Trauma Therapists and Compassion Satisfaction

first_imgJay Morse & Heidi Radunovich, PhDCreative Commons [Flickr, Compassion International, March 16, 2008]Mental health professionals working with traumatized clients can experience excessive amounts of stress that may lead to compassion fatigue and burnout. The topic of compassion fatigue and burnout in military psychologist in a combat zone was discussed in a previous blog located, here.  In a recent publication, researchers Craig and Sprang [1] have included an often overlooked idea of compassion satisfaction as a possible outcome in their study of trauma therapists and compassion fatigue and burnout.What is compassion satisfaction?Compassion satisfaction is the feeling of gratification that can be derived from helping others or from care giving.  Compassion satisfaction is about helping others and deriving pleasure from knowing that you made a positive contribution to an individual’s well being.In this study, a national sample of 532 clinical social workers and clinical psychologists who identified themselves as “trauma specialists” completed surveys measuring compassion fatigue, burnout, and compassion satisfaction.  Additionally, the participants responded to a measure of the use of evidence-based therapy practices.  Other variables considered in this study included age, gender, licensure, clinical experience, type of work organization, trauma training, and percentage of PTSD clients.  Gender and age distributions of the sample were comparable to national averages for clinical social workers and psychologists.  The mean age for the sample was 53 years with 23 years of experience.  Only 62% of the social workers and psychologists reported that they had specialized training in treatment of traumatized individuals.  Key findings of the study included:Consistent with previous research, caseloads with a high percentage of traumatized clients may increase the risk for compassion fatigue and burnout.Clinical experience was not a predictor of compassion fatigue (when considering all factors listed above) but was a predictor of compassion satisfaction. Age was not a significant predictor of compassion fatigue or compassion satisfaction.Using evidence-based practices decreases the risk for compassion fatigue. Compassion satisfaction increased with use of evidence-based practices.A lack of training in trauma-specific therapies was associated with burnout in clinicians working with traumatized individuals.Overall, therapists who work with traumatized clients seem to be less vulnerable to burnout when they have received appropriate training in trauma treatment practices and are able to use them, and when they have a more balanced caseload related to trauma. Compassion satisfaction also seems to be a possible positive outcome among therapists who work with traumatized clients, and is also more likely for those who use evidence-based treatments, and for those who are more experienced practitioners.References[1] Craig, C. D., & Sprang, G. (2010). Compassion satisfaction, compassion fatigue, and burnout in a national sample of trauma treatment therapists. Anxiety, Stress, and Coping, 23(3), 319-339. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/10615800903085818This post was written by Jay Morse & 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, You Tube, and on LinkedIn.last_img read more

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Double gold for PH boxing as Marcial, Marvin deliver

first_imgUPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension John Marvin of the Philippines competes against Adli Hafidz Bin Mohd Pauzi of Malaysia in the finals of the light heavyweight division of the 29th Southeast Asian Games boxing competition. Tupas won to pocket the gold medal. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/POOLLight heavyweight John Marvin also triumphed for the Philippines earning a stoppage victory to win the gold against Malaysian Adli Hapidz Bin Mohd Fauzi.The ring official stopped the action just 21 seconds into the fight with Marvin dominating the hometown bet on all angles.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutMario Fernandez, meanwhile, settled for the silver in the bantamweight division after Chatchai Butdee of Indonesia bagged the gold.  UFC: Rival Cormier responds to Jones’ failed drug test LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games SEA Games: PH’s Alisson Perticheto tops ice skating short program Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC View comments Read Next MOST READ PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH PLAY LIST 05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Eumir Felix Marcial of the Philippines (Blue) competes against Pathomsak Kuttiya of Thailand (Red) in the finals of the men’s middleweight class of the 29th Southeast Asian Games boxing competition. Marcial prevailed to claim the gold medal. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/POOLEumir Marcial pounded Thai Pathomsak Kuttiya for his second straight gold medal in the Southeast Asian Games, this time in the middleweight division in the Kuala Lumpur Games Thursday.Now fighting as a middleweight, Marcial was also the top boxer in the welterweight division in the 2015 Singapore Games.ADVERTISEMENT LIST: Class, gov’t work suspensions during 30th SEA Games WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

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German media shows interest in Delhi CWG

first_imgDespite Germany being a non-participating nation in the Commonwealth Games, its media is showing interest in the sporting extravaganza marred by allegations of corruption, prompting Indian Embassy to be pro-active in promoting the next month’s event in Delhi.”Usually media here in Germany does not carry news related to the Commonwealth Games as our country is not a member of it. But, as there were some reports of allegations of corruption in the projects related to mega games event, some kind of curiosity among people has been developed about the big event,” German Journalists Association spokesperson Eva Wesnej said.Officials at the Indian Embassy also said the German media is showing some interest in the Games and they have initiated some steps to generate awareness about the event, which will be held in Delhi between October 3-14.”Though Germany is not participating being a non Commonwealth nation, the Embassy has taken steps to generate awareness about the Games in through a lot of organisational activities,” Ashutosh Agrawal, First Secretary at the Embassy of India told PTI.Building on that interest, press releases and selective mailers on developments related to the games will be issued by the embassy officials during the Commonwealth Games.”There have been short news items/news agency snippets in the local print media… We will issue regular press releases on important events during the Games period,” Agarwal said.”We have put up posters and brochures on CWG at the offices of main travel agents and sports association etc in various cities in Germany,” he said, adding these preparations are going on in spite of the low local response to the event.advertisementThe officials are also in talks with television channels in India for important feeds during the Games.”We plan to show important sporting events and opening/closing ceremonies live to select invitees in Embassy’s auditorium subject to availability of TV-feed from India. We are working out possibilities for the same,” he added.The CWG has been rocked by controversies, including alleged corruption charges against top Organising Committee officials and shoddy construction work of the venues.last_img read more

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Akshay’s Brothers, Salman’s Sultan, Aamir’s Dangal: The rise of combat sports in Bollywood

first_imgWrestling and boxing might not be that influential as sports in our country, but B-Town is clearly eager to tap into the potential of the games in their films. With Priyanka Chopra’s Mary Kom, Bollywood has started following the trend of such films which portray boxing, wrestling or Mixed Martial Arts. The latest one to join this club is Akshay Kumar and Sidharth Malhotra’s Brothers.RELATED: Apart from sibling rivalry, all forms of Mixed Martial Arts too in Brothers Brothers is the remake of the 2011 Hollywood film Warriors. It is a tale of two estranged brothers (David Fernandes and Monty Fernandes), who, in order to prove themselves, are ready to fight each other inside the boxing ring. The film also stars Jacqueline Fernandez in a pivotal role. It is the first time that the trio would be seen together on the silver screen. Akshay is well-trained in Martial Arts, but still found preparing to play David in Brothers a difficult task. As for Sidharth, the boxing and MMA sequences were not exactly a cakewalk for the actor, as the Brothers’ team has repeatedly emphasised.WATCH: Akshay and Sidharth in an emotional song Gaye Jaa from Brothers Here are some other recent films that have had and are portraying wrestling and boxing on the silver screen: Mary Kom The 2014 Mary Kom was based on the life of Mangte Chungneijang Mary Kom, the champion boxer from Manipur. Director Omung Kumar’s film is an account of what actually happened in Kom’s life, all the troubles which she has had to face, and everything else that made Mary Kom a name to reckon with in the boxing scene of the country. Piyanka Chopra played the real life five-time world boxing champion, and totally nailed the character. The film was much appreciated by the audience and claimed numerous awards as well.advertisement Dangal Aamir Khan is also not far behind, as far as displaying wrestling in Hindi films is concerned. He plays the real life wrestler Mahavir Phogat in his next film, Dangal. In fact, he’ll be playing father to two grown-up daughters (Babita Kumari and Geeta Phogat) who play boxers in the film. There were a lot of rumours that Kangana Ranaut and Taapsee Pannu were also a part of this script, but all were rubbished by Aamir. Bollywood debudants Fatima Sana Shaikh and Sanya Malhotra have been roped in for the roles of the two daughters in Dangal.Aamir gained around 22kgs for Dangal  Sultan On his part, Salman too is not far behind vis-a-vis portraying wrestling in films. He is wooing his fans with his forthcoming film Sultan, which is the tale of a wrestler from Haryana. The teaser of Sultan was released a few weeks back. The teaser glorified Sultan the wrestler to the T – ‘Haryana ki shaan, Haryana ka sher, Haryana ki jaan… Sultan Ali Khan.. jab vo ring mein move karta hai, toh aisa lagta hai maano dance kar raha ho’. The film has created a lot of buzz already because of its clash with Shah Rukh Khan’s Raees. The shooting of Sultan will begin in November this year, while director Abbas Ali Zafar has already begun hunting for locations for the film. It is expected to hit the screens on Eid 2016. Holiday Yes, the film had as its theme terrorism and patriotism, but had the Dabangg Girl Sonakshi Sinha, who played the role of a boxer in the film. Holiday did not really focus on the sport as such, but was a delight to see actors like Sonakshi and Priyanka taking up such roles in their movies.last_img read more

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Fernando Alonso cleared to race in Chinese Grand Prix

first_imgMcLaren driver Fernando Alonso has been cleared to race in Sunday’s Formula One Chinese Grand Prix after undergoing further medical tests at the Shanghai circuit following the opening practice session on Friday.The Spaniard, who was provisionally cleared to race on Thursday, was 12th fastest in a disrupted session that was stopped twice.”As a result of a medical examination undertaken following free practice one, the FIA F1 medical delegate, Prof. Jean-Charles Piette, and the chief medical officer of the Chinese Grand Prix, Prof. Shiyi Chen, have ruled that Fernando Alonso is fit to take part in all remaining sessions,” the sport’s governing International Automobile Federation said.However, the Spaniard will have to stop his car immediately in case of any abnormal symptoms, the FIA added.Alonso sat out the last race in Bahrain after failing a medical following an horrific accident in the March 20 season-opener in Melbourne that left him with fractured ribs and the risk of a collapsed lung.No further checks will be undertaken, the FIA said in the statement, unless Alonso reports any abnormal symptoms.Alonso, who has returned to his normal training routine, said on Thursday he felt 100 percent ready to race and was no longer in any pain.”In Bahrain I was mentally 100 percent ready to race but physically I had a lot of pain,” he said.”Now the situation has improved a lot and I’m mentally 120 percent but physically I’m also 100 percent with no pain, at least in the last couple of days.”advertisementThe 34-year-old completed 11 laps in the opening practice session on Friday and was 0.564 seconds slower than team-mate Jenson Button in eighth, who also completed 11 laps.Alonso is one of two drivers, the other being Button, to have finished every Chinese Grand Prix since it first appeared on the calendar in 2004.He has won it twice, in 2005 with Renault and 2013 for Ferrari.Alonso was replaced by McLaren reserve Stoffel Vandoorne in Bahrain where the Belgian scored the team’s first point of the season with a 10th-place finish on his grand prix debut.Vandoorne had flown to China in case Alonso was unable to race.last_img read more

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Martina Navratilova hits back at ‘homophobe’ Margaret Court in open letter

first_imgTennis great Martina Navratilova has launched a stinging attack on former world number one Margaret Court, calling the Australian a “homophobe” and accusing her of demonising the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.The 74-year-old Court, who won a record 24 Grand Slam titles in a glittering career, came under fire again on Wednesday when she claimed tennis was “full of lesbians” in a radio interview, a week after expressing her opposition to same-sex marriage.”It is now clear exactly who Court is: an amazing tennis player, and a racist and a homophobe,” Navratilova wrote in an open letter published by Fairfax Media.”Her vitriol is not just an opinion. She is actively trying to keep LGBT people from getting equal rights (note to Court: we are human beings, too). She is demonising trans kids and trans adults everywhere.”And now, linking LGBT to Nazis, communists, the devil? This is not OK. This is in fact sick and it is dangerous. Kids will suffer more because of this continuous bashing and stigmatising of our LGBT community.”Czech-born American Navratilova said she had forgiven the Australian for calling her a bad role model in the 1990s “because I was a lesbian”.”Now she is doubling down with her ridiculous comments about older women luring young girls on the tour to parties to turn them into lesbians. It’s a good thing she didn’t name anyone as I am pretty sure she would be sued for defamation.”Court’s views triggered speculation that some players might refuse to play in the Melbourne Park arena that bears her name at next year’s Australian Open.advertisement”The platform people like Margaret Court use needs to be made smaller, not bigger,” Navratilova said, addressing the arena itself, while adding that another Australian great should be recognised instead.”Which is why I think it’s time to change your name. And I think the Evonne Goolagong Arena has a great ring to it. Now there is a person we can all celebrate. On every level.”last_img read more

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Injured weightlifter Mirabai Chanu pulls out of Asian Games 2018

first_imgStar Indian weightlifter Mirabai Chanu will not participate in the upcoming 18th edition of Asian Games in Indonesia next week, owing to a backache.The reigning CWG champion is struggling with an unidentified lower-back problem since May and is yet to begin full-fledged weight training.Confirming the news, International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) Secretary General Sehdev Yadav told ANI, “Yes, she is not going to participate in the Asian Games and I am going to send an official mail to the government by afternoon.”Asian Games 2018: Injured Mirabai could begin preparations in two weeks timeChanu wrote to the IWF to give her time to recover from the injury and to prepare herself for the Olympics qualifiers, slated to be held later this year.Weightlifter Saikhom Mirabai Chanu will not participate in the Asian Games. She had written a letter to Indian Weightlifting Federation requesting them to give her rest as she is not currently fit, owing to a backache, and wants to prepare for Olympics qualifier. (file pic) pic.twitter.com/7Q198b9YkaANI (@ANI) August 7, 2018The 23-year-old Manipuri weightlifter’s absence from the upcoming Asian Games will come as a huge setback for India, as she was considered as one of the strongest contenders for a gold medal in the event.In November, Chanu had clinched India’s first gold at the World Championship in 22 years after lifting a new world record of 194kg (85kg+109kg) at Anaheim, USA.She then bagged the gold at the Gold Coast CWG in April by lifting a personal best of 196kg (86kg+110kg), a national record.advertisementAfter coming back from the CWG, she headed straight to the training centre at Shilaru, Himachal Pradesh.Mirabai had also requested the Sports Ministry to install CCTV cameras in her room and training hall as she feared her food could be spiked to implicate her in a doping scandal.Apart from Mirabai, Rakhi Halder(63kg), CWG gold-medallist Sathish Sivalingam and Ajay Singh (both 77kg) and CWG bronze-medallist Vikas Thakur (94kg) have been selected to take part in the Asian Games.The Asian Games are scheduled to be held from August 18 to September 2 in the Indonesian cities of Jakarta and Palembang.(With agency inputs)last_img read more

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Top Indian medal contenders at upcoming Asian Games

first_imgBy Amanpreet Singh Jakarta, Aug 16 (PTI) With action set to begin at the 18th Asian Games in Jakarta and Palembang this weekend, PTI takes a look at prominent Indian athletes, who will be medal contenders at the the biggest multi-sport event after the Olympics. WRESTLING: BAJRANG PUNIA: The 24-year-old grappler from Haryana, a silver medallist at the Incheon edition, is in tremendous form and will be a firm favourite in 65kg freestyle event. He has already won three tournaments this year. He began with a gold in Gold Coast Commonwealth Games and followed it up with titles at Tbilisi Grand Prix (Georgia) and Yasar Dogu International (Istanbul). SUSHIL KUMAR: One of India’s most successful Olympians, Sushil is under pressure to perform after a flop show at Tbilisi Grand Prix. The defeat in Georgia, his first in four years, has already resulted in people questioning his exemption from Asiad trials. The two-time Olympic medallist would look to show that he still is force to reckon with. VINESH PHOGAT: Vinesh is competing with lot of vigour after making a comeback from a heart-breaking leg injury, suffered during the Rio Olympic Games. The ease with which she won the CWG gold and then the Grand Prix of Spain in Madrid, Vinesh will also be a strong medal contender in the 50kg. BADMINTON: PV SINDHU: A lot rests on the shoulders of World Championship silver-medallist PV Sindhu but she needs to forget her defeat to Carolina Marin in Nanjing. Having lost four major finals, Sindhu would be keen to break the jinx.advertisement SAINA NEHWAL: The woman who revolutionised the sport in India with her exploits has not been consistent enough, of late. The performance has gone up and down and the way she was blown away by Carolina Marin in at the Worlds was not a great sign. However, with her caliber and experience, she can never be ruled out. K SRIKANTH: The CWG silver-medallist will be the lone Indian hope in the mens singles. Srikanth briefly held the number one rank this April but will face stiff challenge from the Chinese, Indonesian and Japanese shuttlers. SHOOTING: MANU BHAKER: No Indian shooter has shown more promise than the Haryana school-going 16-year-old. With her gold medal winning performance at the ISSF World Cup, Manu became the youngest Indian to achieve the feat. She also shot down the gold at the CWG and will be a strong contender in the 10m air pistol event. ATHLETICS: HIMA DAS: The rise of the 20-year-old from a village in Assam has been phenomenal in the last few months. After her sixth-place finish at the Gold Coast CWG with a timing of 51.32, she became the first Indian to win a gold at a global IAAF track and field event with a timing of 51.46s in 400m. Also, her CWG timing is better than Bahrain’s Kemi Adekoya (51.59), the gold medal winner at 2014 Incheon Games. NEERAJ CHOPRA: The young javelin thrower’s status in the Indian contingent was underlined when he was chosen as the flag-bearer. The 2016 Under-20 world champion has enjoyed a meteoric rise. After winning gold at CWG with a throw of 86.47m, he bettered his personal best by clearing a distance of 87.43 at the IAAF Diamond League in Doha. He has won three gold medals in last four events. SEEMA PUNIA: In the last leg of her career, the 35-year-old discus thrower Seema Punia would look to defend her title and add yet another medal to her tally. The Chinese will be her main opponents. DUTEE CHAND: After reclaiming her place on the track, the sprinter is all fired up to complete some unfinished business. After winning her gender case at CAS, the 22-year-old from Odisha bettered her own national record by clocking 11.29s in semifinals. She won gold with a timing of 11.32s. TENNIS: ROHAN BOPANNA and DIVIJ SHARAN: If the veteran pro from Bengaluru has overcome a recent shoulder issue and could play to his potential, Bopanna will be a contender along with very impressive Divij in men’s doubles. RAMKUMAR RAMANTHAN: In the absence of top singles player Yuki Bhambri, the Chennai-player will carry India’s hopes. His run to the final of the ATP Newport event is a testimony that he is capable of pulling off big wins. He beat top-10 player Dominic Thiem last year and needs self-belief to return with a medal. BOXING: VIKAS KRISHAN: A winner of two Asian Games medals, Vikas Krishan will be India’s strongest contender for a medal in Jakarta. He has already won gold this year at the Gold Coast CWG in the 75kg category.advertisement SHIVA THAPA: Success has eluded Shiva at multi-disciplinary events and the boxer from Guwahati would be desperate to better his record when he takes the ring in the men’s 60kg category. He has a good record at the Asian Championships to draw confidence from, having claimed three successive medals. SONIA LATHER: The World Championship silver-medallist will lead a three-member Indian women’s team in the absence of M C Mary Kom, who pulled out to focus on the World Championship. Sonia will compete in the 57kg. GYMNASTIC: DIPA KARMAKAR: After missing out on CWG due to a knee injury, Dipa returned to competitions at the World Challenge Cup in Mersin, Turkey and won a gold. The Rio Olympics fourth-place finisher is tipped to be India’s best medal bet in Jakarta. TABLE TENNIS: MANIKA BATRA: Her gold medal winning performance at the Gold Coast was arguably the most inspiring performance at 2018 CWG for India. Although the level of competition in Jakarta will be altogether different, the Delhi-player is expected to give a strong fight to her rivals. PTI AT PM PM PMlast_img read more

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India vs New Zealand: Need to dismiss Indian top-order early, says Trent Boult

first_imgNew Zealand pacer Trent Boult on Friday said the hosts will be targeting to dismiss India’s top-three batsmen cheaply in the second one day international at Mount Maunganui on Saturday. India currently lead the five-match series 1-0 after their 8-wicket victory in the first ODI in Napier.India’s top-order trio of Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli is arguably the most fearsome in the 50-over format.”As a bowling unit, we’re trying to disrupt their top order to put pressure on their middle order, it’s probably their secret as well. If we can get three wickets in the first 10 overs, we know what pressure that puts on the rest of the team in the shed,” Boult said.New Zealand will look to bounce back from their dismal loss to India in the opening ODI. Electing to bat, the hosts were bundled out for 157 in 38 overs as India returned to overhaul the target in 34.5 overs.”We were severely outplayed the other day. I think it’s obvious we know where we went wrong. Batsman are looking to right a few wrongs, come out and set a good platform and obviously put a good target on the board and see what happens from there,” Boult said.The 29-year-old said an opening batting partnership will be crucial for the hosts. Both Martin Guptill and Colin Munro were dismissed cheaply by Mohammed Shami in his first two overs.”The thing we’ve done well in the past is generally set that platform. (The openers have) given themselves a look at exactly how the wicket’s going to unfold. We know that early wickets in this format kind of kill you. It’s about batting in partnerships and taking the game deep so we can really cash in in those later overs.”advertisementBoult also admitted they may have misread the pitch at McLean Park.”You want to play the best bowlers who can take wickets. Ish Sodhi has done well for us, but where does he fit in in terms of who you don’t play?”It is one of those things. We didn’t read the pitch that it was going to turn like it did in Napier, but moving to here, it is usually a good wicket,” he said.For India, the top-order fired with Dhawan scoring an unbeaten 75 and skipper Virat Kohli hitting a 45.Asked how the team plans to restrain them Boult said: “Obviously look to get them out, because they’re quality batsmen and when they’re in they’re very hard to get out. They are human and they do make mistakes – we could have got him [Dhawan] out there for 20-odd but we didn’t hang on to it.”Also Read | Team India receives traditional Maori welcome in Mount Maunganui ahead of 2nd ODIAlso Read | Youngsters like Prithvi Shaw creating healthy competition in the team: Shikhar DhawanAlso Read | Hardik, Rahul were gracious when I apologised: Karan Johar tells India Today at DavosAlso Read | Hardik Pandya to join Team India in New Zealand, KL Rahul to play for India Alast_img read more

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‘Calm, shy Messi is the best in the world’

first_imgDavid Abraham shared a football pitch with Lionel Messi before the Barcelona star became a household name and has no doubt that his fellow Argentine is the best player on the planet.The Eintracht Frankfurt captain and Messi played together for Argentina’s Under-20 team, with the Rosario native already in the Barca side and Abraham lining out for Independiente in the nation’s Primera Division.That Albiceleste side took the top prize in the 2005 Youth World Cup, a tournament which saw Messi finish as top scorer with six goals alongside future senior squad stars like Pablo Zabaleta, Sergio Aguero and Ezequiel Garay. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? And Abraham has nothing but fond memories of Messi, both as a player and a person.”He was a very calm, a very shy guy,” the defender explained to Goal and DAZN. “He never wanted to be the centre of attention outside the pitch, always speaking very quietly.”A few years later we met again in a Champions League match between Barcelona and Basel. After the final whistle, we had a very nice and friendly conversation.”He is really a normal person. He used to like playing PlayStation, like most people.”Abraham also had no doubt in labelling Leo the best of his generation, although he hesitated somewhat when asked if he had surpassed another Argentina legend.”At the moment, he’s definitely the world’s best. Whether he is the best of all time, I don’t know. What (Diego Armando) Maradona did for Argentina at the time was really great,” he added. “Messi could now win three World Cups with Argentina, but they will not have the same meaning as the Maradona triumph. You cannot compare that with each other.”At that time, Argentina was recovering from a lost war against England and Maradona scored twice in the quarter-finals against England and later led Argentina to the World Cup victory. This triumph created an incredible joy throughout the country.”Therefore, one you can’t make comparisons. That’s impossible.”last_img read more

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Probe completed into handling of videotape by UN force in Lebanon

Spokesman Fred Eckhard said that the Under-Secretary-General for Management, Joseph Connor, would present the report to Secretary-General Kofi Annan late this afternoon.”We’ll announce next steps as soon as the Secretary-General has had time to consider the report,” said Mr. Eckhard, adding, “I assume that announcement will come tomorrow.”In a recent report on the UN Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL), Mr. Annan noted that a “controversy arose between the Israeli authorities and the United Nations over a UNIFIL videotape, filmed on 8 October 2000, of vehicles that may have been used by Hizbollah in the abduction of three Israeli Defence Force soldiers on 7 October 2000 across the Blue Line.” The report points out that Israel and Lebanon had been offered the opportunity to view the tape, with the identities of non-UN personnel obscured. read more

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Audit will size up Brocks carbon footprint

In another green Brock measure, James Federico, technical services officer in Facilities Management, shows off Brock’s new electric service vehicle in front of the Schmon Tower. The vehicle is 1.8 metres high and travels at a top speed of 40 kilometres per hour. It can travel up to 63 kilometres on one charge.Brock has launched a carbon audit of its operations to get the most comprehensive measurement to date of its greenhouse gas emissions.Over the next four months, the Toronto-based carbon management firm HR Carbon will collect energy consumption data and calculate the University’s carbon footprint. A final report is planned for spring 2010.The research project will review activities such as water consumption, paper usage, garbage disposal and recycling, said Professor Richard C. Mitchell, co-chair of the University’s Sustainability Co-ordinating Committee.The audit has taken two years to organize. A cross-section of departments combined to cover the cost of the project, including the dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences, Brock Food Services, Facilities Management, Student Residence Services, Recreation Services and the Brock University Faculty Association.The broad base of sponsors reflects the Brock community’s commitment to environmental responsibility, Mitchell said.“University stakeholders providing for this initiative in such a difficult financial climate show that they understand the importance of sustainability in a very meaningful way.”The audit will lead to new ideas for green initiatives in a Brock community that has long been environmentally proactive, said Tom Saint-Ivany, associate vice-president of Facilities Management and co-chair of the sustainability committee.“It’s up to us to get good knowledge on where we can go and what we can do better,” he said, “whether it’s in facilities management practices or students learning sustainability and societal responsibility.”Brock is committed to a greener world, and pursues that commitment with actions, President Jack Lightstone said.“The Brock community has shown itself to be a full partner in this responsibility, from emphasizing locally grown food to buying hybrid vehicles,” he said. “We continue to shape our strategies and plan our actions in ways that protect the generations of tomorrow through sustainable approaches today.”Sustainability practices at Brock have included eliminating Styrofoam product use by Dining Services; using environmentally friendly tissues and biodegradable takeout containers and packaging; and moving to use of green cleaning solutions. read more

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Richard Stochl to replace Stanic in RNL

10/2006–2009 Dunaferr SE 2010–2012 Montpellier AHB 2001–2006 Dunaferr SE 11/1999–2001 ŠKP Sečovce 1998–11/1999 HK VSŽ Košice German DKB Bundesliga leaders Rhein Neckar Lowen announced signing of experienced Slovakian goalkeeper Richard Stochl. The 39 years-old goalie which last destination was Ukrainian best team Motor Zaporozhye, will try to replace Serbian goalkeeper Darko Stanić, who recently left the team in direction Qatar, where he should begins cooperation with El Jaish Sports Club.He will be useful add to the squad where the first option between the posts is Swedish Mikkael Appelgreen. 2006–10/2006 MKB Veszprém 1994–1998 HT Tatran Prešov   YearTeam 2009–2010 RK Celje 2012–2013 Medwedi Tschechow Richard Stochl 2013–2015 HK Motor Zaporozhye ← Previous Story RIO 2016: Support Australian handball dreams! Next Story → Željko Babić “cut” Vori and Čupić for Croatia Cup: We see lack of passion… read more

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Simone Inzaghi backs brother Filippo at Bologna

first_imgLazio manager Simone Inzaghi believes his brother Filippo can turn things around at Bologna, despite beating his team 2-0 on Boxing Day.Lazio versus Bologna on Wednesday afternoon pitted the two brothers against each other in the dugout, but Simone’s Lazio came out victorious with a 2-0 win.It was the first time the two brothers had faced each other as managers.Bologna is left in the relegation zone after the defeat, but Simeone has faith in his brother to change the club’s fortunes.“I think they’re just missing incidents going their way,” Simone Inzaghi said in his post-match Press conference quoted in Football Italia.SS Lazio v AS Roma - TIM CupMatch Preview: SS Lazio vs AS Roma Boro Tanchev – August 31, 2019 Lazio will host Roma to the Olimpico Stadium in the first Derby della Capitale of the 2019-20 Serie A campaign.“I’m convinced that with the attitude of the second half and recent games, Bologna can get out of this.“When you look at both the European race and the relegation battle there’s not much in it. There are teams who are higher up whose season has hinged on an incident.“Look at Sampdoria after [Riccardo] Saponara’s goal against us.”last_img read more

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Brewery To Bathroom Raises 4246 For American Cancer Society

first_imgThe refueling stations were sponsored by the Kenai Watershed Forum, and the City of Soldotna. Relay For Life is the signature fundraiser for the American Cancer Society. Each year local volunteers with the American Cancer Society, Relay for Life of the Kenai Peninsula put on events in the community to raise funds towards cancer research. Doug Hogue, the owner of Kenai River Brewery donated 100 shirts for the event: “As soon as I heard the idea I was all over it. I think it’s an amazing thing, and I knew we would be able to raise a lot of money for a good cause.”  Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Brewery to Bathroom .5k “The Race for the Rest of Us” brought out roughly 200 racers on Sunday and raised $4,246 for the the American Cancer Society, Relay for Life of the Kenai Peninsula.center_img The race kicked off at 11:30am, starting at Kenai River Brewery and to the Soldotna Creek Park bathrooms and back. There were refueling stations, and rest breaks throughout the short .31mile course. Race organizer Alana Martin said the idea came after they realized they were just $5,000 shy from this years goal: “We were coming up with all of these crazy loony ideas, like a no-run race. Got online started looking ideas, and found out about the .5k. I liked the idea of doing something, but having it be low-key with low motivation.” last_img read more

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Dhakas rail link with northsouth restored

first_img.Rail communication between Dhaka and north-south districts of the country has been restored after a four-hour of disruption as rain water washed away soil beneath a rail bridge in Chatmohor upazila of Pabna on Sunday morning, reports news agency UNB.”The rail link was restored around 11:30 pm after a rescue team from Ishwardi repaired the damaged area under the bridge,” said Masud Ali, station master of Chatmohor railway station.Earlier, rail link of Dhaka with northern and southern districts has been halted around 7:30 am after locals spotted a large pit beneath the rail bridge No 21 in Guakhara area on Dhaka-Rangpur rail route and informed the nearby railway station.The incident was noticed sometime before Rangpur Express, a Rangpur-bound mail train from Dhaka, is scheduled to cross the bridge around 7:45 am, said the station master.Being informed by locals, the railway authorities stopped the journey of Rangpur Express train in two kilometers away from the spot, preventing an imminent train accident, he added.last_img read more

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First British national crosses Bangla Channel

first_imgAssociated Press journalist Becky Horsbrugh swims the 16-kilometre Bangla Channel from Teknaf to the Saint Martin`s Island in the Bay of Bengal on Sunday. Photo: UNBBritish journalist Becky Horsbrugh crossed the 16-kilometre Bangla Channel from Teknaf to the Saint Martin’s Island in the Bay of Bengal on Sunday.Becky, an Associated Press (AP) journalist, took the initiative to raise awareness about drowning in Bangladesh.It took her four hours and forty five minutes to reach the Saint Martin’s island swimming across the channel against a strong current, AP’s Bangladesh bureau chief Julhas Alam told UNB.“I talked to Imran Hossain, a team member of Everest Foundation, who provided technical support to Becky during her venture. He confirmed that Becky crossed the channel successfully in four hours forty-five minutes,” he said.Becky, AP’s Asia Producer, is the first British citizen to cross the Bangla Channel.Earlier at a press conference in the city on Thursday, Becky said she was going to swim the channel to raise awareness of the huge issue of drowning in Bangladesh as around 50 children die a day from drowning here while it is only 15 in a year in the UK.Her brave adventure was also meant to raise funds for Centre for Injury Prevention and Research, Bangladesh (CIPRB) which has long been working here to help keep children safe around water.Becky also said she will work for making Bangla Channel popular in the UK as people there know very little about it.last_img
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Behold The Worlds First Fully Electric Classic Ford Bronco

first_img Tesla EV Catches Fire After Colliding With Tow Truck in MoscowToyota’s Electric Vehicle Will Transport 2020 Olympic Athletes, Visitors Stay on target As Ford gets ready to release its upcoming 2020 Ford Bronco later this year, after ending its production in 1996, it’s clear that the Ford Bronco is making a comeback. Case in point: Auto restorer Zero Labs‘ unique twist on the SUV: a fully electric Classic Ford Bronco.Based on the 1966-77 model and built on an original chassis, the truck’s body is instantly recognizable down to the solid grille that’s been stamped to mimic the original’s slats. Zero Labs even uses the original “Ford” and “Bronco” logos.This Ford Bronco’s body is constructed from carbon fiber and aluminum, while the interior uses walnut and bamboo, along with metallic accents and a choice of leather or vegan upholstery.AdChoices广告Photo Credit: Zero LabsThe all-digital display also recreates some of the original gauges, and is just one component that gives the SUV a sleek, modern-retro vibe.Photo Credit: Zero LabsUnder the hood, this Bronco has a 70kWh battery that lasts up to 190mi per charge and a motor that produces 369hp. It’s capable of Level 2 charging, but no time estimates are available.Photo Credit: Zero LabsInterested? You’ll have to act fast. Zero Labs says they only plan to make 150 of these Ford Bronco EVs. You can place a reservation and see full specs on the Zero Labs website.More on Geek.com:Man Complete’s World Longest Journey by EVArtist Transforms Fiat Coupe Into a French Fry CartThree in Four Americans Still Fear Fully Automated Carslast_img read more

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NASA Roscosmos to discuss nuclear powered rocketry

first_img Explore further Russia hopes nuclear ship will fly humans to Mars Citation: NASA, Roscosmos to discuss nuclear powered rocketry (2011, April 6) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-04-nasa-roscosmos-discuss-nuclear-powered.html Cooperation between the Russians and the United States in space exploration, is nothing new of course, dating back to the 1970’s and the Apollo-Soyuz missions, and more recently with astronauts from the U.S. and many other nations riding up to the space station on Russian rockets. What is new is the possibility of not just a rocket powered by nuclear energy, but a joint international project based on a technology that causes people from most any country to feel a little fear. The idea of a nuclear powered rocket exploding in the air shortly after takeoff (Challenger) or burning up upon reentry (Columbia) and spreading radioactive material over thousands of miles below is an issue that won’t go away any time soon.This would not be the first time that a spacecraft has employed the use of nuclear power (Soviet Topaz spy satellites, etc.) but it would be the first time an actual nuclear reactor would be installed onto a rocket and sent into space.Perminov, in his announcement, reiterated that Roscosmos has been working on nuclear powered rocket designs for quite some time and is now ready to move forward on developing an actual rocket, though there seems to be some discrepancies regarding the type of engine the agency has in mind. In earlier reports, it seemed the Russians were considering a reactor heat engine, but of late seem to be more of a mind to use the reactor to produce electricity to drive an ion or plasma type engine.The idea of using nuclear power to drive a rocket is not unique to the Russians, NASA and likely other space agencies have been working on their own designs for a nuclear powered rocket, as most in the field agree that chemical based engines just won’t work for long range space exploration. The sheer weight of the fuel along with the huge amount of cargo space required to hold it, prevent any serious thought of very long missions. Nuclear power on the other hand would require far less of both, plus it would require fewer moving parts.At this point, though not stated specifically, it appears the only thing holding back the Russians is the money to pay for their project, with current estimates at or near $600 million; and it’s the likely reason that the Russians are looking to form a consortium. Whether the United States or any of the other invited guests is willing to sign on to such a partnership though, is anyone’s guess. 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. © 2010 PhysOrg.com (PhysOrg.com) — Anatoly Perminov, director of the Russian Space agency Roscosmos, has announced plans for an upcoming meeting between the Russian space agency, and it’s counterparts in the United States, France, Germany and Japan (countries with a high level of nuclear engineering capability) on April 15. The meeting is being held to discuss the possibility of cooperation between the nations in building a nuclear powered rocket.last_img read more

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