‘What’s Your Call?’ Referee Video Resources

first_imgTouch Football Australia (TFA) is excited to launch our first targeted referee video resource collection ‘What’s Your Call?’TFA continue to build video resources available via the website www.dartfish.tv/touchfootballaustralia  along with other tools to assist referees, coaches and participants at any level to help develop their Touch Football knowledge. The TFA Strategic Participation High Performance 2011-15 Plans identify the objective to ‘provide quality experiences for everyone in Touch Football’. TFA continues to use the dartfish platform to drive the following key outcomes: 3.b – Innovative processes geared at athlete development (junior, senior, elite, female, indigenous)3.c – A highly valued elite product which is positioned at the pinnacle of our pathway3.d – A strong and supportive refereeing structure to support participant needs3.e – A strong and supportive coaching structure to support participant needs4.c – Development of supportive and innovative information technology systems to support the sport at all levels. What’s Your Call is a free collection of video scenarios for referees, coaches and participants that will be released publically from Monday, 14 December.  It contains a series of videos to develop skills and knowledge of the rules in decision making scenarios. This collection will continue to grow throughout 2016 and beyond. For additional resources information visit the TFA website – www.touchfootball.com.au. Related Fileswhat_s_your_call_resource_launch-pdfRelated LinksWhat’s Your Call?last_img read more

ESPN Releases Game Times For 10 Opening Weekend Games

first_imgESPN College Football Playoff logo.ESPN ESPN AnnouncersESPNThe opening weekend for this year’s college football season, simply put, is going to be epic. Monday, ESPN/ABC released game times for 10 of the best matchups we’re going to see.South Carolina and Vanderbilt will kick things off on Thursday, September 1 at 8:00 PM ET, oddly enough in an SEC regular season tilt. Georgia Tech and Boston College will play in Dublin Ireland, at 7:30 AM ET on Saturday morning.Here are the rest of the games – including Oklahoma vs. Houston, LSU vs. Wisconsin, USC vs. Alabama, Clemson vs. Auburn, Notre Dame vs. Texas and Ole Miss vs. Florida State.9/1/2016: South Carolina at Vanderbilt on ESPN (8:00 PM ET) 9/3/2016: Georgia Tech vs. Boston College on ESPN2 (7:30 AM ET) 9/3/2016: Oklahoma vs. Houston on ABC (Noon ET) 9/3/2016: Hawaii at Michigan on ESPN (Noon ET) 9/3/2016: LSU vs. Wisconsin on ABC (3:30 PM ET) 9/3/2016: Georgia vs. North Carolina on ESPN (5:30 PM ET) 9/3/2016: USC vs. Alabama on ABC (8:00 PM ET) 9/3/2016: Clemson at Auburn on ESPN (9:00 PM ET) 9/4/2016: Notre Dame vs. Texas on ABC (7:30 PM ET) 9/5/2016: Ole Miss vs. Florida State on ESPN (8:00 PM ET)Which will you be watching?last_img read more

Number of Amsterdams Maritime Accidents Drops in 2017

first_imgzoom Dutch Port of Amsterdam saw the total number of maritime accidents in the North Sea Canal region drop to 32 in 2017, from 44 reported in the previous year.Around 7,000 seagoing vessels arrived in the ports of the North Sea Canal Area over the past year, including nearly 4,700 in the Port of Amsterdam, while around 40,000 barges called at the port region during the year.“While the number of ship calls has remained level, the number of maritime accidents has fallen in recent years,” Marleen van de Kerkhof, Amsterdam Harbour Master, said.The decline was attributed to the preventive measures taken by the port to increase the safety of, and improve safety awareness among, port users. These measures include risk-driven surveillance by the inspectors and port officials of the Harbour Master’s Division.Over the previous three year, there were a total of 120 maritime accidents, the majority of which were collisions with objects, mostly near lock complexes. During this period, 21,106 seagoing vessels and 117,996 barges called at the Port of Amsterdam.last_img read more

TIFF 2017 Catching up with three emerging Canadian filmmakers

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement While the film world’s attention will focus on the 11 days of TIFF, the cinematic event is only a starting point for the films screened. We caught up with three emerging Canadian filmmakers – Matt Johnson, Anne Émond and Kevan Funk – whose films won cheers at TIFF in 2016. We spoke to them about their year since.Matt JohnsonHis 2016 feature was Operation Avalanche, a mockumentary about a NASA conspiracy to fake the 1969 Apollo 11 moon landing. The film, distributed by Lionsgate, was one small step in Canadian filmmaking, but one giant leap for Johnson and his production company Zapruder Films. Film maker Matt Johnson’s Captain Avalanche, a mockumentary about NASA faking the moon landing, was a big hit at TIFF last year. – Fred Lum/The Globe and Mail Advertisement Facebookcenter_img Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment “The success of Operation Avalanche was a big boost for us,” says the Toronto-based Johnson, whose whose 2016 festival experience involved the premiere of Nirvanna the Band the Show, a small-screen series he created with Jay McCarrol. “Among other things, it helped us to establish a grant program to help female first-time filmmakers.”With the Women First screenwriting competition, Johnson and Zapruder Films address the gender gap in the feature film industry. Shortly after last year’s TIFF, it was announced that Chandler Levack’s feature film Anglophone was the first winner of the competition. (Levack’s short film We Forgot to Break Up will be screened at TIFF this year.)Toronto’s Johnson has been an outspoken critic of TIFF and Canadian film funding agency Telefilm. Johnson chose to premiere Operation Avalanche at Sundance in 2016 rather than at TIFF a year earlier. “I don’t think TIFF is the platform or stepping stone young Canadian filmmakers expect it to be,” says Johnson, who believes that Canadian features are slotted as sidebars, compared to American and international films. “At Sundance, Venice and Berlin, Canadian films are treated as equals to all the others. But TIFF doesn’t integrate them.”Season two of Nirvanna the Band the Show airs on Viceland beginning in November. Johnson’s next feature film is a time-travel story involving a plot to go back in time to assassinate Hitler. Where Operation Avalanche was demanding to film, Johnson seeks to make more straightforward features in the future.“Hopefully, our future films will be more broad,” Johnson says. “Now that I’m older, I’ll be making less-complicated films.”We’ll believe that when we see it.Anne ÉmondDo not dismiss the popcorn-fuelled lady in her sleepwear at TIFF Bell Lightbox this fall. She’s the Montreal filmmaker Anne Émond – and she belongs. Twitterlast_img read more

Union for Safeway workers in Manitoba reach tentative deal with company

first_imgWINNIPEG – The union representing about 2,200 employees at Safeway stores in Manitoba says a deal has been struck in contract negotiations, just hours before it had said they would be in a legal strike position.The United Food and Commercial Workers Local 832 says in a statement that a tentative agreement was reached Saturday evening with Sobeys West Inc.The workers voted 98 per cent in favour of a strike to back contract demands earlier this month, although no strike date was set.The union had said it would be legally able to strike Sunday, the day after the current contract expired.Details of the tentative agreement will be presented to the members at meetings across the province next Sunday, and a vote will be held on it then.The union says the bargaining committee will be recommending that members accept the tentative agreement.last_img read more

EC orders 26 lakh bottles of indelible ink… worth Rs 33 cr

first_imgNew Delhi: Ahead of the Lok Sabha polls, the Election Commission (EC) has ordered 26 lakh indelible ink bottles worth Rs 33 crore. The seven-phase election will begin on April 11 and conclude on May 19. In the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, the poll panel had bought 21.5 lakh phials, 4.5 lakh less than this year.Mysore Paints and Varnish Ltd, a government of Karnataka undertaking, is the only authorised manufacturer of indelible ink for the Election Commission. Mysore Paints and Varnish Ltd Managing Director Chandrashekhar Doddamani said that the company has received an order for 26 lakh phials of 10cc each from the Election Commission. “The expected turnover is approximately Rs 33 crore,” he said. The order, Doddamani said, is higher than the last general elections by 4.5 lakh phials. In this election, nearly 90 crore people are eligible to case their votes for which the Election Commission will set up nearly 10 lakh polling stations across the country. In 1962, the Election Commission, in collaboration with the Law Ministry, National Physical Laboratory and National Research Development Corporation, had made an agreement with Mysore Paints and Varnish Ltd for supply of indelible ink for Lok Sabha and assembly elections. Since then, it has been supplying the ink for elections in India. A bottle of indelible ink contains 10 cubic centimetres (cc). As per modern measurement methods, one cubic centimetre is equivalent to one millilitre. Mysore Paints and Varnish Ltd exports indelible ink to more than 30 countries across the globe. Soon after the note ban, the company was asked to provide indelible ink to banks to mark customers exchanging defunct currency notes to check suspicious deposits. Grappling with unending queues and frayed tempers in banks and to check operation of syndicates after the note ban, the government had introduced the system of marking customers exchanging defunct currency notes with indelible ink.last_img read more

Ohio States Storm Klein reinstated

Formerly-dismissed Ohio State linebacker Storm Klein has been reinstated to the Buckeyes’ football team. OSU spokesman Jerry Emig confirmed in an email that first-year coach Urban Meyer has let the senior back on the squad, though “he will not be allowed to play in a game until at least the third week of the season.” “As I had indicated previously, if there are any changes in the charges against Storm, I would re-evaluate his status,” Meyer said in a released statement. “The charges that would have violated our core values have been totally dismissed. I have spoken extensively to members of both families and that has prompted me to re-assess his situation and allow him back.” According to Franklin County Municipal Court records Klein pleaded guilty to misdemeanor disorderly conduct Monday morning having originally faced charges for domestic violence and assault. Klein was arrested late on July 6 after allegedly striking the mother of his child. A day later, Meyer dismissed the linebacker from the team and said in a released statement that the charges against Klein “violate the core values of the Ohio State football program.” Meyer, though, said, “If there are any changes in the charges” he would re-evaluate Klein’s status with the program. On Wednesday, Klein’s lawyer, Larry James, confirmed to The Lantern that both the domestic violence and assault charges were indeed dismissed. All that Klein faces now, he said, is 18 months of probation and court fees. If Klein has been reinstated, James added that Meyer told him any infraction “whatsoever” could still result in a penalty to pay. In his three years on the field, Klein has amassed 73 tackles in 38 games for the Buckeyes, including 45 in 2011. Before his dismissal, Klein was not listed as a starter on OSU’s depth chart. read more

Arthur to join Barcelona this summer

first_imgBrazilian midfielder Arthur confirms Barcelona transfer ahead of the 2018-19 season.The Gremio star was expected to join the Catalan club in January of 2019 but the two clubs are believed to be working on a deal that could see the midfielder move to Spain this summer.Both clubs agreed on a £35million transfer in March of 2018 that would see the 21-year-old Brazilian join Barcelona in January 2019 but the Catalans want the player in their team this summer.With the departure of Andres Iniesta, the club want the former U-20 Brazilian midfielder to beef up the number of midfielders in the club. Arthur has already announced he’s leaving the Brazilian club this summer.David Villa, SpainQuiz: How much do you know about David Villa? Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to test your knowledge about Spanish legendary forward David Villa.“I wanted to go out in a press conference for the love I have for the Gremio fans,” Arthur said, as reported by As.“I have a chance to fulfil a dream and I have to thank Barcelona for this opportunity. This isn’t goodbye as I hope I can come back to this club someday.”“Barce asked to arrive this summer and I really couldn’t turn down the chance to move to my dream club in earnest.”A deal is expected to be finalised this weekend, as confirmed by Gremio Sporting Director Andre Zanotta.last_img read more

Public Notice Reminder – Persons residing in the TCI on an Expired

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaicos, August 25, 2017 – Providenciales – The Ministry of Border Control and Employment Services is hereby reminding all persons that are currently in the Turks and Caicos Islands on an expired Visa that they are residing here unlawfully.   Such persons are encouraged to leave the country voluntarily as any such person found to be in the country illegally will be prosecuted under the law.The Ministry encourages all persons to avail themselves of the Turks and Caicos Islands Immigration Ordinance 2015 and Immigration Regulations 2016 or to call the Customer Service Quality Assurance Manager, Emilio Seymour on (649) 338-4114 or email himat infobordercontrol@gov.tc should you require any further information or have any questions or concerns.The Ministry of Border Control and Employment Services thanks the public for their cooperation in this regard.Press Release: TCIG Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

Avalanche Hazard Reduction On The Seward Highway Tomorrow

first_imgThe work will be between mileposts 37 and 38 at the Sterling Wye. Expect lane closures, road blocks, road closures, stopped traffic, short delays, and be prepared to stop, maintenance equipment on the roadway. Mirian Morse with the DOT: “There will be intermittent traffic delays, April 4, which is tomorrow. Motorists should expect delays of up to 45 minutes between 9:00 and 11:00 a.m.”center_img Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Department of Transportation will be doing Avalanche Hazard Reduction on the Seward Highway at Sterling Wye, on April 4.last_img

Audi R8 LMX and Datsun Go Launched in India

first_imgIndia saw two auto launches on Thursday, aimed at different ends of the spectrum. With the rate cut happening on the same day, the launches augur well for the Indian car enthusiasts and customers.Audi R8 LMX ReutersVolkswagen’s Audi premium car devision launched its limited edition R8 LMX, featuring laser headlamps, twice the range of all-LED headlight. The car is touted as the fastest R8 ever, with a 5.2 litre V10 engine producing 570PS of power and 540nm in torque, with a 7-speed S-tronic transmission handling the power produced.The car also incorporates camera-based sensor to detect other road users, which allows the headlights to “adjust light patterns to avoid dazzle.”Not surprisingly, Audi has priced its premium offering at ₹2.97 crore ex-showroom in Mumbai and Delhi.Datsun Go+ ReutersDatsun has finally launched its MPV offering, with an affordable, sub-four metre, seven seater. However, by tucking away the last row of seats, which are good for children alone, the luggage-carrying space grows to 347 litres.The Indian market has grown fond of cars on stilts, featuring an increased ground clearance with more erect driver position.The Go+ is equipped with a 1.2 litre three-cylinder petrol engine coughing up 68PS of power and delivering 20.62 kmpl, as claimed by the manufacturer. It would come with four-versions with prices starting from ₹3.79 lakh to ₹4.61 lakh, based on the variant.The company, a subsidary of French manufacturer Renault has offered a standard warranty for two year unlimited mileage, extendable by another two years with no restrictions on mileage.last_img read more

China to close N Korean firms by January

first_imgChina to shut North Korean firms or joint ventures in China, as well as any overseas joint ventures with North Koreans.Photo: ReutersChina said Thursday North Korean companies operating in the country will have to shut down by January as Beijing applies UN sanctions imposed following Pyongyang’s sixth nuclear test.The commerce ministry said the companies, including joint ventures with Chinese firms, have 120 days to close from the date the United Nations resolution was adopted, 11 September.The sanctions spare, on a case by case basis, entities involved in non-commercial activities or public utility infrastructure projects that do not generate profits.The announcement comes days after China confirmed that it will apply another major part of the sanctions: a limit on exports of refined petroleum products to North Korea starting 1 October and a ban on textiles from its neighbour.In August, China banned North Korean firms and individuals from establishing new companies in its territory following a separate set of sanctions.China’s application of UN sanctions is particularly biting for North Korea. Beijing is Pyongyang’s main ally and trading partner, responsible for around 90 per cent of the hermit nation’s commerce.The United States has pressed China to use its economic leverage to strongarm North Korea into giving up its nuclear ambitions.US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will visit Beijing this weekend for talks with China’s top diplomat, Yang Jiechi, and Foreign Minister Wang Yi.Tillerson will discuss the North Korean nuclear tensions, trade issues and President Donald Trump’s planned trip to China in November, the US State Department said.Trump’s tour will also take in regional allies Japan and South Korea.‘Abyss of misery’Washington has alternated between criticising and praising Beijing’s role in the North Korea crisis, on the one hand welcoming its support for new sanctions but also insisting it must do more to rein in its unruly neighbour.For its part, China has called on both Trump and North Korean strongman Kim Jong-Un to tone down their increasingly bellicose rhetoric and instead try to begin peace talks.“We are opposed to any war on the Korean peninsula, and the international community will never allow a war (which would) plunge people into an abyss of misery,” foreign ministry spokesman Lu Kang told a regular press briefing.“Sanctions and the promoting of talks are both the requirements of the UN Security Council. We should not overemphasise one aspect while ignoring the other,” Lu said.While China has imposed sanctions on its renegade neighbour, it wants to avoid precipitating the regime’s downfall over fears that its collapse could send an influx of refugees across its border and place the US army at its doorstep.But Beijing appears to be running out of patience with North Korea’s nuclear antics-the last test earlier this month triggered an earthquake that was felt in northeast China.Branches of China’s biggest banks have told AFP that they have suspended financial transactions for North Koreans, a measure that is not required under UN sanctions.last_img read more

Hispanic evangelical group offers to house migrant children in churches

first_img By: Jack Jenkins jackmjenkins Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Share This! About the authorView All Posts By: Emily McFarlan Miller emmillerwrites By: Emily McFarlan Miller emmillerwrites Share This! News • Photos of the Week By: Jack Jenkins jackmjenkins By: Emily McFarlan Miller emmillerwrites Share This! Emily McFarlan Miller Emily McFarlan Miller is a national reporter for RNS based in Chicago. She covers evangelical and mainline Protestant Christianity. Instagram apostasy stirs controversy over Christian ‘influencers’ August 30, 2019 News Catholicism By: Jack Jenkins jackmjenkinscenter_img Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,About the authorView All Posts Share This! Tagsborder crisis child migrant crisis Hispanic evangelicals homepage featured immigration Top Story,You may also like Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,(RNS) — The head of the largest Hispanic evangelical Christian network in the United States announced it will offer to work with the Trump administration to provide resources and shelter to migrant children crossing the U.S.-Mexico border.Speaking during a call with reporters Monday (July 1), the Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, president of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, said his organization plans to launch a campaign to offer aid to immigrant children held in detention centers at the border.The effort, which organizers are calling the “For His Children” campaign, will involve sending “shipments and cargo and truckloads of resources to the border,” including shoes, clothing and hygiene products, Rodriguez said.“We have boots on the ground literally now working with our current administration in addressing some of the needs of these children coming over,” he said.When a Religion News Service reporter asked if the campaign would involve churches providing shelter or foster homes for migrant children crossing the U.S.-Mexico border, Rodriguez said yes.“That’s part of what we have in the rollout of the campaign,” he said. “It’s part of it.”The Rev. Samuel Rodriguez in 2013. Courtesy photoIt was not immediately clear how many — or which — children the group might be able to take in. No details were available about what kind of government approval the process would require. It was also not clear whether the children would be housed just in churches or also in homes.The Kairos Company, the communications firm that organized the call, told RNS churches who participate in the program plan to offer housing to children who would otherwise end up in detention centers, but noted they have not yet secured approval from the U.S. government to do so.“In the meantime the churches will provide the necessary basic necessities and we are opening up churches to accommodate just in case the detention centers cannot hold the children or their families,” a spokesperson said in an email. “The church becomes a temporary housing facility for those seeking asylum or coming over the border undocumented and were captured in the process.”The spokesperson also noted that the initiative will be led by the NHCLC, but not limited to their network.RNS also asked the U.S. State Department about the potential program, but they deferred to the Department of Homeland Security, who also did not immediately respond. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services — which assists with similar programs — also did not immediately respond to request for comment.Rodriguez said For His Children is “revamping” a previous partnership with the humanitarian organization Convoy of Hope. That partnership began in July 2014 when unaccompanied children arrived in the U.S. under former President Obama.The NHCLC president listed as potential partners Gus Reyes, director of the Baptist General Convention of Texas’ Christian Life Commission, and Rev. Eli Bonilla, lead pastor at Bethel Christian Church in Orlando, Florida.“Our preferable choice is for people to come here legally, not illegally. We want to stop all illegal immigration for a number of reasons, including the humanitarian reason. My heart broke when I saw these kids. I don’t want these kids to be in danger or to suffer at all,” Rodriguez said.“If they do come here, we want to be a blessing to them. We really want to help them.”Still, he said, he saw something “drastically different from the stories I’ve been hearing in our national discourse” when he requested a visit to a detention facility last week in El Paso, Texas.“I was shocked at the misinformation of the crisis at the border.”He and a delegation of pastors from the NHCLC had full access to the facility, which they toured for at least an hour, he said.It appeared to be a “summer camp environment” where children had television and snacks and cordial relationships with guards, Rodriguez said. No one was sleeping on floors or cement, and storage areas were full of clothing and hygiene products.People protest against U.S. immigration policies on the American side, right, of the Mexico-America border near Tijuana on Dec. 10, 2018. RNS photo by Jair Cabrera TorresRodriguez said guards emphatically told him they had not altered the center for the visit but acknowledged he was not allowed to speak with the children.James Dobson, the founder of Focus on the Family, similarly grabbed headlines last week with a newsletter documenting his visit to the border at McAllen, Texas, alleging “the media and leftist politicians have not been truthful about what is going on there.”Both Rodriguez and Dobson are represented by The Kairos Company.The Evangelical Immigration Table also visited the U.S.-Mexico border in late June, as revelations about the dire conditions of children within detention centers made the news. Its delegation included the National Association of Evangelicals President Leith Anderson and World Relief President Scott Arbeiter, as well as representatives of Bethany Christian Services, the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities and the Assemblies of God.The NHCLC is a member of the Evangelical Immigration Table.Afterward, the Evangelical Immigration Table sent a letter addressed to President Trump, Vice President Mike Pence, Senate Leader Mitch McConnell, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and members of Congress.That letter asks for immediate funding for border facilities, urges the U.S. to respect its own laws regarding asylum seekers and expressed concern about Trump’s so-called “Remain in Mexico” program.In a recorded press call about the letter, Anderson said there are churches throughout the U.S. that are “eager to welcome families and provide for them.“We just need federal policies that would allow them to be able to do that,” he said.Anderson also asked Congress to “find a bipartisan solution to this tragic situation.”One issue preventing churches and faith-based agencies from helping asylum seekers is the “Remain in Mexico” program, which is sending asylum seekers back over the border to Mexico while they wait for their cases to be heard in U.S. immigration court, according to Matthew Soerens, national coordinator of the Evangelical Immigration Table and U.S. director of church mobilization for World Relief.Another issue is that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has run out of resources to place children with agencies like Bethany Christian Services that are authorized to provide foster care for children until they can be reunited with family, Soerens said.Also, churches would need government approval and oversight to take in children. Not just anyone can show up and offer to foster a migrant child who has been separated from his or her family at the border, he confirmed — and that’s “for good reason.”He added, “You have to protect children.” Share This! Norman Geisler, theologian and prolific author, dies at 86 Jack Jenkins jackmjenkins Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Jack Jenkins Jack Jenkins is a national reporter for RNS based in Washington, covering U.S. Catholics and the intersection of religion and politics.,Add Comment Click here to post a comment Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.,Iraqi refugee in New Mexico leaves church sanctuary after two years As Amazon burns, Vatican prepares for summit on region’s faith and sustainabilit … August 30, 2019 Emily McFarlan Miller emmillerwrites Photos of the Week August 30, 2019last_img read more

A Mural Takes On New Tragic Meaning In Mourning El Paso

first_img Share Stella Chávez/KERAManuel, Patricia, and Andrea Oliver speak at an unveiling ceremony for a mural dedicated to their son and brother, Joaquin, who was killed in the Parkland shooting. The ceremony also served as a memorial to those killed in the Walmart shooting in El Paso.Hundreds of people in El Paso turned out Sunday for a rally against gun violence, the day after a gunman killed 22 people and wounded more than two dozen others inside a local Walmart.The suspected 21-year-old gunman from Allen, Texas, is in police custody, and authorities are investigating the shooting as an act of domestic terrorism.Congresswoman Veronica Escobar and Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke addressed the community along with local elected officials and faith leaders. They called on the federal government to draft a national plan to deal with white supremacy, domestic terrorism and gun violence as a national crisis.“El Paso is an incredible community — we have been safe for decades,” Escobar said. “Historically, El Paso has led the nation in its desegregation and integration efforts; and during moments of crisis, we’ve demonstrated to the country how we treat strangers and the most vulnerable in our midst.  We will continue to do this because we have chosen to face challenges with decency, strength and love.”.@BetoORourke and @RepEscobar leading a silent march in El Paso for the unveiling of the Manuel Oliver mural in honor of his son Joaquin who would have turned 19 today. Joaquin was killed in the Parkland, Florida school shooting. @keranews #ElPaso pic.twitter.com/Xs1RcAGs4c— Stella M. Chávez (@stellamchavez) August 5, 2019Following the rally, Escobar and O’Rourke led a silent march to another ceremony. The family of a victim from last year’s mass shooting in Parkland happened to be in El Paso Sunday to unveil a mural in honor of their late son.Joaquin Oliver was one of the 14 students killed by a gunman at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. To commemorate his birthday, his father Manuel Oliver painted a mural outside Las Americas Immigrant Advocacy Center in El Paso.That location near the border was chosen because Joaquin was an advocate for immigrants’ welfare in addition to speaking out against gun violence.  Oliver urged El Paso residents to become advocates too.“This is the moment to talk about guns. We know what those families are going through — their lives have changed forever and they expect you to do something about it.”The mural includes Joaquin’s image and jailed immigrant children. Oliver added “El Paso Is Not Alone” in Spanish.<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>This piece was originally published on KERAlast_img read more

Researchers find similarities in the way birds and babies learn to talk

first_img Citation: Researchers find similarities in the way birds and babies learn to ‘talk’ (2013, May 30) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-05-similarities-birds-babies.html Explore further Credit: CDC.gov © 2013 Phys.org This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQuality0SpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreen More information: Stepwise acquisition of vocal combinatorial capacity in songbirds and human infants, Nature (2013) doi:10.1038/nature12173AbstractHuman language, as well as birdsong, relies on the ability to arrange vocal elements in new sequences. However, little is known about the ontogenetic origin of this capacity. Here we track the development of vocal combinatorial capacity in three species of vocal learners, combining an experimental approach in zebra finches (Taeniopygia guttata) with an analysis of natural development of vocal transitions in Bengalese finches (Lonchura striata domestica) and pre-lingual human infants. We find a common, stepwise pattern of acquiring vocal transitions across species. In our first study, juvenile zebra finches were trained to perform one song and then the training target was altered, prompting the birds to swap syllable order, or insert a new syllable into a string. All birds solved these permutation tasks in a series of steps, gradually approximating the target sequence by acquiring new pairwise syllable transitions, sometimes too slowly to accomplish the task fully. Similarly, in the more complex songs of Bengalese finches, branching points and bidirectional transitions in song syntax were acquired in a stepwise fashion, starting from a more restrictive set of vocal transitions. The babbling of pre-lingual human infants showed a similar pattern: instead of a single developmental shift from reduplicated to variegated babbling (that is, from repetitive to diverse sequences), we observed multiple shifts, where each new syllable type slowly acquired a diversity of pairwise transitions, asynchronously over development. Collectively, these results point to a common generative process that is conserved across species, suggesting that the long-noted gap between perceptual versus motor combinatorial capabilities in human infants1 may arise partly from the challenges in constructing new pairwise vocal transitions.center_img (Phys.org) —A team of researchers from Japan, Israel and the U.S. has found evidence that suggests birds and human infants learn to string syllables together in roughly the same way: through stepwise improvement. In their paper published in the journal Nature, the team describes how they taught songbirds to sing a new tune and compared an analysis of the results with sounds made by human infants saved in a database. Journal information: Nature The remarkable process that allows humans to learn to talk as they move through various stages of development has been the focus of a lot of research. To gain some insight into the process, researchers have often turned to the animal world—less complicated systems are easier to study. In this new effort, the researchers looked first at zebra finches. Prior research has led most in the field to believe that songbirds such as finches learn how to voice syllables by listening to the birds around them. After that, the ability to string them together into song is innate—it just happens. In this new research, the team has found evidence that it’s not innate, but is instead the result of a lot of work on the part of the bird.To come to this conclusion the team removed three young finches from others of their kind and taught them to sing in the lab. As expected, the birds picked up syllables rather quickly, mimicking the sounds they were played. Next, they were taught to string two syllables together, such as sound A and sound B. Then, they added another syllable, but introduced it as a pair, BC. Then finally, they asked the birds to sing the whole song, ABC, ABC, etc. But that was only the beginning, next the researchers taught the birds to sing another song that was made up of the same sounds, but in a different order: ACB. In studying how the birds went about learning the new song, the researchers discovered that they did so in stepwise fashion, trying out different parts before putting the whole song together. That proved, the researchers claim, that learning songs in songbirds, is not innate. Left turn in speech research—Key insights in study of zebra finches Play Example of step-wise learning of vocal transitions in a songbird and a human infant. Credit: Ofer Tchernichovski and CHILDES database But that wasn’t the end of the study, the researchers found another team in Japan had been conducting a very similar study with Bengalese finches and came up with nearly identical results. Intrigued, they began looking at sounds made by babies that have been stored in a research database. After much analysis, they discovered that the infants were following a nearly identical path in learning to string syllables together to make words as the birds had done to make songs.The results of this research suggest that the basic underpinnings that lead to language development in people, is similar to song development in birds.last_img read more

As August Inventory Sinks Demand Remains Strong

first_img Late-summer housing market trends point to an “unusual twist” in sales activity for the fall, national brokerage Redfin said Wednesday in its latest Real-Time Housing Market Tracker.Examining August activity in more than 30 markets nationwide, the company reported a 1.4 percent month-over-month dip in home sale prices to a median $281,000, reflecting a gain of just 5.1 percent over last year. Meanwhile, home sales weakened to 134,143, down 5.1 percent from July and 8.3 percent from August 2013.More interesting, Redfin said, was the shift in supply and demand dynamics: Even as new listings plunged 9.3 percent—nearly triple the average July-to-August decline—numbers of customers touring homes and making offers rose, demonstrating buyers aren’t backing off.At the same time, fewer homes are being sold above their list price (2 percent less than July and 7 percent less than a year ago), meaning that same group of buyers is willing to take a slow approach in a market where high demand would normally drive up prices.”Our take is that the seemingly incongruous August numbers reflect the mindsets of buyers and sellers,” said Redfin Chief Economist Nela Richardson. “Buyers want to buy, but they’re patient, and more careful not to overpay. At the same time, sellers are adjusting to having less power, which seems to have put a damper on some listing their homes.”With the groundwork of strong demand and short supply in place, Richardson said the company expects a fall selling season marked by slower price growth and stronger sales than last year.”A surprising drop in newly listed homes combined with strong homebuyer demand could suggest that home prices will spike upward this fall as they did much of last year. Not so,” she said. “We actually expect prices to continue to soften in the next few months as investors and all-cash buyers continue to retreat from the market.” September 24, 2014 483 Views Demand Home Prices Home Sales Housing Supply Redfin 2014-09-24 Tory Barringer in Daily Dose, Data, Headlines, Newscenter_img As August Inventory Sinks, Demand Remains Strong Sharelast_img read more