The Power in Clarity of Purpose

first_imgLast weekend I was reviewing my projects and tasks when I recognized how many of the projects and tasks had nothing to do with my goals now. I accumulated this list over the course of the last seven or eight years, and many of the tasks and projects are no longer relevant, and some of them belonged to issues that had been resolved over time. A good portion of them were things I am no longer interested in nor are they worth the investment of my time. Many of them are ideas and projects  I would love to work on, but I haven’t touched since they went on the list.Even though it is critical to capture everything you want or need to do in a place where you can track those projects, ideas, and tasks, not everything can be substantial enough to command your time and energy. Deciding to release myself from the obligation I had to what was no longer relevant, I exported the entire list to a Microsoft Excel spreadsheet (so I could be sure to have a record to review later) and pushed the delete button. All the tasks and projects disappeared, along with the power they held over me.I started over, typing in the major projects and outcomes that I genuinely care about and that are going to move me closer to my goals and aligned with my purpose. I added in the commitments I owe to other people, of which there were far fewer than I imagined. The list I deleted had 298 tasks, and the new list consists of 50 in 22 projects. About 15 of those tasks are routine maintenance, the things that I do every week, including things like emptying all my electronic inboxes and physical inboxes, and reviewing my lists and transferring the stuff I need to do into my analog sales planner.My project list and task lists are now much smaller. All the items on those lists are vital to me now. I liked a lot of ideas and potential projects that are on the list I deleted, and someday a few of them may resurface. What I have now is not a greater sense of control, but also a greater sense of clarity. Which brings us to the big idea.We collect a lot of projects and tasks and commitments. We make many more commitments than we realize, some which seem small and innocuous when we make them. Over time, the list of things that we have said yes to, and the list of things that someone else commits us to, without us recognizing how overcommitted we are. Each new project or tasks commands a tiny sliver of our remaining time, and energy, and focus. Even though we aren’t always conscious of each of those commitments, they each take a little bit of our psychic RAM, and they contribute to an overall sense of overwhelm.Starting with a clean sheet of paper provides a sense of clarity. It’s a chance to decide what is important to you, and an opportunity to release yourself from things that are no longer who you are—and no longer part of what you are here to do. If any of what is here resonates with you, I invite you to give yourself the gift of a do-over and write down what you want, what projects are critical to you, and what you should be doing with your limited time and energy to make the contribution you are here to make.After I deleted my task list, I wrote this post that I published on the blog yesterday: Being Overcommitted is a Sign of Being Uncommitted to Your Goals.last_img read more

TNT coach Bong Ravena says absent Terrence Romeo ‘just sick’

first_imgRavena did say that whatever’s going on with Romeo is beneficial to both the former Far Eastern University star and the whole KaTropa team.“As of now, wherever he’s in it’s maybe the best for him and the team,” said Ravena after the PBA Draft Sunday at Robinson’s Manila. “He did not go AWOL (absent without official leave) he had a flu so we let him rest first.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefRomeo was traded to TNT in April of 2018 after playing his first five years with NorthPort, then known as Globalport, and if a trade happens then the spitfire guard won’t even last a year with TNT.Ravena did not also confirm if whether Romeo is indeed being shopped in the trade market or not. Yeng Guiao ‘can’t confirm’ Poy Erram trade to NLEX yet “I don’t want to confirm it or deny it,” said Ravena.He added that there’s no problem with Romeo and that he’s just sick.“There’s no problem with him and he’s professional with dealing with teams,” said Ravena.ADVERTISEMENT Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening MOST READ LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño Bong Ravena. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—TNT head coach Bong Ravena beat around the bush when asked about the status of polarizing guard Terrence Romeo with the team.Romeo is reportedly on the trading block after being absent from the team for some time now, but Ravena did not say exactly if the guard will be traded or not.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:30’Excited’ Terrence Romeo out to cherish first PBA finals appearance01:16Go goads Robredo to take ICAD post: ‘Tignan natin kung makakatulog ka pa’02:42PH 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 Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completioncenter_img LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments Lacson: 2019 budget delay due to P75-B House ‘insertion’ Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionlast_img read more

Maybe I Can Finish My Career Next Year: Cristiano Ronaldo Opens Up on Retirement

first_img cristiano ronaldoJuventusPortugalretirement First Published: August 21, 2019, 4:44 PM IST Turin: Cristiano Ronaldo has dropped hints that he could end his illustrious career as early as next year. The Portugal football superstar, who plies his trade for Italian Serie A champions Juventus, is 34 years old now.”I don’t think about that,” Ronaldo told TVI as reported by Goal when asked about his retirement plans. “Maybe I can finish my career next year… but I can also play up to 40 or 41,” said the five-time Ballon d’Or winner.”I don’t know. What I always say is to enjoy the moment. The gift is excellent and I have to continue to enjoy it.”Ronaldo, who has shattered almost every record in the game, said there aren’t many footballers who have more milestones to their name than him.”Are there any football players who have more records than me?” he asked. “I don’t think there are any footballers who have more records than me.”Ronaldo helped Juventus win the Serie A last season by scoring 28 goals in 43 games in all competitions.The forward has a record five Champions League titles (four with Real Madrid and one with Manchester United) to his name along with three Premier League crowns, two La Liga trophies, and a Serie A title. 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.last_img read more

10 months agoFree & nasty: Why Pepe the old ‘basket’ this Man Utd needs

first_imgTagsTransfersOpinionAbout the authorChris BeattieShare the loveHave your say Free & nasty: Why Pepe the old ‘basket’ this Man Utd needsby Chris Beattie10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveCOMMENT: They’ve already had the conversation. Jose Mourinho and Jorge Mendes. The Manchester United manager will have been all across it – and well before yesterday’s announcement…’So, do you want him? He fancies it…,’ the pitch from Mourinho’s agent will have been made. Short. To the point. Just as he offered Angel di Maria and Radamel Falcao to the then Chelsea manager some four years ago. That is, before delivering them to Ed Woodward, United’s vice-chairman exec. Mendes will have given Mourinho first refusal on his latest client to become available. A player to parachute into the shambles that is United’s back four this season. A player who has gone to war for Mourinho. Who has spilled blood for the manager. Both his and the opposition’s. One who revels in being a right old basket. The sort of basket this United locker room has sorely missed. Ryan Giggs, the Wales coach, said as much yesterday. Picking over the wreckage of what was left at Anfield, Giggs took aim at Romelu Lukaku – though with a twist. As bad as the Belgian was, argued United’s famous No11, the lack of confrontation inside the locker room was doing him no favours.”I look at Lukaku and his touch was bad,” stated Giggs, “but also I don’t see any other player having a go at him, saying: ‘Listen we need you to hold it up.’ “What that does is, Lukaku might have a go back and you get fired up.”It’s like when you get tackled or fouled, you get fired up. You don’t see that in that Manchester United team. “We’re playing in a different era to when I used to play when you had a lot more leaders and characters but if your team-mate isn’t performing, you tell them. You must do.” Step forward Pepe. The three time Champions League winner. Of Real Madrid fame. Now wrapping up his stay with Besiktas. In a day or so he’ll be a free agent. A leader. A winner. A personality to organise those around him. To demand they follow the manager’s instructions. And one who won’t flinch if a rollicking is needed for a young teammate – even if that young teammate boasts a World Cup winner’s medal.We know Mourinho has been seeking such a player. Those Andreas Granqvist stories weren’t plucked from thin air. United had a presence at Helsingborgs games this season. The veteran centre-half – at 33 – was a consideration for Mourinho. Granqvist knew it. The HIF board knew it. Like Pepe, the Swede’s experience and organising know-how was what had attracted the United manager. Though this is one we can’t confirm, it’s perhaps no coincidence that Granqvist – after some excitement last month – announced over the weekend he was “99.9 per cent sure” an Old Trafford move was now off. Maybe, just maybe, the word had reached Granqvist’s reps that another veteran was now Mourinho’s focus.After Liverpool. After the confusion. The chaos. Mourinho needs something different. Something to stop the monotonous lurching. From crisis to inevitable crisis. He needs a circuit breaker. And Pepe can be just that.The 35 year-old isn’t leaving Besiktas because of form. Nor any type of personality clash. With the Black Eagles struggling to pay the bills, the Portuguese has agreed to terminate his contract. The defender made an on pitch farewell yesterday for Besiktas’ draw with Trabzonspor. This just days after he left thousands in an envelope for club staff to share as a personal Christmas bonus.So now he is free – and been offered to Mourinho. Someone to help bring on Diogo Dalot. To guide and develop the raw talent of Eric Bailly. The potential of Victor Lindelof. And one to demand better from those around him. The leader on the pitch. The personality inside the dressing room. The one Mourinho has lacked since Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s departure a year ago.That call from Mendes last week could be just the Lifebuoy Mourinho has been desperately seeking all season. last_img read more

15 days agoAtletico Madrid fullback Santiago Arias: I spoke to James about move

first_imgAtletico Madrid fullback Santiago Arias: I spoke to James about moveby Carlos Volcano15 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveAtletico Madrid fullback Santiago Arias admits he spoke to James Rodriguez about a possibly joining him this season.James was tipped to leave Real Madrid this summer, with Atletico being touted as a possible destination, but he ended up staying at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu.”We talked about Atleti,” Arias, who plays with James in the Colombian national team, told Onda Madrid.”I asked him if the rumours were true and I explained how things were here, but not much else.”There were options, but we didn’t speak about it much more because it was down to the clubs.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Ohio State Fan Ran A 5K ‘Script Ohio’ Around Michigan Stadium Ahead Of Saturday’s Game

first_imgOhio State's band does a performance against Ohio.COLUMBUS, OH – SEPTEMBER 06: The Ohio State Buckeyes marching band perform before the game against the Ohio Bobcats at Ohio Stadium on September 6, 2008 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)One Ohio State fan made sure to get in some appropriate exercise ahead of this Saturday’s big game between the Buckeyes and the Michigan Wolverines.Saturday’s contest between Ohio State and Michigan will take place in Columbus, but one Buckeyes supporter came up with an interesting way to jinx his opponent in enemy territory this week. An Ohio State fan who goes by Bryon Wasacz ran a 5K in the shape of ‘Script Ohio’ around Michigan Stadium.He mapped the run and posted it on Twitter. It’s the perfect way for anyone in Ann Arbor to get ready for Saturday:Ran a 5k Script Ohio around ❌ichigan Stadiu❌ – Go Bucks! Inspired by @TBDBITL #BeatTTUN pic.twitter.com/j2ebAYEN2j— Bryon Wasacz (@BryonWasacz) November 25, 2016Will Wasacz start a trend? Either way, The Game is almost here.last_img read more

Give him any role, Hardik Pandya takes it up with a smile: KL Rahul

first_img Press Trust of India CardiffMay 29, 2019UPDATED: May 29, 2019 17:42 IST India all-rounder Hardik Pandya (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSKL Rahul said all-rounder Hardik Pandy takes up every responsibility thrown at him very wellKL Rahul smashed a century in India’s World Cup warm-up game against BangladeshIndia will begin their World Cup campaign against South Africa on June 5K L Rahul has heaped praise on his close friend and India teammate Hardik Pandya, saying the all-rounder revels in taking extra responsibility for the team.Rahul, who sealed the number four spot for the World Cup opener against South Africa with a fine hundred here on Tuesday, said Hardik has grown immensely as a cricketer over the last two years.”Being a fast bowling all-rounder he plays an important role in the set-up of the team, no matter what format. He does have the skill and everybody knows he has the skill. But how he has used that skill and grown in the last two years,” said Rahul after his stellar knock against Bangladesh in India’s final warm-up game before the World Cup.Not long ago, Rahul and Hardik were embroiled in a massive controversy following their sexist comments on a popular chat show. Key to India’s chances in the mega event beginning May 30, they both look in good shape having done well in the preceding IPL.Hardik’s role will be critical not just with the bat in the death overs but also as a pacer. Rahul backed him to have a successful tournament.”His red ball form, he did well in England and also got a 90 in South Africa at Cape Town. Put under pressure, he has come up and delivered for the team. He is somebody from who the team expects a lot and he always takes the responsibility thrown in at him.”Give him any role and Hardik takes it up with a smile on his face. He wants to do it for the team and gives his all. That’s what makes him who he is. Someone who gives hundred percent each time he is on the field,” he added.advertisementAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Hosts England take on Steyn-less South AfricaAlso Read | Shakib Al Hasan will do something big at World Cup: Mashrafe MortazaAlso SeeFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAnita Jat Tags :Follow 2019 World CupFollow KL RahulFollow Hardik Pandya Give him any role, Hardik Pandya takes it up with a smile: KL RahulWorld Cup 2019: Showering praise on compatriot Hardik Pandya, KL Rahul said that the all-rounder gives his hundred percent in every role he is put in.advertisementlast_img read more

The Amalfi Coast: Top 5

first_imgItaly is one of those countries that offer countless kick-ass destinations. If you’re craving a hefty slice of la dolce vita this summer, The Manual recommends heading to the glorious Amalfi Coast and holidaying like the Italians do. For your traveling pleasure, we’ve compiled our five favorite recommendations for a road trip to remember. Fiat 500 totally optional but absolutely recommended…1. Walk the streets of PompeiiIf you fly into Naples airport, Pompeii is a mere 30 minute drive away and absolutely worth seeing. When Mount Vesuvius erupted in 79 AD, the entire city was buried beneath metres of ash and pumice, which preserved the city at the time of the eruption eerily well. Walking the streets, with one eye on Vesuvius, is an experience you’ll never forget. 2. Sing your heart out and stuff your face at Taverna AllegraWhether you’re a fan of audience participation or not, dinner at this unsuspecting taverna is bound to go down in history with you and your fellow holidaymakers. After enjoying a complimentary glass of prosecco, expect to sing along to a whole host of old favorites between delicious pasta courses. On quieter nights, the entire restaurant staff are known to grab an instrument and perform alongside the legendary main dude – you’ll know him when you see him. Be sure to bring a camera and your tambourine hand…3. Kick back like a local at Marina di PuoloThe fact that this busy little bay is practically impossible to find makes spending an afternoon here all the more rewarding. Frequented almost exclusively by locals, the beach and eateries of Marina di Puolo provide a master class in Italian chilling. The Manual recommend indulging in a seafood platter at the wonderful family run restaurant, La Tavernetta, and soaking up some serious Godfather vibes. 4. Drive the coastal road from Sorrento to Ravello via PositanoDriving the winding cliff-edge coastal roads of the Amalfi will probably make you feel as skilled as James Bond and as cool as Frank Sinatra. The hairpin turns will send your adrenaline off the scale and the staggeringly beautiful ocean views will dare you to pull over at one of the many viewpoints. If you’re not feeling brave enough, stop off at the hillside village of Positano to take in some of the most picturesque views of the trip at your own pace. Vintage charm aside, the benefits of driving a miniscule Fiat 500 will become all to clear when you come face to face with a coach… 5. Get your alfresco on in RavelloNestled among the deep green valleys of Campania, the peaceful town of Ravello is the perfect chill out spot to spend the last part of your trip. Park up your ride and explore the ridiculously scenic town by foot, starting with the Villa Rufolo and Villa Cimbrone gardens. Whether plants are your thing or not, you’ll soon fall for the green, the peace and the soaring views over the endless Mediterranean. Continue the alfresco theme beyond sunset and splurge on a super fancy dinner within the grounds of Villa Maria. The restaurant offers an impressive menu and service to match, and naturally, the panoramic view is out of this world. Take in the jazz, order thoughtfully from the wine list and gauge yourself silly on homemade pumpkin ravioli. This place is the perfect grand finale to an awesome trip. If You Haven’t Visited the Kentucky Bourbon Trail, What Are You Waiting For? Editors’ Recommendations Professional Nomads Show Off How They Renovated an Airstream The Ultimate Las Vegas Bachelor Party Guide for Grown-Ups On the Road with Mikah Meyer, the First Person to Visit Every National Park Site in One Trip 12 Reasons South Dakota Deserves Your Attention last_img read more

$4.78 Billion to Continue Infrastructure Upgrade

first_img The Government will spend another $4.78 billion in 2019/2020 to continue the improvement of the island’s road infrastructure. This is outlined in the 2019/20 Estimates of Expenditure, now before the House of Representatives. The Government will spend another $4.78 billion in 2019/2020 to continue the improvement of the island’s road infrastructure.This is outlined in the 2019/20 Estimates of Expenditure, now before the House of Representatives.The money, which has been provided under the Major Infrastructure Development Programme (MIDP), will go towards commencing road construction works along the Ferris to Mackfield stretch in Westmoreland and achieve 70 per cent completion.The funds will also be used to continue and complete phase one of the Mandela Highway Improvement Project, continue road construction works on Hagley Park Road and achieve 65 per cent completion, continue road construction works on Constant Spring Road and achieve 70 per cent completion, and continue and complete road construction works on Barbican Road.Up to December 2018 under the project, rehabilitation of approximately 192km of the 430km of prioritised roads were completed; and rehabilitation or reconstruction of eight of the 27 critical bridges targeted were completed.The project, which is being implemented by the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, seeks to continue the improvement of the island’s road network in order to enhance the quality of life of the citizens of Jamaica and to stimulate economic development.It was originally slated to run from September 2013 to September 2018. However, following an extension, it is expected to be completed in May 2019.The project is being jointly funded by the Government of Jamaica and China Exim Bank. The money, which has been provided under the Major Infrastructure Development Programme (MIDP), will go towards commencing road construction works along the Ferris to Mackfield stretch in Westmoreland and achieve 70 per cent completion. Story Highlightslast_img read more

Mining and Quarrying Top-Performing Sector

first_img The Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ) is reporting that mining and quarrying grew by an estimated 25.5 per cent from January to March 2018, to emerge as the top-performing sector over the quarter, compared to the corresponding period last year. The Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ) is reporting that mining and quarrying grew by an estimated 25.5 per cent from January to March 2018, to emerge as the top-performing sector over the quarter, compared to the corresponding period last year.Director General, Dr. Wayne Henry, said the sector’s out-turn, to a large extent, spurred the goods producing industry’s estimated three per cent growth over the review period, which also saw the services industry growing by approximately 0.7 per cent.Dr. Henry was speaking at the PIOJ’s quarterly media briefing at the agency’s New Kingston head office on Tuesday (May 22).He said the mining and quarrying sector’s out-turn resulted from a 28.7 per cent increase in bauxite production. This, he pointed out, reflected higher alumina and crude bauxite production.“Alumina production was 27.1 per cent higher, reflecting the resumption of productive activity at the JISCO-Alpart alumina refinery since October to December 2017. Crude bauxite production grew by 27.7 per cent due to more conducive weather conditions,” he explained.Other sectors under the goods producing industry recording growth were construction, up 1.5 per cent; manufacturing, up one per cent; and agriculture, forestry and fishing, 0.5 per cent.Dr. Henry said growth in the building construction component was due to an increase in residential and non-residential developments, reflecting a 286.6 per cent increase in housing starts by public institutions to 1,527 units, of which the National Housing Trust (NHT) accounted for 1,512 units.Additionally, he said there was an increase in the volume and value of NHT mortgages by 6.2 per cent and 10.9 per cent, respectively.“The estimated growth in the ‘other component’ (of the construction sector) was facilitated by higher capital expenditure recorded by the National Works Agency, which disbursed $3 billion on the construction and rehabilitation of roads, relative to $2.2 billion in the corresponding quarter of 2017; Jamaica Public Service, which disbursed $1.7 billion, relative to $890 million (last year); and the Port Authority of Jamaica, which disbursed $1.1 billion, up from $624.5 million,” the Director General said.Meanwhile, hotels and restaurants, with an estimated 1.6 per cent out-turn, was the dominant sector under the services industry.This out-turn was spurred by a 6.6 per cent increase in arrivals, to 1,298,674 visitors. This was reflected in stopover arrivals, up 6.8 per cent, and cruise passenger arrivals, up 65 per cent.Dr. Henry also indicated that visitor expenditure is estimated to have grown by 8.5 per cent to US$825.3 million.He pointed out that the out-turn for 2017/18 fiscal year growth was estimated at 0.8 per cent, with the goods producing industry recording 0.3 per cent and services, 0.9 per cent.The industries recording the largest growth were mining and quarrying, up 4.7 per cent; hotels and restaurants, up four per cent; construction, 1.2 per cent; and manufacturing, 1.1 per cent.Dr. Henry said the growth prospects for April to June 2018 quarter are “generally positive” based on the anticipated strengthening of the performance of most industries, relative to the similar quarter of 2017.“Baseline economic growth is expected to be in the range of 1.5 per cent to 2.5 per cent,” he indicated. Story Highlights Dr. Henry said growth in the building construction component was due to an increase in residential and non-residential developments, reflecting a 286.6 per cent increase in housing starts by public institutions to 1,527 units, of which the National Housing Trust (NHT) accounted for 1,512 units. Dr. Henry said the growth prospects for April to June 2018 quarter are “generally positive” based on the anticipated strengthening of the performance of most industries, relative to the similar quarter of 2017.last_img read more

Astomos Kuwait Petroleum to Study LPG Bunkering

first_imgzoom Japan’s Astomos Energy Corporation and oil company Kuwait Petroleum Corporation (KPC) have agreed to further study the use of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) as ship bunker fuel.The parties reached a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the aim to enhance cooperation, share and research information in the fields of consideration of LPG fueled vessels, organizing global supply sites for LPG bunkering and other fields relating to LPG bunkering.For the past years, KPC and Astomos have been forming respectable business partnership in the fields of LPG supply and import. This MOU made the partnership stronger for the two companies and will contribute to expansion of new business fields, Astomos said.The latest MOU comes on the back of an agreement reached with Australian LPG distributor Elgas in late October, aimed at further studying the use of LPG as bunker fuel. Earlier in 2017, Astomos signed a separate MOU with Norway-based oil and gas company Statoil for the same purposes.LPG bunkering concept was shaped as one of the solutions for the approaching SOx Regulation for shipping fuels in 2020.last_img read more

Valley Communities Receive Facility Grants

first_imgFamilies throughout the Annapolis Valley region will have more opportunities to be active thanks to the province’s recreation facility development grant program. Nova Scotia Health Promotion is investing $467,500 in sport and recreation facilities in the region as part of a provincewide investment of $2.6 million. The grants will be used to build, upgrade and repair community physical recreation facilities. “Our goal is to get more people physically active throughout the province and ultimately improve the health of all Nova Scotians,” said Health Promotion Minister Rodney MacDonald. “Research tells us that people are more active when they have access to safe sport and recreation facilities.” Community groups work with health promotion staff to develop their projects and apply for funding. The recreation facility development grant program provides up to one-third of a project’s capital cost and communities are responsible for raising the rest. As a result of this investment, the province will see about $15-million worth of construction by 82 organizations. One of the grants awarded in the Valley will help the Windsor Recreation Centre construct an aquatic and wellness centre. The centre is receiving $255,000 to be paid over four years. “The new aquatic centre will be a destination point in the community where everyone can come together and enjoy an accessible and user-friendly aquatic and wellness experience,” said Janet Landry, director of recreation for the Town of Windsor. “By combining physical fitness with wellness we are making an investment in our residents that will benefit our community.” Ms. Landry said the entire community worked hard for the centre and they look forward to its completion. “The aquatic centre not only offers families a place to be active but also provides an opportunity to become more socially connected with the community. And that’s to everyone’s benefit.” Grants available through the recreation facility development program are provided based on common criteria, such as community need and benefits, the level of planning and preparation, stability and past success of the organization, and resourcefulness and partnerships resulting in other funding commitments. The grant program helps municipalities and community groups plan, construct, renovate, conserve or acquire facilities for public recreation purposes. Projects eligible for assistance include community centres, pools, sport facilities, parks, playgrounds, trails and other outdoor recreation facilities.last_img read more

Mortal remains of Odishas 1st Everester reach home

first_imgBhubaneswar: The mortal remains of Odisha’s first Everester, Kalpana Dash, arrived here from New Delhi on Sunday. Dash, 53, passed away while descending from the Himalayan summit on May 23 at a height of around 8,600 feet. Her body was brought to Delhi from Kathmandu, Nepal, and then flown to the Biju Patnaik International Airport here. The state government had made arrangements for the body to be received at the city airport and taken to Kalinga Stadium Complex where Sports Minister Tusharkanti Behera, accompanied by his department officials, paid their last respects to the departed soul. Also Read – Pak activated 20 terror camps & 20 launch pads along LoC Paying homage, Behera said, “Kalpana Dash was an ace mountaineer who brought fame to the state. She was an achiever who led by example and even in her death she will continue to inspire young aspirants to scale great peaks”. He also thanked the Indian embassy in Kathmandu, the search and rescue team of Sherpas and other officials who braced severe weather conditions and difficult terrains to repatriate the body and bring it back to her family members. Dash, who hailed from Dhenkanal, was the state’s first Everester. She first scaled the peak in 2008 and later trekked several mountains across Europe, South America, North America and Africa.last_img read more

Two winning tickets for Saturday nights 7 million Lotto 649 jackpot

first_imgTORONTO – Two winning tickets were sold for Saturday night’s $7 million Lotto 649 jackpot — one in Ontario, the other in the Prairies — and each is worth $3.5 million.The guaranteed $1 million prize was claimed by a ticket holder in Ontario.The jackpot for the next Lotto 649 draw on Nov. 8 will be approximately $5 million.last_img

Pickton Inquiry

first_imgWayne Roberts, aptn National NewsBritish Columbia’s missing women’s commission of Inquiry held its first public forum in Vancouver.The inquiry is set to look into how various police forces handled the case of Robert Pickton.The pig farmer was convicted of killing 6 women and has confessed to many more slayings.Yesterday’s forum was an opportunity for Commissioner Wally Oppal to hear from families who have lost loved ones on Vancouver’s downtown east side.A number of family members, politicians and members of the public talked about Pickton and how police handle cases in the notorious area of Vancouver.Bernie Williams works with people in the area.Williams organized the Walk 4 Justice after her mother and two sisters were murdered.Her question revolved around the police handling of the Pickton case.“My question keeps going back why did it have to take 69 women plus for it to get this far how many years after the fact it is still happening yet.”Police had information about Robert Picton as early as 1996. But neither the RCMP, Vancouver police or Crown prosecutors fully investigated him.In December 2007, Pickton was convicted of murdering 6 women between 1990 and 2002 and is now linked to 32 other killings.Vancouver Police later issued an apology for not catching him sooner.Wally Oppal was BC’s Justice Minister during one period that Pickton was killing women. At one point he refused to hold a public inquiry into the murders in Vancouver’s downtown eastside. Now he says it’s time to get answers.“Most of all what we are interested in is what happens to the information that the police received what did they do with it would the existance of one police force have had a more efficient way of solving the crime.”Federal NDP MP Libby Davies says there must be a full investigation.“This whole question of the missing and murdered women is probably the greatest failure in our society.”Local Vancouver politicians also spoke at yesterday’s forum.Ellen Woodsworth is a city councillor who is now wondering whether the scope of this inquiry shouldn’t be broadened to include the rest of the country.“We need a national inquiry…Why are hundreds of women across canada going murdered and missing and how that relates to first nations women.”Others called for a inquiry into the infamous cases surrounding BC’s Highway of Tears.The next forum will be held on Friday in Prince George, BC where families will get a chance to talk about the Highway of Tears.Wally Oppal is hoping to start the inquiry into Robert Pickton in June.last_img read more

UN fund to help over 100000 Bangladeshi women entrepreneurs

11 October 2007A new United Nations-backed development project will help nearly 120,000 Bangladeshi microentrepreneurs – 90 per cent of whom are women – expand their small enterprises and develop new ones. A new United Nations-backed development project will help nearly 120,000 Bangladeshi microentrepreneurs – 90 per cent of whom are women – expand their small enterprises and develop new ones. The UN International Fund for Agriculture Development (IFAD) will provide a $35 million for the nearly $60 million Finance for Enterprise Development and Employment Creation Project. The main participants in the initiative will be current successful microcredit borrowers whose businesses are crucial for the growth of the rural economy, and the project also hopes that some 200,000 jobs for extremely poor people will be created the newly-bolstered small businesses. “The microenterprises create vital jobs for much poorer people who live well below the poverty line and often don’t have adequate housing or enough to eat,” said Nigel Brett, IFAD’s country programme manager for Bangladesh. “They often lack the confidence and ability to risk taking a microcredit loan to start an enterprise and would rather find employment in small local businesses.” Although the project will be national in scope, it will target rural areas. It will train microentrepreneurs to manage their businesses more effectively and teach them how to boost the value of their products throughout the market chain, from the purchase of raw materials to the sale of finished products. IFAD has supported 24 programmes and projects benefiting 8 million households in Bangladesh to date with loans totaling $424 million. The operations have worked to improve rural small entrepreneurs’ access to markets and credit and to increase women’s economic opportunities. read more

Sandhya tells army chief to intervene in case

She also warned that the life of the soldier could be in danger, especially at the hands of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa. Sandhya Eknaligoda, the wife of missing journalist Prageeth Eknaligoda, today urged Army Commander Lieutenant General Chrishanthe de Silva, to intervene and assist the investigations into the alleged involvement of a soldier over the disappearance of her husband.Eknaligoda urged Lieutenant General Chrishanthe de Silva to hand over the soldier believed to have been involved in the disappearance of her husband to the Criminal Investigations Department (CID). She also urged President Maithripala Sirisena not to conceal the report over her husband’s investigation owing to outside pressure. (Colombo Gazette) “The Rajapaksa’s are capable of burying evidence and killing the witnesses,” she said. There have been reports that a soldier attached to the Minneriya army camp is being questioned over the disappearance of Prageeth Eknaligoda in 2010.Sandhya Eknaligoda said that she was expecting the investigations report on the disappearance of her husband to be released soon but to her disappointment it has not yet been released. read more

Innovation Nation The AI advantage of overlooked global partners

Canada has a rich history of innovation, but in the next few decades, powerful technological forces will transform the global economy. Large multinational companies have jumped out to a headstart in the race to succeed, and Canada runs the risk of falling behind. At stake is nothing less than our prosperity and economic well-being. The Financial Post set out explore what is needed for businesses to flourish and grow. You can find all of our coverage here.Canada has forged a well-earned reputation as a global leader in artificial intelligence. In March 2017, we became the first country to launch a national strategy for AI as part of a five-year, $125-million plan to invest in research and talent.But competition in this space is fierce. We are now one among many countries with national strategies, and companies worldwide that are competing for the best talent and innovative solutions.One way to maintain global leadership is by collaborating with like-minded actors in developing countries who have thus far not been sufficiently engaged by peers in the Global North. This would not only allow Canadians to scale up their work for global reach but make us a leader for the effective and responsible development of AI. Canada’s digital industry needs to set global standards — we all depend on it Innovation Nation: In the cutthroat race for talent, humanitarian hiring offers an edge Canadian tech companies are attracting more overseas talent, but brain drain to U.S. continues PricewaterhouseCoopers estimates that AI will boost the world’s gross domestic product by US$15.7 trillion by 2030. Although only 11 per cent of those gains are expected to occur in developing countries, AI will have a profound impact — both positive and negative.On the upside, AI could augment healthcare delivery, help farmers produce more and better crops,and revolutionize education models. But risks include job losses as well as threats to privacy, civil liberties, democracy and human rights.AI also risks magnifying existing inequality if the unique context of each region is not considered. In an era of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), AI can either accelerate the achievement of the goals, or entrench existing gaps.Some organizations interested in engaging with developing countries may be unsure where to start. To help, the International Development Research Centre collaborated on a map of the AI ecosystems in developing countries.It includes more than 600 actors —among them, hundreds of startups, university teams, social sector organizations, accelerators and investors across Asia, Africa, the Middle East, Latin America, and the Caribbean.IDRC is also supporting the establishment of a network of AI researchers and innovators in sub-Saharan Africa that will explore how AI can help achieve the SDGs.But developing countries are not waiting for the Global North to come to them. They are already developing AI at a rapid pace. Canada has a choice – to stand up as a partner of choice for overlooked regions, or miss out when other countries beat us to it.Jean Lebel is president of the International Development Research Centre. read more

Breastfeeding within hour of birth provides babys first vaccine says UNICEF

In Uzbekistan, a woman holds her newborn baby to her chest. Photo: UNICEF/Giacomo Pirozzi However, UNICEF’s data has shown that progress in getting more newborns breastfed within the first hour of life has been slow over the past 15 years.Particularly concerning is the situation in sub-Saharan Africa, where under-five mortality rates are the highest worldwide; early breastfeeding rates increased by just 10 percentage points since 2000 in East and Southern Africa, and remained unchanged in West and Central Africa.Even in South Asia, where the rates of early breastfeeding initiation tripled in 15 years, from 16 per cent in 2000 to 45 per cent in 2015, the increase is far from enough: 21 million newborns still wait too long before they are breastfed.UNICEF has also found that that women are not getting the help they need to start breastfeeding immediately after birth even when a doctor, nurse of midwife is assisting their delivery. For instance, In the Middle East, North Africa and South Asia, women who deliver with a skilled birth attendant are less likely to initiate breastfeeding in the first hour of life, compared to women who deliver with unskilled attendants or relatives.Additionally, feeding babies other liquids or foods is another reason early breastfeeding is delayed. In many countries, it is customary to feed a baby infant formula, cow’s milk or sugar water in the first three days of life. Almost half of all newborns are fed these liquids.“When babies are given less nutritious alternatives to breastmilk, they breastfeed less often, making it harder for mothers to start and continue breastfeeding,” said the agency. “Globally, only 43 per cent of infants under six months old are exclusively breastfed,” it added.Babies who are not breastfed at all are 14 times more likely to die than those who are fed only breastmilk.But any amount of breastmilk reduces a child’s risk of death. Babies who received no breastmilk at all are seven times more likely to die from infections than those who received at least some breastmilk in their first six months of life. According to the agency, delaying breastfeeding by two to 23 hours after birth increases the risk of dying in the first 28 days of life by 40 per cent. Delaying it by 24 hours or more increases that risk to 80 per cent.“Early breastfeeding can make the difference between life and death,” France Bégin, UNICEF Senior Nutrition Adviser, said today in a press release.“If all babies are fed nothing but breastmilk from the moment they are born until they are six months old, over 800,000 lives would be saved every year,” she added.Breastmilk is a baby’s first vaccine, the first and best protection they have against illness and disease. Putting the baby to the breast also provides them with the essential nutrients, antibodies and skin-to-skin contact with their mother that protects them from disease.A delay for this critical first contact not only decreases the newborn’s chances of survival, it limits milk supply and reduces the chances of exclusive breastfeeding.UNICEF has presented this information against the backdrop of the upcoming World Breastfeeding Week, which is celebrated annually from 1 to 7 August in over 170 countries to promote breastfeeding and improve infant nutrition. read more