49ers Shanahan critiques Breida, Pettis after shutting them down for finale

first_imgSANTA CLARA — Matt Breida and Dante Pettis emerged as two of the 49ers’ best playmakers and injury replacements in this sideways season, but they won’t make it to the finish line.Breida’s often-aggravated ankle injury and Pettis’ knee injury Sunday will keep them out of Sunday’s season finale against the host Los Angeles Rams, coach Kyle Shanahan announced.SANTA CLARA, CA – DECEMBER 23: San Francisco 49ers’ Dante Pettis (18) bobbles a catch, but holds on to it, against Chicago Bears’ Kyle …last_img

Chimps Produce Movie

first_imgThe BBC is going to air a movie made by chimpanzees.  (Note: This is not a Planet of the Apes remake.)  A primatologist working on her PhD gave some chimps at the Edinburgh zoo a “Chimpcam,” a camcorder in a “chimp-proof” box, to see what they would come up with.  “Despite the fact that the chimps had never taken part in a research project before, they soon displayed an interest in film-making,” the article said.    The chimps did not seem particularly interested in the screenplay, though.  “The apes are unlikely to have actively tried to film any particular subject, or understand that by carrying Chimpcam around, they were making a film,” the news report ended.  “However, the result, as well as providing new information on how chimps like to see the world, may yet go down in television history.”  A portion of the footage, showing a chimp apparently licking the lens, accompanies the article.  They did not say what its rating will be. If it turns out anything like the Monkey Shakespeare experiment (05/12/2003), it should be rated PG, for primate gross.  They probably learned from the demolished typewriters that they had to chimp-proof the Chimpcam to avoid excrement from damaging the electronics.  If anything suggestive of “understanding” comes out on the tape, scientific objectivity would look into the possibility of coaching by the zookeepers, and the amount of judicious editing done by intelligent human engineers.    This attempt could backfire into a series of legal challenges.  Other animals are ostensibly more intelligent than chimpanzees (05/26/2009).  They may claim that they were overlooked in the hiring.  Flipper, Heckel and Jeckel should call their agents and demand enforcement of equal employment opportunity laws.(Visited 7 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

One year to 2010

first_imgSouth Africans buying tickets are issued with this prepaid ticket card. (Image: South Africa 2010) Excited fans cheer for South Africa’snational team Bafana Bafana. (Image: Chris Kirchhoff, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com. For more photos, visit the image library.)Janine ErasmusFind out more about using MediaClubSouthAfrica.com materialIn exactly a year’s time one of the greatest sporting events in the world will take place for the first time on African soil. The long-awaited 2010 Fifa World Cup kicks off on 11 June 2010.But before then the country will see another football spectacle in the form of the Confederations Cup, viewed as the forerunner to the World Cup, and the chance to test security strategies, health services, and infrastructure.The tournament, which features eight top teams including the winners of each of Fifa’s six football confederations, the world champions Italy and hosts South Africa, runs from 14 to 28 June 2009.With a massive US$17.6-million (R142-million) in total up for grabs, of which the largest stake is the $3.25-million (R26-million) for the winner and the smallest cut $1.4-million (R11.3-million) for each of the four last-placed teams, the Confederations Cup is a prestigious event in its own right.South Africa has spent billions on renovating stadiums, improving transport, including airports and new bus rapid transport systems, and upgrading telecommunications.The country is in the process of rolling out its digital broadcasting infrastructure, which will see all 64 games of the World Cup broadcast in high definition to selected networks around the world.President Jacob Zuma, in his maiden State of the Nation address on 3 June, declared that all preparations were on track for a wonderful sporting event that would leave lasting benefits not just for the host country, but for the southern African region and all of Africa.“We have, as government and the nation at large, pledged that the World Cup will leave a proud legacy from which our children and our communities will benefit for many years to come,” he said.Stadiums will be readyAll ten venues are in advanced stages of construction, with half that number already complete.One of them, the Nelson Mandela multi-purpose stadium in Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape province, was unveiled this week ahead of the Confederations Cup.The stadium is the first newly-built stadium to be officially opened and will shortly be put through its paces with an international rugby match on 16 June between the British and Irish Lions, touring the country at the moment, and the invitational Southern Kings team.Both Fifa and the Union of European Football (Uefa) have expressed great satisfaction at the progress, in terms of physical preparations and ticket sales.Over 1.8-million applications from over 200 countries were received, of which just over half a million were allocated. While 44% of the applications came from South Africa, the majority that arrived from overseas indicates that football fans around the world are already planning their South African trip in June 2010.The second phase of ticket sales is currently underway and will run until 16 November 2009, or until the 100 000 available tickets have been snapped up.Former English Football Association chair Geoff Thompson described the stadiums as “superb”.“To have a World Cup in Africa is something many of us have dreamed of for years,” he said at a Uefa gathering in Denmark in March, “and without a doubt entrusting South Africa with the 2010 Fifa World Cup has been well placed.”The remaining five stadiums will all be complete by the end of 2009.National pridePublic opinion is running high and excitement and confidence is mounting amongst South Africans. A market research campaign commissioned by Fifa in January revealed that three-quarters of South Africans polled believed that the country will be ready and that the event would be a success.The survey, conducted by German research company SPORT+MARKT, also proved that a whopping 88% of South Africans are proud to be hosting the World Cup, and that three out of four believed that the tournament would further unite South Africans as a nation.It has taken five years for public sentiment to reach these levels, Back in 2004 when Fifa president Sepp Blatter made the announcement that the World Cup would travel to Africa, there was more a sense of trepidation than excitement. However, the January survey showed that 77% of respondents now feel more confident about the success of the tournament than they did in 2004.Do you have queries or comments about this article? Contact Janine Erasmus at  [email protected] articlesBrand SA unveils 2010 campaign Second chance for 2010 tickets Uefa praises SA’s 2010 readinessUseful linksFifa 2010 World Cup2009 Confederations CupSouth Africa 2010SPORT+MARKTlast_img read more

Highlights and Resources from The Power of Family Mealtimes: Strategies to Promote Health and Wellbeing

first_imgby Robin Allen MSPH, RDN, LDNWhen my children were growing up have the family together for mealtimes was important not always possible.  My husband worked odd hours frequently when he was not there until the kids were in bed.  So I confess to succumbing to faster, more convenience foods.  Then as they grew up activities started interfering and we found ourselves at a drive through between work, cross country, cheerleading, school plays, music lessons, gymnastics, ice skating etc.  Sometimes nutrition and family meals took a back seat to a busy schedule.  I wish I had appreciated the importance of making time for family meals.The following are some key take a ways and resources shared in the webinar.At the beginning of the webinar we asked the participants the following question.  Below are the answers given by the participants. I can certainly relate to all of them!What do you consider the major barriers to sharing meals for contemporary families?Time, media, busy lifestyles, picky eaters, evening activities, many younger families to not know how to cook, no cooking skills, children’s schedules, sports, clubs, lack of cooking skills, conflicting schedules, unplugging, working mom, adult schedules, children are over-involved and there is no time left for family, fast food is easy, money, working parents, home cooking is too hard, too much time too costly,The key elements for Healthy MealtimesPlanning aheadPositive CommunicationReduce Noise and DistractionFlexible enough to meet demands of busy family lifeNotes from the webinar to help with family mealtimes:Create a routine, with time, place predictability, role for all, order repetition, flexibility, sense of control and efficacy.Frequently mealtimes are filled with chaos, variable times, random settings, unpredictable, shifting roles, lack of order, feeling out of control, stress and strain, sense of urgency, background noise.Mealtime FAQs:Most shared family mealtimes last between 18-20 minutes63% of family members eat dinner together “frequently” or “always”Families with children under 18 eat dinner together “frequently” or “always” 77% of the time86% of parents agreed that dinnertime was the best time for family members to get together and talk, next best place is in the car.Primary barriers to sharing meals in families with preschool-aged children:Problematic BehaviorSibling FightsPicky EatingChild TantrumsScheduling DifficultiesParent WorkSupport from Partner46% of families interviewed in a CDC report stated they had a television where they ate.Parents of young children report using television during mealtimes as a way to avoid conflict.Integrated AdvertisingAdvergamesSocial MediaAdolescents equate quality of information with quantity (e.g., viral videos)Young children and adolescents equate nutrition quality with positive emotions evoked during advergames.Resources for Families or Providers:Ann Hall MRE, RDN, LDN Child Nutrition Programs, NETTA Division shared the following USDA resources after the webinar:MyPlate, MyWins , at www.choosemyplate.gov/myplate-mywins  is all about finding a healthy eating style that works for your family and fits with your everyday life. The MyPlate icon is a reminder to make healthy choices from each of the five food groups, and there are many small changes that add up to big success over time. On the site you’ll find fun, practical tips and tools that have worked for other families and fun food activities to do with kids, along with information on making family mealtimes fun.Our Team Nutrition website has information for families as well as child care centers and schools on feeding children at www.fns.usda.gov/tn/team-nutrition. Team Nutrition provides MyPlate materials that are developed specifically for kids and their parents/caregivers. Evidenced-based curricula that educators can use to integrate MyPlate lessons into core educational subjects, such as Math, English Language Arts, and Science is also available.Check out FNS’s new mobile app Food Buying Guide. The Food Buying Guide (FBG) is the essential resource for food yield information for all Child Nutrition Programs (CNP). Go to www.fns.usda.gov/tn/food-buying-guide-mobile-app to download the app.Resources shared in the chat:Turn mealtime into “family time” with ideas and tips from the Human Performance Resource Center. www.hprc-online.org/articles/turning-mealtime-into-family-timeCheck out this blog from Dr. Fiese on family mealtimes and why they matter: https://infoaboutkids.org/blog/family-mealtimes-why-do-they-matter/For more resources, check out The Family Dinner Project. “The Family Dinner Project is a growing movement of food, fun and conversation about things that matter. We are a nonprofit organization currently operating from the offices of Project Zero at HarvardUniversity” thefamilydinnerproject.orgThis article from Child Trends provides more research on the importance of family mealtimes: https://www.childtrends.org/indicators/family-mealsThis is a great resource on establishing healthy mealtimes right from the start with babies and toddlers: https://www.zerotothree.org/resources/1941-healthymealtimes-feeding-your-baby-and-toddler-right-from-the-startSome of the research on family mealtimes being beneficial in nutrition and reducing childhood obesity. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3387875/This is a really great resource for those with young children, to help establish a healthy relationship with food and feeding early on to last a lifetime https://healthyeatingresearch.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/her_feeding_guidelines_report_021416-1.pdfEllen Satter https://www.ellynsatterinstitute.org/ The Ellen Satter Institute helps thousands of parents, grandparents, children, teens, adults and health professionals to provide a healthy relationship with food for health and well-being.Bridging Apps reviews food and nutrition apps for kids. https://search.bridgingapps.org/lists/59dc5506-1c62-4244-af7a-399ce3145d97Additional references and resources from the event page https://militaryfamilieslearningnetwork.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/Additional-Resources-The-Power-of-Family-Mealtimes-August-21.pdf How do you facilitate family mealtimes with your family or with your clients/patients?  We would love to get your feedback!last_img read more