Does Your Relationship Pass This Ten-Question Love Test?

first_imgA bunch of divorce lawyers came up with a list of ten questions they say every couple should talk about before they get married. 1.  Are you a good fit for each other?  Which is a broad question.  But just think about it.2.  Is your relationship grounded in friendship?3.  Do you try to see the best in each other?4.  Do you both have realistic expectations of each other?5.  Do you generally want the same things in life?  So, things like kids, or a nice house.6.  Can you raise issues with each other, and talk them out?7.  Do you keep things exciting?8.  Are you both committed to working through tough times?9.  Would you pull together in hard times?  Which is kind of the same as the last one.10.  Do you each have your own support group, so you don’t just rely on each other? If you don’t answer yes to all ten, don’t worry.  It doesn’t mean you’re totally wrong for each other.  But it might help you find things to work on.  Here are the ten questions . . .last_img read more

Play Your Part for Madiba

first_imgFor Mandela Day, Brand South Africa got involved in a number of initiatives, in partnerships with GEM, and the Nelson Mandela Foundation. GEM, Brand South Africa, and the South African Men’s Hockey Team visit the New Jerusalem Children’s Home in Midrand for Mandela Day. It is a centre for abandoned children aged between 1 to 18 years old. (Image: Melissa Javan)On 18 July 2017, the world celebrated former president Nelson Mandela’s birthday, which was declared by the United Nations in 2009 as Nelson Mandela International Day. Brand South Africa commemorated the legacy of Tata Madiba – as he was affectionately known – by partnering with the Nelson Mandela Foundation (NMF) and Going the Extra Mile (GEM). These partnerships were geared towards building pride, patriotism, and a spirit of active citizenship in the country.Brand South Africa’s partnership with the Nelson Mandela Foundation is geared towards lending a hand to the Adelaide Tambo School for the physically challenged and the Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA) in Soweto. At the Adelaide Tambo School, stakeholders handed over a computer centre, linen for the learners, and washing machines. Johannesburg Parks supported with the face-lift of the garden. At the YMCA, stakeholders handed over another computer centre, conducted mentoring sessions on career development and financial management.In partnership with GEM, Brand South Africa visited the New Jerusalem Children’s Home in Midrand. New Jerusalem Children’s Home is a centre for abandoned children aged between 1 to 18 years old. In this regard, the South African Men’s Hockey Team played their part by interacting with the children at the orphanage. The following activities took place:Painting of the new buildingMotivational address of the children by South African Men’s Hockey Team CaptainHockey activity at the sports field – an introduction to HockeyThis act of goodwill was aimed at galvanising citizens into embodying the values and spirit of Madiba and playing their part for our country’s growth and development.last_img read more

Illustra Introduces New Pro Series Mini-Domes

first_imgTyco Security Products introduces the new Illustra Pro 2 megapixel mini-dome cameras, featuring new UltraVision low light technology to capture high quality color video in the most extreme low light conditions.The new Illustra UltraVision technology allows the camera to effectively maintain color video well below 1 lux. This drastically improves the ability to identify people and objects of interest in environments near total darkness. Illustra UltraVision is ideal for applications such as parking lots, alleyways, warehouses and other lowlight settings where maintaining color and video quality is critical to the surveillance operation. In low light mode, UltraVision provides the color detail needed for users to more quickly find clear video evidence for investigations.Beyond the UltraVision low light performance, the Illustra Pro 2MP mini-domes also feature advanced on-board analytics, including motion detection, face detection, blur detection and tampering. To minimize bandwidth use, storage requirements and to optimize performance and video quality, users can program up to five individual regions of interest to maximize the detail clarity in those specific areas identified as most important.- Sponsor – Available in vandal-resistant IK-10 indoor and outdoor models, the Illustra Pro 2MP mini-dome cameras operate in the most extreme temperatures, as low as -30 degrees Celsius when powered using standard PoE network power. Outdoor models are IP66-rated to provide durability and protect against water and dust damage.Other features include:Automatically increases video quality around people’s faces using face detection region of interest intelligenceTrue wide dynamic range (100db) to optimize video in extreme bright and dark areasBlur detection intelligence to alert users when camera focus or cleaning is necessary so cameras can be refocused immediately, reducing downtime and maintenance callsMotorized 9-22 mm lens option available for installations with longer range field of view needs“In many security scenarios today, it’s critically important to be able to identify people and objects of interest in extreme low light situations,” said Steve Carney, Senior Director of Product Marketing, Video and Integration Platforms, Tyco Security Products. “With the introduction of Illustra Ultravision, Tyco Security Products is able to provide exceptional low light color video quality 24/7 for our customers.” Compatible with American Dynamics VideoEdge and exacqVision video management system (VMS) software and recorders, the Illustra Pro mini-dome cameras can be easily configured into a video security system saving installation time and money. The camera is exacqVision Edge ready, so exacqVision video management system (VMS) software can be installed directly on the camera for a complete high definition IP video solution. Also, a full line of indoor plenum caps and mounting clips are available for recessed flush installation. Various outdoor mounting options are available as well for quick installation in any setting.For more information on the Illustra Pro Series of IP cameras, please visit Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more

Theo: ‘My European Milan dream’

first_img Watch Serie A live in the UK on Premier Sports for just £11.99 per month including live LaLiga, Eredivisie, Scottish Cup Football and more. Visit: Theo Hernandez explains why he took a pay cut, believes he can achieve his dream of “winning the Champions League at Milan” and has more “freedom” under Stefano Pioli. The former Real Madrid full-back joined this summer after face-to-face talks with club legend and current director Paolo Maldini. “I did some silly things in Madrid, but I have matured as a person since then,” he told La Gazzetta dello Sport. “It was an honour for me to be chosen by Maldini, a man who wrote history not just with Milan, but of football in general. He was very convincing and I didn’t need long to accept the offer. “I even talked to my agent about taking a pay cut for Milan and we immediately agreed. Milan is a club with great history, one of the sides with the most trophies in the world. It was worth making a sacrifice for that. “I’m still only 22 and have a lot to learn. Milan is a fundamental step in my career and I want to stay here for many years, to write my place in the history books. “My dream is to win the Champions League with Milan, but first we need to qualify. I don’t know how long it’ll take to get back to the top, but I believe we’re on the right track and can finish in the top four this season.” It was a rough start, as coach Marco Giampaolo was sacked just seven games into his tenure, while Pioli made his debut with a 2-2 draw against Lecce. “Giampaolo said I was tactically undisciplined, but I did come to Italy with the idea of improving that aspect of my game. It’s true that I like to attack and push forward, but I do know that I have to do more defensively,” noted Theo. “We have more freedom under Pioli and I really like his new tactical system. The important thing is that I help the team and I know that in the end I am a defender and must work more covering the spaces. Pioli gives us some freedom, but not too much, as in Italy it’s important to have a clearly-defined tactical organisation. “We’re learning a great deal with Pioli, he knows what he’s talking about and we will slowly climb back up the table.” Theo Hernandez never quite delivered on his promise at Real Madrid and freely admits he could’ve done better off the field as well as on. “I did a few silly things, but I am still young. I consider myself a calm and fun person to be around, I like nothing more than staying home with my family and my dogs. “I do need to be careful that I don’t put on weight, because being in Italy I do love pasta, pizza and risotto…”last_img read more

My success as captain depends on team-mates: Virat Kohli

first_imgVirat Kohli will be leading India in the first Test against Australia in Brisbane.Virat Kohli says his team-mates will determine the success or otherwise of his captaincy when he takes charge of India in place of Mahendra Singh Dhoni for the first Test against Australia next month.The 26-year-old batsman will make his Test captaincy bow in Brisbane on December 4 while Dhoni sits out the first of the four matches in the series to recuperate from a hand injury.”I’m pretty confident of the ability the guys have,” he said.”It’s up to me how I handle them, how I handle different situations.”As long as the team backs me and puts in the performances we want, I think I’m going to look good at the end of the day.”I don’t see any issues on why I can’t be up to the challenge.”Kohli was very much the Test rookie alongside the likes of Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, Virender Sehwag and VVS Laxman on India’s last tour of Australia in 2011-12. He ended up being one of the few bright lights for the tourists as they slumped to a humiliating 4-0 sweep, however, and scored his maiden century in the fourth Test in Adelaide.Unlike many of his team-mates, Kohli has the experience of playing on the hard Australian decks and in front of the vocally hostile crowds.In 2012, he was fined half of his match fee in the second Test in Sydney for responding to barracking from the crowd by gesturing at them with his middle finger. After his Adelaide century he said his innings was a fitting riposte to ‘drunken’ Australian fans who had heckled him from the stands throughout the series.advertisement”I’m certainly expecting it again,” Kohli said. “I loved it. Once you perform in those conditions, the people love you here and they love a good fight.”We’re here to play aggressive cricket, play the brand of cricket that Australia plays.”After the Brisbane Test, India play matches in Adelaide, Melbourne and Sydney before beginning preparations for their defence of the 50-over world title.last_img read more

Organizational failures, official bickerings mark 25th National Games

first_imgAngel Mary – five golds and two recordsTwenty four fresh entries in the inter-state athletics record books in spite of sub-standard cinder track, has been the highlight of the week long – February 17-22 – 25th national games in Hyderabad. But, organizational failures and official bickerings marked the Rs 20,Angel Mary – five golds and two recordsTwenty four fresh entries in the inter-state athletics record books in spite of sub-standard cinder track, has been the highlight of the week long – February 17-22 – 25th national games in Hyderabad. But, organizational failures and official bickerings marked the Rs 20 lakh games in nine disciplines.Said a senior official: “Rules of the Indian Olympic Association (IOA), the apex federal sports body, prescribe that the games can be conducted only if there are 10 disciplines. The 10th was very much here, money-spinning-cum-fighting.”The IOA Vice-President and Games Organizing Secretary T. Rajagopalachari, 49, a sports organizer for 20 years however disagrees: “Besides 7,000 competitors and 750 officials we had to play host to another 500 office-bearers of national federations and affiliated units and technical delegates from various disciplines. They learn as to how the games, being revived after nine years, could be held every four years hereafter.” Rajagopalachari explained that the IOA had informed them only on November 29, about the dates of the games and just three federations-volleyball, handball and cycling-confirmed participation by the deadline-December 29.The other six federations confirmed later while the All India Football Federation demanded guarantee money of Rs 50,000. Finally national championships in volleyball, cycling, handball, weightlifting, judo and boxing were conducted.Open competitions were held in gymnastics and with weigh-ins scrapped, overweight grapplers collected medals in the other discipline, wrestling. A phenomenal performance of five competitors breaking the shot put record for boys was discovered to be a result of a shot put weighing less than the 3.5 kg prescribed for the class. advertisementAll these hassles were more or less expected because of poor preparations at all venues. Even contestants had difficulty in work-outs. A large number of players and officials criticized the facilities but were not willing to be quoted fearing reprisals. At the main venue, Lal Bahadur Stadium, girl judokas were victims of bottom-pinching and volleyballers of eveteasing by crowds fringing the playing areas.Khambatta – success in discus and shot putBelow Par: Jal Pardivala, 67, member, Technical Committee of International Amateur Athletic Federation reacted sharply. “The very concept of the games had been violated,” he said. “Athletics competitions, the major discipline, was pushed out of the main venue to another, 10 kilometres away. Organizers were interested in making money by holding the other competitions even though Andhra Pradesh had shown courage to revive and host the games.”Many athletes, including several 1978 Asian Games medalists, petitioned the Secretary General of the Amateur Athletic Federation of India, Col Kripal Singh, that “the ground surface and technical supervision have been sub-standard and athletes have been exposed to injury and despair”.Tamil Nadu’s Gnanasekharan, Asian Games 200-metre-sprint gold medalist withdrew because of poor conditions. Another Asian Games gold medalist, Kerala’s Suresh Babu, also did not participate. Babu told india today that a national athletes welfare association was being planned. It will work for the promotion of athletics and help indigent athletes through a fund, the corpus for which will be formed at the open national athletic meet.Babu said plans for the promotion of athletics included conducting track and field contests through the year at different venues so as to popularize it like cricket. However, athletics this time received wide media coverage with day long live relays by Doordarshan.On Top: Kerala displayed athletic prowess by winning the team championship- 19 gold, 14 silver and 13 bronze medals. Its athletes broke nine of the 12 records in women’s and girl’s events. While the top pentathlon and Asian Games silver medalist, Angel Mary Joseph, brought Kerala five gold medals and set up two meet records, the petite shy 15-year-old P. T. Usha, a class ten student set new records in winning the 100-metre and the 80-metre hurdle events.But though this wonder girl, participating in her second nationals, broke the 200-metre-sprint record in the semi-final, Judith Fernandes of Maharashtra out-ran her in the final with an improved timing and kept the record in the family-her elder sister established it earlier. After Kerala the next best in track and field events was Maharashtra with 12 gold, three silver and nine bronze medals.Adil Sumariwalla, a Bombay University student, achieved a “sprint double” and was termed the fastest man of the meet. Another Bombay student doing her business management course and working with Western Railway, 21-year-old Bakhtavar Khambatta, had the distinction of completing a Throw Double by tossing the discus and putting the shot to new distances.Punjab finished third with nine gold, 11 silver and seven bronze medals. The northeastern hill state of Manipur had the distinction of winning three gold, one silver, and two bronze medals, though it fielded just two boys and two girls.advertisementlast_img read more

10 months agoKoeman: Liverpool defender Van Dijk can take criticism; that’s why he’s so good

first_imgKoeman: Liverpool defender Van Dijk can take criticism; that’s why he’s so goodby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveHolland coach Ronald Koeman says Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk’s willingness to take on criticism will see him continue to improve.Koeman signed Van Dijk for Southampton and made him his Oranje captain this season.He told De Telegraaf: “We have a history with eachother. That is easier for me. When I became a national coach, I knew who Virgil van Dijk was. “I did not know how Matthijs de Ligt was as a person. Ah, sometimes Virgil estimates situations too easily. I’m trying to change that. If that succeeds, he will really be the best in the world.”He also knows how I am. That is why I can criticise. Virgil does not think: oh, dear, I’m being hammered. And yet I think afterwards that I should not have openly criticised him. Sometimes, as a coach, I have to protect players a bit more. I know that this is not necessary in his case.”There is respect from me to him. What I did after that match (against France), I cannot do with everyone. It was nice that later in the season he caused a penalty at Liverpool against Manchester City and the next day with the Dutch National Team he joked about that moment when he greeted our entire staff. He thought, if I do not start it myself, I will cop it from the coach … He is a top fella. He is anchored and very critical of himself.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

In Big Ten mens tennis fluctuations in weather make travel tricky

The Ohio State men’s tennis team is scheduled to continue Big Ten conference play on the road against Nebraska and Iowa after three consecutive wins in Columbus. Recent home victories against Louisville, Purdue and Indiana helped propel the No. 7 Buckeyes (18-2, 3-0) toward their nearly 10-year home win streak, as well as their pursuit of an eighth-straight Big Ten championship. Both losses suffered by the Scarlet and Gray during the 2013 campaign – then-No. 15 Texas A&M and No. 1 Virginia – have come while playing on the road. Coach Ty Tucker said away matches during the spring are unpredictable because of the constantly changing weather. “The tricky thing about Big Ten tennis and on-the-road matches is that you never know what weather you’re going to get. When you get to a place, you have to make sure that you practice on their indoor courts and their outdoor courts. After traveling, and flying, and changing planes, guys aren’t really looking forward to four hours of practice,” Tucker said. “It’s challenging to the guys … one day it’s 60 degrees and the next day it’s snowing in the Big Ten.” The Buckeyes’ match against Nebraska (8-7, 0-2) will be the third time OSU has faced off against the Cornhuskers since Nebraska joined the Big Ten in 2011. OSU won both matches against Nebraska in 2012. However, the match Friday will mark the first time the Buckeyes have traveled to Lincoln, Neb., as part of their conference schedule. “We know that (Nebraska) has a difficult indoor tennis center, and if (the match) is outdoors, we know that it’s usually a very windy condition. In tennis, high winds is a pretty darn good equalizer,” Tucker said. “The most important thing that we do is make some first serves, stay disciplined and keep the feet moving.” Redshirt senior Devin McCarthy said he is looking forward to visiting Nebraska for his first time as a Buckeye. “I’m excited. I’ve obviously played at the other (Big Ten) schools four or five times, and it will be fun to see a new school, new facility and check out the campus a little bit,” he said. After the scheduled match against Nebraska, OSU is slated to travel to Iowa City, Iowa, to face the Hawkeyes on Sunday. Steve Houghton, the coach of the Hawkeyes (7-7, 0-2), is the longest-tenured active coach in Big Ten men’s tennis, currently serving his 31st season with Iowa. The Buckeyes shut out Iowa, 7-0, in Columbus in 2012. “When I was playing in the Big Ten, Steve Houghton was the coach at that time. (He is) a class individual and you always have a good match, but it’s always much rougher at Iowa,” Tucker said. Tucker said he is confident in his team’s ability to perform on the road because leadership from OSU’s two seniors, Connor Smith and McCarthy, has been strong on and off the court. “One of our goals is for seniors to have their best years. To see these guys stepping up their senior year and putting the wins on the board and doing it convincingly is what we always hope will happen with the seniors … Connor and Devin have done a tremendous job,” Tucker said. Smith, who is ranked No. 43 nationally, said the team’s high performance level is because of a focus on team play rather than individual play. “In tennis, it’s a very individual sport, so it’s easy to get caught up in the individual ranking and trying to get individual accolades and all that. I think we care more, personally, about each guy on the team and how the team does than any personal rankings. We would rather be ranked one as a team,” Smith said. The match against Nebraska on Friday is scheduled to begin at 4 p.m. in Lincoln, Neb. read more

Ox to miss most of next season Klopp

first_imgJurgen Klopp says Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is likely to miss the whole of next season.The England midfielder is expected to miss the entire 2018-19 season as he continues his long road to full recovery.The former Arsenal man will sit out the vast majority of the upcoming campaign as he continues his rehabilitation from a serious knee injury suffered last season.The 24-year-old picked up the season-ending injury in April during Liverpool’s first leg semi-final clash against AS Roma at Anfield with further scans revealing he suffered multiple ligament damages.Chamberlain became an important player for Liverpool for the second half of last season after the club sold Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona for a whopping sum of £150million.The midfielder also missed out on the World Cup with England due to injury despite starring for Gareth Southgate’s team during the qualifiers.divock origi, liverpoolReport: Origi cause Klopp injury concerns George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Divock Origi injury in today’s game against Newcastle is a cause for concern for Jurgen Klopp.Perhaps with one eye on Tuesday’s trip to Italy…“I believe it’s time to tell people that the upcoming season is about recovery and rehab for Oxlade-Chamberlain,” Klopp told the official club website about the player.“I hope everyone treats this information with responsibility as we’ve known about this situation for a while now and we’ve prepared for it.”“There has been no change or setback regarding the player’s situation. And we’re preparing for the upcoming season without him featuring in competitive games for us.”Chamberlain signed for Liverpool from Arsenal last summer for a deal thought to be around £35million.Liverpool have already bolstered their midfield options with the signings of Naby Keita from RB Leipzig and Fabinho from Monaco.last_img read more

Study finds annual salary needed to afford a house in 50 largest

first_img Posted: April 22, 2019 The data for this visualization comes from the mortgage information site HSH Associates. In conducting their analysis, HSH compiled median-home price data from the National Association of Realtors, national mortgage rate data from Freddie Mac and the Mortgage Bankers Association of America, and property tax and homeowner’s insurance costs data to determine the annual salary it takes to afford a home (including principal, interest, property tax and homeowner’s insurance, or PITI) in the nation’s 50 largest metropolitan areas. The analysis also assumed a down payment of 20%.The Top 5 Metro Areas With the Highest Salary Required for Buying a Home1. San Jose, CA – $254,835.732. San Francisco,CA – $198,978.013. San Diego, CA – $131,640.794. Los Angeles, CA – $123,156.015. Boston, MA – $106,789.93The Bottom 5 Metro Areas With the Lowest Salary Required for Buying a Home1. Pittsburgh, PA – $37,659.862. Cleveland, OH – $40,437.723. Oklahoma City, OK – $41,335.414. Memphis, TN – $41,400.935. Indianapolis, IN – $42,288.92In general, metro areas in the Midwest and the South require lower salaries than metro areas on the West Coast and the East Coast. The most expensive metros are located in California, especially near Silicon Valley. For example, San Jose requires the highest salary ($254,835.73) for a median-priced home and San Francisco requires the second-highest salary ($198,978.01). Metros in the Northeast, like Boston ($106,789.93) and New York ($105,684.33) are similarly expensive. On the flip side, Pittsburgh only requires a salary of $37,659.86 to buy a median-priced home. Metro areas like Memphis ($41,400.93) and Oklahoma City ($41,335.41) require about one-sixth the salary required in San Jose.HSH notes that when looking at the nation overall, you would need to earn $61,453 in order to buy a home. However, 24 of the largest 50 metro areas require a higher salary to make it affordable. It’s also worth noting that even within metro areas, home prices and salaries can differ by zip code or neighborhood, so final costs could vary even more. Overall, when deciding where to buy a home or look for a job, taking the area’s salaries and housing costs into consideration becomes even more important. KUSI Newsroom, Study finds annual salary needed to afford a house in 50 largest U.S. cities Updated: 9:16 PM Categories: Local San Diego News, Trending FacebookTwitter 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – So how much do you really need to make each year to be able to buy a house?A new study by the cost information site How Much looked at home affordability in some of the 50 largest U.S. cities.Two big Silicon Valley cities, San Jose and San Francisco, rank at the top of the list.What may be a surprise is San Diego ranks third, before Los Angeles.A household would have to bring in 131,000 dollars in annual income in order to afford a median sized home.The most affordable of the top 50 U.S. cities is Pittsburgh.Do You Earn Enough to Afford a House in the Largest U.S. Metros?Owning a home is one of the biggest financial milestones. Data from the U.S. Census Bureau indicates that the homeownership rate nationwide is 64.8%, slowly reversing a downward trend that started in 2004. Despite these recent gains, homeownership is still out of reach for many people. One of the main reasons for this is that wages haven’t kept pace with soaring home prices, and many people are priced out of the real estate market.Fortunately, some parts of the U.S. are friendlier to potential homebuyers’ wallets than others. Our latest visualization illustrates the salary that a household needs to make in order to buy a median-priced home in the 50 largest metro areas in the U.S. KUSI Newsroom April 22, 2019last_img read more