Rafael Benitez 1 Rafael Benitez has refused to pledge his long-term future to Napoli which could alert Newcastle to make their move for the former Liverpool boss.Benitez is out of contract with the Italian club at the end of the season and reports have suggested he will look for a new challenge during the summer.Newcastle are still looking to appoint a permanent manager after Alan Pardew joined Crystal Palace back in January and have been linked with a move to bring the Spanish coach to St James’ Park.Benitez says he is solely focused on helping Napoli finish second in Serie A and will then make a decision on his long-term future.Speaking in an interview with Canal Plus, the 54-year-old said: “I’ll speak about my future before the end of the season.“For now I want to stay focused on the present, and the games we have coming up. I have a good relationship with the players and the club, there’s still time to discuss this issue.“When I leave Napoli, whether that’s in a year or five years, I want to the team to be more mature, especially at European level, with a squad to face every challenge.“Juventus? They have a bigger and stronger squad than the rest of the League, that pays off in the long-run.“As for second place, if we maintain our current push we have an excellent chance of achieving that. Much will depend on Roma, if there are further missteps from them, we’ll be there, ready to take advantage.”
EMEK HEFER, Israel – With eight wives and 67 children, Shahadeh Abu Arrar has given new meaning to the term “family man.” Abu Arrar, 58, is a member of Israel’s impoverished Bedouin Arab community. But even in a traditional nomadic society where men commonly have several wives and many children, Abu Arrar is exceptional. “I’m thinking about a new wife, No. 9,” he told the Israeli daily Yediot Ahronot in a recent interview. “There are many women who wish to marry me and there is no lack of women.” Abu Arrar, whose oldest child is 37, was photographed by the newspaper in a long Bedouin robe and head cover, surrounded by a dozen or so of his kids. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.During a visit to his multistory home in central Israel, the AP spotted 17 of the children milling about, dressed in bright red, blue and green-embroidered Palestinian dresses and head scarves. Four veiled women, including two who said they were his wives, sat on the porch peeling vegetables. While Islam allows Muslim men to have four co-wives, it is a custom in Bedouin society to flout the already-generous ruling – and an Israeli ban on polygamy – by marrying women one at a time, divorcing them and marrying others. Culturally, it’s understood that the renounced wives are still married to Abu Arrar, the experts said. It’s unclear how Abu Arrar supports his massive family. Camels, goats and a cow were grazing on his property. Yediot said he also receives about $1,700 in government handouts each month. According to the Israeli Interior Ministry, Abu Arrar has 53 children registered as Israeli citizens. He has 14 other children born to Palestinian wives in the West Bank and who are not eligible for Israeli citizenship, his other wives said. Either way, his family size pales in comparison to the size of the average Israeli family: 2.3. Abu Arrar claims to remember all his children’s names, and says they are split almost evenly between boys and girls. Activists said Abu Arrar’s story showed the urgency of raising literacy and education among Bedouin women. Many are pressured into marriage or feel they have no other options beside raising children, said Khadra al-Sani, director of Sidra, a Bedouin women’s rights group.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
LATEST What is being said?“First of all the club have given me a young player with a present and future in this club,” Emery told Arsenal.com. “Emile is one of the club’s recommendations to come on tour with us and I am very happy with him.“I am pleased with Emile’s contribution so far this pre-season. He is working very hard and has lots of potential. I look forward to working with him and the other young players and helping them to develop as Arsenal players.”Jack Wilshere, meanwhile, thinks his former team-mate is ready for the first team.“When he has stepped up to [train] with the first team, he hasn’t looked out of place and that’s a sign of someone who has a real opportunity of not just making a career, but playing at this club, which I know is difficult,” he said last season. “You can see over the years the good players that haven’t quite made it, but he has got something a little bit special, and he has a real chance.” NAME: Emile Smith RoweBORN: 28 July, 2000 in Croydon, LondonPOSITION: Attacking midfieldHIGHLIGHTS SO FAR: England U17 World Cup winner Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT 2 possible standings England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won 😱 What a free-kick, @emilesmithrowe_!This stunning effort helped us to a 5-1 FA Youth Cup quarter-final win at @ColU_Official tonight pic.twitter.com/hEpGUJ5HGV— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) March 6, 2018As you can see, he can be lethal from dead ball situations. He has scored a number of stunning goals for the north London side’s Under-23 team last season.He has been at the club since the age of nine and has steadily made his way up the ranks.And the Londoner is widely regarded as one of the most exciting prospects at the club. silverware BIG PRESENTS UP TOP How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures REVEALED How does he play?According to the club, he is an exciting attacking midfielder and Smith Rowe has the ability to unlock defences and assist team-mates as well as scoring dazzling individual goals.His fantastic dribbling got fans watching the club’s FA Youth Cup semi-final win against Blackpool very excited. He won a penalty after surging through the opposition’s entire defence in the 5-0 win. smart causal How Arsenal could line up in Arteta’s first official game in charge – Ozil return? Gooners with a keen eye on the club’s academy will already be familiar with Emile Smith Rowe, the youngest member of the touring party and talkSPORT.com wanted to know more about the man who is said to have rejected both Tottenham and Chelsea when he was younger to play for the Gunners. REVEALED gameday cracker targets Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Smith Rowe celebrates his goal against Atletico Emile Smith Rowe is making him a name for himself among Arsenal’s first team players Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Arsenal have a number of young players on their pre-season tour, but one name stood out when manager Unai Emery named his starting XI to play Atletico Madrid in Singapore.The club clearly recognise Emile Smith Rowe’s potential and following his goal against the Europa League winners and an assist against Paris Saint-Germain, have tied him down to a long term deal. 2 NEW ERA Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Arsenal news Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January WHO IS HE? What every Premier League club’s fans dream of this Christmas
Donegal County Council has sent out its most serious message yet for people not to waste water across the county.Council has pleaded with people not to wash cars or water gardensWith no change in the current dry period, the public are asked to conserve use of water to essential purposes only.The council says the water supply for the county is now under “considerable strain.” And in a statement they have appealed to people to take a series of practical steps not to waste water.In order to ensure a continuous minimum supply to all areas, watering of gardens and washing of cars in particular should be avoided the council says.Farmers are urged to check drinking troughs to ensure that ball-cocks have not been damaged causing over flow of the troughsGolf Clubs / Football clubs are asked not to use the public water supply for watering greens / pitches Donegal County Council note that it may be necessary to curtail water supplies in any area from time to time in the interest of water conservation. Notices to curtail or reduce water supplies will be updated on an ongoing basis on the Council’s website.Every reduction, no matter how small, will contribute to maintaining supplies and your cooperation is appreciated, it says.Water Saving Ideas for your home• Don’t leave a tap running unnecessarily.• Don’t fill your bath to the top-and if possible take a shower instead. A bath can use up to ten times more water than a shower. • Turn the tap off when brushing your teeth (save up to 10 liters!).• Plug the sink when washing your hands and face.• Fill your washing machine and wash only full loads-the same goes for your dishwasher.• Never wash dishes under a running tap-use the plug or a bowl. • Repair any leaks or dripping taps promptly-a dripping tap can waste up to 91 liters per day.• Insulate your hot water cylinder and hot water pipes.• Go easy on that hose!-use a bucket of water to wash your car.• Water the lawn only if needs be. Don’t end up watering the wall and the footpaths as well!• Never water on a windy, rainy or very hot day.What else can I do?• A plastic bottle or dam in your toilet cisternThe average toilet uses 9-14 liters per flush. A plastic bottle or dam placed in the cistern can reduce that amount considerably and save several liters per day.• Use a tap aeratorThese are simple attachments, which can be fitted easily, producing a soft bubbly water stream. Aerators can also cut water usage by 50%• Install a low-flow showerhead-An inexpensive low flow showerhead reduces water usage in showers by up to 50% or more.• Be sure your hose has a shut off nozzle-Your hose should never be left on unnecessarily. Hoses without a nozzle can spout over 20 liters of water per minute. An inexpensive nozzle will eliminate wastage.For more water conservation tips and information please visit www.taptips.ieWATER CRISIS – COUNCIL ASKS PEOPLE NOT TO WASH CARS OR WATER GARDENS was last modified: July 19th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Donegal County Councildroughtgardenswash carswater
PASADENA – On Jan. 4, as USC and Texas prepare to vie for the national title, scalpers will trawl for thousand-dollar deals in the shadow of the Rose Bowl.Brokers in dingy storefronts are already buying and selling Rose Bowl tickets for many times their $175 face value.And on the Internet, seats for the Bowl Championship Series title game are going for as much as $2,000 apiece.The lucrative resale market for Rose Bowl tickets – some of it legal, some not – figures to be more profitable than ever this year, with two undefeated and top-seeded teams fighting for the national championship. This year, for the first time, the Tournament of Roses will have a cut of the action.For a lump-sum fee, the TofR licensed its online resale rights this fall to a company called RazorGator. Already, before the teams are even officially chosen, RazorGator has sold out the best seats – between the 30 yard lines – for $2,001. If you want two tickets between the 30 and the 10, it’ll cost you a lordly $3,291.“Our Web site is a reflection of where the marketplace is,” said David Lord, RazorGator’s CEO. “We’re servicing customers who don’t care about price. They want to go to whatever they want to go to and they don’t care what it costs. That’s what we do.”Contracts with the college conferences prevent the Tournament from selling the 92,000 Rose Bowl tickets for more than $175 apiece. In years past, TofR officials have scratched their heads in wonder as tickets have gone for 10 times their face value and more. They have not seen a penny of the markup.“Why should eBay be getting all that money when there’s a better model that returns some revenue back to the Tournament of Roses?” Lord asked.RazorGator has sponsorship deals with a growing number of sporting events and professional teams. The company is licensed to use team logos and works to eliminate fraud from the online resale business. In short, RazorGator is trying to legitimize the secondary ticket market.“We wear suits. We have a very credible company,” Lord said. “The guys outside the venues are not the guys we deal with.”Mitch Dorger, the CEO of the Tournament of Roses, declined to reveal the sum RazorGator paid for the sponsorship. Sports Business Journal estimates the figure as “in the low seven figures.”Dorger emphasized that the TofR is not directly involved in the secondary market. As part of the deal, the TofR sold 2,500 game tickets to PrimeSport, a RazorGator subsidiary that sells corporate travel packages. A tour package for two including two nights at the Sheraton Universal and two end-zone seats costs about $4,000.By contrast, the resale market – termed “fan-to-fan exchange” – involves tickets secured through other channels. Ticket-holders register to sell on the RazorGator Web site. RazorGator sets the price and guarantees delivery to the customer. In exchange for the service, the company takes a 10-percent fee from the buyer.“This is a tremendous year,” Lord said, adding that company revenues on the Rose Bowl deal are “well ahead” of projections.The TofR was wary of getting more directly involved with RazorGator’s secondary market at least in part because of concerns about the perception of official scalping, Dorger said. The Tournament has long discouraged its own members from selling their tickets to brokers.“Scalping is too strong a term,” Dorger said. “We were not prepared to go straight into the secondary ticket exchange. That’s not the business we’re in. That’s not what we wanted to get into. The reasons for that are complicated.”David Carter, president of Sports Business Group, said the deal is emblematic of the sports industry’s attempt to marginalize and supplant the middleman. Law enforcement cannot eliminate the market because scalping is only illegal when done at the stadium. Off-site mom-and-pop outfits can make the same transactions legally and without the franchise’s consent.“The sports industry understood they were losing revenue and losing a business opportunity to these guerrilla sales tactics,” Carter said. “With the help of new technology, the industry realized it could organize the arbitrage that was going on. The industry is trying to remove the profit from scalping.”In a separate arrangement, the TofR has agreed to participate in an online futures market for Rose Bowl tickets. On a site called The Ticket Reserve, fans can buy and sell options to purchase tickets at face value.At the beginning of the season, when the BCS picture is unclear, fans can take a flyer on their favorite team’s chances of making the Rose Bowl. If the team does well, the option increases in value. For example, from an initial offering of $100, USC options have appreciated and wound up selling for about $500. If USC had not made the game, the fan option would have been worthless.“It’s very much about fan empowerment,” said Andy Leach, the company’s executive vice president. “For most people, they want to go to the Rose Bowl if their team is in it. It provides them an ability to ensure that at well below the price the tickets would be after the teams are announced.”The TofR made 2,500 end-zone tickets available for the Ticket Reserve’s online market. The Ticket Reserve charges sellers a 10-percent transaction fee and takes 7 percent from buyers. The Tournament gets half of the company’s proceeds. The revenue has been lower than hoped because the market went online late in the season and the BCS standings have been unsuspenseful.Still, the company has big plans and hopes to get a larger allocation of Rose Bowl seats next year.“It may take 10, 20, or 30 years, but our belief is there will never again be a ticket to any live event that doesn’t populate first in the forward market,” said CEO Rick Harmon.Both online deals apply to this year’s bowl game only, and the TofR has not decided whether to renew them for next year.It is unlikely that the deals will keep the scalpers at bay.“There’ll be crews out there waiting for them,” said Pasadena police Lt. Tom Pederson, who runs the vice division. “This is gonna be one of the highest-demand tickets ever.” firstname.lastname@example.org(626) 578-6300, Ext. 4444 AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Chelsea appear to be edging towards a deal to sign Daniele Rugani from Juventus.The Italy central defender, 23, previously played under Maurizio Sarri while on loan at Empoli.New Blues head coach Sarri is keen for the club to bring in Rugani and talks with Juventus are at an advanced stage.An agreement seems to be close – despite reports in Italy claiming that Juve have rejected a bid from Chelsea.Jorginho vows to bring something different© Scott Heavey/PA WireChelsea new boy Jorginho believes he can offer something never seen before in the Premier League.The midfielder, signed from Napoli, said: “Perhaps my style of play is not something that is seen in England, I really hope that it is a good fit for the game over here and I will certainly be doing everything I can to make sure it works out.“I like playing just outside of my own penalty box, the player who receives the ball and organises the game.”Jozefzoon set for Derby moveFlorian Jozefzoon has agreed personal terms with Derby and is set to join them on a four-year contract. The Dutch winger was undergoing a medical on Thursday evening ahead of a move to Pride Park.Brentford accepted £2.75m bids from both Derby and Leeds United – and the player has opted to sign for the Rams.West London Sport recently revealed that the Bees had rejected a bid for Jozefzoon from Derby and that Leeds were also interested.Derby subsequently had an improved offer accepted, prompting Leeds to also table a bid.Egan moves to Sheffield UnitedSheffield United have broken their transfer record by signing John Egan from Brentford for £4m.The centre-back, who has played twice for the Republic of Ireland, has signed a four-year contract at Bramall Lane.Furlong injury woeQPR’s Darnell Furlong faces three months on the sidelines with the knee injury he suffered against AFC Wimbledon at the weekend.Assistant manager John Eustace played down the significance of the injury immediately after Saturday’s pre-season friendly.But West London Sport subsequently revealed that the problem was causing concern and that Furlong was facing another spell on the sidelines.The defender, 22, missed almost three months of last season because of a knee problem.Rangers confirmed on Thursday morning that he has suffered a torn ligament and undergone surgery. Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebookby Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksRecommended for youAspireAbove.comRemember Pauley Perrette? Try Not To Smile When You See Her NowAspireAbove.comUndoLifestly.com25 Celebs You Didn’t Realize Are Gay – No. 8 Will Surprise WomenLifestly.comUndoUsed Cars | Search AdsUsed Cars in Tuen Mun Might Be Cheaper Than You ThinkUsed Cars | Search AdsUndoTopCars15 Ugliest Cars Ever MadeTopCarsUndoezzin.com20 Breathtaking Places to See Before You Dieezzin.comUndoFood World Magazine15 Fruits that Burn Fat Like CrazyFood World MagazineUndoDrhealth35 Foods That Should Never Be Placed in the RefrigeratorDrhealthUndoHappyTricks.comHer House Always Smells Amazing – Try her Unique Trick!HappyTricks.comUndo
Advertisement AdvertisementChina failed to overcome a rock-solid Indian defense as they settled for a 0-0 draw at the Suzhou Olympic Sports Centre in the international friendly. India, too, had their own share of half-chances from counter-attacks and set pieces but failed to capitalize on them.China failed to break the resilient Indian defenseChina began the game on a frenetic pace and could have taken the lead at the 7th minute itself when Dabao met We Lei’s cross but Sandesh Jhingan did well enough to clear the ball for a corner kick. It was India’s chance to have a shot at goal at the 13th-minute when Anirudh Thapa laid the ball for an onrushing Pritam Kotal, however, the right back’s shot was parried away by the Chinese custodian.China could have broken the deadlock in a span of ten minutes, first at the 15th minute and then at the 24th minutes, but both the times Gurpreet positioned himself perfectly to avert the danger. China continued to attack from the wings, but the Indian defenders did well enough to not them give a clear-cut chance. Meanwhile, the Indian midfielders did a brilliant job of slowing down the pace of the game as both the sides went into the tunnel with level peggings.China’s tale of missing chances continued in the second half as Gao Lin hit the woodwork at the 50th minute, and Yu Hai’s free header at the 55th-minute didn’t pose any problem for Gurpreet. The Red Dragons’ tryst with hitting the crossbar continued at the 71st minute when Gao Lin chested and laid the ball for an unmarked Wu Lei, but the Shanghai SIPG striker’s volley couldn’t find the back of the net.Gurpreet continued his string of saves at the 76th-minute when he had to pull off an acrobatic effort to palm away Xiao Zhi’s header. The resultant corner kick bought in further danger as Gurpreet was down for a moment, but Sandesh and Anas crowded the goal-line to deny the Chinese strikers any space whatsoever.It looked as if India would walk away with the victory at the 93rd minute when Nikhil Poojary’s through pass from the right wing pierced between the two central defenders. Farukh Chaudhary did latch on to it, but his grounder wasn’t powerful enough and scuffed away by Junling.The Indian defense was caught napping at the 95th-minute but Gurpreet made two saves in a span of thirty seconds to ensure the scoreline remained the same. The referee blew the final whistle seconds later as India came out unharmed in its first-ever match at the Chinese soil.India needs to be more creative in the attacking third so that strikers get more opportunities to score goals. This was, inarguably, the best performance by the Indian defense who had been rock solid. Sportsindiashow predicted the game to finish in a 1-1 draw. Although we got the scoreline wrong, we did get the result correct.Here are the highlights of the game (Credits: Romen Reigns Youtube channel)
World Beard Champion Madison Rowley is Cutting His Beard to Fight Addiction The Ultimate Guide on How to Shape a Beard Photo by Steven BustriWhat new bourbon are we pumped about? Which hiking trail are we exploring? Why is the next supercar so cool? The Manual is a website dedicated to helping men live a more engaged life. Each week, our editors and guests get together for a round-table discussion on what’s new, exciting, and unique in the men’s lifestyle world. So pop open your favorite brew, step into your man cave, and start streaming. Shout out to Portland-based No Kind of Rider for our intro/exit music.In honor of Movember, this week’s episode of Beards, Booze, and Bacon: The Manual Podcast focused solely on the first component of our podcast name: beards. We delve into into the hirsute with our host, Greg Nibler; Editor-in-Chief Cator Sparks joining from South Carolina; Spirits Editor Sam Slaughter calling in from New York; Content Producer Jake Rossman and Managing Editor Nicole Raney representing the headquarters in Portland, Oregon; and our very special guest Madison Rowley.Rowley is a Portland-based artist and filmmaker — oh, and World Beard Champion. We ask him how he got into the beard business and for some tips on the of the best grooming practices. Rowley was whipping up his own home-made mustache wax, beard oil, and leave-in conditioner, which you can conveniently buy from him now via his company Rides. (Please, for the love of all things hairy, watch this hilarious commercial that we chat about in our podcast.)Our spirits expert, Sam Slaughter, shines a spotlight on some bearded and boozy men from history: Sir Henry Morgan (the inspiration for Captain Morgan), Mark Twain, Jasper Newton “Jack” Daniel, and George Bernard Shaw. If you’re interested in learning more about famous drunks, check out this awesome list from Lords of the Drinks.Speaking of Twain, you can easily whip up his namesake cocktail at home. Or perhaps Satan’s Whiskers is more your style? You can find recipes for both below.But the most important question that you need to answer before this is all over: Would you drink beer made from beard yeast? You’ll have to listen to the episode to find out what we’re talking about.Mark Twain2 oz Scotch whisky.75 oz lemon juice.25 oz simple syrup2 dashes Angostura bittersMethod: Combine liquids in cocktail shaker with ice. Shake to blend and chill. Strain into chilled martini glass.Satan’s Whiskers.5 oz gin.5 oz sweet vermouth.5 oz dry vermouth.25 oz Grand Marnier or orange curaçao.5 oz orange juice, fresh3 dashes orange bittersMethod: Shake ingredients together with ice and strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with orange peel.Further ReadingHow Fast Does Facial Hair Grow? Unfortunately shaving regularly does not make your hair grow back faster. All of your hair – and our hair, and everyone’s hair – grows at the same one quarter-inch per month rate no matter how often it is trimmed. However, there are a few things you can do to make the hair that you grow strong.The Manual’s Guide to Shaping a Beard: Like the man who wears it, a beard is prone to wildness. For help learning how to shape a beard, we turned to Karen Lynn Accattato, who has helped many high-profile men look their best.Give Your Mustache a Twirl with these Best Mustache Waxes: If you’ve decided to rock a magnificent mustache, you might need some assistance with keeping your newly grown facial hair healthy and under control. Mustache wax will help keep your mustache and upper lip moisturized while providing you the style power you need.Photos of Madison Rowley by Steven Bustrin. How to Grow a Beard: It’s Not Just a Look, It’s a Philosophy How Fast Does Facial Hair Grow? Tips for Growing a Beard Faster 10 Best Beard Balms: The Secret to a Tamed and Tangle-Free Beard Editors’ Recommendations
zoom Protected industrial action on Chevron’s Gorgon liquefied natural gas (LNG) project on Barrow Island scheduled for tomorrow has been averted, according to the Australian Manufacturing Workers’ Union (AMWU).Namely, AMWU’s Western Australian branches and the Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU) applied for a protected action ballot after months of negotiations with the contractor CB&I. The unions were seeking to change the current 26 days’ on 9 days’ off construction roster, meaning that workers have to spend almost a month at a time away from their families and communities.Workers were seeking a roster of 20 days’ on and 10 days’ off, consistent with the recommendations of a recent bi-partisan Parliamentary Committee inquiry into the mental health of FIFO workers. However, a comprise solution was reached of a 23 days on 10 days off roster.“Workers on Gorgon have secured the most family-friendly construction roster to date,” said AMWU WA Branch Secretary Steve McCartney. “This was never about the money, as many in the business community and media wrongfully asserted. This has been 100 per cent about workers’ families and mental health. “The findings of the landmark Parliamentary Inquiry into FIFO suicides really left us no option but to use every means at our disposal to win family friendly rosters for our members.“FIFO is no longer just a ‘young man’s game’ – we now have 60,000 FIFO workers in Western Australia, and many of them have husbands, wives and children.”The project is under construction on Barrow Island, around 60 kilometres off the northwest coast of Western Australia. It includes a three-train, 15.6 million tonnes per annum (MTPA) liquefied natural gas (LNG) facility and a domestic gas plant with the capacity to supply 300 terajoules of gas per day to Western Australia.CB&I won USD 2.3 billion worth contract for the mechanical, electrical and instrumentation work on the Gorgon Project in July, 2011.
A new pilot program is supporting parents of toddlers with autism spectrum disorder. QuickStart Nova Scotia is a one-on-one parent-coaching program that uses play-based activities to help parents further develop their child’s communication and social skills. “Helping children with autism spectrum disorder early, before they start school, has been proven to have significant benefits on their development,” said Health and Wellness Minister Randy Delorey. “The pilot is starting in Halifax and I’m excited to see the results and hear from the families taking part.” The pilot program is initially being offered in Halifax through Autism Nova Scotia. The QuickStart Nova Scotia program is a model adopted from the QuickStart Early Intervention Program in Ottawa in partnership with Emerging Minds. Additional partners include the IWK Health Centre, Nova Scotia Health Authority, Nova Scotia Hearing and Speech Centres, and Nova Scotia Early Childhood Development Intervention Services. The province is investing $2 million over four years to support QuickStart which will be delivered to up to 35 toddlers (12 -36 months old) in its first year, and up to 50 in each of the following three years. “When you have a child with suspected or confirmed autism, it can be overwhelming for parents trying to access supports,” said Cynthia Carroll, executive director, Autism Nova Scotia. “The QuickStart Nova Scotia program will help address a crucial service gap in our province while allowing parents the opportunity to oversee and participate in their toddler’s development.” Nine autism resource centres have also been created to ensure families in rural areas have better access to the information, supports and services available to them. The locations are: Amherst Halifax Hebbville, Lunenburg Co. Kingston, Kings Co. New Glasgow Port Hawkesbury Sydney Truro Yarmouth The autism resource centres opened in 2017. Last year 5,174 people with autism were supported in rural Nova Scotia through these centres. For more information, visit http://www.autismnovascotia.ca .