first_imgAvery johnsons smiles at alabama podium.avery johnson alabamaAvery Johnson turned in a pretty decent season in his first year as head coach of Alabama men’s basketball, leading the rebuilding Crimson Tide to an 18-15 record and an NIT berth. Johnson was previously a pretty successful NBA head coach, leading the Dallas Mavericks to the NBA Finals in 2006, competing against great head coaches like the San Antonio Spurs’ Gregg Popovich.After his first season in Tuscaloosa, Johnson thinks there are some pretty significant similarities between Alabama’s Nick Saban and Popovich, two of the great coaches ever in their respective sports. He discussed those similarities on ESPN’s Mike & Mike this morning. SEC Country transcribed the interview:“You look at Coach Saban, look at all the guys that are going in the first round this year,” Johnson told the show Monday morning. “Those guys, every single day — I’ve been on the practice field with those guys — Coach Saban gets after them really hard. But they listen, they take it and all of those guys are very competitive. Coach Saban and Coach Popovich, they have a lot in common.”…“They’re both about habits, and habits are formed in practice,” Johnson said. “When you look at what happens in the game, it’s a direct reflection on the discipline and details that their teams perform with in practice. Both guys are very, very competitive — I don’t think either of them wants to lose a game of checkers or chess — and they have a high level of expectation every single day with everything that they do.”At first glance, Saban and Popovich don’t seem that similar, but they definitely share a bunch of traits the more you think about it.[SEC Country]last_img read more

first_imgAPTN National NewsGreen Party leader Elizabeth May says she wants to see the Indian Act reviewed when a brand new Parliament reconvenes after the Oct. 19 federal election.May said the Indian Act is at the root of many of the historical injustices faced by First Nation people.“A lot of the failures of Canada in achieving justice and fairness and respect with First Nation communities stems from the Indian Act and fixing that is a high priority,” said May during APTN’s first virtual town hall held Tuesday.The virtual town hall with May, hosted by APTN anchor Cheryl McKenzie, is the first of three with federal party leaders which will air this week.A virtual town hall featuring Liberal leader Justin Trudeau will be broadcast Wednesday followed by an appearance by NDP leader Thomas Mulcair on Thursday.All the town halls will be livestreamed on APTN’s news website.The Conservative campaign did not respond to APTN’s invitation to take part in the event.The town hall covered a wide range of issues, from the need for a public inquiry into murdered and missing Indigenous women, to the Arctic and pipelines.May said she doesn’t expect to become prime minister, but she expects the election will produce a minority government and she hopes enough Green candidates gain sets to hold the balance of power.May said her party supports an inquiry into murdered and missing Indigenous women, but she also wants to see more cultural and gender sensitivity training for RCMP officers who investigate these cases.“We don’t want to just make this an inquiry into people we’ve lost, we need to stop the violence,” said May.May also called the Supreme Court’s landmark Tsilhqot’in decision “the most exciting thing that has happened in Canadians’ history living on Turtle Island.” In particular, May said the part of the decision—which stems from a long-running battle launched by the Tsilhqot’in Nation in British Columbia’s interior—that discussed the impact on future generations rings true to her.“Whatever is important to this generation needs to be available to future generations,” said May. “What does this look like generations from now and are we in our generation taking away chances that people in our generation have a right to expect.”May repeated her previous stated stands against the shipping of raw resources, like bitumen or logs, out of the country.“We shouldn’t be shipping any bitumen and all the pipelines being proposed they are all about shipping raw bitumen out of Canada,” said May.May said her party would also push for the re-establishment for a Canadian ambassador for the Circumpolar North to push Canada’s interests in the region which is under acute threat from climate change.“Stephen Harper got rid of the position of ambassador for the Circumpolar North,” said May.The May-led Green party will also push for the application of the principles contained in the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples in the next Parliament.“It is a stain on Canada’s reputation that we were dragging our feet and not accepting it and not implementing it,” said May.When it comes to treaty rights, May said the next prime minister needs to be the one on point when it comes to ensuring Ottawa is living up to the honour of the Crown.“This is the sort of thing that should rest on the desk of a prime minister to make sure treaty rights are observed and taken as a priority,” said May.The Green Party will also push for the next Parliament to address all the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s recommendations that fall within federal jurisdiction, said May. The Green Party will also continue to push for First Nations, Inuit and Metis to have a seat at the Council of the Federation along with the provinces and municipalities.May said all it takes is for politicians to take these issues seriously and place them at the top of their priority lists to push these issues forward.“I think it’s political will,” said May. “I don’t think it’s a money question, I don’t think it’s a legal question.”news@aptn.ca@APTNNewslast_img read more

first_imgTORONTO – Flexiti Financial says it’s acquiring TD Financing Services’ Canadian private label credit card portfolio valued at roughly $250 million.The Toronto company, which provides point-of-sale financing and payment technology, said the transaction provides it with a million new credit card customers and 900 new store locations for its network.The added locations bring Flexiti’s total network to 3,500 and make it a leading private label credit card issuer in Canada, the company said.“This acquisition of TDFS’ private label credit card portfolio represents an important milestone for our company, and the consumer lending space in Canada, as it instantly positions us as one of the largest consumer lenders in the country,” said Peter Kalen, founder and CEO of Flexiti.The portfolio of cards targeted towards specific store brands includes merchants in the jewelry, furniture and home improvement categories, such as Peoples, Birks, Ethan Allen, La Z Boy and Kent.TD’s decision to sell the Canadian portfolio aligns with its strategy of simplifying its business model and allows it to focus on its core businesses of TD credit cards, MBNA and TD business credit cards, said bank spokeswoman Julie Bellissimo in an email.She noted that TD continues to operate the TD Financing Services business in the U.S.Flexiti said that as part of its acquisition, Globalive Capital will make a $50 million equity investment in Flexiti to give them a controlled position in the company after being a founding investor.The company said it has also secured $350 million in credit facilities to support the portfolio acquisition and its growth strategy.last_img read more

first_imgKenney acknowledges that some Calgary-based companies that develop B.C. natural gas would not be happy with a toll, but he says the job of an Alberta premier is to defend the province’s economic future.Alberta Premier Rachel Notley banned B.C. wines in response to its proposal to limit diluted bitumen shipments, but she lifted the ban after Premier John Horgan said he would ask the courts to decide whether it can bring in the restrictions.Kenney also clarified his stance on supervised drug consumption sites, saying the Supreme Court of Canada has ruled that governments are obligated to license such facilities.(THE CANADIAN PRESS) VANCOUVER, B.C. – Alberta’s Opposition leader says if he becomes premier there will be “serious consequences” for British Columbia if it blocks the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion.Jason Kenney says he would be prepared to stop permits for the shipment of Alberta oil through the Trans Mountain pipeline, and place a toll on shipments of natural gas from B.C. through Alberta.The United Conservative Party leader made the comments to reporters in Vancouver today during a trip to B.C. to speak about the need for “environmentally responsible resource development.”last_img read more

first_imgBhopal: Hailing Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath’s decision to almost double the OBC quota to 27 per cent, the state Congress has said it was a major step in the fight for social justice.The party has decided to felicitate Kamal Nath for the move.”The chief minister had indicated that he is going to take a decisive step in the interest of backward classes by inducting 27 per cent MLAs from this category into his cabinet,” state Congress media department chairperson Shobha Ojha said at a press conference here on Friday. Also Read – How a psychopath killer hid behind the mask of a devout laity!”He proved this on March 8, when his government passed an ordinance to raise the OBC reservation in the state from 14 per cent to 27 per cent,” she added.Minister Jeetu Patwari and Rajya Sabha MP Rajmani Patel, both belonging to OBC category, were also present at the press conference.Ojha said, the state saw three BJP chief ministers belonging to the OBC category- Uma Bharti, Babulal Gaur and Shivraj Singh Chouhan. “But none of them and other backward class leaders of the BJP have praised the government’s decision,” she added.She said the party, along with prominent OBC leaders and ministers, will felicitate Nath for this major decision taken in the interest of the community.Kamal Nath had last week announced that the state government has decided to raise the reservation limit for OBCs from 14 per cent to 27 per cent and also implement quota for the poor among the general category.last_img read more

first_imgKolkata: Nitish Rana and Robin Uthappa slammed half-centuries while Andre Russell continued his pyrotechnics with the bat as Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) posted a mammoth 218/4 against Kings XI Punjab in their Indian Premier League (IPL) clash at the Eden Gardens here on Wednesday. Rana (63; 34b, 4×2; 6×7) fashioned his second successive fifty as Uthappa blossomed in his company with a well-timed unbeaten 67 (50b, 4×6, 6×2) before Russell virtually took the game away from Punjab with a 17-ball 48 (4×3, 6×5). The visitors could have checked KKR’s run flow when Mohammed Shami castled Russell when he was on 3, only to find the umpire calling it a no-ball as there were only three fielders inside the circle. Russell made the most of his second life by bludgeoning Andrew Tye for two sixes and two fours in the 18th over as the Australian leaked 22 runs. Russell, who smacked a 18-ball 49 in the last match, then hit Shami for three back-to-back sixes and a four in the next over, taking KKR past the 200-mark, before getting out in the last over off Tye. Russell and Uthappa joined hands for a 32-ball 67-run fourth wicket stand as KKR amassed 71 runs in the last five overs. KXIP skipper Ravichandran Ashwin, fresh from the “Mankading” row against Rajasthan Royals’ batsman Jos Buttler in the last game that sparked worldwide discussions, went for 47 runs in his four overs and was hit for five sixes — one every over — with Rana accounting for four of them. On Monday, the Kings XI Punjab captain was at the centre of the controversy as he ‘Mankaded’ Rajasthan Royals’ in-form batsman Jos Buttler, a perfectly legal dismissal but an act which triggered a debate concerning ‘Spirit of Cricket’. On Wednesday, Ashwin was at the receiving end of a harsh yet perfectly legal call by on-field umpire Anil Chaudhary. KKR’s last match hero Russell had walked in at the fall of Nitish Rana’s wicket and got a perfect yorker from Mohammed Shami off the last delivery of the 17th over. Russell was on his way back to the dug-out. However, to the horror of KXIP players, umpire Anil signalled no-ball and a free-hit. Ashwin was at his wits end thinking that Shami had overstepped only to find out that KXIP had one fielder short of the mandatory four inside the 30-yard circle. It was David Miller, who was not inside the circle. Meanwhile, Uthappa and Rana stitched together 110 runs for the third wicket after the home team lost their openers inside four overs. Rana took time to settle down, scoring just two runs off the first seven balls before hoisting Ashwin over long on for a maximum in the eighth over. The southpaw, who scored 68 in KKR’s opening game to help them beat Sunrisers Hyderabad, smashed Ashwin for another six in the same region as the purple brigade raced to 89/2 at the halfway stage. Rana and Uthappa also made merry in Mandeep Singh’s over, taking him for 18 runs before debutant Varun Chakravarthy got rid of the former. KKR were off to a blistering start thanks to Sunil Narine (24, 9b, 4×1, 6×3) — back to opening the batting after injuring his finger in the last game. Brief scores: Kolkata Knight Riders 218/4 (Robin Uthappa 67, Nitish Rana 63, Andre Russell 48) vs Kings XI Punjab.last_img read more

A week ago, I wrote about how both the Los Angeles Dodgers and Houston Astros are in rare historical company this season. According to FiveThirtyEight’s Elo power ratings — which measure a team’s strength at any moment — each is playing roughly as well as the fabled 1927 Yankees played. But this season’s top-heaviness extends well beyond just the Astros and Dodgers. Each member of MLB’s ruling class this season is unusually strong, which suggests that, come October, we may be watching the the most stacked playoff fields in memory. That’s great news for fans — but it’s also really bad news for the wannabes and would-be Cinderellas that are currently chasing the front-runners.One easy way to visualize the power balance of a league is to look at how its teams at any given ranking slot measure up to those from other seasons in the past. For example, the Dodgers have the best Elo rating (1602) of any top-ranked team through July 20 of a season in the expansion era (since 1961). Likewise, the Astros are by far the best second-ranked Elo team of the expansion era.Go down the line, and each of Elo’s top six teams carries one of the strongest ratings in modern history for its slot. The third ranked Washington Nationals, for instance, are more like the top team in an average season than a mere third wheel. The Boston Red Sox would be running a strong third most seasons; this year, they’re a distant fourth. The Indians and Cubs can both tell similar stories. As we approach the July 31 trade deadline, this is more than just an academic curiosity. A team’s willingness to pony up prospects for a better shot at the World Series is directly tied to how much good it thinks a trade will do. In a wide-open season, even teams outside the top tier of contenders could be convinced to roll the dice on an upgrade — particularly with the expanded wild-card format. But the stronger the top teams are, the less incentive teams on the periphery have to make a championship push. According to Elo, we haven’t seen a stronger crop of elite teams in the expansion era than this season’s top six.1The top six teams of 2017 carry an average Elo rating of 1562.5, which beats out 1998 (1557.9) for the highest average for the top six teams through July 20 of a season since 1961.As recently as a few years ago, you could have lamented the lack of dominant teams at the top of the major leagues. At this same time in 2015, for instance, the leading Elo teams were among the weakest at their slots in the expansion era. But baseball’s era of parity seems to be officially over, with the game moving back toward imbalance. While a top-heavy MLB might never look like its basketball equivalent,2Even this season, the Dodgers’ winning percentage works out to a mere 57-win pace in the NBA — which would have only bought them the No. 3 seed in the Western Conference. it’s still going to be tougher than usual for aspiring contenders to break through — a fact you can bet every GM is keenly aware of in the lead-up to the deadline. read more

Ohio State junior kicker Sean Nuernberger (96) kicks a field goal in the second quarter in the game against Rutgers on Sep. 30. Ohio State won 56-0. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorLINCOLN, Nebraska — Ohio State redshirt junior kicker Sean Nuernberger drilled an extra point with 5:39 remaining in the first quarter of the Buckeyes’ game against Nebraska Saturday night to become the Big Ten record-holder for most point after attempts converted in a row. This extra point was the 142nd in a row.Nuernberger has not missed an extra point in his career. He has converted seven of nine field goals this season. In his career, Nuernberger has made 23 of 33 field goals.Nuernberger broke kicker Drew Basil’s Ohio State record for most consecutive made extra points last season. read more

first_imgThe defensive duo has become the highlights of Brighton and Hove Albion in the English Premier League and they talked about their friendship.Brighton and Hove Albion defensive duo Lewis Dunk and Shane Duffy have become the highlights of the club in the English Premier League.And they talked to the team’s official website about their special relationship.“We probably spend more time with one another than anyone else, we bond all the time and always sit around together after training. It’s good and when it comes to a match it helps a lot more,” Shane says.Webster knows there’s a lot of competition before he debuts Manuel R. Medina – August 24, 2019 Brighton and Hove Albion defender, Adam Webster, hasn’t debuted in the English Premier League because he knows the competition is fierce.“We’re the same sort of age and have the same sort of backgrounds and upbringings, it probably also helped that we both played in the Premier League for the first time last season.”“We’re close away from the field and it obviously helps when you’re playing matches, we play alongside each other and our position on the field means we’ll always need to talk and communicate, I imagine if you didn’t have that sort of relationship with one another then it would make things quite difficult,” Dunk added.“I’d consider him my friend if I have to! But we don’t share a room on away trips, we all have our separate rooms, I don’t think he could handle my snoring and I probably couldn’t handle his either!”last_img read more

first_imgGeneral Excellence:New YorkAdam Moss, editor-in-chiefBen Williams, editorial directorNymag.com Design:WIREDChris Anderson, editor-in-chiefBrandon Kavulla, creative directorUnderworld Issue, February 2011, iPad appVideo:The New York Times MagazineHugo Lindgren, editor-in-chief“My Family’s Experiment in Extreme Schooling,”by Julie Dressner, Shayla Harris and Clifford J. LevyTablet Edition:National GeographicChris Johns, editor-in-chiefBill Marr, creative directorMelissa Wiley, e-publishing directorAugust 2011, September 2011 and November 2011 iPad apps New York magazine took home two Ellies: one for the esteemed General Excellence category, as well as for best website. Editor-in-chief Adam Moss and editorial director Ben Williams accepted the awards for the publication. WIRED also took home two Ellies: one for reporting, honoring “FBI Teaches Agents: ‘Mainstream’ Muslims are ‘Violent, Radical,’” written by senior writer Spencer Ackerman; and the other for design on its iPad app for its February 2011 Underworld Issue. See below for the full list of winners. Reporting:WIREDChris Anderson, editor-in-chiefNoah Shachtman, digital editor“FBI Teaches Agents: ‘Mainstream’ Muslims are ‘Violent, Radical’”by Spencer Ackerman, senior writercenter_img Personal Service:Menshealth.comDavid Zinczenko, senior vice president, editor-in-chiefWilliam G. Phillips, editor“The Skin Cancer Center”by Adam Campbell, executive editorand Amy Rushlow, senior editorWebsite Department:The Daily BeastTina Brown, editor-in-chief, Newsweek and The Daily Beast“Book Beast”Website:New YorkAdam Moss, editor-in-chiefBen Williams, editorial directorNymag.comCommentary:The American ScholarRobert Wilson, editor“Zinsser on Friday,” by William ZinsserUtility App:TIMERichard Stengel, managing editor“PopuList” for iPadMultimedia:Foreign PolicySusan B. Glasser, editor-in-chief“The Qaddafi Files: An FP Special Report” NEW YORK – Today’s MPA Digital: Swipe Conference closed with the National Magazine Awards for Digital Media 2012, presented by the American Society of Magazine Editors [ASME]. People managing editor and ASME president Larry Hackett and Lucy Danziger, editor-in-chief of SELF and ASME secretary, were on hand to present the copper Ellies to the winners.last_img read more

first_imgThania Sanchez via APFrame grabs taken from the cell phone video of Thania Sanchez allegedly shows 20-year-old Jack Young periodically driving both over the double yellow as well as the white line on the right just moments before crashing into a church bus from New Braunfels and killing 13 people. (Thania Sanchez via AP) A 20-year-old man whose pickup collided with a church minibus last month in rural Texas, killing 13 people, told state troopers he had taken prescription medication before driving and had marijuana in his truck, according to court records.The records obtained from Uvalde County showed a state trooper found two whole marijuana cigarettes and five partially smoked ones in Jack Dillon Young’s truck after the March 29 crash that happened on a two-lane highway about 75 miles (120 kilometers) west of San Antonio, the San Antonio Express-News (http://bit.ly/2nBMgAb ) reported Tuesday. An affidavit from another state trooper seeking a blood test for a toxicology report said the trooper had probable cause to believe Young was intoxicated during the collision because the man told a trooper he had taken prescription medication earlier in the day, including clonazepam and the generic forms of Lexapro and Ambien.A phone call to a number listed for Young’s family went unanswered Tuesday. A message left by The Associated Press for the judge who signed the documents was not immediately returned.No charges had been filed in the crash as of Tuesday. District Attorney Daniel Kindred has said it could be more than a month before the investigation file from the Department of Public Safety is forwarded to his office.The collision took place near Garner State Park. The small church bus carrying 14 older congregants from the First Baptist Church of New Braunfels was returning from a retreat.Officials from Uvalde and Real counties confirmed they had received phone calls about a white pickup truck driving erratically and crossing the highway shortly before the wreck. A couple who had been driving behind Young’s pickup filmed his car crossing into the oncoming traffic lane and onto the shoulder.The couple later confirmed they had called the county law enforcement officials and later 911 when the collision occurred. The man later told police and reporters, including the AP, that Young had told him he had been texting before the accident.A National Transportation and Safety Board investigator said Young was not wearing his seatbelt, while most if not all of the 14 church bus occupants had been wearing theirs. Only one passenger in the back row of the bus survived the crash.The NTSB investigation of the crash, which will include a likely cause and any safety recommendations for the future, could take up to a year to complete. Kindred and other officials said that report has no bearing on when or whether criminal charges are filed. Sharelast_img read more

first_img Share The Latest on stabbings in Finland (all times local):Several Stabbed In Finland, One Apprehended- Says Police https://t.co/Z7xQx3avVp pic.twitter.com/GTnthOeRYX— NEWS IN-DEPTH (@RcmcMedia) August 18, 20177:20 p.m.Finland’s interior minister says security is being stepped up across the Nordic country after stabbings that killed at least two people in a western city.Paula Risikko made the announcement during a news conference in Turku, where the stabbings happened.Police say that a suspect is in custody and being treated in a hospital after officers shot him in the thigh.Turku is about 150 kilometers (90 miles) west of the capital, Helsinki.___7:15 p.m.Police in Finland say that two people have been killed and six others wounded in stabbings in the western city of Turku.Police say that a suspect is in custody and being treated in a hospital after officers shot him.Turku is about 150 kilometers (90 miles) west of the capital, Helsinki.___7 p.m.Finland’s main news agency says one person has died in the stabbings in the western city of Turku.The STT agency cited the hospital where the victim died.Finland’s top police chief Seppo Kolehmainen said it was too early to link the events in Turku to international terrorism, according to the YLE broadcaster.Kolehmainen said it was “nothing is known about the motives … or what precisely has happened in Turku.”Police earlier said officers shot a man in the leg and detained him after the stabbings. Police also say they are looking for more potential suspects.___6:35 p.m.Police in Finland say they are looking for more potential suspects in the stabbing of several people in the western city of Turku.Police made the announcement on Twitter, also warning people to leave and avoid central Turku. Earlier, police said they shot one man in the leg who was suspected of stabbing several people.Finnish broadcaster YLE says several people were seen lying on the ground in the central part of the city.Tabloid Ilta-Sanomat says six people were injured, one man and five women, and that a woman with stroller was attacked by a man with a large knife.___6:10 p.m.Police in Finland say they have shot a man in the leg after he was suspected of stabbing several people in the western city of Turku.Finnish broadcaster YLE says several people were seen lying on the ground in the central part of the city.On Twitter, police urged people to avoid that part of Turku.Tabloid Ilta-Sanomat says six people were injured, one man and five women, and that a woman with stroller was attacked by a man with a large knife.last_img read more

first_imgAre you one of those who frequent the bylanes of Jama Masjid and Nizamuddin to gorge on Delhi’s signature cuisine? Snack on chaats at every possible opportunity? Pounce on the kulfis whenever you get the chance? Well, take heart. Now you don’t have to explore and go all over the town in search of your favourite Delhi cuisine. Get ready for the second edition of Delhi Ke Pakwan Festival which starts next month. Organised by Delhi Tourism, the festival will bring together the culinary delights of the age-old shops of Purani Dilli. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The week-long festival is all about celebrating Delhi and its cuisine and will bring together various food items. The entire venue will be redefined with the Old Delhicharm as celebrations in Purani Dilli with features such as a wishing tree, auto and cycle rickshaw, potter etc. dig into the famous chaat, kulfi, biryani and kebabs from the labyrinths of old Delhi under one roof. Apart from food items, there will also be various cultural activities, handicrafts, puppet show, talk show and much more. Also, there will be free candies for kids.DETAILAt: Baba Kharak Singh Marg When: 8-14 Februarylast_img read more

first_imgKolkata: Several questions arose on Thursday about the fire that broke out at Calcutta Medical College on Wednesday, as several electrical appliances were found intact even after the incident.Sources informed that forensic science experts will be visiting the incident spot again soon, to determine the cause of the fire.Meanwhile, Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi expressed his anxiety regarding the incident.According to hospital sources, Calcutta Electric Supply Corporation (CESC) inspected the damaged portion of the hospital on Thursday and found some electrical appliances which were untouched by fire. However, the computers and some medicines were found in burnt condition. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeCESC has informed the hospital authorities and police that no fault could be found from their end. If any fault was there in the CESC line, then the switch board would have also been burnt and lights and fans would not be in running condition.Primary investigation has revealed that the fire occurred from the accounts and control room. Only a limited number of people used to access that portion of the building. Thus, the question arose on whether it was a sabotage. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedMeanwhile on Thursday, Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi expressed his anxiety regarding the incident. He also conveyed his condolence to the family of the patient who died on Wednesday due to breathlessness.He said: “It is a matter of great concern that incidents of fire and other mishaps like collapse of bridges are taking place regularly. The concerned executives should be more alert to prevent loss of life and property.”The Governor also expressed his view that a high level inquiry should be made into the cause of the fire and also to find out adequate means and measures, so that similar incidents do not recur in future.On Wednesday morning, a fire broke out at the MCH building of Calcutta Medical College and Hospital. As an emergency move, 250 patients were evacuated from the building and were shifted to other wards. The blaze was brought under control within a few hours.last_img read more

first_imgChildhood emotional experiences of individuals can have long lasting consequences in adulthood while they perform a task, a study revealed. In a the study published in the online journal, Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, the researchers stated that emotional bond shared with parents in early childhood generates our ability to regulate emotions as adults.“But not everyone’s actions are impacted by emotions to the same extent. Some of us had emotionally responsive caregivers or parents in childhood, while others didn’t,” said Christine Heinisch, researcher at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfAccording to the attachment theory in Psychology, childhood experiences influences the ability to regulate emotions as adults. “We expected those having problems with emotional regulation to make more errors in performing a task – and one significant variable influencing this is our attachment experience,” Heinisch added. To test this theory, they conducted a study on adults with different childhood experiences and performed a task of identifying a target letter from among a series of flashing letters.  Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveThis task was administered under conditions that evoked a positive, neutral or negative emotional state. The researchers then assessed task performance and analysed electroencephalogram (EEG) recordings of brain function in their subjects.Subjects who did not have emotionally responsive caregivers in childhood (insecure-attached) had more trouble performing under emotionally negative conditions than the others (secure-attached). They also had lower brain activity in response to the target letter under negative conditions than secure-attached subjects. The lower task performance correlated with inefficient strategies for emotional regulation seen in insecure-attached adults. This could mean that a greater share of cognitive resources was allocated for regulating emotions, and consequently, less was available for performing the task.last_img read more

first_img TORONTO – While attending a Viennese High Tea Experience at The Ritz-Carlton, Toronto yesterday, members of the media and travel industry partners got a first-hand look at how to make one of Austria’s most popular dishes: Viennese strudel.The trick? Use a lot of butter and don’t forget the walnuts!Hosted by the Vienna Tourist Board, Austrian Airlines and Vienna International Airport, High Tea included the added bonus of a strudel cooking demonstration by Gael Moutet, the Executive Pastry Chef at The Ritz-Carlton, Toronto. The end result was a deliciously flaky, apple-filled strudel, which Elka Bachner, Market Manager Canada of the Vienna Tourist Board gave two very enthusiastic thumbs up.Gael Moutet, the Executive Pastry Chef at The Ritz-Carlton, TorontoFood, of course, plays a huge role in daily life in Vienna, the only city in the world to have lent its name to a particular style of cooking. Viennese cuisine, which draws inspiration from Bohemia, Austria, Hungary, Italy and the Balkans, can be enjoyed all over the city, from award-winning, five-star restaurants to the most unpretentious of eateries.Perhaps the best place to sample local flavours is at a Viennese coffeehouse, which was added to UNESCO’s Intangible Cultural Heritage list in 2011. Vienna is home to approximately 2,400 coffeehouses that range from elegant traditional cafes to simple bistros with standing room only. According to UNESCO’s official report, “the coffeehouses are a place where patrons consume time and space, but only the coffee appears on the bill.”Aside from its cuisine, Vienna, which Bachner calls a very youthful and artistic city, has plenty to offer the millions of tourists who arrive each year. To see it all, the new Vienna Pass is now available in 24-, 48- and 72-hour options, giving access to over 60 city attractions.More news:  Sunwing to further boost Mazatlán service with new flights from OttawaAccording to the latest numbers, Vienna achieved its best year ever in tourism in 2017, with 15.5 million visitor bednights, an increase of 3.7% over 2016. The city also recorded 7,097,000 arrivals, up 3.1%, and a room occupancy of around 76%.In an official release, Norbert Kettner, Director of Tourism, said that the Tourist Board will be “concentrating our priorities for the coming years on sustainable and value-adding growth, internationalization and even stronger networking of the tourist players in Vienna.”Kettner also noted that the city’s residents are considered a “tremendous asset”, and that according to its latest representative study, 96% of Viennese have a positive attitude towards tourism.In other words, the Viennese are eager and ready to welcome tourists, particularly those from Canada.According to Ernst Holzer, Senior Manager, The Americas at Vienna International Airport (VIE), arrivals from Canada are up 16% since 2013, with 2017 being a record year (+7%). With up to six flights per week out of Toronto, an average of 276 passengers arrive each day from Canada to Vienna, the majority of whom arrive for leisure (88%). Last year, VIE welcomed a record 24.4 million international passengers in total.Helping to bring Canadians to the city is Austrian Airlines, part of Lufthansa Group Airlines. Peter Daniel, Senior Manager Sales Products and Programmes for Lufthansa Group Airlines, commended Austrian Airlines for coming a long way since its first commercial flight 60 years ago. With 85 aircraft currently in its fleet and 130 destinations in 55 countries in its network, the airline flew a total 13 million passengers in 2017.More news:  AMResorts has a new Sr. Dir. of Cdn. Sales & Consortia Rel’ns“Austrian Airlines’ slogan is ‘The charming way to fly’, but it’s not just a slogan to us, the staff lives and breathes this slogan,” he said. “In the airline industry, we all have the same seats and offerings, but what differentiates us is our service and staff. It’s not just about the hardware, with Austrian Airlines it’s about the whole experience.”Daniel also noted that Austrian Airlines’ new myAustrian Premium Economy is now available from Canada. Benefits include seats that recline to an angle of 40 degrees, convenient footrests, adjustable headrests, power sockets, USB ports, additional storage space, 12-inch touchscreen monitors, 350 hours of video and audio entertainment on demand, a welcome drink, three- to four-course meals, a selection of beverages, amenity kits, and two-bag check-in privileges.The Ritz Carlton, Toronto is offering the ‘Viennese High Tea Experience’ until June 15, 2018, Monday-Friday from 12:00-4:00 p.m. For reservations, call (416) 585-2500. For more information on travel to Vienna, go to https://www.wien.info/en. 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first_img Categories: Featured news,Inman News,News The Michigan Department of Corrections today announced it will close Pugsley Correctional Facility in Kingsley as a cost-cutting measure. State Rep. Larry Inman, R-Traverse City, issued the following statement:“I am disappointed with the Department of Corrections’ decision to close the Pugsley Correctional Facility, which will cause over 230 employees to lose their jobs and leave the area to find other employment with the Department of Corrections. “The closure of the prison will have a substantial negative impact on Grand Traverse County’s economy. I am deeply concerned about the disruption to many families as they deal with possible relocation issues.  Although the state Department of Corrections is downsizing, I am still very concerned that we will lose critical jobs in Grand Traverse County. “The closure of the prison will hurt not only those who work at Pugsley, but will cause a chain reaction for all families who live, work and/or attend schools in our community.“The employees at the Pugsley Correctional Facility have done an outstanding job rehabilitating prisoners and keeping our community safe for the last six decades.  I will personally meet with the Department of Corrections to ensure that all employees, officers and families currently supported by the prison are given every connection for other employment locally or granted immediate transfers to nearest correctional facilities.”###### Tags: #SB, Grand Traverse County economy, Inman, Kingsley, Pugsley prison closure center_img 31May Rep. Inman issues statement on decision to close Pugsley prisonlast_img read more

first_imgTele Columbus’s Hanover HQGerman cable operator Tele Columbus has acquired Mönchengladbach fibre access provider Big Medienversorgung, adding about 12,700 connected households in North Rhine-Westphalia, Baden-Württemberg and Berlin to its subscriber base.Tele Columbus said it would offer its own internet and telephony packages over Big Medienversorgung’s network. The latter’s network is expected to grow to 16,400 connected households by the end of the year.The acquisition followed Tele Columbus’ announcement that it had become a stock corporation and that Tele Columbus Holdikng GmbH would be known as Tele Columbus AG going forwards.The change will lead to the creation of a new supervisory board. CEO Ronny Verhelst said the change would give the company more flexibility to achieve growth.Verhelst and chief financial officer Frank Posnanski will form the executive board, with chief commercial officer Stefan Beberweil and chief technology officer Reinhard Sauer making up the senior management team.KBC Bank and Insurance supervisory board member and former Telenet chairman Frank Donck will head the supervisory board, which will also include Pamplona Capital Management partner Carsten Boekhorst and former Belgian prime minister and OECD vice-president Yves Leterme.last_img read more

first_imgDigital access and media distribution solutions provider ATX Networks has introduced an enhancement to its MD16 bulk media distribution gateway. This upgrade, the company says, will enable service providers to offer hotels, hospitals, universities, apartments and other commercial customers streaming media capabilities. The new MD16 OTT streaming blade enables an over-the-top (OTT) video experience anywhere within the commercial enterprise facility on any device, including smartphones, tablets and PCs.The ATX streaming media blade is designed to overcome the challenges of operating within a private network by allowing guests and residents to view live, linear television programming on personal devices, such as smartphones, tablets and PCs, without the requirement to install multi-rack solutions with standalone encoders and web servers. ATX’s integrated OTT streaming solution reduces power consumption, space and operational complexity.Andrew Isherwood, chief technology and strategy officer, Media Distribution at ATX said: “ATX continues to empower PayTV operators with the capabilities they require to reinvigorate their commercial and enterprise business strategies. Our market-leading MD16s equipped with the new streaming blade will allow hotels, universities, hospitals and MDUs to offer their clientele a broadcast TV experience on their mobile devices.”ATX says that the MD16 offers PayTV operators a ‘path to greater profitability in commercial accounts’ by delivering a single-box, fully integrated solution that reduces power consumption, space and other operational expenses. The integrated streaming blade also reduces on-premises bandwidth requirements, as fewer residents and guests will need to connect to Internet-based streaming services using external servers.   The MD16 streaming blade is set for release in Q3 2019.last_img read more