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Caisse to invest more than US400M to acquire minority stake in insurerCaisse to invest more than US400M to acquire minority stake in insurer

first_imgMONTREAL – The Caisse de depot et placement du Quebec has signed a deal to acquire a significant minority stake in Hyperion Insurance Group.Under the agreement, the Caisse says it will invest more than US$400 million in the company as a long-term growth partner.Hyperion is an international insurance group including broker divisions Howden and RKH and underwriting division Dual.The transaction is subject to regulatory consents.The Caisse joins investment firm General Atlantic as a partner in Hyperion.Management and employees will remain the largest shareholder group.last_img

Pentagon confirms militant behind Lankan team attack killedPentagon confirms militant behind Lankan team attack killed

On Sunday, Pakistani security sources and Islamist militants said that a U.S. drone air strike in Afghanistan had killed Yasin, also known as Ustad Aslam.Pakistan’s Counter-Terrorism Department had offered a bounty of 2 million rupees ($19,000) for Yasin, saying he was involved in the 2009 bus attack in the northeastern city of Lahore, allegedly organized by militant group Lashkar-e-Jhangvi. “The death of Qari Yasin is evidence that terrorists who defame Islam and deliberately target innocent people will not escape justice,” U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said in the statement. It said that Yasin was responsible for a 2008 bombing on a hotel in Islamabad, Pakistan, which killed dozens of people including two American service members. The Pentagon said on Saturday a US air strike in Afghanistan this week killed an al Qaeda militant who was responsible for the death of two American service members and accused of involvement in a deadly attack on a bus carrying Sri Lanka’s cricket team in 2009, the Reuters news agency reported.The Pentagon said in a statement the strike took place on March 19 in Paktika province and killed Qari Yasin, “a well-known al (Qaeda) terrorist leader,” who had ties to the Tehreek-e-Taliban, also known as the Pakistan Taliban. The attack on the Sri Lankan cricket team bus led to Pakistan’s exclusion from the role of hosting major international tours. At least 10 gunmen fired on the bus with rifles, grenades and rockets, wounding six players and a British coach, and killing eight Pakistanis.Since then, Pakistan has been forced to play most of its “home” games in the United Arab Emirates. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Strong growth trend for developing countries threatened by volatilities UN reportStrong growth trend for developing countries threatened by volatilities UN report

“Primary commodity exporting countries should be vigilant about the risk of a sharp reversal in prices,” according to the UN World Economic Situation and Prospects, released at the current session of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) in Geneva.The report predicts that the 50 least developed countries (LDCS) will reach an unprecedented overall growth rate of over 7 per cent this year, as compared with 2.7 per cent for the industrialized world.Burgeoning economic expansion in some large developing economies, particularly China, has continued to push demand for primary commodities along with non-economic factors such as geopolitical uncertainty and market speculation. But such factors, the report warns, are highly volatile, and could be made more so by such possibilities as a sudden and sharp devaluation of an already weakened dollar due to high United States debt.Given such threats and in order to protect and consolidate the broad-based world economic growth of the last few years, the report says that greater international cooperation is required, particularly to redress the global imbalances while avoiding recessionary adjustment in the US. “Coordinated global adjustment will require measures that will stimulate savings in the deficit countries and domestic demand in the surplus countries,” it says. read more

FEATURE Visually impaired professor to light way forward on UN disability agendaFEATURE Visually impaired professor to light way forward on UN disability agenda

UNIC Tokyo: In the wake of its ratification of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in 2014, Japan enacted the Act to Eliminate Discrimination against Persons with Disabilities in April this year and revised the Act to Promote Employment of Persons with Disabilities. Do you have expectations in relation to this?Jun Ishikawa: The former prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability and obligates public entities to provide “reasonable accommodation” when a person with a disability requires the removal of a social barrier and if the burden associated with its implementation is not excessive. The private business sector is also required to “make an effort” to provide reasonable accommodation.  For instance, in school or the workplace, operators have an obligation to provide support, if requested, such as sign language interpretation or other alternative means, for people with hearing impairment – if such assistance is not an excessive burden for the operators. The later law introduced similar obligations in its revision. Thus, the provision of reasonable accommodation, which had been considered “voluntary goodwill,” has now become an obligation.   UNIC Tokyo: You are also a sociologist and software programmer. What is that device in your hands?  Jun Ishikawa: This is a mobile Braille device, known as Braille Sense. The hardware is manufactured in the Republic of Korea. I developed a substantial portion of software in it. This can do a lot of things, such as converting text into sound. It can be connected to Wi-Fi and Bluetooth and handle email and social media such as Facebook. I used this device to make presentations during the election of members of the UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. I also use this device to take notes and facilitate discussions during meetings of the Policy Commission, which I chair. UNIC Tokyo: What is at the centre of your current research?Jun Ishikawa: My work’s recent concept is “aided engineering that provides fun” for users. Until now, I have been studying and developing aid devices that are vital to education and employment for the disabled. But lately, my work is focused on aided engineering technology that disabled persons can enjoy, as well as on research directly connected to disability policy, such as accessibility, including the Global Positioning System (GPS) that aids the movement of the disabled.  Aided engineering is inherently imperfect and inaccurate. GPS will not give you perfectly accurate location information. For instance, in places like Tokyo’s Shibuya district, which has many high rises, the margin of error could be substantial. We cannot recommend using this technology to those who do not accept that risk factor. This technology is for those who understands its imperfection and use it accordingly. It’s easy for naysayers to complain about imperfection, but you will arrive at an obvious answer if you compare it with the difficulty of walking without any assistance. Jun Ishikawa is one of them. An international relations professor at the University of Shizuoka in Japan, he lost his eyesight at the age of 16.  Yet, he has become a visionary on the issue of disability in his country, leading the Commission on Policy for Persons with Disabilities, a watchdog for disability policy implementation, since 2012. Mr. Ishikawa has gone on to become the first Japanese independent expert to be elected to the United Nations Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, a role he will formally take up 1 January 2017. The other newly-elected members hail from New Zealand, Saudi Arabia, Thailand, Tunisia, Hungary, Kenya, Uganda and Russia. The Committee, consisting of 18 individuals, monitors implementation of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), one of the most widely ratified international human rights instruments, with 169 Parties to it. All States which are party to the Convention – which celebrates this year the 10th anniversary since its adoption by the UN General Assembly – are obliged to submit regular reports to the Committee on how the rights are being implemented. The Committee examines each report and makes suggestions and general recommendations on the report. Japan ratified the Convention in 2014 and submitted its first report in June this year. In his message for International Day of Persons with Disabilities, observed annually on 3 December, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged national and local governments, businesses and all actors in society to intensify efforts to end discrimination and remove the environmental and attitudinal obstacles that prevent persons with disabilities from enjoying their civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights.  The adoption of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities has unfathomable impacts. In an interview with the United Nations Information Centre in Tokyo, Mr. Ishikawa shared his thoughts on the role of UN in this matter, how Japan fares compared to other countries, and his passion about aided engineering research. The following are excerpts taken from the interview and re-purposed for English-speaking audiences. UNIC Tokyo: What is the role of the UN regarding the rights of people with disabilities? Jun Ishikawa: Human rights make up one of the three pillars of the UN’s work. Since the end of World War II, the UN has set global norms and standards in various areas of human rights. The adoption of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) has unfathomable impacts because it established a universal principle that countries – both advanced and developing – need to implement their national disability policy within the framework of the Convention.  Because economic, political, social and cultural backgrounds differ from country to country, the UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities is expected to make effective and constructive suggestions that take into account each country’s current situation when publishing its concluding observations on State Parties’ reports.   UNIC Tokyo: You were the first person who passed the entrance exam, in Braille, for the University of Tokyo. How did you do overcome your challenges you faced in doing so? Jun Ishikawa: I was a child with weak sight. I lost my sight when I was in high school. After being hospitalized for nearly two years, I transferred to a school for the visually impaired that offered a high school-level programme, where I studied for three years and learned Braille. Fellow students taught me how to walk with a white cane. As for the college entrance exam, I studied by listening to recordings by my mother of textbooks from cover to cover.   UNIC Tokyo: Ahead of the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games, awareness about people with disabilities and the building of inclusive society is gradually growing among the Japanese public. How does Japan fare compared to other advanced countries in terms of implementing disability policy?  Jun Ishikawa: Japan submitted its first report at the end of June this year. The Commission on Policy for Persons with Disabilities contributed comments that were included in the report. In my view, Japan lags far behind other countries in the area of the hospital-to-community transition of persons with mental disabilities. There are a large number of people with mental disabilities who stay in hospital for a long time. The country’s system for supporting decision-making by those with mental disabilities is also weak. For instance, the adult guardianship system widely used in Japan for people with intellectual disabilities was originally intended to protect their interests. But it has become paternalistic as it is used even for those who can make decisions by themselves with adequate support. Special event in observance of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities at UN Headquaters. UN Photo/Amanda Voisard read more

Mens lacrosse opens season with pair of home matchupsMens lacrosse opens season with pair of home matchups

With a powerful group of veteran leaders and a super sophomore class, the Ohio State men’s lacrosse team looks to start its season with a victory tonight against Detroit (0-1). OSU coach Nick Myers said the Buckeyes’ leadership comes from a group of 14 seniors — four of whom are captains — and junior captain Brock Sorensen. “You have got to look to those seniors for leadership first and foremost,” he said. “They have really stepped out and taken charge of this team and made it clear that it’s an effort every day that we pay attention to detail.” Two of the Buckeye captains, midfielders Scott Lathrop and Jarred Bowman, agreed. “There is going to be adversity throughout the year,” Bowman said. “As long as we stay together and really focus on having each other’s backs and being there for everybody, we will be fine.” Although the leadership comes from the senior class, a large part of the scoring for OSU comes from a duo of sophomores. At attack, Logan Schuss and Jeff Tundo return to the Buckeyes after being the top two scorers for the team during their freshman seasons. Schuss finished the 2010 campaign with a team-high 56 points with 31 goals for the Buckeyes, and Tundo added 35 points with 20 goals. Although those two attackers are only sophomores, Myers said he holds them to the same standards as he does the team’s veterans. “A lot of those sophomores that play for us, we’re treating those guys like veterans,” Myers said. “We want them to play like veterans as second-year guys, and that’s a big strength for us.” A challenge for the Buckeyes this season will be the difficulty of their non-conference schedule, which includes No. 1 Virginia, No. 2 North Carolina and No. 10 Notre Dame. “We probably have the toughest non-conference schedule we’ve ever faced,” Myers said. “We understand it’s going to be one game at a time.” On Saturday, OSU had two scrimmages — one against defending National Champion No. 5 Duke and another against Division III power Salisbury. But the Buckeyes are anxious to get on the field for a regular season game. “We have been practicing against each other for a month now as well as all of fall,” Lathrop said. “We got some scrimmage time last week but it’s not the same as a regular game. I think everyone is just real excited to play another team in a real-game situation.” Last year, the Buckeyes went 7-8 and finished No. 33. Their last meeting with Detroit was Feb. 27, 2010. Behind a team-high six points from Schuss, OSU came away with a 16-7 victory. The Titans fell to No. 17 Delaware, 13-5, in their season opener Saturday. OSU kicks off its regular season at 7 p.m. tonight at Woody Hayes Athletic Center. read more

What is Novichok The Salisbury poisoning nerve agent thats more potent thanWhat is Novichok The Salisbury poisoning nerve agent thats more potent than

One of Novichok’s developers – a Russian scientist Vil Mirzayanov who fled to the US after turning whistle-blower – has said one of the variants had no known cure. Variants of the nerve agent Novichok are reported to be up to eight times more effective than VX nerve gas, that was deployed in the assassination of Kim Jong-nam, the estranged half brother of the North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in February 2017. Scientists at the defence laboratory at Porton Down, just seven miles from Salisbury,… The nerve agent that poisoned Sergei Skripal, his daughter Yulia and now a couple in Amesbury is one of the most deadly chemical weapons ever developed and was produced in secret by the former Soviet Union. 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. read more

We never forget and we never give up Met Chief vows toWe never forget and we never give up Met Chief vows to

Dawn Sturgess died after coming into contact with the nerve agent, while boyfriend, Charlie Rowley was left seriously ill Sergei Skirpal and his daughter Yulia survived the attack but were in hospital for months Dawn Sturgess died after coming into contact with the nerve agent, while boyfriend, Charlie Rowley was left seriously ill 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. Met Commissioner Cressida Dick has vowed to never give up on the Salisbury investigationCredit:PA They were later revealed to suspected GRU agents, Alexander Mishkin and Colonel Anatoliy Chepiga.But the Russian government has denied any involvement and has refused to extradite the suspects to the UK to face justice.Despite the diplomatic impasse, Ms Dick insisted that the Metropolitan Police would never give up trying to get justice for those affected. Met Commissioner Cressida Dick has vowed to never give up on the Salisbury investigation The following day they returned to Salisbury where they walked to Mr Skripal’s house and sprayed Novichok on his door handle using a fake perfume bottle.It is thought they discarded the bottle in the centre of Salisbury before returning to London, from where they flew back to Moscow. Ms Dick insisted there was more to do on the investigation and did not rule out that more suspects might be named in the future.She said: “There is more to do on the investigation side there absolutely is. I can’t say there are going to be any great breakthrough announcements but there absolutely is more we can do.”I think what the public are aware of and the amount of work that took us to the place where we were able to identify these people and indeed allow the Crown Prosecution Service to get the arrest warrants, was an extraordinary amount of work but there is still work going on since then and it will continue I am sure.” Mr Skripal and his daughter were in hospital for months following the attack and are now recovering at an undisclosed location.Detectives, who scoured thousands of hours of CCTV footage from Salisbury, before eventually identifying the two Russian agents as the suspected attackers.It was later revealed how they had travelled to Britain two days before the attack, staying a budget hotel in east London.On Saturday March 3 the pair travelled to Salisbury from Waterloo station and carried out reconnaissance before returning to their hotel. Scotland Yard will “never forget” and “never give up” trying to bring the Russian agents responsible for the Salisbury nerve agent attack to justice, Met Commissioner, Cressida Dick, has said.More than nine months since former spy, Sergei Skripal and his daughter, Yulia, were poisoned with Novichok at his Wiltshire home, 250 officers  Met officers continue to work on the investigation.While Mr Skripal and his daughter survived the attack, local mother, Dawn Sturgess died after coming into contact with the nerve agent in a discarded perfume bottle.Her boyfriend, Charlie Rowley, and Wiltshire police officer, Detective Sergeant Nick Bailey, were left with serious health problems.In September prosecutors issued arrest warrants for Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshiro, who the Met named as the two main suspects in the poisoning. Sergei Skirpal and his daughter Yulia survived the attack but were in hospital for months She said: “We do not give up in the Met, we never have, not with egregious crimes like homicide. We don’t give up we don’t forget that has been the great maxim of the counter terrorism command. So we will continue to work closely with the government and with the agencies and we will continue with our investigation.” read more

Man arrested following Crumlin house searchMan arrested following Crumlin house search

first_imgA 22-YEAR-OLD man has been arrested following the search of a house in Crumlin, Dublin, yesterday evening.Gardaí said a firearm and a quantity of cannabis herb was recovered during the search of the house.The man is being detained under Section 30 of Offences Against the State Act 1939  in Sundrive Road Garda station where he can be held for up to 72 hours.Read:Man arrested and firearm seized in Tallaght>Read: Three men and a woman arrested over violent burglaries>last_img

Le popcorn serait plus diététique que les fruits et légumesLe popcorn serait plus diététique que les fruits et légumes

first_imgLe pop-corn serait plus diététique que les fruits et légumesLe pop-corn (nature) contiendrait environ le double d’antioxydants naturels que les fruits et légumes. Mais cependant, le mélange avec le sel ou le sucre change ses apports, autant que la teneur en calories…Le pop-corn (nature) serait très bon pour la santé. Il serait même plus riche en antioxydants naturels que les fruits et légumes. Selon une étude présentée au 243ème Congrès de l’American Chemical Society, à San Diego, le pop-corn contiendrait près deux fois plus d’antioxydants naturels (300 mg) que les fruits et légumes (160 mg). Joe Vinson, de l’Université de Scranton en Pennsylvannie explique : “comme ils sont dilués dans une moins grande proportion d’eau, les polyphénols sont plus concentrés”. L’étude montre également que la coque du maïs serait très riche en polyphénols et en fibres, considérés comme des aliments anti-cancer. Enfin, la cuisson du maïs à l’air apporterait deux fois moins de calories qu’une cuisson au micro-ondes. Selon M. Vinson, “le pop corn pourrait être le snack parfait. C’est le seul qui soit à 100 % issu d’une céréale complète non modifiée”.S’il est consommé nature, le pop-corn présenterait donc de nombreux avantages alimentaires. Des atouts diététiques qui disparaissent avec l’ajout de sel, de sucre ou encore de chocolat… Mais le chercheur insiste sur un dernier point, le pop corn “ne peut et ne doit pas remplacer la consommation de fruits et légumes frais”. Le 29 mars 2012 à 13:00 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Leadership At Its Best Class Graduates in WashingtonLeadership At Its Best Class Graduates in Washington

first_img(Front row, left to right): Jamie Beyer, MN; Derek Helms, AR; Don Holbert, TN; Laura Peterson, Syngenta; and Greg Gussiaas, ND. (Back row, left to right): Ron Moore, ASA Chairman, IL; Ryan Rhoades, OH; Tim Bardole, IA; Andy Alford, KY; James Hereford, AL; Tony Mellenthin, WI; Brett Medlin, N.C.; Jim Martin, IL; and Gip Carter, MS.Farmers from 13 states graduated from the 2017-18 American Soybean Association (ASA) Leadership At Its Best program this week in Washington, D.C. The Leadership At Its Best program is sponsored by Syngenta and develops leadership, communication and advocacy skills in farmers who have already shown potential to be strong leaders through the positions they hold on their state soybean association boards.This select group of farmer-leaders participated in the first part of the Leadership At Its Best training this past summer in Minneapolis, Minn.This week, their training focused on how to advocate, in Washington, on issues important to soybean farmers. The class participants concluded their trip with a day of Hill visits with their state associations.Leadership At Its Best Program participants are nominated by their state soybean association. This year’s class participants included: James Hereford, Gurley, AL; Derek Helms, Arkadelphia, AR; Jim Martin, Pontiac, IL; Tim Bardole, Rippey, IA; Andy Alford, Bowling Green, KY; Jamie Beyer, Wheaton, MN; Gip Carter, Rolling Fork, MS; Brett Medlin, Indian Trail, NC; Gregg Gussiaas, Carrington, ND; Ryan Rhoades, Prospect, OH; Joshua Kayser, Emery, SD; Don Holbert, Dandridge, TN and Tony Mellenthin, Menomonie, WI.ASA appreciates the continued support provided by Syngenta that makes this valuable leadership program possible. ASA will be reaching out to state soybean associations soon to begin collecting nominations for the 2018-19 class. For more information, contact Michelle Hummel in the ASA office at mhummel@soy.org.last_img read more

DB Cooper evades law againDB Cooper evades law again

first_imgOld Vancouver city directories show a Lynn D. Cooper living here about the same time as the plane was hijacked. But it’s unknown whether our Lynn Cooper, listed as a plywood mill worker living on Unander Avenue, was the same man as the Oklahoma woman’s uncle, let alone a criminal legend. It’s long been speculated that Cooper, the legend, was likely familiar with the forest roads of Southwest Washington and the operation of parachutes. We do know this: some of his loot was found on a Columbia River sandbar near Vancouver many years ago.— Craig Brown, The ColumbianOLYMPIA — DNA testing has failed to link a new suspect in the D.B. Cooper hijacking to a necktie that he left behind on the plane in 1971, the FBI said Monday.Special Agent Fred Gutt cautioned that the test does not necessarily rule out the deceased man because investigators do not know whether DNA on the tie is that of the hijacker. Gutt said there are three different DNA samples on the necktie and it’s not clear where the hijacker got it. “There are some questions about the tie itself: Was it a used tie, a borrowed tie?” Gutt said.Investigators compared the DNA on the tie to the DNA of someone in the new suspect’s family, Gutt said. A woman in Oklahoma recently came forward to say that she believes her uncle, Lynn Doyle Cooper, was the hijacker — which she based largely on memories from when she was 8 years old.Gutt said the FBI had an inconclusive round of fingerprint testing on a guitar strap and that investigators are now working with family members to identify other items that could be tested further for fingerprints.last_img read more

Local State Federal Officials Speak At Wilmington Democratic Town Committee Breakfast with PHOTOSLocal State Federal Officials Speak At Wilmington Democratic Town Committee Breakfast with PHOTOS

first_imgSelectman Candidate Kevin CairaSelectman Chair Kevin Caira painted a much more positive picture of Wilmington’s town government.“We’re doing a lot of good work in Wilmington. It’s a great place to live. It’s a great place to raise a family. We want to keep it that way,” said Caira, who noted the town doesn’t have the type of fees that other communities are accustomed to.Caira highlighted many of the board’s accomplishments over the past three years, including the the opening of Yentile Farm, the opening of the Town Dog Park, and the opening of the seasonal ice skating rink at Rotary Park. Caira also noted the town has secured state and/or federal funding for several key upcoming infrastructure projects, including the reconstruction of a 2-lane Butters Row Bridge, improvements at the intersection of Lowell Street and Woburn Street; and improvements on Route 38, from the Woburn line to the Wilmington train station. Caira also noted the recent creations of the Town Economic Development Committee and the Town Meeting Review Committee.“I think we’re heading in the right direction in Wilmington. Our tax base is still low. It’s still one of the lowest, if not the lowest, tax rate among 15 Merrimack Valley communities. We budget conservatively.” added Caira. “There are a lot of talented people at Town Hall that work at your behalf. And there a lot of volunteers in the community that show their blue and white and do a lot of good work.” Selectmen Chair Kevin CairaSelectman Candidate Jomarie O’Mahony’s campaignGary DePalma, an adviser to Selectmen candidate Jomarie O’Mahony’s campaign, said a few words for the candidate, who was traveling out-of-state.“Jo supports our schools, fire and police departments. Route 38 is a priority of her’s,” said DePalma. “She’s concerned about the Selectmen’s Meetings…. You can yell, scream and holler all you want, but cilvitly will get your point across.”Campaign adviser Gary DePalma for Selectmen candidate Jomarie O’MahonySelectman Jonathan EatonSelectman Jonathan Eaton, who is not up for re-election until 2021, also addressed the crowd.“To be effective, I need feedback from you. If there’s ever anything in the future that you have a concern about, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me,” said EatonEaton specifically asked for feedback on a forthcoming proposal to potentially eliminate certain stops at the North Wilmington MBTA Commuter Rail station. Eaton said he had reservations about the proposal, suggesting it was “a step in the wrong direction” and that government should be “encouraging, not discouraging, public transportation.” MBTA representatives will be in front of the Board of Selectmen at the April 8 meeting to discuss the issue of trains blocking Route 62 and preventing public safety vehicles from crossing the tracks when responding to emergencies.School Committee candidate Jesse FennellySchool Committee candidate Jesse Fennelly, may be running unopposed, but he is still campaigning hard.“I want to maintain some consistency within district leadership, something that has been noticeably lacking over the past few years,” said Fennelly. “I want to make sure our children are safe in school… Addressing the foundation budget is also a priority of mine… Our high school graduates must be prepared for what life brings them… I want to continue to move the district in the right direction.”School Committee candidate Jesse FennellyTown Moderator Rob Peterson“Your job isn’t done on April 27’s Town Election. You’re next big task is May 4 at Town Meeting,” said Town Moderator Rob Peterson. “Town Meeting is the purest form of democracy. It provides unique opportunities for all residents and is forum to have your voice be heard.  You can have a direct responsibility and action on what direction the town takes.”“It can be a little deflating and getting a minum number of quorum,” admitted Peterson. “After we get a quorum of 150 voters present, it doesn’t matter how many people remain. We could conceivable have 30 people vote for budget for 24,000 people.”“We are going to be developing a Town Meeting Review Committee. Come to Town Meeting on May 4, see how it works, and then tell us how we can make it better,” continued Peterson. “We want more involvement from residents and a more accurate cross section of our community to attend. We want to streamline the Town Meeting process. How can we make the meeting more efficient? How can we get more people through the door? Should we vote on the budget as a whole? Should we start providing childcare again? Should we eliminate random order What will make Town Meeting more ‘fun’ and get more butts in the seats to take all sorts of important actions?”Town Moderator Rob PetersonTown Committee Chairwoman Erika JohnsonWilmington Democratic Town Committee Chair Erika Johnson began the event with a moment of silence for the late State Rep. Jim Miceli. The Committee also left a seat empty (reserved) for Miceli.“After his passing last year, the Committee voted to dedicate our scholarship to him,” announced Johnson. “This year, one Wilmington senior attending Wilmington High and one Wilmington seniors attending the Shawsheen Tech will be receiving James R. Miceli Memorial Scholarship.”“This is an incredible turnout. We haven’t seen these numbers in a long time. It means a lot,” Johnson told the crowd. “You believe in us. Thank you for supporting such a great cause like our scholarship.”Johnson noted all candidates in this year’s local races were invited to speak. Johnson read a statement from Selectman candidate Rob Fasulo, who could not attend the event. Fasulo argued that he and Sullivan are the only two candidates in their race who have fresh ideas and represent change.Johnson reminded attendees that the Town Committee meets the first Monday of the month at 7pm at WCTV Headquarters (10 Waltham Street).Johnson also announced that the Wilmington, Tewksbury and Billerica Democratic Town Committees will be holding a Political Comedy Night featuring Jimmy Tingle on Saturday, October 5, 2019 at the the Billerica Elks. More details will be announced in the summer.Wilmington Democratic Town Committee Chair Erika Johnson(Editor’s Note: If the Wilmington Republican Town Committee ever held an event of this size, Wilmington Apple would be happy to attend.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedALL POLITICS ARE LOCAL: Robertson & Gordon Explain Why They’re Endorsing Markey Despite Likely Kennedy PrimaryIn “Government”STATE REP RACE: Tewksbury Republican Committee Attack Robertson Over Wilmington Democratic Committee Chair’s StatementIn “Government”Miceli Intends To Run For Re-Election In 2016 + Other News From Democratic Scholarship BreakfastIn “Government” WILMINGTON, MA — The Wilmington Democratic Town Committee held its Annual Scholarship Breakfast on Saturday, March 30, 2019 at Windsor Place of Wilmington.10 politicians at the local, state and federal levels addressed a crowd of more than 30 Democrats from Wilmington and surrounding communities.Representative Seth Moulton’s OfficeRick Jakious, District Director for Congressman Seth Moulton, acknowledged his boss’s presidential ambitions.“[Seth] is thinking hard about how he can be most valuable leading up to 2020,” said Jakious. “[He] will continue to deliver for the constituents of the 6th district.”Jakious praised the late State Representative Jim Miceli and his successor State Representative Dave Robertson.“I’ve never met a state legislator that was more connected to and delivered more for his community than Rep Miceli,” said Jakious. “His replacement had some really big shoes to fill. We’ve been very excited to work closely with Dave. We’ve talked almost weekly since the election. He’s really hit the ground running. You’re lucky to have such a fantastic state delegation with Dave and Ken Gordon.”Jakious cautioned the crowd not to get “activist fatigue.”“We’re going to have to earn the next election,” he stressed. “Democrats are going to have to win on ideas and hard work. We sat it in 2018 with the House victory… It’s time to double down.”Rick Jakious, District Director for Congressman Seth MoultonState Representative Dave Robertson“The best piece of news from Beacon Hill I can share with you is that I finally got an office on Friday,” joked State Representative David Robertson (D-Tewksbury).Robertson told the crowd that, after attending a hearing earlier this week, he believes the town’s Route 38 reconstruction project — which calls for various road improvements from the Woburn line to the Burlington Ave intersection — will likely break ground in 2020 or 2021.“We’re keeping things local, keeping things common sense, and keeping things moving forward,” Robertson told the crowd.Robertson also highlighted the State House’s recent measures to disallow psychiatrists to force people who are gay or lesbian to undergo conversion therapy.State Rep. Dave RobertsonState Representative Ken GordonState Representative Ken Gordon (D-Bedford), who represents Precinct 3 in Wilmington, announced that he was recently appointed Vice Chair of the Economic Development Committee.“My responsibility has been to come up with a policy to address sports gambling here in Massachusetts,” said Gordon. “It’s going to be fascinating and complex. How widespread will it be? Do you have to go to a casino or can you do it on your phone? What technology will be put in place to prevent over-betting? We look forward to tackling and addressing these issues. The Governor wants something in place by the next Patriots season. I’m sure we’ll meet that — it’s more important to do this right, not do it fast.”Gordon said that the state’s education funding formula may finally get a long overdue update.“We’re looking at a comprehensive policy on education… This wil probably be our great priority this session,” said Gordon. “The foundation budget formula was created in 1993… Things have changed since then. Our towns are challenged with educating students with special needs. It’s very expensive.”Gordon praised the work of his first-year colleague, State Rep. Robertson.“Dave has done a fantastic job in starting to fill the shoes of Jim Miceli,” said Gordon. “Because of his experience working with Jim, he knows what doors to knock on and who is behind them. Constituents don’t care how long you’ve been in office, but if you know how to get things done.”State Rep. Ken GordonState Representative Tram NguyenState Representative Tram Nguyen (D-Andover) represents two precincts in neighboring Tewksbury and is working with Wilmington’s delegation on Route 38 improvements.“You’ve all done good here in Wilmington. You have two great state reps here,” observed Nguyen, who told the crowd not to “let their guard down” in the 2020 election.“I was able to flip a seat from red to blue against a longtime incumbent. My predecessor [Jim Lyons] has become the head of the Mass GOP,” said Nguyen. “I care and am fighting for commonsense things — housing, the environment, education, healthcare, infrastructure. We cannot let them drag us down. They’ve already started attacking me and I’ve only been in office for three months. They’ve protested. They attack on social media. They’re spewing completely false misinformation.”“I need you all to help me,” continued Nguyen. “My time is spent making sure working families have the support they need. Making sure that people in need have access to unemployment. We don’t have time for all their divisivness. When they go low, we go high. You helped us get elected. Please help us stay in office.”State Rep. Tram NguyenState Representative Candidate Michelle MulletState Representative candidate Michelle Mullet (D-North Reading) recently announced she will be challenging House Minority Leader Brad Jones. Jones is a longtime incumbent who frequently runs unopposed.“I’m a mother of two little boys. I’ve learned that fighting is fun. I want to fight for you… I want to fight the good fight and help my community,” said Mullet. “I’m running against a guy who’s been there for 23 years… As a bold progressive Latina, I’m not easily intimated. I feel the days of ‘business as usual’ are over.”“When people ask me why I’m running, the answer is simple,” continued Mullet. “We’re living under the most corrupt, disruptive administration our country has ever seen… I wan to turn my activism into leadership in the House.”Mullet outlined the three majority priorities of her campaign — (1) gun violence prevention; (2) creating more union jobs; and (3) looking at 100% renewal energy sources by 2045.State Rep. Candidate Michelle MulletSelectman Candidate Suzanne SullivanSelectman candidate Suzanne Sullivan shared some of her personal background with the crowd.“I grew up in the city of Lynn. I came from a single family home. I had a deadbeat dad. We were pretty poor. We lived on a very busy street with commercial properties on three sides of our house,” said Sullivan. “My mother graduated from Northeastern and became a teacher. She eventually go stick and succumbed from cancer. I wound up quitting high school at 17. If I didn’t get out of Lynn, I felt I might not survive. I got my GED and took some college classes.”“I moved to Wilmington in 1989, nearly 30 years ago. I have 3 wonderful children. I divorced and wound up raising my three kids myself,” continued Sullivan. “The Ipswich River clean-up spurred my civic need to do something. I’ve done water quality monitoring on the Ipswich in Wilmington every month for 20 years. [My river work] has turned into other actions. I haven’t really stopped since… I got involved in the Olin issue, which I’ve been working on for 20 years.”Sullivan was critical of the Board of Selectmen’s recent stances relative to detox facility proposal and exploring alternative uses for the Olin site without a clean up plan in place. She feels the Board is failing to listen to its residents.“I grew up in an Irish Democratic home where politics were very important. Our government is supposed to be responsive to the people. I’ve always believed that,” said Sullivan. “The Olin issue led to lots of adversarial meetings where the town was not listening to its citizens…. I still feel, after all these years, the town government isn’t being responsive to its residents.”“Things really haven’t change. We need to do better. We need to treat people better.We need to include more people in the process. We need to ask for residents’ opinions. We really need to make some changes in Wilmington,” concluded Sullivan.Selectman candidate Suzanne Sullivanlast_img read more

BNPs HabibunNabi Sohel detainedBNPs HabibunNabi Sohel detained

first_imgBNP joint secretary general Habib-un-Nabi Khan Sohel. FIle photoLaw enforcement detained Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) joint secretary general Habib-un-Nabi Khan Sohel from Malibagh area of the city early Tuesday.BNP senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi told newsmen that a team of detective branch of police picked up Sohel from Malibagh area in the city around 4:30am.“Sohel’s family members informed me in the early morning that law enforcement detained him from a house in Malibagh area in the city,” Rizvi said.BNP chairperson’s press wing officer Shamsuddin Didar said to Prothom Alo, “We have learnt about the detention of Habib-un-Nabi Khan Sohel.”Refuting the claim of BNP, DB joint commissioner Abdul Baten, Rapid Action Battalion (RAB)-3 commander lieutenant colonel Imranul Hasan and Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) deputy commissioner (Ramna Division) Maruf Hossain Sardar did not admit to the detention of Sohel.On Monday, BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia went to Sylhet to say prayers at the graveyards of Hazrat Shahjalal (R) and Hazrat Shah Paran (RA) as a Dhaka court is set to deliver verdict on Thursday in a graft case against her.Habib-un-Nabi Khan Sohel, also president of Dhaka south city unit of BNP, accompanied her to Sylhet. Khaleda Zia returned Dhaka around 4:00am on Tuesday.last_img read more

Booker Taking 2020 Campaign SocialJustice Message to IowaBooker Taking 2020 Campaign SocialJustice Message to Iowa

first_imgBy Thomas Beaumont, The Associated PressNew Jersey Sen. Cory Booker took his campaign message of social justice to Iowa, where he visited with residents and Black leaders Feb. 8 on his first trip as a Democratic presidential candidate to the early 2020 caucus state.Booker opened his first day of campaigning in Iowa using the rhetoric reminiscent of the civil rights movement to distinguish himself early in the race. And although Iowa is a vastly White state, Booker’s is a sentiment that echoes within the state’s Democratic base.In a crowded church basement in Mason City, Booker likened denying health care coverage to denying civil rights.U.S. Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., waits as he is introduced to speak at a meet and greet with local residents at the First Congregational United Church of Christ, Feb. 8, 2019, in Mason City, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)“You cannot have life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness if you don’t have health care,” he told an overwhelmingly White audience of about 100 who turned out despite sub-zero temperatures. “That’s not justice.”Later, in a racially mixed crowd in Waterloo, Booker bemoaned a criminal justice system that disproportionately punishes racial minorities and “ultimately makes us a country that has a cancer on our soul.”Race is shaping up to be central to the Democratic presidential campaign. Democratic prospects have called President Donald Trump’s portrayal of immigrants racist and condemned his reaction to a deadly 2017 demonstration in Virginia as being sympathetic toward White supremacists.Booker, who is African-American, is starting his campaign for the Iowa caucuses by framing the election in terms of a movement, like those for civil and voting rights more than a half century ago.It’s a theme that appeals to Nancy Bobo, a White Des Moines Democrat who likes Booker.“I think more and more people are seeing that social justice doesn’t just apply to race,” said Bobo, who was among the first supporters of Democrat Barack Obama in Iowa in 2007. “When I think of social justice, I think of all the different laws and structures that impede opportunities for people for a whole range of reasons.”Every Democratic presidential hopeful has called for Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam’s resignation after disclosure last week of a photo in the Democrat’s medical school yearbook under Northam’s name featuring a person in blackface and another wearing a Ku Klux Klan robe and hood.In Waterloo, Booker became the first presidential candidate this year to visit Black Hawk County, where the Black population — at 9 percent — is more than twice that of Iowa overall.Booker, a former mayor of Newark, held a public panel discussion in Waterloo focusing mainly on issues facing the Black community.Throughout his events, Booker sprinkled in references to civil rights figure John Lewis, a longtime Democratic congressman from Georgia.“I want to try to rekindle in all of us the idea that this has got to be a moment in this nation that is more than just about an election,” he told the audience in Mason City. “This is about the cause of our country.”Booker’s campaign announcement last week invoked the legacy of the civil rights movement. “The history of our nation is defined by collective action; by interwoven destinies of slaves and abolitionists, of those born here and those who chose America as home; of those who took up arms to defend our country, and those who linked arms to challenge and change it,” he said in the kickoff video.Booker could appeal to that segment of Iowa voters who sent Democrat Tom Harkin, an outspoken advocate for worker and civil rights, to the Senate for 30 years until his retirement in 2014.Obama, who would become the nation’s first Black president, won Iowa’s 2008 Democratic presidential caucuses by drawing activists to rhetoric heavily influenced by the civil rights movement and its unifying call for equal opportunity.Booker has not yet made an impression on Sandy Cronbaugh, who is White and was moved to support Obama in 2008, just as she was to support the civil rights movement more than 40 years earlier.“Barack Obama made you feel like you were changing the country by working in your community,” said Cronbaugh, an art gallery owner from rural eastern Iowa. “I haven’t gotten that sense from Cory Booker so far.”last_img read more

Force Friday Propels New Star Wars Drones Are GreatForce Friday Propels New Star Wars Drones Are Great

first_img Along with being a family saga about celibate space samurai with laser swords, Star Wars is also arguably equally beloved as a World War II dogfighting epic with spaceships. I mean, that’s how the wars among the stars are fought. Tons of Star Wars merchandise revolves around its iconic spaceships.But sometimes you just don’t want a toy. Sometimes you want a “premium licensed product.” That’s what Disney and Lucasfilm wanted when they partnered with manufacturer Propel to create a new line of flying consumer-level Star Wars drones. We got to take these drones for a spin ahead of their launch this September 1 Force Friday, and not only are they cool products but a great introduction to drones in general.The three drones we saw were the classic Rebel Alliance T-65 X-wing, Darth Vader’s TIE Advanced X1, and a 74-Z Speeder Bike taken right out of Return of the Jedi. Granted, you can’t lock S-foils in attack position, and the necessary propeller protrusions take away somewhat from the otherwise streamlined shapes, but overall these are impressively accurate palm-sized recreations. And you can get them without having to make one yourself.Propel wanted these drones to not only look like Star Wars ships, but fly like them, too. And that presented some fascinating aerodynamic engineering issues. Ships made to look cool in movies don’t necessarily translate to actual, viable aircraft that have to fly for eight minutes on one battery. Fortunately, the team crafted some creative solutions.Unlike typical drones with blades on top, these ships fly via blades beneath them using reverse propulsion. That combined with highly transparent blades means you pretty much only see the classic Star Wars ships during flights and not the machinery powering them. Even the thrusters glow the right colors. The team also had to develop new algorithms to allow for the kind of barrel roll maneuvers and 360-degree stunts these ships are famous for. You can pull off a flip with the push of a button. Maybe they’ll make Star Fox drones next? They already tackled the Batwing.I have never flown a drone in my life, and chances are many kids asking for these cool new flying Star Wars toys this holiday never have either. Fortunately, Propel offers several solutions for easing you into drone piloting through the Star Wars universe. You can use the drone’s controller with a free mobile app to fly a virtual drone which simulates the same physics. Propel’s pilots designed several Imperial and Rebel missions to teach you the basics of drone piloting as a classic flight sim video game. It’s like a casual TIE Fighter or Rogue Squadron. The better you do the more stars you earn.Once you are ready to move to the real thing, you still aren’t completely helpless. You can limit the drone’s speed, so you don’t crash your X-wing into a wall going its maximum 30 MPH. More interestingly, you can create a virtual training box around the drone. If you get too close to the virtual wall or ceiling, the controller will vibrate and the drone will stop moving. This way you can safely practice the smooth stick movements needed for successful flights. And if the drone does hit something hard or crash or flip upside, it knows to turn itself off to avoid further damage as part of its “Intelligent Awareness Technology.”These tutorials are all well and good. They helped me learn how to somewhat successfully fly a drone for the first time. But Propel’s ultimate goal for these Star Wars drones is gaming. The drones are equipped with mild class-1 lasers and sensors that can detect hits. Up to 12 players can then dogfight it out, zipping around blasting at each other trying not to get vaporized. It’s like remote-controlled laser tag.The controller plays music and sounds from the movies, including voice snippets from old Sheev Palpatine himself, as well as audio cues for when you hit and get hit. The mobile app shows your score, so you’ll want to mount your phone to the controller to stay on top of battle stats. And to keep crucial controls and life-and-death data as fast and up to date as possible, the controller uses a 2.4GHz wireless connection while the drones themselves transmit nearby information via the light spectrum. This next-generation “LiFi” connection is 100x faster than WiFi.To test out these drones’ combat capabilities, we entered the Battle Cage for a flying free-for-all. Instead of the graceful demonstration the pilots showed us, this immediately devolved into journalists (and their children) crashing their drones into each other or getting them caught in the net. I landed a few hits but the biggest reason I won was simply because I focused on just surviving and keeping my drone in the air. It was fun!Propel’s larger vision for these drone battles involves a Pokemon Go-esque global community of players starting dogfights in the streets and competing to reach the top of the leaderboards. After recreation and photography, Propel sees gaming as a new frontier for drones, video games but with real and tangible physical flying objects under your control. It’s a lofty goal but this is Star Wars we’re talking about. Maybe expect to learn about future iterations of these drone battles at Comic-Con.While there will be cheaper versions available, each of Propel’s Star Wars drones (X-wing, TIE Advanced, Speeder Bike) also comes in a $180 collector’s edition with sleek packaging and glowing case perfect for displaying. That’s what we saw and even just taking the box’s top off and revealing the fantastic flying Force-filled prize inside felt satisfying. So as you get swept up in The Last Jedi hype and participate in the new secular consumer holiday that is Force Friday, maybe consider a nifty Star Wars drone to go along with your remote control BB-8 or Yolo Ziff cosplay.View as: One Page Slides1/61. For this Force Friday, Propel has a new line of consumer-level Star Wars drones.2. You can fly palm-sized recreations of an X-wing, TIE Advanced, and Speeder Bike.3. The $180 collector’s editions include this sleek glowing display packaging.4. Unlike typical drones, these have their blades on the bottom to help maintain the illusions of Star Wars flight.5. New algorithms were written to allow for Star Wars-style barrel roll tricks. The mobile training app helps beginners virtually get a handle on flight.6. The lasers and sensors also allow 12 players to participate in real-world Star Wars dogfights.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. 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Tetris could prevent posttraumatic stress disorder flashbacks but quiz games makeTetris could prevent posttraumatic stress disorder flashbacks but quiz games make

first_imgThis is an updated version of one of my favourite stories from last year, edited to include a sequel study that develops and expands on the first one.You’ve just been in a horrific car crash. You’re unharmed but the vividness of the experience – the sight of a looming car, the crunching of metal, the overwhelming panic – has left you a bit traumatised. You want something to help take the edge off and fortunately a doctor is on hand to prescribe you with… Tetris.Yes, that Tetris. According to Emily Holmes from the University of Oxford, the classic video game of falling coloured blocks could prevent people who have suffered through a traumatic experience from developing full-blown post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). As ideas go, it’s practically the definition of quirky, but there is scientific method behind the madness.Every traumatic experience flips a mental hourglass that runs out in about six hours. After that time, memories of the original event become firmly etched in the brain, greatly increasing the odds that the person will experience the vivid, distressing flashbacks that are the hallmark of PTSD. But the brain, powerful though it is, only has so much processing power available for laying down such memories. If something can be done soon enough to interfere with this process, the symptoms of PTSD could potentially be prevented.Tetris, it seems, makes an ideal choice for that. To position its rotating blocks, players need good “visuospatial skills” – they need to see, focus on, and act upon the positions of different objects, all at high speed. These are the same sort of mental abilities that provide the foundations for flashback images.Holmes’s idea is that playing Tetris after a shocking event would take up the same mental resources that would normally be used to consolidate future flashbacks. In doing so, the notoriously addictive game could act as a “cognitive vaccine” against PTSD and provide another example of video games actually being good for you.In 2009, Holmes showed that her idea was sound in principle. She recruited 40 volunteers and showed them an unpleasant 12-minute film including graphic scenes of human surgery, fatal road accidents and drowning (although not Adam Sandler – there are some things that ethics boards just won’t allow). Thirty minutes later, half of the group played Tetris for ten minutes, while the other half sat quietly.Over the next week, the recruits used a diary to record every time they had a flashback to the traumatic video. Their records revealed that the Tetris players experienced less than half as many flashbacks as those who never touched the game, and they scored lower on a tool that measures the strength of a person’s response to a traumatic experience. However, it was just their responses that differed. Their memories were all intact, and questionnaire showed that both groups remembered the same level of detail about the videos.These results support Holmes’s theory that Tetris can help to prevent PTSD flashbacks by occupying the brain’s energies during the narrow time window when traumatic memories are consolidated. There are other treatments that probably work along similar lines. One of these, known as Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (or EMDR) asks patients to keep a traumatic memory in mind while moving their eyes about. It’s possible that making eye movements – another visuospatial task – competes for the mental resources needed to process upsetting images and so reduces their impact.But EMDR is only used to treat PTSD and there are several ways of doing that. Holmes’s goal is more proactive – she wants to find ways of preventing the symptoms from appearing in the first place. There are a few potential options for doing that, from drugs to psychotherapy, but few can be delivered so quickly or cheaply as a quick game of Tetris on a handheld machine.Indeed, in this year’s follow-up study, Holmes showed that even if volunteers play the game four hours after they watch the video, playing Tetris reduces the number of future flashbacks. That provides a reasonable window of time in which to get people to actually play the game after they first experience a trauma.Tetris has another big advantage in that it affects a person’s reactions to an event but not their actual memories of it. Holmes notes that they would feel relief, but their ability to, say, testify in court wouldn’t be diminished. This might give Tetris the edge over other attempts to deal with traumatic memories.For example, the drug propanolol dulls the emotional sting of fearful memories. While it doesn’t erase the memories wholesale as some reports suggested, it does seem to interfere with memory for events, which clearly does have implications for legal hearings. As Holmes says, “We believe that that rather than ‘‘erasing’’ all trauma memory using pharmacological means, or ‘‘suppressing’’ unwanted memories using cognitive approaches, it is important for individuals to be able to choose to remember a traumatic event.”Holmes also asserts that the benefits of Tetris are very specific to its nature as a visual and spatial exercise. The game isn’t just providing a simple distraction. She proved that this year by repeating her experiments using a Pub Quiz game instead of Tetris. Not only did this trivia game fail to provide the same benefits, it actually made things worse! In a study of 60 fresh volunteers, those who played the quiz actually experienced more flashbacks than those who didn’t play either game, even though they found both games equally enjoyable and difficult, and even though their memories of the video were just as accurate.Holmes thinks that while visual tasks like Tetris compete with the same visual processing areas that lay down traumatic images in the brain, verbal tasks like the quiz compete with verbal processing areas that help people to make sense of what has happened. Occupying those processes could actually worsen trauma’s sting, as the new experiments suggest. Clearly, not just any computer game will do.Holmes’s team have more work ahead of them before Tetris can actually be used in real-life clinical situations, although their latest update is a step in the right direction. Their next moves will be to understand exactly how the benefits of Tetris work, and to put the game to the test after a real traumatic event, rather than a mere video. The team will also need to find a way of combating the unfeasible stress that players experience when one of the long, straight blocks fails to show up for ages.For the moment, the method clearly has some promise and in some ways, the results shouldn’t be surprising. Tetris is well-known for its ability to get inside the heads of those who play it, with many people continuing to play or see the game in their heads long after they’ve left their keyboards or joypads behind. In fact, the ability of any activity to overshadow the thoughts or dreams of people taking part in it has been labelled the “Tetris effect“. Perhaps the T in PTSD should stand for Tetris instead.Reference: Holmes, E., James, E., Kilford, E., & Deeprose, C. (2010). Key Steps in Developing a Cognitive Vaccine against Traumatic Flashbacks: Visuospatial Tetris versus Verbal Pub Quiz PLoS ONE, 5 (11) DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0013706Holmes, E., James, E., Coode-Bate, T., & Deeprose, C. (2009). Can Playing the Computer Game “Tetris” Reduce the Build-Up of Flashbacks for Trauma? A Proposal from Cognitive Science PLoS ONE, 4 (1) DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0004153More on video games:If the citation link isn’t working, read why here//last_img read more

90 minute delays due to multivehicle accident on M6 Northbound90 minute delays due to multivehicle accident on M6 Northbound

first_imgOne lane is closed on the M6 Northbound in Cheshire following a multi-vehicle accident this afternoon. Police, paramedics and Highways England are at the accident, which involves at least two lorries, near junction 20 on the motorway. The carriageway was completely blocked for around 25 minutes – with the accident affecting traffic heading towards Warrington and other areas of the North West. Congestion is reported as far back as Junction 18 and Middlewich according to traffic data company INRIX – and there are still reports of 90 minute delays on the motorway. A Highways England spokesman said: “M6 northbound at J20. Traffic released but one lane (of 3) remains closed due to a multi-vehicle collision. “Our officers are on scene with North West Motorway Police and North West Ambulance Service. “Severe delays in excess of an hour currently from J19. Allow plenty of extra time if travelling in area. Two people, one of them a child, were taken to hospital following an earlier accident on the northbound carriageway between Junction 18 and Junction 19. That accident caused two hour delays on the motorway that had now cleared. We will bring you more on this latest accident on the live feed below.18:58Traffic easing, report endsTraffic is now easing and this live news service is now closed.18:51Delays down to 30 minutesDelays are down to 30 minutes in the area.17:57Statement from Highways England.A spokesman said: The M6 northbound in Cheshire is currently experiencing severe delays from J18 due to an earlier multi-vehicle collision within J20 which closed several lanes. North West Ambulance Services have now left the scene and all lanes have re-opened with recovery taking place on the hard shoulder.Road users are advised to allow additional time for your journey if travelling in the area and are urged to consider alternative routes, if possible.17:49All lanes now reopened but long delays remainHighways England say all lanes have now reopened but long delays remain.17:14Delays of 80 minutesDelays are now down to 80 minutes according to traffic data company INRIX.16:57Update from Highways EnglandA spokesman said:#M6 northbound at J20. Traffic released but 1 lane (of 3) remains closed due to a multi-vehicle collision. Our officers are on scene with @NWmwaypolice and @NWAmbulance. Severe delays in excess of an hour currently from J19. Allow plenty of extra time if travelling in area. “16:54One lane still closed – stop start traffic reportedStop-start traffic and one lane closed due to accident on M6 Northbound between J19 A556 (Knutsford) and J20 A50 / B5158 (Lymm Interchange), congestion on M6 to J18 A54 (Middlewich / Holmes Chapel).Lane one (of three) is closed, affecting traffic travelling from Knutsford towards Warrington. Traffic was held for around 20-25 minutes to move vehicles involved. 16:4990 minute delays against expected trafficTraffic England reports 90 minute delays against expected trafficlast_img read more

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