Black religious leaders are up front and central in US protests…

first_img Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II addresses protesters gathered at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Washington D.C. Oliver Contreras/For The Washington Post via Getty Images Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate In an interview earlier this year, Rev. Barber said: “There is not some separation between Jesus and justice; to be Christian is to be concerned with what’s going on in the world.”By Lawrence Burnley, Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion, University of DaytonWhen the Rev. Al Sharpton implored white America to “get your knee off our necks” at the memorial of George Floyd, his words were carried by news outlets across the globe.Meanwhile in the U.S., the Rev. William J. Barber II has been an ever-present voice in the protests, prompting some to place him as the successor to past civil rights greats.That people of the cloth are at the forefront of the current protests over police brutality should not be a surprise.From the earliest times of the United States’ history, religious leaders have led the struggle for liberation and racial justice for black Americans. As an ordained minister and a historian, I see it as a common thread running through the history of the United States, from black resistance in the earliest periods of slavery in the antebellum South, through the civil rights movement of the 1960s and up to the Black Lives Matter movement today.As Patrisse Cullors, one of the founders of Black Lives Matters, says: “The fight to save your life is a spiritual fight.”Spiritual callingFor many black religious leaders in the United States, civil rights and social justice are central to their spiritual calling. Informed by their respective faith traditions, it places religion within the black American experience while also being informed by African culture and the traumatic experience of the Transatlantic trade of African people.We see this in Malcolm X’s 1964 exhortation that black Americans should form bonds with African nations and “migrate to Africa culturally, philosophically and spiritually.” Malcolm X’s desire to internationalize the struggle in the U.S. after his 1964 pilgrimage to Mecca also speaks to the role he saw Islam having in the civil rights movement.“America needs to understand Islam, because this is the one religion that erases from its society the race problem,” he wrote in a letter during his visit to Saudi Arabia. The struggle of black Americans informed Malcolm X’s reading of the Quran.Similarly, the interaction between religious text and real-world struggle informed earlier black civil rights and anti-slavery leaders. Slave revolt leader Nat Turner, for example, saw rebellion as the work of God, and drew upon biblical texts to inspire his actions.As the historian and Turner biographer Patrick Breen noted in an article for Smithsonian Magazine, “Turner readily placed his revolt in a biblical context, comparing himself at some times to the Old Testament prophets, at another point to Jesus Christ.” In his “Confessions,” dictated to a white lawyer after his 1831 arrest, Turner quoted the Gospel of Luke and alluded to numerous other passages from the Bible.Turner had visions he interpreted as signs from God encouraging him to revolt.VisionsSuch prophetic visions were not uncommon to early anti-slavery leaders – Sojourner Truth and Jarena Lee were both spurred to action after God revealed himself to them. Lee’s anti-slavery preaching is also an early example of the important role that black religious female leaders would have in the civil rights struggle.In arguing for her right to spread God’s message, Lee asked: “If the man may preach, because the Saviour died for him, why not the woman? Seeing he died for her also. Is he not a whole Saviour, instead of a half one?”Sojourner Truth was driven to anti-slavery activism by spiritual visions.GHI Vintage/Universal History Archive/Universal Images Group via Getty ImagesThese early anti-slavery activists rejected the “otherworld” theology taught to enslaved Africans by their white captors, which sought to deflect attention away from their condition in “this world” with promises of a better afterlife.Instead, they affirmed God’s intention for freedom and liberation in both this world and the next, identifying strongly with biblical stories of freedom, such as the exodus of the Hebrew community from Egyptian enslavement and Jesus’ proclamation to “set the oppressed free.”Incorporating religion into the black anti-slavery movement sowed the seeds for faith being central to the struggle for racial justice to come. As the church historian James Washington observed, the “very disorientation of their slavery and the persistent impact of systemic racism and other forms of oppression provided the opportunity – indeed the necessity – of a new religious synthesis.”At heart, a preacherThe synthesis continued into the 20th century, with religious civil rights leaders who clearly felt compelled to make the struggle for justice central part of the role of a spiritual leader.Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. preaching in Chicago.Robert Abbott Sengstacke/Getty Images“In the quiet recesses of my heart, I am fundamentally a clergyman, a Baptist preacher,” the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. wrote in a 1965 article for Ebony Magazine.Racial justice remains integral to black Christian leadership in the 21st century. In an interview earlier this year, Rev. Barber said: “There is not some separation between Jesus and justice; to be Christian is to be concerned with what’s going on in the world.”Recognizing the rich legacy of black religious leadership in the struggle of racial justice in the United States in no way diminishes the role of historic and contemporary secular leadership. From W.E.B. DuBois to A. Philip Randolph, who helped organize 1963’s March on Washington, and up to the current day the civil rights movement has also benefited from those who would classify themselves as freethinkers or atheists.But given the history of religion in the black protest movement, it should be no surprise that the killing of George Floyd has unleashed an outpouring of activism from black religious leaders – backed by supporters from different faith traditions.This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. 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News radio journalist gunned down in Baghdad

first_imgNews to go further News IraqMiddle East – North Africa IraqMiddle East – North Africa Three jailed reporters charged with “undermining national security” News Reporters Without Borders today condemned the murder of Nabil Ibrahim Al-Dulaimi, a journalist with the Baghdad-based news radio station Radio Dijla, who was gunned down yesterday by two men in a car as he was leaving his home in the northwest Baghdad neighbourhood of Washash to drive to work.“Targeted murders of journalists are mounting steadily in Iraq,” the press freedom organisation said. “We appeal yet again to the Iraqi authorities to do everything possible to protect media personnel.”Dulaimi, 36, was married and had two daughters, aged seven and three. He used to work for a TV station, joining Radio Dijla after Saddam Hussein’s ouster. Radio Dijla (which means “Tiger,” the name of the river flowing through Baghdad), is an independent station that was founded in 2003.Mohammed Abderrahmane, a Radio Dijla presenter who was kidnapped in September, is still missing. His wife and four children have received no news of him. Aged 55, he was kidnapped just after moving home as a result of receiving death threats.A total of 138 journalists and media assistants have been killed in Iraq since the start of the war in 2003. Four journalists are currently held hostage. Help by sharing this information December 28, 2020 Find out more Follow the news on Iraqcenter_img Receive email alerts Organisation February 15, 2021 Find out more December 5, 2006 – Updated on January 20, 2016 News radio journalist gunned down in Baghdad RSF’s 2020 Round-up: 50 journalists killed, two-thirds in countries “at peace” RSF_en News Iraq : Wave of arrests of journalists covering protests in Iraqi Kurdistan December 16, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

OC Surf Coach Miedama Aims for National Title – Thanks to Community Support on…

first_imgLongtime OC Surf Team Coach Mark MiedamaIn 30 years of coaching the Ocean City High School surf team, Mark Miedama has seen the sport and the squad evolve.“What we have today are true student athletes,” said Mark, whose teams have won 25 National Scholastic Surf Association (NSSA) Northeast Championships since 1981. “There is almost a professional attitude. They take it seriously and they are very competitive”.That attitude will be put to the test in June when the team travels to Orange County, California for the NSSA nationals. They will go head-to-head with the best high school surfers in the United States at the legendary Dana Point and Tressels. The latter spot “actually a large area with about eight different breaks to choose from,” according to Mark, earned a mention in the Beach Boys’ anthem “Surfin’ USA.”“It’s a great opportunity,” said Miedama, a fifth grade math and science teacher who has been with the district for three decades. “For waves of that height, I don’t think I’ve ever seen better surfing in my life. These high school kids really rip it up.”Before the Red Raiders leave for the four-day journey on June 8, there is the not-so small matter of financing it. To help make that happen, the OCHS Surf Team Family Night will take place Thursday at Bocca in Margate (7805 Ventnor Ave.) from 6-9 p.m. Tickets are $20 per person and $50 per family for up to five family members. The event will feature gourmet coal fired pizza, salads and live music from the band “Heavy Woods featuring Brian Wright.All proceeds from the event will support the squad as they go after a national title.Miedama said 35 students comprise this year’s team, which finished second in the Northeast Division of the NSSA to Manasquan. Nine, the “A-team” will be going to the nationals: six male surfers, two females and one long boarder. But all the members share in pride and bragging rights,” he said. And that extends to the rest of the school and community.Surfing himself since he was 10 years old, the Yardley, PA native spent “every summer of my life” in Ocean City and moved here shortly after graduating from the University of Delaware. He is anxious for his team members to keep enjoying the sport at a high level.“I’d like to thank the Board of Education, which has supported us over the years, and of course the parents,” Miedama said. “Surfing is not a cheap sport.For that reason, he emphasized, he hopes there is a large turnout Thursday night at Bocca.Mark Miedama and Herb Godfrey in Dana Point, CA last year.last_img read more

That’s a ‘wrap’! Donegal doc and TV series to benefit from film fund

first_imgTwo film projects in Co. Donegal have been announced among the recipients sharing a €2m regional fund for the West of Ireland.The Western Region Audiovisual Producer’s Fund (WRAP) fund has today revealed that a new documentary and a TV series will be supported during shoots in Donegal.A documentary called ‘Screamers‘ will be filmed in Donegal and Sligo and is in pre-production with Dot Television and Marcie Films. Investment has also been awarded to ‘Weekend‘ a television series developed by Donegal production company Slipway Films and New Decade TV and written by Tara Hegarty (Donegal).The €2m WRAP fund is an initiative of the Western Development Commission (WDC) and Galway Film Centre, set up to encourage the film, television drama, animation and gaming sectors in the West of Ireland.Its aim is to support local talent and increase the economic impact of the industry in the region. Run in association with the local authorities of Clare, Donegal, Galway City, Galway County, Mayo, Roscommon and Sligo as well as Údarás na Gaeltachta, WRAP will ensure investment in the sector until 2020.It is anticipated that the projects backed by WRAP funding so far will generate in excess of €4m spend in the region generating a significant return on investment of 8:1. The WRAP Fund is also the only funding project in the Republic of Ireland which is open to the games sector. The deadline for applications for funding in the games sector was March 8, 2019 and an announcement of the games funded will follow once they are selected.Sarah Dillon, Development Manager of the WRAP Fund, said: “We are delighted to be announcing the projects in receipt of investment and it is exciting to see the calibre of applications we are receiving. This is reflective of the general standard over the last few years in Irish film, television and animation with Irish talent making its mark on a global stage at the world’s leading film festivals.“WRAP is delighted to give a platform to local talent telling stories. WRAP is focused on continuing to drive the success and growth of the screen industries in the West through targeted strategic support with the backing of our stakeholders.”That’s a ‘wrap’! Donegal doc and TV series to benefit from film fund was last modified: May 2nd, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:documentaryEntertainmentfilmScreamersTV seriesWeekendwraplast_img read more

Fulham linked with Powell

first_imgFulham are planning to table a bid for highly-rated Crewe midfielder Nick Powell, according to The People.Arsenal and Chelsea have been monitoring the 18-year-old, who is regarded as one of the country’s best prospects.The People also say Chelsea and Benfica will hold transfer talks over Oscar Cardozo ahead of their Champions League quarter-final second leg at Stamford Bridge.The Paraguayan, 28, has been a key player for Benfica this season and was recently reported to be keen on a move to the Premier League.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img

Science’s Got Troubles

first_imgNumerous news articles point to moral shortcomings in Big Science that threaten public trust.The US Constitution was a great idea. But John Adams once said, “Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious People. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other” (US Archives). Similarly, the “Scientific Method,” as it is popularly conceived, is a great idea with a long train of spectacular successes. But science is always mediated by fallible human beings. Misuse of scientific methods could produce fake science or even evil science.We have all heard how foreign countries have tried to manipulate elections with disinformation campaigns. Imagine what would happen to public trust in science if political entities, or even artificial intelligence (AI) algorithms, became so clever with scientific disinformation that journal editors and reviewers could not tell the true from the false. An experiment like this was actually run recently. The Wall Street Journal tells how 3 researchers submitted 20 bogus papers to journals. Seven were accepted, and four were published – including one that quoted sections of Hitler’s Mein Kampf as supporting evidence.Despite the most rigorous safeguards, rules and regulations are only as good as those who follow them. Professors and grad students are busy, distracted by various temptations and motivations that can be less than noble (q.v. the IgNobel Prizes). For a dose of reality about how scientific sausage is made, look at some of the worries in Big Science going on right now, and pay attention to the implications in each proposal: science has been failing in many ways.Predatory publishers: the journals that churn out fake science (The Guardian). Pay a fee and pad your resume with all your published papers, good or bad. This is a worry about predatory journals with temptations of filthy lucre, showing that the love of money is the root of all kinds of evil, even in science. On the flip side, the article complains about how mainstream journals routinely deny publication to maverick ideas.Ghost authorship haunts industry-funded clinical trials (Nature). Big Science is haunted. “Drug companies make big contributions to analysis in the trials they fund but can fail to report their contributions,” Matthew Warren writes. There are even ghosts in the data. A large number of trials give funders access to the data and even the methods:About 21% of the academic authors indicated that a funder, or one of their contracted employees, had been involved in the design, analysis, or reporting of the research in a way that had not been declared in the paper. This “ghost authorship” could potentially be more widespread than this, write Rasmussen and her colleagues, as academic researchers who had a relatively small role in a study may not have been aware of the extent of industry involvement.Rasmussen says she was surprised by how common these undeclared contributions and associated issues were. “It’s incredibly inaccurately reported,” she says. “The roles of the funder were often downplayed or even omitted in the publications, funder employees rarely had first or last authorship despite having played a role in every single part of the trial.”No mixed motives in those papers. Money can buy politics; it can also buy science. And sometimes, people’s lives are at stake, trusting the results of a clinical trial that could have been manipulated to profit the funder. Science Daily posted a related story on this problem.How three research groups are tearing down the ivory tower (Nature). The subtitle points out another shortcoming in Big Science: overlooking indigenous people. “The people who should benefit from research are increasingly shaping how it’s done,” the authors say, complaining that “traditional research” has tended to be “myopic.”How leading experts can be fooled.What ‘data thugs’ really need (Nature). Keith Baggerly argues, “Science needs to develop ways and means to support the checking of data.” Retracted papers, lawsuits, halted clinical trials, sloppy research, faulty statistics, retaliation on whistleblowers – these are all addressed in Baggerly’s tour of the sausage factory. “Corrections are much rarer than they should be,” he worries. You can’t expect vigilantes to shore up science’s ideals of self-correction.Biased Estimates of Changes in Climate Extremes From Prescribed SST Simulations (Geophysical Research Letters). Lack of integrity is not the only potential source of fake science. Carelessness about bias can also do it. In this paper, researchers found that data on surface sea temperatures (SST) can be fraught with bad assumptions or bad methods. “Our results illustrate the importance of carefully considering experimental design when interpreting projections of extremes.” Note to world leaders: these are the climate scientists who inform politicians, telling them that “science says” we must take drastic measures or we will die (e.g., “Terrifying climate change warning: 12 years until we’re doomed,” Fox News). They’re also the ones telling politicians how to nudge skeptics into following the consensus without questions (“Confronting Climate Science in the Age of Denial,” PLoS Biology).Science’s credibility crisis: why it will get worse before it can get better  (The Conversation). Bad news: Science has a credibility crisis. Worse news: It will get worse before it gets better, argues Andrea Saltelli, because poor ethics invades modern science. Psychology and economics have taken embarrassing hits, but other branches of science cannot escape what Jerome Ravetz warned in a book in 1971, that science can become diseased without ethics. Social scientists, still smarting from the “science wars” of the 1970s, are reluctant to confront the problem, fearing their image (by popular opinion, “scientific realists” won the war).John Ioannidis has recently received prominence for producing statistics on the “science of science,” showing how widespread fake science has become, but he is optimistic that science’s reputation can be resuscitated. The author of this article, Andrea Saltelli from the University of Bergen, does not share his optimism.Here we clash with another of science’s contradictions: at this point in time, to study science as a scholar would mean to criticise its mainstream image and role. We do not see this happening any time soon. Because of the scars of “science wars” – whose spectre is periodically resuscitated – social scientists are wary of being seen as attacking science, or worse helping US President Donald Trump.Scientists overall wish to use their moral authority and association with Enlightenment values, as seen in the recent marches for science.If these contradictions are real, then we are condemned to see the present crisis becoming worse before it can become better.Austrian agency shows how to tackle scientific misconduct (Nature). This optimistic headline quickly informs the reader that Austria got worse before it got better: “A decade on from a major academic scandal, officials there have got their act together,” the editorial says. Of course, it will never happen again, will it? The Editors list four lessons learned from the scandal, and describes laws intended to prevent future scandals. But like Constitutions, laws are “made only for a moral and religious People.” They are “wholly inadequate to the government of any other.”There were so many recent articles on this subject, we will continue tomorrow.(Visited 424 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Avoid forage toxicities after frosts

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Mark Sulc, Ohio State University ExtensionWith the cold weather this week, livestock owners need to keep in mind the few forage species that can be extremely toxic soon after a frost. Several species contain compounds called cyanogenic glucosides that are converted quickly to prussic acid (i.e. hydrogen cyanide) in freeze-damaged plant tissues. A few legumes species have an increased risk of causing bloat when grazed after a frost. Each of these risks is discussed in this article along with precautions to avoid them.Species with prussic acid poisoning potentialForage species that can contain prussic acid are listed below in decreasing order of risk of toxicity after a frost event:Grain sorghum = high to very high toxic potential Indiangrass = high toxic potential Sorghum-sudangrass hybrids and forage sorghums = intermediate to high potential Sudangrass hybrids = intermediate potential Sudangrass varieties = low to intermediate in cyanide poisoning potential Piper sudangrass = low prussic acid poisoning potential Pearl millet and foxtail millet = rarely cause toxicity Species not usually planted for agronomic use can also develop toxic levels of prussic acid, including the following: Johnsongrass, Shattercane, Chokecherry, Black cherry, and Elderberry. It is always a good idea to check areas where wild cherry trees grow after a storm and pick up and discard any fallen limbs to prevent animals from grazing on the leaves and twigs.Fertility can affect poisoning risk. Plants growing under high nitrogen levels or in soils deficient in phosphorus or potassium will be more likely to have high prussic acid poisoning potential.Fresh forage is more risky. After frost damage, cyanide levels will likely be higher in fresh forage as compared with silage or hay. This is because cyanide is a gas and dissipates as the forage is wilted and dried for making silage or dry hay.Plant age affects toxicity. Young, rapidly growing plants of species that contain cyanogenic glucosides will have the highest levels of prussic acid. After a frost, cyanide is more concentrated in young leaves and tillers than in older leaves or stems. New growth of sorghum species following a non-killing frost is dangerously high in cyanide. Pure stands of indiangrass can have lethal levels of cyanide if they are grazed when the plants are less than 8 inches tall.Toxicity symptomsAnimals can die within minutes if they consume forage with high concentrations of prussic acid. Prussic acid interferes with oxygen transfer in the blood stream of the animal, causing it to die of asphyxiation. Before death, symptoms include excess salivation, difficult breathing, staggering, convulsions, and collapse.Ruminants are more susceptible to prussic acid poisoning than horses or swine because cud chewing and rumen bacteria help release the cyanide from plant tissue.Grazing PrecautionsThe following guidelines will help you avoid danger to your livestock this fall when feeding species with prussic acid poisoning potential:• Do not graze on nights when frost is likely. High levels of toxic compounds are produced within hours after a frost, even if it was a light frost. • Do not graze after a killing frost until plants are dry, which usually takes 5 to 7 days. • After a non-killing frost, do not allow animals to graze for two weeks because the plants usually contain high concentrations of toxic compounds. • New growth may appear at the base of the plant after a non-killing frost. If this occurs, wait for a killing freeze, then wait another 10 to 14 days before grazing the new growth. • Don’t allow hungry or stressed animals to graze young growth of species with prussic acid potential. To reduce the risk, feed ground cereal grains to animals before turning them out to graze. • Use heavy stocking rates (4-6 head of cattle/acre) and rotational grazing to reduce the risk of animals selectively grazing leaves that can contain high levels of prussic acid. • Never graze immature growth or short regrowth following a harvest or grazing (at any time of the year). Graze or greenchop sudangrass only after it is 15 to 18 inches tall. Sorghum-sudangrass should be 24 to 30 inches tall before grazing. Do not graze wilted plants or plants with young tillers. Greenchop• Green-chopping frost-damaged plants will lower the risk compared with grazing directly, because animals are less likely to selectively graze damaged tissue. Stems in the forage dilute the high prussic acid content that can occur in leaves. However, the forage can still be toxic, so feed greenchop with great caution after a frost. Always feed greenchopped forage of species containing cyanogenic glucosides within a few hours, and don’t leave greenchopped forage in wagons or feedbunks overnight.Hay and silage are saferPrussic acid content in the plant decreases dramatically during the hay drying process and the forage should be safe once baled as dry hay. The forage can be mowed anytime after a frost if you are making hay. It is rare for dry hay to contain toxic levels of prussic acid. However, if the hay was not properly cured and dried before baling, it should be tested for prussic acid content before feeding to livestock.Forage with prussic acid potential that is stored as silage is generally safe to feed. To be extra cautious, wait 5 to 7 days after a frost before chopping for silage. If the plants appear to be drying down quickly after a killing frost, it is safe to ensile sooner.Delay feeding silage for 8 weeks after ensiling. If the forage likely contained high levels of cyanide at the time of chopping, hazardous levels of cyanide might remain and the silage should be analyzed before feeding.Nitrate accumulation in frost foragesFreezing damage also slows down metabolism in all plants that might result in nitrate accumulation in plants that are still growing, especially grasses like oats and other small grains, millet, and sudangrass. This build-up usually isn’t hazardous to grazing animals, but green chop or hay cut right after a freeze can be more dangerous. When in doubt, send a forage sample to a forage testing lab for nitrate testing before grazing or feeding it.Species that can cause bloatForage legumes such as alfalfa and clovers have an increased risk of bloat when grazed one or two days after a hard frost. The bloat risk is highest when grazing pure legume stands and least when grazing stands having mostly grass.The safest management is to wait a few days after a killing frost before grazing pure legume stands – wait until the forage begins to dry from the frost damage. It is also a good idea to make sure animals have some dry hay before being introduced to lush fall pastures that contain significant amounts of legumes. You can also swath your legume-rich pasture ahead of grazing and let animals graze dry hay in the swath. Bloat protectants like poloxalene can be fed as blocks or mixed with grain. While this an expensive supplement, it does work well when animals eat a uniform amount each day.Frost and Equine Problems (source: Bruce Anderson, University of Nebraska)Minnesota specialists report that fall pasture, especially frost damaged pasture, can have high concentrations of nonstructural carbohydrates, like sugars. This can lead to various health problems for horses, such as founder and colic. They recommend pulling horses off of pasture for about one week following the first killing frost.High concentrations of nonstructural carbohydrates are most likely in leafy regrowth of cool-season grasses such as brome, timothy, and bluegrass but native warm-season grasses also may occasionally have similar risks.Another unexpected risk can come from dead maple leaves that fall or are blown into horse pastures. Red blood cells can be damaged in horses that eat 1.5 to 3 pounds of dried maple leaves per one thousand pounds of bodyweight. This problem apparently does not occur with fresh green leaves or with any other animal type. Fortunately, the toxicity does not appear to remain in the leaves the following spring.last_img read more

Relationship Stability: What Helps and Hinders

first_imgBy Kacy Mixon, M.S., LMFTFor many years researchers have studied various aspects that contribute to the stability of intimate relationships. For instance, commitment level, compatibility, and communication are common areas that are discussed in the literature [1]. With regard to couple communication, Dr. John Gottman is noted for his research surrounding negative communication styles within relationships that tend to predict relationship failure [2, 3]. They include criticism, defensiveness, contempt, and stonewalling. A detailed description of these negative communication styles are listed in the table below. Gottman, J., Coan, J., Carrere, S., & Swanson, C. (1998). Predicting marital happiness and stability from newlywed interactions. Journal of Marriage and Family Therapy, 60(1), 5-22.What can couples do to remedy the harmful effects of the 4 Horsemen?Here are a few communication tips that couples can use to help develop sound relationships:Have a clear understanding of your partner’s complaintsLook for what is valid in your partner’s complaints and make this the focus of what is addressedSpeak respectfully even when angryPractice holding yourself and your partner in warm regard, even during a fight or when you feel distantDevelop skill that help repair damage that has occurred in the relationshipLive up to agreements you have made with your partner or initiate a time to renegotiateMake requests and needs to your partner clear, simple and specificShare compliments, verbal affection, and appreciation for one another daily [Flickr, Melissa and Dan by Rachel Adams, CC BY-ND 2.0] Retrieved on September 17, 2015In addition to the above tips, Gottman and colleagues have developed a curriculum for couples’ retreats that hone in on 7 areas thought to build sound relationships. These include building love maps, sharing fondness and admiration, turning towards one another for emotional connection, having a positive perspective, managing conflict, making life dreams come true, and creating shared meaning. For more information on each of these areas, click here.  We’ve discussed couple’s retreat options and marriage and relationship enrichment programs for military families in previous posts. It is helpful for service professionals working with military couples to be aware of common relationship building interventions offered in these types of programs to assist couples in not only recognizing the benefits of these services, but also in helping couples determine what type of program would cater to their specific needs.References[1] Kimberly, C., & Werner-Wilson, R. (2013). From John Lee to John Gottman: Recognizing intra- and interpersonal differences to promote marital satisfaction. Journal of Human Sciences and Extension, 1, 32-46.[2] Gottman, J.M., & Silver, N. (1999). The seven principles for making marriage work: A practical guide from the country’s foremost relationship expert. New York, NY: Three Rivers Press.[3] Gottman, J.M., Coan, J., Carrere, S., & Swanson, C. (1998). Predicting marital happiness and stability from newlywed interactions. Journal of Marriage and Family Therapy, 60(1), 5-22.This post was written by Kacy Mixon, M.S., LMFT, Social Media Specialist.  She is a member 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

GST Council trims rate on EVs chargers to 5

first_imgNew Delhi: The high-powered GST Council on Saturday decided to reduce the tax rate on electric vehicles (EVs) to 5 per cent from the existing 12 per cent, a move aimed at accelerating the adoption of eco-friendly mobility solutions. The new Goods and Services Tax (GST) rate on EVs will be effective from August 1, the finance ministry said in a statement after the 36th meeting of the GST Council. The GST rate on all EVs has been reduced from 12 per cent to 5 per cent. Additionally, the tax rate on chargers or charging stations for EVs has been slashed from 18 per cent to 5 per cent. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalThe council also approved GST exemption for hiring of electric buses (of carrying capacity of more than 12 passengers) by local authorities from August 1, the statement said. The meeting, chaired by Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, was held via video conferencing. The GST Council, headed by the union finance minister, has state finance ministers as members. It also took certain decisions regarding changes in GST law. The last date for filing of intimation, in Form GST CMP-02, for availing the option of payment of tax (by exclusive supplier of services) has been extended from July 31 to September 30, the statement added. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostFurther, the last date for furnishing statement containing the details of the self-assessed tax in Form GST CMP-08 for the June quarter (by taxpayers under composition scheme) has been extended to August 31. The earlier deadline was July 31. The central government has been taking initiative to popularise environment friendly electric vehicles. In the Union Buget 2019-20, the government provided additional income tax deduction of Rs 1.5 lakh on the interest paid on loans taken to purchase EVs. Besides, customs duty has been exempted on certain parts of EVs to further incentivise e-mobility in the country. The Centre has also approved Rs 10,000 crore to encourage faster adoption of EVs in the country under the FAME II scheme, which aims to encourage faster adoption of such vehicles by right incentives and charging infrastructure.last_img read more

HudsonOdoi to feature against Vidi – Sarri

first_imgMaurizio Sarri confirms that Callum Hudson-Odoi will likely feature in Chelsea’s Europa League match against Vidi on Thursday.Hudson-Odoi was impressive in his Chelsea’s last Europa League game with PAOK at Stamford Bridge.The 18-year-old scored his first Chelsea goal and also provided an assist for Alvaro Morata in the 4-0 victory, and Sarri is considering giving him playing time on Thursday.“Tomorrow we have three 2000-born players in the 18. Maybe Hudson-Odoi will be on the pitch, Ampadu is in the 18, maybe he will be on the pitch because Cahill is injured,” Sarri told the club’s website.Maurizio Sarri, JuventusMaurizio Sarri satisfied despite Juventus’ draw at Fiorentina Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Maurizio Sarri was satisfied with Juventus’ performance on Saturday afternoon after finishing a tough game at Fiorentina 0-0.“I don’t think in Manchester City or Manchester United or the other big teams there are 2000-born players with a lot of minutes. To play in these teams is really very difficult, but I hope in the future there will be a chance for Callum and Ampadu.“It’s up to them. Hudson-Odoi played in the Community Shield in August, he has played two matches in the Europa League.“Tomorrow maybe he will be on the pitch. That is four opportunities. They only have to play very well in these opportunities, and for the moment Hudson-Odoi did it, and now I am looking forward to Ampadu doing it. He is a very good player.“They both have a very important future. They both have to improve every day in every way from a physical and tactical point of view. Technically they are very good.”last_img read more