Also, with only 14 players from the first team: Vidal stays out

first_imgThe first call of Quique Setién after the end of the winter market makes it clear that the staff that counts is taken with pins. At the first setback in the form of injury or sanction, seams are seen everywhere. This Sunday, after the morning session, the Cantabrian coach has given the list for tonight’s game against Levante (21 hours) at the Camp Nou where The absence of Chilean Arturo Vidal stands out above all, which on Saturday no longer exercised with the team because of a strong bruise on the left leg. The loss of Vidal in the call must also be added by the Frenchman Ousmane Dembélé, who has not yet received a medical discharge even though his return is already imminent adventure, and that of the Brazilian goalkeeper Neto, which is still recovering from a sprained left ankle. In addition, that of striker Luis Suarez, operated on the external meniscus of his right knee, and that his return is set for three and a half months.So that, Setién has only been able to summon fourteen players from the first team, so he has had to use the subsidiary, calling in total four players: goalkeeper Iñaki Peña, midfielder Riqui Puig and strikers Ansu Fati and Alex Collado.The list of 18 players called for the match against Levante is as follows: Ter Stegen, Sergi Roberto, Semedo, Piqué, Lenglet, Umtiti, Alba, Junior, Sergio Busquets, Arthur, De Jong, Rakitic, Griezmann, Messi, Ansu Fati, Peña, Riqui Puig and Collado.last_img read more

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In France, the Force is strong with lightsaber dueling

first_imgView comments Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Bondi awoke well before dawn to make the four-hour drive from Metz to a national lightsaber tournament outside Paris this month that drew 34 competitors. It showcased how far the sport has come in a couple of years but also that it’s still light years from becoming mainstream.The crowd was small and a technical glitch prevented the duelers’ photos, combat names and scores from being displayed on a big screen, making bouts tough to follow. But the illuminated swooshes of colored blades looked spectacular in the darkened hall. Fan cosplay as Star Wars characters added levity, authenticity and a tickle of bizarre to the proceedings, especially the incongruous sight of Darth Vader buying a ham sandwich and a bag of potato chips at the cafeteria during a break.In building their sport from the ground up, French organizers produced competition rules intended to make lightsaber dueling both competitive and easy on the eyes.“We wanted it to be safe, we wanted it to be umpired and, most of all, we wanted it to produce something visual that looks like the movies, because that is what people expect,” said Michel Ortiz, the tournament organizer.Combatants fight inside a circle marked in tape on the floor. Strikes to the head or body are worth 5 points; to the arms or legs, 3 points; on hands, 1 point. The first to 15 points wins or, if they don’t get there quickly, the high scorer after 3 minutes. If both fighters reach 10 points, the bout enters “sudden death,” where the first to land a head- or body-blow wins, a rule to encourage enterprising fighters.Blows only count if the fighters first point the tip of their saber behind them. That rule prevents the viper-like, tip-first quick forward strikes seen in fencing. Instead, the rule encourages swishier blows that are easier for audiences to see and enjoy, and which are more evocative of the duels in Star Wars. Of those, the battle between Obi-Wan and Darth Maul in “The Phantom Menace” that ends badly for the Sith despite his double-bladed lightsaber is particularly appreciated by aficionados for its swordplay.Still nascent, counting its paid-up practitioners in France in the hundreds, not thousands, lightsaber dueling has no hope of a place in the Paris Olympics in 2024.But to hear the thwack of blades and see them cut shapes through the air is to want to give the sport a try.Or, as Yoda would say: “Try not. Do! Or do not. There is no try.” Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? 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In France, it is easier than ever now to act out “Star Wars” fantasies. The fencing federation has officially recognized lightsaber dueling as a competitive sport. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)BEAUMONT-SUR-OISE, France — Master Yoda, dust off his French, he must.It’s now easier than ever in France to act out “Star Wars” fantasies, because its fencing federation has borrowed from a galaxy far, far away and officially recognized lightsaber dueling as a competitive sport, granting the iconic weapon from George Lucas’ saga the same status as the foil, epee and sabre, the traditional blades used at the Olympics.ADVERTISEMENT Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Of course, the LED-lit, rigid polycarbonate lightsaber replicas can’t slice a Sith lord in half. But they look and, with the more expensive sabers equipped with a chip in their hilt that emits a throaty electric rumble, even sound remarkably like the silver screen blades that Yoda and other characters wield in the blockbuster movies.Plenty realistic, at least, for duelists to work up an impressive sweat slashing, feinting and stabbing in organized, 3-minute bouts. The physicality of lightsaber combat is part of why the French Fencing Federation threw its support behind the sport and is now equipping fencing clubs with lightsabers and training would-be lightsaber instructors. Like virtuous Jedi knights, the French federation sees itself as combatting a Dark Side: The sedentary habits of 21st-century life that are sickening ever-growing numbers of adults and kids.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs“With young people today, it’s a real public health issue. They don’t do any sport and only exercise with their thumbs,” says Serge Aubailly, the federation secretary general. “It’s becoming difficult to (persuade them to) do a sport that has no connection with getting out of the sofa and playing with one’s thumbs. That is why we are trying to create a bond between our discipline and modern technologies, so participating in a sport feels natural.”In the past, the likes of Zorro, Robin Hood and The Three Musketeers helped lure new practitioners to fencing. Now, joining and even supplanting them are Luke Skywalker, Obi-Wan Kenobi and Darth Vader. “Cape and sword movies have always had a big impact on our federation and its growth,” Aubailly says. ”Lightsaber films have the same impact. Young people want to give it a try.”And the young at heart.Police officer Philippe Bondi, 49, practiced fencing for 20 years before switching to lightsaber. When a club started offering classes in Metz, the town in eastern France where he is stationed for the gendarmerie, Bondi says he was immediately drawn by the prospect of living out the love he’s had for the Star Wars universe since he saw the first film at age 7, on its release in 1977.He fights in the same wire-mesh face mask he used for fencing. He spent about 350 euros ($400) on his protective body armor (sturdy gloves, chest, shoulder and shin pads) and on his federation-approved lightsaber, opting for luminous green “because it’s the Jedi colors, and Yoda is my master.”“I had to be on the good side, given that my job is upholding the law,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READlast_img read more

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Senate Elects Pro Temp, Leadership Members by Resolution

first_imgSenate Pro Tempore Albert Chie delivering his acceptance speech. The Liberian Senate at the first sitting of the First Session of the 54th Legislature yesterday elected Grand Kru County Senator Albert Tugbe Chie President Pro Tempore and the 10 Statutory Committee members through a resolution signed by over 27 Senators.According to the Secretariat of the Senate, the resolution became necessary following an announcement by Lofa County Senator Stephen Zargo late Sunday evening of his withdrawal from the race to keep the Senate united.The motion of the resolution proffered by Grand Bassa Senator Nyonblee Karnga-Lawrence also called for the elevation and upgrading of the Committees on Public Works and that of Education to leadership status. This followed after the passage of another resolution electing reshuffled members of the eight-member leadership committee.Outgoing Pro Temp Armah Zolu Jallah now chairs the new statutory committee on Public Works, while River Cess Senator Dallas Gueh chairs the Committee on Education.Other statutory committee members include Senators Nyonblee Karnga-Lawrence, now Rules, Order & Administration; Geraldine Doe-Sherif, Executive (retained); H. Varney Sherman, Judiciary; Peter Sonpon Coleman, retained on Gender, Health, Social Welfare, Women & Children Affairs; H. Dan Morais, retained on Foreign Affairs; Morris G. Saytumah, Ways, Means & Finance; Thomas Grupee, Defense, Security, Intelligence, and Veterans Affairs; J. Gbleh-Bo Brown, Internal Affairs, Reconciliation & Good Governance.Meanwhile, Nimba County Senator Prince Johnson retained his post on the ECOWAS Parliament, with Senator Stephen Zargo.Earlier, in the presence of the incoming President of the Senate, Vice President-elect Jewel Howard Taylor, the outgoing Senate President, Joseph Boakai, in a moving statement accompanied by standing ovations, bade farewell to the 53rd Senate he chaired for 12 years, and welcomed the 54th.“For me, as President of the Liberian Senate and, I am sure for you as honorable members of the Upper House, it is certainly a positive development that the nation’s new President, Senator George Weah, and Vice President Senator Jewel Howard Taylor, will be none other than colleagues and compatriots who have worked with us in these very chambers for some years now,” VP Boakai reflected.Vice President Boakai recalled warning his colleagues last January that it should “never be a must win or perish situation which would engender unsavory acts aimed at reaping undeserved rewards. Today, we leave it to history to judge whether we have demonstrated the inclination to live by what we preach; what I feel, however, is great pride and fulfillment for the love and loyalty I hold for this country,” VP Boakai said.In his acceptance speech, Pro Temp Chie told the gathering that the Senate’s legislative agenda, in the interim, will include some bills that are being worked on in committee room, such as the Land Rights Act and the Local Government Act, adding: “These two bills are almost in their final stages of processing and will be enacted promptly.”Also on the interim agenda are the new Immigration and Naturalization Act and the new Maritime Law, which will need prompt attention.Pro Temp Chie, who chaired the committee on Lands, Mines, Energy and Natural Resources, said under the 54th Legislature, the Senate will urge the Executive to review most of the concession agreements that have been passed over many years to assess the performance of concessionaires and to accommodate any profound change in circumstances.“We will tackle the provisions of the Constitution that were sent to us for review to begin the process for a national referendum. We will review the arguments for dual citizenship, mineral rights, reduction in the terms for the President, Vice President and members of the Legislature, open citizenship for all despite race, etc.,” Chie assured.The Albert Chie-led Senate promised to introduce new elements for national referendum consideration such as the argument that the President of the Senate should be a Senator and not the Vice President of Liberia.He reminded his colleagues that the 54th Legislature will be a part of the government that is inheriting an economy that is not performing well, with export earnings down due to the adverse global market prices for the country’s major commodities.“The Senate stands prepared to work with the Executive to address the current economic challenges in both the short and medium terms and our actions will include but not limited to the passing of a realistic National Budget to avoid budget shortfalls; revisiting policies to strengthen the economy in sectors such as forestry, taxation, investment incentives; strengthening of institutions assisting in the creation of an enabling environment for the growth of the private sector,” he said.Another area of concern for the 54th Senate, according to Chie, will be Liberia’s debt profile, massive foreign investment, value addition to locally-produced commodities, and electricity/power issues, among others.With respect to the Senate’s housekeeping, Chie promised to continue from where his predecessor stopped: Assessing the human resource capacity of the Senate to make all departments functional; review the rules of the Senate and amend where necessary; augment the strength of the legal department of the Senate; review the welfare of Senate staff and employees; reconciling the administrative function of the Senate Secretariat and the relevant committees of the Senate; building the capacity of employees and staff; improving the security of the Capitol; and enhancing the public relations capacity by the procurement and operation of an FM station and television facility for the legislature.Meanwhile, former Pro Temp Jallah yesterday disclosed that during his stewardship, the Senate acted on 150 bills. In 2015 during the 4th session of the Senate, 16 bills were enacted and two bills amended; during the 5th session in 2016, the Senate ratified 43 bills while 22 were enacted and 15 amended; in 2017 the Senate ratified 12 bills and enacted 24, while 11 were amended.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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ATHLETICS: FINN VALLEY DO DOUBLE IN MASTERS CROSS COUNTRY

first_imgFINN VALLEY AC did the double at the Cross Country Masters in Castlefinn.Both the men and women’s team took the honours in the team events.Donegal Athletic BoardTeam:Master WomenCastlefinnDate07/10/2012PositionTeam1st2nd3rd4thTotal1Finn Valley A.C.12511192Tír Chonaill6101215433Inishowen A.C.791318474Rosses A.C.38212254Team:Master MenCastlefinnDate07/10/2012PositionTeam1st2nd3rd4thTotal1Finn Valley A.C.581012352Inishowen A.C.262022503Letterkenny A.C.9111835734Tír Chonaill1517192475Donegal Athletic BoardMaster Cross Country Championships  2012Castlefinn07/10/2012Pos.No.First NameSurnameClubTime1113JamesFlanaganTír Chonaill16.182102PauricMc KinneyLetterkenny A.C.16.283132KeithShieldsFoyle Valley A.C.16.394133JamesBrownCity of Derry16.535124DominicBonnerFinn Valley A.C.17.086101JoeMc KinneyInishowen A.C.17.177131CathalMc LaughlinFoyle Valley A.C.17.198129MartinIrwinFinn Valley A.C.17.239109KevinFerryLetterkenny A.C.17.5310119ColinMc NultyFinn Valley A.C.18.0011110MarcusMc ClintockLetterkenny A.C.18.0612128PatHegartyFinn Valley A.C.18.0913125TomThompsonFinn Valley A.C.18.2614122MichaelPenroseFinn Valley A.C.18.4615117RichardMc CarthyTír Chonaill19.0816123RaymondDohertyFinn Valley A.C.19.1917116NoelThomasTír Chonaill19.2118108AidanMc KennaLetterkenny A.C.19.3319115OllieThomasInishowen A.C.19.4220104RonanWhoriskeyInishowen A.C.19.4621121MichaelGallagherFinn Valley A.C.19.5122134FinbarGallagherInishowen A.C.19.5623127Sean PaulByrneFinn Valley A.C.20.0024114JohnCannonTír Chonaill20.0425126AndyScanlonFinn Valley A.C.20.0526106MickHarkinInishowen A.C.20.0627137EddieKellyLifford A.C.20.0928118DonalHaugheyTír Chonaill20.4429105SeanMc DaidInishowen A.C.20.5630120TonyGallagherFinn Valley A.C.21.0431139PatGallagherLifford A.C.21.0932107MichaelCollinsInishowen A.C.21.1133112FrancisDohertyInishowen A.C.21.1334130LiamMarleyCranford A.C.21.1735111RichardRaymondLetterkenny A.C.21.2136135GerardGallagherLifford A.C.21.4237103OwenMc KinneyInishowen A.C.23.2338136MarkDonagheyLifford A.C.24.3539138DaleCoyleLifford A.C.26.14  Donegal Athletic BoardMaster Women Cross Country ChampionshipsCastlefinn 07/10/2012Pos.No.First NameSurnameClubTime173NoleenPorterFinn Valley A.C.11.30270KayByrneFinn Valley A.C.11.43363ItaGallagherRosses A.C.11.46476NoreenMc GettiganLetterkenny A.C.11.52572MiriamBonnerFinn Valley A.C.12.04661MarieRooneyTír Chonaill A.C.12.21754TraceyHarleyInishowen A.C.12.30864AnitaMeehanRosses A.C.12.33956LizMc DaidInishowen A.C.12.371060PhilomenaGallagherTír Chonaill A.C.12.491171NoreenBonnerFinn Valley A.C.12.521262BrendaMorrisTír Chonaill A.C.12.541357BreegeCollinsInishowen A.C.12.561469MaryHipsleyFinn Valley A.C.13.081559JackieHarveyTír Chonaill A.C.13.121668GloriaDonagheyFinn Valley A.C.13.211767Mary TeresaSpeightFinn Valley A.C.13.491858AideenMc LaughlinInishowen A.C.14.071977ElizabethBreslinLifford A.C.14.252078AmandaMonaghanLifford A.C.16.072165BridDohertyRosses A.C.17.472266SinéadDiverRosses A.C.18.20      ATHLETICS: FINN VALLEY DO DOUBLE IN MASTERS CROSS COUNTRY was last modified: October 7th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:ATHLETICS: FINN VALLEY DO DOUBLE IN MASTERS CROSS COUNTRYlast_img read more

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WORKSHOP ANNOUNCED FOR COACHING PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES

first_imgThe upcoming Coaching Ireland – CPD Coaching People with Disabilities Workshop is scheduled for 15th October from 10-2pm in Letterkenny. Details of venue are to be confirmed.If you are interested, you can get the form by clicking here:Coaching Ireland CPD – Course Flyer WORKSHOP ANNOUNCED FOR COACHING PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES was last modified: September 28th, 2011 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:WORKSHOP ANNOUNCED FOR COACHING PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIESlast_img read more

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HTML5 Does Have A Mobile Future: Mozilla’s Chris Heilmann Goes Mythbusting

first_img2012 may well be remembered as the year when application developers turned against HTML5. Which will be ironic, as HTML5 has evolved more in 2012 than in any other year since it became a reality. But with companies like Facebook dropping HTML5 in favor of native mobile apps, the hype cycle around the standard has turned. Some developers have become disappointed and disillusioned with HTML5. They have come to believe the myths that HTML5 may be, ultimately, untenable.Chris Heilmann, principle developer evangelist at Mozilla, aims to bust some of the negative myths that have cropped up around HTML5. In a recent blog post, Heilmann gives an impassioned and pragmatic breakdown of the so-called myths surrounding HTML5. He touches on contentious issues of performance, monetization, developer tools and debugging, offline use and capabilities. For the most part, Heilmann’s argument is not wrong. His crux is that HTML5 is of the Web and for the Web – and that the Web is everywhere. He leans heavily on the “write once, run everywhere” principle and the problems of “native” apps that are optimized to perform and monetize through a closed application-store model. The HTML5 vs. Native app argument isn’t new of course, but Heilmann effectively counters many of today’s most popular misconceptions around HTML5 – discoverability, user experience, performance and monetary viability for developers.This isn’t an academic argument. In the long run, the emergence and evolution of HTML5 affects where mobile users get their mobile apps and the perception of how they perform. For the most part, users do not care how their apps were built, as long as they work. But how developers view these choices can change the course of how apps are made, where consumers find them and the tools that app creators choose to use for building for mobile devices. MonetizationPundits like to say that HTML5 app developers are not able to monetize their apps. Heilmann, correctly, disproves this as a general theory. “Saying that HTML5 has no monetization model is like saying the Web can not be monetized (which is especially ironic when this is written on news sites that show ads),” Heilmann wrote. There is a nasty little secret hidden here that applies to all app developers, mobile or otherwise: Most apps make no money. For every runaway success (Angry Birds et al.) there are probably a thousand apps that languish with few users and/or no hope of making money. Between iOS, Android, Windows Phone and BlackBerry, there are approximately 1,580,000 (or so) apps – and 80% of them make next to nothing. Only the top 10% considered successful. The Web is a similar landscape. For every Google, there are companies like Microsoft that lose millions every quarter on their online properties. The concept is not that HTML5 cannot be monetized, but rather that it is very difficult to make big money in mobile in general.Performance & CapabilitiesHeilmann contends that HTML5 can perform just as well as native apps, except that closed mobile operating systems do not allow hardware acceleration and integration through the browser to outside apps. This is true – and one reason that Facebook decided to turn away from HTML5.Fundamentally, the concept of “write once, run everywhere” is easy to achieve in HTML5. It is more difficult to achieve, “write once, perform well everywhere.” HTML5 apps for Web and mobile are often targeted towards a specific platform, such as a certain browser. When those apps are not running on that browser, the performance suffers.The problem is not a matter of whether or not the HTML5 app can perform, but rather that of user experience. Facebook’s HTML5-first vision for mobile meant that the core of its app was built around its mobile m.facebook.com site and then “wrapped” for native stores such as iOS and Android. Many users complained that the Facebook mobile application was nearly unusable on some smartphones, especially for Android users on older devices. Mozilla shows off WebAPIs earlier this yearBut the onus for HTML5 performance and capabilities really has little to do with the HTML5 development community (presuming a developer’s code is well done, of course) but rather the individual mobile operating systems. It’s the operating system and platform providers who need to open up hardware integration and acceleration so that HTML5 developers can tune to them. This lack of cooperation between the OS providers and HTML5 is a key reason that Mozilla is creating its own operating system, the Firefox OS (formerly “Boot2Gecko”) which will be completely Web-based and deployed internationally in 2013. As for capabilities, Mozilla is recreating many of the custom features of native apps – such as camera, contacts, calendar etc. – with its WebAPI initiatives, which tie a smartphone browser to hardware features. Mozilla Has An AgendaIt is understandable that Heilmann is intense in his support of HTML5. The capabilities of the technology stack mixed with the obstacles it faces create all the ingredients for an impassioned plea.But Heilmann has an agenda here. Mozilla started in the late 1990s to counteract the Microsoft Internet Explorer monopoly. That battle has now switched to mobile, with HTML5 the primary weapon in Mozilla’s arsenal. So Mozilla has to rally the troops against the closed platforms. The continued existence of Mozilla depends upon an open Web. As the Web goes mobile, the closed nature of operating systems like Apple’s iOS and its App Store threaten Mozilla to its core. The fact is that HTML5 is not for everybody. Some developers will gladly take the advantage of the native approach and its closed ecosystem… and laugh all the way to the bank. Then again, native is not for everybody, especially for media brands or large enterprises that cannot or will not invest in the developer resources to create a native app for every platform. Will Mobile OS Makers Play Along?Heilmann makes a significant point in noting how closely the future of HTML5 is tied to the goodwill of the native operating systems. “The main reason why HTML5 is not the obvious choice for developers now is the above mentioned lockout when it comes to hardware. An iOS device does not allow different browser engines and does not allow HTML5 to access the camera, the address book, vibration, the phone or text messaging. In other words, everything that makes a mobile device interesting for developers and very necessary functionality for Apps,” Heilmann wrote. There is no certainty that the native platforms will move an inch to support pure HTML5 apps (unwrapped for native performance) outside of their own purposes. For Apple specifically, there is little incentive to do so. That’s why it makes sense for companies like Mozilla to take its future into its own hands with projects like Firefox OS. Yet there is no guarantee that Firefox smartphones will sell well – and it is impossible to monetize without attracting eyeballs.When it comes to mobile users, the goal is for none of this to matter. If I want use Firefox OS or HTML5 apps, I need to trust that those apps will work as well as the native versions I am already used to from the closed app store models. Consumers should not even have to know if an app is native or HTML5 Web-based at all. The goal is to trust that any app, no matter how it is made, will work well on your device. With the complex relationship between the mobile operating systems, native app creation and the Web, there is no guarantee of that right now. That has to change. Outside of the specific Mobile Web App vs. Native App argument and the uncertainties it creates, there is a growing place in app development for HTML5 in the near and long term. The biggest problem – user experience – is conquerable. It will just take more cooperation among the various players to achieve.Top image from HexGL racer by Thibaut Despoulain. dan rowinski Tags:#HTML5#Mozilla Related Posts What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech …center_img Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more

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Exploring Resilience

first_imgby Sara CroymansWe hear a lot about the concept of resilience in relation to military service members and families. When I think of resilience the concepts of bouncing back or overcoming adversities come to mind. Resilience may be thought of as a trait, a process or an outcome (Southwick, Bonanno, Masten, Panter-Brick, & Yehuda, 2014). It has been reported that each military branch has its own definition of resilience. One such definition adopted by the Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Heath and Traumatic Brain Injury and the Institute of Medicine is “The ability to withstand, recover, and grow in the face of stressors and changing demands” (Meadows, Beckett, Bowling, Golinelli, Fisher, Martin, Meredith, & Chan Osilla, 2015).A 2011 RAND report, Promoting Psychological Resilience in the U.S. Military, defined psychological resilience as “the process of coping with or overcoming exposure to adversity or stress.” Through an intensive literature review several evidence-informed factors for promoting psychological resilience on the individual, family, unit, and community levels were identified. (Meredith, Sherbourne, Gaillot, Hansell, Ritschard, Parker, & Wrenn, 2011). The identified factors included:Individual level factors – positive coping, positive affect, positive thinking, realism, behavioral control, physical fitness and altruism.Family level factors – emotional ties, communication, support, closeness, nurturing, and adaptabilityUnit/Organization level factors – positive command climate, teamwork and cohesionCommunity level factors – belongingness, cohesion, connectedness and collective efficacyTo continue the conversation about resilience, MFLN Family Transitions, Family Development and Network Literacy teams invite folks to participate in the August Resilience Webinar Series. This groundbreaking webinar series brings together three pre-eminent resilience theorists and researchers, Dr. Ann Masten, Dr. Froma Walsh, and Dr. Michael Ungar, to share insight on addressing barriers, identify various systems and promote protective factors to support individual, family and community resilience. Participants will engage with these influential facilitators and each other to practice resilience thinking and learn how to apply the principles in their work. Learn more about the webinar series and RSVP at https://militaryfamilieslearningnetwork.org/resilienceseries/ References:Meadows, Sarah O., Megan K. Beckett, Kirby Bowling, Daniela Golinelli, Michael P. Fisher, Laurie T. Martin, Lisa S. Meredith, and Karen Chan Osilla, Family Resilience in the Military: Definitions, Models, and Policies. Santa Monica, CA: RAND Corporation, 2015. https://www.rand.org/pubs/research_reports/RR470.htmlMeredith, L. S., Sherbourne, C. D., Gaillot, S. J., Hansell, L., Ritschard, H. V., Parker, A. M., & Wrenn, G. (2011). Promoting psychological resilience in the US military. Rand health quarterly, 1(2). Retrieved from https://www.rand.org/pubs/monographs/MG996.htmlSouthwick, S. M., Bonanno, G. A., Masten, A. S., Panter-Brick, C., & Yehuda, R. (2014). Resilience definitions, theory, and challenges: interdisciplinary perspectives. European journal of psychotraumatology, 5(1), 25338. Retrieved from https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.3402/ejpt.v5.25338 This material is based on work supported by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the Office of Military Family Readiness Policy, U.S. Department of Defense Award Number 2015-48770-24368.center_img This post was written by Sara Croymans, MEd, AFC, University of Minnesota Extension Educator, and member of the MFLN Family Transitions team. Family Transitions provides education, resources and networking opportunities for professionals working with military families to build resilience and navigate life cycle transitions. Engage with the MFLN Family Transitions team on our website, Facebook, and Twitter.last_img read more

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Article 370: extremist groups call for boycott of Independence Day celebrations

first_imgThe dilution of Article 370 and the bifurcation of Jammu and Kashmir into two Union Territories have made two extremist groups in the northeastern region come together and give a call to boycott the Independence Day celebrations on August 15.The two groups are the Coordination Committee, or CorCom, an umbrella organisation of six Manipur-based extremist outfits, and the United Liberation Front of Asom-Independent, which formed the United National Liberation Front of Western South East Asia with several non-Manipuri groups in the region four years ago.“The outrageous scrapping of Article 370 of the Indian constitution and the bifurcation of Jammu and Kashmir without the consent of the people of the State show India’s arrogance and blatant disregard for democratic principles,” the two groups said in a statement. “Shutting down of the State machinery and the house arrest of prominent leaders portend the kind of… policies that would be applied to the people of the northeastern region as well. Freedom from India’s colonial yoke is the only way to save ourselves from being swallowed by Hindustan,” the statement said.‘Enhanced Hinduisation’The two groups said the political control of India by the BJP has “enhanced the Hinduisation process rapidly”.The “Modi government is bent upon re-introducing” the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill to forcibly “make the northeastern region a part of the Hindutva empire,” they said.last_img read more

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Missing south Delhi builder murdered for jewels and cash

first_imgThe decomposed body of a builder was recovered from a flat in Noida’s Sector-92 on Monday, two days after he went missing from his GK-II residence in south Delhi, the police said.Three persons have been arrested in connection with the murder of Vinod Kumar Gupta alias Bansal (55), the owner of BCC Developers, which has construction sites across Punjabi Bagh, Faridabad, Noida and Neemrana in Rajasthan.”Deepak Kumar, 25, and Sonu, both from Pratapgarh in Uttar Pradesh, were detained for questioning in Tilak Nagar area of west Delhi and Pratapgarh respectively on Sunday,” additional commissioner of police ( South- East) Ajay Chaudhary said. They were arrested on Monday.Rakesh, who bought the jewellery stolen from the builder, has also been arrested.The builder was reported missing by his family after he left his South Delhi home on Friday night, saying he had some urgent work in Sarita Vihar. But instead, he was lured to the Sector- 92 flat by Sonu, who had known Gupta for some years, the police said.Gupta’s phone was switched off a few hours later and his sedan was found abandoned near Pari Chowk in Greater Noida on Saturday.”During investigations, we found that Sonu, a native of Pratapgarh, had made around seven calls to the victim. We found that Sonu was missing from his house and posted a team to nab him,” Chaudhary said.The police lay in wait for Deepak at Tilak Nagar, where his sister-in-law stays.Chaudhary said that on grilling Deepak, he revealed the whereabouts of the body.advertisementThe police said that Sonu, a childhood friend of Deepak and Rakesh, had bragged to his friends that the wealthy builder used to carry loads of cash and jewellery on him. Deepak, a driver, and Sonu, currently unemployed, then enlisted the help of another friend called Dilip to rob Gupta.The three arrived in the Capital on Friday.”Sonu was in touch with Gupta throughout Friday and called him to Noida at night on the pretext of discussing some business,” the ACP said. The three lay in wait at the house and murdered Gupta when he resisted the robbery bid.After murdering Gupta, they looted his jewellery and cash, the police said. “They had planned to take his car but abandoned it out of fear of being caught,” Chaudhary added.Later, the police picked up Rakesh, but Dilip, who used to do menial jobs at home, is still on the run.However, a friend of the family said they suspected a prominent builder to be involved. ” We have named a few persons in the FIR, including a prominent builder but the police have not taken any action, since he is an influential person,” the friend, who declined to be named, said.For more news on India, click here.For more news on Business, click here.For more news on Movies, click here.For more news on Sports, click here.last_img read more

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Last Lokpal joint panel meet today as deadline for draft inches closer

first_imgAs the deadline to finalise the draft for Lokpal Bill comes closer, the joint committee on it would meet for the last time on Tuesday hoping to resolve differences between the representatives of government and civil society. The latest meeting comes close on the heels of a three-hour discussion on Monday after which the government claimed a breakthrough in the talks. However, the civil society team, headed by anti-corruption activist Anna Hazare, did not endorse the government’s claims. This joint panel meeting on Lokpal would be the last before the deadline for the draft bill ends on June 30 and placed before the cabinet. Fresh differences between the two sides over the process of selection and removal of Lokpal, in addition to the structure and the jurisdiction of the proposed ombudsman, had emerged during the Monday meeting even as both parties had claimed that the talks were cordial. Contentious issues such as bringing the prime minister and the higher judiciary under the purview of Lokpal could not be discussed as the members disagreed on new issues. The government representatives sought a greater role for politicians in the Lokpal selection committee, while the civil society members demanded a more “broad-based” Lokpal selection committee. PM calls UPA meetMeanwhile, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh would convene a meeting of United Progressive Alliance (UPA) leaders to ascertain their views over the drafting of the Lokpal Bill. As Congress has reiterated that Parliament will have the final say on the Lokpal Bill, there has been a divergence of views among the UPA allies on the issue. While the Congress and the NCP have opposed it, the DMK has reportedly favoured it. The government has already given hints that it would convene an all-party meeting in July to discuss whether to bring the prime minister under the Lokpal’s purview.advertisementFor more news on India, click here.For more news on Business, click here.For more news on Movies, click here.For more news on Sports, click here.last_img read more

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