LinkedIn Pinterest Share on Twitter Boosting intimacy may be more important for maintaining long-lasting romantic relationships than reducing insecurities, according to new research published in Social Psychological and Personality Science.“When we think about the question ‘why do couples break up?’ what we easily and mostly think of are some ‘negative’ events and feelings such as cheating, lying, fights and insecurities,” explained study author Yoo Bin Park, a PhD student at the University of Toronto and member of the MacDonald Social Psychology Research Lab.“However, our team has been generally interested in the important role the ‘positives,’ and in particular feelings of intimacy, play in relationship maintenance. So we decided to address that question in a prospective study with participants currently involved in a relationship.” Share on Facebook Share Email The researchers recruited 4,105 adults and had them complete weekly surveys regarding their relationship until they broke up. Of the initial sample, 111 participants completed a 27-day daily diary study following their breakup and 76 of these participants also completed a follow-up survey one month after the conclusion of the daily diary study.After controlling for gender, age, and relationship length, Park and her colleagues found that perceived intimacy predicted whether or not participants continued to stay with their partner.Specifically, participants who disagreed with statements such as “It’s interesting to learn more about my partner”, “Being with my partner gives me opportunities for personal growth”, and “I enjoy sharing things about myself with my partner” tended to have shorter relationships. This was true even when the researchers accounted for other factors such as relationship satisfaction and attachment insecurities.Surprisingly, the researchers found that concerns about negative evaluations (“I worry about what my partner thinks about me”) did not appear to significantly predict breakups.“Especially for anyone who is thinking ‘something’s missing in my relationship,’ I think they should take away from this study that it might be the intimate connections that they are missing and they should do something about it rather than overlooking its importance just because it doesn’t come across as serious a red flag as frequent quarrels would, for example,” Park told PsyPost.“Oftentimes, couples drift apart not necessarily because they hate each other but because they get used to and take for granted the reward they get from connecting with their partner. Intimate connection is more than a relationship luxury and may in fact be crucial to relationship longevity, so investing some time and efforts to experiencing that will be worth it.”The researchers also found that perceived intimacy was unrelated to postbreakup attachment to an ex-partner, which could be because of how memories function.“Just as specific details of an event or information are lost over time and only a global meaning or summary is retained, memories from the previous relationship that are left to affect postbreakup outcomes may be a global sense of how satisfying or positive the relationship experience was rather than specific aspects of the relationship,” the researchers said.As with any study, the new research includes some caveats.“We didn’t look at the partner’s part of the story in this research. It’s possible that the relationship one partner considers as sufficiently intimate is not at all fulfilling the other partner’s needs for intimacy,” Park said.“So I think it’ll be important and interesting to look at how both partners’ level of intimacy contribute to the breakup decisions — is one partner’s lack of intimacy enough to fail a relationship or would the relationship survive if there’s at least one partner perceiving enough intimacy in their relationship?”The study, “Lack of Intimacy Prospectively Predicts Breakup“, was authored by Yoobin Park, Emily A. Impett, Stephanie S. Spielmann, Samantha Joel, and Geoff MacDonald.
STATE News:SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials have announced this afternoon 488 additional positive tests for COVID-19.Los Alamos County remains at 36 cases that have tested positive for COVID-19.Today’s update includes 3 new deaths in New Mexico related to COVID-19.The New Mexico Department of Health reported today the most recent cases:135 new cases in Bernalillo County41 new cases in Chaves County3 new cases in Cibola County10 new cases in Curry County81 new cases in Doña Ana County28 new cases in Eddy County4 new cases in Grant County2 new cases in Hidalgo County36 new cases in Lea County2 new cases in Lincoln County18 new cases in Luna County12 new cases in McKinley County1 new case in Mora County5 new cases in Otero County4 new cases in Rio Arriba County6 new cases in Roosevelt County28 new cases in Sandoval County19 new cases in San Juan County1 new case in San Miguel County19 new cases in Santa Fe County3 new cases in Sierra County11 new cases in Socorro County2 new cases in Taos County4 new cases in Torrance County3 new cases in Union County5 new cases in Valencia County5 new cases among individuals being held by federal agencies at the Cibola County Correctional CenterThe Department of Health reported 3 additional deaths in New Mexico related to COVID-19:A male in his 70s from Chaves County.A male in his 80s from Chaves County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.A male in his 80s from Sandoval County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.The number of deaths of New Mexico residents related to COVID-19 is now at 902.Previously reported numbers included one case in Doña Ana County that was not lab confirmed and two cases that have been identified as out-of-state residents (one in Doña Ana County, one in San Juan County) – these have now been corrected. Including the cases reported today, New Mexico has now had a total of 32,241 COVID-19 cases:Bernalillo County: 7,420Catron County: 9Chaves County: 1,469Cibola County: 454Colfax County: 40Curry County: 1,025De Baca County: 1Doña Ana County: 3,918Eddy County: 1003Grant County: 140Guadalupe County: 36Harding County: 1Hidalgo County: 106Lea County: 1,620Lincoln County: 246Los Alamos County: 36Luna County: 482McKinley County: 4,396Mora County: 8Otero County: 293Quay County: 77Rio Arriba County: 414Roosevelt County: 333Sandoval County: 1,484San Juan County: 3,449San Miguel County: 112Santa Fe County: 1,163Sierra County: 57Socorro County: 137Taos County: 153Torrance County: 88Union County: 37Valencia County: 636County totals are subject to change upon further investigation and determination of residency of individuals positive for COVID-19.The Department of Health currently reports the following numbers of COVID-19 cases among individuals held by federal agencies at the following facilities:Cibola County Correctional Center: 329Otero County Prison Facility: 288Otero County Processing Center: 166Torrance County Detention Facility: 44The Department of Health currently reports the following numbers of COVID-19 cases among individuals held by the New Mexico Corrections Department at the following facilities:Central New Mexico Correctional Facility in Valencia County: 35Lea County Correctional Facility: 52Northeast New Mexico Correctional Facility in Union County: 5Northwest New Mexico Correctional Center in Cibola County: 1Otero County Prison Facility: 472Penitentiary of New Mexico in Santa Fe County: 1Southern New Mexico Correctional Facility in Doña Ana County: 1Western New Mexico Correctional Facility in Cibola County: 4As of today, there are 133 individuals hospitalized in New Mexico for COVID-19. This number may include individuals who tested positive for COVID-19 out of state but are currently hospitalized in New Mexico. This number does not include New Mexicans who tested positive for COVID-19 and may have been transferred to a hospital out of state.As of today, there are 18,335 COVID-19 cases designated as having recovered by the New Mexico Department of Health.The Department of Health has identified at least one positive COVID-19 case in residents and/or staff in the past 28 days at the following long-term care facilities:Albuquerque Heights Healthcare and Rehabilitation CenterAtria Vista Del Rio in AlbuquerqueAvamere at Rio RanchoBear Canyon Rehabilitation Center in AlbuquerqueBelen Meadows Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center in BelenBloomfield Nursing and RehabilitationBrookdale Santa FeCasa Arena Blanca Nursing Center in AlamogordoCasa del Sol Center in Las CrucesCasa de Oro Center in Las CrucesCasa Maria Health Care Center in RoswellClovis Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center in ClovisColfax Long Term Care Center in SpringerDesert Springs Nursing and Rehabilitation in HobbsGood Life Senior Living in LovingtonGood Samaritan Society Las CrucesLaguna Rainbow Care in Casa BlancaLakeview Christian Home in CarlsbadLas Palomas Center in AlbuquerqueLifeSpire Assisted Living in Rio RanchoLotus Care Homes in AlbuquerqueMission Arch Center in RoswellMorningStar Assisted Living & Memory Care in Rio RanchoThe Neighborhood in Rio RanchoPrinceton Place in AlbuquerqueRamah Adult Care in RamahRaton Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in RatonThe Rehab Center of Albuquerque in AlbuquerqueRetirement Ranches in ClovisRetreat Healthcare in Rio RanchoSandia Ridge Center in AlbuquerqueSandia Senior Suites in AlbuquerqueSan Juan Center in AlbuquerqueSilver City Care Center in Silver CityTercer Cielo in AlbuquerqueVillage at Northrise in Las CrucesVillage Retirement Community in RoswellThe Watermark at Cherry Hills in AlbuquerqueWelbrook Senior Living Las CrucesThe Department of Health has detected community spread in the state of New Mexico and is investigating cases with no known exposure. The agency reports that given the infectious nature of the virus it is likely other residents are infected but yet to be tested or confirmed positive. To that end, all New Mexicans have been instructed to stay home except for outings absolutely necessary for health, safety and welfare. These additional restrictions have been enacted to aggressively minimize person-to-person contact and ensure spread is mitigated. New Mexicans are strongly urged to limit travel to only what is necessary for health, safety and welfare.The New Mexico Department of Health has active investigations into the positive patients, which includes contact-tracing and swabs of symptomatic individuals who have had contact with the positive cases.Every New Mexican must work together to stem the spread of COVID-19. Stay home, especially if you are sick. Wear a mask or face covering when in public and around others.New Mexicans who report symptoms of COVID-19 infection, such as fever, cough, shortness of breath, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea, and/or loss of taste or smell should call their health care provider or the NMDOH COVID-19 hotline immediately (1-855-600-3453).The Department of Health strongly encourages the following groups to get tested:Symptomatic people displaying the COVID-19 symptoms of fever, cough, shortness of breath, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea, and/or loss of taste or smell;Asymptomatic people who are close contacts or household members of people in their infectious period who have already tested positive for the coronavirus;Asymptomatic people who live or work in congregate settings such as long-term care facilities and group homes; andPatients who are scheduled for surgery and whose provider has advised them to get tested before the procedure.New Mexicans who have non-health-related questions or concerns can also call 833-551-0518 or visit newmexico.gov, which is being updated regularly as a one-stop source for information for families, workers and others affected by and seeking more information about COVID-19.
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Aug 12, 2020 Extract from CARICOM Business Vol.2 No 33: The CSME is not a dream. “First of all, for those who say that we’re in a dream, I would urge them to wake up, because guess what, it’s a reality and it’s happening.” That’s the emphatic declaration of CARICOM Assistant Secretary-General for Trade and Economic Integration, Joseph Cox. In a recent television interview on CNC3 in Trinidad, Cox cited some of the gains that have already been realized by the CSME including the establishment of the Multilateral Air Services Agreement which liberalizes air transport in the Region, implementation of the Protocol on Contingent Rights coupled with a myriad of policy wins in Renewable Energy at the Regional level. The ASG, though buoyed by the successful roll-out of the registration process for nationals, under the Community Public Procurement Noticeboard in Barbados the day before, admitted that the pace of CSME implementation was dissatisfying to all but pointed out that cognizance must be taken of the fact that not all Members States were at the same stages of development and that this would impact the pace of implementation. Read this issue of CARICOM Business Oct 12, 2020 New CARICOM Assistant Secretary-General makes familarisation visitsNew CARICOM Assistant Secretary-General for Trade and Economic Integration (TEI) Mr. Joseph Cox visited key Institutions and Departments during a visit to Barbados. Mr. Cox, a Jamaican, joined the management team at the CARICOM Secretariat at the start of this month. ASG Cox (3rd from right) paid a courtesy call…September 15, 2015In “Barbados”Region cannot sit on sidelines of digital era, CARICOM ASG warnsCaribbean Community (CARICOM) Assistant Secretary-General Trade and Economic Integration, Mr Joseph Cox, has warned the Community not to sit on the sidelines of the digital era. “There is almost no option to sit on the sidelines in this new digital era. Whatever is happening in the developed world will also…April 24, 2017In “CARICOM”Increased CSME Public Awareness for GuyanaThe Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat continues its drive to ensure that key stakeholders are knowledgeable about the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME) and its significant benefits. On Wednesday, November 2, a one-day CSME sensitization workshop is being convened in Guyana. Approximately 30 participants from private sector entities and rural…November 2, 2016In “Barbados”Share this on WhatsApp Suriname unifies exchange rate: CARICOM BUSINESS Sep 28, 2020 You may be interested in… or: Caricom Business August 16 2019_vol-2No_33 Owen Arthur on the CSME CARICOM Competition Authorities encouraged to co-operate Sep 23, 2020 LIAT to Resume Operations in November? – CARICOM… Caricom Business August 16 2019_vol-2No_33Caricom Business August 9 2019-vol 2_no 33 Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading…
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It has been said of the English that they prefer pets to people; but perhaps they prefer petrol to people. A cynical observation perhaps, but as the Lords prepares to sound the death knell for civil legal aid, a peak at No 10’s e-petitions website is instructive. Over 110,000 signed a petition opposing January’s 3p a litre fuel rise, while at press time more than 80 Tory MPs were expected to rebel over the measure. Contrast this with the 1,500 people who signed a petition opposing the civil legal aid reforms, and the steamrollering of the bill implementing the cuts through the Commons. The coalition has been disingenuous throughout. This has never really been about ‘greedy’ lawyers and saving money. That’s how it was spun to the complaisant tabloids, suckered into cheerleading for measures that will put the law out of reach of a significant chunk of their own readership demographic. It is hard to see this as anything other than an ideological crusade bent on removing the state from another area of civil society, for which the downturn provided a useful alibi. So will the Lords ride to the rescue? We can hope for scope concessions on clinical negligence and domestic violence. But with opposition to the cuts fractured, even that might be too much to expect. At this late stage, alas, it seems hope is all there is. Join our LinkedIn Legal Aid sub-group
PESCADERO, Calif. (CBS) Authorities in San Mateo County believe a mountain lion entered a home in the coastal town of Pescadero and took a resident’s dog, CBS San Francisco reports.Deputies said a woman, child and a 15-pound Portugese Podengo were sleeping in a bedroom at a home on the 800 block of Native Sons Road early Monday morning when the incident occurred.The incident happened in the hills just above Pescadero, a remote area where mountain lion sightings have become more common.The bedroom had French doors leading to the outside partially open to let in fresh air.The door was only slightly ajar, but it was enough to let a mountain lion slip in and take away a beloved pet right next to a sleeping child.Mountain lion caught on camera after killing spreeAround 3 a.m., the woman said she woke up after the dog began to bark aggressively. The woman said she then saw the shadow of an animal enter the room and take the dog from the bed.“As soon as I saw it walk out, I said, ‘That’s a lion,’” said homeowner Victoria Fought.Lenora was a rescue dog and hasn’t been seen since. Blood stains on the door step are the only signs left behind by the intruder.Fought and her daughter Catalina Pesso still have a hard time believing a mountain lion could be so bold.“It was shocking,” said Fought.“I heard my little dog bark and it wasn’t a bark that I’ve heard her do before,” said Pesso.After calling 911, deputies searched the area and found paw prints similar to a mountain lion.Game Warden Michael Harris was also called in to investigate. He examined what appeared to be mountain lion tracks that were spotted just down the lane.“I took a couple of tails up closer to the house, and then some down here,” said Harris. “But I didn’t find him down there either.”Without the carcass of the dog, it will be hard to track down the lion and the warden is not planning to set traps.Neighbors are being warned to be especially wary of mountain lions in this area, as this one showed the will go just about anywhere to find its prey.Authorities have contacted the California Department of Fish and Wildlife to see if a follow up investigation is necessary. Published: April 18, 2017 4:01 PM EDT Mountain lion suspected of snatching dog from bedroom as child slept Do you see a typo or an error? Let us know. SHARE
Baker & McKenzie has confirmed its status as the world’s biggest law firm, posting a turnover of $2.54bn (£1.51bn) for the year ended 30 June – its highest-ever sum.Total revenue was up 5% on the previous year as Bakers became the first firm to pass the $2.5bn mark since the global financial crisis. Profits per equity partner increased by 7% to $1.29m (£770,000).Bakers is also the world’s largest firm by headcount, with 4,245 lawyers, 1,430 of whom are partners.Standout practices in 2014 included banking and finance, tax and dispute resolution; with M&A, intellectual property, and trade and commerce also performing strongly.Key deals included: advising Dai-Ichi Life Insurance on its $5.7bn (£3.4bn) acquisition of New York Stock Exchange-listed Protective Life Corporation; acting for Deloitte and the lenders in the $1.1bn (£660m) receivership of the Gherkin; and the $638m (£380m) acquisition of the largest retail pharmacy chains in Mexico and Chile by Alliance Boots.During the year Bakers opened offices in Yangon, Myanmar and Dubai in the UAE. Further expansion into new markets planned for 2015 has already begun with the opening of an office in Brisbane, Australia in July.Firm chairman Eduardo Leite (pictured) said: ‘The market for legal services gets more competitive every year and the last twelve months were no exception, despite an improving global economy.’He said: ‘Baker & McKenzie defined the global law firm in the 20th century, and we are redefining it to meet the challenges of the global economy in the 21st by becoming even more competitive, strategically agile and above all focusing on client satisfaction.‘We have been passionately global since our founding 65 years ago and that is reflected in our continued expansion into new markets, and the recruitment of new lawyers and professionals around the world.’Leite added: ‘We remain confident that the combination of our deep local roots and our strong common global vision, strategy, brand, culture and operating philosophy will continue to reinforce our ambition to lead our profession globally and offer our clients exceptional service wherever they are in the world.’
Sir Cliff Richard has won a privacy case against the BBC over its ‘somewhat sensationalist’ coverage of a police raid of his home. The entertainer was awarded £210,000 in damages in a High Court ruling this morning.Richard, who sued both the BBC and South Yorkshire Police, claimed the BBC’s reporting of the 2014 raid was a ’serious invasion’ of privacy. He was never arrested or charged over the alleged offences.Handing down his judgment in Sir Cliff Richard v BBC and South Yorkshire Police, Mr Justice Mann said: ‘I have found that this was a serious infringement of Sir Cliff’s privacy rights, in terms of what was disclosed, in terms of the manner of disclosure and in terms of the effect on Sir Cliff.’Mann found that ‘Sir Cliff had privacy rights in respect of the police investigation and the BBC infringed those rights without a legal justification.’Richard sued SYP for breach of privacy and under the Data Protection Act 1998 after the police disclosed that he was under investigation and the date, time and place of an intended search of his home. Before the trial SYP had already admitted liability and agreed to pay £400,000 in damages plus costs. He sued the BBC on the same grounds for publicly disclosing the facts and covering the search in various broadcasts.The case revolved around subsequent dealings between the BBC and SYP. The BBC claimed the police volunteered the information whereas Richard claimed SYP was ‘manoeuvred into providing it’ from a fear and implicit threat that the BBC would or might publish news of the investigation before the police were ready to conduct their search.‘As my judgment reflects, I have accepted the SYP/Cliff Richard case on this point, and rejected the BBC’s case,’ Mann wrote. He added: ‘I find that Sir Cliff had privacy rights in respect of the police investigation and that the BBC infringed those rights without a legal justification. It did so in a serious way and also in a somewhat sensationalist way.’Nicola Cain, partner at RPC, warned that the media will now have to ‘walk on eggshells’ when reporting on police investigations.She added: ‘The judge found that even if an investigation involves public activity, and reporting on it is in the public interest, an individual can still have a reasonable expectation of privacy in not being identified. This goes against several previous decisions which recognised the importance to the media of identifying individuals in coverage.’Emma Woollcott, head of reputation protection at City firm Mishcon de Reya, said the case may spark future challenges from high-profile individuals who have been subjected to similar ’sensationalised’ news reports.David Malone, human rights and criminal barrister at Red Lion Chambers, said the case has potentially huge, and perhaps constitutional, implications for the investigation of cases of abuse alleged to have been committed by those in positions of power and influence.Malone said: ‘Parliament despite frequent debate, research and opportunity to do so – including most recently a Private Member’s Bill in June 2010 – has not legislated upon this specific issue i[the anonymity of suspects before charge].‘It is important that, in appropriate cases in the future, the police are not cowed by this judgment, and do still at the very least consider reporting the name of an individual, when that action may enable other victims to come forward to strengthen the case against that individual.’Fran Unsworth, the BBC’s director of news and current affairs, confirmed it was considering an appeal.’This judgment creates new case law and represents a dramatic shift against press freedom and the long-standing ability of journalists to report on police investigations, which in some cases has led to further complainants coming forward,’ Unsworth said.’This isn’t just about reporting on individuals. It means police investigations, and searches of people’s homes, could go unreported and unscrutinised. It will make it harder to scrutinise the conduct of the police and we fear it will undermine the wider principle of the public’s right to know. It will put decision-making in the hands of the police.’In his judgment, Mr Justice Mann acknowledged that the case could have a significant impact on press reporting, but not one requiring a change in the law. ‘The fact is that there is legislative authority restraining the press in the form of the Human Rights Act, and that is what the courts apply in this area… If the position of the press is now different from that which it has been in the past, that is because of the Human Rights Act, and not because of some court-created principle.’
LATVIA: National operator LDz has selected CZ Loko to remanufacture 14 Type 2M62U twin-section diesel locomotives used by its freight subsidiary LDz Cargo.LDz currently has a fleet of 30 Lugansk-built 2M62Us, dating from 1987, along with 40 of the older 2M62s and 33 single-section M62s. Two of the 2M62Us were repowered with Caterpillar engines by MÁV Szolnoki Járműjavitó in 2008, under a programme announced in 2005 that had been expected to cover the entire class.The 14 locomotives remanufactured by CZ Loko will retain only the bogies and underframes from the donor units, which will be extensively reconditioned and mated with new engines, traction equipment and bodyshells developed by the Czech builder.The locomotives are to be powered by MTU 16V Series 4000 R43 diesel engines rated at 2 200 kW, which have been ordered from the Rolls Royce Power Systems subsidiary and supplied through its local agency in Estonia, Baltic Marine.The first two engines are due to be shipped to the Czech Republic this year, to be fitted to the prototype conversion which is now being developed by CZ Loko. According to the supplier, the remaining 26 engines and other major components will be shipped in 2015-16 for ‘integration into the locomotives on a modular basis’.Whereas the prototype conversion is due to be commissioned and certified by CZ Loko before delivery, the remaining locomotives will be commissioned by LDz following delivery to Latvia.