TTJ, JPA sign MOU

first_imgWith ambitions of successful representation and bringing home medals as soon as the 2020 Tokyo Paralympic Games, a memorandum of understanding between Table Tennis Jamaica (TTJ) and the Jamaica Paralympic Association (JPA) was signed yesterday at the Sir John Golding Rehab Centre, located at Elleston Flats, St Andrew.A new chapter was written between local governing body for table tennis and the Paralympic community and signed by Godfrey Lothian and Christopher Samuda, the respective presidents.It will see TTJ provide coaching and training for Paralympic athletes with a view to seeing them transition to the international stage and, hopefully, win medals at the Paralympics in table tennis.Jamaica Olympic Association (JOA) president Michael Fennell recalled that the city of Rio de Janeiro in Brazil, while hosting the Pan American Games in 2007, was the first host to introduce the ParaPan Games.”Tokyo 2020, which I think you have set as one of your benchmarks, will be another important benchmark,” said Fennell, who warned that while the Games are four years away, planning is needed.FORMAL AGREEMENT”We are here to celebrate the signing and formalising of the agreement between the Jamaica Table Tennis Association and the Paralympic Association, and for this to have the meaning from this formal document it requires participation,” Fennell urged.Meanwhile, this summer, Brazil will showcase the Olympic Games in August and the Paralympic Games in September.”I am sure it will be amazing for Jamaican athletes Olympics and Paralympics for the records and medals that you already have collected in this country,” said Brazilian Ambassador to Jamaica Carlos den Hartog.The JPA president, Samuda, said: “It is a partnership, ladies and gentlemen, that will, under the Road to Tokyo campaign, create a pathway for Paralympians to realise potential, fulfil their ambitions, and fuel their aspirations.”Samuda described the Sir John Golding Rehab Centre-based programme as a “centre of excellence”.The TTJ’s, president, Godfrey Lothian, said that “table tennis should be played anywhere and everywhere,” adding that “everybody should play table tennis”.”We will be putting some of our best coaches here because whenever you see people coming off the plane, it’s not just going to be our able-bodied athletes coming in with medals from athletics, but you’re going to see our Paralympians and others who will be mobilised across the country with table tennis medals,” he stated.last_img read more

QPR v Brighton: Austin starts

first_imgCharlie Austin returns to the QPR starting line-up for the game against Championship leaders Brighton at Loftus Road.As expected, Austin comes back in with Matt Phillips switching to the flank and Karl Henry dropping to the bench.Austin, who has been nursing a calf problem, has not started a match for more than a month.Meanwhile, former QPR striker Bobby Zamora is among the Brighton substitutes.QPR: Green; Perch, Onuoha, Hall, Konchesky; Sandro, Faurlin; Phillips, Fer, Hoilett; Austin.Subs: Smithies, Chery, Henry, Polter, Angella, Tozser, Emmanuel-Thomas.Brighton: Stockdale, Bruno, Greer, Dunk, Calderon; van La Parra, Kayal, Stephens, Murphy; Wilson, Hemed.Subs: Maenpaa, Chicksen, Huenemeier, Crofts, Forster-Caskey, Manu, Zamora.See also:QPR needed Henry’s experience – HasselbainkAustin lined up for QPR return against BrightonQPR’s Hill passed fit for Brighton gameAustin will not be rushed back – HasselbainkFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

7 Uses for Virtual Reality That You Haven’t Explored Yet

first_imgFarhan Suleman Having completed his studies in Marketing and Media, Farhan Suleman has ample experience in the field of content marketing. He regularly writes blogs pertaining to the ongoing trends and never fails to inspire his readers with an interesting read. Apart from writing, he is an enthusiastic chess player with a rating of more than 1800 Elo. Most people are of the view that virtual reality is mainly used for entertainment purposes like gaming and watching movies, but this is not the case at all. The developers of virtual reality recently conducted research where they found out that virtual reality can be used for clinical procedures to treat patients. Experts in this technology are currently developing a solution to help patients who are a victim of PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder). This is a solution where the patients will be given access visually to a particular situation that relates to an issue they are dealing with or traumatized by so that they can cope with the memories that haunt them.   Grooming Services Tags:#technology#Trends#virtual reality Dentist Training Virtual reality has made it possible for the automobile industry to test cars before they launch it for the general public. Manufacturing companies can test the cars that they produce in different environments and make improvements where necessary. Virtual reality can significantly reduce the number of accidents and save the lives of thousands of drivers. Virtual reality provides architects with the opportunity to see the designs of the buildings before constructing them. This enables them to make sensible predictions regarding the outlook of the building so that they can showcase the shops and apartments that will be constructed. This is the perfect way to promote investment in such properties. In addition to this, architects can also see the internal designs of the building and make the changes that are necessary to be made. With virtual reality, builders can show the complete structure to their clients before it is constructed. As technology is emerging, new gadgets are being developed on a daily basis to make the lives of people more comfortable and more convenient. One of the most astounding inventions is the introduction of virtual reality. The technology of virtual reality is perhaps the perfect gadget to create an artificial environment where people can truly live their dreams by using their imagination.The Benefits of VR TechnologyThe emergence of virtual reality has completely revolutionized the way people shop online. With this particular technology, you can try out the clothes that you want to buy without actually going to the store. In addition to this, virtual technology is used to train workers for tasks that are considered to be dangerous and life-threatening, for example; firefighters, pilots, etc. Employees get to learn a lot without the risk of danger, and this eliminates the chance of making a mistake when it comes to real life experiences. The best example would be of a doctor performing open heart surgery on a patient. Doctors can easily practice the operation and give their best performance when the actual surgery takes place.Moreover, you can use virtual reality for communication as well. Many businesses have implemented this technology for conducting conferences so that they can easily communicate with the employees and make them understand the assigned tasks. The advent of the internet has made it possible for you to communicate with your friends and coworkers with virtual reality; you will feel like the other person is in the same room as you, and it will be a fantastic experience for you as well as your employees.Opportunities with VR in 2019Virtual reality is being adopted by millions of people all over the globe because of the benefits that it delivers to users. Companies are implementing this technology to provide a unique user experience to their customers so that they can be served in the best way possible. Virtual reality has opened doors to various opportunities which are yet to be explored.Here are 7 uses of virtual reality that you might not have seen before:   Virtual reality is going to change the way people shop online. In the past, people could only see the clothes online, and they had to buy the products without trying them on. However, as technology has advanced to another level, now customers can try the garments on themselves and buy the ones that fit them perfectly. Singapore is already implementing this technology and the companies operating there are on the verge of making the whole shopping experience digital for the customers.Read: How AR and VR Technologies Revolutionizing the E-Commerce Industry? Related Posts   Revolutionize Retail Shopping People are often confused as to what hairstyle they should get when they visit a salon, especially ladies. This is where virtual reality comes in to save your day. With this technology, you can see different hairstyles and choose the one that suits you the best.  Driving and Testing Cars The military sector of the country uses this technology as well because soldiers have to undertake extensive training classes for combat and it is mandatory for them to pass such tests. With virtual reality, the military can easily simulate fighting strategies and teach the soldiers about how to deal with difficult situations when they are on the battlefield.ConclusionVirtual reality has a lot of potentials that are yet to be explored. People have not started implementing this technology in their daily routine tasks because they are still at a learning stage and the benefits of using virtual reality are not widely known. Developers are spreading the awareness of this technology through social media and websites, but it will take some time before people get used to the art of virtual reality.   Architecture and Interior Designing Clinical Therapy Follow the Puck   The Use of Virtual Reality in Military The training of a dentist is challenging and intense, and it takes a lot of practice and time for a person to become a dentist. With the emergence of the latest technological equipment, dentists are now being introduced to the virtual reality which makes the process of training much more comfortable than before. Virtual reality allows dental students to conduct practice sessions in a controlled environment which enables them to become efficient at their work. In addition to this, virtual reality provides dental students with an opportunity to observe and test their dental procedures so that they can eliminate the risk of going wrong when they perform actual surgery. Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Trends Driving the Loyalty Marketing Industrylast_img read more

BUD-ARUNACHAL 3 LAST

first_imgPul said, to develop the geology and mining sector forPul said, to develop the geology and mining sector for revenue generation, an allocation of Rs 11 crore has been proposed in the budget while an allocation of Rs 86.77 crore proposed for development of the tourism sector.The chief minister in his budget speech also said that the government proposed a tentative allocation of Rs 38 crore to promote urban development sector while an amount of Rs 233 crore has been proposed in the infrastructure sector under the State Annual Development Agenda. An allocation of Rs 40 crore has also been proposed under State Development Agenda for development of the sports sector besides quantum hike in budget allocation to the information technology, transport, Art and Culture, Arunachal Pradesh Public Service Commission (APPSC) and Border Affairs departments. The chief minister added that the budget has kept a provision of Rs 50 crore for overall development of backward districts of Tirap, Changlang and Longding while, the MLA local area development fund has been enhanced from existing Rs 1.50 crore to Rs 2 crore per annum. PTI UPL MDlast_img read more

2010 ‘Be Active’ Super League Finals Results

first_imgPerth made all three finals, winning the Mixed and Men’s Open finals and coming second in the Women’s Open division. The Mixed Open division played five round games before contesting finals in a big day on Sunday, with the Brothers finishing the round games on top of the ladder. In the first semi final, the Brothers defeated Peel Districts by one touchdown, 2-1, to progress through to the final. In the second semi final, Wanneroo defeated the Chiefs 4-1 to meet the Brothers in the final. In the final, Perth Brothers defeated Wanneroo by three touchdowns, 9-6, to take out the Mixed Open title. Joey Simpkins was named the Male Mixed Open Most Valuable Player, while Melissa Rowe was named the Female Mixed Open Most Valuable Player. In the semi finals of the Men’s Open division, the Sharks were too strong for Wanneroo, winning by four touchdowns, 11-7, while the Brothers were 11-8 winners over the Southern Stars. The Perth Brothers were too strong in the final, defeating the Sharks 12-5. The Men’s Open Most Valuable Player was Craig Sealey from the Perth Brothers. In the Women’s Open division, the semi finals saw the Brothers take on the Northern Spirit while the Southern Stars played the Sharks. The Brothers progressed through to the final after beating the Spirit, 5-4, while the Stars also beat the Sharks by one touchdown, 7-6. The Southern Stars’ Sharon Wong was named the Women’s Open Most Valuable Player. The following referees were named to control the grand finals:Men’s Open Annabell ConnollyJames McMahonRichard McIllroyMixed Open Joe JeffriesPaul RichardsonAndrew ScotfordWomen’s Open John BedfordJohn CorserBen MortonThe Most Improved Referee award was presented to Zoltan Nattan. For more information, please visit the following website:http://www.sportingpulse.com/assoc_page.cgi?c=14-3184-0-120999-0&sID=31705last_img read more

Ezekiel Elliott Releases Apologetic Statement Regarding Post-Game Comments

first_imgEzekiel Elliott releases apologetic statement after post game comments.ezekiel elliott releases apologetic statementFollowing Ohio State’s last-second loss to Michigan State this past Saturday, running back Ezekiel Elliott spoke out against his coaching staff’s play-calling during the contest, suggesting that he didn’t get the ball enough. Since, he’s been dealing with a great deal of criticism. Monday afternoon, he released an apologetic statement on the matter.Just minutes after head coach Urban Meyer told reporters that Elliott will not be suspended for the transgression, Elliott tweeted a heartfelt statement about his actions. He told fans that he got “caught up in the emotions” of the loss. He also said the team will be ready for Michigan this Saturday.pic.twitter.com/n2UYS4dCHO— EzekielElliott#⃣1⃣5⃣ (@EzekielElliott) November 23, 2015Ohio State has a chance to silence doubters this week against Michigan. The Game kicks off at 12:00 PM.last_img read more

After 50 years Pictou Landing First Nation is getting its harbour back

first_imgAngel MooreAPTN NewsPictou Landing First Nation is counting down the days until Northern Pulp Mill can no longer dump toxins into Boat Harbour.That’s when the harbour will be re-named its original name – A’se’k – which means ‘the other room’,” said Chief Andrea Paul.The toxins released in the water by the Northern Pulp Mill killed fish and affected the culture and economy of the Nova Scotia community.“You know to live in an area where we are surrounded by water and to not have the same freedoms that our people did 52 years ago,” said Paul.Tracey Denny said people had to move away.“Once Boat Harbour came into effect and the effluent started coming over they just lost everything, and community members left the reserve because they felt there was even nothing more to stay,” said Denny.“And the only time they came back was in coffins.”A memorial wall with the names and photos of people who did not live to see this day are posted on the wall at the back of the school’s gym.“We have been going to the cemetery and we wrote down all community members who were living before 1967 which is when the treatment facility opened and who passed afterwards,” said Denny.“And the whole point is that they are going to be here with us in spirit.”Elders say they remember life before and after the harbour was polluted.Mary Nichols says her family lost their culture, their home, and they were displaced.“When our land got polluted, they just didn’t pollute the land; we we lost our way of life. I grew up in a time, I learned from my mom and after Boat Harbour happened, I couldn’t do the stuff she taught me,” she said.The community fought for years to stop Northern Pulp from dumping.Paul said she is confident the facility will finally be closed.“People are looking after the next seven generations,” said Paul. “They are making sure that all of this is protected and we are the rights holder – we are not a stakeholder – we are a rights holder.”Northern Pulp has said it needs more time to prepare for the closure.But Premier Stephen McNeil said there will be no extension.“The deadline is the deadline, it’s January 31st of 2020,” he said.“We gave them five years.”McNeil said if the mill refuses to stop dumping, the province will shut them down.“We will be shutting off the pipe, so we have the ability to close off that. They just won’t be putting it into Boat Harbour,” McNeil said.Northern Pulp proposed to dump its waste into the Northumberland Strait.That immediately drew protests on land and sea.The company said it has not yet found an alternative treatment facility.amoore@aptn.ca@angelharksenlast_img read more

Study finds sex differences in inflammationinduced anhedonia

first_imgOur study is the first to show that there are sex differences in neural sensitivity to reward in response to inflammation, which has important implications. This may suggest one reason women experience depression at a far greater rate than men, particularly for the kinds of depression that may be inflammatory in nature.”Naomi Eisenberger, PhD, University of California, Los Angeles, senior author Related StoriesUnhealthy gut microbiome may make breast cancers more aggressive finds studyCircadian rhythm influences immune responses across a range of diseasesResearchers one step closer to unmasking the cause of familial MSIn the study, healthy men and women received a substance to increase inflammation. Dr. Eisenberger and colleagues measured activity in the reward region of the brain, the ventral striatum, while the participants played a game to receive a monetary reward. Women with greater inflammatory responses showed less brain response in anticipation of potential rewards, but the relationship was not present in men.”This suggests that women with chronic inflammatory disorders may be particularly vulnerable to developing depression through decreases in sensitivity to reward. Clinicians who treat female patients with inflammatory disorders may want to pay close attention to these patients for possible onset of depressive symptoms,” said first author Mona Moieni, PhD, a postdoctoral researcher in the laboratory of Dr. Eisenberger. This study highlights the important gender differences that exist in the human brain and suggests a mechanism that might help explain the greater prevalence of depression in women compared to men.”Cameron Carter, MD, Editor of Biological Psychiatry: Cognitive Neuroscience and Neuroimaging Because the increased inflammation had no effect on how men’s brains responded to reward, inflammation-induced anhedonia may be an important contributor to the increased rates of depression in women.Source:ElsevierJournal reference:Eisenberger, N. et al. (2019) Sex differences in the relationship between inflammation and reward sensitivity: A randomized controlled trial of endotoxin. Biological Psychiatry. doi.org/10.1016/j.bpsc.2019.03.010 Reviewed by Alina Shrourou, B.Sc. (Editor)May 15 2019Inflammation reduces the brain’s response to rewards in women, but not in men, according to a new study in Biological Psychiatry: Cognitive Neuroscience and Neuroimaging, published by Elsevier. Reduced activity in the brain’s reward center is the signature of anhedonia, a core feature of depression that reflects a loss of enjoyment in things or activities. Women are two-to-three times more likely to be diagnosed with depression, and the new findings pinpoint a key difference in men and women that could contribute to the lopsided rates of the disorder.last_img read more

Effective stop smoking treatments less likely to be prescribed to people with

first_imgReviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Jul 11 2019A new study from researchers at the Universities of Bath and Bristol suggests that doctors should rethink which drugs they prescribe to help smokers with mental health conditions kick the habit.Their results highlight that the most effective drug at helping individuals to stop smoking is less likely to be prescribed to people with mental health conditions.People with mental health conditions, such as anxiety or depression, are twice as likely to smoke compared to the general population. They tend to smoke more cigarettes per day, be more heavily addicted, and more likely to relapse when they try to quit. And whereas smoking rates in the UK have declined over recent decades, smoking rates have changed relatively little for people with mental health conditions.Most smokers wishing to quit are prescribed one of two common smoking cessation drugs: nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) or varenicline. Recent randomised trials and observational studies have found that patients prescribed varenicline are more likely to stop smoking compared to those prescribed NRT.But there have been concerns around the psychological safety of varenicline, with doctors reluctant to prescribe the drug to smokers with mental health conditions. In fact, the best evidence shows that varenicline is not associated with worse mental health outcomes.The new study, published today [Wednesday 10 July] in the journal Nicotine & Tobacco Research, compares rates by which patients prescribed NRT* and varenicline** succeed in giving up, and what effects the drugs have on individual’s mental health.Drawing on data from over 200,000 smokers, it compares outcomes for patients with and without mental health conditions prescribed both types of drug. The results highlight that:Compared to smokers without mental health conditions, smokers with these conditions were 31% less likely to be prescribed varenicline than NRT.Smokers with mental health conditions who were prescribed varenicline were 19% more likely to have successfully quit at two years follow-up, than smokers who were prescribed NRT.Varenicline is more effective than NRT in helping patients stop smoking and there was little ‘evidence that varenicline was adversely associated with poorer mental health outcomes’. In general, varenicline was associated with better mental health outcomes.Lead researcher, Dr Gemma Taylor from the University of Bath’s Addiction & Mental Health Group with the Department of Psychology explains: Smoking is still the world’s leading cause of preventable illness and death. One in every two smokers will die because of their addiction unless they quit. Yet, whilst smoking rates have declined over recent decades for the general population, prevalence has not shifted to the same extent in people with mental health conditions who disproportionately suffer from smoking related mortality and morbidity and lower life expectancy.This study is about addressing this public health challenge to see whether assumptions about prescriptions could be challenged to give patients wishing to quit a better chance of success. Our results, in combination with results from clinical trials, suggest that doctors should rethink prescription practice in view of the benefits varenicline could bring to help those with mental health conditions stop smoking. Stopping smoking has clear physical health benefits, and there is growing evidence that stopping smoking is associated with better mental health too, benefits that could be as large as taking anti-depressants.” Related StoriesInternational study aims to more accurately describe mental health disordersOnline training program helps managers to support employees’ mental health needsIU-connected startup working to enable precision medicine for mental health issues, chronic painThe research team conducted the study using electronic medical records from 654 general practices in England from 2006-15 via the Clinical Practice Research Database.Comparing patients’ success in quitting smoking using either NRT or varenicline, they focused on rates by which patients with mental health conditions gave up at three, six and nine month windows, as well at one, two and four years after first prescription.The team also observed that across all patients, NRT and varenicline prescribing declined overtime. This could be because NHS Stop Smoking Services are being decommissioned from primary care.Professor Ann McNeill, Professor of Tobacco Addiction, King’s College London and co-Chair of the Mental Health and Smoking Partnership said: “People with mental health conditions are more likely to smoke and smoke heavily than those without, and this contributes to them dying much earlier. Doctors should therefore be pulling out all the stops to help these smokers to quit, but this research involving nearly 200,000 smokers, shows that this is not happening.”Smokers with mental conditions are less likely to be prescribed varenicline than nicotine replacement therapy, despite the authors finding varenicline to be more effective and generally associated with better mental health outcomes.”The 2019 ASH report ‘A Changing Landscape: Stop Smoking Services and Tobacco Control in England’ suggests that in some parts of the country, people are being refused varenicline from GP surgeries. There is also preliminary evidence of this occurring in a related study being run by University of Bath’s Addiction & Mental Health Group, in which trial participants have been declined varenicline by their GP surgery and informed to seek varenicline elsewhere. Source:University of BathJournal reference:Taylor, G.M.J. et al. (2019) Prescribing Prevalence, Effectiveness, and Mental Health Safety of Smoking Cessation Medicines in Patients With Mental Disorders. Nicotine & Tobacco Research. doi.org/10.1093/ntr/ntz072.last_img read more

BMW blames trade headwinds emissions tests for weaker 2018

first_imgProfits at German high-end carmaker BMW tumbled in 2018, the firm said Friday, with trade headwinds and tough new EU emissions tests’ drag on performance set to last into this year. “Challenges facing the entire sector are unlikely to diminish in the coming months,” chief executive Harald Krueger said in a statement.Net profit at BMW slumped 16.9 percent to 7.2 billion euros ($8.2 billion), the group said.The Munich-based firm pointed to “political uncertainty, a cooling global economy… rising production costs to meet regulatory requirements, exchange rate effects and rising raw materials prices” as weights on its earnings.Operating, or underlying, profits fell less sharply, shedding 7.9 percent to 9.1 billion euros.Revenues were less strongly affected, falling 0.8 percent to 97.5 billion.Other carmakers’ scramble to sell cars not certified under the so-called WLTP test cycle before its introduction in September led to “unexpectedly intense competition”, BMW said, penalising the group for its decision to adopt the new procedure early.Meanwhile the group’s bottom line also suffered as it was ordered to recall over a million diesel cars to replace faulty components.BMW boosted unit sales at its flagship brand slightly, to 2.1 million cars, but deliveries of Minis fell back 2.8 percent, to 361,500.Luxury subsidiary Rolls-Royce lifted shipments 22 percent, to 4,107.Looking to different world regions, sales in Europe were flat while the Americas and Asia recorded slight growth.”Volumes grew signficantly” in China as BMW ramped production of X3 SUVs locally, the group said.Bosses said they would offer shareholders their second-highest dividend payout ever, at 3.50 euros per share.Looking ahead to 2019, BMW expects a “slight increase” in unit sales, in part thanks to new models.Investors offered a mildly positive reaction to the news, with BMW stock gaining 1.1 percent to trade at 74.59 euros around 11:30 am in Frankfurt (1030 GMT). Explore further VW sees steady profits in 2018 results Citation: BMW blames trade headwinds, emissions tests for weaker 2018 (2019, March 15) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-03-bmw-blames-headwinds-emissions-weaker.html © 2019 AFP This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

Renaults Senard expects Nissans new board to embrace alliance

first_imgFILE PHOTO: Renault Chairman Jean-Dominique Senard gestures at the end of a joint news conference in Yokohama, Japan, March 12, 2019. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon/File PhotoPARIS (Reuters) – Renault (RENA.PA) is confident that alliance partner Nissan’s (7201.T) new board will work to reinforce the their partnership as it struggles to turn the page on the Carlos Ghosn scandal, Renault Chairman Jean-Dominique Senard said on Thursday. Nissan shareholders last month approved the appointment of a new board at the Japanese carmaker that includes more international profiles. “There is a change,” Senard told reporters in a briefing at Renault headquarters. “We have a new board that is conscious of its fiduciary duty. Let that board work.” Speaking to the Paris-based Anglo-American Press Association, Senard expressed confidence that Nissan directors will see alliance cooperation as essential in the face of challenges facing the auto industry. “Necessity sometimes helps,” he said. Reporting by Laurence Frost. Editing by Jane MerrimanOur Standards:The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.last_img read more