Wenger irate with critics, threatens media walk-out

January 20, 2020

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first_imgLONDON (AP):Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger dismissed continued criticism of his team selection as “very, very, very, very boring” and threatened to walk out of a news conference yesterday when questioned about Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho.Arsenal lost 3-2 to Olympiakos on Tuesday when stand-in goalkeeper David Ospina dropped a corner over the line and the defence then conceded a third goal immediately after the hosts equalised.Wenger yesterday launched an impassioned defence of both his team and decision to select Ospina ahead of Petr Cech as he faced questions ahead of tomorrow’s Barclays Premier match against Manchester United.”You come to the game, you judge the game, and you assess if I am right or wrong. I never critiqued that. I accept your judgment of how the team played and your assessment, but I don’t have to give you all the information I have to make my decisions,” Wenger said. “I make the decision that is right on the day, and I am accountable for the results of my team and the way we play football. … If you have watched the game and you come down to the conclusion that we lost the game because of Ospina, I question your knowledge of football.”When pressed to respond to Mourinho’s comment that there was only one Premier League manager not under pressure, Wenger curtly replied: “Look! Stop that story or we stop the press conference.”As he marked 19 years as manager, the 64-year-old Wenger hit back at the sweeping criticism, having not won the Premier League since 2004. The team is three points behind leaders United after seven games.”I think you lack a bit of creativity in the press at the moment, that you follow a bandwagon that is very, very, very, very boring. I don’t go along with that,” Wenger said. “If you have any interesting questions for Sunday’s game, I can answer, but apart from that, let’s not come back always to the same story.”Wenger was frustrated at what he sees as a lack of proper match analysis by the media.”One pundit says something on television and all behind that they repeat exactly the same thing. It is quite boring because nobody came out with numbers of this game where the game was won and lost,” Wenger said. “It is quite depressing to read that and to hear that – to all come just to the same conclusion and not to have watched well what has gone on on the pitch.”In injury news, centre back Laurent Koscielny is expected to be sidelined for around three weeks with a hamstring problem picked up against Olympiakos. Midfielders Mikel Arteta and Mathieu Flamini remain out.last_img read more


16 to Compete in 3rd African U-18 Championship

January 14, 2020

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first_imgThe Liberia Athletics Federation (LFA) has chosen 19 athletes from the National Time Trial to represent the country in the 3rd Confederation of Africa Athletics (CAA) Under-18 Championship. The championship will be held in Abidjan, La Cote d’Ivoire from Tuesday, April 16 thru Saturday, April 20, 2019.The National Time Trial was held at the Samuel K. Doe Sports Complex on Saturday, March 30, 2019. It brought to the fore over 40 athletes from clubs and schools.Five girls and 10 boys were selected because of the their impressive times and performances.They include Nancy Saah (100 meters, 200 meters and Long Jump; 12.50, 25.68, 4.55); Nancy Topkah (100 meters and 200 meters; 13.48, 27.55); Monica Sanoe (100 meters, 13:25); Elizabeth Yarkay (200 meters and 400 meters; 28.00, 1:10.97) and Lawerina Cooper (Shot Put, 10.20).Others are: Charles Gbelia (100 meters, 11.06); Alfred Clinton (100 meters, 11.31); Telvin Jallah (100 meters, 11.62); Soko Clinton (200 meters, 24.18); Cornelius Pennoh (200 meters, 23.30); Emmanuel Nigbo (200 meters, 23.78); Philip Lademo (400 meters, 51.35); Abraham Davis (52.38), Kelvin Kruah (52.58), Saaweyea Williams (800 meters, 1500 meters; 2:07.05, 4:29.60); Dennis Lee (800 meters, 21:12.03).The officials for the 3rd Confederation of African Athletes U-18 Championship, also include Head Coach Samuel Cooper, head of delegation; Coach Bill Sheriff, Coach Ebenezer Massalay, Coach Eric Lee Page and Abraham Harris, doctor.It has not been confirmed whether similar 16 athletes will represent the country at the 14th African Under-20 Championships (U20) in Abidjan, La Côte d’Ivoire in May. The National Time Trial was held at the Samuel K. Doe Sports Complex on Saturday, March 30, 2019. It brought to the fore over 40 athletes from clubs and schools. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more


Injured Bale out of Wales World Cup qualifiers

January 10, 2020

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first_img0Shares0000Bale’s fitness has been a source of concern for the national side since he suffered a calf muscle strain against Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League last week © AFP/File / Odd ANDERSENLONDON, United Kingdom, Oct 3 – Gareth Bale has been ruled out of Wales’s final two crucial World Cup qualifiers against Georgia and Ireland, the Football Association of Wales said on Tuesday.Bale’s fitness has been a source of concern for the national side since he suffered a calf muscle strain against Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League last week. “The Football Association of Wales can confirm that Gareth Bale will miss the upcoming World Cup qualifiers against Georgia and Republic of Ireland,” said an FAW statement“Bale — who missed Real Madrid’s game against Espanyol on Sunday — arrived with the rest of the Wales squad on Sunday and attended Monday’s annual FAW Awards dinner at the team headquarters in Cardiff.“But following dialogue with Real Madrid, Bale was sent for a scan and results confirmed that he wouldn’t be fit to feature.”Wales are currently second in Group D, four points behind leaders Serbia and one point above Ireland.Two wins in the matches on Friday, away to Georgia, and next Monday, at home to Ireland, are likely to guarantee them at least a place in next month’s play-offs for a place in Russia.Bale’s absence could open the door for Liverpool teenager Ben Woodburn to make his first Wales start.The 17-year-old made a dramatic introduction last month when he scored the winner within five minutes of coming on as a second-half substitute against Austria.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more


Virtual classroom comes into home

December 27, 2019

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first_imgSANTA CLARITA – More homes may be turned into satellite public schools if parents buy into a program that lets them teach the lessons themselves. Though the children are taught at home, the program is not considered home-schooling. “It is an innovative, virtual public charter school, which allows the freedom and flexibility of students to study within their home under the supervision of California credentialed teachers with the assistance of a teaching adult,” said Lisa Gillis, spokeswoman for California Virtual Academies. The nonprofit company provides students with textbooks, workbooks, a computer, printer, software, an Internet connection, art and science supplies, and access to a teacher. Students must meet with the teacher at least five times a year. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2The teachers, who are available weekdays online and by phone, provide daily lesson plans and support for the parent-teachers. The credentialed teachers can zap into the students’ online work product to chart progress in real time. “In our program, teachers know minute-by-minute if a student needs to be helped more,” said James Konantz, the head of schools and formerly a superintendent in the Los Angeles Unified School District. “(Gifted) kids can move on to a higher level without waiting for the rest of the class.” Teachers can monitor computer work in real time. No home visits are required and tuition is free. Parents grade exams – except for standardized tests, which are supervised – and teachers issue progress reports each semester. Special-education students guided by individualized education plans are welcome. Thirty-five hundred kindergartners through ninth-graders attend the virtual school statewide. They are taught by 170 teachers, at a ratio of about 25 to 1, Gillis said. About 191 students are from Los Angeles County, including 15 from Santa Clarita, with four more signed on for next year, when 10th grade will be added. The state pays the company based on student attendance – as they would for a typical public school – about $5,000 a year per pupil. CAVA buys its curriculum from K12, a for-profit company. Some administrators’ salaries are paid by nonprofit CAVA; others, like Konantz’s, are paid by K12. Konantz said CAVA can sever its curriculum supply contract with K12 if it is displeased with the materials or services provided. Oversight for students in Los Angeles, San Bernardino and Ventura counties, among others, is provided by the Maricopa Unified School District, which sponsors the Kern County charter. The Kern charter is allowed to enroll students in the densely populated counties contiguous to Kern. Barry Lindaman, superintendent for the Maricopa district, supports the charters’ renewal, which expires at the end of the 2006-2007 school year. “You’re going to have some people who are critical over everything, but by far the dealings we have had with them have been positive,” he said. “Financially, we’ve had some discussions about a few things, nothing major, and they have addressed them to my satisfaction.” The Maricopa district benefits from the partnership. “We’re a small school district with limited resources,” Lindaman said. “They’ve provided us with their curriculum, which we use to augment what we have, and we get 1 percent (of CAVA’s average daily attendance fee) for oversight.” The California Department of Education does not oversee CAVA, but does keep an eye on it, and a representative gave the program high marks, noting CAVA is the largest virtual school system statewide. “Most of the parents we’ve spoken to … seem to be pretty pleased with the program,” said Keith Edmonds, education programs consultant for the department’s Charter Schools Division. “Generally when we have problems with a charter school we have a lot of complaints.” He dubbed the Kern charter’s 2005 Academic Performance Index base score of 763 “respectable.” Gillis said CAVA can spend more money on the students than a typical public school because facility costs are eliminated. Returning students may hold on to the computers; those who leave must return them. Santa Clarita’s elementary and secondary school districts offer a range of independent home study programs, and those for younger children emphasize in-person contact. “The teacher meets with (parents and children) once a week and she does a great job teaching parents how to teach,” said Patty Conwell, director of Student Support Services for the Saugus Union School District. “I think our advantage is the child can transfer back into a school having utilized the same curriculum … and they will have taken the same STAR and district testing.” An average of 20 students participate in the program each year, while about 11,000 attend school at the district’s 15 campuses. Newhall School District Superintendent Marc Winger concurred, saying “a relationship with the teacher is important in a child’s life … (having) face-to-face interaction between the teacher, parent and child.” An average of 10 students attend the program yearly, while more than 6,900 attend class on 10 campuses. Lisa Bloom, who coordinates the Castaic Union School District’s extended learning program, said in the last couple of years several middle school students took part in the program via intradistrict transfers. Junior high and high schoolers meet with teachers once a week at The Learning Post, an independent study school in the William S. Hart Union High School District, and some students at Bowman High School, a continuation school, engage in independent study. Sequoia Charter School, serving grades 7-12, will open this fall, folding in the operations of Redview Prep, which was geared to special-needs students. CAVA will host a public information meeting at 3 p.m. Wednesday at Cold Stone Creamery, 27071 McBean Parkway, Suite B. judy.orourke@dailynews.com (661) 257-5255160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more


MINISTER ADMITS WAITING LISTS WILL GET WORSE AS 2,441 WAIT FOR MORE THAN YEAR IN DONEGAL

December 25, 2019

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first_imgDonegal North East deputy Charlie McConalogue says patients in Donegal are being failed by the lack of Government action in tackling hospital waiting lists in the region – after he obtained shocking new waiting list figures.The latest figures from the HSE reveal that 2,441 people were waiting more than a year for an outpatient appointment at Letterkenny General Hospital in August.That’s an increase of more than 100 on July’s figures, and a jump of almost 1,500 in the past six months. Deputy McConalogue said today: “I am extremely concerned about the rising waiting lists at Letterkenny General Hospital, but am even more worried about the Minister’s lax attitude to the situation. Leo Varadkar has all but conceded that waiting lists will get worse before they get better.“What will that mean for people in Donegal? Thousands are already waiting more than 12 months to be seen. Are they now expected to wait for years rather than months?“The Minister’s plan will see hundreds if not thousands more people languishing on lists, and there seems to be no clear policy in place to tackle the problem. In the past six months there has been a 152.4% jump in the number of people waiting for an outpatient appointment at Letterkenny General. That’s an increase of 1,474 people in a 26 week timeframe. Outside of the main city hospitals, Letterkenny has the largest waiting list in the country for outpatient appointments.“The flawed HSE Service Plan, brought in last year, is no doubt having a major impact on these lists. €200m was slashed from hospital budgets this year, resulting in the reduction and downgrading of services. We’re still waiting to see the plan for 2015, which is due to be published next month. However, if the Minister’s comments are a sign of things to come, I am extremely concerned about the standard of healthcare that people in the North West can expect. “It is essential that the HSE comes up with a workable service plan for 2015 because the current situation is failing people in Letterkenny and is undermining patient safety. It is unacceptable to allow these already exorbitant waiting lists to continue to increase, and a conscious effort must be made to ensure that proper resources and budgets are allocated to Letterkenny General so that these waiting lists can be effectively targeted”. MINISTER ADMITS WAITING LISTS WILL GET WORSE AS 2,441 WAIT FOR MORE THAN YEAR IN DONEGAL was last modified: October 31st, 2014 by John2Share 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)last_img read more


Study finds four key factors shaping U.S. agriculture

December 17, 2019

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first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest A study released by Osborn Barr reveals many challenges and opportunities on the horizon for the agriculture industry as the next generation prepares to take over the farm.The generational shift study titled “Farmers of Tomorrow: Generation Z’s Future in Agriculture” is the first comprehensive study to better understand how the next generation views farming and ranching.The initial qualitative research results indicate the gap in attitudes, perceptions and intentions between “Gen Z” (18-to 22-years-olds with an immediate family member farming) and “BoomXY” (Baby Boomer, Generation X and millennial farmers age 28 to 74).The Osborn and Barr Ag Advisory Council — which was created in June 2017 to examine and interpret some of agriculture’s most important issues facing rural America — provided strategic guidance on the study development.“A number of trends emerged, and their potential for impacting the industry are real,” said Richard Fordyce, Ag Advisory Council Chairman. “It’s important to consider how the next generation will shape the ag industry moving forward.”The study results identified four major factors shaping the future of agriculture: 1. Farm succession expectations differOf the sample surveyed, succession expectations differ between older farmers/ranchers and their children, many of whom plan to work in agribusiness. 71% of BoomXY farming parents believe at least one of their children may desire to take over their farming business someday compared to 54% of the farm-raised 18-to 22-year-olds who indicate a desire to take over the family farming/ranching business some day.For those 18- to 22-year-olds who don’t currently plan to take over the family farming/ranching business, obtaining a degree in an ag-related field is viewed as a means of remaining involved in agriculture with the steady paycheck that farming often doesn’t offer. “The reason I do not choose farming as a career is because I need a more steady option and also want a career that does not have such big risk and startup costs,” said one Gen Z study respondent. 2.   Gen Z views government involvement more positivelyResearch indicates a shift with Gen Z viewing government involvement more positively than the older age group. Gen Z had an overwhelmingly positive outlook when it came to government entities (USDA, EPA, FDA), far outpacing BoomXY in regard to the FDA, in particular.64% of the farm-raised 18-to 22-year-olds view restricted immigration policy FAVORABLY compared to just 35% who oppose greater immigration restrictions. “Based on this data, I believe Gen Z has more trust in government, they know the issues and they are committed to ag,” Fordyce said. “They are more engaged with law makers, active in policy and want to make a difference.”  3.  Ag tech tops the list for Gen ZAccording to the study, Gen Z is more in favor of agricultural technology.85% of the farm-raised 18-to 22-year-olds view existing herbicide technologies positively compared to 43% of farmers 28 and older85% of the farm-raised 18-to 22-year-olds view existing insecticide technologies positively compared to 59% of farmers 28 and olderThe older age group had a more balanced opinion of organic farming, while Gen Z skewed negatively and also in favor of existing bio ag technologiesGMOs and more advanced genetic engineering is largely perceived positively by both ag groups but even more so from Gen Z. “Gen Z seems to not be afraid of technology and even expect new advancements more than any other generation,” Fordyce said. “It’s a very encouraging signal for this industry, and I’m confident in our leaders of tomorrow. 4.   Gen Z prefers peers over brand namesResearch shows Gen Z is less brand loyal, and more peer driven when making decisions and are more receptive to marketing messages. 78% of the farm-raised 18-to 22-year-olds consider brand names important when it comes to purchasing farm products compared to 90% of BoomXY farmers/ranchersFor ag information, Gen Z was far more receptive to information provided by their peers via social media, other farmers, network/cable TV and ag/rural radio, while the older age group favored ag print pubs, network radio and manufacturer websitesGen Z was much more inclined to pay attention to marketing messages, while BoomXY was not, unless it came from their dealer/retailer.“We know what we need on our farm and ultimately if it gets the job done the brand shouldn’t matter,” said one Gen Z survey respondent.This baseline data will be expanded within the next year to provide a more in depth understanding of the compelling aspects of the next generation and tomorrow’s American family farm. Future key topics of exploration include ag tech adoption, food innovation and the broader issues of rural America.Visit RuralSpirit.com to learn more about future research and survey results.last_img read more


Geocacher of Month Nominees for April 2013 – Add Your Comments

December 17, 2019

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first_imgThe nominees for the April Featured Geocacher of the Month award hail from three different nations, but contribute to one global game.  Each offers a welcoming hand to those new to geocaching and creative hides for all geocachers.  The nominees come from the United States, New Zealand and Denmark.Now it’s your turn to help us select the next Featured Geocacher of the Month. Write a supportive comment at the bottom of this blog for the geocacher you feel should be awarded the title.  Each geocacher is already a winner and will receive a prize package from Geocaching HQ. A panel of folks from Geocaching HQ will then use your comments to help guide the decision of which geocacher is awarded the honor.Each Featured Geocacher of the Month will receive an exclusive special edition Featured Geocacher of the Month Geocoin, hat and profile icon. They’ll also get a certificate acknowledging their contributions, signed by two of the founders of Geocaching.WVTim – Featured Geocacher of the MonthIn March, WVTim was named the Featured Geocacher of the Month. He’s known as an inspiration to geocachers for his unique geocaches, excellent maintenance habits and his geocaching YouTube channel. He’s accumulated more than 2,000 Favorite Points on his geocaches and he teaches geocaching in schools and to the Boy Scouts.Here are your nominees for the March Featured Geocacher of the Month. Some testimonials have been edited for length. Share with your Friends:More Comment below to tell us who you think should be the April Featured Geocacher of the Month. We will be accepting comments through Sunday, May 7.If your nominee wasn’t recognized here, please submit your nominations again next month. We’re always looking for the next Featured Geocacher of the Month. To nominate someone, send an email to geocacherofthemonth@geocaching.com and include the following information:Your name, the name of your nominee, their usernameA picture of the nomineeDescription (200 or more words) explaining why he or she deserves to be the Featured Geocacher of the MonthPlease inform your nominee that you have submitted them for the award. Nominations for the next Featured Geocacher of the Month should be received by Monday, May 26. Once Geocaching HQ has received the nominations, we will choose the top candidates and post them on the blog. You will then get a chance to champion your favorite. Our goal is to involve the entire geocaching community in this process so that we might learn from each other. SharePrint RelatedMarch Featured Geocacher of the Month Nominees – Add Your CommentsMarch 15, 2013In “Community”February Featured Geocacher of the Month Nominees – Add Your CommentsFebruary 13, 2013In “Community”Help Name the April 2015 Geocacher of the MonthApril 29, 2015In “Community”center_img  MulderNScullyMulderNScully – Nominees for the Geocacher of the MonthCristina Florez, “Mamabear Crew” writes, “My nomination for MulderNScully isn’t just because they’re “nice”… it’s because they take geocaching as a true sport. And their caches… ooooh their caches……. just like their username suggests, they are out of this world! Inventive, thought out, truly educational, and some of them hard as hell. They have been an inspiration to us and we will be trying to follow their lead in making this sport a true adventure!”Jerry Lynn DellAmic writes, “They have helped me when I got stuck on puzzle caches, but they never gave me the solution.  They made me talk out loud. …MulderNScully take pride in their geocaches.  For them, it’s not about the numbers.  It’s about enjoying life.  Taking the opportunity to walk among nature.  Go to places that you may not ever get the chance to see. If it hadn’t been for this great hobby, I would never have had the opportunity to meet these life long friends.”Onslow FishermanOnslow Fisherman – Nominee for Geocacher of the MonthNatalie Gray writes, “I would like to nominate Jim Greene, also known as Onslow Fisherman, as Geocacher of the Month. I met Jim by mail, when he very nicely answered some question I had about a puzzle cache he had. He invited me to meet him and his wife in NZ and I jumped at the chance. We became friends and he has helped me with computer questions,etc…We’ve even done an “International Cache” together, GC44F7A and GC42HKJ respectively. Jim is well respected in his native geocaching community, always giving back. He ran a GSAK seminar at NZ Mega in October, and also arranged a 4X4 event last year. His caches are great, and he’ll even lend you his GPS to find them. (GC2QAHK and GC2MF3T). He is helpful to newbies and experienced cachers alike, gets tons of favorite points on his caches, and makes our sport better every day. He also has over 1000 caches to his credit, which is hard to do in a relatively small island country. Jim Greene/Onslow Fisherman, epitomizes the best in geocaching and definitely deserves to be a Geocacher of the Month.” OlefantOlefant – Nominee for the Geocacher of the MonthMichael Schwartz “schwartz-hansen” writes, “Our nominee is Olefant (the name is a combination of his first name Ole and his logo a biking elephant – elefant in danish).He is a retired music teacher from Copenhagen who by now has released nearly 250 caches in Denmark and other countries. He started geocaching in 2009, and has been very active from 2011 until now. He has made a lot of cartoon caches and his FTF-certificates are often laminated pictures of the cartoon figures. At his last event on the 16 of March, he released more than 30 caches, with cartoon series and an Astrology series called the Zoodiak – because the theme of the event was animals.With his events and his caches, we think that Olefant is a big inspiration for the other geocachers in Denmark, … besides that he is always taking his time to talk to all the persons he meets at events and when he is in the field geocaching.”last_img read more


Virtual Mentoring Lessens the Burden on Kids in South Africa

December 16, 2019

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first_imgcurt hopkins 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#international#Real World#web Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostingcenter_img Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Between the socially disorienting echo of apartheid, high crime rates and HIV/AIDS, South Africa is struggling under a lot of extra weight. The group that too often bears the brunt of it is kids. South Africa has a much higher number of orphans than it should. Adult guidance of kids is sometimes in short supply. To make up in part for that, Infinite Family has stepped up. Infinite Family connects mentors anywhere in the world with South African teens in need of adult guidance, advice and support. These “net buddies” connect via weekly video conferences. Amy Stokes and Dana Gould, two of the founders, and the rest of the Infinite Family crew, have created a virtual environment they call Ezomndeni Net. Ezomndeni is a Zulu for “all things pertaining to family.” This EZ Net is accessed by a secure dashboard.Mentors sign up for at least a half-hour chat every week for a year. Additional online resources include interactive forums, live chat, an online game area and a “web link pod,” where a mentor and net buddy can do homework and explore the web together. The site also has an “SOS” button kids can use when they are having and emergency and need to talk. 400 volunteers and members of the board have helped connect around 300 teens, called with 200 mentors so far. Any member of the EZ Net can become friends with any other member. The need for an adult presence is not just practical, but elemental. As Stokes told CNN, who made her their first CNN Hero of 2011:“If none of the adults you care about has ever lived past 35, then why would you think you can? Why would you stay in school; why would you learn skills?”Anyone can sign up to be a mentor, though any applicant is thoroughly vetted and trained. In addition to this example of the point of adulthood and guidance to help the kids succeed in their lives, the weekly talks build communications, English and technical skills that will help them as they grow up. Infinite Family has build five computer labs across South Africa that it operates for its net buddies. last_img read more


Teenage Turbulence: Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention

December 12, 2019

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first_imgThis post was written by Bari Sobelson, MS, LMFT, the social media and webinar coordination specialist for the MFLN Family Development Team. The Family Development team aims to support the development of professionals working with military families.  Find out more about the Military Families Learning Network Family Development concentration on our website, Facebook, and Twitter. By Bari Sobelson, MS, LMFTFlickr [I could make you happy, make your dreams come true by Ashley Harrigan, January 23, 2011, CC BY-ND 2.0] retrieved on February 13, 2016It seems like each day brings new challenges for today’s teenager. In this ever-changing world of virtual living, societal and academic pressures, deployments and moves for military families and keeping up with the latest trends, it looks like teenagers are often facing just as many challenges as today’s adults. February has been named Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month. For a month to be dedicated entirely to this one topic, it must be a pretty significant problem, right? In fact, according to the CDC, nearly 10% of high school students report having been physically abused by a boyfriend or girlfriend within the previous year. And, it’s important to acknowledge this statistic as only a reflection of what has been reported.Something to think about: If our teenagers are experiencing unhealthy relationships as their first, does that set the tone for potentially unhealthy relationships for the rest of their lives? And would this normalize those types of relationships for them, sending them the message that this is the only type of relationship they are capable of having? So, where do we, as mental health professionals come in to play in all of this? How do we raise awareness and provide tools to teenagers so healthy relationships are promoted and emphasized? Perhaps we should start by encouraging parents to do the following:The Open Door Policy: This is when we tell our children they can come and talk to us no matter what. The conversation may look something like this: “Even if you think what you tell us will disappoint us or make us unhappy, we want you to know you can come to us about anything.” This isn’t enough; we need to show them that whatever topic they need to discuss with us will be treated respectfully.Setting an Example: You can talk until you’re blue in the face about healthy relationships. But, if you are in an unhealthy relationship and your children are seeing this, that’s sending them mixed messages. Show them what healthy and respectful relationships look like. Have open conversations about how to establish and continue these types of relationships.Acknowledging the facts: It is important for us to make our children aware of potential dangers. Talk to your children about red flags in unhealthy relationships so they have the proper tools to recognize problems before they occur.Be Involved: This doesn’t mean you should be a helicopter parent or micromanager. It doesn’t mean you have to know your child’s passwords to all of their social media accounts. It means you need to have appropriate and healthy interactions with your children. It means you should be having daily check-ins with your children and you should know who your children are spending time with and where they are spending their time. While it can be very challenging, it is very important to find a healthy balance between parenting your child and giving them personal freedom and autonomy. This will require some work on your end, but it will be well worth the effort you put forth.Know the Signs: Do the research. Talk to professionals. If you suspect that your teenager might be in an abusive relationship, take the time to carefully examine the situation and intervene if necessary.It is important to remind parents that they have to take on the role of tour guide; helping their children navigate their way through life and steering them away from potential dangers. We need them to remember that just like tourists, their children often find themselves in foreign territory with a desire to explore but a need for guidance. Following the above steps will assist parents in preventing and raising awareness of teen dating violence and other potential challenges that may arise for their teenager.Other resources pertaining to this topic can be found below:Break the CycleThe National Domestic Violence HotlineFamily & Youth Service Bureau-Teen Violence Awareness MonthF&YSB – Teen Violence Awareness Month CalendarMilitary OneSource – Understanding Teen Dating Violencelast_img read more


Selfies in toilets for ₹51,000 govt aid leaves grooms embarrassed in M.P.

December 1, 2019

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first_imgAn awkward moment befell 64 bridegrooms ahead of the auspicious evening in Bhopal on Thursday. The government scheme that facilitated their mass wedding fashioned them in another peculiar way: selfies of grooms-to-be standing inside toilets as proofs attached with application forms. Only proving that her husband-to-be has a toilet at home can fetch a woman, from an economically deprived background, ₹51,000 as support under the Mukhya Mantri Kanya Vivah/Nikah Scheme. And now, the unwritten norm hitherto prevalent in rural areas of taking the selfies has forayed into a city where the civic body is supposed to physically verify toilets. “I don’t even take my phone inside toilets,” said Abid Khan*, 23, a resident of a slum near the State Secretariat. “It wasn’t a good feeling to take a photograph inside a toilet, just to be eligible for a wedding.” The scheme, launched by the BJP government in 2013, contains the toilet clause. But they asked for photographs only from rural areas, said corporator and Congress leader Rafiq Qureshi, organiser of the wedding — the third mass wedding in a year ahead of the local body elections next year. “It’s nowhere in the rules, but the practice is being adopted by cities now. What is still being followed was set as a norm by the previous government,” he said. In villages, the Chief Medical Officer has to verify toilets, in cities, ward incharges have to do the job. Brothers Riyaz Ali*, 27, and Samir Ali*, 23, both mechanics, have three toilets back home. “When I heard the condition the first time, I was shocked and embarrassed at the same time,” said Mr. Riyaz. “Officials are shying away from their duty to verify toilets themselves. This is like our pre-wedding photoshoot,” he chuckled. “What is the point of asking for photographs when Bhopal is the cleanest State capital? Isn’t it declared open defecation-free already?” asked Amjad Khan, member of an NGO, and in the organising team of a mass wedding for the fifth time. “There is not even a single basti (slum) without a toilet.” Brides and grooms at the mass wedding. Surrounded by friends, dabbing her cheeks with powder and adjusting her lehenga’s hood, Fatima Siddiqui, 22, is overwrought. She wants to look her best, not just before her family — scores of guests including families, friends of 64 couples are attending the wedding outside the Central Library. “Isn’t the photograph of a toilet in use a good sign for us? There is nothing wrong with it,” she said. At the entrance of the library’s ground, a toilet wagon — having three toilets with broken seats, no water supply and wobbly, shattered doors — was stationed by the Bhopal Municipal Corporation for guests. The civic body, the implementing agency of the scheme here, had earlier put out the mandatory condition. The benefit of ₹43,000 is transferred to the bank account of the woman, who also receives ₹5,000 worth household items and ₹3,000 for the wedding. A day into government, the Congress increased the assistance from ₹28,000 to ₹51,000, which led to a flurry of applications. Meanwhile, Minister for Urban Development and Housing Jaivardhan Singh has told reporters the condition will be looked into and rolled back to not cause further embarrassment for grooms-to-be.(*Names changed to protect privacy)center_img | Photo Credit: A.M. Faruqui last_img read more