militraryfamilimiliBy: David Lee Sexton, Jr.Pixabay [Brain Biology by Geralt , CC0]Not Just a Problem on the Football FieldAccording to Knock (2017), Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) refers to an injury in which something impacts an individual’s head, which many may not inherently recognize as what is commonly known as a concussion. The difference in nomenclature between these two synonymous words may lead some to perceive a concussion as something far less serious than a TBI. However, Knock clarifies that a concussion is a TBI, and there are varying grades of TBI ranging from Grade One to Grade Three. Furthermore, 80% of TBI are considered Grade One, or mild, yet even a mild TBI can result in chronic problems. Interestingly, Knock points out that TBIs can manifest vastly different symptoms depending on the part of the brain which sustains the brunt of the impact.This phenomenon has been brought to public attention recently through the film, Concussion, which examines the discovery of the relationship between TBI and mental health problems in professional football players. However, athletes are not the only ones prone to a higher risk of sustaining TBI, as combat veterans are also at higher risk due to injuries, such as blast injuries that affect the brain through tearing of the axons at a microscopic level (Knock, 2017). These types of injuries are even more sinister, as they are often not detectable through common brain scanning measures, such as MRI (Knock, 2017).Loss of IdentityIn a brief anecdote, Knock (2017) demonstrates the insidiousness of TBI by relaying the story of one veteran’s struggle to accomplish something many of us take for granted: packing a lunch. After being caught in an IED, she suffered damage to her parietal lobe. This resulted in disturbances with her visual and spatial reasoning that made her unable to even select the right size container to hold a packed lunch. With the added struggle of completing tasks that were once effortless, it can be difficult to maintain a sense of self, which leaves one vulnerable to further struggles with chronic depression as new limitations are being discovered.Impact on FamiliesSome of the most profound limitations TBI can impose on an individual will be family-related. Depending on severity, TBI can change familial roles so drastically that one individual’s spouse may become a caregiver in an instant (Knock, 2017). In this case, feelings of loss and frustration will likely affect both individuals. Knock (2017) provides an example of how drastically family dynamic can change through the act of caring for children. After suffering a TBI, a parent may no longer be able to safely watch over his or her children, due to potential memory or attention problems. This not only represents an enormous loss for the parent suffering the TBI but may cause additional strain for his or her partner due to the new responsibility of caring for both children and spouse. Again, this brings to light the impact TBI can have on things that people often take for granted, and demonstrates the influence something like a “bump on the head” can have on a person’s life and well-being.Want to Learn More?To learn more about Traumatic Brain Injury and its effects on families, please take some time to watch the MFLN Family Development Team’s free, archived webinar presented by Heidi Knock, Psy.D., Staff Psychologist at Richard L. Roudebush VA Medical Center in Indianapolis, Indiana. Dr. Knock provides individual, marital, and group psychotherapy to Veterans and their families. She also treats individuals on the polytrauma unit and the inpatient rehabilitation unit who have a combination of complex mental and physical health issues, such as Traumatic Brain Injury, chronic pain, amputation, and posttraumatic stress disorder.Also, get social with us on Facebook and Twitter to learn about more great content, webinars, and free CEU opportunities in the future.ReferencesKnock, H. (2017). Gray Matters: Understanding Traumatic Brain Injury’s impact on families. MFLN Family Development. Retrieved from: https://militaryfamilieslearningnetwork.org/event/27283.This post was written by a member of 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 team on our website, Facebook, and Twitter.
Twenty-nine students of a residential high school for girls at Antarba in Odisha’s Gajapati district left their hostel on Saturday night and are missing since.Despite efforts of the school authorities as well as the administration, the girls had not been traced till Sunday evening. They have not even returned to their homes. Most of the girls are from Class IX. It is suspected that they escaped from the hostel to complain to the District Collector about the state of affairs in the hostel.Gajapati District Welfare Officer Santosh Kumar Rath is monitoring the search operation. According to Mr. Rath, the girls have left behind a handwritten letter mentioning some reasons for leaving the hostel.Speaking to newsmen, school headmaster Manoj Rath accepted that the girls had earlier expressed their resentment over some issue with their teachers. As per the headmaster, the issue had been resolved. He felt the same reason may have prompted them to leave the hostel.
The unheralded Varun Chakravarthy’s whopping Rs 8.40 crore deal at the IPL auctions has raised eyebrows but Kings XI Punjab co-owner Preity Zinta termed the Tamil Nadu spinner a “long-term investment” and a “back-up spinner” for skipper Ravichandran Ashwin.Confirming that Ashwin will continue to lead the KXIP this season, Zinta provided the rationale behind picking Varun, who did well in the Tamil Nadu Premier League (TNPL), for such a humongous amount.”Varun is an underexposed mystery bowler along with being a back-up spinner who will add value to the team. Kings XI Punjab has always wanted to give chance to untested talent and Varun is a long term investment for us,” Zinta told PTI in an e-mail interview.”I feel that with guidance from coach Mike Hesson, he (Varun) will be able to hone his capabilities and contribute to team’s success,” the Bollywood actor said.She was happy that Kings XI were able to pick players whom the management thought could be the missing link from the last edition.”We opted a thought through strategy for the 2019 VIVO Indian Premier League auctions. We wanted to pick up players that could fill in the missing gaps and create a remarkable team line-up.”I believe that we have a balanced side now with a lot of good options in our kitty in case of requirements during the season,” she said.Teenagers like Prabh Simran Singh has landed a cool Rs 1.5 crore contract even before playing a single Ranji Trophy match but Zinta believes that if someone is talented, he should be backed.advertisement”At the Kings XI Punjab, we have always believed in providing opportunity to domestic talent and Prabh Simran is the new star on the horizon. The management team at KXIP does a background research before bidding for any player,” she reasoned.She also spoke about the local connect which went a long way in bidding for Prabhsimran.”I personally feel that he is a local boy from Punjab and a talent to watch out for in future,” she added.There is a possibility that IPL might shift to South Africa if the dates clash with that of general elections but her team is ready for any eventuality.”We have faced such scenario in the past (2009 in SA and 2014 in UAE) and are adequately prepared for the upcoming season.”The balance and constitution of the team is such that they can play in India or any other country with the same zeal and deliver outstanding results,” she signed off.Also Read | Varun Chakravarthy, who was sold to KXIP for Rs 8.4 crore, had almost quit cricketAlso Read | Betting should be legalised as it may curb corruption, feels Preity G Zinta
If the New Zealand cricket team is finding it difficult to come to terms with the disheartening loss in the World Cup 2019 final recently, winners England’s captain Eoin Morgan has revealed that it’s been hard for his team too.Speaking to the Times, Morgan opened up on how he has been dealing with the victory which was decided on the technicality of boundary count after both the teams finished with identical scores even after the Super Over. According to Morgan, it’s ‘not fair’ to have the match decided this way when the teams finished on an equal footing.”I don’t think it’s fair to have a result like that when there’s very little between the sides. I’m black and white. I’m normally going: ‘I know. I was there, that happened.’ [But] I can’t stick my finger on where the game was won and lost. I’m not sure winning it makes it any easier. It would be more difficult to lose, of course,” Morgan told the Times.Morgan also said that even after talking to New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson ‘on numerous occasions’ since the final, neither of them have been able to get their head around everything that’s happened.”I spoke to Kane over the last couple of days on numerous occasions and none of us has come up with a rational explanation as to the various times we gave them the game and they gave it back to us. Like me, he can’t get his head around everything,” said Morgan.advertisementAlso Read | Brendon McCullum reveals his advice to New Zealand team after World Cup final lossAlso Read | Triple H presents World Cup-winning England team customised WWE Championship belt
zoom Chilean port, towage and logistics services provider SAAM has announced plans to invest a total of USD 133.5 million this year.The company intends to invest USD 85 million in maintenance and extension of its current assets – San Antonio Terminal Internacional, Terminal Portuario Guayaquil and San Vicente Terminal Internacional.SAAM materialized the acquisition of two concessions in Puerto Caldera, the second largest port in Costa Rica, for USD 48.5 million. The company now controls 51% of Sociedad Portuaria de Caldera (SPC) and of Sociedad Portuaria Granelera de Caldera (SPGC), whose transferred annual volume totals 5.5 million tons.In the past four years, the company has invested a total of USD 500 million in equipment and infrastructure.In 2016, SAAM’s earnings amounted to USD 54.5 million, representing a 5.6% growth.“Thanks to our portfolio diversification and adequate commercial strategy, we recorded a good performance during difficult times for the industry. We offset the drop in markets like Brazil, Mexico, and particularly Chile, and strengthened others such as Peru and Central America. We keep a significant cash flow and dividends for our shareholders,” Felipe Joannon, the company’s Chairman of the Board, said.Last year, SAAM inaugurated the new dock in San Vicente Terminal Internacional, Chile, which increased its capacity by 40%. Additionally, the company inaugurated a system for the reception, warehousing and shipping of mineral concentrates in Terminal Internacional del Sur, Peru. SAAM also completed the tugboat fleet renovation process.Furthermore, Joannon drew attention on “a cautious assessment” of the need for a mega port in the central zone.“The current port infrastructure, with the construction of new terminals in San Antonio and Valparaíso and the ongoing extensions, ensure enough capacity to support foreign trade efficiently in the next 10 to 15 years. We believe that the current priority is to significantly improve the terminals’ connectivity and complementary infrastructure”, he added.
Image Courtesy: USCGAfter searching a total of over 5,000 square-nautical miles, the United States Coast Guard has suspended the search operation for a cruise ship crewmember who went missing from the cruise ship Liberty of the Seas on April 24.The search for Norman DeCastro was halted at 12:42 pm local time on Tuesday after the authorities searched the area some 170 miles southeast of Galveston, Texas.Watchstanders at the Coast Guard Eighth District command center in New Orleans received a report on Monday that the 39-year-old Filipino crewmember was missing aboard the cruise ship, operated by Miami-based cruise line Royal Caribbean International.The USCG said that the was last seen at 10:30 pm, Sunday, on the ship’s closed-circuit television.Involved in the search efforst were HC-144 Ocean Sentry airplane crews from Coast Guard Air Station Corpus Christi and Coast Guard Aviation Training Center Mobile, and the coast guard cutters Manowar and Pompano.
zoom The Maritime Union of New Zealand has welcomed the Ports of Auckland’s decision to stop releasing methyl bromide emissions into the air, and called for other ports to follow their example.The move to fully recapture the toxic gas after fumigation, used to kill insects in logs before export, sets a new benchmark for industry best practice, according to the Union.“We will continue the campaign to stop rogue employers exposing people to methyl bromide for another decade if need be,” Joe Fleetwood, MUNZ National Secretary, said.After fumigation is complete the gas can be recaptured and turned into a disposable salt. However, some ports instead release the toxic fumes into the air, endangering workers and nearby communities.“The Government must not allow best practice in some ports to be undermined elsewhere,” Fleetwood said, adding that “if Wellington and Auckland can do the right thing, all ports must.”The Maritime Union continues to call for a total ban on the use of methyl bromide.As part of Ports of Auckland’s ambition to be the most sustainable port in New Zealand, the company earlier said that it will require the total recapture of methyl bromide gas used for container fumigation by September 1, 2017, and for all cargoes by the end of the year.“The intention to move to a full ‘recapture’ system by the end of the year, instead of the current practice of simply venting the gas into the atmosphere, shows leadership and responsibility by Ports management,” Damien O’Connor, Labour’s Spokesperson for Biosecurity, said.“Ports of Auckland’s decision will surely put pressure on the remaining ports around New Zealand which still release methyl bromide,” Damien O’Connor informed.
MONCTON, N.B. – A Mountie who was wounded during a shooting rampage in Moncton, N.B., said he has “absolutely no doubt” that he could have downed Justin Bourque had he been armed with a carbine rather than his pistol.Testifying at the RCMP’s Labour Code trial Monday, Const. Eric Dubois recalled crouching behind his cruiser, wounded and bleeding, as Bourque opened fired on officers on June 4, 2014.He said he watched Bourque for roughly four seconds as the gunman casually walked across a road, “like someone who was crossing the street with a dog in his hand.”Dubois told Moncton provincial court he had started his shift at 7 p.m. and, about half hour later, heard reports of an armed man wearing camouflage walking down the road.He responded to the scene armed only with his 9mm pistol. But when Bourque crossed his line of vision, he was out of the pistol’s range, he said.Police use of the C8 carbine became a central focus after the Moncton shootings. The Mounties in that city did not have access to carbines at the time and some critics complained police were outgunned.When asked by prosecutor Paul Adams if having carbines would have made a difference that evening, Dubois said: “There is absolutely no doubt in my mind.”“He would have gone down,” said Dubois, based on training he received on carbines after the shooting.“Everything would have been different. As soon as he started firing at us, we were feeling like the hunted. … We knew we didn’t have the firepower to respond.”Dubois said he had rushed to the scene to assist Const. Martine Benoit, whose police cruiser was under fire, when he was hit while crouched behind his vehicle. He saw blood coming from holes in his pants and shirt.At one point he broke down in tears, telling the court he went against his training — which taught him to keep himself safe — and instead decided to put his own life at risk to try to help a fellow officer.“When I chose to join the RCMP, I was not a teenager, I was an adult, so it was my decision to accept the risk,” said Dubois, who joined the force in 2010 after working more than two decades at a paper company.“If I have to die, I will die.”Dubois required surgery after being hit on his left bicep, his lower left leg and upper right leg.The national police force is accused of violating the Labour Code for allegedly failing to provide members and supervisors with the appropriate information, instruction, equipment and training in an active-shooter event.Dubois said upon joining the force, he was trained to use his pistol and a 12-gauge shotgun, and had asked to be trained on a rifle.“They refused to provide the training,” he said, adding that he has been hunting since he was young boy.Dubois also recalled seeing an officer dragging a lifeless Const. Fabrice Gevaudan, and rushing over to assist.“When I looked at Fabrice, to me, he had the face of a dead person,” he said, adding he used to work in a morgue and is also trained in first aid.“There was nothing I could do.”Gevaudan and constables Doug Larche and Dave Ross were killed, while Dubois and Const. Darlene Goguen were wounded when Bourque used a semi-automatic rifle to target police officers in Moncton’s northwest end.Later Monday, Mountie Simon Grenier testified that he had taken the day off on June 4, 2014.Choking back tears, Grenier said he was outside of his home enjoying the nice weather when his neighbour ran over to say something had happened.Grenier, a former member of the Canadian Forces who now works on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s security detail, said he “kissed the kids” and rushed into the station to put on his gear and grab a weapon and vehicle.Grenier said he wanted a C8 carbine, but was told none were available, so he took a 308 rifle. He explained that he wanted a carbine because they are more accurate and easier to handle than a rifle.He and another officer headed to the scene, and at one point they saw the police cruiser of Ross — someone Grenier described as a friend.“There was a pool of blood right by the driver door,” said Grenier, bowing his head on the witness stand.He recalled going to the trunk of his cruiser and putting on body armour. He then heard of a sighting of Bourque over the radio and headed in that direction, but he never saw him.Both officers who testified Monday said they did not receive direction during the incident on where and how to respond. Both said they made their own decisions and judgements during the initial response.Bourque, who was targeting police in an effort to start an anti-government rebellion, was sentenced to life in prison with no parole eligibility for 75 years after pleading guilty to three counts of first-degree murder and two counts of attempted murder.The trial has heard from witnesses who testified they lacked the proper weapons or training to deal with an active-shooter threat.It continues Tuesday with testimony from an RCMP expert in use of force and officer safety training.Follow (at)AlyThomson on Twitter.
VANCOUVER – A spokesman for British Columbia’s wildfire service says crews accidentally sparked a blaze while burning off fuel in order to contain one of many fires raging across the province’s Interior.Kevin Skrepnek says embers ignited a nearby hillside as part of a controlled burn Tuesday against the 840-square-kilometre Elephant Hill fire, about 80 kilometres west of Kamloops.Skrepnek says conditions appeared ideal until the winds shifted dramatically, blowing them west across Highway 97.He says he doesn’t know the exact size of the unintentional blaze but firefighters were still working to put it out as of Wednesday afternoon.Skrepnek says the controlled burn was successful in depriving the main fire of fuel.He says controlled burns are an essential and effective tool for fighting wildfires and that while accidents do happen the vast majority of planned burns are successful.
NEW DELHI: After a hot and sunny day, light showers on Saturday evening brought relief to parts of Delhi and surrounding areas of NCR.The rain followed by overcast skies and thunderstorm brought the mercury down. Earlier in the day, the region witnessed a sunny morning with the minimum temperature settling at 20.2 degrees Celsius, two notches above the average in the season. Maximum temperature was expected to be around 37 degrees Celsius, a Met department official said. On Friday, the maximum temperature was 36 degrees Celsius, while the minimum settled at 18.2 degrees Celsius.
The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) is helping Palestinian farmers, shepherds and fishermen in Gaza and the West Bank whose livelihoods have been severely affected by ongoing difficulties in getting essential products into those areas.FAO currently has 14 projects – amounting to $10 million – in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, focusing on areas such as horticulture and greenhouse and irrigation rehabilitation. There has been serious concern over the humanitarian situation in Gaza, given that agriculture and fisheries have been severely impacted by lack of inputs, constraints on farm exports and restrictions on fishing areas. While some agricultural inputs can be purchased locally, those procured abroad are more difficult to import, including plastic sheeting for greenhouses which is currently awaiting clearance by Israeli authorities. During a visit to region last month, FAO Emergency Operations Senior Planning Officer Suzanne Raswant said she was “impressed at the energy and commitment of the FAO Gaza team which is working hard to deliver services and assistance under very difficult conditions.” In addition to the current projects, FAO is seeking an additional $7.3 million this year to help restore livelihoods for farmers, those raising livestock and fishermen, as well as to improve food security. FAO is also working to help Gazans detect and respond to bird flu outbreaks, including through training and the provision of essential testing equipment. Earlier this week, the Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs highlighted the worsening conditions in Gaza and the West Bank resulting from closures and restrictions on the movement of goods and people during his recent visit to the occupied Palestinian territory and Israel.“After eight months of very serious restrictions on the movement of goods, the political and security crisis in and around Gaza has increasingly severe humanitarian consequences,” said John Holmes, who also serves as UN Emergency Relief Coordinator.He called for the lifting of the regime of closure and restrictions – which has seriously affected the daily lives and economy activities of those living in the West Bank – in a way that would not jeopardize Israel’s legitimate security concerns. 21 February 2008The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) is helping Palestinian farmers, shepherds and fishermen in Gaza and the West Bank whose livelihoods have been severely affected by ongoing difficulties in getting essential products into those areas.
Perpetual Treasuries Limited (PTL) owner Arjun Aloysius also appeared before the Bribery Commission this week.Aloysius was granted conditional bail last month in the Central Bank treasury bond scam case. (Colombo Gazette) The Bribery Commission today recorded a statement from Power and Energy Minister Ravi Karunanayake.Karunanayake appeared before the Commission today to give his statement which was related to the treasury bond scam.
Technology minerals company, Talga Resources provides an update on its cobalt-focused activities in northern Sweden. Highlights of recent activities include positive metallurgical results from Kiskama IOCG Project:Up to 91% recovery of cobalt to concentrate and 99% to solutionUp to 86% recovery of copper to concentrate and 99% to solutionUp to 77% recovery of gold to concentrate and 95% to solutionFour follow-up diamond drill holes completed at Lautakoski Cu-Co-Au project show expansion of Lautakoski to 65 km2 over major gravity anomaly with surface rock samples grading up to 3.9% Cu and 500 ppm Co.Talga has secured a new 33 km2 project ‘East Aitik’ with historic rock samples grading up to 17.4% Cu, 1.8g/t Au and 5.6% Mo located near the 36 Mt/y Cu-Au-Ag-Mo mine and mill.Resampling of historic core has been completed on Ahmavuoma project and assaying underway.Talga Managing Director Mark Thompson commented: “The outcomes of our cobalt related work program have been very encouraging. At Kiskama the metallurgical results show high recoveries of cobalt, copper and gold in samples from big widths of cobalt in sulphides rather than oxides. With no evidence of deleterious minerals that can plague cobalt recovery projects, a more in-depth assessment is justified.“In addition to Kiskama, the Lautakoski drilling and anomalous surface samples in the expanded area indicate large scale copper-cobalt-gold potential. Likewise the new high grade East Aitik ground is highly prospective, and is located proximal to roads and grid power near a giant open-pit base metals mine and mill – [Boliden’s Aitik operation].“These provide a low cost opportunity for potential future battery-mineral supply in Europe, and particularly in Sweden.”
THE AVERAGE PRICE paid for farm land in Ireland fell by €500 per acre last year.It was expected that the average value of agricultural land would break €10,000 per acre in 2013, instead it fell to €9,400.The national average price paid for agricultural land in 2012 was €9,954 per acre.That’s a 5.6 per cent drop.The figures were published today in the Irish Farmers Journal Agriculture Land Price Report.Supply and DemandThe report says that supply has recovered to pre-recession levels with almost 75,000 acres offered for sale in 2013.“Today, the market is dominated by executor and receiver/NAMA sales.There is still strong demand for land from farmers, along with increased interest from ex-pats, overseas customers, and a new type of buyer – returning Irish emigrants.Going going…goneThe Farmers Journal report shows that 74,862 acres were offered for sale in 2013, that’s up by 17.4 per cent on 2012.Dublin had the highest average at €16,115 per acre, Kildare was next in line at €13,114 per acre and Louth was third at €12,628 per acre.On the other end of the spectrum, Leitrim had the lowest average at €4,156 per acre followed by Mayo at €5,145 per acre and Sligo at €5,879 per acre.Read: Agricultural land prices fall by over 50 per cent in the past four years>Read:
TWENTY-THREE-YEAR-old Alexandra Kinova is pregnant with the Czech Republic’s first set of naturally conceived quintuplets.She is to due to give birth to her five babies by Caesarean section tomorrow at a hospital in Prague.Kinova, who already has one son, defied odds of around one in 60 million by becoming pregnant with five babies without the use of IVF treatment.(All images: CTK Photo/Stanislav Zbynek)Read: 13 things people with babies do>More: Kids tasting things for the first time… in slow motion>
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram As a former president of the Melbourne University Greek club, Ashley Nasiakos found it odd that no other group existed for Greek Australians to follow their group activities when they enter the workforce. An idea was born, and with the help of the Hellenic Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (HACCI), the HACCI Young Professionals Network was created.Launching the group Wednesday night, Mr Nasiakos said it’s important to provide young Greeks with the chance to talk and collaborate with like-minded people once they enter the workforce. “There’s an expiry point, they fall off the radar,” he said about the lack of groups for young Greeks. “From Greek school, to uni, there’s nothing. It’s the most important time to build them up.”Mr Nasiakos said the network has been created to give working Greek Australians a unified voice, help them collaborate and meet people in their industry while also giving talented Greeks a chance to be mentored. More than 60 young Greek Australians packed the function room at Kri Kri restaurant in Melbourne, intrigued and happy to be a part of the initiative. Those attending came from a wide variety of industries, including lawyers, pharmacists, librarians and accountants, all hoping to get some tips on how to better navigate themselves through the business world. Keynote speaker and author of Adventures of a Ballooning Career, Despina Karatzias used her own story of working in the travel industry for more than 10 years to give the audience more of an idea of how to seize moments and get over the fear of networking. She said it’s in our blood to be good networkers due to the fact our parents had to be much more extroverted to survive in a foreign land.“We’re predisposed to leadership, we’re here because it takes courage to leave a place and come to a place that’s all uncertainty,” she said. “Networking started early for us after feeling left out in a foreign country.” Ms Karatzias also spoke of the three Ps of business: passion, people and profit, and included a networking tip called the elevator pitch. The pitch is a way to summarise a person’s career objective in less than a minute in a palatable way to get people interested. She implored everyone in the room to speak to three new people at the event.After the launch, the network hopes to provide a series of events for its members, from more casual meet ups to more serious workshops and industry nights. Already on the cards for the network are two special events with brand strategist Peter Economides.In a special four hour workshop on September 13, Peter Economides will tutor 36 participants on how to brand their business.Then the network will host a branding for start ups lecture with Mr Economides in conjunction with Swinburne University on September 15.Piggybacking from already successful events HACCI hosts, the network will also host a cocktail gala ball in the early months of next year.HACCI hopes to use its already established mentoring and internship program to give more members a chance at getting a foot in the door of their preferred industry.For more information, visit www.hacci.com.au or email an expression of interest to email@example.com
Bill Potts isn’t the only one traveling through space and time with the Doctor.Following appearances in the 2015 and 2016 Christmas specials, Nardole returns this spring as the Doctor’s first full-time alien companion in more than 30 years.But who is the lovable-if-dim sidekick, brought to life so sweetly by Matt Lucas (Little Britain, Bridesmaids)?Hired by River Song as a servant on Mendorax Dellora on Christmas Day 5343, Nardole unwittingly brings the Doctor and River back together in “The Husbands of River Song.”He also manages to get his head chopped off and transplanted onto King Hydroflax’s cyborg body—a small detail the writers gloss over during Nardole’s fully intact reappearance in “The Return of Doctor Mysterio.”“I lost my head very carelessly,” Lucas said during a December appearance on The One Show, promising that the reconstruction will be explained.“You do discover … across the course of the [upcoming] series how Nardole was put together again and why he’s back,” Lucas continued. “He’s not just there on a whim. He has a job to do. All becomes apparent throughout the series.”Little else is known about the character—aside from his affinity for plaid pajamas and orange bathrobes. HBO Max Scores Exclusive ‘Doctor Who’ Streaming RightsJo Tro Do Plo Plo No: ‘Doctor Who’ Welcomes Back Familiar Monster Stay on target Pajamas make for great hiking clothes if they’re brightly colored. Right, Nardole? #DoctorWho #BehindtheScenes pic.twitter.com/n8wWPMiKg4— Doctor Who BBCA (@DoctorWho_BBCA) February 8, 2017“Some people say, ‘I quite liked Nardole, but why does he need to come back?’ Well, there is an answer,” Lucas told Doctor Who Magazine late last year. “I can’t tell you why he needs to come back, but I can tell you that he does need to come back.”And I’m sure it has nothing to do with the fact that Lucas specifically asked Moffat for a chance to reprise the character.“This guy who’s out in LA being offered every kind of pilot and every kind of career advancement has basically decided that instead of all that wealth and spectacular success, he’d rather go to Cardiff and make Doctor Who,’” Moffat reminisced in August. “I decided to import the best comic timing I’ve ever seen into Doctor Who on a regular basis.”Upon the show’s return on April 15, the Doctor’s bobble-hat-wearing cohort will become the first full-time alien companion since Vislor Turlough (Mark Strickson), who traveled with the Fifth Doctor (Peter Davison) from 1983–84.
BRUSH PRAIRIE — The Hockinson school board invites the community to a farewell celebration for outgoing Superintendent Sandra Yager, who is stepping down after this current school year. She announced her decision in November, and starting this summer, she will take over as superintendent at Cornerstone Christian Academy in Vancouver.Yager has been in Hockinson for the last 17 years, serving as superintendent and Hockinson High School principal. In March, the school board voted to hire Steve Marshall, who is currently the director of educational resources for the Camas School District, as Hockinson’s next superintendent.The celebration will run from 6 to 7 p.m. June 10 in the Hockinson High School library, 16819 N.E. 159th St., Brush Prairie.
Juventus midfielder Juan Cuadrado believes that there are still aspects of his own game that he must improveThe Colombia international started as a right wing-back for Juventus in Wednesday night’s Serie A game against Bologna.Goals from Paulo Dybala and Blaise Matuidi inside the opening 16 minutes at Turin enabled Juventus to maintain their 100% winning start to the season after six games.“I am very happy with the team’s overall performance,” Cuadrado told the club website.Juventus confirm Mario Mandzukic could leave this month Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Sporting director Fabio Paratici confirmed reports that Mario Mandzukic could leave Juventus for a move to an unnamed Qatari team.“When we play ball to feet, we’re effective and fun. I think we’ve made a great start to this season and we must keep up the good work.”But the 30-year-old, who gave Cristiano Ronaldo his no.7 jersey in the summer, feels there are aspects of his game that still need work.“As far as my own performance is concerned, I still have room for improvement and, when I attempt one-on-one moves, I must make the most of my characteristics, but I’m working every day to raise my game further.”Juventus will next face title rivals Napoli at the Allianz Stadium in Turin on Saturday.
Arsenal have reportedly extended Nacho Monreal’s contract to June 2020 after activating a clause they had on his expiring dealThe Spanish full-back has been at Arsenal since January 2013 following his transfer from Malaga for a reported £8.5m.In that time, Monreal has managed 10 goals and 17 assists in 227 appearances across all competitions for the Gunners along with winning three FA Cups and Community Shields.With his contract running out this summer, manager Unai Emery expressed his wish to retain Monreal in the future.Liverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.Now ESPN reports that Arsenal have taken their option to renew Monreal’s expiring contract until the end of next season with talks over a longer-term deal to be put on hold for now.Although the futures of goalkeeper Petr Cech and injured striker Danny Welbeck remain in doubt as they enter the final six months of their contracts at Arsenal.Welsh star Aaron Ramsey is set to leave for nothing at the end of the season with Juventus recently confirming their interest in signing him.While Stephan Lichtsteiner, who only joined from Juventus last summer, is expected to remain with Arsenal having the option to extend his contract by another 12 months.