James Yap hits 10,000 career points

first_imgTrending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite LeBron James scores 31 points, Lakers beat Rockets 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano ‘I’m out!’: PewDiePie releases last video before taking break from YouTube Maliksi understands Gilas cut: ‘Maybe next time I’ll get in’ Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netJames Yap was left wide open from the left corner and the rest was history.Yap put his name in the record books on Saturday, cementing his status as one of the PBA’s best scorers after being just the 14th local player in league history to reach 10,000 career points.ADVERTISEMENT The 35-year-old Yap is the first player to achieve the feat since Jerry Codiñera back in 2001.“I never really imagined myself getting all these awards,” said the Rain or Shine swingman, whose historic night was ruined after Meralco came away with an 89-73 win at Ynares Center here, in Filipino.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’The charismatic Yap, who owns one of the prettiest shooting forms the league has ever seen, made his monumental shot with 49.3 seconds left in the third quarter.James Yap 10,000 career points. #PBA2017 pic.twitter.com/YeEB7dwfH1— INQUIRER Sports (@INQUIRERSports) July 29, 2017He was awarded with the game ball by commissioner Chito Narvasa at center court before the start of the fourth quarter.ADVERTISEMENT “I just want to thank everyone who supported me especially to my fans,” he said. “It’s been 16 years since this happened. I was still in college then and I feel so blessed right now.”Yap, who is in his first season with Rain or Shine after spending his first 12 seasons with the Purefoods franchise, joined an elite company led by the likes of legends Robert Jaworski, Philip Cezar, Ramon Fernandez, Abet Guidaben, Atoy Co and Bogs Adornado.Greats Francis Arnaiz, Allan Caidic, Benjie Paras, Jojo Lastimosa and Nelson Asaytono are also part of the club.Co was the first player to amass 10,000 while Alvin Patrimonio was the fastest player to do it.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Kawhi Leonard, Clippers rally to beat Pelicans End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Indian national gunned down in Camarines Sur McGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return View commentslast_img read more

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International Womens Day Message from the desk of the Premier Hon Sharlene

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, March 8, 2017 – Providenciales –My people from across the length nd breadth of our beautiful by  nature Turks and Caicos, it is indeed an honour for me to address you today, as we join the billions of people across the world in celebrating International Women’s Day. Whilst as you Premier, and as a woman, I support the daily recognition of our women, as wives, as mothers, as sisters, as daughters, and as friends, today is especially marked for the reminiscence of the women who throughout time have endured the struggle and those who led and fought the fight for equality within their nations.  Industrially, it has been a long but good fight for the women of many countries and indeed it has been a victorious fight for the women of these Turks and Caicos Islands.Over the years we have witnessed the evolution of the role of the woman from predominance in the home, to predominance in the school, to predominance in the workplace, and in recent years, predominance in politics.  In fact, the non-traditional role of the woman has overtaken the role of males in many aspects and the paradigm shift has seen gender inequality tipping towards the male in 2017.Whilst our success as women industrially is significant and should be celebrated, we must also strive to strike and maintain the balance as the career professional woman and the nurturer family woman to ensure that there is no renunciation of our role in the home and the society, and that we continue to play our part as mothers, wives and as participants in civic and social organizations.We must continue to support the family unit realizing that, as feminists, we are ultimately responsible for the teaching and nurturing of our children through love, kindness, helpfulness and as the weavers of the moral and social fabric of our society.In recognition of the role that women play in our lives, we must also recommit to the support, edification and protection of our women.  We must make every effort to ensure proper legislations, policies and facilities are in place and functional for the protection of our women.  I am therefore calling on Governments the world over to do our utmost to ensure that our women and our girls are protected from domestic abuse and violence, and protected from rape, molestation and other sexual offences.Finally, let us also ensure that we continue to provide the fundamental access to systems and programs that will support female development and success, today an long into the future, so that we, as women, continue to be lifted up, honored, supported and recognized for the profound role that we play the world over and especially in these beautiful by nature Turks and Caicos Islands.Press release: TCIG Related Items:#magneticmedianews Electricity Cost of Service Study among the big agenda items at September 11 Cabinet meeting ALERT # 2 ON POTENTIAL TROPICAL CYCLONE NINE ISSUED BY THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY THURSDAY 12TH SEPTEMBER, 2019 AT 9 PM EDT Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for you The Luxury of Grace Bay in Down Town Provolast_img read more

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TechMedia Network Buys Bestofmedia Group

first_imgTechMedia Network, a group of digital properties for technology and science enthusiasts and professionals, has acquired Bestofmedia Group, publisher of tech and gadget review sites Tom’s Hardware, Tom’s Guide and Tom’s IT Pro.While the company says the deal boosts TechMedia Network’s combined website traffic to 72 million monthly uniques, it also triggers its next step into e-commerce. TechMedia plans to clone the review content and commerce model featured on TopTenREVIEWS.com across its other properties, incorporating the Tom’s recommendation engine and community features. “By integrating our commerce engine with Bestofmedia’s communities across our combined portfolio of sites, not only will we be able to deliver personalized purchase recommendations to consumers, but also highly specialized environments for advertisers to engage these consumers with timely and relevant content,” says Greg Mason, CEO of TechMedia Network, in a statement. TechMedia Network raised $33 million in a Series B round in 2011 led by ABS Capital Partners. It also publishes Laptopmag.com, which it acquired in 2011, and Space.com.last_img read more

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NASA Mars rovers should look to pasta rocks for signs of life

first_imgEnlarge ImageSulfuri thrives in the tough environment of this spring system at Yellowstone. Bruce Fouke Hungry for knowledge, researchers went to Mammoth Hot Springs in Yellowstone National Park and dipped sterilized pasta forks into the water to collect strands of bacteria. What they found might help point NASA’s Mars rovers toward signs of life on the distant planet.A team led by University of Illinois geologist Bruce Fouke is studying a bacterium with a mouthful of a name: “Sulfurihydrogenibium yellowstonense.” They call it “Sulfuri” for short and it’s tough stuff. The team published a study on Sulfuri in the journal Astrobiology. 17 Photos NASA Opportunity rover witnessed the wild side of Mars Mars rovers NASA Space Tags 0center_img Share your voice Sci-Tech The bacterium’s lineage traces back about 2.35 billion years. “It can withstand exposure to ultraviolet light and survives only in environments with extremely low oxygen levels, using sulfur and carbon dioxide as energy sources,” the university said on Wednesday. That makes it a candidate for surviving in the harsh environments of other planets. Sulfuri bacteria hang onto each other in water, forming into strands that look like something you’d find on a plate at an Italian restaurant. The bacteria aids in the formation of travertine rocks with a distinctive wavy look and filament-like texture. sulfuritravertineEnlarge ImageMars rovers should keep an eye out for rock formations that look like this. Bruce Fouke “This should be an easy form of fossilized life for a rover to detect on other planets,” said Fouke, who described such formations as “a fingerprint of life” that could provide evidence of alien microbes from Mars’ past. NASA doesn’t need to be convinced to keep an eye out for pasta-like rock formations. Its rover teams have a long history of checking out interesting-looking rocks. If NASA ever spots fettuccine or capellini on Mars, you can bet the rover will go in for a closer look. Of course, first NASA would have to find rocks that match this profile. The Curiosity rover is currently rolling around a clay-rich area near Mount Sharp. The Opportunity rover is now defunct, but NASA is scheduled to launch the Mars 2020 rover next year to give us a new set of eyes on the Mars ground. Let’s hope it spots some pasta. Post a commentlast_img read more

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Atari VCS opens preorders at 249 for retro console featuring 4K gaming

first_img Preview • The PlayStation Classic looks great, but you’ll only want to play half of its games See It Now playing: Watch this: 4:42 Computers Gaming Desktops Share your voice $29 Tags $44 Aug 19 • Borderlands 3: FL4K, new endgame content and everything else we know E3 2019 $59 If you want the most traditional-looking Atari experience, the version sold directly by Atari is your best bet, coming in a retro Black Walnut design. GameStop is getting the all-black Onyx design, while Walmart is getting a design named Kevlar Gold, with gold details on its front panel.atari-web-exclusive-atari-vcs-800-black-walnut-all-inThe classic walnut look. Atari Orders from Walmart and GameStop are expected to ship in March, 2020, while supporters of last year’s IndieGoGo campaign could get their systems as early as December of this year. The Atari VCS runs an AMD processor with Radeon Vega graphics, and supports 4K video output for streaming video as well as for games. The native dashboard UI runs under an Atari OS, which the company has previously said is “based on a modified version of the Linux kernel.” The system will also offer a sandbox mode, which the company says will turn the VCS into an “open and expandable multimedia PC.”In further details announced at the end of E3, the company further described the software and OS platform behind the VCS. The heart of the experience will be a new Atari 2600 emulator, designed by Rob Wyatt, a system architect who has worked on everything from the original Xbox to the PlayStation 3. Additionally, running additional operating systems will be both supported and encouraged. The company says, “Accessing familiar operating systems like Windows, Ubuntu, Chrome OS, and others is easily accomplished by simply attaching an external USB drive that has the desired OS installed.” Type A USB 3 ports on the back of the system are used to connecting external drives (the internal storage is 32GB, so you’ll want to run other OSes from an external drive). In a hands-on demo with dev kit hardware, we were able to easily play Borderlands via Linux with an Xbox controller. The 8GB VCS 800 model will support 4K and HDR output, while the 4GB 400 model tops out at 1080p output. atari-peripheralsThe classic joystick and a more modern gamepad controller. Atari It’s a significantly different business model than the last wave of retro game consoles. Led by the Nintendo NES Classic Edition, gaming brands have been pushing small, under-$100 set-top boxes preloaded with emulated versions of classic games.The NES Classic and SNES Classic boxes were genuine hits. The PlayStation Classic was not, perhaps indicating the limits of retro gaming demand. atari-vcs-onyx-usbThe Onyx version with red highlights is only available at GameStop . Atari By supporting both classic and new games, and giving gamers the option of having a simple plug-and-play experience, installing new software or even running streaming video apps, the Atari VCS looks to be more of an all-in-one entertainment device. From these early details, it feels a bit like the Nvidia Shield, a living room device that offers access to both PC and Android games, video streaming and much more.More details on the Atari VCS and its features, games and hardware are expected later in 2019.Originally published June 10. Updated June 13 with additional software details.  Walmart News • The Sony PlayStation Classic hits its lowest price: $20 Sony PlayStation Classic Review • Sony PlayStation Classic review: A fine line between ‘classic’ and ‘old’ Only Walmart will offer the Kevlar Gold design.  Atari The classic Atari brand is making yet another return, this time as a retro-styled set-top box gaming console. Originally launched as a crowdfunding campaign in 2018 and raising more than $3 million, the Atari VCS console is available to preorder today from retailers Walmart and GameStop, as well as from the company website.Several models are being offered, with slightly different specs, designs and accessories. The Atari VCS 400 model has 4GB of RAM, and costs $249, while the 8GB 800 version is $279. A $389 “all in” version of the 800 console includes both a joystick and gamepad. The $49 classic-style joystick and $59 modern gamepad will also be sold separately.center_img Aug 28 • Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order trailer, gameplay footage and everything we know Best Buy E3 2019 reading • Atari VCS opens preorders at $249 for retro console featuring 4K gaming plus Linux and Windows support. The new Atari VCS console is more than a retro game box See All See It • Post a comment 0 Mentioned Above Sony PlayStation Classic Aug 3 • E3 journalists see their personal info exposed by security flaw CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Jul 26 • Doom Eternal: QuakeCon ‘Year of Doom’ keynote shows more ‘Battlemode’ action See it Walmart Nvidia Nintendo GameStoplast_img read more

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Jet Airways to sell 6 Boeing 777 aircraft in a bid to

first_imgA Jet Airways passenger aircraft prepares to land at the airport in the western Indian city of AhmedabadReuters fileJet Airways and its stakeholders of late haven’t really been experiencing the joy of flying, thanks to the financial woes dogging the carrier. The airline, which is reeling under a debt of about Rs 1,800 crore, is now reportedly planning to sell six of its Boeing 777 aircraft, and the amount received from the sale will be used to clear dues.Speaking of the plan, Jet Airways chief financial officer Amit Agarwal told analysts on Tuesday that six aircraft have been identified for the purpose.”The airline has identified six Boeing 777 aircraft, which it will sell to lessors under sale and leaseback and use the proceeds to pay most of the aircraft debt,” Livemint quoted Agarwal as telling the analysts.The sale and leaseback process is one in which an airline sells its aircraft to a buyer and then leases it from the latter for operations. By doing this, the balance sheet of the carrier is cleared of the aircraft, as well as, all the liabilities associated with it.The full-service carrier also plans to finance the purchase of additional Boeing 737 Max aircraft through the sale and leaseback process and may sell the remaining 10 planes that it owns.Agarwal also said that Jet will receive 15 new Boeing 737 Max aircraft in fiscal 2020, and remove 75 old Boeing 737 aircraft from service by 2025.To improve its financial situation, Jet also said that it will restrategise its business module on routes that aren’t profitable and also hopes that the fares will rise soon.The Naresh Goyal-owned airline has consistently been making losses, due to which Goyal was said to be looking for a new investor to raise working capital. He had reportedly spoken to Mukesh Ambani and Ratan Tata, and on November 13, Livemint had reported that the Tata Group had already started conducting due diligence of the carrier. In July 2017, Jet Airways had asked its junior pilots, who joined the brand in 2016, to take a 30 percent pay cut or leaveReutersHowever, Jet Airways has called the report speculative, declining to make any comments on the matter. “…The subject news is speculative in nature and that there is no discussion or decision in the board which would require a disclosure…,” Jet Airways said in a response, according to the Press Trust of India.It was earlier also reported that the management of the carrier had told its pilots that it may have to ground about 23 Boeing 737 aircraft to cut costs.The issue was raised during a meeting with the National Aviators Guild (NAG), the pilot union of Jet, on October 9, attended by the carrier’s CEO Vinay Dube, and chief people officer Rahul Taneja. “The management suggested it is looking at grounding 23 Boeing 737s operating on domestic routes to mitigate losses,” one of the senior pilots, who was at the meeting, told the Financial Express.However, Jet Airways has denied the reports of 23 Boeing 737s being grounded, calling the information “factually incorrect” and “misleading.””Jet Airways categorically denies your information which is factually incorrect and misleading. The airline also urges the publication to refrain from reporting speculative information being circulated via sources with malicious intent,” a Jet Airways spokesperson told the Financial Express.last_img read more

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New eclipsing cataclysmic variable discovered

first_img Cataclysmic variables (CVs) are binary star systems consisting of a white dwarf and a normal star companion. They irregularly increase in brightness by a large factor, then drop back down to a quiescent state. Polars are a subclass of cataclysmic variables, distinguished from other CVs by the presence of a very strong magnetic field in their white dwarfs.Although over 140 polars have been detected to date, only 33 of them have been identified as eclipsing systems. Hence, every new addition to the still relatively short list of eclipsing polars is very important for creating a reliable sample of such objects. Building a larger database of these systems would offer astronomers more opportunities to study magnetic accretion in binaries.Now, a group of astronomers led by Hannes Breytenbach of South African Astronomical Observatory (SAAO) in Cape Town, South Africa, reports the finding of a new magnetic CV, which they believe is a synchronized polar. The discovery was made using the recently commissioned MASTER-SAAO telescope, which identified the new object as a transient source. Follow-up observations provided more insights into the nature of this source.”Here, we report on the discovery of a new eclipsing cataclysmic variable from the MASTER-SAAO optical transient survey, MASTER OT J061451.70–272535.5 (hereafter J0614–27),” the researchers wrote in the paper.The astronomers found that MASTER OT J061451.70–272535.5 eclipses with a period of 2.08 hours. The eclipse light curve of this system showcases a peculiar morphology as observations show an initial dip, where the object’s brightness drops to about 50 percent of the pre-eclipse level before gradually increasing again in brightness. Afterward, the second rapid ingress is observed, where the brightness drops by around 60 to 80 percent, what is followed by a more gradual decrease to zero flux.The authors of the paper concluded that a light curve with such characteristics is result of an initial obscuration of the accretion hot-spot on the magnetic white dwarf by the accretion stream. This is followed by an eclipse of both the hot spot and the partially illuminated stream by the red dwarf donor star.According to the study, the white dwarf in the system has a radius of about 0.012 solar radii, and a mass between 0.5 and 0.86 solar masses. The red dwarf donor star is approximately five times smaller and six times less massive than our sun. The stars are separated from each other by about 3.25 AU.All in all, the researchers note that the properties of MASTER OT J061451.70–272535.5 suggest that it is a synchronized polar. “The spectral features, along with the structure of the light curve, suggest MASTER OT J061451.70–272535.5 is a new magnetic cataclysmic variable, most likely of the synchronized polar subclass,” the paper reads.Given that many aspects of the nature of MASTER OT J061451.70–272535.5 remain to be investigated, especially its evolutionary status, magnetic field structure and accretion flow, the authors of the study propose further multi-wavelength observations of this system. Explore further Using the Mobile Astronomical System of Telescope-Robots (MASTER), an international team of astronomers has detected a new eclipsing cataclysmic variable. The newfound object, designated MASTER OT J061451.70–272535.5, is most likely of the polar subclass. The finding is detailed in a paper published January 9 on arXiv.org. © 2019 Science X Network Astronomers identify new asynchronous short period polar The on-sky instrument field-of-view in equatorial J2000 coordinates for the photometric data collected on MASTER OT J061451.70–272535.5 from the SAAO. Image credit: Breytenbach et al., 2019. More information: H. Breytenbach et al. Discovery, observations and modelling of a new eclipsing polar: MASTER OT J061451.70-272535.5. arXiv:1901.02669 [astro-ph.SR]. arxiv.org/abs/1901.02669 Citation: New eclipsing cataclysmic variable discovered (2019, January 21) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-01-eclipsing-cataclysmic-variable.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

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Student gives possible explanation for female mating preferences that decrease male survival

first_img Citation: Student gives possible explanation for female mating preferences that decrease male survival chances (2019, June 6) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-06-student-explanation-female-decrease-male.html Having an STI could benefit male animals Pavitra Muralidhar, a Ph.D. student in the Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology at Harvard University, has developed a theory to explain why females of some species are more attracted to some males who have a lesser chance of survival. In her paper published in the journal Nature, she outlines her theory of selfish sex chromosomes and how it might work in nature. Mark Kirkpatrick, with the University of Texas has published a News and Views piece in the same journal issue, outlining the work done by Muralidhar. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Journal information: Nature More information: Pavitra Muralidhar. Mating preferences of selfish sex chromosomes, Nature (2019). DOI: 10.1038/s41586-019-1271-7center_img Explore further © 2019 Science X Network Prior research has shown that females of some species are more attracted to males who posses certain impressive features, such as bright plumage. But such research has also shown that males who sport brighter plumage are more likely to be seen and eaten by a predator—so why do the females prefer them? Scientists have been unable to answer this question. But Kirkpatrick notes that there are two main theories. The first is called direct selection, and it is what it sounds like—genes that affect mating preferences are direct targets of selection. An example might be a male that is good at helping tend a nest, and is therefore highly prized by females looking for a mate. The other theory, quite naturally, is called indirect selection, and it involves females choosing mates who have one trait, but get another trait as part of the deal. A female who chooses a male based on plumage, for example, might wind up with a male that also has a good immune system, which is responsible for his great plumage. Unfortunately, neither of these theories explains why a female would go for a male that is clearly less likely to survive; doing so will decrease her male offspring’s chances of survival. Muralidhar suggests this phenomenon is due to what she describes as “selfish sex chromosomes.”Muralidhar’s theory is based on the indirect selection theory, and also sexually antagonistic selection, in which a gene benefits one gender, but could mean harm to the other. She also considers the possibility of an exception in situations where one gender has a pair of same chromosomes and the other has two that are different. She suggests that in cases in which a gene involved in mating is located on the chromosome that is present in only one gender, it can result in only offspring of the same gender carrying that gene, which could benefit them, but it could also bring harm to the offspring of the other gender. She has also carried out a mathematical analysis of her ideas to prove her theory and carried out a study of 36 species, half of which aligned with her “selfish sex chromosome” hypothesis expectations. Human chromosomes during metaphase. Credit: Steffen Dietzel/Wikipedialast_img read more

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Women and cheating All in the looks

first_imgWomen who are perceived as unattractive are more likely to cheat on their partners, while the opposite is true for men, according to a study that identifies predictors for whether your Valentine will be faithful in a long-term relationship. The study by researchers from Florida State University in the US identified some of the strongest predictors of infidelity, including age, marital satisfaction, sexual satisfaction, attractiveness and history of short-term relationships. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfResearchers found younger people and those less satisfied with their relationships were more likely to be unfaithful. People satisfied with sex in their relationship were more likely to engage in infidelity, perhaps suggesting they felt more positive about sex in general and would seek it out regardless of how they felt about their main relationship.Another predictor of infidelity was attractiveness. A person’s own attractiveness was negatively associated with infidelity among women but not men – meaning less attractive women were more likely to have an affair. A partner’s attractiveness was negatively associated with infidelity among men but not women – meaning men were more likely to be unfaithful when their partners were less attractive. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveA person’s history of sex was a predictor of infidelity, too. Men who reported having more short-term sexual partners prior to marriage were more likely to have an affair, while the opposite was true for women.The research, published in the journal Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, is the first to find evidence of psychological responses that help a person avoid infidelity and stay in a long-term relationship. The team followed 233 newly married couples for up to three and half years and documented intimate details about their relationships, including marital satisfaction, long-term commitment, and whether they had engaged in infidelity and if they were still together. Researchers tested two psychological processes that everyone shares in varying degrees: Attentional Disengagement and Evaluative Devaluation of potential romantic partners. The team tested newlyweds on those processes by showing them photographs of highly attractive men and women, as well as average-looking men and women. Researchers discovered that participants who quickly disengaged their attention from an attractive person were less likely to engage in infidelity. Individuals who looked away in as little as a few hundred milliseconds faster than average were nearly 50 per cent less likely to have sex outside marriage. Conversely, partners who took significantly longer to look away from romantic alternatives had a higher risk of infidelity, and their marriages were more likely to fail.Tendency to devalue, or downgrade, the attractiveness of potential romantic partners also lowered the risk of infidelity and raised likelihood of maintaining the relationship.last_img read more

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