James Harden scores 39, leads Rockets past Spurs

first_imgSan Antonio Spurs guard DeMar DeRozan, left, walks off the court after the team’s loss to the Houston Rockets as Houston player development coach John Lucas offers encouragement in an NBA basketball game, Saturday, Dec. 22, 2018, in Houston. Houston won the game 108-101. (AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith)HOUSTON — James Harden took control for the Houston Rockets in the first game of what could be a lengthy period without point guard Chris Paul.Harden played a bruising 41 minutes and had 39 points, 10 assists, four rebounds and two steals as the Rockets defeated the San Antonio Spurs 108-101 and won for the first time this season without Paul.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Bradley Beal triple-double leads Wizards to 3OT win vs Suns DeRozan, a childhood friend of Harden’s, said there’s only one thing you can do defensively when Harden gets going.“Hope he misses,” he said.The Rockets scored 43 points in the third quarter and carried a 15-point lead in the final period. That followed one of their lowest-scoring first two periods of the season, including a 13-point second quarter. San Antonio led 43-41 at the break.In the third quarter, the Rockets made 9 of 13 3-pointers and finished the game with 19 3s on 54 attempts (35.2 percent). The Rockets were two games removed from setting an NBA record with 26 3s in a 136-118 win over Washington.Danuel House Jr. made his first start of the season for Houston. In 28 minutes, House had four points and three rebounds.Houston missed its first seven shots of the second quarter and went scoreless through the first five minutes of the period. The Rockets ended up with just 13 points in the second quarter, but trailed by just two points at halftime.The Rockets opened up the third quarter on a 12-0 run and took a 10-point lead. Houston had a season-high 43 points in the third quarter. That followed a 41-point first half.“I mean, we made shots,” D’Antoni said on Houston’s third-quarter turnaround. “I know it’s a simple answer, but a lot of it is that, and then we cut off that energy. I thought our defense was good all the way from the first quarter on to give ourselves a chance.”Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said Houston’s rebounding made the difference. San Antonio fell to 1-8 when being outrebounded by an opponent on the road. The Spurs were outrebounded 58-43 and gave up a season-high 19 offensive rebounds“Overall, the killer was the offensive boards,” Popovich said. “Capela was great. I didn’t look at the stat sheet yet, but that was the killer.” Rockets coach Mike D’Antoni was asked where the line is between letting the reigning league MVP carry the team and putting too much on his plate.“I haven’t found the line yet — I’m still looking for it,” D’Antoni said. “I can tell him afterward, but he has a better feeling about what he needs to do.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefD’Antoni said Harden is playing in “another atmosphere” following his sixth straight game of scoring at least 30 points. After the Rockets let a 17-point, fourth-quarter lead slip and fell behind 97-96 with three minutes remaining, Harden scored nine of Houston’s final 12 points, including two 3s, to close out the win.“That’s what we do,” Harden said. “We do it at a high level, we shoot the ball, we shoot it with confidence. Some are going to go in, some aren’t. That’s the way we play.” MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola?center_img TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening The Rockets have won six of their last seven, while the Spurs lost for just the second time in their last nine games.“We’ve gotten better, for sure,” Aldridge said. “We’re playing a better brand of basketball, and I think we’ve learned how to play better with each other, and we’ll get better, too.”TIP-INSSpurs: San Antonio fell to 1-8 when being outrebounded by an opponent on the road. The Spurs were outrebounded 58-43 and gave up a season-high 19 offensive rebounds. … SG Derrick White had three blocks in the game.Rockets: Backup PG Brandon Knight was playing under a minutes’ restriction that was capped at 20, coach Mike D’Antoni said before the game. Knight played 12 minutes in the game. … SF James Ennis III missed his sixth straight game with a right hamstring strain.UP NEXTSpurs: Host Nuggets on Wednesday.Rockets: Host Thunder on Tuesday. The Rockets were playing without Paul, who suffered a Grade-2 left hamstring strain on Thursday night in Miami and is expected to be out at least two-to-four weeks. Houston entered Saturday winless in five games without Paul this season.Clint Capela had 21 points and a season-high 23 rebounds, and Eric Gordon had 18 points on 4-of-12 shooting from 3-point range.Capela said his performance was partly inspired by Paul’s absence.“Everyone needs to step up because we don’t have a choice,” Capela said. “Tonight, we did a great job, but we’ve got a lot of things to work on because Chris is going to be out for a little while so we’re all going to have to step up.”DeMar DeRozan led San Antonio with 28 points and eight assists. LaMarcus Aldridge scored 18 points, and Rudy Gay added 13.ADVERTISEMENT Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue BREAKING: Corrections officer shot dead in front of Bilibid PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño View commentslast_img read more

Loss aside, tennis teacher revels in chance to face Roger Federer

first_imgHow much money might you be willing to pay for the once-in-a-lifetime chance to play tennis against Roger Federer on Centre Court at Wimbledon?Or merely for the chance to emerge from the tunnel leading out to the green grass there and hear the full-throated yells of nearly 15,000 standing, clapping spectators pulling for you?Or, perhaps best of all, for the chance to look up at a guest box and see your parents, sister, brother and cousin leaping out of their seats, rejoicing, after you conjured up a beautifully curled lob that floated over the man considered by many to be the sport’s greatest player in history and landed in to win a 14-stroke exchange?Marcus Willis, who lives at home with Mom and Dad and works as a tennis instructor at a club in central England, got to experience all of that and more Wednesday, and it didn’t cost the 25-year-old a dime. Actually, Willis earned the biggest paycheck of his career despite winding up with the sort of result everyone expected when a guy ranked 772nd in the world somehow found himself across the net from the man who spent more weeks at No. 1 than anyone: a 6-0, 6-3, 6-4 victory for Federer in the second round at the All England Club.”I did look up twice as I bounced the ball, and saw Roger Federer, and thought, ‘Oh, haven’t seen this before,'” Willis said. “Yeah, it was surreal. … I had to get used to it and play.”advertisementHe earned the right to be out there against the 17-time Grand Slam champion thanks to an improbable, straight-from-a-screenplay couple of weeks that included victories in three matches during a playoff for low-ranked British players, three more in the qualifying rounds at Wimbledon, and then another Monday in his very first tour-level match.”It’s all been incredible and a bit of a blur,” said Willis, a left-hander with a strong serve who slices shots off both wings. “I’ve gone from one extreme to the other in a matter of days.”Willis, who charges about $40 per hour for lessons, truly became an overnight sensation. His girlfriend – who, in keeping with the Hollywood nature of the whole episode, recently persuaded him not to give up on his dream of being a regular on the professional tour – was interviewed on the BBC. So were his family members. His loud group of supporters, who led rowdy chants that reverberated under the closed roof at the generally staid venue, got the TV treatment, too.”I said a few days ago: This story is gold,” Federer said. “He’s got a career after this. He definitely made the most of it.”WILLIS GETS A SPONSORFederer’s career prize money is just shy of $100 million, and that doesn’t include plenty from endorsement deals. Willis entered Wimbledon with about $350 this year and less than $100,000 for his career in prize money – and, needless to say, zero endorsements. On Wednesday, Willis’ white shirt, which he bought about a year ago, was made by Federer’s apparel sponsor and had the gray initials “RF” etched on the left sleeve.On another rain-filled day that left a dozen men still unable to complete their first-round matches while No. 3 Federer and No. 1 Novak Djokovic moved into the third, Willis stepped out on court with a wave and the widest smile imaginable, shaking his head at the scene.He found other reasons to grin and revel in the moment. That shot in the third game that even Federer applauded and allowed Willis to boast with a chuckle later: “I can say, ‘I lobbed Roger Federer.'” A 113 mph ace Willis celebrated with arms raised. A forehand winner that finally, a half-hour and more than a set in, gave Willis his first game – and created pandemonium in the stands.More often, of course, things did not go his way. Willis, who leaves with a check for 50,000 pounds (about $67,000), would produce a genuinely impressive shot, only to see Federer top it, including with several no-look, over-the-shoulder volleys. Here’s guessing that Willis’ opponents in local leagues do not wield a racket quite the way Federer can.”You can’t leave the ball anywhere short or high. It’s just gone,” Willis said. “He’s just ridiculous.”Willis, it turns out, made an impression on Federer, too.”As I was playing,” Federer said, “I was thinking … ‘This is definitely one of the matches I’ll remember.'”Imagine, then, how Willis felt about the 1 hour, 25 minutes they spent together on the world’s most famous tennis court.advertisement”Not my standard Wednesday, that,” everyman’s everyman said at the end of it all. “Next Wednesday might be quite different.”last_img read more

Antidiversity oped should never have run in Vancouver Sun Calgary professor

first_imgCALGARY — A journalism professor says the controversy over an anti-diversity opinion piece published in — and then pulled online from — the Vancouver Sun has nothing to do with freedom of expression.“Journalists have always had the ability to decide what to publish and broadcast and what not to publish and broadcast,” Sean Holman with Calgary’s Mount Royal University said Monday. “We’re not common carriers. We’re not the telephone system.”Mark Hecht, an instructor of geography at Mount Royal, argued in the column that showed on the weekend that more diversity means less social trust. He commended Denmark for becoming more restrictive toward immigrants.“Can Canada learn from Denmark? The jury is out,” Hecht wrote. “But the minimum requirement is that we say goodbye to diversity, tolerance and inclusion if we wish to be a society that can rebuild the trust we used to have in one another and start accepting a new norm for immigration policy — compatibility, cohesion and social trust.”The piece was removed from the paper’s website on Saturday, but not before it went to the printing press.“I am dismayed by the suppression of open and rational debate in this country,” Hecht wrote in an email Monday.Holman said he and many of his colleagues were troubled by the piece. Several Vancouver Sun journalists also denounced it on social media.Holman said newspapers have no obligation to run op-eds — columns submitted by people unaffiliated with the paper — that don’t pass journalistic muster.He said one major red flag in Hecht’s piece was that it cites the Gatestone Institute, a think tank that has been widely criticized for spreading anti-Muslim misinformation.The op-ed may help fuel anti-immigrant sentiment in Canada, he suggested.“The Vancouver Sun should not have published this op-ed. It does not meet our standard of helping facilitate the kind of rational, empathetic, informed decision-making expected of us in a democracy.”The Sun’s editor-in-chief, Harold Munro, apologized for the piece he said did not meet the paper’s journalistic standards.“The Vancouver Sun is committed to promoting and celebrating diversity, tolerance and inclusion. Our vibrant community and nation are built on these important pillars,” Munro wrote.“We are reviewing our local workflow and editorial processes to ensure greater oversight and accountability so that this does not happen again.”Hecht’s biography on the Mount Royal website says his main interests include “invasive species dispersal, invasion, colonization and evolutionary adaptation, especially as it relates to European ecological dominance.”He has a self-published book called “The Rules of Invasion: Why Europeans Naturally Invaded the New World.”Neither Hecht nor Mount Royal indicated whether he still has his job at the university.“Mount Royal, like all universities, is a place for debate, for freedom of expression and for the respectful exchange of ideas,” Jonathan Withey, dean of the faculty of science and technology, said in an e-mailed statement.“The ideas expressed in this newspaper op-ed, while protected by freedom of expression, do not represent my personal views, nor the position of Mount Royal University as a whole.”The press secretary for Alberta’s Advanced Education Ministry said the provincial government would not tell Mount Royal what to do.“Freedom of expression, within the limits of the law, on Alberta’s campuses is at the heart of the academic experience and is integral to Alberta’s adult learning system,” Laurie Chandler said in an email.“Universities have the sole discretion on the employment of professors and instructors.” Lauren Krugel, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Quebec announces millions for social and cultural First Nation Inuit development

first_imgDanielle Rochette APTN National NewsThe government of Québec has announced $147 million action plan to help the social and cultural development of First Nations and Inuit in the province.Now chiefs are having their say over the plan.“It is one of the first times that we were able to really have a good solid discussion on that,” said Grand Chief Joe Norton. “What will come out of that I am not sure – only time will tell.”drochette@aptn.calast_img

Ban sounds alarm on Middle East violence

In a statement, Mr. Ban condemned an attack today in Jerusalem claiming several lives and injuring many others.According to media reports, a man driving a tractor drove into vehicles and pedestrians.The Secretary-General offered his condolences to the families of those killed and “wishes those injured a speedy recovery.”In a separate statement, he expressed concern over the firing of rockets by Israeli settlers at the Palestinian village of Burin in the West Bank.“He calls on Israel to impose law and order and ensure the protection of the Palestinian population under occupation.” 2 July 2008Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today voiced deep concern over incidents in Jerusalem and in the West Bank.

Asia to get new UN emergency response centre for disasters

25 February 2010With natural disasters on the rise, the United Nations is opening its first ever Asian emergency response centre to provide pre-positioned humanitarian aid within 48 hours of a crisis striking, following an agreement signed today with Malaysia. “We applaud the Government of Malaysia’s visionary decision to host this critically important hub to support all nations within the Asia-Pacific region with rapid response capacity,” UN World Food Programme (WFP) Deputy Executive Director Amir Abdulla said on signing the accord with Foreign Affairs Secretary Tan Sri Rastam Mohd Isa.The centre will be the fifth Humanitarian Response Depot (HRD) that WFP has set up around the world in the past decade on behalf of the entire humanitarian community to offer cost-effective storage, training, and logistics for deploying critically needed items within 48 hours of a disaster occurring.In addition to hosting the HRD, Malaysia has agreed to build offices, warehouses, and a training centre at Subang military base, about an hour outside Kuala Lumpur, the capital, as well as contribute $1 million a year towards running costs. WFP will also seek support from other Asian countries.“Given the increase in natural disasters around the world, and particularly in Asia, the Subang base will be vital to saving lives in a crisis and ensuring WFP is able to do its job on the ground,” WFP Regional Director for Asia Kenro Oshidari said.The agency established its first HRD in Brindisi, Italy, in 2000. Based on this model, WFP created three more such centres in 2006 – in the United Arab Emirates for the Middle East, Panama for Latin America, and Ghana for Africa. Although the bases are designed for regional specific responses, all are equipped to respond to crises anywhere in the world.HRDs played a critical role in the days following the devastating earthquake in Haiti. Not only were assets deployed from the Panama HRD, but due to the sheer scale of the crisis, Dubai, Brindisi, and Ghana all released supplies in coordinated rotations to assist in the response. WFP said the importance of HRDs cannot be overstated. In 2009 there were 245 natural disasters around the world, of which 224 were weather-related. read more

Most actively traded companies on the TSX

Some of the most active companies traded Wednesday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (15,063.16, up 78.20 points):Hydro One Ltd. Instalment Receipts (TSX:H.IR). Utilities. Up 60 cents, or 1.63 per cent, to $37.45 on 9.1 million shares.Redknee Solutions Inc. Rights (TSX:RKN.RT). Application software. Down two cents, or 28.57 per cent, to five cents on 3.8 million shares.TSO3 Inc. (TSX:TOS). Health care. Down 23 cents, or 8.95 per cent, to $2.34 on 3.2 million shares.Suncor Energy Inc. (TSX:SU). Oil and gas. Up 27 cents, or 0.69 per cent, to $39.41 on 3.2 million shares.First Quantum Minerals Ltd. (TSX:FM). Miner. Up 45 cents, or 3.32 per cent, to $13.99 on 2.9 million shares.Iamgold Corp. (TSX:IMG). Miner. Up 27 cents, or 3.74 per cent, to $7.49 on 2.7 million shares.Companies reporting major news:Royal Bank of Canada (TSX:RY). Bank. Up $1.00, or 1.09 per cent, to $93.01 on 2.3 million shares. Canada’s largest bank reported nearly $2.8 billion of net income ($1.85 per share) for its fiscal third quarter and boosted its quarterly dividend by five per cent to 91 cents. Total revenue for the quarter was $9.99 billion, down 2.6 per cent from a year ago.Transcontinental Inc. (TSX:TCL.A). Publishing. Up nine cents, or 0.37 per cent, to $24.23 on 104,373 shares. Newly-formed Gravite Media has bought six French language publications from Quebec-based Transcontinental for an undisclosed price. The publications include Le Journal Saint-Francois, Le Soleil de Chateauguay, Brossard Eclair, Le Courrier du Sud, L’information d’Affaires Rive-Sud and Le Reflet, as well as their related web properties. read more

Top UN envoy continues efforts to ensure peace stability in Liberia

As part of his efforts to hold discussions with a wide spectrum of Liberian society, Jacques Paul Klein, Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Special Representative for the country, today met with the Liberian Senate and with the Secretary-General of the Liberian Press Union. Mr. Klein, who retuned to Monrovia last Friday after a week-long series of meetings with West African leaders in neighbouring Guinea, Sierra Leone, and Cote d’Ivoire.Yesterday, Mr. Klein met with visiting Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo and Foreign Minister Oluyemi Adeniji, the former UN Special Representative for Sierra Leone. Mr Klein thanked the Nigerian government for its support of the vanguard force of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and encouraged it to support a strong mandate for a follow-on UN stabilization force in Liberia. In mid-August, ECOWAS sent the peacekeepers, mainly Nigerians, to help secure areas in and around Monrovia and to allow international aid agencies to assist a people traumatized by years of war. But despite a cease-fire peace deal signed by Liberia’s government and two rebel factions in Ghana last month, fighting has continued outside the city where rebel factions still hold sway and UN agencies report that thousands of civilians may once again be on the move.The UN refugee agency (UNHCR) said that in Monrovia’s “uneasy calm,” it has been continuing its efforts to assist people in and around the capital. Over the weekend, two planeloads of relief supplies arrived from Copenhagen with blankets and jerry cans for 10,000 persons, kitchen sets and plastic sheeting for 20,000, water bladders, and four light vehicles. Meanwhile, the agency is trying to reach deeper into the country’s interior. UNHCR led a mission to Bo Waterside, on the border with Sierra Leone last week to again examine the possibility of using the land route for convoys to and from the neighbouring country. The agency also tried to reinforce its dialogue with Liberians United for Reconciliation and Democracy (LURD) rebels controlling the area.Further inland, UNHCR travelled to Buchanan, south-east of Monrovia, last Friday as part of an inter-agency field mission to assess health and protection needs. The city is controlled by rebels of the MODEL (Movement for Democracy in Liberia) and the situation there remains very tense despite the peace agreement.Cases of extortion, harassment and abductions are reportedly rife in Buchanan. Some 30,000 people are believed to be displaced there, many with immense needs, especially for food. Armed groups are reportedly preventing civilians from moving around freely, demanding heavy tolls to pass the checkpoints, even when they are simply in search of food. Looting of possessions and occupation of private properties are also frequent.In other news from outside Monrovia, the UN World Health Organization (WHO) together with the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) other partners, have begun a mass measles vaccination campaign in Tubmanburg, a town northwest of the city, home to thousands of internally displaced persons. In the seven-day campaign, UNICEF alone is targeting 42,000 children. read more

UN Security Council considers options for international involvement in Haiti

A Presidential statement read by the Council President for February, Ambassador Wang Guangya of China, said, “The Security Council is deeply concerned with the prospect of further violence in Haiti and acknowledges the call for international involvement in Haiti.”The Council “calls upon the parties to act responsibly by choosing negotiation instead of confrontation,” he said, adding that “an accelerated timetable now seems necessary.”The Council “deplores the loss of life that has already occurred and fears that this failure, thus far, to reach a political settlement may result in further bloodshed. Continued violence and the breakdown of law and order in Haiti could have destabilizing effects in the region,” he said.The Council would support the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and the Organization of American States (OAS) as they worked for a peaceful and constitutional solution to the current impasse, Mr. Wang said. Video of the Security Council meeting [3hrs] read more

Zimbabwe UN envoy on evictions says freedom of movement is fundamental right

This morning, the Executive Director of the UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT), Anna Tibaijuka, “stopped in the town of Hwange and inspected recent demolitions of homes. Later, she was shown sites the Government has set aside for new housing,” Stéphane Dujarric said at the daily briefing. “She will also travel to Victoria Falls for further inspections.” He quoted her as having said yesterday, “In a democracy people cannot be forced to stay away from a city, nor can they be forced out of a city. The freedom of movement is a fundamental right. People come to the cities for economic opportunity. If you try to ship them away it doesn’t work. They will come back, anyway.” Ms. Tibaijuka, who extended her stay in Zimbabwe by nearly another week, will be in the capital of the Southern African country, Harare, for a final round of meetings tomorrow and is hoping to fly to the Kenyan capital, Nairobi, where UN-HABITAT is headquartered, on Saturday. She was to report to UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan on her findings.Operation Murambatsvina (Restore Order) began four weeks ago in what the Government called an effort to clean up cities and fight the black market across Zimbabwe. As a result, tens of thousands of homes and market stalls have been destroyed.Ten United Nations special rapporteurs on human freedoms and rights issued a statement late last month expressing concern about the “recent mass forced evictions in Zimbabwe and related human rights violations” and raising questions about the negative effects on supplies of water and food, education and health care, including HIV/AIDS treatment.The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said it has been working with Government ministries and several non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to distribute drinking water, sanitation equipment, health care supplies, blankets and plastic sheeting to affected children and women. read more

UN brokers cessation of hostilities after clashes at IsraelLebanon withdrawal line

Secretary-General Kofi Annan today commended the Governments of Israel and Lebanon for avoiding a further escalation along the withdrawal line between their countries after the United Nations brokered a cessation of hostilities following serious clashes there.A spokesman for Mr. Annan issued a statement in New York voicing concern at the incidents across the so-called Blue Line yesterday. “The Secretary-General is pleased that the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) and his senior representatives in the area were able to broker a cessation of hostilities” which the United Nations is continuing to investigate, the spokesman said.Mr. Annan also commended the Israeli and Lebanese Governments for “avoiding further escalation.” Through his spokesman, the Secretary-General called on all parties to exercise maximum restraint and respect fully the Blue Line. “He particularly urges the Government of Lebanon to make every effort to exercise its control over the use of force from its territory,” the statement said. read more

Care home neglect residents dressed in wrong clothes amid rotting plants and

first_imgOnly one of the facilities inspected had been able to secure regular visits from a dentist, and many others reported difficulty in persuading local GPs to attend.Experts called it a “wakeup call” for the industry and regulators.While the probe reported some improvements in the sector, Healthwatch said there remains a “worrying culture of apathy” in England’s care homes.The report comes a month after the Care Quality Commission, the agency responsible for regulating the care homes, revealed that one in four adult social care facilities inspected since 2014 was unsafe.A resident in Wolverhampton told Healthwatch inspectors: “My laundry is not always returned and is worn by others”.Another in the same area said she was keen to take part in exercises with other residents in the lounge but, because she needed to be hoisted out of bed, was only able to join in every five weeks. 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. Healthwatch inspectors visited 197 care homes across England between January 2016 and April this year.The report found many examples of good care but also concluded that in many homes staff were “rushed off their feet” with residents picking up the strain.Inspections in London care homes triggered fears that much of the training undertaken by staff was not practical, but undertaken online, with a risk that it was not being completed by the staff member themself.Michael Cranfield, from the British Dental Association, said adequate dentistry was “too often the missing piece in care homes”.“We keep seeing vulnerable residents with dentures that have never been taken out and managers who admit oral health is at the bottom of their to-do lists,” he said. Some residents did activities every five weeksCredit:PA At one facility in South Tyneside, the budget for activities was just £50 a month. Elderly care home residents are being dressed in other people’s clothes and left languishing without exercise for five weeks at a time, a new investigation reveals.Surprise inspections of nearly 200 institutions found older people living in “filthy” accommodation with rotting plants on the window sills.The report by Healthwatch, a consumer champion for the health and social care sector, also revealed widespread lack of access to GPs and dentists for care home residents. Imelda Redmond, national director of Healthwatch England, said care homes were grappling with rising demand and stretched resources, but added: “Getting the basics right doesn’t have to cost the earth and should be the least we should all be able to expect for our loved ones and ourselves should we need care support.”Other examples of poor practice highlighted in the report include one resident waiting an hour to be taken to the toilet, problems with cleanliness and dilapidated decoration such as peeling wallpaper, and laundry not being returned to the correct person and being worn by other residents.Particular concerns were raised regarding the suitability of some care homes for residents with Alzheimer’s, such as a lack of dementia-friendly decoration and poor awareness of the condition.Jeremy Hughes, Chief Executive Officer at Alzheimer’s Society, said:  “Sadly, I’m not at all surprised by these findings.“They testify to the existing issues with staff training across the sector, and echo what our investigation last year found – that one in three home-care workers had received absolutely no dementia training, resulting in people with dementia left in soiled sheets, and becoming ill after eating out-of-date food.” Old person Sadly, I’m not at all surprised by these findingsJeremy Hughes, Alzheimer’s Societylast_img read more

Victorian election the Dandenong seat

first_imgDandenong’s Liberal candidate Joanna Palatsides is facing the mammoth task of turning around a 13 per cent swing, to claim a seat Labor has held for the past 45 years at the November 29 state election.Palatsides is married into a Greek family, to a gentleman whose roots stem from Asia Minor and Athens. Her father-in-law was born in Jerusalem to Greek refugees of the Asia Minor catastrophe and her mother-in-law is Athenian, and draws her origin to Athens. Speaking to Neos Kosmos she says that she finds herself in a fortunate position having married a Greek Australian, which gives her, and her party, insight into Dandenong’s local Greek community. “Having married the son of Greek immigrants, I have been lucky to have significant involvement in the Greek community. We celebrate Greek holidays both with the community and as a family, surrounding myself with various Greek customs in order to teach my son about his heritage.“The Liberal Party is incredibly diverse, celebrating all cultures, with a number of high profile Liberal Party members coming from Greek backgrounds.”With incumbent Dandenong Labor MP John Pandazopoulos not contesting the 2014 election, she believes she is the candidate most in touch with ethnic communities to lead Dandenong.“Naturally being part of a Greek family is an advantage in an electorate with such a strong Greek community. Being able to relate to all the ethnic communities in Dandenong is vital, but the insights that come from being part of a Greek family will position me well to be a strong advocate for Dandenong.”“Dandenong is the most multicultural electorate in Victoria, so my focus must be on making Dandenong a better place for everyone.”Palatsides’ career as a business operator has given her a platform to help “others find stable work and be safe and healthy”, something that she believes has given her “direct experience of the difficulties that limit what communities can do and achieve”, which led her into political life.Her policies are reflective of the platforms the Napthine government is taking into the November election. “The Napthine government is investing in roads, public transport, community groups, health and education with projects such as the East-West Link, Melbourne rail link, cheaper public transport and building and upgrading schools across the state.”She believes her platform is essential for bettering Dandenong, and change is needed to better the electoral seat. “Labor have held Dandenong since 1969 and have treated it like a safe Labor seat ever since.”“It’s time for a change. A time to focus on what the people of Dandenong need, the resurgence of public transport, improved education opportunities, better health care, a family focus and jobs.”But Palatsides acknowledges that turning the 13.9 per cent margin around is a difficult task at hand.“I’m realistic, that this has been a difficult seat for the Liberals to win in the past and it’s been hard to break the stronghold of John Pandazopoulos. The people have the opportunity to choose a local Liberal candidate with a wealth of experience who truly understands their needs and pressures facing families today and I am fighting to be a strong voice for the people of Dandenong.”She believes that the best way of turning the Liberal Party’s fortunes in the area is a grassroots campaign, based on building relationships with the community at large. “I listen to what the local residents have to say and I have been overwhelmed with the offers of support,” she concludes. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Bloom Box une mini centrale électrique chez soi

first_imgBloom Box : une mini centrale électrique chez soiÉtats-Unis – Les Américains ne parlent que d’elle, depuis sa présentation dans l’émission 60 minutes sur CBS dimanche soir. La Bloom Box, c’est son nom, pourrait être une révolution technologique pour tous les foyers du monde.Créer une boîte noire de seulement 10 cm de côté qui génère les besoins en électricité d’une maison entière. C’est le défi que s’est lancé dans le plus grand secret la société Bloom Energy, il y a de cela huit ans.  La Bloom Box fonctionnerait de la même façon qu’une pile et produirait de l’électricité grâce à une réaction chimique entre l’oxygène et un carburant quelconque (gaz naturel, bio-gaz…). Deux modèles ont été élaborés : la Bloom Box grand format pour alimenter une centaine de maisons et le modèle individuel, pour un seul foyer. La première aurait un coût allant de 700.000 à 800.000 dollars mais la seconde, plus accessible, pourrait descendre à 3.000 dollars d’après K.R. Sridhar, le PDG de Bloom Energy. Le PDG de l’entreprise travaillait auparavant pour la Nasa sur un mécanisme inverse visant à créer de l’oxygène sur Mars à partir d’électricité et d’hydrogène.  De nombreuses grandes firmes s’intéressent déjà à cette invention : c’est le cas par exemple de Fedex, Google et eBay. Le PDG d’eBay a d’ailleurs déclaré avoir installé quatre engins produisant chacun 100 kilowatts sur la pelouse du campus de son entreprise. Il affirme avoir déjà réalisé une économie de 100.000 dollars d’électricité, soit bien plus que celle rendue possible par les panneaux solaires installés sur le toit de ses locaux. Les experts semblent cependant sceptiques quant à la distribution de l’appareil dans la plupart des foyers du monde. Michael Kanellos, le rédacteur en chef de GreenTechMedia, estime même que dans dix ans, le pourcentage de chance de voir tous les sous-sols équipés d’une Bloom Box atteindrait à peine 20%. La société productrice ne peut en effet fournir qu’un seul conteneur par jour. Pour l’instant du moins. Découvrir la Bloom Box en vidéo :  https://www.maxisciences.com/bloom-box/bloom-box-le-cube-a-energie-qui-captive-les-americains_art6020.htmlLe 24 février 2010 à 18:30 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Scientists Discover Strangest Crab That Ever Lived

first_img Extremely Rare, Two-Colored Lobster Found in MaineNew Species of Giant Flying Reptile Identified By Scientists Researchers have discovered new branches of the crab family tree, including a 95-million-year-old species that’s being called the “strangest crab that has ever lived” and is helping shed light on the evolution of “crabbiness.”A team of international researchers, led by Yale University paleontologist Javier Luque, uncovered the hundreds of exceptionally well-preserved specimens in rock formations in Colombia and the United States that date back to the mid-Cretaceous period of 90-95 million years ago.The discovery, described in the journal Science Advances, includes hundreds of tiny comma shrimp fossils, with their telltale comma-esque curve; several carideans, which are the widely found “true” shrimp; and an entirely new branch of the evolutionary tree for crabs.But the most intriguing find is Callichimaera perplexa, the earliest example of a swimming arthropod with paddle-like legs since the extinction of sea scorpions more than 250 million years ago. About the size of a quarter, the Callichimaera has “unusual and cute” features — large compound eyes with no sockets, bent claws, leg-like mouth parts, exposed tail, and long body —  typical of crab larvae from the open sea.This suggests that some ancient crabs may have retained a few of their larval traits into adulthood, amplified them, and developed a new body architecture. This is an evolutionary process called “heterochrony.”“Callichimaera perplexa is so unique and strange that it can be considered the platypus of the crab world,” said Luque. “It hints at how novel forms evolve and become so disparate through time. Usually we think of crabs as big animals with broad carapaces, strong claws, small eyes in long eyestalks, and a small tail tucked under the body. Well, Callichimaera defies all of these ‘crabby’ features and forces a re-think of our definition of what makes a crab a crab.”Javier Luque poses with Callichimaera perplexa — a 95-million-year-old species that is shedding light on crustacean evolution. (Photo Credit: Daniel Ocampo R., Vencejo Films)Luque also noted the significance of making the discovery in a tropical region of the world, where there are fewer researchers looking for fossils in the tropics, and where he amount of ground cover and thick vegetation make access to well-exposed rocks more challenging.“It is very exciting that today we keep finding completely new branches in the tree of life from a distant past, especially from regions like the tropics, which despite being hotspots of diversity today, are places we know the least about in terms of their past diversity,” Luque said.More on Geek.com:New Clone-Like Spiders Named After ‘Star Wars’ StormtroopersThis New Species of Snake Can Stab Sideways With Its Mouth Closed500-Million-Year-Old Worm ‘Superhighway’ Discovered in Canada Stay on targetlast_img read more

Owners of San Diego UnionTribune considered selling to healthcare billionaire Patrick SoonShiong

first_img Categories: Local San Diego News Tags: San Diego Union-Tribune FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom Updated: 3:27 PM Posted: February 6, 2018 February 6, 2018center_img SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — The San Diego Union-Tribune could soon have a new owner, with a report Tuesday that Chicago-based Tronc plans to sell the paper to health-care billionaire Patrick Soon-Shiong.Citing people familiar with the plan, The Washington Post reported that Tronc is working to sell Soon-Shiong the paper it has owned since 2015 as part of a broader deal that will include the sale of the Los Angeles Times. Tronc, previously known as Tribune Co., purchased The Times in 2000.The Times’ newsroom has been in turmoil in recent weeks. A new editor, Jim Kirk, was named in late January following rising concern by staffers over the direction of newsroom management and concerns about the blurring of the line between the news and business departments. Kirk replaced Lewis D’Vorkin, who was moved to the position of chief content for digital and mobile customers.The paper’s publisher, Ross Levinsohn, was placed on unpaid leave following revelations he was a defendant in two sexual harassment suits while working at other companies prior to joining The Times.Most notably, newsroom staffers voted overwhelmingly last month to unionize for the first time in the paper’s 136-year history.Soon-Shiong is the founder and CEO of Culver City-based NantHealth. A representative for Soon-Shiong told The Post he was traveling and unavailable for comment on the report. Owners of San Diego Union-Tribune considered selling to health-care billionaire Patrick Soon-Shiong KUSI Newsroom, last_img read more

USDA Developing Procedures for Rural Broadband Pilot

first_imgThe U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is working to establish requirements and procedures to roll out the $600 million rural broadband program approved by Congress in the omnibus spending bill.The pilot loan and grant program adds funding to existing USDA broadband programs.As agriculture continues trending into a technology-driven sector increasingly dependent on access to broadband, the American Soybean Association (ASA) applauds the inclusion of the funds and looks forward to how the program will enhance soy grower’s ability to farm, find markets for and transport beans.According to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 80 percent of the 24 million American households that do not have reliable, affordable high-speed internet are in rural areas.last_img

CTran employee hit by bus in bus yard

first_imgA C-Tran employee suffered serious injuries after being struck by a bus at the agency’s bus yard early Wednesday morning.The incident occurred at about 4:45 a.m., said C-Tran public affairs director Scott Patterson. C-Tran driver Donna Ferren was pulling a bus into a traffic lane on the large lot behind C-Tran’s administrative office when it struck Julia Johnson, who was on foot walking toward another bus, he said. Ferren’s bus made a wide turn, as the vehicles commonly do, and hit Johnson in a pedestrian walkway, Patterson said.Johnson was transported to PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center’s intensive care unit, Patterson said. Johnson was listed in stable condition Wednesday night. “There were serious injuries involved,” Patterson said.Ferren is a 28-year veteran with C-Tran. Johnson, herself a bus driver, has been with the agency for six years.It was raining at the time of the incident, Patterson said. Ferren is on paid administrative leave pending an investigation.last_img read more