Sena praises Yogi, tells Fadnavis to learn from him

first_img “If a bit of this seriousness is imbibed by rulers of Maharashtra, they will surely be blessed. Yogi in his first cabinet meet announced a loan waiver for farmers but here the government has only said it would look into the Yogi model and appears to be waiting for debt-burdened farmers to commit suicide,” the Sena said.“Wearing the mask of seriousness without imbibing the qualities is of no use. Those who are in power here should borrow seriousness from Yogi Adityanath,” it said. Yogi waives farm loans up to Rs. 1 lakh The Shiv Sena on Monday lavished praises on Yogi Adityanath for taking quick decisions for the people’s welfare and asked Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis to take lessons from his Uttar Pradesh counterpart.An editorial in Sena’s mouthpiece Saamana said Mr. Adityanath proved all his critics wrong and was taking one decision after the other in all seriousness for the welfare of the people.“He is striving in a commendable way to elevate his state from ruins and he is very serious in his work,” it said.The Sena especially patted Mr. Adityanath for deciding to write off loans of farmers, a demand which all parties in Maharashtra had raised.Also Readlast_img read more

Express Runs Out of Steam

first_imgImran Khan, Shoaib Akhtar’s 17-year-old cousin, takes a break after a tiring match at the Railway cricket ground close to the home of the town’s most famous cricketer. Khan and other boys play cricket only when Pakistan plays a match in the World Cup. That is their way of expressing solidarity with Shahid Afridi and the men in green. And whenever 36-year-old Akhtar, nicknamed Rawalpindi Express, takes a wicket, someone screams to convey the news from an adjacent building. An instant roar goes up on the ground.Khan rushes home to switch from live cricket to watch a match he loves: Akhtar’s fearsome spell of five for 21 against Australia in Colombo in 2002. “The world will miss one of its best fastestbowlers,” says Khan, in shock over Akhtar’s decision to retire from first-class cricket.Akhtar announced his decision on March 17 at an emotional gathering in Colombo where he delivered an impromptu farewell speech. He was instantly hugged by his teammates. The news spread fast, prompting many to react. Among them was Australian skipper Ricky Ponting who called him the fastest he has faced in international cricket. “I had some great duels over the years. He was express pace, a very very good bowler,” Ponting told a press conference in Colombo. Former Pakistan captain, Rashid Latif, agrees: “He was among the most glamourous cricketers of all time. The only worry for me was his pace.” Pakistani cricketer, Aamer Sohail, simply says it would be “difficult for Pakistan to find a replacement.”The Railway cricket ground is Akhtar’s breeding ground. He played cricket here as a schoolboy and impressed many with his incredible swinging yorkers at high speed. He routinely practised here even after becoming a superstar. “We are honoured to play at this ground,” says Akram, 16, whose house is a yard away from Akhtar’s home. He is not interested in any debate on whether Akhtar is actually the world’s fastest bowler. “He is, for me.” He reminds everyone that the cricketer still holds the world record of bowling at 100 miles per hour. Akhtar has taken 178 test and 241 ODI wickets, his average in both forms is the fourth-best for any Pakistani bowler who has taken more than 150 wickets. But his Test strike rate of 45.7 is second only to Waqar Younis’s 43.4. In this town, he has the unflinching loyalty of both the young and the old. Eleven-yearold Hamza, an aspiring fast bowler, is sure of Pakistan winning the World Cup only because they have Akhtar on their side.advertisementA pall of gloom hangs over his home where uncle Mohammad Bashir, a retired Army officer, smells a conspiracy against his nephew. “He is not even married. He could have easily served Pakistan for another five years. I do not think he can make such a stupid decision unless, of course, he was forced to do it,” Bashir told INDIA TODAY. Standing nearby is Mohammad Tahir, who coached Akhtar for five years when he started playing cricket at the national level. He also believes that some hidden forces are coercing Akhtar to retire from international cricket. “See his fitness levels, he is fit. So please do not push him out of the side,” says Tahir who blames the “mafia” in the Pakistan Cricket Board for destroying Akhtar’s life. Raja Mohammad Ali and Raja Majid Hussein, who have played club cricket with Akhtar for years, were surprised to hear about Akhtar’s retirement from international cricket. “Akhtar wished to serve Pakistan cricket for three more years even after the World Cup. We talked a week before he left for Dhaka. What made him change his mind,” wonders Hussein.Peer Mohi-ud-Deen, imam of a mosque situated in the neighbourhood, joins the discussion. He also wants Akhtar to change his decision. “We want to see you in hot pursuit of wickets,” says the imam, a die-hard Akhtar fan. Thirty-six is no age to retire. “The Indian team is struggling with fitness. They have not sacked the whole team,” argues Mohi-ud-Deen. Now that’s a thought.last_img read more

DeMar DeRozan, LaMarcus Aldridge lead Spurs past Nuggets

first_img“I hate them, they’re awful,” Popovich said. “We have six of them this year; some teams have one or two.”Why such disdain?“I hate them. I just hate them. I can hate them for whatever reason. You do that in the playoffs, you don’t do that now,” he said.TROJAN MASTERDeRozan became the NBA’s leading scorer among players out of USC, moving past Gus Williams for the top spot. DeRozan has 14,112 career points in 10 seasons and Williams had 14,093 in 11 seasons with Golden State, Seattle, Washington and Atlanta. The others in the top five are Paul Westphal (12,809), Bill Sharman (12,653) and Cliff Robinson (10,823).“Really? Hell, yeah,” DeRozan said. “Aw man, I’m in there. Cool. I didn’t know that. Damn, OK. See if somebody beats that record.”UP NEXTThe teams meet again Friday night in Denver. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Bryn Forbes added 15 points for the resurgent Spurs (19-16), who have won eight of 10 to move within two percentage points of first-place Houston in the Southwest Division.“It just shows you that we can go out there and compete with the best and why we should look at ourselves as one of the best teams in this league as well,” DeRozan said. “Because when we go up against the best, we perform and come out like we did tonight. It’s definitely a confidence builder for all of us to understand we can do this.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefThe Nuggets (21-11) lost their second consecutive game and fell just behind Golden State for the best record in the Western Conference. Denver, which leads the Northwest Division by a half-game over Oklahoma City, is 13-3 at home but 8-8 on the road.The Nuggets were without injured starters Gary Harris, Will Barton and Paul Millsap but still had an 80-79 lead with 10 minutes remaining before they were outscored 23-4. SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? BREAKING: Corrections officer shot dead in front of Bilibid LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion MOST READ Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue View comments The Spurs went on a 15-0 run after falling behind 80-79 and won for the eighth time in 10 home games.“We showed that we can play great team defense with a lot of effort, playing together, especially in that second half,” said center Jakob Poeltl, who had six points and 11 rebounds.Spurs guard Derrick White blocked Jamal Murray’s layup attempt on a fast break, which led to a driving dunk by White for a 91-80 lead with 7:28 remaining.Murray was held to nine points and fellow backcourt starter Torrey Craig had 10.The Spurs, who led by as many as 18, were ahead at the end of every quarter despite a drought in the second period. Denver held San Antonio scoreless for 2:42 beginning midway through the second, but the Spurs closed the half on a 10-3 run to claim a 55-53 lead.TIP-INSNuggets: Barton (right hip), Millsap (broken right toe), Harris (right hip), Isaiah Thomas (right hip surgery), Michael Porter Jr. (lower back surgery) and Jarred Vanderbilt (right foot surgery) all missed the game due to injury. … The team’s previous win in San Antonio came on March 4, 2012. Denver is 19-74 in San Antonio, but holds a winning record over the Spurs at home (48-43).Spurs: Rookie guard Lonnie Walker IV was active for the first time this season after injuring his right knee during the preseason, but did not play. Walker missed the first 20 games and spent the past 14 assigned to the team’s G League affiliate. … Aldridge failed to hit the rim on his only 3-point attempt. … DeRozan rolled his ankle late in the first half but quickly got up and remained in the game following a timeout.JUST BECAUSEPopovich is not a fan of playing the same opponent in back-to-back games, as the Spurs will do in facing the Nuggets again Friday in Denver. San Antonio Spurs’ DeMar DeRozan (10) drives around Denver Nuggets’ Torrey Craig during the second half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2018, in San Antonio. San Antonio won 111-103. (AP Photo/Darren Abate)SAN ANTONIO — The San Antonio Spurs got a big win and an even bigger boost in confidence.DeMar DeRozan had 30 points, LaMarcus Aldridge scored 27 and San Antonio defeated the Denver Nuggets 111-103 on Wednesday night.ADVERTISEMENT Luka Doncic helps Mavs top Pelicans to end 6-game skid “They’re a hell of a team,” Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said. “Really well-coached, really active, really execute well. So, it’s a fine win for us. We feel really good about it, but realize we’ve still got a long way to go.”Juancho Hernangomez tied a career high with 27 points and grabbed 13 rebounds for Denver. Malik Beasley added 22 points and Monte Morris had 15, both off the bench, for the Nuggets. Denver center Nikola Jokic was held to four points on 1-for-5 shooting in 31 minutes.“They played really good defense on Joker,” Hernangomez said. “They tried to keep him out of the game. They doubled every time, so I was open most of the time. I’ve been struggling. … I’m happy right now to make some shots.”The Nuggets entered shooting 46 percent from the field this season but were limited to 39 percent by the Spurs. San Antonio also blocked four shots, all in the second half.“It was us turning the ball over, careless passing, missing a lot of open shots,” Denver coach Michael Malone said. “You also have to give them credit. They’ve been playing at a high level on both ends of the floor.”ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

ONE: Edward Kelly out to prove he can beat Christian Lee the conventional way

first_imgGregg Popovich ties Pat Riley for road wins as Spurs beat Wolves PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss The 34-year-old Kelly is eager to prove he can beat Lee the conventional way in their rematch on Saturday in ONE: Eternal Glory here.“A win is a win but it’s like our fight didn’t have the right closure so I’m willing to show that I really won,” Kelly told reporters in Filipino Friday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsKelly also said he likes that Lee is the favorite to win so that him winning would make the victory much sweeter.“I like it more when I’m the underdog. It makes a victory more satisfying.” Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Edward Kelly. Photo by Mark Giongco/INQUIRER.netJAKARTA, Indonesia—Filipino featherweight Edward Kelly knows his win over Christian Lee four months ago has an asterisk beside it.Kelly was awarded a victory after Lee was disqualified due to an illegal suplex in the opening round of their first fight.ADVERTISEMENT Kelly has split his last four fights but he believes a definitive win over Lee, who is being groomed for a title rematch against featherweight champion Martin Nguyen, would be a big step towards a title shot.“If I’m not mistaken, Nguyen will be watching our fight live and if I win over Lee, I guess I will only need to win one to two more fights to get a crack at Nguyen.”Four of Kelly’s teammates at Team Lakay have world titles wrapped around their waists and he can’t wait to have his own.“They’ve been pressuring me, telling me, ‘The featherweight title is the only thing missing,’” Kelly said with a smile.“But I take that as an inspiration. I’m really well-motivated to show them. I want to prove to myself that I can do it and I hope to start showing it on Saturday.”ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviñocenter_img LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño MOST READ Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting View commentslast_img read more


first_imgIn World Team of the Year category, the Mercedes AMG In World Team of the Year category, the Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One Team has been nominated for the second straight year along with Rugby world champions the All Blacks, Champions League winners FC Barcelona, NBA champions Golden State Warriors, the British Davis Cup team and the US womens football team, which won its third World Cup. The Breakthrough of the Year category has British boxer Tyson Fury and golfer Jason Day among the nominees. The Laureus World Comeback of the Year nominations features among others, American swimming sensation Michael Phelps. The most decorated Olympian with 22 medals, including 18 gold, had retired in 2012. The 30-year-old came back to swimming last year in the US National Championships, where he won gold medals in the 100 metres butterfly, 200 metres butterfly and 200 metres individual medley, clocking the fastest time of the year in all the three events. Also there among the nominees is Kenyan middle-distance runner David Rudisha, who returned from three years of injuries and poor results to win his second 800m World Championship gold medal. Nominations for the Laureus World Sportsperson of the Year with a Disability include two former winners — Brazilian swimmer Daniel Dias, who won in 2009 and 2013, and Frances Marie Bochet, the 2014 winner, who had her second clean sweep of all five events at Paralympic World Skiing Championships. Nominees for the 2016 Laureus World Sports Awards: Laureus World Sportsman of the Year Award: Usain Bolt (Jamaica, Athletics), Stephen Curry (US, Basketball), Novak Djokovic (Serbia, Tennis), Lewis Hamilton (UK, Motor Racing), Lionel Messi (Argentina, Football), Jordan Spieth (US, Golf). Laureus World Sportswoman of the Year Award: Genzebe Dibaba (Ethiopia, Athletics), Anna Fenninger (Austria, Skiing), Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce (Jamaica, Athletics), Katie Ledecky (US, Swimming), Carli Lloyd (US, Football), Serena Williams (US, Tennis). Laureus World Team of the Year Award: All Blacks (New Zealand, Rugby), FC Barcelona (Spain, Football), Golden State Warriors (US, Basketball), Great Britain Davis Cup team (Tennis), Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One team (Germany), US Womens football team. Laureus World Breakthrough of the Year Award: Chile Mens Football team, Jason Day (Australia, Golf), Tyson Fury (UK, Boxing), Adam Peaty (UK, Swimming), Jordan Spieth (US, Golf), Max Verstappen (Netherlands, Motor Racing). Laureus World Comeback of the Year Award: Dan Carter (New Zealand, Rugby), Jessica Ennis-Hill (UK, Athletics), Mick Fanning (Australia, Surfing), Michael Phelps (US, Swimmer), David Rudisha (Kenya, Athletics), Lindsey Vonn (US, Skiing). PTI PM CM CMadvertisementlast_img read more

This Indian is the first to become VP of the International Shooting Sports Federation

first_imgRaninder Singh, son of current Chief Minister of Punjab Amarinder Singh, has become the first Indian to be elected one of the four vice-presidents of the International Shooting Sports Federation.#ISSF General Assembly elected the four ISSF Vice-Presidents: Mr. Kevin Kilty of Ireland (162 votes), Raninder Sigh of India (161 ), Robert Mitchell of USA (153), and Wang Yifu of the People’s Republic of China, who was re-elected with 146 votes. Day-1 of the GA is closed.ISSF (@ISSF_Shooting) November 30, 2018An international level trap shooter, Singh also serving as the president of the National Rifle Association of India (NRAI) since December 2009.Last year, Raninder was re-elected president of the NRAI for a four-year term with an overwhelming mandate in Mohali.Here’s a brief look at his political journeyHe started his career as a politician in late 1990s while assisting the campaigns of his father and mother Preneet Kaur, an Indian National Congress MP from the Patiala Lok Sabha constituency.In 2005, he became the General Secretary of the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee(PCC) and was made in-charge of the Bathinda district.In 2014, Raninder got 22 out of 25 votes in the General Assembly meeting at Munich, becoming the first from the country to be elected as a member of the global body representing the sport of shooting.International Shooting Sport FederationThe former trap shooter bagged 161 votes to occupy the coveted post, while Kevin Kilty of Ireland received 162 votes, USA’s Robert Mitchell got 153 votes and Republic of China’s Wang Yifu was re-elected with 146 votes in Munich.advertisementHe was appointed as the President of the National Rifle Association of India (NRAI) in December 2009.On Friday, the NRAI president was awarded the ISSF diploma of honour gold medal at the general assembly.He was presented with the diploma and medal by the outgoing longest-serving president of the ISSF, Olegario Vazquez Rana, who was at the helm for 38 years.With 161 votes out of 290, Mr. Alexander Ratner was elected as the new ISSF Secretary General, beating two other candidates: Ms. Melis Giraud of Turkey (85 votes) and Mr. Javaid S. Lhodi of Pakistan (36 votes). Two other candidates, Mr. György Nagy of Hungary and Mr. Hamed Safeeldin of Sudan, withdrew. Ratner takes the seat held by Germany’s Franz Schreiber since 2010. Schreiber did not seek re-election, as he retired today after his report to the General Assembly.Also read: Sports in India: Country’s 10 breakthrough achievements in 2015Interested in General Knowledge and Current Affairs? Click here to stay informed and know what is happening around the world with our G.K. and Current Affairs section.To get more updates on Current Affairs, send in your query by mail to education.intoday@gmail.comlast_img read more

After another IPL snub, Cheteshwar Pujara hits maiden T20 hundred

first_imgIndia batsman Cheteshwar Pujara slammed his first T20 century on Thursday during Saurashtra’s Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy opener against Railways at the Holkar Stadium in Indore.Pujara also became the first Saurashtra batsman to reach the three-figure mark in the shortest format of the game when he scored a 61-ball unbeaten 100. Pujara’s dominant knock had 14 boundaries and a six.Pujara also became only the fourth Indian batsman after Virender Sehwag, Rohit Sharma, and Mayank Agarwal to score a triple century in first-class cricket, 150-plus score in List A and a T20 century.Pujara opened the batting for Saurashtra along with wicketkeeper-batsman Harvik Desai and the duo stitched an 85-run stand for the 1st wicket. Pujara then joined hands with Robin Uthappa and kept punishing the bad balls.Pujara showcased he is among the finest to adapt to different conditions when he played an aggressive knock against Railways months after grinding down Australia pacers during India’s historic 2-1 Test series win Down Under.Nonetheless, Pujara’s landmark knock went in vain despite Saurashtra posting 188 for 3 in 20 overs. Railways came up with an all-round batting effort to gun down the total with five wickets and two balls to spare. Mrunal Devdhar (49 from 20 balls) and Pratham Singh (40 from 30 balls) gave Railways a flying start and the likes of Ashish Yadav (24 from 16) and Harsh Tyagi (16 from 7) helped the team cross the finish line in Indore.Pujara was snubbed by Indian Premier League franchises for the fifth straight year but the India batsman is making a mark in the shortest format of the game as well. Dubbed as a Test speciallist, Pujara hasn’t been able to enjoy the glitz and glamour that surrounds the IPL and, as expected, found no takers in December’s auction in Jaipur.advertisementNever though there would be a day when Cheteshwar Pujara’s century would be faster than Jason Roy’s. #SyedMushtaqAliTrophy #WIvENG Akhil Nair (@akhiln) February 21, 2019Cheteshwar Pujara has smashed a 61-ball hundred in Syed Mushtaq Ali domestic T20 tournament. The chap can grind down the bowlers in Tests and take them to the cleaners in limited-overs. Btw, his List A average is over 50. Pity he didn’t get to play many ODIs & establish himself Navneet Mundhra (@navneet_mundhra) February 21, 2019Pujara had made himself available at the auction for a base price of Rs 50 lakh but none of the franchises made a bid for him. Pujara last played IPL in 2014. He has scored 390 runs at a strike rate of 99.74 in 30 matches over five seasons he spent in the cash-rich league.Pujara, who has a List A average in excess of 50, had often stressed he can still play white-ball cricket for India. “And I personally have no doubt about it that I can play white ball cricket and it is something where I can get a little more exposure, if I get more opportunity then things will change,” Pujara had told CricketNext after his heroics in Australia.Also Read | Sunil Gavaskar to Imran Khan: You are my friend. Where is Naya Pakistan?Also Read | 400000 ticket applicants for India vs Pakistan, claims World Cup Tournament DirectorAlso Read | BCCI removes Pakistan cricket related memorabilia from its headquartersAlso See:last_img read more

Cannes 2019: the top 10 must-see films

first_imgShare on Messenger An Easy GirlDir Rebecca ZlotowskiZlotowski directed the cult classic Grand Central, a romance set in a nuclear power station. Now she is at Cannes with a love story set on the French Riviera.FrankieDir Ira SachsIt wouldn’t be le festival without Isabelle Huppert, and she stars in Ira Sachs’s film about a family on holiday in Portugal. The cast includes Brendan Gleeson, Marisa Tomei and Greg Kinnear. Share on Facebook Thank you for your feedback. Show Share via Email When and where is it?The festival takes place in the French resort town of Cannes in the late spring, normally in mid-May – this year it’s 14-25 May. Flower power … Emily Beecham in Little Joe Facebook Pinterest Quick guide Cannes 2019 What about all the paparazzi?Cannes isn’t just about the art of film. Every night sees a large-scale premiere with a walk up the famous red-carpeted steps outside the giant Lumière cinema. (That’s why the festival likes selecting films with big-name Hollywood actors.) Cannes also finds lots of excuses to bring in major stars: for example, 1982’s Rambo: First Blood is getting a screening, meaning Sylvester Stallone will pitch up on the Riviera. Share on Pinterest Reuse this content Was this helpful? Facebook Festivals Twitter Cannes 2019 France Facebook … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many new organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Share on LinkedIn Watch a trailer for Frankie on YouTube Since you’re here… Pinterest Jim Jarmusch Topics Pinterest Twitter Zombified … Iggy Pop in The Dead Don’t Die. Photograph: Frederick Elmes/AP Sorry We Missed YouDir Ken LoachThe director’s last film, I, Daniel Blake, won him a second Palme d’Or and electrified the UK debate on austerity. Now he returns with longtime screenwriter Paul Laverty with a tale of a hard-pressed delivery driver.The Swallows of KabulDirs Zabou Breitman and Eléa Gobé MévellecBased on the novel by Yasmina Khadra, this animation is about Taliban-dominated Kabul in the late 90s – and the young love that struggles to survive there. news Twitter Ken Loach The Dead Don’t DieDir Jim JarmuschThe Cannes regular offers the festival a bit of unwholesome confectionery with this opening gala: a zombie comedy-nightmare starring Tilda Swinton, Bill Murray and Adam Driver, and with an appearance by Iggy Pop. What are the big films?Twenty-one films have been selected to compete for the Palme d’Or, including Once Upon a Time in Hollywood by Quentin Tarantino, A Hidden Life by Terrence Malick, and Ken Loach’s Sorry We Missed You. There are also a number of special screenings, including Asif Kapadia’s Diego Maradona documentary, Elton John biopic Rocketman, and Gael García Bernal’s directorial debut Chicuarotes. There are two parallel festivals, the Directors’ Fortnight and Critics’ Week, each with their own line-up.  Cannes film festival Share on Twitter Quentin Tarantino Sick, Sick, SickDir Alice FurtadoA much-anticipated debut from rising star Alice Furtado, a young Brazilian director who has created a complex and painful high-school love affair, starring Nahuel Pérez Biscayart (from 120 Beats Per Minute).Diego MaradonaDir Asif KapadiaThe hand of God descends with this documentary from Asif Kapadia about the troubled football genius. Emir Kusturica has already done a film about him; Kapadia’s portrait promises a treasure trove of new material. Hide Share on WhatsApp Once Upon a Time in HollywoodDir Quentin TarantinoTarantino’s new black comedy-drama stars Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt as a fading TV star and his veteran stunt double in late 1960s Hollywood, as Los Angeles is traumatised by the Manson family murders.Portrait of a Lady on FireDir Céline SciammaNoémie Merlant stars as a young painter who has been commissioned to create a portrait of a young woman (Adèle Haenel) without her knowledge – a project of artistic surveillance and reportage.Little JoeDir Jessica HausnerEmily Beecham and Ben Whishaw star in Hausner’s eerie futurist parable about a plant breeder who develops a flower nicknamed Little Joe that can induce happiness in those who nurture it. Support The Guardianlast_img read more

DCT Gdansk Starts Work on Second Berth

first_imgzoom Construction of the second berth at the Polish Port of Gdansk’s Deepwater Container Terminal (DCT) was officially kicked off on Friday, May 15.The new terminal berth will be ready for operations in the third quarter of 2016. It will be equipped with 5 STS cranes, delivered by Liebherr Container Cranes Ltd., 16 RTG cranes and additional yard equipment. The new 650m long berth will increase the DCT’s annual handling capacity by up to 3 million TEUs in the first stage of the construction.”DCT, with two deep-water terminals, capable of handling 3 million TEU annually, is a trigger for the external trade development not only in Poland but also in the whole region of Central Eastern Europe. This reflects the growing potential of Polish importers and exporters, who are more competitive now, when they benefit from direct vessel calls from the Far East to the Baltic,” said Janusz Piechocinski, Deputy Prime Minister of Poland.Back in October 2014, DCT Gdansk chose the Belgian N.V. BESIX to be the general contractor and the designer of the new facility. By early November 2014, DCT Gdansk finalized the financing process for the construction of the 650m deepwater berth with a group of commercial and development banks which provided EUR 290 million (USD 332m) for the project.DCT Gdansk became operational on June 1, 2007 with the arrival of the first commercial container ship. Phase one of the terminal construction was completed in October 2007. In 2014 the terminal handled 1,188,380 TEUs.last_img read more

Two end lives in separate incidents

first_imgGhaziabad: In two separate incidents of suicide, a 35-year old man allegedly committed suicide by shooting himself in front of his wife at his house in Indirapuram area on Monday night while in another incident a 24-year-old man committed suicide on Tuesday morning by jumping off the 10th-floor of a highrise at Vijaya Apartment in Ahinsa Khand-2, Indirapuram. In first incident, deceased Vikas Tiwari, a software engineer with a private company in Noida, shot himself with an illegal pistol when he came home from his office around 8 pm on Monday. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderSandeep Kumar Singh, SHO of Indirapuram police station said that deceased’s wife was cooking when Vikas arrived home from his office. He called his wife into the bedroom and when his wife entered, he shot himself. “Immediately, he was taken to the hospital for treatment but he succumbed to injuries,” Singh said. “Preliminary investigations into the case revealed that he had a loan on himself and in order to settle the loan he wanted to sell the house but his wife was not ready. He was under mental depression due to this and decided to end his life,” added Singh. In another incident, a youth identified as Sachin Singh (24) died after he jumped off from his uncle house at 10th floor in Vijaya Apartment in Indirapuram area.last_img read more

AP FACT CHECK Trump overstates economy claims

first_imgWASHINGTON – President Donald Trump is prematurely claiming he proved naysayers wrong in boosting U.S. economic growth.Speaking at events Thursday in Iowa and Illinois, Trump claimed victory in advance of Friday’s government release of quarterly gross domestic product data, saying “nobody thought we were going to be this great” and that when he became president, “those numbers were bad.”In fact, the skepticism from economists has centred more on whether strong GDP growth would be sustainable after a few quarters. That question has yet to be answered; it’s not unusual for the economy to surge forward temporarily.Trump also falsely repeated a claim that the U.S. economy is the best “we’ve ever had” and incorrectly asserted that Canada’s trade market is “totally closed.”A look at the claims:TRUMP: “We’re having the best economy we’ve ever had in the history of our country.” — remarks in Granite City, Illinois.THE FACTS: Even allowing for some Trumpian exaggeration, this overstates things.The unemployment rate is near a 40-year low and growth is solid, but by many measures the current economy trails other periods in U.S. history. Average hourly pay, before adjusting for inflation, is rising at about a 2.5 per cent annual rate, below the 4 per cent level reached in the late 1990s when the unemployment rate was as low as it is now.Pay was growing even faster in the late 1960s, when the jobless rate remained below 4 per cent for nearly four years. And economic growth topped 4 per cent for three full years from 1998 through 2000, an annual rate it hasn’t touched since.___TRUMP, on GDP figures: “On Friday, numbers come out and I don’t know what they are, but there are predictions from 3.8 to 5.3. … Nobody thought we were going to be this great. … When I took over those numbers were bad, and they were heading in the wrong direction, because of regulation. Really the taxes were too high … jobs were, forget it.” — remarks at workforce event in Peosta, Iowa.THE FACTS: Economists do expect a strong number for growth in the April-June quarter, but it is likely to be a temporary bounce. And the U.S. economy wasn’t doing nearly as bad before Trump took office as he suggests.Few economists doubted that growth could accelerate after the Trump administration’s tax cuts were passed last year, and Congress approved a big increase in government spending earlier this year.But the skepticism Trump describes centres on whether the second quarter’s outsize growth can be sustained. The economy faces two significant structural drags: an aging population, which means fewer people are working and more are retired, and weak productivity growth, which means that those who are working aren’t increasing their output as quickly as in the past.Trump’s tax cuts can stimulate faster growth by putting more money in people’s pockets, but most economists expect the effect will be temporary, as those two trends act like gravity and pull the economy’s longer-term growth lower.When the Commerce Department releases the growth figures for the April-June quarter Friday morning, economists forecast they will show the economy expanded at a 4.1 per cent annual rate, according to data provider FactSet. Some analysts have said the figure could reach as high as 5 per cent.Americans have ramped up their spending after cutting back in the first three months of the year, encouraged by tax cuts that have left more money in their pockets. Yet the tax cuts provide a one-time lift to take-home pay and will likely have less impact next year, analysts say.A large, temporary surge in agricultural exports, specifically soybeans, should also juice growth in the second quarter. Exports of U.S. soybeans soared as companies sought to ship them to China before that country slapped tariffs on them in retaliation for U.S. tariffs on Chinese goods. Daniel Silver, an economist at JPMorgan Chase, forecast that soybean exports alone likely boosted GDP by 0.5 percentage point in the second quarter.Many economists forecast growth will drop back to roughly 2.5 per cent to 3 per cent in the third quarter.For the year, the economy is likely to expand at a 3 per cent pace or more for the first time since 2005. But most economists forecast it will fall back below 3 per cent soon afterward.It’s not unusual for the economy to surge forward temporarily. Growth reached 5.2 per cent in the third quarter of 2014, before falling back to 2 per cent in the next quarter.Growth also wasn’t as bad when he took office as Trump claims. The economy expanded 2.9 per cent in 2015, though it slowed the following year. Businesses added 2.3 million jobs in 2016, before Trump took office, more than the 2.2 million gained in 2017.___TRUMP: “The Canadians you have a totally closed market … they have a 375 per cent tax on dairy products, other than that it’s wonderful to deal. And we have a very big deficit with Canada, a trade deficit.” — remarks in Peosta, Iowa.THE FACTS: No, it’s not totally closed. Because of the North American Free Trade Agreement, Canada’s market is almost totally open to the United States. Each country has a few products that are still largely protected, such as dairy in Canada and sugar in the United States.Trump also repeated his claim that the U.S. has a trade deficit with Canada, but that is true only in goods. When services are included, such as insurance, tourism, and engineering, the U.S. had a $2.8 billion surplus with Canada last year.___Associated Press writers Jill Colvin in Peosta, Iowa, and Granite City, Ill., and Hope Yen, Darlene Superville and Ken Thomas in Washington contributed to this report.___Find AP Fact Checks at @APFactCheck on Twitter:’S NOTE _ A look at the veracity of claims by political figureslast_img read more

MoroccanJewish Director Sheds Light on Popular Moroccan Singer Botbol

Rabat – Moroccan comedians Hassan El Fad and Gad El Maleh will soon be seen on screen in a new film entitled “The Midnight Orchestra” directed by Jérôme Cohen-Oliva.The movie will shed light on the Moroccan-Jewish artist Botbol, who was one of the icons of Moroccan popular music decades ago.French-Moroccan humorist Gad El Maleh plays the role of Micheal Botbol, who was in France and returned to Morocco in order to revive his father’s orchestra. Marcel Botbol,Michael’s father, was a prominent Moroccan-Jewish singer. The father ordered his son to adopt the orchestra at his behest and perform at his funeral ceremony.The film was shot in Paris and Tangier. It reflects the Jewish customs and rituals, which display coexistence between Jews and Moroccans, their tenacity to live in Morocco and the reasons for leaving.The movie reveals the passion of the French-Moroccan screenwriter and director Jérôme Cohen-Oliva for Jewish music, which also pays tribute to Botbol’s musicianship.Jérôme Cohen-Oliva is well-known for his fictional film entitled “Kandisha,” inspired by the fairytale of the mythological figure Aicha Kandisha.It is the first cinematic work that includes Hassan El Fad Gad El Maleh, who ranked 10th most searched personality on Yahoo in 2014. read more

TSX rises in choppy trade as investors eye Ukraine conflict Bank of

TORONTO — Gold stocks helped push the Toronto stock market slightly higher Wednesday as investors continued to monitor the standoff between Russia and Ukraine.They also digested disappointing U.S. private sector employment data two days before the release of the government’s jobs report for February.The S&P/TSX composite index rose 11.48 points to 14,301.34.The Canadian currency was ahead 0.49 of a cent to 90.58 cents US amid general U.S. dollar weakness as the Bank of Canada announced it was leaving its key rate unchanged at 1%. The bank also made no changes to its neutral bias stance, meaning it believes the next policy move could equally be either a hike in rates or a cut.Also, Quebec premier Pauline Marois confirmed that Quebecers will vote in a general election, which is expected to be held on April 7.U.S. indexes were largely tepid as payroll firm ADP reported the private sector created 139,000 jobs during the month, short of the 160,000 that was expected. Economists looked for Friday’s report to show that overall, about 150,000 jobs were created last month.The Dow Jones industrials dipped 17.84 points to 16,378.04, the Nasdaq was 2.47 points higher to 4,354.44 while the S&P 500 index added 0.74 of a point to 1,874.65.It’s been a volatile week on markets, which started the week off with losses after Russian troops invaded Ukraine’s Crimean peninsula over the weekend. Russia has key military installations there and many people are Russian speaking.But markets calmed down Tuesday after Russian president Vladimir Putin ordered Russian troops participating in military exercises near Ukraine’s border to return to their bases. He also said he hopes that Russia, which does not recognize the new Ukrainian leadership, won’t need to use force in eastern Ukraine.On Wednesday, the European Union announced it is proposing to provide Ukraine an 11 billion euro aid package in loans and grants over the coming years.In earnings news, media company Torstar Corp. had $20.6 million or 26 cents a share of quarterly net income, little changed from $21.1 million a year earlier. Revenue from Torstar’s newspaper and book divisions was $366.5 million, down seven% from $395.7 million a year earlier, although the media divisions revenue was up from the third quarter and its shares jumped 41 cents or 8.13% to $5.45.Laurentian Bank of Canada had $35.5 million of net income in its fiscal first quarter, up eight% from a year earlier. Adjusted earnings were $39.3 million or $1.29 per share compared with $39.1 million or $1.30 per share last year and its shares slipped 15 cents to $46.35.The gold sector led gainers, up 0.55% while April bullion edged up 50 cents to US$1,338.40 an ounce.The base metals sector was ahead 0.4% with May copper unchanged at $3.22 a pound.The tech sector led decliners, down 0.8%.The energy sector lost 0.2% while April crude in New York declined 49 cents to US$102.84 a barrel. read more

Thesis defences — Sept 9 to 13

The following is a list of thesis defences taking place at Brock from Monday, Sept. 9 to Friday, Sept. 13.All are open for the University community to attend.Master of Science thesis defencesJustin Mark Bridgeman, a Master of Science candidate in the Department of Biological Sciences, will defend his thesis titled “Behavioural Thermoregulation and Escape Behaviour: Investigating the Impact of Climate Change on Round Gobies” on Monday, Sept. 9 at 9 a.m. in Cairns 207.His examination committee includes Cheryl McCormick, Chair; Glenn Tattersall, Supervisor; Dennis M. Higgs, External Examiner (University of Windsor); and Patricia A. Wright (University of Guelph), Gaynor Spencer and Liette Vasseur, Committee Members.—Patrick Zaprzala, a Master of Science candidate in the Department of Biological Sciences, will defend his thesis titled “Role of Exopolysaccharide in Pantoea agglomerans Interactions with Bacteriophages” on Wednesday, Sept. 11 at 11 a.m. in MC H313.His examination committee includes Cheryl McCormick, Chair; Alan Castle, Supervisor; Hany Anany, External Examiner (Guelph Research and Development Centre, AAFC); and Antonet Svircev and Aleksandar Necakov, Committee Members. read more

Celebration of Lives for Robertson family to be held at Brock Friday

The families of Joe and Anita Robertson knew they were dedicated members of the community, but it’s only now they’re beginning to realize just how much of an impact they had on the region.The Niagara community was shocked and devastated this week to learn of the deaths of Joe and Anita, along with their 24-year-old daughter Laura. They were the sole occupants of a plane that crashed in Greenville, Maine on Monday, July 30.The Robertson family had a deep connection to Brock University. Joe spent a decade on the Board of Trustees and served as Chair from 2012-14. Anita was a dedicated volunteer and Laura had recently been hired to work in the athletics and recreation department.“It’s very heartwarming to see the response from the community following this tragedy,” Joe’s brother Andy Robertson said Friday. “We have been surprised to learn they touched so many in the community, and it’s clear that Brock was an important part of that community commitment. As a family, we are incredibly proud of our little brother, his teenage sweetheart and the lives they made together with their three beautiful kids.”Joe and Anita’s surviving children, Taylor and Clark, along with their extended family, are inviting the Niagara community to join them for a public Celebration of Lives service to be held at Brock on Friday, Aug. 10.The family will receive friends from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. inside the Ian Beddis Gymnasium. A service will follow in the same location at 2:30 p.m. Overflow space will be provided in Sean O’Sullivan Theatre with a video feed from the auditorium.In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the St. Catharines and District United Way, War Child, or a favourite charity of choice. Memories, photos and condolences may be shared at morganfuneral.comMore information on parking and transit changes planned for Friday can be found here. read more

Blatters Reign At FIFA Hasnt Helped Soccers Poor

It might seem hard to defend Sepp Blatter, the FIFA president who announced his resignation last week in the wake of a global soccer corruption investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice.But a few brave souls have tried. Branko Milanović, a developmental economist at the City University of New York Graduate Center, wrote that while FIFA’s corruption may be regrettable, the decentralization of power under Blatter has at least contributed to the “spread of the game to the rest of the world” beyond the traditional European and South American soccer powers.FIFA’s governing structure and its corruption are clearly related. Through its “one country, one vote” principle and its policy of allocating development funds fairly evenly across countries — Comoros and Brunei get about as much money from it as China and Brazil — Blatter can command the loyalty of a majority of FIFA’s members even if they represent a minority of the world’s population, soccer audience and soccer revenue stream.But here’s the problem. Despite FIFA’s having earmarked more than $2 billion in soccer development funds under Blatter, there’s no evidence that the soccer playing field has become more level — at least not when measured by success on the pitch. In international play, the European and South American countries are as dominant as ever, while Africa has made little progress and Asia has perhaps regressed. Nor is there any evidence that poorer countries have become more competitive in soccer relative to wealthier ones. If anything, the disparity has grown since Blatter became president in 1998.The rest of this analysis will be pretty simple. We’ll compare the Elo rating for each country’s men’s1What about women’s soccer? It’s even more dominated by developed countries like the United States, Germany, Japan and Norway. Those four countries account for all four women’s World Cup winners, and all four winners of the Summer Olympics women’s tournament, during Blatter’s tenure. national team as it was on June 8, 1998 — the day Blatter took over as FIFA president, a few days before the 1998 World Cup — to what it is now.2More precisely, the figures represent each country’s Elo rating as of Tuesday, June 6, when I downloaded the data. (For more background on Elo ratings, see here. Higher ratings are better, and 1500 represents an average team. You can find all of the data we’re using in this article at GitHub.)First, we’ll look at performance by region, with countries divided according to the six continental confederations under FIFA.3The analysis excludes countries that didn’t have an Elo rating as of June 8, 1998. For each confederation, we’ve listed Elo ratings for the 10 largest countries in descending order of population, along with the confederation average,4The average includes countries not listed within the top 10. weighted by population.5Population figures are as of 2006, the midpoint of Blatter’s tenure. 60-79th+34 20-39th-34 GDP PER CAPITA PERCENTILEAVERAGE ELO CHANGE, POP. WEIGHTED 80-100th+15 40-59th+4 Nor have poorer nations improved their performance relative to wealthier ones. The next chart divides countries into quintiles based on their per capita GDP9I use the purchasing-power parity version of GDP as of 2006, the midpoint of Blatter’s tenure. and tracks how their Elo ratings have changed since 1998: Europe (UEFA) and South America (CONMEBOL) remain the dominant soccer continents. Although some individual countries in Europe (Germany, Turkey) have improved their national teams since 1998 and others have seen them decline slightly (Italy, Russia), the continent as a whole has seen little overall change under Blatter. UEFA’s average Elo rating, weighted by population, is 1793, almost identical to its 1797 rating when Blatter took over.South America, however, has improved considerably. Although Brazil’s Elo rating is not much changed from where it was in 1998, five of the 10 CONMEBOL countries (Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Venezuela and Uruguay) have improved their Elo rating by more than 100 points. This is interesting given that CONMEBOL is poorly represented under “one country, one vote,” representing 4.8 percent of FIFA members but 13.5 percent of the World Cup audience.But what about the rest of the world?The closest thing to a success story is the North American confederation, CONCACAF, which has improved its Elo rating by a population-weighted average of 61 points since 1998. Partly that reflects the continued development of the U.S. and Mexican national teams, since the United States and Mexico represent more than three-quarters of CONCACAF’s population, though other members of the confederation have improved on average too. Still, while that might be good news for North American soccer fans, it doesn’t help Blatter’s argument that he’s helped spread the wealth: CONCACAF has the highest per capita GDP among the six confederations.The poorest confederation, by contrast, is Africa (CAF), but it’s shown little improvement soccerwise. In the 2014 World Cup, its countries combined for three wins, three draws and 11 losses.6This tally includes the losses that Nigeria and Algeria had in the opening round of the knockout stage. The 2010 World Cup, held in South Africa, wasn’t much better, with only Ghana advancing to the knockout stage among the six African entrants. Overall, Africa’s combined Elo rating is 1483, no better (indeed, slightly worse) than it was 17 years ago.Asian (AFC) teams seemed to have nowhere to go but up in 1998, with a continental average Elo rating of just 1323 when Blatter took over. The expansion of the World Cup from 24 to 32 teams in 1998 doubled the number of Asian participants, and the continent was host to the World Cup for the first time (in Japan and South Korea) in 2002. Instead, however, Asian nations have mostly seen their performance decline. Of the 45 AFC members to field a national team in 1998, 28 have a lower Elo rating now. This includes the two most-populous countries in the world. China’s men’s team has stagnated, still having qualified for the World Cup only once in its history (2002), while its women’s team, once the major global rival to the United States and Germany, has regressed. India, meanwhile, hasn’t come close to qualifying for the World Cup for many years, a description that also holds for other poor but populous Asian countries such as Indonesia, Pakistan and Vietnam.Finally, in the Oceania confederation (OFC), New Zealand has improved its performance since 1998, while the other, poorer members of the confederation have declined on average. (Australia, which defected from the OFC to the AFC in 2006, is counted under Asia instead.)As a sanity check, I’ve also listed the World Cup record of teams from “the rest of the world” — that is, CONCACAF, AFC, CAF and OFC — in matches against Europe and South America.7The tallies include knockout-round games, and games that go to penalty shootouts are considered draws. In the five men’s World Cups contested under Blatter, the rest of the world had 25 wins, 42 draws and 98 losses against Europe and South America, accumulating 0.71 points per match.8Counting three points for a win and one for a draw. That’s slightly worse than the final three World Cups, 1986, 1990 and 1994, under Blatter’s predecessor João Havelange. And while progress was steadily upward under Havelange — points per match for the rest of the world increased in each World Cup from 1974 through 1994 — their best performance under Blatter, 2002, is now four World Cups behind us. 0-19th-8 There’s not much of a pattern. But if anything, the wealthier countries have gained ground on the poorer ones. The top two quintiles (the richest 40 percent of countries) have seen their Elo ratings improve by a population-weighted average of 24 points, while the bottom two (the poorest 40 percent) have seen them decline by 30 points. In particular, a number of high-population countries that rank somewhere between the 20th and 39th percentile in per capita income, like China, India, Indonesia and Nigeria, have failed to improve their soccer programs at all, at least judging by their results in international play.10Perhaps soccer is at least holding its ground against a rising tide of global inequality? Actually, income and wealth differences between nations have been declining, according to research conducted by Milanović and others, even as they’ve increased within many countries like the United States. The finding is sensitive to the calculation method, however.One last question. Have low-population countries gained ground relative to high-population ones? It’s not clear that this is a desirable outcome, but it might be what we’d expect given that under Blatter, FIFA has allocated developmental funds almost without regard to population. (A few million dollars should go much further in a country of 500,000 people than one of 50 million.) But there’s no evidence of this either. Countries with a population of less than 10 million people had an average Elo rating of 1280 in 1998; it’s virtually unchanged at 1283 now.Perhaps FIFA’s development funds are too small to make a difference. Or perhaps, given the corruption in the organization, a lot of the money earmarked for soccer development is being used to enrich local plutocrats at the expense of their countries’ soccer programs. read more

Scientists hail first successful treatment for children with autism

first_img Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Dr Catherine Aldred, Consultant Speech and Language Therapist, Stockport NHS Trust and University of Manchester, said: “This is about raising their interactions to a ‘super’ level.” High levels of folic acid have been linked to autism in some studiesCredit:Mary Altaffer The difficulties of communicating with children with severe autism were such that specialist skills were required, using training from therapists, she said.“They [children with autism] need more than ‘good enough’ they need exceptional,” she said, describing such methods as helping parents to “press just the right button at just the right time.”Independent experts said the results were impressive. “I can see why these researchers are excited,” said Prof Dorothy Bishop, Professor of Developmental Neuropsychology at Oxford University.“These results at follow-up are pretty consistent in showing benefit of this early intervention for autism across a range of measures.One of the most impressive findings was the improvement in repetitive behaviours among children involved in the treatment, she said.Prof Uta Frith, Emeritus Professor of Cognitive Development at UCL, said: “I don’t know of any long term follow-up study of early intervention in autism carried out with such rigorous controls. It is a remarkably positive story, because the intervention itself was neither intensive nor invasive.” Researchers involved in the study said the programme used in the Preschool Autism Communication Trial is rarely funded by the NHS.They said the new research provided “robust evidence” that it works and should be offered far more widely. Scientists say they have established the first successful treatment for autism, after training parents in how best to respond to the needs of children with the condition.The study, published in The Lancet, found “striking” and “remarkable” long-term changes after toddlers were enrolled in intensive communication programmes, which aimed to coax them out of their shell.Researchers called for the national rollout of the schemes, which were found to reduce overall severity of symptoms by 17 per cent.The study – the largest ever randomised controlled trial for treatment of autism – tracked 152 families for six years, starting when children were aged between two and four years old.Half of the families were enrolled in communication training, which records interaction between children and parents, replaying it in slow motion, while giving insights about how best to respond to each cue.Among those given the coaching, the percentage of children with severe symptoms fell from 55 per cent to 46 per cent over six years.The remainder of the group saw problems worsen, with the number suffering from severe symptoms rising from 50 to 63 per cent, by the end of the trial, when they were aged between 7 and 11. Folic Acid Researchers said the study by the University of Manchester, King’s College London and Newcastle University showed the first ever long-term effect of an early intervention for autism. Prof Green said: “We think this should be part of the core provision for children.”Dr Max Davie, from the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, said the findings were “hugely cheering” and ought to encourage more commissioners to invest in such services. Lead author Prof Jonathan Green, Professor of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, Division of Neuroscience and Experimental Psychology, University of Manchester described the results as “pretty remarkable”.“Our findings are encouraging, as they represent an improvement in the core symptoms of autism previously thought very resistant to change,” he said, with scores showing significant improvements in communication skills and reduced repetitive behaviour.Autism spectrum disorder is a developmental disorder that affects about 1 in 100 people.The majority of children in the new study suffered from severe autism, limiting their verbal interaction with parents. Coaching involved 12 therapy sessions for parents, who were given homework to spend 30 minutes a day in planned communication with children, following detailed guidance from experts who had observed them on video.Parents were taught to develop strategies to respond to children, after watching slowed-down videos of them playing with their children, which highlighted points of communication breakthrough.Prof Andrew Pickles, from  King’s College London’s Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, said the differences between the two groups at the end of the six years were “strikingly significant” – and had surprised those involved in the study.Researchers stressed that it was not about teaching parenting skills, but about helping parents to decode specific individual cues from children whose behaviour was difficult to interpret.last_img read more

Holocaust fatigue a risk at British schools because pupils are not taught

Schools must teach pupils more about Jewish history in order to avoid ‘Holocaust fatigue’, Cambridge historian and broadcaster, Simon Schama, has said.  Sir Simon, who is himself Jewish, said Jewish history currently taught in UK schools consisted mainly of the Holocaust, with little appreciation of their full ‘epic, extraordinary’ story. He said education was ‘absolutely essential’ to countering growing antisemitism on the left and the right in the country. Speaking exclusively to The Telegraph at the FT Weekend Oxford Literary Festival, Sir Simon, 74, who presented BBC Two’s Civilisations programme, also called for more money to be ploughed into teaching history as schools were too focused on addressing STEM-based subjects due to recent austerity cuts from the Government. Sir Simon, now a professor of history at Columbia University in the USA, said teaching also had to be adapted for the modern age without ‘dumbing down’ so children could actively learn using digital tools. He said: “The challenge is to do it in a way which the kids on the receiving end don’t get Holocaust fatigue, somehow to make a real creative effort without dumbing it down at all, to actually do it in the kind of zone of their understanding and the liveliness of their wiring and age, and even for better or worse, with Instagram or Twitter.  Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Sir Simon told The Telegraph Mr Gove had been willing to listen again following his criticism. But at the literary festival, he still said resources for teachers were lacking.He said: “The teachers are heroic, they do what they can. “There is just not enough time to teach history but history isn’t just a stroll down memory lane, you cannot do it actually without seeing what has happened to lead you to this point.“I also think you need more classroom time in state schools especially – private/independent schools manage to do this – but state schools are at a terrible pressure and some headteachers complain to me ‘well we just don’t have the resources and therefore we have to have the gym teacher do history’ – they would never say that if the gym teacher was doing maths or something like that. “So there has to be more money and more time and more resources set aside for specialist training of history teachers to be thought of something active – it is not an add on part of costume decoration, it is essential to functioning now and in the future.” Sir Simon famously criticised Michael Gove MP back in 2013, when he was education secretary, over proposed changes to the history curriculum in schoolsCredit:NIKLAS HALLE’N “But one also wants education about what happened to the Armenians and what happened in Rwanda.”Sir Simon said ‘a really bitter kind of exterminating antisemitism’ went back hundreds, if not thousands of years before the Second World War and it was time students knew about this, including the Dreyfus case in France at the turn of the twentieth century, which was mired in anti-Jewish sentiment.  He said: “This horrible prejudice which goes from words to actual killing goes back so long and is so deep rooted, like slavery and prejudice against blacks and people of different skin colour, that education is very important.” However, he ruled out supporting a so called ‘Jewish history month’, similar to Black history month, claiming it risked ‘ghettoising’ the learning of history. He said: “I’m very torn about it. “I want people to be engaged in women’s history and black history but if you just stick it in a month it does ghettoise it, it says you can then forget it for the rest of the year …so I’m sort of against monthly-fication – I want it to happen all of the time.”Sir Simon famously criticised Michael Gove MP back in 2013, when he was education secretary, over proposed changes to the history curriculum in schools. He initially acted as an adviser to Gove but when he saw the finished product he branded it ‘offensive and insulting’ and Gove was forced to backtrack amid claims the curriculum had become too narrow. “You think the horror of the Holocaust is so self-evident  but it isn’t really self-evident – and it is when one knows everything there is to know about Auschwitz  that it’s easy to forget a million Jews were shot before anyone had dreamed up the gas chambers – the so called ‘Holocaust of the bullets’.  Sir Simon famously criticised Michael Gove MP back in 2013, when he was education secretary, over proposed changes to the history curriculum in schools read more

Amanda Knox convicted of Meredith Kercher murder at retrial

first_imgAN ITALIAN COURT has convicted American Amanda Knox and her Italian former boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito for a second time for the murder of a British student in Perugia in 2007.The court sentenced Knox to 28 years and six months in prison and Sollecito to 25 years for the murder of Meredith Kercher, over two years after Knox was released from prison.She and Sollecito had served four years in prison.Their convictions were overturned in October 2011, but the Italian criminal justice system does not preclude double jeopardy.Today, after nearly 12 hours of deliberations, an appeals court reinstated the original verdicts for the pair.Solecito was in court this morning, but did not return for the verdict. Knox, meanwhile, was in America with, in her words “her heart in her throat”.The verdict raises the possibility of a lengthy legal battle between the US and Italy. If Italy submits an extradition request, the US will have to decide if the request falls under the extradition treaty, but even then, there is no guarantee they would send the 26-year-old to Italy.An Ivorian drifter, Rudy Guede is currently serving a 16-year term for Kercher’s murder.AFP provided reportingRead: Amanda Knox retrial: Verdict expected later todayRead: Amanda Knox: ‘What happened to me could have happened to anyone’last_img read more

One third of people with bipolar disorder unable to work report

first_imgMORE THAN ONE third of people with bipolar disorder are unable to work due to the impact on their lives, a report has found.Figures show that many people with bipolar are only diagnosed after experiencing symptoms for between 2 and 3 years, while almost half of those surveyed have been admitted to hospital to manage manic episodes.The figures were found in a survey into people’s experiences of bipolar disorder, which affects an estimated 1 in 100 people in Ireland.Bipolar disorder causes bouts of depression alternating with periods of ‘highs’ for people who have it. Around 40,000 people in Ireland have it, with men and women equally affected.Constultant psychiatrist at St James’s Hospital in Dublin Dr Paul Scully said it is “essential” to address the stigma surrounding the illness.“From the public’s view there are various myths and a general lack of understanding surrounding the condition and often this can hinder those who would benefit from support accessing the services they need,” he said.Dr Scully said that bipolar disorder is frequently misdiagnosed as depression, “so a greater understanding of the condition, both from a medical perspective and from that of parents and families, is vital”.He was speaking at the launch of the ‘99 & Me‘ campaign which aims to tackle the misunderstanding that surrounds the condition and reduce the stigma around it.Almost half of people with bipolar were diagnosed between the ages of 18 and 30, according to the research by Empathy Research and Lundbeck, with 25 cited as the average age of onset.Statistics show that patients with bipolar often also have anxiety disorders as well as substance or alcohol abuse problems. The exact cause is unknown.Read: Head of HSE drug-buying programme: ‘It’s difficult to defend current prices’ >last_img read more