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first_imgGet up close and personal with a sea scallop this summer as the aquaculture touch tank visits various festivals and events across the province. For the third consecutive summer, people around the province will get a hands-on opportunity to discover more about aquaculture, including the impact it has on our economy and food plate. The Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture, and the Aquaculture Association of Nova Scotia are exhibiting a touch tank and display at several community events throughout Nova Scotia. The touch tank has been a very popular exhibit at past events, and attracts nearly 10,000 visitors each year. This summer, three students have been hired to run the aquaculture outreach program and tour the province with the touch tank. “Our aquaculture outreach program teaches people of all ages about a growing part of our seafood industry,” said Sterling Belliveau, Minister of Fisheries and Aquaculture. “Aquaculture is a large source of our food supply, and the touch tank provides an interactive opportunity to learn about this important industry.” The touch tank is an interactive, educational display that allows people to see local sea species, including those farmed in the province or affecting aquaculture. The tank includes such species as sea scallops, mussels, oysters, clams, halibut, rock crab, green crab and starfish. The aquaculture display will visit the following events: July 17-19 – Tall Ships, Alderney Landing, Dartmouth July 24-25 – Yarmouth SeaFest, Yarmouth Aug. 1-2 – Cheticamp Oceans Day, Cheticamp Aug. 8-9 – Digby Scallop Days, Digby Aug. 16 – Clam Harbour Sand Castle Competition, Clam Harbour Beach Provincial Park, Halifax Regional Municipality Aug. 23 – Incredible Picnic, Citadel Hill, Halifaxlast_img read more

first_imgChild Care Awareness Days are held the month of June, which gives me the perfect opportunity to share with Nova Scotians some of the work government has undertaken to improve child care in our province. Not long ago, my colleagues and I signed off on updated regulations for the province’s licensed child care centres and family home day cares. Introduced in April, the amended regulations were designed to help child care providers offer children the best possible care in safe and secure environments. Child care centres are far more than babysitting facilities. They are staffed by professionals who help establish the building blocks for lifelong learning, and we know that the early years of a child’s life are vitally important in shaping their futures. Government works very hard to support the child care sector. The last thing we want to do is create difficulty or red tape for those who take on the important responsibility of guiding our children through their early years. With that in mind, we gathered input on how best to update the regulations to ensure children’s safety while minimizing obstacles for providers. We met with more than 100 representatives of the child care sector, including child care centre and family home day care operators, early childhood educators, and other child care staff. That input was invaluable. Based on what we heard, we developed regulations that we believe are clear, fair and will work best for our province. It’s natural that there will still be those who have questions about how changes will affect them. As always, our staff are available to answer those questions and help providers to make the transition as smooth as possible. Ultimately, we all have the same goal: to help give Nova Scotian children the best possible start in life. Government is committed to making life better for Nova Scotians and improving child care is an important part of this. We have already taken steps to show that commitment. We’ve added 250 subsidies to help make child care more affordable, created hundreds of licensed child care spaces, and awarded dozens of loans and grants to help centres expand, enhance their programs and provide staff with professional growth opportunities and improved salaries. We’ll continue working with our partners in the sector to strengthen the quality and accessibility of child care in Nova Scotia. I encourage people to visit to learn more about how government is making life better for families. -30-last_img read more

VANCOUVER — Participating in three liquefied natural-gas projects will help a First Nation on British Columbia’s North Coast buy back its traditional territory and improve the lives of members, says its chief councillor.The Haisla occupy territory near the community of Kitimat, B.C., and at the head of Douglas Channel, a strategic site for tankers that will move LNG to Asia and the United States. The First Nation is involved directly or indirectly in three LNG proposals.On Tuesday, band members gave Joe Oliver, the federal natural resources minister, a one-hour boat tour of some of the proposed sites and met with him afterwards.Chief Coun. Ellis Ross said in an interview the companies involved in the projects, with the support of the Crown, are giving his First Nation the ability to acquire land without a treaty.“I think the fundamental issue for First Nations in our area, at least for Haisla, fundamentally is still the land issue,” he said.“There’s a lot of window dressing on what the issues are. It could be anything from social benefits, welfare, education, health, money, but I think for the Haisla, what we’ve got to do, is you know, OK, let’s go back to the land issues first. Maybe that drives what the answer is to the rest of the issues. I fully believe that.”The band of about 1,700 members is without a treaty, and according to the BC Treaty Commission, it is at the fourth of six stages in the process.While the Haisla oppose the Northern Gateway oil pipeline, the band has been actively courted by LNG producers.Ross said the three proposed terminals are the Kitimat LNG facility proposed by Chevron and Apache, the BC LNG proposal and the Shell Kitimat LNG Terminal.He said the Kitimat LNG facility is located on reserve land. The BC LNG facility is on fee-simple land acquired by the band, which holds 50 per cent of a partnership in the project with Houston-based LNG partners.The Shell Kitimat LNG Terminal is not on band land but within its traditional territory, and the Haisla is working out its level of involvement with the company, Ross said.Ross said his band also took Oliver to see sites related to other proposed economic developments not related to LNG.“He requested the meeting with us,” said Ross. “So we just made arrangements.”Oliver said Kitimat provides Canada and the world with a deep-sea route through Douglas Channel to the Asia-Pacific region, and the Haisla and all Canadians stand to benefit from the proposed projects.“The community is located in a strategically important area, which can become a hub for natural-gas liquification and transport … and they’re aware of this,” he said.Oliver said the federal government has an obligation to meet with and talk to communities and find out their concerns and goals.“What we’re all looking for, I think, are ways to maximize, you know, the benefits to aboriginal communities … so that they can see those benefits, and be supportive where appropriate and where of course there has been a positive-regulatory review done.”B.C. Premier Christy Clark has said the LNG industry represents an economic opportunity worth an estimated $1 trillion and the potential to create 100,000 jobs. read more

LONDON – The European Union wants a quickie divorce, but Britain wants time to think things over.Senior EU politicians demanded Saturday that the U.K. quickly cut its ties with the 28-nation bloc — a process Britain says won’t begin for several months — as the political and economic shockwaves from the U.K.’s vote to leave reverberated around the world.“There is a certain urgency … so that we don’t have a period of uncertainty, with financial consequences, political consequences,” French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault said at a meeting in Berlin of the EU’s six founding nations.EU Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker warned that the split was “not an amicable divorce” but noted it was never “a tight love affair anyway.”Britons voted 52 to 48 per cent Thursday in favour of ending their country’s 43-year membership in the 28-nation bloc.But no country has ever left the EU before, so no one knows exactly how the process will play out. Britain must, at some point, unambiguously notify the bloc of its intentions and set a two-year clock ticking for negotiating its departure. Until then, Britain remains an EU member.In contrast to the clamouring of EU officials, the leaders of Britain’s “leave” campaign, who had reassured voters that the EU would offer Britain good terms for a new relationship, were largely silent Saturday.England’s 300-year-old union with Scotland could be another casualty of the referendum, since most people in Scotland voted to remain in the EU but were outvoted by a majority in much-larger England.Scottish leader Nicola Sturgeon said Saturday that her semi-autonomous administration would seek immediate talks with EU nations and institutions to ensure that Scotland could remain in the bloc.“(We will) explore possible options to protect Scotland’s place in the EU,” she said after meeting with her Cabinet in Edinburgh, adding that a new referendum on Scottish independence is “very much on the table.”Scotland voted in 2014 to remain a part of the U.K., but that decision was seen as being conditional on the U.K. staying in the EU.The victorious “leave” campaigners have said there’s no rush to trigger Article 50 of the EU’s Lisbon Treaty, which will begin a two-year exit process to renegotiate trade, business and political links between the U.K. and what will become a 27-nation bloc.British Prime Minister David Cameron announced his resignation Friday and said his successor, to be chosen by October, should be the one to navigate the tricky process of withdrawing from the bloc.The favourite to succeed him, former London Mayor Boris Johnson, has said there’s “no need for haste” — but EU leaders are saying the opposite, in insistent tones.Juncker said Saturday the British had voted to leave and “it doesn’t make any sense to wait until October to try and negotiate the terms of their departure.”“I would like to get started immediately,” he said.French Economy Minister Emmanuel Macron expressed the frustrations that many EU politicians feel, accusing Britain of taking the EU “hostage” with a referendum called to solve a domestic political problem: challenges to Cameron from right-wing euroskeptics.“The failure of the British government” has opened up “the possibility of the crumbling of Europe,” Macron said at a debate in Paris.Top diplomats from the European Union’s six founding nations — France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg — met in Berlin for hastily arranged talks and stressed that the exit process should be speedy.“There must be clarity,” Luxembourg Foreign Minister Jean Asselborn told reporters. “The people have spoken and we need to implement this decision.”France’s Ayrault suggested Britain could name a new prime minister within “several days” — but that is likely instead to take several months. The process calls for Conservative lawmakers to winnow candidates down to two choices who will then be voted on in a postal ballot of party members.Legally, there is little the EU can do to force Britain’s hand, since Article 50 must be triggered by the country that is leaving. But political pressure and economic instability may force British politicians to act more quickly than they had hoped.German Chancellor Angela Merkel struck a conciliatory note, saying it “shouldn’t take forever” for Britain to deliver its formal notification of leaving.“There is no need to be particularly nasty in any way in the negotiations. They must be conducted properly,” Merkel said at a news conference in Potsdam, outside Berlin.Britain’s “leave” campaigners have been accused of lacking a plan for the aftermath of a victory.Dominic Cummings, director of the “Vote Leave” group, said it would be “unthinkable” to invoke Article 50 before a new prime minister was in place. He tweeted: “David Cameron was quite right. New PM will need to analyze options and have informal talks.”Britain will remain an EU member until the divorce is finalized, but its influence inside the bloc is already waning. Leaders of the bloc will hold a summit in Brussels next week, and the second day, Wednesday, will take place for the first time without Britain.On Saturday, Britain’s representative on the EU’s executive Commission, Jonathan Hill, stepped down, saying he was disappointed by the referendum result but “what’s done cannot be undone.”Juncker transferred Hill’s portfolio of overseeing financial services to Latvian commissioner Valdis Dombrovskis — costing Britain a key voice in a sector that is hugely important to London, whose status as Europe’s financial capital is threatened by Britain’s EU exit.The referendum has already triggered financial turmoil around the world. Stock markets plummeted Friday, with the Dow Jones industrial average dropping 611 points, or 3.4 per cent, its biggest fall since August. It’s not clear what will happen in the markets on Monday, the next trading day.The pound on Friday dropped to its lowest level since 1985, plunging more than 10 per cent from about $1.50 to $1.35 before a slight recovery, on concerns that severing ties with the EU single market of 500 million people will hurt the U.K. economy and undermine London’s position as a global financial centre.Credit rating agency Moody’s downgraded the U.K.’s economic outlook from stable to negative, saying Britain faces “a prolonged period of uncertainty … with negative implications for the country’s medium-term growth outlook.”The vote to leave the EU has upended British politics. The deeply divided Conservatives are facing a leadership battle to replace Cameron, and some members of the opposition Labour Party hope to oust their leader, Jeremy Corbyn, who they accuse of failing to promote the “remain” side strongly enough.“(Corbyn) clearly isn’t the right person to actually lead the party into an election because nobody thinks he will actually win,” said Labour legislator Frank Field.Corbyn said Saturday he would not resign and said Britain must react “calmly and rationally” to the divisive referendum result.___Grieshaber reported from Berlin, Associated Press writers David Rising and Geir Moulson in Berlin and Angela Charlton in Paris contributed to this report. EU calls for UK to ‘Brexit’ quickly; Britain wants more time by Jill Lawless And Kirsten Grieshaber, The Associated Press Posted Jun 24, 2016 5:01 am MDT Last Updated Jun 25, 2016 at 10:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email The flag of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, top, and the flag of England fly above a souvenir stand on Westminster Bridge following yesterday’s EU referendum result, London, Saturday, June 25, 2016. Britain voted to leave the European Union after a bitterly divisive referendum campaign. (AP Photo/Tim Ireland) read more

Mr Jennings attended Central London County Court with his new partner Credit:Richard Gittins/Champion News Andrew Ritchie QC, for Mr Jennings, claimed the taxi driver was driving too fast and would have seen the pedestrian in the road had he been keeping a proper lookout.Outside court during the case, Mr Ritchie assessed the value of Mr Jennings’ claim at “over £1m”.His solicitor, Nicholas Davis, said his head injuries had left him with epilepsy and memory issues which had forced him to quit the City.But the judge ruled: “The allegation of negligence aimed at the taxi driver is utterly unrealistic.”The sole material cause of this accident was Mr Jennings’ own stupidity in attempting to cross these lanes of busy traffic and having his attention diverted by his own misbehaviour and his argument with his girlfriend.””I reject the contention that any of the particulars of negligence is made out,” the judge concluded, dismissing the damages claim. But Judge Alan Saggerson has now thrown out his claim, saying Mr Jennings’ injuries resulted from his own “stupidity” in running into the road.The court heard Mr Jennings, aged in his 40s, went to the hotel with his then partner, “intending to celebrate a business deal,” on the evening of September 6 2012. A City financier walked out into seven lanes of traffic after he rowed with his girlfriend who he claimed spoiled a romantic meal by talking on her phone for two hours, a court heard.Stephen Jennings attempted to claim over £1 million in compensation when he was struck by a black cab near London’s Park Lane hotel in 2012. The financial systems analyst rushed blindly into the road following an argument with his ex-partner, who he said had “rudely” talked on her phone for two hours after the pair sat down for a meal to celebrate a business deal, Central London County Court heard.Mr Jennings, from Windsor, suffered devastating head injuries when he was struck by the cab, and had to give up his highly paid job.He sued the cab driver for over £1 million – mainly lost earnings – claiming his negligence caused the accident. The financial systems analyst rushed blindly into the road following an argument with his partner, Central London County Court heard “It was rude of my then girlfriend to be on the phone,” said Mr Jennings. “She was on the phone to Australia for two hours.”She ordered food and drank a whole bottle of wine. I went to the hotel bar and had a beer or two and when I got back she was still on the phone.”The couple then left the hotel “in a volatile state of mind and temper,” said the judge.”A physical argument ensued”, next to the busy seven-lane traffic interchange at Marble Arch.At the climax of the confrontation between the couple, Mr Jennings rushed into the traffic.He was “ducking and diving” between lines of cars in an “almost suicidal” attempt to get away, said the judge.The moment of madness lasted until he was knocked down by the cab, hitting his head on the road. Mr Jennings attended Central London County Court with his new partner  “But,” said Judge Saggerson, “the celebration didn’t go according to plan.”As the pair sat down to dinner, Mr Jennings said his girlfriend took a call on her mobile and she was on the phone “for two hours”.She ate her dinner and downed a bottle of wine whilst chatting away, he told the court.The judge said a disgruntled Mr Jennings “ended up drinking by himself in the hotel bar”. The financial systems analyst rushed blindly into the road following an argument with his partner, Central London County Court heardCredit:Alamy 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. read more

first_imgMET EIREANN IS providing a new service that help agencies in emergency cases related to the dispersion of hazardous materials in the atmosphere.Radiation, gas, volcanoesThe system enables the authorities to track and forecast the movement of materials in the atmosphere, if there was a disaster of some kind, be it radiation, a gas explosion or volcanic plume.The tailored system will help the Environment Protection Agency (EPA), the Radiological Protection Institute of Ireland and the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine (DAFM).For DAFM the system is primarily aimed at predicting the movement of Foot and Mouth virus particles in the event of an outbreak of the disease, while the EPA will use it in the event of emergencies related to chemical spillages, large fires or distant volcanic eruptions that might compromise air quality over Ireland.The RPII will use the system for guidance on the dispersion of radioactive materials released into the atmosphere.Up-to-date informationThe user-friendly system is designed so that the latest weather information is always available to provide the most up-to-date information in an emergency.All data are at the native resolution of the forecast system and are automatically updated as new forecasts are produced.Met Eireann has given an example of how it might work. Below shows an incident in January 2013 when a large quantity of Mercaptan gas was accidentally released by a factory in northern France.Ireland experienced no major health issues but Met Eireann said the smell of ‘rotten eggs’ could be smelt over large distances.The animation below shows how the gas plume likely dispersed in the lower atmosphere. Areas in red or orange were likely to experience traces of a bad odour. The concentration of the gas was not high enough to be smelt by the time the plume reached Ireland, two days after its initial release.Read: Batten down the hatches, there’s a storm a comin’>Read: Even the weather has the post-Budget blues>last_img read more

first_imgALMOST THREE DOZEN bars, restaurants and off-licences have agreed to halt alcohol sales for an early St Patrick’s Day celebration created by students at a Pennsylvania university.The move is an effort to curb drinking for the unofficial holiday which has become known as State Patty’s Day, using the Americanised term for the holiday.In exchange, each business will receive a $5,000 (€3,700) subsidy to help account for lost revenue. A committee composed of Penn State university and community leaders announced the plan and listed 34 businesses that it said supported this Saturday’s “alcohol-free zone.”Every downtown establishment that sells alcohol will refrain from doing so on Saturday, said Damon Sims, university vice president of student affairs and co-chairman of a committee known as the Partnership: Campus & Community United Against Dangerous Drinking. The majority of the funds to pay for the subsidies to businesses would come from campus parking fees collected during previous State Patty’s Day weekends, he said.State Patty’s Day was created in 2007 to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day when it fell on spring break that year. But the holiday no longer falls during the break, and school administrators, student leaders and community residents have grown weary of a weekend that has become synonymous with excessive drinking and property damage.Besides that, the last thing Penn State needs as it seeks to redeem its reputation after the Jerry Sandusky child abuse scandal is more negative attention.Other schools have similar unofficial holidays, but Sims said he thought no other university community had gone to the extent of getting establishments to go alcohol-free.“Everyone in the partnership really wanted this to go away. … This became one of the few things that we thought of that we hadn’t tried,” Sims said in a phone interview. “Perhaps we can find more headway than in the past.”“Excessive drinking”The weekend in recent years has also sparked talk on social media, which authorities have said has contributed to a spike in out-of-town revelers.“This is an outside-the-box solution that businesses, the borough, student leaders and the University have embraced,” Tom Fountaine, borough manager and committee cochairman, said in a statement that included declarations of support from student and business leaders.Police, along with community, school and student groups, have ramped up efforts in recent years to counter the excessive drinking that marks State Patty’s Day. Fraternities and sororities banned parties for Friday and all social functions Saturday. Volunteer opportunities have also been promoted as alternative activities in a day of service.Last year, authorities said arrests dropped by about 13 per cent to roughly 300.Food and non-alcoholic drinks will still be offered by establishments to appeal to “responsible visitors.” Penn State’s two campus hotels also planned to cut off alcohol sales on Saturday.It was unclear how the initiative would affect establishments that weren’t downtown. In previous years, state liquor stores closed early for the day.Making downtown alcohol-free means the stepped-up police presence can focus on cracking down on house parties or otherwise unlicensed establishments, Sims said.Read: Drinking alcohol may improve ability to detect changes >last_img read more

first_img 12 Comments LAST WEEKEND, SESAME Street announced the introduction of its first character with autism, a little red-haired puppet called Julia. Source: Sesame StreetIt underlined the US children’s show’s thoughtful approach to educating children, and on bringing the experiences of different types of people to the screen. Those involved said that there was much discussion about how to do it right.“The big discussion right at the start was, ‘How do we do this? How do we talk about autism?’” Sesame Street writer Christine Ferraro told US TV show 60 Minutes.It’s tricky because autism is not one thing, because it is different for every single person who has autism.Julia’s puppeteer, Stacey Gordon, happens to be the mother of a son with autism, and said: “It’s important for kids without autism to see what autism looks like.”Here in Ireland, a study from the National Council for Special Education found that 14,000 students have an autism diagnosis. That’s one in every 65 students, or 1.5% of the school population.Sixty three percent of students with autism attend mainstream schools, while 23% attend special classes in mainstream primary and secondary schools, and 14% attend special schools.Sesame Street isn’t the first show to depict someone with autism or asperger’s – or who displays traits common to autism or asperger’s. Others include:Maurice Moss, in The IT CrowdAbed Nadir in CommunityBrick Heck in The MiddleMax Braverman in ParenthoodWill Graham in HannibalSaga Noren in The Bridge/BroenDr Sheldon Cooper in the Big Bang TheorySherlock Holmes in SherlockLegion in X MenNot all of these characters are diagnosed as having autism or Asperger’s Syndrome, and there are varying opinions as to how successful they are in their spoke to two people with asperger’s who explain that not only is it important that people with autism or asperger’s are represented in popular culture, but that it’s not done in a damaging way.‘If you meet one person with autism, you meet one person with autism’Adam Harris (brother of Health Minister Simon Harris) has Asperger’s Syndrome and works in educating people about autism and asperger’s. He welcomes the news about Julia in Sesame Street, but hopes people realise that those with autism or asperger’s are all very unique individuals.“I particularly welcome the fact this is for young children – the earlier we talk and the earlier we give the information, the better,” he said. But at the same time, Harris noted that children can be very open about the idea of autism and Asperger’s. Source: RTÉ via YouTube“Kids don’t see difference. What happens between when they are small children and we are adults? Our attitude changes so much.”“Children will be the champions of this inclusion and hopefully they will be able to educate the whole family,” he said.Harris said that while it is good that Ireland is mainstreaming people with autism into the community, he believes “we don’t mainstream our discussion of autism”.This has the effect of almost creating a taboo around the issue, he indicated. That’s where his organisation AsIAm comes in. It works to provide information about autism while educating and empowering people- and providing a sense of community too.Harris said that there’s a saying: “If you’ve met one person with autism you’ve met one person with autism. None of us are the same.”All the time you meet people who think every person with autism can count cards like Rain Man, that every person at autism is a wizard at maths like Sheldon from the Big Bang Theory. That is not the case and it’s important that people understand that.And yet, Harris understands why these stereotypes can appear. “It’s a challenge if you try and portray any minority,” he said. “[But] it’s about trying to get the message across while not stereotyping.”Damaging depictionsWhen done wrong, Harris said that a depiction of a person with autism/Asperger’s Syndrome can have negative effects.“I think it can be extremely damaging. You see positive examples and negative examples. Because everybody’s experience of autism can be different,” he said. “For example, the book the Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime, I think it’s a good depiction, but is that everyone’s experience? No.”He singled out the Ben Affleck movie The Accountant as being particularly egregious in its depiction of autism.“I’ve never been more frustrated watching it in the cinema,” said Harris. “I didn’t know what the takeaway message was. It was very damaging, it very much associated autism with violence.”This viewpoint is also shared by Cork-based Dr Stuart Neilson, who was diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome at the age of 48. It was a relief for him to finally get a diagnosis, though it happened late in life (he’s now 53).“The one I hated was The Accountant,” he said. “I thought it was really, really awful and dangerous.” In particular, he questioned the fact that in the film, Ben Affleck’s character deliberately exposes himself to things which affect him negatively in a sensory way.He feared there could be “quite well-meaning versions of responses to that film that are harmful”.Harris describes it as a “real responsibility” for people working in popular culture to be responsible in how they portray people with autism.“We already have to face so much stereotyping and misunderstanding and misinformation,” he pointed out. “It is important that the popular media doesn’t make it worse.”Doing it wellNeilson said that while Sesame Street enables children to learn how to respond and play with a child who has autism, what is being missed in the discussion is how a child with autism themselves would feel.“The one they haven’t talked about is Julia looking at herself on screen and saying ‘that’s me’,” he said. ”It’s really critical being able to see yourself in the films you see.”He believes films like The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Adam, My Name is Khan, and the book Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close did this well.So too did a book by an Irish author. ”I read a lot of fiction and I don’t see a lot that I see myself in. I think the one that I really loved in the last 10 years is Sara Baume’s Spill Simmer Falter Wither,” he said. The book has a 57-year-old protagonist who is described as “weird” but not given an official diagnosis.“She said she didn’t want to have a diagnosis because it’s not related to the story, but you can see his traits,” said Neilson. “When I was reading that I thought ‘oh, that’s so much like parts of my life’. My life has turned out very differently because I have a very supportive family. But for him, his family is ashamed of him… I could imagine the outcome of that.”In the study Representations of autism in the media: perspectives in popular television shows, Katie Dowdy of the University of Arkansas said that previous studies by Safron (1998) and Draaisma (2009) “successfully assert that interpretations of individuals with autism are frequently exaggerated in the media as a way of captivating audiences rather than providing authentic portrayals of the disorder”.By accepting these stereotypes as the norm, people will expect individuals with autism to manifest some type of “special skill” during their encounters. By not living up to the idealized image, the people with autism become a “diminished capacity” (Draaisma, 2009) in the eyes of the typical developing person.She noted how important YouTube vlogs (video blogs) have been in showing the variation of personal narratives of autism. These put the story into the hands of the people that it directly affects.Big Bang Theory Source: YouTubeOne of the most commonly-known depictions of what appears to be autism is Sheldon Cooper in Big Bang Theory. He’s a super-nerd, played by Jim Parsons, who though a genius lacks social skills and the ability to recognise sarcasm or irony.The creator of Big Bang Theory has said that Sheldon Cooper wasn’t conceived to be a character with autism, but he’s clearly a person those in the ‘aspie’ community believe does share traits of autism.Neilson described Cooper as a stereotype, saying: “I think some of what he does is very dangerous as far as stereotype goes”.Neilson attends a service in Cork called Aspect, for people with autism or asperger’s, and they’ve had many discussions about Sheldon Cooper. One of the aspects they dislike is his wealth.“In the series where he’s going down and trying to choose a games console, ‘should I buy a games console?’ Our clients can’t do that, our clients would be discussing where they can trade in their last cartridge. He’s not representative. They are also all white apart from [one character], and they are all male unless you consider Amy as an honorary person with autism.”Neilson has also noticed people misusing the phrase ‘aspie’ like they would OCD. “Now people are saying ‘I had an aspie moment’ and they don’t have asperger’s at all, but they’re saying it because they pick it up from Big Bang Theory and the way people respond to the Big Bang Theory. I think that’s harmful… It trivialises it.”But he does note the absence of girls and adults in depictions of autism and asperger’s in popular culture. Much of this relates to the first studies of autism, which only focused on boys. Dustin Hoffman in Rain Man Source: YouTubeHe said he was shocked to hear that some universities still use Rain Man as a means to teach students about autism. In this film, Dustin Hoffman plays a man with autism who has mathematical and observational abilities that aren’t shared by everyone with autism.Neilson would advise anyone who wants to write about or depict someone who has autism or Asperger’s Syndrome “to spend time with people who have the diagnosis they are writing about, to have an understanding, and maybe to go to the environment they are writing about”.In his work, Harris said that most people he meets don’t want to discriminate against people with autism. But he said that often people “don’t have the information to understand what it is like to have autism or to know someone who has autism, because so many challenges are misunderstood.”People were mainstreamed in a “very Irish way”, he said: “We’ll do that but let’s not talk about because it is awkward.”Harris pointed out that what people might not realise is that people with autism or asperger’s can learn to adapt to their environment once they have support. However, they “will always need certain things”.Bringing about change “will take time” and means people should be “willing to do things a bit differently”, he said.What do you think about this issue? Tell us in the comments.Read: Column: I have Asperger’s and I like being “different”> By Aoife Barry Short URL 14,146 Views Mar 26th 2017, 7:45 AM Share163 Tweet Email5 Sunday 26 Mar 2017, 7:45 AM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article ‘Some people think that every person with autism is like Rain Man, or a wizard at maths’ Representations of people with autism can be full of stereotypes.last_img read more

first_imgUn trou noir géant engloutit une étoileDans deux études publiées hier, des astronomes indiquent avoir assisté au réveil d’un trou noir colossal qui a littéralement englouti une étoile alors qu’elle passait à proximité.Deux publications parues hier dans la revue Nature font part des observations réalisées par des astronomes. Ces derniers ont pu assister au réveil d’un trou noir géant, un monstre cosmique, surpris alors qu’il disloquait et avalait une étoile passant trop près, rapporte TV5monde.C’est grâce au satellite Swift, qui a perçu un flux élevé de rayons gamma, que le trou noir a été repéré. Il est massif comme un million de fois le Soleil, soit l’équivalent de celui qui se trouve au cœur de La Voie Lactée. En effet, la plupart des galaxies abritent en leur centre un trou noir et ceux-ci peuvent atteindre la masse de millions, voire de milliards d’étoiles semblables au Soleil.Ces trous noirs piègent parfois dans leur champ gravitationnel des étoiles qui passent non loin. Elles sont alors détruites par des effets de marée car la partie de l’étoile la plus proche du trou noir est soumise à une colossale force de gravité qui n’est pas appliquée sur la face la plus éloignée. L’étoile, ainsi étirée, finit par se disloquer.Une observation inédite Les débris issu de l’étirement se mettent à tourner à très grande vitesse en spirale autour du trou noir. Ce sont ces débris tournoyant qui émettent de puissants rayonnements comme ceux qui ont été perçus. Ces signaux avaient été captés dès le 25 mars par Swift mais, selon les scientifiques, et étant données les caractéristiques du rayonnement et de son évolution, ils estiment avoir été pour la première fois témoins de la dislocation d’une étoile et de la naissance du puissant rayonnement résultant de l’accrétion de sa matière autour d’un massif trou noir.”Le début d’un tel événement [ … ] n’avait pas été observé jusqu’alors”, souligne David Burrows de l’Université de l’Etat de Pennsylvanie qui a analysé avec son équipe les rayons X émis. Ils se sont révélés être 10.000 fois plus lumineux que prédit par la théorie, souligne dans Nature un expert, Davide Lazzati de l’Université de l’Etat de Caroline du Sud. Il rapporte la “surprise” des astronomes.Un million de masse solaire À lire aussiSpaceX : un satellite d’Elon Musk manque d’entrer en collision avec un satellite de l’ESAL’équipe d’Ashley Zauderer du Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, aux Etats-Unis, a analysé les ondes radio émises et conclu que leur source coïncidait avec le centre d’une lointaine galaxie. Ce trou noir central correspondrait à un million de masse solaire et le jet de particules associées au rayonnement se propagerait à des vitesses proches de celle de la lumière. L’émission d’un tel jet “n’était pas prévue dans cette situation”, relèvent les chercheurs, qui estiment néanmoins que la dislocation gravitationnelle d’une étoile “explique naturellement” les propriétés du rayonnement observé.Découvrez cette observation inédite grâce à une animation vidéo conçue par la NASA Le 25 août 2011 à 16:11 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

first_imgSEATTLE (AP) — The U.S. Border Patrol has quietly stopped its controversial practice of routinely searching buses, trains and airports for illegal immigrants at transportation hubs along the northern border and in the nation’s interior, preventing agents from using what had long been an effective tool for tracking down people here illegally, The Associated Press has learned.Current and former Border Patrol agents said field offices around the country began receiving the order last month — soon after the Obama administration announced that to ease an overburdened immigration system, it would allow many illegal immigrants to remain in the country while it focuses on deporting those who have committed crimes.The routine bus, train and airport checks typically involved agents milling about and questioning people who appeared suspicious, and had long been criticized by immigrant rights groups. Critics said the tactic amounted to racial profiling and violated travelers’ civil liberties.But agents said it was an effective way to catch unlawful immigrants, including smugglers and possible terrorists, who had evaded detection at the border, as well as people who had overstayed their visas. Often, those who evade initial detection head quickly for the nearest public transportation in hopes of reaching other parts of the country.Halting the practice has baffled the agents, especially in some stations along the northern border — from Bellingham, Wash., to Houlton, Maine — where the so-called “transportation checks” have been the bulk of their everyday duties. The Border Patrol is authorized to check vehicles within 100 miles of the border.last_img read more

first_imgNo, not that tipping point, where online revenue surpasses print. Your typical b-to-b publisher is probably at least five years away from that, and most consumer magazine publishers are even farther out.The tipping point I’m talking about is the one in which the old cliché about how “the railroads thought they were in the railroad business” will steamroll publishers in every sector-b-to-b and consumer-that still haven’t realized that they aren’t just in the magazine business. Nor are they in the “events business” or the “online business.” No one business model is coming to the rescue. Trimming your print staff to prop up your online group will sabotage your best-known-and probably still biggest-product. Launching event after event will quickly fatigue your audience. (For all the talk about events, does anyone remember how played-out that industry was around 2001-2002? Events experience up-and-down cycles too.)Publishers need to understand where each element fits in and how they work with each other. WTWH Media is a startup that has managed to gain ground in a hyper-competitive market dominated by Reed and Penton, primarily by being seen as the “so-called smart online guys.” Yet, WTWH sees its print magazine, Design World, as “the aircraft carrier” that gives its online products authority, according to co-founder Scott McCafferty (“Start Up Stories: How to Launch in the Digital Age”).Quit faking it online. Make the investment in the back-end and in the new online people you need. Train your existing print staff-if they’re truly interested in their role as information disseminators, they’ll embrace the opportunity. We’re no longer at the point where “everybody is still trying to figure it out”-a lot of people HAVE figured it out, many of them competitors you may not have even heard of yet. Monthly updates and banner ads don’t cut it any more. But neither does saying “we provide content wherever they want it” unless you really mean it.last_img read more

first_imgBLUE BELL ICE CREAM VIA FACEBOOKBlue Bell is in hot water again.The Brenham-based creamery is getting a cold shoulder from fans looking for its newest, Yuletide-themed flavor. After a objectively early launch a week before Halloween, it seems Blue Bell’s Christmas Cookies Ice Cream won’t be home for the holidays for many rabid fans.The company announced the flavor in a Facebook post on Oct. 23, touting the combination of sugar cookie, chocolate chip and snickerdoodle flavors paired with red sprinkles and a green icing swirl.Then, like a flash, the supply dried up. Customers could no longer find it in stores, and while it was originally offered online, the flavor doesn’t seem to be available anymore.So, naturally, people had a lot of problems with that and took to the internet for an especially lengthy airing of grievances. While a sprinkling of the 8,000-plus commenters on Facebook and Instagram clamored for revivals of flavors of Christmas past – like Gingerbread House and Hot Chocolate – many of them lamented the scarcity of the Christmas Cookies flavor in grocery aisles nationwide.While the company was responsive in October shortly after posting on Facebook, there hasn’t been much of a stir since.This, of course, comes after a multi-state shutdown of plants in 2015 after three people in Kansas died and 10 people across four states were hospitalized. Listeria was again found in Blue Bell cookie dough in 2016. Sharelast_img read more

first_imgStay on target Hori is well-known for releasing quality gaming accessories and controllers. The company will launch a brand-new, officially licensed controller for the PS4 next week dubbed the “Onyx.” No, your eyes are not deceiving you. This upcoming PS4 controller totally, purposefully, looks like an Xbox controller.Before going into the design, let’s talk about what the controller features. As stated over on the PlayStation Blog, the Onyx controller has all core controls and direct Bluetooth connectivity. It has a touch pad, dual vibration motors, and asymmetrical analog sticks. Hori’s Andrew Mason says this controller’s design “makes it easier than ever for gamers to find a controller that suits their unique playstyle.”Besides the touchpad, everything else about the Onyx screams “Xbox.” There have been many other PS4 controllers with asymmetrical sticks (even some from Hori), but that isn’t the only thing that makes the controller Xbox-like. The broad design, d-pad shape and placement, and the shoulder triggers are all evocative of an Xbox controller. Specifically, the Xbox One. I suppose if you’re going to draw inspiration from a controller, the Xbox One controller isn’t a bad one to go off of.While I prefer PlayStation controllers over Xbox controllers (that symmetry, baby!) I will admit to having a soft spot for the Xbox One’s controller. It reminds me a lot of the Dreamcast controller in terms of size and heft. Given how the Xbox One controller feels better when playing shooting games, I’d certainly like to try Doom or Destiny 2 on PS4 using the Onyx.Hori’s Onyx controller will be available on January 15. The controller was revealed on Sony’s European site so it’s unclear if it will also release in North America on that same date. We’re not sure how much the Onyx will sell for either. I suppose we’ll find that out next week.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Trade In Your Nintendo Switch For a Better Battery (With a Catch)Get Used to ‘Fortnite’s’ Powerful Mech Suits last_img read more

first_imgJune 23, 2017 Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global This story originally appeared on PCMag Google Glass, an experimental and extremely expensive wearable that took the tech world by storm a few years ago, resurfaced again this week when it received its first software update in nearly three years.The update, released on Tuesday, isn’t terribly exciting: in addition to bug fixes and performance improvements, the only new feature is Bluetooth support, which means Glass can now be paired with input devices like keyboards. As TechCrunch notes, the last Glass software update was in September 2014, so this week’s update might be reassuring to Glass owners who thought Google abandoned them. Still, adding Bluetooth and a few unnamed enhancements is not that reassuring, and everything else about the Glass seems to indicate that it’s headed for extinction: the support website is pretty bare bones, and the Google Glass homepage simply reads “Thanks for exploring with us. The journey doesn’t end here.”Google didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment on whether we’ll see more Glass updates in the future.The $1,500 wearable debuted in 2012, and outside of extremely limited public sales windows, it was mostly only available to software developers and enthusiasts willing to join a waitlist. People who did manage to buy a pair, however, were treated to a futuristic heads-up display that could show Google search results, images and more. Glass also earned curious and often envious glances from passers-by.But innovation seems to have passed Glass by: wearables and augmented reality have come a long way since 2012, and Google itself has moved on to other efforts, including its Tango AR platform for smartphones and its Daydream View VR headset. So adding Bluetooth support to Glass is likely a swan song, rather than a sign of a Glass resurgence. 2 min read Register Now »last_img read more

first_imgJudges from the Constitutional Chamber of the Supreme Court, or Sala IV, dismissed most of the consultations made by the Legislative Assembly for review of a new traffic bill, already approved by lawmakers in a first debate in June.Some of the proposed reforms have caused controversy among drivers, including plans for a new driver evaluation system, distinctions in the bill for experienced and newer drivers, a new system of fines and a clause that would allow cars with right-side steering.Judges will review two articles of the bill that would allow Traffic Police to confiscate driving permits and regulate vehicles on beaches.The Sala IV said the remainder of legislative consultations did not meet minimum legal requirements. Lawmakers including Manrique Oviedo from the Citizens Action Party accused the judges of  “washing their hands of the issue.”Sala IV President Ana Virginia Calzada abstained from voting, saying that consultations cannot be presented by lawmakers who voted in favor of the bill. Facebook Comments No related posts.last_img read more

first_img 5 greatest Kentucky Derby finishes Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility CAIRO (AP) — Egypt aims to reduce its surging fertility rate over the next 15 years, a government minister said Tuesday, in an effort to address overpopulation concerns in the Arab world’s most populous country.With around 90 million people — a population the United Nations projects to hit 103 million by 2030 — Egypt has struggled for decades to provide its citizens with jobs and services. Most Egyptians live on a tiny sliver of land along the Nile River and the Mediterranean coast, away from the vast desert that makes up most of the country. Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Top Stories FILE – In this Nov. 5, 2014 photo, Egyptian children push each other as a woman takes a photograph of them with her mobile phone on the outskirts of the town of Aga., Egypt. Minister of State for Population Hala Youssef told The Associated Press on Tuesday, June 9, 2015, that the government is providing financial incentives to keep children in school, expanding family planning services and boosting public awareness. The Egyptian government aims to reduce the country’s surging fertility rate to 2.4 over the next 15 years, from its current rate of 3.5. (AP Photo/Nariman El-Mofty, File) 5 people who need to visit the Ultrastar Multi-tainment Centercenter_img New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Sponsored Stories According to a plan laid out by Minister of State for Population Hala Youssef, the government will provide financial incentives to keep children in school, expand family planning services and boost public awareness — while working closely with non-governmental organizations and local communities.The aim is to get Egyptian women to attain a fertility rate of 2.4 children, she said, speaking on the sidelines of a conference on youth hosted by the U.S.-based NGO Population Council in Cairo. Women currently give birth to 3.5 children each on average.“This is the target,” Youssef told The Associated Press, adding that the plan aims to reduce the rate to 3 over the next five years. “We’re coordinating with other ministries on this issue, for example the ministry of social solidarity, to give financial compensation to families to keep their girls and boys in school.”A 2014 study by Egypt’s Health Ministry and an organization funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development showed that the birth rate, which had been falling since at least 1980, rose dramatically after 2008.Youssef said her ministry, created three months ago, also focuses on childhood and motherhood and is seeking to avoid using negative incentives. The plan, she said, focuses in part on young married couples with only one or two children, advising them not to have big families — a traditional goal for many in both the countryside and crowded urban centers.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. 0 Comments   Share   How do cataracts affect your vision?last_img read more

first_imgLocal authority reform is a great opportunity to modernize Cyprus and a step the government is not afraid to take, Interior Minister Constantinos Petrides said on Friday.During a presentation held at Skarinou community council of a techno-economical study commissioned by the ministry on the much-discussed reform, Petrides said both the ministry and union of communities agreed that the current system was ancient.The only way local authority reform can work in rural areas is through the creation of local cluster services which would have legal status, he added.“Today is a landmark day for local communities as we’re turning the page together,” Petrides said.Cluster services will offer joint common services such as waste, sewerage, cleaning and community council to a cluster of communities.Representatives from PWC, which carried out the study, said their findings revealed that a cluster service would improve services for residents, better communication between communities and the government, reduce costs and make full use of existing staff in local communities.The announcement marks the beginning of a two-month public discussion on establishing a local cluster service with the aim of submitting bills to parliament by May, Petrides said.There are currently 250,000 residents in 349 communities in Cyprus’ rural areas.The new cluster services in Nicosia would include 94 communities that have around 72,000 residents, 30,000 premises and 136 full time staff.In Limassol, the plan provides for the cluster service to oversee 104 communities, some 59,000 residents, 26,000 premises and 300 full time staff.Larnaca’s numbers amount to 45 communities with 53,000 residents, 23,000 premises and 164 full time staff while in Paphos, the plan is 101 communities totaling 42,000 residents, 19,000 premises and 130 full time staff.Famagusta entails five communities with around 17,000 residents, 7,000 premises and 34 full time staff.“We have decided to go for reform starting from the bottom and moving up, with a scientific and documented way,” Petrides said.Head of the union of communities Andreas Kitromilides said the day marked a significant step towards achieving reform for Cyprus’ local authorities.You May LikeYahoo SearchThe Early Signs Of Type 2 Diabetes. Search Type 2 Diabetes TreatmentsYahoo SearchUndoKelley Blue BookSubcompact Luxury SUV Best Buy of 2019Kelley Blue BookUndoHepatitis C Treatments I Search AdsResearch About Hepatitis C – The Early Signs Of Hepatitis CHepatitis C Treatments I Search AdsUndo Turkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoConcern over falling tourism numbersUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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