Emotional Abuse in Military Families

first_imgJay Morse & Heidi Radunovich, PhDAccording to recent research by Foran, Heyman & Slep (2014) and the United States Air Force Family Advocacy Research Program [1], emotional abuse can be an early warning sign of future physical abuse. While most people can engage in some negative behavior towards their partners, this study focused on clinically significant emotional abuse (CS-EA), which the authors defined as “emotional abuse that results in significant and impairing fear, stress, or sadness/depression” [1]. The authors wanted to determine what environmental factors were associated with CS-EA.[Flickr, Blitz Build 2012 Miami Habitat for Humanity Day 1 by EL Gringo, CC BY-ND-NC 2.0]The study used a sample of 42,744 active duty military (34,713 men and 8,031 women) and 17,226 civilian spouses (879 men and 16,347 women) who completed web-based surveys measuring environmental factors across four levels:Individual level: Self-efficacy (ability to cope with stress, manage work and family demands), perceived financial stress, physical well-being, alcohol problems, and years in the militaryFamily level: Support from spouse, relationship satisfaction, family income, marriage length, and number of children, spousal deployment supportWork level: Support from leadership, workgroup cohesion, work relationships, weeks deployed, hours worked, and satisfaction with the Air ForceCommunity level: Community cohesion, support from neighbors, formal agencies, social support, community safety, and community stressors.As expected, individual and family factors were closely related to CS-EA. In addition, other important factors to consider in clinical practice and further research are a subset of work and community factors:Greater community cohesion and support from neighbors was related to reduced risk of CS-EA for active duty military menFewer hours worked was related to a reduced risk of CS-EA for womenAcross all levels, more support from leadership was related to lower levels of risk for CS-EA in civilian women.When developing treatment plans for victims of emotional abuse, the environment of the victim and the perpetrator play an important role in the risk of continued emotional abuse and the risk of future physical abuse. Pay special attention to neighborhood relationships, perceived community cohesion, workload, and the perceived level of support from military leadership.References[1] Foran, H., Heyman, R., Slep, A., & US Air Force Family Advocacy Res. (2014). Emotional abuse and its unique ecological correlates among military personnel and spouses. Psychology of Violence, 4(2), 128-142. doi:10.1037/a0034536This 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

Heavy security as Goa gears up for D-day

first_imgThe North and South Goa district administration have made elaborate arrangements for counting of the Assembly election votes, which will be taken up on Saturday morning.Counting of votes for 19 North Goa constituencies will be taken up at Bal Bhavan, Campal. In South Goa, the counting will be done at Government College of Commerce and Economics, Borda, Margao. There will be 129 tables at the North Goa counting centre, and 100 in the South Goa centre.Goa Additional Chief Electoral Officer Narayan Navti told The Hindu on Friday that counting of votes will start at 8 a.m.He said, “Counting of postal ballots would be taken up first and would have to be finished in half an hour.”He added that the counting of Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) votes will start at 8.30 a.m, even if the postal ballot counting is not finished. “However, the last result will not be declared till the postal ballot counting is completed.”The Postal Department has handed over the ballots to a nodal officer at the counting centres. Mr. Navti said there are 17,500 postal ballots in total.“Each round of counting will take at least seven minutes. There will be hardly four or five rounds. Within 40 minutes one constituency will be over. The results should be out by 11.30 a.m.,” he said.The counting centres are being manned by the Central Security Agencies and the State police.According to Nila Mohanan, North District Collector, 400 security officials would be deployed in North Goa. Officials added that Section 144 of the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC) would be imposed near the counting centres. The State has declared dry day on Saturday.Over 83% voter turnout was recorded in the polls. As many as 251 candidates are in fray in Goa’s 40 constituencies.The ruling BJP is engaged in a fierce fight with the Congress, the Aam Aadmi Party, and an alliance of Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party-Shiv Sena-Goa Suraksha Manch, for the 40-member House.Golden rules for VVPATThe Election Commission authorities said some “golden rules” have been prescribed for accepting any recounting requests.The first rule is that a Voter Verification Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) recounting can be asked for only in case of a booth and not the entire constituency.Mr. Navti said any decision pertaining to recounting will come into process only after the candidate’s written application is accepted by the Returning Officer (RO).The RO, in turn, will also apply “three golden rules” before granting permission: If there was a fault in the Electronic Voting Machine (EVM) or if the machine was replaced; if any error was documented by the VVPAT; the difference between votes obtained by the winner and the runner up are more or less equivalent to the votes polled on that booth.“The demand for VVPAT vote counting will be accepted provided it can influence the ultimate results of a constituency,” Mr. Navti said.When asked why recounting can not be done for an entire constituency, he said, “It is a thermal paper which is very difficult to separate. Then you will need creation of additional infrastructure like pigeon holes for all candidates, additional staff for counting.”Mr. Navti said recounting will be conducted only after the EVM vote counting process is over.The Election Commission has used the VVPAT machines for the first time in in the State.last_img read more

Ahmednagar cop suspended for ‘anti-Modi’ WhatsApp post

first_imgPune: A policeman, who was serving as a bodyguard to senior Congress leader Balasaheb Thorat in Ahmednagar district, has been suspended after he allegedly penned an “objectionable” post against Prime Minister Narendra Modi and shared it via social media, the police have said.According to sources, Ramesh Shinde was one of Mr. Thorat’s bodyguards at his residence in Sangamner, Ahmednagar.He allegedly criticised Mr. Modi in a WhatsApp post recently. The matter was taken seriously and an inquiry was ordered, the police said.Cyber cell inquiry“Action was taken against Mr. Shinde after a detailed inquiry by the district police’s cyber cell,” Ranjan Kumar Sharma, Superintendent of Police, Ahmednagar, said.‘Many other complaints’Mr. Sharma said there were many other complaints against Mr. Shinde, besides the WhatsApp post. “Hence we initiated disciplinary action by suspending him,” he said. He said the policeman was suspended on Thursday.“His behaviour as a government servant was inappropriate, with regards to forwarding the objectionable post. There are certain norms to be followed in government service and Mr. Shinde violated them,” Mr. Sharma said.Mr. Shinde shared the post, which allegedly took a dig at Prime Minister Modi, to various WhatsApp groups. The post subsequently went viral, which prompted an investigation into it by the cyber crime police, who traced it to Mr. Shinde. — With PTI inputslast_img read more

Oil refinery: Pawar to decide NCP stand after visit to Ratnagiri

first_imgMumbai: A day after Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray said his party will not allow the proposed oil refinery to come up in Konkan’s Ratnagiri district, Nationalist Congress Party chief Sharad Pawar said on Friday he will visit the project site on May 10 to understand the reasons behind local residents’ opposition to it.The villagers affected by the project will also meet Maharashtra Navanirman Sena chief Raj Thackeray and Maharashtra Congress chief Ashok Chavan to seek support. Two days ago, State-owned IOCL, BPCL, and HPCL signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Saudi Aramco to develop and build an integrated refinery and petrochemical complex, Ratnagiri Refinery & Petrochemicals Ltd. The project, estimated to be worth ₹3 lakh crore, has been opposed by locals as a result of which, even joint measurement of the land has not been possible.Meanwhile, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis whilesupporting the project, said, recently, “It is important for the development … It is also important that it should be set up on the west coast.” The Sena chief had labelled the MoU as a ‘betrayal’ of the promises Mr. Fadnavis had made to the locals. In reply, the CM said, “We are aware that the locals are in opposition to the project. We will not proceed if they do not want the project.”Mr. Pawar, on the other hand, said, “I will not say whether the project should be cancelled or not. Farmers have met me and told me their problems. Being the former CM of the State I know what the ground reality is. I will visit the project site and only then announce the party’s stand.”last_img read more

Illegal cross-border drug smuggling on the rise in Manipur

first_imgIllegal cross-border smuggling of drugs from neighbouring Myanmar to Manipur is witnessing a rapid rise despite measures being undertaken by law enforcers to check the menace, police said.A high ranking police officer told PTI that most of the drugs smuggled from Myanmar are heroin, brown sugar and amphetamine tablets, known as “WY tablets” in the common parlance.“There is no doubt that illegal cross-border drug smuggling has increased in recent years and Manipur has become a favourable transit route for transporting them to other parts of the country and beyond,” the officer said. Manipur shares a 398 km border with Myanmar. According to reports available with PTI, 12,37,993 amphetamine tablets— that come in unlabelled packets— were seized by the Narcotics and Affairs of Borders (NAB) personnel and other law enforcers in 2019 so far, up from 12,15,273 tablet seizures in 2018 and 1,80,007 in 2017. Heroin seizures have also spiked, with 9 kg seized till July, 2019. The corresponding figures for 2018 and 2017 stood at 22 kg and 7 kg respectively. The officer said, the number of alleged drug peddlers have also increased manifold due to the lucrative financial prospects of the business.“While 355 drug peddlers, including 79 women, were arrested in 2017, the number of arrests rose to 479, including 95 women, in 2018 and 203 till July, 2019,” he said. The officer said the border drug racket is complicated and foreign nationals are associated with it. In February this year, a 35-year-old Myanmarese national was detained at the Indo-Myanmar border town of Moreh in Manipur for possessing 143 small packets of brown sugar with a total worth of Rs 3.6 crore in the international market, another police officer said. Brown sugar too has made inroads in the State for local abuse. While a little more than 5 kg of brown sugar had been recovered in 2017, 19 kg of the contraband was seized in 2018 and more than 115 kg of the drug seized till July 2019. Not just these smuggled drugs, poppy cultivation in Manipur’s hill districts of Chandel and Ukhrul bordering Myanmar, too is proving a headache to law enforcers. Sources revealed that opium grown in these districts is purchased by dealers from Myanmar, who then export them back to Manipur after chemically processing them into heroin. Poppy cultivation is banned in Manipur under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act, 1985. Nevertheless, several farmers in the hill areas have discarded rice cultivation and shifted to poppy cultivation for better financial returns, a police officer said. To check poppy cultivation, personnel of the state police, the NAB and the Assam Rifles periodically destroy these plantations, the officer said. Some 2210 acres of poppy cultivation were destroyed in 2017. The corresponding figures for 2018 and till July, 2019 stood at 1506 acres and 446 acres respectively.last_img read more

Irving trade demand surprises former Cavs teammate Dellavedova

first_imgEthel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ The movement eventually happened Saturday when Irving demanded he be traded away from the Cavaliers.READ: Cavs star Kyrie Irving reportedly requests tradeFEATURED 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 starsThough trade demands are not that surprising in the league, it still resonated with former Cavalier Matthew Dellavedova.“I was surprised,” said Dellavedova, who watched the PBA Governors’ Cup at Mall of Asia Arena Saturday night. Dellavedova was an instrumental part in the Cavs’ 2016 championship run where he was the primary defender on two-time MVP Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors.READ: Dellavedova ‘lucky’ to have played with LeBron, Giannis“I woke up around 5:30 in the morning due to jet lag and when I checked my phone, I was a bit surprised to see the news,” said Dellavedova.The Australian point guard signed with the Milwaukee Bucks at the start of the 2016-2017 season but he left such an impact that he was still presented with the Cavaliers’ championship ring in his return to Cleveland.“Let’s see where this goes,” said Dellavedova of the Irving situation.ADVERTISEMENT Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo MOST READ Robredo: 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 FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View commentscenter_img LATEST STORIES Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netThere were impending signs that there would be a shakeup within the Cleveland Cavaliers team when point guard Kyrie Irving told Sports Illustrated that they’re “in a peculiar situation.”Even centerpiece LeBron James said that he’s disappointed with movement, or lack thereof, of the Cavs front office in the NBA offseason.ADVERTISEMENT Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ OKC has ‘to play together’ to make things easier for ‘freak’ Westbrook Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plantlast_img read more

Rookie Jennifer Nierva shows leadership for NU

first_imgHontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Jerwin Gaco helps McDavid hold off Family Mart-Enderun for 1st win Magalong: Albayalde also got SUV out of ‘agaw bato’ operation in 2013 PLAY LIST 01:19Magalong: Albayalde also got SUV out of ‘agaw bato’ operation in 201300:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:42PH 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 Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Nierva, 19, took it upon herself to be the first one to talk after the disappointing loss, addressing everyone in the NU locker room that they had a great ride despite bowing out of contention early.“After the game, I immediately talked to the team, and I told them, ‘Ates I have something to say. I’m still happy even though we lost today because we still played great and we showed them (Lady Eagles) that they won’t get an easy win,’” said Nierva in Filipino.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“I think what we did was still an achievement because Ateneo is at 10-1 now. I’m still happy that this was the result because our team is just short right now and I know we learned something from this.”NU only has 11 players in its roster while the some schools in the league usually have the full 14-woman lineup. SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte MOST READ DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Duterte wants probe of SEA Games messcenter_img The Lady Bulldogs also don’t have setter Joyme Cagande, who injured her knee at the start of the tournament, leaving opposite hitter Joni Chavez to play as the team’s playmaker.Nierva said she’s not shy in showing her leadership despite just being a rookie since she knows she’s earned her chops when she helped the Lady Bullpups to four straight titles in the girls’ division.“I think you should work before becoming a leader, you won’t get it that easily,” said Nierva, who had 26 excellent digs and 30 successful receptions. “It needs maturity and I think I got that in high school.”ADVERTISEMENT Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—Jennifer Nierva is only in her first collegiate year with National University but the young libero isn’t shy when it comes to being vocal with her teammates.The Lady Bulldogs were officially eliminated from the UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball tournament’s Final Four race after they lost to Ateneo, 25-14, 24-26, 25-17, 25-19, Sunday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.ADVERTISEMENT Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess LATEST STORIES Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Torn rotator cuff

first_imgThe role of the tendons is to hold the powerful shoulder muscles to the shoulder and arm bones. The tendons can be torn from overuse or injury. Review Date:7/6/2011Reviewed By:C. Benjamin Ma, MD, Assistant Professor, Chief, Sports Medicine and Shoulder Service, UCSF Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M. Health Solutions, Ebix, Inc.last_img

SPORT-IPL-RCB-BOARD 2 LAST

first_imgGujarat Lions inningsGujarat Lions innings DR Smith c de Villiers b Richardson32 BB McCullum c & b Shamsi 42 SK Raina* c Iqbal Abdulla b Chahal28 KD Karthik? not out 50 RA Jadeja c ?Rahul b Watson 12 DJ Bravo not out 4 Extras (LB-3, W-9, NB-2) 14Total: (4 wickets in 19.3 overs) 182 Fall of wickets: 1-47, 2-87, 3-140, 4-178.Bowling: YS Chahal 4-0-33-1, KW Richardson 4-0-53-1, Iqbal Abdulla 4-0-41-0, SR Watson 3.3-0-31-1, T Shamsi 4-0-21-1. PTI ATK ATKlast_img

Greece Wins Gold in Women’s Beach Handball World Championships

first_imgGreece’s national team beat rivals Norway in the final of the 2018 women’s beach handball world championships held in Kazan, Russia on Sunday, to win its first-ever world championship title. Greece prevailed with a score of 2-1 (18-14, 15-24, 5-2) to climb to the top of the rankings and win the gold.This means that Greece, which participated in a world championship tournament for the first time, will automatically qualify for the World Games to be held in the summer of 2019 in San Diego, United States.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

The app-ortunities in connected lighting

first_imgThis is a compelling time to be in the lighting industry for people who like to be on the cutting edge of technology—and I’m not referring to the advancements made in the transition from conventional technologies (incandescent, fluorescent) to light-emitting diodes (LEDs), although those are certainly significant. Lighting is now being equipped with wireless connectivity, enabling a building-wide wireless network infrastructure to be built with lighting fixtures. This new chapter in connectivity could revolutionize how people use and interact with their immediate environment. Imagine being able to book an impromptu meeting in an empty conference room or find the location of equipment carts that are often moved, without having to hunt for them. Connected lighting can make the built environment an active participant in achieving the goals of a space and supporting the people inside them. The key will be the apps that are developed to unlock the potential of this new connected reality.Figure 1. Connected lighting systems create a building-wide wireless network infrastructure and the sensors in the fixtures detect data-rich details about the environment that can be used by apps to transform how people interact with their surroundings. (Source: Eaton) The Connected Infrastructure In the continued transformation of the built environment, equipping spaces with a connectivity infrastructure seems to be the next logical step in the trend of our ever-increasing need to connect people, connect devices, and transfer data. It started with telephone systems that became more and more elaborate as people realized they needed telephone jacks in more places. Then Ethernet networks took over, and, today, almost every wall features not just one, but four or more Ethernet ports, most of which are on PoE. With Wi-Fi and cellular service, people expect to be connected wherever they are and now demand greater access to information and the ability to control their immediate environment.Introducing Connected Lighting The term connected lighting refers to a lighting fixture that features an embedded technology, often a sensor, that detects important system and environmental details and shares that data with systems and people in real time. Connected lighting is the ideal medium to serve as a connected backbone in a building, because of the prevalence of lighting fixtures throughout the interior and exterior space and the fact that the lighting system is constantly powered. People spend most of their day inside a building or a home, standing directly under or nearby a lighting fixture. With connected lighting, even if the light is off, the fixture is connected.The Value of Connected Lighting The goal, however, is not to have a building full of technology. The goal is to have a building that delivers incredible value to the owners and occupants of the space through the use and application of the technology with which it is equipped.The information that can be produced by these connected lighting systems assists in the ongoing maintenance and upkeep of the lighting system, and provides insights that advance and inform conversations about things outside of the lighting system.  Data gleaned from connected lighting systems enable facilities managers and owners to make better decisions about how the building is being used, create more accurate forecasts about upcoming operational expenses, and identify opportunities for improvements. Building occupants will get information that will help them to make better use of building resources or improve productivity.A recent survey, conducted by the Continental Automated Buildings Association (CABA), identified the most attractive advantages of incorporating connectivity into a building as the ability to improve financial planning and to further reduce energy consumption. Connected lighting systems support financial planning activities by providing building data that can be used to create more accurate financial projections and cost analysis. The data generated through connected lighting systems can also provide a better snapshot of how the system is performing and identify opportunities to optimize it, saving energy. But that value description seems to just scratch the surface of what these connected lighting systems can ultimately provide. As we saw with the smartphones, it will be the apps that unlock the real potential of a connected environment.Make Way for the Apps Through connected lighting systems, apps will have access to incredible data about the built environment provided in real time. The powerful, and constantly powered, sensors in the lighting fixtures are equipped with a wireless radio that enables them to communicate over the system’s wireless network without interruption. The type of information that can be detected through the advanced sensing technology in the light fixtures is almost limitless: occupancy, air temperature, traffic patterns, and a whole host of other sensory inputs.Figure 2. Apps to maintain a lighting system, optimize space usage, and track equipment in real time have already been developed using data provided by connected lighting systems. (Source: Eaton) Some connected lighting sensors also feature advanced embedded systems such as Bluetooth chipsets.  With BLE on board, the system offers personal area networks that support real-time location services (RTLS) used for asset tracking and wayfinding. With the right apps, this information can be transformed into powerful tools that will support the financial planning and energy savings needs already identified and enable people to use building resources better, improve productivity and even create customized experiences.Some apps have already been created to use the data from a connected lighting system to provide information and insight that improves the way people live and work. The focus of these existing apps ranges from lighting system management to space utilization and asset tracking.Energy Manager App The energy management app includes the tools to configure, manage and maintain the lighting system.  Most lighting systems have this down pat, so the value of a connected system lies in the ability to manage and maintain entire buildings, campuses, and even a global property portfolio.  Expected features, like sending text messages when maintenance is needed or creating reports of the energy savings generated by the system need to be there, but having the ability to review that data, and make tweaks to save even more energy over time are compelling reasons to have a connected lighting system.Space Utilization App This app leverages the standard occupancy data to analyze patterns and presents it in a simple floorplan graphic. Facility managers can identify interior and exterior space that is being overused or underutilized and adjust as needed. The continued monitoring of the space will enable them to see the success of the reorganizing efforts and inform them when spaces could be used more effectively in the future.Asset Tracking App The BLE beacons in the sensors combined with indoor positioning system (IPS) apps recognize and track the movement of data tags attached to objects. The asset tracking app uses the locational data provided by the sensors in the lighting system to pinpoint the whereabouts of any tagged item, making it easy to find, regardless of where it has been left. This type of app has tremendous value in a number of spaces, especially healthcare, where nurses spend a considerable amount of time locating misplaced carts and equipment.  Used another way, a user’s mobile device with an IPS app can help guide the way through busy airports, maze-like museums, and even help make brick and mortar shopping easier.At this point in time, connected lighting is offering unprecedented access to and data-rich detail about the built environment. The apps that designers and developers will create to use this information in meaningful and valuable ways will change the way that people interact with and manage buildings and places. The app-ortunities are endless.Joe Bokelman is a self-professed tech geek who has worked in the lighting industry for over three decades. Once Joe bought his own Commodore VIC20 and Datasette tape drive in 1980, he was hooked on having the latest and greatest technology. He is currently experimenting on a Raspberry Pi system with his 8-year-old son and 11-year-old daughter. In the lighting world, his diverse experience includes lighting design, sales, product development and marketing roles, offering him a unique perspective on today’s industry trends. As a marketing manager in Eaton’s Lighting Division, Joe is focused on embedded wireless and sensing technology and unique applications for cutting-edge lighting systems.  Joe is an active member of many professional organizations, including the Illuminating Engineering Society (IES), where he is the chairperson of the Control Protocols committee, and the International Association of Lighting Designers (IALD).  Leave a Reply Cancel reply You must Register or Login to post a comment. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed. 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Russian Olympic official says doping whistleblower should be executed

first_img Russian boycott of Winter Olympics moves step closer after Wada ruling Drugs in sport Rodchenkov was head of the Moscow anti-doping laboratory between 2005 and 2015, and caused a sensation last year when after fleeing to the US he claimed he had helped dozens of Russian athletes in a state-sponsored doping system that ran “like a Swiss watch”. He fed athletes cocktails of banned drugs dissolved in whisky or vermouth, he said.Rodchenkov claimed that agents from Russia’s FSB security services helped anti-doping experts to switch clean urine samples for drug-tainted samples to fool testers, having found a way to break into bottles designed to be tamper-proof.The revelations tainted Russia’s performance at its home Winter Olympics, where it topped the medals table with 33 medals, including 13 golds. Two investigations commissioned by the World Anti-Doping Agency (Wada) revealed widespread state-sponsored doping in Russia and the International Olympic Committee will decide next month on whether Russian athletes can compete at the 2018 Winter Games in South Korea. Recently there have been reports that Rodchenkov has provided further evidence to investigators about the state-sponsored nature of the programme.Earlier this week, Wada said it would not reinstate the Russian anti-doping agency’s rights to operate, as Russia had not yet fulfilled the demands made of it, including publicly admitting to the state-run nature of the programme.Russian authorities have opened an investigation against Rodchenkov, and have portrayed Rodchenkov as a rogue figure, not part of a state-directed programme. Last week, a Russian television channel spoke with two Russian athletes who admitted to taking banned substances provided by Rodchenkov but the report painted Rodchenkov as an out-of-control maverick. Share on Facebook Share on LinkedIn Reuse this content International Olympic Committee Topics Europe Share on Pinterest news … 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. Share on WhatsApp Russian officials, including the president, Vladimir Putin, have made similar statements, admitting problems with doping but calling claims of a state-sponsored programme anti-Russian smears. Putin’s spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, called Rodchenkov’s allegations “slander by a turncoat”.Tygachev said that Russian sport had proved it is clean and that if the IOC made unrealistic demands then Russia would simply boycott the Olympics.“We are a strong enough country and we have shown the world how great we are in sport. It all shows that we are decent people on the right path and if people try to offend us unjustly, we don’t need them and we don’t need their Olympics. We are not going to beg on our knees.” Tygachev’s call for Rodchenkov to be shot sounds extra chilling in light of the unexplained deaths of two of his colleagues. The former executive director of the Russian anti-doping agency, Nikita Kamayev, died last February from an apparent heart attack. He was 52 and had not complained of heart problems. He had reportedly contacted a journalist shortly before his death, offering to speak out about Russian doping. Vyacheslav Sinev, the agency’s general director between 2008 and 2010, died of unknown causes in the same month. Share on Messenger Support The Guardian The Recap: sign up for the best of the Guardian’s sport coverage Russia doping scandal Read more Read more Share via Email A top Russian Olympic official has said Grigory Rodchenkov, the whistleblower who alleged the country ran a systematic doping programme, should be executed. “Rodchenkov should be shot for lying, like Stalin would have done,” said Leonid Tyagachev, who was the head of Russia’s Olympic Committee from 2001 to 2010 and remains its honorary president. He made the remarks in an interview with a Russian radio station. Russia Wada Athletics Share on Twitter Since you’re here…last_img read more

Danny Kanell Calls Out Florida State Fans After Week 1 Loss

first_imgDanny Kanell, a consistent troll of Miami football, speaks on FS1.FS1Saturday was not a good day for the Florida State football program.The Seminoles had a tough Year 1 under Willie Taggart, but hopes were high heading into the 2019 regular season. Things don’t appear to have gotten much better, though.Florida State blew a big lead to Boise State on Saturday afternoon, losing a home contest to the Broncos to open the year.Naturally, a lot of Florida State fans aren’t happy.Former Florida State quarterback turned college football analyst Danny Kanell has a message for the fans ready to jump ship.“It’s pretty ridiculous that Willie Taggart has to ask fans to support him and this team. If you want to give up on them after a loss to a damn good team then go root for another team It sucks and it hurts but just leave now and don’t come back when the Noles start winning again,” he wrote.It’s pretty ridiculous that Willie Taggart has to ask fans to support him and this team. If you want to give up on them after a loss to a damn good team then go root for another team It sucks and it hurts but just leave now and don’t come back when the Noles start winning again— Danny Kanell (@dannykanell) September 1, 2019It’s natural for fans to be upset right now, though Florida State has plenty of time to turn it around this season.FSU gets back on the field in Week 2 against Louisiana-Monroe.last_img read more

DRI arrests 3 smugglers seizes 8 kg gold

first_imgKolkata: The Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) on Thursday arrested three persons on charges of smuggling eight kg gold into the country from Bangladesh. The seized gold is worth Rs 3.29 crore.Acting on a tip-off, the DRI officials nabbed Munnawar Alam, Md Faisal and Altaf when they were trying to leave the city with the smuggled gold in a car, from Kona Expressway on Thursday. The smuggled gold was concealed inside the vehicle, a DRI statement said. DRI officials also recovered Rs 14,000 from them. The intercepted vehicle was brought to DRI’s office. The accused will be produced before the concerned court.last_img read more

The Wednesday news briefing An ataglance survey of some top stories

first_imgHighlights from the news file for Wednesday, Jan. 10———TRUDEAU HECKLED ABOUT KHADR AT HAMILTON TOWN HALL: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau told a woman heckling him about Omar Khadr during a town hall in Hamilton that he too is angry about the multi-million-dollar settlement issued to the former Guantanamo Bay inmate. The Canadian government paid Khadr a reported $10.5 million to settle a lawsuit that alleged the government violated his Charter rights. The payment last summer generated a political firestorm that continues today, as a young woman shouted about it when Trudeau attempted to take another person’s question at an event at McMaster University. Trudeau said the anger that a lot of people feel about the payment is real, and that it might surprise people to know he shares that anger and frustration.———ETHICS WATCHDOG GRILLED ON TRUDEAU VIOLATIONS: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was going to find himself in hot water one way or another when he took a trip to the Aga Khan’s private island, then later attended a pair of meetings about one of the spiritual leader’s projects, the former House of Commons ethics watchdog said Wednesday. Mary Dawson — whose final major pronouncement as ethics commissioner was to call the prime minister on the carpet over that ill-advised family trip in December 2016 — was the star witness Wednesday at a special hearing of the Commons ethics committee, which was looking at the findings in her “Trudeau Report.” She said that if Trudeau had asked her for guidance before the trip, she would have likely advised him to vacation somewhere else.———TWO MEN FOUND GUILTY IN DEADLY ALBERTA FIRE: Two men have been found guilty of first-degree murder for shooting one of the men’s parents and sister on a central Alberta farm. Jason Klaus and Joshua Frank sat silently with no expression as the verdicts were read. Justice Eric Macklin told court in Red Deer, Alta., that both men repeatedly lied about what happened to Klaus’s family and their stories were full of inconsistencies. The bodies of Gordon Klaus and his daughter, Monica, were found in their burned-out farmhouse near Castor, Alta., in December 2013. Sandra Klaus was never found, although police believe her body was also in the house. During their trial, Klaus and Frank each blamed the other for the murders and gave different versions of what happened.———NO WORKING SMOKE ALARMS IN DEADLY OSHAWA, ONT., FIRE: There were no working smoke alarms in a southern Ontario home where four people were killed in a fire this week, an investigator said Wednesday, calling the deaths a “preventable tragedy.” A mother and her two young children, and an unrelated man who ran into the burning home to help those inside, were killed in the blaze in Oshawa, Ont., on Monday. “This is a preventable tragedy and it shouldn’t happen — not in today’s day and age with the technology we have, with the safety systems we have in place and the fire services that we have,” Rick Derstroff, an investigator with Ontario’s Office of the Fire Marshal, told reporters outside the home on Wednesday.———SUPPORTERS OF TIMS WORKERS RALLY ACROSS ONTARIO: Protesters rallied outside Tim Hortons locations across Ontario on Wednesday to show support for employees after some franchisees made benefits and break cuts after a minimum wage increase — but many demonstrators stopped short of committing to a boycott. Some, but not all, of the chain’s franchisees have said employees will have to cover a larger share of their dental and health-care benefits as well as take unpaid breaks in order to offset the added costs of the province’s hourly minimum wage rate increase to $14 an hour on Jan. 1. But labour groups who gathered outside stores in cities including Toronto, Ottawa and Coburg, Ont., on Wednesday describe the company as “wildly profitable” and argue Tim Hortons and its parent company can afford to pay employees at the new rate without taking away previous perks.———CHINA BLASTS VANCOUVER MEETING ON NORTH KOREA: China says it will not be attending an international meeting on North Korea next week in Vancouver, raising questions about whether the event will have any real impact. The federal government is keeping a tight lid on exactly which countries have been invited to the meeting, which Canada is co-hosting with the United States. But China says it will not be attending and that it believes the summit will hurt rather than help peace efforts, while Bloomberg News quoted a Japanese official raising questions about the fact countries like Colombia and Greece will be taking part.———NEWSPRINT DUTIES MAY ACCELERATE SHIFT TO DIGITAL: The imposition of duties on U.S. imports of Canadian newsprint will accelerate the transition from print to digital and threaten thousands of jobs on both sides of the border, say industry players including North America’s largest newsprint producer. “There are 600,000 workers in the newspaper publishing sector as well as the commercial printing sector who are at risk,” said Resolute Forest Products spokesman Seth Kursman. Newsprint demand has decreased by 75 per cent since 2000 and is falling by about 10 per cent a year. Anything that further reduces demand is a blow to the newspaper industry, say trade associations in Canada and the U.S.———NOVA SCOTIA PREMIER ORDERS REVIEW OF CHILDREN IN CARE: Nova Scotia’s premier has told child welfare officials to review how they handle complex cases, as a former foster child in the province faces deportation to a country he has no connection to. Stephen McNeil said Wednesday he has asked the Community Services Department to complete a review of any cases that would require supports similar to those needed by Abdoul Abdi. The 24-year-old man was recently released from prison after serving a five-year sentence on multiple charges. He was put in segregation in a New Brunswick jail by the Canada Border Services Agency upon his release and is now awaiting a hearing on deportation to Somalia. Abdi arrived in Canada as a six-year-old child refugee and was shortly after apprehended by the Nova Scotia government and placed in foster care but never obtained citizenship.———NEIGHBOURS GO TO COURT OVER ALLEGED CONDO BROTHEL: A condo owner has been ordered to stop using his property for business purposes — including alleged “prostitution related activities” — after his neighbours went to court armed with evidence they put together through their own sleuthing. Court documents say residents of the building in Burnaby, B.C., started raising concerns in August 2015 about visitors and disturbances at a unit owned by Christopher Nino Diopita. In a petition filed with the Supreme Court of British Columbia, neighbours reported hearing sounds of alleged physical violence and “hysterical screaming” coming from the unit as well as seeing women letting men into the building.———CANCER VICTIM DIES MONTHS AFTER LOTTERY WIN: A Newfoundland woman who was suffering from an advanced form of cancer when she won a $1.5-million lottery jackpot in November has died. Diane Elaine Bishop of Mount Pearl had Stage 4 breast cancer. An online obituary says the 51-year-old convenience store operator, who had two sons in their 20s, died Tuesday surrounded by her family.———last_img read more

Tourmaline Oil chops 2018 budget by half a billion dollars due to

first_imgCALGARY – Tourmaline Oil Corp. (TSX:TOU) says it is cutting its 2018 capital spending budget by half a billion dollars because of persistently low natural gas prices.The Calgary-based oil and gas company says it will dial back production growth to 10 per cent from a planned 15 per cent next year as it spends $1.08 billion, down from previous plans to spend $1.52 billion.The announcement signals a major change in strategy for the fast-growing company founded by industry veteran Mike Rose in 2008 with the goal of aggressive growth in three oil and gas producing regions in northwestern Alberta and northeastern B.C.It says it intends to keep natural gas production flat at about 1.35 billion cubic feet per day in 2018 until the supply-demand outlook in Canada and North America is clarified and there is an improvement in the gas price outlook.Tourmaline says it earned $51 million or 19 cents per share in the three months ended Sept. 30, more than double the $25 million or 10 cents per share it posted in the same period of 2016.Production climbed 40 per cent to 237,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day in the same time frame with most of the gain in crude oil and natural gas liquids output.last_img read more

Website to provide early warning signals to paddy and vegetable producers

The website would provide better understanding on paddy crop in each district. The Socio Economic and Planning Centre of the Department of Agriculture has launched a new website for Sri Lankan farmers, which aims to provide updated information in order to educate them to make productive decisions regarding their crops.This website is a very useful information source for -farmers, consumers, agricultural producers and food processing institutions as it provides information harvest of paddy, vegetables and other field crops, the Policy Development Office of the Prime Minister’s office said. In terms of the information provided in the website, there would be a glut in pumpkin production during the period from January to March 2019 and it is anticipated that there would be a price drop in comparison with the price of later period of December 2018.The 2018/19 Maha Paddy crop is expected to be massive. This information could be accessed through www.croplook.net and use “public” as the Username and Password. Further, by providing an early warning system for vegetable growers, it would encourage the farmer community to mitigate wastage and price fluctuations due to glut and thereby to produce for the requirement of the country. read more

BlackBerry could face Feds over encryption assets national security concerns

BlackBerry could face Feds over encryption assets, national security concerns AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by David Friend, The Canadian Press Posted Oct 8, 2013 4:28 pm MDT The encryption technology that helped build Canadian smartphone maker BlackBerry into a global player is likely to be the centre of a review from the federal government, if any foreign takeover offers emerge.Treasury Board president Tony Clement said Tuesday that national security interests will be considered, but that Ottawa is watching from the sidelines as BlackBerry shops its assets to technology companies around the world.Clement stopped short of saying what would be of particular focus for officials.“I think we’ll let the marketplace respond,” he said at a Canadian Government Technology event in Ottawa.“We have a role to play obviously, which involves national security, and making sure that what occurs is in the public interest.”While analysts have frequently discussed how BlackBerry (TSX:BB) has fallen behind in the consumer market, one area that is often overlooked is the company’s encryption technology, which is especially important for business customers.The Waterloo, Ont., company has built its reputation on protecting highly-sensitive information from being decoded for international or corporate espionage. It has said it doesn’t store or have access to the encrypted data.“The encryption is probably some of the most rarefied science you can imagine in the telecommunications space,” said Carmi Levy, an independent telecom analyst.“Those secrets are guarded very closely.”BlackBerry has run into numerous challenges over its encryption technology. Countries such as the United Arab Emirates, Indonesia and Saudi Arabia pushed to ban some of the device’s services because governments can’t monitor content as it passes through the system.India also pushed for BlackBerry to provide access to its BlackBerry instant messaging service.Their concerns centre around national security, since traffic over BlackBerry’s instant message service is extremely difficult to intercept and monitor.BlackBerry also owns a series of data centres which serve as hubs for transferring information through the company’s servers.All foreign takeovers are reviewed under the Investment Canada Act to ensure they are a “net benefit” to the country and passes a national security test.Last month, BlackBerry received a conditional takeover offer from Fairfax Financial (TSX:FFH), BlackBerry’s largest shareholder, worth $9 per share. The offer values the company at US$4.7 billion and Fairfax has said the consortium of unnamed buyers would be composed entirely of Canadian investors.Fairfax aims to sign a definitive agreement for the transaction by early November.However, other interested buyers are also circling the company, according to reports from various media outlets. The international tech names possibly interested run the gamut from Google, Cisco and SAP, to Microsoft and Cisco.BlackBerry reported dismal earnings after sales of its new line of BlackBerry 10 phones tanked. Last week, it said it expects to face costs of at least US$400 million before the end of May 2014.The expenses are tied to the severance payments for the layoffs, as well as reworking its smartphone lineup and other changes to its manufacturing, sales and marketing operations.This week, it announced that it was laying off about 300 head office employees as part of a previously announced cost-cutting plan that will reduce its workforce by about 40 per cent.BlackBerry began handing out the notices on Monday, though the cuts have been ongoing across its global operations for several weeks. The company plans to eliminate 4,500 jobs over the coming months.Once the cuts are complete, BlackBerry will have cut more than 7,000 employees since 2011, a steep decline from a total staff that once neared 20,000.Clement said Waterloo is “brimming” with bright technology thinkers, and he was sure new innovative Canadian products would emerge in the wake of BlackBerry’s troubles.“We’re all very hopeful they will get through to the other side of what will probably be a restructuring of their mission and their product, whatever happens,” he said.“It’s a Canadian product, we have some pride in that,” he said.BlackBerry shares ended Tuesday three cents higher at $8.23 on the Toronto Stock Exchange.— With files from Ben Makuch in Ottawa. read more

UN chief calls for a fair globalization with firstever Global Goals Summit

Goal 7, Affordable and Clean Energy: more people are using electricity than ever before. Nearly 9 out of 10 people now have access to electricity. Energy efficiency continues to improve, and renewable energy is making impressive gains in the electricity sector. But three billion people still lack clean cooking fuels and technologies, putting at risk their health and the environment.Goal 10, Reduced Inequality: income inequality continues to rise in many parts of the world, even though the poorest 40% of the population in most countries experienced income growth faster than the national average. The bottom 40% still received less than 25% of overall income. In many countries, an increasing share of income goes to the top 1%.Goal 13, Climate Action: as greenhouse gas levels continue to climb, climate change is occurring much faster than anticipated, and its effects are evident worldwide. The global mean temperature for 2018 was approximately 1°C above the pre-industrial baseline, and the last four yA more comprehensive list of progress on the SDGs can be found here. Mr. Guterres emphasized that, with just over 10 years to go, the world is not on track to hit targets related to sustainable development, and urged world leaders to “take the decisions necessary, in order to come together more effectively to make sure that the 2030 Agenda is successfully implemented”.Accelerating progress towards a better futureIn 2015, the Member States of the UN adopted the landmark 2030 Agenda, which provides a blueprint for the transition to a healthier planet and a more just world, for present and future generations.The Agenda is broken down into 17 Sustainable Development Goals, concrete targets concrete targets, to end poverty and hunger; expand access to health, education, justice and jobs; promote inclusive and sustained economic growth; while protecting our planet from environmental degradation.Although positive results have been reported, global efforts have been hampered by challenges such as conflict, climate change, lack of access to essential health services, growing inequalities and significant financing gaps.The SDG Summit, which is one of the five important high-level summits and meetings talking place during the opening week of the latest session of the UN General Assembly, will allow leaders from government, business and other sectors to identify specific actions that can help get the SDG response back on track, with a decade of action and delivery still in play, in the lead up to the 2030 deadline.The format will break down the topics into six “dialogues”, pairing a leader of a developing country, with the head of a developed country as co-moderators.The themes of each dialogue are “megatrends”, accelerating the SDGs, measures to leverage progress, localizing the SDGs, partnerships for sustainable development, and the 2020-2030 vision. The Summit is expected to conclude with a Political Declaration of Heads of State and Government, that provides political guidance how to step up the pace of implementation of the 2030 Agenda and SDGs, and a series of SDG acceleration actions.,Some SDG successes and challenges read more

Larvik HK goalie Alma Hasanic decides to play for Montenegro

Norwegian Larvik HK goalkeeper Alma Hasanic had decided to play for the Montenegrian national team! She is on the squad list of Dragan Adzic for the upcoming EHF week in March. A 26-years old goalie who spent almost whole her life in Norway has Montenegrian origin (mother):– I am excited to play for Montenegro. I was really happy when I heard that national team on that level is interested for me. It wasn’t a hard decision – said Hasanic for Handball Montenegro and added:– I have played for Norway junior NT. Also, I had debut for senior squad but that was unofficial match. I had to play at the last EHF EURO 2014 in Hungary, but I missed due injury. Now, decision was on me, and I think that I made right decision – concluded Hasanic.PHOTO: http://www.larvikhk.no/ Alma HasanicLarvik HK Alma HAsanic ← Previous Story LIKE A WINE: Nikola Marinovic signs 2+2 years for Kadetten Schaffhausen! Next Story → Konstantin Igropulo to KIF Kolding read more