Haas wins in record fashion

first_imgThe 53-year-old Haas earned $247,500 for his seventh career win in 40 starts on the Champions Tour. Coming into this weekend, he had four top-fives in six tournaments this season, including three second-place finishes . “I felt every hole was a birdie hole,” said Haas, who made 20 birdies in 54 holes and broke Hale Irwin’s tournament record of 17-under 196 set in 2002. “I felt I needed a cushion down the stretch to win.” Haas’ total matches the seventh best in a 54-hole Champions Tour event. R.W. Eaks also shot a 65 in the final round and finished second at 17 under, his third career second-place finish on the Champions Tour since joining in 2002. Joe Ozaki and Ben Crenshaw tied for third six strokes back. Peter Jacobsen, who had laser back surgery last week, was one of four golfers who finished tied for fifth, seven strokes behind Haas. PODS Mark Calcavecchia has gone through his share of ups and downs, from winning a British Open to finishing countless rounds without a full set of clubs because some of them wound up at the bottom of ponds. Never has he felt such a wild swing in one week. Jay Haas won for the first time this season on the Champions Tour, taking the Toshiba Classic by two strokes Sunday and breaking the tournament record. Haas, a four-time winner last year on the 50-and-over tour, closed with a 6-under 65 at Newport Beach Country Club to finish at 19-under 194. center_img Calcavecchia packed his bags Thursday night because he figured he would miss the cut. Now he has to make room for an unlikely trophy from his one-shot victory in the PODS Championship in Palm Harbor, Fla., that kept him guessing to the very end. He missed a 7-foot par for the victory. Moments later, he watched Heath Slocum’s 4-foot par putt to force a playoff dip in and out of the cup. The biggest surprise was that it nearly left Calcavecchia speechless. “From where I was Thursday, maybe it’s just a fairy-tale week,” he said. “This stuff doesn’t happen to me – from bottom to top in three days. I know things happen in a hurry in this game, but that’s a record for me. From no chance, no hope, missed cut to victory. I’m just stunned.” The payoff was handsome. Calcavecchia earned $954,000 to go over $20 million for his career, and moved up to No. 7 on the PGA Tour money list. If he can stay inside the top 10 over the next two weeks, he’ll earn a trip to the Masters. MasterCard Classic Stacy Prammanasudh shot a 2-under 70 in the second round Sunday to pull within a stroke of leader Meaghan Francella in the MasterCard Classic, the rain-plagued LPGA Tour event set for a Monday finish in Huixquilucan, Mexico. Prammanasudh, coming off a victory two weeks ago in the Fields Open in Hawaii, played 16 holes in the rain-delayed second round. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Warriors-Rockets series largely hinges on whose math formula works best

first_imgKlay Thompson subscribes. You can too for just 11 cents a day for 11 months + receive a free Warriors Championship book. Sign me up!OAKLAND – As the Houston Rockets have clanked repeatedly from 3-point range, the Warriors have felt further validated with their offensive system.On the surface, it appears the Warriors’ offense relies on Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson making shots. The Warriors believe they maximize those scorers by emphasizing quality passes, sharp cutting and …last_img

Kenyan running shoe company inspired by country’s Olympic spirit

first_img— Enda (@EndaSportswear) June 30, 2016Kenyan entrepreneur Navalayo Osembo, together with American investor Weldon Kennedy, have created Kenya’s first running shoe company. Enda, which is the Swahili word for ‘go’ is inspired by the country’s global dominance in long-distance running. This proud legacy has, over the last four decades, earned Kenyan runners over 50 Olympic medals, piqued the interest of sport science and created a worldwide fan base for endurance sport.“[We want] to create a way through which Kenya can economically benefit from the running industry, given its reputation on distance running,” Osembo said in an interview with Nigeria’s Signal newspaper. She grew up in Eldoret in the Rift Valley area, a highland region that also produced some of the country’s best long-distance athletes, including two-time Olympic gold medallist Kip Keino.Co-Founder @NavalayoOsembo sharing the Enda story again today pic.twitter.com/BgdriCyGR3— Enda (@EndaSportswear) July 19, 2016DevelopmentEnda raised over $75 000 (R1.1-million) in start-up capital with a kick-starter campaign ahead of its production launch in September 2015. Through its detailed designs and its use of Kenyan culture and sport, the world is starting to take notice of Enda.The company’s first fully developed product – called Iten – is a lightweight trainer with a low heels-to-toe-drop, for use by both professional and amateur runners. It is currently available to purchase via the Enda’s website, with the company hoping to get the product in US and African stores in 2017.According to 2015 market research by the National Purchase Diary group, Enda is targeting the highly competitive $17.2-billion (R246-billion) American sport shoe market with retail prices that are almost 50% less than major name brands. It is also aiming to capture African consumers, including South Africans, who have recently become interested in running competitively or as amateurs.DesignThe company has worked with some of the world’s top designers and consulted with some of the best Kenyan and international runners to create a shoe that is both practical and eye-catching.“What our logo means to me” – @NavalayoOsembo https://t.co/N7lCtr2ZGv pic.twitter.com/TlX5lfj3yf— Enda (@EndaSportswear) September 14, 2015Enda’s logo is a minimalist Maasai spearhead that pays tribute to the company’s origins and fits comfortably among familiar global branding like the Nike swoosh and Adidas’ trefoil.The US product design firm Birdhaus that has worked with Reebok, helped develop the first Enda designs. The shoe parts are manufactured by Jones & Vining, the world’s leading maker of outsoles, inserts, and other advanced components.“We wanted [the shoe] to look contemporary and urbane anywhere in the world, but whisper a Kenyan feel,” Kennedy told Fast Company magazine in June 2016.The parts are all assembled in Kenya, but the company is aiming to make the entire design, manufacturing and marketing processes a fully Kenyan operation.The shoes are currently being tested in the Rift Valley region, at the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF’s) High Altitude Training Centre, by up-and-coming Kenyan runners Justin Lagat and Joan Cherop.Despite being the least popular shoe color, when it comes to T-shirts, black is the color of choice pic.twitter.com/Clx9y7A68a— Enda (@EndaSportswear) July 18, 2016FutureWhile the more decorated runners have sponsorships from famous running shoe brands, Enda hopes to make an impact on the next generation of professional runners, particularly from Africa, as well as the casual consumer market.Ultimately, the company wants to connect runners in the West to Kenya’s running culture, leveraging it to create domestic jobs and economic growth rather than benefit global corporations.“We wanted to channel the energy around running into something that can have much more of an impact on the people of Kenya,” Osembo told Fast Company. “If you think about the magnitude of the industry worldwide, and if you think about how Kenya is used for marketing, this is low-lying fruit.”Enda’s social enterprise efforts are small, but growing, with plans to invest part of the company’s profits in local and regional community initiatives that focus on sanitation, education and healthcare.According to the company’s kick-starter page “working with experts, we’ll identify a handful of the most effective projects that could use some extra support every six months. Anyone who buys a pair of Enda shoes and registers their purchase will get one vote to help us determine which projects will receive money from the pool.”“Through this, we will link Enda runners across the globe to local communities in Kenya and vice versa, and encourage sympathy, creativity and innovation.”Source: AFKInsiderWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SouthAfrica.info materiallast_img read more

Microsoft Private Cloud: It’s Right for eBay but is it Right for You?

first_img8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting VMware Lacks Experience?Bob Muglia of Microsoft made the point in his address today that VMware lacks the experience of building private cloud environments. Microsoft makes the claim that its experience in building a public cloud environment means it can carry a number of different insights that only cones when you build something yourself.This may sound good but VMware also has considerable experience in hybrid and private cloud development. Customers are choosing VMware based on the company’s experience in virtualization. It entered the game before the rush of the past few years. VMware has to be pretty deeply involved into data center operations. Its job is more in keeping its position with the larger hardware providers, which it is doing in its partnerships with Cisco, EMC and others.Customers need to weight the cost benefits of a private cloud environment with a public cloud service from the the likes of Amazon, which provides infrastructure for companies. Microsoft’s private cloud means a capital expense that can be considerable.Potential customers should consider, too, what Forrester’s James Staten has to say:“The key question for Forrester clients is whether this makes Windows Azure a more appealing cloud platform. PaaS offerings have seen lower enterprise interest and adoption thus far due to concerns about lock-in. Windows Azure isn’t immune to this as there are unique APIs for leveraging this platform. But if you are a .Net shop or develop in .Net and Java and deploy to Windows Server, then you’ll find what you are looking for here. Yes, it is possible to build an app for Azure and move it back and forth between the PaaS platform and Windows Server 2008. The real question is what do you want out of the Azure platform? If you simply want to test the functionality of an application destined for Windows Server 2008 in your own data center and are just looking for faster access to resources for this type of testing, Azure fits the bill. But more likely you want to run the application on Azure because you want to take advantage of its automatic scalability. For that, you have to write to its APIs. And you should.”The reality of what service to choose comes down to what fits with your company culture. Even though the cloud has its own level of security, a private cloud environment may make more sense for the more conservative enterprise.it also doesn’t mean that a customer can transition to a more public cloud. Amazon’s IT department used virtualization to initially gets its infrastructure ready to for the cloud. That’s a prudent approach to consider for any company making a significant change in its infrastructure. alex williams Tags:#cloud#cloud computing#Virtualization Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Microsoft unveiled its private cloud in a box today. Windows Azure Platform Alliance is a container system that plugs into an enterprise data center. Microsoft is touting eBay as its showcase customer. That’s a big name company. But is Microsoft’s private cloud right for you?Microsoft’s strategy is to form partnerships with hardware providers. In the first wave this includes aliiances with Fujitsu, Dell and Hewlett-Packard. If you want a Microsoft private cloud you will have to go with one of these companies solutions. More partners are expected to be announced in the months ahead.The company is using these partnerships as hardware alliances to house Microsoft’s pre-configured systems. It’s not entirely new news. It follows up on promises the company made several months ago. The overall strategy is to fit this private cloud into any ISP. That means customers may just be able to go to their local provider for a virtualized cloud environment. That’s a bit off in the distance but it could mean a tiered service that scales up and down, depending on the needs of the client. As part of its big show today at the Worldwide Partners Conference, Microsoft pointed to eBay as one of its first customers.From the eBay ink blog:“eBay will incorporate the Windows Azure platform appliance into two of its data centers. The goal being to further optimize its platform and achieve greater strategic agility and datacenter efficiency.” That doesn’t tell us a whole lot. Microsoft says the environment provides a strong test environment for eBay. It can test apps on the platform to see how performance pans out. What’s more interesting is what eBay VP of Technology, James Barrese has to say what cloud computing will do for eBay:last_img read more

Heating and Cooling in North Dakota

first_imgOur expert’s point of viewHere’s how GBA technical director Peter Yost sees it:I decided to check in with fellow Green Building Advisor Michael Chandler on this one, since he is both a master builder and plumber, and has deep experience on mechanical systems, particularly radiant heat. Michael is a detail, hands-on guy, as you will see in his response:“Basically my motto about open radiant systems is ‘you only have to kill one granny to ruin your whole day.’ No one really knows how prevalent Legionnaire’s is because it looks just like a chest cold in people with robust immune systems. I live in a house with an open system and it really doesn’t scare me all that much. But I don’t install them in my customers’ homes because the cost of an extra pump and a heat exchange combined with the ability to eliminate all check valves from the system make the whole deal so much more trouble-free and safer for a very modest cost increase.“The costs on radiant heat are so all over the place and the price of propane is so high that it really doesn’t make all that much sense unless you can get a plumber with a wet heat license to do it at a reasonable price and you have access to affordable natural gas.“Let’s say you have a 2,000-square-foot house. If you put radiant in all 2,000 square feet and modulate the water temperature low enough so you won’t overheat the home, then you won’t really have warm floors at all — you just won’t have cold floors. But in a superinsulated house with plenty of foam under the slab and around the perimeter you can easily think of the radiant floor as a ‘virtual wood stove’ and just warm the areas where you really will appreciate the warm floors.“That means the tile floor in the bathrooms (100 square feet times the number of baths), the front hall and mud room (maybe 200 square feet), maybe the area under the dining table (100 square feet) and the kitchen floor (150 square feet) and the spot in front of the fireplace where you read the paper on a cold day (50 square feet). So put in seven 100-foot loops of 3/8-inxh PEX @ $20 each because short thin loops stay scoured and clean.“I connect them to a pair of $20 manifolds with $100 worth of push-fit couplings (see the photo above) so as not to restrict to less than 3/8-inch.Splurge on a $234 brazed flat-plate heat exchanger that will actually move enough heat into the floor to do the job with a $168 bronze circulator on the potable side and a $67 three-speed Wilco cast-iron pump with a pair of $8 flanges on the radiant side with enough (10-15%) glycol in the water to inhibit corrosion in the cast iron.“We roll the loops out and fold them in half and install them on a cross of ladder wire or #3 rebar on the foam and run them back to the manifold so that each loop is exactly the same length — so I don’t have to worry about using valves to compensate for different lengths of pipe in the floor having different resistance to flow.“The material to do a radiant system for a 2,000-square-foot home would be $831. I’d pair it with a $1,680 AO Smith Vertex condensing natural gas tank water heater and we have a solid radiant heat system for $2,500 in parts.“I’m just saying that when folks talk about how pricy radiant heat is, they are over-complicating things. And the savings of skipping the heat exchanger and extra pump? A measly 300 bucks! Why bother?“With the cooling the real issue is dehumidification. I really like the GE zoneline vertical PTHP for that but it doesn’t get a SEER so you have to go by EER and the comparison makes the PTHP look like less than it really is. I just bought one for $1,215 but with the plenum and grille it came up to $1,805 with freight and $115 for a return-air grille that I didn’t really intend to order and will not use. So it should have been $1,690.“It connects by a 10-inch flex duct to two or more supply registers so it can distribute air to multiple rooms. It typically gets a filter in the plenum grille which can double as an access panel so we can use MERV-13 extended media filters with them. I like it better than a minisplit but they are sold as hotel units and not intended for residential use.”Like I said: Michael, the detail guy. And no complaints here. Thanks, Michael! Adam Emter is building a new house in North Dakota, a Climate Zone 7 location with some 9,500 heating degree days a year, and temperatures that fluctuate from 30 below zero in the winter to a humid 90 degrees during the summer.“My family and I plan on living here for many decades,” Emter writes in a Q&A post at GreenBuildingAdvisor, “so I’m very focused on building an efficient and comfortable house. I am also trying to keep a reasonable budget and simple design.”The house will be a two-level split-entry with 1,200 square feet per floor, and Emter is leaning toward the REMOTE construction technique, which places most or all of the rigid foam insulation outside of the sheathing. An insulating concrete form foundation has already been built, with the basement slab due in the next couple of months.While the house is under construction, Emter and his family are living in an adjacent 30-by-40 garage heated by a radiant-floor system built around a Polaris water heater. Emter plans on using the same type of heating system in the new house, and it will be an “open direct” system in which there is no separation between his domestic hot water supply and the water that heats the house.With that as a backdrop, the discussion turns to the potential for problems with his heating design, and how Emter will keep the house cool in what can be very muggy summer conditions. Those are the topics for this Q&A Spotlight. Other problems with the proposed radiant systemMcGrath also is concerned with other details of Emter’s heating system. One is that when there’s a demand for domestic hot water, the water pump will pull cold water through the entire tubing system, “robbing heat already stored in the mass.”When there’s no longer a call for domestic hot, he adds, that heat will have to be replaced before any space heating can occur, which “contradicts everything radiant is about.”Plus, he adds, potable water entering the system contains a lot of entrained air, which will damage all ferrous metal components in the system.But Emter has included an air separator in his system, and because he’s on well water there’s no chance he could contaminate a public water supply should bacteria contaminate his own system — another of McGrath’s worries.On this issue, Emter and McGrath are bound to disagree. “All things considered,” McGrath says, “not very green nor efficient. But you saved a load, or did you? Enjoy your system and good luck, Adam.” All About Radiant FloorsGoodbye Radiant FloorRadiant-Floor Heating Just Two Minisplits Heat and Cool the Whole HouseUsing a Tankless Water Heater for Space HeatGreen Basics: Cooling Options RELATED ARTICLES Don’t mix potable and heating waterWhile McGrath is a fan of radiant heating systems, the idea of a direct connection between drinking water and heat tubing sends up a red flag because it adds the risk of a bacterial contamination. The perfect breeding temperature for a bacteria called Legionella is between 90 and 120 degrees, he says, “the most common temperature range for a properly designed radiant heating system.”“I know at first glance it sounds like a good idea,” he says of the planned heating system, “but I assure you it’s not. Legionella is no joke and 80 percent of the cases are misdiagnosed as pneumonia every year. It is everywhere and even in 50 percent of public water supplies.” (For more information on this issue, see Using a Tankless Water Heater for Space Heat.)McGrath also is critical of Radiantec, a Vermont company that sells radiant-floor components. Emter has purchased some of his supplies from Radiantec.“Be wary of online design outfits that do not offer their own errors and omissions insurance policies,” McGrath writes, “for when and if there is an issue. I have not been involved with nor have I heard of a single instance where these type of folks stood behind their design when it failed, believe me, I have been called upon to address many.”Michael McArdle is another critic of radiant floor systems in which potable water is circulated. Most health codes forbid such systems, he says, as they would prohibit the use of a non-lined boiler for domestic hot water.“If you’re out of the house for 48 hours and the heat is on, could Legionnaires grow?” he asks. “Are there specific times or temperatures? I don’t know. I’m not a bacteria specialist, but if it were me and my family’s health I would opt for a heat exchanger or some means to separate them.”Emter, however, has done his research. “As for Legionella,” he says, “…under the conditions that I will be operating the system, I don’t consider it a problem.” “From what I have been hearing,” he says, “if you have an airtight superinsulated envelope, with that size home, you would be better served by installing a ductless minisplit heat pump. Cheaper — and it will supply air conditioning also. Since you haven’t poured your slab, you may want to investigate this option soon.”Richard McGrath doesn’t agree. “Don’t eliminate an option without the right information,” he says, “radiant can be done and done well.”Using a water heater to handle space heating is a great start, he adds. Getting double duty out of the water heater will knock several thousand dollars off the price of a radiant system because the boiler and flue won’t be needed.Plus, standby losses in the heater will be reduced to a minimum because the heater will be active more than it is idle. “Very low water temps also expected in these homes at design temps and outdoor reset makes it all the better.”The decision to go with radiant floor has been made, Emter replies. His experience with heating the garage confirms he’s making the right call, although he has been considering a minisplit for shoulder season days when the house needs a quick blast of heat. Is a radiant slab heating system the right choice?Writing from northern Minnesota, also a Climate Zone 7 locale, Steve Vigoren says he’s planning to build a similar house, and also was considering a radiant slab system. Dealing with summer heatEmter wonders about cooling as well as heating. He thinks he will need air conditioning for about 30 days a year. Whether he’s better off with a ductless minisplit or a through-the-wall AC unit is still up in the air.Shading and humidity control are the most important factors in keeping cool, writes Nathaniel G, and managing moisture with a dehumidifier is cheaper than air conditioning when you don’t need to control temperature.Low-e windows and wide roof overhangs will help, as will having a well-insulated attic and a reflective metal roof.But with the R-60 insulation Emter is planning for the attic, says GBA senior editor Martin Holladay, whether the roof is reflective won’t make any difference. It is, in fact, irrelevant.Further, using Nathaniel G’s own calculations for potential cooling loads, the difference produced by a metal roof would be only 400 Btu/hour. “For a house with a 2-ton cooling load (24,000 Btu/h), that difference amounts to 1.7% of the cooling load,” Holladay says.The added cooling loads due to a non-reflective roof are negligible, says Dana Dorsett. “The 400 Btu/hr difference in cooling load between 1,000 Btu and 600 Btu is the cooling load equivalent of one adult human doing yoga,” Dorsett says. “It takes about 20-25 watts of minisplit power to remove that much heat.“There’s plenty of good reasons for going with a metal roof in that climate,” he adds, “but neither peak cooling load nor total energy use is among those reasons.”Dorsett also suggests that Emter’s plan of using a minisplit for quick heat in the shoulder seasons may not be his best option.“Using a mini-split to bring the house temperature up quickly during the shoulder seasons means you’ll get at-best a COP [coefficient of performance] of 2.5 out of it,” Dorsett says. “If you let the thing modulate with the load rather than playing catch-up running at full speed, a better-class minisplit will average a COP of 4 or better whenever the average daily temp is in the mid-40s F or higher.“From an operating cost point of view that’s usually going to be cheaper than condensing gas.”last_img read more

Oh, The Irony: Judge Koh Calls For Apple/Samsung Patent Peace

first_imgThe judge that presided over the Trial Of The Century patent dispute between Apple and Samsung is now calling for global patent peace between the two companies.There is more than a touch of irony in this request.Judge Lucy Koh was the judge that played referee between Apple and Samsung earlier this year, an epic court battle won by Apple with a jury verdict forcing Samsung to pay its biggest rival $1.05 billion for copying Apple’s design and patents in a variety of its smarpthones and tablets. Like any giant court case, though, the end is never really the end. In many ways, the jury verdict was just the beginning.Samsung has asked Koh for a retrial based on alleged misconduct by jury foreman Velvin Hogan, as well as to reduce the overall payment Samsung owes Apple by analyzing the jury’s award line by line. For instance, Samung now owes Apple $58 million for the “tap-and-zoom” infringement on Samsung’s Prevail smartphone. Koh said she might reduce that to $8 million, according to The Associated Press.Visualize Whirled PeasBut forget all that. According to the AP’s report, Koh told lawyers from the two companies, “I think it is time for global peace.”This is not the first time that Koh has called for detente between Apple and Samsung. Right before the jury went to deliberation in August, Koh urged the top executives from Samsung to come to a settlement. No settlement was reached and the jury ultimately awarded Apple $1.05 billion.The irony is that the case has made Koh a highly recognized name in the U.S. courts for her stewardship over Apple patent cases brought in California. She has been involved in 19 Apple-related patent disputes since being raised to the level of District Court judge in 2010. That includes injunctions against Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 10.1 (which she later dissolved after the case went to the Federal Court of Appeals) and the Samsung Galaxy Nexus (also reversed).Koh may have be calling for peace, but she is also one of the biggest perpetuators of the farce that is the patent system in the courts.What Would Posner Do?Koh would do well to look at the example of Richard Posner, a judge of the U.S. Court Of Appeals for the Seventh District in Chicago. When it came down to a patent fight between Apple and Motorola in June 2012, Posner simply would not allow the two sides to battle it out in court. He dismissed the case with prejudice (meaning neither could refile their claims) and that was the end of that. Posner criticized both Apple and Motorola for “wild conjecture,” weakness in their cases and trial preparation and failure to present enough evidence.Sound familiar? Except for the evidence (which can be misleading considering what some companies define as evidence), the Apple and Samsung fight has been filled with wild conjecture and a variety of other issues. Koh not only wasn’t able to stop Apple and Samsung from fighting, but she has become an instigator in their three-ring court circus. Posner would be part of no such thing.In addition, since most of the cases in Koh’s court have gone in Apple’s favor to some degree, the Cupertino-based iPhone maker may think it has found a friend in the legal system. This is likely to bring more cases from Apple to Koh’s court.Granted, it is hard to compare Koh and Posner. Koh has been a District Court judge for two years while Posner is something of an American legal legend (he traded very public barbs with Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia  earlier this year).Still, Koh’s call for peace between Apple and Samsung rings hollow. She has done nothing to actually force or enforce such a peace. And now her hands are tied, making it more difficult to clean up the mess that she was an integral part of creating. What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Related Posts The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Tags:#Apple#Patents#Samsung center_img dan rowinski Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaceslast_img read more

The National Guard and Reserves: Are their Needs Different from Active Duty?

first_imgJay Morse & Heidi Radunovich, PhD  Unlike active duty members of the military, who tend to be organized by base, the National Guard and Reserve members are widely dispersed across the U.S., away from their assigned military base, and may live in a community that may not be familiar with military culture and the challenges they face. In a recent article published in Clinical Child & Family Psychological Review, authors Murphy and Fairbank (2013) review the challenges that are specific to members of the National Guard and Reserves, and emerging evidence-based programs that are becoming available to better serve military families living in communities located away from military bases. Challenges important to families living away from a military community include a wide range of environmental and individual barriers:Table adapted from Murphy and Fairbank (2013)To address the need for support and improve services for community dwelling military families, a number of programs or interventions have been developed. These programs have either been developed specifically to address the needs of military families or have been adapted from work for civilian families. Three potential solutions listed here are highlighted here:Co-locating health and mental health servicesBy providing mental health services within a health care setting, stigma for seeking treatment is reduced. Furthermore, it allows for health care and mental health care to be better coordinated, leading to better patient care. This is beneficial not only for military members and their families, but also for the community at large.Families Over Coming Under Stress (FOCUS) Resiliency Training (Beardslee, 2013)Today, FOCUS is better designed to serve families that have limited access to clinicians familiar with military families. Two applications, Self-Administered Family Check-in and FOCUS World, are web-based, and available to community dwelling military members (and others). The self-administered check-in offers standardized psychological health and family resilience screening with real-time feedback. FOCUS World is an interactive family narrative. The FOCUS World application allows the user to select a character, i.e. Mom, Dad, provides for individual family members to log significant family events, thoughts and feelings around those events, and even pictures that are displayed on a high-tech timeline. To play in FOCUS World, you can create an account as a clinician.[Flickr, Looking Good for Need by Tina Lawson, CC BY-ND 2.0] Retrieved on September 17, 2015The Military Child Education CoalitionThe Military Child Education Coalition (MCEC) (2012) has a number of resources that are available to military families through the Internet. Resources provided include: Child advocacy training materials, peer-to-peer support for children, news, and other education related material.Considerations when working with National Guard and Reserve familiesDo you ask your clients “have you, or anyone in your family ever served in the military?” This not only gathers critical information about the client, but also informs the client that you are culturally sensitive and that your practice is military informed.If this is the case for you, acknowledge to yourself and your client that your knowledge and understanding of the military and military culture is limited.If the client has recently been deployed, don’t assume that a recent deployment is the reason for the current help-seeking situation. While deployment is often a stressor, it may or may not play a role in the problem to be addressed.The National Guard and Reserves play a critical role in today’s U. S. military. Recent developments in care for military members and their families located away from bases offer an opportunity for clinicians to utilize new evidence-based strategies and Internet-based technology for the best care of this important element of the military.References[1] Murphy, R. A., & Fairbank, J. A. (2013). Implementation and dissemination of military informed and evidence-based interventions for community dwelling military families. Clinical Child and Family Psychology Review, 16, 348-364. doi: 10.1007/s10567-013-0149-8[2] Beardslee, W. R., Klosinski, L. E., Saltzman, W., Mogil, C. Pangelinan, S., McKnight, C. P. & Lester, P. (2013). Dissemination of family-centered prevention for military and veteran families: Adaptations and adoption within community and military systems of care. Clinical Child and Family Psychology Review, 16, 394-409. doi: 10.1007/s10567-013-0154-yThis post was written by Jay Morse & Heidi Radunovich, PhD, members of the MFLN Family Development (FD) team which aims to support the development of professionals working with military families. Find out more about the Military Families Learning Network FD concentration on our website, on Facebook, on Twitter, YouTube, and on LinkedIn.last_img read more