The Wilmington Insider For July 8 2018

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below is a round-up of what’s going on in Wilmington on Sunday, July 8, 2018:Happening Today:Weather: Sunny, with a high near 84. Calm wind becoming south around 5 mph in the afternoon.In The Community: The Wilmington Farmers Market continues its season from 10am to 1pm on the Swain Green (across from the Town Common). See this week’s lineup HERE.In The Community: The Wilmington Town Museum (430 Salem Street) is holding its Monthly Open House from 2pm to 4pm.  Come get a free tour of the historic Harnden Tavern.In The Community: The Middlesex Canal Museum and Visitors’ Center (71 Faulkner Street, North Billerica) is open from noon to 4pm.  Learn about the canal, which travels through Wilmington.In The Community: The Town Beach is open today.  Lifeguards are on duty from 10am to 8pm. Admission is FREE for residents. Proof of residency is required. Learn more HERE.Food Shopping: Food shopping in town this week?  In case you haven’t seen this week’s circulars, Wilmington Apple has you covered:This week’s circular from Market Basket (260 Main Street) can be found HERE.This week’s circular from Lucci’s Market (211 Lowell Street) can be found HERE.Elia’s Country Store (381 Middlesex Avenue) does not have an online circular, but the store posts its hot entree schedule and other specials on its Facebook page HERE.(NOTE: What did I miss? Let me know by commenting below, commenting on the Facebook page, or emailing wilmingtonapple@gmail.com. I may be able to update this post.)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… Related5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Sunday, July 14, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Sunday, August 4, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Sunday, July 28, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”last_img read more

WILMINGTONS REPUBLICAN PRIMARY RESULTS Diehl Wins Big Lively Almost Catches Baker Tarr

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Nearly 1,500 Wilmington voters pulled Republican ballots for the State Primary Election on Tuesday, September 4. Below are how they voted:Contested RacesU.S. Senate Candidate Geoff Diehl (861 votes, 61%) soundly defeated John Kingston (368 votes, 26%) and Beth Linstrom (187 votes, 13%). 71 voters opted to leave a blank, while another 7 chose to write in a candidate.Governor Charlie Baker (815 votes) beat Scott Lively (653 votes), 55.5% to 44.5%. 24 voters opted to leave a blank, while another 2 chose to write in a candidate.State Attorney General candidate James McMahon (730 votes) defeated Daniel Shores (471 votes), 61% to 39%. 290 voters opted to leave a blank, while another 3 chose to write in a candidate.State Representative candidate Pina Prinzivalli (751 votes) easily defeated Erin Buckley (351 votes), 68% to 32%. This was technically a contested race, but Buckley withdrew several weeks ago. Due to the timing of her withdrawal, her name remained on the ballot. 136 voters opted to leave a blank, while another 5 chose to write in a candidate.Uncontested RacesState Senator Bruce Tarr received 1172 votes. 312 voters opted to leave a blank, while another 10 chose to write in a candidate.Secretary of State candidate Anthony Amore received 1043 votes. 436 voters opted to leave a blank, while another 15 chose to write in a candidate.Lt. Governor Karyn Polito received 1027 votes. 437 voters opted to leave a blank, while another 30 chose to write in a candidate.State Treasurer candidate Keiko Orrall received 1,013 votes. 472 voters opted to leave a blank, while another 9 chose to write in a candidate.U.S. Congressional candidate Joseph Schneider received 1026 votes. 454 voters opted to leave a blank, while another 14 chose to write in a candidate.State Auditor candidate Helen Brady received 998 votes. 485 voters opted to leave a blank, while another 11 chose to write in a candidate.Governor’s Council candidate Richard Baker received 989 votes. 497 voters opted to leave a blank, while another 8 chose to write in a candidate.No CandidateThere was no Republican candidate for State Presentative in the 21st Middlesex District (Precinct 3). The seat is currently held by Democrat Ken Gordon.There was no Republican candidate for Middlesex District Attorney. The seat is currently held by Democrat Marian Ryan.There was no Republican candidate for Middlesex County Clerk. The seat is currently held by Democrat Michael Sullivan.There was no Republican candidate for Middlesex Registry of Deeds. The seat is currently held by Democrat Dick Howe.Voter Turnout4,566 of Wilmington’s 17,009 voters went to the polls on Tuesday, representing a 26.84% turnout.3,061 Democratic ballots were cast. 1,494 Republican ballots were cast. 11 Libertarian ballots were cast.The above numbers are uncertified results from the Wilmington Town Clerk’s Office.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… RelatedWILMINGTON’S DEMOCRATIC PRIMARY RESULTS: Gonzalez & Palfrey Eek It Out; Ryan & Galvin Cruise; Warren UnderperformsIn “Government”STATE REP RACE: Voting Records Show Prinzivalli Voted Only Once Before Launching Candidacy; Campaign DisputesIn “Government”BREAKING NEWS: 19th Middlesex State Rep Election Results Are In — Dave Robertson WinsIn “Government”last_img read more

Bill Gates puts robots cowfree burgers on list of breakthrough tech for

first_img Tags Share your voice Bill Gates Post a comment Bill Gates curated the MIT Technology Review’s 2019 10 Breakthrough Technologies list.  Getty Images Cancer vaccines and smooth-talking AI assistants are all on Bill Gates’ list of technologies to watch for. The MIT Technology Review on Wednesday released its 2019 10 Breakthrough Technologies list, which was curated by Gates. It was the publication’s first time having a guest editor choose what would land on list. “Bill’s list reflects his belief that we’re approaching a tipping point in humanity’s technological development — from technologies that mostly make life longer to those that mostly make it better,” said Gideon Lichfield, editor-in-chief of the Review, in a release. “His choices highlight some of what he considers the most important challenges and opportunities of our time.” Here are the 10 technologies, ranging from climate change to health care to artificial intelligence:Robot dexterity: robot hands that can manipulate unfamiliar objects on their own.New-wave nuclear power: both fission and fusion reactor designs that can bring down carbon emissions.Predicting preemies: a blood test that can warn of a preterm birth.Gut probe in a pill: a swallowable device that can show the digestive tract and perform biopsies.Custom cancer vaccines: a treatment that helps the body’s own immune system to target only tumor cells.The cow-free burger: plant-based and lab-grown meat alternatives that could cut emissions from the food industry.Carbon dioxide catcher: techniques for absorbing CO2 from the air and locking it away.An ECG on your wrist: smartwatch’s ability to monitor someone’s heart health and get early warnings of problems.Sanitation without sewers: a self-contained toilet that can tackle disease and unpleasant living conditions.Smooth-talking AI assistants: advances in natural language processing that make digital assistants capable of more natural conversations.You can read more about the technologies in the MIT Technology Review.  Gates earlier this week answered questions from Redditors during his Ask Me Anything session, including his thoughts on taxes, climate change, terrorism and other lighter topics.  Tech Industry Sci-Tech 0last_img read more

Breaking Rohit Sharma dropped again Will he score a hundred again

first_imgIt seems like Rohit Sharma is being accompanied by Lady Luck in this World Cup. In the game against England, he was dropped in the very first over and went on to score a hundred. He gave another easy opportunity to Bangladesh early on in his innings against Bangladesh which, also, was dropped.The culprit this time was Tamim Iqbal who had an easy chance at deep midwicket which he somehow contrived to drop. The top edge came about when Rohit tried to go for a pull shot against a delivery from Mustafizur. Tamim got comfortably under the ball and somehow it popped out of his hands. Considering that the Indian opener has already scored three hundreds in the tournament and has developed a voracious appetite for hundreds, this drop could come back to haunt Bangladesh later in the match. It’s worth remembering that both in the last World Cup and the 2017 Champions Trophy, Rohit had scored a hundred against Bangladesh. Ominous signs for Tigers.last_img read more

Khaleda in court

first_imgBNP chairperson Khaleda Zia appears before the Special Judge Court-5 at Bakshibazar in Dhaka. Prothom Alo file photoBNP chairperson Khaleda Zia on Thursday appeared before the Special Judge Court-5 at Bakshibazar in Dhaka, to defend herself in the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case.The Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) chief reached the makeshift court around 11:00am to place her self-defense for the fifth day.Earlier, Khaleda appeared before the court four times where she claimed herself innocent, alleging the case had been filed on political ground.According to the charge sheet of the case, the BNP chief, her son Tarique Rahman and four others embezzled more than Tk 21 million by forming the charity.The court had earlier issued an arrest warrant against Tarique in the case.In July 2008, the Anti-Corruption Commission filed the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case with Ramna police station accusing six people, including Khaleda and her son Tarique, for misappropriating millions.last_img read more

Thai cave boys to make first public appearance

first_imgThe 12-member `Wild Boars` soccer team and their coach rescued from a flooded cave pose with a drawing picture of Samarn Kunan, a former Thai navy diver who died working to rescue them at the Chiang Rai Prachanukroh Hospital, in Chiang Rai, Thailand on 14 July 2018. Photo: ReutersThe 12 Thai boys and their soccer coach rescued from a flooded cave will make their first public appearance on Wednesday when they hold a nationally-televised news conference in Chiang Rai.The boys, aged 11 to 16, and their 25-year-old coach sparked an international rescue effort after they became trapped inside the flooded Tham Luang cave complex in Chiang Rai.The boys and their coach have been in hospital in Chiang Rai since they were rescued.”I pass the hospital where the children are staying every day and every day I say a prayer to thank Lord Buddha for their return,” said Duang, a noodle vendor, who only wanted to be identified by her first name.The Thai government will allot 45 minutes’ airtime on its “Thailand Moves Forward” for the soccer team’s news conference.The show, which will be recorded at Chiang Rai’s provincial hall at around 6 p.m. local time after the evening national anthem, will also be broadcast live across dozens of channels.Some Thai television personalities joked that the boys will help ratings of the otherwise dull television show, which is usually reserved for monotonous conversations about the military government’s performance.”This is the story all Thais want to hear. Don’t switch it off, don’t put it on mute,” joked a presenter VOICE TV, a television station that is often critical of the military government.”It should help the Thailand Moves Forward show’s ratings shoot through the roof,” he added.The soccer team’s rescue operation drew global media attention and hundreds of journalists to the scene.Many journalists left after the last four boys and their coach were brought out safely last week. But the sleepy, northern town of Chiang Rai kicked into action again on Wednesday ahead of the boys’ much-anticipated appearance.”The reporters are back. I had to pick a Japanese reporter up from the airport at 2 a.m.,” said Manop Netsuwan, a Chiang Rai resident and tour operator.At Chiang Rai Airport a screen welcoming visitors shows a cartoon of the group with rescuers and the words: “Our Heroes”.The boys, their coach and some rescuers will be asked a series of carefully vetted questions submitted by journalists in advance, officials said.They have asked the media and the public to respect the boys privacy after they are discharged, citing concerns about the sudden impact of media attention on the boys’ mental health.”The media know that the children are in a difficult situation, they have overcome peril and if you ask risky questions then it could break the law,” Tawatchai Thaikaew, deputy permanent secretary at the Justice Ministry, told reporters on Wednesday.”We don’t know what wounds the kids are carrying in the hearts,” he added.last_img

Bogura boat capsize Two more bodies recovered

first_imgbograThe bodies of two more victims, who went missing after an engine-run boat with more than a hundred passengers capsized in the Jamuna river in Sariakandi upazila, were recovered on Thursday, according to UNB.One of the deceased was Kajoli Begum, 25.With this, a total of four bodies have so far been found while three others still remained missing.Locals said they had spotted the bodies floating in the river at Kutubpur around 10:00am and informed police.On Wednesday, the boat heading towards Kalitala Ghat from Manikdair Char capsized around 11:30am as its bottom was damaged.Although most of the passengers managed to swim ashore, seven went missing. Later, the floating bodies of the two women were retrieved from the river.last_img read more

Cardinals finish Day 2 of the Louisville Invitational

first_img“I think the most important thing this weekend was to just put finishing touches on both squads, and we saw some really cool things,” said Arthur Albiero, UofL head coach. “I think this speaks volumes for the level of preparation that we’ve done the people that were really focusing on this meet put up incredible performances, lifetime bests all-around. I think this is a great confidence boost for the rest of the team, the people that are not swimming through to get ready for ACCs to know that ‘this is my teammate right here and we train together’ and I think we’re on the right track. We’re excited, we’re going to do what we do best going into ACCs. We’re going to go and we’re going to fight, battle and going to compete hard until it’s over and enjoy every minute of it.” Uof L First Chance Results The University of Louisville men’s and women’s swimming and diving team finished the second day of finals at the Louisville Invitational with NCAA B-cuts and meet records. In the men’s 200 free, Kyle Worrell won with a time of 1:37.29.  Santiago Aguilera was second in 1:38.77 and Derek Sander was third in 1:39.64. Tanner Cummings got an NCAA B-cut with a time of 19.93 in the 50 free. In the first event, Chase Sellers cut nearly four seconds from his prelim time in the 400 IM with a time of 3:54.32 in the finals. In the 100 butterfly, Kelly Tichenor put up a 54.50 for the win. Story Links Photo Gallery center_img Jack Wever just outtouched Chase Sellers in the 100 backstroke, going 48.51 to Sellers’ 48.52. In the women’s 200 free, Annette Schultz put up the winning time of 1:47.63, Katie Schorr was second in 1:50.44 and Emily Moser was third in 1:55.65. In the 50 freestyle, Annette Schultz went 23.35 to set the meet record followed by Katie Schorr who was second and also under the record in 23.43. Gracie Long was third in 23.55. The women’s team leaves for the ACC Championships which begin on Wednesday in Greensboro, N.C.   Print Friendly Version Sofie Underdahl put up a time of 1:56.72 in the 200 backstroke for an NCAA B-Cut. Michael Hampel won the 200 breaststroke in 1:59.23 Mihalis Deliyiannis turned in the winning time of 19.62 in the finals of the 50 free. Tanner Cummings touched second in 20.05 (also under the meet record), Kyle Worrell was third in 20.61, Santiago Aguilera was 4th in 20.74 and Derek Sander was fifth in 21.18.last_img read more

3 abducted Pune youths released by Naxals

first_imgThree youths from Pune, who were allegedly abducted by Naxals while they were on a bicycle rally to spread the message of peace, have been released by the rebels in Chhattisgarh’s Sukma district, police said.“The youths have been released and they safely reached Chintalnar camp of police,” Inspector General of Police, Bastar Range, SRP Kalluri, said.The three youths – identified as Aadarsh Patil, Vilas Valake and Shrikirhna Shevale – were abducted from Basaguda area of the neighbouring Bijapur district and kept at Timmapuram village forests near Chinger in Jagargunda police station limits under the custody of Maoist commander Papa Rao, Kalluri said.Soon after getting news of the abduction, police had suspended all anti-Naxal operations in south Bastar, he said.Later, the police were able to locate the whereabouts of the three youths following which talks were held with the abductors through various means to secure their safe release, he said  The IG, however, did not reveal details about the negotiations with the abductors. The youths had on December 20 launched a cycle rally from Pune under their “Bharat Jodo” (Link India) campaign to propagate the message of peace in Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh and Odisha, the states worst affected by Naxalism over past three decades, he said. They were passing through several places of Maharashtra and Chhattisgarh when they were allegedly abducted by the ultras in Bijapur a few days back.last_img read more

Domkal Superspeciality Hospital turns saviour for critically injured 8yrold

first_imgKolkata: Domkal Superspeciality Hospital in Murshidabad has given a fresh lease of life to an 8-year-old boy who had an iron rod piercing his body.A doctor from the hospital said Jakir Hossain (8), a resident of Domkal had been playing with his friends outside his house when an iron rod somehow pierced his lower back. He was profusely bleeding from his injury when the Jakir was brought to the hospital by his mother. After checking the injury, doctors felt the need for an immediate surgery, as any delay in the removal of the iron rod might have led to his death. The doctors acted on a war footing and took him to the operation theatre. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedClinical tests performed on the patient showed that the rod was touching his paraspinal region. The surgery was not easy for the doctors as they had to keep various factors in mind while conducting the same. Notably, the surgery was done completely free of cost. A team of doctors headed by surgeon Dr Sabyasachi Chakraborty conducted the surgery for nearly an hour and removed the iron rod. The patient has been kept under observation for 72 hours. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseThe doctors were worried about Jakir developing neurological problems. According to the doctors, such patients often develop neurological complications. But in this case, the victim has not developed any such complications so far. His condition is stated to be stable now. “The patient was brought to the hospital in a very critical condition. We decided to conduct the surgery despite some infrastructural problems. The patient could not be shifted to the city from Murshidabad, as he might have bled to death. We had taken all the precautionary measures while conducting the surgery. The patient is out of danger and will be released from the hospital soon,” a senior official of the hospital said.last_img read more

How to Get Your App in Customers Hands and Build Word of

first_img There are a multitude of ways that you can market your mobile app. With a few tools, you need to spend money. With others, you need just time.Whatever marketing route you choose, getting your app in front of customers is one of the toughest challenges a developer can face.Over the years, since the app stores came into play (pun unintended), app developers/entrepreneurs have tried various customer-outreach methods. When one method works for a developer or two, many others follow suit and soon there is clutter on that channel.You need to keep looking for new channels. But newer channels don’t keep popping up through the weeks or months. And you definitely cannot wait for one to come by.So what do you do? You go back to the basics. In the entire spectrum of marketing, it all boils down to one thing — word of mouth.Related: Why Starting Small Can Lead to a Better AppHow can you influence word of mouth to help you get traction for your mobile app? Here are a few ways to get started.1. Start slow and small. This can seem quite contrary to what most people would have you believe, but starting small can actually help you deliver a better app.What this means is that with the first version of your app, you reach out to only a select few people (within your customer segment) in the community or certain geography. This geography can be limited to part of a city or an entire city. But nothing more.You can do this mostly by yourself and with the help of your network. This lends a personal touch to your app and builds a better connection with your customers. The smaller you start, the easier to build your product with course corrections.2. Focus on their needs. When you’re building for a specific customer segment, you are able to focus on their problems and pain points. Your version 1 of the app may or may not resonate with that customer segment.If it does not, you do not want to find out after marketing to an audience of 100,000. You want to make the mistakes with just a few people, get your app right and then target the next 100, then the next.Related: How to Attract (and Keep) Your First 100 CustomersOnce you hit the target of your first 100 customers, connect with them as much as you can personally. That means picking up the phone and speaking to them. It also means driving to them and observing their usage behavior.The more you interact with them, the more feedback you’ll get on their needs and how your product is helping them. The more you interact with them, the more they engage with your product.If these first set of customers are delighted, they are bound to recommend your app to their friends and network.3. Tell a story, build a brand. Do not always try and make a pitch to sell to your customers with what your app can do. Rather, tell a story. People connect with stories and personal experiences.Look for a few customer-use cases that are interesting and tell those stories to your potential customers personally or through blogs and articles. The more you can emotionally connect with your user, the more engaged they will be with your app.Leave people with something interesting enough to share with their network.Once you connect with your first set of customers and offer them something they cannot live without from that moment on, you’ve got a winning app and a potential for growth.There’s nothing better than a third-party, independent endorsement of your product, be it your customers or the media. Once you start getting these endorsements, your app is bound to gain traction. Related: There’s an Art to Telling Your Brand’s Story: 4 Ways to Get It Right Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals 4 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. May 28, 2014 Register Now »last_img read more

Watch out for these roadworks affecting your journeys this week

first_imgGet the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailDrivers are being warned to expect traffic and travel delays due to roadworks across North Staffordshire and South Cheshire this coming week. Motorists hitting the roads of Stoke-on-Trent and the surrounding areas on Monday morning can expect a raft of delays and road closures waiting for them – including on major routes such as the M6 motorway, the A500 and the A50. The following roadworks are taking place in North Staffordshire and South Cheshire between Monday July 23 and Sunday July 29 This list contains only the roadworks considered to be most likely to cause delays on key routes as well as those involving road closures and temporary traffic lights. It is not exhaustive and does not feature some minor or emergency repairs that come up after publication. Other roadworks may finish or start before schedule or be cancelled altogether. The list is broken down by local authority area (with the M6 , A500 and A50 separate because they fall under the remit of Highways England). All information from Highways England and Roadworks.org. Read MorePolice appeal after vulnerable man found injured at Stoke-on-Trent park M6 Southbound Junction 16 – Junction 15: Closed overnight July 23/24 and July 24/25. Disruption expected between 9pm and 6am. Southbound Junction 15 – Junction 14: Closed overnight July 26/27 and July 27/28. Disruption expected between 9pm and 6am. Northbound Junction 14 – Junction 15: Closed overnight July 28/29 and July 29/30. Disruption expected between 9pm and 6am. A500 Southbound between the A527 North and the junction with the A52: Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 23 July 2018 to 10 August 2018. Closed. Southbound between the A527 South and the junction with the A5006: Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 05:00 from 25 July 2018 to 28 July 2018. Closed Northbound between the A52 and the junction with the A527 South: Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 23 July 2018 to 10 August 2018. Closed Northbound between the A50 and the junction with the A5007: Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 05:00 from 23 July 2018 to 26 July 2018. Closed Northbound between the A34 and the junction with the A50: Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 05:00 from 23 July 2018 to 26 July 2018. Closed The A500 northbound between the A519 and the junction with the A34: Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 05:00 from 23 July 2018 to 26 July 2018. Closed Northbound between the junctions with the M6 J15 and the A519: Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 05:00 from 23 July 2018 to 26 July 2018. Closed A50 Eastbound: Between the A520 and the junction with the A521 Blythe Bridge East: Closed overnight on July 23/24 and July 24/25. Disruption expected between 8pm and 5am. Read MoreFamilies feared for their safety after two men stabbed Stoke-on-Trent Baddeley Green: Roadworks on Hillside Close and Baker Crescent until July 23 Blurton: Temporary traffic lights/multi-way signals on Beaconsfield Drive until July 24 Hanley: Roadworks and road closure on Slippery Lane until August 8 Longton: Temporary traffic lights/multi-way signals on Amison Street until July 30 Longton: Roadworks and road closures on Market Street until October 29 Longton: Roadworks and road closures on Commerce Street until August 17. Longton: Roadworks and road closures on Meir Hay Road until July 23 Meir: Temporary traffic lights/multi-way signals on Uttoxeter Road until July 23 Meir Hay: Roadworks and road closures on Marlow Road until July 23 Meir Hay: Roadworks and road closures on St Marys Road until July 23 Meir Hay: Temporary traffic lights/multi-way signals on Linnburn Road until July 23 Norton: Temporary traffic lights/two way signals on Norton Lane until August 31. Shelton: Temporary traffic lights/multi-way signals on Caledonia Road until July 24 Stoke Railway Station: Temporary traffic lights/multi-way signals on Station Road until September 30 Trentham: Lane closure on A34 Stone Road until July 31 Weston Coyney: Roadworks and road closure on Glandore Road until August 6 Newcastle Borough Basford: Temporary traffic lights/two way signals on Etruria Road until July 23 Clayton: Temporary traffic lights/two way signals on Clayton Road until July 31 Madeley Heath: Temporary traffic lights/two way signals on Leycett Lane until July 26 Newcastle: Road closure on High Street until August 31. Silverdale: Temporary traffic lights/two way signals on Sneyd Terrace/High Street until August 24 Talke: Temporary traffic lights/multi-way signals on High Street until August 17 Read MoreArsonists target former youth centre Staffordshire Moorlands Cheadle: Temporary traffic lights/two way signals on Mill Road until July 25 Kingsley Holt: Roadworks and diversion on Lockwood Road until September 7 Knypersley: Temporary traffic lights/two way signals on Tunstall Road until July 23 Leek: Roadworks and closures on Portland Street until July 27 Mayfield: Temporary traffic lights/two way signals on B5032 Calwich Bank until October 20 Stafford Borough A34 between Meaford and Tittensor: Roadworks and lane closures until July 28 Eccleshall/Sturbridge: Roadworks and closures on Sturbridge Lane until July 31 Meaford: Temporary traffic lights/two way signals on Meaford Road until September 3 Milford: Temporary traffic lights/multi-way signals on The Green until August 6 Stafford: Temporary traffic lights/multi-way signals on A513 Beaconside until April 4 2019 Stafford: Roadworks and closures on Waterfront Way until August 24 Stone: Temporary traffic lights/two way signals on Yarnfield Lane until September 3 Stone: Traffic control on Oulton Road until July 24 Stone: Lane closure on Whitemill Lane until September 3 Stone: Temporary traffic lights/multi-way signals on Eccleshall Road until September 6 Stone: Temporary traffic lights/two way signals on Lichfield Road until July 27 Stone: Temporary traffic lights/two way signals on Brooms Road until July 27 Stone: Lane closure on Stafford Road until September 3 Read MoreThieves steal caravans and cars in early hours of morning Cheshire East Astbury: Temporary traffic lights/two way signals on A34 Newcastle Road until July 27 Bosley: Temporary traffic lights/two way signals on Tunstall Road until February 1 2019 Congleton: Roadworks and closures on Yew Tree Lane until July 23 Congleton: Temporary traffic lights/two way signals on A54 Buxton Road until July 23 Congleton: Roadworks and closures on Swan Bank until July 23 Crewe: Roadwork at Crewe Green roundabout until December 1 Crewe: Temporary traffic lights/multi-way signals on Broughton Road until August 24 Crewe: Temporary traffic lights/two way signals on Parkers Road until July 27 Crewe: Traffic control on West Street until July 27 Crewe: Temporary traffic lights/two way signals on South Street Crewe: Temporary traffic lights/two way signals on Gresty Road until July 27 Hatherton: Roadworks and closures on Crewe Road until July 27 Nantwich: Roadworks and closures on Welshmans Lane until September 10 Nantwich: Temporary traffic lights/two way signals on Beam Street until August 6 Oakhanger: Roadworks and closures on Crewe Road until July 30 Shavington: Traffic control on Stock Lane until July 30 Want to keep up to date with the latest traffic and travel news?Each day Stoke-on-Trent Live journalists bring you the latest news on the roads and railways across Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire, South Cheshire and further afield to help keep you on the move. For the very latest updates on roads including the M6, A500, A50 and more, visit our dedicated traffic and travel news channel here. We also run a live news feed each weekday, which you can access on our website’s homepage from 7am to 9pm from Monday to Friday. And for more as-we-get-it updates on the roads across the region and beyond, join The Sentinel’s traffic and travel Facebook group here.last_img read more

The latest from airlines hotels as Hurricane Lane settles in

first_img TORONTO — The hotels are sandbagged and travellers are waiting for word about flights out as Hurricane Lane barrels north after dumping nearly two feet of rain on Hawaii’s Big Island.WestJet announced yesterday it was cancelling all regularly scheduled flights into and out of Hawaii for Aug. 23 and Aug. 24 and instead operated two, non-scheduled recovery flights out of Hawaii on Aug. 23, one from Honolulu and one from Maui.WestJet’s Aug. 24 cancellations are as follows:. WS1864 from Vancouver to Honolulu. WS1865 from Honolulu to Vancouver. WS1852 from Vancouver to Kahului. WS1853 from Kahului to VancouverWestJet adds that it has implemented flexible change and cancel rules for the above to allow passengers to change their travel dates/route without incurring the change/cancel fee. To review flight options passengers can call WestJet (air-only): 1-888-WESTJET (1-888-937-8538) or for WestJet Vacations: 1-877-737-7001. Passengers who have made air-only bookings through their travel agent are asked to contact their agent directly.WestJet’s current travel advisories are posted online here: westjet.com/en-ca/travel-info/advisoriesUnited Airlines cancelled its Friday flights to and from Maui. Hawaiian Airlines cancelled all Friday flights by its commuter carrier, Ohana by Hawaiian.Earlier this week both WestJet and Air Canada issued rebooking advisories for Hawaii destinations.The centre was still offshore but Hurricane Lane still lashed the Big Island with more than 30” of rain in about 24 hours. Its maximum sustained winds near 193 kph made it a Category 3 hurricane. It has now been downgraded to Category 2.More news:  Flights cancelled as British Airways hit by computer problemForecasters say the centre of the storm will move close to or over parts of Hawaii’s main islands late Friday, bringing dangerous surf of 20 feet.About 320 kilometres north of Hilo, on the state’s most populated island of Oahu, employees of the Sheraton Waikiki resort filled sandbags to protect the oceanfront hotel from surging surf.Stores along Waikiki’s high-end Kalakaua Avenue stacked sandbags along the bottom of their glass windows to prepare for heavy rain and flash flooding.Police on loudspeakers told surfers and swimmers to get out of the water, saying the beach would be closed until further notice.The Marriott Resort Waikiki Beach in Honolulu designated a ballroom on the third floor as a shelter for guests and began removing lounge chairs from around the pool and bar area.At the Hilton Hawaiian Village, guests said hotel staff left a notice that the rooms will still have water and phone service, and a backup generator would power one elevator per building in the event of a power outage.Hurricane Lane is not projected to make a direct hit on the islands but officials warned that even a lesser blow could do significant harm. Some areas could see up to 30” of rain.More news:  Sunwing offers ultimate package deal ahead of YXU flights to SNU, PUJHawaii’s biggest hotels are confident they can keep their guests safe as long as they stay inside, said Mufi Hannemann, CEO of Hawaii Tourism and Lodging Association.“The only concern is those that venture outside of the properties, that would like to hike on a day like this or who would like to still go into the ocean and see what it’s like to take a swim or surf in these kind of waters,” said Hannemann.Honolulu shopping malls and office buildings closed early on Thursday and planned to shut their doors Friday.The National Weather Service downgraded the Big Island to a tropical storm warning, meaning it expects sustained winds of 62 kph to 117 kph on the island instead of stronger hurricane force winds.But a hurricane warning remains in effect for Oahu and Maui County.The central Pacific gets fewer hurricanes than other regions, with about only four or five named storms a year. Hawaii rarely gets hit. The last major storm to hit was Iniki in 1992.With files from The Associated Press Friday, August 24, 2018 Travelweek Group Posted by Tags: Air Canada, Hawaii, WestJetcenter_img Share The latest from airlines, hotels as Hurricane Lane settles in << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

Rep Calley joins colleagues in impactful occupational licensing plan

first_img Categories: Calley News,News 29May Rep. Calley joins colleagues in impactful occupational licensing plan Legislator: Common-sense measures are employee and employer friendlyLegislation from state Rep. Julie Calley diminishing the burden on businesses, their employees and consumers today was advanced in a vote by the House Local Government Committee.Within the multi-bill plan Calley has sponsored, local governments in Michigan will not be allowed to impose licenses on occupations that already are regulated at the state level. If the state requires a license for an occupation that was previously unregulated by the state, a local government would be expected to remove or cease enforcement of its own licensing requirements for that particular profession.“When aspiring employees or entrepreneurs within these fields are deterred from entering the profession due to fees often totaling hundreds of dollars, it naturally creates less competition,” said Calley, of Portland. “Less competition means more cost to Michigan consumers. It’s a lose-lose for the state.”Currently, the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) regulates and licenses 15 different occupational professions. The licensing branch is responsible for reviewing applications, processing renewals, issuing licenses or registrations and maintaining records for almost 300,000 professionals throughout the state.The proposal’s main bill, House Bill 5955, creates the Local Government Occupational Licensing Act. Calley’s bills, HBs 5964-65, are part of companion legislation ensuring cities, villages, townships and counties are in accordance with the new proposal. The bill package advances to the full House for consideration.last_img read more

The inspiration arrived in a haze at a Paul McCart

first_imgThe inspiration arrived in a haze at a Paul McCartney concert a few years ago in San Francisco.”People in front of me started lighting up and then other people started lighting up,” says Matthew Springer, a biologist and professor in the division of cardiology at the University of California, San Francisco. “And for a few naive split seconds I was thinking to myself, ‘Hey, they can’t smoke in AT&T Park! I’m sure that’s not allowed.’ And then I realized that it was all marijuana.”Recreational pot was not legal yet in the state, but that stopped no one. “Paul McCartney actually stopped between numbers and sniffed the air and said, ‘There’s something in the air — must be San Francisco!’ ” Springer recalls.As the visible cloud of pot smoke took shape, so did Springer’s idea to study the effects of secondhand marijuana smoke.He started thinking: San Franciscans would never tolerate those levels of cigarette smoke in a public place anymore. So why were they OK with smoke from burning pot? Did people just assume that cannabis smoke isn’t harmful the way tobacco smoke is?Springer was already researching the health effects of secondhand tobacco smoke on rats at his lab at UCSF. He decided to run the same tests using joints.”By the time I left the concert, I was resolved to at least try to make this happen,” he says.He knew it would be difficult. Marijuana is still an illegal drug under federal law, and Springer’s research uses federal funds; so he has to purchase specially approved government cannabis for study. He also can’t test it on humans; hence, the rats.In the lab, Springer puts a cigarette or a joint in a plexiglass box. Then he lights it, and lets the chamber fill with smoke, where an anesthetized rat is exposed to the smoke.So far, Springer and his colleagues have published research demonstrating that secondhand smoke makes it harder for the rats’ arteries to expand and allow a healthy flow of blood.With tobacco products, this effect lasts about 30 minutes, and then the arteries recover their normal function. But if it happens over and over — as when a person is smoking cigarette after cigarette, for example — the arterial walls can become permanently damaged, and that damage can cause blood clots, heart attack or stroke.Springer demonstrated that, at least in rats, the same physiological effect occurs after inhaling secondhand smoke from marijuana. And, the arteries take 90 minutes to recover compared to the 30 minutes with cigarette smoke.Springer’s discovery about the effect on blood vessels describes just one harmful impact for nonsmokers who are exposed to marijuana. Statewide sampling surveys of cannabis products sold in marijuana dispensaries have shown that cannabis products may contain dangerous bacteria or mold, or residues from pesticides and solvents.California law requires testing for these contaminants, and those regulations are being initiated in three phases over the course of 2018. Because much of the marijuana being sold now was harvested in 2017, consumers will have to wait until early 2019 before they can purchase products that have been fully tested according to state standards.”People think cannabis is fine because it’s ‘natural,’ ” Springer says. “I hear this a lot. I don’t know what it means.” He concedes that tightly regulated marijuana, which has been fully tested, doesn’t have as many chemical additives as cigarettes.But even if the cannabis tests clean, Springer says, smoke itself is bad for the lungs, heart and blood vessels. Other researchers are exploring the possible relationship between marijuana smoke and long-term cancer risk.Certainly, living with a smoker is worse for your health than just going to a smoky concert hall. But, Springer says, the less you inhale any kind of smoke, the better.”People should think of this not as an anti-THC conclusion,” he says, referencing the active ingredient in marijuana, “but an anti-smoke conclusion.”So is the solution simply to avoid smoke from combustion? In other words, is it safer to eat cannabis-infused products, or use “smokeless” e-cigarettes or vaping devices?Springer still urges caution on that score because vaping, for example, can have its own health effects. Vaping devices don’t produce smoke from combustion, but they do release a cloud of aerosolized chemicals. Springer is studying the health effects of those chemicals, too.All this research takes time. Meanwhile, Springer worries that people might come to the wrong conclusion — that the absence of research means the secondhand smoke is OK.”We in the public health community have been telling them for decades to avoid inhaling secondhand smoke from tobacco,” Springer says. “We have not been telling them to avoid inhaling secondhand smoke from marijuana, and that’s not because it’s not bad for you — it’s because we just haven’t known. The experiments haven’t been done.”Antismoking campaigners say we can’t afford to wait until the research is complete. Recreational pot is already a reality.Cynthia Hallett is the president of Americans for Nonsmokers’ Rights, based in Berkeley, Calif. The organization was established in 1976, before there was a lot known about the health effects of secondhand smoke from tobacco.Now that cannabis is becoming more common across the country — more than 20 cities or states have legalized it in some form — her organization is taking on the issue of secondhand marijuana smoke, too.Hallett says some of the arguments being made in support of cannabis remind her of the arguments made on behalf of tobacco decades ago.”I’m seeing a parallel between this argument that, ‘Gee, we just don’t have a lot of science and so, therefore, let’s wait and see,’ ” Hallett says. “The tobacco companies used to say the same thing about tobacco cigarettes.”In California, smoking cannabis is prohibited anywhere tobacco smoking is prohibited — including schools, airplanes and most workplaces. Hallett is worried that the legalization of pot could be used to erode those rules.It starts with the premise of decriminalization, she says, and then, over time, there’s “a chipping away at strong policies.”Some cannabis advocates want to see pot regulated like alcohol — cities would issue permits for specialized smoking lounges, similar to wine bars.But Hallett points out that smoke drifts, and it affects workers in a way that alcohol doesn’t.”The difference is, if I were to spill my beer on you in a bar, it wouldn’t affect your long-term health,” she says. “If I choose to smoke, it can affect the health of the person near me.”Pot is more like tobacco in that respect, and Hallett believes it should be regulated that way.She says this era of California culture brings to mind a similar period in the 1970s and ’80s, when Americans started demanding more regulations for secondhand smoke, and a new etiquette around smoking took form.When it comes to marijuana, Hallett says, “it is still polite for you to say: ‘Would you mind not smoking around me?’ “At Magnolia, a cannabis dispensary in Oakland, Calif., pot smokers talk about what responsibilities — if any — they should have when it comes to nearby nonsmokers.”This is the first time that I have heard secondhand smoke in reference to cannabis,” admits Lee Crow, a patient-services clerk at Magnolia. “I’ve tried to be courteous — just common courtesy, like with anything.”The dispensary’s director of clinical services, Barbara Blaser, admits she thinks a lot about secondhand smoke from cigarettes, but not pot.”Both of my parents died of lung cancer!” she says. “I will stop a stranger and say, ‘You shouldn’t be smoking. My dad died of that!’ “California’s Proposition 64, approved by state voters in 2016, requires that some of the state tax revenue from the sale of marijuana to be distributed to cannabis researchers. In addition, the state’s Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board is examining workplace hazards that are specific to the cannabis industry.This story is part of NPR’s reporting partnership, local member stations and Kaiser Health News. Copyright 2018 KALW. To see more, visit KALW.last_img read more

The government failed to take any account of the i

first_imgThe government failed to take any account of the impact on disabled pupils of its “discriminatory” plans to expand grammar schools in England, say campaigners.A government consultation paper published this week, Schools That Work For Everyone, includes plans to remove the ban on opening new grammar schools in England.But there is not a single mention of disabled pupils in the consultation paper, and the Department for Education (DfE) has failed to carry out an equality impact assessment of its proposals.Inclusive education campaigners say that expanding grammar schools – secondary schools which select pupils via an entrance test – will discriminate against disabled children and lead to more segregated education in special schools.And they say the plans are a clear breach of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, with new UN guidance making it clear that all segregated education should end and be replaced by “inclusive classroom teaching in accessible learning environments with appropriate supports”.There are currently 163 grammar schools in England, educating about five per cent of state secondary pupils, while 10 local authorities have wholly selective education systems and another 26 have one or more grammar schools in their area.Laws currently ban any new selective schools and prevent existing non-selective schools from becoming selective, but prime minister Theresa May – and education secretary Justine Greening – want to expand existing grammar schools, create new selective schools and allow non-selective schools to become selective.They say this will only be allowed if “action to expand existing selective schools or establish new selective schools is accompanied at the same time by support to ensure good quality non-selective places locally”.But The Alliance for Inclusive Education (ALLFIE) said the policy of increasing selective schools, and the consultation paper itself, discriminate against disabled children.It highlighted DfE’s failure to carry out an assessment of the impact of the policy on disabled children and other groups protected under the Equality Act 2010.ALLFIE said the consultation paper was “an onslaught on disabled children and young people’s social mobility, and on their parents’ rights to choose a good mainstream school placement”.Simone Aspis (pictured), ALLFIE’s policy and campaigns coordinator, said the consultation paper was “obviously discriminatory”.She said: “They obviously have not thought about what the implications are for disabled children.“For disabled children and their families, it means less choice and more segregation.“What will happen is more and more disabled children are going to be forced into segregated education provision.”ALLFIE pointed out that disabled children with education, health and care plans (EHCPs) or statements of special educational needs represent only 0.1 per cent of grammar school pupils, despite making up 1.8 per cent of the secondary school population.And disabled children without statements or EHCPs make up only 4.2 per cent of grammar school pupils, but 12.4 per cent of all secondary school pupils.ALLFIE said the government’s existing education policies over the last six years had led to a steady increase in the number of disabled children being educated in special schools.Aspis said: “If mainstream schools become selective, where will disabled children go?“They will have no choice other than to attend a special school against their own and their parents’ wishes, which is scandalous, especially if the prime minister talks about creating one nation.“This government has ratified the United Nations Convention on Persons with Disabilities, including article 24 that makes it clear that disabled children’s access to mainstream education is a human right and that an education system that separates and segregates disabled children is a violation of their right to mainstream education.”When a DfE spokesman was asked by Disability News Service about the failure to mention disabled pupils in the consultation paper, he said: “The top line is schools that work for everyone, that’s the point. When we talk about everyone we [mean] everyone.”He refused to answer a series of questions about the alleged discriminatory nature of the consultation paper, why DfE had failed to carry out an equality impact assessment, and whether the policy would lead to greater segregation of disabled pupils in special schools.Instead, he said the consultation paper “looks at how every child should have access to a good education. As such, that should be understood to include those with special educational needs and disabilities.”He added in a statement: “Every child, regardless of background or ability, should have access to an excellent education.“We know that grammar schools provide a good education for their disadvantaged pupils and we want more pupils from lower income backgrounds to benefit from that.“Our proposals will ensure that any new and existing selective schools will prioritise the admission of disadvantaged pupils and that they support other local pupils in non-selective schools to help drive up educational outcomes.“As set out in the consultation document, we are clear that relaxing restrictions on selective education can and should be to the betterment, not at the expense, of other local schools.”last_img read more

143 families waiting for child protection services

first_img SharePrint The Foundation for Social Welfare Services (FSWS)child protection programme had 143 families on the waiting list for investigations over reports of child protection.The Intake and Family Support service has 78 persons on their waiting-list whilst the Embark4Life and Adolescent Day Programme initiatives have 50 persons each on their waiting-list.47 individuals are on the waiting list for services related to domestic violence and 37 families are waiting for someone who can monitor parents/child meetings. Both services are offered by Aġenzija Appoġġ.From its end, Aġenzija Sedqa has a total of 139 persons that are waiting for different services. 34.5% have alcohol related issues, 11% have drug problems. It also has 54 persons on the waiting list for familyHome based therapeutic services and community services have 49 pending cases.An initial assessment made by qualified social workers establishes the level of urgency for action related to each case.These statistics have been part of a reply made by Minister Michael Falzon to a parliamentary question on FSWS pending cases made by Partit Nazzjonalista MP Ivan Bartolo.WhatsApp <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a>last_img read more

SoundCloud Wants 1 Billion Users a Day

first_img SoundCloud Wants 1 Billion Users a Day 5 min read Next Article Register Now » Eric Wahlforss and his co-founder Alex Ljung launched SoundCloud in 2007 to solve their own personal frustration sharing audio files online. In five years, the website they created has grown from a niche audio service for techno musicians to a web platform hosting audio channels from the White House and Harvard Business Review and launching hit singles from the likes of Nine Inch Nails and Beyoncé.SoundCloud’s goal is to have 1 billion users a day, says Wahlforss. “That works,” he laughs, but it’s not clear that he considers the goal entirely out of his reach. Right now, 250 million users reach the SoundCloud site each month.  SoundCloud’s co-founder Eric Wahlforss.Image credit: SoundCloudThe Berlin-based audio platform has north of 200 employees, most in the capital city of Germany, but with satellite offices in San Francisco, London, and Sofia, Bulgaria. Currently, SoundCloud is growing its New York City team. Wahlforss was in New York working with the team when he talked with Entrepreneur.com about the company’s goals.Even just two years ago, there was virtually no brand awareness of SoundCloud in the U.S., says Wahlforss. Today, nine in 10 people he runs into would know the brand without explanation, he says. To be sure, his circles aren’t representative of the average public. When this reporter pitched the story to her team of editors, almost no one in the room had heard of the audio platform. Awareness of SoundCloud is greater in younger, tech savvy music fans.  Related: Zipcar Founder: Entrepreneurs Have to Build a Collaborative Economy, or ElseIf you don’t know SoundCloud, think YouTube for audio.Wahlforss mostly agrees with the analogy. There are 12 hours of user-generated audio content uploaded to SoundCloud every minute. The uploaded audio ranges from your neighbor’s amateur attempts to reproduce an Eric Clapton ballad to long-form radio programming from NPR, CBS and the BBC.But the YouTube analogy is not entirely accurate. That’s because of the fundamental difference between the nature of video and audio. Individuals tend to consume short clips of video. And audio is a much more personal experience. Audio tends to be “extremely emotional,” therefore the listening sessions tend to be longer, says Wahlforss.Related: For Social Entrepreneurs, What Comes First: Business or Mission?What SoundCloud does that its competitors — including the likes of Pandora, Grooveshark and Spotify — don’t do as well, is make the audio experience a social, interactive experience. Users can comment on different bits of a track, see what others users are listening to, and discover new artists.Wahlforss says that at its heart, SoundCloud embeds the interactive communication elements of the web into the audio-listening experience. “We really think that this is the way music and audio ought to be shared, in the world as we know today.”In the earliest days of SoundCloud’s genesis, Wahlforss and his co-founder Ljung were inspired by the clean and simple layout designs of Flickr. SoundCloud started for techno, but self-consciously pushed the conversations on the platform to indie rock and then beyond. The co-founders never wanted to create a website for the electronic music set. They wanted to create a platform to change the way music is created, listened to and shared around the web.Related: Intel’s Futurist: We’ll Soon Be Living In ComputersThe table set for SoundCloud’s weekly team luncheon.Image credit: SoundCloudSoundCloud doesn’t disclose revenues or profits, but is starting to look for ways to make money with advertising. It’s seeking out deals with brands that are creative and unobtrusive to listeners, says Wahlforss. They won’t disclose any brands that they are in talks with, but Wahlforss and Ljung have what advertisers want: a young, engaged user base.The company operates on a “freemium” business model, meaning the service is free of charge, but users must pay a subscription if they want premium services such as expanded audio-upload storage and analytics.SoundCloud wants to become a listening platform, in addition to a platform for creators. But as the user base grows, and the SoundCloud experience matures, the line between listener and creator should blur. “The most deeply engaged fans are more often than not are also co-creating, they are also creators, or strong curators,” says Wahlforss. “To give them the ability to remix your creations, to add value to it, to multiply your community or brand as an artist, these things should all be possible and that is what we fundamentally believe in.”And that’s already happening in fits and spurts. For example, electronica artist Joel Thomas Zimmerman, known by his stage name deadmau5 (pronounced “dead mouse”), was live-streaming the production process on his latest mix when a fan named Chris tweeted him a vocal layover track he had uploaded on SoundCloud. Deadmau5 was impressed, as the expletives in his tweet express, and within minutes had Chris on the phone. Chris’s vocals were included in Deadmau5’s final track. Related: Successful Crowdfunding Is About More Than Money Senior Entrepreneurship Writer at CNBC Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. November 4, 2013 Add to Queue Catherine Clifford Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business Technology –shareslast_img read more

Workshops and online interventions provide support for parents of anorexia patients

first_imgReviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Jun 24 2019In a pilot projected at the University Clinic for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry of MedUni Wien and AKH Wien, parents of anorexia patients were familiarized with the illness in the form of workshops and an online intervention and introduced to skills for the interaction with their children in order to promote healing. The scientific evaluation showed the clear and lasting reduction of the psychological stress within the family affected by the eating disorder. The results are now presented during the largest European Child Psychiatry Congress (30 June to 2 July) in Vienna.Anorexia nervosa is one of the most severe psychiatric diseases in female adolescents. Its origin is co-conditional on a series of biological and genetic factors and must be treated in its early stages. In the process, not only the patients themselves, but also the personal environment experiences psychological stress, which can influence the healing process.A dysfunctional communication and interaction style within the family and/or “high expressed emotions” from the relatives are part of the numerous factors which maintain the eating disorder symptoms. The program SUCCEAT (Supporting Carers of Children and Adolescents with Eating Disorders in Austria) shows how these can be addressed and how they can improve the interaction between parents and children with the eating disorder. In a project over several years, chaired by Andreas Karwautz and Gudrun Wagner (University Clinic for Children and Adolescent Psychiatry of MedUni Wien / AKH Wien), the program was evaluated in a randomized controlled study. Parents of more than 100 patients were allocated to the intervention in the form of 8-week workshops or an online intervention with 8 modules. In weekly meetings, information regarding eating disorders and skills in the handling of critical situations were mediated.Under the guidance of child and adolescent psychiatrists and psychologists, parents were able to learn the best possible behavior in difficult situations (e.g. during shared meals, shopping or excessive sports activities). While this could be realized in workshop groups with role play, the participants in the online intervention were able to exchange experiences in an online forum. The most important point at the start of the workshops was to convey that the illness of their child is not the fault of the parents. Nobody is accused of having done something wrong. The successful treatment of this highly complex disease requires the assistance of the parents. The purpose of the workshops is to boost this assistance and to become a part of the solution.”Andreas Karwautz, University Clinic for Children and Adolescent Psychiatry of MedUni Wien / AKH Wien Related StoriesRevolutionary gene replacement surgery restores vision in patients with retinal degenerationResearchers identify gene mutations linked to leukemia in children with Down’s syndromeResearchers study cannabis dosage to reduce seizures in children with severe epilepsyThus, parents also learn to implement coping mechanisms for moments of own frustration and thus become a role model for their children.Reduction of stress due to the illnessThe effect of the intervention was evaluated with the aid of a questionnaire. General and eating-disorder-specific stress, psychiatric symptoms and “high expressed emotions” of the parents were reduced significantly in the SUCCEAT workshop as well as the online group; this reduction was stable in the long term course. The skills of the parents in dealing with their children with eating disorders improved significantly in both groups. This provides a highly effective disorder-specific treatment for parents of adolescents with anorexia nervosa.This model has already been implemented in the clinical routine at the University Clinic for Children and Adolescent Psychiatry of MedUni Wien/AKH Wien. “As also the online group clearly showed a positive response, this model can also be absolved and sensibly implemented at home”, explains Gudrun Wagner. “As to how the support of the parents impacts the healing process of the young patients is the subject of further evaluations.” Source:Medical University of Viennalast_img read more

Buffett says Berkshire Hathaway is sound even without him

At an annual shareholders’ meeting in his home town of Omaha, Nebraska, Buffett was peppered with questions about the future of the company without Buffett, who is a quasi deity among the investing public.He said Berkshire Hathaway’s success was not due to his celebrity status but rather to good business sense when it comes to sniffing out business opportunities and making sound investments.”The reputation belongs to Berkshire. Now, for somebody that cares about a business we absolutely are the first call and will continue to be the first call,” he said.Investors in America tend to turn to Buffett and see what he is doing with his billions during bad times, such as during the big financial crisis of the previous decade.If Buffett invests in a company, many people take it as a sign that you can trust the future of that firm.On Friday, for instance, shares in Apple rose four percent on news that he was increasing his stake in the company.Some in America are wondering if Berkshire Hathaway will remain such a bellwether once Buffett is gone.”If they care about where the business ends up being one way or another, we absolutely are the first call,” he said Saturday. “I don’t think they will hang up if I don’t answer, if they need the money.” Berkshire Hathaway has stakes in a wide variety of companies such as Coca-Cola, American Express, Wells Fargo and Delta Air Lines.In the first quarter of the year, it posted a rare loss—of $1.14 billion—according to a statement issued Saturday. That compares to a profit of $4.07 billion in the same quarter of last year.The company said the loss was due to billions in charges on estimated potential losses it must book because of new accounting rules. Investor guru Warren Buffett, 87, told shareholders Saturday that his holding company Berkshire Hathaway will continue to prosper after he is gone. Buffett’s firm buys 75 million more Apple shares in 1Q Citation: Buffett says Berkshire Hathaway is sound even without him (2018, May 6) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-05-buffett-berkshire-hathaway.html Investor Warren Buffett speaks on June 14 of last year in Washington © 2018 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. Explore further read more