Using iPads to pacify children may harm their development, say scientists

first_img“It has been well-studied that increased television time decreases a child’s development of language and social skills. Mobile media use similarly replaces the amount of time spent engaging in direct human-human interaction. The Telegraph 1 February 2015It might be tempting to hand over an iPad to a screaming child when all else has failed to calm them down.But child psychologists say it may be stunting youngsters’ emotional development, because they do not learn how to control their emotions. Dr Jenny Radesky, clinical instructor in Developmental-Behavioural Pediatrics at Boston University, said: “Mobile devices are everywhere and children are using them more frequently at young ages. The impact these mobile devices are having on the development and behaviour of children is still relatively unknown.center_img Researchers at Boston University School of Medicine in the US found that children need to find ways of self-regulating their feelings rather than masking them with distracting programmes or games.last_img read more

July 13, 2018 Police Blotter

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Family plays key role in Colter’s union push

first_imgFILE – In this Nov. 5, 2011 file photo Northwestern quarterback Kain Colter, left, shakes hands with Nebraska wide receiver Kenny Bell after an NCAA college football game in Lincoln, Neb. Colter has become the face of a movement to give college athletes the right to form unions and bargain.  (AP Photo/Lincoln Journal Star, Laura Pales, File)CHICAGO (AP) — Kain Colter’s grandmother often spoke about rights and equality, values she brought home from her job managing an office of a Colorado law firm.Those conversations planted a seed for Colter, who would go on to become a quarterback at Northwestern University — and the face of an exploding movement to give college athletes the right to form unions and bargain.“He understands that he’s been put on this earth to serve people,” Colter’s father, Spencer, said.From a start in sports at Cherry Creek High School in suburban Denver to a football revival at Northwestern, Colter has a circle of people around him who say they aren’t surprised he is succeeding in his fight.After a decision this week by a regional director of the National Labor Relations board who said full scholarship players can be considered employees of the university, he also could leave a legacy as the athlete who formed the foundation of a dramatic overhaul of college sports that could potentially give athletes a chance to fight for a piece of an industry that generates billions based on their performance.“Looking out for people and making sure people are treated fairly has always been in our family morals,” Colter said in an interview with The Associated Press in Bradenton, Fla., where he is training for the NFL draft. “Obviously people come from different backgrounds and different situations, but everybody deserves to be treated fairly and they deserve basic rights and basic protections.”Kain Colter, a former quarterback for Northwestern University, sits during an interview with The Associated Press in Bradenton, Fla., Thursday, March 27, 2014. (AP Photo/Tamara Lush)Colter’s grandmother, Betty Flagg, died last month and was buried in some of his Northwestern gear. She only watched television when the Wildcats were playing. Colter, 21, said he thinks his grandmother would be proud of his role in the unionization effort.“We were talking at the funeral and they were telling stories about how she came from picking cotton to working as an office manager in the firm,” he said. The attorney at the firm described how she fought for certain employees to receive fair bonuses for their work.“She was doing that, fighting for their rights and fighting for them to be treated fairly, basically,” Colter said.Colter will never benefit from a union if one is formed, but was thrilled by the decision that moved the issue forward. Northwestern immediately said it would appeal the decision to labor authorities in Washington, D.C., and the NCAA came out strongly against the ruling classifying athletes as employees of the university.“Unionization and collective bargaining are not the appropriate methods to address the concerns these students are raising,” Alan Cubbage, Northwestern’s vice president for university relations, said Friday in a statement. “The life of a student-athlete is extremely demanding, but the academic side and the athletic side are inextricably linked.”Growing up, Colter was regarded as one of the top prep athletes in Colorado. Listed at 6-foot and 195 pounds, he played point guard on the basketball team and competed in the long jump and triple jump for track and field.“Whatever he chooses to do, he can do it, and I mean that sincerely,” Cherry Creek basketball coach Mike Brookhart said. “He’s just one of those kids that gets it and has it.”He had the most success on the football field, following in the footsteps of his father, who was a safety on Colorado’s 1990 national championship team, and his uncle, Cleveland Colter, who was an All-America safety at Southern California. Kain Colter helped the Bruins reach the state championship game during his junior year, accounting for 31 touchdowns.“He was one of the more respected kids at school,” said Brookhart, who coached Colter in football and basketball. “He was a great leader.”At Northwestern, he helped the Wildcats return to respectability in college football. He threw for 76 yards and rushed for 71 more when Northwestern beat Mississippi State in the 2013 Gator Bowl for its first postseason win since 1949.“When he got there, I really could see the fire in his eyes from Day One,” former Northwestern linebacker David Nwabuisi said. “He was always the kind of guy that was always trying to push the team further, always expecting more of us.”Nwabuisi said he helped recruit Colter to the school, and they quickly became friends.Colter set Northwestern records for single-season rushing yards by a quarterback and a career rushing yards by a QB. He also played some receiver with the Wildcats, and that’s the position he’s hoping to play in the pros.The union battle has taken a toll on his relationship with his college teammates and his former school. After the NLRB decision was announced on Wednesday, he took to Twitter to reiterate his love for coach Pat Fitzgerald and Northwestern.“Kain’s never said that he’s been mistreated, never said that he doesn’t love Northwestern,” Spencer Colter said. “He loves Northwestern. He loves his coaches that he played for and his teammates.“But the bottom line is this is bigger than Northwestern. This is about all of college athletics and everybody understands that but nobody is willing to step out and make a change and Kain’s done that.”During hearings on the union effort earlier this year in Chicago, Colter presented himself as calm and precise — and wasn’t afraid to challenge the school.He spoke about abandoning his hopes of entering a pre-med program because of time demands Northwestern makes on football players. He said chemistry was offered at times that conflicted with football practice.“You fulfill the football requirement and, if you can, you fit in academics,” he said at the time. “You have to sacrifice one. But we can’t sacrifice football. … We are brought to the university to play football.”This week was pretty much business as usual after the NLRB ruling. Colter got right back to training at IMG Academy on the southwest coast of Florida, where he’s preparing for a possible late-round draft, or to get a free agent offer to come to an NFL camp.“To the people that think I’m shaking the boat, I’m changing the status quo, I’m a rebel, I’m this, I’m that — I’m just a guy out there doing what’s right, doing what I believe in,” he said.___Reynolds reported from Bradenton, Fla. Associated Press writer Michael Tarm in Chicago contributed to this report.___Jay Cohen can be reached at read more

Olympia Orthopaedic Associates Encourage Patients to “Look for the O”

first_imgFacebook36Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Olympia Orthopaedic AssociatesOrthopaedic foot and ankle surgeons Timothy A. DuMontier, M.D., Richard J. Lamour, M.D., and Ryan E. Will, M.D., of Olympia Orthopaedic Associates are helping patients in Olympia take charge of their foot and ankle health. In conjunction with a new consumer awareness campaign from the American Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society (AOFAS), the leading organization for lower extremity medicine and foot and ankle surgery, Drs. DuMontier, Lamour and Will are helping the public recognize the value of seeking a foot and ankle orthopaedic surgeon for their foot and ankle healthcare needs. Area patients seeking specialized foot and ankle care are encouraged to schedule an appointment at Olympia Orthopaedic Associates in East or West Olympia by calling (360) 709-6230 or visiting nurses at the OOA outpatient surgery center are just part of the team that is available to you. Photo credit: Olympia Orthopaedic Associates“Consumers don’t generally give much thought to their foot health—that is, until something goes wrong,” states Dr. Timothy DuMontier. “Seventy-five percent of all people experience foot pain at some point in their lives, and that’s why the AOFAS felt it was imperative to educate consumers, so they know how to find the best medical care before a problem arises.”The campaign—called Look for the “O”—stresses the importance of choosing a specialized foot and ankle orthopaedic surgeon when a person has foot pain or concerns. These surgeons have the expertise to help consumers keep their feet healthy and pain-free. The campaign promotes five distinctive value messages:That foot and ankle orthopaedic surgeons are fully trained medical doctors (M.D.s and D.O.s) who can balance foot and ankle concerns with the patient’s whole body health.That foot and ankle orthopaedic surgeons complete extensive and ongoing medical training, which increases their expertise and effectiveness.That foot and ankle orthopaedic surgeons do not just operate but provide both surgical and non-surgical treatments for everything related to foot and ankle health.That foot and ankle orthopaedic surgeons are particularly competent at treating complicated cases.That consumers should seek a second opinion from a foot and ankle orthopaedic surgeon, particularly when foot or ankle surgery is advised.Says Dr. Richard Lamour,“I want people in Olympia to know they can reach out and connect with a foot and ankle orthopaedic surgeon when they have any kind of foot or ankle problem. I think this campaign will go a long way toward increasing public awareness about the value foot and ankle surgeons and AOFAS members provide to patients every day.”About the American Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle SocietyAs a professional organization of foot and ankle orthopaedic surgeons, the AOFAS promotes quality, ethical and cost-effective patient care through education, research and training of orthopaedic surgeons and other healthcare providers. The society creates public awareness for the prevention and treatment of foot and ankle disorders and serves as a resource for government and industry as well as the national and international healthcare communities.About Foot and Ankle Orthopaedic SurgeonsFoot and ankle orthopaedic surgeons are medical doctors (M.D.s and D.O.s) who specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of musculoskeletal disorders and injuries of the foot and ankle. Their education and training consists of four years of medical school, five years of postgraduate training and often a fellowship year of specialized foot and ankle surgical training. Foot and ankle orthopaedic surgeons treat patients of all ages, performing reconstructive procedures, treating sports injuries and managing foot and ankle trauma.About Olympia Orthopaedic AssociatesOffering excellence in orthopaedic care, the specialty-trained doctors of Olympia Orthopaedic Associates are the dedicated leaders keeping you in motion. With 23 doctors specializing in joint replacement; neurosurgery; pain management; physical medicine and rehabilitation; sports medicine; and trauma, as well as providing care for the back, neck and spine; elbow; foot and ankle; hand and wrist; hip; knee; and shoulder, Olympia Orthopaedic Associates offers comprehensive orthopaedic care to Olympia and the surrounding areas with two office locations in Olympia and their Rapid Orthopaedic Care clinics in Lacey and West Olympia. The experts provide sports medicine coverage for Saint Martin’s University, South Puget Sound Community College, The Evergreen State College and many area high schools. To learn more about Olympia Orthopaedic Associates and its doctors, please visit, “Like” Olympia Orthopaedic Associates on Facebook or follow @OlyOrtho on Twitter.last_img read more

Hard work pays dividends for Cats Malin Chernoff

first_imgMalin is considered the youngest of all the Wildcats.However, age doesn’t mean squat when the 5’9” middle blocker takes the court.Matter of fact age just seems to get the adrenaline flowing when the Grade 10 player gets the call from head coach Joe Moreira.“Knowing that I’m the younger and on the senior teams makes me feel that I’ve achieved something great,” the 15-year-old Chernoff said. Following a year of planning, the 2012 B.C. High School A Girl’s Volleyball Championships are right only a few days away.The tournament begins Thursday at both LVR in Nelson and Selkirk College gymnasium in Castlegar.Hosting the provincial event is nothing new to the South Slocan-based school as Mount Sentinel has been the feature site of the provincial tournament eight times since 1991 and has won four titles since 1997, the last coming in 2007.Despite boasting a handful of championships the Single-A Girl’s Division has not been that friendly of late to the Wildcats.The players are eager to put an end to the drought with the help of the home support.The Nelson Daily Sports Editor Bruce Fuhr is getting readers into the provincial spirit with a series of profiles on the 2012 Mount Sentinel Wildcats.Today we feature Grade 12 right side Malin Chernoff. Like teammate Kyra Makortoff, Chernoff earned valuable experience playing on the Kootenay squad at the 2012 B.C. Summer Games in Surrey.The Summer Games experience inspired Chernoff to spend more time on her game.“During the off season I played club as well as practicing two days a week and lifting weights,” Chernoff said when asked about the off-season routine.“I also tried to get in extra practices too.”As a Grade 10 on the team, Chernoff doesn’t want to look too far into the week.On the eve of the 16-team tournament, Chernoff attempts to put this event into perspective.“There’s so much pressure. It’s kind of scary (at times),” explained Chernoff, who turns to reading when she’s not volleying a ball.“Knowing that it’s the last tournament for some girls on the team you want to try to help and make it the best (experience).”Last season the Wildcats shocked the Kootenays by stealing the zone crown.It was while the team was at the 2011 championships that coach Moreira started the mental preparation for the 2012 event.“Listening to coach (Moreira) I knew then I had to devote my all into volleyball.”The Cats open play Thursday in round robin play at L.V. Rogers.After a few early games Friday, the balance of the tournament shifts to Selkirk College Gymnasium in Castlegar where the 2012 champion will be crowned Saturday evening.“I wasn’t to be the best I can be,” said Chernoff of the upcoming few days.“I want to make smart decision and most of all make (2012 A girl’s volleyball tournament) the best year of my life.”last_img read more

Mallard’s Team of the Week — Kutenai Summer Fest Winners

first_imgThe Nelson and District Riding Grounds were one busy place as the Third Annual Kutenai Summer Fest was held. The event was an opportunity or local athletes and families to showcase local talent and community spirit.More than 20 Koot-Neigh Vaulters showed their skills to a visiting judge from the Lower Mainland on their team horses. Everyone enjoyed the opportunity to perform for their guests and test for their level of badge or medal.Mallard’s Source for sports would like to honour the Koot-Neigh Vaulters with Team of the Week accolades.The winners included, Lilian Shearer, Allie McBriar, Murrin Gingras, Olivia Berkeley, Selina Kromer-Anton, Rayna Pickering, Alexis Clarke and Julia Kromer-Anton.Organizers would like to salute the Nelson & District Credit Union and local businesses Save-On Foods, Safeway, Farmer’s Supply, Kootenay Co-op and Cowan’s for supporting the event.last_img read more