How You Waste Time

first_imgThere are a lot of ways to waste the one completely finite, non-renewable resource that is your time. Some things that feel like work are not work at all. Other things that you pretend will improve your work are really just distractions.Looking for ShortcutsThe time you spend looking for shortcuts is time you could have spent doing the actual task itself. You can easily spend more time working on trying to get out of the work you need to do than the time it takes to actually do that work.It’s nice to have clean lines, to have processes, and to be efficient. But if it takes more time to manage those systems than it does to do the work, those systems are not really shortcuts.Cleaning Your DeskCleaning your desk is usually a way to procrastinate and avoid something you really should be doing.The problem with cleaning your desk is that it gives you a sense of accomplishment, but it does nothing to move your closer to your goals. You would be better off getting your most important tasks completed with a messy desk than you would be getting nothing important done with a pristine workspace.Filing Your EmailThere is no reason to create nested folders inside nested folders. In fact, there is no reason to file your email in nested folders at all.Outlook has a great search engine. So does Gmail. So does Mail.app. In fact, all modern email software offerings have amazing search capabilities. Scrolling through your search results is faster than spending hours building a meticulous folder structure. And it’s faster.Working SmarterIf working smarter means spending countless hours setting up your systems, deciding to try something new, and then setting up new systems to see if you can gain a few minutes of efficiency, then don’t work smarter (I am a case study here, so I know what it is I speak of).One of the smartest ways you can work is to simply do the most important thing you need to do first each day. Working hard on what’s important is better than working smarter if that means you aren’t doing what needs to be done.Most of the time you spend on the Internet and Social Media is a serious waste of your time. So is most of the time you spend watching television.If you value your time, don’t waste it. You have as much as you have and no more.last_img read more

Nine labourers killed near Pune as tunnel lift cable snaps

first_imgAt least nine migrant labourers were killed after an elevator box being used for an under-construction tunnel plunged into the ground near Bhigwan in Pune district, 100 km from here.The incident occurred on Monday evening. The tragedy struck as the deceased were emerging from the underground tunnel aimed at linking the Nira and Bhima Rivers near Indapur Taluk. The deceased have been identified as Mukesh Maurya, Mukesh Kumar, Sushant Pandi, Sabinga Naidu, Avinash Reddy, Chhotu Gole, Surendra Yadav, Rahul Narute and Balram Suan.“The elevator carrying the workers and construction equipment plunged down at least 100 feet after the cable broke. We will be conducting a thorough probe into the tragedy,” said Inspector Neelkanth Rathod of the Bigwan police station.The State government has announced an ex gratia of ₹2 lakh to the kin of the deceased, informed State Water Resources Minister Girish Mahajan.The labourers were working on the project which involves the construction of a 24.8 km-long ‘Nira-Bhima Link -5’ underground tunnel which is to enable the waters of the Nira River to be linked to the Bima River Bhima in a bid to bring relief to parched districts in the State.last_img read more

Three militants killed in an encounter in Jammu and Kashmir’s Anantnag

first_imgSecurity forces killed three militants, including Tehreek-ul-Mujahideen Srinagar district commander Muhammad Ehsan Fazili alias Eesa, in Anantnag on Sunday night.Amid violent protests, the authorities placed parts of Srinagar and south Kashmir under security restrictions. Educational institutions were closed and exams cancelled. Train services were suspended.Police said, Fazili and two others were killed during a search operation.The police identified the second slain militant as Syed Owais, an affiliate of the Hizbul Mujahideen, and a resident of Kokernag. “The identify of the third is being ascertained,” the police said adding that arms and ammunition, including AK-47 rifles, pistols, hand grenades were recovered from the encounter site.Fazili, a student of Bachelor of Technology of Baba Ghulam Shah University, had joined the militants in September last year and “was involved in a recent attack on a police guard post at Soura, in which one police constable was killed”, said the spokesman.The policeman’s killing was also claimed by the Islamic State-affiliated news magazine ‘Amaq’, fuelling speculation about local militants’ links with the group.Violent protestsViolent protests broke out as hundreds of locals participated in the funeral prayers of Fazili and Owais in Srinagar and Kokernag.The protesters raised green and black flags. A few protesters unfurled the IS flags in the procession held for Fazili. They chanted pro-azadi and pro-militant slogans. Security forces used smoke shells to control the situation.Clashes spread in large parts of Srinagar. Several vehicles were damaged by the stone-throwing protesters. Most offices and business centres also remained closed.Top separatist leaders, including Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Yasin Malik, were placed under house arrest.last_img read more

No resolution: PBA Board leaves LA with league’s fate hanging

first_imgLOS ANGELES—The PBA board of governors left this city for Las Vegas on Tuesday morning with nothing resolved, keeping the start of the 43rd Season hanging.ADVERTISEMENT #KicksStalker: Irving gifts special Kyrie 3, jersey to military personnel Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Read Next CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA The four nights originally allotted to pencil the path the league will take for the coming season was instead spent on sightseeing and shopping sprees as the board, with four members skipping the trip—including the league chair, never convened.The board remains divided as one group wants the ouster of Chito Narvasa while the other giving full backing to the commissioner.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutAmid the conflict, Kia Picanto board member Bobby Rosales and Phoenix Petroleum’s Raymond Zorilla managed to strike a deal involving disgruntled Picanto star point guard LA Revilla.Rosales is with the pro-Narvasa group while Zorilla, a no-show here, belongs to the seven-team bloc that wants a new commissioner. Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s weddingcenter_img Kia shipped out Revilla for rookie Jason Grimaldo and Phoenix’s second round pick in 2018.“There’s no use making things difficult for him (Revilla),” Rosales said. “And besides, he already apologized for the things he said.”Revilla incurred the ire of Kia management after a controversial tweet last Oct. 27 hinting that the Picanto lied about the real reason behind trading top rookie pick Christian Standhardinger to San Miguel Beer.The next season opens on Dec. 17 and with the Narvasa issue still unresolved, Rosales made light of the impasse.“That’s still subject to the approval of the commissioner, guys,” Rosales said with a laugh. ADVERTISEMENT QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC MOST READ LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more

Davis Cup: David Ferrer defeats Ramkumar Ramanathan as Spain blank India 5-0

first_imgMarc Lopez and David Ferrer won their respective reverse singles rubbers as Spain completed a comprehensive 5-0 win over India in their Davis Cup World Group Play-off tie at the R.K. Khanna Tennis Stadium here on Sunday.Lopez defeated Davis Cup debutant Sumit Nagal 6-3, 1-6, 6-3, while Ferrer got the better of 21-year-old Chennai lad Ramkumar Ramanathan 6-2, 6-2.Spain, who had taken an unassailable 3-0 lead in the five-match tie earlier by winning the opening day’s two singles and the doubles rubber on Saturday, have returned to the World Group after a gap of two years.Egged on by the noisy and energetic home crowd which broke into intermittent bouts of energetic bhangra to the beats of the dhol, both Indian players produced spirited performances although their lack of experience cost them in the end. Nagal produced a spirited performance on his Davis Cup debut against the much higher ranked Lopez in a contest which lasted for over two hours. (Also read: Davis Cup: India’s Sumit Nagal goes down against Marc Lopez after brave fight)Despite losing the opening set, he staged a strong comeback to win the second and draw level. The 19-year-old from Jhajjar district of Haryana wrested the upper hand in the initial stages of the third set as well, before struggling with stomach cramps and breathing problems towards the end which saw him require a medical timeout.”He had some breathing problems. It got worse towards the end and he could barely move,” India’s non-playing captain Anand Amritraj said.advertisement”Just goes to show how much we have to improve to compete with Spain or other teams.”Nagal claimed the first point of the match, a cross court forehand that had Lopez stranded. Lopez reeled off the next couple of points before a long return by the Spaniard and a nice return by Nagal brought the game to deuce.But Lopez kept his cool as Nagal hit his return long to concede the game. Lopez did not have to wait too long to gain the upperhand as he took four consecutive points off Nagal’s first service game before claiming the break.The Indian continued to fight back, capitalising on some unforced errors by Lopez to stretch him to three consecutive break points before a miscued return enabled the visitor to hold serve. The proceedings then went with the serve – although Nagal threatened to clinch a break in the seventh game – as Lopez clinched the first set without breaking much sweat. (Also read: Did Sania just call Paes a ‘toxic’ person?)The first few games of the second set went with the serve before Nagal claimed a break thanks to a long return from Lopez to go 3-1 up.That seemed to fire up the teenager from Haryana and he held his serve before breaking Lopez’s serve yet again to take a comfortable 5-1 lead. He then held his serve at love to win the second set and level the scores.Nagal continued to put pressure on his opponent in the third and final set as well, coming up with some excellent returns to earn a service break in the very first game.The youngster then saved as many as five break points before holding serve during the rather long second game during which he needed a medical timeout due to stomach cramps.Four back to back points off Lopez’s service in the next game serve handed him his second service break of the set and a comfortable 3-0 lead.Lopez however, staged a strong fightback to break Nagal’s serve in the fourth game as the latter committed too many unforced errors. He then held his serve to cut Nagal’s lead to 3-2. (Also read: Leander Paes prefers Saketh Myneni as Davis Cup partner)Nagal was clearly suffering from fitness problems and was struggling with his returns as a result. The Spaniard fully capitalised on it to put pressure on Nagal’s serve who conceded a second consecutive service break as he hit his return into the net.Nagal continued to commit too many unforced errors, tamely conceding his next service game as well which handed Lopez a 5-3 lead.Lopez then held his serve fairly comfortably to seal the set and the match.The second reverse singles did not last long as the World No.13 Ferrer made short work of the 203rd ranked Ramanathan.Ferrer pulled ahead right at the start, breaking Ramanathan in the very second game to take a 2-0 lead.advertisementThe Indian however, broke Ferrer back in the next game as the Spaniard committed a double fault to concede the game. The Chennai youngster however, could not rejoice for long as Ferrer grabbed his second consecutive break in the very next game.The Spanish star put pressure on Ramanathan’s serve to lead the game 0/30 at one stage before the Indian Indian hit a return long to concede the game.Ferrer broke Ramanathan again in the eighth game to clinch the set with the Indian repeatedly hitting the net with his serve.The second set also saw the Indian putting up a stiff fight. (Also read: Saketh Myneni can be a Grand Slam champion in doubles, says Leander Paes)Both players managed to hold their serve in the initial stages. But it was Ferrer who finally took the advantage by breaking Ramanathan’s serve in the sixth game and holding his own serve for a 5-2 lead.Serving to stay in the contest, Ramanathan managed to save one match point at 30/40 with an ace. But Ferrer did not have to wait long for the win as the local boy hit his shot over the baseline to concede the match.last_img read more

Devils Bedevil Senators, 3-0

first_imgOTTAWA, Ontario — Mike Cammalleri scored twice, Cory Schneider made 36 saves and the New Jersey Devils beat the Ottawa Senators 3-0 on Dec. 30.Andrew Hammond made 18 saves. The Senators lost for the seventh time in 10 games despite outshooting New Jersey 28-11 over the final two periods.The Devils jumped one point ahead of the Senators and into the second wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference with 45 points.Lee Stempniak had a short-handed empty-net goal with 16 seconds left. Cammalleri scored both his goals in the first period. TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img

ESPN’s FiveThirtyEight Releases Updated College Football Playoff Probability Rankings

first_img538 week 11 playoff probability rankings.Twitter/@andrewflowersEvery week, ESPN’s advanced statistics-based FiveThirtyEight updates its probability rankings for the College Football Playoff, utilizing three different sets of rankings: the selection committee’s most recent Top 25, in-house Elo ratings, and ESPN’s predictive FPI. This week, FiveThirtyEight‘s top three teams match what the selection committee has, but No. 4 is a slight surprise: the Oklahoma Sooners. OU is aided by a No. 1 ranking by FPI, jumping them over teams like Notre Dame and Oklahoma State.For more on how FiveThirtyEight’s system works, read this by the site’s editor, Nate Silver. Here is the probability ranking table:Q: Notre Dame, what’s in your rearview mirror? A: the Big 12 coming for your playoff spot: https://t.co/FtHBJPCoM6 pic.twitter.com/BDsWBFe55N— Andrew Flowers (@andrewflowers) November 18, 2015[FiveThirtyEight]last_img read more

‘Liverpool should forget about De Ligt’

first_imgLiverpool need to resign themselves to the fact that Matthijs de Ligt “will end up elsewhere” and focus on reinforcing other areas of their defence, says John Aldridge.Many have urged the Reds to join the clamour for a highly-rated centre-half on the books of Ajax.Aldridge is among those to have talked up a possible move to bring a Netherlands international into Anfield alongside fellow countryman Virgil van Dijk. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? De Ligt is, however, attracting interest from leading sides across Europe and is set to form part of a deal that includes a sizeable fee and a lucrative contract whenever a transfer is made.With that in mind, Jurgen Klopp has been urged to put any funds at his disposal to better use elsewhere.There are considered to be greater needs for the Reds than another centre-back, with cover for Andy Robertson one of several more pressing priorities.Former Liverpool striker Aldridge has said in the Irish Independent: “While I said that a deal to sign Virgil van Dijk’s Dutch central defensive partner Matthijs de Ligt would be great for Liverpool, the money he and his agent appear to be demanding means he will end up elsewhere.“Instead, Klopp needs to focus his defensive reinforcement by signing cover at left-back following the departure of Alberto Moreno, as a long-term injury to Andy Robertson would be a major blow given they don’t have a quality stand-in.“The return of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain from injury will feel like a new signing in midfield and if he starts performing at the levels he was producing before he picked up his long-term problem, he could be a very useful asset for Liverpool next season.“Despite my musings here, Liverpool are not in need of too many changes this summer after Klopp’s back-up players confirmed they have what it takes to step up to the plate when they came from 3-0 down to beat Barcelona in the Champions League semi-finals.“Yet the great teams strengthen when they are in a strong position and if Klopp can add a couple of extra components to his magnificent machine, Liverpool will be ready to take on Manchester City in an era when 90 points is the bare minimum required to challenge for the title.”Along with a new left-back to counter the loss of Moreno, Champions League winners Liverpool are also expected to be in the market for another striker to replace the departed Daniel Sturridge and more creativity in the middle of the park. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

TGIF: Shopping Meet Vardama And Their Spill, Stain And Sweat Repellent Technology

first_img How to Transition Your Wardrobe to Fall Vardama, the new brand touting itself as “functionality that transcends luxury,” has just released their very first collection – though from the polish of the design, you’d be hard pressed to find any indications of their new kid on the block status.Related: Custom knives done right with KnifeArt.com The clothes, which include dress shirts, ties and suits made with 100% cotton, silk and Merino wool, incorporates Equa-Tek™, their proprietary spill, stain and sweat repellent technology. Unlike conventional surface-coated fabrics that make garments feel stiff and hinders air flow, Vardama is the first company to weave the liquid-repelling technology into natural fibers of the garment.Go ahead, have someone throw some red wine on you. Really.“The idea came to me while on a family trip,” explains Vardama founder, Kaustubh Varma. “I was stuck in my hotel room due to the rain. While looking out the window, I watched the droplets of water hit the leaves and roll off onto the ground without ever penetrating the leaf’s surface. I was intrigued by the way the leaves repelled the water and maintained the ability to respond to its ever-changing environment. In admiration of the protective properties of a leaf’s natural surface, I pulled together a research team to integrate these features into materials to fit our modern day lifestyle. After researching for over two years and testing with over 100 prototypes we finally landed on a proprietary formula for achieving the desired result.”In an homage to the brand’s love of New York City, shirt names include the Houston St, Bond St, and Ninth Avenue.“While we try to keep our collection as diverse as possible my personal favorite is the Park Ave as every man needs a crisp white shirt in his wardrobe. It’s constructed from long staple Egyptian cotton in a 120s/2 ply. The spill repellent technology is a plus, as you don’t have to worry about stains walking into a meeting or interview. Plus it makes for a great party trick!”The collection’s shirts range from $105-$175, ties range from $49-$89 and suits range from $195-$1,800, all of which can be purchased here. 1. Benson 2. Fletcher 3. Columbus 4. Vardama 5. Vardama 6. Vardama 7. Varick 8. Vaux 9. York 14 Scandinavian Clothing Brands You Need to Know Editors’ Recommendations center_img Koy Gear Aims to Revolutionize Men’s Everyday Apparel The Best Men’s Heritage Outdoor Apparel for Cool Weather Madewell Men’s Fall Collection Has All Your New Favorites last_img read more

Strata Corporations Urged to File Annual Returns

first_img Speaking at a recent JIS Think Tank, the CSC’s Inspectorate Manager, Ainsworth Norton, said that there has been a worrying trend of non-compliance in the filing of the documents. Proprietors of strata corporations are being urged to file their annual returns with the Commission of Strata Corporations (CSC) in order to avoid delinquency. The filing of annual returns is necessary to ensure that strata corporations meet their statutory obligations in accordance with the Act; that the strata keep proper books of accounts; and that certain policies and procedures are in place and adhered to. Story Highlights Proprietors of strata corporations are being urged to file their annual returns with the Commission of Strata Corporations (CSC) in order to avoid delinquency.Speaking at a recent JIS Think Tank, the CSC’s Inspectorate Manager, Ainsworth Norton, said that there has been a worrying trend of non-compliance in the filing of the documents.He said that only 23 per cent of strata corporations have filed annual returns over the last four financial years from 2013/14 to 2016/17.He said the low compliance rate “is a big problem, because it does not afford us the ability to deal with the issues that are prevalent within strata corporations”.The Registration (Strata Titles) (Amendment) Act, Section 4 (7) obligates strata corporations to file annual returns with the CSC.Mr. Norton said that while the Act has been in place since 1969, the public remains generally unware of its provisions, more so the amendments of 2009.He said the CSC is taking steps to educate individuals on how best they can fulfil their obligations under the Act.“We have produced several booklets and brochures for the public. They are at the office of the CSC, financial institutions and the National Housing Trust (NHT),” he indicated, noting that training and seminars are also offered on how to file annual returns.The filing of annual returns is necessary to ensure that strata corporations meet their statutory obligations in accordance with the Act; that the strata keep proper books of accounts; and that certain policies and procedures are in place and adhered to.It also guarantees the CSC’s assistance to the corporations, in terms of strata operations, and to provide third-party updates to investors on the status of strata corporations.Annual returns are to be filed within 120 days of the end of the financial year, along with a fee of $1,000.They must include audited financial statements or those prepared in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles; proof of insurance or of a unanimous resolution not to insure the property; along with completed forms that are available on the CSC website at csc.gov.jm.The documents must be signed by the chairman and another executive committee member of the respective strata corporation.In 2010, 993 strata corporations were registered with the Commission and 1,761 at the end of 2016. This represents an increase of 77 per cent.last_img read more

North Dakota officials seek dismissal of road closure suit

first_imgBISMARCK, N.D. — North Dakota officials have asked a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit filed over the five-month closure of a section of highway during the large protests against the Dakota Access oil pipeline, saying they had both the authority and an obligation to do it.The federal lawsuit brought by two members of the Standing Rock Sioux tribe and a reservation priest alleges that the closure of state Highway 1806 near the pipeline route north of the reservation unduly restricted travel and commerce and violated the free speech and religious rights of them and others. It seeks unspecified monetary damages from state officials, Morton County and TigerSwan, a North Carolina-based company that oversaw private security for the Texas-based pipeline developer, Energy Transfer Partners.Attorneys for the county and the state officials, including Republican Gov. Doug Burgum, contend in a court filing dated Friday that the highway shutdown was warranted because of “mayhem” caused by some of the thousands of demonstrators who gathered in the area in 2016 and early 2017 to protest the $3.8 billion pipeline, which now moves North Dakota oil to Illinois.“The criminal behaviour included trespassing, destruction of private property, vandalism, setting fire to multiple vehicles on the bridge, stampeding bison and shooting at law enforcement personnel in attempts to kill them, unlawfully blocking the highway, throwing Molotov cocktails and other projectiles at law enforcement, and evading and resisting arrest,” state Deputy Solicitor General James Nicolai wrote.State officials closed a stretch of the highway just north of protest camps in October 2016 and didn’t reopen it until March 2017, after initial repairs to a bridge were completed and the protest camps were cleared out.The highway is the main route between the reservation and Bismarck, the nearest large city. Plaintiffs allege that the closure was targeted at them and didn’t apply to pipeline workers, who were allowed to continue using that stretch of highway.Nicolai and Shawn Grinolds, an attorney for Morton County, argue that at one point, the protesters, themselves, blocked the highway with hay bales and other objects and that for months, they ignored an evacuation notice issued by then-Gov. Jack Dalrymple. They argue that pipeline workers had a legitimate reason to use the highway and that blocking others from using it was not retaliatory.“The plaintiffs’ peaceful protests were disrupted by a violent criminal faction that required responsible public officials to take necessary and appropriate steps to quell a criminal riot, protect private property from criminal activity and to ensure public safety,” Nicolai said.TigerSwan asked to be dismissed as a defendant, arguing that it had nothing to do with the decision to close the road. Attorney Lynn Boughey also asked U.S. District Judge Dan Hovland to force the plaintiffs to pay the company’s attorney fees.The three plaintiffs are reservation businesswoman Cissy Thunderhawk, pipeline opponent Waste’Win Young and the Rev. John Floberg of St. James’ Episcopal Church in Cannon Ball. They’re suing the county, its sheriff, Burgum and Dalrymple, and the heads of the state Transportation Department and Highway Patrol.In addition to the monetary damages, the lawsuit seeks stricter rules for road closures in such instances and class-action status, meaning it would apply to all affected people, if granted.___Follow Blake Nicholson on Twitter: https://twitter.com/NicholsonBlakeBlake Nicholson, The Associated Presslast_img read more

South African chosen to head police component of hybrid UNAU force in

Michael J. Fryer was selected by the Chairperson of the AU Commission, in consultation with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, to become UNAMID’s Police Commissioner, the AU said today in a press release issued in Addis Ababa.Commissioner Fryer will have responsibility for implementing all police aspects of the mandate of UNAMID, which is aiming to quell the violence and humanitarian suffering that has engulfed Darfur since 2003.Before this appointment, he headed the South African police force’s Specialized Operation Division since September 2004 and, prior to that he was Commander of the South African Special Task Force.More than 200,000 people have been killed and at least 2.2 million others forced to flee their homes because of continued fighting between rebels, Government forces and allied militia known as the Janjaweed.When fully deployed UNAMID is expected to have nearly 20,000 military personnel and more than 6,000 police officers and will become the largest UN peacekeeping operation. 16 November 2007An assistant police commissioner from South Africa has been appointed to head the police component of the hybrid United Nations-African Union peacekeeping operation (UNAMID) being deployed to the war-torn Darfur region of Sudan early next year. read more

Stronger efforts needed to break Marburg disease transmission in Angola – UN

Significant progress has been made in increasing the engagement of affected communities in Angola against the worst outbreak on record of deadly Marburg fever, but efforts need to be intensified to rapidly isolate cases and follow up on contacts to break the chain of transmission, the United Nations health agency has warned.Public understanding of the disease and participation in the outbreak response remain the most important factors for successful control, the World Health Organization (WHO) said in its latest update on the haemorrhagic disease, which is spread by close contact such as exposure to the blood and other bodily fluids of victims, and for which there is no vaccine or treatment.Activities needed to prevent further infection within hospitals are well under way, while protective gloves, soap and instructions on the importance of their use have been provided to traditional healers and midwives to help curb transmission of the disease, which has already proved fatal in 239 of the 266 cases so far reported, mostly within just a few weeks.The previous worst outbreak of Marburg – a relative of the equally deadly but better-known Ebola and which begins with severe diarrhoea, abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting and chest and lung pains and progresses to severe haemorrhage in the gastrointestinal tract and lungs – occurred in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and took two years to claim 149 cases, 123 of them fatal, from 1998 to 2000.With cases and deaths continuing to occur within the community and health teams reporting that some families caring for victims at home are administering injections, a high-risk practice that can perpetuate transmission, educational messages are being added to information already being provided, WHO said. read more

In San Francisco Ban celebrates 70th anniversary of UN Charter – compass

Bringing the idea of the United Nations to life required huge leaps of statecraft to bridge differences, declared Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today in San Francisco, ommemorating the 70th anniversary of the adoption of the UN Charter, which he said “symbolizes the hope and aspirations that we can bring the world as it is a little closer to the world as it should be.”“In signing this document, the founders achieved what many thought impossible. It falls to us to heed the Charter’s call to ‘unite our strength’ and to use their creation – the United Nations – for the common good,” he said, adding that the drafting of the Charter was a “glorious gamble.” Several high-level officials attended the ceremony, including; Nancy Pelosi, Congresswoman and Democratic Leader of the United States House of Representatives; Jerry Brown, Governor of California; Edwin Lee, Mayor of San Francisco; and Malala Yousafzai, Nobel Peace Prize laureate, whom the UN chief called the “torchbearer” of her generation.“So much faith was lost in the trenches and gas chambers of two world wars in the space of one generation. But they dared to believe in something bigger than person or country. Through intense negotiations, the delegates realized their dream.”He said that for two months, they turned San Francisco’s War Memorial into a ‘Peace Palace.’ More than three thousand women and men took part. One of them was Ellen Magnin Newman, a high school senior at the time. She was a Spanish interpreter – and helped everyone speak the universal language of peace, he said welcoming Ms. Newman to the ceremony.With the adoption of the Charter, a world in rubble found a path to renewal, the Secretary-General went on to say, recalling that while he had been born just months before the UN, it did not take long for the Organization to change his world for good. “When the Korean War ravaged my country, I lost my home, my school, all I knew. Help came bearing the United Nations flag: sacks of grain from UNICEF, textbooks from UNESCO, and many young soldiers from 21 nations, including the United States. The United Nations showed us we were not alone,” said Mr. Ban. “Today, when I travel to refugee camps and conflict areas around the world, I tell young people: you are not alone. I made it. You can, too. The United Nations will stand with you,” said the UN chief, underscoring that every day, the UN feeds the hungry, shelters refugees and vaccinates children against deadly disease. “Every day, we defend human rights for all, regardless of race, religion, nationality, gender or sexual orientation,” and in that regard, he welcomed the decision of the Supreme Court of the United States that paves the way for gay and lesbian Americans to have their relationship legally recognised, no matter which part of the United States they are living in. Continuing, he said the United Nations had led the charge in dismantling colonialism, bringing freedom to millions. It had mobilized the world to defeat apartheid. Its peacekeepers are on the frontlines of war; our mediators bring warriors to the table of peace.“Yet tragedy has also been with us every step of the way. Genocide, war and a thousand daily indignities and abuse plague far too many people, especially women’” he said, explaining that conflict has forced more people to flee their homes today than at any time since the Second World War. “Forces of division are on the march, peddling the false promise of isolation in ever more interdependent world. And the planet itself is at risk,” he said, declaring: “We have big work ahead.”To that end, he noted that in September, world leaders will adopt an inspiring new development agenda to end global poverty. In December, the international community has committed to reach a bold climate change agreement to place the world on more sustainable footing.“These are once-in-a-generation opportunities. This is our San Francisco moment,” he said, stressing that in signing the Charter, the founders achieved what many thought impossible. The United Nations is the hope and home of all humankind. The Charter is our compass. Let us never relent on the journey to a better world for ‘we the peoples,’” concluded the Secretary-General.At an event in New York to mark the anniversary, Deputy Secretary-general Jan Eliasson said the UN Charter is essentially an expression of hope. It was written at the end of one of the darkest chapters in human history. “It symbolises the hope and aspirations that we can bring the world as it is a little closer to the world as it should be. This we can do through cooperation, dialogue, peaceful settlement of disputes and respect of human rights.”“Yes, the UN Charter is truly a gift. It reminds us – as the present stewards of the United Nations – of our responsibilities to live up to the Purposes and Principles of the Charter. It connects us to our strongest roots and our best aspirations as we reach out to an uncertain, yet hopeful, future – if we travel the right road, Mr. Eliasson said.Also addressing the ceremony, Einar Gunnarsson, Vice-President of the General Assembly, speaking on behalf of Assembly President Sam Kutesa, said that over the course of 70 eventful years, the UN has addressed severe global problems that afflict and challenge humanity’s stability and progress.The contributions of the UN to the contemporary issues of our time are undeniable. From supporting the major decolonization efforts across Africa and Asia to providing a critical platform for discourse throughout the Cold War; the United Nations has, and continues to be, at the forefront of efforts to ensure a secure, prosperous and equitable world. “As we mark this historic anniversary, we have every reason to celebrate all that we have accomplished as a community of nations over the last seven decades. We also need to reflect on how to adapt and align the United Nations to remain effective and relevant in a dynamic and globalized new world,” he said. read more

California heads into game against Ohio State with a chip on their

California quarterback Jared Goff throws during a game against Northwestern Aug. 31, at Memorial Stadium. Northwestern won, 44-30.Credit: Courtesy of MCTFor a second consecutive season, the Ohio State football team is set to play California for the third game of the year, looking for a win to remain undefeated.Beating California at Ohio Stadium didn’t come easily for the Buckeyes last season.The Golden Bears took a 21-20 lead over OSU with 12:26 left to play in the fourth quarter. After the Buckeyes took a 28-21 lead on a touchdown pass followed by a two-point conversion with 8:31 to play, California tied the game just 21 seconds later on a 59-yard touchdown run by then-sophomore running back Brendan Bigelow.It took a 72-yard touchdown connection from quarterback Braxton Miller to wide receiver Devin Smith, both sophomores at the time, with just 3:26 to play for the Buckeyes to win the game 35-28.This year the Buckeyes will have to win in a road game Saturday at California’s Memorial Stadium in Berkeley, Calif.The Golden Bears will look to capitalize on the home-field advantage and turn the tables after a close defeat last season.“We have a chip on our shoulder,” Bigelow said Tuesday. “We went up there and we almost upset them, and came short.”Bigelow, now a junior running back, was the star of last year’s loss to the Buckeyes as a sophomore. He only received seven touches in the game — four rushing attempts and three kickoff returns — but gained a whopping 234 all-purpose yards. Prior to his game-tying 59-yard touchdown, he scored an 81-yard touchdown on the first play of a drive early in the third quarter.OSU junior linebacker Ryan Shazier and senior safety Christian Bryant said Wednesday after practice that the OSU coaches have stressed the concept of maintaining leverage on defense in this year’s game to keep Bigelow in check.“He’s a pretty good back. He’s real fast, so once somebody makes a mistake, he can capitalize on it real quick,” Shazier said. “We just got to keep him under control, we just can’t let him get where he want to go.”Bryant said the Buckeyes, who had a number of missed tackles on Bigelow’s two touchdown runs, have also been working on open-field tackling since last year’s game.“It was just some guys just making small mistakes,” Bryant said of Bigelow’s touchdown runs last season. “He’s a guy who likes to get on the edge and showcase his speed. Agile guy, can make you miss in the open field.”Bigelow hasn’t been at his best in California’s first two games of the season. He underwent offseason knee surgery to repair a torn meniscus and acknowledged he does not yet have full confidence in his ability to plant and cut off of the rehabilitating knee.“In time, I’ll have more faith in it,” Bigelow said Tuesday. “Right now, I’m still struggling with that.”Through the first two games of the season against Northwestern and Portland State, Bigelow has 136 rushing yards on 33 carries. He also has six catches for 60 yards.He said he would grade his performance in the first two games as a “D-minus.”“I’m pretty hard on myself though, and I expect more out of myself,” Bigelow said. “I want to improve on my cutting ability, more vision, seeing the field better and my blocking.”Although Bigelow is back, the California offense will be a considerably different one than OSU faced last season. The Golden Bears have a new coach, Sonny Dykes, a new offensive coordinator, Tony Franklin and a freshman starting quarterback, Jared Goff.Using the fast-paced offensive scheme Dykes brought to California, the Golden Bears have run 194 total offensive plays through their first two games. The Buckeyes, by comparison, have only run 138 plays and had 135 run against them.Shazier said the defense’s goal will be to control the game’s tempo and stop California from reaching its average of nearly 100 offensive plays.“To be honest, when you’re a good defense, you’re not allowing people to (run) 100 plays,” Shazier said. “If we can control the tempo of the game, I feel like we can win it.”Dykes expects OSU’s defense to present a “huge challenge” Saturday.“Ohio State’s defense matches up pretty well against everybody,” Dykes said.Franklin said the Buckeyes defense has no shortage of talent.“(OSU coach Urban Meyer) is a phenomenal coach, but he’s also a great talent evaluator and brings in guys that can do what he wants them to do,” Franklin said. “There’s so many good players on the field, it’s not that none of them stand out, it’s that they all do.”That defensive talent, however, has not changed California’s offensive game plan, Goff said. He and his team is preparing the same way to play the Buckeyes as it did for its first two games.“I think our offense can match up with any defense in the country,” Goff said. “We go into every game the same way … we’re going into Ohio State the same way we went into Northwestern and the same way we went into Portland State. We don’t really change much with our offense, we stay the same way every week.”On the other side of the equation, OSU’s offensive star is also dealing with a knee injury. Wednesday, Meyer said Miller’s status for the game remains uncertain after he suffered an MCL sprain last Saturday.If Miller is out, the Buckeyes will turn to redshirt-senior backup quarterback Kenny Guiton, just as they did when Miller was injured on OSU’s first drive of the game last week.Even if the Buckeyes are without the reigning Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year, Dykes said California’s defensive game plan would not change significantly.“There’s not much drop-off (from Miller to Guiton),” Dykes said. “It’s hard to say that when a Heisman Trophy front-runner goes down … but I think that’s a credit to the supporting cast. They’ve got a lot of good players offensively, and they just got to keep on humming when Braxton comes out.”The Buckeyes still put up 445 total yards of offense, 43 of which came while Miller was in the game, in their 42-7 victory against San Diego State. Guiton completed 19 of 28 passes for 152 yards and two touchdowns and added 83 rushing yards and a touchdown on nine rushing attempts.California redshirt-freshman linebacker Hardy Nickerson said the defense is prepared to face either quarterback.“One is down and the other guy steps in, we’re still going to do the same thing. We’re still going to do our jobs,” Nickerson said. “Everybody has to do their assignments, so it’s not much of a difference whether one plays or one doesn’t.”The 1-1 Golden Bears, who already lost to a Big Ten school in their season opener against Northwestern, will be the underdogs against the No. 4-ranked Buckeyes. Dykes said his team is going to have to play at a “very high level” to win.“We’re a little bit inconsistent, we have been up to this point,” Dykes said. “We feel like we’ve got some talent and some kids that are hungry and want to get better, and are excited about the opportunity, but we’re going to have to certainly play better than we played last week.”Franklin concurred with Dykes that California must play better, but he is confident in his team’s chances if it focuses on its own game and not its opponent.“They’re young men and they’re good players, but (we’ve) got good players,” Franklin said. “You just go out and play and sometimes, teams that aren’t ranked beat teams that are. Sometimes it doesn’t happen that way, but again, the No. 1 focus we have is just the fact that this week we play a really good football team.”Kickoff for Saturday’s game at California is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. ET. read more

13 things we learned from the Roy KeanePatrick Vieira documentary

first_img5. He initially didn’t think he deserved his Champions League medalKeane revealed he at first felt he didn’t deserve his Champions League medal after missing the final through suspension. But he added that his views had “softened” on the matter in recent years though.6. He was “offended” by Ferguson’s praise of himAfter being quoted back Ferguson’s first autobiography in which the manager said he “covered every blade of grass” in the Champions League semi-final, Keane said he felt “offended” by the description. “It’s like praising the postman for delivering letters. What did he expect me to do? Give up?”7. Keane does have some good words to say about FergusonThe former United captain said that the manager “had a good feel for what the group needed… He generally got that right.”8. If he could change one thing about his career, it would be to “play in the [2002] World Cup”(INPHO/Andrew Paton)When McCarthy asked him how he can play for a manager he doesn’t respect, he said he should’ve responded: “I wasn’t playing for him, I was playing for my country.” He explained that, in Saipan, he “wasn’t looking for perfection,” he was “looking for progress” and for the Irish team to “train like Germany or Italy”.9. Keane was driven by “fear”Keane was obsessed with “fear of losing, fear of letting people down, fear of letting my neighbours down, fear of letting my family down”. He said that enjoyment after games was “very brief, too brief” until the fear “creeps back”. 1. Keane didn’t think Vieira was as tough as himWhen asked to name Vieira’s biggest weakness, Keane said that he felt he was tougher than the Frenchman. Vieira, when asked the same question, said that Keane’s tendency to “lose his head” was his biggest flaw.2. Keane hated Arsenal more than any other teamKeane revealed that the Gunners “brought something out in me”. He also recalled how both managers were happy for such a fiery atmosphere to exist between the sides, and claimed that Ferguson seldom encouraged him to be calm ahead of the game.3. The greatest moment of Keane’s United career was “signing for them”The Corkonian described joining the club as “a dream come true,” suggesting it didn’t get any better than that moment despite all he achieved there.4. Giggs, Scholes and Neville may feel hard done by watching itNone of the three players made Keane’s all-time United XI of players he played with, though he did say that if he was to swap anyone, it would be himself for Scholes. Meanwhile, on Giggs, he quipped: “Having a great career doesn’t mean you’re a great player”.When it was pointed out that many of the players on his team fell out with Ferguson, he said: “You don’t win the league title with choirboys… Maybe that’s why we were winning titles.” 10. He didn’t go out to “injure” Alf Inge HaalandKeane admitted he went out to “hurt” players because that was “my job”. However, he claims he never sought to intentionally “injure” Haaland or anyone else.11. Vieira started their infamous Highbury rowKeane revealed he was incensed when he saw Arsenal players picking on Gary Neville because he was the “weakest link”. Vieira also described how the argument started after Neville taunted Robert Pires and the Arsenal midfielder intervened to defend his teammate.12. Keane was “tempted” to play abroadKeane said he held talks with clubs such as Bayern Munich and Juventus as his contract was running out, but never felt “strongly enough” to make the move “because I was happy at United.” He added that he partially does “regret” not availing of the opportunity.13. His warmth for Man United has returnedKeane says he lost his warm feelings for the club for a few years after leaving them, but has since regained his love for United — to the point where himself and his son are now season-ticket holders there.Manchester United find home comforts with Shakhtar win>Galatasaray-Juventus match abandoned following snow storm>center_img Keane’s all-time XI: Peter Schmeichel; Paul Parker, Gary Pallister, Jaap Stam, Denis Irwin, David Beckham, Paul Ince, Roy Keane, Cristiano Ronaldo, Eric Cantona, Ruud Van Nistelrooy.last_img read more

Les lions rugissent comme pleurent les nourrissons

first_imgLes lions rugissent comme pleurent les nourrissonsSelon une récente étude, le rugissement des lions est prédéterminé par les caractéristiques physiques de leurs cordes vocales. Celui-ci s’apparenterait aux pleurs des bébés humains et visent à attirer l’attention.C’est une découverte étonnante qu’ont faite des chercheurs de l’université d’Utah aux Etats-Unis. Dans une étude publiée dans PLoS ONE, ceux-ci révèlent que le rugissement des lions est prédéterminé par les caractéristiques physiques de leurs cordes vocales (leur capacité d’étirement et de cisaillement, notamment) et ne sont donc pas produits de la volonté propre des félins.À lire aussiUn lion retrouve la liberté après avoir vécu en cage pendant 13 ans (Vidéo)”Le rugissement est similaire à ce que fait le bébé quand il pleure”, explique Ingo Titze, directeur du National Center for Voice and Speech. Si les bébés crient ou pleurent pour attirer l’attention des adultes, les lions utiliseraient ce même son pour signifier à d’autres animaux qu’ils se trouvent sur leur territoire et pour les chasser de chez eux.L’étude qui a été réalisée se base sur l’analyse de larynx de lions et de tigres de zoo euthanasiés car malades. Le rugissement est un mécanisme complexe qui implique de nombreux facteurs dont l’étude menée ne tient pas compte. C’est le cas de certains éléments comme la quantité d’air expulsée, de comment le son résonne dans le tractus vocal, de comment la langue et la mâchoire se déplacent et de quels mouvements font les muscles et le cartilage du larynx.Toutefois, “dans les deux cas, nous entendons de forts grincements, qui saisissent les oreilles. Quand un bébé pleure, le son n’est pas joli, il est essentiellement rugueux. La vibration n’est pas régulière. La même chose est vraie pour les rugissements des lions et des tigres, leurs cordes vocales sont très lâches et vibrent irrégulièrement. Cependant une différence principale : les bébés pleurent à une fréquence aigüe tandis que les grands félins rugissent à basses fréquences”, indique le chercheur cité par Sciences et Avenir. Par ailleurs, le rugissement des tigres ou des lions peut atteindre 114 décibels, soit beaucoup plus qu’une tondeuse à gazon par exemple (90 db).Le 20 novembre 2011 à 09:42 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Trailer for upcoming “Mile 22” movie featuring Ronda Rousey, Videos following 5/14 RAW

first_img Pinterest Twitter Google+ SPOILERS: 5/14 WWE Smackdown Live taping results from London to air tonight WWE RAW Results – 5/13/19 (Final show before Money in the Bank, double contract signing) Trailer for upcoming “Mile 22” movie featuring Ronda RouseyA new trailer was released on Tuesday for the upcoming movie, “Mile 22”, starring Mark Wahlberg and featuring WWE star and former UFC fighter Ronda Rousey in a supporting role.Rousey was filming re-shoots of “Mile 22” prior to her WWE debut at the Royal Rumble back in January and before her first match at Wrestlemania 34. “Mile 22” will be released in theaters in August. Videos following 5/14 RAWWWE posted the following videos from after last night’s 5/14 episode of RAW from London, England.center_img Facebook WWE Smackdown Results – 5/14/19 (Final hype for Money in the Bank, Fatal 4-Way match) Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApplast_img read more

Real Madrid are happy with Santiago Solaris performance

first_imgReal Madrid director Emilio Butragueno says Madrid are happy with interim coach Santiago Solari’s performance since being in charge as the club grabbed their fourth consecutive win by beating Celta Vigo on Sunday.Madrid grabbed a 4-2 win at Balaidos, bringing it to four victories with 15 goals since Solari’s tenure while bridging the gap behind Barca to four points in La Liga.“He has done excellently,” Butragueno said on Sunday.”“He arrived in a very particular moment and has achieved very good results, above all today against Celta in a very difficult game. We are very happy with how things have gone.”“We will see,” Solari said, according to AFP.“I usually don’t plan too far ahead but in principle, it’s my day off tomorrow.”“The important thing is to do everything for the good of the team and Real Madrid. Nothing else is important for me.”Jose Mourinho, Lionel MessiMourinho: “Lionel Messi made me a better coach” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho believes the experience of going up against Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi at Real Madrid made him a greater coach.“The team showed a lot of personalities to come through all the circumstances of the game.”“Gareth made a massive effort, his ankle was very swollen”“Celta played very aggressively, on the edge of the rules.”On the other hand, Madrid defender Alvaro Odriozola believes Madrid players are behind Solari.“These things are decided by those at the top, we just have to work to get out of the crisis,” Odriozola said.“We’ll go to the death with him, he’s a great coach and of course we want him to continue.”last_img read more