first_imgMillennials are more willing than baby boomers to pay higher rents for housing equipped with automated and remote-control devices, a recent study says.According to a survey of 1,000 multifamily renters in the U.S. by Wakefield Research and Schlage, 86% of millennials said they’d pay higher rents for features like keyless entry doors, while only 65% of baby boomers agreed, Construction Dive reported.When housing incorporated smart technology, millennials were comfortable with rents that were 20% higher. The study published by Schlage, a manufacturer of door hardware, found that 61% of millennials were likely to rent an apartment specifically because it came with electronic access. Conversely, 63% would move out of an apartment because of inadequate security; and 44% said they would give up a parking space to live in a high-tech apartment.(There’s no standard for who’s considered a millennial, also called Generation Y, but this article in The Atlantic provides some background, and defines millennials as those born between 1982 and 2004.)Big builders are taking note as more first-time home buyers enter the housing market. In two new communities in California’s Silicon Valley, KB Home has included home automation features controlled through the Apple HomeKit platform, Construction Dive reported separately.The technology allows homeowners to control lighting, HVAC systems, garage doors, cameras, thermostats, windows shades, and door locks with their iPhones or iPads.For more information on installing smart-home technology in rental units, see Firm Will Test Smart Features in Rentals.last_img read more

first_imgIf you have time enough to complain about what’s not right, you have the time to generate ideas that would make things better. You also have time to sell people on your ideas. If you are going to invest your time working on a problem, then you may as well shoot for a positive outcome and do something about it.If you have enough time to spend it on the Internet reading the news, checking sports scores, or hanging out on social media sites, you have the time necessary to nurture your dream clients. If you are going to spend time on the Internet, make it worthwhile by finding an idea that you can use to establish yourself as someone who thinks about business, and then send it to your dream clients.If you have the time to go to a restaurant for lunch, then you have the time to take a client, prospect, or someone in your community to lunch. If you are going to eat anyway, you may as well develop or deepen a relationship.If you have time to drive yourself across town to see a client, then you have time to listen to an audio book or podcast that will help you improve some aspect of your life. If you are spending time in the car, you might as well make that car your private university on wheels and give yourself and education.If you have time to watch more than an hour of television, then you have time to read a book. And if you have time to read a book (and you do), then you have time to take notes so that you can apply what you are reading to some aspect of your life. You also have time to put those notes into some format you can use to teach others and massively strengthen your learning.If you have time to complain about not having enough time, then you have time to plan your week. If you are going to focus on the time you believe you don’t have, you might as well make it productive and develop a plan to deal with all of your commitments.You have enough time. Essential Reading! Get my 2nd book: The Lost Art of Closing “In The Lost Art of Closing, Anthony proves that the final commitment can actually be one of the easiest parts of the sales process—if you’ve set it up properly with other commitments that have to happen long before the close. The key is to lead customers through a series of necessary steps designed to prevent a purchase stall.” Buy Nowlast_img read more

first_imgThe Congress decision to field Navinchandra Bandiwadekar from Ratnagiri-Sindhudurg constituency has come in for criticism after his photographs on the dais of right-wing group Sanatan Sanstha and his participation in the rally organised to support Vaibhav Raut, a go-rakshak from Nallasopara arrested for possessing arms, became public. Following the outrage on Twitter, sources in the Congress said the matter has been brought to the notice of the senior leadership and appropriate action will be taken. Mr. Bandiwadekar, president of the All India Bhandari Samaj Mahasangh, had participated in a rally to support Mr. Raut as he was a worker of the Mahasangh from Nallasopara. “I have no relationship with Sanatan Sanstha. I was there as Raut used to work for the community and I was told his wife and mother were treated badly by police. I do not support the ideology of Sanatan Sanstha,” he said. Maharashtra Congress president Ashok Chavan said the party was aware of reports regarding Mr. Bandiwadekar. “The Congress is against extremist organisations like Sanatan Sanstha. An appropriate decision will be taken after a detailed inquiry,” he said. In August last year, the Maharashtra Anti Terrorism Squad raided Mr. Raut’s home and confiscated arms and ammunition. He was a member of the Bhandari community and co-founder of the Hindu Govansh Raksha Samiti, which is said to be affiliated to Hindu Janjagruti Samiti, an offshoot of Sanatan Sanstha. The Sanstha’s members have been named in the murders of rationalist Dr. Narendra Dabholkar, Communist leader Govind Pansare, author M.M. Kalburgi and journalist Gauri Lankesh.Congress spokesperson Sachin Sawant issued a statement clarifying Mr. Bandiwadekar has no connection whatsoever with the Sanatan Sanstha. “Neither has he participated in the activities of the Sanatan Sanstha nor does he have any sympathy for it. Since there was pressure from the community considering rumours of presumbaly prejudiced action by police, he had to go as the president of the organisation,” said Mr. Sawant. He said Mr. Bandiwadekar strongly opposes the Sanstha’s ideology and followers and will continue to do so.last_img read more

first_imgRead Next Mary Anne Esguerra added 13 points while Necole Ebuen and Reginal Arocha chipped in nine each.Arellano coach Obet Javier said the Lady Chiefs’ experience in the Reinforced and Open Conferences of the league organized by Sports Vision is starting to bear fruit.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“I told them to use their PVL experience and help motivate their younger teammates,” said Javier.Earlier, La Salle and UST hurdled their respective rivals in the men’s side of the season-ending conference. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH CONTRIBUTED PHOTOThe battle between current and past NCAA champions turned one-sided in favor of Arellano, which plastered St. Benilde, 25-20, 25-22, 25-17, Saturday at the start of the Premier Volleyball League Collegiate Conference at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.Jovielyn Prado led the Lady Chiefs with 14 points in the rematch between semifinalists of last NCAA season’s tournament.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games WATCH: LeBron James rocks Manila for third time View comments UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension MOST READ LATEST STORIES The Green Spikers fought back from a set down to turn back the St. Benilde Blazers, 25-27, 26-24, 25-23, 25-22, while the Tigers dominated the UP Maroons, 25-17, 25-22, 25-15.Meanwhile, junior volleyball gets a big shot in the arm as the UAAP and Sports Vision joined hands for the tournament that starts Sept. 9.Unlike in previous seasons where the UAAP juniors competitions are held at school gyms, the girls’ and boys’ tournament will now be played at Filoil Flying V Center in San Juan.“In our continuing effort to develop the sport, particularly our young players, we will provide them good playing conditions which will help raise the level of competition,” said Sports Vision president Moying Martelino.The matches will be played in between the men’s and women’s games of the Collegiate Conference every Monday, Wednesday and Saturday.ADVERTISEMENT Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesseslast_img read more

first_imgTrending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Only six of 36 teams in a title series that went 0-2 down have gone on to reverse the outcome, but coach Norman Black said his Bolts are going to take inspiration from one of those teams that made the biggest comeback of all time.“Most of the teams down 0-2 have not won the championship,” Black admitted. “But we saw a team 0-3 down to win the championship. Until they (Gin Kings) win that fourth game, we will go out there fighting.”Black was talking of San Miguel Beer, which rallied against Alaska last season in this same tournament to win the championship by taking the last four games.The Meralco coach is not doubting his players as far as effort is concerned, actually praising them for going all out each game.“These are my players, and I’m sure they are trying their best. They are not performing the way they did in the elimination round, and I am sure [the] Ginebra [defense] has a lot to do with that,” Black said.ADVERTISEMENT Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Read Next Black better find a Pacquiao in his players quick, or, in using a boxing term to describe this series many saw to be close and tipped to go deep, this one would most likely not go the distance. “We took a big punch from them early in the game and survived that,” Cone said. “We managed to make it a possession-by-possession game [in the closing minutes] and had a good closing kick.”The analogy came a few minutes later, just after he praised LA Tenorio and the other Kings for a job well done.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“I’m just glad it wasn’t Manny Pacquiao who gave us that punch there, otherwise, we wouldn’t have gotten up from it,” he said with a smile, noting that Meralco still has a lot of fight left and the best-of-seven title series is far from over.“They still have many punches to give,” said Cone, coaching in his 31st title series. “We should be careful of that. We won two straight games and it only shows that they can also win two straight to tie this thing up. You can’t be pleased with yourself.” MOST READ Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netTim Cone has always been a great copy for reporters, dissecting the game, explaining how it was won or lost, etc.There’s also no one better in the PBA in giving out analogies to describe his games, with the close 86-76 Game 2 victory over Meralco in their PBA Governors’ Cup Finals being no exception.ADVERTISEMENT Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH View comments LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Aid expected to pour in for differently abled athletes Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

7 Nov / 2019

State Wrap

first_imgHere is the latest news from around the states…ACT The 2010 Premier League season commenced on Wednesday, 12 May 2010 at the Deakin fields, ACT. In the Men’s division, Brother Bears were 4-1 winners over the ANU Bears, while Phoenix Gold were one touchdown winners over Phoenix Blue. The Vikings Warriors just edged out the Vikings Chiefs, 3-2, while Northbar defeated the Eagles 5-2. In round two, the Chiefs take on Northbar, the Eagles will meet Phoenix Blue, Brother Bears will play the Warriors, while the ANU Bears will battle it out against Phoenix Gold. In the Women’s division, nothing separated the two Phoenix teams, with Phoenix Blue and Phoenix Blue having to settle for a 4-all draw. It was very similar between the two Vikings team, with Vikings White and Vikings Red playing out a 5-all draw. The Kung Fu Pandas defeated the Hillbilly Bears, 6-3, while the Eagles had the bye.Round two will see Phoenix Blue take on Vikings Red, the Eagles versus Vikings White and Phoenix Gold playing the Hillbilly Bears. The Kung Fu Pandas have the bye. There are also some new faces in the ACT Touch offices, with three new employees recently starting. Rod Wise is the new Business Development Manager, Ben Kirk is the Competitions and Event Manager and Nikita Hellmuth comes into the Competitions Coordinator role.For more information, please visit the ACT Touch website:www.acttouch.com.auNorthern Territory The Northern Territory Touch Association recently held their NT Titles in Darwin. In the Men’s Open division, Cazaly Crocs were 7-3 winners over Honkers in the final, with Ramingining’s Cameron Adams named Player of the Series. In the Women’s Open final, CDE Capital Crocs just edged out the Blackest Cats, winning 5-4. The Blackest Cats’ Bo De La Cruz was named Player of the Series.In the Under 18 Mixed Division final, Gove were 7-5 winners over Alice Springs, with Gove’s Mariah McGill and Aka McLeod named Male and Female Player of the Series respectively. The Over 35’s Women’s final saw Cougars run out 7-3 winners over Gumbies, with Leanne Campbell being named Player of the Series. Gove were 7-6 winners in the Regional Men’s division, while Alice Springs was the winner of the Regional Women’s division. The Barry Hounslow Memorial Trophy for overall Player of the Series was awarded to Desley Motlop from the CDE Capital Crocs. The Bubbles Peckham Memorial Trophy for Sportsmanship was awarded to Ramingining’s Cameron Adams. The Referee of the Tournament was awarded to Jason Taylor. There were also three referee upgrades at the Titles. Paul Mahoney was upgraded to a Senior Level 4 badge, as was Kerryn Ruane. Jason Taylor was upgraded to an Open Level 3 Badge. NT Director of Referees Tim Pearson and TFA National Referee Panel Member Henry Dos Santos were at the Titles assessing the performance of officials. For more information, and to read a story on the drastic lengths that the Ramingining team went to to get to the NT Titles, please go to the NT Touch website:http://www.sportingpulse.com/assoc_page.cgi?assoc=699&pID=14New South WalesIt’s been a busy couple of weeks for New South Wales Touch Football, and it won’t slow down anytime soon, with the New South Wales Country Championships being held on Saturday, 29 and Sunday, 30 May 2010. New South Wales Touch will also be conducting an advanced Coaching seminar in the lead up to the Country Championships, for more information, please visit the New South Wales Touch Football website. The New South Wales Touch Referees Awards night was held recently, with Adam Foley and Gavin West named the joint winners of the prestigious ‘Ian Matthew Medal’. It was Foley’s third consecutive year winning this award. New South Wales will hold its technical course weekend from Friday, 18 June to Sunday, 20 June 2010. Courses to be held on the weekend include the Coach and Referee Retention and Recruitment Program, Community (Level 0) Coaching Course, Level 1 and 2 Coaching as well as Level  1 and 2 Selectors Courses. For more information, please visit the New South Wales Touch Football website. New South Wales Touch Football has also announced information on the 2010 Vawdon Cup season. The season will commence on Friday, 27 August 2010. New South Wales will also hold its AGM on Saturday, 15 May 2010. Please visit the New South Wales Touch Football website for more information. www.nswtouch.com.auVictoriaTouch Football Victoria will be holding a Level 2 Referee Course on Saturday, 22 May 2010. For more information please visit their website. The start of the new Albert Park competition has suffered a setback, with the commencement of the new season pushed back. Due to unforeseen weather conditions, the work on installing the synthetic pitches and light towers has been delayed. Therefore, the proposed start date of Tuesday, 11 May has been delayed. The trials for the Touch Football Victoria Under 18 representative squads will be held on Sunday, 16 May at Albert Park Touch fields. The trial times are as follow:Under 18 state selection trials – 9.00am to 11.00amUnder 15 state selection trials – 11.00am to 1.00pmVisit the Touch Football Victoria website for more information:www.victouch.com.auWestern Australia The draft draw has now been released for the 2010 Be Active North West Championships which will be held on Saturday, 5 June and Sunday, 6 June 2010. The Championships will be held at Kevin Scott Oval, South Hedland. Nominations for any interested referees are open until Wednesday, 19 May 2010. Go to www.nwchamps.mytouchfooty.com and download the form. National Youth Championships player nominations are now being called for. Nominations close on Friday, 28 May with trials to be held on Sunday, 13 and Sunday, 20 June 2010. For more information and to download the nomination form, please visit the Western Tigers website: www.westerntigers.com.au A Level 1 Referee Course will be held on Sunday, 16 May at the Melville Bowling Club. A combined Level 2 and 3 Course will also be run in Port Hedland on Friday, 4 June in the lead up to the North West Championships. To keep up-to-date with the latest Touch Football news from Western Australia, please visit their website:www.touchwest.comSouth AustraliaNominations for the 2010 State Cup are now open. This is the first South Australian State Cup since 2004 and the event is set to become South Australia’s premier Touch Football event. The State Cup will be held from Friday, 29 to Sunday, 31 October 2010 at the Touch Football South Australia fields, Eastwood. For more information, please visit the event website:www.sastatecup.mytouchfooty.com Touch Football South Australia would like to advise that trials for their junior state teams, Under 12’s, Under 15’s and Under 18’s, will be occurring on Saturday, 5 and Sunday, 6 June at the Touch Football South Australia fields. To download trial forms, please go to the Touch Football South Australia website. TFSA would like to congratulate Jason McNamara and Mark Jones on their selection as the South Australian Under 18’s Girls and Boys Coaches respectively. In round four of the Men’s division of the CMI Toyota State League, the Defence Eagles were 6-5 winners over the Central Scorpions, the Northern Vipers were five touchdown winners over the South West Wolves, while the Eastern Stingrays had the bye. In round five, the Scorpions were one touchdown winners over the Wolves, the Stingrays were 6-2 winners over the Eagles, while the Vipers had the bye. Following five rounds of competition, the Stingrays sit on top of the ladder, following their undefeated start to the season. The Eagles and Scorpions sit in second and third place, with two wins each, while the Wolves and the Vipers sit in fourth and fifth place with one win each.Round six, to be played on Sunday, 16 May, will see the Vipers take on the Scorpions, the Stingrays will meet the Wolves, and the Eagles have the bye. In the Women’s division of the CMI Toyota State League, round four saw the Stingrays defeat the Vipers by one touchdown, 4-3, while the Scorpions defeated the Wolves, 3-2.In round five, the Vipers were one touchdown winners over the Wolves, while the Scorpions were 5-1 winners over the Scorpions. After five rounds, the Scorpions are undefeated and sit on top of the ladder, followed by the Vipers, Stingrays and Wolves.Round six will see the top two teams, the Scorpions and the Vipers, battle it out, while the Wolves and the Stingrays will also meet.  For more information, please visit the Touch Football South Australia website:www.touchsa.com.auTasmaniaFive rounds of the Southern Touch Winter competition have now been played. In the Men’s Division One competition, the Phantoms Black sit on top of the ladder with five wins from their five games. Condors and Phantoms Purple sit in second and third places respectively, with four wins and one loss each. In the Women’s Division One competition, the Mother Ship and Condors are first and second on the ladder, both with four wins and one loss. The Titans sit on top of the Mixed Division One ladder after five rounds, undefeated so far this season. They are closely followed by Shear Force and Phantoms. For more information on what’s happening in Tasmania, please visit the Touch Football Tasmania website:www.tastouch.com.au QueenslandThe Queensland State Cup was held in Bundaberg on the first weekend of May, with the home side featuring in four of the seven finals. Here are the results:Women’s 27’s:  Australian Defence 5 d Bundaberg W27 3Women’s Open: Barbarians 9 d Bundaberg WO 1Senior Mixed: Rockhampton 5 d Uni Rebels 4Men’s 40’s: Bundaberg 3 d Redlands 2Men’s 30’s: Redlands 4 d Bundaberg 1Men’s Open: Redlands 9 d Eagles 2Mixed Open: Rockhampton 6 d Baby Yacks 5 (Drop off)Nominations for the 2010 Junior State Cup are now open. The event will be held in Caboolture from Friday, 9 to Sunday, 11 July 2010. For more information please go to the Queensland Touch website or the Junior State Cup homepage:http://www.sportingpulse.com/assoc_page.cgi?c=14-3588-0-0-0 For more information on what’s happening around Queensland, please visit the Queensland Touch website:www.qldtouch.com.aulast_img read more

first_imgItaly coach Mancini delighted to have booked place at Euro 2020by Carlos Volcano13 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveItaly coach Roberto Mancini is delighted to have booked their place at Euro 2020.Mancini praised Italy for showing “patience” to beat Greece 2-0.The Azzurri have won all seven games in Group J and qualified for Euro 2020 with three matches to spare, something the Nazionale have never previously achieved.Jorginho converted a penalty and Federico Bernardeschi’s shot was deflected to secure the victory.Mancini said, “The lads did really well. First of all, I want to thank the fans at the Olimpico for coming out and supporting us, even if the first half when we were a bit tense, perhaps nervous at being back in Rome.“We wanted to dedicate the win to the kids at the children’s hospital,” the Coach told Rai Sport, referring to this week’s team visit.Greece put up a brick wall for an hour, but were eventually broken down by a penalty.“We’ll meet teams who sit back and defend. We were too frenetic in the first half, but should’ve patiently moved the ball around to open up spaces. Instead, we started long balls and that’s no good.“It was a much more relaxed second half, we kept focused and achieved our objective.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

first_imgESPN Analyst Names Sleeper Team In The SEC In 2018The team with the best chance of going undefeated this fall is not the team appearing No. 1 in most preseason polls. According to ESPN’s Football Power Index (the “best predictor of a team’s performance”), Oklahoma – not Alabama – is the team most-likely to go undefeated heading into bowl season. While the Crimson Tide are the likely preseason No. 1, it’s the Sooners with the best chance of reaching the College Football Playoff. Here’s the full top 10:Oklahoma – 16.9 percent chance of going undefeated before bowl seasonFlorida State – 10.6 percentClemson – 8.6 percentBoise State – 8 percentMichigan – 5.8 percentLSU – 5.3 percentTennessee – 4.5 percentOklahoma State – 2.4 percentWashington – 1.4 percentNotre Dame – 1.2 percentSome other notable percentages: Alabama – 0.6 percentOhio State – 0.4 percentNebraska – 0.4 percentMichigan State – 0.1 percentOle Miss – 0.1 percentYou can view ESPN’s full FPI here.last_img read more

first_imgStory Highlights The Government has completed a draft of the revised National Culture Policy that will reflect current sector trends and drive economic growth. Major issues addressed in the Policy are Culture for the Promotion of Social Health and National Well-being; Repositioning Culture in Education; Culture Creativity and Innovation; and Culture, Heritage and Promotion of Museums and Artefacts. center_img The Government has completed a draft of the revised National Culture Policy that will reflect current sector trends and drive economic growth.This was disclosed by Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport Minister, Hon. Olivia Grange, during her 2017/18 Sectoral Debate presentation in the House of Representatives on May 30.Major issues addressed in the Policy are Culture for the Promotion of Social Health and National Well-being; Repositioning Culture in Education; Culture Creativity and Innovation; and Culture, Heritage and Promotion of Museums and Artefacts.Other areas include Culture and the Creative Economy, with particular emphasis on Training and Human Capital; Financing; Research and Development; the Creative Economy and Marketing; the Creative Economy and Tourism; and the Creative Economy and the Festival Economy.Ms. Grange said the policy framework will help to generate a multiplier effect in culture, the creative industries, entertainment and sport.“We recognise the challenges facing the cultural and creative sector and its practitioners and are committed to significant structural reforms to create an enabling environment for the development of a viable, sustainable creative economy,” she assured.Ms. Grange further noted that the Policy, titled ‘National Policy on Culture and Creative Economy of Jamaica 2017-2027’, will provide a framework for creative and cultural goods and services to become major contributors to the economy’s transformation.“We are shaping a framework that facilitates economic growth and development through positive adjustments to (the) existing gross domestic product (GDP) and supports the creation of new jobs and wealth-creation mechanisms,” she stated.The Minister added that the Policy also ensures an increase in the number of growing small and medium-sized businesses and the ‘”legitimisation” of all cultural and creative business activities.last_img read more

first_imgPrince Harry visited Help for Heroes Recovery Centre, Tedworth House, this week to learn more about the range of support available within the field of military mental health.Prince Harry visits Help for Heroes’ Hidden Wounds serviceCredit/Copyright: Royal.UKHelp for Heroes Hidden Wounds service provides free and confidential support to Ex-Service Personnel, their families and the families of those still serving, who are living with anxiety, depression, stress, anger or early stage alcohol issues. The service has helped 1,000 beneficiaries to access support since it began.The visit began with an overview of one element of Help for Heroes’ Psychological Wellbeing offering: the Hidden Wounds service at Tedworth House Recovery Centre. Hidden Wounds is a psychological support service helping Veterans and family members. The service allows people to make contact by phone, Skype or online, to speak to an experienced Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner (PWP), and after an initial assessment, they are given the support which will ultimately enable them to self-manage their issues.This boosts their resilience and confidence that they will be able to lead fulfilling lives after leaving the military. Prince Harry spoke to a PWP to learn what happens when someone gets in touch, and what a difference having this conversation can make.Help for Heroes is a member of Contact, a Charity Partner of Heads Together. Contact is a collaboration of military charities, the NHS, the MoD and top academics working together to make the most effective mental health support easily accessible to the Armed Forces community.The Prince had the opportunity to learn more about the wider programmes available within Tedworth House, designed to promote wellbeing. First, he met some of those involved in a programme to build an Iron Age Round House in the grounds of the Help for Heroes Recovery Centre, giving time for reflection, team work and space to be outdoors before visiting the garden, where again beneficiaries can come and work outdoors giving space for quiet reflection, understanding the value of nutrition in wellbeing, and the opportunity to be creative.Commitment levels for participation in both programmes range from a few hours to working towards City and Guilds qualifications. Here, he had the opportunity to speak to beneficiaries about how their involvement with the programme has helped them deal with tough times they have faced.At the end of the visit Prince Harry sat down for a chat with some Help for Heroes beneficiaries, and the people who have supported them through tough times they have faced, to hear how having an open conversation and reaching out for support has made such a difference.Source:Royal.UKlast_img read more

first_imgReviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Dec 28 2018A new study looking at the share of cancers related to obesity finds an at least 1.5-fold difference between states with the highest and lowest proportions. The proportion of cancer cases that could be attributable to excess body weight ranged from a high of 8.3% in the District of Columbia to a low of 5.9% in Hawaii, reflecting variations in obesity rates in the states. The study appears in JAMA Oncology.Excess body weight is an established cause of cancer, currently known to be linked to 13 cancers. While differences in excess body weight among states in the United States are well-known, there is little information on the burden of obesity-related cancers by state, information that would be useful for setting priorities for cancer control initiatives.Related StoriesUsing machine learning algorithm to accurately diagnose breast cancerMetabolic enzyme tied to obesity and fatty liver diseaseHow cell-free DNA can be targeted to prevent spread of tumorsTo learn more, American Cancer Society investigators led by Farhad Islami, M.D., Ph.D., Scientific Director, Surveillance Research, calculated the population attributable fraction (PAF) of incident cancer cases attributable to excess body weight among adults aged ?30 years in 2011-2015 in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.They found that in both men and women, there was at least a 1.5-fold difference between states with the highest and lowest proportions of cancers attributable to excess body weight. Among men, the population attributable fraction (PAF) ranged from 3.9% in Montana to 6.0% in Texas. Meanwhile, the PAF for women was approximately twice as high as for men, ranging from 7.1% in Hawaii to 11.4% in the District of Columbia. States with largest PAFs were mostly located in the South and Midwest, plus Alaska and the District of Columbia.The proportion was far greater for some individual cancer types. For endometrial cancer, for example, the PAF ranged from 36.5% in Hawaii to 54.9% in Mississippi and was 50.0% or more in 19 states.”The proportion of cancers attributable to [excess body weight] varies among states, but [excess body weight] accounts for at least 1 in 17 of all incident cancers in each state,” write the authors. “Broad implementation of known community- and individual-level interventions is needed to reduce access to and marketing of unhealthy foods (eg, through a tax on sugary drinks) and to promote and increase access to healthy foods and physical activity, as well as preventive care.” Source:https://www.cancer.org/last_img read more

first_imgReviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Feb 8 2019The field of genetic sequencing has undergone a dramatic revolution over the past 20 years. In 2001 the first copy of the three billion base pairs that assemble the human genome was published. Since then, the price of genetic sequencing has dramatically declined, and sequencing of DNA fragments has become routine in biology and medical laboratories. Many studies focus on identification of genetic patterns and genes related to normal functions and disease. However, certain genomic regions are still poorly characterized.In a study published today in the journal Nature Communications, a team of researchers, led by Prof. Gur Yaari, of the Alexander Kofkin Faculty of Engineering at Bar-Ilan University, reveals a novel computational tool it has developed to study variations in genes that determine the immune system’s dynamics and used to analyze genetic variation among 100 individuals.Current knowledge of the regions which determine the immune system’s function is very limited. The reason for this is the repetitive structure of those regions, which hinders mapping of short DNA reads to their exact location within these regions. “Despite limited knowledge about those regions, they are critically important for a deeper understanding of the immune system, as well as for prediction of diseases and development of novel tools for personalized medicine in cancer, inflammation, autoimmune diseases, allergies and infectious diseases,” says Prof. Yaari.Our immune system can adapt itself to countless threats (pathogens), even ones that continuously evolve. “Among other mechanisms, this is done through a huge repertoire of receptors expressed by B and T white blood cells,” explains Moriah Gidoni, a doctoral student who participated in the study. “The human body contains tens of billions of B cells, each of which expresses a different antibody receptor that can bind a different pathogen. How can such a huge diversity of antibodies be achieved, when the genomic regions encoding for antibodies are relatively short? Diversity is achieved by each B cell expressing only a small number of DNA fragments that are randomly chosen from the entire region, which together encode for a complete antibody.”Related StoriesResearchers completely eliminate all traces of HIV from infected miceScientists discover rare autoimmune disease triggered by testicular cancerMathematical model helps identify determinants of persistent MRSA bacteremiaSimilar to other human characteristics, the genomic region encoding the immune receptors changes between people, and each person has two such regions that are inherited from the mother and the father. The fragments encoding each antibody are selected in each B cell from only one chromosome, and therefore it is highly valuable to map the fragments that are found on each chromosome, which are the pool from which that person is able to encode antibodies. For example, a person who is missing certain fragments is unable to produce certain antibodies, which can hinder his ability to fight a certain pathogen, making him more susceptible to the disease caused by the pathogen.According to the researchers an indirect way to learn about the genetic variations in these regions is to read genetic sequences of mature B cells after they have already chosen which fragments they express, and from these data to infer the genetic variety within each person.The analysis showed a much richer than expected pattern of deletions and duplications of many genomic regions. Prof. Yaari, who led the study, says: “Despite the critical importance of these genomic regions for our understanding of the immune system and a wide variety of diseases, our knowledge so far has been limited to what was under the standard sequencing lamppost. Computational tools like the one recently developed by our group enable a completely different point of view on this very important genomic region that contains a large wealth of valuable biological and medical information.” Source:https://www1.biu.ac.il/last_img read more

first_imgReviewed by Alina Shrourou, B.Sc. (Editor)Jun 25 2019A 10 per cent tax on sugary drinks has cut the purchase and consumption of sugary drinks by an average of 10 per cent in places it has been introduced, a just published major review has found.Researchers from the University of Otago, Wellington, New Zealand, combined evidence from settings where a sugary drinks’ tax had been applied and evaluated it into a meta-analysis. Studies included four cities in the US: Cleveland, Ohio; Portland, Maine; Berkeley, California; and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. A regional tax was studied in Catalonia, Spain, and the effects of country-wide taxes were studied in Chile, France and Mexico.The research is published in the international scientific journal, Obesity Reviews.Lead author Dr Andrea Teng says the research takes a new approach in combining multiple studies examining the real-world impact of sugary drink taxes on sales, purchases and dietary intake before and after taxes were imposed, or between taxed and untaxed settings.”This new review presents compelling evidence that sugary drink taxes result in decreased sales, purchasing or dietary intake of taxed beverages. For a 10 per cent tax, sugary drink volumes declined by an average of 10 per cent.”It shows taxes on sugary drinks are an effective tool to reduce consumption, and we know from other research that the high consumption of sugary drinks increases the risk of obesity, diabetes and dental caries.”Dr Teng says there is also evidence that sugary drink consumption may contribute to heart disease, cancer and premature death.Some of the studies looked at the alternative drinks people consumed instead of sugary drinks after the tax was applied. With a 10 per cent tax on sugary drinks, there was a 1.9 per cent increase on average in such alternative drinks, and for water specifically there was a 2.9 per cent increase. This healthier substitution pattern is not conclusive, but in three out of the four settings where substitution occurred, the increase in consumption of the other non-sugary drinks was statistically significant.Related StoriesNew anti-obesity drug trial set to launch at Alberta Diabetes InstituteTAU’s new Translational Medical Research Center acquires MILabs’ VECTor PET/SPECT/CTMetabolic enzyme tied to obesity and fatty liver diseaseA co-author of the review, Dr Amanda Jones, says all the individual studies in the review found a reduction in sugary drink consumption, but the impact in some settings was greater than others. Applying tax by thresholds of sugar content, rather than as a percentage of price, appeared to be important for determining a more favorable impact.Other reasons for differences between settings may be the combination with other obesity prevention policies, the public’s awareness of the tax, industry responses, consumer preferences, border permeability, availability of alternative beverages, and sensitivity to price. For example, Chile also decreased tax on low-sugar beverages at the same time as increasing the tax on high-sugar beverages; Mexico introduced a sugary drinks’ tax combined with a junk food tax; and France also taxed soft drinks with artificial sweeteners. Some of the differences found in these studies may also be due to non-price mechanisms. For example, a tax may signal to the public the seriousness of the health concern associated with consuming a product.A tax can also prompt manufacturers to reformulate sugar levels downward, as seen in the UK, even before their tax was introduced in April 2018.”Dr Amanda Jones Some studies looked at the impact of sugary drink taxes by socio-economic factors, but more research is needed in this area, the authors say. In Mexico, for instance, there were greater consumption declines in lower income households, while the opposite was true in Chile.The World Health Organization recommends governments impose a 20 per cent tax on sugary drinks, saying the evidence for reduced consumption and meaningful health effects is strongest for this food category. Source:University of OtagoJournal reference:Teng, A.M. et al. (2019) Impact of sugar-sweetened beverage taxes on purchases and dietary intake: systematic review and meta-analysis. Obesity Reviews. doi.org/10.1111/obr.12868.last_img read more

first_img Source:BfR Federal Institute for Risk Assessment Reviewed by Kate Anderton, B.Sc. (Editor)Jul 16 2019Carbofuran is a plant protection product which can be used against certain insects, mites, ticks and nematodes. On the basis of the amount of the carbofuran residues and estimated dietary intake of red chilies, an exceedance of the acute reference dose (ARfD) is not to be expected for children or adults. The ARfD describes the quantity of a substance per kilogram of body weight that consumers can ingest with their food in one meal or in several meals spread over one day without any recognisable effect on health. The ARfD is therefore a limit value for risk assessment in relation to short-term intake.Other plant protection products were also detected in the 10 samples from the manufacturer (2308 grams in total), but their contribution is negligible in relation to carbofuran so that no health risk is to be expected from them either. As the number of samples is small, the results cannot be generalised for red chili.last_img read more

first_img Explore further Unlike conventional robot arms with hinged and swivel joints, new flexible arms being developed by Professor Stefan Seelecke and his research group at Saarland University are constructed using muscles made from shape-memory wires that have the ability to bend in almost any direction and to wind themselves around corners. The flexible arms are powered electrically and so can do without the usual pneumatic equipment or other bulky accessories. As the shape-memory alloy itself has sensor properties, the arms can be controlled without the need for additional sensors. The new technology can be used to build large robotic arms with the flexibility of an elephant’s trunk or ultrafine tentacles for use in endoscopic operations.From the April 1 to 5, the research team will be at Hannover Messe, where they will be using prototypes to demonstrate the capabilities of the shape memory arms at the Saarland Research and Innovation Stand. Seelecke’s team is looking for partners interested in developing the technology for practical applications.There are functional limits to the flexibility of both human and robotic arms. The joints are often bulky and connect rigid bones or mechanical assemblies. Motion is typically restricted to certain spatial directions. In contrast, an elephant trunks and octopus tentacles offer far greater agility. The presence of tens of thousands of muscles enables these creatures to move the trunk or tentacle in all directions, to bend it to just the right degree and to grip things with great power. The engineers at Saarland University have drawn inspiration from these natural models and are developing robotic arms that eliminate the need for joints or rigid skeletons or frameworks, creating structures that are both lightweight and extremely supple.Professor Stefan Seelecke and his team are collaborating with researchers from Darmstadt Technical University to develop thin, precisely controlled artificial tentacles. In future, the system could find use as a guide wire in cardiac surgery or as an endoscope in gastroscopic and colonoscopic procedures. The researchers are therefore equipping the artificial tentacles with additional functions such as a gripper or a tip with adjustable stiffness that delivers an improved pushing force. But the technology can also be scaled up to produce large robotic arms not dissimilar to an elephant’s trunk.The flexibility of these new robotic arms comes from the artificial muscles used by the Saarbrücken research team. These muscles are composed of ultrafine nickel-titanium (nitinol) wires that contract and lengthen in a controlled manner. The ultrafine nitinol wires contract like real muscles, depending on whether an electric current is flowing or not. 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. Dominik Scholtes (l.), Rouven Britz and Yannik Goergen (r.), doctoral research students in Professor Seelecke´s team, with prototypes of the flexible robot arms. Credit: Oliver Dietze Robot-mounted vacuum grippers flex their artificial muscles Citation: Robot arms with the flexibility of an elephant’s trunk (2019, March 19) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-03-robot-arms-flexibility-elephant-trunk.html Provided by Saarland University “Nickel-titanium is what is known as a shape memory alloy, which means that it is able to return to its original shape after being deformed. If an electric current flows through a nitinol wire, the material heats up, causing it to adopt a different crystal structure with the result that the wire becomes shorter. If the current is switched off, the wire cools down and lengthens again,” explains Professor Seelecke.His team at the Intelligent Material Systems Lab at Saarland University has created bundles of these wires that act as artificial muscle fibres. “Multiple ultrathin wires provide a large surface area through which they can transfer heat, which means they contract more rapidly. The wires have the highest energy density of all known drive mechanisms. And they can exert a very high tensile force over a short distance,” explains Seelecke, who also conducts research at ZeMA—the Center for Mechatronics and Automation Technology in Saarbrücken. The research team at ZeMA is developing a range of applications for these wires, from novel cooling systems to new types of valves and pumps.For the robot arms, the researchers link the wire bundles so that they act as flexor or extensor muscles, which, working in concert, produce a flowing motion. “The tentacles that could be used in the future as medical catheters or in endoscopic procedures have diameters of only around 300 to 400 micrometres. No other drive system is of comparable size. Previous systems used for catheter procedures were significantly larger and this tended to limit their capabilities,” explains Paul Motzki, who wrote his doctoral thesis on the shape memory wires and is a research assistant in Professor Seelecke’s group.The new tentacles can be very precisely controlled and can be used to create multifunctional tools. For example, the distal tip of the tentacle can be made to perform a pushing movement. The exact pattern of movement required is modeled by the researchers and then programmed on a semiconductor chip. And the system has no need for other sensors. The wires themselves provide all the necessary data. “The material from which the wires are made has sensory properties. The controller unit is able to interpret the electrical resistance data so that it knows the exact position and orientation of the wires at any one time,” says Paul Motzki.Unlike conventional robotic arms that require power from an electric motor or from a pneumatic or hydraulic system, the arms have no need for any such heavy equipment, only electric current. “This makes the system light, highly adaptable and quiet to operate, and it means that production costs are relatively low,” says Professor Seelecke. The research team will be exhibiting their system prototypes at Hannover Messe and will be demonstrating the potential of these novel continuum robotic arms.last_img read more

first_imgJOHOR BARU: Football fans can expect football superstars to feature in another all-star match soon, which could even feature former youth and sports minister Khairy Jamaluddin.In a Facebook post on Friday (July 12), Johor Crown Prince Tunku Mahkota Johor Tunku Ismail Ibni Sultan Ibrahim said the match would be organised to commemorate the opening the new Johor Darul Ta’zim (JDT) stadium.He also said that he could not wait to play together with Khairy at the during official opening of the new stadium.”You have contributed tremendously in sports and serving the country,” he said. AdChoices广告Tunku Ismail also posted a picture of him with his arm around Khairy, who was holding up six fingers to signify the number of consecutive Malaysian Super League titles the Southern Tigers had won.JDT last held a charity all-stars match at the Larkin Stadium on June 30, which featured football legends such as Rivaldo, Bebeto, Florence Malouda, Robert Pires, Louis Saha, David Trezeguet and Marco Materazzi, among others.The match successfully raised RM680,000 for various charities, including the Tunku Laksamana Johor Cancer Foundation.JDT will be moving to the new 40,000-seater Sultan Ibrahim Larkin Stadium in Iskandar Puteri early next year.It will replace JDT’s current 30,000-seater Tan Sri Datuk Haji Hassan Yunos Stadium, which is popularly known as the Larkin Stadium. Related News Football 08 Jul 2019 Coach Zainal elated as Melaka climb up to fourth Football 10 Jul 2019 Flu floors JDT players, game postponed Football 2d ago Fighters fight on for survival after KL knockout {{category}} {{time}} {{title}} Related Newslast_img read more