by Karen Shirer, Associate DeanI wonder if you are like me. Every year in late December I set resolutions for a healthier and happier new year. Then, a few months later my best intentions have often ended up on the garbage heap of lost causes. This year my resolutions included maintaining a healthy weight, focusing on the positive and what I can control and change, practicing yoga and running, and well…. being better in whatever way I can imagine. I think you get the picture.This year has been no different. I’ve done okay on weight and physical activity, but focusing on the positive and what I can control and change — not so much. Which brings me to this blog post. Maybe like me, you struggle with keeping your resolutions past the first few months of the year. The slide into spring on March 20 provides a fresh start to forget those New Year’s resolutions and spring ahead with goals instead!When faced with a perplexing issue, I do a web search to find out how to address the situation. Here’s what I learned this year that you may find useful.Tip #1: Remind yourself that you’re not alone in struggling to keep your new year’s resolutions.Fast Company magazine recently reported that 27 percent of people give up on their resolutions by the end of the first week of January, and 31 percent give them up by the third week. Just over 50 percent make it to the one month mark.The article goes on to explain that the one big difference between those who stay resolute and those who don’t is based on how one feels about the resolution. To stay committed, the article says, we need to set goals for which we have passion and that are based on our values, beliefs and interests.One last thought on this tip: Cut yourself some slack if you are part of the 50 percent who have given up. Personal change is hard, requiring time and lots of mistakes and false starts. Make sure you are talking to yourself in an encouraging way with thoughts like “I can do this,” “What did I learn from this attempt that can help me be more successful in the future?” and “I have a whole year to get this right!”Tip #2: Reset and swap out your resolutions for goals that work.The Fast Company article also gives wise advice on setting goals. Most important, our goals need to be about what we want to accomplish in the end. Instead of starting with “I am going to spend less money” or “I am going to run five days a week,” think about the overarching goal of improving financial or physical health.Once we are clear on our overall goal, we can identify activities and concrete steps to get us closer to it. (This is where “I am going to run five days a week” makes more sense.) We also should try to understand everything we can about our goal and why it’s important to us; take immediate steps for fast wins; and realize we’ll make mistakes.So here is how I would swap the resolution that isn’t working for me:Swap resolution: Focus on the positive and what I can control and change.For goal: I will find ways to enhance my mental well-being and lower my stress over the next year.I’ve already taken some concrete action steps to achieve my newly stated goal:Learn everything I can about ways to improve positivity in my personal and professional life.Practice mindfulness by listening to the Military Families Learning Network (MFLN) Military Caregiving Mindfulness Podcast Series.Get my physical activity outside (instead of inside) whenever the weather permits because soaking up some sunlight lifts the spirits.Tell myself “I am learning something new every day to reach my goal” when I fall short.These steps are ever evolving and change frequently. But now that I’ve swapped my resolution for an aspirational goal — mental well-being — I have a better sense of what steps to take and what to avoid. Try it and see how it works for you.Tip #3: Access all the resources you can, including support from others, to reach your goals. I found a useful resource before the new year — some tips in The Guardian newspaper:Make your goal aspirational, but then break it down into concrete, achievable action steps. This makes the goal easier to reach. In a way, you are making the healthy choice the easy choice for yourself.Take advantage of mornings to focus on your goal. The articles cites a study that showed that simple habits form more quickly in the morning due to elevated cortisol.Get a system in place to track your progress like a journal, an app or a spreadsheet. Again, research shows that tracking improves success.Set up a rewards program for yourself when you act on your goal and reward yourself immediately after reaching it. And make the reward fun.Resist finding excuses to not follow through on your action steps. When I sense resistance, I often tell myself “I don’t have to be perfect but just need to do something.” It really helps me with the excuses.In addition to these tips, look at your support network and identify others who can help you with your goals. A “goal buddy” or a group with like interests will help keep you on track and build you up when you hit the rough spots.Rich with resourcesOf course, the Military Families Learning Network (MFLN) is rich with resources in the areas of family transitions, nutrition and wellness, personal finance, personal and family relationships, and mental health As part of our network, we encourage you to use these resources to reach your goals! In addition to the Mindfulness Podcast Series mentioned above, here are a few of my top recommendations:New Year, Stronger Connections! blogMake Your Financial Goals SMART an Your Savings Systematic blogAre You a Resilient Professional? blogHealth is a Family Affair: Connecting the Dots between Health & Family blogFinding Joy in the Face of Adversity blogMission Possible … Mastering the Process of Change blogCommunity Capacity Building: Say what?? blogFinding the Golden Ratio-Using Positive Emotions in Every Day Life and During Times of Stress blogBurning the Candle at Both Ends: How to Combat Burnout blogNavigating the space between our personal and professional roles blogTo sum up: Swap your resolutions for goals and action steps, and begin your reset today with an easy win. Don’t forget to be kind to yourself when things don’t go as planned. You will be more successful in the long run. Embrace the New Year …. and take steps to spring ahead to achieve your goals in the remaining months. Karen Shirer is a member of the Military Families Learning Network Family Transitions Team and the Associate Dean with the University of Minnesota, Extension Center for Family Development. Karen is also the parent of two adult daughters, a grandmother, a spouse, and a cancer survivor.
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Way to go champ!👏#IndaontheRise #Badminton pic.twitter.com/NtMpKQpQIo— BAI Media (@BAI_Media) September 4, 2019While Riya lost 21-19 11-21 13-21 to Thailand’s Supanida Katethong, Aparna and Prajakta suffered a 19-21 23-21 15-21 to local pair Cheng Yu-Pei and Juang Tz-Ren.In the men’s singles match, Sourabh, who had clinched the title in 2016, erased a 3-6 deficit to grab a slender 11-10 lead at the break. The Indian quickly pocketed two more points but the Japanese came back to hold a 15-14 advantage.Sourabh, however, kept his nose ahead at 18-16 and held two game points at 20-18. Sakai reeled off two points to draw level before the Indian marched ahead to seal the opening game.In the second game, Sakai surged to a 6-0 lead but Sourabh turned the tables, jumping to a 9-8 lead before managing a small 11-10 advantage at the interval.After the breather, Sourabh looked in a different zone as he kept gathering points at will, even as Sakai crumbled. Former champion Sourabh Verma made a positive start at the USD 500,000 Chinese Taipei Open, progressing to the second round with a straight-game win over Japan’s Kazumasa Sakai in men’s singles on Wednesday.The 26-year-old from Madhya Pradesh, the reigning national champion, overcame world number 44 Sakai 22-20 21-13 in 38 minutes to set up a likely clash with top seed and local favourite Chou Tien Chen in the second round. Sourabh, who won the Hyderabad Open last month, emerged as the only surviving Indian in the World Tour Super 300 tournament following the loss of women’s singles player Riya Mookerjee and women’s doubles pair of Aparna Balan and Prajakta Sawant in the opening round. Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. Tournament update!🇮🇳’s @sourabhverma09 started his #YonexChineseTaipeiOpen2019 campaign with a win over 🇯🇵’s Kazumasa Sakai by 22-20,21-13 to advanced into the R2. badmintonChinese Taipei OpenIndiaindian badminton First Published: September 4, 2019, 6:39 PM IST
Story Highlights More persons are to benefit from the Atlanta/Montego Bay Sister Cities Annual Health Mission next year, as there will be a 50 per cent increase in funding for the mission. More persons are to benefit from the Atlanta/Montego Bay Sister Cities Annual Health Mission next year, as there will be a 50 per cent increase in funding for the mission.This was announced by the Mayor of Atlanta in the United States, Kasim Reed, as he addressed the Montego Bay Chamber of Commerce and Industry expo ceremony, recently.“I want to commit that we are going to increase the amount for medicine, as a result of your Mayor’s leadership, by 50 per cent for the visit next year. By this way, the health mission will be empowered to reach and help a lot more persons,” Mayor Reed said.He pointed out that as a result of the sister cities relationship, which was established over 20 years ago, some 45,000 Jamaicans have been the recipients of health care on an annual basis.“Careful note has been made of the 20-year relationship that Atlanta and Montego Bay have shared as sister cities. Probably the most important tie that we have is the health mission,” the Mayor said. “Careful note has been made of the 20-year relationship that Atlanta and Montego Bay have shared as sister cities. Probably the most important tie that we have is the health mission,” “I want to commit that we are going to increase the amount for medicine, as a result of your Mayor’s leadership, by 50 per cent for the visit next year.”
zoom The Icelandic Steamship Company (Eimskip) has decided to cancel a container ship ordered at Chinese shipbuilder Rongsheng Shenfei.The vessel forms part of a contract signed in 2011 that entails construction of two 875-teu container ships.The first vessel, Lagarfoss, was delivered in June last year and has served the company well, Eimskip said.However, the shipping company decided to scrap the second unit as there have been construction delays which are likely to resume.“The construction of the second vessel has not proceeded according to schedule and it is evident that further delay is ahead. The company has now decided to exercise its right under the abovementioned agreement and cancel the second vessel,” Eimskip explained.The second ship was planned to be delivered in the fourth quarter this year at the latest.Eimskip added it would seek refund of USD 13.1 million (plus interest) which the company has already paid in relation to the construction of the second vessel. The refund sought plus interest is secured by a bank guarantee.As a result, Eimskip said it would now evaluate other opportunities regarding investments in a comparable vessel.Eimskip had a very strong first half of the year, posting an operating revenue of EUR 239.3 million compared to EUR 213.2 million for the same period last year, a growth of 12.2%. The company’s net earnings amounted to EUR 7 million compared to EUR 3.8 million, up by 85.2%.According to Eimskip’s President and CEO, Gylfi Sigfússon, operating revenue and EBITDA in the second quarter are the highest in one single quarter since the company’s restructuring in 2009.“Operating revenue was up by 16.2% from the second quarter last year and EBITDA amounted to EUR 13.3 million, up by 20.4% from 2014. Net earnings of the quarter amounted to EUR 5.5 million compared to EUR 4.6 million in the same period last year, up by 20.1%,” he said.Transported volumes in the company’s liner system in the third quarter have so far been growing beyond expectations, Eimskip said.
TORONTO – A Canadian-led international research team is using a “barcoding” system to investigate the growth patterns of individual cells that make up the deadliest form of brain cancer, with the hopes of improving treatment.Known as a glioblastoma, it’s considered among the “nastiest” of human cancers and is the kind of brain tumour diagnosed last year in Tragically Hip frontman Gord Downie.Each year in Canada, about 1,500 adults and 150 children are diagnosed with a glioblastoma, an aggressive tumour that is notorious for its complex genetic makeup and poor response to treatment. Glioblastoma has an average five-year survival rate of only about 10 per cent, and most people succumb to the disease within roughly 15 months of diagnosis.But research led by the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto and the University of Cambridge in the U.K. is taking a novel approach to better understanding how individual cells in the tumour contribute to its growth and what types of drugs might best target this highly invasive brain cancer.“What we did here was we took human tumours, broke them up into individual cells and then we infected those with a short DNA sequence,” said co-principal investigator Dr. Peter Dirks, a neurosurgeon and researcher at Sick Kids.In the lab, every cell was tagged with a different DNA barcode, giving them a unique identifying marker, Dirks explained.“So now we have thousands of barcodes in thousands of different cells.“That gets integrated into the DNA of that cell, and as that cell divides, all the daughter cells of that labelled cell share the same barcode. It’s a very powerful way of just tracing the potential of each cell in the tumour.”These human glioblastoma cells were then put into the brains of specially bred lab mice and allowed to continue dividing to form tumours. When the tumours were removed, DNA from each cell was sequenced and their barcodes identified.“What that sequencing was able to do was tell us what are the barcodes that are there and what are the frequency of the barcodes,” said Dirks. “So it’s telling us did every cell go on and form a tumour or did only some of the barcodes get seen in the tumour later.”Using this cell-tracking strategy, the researchers found that only a small proportion of the barcoded cells could give rise to long-term tumour growth, suggesting that a large proportion of patient tumours contain cells that cannot multiply to make tumours grow.They found that glioblastoma is made up of many different clones — mini-cancers comprised of clumps of genetically identical cells within the tumour — and most followed a growth pattern consistent with the stem cell model of cancer, in which a minority of stem cells are responsible for tumour growth.Mini-cancers that followed this predictable growth pattern were dubbed Group A, while rarer and more aggressive clones that didn’t were labelled Group B.“Consider it like a marathon race, where all the competitors are together in the race,” said Dirks. “The whole pack tends to move along, but there are some sprinters that go way beyond the pack.“So we think there are some of those that are like rogue clones that really are bursting ahead of the others — those are the Bs.”What’s key about these findings, published Wednesday in the journal Nature, is they suggest a different way of targeting the brain tumour, which has a high rate of recurrence, despite treatment.“A few years ago I was thinking, ‘Oh, glioblastoma, it’s genetically different from cell to cell, all these clones are mixing,” he said. “If we just kill clone X, we’ll leave behind Y and Z and they’ll just keep going.”But the researchers have identified two existing cancer drugs that were shown to slow the proliferation of glioblastoma cells in lab mice, one that acts on Group A cells and the other against Group B.“It’s about promoting different types of therapies for cancer,” said Dirks. “It’s another step in cancer treatment, not targeting the one mutation but targeting the processes that facilitate the stem cell behaviour of cancer cells.“It gives me hope that with this disease we’re not going to need 20 different drugs to treat it, maybe we’ll just need several that target the specific behaviour of these cancers within the cancer.”Co-author Connie Eaves of the B.C. Cancer Agency, who focuses on stem cell research related to leukemia and breast cancer, said barcoding has been used in studying other cancers, “but this is one of the first times that a method has been used to individually track the cells that propagate tumours and respond to different types of therapies.”Better understanding of the complexity of different kinds of cancer is critical to improving diagnosis and treatment, said Dr. Alan Bernstein, president and CEO of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (CIFAR), who was not involved in the research.“This paper brings a new approach and applies it to understanding the cellular composition of glioblastomas,” Bernstein said in a statement. “This is an important advance … and it holds promise for finding new ways to diagnose and treat a very serious human cancer.”Dirks cautioned, however, that there’s still much more research needed before it’s known whether these findings could lead to an effective therapy for patients with the devastating brain tumour.“I don’t feel as disillusioned as I used to,” he said. “These kind of studies are still a ways away from the clinic, but it’s given me new optimism.”—Follow @SherylUbelacker on Twitter
WASHINGTON — Consumer prices climbed 0.3 per cent in October, with higher prices for gasoline, used autos and housing contributing to the increase.The Labor Department said Wednesday that this measure of inflation has jumped 2.5 per cent over the past 12 months. Adjusted for rising prices, average weekly wages have improved 0.9 per cent this year. That’s an increase of $8.52 in weekly earnings from October 2017.The Federal Reserve targets inflation at 2 per cent, just enough to encourage consumer spending and economic growth without leading to price increases that could destabilize the economy. Fed officials are expected at an upcoming meeting in December to raise a key short-term interest rate for the fourth time this year, in hopes of keeping inflation and check and preventing economic growth from overheating in ways that could trigger a downturn.But inflation could be tamer in future months because oil prices have been trending lower and the value of the dollar has strengthened.Core inflation, which excludes volatile energy and food costs, rose 0.2 per cent in October. This core figure, which many economists consider to be a better indicator of underlying inflation, has risen 2.1 per cent from a year ago.Gas prices increased 3 per cent in October, after having dipped 0.2 per cent in September.Housing — the single largest component of the index — increased 0.3 per cent in October. Used car and truck prices jumped 2.6 per cent on a monthly basis. But food prices slipped as fruits, vegetables, cereals and bakery products became cheaper.Josh Boak, The Associated Press
TORONTO — The Toronto Stock Exchange closed lower for the third straight session on Tuesday as investors direct their attention back to the fundamentals of the Canadian market.The S&P/TSX composite index lost 49.31 points to close at 14,376.24 after starting the day in the black.Allan Small, senior investment adviser at Holliswealth, said the markets had been positive following the resolution of the latest outbreak in the Greek debt crisis as well as last week’s rate cut from the Bank of Canada.With those headline-grabbing developments out of the way, he said, investors are turning back to look at the realities of the market and aren’t liking what they see.“We had our rally, and now we’re concentrating on other areas of the market,” he said. “And right now in Canada those other areas are struggling.” In the U.S., the Dow Jones industrial average plunged 181.12 points to 17,919.29, while the Nasdaq fell 10.74 points to 5,208.12. The S&P 500 lost 9.07 points to close at 2,119.21.The Canadian dollar was up 0.29 of a cent to 77.23 cents US.Small said the increase was the result of day-to-day volatility rather than any sign that the sliding loonie had reached bottom.“The direction of our dollar is definitely down,” he said. “I’d be surprised if we see a big run-up in the dollar now.”The Canadian dollar could fall even further against the greenback, Small said, and will remain weak for the near future as Canada looks to grow.“How long it will stay that way remains to be seen,” he said. “I think it’s dependent on how long it takes our economy to bounce back from a negative first half.”Economists and analysts have suggested that Canada is in a technical recession, defined as two consecutive quarters of negative growth, although final second-quarter numbers have not been released.Small said the prospect of an interest-rate hike from the American central bank this fall is the biggest driver for the Canadian dollar’s value. “Our dollar is going to trade more on what the U.S. does than what we do here in our country,” he said.On the commodities markets, the September contract for crude oil closed up 42 cents to US$50.86, while the August contract for natural gas climbed 5.9 cents to US$2.882.The August contract for gold ended the day down US$3.50 to US$1,103.50 per ounce.Small noted that gold has become much less important as a safe-haven commodity as global markets have equalized following the volatility of the 2008 downturn, when gold’s value spiked.“I really don’t see a catalyst for gold to go any higher,” Small said.The September contract for copper closed at US$2.47, down 0.7 of a US cent.The Canadian Press
“It’s a statement of what your brand is, who it stands for and who it seeks to appeal to,” said Wong, who is with the Stephen J.R. Smith School of Business at Queen’s University.“While it may generate traffic for you, whether or not that traffic generates profitability in the short, and more importantly, long term is a different story. If you’re in a business that needs a promotion to stay in business, you’re already on a slippery slope.”Wong said the publicity stunt would mostly profit businesses that appeal to the biggest demographic of Pokémon GO players or have a link to the game — for example, stores that sell cellphone accessories or comic books.There may be a potential to grow business in the short term, but he doesn’t see that enduring.“Eventually the novelty will wear off. There will always be diehards but it’s no different than the Trivial Pursuit craze,” he said.“If you are the right kind of business, get in as soon as you can when the fad has the greatest duration of effect, because if you wait too long, the fad will be over.”In Toronto, Peter Coulter set up a chalkboard sign Monday outside his optical store featuring a promotion offering passersby a free glasses cleaning if they can capture a Pokémon creature inside.Although he says he hasn’t seen any direct sales from the sign, he stands behind it.“It’s quite the phenomenon,” said the manager of Optical Thirty 8. “The sign was just something catchy to encourage people to come in and use their phones so we can show them some of our services and at the same time, maybe they’ll buy some new glasses.”The Canadian Press TORONTO — The Pokémon GO sign directing people to the front door of Rock Candy Boutique in Halifax has only been up for a week, but Jeff Powers says he is already seeing it pay off.“Downtown is alive in a way that I haven’t seen in a long, long time,” said Powers, a manager at the store, which sells various rock music T-shirts, hoodies, hats and other paraphernalia.“There is just a flood from everybody, from young kids to older adults, and you can tell they’re playing this game.”That would be Pokémon GO, which officially launched in Canada on Sunday. The wildly popular video game sends players on a quest to find superimposed animated characters on a map-like interface using the camera on their smartphones. It is currently the most downloaded app in the Apple app store.Nintendo’s market cap doubles to US$42 billion as Pokemon GO craze goes globalPokémon GO , the global phenomenon that has people hunting outside for monsters, explainedPowers said Tuesday the sign has brought people into the store who wouldn’t normally shop there but hear it’s a good place to play the augmented reality video game.“This has just blown up bigger than anybody has expected,” he said, adding that the various Pokémon merchandise the store carries have also been flying off the shelves.“It leads people to travel down streets they normally wouldn’t. It’s bringing a lot of foot traffic down to the side streets and a lot of people are coming in and buying things because they were just in the area.”Some Canadian businesses have been jumping on the craze by actively encouraging potential customers to use their shops as PokéStops or Pokémon gyms — locations to play the game.But marketing professor Ken Wong cautioned that although it may seem like a no-brainer for businesses to capitalize on Pokémon GO’s popularity, it can also backfire.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Cole Burston
Fans watching Ohio State football games at Ohio Stadium can keep standing as much as they want.Multiple reports emerged this week saying OSU fans can text the word ‘BRUTUS’ to a university-provided number if they experience issues with other spectators. While some reports stated those issues could include fans choosing to stand during game play, an OSU spokesman told The Lantern in an email Wednesday that there is no such rule in place that would prevent standing during a game.“Fans can stand all they want,” the spokesman said. “No policy exists that prevents standing.”The spokesman said the number fans can text to report issues with other spectators is “nothing new.”The Buckeyes are scheduled to play their 2014 home opener on Saturday against Virginia Tech at 8 p.m.
La biographie de Steve Jobs enfin disponible en FranceLa sortie française était imminente. La biographie du génie d’Apple sera disponible le 2 novembre prochain chez les vendeurs de livres, mais elle est déjà accessible via l’Apple Store et chez certains étals qui n’ont pas attendu la date de sa sortie officielle.La couverture blanche de l’ouvrage n’est pas sans rappeler les divers produits Apple au même teint pâle. Epais de 600 pages, c’est au moins ce qu’il fallait pour raconter la vie de Steve Jobs, certainement l’un des hommes les plus influents de ces dernières décennies. À lire aussiiPhone 6 : un smartphone fragile qui se plierait en restant dans une poche ?Nul doute que la disparition récente de ce visionnaire boostera les ventes. Déjà en tête des chartes aux Etats-Unis, le livre de Walter Isaacson pourrait connaître le même sort dans l’Hexagone.Vendu aux éditions JC Lattès au prix de 25 euros en version papier (disponible à la Fnac et sur Amazon), il est par contre vendu un peu moins cher en version numérique (18.99 euros). Le succès ne serait pas étonnant, d’autant plus que certains détails croustillants sur la concurrence ou sur des projets Apple futurs alimentent l’ouvrage. Un Best-seller en perspective. Le 26 octobre 2011 à 18:48 • Maxime Lambert
Share your voice Google 0 James Martin/CNET Google has reportedly asked the US government to limit protection of activist employees. The search giant urged the National Labor Relations Board to undo a ruling from a 2014 case, Purple Communications Inc., that gave workers the right to use their employer’s workplace email system to organize about issues at their company, says a Thursday report from Bloomberg. The news outlet said it used a Freedom of Information Act request to obtain Google filings from 2017 and 2018 that ask the NLRB to overturn that precedent. The Purple Communications ruling restricts companies from punishing staff for using workplace email for activities such as forming a union, passing around petitions or organizing walkouts. Google’s attorneys wrote that the case “should be overruled” and the NLRB should let companies ban such internal email use, Bloomberg reported.”We’re not lobbying for changes to any rules,” a Google spokeswoman said in an emailed statement. “This was a legal defense that we included as one of many possible defenses in the response to a charge” before the NLRB.”Google is one of the most open workplaces in the world,” the spokeswoman said. “Employees have multiple internal forums to express their views, raise concerns and connect, including thousands of internal communities and tens of thousands of email groups.”The Bloomberg report comes after several high-profile protests by Google employees.In November, Google workers around the world walked out of company offices over the search giant’s handling of sexual harassment cases, specifically at the executive level.In August, rumors about Project Dragonfly, an alleged Google program to build a censored search engine for the Chinese government, triggered employee protests and resignations, with roughly 1,000 workers signing a letter asking CEO Sundar Pichai to be transparent about the project.And in April, more than 3,000 Google employees pushed back against Project Maven, which would’ve provided AI and image recognition technology to the US military for analyzing drone footage. Workers signed a petition calling on the company to end its work with the Pentagon, and Google said in June that it wouldn’t seek to renew the Project Maven contract. Special Reports: CNET’s in-depth features in one place.Security: Stay up-to-date on the latest in breaches, hacks, fixes and all those cybersecurity issues that keep you up at night. Tech Industry Politics Internet Services Tags Post a comment
Lawmakers on Monday unveiled a huge $1 trillion-plus spending bill that would fund most government operations through September but would deny President Donald Trump money for a border wall and rejects his proposed cuts to popular domestic programs.The 1,665-page bill agreed to on Sunday is the product of weeks of negotiations. It was made public in the predawn hours Monday and is tentatively scheduled for a House vote on Wednesday.The catchall spending bill would be the first major piece of bipartisan legislation to advance during Trump’s short tenure in the White House. While losing on funding for the wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, Trump won a $15 billion down payment on his request to strengthen the military, though that too fell short of what he requested.Vice President Mike Pence said the administration “couldn’t be more pleased” and noted that it would include a boost in military spending, a “down payment” on border security and provide money for health benefits for coal miners.“It will avert a government shutdown but more important than that, it’s going to be a significant increase in military spending,” Pence said in an interview with “CBS This Morning.” He called it a “budget deal that’s a bipartisan win for the American people.”The measure funds the remainder of the 2017 budget year, through Sept. 30, rejecting cuts to popular domestic programs targeted by Trump such as medical research, the Environmental Protection Agency, and infrastructure grants.“The omnibus (spending bill) is in sharp contrast to President Trump’s dangerous plans to steal billions from lifesaving research, instead increasing funding for the NIH (National Institutes of Health) by $2 billion,” said House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-California.Successful votes later this week would also clear away any remaining threat of a government shutdown — at least until the Oct. 1 start of the 2018 budget year. Trump has submitted a partial 2018 budget promising a whopping $54 billion, 10 percent increase for the Pentagon from current levels, financed by cutting to foreign aid, the EPA, and other nondefense programs by an equal amount. Negotiators on the pending measure, however, rejected a smaller $18 billion package of cuts and instead slightly increased funding for domestic programs.Democrats were quick to praise the deal.“This agreement is a good agreement for the American people, and takes the threat of a government shutdown off the table,” said Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., a key force in the talks. “The bill ensures taxpayer dollars aren’t used to fund an ineffective border wall, excludes poison pill riders, and increases investments in programs that the middle class relies on, like medical research, education and infrastructure.”House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., praised the bill as well, saying it “acts on President Trump’s commitment to rebuild our military for the 21st century and bolster our nation’s border security to protect our homeland.”Some Republican conservatives, however, were wary. “I think you’re going to see conservatives have some real concerns with this legislation,” Rep. Jim Jordan of Ohio said on CNN, citing domestic spending obtained by Democrats and other issues. “We told (voters) we were going to do a short-term spending bill that was going to come due at the end of April so that we could fight on these very issues, and now it looks like we’re not going to do that.”Trump said at nearly every campaign stop last year that Mexico would pay for the 2,000-mile (3,200-kilometer) border wall, a claim Mexican leaders have repeatedly rejected. The administration sought some $1.4 billion in U.S. taxpayer dollars for the wall and related costs in the spending bill, but Trump later relented and said the issue could wait until September.Trump, however, obtained $1.5 billion for border security measures such as 5,000 additional detention beds, an upgrade in border infrastructure and technologies such as surveillance.The measure is assured of winning bipartisan support in votes this week; the House and Senate have until midnight Friday to pass it to avert a government shutdown. It’s unclear, however, how much support the measure will receive from GOP conservatives such as Jordan and how warmly it will be received by the White House.Democrats played a strong hand in the talks since their votes are needed to pass the bill, even though Republicans control both the White House and Congress. As a result, the measure doesn’t look much different than the deal that could have been struck on President Barack Obama’s watch last year.But Republicans are eager to move on to other issues such as overhauling the tax code and reviving their moribund effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act, Obama’s health care law.While the measure would peacefully end a battle over the current budget year, the upcoming cycle is sure to be even more difficult. Republicans have yet to reveal their budget plans, and battles between Trump and Congress over annual agency budgets could grind this summer’s round of spending bills to a halt.Among the final issues resolved was a Democratic request to provide the cash-strapped government of Puerto Rico with $295 million to cope with its Medicaid burden, a top Pelosi priority. House Republicans succeeded in extending a private school vouchers program for students in Washington, D.C.’s troubled school system through 2019.Democrats were successful in repelling many conservative policy “riders” that sought to overturn dozens of Obama-issued regulations. Such moves carry less urgency for Republicans now that Trump controls the regulatory apparatus.GOP leaders decided against trying to use the must-do spending bill to “defund” Planned Parenthood. The White House also backed away from language to take away grants from “sanctuary cities” that do not share information about people’s immigration status with federal authorities. Trump’s request for additional immigration agents was denied and the IRS budget would be frozen at $11.6 billion instead of absorbing cuts sought by Republicans. Share
Kim Trueheart, right, is the only person running against Bernard C. “Jack” Young for the position of president of the Baltimore City Council. (Courtesy Photos)The two Democratic candidates for City Council President have three things in common: both were born and raised in Baltimore, both graduated from Baltimore city schools – and both are passionate about the city. That’s where the similarities end. Incumbent City Council President Bernard C. ”Jack” Young and his outspoken challenger on the Democratic side, Kim Truehart, have decisively traveled different paths to seek the City Council presidency in the upcoming April 26th Baltimore city primary election.“I’m not an activist, I’m an active citizen out here doing what every citizen should be doing,” said Trueheart in response to her most recent confrontation with Mayor Stephanie Rawlings Blake in January at City Hall. “I was just asking the Mayor ‘why are you wasting our money’, “said Truehart, who regularly attends City Council and Baltimore City School Board meetings and heckles officials. Truehart attends publicly held hearings and meetings where city business is being discussed as often as possible and has confronted Mayor Rawlings-Blake on a variety of proposals.The impetus behind her decision to move from active citizen to citizen-candidate came when she discovered that Young was running unopposed in the race for City Council President. “On February 3, I woke up and saw Jack Young was running unopposed,” Trueheart said. “I was sure someone was going to step up and run against him – but nobody did. An incumbent running unopposed seems undemocratic to me.”Truehart believes that she can raise issues that won’t get attention without her presence. “Since February 3rd, I’ve attended half-a-dozen citizen forums and he (Young) hasn’t attended any of them,” Trueheart said. “The people of the community deserve to hear from their elected officials. Not showing up is simply unacceptable.”But Young countered that he is accessible to the citizens who propelled him to the City Council presidency in 2011, when he took over from Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, who went on to become mayor. “I am someone who cares about Baltimore and its citizens – especially for those who have no voice,” Young said. “I’ve been the advocate for new schools, for our youth, for transparency in government, and for the everyday needs of the people.”Young emphasized the practical changes he has championed as City Council President as evidence of support for underserved Baltimoreans. “I’ve fought for low and moderate income housing, for a payment plan for water bills and I was responsible for changing the parking ticket system,” Young said. “Parking tickets used to go on and on in Baltimore.” He said that the cap in parking fines is just one small effort that helps “every day” citizens where it matters most.According to polls, Young is likely to win the April 26th primary election, and is eager to work with a new Mayor who seeks collaboration with the City Council. “My immediate priority is to get to work with a ‘we and us Mayor,’ said Young. “I can work with any Mayor – I just want someone who will work with the Council.”Young is determined to ensure that 3% of every tax dollar in the city’s general fund goes to The City’s Youth Fund, voted on by Baltimore City Council in January. Mayor StephanieRawlings Blake vetoed the Council’s action to create a youth fund shortly after its passage because she said she was concerned about tying up city funds, even for a purpose she called commendable.Whatever happens in the upcoming municipal primary, Trueheart will continue to work on improving life for Baltimoreans. “I’m going to work on providing greater opportunities for our city. I am here to serve the city and the residents that nobody else understands.”
Even the most hardened, jaded gamers played Dong Nguyen’s Flappy Bird more times than they’re willing to admit (even if that was only once); the same goes with Gabriele Cirulli’s power-of-two-em-up 2048. Both games are clones themselves, and have had their share of clones; Flappy Bird had so many that Apple began rejecting them from the App Store, and 2048 even has a Hearthstone-themed clone. Both games are addictive, but almost disturbingly simple. So, thanks to the games’ wild popularity and simple mechanics, internet law decrees that they must be mashed up into a single game.The name of the game, Flappy48, instantly describes exactly what you’ll be doing — flying the power-of-two number through the now-iconic Flappy Bird columns. In between each segment of columns, a new number awaits your growing chain of numbers — just like in 2048, two of the same number will combine to form a bigger number in a single box. The farther you progress in the game, the larger your Flappy Bird-style trail of numbers will be, making it more difficult to effectively flap through the columns.In Flappy48, you can either use the space bar or left click to flap your box. Unlike Flappy Bird and most of its clones, the physics are a little floaty rather than quickly adhering to gravity. However, this seems to maintain Flappy Bird‘s maddening difficulty curve, so fans of Nguyen’s game will feel at home. The 2048 aspect of the game doesn’t really require your attention nearly as much as flapping your boxes does, but the growing chain of numbers does make it increasingly difficult to progress.The game, which you can try here, runs in Unity, so you might need to install the player in your browser. You should be prompted to install it, but if not, you can grab it here.
Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Technology has long been lauded as the savior of modern business, but some fear it may also hasten its downfall. Pew Research Center reported that a full two-thirds of Americans think robots will overtake most humans’ work over the next 50 years, inspiring feelings of both resentment and awe toward the technology we ourselves have created.Rather than be intimidated by this looming possibility, however, entrepreneurs should recognize that this means they have more control than they realize. Technology’s power puts them in a position to create value, which should reveal opportunities and fuel the entrepreneurial spirit.The problem is that most entrepreneurs have trouble shifting their perspective to see what’s overwhelming as empowering.Stop fearing what’s already happening.People are worried about machines, computers and factories taking their jobs, dwelling on whether their own positions will be threatened. It’s not a question of whether it’s going to happen — it’s a matter of when. The takeover is already underway, but we’re so busy staring at what’s fading into the mist that we’re overlooking the amazing possibilities that come with technology.Related: Top 10 Best Chatbot Platform Tools to Build Chatbots for Your BusinessHere a few steps we can take to reframe technology as our ally, not our enemy:1. Identify the tasks you can automate to free your brain up for creative big-picture thinking.Not that long ago, we lived without cellphones. Now, we carry powerful computers in the palm of our hands, telling us which roads to take when we’re in traffic, enabling us to check in for flights and letting us look up anything we need with the push of a button. They save us time, energy and money, freeing us up to spend our most valuable resource — our lives — on the things that really matter.The same idea applies to our companies. Things that are time-consuming but not thinking-intensive — aka the stuff we called “busywork” in school — suck up the hours and brain cells that would be better spent on the difficult tasks we can’t hand off.A study published in Behavioral and Brain Functions concluded that a prolonged cognitive load — too much to think about — results in mental fatigue. That means that when you finally do find the time to devote to those high-value tasks, you don’t have the energy to do so.McKinsey & Company’s 2016 “Automating the Insurance Industry” report assessed how automation could be applied to the insurance industry’s current tasks, and it found that up to a quarter of the field’s existing roles could be combined or removed in the coming decade. Machine learning could take over up to 60 percent of an insurance sales agent’s job, for example, but only 35 percent of an underwriter’s. That means that in 10 years, insurance companies will be able to dedicate more of their team members’ brain power to more complex tasks while handing the easier ones off to computers.Related: This Simple Technique Trains Your Brain to Conjure Your Best-Ever Ideas2. Determine where you add the most value to your team, and then isolate the areas that take away from those tasks.Entrepreneurs erroneously assume that everything they do for their businesses is valuable. It likely is all worthwhile to some extent, but some efforts add more value to their companies than others. Growing a company and leading a team makes it essential that you identify where you’re adding the most value so you put your focus there.I’ve worked with leaders who realized their time was best spent working on developing business partnerships or on hiring executive-level positions for their companies, but they were investing their days in approving ad copy or backing up data — things that could be handled by automation. To be sure, backing up data is vital to a company, as GitLab could tell us after experiencing data deletion, followed by a backup failure. GitLab’s incident initially occurred as a result of a system administrator accidentally deleting a folder of live production data. In the wake of this disruption caused by human error, industry professionals recommended that others use all-in-one platforms with analyzers to determine what should be backed up and then automatically back those files up. This underscores the fact that what those entrepreneurs I’ve known have spent their time on could have been better accomplished by technology than by them — and allowed them to spend time building high-revenue partnerships instead.RELATED: 7 Ways To Add Massive Value To Your Business3. Assess what your company currently can’t do itself.We all know entrepreneurs who wouldn’t have a blog on their website if it weren’t for a platform such as WordPress. Technology can be seen as an extension of your business that enables your company to do things and offer services or products it couldn’t otherwise.My company has consulted with businesses that have held group brainstorming sessions to determine what they should be doing but couldn’t with their current technology, staff or skill sets. They were clients of ours that hoped our platform had the ability to assist them with their new efforts. In some cases, we already offered a way to do what they wanted and simply had to show them how to integrate it; in others, we discussed how we could create what they were looking for or tweak an existing feature to do so.In both instances, my company — and theirs — took advantage of technology to expand our offerings and grow our businesses. Technology may ultimately change how many of our jobs look. But this is a time of opportunity, not fear — what our companies and roles look like in the future will be enhanced, not diminished, versions of what we do now. If you free up some brain space, identify where you add the most value and pinpoint what you want to do in the future, you’ll be driving the technology changes you’ll encounter rather than be driven by them. Enroll Now for Free This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now
Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo 0 Comments Share Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Top Stories The Peterson-Mathieu tag team (or any pairing on punt returns, for that matter) has yet to be on display through the first four days of training camp.“I haven’t heard too much of it, but it will definitely be exciting to be back there with Patrick,” said Mathieu, who at LSU his last year returned two punts for scores and averaged 15.6 yards per return, fourth-best in the nation.“I mean, I wouldn’t mind being back there with Patrick, I doubt if he’ll let me catch it though,” he said smiling. “I might be just a decoy on that play. I’ve got to work on some blocking.” – / 22 GLENDALE — Two is greater than one. But is two better than one?Bruce Arians believes so, especially given the playmaking ability of Patrick Peterson and Tyrann Mathieu.The first-year head coach initially discussed the idea of pairing the former LSU teammates on punt returns after the team made Mathieu a third-round pick (69th overall) in the draft back in April.The idea has resurfaced here in training camp. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact “We have the potential to really have three back there if we want with Javier (Arenas) too,” Arians said. “We will have — and especially bad weather days — you always want to have twin safeties to where that ball is not hitting the ground and getting 20 yards a roll on a crappy kick, but the ability that we have with Patrick and Tyrann as special punt returners, yeah, it’s hard to kick away from two of them.”Though which two?Arenas returned punts in each of his first three seasons in the league while with Kansas City. Antonie Cason, the former UA standout, is another option, having gained experience the past three seasons in San Diego.But Peterson is the main option; and in 2011 was the only option.He led the league his rookie season with 699 punt return yards, while tying the NFL single-season record and setting the franchise all-time record with four punt return touchdowns on his way to being named to the Pro Bowl.“I’m all open for sharing punt return duties,” said Peterson, who did not have a return TD last season. Despite teams kicking away from him, he still finished fourth with 426 punt return yards.“I believe it can have a huge benefit for us because all of us can get the ball in the end zone,” he continued. “Now we don’t need to worry about those guys kicking the ball out of bounds when I’m back deep. Those guys are just as dangerous as I am with the ball in their hands.” ErrorOK ErrorOK
Cheap flights carrier Ryanair will launch 13 new flights from Trapani in Sicily following the announcement it is to base two new aircraft at the airport.From March next year, the airline will launch new flights to Billund, Bratislava, Cagliari, Eindhoven, Genoa, Gothenburg, Ibiza and Karlsruhe, while routes to Krakow, Maastricht, Memmingen, Trieste and Valencia will also be introduced.In addition, Ryanair will increase frequencies on its flights to Brussels Charleroi, Frankfurt Hahn and Dusseldorf Weeze, while routes from Trapani to Bari, Brindisi and Madrid will remain in operation during the winter months.Ida Buonanno, the carrier’s sales and marketing executive, said the new and increased routes will result in approximately two million passengers passing through the Sicilian city each year.”Ryanair is delighted to announce two new aircraft and 13 new routes to/from Trapani from March which will allow Ryanair to deliver more low fares, competition and choice to even more Italian consumers/visitors,” she commented.Earlier this week, Ryanair announced its intention to open its 37th base at Oslo Rygge in Norway from March next year.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map RelatedRyanair to launch new flights from Bristol and LiverpoolFrom March 28th, the airline will launch flights to Faro, Gdansk, Palma de Mallorca, Venice Treviso and ValenciaRyanair to launch three new routes from CharleroiRyanair to launch three new routes from CharleroiFlights to Ibiza, Nantes and Pisa on offer by RyanairFlights to Ibiza, Nantes and Pisa on offer by Ryanair
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