By Kiara McNair and Eveny Griffinpixabay [girl-869205_1920 by Foundry, June 24, 2015]Taking the first steps, starting school, making friends. These are some of the things associated with children growing up. One of the scariest parts of growing up in the eyes of parents is teenage dating. Most parents think of what the appropriate age to begin dating is, what time to set curfew, and who they want their child to date. Dating violence is less thought of, but a very important topic concerning teenage dating. Largio (2007) states “eighty-one percent of parents did not know or did not believe that teen dating violence was a problem”. He also describes teenage dating violence as “(1) acts or threatened acts of some form of abuse; (2) young people; (3) and some form of intimate or romantic relationship. Thus, any form of abuse or threat of abuse that occurs between young people who are in a dating relationship constitutes teen dating violence” . So why is this so important to discuss with teenagers of all ages? Teenage dating violence affects a large population of teenage students. Knowing the signs, symptoms, and preventive methods can be influential in protecting your teen from becoming a victim.Imagine yourself as a parent receiving a phone call from the school principal informing you that your child has been a victim of dating violence. Thoughts immediately begin to fill your mind including the feeling of self-doubt. Why would this be important to service professionals? As a service professional, the teen will need services to cope with the abuse as well as the parent. In order to fully be able to support the teen, the parent must move past the feeling of self-guilt. How can this be done? To begin, the service professional must know the signs of dating violence. Once the parent identifies these signs in their child, the service professional can identify how their child purposely hid the signs. The next step would be providing the parent tips for communicating with the teens concerning the abuse. As service professionals, we understand that teenagers often shut down when parents attempt to talk to them about difficult topics. The service professional can help the parent develop skills to overcome these communication barriers.What about the teenage victim? Think about how the teen must be feeling: self-blame, insecurity, and possibly what they think is love towards the abuser. It is critical for the service professional to know the effects dating violence has on a teenager whether they are the victim or perpetrator. Being knowledgeable of the possible feelings the teenage victim can be experiencing will assist the service professional in having empathy which leads to establishing a great rapport. Having an understanding of how this topic affects everyone involved can greatly influence the success of intervention.As we did research on Teen Dating violence, we learned that teens use violence as a means to control their partner and coerce them into doing what their significant other wants them to do. According to Largio (2007), one in five girls will become victims of domestic violence during their high school years . As service professionals, we must be aware of the signs and symptoms that both teens and parents should look for when teens get involved with significant others. Parents and teens can work together by having open communication. How can parents have open communication? By actively listening to the teen, engaging in their story and not blame the victim/client.We must learn to actively listen to our clients, build rapport and validate their stories, especially our teen clients because they are even more susceptible to the opinion of others during this time of constant transition in their lives. We must actively listen and engage in a way that doesn’t push our biases and personal beliefs onto our client but allows us to work together with the client, and help them to work through the abuse and talk openly about their dating life. How would you encourage your child to talk to you about dating violence?References Largio, D. M. (2007). Refining the Meaning and Application of “Dating Relationship” Language in Domestic Violence Statutes. Vanderbilt Law Review, 60(3), 939-981.This post was written by Kiara McNair and Eveny Griffin, guest bloggers for the MFLN Family Development (FD) team which aims to support the development of professionals orking with military families. Kiara and Eveny are masters-level marriage and family therapist (MFT) in training enrolled in the Marriage and Family Therapy Department at Valdosta State University. They also work as MFT interns at VSU’s FamilyWorks Clinic, a community-based family therapy clinic. You may find more about the authors, here. Find out more about the Military Families Learning Network FD team on our website, on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and on LinkedIn.
The major issue between the MGP and the BJP related to Dipak Dhavalikar’s insistence that he would contest the byelection to the Shiroda Assembly seat, ignoring the BJP’s requests not to do so. “If he [Sudin] thinks his brother’s interest is bigger than that of his party and the government, then I cannot do anything about it,” Mr. Sawant said.In a separate press conference soon after he was dropped from the Cabinet, Mr. Dhavalikar accused the BJP of breaking the party and called it “night-time dacoity.” “The chowkidars have shocked the people of Goa,” Mr. Dhavalikar said.Mr. Sawant, however, said the BJP was not responsible for engineering a split. The two MLAs had joined the party on their own, asserting that they had felt unsafe in the MGP. “They also feared they would be rendered unattached MLAs or sacked. When a person wants to join our party, he is always welcome.”Eye on 3 Assembly seatsThe MGP president said the party was considering fielding candidates for the election to Lok Sabha and three Assembly seats.On the issue of the MGP withdrawing support to the BJP-led coalition with his brother as its lone MLA, Mr. Dhavalikar said: “We will take a decision on this in a couple of days.”He also said the BJP was trying to finish off regional parties in the country, and accused the ruling party of committing “political dacoity” by poaching MLAs late at night. “There is little chance of BJP MLAs winning in the current political atmosphere. That is why they are luring MLAs. If one goes by what happened today, this national party uses and throws people and parties,” Mr. Dhavalikar said. Alves Gomes, the Aam Aadmi Party’s State convener, accused the BJP of “keeping daggers at all times that are used to stab ‘friends’ at any moment”. Deepak Pausakar, one of the two Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP) MLAs who joined the BJP in the early hours of Wednesday, was sworn in as a Minister in the BJP-led coalition government by Goa Governor Mridula Sinha at Raj Bhavan late at night.Chief Minister Pramod Sawant and his Cabinet colleagues, among others, were present.The swearing-in was the culmination of a series of political developments which started at around 1.45 am when two of the three MLAs of the BJP ally MGP, Minister for Tourism Manohar Ajgaonkar and Mr. Pauskar, announced a split in the MGP legislature party and merged their group in the saffron party. Hours after the two joined the BJP, Mr. Sawant had dropped Deputy Chief Minister and senior MGP leader Sudin Dhavalikar from the Cabinet. The Congress and the BJP now have 14 MLAs each in the House, whose current strength is 36. Four seats in the 40-member Assembly are vacant.Shiroda bypollAt a press conference at the State Secretariat, the Chief Minister said Mr. Dhavalikar had been dropped because his party had breached the coalition government’s common minimum programme. Mr. Sawant also blamed Mr. Dhavalikar for putting the interests of his brother and MGP president, Dipak Dhavalikar, ahead of those of the coalition government.
A day after Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) president Sharad Pawar raised doubts over the functioning of the EVMs in the recently held Lok Sabha elections, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has shot back saying such complaints are made by those who lose. “This is a classic example of blaming the machine for their (NCP’s) inability to win elections. The type of politics that the Opposition playing is something like finding the cure without the diagnosis of the disease,” State Finance Minister Sudhir Mungantiwar said. ‘Couldn’t solve problems’The minister said the Congress-NCP ruled for over 47 years in the State and over 50 years in India, but could not solve the problems of the people. “It is time for the Opposition to do some introspection instead of blaming of the machines,” he said.In a party meeting called to review of the results of the Lok Sabha polls on Saturday, the NCP president said he always had doubts over the efficiency of the EVMs and their numbers. “When the Congress won the elections in Chhattisgarh, Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh, there were doubts in my mind as to whether it was done to ensure a victory in the general elections,” he said.Mr. Pawar said the BJP is now working to pull down these governments. “All three States are adjacent to each other and now the BJP is planning to bring them down,” he said. While clarifying that there will be no merger with the Congress, the NCP president had appealed to the party workers to forget the results of the Lok Sabha elections. “The Assembly polls will be held within a 100 days. Forget the Lok Sabha results. Focus on our party, our candidate,” he said.
Speedster Umar Gul on Monday upped the ante ahead of the much-anticipated India-Pakistan World Cup semifinal clash, saying that his side has the edge in bowling attack and would look to rip through the home side’s much vaunted top order to stop them on their tracks.He said Wednesday’s match would be the battle between India’s batting and Pakistan’s bowling and his side are primed to end the four-match losing streak against their arch-rivals in the World Cup.”Their (India’s) batting line-up is very strong but our bowling is very good and equally up to the task. (Skipper Shahid) Afridi is the leading wicket-taker. We have a bit of an advantage with our bowling but I am happy with the way the batsmen played in the quarterfinal,” Gul told reporters after his team’s two-hour practice session.”The first three wickets (of India) are very crucial for us. They (India) are depending on the top-three. I am in good form and am looking for these three wickets,” said Gul, who has taken 14 wickets so far in the tournament, when asked about the plans of his team to tackle the explosive duo of Tendulkar and Sehwag.Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni had said that from the perspective of cricket fans, the India-Pakistan match is bigger than the final and Gul agreed with it.”What he (Dhoni) said must have been not from his side but from the expectations of Indian people. From a player’s perspective, no one would say this is bigger than the final. Our people also feel that we must beat India in each match. So from that perspective, it is a final for us too and we hope we can play well and beat India,” Gul said.advertisement”Whether it is a knockout match or a league match, any match against India is a big match always, a high-pressure match. The last time we played here, we chased 327 but it depends on how the wicket behaves. The average good score here will be 270-280,” he said.Pakistan have never won against India in a World Cup tie though they have beaten them at Mohali on previous two occasions, and Gul said history will have no bearing in tomorrow’s match and his side would be looking to end the jinx.”Hopefully, we will play good cricket and try and do what we have not done till now. Semifinal is a big match, big opportunity because both bowlers and batsmen are in good form.So we are hoping for the best,” Gul said.”The team morale is very high. I am hopeful the batting will also click and if we get a similar start like in the quarterfinals, I am sure we will do well,” he said
India have had a stupendous run in T20s recently but off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin believes his team needs to execute their skills perfectly on green top in Bangladesh in order to keep their winning form in tact.”It is very important to know what conditions are thrown at you. You can’t try and beat the conditions. It is very important to go back and understand that it will not spin a lot on these surfaces. That’s why it is even more imperative that we try to bowl in good lengths, get away with our overs rather than looking to go for wickets,” Ashwin said on the eve of India’s Asia Cup tie against Sri Lanka. (Injury concerns haunt India, Parthiv likely to play vs SL) “In T20 format, it is the pressure that gives you wickets rather than exact skill of the ball. That’s what I look to do and when there is any window to attack I will attack irrespective of the wicket. It’s T20 cricket, we might have slower wicket, flatter wickets in World T20. We have to understand situation rather than complaining about it. Testing ourselves in various environments is good for us,” the off-spinner added.Team India are the clear favourites to beat a depleted Sri Lankan side in its penultimate match of Asia Cup. While India have won seven out of their eight T20 internationals this year, Sri Lanka have managed only two wins from seven games. (Pakistan’s pace battery the best in the world, says Azhar Mahmood)advertisementThe defending Asia Cup champions suffered a humiliating loss against hosts Bangladesh failing to chase a total of 147. Having lost their in-form skipper Lasith Malinga to an injury, Sri Lanka have an uphill task ahead of them in the tournament.However, Ashwin said the Indian team was wary of the dangerous Sri Lanka. “There is a familiarity since only 10 teams play international cricket and once you have played couple of years, you are familiar with each opposition. Sri Lanka is a team we have played a lot and they can punch above their weight and play as a pack. I don’t know if they are missing (Lasith) Malinga as he is a champion bowler,” he said.Ashwin said his team will not disrespect any opposition and will focus on every match in hand in the long T20 season.”The kind of cricket we play is what’s going to put us in best shape possible. We are looking at longer season of T20 in the next 3-4 months crossing the IPL. Opponent doesn’t matter, not disrespecting anyone but we have to treat everyone with same respect,” he said.The Tamil Nadu off-spinner was all praise for Virat Kohli’s gutsy knock against a fiery Pakistan bowling attack. He said Kohli’s batting against Amir was one of “guts and courage” that gave the dressing room a lot of relief. (‘Kohli vs Amir will replace Tendulkar vs Akhtar’) “We needed someone to stick his head out as Amir was going through a really good spell. We needed someone to show intent. Virat showed that intent while defending as well as attacking, which gave the dressing room a lot of comfort.”Obviously, we knew that with a 20-30 run stand, the match will be over as it was not a huge score. From that perspective, Virat showed a lot of guts and courage and that was very encouraging,” Ashwin said.
Ahmedabad, May 13 (PTI) Heatwave conditions continued to sweep several parts of Gujarat with Ahmedabad city today recording the highest maximum temperature of the season at 44.6 degrees Celsius.”Heat wave conditions prevailed in most parts of Gujarat as weather remained dry during the day with most cities, except those in the coastal region, recording maximum temperatures in the range of 40 to 44 degrees Celsius,” the daily weather bulletin released by Meteorological Centre in the city said.The Met Centre has also predicted rise in mercury levels in the days to come.”Ahmedabad city today recorded its highest temperature of the season with 44.6 degrees Celsius, which is almost one degree more than yesterday. Other cities also reeled under scorching heat as mercury levels either remained as they were yesterday or slightly increased,” Assistant Director of Met Centre Manorama Mohanty said.Kandka Airport in Kutch region was at the second place with 44.4 degrees Celsius, followed by Surendranagar (44.3), Gandhinagar (44), Amreli (44), Rajkot (44), Vadodara (43.2) and Bhuj (42). Todays readings showed a rise of one to two degrees from yesterday.The Met officials said there would be no respite from the heat wave in days to come.”As per our forecast, there will be no change in the heat wave situation during the next two days. The mercury in the city may touch 45 degrees Celsius on Sunday. We may see slight decrease in the maximum temperature only after Sunday,” Mohanty added. PTI PJT PD NP KIS
Continue Reading Previous Papers invited for ESC Minneapolis and ESC Silicon Valley 2017Next The evolution of AI: How the past will define the future Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Industry Were you wondering what to do on the evening of May 2, the day before The Embedded Systems Conference — ESC Boston 2017 — kicks off? Well, fear not because I have you covered.Do you recall my earlier column in which I mentioned some of the folks I’ll be visiting with at the conference (see Prepare to network furiously at ESC Boston 2017 ). Well, over the years, we’ve established a tradition of meeting up the evening before the conference to grab a bite to eat, quaff a few drinks (quaffing is similar to regular drinking except that you tend to spill more down your chest), and generally catch up while regaling each other with tall tales of derring-do and the systems that got away.Well met, old friend! (Source: pixabay.com) This year, we’re going to convene at The Whiskey Priest , which bills itself as “A big, boisterous hangout with spectacular views starring mega whiskey selection and pub eats.” The great thing is that this establishment is just a few minutes’ walk from the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center where ESC is to be held.We’ll aim to arrive around 7:00 p.m. We may end up downstairs or upstairs or out on the deck. We’ll be there for a couple of hours, but we won’t be staying out late because a lot of us will be presenting the next day. If you’re in the vicinity, you are more than welcome to come down and join us (we’re a very friendly crowd and we don’t bite). As always, I’ll be the one in the Hawaiian shirt. All you have to do is shout “Max, Bacon!” or “Max, Beer!” to be assured of my undivided attention. Leave a Reply Cancel reply You must Register or Login to post a comment. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.
Nebraska Republican Senator Ben Sasse says he sees himself as an “independent conservative who happens to caucus with the Republicans.”The vocal critic of President Donald Trump tweeted Saturday that he “regularly” considers leaving his party and becoming an independent.He said Sunday that he wants both the Democratic and Republican parties to be “healthier” and not seeking to be less bad than the other.The Nebraska senator told NBC’s “Meet the Press” that he is committed to the “party of Lincoln and Reagan” as long as it sticks to principles of universal dignity and the First Amendment.He says Republicans don’t talk about that much and both parties are naysayers who are “anti-, anti-, anti-.”Republicans hold a 51-49 edge in the Senate going into the November elections.AP
About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Jones expecting imminent decision on Stoke futureby Freddie Taylor24 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveNathan Jones expects Stoke City to clarify his position imminently.The club have two points from nine games and los 3-2 to Nottingham Forest on Friday night.Jones has been at the club since January but has been unable to turn around their fortunes.He said to reporters about his position: “If results don’t improve, I fully expect a decision to be made on my future. I fully expect it and I have no argument about it, absolutely not.”If I’m honest, if this wasn’t such the club that it was, and has the owners it has, I would’ve been gone a while ago because my results haven’t been good enough and I know that.”I’m under no illusions, just as I knew in my previous job I was not untouchable, but, I was in a very secure position because my win rate was 55 per cent and we’d been promoted and we’d changed everything about it.”We’ve changed a lot here but we haven’t got results and that’s the be-all and end-all. So trust me, I fully expect if I don’t get results in the next few games that a decision will be made on my future.”
zoom IllustrationFront-haul rates for handysize fleet are increasing in the US Gulf as more grain stems come onto the market and the tonnage list is thin, Platts writes citing unnamed shipping sources.A 58,000 dwt vessel can now expect to achieve $20,000/d to take grain stems from the US Gulf Coast to China with September dates, $500/d higher than Tuesday. There is a lot of cargo available for September dates and the tonnage list is fairly thin, Platts’ sources said.“As a result of thinning tonnage in the US Gulf, rates from the US Gulf to Amsterdam-Rotterdam-Antwerp have pushed up to $14,000/d for Supramaxes. While there is less cargo available for European discharge than front haul, with vessels achieving higher numbers for trips to the East, owners are raising their offers for trans-Atlantic business too,” Platts added.What is more, as large operators book more vessels on the short-period market it can be assumed that “the market is on an upward curve and want to lock in vessels at the current rates.”Source: Platts, August 28, 2014
zoom Italian ship builder and ship designer Fincantieri, together with its selected subcontractor, will construct cruise ship blocks in Australia from 2018 to commence training the Australian shipbuilding workforce in Fincantieri tools and methods.For the purpose, the Italian giant hired the flat product steel producer BlueScope Steel, which now join Fincantieri’s global base of 80,000 subcontractors around the world, to supply steel for use in cruise ships and future test blocks of cruise ships constructed in Australia.“This order will ensure that cruise ships blocks built in Australia as part of our start-up activities will train an Australian shipbuilding workforce and use Australian steel,” Dario Deste, Chairman of Fincantieri Australia, said.The training activities lead into the start of production of the Future Frigate from 2020, as the company aims to bring its own work “to start up operations locally and create new markets for Australian industry.”The cruise ship blocks will be constructed by both Fincantieri’s own shipbuilding workforce and potential subcontractors to the Future Frigate Project, who will be invited to submit quotes in coming months to construct selected blocks.Fincantieri has also selected Hoffmann Engineering to manufacture a bow thruster for a Landing Platform Dock for a Middle Eastern Navy in Australia. Furthermore, the parties have entered a Memorandum of Understanding to jointly cooperate in the development of Fincantieri’s AUD 250 million global market (over 5 years) for the manufacture of marine systems and components.In association with its tendered proposal to the Australian Government for Project Sea 5000 Future Frigate, upon reaching the appropriate business content, Fincantieri said it will list its Australian business unit on the Australian stock exchange (ASX).Fincantieri presently lists two businesses within the group on public stock exchanges, being Fincantieri on the Italian exchange and Vard on the Singaporean Exchange.This announcement follows previous confirmation by the company that an Australian shipbuilding workforce will be used to build all the Future Frigates in Adelaide, Australia. An office of Fincantieri Australia will open in Adelaide on October 10, 2017.
New Delhi: There is nothing to despair, Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu said on Saturday as ISRO lost contact with its moon lander.ISRO’s plan to soft land Chandrayaan-2’s Vikram module on the lunar surface did not go as per script in the early hours of Saturday, with the lander losing communication with ground stations during its final descent.”There is nothing to despair. ISRO only lost communication with the Lander & not the hopes of 1.3 billion Indians,” Naidu’s secretariat tweeted.The vice president said the orbiter with its payloads is performing its mission.”I salute @isro scientists, engineers & everyone else associated with Chandrayaan-2 for their hard work & dedication in trying to conquer new frontiers in space exploration,” he said.Naidu also extended his best wishes for the Indian Space Research Organisation’s future endeavours, saying the country is proud of them.
New Delhi: Journalist Priya Ramani told a Delhi court on Monday that her “disclosure” of alleged sexual harassment by former Union minister M J Akbar has come at “a great personal cost” and she had “nothing to gain” from it. Ramani said her move would empower women to speak up and make them understand their rights at workplace. The scribe made the submission before Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Samar Vishal while deposing as a witness in her defence in the criminal defamation case filed against her by Akbar. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM'”Many of us are brought up to believe that silence is a virtue. In all my disclosures pertaining to Akbar, I spoke the truth in public interest and for the public good. “I hope that these disclosures that were a part of the ‘MeToo’ movement would empower women to speak up and better understand their rights at workplace. This case has come at a great personal cost to me and I had nothing to gain from it,” Ramani said. She said it is not easy for any women to make such disclosures. “By keeping silent, I could have avoided the subsequent targeting. But that would have not been the right thing to do,” Ramani deposed. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KThe court will further hear the matter on October 24. Ramani worked at the Asian Age from January to October in 1994 and had accused Akbar of sexual misconduct around 20 years ago when he was a journalist. Akbar has denied the accusations. The former Union minister had earlier told the court that allegations made in an article in the ‘Vogue’ and the subsequent tweets were defamatory on the face of it as the complainant had deposed them to be false and imaginary and that an “immediate damage” was caused to him due to the “false” allegations by Ramani. Several women have come out with accounts of the alleged sexual harassment by him while they were working under him as journalists. Akbar has termed the allegations “false, fabricated and deeply distressing” and said he was taking appropriate legal action against them.
Rabat – Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Choukri reaffirmed Egypt’s attachment to Morocco’s territorial integrity and its support for the autonomy initiative submitted by the Kingdom to put an end to the Western Sahara conflict.Concerning the Western Sahara issue, the Egyptian Foreign Minister reaffirmed Egypt’s attachment to Morocco’s territorial unity and to a UN-brokered solution for this issue, as well as its support for UNSC resolutions on the Moroccan autonomy project and the serious and credible effort by Morocco to move ahead towards the settlement of this conflict, wrote a joint statement on Friday on the occasion of the visit to Morocco by the Egyptian Foreign Minister.Foreign minister Salaheddine Mezouar reaffirmed Morocco’s position in support of “the process of democratic change in Egypt and of the road map adopted by the Egyptian people, after the revolution of June 30, to elect democratic institutions starting with a referendum on a new constitution which was approved early 2014, following the election of his excellency president Abdelfettah Al Sissi last June during free and fair elections, mirroring the will of the sweeping majority of the Egyptian people to hold the legislative elections scheduled March 2015,” the statement added.
Rabat – King Mohammed VI, the Commander of the Faithful, performed Eid al Adha prayers on Friday morning at the Ahl Fez mosque, in Rabat.The sovereign was accompanied by Crown Prince Moulay El Hassan, Prince Moulay Rachid, Prince Moulay Ismail, and Saudi Prince Khaled Bin Talal bin Abdulaziz Al Saud.Upon his arrival at the mosque, the King reviewed a detachment of the Royal Guard who paid their honors. After the feast prayer, the mosque’s imam recalled the story of Prophet Ibrahim with his son Ismail, which demonstrates the some of the valued ideals of Islam: sacrifice and altruism. The imam also said that Eid Al Adha, which crowns the pilgrimage ritual, is an opportunity for all Muslims to thank God for His blessing.
The Canadian Press MONCTON, N.B. — Cannabis producer Organigram Holdings Inc. reported a loss of $6.4 million in its latest quarter as its revenue soared in its first full quarter of adult-use recreational sales.Net revenue totalled $26.9 million, up from $3.4 million.The company says its loss amounted to five cents per diluted share for the quarter ended Feb. 28 compared with a profit of $1.1 million or a penny per diluted share a year earlier.The loss came as sales and administrative costs rose to $2.6 million compared with $1.7 million a year ago.Sales and marketing costs rose to $3.1 million compared with $934,000 in the same quarter last year.Organigram’s loss from continuing operations amounted to $6.4 million or five cents per diluted share compared with a profit of $1.2 million or a penny per diluted share a year earlier. Companies in this story: (TSXV:OGI)
WASHINGTON — Consumer borrowing accelerated in April to the fastest pace in five months as a rebound in credit card usage offset slower demand for auto and student loans.The Federal Reserve says borrowing increased by $17.5 billion. That is up from March’s $11 billion advance and marks the biggest jump since a $21.7 billion increase last November.Borrowing on credit cards increased by $7 billion after having fallen by $2 billion in March. Borrowing for auto and student loans slowed to an increase of $10.5 billion, down from $13 billion in March. It is the smallest advance since last June.Consumer credit is a key indicator of the willingness of households to increase borrowing to support consumer spending, which accounts for 70% of economic activity.Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press
Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. He added: “At the moment we simply do not know what the future holds, so we are just doing everything we can to ensure that Wendy will be able to get access to the best levels of support as she begins her road to recovery.”But the holiday company has blamed Mrs Brown for the accident, claiming she was negligent.Tui says the path was lit at the time of the accident, the edge was protected by raisededging stone, and a thickly planted border up to 80 cms high.In court papers the firm argues that to fall Mrs Brown must have stepped over a series of edging stones, through plants and over some coping stones and that she must have failed to take enough care to stay on the pathway.In its defence Tui states: “It is denied that the use of the steps, pathways and terraces posed the alleged or any hazard to hotel guests when used in ordinary conditions or in any conditions other than the most extraordinary.” In papers lodged with the High Court they say the drop should have been protected by a rail or barrier and claim that following the accident the hotel erected a wooden fence at the spot where she fell.Mrs Brown, a former telecoms worker, has suffered from a catalogue of mental and physical problems following the accident, including severe fatigue, disturbed sleep and poor concentration.She underwent brain surgery and also had metalwork fitted to stabilise her spine while she was still in Tenerife and according to her legal team at Irwin Mitchell she continues to require significant rehabilitation support, as her injuries continue to have a devastating impact on her and husband’s day to day lives.Her sight is damaged, her speech has been reduced to a whisper, and she needs help in walking.Mr Brown, who has had to give up work to look after his wife and has launched a GoFundMe page to help raise some of the funds he needs to do so, said: “We were walking back to the hotel room and Wendy was slightly behind me when she fell. As there were no wall or railings, she plummeted onto the concrete below.“She was initially unconscious and I performed CPR before she was taken to La Palma Hospital and placed in an induced coma. To see her in such a condition was just awful and I have still not come to terms with the incident.” A woman who suffered permanent trauma after plunging 10 feet onto concrete from a staircase at a holiday resort is suing her travel operator for the care she will need for the rest of her life.Wendy Brown, 56, was three days into her holiday with her new husband Gary, 55, when she fell from the unguarded staircase while returning to their room, suffering severe head and spinal injuries.She was airlifted to hospital in Tenerife where she underwent emergency surgery and spent two weeks in an induced coma.Mr Brown states in court documents that he suffered psychological trauma after witnessing his wife’s fall, including post traumatic stress disorder, an intense phobia of motorway driving, and depression.Fearing she was dead after finding her unconscious and bleeding from a head wound, it was only when she responded to his emergency resuscitation and started to breathe again that Mr Brown realised his wife had survived the fall.The couple, from Bollington, Macclesfield, are now suing holiday firm Tui UK for £200,000 damages, claiming the company was negligent and in breach of contract for its failure to provide reasonably safe accommodation at La Palma & Teneguia Princess Hotel during their holiday in January 2018.
Un objet spatial a fait un trou dans un panneau solaire de l’ISSLe commandant de la Station spatiale internationale (ISS), Chris Hadfield a publié sur Twitter une photo montrant un trou dans un panneau solaire de la station. Il aurait été causé par une petite roche ou un débris spatial.Alors que l’Agence spatiale européenne (ESA) rappelait la semaine dernières les risques liés aux millions de débris qui se promènent dans l’espace, c’est un exemple parlant que vient de fournir la Station spatiale internationale (ISS). Depuis qu’elle a été mise en orbite, la station doit régulièrement mener des manoeuvres d’évitement des objets détectés par les équipes au sol et capables de la toucher. Mais il semblerait que certains passent parfois au travers des mailles du filet.En effet, l’actuel commandant de l’ISS, le Canadien Chris Hadfield a annoncé qu’un impact avait eu lieu au niveau d’un des panneaux solaires de la station et avait formé dedans un trou de plus d’un centimètre. “Un impact similaire à celui d’une balle – une petite pierre de l’univers est passée à travers notre panneau solaire. Heureusement, elle n’a pas heurté la coque”, a expliqué le spationaute sur Twitter avant de publier une photo du petit trou qui a été prise récemment lors d’une sortie extra-véhiculaire.Pour l’heure, on ignore si l’impact a été causé par une petite roche ou un débris spatial. Mais au vu des caractéristiques, les scientifiques penchent plutôt pour la seconde hypothèse. “Je doute qu’une météorite ait fait ce trou. Il est plus probable qu’il s’agisse d’un débris spatial. Il y a plus de débris que de bolides sur l’orbite circumterrestre basse”, a ainsi déclaré à RIA Novosti James V.Scotti, chercheur au Laboratoire d’étude de la Lune et des planètes de l’Université de Tucson. Plus de 170 millions de débris spatiaux À lire aussiBoisson, météorite et Facebook, les actus sciences que vous devez connaître ce 5 septembreD’après les équipes, le petit trou ne devrait pas impacter le fonctionnement du panneau solaire. Néanmoins, il rappelle l’importance de scruter l’espace à la recherche des objets potentiellement menaçants et qui pourraient causer davantage de dégâts à la station. Selon le dernier bilan révélé à l’occasion de la 6e conférence européenne sur les débris spatiaux, quelque 29.000 objets d’au moins 10 centimètres, 670.000 d’au moins un centimètre et plus de 170 millions de moins d’un millimètre se baladeraient dans l’espace. Ces chiffres soulèvent de plus en plus d’inquiétudes alors que les missions spatiales se multiplient, poussant les spécialistes à chercher une solution au problème. “Il existe un important et fort consensus d’expert autour du besoin d’agir maintenant pour commencer à retirer des débris”, a expliqué Heiner Klinkard, à la tête du bureau des Débris spatiaux de l’ESA. Une action d’autant plus importante que certaines régions spatiales sont désormais tellement “polluées” que des collisions s’y produisent régulièrement les rendant inutilisables à long terme, a précisé le spécialiste. Le 3 mai 2013 à 10:10 • Maxime Lambert