Summer road trips can be good for the family – if you put your phone down

first_img See More Videos COMMENTSSHARE YOUR THOUGHTS Trending in Canada RELATED TAGSNews Want a way to instantly double the time you spend with the people you love?Put down your phone when you’re with them.If you drop your kids at school each day but spend the whole time on your Bluetooth taking calls, you’re not with them. The time doesn’t count. We send a clear message to our children – and our friends – each time we drop our attention away from them and check an update, send a text, or answer a call: you may be in front of me, but I’m choosing to devote my attention to something else. We encourage all readers to share their views on our articles using Facebook commenting Visit our FAQ page for more information. Bad driving habits rub off on kids, whether you know it or not Trending Videos ‹ Previous Next › The rules to follow when getting your kid a carBut over the years, the technology that has given us so much has stolen so much more. Multitasking isn’t a thing; it just means you do a lot of things badly at the same time. Our brains are wired to do one thing at a time if we want to do it well. You may think you’re solving a crisis at the office while you drive the kids to school, but that’s three things: work, driving, kids. We all know the result of people ignoring the road when they engage their brain outside the car, but you’re also ignoring what many consider the most important thing in their lives: their families. So prove it.Don’t get me wrong; screaming toddlers locked in child seats is a huge distraction, and a dangerous one. On trips, my mom used to be tasked with keeping us quiet so Dad could drive; it helped that she wasn’t scrolling through her Facebook feed when we went anywhere.The interconnectivity of our vehicles has brought outside distraction into one of the last bastions of escape, solitude even. Where once you could count on some disconnect time to talk to your passengers, listen to music or think original things, now the slow drip feeding tube of 24-hour electronic attention has reached the saturation point. News, traffic and weather updates? Sure. How many people liked that last picture you posted? Nonsense.Hang up and drive, indeed. Hang up and acknowledge your passengers.A recent article in The Atlantic delves into the dangers of too much screen time – for parents. We’re right to worry about how much time all ages spend peering into some device – preschoolers are reportedly at about four hours a day – but I would gladly have watched four hours of television at that age (and there were days nobody would have stopped me, I’m sure), so that argument needs a large asterisk beside it.I have no quarrel with how most parents adapt technology into their children’s lives; it’s not my business because I’m not a scientist nor am I their mother. Each generation has its thing, and it’s hypocritical to pretend the good old days were necessarily all that great. Cars are incredibly safer, you can shut howling kids up on a long trip by streaming a video and they can play things more engaging than the licence plate game.No, the problem is increasingly becoming not just one of how much time our children spend enthralled in a device, neck bent (in what can only be a chiropractor’s dream/nightmare) and warp speed thumbs, but us. What are we taking from them when we consistently remove our attention?Children are processing the world and you are the filter for that. What happens in front of our windshield has led to discussions as far ranging as homelessness, stunt driving, the aforementioned sex ed, and if a possum is an opossum. The thing is, you never know when the really important stuff will drop, because kids are like that. For every sulky, quiet ride, there has been an enlightening one – for one of us.Your attention is really all they want. And the most historic non-verbals- the teens – need you more than ever. I know they have their noses buried in their own devices and their own games. But by maintaining a tether outside the car that keeps you from being engaged within it, you risk letting the opportunities be lost forever. Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2 Road trips are a good opportunity to have a good family talk; if you can keep the smartphones down.  Getty The Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car ever Ditch the non-essentials. Share playlists, share conversation, share silence. 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One time, my then 4 and 7-year-olds decided to ask where babies come from. I was trapped, which they knew, and we proceeded to have an enlightening, delicate ten minute conversation on the origins of life. Specifically, theirs.RELATED Buy It! Princess Diana’s humble little 1981 Ford Escort is up for auction An engagement gift from Prince Charles, the car is being sold by a Princess Di “superfan”last_img read more

Mundell Raises Penman Engineering Jobs directly with the First Minister

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInDumfriesshire MSP Oliver Mundell has said the Scottish Government must support jobs at Penman Engineering as he raised the issue directly with First Minister Nicola Sturgeon.Mr Mundell used the first First Ministers Questions after the summer recess to ask the First Minister what action her Government will take to protect the 140 jobs at the firm and the support they will give to find a buyer.Replying to Mr Mundell, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon MSP said: “Scottish Enterprise are already doing that. I was disappointed to hear of Penman Engineering entering administration putting 140 jobs at risk and this will be a very tough time for those affected and their families as well in the area.“Scottish Enterprise are working closely with the administrators to find a buyer to maintain the maximum number of jobs possible.“Our PACE organisation has been in contact with the company in order to provide support in the event that redundancies do proceed.“However, let me underline and stress that Scottish Enterprise is working with the administrator to avoid any redundancies taking place.”Reacting to her response, Oliver Mundell MSP said: “I was encouraged to hear the First Minister say that Scottish Enterprise are already working with administrators in order to find a buyer for Penman Engineering but they must continue to step up and offer full support.“The 140 jobs which are at risk in my constituency are the equivalent of 1,000 jobs in the Central Belt so the First Minister must continue to give Scottish Enterprise all the support they need.“Like the First Minister, I have absolutely no wish to see any redundancies proceed at this historic firm as any redundancies have a devastating effect in Dumfriesshire.“No one wants to see the firm asset stripped or production move elsewhere in a quick-fire sale and I believe that serious and meaningful support from Scottish Enterprise is required to help ensure the right buyer is identified.”“Supporting the workers and retaining high skilled jobs is the absolute priority right now and it is imperative that all agencies need to work together in order to protect this vital local business.”last_img read more

SA shines at Precision Flying Champs

first_imgTeam South Africa excelled at the 2011 precision flying champs, which were hosted here. The country came second in the team landing category, with squad member Hans Schwebel being named the runner-up for the landing trophy. (Image: Nicky Rehbock)Team South Africa put in an impressive performance at the 20th Precision Flying World Championships, recently held in North West province, demonstrating how accurately and safely local pilots can handle aircraft without the aid of modern technology.South Africa came second in the team landing category, with squad member Hans Schwebel being named the runner-up for the landing trophy. This was the first time the event has been hosted in the country.Precision flying competitions test the fundamental skills of pilots flying solo in single-piston engine aircraft. Armed with just a compass and map, participants have to follow a precise flight path while sticking to a tight time limit, complete observation tasks from the air to the ground while navigating the plane, and make inch-perfect landings on short, narrow airstrips with trees and other obstacles on the approach.The sport is the aerial equivalent of orienteering.With ever-increasing automation in modern planes such skills aren’t put to the test in everyday commercial flight, meaning that those who compete in precision flying “represent the cream of the crop in terms of good, solid aviation practice”, says director of the 2011 champs Antony Russell.This year’s championships included host team South Africa, as well as participants from Norway, France, Finland, Denmark, Austria, Switzerland, Sweden, Russia, Czech Republic, Poland, New Zealand, UK and Germany.Poland was named the overall team winner, with member Michal Wieczorek being crowned the individual world champion for 2011. Czech Republic came second, France third and South Africa fourth.‘Felt proud to be South African’South Africa’s Hans Schwebel has been competing in the sport since 1994, with 2011 being the 18th time he has represented the country at the world champs. He’s a private pilot living in Brits, North West, and has his own business, which gives him the flexibility to practise as often as he can.He started preparing for this event three months ago, flying as often as three times a week. “But there’s always stiff competition from overseas – a lot of the competitors are commercial pilots who fly and get to practise every day. There are also far more precision flying competitions and events in Europe than here,” he says.Schwebel believes precision flying has made him a better pilot.“Today with all the modern GPS systems, you press a knob and it tells you exactly where to go. But when there’s a failure in the airplane, most of the pilots don’t know what to do anymore. With precision flying you do it the old way – you have a map and a compass and you follow the road,” he says.“The highlights of this year’s competition were coming second and the camaraderie from the South African team – it made me feel very patriotic. It’s a very special feeling. It’s also a way of giving back to the country. I want to encourage more youngsters from this country to join the sport – and I hope that my performance this year serves as an example to them that it is possible to excel.”The next precision flying world champs will be held in two years’ time, probably in Europe, and Schwebel says he’s going to do all he can to make the national team again.‘I love this country’One of the youngest competitors at this year’s event, 30-year-old Michal Wieczorek is a commercial pilot working for a charter airline in Poland. He’s been flying for 11 years and participated in his first international airsport event in 2003 at Sun City, also in North West.He attributes his love of flying and talent for precision flying in particular to his father, who also used to compete and excel in the discipline.“The flying conditions in South Africa are very different from those in Europe. Because it’s so hot, you have to fly at higher density altitudes, which decreases the performance of the aircraft. Navigation in South Africa is also completely different – there’s bush everywhere. The first few days of practice here were very hard for me,” he says.It was determination and cool-headed landings which clinched the 2011 title for Wieczorek. “After the second navigation stage I thought I had no chance of even coming in the top three, but the landings stage on last day of the competition changed everything.There’s a lot of pressure to make the perfect landing and if the nerves catch you, it’s over – but I felt less pressure because I didn’t expect to win. When I thought the game was over for me, I just wanted to end it off with good landings – unlike Czech Republic’s Jiri Filip, who did well in the first stages and the pressure was on for him. But I can say I fought ‘til the end.”He says competing in South Africa this year was like coming home. “This is my third time in South Africa. I really enjoy being here – I love this country. South Africans are very hospitable and helpful – I’ve got many friends here and I feel at home.”Wieczorek believes one of the reasons why former Eastern bloc countries do well in precision flying is because of a familiarity with older planes and less advanced automatic navigation systems.“We don’t have that many aircraft with modern avionics. We train in old planes. Although they’re in very good condition, they don’t have GPS systems – we have to use a map and conventional navigation techniques as you have to do in precision flying.”But it’s also Poland’s coach, Andrzej Osowski, who primed the team for this year’s champs.“Andrzej gives us a hard time and trains us well. He’s being doing it for more than 25 years and is very good at what he does.”Wieczorek says his aim now is to defend his title at the next world championships and participate in the sport for as long as he can.last_img read more

SA hockey women secure Scotland series victory

first_img17 February 2014 The South African women’s hockey team secured a series victory over Scotland at the Tshwane University of Technology in Pretoria on Sunday after turning a 1-0 halftime lead into a 4-0 victory in the third of five tests. In the two previous matches, Giles Bonnet’s charges won 5-3 and 4-2. South Africa’s goals came from on-song striker Celia Evans (33rd and 52nd minutes), confident debutant Toni Marks of Eastern Province (50th) and double Olympian Kathleen Taylor (69th).Milestone Kelly Madsen reached the milestone of playing her 100th Test match to add another chapter to the remarkable hockey achievements of the Madsen family, who could make up a family team composed entirely of players who have represented South Africa. While the test series has been decided there will be no let up from the team ahead of their departure for Buenos Aires on Wednesday evening for a five-test series against world number two Argentina, which will play a vital role in South Africa’s preparations for the World Cup and Commonwealth Games. The Scots, too, are working very hard ahead of the Champions Challenge and Commonwealth Games tournaments that are set to be held in Glasgow, and will be determined to give a good account of themselves with the bigger picture in mind.Up to the task Scotland had their moments on Sunday, but the South African defence was up to the task of containing the threat, and while the penalty corner count was shared at four apiece, it was South Africa’s confident finishing, especially from open play, which impressed. The assuredness and self-belief of the home team’s strikers – and indeed across all three lines, from the defenders to the midfield to those up front – has been a feature of the series.Standout performer While South Africa turned in an impressive display, Nicolene Terblanche stood out, putting together an energetic all-round performance that lifted her team-mates. Scotland disappointed, but will still be able to take some positives out of the game. The two remaining tests will be played on Tuesday at 18:30 and Wednesday at 13:30. SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Gilas Pilipinas World Cup bid in peril

first_img“We thought we had a chance to win the game, holding small leads [most of the night],” Team PH coach Yeng Guiao said. “But toward the endgame, I thought it was the lack of our maturity [that doomed us].“The guys tried their best, but we made some bad decisions in the end.”Jayson Castro returned to international play by shooting 19 points and Christian Standhardinger added 17 for the Filipinos, who also lost to Kazakhstan, 88-92, on Friday.Australia, New Zealand and South Korea are the other early Asian qualifiers.Only three slots are left to be contested, with the Filipinos still to play two away games—in Qatar and Kazakhstan—in February next year. They would need nothing less than a sweep and hope that other bidders drop some of theirs to advance without a hitch. Only the top three teams from each group and the best fourth-placed squad will qualify.ADVERTISEMENT Fearless Azkals primed for another Hanoi miracle Another case filed vs Cardema MOST READ Judiciary Committee set to take over Trump impeachment probe Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games SEA Games: PH dancesport looking to sweep golds SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparc Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netA young, shorthanded Iran crew played with poise and confidence in the stretch and handed the Philippine team and its loyal throng a 78-70 defeat that put the Filipinos’ chances of advancing to the 2019 World Cup proper in serious trouble.With its two foremost international stars not making the trip here, the Iranians leaned on their future stars to pull off the victory before a dumbfounded Mall of Asia Arena crowd and formally qualify for the global championship slated in China.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next View comments “We needed to show everyone that Iranian basketball has big potential,” Mohammad Jamshidi, a former Meralco import in the Philippine Basketball Association, said after shooting 16 points in the fourth period. He was referring to their effort churned out sans Hamed Haddadi and Nikkhah Bahrami.“It was a big game for both (teams),” added Jamshidi, who finished with 26 points to lead all shooters for the night. “To be honest, there was pressure on us, a lot, after our [bad] game against Australia.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefThe Iranians were coming off a 29-point loss at the hands of the Aussies on Friday but didn’t show traces of that rout, playing heads-up all night long to win for the seventh time in 10 Group F matches and lock a berth to China.The Filipinos, after failing in two homestands, dropped to a level 5-5 and coupled by an 86-70 win by Japan over Kazakhstan at Toyama City Gymnasium earlier, got knocked out of a third place tie with the Japanese (6-4). Fossil launches its newest generation smartwatch: The Gen 5 Hotel management clarifies SEA Games footballers’ kikiam breakfast controversylast_img read more

Up to 9 Newbuilds for COSCO Shipping Specialized Carriers

first_imgzoomIllustration. Image Courtesy: Pixabay under CC0 Creative Commons license COSCO Shipping Specialized Carriers has ordered five 62,000 dwt multipurpose pulp carriers at Cosco Shipping Heavy Industry (Dalian).Under the contract, the company has options for four additional vessels from the series.The investment is said to be in line with Cosco’s five-year fleet development plan.The Chinese shipping company revealed that it would be paying around RMB 232.6 million (USD 33 million) per ship, pushing the total value of the deal including options to over USD 3 billion.The nine ships are planned for successive delivery between 2019 and 2021.Back in September 2017, the company ordered two 62,000 multi-purpose pulp carriers at Dalian, with an option for an additional vessel. The construction of the newbuilds is progressing well to meet delivery deadlines in 2019, the company informed.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

American Red Cross issuing emergency call for blood donations during winter

first_img , American Red Cross issuing emergency call for blood donations during winter Posted: January 30, 2019 Updated: 10:31 PM 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI)- The American Red Cross is seeing a low supply of blood donations and the severe weather is affecting it. There is an emergency call for all blood donors but it’s too cold for some to help.KUSI’s Dani Ruberti shows how San Diegans are stepping up to get more blood donations.To find where to donate blood visit the American Red Cross website: January 30, 2019 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more