Special category status to pervade Arunachal and other NE states Rahul

first_imgItanagar: Congress chief Rahul Gandhi said Tuesday his party will restore the special category status to Arunachal Pradesh and other states in the northeast if elected to power. There are some states in the country which require special status because of their “unique problems and difficulties” such as connectivity, terrain, infrastructure, Gandhi said at an election rally here. During the Congress rule at the Centre, he said, Arunachal Pradesh and other NE states used to enjoy special category status. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details Arunachal Pradesh has a special place in the heart of the Congress party and “we would like to have a ‘dil ka rishta’ with the people of the state”, he said. Gandhi said the Congress will not allow the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill to be passed in Rajya Sabha because the bill is “detrimental” to the people of the northeast. “We will not allow the suppression of the people of northeast,” Gandhi said. The Congress party will never attack the language, culture, customs and tradition of Arunachal Pradesh and other NE states, he said. Election to the 60-member Arunachal Pradesh Assembly and two Lok Sabha seats will be held on April 11.last_img read more

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Dhawan should play natural attacking game says Ganguly

first_imgNew Delhi: Delhi Capitals (DC) opener Shikhar Dhawan batted at the nets, took some throwdowns from head coach Ricky Ponting and finally had a long chat with advisor Sourav Ganguly before heading to the dressing room at the Feroz Shah Kotla on Friday. Dhawan’s role will be crucial in Saturday’s Indian Premier League (IPL) match against Kolkata Knight Riders as DC look to get back to winning ways after losing their last game against Chennai Super Kings on Tuesday. Ganguly said it was a simple chat and he just asked the India opener to stick to the basics and not over experiment. “It wasn’t a struggle in the last few games. He just played differently and will play differently against Kolkata. I had a chat with him after the nets and just asked him to take it like a normal T20 game and play attacking cricket,” Ganguly said. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhInterestingly, the emotions in Kolkata will be divided on Saturday as their favourite son is now a part of the Delhi outfit. Asked if such thoughts crossed his mind when he was playing for Pune Warriors India, Ganguly didn’t wish to go back in time. “That is way too far. My focus is on the job at hand and I am hoping that we go out tomorrow and play good cricket,” the former India captain said. An important factor in Saturday’s game will be the way the DC boys take on KKR’s in-form all-rounder Andre Russell. The West Indian has single-handedly won Kolkata both their games in the IPL so far. While Russell hit a swashbuckling unbeaten 49 off 19 balls in the first game against Sunrisers Hyderabad, he cracked another match-winning 48 off 17 balls against Kings XI Punjab. But Ganguly has a small warning for the superstar.last_img read more

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Detention of foreigners SC directs Assam chief secy to appear before it

first_imgNew Delhi: Expressing unhappiness over inaction in the case relating to detention of foreigners in Assam, the Supreme Court Monday directed the state’s Chief Secretary to appear before it on April 8. A bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi termed the affidavit filed by the Assam government as “exercise in futility” and sought to know as to how many persons declared foreigners by the tribunal have amalgamated with the local population. “What is the number of declared foreigners who have amalgamated with the local population. This is why we wanted your Chief Secretary to remain present,” the bench, also comprising Justices Deepak Gupta and Sanjiv Khanna, said while expressing displeasure over the absence of officials. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details The apex court then directed the Chief Secretary to appear before it and posted the PIL filed by activist Harsh Mander on the issue for next Monday. The bench was hearing a plea on the condition of detention centres in Assam and the prolonged detention of foreigners there. The court has expressed concern earlier as well over thousands of illegal migrants being kept in detention centres for years in Assam without being repatriated or deported to their countries of origin. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday It had raised several issues connected with the such centres and said the detainees could not be held for an indefinite period. On January 28, the apex court had asked the Centre and the state to provide details of the functional centres in Assam and foreigners detained in them during the last 10 years. On March 13, it had asked the state government to file a detailed affidavit in the matter. It pulled up the Centre and the Assam government over the functioning of foreigners tribunals and the problem of “external aggression” faced by the state due to influx of illegal migrants. “It has become a joke now. The situation has gone too far,” the top court had observed and told the Assam government that it was not been able to deport the illegal migrants to the country of their origin. “You have not done anything. The foreigners tribunals have identified 56,697 persons as foreigners and yet only around 900 persons are in detention centres,” the bench had said. Not satisfied with the replies of Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, appearing for the Assam government, the bench had said it would summon the chief secretary and the home secretary of the state to explain the situation. “We are not even told who are the foreigners or who were detected or suspected to be foreigners. Who are the presiding officers in the foreigners tribunals and how many foreigners tribunals are functioning properly in the state,” the bench had asked. Mehta had said that 150 people who have come to India on valid documents need to be deported while 823 people who are mostly illegal immigrants are detained in six detention centres of the state.last_img read more

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Funding from ISA no longer required to be routed under FCRA says

first_imgNew Delhi: The International Solar Alliance (ISA), a world body aimed at providing a dedicated platform for cooperation among solar resource-rich countries, will no longer be treated as a “foreign source” of funding for Indian NGOs and other entities under the FCRA. The Union Home Ministry officials said the decision has been taken as part of India’s dedicated efforts to assist and help achieve the goal of increasing the use of solar energy in meeting energy needs. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details The ISA was jointly launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the then France President Fran ois Hollande in Paris in 2015. “In exercise of the power conferred by sub-clause (ii) of clause (j) of sub-section (1) of section 2 of the Foreign Contribution [Regulation] Act (FCRA), 2010 [42 of 2010], the central government hereby specifies that the international organisation, namely, the ‘International Solar Alliance’ shall not be treated as ‘foreign source’ for the purposes of the said Act,” a Home Ministry notification said. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday This means funds coming to NGOs and other entities from the ISA will not be governed by the FCRA. The ISA is the first full-fledged treaty-based international intergovernmental organisation headquartered in India (Gurgaon). It is an alliance of 121 solar resource-rich countries, lying fully or partially between the Tropics of Cancer and Capricorn. So far, 74 countries have signed it and 52 of them have ratified it to formally join the organisation. According to the ISA website, the vision and mission of the organisation is to provide a dedicated platform for cooperation among solar resource-rich countries where the global community, including bilateral and multilateral organisations, corporates, industry and other stakeholders, can make a positive contribution to assist and help achieve the common goals of increasing the use of solar energy in meeting energy needs of prospective ISA member countries in a safe, convenient, affordable, equitable and sustainable manner. Addressing the first assembly of the ISA in New Delhi last year, Prime Minister Modi said that in the last 150 to 200 years, mankind has depended on fossil fuels for energy needs but nature is now indicating that options such as solar, wind and water offer more sustainable energy solutions. In this context, Modi expressed confidence that in the future, when people talk of organisations for the welfare of mankind established in the 21st century, the International Solar Alliance will be at the top of the list. He said it was a great forum to work towards ensuring climate justice and the ISA could replace the OPEC as the key global energy supplier in the future.last_img read more

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Chinese foreign minister meets Moroccos head of government

first_imgRabat – Morocco’s head of government, Abdelilah Benkirane, met here this Monday with visiting Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi over means to consolidate bilateral cooperation. The two officials underscored the quality of Morocco-China friendship ties and expressed resolve to further consolidate the atmosphere of understanding by launching new fruitful cooperation programs.Wang Yi expressed in a statement to the press his country’s admiration for Morocco’s role at the regional and international levels.last_img read more

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I Unleashed A Super Bowl Troll And Im Sorry

Mea culpa!The assassin’s murder weapon was Twitter, that scourge on the ignorant masses. By creating an account with the Twitter name “[team name redacted] Won SB 50,” the assassin was able to force what Last Manners call “The Knowledge” (aka who won) upon unsuspecting players through favorites and replies. He took out as many people in eight hours as had been eliminated in the entire second week of the competition.The Last Man Twitter account, which had announced on Sunday that active coverage of the survivors would be winding down, sent out a warning to “go dark like it’s post-SB week again.”I had to know what would lead someone to become a Last Man assassin (and see if I could assuage my own guilt), so I used his medium of choice to get in touch. Over Twitter DM, the assassin declined to offer his full name but confirmed that he was a man who had seen my article, wanted to see how many players he could take out and made the Twitter account as “a spur of the moment thing.” He said that spoiling the result seemed like fair game, as he felt the players should have expected that this could happen. (Someone pulled a similar stunt last year.1Without my involvement!)But the reactions of eliminated players on Twitter, some more profane than others, have given the anonymous assassin pause. “I’d be lying if I said I didn’t feel bad,” he told me. There hasn’t been a death recorded in the Last Man database since 9:43 p.m. on Tuesday, and the assassin’s Twitter account doesn’t appear to have taken any additional action since earlier that afternoon. On Wednesday, he told me that he won’t be collecting scalps next year. Nor will he be competing himself: He’s a fan of football and acquired The Knowledge the conventional way, by watching the game. I do not approve of anything that tampers with natural ignorance. Ignorance is like a delicate exotic fruit; touch it and the bloom is gone. — Oscar Wilde, “The Importance of Being Earnest”There are some people out there who can’t leave an iced-over puddle unstomped, a freshly poured slab of concrete unmarked, or innocence unspoiled.On Tuesday, we published a story about a competition called Last Man, a challenge to see who can be the “last” American to still not know who won the Super Bowl. More than two weeks after the football game, 29 of the initial 199 Last Man players remained, and the competition had largely gone stagnant.But then a reader of my piece started targeting the remaining players. By the end of Tuesday night, 28 percent of the remaining competitors had been taken out, leaving only 21 players. UPDATE (Feb. 25, 4:58 p.m.): Since publication of this post, the Last Man organizers have acknowledged that their database did not include one contestant who was still viable in the competition. She has since been eliminated, but the numbers in this post would be slightly different if the database had been correct at the time of publication. read more

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Russia would be a difficult opponent

first_imgUruguay captain and defender Diego Godin has said that Russia would be a “difficult opponents” in this 2018 World Cup tournament.Uruguay, who beat Saudi Arabia 1-0 in their Group A match on Wednesday and secured their place in the round of 16, will take on hosts Russia, who are also in the next round.ScotlandScotland needs a hero: Billy Dodds Manuel R. Medina – September 10, 2019 According to former striker, Billy Dodds his country needs a hero to inspire future generations as the team’s hope to qualify to the EURO 2020 is small.“I’m happy that we have reached the playoff. Now we have to prepare for the match against Russia, this will be a decisive game… The match [against Saudi Arabia] was difficult, there are no easy encounters at the World Cup. Russia are difficult opponents, we know that they… that they are technically a very good side with the ball. The main thing is to do everything right and not to pick up yellow cards,” Godin told journalists via FourFourTwo.In 2015, Godín was named as captain for Uruguay’s defence of the Copa América during the 2015 continental tournament in Chile. He was also picked for the Copa América Centenario squad, heading home from a Carlos Sánchez long cross in the opener against Mexico where both teams ended with ten players (1–3 loss). He won his 100th cap in the following match, a 0–1 defeat to Venezuela at the Lincoln Financial Field.last_img read more

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Thierry Henry linked to Monaco job

first_imgFormer French champions Monaco are considering to bring in Thierry Henry as a manager after making contact with his representatives.Monaco are keen to name the former Barcelona player as the new first-team boss, after their poor start to the campaign under Leonardo Jardim, winning only one game in their first nine.The Monegasque side who won the Ligue 1 back in 2016-17 are currently in 18th place, having lost their last three consecutive league fixtures.Neymar, BrazilTop 5 Ligue 1 players to watch throughout next weekend Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 11, 2019 With the international activity cooling down for the next month, we go back to the Top 5 players to watch in Ligue 1 next…Another man linked to the Job is former Foxes boss Claudio Ranieri, who defied to the odds to win the Premier League with Leicester according to Sky Sports.Ranieri is understood to be happy to consider a return to the club he once managed, though it also looking for a potential return to the Premier League.Reports in France had widely linked Henry with a return to his former club but Sky Sports News understands he is not the only candidate Monaco are looking at.last_img read more

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BAHAMAS United States Charge dAffaires Pays Courtesy Call on Minister of Foreign

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, March 8, 2018 – Nassau – Charge d’Affaires of the United States of America to The Bahamas, Ms. Stephanie Bowers paid a courtesy call on Minister of Foreign Affairs, the Hon. Darren Henfield at the headquarters of the Ministry on Monday morning, March 5, 2018.  During the meeting, they discussed matters of mutual interest to The Bahamas and the United States.(BIS Photo/Patrick Hanna) Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:last_img read more

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Wilmingtons Woodbriar Health Center SOLD To Pointe Group Care

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — The below press release is from Pointe Group Care, as shared by the Wilmington/Tewksbury Chamber of Commerce:Pointe Group Care, a private, family-owned and locally managed senior living and rehabilitation provider, announced it has completed the acquisitions of the former Grosvenor Park Health Center in Salem and the former Woodbriar Health Center in Wilmington. The facilities have been renamed, respectively, AdviniaCare Salem and AdviniaCare Wilmington, and the acquisitions were approved by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.Pointe Group Care has been operating the facilities since October and has focused its efforts on improving resident safety and updating facility infrastructure.“Our team has worked diligently to re-establish the sterling reputations of these health care centers within their respective communities,” said Chris Hannon, director of operations at Pointe Group Care. “We have focused our energies and investments on enhancing the clinical preparedness of the staff and improving the infrastructure that is necessary to provide highquality care in a safe and welcoming environment. We look forward to working closely with our partners in the communities that we are now serving in Salem and Wilmington.”Pointe Group Care oversaw capital improvements at both facilities, including replacing resident furniture and repairing major equipment. The company also appointed new leadership teams for administrative and nursing services. Each facility now has an active Family Council to ensure engagement with the loved ones of residents and patients, and these groups are encouraged to participate in facility initiatives and ensure that leadership is meeting their expectations.“We worked closely with Pointe Group Care during their tenure as manager of the Grosvenor Park and Woodbriar facilities, and their efforts during that period reflected a focus on resident care and a strong understanding of clinical, regulatory and facility-related priorities,” said Paul Valentine, senior managing director of KCP Advisory Group, the court-appointed receiver of the two facilities that were acquired. “We very much enjoyed the relationship with them and anticipate that those in the Salem and Wilmington areas will appreciate these centers being operated under the AdviniaCare banner.”The new AdviniaCare Salem is a 123-bed facility located at 7 Loring Hills Ave. in Salem. AdviniaCare Wilmington is a 142-bed facility located at 90 West St. in Wilmington. Each facility employs about 125 people.The acquisitions expand Pointe Group Care portfolio to five rehabilitation and skilled nursing facilities, including facilities in Brockton, Chelsea and Fall River. The company also plans to purchase the five-star Pleasant Bay Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Brewster.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… RelatedBUSINESS BRIEF: Woodbriar Health Center To Be Sold In Early 2019In “Business”CHAMBER CORNER: Learn About Banyan Treatment Center In WilmingtonIn “Business”Woodbriar Health Center To Pay Up To $200,000 In Settlement With Attorney General’s Office After Patient’s DeathIn “Business”last_img read more

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Facebook mistakenly prints Oculus Touch controllers with cryptic messages

first_img Post a comment The messages on final production hardware say “This Space For Rent” & “👁The Masons Were Here.👁” A few dev kits shipped with “👁Big Brother is Watching👁” and “Hi iFixit! We See You!👁” but those were limited to non-consumer units. [2/3] pic.twitter.com/po1qyQ10Um— Nate Mitchell (@natemitchell) April 12, 2019 “[T]hese messages were inside our Touch controllers for the upcoming [Oculus] Quest and Rift S headsets. We’ve already removed the messages from hardware moving forward, but tens of thousands of consumer units will contain these messages when Quest and Rift S ship in the spring,” Facebook representative Johanna Peace said in an email. Peace said the company has conducted a full review of what happened and examined its processes across the board to see what could be improved.Originally published April 12, 4:17 p.m. PT.Correction, 4:32 p.m. PT: This story originally misstated the phrases that would be on the controllers being sold to the public. The devices being sold publicly will say “This Space For Rent” and “The Masons Were Here.” 3:16 First look at Oculus Quest and Oculus Rift S You might notice something weird if you ordered controllers with your Oculus VR headset. T3 Magazine/Getty Images Facebook might’ve gone a bit too 1984 this time. The company accidentally printed several weird phrases onto its Touch controllers that’ll come with its Oculus Quest and Oculus Rift S VR headsets. The messages read “This Space For Rent” and “The Masons Were Here.” A few developer kits shipped with the phrases “Big Brother is Watching” and “Hi iFixit! We See You!””Unfortunately, some ‘easter egg’ labels meant for prototypes accidentally made it onto the internal hardware for tens of thousands of Touch controllers,” Nate Mitchell, Oculus’ co-founder, tweeted on Friday. Mitchell went on to say the messages were inappropriate and should’ve been removed. Facebook owns Oculus. “The integrity and functionality of the hardware were not compromised, and we’ve fixed our process so this won’t happen again,” Mitchell said. Mentioned Above Oculus Touch See it Now playing: Watch this: CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Amazon Oculus Touch Tags 0 See It Oculus Facebook $199 Share your voice $204 Mobile Preview • Oculus Rift’s motion-sensitive Oculus Touch controllers coming December 6 for $199last_img read more

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JFK death probe files released if not all

first_imgUS president John F Kennedy, First Lady Jaqueline Kennedy and Texas Governor John Connally ride in a liousine moments before Kennedy was assassinated, in Dallas, Texas on 22 November 1963. REUTERS File PhotoUS President Donald Trump on Thursday ordered the unveiling of 2,800 documents related to the 1963 assassination of President John F Kennedy but yielded to pressure from the FBI and CIA to block the release of other records to be reviewed further.Congress had ordered in 1992 that all remaining sealed files pertaining to the investigation into Kennedy’s death should be fully opened to the public through the National Archives in 25 years, by 26 October 2017, except for those the president authorised for further withholding.Trump had confirmed on Saturday that he would allow for the release of the final batch of once-classified records, amounting to tens of thousands of pages, “subject to the receipt of further information.”But as the deadline neared, the administration decided at the last minute to stagger the final release over the next 180 days while government agencies studied whether any documents should stay sealed or redacted.The law allows the president to keep material under wraps if it is determined that harm to intelligence operations, national defense, law enforcement or the conduct of foreign relations would outweigh the public’s interest in full disclosure.More than 2,800 uncensored documents were posted immediately to the National Archives website on Thursday evening – a staggering, disparate cache that news outlets began poring through seeking new insights into a tragedy that has been endlessly dissected for decades by investigators, scholars and conspiracy theorists.The rest will be released “on a rolling basis,” with “redactions in only the rarest of circumstances,” by the end of the review on 26 April 2018, the White House said in a statement.In a memo to government agency heads, Trump said the American people deserved as much access as possible to the records.“Therefore, I am ordering today that the veil finally be lifted,” he wrote, adding that he had no choice but to accept the requested redactions for now.A Central Intelligence Agency spokesman told Reuters that every single one of approximately 18,000 remaining CIA records in the collection would ultimately be released, with just 1 percent of the material left redacted.CIA Director Mike Pompeo was a lead advocate in arguing to the White House for keeping some materials secret, one senior administration official said.While Kennedy was killed over half a century ago, the document file included material from investigations during the 1970s through the 1990s. Intelligence and law enforcement officials argued their release could thus put at risk some more recent “law enforcement equities” and other materials that still have relevance, the official said.Trump was resistant but “acceded to it with deep insistence that this stuff is going to be reviewed and released in the next six months,” the official added.QUELLING CONSPIRACY THEORIES?Academics who have studied Kennedy’s slaying on 22 November 1963, said they expected nothing in the final batch of files would alter the official conclusion of investigators that Lee Harvey Oswald was the lone assassin who fired on the president’s open limousine that day in Dallas from an upper window of the Texas Book Depository building overlooking the motorcade route.They likewise anticipated that the latest releases would do little to quell long-held conspiracy theories that the 46-year-old Democratic president’s killing was organized by the Mafia, by Cuba, or a cabal of rogue agents.Of the roughly 5 million pages of JFK assassination-related records held by the National Archives, 88 percent have been available to the public without restriction since the late 1990s, and 11 per cent more have been released with sensitive portions redacted. Only about 1 percent have remain withheld in full, according to the National Archives.Thousands of books, articles, TV shows and films have explored the idea that Kennedy’s assassination was the result of an elaborate conspiracy. None have produced conclusive proof that Oswald, who was fatally shot by a nightclub owner two days after killing Kennedy, worked with anyone else, although they retain a powerful cultural currency.“My students are really skeptical that Oswald was the lone assassin,” said Patrick Maney, a professor of history at Boston College. “It’s hard to get our minds around this, that someone like a loner, a loser, could on his own have murdered Kennedy and changed the course of world history. But that’s where the evidence is.”Kennedy’s assassination was the first in a string of politically motivated killings, including those of his brother Robert F Kennedy and civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr., that stunned the United States during the turbulent 1960s. He remains one of the most admired US presidents.last_img read more

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No 16 Cardinals Bounce Back with a 7264 Win over the No

first_imgStory Links BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) —  Ryan McMahon scored 12 points in a span of 83 seconds in the second half and No. 16 Louisville used a 14-3 run to pull away and beat No. 11 Virginia Tech 72-64 on Monday night.It is the Cardinals’ 15th consecutive victory against the Hokies.McMahon had scored just three points when he made three free throws with 11:53 to play. He then added three 3-pointers, the last with 10:30 left after a 3 by Ty Outlaw for the Hokies, to bolster the Cardinals (17-6, 8-2 Atlantic Coast Conference).McMahon and Dwayne Sutton finished with 17 points, and Jordan Nwora scored 15 for the Cardinals.Kerry Blackshear Jr. scored 21 points and Nickeil Alexander-Walker 17 for the Hokies (18-4, 7-3), who lost for the first time in 12 home games. Virginia Tech has not beaten its old Metro Conference rival since Feb. 13, 1991.The Hokies were coming off a record-setting game in which they allowed just nine field goals and 24 points in a 47-24 victory against then-No. 23 North Carolina State, but McMahon accounted for half that total with his blistering second-half display.The Cardinals, meanwhile, reached 24 points on Ryan McMahon’s 3-pointer 7:18 before halftime.Virginia Tech played without second-leading scorer Justin Robinson (14.4 ppg, left foot) and reserve forward P.J. Horne (undisclosed).DIFFERENT LOOKThe Cardinals reached 24 points on McMahon’s 3-pointer 7:18 before halftime.BIG PICTURELouisville: With both teams playing their second game in three days, and the Hokies down to just six regulars, the Cardinals seemed to pay special attention to attacking to the offensive glass, but grabbed only four of those to three for Virginia Tech in the first half. Each team scored two points off those chances. Louisville grabbed offensive boards to five for the Hokies.Virginia Tech: Coach Buzz Williams used backup point guard Wabissa Bede and fellow guards Nickeil Alexander-Walker and Ahmed Hill for 40 minutes each in Saturday afternoon’s victory in Raleigh, North Carolina, and their fatigue showed, especially after halftime. Besides McMahon, the Cardinals finished allowed McMahon to get loose for three long 3s in a span of one minute as a 44-38 Louisville expanded quickly to 55-41 with 9:03 left. The Hokies committed 10 of their 13 turnovers after halftime.UP NEXTLouisville: The Cardinals plays their third consecutive ranked team as they visit No. 22 Florida State on Saturday.Virginia Tech: The Hokies head south to face Clemson on Saturday. PDF Box Score Next Game: at Florida State 2/9/2019 | 4 p.m. Matchup History Listen Live Postgame Notes center_img Photo Gallery Full Schedule Roster ESPN2 Preview Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

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BJP creates ruckus in Bihar Assembly over power tariff hike

first_imgOpposition BJP on Tuesday created ruckus in the Bihar Assembly over hike in electricity charges by 15 paisa per unit in urban areas and 10 paisa per unit in rural areas and urged the government to immediately roll back its decision.Leader of Opposition Nand Kishore Yadav cornered the Nitish Kumar government over the hike and sought immediate roll back of the increase in power rates. “When prices of coal and diesel are going down, the Bihar government has decided to raise power tariff,” he said. Yadav rubbished the argument that the hike was needed to narrow the gap of loss to power companies and said their loss was basically due to “inefficiency” to bring down transmission and distribution losses to the tune of 44 per cent.The Bihar Electricity Regulatory Commission (BERC) on Monday approved an increase by 2.5 per cent across all categories of consumers except agriculture, public water works and street light consumers.last_img read more

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Rare glimpse into Singapore

first_imgFor this very reason and to commemorate the fact that Singapore has stepped into its 50th year while also celebrating the 50th anniversary of the India-Singapore relations, the Singapore High Commission along with the Directorate of Film Festivals, India inaugurated the Singapore film festival at the Siri Fort auditorium on Thursday.The ceremonial lighting of the lamp by the High Commissioner of Singapore, Lim Thuan Kuan set the three-day event into motion. “People will be surprised to know that the film industry of Singapore, though developing, has started making an impression on the international scale in the last few years.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’I would like to thank you all for the opportunity to present these films made by the immensely talented directors, in front of you” he said. He also added that these films would bring a great sense of understanding between India and Singapore and make the ties even stronger.The festival titled, ‘Stories from the Heartland’ as pointed out by one of the directors Sun Koh, deals with the stories, which offer a glimpse into the daily lives, the culture as well as the history of Singapore. “As you know, Singapore is a very young state compared to India. So the film industry is also in the developing stage. Through these films, we will show you the stories of the middle class families of Singapore.” The heartland referred to in the title of the film festival is a very important term to Singaporeans. It signifies the neighbourhood or towns where people live, gather and play.” she explained. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixAfter the opening ceremony, the doors to Singaporean culture were opened before the audience with the screening of the 99 minutes film Ilo Ilo. The film takes an intimate look into the lives of a middle-class Singaporean family in the 1990’s. With the mother heavily pregnant and the financial pressure beginning to form cracks in her vision of a perfect family life, the family decides to hire a maid from the Philippines to look after their young son. Set against the backdrop of the ‘97 Asian financial crisis, the movie showcased how a middle- class family had to struggle to make all ends meet, with the father falling victim to downsizing, which forces the family into an uncertain situation.  Amidst all these problems, the maid Teresa, begins to form a strong bond with the mischievous yet lonely boy. This relationship forms the basic crux of the story which is masterfully depicted by the director, Anthony Chen. After the film, Sun Koh discussed the topic of Immigration, Multiculturalism in Singapore cinema after which the floor was opened for audiences’ questions.The next two days will also be jam-packed with events such as the screening of two short films The Outing directed by Jow Zhi Wei and Singapore Panda followed by a production talk and an interaction with the director of the latter film, Sun Koh. These two films will be followed by the screening of the film 881, also followed by a discussion comparing 881 and Indian musical films. This will take place on Friday. The last day of the film festival is on Sunday and will start with the screening of a ten minute short film titled Katong Fugue, directed by Boo Junfeng followed by a master-class on the same. The last film of the festival will be 12 Storeys, a comedy followed by a panel discussion with Sun Koh, Boo Junfeng and Jow Zhi Wei about the future of contemporary Singapore cinema.last_img read more

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Which of these bad driving habits are you guilty of some are

first_imgDad slams ‘disgusting’ hospital window Police search for missing woman Driver named following fatal collision “One of the things that people don’t use properly is the horn. They use it as a rebuke, but it is supposed to be used just to let someone know that you are there, not in an aggressive manner.” Get the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailHogging the middle lane of the motorway, failing to indicate, and bad parking. Those are just some of the bad habits which have motorists taking an even firmer grip on their steering wheels. Now motoring experts from LeaseVan.co.uk have come up with a list of 13 frustrating habits commonly seen on British roads in a bid to encourage experienced motorists to steer clear of these mistakes –  which range from the annoying to the potentially dangerous. Tailgating, riding the clutch and drivers getting lost all make the list of faults committed by UK drivers. Driving instructor Tony Vickerman, who runs Burslem-based Superb Driver Training, said: “It can be very frustrating to see these things happening, particularly as a driving instructor. “When they first learn to drive, we try to teach them the good habits, and everyone is at the same basic level when they pass. We can only hope that they take the example of driving instructors. Getting lost is a common mistake made by UK drivers Graham Bebbington, of Trentham, said: “One of the things that annoys a lot of drivers is when you see mobile phones being used. It doesn’t matter what the penalty is, you still see people texting and driving. I’ve even seen ladies putting on makeup while driving. “Another thing is when people don’t signal when they are turning.” Read More’Smart motorways need to be STOPPED’ – Concerns raised as multi-million pound upgrade of M6 continues   Commuter Glenn Hodgkinson, aged 48, of Alsager, said: “I get annoyed by people who hog the middle-lane on the motorway. It gets really frustrating, you get people undertaking and overtaking them at the same time and they still don’t change lanes. “Tailgaters is another one, people trying to intimidate you into driving faster by driving up close. That could be really dangerous if you had to break suddenly.” center_img “When people come to me for driving assessments, so they can learn to drive a bigger vehicle, a bus or a lorry, I see a lot of bad habits that people have picked up. “You realise why there are so many bad accidents.” Read MoreNew cameras set to launch in Stoke-on-Trent that can catch YOU speeding from a kilometre away   Driving and motorcycle instructor Ken Gratton, of Stoke Motorcycle and Driver Training, based at Birches Head, said: “Mobile phones are the worse, I see people texting on them or talking on them, all sorts. I tell students to try and stay away as much as they can when they can. Read MoreTop stories on StokeonTrentLive Bad parking is a common complaint Tim Alcock from LeaseVan.co.uk said: “Even the most experienced drivers might find themselves slipping up on the quality of their driving sometimes. “We’ve highlighted some of the most common bad habits seen on UK roads, so that British motorists can steer clear of bad habits in the future. 13 common mistakes committed by UK drivers1. Crossing your hands while steering – although most will have been taught to manoeuvre their vehicle by shuffling the wheel, many will relax and cross their hands as they steer. 2. Riding the clutch – leaving your foot on the clutch pedal as if you were about to change gear can cause premature wear and tear to the disc and flywheel. 3. Getting too close to the vehicle in front – drivers should leave a reasonable gap in case they need to stop or react suddenly. 4. Carrying needless baggage – a boot full of items which are not needed causes fuel economy to plummet because your car is carrying excess weight. 5. Getting lost – drivers should learn their route before setting off on their journey, or take a SatNav or a map with them, rather relying on road signs. 6. Hogging the middle lane on the motorway – the middle lane is designed for overtaking, and this causes other drivers to become frustrated and potentially undertake you. 7. Only having one hand on the wheel – which means you are not as in control of your vehicle as you should be. 8. Bad parking – there is no excuse for parking over two bays, or parking too far from the pavement, which could cause an obstruction. 9. Not giving the road your full attention – whether you’re vulnerable to an impromptu sing-a-long, liable to grab a quick glove box snack or put off by the smell in a dirty vehicle, all potential distractions should be minimised before starting a journey. 10. Gambling on amber – rushing through an amber traffic light, unless you are too close to the stop line to pull up safely, could be dangerous. 11. Failing to indicate – drivers should still use their indicators when turning, even if they think the road in front and behind of them looks empty or if they’re in a queue of traffic that is all turning left or right. 12. Not taking breakdown precautions – vehicles without a spare wheel and basic tool kit are leaving their owners open to the possibility of a longer delay to their journey and potentially a significant repair bill in the event of a breakdown. 13. Leaving full beam headlights on – leaving headlights on their strongest setting when traffic is approaching from the other direction could startle fellow drivers and potentially cause an accident.   “From carrying needless baggage to leaving the full beam headlights on, most Brits probably know someone who’s been guilty of something on the list in the past.” Want to tell us about something going on where you live? Let us know – Tweet us @SOTLive or message us on our Facebook page . And if you have pictures to share, tag us on Instagram at StokeonTrentLive . Punter found hiding in bushes Driving with your main beam on could startle other drivers “But over time, people fall into bad habits. Drivers get lazy, or they want to go quicker. “Breaking the speed limit is a common one. Read MoreWhy YOU could get in trouble for warning fellow motorists about speed traps (& the fine is hefty)   “I see drivers overtaking on double white lines, or on the brow of a hill which can be very dangerous, because they don’t know what might be coming the other way. “You see people parking at a funny angle, half on the kerb and half on the road. I see a lot of people jumping red lights as well. last_img read more

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In This Issue Its all about US jobs today

first_imgIn This Issue. * It’s all about U.S. jobs today. * China moves to export capital. * Sentiment moves markets these days! * Denmark moves negative rates wider. And Now. Today’s A Pfennig For Your Thoughts. It’s A Jobs Jamboree Friday!. Good Day!…  And a Happy Friday to one and all! The first Friday of February, so you know what that means don’t you? It means that today is a Jobs Jamboree Friday! Oh Boy! I can’t wait! … NOT! I told you a couple of months ago that I had raised the white flag with the BLS and their jobs surveys, and I certainly haven’t soften my stance since then. I really mean it. I don’t care anymore, don’t care. I don’t care what the BLS says, I don’t play the same games as you.  Thanks to Phil Collins for allowing me to borrow some lyrics to his song! HA!   I’m also going to attempt to have a “No Eurozone/ Greece talk today”. We’ll see how that goes. as we go along here this morning. But the Key Master for the markets today will be the U.S. Jobs data. For the record, the “experts” have today’s jobs report at 230,000 jobs created in January. Recall I told you yesterday that the ADP report showed 213,000. I’ve explained many times in the past that I would prefer to use what ADP says, rather than the BLS with all their hedonic adjustments, so given all that, I just say that the markets will be somewhat disappointed with the print today. No biggie, and please remember that this is just a number. it doesn’t breakdown high paying VS min. wage jobs, or if someone is underemployed. So, it’s just numbers and you know what I’ve said for years that my dad taught me very young. Figures lie, and liars figure..  Well. The euro is down about ½-cent this morning, but the Aussie dollar (A$), N.Z. dollar / kiwi, Chinese renminbi, Russian ruble, and Indian rupee are all making waves in the other direction  of the euro. The A$ will probably book a weekly gain after today’s trading, and this comes after the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) surprisingly cut rates on Monday! What, What? How is that possible that a currency rallies after being debased?  It’s the way of the world these days folks. Sentiment is the cat’s meow, and fundamentals are throw to the roadside. So, let’s tick these off. Kiwi is following the A$ higher, as there is no news from N.Z. to warrant a strong rally like we’re seeing this morning. The Chinese renminbi had an appreciation last night that was huge! And for once in the recent past, the Indian rupee also moved higher along with renminbi. And finally, the Russian ruble is benefitting from a spike higher in the price of Oil once again. Oil’s price moved to the $52 handle overnight, but this time the move higher in the bubbling crude, black Gold, Texas Tea, hasn’t given the petrol currencies a boost. The Norwegian krone is flat this morning, Canadian dollar and Brazilian real are down slightly, and like I said the ruble is stronger but the move isn’t exactly like that of A$, kiwi and renminbi this morning! The price action in Oil has been quite volatile this week, as we’ve seen a 7% gain in one day, only to have that wiped out the next day, and then followed with a greater than 5% gain. So what’s in store for the price of Oil today?  Believe it or don’t. But just about everything will be affected by the U.S. Jobs Jamboree this morning. So, hold on to your hat, for if there’s a rogue number that slips by the BLS this could get interesting quickly today! Well, getting back to the discussion regarding whether or not Denmark would entertain a drop of the peg with the euro. Denmark had to cut rates again (increase the deposit charge), this time 25 Basis Points to -.75%  and why did they have to do this? To defend the peg. Ahhh. We’re seeing crazy times in the markets once more folks, and it’s not that far of a stretch of the imagination to see this peg get dropped.Remember that the Swiss National Bank (SNB) told everyone the week before they dropped the peg that they weren’t going to drop the peg and they would defend the peg.  A true case of say one thing, do the other for the SNB, and given that there’s been no backlash for pulling this stunt, don’t you think other Central Banks were watching and taking notes? I do. Gold just can’t find any terra firma this week. It’s been an ugly week for the shiny metal. There were rumors going around this morning that someone’s underground, no wait! The rumors were that Belgium was demanding their 200 tonnes of Gold that is held in the U.K. to be returned to them. But just as soon as that story hit, the Belgians were denying it.. But don’t be surprised to hear at a later time that this all happened as originally rumored. Platinum and Palladium are finding that they don’t need Gold to be rallying for them to round up their own rally.  However, I think that these two metals would be rising much faster if Gold were rallying too. But it is nice to see them rally on their own, right?  Of course it is!  And poor Silver. Even with all the demand for solar panels in the world going on, Silver still can’t get on its horse and ride. Don’t forget that price manipulation started with Silver… And if you ever want to know the inner workings of how that works, find Ted Butler on the internet and read his research on this. Ted Butler is the Silver guru. I have to say that I like his last name! HA So, I told you above that the Chinese renminbi / yuan saw a huge appreciation overnight. Now I don’t know what caused the Peoples Bank of China (PBOC) to make a move like this, but, I’m certainly not fighting it!  I have some updated news from China so let’s go to the tape! So. I was doing some reading yesterday, and came across a link that someone sent me regarding China. It led me to an article on Business Insider.com, that basically says that China has crossed a major investment threshold that is going to change the entire world.   OK. for once it wasn’t me saying stuff like that! It appeared here: http://uk.businessinsider.com/statistics-on-chinas-investment-abroad-2015-2?r=US The article gets into the fact that China’s outbound investment will soon surpass the amount invested inside the country. So not only is China on the verge of becoming a net exporter of capital, it has already overtaken its Western counterparts as a primary source of credit for the developing world. From this financial prominence it will likely want to exercise political influence too. In other words, China’s foreign investment is coming soon to a country near you! And it’s going to change the entire world.   So, don’t just listen to me regarding China. The Business Insider gets it too! The U.S. Data Cupboard  was lacking yesterday, but did print the December Trade Balance (read deficit) and it was worse than expected. The experts had this deficit pegged at $38 Billion, but the actual was $46.6 Billion!  What? $46.6 Billion? I thought the U.S. was doubling their exports by now, isn’t that what the president said 2 years ago? Ahhh, but there’s something that happened that even he didn’t count on. A dollar rally.  And a dollar rally makes our exports more expensive than they already are, given the wage requirements of workers in the U.S., so that takes the competitiveness away from the U.S. exports.  Hey, ask companies like Proctor & Gamble and McDonalds if they like the dollar rally.   So, $46.6 Billion was the Trade Deficit in December. WOW! Big Head Todd and the Monsters are playing their song: Bittersweet on the iPod right now.. This is one of Mike Meyer’s fave songs that gets to hear in the morning. I wonder what he’s listening to now, for when I’m away, Jen likes to change the radio station from rock to pop. ( I guess she’s still a youngster at heart)  There’s your changeup today, folks. I was getting pretty hopped up talking about the Trade Deficit, so now I’m back. Before I head to the Big Finish today, Yesterday, I opened up Pandora’s Box of music memories when I mentioned Foghat.. .The guys in the office old enough to have been attending rock concerts as early as 1970, (Frank, Ty, Jack, Chuck) started talking about where they saw Foghat, and then it turned to ELP, and where they saw them, and then switched to other rock bands.  It was fun reading everyone’s great memories of those concerts, and the great music of that time.  I really got the ball rolling for them yesterday, and then I even joined in. So, fun, fun, fun, till our daddy takes the T-Bird away. For What It’s Worth.  I know, I sound like a broken record at times regarding my opinion about the U.S. economy.  But yesterday, I came across this on the MarketWatch site that sings from the same song sheet as I do.  I found it here: http://www.marketwatch.com/story/sobering-view-on-us-growth-in-latest-productivity-data-2015-02-05?siteid=nwtam And here are a couple of snippets. “It’s tough to read much in the latest quarterly swings in productivity data, but taken over the last four years, they paint a fairly dismal picture of the potential for growth from the U.S. economy. The latest report from the Labor Department showed that productivity fell 1.8% in the fourth quarter. For the year, productivity grew just 0.8%. That’s not a new trend. Since the recession’s end, productivity hasn’t surpassed a meager 1% in any year. There are different theories around to explain this phenomenon, including the lack of investment. Also see: The third industrial revolution is basically dead A quick estimate of the growth potential of the U.S. economy is just the sum of productivity growth plus the growth in working-age population. Even more sobering is the fact that the working-age population growth is set to decline – from roughly 0.5% right now, to just 0.2% in 10 years’ time. In 2000 – the last year, incidentally, that there was growth of over 4% for the U.S. economy – the working age population grew 2.1%. Stephen Stanley, chief economist of Amherst Pierpont Securities, says this explains the apparent paradox between the sharp drop in the unemployment rate and the continued mediocre growth of the U.S. economy. “More broadly, I believe that it means the economy, both labor and product markets, has a lot less slack than generally presumed, so that 2015 real GDP growth in the 2½% to 3% range would probably generate a rise in wage and price pressures later this year,” he said in a note to clients.” Chuck again. You know I for one, had given up the ghost on tracking productivity, because well, I viewed it as tracking the performance of how much longer and intensely someone worked. But MarketWatch has a different take altogether, and it colors within the lines, that’s fine with me! To recap. It’s a Jobs Jamboree Friday! So all markets reactions will come from the result of the jobs report this morning. the experts have 230,000 jobs created in January, and Chuck things it will be closer to the ADP number of 213,000.  The euro is losing ground this morning, but the A$, kiwi, renminbi, rupee and ruble are in their rally clothes today. Oil’s price jumped higher again yesterday, but this time the petrol currencies have not benefitted. Chuck had a no Eurozone/ Greece Pfennig today, and Gold still can’t find terra firma this week. Currencies today 2/6/15. American Style: A$ .7845, kiwi .7410, C$ .8035, euro 1.1445, sterling 1.5335, Swiss $1.0845, . European Style: rand 11.3105, krone 7.4935, SEK 8.2775, forint 267.40, zloty 3.6405, koruna 24.1990, RUB 66.82, yen 117.30, sing 1.3445, HKD 77525, INR 61.70, China 6.1261, pesos 14.76, BRL 2.7495, Dollar Index 93.70, Oil $52.24, 10-year 1.81%, Silver $17.22, Platinum $1,254.50, Palladium $794.50, and Gold. $1,264.58 That’s it for today. An ugly rainy day here yesterday. Last night I decided I had eaten enough here and needed to go out, but it was pouring cats and dogs and I turned around and heated up a pizza. UGH!  It’s grocery store time for me! Well, I hear they got a little snow in St. Louis the other day, nothing like the N.E. Coast has gotten this winter. Last winter it was the Midwest, this winter it’s the N.E. Coast. Another win for our Blues last night in Buffalo. This team just set a record for consecutive games with a point. 13!  And their 7th consecutive win! WOW!  Now that hockey is in the 2nd half of the season, it’s time for teams to begin to gel. I think the Blues have done that already. Alex sent me a text the other night, and told me he has begun training for a half Ironman triathlon this summer. He’s doing this as a fundraiser for ALS, and he hopes to raise $5,000. I don’t think he realizes just how difficult this training is going to be, and then it dawned on me that he’s going to need a new bike!  So, in the end it’s going to end up costing me about as much as he raises money for ALS. This is so much like Alex, as he plans on working this summer for his brother, and taking 8 hours of classes, along with training for an ironman triathlon. I wonder when he’ll learn that piling stuff on doesn’t work?   Oh well, it’s his life, he gets to learn on his own!   So, the rain appears to be gone, so I’m thinking that this could be a Fantastico Friday. I sure hope you have a Fantastico Friday! Chuck Butler Managing Director EverBank Global Marketslast_img read more

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A California law permitting physicians to prescrib

first_imgA California law permitting physicians to prescribe life-ending drugs to terminally ill patients has been overturned by a judge who says it was passed unconstitutionally.Judge Daniel Ottolia of the Riverside County Superior Court did not challenge the legality of the nearly 3-year-old law but said California lawmakers should not have passed it during a special session on health care funding.However, the judge is holding his judgment for five days to give the state time to file an emergency appeal. California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, who says he strongly disagrees with the ruling, says he plans to do so.California is one of seven states, along with the District of Columbia, that has legal protections for assisted suicide. They account for about one-fifth of the U.S. population.Stephen G. Larson, who was the lead counsel for a group of doctors who sued in 2016 to stop the law, tells The Sacramento Bee, “We’re very satisfied with the court’s decision today.””The act itself was rushed through the special session of the Legislature, and it does not have any of the safeguards one would expect to see in a law like this,” Larson says.Opponents have argued that the law could lead to coercion and abuse of terminally ill patients.”You have people at likely the most vulnerable time of their lives,” says Alexandra Snyder, executive director of the Life Legal Defense Foundation, one of the plaintiffs in the case.Those people are “potentially facing large medical expenses and that puts them in a position of being vulnerable to pressure not just from families but their own pressure that maybe this is a cheaper, less burdensome way to go,” Snyder tells Laura Klivans of member station KQED.The Bee reports:”Signed by Gov. Jerry Brown in 2015, the assisted death law allows doctors to prescribe lethal drugs to patients with six months or less to live. Hundreds of Californians have already taken advantage of that option, including 111 individuals who died from taking the drugs in the first seven months of their availability.”Proponents say it provides dignity to terminally ill patients by affording them more control over the end of their lives.”Compassion & Choices, an advocacy group for assisted suicide, says that in the first year of the law, 504 terminally ill adults in California “received prescriptions for medical aid in dying.”California Senate Majority Leader Bill Monning, a co-author of the law, says it would empower patients and includes a rigorous screening process to qualify.Monning tells KQED’s Klivans that the judge’s rationale for the decision “seems a very desperate move.””It was [Governor Jerry] Brown who signed the law. He could have vetoed the bill or refused to sign it,” Monning says, according to KQED. Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.last_img read more

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From surging hormones and acne to body hair and bo

first_imgFrom surging hormones and acne to body hair and body odor, puberty can be a rocky transition for any kid. But girls and boys who start physically developing sooner than their peers face particular social and emotional challenges, researchers find.”Puberty is a pivotal time in kids’ lives, and early maturing boys and girls may be more likely to struggle psychologically,” says Jane Mendle, a psychologist and associate professor at Cornell University.A 2018 study conducted by Mendle and her team found that girls who entered puberty significantly earlier than their peers were at higher risk for mental health concerns. They’re more likely to become depressed during adolescence, the study finds, and this distress can persist into adulthood.”For some girls, puberty can throw them off course, and the emotional stress can linger,” Mendle says, “even after the challenges of puberty wane.”While the age-range for puberty varies, says Jennifer Dietrich, a pediatric gynecologist at Texas Children’s Hospital, the average age of menses is 12.3 years old. However, about 15% of females start puberty much sooner — by the age of 7.Research from the American Academy of Pediatrics suggests boys are also developing earlier, by age 10, which is six months to one year sooner than previous generations.Pediatricians haven’t identified a lone cause for this shift, but Louise Greenspan, a pediatric endocrinologist at Kaiser Permanente in San Francisco, says childhood obesity, environmental chemical-contributors, and the effects of chronic stress — a hormonal response to neglect or abuse in the family, for example — may all play a role.At a crucial time when kids long to fit in, puberty can make them stand out. And when breast buds and body hair sprout during elementary school, children often feel exposed. Unable to hide their sexual development from others, they may feel ashamed or embarrassed.Cosette Taillac, a psychotherapist at Kaiser Permanente in Oakland, Calif., recalls a particular client, a 9-year-old girl, who was started to feel self-conscious playing soccer because her body was developing.When the little girl no longer wanted to participate in sports — something she had always loved — her parents sought Taillac’s help.”She didn’t want to dress in front of her teammates,” says Taillac.Studies show girls who physically mature early, may be more likely than boys to ruminate about these uneasy feelings. According to researchers, this can prolong the emotional distress, which may increase their risk of depression and anxiety.Still, though girls are more likely to internalize the stress they feel, boys aren’t unscathed, says Mendle.In research by Mendle and her colleagues, early maturing boys were more likely than others to feel socially isolated and to face conflict with friends and classmates. “This may increase their risk of depression,” she says,”but we’re uncertain if these effects last into adulthood.”Because information about early development tends to focus on girls, parents are often perplexed when their sons start puberty early, says Fran Walfish, a child and adolescent psychotherapist in Beverly Hills, Calif.Their first clue, she says, may come when a tween boy refuses to shower or wear deodorant.Helping kids navigate these new social and emotional hurdles can be tricky, especially since puberty spans several years. But don’t be afraid to reach out — or to start the conversation early.Greenspan suggests talking to children about sexual development by the age of 6 or 7. “Starting the conversation when kids are young, and keeping lines of communication open can make the transition less scary,” she says.At times, parents may also need to advocate for their children. “My client’s parents worked with the soccer coach to create more privacy for her when dressing for team events,” says Taillac. The simple adjustment helped the girl feel safe and more confident.Of course, not all kids are eager for a parent’s help; some shy away from even talking about their newfound struggles. That’s sometimes a sign they’re confused or overwhelmed, child psychologists say.”It’s important for parents to realize that puberty triggers identity questions like ‘Who am I?’ and ‘Where do I fit in?’ for boys and girls,” Walfish says.Taillac says reading books together can help. “Books provide a common language to discuss what’s going on, which can open up conversations between parents and children,” she says.For elementary school girls, “The Care and Keeping of You: The Body Book for Younger Girls,” by Valorie Schaefer can be a helpful book. Reading “The Tween Book: A Growing Up Guide for the Changing You,” by Wendy Moss and Donald Moses can be informative for boys and girls, even as they reach the teen years.Seeing your child mature early can also worry a parent. If you find yourself unsure of how to intervene, psychologists say, remember that distraught kids often want the same thing we all seek when we’re upset — a generous dose of empathy.Luckily, compassion doesn’t require parents to have all the answers. Puberty calls for the same good parenting skills as any other age: being emotionally available to kids through their developmental milestones, witnessing their growing pains, and providing comfort when life throws them curveballs.That advice is simple; the effects powerful. Scientific evidence shows this kind of parental support helps foster emotional resilience, and that bolsters kids’ health and relationships for years to come.Juli Fraga is a psychologist and writer in San Francisco. You can find her on Twitter @dr_fraga. Copyright 2019 NPR. To see more, visit https://www.npr.org.last_img read more

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