Total Force Fitness and Military Families Learning Network: Family Development Early Intervention

first_imgIn this week’s Friday Field Notes, we will continue our exploration of the resources and programming that Military Families Learning Network provides to support Total Force Fitness with our Family Development Early Intervention (FDEI) team.FDEI and Total Force FitnessSupporting military families who have children ages birth to five years old or who may be at risk of developmental delays or disabilities requires a holistic approach, like that of Total Force Fitness. Therefore, you will find that the programming provided by FDEI incorporates multiple Total Force Fitness domains in order to assist service providers in supporting these families.FDEI’s current series, Sunrise Through Sunset: Supporting Children with Autism Through Their Day, is a four-part webinar series that addresses concerns for families with children who have autism or related disorders. Information in these four webinars will assist service providers supporting young children with autism and their families. The series focuses on common concerns and issues faced by families with a young child with autism such as limited diet, outings, and being included in childcare, school, and other group settings. Webinar participants can expect to learn useful strategies to strengthen and support a family’s behavioral, social, environmental, and nutritional fitness.Check out FDEI’s previous series on early communication and the importance of play, both of which also address multiple domains of Total Force Fitness. Overall, FDEI’s programming is a great example of how addressing multiple domains of Total Force Fitness provides the best support for military families.Additionally, keep an eye out for next week’s blog post about MFLN Nutrition and Wellness as a part of Total Force Fitness. MFLN Nutrition and Wellness provides high-quality continuing education for military providers, VA, and extension dietitians. As a preview, you can view previous blog posts from Nutrition and Wellness that cover topics from how to avoid burnout to planning a safe picnic.Additional Resources from FDEIFDEI’s programming aims to improve the professional capacity of service providers who work with military families who have children ages birth to five years old or who may be at risk for disabilities and developmental delays. FDEI provides webinars and timely blog posts as a part of their programming.last_img read more

The Moon—Wet and Dry

first_imgWhen the Apollo 11 astronauts took humanity’s first otherworldly steps into the Sea of Tranquility, they traversed oceans of dry, powderlike rock, not water. The moon’s interior was thought to be bone dry until 2007, when water molecules were first discovered in lunar rocks. Since then, additional studies have found evidence of H2O and its building blocks hydrogen and hydroxide in lunar meteorites and Apollo-era rock samples. Online this week in Nature Geoscience, a team of researchers examines these studies and reports that water molecule concentrations vary by a factor of up to 100 between rock types, suggesting that the moon’s innards contain wet and dry patches. The most waterlogged rocks, such as the glass beads pictured above, contain only as much water as the driest part of Earth’s mantle, the team found. The researchers suggest that the lunar water’s scarcity and uneven distribution arose during the moon’s formation from a hot mess of gas and molten rock 4.5 billion years ago. They believe further lunar rock studies could help scientists better understand how the moon formed and why it’s so arid compared with Earth.last_img read more

SEA Games: PH bets suffer in open water swim

first_imgRobredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games PLAY LIST 03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games00:50Trending Articles03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony Open water swimming: Women’s field flagged off here at Putrajaya. The Philippines’ Courtney Melissa Gray and Erica Lukang are competing pic.twitter.com/LdAqBvRI7s— Marc Anthony Reyes (@marcreyesINQ) August 18, 2017ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Canete, who scored six goals in water polo’s match against Thailand, suffered from cramps in his left bicep and left thigh and quit after finishing the first of six laps.“I noticed I couldn’t move my body anymore,” said Canete while being attended by Philippine medical team.Anota actually completed the course but didn’t make the cutoff and was marked DNF.Both Canete and Anota are now doubtful starters when water polo takes on Indonesia on Sunday.ADVERTISEMENT Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side KUALA LUMPUR — The Philippine open water swimmers underestimated the cold, placid waters of Putrajaya Lake Friday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingFilipino-American Courtney Melissa Gray and Erika Lukang finished in the last two spots of the nine-person field in women’s competition in a 10-kilometer course around this scenic man-made lake that was dug as a flood basin.Water polo slatwarts Roy Canete and Mico Anota, who moonlight as open-water swimmers, didn’t finish the race. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ MOST READ Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim LATEST STORIES NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Durant says will boycott White House, slams Trump View commentslast_img read more

CBI wants Kalmadi, Bhanot to quit CWG OC

first_imgFile photo of CWG OC chairman Suresh Kalmadi.Even as the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has started cracking on the 2G spectrum allocation scam suspects, it has been finding it difficult to make headway in the Commonwealth Games (CWG) contracts scam. Sources told Headlines Today that the agency wants CWG organising committee (OC) chief Suresh Kalmadi and its second-in-command Lalit Bhanot be moved out of the body as they were allegedly obstructing the investigation. The CBI has complained to the Union cabinet secretary that Kalmadi and Bhanot continuing at their posts in the OC was proving to be a hindrance to the probe. Sources said CBI wants the two moved out of the OC as soon as possible and a formal request in this regard has already been sent by CBI Director A.P. Singh to Cabinet Secretary K.M. Chandrashekar. But Kalmadi’s removal might not be that easy as the OC is registered as a society in 2005. All decisions of the society are taken by the members of the society. Soon after the Games, the government had asked the sports ministry to decide on the OC’s term.last_img read more

Saurav Ghosal Enters Pre-quarterfinals of PSA Men’s World Squash Championship

first_img PSA Men’s World Squash ChampionshipSaurav Ghosal First Published: November 11, 2019, 8:59 PM IST Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. Doha: India’s Saurav Ghosal put up a fine performance to get past seasoned Frenchman Lucas Serme 11-8, 11-5, 11-5 and enter the pre-quarterfinals of the PSA Men’s World Squash Championship here.The Indian No. 1 had faced the Frenchman only twice in his career, with their most recent meeting also coming in the second round of a PSA World Championships, in Chicago in February. Ghosal controlled everything from rallies to strokes and subdued Serme in the Qatari capital on Sunday night.Serme saved one game ball in the first game but was outplayed in the next.Having grabbed the first two games, Ghosal won the first five points in the third game to extend his dominance and seal it in his favour.In the pre-quarterfinals on Tuesday, the tenth seeded Ghosal will face Egyptian world No. 2 and top seed Mohamed El Shorbagy. last_img read more

Parveen Rana accuses Sushil Kumar of instigating his supporters

first_imgThe battle between wrestlers Parveen Rana and Sushil Kumar just got murkier.On Monday, Rana accused the two-time Olympic medallist of inciting his supporters against him that led to the big scuffle between the supporters of both camps.Rana lost to Sushil in the Commonwealth Games selection trails a few days ago and after that, news broke out that the supporters of both the wrestlers were involved in a massive brawl, where Rana was also manhandled and his brother suffered a head injury.”He was hit by a chair on his head. We have taken him for a MRI scan,” Rana said.He further accused Sushil of “personally instigating” his supporters.Asked about the bout Rana alleged it was Sushil’s strategy to claim he had been bitten in order to take rest during the bout.”I did not bite Sushil. There is a move in wrestling called ‘Kheme Dav’. In that move the opponent’s wrist slides pass the mouth. Sushil was trying to rub his wrist again and again on my mouth,” Rana said at the sidelines of a Pro Wrestling League (PWL) event.”It was his strategy, he showed the blood on his hand to the referee and took rest four times during the bout,” he added.Controversy took centrestage at the KD Jadhav Indoor Stadium when supporters of both Sushil and Rana clashed and beat each other.”We mid-level wrestlers participate in championships and tournaments on our own but when it’s the question of CWG these popular wrestlers come into the limelight saying they want to perform for the country.advertisement”If they want to perform, win medals why don’t they participate in Asian Games and World Championships? It is because they know they can get their way in CWG and then stay away for three years,” Rana said.Rana also claimed he was threatened before the Nationals, and the walkover he gave to Sushil was because he was struggling with an injury.”During the Nationals I was threatened. I don’t know who was behind it but a few men came to me and threatened me. I gave the walkover because I was injured. I knew I had CWG trials a few days later and I wanted to focus on that,” Rana said.The 25-year-old grappler acknowledged that such an unprecedented incident, involving two wrestlers and their supporters, had never occurred before in India.”I have fought against Narsingh, I have lost to him twice and I have won once. But no such thing happened. It’s a sport, the best person should win and be given a chance.”The two grapplers are set to clash on January 21 when Rana’s Veer Marathas take on Sushil’s Delhi Sultans in the PWL.”It’s not a do or die game for me as I have just started my career. I have many more bouts to play. I have just started, I want to win medals for the country,” Rana said.The Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) had issued a notice to Sushil as a part of its investigation into the fracas that followed the selection trials.(Courtesy: PTI)last_img read more

Neymar’s style is best for everyone, says Emery

first_imgNeymar Neymar’s style is best for everyone, says Emery Jon Fisher 00:04 2/3/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) emeryneymar-cropped AFP Neymar PSG Lille Ligue 1 Lille v PSG Describing the Brazil international as “special”, the PSG boss has dismissed those who have criticised him for showboating Paris Saint-Germain coach Unai Emery has described Neymar as “special” after a week of criticism of the Brazil international’s conduct.Neymar was condemned after the 3-2 Coupe de la Ligue win at Rennes for showboating, as well as offering a hand to injured opponent Hamari Traore before then pulling it away. Neymar described the act as a “joke” and Emery claimed it was all part of the player’s unique make-up.Speaking ahead of Saturday’s trip to Lille, he said: “I know Neymar from Spain. He is special.  Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player “His way of playing is a show. He’s smart because he knows how to help the team win. His way of playing is the best for everyone and especially for PSG. I have a good relationship with him as with all other players.”Emery dismissed as “normal” criticism of the club from Neymar for selling his fellow Brazilian Lucas Moura.Lucas joined Tottenham on Wednesday after becoming frustrated at a lack of playing time at the Parc des Princes.The world’s most expensive player described the situation as “unfair” and said he was “sad” at the loss of a “good guy who should never have left Paris”.But Emery said: “It’s normal, they are friends, they are Brazilians, they played together with the national team. “I wish the best to Lucas. He did not have the opportunity to be a main player in the team. Therefore, it was best was that he left Paris. It’s a good choice to go to Tottenham. He will continue to progress and grow.”It remains to be seen if Neymar is fit for the trip to the Stade Pierre-Mauroy after missing training on Thursday but there was better news on Thiago Silva.Emery added: “Thiago Motta continues to work with the physio. [Julian] Draxler still has back pain and I hope he can join the squad. He did not train yesterday like Neymar. He has received a knock and I hope he will be okay. “Thiago Silva returned to training and he can be in the squad if he continues like this. “We play three games a week and it’s important to see how players handle fatigue.”last_img read more

10 months agoLiverpool boss Klopp unhappy with Fabinho after Arsenal rout

first_imgLiverpool boss Klopp unhappy with Fabinho after Arsenal routby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool boss Jurgen Klopp pulled up Fabinho after their thrashing of Arsenal.After the 5-1 win, Klopp admits he wanted better from the Brazil midfielder.Klopp said: “Fabinho hit two very average passes and he was shaky in the next couple of moments. That can happen – it’s all part of the process.”Football is a game full of mistakes and it’s how you deal with it. “Then we could bring Jordan Henderson on and he was so fresh. Arsenal didn’t have a lot of chances but that allowed us to close all the space in midfield.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

10 months agoSolskjaer: Trophies not most important factor landing fulltime Man Utd job

first_imgSolskjaer: Trophies not most important factor landing fulltime Man Utd jobby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer believes he can land the job long-term without winning a trophy this season.Solskjaer believes playing with pace and flair, in the club’s traditional way, will determine whether he gets the job full-time, rather than delivering Champions League qualification or silverware.Asked what it will take for him to be a genuine candidate for the job full-time, the 46-year-old said: “Get to summer and people are talking about the way United are playing, the style we’re playing, that it reminds us of Sir Alex Ferguson’s team, it reminds us of the successful times.“It has to start with the way we play, because results you cannot control. You can control how you approach the game and how you play.“And, of course, trophies — if you can get to the final of the FA Cup and get a trophy.“That was my last game for United, we lost an FA Cup Final [to Chelsea in 2006]. That was a tough last year. Let’s see in May if it’s a success or not.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Liverpool face Club World Cup trip to Qatar

first_imgLiverpool will travel to Qatar in mid-season as FIFA has confirmed the country will host the Club World Cup in both 2019 and 2020 before the competition undergoes a substantial revamp.The Champions League winners will be among the teams competing for this year’s title, which is expected to take place in December.The two tournaments will act as warm-up events for the 2022 World Cup, which will also be held in Qatar. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Those finals are being played in November and December in order to avoid the extreme summer temperatures in the Gulf state.FIFA’s next council meeting will include a discussion about potential hosts for the 2021 Club World Cup, when the tournament is to be expanded to 24 teams as part of a major remodelling.It was initially thought that the competition would not take place in 2019 and 2020 as the changes were made, but that decision has been reversed.The Reds have earned the chance to participate in the tournament by beating Tottenham 2-0 in the Champions League final in Madrid on June 1, courtesy of a Mohamed Salah penalty and a Divock Origi strike.They progressed to the final against all odds when they beat Barcelona 4-0 on a magical night at Anfield after suffering a 3-0 reverse at Camp Nou – the biggest comeback ever at that stage of the tournament.Liverpool play in the Club World Cup for the first time since 2005 – their debut in the competition – when they lost 1-0 to Brazilian outfit Sao Paulo in the final, qualifying after their historic comeback and penalty shoot-out victory over AC Milan in Istanbul.The last English club to take part in the tournament – Chelsea – also lost by a 1-0 scoreline to Brazilian opposition in Corinthians, with Manchester United the only Premier League outfit to have claimed the title.Real Madrid have won the past three Club World Cups and no team outside Spain has lifted the trophy since Bayern Munich in 2013. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

Paul McCartney Launches PETAs List Of Top 10 Most VeganFriendly Cities

first_imgJust before taking the stage last Friday at Portland’s Moda Center during his “One on One” tour, Paul McCartney presented a special PETA award to Portland Mayor Charlie Hales: Most Vegan-Friendly City in the U.S.Paul McCartney with Charlie Hales and Dan MathewsPETA — whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat” — scoured restaurant menus and reviews across the country to compile a list of the Top 10 Vegan-Friendly Cities in the U.S., which, among other cities, includes perennial honorees New York and Los Angeles, alongside newcomers Nashville, Tennessee, and Honolulu.“American cities are doing more than ever to meet the skyrocketing hunger for hearty meat-free burgers, deliciously decadent dairy-free desserts, and other plant-based fare,” says PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman. “Every vegan-friendly city on PETA’s list is making the world a better place for animals, the environment, and diners’ health.”Portland nabbed the list’s top spot, thanks to its prevalence of vegan-friendly eateries. Roughly one in six Oregon restaurants is vegan, according to a Yelp comparative analysis, which tracked trending terms such as “vegan strip mall,” “vegan cheese shop,” and “vegan bakeries.” First runner-up Los Angeles, by comparison, boasts more than 600 vegan and vegan-friendly restaurants and other businesses, including Crossroads, a celebrity favorite. And New York, in third place, is known for its fine vegan-dining options (such as Blossom and Candle 79) and its quick counter-service eateries (such as by CHLOE and Terri).Rounding out the top five vegan-friendly cities on PETA’s list are the fourth-place Detroit, where the urban-farming and food-justice movement is in full swing (at establishments like Detroit Vegan Soul), and Nashville, in fifth place, thanks to all-vegan eateries (such as Vegan Vee Gluten-Free Bakery, Avo, and Coco Greens Vegan Café). San Diego, in sixth place, isn’t far behind (check out vegan death-metal cocktail bar Kindred), while Honolulu, where the vegan scene is hopping (with restaurants such as Simple Joy Vegetarian Cuisine and Greens & Vines), is number seven. Austin, Texas, comes in at number eight, thanks to its numerous vegan food trucks (such as the delicious BBQ Revolution), and Seattle—home of the country’s first vegan pizza place, Pizza Pi Vegan—follows at number nine. Richmond, Virginia, with its hip and vegan-friendly hangouts (such as Strange Matter), completes PETA’s list at number 10.last_img read more

Ed Asner Art Smith and Elaine Frontain Bryant to be Honored at

first_imgThe Ed Asner Family Center, dedicated to promoting mental health and enrichment programs to special needs children and their families, presents its first annual A NIGHT OF DREAMS Gala, honoring Emmy-winning actor Ed Asner, world renowned chef Art Smith and Emmy-winner Elaine Frontain Bryant, Executive Vice President and Head of Programming for A&E Network, for their dedication to the special needs communities.A NIGHT OF DREAMS Gala will take place on November 15, 2018 at Exchange LA Downtown.The headline attraction of the evening will be a special set by Grammy Award-winning music legend Peter Frampton. In addition, Naia Izumi, NPR’s 2018 Tiny Desk Contest Winner, will perform. Hosting the event will be Emmy-winning comedian Wanda Sykes.“Autism and special needs touches all of us personally. Our honorees, Ed Asner, Art Smith and Elaine Frontain Bryant, each in their own unique way, personify our organization’s mission and we are so proud that they have given us the opportunity to honor and celebrate them,” said Matthew Asner, President of The Ed Asner Family Center. “We are excited to help raise awareness and funds for this wonderful new center that will bring life changing support to special needs children and their families, providing a major local impact in our LA community. It will be an unforgettable night!”The Ed Asner Family Center is dedicated to promoting self-confidence in differently “abled” individuals, bringing balance and wellness to them and their families. The Center not only caters to the needs of the child but aims to engage the whole family in order to help them face their unique challenges.Tickets, sponsorship opportunities and event information are available at: nightofdreamsgala. Additional information is available at www.edasnerfamilycenter.org.Legendary Emmy-winning actor ED ASNER will receive a special honor spotlighting his tireless efforts to create the new The Ed Asner Family Center founded by his son Matt and daughter-in-law Navah Paskowitz-Asner. A longtime advocate for the developmentally disabled and those on the autistic spectrum, Asner personally understands the challenges that special needs families face, and the healing power of a creative, loving environment.Said Asner: “This is a dream of mine – to establish an oasis of creativity in every special needs community. A place where our most beautiful dreamers of all can have their opportunity to thrive and in doing so learn valuable lessons about themselves and the world and in the same building give families an opportunity to be healthy. This center of enrichment is where we can develop a most important part of our being and our character.”Also receiving an honor is ELAINE FRONTAIN BRYANT, Executive Vice President and Head of Programming at A&E Network. She is a champion of an inclusive Hollywood. Her work on Born This Way and other A&E series that feature differently “abled” individuals deserves to be recognized.Under Frontain Bryant, A&E has developed a critically acclaimed nonfiction programming slate, garnering back-to-back Emmy Awards. Frontain Bryant launched the 2017 Emmy Award winner Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath, and the 2016 Emmy Award winner and recipient of a Television Academy Honors, Born This Way. She also developed the #1 unscripted justice series on cable, Live PD. Frontain Bryant led the relaunch of the Emmy award winning series Biography and Intervention. She also serves as executive producer on several documentary features from the A&E IndieFilms theatrical slate including City of Ghosts from Emmy Award winner Matthew Heineman and Erik Nelson’s A Gray State. Frontain Bryant was previously Senior Vice President of Programming and Development at HISTORY. Prior to joining HISTORY, Frontain Bryant served as Senior Vice President of Non-Fiction & Alternative Programming for A&E, responsible for such hits as Wahlburgers, Duck Dynasty and Storage Wars. Earlier in her career, Frontain Bryant served as Vice President, Creative Development and Production at Magna Global Entertainment and served as director of creative affairs for Fred Berner Films.World-renowned celebrity chef ART SMITH, best known as Oprah’s chef for over 20 years and now his restaurants including Artbird and Whiskey Bar, Homecomin’ Florida Kitchen & Shine Bar, and Southern Art will accept an award for his charitable contributions and commitment to children. He is the founder of Common Thread, a non-profit organization teaching low-income families to cook wholesome and affordable meals for over 12 years. It has morphed into a free healthy cooking program that has reached over 125,000 children. In addition, Smith and his talented team will be showcasing their signature recipes as the chef of A Night of Dreams Gala preparing the menu and delicacies for the evening.Smith loves the idea of bringing people together through food. It’s partly what made him the success he is today. He is the executive chef and co-owner of Bluedoor Kitchen, Art and Soul, and Southern Art & Bourbon Bar. Smith has received the culinary profession’s highest awards and has cooked for some of the world’s most famous celebrities. In 1997, Smith became the personal day-to-day chef to Oprah Winfrey, a position that lasted ten years. Smith has made several television appearances including ABC’s Lady Gaga Thanksgiving Special, Top Chef, Top Chef Masters, Iron Chef America, The Today Show, Good Morning America, Nightline, Extra, Entertainment Tonight, The Dr. Oz Show and the Oprah Winfrey Show, among many others. Smith is the author of three award-winning cookbooks: Back to the Table; Kitchen Life; Real Food for Real Families; and Back to the Family and the recipient of numerous awards and honors.The evening will kick off with Chef Art Smith preparing his famous fried chicken and hummingbird cake dinner family style for the main floor guests. Joan’s on Third Restaurant will be providing platters for the mezzanine seating. The program will also offer a “Fund-A-Mission” and an auction where guests will have the opportunity to support special The Ed Asner Family Center initiatives including summer camp for kids with autism and other programs for the community.For more information about The Ed Asner Family Center and sponsorship opportunities, please contact Kayleigh Millet at Kayleigh@edasnerfamilycenter.org.last_img read more

Separate bus lane to be implemented around the island

He said that initially there may be some shortcomings as everyone looks to get used to the new system.However he said eventually the system will settle down and a better traffic flow can be expected like what is seen overseas. (Colombo Gazette) The separate bus lane, which was launched from Moratuwa to Colombo today, will be implemented around the island in stages.Minister of Megapolis Patali Champika Ranawaka said the separate bus lane will help reduce the traffic congestion in Colombo and the surrounding areas. read more

Challenges of Central Africa require continued international support says UN envoy

“Despite the efforts made by leaders of Central African countries and their people, the sub-region remains fragile and continues to require ongoing support from the international community, particularly the United Nations,” said Abou Moussa, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative and head of the UN Regional Office for Central Africa (UNOCA).In his final briefing to the Council, Mr. Moussa highlighted UN initiatives to promote stability in the sub-region, including addressing the threat and impact of the LRA, a violent armed group that has been undermining stability in the region, as well as tackle critical security challenges such as piracy and armed robbery in the Gulf of Guinea.He reported that the number of LRA-related deaths, abductions and displaced persons have continued to decline, while military operations and the defections campaign have further weakened the LRA. “Significant gains have been made over the past three years. Overall, we have overseen a period of forward momentum, which must be maintained well into the post-[Joseph] Kony phase,” he said, referring to the group’s leader.Mr. Moussa also reported on other aspects of the Secretary-General’s recent report on UNOCA’s activities, including his missions to Chad, Cameroon, Republic of Congo and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, which highlighted the regional consequences of the crisis in the Central African Republic (CAR), including humanitarian challenges faced by the governments and UN agencies. “These States also expressed concern that flows of weapons, activities of armed groups and sectarian violence may spread across CAR’s borders and threaten their own stability.”Mr. Moussa also voiced concern about the impact of fighting between the Nigerian army and the militant group known as Boko Haram, which has now resulted in the displacement of tens of thousands of Nigerian refugees and returning immigrants to northern Cameroon and Chad. He added that with the Council’s continuing support and guidance, UNOCA will continue to play an instrumental role in supporting the States of the sub-region in confronting pressing challenges. Mr. Moussa will be succeeded by Abdoulaye Bathily of Senegal who served most recently as the Secretary-General’s Deputy Special Representative in Mali.In a presidential statement, the Council expressed its concern at the deterioration in the security situation in parts of Central Africa, in particular the crisis in CAR and its growing regional impact, and the threat of terrorism, including the expansion of Boko Haram terrorist activities into countries in the sub-region.The Council also expressed its continuing concern regarding maritime insecurity in the Gulf of Guinea, the illegal wildlife trade and transnational organized crime. read more

Brock professor receives worldrenowned fellowship

Linguist Tom Farrell’s 35 years of work into reflective practice in language teaching is being recognized with a prestigious fellowship.Farrell, in the Department of Applied Linguistics, has been named the 2016 Ian Gordon Fellow by the University of Victoria in New Zealand.The fellowship has been awarded annually since 2006 by the Ian A. Gordon Trust to top scholars in the field of linguistics and applied language studies.Farrell, who has authored, co-authored or edited nearly 30 books on reflective practice for language teachers, joins the ranks of esteemed experts from the University of Edinburgh, the University of Michigan and Oxford University, among others.“I am honoured to have been chosen for this prestigious award because it is in recognition of over 35 years of my work on the complex topic of reflective practice in language teaching. In addition, I am honoured to be included with the past recipients, all of whom are top scholars in the field,” says Farrell.Farrell recently visited the University of Victoria for two weeks to give lectures, participate in discussions and deliver a special lecture titled The Art of Burglary and Learning to Teach: The Importance of Reflective Practice in Language Education.Farrell says the topic of his public lecture is pertinent to Applied Linguists and Second Language Teacher Educators because “it outlines how the profession can better prepare language teachers for the reality of the context they will be teaching in.”During Farrell’s time in New Zealand, he also delivered the keynote address on a similar topic of the importance of reflective practice for language teachers at the 15th National Conference for Community Languages and ESOL and was well received.“Professor Farrell’s important research and writing on second language teaching is highly respected around the world,” says Thomas Dunk, Dean, Faculty of Social Sciences. “He is raising Brock’s international profile as an outstanding comprehensive university. We are very proud to have him as a member of the Faculty of Social Sciences and the Brock community.” read more

Ortega about Rio 2016 No clear favorite for the gold

Three days before the start of the Olympic Games in Rio, KIF Kolding Kobenhavn coach Antonio Carlos Ortega talked for Handball-Planet.com about the favorites, new rules, but also Spanish absence from the Olympics after many years….Everybody talking about crisis in Spain, it is clear that ASOBAL went don, but if you take in consideration international tournament, you can see that Spanish NT’s are still fighting for medal in almost all categories. That is a little miracle. ASOBAL is in crisis, but most of Spanish NT players are abroad. Absence is consequence of one bad tournament with a very bad luck – says former Telekom Veszprem coach, who has favorites for the medal positions:France, Denmark, Croatia and Poland are in that group. And let’s see how it will go with Slovenia and Qatar.Swedish NT coach Staffan Olsson stated that handball “becoming boring” with new rules…I am very curious about that. My opinion is that at the end, teams will use seventh player only in special situations. For passive play, I think that will be better than before. Blue card isn’t bad for spectators, penalty in the last moments as well, but I don’t like “three attacks absence” rule – concludes Ortega for Handball-Planet.com. Antonio Carlos OrtegaHandball in Rio 2016 ← Previous Story Paulo Jorge Pereira is new Portugues NT coach Next Story → Boris Dvorsek to lead Italian ASV Eppan Handball Lowen read more

Australia finally gets a mature rating for games

first_imgThanks to the Australian Senate, gamers in Australia can now play mature (18+ rated) video games without having them censored.The change comes after a bill has been passed in Australia which ends the ten year long ban and subsequent content cutting of many popular video games. The attorney-general’s department released a discussion paper on the introduction of an R 18+ certificate for games back in 2009. It received an incredible 58,437 responses, 98 per cent of those agreed there should be an R 18+ certificate and the wheels were set in motion.The new classification will be rated the same way R 18+ films are in Australia. It seems strange that Australia has always allowed 18 rated films but not video games. Perhaps the interactivity aspect made politicians fearful of the effects of playing violent video games?The minister for Home Affairs and Justice made it clear that the R 18+ rating will prevent minors from buying inappropriate games by offering parents a clear guide as to which games are unsuitable for their children. It also means Australian adults will now have a choice over what they play instead of facing heavy censorship or games just not getting released.Before, many games suffered having their content cut to give the game a MA15+ rating or just got banned completely. Recent titles such as Syndicate, Mortal Kombat and, Postal 2 were all banned in Australia. Hopefully, past releases will be re-rated, so gamers don’t miss out on playing older games, but this has not been confirmed by the Senate or indeed publisher’s willingness to revisit old games.The new legislation comes into effect on January 1st next year, just in time for all those Q1 releases.More at Jason Clare, via Edgelast_img read more

Public transport reprieve for Greek students

first_imgInternational students including many Greeks on student visas in Victoria will be offered half price public transport in Victoria by 2015.The incentive comes on the back of declining international student numbers after bad press from racially motivated attacks stopped many considering Melbourne as a good destination for their studies. Minister for Public Transport Terry Mulder said the initiative would provide a 50 per cent discount on annual public transport tickets covering trains, trams and buses for all eligible international students.“The scheme will be trialed from 2015 for three years in partnership with education providers to reduce transport costs for eligible students in eligible Melbourne metropolitan and country educational institutions,” Mr Mulder said.“This will make international students feel even more welcome when they come to study in Victoria and enhance our reputation as a world leading international student city.’The incentive will save students approximately $1105 a year the government believes, and will open up lower cost travel to regional centres around the state. The Age reported last year that almost 70 per cent of Melbourne’s international students believe the cost of public transport is most in need of improvement. Students have foregone meals just so they could afford transport in the state. Laws restricting foreign students from working more than 20 hours a week during semester exacerbated the problem and many have been exploited by working for cash in establishments paying less than minimum wage.Currently, a daily trip on the Victorian transport network costs $12.12 for zone 1+2. At a concession fare that will be reduced to $6.06.The Melbourne City Council the lack of concession tickets can reduce student safety and make Victoria a less desirable place to study.The government offers international students a free culture card that provides special offers to Victoria’s cultural experiences, from sport to the arts and community events and the Study Melbourne website, a source to help students settling into life and study in Victoria. There is also an international student welcome desk at Melbourne Airport to greet students upon arrival and answer any immediate questions. International education is Victoria’s largest single export, worth over $4.3 billion annually. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

La tablette Blackberry PlayBook vatelle passer à la 4G

first_imgLa tablette Blackberry PlayBook va-t-elle passer à la 4G ?Le fabricant canadien de smartphones et tablettes Research In Motion pourrait bien équiper sa tablette PlayBook d’une connexion 4G LTE à l’avenir…Lors de la sortie de la tablette tactile BlackBerry PlayBook, RIM avait annoncé une version 4G LTE de cette tablette dans le futur. Des images repérées sur le célèbre forum Crackberry abondent récemment dans ce sens, et montrent que RIM tiendrait parole. À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Un utilisateur de ce forum révèle des clichés d’un Playbook 4G, contenant notamment un emplacement pour une carte micro SIM 4G. Une annonce de Research In Motion pourrait donc confirmer cela lors du Salon Blackberry World, en mai prochain. Les caractéristiques techniques du PlayBook pourraient aussi être rehaussées car son processeur d’1GHz, en particulier, souffre par rapport à une conccurrence qui se fait de plus en plus rude et variée, tant en qualité qu’en quantité… Le 7 avril 2012 à 09:06 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more