United States Senate.

Robert Jackson Yates, the former manager of the New Zealand and Australian New Wave band Mi-Sex, has been sentenced to a four-year jail sentence after pleading guilty to having sex with a minor.

The Victorian County Court heard that Yates, 62, met the girl through a website named Adult Friend Finder, where she claimed on her profile to be 18 years of age. The girl later revealed to Yates, through email exchanges with him, that her true age was 15. Yates flew to Melbourne, Victoria, where he met the girl and had sex with her in a motel. The following day, the girl told her mother, who then contacted police.

Judge Meryl Sexton said that Yates must have known the girl was underage, and that the blame lay solely on Jackson’s shoulders. “It’s quite unbelievable that a man of 61 knowingly and deliberately set out to have sex with a female under 16,” she said.

Yates pleaded guilty to two counts each of committing indecent acts with a child under 16 and of sexual penetration of a child under 16, and was sentenced to a four-year prison term, with a minimum of two years in prison before he is eligible for parole. He will also be placed on a registered sex offenders list for 15 years.

The band Mi-Sex was popular in Australia and New Zealand in the 1980s, most notably for their number one hit single “Computer Games”.

Source : wikinews


19 August 2008

In the age of the iPod, the digital phone and the satellite beam, how could a two-hour interview with President Rogge fit with 17 days of sports-filled television? From this reflection the “A Quote a Day” project was born, an educational programme run on www.olympic.org and made available also to all TV rights-holding broadcasters for the duration of the Beijing Olympic Games.
Twenty educational vignettes
Twenty educational vignettes lasting around 45 seconds have been produced, each dealing with a specific topic. So far www.olympic.org has aired the ones of President Rogge “on Rogge”, on Olympic history, the Olympic flag and the role of the IOC President. All the clips are truly educational, and should help the younger audience to better understand the Olympic Games and the values linked to them.
The “A quote a day” project has been produced for the IOC by the Australia-based Carnegie Enterprises, which is preparing an overall educational programme entitled “The Heart and How of the Olympic Movement”. This is the sporting component of the Analecta, their encompassing body of material about the “how” of achievement – from global leaders from diverse sectors, namely presidents and prime ministers, CEOs, creators and artists, architects and engineers and, of course, inspiring sports men and women
“Passionate about oceans”

President Rogge is used to interviews with questions linked to day-to-day topics. His interview with Georgina Carnegie was different, however, as the focus was put on the educational aspects of the Olympic Movement. “President Rogge is passionate about the ocean and our environment. He is deeply appalled by the increasing amounts of rubbish that are invading the clear blue seas he sailed on as a boy.  My other great moment was listening to the President describe the best and worst moments of his Olympic life – of the sailor unused to spectators in his sport entering the Olympic Stadium to the roar of a Mexican crowd, and his profound sadness when he received the news of the attack during the Munich Games”, Georgina Carnegie comments on the interview


https://i2.wp.com/www.impactlab.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/03/music-and-gamers.jpgPlaying video games improves manual dexterity among surgeons, US researchers have found.

The findings were contained in a raft of research about how video games affect the people who play them, discussed at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association in Boston.

“The big picture is that there are several dimensions in which games have effects,” including their content, how they are played and how much,” said psychologist Douglas Gentile of Iowa State University.

“This means that games are not ‘good’ or ‘bad’ but are powerful educational tools and have many effects we might not have expected they could.”

Dr Gentile presented several studies on video games including one involving 33 surgeons specialising in laparoscopy – the use of a thin lighted tube to inspect and treat various conditions in the pelvic and abdominal cavities.

Laparoscopic surgeons who played video games were 27 per cent faster at advanced surgical procedures, and made 37 per cent fewer errors, compared to their non-gaming colleagues.

Meanwhile, studies involving high school and college students confirmed previous findings about the social effects of playing violent video games.

Students who played violent games were more hostile, less forgiving and more apt to view violence as normal than peers who played non-violent games.

But students who played “pro-social” games got into fewer fights at school and were more helpful to other students, the researchers found.

Yet another study, by Fordham University, measured the effect of learning a new video game on problem-solving skills in middle school aged children. It found that “playing video games can improve cognitive and perceptual skills.”

“Certain types of video games can have beneficial effects improving gamers’ dexterity as well as their ability to problem solve – attributes that have proven useful not only to students but to surgeons,” the researchers found.

Source :ABC.net.au / AFP

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