Yes it’s going to snow in the UK this week – just not in London

Snow and sleet are set to hit Britain as temperatures plummet towards the end of this week – but it looks like the capital will miss out on snow.Londoners should expect “nothing significant” from the weather, the Met Office said today – with temperatures in the capital remaining around the four or five degrees mark, although chilly winds and wintry showers will make it feel a lot colder. whatsapp whatsapp Share Yes it’s going to snow in the UK this week – just not in London Nina Edy Monday 9 January 2017 12:54 pm Although the capital’s commuters are experiencing relatively mild conditions for the Tube strike, it’ll become much colder from Wednesday, with the North West and coastal areas being the worst hit as they experience the Arctic blast.It may become difficult to travel, so motorists and commuters have been warned to be “aware of the potential for disruption to transport due to lying and blowing snow”.Towards the end of the week, any likelihood of snow will be set aside as clear skies allow the sunshine to peek through, although snow showers will still be frequent across Britain.This comes as the parts of Europe experience freezing temperatures. Snow has swept through parts of Greece and Turkey and temperatures have fallen to – 20C in parts of Poland.looking ahead to the rest of the month, bookmaker Betway is “very confident” that london will see snow this January saying “We’ve seen a good sprinkling of bets on London seeing snow this month, with the traders now very confident of the white stuff at 1/2”.  Read This Next20 Stars Who’ve Posted Nude Selfies, From Lizzo to John Legend (Photos)The WrapIf You’re Losing Hair in This Specific Spot, It Might Be a Thyroid IssueVegamourTop 5 Tips If You’re Losing Your EyebrowsVegamourMore People Now Use YouTube Than Facebook or Instagram – What Happened?The WrapWhat Causes Hair Loss? Every Trigger ExplainedVegamourSmoking and Hair Loss: Are They Connected?Vegamour’Infinite’ Film Review: Mark Wahlberg Action-Thriller Overspends andThe WrapThis Is How Often You Should Cut Your HairVegamourHarvey Weinstein to Be Extradited to California to Face Sexual AssaultThe Wrap read more

Do patients who hear voices have the right to refuse psychiatric medicine? A growing movement says yes

first_img Please enter a valid email address. Leave this field empty if you’re human: How common is it to hear voices? The numbers vary widely, but one review of 17 existing studies across nine countries found that, on average, about 1 in 8 people surveyed reported an experience of hearing a voice that wasn’t real.“The findings support the current movement away from pathological models of unusual experiences and towards understanding voice-hearing as occurring on a continuum in the general population,” the researchers wrote in the study, published in 2011 in the Journal of Mental Health.Charles Fernyhough, a psychology professor at Durham University in the U.K. who studies the topic, said one theory holds that the phenomenon appears to be similar to the self-talk that everyone does. It seems a certain percentage of people don’t experience their internal monologues as being something that they themselves have produced, leading them to experience the voices as coming from another person.Voice hearing “is unusual, but it’s not in itself pathological,” Fernyhough said.Finding comfort in invisible friendsLisa Forestell, of Somerville, Mass., has heard voices for as long as she can remember. When she was very young, she thought everyone did, and spoke out loud to hers, two girls and a boy. “I didn’t seem to notice any sort of negative feedback from the rest of my world,” she said.But when she began school, a teacher told her that the voices weren’t allowed to come to school. Forestell “made a pact” with her voices that they would only talk to her in private. It mostly worked.She still was teased, though. And she noticed that in the media, people who heard voices were often depicted as crazy or criminal. “What [these experiences] underscored for me is that I was ‘other.’ I was weird,” said Forestell, who is now 51. “I considered it was a superpower or a cool thing, but really the message that was coming to me was that it  wasn’t a good thing.”Though she found her voices meaningful and comforting — a little group of best friends who happened to be in her head — she didn’t tell anyone again for decades.Only in 2009, while working for the Western Massachusetts Recovery Learning Community, which wanted to start a voice-hearers’ group, did she finally confide in her supervisor. “It was terrifying,” Forestell said.One of the voices has grown up with her — the other two chose to remain children — and all are often sounding boards. When she first decided to go public as a voice hearer, for instance, the voices were cautious and said they didn’t want to be quoted. Now they are encouraging her to speak out, Forestell said. Many in the movement say they’re not mentally ill because their hallucinations don’t cause them distress or interfere significantly with their ability to move productively through life. They say diagnoses are too often subjective and unreliable. Indeed, some say that being labelled mentally ill — or being pushed to go on medications —  has caused them more problems than the voices they hear.The movement’s leaders are careful to acknowledge that antipsychotics and other medications can work for some patients. But they also note that there is a trade-off between those benefits, which can be substantial, and severe and often unpleasant side effects, such as significant weight gain that can lead to diabetes. And there are questions about the long-term effectiveness of psychiatric medications.In workshops and support groups, movement advocates try to reassure people who are frightened by the experience of hearing voices that it’s not unusual and doesn’t necessarily portend a spiral into psychosis. They offer concrete strategies for coping, including trying to set up appointments to talk to the voices at periodic intervals — and wearing headphones while doing so, so it will look to the outside world like you’re simply talking on the phone. A workshop at the World Hearing Voices Congress promises tips on negotiating alternative realities. But the movement, which began in the Netherlands, has spread rapidly in the past three decades; there are now “hearing voices” support groups on all five continents, and over 180 in the U.K., alone, anchored by the Hearing Voices Network. The idea has been slower to take hold in the U.S., which has a strong medical model for treating mental illness, but is gaining steam there, too.“For me, the bottom line is to find the most effective way of treating [the voices] — if the person wants to treat them — which should always include non-medical and medical options,” said David Penn, a psychology and neuroscience professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Penn, who studies psychosocial treatment for schizophrenia, said tactics such as meditation, exercise, and cognitive behavioral therapy can be viable options.There are now about 90 support groups across the U.S., according to the Hearing Voices Network USA. Just last month, advocates of the approach held five training sessions for support group leaders. And in August, the World Hearing Voices Congress will be held at Boston University, the first time the meeting will take place in the U.S. Organizers are hoping for about 500 attendees, though some have expressed worries about having to apply for visas to the U.S., which ask about mental health status. About the Author Reprints [email protected] Psychiatric drugs haven’t improved for decades. So researchers are scouring the brain for leads Related: A journey through schizophrenia, from researcher to patient and back But Swanson said there’s “a big difference” between patients who know that the voices are only being heard by themselves and those who don’t.Most psychiatrists these days want patients to “share in the decision-making” and come up with a personalized treatment plan, Swanson said. “At the same time,” he added, “psychiatrists are the experts in treatment that can be helpful, so they should be involved, monitor what is happening, and try to make sure patients don’t lose insight and get into serious trouble.” Eros Dervishi for STAT LONDON —  The voices came often: three men, mocking her. Telling her she was stupid. Urging her to kill herself.  Psychiatrists diagnosed her with schizophrenia.But Rachel Waddingham now rejects that diagnosis.After more than a decade of taking medications and cycling in and out of mental hospitals, Waddingham has embraced a new way of thinking about her voices. She no longer tries to banish them with drugs, but accepts them as a part of herself. She now considers them a reflection of her feelings and experiences, signals that help her understand when and why she feels overwhelmed —  rather than authorities whose commands she should follow.advertisement “For us, voices are a signal, they are something that tell you about your life,” said Dr. Dirk Corstens, a psychiatrist and psychotherapist in Maastricht in the Netherlands and a leader in the movement. “You have to listen to [them]. Not obey, but listen.”Many recovered voice hearers say that once they engage with the voices, their mental health improves — and the voices become nicer as well.Since going off her medications, for instance, Waddingham has been able to take on demanding full-time jobs, such as serving as a past project manager at a nonprofit mental health advocacy organization. And she’s gotten married. By Shirley S. Wang July 13, 2017 Reprints Now 39, she lives in Faversham, England, about 50 miles east of London, works as a therapist, and gives speeches about voice hearing and recovery strategies around the country. She’s also writing a book and applying for Ph.D. programs.She hears more voices than ever — about 13 at the moment, she estimates. And they continue to tell her to hurt herself or others. Waddingham acknowledges that hearing the voices “can be difficult.” She still has days when it’s hard to cope and she needs to sit home alone and pull a blanket around her. Still, she chooses not to use medication —  even though the drugs did reduce the number of voices she heard.“I’m not a tragic case,” she said.‘Unusual, but not pathological’Many psychiatrists see losing touch with reality —  for example, hearing voices — as a quintessential symptom of severe mental illness and drugs as the most effective treatment to keep the patients from harming themselves or others.There is some research to support this worry: In one seminal U.S. study of 1,410 people with schizophrenia, those who experienced hallucinations, including hearing voices that others don’t hear, were more likely to commit serious violence, though the overall likelihood of violence was still low, according to Jeffrey Swanson, a professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Duke University. He was a co-author on that paper, published in 2006 in the Archives of General Psychiatry. Jeffrey Swanson, psychiatry professorcenter_img Related: “For us, voices are a signal, they are something that tell you about your life.” Newsletters Sign up for Morning Rounds Your daily dose of news in health and medicine. Related: Privacy Policy HealthDo patients who hear voices have the right to refuse psychiatric medicine? A growing movement says yes “Psychiatrists are the experts in treatment that can be helpful, so they should be involved … and try to make sure patients don’t lose insight and get into serious trouble.” @ShirleyWang For Rachel Waddingham, who first heard the voices when she was 18, learning to cope with them without medication changed her life.After coming across the Hearing Voices Network about 15 years ago, she made a conscious decision not to identify as mentally ill. When she told her long-term psychiatrist she wanted to taper off her medication, she got resistance. “Why won’t you let me help you?” the psychiatrist asked.But Waddingham said if she had a choice, she wouldn’t want to get rid of her voices. They have helped her in many ways: She is good at focusing because she has to block out the voices and skilled at managing conflict because the voices can be “pretty harsh.” She also thinks she is more generous as a person, more open to others’ perspectives and more in touch with her own anxieties. The voices serve as a kind of early warning system for internal stress.“If I pay attention, I know before it becomes an issue,” she said.Correction: An earlier version of this story misspelled the name of Lisa Forestell. Psychiatric shock therapy, long controversial, may face fresh restrictions Dr. Dirk Corstens This approach underlies a controversial international movement that raises fundamental questions about what it means to be mentally ill. The question at the heart of the debate: Do patients who hear voices — and suffer other symptoms that psychiatrists would consider severe —  have the right to direct their treatment, even if that means rejecting conventional therapies, such as psychiatric medication?Some mainstream psychiatrists have concerns that people who are out of touch with reality and spurn treatment may pose a danger to themselves or others.advertisement Shirley S. Wang Tags mental healthpatientslast_img read more

Drafted Resolution on the Human Rights Distributed at the General Assembly

first_img News [imText1]Sankei Shimbun, a Japanese newspaper reported that Japan and EU together distributed a drafted resolution to the member states that attended the General Assembly meeting held on the 25th. The drafted resolution addresses the demand for progress on the issue of North Korea’s abduction of foreign nationals. The 62nd UN General Assembly session began on September 18. It was the first session convened since Ban Ki Moon was appointed Secretary-General.According to the Sankei Shimbun, “the drafted resolution denounces North Korea abductions as human rights violations against nationals of foreign sovereign nations and urges North Korea to solve the problem as soon as possible.” It added, “Although resolutions on the North Korea human rights situation have been adopted two years in a row, the current resolution is the first to demand for progress to be made on the abduction issue.”“For the most part, the contents of the draft resolution are similar to the one adopted last year,” the report indicated, “This means no progress has been made in the past year on the issue of abduction.The resolution also demands attention to the ongoing systematic and widespread human rights violations in North Korea.”This includes incidences of torture, public executions, arbitrary detention, concentration camps, forced labor and punishment inflicted on those repatriated to North Korea. Moreover, the resolution urges to continue the investigation of human rights violations in North Korea and to report the results to Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon. Japan and the EU will write a final resolution based on the draft. Once they receive an approval from the Third Committee, they will present the resolution to the General Assembly. Although General Assembly resolutions are not legally binding, together with the resolutions adopted in past years, this one would put increasing pressure on North Korea. In 2005, the South Korean government abstained from voting on a resolution against North Korea. A year later, the government voted yes because of North Korea’s nuclear test. This year, it is expected that the government may abstain again in light of its improving relationship with North Korea. News SHARE Facebook Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Entire border patrol unit in North Hamgyong Province placed into quarantine following “paratyphoid” outbreak There are signs that North Korea is running into serious difficulties with its corn harvest center_img News AvatarYang Jung A News North Korea tries to accelerate building of walls and fences along border with China By Yang Jung A – 2007.10.26 5:47pm Drafted Resolution on the Human Rights Distributed at the General Assemblylast_img read more

JDF Band Marks Emancipation Day in London

first_imgAdvertisements RelatedJDF Band Marks Emancipation Day in London JDF Band Marks Emancipation Day in London UncategorizedAugust 3, 2007 RelatedJDF Band Marks Emancipation Day in Londoncenter_img FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Hundreds of visitors to the Royal Park St. James in London including scores of Jamaicans and their families celebrated Jamaica’s Emancipation Day on August 1, at a stirring concert put on by the combined Jamaica Military and Regiment Band.Led by director, Major Ron Wade the band played a wide variety of pieces from traditional mento tunes such as ‘Sly Mongoose’ and ‘Mango Time’, to ska, and reggae, jazz, as well as some Motown hits.The concert, which was initiated by the Jamaican High Commission also featured the poetry of cultural icon Louise ‘Miss Lou’ Bennett Coverley by poet and actress Carol Russell.A similar concert also at St. James Park will be held to mark Independence Day on August 6. The band has been in the United Kingdom since mid-July for the UK annual Calypso Hop military exchange and to also perform ceremonial duties, including the changing of the Guards at Buckingham Palace, Windsor Castle, and the Tower of London.The JDF contingent has been a hit with Londoners and tourists alike and has also been a source of great pride for the Jamaican community.Meanwhile activities to commemorate the 45th year of Jamaica’s Independence will continue this week-end with the annual Independence Service of Praise and Thanksgiving on August 4 at Southwark Cathedral at London Bridge.This year the sermon will be given by Bishop Joe Aldridge, Secretary of the Minority Ethnic Christian Affairs of Churches Together in England.High Commissioner Burchell Whiteman will read the Prime Minister’s Independence message and the collection this year will be in aid of the High Commission/Walsall/Jamaica Exchange Project for Deaf Youths.In addition to the special church services, several community organizations and groups will also be holding special independence balls, dinners and cultural events.The Association of Jamaican Nationals UK Trust’s Independence Summer Ball will be held on August 4, while a new group, ‘Positively Jamaican’, will host a special cultural event in Stratford East London on August 4 as well. The special Evensong at Westminster Abby this year will be held on Independence Day. RelatedJDF Band Marks Emancipation Day in Londonlast_img read more

Clark County school leaders’ recommendation to start school remotely consistent with new state school reopening metrics

first_imgClark County school leaders’ recommendation to start school remotely consistent with new state school reopening metricsPosted by ClarkCountyToday.comDate: Thursday, August 6, 2020in: Newsshare 0 New Department of Health metrics indicate Clark County is on the high end of the moderate COVID activity category and should begin the school year in remote learningCLARK COUNTY — Gov. Jay Inslee, Superintendent Chris Reykdal and the state Department of Health (DOH) announced a “decision tree” framework  to help school districts determine how to resume learning this fall. The framework emphasizes that community transmission must be low in order for schools to reopen safely for in-person learning.Clark County Public Health reports that there were 74.3 newly diagnosed cases per 100,000 people over 14 days, indicating that Clark County is on the high end of the moderate COVID-19 activity level category, based on the state’s new framework. At this level, DOH recommends a remote learning start to the school year with a gradual expansion to in-person learning, prioritizing in-person learning in small groups of students with high needs, and elementary students.Last week, eight Clark County school districts recommended to their respective school boards that they start the school year in a remote learning model. This decision is consistent with DOH’s new metrics. Photo by Mike SchultzLast week, eight Clark County school districts recommended to their respective school boards that they start the school year in a remote learning model. This decision is consistent with DOH’s new metrics. Photo by Mike SchultzLast week, eight Clark County school districts recommended to their respective school boards that they start the school year in a remote learning model. This decision is consistent with DOH’s new metrics. The eight school districts recommending remote learning include: Battle Ground, Camas, Evergreen, Hockinson, La Center, Ridgefield, Vancouver, and Washougal.“Schools are not islands, meaning virus transmission in a school will spread into the community, just as transmission within the broader community will make its way into schools,” said Dr. Alan Melnick, Clark County’s Public Health director and county health officer. “Clark County school leaders made the appropriate recommendation to start schools remotely and this recommendation is supported by the state’s new metrics, as well as Clark County Public Health.”DOH’s “decision tree” framework offers metrics based on three COVID-19 activity levels: >75 cases per 100,000 in 14 days is considered a high COVID-19 activity level for a community.  At this level, DOH recommends distance learning with the option for limited in-person learning for students who need it most – such as children with disabilities. Sports and extracurricular activities should remain on pause. 25–75 cases per 100,000 in 14 days is considered a moderate COVID-19 activity level.At this level, DOH recommends distance learning as described above, with gradual expansion to in-person education, beginning with elementary students. Younger students under the age of 10 benefit the most from in-person learning while also posing less risk for transmitting COVID-19 than older students. Most sports and extracurricular activities should remain on pause. Below 25 cases per 100,000 in 14 days is considered a low COVID-19 activity level.At this level, DOH recommends full-time in-person learning for all elementary students and hybrid learning for middle and high school, eventually moving to in-person for middle and high school.  School district leaders will continue to collaborate with their local health jurisdictions regarding the number of cases in their communities and when it is safe to gradually expand to in-person education, as is recommended for areas at the moderate COVID-19 activity level.“Our ultimate goal is to get students back in the classroom, but we must do so safely, using the best available health and science data and expert guidance,” said Vancouver Public Schools Superintendent Steve Webb. “Until that time, we will engage students in a thoughtful, robust and accountable remote learning model.”Individual school districts will share more specific and detailed information about their remote learning plans in the coming weeks.Information provided by Educational Service District 112.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textTags:Clark CountyLatestVancouvershare 0 Previous : Public Health issues danger advisory for Vancouver Lake Next : Friends of Hospice of SW Washington to hold Virtual Fundraising EventAdvertisementThis is placeholder textlast_img read more

How to prepare for the Health Professions Virtual Fair Series

first_imgShare Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via Google PlusShare via LinkedInShare via E-mail Whether you’re just getting started in your pre-health journey or you’re applying for professional schools, the three-day Health Professions Virtual Fair Seriesis for you! Attending the Health Professions Virtual Fair can help you learn more about programs that align with your career goals. It’s your chance to speak directly to admission representatives and ask questions about the application process or what makes an ideal candidate for their program.The virtual fair will take place March 2-4, and allows you to connect with a variety of health professions programs. Here are some tips for making the most of the virtual fair.Register for the virtual fairFirst, log in to your Handshake account to view details for the three-day Health Professions Virtual Fair Series. Each day features different types of medical programs:March 2: Physician (Allopathic and Osteopathic) and Dental Programs and IndustriesMarch 3: Physician Assistant, Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy Programs and IndustriesMarch 4: Nursing, Pharmacy and Veterinary Programs and IndustriesThen, review the list of programs attending and identify who you’d like to speak with at the fair. We recommend you set up a schedule by Friday, Feb. 26 (either one-on-one appointments or group sessions) with the programs you are interested in learning about. Setting your schedule early allows you to take advantage of the best time options and have enough time to familiarize yourself with the program. Learn more about signing up for sessions in our Virtual Career Fair Prep guide in our Resource Library. New programs are added daily to the list, so regularly check the Handshake career fair page to see who will be attending. Don’t have a Handshake account yet? Learn how to set up your free account.Update your resume and Handshake profileIt’s best to have a resume that highlights your skills and experience. Whether you’re writing a resume for the first time or updating a previous draft, review these tips to help you get started. Next, use VMock. This online resume-review tool leverages data-science, machine learning and natural language processing to provide personalized feedback on your resume. You can also come to a 15-minute drop-in and meet with a career development advisor to talk through any additional questions. After updating your resume, be sure to complete your Handshake profile. Once you have that updated, make sure your profile details, particularly your qualifications and GPA, are on the public setting for programs to see.Prepare your talking pointsPractice introducing yourself with your elevator pitch. Your elevator pitch is a 30-second introduction that helps break the ice, and shares who you are and your goals. Start by introducing yourself with your name, year in school and area of interest. Share what you’re interested in, and ask questions. Get more tips to help you prepare your pitch.Make a list of questions to askPrepare questions to ask each program. As part of your research before the event, make sure your questions are insightful and not easily answered by looking at their website. As you create your list, prioritize what questions are most important to get answered. If you’re in a group session, you’ll benefit from hearing a variety of questions and the host will likely have key points they want to make. If you’re in an individual meeting, you’ll have 10 minutes to talk with a program representative. First- and second-year students can ask questions to learn about health careers, and talk with representatives about how to become a competitive applicant to their programs. Ask questions that will help narrow down the healthcare field you want to pursue. Juniors and seniors should talk with representatives about the application process at their institution, and gather information about financial aid and any special programs to which you could apply.Here are some questions to get you started: How does your school approach its curriculum (e.g. systems-based, case-based or standard lecture)? What type of student thrives in your program?What does a typical day look like for a first-year student? How does that change as students progress through the program?What are the primary reasons someone would choose to apply to your program?What are the pros/cons of large vs. small class sizes in professional school? Rural vs. urban setting? Moving to a different part of the country for professional school vs. staying near home?What are some tips for ways that undergraduates can best prepare themselves to be especially successful in the application process, in professional school and in their future careers?What are some of the biggest mistakes people make in the application process? What are tips for avoiding them?Get organizedInstructions for how to connect with each program at the virtual fair will be in their schedules, and will be emailed to you prior to your scheduled chat. If you’re using a virtual program to connect with the employer, like Zoom or Skype, test it before your scheduled time.Whether you have a video chat or a phone call scheduled, dress professionally. Dressing up can put you in a better mindset for the virtual fair and help you make a good first impression if you’re on camera. Additionally, be mindful of your background if you have a video chat scheduled with a program.Have a notebook and pen nearby as well. After speaking with programs, write down a few things that were discussed. Take note of what you liked or didn’t like about the programs. You’ll want to reference these notes later to recall the conversation.For more tips to help you prepare for the fair, attend a small-group advising session the week of Feb. 22. You can find these sessions on Buff Portal Advising under Health Professions. If you want additional support for your resume, check out weekly virtual programs and workshops from Career Services. These free workshops will share best practices for resumes, networking and more.last_img read more

GSMA moves MWC21 Barcelona and Shanghai

first_img Previous ArticleRakuten taps Tech Mahindra to boost RCPNext ArticleAlipay parent progresses with big-money IPO AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore42 23 SEP 2020 The GSMA scheduled the world’s biggest annual mobile tech show, MWC Barcelona, to take place from 28 June to 1 July 2021, with MWC Shanghai slotted in for 23 February to 25 February 2021.In a statement, the industry association explained it moved the events due to the ongoing global Covid-19 (coronavirus) pandemic. MWC21 Barcelona was initially planned for the first week of March and while it will remain a predominantly in-person event, GSMA said it will “have virtual elements to complement the overwhelming demand to convene physically”.At a press conference in Barcelona today, GSMA Ltd CEO John Hoffman said 78 per cent of the 100 largest MWC exhibitors including Ericsson, Huawei and Nokia have already confirmed participation at MWC21 Barcelona, and he hopes the figure will eventually exceed 80 per cent.Earlier this year, MWC20 Barcelona became the first major tech event to be affected by the pandemic, with the GSMA cancelling the show less than two weeks before it was due to begin.It subesequently struck a deal to hold MWC in Barcelona until 2024, extending a contract with city partners by a year.The GSMA stated dates for MWC LA are unchanged, with the event scheduled for 26 October to 28 October 2021. Subscribe to our daily newsletter Back Home GSMA moves MWC21 Barcelona and Shanghai Author Justin Springham Justin manages the editorial content for the Mobile World Live portal and award-winning Mobile World Live TV service. In the last few years Justin has launched and grown a portfolio of premier media products, which include the Mobile World Congress… Read morelast_img read more

Spieth not overthinking loss to DJ

first_imgNORTON, Mass. – In the hours following Sunday’s showdown between Dustin Johnson and Jordan Spieth at The Northern Trust, the runner-up sent the champion a text message. Jordan: Man, congrats, that was a good battle, let’s do it again next week. Dustin: Absolutely. I had a good time. That was my turn. 😉 To be completely accurate, Johnson didn’t add an emoji to the end of his text, but it would have been awesome if he did. Not that DJ comes across as a “smiley face” guy and he may have considered any light-hearted attempt at humor poor form. Simply put, it may be too soon. After all, Spieth had just lost a five-stroke lead with 13 holes to play on Sunday at Glen Oaks. Those types of scars normally need some time to callus over, but then Spieth didn’t exactly sound like a man who needed to be talked off a ledge on Thursday at the Dell Technologies Championship. “People keep using the word disappointment. It wasn’t a disappointment. It was a great week,” he said. While “great,” might be a bit of a stretch, Spieth certainly appeared to have left his Long Island loss in the rearview mirror as he made his way up Interstate 95 for the season’s second playoff stop. Part of that is simply the competitive reality of playing professional golf. Even players like Spieth end up on the wrong side of the trophy presentation more times than not, so a bit of Teflon is often the best club in the bag. Dell Technologies Championship: Articles, video and photos Current FedExCup Playoff points standings We’ve seen this resilience before from Spieth, like in 2016 at the Masters when he lost a lead by depositing two pellets into Rae’s Creek en route to a quadruple-bogey 7 on the 12th hole. He bounced back and won at Colonial a few weeks later. Nothing to see here. We saw it at the Travelers Championship earlier this summer when he lost a similar Sunday lead only to finish off Daniel Berger with a dramatic hole-out on the first extra hole; and at last month’s Open Championship when he began Sunday with a three-shot lead only to fall behind before a scrambling bogey from the practice range on the 13th hole ignited a late charge that led to his third major victory. It’s become Spieth’s modus operandi for better or worse. Although he has shown he can dominate a field like any of the game’s best, in his last three Sundays in contention he’s appeared inclined to costly late miscues. At TPC River Highlands and Royal Birkdale, he overcame, which itself carries a weighty significance. “You didn’t see Tiger [Woods] hitting it off the practice ground at an Open Championship and making errors, and then amazing come backs,” said Paul Casey last Saturday at Glen Oaks. “Jordan’s got something very special. What he did at the Open Championship was brilliant, absolutely brilliant, after the start. He has something.” But last week that special something failed to materialize. Although he shot a 1-under 69 to finish 72 holes tied with Johnson, a double bogey-5 at the sixth hole opened the door for the would-be champion. “What I learned from it? I won the tournament, besides the shot I hit in the water on 6,” reasoned Spieth, now four days removed from his Sunday loss. “The shot I hit in the water on 6, my ball speed was the fastest ball speed clocked in the last 10 groups on that hole. Yet, it went the shortest, which just tells me it was a wind gust. So I didn’t do anything wrong.” Perhaps. Golf is, after all, a game where luck can play a significant role; but he also bogeyed the ninth and failed to birdie any of his last five holes, including the overtime frame. There’s always a key distinction in these types of situations, and Spieth was clear at Glen Oaks that he felt like Johnson won the event, as opposed to the 24-year-old losing it. Johnson did close with a bogey-free 66, the second-lowest score of the day, and destroyed the playoff hole (No. 18) with a drive that sailed 341 yards for a flip wedge/birdie walk-off. “I went up against another guy I consider the best in the world, and we had a good battle. And it went his way,” Spieth said. “I think there’s a couple times he’s battled against me he wished it went his way and this is one I wish went my way.” Hindsight can be a patiently unfair benchmark in these situations. Maybe Spieth should have attempted to cut the corner on the first extra hole, like Johnson, but if he doesn’t pull off that shot the second-guessing would be deafening. Always one of the Tour’s most retrospective types, Spieth seems content to not dig too deeply into what may or may not have been done differently. “You can learn from wins and losses, and it being a loss, there really isn’t much I can take out of that,” he said. “I was correcting mistakes that I had made in other losses. I was correcting tendencies and did a great job of it.” Like everything else in Spieth’s career, the important thing now is what he does the next time he’s in the hunt.last_img read more

From NHL to Stumptown

first_img Email “It was a tremendous cooperative effort by everybody,” he said. “Now we’ve got a great facility for a small town like we have. We have a very versatile facility that draws raves from everyone.” Stumptown has become the valley’s hockey hub. The rink is used seven days a week from 6 a.m. to almost midnight. More teams are added every winter, including the new junior hockey program, the Glacier Nationals. Women’s teams have increased this year, too. Craven and others would like to add new locker rooms to facilitate the constant increase in needs. “We’re getting good use out of (Stumptown),” he said. “We’ve grown. (New locker rooms are) just appropriate growth for us.” His motivation for helping make Stumptown a hockey hot spot goes back to his roots. If it wasn’t for those neighborhood ice rinks, he doesn’t know where he’d be today. Nowadays, Craven said, hockey isn’t as popular as it once was, even up north, but he believes the sport is regaining some of its old appeal. Hockey games are not on television as often as other sports, but that could be changing now that NBC has purchased Versus and plans to enhance the sport’s exposure. For kids growing up the options seem limitless. Hockey can be expensive. That’s why youth players can use gear stored at Stumptown’s equipment bank instead of having to buy everything. Teams for all ages are available. “That’s how it starts. You just develop a love for the game and take it as far as your ability and passion will allow you,” he said. “That’s what we’re trying to do here. If someone has that passion, we’ll get them playing.” Bringing the Stanley Cup to town doesn’t hurt either. Craven’s friend Doug Houda is an assistant coach on the Boston Bruins. After the team won the Stanley Cup last season, Craven talked Houda into bringing the shiny silver trophy to Whitefish. In July, Lord Stanley’s Cup made an appearance at Stumptown. “I bet we had about 3,000 people here,” Craven said. “We had a great time with it.” Craven is one of nearly a dozen former NHL players who live in the area, although he’s one of the few who live here year-round. He goes to a few professional games a year and keeps in touch with friends still in the league. He still often watches the sport on TV. But mostly the 47-year-old father has a new focus and a new role, sharing his passion at Stumptown with his kids and others. “I’m now a professional amateur coach,” he said laughing. Craven enjoyed a long and successful career in the NHL, playing in more than 1,000 games and making three trips to the Stanley Cup Finals. In perspective, over half of all NHL players play less than 100 games and only roughly 4 percent play as many games as Craven, according to NHL statistics. What set Craven apart? In his words, it boils down to one word: passion. “I tell anyone who ever asks for any advice, ‘If you don’t absolutely love the sport you’re playing, I don’t want to say it can’t happen, but there’s a good chance you’ll never be a professional,’” he said. “Because the sacrifice and the work load to get to the highest level, if you don’t have a passion for it you won’t put in the time and work to get there.” Craven put in the work, first at the neighborhood ice rink and then at the junior level. That’s when people began noticing the 6-foot-2 center from Medicine Hat, Alberta. “I don’t think I truly thought I’d be an NHL hockey player until I was probably 16-17 (years old),” he said. “Then all of a sudden scouts started talking to me. Before that I was just playing because I loved to play.” The Detroit Red Wings drafted the 18-year-old with the 17th pick of the 1982 NHL Draft. Craven went on to play for five other teams throughout his career and amass 266 goals and 493 assists before retiring in 2000. Craven often visited Whitefish with his family growing up for vacations during the winters and summers. Years later when he was looking for a place to live during the offseason he returned to Northwest Montana and bought a house that became his family’s full-time home after he retired. “It’s been a good spot for us,” he said. “It made the transition (after retiring) kind of seamless. We already had everything set up. My kids don’t really know anything else other than living in Whitefish.” Not long after Craven settled into town he returned to the ice. Stumptown was an outdoor rink at the time and had a long list of needs, including a roof. A group of hockey enthusiasts throughout the community came together and organized a plan to update the rink. Craven volunteered to be the fundraising chairman. The group raised $2.4 million and upgraded the entire facility to its current status before giving it to the city debt-free. Murray Craven outlines a drill while helping coach the Glacier Nationals at Stumptown Ice Den in Whitefish. WHITEFISH — When Murray Craven was growing up in Canada, every neighborhood had an ice rink and everyone played hockey. “We could make a game up in about 15 minutes,” he said. Playing for hours on end with his two brothers, day after day, Craven honed his skills and developed a love for the game that led to a successful 18-year NHL career. These days his professional career is in the rearview mirror and the slap shot is a little rustier than it used to be. But Craven’s passion for hockey is still intact. Some days it even seems like he’s spending as much time at Stumptown Ice Den as he did at the rink during his NHL days. “I’m here a lot,” he said smiling recently inside the lobby at the local indoor rink. A few feet behind him, a couple of old pictures from his NHL playing days hung on the wall. Craven has become a fixture at the popular ice rink, whether it’s as a coach for both his son and daughter’s youth teams, or to play in a men’s league game or to help brainstorm facility improvements. Murray Craven works the puck while helping coach a Glacier Nationals hockey practice at Stumptown Ice Den in Whitefish. Craven retired from the NHL in 2000 after 18 seasons and now spends his time volunteering as a youth hockey coach and board member of the Glacier Hockey Association, a non-profit organization supporting youth hockey in the valley. Stay Connected with the Daily Roundup. Sign up for our newsletter and get the best of the Beacon delivered every day to your inbox.last_img read more

€2m ICT grants announced for Donegal schools

first_imgHomepage BannerNews WhatsApp Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Previous article10 Covid related deaths and 290 new cases confirmed in NINext articleMark Timlin signs with Harps for 2021 News Highland Pinterest €2m ICT grants announced for Donegal schools DL Debate – 24/05/21 Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook Pinterest Google+center_img Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme By News Highland – November 30, 2020 €2m worth of ICT grants has been announced for primary and post-primary schools in Donegal.The funding is part of a €50 million package for schools nationwide, €10 million of which is for Covid-19 specific measures.Just over €1 million has been sanctioned for primary schools in the county and post-primary schools will receive almost €937,400.In welcoming the funding, Agriculture Minister Charlie McConalogue says the funding will allow schools to improve current ICT infrastructure and enable them to provide for remote learning. Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Facebook Google+ Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic WhatsApp News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Twitterlast_img read more