Kids’ TV habits sound alarm

first_imgNZ Herald 2 March 2014Parenting experts are alarmed at a new study that shows two thirds of Kiwi infants are watching up to three hours of television a day.The findings of the Growing up in New Zealand survey of 7,000 New Zealand families are in stark contrast to recommendations from child health experts such as the American Academy of Pediatrics, which recommends no screen time for babies under two.Data from the Growing up in New Zealand project found:• Almost 64 per cent watched television, DVDs or videos at home for one to three hours a day.• Nearly 9 per cent tuned in daily for more than three hours.• 81 per cent were exposed to TV in the home, including adult programmes, for extended periods.The American Academy of Pediatrics says a child’s brain develops rapidly in the first years, and children learn best by interacting with people, not screens. read more

Note worthy of Listed prize

Having finished in mid-division in the German 1000 Guineas, and again when sent over to Carlisle, Michael O’Callaghan’s filly showed what she is capable of when making Toscanini pull out all the stops over this six furlongs here a couple of weeks ago. Back against her own sex, she was still allowed to go off at 6-1 in the hands of Pat Smullen, but took up the running inside the final couple of furlongs before fending off the late lunge of Byzantium by a head. O’Callaghan said: “Pat gave her a great ride. He said it was too slow for her and he had to go for it. He said the better the race, the better she’ll be as she has lots and lots of speed. “When the other filly (Byzantium) came, she battled again and toughed it out. “We’ve always thought she was a nice filly, she’s big and being by Azamour she should keep improving. “She’s after having a few races now and we’ll make all the entries but might give her a few easy weeks.” Letters Of Note proved that sprinting is her game with success in the Listed Yeomanstown Stud Dark Angel EBF Stakes at Naas. Press Association read more

Onion Flats’ Big Multifamily Passivhaus Plan

first_imgPhiladelphia-based developer Onion Flats has been mentioned in GBA at least twice before in connection with TED, a 1,130-sq.-ft. single-family home that was selected as one of three residential projects to win a spot in “From the Ground Up: Innovative Green Homes,” a competition co-presented by Syracuse University’s School of Architecture, the Syracuse Center of Excellence, and nonprofit housing and community groups Home HeadQuarters and the Near West Side Initiative.Fifty-two teams submitted project proposals for the competition, which were evaluated for their design, sustainability, and affordability. Construction costs were capped at $150,000. All three winning projects were built in Syracuse’s Near Westside neighborhood.Using PV to achieve NZEMore recently, Onion Flats, founded in 1997 by brothers Tim and Pat McDonald, has been focused on a project of markedly larger scale, although still with energy efficiency at the forefront. Last month, the Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority selected the firm to lead the redevelopment of a city-owned property close to the Schuylkill River, in the East Falls neighborhood. This project will be mixed-use: 126 rental units, 8,700 square feet of retail space, and an open area called “River Terrace.” Its performance goal, however, is to meet the Passivhaus standard, as an Inhabitat post noted, and to operate at net zero energy with the help of a photovoltaic system.“I feel like this is an opportunity to do what we’ve been trying to do for a long time, to really kick it up in scale and do something that will not just impact a neighborhood but the city as a whole,” McDonald told PlanPhilly, a local news source affiliated with PennPraxis, the clinical arm of the School of Design of the University of Pennsylvania.Onion Flats now has until June to enter into a full redevelopment agreement, which will include a final sales price for the city-owned property, notes Newsworks, the online outlet of radio station WHYY. If construction begins in early 2013, as anticipated, the project could be completed in spring 2014.We’ll have more on this as the project progresses.last_img read more

South Australian 15’s Girls Feature On ‘Totally Wild’

first_imgThe episode, which was filmed at City Touch late last year, was shown on Channel 10 on Friday, 1 April. The Heat side finished in third place at the 2010 School Sport Australia Touch Tournament. Touch Football South Australia would like to acknowledge 15’s Girls coach Matthew Schinckel for his efforts in securing this feature.To view the story, please click on the following link:

Jackets brush aside blame aim for lateseason run

Nobody likes excuses.When you are paying an average of $84 a ticket for a product that is ultimately judged on wins and losses, the last thing you want to hear is more cliché coach-speak about a “young team on the verge.”The Blue Jackets have seemingly been a “young team on the verge” for all 10 years of their existence. When does all that potential give way to production? Production, of course, is measured in playoff victories and the possibility of an eventual Stanley Cup championship.It appeared as though the answer had come last season. The Blue Jackets made the postseason for the first time in franchise history, and a single playoff victory would have gone a long way toward erasing the futility of the previous eight seasons.But one of the NHL’s “Original Six,” Columbus’ archrival Detroit Red Wings, erased those hopes with a four-game sweep of the hometown heroes. Being unceremoniously swept from the playoffs without even putting up much of a fight left a bad taste in the mouths of Jackets fans; quite the opposite of building hope for the future.To the informed, however, it still seemed a step in the right direction. In light of this season’s struggles, it now appears that the old adage applies: One step forward, two steps back.So without relying on tired excuses, what has changed?“This is a league that you don’t miss steps in. You might miss them early, but you always have to catch up,” Columbus coach Ken Hitchcock said of his team’s development from last year. “That’s what has happened with a lot of our young guys last year.”What the coach appears to be saying is that his young team overachieved in its run to the playoffs.Now that this year’s team is starting to show signs of life, Hitchcock’s plan to stick with his younger players appears to be paying off. After having gone 3-14-7 during a 24-game stretch, Columbus is now 7-5-0 over the last 12.His “gut decision” to go with a struggling Steve Mason in a recent game against Nashville is an indication that he has a plan and is sticking to it, for good or bad.The same can be said of his continued faith in other Jackets youngsters like Jakub Voracek and Derick Brassard.Many voices around the organization have speculated that a stint down in Syracuse, the Blue Jackets’ minor-league affiliate, would prove beneficial to Mason.Hitchcock disagrees.“Everybody you talk to, when a young goalie [struggles] like this, it’s finish the season, press the reset button and start over next year,” Hitchcock said of his young net-minder. “Every good goalie has gone through this: [Ed] Belfour, [Tom] Barasso, Curtis Joseph. We can’t afford reset here.”With the Olympic break looming, and a favorable schedule which finds the Jackets playing eight of 10 games at home, Hitchcock is optimistic that the playoffs are still very much a reality.“We’ve got to find a way to go 8-2 before the break to stay in the race,” Hitchcock said. “If we go 8-2, who knows how far we can take this thing.” read more

France midfielder says he wont be a World Cup standby player

first_imgThe World Cup is 22 days away and France midfielder Adrien Rabiot just wrote to his nation’s coach saying that he won’t  be a second choice player for the 2018 World Cup.This is coming after the 23-year-old Paris St-Germain player was named on the national team’s standby list of 11 players for the World Cup. He probably wanted to be in the final 23-man squad.In a change from the policy Deschamps adopted before the last World Cup and before Euro 2016, the standbys will not join the squad at the French training centre at Clairefontaine. The 11 players are expected to train by themselves and be easy to contact. Rabiot who has capped six times in France, had emailed coach Didier Deschamps saying he would not “be able to follow the training programme” according to IOLnewsOpinion: Neymar will earn respect back from the PSG fans Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 After completing his incredible return to Parc des Princes, we predict that Neymar will earn the respect back from PSG supporters.The situation between Neymar…Noel le Graet, president of the France Football Federation, said Rabiot’s reaction “was very surprising” according to Federation Francaise Football.He continued in the same statement: “Rabiot is a high-quality player and an endearing boy who has always behaved well in national selections where he has evolved.last_img read more

Juventus Douglas Costa refuses to apologise after spitting dismissal

first_imgJuventus midfielder Douglas Costa has no plans to apologise to Federico Di Francesco after being sent off for spitting in his faceThe Brazil international is set to be heavily fined by Juventus and receive a suspension from the Italian Football Federation for his actions on Sunday.The incident occurred during stoppage time in Juventus’ 2-1 win over Sassuolo, which saw Cristiano Ronaldo score a brace.Following Khouma Babacar’s late goal for Sassuolo, a flare-up between Costa and Di Francesco occurred.It appeared that Costa lost his cool when he aimed an elbow and a headbutt moments earlier.But the 28-year-old made things even worse by then spitting directly at Di Francesco from inches away.Costa then saw red after an intervention by the video assistant referee (VAR).The Brazilian has now acknowledged his “bad mistake” but only apologised to “all Juventus fans for this misleading reaction” as well as his team-mates.Mario Mandzukic, JuventusJuventus confirm Mario Mandzukic could leave this month Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Sporting director Fabio Paratici confirmed reports that Mario Mandzukic could leave Juventus for a move to an unnamed Qatari team.“You don’t know what he said to me. But no big deal… I say sorry to all those who I have to say it to, because I did wrong,” Costa wrote on Instagram.A final decision on Costa’s punishment by the Italian Football Federation is expected later today.last_img read more

Troopers Tentatively ID Truck Driver Involved In Fatal Rock Fall On Sterling

first_imgFacebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享State investigators say that they have tentatively identified the driver of a truck from which a rock fell and killed an 8-year-old boy, on the Sterling Highway. Troopers are requesting that anyone who may have been in the vicinity of the incident when it occurred and might have additional information to contact the Soldotna Post at 907-262-4453. The incident occurred in a construction zone, operated by Granite Construction between Mile 58 and Mile 79, that has many large vehicles moving in and out of the area. Granite officials wrote in a statement: “While the incident occurred within our project site, we are presently unaware that any of our equipment or personnel were involved. We are fully cooperating and assisting with the investigation. Out of respect for the family, we have voluntarily suspended night shift work on the roadway until Saturday night.” Jonathan Taylor, with the state Department of Public Safety in an emailed statement: “I can confirm that we have tentatively identified the truck and driver associated with the incident on the Sterling Highway. However, as those details have not yet been confirmed, I have no identifying information to release. Investigation remains ongoing.” The rock went through the windshield of the Hatchback and struck the middle backseat passenger, Noah Schwebach, 8 of Eagle River. Life saving measures were rendered but he succumbed to his injuries on scene. No one else in the Hatchback was injured. The accident happened around 1:23 p.m., yesterday, near mile 58.7 of the Sterling Highway. According to Troopers, a Volkswagen GTI Hatchback, occupied by a driver and four passengers, was traveling northbound when a volleyball-sized rock fell off the back of a rock truck traveling southbound.last_img read more

Sunday Update Crews Work To Halt Swan Lake Fire Spreading Towards Cooper

first_imgAlong the Sterling Highway watch for construction zones, and smoke on the roadway. Dip-netting season is now underway significantly increasing traffic. Jonathan Ashford with the Incident Command Team: “Be prepared that we may have delays, and that we may have smoke on the  roadways. So, build that into your schedule and be prepared that there are plenty of other folks on the roadways.”  Crews are utilizing existing trail and natural features establishing control lines to mitigate eastward fire spread. Billy Mack with Grangeville Hand Crew Type 2IA: “We are opening up an old fuel bed and creating a 20-foot fuel break on the right hand side, and a 10 foot break on the left side out on Bean Creek Trail.” Working side by side, the crews’ main responsibilities are to construct “firelines” – which look a lot like trails – around wildfires to contain and control them by removing fuel that wildfires need to spread. To do this, hand crews use tools like Pulaskis, shovels, and chainsaws to clear flammable materials and scrape or dig to mineral soil. Along the East Fork Moose River, crews are continuing mop-up to increase perimeter security.  Sites to the north and northwest have firefighting personnel and structure protection efforts in place. A Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR) has expanded to include the western portion of the Chugach National Forest and still includes the Sterling Highway corridor. Firefighters continue to patrol the Sterling Highway.  Alaska State troopers and US Fish and Wildlife Enforcement Officers are monitoring for visibility impacts due to smoke and fog on Sterling and Seward Highways.center_img Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Swan Lake Fire is estimated 100,517 acres with roughly 425 on staff and remains at 25% containment. Crews are working hard on creating contingency lines that are being constructed to halt fire spread towards Cooper Landing and other values. In short grasses and other types of light fuels, a 12 to 36 inch wide fireline should halt the advance of the fire. Grangeville Hand Crew, and Kootenai Crew have established spike camps in the Cooper Landing area and are currently working on Bean Creek Trail. Continued updates will be posted as they are made available.last_img read more

FPIs withdraw Rs 9197 crore worth investment in August all eyes on

first_imgA scrap dealer searches for useful material at a weaving factory, that was shut a year ago, in Panipat in the northern state of Haryana, August 29, 2018.ReutersThe report quoted Vinod Nair, head of research at Geojit Financial services, stating that the FPIs have been fearing the global slowdown with major countries posting muted GDP growth. The rumours on the aggravation of the slowdown due to the uncertainty on the US-China trade agreement, Brexit and other geopolitical issues are boosting the fear of the investors. He even added that the situation is endangering earning growth while increasing the share values because of which the investment class is shifting to safe-havens; finding the equity unattractive. However, there are talks that the government might roll back by providing some relief to foreign investors from higher surcharges to stabilise the economic slowdown and boost the industrial outputs. A worker sits on a ship carrying containers at Mundra Port in Gujarat April 1, 2014.ReutersAmidst the declining economy of the country, the foreign investors have been continuously selling their stakes in the Indian market. Within seven trading sessions in August, the investors have cut down their market investments by Rs 9,197 crore.The trend of cutting down the investments was seen after eight core sector industries such as coal, crude oil, natural gas, refinery products, fertiliser, steel, cement, and electricity continued to show a negative growth due to the economy slowdown.A major cut down in the foreign investments was seen after the Modi government announced its budget changing the FDI norms and revised the taxations on the products. According to some market analysts, the trend can be reversed, by addressing the tax concerns of the overseas investors. Indian Economy snapshotThe latest depositories data states that the foreign portfolio investors (FPIs) withdrew a net amount of about Rs 11,134 from equities after pushing in about Rs 1,937 into the debt segment within the first nine days of August. The net withdrawal by the FPI after the settlement was clocked at about Rs 9,179 crore. As per a LiveMint report, the second reason that led the overseas investors to withdraw their investments from the Indian market was the introduction of higher taxes on FPIs registered as trusts and association of persons, announced in the Indian budget 2019-20.last_img read more