first_imgBy Rachel Dorman, MS & Heidi Radunovich, PhDOvercoming stigma and barriers to seeking mental health treatment is not an uncommon issue for military members and their families. Identifying barriers can help shed light on strategies needed to overcome such obstacles and how to provide care for those who need it. In today’s blog we are going to learning more about barriers military wives encounter when seeking mental health treatment.[Flickr, 136th MEB Mobilization Ceremony by Texas Military Forces, CC By-ND 2.0] Retrieved on September 17, 2015Lewy, Oliver, and McFarland (2014) conducted a study to learn more about military wives, their mental health needs, and barriers they may have to seeking mental health treatment. The study consisted of 569 female participants who completed an online survey. The survey examined depressive symptoms, nonspecific psychological distress, and barriers to obtaining mental health services. The study found that over half (51%) of the participants reported high levels of depressive symptoms, and another 27% indicated depressive symptoms, but at a lower level. The study also found that 37% of the wives surveyed reported serious psychological distress, and 44% did not receive the mental health treatment they felt they needed (higher than the general population). Those who were older and higher levels of distress were more likely not to get needed treatment.The most common barrier to seeking mental health treatment was finding time during the day to attend treatment (38%). Other barriers commonly mentioned included fears that the treatment would not be confidential (26%), concerns about how others in the community might perceive the treatment (19%), lack of knowledge of where to go for treatment (25%) and concerns about cost (19%). Over a third of military wives, 35%, reported concern that mental health providers would not understand the issues facing military spouses, and 29% expressed concerns about whether they could trust a therapist.[Flickr, 136th MEB Mobilization Ceremony by Texas Military Forces, CC BY-ND 2.0] Retrieved on September 17, 2015The authors recommend that clinicians seek education regarding best practices for serving military service members and their families, including programs such as RESPECT-Mil. The researchers also highlight that, because social media was found to be an effective tool in reaching military wives for recruitment in this study, it might also be an effective means of providing information about mental health services. To learn more about helping individuals overcome barriers to seeking treatment check out our previous blog, Shifting the Stigma: Mental Health and the Military References[1] Lewy, B., Oliver, C., & McFarland, B. (2014). Barriers to mental health treatment for military wives. Psychiatric Services, Brief Reports, p. 1 – 4. doi:10.1176/appi.ps.201300325This post was written by Rachel Dorman, M.S. and Heidi Radunovich, PhD, members of the MFLN Family Development (FD) team which aims to support the development of professionals working with military families. Find out more about the Military Families Learning Network FD concentration on our website, on Facebook, on Twitter, YouTube, and on LinkedIn.last_img read more

first_imgThe J&K government on Friday decided to release all top separatist leaders, including Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Yasin Malik, who are planning to court arrest at the National Investigation Agency (NIA) headquarters in New Delhi on Saturday in protest against its recent raids in the State. A senior police official said “these separatist leaders are free to go wherever they want”. The decision comes ahead of Home Minister Rajnath Singh’s visit to the State on Saturday. The NIA has already clarified that they will not entertain the separatists since “they have not been summoned”, leaving it to the Delhi police to handle the situation.last_img read more

first_imgAdvertisement AdvertisementBarcelona were guests to Tottenham on wednesday which turned out to be a memorable European night as the Spanish giants won 4-2. However, the match was not memorable for Arturo Vidal as he believes he should have started the game instead of having to go in as  a substitute. The Chilean’s discontent was clear when he took to social media to post an angry emoji message.Vidal is yet to play a full 90 minutes for Ernesto Valverde’s side. Before the Spurs’ game , it was widely expected that the Chilean international would start the game in place of Ousmane Dembele as Barca would play a 4-4-2. Vidal even went on to tell people close to him that he would be starting in this epic clash. Expectations were short-lived when Arthur’s name was on team-sheet and not his.To add to this , Vidal’s own knees are posing him a problem as he looks to return to full fitness. It is reported that the flamboyant midfielder has been clear in his expression of his current feelings to the management and staff.“It would be more worrying if he didn’t mind, it’s logical that he is upset,” was one comment to come out of the dressing room.The Catalan club are playing down this online incident and they are pleased with how the Chilean has done when given a chance on the pitch.last_img read more

first_imgOn a comeback trail, Indian women’s hockey team skipper Rani Rampal is expecting high-intensity action in the three-match series against hosts Korea, starting in Jinchun from Monday.Rani had missed the previous Malaysia series due to a shoulder injury along with drag-flicker Gurjit Kaur, who had a hamstring issue.The team left for Korea Saturday morning and Rani said it will be a good opportunity to prepare for the forthcoming FIH Women’s Series Finals in Hiroshima.”This will be an important series for myself and Gurjit because we are coming back after rehabilitation. Playing high-intensity matches will put us in the right rhythm before we set off for the FIH Women’s Series Finals,” said Rani.”There have been some different things we have tried in this recent national camp in terms of creating variations inside the circle. We will get to try and test these methods against this strong team and basis how we execute these changes we can plan better for the next big tournament,” added Rani.Chief Coach @SjoerdMarijne highlights the importance of the upcoming Korean Tour before the Indian Eves get ready for their last hurdle on the #RoadtoTokyo.#IndiaKaGame pic.twitter.com/yA98WJXg61Hockey India (@TheHockeyIndia) May 18, 2019The Women’s Series Finals Hiroshima 2019 is scheduled to be held from 15 to 23.”The team is confident about playing against a tough team like the Republic Of Korea in conditions best suited for them. The series will be very challenging given how the Korean National Team has been playing lately. Doing well against them will be vital in our preparations for the FIH Women’s Series Finals,” said Rani.advertisementAt the start of the year, the Indian team had toured Spain in January-February, competing against the host nation and Ireland. They finished with record two wins, three draws and a loss.The team also embarked on a Malaysia Tour in April and remained unbeaten, winning four matches and drawing one.Also Read | India end Australia tour with loss in the final matchlast_img read more

first_imgUnited States American youngsters impress to give U.S. fans some hope Ives Galarcep @soccerbyives 09:32 11/15/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Westin Mckennie USA Portugal United States Portugal v United States Portugal Friendlies The USMNT showed the highs and lows that come with playing young players against European powerhouse Portugal Weston McKennie raced through Portugal’s defense for a goal that had to spark some hope in the depressed hearts of U.S. fans who had spent the past month in shock over the U.S. national team missing out on the World Cup.Then goalkeeper Ethan Horvath let a cross go through his arms and legs and into the net, reminding us all that breaking in a new generation is going to have its ups and downs. That was the main lesson offered up in Tuesday’s 1-1 draw between the United States and Portugal.If first impressions are anything to go by, then McKennie is worth the hype. The Schalke midfielder didn’t look like a player making his USMNT debut, nor did he look like a 19-year-old. He looked like a fearless player with the skill to potentially grow into a cornerstone of the program. Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player A glimpse into the future @WMckennie becomes 3rd youngest #USMNT player to score in his first cap! pic.twitter.com/If9MSLv47R — U.S. Soccer (@ussoccer) November 14, 2017 Horvath wasn’t making his debut on Tuesday, but for many watching him with the U.S. for the first time, it was a forgettable first impression. The 22-year-old goalkeeper looked shaky and showed the poor form of a player who recently lost his starting job. Horvath recovered a bit as the first half went on, making some big plays to keep Portugal from scoring another, but it wasn’t enough to erase the feeling that he didn’t look like the heir apparent to the goalkeeping throne made available by the end of the Tim Howard era.The match started with Portugal controlling the early play, and the U.S. working hard to maintain its defensive shape. For a group that hadn’t really been together before, the Americans defended well, bolstered by the energy brought by youngsters eager to impress. Several of them did, from Tyler Adams, who came within an acrobatic save of scoring the winner, to Matt Miazga, who showed poise in central defense that the U.S. could have used in September and October.Tyler Adams USA PortugalThe most impressive part of the U.S. performance was the effort and tenacity the team showed, which is as much a criticism of the display we saw from the U.S. team that lost to Trinidad & Tobago as it is praise for Tuesday’s U.S. showing. We saw a team that was hungry, a team that didn’t care that it was a friendly, or that of a team being led by a caretaker coach who will be long gone by the time the U.S. is playing important matches again. We saw fearless youngsters who showed the same swagger Christian Pulisic has carried since breaking into the national team. We saw players with several years to improve, and bundles of potential to build on.The full U.S. team won’t be together again until the spring, which leaves plenty of time for Tuesday’s participants to keep building their cases for continued roles, and plenty of time for U.S. Soccer to resolve its own issues, from the U.S. Soccer presidential election in February to the eventual hiring of a new full-time coach. Only when a president and coach are in place can we really start to get a sense of the direction the USMNT will be heading in.Weston McKennie Matt Miazga USA Portugal 11142017The wait for those big decisions will be made easier by Tuesday’s match. There were enough good individual performances to leave U.S. fans feeling like there is reason to be hopeful for the future. It may have been a Portugal B team, but it was still a match against players from top European leagues. If Portugal had routed the Americans, U.S. fans would have headed into winter feeling like the program was in free fall. Now, with an admirable showing against a worthy opponent, U.S. fans can look to the future with a sense of hope.It may not be much, but after October’s heartbreaking failure, it will have to do.last_img read more

first_imgMad Max no more was the Red Bull team principal Christian Horner’s assessment of his driver Max Verstappen’s forthcoming season. Horner, always engaging in discussing the characters of his drivers, was confident that this year it will be mature Max behind the wheel. Yet the test the young Dutchman faces may be his most challenging; watching whether he can deliver on Horner’s optimism should be compelling.Verstappen is 21, and has an undeniable talent, aligned to a forceful, uncompromising self belief that has been at times to his detriment as well as his advantage. In both cases he has been impossible to ignore. F1 needs characters fans can relate to and care about, and in that sense Verstappen’s name is already writ large on the marquee.Last season, his fourth in F1, was fascinating. Errors blighted the opening, so much so that a head-butt was proffered to anyone continuing to ask questions about his driving style – not the PR-friendly response that would have been trotted out by most drivers. Frustrations compounded by his dissatisfaction with the team’s Renault power unit, that led to his delightfully frank radio message after a failure in Hungary. “Fuck! What a fucking joke, all the fucking time with this shit, honestly,” as once more PRs shuddered. Share on WhatsApp Formula One But then he turned it around in the second half with some exceptional performances, including Russia and Singapore and seven podium positions from the last nine races, taking him to fourth in the championship. Yet that run also included his mistake in tangling with Esteban Ocon in Brazil and subsequently confronting and shoving the Frenchman after the race.There was hand-wringing about it being a terrible example to set but in truth real emotion has always enlivened F1. Verstappen summed it with a brusque honesty, hard not to admire. “We are passionate about the sport, it would be odd if I shook his hand,” he said. “I don’t really have a lot to comment on that, except that he was being a pussy.”But is this the Max we will see this year? Horner believes he is the driver Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel must fear and that given the tools for the job he can fight the pair for the title. Key to that is the Honda power unit they will use for the first time. Horner was optimistic that the manufacturer was on track to be competitive. Sign up to The Recap, our weekly email of editors’ picks. ‘You expect me to shake his hand?’ – Verstappen stands by push on Ocon Share on Twitter Sportblog Share on Facebook Since you’re here… Max Verstappen … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay. Whether we are up close or further away, the Guardian brings our readers a global perspective on the most critical issues of our lifetimes – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. We believe complex stories need context in order for us to truly understand them. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Topics He has also been working closely with Honda and that may make him more amenable to setbacks, as Horner explained. “There is a different engagement between him and the engineering with him and Honda than there was with Renault,” he said. “This is working far more as partnership which he is invested in.”Most importantly, however, the team principal is convinced that the kid he took on in 2016 is now very much a man. “Max has evolved so much,” he said. “The problem last year was there was some antagonism on both sides, that ends in a whirlwind of frustration. He has been through that, that character-building experience. He is more worldly, more experienced. He is in a better place to deal with pressures that are placed on him.”F1 would be all the better if Red Bull can really challenge this season but even if they cannot, how Verstappen handles being in the vanguard or indeed the rearguard is likely to be as engrossing as ever. Red Bullcenter_img Share on Messenger Christian Horner Share on LinkedIn Support The Guardian Share via Email Read more Liberty Media underestimated what it took on in F1, says Christian Horner features Share on Pinterest “We have seen behind the scenes of their evolution. They are making good progress,” he said. “Stability of regulations will help them. They have settled on a concept and, for the first time since their re-entry to F1, that has continued from one season to the next without it being a completely clean sheet of paper. It will all depend on what the others have done, but certainly versus themselves there has been good progress.”Red Bull are in a works relationship with Honda rather than as a customer, a factor Horner said is crucial, describing recent years with Renault as “paying for a first-class ticket and you get an economy seat”.But as McLaren know, pre-season optimism can end in disappointment. Last season Toro Rosso went through eight Honda engines a car by the finale in Abu Dhabi. Three is the maximum before penalties are incurred. Horner was honest in accepting the team were likely to take some hits. “We would rather see consistent evolution, even if that means taking a penalty or two along the way,” he said. But might Max be so understanding?His driving style may be one mitigating factor. Verstappen likes to carry high entry-speed into a corner. He becomes unsettled when he does not have rear stability while the engine delivers the power through the transmission as he downshifts through the gears. It was perhaps best seen in qualifying at Mexico, where he was furious at failing to take pole after having to under-drive apparently precisely because of this issue. If Honda can deliver on this level he will at least feel confident in the car beneath him, a huge benefit. Motor sport Read more Reuse this contentlast_img read more

first_img Dr. Dorothy Chitty, psychologist and provincial clinical leader, Early Intensive Behavioral Intervention Program Dr. Isabel Smith, professor in pediatrics and psychology and neurosciences, Dalhousie University, and psychologist at the IWK Health Centre Teresa Alexander-Arab, speech language pathologist and clinical director, Nova Scotia Hearing and Speech Centres Dr. Tara Szuszkiewicz, psychologist and clinical leader of the Early Intensive Behavioral Intervention Program for Annapolis Valley Health Cynthia Carroll, executive director, Autism Nova Scotia Norman Donovan, family advocate Nick Phillips, co-ordinator of special needs child care policy and program development, Education and Early Childhood Development Susan Jozsa, autism consultant, Education and Early Childhood Development Patricia Murray, special advisor to the associate deputy minister on mental health and addictions, Department of Health and Wellness The Early Intensive Behavioral Intervention program was introduced in 2005 to help children with autism get treatment before they entered school. At that time, one in 150 people were being diagnosed with autism, according to the Center for Disease Control in Atlanta. That rate has now more than doubled, to one in 68 people. “Families with autism find this program extremely valuable,” said Dr. Smith. “I’m pleased to be able to work with government to extend the reach of the program, and to put children on the right path as they start school.” About 130 children participate in the program each year. There are almost 200 children on the wait list. Government has asked a group of experts to advise how best to ensure that children diagnosed with autism get the treatment they need at the right time. The experts will review the latest research and evidence around autism, school readiness and treatment. They will begin meeting immediately, and will report back in late fall. “We need to make sure that children with autism get the treatment they need at the right age, before they start school,” said Health and Wellness Minister Leo Glavine. “We know this is an important issue, and we must act quickly. But we also must ensure that our decisions are based on the best available evidence.” The panel members are:last_img read more

first_imgWorld leaders are gathering in Paris for COP 21, the United Nations conference to reach a new global agreement to address climate change.Noting this important moment for the world, the United Nations Foundation Board said: “The climate change conference in Paris can be a turning point for humanity. While climate change is one of the biggest threats facing the world, addressing it is one of our biggest opportunities to usher in a new era of sustainable development. A world free of poverty is only possible with strong climate action. 

“Every sector, every country, and every person has a role to play in meeting the climate challenge. Solutions exist, and there is already growing momentum around climate action as more and more governments, businesses, groups, and individuals recognize that it’s in their own interest to act on climate change. Now world leaders must deliver in Paris and pave the path to a new energy future. The United Nations Foundation is committed to working toward a sustainable future, and we join the United Nations in urging world leaders to take strong action on climate during the conference in Paris and beyond. 

“Unabated climate change threatens the future of all humanity. The risks of inaction far outweigh the costs of action. We call on all the nations of the world to move with urgency and determination to decarbonize the world’s energy systems as quickly as possible, toward a global goal of net zero emissions.”The members of the UN Foundation Board are: Founder and Chairman Ted Turner (United States); Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah (Jordan); Kofi Annan (Ghana); Fábio Barbosa (Brazil); Gro Harlem Brundtland (Norway); Kathy Calvin (United States); Igor Ivanov (Russia); N.R. Narayana Murthy (India); Hisashi Owada (Japan); Emma Rothschild (United Kingdom); Nafis Sadik (Pakistan); Hans Vestberg (Sweden); Timothy E. Wirth (United States); Andrew Young (United States); Yuan Ming (China); and Muhammad Yunus (Bangladesh).last_img read more

Actor Madhavan has slammed politicians for turning superstar Rajinikanth’s secluded visit to Sri Lanka into a political controversy.Rajinikanth last week called off his trip to the island nation, where he was supposed to unveil a housing scheme for the Tamil population affected by the bloody civil war. “Mr Rajinikanth is vulnerable right now because a film is about to release and it doesn’t make sense to create a controversy at this point of time because there will be so much money, everybody’s life earnings at stake now right now… If it gets delayed or postponed, it is not right,” he said. “I think he is very smart. The most appropriate thing to do at this point of time is to not create a controversy,” Madhavan added. However, the actor also added that in the future, people should not politicise his visit to any part of the world.Lyca Productions had announced that Rajinikanth will unveil a housing scheme by its charity wing Gnanam Foundation for displaced Tamils in Jaffna. The pro-Tamil groups raised a protest banner against Rajinikanth’s visit, alleging ulterior motives behind the invitation of Lyca Productions. With just a few months left for the release of rajinikanth’s sci-fi film, 2.0, which is being made at a budget of more than Rs 400 crore, Rajinikanth could not have afforded a controversy that had the potential to hamper the release of the film. So he gave into political pressure, requesting the people to respect his decision as an individual in the future.“I am an artist and not a politician. My duty is to entertain people. If the future presents me an opportunity to visit, meet and entertain Tamils in Sri Lanka, please don’t make it a political issue and keep me from visiting the country. I’m saying it lovingly and rightfully,” Rajinikanth said in a statement. (Colombo Gazette) “You must understand we are very vulnerable as actors and it is unfair that social issues get linked to us before the release of a film,” Madhavan said while talking to Times Now. He also suggested that about 500 families depend on a film for their livelihood and with so much at stake, the actors cannot afford to be dragged into a controversy that could affect the business of their film. He also said that Rajinikanth was smart to cancel his Sri Lanka visit. read more

The Social Bicycles program in Hamilton has continued to gain momentum. The company reports steady growth in its membership but is it enough to warrant an expansion.SoBi Bicycles told CHCH today that since spring finally arrived, ridership has increased significantly. Based on the success of the program since it began, there is pressure to expand to different areas in the city including Wards 6 to 8.Most SoBi Bicycle riders use the system to get to and from work or run errands. Their distance is roughly two kilometers.Since SoBi Hamilton launched in 2015 General Manager, Chelsea Cox says its membership has grown to more than 17 000 users.With over a million trips since SoBi launched three years ago and ridership continuing to increase, the company says it does see expansion plans in its future.“It’s always funding dependent, so as a not for profit operator we have to be conscious of our expenditures and were going to sustain that growth.”So far, riders have travelled over two million kilometers since launching and this month, they’ve already seen 1500 trips made by cyclists. An expansion will mean adding more hubs and bikes but also improvements to the systems infrastructure too.“In the future that looks like serving other parts of the city, maybe going to other nearby cities and just getting to more people in more neighbourhoods.”Ian Walker owns Smalls Coffee and uses the bike sharing system often.“I use the bicycles every other Sunday to go get donuts for the coffee shop so it helps us as a cost effective way to get donuts and not have to use a gas powered vehicle.”“I have a challenge to ride everyday in May, so i’m taking the time to jump on SoBis. Short trips, long trips, commuting, on the weekend.” said Ward 3 councillor Matthew Green.Not only is it a healthy way to get around the city, its good for the environment and saves money.Hamilton has 130 SoBi bicycle hubs and there are 825 bicycles scattered across the city.Council will hear a proposal for expansion of the social bicycle program on Monday.There is pressure to expand east to include Wards 6, 7 and 8 as well as connect the network into Burlington. read more

“I was very encouraged to see the progress being made, the seriousness with which the German companies, trade unions and NGOs [non-governmental organizations] take this initiative,” Mr. Annan told reporters following a meeting on the Global Compact with representatives from all three groups. “We’ve all promised we’ll move forward to work even harder to apply [the Compact’s principles] not only to institutions in this country, but around the world.” Workers from participating companies – seven of which attended the meeting – were “very, very happy to be working for something positive, something ethical, something that is socially responsible and gives something back to society,” he added. According to a UN spokesman travelling with Mr. Annan, the Secretary-General told participants at the meeting that he had launched the initiative to make globalization sustainable by underpinning international markets with strong social and ethical foundations, and called on those present to begin practicing good global citizenship. Wrapping up his three-day official visit to Germany, the Secretary-General also met with Edmund Stoiber, Minister President of Bavaria, who is challenging Gerhard Schroeder for the Chancellorship in elections later this year. They discussed the post 11 September global security environment and current attempts to get UN inspectors back into Iraq, and also reviewed efforts to restart Middle East peace talks, according to the spokesman. The situation in Iraq was also on the agenda during a meeting held between Mr. Annan and Heidemarie Wieczorek-Zeul, Germany’s Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development, the spokesman reported. She laid out Germany’s strategy for the International Conference on Financing for Development, to be held in Mexico later this month, as well as the country’s approach to reconstruction aid in Afghanistan – an effort she said would focus on the first 100 days for maximum impact. As he was leaving Germany, the Secretary-General discussed Afghanistan and the situation in the Middle East with Kamal Kharrazi, the Foreign Minister of Iran, who happened to be at Frankfurt Airport at the same time as Mr. Annan. read more

Ronaldo and Zidane – who are Goodwill Ambassadors for the UN Development Programme (UNDP) – will mobilize their team of internationally renowned football players for a friendly game against the Bern professional football club, the BSC Young Boys and Friends, for the 11th Match Against Poverty, slated for 4 March.“Through the 11th edition in Bern we hope to be able to raise both awareness and funds for the people in need in the Philippines,” said Zidane. “Working together in support of the victims of Typhoon Haiyan, we will all be winners in the Match Against Poverty.”Two thirds of the match proceeds will be used to bolster recovery efforts in the Philippines, where more than 5,000 people lost their lives to Typhoon Haiyan, with almost 1 million people displaced and an estimated further 11.8 million affected, UNDP said in a news release.To bolster the local economy, UNDP has already begun a cash-for-work project clearing debris in Tacloban, the worst affected area, and will continue its efforts to help those who have lost homes, businesses and jobs as a result of the typhoon.“Our goal is to dedicate the proceeds of this 11th Match Against Poverty to help survivors rebuild their lives and help the Philippines on a path to recovery,” said UNDP Administrator Helen Clark. “As the Philippines works to recover from this terrible tragedy, UNDP is there in support and to help strengthen the nation’s resilience to future shocks.”Zidane and Ronaldo have been the driving force behind the match since its inception in 2003. Proceeds from previous matches have benefited projects in dozens of developing countries, including recovery efforts in the wake of the 2010 Haiti earthquake and the response to the food crisis in the Horn of Africa. “Last year we celebrated the 10th anniversary of the Match in Brazil and I am still very proud of its success. I am honoured that clubs such as BSC Young Boys have offered to host the event,” said Ronaldo, who is now a key member of the FIFA World Cup 2014 Organizing Committee. “This year we are concerned about the situation in the Philippines and we would like to help through the match to the global fundraising efforts for the country,” he added.BSC Young Boys will donate the remaining third of the profits to the club’s partner charity, the Laureus Foundation Switzerland. The Foundation provides financial and practical support to sports-related projects at the national level, and is part of the global Laureus Sport For Good Foundation, which supports over 140 projects in 34 countries around the world.Previous editions of the Match Against Poverty – which will be televised globally and is supported by both football’s governing body, the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA), and the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) – have been held in Madrid, Dusseldorf, Marseille, Malaga, Fes, Lisbon, Athens, Hamburg, and Porto Alegre. Ronaldo and Zidane are part of a distinguished group of UNDP Goodwill Ambassadors that includes fellow football stars Didier Drogba, Iker Casillas and Marta Vieira de Silva in addition to other world-renowned personalities. read more

John Isner became the top-ranked American male tennis player by playing his best tennis at home. He wins more than two-thirds of his matches in the U.S., but just half elsewhere. Tennis writers have portrayed Isner’s strength at home as a weakness abroad. But in his sport, where players set large parts of their own schedules, displaying a repeatable competitive advantage is an opportunity, not a liability.1Unlike, say, in the NBA, where an Eastern Conference team that struggles out west can’t replace trips to California with more home dates.Even as he’s pledged to solve his road woes, Isner has filled his calendar with U.S. events. His home-court advantage has helped him rise this month from the world’s No. 13 to No. 10. A couple of weeks ago at a tournament in Indian Wells, Calif., Isner reached the semifinals, where he took a set off No. 2 Novak Djokovic. This week in Miami, he reached the round of 16 but lost on Tuesday to No. 7 Tomas Berdych. In two weeks, Isner will seek to defend his title in Houston.These wouldn’t have passed for spectacular American results when Andre Agassi and Pete Sampras ruled the sport in the 1990s, or even when Andy Roddick and James Blake took up residence in the top 10 during the last decade. These days, though, pretty good is as good as it gets for American men in tennis. None of Isner’s peers got past the round of 64 at either tournament this month; he was the last American man at each by at least two rounds. And no other American man is ranked in the top 60 in the world. (There’s little reason to hope for better things from the next generation: No American ranks in the top 20 in either the under-20 or under-21 world rankings.)Isner is famous among casual fans for his role in the longest match ever played, which he won over Nicolas Mahut at Wimbledon in 2010, with the basketball-like 70-68 score in the fifth set. But he’s done his best work at home. Fourteen of his 17 career finals and six of his eight career titles have come in the United States. He’s been an entirely average player at the tour level2This means matches that count towards a player’s official match record: matches at Grand Slam tournaments, in Davis Cup matches and at ATP World Tour events. away from the U.S., winning 51 percent of his matches. At American events, he’s won 69 percent.“I always play my best in the United States,” Isner said at a press conference in Indian Wells. “A lot of times, especially in Europe, I have ‑‑ you know, I haven’t had great results at all.” He was at a loss to explain why, offering perhaps a lack of toughness at overseas tournaments. “There is no reason I can’t have a result like this outside of the U.S.,” he said.The reasons for Isner’s home advantage are varied. The obvious suspects, like the surface he’s playing on and the strength of his opponents, don’t fully explain it. A lot of it comes down to Isner himself.It’s true that much of Isner’s home success has come against weak competition. He has thrived at smaller U.S. tournaments that are optional for top players, who mostly live in Europe and don’t bother to make the trip. These events account for all of his U.S. titles and all but two of his U.S. finals. Just 6 percent of his matches at those events have come against top 10 players, none ranked in the top four. The relative weakness of his competition thanks to these events can be seen in the median ranking of his opponents over the last year: just 64, making his the softest schedule of any player in the top 35 in the world rankings.Isner also gets to play on hard courts, his favorite surface, at most of the U.S. events where he chooses to play. Just two are played on other surfaces: Houston, on clay; and Newport, R.I., on grass.These factors alone don’t explain Isner’s U.S. success, though. I pulled his career match record and ran a logistic regression, controlling for surface,3Isner has played 32 matches on grass, 66 matches on clay and 256 matches on hard courts. I separately ran the regression with each surface and also combining hard and grass, since so few matches are played on grass. The results were essentially the same. the ranking of his opponent4Technically I used the logarithm of his opponent’s ranking, since there is a much wider gap between the No. 1 and No. 10 players in the world — and therefore the probability of beating each one — than there is between the No. 10 and No. 100 players. and the value of each match, in ranking points.5The goal was to check whether Isner plays better in higher-leverage matches, those that count for more — i.e. matches in big tournaments, or later rounds of smaller ones. If he does, this effect could be confused with a preference for home courts. That’s because many of his U.S. events have weak fields, pitting Isner against early-round opponents whom he’d likely beat anywhere. That gives him more high-stakes home matches, so if he thrives in high-stakes matches, it might help explain his home advantage.To calculate the leverage of each match, I took the number of ranking points Isner would receive if he lost the match and subtracted it from the number he would get if he won, then lost the subsequent match. The result is roughly the value of the match, as prize money rises with ranking points and the points also determine a player’s subsequent seedings and affect his earning potential. The calculation is complicated by the ATP’s change in ranking points in 2009, so it isn’t exact, but since most of Isner’s tour-level matches came after 2008, the effect is small. Even after controlling for these factors, Isner remains a homecoming king. Surface, it turns out, isn’t a statistically significant driver of his success. Nor is the value of winning the match. His opponent’s ranking is highly significant. But independent of these factors, a 50-50 match for Isner away from home becomes a match he’ll win two out of three times in the U.S.Tennis isn’t usually associated with strong home-court effects, because of its individual and international nature. Many events draw fans from across the globe, who cheer for players from countries other than their own. And most players get few chances to play at home outside of the Davis Cup, the partisan international team competition that provides a rare home-court advantage in tennis. A popular explanation for home advantage in many other sports — that officials are influenced by partisan crowds — doesn’t translate to tennis because electronic line-call review at the sport’s top levels has greatly reduced the potential influence of subjective calls on match outcomes.Perhaps Isner thrives so much at home because of his background in college tennis, a level of competition where the team is primary. Isner starred at the University of Georgia and loves college team sports, spending much of a press conference last Saturday in Miami breaking down his NCAA men’s basketball tournament bracket. Isner counts on support from American crowds, and was taken aback by U.S. Open fans’ cheers for his opponent, Frenchman Gael Monfils, last summer.Isner lamented his inconsistency away from home in that Indian Wells press conference, and he’d naturally rather do as well outside the U.S. as he does in it. But if he had to choose between his unbalanced current record and, say, maintaining the same win probability everywhere, he should opt for the status quo. Ranking points and prize money nearly double at each stage of a tournament, rewarding players who alternate finals with first-round exits over players who consistently lose in the second round.6We can illustrate this by imagining a simplified five-tournament sequence in which each tournament has 32 players and five rounds. Points and prize money double each round, from one point and $1 for a first-round exit up to 32 points and $32 for a title.Player A, with one title and four first-round losses, would pick up 32 points and $32 for the title, and an additional four points and $4 for the other four tournaments, for a total haul of 36 points and $36. His record would be 5-4.Player B, with five quarterfinal exits, would get four points and $4 in each tournament, for a total of 20 points and $20 — barely half the yield of Player A, despite a superior win-loss record of 10-5.So inconsistency in tennis is good. Even better is predictable inconsistency. A player who doesn’t know when he’ll thrive can’t plan around it. Someone who does best at clay-court events can schedule as many as he can fit in. A player who plays best at home ought to schedule as many home tournaments as possible. Isner has learned that lesson. He has reaped the benefits of a tournament calendar that still features a significant number of U.S. events, even as players from other countries have ascended in the rankings.In addition to the U.S. Open and the mandatory events in Indian Wells, Miami and Cincinnati, Isner had 10 ATP events in the U.S. to choose from in 2007 and 2008, his first two years on tour. That number declined to nine, then eight and then, this year, seven. But the decline in American men’s talent has been even steeper during that time, making ranking points at those events low-hanging fruit for Isner. Combine the easy fields with his home-court preference, and Isner finds lots of success in places such as Atlanta, Winston Salem, N.C., and Houston — even as events he played earlier in his career in Indianapolis, Las Vegas, San Jose, Calif., and New Haven, Conn., have vanished.Early in his career, Isner didn’t choose so well for himself. In his first two years on tour, he opted to play just three of his 10 non-mandatory events in the U.S. But from 2009 to 2013, he managed to play 29 of his 53 optional events in the U.S., even though only one-fifth of such events took place there. Last year, the U.S. hosted eight of these events, and Isner played in seven. He reached the semifinals of six and the finals of three, winning twice.Isner has taken advantage of his home-court preference more wisely than his peer and frequent doubles partner, Sam Querrey. I ran the same analysis on Querrey, the second-ranked American man today. For Querrey, too, surface and leverage weren’t significant. He also showed a significant home-court advantage, though the effect was smaller and less significant than for Isner.7A 50-50 match away from the U.S. for Querrey would turn into a match he’d win 62 percent of the time at home. Yet after playing almost exclusively at home in his rookie year on tour, Querrey has opted to play events away from the U.S. almost as often as home tournaments, averaging one more optional road trip per year than Isner.Perhaps many players would show a strong, significant home advantage if they had the chance. None of the world’s top five players gets more than two or three home events each year. Players from the other Grand Slam-hosting countries — the U.K., France and Australia — have a few more opportunities. But those countries combined have about the same number of tournaments as the U.S.Tennis’s general move away from the U.S., and Isner’s impending 29th birthday, might keep him from entering as many home events in the future. He’s compensating by making more of his opportunities and stepping up at the bigger U.S. events, such as this month’s strong runs and his finals in Cincinnati last year and in Indian Wells the year before that. If Isner can keep improving at the big U.S. events, he won’t have to worry about getting better away from home. read more

first_imgWhen his father Nick broke the news of the tragedy on Facebook he said the family’s “world had fallen apart.”Paralympic champion Dame Sarah Storey described his death as “a tragic loss”.Charlie was described by his headteacher as a role model to others and who “had a bright future ahead of him”. Coroner Chris Morris recorded a narrative conclusion.He said he would be writing to the relative organisations about the lack of medical screening for junior cyclists.”It is of residual concern that British Cycling still does not routinely undertake medical evaluation or screening prior to accepting individuals on to their junior training programme,” he said.The coroner accepted it may not have changed Charlie’s fate, but he added: “All sports have a role to play in reducing the number of young deaths.” A teenage cyclist died in his sleep after pushing himself hard in intensive training, an inquest heard. Charlie Craig had been chosen to take part in an elite training programme after his potential was spotted by British Cycling chiefs.An expert cardiologist told the coroner he believed huge surges in adrenaline during intense training was likely to have caused the schoolboy to have suffered a series of heart attacks.No one had suspected he was dangerously unwell because the 15 year-old showed no obvious symptoms of coronary problems.But South Manchester Coroner’s Court was told the dedicated athlete was found dead in his bed on 20 January last year by his mother who thought he was just having a lie in. Charlie Craig with parents Sarah and Nick The son of a retired professional rider who had also had heart problems, Charlie himself never underwent the same tests as his older brother Tom, who was also an elite Team GB cyclist, because he was deemed too young.Charlie from Hayfield, Derbys, was a rider with the British Cycling Team’s Rider Route apprenticeship scheme and was highly regarded within the sport.His father Nick said Charlie had been “happy” after being invited into the elite training programme in 2016 after winning the National Trophy Cyclo-cross Series. “Charlie was committed to the programme. He was thinking about cycling as his future,” said his father. He said the teenager was “sensible” about his training regime.”For youngsters the hardest discipline to get is not to train. That’s the smart bit, knowing when you have to rest,” said Mr Craig.”I never had any concerns that Charlie was overdoing it,” he added. The teenager’s family said their “world had fallen apart” when he diedCredit:Eugene Henderson center_img Charlie Craig had huge surges in adrenalineCredit:Eugene Henderson Charlie Craig  Two months before his death Charlie complained of recurring sore throats and acid reflux. His doctor had prescribed a course of antacids and he was tested for glandular fever.He never spoke about chest pains or symptoms that would flag up any potential heart problems.Professor Sanjay Sharma, Medical Director for the London Marathon and Cardiologist for the English Institute of Sport, said: “The findings of a full-blown heart attack in a 15 year-old or previous smaller heart attacks is really very unusual, particularly when the arteries themselves look normal.”I have only seen two such cases, including Charlie’s, in the 20 years I have been dealing with young people, including athletes and people with inherited diseases,” he said.Asked what had caused these episodes he the heart may have gone into spasm due to “very high surges of adrenaline” which would co-incide with periods of intensive training. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

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Handball F4Nikola KarabaticVelux EHF F4 Nikola Karabatic is injured (calf muscle) and his appearance at the VELUX EHF F4 in Cologne is questionable! Spanish El Mundo Deportivo brought a story about possible problem for FC Barcelona in their race for another trophy this season. Barca’s coach Xavi Pascual said:– I hope that his participation is not questioned, but I can not guarantee it. If he can not play, his teammates will replace.FC Barcelona will meet SG Flensburg in semi-final clash in the “Lanxess Arena” next Saturday. ← Previous Story Larvik HK sign world-class shooter Alina Wojtas! Next Story → Oliver Roggisch says farewell to RNL and Handball read more

first_imgThe Rangers footballer believes the UEFA Europa League is the best tournament for a young player to showcase his talents21-year-old English winger Ryan Kent was loaned from English Premier League side Liverpool to Scottish Premiership club Rangers and the youngster is ready to prove himself.He signed his first professional contract with Liverpool in 2015, but he hasn’t appeared for The Reds, instead of getting loaned to five different teams already.But after four games with Rangers and one goal, he believes he is ready for the UEFA Europea League competition.“After putting four past Dundee today, we are going to Thursday’s game with a lot of confidence,” Kent told The Daily Star.Rangers is still behind Celtic: John Hartson Manuel R. Medina – September 3, 2019 According to the former Celtic player, there’s still a massive gap between his ex-club and Rangers in the Scottish Premier League.“We have warranted and deserved to get to where we are in the group stages, so we go there with a lot of confidence and we will enjoy the game.”“It is the perfect stage for a young player to really put himself up against top quality players across Europe,” he added.“It is a big stage and one I am really relishing and looking forward to.”“I think my performances have been getting gradually better, and it helped today getting my first goal for Rangers, so that was a bonus as well topped-off with a good result,” he continued.“The goal meant a lot to me as it is the first goal I have scored in a while. I have been knocking on the door and finally, I have broken through. Hopefully, I can kick on and get a few more.”last_img read more

first_img 0 The Joker starring Joaquin Phoenix hits theaters on Oct. 4. Warner Bros. The Joker is a master at being the kind of complex, cryptic character who keeps people guessing. So it makes sense that the official Joker Instagram would post unusual videos for the upcoming Joker movie starring Joaquin Phoenix that included subliminal messages.The handwritten messages are posted within six different teaser trailer videos. When piecing together the messages that quickly flash across the screen in the videos, it reads “trailer 8.28.” This most likely hints that fans can expect a second trailer on Wednesday.Here are the new videos.  The Warner Bros. movie directed by Todd Phillips takes place during the ’80s and follows the story of failed comedian Fleck as he sinks into madness and becomes the iconic Batman villain of the Joker. The videos posted on Instagram include footage that has already been used in previous trailers for Joker, but there is one glimpse at a new scene of Phoenix as Fleck/Joker climbing into a refrigerator.Joker movie debuts in theaters worldwide on Oct. 4. Share your voice The Joker: See all the actors who’ve played the DC Comics villain 14 Photoscenter_img Post a comment Tags TV and Movies Joker Instagramlast_img read more

first_imgHardik Pandya, Karan Johar, KL RahulInstagramAfter two months of the contemplation and immense backlash, the dust may have settled but for KL Rahul, the Koffee with Karan row still remains a nightmare. What started out as an unfiltered, candid conversation had turned into a massive backlash for Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul, whose statements on one of the episodes of Koffee with Karan hadn’t gone down well with the audience.Not only were the two been slammed by various sections of the society for their derogatory and misogynist comments, BCCI too had intervened to take stock of the situation. Even Hotstar, the online streaming partner of the show, had to pull down the episode and all the teasers and promos of the episode from their social media handles.Talking about the whole issue with India Today, KL Rahul has now said, “I was hated nationally and it was not easy. I always thought I was a good person and then I started to believe otherwise. I couldn’t come out of home for I was not ready. Only played play station and all. I have become calmer and more mature as a result. It has taught me a lot and maybe I have emerged stronger also.”Owing to the furore, Pandya issued an apology and said, “After reflecting on my comments on Koffee with Karan, I would like to apologise to everyone concerned who I may have hurt in any way. Honestly, I got a bit carried away with the nature of the show. In no way did I mean to disrespect or hurt anyone’s sentiments. Respect.”Both Pandya and Rahul were suspended for a brief period and are now back for the IPL season.last_img read more

first_imgCollege hoops fans will be able to immerse themselves in the action of up to 21 games from the NCAA March Madness tournament in virtual reality.The March Madness Live VR app will carry live games beginning with the first and second rounds and continuing throughout the Sweet 16, Elite 8, Final Four and National Championship. NCAA March Madness Live VR is available to download for free starting today in Facebook’s Oculus Store and the Google Play store.The live VR service was developed by Turner Sports, in partnership with CBS Sports and the NCAA. CBS and Turner have multiplatform distribution rights to NCAA March Madness tournaments through 2032, under an $8.8 billion deal inked in 2016.Users can pay $2.99 per game for access to the March Madness Live VR live-stream, or $19.99 for the “VR Tournament Pass” for access to all 21 games. Popular on Variety In the app, viewers can select the camera they want to watch from or choose fully produced VR coverage incorporating multiple courtside cameras and audio from inside the arena.During the first and second rounds, audio will include game commentary from the telecasts across TBS, CBS, TNT and truTV. For Sweet 16 and Elite 8 action, March Madness Live VR will feature exclusive play-by-play and dedicated game commentary featuring Spero Dedes and analyst Steve Smith from Los Angeles and Rich Waltz and Steve Lavin from Boston. Dedes and Smith will also call the Semifinal and National Championship games.NCAA March Madness Live VR also will include an interactive bracket that is updated throughout the tournament, as well as full-length game replays, highlights from all games in 2D and VR, and video-on-demand that includes behind-the-scene access, coach and player interviews and other content.For the eighth year in a row, Turner Sports and CBS Sports will provide live coverage of all 67 games from the 2018 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship across four national television networks — CBS and Turner’s TBS, TNT and truTV — and online via NCAA March Madness Live.The regular live-streaming March Madness games will be available to subscribers of participating pay-TV providers, across multiple devices. NCAA March Madness Live will again this year offer a temporary three-hour preview period giving users access to live game streaming before requiring login credentials. (Live games broadcast on CBS do not require login, except on Apple TV and Apple AirPlay, Roku, Amazon Fire TV, and Google Cast.)This year’s NCAA Final Four National Semifinals on Saturday, March 31, along with the National Championship on Monday, April 2, will air on TBS, with corresponding TeamCast presentations on TNT and truTV.center_img ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more