James Patterson Wants To Get Kids Reading In Australia And New Zealand

first_imgJames Patterson, the world’s bestselling author, is giving bookstores in Australia and New Zealand up to $5000 each to spend on initiatives to get children reading. The total prize pool available is $100,000.The US author, who made the announcement in Sydney today, believes that there are far too many children at risk of living their lives without books and is concerned that this translates to a world ‘run by the self-centred, the short-sighted and the glib. The apathetic and the narrow-minded.’‘There is no doubt in my mind that bookshops play an essential role in the community in getting kids reading,’ says James, who has run similar initiatives in the UK and the US.‘I have been inspired, moved and delighted by the innovative proposals I have received from bookstores in the UK and the US. And I have been thrilled to see the real difference that these grants have already started to make. I can’t wait to see the proposals from Australian and New Zealand bookstores.’To apply for the grant, booksellers must already have a dedicated children’s book section in their store.‘This wonderful opportunity for booksellers provided by James Patterson through Penguin Random House, is another example of the bond between authors and booksellers working together to build the next generation of readers,’ says Lincoln Gould, the Chief Executive of Booksellers NZ. ‘I am sure that New Zealand booksellers will take up the challenge of developing creative ideas to enhance the reading experience of young people.’New research shows that the number of books in the family home directly impacts a child’s reading level – by as much as three years. A 2014 study across 42 countries and 200,000 cases found that having a home library enhances academic performance for all children. The improvement was irrespective of the parent’s own education, which has massive implications.Even if a parent is illiterate, just having a children’s book in the home helps. Its very physicality is an invitation to pick it up and turn the pages.‘This initiative shines a light on literacy. It prompts us to ask: what do we want our future to be and how do we get there?’ says James.Reading skills in New Zealand have dropped significantly since 2009, according to the most recent (2012) OECD report on literacy across 65 countries and half a million children. However, our average achievement remains above the OECD average.‘Bookshops guard against a future in which far too many children are illiterate,’ says James. ‘So many bookstores are already making a difference in their communities and I’m looking to help bookstores who want to do more.’’I’m open to all sorts of ideas. From an after-school bookclub, to an emailed newsletter. From a spot bonus to a valued employee, to funds to create a storytelling tent. Send me your ideas and I will read them,’ says James. ‘For me, making the pledge is the easy part. The tricky task will be deciding which shops to help.’Booksellers have until 5pm Tuesday 30 June to apply for the grant. To download an application form, visit www.booksellers.co.nz/book-news/James-Patterson.last_img read more

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WHS GIRLS TENNIS Wilmington Defeats Arlington High Qualifies For State Tournament

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — The WHS Girls Varsity Tennis Team defeated Arlington High, 3-2, on Thursday, May 16, 2019 in Wilmington.Wilmington senior Emily Hill defeated Meagan Carney, 6-2, 6-4.Wilmington junior Carolyn Roney defeated Alevia Doyle, 6-1, 6-4.Wilmington senior Lia Kourkoutas defeated Claire Stipp, 6-2, 6-0.Wilmington senior Jessica D’Arco and sophomore Lauren D’Arco were defeated by Reina Conti and Miu Kikuchi, 6-0, 6-4.Wilmington sophomore Vidhi Shah and sophomore Johanna Robinson were defeated by Nitya Sompuram and Lilly Pfister, 6-1, 6-2.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWHS GIRLS TENNIS: Wildcats Defeat Stoneham & Wakefield On Back-To-Back DaysIn “Sports”WHS GIRLS TENNIS: Wilmington Suffer Losses To Winchester & LexingtonIn “Sports”WHS GIRLS TENNIS: Wildcats Fall To Burlington, But Beat WakefieldIn “Sports”last_img read more

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Admiral Karambir Singh assumes charge as new Indian Navy chief

first_img Watch | ‘Pulling out’ ceremony of 23rd chief of Indian Navy Admiral Sunil Lanba Admiral Karambir Singh on Friday succeeded Admiral Sunil Lanba as the new Indian Navy chief. Admiral Lanba, 61, has retired after serving the nation for 42 years.Admiral Singh, who hails from Jalandhar in Punjab, was Commissioned in July 1980. He became a helicopter pilot in 1981 and has flown extensively on the Chetak (Alouette) and Kamov helicopters. He is the first helicopter pilot to lead the force.”It is a great honour for me to become the 24th Chief of Naval forces. My predecessors have made sure that the Navy has a very solid foundation and reaches new heights,” Admiral Singh was quoted as saying by ANI. “I take this opportunity to express my gratitude to Sunil Lanba, who has provided us with great leadership in the 42 years of his service,” he added.Admiral Lanba expressed his happiness and stated that it was an honour for him to have commanded the Indian Navy over the past three years.Vice-Admiral Bimal Verma had challenged the appointment of Admiral Singh as the Indian Navy chief but the Armed Forces Tribunal deferred the case on May 29 and said that Admiral Singh can take charge on May 31. Karambir Singh the new Navy Chief of IndiaThe Indian Express IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:01/1:39Loaded: 0%0:02Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-1:38?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading …center_img Closelast_img read more

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What to Do When Youre Bored With Your Routines

first_imgLast spring I started a new exercise class. As someone who dislikes doing jumping jacks, burpees and push-ups, I found the workouts surprisingly enjoyable — at least for a while. But after several months, my newish hobby began to feel like watching the same episode of a TV sitcom over and over again. Overly familiar with the class routine, my excitement had been replaced with boredom, a nattering emotion that affects us all. “Humans are remarkably good at growing accustomed to the positive and negative changes in their lives,” said Sonja Lyubomirsky, a professor of psychology at the University of California, Riverside, who studies hedonic adaptation. A 2016 study estimated that 63 percent of us suffer from boredom at least once over a 10-day period. While it certainly won’t kill us, researchers have found that chronically bored people are more prone to depression, substance use and anxiety. But boredom isn’t a character flaw. It’s a state brought on by a behavioral phenomenon called hedonic adaptation: the tendency for us to get used to things over time. This explains why initially gratifying activities and relationships can sometimes lose their luster.center_img Sometimes this is a good thing, like when “it comes to adversities like losing a loved one, divorce or downsizing,” Ms. Lyubomirsky said. “We adjust fairly well, but this same flexibility can be detrimental to how we respond to positive life events.” Read the whole story: The New York Times Even though we all feel apathetic from time to time, according to Mary Mann, a researcher and author of “Yawn: Adventures in Boredom,” talking about it can be embarrassing because it’s often seen as being self-inflicted. “Only boring people get bored” seems to be a popular belief, Ms. Mann said.last_img read more

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Bengal adjudged best state for effective family planning

first_imgKolkata: Bengal has been adjudged as the leading state for adopting effective family planning methods at the 5th National Summit in Guwahati on Sunday.An economic review published by the department of Planning and Statistics under the Bengal government for the year 2018-19 reveals that at present the state leads in postpartum intrauterine contraceptive device (IPPIUCD) acceptance rate in the country with an achievement of 40 per cent. IPPIUCD is a lucrative postpartum family planning method which provides effective reversible contraception to women. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseWith continued focus on family planning Couple Protection Rate (CPR) of the state has increased from 49.9 per cent to 57 per cent which is one of the highest in the country. It is an indicator of the prevalence of contraceptive practice in the community. The CPR is usually expressed as the percentage of women in the age group of 15-49 years protected from pregnancy or child birth in the year under consideration for a specific area. The eligible couples are effectively protected against childbirth by one of the approved methods of family planning such as sterilization, intrauterine device, condom and oral contraceptives. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataThe review also says that the teenage fertility rate has declined from 25.3 per cent to 18 per cent and the prevalence of low birth weight has also declined 22.9 per cent to 16.7 per cent. It may also be mentioned that infant mortality rate has reduced to 25 per 1000 births following a number of initiatives taken up by the Mamata Banerjee government. At the same time, the rate of institutional deliveries has increased to 97 per cent in the state. This has become possible due to various projects in the state. Various “waiting huts” or “pre-delivery huts” have been constructed by the health department to provide healthcare facilities to pregnant women free of cost in far-flung areas. The parliamentary committee on the empowerment of women in the Centre has shown interest in the project. After coming to power the Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee laid a great emphasis on health infrastructure in the rural areas and also on mother-child care. The Bengal government has achieved a significant milestone as it has been able to reach 99 per cent in immunization of children.last_img read more

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Heres your first peek at HALs newly renovated ms Westerdam

first_imgHere’s your first peek at HAL’s newly renovated ms Westerdam Share SEATTLE — New photos have been unveiled of Holland America Line’s recently renovated ms Westerdam, which emerged from a 12-day dry dock in late April with a brand new look.Many new public spaces and amenities have been added, including two firsts for the fleet: Explorations Central, or EXC, in the Crow’s Nest and Rijksmuseum at Sea. Westerdam also received the popular Music Walk venues Lincoln Center Stage and Billboard Onboard, the intimate Gallery Bar, a reimagined Lido Market and The Retreat area with private cabanas.Additional upgrades and modifications include suite upgrades, enhancements to the Greenhouse Spa and Salon, renovations to youth areas Club HAL and The Loft, and the new Holland America Line logo on the funnels. Deck 10 saw the addition of 25 guest staterooms, including 18 verandah and seven interior staterooms, increasing the capacity of the ship to 1,964 guests.“We have many innovative new programs and enhancements launching across the fleet, and it’s exciting to see them finally come to life on Westerdam, which is the first Holland America Line ship to get Rijksmuseum at Sea and EXC,” said Orlando Ashford, Holland America Line’s president. “Holland America Line is in a transformative era, and that will be reflected in on board spaces over the coming years as ships are updated with new venues and programming that are moving our brand forward.”More news:  Marriott Int’l announces 5 new all-inclusive resorts in D.R. & MexicoHere are some highlights:• Holland America Line’s partnership with Rijksmuseum – the Museum of the Netherlands in Amsterdam – celebrates the company’s Dutch heritage. With Rijksmuseum at Sea on Westerdam, reproductions of some of the museum’s most famous masterpieces are showcased at a dedicated space located on Deck One of the Atrium. Guests also can view videos about the museum and its collections on the in-stateroom television.• The multifaceted EXC experience combines indispensable travel resources with enrichment opportunities. Much of the EXC experience is featured in the newly created Exploration Central’s hub located in the Crow’s Nest. EXC programming also offers a full EXC Team to engage with guests, EXC Tours, EXC Destination Guides, EXC Channel and Theater EXC.• Guests have even more entertainment options with the addition of Lincoln Center Stage and Billboard Onboard, complementing the already-existing and wildly popular B.B. King’s Blues Club. Under the exclusive partnership, Lincoln Center Stage showcases an ensemble of world-class musicians performing multiple chamber music programs nightly, while Billboard Onboard features the talents of two pianists performing dynamic shows centered around the interesting facts and figures of the music industry as chronicled by Billboard.• During the dry dock, Westerdam received the intimate Gallery Bar. The sophisticated venue, serving an exclusive cocktail menu created by celebrity mixologist Dale DeGroff, replaces Northern Lights and is adorned with an eclectic mix of artwork.More news:  Sunwing offers ultimate package deal ahead of YXU flights to SNU, PUJ• America’s Test Kitchen also sports a new look with the room receiving a new color palate and enhancements to the show kitchen featuring gray and red motifs as well as new tables and chairs for guests viewing the cooking demonstrations.• The traditional, casual Lido buffet has been transformed into the Lido Market concept — a marketplace with different themed stations offering a selection of delicious options guests can grab on the go or have quickly made to order.• The suites onboard received fleetwide suite upgrades. The main living area was refreshed with a new headboard, new carpet, wall coverings and a privacy curtain, while electronic upgrades include a new USB outlet added to the bed’s headboard, bedside LED lights, upgraded electrical outlets and a lighted closet rod.• A new interactive television system was installed throughout the ship, featuring large LED flat-screen TVs with complimentary movies and popular TV shows on demand as well as easy access to the daily program and shipboard informationWesterdam is currently cruising the Mediterranean on 12-day itineraries between Barcelona, Spain, and Venice or Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy. Travelweek Group Tags: Holland America Linecenter_img << Previous PostNext Post >> Posted by Friday, June 23, 2017 last_img read more

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