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Seniors, Pay Attention: Stay Active

first_imgCardiovascular activity is good for everyone.  Seniors can benefit from taking walks, too.  A new study shows it can help the elderly keep their attentiveness and improve mental performance.  Science News1 reporter Bruce Bower writes:Seniors interested in pumping up their brains and maintaining an attentive edge might consider taking this inexpensive prescription: Go for a walk every 2 or 3 days.  Don’t sweat it, but make an effort.  Limit each walk to between 10 and 45 minutes.    That’s the conclusion, at any rate, of two new studies that demonstrate for the first time in people that physical fitness, whether achieved on one’s own or through a brief aerobic-training course, induces brain changes associated with improved performance on an attention-taxing task.One study showed that fitness was correlated with performance on an activity requiring attentiveness.  Another study demonstrated improvement in performance after six months of aerobic training.  The results from cardiovascular exercise were noticeably better compared to stretching and toning exercise.    Benefits include a sharper mind, better outlook on life, and improved neural functioning that can enhance independent living.  It’s an all-around good investment.  Make walking a regular part of your week, if you can.1Bruce Bower, “Neural Aging Walks Tall: Aerobic activity fuels elderly brains, minds,” Science News, Week of Feb. 21, 2004; Vol. 165, No. 8.Those legs were made for walking.  “Use it or lose it” makes sense for limbs as well as talents.  Not mentioned in the article is the spiritual benefit you will find from taking walks: thankfulness for the beauty of creation.  Get out where the trees are; look at the sky, listen to a bird, and breathe in the fresh air.  Go with a friend and get the added benefit of quality time with someone you love.  Here’s a picture to inspire you.  (More in our Photo Gallery.)(Visited 6 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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The Best Reason to Have an All-Electric Home

first_imgMaybe you’ve heard the rumblings coming out of the environmental and building science crowd.  Maybe not. But it’s getting louder lately. The rumbling I’m alluding to is the move to switch from natural gas to electricity as the energy carrier of choice for buildings.There are a number of reasons for doing so. Combustion safety is a big one. Your water heater will never kill you with carbon monoxide poisoning in your sleep if it’s running on electricity. Also, heat pumps can carry the load, even in cold climates. (I’ll be writing soon about a friend in Minneapolis who heats his whole house with an 18 kBTU/hr mini-split heat pump.) And depending on where you live, getting rid of gas may actually save you money on your energy bills.The big pictureBut the biggest reason, in my opinion, is related to the big picture. To see it, let’s take a look at the most recent energy flow diagram from the Lawrence Livermore National Lab (LLNL). Here it is:US energy flows diagram for the year 2018, from the Lawrence Livermore National Lab. Click to enlarge.It’s a complex diagram showing the inputs on the left, with the size of the line proportional to the amount of energy. (This particular type of data representation is called a Sankey diagram, the most famous of which shows the attrition in Napoleon’s army as they invaded Russia in 1812.) But let’s ignore most of the data shown here and focus just on electricity generation.In 2018, the US used 38.2 quadrillion BTUs (Quads) of energy to generate electricity. The three biggest inputs were coal (12.1 Quads), natural gas (11.0 Quads), and nuclear power (8.44 Quads).  Coal, the dirtiest fuel we use, accounted for 32% of the fuel used in generating electricity. Solar (0.61 Quads) and wind (2.53 Quads) together account for 8%.OK, you’re thinking, those are interesting numbers, but what are you getting at, Allison? Give me some context!Here you go. Let’s look a bit further back in time. The 2008 LLNL energy flows diagram is below.US energy flows diagram for the year 2008, from the Lawrence Livermore National Lab. Click to enlarge.The total source energy that went into electricity generation ten years earlier was 39.97 Quads, or about 5% higher than it was in 2018. That’s not the interesting part, though. The portion of electricity that came from coal in 2008 was 51%.Wow! Coal dropped from 51% to 32% as the source energy for US electricity. We decreased our coal use by more than 8 Quads in ten years. Yes, the amount of natural gas we used went up in those ten years, but only by about 4 Quads. Nuclear was flat, hydro gained a small amount, but the biggest gainers were solar and wind, which increased from 0.52 Quads to 3.14 Quads. So about half of the reduction in coal use was made up by solar and wind.Another big change happened even earlierNow let’s go back a bit further in time. Here’s the US energy flows diagram for 1978.US energy flows diagram for the year 1978, from the Lawrence Livermore National Lab. Click to enlarge.Aside from the improvement in chart quality, there’s another significant improvement we can see here. Coal accounted for about half of the energy that went into electricity generation (10.4 out of 20.4 Quads). But the biggest change that’s happened since the 1970s was the near elimination of petroleum and natural gas liquids (NGL) from electricity generation. It went from 18.9% to 0.6% in 40 years.The number one reason is…The big takeaway from these data is clear: Electricity keeps getting cleaner. We’ve gotten petroleum out almost completely. We’re now seeing coal disappear rapidly. And solar and wind are beginning to take off.When you have to make a choice of electricity or natural gas, it’s clear that electricity is the better choice for the environment. Gas, on the other hand, is not getting cleaner. And with all the problems associated with fracking, gas has probably gotten worse.In addition to being better for the environment, electricity may well be better for your pocketbook, too. A new whitepaper from Pecan Street, a research and policy organization, finds that converting from natural gas space heating to a heat pump could save Texas homeowners from $57 to $452 per year.Finally, of course, having an all-electric home makes it easier to offset your energy use with site-generated solar power if you install photovoltaic modules. I’m going for net zero energy use with the house I just bought, and I’ve already changed out the old gas water heater with a beautiful new heat pump water heater.So the next time someone tells you that electric cars or heat pumps or water heaters don’t help because they use dirty coal, you can respond by saying, yes, coal is still part of the mix but it’s decreasing rapidly. Electricity is getting cleaner all the time.Allison Bailes of Decatur, Georgia, is a speaker, writer, building science consultant, and the author of the Energy Vanguard Blog. You can follow him on Twitter at @EnergyVanguard.last_img read more

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Brownlee misses free throws but Gins hold on to win

first_imgPagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Brownlee, however, uncharacteristically came up empty at the line.“Sometimes it happens, of course I tried to make them, but I’m not perfect,” said Brownlee after the Gin Kings held on against the Bolts at Ynares Sports Center here.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hosting“I’m glad our team defense really came through, also I’ll give a lot of credit to Meralco because they came out and played incredible defense. I’m just glad we could pull a win tonight.” With the win, Ginebra now shares the top spot with Star with both teams holding 8-2 records. Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV Gin Kings on top Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession clouds Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCP Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’center_img PBA IMAGESANTIPOLO—Ginebra import Justin Brownlee had a chance to ultimately seal the win for his team Sunday against Meralco in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup.All he had to do was hit his two free throws to give his team a three-point lead with six seconds remaining with the Gin Kings up, 90-89.ADVERTISEMENT Brownlee’s moment of reprieve came just seconds after he missed his charities when Meralco forward Chris Newsome overthrew his full-court pass to Cliff Hodge and the ball went out of bounds.“It seemed like he was pretty open, and I think Newsome just overthrew it just a little bit,” said Brownlee, who finished with 22 points and nine rebounds. “We were just fortunate on that play because if they connected on that play, that would put them in a great position to win the game.”“I’m just happy he turned the ball over that time.”ADVERTISEMENT BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast MOST READ Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students PLAY LIST 01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View commentslast_img read more

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Turning point of Ind vs NZ warm-up tie

first_imgIt has to be Gautam Gambhir’s 89 off 85 balls as it laid the foundation for India’s victory during their World Cup warm-up game at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chepauk on Wednesday. This despite India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s fast-paced century.It was because of Gambhir sturdy batting that the Kiwi bowlers could not build on the early advantage they got when they scalped India openers Sachin Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag.last_img

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2011 World Cup Photo Gallery

first_imgTo view, please click on the ‘Photo Gallery’ section of the top menu, and then click on the ‘2011 World Cup’ gallery, or click on the following link:http://www.sportingpulse.com/gallery.cgi?g=37193&e=3780&et=1&c=14-3780-0-0-0 Some photos are also available to view on the Touch Football Australia Facebook page:http://www.facebook.com/?ref=home#!/pages/Touch-Football-Australia/384949403384last_img

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a month agoSouthampton boss Hasenhuttl: Beating Portsmouth just unforgettable

first_imgSouthampton boss Hasenhuttl: Beating Portsmouth just unforgettableby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveRalph Hasenhuttl has lauded his Southampton players after an “unforgettable” win over local rivals Portsmouth.Saints won 4-0 at Fratton Park, their first win at the venue since 1984, to book their place in the Carabao Cup fourth-round.Speaking after the game, an elated Hasenhuttl said: “We will not forget this evening, and the fans too.”It was a fantastic atmosphere until the end and to score four goals here is fantastic.”It is more than only reaching the next round. It is about reaching the hearts of the fans.”I am very happy for them (the Saints fans).”I knew it was massive game for them and I think we really didn’t start well in this game but the players knew they had to fight for every inch and after the 1-0 it was a much better game for our side.”After the 2-0 I was not sure if this game is done for us so you never know if they make the 1-2 then suddenly everything is alive again and it gets difficult for you. At 3-0 you know it is done.”It was a hard job to do but the guys did it well.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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MICK JAGGER MAKES A JAB AT DOUG FORD GIVES RAPTORS A SHOUTOUT

first_img Facebook Advertisement Advertisement Advertisement Login/Register With: Twittercenter_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Standing before a crowd of roughly 70,000 concertgoers, it didn’t take long before Jagger wished a simple “Happy Canada Day” to the receptive crowd, who didn’t seem to mind it was technically two days early.The concert at Burl’s Creek Event Grounds in Oro-Medonte, Ont., about 30 kilometres north of Barrie, was the only Canadian date on their North American tour. And for many people in attendance, it seemed a miracle that Jagger was even on stage, given his recent heart surgery.None of that was referenced in the 75-year-old singer’s tireless performance, which included swapping out one glittery jacket for another before eventually donning a hat and T-shirt emblazoned with the band’s famous tongue logo.Armed with his flamboyant swagger, Jagger zig-zagged across the massive stage — and strutted down the catwalk — for two hours, playing 20 of the band’s greatest hits.Popular classics “Paint It Black,” “Gimme Shelter,” and “Honky Tonk Woman,” were balanced with a selection of fan favourites, including “Before They Make Me Run,” a song Keith Richards wrote in response to his 1977 arrest for heroin possession in Toronto.And beneath four towering digital screens, Jagger played right into the audience’s hand at nearly every turn.“What about those Raptors?” he shouted, as the “We the North” logo flashed overhead. He poked a bit of fun at Toronto Mayor John Tory’s famous black-and-gold Raptors jacket, which he’s enthusiastically worn around town for weeks.“What about those Raptors,” shouts Mick Jagger as “We The North” flashes on the giant screen. #TheRollingStones pic.twitter.com/lgEhKmjpdc— David Friend (@dfriend) June 30, 2019“He’s still wearing his dirty blazer,” the singer said to Tory, who was in the audience.Jagger later introduced the band’s drummer Charlie Watts as the Toronto Maple Leafs’ mascot, seemingly for no particular reason.He also took a jab at Ford’s “buck a beer” election platform, telling the crowd at one point that “for the next 15 minutes it’s a buck-a-beer — courtesy of Doug Ford.”The comment elicited some boos in parts of the crowd, and no apparent discounts at the beer tents.But the Stones’ fans didn’t seem to mind, so busy caught in a moment that would be a little piece of history, and perhaps even a farewell.Earlier this year, Jagger underwent emergency heart surgery, putting the single Canadian date on hold, and raising questions about whether the British rockers would ever tour again. When the singer got the all clear, the date was back on.“The heath scare was kind of an indication this might actually be the last one,” said Marc Fielding, who joined about 30 of his friends on a road trip from Toronto.“They’re such an iconic band, so you don’t want to risk them maybe not coming back.”For others in attendance, seeing the Stones live came with an extra significance.Jackie Morin’s father, a longtime fan, died shortly after the Stones most recently played Toronto. So this night was an especially poignant moment.“This is a big deal,” she said. “Never will you ever see a concert like this — it’s history.”Dino Bruno landed tickets when his sister-in-law surprised him. He last saw the Stones in the mid-1970s at Maple Leaf Gardens where he said the local news captured him playing Frisbee with police in the street.“The Stones were the bad boys of rock,” he said. “I wanted to be here because I want to die happy.”Jayne Sidey first caught the Stones at a Canadian National Institute for the Blind benefit concert over 40 years ago in Oshawa, Ont. It was part of a court-ordered performance for Richards ‘after he was arrested for heroin possession.She said she was forever changed by Jagger and his buddies and has gone to at least 20 Stones concerts since.“I saw them three times in the U.K. last year, and we’re booked for two shows on this tour,” she said. “The 2013 show in Toronto was so good we all jumped in a car to Montreal and saw them there.”Several homegrown acts performed before the Stones took the stage, including Saskatoon-formed One Bad Son, the Glorious Sons from Kingston, Ont., Toronto four-piece the Beaches, and longtime favourites Sloan.Toronto cover band Dwayne Gretzky played a late-night show of other rock and pop classics, ranging from Whitney Houston’s “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” to Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody.”The day-long festival marked the third concert on the Rolling Stones tour, which kicked off with two dates in Chicago a week ago.After the Stones finished their set, they offered a hint of the resilience that’s kept them going for more than half a century.“See you soon,” the digital screens read, alongside the band’s trademark tongue logo.We spent the night together! Thx for an epic night @RollingStone #NoFilterTour #RollingStones #CanadaRocks #MickJagger pic.twitter.com/whbRYUJS6i— Karen (@momastubbs) June 30, 2019 The Rolling Stones perform during the “No Filter” tour in Oro-Medonte, Ont., on Saturday, June 29, 2019. ~ THE CANADIAN PRESS/Fred Thornhill ORO MEDONTE, Ont. — For a bunch of British chaps, the Rolling Stones sure know a lot about Canada, and Mick Jagger didn’t hesitate to flaunt his wisdom at their Canada Day weekend concert in Ontario.The frontman for the iconic rock band doled out handfuls of Canadiana on Saturday, pausing to reference everything from the Toronto Raptors’ historic NBA championship win to the “buck a beer” policy of Ontario Premier Doug Ford.“For the next 15 minutes it’s a buck a beer, courtesy of Doug Ford,” Mick Jagger jokes to a chorus of boos from the audience. #TheRollingStones pic.twitter.com/YD4RtDtEOP— David Friend (@dfriend) June 30, 2019last_img read more

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Hasbro trying to find footing posts weak 3Q

first_imgNEWARK, N.J. – Hasbro, wrestling with the demise of Toys R Us and elusive shoppers spending a lot more on high-tech gadgets, fell well short of third-quarter expectations Monday and said it will cut some jobs to save costs.The toy maker, whose brands include Monopoly and Play-Doh, did not specify the exact number of layoffs, but said it will affect a “mid-single digit” percentage of its worldwide workforce. Hasbro had about 5,400 employees at the end of last year; a 5 per cent cut would put the layoffs at about 270 jobs. Hasbro said it will absorb charges of as much as $60 million in the next quarter related to paying severance.Mattel, Hasbro’s rival, said in July that it would cut more than 2,200 jobs. Both toy makers have acknowledged they’ve been hurt this year by the shuttering of Toys R Us stores, the largest independent toy seller in the world.It is the first full quarter that the company has been without Toys R Us as a customer.“We continue to believe this is a near-term retail disruption that will last for the next few quarters,” Chairman and CEO Brian Goldner said during a conference call.Sales of games and toys at brick-and-mortar stores fell in the quarter, but Goldner said that online point-of-sale climbed by the high-single digits at the same time.The lost Toys R Us revenue hurt Hasbro most notably in the U.S., Europe, Australia and Asia, contributing to the company’s 12 per cent revenue decline overall for the quarter. Goldner said the company has recaptured about one third of the U.S. and Canada Toys R Us revenues heading into the holiday.“We are successfully managing retail inventory and it is down significantly in the U.S. and in Europe, where we are aggressively working to clear excess inventory by year end,” Goldner said.Hasbro Inc.’s third-quarter earnings slipped to $263.9 million, or $2.06 per share. Adjusted for pretax gains, per-share earnings were $1.93, far below Wall Street projections for per-share earnings of $2.24, according to a survey by Zacks Investment Research.Revenue of $1.57 billion also missed analyst expectations for $1.71 billion. Hasbro experienced a 24 per cent drop in international revenue, with Europe falling 29 per cent, Latin America slipping 16 per cent and the Asia Pacific region declining 14 per cent.Tablets and smartphones have become the most desired toys in many households, and that is taking a toll on the sale of more traditional playthings.Sales fell for Nerf, My Little Pony and Transformers products in the quarter, but the Pawtucket, Rhode Island-based company did put up some very strong numbers in the same period last year thanks to new My Little Pony and Transformers movies.Hasbro’s stock tumbled 5 per cent in morning trading Monday. Shares of Mattel Inc., which posts earnings Thursday, fell 2 per cent._____Portions of this story were generated by Automated Insights (http://automatedinsights.com/ap) using data from Zacks Investment Research. Access a Zacks stock report on HAS at https://www.zacks.com/ap/HASlast_img read more

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Candid Talk with Evelyn

first_imgPopularly known for her role in Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani opposite Ranbir Kapoor, Evelyn Sharma is a German model and actor. She marked her debut in the film industry with American film Turn left (2006), and later stepped in Bollywood with 2012 movie From Sydney with Love. Evelyn has time and again won appreciation for her performance in movies like Nautanki Saala and Isaaq. Turning point in your life Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani A director you want to work with Also Read – Candid TalksSanjay Leela Bhansali A movie/role you wanted to do Devdas If given a chance, whose biopic would you like to be a part of Audrey Hepburn Your childhood celebrity crush Jared Leto Three things which are always in your handbag Lipstick, Shades and my mobile phone. What would be the title of your biography Work In Progress Your all-time favourite film You’ve Got Mail One superpower you wish you had To fly! I’m sick of airplanes! Your guilty pleasure Frieslast_img read more

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EFL opposes to the creation of a Premier League Two

first_imgThe English Football Leagues believe the change of the Championship to a Premier League Two league would not be beneficialThe English Premier League is trying to modify the Championship into what they call the “Premier League Two.”There would be many changes in the way Championship clubs are allowed to play in this tournament.“I think the other chairmen would love to open a conversation,” Leeds United owner Andrea Radrizzani told Devon Live.Roberto Firmino, LiverpoolVirgil van Dijk praises Roberto Firmino after Liverpool’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Virgil van Dijk hailed team-mate Roberto Firmino after coming off the bench to inspire Liverpool to a 3-1 comeback win against Newcastle United.“The time is getting ready to consider what to do to move forward so we don’t have a crisis every two years when a club goes bankrupt or changes ownership every other year.”But for Football League chairmen Darragh MacAnthony and Andy Holt, this is the worst idea ever.“A Premier League Two would be a f***ing disaster”, Peterborough chief MacAnthony said.“The whole set up is destroying itself. He knows he’s no chance competing with massive parachutes unless he runs massive losses and gets caught up in fair play problems. THE GAPS BETWEEN LEAGUES ARE TOO GREAT. And they’re growing. This is inevitable,” Holt added in a tweet.last_img read more

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