Warning on under-2s who are getting hooked on iPads

first_imgDaily Mail 25 April 2017Family First Comment: It seems incredible that this type of research even needs to be spelt out. Have we really lost the art of common sense???Children should not be given tablets or smartphones to play with until the age of two, a leading psychologist has warned.And then they should have their daily ‘screen time’ limited to an hour a day until they are at least five.Dr Aric Sigman, a psychologist and lecturer in child health education, warned that staring at gadgets early in childhood can lead to ‘screen dependency disorders’ – an addiction to electronic devices that may last a lifetime.Writing in the Journal of the International Child Neurology Association, he cited evidence showing that high exposure to computers very early in life alters the structure of the brain.Although for most children this is harmless, for those who are genetically predisposed to developing dependent habits it can create patterns that will stay with them for the rest of their life.READ MORE: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4442046/Warning-2s-getting-hooked-iPads.htmlKeep up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.last_img read more

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Former Liverpool defender to join AC Milan on a free transfer

first_img1 Daniel Agger left Anfield for his native Denmark in 2014 Former Liverpool defender Daniel Agger could be on his way to AC Milan on a free transfer this summer.Agger surprisingly left Anfield to return home to his native Denmark in 2014, with many still suggesting he has what it takes to play for a top European club.And now, with his contract at Brondby due to expire next month, Milan are ready to take a punt on the 31-year-old.According to Tuttosport, contact has been made between Milan officials and Agger, and the centre-back is understood to be keen on a switch to the San Siro, where he will receive a significant pay rise.last_img

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49ers barely outlast Lions to win home opener 30-27

first_imgClick HERE if you’re having trouble viewing the gallery on your mobile device.SANTA CLARA — Well, the 49ers won’t have to wait until Week 10 to notch their first win this season. After starting 0-9 last season and losing their opener a week ago, the 49ers escaped Sunday’s home debut with a 30-27 win over the Detroit Lions.A defensive holding penalty against the Lions saved the 49ers and Jimmy Garoppolo from a costly interception — and an embarrassing collapse — in the final minutes.On the …last_img

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How Does the Emperor Penguin Dive So Deep?

first_imgUsing a small recorder mounted on an emperor penguin, researchers at Scripps Institute measured the bird diving as deep as 1,800 feet – six times the depth any human has survived unassisted.  This is much deeper than scientists had expected.  Live Science surmises that if we could figure out how they do it without getting the bends, it could “improve anesthesia techniques and aide in research of how to avoid tissue damage when the body is deprived of oxygen.”  It might also improve surgical techniques, Andrea Thompson wrote.Who would have imagined a bird being a champion deep-sea diver?  The diversity and talents of birds should turn us all into bird admirers and bird watchers.  Watch for a sparrow or hummingbird and consider how different it is to an emperor penguin, or an ostrich, or a peregrine falcon.  Yet the sparrow is no less intelligently designed and amazing in its own ways, too.  Watch for the birds in your vicinity and learn something about them on WhatBird.com.(Visited 8 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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Govt, business unite against crime

first_img6 July 2007Business Against Crime South Africa, backed by over 250 CEOs through its association with the Industry Alignment Forum, has committed itself to an intensified partnership with the government in the fight against crime in the country.The partnership is starting to make a meaningful impact on violent organised crime, with the business coalition claiming successes in the priority areas of house robberies, vehicle hijacking and business robberies.Speaking after the release of the 2006/07 crime statistics this week, Business Against Crime CEO Siphiwe Nzimande cited as an example of the progress being made the police-led “flood and flush” operations which had “yielded over 5 400 arrests during the month of January to February.”By focusing on outstanding warrants and crime scenes, the SA Police Service (SAPS) had identified and arrested 298 suspects in April 2007 alone, Nzimande said, adding that the business-government partnership would ensure that these arrests received priority attention when it came to prosecutions.Through its partnership with the government, South Africa’s business sector has also completed and adopted minimum standards to regulate the cash-in-transit industry, while developing innovative crime prevention initiatives in the retail environment, particularly at shopping centres.Other support initiatives mooted by business include a more effective exchange of intelligence between business and the police, micro-dotting of business vehicles for easier identification, and more effective cooperation between the country’s private security firms and police.Organised business is also considering the design and implementation of improved cash management and the upgrading of close circuit television systems countrywide to support law enforcement and prosecution.The partnership between the government and Business Against Crime was strengthened further with the launch earlier this year of the Anti-Crime Leadership Forum, comprising four working groups co-chaired by government and business leaders.According to Nzimande, the working groups, whose task it is to come up with tangible crime-fighting initiatives, are busy finalising plans to mobilise society to fight crime, to tackle violent organised crime, and to review and improve performance in SA’s criminal justice system.Nzimande said he was confident that these and other initiatives would yield better results in the months to come, adding that information collected by businesses between April and June “confirms our cautious optimism”.At the same time, Nzimande said, “sustained work and commitment will be required by all who are dedicated to the anti-crime struggle”.SouthAfrica.info reporter Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

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Bayliss leads national aquaculture organization

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The U.S. is the second largest consumer of seafood, yet it imports 85% of the seafood it consumes. This offers a tremendous opportunity for U.S. farmers, especially soybean farmers as soy is an excellent feedstock for many species of fish. However, growing an industry comes with challenges.An Ohio farmer from West Mansfield, Ohio has stepped up to tackle these challenges head on as chairman of the national Soy Aquaculture Alliance (SAA).“The Soy Aquaculture Alliance acts as a hub for the soy-based aquaculture research cultivating high-value soy solutions for the global aquaculture industry, growing a U.S. aquaculture industry and making U.S. soybeans one of the most utilized ingredients in fish and shrimp farming,” said Bill Bayliss, SAA Chairman who also serves on the Ohio Soybean Council (OSC) Board of Trustees.To him, the passion he brings to this position comes from a desire to serve.“It’s a calling. Providing people with nourishing food, supporting communities, and stewardship of natural resources is what farmers do and I’m happy to be able to be a part of this new budding sector of the industry in the U.S.”SAA’s board of directors is comprised of members of the soy, aquaculture and seafood industries. Since its formation in 2011, the board has focused on two primary goals: collaboration among member of the core industries it serves; and facilitating essential aquaculture research.“The opportunity for growth is there, both in the production of the fish and seafood products, as well as the soy and other feedstocks,” said Bayliss. “We are doing some great work to help that growth along so that both farmers and consumers can reap the benefits.”To learn more about aquaculture, visit the Soy Aquaculture Alliance at www.soyaquaalliance.com.To learn more about OSC’s improved soybean meal technology developed for the aquaculture industry visit www.enzomeal.org.last_img read more

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Bing Opens to Developers with Maps SDK & Search Library for PHP

first_imgBing Search Library for PHPAnnounced last week, the Bing Search Library for PHP is a wrapper that allows developers to easily harness the power of Bing Search on dynamic Web pages. In the example shown by creator Cal Evans, developers can contextually place domain restricted search results from Bing onto web pages based on any search query – and it’s all done from within the PHP written to power the site.“The Bing API is very straightforward and most importantly, consistent in design,” says Evans. “The Bing API is easy to work with, powerful, and since Google doesn’t give you access to this information from an API, unique.”Evans says the current wrapper only includes support for the Search API, but that he hopes future releases will support other Bing API hooks, such as News, Translation and more. Tags:#Location#Microsoft#search#web Good news for developers and fans of mashups, as this morning Microsoft has announced the availability of a software development kit (SDK) for building map apps on Bing Maps. What’s more, last week Microsoft announced the creation of the Bing Search Library for PHP – a wrapper built in conjunction with PHP expert Cal Evans that gives developers easy access to the Bing Search API via PHP. Microsoft seems to be embracing third-party developers more openly now with these tools, so here’s a breakdown of what’s available now.Bing Map App SDK Previously, the Bing Map App Gallery – a collection of map mashups for showing data overlaid on Bing maps – has been fenced-off to third-party map app development. The gallery has only featured Microsoft-built apps, like Photosynth, or those from partner sites, like Twitter or Foursquare. Now, however, Microsoft is opening the gates for anyone to create and upload a map app – well, almost anyone.To build apps, developers will need a Microsoft Live ID to access the SDK, a Windows box running Visual Studio 2010 to build the application, and a browser with the Silverlight plug-in to view the apps. Microsoft is also placing an Apple-esque app store submission process in place for the map mashups, requiring developers to submit apps for review and approval. To kick off the opening of the SDK, Microsoft has also unveiled a pair of new apps from partner sites today. An app from WeatherBug lets users visualize various weather related data on Bing Maps, and another from panoramic and 3D image service EveryScape helps users find interesting imagery from inside restaurants. Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… chris cameronlast_img read more

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Solar Industry Sees Potential PV Panel Shortage

first_imgChinese production drove down pricesBetween 2005 and 2010, BusinessWeek said, Chinese panel manufacturers raised billions of dollars on Wall Street to finance new factories. They took control of the market from companies in the U.S., Japan, and Germany, and the flood of panels on the market drove down prices. That helped spur demand, but the glut also forced dozens of manufacturers out of business.In June, the U.S. Commerce Department imposed import duties on certain Chinese solar panels. The duties range from 18 percent to 35 percent, and were imposed to counter what regulators said were unfair subsidies. The ruling is preliminary, but the U.S. began collecting the tariffs just the same, The New York Times said.The tariffs may put additional pressure on suppliers. NPD Solarbuzz, a market research company, said more than 3 gigawatts of projects in the PV pipeline in the U.S. had been ready to use Chinese-made panels. But because of the tariffs, those companies may have to find other manufacturers or pay more, Solarbuzz said.Module prices have fallen to 76 cents a watt, BusinessWeek said, compared to $2.01 at the end of 2010. That does not include “soft costs” such as installation and permitting; the average installed cost for a residential system is $4.56 per watt, according to the most recent Solar Market Insight Report from the Solar Energy Industries Association. The global photovoltaic (PV) panel industry is facing the first shortage of panels in eight years as installations continue to pick up, according to a report in BusinessWeek.The article said the industry could install as much as 52 gigawatts of solar panels this year and another 61 gigawatts next year. That would be more than seven times the capacity of the PV equipment installed just five years ago, and substantially above the 40 gigawatts installed last year.The question is whether the industry has enough manufacturing capacity to produce the required PV modules.Among panel makers who expect demand to outstrip supply is Tom Werner, CEO of SunPower Corp., who said his company’s PV module factories are running at full tilt. The company is planning a new factory that would begin production in 2017 and would turn out PV modules with a total capacity of 700 megawatts a year.Canadian Solar CEO Shawn Qu also is expanding in anticipation of shortages ahead. The company began building a new factory in China in May with an initial capacity of 300 megawatts a year.And SolarCity Corporation is buying Silevo, a manufacturer of high-efficiency PV modules. The company wants to build a factory near Buffalo, New York, capable of building 1 gigawatt worth of panels per year, triple the size of the largest existing PV module plant in the U.S. now, according to an article in the The Wall Street Journal.last_img read more

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Hotsheet

first_imgTrunk callThe House of Martell, one of the world’s oldest cognac labels, has tied up with luxury French malletier Pinel & Pinel to create a case that epitomises the spirit of the brand; quite literally. Recognised for having updated the language of trunkmakers with creativity and meticulous attention to detail,,Trunk callThe House of Martell, one of the world’s oldest cognac labels, has tied up with luxury French malletier Pinel & Pinel to create a case that epitomises the spirit of the brand; quite literally. Recognised for having updated the language of trunkmakers with creativity and meticulous attention to detail, Pinel & Pinel have created a setting where cognac is the star. True to the love of fine craftsmanship while adopting the innovations of the day, they have designed a mobile trunk-case which is the largest ever produced: the stunning sapphire blue case is 2.06 meters high, 2.20 meters wide and 0.70 meters deep,. A team of 10 craftsmen took a thousand man hours to build this trunk, using exceptionally fine materials like full-grain leather, copper, silver plate, oak, crystal and linen. Crafted for true connoisseurs, the trunk, with leather lined compartments and drawers, can hold 28 cognac blends, has a separate niche for crystal glasses and decanters, and comes with scented candles and a cigar humidor. An additional note comes in the form of a small blue leather-bound booklet-The Cellar Master’s Notebook – which contains all the handwritten tasting notes of Martell’s Cellar Master, Benoit Fil. Truly a collector’s item.Accessories: A bag of boysFashions fade, only style remains, said Coco Chanel. Chanel often borrowed her style from the ‘boys’, creating timeless, classic pieces. She is known to have empowered women with their first pant-suit. Her androgynous style and spirit still inspires global designers. Chanel’s creative director, Lagerfeld’s, newest handbag collection, labelled ‘Boy’, is a fitting tribute to Coco Chanel’s legacy. The new ‘Boy’ collection of handbags bear the brand’s logo-stamped into the bottom of the bag. Available in shades of red, grey, and ivory glazed calfskin. Price: $2500 (Rs 1,12 lakh) onwards.advertisementHeadgear: Stallion studdedWhat do Paul Smith, Tag Heuer and Lagerfeld have in common? They all share a passion for mean machines and have, at some point or the other, designed stylish helmets. The latest entrant in the designer helmet space is the prancing horse with a sleek Ferrari helmet by NewMax. It is finished in a high gloss cover lined with satin-finished aluminium and leather trim embossed with the Ferrari logo. Price: Euro 249 (Rs 16,069). Available online at the Ferrari store.Spirit: Jean in a piper bottleFrench Champagne house Piper-Heidsieck has once again collaborated with fashion designer Jean Paul Gautier to create a new design for its Champagne Cuvee Brut bottle. Unveiled at Cannes, the sexy bottle, inspired by the can-can, is all fishnet and latex.Accessories: Power onThe worst thing to deal with on a busy work day is a dead battery on your mobile. Taking a cue, British label, Alfred Dunhill, has launched a solar charger in its S/S 2011 collection. The device’s push button ‘Power Halo’ indicates the power levels of the lithium-ion battery, which can store up to 1800 GHz from either high powered solar panels or a USB connection. This delivers 70 hours of phone standby time or 5000 page turns of an e-book.Luggage: Ducati’s new wheelsTumi, a name synonymous with assorted, high-end travel bags, has partnered with Italian motorcycle manufacturer Ducati to create performance-driven travel and lifestyle accessories. The distinctive and striking lightweight bags promise to save you from the hassle of recognising your luggage on the conveyor belt. The collection, which will be available in stores across the world starting October 2011, will comprise three sporty red travel cases, two duffels, and one backpack and crossbody bag.Fashion: Crystal walkSparkle meets sneaker as Italian sports brand Fila marks its 100th anniversary. For the occasion, the glittering celebrations will be marked with people flaunting the limited edition pair of FILA FX2. The shoe, mounted with the FILA logo and studded with a thousand dazzling crystals, is designed in collaboration with Swarovski. Only 100 shoes worldwide are available in black and white.CalendarDates that mean something.Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button will be racing at Santander to win the heart of British fans. The new iconic international pit and paddock facility will host the 2011 Formula 1 Santander British Grand Prix from July 8-10.The 44th Sydney international boat show will be held at the Sydney convention and exhibition centre & an outdoor custom made Marina in Cockle Bay. Over 300 vessels will be on display. July 28-August 1.This spring it’s Paris calling for Anish Kapoor. After Kapoor’s sculpture, leviathan, filled the space beneath the glass roof of the grand palais, watch out for his first solo show, ‘Almostnothing’ at Kamelmennour gallery. July 1-23.TalkNostalgia is in air. Drive down memory lane.advertisementIn reverse gearAsk any automobile enthusiast about BMW 328, and chances are they will only remember it as the vehicle which holds the highest average speed on the famed Mille Miglia circuit? The average speed of the car was set way back in 1940 at 03 miles per hour. This year marks the 328’s 75th anniversary, so BMW designed a concept car to pay tribute to one of its own iconic vehicles. Dubbed the BMW 328 Hommage, this ultra-lightweight sports car weighs in at a svelte 1,720 pounds. The original 328 was one of the earliest BMW vehicles to show off the now familiar kidney grilles and you see the similar grills off the face of the 328 Hommage. It seems the 328 has aged very gracefully and does remain one of the all time greats.Soles soldLabelux, the European private luxury group, has acquired Jimmy Choo for over Euro 500m (Rs 36.71 crore) from TowerBrook Capital. The brand, known for its handmade women’s shoes, was founded in 1996 by Malaysian fashion designer and shoemaker Jimmy Choo along with British Vogue magazine accessories editor Tamara Mellon. This is the fourth time Jimmy Choo, whose shoes cost up to Euro 1,000 (Rs 73,004) a pair, has been sold in 15 years.Docking at HarrodsHarrods has teamed up with London brokers Watkins Superyachts to offer their most expensive product ever: a Euro 100-plus million (Rs 73.45 crore) motor yacht. The month of May saw three remarkable window displays featuring models of a exclusive range of yachts at Harrods. Time for some window shopping, what say?A piece of BeckhamAfter Victoria Beckham’s brush with fashion, it’s now the turn of hubby David Beckham who is gearing up to launch a line bearing his stamp. Beckham’s female fans have raised the decibel ever since this news became public. In order to avoid any kind of competition at home, Beckham is designing a bodywear collection and fragrances for men, under the David Beckham label later this year. Beckham’s bodywear line will be launched in collaboration with Simon Fuller, the creator of American Idol. The star has earlier endorsed and modelled innerwear for fashion label Armani. Armani’s profits skyrocketed while Beckham was spokes model for the brand.Turkish retreatAmanresorts will launch its 24th property, Amanruya (aman is the Sanskrit word for peace and ruya, the Turkish word for dream) in a quiet valley on the Bodrum Peninsula overlooking the Aegean Sea in August this year. The picturesque Aegean region of Turkey tells a story spanning 5,000 years of Greek and Roman history. The resort will offer 36 luxurious pool top cottages overlooking turquoise waters and olive gardens.The spice cellar: The spirit of SpainThe persistent memory of ‘character’ is the distinctive quality of a great wine. When after drinking a wine, and days, weeks or months pass and you still remember the aromas and taste of each glass, you can be sure that it can’t get any better than this. All the corners of the world keep wines of this sort; unforgettable wines of ‘character’, as persistent as a kiss that makes you blush. A wine of character obliges you to remember every detail that you can associate with the moment you drank it: how you heard of the wine, where you saw it for the first time, who recommended it to you? We relive our personal history with the wine and give meaning to each detail.The first time I saw a bottle of Emilio Rojo, I was walking with my father through the streets of Compostela’s ‘cidade nova’. We stopped at a wine store that I already knew, before carrying on to our final destination. Along the way, we went down a street with no other attractions than a hidden little grocery store. This store turned out to be full of treasures, as it kept the most thorough collection of Galician wine I’ve ever seen. It was run by a well aged little lady. We asked, in her opinion, which was the best white wine of Galicia. In answer, she pointed to two wines, one of them being Emilio Rojo; the other deserves an account of its own.Recently, after much persuading I’ve managed to get two bottles of the Emilio Rojo 2009 vintage. It is the ultimate artisan white, a wine that represents the very soul of the Ribeiro region. Emilio Rojo, its creator, despite not being originally from Galicia, has managed better than anyone to interpret the Galician varietals and terroir. He mixes treixadura, lado, loureiro and albarino grapes in varying amounts, depending of the quality of each vintage, and makes his wine with the utmost care, sparing no expense. From low yields, controlled temperature fermentation in stainless steel tanks, French oak from Limousine, Allier and Nevers used with discretion…it’s all part of his special process of creating this wine.To the nose, it is an extremely aromatic wine, reminiscent both of flowers and fruits; fresh on the palate but acidic, with delicate flavours of oak, and dominant mineral notes. The Emilio Rojo has so much character that it can be enjoyed all by itself; each glass being pure contemplation. If you do however, prefer to accompany it with food, I recommend any sort of oily fish. When we drank the 2009 vintage we had a white tuna with light Bearnaise sauce and caviar. No matter where I go and what I drink, this wine occupies a central, prized place in my memory as one of the best.-Ramon BarreiroThe writer is an international wine correspondent.advertisementlast_img read more

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TRI-STATE PURSUIT LEADS TO ARREST OF SIOUX FALLS SUSPECT

first_imgDakota County authorities have released information about a pursuit Tuesday through the tri-state area that resulted in the arrest of a Sioux Falls man.It started when South Sioux City Police responded to a report of shoplifting at Wal-Mart.The suspect had fled the scene but a Dakota County Sheriff’s Deputy spotted the suspect’s vehicle on Highway 20 westbound and attempted to pull it over.The suspect sped south to Thurston County and turned back towards South Sioux City, and eventually into Iowa and then north onto I-29 into South Dakota.The pursuit finally ended at mile marker 41 when the South Dakota Highway Patrol was able to spike the vehicle and it eventually went into a ditch.The driver, 34 year old Daniel Fawcett, was taken into custody by the Union County Sheriff’s Department.Fawcett is facing numerous charges including felony operating a motor vehicle to avoid arrest, felony criminal attempt of assault on law enforcement officers by motor vehicle, reckless driving, resisting arrest, no operator’s license and stop sign violation.The pursuit lasted for over an hour and covered over 100 miles.last_img read more

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