10 months agoSarri declares Fabregas should leave Chelsea

first_imgSarri declares Fabregas should leave Chelseaby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea boss Maurizio Sarri has backed Cesc Fabregas’ departure from the club. The 31-year-old is on the verge of joining Monaco, managed by his former teammate Thierry Henry.Speaking ahead of Tuesday’s Carabao Cup semi-final against Tottenham, Sarri said: “I can say only my opinion, I don’t know the decision of the club. [And] in my opinion he needs to go.”At this club there’s a rule, the renewal of players over 30 is for one year. I don’t want a player as important as Cesc unhappy.”I don’t know, yesterday he had a free day for the injury, so I don’t know.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Big question for Amazons 2 chosen cities Will it pay off

first_imgWASHINGTON — The awarding of Amazon’s second headquarters to two affluent localities has fanned intense speculation around a key question: For the winning cities, will the economic payoff prove to be worth the cost?Amazon’s decision will bring to Arlington, Virginia, and the Long Island City section of New York a combined 50,000 jobs and $5 billion in investment over the next two decades. But the influx is sure to swell already-high home prices and apartment rents and could overwhelm public transportation systems. And the two areas combined are providing over $2 billion in subsidies to one of the world’s richest companies — a bounty that many analysts say probably wasn’t necessary to sway Amazon.The decision to bring those jobs, which Amazon says will pay an average of $150,000 a year, to the New York and Washington areas will also exacerbate U.S. regional inequalities, economists say. Such Midwestern cities as Columbus, Ohio, and Indianapolis, Indiana, which made Amazon’s short list, would have helped spread the tech industry’s high-skilled, high-paying jobs more broadly.“It’s ambiguous for the winners, not good for the ‘losers’ and not good at all for the nation,” said Mark Muro, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution.Still, on the surface, the deal appears to be better than most. Amazon says it’s receiving $1.525 billion in incentives and subsidies from New York state and $573 million from Virginia and Arlington County. That works out to $61,000 in incentives provided to Amazon for each job in Long Island City and roughly $23,000 for each job in Arlington.That compares with a much larger average figure of $658,000 per job for other large deals, said Greg LeRoy, executive director of Good Jobs First, a nonpartisan watchdog group. Taiwanese manufacturer Foxconn, for example, received $4.8 billion in subsidies for a plant in Wisconsin on which it broke ground this year. That deal is expected to bring just 13,000 jobs.Still, Amazon’s total subsidies will likely end up much higher, LeRoy said. Amazon said it will also apply for existing incentive programs that could add nearly $1 billion to the subsidies from New York.And Amazon’s final selections suggest that all the subsidies and giveaways probably weren’t needed, other economists said. Other state and local governments offered a lot more, including at least $8.5 billion on behalf of Montgomery County, Maryland, and $7 billion for Newark, New Jersey.“If Amazon was pursuing subsidies, it made the wrong decision,” said Michael Ferren, a research fellow at George Mason University’s Mercatus Center. “Even the biggest subsidies you can imagine really don’t sway these kinds of decisions.”Rather, Amazon’s top priority was having access to a sizable pool of highly skilled employees, Ferren said, and it likely would have chosen the same two locations even without the subsidies.“The only things they’re useful for are the companies that get them and the politicians who get the credit,” he said.Indeed, Jay Carney, an Amazon senior vice-president, acknowledged in an interview on CNN that the company had chosen two locations that offered less in subsidies than others had.“That reflects that talent was really the driving factor for us,” Carney said.Some experts in regional economics suggested that the payoff for the selected cities would go well beyond Amazon’s initial investment. Stephen Fuller, an economist at George Mason University, estimates that the new headquarters in Arlington would generate roughly $1.3 billion in spending each year after the initial construction is complete. That would support nearly 50,000 jobs in the state, Fuller said, in addition to those at Amazon.“It’s really a no-brainer,” Fuller said. “They’re going to pay an enormous amount in real estate taxes and sales taxes.”Fuller also argues that the region is large enough to absorb the influx of new workers.“The region adds 50,000 jobs every year, and no one complains about that,” Fuller said. “They’re not all coming at one time; they’re coming over 15-20 years. It isn’t as overwhelming as people think it’s going to be.”At the same time, Tim Bartik, a senior economist at the Upjohn Institute, cautioned that with unemployment so low in both cities, many of the jobs Amazon will bring will likely go to people who don’t now live in either Arlington or New York. The inflow of those workers could burden schools and transportation systems.A coalition of non-profit groups warned that Amazon’s arrival will likely worsen housing affordability for many lower-income workers in the two cities. Roughly one-third of residents in Washington, D.C., and 40 per cent in New York pay more than 30 per cent of their income on housing, the groups, which include LeRoy’s Good Jobs First, pointed out. The typical rent in Queens, which includes Long Island City, is already $3,000 a month.Some analysts had thought Amazon might follow a trend that other companies have set and add jobs in cities where salaries and housing were often cheaper. A few Wall Street banks, for example, have sent many of their back-office jobs to states far from New York. The auto factories that once filled the Midwest have migrated to the South, where labour unions have held less sway.Instead, Amazon chose to expand its footprint to two places where salaries and home prices are relatively close to those of Seattle, its current sole headquarters city, said Aaron Terrazas, senior economist at the real estate firm Zillow.“These two markets definitely can absorb this kind of employment shock — and they have some time to prepare for it,” he said.___AP Economics Writer Josh Boak contributed to this report.Christopher Rugaber, The Associated Presslast_img read more

Sinai car bomb kills at least 10 Egypt soldiers security

first_imgCAIRO – At least 10 soldiers were killed and 35 wounded as a car bomb targeted an Egyptian army convoy Wednesday in the Sinai where security forces are battling Islamists, a security official said.The bombing took place near El-Arish, regional capital of North Sinai where attacks on security forces have mounted since the army’s ouster in July of Islamist president Mohamed Morsi.A parked car blew up as the military convoy passed, the security official said. Wednesday’s bombing was the deadliest since an August 19 ambush by gunmen on a convoy of security forces that killed 25 policemen in the town of Rafah in North Sinai.That attack was the bloodiest in the Sinai Peninsula in several years.Dozens of soldiers and policemen have been killed in near daily attacks in Sinai, especially since Morsi’s July 3 ouster by the army.Egypt’s army has poured troops and armour into the restive peninsula to crush militant activity.Egypt’s security forces are also engaged in a sweeping crackdown on Islamist supporters of Morsi in other parts of the country.The crackdown has resulted in more than 1,000 people being killed and more than 2,000 arrested nationwide since mid-August.last_img read more

Last Years Warriors Werent The Best Ever But This Years Might Be

4Warriors2014-156/16/15103✓1822.3 10Pistons1988-896/13/8999✓1788.1 1Bulls1995-966/9/9697✓1853.1 There was plenty of “greatest of all time” speculation swirling around the Golden State Warriors at this time last year, as they tore through the Western Conference after breaking the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls’ record for regular-season victories. As it turns out, though, the Warriors weren’t even the greatest team of the 2015-16 season, since they lost to the Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA Finals. I suppose we all learned our collective lesson, because there hasn’t been anywhere near as much GOAT chatter this time around.The irony, of course, is that this version of the Warriors might actually be the best NBA team ever. Although they “only” won 67 games during the regular season, the 2016-17 Warriors had a better schedule-adjusted point differential than they did in their 73-win season, and then they rattled off what is so far the most dominant postseason of any team in recent memory (including the fabled 2001 L.A. Lakers).And if they can take care of Cleveland without much trouble in Game 1 of the NBA Finals, they’ll officially become the GOAT — at least, according to the Elo ratings, our pet system for judging an NBA team’s strength at any given moment.As my boss wrote on Saturday, the LeBron James Cavaliers have had a tendency to make Elo look silly. But by now, Elo has learned from its mistakes and is (mostly) giving Cleveland its due. The main reason our prediction system is still giving the Cavs a minuscule 10 percent chance of defending their championship, then, is that the Warriors are just so ridiculously dominant.Golden State’s Elo rating is currently 1850.5, which ranks second in NBA history to the peak rating of the ’96 Bulls (1853.1) — which was set after Chicago took a 3-0 lead over the Seattle SuperSonics in the NBA Finals. (The Bulls’ Elo would dip to a final rating of 1823 after they lost two of the next three games to the Sonics.) TEAMSEASONDATEGAME NO.DURING PLAYOFFS?ELO 3Warriors2015-1612/11/15241838.6 The best peak Elo ratings in NBA history 6Bulls1996-972/4/97471811.3 9Bulls1997-986/10/98101✓1788.3 8Lakers2008-096/14/09105✓1790.0 7Spurs2015-163/19/16691800.1 2Warriors2016-175/22/1794✓1850.5 5Celtics1985-865/29/8696✓1815.7 To surpass those Bulls and set a new peak-Elo record of 1853.2, the Warriors would need to prevail by eight or more on Thursday night. That’s far from an unreasonable goal; Golden State has the superior rating and is at home, so Elo actually considers them nine-point favorites for Game 1. (The Las Vegas betting line for Game 1 has the Warriors winning by seven.) According to research by Wayne Winston and Jeff Sagarin, the probability of a nine-point NBA favorite winning by at least eight is about 54 percent.But even if Cleveland plays the Warriors close in Game 1, a new Elo record is inevitable as long as Golden State keeps winning. A string of one-point victories in Games 1 through 3 would be enough to push the Warriors past the Bulls’ mark with at least a game to spare in the series. But any loss could be a major setback for the record-breaking bid. Even a three-point loss in Game 1 would need to be followed by four straight four-point wins to pull Golden State ahead of Chicago; a stray double-digit loss would require four 10-point wins in a row. And two losses in the series might prove too much for the Warriors to overcome unless they also rack up offsetting blowout wins, particularly if the Cavs’ wins are spaced apart in the series (Elo gives more weight to more recent games).Then again, it’s also possible that the Warriors could set an all-time peak Elo record after Game 1 and then the Cavs could rally back to win the series. In that scenario, Golden State’s season would parallel that of the 2007 New England Patriots, who set the NFL’s peak Elo record when they rattled off 18 straight wins before losing the Super Bowl. We’re guessing the Warriors would probably rather have the title. Source: ESPN, Basketball-Reference.com read more

Diego Simeone would never coach his son at Atletico

first_imgAtletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone confessed that he would never give his son Giovani a spot on his squad while he is the manager.After striker Giovanni Simeone’s first ever match for Argentina in a big match last week in which he scored a goal, the rumors about Atletico Madrid getting the player due to Diego Simeone’s desire to coach his son started spreading like wildfire. But this Monday the Argentine manager spoke about the possibility for the first time since his son started playing as a professional, he denied that Giovanni playing for Atletico under him in the near future was a possibility. Situations like this in which nepotism can become a very dangerous subject, are something that straight arrows like Diego Simeone will always try to avoid during their career. ‘Cholo’ has always been proud to play by the book, always living by the rules and never taking advantage of his position in any shape or form during his time as the manager for Atletico Madrid. Giovanni Simeone does look like the perfect fit for Atletico Madrid, he plays in a very similar manner to Diego Costa for example.#PartidazoSimeone https://t.co/juu15vNi0h— El Partidazo de COPE (@partidazocope) September 10, 2018Contrary to popular belief, Diego Simeone just confessed that he wouldn’t be on board with the idea of him coaching his son in any of his teams at such an early age. There were rumors that suggested that Diego Simeone desperately wanted to sign his son Giovanni, the striker has every single attribute that the boss looks for in his favorite type of striker as a potential signing for the Colchoneros. But contrary to what the general idea was about ‘Cholo’ having his son on the squad, he didn’t want this because he feels like it would be too complicated for the relationship given that he would be even more strict than he usually is with the rest of his pupils. The eldest Simeone recently spoke to Cadena Copa about many different topics, but he was very adamant to deny his son’s possible arrival to the Colchoneros and didn’t close the door for that chance but after he leaves the club.?️?Simeone en el Partidazo de COPE: “Griezmann este año fue sin ninguna duda el mejor jugador del mundo. Sin duda”#PartidazoSimeone pic.twitter.com/gA1KAvnjtl— El Partidazo de COPE (@partidazocope) September 10, 2018Gerard Pique, Neymar, BarcelonaLa Liga Betting: Match-day 4 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Despite it being very early into La Liga season, both Barcelona and Real Madrid have had unprecedented starts to their campaigns. With this in…“Watching him play in the national team gives me chills. He knows exactly what we feel for the national team, he has it in his blood like me. I think he did a very good job but I don’t like talking about him from a father perspective, but I do like talking about him from a manager’s perspective. He is a lad who has all the characteristics to play for one of my teams, but I will unfortunately never bring him to Atletico while I manage the club. I don’t want to say never but… It’s very difficult having a son in the dressing room. It would be difficult for him, as well as the relationship… Maybe 5 or 6 years from now he becomes an even more important player than he is today, maybe we can discuss something. If he becomes an even bigger start and he plays for me it would be easier for everyone because he would be more protected. He is going through the stages of his career in the perfect manner. Maybe someday when I’m no longer the Atletico Manager, maybe then he could come and play here,” said Diego to Cadena Cope.#SelecciónMayor @Argentina comienza su entrenamiento en el centro deportivo de @NYCFC. pic.twitter.com/IDSZgKLBDu— Selección Argentina ?? (@Argentina) September 9, 2018Giovanni’s great performance for Argentina.Diego Simeone was incredibly proud after his son scored the first ever goal for the National Team, this was during the 3-0 victory against the Guatemala side last Thursday and he celebrated with a lot of excitement. This goal marks a great historic moment because there are not many Argentina players who can presume to have more than one generation playing for the National Team in history, Giovanni looks like he could potentially become a great player like his father but with very different abilities. Because as we all know, Diego Simeone was a defensive midfielder in every club he played and Giovanni is a striker with very different skills. It’s a bummer we are not going to see Diego Simeone coaching his son this early in his career, but we are confident that they will meet as manager and player down the line when the young striker becomes a world-class star.#SelecciónMayor Tras la victoria ante Guatemala, el técnico Lionel Scaloni y los jugadores dialogaron con los medios de comunicación ➡ https://t.co/eYublPG2Y3 pic.twitter.com/Rj33w6anpC— Selección Argentina ?? (@Argentina) September 8, 2018How long do you think Giovani will take to become manageable for Diego Simeone? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.last_img read more

STATE REP RACE Town Manager Makes Announcement Regarding Political Lawn Signs

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — The town’s bylaws prohibit political lawn signs be displayed more than 45 days prior to an election.Chapter 5, Section 4 of the Town Inhabitant Bylaws reads:Temporary political signs may be placed on private property, the size and location of which shall not serve to obstruct the sight of motorists and pedestrians using or occupying the public ways and/or the right of access thereto. Temporary signs may be mounted only upon properly registered and insured motor vehicles. Signs may NOT be exhibited more than 45 days prior to election and MUST be removed within 3 days after the election.Town Manager Jeff Hull issued a statement earlier today, explaining why the town is not removing political lawn signs that have been placed well before the 45 days. It reads:It has been brought to the Town’s attention that election signs for the September state primary have been placed on private property throughout Town. That practice conflicts with Chapter 5, Section 4 of the Town of Wilmington Inhabitant By-Laws which addresses the timing for display of political signs. However, Town Counsel has advised that based upon a recent Supreme Court decision, the Town’s by-law related to political signs is most likely unenforceable. As a consequence, the Town will not be taking any action at this time to enforce that by-law as it relates to the display of election signs.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… RelatedSELECTMEN NEWS: DPW & Library Staff, Town Secretaries & Admin Assistants To Receive 7.5% Salary Increase Over 3 YearsIn “Government”Town Counsel Disagrees With McCoy, Rules Petitioned Warrant Articles Are ValidIn “Government”STATE REP RACE: Tewksbury Republican Committee Attack Robertson Over Wilmington Democratic Committee Chair’s StatementIn “Government”last_img read more

Toyota Supra TRD Performance Line concept piles on the aerodynamics

first_img Post a comment Review • 2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback: The best it’s ever been More about 2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous Toyota Preview • 2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback: Techier than ever Tags Enlarge ImageThis concept was originally teased with a giant wing, but perhaps TRD thought better of it. TRD Japan The Toyota Supra isn’t even on sale yet, but already, TRD rolled out a concept loaded with aerodynamic enhancements.Toyota this week unveiled the Supra TRD Performance Line concept on TRD’s Japanese-market site. This concept packs a number of aerodynamic enhancements that, according to the airflow images provided, should boost the car’s down downforce and make it handle even better than the stock Supra. It’s unclear if these parts preview actual TRD upgrades that will be available for the Supra in the future, but it’s never too early to start hoping. The front bumper gets larger spoilers to help push the nose down at speed, improving traction, while similar enhancements on the side skirts help push air to the right spot on the rear bumper, which has — you guessed it — more parts designed to improve downforce. Not only are they functional, they’re attractive, making the Supra look lower, wider and meaner than the base model. The whole thing is capped off with a set of 19-inch forged aluminum wheels. There don’t appear to be any modifications to the Supra’s powertrain, comprising a 335-horsepower, 365-pound-foot 3.0-liter I6. Then again, thrusting more power into the equation isn’t going to end well if the car can’t handle it, so I think it’s wiser to focus on the aero first.This is just a concept for now, and Toyota has made no announcements about an official TRD upgrade catalog, so we’ll have to hold tight for now. That said, the bottom of the TRD concept’s site says “To be continued,” so perhaps there’s more just over the horizon. Toyota More From Roadshow 0 15 Photos Coupes Sports Cars 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better Share your voice 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value Toyota Supra TRD Performance Line concept looks like it can handlelast_img read more

The World Wide Web at 30 feels a lot like the early

first_img Internet Laptops Computers Desktops Share your voice World Wide Web founder Tim Berners-Lee at LeWeb 2014 Stephen Shankland/CNET The internet has many birthdays. There was 1969, when remote computers communicated directly for the first time. Then there was 1983, when the TCP/IP standard was adopted. Today we’re celebrating 1989, the year Tim Berners-Lee laid out the basic concepts of the World Wide Web in a proposal, which included ideas like HTML, URL, and HTTP. March marks the 30th anniversary of that last milestone, which is perhaps the most important one, as the web is primarily what we think of as the “internet” today. cernAnd 30 years later, we have Seamless.  Tim Berners-Lee/CERN A few days ahead of that anniversary, Berners-Lee is giving a talk in Washington DC at the Washington Post Live Center about the founding of the web and the decades that followed. It’s a topic that resonates with me (and likely a lot of people in my age group) because I was there from nearly the beginning. In the middle of an industry obsessed with youth, I don’t often like to admit it, but my first email address came in the form of an undergraduate VAX (virtual address extension) account. I recall that email address being at least partly comprised of my social security number, which gives you an idea of the state of online security at the time. Version 1.0In the early to mid ’90s, we were all stumbling around the in the dark. We discovered things like Mosaic, the first web browser most of us ever saw. I registered my first domain name (which I still own) in January 1998, about eight months before Google was incorporated. Like many ’90s kids starting their careers after college and grad school, I ended up as a part of the Dotcom 1.0 boom. Mid-1998 saw me make the jump from print magazines and becoming employee number 20-something at a pop culture and video game web property called UGO.com, then a spinoff of an early ecommerce company called Interworld. We were bright young things gripping our on-paper stock options, calculating just how much cash we’d rake in for an IPO that always seemed just over the horizon. garySadly, we could not.  Screenshot by Dan Ackerman That IPO never happened, but I did manage to be a part of the one of the first viral publicity events of the era. My colleagues and I created the Gary Coleman Webathon, which was the first online celebrity fundraising event. Gary’s gone now, and so is UGO, shut down by one the publishers that scooped it up along along the way for a pittance. (Humanity-affirming footnote: The original UGO editorial crew still gets together about once a year or so, even though most of us last worked together almost 20 years ago.) But even as a grizzled internet veteran, I’m lucky enough to have avoided most of the biggest disasters of the Dotcom 1.0 era. I left companies before they imploded and eventually landed here. My wife was not as lucky, riding some of the most infamous Dotcom flameouts down into the ground, including Kozmo.com and TheGlobe.com. Everyone back then was addicted to checking and rechecking what may have been the TechCrunch of its day, a daily compendium of layoffs and shutdowns, with a name I won’t mention here. Let’s do the time warp againWhat’s amazing to me, now that the World Wide Web enters its third decade, is that I still have much of the same sense of wide-eyed wonder about the the possibilities that lie ahead. From online augmented reality experiences to impossibly thin laptops to artificial intelligence in anything and everything, I still can’t wait to see what’s next. But there are also things that feel familiar, and not always in a good way. Consider this my old-man-waving-a-stick warning, but the endless cycle of hype over everything — from cryptocurrency to blockchain to virtual and augmented reality to new ways to share social media experiences — often reminds me of the boiler room salesmanship of pre-Dotcom Bust era. Today it’s Theranos, Google Plus and Juicero. Back then it was Pets.com, Pseudo and Flooz (look it up). But the Dotcom 1.0 version of me would have also found many of today’s online experiences mindblowing. From the democratization of live video broadcasting to decades of movies and music on-demand to maintaining more-important-than-they-sound social media weak ties with childhood friends and industry colleagues. Despite a growing dark side of technology that has led to major problems like rampant data misuse and the social media hate speech and harassment crisis, I still believe the web’s best days are ahead of it.  3center_img Comments Tagslast_img read more

FTC cracks down on robocalls with new initiative

first_img Now playing: Watch this: How to stop robocalls Comments 2:42 4 Hi. I’m a robot. May I bother you? Getty Images The Federal Trade Commission and law enforcement partners unveiled on Tuesday a new initiative to combat robocalls. “Operation Call it Quits” is a partnership at the local, state and federal level that includes 94 actions targeting illegal robocall operations, including shutting down robocall companies and issuing fines in the millions. “Nearly all robocalls are illegal unless you’ve given consent in writing,” Andrew Smith, director of the FTC’s Bureau of Consumer Protection, said during a press briefing.The initiative comes at a time when illegal robocalls have permeated not just household and business landlines but also hospital phone lines. These calls run the gamut from services that promise to reduce your credit card’s interest rate to operations that say they’ll help you earn money from home. Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill mentioned during the briefing that last year alone $10.5 billion was lost to phone scams in the United States. “The actual amounts are probably much higher … because … the elderly don’t report their calls,” said Hill. For consumers, simply answering a call from an unknown number can increase the likelihood of further robocalls because it signals to scammers that the phone number is active, says the FTC.  “We’re all fed up with the tens of billions of illegal robocalls we get every year,” said Smith. “Today’s joint effort shows that combating this scourge remains a top priority for law enforcement agencies around the nation.”Earlier this month, the Federal Communications Commission gave wireless carriers the green light to block robocalls for customers by default. Similarly, the FTC hopes that in the upcoming months Congress will give it greater jurisdiction over telecommunications carriers to trace calls back to their source, according to Smith. center_img FTC Tags Security Share your voicelast_img read more

Tonight AFROs First Edition with Sean Yoes Friday July 15

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A review of some of the top news stories of the week, directly from the pages of the AFRO with managing editor Kamau High. Plus, The Mod Squad, Taya Graham and Stephen Janis of The Real News Network report on politics and law enforcement, including resistance to law enforcement reform in the wake of the Dallas shootings.
These stories and much more on AFRO’s First Edition with Sean Yoes.last_img

A day dedicated to dance

first_imgWith a vision to provide young dancers with an eclectic opportunity so that true talent nurtures and pans into expanding horizons, the dance community have come together to observe the World Dance Day. Propounded by dancer/ choreographer Geeta Chandran, the event will present young dancers from Natya Vriksha celebrating the spirit and devotion to the art form.This festival is organised in collaboration with the Ministry of Culture, UNESCO, Sangeet Natak Akademi, NTPC and India International Centre. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Expanding over two days, the first day will feature an open-house seminar discussing what is classical in dance and will conclude with two performances (Kathak and Kutiyattam each). The second day will witness the young dancers festival by putting up Bharatnatyam and Sattriya performances by Aditi Balasubramanian and Anwesa Mahanta respectively.Other artists participating include names like Swati Sinha, an ‘A’ grade artist of Doordarshan she has performed in major cultural events such as Khajuraho Dance Festival and Spic Macay. Aditi Balasubramanian is touted to be a Bharatnatyam child prodigy, she is merely 12 years old. Lastly Anwesa Mahanta, has been an active performer since 2001 presenting Sattriya in its solo form.DETAILWhere- India International Centre Auditorium 40, Max Mueller Marg, Lodi Estate When- 27 and 28 AprilTimings- 3.30 pm – 6.30 pmlast_img read more

Restoring paradise

first_imgAs you enjoy winter this year, don’t forget the plight of the Jammu and Kashmir people who were affected by the recent flood. To ‘Spread the warmth’ and extend a supportive gesture, DLF Place, Saket in association with Cequin Ngo presents Spread The Warmth campaign. A social endeavour to bring back the glory of Kashmir by facilitating the victims with warm clothes, blankets, shoes and other useful materials.DLF Place, Saket is also holding an art exhibition in association with Delhi Street Art group. The art group is also be showcasing live painting sessions till 20 November  at the centre court Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’of the mall.The campaign was flagged off by Sara Pilot (Chairperson, Cequin) along with other well known faces of New Delhi like Jai Madan, Promila Bahri, Viraj Bahri, Jayashree Raghuram and others. All of them came forward to donate generously in order to support this noble cause. Café Delhi Heights, treated guests with delectable refreshments, appreciating their valued effort.  Benu Sehgal, Mall Head, Mall Management DLF Place, Saket said ‘The difficulty of the people of Jammu and Kashmir has always been a matter of concern, it’s just the floods have only made it worse. We urge people to take a pledge to contribute as much as they can to keep the needy warm and to bring a smile on their faces this winter. We feel it’s a great opportunity for everyone to do their bit for their well being. Each drop of support counts for them to settle back after this massive disaster’.Where : DLF Place, Saket When: 20 Novemberlast_img read more

Creativity unmatched

first_imgSaris, salwar kameez and many more traditional attires, that have adorned the bodies of women over the years, are the resultant of the hard labour that is put in by skilled weavers and artisans. Colourful and creative weaves and textiles, that are created after the weaver waves its magic wand over them, are on display at ‘Kairi 2016’ which is a summer textile and saree exhibition. The event which has been organised by Delhi Crafts Council, is being held from March 10 to 12 at Aga Khan Hall in the national Capital. The exhibition is showcasing the innate talent of the skilled weavers from different states of the country.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The exhibited materials are from diferent parts of the country, which  showcase their respective traditions.  The likes of Khadi, Ajrakh, Bandhani, Kalamkari, Banaras weaves, Ikat, Kota, Maheshwari, Chanderi, Bagh prints, Tribal weaves from Bastar, South India weaves and prints from Jaipur etc are on display. Over 5000 visitors and 20 exhibitors have displayed their range of textiles in the exhibition. The participating exhibitors are Govardhan Panika, Kartik, Asgar Ali, Suresh and Malkha and many more.  Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with Netflix“Kairi is a special event for us at the Delhi Crafts Council. We present weavers from across India, many of whom have never showcased their textiles in Delhi before. “The Indian textile industry has always been dynamic and has a huge potential to create a remarkable presence all across the world. We have witnessed massive response from the buyers. “We believe that it is our onus to nurture Indian craftsmanship and are happy to provide them with a platform to reach a wider market”, said Kamayani Jalan, Treasurer, Delhi crafts council. Delhi Crafts Council is a part of a movement towards revitalisation and promotion of traditional Indian crafts. A registered voluntary nonprofit organisation, it was founded in 1967 by the late Kamladevi Chattopadhyaya. It is affiliated to Crafts Council of India in Chennai and is part of a larger network of regional councils. Broadly, the council concerns itself with securing a better life for traditional crafts persons by preserving and promoting their skills.last_img read more

Methane gas from garbage leads to underground explosions

first_imgKolkata: Local residents got frightened after multiple underground explosions took place on Gobinda Khatik Road on Wednesday.Huge cracks developed at multiple places near Tangra police station. It was found that the explosion took place due to the formation of methane gas from the garbage that got stuck in the sewerage line. According to local residents, around 2 pm, sudden explosions took place in six places which blew of lids of manholes between the stretch from Ambedkar Club to Pilkhana Mor. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: Mamatalocal residents got panic-stricken hearing the sound of explosions. Police went to the spot and found gases were emanating from open manholes. Soon fire brigade and Kolkata Municipal Corporation were informed. Also, the traffic movement on Gobinda Khatik Road was suspended. Local councilor and Member Mayor-in-Council Swapan Samaddar said there was a brick sewerage line under the road through which water along with garbage is pumped out from the Palmerbazar sewerage pumping station to Chowbaga pumping station. Methane gas was formed as garbage got stuck in the sewerage line leading to the explosion. “Our engineers are working. Hopefully by night the work will be done,” he said. Due to the explosion, huge cracks developed in the area. Fire fighters sprayed water on the open manholes to stop the emission of the gas. Till last news came in, none was hurt and repair work was under way.last_img read more

Try to make me go to rehab … Aussies say yes yes

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: K.W Aussies have been known to travel overseas for medical and dental treatments but some are now turning an overseas trip into a stint in rehab in the latest trend “rehab tourism”.While the lure of cheaper facelifts, breast implants and dental enhancements drew many Australians overseas to holiday mixed with medical treatment, the latest trend is for travellers to combine drug and alcohol treatment with holiday activities.According to drug and alcohol treatment facility in Northern Thailand the Cabin Chiang Mai, more Australians are utilising its services and now account for up to a third of its guests.Combining a stint in a drug and alcohol treatment facility with elephant rides, cooking classes and white-water rafting at a third of the price of Australian rehabilitation clinics is attracting Aussies to stay at the Cabin.While the fitness therapy and excursions are considered part of the treatment, the staff are quick to say it is “far from being a holiday”.According to the Cabin Chiang Mai resident psychologist Cameron Brown the Australian guests come from all walks of life, with the resort’s location giving guests anonymity while getting them far away from their usual routine and addiction triggers.last_img read more

June 27 2008 To continue our report from 625

first_imgJune 27, 2008 To continue our report from 6/25/08, the construction team is ready for the concrete pour. This will be an extention of a concrete ramp leading to the loading and handicap access platform behind the Crafts III visitors center. [Photo & text: sa] Once again, David Tollas babies the good old concrete truck into action. This truck has been part of the construction effort since the mid 1970’s. [Photo & text: sa] Workshop participants and volunteers work with the construction crew on this pour. The ramp will give delivery trucks and physically challenged visitors better traction down this steep hill. [Photo & text: sa]last_img read more

Foreignexchange fluctuations are inescapable Whe

first_imgForeign-exchange fluctuations are inescapable. Whether you are a professional trader or a stay-at-home mom, you will feel the effects of a big-time currency move. After a more-than-decade-long down cycle, the greenback has broken out in a big way. The US Dollar Index is up 18% since July. At the moment, American consumers are reaping the benefits of the strong dollar as prices for just about every commodity have tanked. In other words, the buck is going a lot further these days. Consumers may be relishing their enhanced purchasing power, but the strong dollar is giving US multinationals a serious headache. A year ago, Ford Motor Company (F) would have realized around $26,000 for every F-150 it sold in Mexico. Today, the auto manufacturer has to decide between selling the same truck for a 10 percent discount or jacking up the price, at the risk of losing market share, to make up for the foreign exchange differential. Neither option is ideal. The strong dollar has been a chief complaint of corporate America this earnings season, which is unsurprising considering that almost half of the revenues of the S&P 500’s constituents come from abroad. Coca-Cola (KO), Johnson & Johnson (JNJ), Yum Brands (YUM), Pfizer (PFE), and Procter & Gamble (PG) are among the many name-brand companies that have cited dollar strength as a headwind. In its latest earnings call, Procter & Gamble said sales would have been five percentage points better were it not for the pesky appreciating dollar. The company’s chief financial officer went so far as to say that this was “the most significant fiscal year currency impact” in the company’s long history. Not even the most innovative companies in the world can find a way around this problem. Google said the strong dollar cost the company a half-billion dollars in sales last quarter. And Apple claimed revenues would have been two billion dollars higher if not for the surging currency. So we aren’t just talking about a few pennies here. The dollar’s strength has even swung many companies’ bottom lines from profitable to in the red. Currency market cycles typically last between six and eight years. There’s no reason to think that this time will be any different. While the Federal Reserve has stopped buying bonds, the European Central Bank is about to commence a €1.1 trillion quantitative easing (QE) program, and the Bank of Japan is continuing to pursue the largest easing program in history. US firms are coming to grips with the fact that a strong dollar is probably here to stay. Earlier this month, Wal-Mart (WMT) slashed its annual sales growth rate projection in half, largely because of the appreciating dollar. United Technologies (UTX) and Under Armour (UA) also tempered guidance for the year due to foreign-exchange effects. The silver lining is that currency movements are a zero-sum game. What’s bad for US multinationals is good for foreign exporters. The trick is identifying the biggest winner. In the latest issue of The Casey Report, we recommended an investment that is not only on the winning side of the strengthening dollar trend, but is also a direct beneficiary of the eurozone’s QE experiment. Click here to take The Casey Report for a risk-free test drive. You’ll have 90 days to decide if it’s for you. If it’s not, no hard feelings. Just let us know within 90 days and we’ll give you a full and prompt refund. You literally have nothing to lose.last_img read more

Justin Spittler What evidence do you have that It

first_imgJustin Spittler: What evidence do you have that Italy could ditch the euro and go back to the lira?Nick Giambruno: Italy’s new government is on a collision course with the powers that be in the EU. Its spending plans are completely at odds with the EU’s rules on deficits. And it’s already called on the European Central Bank [ECB] to forgive €250 billion in Italian debt. The ECB owns €341 billion worth of Italian bonds, which it has been buying under its own version of quantitative easing [QE], or more accurately, its currency printing program.And Rome’s demands are going to get even more shrill. It knows a blowup of Italy’s $2.6 trillion debt pile would make the fallout from the Lehman Brothers collapse look like a picnic. And folks in Brussels understand all too well that this would be a mortal blow to the EU.The EU has a choice to make. It can accept Italy’s demands and create a moral hazard that will eventually unravel the euro and the EU… or it can reject them, at which point Italy’s government will have no choice but to leave the euro. And if Italy leaves, it’s unlikely the whole project would survive.Justin Spittler: But don’t Italians know that? Why would they press ahead with a plan that could blow up their economy?Nick Giambruno: What’s going on in Italy is a stark example of how central banks pervert the free market at their own peril. Just like the Fed bought up $3.6 trillion worth of U.S. government bonds under its QE program, the ECB is on course to buy more than €2.5 trillion under its QE program. That includes purchasing €3 billion worth of Italian government bonds a month.This has perverted Italians’ understanding of risk. As recently as the start of last month, two-year Italian government bonds traded on a negative yield. That’s insane. A bond costs you to own it if its yield is negative. It makes no sense.This happened because the ECB is printing euros to buy Italian debt. This is keeping bond yields artificially low… and bond prices artificially high. [Bond prices move inversely to yields.] Italians have gotten used to the idea that they can run up an ever-growing debt pile and the ECB will always be there to scoop it up.Justin Spittler: After Japan and Greece, Italy has the highest debt-to-GDP ratio of any major developed nation in the world. How did Italians run up so much debt?Nick Giambruno: Italy’s debt-to-GDP ratio stands at over 130%. But GDP isn’t a worthwhile measure—especially in Italy’s case.Government spending—no matter how wasteful or counterproductive—is counted as a positive in the calculation of GDP. And trust me, Italian government spending is not having a positive impact on the productive part of its economy.Italians, generally speaking, love big government. You still have remnants of fascism in Italy. You have the remnants of communism, too. You have big government on the right and big government on the left.If you want a more honest reflection of the indebtedness of the Italian economy, strip out government spending. It accounts for about half of Italy’s GDP. Do that, and Italy’s debt-to-GDP ratio doubles. It’s really 260%, not 130%.There’s no way Italy can ever repay its bondholders in the purchasing power that they borrowed in. It would take almost three years of using Italians’ taxes to only pay back bondholders. It’s ludicrous to believe that that’s possible.Italy is a prime example of how unsound money perverts a culture. It teaches people to be financially irresponsible. It teaches people that the magic money machine is always going to save their bacon.Justin Spittler: What can readers do to make sure their wealth is safe?Nick Giambruno: The next big crunch will be when the Italian government unveils its new budget. And it’s almost certainly going to be at odds with EU spending rules.So we’re talking about a crisis—that would dwarf the 2008 global financial crisis—happening as soon as later this year. The EU is in an impossible situation. No matter which way it goes, it’s in trouble. I certainly wouldn’t recommend holding any European stocks or bonds right now.But it’s also bullish for gold. Gold is a “crisis currency.” It’s what you want to own when there’s a panic in financial assets. In a crisis, people want the assurance of gold. There’s zero default risk when you own gold bars or gold coins.I also recommend holding some bitcoin. Bitcoin is starting to behave like a crisis currency. If we see the euro come apart, bitcoin could go exponentially higher.It’s not that bitcoin is without risk. We’ve seen the price bounce around a lot. But it is a way to get your wealth outside of the mainstream financial system. And that’s where you want to be when the financial system is plunged into a crisis.Justin Spittler: Thanks for chatting with me today, Nick.Nick Giambruno: No problem, Justin.Justin’s note: As Nick says, three steps you can take today are avoiding European stocks and bonds… owning gold… and holding some bitcoin. But there’s another way you can make a fortune while this crisis plays out… and Nick shares all the details in his Crisis Investing newsletter. If you’re not a subscriber, click here to see how you can join today.P.S. In a few weeks, Nick will be speaking in Bermuda at our first-ever Legacy Investment Summit. He’ll be revealing the six reasons why Trump will legalize cannabis… and how to make life-changing profits. And you’re invited.It’s a great opportunity for you to meet Nick, along with Doug Casey and all of our gurus, in what will be the most action-packed event in our company’s history. You can learn more about it by clicking here.Reader MailbagOn Monday, we asked if you were investing in cryptocurrencies… Here are some of the responses we received…Hello Justin, I’m a 61-year-old woman who has never invested a dime in her life until now. Last month, I did my research and decided that cryptocurrencies are the future of global financials.Then I invested some money in bitcoin and ether. I intend to buy more each time the prices drop on these cryptocurrencies and to buy others as well. I’m very certain the prices of these cryptocurrencies are going to explode by the end of the year. So, every time the price of cryptos drops, I’m happy to buy more and am not the least bit worried about my investments. Why else would big institutions like JPMorgan be investing heavily in cryptos? Have a marvelous day! —Joanne — Justin Spittler: Why is Italy a risk to the global financial system?Nick Giambruno: We had a European sovereign debt crisis, focused on Greece, a couple of years back. That sent shockwaves through global financial markets.But Italy is not Greece. Greece is a marginal economy. Its annual GDP is $200 billion. Italy has the ninth-largest economy in the world, with an annual GDP of about $2 trillion.Even more important, the value of Italian debt dwarfs Greece’s debt pile. Italian governments have run up the equivalent of about $2.6 trillion in debt—or about 130% of Italian GDP.And remember, Italy uses the euro. It can’t print money to pay off its debt, like the U.S. can. Rome has to take the money out of taxpayers’ pockets to cover the interest costs on the debt.Add in the new, populist, “Euroskeptic” government running the show in Italy, and you’ve got a highly combustible situation.These people are not reading Ludwig von Mises or Ron Paul. They don’t have sound economics. They’re not talking about balancing the budget and going back to sound money principles. The combination of extra spending and tax cutting they’re proposing is completely unsustainable.When you understand this, you’ll also understand the inevitability of an Italian debt crisis. It’s just a matter of connecting the dots to see that this is where the next major crisis is likely to start.Justin Spittler: Doesn’t that put Italy on a collision course with the EU?Nick Giambruno: That’s the point. Italy’s new government wants to leave the euro so it can finance its budget by going back to the old Italian currency, the lira, and printing money.That’s how it’s going to pay for its universal basic income and its extravagant pensions. It’s not going to pay for them with economic growth… or by making government spending cuts elsewhere. It’s going to pay for them by printing money. This is as clear as day.The reason the Italian government has floated the idea of breaking free from the euro is so that it can print a bunch of lira to pay for its stupid social programs. If these kinds of policies are implemented, it could eventually turn Italy into the next Venezuela. — FREE EVENT TONIGHT: “Give Me One Evening and I’ll Turn You Into a Money-Making Machine”Former hedge fund manager Teeka Tiwari reveals how you can use Wall Street’s best-kept money-making secrets to collect guaranteed “instant cash,” month after month. I have been averaging into four cryptocurrencies over the past few months. These holdings are all down about 25% to 30% right now. I don’t care! My goal is to accumulate positions in these at whatever price they happen to be. —ThomasAs always, you can send any questions or suggestions for the Dispatch right here. Justin’s note: In yesterday’s Dispatch, I showed you how Italy’s debt crisis could ultimately end Europe as we know it. Today, we talk with Crisis Investing chief analyst Nick Giambruno for a closer look at the situation.Nick’s been warning his readers about the crisis brewing in Italy. In our conversation below, he explains what’s really happening… why Italy could turn into “the next Venezuela”… and most importantly, what you need to do today to make sure your wealth is safe…Justin Spittler: You first wrote about the crisis brewing in Italy in your Crisis Investing advisory two years ago. But folks on Wall Street… and in the mainstream press… are only starting to wake up to the crisis there. Why has it taken them so long to see the danger Italy poses to the global financial system?Nick Giambruno: I’m an Italian citizen. So I have a fairly good grasp on the country. Back in the summer of 2016, the country was plunged into a political crisis. Folks started questioning whether it would stay in the European Union [EU] or leave, like Britain had just voted to do. I stayed there for several weeks—in Rome and Milan—figuring out what was going on.It was abundantly clear to me then that Italy was a systemic risk to the global financial system… and that it had unsolvable problems that were going to come to the fore sooner or later.It was also clear that Italy’s “Euroskeptic” populist political parties were going to come to power… and that they would try to steer the country out of the euro.It took Wall Street and the Establishment too long to connect the dots. But that all changed this past March, when the Italian populists took the reins of the government, as I had predicted. Recommended Linkcenter_img The “New Gold Standard” [FULL SCOOP] Recommended Link SPOILER: This has nothing to do with cryptos. Weird new “Gold Laws” popping up across AmericaThe “gold standard” may be coming back, but not in the way you think… Recently, several high-ranking officials and U.S. businessmen met to discuss a new “gold standard”—backed by 21st Century technology. Already, 142 U.S. cities have opened up to this radical idea. And Texas Governor Greg Abbott has moved part of his savings into a “prototype” for the “new gold standard.” One man involved in the discussions reveals what he’s learned, along with a potentially explosive opportunity—the same kind of opportunity he used to bag a 14,354% winner. Cryptocurrencies are going to fly! —Anonymous Get all the info herelast_img read more

Welcome to parenthood For many of us parenthood

first_imgWelcome to parenthood! For many of us, parenthood is like being air-dropped into a foreign land, where protohumans rule and communication is performed through cryptic screams and colorful fluids. And to top it off, in this new world, sleep is like gold: precious and rare. (Oh, so precious.)Throughout human history, children were typically raised in large, extended families filled with aunts, uncles, grannies, grandpas and siblings. Adding another baby to the mix didn’t really make a big dent. Nowadays, though, many moms and dads are going about it alone. As a result, taking care of a newborn can be relentless. There are too few arms for rocking, too few chests for sleeping and too few hours in the day to stream The Great British Bake Off. At some point, many parents need the baby to sleep — alone and quietly — for a few hours. And so, out of self-preservation, many of us turn to the common, albeit controversial, practice of sleep training, in hopes of coaxing the baby to sleep by herself. Some parents swear by it. They say it’s the only way they and their babies got any sleep. Others parents say letting a baby cry is harmful. What does the science say? Here we try to separate fiction from fact and offer a few reassuring tips for wary parents. Let’s start with the basics. Myth: Sleep training is synonymous with the “cry-it-out” method.Fact: Researchers today are investigating a wide range of gentler sleep training approaches that can help.The mommy blogs and parenting books often mix up sleep training with “cry it out,” says Jodi Mindell, a psychologist at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia who has helped thousands of babies and parents get more sleep over the past 20 years. In fact, most of the time, it’s not that. “I think unfortunately sleep training has gotten a really bad rap because it’s been equated with this moniker called ‘cry it out,’ ” Mindell says.Indeed, the cry-it-out approach does sound cruel to many parents. “You put your baby into their crib or their room, you close the door and you don’t come back till the next day,” Mindell says. “But that’s not the reality of what we recommend or what parents typically do.”And it’s not what scientists have been studying over the past 20 years. Cry-it-out is an old way of thinking, says Mindell, author of one of the most frequently cited studies on sleep training (and the popular book Sleeping Through The Night). In today’s scientific literature, the term “sleep training” is an umbrella term that refers to a spectrum of approaches to help babies learn to fall asleep by themselves. It includes much gentler methods than cry-it-out or the so-called Ferber method. For example, some sleep training starts off by having the parent sleep next to the baby’s crib (a method called camping out) or simply involves educating parents about baby sleep.”All these methods are lumped together in the scientific literature as ‘sleep training,’ ” Mindell says. In several studies, parents are taught a very gentle approach to sleep training. They are told to place the baby in the crib and then soothe him — by patting or rubbing his back — until he stops crying. The parent then leaves the room. If the baby begins crying, the parent is supposed to check in after waiting some amount of time. In one study, these types of gentle interventions reduced the percentage of parents reporting sleep problems five months later by about 30%. Myth: There’s a “right” amount of time to let your baby cry when you’re trying to sleep train.Fact: There’s not a strict formula that works for every parent (or baby). There isn’t a magic number of minutes that works best for checking on a baby after you’ve put her down, Mindell says. It really depends on what parents feel comfortable with. “Doesn’t matter if you come back and check on the baby every 30 seconds or whether you come back every five minutes,” she says. “If it’s your first child you’re going in every 20 seconds.” But by the third, she jokes, 10 minutes of crying may not seem like a lot. There is no scientific data showing that checking every three minutes or every 10 minutes is going to work faster or better than checking more often. There are about a dozen or so high-quality studies on sleep training. Each study tests a slightly different approach. And none really compares different methods. In many studies, multiple methods are combined. For example, parents are taught both how to sleep train and how to set up a good bedtime routine. So it’s impossible to say one approach works better than the other, especially for every baby, Mindell says. Instead of looking for a strict formula — such as checking every five minutes — parents should focus on finding what Mindell calls “the magic moment” — that is, the moment when the child can fall asleep independently without the parent in the room. For some children, more soothing or more check-ins may help bring forth the magic, and for other babies, less soothing, fewer check-ins may work better. With my daughter, I finally figured out that one type of crying meant she needed some TLC, but another meant she wanted to be left alone. Even having a good bedtime routine can make a difference. “I think education is key,” Mindell says. “One study I just reviewed found that when new parents learn about how babies sleep, their newborns are more likely to be better sleepers at 3 and 6 months.””So you just have figure out what works best for you, your family and the baby’s temperament,” she says.Myth: It’s not real sleep training if you don’t hear tons of crying.Fact: Gentler approaches work, too. And sometimes nothing works.You don’t have to hear tons of crying if you don’t want, Mindell says. The scientific literature suggests all the gentler approaches — such as camping out and parental education — can help most babies and parents get more sleep, at least for a few months. In 2006, Mindell reviewed 52 studies on various sleep training methods. And in 49 of the studies, sleep training decreased resistance to sleep at bedtime and night wakings, as reported by the parents. There’s a popular belief that “cry it out” is the fastest way to teach babies to sleep independently. But there’s no evidence that’s true, Mindell says.”Parents are looking for like what’s the most effective method,” Mindell says. “But what that is depends on the parents and the baby. It’s a personalized formula. There’s no question about it.”And if nothing seems to work, don’t push too hard. For about 20% of babies, sleep training just doesn’t work, Mindell says. “Your child may not be ready for sleep training, for whatever reason,” she says. “Maybe they’re too young, or they’re going through separation anxiety, or there may be an underlying medical issue, such as reflux.” Myth: Once I sleep train my baby, I can expect her to sleep through the night, every night.Fact: Most sleep training techniques help some parents, for some time, but they don’t always stick.Don’t expect a miracle from any sleep training method, especially when it comes to long-term results. None of the sleep training studies are large enough — or quantitative enough — to tell parents how much better a baby will sleep or how much less often that baby will wake up after trying a method, or how long the changes will last. “I think that idea is a made-up fantasy,” Mindell says. “It would be great if we could say exactly how much improvement you’re going to see in your child, but any improvement is good. “Even the old studies on cry-it-out warned readers that breakthrough crying sometimes occurred at night and that retraining was likely needed after a few months. The vast majority of sleep training studies don’t actually measure how much a baby sleeps or wakes up. But instead, they rely on parent reports to measure sleep improvements, which can be biased. For example, one of the high-quality studies found that a gentle sleep training method reduced the probability of parents reporting sleep problems by about 30% in their 1-year-old. But by the time those kids were 2 years old, the effect disappeared. Another recent study found two kinds of sleep training helped babies sleep better — for a few months. It tried to compare two sleep training approaches: one where the parent gradually allows the baby to cry for longer periods of time and one where the parent shifts the baby’s bedtime to a later time (the time he naturally falls asleep), and then the parent slowly moves the time up to the desired bedtime. The data suggest that both methods reduced the time it takes for a baby to fall asleep at night and the number of times the baby wakes up at night. But the study was quite small, just 43 infants. And the size of the effects varied greatly among the babies. So it’s hard to say how much improvement is expected. After both methods, babies were still waking up, on average, one to two times a night, three months later. Bottom line, don’t expect a miracle, especially when it comes to long-term results. Even if the training has worked for your baby, the effect will likely wear off, you might be back to square one, and some parents choose to redo the training.Myth: Sleep training (or NOT sleep training) my children could harm them in the long term. Fact: There’s no data to show either choice hurts your child in the long-run. Some parents worry sleep training could be harmful long-term. Or that not doing it could set up their kids for problems later on.The science doesn’t support either of these fears, says Dr. Harriet Hiscock, a pediatrician at the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne, Australia, who has authored some of the best studies on the topic.In particular, Hiscock led one of the few long-term studies on the topic. It’s a randomized controlled trial — the gold standard in medical science — with more than 200 families. Blogs and parenting books often cite the study as “proof” that the cry-it-out method doesn’t harm children. But if you look closely, you quickly see that the study doesn’t actually test “cry it out.” Instead, it tests two other gentler methods, including the camping out method. “It’s not shut the door on the child and leave,” Hiscock says.In the study, families were either taught a gentle sleep training method or given regular pediatric care. Then Hiscock and colleagues checked up on the families five years later to see if the sleep training had any detrimental effects on the children’s emotional health or their relationship with their parents. The researchers also measured the children’s stress levels and accessed their sleep habits. In the end, Hiscock and her colleagues couldn’t find any long-term difference between the children who had been sleep trained as babies and those who hadn’t. “We concluded that there were no harmful effects on children’s behavior, sleep, or the parent-child relationship,” Hiscock says.In other words, the gentle sleep training didn’t make a lick of difference — bad or good — by the time kids reached about age 6. For this reason, Hiscock says parents shouldn’t feel pressure to sleep train, or not to sleep train a baby.”I just think it’s really important to not make parents feel guilty about their choice [on sleep training],” Hiscock says. “We need to show them scientific evidence, and then let them make up their own minds.” Copyright 2019 NPR. To see more, visit https://www.npr.org.last_img read more

The government has finally announced the date when

first_imgThe government has finally announced the date when it will bring into force regulations that will ban taxi drivers from discriminating against wheelchair-users, more than 20 years after they were first included in legislation.From 6 April, taxi and private hire vehicle drivers will face a fine of up to £1,000 if they refuse to accept wheelchair-users, try to charge them extra, or fail to provide them with appropriate assistance.The announcement has been seen as a success for a committee of peers that called for the move last year.Successive Labour, coalition and Conservative governments have refused to bring the measures into force, since they were included in the Disability Discrimination Act 1995, and then incorporated into the Equality Act 2010.But the Equality Act 2010 and disability committee, which included several disabled peers among its members, and reported last March on the impact of equality laws on disabled people, called in its report for the measures to be implemented.The government had spoken in evidence to the committee about the “burden” on taxi drivers of bringing the regulations into force.But the committee concluded that the government’s excuses for failing to bring sections 165 and 167 of the Equality Act into force were “entirely unconvincing” and that ministers “should be considering the burden on disabled people trying to take taxis, not the burden on taxi owners or drivers”. Seven weeks later, in May last year, transport minister Andrew Jones announced that the two sections would finally come into force.He announced this week that that would happen on 6 April.Baroness [Celia] Thomas (pictured), the disabled Liberal Democrat peer whose idea it was to set up the Equality Act 2010 and disability committee, said: “At long last the law will change from 6 April, and life will become a little bit easier for many disabled people who have to use taxis.“It is nearly a year since the government promised this in response to the House of Lords’ Equality Act 2010 and disability committee report, and shows how a committee’s recommendation can finally spur the government into long overdue action.”Baroness [Jane] Campbell, the disabled crossbench peer, who also sat on the committee, said: “I have been regularly reminding the government to switch on the taxi regulations to make it illegal to ignore disabled passengers, leaving them sitting at the roadside, since we launched our report last April.“I guess it shows persistence pays. So, for fear of sounding ungrateful – at last!”The government will be consulting on a draft accessibility action plan later this year, which will seek to address the barriers faced by disabled people in accessing all types of public transport.Jones said in a statement: “We want to build a country that works for everyone, and part of that is ensuring disabled people have the same access to services and opportunities as anyone else – including when it comes to travel.“People who use wheelchairs are often heavily reliant on taxis and private hire vehicles and this change to the law will mean fair and equal treatment for all.”The new rules will apply in England, Wales and Scotland and will affect vehicles that are designated as wheelchair-accessible, and will apply to both taxis and private hire vehicles.As well as fines of up to £1,000, drivers could also face having their taxi or private hire vehicle licences suspended or revoked.last_img read more