December 9

Consumer-Mediated Mobile Solutions to Accelerate Health Information Exchange

first_imgAs HIMSS13 approaches, we continue our pre-show guest blog series from health IT industry experts. Below is a guest contribution from Bettina Experton, MD, MPH, founder and CEO of Humetrix, an Adjunct Professor of Medicine at the University of California at San Diego School of Medicine, and a permanent member of the Faculty of the School of Medicine of Paris. The federal Institute of Medicine has issued a call to reduce the annual toll of 100,000 preventable deaths and $750 billion in wasteful spending within the American healthcare system, caused largely by a lack of up-to-date patient information at the point of care.While billions of dollars have been invested in establishing public and private health information exchanges (HIEs) to help solve these problems, studies have shown they are falling short of the vision of having an integrated patient record that can facilitate care as patients move between providers and different care settings.In response to this failure, many healthcare industry CIOs are looking for alternative solutions, including using mobile apps to help patients coordinate and engage in their own care. In addition to offering a viable work-around for the industry’s interoperability issues, apps can help address the critical issues of preventable deaths, injuries and wasteful spending. So many people believe in the power of mobility to help drive and strengthen patient engagement and care coordination that the healthcare mobile applications market is expected to grow by over 70 percent in the next five years.Among the latest mobile health apps to reach the market is iBlueButton®, which allows physicians and consumers to securely exchange health records and other clinical information at the point of care. The cross-platform data exchange solution seamlessly and securely transfers data between any enabled devices (iOS or Intel-powered Android® smartphones and tablets) and makes the health information actionable by presenting it to consumers and their providers in a usable and actionable format.Other applications effectively engaging consumers in their care include iTriage® and ZocDoc®. These apps guide consumers through the healthcare process, from helping them check symptoms to choosing a provider available at a given time. The apps pride themselves on helping people find more cost effective care.Much like HIEs, mobile apps can be a powerful care coordination tool, helping prevent costly adverse events like preventable hospital readmissions, while improving the overall quality of care delivered. The difference is that by putting the power of care in the palms of the patients’ hands, many of the technical and economic barriers that plague other HIE and care coordination solutions can be avoided, thus advancing the objectives of healthcare and health payment reform more quickly.What do you think?last_img read more

November 28

Golden State forward Draymond Green fined $50,000

first_imgLATEST STORIES Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH 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 Games Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next SEA Games: PH still winless in netball after loss to Thais BeautyMNL open its first mall pop-up packed with freebies, discounts, and other exclusives MOST READ Coutinho scores as Barcelona reaches 5th straight Copa final Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green, left, looks to pass the ball as Denver Nuggets guard Jamal Murray defends during the second half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Feb. 3, 2018, in Denver. The Nuggets won 115-108. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)NEW YORK — Golden State forward Draymond Green was fined $50,000 by the NBA on Thursday for directing inappropriate and offensive language toward a game official.Green was ejected in the second quarter of the Warriors’ 125-105 home loss to Oklahoma City on Tuesday night after a second technical when he argued with the officials.ADVERTISEMENT Last month, Green was fined $25,000 for criticizing the NBA’s officiating. He’s averaging 11.1 points, 7.8 rebounds and 7.3 assists in 47 games this season.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games opening Do we want to be champions or GROs? – Sotto ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims View comments Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim PH military to look into China’s possible security threat to power grid ‘We cannot afford to fail’ as SEA Games host – Duterte Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’last_img read more

November 27

Sunil Gavaskar: I still regret my Melbourne walkout in 1981

first_imgAlmost three decades after the infamous walkout incident in the Melbourne Test which generated huge controversy, former India captain Sunil Gavaskar on Saturday regretted his act of dissent and said that it was a big mistake on his part.In the 1981 series that had been dogged by some inconsistent umpiring, a Dennis Lillee in-cutter caught Gavaskar plumb in front and umpire Rex Whitehead, standing in just his third Test, raised the finger.But Gavaskar, who thought that the ball had got his bat on the way to the pad, protested by standing his ground long enough.Gavaskar also slapped his pads with the bat, letting the umpire know about his anger. As Gavaskar reluctantly started to leave, Lillee reportedly made one comment too many and the Indian snapped, returned to the crease and instructed fellow opener Chetan Chauhan to walk off the pitch with him.A bemused Chauhan did as he was told, but at the boundary rope, the batsmen were met by team manager Shahid Durrani and Bapu Nadkarni, the assistant manager. Chauhan was persuaded to return to resume his innings, while Gavaskar walked into the pavilion.”I regret the decision. It was a big mistake on my part. As Indian captain I was not supposed to act in that manner. In no way I can justify my act of defiance. Whether I was out or not, I should not have reacted that way,” Gavaskar said during a tea-time chat show with Sanjay Manjrekar and Kapil Dev.”If the incident would have occurred in present times then I would have been fined,” he added.advertisementDurrani’s quick intervention saved the incident from becoming far more serious. Had Gavaskar succeeded in his walkoff then India would have been forced to forfeit the Test and faced suspension as a result.Gavaskar also spoke about how the team was charged up to defend the total as Australia were set a relatively modest 143 to win.”Both Shivlal Yadav and Dilip Doshi were injured but they played that match. We never used to celebrate as the cricketers of today do but when Kapil took a wicket, Yashpal Sharma was excited and congratulated him and we all surrounded Kapil.”A young Kapil Dev, who was on his second overseas tour, then spearheaded the Indian attack with aplomb to take a five for 28 and help skittle out the hosts for 83 as India were able to draw the three-match series 1-1.Speaking about the incident Kapil said that the team was with Gavaskar.”I was too young at that time to react. But I can say one thing that we were all with the captain. Whether right or wrong, we backed our skipper. He (Gavaskar) can now say sitting here that it was wrong but at that time we were all with him,” Kapil said.last_img read more

November 27

List of Padma Awards 2015

first_imgHonourable President, Pranab Mukherjee presented the Padma Awards 2015 at Rashtrapati Bhavan, New Delhi.Padma Awards is one of the Highest Civilian Awards of the country. The awards are conferred in three categories, namely, Padma Vibhushan, Padma Bhushan and Padma Shri. The awards are given in various disciplines/fields of activities namely art, social work, public affairs, science and engineering, trade and industry, medicine, literature and education, sports, civil service, etc.The Padma Vibhushan is the second highest civilian award in the Republic of India. It ranks behind the Bharat Ratna. It consists of a medal and a citation which is awarded by the Honourable President.The Padma Bhushan is the third highest civilian award in the Republic of India.The Padma Shri (also Padmashree) is the fourth highest civilian award in the Republic of India.This year, 104 people received Padma awards.The list comprises of 9 Padma Vibhushan, 20 Padma Bhushan and 75 Padma Shri Awardees are are follows:  Padma Vibhushan: 91. LK Advani- Public Affairs- Gujarat2. Amitabh Bachchan- Art- Maharashtra3. Prakash Singh Badal- Public Affairs- Punjab4. Dr D Veerendra Heggade- Social Work- Karnataka5. Mohammad Yusuf Khan alias Dilip Kumar- Art- Maharashtra6. Jagadguru Ramanandacharya Swami Rambhadracharya- Others- Uttar Pradesh7. Prof Malur Ramaswamy Srinivasan- Science and Engineering- Tamil Nadu8. Kottayan K. Venugopal- Public Affairs- Delhi9.s Karim Al Hussaini Aga Khan (Foreigner)- Trade and Industry- France/UKPadma Bhushan: 201. Jahnu Barua- Art- Assam2. Dr Vijay Bhatkar- Science and Engineering- Maharashtra3. Shri Swapan Dasgupta- Literature and Education- Delhi4. Swami Satyamitranand Giri- Others- Uttar Pradesh5. N Gopalaswami- Civil Service- Tamil Nadu6. Dr Subhash C Kashyap- Public Affairs- Delhi7. Dr (Pandit) Gokulotsavji Maharaj- Art- Madhya Pradesh8. Dr Ambrish Mithal- Medicine – Delhi9. Sudha Ragunathan- Art- Tamil Nadu10. Shri Harish Salve- Public Affairs- Delhi11. Dr Ashok Seth- Medicine- Delhi12. Rajat Sharma- Literature and Education- Delhi13. Satpal- Sports- Delhi14. Shivakumara Swami- Others- Karnataka15. Dr Kharag Singh Valdiya- Science and Engineering- Karnataka16. Prof Manjul Bhargava (NRI/PIO)- Science and Engineering- USA17. David Frawley (Vamadeva) (Foreigner)- Others- USA18. Bill Gates (Foreigner)- Social Work- USA19. Melinda Gates (Foreigner)- Social Work- USA20. Saichiro Misumi (Foreigner)- Others- JapanadvertisementPadma Shri: 751. Dr Manjula Anagani- Medicine- Telangana2. S Arunan- Science and Engineering- Karnataka3. Kanyakumari Avasarala- Art- Tamil Nadu4. Dr Bettina Sharada Baumer- Literature and Education- Jammu and Kashmir5. Naresh Bedi- Art- Delhi6. Ashok Bhagat- Social Work- Jharkhand7. Sanjay Leela Bhansali- Art- Maharashtra8. Dr Lakshmi Nandan Bora- Literature and Education- Assam9. Dr Gyan Chaturvedi- Literature and Education- Madhya Pradesh10. Prof (Dr) Yogesh Kumar Chawla- Medicine- Chandigarh11. Jayakumari Chikkala- Medicine- Delhi12. Bibek Debroy- Literature and Education- Delhi13. Dr Sarungbam Bimola Kumari Devi- Medicine- Manipur14. Dr Ashok Gulati- Public Affairs- Delhi15. Dr Randeep Guleria- Medicine- Delhi16. Dr KP Haridas- Medicine- Kerala17. Rahul Jain- Art- Delhi18. Ravindra Jain- Art- Maharashtra19. Dr Sunil Jogi- Literature and Education- Delhi20. Prasoon Joshi- Art- Maharashtra21. Dr Prafulla Kar- Art- Odisha22. Saba Anjum- Sports- Chhattisgarh23. Ushakiran Khan- Literature and Education- Bihar24. Dr Rajesh Kotecha- Medicine- Rajasthan25. Prof Alka Kriplani- Medicine Delhi26. Dr Harsh Kumar- Medicine- Delhi27. Narayana Purushothama Mallaya- Literature & Education- Kerala28. Lambert Mascarenhas- Literature and Education- Goa29. Dr Janak Palta McGilligan- Social Work- Madhya Pradesh30. Veerendra Raj Mehta- Social Work- Delhi31. Tarak Mehta- Art- Gujarat32. Neil Herbert Nongkynrih (Art), Meghalaya33. Chewang Norphel- Others- Jammu and Kashmir34. TV Mohandas Pai- Trade and Industry- Karnataka35. Dr Tejas Patel- Medicine- Gujarat36. Jadav Molai Peyang- Others- Assam37. Bimla Poddar- Others- Uttar Pradesh38. Dr N Prabhakar- Science and Engg- Delhi39. Dr Prahalada- Science and Engg- Maharashtra40. Dr Narendra Prasad- Medicine- Bihar41. Ram Bahadur Rai- Literature and Education- Delhi42. Mithali Raj- Sports- Telangana43. PV Rajaraman- Civil Service- Tamil Nadu44. Prof JS Rajput- Literature and Education- Uttar Pradesh45. Kota Srinivasa Rao- Art- Andhra Pradesh46. Prof Bimal Roy- Literature and Education- West Bengal47. Shekhar Sen- Art- Maharashtra48. Gunvant Shah- Literature and Education- Gujarat49. Brahmdev Sharma- Literature and Education- Delhi50. Manu Sharma- Literature and Education- Uttar Pradesh51. Prof Yog Raj Sharma- Medicine- Delhi52. Vasant Shastri- Science and Engg- Karnataka53. SK Shivkumar- Science and Engg- Karnataka54. PV Sindhu- Sports- Telangana55. Sardara Singh- Sports- Haryana56. Arunima Sinha-Sports- Uttar Pradesh57. Mahesh Raj Soni- Art- Rajasthan58. Dr Nikhil Tandon- Medicine- Delhi59. H Thegtse Rinpoche- Social Work- Arunachal Pradesh60. Dr Hargovind Laxmishanker Trivedi- Medicine- Gujarat61. Huang Baosheng- Others- China62. Prof Jacques Blamont- Science and Engg- France63. Late Syedna Mohammad Burhanuddin- Others- Maharashtra (Posthumous)64. Jean-Claude Carriere- Literature and Education – France65. Dr Nandrajan ‘Raj’ Chetty- Literature and Education- France66. George L Hart- Others- USA67. Jagat Guru Amrta Suryananda Maha Raja- Others- Portugal68. Late Meetha Lal Mehta- Social Work- Rajasthan (Posthumous)69. Tripti Mukherjee- Art- USA70. Dr Dattatreyudu Nori- Medicine- USA71. Dr Raghu Rama Pillarisetti (Medicine), USA72. Dr Saumitra Rawat- Medicine- UK73. Prof Annette Schmiedchen (Literature and Education), Germany74. Late Pran Kumar Sharma alias Pran- Art- Delhi (Posthumous)75. Late R Vasudevan- Civil Service- Tamil Nadu (Posthumous)advertisementlast_img read more

November 26

Tributes pour in on Twitter to the helicopter tragedy at King Power Stadium

first_imgOne of the most powerful images I’ve ever seen. As a non Leicester fan Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha had me fully converted for about six months believing in the dream. As football fans we’ll never see anything like that again. Awful awful tragedy. 🦊 💙— Smig (@Smiggy) October 28, 2018 Leicester City have confirmed chairman Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha was among five people killed in a helicopter crash on Saturday night:— Sky Sports News (@SkySportsNews) October 28, 2018 Deeply saddened to hear the confirmation that lcfc chairman, Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha was one of 5 people to lose their lives in the helicopter crash on Saturday evening. A quiet,…— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) October 29, 2018 The latest developments as Leicester City confirm owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha was among five people killed in Saturday’s helicopter crash:— Sky Sports News (@SkySportsNews) October 28, 2018— Wes Morgan (@Wes5L1nk) October 28, 2018 UEFA & European football is deeply saddened to hear of the tragic deaths of Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha & the other four people who lost their lives. Our sincerest condolences to all the families and friends, and to @LCFC— UEFA (@UEFA) October 29, 2018 This man lost his wife and two sons in the Leicester explosion earlier in the year. Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha helped him through that time. This is all just so sad— Jack Reeve (@JackReeveTNC) October 29, 2018 Aiyawatt and Aimon, the son and wife of Leicester City’s chairman Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, lay a wreath at the King Power Stadium.Leicester City confirm owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha was among five people killed in Saturday’s helicopter crash:— Sky Sports News (@SkySportsNews) October 29, 2018 He cleared Leicester’s debts of £100mHe donated £1m to Leicester University, £1m to Leicester Royal Infirmary & £2m towards a new hospitalHe helped Leicester to a 5000/1 Premier League title.He united the entire cityRIP Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha. 🙏— SPORTbible (@sportbible) October 29, 2018 Everyone at #MUFC is deeply saddened to learn that the Leicester City chairman and four fellow passengers have lost their lives following last night’s tragic incident. Our deepest condolences are with their families, friends and those connected to the club.— Manchester United (@ManUtd) October 28, 2018 Everybody at Chelsea Football Club is deeply shocked and saddened to learn of the death of five people at Leicester City on Saturday, including the club’s chairman, Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha. Our thoughts at this sad time are with all those affected.— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) October 28, 2018 Everyone at #CPFC would like to send our deepest sympathy to the family of Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, all @LCFC and the families affected by the tragic circumstances of Saturday evening.— Crystal Palace F.C. (@CPFC) October 28, 2018— Kasper Schmeichel (@kschmeichel1) October 28, 2018 Aerial footage has revealed the wreckage of the helicopter crash outside Leicester City football stadium. It’s understood club owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha was on board.For the latest on the story, head here:— Sky News (@SkyNews) October 28, 2018 💙 | Evertonians are united today with the entire football family in directing our thoughts and prayers to the loved ones of @LCFC chairman Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha & those who also passed away last night in the tragic accident at the King Power Stadium.— Everton (@Everton) October 28, 2018 Advertisement We would like to send our sincere condolences to the family of Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha and to the other families affected at this sad and tragic time.— West Ham United (@WestHamUtd) October 28, 2018 AdvertisementLeicester City’s owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha died in the helicopter crash which happened just outside King Power Stadium on Saturday after the match between Leicester City and West Ham United in the Premier League.Leicester City’s official statement confirmed the tragic news of Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha’s and four other fellow passengers’ death in the helicopter crash.Leicester City’s match against Southampton in Carabao Cup and the development squad’s match against Feyenoord have been postponed after this tragedy occurred on Saturday.The site of the helicopter crash near the King Power Stadium, Photo Credits: Sky NewsThe football world which includes fans from various clubs, the club authorities and athletes have sent their condolences over social media.On that note, let’s take a look at how the Twitterati expressed their— Leicester City (@LCFC) October 28, 2018 Words can’t describe how I feel. A truly great, kind, loving man who will be missed so much by everyone. I will never forget the Chairman’s support, not only during my time @LCFC but also during the World Cup 😢 RIP ❤ #TheBoss— Harry Maguire (@HarryMaguire93) October 28, 2018 “The world has lost a great man.”Tributes pour in for Leicester City soccer club owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha. The Thai billionaire’s helicopter crashed as it was taking off from King Power Stadium #วิชัยศรีวัฒนประภา #เลสเตอร์ซิตี้— TicToc by Bloomberg (@tictoc) October 29, 2018 Struggling to find the right words….but to me you are legend, an incredible man who had the biggest heart, the soul of Leicester City Football Club. Thank you for everything you did for…— Jamie Vardy (@vardy7) October 28, 2018 Heartbreaking scenes as family of Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha lay wreath outside the King Power stadium— Martin Fricker (@martinfricker) October 29, 2018 We’re thinking of you, @LCFC ❤ Our deepest condolences are with the loved ones of those who have so tragically lost their lives, and everyone at #LCFC— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) October 28, 2018 Sunrise at the King Power stadium. The morning after Leicester City’s darkest day, and the blanket of floral tributes continues to grow here after the death of owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha & 4 others in a helicopter crash was confirmed last night— Dan Roan (@danroan) October 29, 2018 Liverpool Football Club statement:— Liverpool FC (@LFC) October 28, 2018last_img read more

November 21

Jose Mourinho charged by FA for second time in a week

first_imgThere was more bad news in store for under-pressure Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho as he was given a second Football Association (FA) charge in a week following his dismissal during Saturday’s 0-0 draw with Burnley.Mourinho, who on Thursday was charged over comments he made about referee Anthony Taylor, was sent to the Old Trafford Stadium’s stands by Mark Clattenburg.Possible punishments include a warning, fine, touchline ban or stadium ban. The FA have acted after considering Clattenburg’s match report, according to BBC. (Also read: Jose Mourinho donates watch at Manchester United charity dinner)Mourinho appeared to be angry when United were not given a penalty during Saturday’s match, after Jon Flanagan challenged Matteo Darmian inside the Burnley box.The 53-year-old emerged for the second half but was escorted to a seat in the stands before being moved a second time, this time to the directors’ box. He declined to speak to the media after the match.United are eighth in the English Premier League (EPL) and yet to win after their four games.last_img read more

November 19


first_imgThe Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister also hailed theThe Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister also hailed the increased allocation of Rs 31,920 crore for Scheduled Tribes and of Rs 4,195 crore for Minority Affairs.Other salient features of Budget 2017 which Khandu said would prove to be “path-breaking” are the focus on MGNREGA, agriculture, railway infrastructure, air connectivity to two-tier cities, tourism and enhanced allocation for the poor and underprivileged and the Sports Ministry.Khandu specifically hailed the Centres determination to curb corruption and black money hoarding, besides cleansing the menace of political funding.As per the new announcements, the maximum amount of cash donation for a political party will be Rs 2,000 from any one source only by cheque or digital mode of payments.”The budget has also barred cash transactions of above Rs 3 lakh and slashed Income Tax rates.”The government is also moving to abolish the Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB), while FDI is getting a big makeover,” Khandu observed and asserted that the budget had covered all the aspects with minute details which will usher in a new age of development, the release added. PTI UPL MM RClast_img read more

November 18

How to avoid this common mistake and start attracting better clients

first_img“The aim of marketing is to know and understand the customer so well the product or service fits him and sells itself” – Peter DruckerAs a business coach, I teach creative entrepreneurs and freelancers how to uniquely position themselves as an expert in their industry, build relationships with ideal clients and turn a prospect into a long-term client.If you’re reading this, you’re probably painfully aware of how hit and miss this process can be. Either you’re stuck in a cycle of trying strategies that appear to work like gangbusters for others, but not for you, or you’re hustling harder, only to get more low-paying fast turnaround clients that leave you burned out and frustrated.If this sounds familiar, don’t worry. I’m going to share the most common mistake freelancer’s make, and give you an opportunity to learn the exact steps you need to start attracting and landing better clients.Here’s the #1 mistake you’re probably making:Your marketing message is all about YOU, not your ideal clients and THEIR needsOuch!Left to our own devices, we tend to talk about ourselves, our process, what school we graduated from, the awards we’ve won, etc. etc. But the truth is, clients don’t care about you. They care about what you can do for them!Stay with me here, because as harsh as that might sound, understanding this will set you free and transform the way you attract clients. Because, when you know what your ideal client struggles with, what they aspire to and what they need right now, you can create a marketing message, content and services that speak to your their unique needs, attract and connect with your ideal clients more easily, and fill your pipeline with high-quality leads.Sound good?Here’s the first step to gaining that clarity; go straight to the source! You’re going to develop a list of questions, and invite 3 to 5 of your favorite clients out for coffee and a chat. Most people are more than happy to share their opinions and help, so don’t be shy.Here are a few questions you might ask:Why did you come to me?Why did you continue to work with me?What was your biggest struggle prior to working with me?What challenges do you consistently come up against?What publications/blogs do you read?What conferences do you attend?Aim for 10-20 questions in total. Remember, your goal is to really get very clear on who they are as a person and what their interests are, as well as their professional needs.Don’t have ideal clients to interview yet? No problem. You can interview bosses, co-workers or even family and friends.I promise, this is one of the most enlightening exercises any freelancer or entrepreneur can do!So now you’re one (giant) step closer to understanding who your ideal client is, I’d like to invite you to join me in a FREE training where I will share my 6-step system to positioning yourself as an expert, attracting your ideal clients, and getting paid what you’re worth.If you’ve been struggling to build a thriving creative business or career, I’m going to show you exactly how to overcome those challenges!Justine Clay helps freelance creative talent build thriving careers. As the founder of Plum Creative, she matches high-level, independent creative professionals and top tier clients.last_img read more

October 22

Provincial Public Service Week 2006

first_imgToday, Oct.10, Premier Rodney MacDonald kicked off Provincial Public Service Week, October 9-13. “Nearly 10,000 civil servants, corrections and highway workers provide high quality programs and services to Nova Scotia’s families, communities, and businesses every day,” said Premier MacDonald. “They help to make Nova Scotia the special place it is and I am proud to work along side so many of these professional and dedicated people.” “Provincial Public Service Week is our chance to recognize the resourcefulness, innovation, and commitment within our public service,” said Ernest Fage, Minister of Human Resources. “Whether they are building our roads, supporting families, developing social programs, assessing crown lands, or helping to establish new markets for local businesses, Nova Scotians can be proud of their public service.” This week is one of several public service recognition activities planned for October. On Thursday, Oct. 12, the premier will present long service awards to more than 350 government employees who have achieved 25 and 35 years of public service. On Friday, Oct. 13, the nomination period opens for the 2007 Premiers Award of Excellence, an award program launched in 2005. As well, many government departments are hosting a variety of recognition activities for their employees. This is the first Provincial Public Service Week proclaimed in Nova Scotia. For more information about Provincial Public Service Week, the Long Service Awards, or the Premiers Award of Excellence, see the website at .last_img read more

October 22

Early Years Centre Opens in Yarmouth

first_img play-based early learning program for four-year olds family supports and resources regulated child care. Families in Yarmouth and surrounding areas, now have access to more services and supports for young children because of the new Early Years Centre for Yarmouth Central School. Education and Early Childhood Development Minister Karen Casey officially opened the centre today, Sept. 23. This is the first centre in the Tri-County Regional School Board and is across the street from the Yarmouth Central School. “Providing our youngest children with a strong foundation is an important part of leading a happy, successful life,” said Ms. Casey. “The programs and services offered through the Early Years Centre of Yarmouth County will help children succeed, and provide support to families in their own community.” A group of stakeholders is working to develop the programs and services offered at the Early Years Centre that will meet the needs of the community. They are: The Department of Education and Early Childhood Development and the Tri-County Regional School Board are working with Autism Nova Scotia, Southwest Early Intervention Program and mental health and addictions service providers to offer programs and services at the centre. There is also a support room available for use by any community group that provides support services to young children and their families. “Stacey and I are excited for our son to attend the Early Years Centre,” said parent Richard Gosling. “Having a full-day program provided in our community that will prepare him for the upcoming school year, with a professional staff, is a great comfort. “Also the centre’s close proximity to Yarmouth Central is a great benefit for us and our school community.” Early Years Centres are located in or near schools, which make them accessible, convenient and familiar places for families. Each centre is tailored to meet the needs of its community by partnering with local organizations to offer programs and services such as early learning programs for four-year-olds, early intervention, before- and after-school programs, regulated child care, health and parent education. The development of the Early Years Centres is supported by a five-year funding commitment from the Margaret and Wallace McCain Family Foundation. “Early learning experiences are central to providing children with a strong foundation for their health, academic success, and well-being,” said Ms. McCain. “By integrating new services for young children and families into the existing public education infrastructure, we can foster vibrant, community responsive schools and close learning gaps before children arrive at school.”last_img read more

October 16

Usher Joins Sugar Ray Leonard At Charity Fight Night

first_imgB. Riley & Co. and The Sugar Ray Leonard Foundation recently presented The 4th Annual “Big Fighters, Big Cause” Charity Fight Night to benefit The Sugar Ray Leonard Foundation in its support for Juvenile Diabetes Research and The Wounded Warrior Project.Sugar Ray Leonard and UsherCredit/Copyright: gbkproductions This prestigious invitation-only Red Carpet event took place at The Santa Monica Pier on May 21, 2013.This year’s attendees included: Sugar Ray Leonard (Boxing Legend, Olympic Gold Medal Winner, Six-Time World Champion), Tommy Davidson, Usher (Recording Artist; The Voice), Billy Bush (Access Hollywood), Adam Rodriguez (Actor, Magic Mike), Sergio “The Latin Snake” Mora (World Boxing Champion), Johnny Gill (Recording Artist), Barry Bonds (retired MLB player), Andre Berto (Professional boxer; Two-time Welterweight Champion), Baxter Humby (Canadian Champion Kick boxer), Benito Martinez (FX’s Sons of Anarchy), Clyde Carson (Recording Artist), DeVon Franklin (SVP of Columbia Tristar Pictures, Author of the bestselling book ‘PRODUCED BY FAITH’), Dondre Whitfield (ABC’s Make It or Break It), Edwin Hodge (Actor, Red Dawn), Franchesca Robi (Songstress, Singing the National Anthem for the night), McKinley Freeman (VH1’s Hit the Floor), Robert Knepper (CW’s Cult), Rory Cochrane (Argo), Sheriff Lee Baca (Sheriff of Los Angeles County), Tamala Jones (ABC’s Castle), and many more!Tommy Davidson was the Master of Ceremony for the evening, which featured a Professional Boxing fight card commissioned by the California State Athletic Commission. Songstress Franchesca Robi (daughter of The Platters’ Paul Robi) sung the National Anthem to ring in the fights. The fight card consisted of four professional bouts.It was a special treat having Sugar Ray Leonard and Usher together, as Usher will depict Sugar Ray Leonard in upcoming biopic “Hands of Stone”. Sugar Ray Leonard and Usher showed off some moves in the ring and were soon joined by other celebrity guests.The event’s targeted audience of over 1400 guests comprised of C-suite executives from nearly 200 public companies across a range of sectors, leading institutional investors, high net worth individuals, financial services professionals, celebrities, sports legends, and other high-profile individuals.Zota Pop, a Top 40s band comprised of world-class musicians, provided musical entertainment along with DJ BABY CHINO, the 10-year-old DJ phenomenon who has been seen on Nickelodeon’s hit show “Figure It Out”.Rusnak, Maserati, BMW and Porsche, part of the Rusnak Auto Group proudly supported the Sugar Ray Leonard Foundation. Sugar Ray Leonard honored honor Medtronic, Inc. by presenting an Award in the ring for its work in Juvenile Diabetes with the Insulin Pump. The Hauser Insurance Group was also a proud supporter of the cause. The evening was set against a rich environment for both charitable and business development opportunities.The lovely ladies from Charity Angels and Crown Diva Boutique & Pageant Academy sold raffle tickets throughout the evening, benefitting the cause. Guests had the opportunity to win spectacular prizes. A true highlight of the evening was the Charitable Live Auction. Sparkling Hill Resort, a European-inspired wellness resort known as the first resort in the world to incorporate Swarovski crystal elements into every aspect of its design, stood out. The winner of this Live Auction Item received a gift certificate for a 5 night Couples Escape in a stunning penthouse suite, with access to a wide range of wellness treatments featured at the resort’s world-renowned Kurspa – a 40,000 square foot spa providing over 100 treatments and therapies.The Sugar Ray Leonard Foundation was launched by boxing legend and six-time world champion Sugar Ray Leonard to benefit the Juvenile Diabetes Research. The mission of The Sugar Ray Leonard Foundation (SRLF) is to find a cure for diabetes and its complications through the support of research. After watching his father struggle with Diabetes and its complications for years, Ray is very passionate about finding a cure for Juvenile Diabetes. Ray is also very passionate about empowering wounded warriors dealing with post-traumatic stress disorder and other lasting effects of combat. Part of the proceeds from this event go to the Wounded Warrior Project (WWP). For more information about the Foundation and their cause, please visit read more

October 8

Teens rape kill child in Kirullapane

A seven year old child from Kirullapane was found dead this morning after she was believed to have been raped and killed by two teenagers, the police said.The child, identified as Krishna Kumari, was reported missing last night after attending a religious event at Sidhartha Road. Investigations were launched and the body of the child was found in a canal opposite a house in Narahempita this morning. The body was recovered by navy divers, the police media unit said. Further investigations are underway.   (Colombo Gazette) A 16 year old boy and an 18 year old youth who live next to the house of the victim were later arrested by the police.On being questioned it was revealed that the child was raped and then dumped into the canal.

October 7

E coli linked to romaine lettuce traced to California

Canada’s food industry is being told not to import romaine lettuce from certain parts of the U.S.The warning comes as the American Food and Drug Administration said it suspects lettuce harvested in parts of California as the source of the E. coli outbreak.The Canadian Food Inspection Agency is investigating 22 confirmed cases of E. coli linked to romaine lettuce.Most of those are in Ontario and Quebec.The agency advised people in those two provinces and in New Brunswick not to eat romaine lettuce and to throw out any they have at home.It did not issue a recall.The CFIA says it’s continuing its own investigation into the E. coli cases.The findings will be shared with its American counterparts.

October 6

Youth unemployment rising hundreds of millions working below poverty line – UN

The global number of unemployed youth aged 15 to 24 rose by nearly 15 per cent over the past decade, more than 300 million others, about 25 per cent of the youth population, were living below the $2 per day poverty line, and at least 400 million jobs are needed to solve the problem, according to a new report by the UN labour agency.“Despite increased economic growth, the inability of economies to create enough decent and productive jobs is hitting the world’s young especially hard,” UN International Labour Organization (ILO) Director-General Juan Somavia said.“Not only are we seeing a growing deficit of decent work opportunities and high levels of economic uncertainty, but this worrying trend threatens to damage the future economic prospects of one of our world’s greatest assets – our young men and women.”The number of young unemployed increased from 74 million to 85 million, or by 14.8 per cent between 1995 and 2005, the report, Global Employment Trends for Youth, noted. It estimates that at least 400 million decent and productive employment opportunities – simply put, new and better jobs – will be needed in order to reach the full productive potential of today’s youth.The report also says youth are more than three times as likely to be unemployed than adults and that the relative disadvantage is more pronounced in developing countries, where youth represent a significantly higher proportion of the labour force than in developed economies. The report’s key findings include: Of the 1.1 billion young people aged 15 to 24 worldwide, one out of three is either seeking but unable to find work, has given up the job search entirely or is working but living on less than $2 a day. While the youth population grew by 13.2 per cent between 1995 and 2005, employment among young people grew by only 3.8 per cent to reach 548 million. Unemployed youth make up 44 per cent of the world’s total unemployed despite the fact that their share of the total working-age population aged 15 and over is only 25 per cent. The youth unemployment rate was far higher than the adult unemployment rate of 4.6 per cent in 2005, rising from 12.3 per cent in 1995 to 13.5 per cent last year.“All this is a threat to the development potential of economies”, Mr. Somavia said. “Today, we are squandering the economic potential of an enormous percentage of our population, especially in developing countries which can least afford it. Focusing on youth, therefore, is a must for any country.” read more

October 2

Chad four million children targeted in UNbacked immunization campaign

“The combined immunization campaign constitutes an important step forward for Chad in its agenda to accelerate child survival and development,” said Bruno Maes, the Representative in Chad for the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), which is supporting the effort along with the World Health Organization (WHO).“Vitamin A supplementation offers the child a better chance of survival and lower risks of being infected by serious infectious diseases. Meanwhile, children who are de-wormed have a better nutritional status, grow faster and develop better learning skills,” Mr. Maes added.More than 9,600 additional community workers have been mobilized across the country to ensure that all targeted children are reached, including nomadic children, who are often difficult to reach, according to a UNICEF press release. The agency noted that Chad has made tremendous progress towards the eradication of polio, with only 5 cases diagnosed in 2012 compared to132 cases in 2011.“The campaign will help consolidate gains made in polio eradication in Chad, where no cases have been reported since June 2012,” Mr. Maes said.He cautioned, however, that fundamental concerns remain in the country. There are still a significant number of unvaccinated or missed children during campaigns. “This is a concern in 8 of the 19 regions where the proportion of unvaccinated children has increased during supplementary immunization activities,” he said.The Government is committed to overcoming those challenges, UNICEF says, noting that Chad has joined the UNICEF global initiative known as ‘Commitment to child survival: a promise renewed’, which aims to reduce the infant mortality rate in countries to below 20 per 1,000 births by 2035. read more

September 28

The Browns Are Still A Nightmare But Maybe Not For Long

Raiders1+5.6+6.4-1.0-0.4-0.4-0.1 HOU64.213.6DEN8.96.019.61468 1Colts-6.1-4.0-10.1+11.4-0.4+11.0 TEN28.510.8DAL21.17.718.51503 The best matchups of Week 9Week 9 games by the highest average Elo rating (using the harmonic mean) plus the total potential swing for the two teams’ playoff chances, according to FiveThirtyEight’s NFL predictions 10Jets-2.9-2.1-4.9+2.4+0.5+2.8 5Texans-0.8-5.6-6.4+1.7+5.6+7.4 2Broncos-3.9-2.9-6.7+3.9+5.5+9.3 3Chiefs+3.8-0.3+3.4+8.7-0.6+8.2 PIT88PIT78PIT 33, CLE 18-5.7 Home teams are in bold.The scoring system is nonlinear, so readers’ average points don’t necessarily match the number of points that would be given to the average reader prediction. EPA/G vs. BrownsEPA/G vs Others Source: ESPN Stats & Information Group Elo’s dumbest (and smartest) picks of Week 8Average difference between points won by readers and by Elo in Week 8 matchups in FiveThirtyEight’s NFL prediction game The Simple Rating System is a way of rating NFL teams that measures points per game (for, against and as a differential) relative to average after adjusting for a team’s strength of schedule.Source: Ravens1-10.9-13.9+1.3+5.6+6.2-0.6 S. DarnoldNYJ55.2%12.44.4%4.0%6.4%5.1-181 PICKWIN PROB.PICKWIN PROB.ResultREADERS’ NET PTS KC99.50.5CLE0.30.30.81469 Steelers2-1.5-1.0+0.8+12.2+9.9+1.4 The Browns’ defense is cooling down opposing offensesOffensive expected points added per game for teams against the Cleveland Browns and against all other teams, 2018 season 6Bears-4.6+3.3-1.3+6.7+0.1+6.8 Playoff %Playoff % CIN62CIN64CIN 37, TB 34-0.3 GB18.26.9NE97.31.68.61563 WSH60.415.7ATL23.312.828.51539 J. AllenBUF54. OAK56%IND57%IND 42, OAK 28+11.1 DET57DET53SEA 28, DET 14+2.6 Comparing the 2018 rookie QB classKey passing statistics for 2018 rookie quarterbacks (min. 25 attempts) MIN50.815.2DET18.511.726.91535 J. RosenARI55.611. OpponentGamesTot Off.Pass Off.Rush Off.Tot Off.Pass Off.Rush Off. B. MayfieldCLE58.311. TeamOff.Def.Tot.Off.Def.Tot. To be sure, Mayfield has been far from perfect. His performances look even worse after adjusting for the quality of his competition, since he has put up subpar numbers despite facing what is by far the easiest slate of opposing pass defenses of any quarterback in the league this season.5Minimum 150 attempts. After synthesizing all of that into our Yards Above Backup Quarterback (YAQB) metric, Mayfield has been less valuable than either Darnold or Josh Rosen, though Rosen has compiled his numbers in fewer attempts. (On a per-dropback basis, Mayfield pulls ahead of Rosen, though he is still far behind Darnold.)But while it would have been ideal for the Browns to see Mayfield burst out of the gates with a statistical season like the ones produced by recent rookies Dak Prescott (1,199 YABQ), Robert Griffin III (990) and Russell Wilson (934), it’s entirely possible to emerge from a rough rookie season unscathed as a young passer. Donovan McNabb (-350), Troy Aikman (-374), Matthew Stafford (-569), Terry Bradshaw (-586) and Jared Goff (-660) all debuted with the types of performances Mayfield is tracking for, and they all rebounded. (That said, plenty of bad quarterbacks — Ryan Leaf, Blaine Gabbert, Christian Ponder, etc. — also had similarly bad numbers. Judging QBs is hard!) And according to ProFootballFocus, Mayfield is tied for the 16th-best grade of any QB in the league, so the stats may just be penalizing him for the poor performance of his teammates.Either way, the Browns are banking heavily on Mayfield’s potential — and that was one of the reasons Jackson had to go as head coach. In the big picture, they’re hoping the combination of a promising young QB, an emerging defense and a die-hard fan base proves enticing for whomever Cleveland’s next coach will be. Just the same, though, this week’s move has tacked even more points onto the Browns’ CHAOS (Cumulative High-Activity Organizational Strife) score, which already was the highest in the league over the past two decades. Setting aside the reasons for the change, it’s fitting that the Browns would have made the first coaching swap of the 2018 season, though that’s not overly encouraging for a team dragged down by so much instability over the years.As for the short term, the Browns have said they’re not giving up on 2018 quite yet. Although our Elo prediction model gives Cleveland only a 0.3 percent chance of making the postseason, Elo is probably too hard on the Browns, if we’re being honest. It still ranks them as the worst team in football, while they rank only ninth-worst in SRS, sixth-worst in Football Outsiders’ Defense-adjusted Value Over Replacement and seventh-worst in Inpredictable’s betting market ratings. Why? Elo doesn’t give teams any credit for being competitive in games they ultimately lose. And if the 2018 Browns have a calling card, that’s sort of it. Last year’s Browns did go 0-6 in games decided by one score, but they also lost eight games by at least two touchdowns. At any randomly selected moment of the 2017 season, they trailed by an average of 6.1 points. This year, they’ve trailed by an average of 3.8 points at any given moment — still not great, but at least indicative of how much more in the hunt they’ve been most weeks. Indeed, four of Cleveland’s games have ended in overtime, which already ties them for the most OT games a team has played in a season since at least 2001.2The earliest year I could search in the ESPN Stats & Information Group database.The biggest reason for Cleveland’s uptick in performance hasn’t been the play of hyped rookie quarterback Baker Mayfield (more on him later). Instead it’s been a defense that, relative to opponent, ranks as the best in the league so far this year in terms of expected points added (EPA). Against Cleveland, Browns’ opponents are averaging 7.5 fewer offensive EPA per game than they are against all other teams, including 9.0 fewer through the air. SEA55.013.1LAC74.59.322.41577 Game quality is the harmonic mean of the Elo ratings for the two teams in a given matchup.*Average change is weighted by the likelihood of a win or loss. (Ties are excluded.)Source: Team ACurrentAvg. Chg*Team BCurrentAvg. Chg*Total ChangeGame Quality Jets1-6.8-5.6+0.0-6.2-2.5-2.9 CHI40.512.7BUF1.51.213.91450 2017 SRSChange in 2018 QuarterbackTeamComp%Yds/CTD%Int%Sack%ANY/AYABQ NO87.57.4LAR98.51.08.41650 CAR68.111.7TB10.97.519.21529 HOU60HOU62HOU 42, MIA 23-0.3 CHI65CHI69CHI 24, NYJ 10+1.1 KC82KC83KC 30, DEN 23-1.4 NE71NE85NE 25, BUF 6+4.3 That’s a big contrast to last season’s Browns, who were among the 10 worst defensive teams in the league and were particularly bad against the pass. This year, Cleveland is allowing the third-lowest adjusted net yards per attempt3A measure of passing efficiency that tracks yards per attempt with a bonus for touchdowns and penalties for interceptions and sacks. (ANY/A) of any team in football — a huge testament to the team’s pass coverage, given that the Browns have the league’s fifth-lowest rate of pressures per opposing dropback despite blitzing the third-most frequently of any team. (Stellar defensive end Myles Garrett has eight sacks by himself, but the rest of the team has only 12.) According to the grading system of, rookie Denzel Ward has been the ninth-best cornerback in the league so far, while safety Damarious Randall and even linebacker Joe Schobert — who ranks as PFF’s top LB in coverage this season — have done quality work stifling opposing pass-catchers.Just having a defense that puts the team in a position to compete represents a huge improvement for Cleveland. But the scoring attack hasn’t kept pace, despite the pedigrees of Jackson and Haley as offensive coaches. The Browns are 26th in offensive SRS; they’ve produced the fifth-fewest offensive EPA per game in the NFL and the fourth-fewest yards per play; they own the league’s third-worst third-down efficiency mark.(We’ll set aside a conversation about Cleveland’s horrid special teams, which has already produced nine missed kicks4Including field goals and extra points. between two different kickers.)Although it’s better than last year’s DeShone Kizer-led disaster, Cleveland’s passing game still ranks just 30th in adjusted net yards per attempt, with Mayfield sitting 29th out of 34 qualified QBs in ANY/A. It isn’t necessarily Mayfield’s fault: Being a rookie quarterback is hard enough, and the Browns have made it even harder on their new QB. Mayfield lost prospective top target Josh Gordon when Cleveland dealt the receiver to New England in mid-September, and then he said goodbye to starting running back Carlos Hyde, whom the team traded to the Jaguars a month later. Meanwhile, his offensive line is allowing the league’s fifth-highest rate of pressures per dropback, and Cleveland’s receivers currently have the highest drop rate in the league.Mayfield himself has fought through the team’s situation to tie New York Jets QB Sam Darnold for the best ANY/A of any blue-chip rookie this season. He’s shown better accuracy and more composure under pressure than any of his rookie-class compatriots, with a lower interception rate to boot. However, none of the passers in this year’s rookie crop have played at an average level, or even that of a high-level backup QB — which is pretty much to be expected from a collection of signal callers making their debuts on below-average teams. Saints1-1.3-0.6-3.2+15.8+13.2+1.9 OAK0.20.2SF0.10.10.31370 ARI58ARI50ARI 18, SF 15-9.0 OUR PREDICTION (ELO)READERS’ PREDICTION Back before the NFL season started, I dived into the Cleveland Browns’ miserable plight since the franchise was resurrected in 1999: One playoff bid in 19 years (and counting) … just two seasons above .500 … nine different head coaches … 28 starting quarterbacks … a combined 1-31 record in 2016 and 2017. You get the idea. I wondered whether it would ever be possible for the Browns to pull out of this cycle of doom, ultimately concluding that the team needed to start building a culture of stability and competency before it could begin truly laying the groundwork to compete.But I suppose things have to get worse before they get better — because we’re eight weeks into the season and Cleveland has fired yet another coach. This time it’s Hue Jackson getting the boot, ending what was statistically the worst coaching tenure of any one coach with any one team in NFL history.1According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Jackson’s .088 winning percentage in Cleveland was worse than even Bert Bell’s .185 mark with the Philadelphia Eagles in the 1930s and 1940s. Jackson, who probably should have been shown the door after last season’s 0-16 campaign, appears to have sealed his fate by bickering internally with offensive coordinator Todd Haley, who was fired at the same time. It didn’t help that Jackson also lost five of the season’s first eight games, with a tie thrown in for good measure.The funny thing is, the Browns have actually shown signs of life this season — at least, by Browns standards. So let’s take a look at where they’ve improved — and whether there is more hope in Cleveland than usual in the wake of the team’s latest coaching shake-up.For one thing, the Browns have been much more competitive this season than last. (Granted, it would have been a real challenge to get worse.) Their Simple Rating System (SRS) score of -3.5 ranks 24th in the league, but it’s also more than a touchdown per game better than their -11.0 rating from last season, making Cleveland one of the most improved teams in the NFL this year. YABQ = Yards Above Backup Quarterback, a statistic that summarizes a QB’s passing and rushing production (after adjusting for strength of schedule), relative to that of a typical backup QB in the same number of plays.Source: NFL average64.811.— None of that is likely to matter this week, of course, in a game against the dominant Kansas City Chiefs, where any metric you use would consider K.C. a major favorite. (See above.) But even though you wouldn’t know it from the bleak Elo and yet another spin on the NFL coaching carousel, the Browns do appear to be in a better place now than they’ve been in at least a few seasons.FiveThirtyEight vs. the readersAll season long, you can follow along with FiveThirtyEight’s Elo ratings in our NFL prediction interactive, which simulates the rest of the season 100,000 times and tracks how often each team should make the playoffs and win the Super Bowl. In conjunction, you can also pick against the Elo algorithm in our prediction game. (What do you win? Bragging rights! And a place on our giant leaderboard.)Here are the games in which Elo made its best — and worst — predictions against the reader picks last week: BAL50.8%±18.4PIT67.8%±15.533.91584 9Ravens+2.2+1.2+3.4-0.8+5.3+4.5 PHI67PHI63PHI 24, JAX 18-4.7 2018′s most improved NFL teamsLargest year-over-year changes in Simple Rating System (SRS) scores for 2018 NFL teams Buccaneers1-3.1-7.9+1.4+8.8+9.7-0.5 7Bengals-4.1-0.9-5.0+6.2-0.9+5.3 8Seahawks+0.7+1.2+1.9+0.9+3.8+4.7 Chargers1+12.5+4.9+9.1+9.8+10.9-0.8 LAR79LAR74LAR 29, GB 27-4.5 MIN55NO52NO 30, MIN 20+5.4 MIA16.78.7NYJ4.94.313.01426 WSH61WSH63WSH 20, NYG 13-0.3 4Browns-6.8-4.1-11.0+2.7+4.7+7.5 CAR57CAR52CAR 36, BAL 21-6.6 After notching their first collective win of the season against Elo a week ago, the field didn’t quite keep its momentum going in Week 8, losing by the narrow margin of 8.3 points (on average). Readers were smart to keep betting against Jon Gruden’s Raiders, but they gave back some points in wins by the Cardinals, Panthers and Steelers.A quick note: We’ve had readers email to ask why the average user lost points on games in which the readers and Elo had the same average pick probability. That’s because of the nonlinear nature of the game — even when the average picks are the same, a few disastrous (or amazing) picks on either side can swing the point totals. For instance, many readers will pick matchups with 0 percent or 100 percent probabilities, causing them to lose net points when the result goes in the opposite direction. (Naturally, Elo will basically never pick with such certitude, so even when it’s wrong, it loses fewer points relative to those overconfident readers.)Anyway, congrats to Erik de Loos and Ryan Seay, who tied for lead among users in Week 8 with 350.0 points, and to Ellis, who took the seasonlong lead with 779.6 points. Thanks to everyone who has been playing — and if you haven’t, be sure to get in on the action! You can make picks now and still try your luck against Elo, even if you haven’t played yet.Check out our latest NFL predictions. read more

September 25

Children should play with softer balls charity says as girls switched off

first_imgChildren should play with softer balls and failure should be “celebrated” in order to encourage more children into sport,  a charity has claimed.Youth Sport Trust (YST) said “negative experiences” of children’s and youth sport, low self-image, academic pressures and lack of encouragement meant children were turning away from organised games.They recommended a number of changes to school PE lessons, including using softer balls and changing traditional ball games to make them more appealing for students who are frustrated by their lack of frequent involvement.YST’s chief executive Ali Oliver said children were suffering from a “decline in empathy and resilience” and that sport could help them to develop these values.Teachers should aim to “create enjoyable repetition in games” and play “net/wall games in the sports hall using foam balls and wall/floor targets. Use traffic cones as striking tees to accelerate progress,” as part of new guidance on encouraging more children to play sport, the charity said. The Girls Active initiative, which is in place in over 200 schools, with another 250 joining this year, also involves giving girls “leadership positions which give them influence over the PE curriculum, making it more appealing and relevant to their everyday lives.”The charity says it hopes to end the stigma many girls feel about PE, with bad experiences putting some off sport for the rest of their lives. England manager Phil Neville during the Women’s World Cup Qualifier between England and WalesCredit:Charlotte Wilson/Offside/Getty Images 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. England’s gold medal-winning netball players celebrate after beating Australia at the 2018 Commonwealth GamesCredit:Getty Images England beat favourites Australia to win the competitionCredit:Getty Images “I think with this new project you can be saying ‘if you want to go on to be a doctor’, which a lot of them aspire to be, ‘you do need your communication skills, you do need your resilience if something goes wrong’.” The charity found that girls were “switched off” by competition in sport and many were also discouraged by “painful periods, issues with confidence and self-consciousness, the pressure of academic school work, and lack of encouragement from teachers and parents”.   England manager Phil Neville during the Womens World Cup Qualifier between England and Wales Womencenter_img Leanne Sharples, head of PE at Lancaster Girls Grammar School, who has worked with the Youth Sport Trust, said the school’s PE lessons include “impossible” tasks which are designed to make the pupils more resilient.”We keep the competitiveness but the focus is on ‘you can get something more out of this subject than competition and just being good practically,” she said. Canada’s Charity Williams breaks through the England defence during the women’s rugby sevens bronze medal match at the Robina Stadium during the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games Credit:William West/AFP/Getty Images Canada's Charity Williams (R) breaks through the England defence during the women's rugby sevens bronze medal match at the Robina Stadium during the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games  Research released last week by the Prince’s Trust concluded that today’s 16-25-year-olds were the unhappiest they had been since its research began a decade ago.Schools are also introducing workplace skills to PE lessons to try and persuade career-focused pupils that they are relevant to later life.  Research released last year by the NSPCC suggested that children in their early teens were increasingly worried about exams and getting a job, with the charity seeing an 11 per cent rise in counselling sessions on exam stress. Netball Netball YST, which has reached thousands of pupils as part of a Government-funded pilot called My Personal Best, also suggests allowing pupils to referee their own games and make up rules which promote “safety, fairness or inclusion”.Teachers should ensure that “failures are celebrated as trials that create opportunities for constructive feedback and learning”, while striving to “remove negative experiences from children’s and youth sport” and is focusing its efforts on improving girls’ experiences.last_img read more

September 22

Community involvement key for Irelands energy plan

first_imgRTE PRESENTER DUNCAN Stewart highlighted the importance of “community involvement” in Ireland’s energy problems over the weekend.At a People’s Charter on renewable energy, he also called on state agencies to support local energy cooperatives, much like those run in Austria and Germany.The Charter, which made demands in fuel poverty and energy ownership, gathered over 120 people in Portlaoise on Saturday. It was organised by two groups, Laois Environmental Action Forum (LEAF) and Claiming Our Future.Addressing the crowd, Eco Eye’s Duncan Stewart said: “We need everyone in Ireland to look at the big picture. We spend 6.5 billion on imported energy. Less than 1 per cent of the energy that we consume is produced in our local communities. We must make that 50 per cent.”The International Energy Agency (IEA) have warned Ireland of its heavily dependence on gas. “Two-thirds of our electricity is gas and 25% of our heat is also. We’re on the end of a very vulnerable pipeline.”While there are examples of small scale initiatives from Kerry to Louth with district heating systems, local wind turbines, solar panels, and mini community grids, it’s still early days and currently there is no national plan.Stewart called for local energy cooperatives to be introduced in townships around the country. These are associations of local people that have joined in developing locally owned renewable energy facilities.“We need to start dealing with these issues in local communities”, he stated.“Otherwise, we are not going to solve the problem of energy in Ireland. We must get top-down support from state agencies to aid this structure in our towns.”Katie Roche is giving an introductory class in journalism at Dublin’s Trade School on 28 November. You can follow her work here.Recession pushes Laois communities into action on sustainability>last_img read more