Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer resumed their battle for the year-end number one ranking with imperious victories to reach the third round of the Shanghai Masters on Wednesday.Top seed Nadal extended his winning streak to 13 matches with a 6-2 6-1 demolition of American Jared Donaldson in the Qi Zhong Stadium before world number two Federer, to the delight of his sizeable Chinese fan club, got the better of Argentina’s Diego Schwartzman 7-6(4) 6-4.Nadal, who leads Federer by 2,370 points going into the home straight of a season in which the two old rivals have shared out the game’s biggest prizes, was unstoppable against Donaldson and needed only 54 minutes to prevail.”It was a very quick match in all aspects,” Nadal, bidding to end a year on top for the fourth time in his career, said.”If the year-end ranking happens, it will be, I think, a very important achievement for me.”With so many years of difference I think it’s something very difficult. But there remains work to do.”He last finished the year as world number one in 2013.Federer shows no sign of giving up the chase but had to battle hard against Schwartzman — letting slip a break in the first set to get dragged into a tiebreak.The 36-year-old Swiss always had an extra shot in his locker though and, having taken the opener, broke serve straight away in the second set to move towards victory.He finished off the contest with his 14th ace, setting up a third round clash against Ukraine’s Alexandr Dolgopolov.advertisement”It was a good win, very happy with my first match,” Federer said. “I knew he was dangerous. I could have closed the first set out earlier but I started the second set very well.”Spaniard Nadal, who like Federer has won the Shanghai title once, will face Italy’s Fabio Fognini next.Eighth seed David Goffin’s hopes of qualifying for the ATP World Tour Finals suffered a blow when he lost 7-6(4) 6-3 to Gilles Simon, while sixth seed Grigor Dimitrov had to save match points on the way to beating Ryan Harrison 3-6 6-3 7-6(6).Seventh seed Pablo Carreno Busta also went out, losing 7-5 7-5 to fellow Spaniard Albert Ramos-Vinolas.
If there has been a game that created waves across all platforms in recent times, then Player Unknowns Battle Ground, which is commonly known to the layman as PUBG, comes across the mind instantly. PUBG has caught the world by storm and is easily the common point of discussion in offices, schools, public places and several other places. The game has even got a dedicated e-sports tournament that draws professional gamers and their fans to the platform, unlike anything. Its mobile version, known as PUBG MOBILE, has also been a huge hit across both iOS and Android, dominating the charts for the majority of 2018. And now, there are numbers to prove how well PUBG has dominated the world.According to a new research by Internet service provider Jana for Quartz, PUBG has been acclaimed as one of the most popular online battle games for this year. The game has not only achieved a share of 61.9 per cent, but has gained significant success over other popular games of the genre such as Epic Games’ Fortnite, Free Fire, Roles of Survival and more. In fact, the much-hyped Fortnite could only achieve an overall share of 8.5 per cent.While PUBG was originally released as an online multiplayer game for consoles late last year, the arrival of the game for smartphone platforms made it reach every nook and cranny of the country. This was especially good for a country like India where mobile gaming has worked way better than PC gaming, primarily due to affordable smartphones and the 4G Internet boom introduced by Reliance Jio. The study found out that approximately 73.4 per cent of PUBG’s traffic comes from smartphones while the PC platform only contributes as little as 5.6 per cent on the whole. PUBG Mobile is only one of the few online multiplayer games that are free to play and has been well optimized for lower-end devices. In fact, Tencent Games has also come up with PUBG MOBILE Lite, which is meant to run on budget smartphones.advertisement And the numbers aren’t restricted to only the share of the traffic, but it’s also the volume that speaks. The research found out that a majority of PUBG players, i.e. 24.3 per cent, spend at least 8 hours on an everyday basis while those who play the game for less than two hours amount to 15.9 per cent. The study also found out that Indians prefer to fight for the “Chicken Dinner” mostly at night. Yes, at least 52.6 per cent of PUBG players prefer to play it at night while a smaller 6.1 per cent of young players also play it during schools. An even smaller yet significant 2.1 per cent play PUBG in offices too.And it’s not only the gameplay, but Indian players make sure they use PUBG in more than just one way. Approximately 46 per cent of the Indian players use the in-game voice chat feature to not only discuss game tactics but also discuss non-PUBG topics at length. A whopping 28 per cent also use the quick chat feature to do the same.However, compared to games of past that only caught attention due to their free-to-play nature, PUBG has led Indian players to spend significantly for in-game items. More than 70 per cent of players have spent up to Rs 370 while a small number have even gone on to spend more than Rs 1,400. Additionally, around 35 per cent of players have been known to spend mostly on new clothing as well as weapons, while spending on crates is slightly lower at around 18 per cent. That said, a major number of the participants haven’t caught on to the PUBG fever yet. Want to know why? Well, the huge download size for the game has led up to 48.9 per cent of the remaining people stay away from the game. 22 per cent have been avoiding the game for higher data requirements while 7.2 per cent believe that the game lags behind in terms of graphical quality.Whether the numbers are important or not depends completely on individual preference, but there’s no doubt that PUBG has become one of the most important elements of the digital world. And the developer makes sure that its followers stay loyal to the game by adding new content frequently. A few months ago, PUBG got the much-awaited night mode and a new smaller map called Sanhok. Over the season of Christmas, PUBG will also get a new snowy map as well as additional bug fixes to further improve the experience.ALSO READ | PUBG’s new snowy Vikendi map goes live on its test servers, new weapon, vehicle to follow suitadvertisement
Manchester City Manchester City set Premier League goalscoring record Ronan Murphy Last updated 1 year ago 01:16 12/24/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Getty Manchester City Premier League Manchester City v AFC Bournemouth AFC Bournemouth The Citizens became the first team in the Premier League era to score over 100 goals in a single year, while also sealing a 17th consecutive win Manchester City have become the first ever team to score 100 Premier League goals in a single year after beating Bournemouth 4-0 at the Etihad Stadium.Two goals from Sergio Aguero and a strike from Raheem Sterling took City to the 100-goal milestone before Danilo added another five minutes from time.Pep Guardiola’s side still have two more league games remaining in 2017, as they face Newcastle United away on Wednesday and then travel to Crystal Palace on New Year’s Eve. 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 City became the first side in 35 years to score 100 goals in a single calendar year, with Liverpool reaching that landmark in 1982 when the Reds performed a miraculous comeback to go from being midtable at Christmas in 1981 to lift the First Division trophy under Bob Paisley.Joe Fagan took charge for the 1982-83 season, and a strong start to the campaign set them up nicely to retain the title.100 – Manchester City have become the first English team to score 100 top-flight league goals in a calendar year since Liverpool in 1982 (106). Superb. pic.twitter.com/FJGpa6u5nw— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) December 23, 2017The 4-0 win also meant Guardiola’s side have now won 17 Premier League games in a row, bettering his record at Barcelona where he won 16 consecutive La Liga games, but is still two short of the personal best recorded with Bayern Munich in the Bundesliga when he managed the Bavarian giants to 19 league wins between October 2013 and March 2014.Over a fifth of City’s goals in 2017 came from one outlet, with Argentina international Sergio Aguero netting 22 times in the league. Gabriel Jesus has had a fantastic start to his career in the Premier League, scoring 15 times, while Raheem Sterling bagged 14 goals during the year.Three of the Citizens’ 101 goals were own goals, while Danilo’s late finish against Bournemouth was his first for the club since his £26.5 million transfer from Real Madrid in July. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
Pairing the English Premier League Soccer Teams with Craft Beers from the United States The Best Documentaries on Netflix Right Now Professional Nomads Show Off How They Renovated an Airstream Editors’ Recommendations Spare Your Palate with the Best Things to Drink While Bowling 25 Vinyl Albums Every Man Should Own New York-based Mitski’s third album, Bury Me at Makeout Creek, has cut through the spring showers to make a stark emotional dent. An affecting performance in the rain at SXSW this year did just that, bringing Rolling Stone to call Mitski the “Best Case of Schizophrenia”, and listening to the stirring progression that is Bury Me at Makeout Creek, it’s easy to understand why. A master of the classic eighties and nineties “quiet-loud” dynamic, Mitski lulls you in with a volatile, dreamy lullaby, only to cascade into deep rips of noise and feeling.The result is an enticing departure from Mitski’s previous work. While studying composition at SUNY Purchase’s music conservatory, she recorded with a full orchestra. And although she’s traded in the intricate string arrangements for guitar and bass, there remains a distinctly orchestral feel to Mitski’s waves of sound, from guttural screams to airy vocal slides and folksy balladeering.Although radically diverse in tone, there’s a unifying thread that ties Bury Me At Makeout Creek together, and that’s a sly but assured pop-punk sensibility. Withheld at times and blatant at others, a studied love of pop-punk sounds informs the in-your-face lyrics, the slow lead-up to a driving guitar riff, and the euphoria and catharsis of its loudest moments. Although at times the sound seems more reminiscent of traditional folk, post-punk, or classic rock, there’s a gentle thread of nineties pop-punk that holds the diverse sounds of Bury Me At Makeout Creek together in one affecting, raw, satisfying package.Bury Me At Makeout Creek has been met with international acclaim for its distinct, arresting sound and profoundly reflective lyrics. The wistfulness and anger intertwined in the lyrics will stay with you long after your first listen, as will the cathartic and catchy bursts that link the album together.Mitski’s Bury Me at Makeout Creek is available now through Amazon, iTunes, and Bandcamp.
A special and well-received highlight of the service was the recitation of the National Pledge and the singing of the National Song, Jamaica Land of Beauty, by 55 third generation children ranging from three to 14 years. Story Highlights Hundreds of Jamaicans and friends of Jamaica gathered at the Methodist Central Hall in Westminster, London, on July 29 for the Jamaica55 Independence Service of Praise and Thanksgiving, hosted by the Jamaican High Commission. Hundreds of Jamaicans and friends of Jamaica gathered at the Methodist Central Hall in Westminster, London, on July 29 for the Jamaica55 Independence Service of Praise and Thanksgiving, hosted by the Jamaican High Commission.In a special message, read by High Commissioner, His Excellency Seth George Ramocan, Prime Minister the Most Hon. Andrew Holness said the 55th anniversary is an opportunity to reflect on the country’s journey over the years and the important contribution of Jamaicans at home and in the Diaspora to the development of the country.“This year, as Jamaica celebrates its milestone 55th anniversary of political Independence, under the theme, ‘Celebrating Jamaicans at Home and Abroad’, it provides us with an opportunity to reflect, as a nation, on our progressive journey over the years, our vision for the years ahead and the important contributions of our people both here at home and in the Diaspora to the development of our beloved island home,” he said.He highlighted that Jamaica has been a powerhouse on the international scene and trailblazer in almost every field, producing internationally recognised Jamaicans in many areas, including music, sports, medicine, culture and academia.He also noted that despite the many challenges over the years, Jamaica has made significant social and economic progress and is now pursuing strategic economic policies to firmly place it on a path of sustainable growth and development.The Prime Minister also conveyed appreciation for the invaluable contribution of the Jamaican Diaspora to the development of the United Kingdom and in raising Jamaica’s profile overseas.In his sermon, Bishop Llewellyn Graham of the Church of God of Prophesy said that Jamaica is well known for many things, including having the fastest man and the oldest person on earth.He also noted that while Jamaica has made much progress since Independence and has produced many outstanding and renowned citizens, there are still challenges to overcome.The service featured a Dance of Praise, readings from the Deputy Lord Mayor of Westminster, Councillor Jan Prendergast, and Commonwealth Scholar, Mr. Gordon Brown.The National Prayer of Thanksgiving was led by Danicka Reid, Miss Jamaica UK 2017, and Mr. Andre Coore, Chevening Scholar. Opera Singer Olive Murray delivered an inspiring rendition, while actress Dona Croll performed Louise “Miss Lou” Bennett’s Jamaica Elevate.A special and well-received highlight of the service was the recitation of the National Pledge and the singing of the National Song, Jamaica Land of Beauty, by 55 third generation children ranging from three to 14 years. In a special message, read by High Commissioner, His Excellency Seth George Ramocan, Prime Minister the Most Hon. Andrew Holness said the 55th anniversary is an opportunity to reflect on the country’s journey over the years and the important contribution of Jamaicans at home and in the Diaspora to the development of the country.
Karen Hollett, a senior legal professional with 25 years of experience, has been appointed chair of Nova Scotia’s Labour Board. Kelly Regan, minister responsible for the Labour Board, announced the appointment today, Dec. 8. Ms. Hollett holds a master of laws in alternative dispute resolution from York University and a bachelor of laws from Dalhousie University. She has previously served as a roster mediator with the Supreme Court of Newfoundland and Labrador and an arbitrator with the Newfoundland and Labrador Labour Relations Agency. She has held several positions with Memorial University in St. John’s including director of faculty relations and general counsel, and served as a labour relations officer with the Newfoundland and Labrador Nurses’ Union. The selection process for the chair was facilitated by Knightsbridge Robertson Surette, which worked with a selection committee of members from the labour and legal communities. The committee provided the minister with a short list of qualified candidates for consideration. Ms. Hollett’s appointment is for five years, effective Jan. 3, 2017. The Nova Scotia Labour Board is an independent tribunal that adjudicates and resolves disputes under provincial labour and employment laws. The board receives between 200 and 250 new matters annually.
TORONTO – Community members are coming together in Parry Sound, Ont., as a persistent nearby wildfire approaches a major highway.The blaze, known as Parry Sound 33, sprung up on July 18. Ontario firefighters have been fighting it with the help of their counterparts from other provinces, as well as the United States and Mexico.While fire crews are working, community members are doing their best to support them.Matthew Derouin, who runs a Sobeys in Parry Sound, said he was contacted by the Ministry of Natural Resources and asked whether he’d be interested in providing food for the firefighters.“We jumped at the opportunity,” said Derouin. “This situation is affecting members of our community, a lot of customers, family members and friends.”Since summer is the peak season for his store, Derouin said he did not have enough hands to help pack the food in boxes and coolers, so he put out a call to the community.“I thought there might be 50 or 60 people who would come to help us, but I ended up with over 200 people who came to volunteer their time,” he said. “It really was a community-driven event.”The boxes and coolers were picked up Saturday morning and transported to the newly established command post in the nearby community of Britt, Ont. From there, they are flown to crews in the field.The fire is now 76 square kilometres, and water bombers are trying to cut it down, said Shayne McCool, a spokesman for the Ministry of Natural Resources. It’s only seven kilometres away from a stretch of the Trans Canada highway, so the ministry and provincial police are monitoring the situation closely, he said.If the smoke is heavy enough, McCool said a portion of the highway could be closed.Derouin said he has already received orders for Sunday and will be continuing to provide food for the firefighters in the upcoming weeks.“I think the seriousness and the severity around this fire is really starting to take shape,” he said. “We did have people here today that are most likely going to lose their buildings and cottages and homes.“We also had people who were not directly affected, but simply wanted to help the best they could.”
The biannual Tunza International Children’s Conference, organized by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) in partnership with the Norwegian NGO Young Agenda 21, and with Bayer AG as one of the main sponsors, began today in Stavanger. One of the largest global children’s conferences in the world, the weeklong gathering brings together children between the ages of 10 and 14 who are engaged in environmental issues, aiming to increase their awareness and equip them with skills to promote environmental projects in their communities. “The 700 children attending the Tunza Conference are a powerful sign of the creativity, energy and dynamism that children are capable of to protect our planet,” said UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner. “We can all learn from them, and we should all take heart in the fact that increasing numbers of children are becoming a force for positive change as we move towards greener lifestyles,” he added.In addition to presenting environmental projects, participants will go on field trips and learn about energy, climate change and fair trade, as well as plant trees in support of UNEP’s Seven Billion Tree Campaign. They will also learn about becoming an eco-journalist, photographing the environment and planning practical environmental projects. This year, in partnership with the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), UNEP will highlight the initiatives of dozens of young activists through “My Story” – a series of short video clips that will be posted at www.unep.org. Among the stories are those of a 13 year old in Australia who is making a documentary called “A Kid’s Guide to Climate Change,” for which he interviewed a local indigenous leader, visited a wind farm and a wave generator, and built a model solar car. Other examples include a 14 year old in India who is campaigning against water waste in his community, a 13 year old in Cameroon who is running clean-up campaigns and tree plantings, and a 13 year old in the United States who has helped organize a recycling drive and collected 100,000 pounds of e-waste. This is the seventh edition of UNEP’s Tunza International Children’s Conference, which has encouraged hundreds of children in recent years to take action on environmental issues. 17 June 2008A young Australian filmmaker and an Indian child combating water waste are among the 700 children from over 100 countries that are sharing their stories on how to create a better, healthier planet at a United Nations environment conference in Norway.
However the Police and National Water Supply and Drainage Board said that the rumours were false. Rumors that poison has been mixed with the water supply is false.There was panic in several towns after rumoours spread that the tap water had been poisoned.
A report by Public Safety Canada paints an unflattering picture of the government’s emergency operations the day a gunman stormed Parliament Hill.The report says senior emergency officials were not in the government operations centre on October 22nd — the centre that co-ordinates emergency responses for the entire federal government.In addition, the centre did not have computer technicians on site, and some employees who were in the locked-down building that houses the centre apparently found themselves without food.Meanwhile, RCMP Commissioner Bob Paulson says the remaining 18 seconds of video that Michael Zehaf Bibeau recorded before his rampage will be released very soon.Bibeau was killed inside the Hall of Honour in Parliament’s Centre Block after shooting Corporal Nathan Cirillo dead as he guarded the National War Memorial.
Some seasons end in championships. Others, losses that make you scratch your head.Some teams show pure dominance in their sport. Others fight just to finish with a winning record.Ohio State sports dabbled in a bit of each of these during the 2013-14 season, as the men’s tennis, men’s lacrosse, pistol and synchronized swimming teams captured at least a share of a conference or National Championship, and redshirt-junior Logan Steiber captured his third-consecutive NCAA wrestling title in addition to senior Joe Totts winning his second individual pistol title.Other squads, like the football, women’s volleyball and men’s basketball teams, all started hot and won at least 12 straight contests to open the season, only to falter down the stretch.Some OSU teams are still battling to the finish off their respective seasons — baseball, softball and men’s and women’s lacrosse, to name a few — but let’s take a moment to look back at the school year that was in OSU athletics. The championsEven though perhaps the most popular sports failed to pick up any championships this past year, other Buckeyes did.The synchronized swimming team won the 2014 U.S. Senior National Championship; the men’s tennis team won its first ever National Team Indoor Title in February and also clinched a share of the Big Ten Title for the ninth straight year. As mentioned before, Steiber won his third consecutive wrestling National Title and the men’s lacrosse team grabbed a share of the regular season ECAC crown after defeating Air Force Saturday, 8-6. The OSU pistol team also snatched its sixth NRA Intercollegiate National Championship March 13. New coachesNumerous programs saw a changing of the guard on their coaching staffs, as men’s hockey coach Steve Rohlik and women’s tennis coach Melissa Schaub shed their interim tags and took over on a full-time basis. Rohlik led the Buckeyes to the conference championship game of the inaugural Big Ten Tournament where the Buckeyes fell to Wisconsin in overtime, and Schaub guided her team to an 18-7 regular season record in preparation for the Big Ten Tournament, which is set to commence Thursday.A pair of other coaches — women’s basketball’s Kevin McGuff and diving’s Justin Sochor — also came to OSU prior to their seasons’ starts. Sochor became the next man in line behind Vince Panzano, who retired after 35 years at the helm and McGuff took over for Jim Foster, who was ‘terminated without cause’ March 19, 2013. McGuff’s Buckeyes finished the season 17-18, but made a run to the Big Ten Tournament’s semifinals before falling to Iowa.The OSU Spirit Squad also has a new head coach in Ben Schreiber, who returns to his alma mater after spending five years at the University of Delaware. Schreiber replaces former head coach Lenee Buchman, who was terminated “for cause” Nov. 25 following a sexual harassment investigation involving former coaches and a former cheerleader. The main revenue sportsIn what some fans could consider a down year, the Buckeye football and men’s basketball programs both started off their respective seasons well, with the football team again going 12-0 and Thad Matta’s team ripping off 15 straight wins themselves as the team ascended as high as No. 3 in the polls.But things quickly went south for the hoops squad, as it struggled to score consistently and only won half of its remaining 20 games to close out the season. The Buckeyes fell to Dayton, 60-59, in the NCAA Tournament’s second round, marking the first time in five seasons the Buckeyes failed to advance to the Sweet Sixteen.“If anything, we’ll look at this and put ourselves in positions of understanding what it takes to win on a consistent basis,” Matta said on his team’s season after the loss to the Flyers. “It’s not just putting on a uniform that says Ohio State, it’s about going out and getting the job done.”It took 739 days for Urban Meyer to experience his first loss as OSU’s football coach — the school officially announced his hire Nov. 29, 2011, and the team ripped off 24 straight wins before losing to Michigan State, 34-24, in the Big Ten Championship Game Dec. 7.After following that loss with another less than a month later — this time to Clemson, 40-35, in the 2014 Discover Orange Bowl Jan. 3 — Meyer wasn’t pleased with how his team finished out the season.“Is this what we expect? No,” Meyer said after the Orange Bowl loss. “We expect top 10 defense at Ohio State, top 10 offense and top 10 special teams, and I don’t believe we accomplished any of those.”OSU Director of Athletics and Vice President Gene Smith said Meyer has got the program in an “outstanding” place, but the team must perform better in the big games.“Every game we have a chance to win, and we were there,” Smith said in an interview with The Lantern Jan. 29. “There’s a lot of teams that wish they had the opportunities to be in those games. We have to perform better when we’re in them, because we don’t want to lose them … I feel good about where we are.”Both programs look to rebound for next season, as Matta brought in two transfers — forward Anthony Lee, from Temple who can play next year and center Trevor Thompson from Virginia Tech, who will sit out the 2014-15 season — to help fill the void. Meyer finalized another top five recruiting class and also added defensive line coach Larry Johnson, from Penn State, and co-defensive coordinator and safeties coach Chris Ash, from Arkansas, to help bolster the unit. The restMultiple teams are knee-deep in their spring seasons — baseball, softball, men’s and women’s lacrosse, men’s and women’s tennis and track and field — but the women’s rowing team and men’s and women’s golf teams are just getting their seasons going. The rowing team captured OSU’s first women’s NCAA team title in June, and is looking to add another title to the list this year. The men’s soccer team finished the year 5-8-4, while the women’s team was 10-7-3, falling to Kentucky in the NCAA Tournament in November.Much like the football and men’s basketball programs, the women’s volleyball team started off well only to falter at the end of the year. After winning their first 14 matches this past season, the team finished 18-14. The men’s team fell to IPFW, 3-0, Saturday in the first round of the MIVA Tournament to end its season 11-16.
Stay on target The Most Addictive Mobile Clicker GamesSimple Geek’s Guide to…Streaming Services You know you’ve been working from home too long when you sing songs to the fridge about how delicious its contents are, and you have to ask yourself if you brushed your teeth today before leaving the house. Yeah, I’ve been self-employed long enough to have very questionable hygiene habits – so much so that I even made this hilarious checklist to consult before leaving the house.The plus side of this whole working for myself thing though is that I’ve developed some pretty keen ways to help me stay productive…because just lying in bed and watching Netflix is way too tempting. Here they are:Be Honest With Yourself About When You Work BestI’m a morning person. I get my best stuff usually done by noon. Come 1 pm or 2 pm I’m not nearly as sharp, so I try to get all the important things done before then. Some people work much better at night, though, and if that’s you, try to finagle a schedule that allows you to do so.Schedule Meetings and Calls for Early in the DayEven if you do your best work at night, the rest of the world doesn’t necessarily run on your schedule. I know, lame right? People often allow themselves to procrastinate if they have some event to look forward to later on like “oh, I’ve got that thing in an hour, I can’t get much done before then.” That’s why scheduling your calls and meetings for earlier in the day is important. It frees up the rest of the day to do the work you need to do without interruptions.Block off Specific Amounts of Time for Specific ProjectsI think Tim Ferriss talks about doing this with regards to answering emails in his book The 4-Hour Workweek, but I don’t know because I haven’t actually read it. The idea though is that you block off certain parts of your day specifically for certain tasks and you do only those. For example, if you’re working on an article you set aside 11:30 am – 1 pm to write it, and you don’t allow yourself to do anything else, including emails during that time. Same goes for answering emails. Give yourself two periods per day where you plan on doing emails. Let’s say 10am-11am and 2pm-3pm. Turn on your out of office responder for the other periods and in it let people know what hours you respond to emails, so they know when you’ll be getting back to them.Write out a to Do Lists and Cross Shit off as You GoThis is especially handy for when you’re feeling overwhelmed. It lets you see actually what you have to do that day and helps you prioritize. Each time you cross something off it feels really damn good. And then once you’ve done them all you can reward yourself with ice cream or weed or clown porn!Do a Few Easy Things First to Get MomentumSometimes it’s hard to just jump straight into work mode. So I like to take care a few easy things right off the bat so that it gets my juices going and I have the momentum to take on the bigger tasks. Just don’t get mired down in the little ones. Knock off a couple then go straight to the most important thing on your list.Take a NapYes really, just don’t be a jerk about it. Nothing hits the reset button on your day like a short 20-30 min nap. You wake up refreshed and ready to be more productive. Make sure to set your alarm so that you don’t sleep for 2 hours though because then you’ll wake up all weird and groggy.Stuart Schuffman, aka Broke-Ass Stuart, is a travel writer, TV host and poet. Follow his weird and wonderful adventures over at BrokeAssStuart.com.
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MIAMI (WSVN) – Police are asking for the public’s help in locating the driver who, they said, struck and killed a man with autism in Miami, Saturday night.Miami Police sent out a flier asking for the public’s help in finding the motorist responsible for hitting Frederick Williams.Investigators said Williams was crossing the street in the area of Northeast Second Avenue and 57th Street when he was struck by a driver, who then fled the scene.If you have any information on this hit and run, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $3,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Following its January acquisition by Advantage Business Media, Vicon Business Media has launched The Evidence Conference, a two-day event geared toward readers of the company’s Forensic Magazine and DFI News.The inaugural conference marks one of the “first big ventures” between Advantage and Vicon, according to Advantage Conference Division’s managing director Patrice Galvin. “I think the philosophy of our parent company and our CEO Rich Reiff has been that face-to-face meetings are becoming more and more important,” says Galvin. “It’s a component we don’t want to overlook and that we want to expand as a company.”The conference—geared toward crime scene investigation, labs and digital and mobile forensic professionals—will be held this October at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in Washington, D.C., with an exhibition floor of 11,000 square feet. Vicon—now a wholly-owned subsidiary of Advantage—hopes to draw 300-500 attendees and plans to make this an annual show, says Galvin. The content represents a combination of 15,000-circulation Forensics Magazine, which covers forensic crime scene investigations and labs, and 23,000-circulation DFI News, which serves digital and mobile forensic professionals. In addition to the newly-launched conference, Galvin says the Advantage acquisition has resulted in an increased digital focus for Vicon, formerly named Vicon Publishing. The company brands have now switched from weekly to daily e-newsletters. At the time of purchase, Advantage CEO Reiff told FOLIO: that he planned to bring Vicon’s digital revenues more in line with Advantage’s, which account for about 44 percent overall. While Reiff declined to offer terms of the deal, he said that Vicon would increase Advantage’s revenue by about 10 percent.
Election CommissionCriticism against the election commission (EC) from almost all quarters, except the incumbents, indicates a greater failure of the constitutional bodies and other institutions to address the grievances of various stakeholders.They say such state institutions, built for ensuring justice, accountability and transparency, have not been functioning properly over the years, losing their integrity to parochial party interests.If the EC fails to build confidence in the political parties and the masses before the all important general elections due on 30 December, the national political crisis, as stakeholders have expressed concern, might be prolonged.Apart from the EC, the National Human Rights Commission, the Anti-Corruption Commission, the Public Service Commission, the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG), and the attorney general’s office are some of the organisations that help maintain the check and balance of a functional democracy.The top posts of such organisations are filled with persons ‘loyal to the ruling camp’, not men of high competence and integrity, the stakeholders said adding that such persons cannot assert their position and instead remain subservient to the regime.“Successive governments have often converted these institutions into almost agents of the ruling party or the coalition,” Transparency International Bangladesh executive director Ifthekharuzzaman told Prothom Alo.He pointed out that the top office bearers of such constitutional bodies are often perceived to have served the purpose of the ruling authorities rather than meeting public interests in any way.The National Human Rights Commission has not taken any effective steps to stop the extrajudicial killing and enforced disappearances – an issue of human rights that has drawn global criticism.Also, the Anti-Corruption Commission is criticised, especially by the opposition parties, for using it as means to harass the political rivals of the incumbents.“No matter whatr we say, the ACC is dictated by the government. It is finding out cases of corruption allegedly committed by the opposition leaders 20 years ago but it cannot see any corruption by the government people,” tax lawyer Aminul Islam said.He added that officials in these institutions often act as if they are ‘family servants’. “Had they functioned properly as an independent entity, the people could have got justice and services.”A non-government college teacher in Khulna, Md Shalahuddin Molla feels that the recruitment process followed by the Public Service Commission should be more transparent, especially allocation marks given in viva voce, to ensure justice and equity.He insisted that the appointment of the PSC chairman and members should be made in accordance with qualifications and integrity of the persons, instead of their allegiance to the ruling party.Ekram Hossain, research fellow at Development Link Foundation, recommended that the office of the Comptroller and Auditor General of Bangladesh as a constitutional body should function smoothly to ensure transparency and accountability of how public money is spent.“But unfortunately, the people even do not know what the functions of the CAG are,” he said adding that the CAG office should make its annual reports public simultaneously submitting it to the president for discussion in parliament.An institution like Dhaka University is not delivering what it is supposed to deliver in terms of quality of education and research, said NGO official Sayedur Rahman.Referring to the allegations of recruitment teachers based on party affiliation, he said the authorities cannot take any decision on the basis of merit and ethics.About how to rebuild these institutions, the TIB’s Ifthekharuzzaman said the government and members of parliament must demonstrate political will to create conducive atmosphere so that they can function without partisan influence and without fear and favour.“The mindset of the officials of these institutions, too, has to be changed,” he said.
“This time of year, we always expect the river to be high, so being able to take the group to Orlando for a few days reaps a lot of benefits,” said associate head coach Sheila Rinozzi. “It breaks up indoor training a bit and allows us to begin doing some on-the-water selection before our next training trip to Oak Ridge for spring break. It also gives us a chance to scrimmage with UCF and Tennessee. Having such a young team, its great anytime we can line up against another crew and race this early in the season.” While off the water, the rowers enhance their strength and endurance by lifting weights and running the ramps and stairs inside Cardinal Stadium. Yet, despite these inventive routines, it is still important for the Cards to accumulate time on the water. “Whenever there’s challenges, you can either be down by them or get excited by them. So, we get excited by them,” said Copeland at the team’s media day in January. “If you’re the grittiest girl you know, come row for us because you might be on the rowing machines for all of April. We’ve got the recruits we want, and they’re resilient and we use it to our advantage.”The Cards will look to ramp up their time on the water before spring break, where the entire team will travel to Oak Ridge, Tenn. for a week of practices that will culminate in the Oak Ridge Cardinal Invitational on March 15-17. Regardless of the challenges brought on by the river, the program has continued to build its reputation in recent years, highlighted by a third-place finish in the varsity eight race at last year’s ACC Championships. For Coach Copeland, the unique conditions have bolstered the team and helped bring in similar rowers who buy into the program. The student-athletes train intensively at the G. Garvin Brown III Rowing Center in downtown Louisville, getting in quality meters on the ergometers, utilizing the indoor rowing tanks to improve technical components of their rowing stroke. The rowers also use sliders, a tool that connects the ergometers together and helps simulate rowing together on the water. “For everyone, the known issue here is the river,” said head coach Derek Copeland. “Luckily, we have the resources to beat through those barriers.” The annual trip to Florida is one of many methods that the Cardinal’s use to combat their lack of time spent on the water. With an often-uncooperative Ohio River and the nearest competition lake located over 30 miles away from campus, the Cards have still been able to field successful crews against more seasoned opponents. The Cardinals raced a varsity eight boat in multiple 1,500m pieces against the Knights and Volunteers. The trip also provided an opportunity for some of the team’s Florida natives to compete in front of their friends and family. LOUISVILLE, Ky. – With the regular season quickly approaching, the University of Louisville rowing team headed south for a weekend training trip in Orlando, Fla. The Cardinals practiced on Thursday and Friday, before scrimmaging against Tennessee and host UCF on Lake Pickett at the UCF Intercollegiate Rowing Center on Saturday. Story Links Print Friendly Version
Barbary macaques. Credit: Wikipedia/Flickr/Karyn Sig Prior research has shown that humans sometimes engage in what is known as positive visual contagion. This is when an individual encounters another individual behaving in a positive way and responds by behaving in a positive way. An example would be a person entering their office in the morning and encountering someone who seems to be in a cheerful mood—just seeing that person being cheerful can have a positive impact on the person seeing it. When the second person then behaves in a positive way and is seen by a third person who is then impacted, the reason for labeling it as a contagion becomes clear. Until now, it has not been known if positive visual contagion occurs with other animals, though there has been some anecdotal evidence suggesting it does—usually for a short time. In this new effort, the researchers report seeing such behavior in Barbary macaques, and that some episodes lasted up to a half-hour. The researchers studied 20 of the female macaques living in a partially free-range park. Because grooming has been shown to be a positive experience, they used it as a measure when conducting their positive visual contagion experiments. They also used more clear cues such as hugging and touching. The researchers also watched for other behaviors such as scratching or yawning—signs of unhappiness or stress. If a macaque stopped performing such an activity upon witnessing something positive, it was counted as an example of positive visual contagion.The researchers report that they witnessed several examples of positive visual contagion between the macaques. When one of the individuals was feeling nervous, for example, they became visibly less agitated when watching others grooming or being groomed. They also made themselves more readily available for such activities. They were also seen to cuddle more and to offer food to others. More information: Observing grooming promotes affiliation in Barbary macaques, Proceedings of the Royal Society B (2018). rspb.royalsocietypublishing.or … .1098/rspb.2018.1964 Explore further Journal information: Proceedings of the Royal Society B Citation: Researchers find positive visual contagion in Barbary macaques (2018, December 12) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-12-positive-visual-contagion-barbary-macaques.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. A pair of researchers at the University of Roehampton has found that captive Barbary macaques are capable of engaging in positive visual contagion—a behavior normally only seen in humans. In their paper published in Proceedings of the Royal Society B, Juliette Berthier and Stuart Semple describe their experiments with Barbary macaques living in a park in the U.K. and what they learned from it. © 2018 Science X Network Positive emotions more contagious than negative ones on Twitter
Top Stories Tenzin Delek was arrested in 2002 in relation to an April 3, 2002, blast in Chengdu city that injured three people. He was sentenced to death on charges of terror and incitement of separatism a few months later. His death sentence was commuted to life in prison in 2005, and later to 20 years’ imprisonment. He continued to maintain his innocence.He was being held in a prison in Dazhu county in Sichuan province, which borders the Tibetan region.A woman from the Public Security Bureau in Dazhu confirmed that Tenzin Delek died Sunday. She refused to identify herself.Students for a Free Tibet said his family members had been informed by police in Chengdu city, the capital of Sichuan province, on Sunday, but were not told how he died.Last year, they had applied for medical parole for him on the grounds that he suffered from a heart condition, high blood pressure, dizzy spells and problems with his legs that had caused him to fall on a number of occasions.Born in 1950 in a Tibetan area of Sichuan, Tenzin Delek stayed in India from 1982 to 1987 to study under the Dalai Lama.During that time, the Dalai Lama recognized Tenzin Delek as a tulku, or a reincarnated lama.In 1987 he returned to China, where he worked to establish monasteries, health clinics, small schools and orphanages, rising in prominence. Human rights groups have said his relationship with Chinese officials took a turn for the worse when he rolled back attempts to clear forests and because of his support for the Dalai Lama, who is considered a separatist by the government.In India, exiled Tibetans marched Monday in New Delhi and in Dharmsala, where the Dalai Lama has lived since fleeing Tibet in 1959, carrying placards reading, “We want justice,” and “Murdered in Prison.”His family called for authorities to release his body.“Tenzin Delek Rinpoche was an innocent monk who suffered over 13 years of unjust imprisonment, torture and abuse in a Chinese prison for simply advocating for the rights and well-being of his people and for expressing his devotion to His Holiness the Dalai Lama,” his India-based cousin, Geshe Nyima, said in a statement released by Students for a Free Tibet.“The Chinese government must immediately release his body so that our family and community may perform the last Buddhist religious rites,” the statement said.___Associated Press writer Ashok Sharma in New Delhi contributed to this report.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. BEIJING (AP) — Tibetan lama Tenzin Delek Rinpoche has died in prison 13 years into serving a sentence for what human rights groups say were false charges that he was involved in a bombing in a public park. He was 65.Relatives were informed of the death Sunday, New York-based Students for a Free Tibet said Monday. Police in Sichuan province in southwestern China confirmed the death but declined to give further details. Sponsored Stories Mesa family survives lightning strike to home Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall 4 ways to protect your company from cyber breaches Comments Share New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies The difference between men and women when it comes to pain Check your body, save your life
Donald Trump Housing Finance Policy The Collingwood Group 2017-01-10 Seth Welborn in Daily Dose, News, Print Features January 10, 2017 751 Views (Editor’s note: This select print feature originally appeared in the January issue of MReport magazine)With a trailblazing real estate mogul entering the Oval Office on January 20, a sharper focus on the U.S. housing delivery system is possible, if not likely. Understandably, housing finance issues received far less attention, if any, than other issues on the tops of minds of voters. However, housing remains a key driver of domestic economic vitality and a focus on housing as a national priority remains crucial.According to the Federal Reserve Second Quarter 2016 Flow of Funds report, the total value of the U.S housing market is $23.5 trillion, comprised of $10.1 trillion in mortgage debt and $13.40 trillion in household equity. Although the numbers are massive, the fact is that the housing finance system has remained in near “crisis mode” for far too long.The broader economy is in modest recovery and the housing market is on firmer footing compared to the period surrounding the presidential transition of 2008, however many significant challenges still face the mortgage market and the delivery of housing (product).The desire to become a homeowner has not waned, but policies enacted over the past few years have made that dream unreachable for many. In spite of historically low mortgage rates, ranging from approximately 5 percent in January of 2009 to less than 4 percent today, and the spectrum of government programs the Administration established in response to the housing crisis, including the highly-publicized Making Home Affordable and Neighborhood Stabilization programs, the homeownership rate fell to 63.5 percent in the third quarter of FY 2016, maintaining a dismal five-decade low.The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (Dodd-Frank Act), designed to rein in financial institutions after the housing collapse has touched every part of the mortgage lending industry, and resulted in a long-term contraction in credit availability. Close to 50 regulatory reforms emanating from Dodd-Frank have focused on the mortgage industry alone. The proposed rules and subsequent regulations cover a wide array of the mortgage lending processes including: the ability to repay, risk retention, escrows, disclosures, homeownership counseling, servicing, appraisals, and loan originator compensation. Additionally, specified capital and liquidity requirements and stress testing has driven corporations like General Electric to sell off its GE Capital real estate financing arm.Excessive enforcement actions, coupled with state and federal regulatory reforms, have discouraged mortgage lenders from making any loans that fall outside of the strict boundaries set by CFPB regulations. In the end, prospective homebuyers, including many who are first-time buyers with perhaps a blemish or two on their credit score, are largely shut out of the mortgage market from this stifling of housing credit.Lenders have also been exposed to increased scrutiny under an obscure 150-year-old law, the False Claims Act (FCA). Between January 2009 and the end of FY 2015, financial institutions paid an unprecedented $5 billion into the federal coffers in connection with settlements relating to federally backed mortgages. Adding the $25 billion National Mortgage Settlement of 2012, the $100 billion lender buyback of “defective” mortgages from the government sponsored enterprises (GSEs) in 2010, and the 2011 commencement of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), mortgage lending got a lot more risky, and a lot less attractive. Compliance costs, such as staff, training, and compliance systems updates associated with the increased regulatory burden imposed by Dodd-Frank have nearly doubled the cost to originate a loan over the last 10 years. These higher costs have disproportionately impacted smaller mortgage lenders.Understandably, the industry remains hyper-focused on originating low risk loans with a difficult to achieve goal of zero underwriting defects. Despite the proliferation of regulations and measures intended to improve the mortgage market with consumer safeguards, the housing market recovery remains sluggish, and too many American workers continue to lose access to the wealth-accumulating tool of homeownership.While I admire the efforts of the current Administration to prevent a complete housing collapse, in particular expansion of the HAMP program, the policies of the last eight years have resulted in historically low homeownership rates, plummeting middle-class wealth, higher rents, and limited access to mortgage credit. Collectively, these policies have left homeownership out of reach for too many Americans and have triggered increased pressure on rents and the rental housing supply.The press and Washington D.C. insiders often limit the concept of housing finance reform to GSE reform, but the needed for change extends far beyond that. A well-functioning housing sector is essential to a strong economy and the security of families and individuals including senior citizens and persons with disabilities.To restore housing to its traditional role as an engine of economic growth and opportunity, the incoming Trump Administration should pursue policies designed to make the path to homeownership possible again for fully-informed prospective buyers who have the ability to carry a mortgage. Furthermore, despite the addition of millions of previously-owned single family homes to the rental stock and an increase in multifamily development, the apartment supply is not even close to meeting the demand.Rental housing faces obstacles of rising rents layered on stagnant household incomes; construction debt not serviceable with “affordable” rents, and the 10 percent increase of affordable rental units being quickly overwhelmed by the 40 percent rise in the number of low-income renters competing for those units.Having served as Federal Housing Commissioner from 2005-2009 including six months into the Obama Administration as a hold-over appointee, I understand the difficulties entailed in shifting the sails to change a decades-old agency’s operational direction. I am encouraged that a real estate developer turned President-elect will take the opportunity to carefully examine and assess the housing finance system, and maybe also review the impact, or lack thereof, that the roughly $150+ billion in federal community development funding has had on inner cities and infrastructure.The contentious and dramatic election is over, it is time to settle down, and as President Franklin Roosevelt said on the eve of his re-election in 1936, “we will keep our sleeves rolled up.” I am hopeful the incoming Trump Administration and a new Congress will work together and take action to expand the path to sustainable homeownership, increase the supply of rental units for Americans with limited means, and continue the recent progress toward ending homelessness, especially for veterans. I have hope, and look forward to seeing a prominent developer, now President-elect, bring the U.S. residential real estate market out of its stupor, all part of making America’s housing great again, for everyone. Federal Reserve, Flow of Funds Q2 2016 and Urban Institute Housing Finance Policy Center Monthly Chartbook, October 2016. U.S. Census Bureau, Quarterly Residential Vacancies and Homeownership Third Quarter 2016, October 2016 U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Public Affairs, December 2015. Joint Center for Housing Studies at Harvard University, The State of the Nation’s Housing 2015, June 2015. Now That a Real-Estate Developer is President-Elect . . . Share