By Christina Herron, MSThe Blue Star Families Military Family Lifestyle Survey, which has been conducted annually since 2009, gathers information about the mental health of military families. A previous blog, Resource Discovery: Enhancements to the Family Lifestyle Survey, featured the new additions made to the 2015 Annual Military Family Lifestyle Survey. These additions included: New survey questions about mental health including: depression, substance abuse and stressAdditional questions regarding veterans’ transition, education, and use of resourcesBlue Star Families recently released the results of the 2015 Military Family Lifestyle Survey. Below is a highlighted infographic from the survey results.The complete survey results come in the form of the 2015 Executive Summary, 2015 Comprehensive Report, and the 2015 Comprehensive Report Infographic.Blue Star Families. 2015 Military Lifestyle Survey. Retrieved from https://www.bluestarfam.org/resources/military-family-lifestyle-surveyThis post was written by Christina Herron, MS, 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.
Three people, including the father of a woman, were arrested in Bikaner on Thursday for allegedly thrashing to death a 22-year-old man from another community who they believed was involved in a relationship with her, police said. Saif Ali Khan was abducted by nearly half a dozen people, including the father and cousin brothers of the woman, on Tuesday night, they said. He was brutally thrashed and dumped in a drain, the officials added. Police traced the victim and admitted him to a government hospital where he died yesterday morning, an official said.“The man was involved in a relationship with a woman. When the woman’s family came to know about the affair, they fixed her marriage elsewhere, but the man was trying to make contact with her so that they can elope” Sub Inspector of Naya Shahar Police Station Bhajan Lal said.Bikaner SP Swai Singh Godara said the family had fixed the woman’s marriage with another man on May 12 in haste, but Khan kept pursuing the woman. The case cannot be given a communal angle as the woman’s family members were against her marrying outside their caste, the SP added.According to police officials, a case was registered against seven persons.
Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. KUALA LUMPUR—The Philippine women’s volleyball team forged a masterful 25-18, 25-11, 25-16 victory over host Malaysia Thursday and head coach Francis Vicente is hoping that a pretournament prediction will hold true.Word going arount at MITEC Hall 11 is that people are expecting the Philippines and world power Thailand to duke it out for the crown.ADVERTISEMENT LIST: Class, gov’t work suspensions during 30th SEA Games WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding MOST READ PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games PLAY LIST 03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games SEA Games: PH’s Alisson Perticheto tops ice skating short program LATEST STORIES LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses There is a prediction that it’s going to be a Thailand versus Philippines in the finals.The first step to that direction is a win over Vietnam in the semifinals, to put the Philippines out of the Thais’ path in the semifinals.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 shutout“Whatever happens the important thing is we avoid the No. 1 team in the other group,” said Vicente. A win over Vietnam on Friday will help in that goal.Jaja Santiago on the attack. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/POOLThe Philippine drubbed Vietnam during the Asian Championships last week in Biñan, Laguna. PH wins bronze in women’s 50m rifle for shooting’s 1st medal SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Read Next SEA Games: Philippines off to hot start in women’s volleyball2.7K viewsSportsVentuno Web Player 4.51 “Vietnam will put up the same team but of course we [have to be] prepared because for sure they will make adjustments,” said Vicente.Jaja Santiago towered over the opposition, banging in 13 points to lead the Philippines. Aby Marano added 11 markers while bringing in the energy for the Philippines, which started slowly before entertaining the large Filipino crowd that came to watch the game.Malaysian leaned on middle blocker Low Meng Cing who scored 15 points.Jovelyn Gonzaga scored nine points, Alyssa Valdez had eight, while Kim Fajardo and Aiza Pontillas chipped in six each for the Filipinos.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC View comments
If any player has seen the transition of the West Indian cricket team from invincible to below-par at the international level, it is the Prince of Trinidad Brian Lara.Having played through the transformation, he knows what it takes to be a champion and feels that the reason behind the success of the present Indian side is that they have learnt to perform in adverse conditions.”Indian teams have always been good batting outfits. But the reason why they failed to become the number one team is that their level of performance dipped the moment they went abroad. But the USP of the present side is that they have performed in situations not conducive to their strength – playing well on flat batting tracks. This is where the present team under Mahendra Singh Dhoni has scored over past teams,” he said.”With teams travelling the world over and performing in foreign conditions, the game will only get more competitive over the next few years. Sports is a cycle.While we started the domination, Australia took over from us.”While they remained unbeaten in the 2003 and 2007 World Cups, no one expected England to beat them the way they did in the Ashes. The time of invincibility is over.” Lara believes the inclusion of Sreesanth makes the Indian bowling attack balanced.”Sreesanth bowled really well in South Africa and I think him joining India’s pace spearhead Zaheer Khan will augur well for the team. I think Sreesanth and Zaheer add a lot of balance to the side. It also makes the bowling very competitive,” he said.advertisementHaving been a leading player during the 1996 World Cup, Lara believes building momentum will be the key in this year’s showpiece event.”Having played the 1996 World Cup, I feel the team that builds momentum throughout the tournament will go on to win the Cup.In these conditions, you need momentum as it is a pretty long tournament. In such cases, you don’t want to start on top and run out of steam in the later stages,” the 41- year- old said.Reliving his memories from the 1996 World Cup, Lara said: “Beating South Africa in the quarterfinal in Karachi was definitely the happiest moment as they were the favourites and were going great guns before we knocked them out.”As for the saddest moment, it definitely came a few days later when we lost from a winning position against Australia in the semifinal in Mohali. We were cruising before spin wizard Shane Warne ran through our lower middle- order and handed us a fiverun loss.”Having worked as a batting consultant for the Zimbabwe team, Lara doesn’t expect to make them overnight champions, but feels he has shared his experience and that can help them gain confidence ahead of the World Cup.”As a batting consultant, my job was to improve their batting. But I didn’t stop just at that. I have shared my experiences about how favourites can crumble under pressure in such big tournaments.I know they aren’t a fancied side, but I seriously feel that they can spring a few surprises and that will be the basic aim.”They might not be champions, but they are all good players and some are very good players.But the problem is with their selfbelief.If they can start believing in themselves, they can do wonders.I looked at building the right atmosphere in the team and increase their confidence,” he said.
Twitter/@zzLIAMzz11Update: ESPN’s Brett McMurphy has more from Fisher on Golson:Jimbo Fisher: “I’m not making the decision (Golson is). (If he picks FSU) then we’ll talk & go through it”— Brett McMurphy (@McMurphyESPN) May 12, 2015Jimbo Fisher on Everett Golson meeting: “We never (promise) a guy he’ll be the starter”— Brett McMurphy (@McMurphyESPN) May 12, 2015Earlier: Earlier today, news came out that former Notre Dame quarterback Everett Golson is visiting Florida today. Yesterday, Golson was at Florida State, and Seminoles coach Jimbo Fisher has confirmed that he has spoken to Golson and is interested in bringing him into the program.Jimbo Fisher met w/Everett Golson Monday. “We’re negotiating. He’s a great young man.”— Brett McMurphy (@McMurphyESPN) May 12, 2015We’re not sure what he means by “negotiating,” but Fisher has experience coaching against Golson. Last year, Golson very nearly won a dramatic last second game in Tallahassee. If he plays for the ‘Noles this season, it certainly adds a major wrinkle to the ACC in 2015.
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The School District 60 Board of Trustees have elected Stephen Petrucci as the new School District Superintendent.Petrucci is taking over the role of Superintendent after Dave Sloan announced his retirement at a District Meeting in March.Petrucci says he is excited and honoured in having the Board of Trustees confidence in taking on this new position, adding that he is thankful for the leadership team that the Board has in place. “I’m really excited and honoured to work with the School District, with the Board of Trustees, and having their confidence to do the job and I’m really thankful for the leadership team that we have in place in the School District and I’m going to continue working with them towards our goals.”Petrucci, currently the Assistant Superintendent, will not be taking over the role as Superintendent until Sloan’s retirement in October. In the meantime, Petrucci will be working with Sloan during this transition period.Petrucci has been with the District for 25 years starting at North Peace Secondary School as a French Immersion Teacher, eventually working his way up to being positioned in the Board Office and becoming Assistant Superintendent in 2013.
Kolkata: Bidhannagar Police seized about Rs 22 lakh during naka checking at Lake Town on Monday night and on Tuesday afternoon at Haldiram bus stop. Three men and a woman were detained in connection with the Lake Town case and one person has been detained at the Haldiram bus stop.According to the police, on Monday night, around 10 pm police personnel from Lake Town police station were on naka checking duty. They were also checking if people were driving in an inebriated state. During the process, a few police personnel spotted a sedan bearing a Delhi registration number. On suspicion police stopped the car and questioned the driver. While talking with the driver and the passengers, police personnel felt they had consumed alcohol. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaImmediately, the driver was told to step out of the car. After conducted the alcohol test on the driver it was found that the alcohol level in his blood was above the permissible level, which is 30 milligram per 100 ml blood. Following the alcohol test, the officers asked the driver to open the boot of the car. The police found a few bags in the car boot. Cops immediately started checking the bags. During checking they found that the bags were stashed with money. All the four passengers, including the driver, have been detained. The car was taken to the Lake Town police station. The driver has been prosecuted under the 185 Motor vehicles (MV) Act (driving by a drunken person or by a person under the influence of drugs). Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayAfter that all four of them were questioned about the source of the money. As they could not substantiate the source and destination along with purpose of the money, the money has been seized. The cash seized by the cops is about Rs 4 lakh. The driver was bailed out and other three were freed. On Tuesday afternoon, around 12:30pm, during naka checking police personnel intercepted a luxurious car. During the checking Rs 12.5 lakh was found inside the car. Immediately, the owner of the vehicle along with the car was taken to the Baguiati police station. Later during a thorough search Rs 5 lakh more were found from inside the car. The money has been seized along with the car. Later, police informed the returning officers of the concerned Lok Sabha constituency about the money. Sources informed that the returning officer may summon the carriers of the unaccounted money to submit an explanation. If the returning officer is satisfied with the reply then the money would be returned otherwise it will be confiscated.
New Delhi: The National Green Tribunal has directed the deputy commissioner of South Delhi Municipal Corporation to come up with a report on illegal encroachments and unregulated markets at Samalkha Extension near Kapashera here. The order comes as a Delhi Pollution Control Committee report that a bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel had gone through. The DPCC status report states that while concerned authorities have taken some steps in the matter, it is not clear whether any effective action has been taken at the ground level, the tribunal noted. “Let a report be filed in the matter before the next date by the deputy commissioner, SDMC,” the bench, also comprising Justice K Ramakrishnan, said, setting July 25 as the next date for hearing the matter. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderThe order comes on the back of a plea filed by resident Narendra Vats contending that illegal encroachments and unregulated markets have come up at Samalkha Extension, East Telephone Exchange Road near Sonia Gandhi Camp, Samalkha village and National Highway 48. He alleged that various complaints were made to authorities concerned but no effective action has been taken till date. The plea also alleged that the municipal solid waste and other garbage generated by the hotels near the airport was disposed of unscientifically.
New Delhi: Rohit Shekhar Tiwari, son of late Uttarakhand chief minister ND Tiwari, died of “asphyxia” as he was strangulated and smothered, according to autopsy report. Following the postmortem at AIIMS here, police on Thursday registered a case of murder and transferred it to the Crime Branch for investigation, a senior officer said. The autopsy was conducted by a medical board comprising five senior doctors of the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS). Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details “The medical board unanimously concluded that the cause of death in this case is asphyxia as a result of strangulation and smothering. It is a sudden unnatural death, placed in the category of homicide,” the head of the AIIMS’ forensic department, Dr Sudhir Gupta, said. The case has been transferred to the Crime Branch and it has started investigating the matter, the officer said. Crime Branch officers visited Rohit Tiwari’s residence on Friday and questioned his family members and domestic helps, police said, adding that a team of forensic experts also visited the house. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday The officers are going through footage from CCTV cameras installed in and around the house to find leads, ascertain the sequence of events and track people who entered the house, they said. Rohit Tiwari (40) died on Tuesday.He was brought dead to the Max Hospital in Saket in south Delhi. Deputy Commissioner of Police (South) Vijay Kumar on Tuesday had said that Rohit Tiwari, a resident of Defence Colony in south Delhi, was brought to the hospital around 5pm in an ambulance and doctors declared him dead. His mother Ujjwala Tiwari, who was admitted at Max hospital, received a call from her house about her son being “unwell and bleeding from the nose”, he said. “Max hospital received an emergency call from the residence of Rohit Shekhar Tiwari at 4:41 pm this (Teusday) afternoon. An ambulance brought Tiwari to Max Hospital, Saket, where he was declared brought dead at the emergency department,” the hospital had said in a statement. Narayan Dutt Tiwari died at the age of 93 on October 18, his birthday, last year.He, too, was undergoing treatment for age-related complications at the Saket hospital. The Congress veteran, who had served in various positions at the Centre, was the chief of minister of Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh. Rohit Tiwari joined the BJP ahead of the 2017 Uttarakhand assembly polls and had recently indicated he could join the Congress.
As India prepares for the results of another general election and with Congress and the regional parties gaining ground with each phase of the electoral battle, the question of getting into governance for those now in opposition with concrete and common agenda is up for public debate. There should have been such an agenda declared before the elections but instead, major opposition parties chose to announce their individual manifestos. The only way to combat the Modi-Shah juggernaut and war-chest with huge resources, even if NDA does not get a clear majority, is to quickly close ranks as results keep coming across May 23-24, and put before the nation a combined opposition government on the basis of a Common Minimum Programme (CMP). Also Read – Hijacking Bapu’s legacyThe alternative force in India cannot just be of parties but of an alternative world-view, and of an alternative approach to governance, and must take the major opposition party, Congress, the regional and the Left forces together to present a rainbow coalition. What should be the corner-stones of such an alliance? First, pledge to protect the Indian Constitution and its basic tenets. So, commit to true secularism where the state does not negate any faith but also does not become a party to any faith. Neither Hindutva nor Muslim appeasement, pledge to uphold socialistic welfare economy envisaged in the Constitution because the marginalised people, with their per capita income far below the subsistence level, cannot survive unless supported with minimum access to food, clothing, housing, public health and minimum assured education. So NYAY or a variation of it is a must. Basic Minimum Income in a world with extreme disparity is an essential element of governance, not just a desirable one. A pledge to protect democracy and hence leave media, entertainment, culture and education to be run not by bureaucrats but by professional experts. And, above all, a pledge to protect legislatures by not short-circuiting their sessions or taking the ordinance route to governance, and to protect the independence of the judiciary by not interfering in their recruitment, postings, promotions and processes. Safeguarding democracy also needs to be through police reforms, administrative reforms, judicial reforms, and electoral reforms, and through an all-out implementation of the institution of the Lokpal, apart from protecting the independence of the constitutional positions like those of CBI Director, RBI Director, Election Commission and Chief Information Commissioner. Also Read – The future is here!Second, uphold multi-cultural plurality of India. All communities need to be assured that India is theirs, but they need not be appeased too. The Sachar Committee report shows the lack of socio-economic and educational development among the Muslim minorities and their representation in positions of power and responsibility. The situation is exacerbated today with a visible alienation of them from the political mainstream. Also, if forest rights are not given to the tribal users of minor forest produce as per the forest dwellers’ act on minor forest produce, and land rights are not given to the tillers, there cannot be a visible change in the country-side and no end to Naxalism. Then, social assimilation will need distinct ways and means to empower women as well, particularly ensure their security in public places, raise conviction in cases of assault on women, and enhance their socio-economic participation. The British era sedition laws must go, AFSPA implementation has to be need-based, and not geography-based, and very rare. Attempts to dilute Article 370 without taking Kashmiris into confidence need to be thwarted. Third, economics, and not politics, need to be the focus ahead. United Opposition must promise a slew of economic measures, including viable Minimum Support Price and implementation of MS Swaminathan recommendations for agriculture, gradual recovery of all NPAs (specially in cases of willing defaulters), banking autonomy with SOPs on banking operations insulating them from political interference with RBI independence ensured, recovering black money in land, jewellery and foreign assets, and encourage investments in education and health with tax holidays and other benefits. This plan also shall underline a fair share of funds between Centre and States, respect for economic federalism especially in the provisions of the Finance Commission, and execution of truly one nation one tax system through a uniform GST. Interestingly, it is important to increase investment in education and health up to 20 per cent of the total national budget, which is around half today. Investment in health insurance and not on public health infrastructure does not augur well for the man on the ground. Filling up vacant government positions, and heralding a start-up and SME driven local economies in states are must to tackle the jobs crisis. Fourth, on the global front, multilateralism is the desired way ahead. The relations with Iran needs to be protected for oil and strategic reasons, with that of Russia to be preserved for military and other cooperation, with the US as well for reasons of NRIs there, and with Europe, there is the need of enhanced engagement. With China, India needs a cautious friendship taking Pakistan into confidence taking advantage of earlier peace gestures from PM Imran Khan. This is not to mean that we need to lower our guard at all. It is possible to have a non-aligned multi-lateral national interest-driven foreign policy, with focus on peace and economic diplomacy, but without letting any lethargy on military preparedness. In fact, the Indian military needs better amenities for the tasks they perform. Even internal security needs a fresh approach, which looks first at the development of economic and human conditions of the people in troubled areas of Jammu & Kashmir, Northeast and the Red Corridor of the nation. There is a real possibility of a win for United Opposition in the next Lok Sabha polls, only if it puts a Common Minimum Program at the core of its governance, and not repeat the mistakes that Janata Party did in 1977 battling another authoritarian ruler, Indira Gandhi. But, is the Opposition listening? (The author is a media academic. Views expressed are strictly personal)