Mikmaq Language Instruction Attracting Nonnative Students

When Melody Martin-Googoo was a child, she didn’t have the option of hearing her mother tongue spoken in school, let alone taught. Things have certainly changed since then. Now, Melody, who holds a master’s degree in education, is sanctioned by her school board to teach the Mi’kmaq language. Although the Mi’kmaq Language Program is not as well funded as the established French program and the curriculum is still being developed, Melody’s Mi’kmaq language classes are full. This year she’s teaching about 75 eager students at Truro Junior High; students who in grade six were given the option of studying either Mi’kmaq or French. Surprisingly, quite a number of non-Aboriginal students choose Melody’s class. “They’ve grown up surrounded by the Mi’kmaq culture,” she says, referring to the nearby Millbrook Mi’kmaq community. “They’re curious, they want to learn.” Melody grew up in Millbrook. Her mother, Patsy Paul Martin, was also a teacher and passionate about the revitalization of the Mi’kmaq language. As a result, she strongly encouraged Melody to speak her language and Cape Breton relatives were under strict instructions not to speak English when young Melody visited. Five years ago, when Melody graduated and was offered the opportunity to teach Mi’kmaq with the Chignecto-Central Regional School Board, it was a no-brainer. Teaching at Truro Junior High has also given her the chance to educate the students of her own community. “I really felt that my community had supported me in my education,” she says. “They were so excited that I had become a teacher and I really wanted to give back to them.” For Melody, a 32-year-old mother of two, passing on her language is intensely personal. “I’m not just sitting in a classroom delivering a curriculum. I know how crucial it is for people to learn the language. I know how significant it is to our identity and to our being.” With only a tiny fraction of her community still able to speak Mi’kmaq, Melody sometimes wonders if it’s already too late. “I think we’re so used to speaking English, that we don’t realize we’re not even speaking our language to each another anymore,” says Melody. “I think people have forgotten it’s our mother tongue. We need that back. We need grandparents speaking to their grandchildren. We need to see our young people not afraid to speak it, to be proud to speak it.” In fact, Melody’s master’s research revealed a disturbing stigma associated with speaking Mi’kmaq. She found that there is a wide-spread myth, even among her own people, that someone who studies French as their second language is going to end up smarter than someone who studies Mi’kmaq. “Parents think if their kids take the Mi’kmaq language, over French, then their kids aren’t going to do as well in school.” Sister Dorothy Moore is a Mi’kmaq educator who has been recognized by both the Order of Nova Scotia and the Order of Canada. She was directly involved in the development of the Mi’kmaq language curriculum when she served as Director of Mi’kmaq Services at the Nova Scotia Department of Education. Like Melody, Sister Moore feels strongly that the loss of the Mi’kmaq language is tied to the loss of their unique culture and she applauds Melody’s passion for reviving the language among junior high students. “As an educator, Melody has the persuasive power to stop the continued erosion of the Mi’kmaq language and to reinstill the beauty of the language in the minds and hearts of youth.” Each year, Melody starts her Mi’kmaq classes with a poem – I Lost My Talk – written by the Poet Laureate of the Mi’kmaq people, Rita Joe. Melody engages her class in a discussion about the emotional ramifications of losing your language and how they can stop that from happening. “I try to get them to realize how important and how significant it is that they are in my class, learning the Mi’kmaq language. I applaud them for taking the first steps and making the effort.” As the only teacher hired by her school board to teach Mi’kmaq, Melody dreams of a day when Mi’kmaq immersion programs are available for all Mi’kmaq students. Currently, the only other school board that has Mi’kmaq language curriculum is in Eskasoni, Cape Breton. The teachers there have freely shared both their knowledge and guidance with Melody and the developing program at Truro Junior High. In Melody’s mind, the time is now – this is the generation that has to make an effort to revitalize and to regain the language. “It’s almost like we’re in an emergency state,” she says. “Running around trying to fix the wrongs of the past and to let our people know how important it is to learn this language.” When she sees her students practicing and speaking Mi’kmaq together, it gives her hope. “By the time they leave grade nine, we look at our journey together and realize there is much more to learn,” she says. “I’ve given them the tools and now they need to go out and build what they can with those tools. It’s up to them to encourage others to speak the language back to them.” One of the tools that Melody uses to get the Mi’kmaq language out into the mainstream is the “Speaking Mi’kmaq” component of the Truro Daily News. She records a Mi’kmaq word and its English translation once a week on their website, www.trurodaily.com. Melody is heartened by the fact that the general public is becoming more appreciative of the role of the Mi’kmaq people in Nova Scotia. “It’s so different now. I’m teaching Mi’kmaq and I’m being supported by the people around me – my peers, my co-workers, my administration, the parents. We’re in this together. It’s not about you and me anymore. It’s about us. Welta’sultetis kinu Kikmanaq – our ancestors would be proud.” -30- read more

Sensex sinks 642 pts as crude oil woes persist

first_imgMumbai: Market benchmark BSE Sensex on Tuesday plummeted 642 points as investors weighed India’s fiscal worries due to soaring crude prices in the wake of growing geopolitical tensions in the Middle East. After nosediving 704 points, the 30-share index ended 642.22 points, or 1.73 per cent, lower at 36,481.09. The broader NSE Nifty too settled 185.90 points, or 1.69 per cent, down at 10,817.60. On the Sensex chart, losses were mainly driven by Hero MotoCorp, Tata Motors, Axis Bank, Tata Steel, Maruti and SBI — falling as much as 6.19 per cent. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details Of the 30 scrips of the BSE gauge, HUL, Asian Paints and Infosys were the three gainers. Investors were spooked by geopolitical uncertainties over the Saudi oil turmoil amid reports that higher oil prices were likely to severely hit economic conditions in India, which imports more than 70 per cent of its oil needs, experts said. The attack on the world’s largest oil processing facility in Saudi Arabia has led to a record surge in global crude prices. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday After soaring as much as 20 per cent to USD 71.95 per barrel on Monday, Brent crude futures corrected slightly to trade at USD 67.97 per barrel on Tuesday. Higher import cost of oil could sharply worsen current account position, compress profit margins and raise inflation, a Nomura report said. Tracking the movement in oil prices, the rupee further depreciated by 37 paise (intra-day) to trade at 71.97 per US dollar. Market participants were also on edge awaiting cues from the upcoming trade talks between China and the US as well as a much-anticipated policy meeting of the Federal Reserve, scheduled to begin later in the day. Elsewhere in Asia, Shanghai Composite Index and Hang Seng ended significantly lower, while Nikkei and Kospi settled in the green. Stock exchanges in Europe were trading on a mixed note in their respective early sessions.last_img read more

Alliance For Women In Media Foundation Announces Gracie Award Winners

first_imgThe Alliance for Women in Media Foundation (AWMF) is pleased to announce the 2014 national winners of the 39th Annual Gracie Awards.The awards will be presented at a black-tie Gala at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, Los Angeles, CA on Tuesday, May 20, 2014. Local market, public, digital and student award winners will be recognized at the Gracies Awards Luncheon on June 11, 2014 in New York. For a list of winners, click here.In preparation for the awards Gala, Gracie Award statues are being engraved for such accomplished women such as Mindy Kaling (The Mindy Project), Jane Fonda (The Newsroom), Mariska Hargitay (Law & Order: SVU) and Robin Roberts (Good Morning America), and in recognition of such dynamic programming and talent as ABC’s Scandal, CBS News’s 60 Minutes, SiriusXM Satellite Radio’s Julia Cunningham, Warner Horizon Television/NBC’s The Voice, TBS/Cougar Town’s Christa Miller, OWN’s Oprah’s Lifeclass, CNN’s Suzanne Malveaux, HBO’s Veep and BBC America/Orphan Black’s Tatiana Maslany — representing a broad cross-section of outstanding actors, reporters, stories and programs.The Gracies recognize exemplary programming created for women, by women and about women in all facets of media and entertainment, as well as individuals who have made contributions to the industry. The awards program also encourages the realistic and multifaceted portrayal of women in entertainment, news, features and other programs.“The Gracie Awards recognize women who have created inspiring, intelligent and innovative media,” said 2014 AWMF Chair Kay Olin. “The Alliance for Women in Media Foundation’s signature event is a wonderful celebration of the important contributions women make to all areas of the media industry.”The Gracies are presented by the AWM Foundation, the philanthropic arm of AWM which supports educational programs, charitable activities, public service campaigns and scholarships to benefit the public and women in the media. The Gracie Awards, established in 1975, honor programming and individuals of the highest caliber in all facets of radio, television, cable and web-based media, including news, drama, comedy, public service, documentary and sports.Supporting the Gracies is synonymous with supporting women’s achievements in all facets of media and entertainment. Reserve your table and demonstrate your commitment to the AWM Foundation, a 501c3 non-profit charity. Sponsored tables are available ranging from $10,000 to $50,000. For more information, please contact AWMF at (703) 506-3290.For more information about the 2014 Gracies, please click here. For the most up-to-date, insider information, follow the Gracie Awards on Twitter @thegracies.last_img read more

Trudeau says he wont use tricks to ram through pipeline construction

first_imgThe Canadian PressPrime Minister Justin Trudeau is pouring cold water on Alberta’s suggestion that the federal government use legislation or a court appeal to get construction started quickly on the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion.In an interview on Edmonton radio station CHED, Trudeau says using “tricks” such as a new law or the Constitution’s notwithstanding clause would create further legal fights down the road.“Using a legislative trick might be satisfying in the short term, but it would set up fights and uncertainty for investors over the coming years on any other project because you can’t have a government keep invoking those sorts of things on every given project,” he told the radio station Wednesday.“People want to know that we are doing things the right way for the long-term _ that jobs that get started will continue and won’t get stopped by the courts. That’s the change we are focused on making.”The Federal Court of Appeal last week reversed a cabinet decision to allow Trans Mountain construction to go ahead.The court found not enough consultation was done with Indigenous people and said the impact of increased tanker traffic was not properly considered.The prime minister was in Edmonton on Wednesday to meet with Alberta Premier Rachel Notley, who has pulled her government from the national climate plan until there’s a fix.Notley said she wanted to have a “fulsome” conversation with Trudeau.“The decision from the Federal Court of Appeal definitely presented us with a challenge,” she said at an unrelated event in Spruce Grove, Alta. “The issue is how do we get around that challenge.“We know the federal government is still committed to get the pipeline built _ they just spent $4.5 billion on it. If I were them, I’d want to get it built.”But it needs to happen in a timely way, Notley said.“We have people who are wondering whether they should be going to work in the next week or two,” she said. “We have investors in the energy industry, as well as the economy overall, who are looking at whether Canada can make things work.”Notley said she agrees there has to be proper consultation with Indigenous people, but added the federal government must also address concerns about the National Energy Board.“We cannot be held hostage to a regulatory merry-go-round that never ends.”Trudeau downplayed the idea of a legal appeal in the radio interview.“We are, right now, trying to figure out how to get work restarted on it but … the court was very clear: You need to do more on the environment. You need to do more on consultations if anything is going to happen, so that’s what we are going to do.”The project would triple the bitumen-carrying capacity of the existing pipeline from the Edmonton area to Metro Vancouver. Notley has said the expansion is necessary to get more Alberta oil to the coast for shipment to overseas markets.The line has faced stiff opposition from some Indigenous groups, environmentalists and the British Columbia government.Earlier this year, the federal government announced that it was buying the pipeline after owner Kinder Morgan balked at starting construction, and, minutes after the court ruling was released on Thursday, company shareholders approved the sale for $4.5 billion.The purchase closed on Friday, so the federal government is now wholly responsible for what happens.Trudeau said the project would be dead had Ottawa not stepped in. He said the government’s goal is not to make money but to see the expansion completed.“We have a greater tolerance for risk,” he said. “Our process and our focus is on getting that pipeline built the right way so we can finally get our resources to markets other than the United States.”@aptnnewslast_img read more

Liberals pledge to boost Canada Child Benefit remove tax from maternity leave

first_imgST. JOHN’S, N.L. — The Liberals are promising that if re-elected they will boost the Canada Child Benefit and make maternity and parental leave benefits tax free.Leader Justin Trudeau says raising children is expensive, particularly in the first year, and this would help.Trudeau says the Liberals would increase the Canada Child Benefit by 15 per cent for children under one, which would be an increase of up to $1,000. The Liberals say they would also remove federal taxes from employment insurance cheques for maternity and parental leave.The Conservatives have also pledged to make maternity and parental leave tax free, but they would do so through a non-refundable 15 per cent tax credit.Trudeau says the Liberals would also introduce a new leave for adoptive parents so they get the same benefits as other parents.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Fight in Delhi is between two national parties says Sheila Dikshit

first_imgNew Delhi: After a defeat by debutant AAP in 2013, most presumed it was the end of the archetypal superwomen Sheila Dikshit era. The Dikshit era was started after defeat in Lok Sabha Poll in 1998, after which she took charge of Delhi Pradesh Congress as president.Fortunately, in November 1998, Sheila Dikshit returned to power for three terms, and now she is the head of Delhi unit of Congress and a Lok Sabha contestant from North-East Delhi. The longest serving Chief Minister in the Capital, the governor of Kerala between March 2014 and August 2014, the President of Delhi Congress, 81-year-old Sheila Dikshit, who is now back to electoral politics as the Candidate from North-east, when Delhi Congress has no MP or MlAs in Assembly, is ready to take on the new challenge that the Party high Command has given her. Also Read – Odd-Even: CM seeks transport dept’s views on exemption to women, two wheelers, CNG vehiclesIt is pertinent to mention that in 1998, the last time Dikshit fought Lok Sabha election from North-East, which was part of East Delhi before delimitation of the parliamentary Constituencies. She was defeated by BJP’s Lal Bihari Tiwari. Presently, Sheila Dikshit is facing two more Pandits, sitting MP Manoj Tiwari and AAP candidate Dilip Panday, both are Purvanchalis, while Dikshit is by birth Delhiite. In such situation, triangular fights are here. North-East Lok Sabha seat is Muslim and Purvanchali dominated that could pose a challenge for all three pundits. Also Read – More good air days in Delhi due to Centre’s steps: JavadekarSheila says that election fight is between two national party candidates and both candidates are Delhi unit president of their respective parties. In the last Lok Sabha poll 2014, in Modi wave, of the total of 13,13,514 votes cast in North East Delhi, BJP’s Manoj Tiwari got 596,125 (45.38 per cent), AAP’s Anand Kumar got 452,041 (34 per cent) and Congress’ Jai Prakash Agarwal got 214,792 (16.35 per cent) votes. Collectively, the vote share of the Congress and the AAP was the highest – about 70,000 – more than the that of BJP. Sheila Dikshit is banking on the achievements rather than any catchy slogans such as nationalism and corruption. “I was right here , yes, may be not as a candidate but I was always in touch with the party leaders, our workers and more importantly, the people. It feels nice to watch how much love the people of Delhi still have for the Congress Party,” said Dikshit. “The North-east Parliamentary constituency has been totally neglected by the people’s representatives from the area despite getting crores of rupees as MP and MLA funds for the areas development,” said Dikshit. Dikshit claimed our government brought the Metro services to North-east Delhi and we began the plan for the Signature Bridge, hospitals in this area. 81-year-old lady, is much active, before disclosing that her day starts at 7:30 am with a cup of coffee and returns at home after 10:30 pm.last_img read more

RAM Accused of Serving Pork Meat to Passengers

Rabat- Royal Air Maroc (RAM) has come under fire after a passenger accused the airline of serving pork meat on a Canada-bound flight.On May 8, several passengers, mainly Moroccans living in Canada, protested a three-hour delay of RAM Flight AT 208 departing from Casablanca. RAM officials were forced to rent a flight from a foreign airline serving the same destination.Ahmed Al Idrissi, a Moroccan passenger who was onboard the flight, said, “After passengers changed the flight, they discovered that no one on the staff spoke Arabic.” “While the hostess was serving us food, I asked her if it is Halal food, which she confirmed. However, when I checked it, I was shocked to find out that the food contained traces of pig blood and skins,” the passenger told Hespress.Ahmed went on to add that he warned the other passengers that the meals served contained pork, which is forbidden in Islam. His act reportedly provoked the staff, who began to argue with him.“Then, hostess supervisor, who is Moroccan, intervened and expressed his apologies while making excuses to calm the passengers down,” Ahmed Al Idrissi explained.RAM, on the other hand, denied that such an incident occurred on flight AT 208.“Food served on all RAM flights or the flights that RAM rent during rush hours, is from one supplier, which is Atlas Servair. This company is a subsidiary of RAM and the France’s company Servair,” said Abdelhakim Chalout, a RAM spokesperson.“RAM flights do not serve pork meals,” Chalout concluded.Consumption of pork is prohibited in Islam. The Quran prohibits eating pork meat in many verses, including Al Baqara 2:173, in which God says: “He has only forbidden to you dead animals, blood, the flesh of swine, and that which has been dedicated to other than Allah”. read more

Minister Agriculture Represents 77 of Moroccan Exports to Russia

Rabat – Agricultural products represent 77 percent of Moroccan exports to Russia, estimated at MAD 1.5 billion.The figure was presented by Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries, Rural Development, Water and Forestry, Aziz Akhannouch on Thursday in Rabat.He was speaking at a business breakfast devoted to strengthening trade and economic relations between Morocco and Russia, particularly in priority sectors. Akhannouch said that citrus fruits top agricultural exports, followed by other fruits and vegetables. He noted that since 2014, the growth of trade between the two countries is in the order of 10 percent. However, he went on to say, economic aspiration has not yet matched political aspiration. Hence there is a need for economic operators to move forward in promoting Moroccan-Russian trade, especially after the royal visit to Russia which has paved the way for even stronger and more diversified bilateral cooperation.Akhannouch called on economic operators to develop marketing networks to better understand the Russian market. He also highlighted the importance of creating the “Green Corridor” which will make this market more accessible, especially with the customs facilities offered by the two countries.For his part, the Russian minister of agriculture, Dmitry Patrushev, presented the various aspects of economic cooperation. He referred in particular to the joint ventures in the production of fruits and vegetables, red meat, and water.He also highlighted Morocco’s economic assets with an exceptional openness to the African continent, and expressed the interest shown by Russian investors in partnership with the kingdom.The meeting was held as part of a mission to Morocco by the Russian Export Centre (REC) group of companies, carried out on the occasion of the 7th Moroccan-Russian Joint Intergovernmental Commission for Economic, Scientific, and Technical Cooperation. read more

UN human rights body invites businesses to collaborate in creating its agenda

4 November 2011A new United Nations expert body that promotes respect for human rights among businesses is inviting governments, companies and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to submit ideas and proposals to help establish its work programme next year. The UN Working Group on Human Rights and Transnational Corporations and other Business Enterprises will take businesses’ submissions into account during its first session in January, when the Group’s priorities and activities will be determined.According to a news release issued by the UN Office of the High Commissioner of Human Rights (OHCHR) on Wednesday, the group already started working by focusing on a set of internationally accepted guidelines and principles to prevent and address the risk of adverse human rights impacts linked to business activity. The Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, endorsed in June by the UN Human Rights Council, outline what businesses need to do to ensure human rights are respected in their enterprises, and give access to effective remedies when those rights have been negatively affected.The principles are the product of six years of research and consultations and involved governments, companies, business associations, civil society, affected individuals and groups, and others around the world.The group will monitor the following of these principles by conducting country visits, promoting good practices, and organizing an international forum on businesses and human rights to discuss the challenges enterprises face when implementing the guidelines. read more

WatchExxon Mobil shelves 25billion BC LNG project

Exxon Mobil and Imperial continuously evaluate their portfolios to identify opportunities to invest, restructure or divest assets to strengthen their competitive position and provide the highest return to shareholders, she said.She didn’t say why the application was withdrawn.The move was confirmed in a one-sentence update on the website of the B.C. Environmental Assessment Office.Earlier this year, Calgary-based Imperial took a writedown of $289 million on its northern B.C. Horn River shale gas development, a 50-50 venture with Exxon that was once expected to become a major supply source for B.C.’s LNG industry.In October, Royal Dutch Shell and its partners announced final investment approval for the $40-billion LNG Canada project, including a gas liquefaction plant in Kitimat on B.C.’s coast and a 670-kilometre gas supply pipeline. CALGARY — Exxon Mobil Corp. has withdrawn its environmental assessment application for a $25-billion LNG export facility on the B.C. coast it proposed in 2015.The apparent shelving of the WCC LNG project is the latest blow to the West Coast liquefied natural gas export industry which at one time featured about 20 proposals, but has resulted in only one firm commitment to build.The project had been proposed by Exxon Mobil and its Canadian partner, Imperial Oil Ltd., for Tuck Inlet in the Prince Rupert area on B.C.’s north coast.LNG Canada’s $40 billion project in Kitimat ‘at risk’ if steel safeguards stay, Ottawa told‘Dream scenario’: Two more Canadian LNG projects inching towards construction‘First of many’: $40B LNG Canada signals revival of mega projectsCompany spokeswoman Julie King said Exxon Mobil and Imperial withdrew the WCC LNG project from the environmental assessment process after careful review.“We remain committed to our Canada operations and to ensuring the safe and reliable delivery of oil and gas to our customers,” King wrote in a brief email.A Canadian Coast Guard patrol vessel sits at the Port of Prince Rupert in Prince Rupert, British Columbia. Ben Nelms/Bloomberg read more

UN official says leaders have chance to remove landmines once and for

Urging the world’s leaders to seize the opportunity to remove landmines forever, the head of the United Nations anti-mine service said today that countries must use a major conference later this year to map out the strategy towards reaching that target. Five years after the Convention on the Prohibition of the Use, Stockpiling, Production and Transfer of Anti-Personnel Mines and on their Destruction – known as the Anti-Personnel Mine Ban Convention – came into force, a conference to be held in Nairobi from 29 November to 3 December will review its performance. So far 141 countries have agreed to adhere to the pact, which forbids the production and sale of landmines, and works towards reducing existing stockpiles. Martin Barber, Director of the UN Mine Action Service, told a press briefing at UN Headquarters in New York that “tremendous progress” has been made in the battle against landmines since 1999. The number of new victims of landmines – killed or injured – has dropped from about 26,000 per year to between 15,000 and 20,000; the number of States officially trading in landmines has fallen from 34 to zero; and the number of States where mines are used has dropped from 19 in 1997 to no more than five today. Mr. Barber added that stockpiles of at least 30 million mines have also been destroyed. “Let’s get rid of this weapon once and for all,” he said. “We can consign the anti-personnel landmine to the dustbin of history. It’s an anomalous weapon. It should be eliminated.” Mr. Barber said the language of the treaty is unlikely to come up for review at the Nairobi conference, but delegates from governments and civil society are likely to chart their strategies and targets for the next five years. He said universalizing the treaty remains a key goal, as well as continuing to assist victims of mines and working towards clearing areas and returning them to agricultural use. Last week Secretary-General Kofi Annan said in a statement, after meeting with Ambassador Wolfgang Petritsch of Austria, the president-designate of the Nairobi conference, that the UN system would do its utmost to help in the goal of universalizing the anti-landmine treaty. Listen to UN Radio report read more

Recent Breakthroughs In Womens Tennis Have Yet To Stick

At six of the last 10 Grand Slam tournaments, a woman has reached her first major singles final. All six first-time finalists lost the match, four of them in straight sets while winning no more than six games. Five then lost their first match at the next tournament. None has reached another major final since. Four of them failed to reach the quarterfinals at the next major they played. Three have fallen out of the Top 10 in the rankings.Breakthrough performances have been followed by letdowns.The most promising of the six players is Simona Halep. She came the closest to winning her major final debut, taking 15 games off Maria Sharapova at the French Open in June. Halep followed that by reaching the semifinal at Wimbledon the next month. And she enters the U.S. Open — which began this week — ranked No. 2 in the world. Yet she doesn’t look likely to reach the final in Flushing, New York. She won just two matches at warm-up tournaments, and Halep dropped the first set to unranked Danielle Rose Collins (the U.S. college singles champ) before coming back to win her opening match Monday.“Every day we have to work to reach the top and to stay there, because it’s more difficult to stay there than to reach it,” Halep said at a news conference after her win.It’s a bit early to declare the most recent first-time finalist a letdown; Eugenie Bouchard hasn’t gotten a chance to play another major since reaching the Wimbledon final this summer. On Tuesday, she begins her U.S. Open against Olga Govortsova. Early returns for Bouchard aren’t good, though: She’s won just one match in three tournaments since getting routed by Petra Kvitova in the Wimbledon final.Like the current group of young contenders, Kvitova didn’t immediately back up her breakthrough performance. She won Wimbledon in 2011, at age 21, in her first major final. Then she lost three of her next five matches, including her first-round match at the U.S. Open. But she won two tournaments and the Fed Cup later that summer, and Wimbledon this summer. She has been a regular in the Top 10 since reaching her first major final.Victoria Azarenka followed shortly after Kvitova and was more consistently successful. She reached her first major final at the Australian Open in 2012, at age 22, and won it — routing Maria Sharapova, as Kvitova had done the previous summer at Wimbledon. Then Azarenka won the next two tournaments she played and held the No. 1 ranking for much of the next year, including during her successful defense of her Australian Open title the next year.It’s natural that an athlete who is playing her first major final against a player who has been there before would be an underdog. And it’d be unfair to expect the player to repeat her performance at the next major, rather than regressing a bit to the mean. Plus, the women who have broken through recently are young and have time to return to the sport’s most prominent matches.Among the six most recent first-time major finalists, Sara Errani was the oldest at the time of her breakthrough. She had just turned 25 when she reached the 2012 French Open final, relatively young in the aging sport of tennis. Four of the others were younger than 24 when they reached their first Grand Slam final. But only Bouchard was younger at her first breakthrough than Kvitova and Azarenka were. read more

Breastfeeding lowers risk of heart disease and stroke for mothers study suggests

first_img Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Women’s body change to store large amounts of fat, which without breastfeeding may accumulate Credit:Andrew Matthews PA  “The findings should encourage more widespread breastfeeding for the benefit of the mother as well as the child,” said Dr Zhengming Chen, Professor of Epidemiology, at Oxford University.”The study provides support for the World Health Organization’s recommendation that mothers should breastfeed their babies exclusively for their first six months of life.”The research was published in the Journal of the American Heart Association. Researchers say that breastfeeding may help restore a woman’s fat clearing systems after the birth. “Although we cannot establish the causal effects, the health benefits to the mother from breastfeeding may be explained by a faster “reset” of the mother’s metabolism after pregnancy,” said Dr Sanne Peters,  research fellow at Oxford University. Just one in 200 women in Britain continuing breastfeeding after the first year Credit:Blend Images/Alamy Breastfeedingis not only beneficial for babies but it could prevent women suffering a stroke or developing heart disease in later life, scientists have concluded.Previous studies have suggested that mothers get short-term health benefits from breastfeeding, such as weight loss and lower cholesterol, blood pressure and glucose levels after pregnancy, but there have been no research into the long-term impact.When researchers at Oxford University and the Chinese Academy for Medical Sciences studied nearly 300,000 middle-aged women for eight years, they discovered that those who had breast fed were nine per cent less likely to develop heart disease and eight per cent less less likely to suffer a stroke.And the health benefits increased the longer they had breast fed their children. Women who put off the bottle until two  years old lowered their risk of heart disease by 18 per cent, and stroke 17 per cent. For every additional six months after that the risk lowered by an extra four per cent and three per cent respectively.center_img Just one in 200 women in Britain continuing breastfeeding after the first year  Although the authors cautioned that women who breastfeed may be more likely to engage in other beneficial health behaviors that lower their risk of cardiovascular disease compared to women who do not breastfeed, they said the findings provide more evidence of the long-term benefits for both mother and child.  Women's body change to store large amounts of fat, which without breastfeeding may accumulate “Pregnancy changes a woman’s metabolism dramatically as she stores fat to provide the energy necessary for her baby’s growth and for breastfeeding once the baby is born. Breastfeeding could eliminate the stored fat faster and more completely.”British women have the some of the lowest breastfeeding rates in the world with just one in 200 women (0.5 per cent) still breastfeeding a year after becoming mothers. The figure is 23 per cent in Germany and 27 per cent in the United States. The World Health Organisation recommends that all babies are breastfed for up to two years or longerOnly around two per cent of women is unable to lactate, and experts believe social reasons, such as the desire for life to return to normal after the birth, is behind the disparity. More than half of British babies have had some formula by the end of their first week, according to the University of Swansea. It is estimated that increasing breast feeding rates could save the NHS around £40 million a year. last_img read more

High Court says UK parliament must have vote on starting Brexit

first_img http://jrnl.ie/3060058 By AFP Image: PA Wire/PA Images As the clock ticks down, get all the best Brexit news and analysis in your inbox: Share132 Tweet Email2 High Court says UK parliament must have vote on starting Brexit The landmark constitutional decision could delay Britain’s exit from the EU. 20,137 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlecenter_img Short URL Image: PA Wire/PA Images THE HIGH COURT in London has ruled that parliament, not the government, must approve the start of Britain’s withdrawal from the European Union, in a landmark decision that could delay Brexit.Three senior judges ruled that Prime Minister Theresa May did not have the right to use her executive power to trigger Article 50 of the EU’s Lisbon treaty, which begins a two-year countdown to leaving the bloc.“We hold that the Secretary of State does not have power under the Crown’s prerogative to give notice pursuant to Article 50 of the TEU for the United Kingdom to withdraw from the European Union,” the judgement said.The government was given leave to appeal and is widely expected to take the ruling to the Supreme Court, but it made no immediate announcement on the subject.International Trade Secretary Liam Fox said the government was “disappointed” at the decision on Article 50, adding: “The government is determined to respect the result of the referendum.”May has said she intends to trigger Article 50 by the end of March, and accused those bringing the court challenge of seeking to frustrate the process.Most members of the House of Commons campaigned for Britain to stay in the EU in the June referendum, and there is speculation they could push for a softer break with the bloc or even delay it altogether.“I am grateful to the court for the result, this is a victory for parliamentary democracy,” one of the claimants in the case, Grahame Pigney, told reporters outside court.“I now hope everyone will respect the court decision so parliament will now make a decision on relation to the service of the Article 50 notice.“The government has indicated that they wish to appeal to the Supreme court, we would ask them not to do that, but if we do will we take it there and fight this.”- © AFP 2016. Nov 3rd 2016, 9:56 AM 160 Comments Thursday 3 Nov 2016, 9:56 AMlast_img read more

Photovoltaïque Genève se dote de la plus grande centrale de Suisse

first_imgPhotovoltaïque : Genève se dote de la plus grande centrale de SuisseLe centre des congrès de Genève, Palexpo, verra dans quelques mois quelque 15.000 panneaux photovoltaïques recouvrir les toits de quatre de ses halles. Dès 2012, cette centrale solaire, qui sera la plus grande de Suisse, devrait pouvoir produire 4.200 mégawattheures (MWh) d’électricité d’origine solaire par an.La centrale, fruit d’un partenariat entre les Services industriels de Genève et Palexpon, s’étendra sur quelque 48.000 mètres carrés. Lors de sa mise en route prévue en 2012, elle devrait produire 4.200 mégawattheures (MWh) d’électricité solaire par an, et ainsi assurer la consommation de 1.200 foyers, rapporte le site 20minutes.ch. À lire aussiUn nouveau type de panneau solaire hybride crée de l’électricité grâce à la pluieLes toits des quatre halles qui accueilleront les panneaux photovoltaïques ont d’ores et déjà été renforcés pour en supporter le poids, à savoir 33 kilogrammes par mètre carré. Quant à l’installation de la centrale, elle doit débuter cet été pour s’achever à la fin de l’année. Un chantier qui devrait coûter 15 millions de francs suisses environ, soit 12 millions d’euros.Afin d’encourager les Genevois à s’engager en faveur des énergies vertes, le prix du kilowattheure produit par la centrale devrait être fixé au maximum à 34 centimes. Déjà doté d’une centrale solaire, le canton de Genève bénéficiera grâce à ce nouveau parc, le plus grand de Suisse, d’une puissance de  production d’électricité solaire de plus de 12 MW. Son objectif de 15 MW à l’horizon 2015 devrait donc être facilement atteint. Le 21 mai 2011 à 12:57 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Lovren Ramos isnt a great defender

first_imgLiverpool defender Dejan Lovren aimed a subtle dig at Real Madrid counterpart Sergio Ramos by claiming that he’s not even that greatThe Croatia international gave his views on the current best defenders in the game and made a big claim on Ramos, while praising Liverpool teammate Virgil Van Dijk.“Virgil I would say (is among the best),” Lovren told Copa90’s FIFA and Chill series.“We had a great season last season, me and him, we reached the final of the Champions League.”The 29-year-old, who grabbed headlines over the World Cup for comments on his own abilities, also rates Real’s Raphael Varane and Paris Saint-Germain captain Thiago Silva.“I like Varane, he deserves a lot of credit, he doesn’t get it as much as Ramos gets. I don’t agree with that.“Definitely Varane is better, this season and previous seasons. He won the Champions League and the World Cup. He should be the best defender in the world and they chose Ramos.“I always consider Thiago Silva. He is really a good experienced player, he isn’t that tall but can jump quite high. He is strong.”Jadon Sancho, Borussia DortmundCrouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.On Ramos, Lovren said: “If you look, Ramos has many more mistakes than me.“But he plays for Real Madrid, when you do a mistake you win 5-1 or 5-2, nobody cares about the mistake.“I’m quite unlucky in that when I make a mistake it’s 1-0 and the game is finished!“But without mistakes, you cannot be where you are. Everyone is a human being, sometimes people have a bad week at home, nobody cares about that.“Every player is their biggest critic. When I make a mistake, I don’t talk to my wife for a week, for a year, I don’t know, I don’t care!“You want to punch somebody but you have to stay calm inside and be professional.”last_img read more

BAHAMAS Guests enjoy the Changing of the Guard at Government House

first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, January 22, 2018 – Nassau – The Royal Bahamas Defence Force Band enthralled guests at Government House including tourists, teachers and sixth-grade students during the Changing of the Guard ceremony, Friday, January 19th, 2018.   The historic event included a marching display of precision drills by the Defence Force Band followed by a change of guard at the sentry.In 1958, Dennis Morgan, then director of music for the Royal Bahamas Police Force Band, introduced the “Changing of the Guard” at Government House and “Beating of the Retreat” at Christmas.   The Changing of the Guard took place every first and third Saturday of the month during which members of the Royal Bahamas Police Force Band marched from the Police headquarters on East Street to Government House and performed for 15 to 20 minutes’ display.In 1990, the Royal Bahamas Defence Force assumed the duties of the Royal Bahamas Police Force as Security Guards at Government House.  The 30-minute ceremony is held in honor of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and has become an attraction for tourists and Bahamians.  The ceremony is currently held every second Friday in the month at 11 a.m.The 2018 dates for the Changing of the Guard are:February – 2nd and 16th; March – 2nd and 16th; April – 13th and 27th; May – 11th and 25th; June – 8th and 22nd; July – 6th and 20th; August – 3rd, 17th and 31st; September – 14th and 28th; October – 12th and 26th; November – 9th and 23rd; December – 7th and 21st.Release: BISPhoto Captions:Insert: Students of Nassau Christian School listen as a member of the Royal Bahamas Defence Force speaks to them about the Changing of the Guard ceremony.BIS Photos/Letisha Henderson Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

Five year program waives permit and development fees

first_imgFive year program waives permit and development fees KUSI Newsroom KUSI Newsroom, Posted: January 10, 2019 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI)- San Diego County supervisors are addressing the need for more affordable housing, which includes a lack of inventory.Very much a part of the conversation on making home ownership more affordable, locally and state-wide, it’s called after all, the “California” Housing Crisis, is making it easier and less costly to build small dwellings, including granny flats on properties with existing homes.The issue has been government fees, fees that have been nearly equal to the cost of construction, which brings us to County Supervisors.They’ve just voted to waive the County’s permit and development impact fees for such dwellings in unincorporated areas over the next five years.  We’re told the program could result in thousands of additional homes.  What’s more granny flats are the quickest and easiest way to increase housing supply.Shahrzad Ghaemmaghami, co-owner of Ritz Design.Build, calls the action a game-changer: “It’s a huge deal because in the past, families couldn’t afford it because the fees where $30,000 to $40,000. And it was difficult because of so many rules and regulations.”Ghaemmaghami should know because 50 per cent of her business is now granny flats.  The City of San Diego drastically reduced such fees in May of last year. She told KUSI the fees are much closer to $10,000 to $15,000 now.Then there’s the human aspect. The larger story is increasing inventory, but very much included is the aspect of keeping families together and peace of mind for people who also may be caregivers.To cover the loss of the fees, the county is subsidizing the program to the tune of $11M over the next five years.center_img January 10, 2019 Updated: 7:58 AM Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

England vs South Africa Ben Stokes stars as hosts overpower stumbling Proteas

first_imgEngland came up with a perfect performanceTwitter/ICCAfter months of speculation over how they would perform in home conditions when faced with the expectations of lifting the trophy, England put on a masterclass of ODI cricket to register an emphatic win over the South Africans in the opening encounter of ICC 2019 World Cup played at The Oval in London. The star of the show was Ben Stokes who made key contributions with the bat, ball and also took one of the most stunning catches in recent times.Perfect startWhat was most impressive about England’s batting was the balance they were able to strike between playing positively and avoiding unnecessary risks. After losing Jonny Bairstow in the very first over, Joe Root and Jason Roy built a great partnership of over a hundred runs to put their team on course for a big score. But the quick fall of both these batsmen put the hosts under pressure.But then the captain Eoin Morgan and all-round talisman Ben Stokes showed their quality by not only steadying the innings but also keeping the momentum going. The aggressive shots played by both were good, calculated strokes and not wild slogs. Their 100+ run partnership set England on course for a near-350 runs score. But then South African bowlers struck back using slower balls and other tricks. This meant that England kept losing wickets towards the end. But Stokes held one end strongly and guided his team to a score of over 300 despite falling short of a hundred.Trouble early for ProteasWhen South Africa came out to bat, they started well but then a blow to the head for Hashim Amla forced him to retire hurt and that broke the momentum of the innings. What followed then was a vindication of England’s decision to bring Jofra Archer in their squad. The Barbados-born bowler delivered a brilliant spell where he knocked over both Proteas captain Faf du Plessis and no. 3 batsman Aiden Markram. Stokes took a magnificent catch towards the end of South Africa’s inningsTwitter/ICCThe new man Rassie van der Dussen, who made his debut earlier this year, continued to impress and started building a threatening partnership with Quinton de Kock. However, both batsmen were struggling against Adil Rashid and his googlies but soon they got a measure of the bowling and started to dominate a bit.Then de Kock committed the same error that he has been guilty of several times – playing a reckless shot and giving an easy catch in the deep. His dismissal was followed by a collapse as nobody except van der Dussen showed any fight. Wickets kept tumbling and eventually van der Dussen also got out after reaching his half-century. The match was already won by England and even though Amla came out to bat again, he only delayed the inevitable.The bowling from England was perfect and ticked all boxes. Chris Woakes did the job expected of him to bowl a good spell upfront with the new ball. The spinners, especially, Rashid caused major problems in the middle overs. Plunkett picked up the key wicket of de Kock while Archer started the decline of England with his two quick wickets at the top. Stokes followed up his batting heroics with two scalps plus a blinder in the deep taken by him while airborne and his right hand extended well over his head.Overall, it was a complete performance for England with many players contributing – four batsmen getting to 50 and all bowlers being of use. For Proteas the campaign may have begun badly but they have eight more matches and plenty of time to improve. While their bowling wasn’t that bad, the batsmen would need to pull up their socks. However, if Dale Steyn returns to the fold, that may make their bowling even more capable. But the batsmen will still be required to do better.last_img read more