NSW JUNIOR STATE CUP PLAYED AND WON

first_imgThe NSW Junior State Cup went off without a hitch in Wollongong, with no wild weather or electrical storms…there was simply 277 teams of enthusiastic young Touch players and 777 fine games of Touch. The Manly Sea Eagles were amongst the strongest overall performers, grabbing four of the ten Championship grand finals, as well as one runner-up. Wagga Wagga and Wollongong each claimed two Championships grand final titles, with Parkes and Muswellbrook claiming one each.Wollongong seem to be thriving with the event on their home turf, also claiming three Plate final titles. With Wollongong sides making two Championship and three Plate finals and going on to win all five, the hometown support must surely make a difference in the big matches. The Tamworth Thunder also showed they’re a country region on the improve, especially in the female divisions, finishing second in the Under 14 and Under 18 girls Championship finals and also the Under 18 girls Plate final. The grand finals were all showcases of some of the most promising future Touch players NSW has to offer, with the following results:Championship Grand Finals:McCall Cup, Boys Under 10’s: Manly Sea Eagles (9) def Wests Magpies 1 (6)Tirado Cup, Girls Under 10’s: Manly Sea Eagles (2) def Parramatta Eels (0)Zabielo Cup, Boys Under 12’s: Wagga Wagga (5) def Manly Sea Eagles (0)Vassallo Cup, Girls Under 12’s: Parkes Pumas (13) def Griffith (2)Yiangou Cup, Boys Under 14’s: Manly Sea Eagles (3) def Parramatta Eels (2)Taylor Cup, Girls Under 14’s: Wollongong Devils (7) def Tamworth Thunder 1 (2)Wall Cup, Boys Under 16’s: Muswellbrook Mambas (10) def Penrith Panthers (9)Toohey Cup, Girls Under 16’s: Wagga Wagga (13) def Taree (10)Galea Cup, Boys Under 18’s: Manly Sea Eagles (9) def Wests Magpies (2)Rose Cup, Girls Under 18’s: Wollongong Devils (9) def Tamworth Thunder (4)Plate Grand Finals:McCall Cup, Boys Under 10’s: Wollongong Devils (7) def Nelson Bay Neptunes (4)Tirado Cup, Girls Under 10’s: Central Coast Dolphins (13) def Blacktown Broncos (2)Zabielo Cup, Boys Under 12’s: Taree (8) def Penninsula Piranahs (5)Vassallo Cup, Girls Under 12’s: Port Macquarie vs LBM Rangers (to be confirmed)Yiangou Cup, Boys Under 14’s: Wagga Wagga (3) def Nelson Bay Neptunes (0)Taylor Cup, Girls Under 14’s: City of Orange Thunder (5) def Penrith Panthers (3)Wall Cup, Boys Under 16’s: Central Coast Dolphins (5) def Manly Sea Eagles (0)Toohey Cup, Girls Under 16’s: LBM Rangers (6) def Cronulla Sharks (3)Galea Cup, Boys Under 18’s: Wollongong Devils (13) def Mudgee Mudcrabs (12)Rose Cup, Girls Under 18’s: Wollongong Devils (9) def Tamworth Thunder (4) All results can be found at www.nswtouch.com.au, photographs were taken by Sporting Images and can be purchased at www.sportingimages.com.aulast_img read more

10 months agoWolves captain Coady: We must learn from Liverpool defeat

first_imgWolves captain Coady: We must learn from Liverpool defeatby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveWolves captain Conor Coady says they must learn from defeat to Liverpool.Coady, facing his former club, believes that the clinical manner of the two goals underlines the quality of the Premier League.He said, “They’re top drawer, with their movement and the way that they drag people out of position, so fair play to them, but from our point of view we have to look at the goals and improve, and make sure we’re focusing for the full game.”The first goal is a great finish but we could have stopped that happening by stopping the quick free-kick being taken. However, we’ve switched off there and we’ve switched off when the cross comes in for the second one.”You can’t afford to do that against any team in this league, but they’re at the top of the league and they’re really going to punish you.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Modi gave gift of dignity to Muslim sisters Harsimrat

first_imgNew Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi has given the gift of dignity to Muslim women by getting the Triple Talaq Bill passed, Union Food Processing Minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal said on Wednesday. “Days ahead of #Rakshabandhan, the NDA govt led by hon’ble PM Shri @narendramodi ji gave our Muslim sisters the gift of dignity by getting the #TripleTalaqBill passed,” the Shiromani Akali Dal MP from Punjab’s Bathinda tweeted. “The message is clear: Our women will be treated with respect. No one will be oppressed in this land of equals,” she said. A historic legislation which criminalises instant Triple Talaq among Muslims got Parliament’s nod on Tuesday.last_img

Equifax takes down customer service web page after malicious content found

first_imgTORONTO – Equifax Inc. is reporting that a third-party vendor the credit rating agency uses to collect performance data on its U.S. Equifax website was serving malicious content.“Since we learned of the issue, the vendor’s code was removed from the webpage and we have taken the webpage offline to conduct further analysis,” an Equifax spokesperson said in an emailed statement Thursday.“Equifax can confirm that its systems were not compromised and that the reported issue did not affect our customer dispute portal.”Earlier Thursday, Equifax Canada said its U.S. parent company was temporarily taking down one of its customer services pages amid reports that hackers had allegedly altered Equifax’s credit report assistance page so that it would send users malicious software disguised as Adobe Flash.“We are aware of the situation identified on the equifax.com website in the credit report assistance link,” Equifax Canada spokesman Tom Carroll said in an emailed statement.“Our IT and security teams are looking into this matter, and out of an abundance of caution have temporarily taken this page offline.”Carroll did not respond to direct questions about any potential breach to Equifax Canada’s website.The news comes as Equifax Inc. continues to deal with the aftermath of a cyber breach earlier this year which allowed the personal information of 145.5 million Americans, and 8,000 Canadians, to be accessed or stolen.Since news of Equifax’s massive data breach broke last month, the company is facing investigations in Canada and the U.S., as well as at least two proposed class actions filed in Canada.The massive data breach has also led to a number of high-profile departures at the Atlanta-based consumer credit reporting agency, including its chief executive, chief information officer and chief security officer.In early October, Equifax revised the number of consumers potentially impacted in the breach — bumping up the total in the U.S. to 145.5 million and reducing the number in Canada from an estimated 100,000 to 8,000.For these Canadian consumers, Equifax says the information that may have been accessed includes name, address, social insurance number and, in “limited cases” credit card numbers.On its website, Equifax’s Canadian division says it has not yet mailed out any notices and made clear it would not be making any unsolicited calls or emails about the issue.In September, Equifax reported that its investigation had shown that hackers had unauthorized access to its files from May 13 to July 30. Equifax Canada said at the time it was working closely with its parent company Equifax Inc. and an unnamed, independent cybersecurity firm conducting the ongoing investigation.The cyberattack occurred through a vulnerability in an open-source application framework it uses called Apache Struts. The United States Computer Readiness team detected and disclosed the vulnerability in March, and Equifax “took efforts to identify and to patch any vulnerable systems in the company’s IT infrastructure.”— With files from The Associated Press.last_img read more

Well completion companies report sharp slowdown in fourth quarter activity

first_imgCALGARY, A.B. – Companies whose services are needed for hydraulic fracturing or “fracking” of oil and gas wells are reporting tough times thanks to a slowdown in drilling in Western Canada in the fourth quarter.Shares in both Trican Well Service Ltd. and Source Energy Services Ltd. trended lower Thursday after the Calgary-based companies reported lower sales in the last three months of 2018.Fracking involves injecting water, sand and chemicals under high pressure to crack tight rock formations deep underground and allow trapped oil and gas to flow into the well to be produced. Trican, whose crews step in after a well is drilled to make it ready for production, reported a fourth-quarter net loss from continuing operations of $159 million (including a $134-million goodwill impairment charge), compared with a net profit of $14 million a year earlier.It says revenue dropped by 40 per cent to $168 million from $280 million in the same period of 2017 as its total job count fell by 30 per cent to 2,054 from 2,909.Source Energy, which supplies the specialized sand used in fracking, reported in an operational update that sales fell by 33 per cent to 373,000 tonnes in the fourth quarter from 557,000 tonnes in the same quarter in 2017.The Petroleum Services Association of Canada said last month it expects 5,600 wells to be drilled in the country this year, down from 6,948 in 2018, due to what it calls deteriorating investor confidence in Canada.last_img read more

City of Dawson Creek optsin on the Provincial Review of the Kiskatinaw

first_imgAccording to the City, the findings from the review has Council concerned about the elevated levels of bacteriological contaminants such as fecal coliforms and E.coli in multiple locations throughout the watershed.As a water purveyor, the City has an on-going legal responsibility to monitor water quality and respond to source water protection concerns.The City has requested that the Province address these water quality concerns by encouraging the adoption of beneficial management practices on both private and crown land. DAWSON CREEK, B.C. – The City of Dawson Creek has made the decision to opt-in on the Provincial Review of the Kiskatinaw Watershed.Back in December 2018, the Province requested Dawson Creek’s comments on the impacts of direct cattle access in the Kiskatinaw River Watershed to assist with the development of Livestock Watering Regulations.In response to that request, the City’s Watershed Stewardship Program completed a full review of past reports and management plans.last_img read more

PMs museum CPWD penalised for rejection of bid to build

first_imgNew Delhi: The Delhi High Court has directed CPWD to pay Rs 1.5 lakh to an architectural firm for unjustifiably rejecting its bid for constructing a museum for India’s Prime Ministers on the premises of Nehru Memorial at Teen Murti Bhawan.The court, however, did not quash the contract citing the substantial outlay of expenditure, which has already occurred pursuant to the award of tender, and the work progress at the site. “We do not consider it to be in the larger public interest to quash the award of the project and direct further processing of the petitioner’s (firm) bid, or to mandate that a de novo exercise be carried out in the present case by calling for fresh tenders,” said a bench of Justices S Ravindra Bhat and Prateek Jalan. The court directed the Central Public Works Department (CPWD) to refund to Bangalore-based Flying Elephant Studio the amounts incurred on tender documents and fee. “…the present petition is disposed of without granting any relief to the petitioner… However, in the peculiar facts and circumstances, the respondent No.1 (CPWD) will pay the costs of these proceedings to the petitioner. The costs are assessed at Rs 1,50,000 to be paid within two weeks,” it said in a recent order. The petition concerned a ‘Notice Inviting Tender’ (NIT) issued by the CPWD for a Prime Ministers museum on the premises of Nehru Memorial Museum and Library at Teen Murti Bhawan here. The firm’s grievance was that its bid for the museum was rejected by the CPWD. The authorities told the court that they rejected the bid on the ground that the firm did not satisfy the eligibility criteria and that the previous projects executed by it do not fall within the categories of buildings enumerated in the definition of ‘Similar Comprehensive Consultancy Work’ contained in the NIT. The firm’s counsel submitted that it fulfilled all the eligibility criteria set out in the ‘Initial Eligibility Criteria’ provided by CPWD in the tender notice.last_img read more

Pep Guardiola happy with Jesus performance

first_imgManchester City boss Pep Guardiola has admitted being more than happy with Brazilian striker Gabriel Jesus’ performances this season.Gabriel has netted one goal during this season as well as featured in several games from the bench, however, City boss believes he couldn’t be happier with his contribution to the team.“He is happy,” said the boss via Man City’s official website.Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“His performances are very good. His movement, his high pressing is excellent and he works very hard, but he is still young and of course, he has areas he can improve o“We are going to help him in final third and he has desire to improve – we will help him in training with that.”Jesus made his senior debut for Brazil in September 2016. Following 21 caps win and netting seven goals at youth level, which includes reaching the final of the 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup and winning an Olympic gold medal at the 2016 Summer Olympics.last_img read more

Gary Lineker addresses accident at King Power Stadium

first_imgFormer Leicester City and England striker Gary Lineker has addressed the horror accident involving Leicester City owner, Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha’s helicopter.The helicopter was leaving the stadium after Leicester’s Premier League clash against West Ham on Saturday evening but for some reason, the helicopter crashed as soon as it took off.The Foxes were held to a one-all draw at the King Power Stadium by visitors, West Ham United.Manuel Pellegrini’s men took the lead in the first half through defender Fabian Balbuena in the 30th minute but were also reduced to ten men, after captain Mark Noble was sent off in the 38th minute for a rash challenge.Nigeria international midfielder Wilfred Ndidi salvaged a point for Leicester in the 89th minute of the game when his long-range strike was deflected past Lukasz Fabianski in the West Ham goal.harry maguire, manchester UnitedMaguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…Lineker addressed the helicopter crash that has engulfed his favoured team Leicester City, during BBC’s Match of the Day program.He said: “Then, after Leicester played West Ham this evening, the helicopter owned by the Leicester chairman took off from the pitch at the King Power Stadium and a few seconds later crashed outside the ground.”“Clearly, this is a breaking story and we’ll do our best to keep you updated throughout the programme.”“First, this is what happened during the game.”last_img read more

Kristin Gaspar on her Congressional run and being a woman in politics

first_img KUSI Newsroom Updated: 5:40 PM KUSI Newsroom, Posted: March 21, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News Tags: Kristin Gaspar FacebookTwittercenter_img March 21, 2018 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsFormer Mayor of Encinitas and current chair of the San Diego Board of Supervisors Kristin Gaspar joined us on set at Coasterra to speak about a variety of topics.Gaspar shared her opinions on topics like being a woman in politics and winning, her Board of Supervisors position, and her future Congressional run. Kristin Gaspar on her Congressional run and being a woman in politicslast_img read more

OBITUARY Thomas H Deechan Jr 71

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Thomas H. Deechan, Jr., “Tom”, age 71, of Wilmington, passed away peacefully on November 16, 2018. Tom was the beloved husband of Ann (Morgan) Deechan, devoted father of Alison (Deechan) Hajj & her husband James of Methuen and Thomas H. Deechan III of Wilmington. Loving “Papa” of Brooke Gill, cherished son of Marie (Blair) Deechan and the late Thomas Deechan of Falmouth, dear brother of Ann Reinhagen of California, Bill Deechan & his wife Deb of West Yarmouth, Kathy Roberts & her husband Glenn of Florida and the late Debbie Deechan. Tom is also survived by many nieces and nephews.Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Wednesday, November 21st at 9:00 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Dorothy’s Church, Main St. (Rte. 38), Wilmington at 10:00 a.m. Interment Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. Visiting Hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Tuesday, November 20th from 4:00-8:00 p.m.Donations in Thomas’ memory may be made to the American Stroke Foundation, 6405 Metcalf Ave. Suite 214, Mission, KS 66202.(NOTE: The above obituary is from Nichols Funeral Home.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedOBITUARY: Paul L. D’Eon, 83In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: Maureen F. (McKenna) McHugh, 80In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: Stephen J. Bowker, 58In “Obituaries”last_img read more

US asks Myanmar to create conditions for sustainable Rohingya return

first_imgUS State Department. File PhotoThe United States has called on Myanmar to create the conditions that would allow for voluntary, safe, dignified, and sustainable returns of Rohingyas to their place of origin in Rakhine State, reports UNB.The US also commended the government of Bangladesh’s generosity in responding to this humanitarian crisis and appreciated its continued efforts to ensure assistance reaches the affected population, said the US Department of State in a media note on Friday.Earlier, the United States announced $60 million in humanitarian assistance at the launch of the 2019 UN Joint Response Plan for Bangladesh in Geneva.This funding will help address the emergency needs of more than 900,000 Rohingyas in Bangladesh, most of whom are Rohingya women and children from Myanmar, and the related needs of Bangladeshi host communities.The beneficiaries include Rohingyas who have taken refuge in Bangladesh since August 2017, when Myanmar security forces began committing atrocities, including ethnic cleansing, against Rohingya villagers across northern Rakhine State.The United States remains the leading contributor to the humanitarian response to this crisis in Myanmar and Bangladesh, having provided nearly $449 million since the outbreak of violence in August 2017, of which nearly $406 million is for programmes inside Bangladesh.”We continue to call on others to join us in contributing to this humanitarian response,” the media note reads.US assistance provides protection, emergency shelter, food, water, sanitation, health care, psychosocial support, and education for people affected by the crisis, including Bangladeshi host communities and people displaced inside Myanmar and in the region.US assistance also supports the efforts of humanitarian organisations and the government of Bangladesh to improve camp infrastructure and shelter ahead of the monsoon and cyclone seasons.last_img read more

Field study shows group decision making not always the best

first_img Explore further More information: Ant colonies outperform individuals when a sensory discrimination task is difficult but not when it is easy, PNAS, Published online before print July 29, 2013, doi: 10.1073/pnas.1304917110 Abstract”Collective intelligence” and “wisdom of crowds” refer to situations in which groups achieve more accurate perception and better decisions than solitary agents. Whether groups outperform individuals should depend on the kind of task and its difficulty, but the nature of this relationship remains unknown. Here we show that colonies of Temnothorax ants outperform individuals for a difficult perception task but that individuals do better than groups when the task is easy. Subjects were required to choose the better of two nest sites as the quality difference was varied. For small differences, colonies were more likely than isolated ants to choose the better site, but this relationship was reversed for large differences. We explain these results using a mathematical model, which shows that positive feedback between group members effectively integrates information and sharpens the discrimination of fine differences. When the task is easier the same positive feedback can lock the colony into a suboptimal choice. These results suggest the conditions under which crowds do or do not become wise. Citation: Field study shows group decision making not always the best (2013, August 1) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-08-field-group-decision.html Proportion of simulated individuals and colonies (population 100) selecting the better of two nests. Colonies perform better when the quality difference between the nests is small, but individuals choose more accurately when the difference is greater. Credit: PNAS, doi: 10.1073/pnas.1304917110 Ants share decision-making, lessen vulnerability to ‘information overload’ Journal information: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciencescenter_img (Phys.org) —A combined team of researchers from Arizona State University and Uppsala University in Sweden has found that collective decision making by ants doesn’t always result in selecting the best option for adopting a new nest. In their paper published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the team describes experiments they conducted with ants and artificially lit nests to determine how the ants chose the best option. © 2013 Phys.org Temnothorax rugatulus, a type of ant that lives in Arizona, builds its nest in the ground—it has to pick a spot first however, and they way an ant colony does so was the focus of this new effort. The team wanted to know if collective decision making was always superior to that of individual ants.To find out, the researchers set up an environment where a colony of ants found itself in need of a new nest. Each test run involved a colony that had to choose between a control nest and one that varied in quality. Quality was based on how much light could enter the nest from holes that led to the surface. The more light, the lower the quality—ants like it dark and fewer holes mean less heat loss.The team noted that when one of the nests was obviously far superior to the other, both the colony as a whole, and individual ants more often chose the better option. What was surprising, however, was that individuals had a slightly better hit rate then the colony as a whole.When a colony “decides” it needs a new nest, scout ants are sent out to find a new site. When one of the scout ants finds one it likes, it releases a chemical that attracts another of the colony members. If that member also likes the site it too will release a chemical attracting another ant and so on. The site that gets the most “votes” is the one eventually chosen by the colony. But, when a single ant is forced (by the researchers) to make a decision about which site to pick, it has to look at all the options and make a decision on its own—that takes more time than the multiple ant approach because in that scenario, individual ants only ever review one site—its more efficient. It’s also more likely to lead to errors of course and that’s why the colony as a whole tended to choose the wrong best site more often than the single ants—when the choice was obvious—who could make the decision without having to waste time thinking it over. 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

We are living through a moment of madness that fut

first_imgWe are living through a moment of madness that future historians will write about: Black is white, down is up, rehypothecation is prudence, naked shorting is benevolent, abuse is love, theft is mercy. And all the while, humanity just sits and accepts their abuse. Following is courage, thinking is threat, and no one dares a sideways glance at the insanity, for fear that it will break. It’s sick; it’s evil; it’s disgusting; but for now it is also true. To quote a scientist from the early 1980s, upon seeing a photo of braided rings around Saturn: “It’s stark, raving mad, but it’s there.” This is the ultimate, screaming triumph of the political and banking elite – their highest high in the history of civilization. And yet, no matter how badly they abuse the world, they enjoy complete obedience. All cling to a system that grinds them up and all walk together into the sea as they are told, singing hymns to governments and central banks as they go. Either something breaks, or humanity tires of this insanity, or it continues until all the world is North Korea, worshiping photos of a vile little man, never lifting their eyes and thanking the vile little man for the deaths of themselves and their children. And the rest of the world is allowing it. You’d think that the Russians or the Chinese, at least, would make some self-interested moves, but they don’t. The entire “first world” financial system is manipulated. This is no secret – the manipulators not only admit it, but are proud of it. And yes, I am referring to central banks: manipulation is what they do. I really don’t have any inside information on this, except that I’ve heard a lot of confidential stories from Comex traders. (Don’t trust Comex for a second.) So, manipulation is a given. What I’m referring to is the fact that the manipulators are succeeding beyond anyone’s wildest dreams. Joe Average knows in his gut that everything is smoke and mirrors, but he is unwilling to look. He prays that the manipulators can keep the game going until he is dead, when he can no longer be held accountable. The success of the manipulators has reached such levels that their victims are unwilling to complain. In fact, their victims defend them! It’s a type of Stockholm Syndrome, spread over continents. I got an email two days ago, from a friend who happens to be one of the world’s great investment analysts. He was at wit’s end over the markets. Not because of price moves – his charts predicted those – but because people no longer cared about reality. Here’s what I wrote back to my friend: They are winning. There is no question about it. They are printing like mad with minimal inflation, stealing from millions at once with no riots, stoking raging bull markets based on no reason whatsoever, creating paper silver and gold without limit and without consequences, while keeping all the foreigners in line and obedient. And if something does ever break, they’ll need a war – a big, nasty war – the kind that really scares people – not tanks rolling through a desert. That’s the world as it stands today. Perhaps everything will change tomorrow, but for now, the manipulators are at peak success. “The madness of crowds” is here. If, somewhere, there is a successor to Charles Mackay (who wrote the classic book of that title), he must be a very busy boy. Paul Rosenberg FreemansPerspective.comlast_img read more

Todays article comes to us from Dr Joel Wade a

first_img[Today’s article comes to us from Dr. Joel Wade, a world traveler, former NCAA champion and highly regarded specialist in the study of true happiness (rather than the superficial nonsense touted by today’s pop psychologists).] It’s good to have a back-up plan, or a plan B, especially in uncertain times; but it’s also important to remember that this is only for when your plan A is threatened. Often, the best thing you can do is to fully commit to your primary vision; sometimes the best defense is a good offense. It’s excellent to have a plan that you can fall back on if things don’t work out, but today, I want to talk about some elements of committing to your plan A (i.e. staying put) that can be easily neglected… because we take them for granted. If you’re thinking of moving away from your home, be it out of state or out of the country, before you do so, consider what you will be leaving behind. If you have family and friends where you live, if you have neighbors whom you know and who know you, those relationships can be a tremendous source of security and support. If you’ve always had these people in your life, you may not even think how much you depend on your connection with them. I don’t just mean that you know you could ask them for help if you need it; there is something extremely valuable, for your health and happiness and overall wellbeing, to having regular human contact with people whom you know and trust. Relationships are built on trust. You can enjoy any positive interaction with a fellow human being, even if it’s a friendly hello at the grocery store or a smile as you walk by on the street. But when you know and trust people and see them in person, make eye contact, shake hands or hug, and can settle into a comfortable conversation, the positive benefits are huge. If you intend to move away from these relationships, it’s important to acknowledge and accept that you will be losing something valuable. Our relationships can be the most fundamental source of joy and satisfaction in life. The positive contact we have with people improves our heart rate variability and our immune system and reduces inflammation. It also just plain feels good. Also, your long term, trust-based relationships are people who are more likely to be there for you – and you for them – if trouble strikes. When our kids were little, we talked about whom they know in the neighborhood. If there was ever any trouble, which houses could they run to? Which neighbors do we know well enough to trust? There were (and are) many to choose from, but a few top the list. That’s a great thing to have when there are kids involved, but it’s still important if there’s just one or two of you. We have neighbors across the street who are well into their 80s. They are two of the people whom our kids knew they could trust and go to if there was ever trouble. They’re our friends. We take time with them, and keep an eye on them, and if they need anything, they know they can ask us. That’s good for them, but it’s also good for us. It’s great to have people you trust, but it’s also deeply satisfying to be somebody who is trustworthy. That’s what true friendship is built on. It’s that mutual sense of trust that takes time and experience to build. If you’re thinking of moving, and doing so includes leaving town, be sure to factor in the loss of contact and support, and the loss of years and possibly decades of earned and established trust with people whose relationships you may have, to some degree, taken for granted. Another element of your plan A that can be overlooked is familiarity. If you’ve lived somewhere for a long time, you know things about the area that you didn’t when you first moved there. You know the roads, the stores, the restaurants. You know the terrain, the weather; you know the nearby towns. You probably know some “secret” driving routes to avoid traffic. You also probably know who puts on a good roof, or can take care of a plumbing or electrical problem dependably. Of course you can learn all of this over time in a new location. But you know them now right where you are. Then there’s the political aspect. If we are to have a country that values individual liberty and self-responsibility – and true win/win capitalism, as opposed to win/lose crony capitalism – it is people who need to advocate, argue, and fight for this, right here at home. What the Tea Partiers have been focused on during the past couple of years is mostly at the local, grassroots level. If you happen to be a high profile, politically active, charismatic person with high name recognition nationally or throughout your state, you may be able to have a big impact – as people like Senators Rand Paul, Ted Cruz, and others are having now. But most of us do not have that big of a national presence. Where we can have a big impact, though, is locally, among the people and the community who knows us and trusts us. Effective persuasion does not come through bullying, nagging, or threatening. Effective persuasion comes through building relationships of trust and respect. When people know you, trust you, and respect you, they are more likely to listen to what you have to say. You may have a greater sphere of influence within your own community than you realize, because you may not think much about all of the daily contact you have with different folks. A friend of mine once said, “If you want to have a successful business, don’t move.” By living your life with benevolence and integrity, by settling into a place and treating people well over time, you build for yourself a community of people with whom you share trust, respect, joy, and history. You build for yourself a home. That is a successful plan A. And it’s a much more valuable resource than you might think. You can move somewhere else, and build it there, too, but it takes time, effort, and patience. If that’s necessary, or if you weigh all the options and moving away is the best one, that’s fine; just make sure that in pursuing your plan B, you’re not casting aside a perfectly good plan A. [Joel F. Wade, Ph.D. is the author of Mastering Happiness. He is a marriage and family therapist and life coach who works with people around the world via phone and Skype. You can get a FREE Learning Optimism E-Course if you sign up at his website, www.drjoelwade.com.] FreemansPerspective.comlast_img read more

first_img— – Goldsmith: Why I Work For Doug Casey Now—Eye-Opening Report from Former Stansberry DirectorSean Goldsmith recently left Stansberry to work alongside one of the most influential economists in the world today, Doug Casey. Goldsmith explains the full details here. Get Ready:This Wednesday at 8 pm, Porter Stansberry, founder of Stansberry Research, will host an exclusive live webinar called: “How to Profit from the Greatest Transfer of Wealth in History.” You won’t want to miss this… click here to reserve your seat. Critical Warning to Anyone Who Was Born Before 1969We just got exclusive information obtained from an “invitation-only” meeting in Washington, D.C. Some of the most powerful people in finance gathered behind closed doors to discuss a secret deal… one that could have a major impact on your finances, especially if you were born before 1969. If you’re a senior and rely on the government for income, you’ll be badly hurt if this deal gets inked. Click here to see the details. – Recommended Links Doug: Scandinavia is on a slippery slope. I wouldn’t be surprised if a very nasty “black swan” the size of a pterodactyl landed there. The U.S. isn’t far behind. Big Brother is coming out of the cellar, where he’s been chained up, in the U.S. And I’m afraid he’s so strong and nasty that few people will be able to pay him enough to leave them alone.There have long been local pockets of notorious corruption in the U.S., of course; building inspectors, people like that. On a national level, the DEA became very corrupt early on, a natural consequence of “regulating” an industry that runs on billions in cash.Other federal agencies are more subtly corrupt. Generals are paid off by being hired by defense contractors after they’re mustered out. FDA types are hired by the drug companies and large agribusinesses, and executives from those companies become high-level bureaucrats in the FDA. Politicians rarely take envelopes of cash anymore. They wait until they are out of office to collect millions in directors’ fees, book deals, speaking tours, stock deals, and the like. Bill Clinton is a perfect example of someone who went from near penniless to a net worth of $50 million-plus overnight. The Clintons have made a huge leap from the days when Hillary had to take a $100,000 payoff in the guise of her totally transparent cattle-trading scheme.The problem now, though, is that there are giant police bureaucracies like the TSA and the FBI that have no direct way of getting paid off. So they enforce the idiotic laws like robots. Other bureaucracies like NSA do their damage remotely, too far from the victim to be negotiated with. This is a real source of danger.Doug Casey is a multi-millionaire speculator and the founder of Casey Research. He literally wrote the book on profiting during economic turmoil. Doug’s book, Crisis Investing, spent multiple weeks as number one on the New York Times bestsellers list and was the best-selling financial book of 1980. Doug has been a regular guest on national television, including spots on CNN, Merv Griffin, Charlie Rose, Regis Philbin, Phil Donahue, and NBC News.Doug and his team of analysts write The Casey Report, one of the world’s most respected investment advisories. Each month, The Casey Report provides specific, actionable ideas to help subscribers make money in stocks, bonds, currencies, real estate, and commodities. You can try out The Casey Report risk-free by clicking here. L: It’s interesting: These countries where a high degree of legal regulation seems to work are also highly homogeneous and have very powerful cultures; makes you wonder if the laws are really doing anything at all, or if they are just window dressing on more powerful social systems.It makes me think of the many experimental societies tried out in the 19th century in the U.S., when there were still open frontiers to which one could escape with like-minded people and try to do things differently. Most were communes. And most were disasters. Some worked, and a few even still exist in vestigial form today, like the Amana colonies. Those that worked best were religious communes. Just goes to show that if you can go beyond homogeneity and get unanimity, you can create a society that seems to defy all experience to the contrary. When everyone buys in, amazing things can happen…at least for a while.Doug: Almost anything can work for a while. Some monasteries approach an almost perfect state of communism. It’s possible because everyone there chooses to be there and live according to those rules. Unanimous consent. But that’s not possible in an entire country, and even the super-majority buy-in of highly homogeneous cultures like New Zealand and Scandinavia is not possible in 98% of the rest of the countries in the world. If you look at the rest of the world, the more socialistic and regulated the country, the more corrupt it tends to be. And the larger the country, the more disparate the population and divergent the mores, the less effective the government’s regulation.L: That would cover China, Russia…Brazil, Mexico.Doug: And Argentina, where I am now. The customs inspectors down here, for example, all expect to retire as multimillionaires. That’s because they have so many laws on what you can export or import…how, when, and why, it’s almost impossible to comply with, or even know, all the laws. It’s much cheaper and easier to get the inspector to look the other way with a well-placed envelope.There’s good news and bad news in this.In itself, corruption is a bad thing; it shouldn’t have to be necessary. As I touched on earlier, insofar as it’s necessary, it’s also a good thing. If we can’t eliminate the laws that give rise to corruption, it’s a good thing that it’s possible to circumvent these laws. The worst of all situations is to have a mass of strict, stultifying, economically suicidal laws…and also have strict, effective enforcement of those laws. If a culture doesn’t allow people to work around stupid laws, that culture’s doom is further sealed with every stupid law passed, which is pretty much all of them.L: Strict laws, strictly enforced, is a recipe for paralysis. I’ve often said that while Mexico is much less free than the U.S. on paper, it is much more free in fact. People in the U.S. fear their government, especially the IRS. In Mexico, people build what they want, eat what they want, sell what they want; tax evasion is the national pastime.Doug: Right. This is one of the reasons why, though I’ve lived in New Zealand quite a bit over the last 10 years, I’m not really interested in hanging my spurs there any longer. Although it’s gotten vastly better since the reforms of the mid-’80s, it’s still a dull, insular place with a lot of ingrained socialist attitudes, but not much corruption to help you obviate them. And I wouldn’t want to live in the Scandinavian countries either.They have all these incredibly stupid laws that sheep-like residents obey, enabling great tyranny, but it goes unrecognized because it has such popular support. It suits me much better to live in a place like Argentina, where there’s an equal number of stupid laws, but nobody pays any attention to them. And when there is a problem, it can most often be handled, informally.L: I won’t ask you on the record if you’ve ever actually done that. Interesting comment about Scandinavia: I was just reading Google News yesterday, and one of the top video news stories was a clip about some poor woman in Sweden who’s had her twin daughters taken away by the child protection busybodies. The children were taken, without notice, from their school, and the woman didn’t even know it was an official abduction until she got a letter a week later. The real horror of it is that there isn’t actually any evidence of wrongdoing on the woman’s part. The law is preemptive and protective; the bureaucrats are authorized to remove children from their families if there might be danger to them. No due process, and forget about “innocent until proven guilty.” The breathtaking assumption is that it’s better to rip children out of their families than to find out if there’s a real problem first. This could only hold sway in a place where the culture is one of great confidence in the wisdom and benevolence of the state. “They’ll do everything they can to push the price of gold down.”This statement was made by keynote speaker and trend forecaster Gerald Celente at the 2015 Casey Research Summit. Find out what Mr. Celente has to say about gold manipulation…the Federal Reserve’s hidden scheme…and how you can protect yourself from it right here. (Interviewed by Louis James, Editor, International Speculator)This interview was first published on February 9, 2011Editor’s Note: In yesterday’s Weekend Edition, Casey Research founder Doug Casey explained why laws and regulations can’t stop corruption. Today, Doug explains why corruption in government can actually be a good thing….Louis James: I think the point of government-sponsored irresponsibility is particularly important, and often overlooked.I’ve long thought that it was FDR’s New Deal that really pushed America over the edge, not so much because of the economic cost, but because it made it very clear to people that they did not need to be responsible for themselves. Big Brother now takes care of them when they get old, or should they fall ill, or lose a job; no need to plan ahead or save… It’s no wonder our culture has transformed from one of individualism and self-reliance to one of groupthink and reliance on the state, populated by entitlement-minded couch potatoes.But what do you say to people who point to places like Sweden, a highly government-regulated society that seems to work? Such a nice, clean place, with lots of government.Doug: It’s a good point. Sweden is at the low end of the corruption scale, but it’s not because they have laws against corruption; everybody has those. It’s because of the culture; the peer pressure, moral opprobrium, and social approbation I mentioned earlier. Sweden is a small country where word of misdeeds spreads quickly. It has a highly homogeneous culture based on deep-rooted traditions, and there’s a high degree of consensus about how things should be. That makes Swedes cooperate with the large body of law that reflects that consensus, much more than would happen almost anywhere else, or is even possible anywhere else.Out of a couple hundred countries in the world outside of Scandinavia, I can think of two other places that have a similarly powerful culture that makes a “big-government” approach to managing society seem to work: New Zealand and Uruguay. These places are small, relatively isolated, homogeneous, and with powerful cultural traditions that have, unfortunately, been codified into law. These countries, coincidentally, also have the three oldest socialist governments in the world, all dating back to the turn of the 20th century. Trying to bribe officials in these places, even Uruguay, is pretty much out of the question.But these places are anomalous. Because of their rare characteristics, they can’t be held up as role models for other places. Almost everywhere else, where there’s more diversity of ethnicity, culture, much larger population, and so forth, Scandinavian socialism wouldn’t even have the appearance of working. And, I’d argue, it won’t work much longer in Scandinavia either; Sweden and these other places will ultimately collapse under the weight of their mass of laws and socialist intervention in their economies. Recommended Links —last_img read more

It was Bea Duncan who answered the phone at 2 am

first_imgIt was Bea Duncan who answered the phone at 2 a.m. on a January morning. Her son Jeff had been caught using drugs in a New Hampshire sober home and was being kicked out.Bea and her husband, Doug Duncan, drove north that night nine years ago to pick Jeff up. On the ride back home, to Natick, Mass., the parents delivered an ultimatum: Their son had to go back to rehab, or leave home.Jeff chose the latter, Bea says. She remembers a lot of yelling, cursing and tears as they stopped the car, in the dead of night, a few miles from the house.”It was really, really difficult to actually just drop him off in a parking lot on our way home and say, ‘you made the decision — no rehab — so we made the decision, no home,’ ” Bea says. “It was exquisitely difficult.”Doug Duncan says many parents had told him to expect this moment. He remembers them saying their son would have to “hit rock bottom; you’re going to have to kick him out of the house.”Two torturous days later, Jeff Duncan came home. Although he returned to rehab, the Duncans decided their approach wasn’t working. They sought help, eventually connecting with a program that, instead of tough love, stresses empathy: CRAFT or Community Reinforcement and Family Training.”There was more compassion and, ‘Wow, this is really difficult for you’; more open questions to him instead of dictating what he should and should not behave like,” says Bea. Many drug users say, in hindsight, they’ve appreciated being forced into treatment. But studies show that a compassionate approach and voluntary treatment are the more effective ways to engage drug users in recovery and keep them alive. That’s a critical consideration for families in this era of fentanyl, a powerful opioid that can shut down breathing in seconds.”The concept of letting their children hit bottom is not the best strategy,” says Nora Volkow, director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse. “Because in hitting bottom they may die.”After they went through CRAFT training, the Duncans say things started to shift from chaos to calm.”I started to feel an immense sense of relief,” Bea says. “I stopped feeling like I had to be a private investigator and controlling mom. I could kind of walk side-by-side with him on this journey, instead of feeling like I had to take charge of it.”For the Duncans, the approach meant they could switch from enforcing family consequences, like kicking Jeff out of the house, to supporting him as he faced other challenges, like losing a job because of his drug use.It worked well: Bea and Doug helped Jeff stick to his recovery. He’s 28 now and has been sober for nine years.But desperate parents often don’t know how to avoid “hitting bottom” with their children, as the Duncans did on that dark and frigid January morning. The Duncans have found ways to help others: Doug is a parent coach through the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids, which is now collaborating with the Grayken Center for Addiction at Boston Medical Center.The collaboration will close a gap in services for families caught up in the opioid epidemic, says Grayken Center’s director, Michael Botticelli, who served as drug czar in the Obama administration.”They don’t call this a family disease for no good reason,” Botticelli says. “The whole design of these services [is] to promote tools and information for families, so they know how to approach a situation and can heal.”There is no uniform path to healing for the drug user or parents, and no widespread agreement on the best approach for families.Joanne Peterson, who founded the parent support network Learn to Cope, says there are reasons why some parents ask older children to leave the house — if there are younger children at home or if the parents don’t feel safe.”So it depends on what ‘tough love’ means; it can mean many different things,” Peterson says.She applauds the Grayken Center for expanding access to parent coaches, but “we also need more professional help.” Peterson says she routinely hears from parents who can’t find counselors and doctors who understand their daily traumas.Some critics suggest the CRAFT model is too soft, that it enables drug use.”That’s a misconception,” says Fred Muench, president of the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids. “CRAFT is authoritative parenting, creating a sense of responsibility in the child, and at the same time saying, ‘I am here for you; I love you; I’m going to help you; but I can’t help you avoid negative consequences if you’re not looking to do that on your own.’ “The parent coaching extends beyond periods of crisis.On a recent afternoon, Doug Duncan was on the phone with Doreen, a mom whose daughter is in recovery. (We’re using only Doreen’s first name to protect her daughter’s privacy.) Doreen was upset about an angry text from her daughter that sounded like the messages the young woman sent when she was using drugs.”It brings me back there. In two seconds, I am back on that scene thinking she’s on the heroin, she’s not going to live,” Doreen told Duncan, expressing a very common fear of a loved one’s relapse.In a panic — her daughter had overdosed twice and been rescued — Doreen wanted to ask if she was using heroin again. But she ran it by Duncan first. He encouraged her to talk it through.Doreen paused, then said she could ask her daughter about work — whether it’s been stressful — or about her grief after a friend’s recent death. There are many reasons, Doreen realized, that her daughter might be angry. Her tone didn’t have to signal a relapse.”You talk yourself off the cliff,” Duncan told her.”Oh yes, I know all about that cliff, I’ve visited a few times before,” Doreen said, and laughed. “You know, that ties in with what you said before about focusing less on what your feelings are, and the terror or fear that you’re going through, and more on what they’re feeling and what they’re going through — turn the tables a bit. That’s an excellent point.””That’s true compassion,” Duncan told her, “and oddly enough it’s very therapeutic for you, too.”More compassion in the home fits the shift away from criminalizing addiction — toward accepting and treating it as a chronic medical condition.If a child had cancer, parents “wouldn’t disengage with them or be angry with them,” says Botticelli. “So I do think it aligns our scientific understanding that addiction is a disease and not a moral failure.”This story is part of NPR’s partnership with NPR and Kaiser Health News. Copyright 2018 WBUR. 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£50 CASH IF DAVY RUSSELL wins on PETIT MOUCHOIR

first_img£50 CASH IF:DAVY RUSSELL WINS ON PETIT MOUCHOIRTo celebrate the launch of our brand new betting site starsports.bet we are giving all NEW CUSTOMERS £50 IN CASH if our brand ambassador DAVY RUSSELL wins on PETIT MOUCHOIR in the 6.40 at Punchestown on Thursday.You simply need to open an account and place a bet of at least £10 online at starsports.bet between 5pm on Wednesday 25 April and 6.40pm on Thursday 26 April. The bet must be on a selection at even money (or bigger) in any event displayed on the web site.TERMS AND CONDITIONS(1) This promotion is for new account holders only. To qualify you must open a new account at starsports.bet anytime from 5pm on Wednesday 25 April to 6.40pm (GMT) on Thursday 26 April.(2) In addition you must place at least one bet online before 6.40pm (GMT) on Thursday 26th April. The bet must be for a stake of £10 (or more) on any selection at even money (or bigger), in any event displayed on the starsports.bet web site.(3) The bonus promotional offer is based around Davy Russell winning the 6.40pm at Punchestown on Petit Mouchoir. In the event of Petit Mouchoir winning with another jockey onboard, or Davy Russell winning on another horse, this promotion will still be valid. If neither Davy Russell or Petit Mouchoir make the start then the offer is void.(4) If, for any reason, the race does not take place or is declared void for betting purposes this offer will also be voided.(5) The bonus, if successful, will be paid as £50 cash (not free bet) within 48 hours of the race, direct to your online account.(6) Usual Star Sports Betting Rules and Terms and Conditions apply, these can be viewed at starsports.bet.(7) This promotion can only be used once per person and per account. Only one bonus can be awarded per person, household, shared computer or shared IP address.(8) Star Sports reserve the right to withdraw or refuse this promotion at any point.(9) If you have any further questions about this promotion you can contact our customer service team cs@www.starsportsbet.co.uklast_img read more

SIMON NOTT Tales From The Ring Cheltenham Festival Friday

first_imgSimon Nott is author of:Skint Mob! Tales from the Betting RingCLICK HERE FOR MORE DETAILS CHELTENHAM FESTIVAL FRIDAY: SIMON NOTT reports from the Star Sports pitch on the final day of the Cheltenham Festival. There was no doubting who was in front after the three days and it wasn’t the layers. The war may have been lost over the week but could there be at least a final battle to be won?Gold Cup Day started wet and gloomy. Quite fitting you were a bookmaker. But it’s Gold Cup day so the buzz soon permeated allowing the layers some hope of a recovery.1:30 JCB Triumph Hurdle (Grade 1)The betting on course and off surrounded the front two in the betting. The office laid £400,000 – 80,000 each-way Quel Destin while the jolly drifted to evens touching 11/10 in places. Then £275,000 – £25,000 each way Gardens Of Babylon. Then in the hole a £110,000 – £100,000 the jolly.The jolly needed to be re-shod at the start.Pentland Hills winning at 20/1 was the result the ring and we so badly needed plus the second-in out of the frame tremendous. The fly in the ointment was Gardens of Babylon finishing third, but a tremendous result non the less. Tempered badly by the news the jolly suffered a fatal injury.The firm’s phones started buzzing, boss Ben had tweeted ‘Boom’ about the result, he genuinely had no idea at the time that Sir Erec had been injured. Anyone that knows him will know that to be true.2:10 Randox Health County Handicap Hurdle (Grade 3)Betting on the next was much quieter but Ch’tibello winning was an excellent result.2:50 Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle (Grade 1)Minella Indo winning under Rachael Blackmore at 50/1 was another absolute cracker, most bookmakers lucky to see a skinner in the book with just the places to pay.3:30 Magners Cheltenham Gold Cup Chase (Grade 1)The Gold Cup Betting was steady, several £1000 bets with Presenting Percy the one the public wanted to be on and a loser for £15,000 at the off in the course book.Ben had already left before the big race, 12/1 Al Boum Photo was another tremendous result. It may not be up to the miracle of Medina but a comeback, of sorts, did look on the cards.4:10 St. James’s Place Foxhunter Challenge Cup Open Hunters’ ChaseThere was relatively very little of interest in the Foxhunters, takings were light hence several losers in the book but not for over £3000.The favourite Hazel Hill winning was a comparative dent in proceedings on how they’d panned out today.The firm couldn’t really ask more than the for the great results they got in the feature races. With two big field handicaps to go Star Sports weren’t going to get ‘out’ on the week but were happy to have clawed some back.4:50 Johnny Henderson Grand Annual Challenge Cup Handicap Chase (Grade 3)It was a similar story as far as the business went in the penultimate. The punters understandably kept stakes to a minimum with a handful of losers at the off.I know I joked about needing the best set of results in the history of bookmaking but you couldn’t have dreamt these up. Croco Bay winning at 66/1 was another skinner for the win book. Not even Mystic Meg was on!5:30 Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap HurdleIt couldn’t last, two bogies in the last and they finished first and second. It took the shine off a great comeback at the end of a torrid meeting for bookmakers. The firm at least ended the week on a winning note so hopefully on the right foot for Aintree. We just need a breather now. Thanks for reading.Simon Nottlast_img read more