United fans, time to ease off LVG? Four things the Dutchman deserves credit for

first_img 4. Keeping Manchester United afloat this season – read all about it, then click the arrow above to see three more things Van Gaal deserves credit for – The pressure on Van Gaal this term has been intense. For weeks, reports persistently claimed United were prepared to ditch the Dutchman and bring in sacked Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho. There’s no question this will have been a difficult time, personally, for United’s manager. While some cracks have shown, however, he hasn’t melted under the heat. Instead, the Red Devils have stayed within touching distance of the top four and now, after victory over rivals City, they are just one point off the Premier League’s elite bracket. For now, they could also win silverware, in the shape of the FA Cup, which is more than can be said for Chelsea or Arsenal. 4 4 4 3. Luring major names to Old Trafford, even if they haven’t been successful – Angel Di Maria, Victor Valdes and Radamel Falcao didn’t deliver at Old Trafford, but there is absolutely no guarantee players from overseas will adapt to life in England. Brushing their influence – or rather, lack thereof – aside, what’s most important is Van Gaal hasn’t struggled to lure such distinguished names to Manchester. Despite their failure, the former Netherlands manager, a year later, signed Bastian Schweinsteiger and Anthony Martial. Van Gaal is clearly respected across Europe and hasn’t deterred players from joining his squad. 4 2. Keeping hold of De Gea – United may be a little fortunate given his move to Real Madrid fell through due to paperwork issues, but this shouldn’t overshadow the role that Van Gaal will have had in seeing the goalkeeper commit his future to the club. Such is his temperament, many may have been expecting the Spaniard to be frozen out at Old Trafford; yet the former Netherlands manager handled the situation well, bringing the stopper back into the side only once his future had been decided. And again, De Gea has been one of the Red Devils’ most consistent performers. 1. His commitment to the academy – While many criticise Van Gaal for falling behind in the Premier League and struggling in Europe, if there’s one thing he really deserves credit for, it’s his desire to nurture young blood at the club. Rather than play senior players out of position when others have suffered injured, the Dutchman has trusted those from his academy to make the step up. Marcus Rashford is currently stealing the headlines having followed up his brace against Arsenal by scoring the winner at the Etihad. The striker, however, isn’t alone in making the breakthrough. Jesse Lingard, Cameron Borthwick-Jackson and Donald Love are just a few to have been handed their debut by Van Gaal. Would Mourinho have been so trusting? Probably not. Louis van Gaal has come under fire this season.The Manchester United manager has been the subject of intense frustration from the Old Trafford with, at various stages in the campaign, many calling for his head.As April closes in, though, the Dutchman firmly remains in charge of the Premier League giants and it’s looking increasingly likely that he’ll see out the remaining year of his contract.So, the last eight months may not have been too enjoyable for the club’s supporters, but is it time to lay off Van Gaal?Taking this question into consideration, here are four things the 64-year-old deserves credit for – take a look by viewing the slideshow above.last_img read more

Giants activate switch-pitching Venditte, take extra precautions after marathon win

first_imgCINCINNATI — For the first time in more than 20 years, a Giants player hit a game-tying home run with two outs in the ninth before another launched a go-ahead home run in extra innings.Stephen Vogt’s first home run as a Giant tied Friday’s game at 11-11 before Evan Longoria hooked a high fly ball into the left field seats in the 11th in a historic, 12-11 come-from-behind win.Vogt and Longoria became the first Giants players to accomplish the feat since Barry Bonds and Jeff Kent did so in a …last_img read more

Missed opportunities doom Giants in loss to Diamondbacks

first_imgCLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos on a mobile device SAN FRANCISCO — Ron Wotus’ hand was up well before Abiatal Avelino touched third base, but it didn’t seem to matter.Despite a late jump, Avelino ran right through the stop sign of the Giants’ third base coach with one out in the sixth inning and headed for home after Brandon Crawford had singled to right field.Avelino was easily tagged out by Arizona Diamondbacks catcher Carson Kelly after an accurate throw from …last_img read more

The Melancholy Mommy: A Look at Postpartum Depression

first_imgBy Bari Sobelson, MS, LMFTFlickr [3MJP_3 by Matt Johnson, May 14, 2011, CC BY-ND 2.0] retrieved on February 18, 2016She is sitting on the couch with her 1- month- old baby in her arms. The baby is crying and she is alone. She’s tried everything to soothe him- rocking, bouncing, feeding, singing, pacifiers, blankets, and swaddles. He’s still crying. She hasn’t eaten or taken a shower since yesterday and it seems like she may not accomplish either one of those things today. Just a couple of weeks ago, people were in and out of her house with hugs, words of wisdom, food, and arms to hold her baby. Her husband was home for two more weeks until his next deployment, which she hopes will be his last. But now, the excitement has worn off and reality is setting in. Her husband is in another country protecting ours. In just two weeks, she has to get back to her full time job that pays her. It hits her that she will have to learn how to balance the mothering thing and the real job thing. How in the world will she be able to do that when she can barely even get a shower and a meal? All of a sudden, she finds herself in a place she never expected to be. She starts to wonder what is wrong with her; why she feels like she can’t get it together and why motherhood doesn’t look or feel like she thought it would. Last week, she finally gave up on breastfeeding after trying every single thing she could think of to make it work. But, her breasts still hurt and her conscience is beating her up, telling her that she could and should have tried harder. She’s remembering all of the articles in her OBGYN’s office and on the internet about the benefits of breastfeeding the baby. And, she’s thinking of that friend of hers who has a 2- month old that is solely breastfed and thriving. Her body doesn’t look or feel like her own and she wonders if it ever will again. She wants her baby to just stop crying long enough to allow her to use the bathroom. And now she is crying. And she feels like a terrible mother. Helpless. Alone. Afraid. Angry. Guilty. Inadequate. She starts to have thoughts she never imagined she would have and they scare her. She remembers an article she read in her doctor’s office about postpartum depression and realizes that this may be more than just those baby blues her mother referred to a couple of weeks ago. She picks up the phone and calls someone for help.  According to the CDC, 11 to 20 percent of women who give birth each year have postpartum depression symptoms. Fortunately, the woman in the depiction above recognized her symptoms and was able to call for help. But what do we, as mental health professionals, need to do to help every woman be able to identify her symptoms and get help? Here are some potential barriers we need to recognize when thinking about our efforts to help women with PPD:Shame and Embarrassment: Mom may not feel comfortable sharing her thoughts and feelings because she doesn’t want people to judge her. She is afraid that people will think she is a terrible person for not thinking that motherhood is the most wonderful thing that has ever happened to her. When she hears the word depression, she associates it with being “crazy.”What Society Says: Moms are supposed to be totally and completely in love with their new addition, right? She is loving life and rocking at being a mommy! Or at least that’s what the status updates on her friends’ Facebook pages tell her…I Can Handle This On My Own: Mom may think to herself, “I just gave birth to an 8 pound baby completely naturally! I can definitely handle this one my own”.Foggy Lenses: Mom may be struggling so much that she doesn’t even have any idea that there is a name for what she is feeling and that there is help for her.Unknown Resources: Many moms may not have any idea where to go for help. A military mother, for instance, may have just moved to a new location and has not yet established any local friendships or identified any local resources. So, what’s the solution to these barriers? Here are some possibilities:Shame and Embarrassment: We should be equipping soon-to-be mothers with the knowledge of PPD so that 1) they can recognize the signs and symptoms 2) they can be prepared for the possibilities 3) it is normalized for them so that there is no stigma attached to it.What Society Says: We need to be putting information out there where everyone can access it- social media is a great avenue- we should be showing the good, the bad, and the ugly too!I Can Handle This On My Own: By sharing information on the facts of PPD, we can convey to mothers that they may need a little bit of extra help from professionals and that there is absolutely nothing wrong with that.Foggy Lenses: We need to arm women with community support- family, spouses, friends, doctors, etc. – so that they know what to look for in a new mother who is struggling with PPD.Unknown Resources: Having resources available in our practices and sharing those resources through social media and community avenues is key! With our help, mothers like the one depicted above will know to recognize when there is a problem and know precisely where to go when they need help. Unfortunately, not all new mothers have the knowledge base of PPD to reach out for help like the one in the scenario. We need to take action and think about ways to inform soon-to-be mothers or new mothers and their family and friends so that they are prepared. Wouldn’t it be amazing if OBGYNs were talking candidly with their patients about the possibility of PPD during pregnancy? Or, if they were conducting surveys at the 6-week postpartum check-up. As mental health professionals, it would behoove us to start talking with these physicians about the statistics and realities of PPD so that we can all work together as a team to help these mothers. This post was written by Bari Sobelson, MS, LMFT, the social media and webinar coordination specialist for the MFLN Family Development Team. The Family Development team aims to support the development of professionals working with military families.  Find out more about the Military Families Learning Network Family Development concentration on our website, Facebook, and Twitter.last_img read more

Sidhu’s TV show puts govt. in a spot

first_imgPunjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh has decided to seek legal opinion on whether his Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu can continue to appear as a celebrity judge on a popular television show. “Capt. Amarinder has said he is not sure what the law says regarding a Cabinet minister working on a television programme, and will have to ask the State’s advocate general to give legal advice on the matter,” his media advisor, Raveen Thukral, told The Hindu.Conflict of interest“It’s about whether there’s any conflict of interest if he [Mr. Sidhu] continues to work in television…If there is any, then the Chief Minister will talk to him [Mr. Sidhu] and bring it to his knowledge,” he added.The controversy erupted after Mr. Sidhu recently said that he will continue to appear on a popular TV show as a celebrity judge. “TV shows will not interfere with my Cabinet responsibilities. The public had elected me five times with what I have been doing…If they don’t have a problem, why should anyone else have it,” Mr. Sidhu had said. ‘Not office of profit’He insisted that his TV shows will not interfere with his Cabinet responsibilities. “I have no liquor, sand mining or transport business like former deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal. I earn a living through TV shows and I will be in Chandigarh from Monday to Thursday and in Amritsar from Friday to Sunday. What I do at night should not be anyone’s concern. I will take first flight back to Punjab after TV shoots in Mumbai,” he said.Mr. Sidhu, who currently holds the portfolios of local government, tourism and cultural affairs, has been maintaining that doing a TV show does not come under the ambit of “office of profit”.Meanwhile, Navjot Singh Sidhu’s wife Navjot Kaur has come out in support of his husband through a Facebook post, saying that the issue was being over-hyped without any reason.“Such hype has been created about Navjot earning a living from television. He has left 80 per cent of shows, which included IPL, commentary, etc.I think it is a meagre time for a non-socially active God-fearing workaholic,” she wrote on Facebook. (With inputs from PTI)last_img read more

Kelly continues nomadic training style ahead of ONE Macau card

first_img“It’s been a year since the last time that I fought. I am looking forward to put on a great performance for my beloved country,” said Kelly.“I have been training hard and going through strategies. I hope to give my 110 percent in the cage in Macao. I am coming to win.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant LATEST STORIES National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim MOST READ “For me, I don’t have a stable gym where I train at full-time. I train more naturally. Whichever gym I find myself in, that’s where I train,” said Kelly (12-3). “Mostly, I just watch YouTube videos and apply it to my training and then I go to some gyms to test it out. I am in the constant search for more knowledge for my career.”“I have been doing this for the past eight years. I am still confident as to how I conduct my training. It has given me success in the past. I still believe that it will give me the success in my upcoming fight. It all boils down to discipline.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsKelly has suffered a minor slip in his ONE Championship tenure losing two of his last fights against Narantungalag Jadambaa and Ev Ting.He plans to stop that slide as he takes on the 40-year-old Boku (25-11), who’s five years his elder, come their Macau fight. FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ View comments Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet Eric Kelly. Photo from ONE CHAMPIONSHIPFilipino mixed martial artist Eric Kelly plans to continue to jump around gyms as he prepares for his upcoming fight against Japanese featherweight Kotetsu Boku in ONE Championship’s Kings & Conquerors on August 5.Unlike most fighters who train under one stable, Kelly doesn’t stay under one group and instead travels to different gyms to fine-tune his submission-based style of fighting.ADVERTISEMENT We need to make our outside shots in Lebanon – Reyeslast_img read more

Sony, LG, Motorola and Samsung are continuously innovating the smartwatch segment

first_imgSmartwatches will be in the spotlight at the IFA scheduled from September 5 to 10 in Berlin, with LG Electronics, Motorola, Samsung and Sony all falling over each other to show that their new items are what buyers need.Jumping the gun, Samsung Electronics and LG previewed their approaching smartwatches, the Gear S and the LG Watch R, a week ago ahead of the show.Samsung’s Gear S is a 3G smartwatch that needn’t bother with a cell phone to operate. It is fueled by a 1GHz processor and has a bended 2 inch super AMOLED screen, sporting 480 X 360 display specification.In the wake of utilizing Android Wear on the Gear Live, Samsung is once more utilizing the Tizen framework on its most recent model. Getting designers to come up with applications for smartwatches will be a test for any organization, and more so for Samsung, since Tizen doesn’t have the huge numbers of technical developers that Android and iOS have. To help make up for the absence of applications, Samsung has collaborated with Nike on a health and fitness application, and Nokia for guided maps.The Gear S has 4GB of incorporated data space, 512MB of RAM and a 300 mAh lithium cell that endures two days with normal utilization, as per Samsung. The Gear S will begin shipping worldwide in October.Samsung has now affirmed five smartwatches in 12 months – the first model, the Galaxy Gear, was shown at IFA a year ago. The organization’s point is obviously to maintain and extend its position in the smartwatch segment, especially given bits of gossip about Apple’s conceivable entrance into the wearables business with the expected name of iWatch.The strategy is like what Samsung has done in the past – go for various distinctive thoughts and see what stays in the consumer memory. Given this approach, it is amazing the organization hasn’t put out a smartwatch with a round face, as LG and Motorola Mobility are relied upon to do soon.Motorola’s round Moto 360 has been expected for quite a while, sporting Android Wear as its Google-backed OS. It should (at last) be presented this week at IFA 2014, Berlin. The Moto 360 is expected to have a 1.5 inch screen, be water- and dust-safe, and have an incorporated heart-rate sensor.It will rival LG’s also-Android Wear-based G Watch R, which has a 1.3 inch screen and is controlled by a 1.2GHz Snapdragon 400 processor. It has 4GB of memory, 512MB of RAM and a 410 mAh battery. LG has given a handful of pictures of the gadget, which looks more like a conventional watch – as opposed to the predecessing G Watch’s somewhat insipid looks. In light of the fact that none of the pictures demonstrate the Android Wear interface, LG is probably focusing on marketing it as a watch with smart functions rather than a small phone on your your wrist. The Moto 360 is reputed to have a $250 sticker, with no news from LG about the G Watch R.Sony is additionally lined up at IFA to dispatch another smartwatch. The organization is a veteran in the field, so far utilizing its self-tailored form of Android. Be that as it may, given Android Wear’s solid performance reviews, it is imaginable that Sony will utilize the Google OS on the new gadget.advertisementThe smartwatch segment is still in its earliest stages, with items that have a great deal of opportunity to get better. Case in point, colossal advances over the environment as a whole are required to accomplish various demands by smartwatch pushers and technophiles.Wearable devices are still overwhelmed by armbands from health and fitness companies, for example, Fitbit and Jawbone (worth mentioning: Goqii), which have more than a lion’s share of the overall wearable technology segment. It remains to be seen if mobile technology majors can match human wrists with steel and silicon.last_img read more

Petronas Partners Pen ShiptoShip LNG Transfer Deal

first_imgzoom  Petronas LNG (PLL), a subsidiary of Petronas LNG Sdn. Bhd (PLSB), signed a two-year service agreement with Argo Engineering Sdn Bhd and Eastport Marine Sdn Bhd to provide liquefied natural gas (LNG) ship-to-ship transfer services in Labuan, Malaysia.The ship-to-ship transfer is the transfer of LNG between two vessels positioned alongside each other.“This ship-to-ship transfer service agreement is Petronas’ first collaboration in providing flexible delivery solutions that goes beyond the conventional selling and delivering of LNG,” PLL’s Chairman, Ahmad Adly Alias said.“LNG ship-to-ship transfer services is an emerging trend to cater to the needs of small scale LNG requirements,” he added.As disclosed, combining Argo and Eastport’s shipping expertise with Petronas’ LNG portfolio, the partnership will enable PLL to respond to new market requirements in the changing LNG industry landscape which includes LNG shipping solutions.Argo has vast experience in LNG shipping operations supported by a network of technical personnel in the LNG shipping industry, while Eastport has expertise in handling bunkering and ship-to-ship operations, in addition to possessing the sole license to provide LNG bunkering and ship-to-ship services at Brunei Bay, Labuan.Separately, PLL has signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with Bintulu Port Sdn Bhd (BPSB), a subsidiary of Bintulu Port Holdings Berhad (BPHB), for the provision of marine services to support PLL’s Gassing Up and Cooling Down (GUCD) services at the Bintulu Port for a period of three years.The GUCD is a specialized service to bring the storage tanks on LNG carriers, after dry-docking, to natural environment and later cool it down to cryogenic temperature (minus 160 degrees Celsius) before loading its next cargo.The services at the Bintulu Port will commence in 2018, making Bintulu as one of the few terminals in the world to offer this facility. The LNG for gassing up services will be supplied from the Petronas LNG Complex in Bintulu.As explained by Adly, this is the first GUCD services in Malaysia at the Bintulu Port.“This collaboration is expected to enhance Petronas’ portfolio of services in the integrated (LNG) value chain,” he added.For the nine-month period ended 30 September 2017, Petronas Group recorded a 15 percent increase in revenue at RM 161.8 billion (USD 39.3 billion), mainly due to the impact of higher average realized prices and the impact of foreign exchange rate.Cumulative profit after tax was RM 27.3 billion compared to RM 12.5 billion in the same period last year, primarily due to lower net impairment on assets and well costs.last_img read more

Maruti Suzuki recalls 566 new Swift 713 new Dzire units over faulty

first_imgMaruti Suzuki Dzire (Blue), Swift (red)Maruti Suzuki India has announced a voluntary recall for the new Swift and new Dzire models to inspect for a possible fault in the airbag controller unit. India’s largest carmaker has recalled 1,279 vehicles (566 new Swift and 713 new Dzire) manufactured between May 7, 2018 and July 7, 2018 in this campaign.Maruti Suzuki claims the company will contact owners of the vehicles included in this recall, starting from Wednesday (July 25). The inspection and replacement of the faulty part will be carried out at Maruti Suzuki authorised workshops for free of cost. Maruti Suzuki DzireFacebook/ Maruti Suzuki DzireThe new Swift and new Dzire customers can also check whether their car is recalled by visiting the company website and fill in the chassis number (For new Swift – MBH and for new Dzire – MA3 followed by 14 digit alpha-numeric number). The chassis number is embossed on the vehicle ID plate and is also in the vehicle invoice/registration documents. Owners may also contact the nearest Maruti Suzuki dealer workshop to ascertain if their vehicle is recalled.Maruti Suzuki launched the third generation of the Swift hatchback at the Auto Expo 2018 in February with much fanfare. Priced at Rs 4.99 lakh to Rs 7.29 lakh for petrol variants and Rs 5.99 lakh to Rs 8.29 lakh for diesel variants, new Swift has become runaway success by clocking one lakh units within 145 days of launch. 2018 Maruti Suzuki Swift on display at Auto Expo 2018IBT Media/ Ken SunnyMaruti Suzuki launched the new avatar of the Dzire compact sedan in May 2017. The new version of this best-selling sedan India came with a comprehensive rework on design.Apart from being more stylish, the new Dzire is wider by 40mm. The makers have enhanced the shoulder room in front by 20mm and at the rear by 30mm. It also gets additional boot space of 62-litres and extra legroom of 55mm.Both new Swift and Dzire are based on the Heartect platform. The hatchback and compact sedan siblings also share engines and transmissions.last_img read more

TravelBrands ups its distribution strategy with Softvoyages SIREV

first_img Travelweek Group Tags: SIREV, Softvoyage, TravelBrands << Previous PostNext Post >> Wednesday, June 27, 2018 Sharecenter_img TravelBrands ups its distribution strategy with Softvoyage’s SIREV Posted by TORONTO — Through its partnership with Softvoyage’s SIREV, starting today TravelBrands is increasing its hotel offering to tens of thousands of properties across the world.The web-based SIREV, developed and managed by Softvoyage, dovetails with TravelBrands’ goal of “giving agents and consumers access to the world”. Agents can access TravelBrands’ updated hotel product line through the SIREV distribution system. For more information about TravelBrands’ product offerings see travelbrandsaccess.com.last_img read more