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Staying Connected During Deployment

first_imgby Leanne Knobloch, Ph.DThroughout history, military families have worked hard to stay connected during deployment. During prior conflicts, service members and their loved ones relied on the mail to stay in touch, often waiting eagerly for a letter that would be months old when it arrived (if it came at all). Clever correspondents numbered the envelopes so the recipients could read the letters in the correct order. A lucky few enjoyed brief but expensive long-distance phone calls.Advances in technology have given today’s military families many more options. Depending on where service members are deployed, they may have secure and reliable Internet access for email, social media, and video chat such as Skype and FaceTime. They may have cellular service for phone calls and texts. More and more military families are able to bridge the gap between overseas and home by interacting in real time, with privacy, and for reasonable cost.Despite the benefits of new technology, today’s military families still face challenging dilemmas about how best to stay in touch. How much connectedness is too much? What if family members have vastly different preferences for frequency and/or channel? Should loved ones at home discuss difficulties that could distract the service member from his or her mission? Should military personnel disclose problems that could worry family members?Even the communication technologies themselves pose risks. What precautions should military families take to preserve operational security? How should they ensure privacy? And what happens if connectivity suddenly “goes dark” because of mission requirements?A recent study sheds light on how the communication of military couples during deployment affects their anxiety after homecoming. Dr. Leanne Knobloch from the University of Illinois, Dr. Lynne Knobloch-Fedders from Marquette University, and Dr. Jeremy Yorgason from Brigham Young University conducted a study in which 555 military couples (1,100 individuals) from all military branches completed online questionnaires once per month for the first eight months after reunion. The study was funded by the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs through the Military Operational Medicine Research Program.Email was the most frequently used channel of communication, followed by Facebook, instant messaging, video chat/Skype, phone, and cards and letters. The channels of communication used by deployed service members and at-home partners, however, mattered less than the tone of their exchanges.Military couples who communicated positively during deployment (and avoided communicating negatively during deployment) reported less anxiety at homecoming. In other words, constructive communication during deployment was helpful upon reunion.Another key finding was that both positive and negative communication during deployment predicted a quicker reduction in anxiety over time after reunion. These results suggest that military couples who confronted challenging topics immediately during deployment adjusted more quickly after homecoming.The study implies three tips for helping military couples stay in touch during deployment:1. Plan ahead. Talk in advance about how much and how often you would like to communicate during deployment. Don’t forget to discuss what channels each person prefers to use. But, remember that your access and preferences may change during deployment, so revisit your plans occasionally to make sure that everyone is comfortable with how your communication is going.2. Interact constructively. As much as possible, stay upbeat and cheerful when communicating during deployment. Even challenging issues can be worked through effectively if you keep a positive tone.3. Don’t sidestep important issues. Sweeping hard topics under the rug means a pile-up upon reunion. Stay positive and work to see things from your partner’s perspective. Even agreeing to dig deeper into a topic once everyone is physically together is better than ignoring problems.The project also suggests a pair of guidelines for how military family service providers can support individuals separated by deployment:1. Help military families plan. Service providers can assist military families in thinking through the advantages and disadvantages of the communication channels available during deployment. They also can support military families in developing a plan for how to stay in touch during the time apart.2. Offer timely assistance. Support resources should be tailored to the stage of the deployment cycle for maximum effectiveness. Military families may benefit from communication skills training before and during deployment to learn how to stay connected across the miles. Interventions targeting anxiety may be useful immediately before or at homecoming because that’s when people reported the most anxiety.Source: Knobloch, L. K., Knobloch-Fedders, L. M., & Yorgason, J. B. (2018). Communication of military couples during deployment predicting generalized anxiety upon reunion. Journal of Family Psychology, 32, 12-21. A Podcast Episode with Dr. Leanne Knobloch:  Staying Connected During Deployment,  2019 Leanne K. Knobloch (Ph.D., University of Wisconsin – Madison) is a professor in the Department of Communication at the University of Illinois. Her research examines how people communicate during times of transition, including how military families navigate the deployment cycle and how romantic couples cope with depression. Her work has been honored by the Golden Anniversary Monograph Award from the National Communication Association, the Biennial Article Award from the International Association for Relationship Research, and the University Scholar Award from the University of Illinois.last_img read more

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HI and IHF merger a big possibility

first_imgThe sports ministry’s proposal for merger of the two rival hockey federations is an offer that neither can refuse.IHF president RK Shetty with HI secretary Narinder Batra.With both Hockey India and Indian Hockey Federation (IHF) embroiled in a legal battle, sports minister Ajay Maken’s proposal to expand the former’s executive board to accommodate members of the rival body seems a move to placate both bodies.As a result, neither federation can afford to reject it outright.”It is an honest effort and a good initiative by the government,” Hockey India secretary general Narinder Batra told Mail Today on Monday, a day before the two federations have to submit their responses with the ministry.Batra does not see much wrong with what the ministry is proposing.”We have no objections to it and our response will be on the lines of the proposals forwarded by the sports minister. We have had discussions among ourselves and have also talked with people in the IHF as well,” he said.Batra said Hockey India was willing to do its bit for the game. “It is a positive development and we are ready for whatever is good for the game.” IHF president RK Shetty was not so forthcoming on the matter, but indicated that the move was a step in the right direction.”We also want a single body for hockey in India. It is a new step by the government and needs co-operation from all three sides for the best results,” Shetty told MAIL TODAY.advertisement”We are discussing the matter, but the proposal is demanding a lot from us, without promising much in return. Even the name of our federation will be taken away.”I can’t say much before we actually submit our response. It will not be a decision taken solely by me. All my colleagues will have to be consulted,” he added.The ministry has given only three days for the two federations to respond and the hurry may be necessitated to show the Supreme Court that it is working to break the impasse.If its proposal is accepted, it can bask in the glory of engineering a solution.Otherwise, it can report to the court that one (or both) federations played spoilsport. By mooting the proposal, the ministry has lobbed the ball back in the court of the two warring bodies.last_img read more

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Bangladesh rope in Courtney Walsh as bowling coach

first_imgWest Indies fast bowling great Courtney Walsh has agreed to become Bangladesh’s bowling coach and will begin his three-year role this week, the country’s cricket board said on Thursday.The 53-year-old Walsh, the most successful bowler from the Caribbean with 519 Test wickets, recently completed his role as a West Indies selector and his contract with Bangladesh runs until the 2019 World Cup in England.”Having watched Bangladesh cricket from afar over the years, they are a seriously talented bunch of players,” Walsh said in a statement.”Chandika Hathurusinghe has done a wonderful job thus far as head coach so hopefully I can complement his skills and continue the positive progress. (Also read: England to go ahead with Bangladesh tour after risk assessment)”Obviously the West Indies is my home but the chance to go in a new direction on the coaching front and with such a talented group, was one I couldn’t look past.”The Bangladesh job will be the first senior role for Walsh, who in the past has managed the West Indies under-19 side and been a bowling consultant for the Jamaica Tallawahs in the Caribbean Premier League among others. Walsh, who played for West Indies for 17 years and also took 227 wickets in one-dayers, will prepare Bangaldesh’s attack for three 50-over matches against Afghanistan at home before they host a high-profile series against England next month. (Also read: BCB may decide on Mustafizur Rahman’s surgery in England)”We are delighted to have Courtney in our ranks. He is a role model to millions and his fast bowling knowledge is second to none,” Bangladesh Cricket Board chief executive Nizam Uddin Chowdhury said.advertisement”Bangladesh cricket at present is going through the best pace bowling phase in our history and Courtney’s involvement I am sure will take it to greater heights.”last_img read more

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Japan Open: Nick Kyrgios beats David Goffin to win title

first_imgNick Kyrgios shelved the on-court histrionics and let his tennis do the talking to win an enthralling battle against rising Belgian David Goffin 4-6 6-3 7-5 and clinch the Japan Open on Sunday.The Australian number one, long criticised for his temper tantrums, was a model of composure as he overhauled the world number 14 for the biggest title of his career and his third overall.”It was a great week and I’ll be here again,” 21-year-old Kyrgios said at the trophy ceremony, thanking the crowds for their support and tournament organisers for the “amazing” food.”I’m going to come here, for sure, for my whole career.” (Nick Kyrgios to meet David Goffin in Japan Open final)Since bowing out of the U.S. Open with a hip injury in the third round, a retirement that prompted American great and TV pundit John McEnroe to question his commitment, Kyrgios has shown tantalising signs of realising the potential that his gifts have long promised.The world number 15 returned home to help Australia retain their place in the Davis Cup World Group with victory over Slovakia in their Sydney playoff and his triumph in Japan featured an impressive semi-final win over world number eight Gael Monfils.Goffin, a highly-fancied 25-year-old, was the first to take a set off Kyrgios in the whole week at Tokyo and was successful in blunting the Australian’s monster serve early with a crisp returning game.But Kyrgios gradually turned the tide, wearing down the fleet-footed Goffin with a succession of thumping forehand winners. (Kidambi Srikanth, Ajay Jayaram and H.S. Prannoy advance at Japan Open)advertisementBoth blew a pile of break points, with Kyrgios converting two of his 13 chances, only marginally better than Goffin’s one from 12.But in a game of fine margins, it was enough for the Australian, who landed the decisive blow at 5-5 in the third set and calmly served out the match.Kyrgios picked up a $310,000 winners’ cheque and a shot of confidence in time for this week’s Shanghai Masters.last_img read more

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Fabinho’s Liverpool awakening & five tactical lessons from weekend

first_imgBy Monday morning we know all about the brightest stars of the weekend action – who scored the goals, who made the glaring errors – but often the most important tactical plots haven’t cut through.Here, Goal  looks beyond the obvious headliners and takes a look at five tactical things you might have missed from the Premier League.Torreira’s Arsenal role needs a rethink Arsenal did not play with tempo or fluidity at Selhurst Park on Sunday, as Roy Hodgson’s deep-lying and compact 4-4-2 limited the visitors to just seven shots on goal. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Crystal Palace deserve credit for squeezing the spaces Mesut Ozil likes to operate in, but the main reason Arsenal stuttered was a lack of penetrative link-up play deeper in midfield. Lucas Torreira, playing alongside Matteo Guendouzi, was too disconnected from Ozil and the Gunners wingers.What Unai Emery needed was to overload the middle of the pitch, which would have tested the solidity of Palace’s two-man midfield and sucked the hosts inwards, thus freeing up room for Alex Iwobi and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang on the flanks. Instead, they passed the ball in a U-shape around the Palace shell, with Torreira rarely looking to help Ozil.The graphic below shows the Uruguay international’s completed (black) and failed (yellow) passes against Palace. Torreira completed just six passes in the final third, and yet the one time he did venture forward it led directly to the Arsenal equaliser. Early in the second half he received the ball in the number 10 space and flicked it out wide, setting up an attack and sending a ripple of applause through the crowd. Spurred on, within seconds Torreira won a free-kick deep in the Palace half and Granit Xhaka fired Emery’s side level.Arsenal have struggled to defend counter-attacks this season, so the manager’s use of a double midfield pivot is understandable. However, Emery needs to find a better balance for Arsenal to push on – and that means freeing Torreira to play a box-to-box role.Torreira GFXHowe switch exploits Fulham’s weaknesses Throughout the campaign, Fulham’s dreadful defensive record has primarily been the result of their overall width; poor Kevin McDonald, a lone defensive midfielder, has to cover a huge area of the pitch all by himself. Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe dramatically altered his tactics on Saturday to exploit this weakness, fielding David Brooks and Ryan Fraser as inside forwards in an Antonio Conte-esque 3-4-2-1.Both players have been instrumental in Bournemouth’s excellent start, making Howe’s transition to counter-attacking football a smooth one. However, they don’t normally play as narrowly as they did at Craven Cottage: Brooks and Fraser had a combined 47 touches between the width of the penalty areas in the Fulham half, compared with 15 in their last outing, a 0-0 draw at home to Southampton.That all-important second goal on Saturday came straight down the centre with Fraser assisting for Brooks, a move that typified Bournemouth’s focus through the middle, overwhelming McDonald. It’s no wonder he eventually saw red, receiving a second yellow card for a late tackle on Brooks.Fred shines as Man Utd dominate Everton Manchester United’s 2-1 victory over Everton on Sunday afternoon was arguably their most fluid, and commanding, performance of the season so far. The midfield was dominant, and while Paul Pogba and Anthony Martial were rightly praised for their swaggering performances, it was Fred who set the tempo (the graphic below shows Fred’s completed passes against Everton in black and failed passes in yellow).The Brazilian constantly looked to pierce the lines, either carrying the ball forward or playing a quick pass to the flanks. Fred’s energy lifted his team-mates, helping United swarm the visitors before quickly switching the ball out to Martial on the left; it is a classic Jose Mourinho tactic to overload one side of the pitch before suddenly driving the ball to a touchline-hugging winger.However, things wouldn’t have clicked for United if it wasn’t for Everton’s aggressive pressing. Most of United’s opponents sit back and invite pressure, safe in the knowledge that Mourinho’s team are too static to create space – but that isn’t Marco Silva’s style. By frantically closing down United’s midfielders, Everton ensured that one clever flick around the corner (either from Fred or Pogba) was enough to take two or three players out of the game, opening up the pitch for Martial and Juan Mata. This is reflected in the number of fouls Everton made in the middle of the park.Fred vs Everton GFXFabinho’s flexibility boosts Liverpool Over the last six weeks Liverpool have been developing a problematic disconnect between midfield and attack. All too often the front three are isolated from a slightly flat trio in the middle, none of whom link the lines particularly well when faced with a deep defensive block. Adam Lallana was picked on Saturday to help address this issue, but Fabinho turned out to be the answer.He flits around midfield with greater purpose than Jordan Henderson, hitting 87 passes against Cardiff City (shown in top graphic below) – almost double Henderson’s average of 45 (Henderson’s performance against Huddersfield on October 20 is shown in the bottom graphic below). Fabinho already appears to have developed a strong understanding with Georginio Wijnaldum, too, regularly swapping positions with the Dutchman to create unpredictable patterns in central midfield. This inevitably pulled Cardiff out of their stubborn shell.Fabinho’s defensive work was also solid. It was his sharp tackle in the 87th minute that launched the counter-attack for Liverpool’s fourth goal, capping an excellent all-round performance.Fabinho Cardiff GFX Henderson Huddersfield GFXDeulofeu & Success run riot for Watford After four matches without a Premier League win Watford have recorded back-to-back victories to cement their place in the top half of the table, and the key to their upturn in form is Javi Gracia’s bold decision to swap out both of his strikers. Troy Deeney suffered a hamstring injury and top-scorer Andre Gray was dropped, with Isaac Success and Gerard Deulofeu coming in.The real masterstroke was playing Deulofeu as a number 10. The Spaniard is revelling now that he sees plenty of the ball, his excellent close control making him ideal for quick breakaways through the middle of the park. The former Barcelona player scored the second goal and was a menace throughout, combining with Success a total of 10 times, creating four chances.Regularly rotating positions, with one dropping off and the other making runs on the shoulder of the last defender, Success and Deulofeu both had four shots – and both scored. Here was evidence that Gracia isn’t afraid to change things, and that Watford possess the squad depth (and tactical nous) to maintain their good form. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

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PAOK Soccer Gets Berbatov

first_imgTHESSALONIKI — Former Monaco and Manchester United striker Dimitar Berbatov has signed a 10-month contract with Greek club PAOK.The 34-year-old Berbatov was released by Monaco in June. PAOK did not disclose details of the deal.PAOK finished second in the Greek league last season but has just one point from its first two games.The team is participating in the group stage of the Europa League.The 34-year-old will sign a reported one-year 1.6-million-euro contract plus bonuses with the Thessaloniki club which reportedly outbid rival offers from Aston Villa and West Ham United, Kathimerini reported.He joined Monaco in 2014 from Fulham and helped the French side reach the Champions League quarter-finals in April. He scored only nine times in 37 appearances last season as Monaco finished third in the French league.Berbatov is Bulgaria’s all-time leading goal scorer and has won the Bulgarian Footballer of the Year a record seven times.PAOK managed a third-place finish in Greece’s Super League last season. It was not clear whether the Thessaloniki team had beaten UEFA’s Europa League deadline.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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UEFA Fines PAOK Over Champions League Laser Pointer

first_imgNYON, Switzerland (AP) — UEFA has fined Greek club PAOK after fans used a laser pointer in a Champions League qualifying game.European football’s governing body fined PAOK 22,000 euros ($25,600) for the laser pointer and also because supporters blocked stairwells during the 3-2 home win against Spartak Moscow on August 8.Lasers are banned from games.UEFA also fined Spartak 31,000 euros ($36,000) for “illicit chants” and blocking stairwells, the latest in a string of offenses by the Russian team’s supporters.Greece’s Asteras Tripoli and Montenegro’s Buducnost Podgorica were fined for pitch invasions by fans, while Scottish club Hibernian was punished because supporters used fireworks and threw objects.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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Australian Prime Minister to Rishabh Pant: Aah yes! You sledge right?

first_imgAustralian Prime Minister Scott Morrison hosted the Indian and Australian cricket teams on New Year’s Day after three intensely fought Test matches in Adelaide, Perth and Melbourne. India lead the series 2-1 with the final Test to be played in Sydnet from January 3.While there has been plenty of banter and heated verbal wars in the middle, players from both teams had a good time together at Kirribilli House on January 1. Not surprisingly, Virat Kohli and Anushka Sharma were the center of attention for the media but there was one man who completely stole the show.Indian wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant, who made his Test debut in England last year, has been involved in several sledging games with Australian wicketkeeper and captain Tim Paine. Pant had started the verbal wars in Adelaide when he taunted Pat Cummins who seemed completely clueless against R Ashwin.On Tuesday, as the Australian Prime Minister met Pant at his official residence, he could be heard saying on a video released by XtraTime: “Aah yes! You sledges right? You are very welcome. We like competitive game.”Pant smiled politely and shook the prime minister’s hand before moving on.In Melbourne, temperatures soared when Tim Paine asked Pant if he would like to babysit while he took Mrs Paine out. “We might get [Pant] down to the [Hobart] Hurricanes, we need a batter,” Paine said.”You’d fancy that, Pantsy – extend your little Aussie holiday. Beautiful town Hobart too. Get you a nice apartment on the waterfront,” Paine told Pant as the Indian wicketkeeper batted.advertisementNot one to take a sledge lying down, Pant hit back at Paine and called the Australian a temporary skipper who only knew how to talk.However, both men seemed to have a good laugh about their on-field antics at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) when Mrs Paine posted a picture of her kids with Rishabh Pant and captioned it: “Best Babysitter”.The post went viral within minutes and drew rave reviews for Pant for being a sport.Now with the Australian PM welcoming Pant to sledge more, the SCG Test is bound to get more interesting.Also Read | Tim Paine trolls Rishabh Pant: MS Dhoni back in the ODI side, want to play for Hobart?Also Read | Rishabh Pant sledges Tim Paine: Temporary captain, all he can do is talkAlso Read | Best babysitter: Tim Paine’s wife shares photo of Rishabh Pant with her kidsAlso Read | Fans love ‘babysitter’ Pant’s photo with Tim Paine’s kids: Best thing I have seen all yearAlso Watch | Dog agrees with Virat Kohli as India captain says: No pressure in Sydneylast_img read more

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Spoiling for a fight combative mood in Mexico for Round 2 of

MEXICO CITY — A second round of NAFTA negotiations gets underway Friday in a country that has long served as Donald Trump’s political whipping boy. Increasingly, there are indications Mexico is willing to whip back.After quietly, calmly working with Trump, the centrist governing party has declared a red line: if the president starts to withdraw from NAFTA as he’s threatening, the Enrique Pena Nieto government says it’s leaving the negotiating table.Its domestic critics want more.Trump’s unpopularity in Mexico practically defies the laws of political science. A Pew survey puts his support here just north of the margin of error for zero, with a mere five per cent of Mexicans expressing confidence in the U.S. president.With an election looming next year, lots of politicians are pining to counter-punch. That includes a famous left-wing lawmaker touted as a possible recruit for the new party that’s leading presidential polls.There’s a picture of revolutionary fighter Emiliano Zapata hanging on Dolores Padierna’s office wall. She lauds him as the hero of a generations-long, unfinished battle for labour rights and higher wages, which haven’t risen under NAFTA.The Senate leader of the old left-wing party, the PRD, would respond to Trump’s threats to pull out of NAFTA by pulling out first.“It’s an embarrassment,” Padierna said in an interview in Spanish.“When Donald Trump and (U.S. trade czar) Robert Lighthizer — or however you pronounce his name — mistreat, offend our country, we have a government that is very docile, that does not know how to defend the dignity and sovereignty of Mexico.”Padierna wants to see a NAFTA with stronger labour standards, unionization rights and worker mobility. But barring that, she says, she’d rather see Mexico plan for a future with new trading partners to take up some U.S. slack.The impulse to fight extends beyond leftist trade-skeptics.One Mexican diplomat referred to Trump as a “fool” and a “Nazi moron” on his personal Twitter page this week. A recent Mexican ambassador to China, Jorge Guajardo, tweeted this week, “People in (the) U.S. aren’t considering… how little political appetite there is in Mexico to partner (with) Trump’s U.S.A.”A plane filled with Mexican businessmen was grounded by bad weather this week while returning from the U.S. During the ensuing impromptu midnight dinner at a rain-soaked taco stand near Leon, Mex., talk turned to how best to handle Trump.“Respond with fire,” said one businessman. The other cupped his hands in a crude, universally recognized gesture, suggesting the Mexican government needed to grow some testosterone.On Friday, American negotiators will see numerous unflattering Mexican newspaper headlines about their president. In the news this week are Trump’s NAFTA warnings, ramped-up deportations, pardoning of Sheriff Joe Arpaio and threatened government shutdown to fund his border wall.An opinion piece Wednesday in the regional newspaper in Leon was headlined: “Trump, Arpaio and dogs.” On Thursday, the national newspaper El Universal also ran a column on Arpaio, titled: “Exoneration of racism — another Trump policy.”One syndicated columnist suggested Trump was merely bluffing in threats to cancel NAFTA. But he wants Mexico to fight back.“The only way to unmask this bluff is to be ready to terminate,” Sergio Sarmiento wrote in his regular column. “Otherwise, the bully will impose his conditions.”One Mexico-watcher says the government has done well.Duncan Wood says Pena Nieto’s team has skillfully juggled various roles since Trump took office Jan. 20, staying constructive but firm. He cited a recent statement in which Mexico said it wouldn’t pay for a wall; described fighting drug-trafficking as a shared duty; said it would not negotiate NAFTA through the media; and offered neighbourly help for flood-stricken Texas.“The Mexican president and Mexican government have been very effective,” said Wood, director of the Mexico Institute at Washington, D.C.’s Wilson Center.“They’ve learned how to handle the inevitable tweet or inflammatory statement from the U.S. president…. The government is drawing red lines so that Mexico is respected. And it’s saying, ‘By the way, we’re here to help.”‘As for the Mexican public, Wood summed up their attitude as: “‘Look, we’re not against the American people — we just don’t like Donald Trump. We’re not anti-American. We’re anti-Trump.”‘As for the likely election winner, while surveys currently show the new left-wing Morena party, led by Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, in first place, Wood cites a variety of reasons why the polls are likely to tighten.He believes constructive dialogue can prevail, NAFTA can survive, and politicians can get elected here without bashing Trump.But lingering hostilities are making it more difficult, he said, for the current government to agree to a NAFTA deal, and get the necessary ratification votes in Congress: “It makes it a lot more complicated.” read more

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3 million girls still undergo genital cutting but change is possible UN

Although an estimated 3 million girls in sub-Saharan Africa and the Middle East still suffer genital cutting every year, the age-old ritual could be eliminated within a single generation through open public discussion and legal action, according to a new report by the United Nations Children’s fund (UNICEF).“Real and lasting change is possible,” said Marta Santos Pais, director of UNICEF Innocenti Research Centre, which issued the report, Changing a Harmful Social Convention: Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting. “Change will happen when communities – including girls, boys, men and women – are empowered by knowledge to make choices that are healthy and empowering to individuals and societies,” she added.Female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C) is a traditional practice believed to enhance a girl’s beauty, honour, marriageability, social status and chastity. Parents encourage cutting so that the family honour and the girl’s best interest are protected. In the 28 countries where female FGM/C is performed, prior estimates suggested that 2 million girls undergo the procedure yearly. The new estimate of 3 million does not reflect an increase, but improved data gathering, UNICEF said.Although there is evidence that in some countries (Benin, Burkina Faso, Central African Republic, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Nigeria, Tanzania and Yemen), the practice is declining, eliminating FGM/C on a large scale will require far greater efforts by governments, civil society and the international community, the report states. The report looks at some of the most promising strategies that are helping communities to abandon the practice, such as UNICEF-supported initiatives in Egypt which guide communities to engage in non-judgmental public discussions to openly confront the issue, support them in the public commitment to abandon the practice, and spread their message to neighboring communities. The involvement of opinion leaders, including traditional and religious leaders, can play a decisive role in stimulating public debate, the report found — if health personnel, traditional healers, social workers and teachers are trained and supported to discourage the practice. From country to country, the percentages of the female population that is cut, the types of cutting carried out and the age at which it begins varies widely. In addition to causing severe pain, FGM/C can result in prolonged bleeding, infection, infertility and death. Many girls and women suffer in silence. Because of the private nature of the infliction, it is impossible to estimate the death toll. read more

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UN expert postpones Chechnya mission over issue of unannounced visit to detainees

Special Rapporteur on Torture Manfred Nowak said in a statement today that the Russian Government had invited him to carry out a fact-finding visit, with a particular focus on the North Caucasus Republics of Chechnya, Ingushetia, North Ossetia and Kabardino-Balkaria, from 9 to 20 October 2006.“However, at a very late stage in the preparations, he was informed by the Government that certain elements of his Terms of Reference for carrying out visits to detention facilities would contravene Russian Federation law, particularly with respect to carrying out unannounced visits, and holding private interviews with detainees,” the statement said.“Since these issues could not be resolved prior to the visit, he regrets to announce that he is not in a position to proceed as planned,” it added.Mr. Nowak said he had been assured by the Government that “a mutually agreeable solution will be arrived at to ensure that this important mission is carried out in the near future.” In February, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Louise Arbour said after a visit that she had “very serious concerns” about Chechnya’s law enforcement system, and was particularly disturbed by the use of torture to extract confessions and information, and the intimidation of people who make complaints against public officials.Special Rapporteurs are unpaid and serve in a personal capacity, reporting to the UN Human Rights Council. read more

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UN chief inks pact to better coordinate counterterrorism support to Governments

The principal aim of the UN Global Counter-Terrorism Coordination Compact is “to ensure that the United Nations system can have a better impact and provide stronger and more efficient counter-terrorism capacity-building support to Member States,” said a statement issued on Friday by UN Spokesman Stéphane Dujarric.The Compact, which is an agreement between 36 UN entities, is to be signed by the heads of these entities, as well as INTERPOL and the World Customs Organization, as a symbol of their commitment to coordinating activities at the Headquarters and in the field.Last year, Mr. Guterres created the UN Office of Counter-Terrorism with the aim of enhancing coordination and coherence of the UN activities on the subject. read more

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Sean Payton Can Negotiate Contract With Saints

Sean Payton, the suspended New Orleans Saints coach who had his contract voided, is allowed to negotiate a new contract with the team, according to a report by the New Orleans Times-Picayune.The newspaper reported that, while Payton’s suspension for his involvement in the bounty scandal forbids him from speaking with the organization, he and the Saints are permitted to speak in regards to his contract situation.ESPN Sunday reported that a previous contract extension between Payton and the Saints was voided by the league. Should the two sides be unable to reach agreement on a new deal, Payton would be a free agent.Saints quarterback Drew  has no doubt he’ll be reunited with Payton in 2013.“I absolutely believe he’ll be back,” Brees said after Monday night’s win over Philadelphia.Saints interim coach Joe Vitt said he hadn’t seen or heard Sunday’s report and didn’t want to comment, but added, “This team loves Sean, and Sean loves this team. This city loves Sean, and Sean loves this city. I think that’s a tough combination to beat.”New Orleans safety Roman Harper said he sees no reason for Payton to leave New Orleans, especially after being linked to the bounty case.“Why would he not come back? He’s got something to prove,” Harper said. “There’s nothing like having a man with a chip on his shoulder. This is just another way the NFL is trying to get at us. We just have to keep our minds on things we can control, and that’s playing football.”With Payton’s earlier ties to the Cowboys and close relationship with owner Jerry Jones, there has been speculation he could replace Dallas coach Jason Garrett.Jones denied such talk Sunday while Garrett said his sole focus remains on getting his 3-5 Cowboys to the playoffs.“There’s a lot of stories that circulate around our game,” Garrett said Monday afternoon. “So certainly some people bring those kinds of things to my attention, but again, we’re (focusing) on what we need to do. We had heck of a challenge (Sunday night) in Atlanta, trying to play an undefeated team, so that’s where our attention was.” read more

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Graphic images show horses mauled body in North Dublin

first_imgWARNING DISTRESSING IMAGES BELOWTHE DUBLIN SOCIETY for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (DSPCA) is calling on the public to provide more information about a horse that was found mauled to death yesterday in Dublin.Lorna Swift call-coordinator with the DSPCA told that they believe the dark brown horse (pictured below) may have been attacked by dogs.In distressing scenes, its mauled body was found in the Darndale area of North Dublin yesterday evening.Meanwhile, another horse was also found dead in Darndale yesterday.The black and white animal was found roaming unattended on a road when it was hit by a car.The driver of the car, which was badly damaged, called the DSPCA and the an inspector later found the horse had died from its injuries.“People cannot leave horses unattended in public areas. They can be attacked, hit by cars, bitten by dogs, fall down holes, basically anything can happen to them. There are so many hazards,” Swift said. “They should be on private land.”(All images: FM104 Phoneshow)Read: Six cases of horse cruelty seen by DSPCA this week >last_img read more

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Back to the Future hoverboard created but its totally impractical

first_imgAnyone who has watched the film Back to the Future 2 and has seen Marty McFly ride his hover board around Hill Valley has probably been dreaming of doing the same. Of course, movie magic aside, it was known that the world was a long way off from having this dream become a reality.Well, today the dream has got one step closer. Students and professors at the Universite Paris Diderot in France have created a very rough version of a hoverboard, using liquid nitrogen, a superconducting disc, and something called the Meisnner effect to glide the board along a rail.The Meisnner effect, simply put, is the result of putting a magnet on top of superconductor that has been cooled down close to absolute zero. When the superconductor gets that cold, it loses all electric resistance, meaning that the magnet placed on top cannot force its current into the superconductors field. As a result, the magnet is repelled away from the superconductor, creating the hovering witnessed in the video below.Now, before you go racing to lace up your brand new Nike Mag sneakers that you scored recently, there are some severe limitations to this hoverboard when it comes to making it work. First and foremost, the temperature that is needed to create the Meisnner effect is terribly cold, -346 degrees Fahrenheit cold, which is why the liquid nitrogen is needed. If you have ever seen Terminator 2, it is the liquid that causes the terminator to freeze in place and shatter.So we have a dangerous liquid you’d need to carry in a backpack somehow, but that’s only half the problem. The hoverboard also requires there be metal rails everywhere for travel, turning it into less of a go anywhere hoverbaord, and more of a train on rails with limited destinations.So, while Marty’s hoverboard was an independent levitation unit, this current model needs a lot of help to function and ends up being way too expensive to be practical. Still, it makes for a cool experiment and video:via Popsci.comlast_img read more

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Pep Guardiola suffers more Champions League misery as Monaco march to the

first_img By AFP 38 Comments Image: Steven Paston Source: Steven PastonWilly Caballero stood tall to repel Mbappe’s crisp early strike as he knifed through the City defence, but the Argentine goalkeeper was helpless as the teenager poked home Bernardo Silva’s driven low cross just a minute later.City recovered from twice falling behind in the first leg, but the opening goal emboldened Monaco as Germain unleashed a searing strike from distance that zipped not too far over.Guardiola had emphasised the best form of defence would be attack for City, yet the visitors struggled to settle and Monaco grabbed their second goal in not dissimilar fashion on 29 minutes.Lemar fed the ball into the overlapping run of Benjamin Mendy, a reported target of City’s this summer, and the left-back picked out Fabinho to side-foot beyond Caballero. Source: Steven PastonMbappe’s electrifying pace posed a constant threat for City, but the Premier League side gradually began to pose Monaco problems as well although Raheem Sterling’s hesitancy allowed the hosts to clear as the England winger looked to tee up Sergio Aguero.The Argentine striker then skied over from close range after Sane skipped past Andrea Raggi down the the left-hand flank, before Danijel Subasic thrust himself superbly in the way after Aguero was picked out by David Silva inside the area.Sane broke in behind the Monaco backline once more but steered his effort the wrong side of the near post with Subasic charging off his line, but City finally broke through with 19 minutes left. Source: Steven PastonSterling broke in from the right and his low shot was palmed away by Subasic, but Sane reacted quickest to thump the rebound into the roof of the net and change the complexion of the tie.However that merely drew an immediate response from Monaco as Lemar whipped in a devilish free-kick that Bakayoko expertly planted into the far corner to consign Guardiola to a first-ever last 16 European exit.– © AFP 2017As it happened: Monaco v Manchester City, Champions League‘It is not Paul’s fault that some pundits are in trouble and need every penny to survive’ Wednesday 15 Mar 2017, 10:20 PM Image: Steven Paston Mar 15th 2017, 10:20 PM center_img 16,884 Views Pep Guardiola suffers more Champions League misery as Monaco march to the last eight The side from the principality went through on away goals after a 3-1 victory in France. TIEMOUE BAKAYOKO’S SUPERB header fired Monaco into the Champions League quarter-finals as their 3-1 victory condemned Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City to a painful exit on away goals.Trailing 5-3 from the first leg in England, teenage starlet Kylian Mbappe put Monaco ahead on the night after just eight minutes at the Stade Louis II and Brazilian midfielder Fabinho converted the home side’s second just before the half hour.Leroy Sane’s 71st-minute goal handed City a 6-5 advantage on aggregate, but Bakayoko turned home Thomas Lemar’s free-kick 13 minutes from time as Monaco claimed a famous win.Monaco go through to Friday’s draw for the last eight in Nyon carrying French hopes following Paris Saint-Germain’s shock elimination, while Guardiola suffered his earliest Champions League exit as a manager.“It’s an immense joy to score in the Champions League. I didn’t expect this,” said Bakayoko.Over two games we deserved to qualify. Now we want to keep going.”The French league leaders suffered a blow before kick-off as Radamel Falcao, who scored twice in the first leg, failed to recover from a hip injury in time and was replaced by the versatile Valere Germain.Jemerson returned in place of the suspended Kamil Glik in defence, while Guardiola, who took charge of his 100th game in Europe, made two changes with Gael Clichy and Aleksandar Kolarov given the nod ahead of Nicolas Otamendi and Yaya Toure.Coach Leonardo Jardim had challenged Monaco to draw inspiration from the side which dumped out Real Madrid en route to the 2004 final, recovering from a 4-2 defeat in the first leg of that year’s quarter-finals before knocking the Spanish giants out on away goals.And the hosts were inspired by 18-year-old Mbappe, who has emerged as one of Europe’s most promising talents amid Monaco’s thrilling pursuit of the French title this season. Share Tweet Email Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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Health pet concerns paramount for Clark Countys organic gardeners

first_imgStriving to be clean and green isn’t some sweetly vague principle for today’s all-natural gardeners.Real, immediate concerns about health and safety — not just for people but also for pets — drive their organic gardening practices, according to several who participated July 23 in the annual Natural Garden Tour, sponsored by Clark County Public Health.The self-guided tour of 15 open gardens used to be sponsored by the county’s Environmental Services Department — back when there was one — but putting it under the auspices of Public Health makes serious sense, coordinator Sally Fisher said.“We believe it’s incredibly important to reduce the use of chemicals on people’s yards,” Fisher said.Just ask Sara Mae Egli, whose tight organic landscape in Orchards is motivated by memories of Baby, a beloved dog who suffered from Evans syndrome, a rare autoimmune condition. Just ask Pam and Marty Almandinger, whose two Scottish Terriers both died of cancer.“They would get onto people’s lawns” in the local homeowners association, which is tightly governed to ensure that everything looks as orderly and perfect as can be, Marty Almandinger said. But orderly and perfect usually requires heavy-duty herbicides, pesticides and fertilizers, and science is always catching up with the long-term effects such chemicals may have on environmental and animal health. (In recent months the popular herbicide Roundup, long marketed as safe for people, was classified as a known carcinogen by the state of California — joining several other jurisdictions and foreign nations.)“There’s nothing green about the homeowners association,” Marty said.But fertilizer is fine when you whomp it up yourself out of natural ingredients, said Pam Almandinger — who does exactly that with banana peels, coffee grounds and eggshells. She uses her kitchen blender to reduce that stuff into “a real ugly brown slurry,” she said. “Our tomatoes love it.”last_img read more

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Face Up 417

first_imgHave a unique “cover” story? Contact FOLIO: Associate Editor Vanessa Voltolina. In order to add authenticity to the board, editorial director Bethany Lohmeyer created landmarks, clay models of people, spray painted matchbox cars and made a clay replica of Hammonsfield Ballpark (top left of cover), a popular Springfield, Missouri baseball field. “The clay figurines only took about 10 minutes each to make,” she says. To make the board game, Darst estimates a total cost around $30, which included the modeling clay, paint and supplies. “We asked the staff if someone had LIFE at home that we could use, and they did, so we didn’t even need to buy the game,” says Darst. 417 expanded this cover concept throughout the issue, with the staff creating many elements on the fly: “We didn’t scan anything; we literally recreated everything by hand.” DESIGNERS’ COMMENTS“The ‘417’ cover possesses very little in the way of hierarchy and there is a fight for dominance between the logo and the main headline. This then takes away from the rest of the cover lines. It is a convoluted cover where there is simply too much going on. Knowing when to stop may have been prudent here. There is no place where one’s eye can rest to then experience what the cover should offer the reader.Also, an obstacle in using an icon such as the ‘Game of Life’ board game is to question ‘what did the designer do to the art to make it his/hers?’ Not to mention the question of copyright or patent infringements. However, I do like the brightness of the color palette and the fact that there are a lot of ‘numbers’ on the cover. Readers love numbers. On a lighter side, I would be interested in knowing if the designer is making a social commentary on American society. Did the peg people gain weight? This demonstrates a very good sense of humor.”Todd J. Gast | Art Director | JCK“Love the idea—very clever! The colors work well, however my only concern is the readability of the main cover headlines on the top of the layout, as they all seem to fight for attention or they simply get lost in the background. I would get rid of the top line “The 64 Greatest Things in 417 Land,” or possibly place it somewhere else. Overall, very nice!”Adana Jiménez | Art Director | Scholastic Marketing Partners Issue: February 2009Frequency: Monthly Launched: 1998 (Whitaker has owned since 2001)Circ: 17,000Editor: Katie PollockPublishing Company: Whitaker PublishingArt Director: Cassie DarstEditorial Director: Bethany LohmeyerRegional magazine 417, covering the southern Missouri area, created a “best-of” issue that parodies Milton Bradley’s 1960’s LIFE (aka, The Game of Life). “In years past, we’ve branded our logo and done cool openers to display this category breakdown. But this time we decided to take a concept—The Game of Life—and transfer it into ‘The Game of 417,’” says art director Cassie Darst. While ultimately it was decided to stick with all of the categories integrated into a LIFE game board, “Our original plan was to create a different board game for each category; the ‘best of’ food category would be a take on Candy Land, ‘best of’ shopping a play on Mall Madness, etc.”To create a game board mock up, Darst says that 417 “literally created from scratch a replica of LIFE—double the size.” The board, which is larger than seen on the magazine’s cover, includes all of the five sections of the “best of” winners, including Services, Food, People, Places and Shopping, with creative categories brainstormed by editorial. “The name corresponds to an actual action,” adds Darst. “For Best Charity Event, for example, the board says ‘Spice things up at the Sertoma Chili Cook-Out.’”last_img read more

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Jack White Unveils First Teases Of New Album Boarding House Reach

first_imgThe four-minute psychedelic video montage hints at the breadth and depth of the sonic landscape that will comprise White’s third solo albumBrian HaackGRAMMYs Dec 12, 2017 – 5:34 pm GRAMMY winner and 2017 Recording Academy Producers & Engineers Wing honoree Jack White has finally resurfaced with details on his long-awaited third studio album, titled Boarding House Reach.By way of announcing the new album’s title, White dropped a four-minute sonic mashup video titled “SERVINGS and PORTIONS from my BOARDING HOUSE REACH,” ostensibly containing choice clippings and fragments from the forthcoming record.The video itself is a wild ride, but what’s even more interesting is the breadth and depth of sonic palette that it displays — a tall statement when one considers such a musically diverse source as White.Even while switching effortlessly from moments of classic fuzz rock to balladic crooning, to an Akai MPC1000 tapping out crushed drum samples, to aggressively shaped bursts of static and harsh noise — at times reminiscent of the types of schizophrenic psychedelic stylings preferred by MadLib or Flying Lotus — the elements of the project still all come off as strangely  consistent, a testament to White’s inimitable production aesthetic.Hinting that this album would be a departure of sorts, even for him, White commented back in November, “It’s a bizarre one. I’ve just got to let it settle. I need to listen to it by myself. I haven’t been able to listen to it by myself for a while.”Details on an official release date for Boarding House Reach are still forthcoming.Apple Pledges $1 Million For Southern California Fire ReliefRead more Jack White’s Mind-Melting New Album Teaser jack-white-unveils-first-teases-new-album-boarding-house-reach Twitter News Jack White Unveils First Teases Of New Album, ‘Boarding House Reach’ Email Facebook last_img read more

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Second Shell Oil drilling rig on its way to Alaska

first_imgRoyal Dutch Shell’s second Arctic drilling ship, the Noble Discoverer, is on the move from Washington state to Alaska.KIRO-TV reports the massive oil drill rig was escorted from the harbor in Everett by two tug boats and two Coast Guard vessels.The Noble Discoverer started its move around 4 a.m. and is moving about 7 miles per hour.Protesters say they plan to put kayaks in the water to meet the ship along it route out of the Puget Sound.The Nobel Discoverer’s sister ship, the Polar Pioneer, left Seattle in May, after hundreds of environmental activists in kayaks and other vessels tried to block its progress toward the Arctic Ocean.last_img read more

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