It began when Debbie McDermott allowed her daughter Jamie to raise two sheep for a 4-H project. Eventually, her 165-year-old farm was transformed into a successful, family-run, custom fiber processing mill.McDermott’s Stonehedge Fiber Mill, which opened in 1999 in East Jordan, Michigan, now produces more than 700 pounds of yarn monthly for customers in 38 states and Canada. It produces an additional 15,000 pounds monthly for its personal lines of yarn, including Shepherd’s Wool, which is milled and dyed in-house before it’s shipped and sold in about 300 shops.“I really think the appeal is our yarn’s made in the U.S., and people are more and more going toward U.S.-made products as a support for U.S. companies,” McDermott said.Most garments worn in the United States in the first half of the 20th century were American-made, but the decline of the American textile industry began after World War II, according to knitting and wool industries expert Clara Parkes. She’s a member of the American Sheep Industry — an industry trade group — and author of several books on knitting.In recent years, however, there’s been a slow-growing demand for wool yarn that’s completely produced in the United States, from sheep to skein, Parkes said.One reason, she thinks, could be that consumers are turning back to wool because of the environmental risks of microplastics in garments made from synthetics like acrylic, nylon and polyester. The microplastics are released into waterways when the synthetic garments are washed.Locally sourced yarn helps not only the environment but local businesses too, Parkes said. “There’s the environmental impact of shipping goods all the way across the world and bringing it back, but now people are asking themselves, ‘What if I can get the wool here and just keep it here?’”McDermott echoed that sentiment: “Shopping local is allowing farmers to raise and keep their animals on the farm.”Consumer interest in locally sourced yarn inspired the Michigan Fiber Cooperative to produce a line, Fresh Water Fiber, which uses wool and alpaca from Michigan farms. It’s processed by Stonehedge Fiber Mill and dyed by Why Knot Fibers in Traverse City.One store that stocks Fresh Water Fiber is Wool & Honey in Cedar, Michigan. Owner Melissa Kelenske said she buys from Michigan-based fiber artists and companies that focus on producing high-quality, ethically sourced yarn with attention to their environmental impact.“I think the farm-to-table movement of eating local, shopping local — basically the major slow food movement — laid the ground work for the knitting industry,” Kelenske said.Another yarn company that supplies Wool & Honey is Brooklyn Tweed, of Portland, Oregon. Knitwear designer Jared Flood founded the company in 2010 to “preserve, support and sustain” American textile production by doing business with sheep farmers, fiber mills and dyers across the United States.The business concept “was not so much about patriotism as supporting local economies,” said Christina Rondepierre, Brooklyn Tweed’s marketing manager.“It was also the revitalization of East Coast mills and dyeing houses and the whole U.S. textile industry so they could sustain income and make sure towns and business were able to stay afoot,” Rondepierre said. For example, the Harrisville, New Hampshire, Historic District mill village spins some of Brooklyn Tweed’s yarns. The village was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1977.But patriotism, too, is helping to revive the American wool industry.After Ralph Lauren drew flak for making its Team USA apparel for the 2012 Summer Olympics in China, the fashion company had all Team USA apparel for the 2014 Winter Olympics made in the United States. The yarn used for the closing ceremony sweaters was 4,000 pounds of Shepherd’s Wool from Stonehedge Fiber Mill.McDermott was shocked when a Ralph Lauren representative asked her to supply the yarn.“It was a mouth-dropped-open moment when I realized who I was talking to on the phone,” she said. “It was a neat experience.”Shireen Korkzan, The Associated Press
By Majid MorceliSan Francisco – The Algerians expected that the speech would be more of the same thing, in which the King reviews the accomplishments in Morocco’s southern provinces and how Morocco fought the enemies of its territorial integrity. To this day, the Algerians have been unable to respond to the King’s offer. The Algerian decision makers—and nobody knows who they might be—are aided by their media, including their “independent” media. The media want the world to believe that Algeria’s call for a meeting of the Maghreb Union foreign ministers is the answer to the King’s offer. The Algerian regime prides itself on being brave and independent of any outside pressure, and they have succeeded in selling this myth to the Algerian masses, unfortunately for them. Hiding behind the Maghreb Union to indirectly respond to Morocco’s offer is not courageous.Morocco should not entertain Algeria’s outdated tactics. The people of the Maghreb are tired of the perpetual fighting when other countries can move on.No one wants Algeria to have another “Black Decade” reminiscent of the 1990s civil war, but Algerians should not keep the memories of the past from holding them back.The Algerians need to start asking themselves what President Bouteflika and his cronies have accomplished in the last 20 years even when their oil was selling for $120 per barrel.The Algerians especially need to ask themselves if the millions spent on Polisario is worth their misery.Read Also: US Official: Algeria-Morocco Dialogue Key to Regional StabilitySeveral countries lauded the King’s call on Algeria to turn the page and start a new beginning without any pre-conditions. Not a single country, even from the Maghreb, congratulated Algeria on calling for its scam meeting. Maghreb countries are sending a clear message to the Algerians that they no longer want to play its outdated games.Algeria’s excuse is that Morocco wants to make the Western Sahara issue a bilateral one, and Algeria can only cooperate with Morocco within the Maghreb Union.Who is Algeria fooling? Is Polisario worth anything without Algeria? Is Algeria’s cowering behind Libya, Tunisia, and Mauritania the answer? Is this all the Algerian officials can come up with? It would be a big mistake for Morocco to fall for Algeria’s tactics. The reason is simple: They are ill thought-out tactics born out of confusion from the King’s offer.The Algerian regime will simply have to do better.The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not represent any institution or entity. © Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed without permission.
PARIS — The neighbourhood around Notre Dame Cathedral is usually buzzing with tourists all year. Now the shops and cafés are empty and the streets eerily quiet.Since Monday’s fire, half the island in the middle of the Seine has been closed to visitors. Residents who have the right to cross the safety cordons are the only customers for the local shops struggling with the sudden freeze to business.The police on Thursday blocked off the area to pedestrians and traffic until Monday — and likely longer. At Quasimodo Notre Dame bar, named for Victor Hugo’s hunchback, some of the storekeepers gathered to commiserate.“We can’t work anymore,” said Betty Touiller, who operates a boutique in the open-air flower market famous for its blossoms and caged birds. “We couldn’t even water our plants on Tuesday. Even when they showed their paychecks, my employees couldn’t get in.”Four apartment buildings were evacuated on Cloister Street which runs along the cathedral’s northern wall and is scattered with stones that have been tumbling off the monument since Monday evening. None fell on Thursday morning, but few believe the weakened walls are stable.The upper part of the building is no longer upheld by the lattice of beams, which burned away in the fire. The cathedral walls now lean 20 centimetres (8 inches) toward the street, although a makeshift support of wooden planks is there now, and a protective net will soon go up, according to police.Elsewhere, the restaurants that remain open have refrigerators filled with perishables — and dining rooms void of customers.“They’re talking years before things go back to normal,” said Patrice Le Jeune, president of the neighbourhood merchants’ association.Frederic Benami, a waiter in the neighbourhood said that when he saw the spire fall, it was “like losing a member of the family.”He lives above one of the only open establishments, “Au Vieux Paris,” which served five people on Wednesday, instead of 130 normally, according to France Info.“We feel like we’re holed up in a camp,” said Isabelle Hugot, another neighbour. “It’s unbearable.”Nicolas Vaux-Montagny, The Associated Press
According to media reports, an estimated 150 people were killed on Friday during a series of explosions targeting police buildings and immigration centres around the city. In a statement issued by his spokesperson, Mr. Ban said he was “appalled at the frequency and intensity of recent attacks in Nigeria, which demonstrate a wanton and unacceptable disregard for human life.” Mr. Ban voiced his solidarity with the Government and people of Nigeria, and expressed his hope for swift and transparent investigations into the attacks to ensure perpetrators are brought to justice. Mr. Ban also extended his sincere condolences to the people of Nigeria and to the bereaved families. 21 January 2012Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon strongly condemned today the multiple attacks across the northern Nigerian city of Kano, which resulted in large-scale casualties and massive destruction to property.
Gunmen on a motorbike opened fire on the vehicle of Dr. Sameera Senaratne in Malabe on 2017 February 6.Senaratne escaped unhurt but the car was damaged in the shooting incident. The former Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the SAITM university, Dr Sameera Senaratne was further remanded over a staged shooting incident targeting his vehicle in February 2017.Dr. Sameera Senaratne was ordered to be further remanded till July 12th. Investigations later revealed the shooting incident was staged.Dr. Sameera Senaratne was later removed from his post at SAITM. (Colombo Gazette)
Jayasuriya had earlier decided to give Rajapaksa the Prime Minister’s seat in Parliament after he was appointed Prime Minister. However, in a statement today, the Speaker said that he received a motion signed by 116 MPs stating that they cannot accept the decision taken by the President.The Speaker said that he feels the concern raised by the MPs is justifiable and so he will not make any changes in Parliament till one party or the other shows it has the majority in Parliament to form a Government. Speaker Karu Jayasuriya has decided to maintain the status quo in Parliament before it was prorogued, when Parliament reconvenes.As a result new Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa will not be given the Prime Minister seat in Parliament as the current Government members will need to sit in the opposition seats. “As the majority is of the opinion that all changes made in the Parliament are undemocratic and inconsistent with traditions of Parliament and as the majority of Parliament have requested that the status that existed before these changes were made shall be accepted, I wish to emphasize that I am compelled to accept the status that existed previously until such time that they and the new political alliance prove their majority in Parliament,” he said. “I am of the opinion that the request submitted to me under the hand of 116 Members of Parliament of the United National Party, the Tamil National Alliance, the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna and the Muslim Congress stating that the decision made by His Excellency the President was unconstitutional and undemocratic and as they are not in agreement with the said decision that the Parliament should be summoned forthwith and seek approval thereto is extremely reasonable,” he said.Jayasuriya also recalled that he made several requests for Parliament to be reconvened early in order to resolve the crisis.The Speaker expected Parliament to reconvene on November 7th. However President Maithripala Sirisena yesterday (Sunday) issued notice to reconvene Parliament on November 14th. (Colombo Gazette)
The Yéle Fest is also taking place at the same time as another important cultural event in Haiti – the Jacmel Film Festival, and both events will culminate on Friday in Mr. Jean’s first concert in his native country for eight years, the World Food Programme (WFP) said today.“Wyclef Jean very cleverly uses culture as a means of addressing contemporary social issues, for he has seen the importance of art and culture in enhancing and changing people’s lives in all areas of society,” said WFP’s Representative in Haiti, Mamadou Mbaye.Mr. Jean’s organization Yéle Haiti and WFP started their growing partnership in June 2005 by undertaking joint food distributions in two of the Haitian capital’s most violent and vulnerable neighbourhoods – Cité Soleil and Bel Air.“When I started this foundation, I said that it was not a charity foundation. It is a movement and I am happy to see that Haitian youth identify itself with this movement,” says Mr. Jean, who envisions Yéle Haiti as combining the power of music with the tools of development in the areas of education, health, environment and community development.Teaming up with Yéle Haiti, which enlisted local hip-hop musicians to deliver rice, beans and vegetable oil to the neediest families, allowed WFP to reach out to some of the most vulnerable people in Haiti at a time of very difficult access because of violence.In Haiti, WFP is currently assisting 850,000 people with targeted distributions to malnourished children, pregnant and nursing mothers, and people affected by HIV/AIDS, as well as providing food to primary school children under its school feeding programme. As well as being the poorest country in the Western hemisphere, Haiti is also one of the most disadvantaged countries in the developing world and ranks 153 out of 177 countries on the UN Development Programme (UNDP) Human Development Index (2005).More than 75 per cent of Haitians live on less than $2 per day, while 55 per cent live on less than $1 per day. Chronic malnutrition is widespread among the most vulnerable, with severe or moderate stunting affecting up to 42 per cent of children under five.
World Champion chuckwagon driver Kelly Sutherland reacts after he was auctioned off during the annual Calgary Stampede Canvas Auction where businesses bid on sponsoring a chuckwagon driver for the upcoming Calgary Stampede in Calgary, Thursday, March 23, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Todd Korol by Dan Healing, The Canadian Press Posted Mar 23, 2017 8:46 pm MDT Last Updated Mar 24, 2017 at 10:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Calgary Stampede chuckwagon auction gives cause for tentative hope CALGARY – There was tentative optimism Thursday night following the Calgary Stampede chuckwagon canvas auction, considered an economic bellwether for the oilpatch.The annual event raised $2.4 million, a notch above the $2.3 million pledged last year, when Alberta was deep within the throes of the crash in crude prices.“We’re starting to see the economy come around and this is very positive news as we start to enter into our ad campaigns and our launch,” said Dave Sibbald, president of the Calgary Stampede board of directors.Still, the auction results were far off the record year of 2012, when bidders pledged just over $4 million at a time when oil prices were hovering above US$100 per barrel, more than double what they’re trading for now.“I said if we raised the same amount of money as last year we’d be very lucky, because I think a lot of companies even this time last year were just thinking it would be short-lived,” said Kelly Sutherland, a 12-time racing champion whose chuckwagon drew the top bid of $110,000.“To me, it’s 2018 and 2019 before we turn the corner.”Driver Jason Glass bought the rights to advertise on his own chuckwagon for $95,000, the same price he paid last year, and said he plans to resell it to a group of advertisers who will split up the rights.“With the economy, everyone is struggling,” Glass said.“They’re cutting corners and trying to take care of their families and their business. It is what it is. You can’t sugarcoat what’s going on in Western Canada.”The auction gives bidders the right to advertise on tarps on the 36 chuckwagons that compete at the Calgary Stampede, which is scheduled to run from July 7-16.Follow @HealingSlowly on Twitter.Note to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version attributed Jason Glass’s quotes to Kurt Bensmiller.
The Transitional Appeal, which covers 2015 and 2016 and is known as TAP, aims to mobilize resources to smooth the country’s transition process and ensure continuity of assistance for the most vulnerable individuals and communities. “The expected results of the TAP directly target people and vulnerable communities, without forgetting the necessary capacity-building of public institutions,” said the Special Representative of the Secretary-General in Haiti, Sandra Honoré, in a news release. A massive earthquake struck Haiti on 12 January 2010, killing 200,000 people and damaging much of the country’s infrastructure. Five years later, some three million Haitians still remain unsure about where their next meal will come from. Because of its geography, Haiti is highly prone to natural disasters such as hurricanes, floods, landslides and droughts. Poverty means that even moderate shocks can push people into hunger.Replacing the annual humanitarian appeal, the TAP aims to address the post-seismic lessons of humanitarian coordination in line with Haiti’s national priorities. It strives to meet both acute and urgent needs – internal displacement, the cholera epidemic, food insecurity and malnutrition, natural hazards and disasters – by addressing issues and structural deficiencies in Haiti to strengthen the country’s capacity to recover. The UN Humanitarian Coordinator in Haiti, Peter de Clercq, explained that the TAP is an ongoing process.“It is a platform for transition which will be revised and adapted during its implementation. This is a dynamic process with a view to creating the foundations of sustainable development in Haiti over the next two years.” Echoing that sentiment, Haiti’s Minister of Planning and External Cooperation, Yves Germain Joseph, called the TAP an “inclusive and consultative process,” the result of an ongoing collaboration initiated in October 2014 between national and international partners.
Video: RTÉWhen this man dressed as Commander Hadfield for the Dublin City MarathonThe astronaut even sent him a thank-you message.HMV reopened after we thought we’d never get it backGoodbye, HMV Grafton St. Pic: Niall Carson/PA WireWe thought it was gone forever. We were wrong.The hurler who was told he’d never play again – but didGood man, Conor Phelan.(nemetonSPORT/YouTube)When Superquinn assured us their sausages were not going to disappearNothing is going to change. NOTHING.When someone got back at a sexist ‘UCC birds’ Facebook page by setting one up about actual birdsAnd no one got into a flap about it. Roy Keane and Martin O’Neill teamed up, and everyone was happy!All credit to the bad cop and bad bad cop.Video: GodTVOfficialChannel/YouTubeWhen an engagement ring was found after being lost in LidlGood Samaritans rule.The film director who wouldn’t let Motor Neuron Disease stop him Simon Fitzmaurice is determined to make his first feature film, My Name is Emily, and his family are there every step of the way.When this autism assistance dog was found after going missing for 24 hours. The Ennis dog warden even stayed up overnight to look for Darcy the dog.Pic: Autism Assistance Dogs Ireland Emotional homecomingsIs someone chopping onions over there? No one does reunions like us. (DailyEdge.ie/YouTube)Read: Here’s what the world searched for in 2013> IRELAND: SHE HAS her moments, but sometimes things happen that really make her shine.2013 had its ups and downs, but there were plenty of times that restored our faith in this small isle, just when things were getting a bit rough.Here’s some of our favourite moments.The hot summer weather that took us all by surpriseWe were very surprised.(Pic: Imgur)But we LOVED it. (Yes, that’s Ireland)We really, really loved it.Looking at the late Donal Walsh’s incredible legacyThe young teen sadly was fighting cancer, but selflessly did lots of work to try and curb the rate of teen suicide. (HSE Ireland/YouTube)When a family rescued 30 sharks on a beachYes, sharks.(jeffgartland1/YouTube)… And this dog was rescued after falling down a cliff in Dublin.(His name was Luca)When 40 neighbours stopped three men burgling the home of an elderly manThey put them under citizen’s arrest.Pic: Google Street ViewWhen Ireland’s women’s rugby team won the Grand SlamLegends.
MPs have voted to delay Brexit by three months – here’s what that means It’s been another day of drama in Westminster – and now a THIRD vote on the May deal looms. https://jrnl.ie/4542521 80,025 Views As the clock ticks down, get all the best Brexit news and analysis in your inbox: Short URL Labour making a display of their abstention on the Wollaston referendum amendment: pic.twitter.com/erfk9UqI15— Faisal Islam (@faisalislam) March 14, 2019 Mar 14th 2019, 6:24 PM Share428 Tweet Email 88 Comments A motion put forward by Labour’s Hilary Benn calling for the House to put aside time next Wednesday for indicative votes on the way forward was defeated by a razor thin majority of two (314 to 312). A separate vote was also held on a similar proposal, putting a deadline of 30 June on any process involving indicative votes. That was rejected by 314 votes to 311. A Labour frontbench motion calling for an extension of Article 50 to allow time to find a different approach was also defeated by 318 votes to 302.Now what? EU Council chief Donald Tusk said earlier that a long postponement could be approved “if the UK finds it necessary to rethink its Brexit strategy and build consensus around it”.His comments reflected Brussels’ long-standing position that a closer relationship is possible if May is willing to compromise, notably by abandoning her opposition to joining an EU customs union.Other European leaders have warned that London must define a clear purpose to any extension.Tánaiste Simon Coveney spoke of a possible Brexit postponement of 21 months, saying: “It would give a long reflection period for the British political system to look at how they want to approach Brexit again.” Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, speaking in the US, said tonight that he welcomed the vote for the extension “as it reduces the likelihood of a cliff edge, no-deal Brexit on March 29th”.“But we now need to hear from London about what purpose an extension would serve and how long it would last. There seem to be two emerging options: ratification of the withdrawal agreement followed by a short extension into the summer, or a much longer extension that would give the UK time and space to decide what they want to do, including considering options that had been taken off the table like participation in the customs union and single market.“I think we need to be open to any request they make, listen attentively and be generous in our response. This matter will be now discussed further at next week’s European Council meeting and hopefully we will have more clarity from London in the meantime about their intentions. Unanimity by the 27 will be required for any extension.”- With reporting by Grainne Ní Aodha By Daragh Brophy Strangest 2 things of the night – Steve Barclay, the Brexit Secretary, voted against the plan he had been arguing for minutes before, and the chief whip who is in charge of getting MP s to back the govt, abstained— Laura Kuenssberg (@bbclaurak) March 14, 2019 Seven cabinet ministers voted against the government’s own motion to push out the Brexit date, including Brexit Secretary Stephen Barclay who had earlier spoken in favour of the motion during the afternoon’s debate.Many Brexiteers fear any extension to the exit date will make Brexit more unlikely (with the prospect of Brexit not taking place at all becoming more likely the longer that extension goes on).Even the government’s chief whip Julian Smith abstained from the vote this evening.Former ministers Boris Johnson and Dominic Raab (a former Brexit secretary) also voted against the extension. The original former Brexit secretary David Davis backed May’s motion and voted to delay Brexit.The Conservative MPs who voted against the government motion tonight will not face punishment, as a free vote had been offered by May.Other motions Earlier this evening, MPs rejected a motion calling for an extension to Article 50 in order to hold a second referendum on Brexit. Most Labour MPs sat out the vote, with shadow chancellor John McDonnell explaining that today was “not the day to press the public vote issue”.Anti-Brexit campaign Best for Britain said today’s votes needed to focus on “the pressing need for an extension to Article 50″ to confirm the rejection of a cliff-edge exit in two weeks’ time. Labour’s party policy is to try and get its own Brexit plan through first, and failing that it would back a second referendum. The result was 334 against and only 85 in favour. Thursday 14 Mar 2019, 7:45 PM Image: PA Wire/PA Images THE HOUSE OF Commons has voted to back a short extension to Article 50, to push the UK’s date to exit the EU out by three months. MPs voted to extend the exit date until 30 June. The final vote was 413 in favour and 202 against – a majority of 211 for the government. Several other motions, including one calling for an extension to be sought in order to hold a second referendum, were defeated. Theresa May will now make a third attempt to get the EU withdrawal deal through parliament next week, ahead of an EU summit getting underway next Thursday. If the deal May has been recommending since last November (and which MPs have already rejected twice) does not pass next week then the UK faces the prospect of a much longer extension of the Brexit date or leaving the EU without a deal.A longer extension would require the UK to take part in elections for the European Parliament in May, a prospect the prime minister has said she does not support. The UK will have to ask the EU if it can extend the exit date beyond 29 March and the leaders of the remaining 27 nations will have to sign off on any extension unanimously. Deal or no deal Tonight’s motion proposed seeking to extend the period covered by Article 50 until the end of June, noting that if the House passes the withdrawal agreement by next Wednesday then the three month extension will be sought “for the purpose of passing the necessary EU exit legislation”. The motion also noted that if the deal is not passed by next Wednesday “then it his highly likely” EU leaders will decide at their summit that they will require “a clear purpose for any extension, not least to determine its length, and that any extension beyond 30 June 2019 would require the United Kingdom to hold European parliament elections in May 2019″. Image: PA Wire/PA Images Source: Laura Kuenssberg/Twitter Source: Faisal Islam/Twitter Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article
Kapil Sharma, Ali AsgarTwitterThroughout his journey of success and failures, stardom and downfall; Kapil Sharma has made many good friends and has even lost many. Sunil Grover and Ali Asgar, with whom he used to do Comedy Nights with Kapil, remain the two most talked about friends he lost out on.Recently, Kapil Sharma graced Arbaaz Khan’s show Pinch, where celebrities tackle their trolls and hit back at them for their nasty tweets and comments. While talking about Ali Asgar, Kapil Sharma said, “Ali bhai ko main block karna chahunga.” When Arbaaz asked him the reason behind it, Kapil said, “Kyunki mujhe samajh hi nahi aaya ke vo gaye kyun?” (Because I could not understand why he left the show)In a funny banter, Kapil was also seen telling that sometimes when some people who he has rubbed the wrong way, call him, he makes his wife receive the call.Kapil Sharma recently graced Arbaaz Khan’s chat show Quick Heal Pinch, where he went onto make such startling revelations. Talking about his tweet to PM Modi, Kapil said: “Koi subah uthkar 5 baje PM ko tweet karta hai to seedhi se baat hai, ya to wo bahut dukhi hai ya to usne sharab pee rakhi hai.”In 2016, Kapil Sharma had tweeted to Modi, “I am paying 15 cr income tax from last 5 year n still i have to pay 5 lacs bribe to BMC office for making my office.” His next tweet was also directed at the PM, he wrote: “Yeh hain aapke achhe din ? @narendramodi.”The show which airs on YouTube focuses on celebs, their social media interactions, trolls and trolling. Karan Johar, Kareena Kapoor, Sonam Kapoor, Sonakshi Sinha and Sunny Leone are some of the celebs who have appeared on the show.
Watch 12 Hours of Alexei From ‘Stranger Things’ Sipping a SlurpeeWhat to Stream on Netflix This Weekend The first step is admitting you have a problem.And when you’ve binge-watched an entire 24-episode season of Pretty Little Liars without food, bathroom, or phone breaks, and haven’t moved your legs in so long you’re not sure they’re still attached to your body, you have a problem.Last week, the Service for Healthy Use of Technology (SHUT) clinic at the National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences (NIMHANS) in Bengaluru, India, received its first case of Netflix addiction.As reported by The Hindu, a 26-year-old unemployed man turned to the streaming service to “shut out reality for more than six months.”“Whenever his family pressurized him to earn a living, or when he saw his friends doing well, he would watch the shows on offer continuously,” according to Manoj Kumar Sharma, a NIMHANS professor of clinical psychology and head of the SHUT clinic. “He could forget about his problems, and he derived immense pleasure from it.”The patient (left unnamed by the newspaper) became dependent on Netflix, turning on the TV first thing in the morning and turning it off last thing at night.But, as with most addictions, the comfort of the compulsion was short-lived: Unable to exercise self-control, he developed eye strain, fatigue, and disturbed sleeping patterns, The Hindu said.Eventually, he sought help.Doctors at the clinic are now addressing psychological issues through therapy, relaxation exercises, and career guidance.This is a first for the center, which has previously treated people for online gaming addictions.Early this year, the World Health Organization (WHO) incorporated “gaming disorder” into its 11th International Classification of Diseases (ICD-11), officially classifying it as a medical condition.Indian educational institutions are also worried about this trend—so much so they’ve begun counseling parents and students on early warning signs of addiction.“The best advice is to avoid the use of technology if it becomes a coping mechanism,” Sharma suggested.Of course, that’s easier said than done.Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have 22 episodes of Brooklyn Nine-Nine to get back to.Addiction can have severe consequences: A young mother faced charges in 2010 after letting her two dogs starve to death and three kids fend for themselves while she played online strategy game Small World. Eight weeks of Candy Crush Saga caused someone’s thumb tendon to rupture, and a man sued Bethesda when he became so engrossed in Fallout 4 that he lost his job and his wife. Read more about addiction here. Stay on target
Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Veteran Game Master Ivan Van Norman is running a post-apocalyptic adventure game that follows a band of survivors as they journey into the infected American Midwest streaming on Alpha. Based on the award-winning podcast, We’re Alive: Frontier features five new characters and countless ways to die. Joining Ivan Van Norman around the table as players are Mythica actress Melanie Stone, Twitch streamer, and cosplayer Alcuin Gersh, Xander Jeanneret of Sagas of Sundry: Madness, Overwatch voice-actress Anjali Bhimani, and Vince Caso of The Guild.I got the chance to chat with Ivan about this exciting tabletop game/TV show hybrid.Let’s get started! So how did you start making your own tabletop RPGs?AdChoices广告Ivan: I made my first campaign in the World of Darkness using all of the books. Vampire, Werewolf, Hunter, like everything. During that time myself and a buddy of mine decided to make our own game Outbreak: Undead, in 2011, featured in We’re Alive: Frontier. We have our own publishing company, Hunters Books, which was a side hustle, but now it’s finally got some traction since we partnered with Renegade Game Studios which are putting out all our games. I don’t know if you knew this, but RPGs are cool now! People love interactive storytelling. It’s giving us the capacity to do interactive storytelling that doesn’t require a big budget and a green screen to put together. And there’s no script, so the players know as much as the audience knows. It’s very honest storytelling. As a result, people are starting to show, like the people that watch Critical Role or Horror Show, that they like this more than scripted television because they really honestly feel they’re going on this journey with these characters. It doesn’t matter if it’s one episode or a hundred.Dealing with streaming a show like this, it’s not like a Game Of Thrones budget, but it’s still a big production. What are the challenges and rewards of doing a game in this format?Ivan: The main challenge is making it feel like a game when everyone wants to make it a show. The natural reaction to something like this when a budget is introduced is how much risk can we remove. What do we guarantee? Are we going to need a prop for this item? Are we going to need a set for this location? And from playing RPGs, you know the answer is usually “I have no idea.” I am planning for them to go here, but players will do what players do. And even if you lay out very clear messages for them they may not pick up on it, and that’s just something that happens. So the big challenge when putting together these shows is making it feel very immersive and well thought out while still making it super clear that this is a game and these players have choices. And especially in games like Sagas of Sundry where they have a choice to interact and make difficult choices. Not only the choice to survive, but to live. Make every moment with their cast count. Knowing that there are points where you need to back off and the players tell the story too, which is really what you want when you want a perfect game. Like with We’re Alive: Frontier my goal was to run the game I always wanted to run of Outbreak: Undead. Like if I had the time effort and energy to put I would do every week for my friends. The one I always wanted to run on my own, but we all know that life gets in the way.The benefit is when you are putting together a show like this you have an ultimate commitment from your players, you know? This isn’t just a casual weekend where people come out, you order pizza, and people are diddling on their phones while they’re playing. Everyone here is committed because not only are they all professionals, actors, as well as role players, but they really want to be there. It’s not just a job. They love the material and their cast. And for We’re Alive: Frontier, half the cast have been doing test sessions and have also part of my Outbreak: Undead test group and we’ve been playing together for a year on and off throughout this time. And just having this opportunity to be inclusive, teach people the game, have people feel comfortable, and know they’re not just here to play the game, but to entertain people, to make craft, good story. I think anyone that does an RPG show; they take it beyond. They’re not playing for them, they’re playing for their cast members and the audience.Why We’re Alive? Why adopt this particular podcast?Ivan: We’re Alive, Kc Wayland started his podcast around the time I started Outbreak: Undead. There was a part of me that really celebrated what he did with his world. He has such a gloriously rich world building. He managed to craft a story with zero visuals at all. He did a scripted version of what a lot of games wish they could do all the time. And he had the benefit of having a sound engineering and screenwriting background to basically make this medium for him. He brought back the radio drama and I respect him for that. I really thought that We’re Alive was ripe for a world that we could expand off of it and tell a new story. Looking at his notes, he’s barely touched any of it. He’s got the timeline really figured out, and it seems almost a shame to not dive into that area of his story. And when I brought this up to him he was delighted to hear it. He felt the same way. He wanted to do it he just hasn’t been able to do it, you know? Plus, in my mind, he put We’re Alive together right when the Zombie Survival Guide from Max Brooks took off, the 28 Days Later craze, and the Dawn Of The Dead remake hit. Even now with the oversaturation with shows like The Walking Dead and Fear The Walking Dead, in my mind those shows have taken a great idea and just applied that formula again. People love survival horror; we want to explore the fantasy of our own disasters. We’re constantly reinventing survival horror like every five or six years. Like Resident Evil, I thought it was dead, but then they made Resident Evil 7, and it’s the Resident Evil we’ve always wanted to play.Yeah, plus there are like seven Resident Evil movies at this point. Might be six?Ivan: The movies are an action-adventure excuse and that’s fine, but that game literally did things emotionally to me that made me feel something with that kind of story.Something else too that comes up in a lot of these sort of formats with people screening games, even like this one, often comedy/levity creep in these environments.Ivan: Breathing moments.Right. People who might not be as familiar who may be fans of things like The Walking Dead might not be prepared for the kind of humor and the frequency of it. How do you explain that to people?Ivan: The thing that always comes to mind with shows like these are how do you create pacing. It can’t just be go go go all the time. It burns everybody out. Burns the players out and the DM. When something does happen, they don’t have the same stakes anymore. You do need to provide those breathing moments to allow perspective. That’s what I love about survival horror. That constant struggle of I want to give you a little something to love and hold on to; then I’m going to rip it away from you like a child with their doll. Then I want to see you cry about it. That’s what you want. Then people start to feel those emotions. A lot of our fans are almost masochistic in their love for these terrible emotions. It’s lovely, it’s unique, and it’s different from I’m just watching this slasher movie and I don’t care about these characters; they can all die. As long as I’m getting some good gore out of it. That’s not at all what this is. It’s about the emotions that come from reacting to something in the moment and having to make a choice of what to do and live with that. It provides real stakes.That’s great!Ivan: It’s great. It’s a fun platform. Alpha is really investing in their talent and their content, and they want to be like the nerdy Hulu, and I say good for them!Excited about We’re Alive: Frontier? Catch up now so you can tune in for the finale on 4/18. Watch it using the promo code “frontier” for a 60-day free trial on https://www.projectalpha.com/ Hands-On: ‘Oninaki’ Is an Emotional Action RPG ExperienceFan-Made ‘Zelda’ Tabletop Game Returns You to the Wild Stay on target
BALURGHAT: South Dinajpur’s District Inspector of Schools (SE) Narayan Chandra Sarkar has been suspended for his alleged involvement in anomalies while sending requisitions for teachers in different schools of North Dinajpur to the concerned state Education department. Sarkar had been posted in North Dinajpur about a year ago.On Friday late evening, Sarkar received the letter of suspension from the state Education department after it was found that there were anomalies in the requisitions sent to the concerned department for recruiting teachers of different Secondary and Higher Secondary schools in North Dinajpur. According to a source, the discrepancies happened while Sarkar was the DIS (SE) of North Dinajpur. Around a year ago, he got transferred from North Dinajpur and took charge in South Dinajpur, at the same post. It has been learnt from an official source that after the incident of Islampur’s Daribhit High School, it was found that the requisitions sent to the Education department did not match with those sent by the schools to him. There were some other anomalies detected while Sarkar was in-charge of North Dinajpur. Meanwhile, on the same ground, acting DIS (SE) of North Dinajpur Rabindranath Mondal was suspended from his post after it was found that there was no need of Urdu teacher of Daribhit School which led to the untoward incident. Sarkar, however, said he was not involved in recruiting teachers in Daribhit School as he got transferred from there before the recruitment actually happened. He further added that he would meet higher officials of the state Education department in Kolkata shortly.
Technology | PET-CT | January 23, 2019 FDA Clears United Imaging Healthcare uExplorer Total-Body Scanner January 23, 2019 — United Imaging Healthcare (United Imaging) announced U.S. read more News | Computed Tomography (CT) | June 17, 2019 International Working Group Releases New Multiple Myeloma Imaging Guidelines An International Myeloma Working Group (IMWG) has developed the first set of new recommendations in 10 years for… read more Videos | Nuclear Imaging | March 22, 2019 VIDEO: Utilization of PET For Evaluation of Cardiac Sarcoidosis Raza Alvi, M.D., a read more News | PET-CT | June 19, 2019 United Imaging Announces First U.S. Clinical Install of uMI 550 Digital PET/CT United Imaging announced the first U.S. clinical installation of the uMI 550 Digital positron emission tomography/… read more February 19, 2010 – The use of medical technology in the United States increased dramatically between 1996 and 2006, according to “Health, United States, 2009,” the federal government’s 33rd annual report to the president and Congress on the health of all Americans.The report was prepared by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Health Statistics from data gathered by state and federal health agencies and through ongoing national surveys.This year’s edition features a special section on medical technology, and finds that the rate of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), and computed and positron emission tomography (CT and PET) scans ordered or provided, tripled between 1996 and 2007.Highlights of the special section include:• The rate of adults ages 45 and older discharged from the hospital after receiving at least one knee replacement procedure increased 70 percent from 1996 to 2006 (26.5 per 10,000 population in 1996 to 45.2 per 10,000 in 2006).• From 1988–1994 to 2003–2006, use of anti-diabetic drugs among adults ages 45 years and older increased about 50 percent, and the use of statin drugs to lower cholesterol among this age group increased almost tenfold.• The number of new organ transplantations per 1 million people increased 31 percent for kidney transplants (43.7 per 1 million in 1997 vs. 57.2 in 2006) and 42 percent for liver transplants between 1997 and 2006 (15.6 per 1 million in 1997 vs. 22.2 in 2006).The full report contains 150 data tables in addition to the special feature on medical technology. The tables cover the spectrum of health topics, serving as a comprehensive snapshot of the nation’s health.Life expectancy at birth increased more for the black than for the white population between 1990 and 2007, thereby narrowing the gap in life expectancy between these two racial groups. Overall U.S. life expectancy in 2007 was 77.9 years.In 2007, 20 percent of U.S. adults were current cigarette smokers, a slight decrease from 21 percent in the previous three years. Men were more likely to be current cigarette smokers than women (22 percent vs. 17 percent).In 2005–2006, 30 percent of adults often or almost always had trouble sleeping in the past month.In 2007, 20 percent of adults 18 years and over had at least one emergency department visit in the past year, and 7 percent had two or more visits.The percentage of the population taking at least one prescription drug during the previous month increased from 38 percent in 1988–1994 to 47 percent in 2003–2006, and the percentage taking three or more prescription drugs increased from 11 percent to 21 percent.The full report is available at www.cdc.gov/nchs/hus.htm FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Related Content X-ray images such as the one on the left fail to indicate many cases of advanced bone destruction caused by multiple myeloma, says the author of new guidelines on imaging for patients with myeloma and related disorders. Image courtesy of Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center. 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Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling “It was almost like it was a matter of time before you figured something would happen,” Skelton said.When Kolb left with the injury, the Cardinals trailed by three points and were making their way down the field. After Jay Feely’s 61-yard field goal to tie it up, the two teams went to overtime and that’s when Skelton threw the pick.“You know we just basically had almost like a scissors route outside,” said Skelton. “And the backside safety, which you almost never take into account, came back across and picked it. The guy made a good play.”After the game Skelton didn’t seem too interested in breaking down his thoughts and feelings about the game or more importantly his performance.“Yeah, that was quite a roller coaster of emotions those last few endings to the game there, but whatever,” said Skelton.After the interception, the Bills were in field goal position at the Cardinals’ six-yard line and the game was pretty much over from there. Buffalo went on to win 19-16, snapping the Cardinals’ eight-game home win streak. Skelton finished 2-for-10 for 45 yards, one interception and a 6.2 passer rating. From a health standpoint, Skelton said he felt great in his first game back. You can likely expect him to remain the starter after hearing that Kolb is dealing with a chest and rib injury and going for x-rays after the game. Cardinals quarterback John Skelton has been sitting on the sideline since Week 1, waiting for his chance to step back on the field and make his mark. He left the opening weekend game against Seattle with a low-ankle sprain and has yet to regain his starting spot. Skelton got that chance on Sunday against the Bills when Kevin Kolb left the game late in the fourth quarter after taking a hit to the chest. Kolb has been sacked 22 times in the last three games, and Skelton didn’t seem surprised by Kolb’s injury. Comments Share The Cardinals hit the road to face the Vikings in Minnesota next Sunday. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Top Stories Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact
By George Psyllides and Peter MichaelsAttorney-general Costas Clerides on Friday rubbished claims by some media that the police probe into the leaked emails of senior state attorney Eleni Loizidou was a witch hunt against them.The statement came a day after reports that journalists other than those of Politis, which first published the content of the leaked emails, were being hauled in for questioning by police. The moved had sparked outrage in the media, which accused the authorities of trying to suppress information about the controversial case.Clerides told the Cyprus News Agency on Friday that the media was trying to create the impression that they were being persecuted.He said he had nothing but respect for freedom of the press and the media, adding however that the newspaper Politis, “In the context of their continued aggressive policy, for known reasons,” is attempting to create the image of media persecution and suppression.He told CyBC a “bleak image” was being drawn of the attorney-general and the authorities, and that they were not investigating journalists and suppressing the media, which he added, “is completely untrue.”Three complaints were filed to police against Politis, one by Loizidou herself, one by the auditor-general and one by the Russian attorney-general’s office, he said. Clerides said the claims made to authorities were for interception of electronic content, and its subsequent publication.Asked to comment on the questioning of reporters not only from Politis but also from Phileleftheros, Clerides said: “The police are effectively investigating claims and is required to take testimony from all those involved, even journalists. No instructions to take testimony from columnists or commentators were ever given,” he added.“The interception of e-mails is not allowed,” adding that the possession of such content, is also not allowed. Clerides also told CyBC that the publication and re-publication of such content is a serious crime.He added that once the questioning is done, then other factor such as “public interest, the right to information, transparency, etc.” will be taken into account.“There is complete respect to freedom of the press and the media,” he said.Police have been questioning reporters from Phileleftheros it was reported earlier on Friday, about Loizidou’s email correspondence with Russia regarding extradition cases.In their announcement, police said that the investigations were not started on the orders of the attorney-general, “but after claims that were filed by, Ms E. Loizidou, the auditor-general of the Republic, and the attorney-general’s office of the Russian Federation.”Police added that after all the testimonies are gathered, the file will be sent to the attorney-general’s office to be evaluated.The email account had apparently been hacked and Loizidou’s correspondence published by a Russian website and reproduced by daily Politis last November.The published emails showed Loizidou’s excessive zeal in pursuing extradition requests against Russian nationals, some politically motivated, by the prosecutor-general of the Russian Federation.Loizidou, who has since been suspended pending an investigation, sought and was granted an injunction prohibiting the paper from publishing the emails. She also sued Politis claiming that it had violated her privacy.Police have questioned several journalists from Politis, which described the move as an effort to muzzle the paper.The authorities were now questioning Phileleftheros reporters over the matter, prompting its editor-in-chief to pen a front-page op-ed accusing the police of abuse of power.Aristos Michaelides said the paper’s reporters had not published the contents of the emails but only made references to case.“Now, police are summoning journalists one after the other and question them as suspects of violating the law because in their articles they use one or two words or phrases already made public like “Dear Vladimir” or “Really missed you … ”He said it was an abusive interpretation of the law and court orders that did not aim at serving the public interest but to terrorise journalists “and this must stop immediately.”According to Michaelides, police officers also demanded they remove any ‘offending’ articles from the paper’s website when none had revealed the contents of the emails nor did they intercept any private communications.“They are wasting our time and that of the police officers because certain people decided to make a show of their police-state narrowmindedness for no reason.”You May LikeYahoo SearchResearch Best Compact SUV Cars. 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