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Female Veterans and Mental Health

first_imgBy Rachel Dorman, MS & Heidi Radunovich, PhDThe repercussions of traumatic events that occur during military deployment can leave veterans struggling with depression or comorbid disorders that need mental health care. According to the VA, in the past nine years there has been a 130% increase in female veterans who have received VA mental health care. While previous research on female veterans often focused on other mental health topics, Curry and colleagues (2014) sought to look closer at how major depression and comorbid disorders impacted female veterans.[Flickr, 157595 by North Carolina National Guard, CC BY-ND 2.0] Retrieved on September 17, 2015The authors collected data as part of the VA Mid-Atlantic Mental Illness Research, Education and Clinical Center. The study contained 1,700 veteran participants, 1,354 men and 346 women, who had served in the military since September 11, 2001. Participants were interviewed using the Structured Clinical Interview for DSM-IV Diagnoses (SCID-I) to determine diagnoses. The researchers found the diagnosis of major depressive disorder over the life course (MDD), was significantly more common among female veterans than male veterans. This is consistent with the gender differences found in non-veteran populations. The researchers found MDD to be more common among veterans who were divorced or unemployed at the time of the study.  Women with MDD were more likely than men with MDD to have anxiety and eating disorders as comorbid diagnoses.[Flickr, By Minnesota National Guard, CC BY-ND 2.0] Retrieved on September 17, 2015The researchers call for more work to be done in the area of female veteran depression and comorbid disorder. They recommend that practitioners be aware of common comorbid mental health conditions, such as PTSD, eating disorders or anxiety disorders, to insure that they are providing the most effective treatment protocol.  For more information, check out our previous depression related blogs here and here.References[1] Curry, J., Aubuchon-Endsley, N., Brancu, M., Runnals, J., VA Mid-Atlantic MIRECC Women Veterans Research Workgroup, VA Mid-Atlantic MIRECC Registry Workgroup, & Fairbank, J. (2014). Lifetime major depression and comorbid disorders among current-era women veterans. Journal of Affective Disorders, 152-154, p. 434 – 440. Doi: 10.1016/j.jad.2013.10.012 This post was written by Rachel Dorman, M.S. and 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, You Tube, and on LinkedIn.last_img read more

BJP delegation visits trouble-hit Bhatpara in West Bengal

first_imgA three-member BJP delegation visited the trouble-torn Bhatpara area in West Bengal on Saturday and alleged that it was due to police firing that two persons lost their lives during clashes earlier in the week.The delegation was led by former Union Minister and Bardhaman-Durgapur MP S.S. Ahluwalia. Newly-elected MPs and former police officers Satyapal Singh and B.D. Ram were the other team members. Party leaders of the State also accompanied them.“We spoke to the family members and locals. We got portions of spent SLR (self-loading rifle) bullets used by the police on Thursday to shoot the BJP workers,” Mr. Ahluwalia said.Two people were killed and 11 others injured in the town in North 24 Parganas district on Thursday after clashes broke out between two groups believed to be affiliated to the Trinamool Congress and the Bharatiya Janata Party.“The police are saying they fired in the air. If they had done that, how can it hit humans?” he asked. “We will submit our detailed report to party president and Union Home Minister Amit Shah. He is concerned with the violence in the area,” he said.The police and the ruling Trinamool called the observation baseless. Trinamool secretary general Partha Chatterjee said the BJP delegation’s visit was aimed at increasing tension in the area. “Section 144 is in force, but the BJP is visiting there. The police should have taken action against them for violating Section 144.” A senior officer said the BJP leadership had taken permission for the visit.Seeks CBI probeEarlier in the day, a joint delegation of the CPI(M) and the Congress, led by Leader of the Opposition in the Assembly Abdul Mannan, visited the troubled areas of Baruipara, Jagaddal and Bhatpara. They demanded a CBI inquiry into the killing of two persons.The BJP leadership had also sought a CBI probe.last_img read more

Serena Williams storms into French Open final, seeks 22nd Grand Slam title

first_imgSerena Williams moved one victory from her second consecutive French Open trophy and 22nd Grand Slam title overall, beating Kiki Bertens 7-6 (7), 6-4 in the semifinals Friday.For the second match in a row, the No. 1-seeded Williams was hardly at her best, falling behind early and making 22 unforced errors in the first set alone. Williams needed to erase two set points for the 58th-ranked Bertens in the opener, but managed to get through it.In the final, Williams will face No. 4 Garbine Muguruza of Spain, a rematch of last year’s Wimbledon title match won by the American.If Williams wins Saturday, she will equal Steffi Graf’s Open-era record of 22 major championships. Only Margaret Court, with 24, has won more.MUGURUZA REACHES FIRST FINAL AT ROLAND GARROSGarbine Muguruza is into her first French Open final.The fourth-seeded Spaniard beat Samantha Stosur 6-2, 6-4. Muguruza served two aces to bring up match point and won in 1 hour, 16 minutes when Stosur netted her stroke.Muguruza was also a finalist at Wimbledon in 2015.Stosur was undone by a string of errors, including twice serving double faults on break points in the second set. Muguruza served for the match at 5-2 but was broken to love, the victim of nerves.  “It’s always a difficult moment,” she said.last_img read more

Vizag to host National Inter-District Junior Athletics meet

first_imgVisakhapatnam, Sep 2 (PTI) Visakhapatnam will be hosting the National Inter-District Junior Athletics Meet-2016 from November 18 to 20 at Port Stadium here. Over 3,000 athletes aged between 12 to 16 years from nearly 400 districts in the country will be taking part in the mega event, special chief secretary of Sports and Youth Affairs, Andhra Pradesh, L V Subrahmanyam said. PTI Cor KRKlast_img

Veer Marathas vow to pump in PWL earnings back into the sport

first_imgMumbai, Jan 5 (PTI) Pro Wrestling League debutants Veer Marathas have vowed to pump in every penny they raise from the championship, including all the sponsorship money, back into the sport.”Maharashtra is a natural home for wrestling. Our first international champions have come from here. We want to take the sport back to its former glory,” franchise co-owner Ranjit Saxena said.Indias first individual medal winner in the Olympics Games, KD Jadhav, in fact was born in Goleshwar, Maharasthra.Ravi Jain, another co-owner, underlining his vision for the sport, said that the Veer Marathas would set up wrestling academies in places like Sholapur and Aurangabad that have a well-known affinity to wrestling.”We are delighted to be part of the Marathas,” the teams champion player Praveen Rana said.”We are also grateful to have such gracious owners, who have come into the sport to promote it, rather than for any commercial reasons,” he added. PTI KHS KHSlast_img read more

Antetokounmpo Leads the East in Votes for All-Star Game

first_imgNEW YORK – The Milwaukee Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo leads the Eastern Conference in votes so far for the NBA All-Star Game. The first fan returns of NBA All-Star Voting 2019 presented by Google, also show Los Angeles Lakers’ LeBron James leading the Western Conference and overall voting while Antetokounmpo is second overall in total votes, according to an NBA news release.Fans account for 50 percent of the vote to determine the ten starters for the 68th NBA All-Star Game, which will take place at Spectrum Center in Charlotte, NC, on Sunday, Feb. 17 at 8 PM ET on TNT.All current NBA players and a media panel each account for 25 percent of the vote, with every voter completing one full ballot featuring two guards and three frontcourt players from each conference. Voting for fans, players and media will conclude on Monday, Jan. 21 at 11:59 PM ET.Antetokounmpo, an NBA All-Star in each of the previous two seasons, is the top vote-getter among all Eastern Conference players, receiving 991,561 votes in the frontcourt group. Joining Antetokounmpo at the top of the East frontcourt are second-place Kawhi Leonard of the Toronto Raptors (774,172) and third-place Joel Embiid of the Philadelphia 76ers (648,002).In the East guard group, the Boston Celtics’ Kyrie Irving leads with 910,329 votes. The Miami Heat’s Dwyane Wade is the second-leading guard with 409,156 votes, while the Charlotte Hornets’ Kemba Walker (319,519) ranks third and Philadelphia’s Ben Simmons (259,993) is fourth.James, a 14-time NBA All-Star and three-time Kia NBA All-Star Most Valuable Player, leads all players with 1,083,363 votes to earn the top spot in the Western Conference frontcourt in the first fan returns. Dallas Mavericks rookie Luka Dončić ranks second in the West frontcourt with 679,839 votes, followed closely by the Golden State Warriors’ Kevin Durant (659,968). The New Orleans Pelicans’ Anthony Davis (605,417) and the Oklahoma City Thunder’s Paul George (580,055) round out the top five in that position group.Golden State’s Stephen Curry holds first place among West guards with 793,111 votes. The Minnesota Timberwolves’ Derrick Rose is second with 698,086 votes. The Houston Rockets’ James Harden (541,606) and Oklahoma City’s Russell Westbrook (459,792) are third and fourth, respectively, among West guards.The 2019 NBA All-Star Game will follow last year’s format: The two team captains will draft rosters from the pool of players voted as starters and reserves in each conference, making their picks regardless of conference affiliation. The captains will be the All-Star starter from each conference who receives the most fan votes in his conference. Details about the NBA All-Star Draft will be announced at a later date.TNT will reveal the NBA All-Star Game starters, including the two captains, on Thursday, Jan. 24 during TNT NBA Tip-Off presented by Autotrader, featuring Ernie Johnson, Charles Barkley, Shaquille O’Neal, and Kenny Smith.The network will announce the reserves, as selected by NBA head coaches, on Thursday, Jan. 31 during TNT NBA Tip-Off.More information is available online: Shareslast_img read more

Nasser Hussain criticises Virat Kohli’s captaincy as India lose in Edgbaston

first_imgFormer England captain Nasser Hussain has raised questions on the captain of Virat Kohli after India suffered a narrow 31-run loss against England in the first Test at Edgbaston.Virat Kohli put up a sensational performance with the bat scoring 200 runs in the Test match (149 in the first innings and 51 in the second) but the other batsmen in the Indian team failed to rise to the occasion and the England bowlers helped England to take a 1-0 lead in the series.Nasser Hussain was all praise for Kohli’s brilliant batting but said he “should take some of the responsibility for the loss”.Hussain particularly mentioned Sam Curran’s 65-ball 63 in the second innings that turned the tide back towards England after they were reeling at 87/7 in 30.6 overs on Day 3 of the Test.Hussain questioned why Kohli did not use Ravichandran Ashwin to attack Curran and instead took him out of the bowling attack that let Curran settle and play his shots.MATCH REPORT | HIGHLIGHTS”Kohli was phenomenal in this game. He deserved to be on the winning side for the way he played with the tail. He singlehandedly brought India back into the Test match. I do think he should take some of the responsibility for the loss, though,” Hussain told Sky Sports.”England were 87/7 with Curran and Adil Rashid at the crease and for some reason Ravichandran Ashwin went out of the game for an hour. India lost control then — he needs to look back on his captaincy and say ‘when I’ve got a bloke who averages 19 against left-handers and a 20-year-old left-hander on strike, why did I take him off?’,” Hussain questioned.advertisementAlso read – Adelaide 2014, Birmingham 2018: Virat Kohli let down by India’s other batsmenEven though the Test match ended in disappointment for the Indians, the world stood up and applauded the show of Test cricket at Edgbaston. While Kevin Pietersen tweeted “#TestCricket – enough said!”, Nasser Hussain also felt that the match was a great advert for the longest format of the sport.”The pitch has a lot to do with that — it wasn’t a flat belter — and so have the players. The standard of bowling and captaincy (has been great). I think Joe Root has been outstanding in this game.Also read – Virat Kohli wants his batsmen to look in the mirror after Edgbaston defeat”A lot of times nowadays we see one side get ahead in Test matches and series and then the other doesn’t seem capable of fighting back. This match has switched one way and then the other.” Hussain also backed the usage of Dukes ball in Test cricket, saying it added to the excitement of the format and felt ICC took take a cue from this match.”The template for Test cricket has been set and I don’t see why the ICC can’t just use the Dukes ball around the world. It produces exciting cricket, so why don’t the ICC go down that road?”Also read – Virat Kohli missed one for a change and that changed the game: Ben StokesHussain credited Curran for the England win. Even though it was Ben Stokes who took the prized wicket of Virat Kohli and then picked the wicket of Hardik Pandya to end the Indian innings, the former England captain said Curran turned the game around.”He has won England this game. India might say Kohli got 200 runs but who turned this game around? A 20-year-old. It’s a phenomenal achievement. He changed the course of two innings. He came on with India 50-0 and pitched it up, swung it and got four for nothing and he then went in with England 87-7.Also read – 1st Test: Joe Root ‘thrilled to bits’ after England win cliff-hanger vs India”After his first game you thought he was maybe a bits-and-pieces cricketer and wondered whether he was quick enough, could move it enough and if he was a proper batsman. I always used to say ‘pick someone on their character more than what they are showing in county cricket’. He has character in abundance,” Hussain said.Nasser Hussain’s assessment of Kohli captaincy aside, the International Cricket Council (ICC) might have hit the wrong note with the Indian captain after their mic drop tweet post India’s loss.Also read – Stats: England win in their 1000th Test despite Virat Kohli brillianceICC trolled Virat Kohli by posting a picture of the Indian captain and England skipper Joe Root and use some photoshop skills to add a mic, which appears to be falling from Root’s right hand.advertisementThe mic drop gesture by Kohli on the first day of the Test (when Kohli ran out Root) was a fallout of Root’s own similar celebration after his second successive hundreds helped England win the three-match ODI series.(With PTI inputs)last_img read more

Root kept asking Cook whether he’s sure about retiring throughout Oval Test

first_imgEngland paid a fitting tribute to the retiring Alastair Cook, who scored his 33rd Test century to finish his international career on a high – which skipper Joe Root said it was a fitting end to the series.”For Alastair to go out like that, and Jimmy to finish the game off in real style was so fitting for those two guys – who are really close mates. They’re going to miss playing with each other,” Root said at the post match press conference.”Few times this week I have asked him (Cook) whether he is sure he is making the right decision. I am just so pleased that he can go out in real style. I’m sure whatever he chooses to do next he will be great.”Cook’s century was one of the many moments of celebration for England, as they defeated India in the fifth Test by 118 runs and wrap up the five-Test series 4-1.”It was an amazing reception (on his hundred) and a very fitting one as well. You could see how much it meant to him and his family. You saw his kids on the screen clapping and he nearly started tearing up,” Root said.”It all got a bit emotional in the middle. It shows how much he has meant to English cricket. To be out there and see that up and close I will savour that forever,” said the skipper.READ – Alastair Cook elated after fairytale farewell from Test cricketRoot also paid rich tribute to James Anderson for becoming the most successful fast bowler in Test history and hoped he will continue to spearhead the English attack and terrorise batsmen in future.advertisementAnderson overtook Australia’s Glenn McGrath to become the most successful fast bowler in Test history, with 564 wickets. He is behind Muttiah Muralitharan (800), Shane Warne (708) and India’s Anil Kumble (619) in the list of Test bowlers with most wickets.”What Jimmy has achieved and what he’s capable of achieving still is astounding really. He looked very determined – and when he’s in that mood, you want to just keep him going as long as possible,” Root said.READ – Root pays tribute to Cook and Anderson after series win over India”For him to be in the same league as McGrath, and now chasing the big two spinners, is phenomenal. I think the most exciting thing is he’s bowling at his best and I can see that carrying forward for a long time still.”I hope there’s going to be a number of series in the future where he is leading the attack, and terrorising batters,” Root said.Anderson snapped the last wicket to reach the historic mark of 564 wickets.Root said the series win over World No.1 India signifies England are on an upward curve and hoped his Test team will emulate the ODI side and show consistency during the winter tours of Sri Lanka and West Indies.”I think we are on an upward curve and have shown a lot of improvement throughout this summer. When we have had tough days and tough moments we have responded well to that,” he said.READ – Cook gets emotional after special day at Oval: Sometimes dreams come true”This winter will pose a lot of challenges and we can show some growth as a team and show some consistency like the one-day side have. It is a great chance to do that now. It has been a brilliant summer of Test cricket and it’s been a fabulous win.”There are always areas where you are looking at improvement. Both sides top order have found things very difficult. It proves more than anything it has been challenging against the new ball on these surfaces. We have been very smart and made sure we have got to totals,” he added.KL Rahul and Rishabh Pant scored centuries and put on 204 runs for the sixth wicket to raise visions of a fighting draw and an improbable Indian victory.However, Rahul was bowled by a massive leg break from Adil Rashid to trigger a collapse.”It was a brilliant delivery. Rashid has that in him that’s why we have him in the side, because he has the ability to change games, turn situations like that on their head,” Root said.”Credit has to go to those two guys for the way they played in that middle session, they made it very difficult for us. We came off at tea with all three results still possible which for me shows Test cricket is in a really good place.advertisement”I say that for the whole series, not just this game. It shows it’s very exciting, and for me it’s still the pinnacle of our sport,” said Root.(With inputs from PTI)last_img read more

Wales face Fiji desperate for their first Rugby League World Cup win in 17 years

first_img Read more Guardian Sport Network Twitter Everything is as stacked against Wales now as it was in their favour four years ago. They flopped woefully in 2013 – when they lost all three of their games (against USA, Cook Islands and Italy) – but they may come out of this World Cup with far more pride in defeat. “We let ourselves down badly last time and are looking to make up for it this year,” admitted Wales skipper Craig Kopczak. “We want to get our first World Cup win for a very long time [since 2000, when they made it to the semi-finals].”Wales were steamrolled in their opening game last weekend but the unusual conditions were not in their favour. “It was the hardest game I’ve ever had in my career,” said Kopczak, Huddersfield Giants prop. “Thirty-four degrees, 80% humidity and no water breaks during the game; that’s a really tough ask. Papua New Guinea are a big physical side and I’m not taking anything away from them as they were very good on the day but we were a little undercooked and now we are ready for Fiji. Every World Cup has its fall guys and this time it appears to be Wales. Not only are they missing half a dozen of their leading Super League players – such as Lloyd White, Gil Dudson and Ben Flower – they also have the toughest schedule. Wales are among three nations (England and Ireland are the others) who have to play their three group games in three different cities across gigantic distances.They started with a 50-6 thrashing to Papua New Guinea in Port Moresby, are now preparing to face Fiji here in Townsville on Sunday and then head across the continent to Perth to play Ireland next week. As well as huge trips, Wales and Ireland have been unable to base themselves on one city or even one country. Every other team has had a base city. There has been no such comfort for John Kear’s men or their followers. Papua New Guinea fans celebrate after their 50-6 win over Wales. Photograph: Mick Tsikas/AAP Rugby League World Cup 2017 Facebook Since you’re here… Share on Pinterest Share on Messenger Rugby League World Cup: Fiji’s Jarryd Hayne back at home in black and white Topics Pinterest Stuck in an air-conditioned hotel, Wales were unable to try to acclimatise to the heat of Port Moresby and were then refused drinks breaks and a longer half-time, even though the NRL’s heat rule was imposed in similar conditions in Cairns the following day. It is giving them a hard-done-by attitude that they hope to use to their advantage on Sunday, when an inexperienced group face a Fiji side who swatted away the USA in their opener.“The other Super League players not being here does play on your mind but the players that have come in are going to give 110% – they are very proud Welshmen,” said Kopczak. “I’ve done ten years now for Wales and have seen them come through so I can give them advice, and give them my experience. They are listening and learning and asking questions. Now I need to lead from the front.”With that Kopczak went off to have his picture taken with Petero Civoniceva, two very different members of the International Props Club. Share on WhatsApp Reuse this content Domestic quotaThe number of domestic products in each team has come under some criticism but it does not tell the whole story. Spend any time around the Italy hotel and you can hear it for yourself. Two Italians chat away in the rooftop pool, one in Italy tricolour budgies, and several members of their management team have flown down from the old country, including both press officers, who were kept busy this week with the Wakeman/Tedesco fightcard.While their starting 17 may be all Australian-born, Italy not only have a few Italian born and bred players in the squad but there are also a handful of talents who have spent time with the squads, learning the ropes. Some have come directly from Italy, others – such as former Coventry and Newcastle second-rower Gioele Celerino – have been playing in the Cairns and District League for Tully, and they were given game time in the pre-tournament friendlies against Malta and Tonga, as well as playing for FIRL Australia in their game against Tonga Australia in Sydney. It’s all part of a plan to eventually develop players good enough to make their first-choice 17 on merit.Country call: USA Pinterest … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. USA shirts line up before a game in Townsville – not for the first time. Photograph: Ian Hitchcock/Getty Images Wales rugby league team There is no doubt that North Queensland is Cowboys Country. The club saturate the area, with billboards popping up on country roads, logos on everything and folks in NQC gear wherever you go. It is the NRL version of the Green Bay Packers. One negative is the lack of a modern, central stadium: 1300Smiles Stadium, as it is currently called, is a converted race track 10 miles out of town in Kirwan and not suitable for a world-class franchise. All that is going to change in a couple of years with the new North Queensland Stadium being built on the old railway yards in the city centre, thanks to serious investment from the city and state.The Cowboys are intertwined with the community from Mackay to Cairns and beyond: hundreds of miles. When the Cowboys unexpectedly reached the NRL Grand Final, Queensland airports made a $10,000 donation to the Cowboys Community Foundation charity from the flood of ticket sales for flights to Sydney. The cheque was presented to ex Wigan full-back Matty Bowen, a legend around these parts, and will go to NRL Cowboys House, a Cairns venue that houses talented young Aboriginal players who move down from remote towns and villages throughout Far North Queensland to be educated and trained. Bowen is known as Mango to all and sundry. Just outside Townsville, on the road in from Cairns, is the Bowen Mangoes roadside stall. You can get three for $25. Sounds a decent deal.Follow No Helmets Required on Twitter and Facebook “I don’t think they have as much physicality as Papua New Guinea but they have a lot of skill and talent in abundance, and players who are playing in and around the NRL. They’ve got great finishers and the NRL’s top tryscorer [Suliasi Vunivalu of NRL champions Melbourne Storm] in their team. When you’ve got that kind of arsenal in your side you’re going to be dangerous. We need to be really physical with them and see how they react.”Kopczak was speaking at a World Cup fan event on The Strand in Townsville. It is not a busy city; the wide roads are pretty quiet and the melting pavements are often understandably empty. But at night thousands of locals throng around a market by the beach, a wonderful, vibrant celebration of food, local craft and services. Half a dozen players from each of the four nations in town for the double-header on Sunday were present to sign posters, pose for photos and answer questions on stage. The Fijians played ball with a group of local boys and girls while the sand blew around them. American winger Ryan Burroughs tossed balls through holes in a blow-up goal like a quarterback. It was fun.“This is the World Cup – this is what we’ve come for, it’s all about nights like where we are now,” says Kopczak, perched on a rock on the beach. “We’re getting a feel of it now. We didn’t really get that in PNG because we were in a hotel 24/7. We’re getting out and about, getting into it, and the vibe is spreading round the camp.” Share via Email Ireland rugby league team Rugby League World Cup: what we learned from the first round of games England rugby league team Share on LinkedIn This is not the first time an American rugby league side has played in Townsville. Back in 1953, the American All Stars arrived from Cairns for their seventh game in 18 gruelling days against North Queensland. Just like the class of 2017, they had a day trip to Magnetic Island and a parade down Flinders Street for the cheering crowds. They actually led the locals 13-12 at half-time only to concede a point a minute in the final quarter, their ludicrous schedule and tiny squad taking its toll. Their main victim though was heartthrob Jack Bonetti, struck down by life-changing polio in his hotel bed on The Strand, his NFL contract offer from the LA Rams now worthless.Half a dozen of the USA squad and their management – plus a few of the Italy group – came to the local launch of No Helmets Required at the Mary Who? Bookstore on Thursday evening. It was a joy to tell the Americans all about their predecessors’ visit. Watching the USARL train at Townsville Reserve, where the All Stars shocked North Queensland for an hour all those years ago, was something special. Goal-line drop-outThe benefit of having a double-header is you have four teams in one city for a few days and there is always something going on. Oh look, here’s Terry Campese, Mark Minichiello and team-mates having lunch on Flinders St pavement. Isn’t that Daniel Alvaro on that sunbed? And wandering through the local throng at Friday’s night market is the colossal Fijian figure of Petero Civoneciva.Italy and Wales took advantage of that by playing a short opposed session at training at which, I am told, Regan Grace motored past James Tedesco as if he was one of the many ant-hills in the fields out of town. Both teams’ management teams were in the same bar on Thursday night, John Kear and Wales chairman Brian Julliff – the former Wakefield and Wigan player – and their colleagues on one side, Italy coach Cameron Ciraldo, his assistant Anthony Minichiello and theirs on the other. Pleasantries were exchanged.Fifth and last Australia sport Support The Guardian Rugby league Twitter features Watson Boas scoring for Papua New Guinea against Wales last weekend. Photograph: Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images Share on Twitter Facebook Read more Pinterest Facebook Twitter Share on Facebooklast_img read more

Looking Inside a Small Option Home During the Holidays

first_imgTrevor had a busy Christmas with a long visit from his dad, Barry, and opening his presents. Trevor is one of many Nova Scotians with disabilities, who successfully moved into a small option home – and he and his dad couldn’t be happier. The small option home where he lives in Lower Sackville is the model for how Nova Scotians with disabilities can be supported to live as part of their communities. “Here, it is what a small option should be – a home – with more one-on-one interaction with the staff and the residents,” said Barry, delighted to talk about his son’s story. Just before Trevor received a placement at his current house, he lived in a unit with about six other residents as part of the Community Transition Program. Prior to that, for about 14 years, he lived at a larger facility with many more residents. “They took good care of him, but I found, in a lot of cases, he would spend a considerable amount of time in his room,” said Barry. “I don’t think he had a whole lot of interaction with people over there. They didn’t have as much one-on-one time with staff.” In describing Trevor’s transition, Barry said, “There’s no comparison, really. Here, Trevor gets to choose when he wants to eat breakfast.” At the small option home, Trevor has two roommates, one of whom he has known for decades. They don’t talk to each other much, but when his roommates are gone, he’ll ask about them constantly. The house looks like any other house. It has a large, open, common area with a kitchen, dining room, and living room. Each resident has his own room, and there is a separate recreation room. “It really feels like a home here,” said Yvette, who works with Trevor regularly. “As a person that comes in to help everybody every day, the layout of this place is fantastic. For keeping an eye on the client it’s excellent. If I’m cooking supper, they’re in the living room, or the rec room, or their rooms – it’s an easy go.” Yvette says that the small option home model is ideal for getting clients out and into the community. “Trevor likes the bus. We’ll go into the Halifax Shopping Centre and we’ll pop in for a pop and a doughnut. We keep taking him out, and now he’s used to the crowds. He’s much better at it now.” Four people work in support roles at Trevor’s home. Yvette explained that the workers don’t just support the clients, they also support each other. “No two people are the same. You just work with them. This house has been fun, and I love the different houses that I work in.” Barry agreed. “I find that in this line of work, the people are special. They really are. They look after these lads and ladies. It’s fantastic, and they look after him well, very well. I’m quite sure there are more people who would thrive in a home setting.” Community Services is working with the province’s eight Adult Residential Centres and Regional Rehabilitation Centres to determine the best way to transition people like Trevor and his roommates into community living. Most members of the ARC-RRC Association (Adult Residential Centres and Regional Rehabilitation Centres) already operate community homes. The Breton Ability Centre in Sydney recently expanded their learning and development centre to focus more on preparing their program participants to move into the community. “We’re moving toward community-based homes because Nova Scotians with disabilities and their families want to be supported to live active lives as part of their communities,” said Joe Rudderham, executive director of the Disability Support Program at Community Services. “That’s why we’re working with the ARC-RRC Association, staff, and families to fully understand what we need to have in place as we move away from the larger residential settings and transition people slowly and safely into the community. We need to listen to our program participants and their families as we progress through planning eventual program closures.” The Disability Support Program is transforming to better serve Nova Scotians who need support. It will take time, but Trevor’s story is what success will look like. For Trevor, living in a small option home has given him the opportunity to live the way he wants to. “He has a favourite chair. Sometimes he goes in the other room and puts on his favourite movie, Grease. He had a copy of it way back in the day on VHS, but apparently, they wore it right out,” Barry said. “Staff will take him out for van rides, and that always includes a stop at Tim Hortons for a Pepsi and a Boston cream doughnut. Thursdays, he goes into Halifax for swims. He doesn’t swim, but he plays in the water. Saturdays, they go over to Alexandra’s Pizza for supper. “One day Trevor and I walked down to the bus depot and we scooted in to Spring Garden Road. We ended up walking down to the Tim Hortons at Young and Kempt because the Timmy’s on Spring Garden was full. It was quite a little hike, but we had a nice lunch, and then we made our way home. It was an adventure.” -30-last_img read more

Maha Cong demands complete loan waiver for floodhit farmers

first_imgMumbai: The Congress on Wednesday sought a complete loan waiver for farmers affected by floods in Maharashtra and demanded that the state government provide them an assistance of Rs 60,000 per hectare of crop damage. A delegation of state Congress leaders met Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis here to discuss the flood situation. They demanded that the government ensure fresh loans to farmers and provide them compensation for the death of their livestock and repairs of houses, the Congress said in a statement issued here. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ They also asked the government to provide farmers an assistance of Rs 60,000 per hectare of crop damage, it said. The delegation comprised state Congress president Balasaheb Thorat, former chief minister Prithviraj Chavan, Leader of Opposition in the Assembly Vijay Wadettiwar and other party leaders. When contacted, senior state Congress leader Naseem Khan, who was part of the delegation, said the chief minister informed them about the assistance that he will be seeking from the Centre and the steps being taken by his government. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K “He said he would look into our demands positively,” Khan added. On Tuesday, Fadnavis said his government will seek an assistance of Rs 6,813 crore from the Centre – Rs 4,708 crore Kolhapur, Sangli, Satara and Rs 2,105 crore for Konkan, Nashik and rest of Maharashtra – in view of the floods following heavy rains in several parts of the state. “A memorandum for this assistance will be sent to the Centre, but till then the Maharashtra Cabinet has approved to spend the amount from the state corpus,” he said. Fadnavis also said a cabinet sub-committee headed by him will discuss changing rules for rescue, relief and rehabilitation, while an expert committee will be appointed to suggest an action plan in case of excessive rainfall, like 700 per cent in four days (that parts of western Maharashtra witnessed recently).last_img read more

Liberal national security bill to boost federal border agency accountability

first_imgOTTAWA – The Liberal government plans to introduce wide-ranging national security legislation next week that will include more robust oversight of Canada’s border agency.In addition to new eyes looking over the shoulder of the Canada Border Services Agency, the package will propose changes to ensure existing security watchdogs can exchange information and collaborate more easily on reviews, The Canadian Press has learned.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has consistently said his government has a responsibility to give security agencies the tools they need to keep Canadians safe, while preserving the rights and freedoms people cherish.In that vein, the extensive set of measures will also follow through on Liberal promises during the last election to deal with “problematic elements” of omnibus security legislation ushered in by the previous Conservative government after a gunman stormed Parliament Hill.The Conservatives created a new offence of promoting the commission of terrorist offences and broadened the government’s no-fly list powers.They also gave the Canadian Security Intelligence Service explicit authority to derail terrorist threats, not just gather information about them. However, many Canadians have expressed concerns that such disruption activities could violate the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.The Trudeau government has committed to ensuring all CSIS warrants respect the charter, to preserving legitimate protest and advocacy, and to defining terrorist propaganda more clearly.It has also pledged that appeals by Canadians on the no-fly list will be subject to mandatory review.Tens of thousands of people took part in the government’s national security consultation and Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale recently said there was “a tremendous amount of consensus” on the platform promises.The Liberals have already taken legislative steps to fulfil one of those commitments — creation of a special committee of parliamentarians to scrutinize security and intelligence activities, including those of the border services agency.However, civil libertarians, refugee lawyers and committees of both the House of Commons and Senate have called in recent years to do more by instituting some form of independent monitoring of the border agency.The British Columbia Civil Liberties Association issued a report this week outlining its proposals for civilian oversight and review of the agency.Border officers can stop travellers for questioning, take blood and breath samples, and search, detain and arrest citizens and non-citizens without a warrant. The border agency’s role in immigration detention has come under scrutiny following in-custody deaths.But unlike the RCMP and CSIS, the border agency is not overseen by a dedicated review or complaints body.Another nagging issue has long been the inability of existing watchdogs to share information about security-related complaints and cases due to legal restrictions.It means watchdogs are often prevented from following the thread of investigations that involve several intelligence and police services, leaving complainants frustrated.Legislative measures to permit sharing and co-operation would address decade-old recommendations from the commission of inquiry that examined the overseas torture of Maher Arar, a Canadian telecommunications engineer who was imprisoned in Syria.The Liberal national security consultations revealed a strong desire to reduce the number of false positive matches with Canada’s no-fly list and to improve the appeal process for anyone placed on the list, says a government summary.A majority who took part in the consultations said the public safety minister should be required to decide within 90 days on any application from someone to have his or her name removed from the list.It is clear from the results the federal consultations that Canadians have significant concerns regarding privacy and government accountability with sensitive data, said David Christopher, a spokesman for OpenMedia, which works to keep the Internet surveillance-free.“We’ll be watching next week’s announcement very closely, and judging the government’s proposals against what Canadians said loud and clear during the consultation.”— Follow @JimBronskill on Twitterlast_img read more

Genius Kids celebrate annual concert

first_imgOn the morning of March 10, 2019, Genius Kids, integrated daycare and pre-school celebrated their 11th annual concert. To celebrate and cherish the significant essence of many moods and emotions in an individual’s life, and how they contribute in making the lives of an individual more meaningful, 400 kids aged between 2 – 10 years performed on the theme ‘Emotions of Life’ at the event. Kids with colourful attires and pretty smiles offered magical performances on songs like ‘Halud Gandar Phool’, ‘Chil Chil Chillake’, ‘Bum Bum Bole’, ‘Amra Natun Jouboner Dut’, ‘Mohe Rang Do Laa’, to name a few.Chandrima Bhattacharyya, Minister of State, Health and Family Welfare, Government of West Bengal along with Riddhi Bandyopadhyay, noted singer, and Avirup Sengupta, ace choreographer graced the occasion. Speaking at the occasion, Bhattacharyya said, “It’s our duty to come together to shape a better world. And as children are our future, we must take proper care of their mental health too. Therefore, I believe extra curriculum activities are equally important in order to nourish their proper mental and physical growth.” Apart from the performances, the school also hosted a unique ‘Passing out Convocation’ for the little kids, in which tiny tots received their first ever certificates and gold medals. Around 78 Kids, who have successfully made their entry into reputed high schools across Kolkata were awarded at the event. Putting his views forward, Vikash Kumar Singh, Founder Director, Genius Kids said, “I am honoured to be a part of the Genius Kids family, and it has been my privilege to work towards nurturing talents among the tiny tots for last 11 years, and I wish all of them a great future and success in life.” Like every year, even this time the attempt was to join hands with the like-minded people and different organisations, to promote various facets in developing human values and ethics towards social commitment; besides changing the world for the less fortunate. At the event, the fund was handed over to few charitable organisations for various activities in women and child development.last_img read more

Production tax on several products increased

The production tax on several products has been increased in the 2019 Budget which was presented to Parliament today.Accordingly, the production tax on cigarettes will be increased by Rs. 5 per stick, production tax on hard liquor will be increased by Rs. 63 (750ML bottle) and beer can by Rs. 9 (330ml). The price to alter or obtain new passports has also been increased.The price to alter a passport has been increased by Rs. 500, normal service to obtain a new passport increased by Rs. 500 and one day service increased by Rs. 5000. (Colombo Gazette) The production tax on three wheelers (200cc) has been increased by Rs. 60000. The production tax on hybrid petrol vehicles less than 800cc will be increased by Rs. 250,000 and less than 150cc by Rs. 500,000.Meanwhile, the expressway toll during rush hour will be increased by Rs. 100 from April 1st. The production tax on petrol vehicles, less than 1000cc has also been increased by Rs. 175,000 and less than 1300cc by Rs. 500,000. read more

At UN forum negotiations intensify on plan to curb illicit small arms

The Conference held its first night session on Monday as negotiators completed their initial reading of the preamble to the revised draft programme of action. They also started a paragraph-by-paragraph review of the entire text. Today’s closed-door meetings focused on the programme of action’s first operative section, which deals with the main theme of preventing, combating and eradicating the illicit trade in small arms and light weapons. The Conference President, Ambassador Camilo Reyes of Colombia, has predicted that the discussions will achieve concrete results. “There are good reasons to be optimistic — we have a very good chance of arriving at a final document for the programme of action,” he told a press briefing on Monday. Commenting on how the negotiations were proceeding, Ambassador Reyes said the process was “very useful” because it involved a thorough exchange of ideas. “The method of work enabled delegations to focus on their own priorities,” he said. read more

Vicar faces row after putting plastic childrens furniture in 12th century church

first_imgA vicar faces an official complaint for installing a childrens’ plastic table and chairs in a 12th century church.Rector Lynda Klimas introduced the pint-sized white furniture set as a way to keep young children entertained during services.But a disgruntled churchgoer has made an official complaint as he feels it has no place in the “historically sensitive and sacred” Lady Chapel.The matter will now be investigated and, if taken to a tribunal, Rev Kilmas could be given a “lifelong prohibition from exercising any ministerial functions”.Kevin Sims, 67, who has been attending the St Mary the Virgin Church for 20 years, said: “I definitely do not feel the number of children warrants it. My main issues are for aesthetic reasons and reasons of demand.”There are procedures in place that anyone who makes changes in church has to go through.”My concern is that if nothing is done it means effectively anyone could change anything.” Once they have been presented with all the details about what the changes would involve, the local Chancellor then makes a final decision on whether it can be made.In this instance Mr Sims feels bosses have been misled and given false information about the furniture placed in St Mary the Virgin Church, Maulden, Beds.For example, he says a report filed to them said the furniture would be “in keeping” with its surroundings – which he highlights it clearly is not.He also says the rector referred to it as a “children’s area” despite clear signage indicating it is the ‘Lady Chapel’. Kevin Sims, 67 who made the complaint about the plastic table and chairs at St Mary the Virgin Church in Bedfordshire.  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. Kevin Sims, 67 who made the Mr Sims said: “For the Rector to state that this sacred space in church is not a chapel beggars belief and is manifestly untrue.”My main concern isn’t with the furniture itself, although I did highlight I don’t think it is keeping and there aren’t enough children for it.”This process relies on being truthful in what they are doing.”The bishop of the diocese must now decide whether or not to confront the rector who brought the children’s seating area.If this happens she could receive punishment from a rebuke to removal from her position.Kevin added: “I hope the Church authorities now wake up to the seriousness of what has taken place here and that appropriate disciplinary penalties and public censure will swiftly follow.”The Rev Klimas, who was made an honorary Canon because of her contribution to the Church of England, said she was forbidden to comment about the grievance.Arun Kataria, spokesman for the diocese of St Albans, said: “The complaint will be heard in accordance with standard procedure and will be confidential until the matter is concluded.” St Mary the Virgin Church in Bedfordshire. St Mary the Virgin Church in BedfordshireCredit:Rob Farrow / He has now placed a formal complaint of misconduct against the Rector Lynda Klimas who was responsible for the interior alteration.But despite Mr Sims stating he knows of “at least four” other parishioners who agree with him, other members of the congregation have welcomed the child-friendly space.A fellow churchgoer said: “I have never heard so much ridiculous fuss about a tiny little table and chairs. It’s lovely to see young children welcomed into the church and given a place to sit quietly and play.”According to church guidelines, priests wishing to making alterations like the introduction of furniture must apply to the the faculty jurisdiction.last_img read more

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Telstra extends WiFi

first_imgTelstra has launched its Australia-wide Wi-Fi network, allowing its two million broadband customers to access 8,000 internet hotspots throughout the country – and millions more overseas – via their home broadband allowances. Known as Telstra Air, the rollout has resulted in the retrofitting of old Telstra payphones and other locations with Wi-Fi routers to create the country’s largest wireless network, with coverage in around 250 cities and towns throughout Australia. Aside from the hotspots installed by Telstra throughout Australia, the network’s coverage will be further extended through an opt-in process whereby Telstra home broadband customers will share their home Wi-Fi network as a public hotspot, thus allowing fellow Telstra Air users to get online when nearby. Telstra assures its customers that the home hotspot network will be secure and segregated from their private network. However, through a partnership deal with Spanish Wi-Fi company Fon, Telstra Air’s functionality extends overseas with users being able to connect to 15 million hotspots in 18 countries, including Greece. The data consumed in these sessions will simply be deducted from the user’s home broadband data allowance. The result is that getting online to send a message or check a map will become cheaper and less troublesome whilst overseas. Travellers being hit with enormous bills for data roaming charges will, ideally, become a thing of the past.Telstra home broadband users can sign up to Telstra Air at no cost provided they already have the correct modem. The hardware can otherwise be purchased at Telstra stores. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Murder suspect caught

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, March 6, 2017 – Nassau – A man on the run for two years for murder is captured now and was allegedly found with a number of guns on him.  Mark McKenzie was arrested around 2pm on Saturday in Winton Meadows; Police were acting on information when they found McKenzie with a .38 revolver, .40 pistol and 28 live rounds of ammunition.McKenzie is also said to have had some marijuana when he was taken without incident over the weekend.  Four males are also in custody for a Saturday shooting around 11pm on Arawak Cay.  It was said to be an argument between one man and four others that led to him being shot; he is in serious condition at hospital and police have four in custody for the crime.#MagneticMediaNewslast_img read more

Texas Senate Advances ScaledBack School Finance Plan

first_imgThe Houston Independent School District approved the 2017-2018 school year budget.The Texas Senate has advanced a once-sweeping school finance plan, but only after scaling it back so much that it will only offer about $500 million in extra funding for some school districts statewide and teacher retirement.The House passed its original, far more ambitious $1.8 billion bill during the regular and special legislative sessions.The Senate has repeatedly rejected that plan, which the chamber’s leader, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, called a “Ponzi scheme.”The Senate version pumps money to hundreds of smaller school districts facing declining property tax revenue. Texas’ Supreme Court has ruled the school finance system flawed but minimally constitutional.Lawmakers have until the special session ends Wednesday to forge a compromise.Also Monday, the House approved a commission to study future school finance solutions. Sharelast_img read more