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Older people recognize their mistakes less often: Study

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Older adults less likely to recognize their mistakes. (Representative Image)

New York, Aug 6: As people grow older, they become less adept at recognizing their own mistakes, suggests a study that can shed new insight into how ageing adults perceive their decisions and view their performance.

“Realizing fewer errors can have more severe consequences because you can’t remedy an error that you don’t realize you’ve committed,” said Jan Wessel, Assistant Professor at the University of Iowa in the US and the study’s corresponding author.

For the study, published in the journal Neurobiology of Ageing, the researchers recruited 38 younger adults (average age of 22) and 39 older adults (average age of 68) to take a series of tests that involved looking away from a circle appearing in a box on one side of a computer screen.

Older adults performed just as well as younger adults in the tests, but younger adults acknowledged more often than older adults when they failed to look away from the object.

Older adults were also more likely to be adamant about them not making a mistake.

“The good news is older adults perform the tasks which we assigned to them just as well as younger adults, albeit more slowly,” Wessel said.

“But we find there is this impaired ability in older adults to recognize an error when they’ve made one,” Wessel added.

The research offers new insight into how older people perceive their decisions, and especially how they view their performance — whether judging their own ability to drive or how regularly they believe they have taken medications.

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An Indian-founded organisation rehabilitates Syrian refugees in Germany

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As Europe continues to grapple with the problem of refugees fleeing war-torn Syria, an organisation founded by an Indian is helping a small town in Germany in rehabilitating these people.

R Ventures Foundation, registered in Amsterdam, is helping the university town of Heidelberg in the German state of Baden-Wurttemberg in rehabilitating the Syrian refugees by setting up an incubator to impart skills so that these people can become entrepreneurs and job creators.

Founded in 2017 by Shantanu Prakash, an IIM Ahmedabad graduate and a member of the Global Futures Council on Migration at the World Economic Forum (WEF), the organisation is focused on the intersection of refugees and entrepreneurship with the belief that refugees and displaced persons can help catalyse a new era of job creation and integration.

So what kind of skills are being imparted to these refugees?

“Currently, we are looking at more of the hi-tech area, innovation technology area, but it also depends on who it applies to,” Prakash, who was on a visit here, told IANS in an interview.

“Our idea is to really look at people who have a desire to become entrepreneurs, who are educated,” he said.

He said that a lot of these people are already well-educated, but being refugees, they have to start from zero.

In this connection, he drew a parallel with the situation during the 1947 Partition when many people migrating from newly-created Pakistan to India were highly educated but had to restart their life from scratch.

“Now, it would be a pity if a highly qualified engineer has to take up a job of a janitor or something,” Prakash said.

“So, the idea is that we provide them a supportive environment. We give them the skills, how to create a business in a different country.”

Pointing out that that there is the issue of cultural sensitivity and the rules of business being different, Prakash said R Ventures Foundation helps the refugees to create a business pitch.

“We have got a full curriculum for it, what to teach step by step, teaching them a whole variety of skills, how to build up a business,” he stated.

“Our idea is that the graduates of this programme will set up businesses in Heidelberg or elsewhere.”

Prakash said that once these entrepreneurs become successful, people will write about them and then Germans and people of the rest of the world will know that the refugees are adding value to the society.

So how did the whole idea of imparting skills while rehabilitating refugees come about?”

“There was no compelling reason for us,” Prakash said on a philosophical note. “Maybe it was a calling. Maybe it was something that we were meant to do.”

Prakash said that through his involvement with the WEF, he got to understand the contentious issues regarding refugees.

“When I got deeper into it, I got more fascinated about it,” he explained. “And I thought that people are referring to this as a crisis rather than opportunity.”

Though a lot of foundations are working for refugees, Prakash said that what is different about R Ventures is that it is trying to address the issue from a different angle.

“Our dimension is: Can some of them become job creators? For us, that is good enough,” he stated

So, how did a small German town and this organisation founded by an Indian come together?

Heidelberg City Manager Nicole Huber said that the idea took shape when she came in touch with R Ventures co-founder Archish Mittal sometime in 2017.

She said that the state government of Baden-Württemberg has made Heidelberg the registration hub for refugees in the whole of south Germany. There are around 1,000 Syrian refugees in the town with a population of a little over 160,000 while many have left for different places within Germany.

So, have there been law and order problems in Germany with the influx of such a huge number of refugees?

“We don’t see any more crime… than with an average German population,” Huber said.

(Aroonim Bhuyan can be contacted at [email protected])

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Royal wedding: Princess Eugenie ties the knot

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s children, Prince George and Princess Charlotte, acted as pageboy and bridesmaid.

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London, Oct 12 : Princess Eugenie of York, the British Queen’s granddaughter, on Friday tied the knot with her long-term partner in a grand ceremony at the Windsor castle attended by 850 guests, including most members of the UK’s royal family.

The dean of Windsor’s St. George’s Chapel, Reverend David Conner, officiated the ritual that wed the princess, 28, to tequila executive Jack Brooksbank, 32, whom she met during a skiing trip in 2010, the BBC reported.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s children, Prince George and Princess Charlotte, acted as pageboy and bridesmaid.

Friday’s star-studded guest list included celebrities from all walks of life, such as musicians (Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli and English singers Robbie Williams and Ellie Goulding), models like Cara Delevigne and Naomi Campbell, actors and comedians like Stephen Fry, Liv Tyler, Jack Whitehall and Jimmy Carr and elite fashion designer David Emanuel.

“It is in the presence of the God of love shown to us in Jesus Christ that Eugenie and Jack have made their vows, confident that even our fragile human loving can be a merciful ingredient in a loving God’s providential operation in an often all-too-troubled world,” were Conner’s words before the couple formally became spouses.

This is the second royal wedding held at Windsor so far this year, after the nuptials of Prince Harry (Eugenie’s cousin) and Meghan Markle on May 19.

Another 1,200 people who had won a ballot were able to attend a live broadcast in the castle grounds despite the strong winds, while thousands more thronged outside the gates.

Eugenie, ninth in the line of succession to the throne, is the younger daughter of Prince Andrew, Duke of York (the second son of Queen Elizabeth II and her consort, Prince Philip) and Sarah Ferguson.

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Japanese designer revives 1960s retro fashion on LMIFW runway

The range, made of ultra suede, saw patterned dresses, bomber jackets, slip dresses, bell bottoms, mesh skirts, thigh high boots, pleated knife skirts, denim, and others.

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New Delhi, Oct 12 : Japanese designer Atsushi Nakashima brought back the 1960s’ disco music and fashion with his line titled “Revival” on the penultimate day of Lotus Make-up India Fashion Week (LMIFW) here on Friday.

Inspired by the 1960s fashion and music, especially disco, funk, soul, R&B and Rock-A-Billy, Nakashima’s line was presented by Fashion Design Council of India and the Embassy of Japan.

Nakashima, whose vision is the marriage between tradition and modernism, says: “I want to give life to modern and avant-garde ideas never forgetting to keep a traditional side behind.”

Staying true to his inspiration, Nakashima’s range saw the use of bright colours including neon yellow, fluorescent blue, and pastel yellow.

The range, made of ultra suede, saw patterned dresses, bomber jackets, slip dresses, bell bottoms, mesh skirts, thigh high boots, pleated knife skirts, denim, and others.

Keeping the vintage fashion in mind, the designer accessorised the models with fanny packs, sunglasses, tilley hats, scarves, gloves and stockings.

Apart from the garments, another highlight of the show was the use of lights and music, which was by Tsuyoshi Domoto Project “Endrecheri”.

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