Want to avoid dementia? Get married, research suggests

first_imgThe Telegraph 28 November 2017Family First Comment: Another good reason to promote marriageGetting married could significantly reduce the chances of developing dementia, a new study suggests. Levels of social interaction may explain the finding, experts have said, after the research showed that people who are single or widowed are more likely to develop the disease.Researchers analysed 15 previous studies which held data on dementia and marital status involving more than 800,000 people across Europe, North and South America, and Asia.Their study, published in the Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery, and Psychiatry, found that those who are single throughout their life have a 42 per cent increased risk of dementia compared those who are married.People who have been widowed had a 20 per cent increased risk compared with married people, they found, although no elevated risk was found among divorcees compared with those who were still married.The researchers, led by experts from University College London, said that previous research has shown that married people may adopt healthier lifestyles.They may also be more likely to be socially engaged than people living alone.READ MORE: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/11/28/want-avoid-dementia-get-married-research-suggests/ Keep up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.last_img read more

USA Basketball names 17 finalists for FIBA World Cup team

first_img Carmelo Anthony rejected by USA Basketball in bid to join team for FIBA World Cup FIBA World Cup 2019: Hawks’ Trae Young leaves Team USA camp with ‘minor injury’ The rest of the players making the trip to California for practices Aug. 13-15 and an Aug. 16 exhibition against Spain are: Harrison Barnes, Jaylen Brown, Kyle Kuzma, Brook Lopez, Kyle Lowry, Khris Middleton, Donovan Mitchell, Mason Plumlee, Marcus Smart, Jayson Tatum, P.J. Tucker,  Myles Turner and Kemba Walker. USA Basketball needs to cut that group down to 12 before it opens the tournament Sept. 1 against the Czech Republic in Shanghai, and it sounds as if the braintrust plans to take its time in doing so. “We’re bringing a couple of young players from the Select Team so we’re going to be patient with the rest of the squad because we have plenty of time, we have two weeks to decide who will be the final 12,” Colangelo said in a release. “Forty-eight hours before Game 1 in China is when we have to submit a roster so we want to make sure everyone gets a real shot.  That group includes 13 of the 15 players invited to Vegas as part of the full national team, plus four more added from the select team that provided the opposition all week and in Friday’s scrimmage. The two national team players not moving on are Thaddeus Young and Bam Adebayo, while Marvin Bagley III and Derrick White were late additions from the select team after De’Aaron Fox and Joe Harris had been promoted earlier in the week.  Related News “There’s some things we like about every one of the players but how do we come to 12? We don’t have to make the decision now and we want to give everyone a real shot.”📽️ Highlights from @TMobileArena, where the USA Men’s National Team (Blue) defeated the USA Select Team (White) 97-78 in an intrasquad exhibition on Friday night 👇#USABMNT pic.twitter.com/WiKVXDsV9i— USA Basketball (@usabasketball) August 10, 2019Some of the decisions likely will be based on input by the medical staff, as Lowry continues to recover from thumb surgery while Smart sat out the latter half of the Vegas workouts with calf tightness. After working out in Los Angeles, the U.S. team will head to Australia for further training and exhibitions in Melbourne and Sydney before moving on to China for the tournament, which runs through Sept. 15. USA Basketball still has some work to do before heading to China for the FIBA World Cup, but coach Gregg Popovich’s roster is starting to take shape. Following a scrimmage Friday night that wrapped up five days of practices in Las Vegas, managing director Jerry Colangelo said 17 players would move on to Los Angeles for the next round of training camp.  FIBA World Cup: Celtics excited for new season, extra time with new teammate Kemba Walkerlast_img read more

Australian report highlights SA

first_img5 January 2004An Australian report into trade and investment opportunities in sub-Saharan Africa has given the region a strong vote of confidence.The report, African Renewal: Business Opportunities in South Africa, Botswana, Mozambique, Kenya and Uganda, says the five countries “stand out as having good economic growth prospects among the economies of sub-Saharan Africa”, compare favourably to east Asia in terms of governance and growth, and therefore “warrant a closer look”.South Africa and Botswana, in particular, are seen as having higher incomes and therefore as providing the greatest short- to medium-term opportunities for investment.Drawn up by Australia’s Economic Analytical Unit, the report aims to help Australian businesses take advantage of emerging opportunities in the region.The five economies account for 76% of Australia’s trade and investment in sub-Saharan Africa, while South Africa alone receives 64% of its investment in the region. Australia’s largest focus for trade and investment worldwide is southeast Asia.“We are already taking this market (sub-Saharan Africa) very seriously”, Australian High Commissioner Ian Wilcock was quoted by Business Day as saying at the launch of the report in Johannesburg this month.“We don’t pretend there are no problems [in the region]”, Wilcock said, referring to HIV/Aids, crime and limited human capital, among the other deterrents mentioned in the report.“But the essential message is that Africa is open to business; it is well worth Australian business taking a look.”The report highlights the favourable business environment in sub-Saharan Africa, saying “international business people generally find their counterparts in these economies professional, accessible and courteous.”It found few business regulations that actively inhibited investment, noting that foreigners can invest in most sectors and that authorities generally allow for 100% foreign ownership.The South African mining industry, as well as that in Botswana, is seen as “strong”. The report highlights South Africa’s mining charter, stating that it “means new miners establishing in South Africa need to form a joint venture with a black mining partner”.Among the major investment prospects listed in the report are mining, agribusiness and related goods and services, infrastructure, education, financial services, tourism and information communication technologies.According to the report, South Africa, Botswana and Mozambique encourage minerals processing industries, and opportunities exist in the “tapped and untapped” mineral wealth of the countries.In terms of infrastructure, the report says all five governments prioritise the provision of infrastructure, and as such opportunities exist in developing roads, rail, energy, water, ports and telecommunications.Shortages of skilled and technically trained labour in the region presents “one of the best” opportunities for Australian educators. Opportunities for investment also exist in banking technology and advanced financial products.The report highlights export subsidies as among several non-tariff barriers to trade. Others included “opaque customs procedures” and import/export licensing. The report said that tariffs in the region were falling, but were still relatively high.SouthAfrica.info reporterlast_img read more

The Emerging Era of Alert Services – For Almost Anything

first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tracking shopping deals is the most immediate commercial application for alert services that go beyond ‘topics.’ Trackle offers a large selection of feeds to subscribe to, including coupons, product price drops,deals on Amazon (tracking when the price for a product falls within a price range you’re willing to pay), new product reviews, product recalls, daily deals, latest buzz in shopping, price protection(“…find out if the price of a recent purchase drops in time to apply for a rebate or partial refund.”).That selection from Trackle is impressive and will grow even more when data from sensors and RFID tags are added in the near future. Imagine for example getting notified, when you walk into a bookstore, that a book you have on your wishlist is available on special in that store. Or you’re doing your groceries and your phone alerts you to a deal in the store that day on blueberries, which you’ve marked as your favorite fruit and something that you want to track the price of. These kinds of scenarios could be achieved with a combination of services like Trackle, your smartphone, and RFID tags on product items. Those examples are just a starter for ten, we can expect more sophisticated alert systems to evolve once Internet of Things ramps up in retail stores and elsewhere.For now, let us know in the comments your favorite alert services! richard macmanus A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts As ever more data flows onto the Web, we need tools to track changes in that data and alert us to new data that we’re interested in. Examples of data that can be tracked include shopping deals, places, companies, home prices, sports scores, local events, even crime reports! Add to that emerging Internet of Things sources such as sensor data, RFID tags, proximity, and more. Last week we listed and categorized some of the leading topic-tracking tools on the Web (see also the follow-up post). The tools we listed were geared towards tracking news or media information on the Web. In this post, we look at a leading service that tracks more discrete, faster changing types of data.Trackle is an impressive alerts service that we first reviewed a year ago. Other similar services we’ve covered before are Yotify and Alerts.com. In our first review of Trackle, we were impressed by “the sheer quantity of alerts they’ve made available.” It’s expanded since then – you can see the current list here and in the screenshot below. Tags:#Internet of Things#Product Reviews#RSS & Feeds#web 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…last_img read more

Nature’s Lighting: A Guide on Shooting With or Against the Sun

first_imgIf you’re shooting outside on your next project, here are some tips on how to shoot both with or against the ultimate light source — the sun.There’s one light source greater and more powerful than all the Fresnel, HMI, or LED lights put together. The sun. For as long as people have been making films, the sun’s light has been the primary resource for lighting exterior shots because, well, you kind of have to use it.This has always caused just as many problems as it’s solved. Shooting with the sun can be great for certain situations, but it can also blast light far too bright and far too out of control at times. Meanwhile, shooting against the sun can create some beautiful looks, but it can also create harsh shadows and cause less advanced cameras to struggle.In this article, we’ll discuss how you can work both with and against the sun in your video shoots.How to Avoid the SunImage by Elizaveta Galitckaia.Let’s actually take a step back first. If you’re worried about shooting with or against the sun so much that you think it might ruin your shoot, there are ways to avoid the sunlight. One trick — if weather permits and you’re lucky enough — is to shoot when it’s cloudy outside. Ideally, shoot on a day when clouds cover the entire sky. You’ll find that shots can be beautifully lit evenly from every direction — almost as if you have a million china balls hanging above you in every direction.A similar look comes during magic hour, once the sun hits the horizon in its descent. This “Terrence Malick” look is used pretty heavily in a lot of photography and cinematography, but for good reason. It creates the similar evenly lit landscape, where you can shoot any direction and the lighting will be consistent.Another trick, when your setting allows it, is to try to cancel out all the negative side effects of shooting in direct sunlight. One big side effect of harsh sunlight is the large contrast created by shadows. You can avoid these by finding locations where you’re either completely in sunlight or completely in the shadows (not mixing both). You can also shoot as close as possible to the middle of the day, when the sun is directly overhead, limiting the reach of any potential shadows.Working With the SunImage by welcomia.When you’re actually shooting with the sun, try to treat it as you would any other controlled light source. If you can, put it behind your camera, casting it directly onto your subjects. From there, if you can direct your actors or subjects to be aware of the sunlight, you can urge them to “find their light” so that they stay correctly oriented and and don’t create harsh shadows on their faces.You can also use offsetting lights, or (even easier) white bounce boards to add light from different (and often lower angles) to more evenly light your subjects. You’ll want to watch out for other elements, though — like the shadows you and your camera might create (or even those from the rest of your cast and crew).Against the Sun TipsImage by Song_about_summer.Shooting against the sun can also be quite beautiful, especially if you shoot when the sun is low enough and close to the horizon to use it as a backlight and create some cinematic lens flares. However, be aware that this can quickly blow out the images, as no camera can truly capture sunlight completely. In fact, some older cameras might default and simply show a black dot when light becomes far too bright, which can be problematic in the edit.Also, be careful if you’re using auto-settings either on a smartphone or digital camera, as the bright light can throw the camera into a frenzy while it tries to decide if it should adjust for the bright sunlight itself or the subject in front of it.For these reasons, when shooting against the sun, try to frame it into a side corner of your composition, allowing your subject (or subjects) to remain the focus of your shot. Your extra lighting, or bounce boards, can come in handy here by adding light directly back onto your subjects wherever you need it.Cover image via welcomia.If you’re looking for more filmmaking and videography tips and tricks, check out some of these additional articles below.7 Tutorials on Adding The “Cinematic” Look to Your VideosWhat to Charge for Videography Projects: A Handy GuideTips for Photographers Transitioning to Videography7 Tips for Shooting Event Video and Photography at the Same TimeThe Art of Finding the Right Song for Your Film or Videolast_img read more