Change and Standing on Platforms of Possibilities

first_imgBy Trisha Wohlfeil, MA, LMFTOne of the reasons change is so hard for many of us is because where there is change there is often vulnerability. Many of us find the experience of vulnerability incredibly uncomfortable or even downright painful. Based on her research Brené Brown defines vulnerability as “uncertainty, risk and emotional exposure”. Not only is it nearly impossible to avoid uncertainty, risk and emotional exposure on a daily basis, but when we are facing change it often heightens them. It requires us to call deep on our courage to face what lies ahead. I used to think that people who were brave didn’t feel vulnerable any more, but now I now know that not only is it possible to be brave and afraid at the same time, they almost always happen together.One thing that had helped me while learning The Daring Way™ is to find metaphors that help put words to my experiences. This is especially helpful for me when facing a sensitive topic like vulnerability. This is the experience I think of when I am facing vulnerability and taking a risk. Our family attends a family camp together in the summer and one of the adventure activities we always sign up for is the zip line. To get to the zip line platform, you first have to climb a large hill of steps to get to the tower and once you are there you have climb even more flights of stairs to get to the top of the platform to ride the zip line. A thrilling ride where you zoom down the hill dangling from a cable attached to harness.While your heart is pounding from all the steps, it begins to pound even more when you see the height you are at and the ledge you are going to step off. When it is your turn at the top, a crewmember attaches a safety rope while attaching your harness onto the cable you will ride down on. I can always count on feeling the danger and risk while my heart pounds away in anticipation for what comes next. A thrilling ride awaits me if and when I can get myself to step off the ledge.Every year, as I am climbing those stairs, I start thinking “maybe I am too old for this? Do I really need to do this? Why am I climbing all these stairs to then throw myself off a high ledge when I could be on the beach or floating in the lake?” The walk up to the platform is not my favorite part. Standing on the platform waiting to step off is especially uncomfortable and really not my favorite part. My brain is screaming thoughts like “what are you doing?”, “step away from the ledge” “are you really sure that little cable will hold you” and finally “this is crazy, don’t do it!”I used to think that a really brave person wouldn’t feel or think any of those thoughts, but just confidently step right up and off. But the more I learn about vulnerability and courage the more that I realize that just because I feel vulnerable does not mean I am not brave. In fact, Brené calls the willingness to be vulnerable “our most accurate measure of courage”. Also, I don’t know about you, but the last thing I need is to beat myself up about not having the “right” feelings when I am trying to do something challenging.So this last year I faced the zip line a little differently. I saw the stairs as a necessary part of the journey even if it wasn’t my favorite. I still felt nervous on the platform, but I told myself it is supposed to feel this way as it is risky and a bit dangerous. Also, its okay if I don’t like it. But it’s all part of the experience I have to go through to get to the next part. It’s the reason why I do all of those steps and stand on a scary ledge. I have to do those things to be able to have the thrilling ride of zipping down the hill surrounded with beautiful scenic views and the amazing adrenaline that accompanies the journey. You see there is a reason why I trek up that hill each year (sometimes I even go more than once in a day). For me, when I take the journey, face my fear and step off that ledge I get an experience that makes me feel totally alive and that is worth it! I don’t have to step off the ledge, but that also means I won’t get to have the ride! It reminds me of a Brené Brown quote that talks about the adventure of the wholehearted journey.“Choosing to live and love with our whole hearts is an act of defiance. You’re going to confuse, piss-off, and terrify lots of people-including yourself. One minute you’ll pray that the transformation ends, and the next minute you’ll pray that it never ends. You’ll also wonder how you can feel so brave and so afraid at the same time…brave, afraid, and totally alive!”-Brené BrownEven though we may be walking towards change of our own choosing or it is being thrust upon us, I think it’s important to remember, it is okay that we may not enjoy the walking up or the waiting. We may even want it to end quicker than is possible or to forget the whole thing. But it is also important to be awake to the parts of the journey that make us feel alive. And as I tell myself when I find myself grumbling about walking up to my next platform (whether it is a project I am working on or a change I am facing) ”You don’t have to like this part, but remember when you step off the ledge, don’t forget to enjoy the ride!”last_img read more

Jayson Tatum scores 25, Kyrie Irving-less Celtics down lowly Cavs

first_imgOil plant explodes in Pampanga town MOST READ Making his first visit to Cleveland since suffering a horrific broken left ankle in his debut for Boston in 2017, Hayward scored 18 points as the Celtics beat the Cavaliers 103-96 on Tuesday night for their fifth straight victory despite missing All-Star guard Kyrie Irving.A strained left hip prevented Irving from facing his former team, but Jayson Tatum helped make up for his absence with 25 points. Marcus Smart had 17 and Jaylen Brown finished with 13.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesHayward came off the bench and made 9 of 14 shots and added six rebounds and five assists in 30 minutes. The 28-year-old admitted being nervous about coming back to where his leg grotesquely snapped as he jumped to catch a lob pass in his first game after signing as a free agent with the Celtics.His season was over in just five minutes, and Hayward was taken off the floor on a stretcher. Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war Still, it was a strong performance to build upon.“The last game I missed like six layups that I usually make, so that was one thing I’ve continued to work on this week,” he said. “Teams have been daring me to shoot and I got to knock it down for my teammates.”TRADE TALKBurks has already been traded once this season — Cleveland got him from Utah in the Kyle Korver deal — and he’s not concerned about chatter that he’ll be dealt again.“I don’t believe in rumors until something happens,” he said. “If nothing happens then I’m not going nowhere. If something happens it happens. I enjoy my time here and hopefully it keeps going.”PERFECT FORMTatum went 12 of 12 from the free-throw line and Boston didn’t miss any of its 14 attempts.“I was just looking to be aggressive and attack the rim from the beginning,” Tatum said. “It’s the easiest way to get points, getting to the line.”UP NEXTCeltics: Host the Los Angeles Lakers on Thursday. View comments SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Celtics coach Brad Stevens was sure the Cavs would give his team all it could handle.“Everybody just looks at records and makes assumptions that things are easy and they’re not,” Stevens said. “It’s hard to win. That team over there is playing hard. We were lucky to be where we were at halftime. You knew at the start of the third quarter it was going to be back and forth the rest of the way. ”TIP-INSCeltics: Irving has missed three of Boston’s four visits since the Cavs traded him. … Stevens said reserve center Aron Baynes (bruised foot) will be out through the All-Star break. He said Morris’ injury is not a “long-term” thing and it’s possible he’ll play Thursday. … F Daniel Theis was called for a rare, punching-the-ball violation while going after an offensive rebound in the fourth quarter.Cavaliers: F Cedi Osman missed his first game since rolling his right ankle on Saturday against Dallas. Osman averages 12.6 points. … Gs Nik Stauskas and Wade Baldwin have joined the Cavs but are not ready to play. They were acquired on Monday from Portland in the trade for F Rodney Hood.IRVING UPDATEStevens said Irving, who is averaging a team-high 23.8 points per game, may return on Thursday when Boston hosts LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers, hours after the NBA’s trade deadline.“I would hope he would be able to go, but I don’t know for sure,” Stevens said. “We’ll know more tomorrow.”RACING ROOKIESexton came out in attack mode, scoring 18 points in the first half on 8-of-13 shooting. He cooled down after halftime and missed all five shots in the fourth quarter. PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 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 LATEST STORIEScenter_img US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Boston Celtics’ Jayson Tatum (0) drives past Cleveland Cavaliers’ Jordan Clarkson (8) during the second half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019, in Cleveland. Boston won 103-96. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)CLEVELAND — Gordon Hayward finally got some closure at Quicken Loans Arena.He walked off the floor.ADVERTISEMENT ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Cavaliers: At Washington on Friday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “I told my wife I was a little anxious about it for sure sitting in my hotel room last night,” Hayward said. “Just thinking about how everything changed and where I was sitting a year ago from now. Just happy to try to find some perspective, I guess. Just happy that I was out there.”Rookie Collin Sexton scored 27 — but none in the fourth quarter — for the Cavs, who dropped to 3-20 since Dec. 19. Alec Burks, who has been linked to recent trade talks, added 21 for Cleveland. Larry Nance Jr. had 11 points and 12 rebounds.The struggling Cavs were still within 94-91 when Smart hit a pull-up jumper, and after a miss by Sexton, dropped a 3-pointer. Burks had a monster dunk and 3 to make it 101-96, but Tatum blocked a shot by Ante Zizic underneath and Tatum closed it out by making a pair of free throws with 1:35 remaining.Without Irving and starting forward Marcus Morris (sore right knee), the Celtics needed someone to pick up the scoring slack and make plays down the stretch, and Tatum came through at both ends.“We’re super confident with this lineup,” Tatum said. “We’re young, but we were very battle tested last year together in the playoffs.”ADVERTISEMENT ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Pacers’ 3-point flurry buries Lakers in LeBron James’ worst losslast_img read more

CWG: Charges against Rajeev Mehta, Virender Malik dropped

first_imgThe charges against Virender Malik and Rajiv Mehta were dropped due to lack of evidenceIndian Olympic Association secretary general Rajeev Mehta and wrestling referee Virender Malik, who were booked for drunk driving and sexual assault in two separate cases in Glasgow, the venue of the just-concluded Commonwealth Games 2014, were set to walk free as the prosecution said it didn’t have enough evidence against the two in both cases. “Both Rajeev Mehta and Virender Malik have been liberated as the prosecution did not press the cases against them owing to lack of evidence,” a spokeswoman of the Glasgow Magistrate’s Court said.The twin incidents had created a furore back in India and came as an embarrassment for the Indian contingent which stood fifth in the overall rankings.The Indian High Commission confirmed the development. “Charges against both of them have been dropped due to lack of evidence. They have been released without any charges being framed,” a High Commission official said. The Indian Consulate in Edinburgh had liaised with the police on the matter.After the charges were dropped, Mehta said the entire case has been represented in a wrong manner as he wasn’t driving “drunk”. “I was not drunk and my test reports (alcohol intake) have all come negative. There is nothing in it to show that I was in a drunken state. I am thankful to the court that they didn’t accept the evidence put forward,” he said.Mehta had his own version of what happened on Saturday night. “I had come out of a party and was on my way somewhere else. Then the accident happened but I was not at fault. The girls who were in the other car were driving on the wrong side of the road. That’s the reason the case didn’t even come up for hearing as it was dropped at the prosecution level. There was nothing found in any of my medical reports and that’s why there were no charges framed against me,” he concluded.advertisementThere were no details regarding why the sexual assault case against Malik was dropped. Meanwhile, the Wrestling Federation of India suspended Malik and said it will act on permanently banning him depending upon the veracity of charges against him in Glasgow.IOA secretary general Rajiv Mehta (centre) has been arrested in Glasgow for drunken driving.Uttar Pradesh Olympic Association secretary Anandeshwar Pandey, who is part of the IOA delegation and was at the court, said the officials were released after primary investigation.”During primary investigation, they (Scotland Police) couldn’t find enough evidence to frame charges. So they were let off without being produced before the court,” Pandey said.Elaborating on the incident, Pandey said that Mehta was driving a friend’s car and there was a minor accident while coming out of the parking lot.On Saturday, a Scotland Yard spokeswoman said a 49-year-old man, said to be Mehta, was arrested for drunken driving in the Glasgow city centre. On the same day, a 45-year-old man, said to be Malik, was arrested following reports of an alleged sexual assault in the west of the city.Mehta and Malik, who was not a part of the official contingent, were not staying with the official 215-strong contingent in the Games village and were staying in a local hotel.last_img read more

Padma awards nomination rush at North Bloc

first_imgEven as speculation is rife over the nominees to succeed the RBI Governor Raghuram Rajan, the corridors in the Finance Ministry are abuzz with another nomination race.Bureaucrats are scrambling to meet the Padma Awards nominees deadline of September 15.”Right now recommendations are being sought from the Junior Ministers to give recommendations”, a senior official told India TodayEach Union Cabinet minister can nominate people from art, literature, education, sports, medicine, social work, public affairs, civil service, trade, science and engineering.Sources have told India Today a top filmmaker who has graduated from FTII is in the race to be nominated by the Finance Ministry.Interestingly, Padma Awards nomination rules were tweaked earlier this May to make the process more transparent. With emphasis on e-governance, the Modi Government has invited Padma Awards nominees through an online portal.The idea is to ensure transparency during the selection process. But the bureaucracy used to dealing with direct letters of recommendation, the online system is proving to be a challenge.”Since its first time, it’s a bit confusing. Earlier they would send a letter attached with the person’s name to the Ministry of Home Affairs. Now we need to first create an online account for each Minister, then type out a details of the candidate of their choice. Then get it checked from the seniors, its quite a drill”, said a senior official.While even citizens can nominate their favourites this year, the scheme is also open to artists to files their own nomination. The selection committee headed by Cabinet secretary with Home Secretary and Secretary to the President alongwith eminent persons. The final decision rests with the Prime Minister and the President who review the recommendations.advertisementlast_img read more

Cricket Australia gives clean chit to its players in corruption allegations

first_imgCricket Australia (CA) has found no evidence in its investigation into the spot-fixing and corruption allegations made against its players in a documentary in May.Corruption allegations were made against some of the Australian players in a documentary aired by news organisation Al Jazeera.CA chief executive James Sutherland said news organisation Al Jazeera was set to broadcast a follow-up documentary to its programme “Cricket’s Match Fixers”, which aired in May and alleged incidents of pitch-doctoring at two Test matches and spot-fixing at others.Cricket Australia said the fresh allegations involved “spot-fixing claims against current and former Australian players relating to historical matches from 2011″.TV channel not co-operating on corruption probe, says ICC”Cricket Australia’s Integrity Unit have conducted a review of the latest claims by Al Jazeera … and from the limited information provided, our team have not identified any issues of corruption relating to current or former Australian players,” Sutherland said in a statement.”We have handed all material over to the ICC Anti-Corruption Unit to enable them to fully investigate and we will continue to cooperate with the ICC.”Former Mumbai first-class cricketer fixed pitch for SL vs India Test?The International Cricket Council (ICC) in May strongly criticised Al Jazeera for not giving the global governing body unedited documentary footage from the original film to aid their own probe into the allegations.Launching an appeal to help identify one of the alleged match-fixers in the original documentary on Tuesday, the ICC said the “absence of any cooperation” from the broadcaster had “slowed” their probe but that they had made “good progress”.advertisement”We will provide a full update at the conclusion of the investigation,” Alex Marshall of the ICC’s Anti-Corruption Unit (ACU) said in a statement.Marshall said the ICC was aware of the second documentary and had already contacted an “independent betting analysis company” to examine the allegations about particular matches.”As with the first programme we have, and will continue to ask for the cooperation of the broadcaster,” he added.”Access to the raw, unedited footage enables us to build a complete picture around the claims in the documentary and ensure our investigation is as fair and thorough as possible.”The sting was carried out by Al Jazeera and the matches in question are India vs Sri Lanka (Galle, July 26-29, 2017), India vs Australia (Ranchi, March 16-20, 2017) and India vs England (Chennai, December 16-20, 2016). The first and third Tests mentioned were won by India while the Ranchi encounter ended in a draw.(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more

Barcelona offer positive Iniesta update

first_imgBarcelona Barcelona offer positive Iniesta update following Umtiti blow Chris Burton Last updated 1 year ago 20:19 12/3/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Andres Iniesta Barcelona Getty Barcelona Barcelona v Celta de Vigo Celta de Vigo Primera División The Liga giants have revealed that a problem which forced their captain off against Celta Vigo is only set to keep him sidelined for one game Barcelona have revealed that Andres Iniesta will only be forced to sit out one game with a calf complaint.The World Cup winning-midfielder was forced off 53 minutes into a La Liga clash with Celta Vigo on Saturday.He was replaced by Denis Suarez, with it clear that the 33-year-old would be unable to see the game out. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player There were fears that he could be joining Samuel Umtiti on the long-term injury list, but Barca have moved to ease those concerns and ruled their skipper out of only one clash.A statement on the club’s official website read: “Medical tests carried out have confirmed that FC Barcelona midfielder Andres Iniesta has muscle fatigue in his left calf and will miss Barca’s next game.”Ernesto Valverde’s side are due to face Portuguese side Sporting in Champions League competition on Tuesday.Iniesta will play no part in that contest, but could come back into contention for a meeting with Villarreal next weekend.Barca will hope to have his vast experience at their disposal, having already seen France international defender Umtiti ruled out of their plans for the foreseeable future.The 24-year-old also picked up a knock against Celta – a game Barca drew 2-2 – with a hamstring problem set to keep him out for up to eight weeks.last_img read more

Chelsea vs Tottenham: TV, stream & preview

first_imgPremier League Chelsea vs Tottenham: TV channel, live stream, squad news & preview Ryan Kelly Last updated 1 year ago 15:00 4/1/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Eden Hazard Chelsea Getty Images Premier League Chelsea v Tottenham Hotspur Tottenham Hotspur Chelsea Stamford Bridge is set for a London derby this Easter weekend with much more than just bragging rights at stake Chelsea can keep the pressure on Tottenham for fourth place when the sides return to Premier League action at Stamford Bridge on Easter Sunday.Antonio Conte’s side have endured a difficult few weeks and a series of poor results has seen them slip five points behind Spurs, with just eight games to go.However, a win for the Blues at home against Mauricio Pochettino’s men would reduce the deficit to just two points and ensure a tense final run in the remaining fixtures. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Despite finding themselves behind the visitors in the table, the hosts arguably hold a small psychological edge having already beaten them 2-1 in the reverse game earlier in the season. Game Chelsea vs Tottenham Date Sunday April 1 Time 16:00 BST / 11:00 ET Stream (US only) fuboTV (7-day free trial) TV Channel & Live Stream In the United States (US), the game can be watched live and on-demand with fuboTV (7-day free trial). New users can sign up for a free seven-day trial of the live sports streaming service, which can be accessed via iOS, Android, Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV, Roku and Apple TV as well as on a web browser. US TV channel Online stream NBCSN / Telemundo fubo TV (7-day free trial) In the United Kingdom (UK), the game can be watched live on TV on Sky Sports Premier League and it can be streamed live online using Sky Go. UK TV channel Online stream Sky Sports Premier League Sky Go Squads & Team News Position Chelsea players Goalkeepers Courtois, Eduardo, Caballero Defenders Rudiger, Alonso, Zappacosta, Luiz, Cahill, Christensen, Azpilicueta, Emerson, Ampadu, Sterling, Chalobah Midfielders Kante, Fabregas, Drinkwater, Barkley, Hazard, Pedro, Bakayoko, Moses, Willian, Scott, Hudson-Odoi Forwards Morata, Giroud Thibaut Courtois is a doubt for the match as he continues to recover from a hamstring injury, while Andreas Christensen could also miss out due to muscle fatigue.David Luiz remains out for the next few weeks, while Ethan Ampadu is out for the rest of the season. The good news for Conte is that Tiemoue Bakayoko is available again.Potential Chelsea starting XI: Caballero; Rudiger, Azpilicueta, Cahill; Alonso, Moses, Kante, Fabregas, Willian, Hazard; Morata. Position Tottenham players Goalkeepers Lloris, Vorm, Gazzaniga Defenders Rose, Trippier, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Sanchez, Foyth, Aurier, Davies, Walker-Peters Midfielders Lamela, Wanyama, Dier, Sissoko, Dembele, Alli, Eriksen, Moura, Winks, Georgiou, Oakley-Boothe Forwards Son, Kane, Llorente, Sterling There have been suggestions that Harry Kane could make a shock return to action, but the England international is unlikely to be rushed back.Toby Alderweireld made a return to action for Belgium during the international break and is likely to rekindle his relationship with Jan Vertonghen at the back.Potential Tottenham starting XI: Lloris; Aurier, Vertonghen, Alderweireld, Davies; Dier, Dembele, Eriksen, Alli, Son; Llorente.Betting & Match Odds Home side Chelsea are deemed favourites to win with dabblebet giving odds of 7/5 on Conte’s men. Tottenham are deemed a 21/10 bet to win and a draw is available at 23/10.Click here to see all of dabblebet’s offers for the game, including goalscoring markets, correct score predictions and more.Match Preview Tiémoué Bakayoko Chelsea Tottenham 08202017The outcome of Sunday’s London derby between Chelsea and Tottenham will have a massive effect in determining which team clinches England’s final Champions League berth.Spurs boast a five-point lead over their west London counterparts and their league form – 12 games unbeaten, nine of which were victories – has ensured that they are firmly in the reckoning for a top-four finish.The reigning champions, on the other hand, have fallen away from their rivals after a dismal spell which has seen them suffer four defeats in their last six league outings, bringing their overall tally of losses in the division this season to an embarrassing eight.However, a win against Spurs would keep their hopes of securing Champions League football alive and could well provide the sense of impetus that they have been sorely lacking in recent months.Spurs’ attack is somewhat dulled in the absence of Kane, meaning that the Blues’ defence have less to fear. Nevertheless, they cannot afford to be complacent against Pochettino’s men, who have shown tremendous resilience despite being without their talisman. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

Fans Of SEC Teams May Not Be Able To Watch Their Team Play This Weekend

first_img Alabama’s trip to South Carolina is on CBS at 3:30 p.m. ET on Saturday. The others could all be in jeopardy for AT&T or DirecTV subscribers.Georgia vs. Arkansas (ESPN2, 12 p.m.)Mississippi State vs. Kansas State (ESPN, 12 p.m.)Tennessee vs. Chattanooga (SECN, 12 p.m.)Ole Miss vs. Southeastern Louisiana (SECN, 4 p.m.)Arkansas vs. Colorado State (SECN, 4 p.m.)Auburn vs. Kent State (ESPN2, 7 p.m.)Kentucky vs. Florida (ESPN, 7 p.m.)Texas A&M vs. Lamar (ESPNU, 7 p.m.)LSU vs. Northwestern State (SECN, 7:30 p.m.)Missouri vs. Southeast Missouri State (SECN, 7:30 p.m.)Other pretty big games including Stanford at UCF are also on ESPN workouts this weekend, though the slate is very SEC heavy.Per Awful Announcing, there has been some confusion over when the Disney deal with AT&T expires. Some have speculated or inferred that it would be at the end of the month, which would make sense, but as we’ve approached this weekend there have been rumblings that it could expire tonight.BREAKING- @raycoletv tells me, barring a last minute agreement, the Disney/AT&T(directv)carriage agreement will expire at midnight Friday. These customers across the nation will not have access to College Gameday or any ESPN gms this weekend if the 2 companies don’t come to terms— Dave Zawilinski (@DavezONAIR) September 10, 2019If true, we’ll find out with just 12 hours to spare before a ton of SEC fans are cut off from seeing their teams play on Saturday.Whether the fault lies with Disney/ESPN, AT&T, or somewhere in between, no one wants to see that happen. The Florida Gators football team walking onto the field.GAINESVILLE, FL – SEPTEMBER 13: The Florida Gators take the field before the game against the Kentucky Wildcats at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium on September 13, 2014 in Gainesville, Florida. (Photo by Rob Foldy/Getty Images)If you get your TV through AT&T or DirecTV, you may be in for a nasty surprise come Saturday. Over the last few days, ESPN has been very vocal, airing concerns that those services, which make up a large chunk of the total cable coverage in the country, could black out ESPN networks ahead of this weekend’s college football games.Now, SEC commissioner Greg Sankey has warned SEC fans about the possibility of missing their teams’ Week 3 games. Anyone who is or knows SEC diehards know this is no laughing matter.Sankey took to Twitter to warn fans about the blackout. 13 of 14 SEC teams are in action this weekend, with Vanderbilt on bye. All but one of them is on an ESPN channel.Attention @SEC fans! If you are a DirecTV, AT&T U-Verse or AT&T TVNow subscriber, you may not be able to view games on @SECNetwork (& other @ESPN and Disney networks) this weekend. Visit https://t.co/j0yzDYpouI for the latest info.— Greg Sankey (@GregSankey) September 13, 2019last_img read more

Extreme Polar Travel: Bucket List Adventures at the Bottom of the Earth

first_img Editors’ Recommendations Witness Antarctica’s 2021 Total Solar Eclipse on an Exclusive Cruise A Pop-Up Hotel Is Coming to the North Pole in 2020 The World’s 12 Most Grueling and Insane Endurance Races These days, getting to Antarctica is a virtual cake-walk — even your granny is probably fit enough to board a polar cruise. But, truly exploring the interior of the lost continent remains almost as difficult today as it was when Scott and Amundsen set out to “conquer” the South Pole in 1911. Several tour companies specializing in polar travel offer bespoke, once-in-a-lifetime journeys to relive the thrill of their adventures if you’re up to the task. Here are three of our favorites.Ski to the South Pole (Adventure Consultants)Every journey on Adventure Consultant’s menu of expeditions targets adventure travelers who feel as though they’ve already “done it all.” The company’s highly specialized itineraries include conquering the Seven Summits, tackling Mount Everest, crossing Greenland, and skiing to the South Pole. The latter — aptly named South Pole – All the Way — is a brutal, 62-day slog that would challenge even the heartiest polar traveler. What it lacks in technical difficulty (previous mountaineering experience is not required), it more than makes up for in sheer distance and environmental challenges. This is literally one of the harshest climates in the world. Travelers start in Punta Arenas, Chile, then hop two flights to the start of the journey. From Hercules Inlet, the 730-mile ski trek to the South Pole begins. There is no support vehicle and no mechanized assistance of any kind — explorers must carry all of their gear and essentials via sledge for the duration. Prices from $72,500 USD.Kite-Ski Ulvetanna in Queen Maud Land (Icetrek Polar Expeditions)For the man who has everything, including nearly $50,000 in disposable income, Icetrek Polar Expeditions offers a once-in-a-lifetime kite-skiing expedition to one of the lost continent’s most spectacular mountain ranges. Beginning in Cape Town, South Africa, expeditioners hop a late-night flight to ALCI Airbase in Antarctica. From there, it’s a full 16 days spent on the ice with up to two full weeks of kite-skiing in the rugged Drygalski Mountains toward the 9,600-foot peak of Ulvetanna (“The Wolf’s Tooth”) in Queen Maud Land. The continent’s dramatic landscape — including intense wind, snow, and a harsh, rocky terrain — provide the perfect backdrop for kite-skiing that’s unlike anywhere else on earth. Per-person rate: €39,950 (approximately $47,000 USD).“Road Trip” to the South Pole (Explorations Company)If all this leg-powered hiking and skiing and kiting seems like too much, well, work, Explorations Company offers something completely different. This November, the company will launch a driving expedition across Antarctica — literally, a “road trip” to the South Pole. After flying in on a rather imposing Russian Ilyushin-76 jet, expeditioners pack into 6×6 Toyota Hiluxes. The fleet of 19 purpose-built trucks is fitted with a specialized, freeze-proof fuel and a wealth of high-tech, cold weather kit thanks to Arctic Trucks (a company which outfitted Prince Harry with the means to reach the South Pole on his 2013 charity trip). The 1,150-mile journey takes ten days, although the unpredictable weather is the deciding factor. This is about as close to luxury camping as one can get given Antarctica’s landscape and climate. A chef prepares meat and carb-heavy meals each day, hot water bottles are available to help warm up sleeping bags, and the mobile camp is well-insulated against the cold. Still, the company insists this is an expedition and a difficult one at that. Per-person rate: $165,000 USD. (But, if you have to ask …) Airbnb Wants to Send You to Antarctica on Sabbatical Why You Should Make Plans to Visit Greenland Nowlast_img read more

Department To Improve Governance and Controls Systems

first_img Finance Minister Peter Christie said the audit provides specific recommendations that will help the department continue to implement the best possible internal systems. The Department of Finance is improving its financial managementpolicies and processes. A project that will help improve internal management systems andreduce risks related to financial and investment transactions waslaunched in response to recommendations of an audit on internalgovernance and controls. The department commissioned Deloitte Touche LLP in early 2004 toreview the policies and processes in three divisions that handlemajor financial transactions for the province: — liability management and treasury services, where financialtransactions are conducted to borrow money and manage theprovince’s debt;– investment management, where investments are made to fund themajor government pension plans; and — capital markets administration, where transactions areprocessed for the above two areas. Deloitte’s final report, Results of an Audit of Governance andControl Framework, was received by the department on Monday, Nov. The executive summary of Deloitte’s report is available on thewebsite at www.gov.ns.ca/finance/ . Copies of the full report areavailable from the department. “We take these recommendations very seriously, and we intend tostart implementing them right away,” Mr. Christie said today,Dec. 1. “Our financial performance has been strong. This projectwill help us enhance the way we manage risk in future.” Compared to previous years, Nova Scotia’s debt servicing costs are now significantly lower and more stable. At the same time,investment performance of the province’s pension plans has beenequal to or better than plans in the rest of Canada. However, the report found that compared to best practices, someof the department’s internal operating procedures and controlsare insufficient. It said more robust governance and controlsystems are needed to minimize the risks associated withfinancial activities. The department will implement the Deloitte recommendations, inthree key areas: A new division will be created to provide day-to-day controls for financial transactions. In industry terms, this is known as a “middle office”; Operating policies and procedures will be formalized or revised, as needed, and communicated among staff to ensure they are effectively used; Governance structures will be amended. Both the debt management committee and the investment advisory committee will see changes in mandate and structure.last_img read more

Moose Draw Deadline Extension

first_imgPotential moose hunters will have an extra five days to get their names into this year’s draw for 345 licences. Natural Resources Minister Brooke Taylor said the new deadline is midnight, Monday, June 5. “We would usually stop taking applications by May 31, but we’ve had fewer applications this year, so we’ll extend the deadline to give hunters every opportunity to get in on the moose hunt this fall,” said Mr. Taylor. “The hunt has been very successful in recent years.” Applicants can call 1-900-565-3337, or mail their application form to Moose Draw, Wildlife Division, 136 Exhibition St., Kentville, N.S., B4N 4E5. There are four separate zones in Nova Scotia where moose hunting is permitted. Hunting permits are distributed among the four zones and hunters must choose a specific zone when applying. Hunters must also select one of three seasons. Winners are notified by mail following the annual moose hunt licence draw, to be held this year at the Inverary Inn Resort in Baddeck, at 10:30 a.m., on Tuesday, June 13. For more information, including eligibility criteria, see the website at www.gov.ns.ca/natr/draws/moosedraw/ .last_img read more

Prince Charles Joanna Lumley And Stephen Fry Celebrate 60 Years Of Samaritans

first_imgThe Prince of Wales spoke this week of the increasing number of people turning to the Samaritans for help in the tough economic climate.Joanna Lumley and Prince CharlesCredit/Copyright: http://www.princeofwales.gov.uk/news-and-diary/the-prince-of-wales-celebrates-60-years-of-the-samaritansHis Royal Highness, the charity’s patron since 1999, spoke at a reception at Clarence House celebrating the organisation’s 60th anniversary and looking to its future role.He said it had “touched so many people’s lives” over six decades and would “need to continue to evolve and meet the technological challenges of providing new services within the online environment”.He told an audience which included actress Joanna Lumley and Stephen Fry: “As I need scarcely tell you, our society is facing tough times and the Samaritans have already seen a significant increase in the demand for their services.“More people die by suicide each year, can you believe this, than in road traffic accidents and in 2011 there were more than 6,000 suicides.“With a further 130,000 attempted suicides that year, this is indeed an issue that we need to tackle and, as their patron, I want to continue to support the Samaritans who are at the forefront of supporting our country to do this.”The Prince spoke of people needing help, ranging from isolated farmers in rural areas to stressed urban workers and young people he had met through his Prince’s Trust organisation.The Samaritans was founded in 1953 by Dr Chad Varah and was the world’s first 24-hour telephone helpline. Its aim is to reduce the number of people committing suicide in the UK, which stood at 6,045 in 2011.The first call was made on 2nd November that year and since then it has expanded from one man and a telephone to an operation with 20,665 volunteers in 201 branches answering more than five million calls for help.His Royal Highness spoke about its increasing use of email and text messaging to contact vulnerable people.Actress and campaigner Ms Lumley, who celebrated her 67th birthday at the event, said it was “up to all of us” to help those in need like the original Good Samaritan in the Bible. “I think that what The Prince was saying was that the number of people so wretched they feel like ending their lives, and then those poor ones who do end their lives, it is absolutely horrifying,” she said.“And knowing that through the Samaritans – if they could have got to the Samaritans – the chances are they could… be talked down from such a position of hopelessness.”Ms Lumley told how she became a “pen pal” of Dr Varah, who died aged 95 in 2007, after he wrote “a letter of admiration” when she was a columnist for The Times. They only met when he was 90. She added that he would have been very proud of the organisation today.Source:PrinceOfWales.gov.uklast_img read more

Qatar Holding has no decision yet on Glencores latest bid for Xstrata

Qatar Holding has no decision yet on Glencore’s latest bid for Xstrata by News Staff Posted Sep 11, 2012 4:03 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email DUBAI, United Arab Emirates – Qatar Holding, a major shareholder of mining group Xstrata, said Tuesday it has made no decision yet on whether to accept Glencore International’s latest offer to salvage a multibillion-dollar merger bid for the Anglo-Swiss company.The brief comments suggest Qatar Holding is at least considering Glencore’s latest offer. The government-run investment firm is Xstrata’s second-largest shareholder. It had pushed for better terms for Xstrata, and its opposition to the original bid threatened to scuttle the entire deal.Glencore, a Swiss commodities trader, said Friday it was raising its bid to 3.05 shares for each Xstrata share, up from its original 2.8 shares offer. It sweetened the offer further Monday by announcing that Xstrata CEO Mick Davis would be the CEO of the new company, but for no more than six months.“QH will make its decision in due course after giving careful consideration to the implications of the proposed management changes, the other elements of the revised proposal and the views of Xstrata’s board,” the Qatari government investment firm said in a brief statement Tuesday. The comments were its first on Glencore’s revised offer.The latest terms are still less than Qatar Holding wanted. It made clear in June that it believed 3.25 Glencore shares for each Xstrata share was a fairer deal.Xstrata’s independent directors have said they are considering Glencore’s offer. They plan to announce by Sept. 24 whether they intend to put the Glencore offer to a shareholder vote.Glencore has hinted that it might abandon the idea of a merger and go for an outright takeover of Xstrata. Under the current terms, Glencore needs the approval of 75 per cent of eligible shareholders. That means Qatar Holding and its allies could still kill the deal.Glencore already owns more than a third of Xstrata. It would only need a simple majority to push through a takeover bid.Qatar Holding is the main investment arm of natural gas-rich OPEC member Qatar’s sovereign wealth fund.The Gulf firm is an increasingly prominent investor in Europe. Its holdings on the continent include extensive London property, the British capital’s Harrods department store, and stakes in Barclays PLC, Credit Suisse Group, Volkswagen AG, London Stock Exchange Group and French luxury conglomerate LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton. read more

UK weather Snow and storms to strike Britain with low temperatures lasting

first_imgA wintry blast of snow, hail and gales is set to hit the UK in the run-up to the May bank holiday weekend, according to forecasters.Temperatures will plummet tomorrow and are expected to remain unseasonably low until the middle of next month.The Met Office is predicting “heavy and wintry” showers and widespread overnight frosts from Tuesday next week, with northern parts of the UK the worst hit. Man walking in snow Eleanor Bell, from The Weather Channel, said an easterly-moving area of low pressure, which is currently over Iceland, “will result a strong cold northerly plunge into north-west Europe in between the high and low pressure and as a result will pull temperatures below normal for the time of year”.”Temperatures will be around 2 to 5 degrees below normal for the time of year over the UK and 4 to 7 degrees below normal for northern mainland Europe,” she said.“A cold northerly flow will affect all areas mid-week with a sharp frost in sheltered areas. Further snow showers will affect northern areas, as well as the east coast and exposed western coastal areas.” However, this brought about an early start to the birch pollen season, which may now be tempered by the drop in temperatures, bringing hope of a respite for hay fever sufferers.The driest and brightest weather is expected to be in the west next week “probably spreading to the rest of the country” by the weekend, according to the Met Office. The gloriously warm start to spring has come to an endCredit:EPA Snow showers will affect northern areas, as well as the east coast and exposed western coastal areasEleanor Bell, The Weather Channelcenter_img The Met Office said the risk of frost will continue into May, but that the early part of the month is likely to be drier than usual.Once the cold temperatures ease, around the middle of the month, temperatures are then predicted to be higher than average. Low pressure will bring a windy end to Sunday in Scotland, then it gets much colder for all next week as arctic air arrives. #WinterReturns pic.twitter.com/ML20XrMLmA— Met Office (@metoffice) April 21, 2017 Conditions are expected to dry out for the three-day break, but temperatures will only rise very gradually.The cold spell follows a gloriously warm early start to the spring, which saw heights of 25C. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

Miracle Gaza baby born to dead mother is said to have died

first_img Source: Ian Pannell/Twitter While there was speculation online that the cause of the baby’s death was a power outage after Israeli forces attacked power plants, this has not been confirmed by the hospital.Doctors had successfully delivered the premature baby after her mother (23) was fatally wounded during an Israeli airstrike.The baby’s survival had been hailed as a miracle by Dr Fadi Al-Khrote, one of the medics who saved the infant.The little girl’s chances of survival were rated at 50/50 by the doctors, according to the BBC.Read: Baby delivered from dead mother in Gaza> Baby girl delivered from her dead mother’s body has died. Shimah was five days old and buried next to her mum. #Gaza pic.twitter.com/LfEBR4AK3T— Ian Pannell (@IanPannell) July 30, 2014center_img Source: BBCTHE BABY GIRL delivered from her deceased mother after an attack in Gaza is said to have died.Ian Pannell, the BBC journalist who originally reported on the baby’s birth, tweeted yesterday that she has since died:last_img read more

First home buyers are in retreat

first_imgFirst-home buyer activity in the housing finance market fell heavily last year. According to Australian Bureau of Statistics figures released yesterday, the number of first-home buyer loans fell from 10,264 in December 2011 to 6,557 in December last year – a 36 per cent fall.As a proportion of total housing finance activity, first-home buyers fell from 21.1 per cent to 14.9 per cent over the same period.This fall has been attributed to changes in first-home owner grant schemes in several states last year, where governments have restricted the grants to the purchase of newly built houses.Source: Banking Day Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img

La Commission européenne va présenter sa feuille de route pour une UE

first_imgLa Commission européenne va présenter sa feuille de route pour une UE plus verteMardi sera présentée la feuille de route mise au point par la commissaire européenne au Climat Connie Hedegaard et ses équipes, afin de transformer en actes les promesses des 27 en matière de réduction de leurs émission de gaz à effet de serre.L’Union européenne s’est engagée à réduire de 80 à 95% ses émissions de GES par rapport aux niveaux de 1999, et ce d’ici à 2050, afin de lutter contre le réchauffement de la planète et le limiter à 2°C comme le préconisent les experts. L’engagement pris, reste à le concrétiser, et ce en suivant un plan élaboré par la Commission européenne. Une feuille de route qui sera présentée demain. “C’est le début d’un travail d’anticipation ambitieux qui représente de gros enjeux et va imposer de faire des grands choix en matière de technologies”, souligne un négociateur européen cité par Romandie.com.À lire aussiNOTOX, quand la planche de surf devient écoloLe plan élaboré par Connie Hedegaard précise les étapes à suivre et les efforts à fournir au cours de la période 2020-2050. Un verdissement des modes de vie et de production européens, qui devrait nécessiter un investissement de quelque 270 milliards d’euros par an. En accord avec le plan d’investissements du commissaire à l’Energie visant à éliminer le pétrole, la feuille de route présentera de nombreuses mesures ayant pour objectif de réduire les émissions de CO2. Une taxe concernant les énergies fossiles devrait notamment être proposée.En outre, c’est sur l’agriculture, le bâtiment et le transport que se concentreront avant tous les efforts. Ces secteurs sont chaque année à l’origine de 60% des émissions de gaz à effet de serre européennes, et s’ils se sont engagés volontairement à réduire ces émissions, la Commission européenne entend leur imposer des objectifs contraignants, et ce dès 2013. Une idée à laquelle se sont toujours fermement opposés les membres de l’UE.Le 7 mars 2011 à 16:08 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Une plante carnivore qui chasse sous le sable

first_imgUne plante carnivore qui chasse sous le sable Publiant ses travaux dans PNAS, une équipe internationale a démontré expérimentalement que certaines plantes du genre Philcoxia piégeaient les invertébrés dissimulés sous le sable pour s’en nourrir : une première dans le monde de la botanique.Des fleurs situées sur des tiges verticales, mais des feuilles situées sur des tiges horizontales à fleur de sable, et surtout des racines trop peu développées, plongeant dans des sols trop pauvres en nutriments (azote, phosphore, potassium…) : comment les espèces du genre Philcoxia, découvert en 2000 avec des espèces comme P. bahiensis, P. minensis et P. goiasensis, peuvent-elles se nourrir ? À lire aussiContemplez en accéléré la fantastique floraison de ces cactusSi la présence, sur les feuilles, de glandes sécrétant une substance collante – où se piègent parfois des vers – suggérait un régime carnivore (comme 0,2 %, seulement, des espèces de plantes), les scientifiques n’avaient jamais pu le démontrer jusqu’alors. Ils continuaient donc à classer les Philcoxia parmi les plantes autotrophes (synthétisant leur propre substance à partir des gaz et des sels minéraux via la photosynthèse, comme la plupart des végétaux).Mais une équipe de chercheurs américains, australiens et brésiliens, qui avaient déjà travaillé sur le sujet en 2007, vient d’avoir le fin mot de l’histoire. Nourrissant des nématodes (vers primitifs) avec des nutriments comportant un marquage isotopique (15N), ils ont tracé ces éléments marqués et ont constaté peu à peu leur présence dans l’organisme des Philcoxia également présentes dans ce milieu : ces végétaux attrapent donc bel et bien, grâce à leurs feuilles collantes situées contre et parfois sous le sable, les nématodes qui y sont enfouis. Les auteurs suggèrent qu’un tel comportement prédateur, passant inaperçu sans une analyse poussée, pourrait être assez largement répandu dans la nature, augmentant le nombre d’espèces de plantes carnivores. Le 16 janvier 2012 à 19:46 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Des chercheurs expliquent pourquoi le renne du Père Noël a le nez

first_imgDes chercheurs expliquent pourquoi le renne du Père Noël a le nez rougeÀ l’occasion des fêtes de fin d’année, des chercheurs hollandais et norvégiens ont publié une étude – décalée – dans le British Medical Journal. Elle se penche sur la physiologie et les performances des rennes qui, dans la tradition, tirent le traineau volant du Père Noël.Si Rudolph – l’un des rennes tirant le traineau du Père Noël, selon une histoire populaire américaine – a le nez rouge, c’est une question de circulation sanguine, selon des scientifiques des Pays-Bas et de Norvège. À l’aide d’un microscope portatif, ces derniers se sont penchés – au propre comme au figuré – sur la muqueuse nasale de deux rennes, ainsi que sur celle de 5 personnes saines et d’une personne atteinte d’une excroissance nasale non cancéreuse.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Les chercheurs ont ainsi découvert que le nez du renne comporte 25% de vaisseaux sanguins de plus que celui de l’homme. Ces minuscules vaisseaux sanguins délivrent en abondance de l’oxygène à l’organisme de l’herbivore, permettant à celui-ci de maintenir la température de son corps, comme l’a montré une image infrarouge d’un renne après l’exercice, y révélant la répartition de la chaleur.”Le nez de Rudolph est rouge car il est richement fourni en globules rouges, comporte une microcirculation très dense, et est anatomiquement et physiologiquement adapté pour permettre au renne de… s’acquitter de sa mission pour le Père Noël”, concluent plaisamment les auteurs qui, par la même occasion, fournissent des détails techniques sur l’attelage magique.Afin de distribuer les cadeaux aux enfants des 100 millions de foyers où cette tradition perdure, le fameux équipage devrait se déplacer à environ 650 miles par seconde (soit un peu plus de 1.000 km/s), et devrait alors être protégé par un bouclier ionique pour éviter d’être vaporisé par les frottements de l’air. À moins d’exploiter des failles dans le continuum espace-temps pour voyager entre les dimensions, précisent encore les scientifiques.Le 18 décembre 2012 à 19:37 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Pochettino expecting tough Fulham test

first_imgAhead of their trip to Fulham on Sunday, Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has spoken of his love for Craven Cottage while cautious of Claudio Ranieri’s side.Pochettino is wary of teams fighting for their survival and Sunday’s trip to Craven Cottage won’t be any different for him.Fulham are in 19th place in the Premier League table and have amassed just 14 points from 22 matches.“I think it one of the best places to play football, I love Craven Cottage,” Pochettino told the club’s website.Kieran trippier, Mauricio Pochettino, Tottenham HotspursTrippier and Pochettino try to clear up a war of words George Patchias – September 13, 2019 The apparent war of words between Kieran Trippier and Mauricio Pochettino is thought to be nothing more than a misunderstanding.Trippier was sold by Tottenham…“It is a fantastic place to play and of course it is a game to enjoy. At the same time, it is going to be very tough because Fulham are playing to survive and need to win – and we need to win too.“We know very well that a team fighting to survive is going to be difficult but we are going to be ready to play and try to win the game.”last_img read more