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Record 3-point night helps Jazz win 131-118 at Milwaukee

first_img Tags: 3-Pointer/NBA/Utah Jazz FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailMILWAUKEE (AP) — Donovan Mitchell scored 32 points as the Utah Jazz made a franchise record 25 3-pointers to win 131-118 at Milwaukee and hand the Bucks their first home loss.Utah shot 25 of 53 from 3-point range to snap a two-game skid after suffering double-digit losses at Brooklyn and New York.Jordan Clarkson had 23 of his 26 points off the bench in the first half.Giannis Antetokounmpo had 35 points and Khris Middleton had 31 for Milwaukee. January 9, 2021 /Sports News – Local Record 3-point night helps Jazz win 131-118 at Milwaukee Associated Press Written bylast_img read more

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FC/ASW program in the interests of both France and the UK

first_img December 13, 2018 Authorities View post tag: FC/ASW View post tag: French Navy Back to overview,Home naval-today FC/ASW program is in the interests of both France and the UK, report finds The UK and France have every interest in successfully completing the future cruise/anti-ship weapon (FC/ASW) program, the House of Commons Defence Committee and the Assemblée nationale’s Standing Committee on National Defence and the Armed Forces said in a joint report.The report marks the culmination of the first joint inquiry between a House of Commons Committee and a Committee of a non-UK legislature. The inquiry, which is a new step in UK-French inter-parliamentary cooperation on defense and national security matters, has focused on one of the most ambitious products of the Lancaster House Agreement signed between the UK and French Governments in 2010 – the FC/ASW program.The program seeks to develop a new generation of deep strike and anti-ship missiles by 2030, replacing the capabilities hitherto provided by Harpoon and Exocet (anti-ship missiles) and SCALP/Storm Shadow (deep strike missiles).In 2017, both governments agreed to conduct a ‘concept phase’, led by MBDA. This phase is due to conclude in 2020 after which ministers will need to decide whether to proceed to a ‘design, development and production phase’ for the FC/ASW to come into service in 2030.The joint inquiry found that – while good progress had been made in the ‘concept phase’ to date – several key issues need to be resolved in order for the program to continue after 2020.As explained, the main issue is the question of how the United Kingdom will deal with the ‘capability gap’ for heavy anti-ship weapons as a result of the withdrawal from service of the Harpoon missile 2023.In addition, there has been a divergence between the UK and France when it comes to prioritizing stealth or prioritizing hypervelocity. To date, the UK’s choices have focused more on stealth, while France has favored velocity. The ability to agree on a vector, or even a family of vectors, is another key issue that needs to be satisfactorily resolved for FC/ASW to succeed.While the joint report notes that there is a risk of FC/ASW not proceeding after 2020, it emphasizes that there is still ample time for differences to be ironed out. The two committees express confidence that these issues “can be resolved amicably and successfully”.“The FC/ASW programme is an exciting opportunity to deepen the UK’s and France’s defence partnership and the ‘One Complex Weapons Initiative’, involving MBDA, that has helped to sustain key skills in both countries’ defence industrial bases,” Julian Lewis, Chairman of the Defence Committee, commented.“However, for the programme to succeed, it is clear that some significant issues need to be resolved before the ‘concept phase’ concludes in 2010 and both Governments must approach these issues in a spirit of pragmatism and compromise,” he added.“If these issues can be resolved – and we are confident that they can – then this programme has the potential to strengthen considerably the cooperation between our two countries, including our role in the collective defence of Europe within NATO,” Lewis concluded. View post tag: Royal Navy FC/ASW program is in the interests of both France and the UK, report finds Share this articlelast_img read more

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Facebook is good for you

first_imgNew research has claimed that Facebook could actually be good for your mental state. The study found that “the successful spread of SNSs [social networking sites] might be associated with a specific positive affective state experienced by users.”The researchers wired up 30 students and monitored the reactions of their brain, blood pressure, skin conductance, pupil dilation and heart rate to gauge levels of excitement, arousal, stress and relaxation. They found that three minutes looking at Facebook had significantly different  effects to three minutes spent looking at panoramic landscapes  or a complicated mathematical problem.The landscapes relaxed students the most, and the maths tasks were most stressful. However the social networkers experienced high levels of arousal and excitement. Baroness Susan Greenfield, distinguished scientist and Oxford University professor, commented that the findings “sit entirely with my theory that social networking stimulates the reward pathways in the brain. It would explain the appeal.”She has pointed out however that Facebook could have psychological drawbacks, expressing worry about “declines in empathy” and the promotion of the self as a “commodity.”She added, “I see no evil in social networking per se: it’s when it monopolises someone that it becomes the problem. Social networking in itself is not bad for the brain, but you have to look at the context in which it’s used, and for how often each day.”Psychology student Merabi Chkhenkeli explained, “We experience a varying amount of stresses and natural highs throughout the day, and the positive effects of a quick scroll through Facebook are likely to be insignificant in comparison to the long term effects associated with frequent use of Facebook. Facebook can be both a great tool and a great distraction.”Whether Facebook makes students happy or not, it is considered indispensable by many. Alice Goldman, a Hertford first year, stated, “Facebook makes me worried that it will one day control my life, but sadly it’s too useful to give up.”Rebecca Schofield, a finalist at Somerville, told Cherwell, “I once tried to cut back on my Facebook, getting more time for sleep and a social life instead, but I soon discovered that I had nothing to talk to my friends about, as I simply knew nothing of their lives.“I instead decided long ago to replace my social life with Facebook. I get all of the gossip and none of the awkward human interaction. I find myself trying to ‘like’ things people say in real life; sure, it’s a strange side effect, but not as bad as when I went through my twitter phase and made all my essays 140 characters.”last_img read more

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OCPD Weekly Activity Report April 1-7

first_imgCalls for Service: 514        Daily Average: 73April 1, 2018: SundayCalls for service: 53Stops: 5 Accidents: 0    Property Checks: 21      Alarms: 4The Police Department assisted with 10 Fire and 5 EMS callsDomestic violence, 16th Street, at 10:32pmApril 2, 2018: MondayCalls for service: 84Stops: 23   Accidents: 0   Property Checks: 29      Alarms: 3The Police Department assisted with 12 Fire and 8 EMS callsFraud, 200 block 10th St., at 11:40amAssault, 1700 block Haven Ave., at 4:15pmWarrant, 900 block Wesley Ave., one in custody, at 7:02amApril 3, 2018: TuesdayCalls for service: 69Stops: 23   Accidents: 0    Property Checks: 29    Alarms: 0The Police Department assisted with 12 fire and 8 EMS callsMotor vehicle accident, 11th St. & Ocean Ave., at 10:29amCDS, 34th St., at 8:55pmApril 4, 2018: WednesdayCalls for service: 67Stops: 22   Accidents: 0  Property Checks: 21   Alarms: 2The Police Department assisted with 7 fire and 4 EMS callsApril 5, 2018: ThursdayCalls for service: 76Stops: 18  Accidents: 1    Property Checks: 31   Alarms: 4The Police Department assisted with 7 fire and 5 EMS callsMotor vehicle accident, 55th St. & West Ave., at 8:34amFraud, 1000 block Asbury Ave., at 10:08amApril 6, 2018: FridayCalls for service: 80Stops: 24  Accidents: 1   Property Checks: 36  Alarms: 2The Police Department assisted with 8 fire and 5 EMS callsFraud, 2300 block Simpson Ave., at 11:00amWarrant, 1100 block Simpson Ave., one in custody, at 4:00pmMotor vehicle accident, 600 block Asbury Ave., at 4:43pmApril 7, 2018: SaturdayCalls for service: 85Stops: 32  Accidents: 0  Property Checks: 36  Alarms: 2The Police Department assisted with 7 Fire and 4 EMS callsTheft, 2200 block Bay Ave., at 11:12amWarrant, 34th St., one in custody, at 11:20amPUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENTS:Just a reminder that it is a violation of a City Ordinance to have dogs on the boardwalk anytime during the year.Bicycle riders must obey all motor vehicle laws similar to that of a motor vehicle. They must stop at stop signs, traffic lights and ride with the flow of traffic. Bicycle riders are not pedestrians and do not have the same right of way as a pedestrian when crossing the street at an intersection.When traveling on Route 52, remember that New Jersey State Law requires vehicles to KEEP RIGHT and pass left. The speed limit is 45 mph for the causeway. Ocean City Public Safety Buildinglast_img read more

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Politicians ‘underestimated’ virus threat: EU chief

first_imgPolitical leaders “underestimated” the magnitude of the danger posed by the coronavirus, the president of the European Commission admitted Wednesday, as the EU shut its borders.”I think that all of us who are not experts initially underestimated the coronavirus,” Ursula von der Leyen told Germany’s Bild newspaper in an interview published Wednesday.”But now it is clear that this is a virus that will keep us busy for a long time yet.” Topics : Germany’s economy minister Peter Altmaier said the United States under Donald Trump had taken the threat of the virus even more lightly. “The outbreak of the crisis was probably underestimated even more so in the US than in some countries in Europe,” Peter Altmaier told Germany’s regional press group Funke.  “That is the reason we very much hope that the US will manage to control the situation, also in our own interest,” he added.”No-one hopes that the US economy would fall into an uncontrolled recession.”center_img “We understand that measures that seemed drastic two or three weeks ago, need to be taken now,” she added.The coronavirus outbreak, which first emerged in China late last year, has quickly marched across the globe, infecting nearly 200,000 people and killing 7,900 as governments scramble to contain it.But von der Leyen rejected the language of French president Emmanuel Macron, who likened the outbreak to war this week, and ordered almost the entire population to stay at home for at least two weeks.”I will not personally use that term but I understand the motivation of the French president as the coronavirus is a worrying enemy.” last_img read more

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Governor Wolf Reminds Drivers To Be Safe This Holiday Weekend

first_img Press Release,  PSA,  Public Safety Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today reminded Pennsylvania drivers to avoid dangerous decisions over the long Memorial Day holiday weekend, as Pennsylvania State Police will increase enforcement coverage for drivers under the influence.“This Memorial Day weekend should be about remembering those who sacrificed their lives for our country and enjoying a long, safe weekend with family, friends and neighbors,” Governor Wolf said. “There is no room this weekend for driving under the influence, not wearing a seatbelt or other reckless behavior that puts yourself and fellow Pennsylvanians in danger. If you’re going out and drinking, there’s no excuse: find a ride home or designate a sober driver.”“The Pennsylvania State Police will have extra troopers on the roads this weekend and, along with local law enforcement, will be checking to make sure drivers are sober and wearing a seatbelt.”State Police troopers will be focused on stopping impaired driving and ensuring proper seatbelt use. In conjunction with “Click it or Ticket”, law enforcement will be taking a zero tolerance approach when it comes to buckling up.Troopers will be on the lookout for speeding, tailgating, and other unsafe driving habits on interstates, highways, and local roads. State and local law enforcement will hold DUI checkpoints and patrols throughout the weekend.Drivers can take advantage of the SaferRide app to plan their ride home before they go out. The app, available for free download on Android and Apple devices, is a great option to facilitate a safe ride home after you’ve been drinking. Once the app is downloaded, you can use it to call a taxi or a friend by identifying your location so you can be picked up.The national “Click It or Ticket” campaign occurs May 23 – June 5, 2016. The Department will be conducting high visibility enforcement and, as part of this campaign, Department members certified as Child Passenger Safety (CPS) technicians will be conducting free car seat fitting stations.At these fitting stations, caregivers can have their car seats checked for suitability and can receive instruction in the proper installation of car seats and harnessing of children in those seats. A full list of these locations can be found here.# # #Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf Governor Wolf Reminds Drivers To Be Safe This Holiday Weekend SHARE Email Facebook Twittercenter_img May 27, 2016last_img read more

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Gov. Wolf Touts Efforts to Fight Opioid Epidemic, Expand Take-Back Boxes

first_img March 22, 2019 Gov. Wolf Touts Efforts to Fight Opioid Epidemic, Expand Take-Back Boxes Press Release,  Public Health,  Substance Use Disorder Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today joined representatives from Walgreens and its partners to outline his administration’s efforts in the fight against the opioid epidemic, including the success of drug take-back boxes.“While the take-back program has been, and will continue to be, incredibly successful, we all know that we must do more to rid our communities of the scourge of the opioid and heroin addiction crisis,” Gov. Wolf said. “That’s why, from the beginning, my administration has taken proactive action to get in front of this crisis, and to give our communities the tools they need to fight back.”Governor Wolf first signed a 90-day opioid epidemic disaster declaration in 2018, and the sixth renewal on March 20, so Pennsylvania could put the resources and expertise together to make a concerted effort to battle the epidemic. Today, there are 16 state agencies and many organizations partnering to fight the epidemic from all fronts.The opioid and heroin crisis has hit Pennsylvania hard. According to the CDC, in 2015, more than 3,300 Pennsylvanians died from drug overdoses. There were more than 4,600 overdose deaths in 2016, and more than 5,300 in 2017.“Preliminary data for 2018 indicates that we may have a decrease in deaths in some parts of the state and while that’s promising, there are still many more overdose deaths than there were just four years ago,” Gov. Wolf said. “We need to remain focused on expanding our efforts, many of which are working.”Efforts that include getting more people into treatment, providing the lifesaving overdose reversal drug naloxone and funding 45 Centers of Excellence for substance use disorder treatment in communities across the state are all making a difference. The expansion of the drug take-back box program is also helping, Wolf said.“My administration has created 813 drug take-back locations in all 67 counties, and they are helping to take dangerous drugs off the street and out of the hands of those who might misuse them,” Gov. Wolf said. “Since 2014, we have helped communities properly dispose of, and have destroyed, over 250 tons of prescription drugs.”The governor was joined at Walgreens by representatives of AmerisourceBergen, Independence Blue Cross and Pfizer, partners with Walgreens in the drugstore chains’ safe medication disposal kiosks.Walgreens has the kiosks at 14 Pennsylvania locations, including its flagship store at 1 South Broad Street where the event was held. In total, Walgreens has nearly 1,000 disposal kiosks across the country and has collected and disposed of more than 275 tons of prescription medications since the program began in 2016. The chain plans to expand the kiosks with help from its partners.“Walgreens is pleased to work with leading healthcare organizations to expand the availability of year-round safe medication disposal options throughout Pennsylvania,” said Pat Carroll, M.D., Walgreens chief medical officer and group vice president. “Safe medication disposal kiosks are the best way to prevent unwanted medications from being accidentally or intentionally misused by someone else.”Find a take-back box location for the disposal of prescription drugs in Pennsylvania here.Learn more about how the Wolf Administration is battling the opioid epidemic here.center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

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Mindfulness may not be doing you good

first_imgThe Conversation 5 June 2015Mindfulness as a psychological aid is very much in fashion. Recent reports on the latest finding suggested that mindfulness-based cognitive therapy is as effective as anti-depressants in preventing the relapse of recurrent depression.While the authors of the paper interpreted their results in a slightly less positive light, stating that (contrary to their hypothesis) mindfulness was no more effective than medication, the meaning inferred by many in the media was that mindfulness was superior to medication.Mindfulness is a technique extracted from Buddhism where one tries to notice present thoughts, feeling and sensations without judgement. The aim is to create a state of “bare awareness”. What was once a tool for spiritual exploration has been turned into a panacea for the modern age — a cure-all for common human problems, from stress, to anxiety, to depression. By taking this “natural pill” every day, we open ourselves up to the potential for myriad benefits and no ill-effects, unlike synthetic pills, such as anti-depressants, whose potential for negative side-effects we are all aware of.Side effectsMindfulness is presented as a technique that will have lots of positive effects – and only positive effects. It is easy to see why this myth is so widespread. After all, sitting in silence, focusing on your breathing or being aware of the flow of thoughts and feelings would seem like a fairly innocuous activity with little potential for harm.But considering that many of us rarely sit alone with our thoughts, it isn’t hard to see how this might lead to difficult thoughts and emotions rising to the surface for some people – which we may, or may not, be equipped to deal with. Yet the potential for emotional and psychological disturbance is rarely talked about by mindfulness researchers, the media, or mentioned in training courses.And here we come to an important point. Buddhist meditation was designed not to make us happier, but to radically change our sense of self and perception of the world. Given this, it is perhaps not surprising that some will experience negative effects such as dissociation, anxiety and depression. However, like the small print on medication, these “side-effects” in some individuals are not what the creators of this pill are concerned with promoting.For some, penicillin is life saving; for others, it induces a harmful reaction. Just because your friend or family member responds to a pill a certain way, does not mean you will respond in the same way. The same is also true with mindfulness: for some, it may be very effective or it may not work at all, for others, there may be harmful effects.Mindfulness has been separated from its roots, stripped of its ethical and spiritual connotations, and sold to us as a therapeutic tool. While this may not deny its power as a technique to change our state of consciousness and with implications for mental health, it arguably limits its “naturalness”, as well as its potential – at least as originally intended.Many Buddhists are critical of the use of mindfulness for purposes which are very different from the radical shift in perception they aim for — the realisation of “emptiness” and liberation from all attachments. Instead, as Giles Coren recently claimed, this technique has been turned into a McMindfulness which only reinforces one’s egocentric drives.The idea that each of us is unique is a cornerstone of individual-based therapy. But with mindfulness-based approaches there is little space for one’s individuality, in part because it’s a group practice, but also because there has been no serious attempt to address how individuals react differently to this technique.So if you go into it – as with taking any other kind of pill – keep your eyes open. Don’t consume mindfulness blindly.http://theconversation.com/mindfulness-has-lost-its-buddhist-roots-and-it-may-not-be-doing-you-good-42526Panic, depression and stress: The case against meditationNewScientist 14 May 2015Twitching, trembling, panic, disorientation, hallucinations, terror, depression, mania and psychotic breakdown – these are some of the reported effects of meditation. Surprised? We were too.Techniques such as transcendental meditation and mindfulness are promoted as ways of quieting the mind, alleviating pain and anxiety, and even transforming you into a happier and more compassionate person: natural cure-alls without adverse effects. But happiness and de-stressing were not what meditation techniques, with their Buddhist and Hindu roots, were originally developed for. The purpose of meditation was much more radical: to challenge and rupture the idea of who you are, shaking one’s sense of self to the core so you realise there is “nothing there” (Buddhism) or no real differentiation between you and the rest of the universe (Hinduism). So perhaps it is not so surprising that these practices have downsides. http://www.newscientist.com/article/mg22630210.500-panic-depression-and-stress-the-case-against-meditation.htmllast_img read more

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Local districts to decide if shopping on Easter Sunday is a good idea

first_imgOneNewsNow 22 October 2015A bill allowing local communities to decide whether retailers can open on Easter Sunday was introduced to Parliament today.“The Shop Trading Hours Amendment Bill will enable communities, through councils, to choose whether or not to allow trading on Easter Sunday,”  Workplace Relations and Safety Minister Michael Woodhouse said.“The historical Easter Sunday shop trading exemptions are out of date and create an unfair advantage for certain businesses and regions that can continue trading while others stay shut.”However, Retail NZ said it was “deeply disappointed” in the bill.“Retailers want the choice to open their doors at times when their customers want to shop – but Michael Woodhouse’s bill does nothing other than pass the buck on trading rules to local councils, impose costs on communities and ratepayers, and still tries to ban shopping on Good Friday and Christmas Day, despite the fact that customers can and do shop 24/7 on these days,” Retail NZ general manager Greg Harford said.“We are particularly disappointed that Minister Woodhouse did not consult retailers about the bill, and has refused to meet us to discuss our concerns.”He said giving 67 local councils the power to make 67 bylaws about Easter Trading will result in significant cost for communities, industry, employee groups and councils, as they try to cope with a “tidal wave of lengthy consultation”.“We will likely see a patchwork of confusing and inconsistent rules being applied when a national approach would provide certainty for everyone.“Nobody should be forced to shop on Easter Sunday, or any other time, no employee should be forced to work, and no business should be forced to open. But in 2015, these choices should rest with individuals, employees and business owners, not the Government or council bureaucrats.”https://www.tvnz.co.nz/one-news/business/local-districts-to-decide-if-shopping-on-easter-sunday-is-a-good-idea-q16898last_img read more

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