” Long said. “It’s a little beauty salon mixed with a neonatal ICU.”As the pups grow older, trainers work with them individually to help prepare them for lives in education centers. In an outdoor enclosure, trainer Juliana Kim teaches Tongit how to roll on his back and accept a fish. The pup arrived at the SeaLife Center last spring, after turning up in a Cordova parking lot. Total sea otter deaths recorded in Alaska from 2002 to November 11, 2016 (left) and sea otter deaths directly attributed to Streptococcus syndrome during the same time period (right). According to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the data presented depend in large part on the total number of dead sea otters collected and examined. Because only a fraction of sea otter carcasses are recorded or examined, the data are likely an underestimate of the total number of dead otters and otters who died due to Streptococcus infection. Data courtesy of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. (Graphic: Shahla Farzan / KBBI)The SeaLife Center isn’t equipped to keep the pups forever. Eventually they’ll be moved to educational facilities or aquaria, either in the U.S. or abroad. But the options for orphan otters are becoming fewer and fewer. Only a limited number of facilities meet the strict requirements set by the U.S. Animal Welfare Act, allowing them to accept otters.According to estimates from the Association of Zoos & Aquariums, there are only 14 facilities licensed in North America.Debbie Tobin is a biology professor at Kachemak Bay Campus of Kenai Peninsula College in Homer. She also volunteers for the Marine Mammal Stranding Network.“You have to have the right aquarium or facility or zoo to house a sea otter,” Tobin said. “It’s an expensive and difficult task to take on a sea otter if you don’t already have the set-up for that. Many of the facilities in the U.S. are essentially full.”Up until the age of six months, rescued otter pups require 24-hour care for everything from feeding to learning how to groom themselves. (Photo: Alaska Sealife Center)That means rehab facilities are now turning pups away. Although the four pups at the SeaLife Center since moved to new homes, the facility has no plans to accept more.Now when volunteers like Tobin find orphan pups, they have to leave them be.“We’ve had to physically put them back laying on the beach knowing that very likely you come by the next day and they’re either there dead or they’ve been scavenged,” Tobin said. “If you’re lucky they’ve washed out to sea and you don’t know what happened to them. Oftentimes, we go out the next day and they’re dead lying on the beach.”Leaving pups on the beach is a bitter pill to swallow for Tobin.“It’s really, really hard to put that actual pup back down on the beach and walk away,” Tobin said.Several organizations are in the process of applying to become certified to house otters. But if the current pace of adult otter die-offs continues, it’s unlikely there will ever be enough facilities to keep up with the demand.last_img read more

CM YS Jagan is bringing Pulivendula culture TDP leaders

first_imgEluru: The TDLP deputy leader Ramanaidu and former minister Jawahar said that Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy is bringing Pulivendula culture across the state. On Saturday, the TDP leaders have visited the former Sarpanch, who got injuries in the attack by the YSRCP activists at Kallakuru village in Kalla Mandal of West Godavari district. Speaking on the occasion, Ramanaidu and Jawahar said the political encounters are going on across the state. They said that CM YS Jagan is also threatening the TDP members in the Assembly.last_img

Drumbeat Of Hate Crimes Traumatizes Houston Muslims

first_img The Christchurch shootings are only the latest in a string of hate crimes against immigrants and Muslims. That’s taking a toll on Houston’s Muslim community, especially given recent incidents close to home.Last year, an arsonist burned down a mosque in Victoria. Another tried to do the same in Houston. Then this January, a gunman fired at a mosque in Katy. That steady drumbeat of attacks can cause long-lasting mental trauma.“You know, there’s a sense of feeling dehumanized, you know, and then you start to not understand your place,” said Sadia Jalali, a marriage and family therapist based in Houston. “You don’t understand…‘How can I feel safe?’”That anxiety also takes a physical toll. “It increases blood pressure,” Jalali said. “You know, there’s people that are having heart issues, especially if they’re older.”She said she worries it’s normalizing hate and mass violence for children. Jalali, who is Muslim, said when her own kids learned of the latest attack, they weren’t surprised. Listen To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: X 00:00 /00:48 Sharelast_img read more

Game of Thrones A New Night Vision Feature Could Have Optimized Long

first_imgJones said that his company initially got some push-back from industry insiders who were suspecting that these types of settings might ruin the artistic intent. However, he argued that consumers have long been able to tweak video settings on their TVs. “You can make a color video black and white, and nobody minds,” he said.The company first demonstrated the Adaptive NightVision at the NAB show in Las Vegas last month, and is now offering customers the ability to add it to their own video players and apps. “Everybody who sees it likes it,” said Jones, adding that the feature could also help with other types of content. “Even in bright scenes on a mobile screen, it looks much better,” he explained.VisualOn has been developing video players and other technical solutions for companies in the streaming space for 15 years. The startup counts companies like Netflix, Amazon, Verizon and AT&T among its customers, with Jones explaining that it provides a wide variety of services to the industry, ranging from implementing new codecs to ad insertions and analytics.The company’s night vision feature isn’t the first time media companies and streaming technology providers have been thinking about optimizing online video for mobile viewers. Netflix has been considering to produce mobile-specific cuts of its shows that would zoom in on main characters. And Quibi, the mobile video venture run by Jeffrey Katzenberg and Meg Whitman, is reportedly looking to optimize its productions for mobile screens from the get-go.Not every streaming provider will have the money to make these kinds of investments, and video optimization on mobile devices could help to bridge that gap. Said Jones: “Nobody is making a lot of money in OTT.” ‘Game of Thrones’ Costume Designer Michele Clapton on the Dark, Fateful Looks of ‘The Bells’ Battle “Game of Thrones” fans may have a few more reasons to be upset these days, but before Sunday’s episode, the biggest gripe about this final season of the show had been the lighting. Or, rather, the lack of it. Especially “The Long Night” episode, which aired in late April, incensed fans who couldn’t make out what was happening for long stretches of time.That was doubly true for anyone who watched the episode on mobile, where consumers typically have fewer options to optimize playback settings. VisualOn, a San Jose, Calif.-based streaming technology startup, wants to solve issues like this with a new feature it calls Adaptive NightVision for online video.VisualOn’s Adaptive NightVision applied to a “Game of Thrones” trailer for demonstration purposes.“Content that’s designed for movie theaters and high-end entertainment systems is very, very difficult to watch on mobile devices,” said VisualOn senior vice president Michael Jones. “It’s a pretty big problem.” Popular on Variety ALL NEW! HOT LIPS 2 11 lipstick shades inspired by 11 incredible icons Ad by Charlotte Tilbury See More AdChoicescenter_img ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 ‘Game of Thrones’ Star Kit Harington Joins ‘The Eternals’ VisualOn aims to solve this by analyzing videos in real time, and then tweaking contrast, brightness and color accordingly. VisualOn’s current implementation of its NightVision feature would add an on/off switch to mobile video players, and allow consumers to further tweak settings with a slider bar. Relatedlast_img read more

Talking Moto X Nvidia Shield and Rymdkapsel on Geekout 17

first_imgThis week we’ve gone hands-on with the phone that was made for everyone and the portable gaming rig made for the geekiest among us. We’ve played indie strategy space games in real-time and braved the frontiers of Kingdom Rush. It’s time to Geekout.Motorola’s press meetings have come and gone, and the Moto X has officially arrived. While I work on a proper review of this new phone, it seemed right to take a few minutes to talk about some of the things we liked and didn’t like about the phone. One thing is for sure: Motorola has done something interesting here. While it may not be the very best phone on the market today, the Moto X is every bit as big a deal as the Galaxy S4 and the HTC One. Hard to believe? Check out Ryan and I as we compare the new Moto flagship to the latest from Samsung and HTC, in those those links.Would you buy a $299 Nvidia Shield? That’s going to be the big question for a little while, it seems. This bulky little game system is an impressive feat of manufacturing and performance, but it is not exactly pocketable. The big impressive feature, being able to stream games from your PC to the Shield, is still in beta testing phases. That doesn’t mean that you cant have some fun with Android games that are controller friendly, but if you play a game that forces you to use the touch screen you had better be ready to violate everything you have ever been told about holding a laptop by the screen in order to play the game. Since most of the weight for the Shield is in the controller, it’s a little awkward to feel the weight imbalance by picking it up from the screen.If you’re looking for something new to do this weekend, you may consider checking out a super-minimal RTS called Rymdkapsel. It’s available on iOS, Android, and PS Vita. We’ve got a few tips for success if you get stuck somewhere along the way.If you’d like to join us on our weekly Geekouts, or if you’ve got a topic you’d like us to talk about on next week’s broadcast, leave us a message here or on our Google+ page.last_img read more

Experiment shows that arrow of time is a relative concept not an

first_imgSchematic of the experimental setup. (A) Heat flows from the hot to the cold spin (at thermal contact) when both are initially uncorrelated. This corresponds to the standard thermodynamic arrow of time. For initially quantum correlated spins, heat is spontaneously transferred from the cold to the hot spin. The arrow of time is here reversed. (B) View of the magnetometer used in our NMR experiment. A superconducting magnet, producing a high intensity magnetic field (B0) in the longitudinal direction, is immersed in a thermally shielded vessel in liquid He, surrounded by liquid N in another vacuum separated chamber. The sample is placed at the center of the magnet within the radio frequency coil of the probe head inside a 5mm glass tube. (C) Experimental pulse sequence for the partial thermalization process. The blue (red) circle represents x (y) rotations by the indicated angle. The orange connections represents a free evolution under the scalar coupling, HJHC = (πh/2)JσzHσzC , between the 1H and 13C nuclear spins during the time indicated above the symbol. We have performed 22 samplings of the interaction time τ in the interval 0 to 2.32 ms. Credit: arXiv:1711.03323 [quant-ph] The second law of thermodynamics says that entropy, or disorder, tends to increase over time, which is why everything in the world around us appears to unfold forward in time. But it also explains why hot tea grows cold rather than hot. In this new effort, the researchers found an exception to this rule that works in a way that doesn’t violate the rules of physics as they have been defined.The idea of entangled particles has been in the news a lot lately as researchers around the world attempt to use it for various purposes—but there is another lesser-known property of particles that is similar in nature, but slightly different. It is when particles become correlated, which means they become linked in ways that do not happen in the larger world. Like entanglement, correlated particles share information, though it is not as strong of a bond. In this new experiment, the researchers used this property to change the direction of the arrow of time.The experiment consisted of changing the temperature of the nuclei in two of the atoms that exist in a molecule of trichloromethane—hydrogen and carbon—such that it was higher for the hydrogen nucleus than for the carbon nucleus, and then watching which way the heat flowed. The group found that when the nuclei of the two atoms were uncorrelated, heat flowed as expected, from the hotter hydrogen nucleus to the colder carbon nucleus. But when the two were correlated, the opposite occurred—heat flowed backward relative to what is normally observed. The hot nucleus grew hotter while the cold nucleus grew colder. This observation did not violate the second law of thermodynamics, the group explains, because the second law assumes there are no correlations between particles. © 2017 (—An international team of researchers has conducted an experiment that shows that the arrow of time is a relative concept, not an absolute one. In a paper uploaded to the arXiv server, the team describe their experiment and its outcome, and also explain why their findings do not violate the second law of thermodynamics. Wallflowers become extroverts in a crowd More information: Reversing the thermodynamic arrow of time using quantum correlations, arXiv:1711.03323 [quant-ph] second law permits the prediction of the direction of natural processes, thus defining a thermodynamic arrow of time. However, standard thermodynamics presupposes the absence of initial correlations between interacting systems. We here experimentally demonstrate the reversal of the arrow of time for two initially quantum correlated spins-1/2, prepared in local thermal states at different temperatures, employing a Nuclear Magnetic Resonance setup. We observe a spontaneous heat flow from the cold to the hot system. This process is enabled by a trade off between correlations and entropy that we quantify with information-theoretical quantities.center_img Citation: Experiment shows that arrow of time is a relative concept, not an absolute one (2017, December 1) retrieved 18 August 2019 from Journal information: arXiv This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Explore furtherlast_img read more

Schools out almost Sunwing celebrates with limitedtime kids offer

first_img Posted by TORONTO — Sunwing is counting down the last days of school with a new limited-time Kids Stay, Play and Eat Free offer.Available only until June 30, the offer applies to top-rated resorts across Mexico, the Caribbean and Central America. In addition to kids stay, play and eat free, families can enjoy a number of exclusive value-added perks depending on the resort they select, like no single parent supplement fee, free kids clubs, dedicated kids pool and more.To ensure families select the right resort for their needs, Sunwing’s very own Kidcationers review many of these top-rated resorts themselves. As such, junior travellers can determine where to find the most exciting waterslides, sample the best ice cream and experience the coolest excursions.Reviewed by Kidcationer Aziz last year, the all-inclusive Sandos Caracol Eco Resort offers dozens of water slides at the on-site waterpark, its own cenotes for snorkeling adventures, and Xcalacoco events to experience how the Mayans lived. Plus, kids can enjoy their own dedicated pool area along with a number of inclusions like a jungle gym, trampoline and mini disco. And while the kids are having fun, parents can take advantage of the adults-only Select Club lounge.More news:  Sunwing to further boost Mazatlán service with new flights from OttawaFamilies can also opt for the Holiday Inn Montego Bay. With its own private beach, this all-inclusive property offers spacious room for families of four and is close to many major attractions including Dunn’s River Falls. Complimentary kids and teens clubs offer plenty of activities like minigolf and kids concerts, while parents can relax at the spa or adults-only pool.All packages include return flights on Sunwing Airlines. Share School’s out (almost), Sunwing celebrates with limited-time kids offer Monday, June 19, 2017 center_img Travelweek Group << Previous PostNext Post >> Tags: Sunwinglast_img read more

Brazilian troops secure soccer matches after protests

first_imgNo related posts. SÃO PAULO — Brazil is calling in additional national guard troops to boost security for an international soccer tournament after two weeks of protests against inflation and corruption rocked city centers nationwide.The troops will be deployed to Salvador, Belo Horizonte, and Brasilia to reinforce security at Confederations Cup games, the Justice Ministry said in a press release on its website. Local authorities requested extra troops after more than 200,000 people demonstrated in 12 cities on Monday, and protesters gathered Wednesday at the venue of a match between Brazil and Mexico in the north-eastern city of Fortaleza.Following a sixth night of protests that included a 50,000- strong march on city hall in São Paulo, hundreds of demonstrators Wednesday occupied and burnt tires on the Anchieta highway in São Bernardo, a working-class suburb. In Brasilia, protesters demanding improved public transport blocked a motorway, causing traffic to back up for miles.What began as a protest over rising bus fares in several cities has turned into the biggest street demonstration in two decades, with marchers voicing discontent over poor public services, political parties and 6.5 percent inflation. An opinion poll published Wednesday showed President Dilma Rousseff’s approval rating dropped eight percentage points from March to June.“It’s everything from ending corruption to investing in schools,” Lucas Santi, 20, a law student at Universidade de São Paulo, said Tuesday night. Around him, protesters waving green and yellow Brazilian flags chanted “It’s not just about 20 cents,” referring to the increase in bus fares that sparked the unrest.In Fortaleza, where Brazil plays Mexico this afternoon as part of the Confederations Cup tournament, a warm-up for the World Cup, one demonstrator held up a sign reading “Excuse the inconvenience, we’re improving the country.”On Tuesday, Rousseff pledged to listen to demonstrators. On Wednesday, authorities decided to roll back transport fare hikes that had triggered the widespread unrest.São Paulo State Governor Geraldo Alckmin told reporters that metro, train and bus fares would revert to $1.35 from $1.44 starting next Monday, according to the current exchange rate, while Rio Mayor Eduardo Paes said bus fares would go back to $1.24 from $1.33.The decisions marked a major victory for the tens of thousands of citizens who have taken to the streets of both cities to vent their anger at the fare increases.Several other Brazilian cities, including Porto Alegre and Recife, had already canceled the fare hikes.The fare increases may appear modest but they were seen by many as a major burden in a country where the minimum monthly wage is currently only $306.“The voices of the street want more citizenship, health, transportation, opportunities,” Rousseff, 65, said in Brasilia. “My government hears those voices.”Since the start of protests, several state capitals, including Cuiaba and Porto Alegre, have taken steps to reduce bus fares, São Paulo Mayor Fernando Haddad, of Rousseff’s Workers’ Party, told reporters Wednesday that he would meet with protest leaders this week. Revoking the 20-centavo increase would cost the city government 1.5 billion reais ($690 million) this year alone, he said.“People are realizing nothing will get done if you wait for politicians to act,” said Sebastiana Alcantara, 60, a laboratory technician who was among demonstrators Tuesday night. Every day she takes a bus, train and subway in her three-hour commute to work from the outskirts of São Paulo.The group Movimento Passe Livre, which has helped organize protests, said its supporters won’t leave the streets until the fare increase in São Paulo is revoked.Rousseff’s approval rating fell eight percentage points from March to June to 55 percent, according to an IBOPE poll published Wednesday. The survey interviewed 2,002 people in 142 cities June 6-11 and has a margin of error of plus or minus two percentage points.“I’m like the rest who are unsatisfied with Brazilian politics,” said Danilo Curvelo, 32, a web content editor who lives in the upscale Higienopolis neighborhood of São Paulo. “There’s no connection between what we want and what the government does.”Gross domestic product in Latin America’s biggest economy expanded 0.9 percent last year, down from 2.7 percent in 2011 and 7.5 percent in 2010. Economists in the latest central bank survey forecast expansion of 2.49 percent this year. While that’s less than the 6.2 percent and 4.9 percent predicted for regional peers Peru and Chile, it’s more than the -0.08 percent estimate for Europe, according a Bloomberg survey of economists.Consumer confidence fell to a three-year low in May, according to the Getulio Vargas Foundation.Rousseff, who as a student was imprisoned and tortured by the military government, was jeered at a packed Brasilia soccer stadium on June 15. Her administration, which is used to dealing with organized protests that have identifiable leaders to negotiate with, was surprised and confounded by the spontaneity and diversity of the demonstrations, said Gilberto Carvalho, Rousseff’s secretary-general.“It would be pretentious to say we understand what’s going on,” Carvalho said during a congressional hearing two days ago. “If we are not sensitive, we’ll be caught on the wrong side of history.”With assistance from Gabrielle Coppola and Fabiola Moura in São Paulo, Arnaldo Galvao and Raymond Colitt in Brasilia Newsroom, Joshua Goodman in Rio de Janeiro and Bill Faries in Miami. AFP contributed.© 2013, Bloomberg News Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Giancarlo González Costa Ricas unsung hero of the World Cup heads to

first_imgGiancarlo González, the anchor of Costa Rica’s stalwart World Cup defense, will head to Italy’s top league in a record $5 million deal. The Columbus Crew defenseman will join Italian club Palermo after the organization agreed to the largest transfer fee in history for a Major League Soccer defender.According to the Columbus Dispatch, the $5 million transfer fee “will be split among the Crew, MLS and Gonzalez’s previous club, Valerenga of Norway’s first division.”The final deal is supposed to be announced this week once González passes his physical.While Keylor Navas might’ve been the heart of Costa Rica’s World Cup defense, González was the rock on the back line. He expertly ran the Ticos’ offsides trap that flustered some of the best teams in the world. Coach Jorge Luis Pinto played González throughout every minute of the World Cup, and he also had a starring role in Pinto’s scheme during qualifying.González and the back line — with the help of Navas’ theatrics in goal — only allowed one goal during the tournament. And that goal came in the late in the match versus Greece when the Ticos were down a man due to a red card. González, 26, subsequently made one of the penalty kicks to defeat Greece and send Costa Rica to the World Cup quarterfinals for the first time in the country’s history.The Guardian named González as one of the tournament’s “10 emerging players.” ESPN FC even named González (along with Navas) to the starting 11 of its all-World Cup squad, noting the defender’s unheralded role in the Ticos’ success.Not one of the first names in world football to jump out at you, the Costa Rican defender has won an army of new fans with his efforts in the centre of a five-man defence that conceded only two goals in normal time. His vision and strength in the tackle were key reasons why the Central Americans managed to get to the quarterfinals. Columbus Crew might find a host of clubs willing to spend good money to take the 26-year-old out of MLS next season.The prediction proved spot on with González now set to play in Italy’s Serie A. Six Costa Ricans are now members of clubs in the top four leagues in Europe (England, Spain, Germany and Italy). González will be the lone Tico in Italy. Joel Campbell (Arsenal), Bryan Oviedo (Everton) and Cristian Gamboa (West Brom) are in England’s Premier League.  Defender Junior Diaz plays for FSV Mainz 05 in Germany and star goalie Keylor Navas joined Real Madrid for Spain’s La Liga last month.La Sele’s World Cup captain Bryan Ruiz reportedly is in talks with German club Werder Breman, so he could join Díaz at the Bundesliga. Related posts:Costa Rica achieves highest FIFA ranking ever (No. 16) after historic World Cup run Watch Bryan Ruiz’s historic goal against Italy from 3 different angles What I’ll tell my daughter about La Sele, 2014 Costa Rica’s Óscar Duarte, the first Nicaraguan to score in the World Cup, receives wonderful homecoming celebration Facebook Commentslast_img read more

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