American Marriages Are Much Better — and Much Worse — Than Ever

first_imgNew York Magazine:When your partner is your best friend — someone who really gets you, you know? — it’s a wonderful thing. And yet thinking of marriage as the ultimate BFF-ship potentially comes with its own set of problems, setting some lofty expectations for the relationship. It often means that this is theone person to whom you look to meet your deepest psychological and personal growth requirements; it’s the tippy-top of the old Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs pyramid, in other words.When it works, it’s bliss. But according to the authors of a new paper in Current Directions in Psychological Science — lead-authored by Northwestern University’s Eli Finkel — it’s also incredibly difficult to meet these huge and time-consuming demands, meaning the modern American marriage has the potential to be both much better and much worse than ever before. Because here’s the twist: At the same time Americans are asking more out of their marriages than ever, they’re also spending less time with their spouses.Read the whole story: New York Magazine More of our Members in the Media >last_img read more

Steelers likely not going to splurge in free agency

first_imgPittsburgh Steelers cornerback Senquez Golson (27) goes through drills during an NFL football organized team activity, OTA, Tuesday, May 26, 2015 in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic) (Keith Srakocic)PITTSBURGH (AP) _ The Pittsburgh Steelers have money to spend heading into free agency and there are roster needs aplenty with nearly two dozen players set to hit the open market.Just don’t expect general manager Kevin Colbert to start tossing around mega contracts to virtual strangers.That’s just not how the Steelers go about their business.“We want to stay the course as best we can,” Colbert said on Tuesday. “If there’s a guy from the outside that makes sense, we’ll plug him in.”Fresh off an 11-7 season in which Pittsburgh came close to beating the Super Bowl champion Denver Broncos, Colbert remains bullish on his club’s talented core even with significant holes to fill, particularly in the secondary and along the offensive line.The Steelers finished with the AFC’s best offense despite playing the majority of the season without All-Pro center Maurkice Pouncey, star running back Le’Veon Bell and left tackle Kelvin Beachum. The defense produced sacks and turnovers at its highest rate in six years, but also ended up 30th in the league against the pass.Colbert sees the 2016 draft as deep, particularly in the secondary. Pittsburgh has the 25th overall pick and six selections total, with the possibility of adding a compensatory selection in one of the later rounds.In a way, Colbert figures the Steelers already have one of their 2016 picks on the roster. Last year’s second-round pick, cornerback Senquez Golson, arrived at training camp and didn’t play a snap all season.Golson will be healthy heading into organized team activities and Pittsburgh needs him to be ready to play as it figures out which defensive backs it wants to re-sign.Cornerbacks Antwon Blake and Brandon Boykin and safety Will Allen will all become free agents next month. Colbert didn’t rule out making a run at keeping any or all of them and isn’t closing the door on Cortez Allen either.Allen has three years left on the $25 million deal he started on the eve of the 2014 season opener, but has struggled with inconsistency and injuries from the moment the ink was dry on the contract.The Steelers could find some additional cap relief if they designated Allen for a June release, but Colbert didn’t rule out keeping Allen around.“We haven’t written off any of those guys,” Colbert said. “But we want to add to it as well.”Something Pittsburgh did in 2014 when it landed hard-hitting safety Mike Mitchell. Colbert opted against blaming most of Pittsburgh’s defensive issues on the back end, calling it a collective effort.Still, he liked what he saw from young linebackers Ryan Shazier, Bud Dupree and Jarvis Jones. All three will be asked to take another step forward next fall.“The young guys have to continue to improve,” Colbert said. “The progression has to out-pace the regression of the older guys.”Some other things Pittsburgh’s front office is focused on before it meets with prospects at the combine next week.HARRISON’S RETURN: Colbert anticipates linebacker James Harrison returning for a 14th season. Harrison, who turns 38 in May, had five of Pittsburgh’s 48 sacks in 2015. Colbert credited Harrison for providing “quiet inspiration” for many of his teammates.TWO KICKERS: Chris Boswell filled in capably for the injured Shaun Suisham, making 29 of 32 field goals and showing off some serious range at notoriously tricky Heinz Field. Though Suisham is recovering from a left knee injury and is considerably more expensive than Boswell, Colbert believes the Steelers will take both kickers to training camp before sorting out the situation.HOLD THE LINE?: Kevin Beachum and longtime right guard Ramon Foster are both headed to free agency. Beachum was blossoming into one of the league’s better blind-side protectors when he injured his left knee against Arizona in October. It’s unclear how the injury will affect Beachum’s value. He would prefer to remain at left tackle, but has played center and guard during his brief career.BETTER FINISHERS: Regardless of who is on the roster next fall, Colbert stressed the Steelers need to develop a more effective killer instinct. There were several games throughout the season _ notably an overtime loss to Baltimore in October and the divisional playoff setback on the road against the Broncos _ where Pittsburgh appeared in control until things went awry late. “When you look back on our losses, we didn’t close the game out when we had an opportunity to do so,” Colbert said. “We won more than we lost but the ones that we lost, we just didn’t finish it. That’s the key to our improvement next year.”___AP NFL website: and read more

Monash works continue

first_imgDelays are expected this weekend as upgrade works continue on the Monash Freeway. From 9pm Saturday 3 February until 5am…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

Flogas Irish Amateur Open First Round Scores

first_imgRound one scores (complete)Flogas Irish Amateur OpenRoyal County Down at the Flogas AM-AM ahead of the Flogas Irish Amateur Open in Royal Co Down golf club, Newcastle Co. Down Ireland. 15/05/2018.Picture: Golffile | Fran CaffreyAll photo usage must carry mandatory copyright credit (© Golffile | Fran Caffrey) print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Emailcenter_img 65 R Dawson (Tramore)68 A Fitzpatrick (England); A Gleeson  (Castle)69 J Skov Olesen (Denmark); M Saulez (South Africa); D Hague (England); M Jordan (England); D Rauch (Germany); R Cannon (Balbriggan); K Reitan (Norway); A Wilson (England)70 G Collins (Rosslare); J Hapgood (Wales); B Gill (England); S Watts (Cairndhu); C Thornton (England); N Bachem (Germany)71 P O’Keeffe (Douglas); C Woollam (South Africa); R Mullarney (Galway); G Bloor (England); A Hill (Athenry); J Fox (Portmarnock); J Gough (England); T Nel (South Africa); G Chevalier (France); J Wilson (Scotland); D Langley (England); P Brennan (Belvoir Park); P Melching (Netherlands)72 L Sanges (Wales); E Walker (Scotland); L Shepherd (England); M Hammer (Germany); C Barrow (Scotland); C Strickland (England); E McIntosh (Scotland); M Mitchell  (South Africa); J Sugrue (Mallow)73 C Mansfield (South Africa); T Carter (England); J Brady (Rosslare); T Vaillant (France); Q Debove (France); J Cope (England); R Williams   (England); R Brazill (Naas); J Yates (Naas); J Mc Donnell (Forrest Little); N Poppleton (England); D Brophy (Castleknock); B Hutchinson (England); F Hanisch (Germany); C Denvir (Elm Park); B Chamberlain (Wales); J Schaper (South Africa); J Pierse (Portmarnock)74 C Lamprecht (South Africa); F Carr (Kirkistown Castle); R Neergaard-Petersen (Denmark); M Norton (Belvoir Park); J Mis (England); A Maguire (Laytown & Bettystown); T Vahlenkamp (Germany); A Edwards-Hill (England); A Petit (France); C Rafferty (Dundalk); J Sundborg (England); S Done (England); B Anderson (The Royal Dublin); K Cantley  (Scotland); S Easton (Scotland); T Clements (England); J Davies (Wales); B McKenzie (England)75 B Jones (England); M Waite (England); C Farr (England); R Williamson (Holywood); D Germishuys (South Africa); J McMahon (England); D Howie (Scotland); J Johnston (Scotland); G Lenehan (Portmarnock); R Foley (Switzerland); A Flanagan (England); A Grant (Dundalk); M Martin (England)76 S Locke (Scotland); A Plumb (England); O Huggins (England); R Moran (Castle); D McAleenon (Edenmore); J Glenn (England); R Pierse (Grange); T Thurloway (England); D Brown (England); J de Bruyn (Germany); H Goddard (England)77 J Madden (Royal Portrush); J Whelan (Newlands); P Coughlan (Castleknock); M Ryan (New Ross); N Muller (France); W Nienaber (South Africa); J Bolton (England); M Power (Kilkenny)78 A McDougall (Scotland); A Laussot (France); K Egan (Carton House); T Plumb (England); J Gaunt (England); H Foley (The Royal Dublin); L Abrial (France); R Dutton (Tandragee); G Petrozzi (England); E Farrell (Ardee); P Mullins (Wales); T McLarnon (Massereene)79 R Black (Hilton Templepatrick); D Coghlan (Portmarnock); J Fletcher (Warrenpoint); D Mary (France); T Sloman (England)80 E Smith (Laytown & Bettystown); O Crooks (Bushfoot); D Kitt (Athenry); W Porter (Scotland)81 J Walsh (Castle); W Small (Tandragee); G Frimodt (Denmark); M Lamb (England); T Shin (England)82 D McNeill (Scotland); J Paterson (Scotland); C Woodroofe (Dun Laoghaire)83 R Knightly (The Royal Dublin)86 M d’Harcourt (France)last_img read more