Post-Deployment Depressive Symptoms in Military Wives

first_imgBy Jay Morse & Heidi Radunovich, PhDCreative Commons [Flickr, The Prison, May 27, 2007]Recent research has shown that military spouses show relatively high rates of depression during combat deployment of their spouse and that the rates of depression are more than 3 times that of their civilian counterparts. Much of the research to date has centered on the deployment period, though 75% of spouses have reported that the first 3 months following deployment is the most stressful time during the deployment cycle. Given the high rates of mental health conditions during and following the deployment cycle and the importance of maintaining a high level of functioning in the military family, researchers Dolphin, Steinhardt, and Cance have examined the influence of positive emotions on depression in female spouses following deployment [1].A total of 252 Army wives whose husbands had been deployed to Afghanistan were surveyed during the deployment of their spouse and 3 months following the return of their active-duty husband. Sixty percent of spouses were married to junior enlisted soldiers, 31% to non-commissioned officers, and 9% to commissioned officers. Ages ranged from 19 to 39 with a mean age of 25. The military wives had been married an average of 4 years. Eighty-four percent of the participants had children.Demographic information as well as measures of marital satisfaction and positive emotions were collected during the deployment period. Marital satisfaction was measured using a single question that ranged from very unsatisfied to very satisfied. Positive emotions were measured using the 10-item subscale of the Positive and Negative Affect Schedule (PANAS) which focuses on positive and negative arousal. Following deployment, coping strategies, resilience and depressive symptoms were measured. Coping strategies were measured using the Brief Coping Orientations to Problems Experienced Scale (Brief COPE), capturing a broad range of behavioral and cognitive strategies used during stressful situations. Resilience characteristics, such as faith, goal setting, humor, and patience, were measured using the Connor-Davidson Resilience Scale. The Center for Epidemiologic Studies-Depression Scale was used to measure depressive symptoms, including depressed mood, feelings of guilt, worthlessness, and helplessness.Analysis of the surveys showed that one-third of the participants reported moderately severe levels of depressive symptoms 3 months following deployment of the service member. Lower levels of positive emotions during deployment correlated with higher maladaptive coping and more depressive symptoms after deployment. Of note, wives who had been married longer and had greater marital satisfaction showed lower levels of maladaptive coping and fewer depressive symptoms than their peers who had been married a shorter period of time and were dissatisfied with their marriages. It is also notable that having experienced a higher number of deployments was associated with more positive emotions, better coping and resilience, and lower levels of depression.When working with military wives who have recently experienced deployment of their husband and who are experiencing depressive symptoms, emphasizing adaptive coping skills, such as utilizing emotional support, may lead to improved well-being during this difficult transition time.References[1] Dolphin, K. E., Steinhardt, M. A., & Cance, J. D. (2015). The role of positive emotions in reducing depressive symptoms among Army wives. Military Psychology, 27(1), 22-35. doi:10.1037/mil0000062This 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

All you need to know about Dhola-Sadiya Bridge, India’s longest river bridge

first_imgPrime Minister Narendra Modi takes a walk on the Dhola-Sadiya bridge over the Brahmaputra in Assam after inaugurating it on Friday. Photo courtesy: Twitter/@PMOIndia 4. It is 3.55 km longer than the Bandra-Worli sea link in Mumbai. The sea link has now become the second longest river bridge in the country.5. The construction of the Dhola-Sadiya bridge began in 2011 by the Ministry of Road Transport along with Navayuga Engineering Company Ltd., under the public-private-partnership agreement6. A sum of ₹ Rs 2,056 crore has been spent on the bridge that can withstand 60 tonnes of weight, including battle tanks.7. The bridge, which has a three-lane carriage way, will also cater to the strategic requirements of the country in the border areas of Arunachal Pradesh, besides facilitating numerous hydro power projects coming up in the State, as it is the most sought after route for various power project developers.8. The bridge will make it much easier for Army convoys to reach outposts near the China border. It is also expected to boost tourism as there is no civilian airport in Arunachal Pradesh and this will make the road transport smoother.9. The bridge will increase industrial investments with better border trade between the Northeast and South Asian countries.10. State-run SAIL is the largest supplier of steel for the bridge. The PSU has supplied around 90% or around 30,000 tonnes of steel, including TMT, structurals and plates, for the bridge. Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday inaugurated the Dhola-Sadiya Bridge in Assam, which is India’s longest river bridge.Here are 10 things to know about the bridge:1. Spanning 9.15 km, the bridge is built across the Lohit river, which is a tributary of the Brahmaputra. It will connect Assam and eastern Arunachal Pradesh. The total length of the project, including the approach roads on each side, is 28.50 km.2. The bridge is located 540 km from Assam’s capital Dispur and 300 km from Arunachal Pradesh capital Itanagar. It connects Sadia town in Assam’s Tinsukia district with Dhola village, also in Assam.3. The bridge will reduce the travel time between Assam and Arunachal Pradesh from six hours to just one hour as the distance will shrink by 165 km.last_img read more

Court reserves order in coal block case

first_imgA special court has reserved for July 31 orders on framing of charges against a private firm, its two directors and another person in a case of alleged irregularities in the allocation of the Dhadhu coal block in Jharkhand. The CBI is prosecuting Pawanjay Steel and Power Limited (PSPL), its two directors, Gyanchand Prasad Agarwal and Umesh Prasad Agarwal, and S.K. Kanungo, chief manager (Marketing) of Hari Machines Ltd (HML) in the case.The court reserved the order on conclusion of arguments by counsel for the accused and the prosecution.The court had on September 28 last year summoned them for criminal conspiracy and cheating, saying “prima facie there were sufficient incriminating evidence on record against them.”They had been later granted bail after they appeared before the court on November 9 in pursuance to a summons.The CBI had registered a case of cheating and criminal conspiracy under the Indian Penal Code and the Prevention of Corruption Act against PSPL, its directors, Mr. Kanungo and other unknown persons, including public servants.Criminal conspiracyPSPL and its two directors along with Mr. Kanungo hatched a criminal conspiracy with a view to deceive the Ministry of Coal (MoC) to induce it to allocate a captive coal block in favour of the accused firm, the charge sheet said.last_img read more

Hot-shooting San Beda humbles Mapua for 6th win

first_imgMOST READ ‘Pamana’: Mausoleum caretaker cherishes humble work for family PLAY LIST 03:06‘Pamana’: Mausoleum caretaker cherishes humble work for family02:12San Beda, Lyceum early favorites ahead of NCAA Season 9303:122 dead in California school attack; gunman shoots self01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games K-pop star Jung Joon-young convicted of gang rape, spycam crimes LATEST STORIES Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Read Next SAN BEDA 66 – Tankoua 11, Mocon 10, Potts 8, Bolick 6, Soberano 6, Cabanag 5, Carino 4, Bahio 4, Doliguez 3, Adamos 3, Tongco 2, Presbitero 2, Oftana 2, Abuda 0.MAPUA 55 – Bunag 20, Orquina 11, Magboo 10, Nieles 6, Victoria 4, Aguirre 2, Gabo 2, Jimenez 0, Raflores 0.Quarters: 23-6, 31-20, 51-32, 66-55. UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension View comments Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Mapua still tried to recover and cut the deficit to just nine, 64-55, after a Kim Magboo bucket with 1:12 to play, but Robert Bolick’s free throws doused that rally as San Beda cruised to its fifth straight victory.Donald Tankoua made a living in the paint for the Red Lions, grabbing 11 points and 16 rebounds for his best game to date.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutJavee Mocon got 10 markers and six boards, Davon Potts had eight points and three rebounds, and Bolick collected six markers, eight boards, and four dimes in the balanced attack for San Beda.Despite the comfortable triumph, coach Boyet Fernandez chided his wards for what he felt was a lackluster showing in the payoff period.center_img SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games San Beda’s Davon Potts and Donald Tankoua celebrate. Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netSan Beda stepped on the gas pedal early and blew Mapua out, 66-55, to nab its sixth win in the NCAA Season 93 men’s basketball tournament Friday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.Coming off a week-long break, the Red Lions imposed their will early and raced to a 23-6 charge in the first period, pulling away from the Cardinals and grabbing a lead as high as 25, 49-24 late in the third quarter.ADVERTISEMENT For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. “If we played the way we played in the fourth quarter, I think we’ll have a hard time against them. We played bad in the fourth quarter,” he said. “I just have to let the other guys realize that we can’t let those things happen. I hope my players realize that.”The Cardinals missed the services of Andoy Estrella, who is nursing an MCL injury.In his absence, Christian Bunag stepped up for the skidding Mapua (1-6) with 20 points and 18 rebounds in the team’s fifth consecutive defeat.Almel Orquina got 11 markers and four boards, while Magboo had 10 points and four rebounds.The Scores:ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. NBA: Analyst Charles Barkley says it’s ‘stupid’ that Kyrie Irving wants to leave Cavs WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesseslast_img read more

Rockets bank on James Harden’s 59 to outlast Wizards

first_imgRui Hachimura had 23 points in his home debut for the Wizards, Davis Bertans added 21. Washington dropped to 1-3.Wizards coach Scott Brooks is happy with his reconfigured team. Six of the nine players he used during the game are new to the team.“We were one play from winning an exciting game,” he said.TIP-INSRockets: F P.J. Tucker began the season with three games of at least 15 points. “He’s so important that he was a couple of minutes late for the plane, and I told the guys, ‘We’re waiting for him. He’s the only guy shooting the ball,’” D’Antoni joked. … G Austin Rivers was assessed a technical foul in the fourth quarter.Wizards: F Troy Brown had 14 points in his first game. Brown missed the first three games with a left calf injury. … G C.J. Miles (left foot) has been assigned to the G League Capital City Go-Go on a rehab assignment. .F Admiral Schofield has also been sent to the Go-Go and G Justin Robinson has been recalled from the G League.WORLD SERIES FEVER: As Brooks walked into his pregame press conference, he joked, “Houston vs. Washington, all night.”The game began about the same time as Game 7 of the World Series. “We won’t call many timeouts tonight,” Brooks said. “We won’t call any challenges. Make sure you tell Mike to do the same thing because we have another game we’d like to watch tonight.”D’Antoni joked in return. “You know it is baseball,” he said. “We’ll be through by the fourth inning.”HACHIMURA AT HOME: Hachimura, the highest drafted Japanese-born player in NBA history, had lots of fans in his home debut, including Shinsuke Sugiyama, the Japanese ambassador to the U.S. Houston Rockets guard James Harden (13) dribbles the ball against Washington Wizards guard Troy Brown Jr. (6) during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)WASHINGTON— James Harden needed every one of his 59 points against the Washington Wizards.Harden made one of two free throws with 2.4 seconds left to give the Houston Rockets a 159-158 victory over Washington on Wednesday night.ADVERTISEMENT Priority legislation in the 18th Congress He met with Sugiyama in front of Washington’s locker room after the game.“I saw a lot of Japanese today,” Hachimura said. “They had my jerseys, the flag and stuff. It was good to see.”UP NEXTRockets: At Brooklyn Nets on Friday night.Wizards: Host Minnesota on Saturday night.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “I didn’t know we were going to have to score about 160 points to win but whatever it takes it took,” Houston coach Mike D’Antoni said. “A lot of great individual performances. They played unbelievable. They didn’t miss anything. We just let down a little bit and they made everything.”Washington didn’t make everything, but did shot 62.6% from the field and made 20 of 36 3-pointers. Houston shot 53.4% and made 42.6% of its 3s.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practiceBradley Beal scored 46 points for Washington, hitting three throws with 8.1 seconds left to tie it at 158.“I hate moral victories,” Beal said. “But it’s always a good feeling knowing that when we lose, it’s always one or two things we can fix.” View comments Harden had 38 points in the second half — 21 in the third quarter and 17 in the fourth.“The only way we’ll get to where we want to go is our defensive efforts and it has to be consistent,” Harden said. “Right now we’re not consistent and that’s why we go through tough times like that. That’s what the course of the year is for. We just try and build those habits and continue to keep building.”Harden was 18 of 32 from the field, 6 of 14 from 3-point range, and made 17 of 18 free throws. He also had nine assists in 37 minutes.Russell Westbrook had just three points in the first three quarters, then scored 14 in the fourth quarter and finished with his second triple-double of the season. He had 12 assists and 10 rebounds.Clint Capela added 21 points and 12 rebounds to help Houston improved to 3-1.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Embiid, Towns ejected after brawl as Sixers rout T’Wolves LATEST STORIES Duterte officials’ paranoia is ‘singularly myopic’ Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ What’s behind the display of Chinese flag in Boracay? Someone from the Philippines could win a $208 million jackpot this week! Rice industry paralysis Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:43Who are Filipinos rooting for in the NBA Finals?02:25Raptors or Warriors? PBA players take their pick of NBA champ02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

NBA Adds Wade, Nowitzki to All-Star Player Pool

first_imgMIAMI (AP) — Dallas’ Dirk Nowitzki and Miami’s Dwyane Wade are both NBA champions, NBA Finals MVPs and longtime ambassadors for the game of basketball.And now, one more time, they’re All-Stars.By special order of NBA Commissioner Adam Silver, Wade and Nowitzki were added Friday to the pool of players for the All-Star Game that will be played in Charlotte on Feb. 17. Each team will now have 13 players instead of the customary 12, and LeBron James — one of the captains — will be the one who decides which side Wade and Nowitzki will be joining.Wade said he reached out to Silver to thank him for the gesture.“I appreciated my fans for voting for me, but I didn’t want to be put in position to take a roster spot from someone who’s getting their first opportunity to go to the All-Star Game or their second or third,” Wade said. “I’ve had 12 chances at it. For the commissioner to create that opportunity for Dirk and myself, it’s cool. I appreciate it more getting in this way, so I’ll be there.”Silver, in a statement released by the league, lauded what Nowitzki and Wade have meant to the game.“Dirk Nowitzki and Dwyane Wade embody the best of the NBA: remarkable skill, drive and professionalism as well as a deep devotion to strengthening their communities and growing the game around the world,” Silver said. “As a global celebration of basketball, our All-Star Game is an ideal setting to salute these first-class NBA champions and Finals MVPs.”Also Friday, Silver announced that Brooklyn’s D’Angelo Russell will make his All-Star debut. Russell will replace injured Indiana star Victor Oladipo.Wade, who is retiring after 16 seasons, will be an All-Star for the 13th time. Nowitzki is heading to the All-Star Game for the 14th time, and has yet to officially say if his 21st season with the Mavericks will be the final one of his career.“Looking forward to sharing that stage with y’all again 1 last time,” James wrote on Twitter.Heat coach Erik Spoelstra, who is planning a beach getaway over the All-Star break and wasn’t thinking about watching the All-Star matchup, said he might have to amend his plans and be in front of a television for the game.“I thought it was great,” Spoelstra said of Silver’s gesture. “Very cool.”Nowitzki was already going to have a big role in All-Star weekend, after agreeing to be an honorary coach in the Rising Stars game on Friday night and to be part of All-Star Saturday Night. Wade was headed to the All-Star Game for various events and was exploring some broadcast opportunities, though now he’ll be in shorts and sneakers instead of a suit for the Sunday night highlight of the weekend.Wade is a three-time NBA champion. Nowitzki led Dallas to the 2011 NBA title, over Miami — avenging Wade and the Heat beating Dallas for the 2006 title.“I’m glad I can share this opportunity with Dirk, one of the game’s greatest players, someone that I’ve had battles against,” Wade said. “It’s only right.”James and fellow captain Giannis Antetokounmpo will choose their teams on Feb. 7. James will have the first pick in the first round, when the starters will be chosen. Antetokounmpo gets the No. 1 pick in the second round, when he and James will split up the 14 reserves. And James has the top pick in the third round, which will be the one that includes Wade — his former teammate, close friend and fellow 2003 draft alum — and Nowitzki.“He better pick me,” Wade said.By TIM REYNOLDS , AP Basketball WriterTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Samsung Galaxy Tab S4, S Pen renders leak, slim bezels, white colour variant tipped

first_imgThe Galaxy Tab S4 is turning out to be a very interesting tablet if recent reports and leaked renders are anything to go by. The successor to the Galaxy Tab S3 is expected to sport slimmer bezels than ever before for a wide and immersive display. We now have some renders courtesy tipster Evan Blass, which pretty much confirms that the Galaxy Tab S4 is going to bring narrow bezels, the S Pen will see a new design language and both will come in white. The tablet is expected to be unveiled alongside the Galaxy Note 9 at an Unpacked event on August 9.Blass posted a couple of renders on Twitter revealing the Galaxy Tab S4 and the redesigned S Pen. Notably, both the tablet and the stylus are going to come in a white colour option, apart from the expected black colour variant. Talking about the tablet first, we can see the front at an angle, revealing slimmer bezels all around. We can also notice the missing home button, which has been reported in the past. The black keyboard cover will be an optional accessory as per Blass. The cover hides the back and sides of the tablet, which are going to be in white as per Blass.Samsung has been emphasising the stylus quite a bit, suggesting some new functionalities, although details around it are slim. A render posted by Blass shows the new stylus next to the Galaxy Tab S3 S Pen to show what’s different. From the render, it seems Samsung is ditching the matte finish and is going with a glossy look. It also looks as though the new stylus will have some additional twisting functionality, but we cannot say anything for sure right now. The S Pen will beadvertisementThe latest tip doesn’t mention any other detail regarding the Galaxy Tab S4. However, we do know some information about the hardware courtesy a benchmark listing last month. The Galaxy Tab S4 could bring a 10.5-inch Super AMOLED (1600X2560) display. The benchmark further revealed that the Galaxy Tab S4 will be powered by last year’s flagship Snapdragon 835 chipset along with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage.As for the cameras, the tablet will likely bear a 12-megapixel sensor on the back and a 7-megapixel sensor up front. This suggests the front camera is getting a bit of an upgrade over the Galaxy Tab S3. Like its predecessor, the Galaxy Tab S4 is also going to support LTE and either a 6000mAh or 7,300mAh battery. It is expected to run Android 8.1 Oreo out-of-the-box.last_img read more

Alyssa Healy takes a dig at Mitchell Johnson for criticising husband Starc on air

first_imgAustralia fast bowler Mitchell Starc’s wife Alyssa Healy taken a sly dig at former speedster Mitchell Johnson for criticising her husband’s performance during the first Test against India.Johnson, who was commentating during the Test match, was not impressed with Starc’s body language while he was bowling on the fourth day and wanted the Aussie quick to show some aggression.”I just don’t like his body language. He hasn’t given a bit of a glare or puffed his chest out with a good follow-through, let the batsman know he’s in the contest, that he’s going to rip the pegs out,” Johnson said on air on ABC Grandstand.Starc’s performance also drew a bit of criticism from legendary leg-spinner Shane Warne, who had infamously called Starc ‘a bit soft’ during the 2014 Ashes series.”He just finds that rhythm, he’s a real rhythm-type bowler and once he gets into that rhythm he’s lethal. I just reckon this year he’s struggled a bit because he’s had a lot of time off,” Warne said.But Healy, who is the wicket-keeper and a key member in the Australian women’s cricket team, thought otherwise and shot back at Johnson’s tweet, tagging her husband as well.”Will your preparation be getting grumpy?,” Healy replied on Johnson’s tweet which read, “Congratulations to India. Loved Australia’s fight to the end, need to move on quickly from this loss & prepare for Perth which is a quick turn around.”@mstarc56 will your preparation be getting grumpy?Alyssa Healy (@ahealy77) December 10, 2018Starc picked up 5 wickets in the Test match including three in India’s second innings but still ended up on the losing side as India won the match by 31 runs to take a 1-0 lead in the four-match series on Monday.advertisement”When Starcy’s on song, there is no better bowler in the world, particularly with the new ball. In Perth, the conditions will suit him down to the ground … from what I am hearing, the wicket is going to be really fast so he’ll be a handful.”For the majority of the Test, Starcy actually bowled really well,” he said. “I saw a bit of stuff … that people were pretty critical of him. “But I think his economy rate for a lot of the Test was really good – he took some wickets.”He didn’t set the world on fire but I think, for a long time, there’s been a really big gap between Starcy’s best and his worst,” captain Tim Paine said after the match.Chasing 323 for victory, Australia gave a tough fight but were eventually bowled out for 291 with significant lower-order contributions from Tim Paine (41), Pat Cummins (28), Starc (28) and Nathan Lyon (38 not out).The second Test of the series will be played in Perth from Friday (December 14).Also Read | Perfect match: Alyssa Healy-Mitchell Starc become first couple to win best player at World CupsAlso Read | Mitchell Starc proud of wife Alyssa Healy’s historic ODI hundredAlso Read | Saw Kohli and his wife give up business class seats for India pacers: Michael VaughanAlso Read | Sunil Gavaskar heaps praise on India’s pace attack after Adelaide win: Outstanding stufflast_img read more

ESPN’s College GameDay Announces Week 12 Destination

first_imgEvander Holyfield on College GameDay.Contrary to suggestions that the Notre Dame-Syracuse game at Yankee Stadium would be the best location for next week’s edition of College GameDay, ESPN has chosen a different destination for their next show.On Sunday morning, Kirk Herbstreit took to Twitter to announce that College GameDay would take place in Orlando for the UCF-Cincinnati game.It is the first time that College GameDay will be hosting the game in Orlando.The only other time UCF has been featured on the show is back in 2005 when they were the visitors against South Carolina.HEY @UCF_Football … WE’RE COMING TO YOUR CITY! @KirkHerbstreit and the crew will see you Saturday!— College GameDay (@CollegeGameDay) November 11, 2018The UCF Golden Knights burst onto the scene with a 13-0 season last year that culminated in an AAC title and a win over Auburn in the Peach Bowl.Having beaten Auburn, the only team that year to beat eventual College Football Playoff National Champion Alabama, the Golden Knights declared themselves national champions and even held a parade.The 2018 UCF Golden Knights picked up right where last year’s team left off, starting the season 9-0 and climbing the Top 25 ranks.last_img read more

Australian Open champion Naomi Osaka pulls out of Qatar Open due to injury

first_imgAustralian Open champion Naomi Osaka pulls out of Qatar Open due to injuryNaomi Osaka, who was set play for the first time since her Australian Open triumph, is suffering from an unspecified back injury.advertisement Next Reuters TokyoFebruary 6, 2019UPDATED: February 6, 2019 10:38 IST Naomi Osaka has suffered with back problems in the past (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSNaomi Osaka has pulled out of next week’s Qatar Open with an unspecified back injuryOsaka was set play for the first time since her Australian Open triumphSimona Halep, Karolina Pliskova and Angelique Kerber head up the field in Doha from February 11World number one Naomi Osaka has pulled out of next week’s Qatar Open with an unspecified back injury, tournament organisers said on Tuesday.Osaka, who was set play for the first time since her Australian Open triumph, has suffered with back problems in the past.”I am sorry to have withdraw from Doha this year as I was looking forward to playing and seeing my fans there,” the 21-year-old said in a statement.”I wish everyone a great week and hope to see everyone next year.”Simona Halep, the Romanian who Osaka replaced as world number one, Karolina Pliskova and Angelique Kerber head up the field in Doha from February 11.Also Watch:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byJepher Nickels Tags :Follow Naomi OsakaFollow Qatar Openlast_img read more

Ortovox: German Mountain Gear

first_imgWe’ve been aware of German brand Ortovox for a few years now, as they make some of the best avalanche safety equipment on the market. However, last year at the Outdoor Retailer Show, we were introduced to their apparel line for the first time. After spending a few months in their Piz Palu hybrid hoody, we’re back for more, and have a few pieces that should be in every adrenaline junky’s closet. Related: Pack It In: Uphill Skiing | Ski Season Preview: Cape ProductionsOrtovox got their start in 1980, when Gerald Kampel and Jürgen Wegner invented the very first dual frequency avalanche beacon, revolutionizing the industry. With their roots in German and Swiss mountaineering and ski touring, they began a long relationship with athletes and designers. Ortovox product development has long been focused on bringing excellent safety gear and mountain packs to market, so introducing a serious mountain apparel line (they’ve been in Europe for a quarter century, but just recently brought their wool line to North America). Using a combination of Swiss wool, merino, and modern synthetics, Ortovox built a line of vertically inspired technical apparel that harnesses the wicking, anti-microbial, and durability of wool at every layer. Whether you’re looking for a soft all-year base layer, or serious technical climbing pants, we’re continually impressed at performance.Merino Zip Neck HoodyThis dual layer hoody is merino on the inside – for comfort, warmth, and stink protection – and polyester on the outside. This combo provides excellent durabilty for hard use all year, and really shines as a mid layer for stop and high altitude activities. The deep front zipper aids in dumping excess heat, and hand pockets store necessities close to your body (perfect for keeping the phone or GoPro battery from dying in the cold). The cut and color blocking make this hoody as at home in the lodge for some apres ski beers as it is in a white out at twelve thousand feet.Bacun PantsNamed for Piz Bacun, a peak in the Bregalia Range of the Alps, these are consummate backcountry softshell pants. Like the Hoody, merino wool is layered inside next-to-skin comfort (they are sized to fit a base layer under with ease in extreme cold). However, a tightly woven nylon shell and DWR treatment make them much more suited to keeping the cold and snow out. With adjustable inner gaiters, they can handle ski boots in the winter and mountaineering boots in the summer, making them truly versatile mountain wear.Cross Rider 20Straddling the line between ultralight and fully featured, this 20 liter mountain pack is perfect for skiers looking to exit the resort for a quick side-country trip. Color coded zippers signal where your avalanche gear is in the event an emergency. With both A-frame and diagonal ski carry, slots for an ice axe, and multiple points of access to the main compartment, this is one versatile little ski pack.Photos Courtesy of Ortovox/Hansi Heckmair Your Guide to a Road Trip Across New York State Editors’ Recommendations The Best American Liqueur Mountain Hardwear Is Bringing Augmented Reality to the Great Outdoors center_img 1. Ortovox 2. Ortovox 3. Ortovox Professional Climber Adrian Ballinger on the Savage Mountain, No-Oxygen Climbing, and YouTube The Best Men’s Trail Running Gear for Warm Weather last_img read more

Critics decry ban on sexual touching at strip clubs in London Ont

first_imgTORONTO – A municipal ban on sexual touching in strip clubs is putting sex workers at risk, hampering their ability to make money and denigrating their autonomy, according to some activists in London, Ont.Arguing that adult women should be free to consent to touching and being touched, they want the long-standing prohibition lifted as a new business-licensing bylaw winds its way through City Hall.“We’re talking about continuing on with consensual touch,” said Julie Baumann, with the sex worker collective SafeSpace. “And consent-based touch is how a lot of women make money — good money.”The ban on touching drives willing women away from clubs that have security guards and panic buttons into more vulnerable, private situations, Baumann said.Bylaw enforcement occurs in spurts, the women say, with fines of $75 or $100 levied against them or the clubs, which in turn recover the money from the dancers. In some cases, the patrons might also end up charged.The arguments in favour of allowing consensual touching rub those who support the ban the wrong way.“To say that every single woman in these clubs is giving their free consent to some of the things that take place, that’s completely not true,” said Coun. Maureen Cassidy, who chairs the community and protective services committee. “There are a lot of young women that are coerced by management — and we know who runs these establishments.”Other activists, such as those from the London Abused Women’s Centre, want the touch ban to stay in place, Cassidy said.Critics of the ban note an inconsistency in the current situation: Sexualized touching is allowed in body-rub parlours. But Cassidy notes that the recent killing of a sex worker occurred in such an establishment, which is why the bylaw is being updated to mandate panic alarms in every room and having a supervisor on site.Another issue is that bylaws differ among municipalities.Toronto, for example, changed its flagrantly disregarded no-touch rule in 2012 to prohibit physical contact with “uncovered breasts, buttocks, genital, pubic, anal and perineal areas of a patron or any other person.” Montreal bars touching within the pantyline. But other jurisdictions don’t have such regulations.“A lot of the women here will travel to Niagara and other places regularly where the bylaw doesn’t exist,” Baumann said.Complicating the debate is federal legislation that prohibits buying sexual services. Cassidy, for example, said that allowing touching in strip clubs could expose patrons to criminal sanction.AnnaLise Trudell, a researcher at the University of Western Ontario who works with Anova — a sexual assault centre and women’s shelter in the city — said some people want the clubs shut down altogether and the real impetus for the bylaw is moral.Trudell acknowledged that trafficking of women and coercion does exist in the strip club world, but said the no-touch rule isn’t the answer.“That’s the same thing as saying all sex is bad because sexual assault is so widespread, so let’s make all sex illegal to get at sexual assault,” Trudell said. “It’s a false understanding.”last_img read more

Mulroney offers spirited defence of NAFTA during Washington appearance

first_imgOTTAWA – Brian Mulroney is delivering a spirited defence of the North American Free Trade Agreement as he testifies before the U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations in Washington.The former Conservative prime minister says the trade deal has benefited both the United States and Canada — not only from an economic perspective, but also in terms of establishing the most peaceful and prosperous bilateral relationship in history.The comments follow the latest round of negotiations for a new agreement, held in Montreal last week against a backdrop of constant threats from U.S. President Donald Trump that he will pull the U.S. out of the current deal.While Trump has blasted NAFTA as a terrible agreement for the U.S., Mulroney — who has resisted mentioning the U.S. president by name — says the deal has created jobs, wealth and prosperity for all three partners: Canada, Mexico and the United States.Mulroney says protectionism can become a handy tool when fear and anger fuel public debate.But he says history has shown in North America, Europe and Asia that the best antidote is more free trade, not less, in order to stimulate economic growth and stronger employment.last_img read more

North American stock markets in the red as Canadian dollar trades lower

first_imgTORONTO – Canada’s main stock index continued trading lower Wednesday amid slumping commodities prices, while U.S. markets also receded further into the red.The S&P/TSX composite index was down 34.65 points to 15,878.48, with the base metals and energy sectors leading decliners.It’s the sixth negative session in a row for the commodity-heavy TSX after hitting a record high last week.“When you look at the TSX, it’s just a continuation of the weakness we’ve seen over the past week,” said Macan Nia, senior investment strategist at Manulife Investments.“The weakness has been driven mainly by the sell-off in the commodity complex from oil, to base metals to really gold as well.”On Wednesday, the December crude contract retreated 37 cents to US$55.33 per barrel and the December natural gas contract was down two cents to US$3.08 per mmBTU.The December gold contract fell US$5.20 to US$1,277.70 an ounce and the December copper contract gave back two cents at US$3.08 a pound.Nia linked depressed commodities prices to a host of factors, particularly a slowing Chinese economy that has performed weaker than the markets have expected. “And as goes the Chinese economy so follows the commodity complex, and so follows the TSX,” he said.A report from the International Energy Agency pointing to strong production growth in the years ahead, particularly in the U.S., has also weighed on oil prices this week.“Despite the equilibrium between demand and supply coming closer over the past couple of months, there are more signs that we’ll get more supply coming on and that will tilt the balance to more supply than we need,” Nia said.On the Canadian corporate front, shares of Home Capital Group Inc. (TSX:HCG) were up 3.34 per cent to $14.85 at the closing of markets after the struggling mortgage lender reported third-quarter net income of $30 million, about half of what it earned in the year-ago period before it was hit with allegations it misled investors.Obsidian Energy Ltd. (TSX:OBE) also got a boost, with its stock up 6.08 per cent to $1.57, after the oil and gas company said it had reached a US$8.5-million settlement with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission over fraud-related charges filed earlier this year.Meanwhile, Loblaw Companies Ltd. (TSX:L) saw a meagre increase in its shares after the grocery and pharmacy giant announced plans to close 22 unprofitable stores by the end of the first quarter in 2018.South of the border, U.S. stock indices were also negative on Wednesday as investors watched a batch of economic data, while keeping an eye on Washington as lawmakers began to push a tax cut bill through Congress.The U.S. Labor Department said that consumer prices edged up 0.1 per cent last month, the smallest gain in three months. The Commerce Department said retail sales rose 0.2 per cent in October. And a closely watched report by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York showed manufacturing expanded at a slower pace this month in New York, but remained at a healthy level.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average tumbled 138.19 points to 23,271.28. The S&P 500 index gave back 14.25 points to 2,564.62 and the Nasdaq composite index dropped 31.66 points to 6,706.21.“In the U.S. the markets are just taking a breather. We’ve had a very good return profile in 2017 and we haven’t had volatility this year,” noted Nia.“I think that if we do not see a pullback from the peak of greater than five per cent by the end of the year, this will be only the second year in 30 years that we haven’t had at least one five per cent pullback.”In currency markets, the Canadian dollar was trading at 78.29 cents US, down 0.25 of a U.S. cent.– With files from The Associated Press.Follow @DaveHTO on Twitter.last_img read more

Canopy Growth CEO expects to hit $1B in revenue for fiscal year 2020

TORONTO — Canopy Growth Corp.’s co-chief executive says he is expecting a “growth quarter” ahead and foresees the cannabis company will generate $1 billion in revenue during its next financial year.Bruce Linton says the Smiths Falls, Ont.-based licensed producer has ramped up the pace of its packaging and shipping processes and anticipates sales growth to accelerate by the final quarter of the calendar year as more stores open their doors and edibles hit the market.His bullish comments on the sidelines of a Toronto cannabis industry conference come one day after shares of licensed producer Aphria Inc. slipped by as much as 15 per cent after its quarterly revenues and earnings fell short of estimates.Aphria in its latest quarter ended Feb. 28 sold less kilograms of cannabis than the previous three-month period as it faced supply shortages and packaging and distribution challenges.Linton told reporters at the GMP Securities Conference that Canopy has increased the amount of units it can package and ship, from 300,000 units in October to 1.3 million in March.He expects the cannabis producer to generate more than $1 billion in revenue globally during its financial year, which started on April 1, but he doesn’t expect profitability just yet as Canopy invests in clinical trials and other initiatives to “create a long future.” Companies in this story: (TSX: WEED)The Canadian Press read more

Basil seeks better ties with Prague

Rajapaksa extended an invitation to the Czech Prime Minister to visit Colombo to further enhance the cordial relations that exist between the two countries and to provide political momentum to the joint exploration of new avenues of cooperation in areas of shared interest between the two countries. Minister Rajapaksa also met with the Minister of Industry and Trade Martin Kuba and discussed prospects for enhanced trade and economic cooperation as well as opportunities for joint collaboration in the important sectors of economy of the two countries. Economic Affairs Minister Basil Rajapaksa has sought better ties with the Czech Republic and has invited Prime Minister Petr Necas to visit Sri Lanka.A joint communiqué said that Rajapaksa, who just concluded an official visit to Prague, met the Czech Prime Minister and discussed issues of mutual interest and benefit for both countries, including the strengthening of economic and political ties, cultural relations and cooperation in other important areas. It was highlighted that vast potential exists for investment in Sri Lanka for the Czech Republic in several areas such as infrastructure, energy, water and environment protection, food processing, sugar industry, leisure, recreation and hospitality, higher education, as well as in the vital sector of the small and medium enterprises.Minister Rajapaksa observed that there was increased potential for Czech tourists to visit the country with Sri Lanka tourism sector expanding. Both Ministers expressed their intention to conclude an agreement on mutual cooperation between the Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Czech Republic and the Ministry of Economic Development of Sri Lanka in order to create favourable conditions for further development of trade and economic cooperation in areas of mutual interest.The Czech side handed over a draft of an agreement to the Sir Lankan side in this regard.Rajapaksa also met Tomas Dub, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic and discussed issues of mutual interest, both international and regional, and ways for enhancing bilateral cooperation, particularly in the areas of trade, investment and tourism. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Suspect handbag snatcher dies after citizens arrest

first_imgA man who was subject to a citizen’s arrest following a suspected robbery has died in hospital.The 29-year-old had been restrained by two men who believed he had snatched a woman’s handbag on a residential street in Wolverhampton.Police officers were called in the early hours of 16 October to a suspected robbery Stafford Road. Two men who witnessed the alleged crime detained the suspect while waiting for police, the West Midlands force said. Officers arrived and arrested him but police said he then “became unwell”.They performed CPR on him before paramedics arrived to take him to hospital, but he died three days later. 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. The man’s family have been informed, police said, and are receiving specialist support.Detective Inspector Greg Evans, from Wolverhampton CID, said: “We are piecing together what happened on Sunday and it is really important that people who were in the area at the time come forward.“We know the man who made the original 999 call asked a passing member of the public to help him confirm the location as he was unsure. That passer-by then spoke to the 999 operator but left the scene… I really need him to contact me or one of my team so I can clarify what he witnessed.”Further tests are required following a post-mortem examination. The coroner and the Independent Police Complaints Commission have been notified of the incident.last_img read more

Montpellier Handball are new EHF CL winners

Exactly 15 years since their first triumph at VELUX EHF Champions League and the only for French team ever, Montpellier Handball won again the most important trophy in world of handball! Suprisingly, because the team led by legendary Patrice Canayer (since 1994), began season from “lower part” of EHF Champions League – groups C and D.Montpellier Handball beat HBC Nantes 32:26 (16:13) with furious finish in which Simonet (6), Shebib (5) and Kavticnik crushed rivals with 8:2 series in the last 10 minutes based on agressive defense.Since Eduardo Gurbindo goal for 24:24 in 50th minute, HBC Nantes stayed without response in attack for powerful defense of Canayer’s boys. All the chances of Thierry Anti’s team dissapeared. Experienced French coach, who made tremendeous success with this team, lost his fourth final clash in European Cups.Montpellier Handball fans are in heaven… PHOTO: Jozo Cabraja EHF Champions League finalMontpellier handball ← Previous Story Sander Sagosen (PSG Handball) “We had bigger plans for this weekend Next Story → Jonas Truchanovicius: Dreams come true! We are the champions! read more

Microsoft opposes Apples trademark application for App Store

first_imgIn January 2007, Apple launched the iPhone. A year later, Apple introduced the App Store which allowed iPhone customers to purchase and download mobile applications. That same year, the company also applied for a trademark of “app store” as it pertains to “retail store services featuring computer software provided via the Internet and other computer and electronic communication networks.”Now that Microsoft has made a stronger push into the mobile space they are not so agreeable about Apple being able to trademark a term which Microsoft argues is too generic. In fact, they are willing to go to court over it. As a result, Microsoft filed a motion for summary judgment on Tuesday with the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board opposing Apple’s trademark application. If Microsoft wins, it won’t just be Apple that can use the term “app store.”In an effort to make its case about how the term “app store” is used generically to describe online application stores, Microsoft used Steve Jobs’ own words against him in its filing demonstrating that even the head of Apple considers it a generic term. Jobs is quoted as saying:In addition to Google’s own app marketplace, Amazon, Verizon and Vodafone have all announced that they are creating their own app stores for Android. There will be at least four app stores on Android which customers must search through to find the app they want and developers will need to work to distribute their apps and get paid.Microsoft’s renewed interest in the term “app store” comes from the company’s desire to freely market its own online application marketplace which it launched in conjunction with its Windows Phone 7 platform launch last year.Read more at Good Gear Guidelast_img read more

Mark Zuckerberg Gets a Puppy The Puppy Gets Fan Page

first_imgMark Zuckerberg isn’t the cold businessman that The Social Network portrayed him as; here’s proof: he’s got a new, fluffy puppy. Zuckerberg just created a fan page to introduce his new puppy to the Facebook world. And OMG, is he cute! (The pup, I mean)Beast is a Puli, a type of Hungarian Sheepdog, and his white fluffy adorableness has already drawn 2,817 likes as of this writing. The page lists Zuckerberg and his girlfriend Priscilla Chan as the owners and features pictures of the two playing with little Beast. Try not to click through all the cute, puppy pics. I dare you!last_img