Ethnic Minorities in the Military

first_imgBy Jay Morse & Heidi Radunovich, PhDCover photo image: Creative Commons Licensing [Flickr, Third Army celebrates start of Hispanic American Heritage Month, September 15, 2011]By 2050, the U.S. Census Bureau estimates that more than 50% of the U.S. population will be made up of ethnic minorities. Are their social and psychological needs different than those of the predominately European American majority, particularly during family separations such as deployment?In a 2010 article, Behnke, MacDermid Anderson, and Weiss published the results of a study comparing ethnic groups and their views of the resources available to them during times of stress (such as deployment or other separation from family) and their resulting intention to leave the military [1].Of the 14,791 participants in the study (married with children), ethnic participant groupings were as follows: 10,829 European/American; 1,987 African-American; 1,111 Hispanic/Latino; 864 Asian American/Pacific Islanders. Resources considered included:Material resources – pay grade and family income.Family resources – personal time, family health benefits, support for children, child care, and military family support programs.Work-related resources – satisfaction with workload, assignments, quality of leadership.Social resources – military member support from the military community.The researchers found that minority groups faced with family separation were almost twice as likely to consider leaving the military when compared with European Americans. The researchers also found important similarities and differences among minority groups related to separations (such as deployment) and available resources:There were no differences among ethnic groups when considering the relationship between family separation and family or work resources.For Latinos and Asian Americans the influence of material resources, pay grade or family income, was more significant than for other groups.The relationship between family separation and social resources was almost twice as strong for Asian Americans than for other groups.For all groups, the importance of family resources was as important as work-related resources when considering remaining in the military.As clinicians working with ethnic minority groups in the military, it is important not only to consider that a client is part of an ethnic minority, but that their individual mental health needs may vary according to their particular ethnicity. For all ethnic minorities, working with the family is particularly important – insuring that there is adequate and stable support from home. Family support may have a large part to play in a military member staying in the military and providing a stable livelihood for the family.References[1] Behnke, A. O., MacDermid, S. M., Anderson, J. C., & Weiss, H. M. (2010). Ethnic variations in the connection between work-induced family separation and turnover intent. Journal of Family Issues, 31(5), 626-655. doi:10.1177/0192513X09349034This post was written by Jay Morse & Heidi Radunovich, PhD, members of the MFLN Family Development (FD) team which aims to support the development of professionals working with military families. Find out more about the Military Families Learning Network FD concentration on our website, on Facebook, on Twitter, YouTube, and on LinkedIn.last_img read more

Akali Dal comes out in support of farmers

first_imgWith paddy harvesting picking up and stubble burning on the rise in Punjab, the Shiromani Akali Dal has come out in support of the farmers, saying it will not let them be victimised for burning crop remains.The State government had imposed a ban on stubble burning to check pollution and other health risks.‘Will not allow cases’SAD president Sukhbir Badal said the party would not allow any cases to be registered against farmers for burning stubble in despair after failing to get any assistance from the State government to tackle this problem.“Our stand is clear. It is the responsibility of the government to help farmers to manage crop residue due to the huge cost involved in this task. In case it is unable to do this it cannot harass, threaten, penalise and register cases against farmers,” he said in a statement.Mr. Badal also urged the Congress government to announce a financial package for the farmers immediately.last_img read more

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Horn ready for rematch

first_imgRobredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Blu Girls stun Aussies, take on top-ranked Japanese next Manny Pacquiao of the Philippines (left) clinches with Jeff Horn of Australia during their WBO World Welterweight title fight in Brisbane, Australia, Sunday, July 2, 2017. Pacquiao lost his WBO welterweight world title to Jeff Horn in a stunning, unanimous points decision in a Sunday afternoon bout billed as the Battle of Brisbane in front of more than 50,000 people. (Photo by TERTIUS PICKARD / AP)Jeff Horn is ready to tangle with Manny Pacquiao again and prove that he really won their “Battle of Brisbane” last Sunday.Shrugging off Pacquiao’s decision to back calls asking for a review of the unanimous decision handing him the World Boxing Organization welterweight crown, Horn said Thursday the ring is the proper venue to settle the dispute.ADVERTISEMENT A heavy underdog, the 29-year-old survived a near knockout in the ninth round to stun the 38-year Filipino legend with his roughness and aggressiveness.The result has been widely questioned, with many believing Pacquiao should have won.The Fighting Senator on Wednesday backed a formal request by the Philippines’ Games and Amusement Board for the WBO to review the decision.“I love boxing and I don’t wanna see it dying because of unfair decision and officiating,” Pacquiao said in a statement issued by his office.“I had already accepted the decision but as a leader and, at the same time, fighter I have the moral obligation to uphold sportsmanship, truth and fairness in the eyes of the public.”ADVERTISEMENT Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend LATEST STORIES Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong “I am ready for a rematch,” said Horn during a ticker-tape parade held in his honor in Brisbane. “If he wants to come back and do it again, we will do it. That’s up to him, he’s got the option.”Thousands joined the celebration, where the former schoolteacher said he doubted if Pacquiao had personally backed a call to review the outcome of last Sunday’s title bout.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“I don’t actually believe that would be Pacquiao actually even saying that himself,” the Australian told Channel Nine.“Maybe it is his team around him. But Pacquiao seemed very humble in the way that he lost and thought the decision was correct.”center_img Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena Nikki Valdez rushes self to ER due to respiratory tract infection MOST READ In the twilight of a 22-year pro career in which he won 11 world titles in an unprecedented eight weight divisions, Pacquiao had called for a rematch upon arrival in General Santos on Monday.If ever, the call for a review will go nowhere.The WBO tweeted on Wednesday: “The discretion of a referee or judge cannot be reversed, except in a case of fraud or violation of laws which is not the case in Pac vs Horn.”In Brisbane, with chants of “Hornet! Hornet!” ringing out, the Australian boxer was handed the keys to the city and told thousands of supporters he was ready for the next challenge.“Thank you all for turning up and supporting me and my dreams and, as you can see, you never give up.“I went through a tough round nine, pushed hard through and we got there” he told the crowd. “We got that world championship.” There was no doubting the fight’s outcome among fans who came out to greet their hometown hero.“(It was) an absolutely amazing performance. He (Horn) definitely, definitely, definitely won,” one supporter told Sky News. —ROY LUARCA, AFPSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Yuvraj Singh named in domestic violence case by sister-in-law

first_imgIndia all-rounder Yuvraj Singh has been named in a domestic violence case by his brother’s wife Akanksha Sharma, according to news and entertainment portal Spotboye. The case has been registered in Gurgaon.Akanksha, who appeared on the popular reality show Bigg Boss last year, is married to Yuvraj’s brother Zoravar. A Gurgaon court has sent a notice to the cricketer’s family regarding the same.Akanksha has claimed that she was subjected to “mental and financial torture” after her marriage to Zoravar in 2014. Her lawyer, Swati Singh Malik, confirmed that the case has been filed.”Yes, Akanksha has filed a case of domestic violence against Yuvraj, Zoravar and their mother Shabnam,” Malik said.”Look, domestic violence does not mean just physical violence. It also means mental and financial torture, which can be attributed to Yuvraj.”Yuvraj was a mute spectator to the suffering caused to my client by Zoravar and his mother.”When Yuvraj and Zoravar’s mother was pressurising Akanksha to have a baby, Yuvraj too had joined in to do the same. He too told Akanksha ‘to have a baby’. He was hand-in-glove with his mother.”Yuvraj would even tell her that she should obey his mother because she was the most superior person in the house,” she added, “Really, that lady is extremely dominant. Zoravar and Akanksha were at her mercy for every decision.”Yuvraj even told Akanksha that if she does not toe the line then she has no place in that house,” Malik concluded, but not before adding, “The notice has been sent.”advertisementMalik also said that Shabnam Singh had recently filed a complaint against Akanksha for recovery of some jewellery in all likelihood. “This recovery could possibly be of some jewellery, it’s not of money,” she said, according to the report.”There was domestic violence on emotional and financial grounds too. Let me elaborate. Akanksha was asked to get up at 5 am and make tea, when there were three cooks in the house. She was not given any money, neither by Zorawar, nor by his family for everyday expense,” Malik added.last_img read more

Humans have hit maximum limit for lifespan: study

first_imgLondon, Dec 7 (PTI) Humans may have reached their maximum limits for height, lifespan and physical performance, according to a first-of-its-kind research that looked at 120 years worth of historical information.Scientists suggest that humans have biological limitations, and that anthropogenic impacts on the environment – including climate change – could have a deleterious effect on these limits.Despite stories that with each generation we will live longer and longer, this review suggests there may be a maximum threshold to our biological limits that we cannot exceed.Researchers studied trends emerging from historical records, concluding that there appears to be a plateau in the maximum biological limits for humans height, age and physical abilities.”These traits no longer increase, despite further continuous nutritional, medical, and scientific progress. This suggests that modern societies have allowed our species to reach its limits. We are the first generation to become aware of this,” said Jean-Francois Toussaint from Paris Descartes University in France.Rather than continually improving, we will see a shift in the proportion of the population reaching the previously recorded maximum limits.Examples of the effects of these plateaus will be evidenced with increasingly less sport records being broken and more people reaching but not exceeding the present highest life expectancy.However, when researchers considered how environmental and genetic limitations combined may affect the ability for us to reach these upper limits, our effect on the environment was found to play a key role.”This will be one of the biggest challenges of this century as the added pressure from anthropogenic activities will be responsible for damaging effects on human health and the environment,” said Toussaint.advertisement”The current declines in human capacities we can see today are a sign that environmental changes, including climate, are already contributing to the increasing constraints we now have to consider,” he said.”Observing decreasing tendencies may provide an early signal that something has changed but not for the better,” he added.”Human height has decreased in the last decade in some African countries; this suggests some societies are no longer able to provide sufficient nutrition for each of their children and maintain the health of their younger inhabitants,” Toussaint said. PTI MHN SAR MHNlast_img read more

Boos For Knicks’ Pick Porzingis

first_imgNEW YORK — The Minnesota Timberwolves got their man in the middle by selecting Karl-Anthony Towns with the first selection in the June 25 NBA draft, while the Los Angeles Lakers got a playmaking partner for Kobe Bryant and New York Knicks fans just got mad — though not for long.Minnesota selected Kentucky center Towns as the first of three straight college freshmen which went with the first three picks before New York chose Latvian forward Kristaps Porzingis, triggering loud, long boos from skeptical fans inside Barclays Center.They were cheering later in the first round when the Knicks acquired the rights to Notre Dame guard Jerian Grant from Atlanta for Tim Hardaway Jr.Before that, the Timberwolves went for a center in their first time having the No. 1 pick. The selection wasn’t a surprise — though he said he didn’t know until it was announced.“When Mr. Adam Silver came out, I saw him, and he said, ‘With the No. 1 pick’, I was racing,” said Towns, who was sitting with Kentucky coach John Calipari.“I told Coach Cal before when he first came out that I was trying to drink the water and I was shaking uncontrollably, and I told him, ‘Coach, don’t give me the ball right now for the last-second shot. I wouldn’t make it.’”The Los Angeles Lakers then took guard D’Angelo Russell of Ohio State. He drew huge cheers when he was announced but his entourage was dwarfed by that of Towns. The New Jersey native said he had above 50 family and friends in attendance.“This is home to me,” he said. “Been able to come here and have all my closest friends and love ones come out here. It’s the most special moments in my life.”Towns averaged 10.3 points and 6.7 rebounds in just 21 minutes per game for Kentucky, which reached the Final Four of the college playoffs.It was Kentucky’s third No. 1 pick in six years, joining Anthony Davis in 2012 and John Wall in 2010. The Wildcats were hoping to have a record seven players picked and were well on their way when Sacramento took center Willie Cauley-Stein with the sixth pick, Utah grabbed Trey Lyles at No. 12 and guard Devin Booker followed one spot later to Phoenix.“Just shows our team was special. Unlike any other,” Lyles said.But they had to settle for tying the record with six selections, as Dakari Johnson and Andrew Harrison went in the second round, but Aaron Harrison was not picked.For weeks, Towns and Duke’s Jahlil Okafor had been considered the top two selections. But the Lakers skipped Okafor and instead went for Russell, choosing a player who can step right in and play alongside Bryant in what could be the superstar’s final season.“Kobe’s a great dude,” Russell said. “Not knowing how much he has left in the tank is the scary thing. I’m really looking forward to him taking me under his wing if possible and feed me the most knowledge he can and use that as fire against my opponents.”Okafor fell to the Philadelphia 76ers at No. 3, becoming the 19th lottery selection and a record 29th first-round pick for players schooled at Duke by coach Mike Krzyzewski.Those numbers increased when Miami drafted Justise Winslow 10th and Cleveland took Tyus Jones at No. 24 — though his rights were later dealt to Minnesota.The Knicks changed the pattern of freshmen when they took Porzingis with the No. 4 pick. The 19-year-old forward had been surging in draft previews, but Knicks fans booed lustily, with memories of the acquisition of previous European players Frederic Weis and Andrea Bargnani.“Lot of fans weren’t happy they drafted me,” Porzingis said. “I have to do everything in my hands to turn those booing fans into clapping fans. The fans are harsh sometimes, that’s how it is in New York and I’m ready for it.”Another international player followed, as Orlando took Croatian Mario Hezonja at No. 5, and Emmanuel Mudiay, born in Congo, raised in Texas and a professional last season in China, went seventh to Denver.Detroit took Arizona’s Stanley Johnson eighth before national player of the year Frank Kaminsky went to Charlotte at No. 9.The Lakers later added Wyoming’s Larry Nance Jr. with the No. 27 pick, while Boston used its two first-round selections on Terry Rozier of Louisville (16th) and R.J. Hunter of Georgia State (28th).The NBA champion Golden State Warriors used the 30th and final pick of the first round on UCLA forward Kevon Looney, who thought he would go higher and instead lasted so long he left the green room before returning shortly before he was selected.(BRIAN MAHONEY, AP Basketball Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Home crowd gives India real chance to win Hockey World Cup, says former coach

first_imgIndia’s former hockey coach Jose Brasa is impressed with the revival of hockey in the country in the last decade and said that this is India’s best chance to win a World Cup trophy and end a 43-year wait.Hosts India began the Men’s Hockey World Cup campaign with an emphatic 5-0 win over South Africa on Wednesday in Bhubaneswar and the vociferous crowd at the Kalinga Stadium was behind them throughout.As India prepare to face a stern test in Belgium on Sunday, they will look for the backing of the same crowd and will hope that induces them with the dose of fight and energy they will require.After Belgium, India will take on Canada on December 8 in their final group match.Hockey World Cup 2018: FULL COVERAGE | SQUADS | SCHEDULE | TABLEAccording to Brasa, for India it will be important to maintain consistency throughout the tournament. He felt that though India now have the capacity to win in any tournament, they are also not guaranteed a medal at all those events.”It will be easier for India to win the gold medal in this World Cup in front of its audience than any other medal. India is now a team that could win any gold medal in any major tournament, but at the same time they are not always assured of a podium finish,” Brasa told news agency PTI from Liege in Belgium, where he is coaching a club team.”They have to maintain consistency. Of course India is amongst the best with Australia, Belgium, Holland and let’s not forget Germany. India is in the top group of best teams, but it is also the team that could lose an easy match.”advertisementWhile India are looking for a crowd backing and something that they are going to get every match, with the crowd support comes the pressure of performance.”Playing at home and having the support of the public will definitely help India to mitigate this problem of lack of experience of winning major medals but we cannot trust that the impulse of the public will always be the solution,” said the Spanish coach.India had won a silver medal at the 2010 Delhi Commonwealth Games and a bronze at Guangzhou Asian Games under Brasa. He joined as chief coach in May 2009 and was given a contract till the 2010 Asian Games, and Hockey India chose not to extend his term.Despite the clean sheet against South Africa, he felt India’s performance could have been better.”In the first match India did well in patches. After scoring two early goals they seemed to relax. Conceding four penalty corners in such an easy match was unbelievable and they should not repeat this against big teams.”India have great advantage of having a great goalkeeper like PR Sreejesh and with him they can aspire to win any match. I am sure they will improve in high pressure matches,” he added.He also said that India should focus on winning against Belgium to qualify directly for the quarter-finals.”Having Belgium in the group is not a problem. Naturally, with the new system of competition, it is better to top the group because you play a game less and you arrive more rested to the quarter-finals.”Brasa believed that Indian hockey has improved tremendously in the last 10 years and credit must go to foreign coaches as well.”I believe it has improved a lot in last decade and there are two reasons behind it. India has a number of artificial pitches now than 10 years ago.”Secondly during these last 10 years many good foreign coaches have worked in India, like Roelant Oltmans and Ric Charlesworth, passing their knowledge to players and coaches,” said Brasa.”Indians also have emotional connect with hockey. It is the country where hockey moves the largest number of people, where hockey attracts more people to watch matches in the stadium and to watch matches through the TV.”India is also the country with the largest budget for hockey.”He also said that the World Cup is a great opportunity for India to showcase its potential as a host to the world. He said he still misses India and its hockey.(With PTI inputs)Also Read | Satisfied I could contribute to Indian hockey’s rebirth: Roelant OltmansAlso Read | We will have to give less chances to Belgium in next match: India captain Manpreet SinghAlso Read | Hockey World Cup 2018: India’s disciplined defence in opening win impresses coach Harendralast_img read more

India ‘A’ beat WI ‘A’ by 148 runs, take unassailable 3-0 lead

first_imgSkipper Manish Pandey struck an impressive century while Krunal Pandya took five wickets to guide India ‘A’ to a 148-run win over West Indies ‘A’ in the third unofficial ODI and take an unassailable 3-0 lead in the five-match series here.Opting to bat, India A put on a big total of 295 for 6 in their allotted 50 overs and then bowled out the hosts for 147 in 34.2 overs.Although the visitors lost their opener Anmolpreet Singh for nought, the other opening batsman Gill (77 off 81 balls) and one-down Shreyas Iyer (47 off 69 balls) shared a valuable 109-run stand for the second wicket.Thereafter, Pandey continued from where Gill had left, scoring a 100 off just 87 deliveries.Pandey added a solid 110 runs with Hanuma Vihari (29) for the fourth wicket.Chasing 296 for a win, the home team got off to a decent start with John Campbell (21) and Sunil Ambris (30) putting on 51 runs together for the opening wicket.But soon, Krunal (5/25) ran through their batting line-up with a fifer to bowl West Indies A out for below 150 runs.Lower down the order, Keemo Paul (34) tried to put up some resistance but at the end it was a comfortable victory for the Indians.India A had won the earlier two matches at Coolidge (by 65 runs) on July 11 and at North Sound (by 65 runs) on July 14.The fourth and fifth unofficial ODIs between the two sides will be played at Coolidge on Friday and Sunday respectively.Also Read | World Cup 2019: Stokes asked umpire to take off four overthrows during final, claims AndersonAlso Read | You have one hand on that WC: Ravi Shastri lauds Kane Williamson’s composure and dignityAlso See:advertisementlast_img read more

Lucas Moura’s late goal in Barcelona takes Tottenham through to last 16

first_img Goal attempts Tottenham Hotspur Share on Facebook (s 71′) The drama and tension were unremitting to the last. Tottenham had been in and out and then they were back in again when the substitute Lucas Moura connected with Harry Kane’s cross to snatch the equaliser. Spurs had pressed hard on the front foot throughout an excellent second-half performance and the goal was no more than they deserved. 10 Kane A little after full time, Mauricio Pochettino was on the pitch, waving up at the Tottenham fans. He wanted to drink in the moment. It was impossibly special – one of the highlights of his four and a half years at the club. To him, the possibilities feel endless. He and his players are determined to go one step further, at least, than last season, when they lost to Juventus in the last 16.It was an evening of the finest margins. Philippe Coutinho hit the post twice for Barcelona – the first on 44 minutes; the second just before Lucas’s equaliser – and Spurs suffered from a kind of helplessness, knowing that if they were not going to win, they would be vulnerable if Inter did.Inter trailed early on and, at that point, the result here was redundant. Spurs had one foot in the knockout rounds. But when Inter equalised on 73 minutes, Pochettino’s team stared at the exit. They needed something and, after seeing Jasper Cillessen keep out his close-range header, Lucas provided it. Facebook Twitter 6 Suarez Ousmane Dembélé robbed Kyle Walker-Peters early in the first half before finishing neatly past Hugo Lloris to give Barcelona to lead. Photograph: Paul Childs/Action Images via Reuters Barcelona Corners Lineups 2 Nelson Semedo 4 Alderweireld Share on Pinterest The Fiver: sign up and get our daily football email. Substitutes 50 50 18 Llorente 10 Messi 22 Vidal 5 Barcelona Off target 2 Spurs 6 Barcelona On target 13 Spurs (s 76′) 20 Alli 16 Walker-Peters 3 Rose (s 61′) Pinterest 5 Vertonghen 19 Munir 8 Arthur Possession Tottenham fans bask in afterglow of a defiantly un-’Spursy’ denouement Match stats match reports 24 Vermaelen 11 Dembele 7 17 7 Coutinho The tone of the evening had been shaped by the Barcelona teamsheet. The predictions had been for changes but not to this extent. The Spanish press expected to see Messi in the starting XI and when he was named on the bench, Tottenham’s hopes had surged. Pochettino was actually laughing in his pre-match TV interview.Valverde also lined up without Marc-André ter Stegen, Gerard Piqué, Jordi Alba, Sergio Busquets, Arturo Vidal and Luis Suárez. But, as Pochettino pointed out, they were still Barcelona; a team loaded with quality.Pochettino’s boldest selection had been that of Walker-Peters, the 21-year-old right-back, his hand having been forced by the injuries to Kieran Trippier and Serge Aurier. Poor Walker-Peters. It was horrible to see how he disintegrated for the early concession; how he took a heavy touch just inside the Barcelona half, after a Spurs free-kick had been cleared and the ball headed back to him by Moussa Sissoko; how he was robbed by Dembélé and then brutally exposed by the forward’s searing pace.The covering Harry Winks threw himself into an all-or-nothing block only for Dembélé to step inside him and shoot past Hugo Lloris. Dembélé’s running style is so smooth that he appears to float over the turf. Walker-Peters, by contrast, was tied in knots. He would be booked shortly afterwards for a pull on Juan Miranda. His chin was on the floor. Share on WhatsApp 13 Cillessen 5 Busquetscenter_img 52 Skipp TOT50BAR50% (s 46′) 17 Sissoko Fouls 22 Gazzaniga Read more Spurs 15 Dier Reuse this content (s 63′) Spurs stabilised, although they struggled for their usual intensity before the interval. Pochettino put it down to playing “in both stadiums – in Camp Nou and San Siro”. Son Heung-min could not apply a touch to a low Danny Rose cross while he ran through a Thomas Vermaelen slide challenge but could not beat Cillessen when one-on-one.Spurs found gaps in Barcelona’s unfamiliar back four in the second half and they created chances. Christian Eriksen drew a flying save out of Cillessen, Kane shot wildly after outstripping Clement Lenglet and Son also worked the goalkeeper. Pochettino swapped Walker-Peters, who did block bravely from Coutinho on 54 minutes, with Érik Lamela and he switched Sissoko to right-back. The scene was set for the finale. Rose would fluff a late chance to win it, to ease Tottenham’s nerves, but this is not a team that does things the easy way. 27 Miranda But when the full-time whistle sounded, they had to wait. Their Champions League progress depended on them matching Internazionale’s result against PSV Eindhoven in Milan and the score there was 1-1. A late Inter winner would have dumped them out. The seconds ticked like hours. Then, up in the Camp Nou gods, the cheering started.It came from the travelling Spurs supporters, who had the confirmation. Inter had managed only to draw. Tottenham are through to the last 16 and they can now look forward to Monday’s draw.It had been labelled Mission Impossible after Spurs took only one point from their opening three Group B ties. But the last-gasp Wembley wins over PSV and Inter gave them hope and here they refused to believe that qualification was not a part of their destiny. 1 Lloris 8 Winks 7 Son TOT BAR Spurs had trailed since the seventh minute to Ousmane Dembélé’s goal, which was a personal disaster for Kyle Walker-Peters, on his full Champions League debut, and, in the end, they had to rely upon a result from elsewhere that had previously felt unimaginable.They also played against what was in effect a Barcelona B team. Lionel Messi was used only as a 63rd minute substitute, as Ernesto Valverde made sweeping changes; his team already assured of qualification. Yet there was an epic quality to Spurs’s resilience, their drive. They could legitimately claim to have dominated Barcelona here in the second half. The celebrations went on long into the night. 15 Lenglet Topics 1 ter Stegen 18 Jordi Alba 3 Pique Share on Messenger (s 83′) Share on LinkedIn Salah and Alisson heroics ensure Liverpool qualify at Napoli’s expense 33 Davies 27 Lucas Moura Read more Read more Barcelona 26 Alena 4 Rakitic Champions League 11 Lamela Tottenham’s Mauricio Pochettino: ‘I never said it was impossible’ 23 Eriksen Substitutes Share via Email 2 5 Share on Twitterlast_img read more

Nick Saban Gives Injury Update For Star Running Back

first_imgHead coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide takes the field before playing against the Louisiana State University Tigers.NEW ORLEANS, LA – JANUARY 09: Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide takes the field before playing against the Louisiana State University Tigers in the 2012 Allstate BCS National Championship Game at Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 9, 2012 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)Najee Harris is part of Alabama’s impressive stable of running backs. He hasn’t been able to do much running lately though.Harris is working through a foot injury and has been put in a cast. Alabama fans shouldn’t worry though, according to Nick Saban.Saban told the media today that Harris’ foot problem is “minor” and that the team anticipates having him for the season opener against Louisville.Nick Saban post-practice: “Najee Harris has a cast on his foot. He has a minor foot injury. Totally staying off it for a week, but not a long term issue.”— Cecil Hurt (@CecilHurt) August 16, 2018Saban: Najee Harris has a minor foot injury. Training staff thought a cast could help him heal faster. “This is not a long-term issue that we think is going to be a significant problem for the opener.”— Ben Jones (@BW_Jones) August 16, 2018As a true freshman last year, Harris rushed for 370 yards and three touchdowns on 61 carries. The onetime five-star recruit provided a major boost in the national championship game against Georgia.In that contest, Harris rushed for a team-high 64 yards on six carries. His output came after receiving only six total carries in Alabama’s previous five games.Harris, along with Damien Harris, Josh Jacobs and Brian Robinson Jr., will be one of the top backfields in America this year. The Crimson Tide are loaded at the running back position.Alabama opens its 2018 season against Louisville on Sept. 1.last_img read more

Site Selected For Northside School

first_imgA site on Pleasant Street in North Sydney has been chosen for thenew northside elementary-junior high school, Department ofEducation officials said today, Jan. 5. The department approved the site — also known as the schoolsteering team’s site number two — subject to an environmentalassessment, a report on ground conditions (subsidence), andnegotiations with landowners. The selection was made after extensive consultation with the CapeBreton-Victoria Regional School Board, the community schoolsteering team, and the Department of Transportation and PublicWorks, which will manage the construction project. Education Minister Jamie Muir thanked the board and communityvolunteers for their contribution. “They’ve done a great job,” said Mr. Muir. “I look forward totheir continued contribution as we work through the details ofthe final design of this new school.” Construction on the $14-million project is scheduled to begin inMay 2006 and completion is targeted for December 2007.last_img read more

Draft Labour Legislation Unveiled

first_imgGovernment has drafted legislation which protects the health, safety and well being of the public while preserving the collective bargaining process. The Department of Environment and Labour today, Oct. 18, released draft amendments to the Trade Union Act. The department began consultation on June 19 with the release of a discussion paper. Fifty-nine submissions were received and reviewed by the department. “Throughout this process, it became apparent that we all share a common concern, the concern for the patients and residents in nursing homes, hospitals, and residential support facilities,” said Environment and Labour Minister Mark Parent. “That’s why we have drafted this legislation. We are balancing this concern with the desire to preserve free, fair and impartial collective bargaining.” The draft legislation continues to use the collective bargaining process to negotiate contracts. If the parties reach an impasse, the draft legislation provides the parties with dispute resolution options. It is at this point, the employer and union may jointly ask an arbitration board to conduct mediation or the union can on its own require a board to conduct binding mediation. “It is important that employees and employers be able to continue collective bargaining, independent of government,” said Mr. Parent. “What’s new in this draft is that if all other avenues such as conciliation fail, the parties can either design their own dispute resolution process or choose from a package of dispute resolution options.” The dispute resolution options include binding mediation and binding arbitration. Mediators and arbitrators are neutral third parties selected by the union and employer to help reach a settlement, if they are unable to agree. Mediators and arbitrators are independent of government. Mediation is a process where discussions between the union and employer occur without a formal hearing. Unlike ordinary mediation, binding mediation is a process where the mediator decides outstanding issues at the end of the mediation if an agreement is not reached. In contrast, arbitration is a process where both parties present evidence and arguments to support their position in front of a decision-maker who then renders a decision that is binding on the parties. Both the union and the employer have the opportunity to present evidence and witnesses to support their positions on the issues in dispute. If a settlement is not reached, the arbitrator will make a decision that is binding on both the union and the employer. In the end, under either option, the new collective agreement will include the issues agreed to between the union and employer, together with the issues resolved by the arbitrator or mediator. Under this model, strikes and lockouts are not allowed. “These dispute resolution options are fair and impartial. They will settle disputes and ensure uninterrupted access to health services for Nova Scotians,” said Mr. Parent. Comments on the draft legislation are welcome. Copies of the draft legislation is available on the department’s website at or by phone at 902-424-2366.last_img read more

Provincial Government Offices Closed in Cumberland County

first_img Provincial government offices in Cumberland County will be closed for the remainder of today, Jan. 15, because of poor weather conditions. -30- TREASURY/POLICY BOARD–Provincial Government Offices Closed inCumberland Countylast_img

EC allots 552 companies for fourth phase in state

first_imgKolkata: The Election Commission has allotted 552 companies of Central Forces to conduct the fourth phase of elections in eight constituencies of Bengal on April 29. Berhampore, Krishnanagar, Ranaghat, Bardhaman, Bardhaman East, Durgapur-Asansol, Bolpur and Birbhum will go to polls on the day.According to an official at the CEO’s office, EC is trying to cover 97 percent polling stations during the fourth phase. The move has been taken up to ensure free and fair elections. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaThe remaining booths will be manned by the state armed forces. The Commission has already identified the sensitive booths in all the eight constituencies and also the areas where trouble could break out. Meanwhile, it may be mentioned that altogether 324 companies of Central Forces were deployed during the third phase of elections on Tuesday, covering over 92 percent of the polling stations across the five constituencies that went to poll. The deployment of Central Forces had been the highest in Murshidabad and Jangipur with 177 companies, while 94 companies were deployed in Malda North and Malda South. Around 44 companies were pressed into action in Balurghat.last_img read more

US Military Official US Shares Moroccos Concerns About Instability in Sahel

Rabat – Having met with senior officials in Morocco, Army General Stephen T. Townsend, the commander of the US Africa Command (AFRICOM), said on August 29 that Morocco is a “strong” counterterrorism partner.During his visit to Rabat, Townsend emphasized to the press the importance of the relationship between Morocco and the US.The US official said that the relationship between the two countries is “based on a mutual commitment to security and sustainable development in the region.” “By training together with other African partners, the US military and the Royal Moroccan Armed Forces can improve our ability to work together and provide a safe, more prosperous future for the region,” he said.Townsend added that Morocco is a regional leader in security as it secures not only its own borders, but also brings security to the rest of Africa through training and peacekeeping operations.Read Also: Donald Trump: US and Morocco Still Have a Lot to Accomplish TogetherThe US military official also spoke about the worrying situation in the Sahel region,  emphasizing that the US share Morocco’s concerns about the instability in the region.Head of Morocco’s Central Bureau of Judicial Investigation (BCIJ) Abdelhak Khiame has long warned of the alarming situation in the Sahel.In a series of interviews,  Khiame explained that gangs and criminal networks consider the Sahel region a safe zone for terror cells.He said that a lack of security cooperation in the region is exacerbating the already fraught issue.In response to the threat in the region, Townsend said, “We are working with all of our African partners and international partners to try to solve this problem.”The US official reiterated the US acknowledgment of Morocco’s efforts to stand against extremism, radicalization, and terrorism.Morocco has modernized its security strategy. The surge of terror threats in Morocco urged Morocco to introduce in 2015 the BCIJ, who has been dismantling terror cells for years.The 2018 Global Terrorism Index listed Morocco among the least impacted countries by terrorism. Morocco’s counterterrorism strategy, according to the report, makes the North African country safer than powerful countries, including the US, ranked 20th, and France ranked 30th. Morocco ranked 132nd out of 163 in the 2018 terrorism index.In addition to Morocco’s efforts in curbing terrorism, Townsend also extolled Morocco’s cooperation under peacekeeping operations.Morocco contributes with more than 2,100 uniformed peacekeeping volunteers.Townsend also praised the annual African Lion exercise, the largest exercise that AFRICOM undertakes.Morocco has been hosting the exercise as the primary sponsor for years, Townsend said. He added that the next exercise will convene 3000 participants from 21 partner nations, including at least eight African partner nations. read more

Iraqi Christians fleeing religious violence in Mosul receive UN support

“Protection remains an ongoing concern for the Christian community as well as other vulnerable groups remaining in Mosul,” the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) reported yesterday.Fleeing families told OCHA that while many Muslim residents in Mosul had shown sympathy to the plight of the Christian community, continued threatening telephone calls and demands for bribes had caused them to flee.Some women interviewed by OCHA also said they felt pressured to wear the hijab, a veil worn by Muslim women, so as not to be identified as a Christian. The number of people displaced rose from 720 families or 4,320 people on 1 March to 866 families or 5,196 people just three days later. The World Food Programme (WFP), through its partner Islamic Relief, distributed 50 kilograms of wheat flour per family to 638 families in different locations in Ninewa governorate, which includes Mosul – Iraq’s second largest city. Additional families received food assistance through WFP’s programmes for internally displaced persons (IDPs) in the neighbouring Dahuk and Erbil governorates. The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), through it cooperating partner, International Medical Corps, has announced plans to conduct an awareness campaign on child protection for all IDPs in the areas of displacement.In addition, the Kurdistan Regional Government has issued directives to local universities to facilitate the enrolment of affected Christian students after they reported that they were not attending classes in their hometown.The humanitarian effort is overseen by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), with support from OCHA, local Iraqi authorities, the UN Assistance Mission in Iraq (UNAMI) and other UN agencies. 9 March 2010The United Nations and local authorities in northern Iraq are providing food, hygiene kits, kerosene and other humanitarian aid to hundreds of Christian families who fled their homes in the city of Mosul following targeted intimidation and violence. read more

Tom Bradys Statistical Place In The Pantheon Of NFL QBs

17Jake Delhomme+4812337Matt Hasselbeck+22607 11Jim Plunkett+6547731Bernie Kosar+25207 20Dan Marino+4023640Joe Namath+19573 15Brett Favre+502035Troy Aikman+2071 8Drew Brees+8710528Doug Williams+29832 4Joe Montana+795124Daryle Lamonica+3008 19Daryle Lamonica+4287939Bob Griese+19743 10Dan Fouts+686330Matt Schaub+2379 18Boomer Esiason+394438Mark Brunell+1935 8Ken Anderson+712628Roman Gabriel+2564 9Drew Brees+686329Jeff Garcia+2442 16Kurt Warner+434436John Brodie+1978 2Tom Brady+1192122Sonny Jurgensen+3145 11Ben Roethlisberger+561531Joe Namath+2371 1Peyton Manning+1379121Trent Green+3512 14Philip Rivers+520434Bart Starr+2155 20Len Dawson+354640Bert Jones+1852 9Steve Young+7104529Len Dawson+28991 14Bart Starr+6197034Dan Fouts+23589 3Tom Brady+13135523Eli Manning+38401 13Aaron Rodgers+6203133Donovan McNabb+23794 5Steve Young+785425Donovan McNabb+2837 Of course, any good ranking of quarterbacks should also give credit for performance in the playoffs, and Brady’s trump card over Manning has always been the postseason. But here’s where the twist comes in: After crediting playoff passing value over average (according to the same formula described above) with weight given to each game according to how much it changes a team’s probability of winning the Super Bowl relative to the average regular season game — a form of leverage index for the importance of football games — Brady passes Manning but is surpassed by two others: Joe Montana and our old friend Kurt Warner: 6Aaron Rodgers+754526Jim Kelly+2669 A vast amount of column space was spent this week debating whether Tom Brady had finally ascended to No. 1 in the all-time pantheon of quarterbacking greatness. (Many of the articles argued that, yes, Brady is now the best ever.)These assessments leaned heavily on the fact that Brady is tied with Joe Montana and Terry Bradshaw for the most Super Bowl victories of any quarterback. But even Patriots fans have to acknowledge that “count the rings” isn’t the most nuanced argument in the world. So, what do the numbers say about Brady’s legacy?The common narrative is that early-career Brady wasn’t a statistical monster, to the point that his playoff wins over Peyton Manning in 2003 and 2004 were held up as victories for clutch, gritty winners everywhere. But the truth is that, in addition to his gaudy record as a postseason starter, Brady was one of the league’s top five to 10 regular-season quarterbacks statistically even before his transformation into a passing efficiency god in 2007.In other words, the “clutch game manager” phase of Brady’s career was never as game manager-y as his detractors made it out to be. And ever since, he’s been as efficient a regular-season QB as any in NFL history.To measure QB performance, I used Chase Stuart’s formula for passing value, which compares a quarterback’s adjusted net yards per attempt (ANY/A) to the league average after adjusting for home-field advantage, weather effects and strength of schedule. By that metric, the late-career version of Brady owns practically every stretch of the best consecutive peak passing regular seasons in the Super Bowl era:Now, some of that is due to sheer passing volume; while shorter schedules have been prorated to 16 games, today’s passers drop back so much more often per game than their predecessors did that they have more chances to add value. Even so, Brady’s stats have risen far above those of his peers (including Manning) during the peak of his career once all the aforementioned adjustments are made.In terms of total career regular season value, however, Brady does not rank No. 1 among Super Bowl era quarterbacks — his 11,921 adjusted yards of value over average ranks second to Manning’s 13,791-yard mark: 1Joe Montana+20768021Mark Rypien+39538 5Peyton Manning+12247425Colin Kaepernick+35337 4Terry Bradshaw+12641024Ken Anderson+37520 2Kurt Warner+14377922Phil Simms+38564 3Dan Marino+1035423John Hadl+3094 16Joe Flacco+5043836Erik Kramer+23353 QUARTERBACKWEIGHTED VALUEQUARTERBACKWEIGHTED VALUE 7Fran Tarkenton+742127Carson Palmer+2620 7Brett Favre+10093527Jim McMahon+32416 QUARTERBACKREG. SEASON VALUEQUARTERBACKREG. SEASON VALUE 12Ken Stabler+6337232Philip Rivers+24280 Why? Under the leverage-weighted scheme, playoff games are given an incredible amount of emphasis. Wild card games are worth about 26 times as much as the average regular season game; that multiplier becomes 51 for the divisional round, 102 for the conference championship games and a whopping 205 for the Super Bowl (you can read more about this math at the end of the post).Because of the extreme weighting given to playoff games, Brady loses ground to Montana, whose three best Super Bowls were each at least 47 adjusted yards of value better than any of Brady’s Super Bowls. (Montana’s worst Super Bowl was also better than three of Brady’s Super Bowls.) Warner also gets a massive boost from his Super Bowl performances in 2000 and 2009 — the latter of which ranks as the single-best passing game of the Super Bowl era after adjusting for the strength of opponent and the leverage of the game — in addition to big games at lower rungs of the playoff ladder. Adding in the postseason hurts Brady.So, is Brady the best all of time? At his regular-season peak, he might very well be. And if he has a few more great seasons, he could pass Manning on career value over average. But for now, Montana reigns supreme among Super Bowl-era QBs when playoff performance is included in the calculations.Here’s how the math works out: The average regular-season game moves a team’s chances of winning the Super Bowl by about 0.24 percentage points. That’s because every team starts out with a 1 in 32 chance of winning it all, which inevitably moves to either zero (for the 20 teams who miss the playoffs) or 1 in 12 ( for playoff teams) once all 16 games are played. Meanwhile, the Super Bowl swings each team’s chances by 50 percent — either up from 50-50 to 100 percent, or down to zero. 10John Elway+7059330Mark Sanchez+28016 15Roger Staubach+5680335Joe Theismann+23474 12Tony Romo+540632Jim Hart+2303 17John Elway+430037Daunte Culpepper+1936 18Russell Wilson+4311838Randall Cunningham+20142 13Roger Staubach+530333Phil Simms+2161 19Bob Griese+356439Matt Ryan+1865 6Troy Aikman+11564826Jeff Hostetler+33862 read more

Weekly football picks Week 12

The weekly picks race is heating up. James Laurinaitis tightened his grip on first place with a 3-0 week, pulling ahead of the pack by two games. Defending champion Quinn Pitcock checks in two games off the pace at 23-12. There’s a three-way tie for third place now, as Zack Meisel pulled even with Dallas Lauderdale and Justin Zwick after correctly predicting South Carolina to beat Florida last Saturday. This week, Meisel is by himself in choosing Iowa to knock off Ohio State. Everyone likes Wisconsin to top Michigan, and the participants are split on the outcome of Virginia Tech-Miami. read more

Lewd best mans speech at Pippa Middletons wedding as bride is likened

first_imgThe wedding is rumoured to have cost Pippa’s parents Carole and Michael hundreds of thousands of pounds, with an expensive glass marquee and posh portable toilets hired for the evening reception at their Bucklebury home. Mr Johannsen added in a warm tribute to Pippa’s “gutsiness, spirit and beauty”. He called her “the image of perfection”.As James said, they met in Scotland in 2009 and a friendship blossomed.They have a deep and instinctive love for each other.I think I can say for everyone, that you look stunning. The image of perfection. I know that James first fell in love with your gutsiness and your spirit and then succumbed to your beauty. You make James extremely happy.You have a voir la joie that warms the hearts of everyone who knows you and you have won the heart of the best man that I know. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. But, after tribute to the groom himself, the tone apparently went downhill quickly with a series of references to buttock clenching, lads’ weekends and gay bars. One involved Mr Matthews’ spaniel, Rafa, the Daily Mail reported.Mr Johannsen apparently said: “Now to the love of James’ life: beautiful, energetic, loyal, soft-mouthed, comes on command, great behind. But that is enough about Jame’s spaniel, Rafa, I’m here to talk about James’ love, Pippa.” The pair were seen smiling as they drove to the reception for the new bride and groom who tied the knot at the picturesque St Mark’s church in the Berkshire village of Englefield.center_img A bawdy best man’s speech that likened Pippa Middleton to a dog and made several near-the-knuckle jokes left an awkward silence at her wedding, it was reported today.James Matthews’ best man is said to have made crude punchlines about sex and made a lewd gag about the couple’s honeymoon at the evening reception on Saturday.It was claimed Justin Johannsen, a long-time friend of Mr Matthews, stepped up to the mic at 11.30pm after a five-course dinner and started with tributes to guests who had travelled to the wedding. The society nuptials of the year was witnessed by family, close friends and famous faces including tennis star Roger Federer and wife Mirka, celebrity Donna Air, Princess Eugenie, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry, as well as Prince George and Princess Charlotte.Also among the congregation of the 12th century church in Englefield, was Pippa’s uncle Gary Goldsmith and Lady Gabriella Windsor, daughter of Prince and Princess Micheal of Kent. With the wedding shadowed in secrecy, I can reveal, and wish the bride and groom a happy honeymoon in North Wales.At least that’s where I presume they are going as I heard Spencer saying that after the wedding, he [James] was going to Bangor for two weeks. Enjoy the Welsh coast, guys.Mr Johannsen joined Pippa, Mr Matthews and Pippa’s brother James in a cycling race across America in 2014 as their team of eight riders covered 3,000 miles.last_img read more