Hurricane Odile made landfall about 10:45 p.m. Costa Rican time Sunday near Cabo San Lucas, México, the U.S. Hurricane Center reported. The report was based on satellite imagery, said the center.
The center downgraded Odile to a strong Category 3 storm, with top sustained winds of 205 kph, about 135 mph.
An automated observing station near Cabo San Lucas reported a sustained wind of 89 mph (144 kph) with a gust to 116 mph (187 kph).
Forecasters predict Odile will bring as much as 38 centimeters of rain in some of the more mountainous regions.
They also warn of large and destructive waves, significant coastal flooding, and life-threatening flash floods and mudslides.
When it comes to a happy marriage, a new Rutgers study finds that the more content the wife is with the long-term union, the happier the husband is with his life no matter how he feels about their nuptials.
“I think it comes down to the fact that when a wife is satisfied with the marriage she tends to do a lot more for her husband, which has a positive effect on his life,” said Deborah Carr, a professor in the Department of Sociology, School of Arts and Science. ”Men tend to be less vocal about their relationships and their level of marital unhappiness might not be translated to their wives.”
Professor Carr and Vicki Freedman, a research professor at the University of Michigan Institute for Social Research, co-authored a research study published in the October issue of the Journal of Marriage and Family on marital quality and happiness among older adults.
The study, done by the two universities, differs from previous research, according to Professor Carr, because it examines the personal feelings of both spouses to determine how these marital appraisals influence the psychological well-being of older adults. Researchers analyzed data of 394 couples who were part of a national study of income, health and disability in 2009. At least one of the spouses was 60 or older and, on average, couples were married for 39 years.
In order to assess marital quality, those involved in the study were asked several questions, such as whether their spouse appreciates them, argues with them, understands their feelings or gets on their nerves. They were also asked to keep detailed diaries about how happy they were in the previous 24 hours doing selected activities like shopping, doing household chores and watching television.
Those involved in the study, on average, rated their general life satisfaction high, typically five out of six points – with husbands rating their marriage slightly more positive than their wives.
“For both spouses being in a better-rated marriage was linked to greater life satisfaction and happiness,” Professor Carr said.
Still, she said, the study also found that while wives became less happy if their spouses became ill, the husbands’ happiness level didn’t change or reflect the same outcome if their wives got sick.
“We know that when a partner is sick it is the wife that often does the caregiving which can be a stressful experience,” said Professor Carr. “But often when a women gets sick it is not her husband she relies on but her daughter.”
The study is important, the researchers said, because the quality of a marriage can affect the health and well-being of older individuals as they continue to age.
“The quality of a marriage is important because it provides a buffer against the health-depleting effects of later life stressors and helps couples manage difficult decisions regarding health and medical decision making,” Professor Carr said.
The Obama administration is expressing confidence in the formation of an international coalition to combat Islamic State radicals who control swaths of territory in Iraq and Syria. But congressional action in support of the effort is a matter of growing debate.
After meeting with allies and partners in the Middle East, Secretary of State John Kerry says a growing list of nations is prepared to strike against Sunni militants, a point echoed by White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough, who uses the ISIL acronym for the group.
“What we want to make sure happens is that we have committed partners who can take the fight to ISIL on the ground. And they will have not only support from us from the air, but training and equipment,” said McDonough, speaking on ABC’s This Week program.
That coalition will be essential if Islamic State militants are to be defeated without the deployment of U.S. ground forces in a combat role. Another encouraging sign is the formation of a broad-based Iraqi government, according to McDonough.
“There is now a new, multi-ethnic government in Baghdad. They will support a unified, capable, multi-ethnic Iraqi force, so that they can take this fight to ISIL,” said McDonough.
A supporting U.S. role has the backing of independent Sen. Angus King.
“This cannot be a war of Westerners against Islam. This has to be an area of the world that is willing to police itself,” said King.
But with lawmakers eager to adjourn well in advance of the November midterm elections, it is not clear whether or when votes will be held to authorize any portion of the strategy President Barack Obama outlined last week.
Republican Sen. Susan Collins believes the U.S. commander-in-chief should have acted sooner.
“The president waited far too long to present a strategy to the American people and to Congress. Now we are being asked to react on a very short timeline, in a matter of days,” said Ms. Collins.
President Obama is not asking formal congressional authorization to strike against the Islamic State. That is a mistake, according to Republican Sen. Bob Corker, who nonetheless backs military action.
“Problems occur. And I think the administration would be so much wiser to get that authorization from Congress on the front end, instead of having over time 535 Monday morning quarterbacks,” said Corker, referring to the number of lawmakers in the U.S. legislature.