Ask an Expert Series: Serving Dual Language Children and Families

first_imgImage from Pixabay.com, CC0Following our first webinar of 2018 the FDEI team recognized our audience’s desire for quality resources and information related to dual language learners.  We carefully reviewed your questions and comments and reached out to Elizabeth D. Peña, Ph.D. at the University of California, Irvine.   Dr. Peña, a certified Speech-Language Pathologist, is a professor in the School of Education.  She is also an American Speech Language Hearing Association Fellow. Her research focuses include bilingualism, language impairment, language development, and assessment bias & measurement.  In this three-part blog series Dr. Peña hopes to answer your questions and help dispel common myths.What does the literature say about the possibility of a child with a disability becoming confused if they are exposed to two languages? Children learn the language(s) they are exposed to, and the idea that bilingual children with disabilities can become confused from exposure to two languages is a myth. Children with developmental language disorders (DLD) struggle to learn language; and they struggle to learn more than one language. However, they do not struggle more if exposed to multiple languages, than if they were learning only one language.  Encouraging families to switch to only one language robs children of opportunities to learn in one of their languages. It may cause family networks to weaken if individuals cannot communicate with everyone in their lives. Language is the about expression of complex ideas, making connections, and telling your own story.  Exposure to such language is necessary for a child to develop these skills. Thus, if children are encouraged to switch to a language that a parent may not speak well, this may reduce the instances in which children hear rich, complex language. Are language milestones different for dual language learners?Yes and no. In general, milestones such as the age at which children use first words and word combinations, acquire vocabulary, and learn grammar are very similar to monolingual children. Children learn their first words around 12 months, can use approximately 50 words by 18 months and begin combining words around age 2.  Children exposed to two languages show the same trajectory as children who are exposed to only one. It is important to recognize that words in both languages must be counted to determine a sum total of words known by the child.  Therefore, if a child knows 25 words in one language and 25 words in another language by 18 months, this may look delayed if evaluating one language at a time. The total of 50 words however, is on target for their age.  The number of words known in each language is related to how much children hear of each language. They may know 10 words in one and 40 in another and so on. All these combinations are well within the normal range.   It may take a little extra time for children to gain mastery of their grammatical system for a language. This is entirely normal for children who are only exposed to one language and also for children who are exposed to more than one language. However, for children who hear and use more than one language, an increased number of errors in the weaker language (usually the one they hear less of) may occur. Again, this is very typical. DLD are characterized by extreme difficulty learning the grammatical system. If by age 3 or 4 children are making many grammatical errors in both of their languages (especially leaving out forms, like –ed in walked), this is a cause for concern. If they are making many errors in only one language, this is not worrisome.What assessment tools are available that can be effectively used with dual language learners?  Can you provide weblinks to these tools?  In what language should they be assessed?There are a limited number of tools to assess children who are dual language learners. What is important in evaluating a child’s language ability is to test in both languages. It is difficult to know from the outset which is a child’s stronger or better language and often a child can express ideas in one language that he or she does not express in the other. A child’s two languages are not exactly the same. Thus, it is important to evaluate the child’s ability in both languages. Bilingual English Spanish Assessment (BESA)This test was developed by my colleagues and I in the areas of speech sounds and language (including grammar and vocabulary) of Spanish and English.Clinical Evaluation of Language Fundamentals (CELF) Preschool Language Scales (PLS)Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy (DIBELS) and Indicadores Dinámicos del Éxito en la Lecture (IDEL)These assessments are used to evaluate reading and writing.Assessing Spanish-English Bilingual PreschoolersThis recent book reviews many assessments for use with children who are bilingual in Spanish and English.   To jump to part two in this Ask an Expert series click here.This post was edited by Robyn DiPietro-Wells & Michaelene Ostrosky, Ph.D., members of the MFLN FD Early Intervention team, which aims to support the development of professionals working with military families. Find out more about the Military Families Learning Network FD concentration on our website, on Facebook, on Twitter, and on YouTube.last_img read more

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Video Tutorial: How to Create Karaoke Graphics in After Effects

first_imgStep 1 — Add the TextFirst, I’ll add a text layer using the Text tool. This project is going to be quite simple, and it will only consist of the song I’m using and the text layers. To view the waveforms of my song, I’ll select the layer and use the keyboard shortcut LL. When I can see the waveform, I’ll listen to the track and add markers to the comp. I want the markers to roughly surround each verse where I want to add a single line of text. This will serve as a visual reference when keyframing. Step 2 — Add the Color PropertyThe secret to making this effect work is using Animators. To add one, I’ll click on the Animate drop-down menu just to the right of the Text menu of my layer. As you’ll notice in the menu, there are a number of attributes for which I can add animators, but I want to focus on the color of the text. For a color animator, I’ll select Fill Color > RGB and then change the color to whatever I like. Now my text is ready for animation.Step 3 — AnimateText animators come with a Range Selector, allowing me to select a specific range to apply to my color effect. Range Selectors have Start, End, and Offset attributes, giving you precise control over the text animation. To create a simple right-to-left color wipe effect, I’ll animate the End attribute of the Range Selector from 0 to 100, lining up the keyframes to the markers surrounding the verse. Once I have my beginning and end keyframes in place, I’ll go through and fine-tune the Range Selector’s location. To better match the wipe effect to each word, I can put my playhead over a specific area of the timeline and then manually drag the Range Selector in the Comp panel. This will add a new keyframe to my End property. Once I’m happy with the timing of the End property, I’ll grab all of the keyframes and apply Easy Ease via the F9 key. Step 4 — CustomizeI can further customize the look of the color wipe via the Range Selector’s Advanced submenu. The animation defaults to animating each text character on screen one at a time, which might not be the look I want. I can switch this to exclude the spaces between characters, or I can have each word animate on (instead of individual characters). I like the way the words look, so I’ll change this and then retime any keyframes to make sure that the animation still looks good.And there you have it. Time to party!Cover image via Fer Gregory.Interested in the tracks we used to create this video?“Lovely Travel” by Make Music“Fly Free” by HartleyLooking for more After Effects tutorials? Check these out.Video Tutorial: Create a Callout Graphic in Adobe After EffectsVideo Tutorial: How to Create Anime Speed Lines in After EffectsVideo Tutorial: How to Fine-Tune Keyframes in Adobe After EffectsVideo Tutorial: How to Morph Graphics Using Adobe After EffectsHow to Create an Animated Circle Burst in Adobe After Effects Need some Karaoke graphics? No problem. Learn how to customize your text and animation (and save yourself some time) in this video tutorial.Whether you just want to boogie down and sing with your friends or you’re working on a creative motion graphics project, this technique can speed things up for you. The problem is that creating text graphics like this can be extremely tedious and labor-intensive. The beauty of this technique is that not only is it fast, it’s also versatile and customizable. Let’s take a step-by-step look at how to create these karaoke-style text elements.last_img read more

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AEK Faces Bayern Munich, Madrid Needs Win in Champions League

first_imgBERLIN (AP) — Three-time defending champion Real Madrid is in crisis after four defeats in five games as it returns to the Champions League on Tuesday.The question hanging over Santiago Bernabeu Stadium before Viktoria Plzen’s visit is whether club president Florentino Perez has already had enough of Madrid coach Julen Lopetegui.The former Spain coach, who took over after Zinedine Zidane’s surprise resignation, is on shaky ground after three straight defeats. Lopetegui’s team lost 1-0 at CSKA Moscow in the Champions League before two humbling defeats to modest Spanish league teams Alaves and Levante.Lopetegui said after Saturday’s 2-1 home loss to Levante that his main concern is “picking up his boys.”Even a win over Plzen may not save Lopetegui with Madrid facing an always demanding visit to Barcelona’s Camp Nou on Sunday.Madrid captain Sergio Ramos said he hopes a win over Plzen will help the team start to click.“Every three days you have a chance to turn this around,” Ramos said. “Tuesday we have another test. The best thing we can do is to remain united.”Madrid is unbeaten in 26 group games at home while Plzen – already bottom of Group G – has lost all three European games it has played in Spain without scoring.Here is a look at the four Champions League groups on Tuesday:GROUP EBayern Munich is targeting another win at AEK Athens after finally ending a four-game winless streak at Wolfsburg on Saturday. Tension at the Bavarian powerhouse was evident with club bosses blasting the media on Friday for unfavorable coverage during its uncharacteristic slump, but the mood is better now ahead of the visit to Athens.FILE – AEK’s Petros Mantalos, right, celebrates after scoring the opening goal from the penalty spot during the Champions League playoffs, second leg, soccer match between AEK Athens FC and MOL Vidi FC at the OAKA Spiros Louis stadium in Athens, Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2018. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)The Greek champion is looking for its first points after losing both of its opening games to Ajax and Benfica.Bayern coach Niko Kovac will take encouragement from the fact the club has never lost in nine games against a Greek club.Ajax hosts Benfica in Amsterdam, where the home side will hope to build on its fine performance from its 1-1 draw in Munich.GROUP FShakhtar Donetsk ended Manchester City’s unbeaten start to the season with a 2-1 win when they met in the Champions League last year. This time round, Shakhtar welcomes City on an 11-game unbeaten run of its own, though most of that was against relatively weak opposition.City, beaten 2-1 at home by Lyon in its first group game, will be wary of another slip despite a confidence-boosting 5-0 win over Burnley on Saturday.Group leader Lyon visits Hoffenheim with forward Memphis Depay hitting form again at the right time. Depay impressed for the Netherlands during the international break and ended his 10-game scoring drought for Lyon on Friday.GROUP GWith most of the attention on Real Madrid, CSKA Moscow will hope to build on its win over the defending champions by beating Roma away on Tuesday.It won’t be an easy task. Since defeating Madrid, CSKA has lost to Lokomotiv Moscow and crashed out of the Russian Cup on penalties to a struggling second-tier team. It beat Russian Premier League relegation candidate Anzhi Makhachkala 2-0 on Friday.CSKA won’t want a repeat of its last away game at Roma. A 5-1 loss in 2014 was accompanied by racism and violence from the traveling fans, leading to CSKA being forced to play two European home games behind closed doors.Roma has also had a mixed run this season. Just as it seemed like Eusebio Di Francesco had sorted out his team’s problems, its four-match winning streak was brought to a halt by a 2-0 home defeat to Spal on Saturday.Roma has picked up only 14 points in Serie A so far, its worst tally from the first nine league matches since 2012-13.GROUP HJuventus’ Cristiano Ronaldo tries to score during an Italian Serie A soccer match between Juventus and Genoa, at the Alliance stadium in Turin, Italy, Saturday, Oct. 20, 2018. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)All eyes will be on Cristiano Ronaldo when he returns to Old Trafford looking to score for the third straight match against his former club – this time for Juventus.Ronaldo has played against Manchester United twice since leaving for Real Madrid in 2009. Both goals came in the last-16 stage in the 2012-13 competition.More than five years on and Ronaldo is still a goal-scoring phenomenon. On Saturday, he scored against Genoa in Serie A to become the first player to net 400 goals across Europe’s top five leagues.Juventus midfielder Emre Can will miss the game after being diagnosed with a thyroid nodule that could also require surgery.Young Boys hosts goal-shy Valencia in the other group game. Valencia hasn’t managed to score more than one goal in a match since Sept. 2.—By CIARAN FAHEY , Associated PressTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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Tallinks Superfast Ferries Delivered to Stena North Sea

first_imgzoom Oslo-listed AS Tallink Grupp transferred the ownership of two of its previously chartered-out ships, Superfast VII and Superfast VIII, to Stena North Sea Limited on December 14.The ownership transfer follows the sale agreements between Baltic SF VII Ltd and Baltic SF VIII Ltd, both subsidiaries of AS Tallink Grupp, and Stena North Sea Limited, concluded in July 2017. The deals have a value of around EUR 133.5 million (USD 152 million).“The proceeds from the sale of the vessels will reduce the net debt and strengthen the group’s financial position,” Veiko Haavapuu, Finance Director of Tallink Grupp AS, said.From 2006 to 2011, Tallink operated the two Superfast ferries between Finland and Germany. In spring 2011 the company then signed an agreement with Stena Line on the charter of the two vessels. They were transferred in August of the same year. Since then the two ferries have been operating in British waters.last_img read more

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APTN Investigates – Precious Ones

first_imgAPTN InvestigatesAPTN Investigates Holly Moore travelled to Sydney, NS and Leaf Rapids, MB to investigate the sudden deaths of Indigenous women.Their cases were closed by police but their families are left with lingering doubts and say racism played a role in the investigation.Here is the full episode of Precious Ones.last_img

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Bank unions write to Modi urge Govt to take over Jet Airways

first_imgMumbai: Bank unions Friday urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to take over grounded Jet Airways to secure the future of the 22,000-odd employees of the carrier. In a letter to Modi, the All-India Bank Employees Association also said government must ensure that banks are not forced to lend to the crippled airline. After flying for 25 years, Jet Airways Wednesday announced grounding of operations after its lenders declined an interim funding of Rs 400-crore. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscal”We learn that banks have invited bids to possible investors to take over the airline. If it does not happen, we urge you to take over the airline so that the jobs of these 22,000 employees are safe,” the association said. At the same time the unions opposed any move to force banks to lend more money to the airline. “Everyone is looking at the banks to bail out the airline as though lenders are the owners,” the unions said, also demanded an enquiry into the affairs of Jet. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boost”Naresh Goyal is still the promoter and major share- holder with 51 percent stake and it is his headache to run the company or sell it someone,” the unions said. The attempts to sidetrack the whole issue by building pressure on the banks to extend further loan and save the company is only with a view to keep Goyal out of the picture whereas he is the real man who is answerable for the whole crisis, the unions claimed. “We seek the immediate intervention of the government so that banks are not pressurised to dole out more money,” the letter said. The airline owes more than Rs 8,500 crore to banks and around Rs 4,000 crore to its vendors and aircraft lessors and months of salaries to the employees apart from thousands of crores of rupees in ticket refunds to passengers. That apart it has an accumulate loss of over Rs 13,000 crore. A consortium of banks led by State Bank had said they were hopeful of a successful bidding process for stake sale in the airline. The 26 lenders to the cash strapped airline, now own 51 percent stake in the airline, have invited bids from potential suitors and received four bids from Etihad Airways, NIFF, TPG and Indigo Partners and expect to close the deal by May 10.last_img read more

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Bengal provides Ayush training at blocklevel

first_imgKolkata: The Bengal government has started Ayush (Ayurveda, Naturopathy, Yoga, Unani, Sidhha and Homeopathy) training at the block-level across the state to enhance health infrastructure in the rural areas.The state government has completed the training programme for some of its medical officers, who would in turn train the other health workers at the district-level. After being trained, the district-level medical officers would train the Asha workers in the block level. The Asha workers will visit door-to-door to create awareness about fitness by using the traditional methods of treatment. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaVarious camps have been organised by the state government to train the medical officers. The Asha workers will visit the houses and train the people on how to combat diabetes, hypertension and others diseases by adopting some simple methods. The villagers in the block-level will be trained to identify the plants with medicinal value that are abundantly found in their vicinity. The block-based training progarmme was started in Malda on May 16 and would continue till May 17. Similar programmes will be conducted in other districts in various phases. The programme was a part of National Ayush Mission, a campaign initiated by the Centre. The programme is run by Centre and the state government. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayDr Sumit Sur from National Ayurveda Students and Youth Association said: “We welcome the move taken by the Centre to provide assistance to the state government in order to flourish Ayush treatment at the block-level.” Dr Biswajit Ghosh, Ayurvedic Medical Officer, Uttar Chandipur Sadar Upaswasthya Kendra, in Malda said: “It is a unique initiative by the state government and it will help to promote the traditional methods of treatment in the villages.”last_img read more

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UN report warns of disturbing trend of attacks against schools during armed

The annual report of the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict finds that out of 22 conflicts that were monitored, attacks against schools and hospitals were reported in at least 15.The physical damage or destruction of schools is the most re-occurring violation, but there are also reports of schools being closed because of military occupation or direct threats.“The infrastructure of schools have been physically destroyed by armed actors, and students and educational personnel have been attacked, threatened or intimidated,” the report states.“In some situations, girls and girls’ schools have been specifically targeted. The use of schools by armed elements has, in certain circumstances, compromised the civilian nature of schools and put students at risk.”The report recommends that the Security Council agrees to add the armies, rebel militia and other insurgent groups that target schools to its “list of shame” that already includes groups that recruit or use child soldiers, kill or maim children or commit acts of sexual violence against them.Issuing the report today, Radhika Coomaraswamy, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative, stressed that schools must always be safe places of learning for children.“They should be zones of peace. Those who attack schools and hospitals should know that they will be held accountable,” she said.No parties were taken off the shame list in the report, which covers 2010, but four more were added – two in Yemen and two in Iraq. The Yemeni groups named were pro-Government tribal militia and al-Houthi rebels, both for recruiting and using child soldiers. The Iraqi groups cited were the insurgent group known as the Islamic State of Iraq, and Al-Qaida in Iraq, including its armed youth wing known as the Birds of Paradise.Ms. Coomaraswamy told journalists that naming and shaming parties was important because it acted as a catalyst for them to change their practices, and in some cases has led to the framing of action plans for ending the recruitment and use of child soldiers.In Afghanistan, the UN and the Government recently reached an agreement to release children from the Afghan national security forces and to put in place age verification measures to prevent under-age recruitment.Progress has also been made in the Philippines, Sudan and Somalia, and Ms. Coomaraswamy said she was encouraged that more and more parties on the shame list are approaching the UN to enter into an action plan.Overall, the Special Representative stressed, 2010 was “another tragic year” for the world’s youngsters.The report stressed that all parties to conflict, including international forces mandated to intervene, must meet their obligations under international humanitarian and human rights law.The report examined armed conflicts last year in Afghanistan, Burundi, the Central African Republic (CAR), Chad, Colombia, Côte d’Ivoire, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Haiti, India, Iraq, Lebanon, Myanmar, Nepal, the occupied Palestinian territories and Israel, Pakistan, Philippines, Somalia, Sri Lanka, Sudan, southern Thailand, Uganda and Yemen. 11 May 2011Peace and SecurityAn increasing number of parties to armed conflicts around the world are deliberately attacking schools or forcing them to close in a disturbing and growing trend, according to a United Nations report released today. read more

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Foreign Ministry unaware of Obama visit

“We are not aware of a visit at this time by the US President,” she said. However Foreign Ministry spokesperson Mahishini Colonne said that the Foreign Ministry is unaware of such a visit being confirmed. The Foreign Ministry today said that it was unaware of a visit to Sri Lanka by US President Barack Obama being scheduled this year.Minister and United National Party Parliamentarian Lakshman Kiriella had said yesterday that while Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US Secretary of State John Kerry had already visited Sri Lanka, US President Barack Obama is expected to visit Sri Lanka by the end of this year. She that the Foreign Ministry understands there is a possibility President Obama may visit Asia later this year.The Foreign Ministry spokesperson also said that Sri Lanka will welcome a visit to Sri Lanka by President Obama as that would be the first visit to Sri Lanka by a US President. (Colombo Gazette) read more

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McDonalds Canada to start buying sustainable beef for its Angus burgers

TORONTO — McDonald’s Canada says it will be the first Canadian company to acquire beef that is “certified sustainable” according to standards outlined by the Canadian Roundtable for Sustainable Beef (CRSB).The chain says more than 20 million of its Angus burgers will be sourced according to the CRSB standards over the next 12 months.Those standards include ensuring animals have adequate feed and access to drinking water and that they endure minimal stress and pain.Tim Hortons tests food delivery in 3 cities, working on kids menu and loyalty programMcDonald’s lifts ploy to sell muffin tops straight from Seinfeld episode to win back breakfast customersMcDonald’s extends its cafe chain rollout as it battles Tim Hortons and StarbucksFarmer and ranchers must also manage grasslands and grazing in a way that maintains or improves soil health and protects watersheds.McDonald’s Canada says it gets 100 per cent of the beef for its hamburgers from Canadian ranches and farms, primarily in Alberta and Saskatchewan.This move comes about a month after the chain began selling bagels at all of its Canadian locations to woo breakfast diners.“Consumers are increasingly inquisitive about the food they’re eating and want to know it was produced in a socially responsible, economically viable and environmentally sound manner,” said Cherie Copithorne-Barnes, a rancher and chairwoman of the CRSB.“As we all strive to make continuous improvements, it’s important to recognize achievements made along the way.” read more

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Nigeria Famine averted but millions still at risk stresses top UN relief

“We have averted famine, but millions of people are still at risk if more international help is not forthcoming,” said Mark Lowcock, the UN Emergency Relief Coordinator, at the end of a two-day mission to the country. “At next week’s General Assembly in New York, I will urge world leaders to maintain their financial and political support for the Lake Chad Basin crisis, and to work with the Nigerian authorities to bring stability to the north-east,” he added. In particular, Mr. Lowcock, also the UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, noted the Nigerian Government’s leadership and coordination of relief efforts and welcomed the Vice President’s assurance to extend the Government’s own food aid programme. He also highlighted that the international system has also rapidly scaled up and saved millions of lives, reaching two million people with food assistance every month as well as providing life-saving nutritional support to hundreds of thousands of children. However, the humanitarian situation remains precarious. Since the beginning of the Boko Haram conflict, more than 20,000 people have been killed, thousands of women and children abducted, many forced into displacement, and subjected to violations of international humanitarian and human rights law. In north-east Nigeria, at least 8.5 million people are dependent on humanitarian assistance. Recalling his visit to Gwoza – a town which the Boko Haram declared capital of its territory in 2015 before Government forces took it back the same year – and meeting Fatima, a nine-year-old girl who fled with her family to the town four years ago, Mr. Lowcock said that though many towns in the region are relatively safe, more needed to be done to bring safety to the rural areas. “In the meantime, Fatima and millions of others like her will rely on humanitarian assistance,” he noted. Mr. Lowcock travelled to Niger and Nigeria from 9-12 September, shortly after beginning his roles as the top UN relief official on 1 September. While in the two countries, he also held meetings senior government officials, UN humanitarian agencies, international non-governmental organizations and the diplomatic community. read more

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Record July new car market

Record July new car marketForecast for year-end 2002 revised upwards to 2.51 million units Momentum returns to new car market in July, up 13.1 per cent So far in 2002, registrations have risen seven per cent to 1,543,330 units July growth driven by private demand, up 14.1 per cent to 92,951 units Commenting on the figures Christopher Macgowan, SMMT chief executive said, ‘The new car market has surpassed industry expectations so far this year, and SMMT has revised its year-end forecast. If, as expected, sales hit 2.5 million units it will be another record, coming hot on the heels of last year’s best-ever figures. ‘July’s figures alone tell a familiar story of strong demand fuelled by lower prices, low interest rates and an ever-increasing base of new models coming onto the market. Sales will start to cool down later this year – but not by enough to stop 2002 being another bumper year.’Notes to editors July 2002 new car registrations reached 195,637 units, beating the previous record total of 173,038, set in July 2001, by 22,599 cars. Diesel registrations soared again in July 2002. Total registrations reached 47,311 units, up 52.7 per cent on the July 2001 total of 30,977 cars.July 2002 The attached tables show the registration figures for Great Britain, Northern Ireland, The Isle of Man and the Channel Islands in detail. Top performers by range and UK penetration figures are also listed. Providing the SMMT is acknowledged as the source of this information, the figures may be quoted. Substantial reproduction needs specific approval by the SMMT. DownloadClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

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Health chiefs vow to step up war on salt as targets to

“While we have seen some progress, those that have taken little or no action cannot be excused for their inactivity. It is clear that, with the right leadership from industry, further salt reduction in foods continues to be possible.”The health body is calling for mandatory labels on foods so that they display their salt content.Health officials recommend that adults should eat no more than 6 grams of salt a day. Overall, manufacturers met just 37 per cent of their average targets, the figures show, with better progress by retailers, who achieved 73 per cent of the goals they were set.Dr Alison Tedstone, chief nutritionist at PHE, said: “Too much salt can lead to increased blood pressure which can cause heart disease and stroke – two of the biggest killers of adults in the UK – which is why government has set such stretching targets. It follows warnings from health campaigners that a sausage sandwich could contain nearly two thirds of an adult’s recommended salt intake.Kate Halliwell, Head of UK Diet and Health Policy at the Food and Drink Federation, said:  “This report shows the good progress manufacturers have made under the ambitious salt reduction programme, with almost three quarters of foods falling below the maximum salt targets.“FDF members have led the way in reducing salt in food. Voluntary action helped to reduce adult intakes by 11 per cent between 2005/6 and 2014. And during the lifetime of the latest salt targets – 2012 to 2017 – our members have reduced salt by a further 11.4 per cent, continuing to build on more than 15 years of steady reformulation work. This has been done without compromising on taste, quality or safety.” But the average person consumes around 8 grams a day – a slight fall from 8.5 grams in 2011.Breakfast cereals, fat spreads, baked beans, pizza and pasta were among foods which hit the average targets.Public Health Minister Steve Brine said: “While it is encouraging to see the food industry is making progress towards the salt reduction targets we set in 2014, we know there is more to do.“That’s why we committed to further reducing salt intake in our prevention vision. Next year we will put forward realistic but ambitious goals and set out details of how we will meet them.”The PHE report provides the first detailed analysis of the salt content of foods for which reduction targets have been set.The foods covered by the targets are the main contributors to dietary salt intakes in adults in the UK and provide around 54 per cent of salt in the diet. Health chiefs have demanded “no more excuses” after new figures showed just half of targets to cut salt intake in common foods have been met.A report by Public Health England (PHE) reveals zero progress reducing average salt content in some foods – including bacon and ham – since pledges were made four years ago.Ministers have repeatedly vowed to wage war on salt, which increases the risk of heart attacks and strokes.The new analysis found that just 52 per cent of the average sodium level targets were met for products consumed in the home, PHE said.Meat products were the saltiest culprits, with no average targets met and 43 per cent of products above recommended maximum limits.No progress at all was made reducing the average salt content of ham and bacon, the figures show, with targets missed for sausages, ready meals, rice and soups. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

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Six billion computer records hacked so far this year

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Related’One billion’ affected by Yahoo hackDecember 15, 2016In “latest news”Guyana, among other countries at risk from computers donated by ChinaNovember 4, 2013In “Local News”FIRED SATTAUR FIRES BACK: ‘I was asked to settle tax cases that would have cost country billions in lost revenue, promote unqualified persons, and rehire persons previously dismissed for corrupt practices…’January 22, 2016In “latest news” (AFP) A surge in computer hacking has led to the breach of more than six billion records so far this year, topping the total for 2016, security researchers said Tuesday.Virginia-based Risk Based Security said in its mid-year report that it identified 2,227 publicly disclosed data compromise events through June 30 affecting business, government, medical and educational data.“It is stunning to see the steady increase in the number of breaches impacting one million or more records,” said Inga Goddijn, Executive Vice President for Risk Based Security.The report said hackers are increasingly targeting employment and tax records. Some attacks successfully used “phishing” or spoofing or emails to obtain tax information from US citizens.Other targets included human resources departments, employment agencies and aggregators of employment data.“While news of politically motivated foreign interference in election systems continues to dominate the headlines, the breach activity we are tracking this year is a stark reminder of just how many data compromise incidents are motivated by financial gain,” Goddijn said“As long as information can be quickly monetised and systems remain vulnerable to attack, we should not expect to see any slowdown in breach activity.” read more

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Katie delights on her showstopping night

first_img(©INPHO/Ryan Byrne)Given the stratospheric levels of her fame since last summer, it may seem strange that Taylor still needs introduction. Yet this is an athlete who 12 months ago — with three World titles, five European titles and four EU titles on her CV — was fighting three-night stands in her home town in front of crowds a fraction of this size. An athlete who, until very recently, was the undisputed world number one while training in a club that did not even have proper changing facilities.She may be a national icon now but there were plenty in the audience who are only getting to know Taylor; for some, as they readily admitted, it was their first time ever at a boxing match. That is the universal nature of her appeal — to young and not so young, old fans and new fans alike — and an X-Factor which promoter Brian Peters will continue to mine when she returns to the same venue next month with the talk of more dates around the country to follow.Parades and homecomings are well and good but Taylor has always been at her most comfortable when she steps between those ropes and onto the canvas. Last night, for the first time in her stellar career, the people of Ireland had come in their droves to see her do what she does best.For a woman who is used to racking up medals, a four-round non-title fight may seem relatively small fry but there was no hiding Taylor’s happiness. It is a privilege, as she has said time and again, to fight in front of her home support.It was a privilege too for those who were there to watch her at work. A cloud was cast over the national sporting mood by events at Murrayfield earlier in the day but when the arena lights went out ahead of Taylor’s arrival, it vanished. Illuminated only by the camera flashes, she stepped into the ring with the same sense of purpose that has brought her this far. Earlier in the evening her father and coach Pete spoke of how it is a “clean slate” every time she fights; once more she left her mark. IT TAKES SOMETHING special to sell out a boxing bill on a school night, not least when a large chunk of the audience are of an age where they should really be finishing off their homework.Make no mistake about it: Katie Taylor is something special.After taking a six-month break to soak up her success and plot her next move, Ireland’s Olympic gold medallist returned to the ring this weekend with a double date of fights. If Friday’s appearance on the National Elite Finals bill marked the official resumption of business, last night’s sold-out “Road to Rio” promotion in Dublin’s Bord Gáis Energy Theatre was a chance to entertain even more of her adoring public.Renewing an old acquaintance with Germany’s Maike Klueners, Taylor headlined a 10-bout card which included London team-mates Adam Nolan, fresh from his defence of his national welterweight title, and double Olympic medallist Paddy Barnes. Still, there was no question who the people had paid to see.On an evening which was part showcase and part celebration, the action in the ring was interspersed with behind-the-scenes shorts filmed with Taylor. There was black and white footage of her at home in Bray Boxing Club, a glimpse at the hours of unseen toil that goes in to making a champion of her stature; there was audio from one of her very first interviews when, as youngster, she promised she was “gonna go all the way to the top.” Those who knew her, her inner belief and her dedication, would never have doubted that prophecy. (©INPHO/James Crombie)Though she may not have the profile of a Sofya Ochigava or a Queen Underwood, Maike Klueners is no bum. A two-weight national champion in her native Germany, Klueners promised to put on a show and proved true to her word. The problem was that every time she got within range, the red glove of Taylor had beaten her to the punch.Once the champion found her rhythm, there was no stopping her. The frequency and intensity of her combos increased as she pummeled Klueners, every clean connection drawing a roar from the crowd. A particularly sweet left forced the referee to step in for a standing count in the second round but it merely served as an exclamation point on what was a resounding win.The final bell must have sounded like sweet relief for Klueners but, to her credit, she was gracious in defeat, taking the applause of the home crowd before they saluted their golden girl.As the gloves came off and the house lights came up, Taylor walked to the front of the ring and looked out with a single finger raised: number one. If she can make good on her promise to be even better by the time Rio 2016 rolls around, that’s where she will remain.Katie Taylor thrills home fans with emphatic winlast_img read more

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World of Warcraft goes freetoplay for 20 levels adds Burning Crusade to

first_imgIf you’re not one of World of Warcraft‘s 11.4 million subscribers, now might be a good time to sign up. Blizzard‘s genre-defining MMO has gone free-to-play for the first 20 levels, and the company has just announced a new digital Battle Chest available that includes the first expansion pack to the game, The Burning Crusade.The Battle Chest is available now in the Blizzard Store online for $19.99, and includes both the original game as well as everything beyond the Dark Portal included in The Burning Crusade. The previous 10 and 14-day free trial restrictions are now gone, and if you want to try World of Warcraft, you can download the game and play immediately.AdChoices广告The free-to-play version of the game is now called World of Warcraft: Starter Edition, and gamers will be able to play the Draenei and Blood Elf character races that were introduced in The Burning Crusade, but they won’t have access to the Goblin and Worgen races introduced in World of Warcaft: Cataclysm, the most recent expansion.Gamers who play through the Starter Edition and want to continue can sign up for a subscription through their Battle.net account and pick up where they left off with their level 20 characters. Additionally, the rest of the vanilla World of Warcraft and Burning Crusade content will be open to them, so they can continue playing up to level 70 without having to buy the Wrath of the Lich King expansion pack that followed Burning Crusade.The announcement comes at the same time as the latest content patch for World of Warcraft: Cataclysm, titled Rage of the Firelands. The new patch offers players new raid content, opens up a new arena PvP season, introduces new zones, and starts a new legendary quest line for players who are at or close to the current level 85 cap.It’s odd that Blizzard chose not to include Wrath of the Lich King in the Battle Chest. Even so, since Cataclysm is still new and The Burning Crusade has been rolled together with vanilla WoW, Blizzard is probably trying to keep two separate and equally priced expansion packs on store shelves.Read more at World of Warcraftlast_img read more

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More rallies in Greece over FYROM

first_imgAs the FYROM naming dispute currently remains unresolved, many Greek citizens are planning to take to the streets yet again to protest against the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia receiving a name Greece regards as irredentist.A large number of northern Greeks is expected to gather tomorrow in Alexander the Great’s birthplace Pella and more than 10 other cities in the region, demanding the Greek government adopts a more firm stance on the naming issue.With Athens and Skopje reportedly nearing a solution that will see FYROM join NATO and the European Union, the rally organisers are “in a state of alert” refusing to have Macedonia’s name compromised.Two of the compound names reportedly under discussion are “New Macedonia” and “Northern Macedonia”; the Greek side rejects both. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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Lenglet agrees 5year deal with Barcelona

first_imgSevilla’s Clement Lenglet has agreed to join Barcelona on a five-year deal, reports Mundo DeportivoDue to the uncertain future of Samuel Umtiti, the Catalan giants are now looking for replacements for their highly-rated defender and had identified Lenglet as a potential candidate.However, Barcelona has now decided that they would prefer to sign the Sevilla defender this summer regardless of Umtiti’s final decision.The 22-year-old was initially concerned that he would be unable to break into a side with the likes of Umtiti and Gerard Pique, but he has now decided that he should be able to compete against them at the Nou Camp.David Villa, SpainQuiz: How much do you know about David Villa? Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to test your knowledge about Spanish legendary forward David Villa.Lenglet’s representatives have held talks with Barcelona, who feels that at €35m for a 22-year-old defender of his calibre is a good deal for them and they are keen to complete it.While the La Liga champions are pleased with their signing, they are still keen to retain Umtiti and are working to convince him that his future is in Catalonia.The club is still yet to meet his demands and risk losing as he has a release clause of just €60 million.last_img read more

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Kepa denies rift with Sarri

first_imgChelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga claims he didn’t disrespect manager Maurizio Sarri when he refused to be substituted in the Carabao Cup final defeat to Manchester City.Reserve goalkeeper Willy Caballero was ready to replace Kepa as he appeared to have suffered a cramp towards the closing stages of the game.However, the Spaniard refused to obey the orders of Sarri which caused a stir on the Chelsea bench and equally angered the Italian gaffer.Kepa went on to save Sane’s penalty but couldn’t prevent City from claiming a 4-3 win to retain the Cup.But the most expensive goalkeeper in history when he joined Chelsea for £71.6m in August, insists his refusal to leave the field was not an act of disrespect to Sarri.“I know if you see it from outside, I don’t know how it went out, it is not the best image,” Kepa told Chelsea’s official website.“I have spoken with the boss. I think it was misunderstood.“I understand that on television, on social media, they’re talking about this but I am here to explain it, to say that it wasn’t my intention to go against the manager.Cristiano Ronaldo, JuventusSarri: “Cristiano Ronaldo is the strongest player in the world” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Maurizio Sarri has no doubts that Cristiano Ronaldo is the main man at Juventus, and plans to the star give more freedom to exploit his talents to their fullest extent.Talk about absolute balls for Kepa Arrizabalaga, stand your ground and courage of your convictions. Good morning. pic.twitter.com/4ehechUVwJ— Sifiso Gumede (@Sifiso_Gumede) February 25, 2019“We have spoken now, and I was only trying to say I’m fine. He thought I wasn’t fine. It was in tense moments, with a lot happening.”Sarri played down the incident after the match, describing it as a “misunderstanding”, and Kepa agrees with the Italian.“In no moment was it my intention to disobey, or anything like that with the boss,” Kepa added.Chelsea will face Spurs on Wednesday night as they bid to seal a Champions League ticket.last_img read more

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