5 New Year’s Resolutions for Caregivers

first_imgIt’s the beginning of a new year! During this time we like to reflect on the passing year and make resolutions for a better year to come in caregiving. Here are five New Year’s resolutions that you should consider when caring for a loved one. 1. Take care of yourselfMake your health and well-being a priority this year. It is important that you take care of yourself, not only so you are better able to care for others but also so that you are able to live a life with less stress. Allow yourself some time each day to be alone, do something during this time that is beneficial for your happiness and health.2. Ask for help when neededSometimes we feel that we should be able to do everything, all the time, all on our own. We can begin to feel that by asking for help we are showing weakness and we are placing a burden on our friends and family. This is not the case. Don’t feel like you have to take on that role alone.3. Accept help when neededSometimes help is offered, and we are not willing to take it. Often times the reason being, that we feel we are the only ones who can do it correctly, or something will go wrong if you are not in control of all aspects. Allow others to help you, although they might not do things exactly the way you would have, having that help alleviates some of your stress and responsibilities.4. Ask questionsDon’t be afraid to ask questions and get clarifications. You are not expected to know or figure out everything on your own. Ask for ideas and guidance from those who are in similar situations, or professionals.5. Use respite care when you need a breakUnderstand that it is normal to want and need a break. Allow yourself that time to step away from caregiving and recuperate. This MFLN-Military Caregiving concentration blog post was published January 8, 2016.last_img read more

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Financial Tips for a Stress-Free Relocation

first_imgMake use of your resources: Knowledge is power – and knowledge is also the most important tool you have at your disposal when PCSing. Conduct research on the new location you are moving to and shop around for the best deals on housing, cars and other purchases early on in the moving process. The internet is a great source of information on both your new location and any obstacles you might be facing while planning your move. It’s also a good idea to tap into your network of friends and family to get first-hand information from anyone who has lived at this location in the past or currently resides there. There are also numerous organizations on base to help with your transition, such as the Airman & Family Readiness Center that offers a Plan My Move tool.Following the tips listed above and staying positive and focused throughout the PCS process is sure to make your relocation experience less stressful and virtually hassle-free. Treat relocation as a valuable life lesson that allows you to practice your flexibility and planning skills and remember to share best practices of your moving experience with those around you to help them in their time of transition. Have an emergency fund: It is important to have an emergency fund that covers 3-6 months of expenses regardless of if you are relocating or not. However, during relocation an emergency fund can provide you with an unprecedented level of financial security. Many of the costs associated with relocation are reimbursed but you are not likely to receive reimbursement for many weeks after they have been incurred. Knowing that you have a cushion to cover any short term financial needs associated with the move can give you the peace of mind to focus on other important matters such as finding accommodation or researching school districts. By Ayesha Haider, BA, MBA, AFC CandidateRelocation is a challenging time for even the most seasoned service members who have experienced numerous PCS moves. In addition to the emotional difficulties of leaving friends and familiar surroundings behind is the burden of starting from scratch in a foreign location. While finances may be the last thing on your mind during this hectic time, the following tips are sure to ensure a smoother, less stressful relocation for you and your family:Photo by Chris WaitsReally know what your expenses are: On the surface, the expenses associated with relocation may seem fairly obvious but there are many other “hidden” costs of relocation that are often overlooked and may result in a stressful relocation experience. Basic examples include, fuel (if you are driving to your new location), furniture/appliance replacement (for damaged items not covered by insurance), and costs associated with buying/selling a house or car. Some less obvious examples include the costs of living “on the go” such as eating out more. Keep track of your expenses by creating a list of potential expenditures associated with the move. This can even be a brainstorming activity for the whole family and a great way to introduce your children to the basics of financial management. Update your bank and utility accounts: it is crucial that your banking institutions and credit card companies are aware of your move and have your new address as soon as possible. This prevents them from sending sensitive information to an older address that may be occupied by another tenant now. It also prevents credit card companies from freezing your account due to transactions you make while on the move. In addition to your financial accounts, remember to close any utility accounts under your name that you will no longer be using. To avoid penalty fees for early termination of contracts, refer to the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA). Create a new budget for your new life: A new living situation is most likely going to have an effect on your financial situation as well. You may be paying more or less rent, have a higher or lower BAH, and may have less disposable income as a result of one spouse having to resign from their job as a result of the move. Once you’re settled into your new home, be sure to create a new budget to reflect these changes and to see how they affect your saving and investment goals.last_img read more

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State issues new rules for star-category hotels, hospitals

first_imgThe Maharashtra government has issued a fresh set of guidelines for star-category hotels and hospitals to streamline construction activities in hill stations, that have become rampant. The new rules, made applicable to Lonavala for a start, make it mandatory for hotels to construct a service floor, and hospitals to have space for treatment plants and other infrastructure under the jurisdiction of the municipal corporation. The rules will be extended to other tourist spots and hill stations soon, officials said. The changes made to the Development Control Rules (DCR) make it mandatory to have a service floor of not more than 1.8 metres’ height to maintain facilities such as water supply, sewage disposal units and electricity stations under one roof. “This is to ensure construction activities for hotels are more coordinated, which is not the case in hill stations where it is more frequent and fast,” said an official of the State Urban Development Department. The changes have been introduced keeping in mind ‘public interest’, and will be included as “new” regulations in the DCR. “In most of these hotels, facilities such as power and sewage plants are not coordinated and maintained. This leads developers to tinker with the structure and the floor space index,” an official said.Lonavala is spread over 37 sq. km. and about 450 new building permissions are granted by the local corporation every year, severely burdening the existing infrastructure. The hill station is home to more than 10,000 registered properties.last_img read more

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As U.S. Climate Changes, White House Embraces the Science Like Never Before

first_imgThe White House has just released its new National Climate Assessment (NCA), and its central scientific message will be familiar to climate scientists and the White House press corps. Climate impacts are already apparent in the United States, they are likely to worsen, and communities should begin factoring climate change into all kinds of decisions. From Hawaii to Maine, from the fishing industry to manufacturing, the report’s 30 chapters emphasize that “evidence of human-induced climate change continues to strengthen and that impacts are increasing across the country.”What’s new, however, is that after putting climate issues somewhat on the back burner prior to the 2012 elections, the Obama administration is now giving a full-throated, multiday endorsement to the 1300-page document. Top White House adviser John Podesta and several climate scientists are briefing the press this morning, and President Barack Obama will be sitting down today with TV meteorologists in a series of interviews pegged to the report. This afternoon, visiting “stakeholders” from around the country will gather for a high-profile White House briefing and listening session, the first of a series planned around the country in the coming months.Today’s assessment is the third official report produced under a 1990 law that instituted the NCA. “Hundreds of the best climate scientists from across the U.S., not just in the public sector but in the private sector as well, have worked over the last 4 years to produce this report,”  Podesta told the White House press corps during yesterday’s daily press briefing. “It will contain a huge amount of practical, usable knowledge that state and local decision-makers can take advantage of as they plan on or for the impacts of climate change.”Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)White House science adviser John Holdren told reporters this morning that the report would “reinforce” all three parts of Obama’s 2013 Climate Action Plan: cutting greenhouse gas emissions, adapting to impacts, and leading internationally. Whether that happens, this is by far the fullest embrace of the assessment process in its tumultuous 24-year history. President Bill Clinton had to fight Congress for years to publish the first national assessment, which came out in 2000. A conservative group sued to stop President George W. Bush from publishing a second one. That administration also scrubbed mention of the 2000 report from official documents, angering climate advocates. An environmental group even sued in 2006 to force Bush to publish the report, then 2 years late; it is supposed to be quadrennial. (Here’s a historical blow-by-blow, by a former federal climate office official.) Insiders consider the second official report, published with little fanfare in 2009 during the early days of Obama’s first term, as a “stillborn” effort.Still, some Washington science policy veterans consider the assessment a rather unique effort for a scientific endeavor, because it includes input from local groups and industries facing possible climate impacts in the future. For instance, scientists and activists involved in the original massive effort that produced the initial 2000 report say the 2014 version also has a strong “bottom-up” flavor. The dozen or so federal agencies that assembled today’s report sponsored some 70 workshops and “listening sessions” over the past 4 years, allowing local groups to not only give input but also shape the report’s form. In addition, small federal grants to state and local nonprofit groups, policymakers, business owners, and academics allowed them to submit formal “input reports” that gave federal officials access to local know-how.The overall message: “We have enough information on climate to act and we know it’s happening,” says climatologist Victoria Keener, among the recipients of the grants. Keener works for the Honolulu-based East-West Center, a nonprofit. As part of her group’s contribution to the NCA, she led a diverse group in 2012 in publishing a 170-page report called Climate Change and Pacific Islands: Indicators and Impacts. (It’s part of a project called the Pacific Islands Regional Climate Assessment, or PIRCA.) Several of PIRCA’s findings, touching on fishing, sea level rise, disaster planning, and much else, “made it into the final report,” she says. So did one of her document’s anecdotes: It relates how Steve Jacobs, the vice president of a landfill in Waianae, Hawaii, used climate prediction information on La Niña in 2010 to drive a decision to spend $300,000 to upgrade his facility’s storm water system. “When the rain hit we were ready,” he says.Keener and others are hopeful that the NCA has catalyzed a process that doesn’t stop with the publication of the massive document today. And to keep the buzz going, a federal climate office has created discussion boards, planned follow-on meetings, and organized local organizing committees to follow up on the report with meaningful climate adaptation and resilience planning.For her part, Keener says that the White House effort has helped drive local regulatory decisions and government interest, including a ruling by a local water board to alter policies in light of predictions of future dry conditions. (See these minutes, page 5.) And Jacobs says he’s expecting more extreme events in the coming years, and has helped lead local efforts to improve planning for hurricanes on the islands. “We believe an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure,” he says.The White House and its hundreds of scientist allies are hoping that kind of thinking makes the NCA the rare report in Washington—one that has a real-world impact.But some outsiders say the report could have gone further. The World Wildlife Fund’s Nicky Sundt, a former federal official with the U.S. Global Change Research Program, lauds the new report as part of “a permanent process” to spin out subsequent updates and reports as the nation prepares for climate change. But he says the federal advisory committee that oversees the report, which includes both government and nongovernment members, prevented the process from including “some of the most important policy issues. … There’s nothing in the report on budgets, nothing on national security.”last_img read more

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‘Very happy’ Nadal survives Beijing scare

first_imgMeralco zaps lackluster Star, nears PBA semis sweep The Halep meeting will be a replay of the first-round match between the pair at the US Open in August, when Sharapova made an impressive return to Grand Slam competition before exiting in the fourth round.Sharapova boasts a 7-0 record against Halep, who made it into the next round after Magdalena Rybarikova retired ill in the second set.Karolina Pliskova, the fourth seed from the Czech Republic, booked her spot in round three with a 6-4, 6-4 victory over Andrea Petkovic of Germany. Read Next Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president But Nadal, 31, with the Beijing crowd backing him on the outdoor hard court, held his nerve when twice staring defeat in the face and fought back to win the tie break 8-6.The pair headed into a final-set shootout and again Pouille refused to buckle, Nadal getting the critical break of serve in the 11th game before serving for the set and match 7-5.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutNadal, a 16-time Grand Slam champion, tumbled and lost a shoe at one point, and said afterwards he was fortunate to be in the second round.“He played well, I think, very aggressive. He’s serving well,” said Nadal, who lost to Pouille the last time they met, at last year’s US Open. “For me it was a little bit difficult at the beginning, then I started to play better.“But still, I didn’t have the control of the match for almost all the time. “I am very, very happy to be through.”Nadal narrowly avoided the fate of fellow Spaniard and top-ranked Garbine Muguruza, who exited in the first round on Monday when she retired from her match with a virus.Also into the second round in the men’s draw are Nick Kyrgios, Juan Martin del Potro, the American John Isner and third seed Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria.ADVERTISEMENT Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games LATEST STORIES MOST READcenter_img Rafael Nadal of Spain reacts after scoring a point against Lucas Pouille of France during men’s singles match in the China Open tennis tournament at the Diamond Court in Beijing, Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2017. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)World number one Rafael Nadal saved two match points to avoid a shock defeat in the first round of the China Open, seeing off Lucas Pouille in three sets on Tuesday.The Frenchman broke Nadal on the way to taking the first set 6-4, and the world number 23 came within a whisker of sealing an upset when the second set went to a tie break.ADVERTISEMENT BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City – Sharapova primed for Halep –Maria Sharapova said her third-round clash with world number two Simona Halep on Wednesday would help her gauge progress since returning from a 15-month doping ban.The Russian former number one, on the comeback trail since April following the ban for taking the banned substance meldonium, had to dig deep as she defeated compatriot Ekaterina Makarova in three sets.Sharapova, a lowly 104 in the world and on a wildcard at the China Open, has yet to win a tournament since returning to tennis.The five-time Grand Slam champion said she had endured “a few ups and downs” in seeing off Makarova 6-4, 4-6, 6-1.But the 30-year-old is relishing her showdown with the Romanian Halep: “We know each other’s games very well, that’s no secret. “They’ve always been very challenging, tough, competitive, emotional.”Sharapova, a crowd favourite in Beijing, added: “But I love the challenge of playing against someone that’s number two in the world. “She’s a great player, she’s had a great year. “Any time you’re able to face an opponent that’s done something right and well, it’s great to see where you are and where your level is.” Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC View commentslast_img read more

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WBO review rules Horn beat Pacquiao

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes Horn stunned the Filipino legend — who has won world titles in an unprecedented eight weight divisions — with his ultra-aggressiveness to earn a unanimous 12-round decision.The WBO — which does not have the power to reverse a decision unless fraud or law violations are proven — set up a panel of independent judges who were asked to watch the bout without sound and determine who won each round.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsThe results were tabulated to show clearly the rounds each fighter won using an average scale based on 60, 80 and 100 percent, with three of the five officials needing to be in agreement.A similar method has been used to review WBO title fights before. Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games “Upon the analysis, the findings stated that Pacquiao won the 3rd, the 8th and 9th by 100 percent; the 5th round was won by 80 percent; and the 11th round by 60 percent,” the WBO said in a statement.“Horn won the 1st, 6th and 12th rounds by 100 percent; rounds 2, 4, and 7 by 80 percent; and then, the 10th round by 60 percent.“From the results, it can be established that Pacquiao won five rounds while Horn won seven rounds. Based on this analysis, Jeff Horn was the winner of the bout.”Horn welcomed the review when it was announced, and said he was ready for a rematch, an option specified in the Brisbane fight contract.“Let them review it,” the 29-year-old told Queensland’s Courier Mail newspaper.ADVERTISEMENT “They will see it on a TV screen and probably see the same thing everyone else saw — me winning the fight.”Both the Philippine board and Pacquiao had criticised American referee Mark Nelson for supposedly allowing the underdog Australian to get away with illegal tactics without giving him warnings or point deductions.The loss sparked calls in the Philippines for the 38-year-old Pacquiao, a national icon after rising from poverty, to retire and concentrate on politics.Pacquiao briefly retired from boxing last year to pursue his long-held political ambitions and was elected senator. But he quickly made a successful comeback against Jessie Vargas in November, saying he still felt like a youngster. CBB/rgaSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Riveracenter_img China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Mayweather seeks round extension vs taxman Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Bloodied till the end. Manny Pacquiao (left) clinches with Jeff Horn of Australia during their WBO welterweight title fight in Brisbane, Australia,July 2, 2017. Pacquiao lost his WBO welterweight world title to Jeff Horn in a stunning, unanimous points decision that the Filipino legend protested. On Tuesday, July 11, 2017, the WBO said Horn clearly won the match after it reviewed the fight. APSYDNEY, Australia — Australian Jeff Horn’s shock welterweight title victory over Manny Pacquiao was confirmed Tuesday after a scoring review by the World Boxing Organization declared him the clear winner.The WBO took a close look at the fight after Pacquiao, backed by the Philippine government’s sports regulatory body, criticized the referee and the judges and demanded a review after losing in Brisbane on July 2.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend View commentslast_img read more

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Beverly Hills: 29th Annual Gypsy Awards Luncheon (A)

first_imgHerbron: Palestinian 12-year-old Dima al-Wawi,after her release from an Israeli prison(A) Rome: Pope Francis delivers his speech during hisappearance at an Earth Day event(B) Singapore: Representatives from the Australian andNew Zealand army salute after laying wreathsduring a dawn commemorative service(A) Hannover: : French President Francois Hollandeis welcomed by German Chancellor(B) Brussels: Commuters leave Maelbeek metro stationin Brussels(A) Idomeni: Migrants and refugees line-up for a fooddistribution(B) SPORTS New Delhi: Launch of Virat FanBox(B+A) Memphis: NBA basketball playoff series(A) Barcelona: Barcelona Open tennis tournament(B) Stuttgart: WTA tennis tournament(B) Leicester: English Premier League soccer match(B) Tokyo: New official logos of the 2020 TokyoOlympics and 2020 Tokyo Paralympic Games(A) Agartala: Dipa Karmakar practices(B) PTI PHOTO VNA KSC KSClast_img read more

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Former Eden Gardens curator Prabir Mukherjee passes away

first_imgFormer Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) pitch curator Prabir Mukherjee has passed away. He breathed his last at around 10.30 pm on Tuesday night. He was 86.Mukherjee was in charge for nearly 25 years and had also served as the manager of the Bengal and East Zone teams. His association with CAB began in 1979. Mukherjee was suffering from liver problems for the last few years.LAST ASSIGNMENTHe retired from his long-held post amidst acrimony and on a bitter note after a T20 international match washout against South Africa last October. Eden’s old and crumbling drainage system, coupled with the groundsmen’s failure to prepare the ground at a short notice when the rain stopped, were blamed for the no-show.Mukherjee was, in principal, held responsible for the fiasco, which the octogenarian, famous for his uprightness and scatter-gun mouth, took offense insisting the ground was playable and it was the umpires who played truant by abandoning the match.The drama escalated when Indian captain MS Dhoni and team director Ravi Shastri said it was sad the famously passionate fans were robbed of action and refused to call the no-show a “collective failure”.Former India skipper Sourav Ganguly butted into the controversy, saying the failure was a team effort and not squarely depended on the groundsmen. Mukherjee was in the midst of numerous controversies during his long tenure and ended his innings on an indistinct note after the rain abandoned match.Curator Sujan Mukherjee took over the reins after his withdrawal.Known for his fluctuating temper, he has famously stopped cricketers, from inspecting the pitch or entering onto the wicket.advertisement’BOSS OF EDEN’He once prevented India batsman Rohit Sharma from inspecting the pitch, resulting in an animated discussion, to be used for the India-West Indies Test match citing rules allowing only the team captain and coach to have a look at the track.Mukherjee had also famously shooed away former England skipper Mike Atherton, in his capacity as a broadcaster, who had gone close to the pitch during an India-England Test.The tall, bespectacled, man did not even spare Dhoni when he had asked him for a rank turner for a Test against England.”It is immoral and illogical to tamper with the pitch as per the liking of the captain. I have not done it in my life. So I want to get rid of it,” Mukherjee had said in 2012, when Dhoni was still the skipper of the Indian Test side.To protest again Dhoni’s demands he had gone on a sick-leave and returned to make a wicket with grass and bounce. India lost the Test by seven wickets.Dhoni, later hailed Mukherjee saying he was the “boss of Eden”.Famous for being old fashioned, strict and determined to uphold the traditional values of the game, Mukherjee had also hogged the limelight when he stopped Sachin Tendulkar and former Australian captain Ricky Ponting from entering the wicket.But all his idiosyncrasies went a tad too far during a Bengal-Baroda Ranji match in October last year and eventually caught up with him when the Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) barred him from speaking to the media after the match failed to commence despite favourable weather.Mukherjee remained defiant, starting a slide that only culminated in humiliation rather than a glorified walk into sunset after the South Africa washout.last_img read more

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10 months agoCarragher tells Liverpool: Take your medicine and relax

first_imgCarragher tells Liverpool: Take your medicine and relaxby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool legend Jamie Carragher insists Jurgen Klopp’s side are still in a “fantastic position” to win the Premier League title.A loss to Manchester City last night means the Reds now hold a four-point lead over Pep Guardiola’s side.But Carragher has urged Liverpool to relax and stay focused on their remaining games.The former Reds defender told Sky Sports: “Going into this game, the talk was ‘Liverpool could go 10 points clear’ – a lot of the talk was Liverpool.”A lot of the talk over the next few days in the press will be Man City – ‘Man City are back in the race and they are now favourites to win the league’.”Liverpool need to just take their medicine, just relax, calm down, play the FA Cup game. Whatever happens, whatever team he picks, it’s then Brighton that Liverpool play next.”Four points clear is still a really good position to be in and the form they have shown, certainly against sides outside the top six, they have got a lot of those games coming.”Liverpool just need to relax, get some wins under their belt, maybe improve that lead if they can over the next month to six weeks, but they’re in a fantastic position.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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ESPN’s Jay Williams: Bulls Are Rumored To Want Iowa State’s Fred Hoiberg As Their New Coach

first_imgFred Hoiberg dances in new Infiniti comemrcial.YouTubeOne of the major stories around the sports world currently is the news that Chicago Bulls star Derrick Rose needs another knee surgery and is likely to miss the rest of the NBA season. The Bulls are 36-21 and in third place in the NBA’s Eastern Conference, but there are already some rumblings that Rose’s injury coupled with a possible early playoff exit could spell the end of Chicago head coach Tom Thibodeau. ESPN college basketball analyst Jay Williams has heard the Bulls have not only thought about life after Thibodeau, but have also considered who they’d want to replace him. That someone is Iowa State head coach Fred Hoiberg.Rumors circulating that people within the Bulls organization are interested in Fred Hoiberg of Iowa State as their next head coach.— Jay Williams (@RealJayWilliams) February 25, 2015Hoiberg is an Iowa State alumnus and a 10-year NBA veteran. Four of those professional seasons came with the Bulls. Since taking over as the head coach of his alma mater in 2010, Hoiberg is 110-53 overall and 4-2 in the NCAA Tournament.last_img read more

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Reading List: “Off The Road: Explorers, Vans, and Life Off the Beaten Track”

first_imgPrevious Explore On- and Off-Road With Garmin’s All-Terrain Overlander GPS 1 of 7 The modern western nomad is not a new creature. Indeed The New Yorker April issue featured an extensive article about the so-called #vanlife movement in its print magazine (worth reading despite its rather onerous 4,700-plus word count).You have likely noticed the renewed popularity of Airstream trailers, VW vans, and even traditional RVs, largely being enjoyed by young, educated people often of decent means. In other words, people are taking to life on the road — in some cases fully relinquishing a permanent address, in fact — not because they have to, but because they want to. Why? Well, it varies from person to person. But reading Off the Road: Explorers, Vans, and Life Off the Beaten Track will give you some insight into the minds of these wanderers and might just engender a bit of jealousy, too. For a select few, this book might even be the motivation that’s finally needed to trade the fixed address and four-walled rooms for life on the move atop four wheels, instead. Gestalten Professional Nomads Show Off How They Renovated an Airstream Long Hair for Men: Tips for Growing and Maintaining Your Style As with most Gestalten books, there is a bit left to be desired in terms of the organization of this book. Even using the index at the back of the volume, it’s hard to find where a given section can be found unless you know the name of its author or the exact title of the vehicle or geographic location about which you want to read. But that’s not really the point of these books. The best way to enjoy Off the Road is to flip around until something catches your eye; chances are the accompanying prose will hold your interest. And if you do that enough, you will have read enough of the book that, eventually, you’ll have to start at the start and page through to make sure you didn’t miss anything.Reading this and similar books can be a tease. There is a bit of that whole “Look where I am” sensation you get when seeing a friend’s vacation photos online. But there is also the potential for genuine motivation here. If you really think your life belongs on the road, then hit the road. But remember, you don’t have to trade in your home and 99% of your worldly possessions to hit the road for a while. You’ll allowed to take an extended road trip vacation and still end up at home. Gestalten The Best Camping Coffee Makers for an Off-Grid Cup of Joe Gestalten center_img Gestalten Next Gestalten Gestalten Off the Road is yet another title from German publishing house Gestalten that bridges the gap between several types of project. It is partially a coffee table book suitable for idle page turning; you can enjoy the pictures without worrying too much about the context. It also contains multiple travelogue-style essays documenting the adventures of plucky couples, daring individuals, and a few free-spirited families. But what I personally found the most interesting aspect of this book were the pages devoted to the history of some of the iconic vehicles often featured herein.A select few vans, SUVs, and trucks are given a few paragraphs throughout the book. These glorified blurbs — the Toyota Land Cruiser gets seven sentences — come packed with illustrative details that help shed light on just why a given vehicle has stood the test of time. According to manufacture estimates, 75% of all Land Rover Defenders ever manufactured are still being driven today, for example. Why is that of particular note? Well, this particular off-road rogue was first sold back in 1948. And speaking of the vaunted Land Cruiser, did you know the original J40 Series launched in 1960 was designed based off of a reverse-engineered MKII Jeep the Japanese army captured during WWII? Neither did I. But now we both do. Gestalten The Opus OP15′ Is a Tricked-Out, Off-Road-Ready Travel Trailer Editors’ Recommendations Gestaltenlast_img read more

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MLAS defection Vikramarka calls off indefinite fast

first_imgHyderabad: Senior Telangana Congress leader M Bhatti Vikramarka Monday called off his three-day old indefinite fast, launched protesting the “illegal” merger of 12 party MLAs with the ruling TRS, following an appeal made by his party collegues.Vikramarka, leader of the Congress legislature party, ended his fast at the state-run NIMS, where he was shifted by the police in view of his “failing health”, State Congress president N Uttam Kumar Reddy told reporters here. He said the Congress would step up its protest against the defection of its MLAs and would organise ‘dharna’ in front of District Collectorates on Tuesday. He also said his party would seek an appointment with the President and MPs from the state, including him, would raise the issue in parliament. “Doctors said his sugar levels have fallen to 69 and BP is fluctuating. Continuing the (fast) would pose a threat to his life. This fight would continue. All of us appealed to him and made him withdraw the fast by offering juice,” Reddy said. Also Read – Pak activated 20 terror camps & 20 launch pads along LoCVikramarka initially refused to take treatment, but relented after the party colleagues made an appeal to him to call off the fast in view of his “deterioating” health condition. Earlier, police also said the action was taken as Vikramarka continued the protest beyond the permitted time. The CLP leader had initially launched a 36-hour fast on Saturday, but later announced it would be an indefinite protest. “He (Vikramarka) had obtained permission for holding a 36-hour dharna and it was granted. But, he continued to hold the protest even after the permitted time. “After getting him checked by a medical team, he has been shifted”, DCP (Central Zone) P Viswa Prasad said. In a dramatic turn of events, Telangana Assembly Speaker P Srinivas Reddy Thursday last recognised 12 MLAs of Congress as members of TRS, hours after they moved him seeking merger of their group with the ruling party. The Speaker acceded to the request of the MLAs considering the fact that they constituted two-thirds of the Congress Legislature Party, a requirement for merger under the anti-defection law.last_img read more

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VARIETY NAMES 10 DIRECTORS TO WATCH FOR 2019

first_imgAs Oscar season heats up and the world awaits news of the Sundance Film Festival lineup, Variety announces its 10 Directors to Watch for 2019, featuring a mix of recent festival breakouts and movies yet to premiere in the coming year, all chosen on the strength of films screened for Variety’s editors (sometimes as works in progress).While blockbuster Venice-Toronto sensation “A Star Is Born” demonstrated the birth of a major new director in Bradley Cooper, many of the other talents on this year’s list are less well-known, but no less exciting. From Cannes, Un Certain Regard winner Ali Abbasi is representing Sweden with his film “Border” in this year’s Oscar foreign language race. Film critic and festival programmer Kent Jones won the Tribeca competition with feature debut “Diane,” while Mexican directors Alejandra Márquez Abella (“The Good Girls”) and Alonso Ruizpalacios (“Museo”) were standouts of the competition sections at the Toronto and Berlin film festivals, respectively. Facebook Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Login/Register With: Twitterlast_img read more

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CESC deploys 200 mobile vans to tackle power disruptions

first_imgKolkata: Power utility CESC said on Friday that it has deployed 200 mobile vans around the city to tackle any likely disruption caused by cyclonic storm ‘Fani’, which is headed to Bengal from neighbouring Odisha.A CESC spokesman said the mobile vans are fitted with dedicated radio communication sets and are capable of promptly springing into action in the event of power supply failure. Focus will also be on electricity supply to drainage pumping stations, to reduce waterlogging in and around the city, he said. “Teams comprising engineers, workmen and contractors are on standby to respond to consumer requirements across 567 sq km of licensed area,” he added. Company representatives will be present at the Kolkata Police control room and Kolkata Municipal Corporation control rooms, the spokesperson said.last_img read more

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Vape pen causes small fire as passengers board plane

NEW YORK — A small fire caused by an overheated vape pen battery delayed a Houston-bound flight from New York’s LaGuardia airport.The incident occurred on Wednesday during the boarding of a SkyWest flight operating as s Delta Connection.Video posted online shows a flight attendant using a fire extinguisher on a flaming bag, which was in an overhead storage bin.A passenger, Rex Sakamoto of New York City, tells WCBS someone yelled “fire” and there was a smell “like a campfire.”An airline statement says passengers “deplaned routinely” and continued on a different aircraft.___Information from: WCBS-TV, http://www.cbs2ny.comThe Associated Press read more

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Morocco Is Largest Recipient of African Development Bank Funds in 2019

Rabat – The African Development Bank (AfDB) has 35 projects in Morocco for a total investment of about $3 billion so far in 2019, making the country AfDB’s top recipient, according to Maghreb Arab Press (MAP).AfDB’s funding in Morocco focused on the sectors of energy (31.5%), transportation (19.8%), water and sanitation (15.5%), and multi-sectoral and social development operations (12.7%). Some investment (11.2%) also went to the private sector and to agriculture (9.4%), according to the latest synthetic review of the bank’s results, unveiled Thursday, September 26, in Rabat.On a scale of 1 to 4, the performance of the bank’s portfolio in Morocco is “very satisfactory,” progressing from 2.6 in 2009 to 3.7 in 2018. The score improved because there are no high-risk projects, said Rudolphe Petras, senior results specialist at AfDB, who presented the review. The amount of annually approved funding increased from €607 million in 2009 to €733 million in 2018, Petras added.The official highlighted the progress Morocco made from 2009 to 2018 and the bank’s contribution to that progress. Petras stressed that 16 million people got better access to transportation infrastructure, and the loans connected 6.9 million people to the electrical grid for the first time.He added that about 8.5 million people, including 4.5 million women, got access to better health services. And 3.5 million people, over half of them are women, benefited from improved access to drinking water and sanitation.The review underlined Morocco’s significant progress in the areas of governance, business climate, and gender equality. It also approved of Morocco’s leading Africa in renewable energy and the fight against climate change.The AfDB has a mission of improving lives by fighting poverty and investing in socio-economic projects. The bank has been present in Morocco since 1970. The first projects it financed were to develop potable water and sanitation in 1978.Between 1978 and 2017, the AfDB approved 160 operations for a total of $10 billion, according to AfDB.Read also: AfDB, CGEM Sign $560,000 Partnership to Support Moroccan Companies in Africa read more

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Bodu Bala Sena rejects ACJU proposal

The Bodu Bala Sena has rejected the proposal made by the All Ceylon Jamiyyathul Ulama (ACJU) that the government take over the issuing of the Halal certificates in coordination with the ACJU.Speaking during a talk show over a private television station late this evening, the Bodu Bala Sena said that the issue should be further discussed and the proposal put forward by the ACJU is not acceptable as the final solution. The Bodu Bala Sena also said it is not against the Halal certificate and respects the rights of Muslims who wish to purchase products with the certification. Monks attached to the Bodu Bala Sena had this month launched an anti-halal campaign, during a convention in Maharagama.A declaration adopted at the convention also sought a ban on birth control and sending Sri Lankan maids to the Middle East. However the monks say they don’s want the Halal certified products to be sold to Buddhists. Hundreds of people attended the convention and posters were seen erected on the stage objecting to the Halal certification. (Colombo Gazette) read more

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Security Council calls for aid to GuineaBissau as transitional phase ends

In a press statement, Ambassador Bayani Mercado of the Philippines, which holds the Council presidency for the month of September, said the Representative of the Secretary-General for Guinea-Bissau, João Bernardo Honwana, briefed Council members on developments in the country, particularly since the results of the presidential elections were announced in August.”Members of the Security Council underscored that Guinea-Bissau will enter now a delicate post-electoral phase and will need further international assistance to meet its multiple short-term and long-term political and economic challenges,” the statement said.They commended all those in Guinea-Bissau who were involved in the transitional political phase, including Transitional President Henrique Pereira Rosa, as well as the country’s international partners, for their contribution to the peaceful conclusion of the transitional period.It will be formally terminated with the inauguration on 1 October of the President-elect João Bernardo “Nino” Vieira as the new President of the Republic, the statement said.The Security Council also stressed the need for the international community’s active participation in the forthcoming donors’ round table, scheduled to take place in November. read more

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Toronto stock market pulls back as Wall Streets economic concerns spread north

by Alexandra Posadzki and David Friend, The Canadian Press Posted Mar 25, 2015 9:29 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Toronto stock market pulls back as Wall Street’s economic concerns spread north TORONTO – The Toronto stock market closed sharply lower on Wednesday, with nearly every sector pulling back as fresh U.S. economic data raised questions about whether stocks are overvalued.The S&P/TSX composite index ended down 151.89 points at 14,929.37 as worries spread. The Canadian dollar also lost ground, dropping 0.1 of a U.S. cent to 79.89 cents.Traders were faced with a discouraging report from the U.S. Commerce Department showing that orders for durable goods fell 1.4 per cent in February, which suggested that lower demand for commercial aircraft, cars and machinery could be a sign of further trouble to come.Kash Pashootan, portfolio manager at Ottawa-based First Avenue Advisory, said that after five years of returning gains above historical averages, stock markets could be headed for a bumpy ride.“I think that we could potentially be setting the stage for a correction and greater volatility as we head into the summer months,” Pashootan said.“We’re seeing the hangover effect of having the market appreciate for five years straight.”Investors are taking a cautious approach as they await earnings data that will indicate how much the stronger U.S. dollar is hurting the bottom lines at American multinational companies. Traders are also looking for more clarity from the U.S. Federal Reserve on when interest rates are going to rise.“You’re not going to see the market set new highs from here unless it sees its next growth catalyst,” Pashootan said.The Dow Jones industrial average plunged 292.60 points to 17,718.54, while broad weakness in technology and biotech stocks dragged the Nasdaq 118.21 points lower to 4,876.52. The S&P 500 index fell 30.45 points to 2,061.05.In commodities, crude oil settled at its highest level in more than two weeks, as political uncertainty in Yemen added pressure to supply concerns. The May crude contract moved ahead $1.70 to close at $49.21 a barrel as the TSX energy sector rose 0.7 per cent, making it the sole advancer.April gold bullion was up $5.60 at US$1,197 an ounce.The TSX metals and mining sector was the biggest decliner, slumping 3.2 per cent.Shares of Kraft Foods Group were up more than 35 per cent following a friendly takeover offer by H.J. Heinz Co. Under the deal, Kraft shareholders will own 49 per cent of the new Kraft Heinz Co. Its shares gained $21.85 to US$83.17.Quebecor Inc.’s (TSX:QBR.B) shares rose 34 cents to $33.68 after the Competition Bureau gave Postmedia (TSX:PNC.B, TSX:PNC.A) approval to buy Quebecor’s chain of Sun Media English-language newspapers and digital properties.Bank of Canada governor Stephen Poloz will speak at the Chamber of Commerce in the U.K. on Thursday where he may offer some insight into the impact of weak oil prices on the domestic economy and the timing of another interest rate move. read more

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Federal agents raid Caterpillar offices in central Illinois

by The Associated Press Posted Mar 2, 2017 11:23 am MDT Last Updated Mar 2, 2017 at 12:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Federal agents raid Caterpillar offices in central Illinois PEORIA, Ill. – Federal law enforcement officials executed a search warrant at three Caterpillar facilities in central Illinois on Friday, officials said.Caterpillar spokeswoman Corrie Heck Scott said in an email Thursday that the company is co-operating with law enforcement but didn’t comment further.Sharon Paul, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Attorney’s office in Springfield, said “federal law enforcement activity” was being conducted at three Caterpillar locations including the corporate headquarters in Peoria and facilities in East Peoria and Morton.Paul said the Internal Revenue Service’s criminal investigation unit, the U.S. Department of Commerce Office of Export Enforcement and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp.’s office of inspector general are involved in the raids. She declined to comment further.A video on the Peoria Journal Star’s website shows federal agents — some wearing jackets that read IRS Special Agent and Police — wheeling large boxes into a Caterpillar building.Caterpillar is a farming construction equipment manufacturer and is one of the biggest companies of its kind on the world. read more

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