How Trump and Biden Can Get to 270 Electoral College Votes

first_img– Advertisement – The presidential race will be decided by voters in more than a dozen competitive states, where Joseph R. Biden Jr. and President Trump will focus their efforts to win the 270 electoral votes needed to reach the White House. In the interactive diagram linked below, try building your own coalition of states, which are organized according to Cook Political Report ratings, to see potential outcomes.last_img

The reason professional golfers make great property investors

first_imgA university study has revealed the reasons why top-flight golfers make excellent property investment decisions.IF you want to become a better real estate investor, perhaps it’s time to hit the greens and improve your swing.According to CQUniversity senior lecturer, Dr Julie Knutsen, professional golfers possess an innate set of skills they can be applied as property investors to boost their chances of profitable returns.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home2 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor2 hours agoDr Knutsen, who will present her findings at CQUniversity’s annual Property Conference on Friday August 18, said the difference between scoring a real estate Albatross and a double bogey was found on the fairway between the ears.“There are three psychological errors common to both bad golf play and ineffective decisions about property investment,” Dr Knutsen said.Dr Knutsen said poor golfers and their investor counterparts were over-optimistic, over-confidence and held a belief all influencing events could be controlled.“However, studies show that professional golfers have learned to manage these errors and understand the final play-off is won with patience, focus and commitment to sound judgment,” she said.Follow Kieran Clair on Twitter on @kieranclairlast_img read more

Pilot scheme takes KLM to court for terminating ‘unaffordable’ contract

first_imgThe €8.2bn pension fund for KLM pilots has announced that it plans to take the Dutch airline to court over KLM’s decision to end its agreement to plug funding gaps at the scheme in order to provide indexation.In a statement posted on its website, it added that it would call on the court to overturn the company’s controversial decision.In the scheme’s opinion, the employer has acted unilaterally, “taking away a proper balance between the interests of all players involved”.The Pensioenfonds Vliegend Personeel KLM referred to the agreement between KLM and pilot union VNV two years ago about a change in the way contributions are determined. “As a consequence of this agreement,” the board said, “the premiums for KLM were reduced, and its obligation to fill in the funding gap justifiable.”The pension fund said it would pursue its case independently from the summary proceedings recently brought against KLM by the VNV union.The pension fund made clear it had declined KLM’s request to adjust the contract mutually, as well as to wait for a verdict in the case between the union and the employer.“Only a new agreement between the social partners can lead to an adjustment of the contract,” it said.In the summary proceedings before the Amsterdam court, the VNV demanded that KLM revoke the termination of the pension arrangement.The airline argued that, under the new financial assessment framework (nFTK) in the Netherlands, it would have had to come up with an additional €600m, making its initial commitment unaffordable.The VNV, however, claimed the airline would need to set aside no more than €115m by the end of this year.The court is expected to reach a verdict on 27 September.At an earlier stage, the pension fund described KLM’s decision as “unfounded” and said it would keep implementing the existing pension plan.The pilot scheme, when asked by IPE, declined to provide details about its planned legal proceedings or its timing.last_img read more

Father’s rejection can be greater

first_imgTelegraph (UK) 14 June 2012Children were more likely to be insecure, hostile and aggressive if they did not have a loving father present, researchers claim. A study found that rejection by either parent has a profound effect on the development of children which lasts into adulthood. And a father’s love is just as important to a child’s personality as a mother’s – and sometimes more so. The researchers said that children tend to respond in a similar way when they believe they have been rejected by their parents – with negative personality traits following them into adulthood. These can include aggression, anxiety, insecurity and hostility. Prof Ronald Rohner, of the University of Connecticut, said that research had focused on mothers, but fathers were equally important. “The great emphasis on mothers and mothering has led to an inappropriate tendency to blame mothers for children’s behaviour problems and maladjustment when, in fact, fathers are often more implicated than mothers in the development of problems such as these,” he saidResearchers looked at 36 studies involving 10,000 participants. The studies were based on surveys of children and adults about their parents’ degree of acceptance or rejection in childhood. The results, published in Personality and Social Psychology Review, suggest children and adults experience the same level of acceptance or rejection from each parent, but the influence of one parent’s rejection, mostly a father, can be greater. Researchers believe this could be because children are more likely to pay more attention to the parent they feel has higher prestige. If a child perceives their father to have more prestige, he will be more influential.http://www.telegraph.co.uk/family/9330961/A-loving-father-is-more-important-to-children.htmllast_img read more

Incest cases becoming ‘more prevalent’ in NZ

first_imgONE News 30 Aug 2012A Dunedin case where a man and his daughter had a child together has highlighted the phenomenon of genetic sexual attraction – but they are not the only ones in New Zealand experiencing these feelings, a sex therapist says. More and more cases of a similar nature are coming to light, where siblings or parents and their offspring meet for the first time and end up developing a sexual attraction to each other, director of Sex Therapy New Zealand Robyn Salisbury said. A father and daughter were sentenced to community work and supervision in the Dunedin District Court earlier this week, after knowingly entering into an incestuous relationship, the Otago Daily Times reported. They were warned by a judge to end their relationship or face prison if they refused. The 32-year-old man and 18-year-old woman admitted to the incest, but said they had fallen in love after they started living together as husband and wife. The pair had only met in 2010, when the man, who fathered the girl when he was just 14, made contact with her for the first time. It is understood they had not had a relationship prior to that.Some children who meet their siblings or birth parents at a later stage in their lives may develop a strong sexual attraction to their relative, and vice versa, Salisbury said. The psychologist worked with a number of people in similar situations and said cases of genetic sexual attraction were becoming more prevalent. That is because families were becoming increasingly fragmented – solo parents and separation were more rife – and changes to New Zealand’s adoption law in the mid 1980s allowed for most adoptees and birth parents to access identifying information about each other and track one another down, Salisbury said. “There are more people meeting up with previously unknown family members and being completely overwhelmed with how powerful that can be.” It was a hugely emotional experience to find a lost relative, prepare to meet them and then actually come face to face with them, she said. “Very strong feelings are experienced. For some people those powerful feelings and the kind of depth of connection that can happen are most readily experienced and expressed sexually. It’s the whole ‘falling in love’ scenario that people only know one track to go down in order to express those feelings.” While genetic sexual attraction was not a universally-accepted diagnostic category, it was experienced enough for people to have become aware of it, Salisbury said.There had been a number of cases involving genetic sexual attraction highlighted in recent years. John Deaves and his daughter, Jennifer, were both married when they were reunited after 30 years apart in 2000. A sexual relationship developed and they ended up leaving their spouses to live together as a couple.They went on to have two children, one who died when just a few days old. They both admitted incest and were sentenced to three years’ good behaviour bonds in 2008, but they said at the time that they did not view each other as father and daughter. “After I had been there quite a few days I started to notice my feelings were changing and I was seeing him as a man, as a person, who was loving (and) caring,” Jennifer Deaves told local media at the time.In another case, a German man, who was adopted at age four, fell in love with his biological sister after meeting her for the first time in 2000. The couple went on to have four children before being convicted of incest.http://tvnz.co.nz/national-news/incest-cases-becoming-more-prevalent-in-nz-5052520last_img read more

Couple celebrate 82-year wedding anniversary and reveal how they made it last (US)

first_imgStuff co.nz 20 January 2016An American couple have reached a milestone few others have achieved by celebrating their 82nd wedding anniversary.Nicholas and Rafaela Ordaz of Tracy, California, had a double party last weekend to mark their vows and Nicholas turning 102 on Friday.Even their grandchildren have grandchildren; their great-great-grandchildren were present.The pair said “I do” in 1934 – the same year the Great Depression slowly started to turn around with unemployment decreasing and Adolf Hitler declared himself to be “Fuhrer”.The couple said the secret to their eight-decade long union was “respect, affection and not sweating the small stuff”, ABC6 reported.The pair have been married so long there is not even a traditional gift to give, but they are on their way to having the longest marriage ever recorded.http://www.stuff.co.nz/life-style/love-sex/76087323/couple-celebrate-82year-wedding-anniversary-and-reveal-how-they-made-it-lastKeep up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.last_img read more

Decatur County area power restored as of 4:30 a.m.

first_imgWestport, In. — As of 4:30 a.m. Saturday, January 13 the Duke Energy website reports the power in the Westport area has been restored. Original story:About 1,000 Duke Energy customers braved the latest winter weather event with no power. Volunteer fire departments in Westport and Letts were opened for some residents of Westport, Burnsville and Grammer on Friday afternoon.last_img

‘Leicester City have ‘fantastic chance’ against Man Utd despite Spurs…

first_img Loading… Leicester City’s season rests on a make-or-break game against Manchester United, and Brendan Rodgers has said his side will be “all in” for what is a “perfect” fixture. City lost 3-0 to Tottenham on Sunday to leave them hanging onto a top-four spot. Provided United beat West Ham in midweek, Rodgers’ men will have to claim victory on the final day to qualify for the Champions League. The City boss said his side were leggy against Spurs, owing to their tough encounter with Sheffield United on Thursday, and he was grateful for a week-long rest ahead of City’s biggest game since they were last in the Champions League. “I don’t want to be too negative,” he said. “We go into a game next week with a fantastic chance to get into the Champions League. “It will be absolutely perfect. It will be all in. The players have been fantastic, and we’ve got one last opportunity. Whatever the result was today, we needed a result next week. “We need to draw on everything. For media and telly and everything, it’s an incredible turn-out that that’s the last game with so much on it. “We’ve had two tough games. We need to get away and get a bit of recovery.” Rodgers is also aware that if City fall short, it will be seen as a disappointment by many, given their 14-point cushion inside the top four in December. “I always felt that no matter how well you do, there will always be a disappointment,” he added. “Others will be gratified with the work done over the past 17 months to be in this position. I know there will be both feelings. “The players, what they’ve done in the past 17 months, to put themselves in this position, it’s brilliant. read also:Arsenal vs Leicester City “The league is always over 38 games. It’s not just 20 games, that’s why with you guys I was always cautious. We had a fantastic first half of the season, but had some inconsistencies since.” As for City’s maiden game at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, Rodgers was frustrated by the result, but not the performance. “We started with confidence, he said. “Our shape was giving them a problem. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 center_img Promoted Content10 Hyper-Realistic 3D Street Art By Odeith8 Shows That Went From “Funny” To “Why Am I Watching This”10 Body Features That Are Extremely Rare But Very RemarkableCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way6 Best Natural History Museums In The World7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The Universe10 Awesome TV Series That Got Cancelled Way Too Soon6 Extreme Facts About Hurricanes7 Non-Obvious Things That Damage Your Phone11 Strange Facts About Your Favorite TV ShowsYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of AnimeTop 7 Best Car Manufacturers Of All Timelast_img read more

Hughes keen on Stoke extension

first_imgStoke boss Mark Hughes has expressed his delight at the prospect of extending his time with the club. “Thankfully, that is what we have been able to do.” The news of Crouch and Whelan’s deals came as a welcome boost for Stoke in the same week that their influential playmaker Bojan Krkic was ruled out for the rest of the season after sustaining cruciate knee ligament damage in Monday’s FA Cup win at Rochdale. Hughes says the Spaniard, who will undergo surgery, is doing his best to stay upbeat and could be fit again in time for the start of next term. “I think he is very philosophical about it,” Hughes said. “He understands these things happen – I think his first words to me were “that’s football”, and that is what it is like. There is no rhyme or reason to the injury, it is just a million-to-one chance. “He is very positive. He is looking to be back for pre-season, and if everything goes well, that might be an outside chance. He is very strong mentally and will come through it and be stronger for it.” Another positive for Stoke to help counter the news about Bojan is the return of Mame Biram Diouf from African Nations Cup duty with Senegal. Diouf has trained with his club-mates and Hughes says the forward should be back in the matchday squad for the QPR game. The manager is keeping his cards close to his chest, meanwhile, over whether the loss of Bojan will lead to Stoke making a move in the remaining days of the transfer window. “We were looking at certain things, but I’m not one of those who jumps in the market and panic buys towards the end – I think that is the wrong thing to do,” Hughes said. “The circumstances of the team have changed somewhat, but I still think we have got a lot of good players who can come in and fill the void.” Hughes also dismissed talk of him being interested in Bolton winger Lee Chung-yong, and said he expects Potters defender Robert Huth to join Leicester on loan for the rest of the campaign. The chances of Huth completing a move may be complicated by the fact he was on Friday given a two-match suspension by the Football Association after admitting breaching rules in relation to social media comments. Preliminary discussions are under way between the Welshman – appointed Potters manager in the summer of 2013 on a three-year deal – and the Staffordshire outfit over a new contract. It has been a happy working relationship so far, with Hughes guiding Stoke to their highest-ever Barclays Premier League finish of ninth last season. Press Association They are currently 10th in the table ahead of Saturday’s home clash with second-bottom QPR – Hughes’ previous club, who sacked him in late 2012. And the 51-year-old has no doubt he and Stoke make a “good fit” for each other. When asked if he had been offered a two-year contract, Hughes said: “We haven’t done any details yet – you have more information than me if you are saying it will be two years! “But the owners have intimated they would like to sit down and discuss a new contract. “The length and terms will be discussed in due course I would imagine. But I’m delighted they want to do it. “I’m very happy here and it has been a good fit. If we can come to some agreement, I will be more than happy.” Stoke on Thursday announced two of their players had signed new contracts, with striker Peter Crouch and midfielder Glenn Whelan committing to the summer of 2017. Hughes said of Crouch, the club’s record signing who turned 34 on Friday: “I’m sure there was interest in him (from other clubs), but it never progressed to any great degree because I think Peter himself intimated to anyone he talked to that it was his hope he would be offered something here allowing him to stay. last_img read more

Cricket News Afridi claims he knew of SMS exchanges between bookmaker and players before spot-fixing scandal

first_imgNew Delhi: Former Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi has claimed that he was aware of the exchange of messages between his teammates and a bookmaker before the 2010 spot-fixing scandal but then coach Waqar Younis refused to act despite being provided with evidence.Making another startling revelation in his autobiography ‘Game Changer’, Afridi said he stumbled upon a series of SMS messages between bookie Mazhar Majeed and some Pakistan players before ‘News of the World’ broke the story in a sting operation.The spot-fixing scandal happened in August 2010 during Pakistan’s tour of England and then captain Salman Butt, Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Amir were banned by the ICC for their involvement.Afridi claimed he had lashed out at the team management for turning a blind eye to the issue when he confronted them with evidence prior to the scandal that rocked world cricket. “…The management gave a damn… Typical obfuscation and delay tactics; the Pakistani management’s head was in the sand. Maybe the management was scared of the consequences. Maybe they were invested in these players as their favourites and future captains…I really can’t say,” Afridi wrote in the book.He said he was in Sri Lanka on a tour (Asia Cup in June 2010) when he received transcripts of the text messages from Majeed and Butt’s ‘agent and manager’, who was also prosecuted.”It is pure coincidence how I got hold of them. And it’s got something to do with a kid, a beach and a repairman,” said Afridi.The flamboyant cricketer said that Majeed and his family were in Sri Lanka and at one of the beaches there, the bookmaker’s young son dropped his father’s mobile phone in the water.”When Majeed went back to England, he took his phone for repair to a mobile fix-it. The phone stayed at the shop for days. In a random coincidence, the shop owner turned out to be a friend of a friend of mine (this may sound like too much of a coincidence but the Pakistani community in England is quite closely connected).”While fixing the phone, the shop-owner came across Majeed’s messages to the players of Pakistan team… It was that leak from him to my friend and a few others (whom I won’t name) that looped me in on the scam. Soon, word got around that something strange was happening with the cricket team.”Afridi said that the leak probably helped the reporting team of the ‘News of the World’ as well.The former captain wrote in his book that he brought up the matter with then coach and former fast bowler Waqar Younis.”When I received those messages back in Sri Lanka, I showed them to Waqar Younis, then coach of the team. Unfortunately, he didn’t escalate the matter and take it upstairs.”Both Waqar and I thought it was something that would go away, something that wasn’t as bad as it looked, just a dodgy conversation between the players and Majeed, at worst. But the messages weren’t harmless banter – they were part of something larger, which the world would soon discover.”He said during that infamous England tour in the summer of 2010, he again saw Majeed and his cohorts make a re-entrance, lurking around and hanging out with the soon-to-be-accused players.”For me, it was time to sound the alarm. I decided to take up the issue officially with team manager, Yawar Saeed. I put in a formal request that Majeed should be distanced from players, physically, and that no one in the team should associate with him even on a personal level.”When Saeed didn’t take action, I showed him the text messages – I’d printed them out on paper. After going through them, Saeed, taken aback, eventually came up with a dismal response: ‘What can we do about this, son? Not much’.”By now, the exchanges between Majeed and the players via text messages had leaked out to others. Those in the Pakistani and the larger cricketing community knew that something was up. This is probably the same period when the News of the World executed their sting operation.”Afridi was captain of the Pakistan Test team in its two-match ‘home’ series against Australia in England in July 2010. Pakistan were playing there home series in England after the terrorist attack on Sri Lankan players in Lahore in 2009.Pakistan lost the first Test at Lord’s against Australia by 150 runs and Butt became captain from the second match. Butt led the side in the subsequent four-match Test series against England in August till the infamous spot-fixing scandal broke out in the fourth match at Lord’s (August 26-30).”I came to England, I wasn’t over it, clearly. I had signalled to the boys to stay away from Majeed and the likes. I had tried to talk to coach and management. Then the first Test began. Nothing changed. I could still see them lurking around the players and being part of the dressing room too.”In that first Test, at Lord’s, I started doubting the whole project. What was wrong with Pakistan cricket? What was wrong with all of us? That’s when I decided to put an end to it, in my own way. In the middle of the match, around the fourth day, I told Salman Butt that he could take over.” For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more