Study outlines dangers of too much time on touchscreens for toddlers

first_imgNZ Herald 15 April 2017Babies’ sleep and subsequent brain development may be being harmed by the use of iPads and other touchscreen devices, research suggests.The British study found that every hour infants spent on such devices was linked to 16 minutes less sleep per day.The research, on more than 700 families, is the first to look at the link between touchscreens and sleep in babies and toddlers.It found that some toddlers aged 12 to 18 months were spending as much as five hours a day on touchscreen devices. Even babies less than a year old were found to be spending as much as two-and-a-half hours on such gadgets.Average screen time was far lower, at less than nine minutes for babies aged six to 11 months, rising to 44 minutes for those between 26 and 36 months.Researchers at Birkbeck, University of London and King’s College London questioned 715 parents about their child’s daily touchscreen use and sleep patterns. They found that babies and toddlers who spent more time using a touchscreen slept less at night and, despite sleeping more during the day, slept for less time overall.READ MORE: http://www.nzherald.co.nz/technology/news/article.cfm?c_id=5&objectid=11838667Keep up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.last_img read more

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Mel delighted by ‘family spirit’

first_img “The frustration is we conceded an early goal in the game which gave them a lift, and they then set back and we did not show enough quality and guile to exploit what was fairly rigid West Brom side,” he said. “We hit the woodwork twice, but we need to show more than that and did not work our goalkeeper enough. “I am not so sure we deserved to lose it, but we certainly did not show enough to win it.” Norwich head to Fulham next weekend, and are still looking anxiously over their shoulders ahead of their final games against Liverpool, Chelsea, Manchester United and Arsenal. There were loud calls for Hughton to be sacked towards the end of the match. Hughton said: “It is disappointing, but it is a reaction to what they are seeing. It is frustration that we are all feeling. “At this moment, we need everybody pulling in the right direction. “So I can understand the frustration and it is something we have to accept and get on with. “At some stage we have to close this game down, and realise we have a tough away game at Fulham next week, then four more before the end of the season. “We have to do as well as we can in these five games to get the points we need. “At the moment, the Fulham game has become the biggest of the season. “I understand frustrations and it is normal, but we have to understand it is us as a group and everybody is going to get us the results we need.” Norwich goalkeeper John Ruddy was involved in a confrontation with a supporter in the Lower Barclay End after the final whistle. The fan later called into the Radio Norfolk ‘Canary Call’ post-match show to apologise to the England international. Norwich City Supporters Trust board member Robin Sainty can understand the anxiety at the Canaries’ predicament. “It was massively disappointing not just the fact that we lost but the nature of it. I just never thought we gave ourselves a chance of winning,” he said to the Eastern Daily Press. “To be honest a few people aren’t going to be too proud of themselves when they think of what happened at the end. “When you see John Ruddy diving into the crowd because of what’s been said it’s not good and people throwing stuff onto the pitch will probably get us a fine. I think the reality of relegation (threat) has finally hit home today.” England Under-21 forward Saido Berahino was left on the West Brom bench and James Morrison started in midfield as Mel’s side put on a united front following reports of dressing room unrest in the wake of last weekend’s 3-3 draw at Cardiff. There was, though, no late drama in Norfolk, where a fine goal from Morgan Amalfitano on 16 minutes proved enough to settle what was for most a scrappy affair, although Norwich did twice hit the woodwork in the second half. West Brom manager Pepe Mel hailed the “family spirit” within his squad after they put a troubled week behind them with a 1-0 win at fellow Barclays Premier League survival battlers Norwich. “A team that has displayed discipline on the pitch and has played as they did today, well and together, demonstrates that there is a good spirit in the camp and that we are a family,” said Spaniard Mel. “I think the players have shown today exactly what they want and how to go about achieving it. Both Saido and James, plus all the players, have just shown how important they are for us.” West Brom moved above Norwich into 16th place and are five points clear of the relegation zone, having played a match less than the teams around them. Mel said: “These three points really move us closer to the end and make our route a lot easier. “I think the Tottenham game next week is really important. If we are able to win against Tottenham the future for us will be a very happy one.” The second successive defeat for the Canaries – whose players had offered to refund the away supporters at Swansea last weekend – was met by loud boos at the final whistle, as hundreds of clapper boards, which had been put on the seats to help improve the atmosphere at Carrow Road, were thrown onto the pitch one appearing to strike Norwich manager Chris Hughton. The home side could have taken an early lead through Johan Elmander just before West Brom’s goal and saw efforts from Gary Hooper and Robert Snodgrass hit the woodwork. Hughton called for a sense of perspective after what was a first defeat at Carrow Road in 2014. Press Associationlast_img read more

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Teams Muller, Civil Defence Cement S’final Places

first_imgNCC TENNIS LEAGUELagos-based Team Muller scored a perfect five as they beat Team Oluyole of Ibadan 4-3 in the final round robin match of the Blue Group of the 2017 NCC Tennis League which took place at the National Stadium Surulere courts at the weekend.Team Civil Defence also snatched the second semifinal spot from the group when they edged a vastly improved Kalotari team in Port Harcourt 4-3. With both Team Civil Defence and Team Kalotari tied at three points each, behind Team Muller with four points, the Port Harcourt tie was a high-stake, winner-takes-all contest.Featuring two current and one past national champion, Team Civil Defence took a 3-0 lead on the first day with Abdulmumuni Babalola beating Ikechukwu Iloputa 6-4, 6-2; Clifford Enosorogbe defeating Christian Paul 6-1, 6-4 and Christie Agugbom recovering from 2-5 in the second set to beat national junior star Angel Mcleod 6-2, 7-5.Team Kalatori fought back, winning the men’s doubles – (Paul/Iloputa bt Enosorogbe/Nonso Madueke 6-1, 0-6, 10-6) and the first reverse singles (Paul bt Babalola 6-3, 6-3) to narrow the scores to 2-3 but Enosorogbe weathered the storm bravely and a determined performance from Iloputa in the sixth rubber – prevailing 6-4, 6-4 against an opponent who played to the end despite suffering serious muscle cramps in the second set.The pair of Mcleod and Paul compensated the home fans by taking the mixed doubles against Bukola Olowu and Michael Chima 6-3, 6-3.The third round robin tie in the group took place at the VGC Sports Club in Lekki, Lagos where the Ilorin-based Team Optiweb overran hosts Team VGC Lions 7-0.With the ties concluded in the Blue Group. Team Muller topped the table with five points followed by Team Civil Defence four points and Team Kalotari three points in second and third place respectively.Team Optiweb with two points occupies the fourth position while Team VGC LIons with a point is in fifth place. Team Oluyole with no points despite a determined performance in their last tie against group leaders ended up in the sixth position.The round robin ties will be concluded this weekend with the last White Group matches in Abuja, Kaduna and Jos. Defending champions Team Offikwu have already secured one semifinal spot. The second semifinal spot will depend on the outcome of the tie between Team Ndoma Egba versus Team Goshen in Abuja this weekend.The NCC Tennis League is offering a consolidated price money of N23 million and has taken topflight tennis to 12 different cities in Nigeria.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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Fantasy Football TE Sleepers: Ian Thomas, Irv Smith Jr., and Taysom Hill (?) among potential breakout tight ends

first_imgThe tight end position features only a handful of truly elite options heading into 2020. Travis Kelce, George Kittle, Darren Waller, Zach Ertz, and Mark Andrews were the only five tight ends who scored more than 200 fantasy points last year. Fantasy football owners who cannot land one of those five options (and Evan Engram and Hunter Henry) must be on the lookout for the right TE sleeper or potential breakout later in their draft, even if that means drafting a backup.  Here’s a closer look at nine potentially undervalued TEs, from those who will go in the middle rounds to those who might not be drafted at all.  2020 Fantasy Sleepers:Quarterback | Running back | Wide receiverFantasy Football TE SleepersHayden Hurst, Falcons  Hurst won’t have to share targets in Atlanta as the main option, and that increased role should lead to more production with Matt Ryan. Hurst’s reliability is a huge plus. He had 43 catches on 62 targets – a catch percentage of 69.3 — the past two seasons. Expect career highs in receptions, yards and TDs, perhaps even on par with Austin Hooper’s averages the past two seasons in Atlanta (73 catches, 92.5 targets, 723.5 yards, five TDs). Jonnu Smith, Titans Smith is another reliable target, catching 35-of-44 targets last season. There is a boom-or-bust-factor at work, as Smith also had four games with no catches in 2019 and relied on big plays in other games to pad his stats. Still, the increased consistency in the second half of the season showed his potential, and with Delanie Walker officially out of town, he should see a big uptick in targets. Given his explosiveness, that could mean big things at a traditionally touchdown-reliant position.Mike Gesicki, Dolphins  Rookie quarterback Tua Tagovailoa is going to need a safety valve when he eventually takes over, and Gesicki fits that description heading into his third season. Gesicki put up 20 catches, 49.6 yards per game and three TDs in Miami’s final five games in 2019 – a consistent run of production that would make him an every-week starter over a full season.  Ian Thomas, Panthers Thomas put up modest totals with revolving-door quarterbacks in his first two seasons with the Panthers, but the addition of Teddy Bridgewater — and more important, the official exit of Greg Olsen — gives the third-year tight end a new-found opportunity. Thomas might be a better fit in PPR leagues early in the season, and he’ll need to score more TDs to be an every-week option. Still, he won’t cost much on draft day and has big upside in Carolina’s ball-control offense.  Chris Herndon, Jets  Herndon was a legitimate sleeper pick heading into 2019, but he missed most of last season because of suspension and a fractured rib. He averaged 12.9 yards per catch with four TDs as a rookie, and the key will be recapturing that rapport with third-year quarterback Sam Darnold. Some of that sleeper shine has worn off Herndon, but that could make him a sneaky post-hype value pick in the later rounds.  Blake Jarwin, Cowboys  Jarwin gets the chance to emerge in Dallas’ offense now that Jason Witten, who signed with the Raiders, is out of the picture. That means more receptions and yards, but that’s not the biggest upside to taking Jarwin. Seven of Jarwin’s 31 receptions last season went for 20 yards or more, and he will continue to be a down-field threat and red-zone target given the receiving talent the Cowobys have around him.   Irv Smith Jr., Vikings  Smith had two games with more than 50 yards receiving as a rookie, but he is poised to make the jump in his second season. A 76.6 catch percentage shows that Smith makes the most of his targets. Smith still is fighting for looks with veteran Kyle Rudolph, however, so the key will be taking advantage of red-zone opportunities and converting big plays when given the chance. Given his athleticism, Smith Jr. has major upside.  C.J. Uzomah, Bengals Uzomah’s production slipped last season, but the good news is he no longer has to split targets with Tyler Eifert, who left for Jacksonville. That, coupled with the addition of rookie quarterback Joe Burrow – should lead to a more prominent role in the offense. If Uzomah can revert to his 2018 form and tack on a few more TDs, then he will emerge as at least a streaming option in standard leagues.  Taysom Hill, Saints Hill is now listed as a tight end/flex play in ESPN leagues for 2020, and that adds to his switch-blade appeal in any format. Hill had 19 catches on 22 targets last season, and he scored seven TDs on just 46 offensive touches. Hill had more than 50 total yards in just one game, but the TD appeal at the position is nice.last_img read more

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