first_imgThe Guardian 30 March 2014One of the world’s leading neuroscientists, whose work has been acknowledged by work and pensions secretary Iain Duncan Smith, has suggested that attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is not “a real disease”.On the eve of a visit to Britain to meet Duncan Smith and the health secretary, Jeremy Hunt, Dr Bruce D Perry told the Observer that the label of ADHD outlined a broad set of symptoms. “It is best thought of as a description. If you look at how you end up with that label, it is remarkable because any one of us at any given time would fit at least a couple of those criteria,” he said.Prescriptions for methylphenidate drugs, such as Ritalin, which are used to treat children diagnosed as suffering from ADHD, have soared by 56% in the UK, from 420,000 in 2007 to 657,000 in 2012. Such “psychostimulants” are thought to stimulate a part of the brain that changes mental and behavioural reactions.However, Perry, a senior fellow of the ChildTrauma Academy in Houston, Texas, said he was concerned that children were being labelled as having ADHD when that merely described the symptoms of a range of different physiological problems. The symptoms that lead to a diagnosis of ADHD include inattentiveness, hyperactivity and impulsiveness over a sustained period.Perry added that clinicians were also too readily prescribing psychostimulants to children when the evidence suggested there were no long-term benefits. Animal studies have raised concerns over the potential for damage to be done. read more

first_imgNZ Herald 3 October 2017Family First Comment: Breakdown of family and values = breakdown of schools. Sadly, it will only get worse. Teachers say they are struggling to cope with growing numbers of children who are violent – and often still in nappies.Two-thirds of 380 mainly primary and early childhood teachers raised their hands at the NZ Educational Institute conference in Rotorua when asked if they had been hit or assaulted by children recently.Ministry data provided to the institute shows that the number of primary school children given this interim support jumped by 41 per cent from 1512 in 2013 to 2134 last year.There was a similar 43 per cent jump, from 1775 to 2434, in the numbers of primary and intermediate school children stood down from schools because of physical assaults on other students or staff.But Oliver said there were now not enough behaviour specialists available to provide long-term support after a short-term intervention.“It’s not money that we want,” he said. “It’s experts to come in and give us support and advice.”Kindergarten teacher Helen Hansen said she has had problems with a boy since he started aged 1. Now aged 4, he is pushing other children around.“We restrain him. While we are restraining him he’s trying to head-butt you, bite you,” she said.She said that in theory the new Ministry for Vulnerable Children Oranga Tamariki could bring in support from other agencies, but she was unable to get their help because the boy’s parents denied that there was a problem.“It’s heartbreaking. You have relationships with these children, you have loved them for a long time,” she said.“In an ideal world you’d have community hubs – people that come in and work with families and with children without needing parental permission.”An Oranga Tamariki spokesman said: “If a school or anyone has concern about the care and protection of an individual child they can contact us with their concerns and we will assess that child’s situation and if there is need for a response from Oranga Tamariki.”Ministry of Education head of sector enablement and support Katrina Casey said the ministry understood that schools “face real challenges supporting children who have complex learning and behaviour needs”.“Last year we spent about $95 million on behaviour assistance for about 10,000 children. This includes children receiving help from the Severe Behaviour Service and from specialist teachers in learning and behaviour,” she said.“In this year’s Budget, the Government provided an additional $69 million over four years to support children with additional learning and behaviour needs. This includes $34.7 million over four years to expand services for 1000 extra children with severe behavioural difficulties.”READ MORE: read more

first_imgSomali government troops backed by African Union forces on Friday captured the Shabaab stronghold of Dinsor, the second town seized from the al-Qaeda-affiliated Islamists this week, the defence minister said.”Our forces have secured control of Dinsor, and the insurgents have fled after losing the battle… the troops are now conducting security operations to clear the town,” Somali Defence Minster, General Abdulkadir Sheikh Ali Dini told reporters.The fall of Dinsor comes after the capture by AU troops of the nearby town of Bardhere on Wednesday, some of the last key towns held by the al-Qaeda-affiliated Islamists.Witnesses confirmed the takeover of the southern town, saying the Shabaab fled ahead of government and Ethiopian troops with the AU force, pulling out of the town on Thursday afternoon. “Most of the residents fled so it looks like a ghost town,” said resident Mohamed Added, adding that the government troops were in control. “There are very few people remaining, most of them elderly.”The African Union Mission in Somalia, or Amisom, last week launched “Operation Jubba Corridor” – an offensive it said was aimed at flushing the insurgents out of rural areas in southern Somalia and which has involved Ethiopian and Kenyan forces, officials said.Witnesses have reported heavy casualties in the offensive with civilians caught up in the fighting.The Shebab is fighting to overthrow Somalia’s Western-backed government which is propped up and protected by the 22 000-strong Amisom force.last_img read more

first_img Promoted ContentWhat Happens To Your Brain When You Play Too Much Video Games?7 Things That Actually Ruin Your Phone6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A Drone10 Greatest Disney Female Villains We Love Anyways7 Of The Wealthiest Universities In The WorldWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?8 Fascinating Facts About Coffee10 Extremely Gorgeous Asian Actresses15 Extremely Surprising Facts About Disney Princesses7 Universities In The World With The Highest Market ValueFantastic-Looking (and Probably Delicious) Bread Art5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks The Daily Express says Arsenal are tracking Osimhen as a potential replacement for Aubameyang. Aubameyang looks set to leave this summer after failing to negotiate new terms at Emirates Stadium. The Gunners are keen to avoid a repeat of the scenario which saw Aaron Ramsey leave for free last summer, so will offload Aubameyang this summer to ensure they get a fee. Osimhen has scored 13 goals in 25 Ligue 1 starts this season.Advertisement Meanwhile, Osimhen has turned down an offer from Napoli. The Nigeria striker is being put up for sale by LOSC president Gerard Lopez as he seeks to balance the club’s books for next season. Napoli are keen, but Eurosport’s Manu Lonjon reports Osimhen has already turned down the Italians. read also:Lille agree to slash Osimhen’s price tag The striker also is fielding interest from England, where Liverpool, Chelsea and Arsenal are all keen. Lonjon says a decision from Osimhen is expected in the coming weeks. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Arsenal chiefs have identified Lille striker, Victor Osimhen, as a replacement for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. Loading… last_img read more

first_imgVersailles, In. — Bring the family to your local fishing hole Saturday, April 20, the first of four Indiana Free Fishing Days this year.On Free Fishing Days, Indiana residents can fish public waters without a fishing license or a salmon/trout stamp. Free Fishing Days are a great opportunity for families to learn to fish together because adults do not need a fishing license on those days. Children 17 and younger do not need a license on any day. A number of fishing events will be held on April 20:A Women’s Learn to Fish workshop will be held at St. Patrick’s County Park in South Bend from 9:00 a.m. to noon. Advanced registration is required; register online at or by calling 574-674-9765.A Family Learn to Fish workshop will take place at Muscatatuck National Wildlife Refuge in Seymour from 9 a.m. to noon. Advance registration is required by calling 812-522-4352 x12 or emailing Find more information at Parks are also hosting Free Fishing Day events. You can find a list of State Park events at information about all Free Fishing Day events can be found at read more

first_imgWigan boss Roberto Martinez claimed his “magnificent” team had been denied victory against Tottenham by a wrongly-awarded free-kick. Press Association The 18th-placed Latics, who would have moved out of the Barclays Premier League relegation zone had they hung on for all three points, instead had to settle for a 2-2 draw with Spurs at the DW Stadium after the ball bobbled off the unfortunate Emmerson Boyce into his own net in the 90th minute. It had hit Boyce from a Tom Huddlestone free-kick that resulted from a coming-together between Spurs full-back Kyle Walker and his opposite number Jean Beausejour, and Martinez said: “If you see the replays, it puts extra salt in the wounds. It was not a free-kick – it should never have been a free-kick.” center_img He added: “Kyle Walker is pulling Jean Beausejour and he is too honest, staying on his feet. We need to accept that – sometimes when you are down there, the results or the lucky breaks don’t go your way.” Despite his disappointment at the way it finished, Martinez was keen to praise his players’ efforts during a contest in which an early defensive blunder by the hosts had allowed Champions League-chasing Tottenham to open the scoring. A hesitant exchange of passes between Latics defender Maynor Figueroa and goalkeeper Joel Robles in the ninth minute led to the latter cannoning an attempted clearance against the outstretched leg of the approaching Gareth Bale, and the ball rebounded straight into the net. Wigan equalised within two minutes through a header from Boyce, whose late own-goal subsequently cancelled out the Callum McManaman thunderbolt that had put them 2-1 up four minutes into the second half. Tottenham remain fifth with four matches to go, level on points with fourth-placed Chelsea and a point behind third-placed Arsenal. Sunday’s fixtures see Chelsea play Swansea at home and Arsenal host champions Manchester United. Asked whether he regarded the result as two points dropped or a point gained in the pursuit of Champions League football, Spurs boss Andre Villas-Boas said: “It depends on the results of our opponents. It is intimately related to that. “We can still be in control of our own destiny or not after [Sunday’s] results. Normally away from home a point is important at this stage of the season. When everybody needs three points, I think it is a difficult situation for teams. It all depends on what happens [on Sunday].” last_img read more

first_imgMidfielder Aaron Ramsey is glad to have won over the Arsenal boo-boys as he looks to help drive the Gunners into the Champions League again next season. The Wales international, 22, has impressed in recent weeks as he thrives in his preferred central role at the heartbeat of Arsene Wenger’s side, with England’s Jack Wilshere coming back from an ankle injury. “Last season was frustrating for me. I had a bit of stick, but I was not playing in my main position and had obviously been through a lot,” Ramsey said in the May edition of the official Arsenal magazine. “I think people are starting to realise now that I am coming back, looking sharp again.” Press Associationcenter_img He added: “There is no better feeling than winning people over, proving you are capable of doing a good job and you are a good player. I am confident in myself and think I can push on to the next level now.” Ramsey’s drive helped secure a battling 1-1 draw against Premier League champions Manchester United at the Emirates Stadium last weekend, which extended Arsenal’s unbeaten league run to seven matches. There can be no let-up in performance levels when they head to relegated QPR if they are to stay in the top four, after they dropped behind Chelsea. Arsenal are, however, still two points ahead of Tottenham, although they have played one game more. The Gunners head to Loftus Road for Saturday’s late afternoon kick-off without 17-goal striker Olivier Giroud, who serves the second game of a three-match ban.. Despite another season without winning any silverware, midfielder Santi Cazorla feels there is no reason Arsenal cannot challenge for honours again if they can deliver performances like they did against United on a more regular basis next season. He said on Arsenal Player: “What I have taken from this year is that as a team we were not very consistent for half of the season, which cost us in terms of reaching the higher positions in the league. Now we are a lot more consistent and that is the form we were lacking before – being consistent and getting the three points whenever we could. “We are a long way off the top because of this lack of form, even though it was only for half the season. I hope next year will be another story. We want to be fighting for the Premier League and all the tournaments we enter.” last_img read more

first_imgSituated on the far west side of the University of Wisconsin campus is the Nielsen Tennis Center, home of the Wisconsin men’s tennis program. The stadium is far from downtown and remains largely unattended by Wisconsin students. Unlike its football and basketball counterparts, it barely feels a part of campus.Whether it is because of the location or results on the court, the program has been an afterthought for both students and recruits over the years. Wisconsin has never been known for tennis.But with the additions of new head coach Danny Westerman last season and assistant coach Scoville Jenkins two seasons ago, combined with the efforts of their underdog team and a few new faces, the label slapped on Wisconsin is slowly peeling away.Men’s tennis: Badger at heart, Westerman finds success coaching those in familiar positionSome 18 years ago, a young man walked onto the University of Wisconsin campus unaware of just how connected his Read…“I see us being a top 15 team in the next few years with the way we’re going, the kids we’re bringing in, the culture we’re establishing,” Jenkins said.” Everybody is being accountable for their actions, there’s no excuses.”That is the buzz surrounding the program these days. It is the same program that finished the 2014-15 season with a 7-18 record and was nowhere close to being ranked. Yet in just one season — Westerman’s first year on the job — the team doubled their win total to finish 2015-16 at 14-9.Despite ending the season with a six-match losing streak, there was plenty to admire. The team gathered five ranked wins, starting off 13-1 and reaching one of the program’s highest-ever rankings of No. 30 in the country.“All of us, for the first time, were playing for something bigger than ourselves,” Westerman said. “We all felt the urgency of trying to play for an at-large bid in the NCAA Tournament. We shifted our focus towards that rather than playing in the moment … we’ve all learned from it.”Players have been hard at work back on campus, making up for the missed opportunity last season. Yet all of the effort was not a wash, for it attracted what the program has been lacking its entire existence: top recruits.Men’s tennis: Badgers suffer early exit in Big Ten TournamentAfter failing to survive the first day of the Big Ten tournament, a less than stellar Nebraska team on Thursday Read…Enter Chase Colton, a Florida native who has been on the radar as one of the top recruits in the class of 2016 for some time now. Colton is a blue chip prospect, the highest ranking a player can receive, and one of just 28 graduating seniors nationally to hold the ranking. The incoming freshman is also the first blue chip recruit in Wisconsin history.“It’s very special, and I hope it shows the types of players that we can attract here to Wisconsin,” Jenkins said. “Chase really embraced that he could be the first to break down the door and start up our program. He absolutely loved that and has been great so far.”The UW coaches have praised his work ethic and drive as a player, but also the draw that signing him creates.Colton signed before the spring season in November 2015, which turned many heads toward Wisconsin. The Colton-effect this April ended up attracting fellow Florida native Daniel Soyfer, a talented four-star recruit ranked No. 53 in the class of 2016 who boasts a 30-14 record against ranked opponents, and gained plenty of experience playing in Europe this summer.Signing two players of their caliber is an accomplishment not to be overlooked. But it also indicates another, more subtle notion about Wisconsin tennis as a whole — the Badgers were able to recruit two warm weather players.Men’s tennis: Wisconsin finding success as noisy neighbor of Big TenIn contrast to the usually tame atmosphere of collegiate and professional tennis, the Wisconsin men’s tennis team is set to enter Big Ten play as Read…Many of the best players are from warmer regions that have longer outdoor seasons. Those players typically like to continue their play in those same places, which is why schools like USC, Stanford, UCLA and Georgia have historically dominated college tennis.Signing the two athletes is not only a big step for the program, but also sheds the label that Wisconsin is not a choice destination. As junior Lamar Remy put it, UW is just as much of a tennis school as any other.“Our facilities rival those of any of the other powerhouse schools,” Remy said. “I had the opportunity to see a few other great tennis schools while be recruited, and I feel we’re right there with them. With our coaches, they’re really helping kids with potential to break through and make us competitive.”It has taken 95 years of play to get to this point, but if all goes according to plan, the Badgers will rank among the top 25 teams in the country for the first time in program history by their 100th season of play.Men’s tennis: No. 36 Badgers gain valuable experience playing against nation’s bestThe match started rowdy, full of energy and exciting, but as quickly as those emotions filled members of the Wisconsin Read…At least that’s the goal of Westerman and Jenkins at the moment. For the time being, the gate is open and Wisconsin may not have to be the scrappy underdog anymore.“When we signed Chase we had a lot of top kids, especially in Florida where he’s from, have a lot of interest in us because they know how good of a player Chase is,” Jenkins said. “He really knows the game and a lot of the kids know this about him, so when he signed it brought about their interest. To get a player like him, they must see us going in a really good direction.”With the direction the program is going in, it isn’t unreasonable that there won’t be crowds clad in red in the northwest part of campus someday. And for the recruits, well they already know what Wisconsin tennis is about.This story has been updated.last_img read more

first_imgNenagh CBS will face Cork side Rochestown College in the Harty Cup quarter-finals.Last nights draw also paired Thurles CBS with opposition from the Rebel County as they will take on Gaelcolaiste Mhuire.Clonmel High School – the sole remaining Tipperary side in the Corn Ui Mhuirí – will face St Brendan’s in the last eight.last_img

first_imgSion President Christian Constantin has been slapped with a 14-month ban for slapping former Switzerland coach Rolf Fringer.Costantin slapped Fringer during Sion’s 2-1 win over Lugano in the Swiss Super League on September 21.Apart from the ban, the 60-year old was also fined 100,000 Swiss francs (£77,804) as punishment for his offence after he was filmed slapping Fringer.According to Fringer, who is now a television pundit, the Sion President had hit him several times before the blow caught on tape.Costantin is therefore banned from entering all football-related venues though he has the right to appeal against the decision.The Swiss Football League via a statement said: “The violent behaviour of Christian Constantin against Rolf Fringer, which (Constantin) doesn’t deny, is clearly a violation of the rules of conduct.”RelatedFIFA Disgraces African Football Legend Kalusha BwalyaAugust 10, 2018In “Africa”Palestinian FA Boss Banned For Hateful Comments On MessiAugust 25, 2018In “Europe”Alex Song Completes Free Transfer Move To SionAugust 15, 2018In “Europe”last_img read more