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first_imgDid you blink?  If you’re like most of us, it may feel that way.  How it got to be the fourth quarter with the bulk of the year behind us already (again) is mind boggling – right?  And your planning for next year’s events is in full swing! Remember all those promises and resolutions made WAY back in the beginning of the year?  Yeah. About those.  It’s time to check in. Where are you?  On track? Off track? Trying to find your running shoes?  I get you.Finishing STRONG is a passion of mine. It’s my personal mantra. It’s even the name of one of my Pinterest boards! (Go figure!) It’s about digging in and making the most of every minute now isn’t it?  Not boo-hoo-ing over what’s NOT done or NOT in your control but celebrating where you are and what you can seriously get done with the time left in the year when you’re FOCUSED on what’s in front of you.There it is.  As a leadership expert and keynote speaker, this is the time of year when corporate event clients and Credit Unions are asking me to include some real-world, really actionable ways to help their team members to FINISH STRONG. Sure, they usually mean to help folks re-focus on financial targets and activities that will help people achieve their goals, which is great, and I certainly do.  But for today’s exercise? Let’s do this. Let’s talk about FINISHING STRONG personally as well.  What does THAT look like to you?To me? That’s celebrating physical and mental strength. The kind that excites you to hop out of bed every morning and stay at it. (Even when holiday party invites are flooding in or you’re questioning the decision to try the egg nog.)If you are like me and want to absolutely grab the most from this quarter then tap into these three power strategies to help you feel ah-mazing and focus your attention on what really matters to you:Invest 15 minutes:  I know; I ALWAYS say that.  Why?  Because it WORKS. Each day, invest 15 minutes in YOURSELF.  What that looks like is up to you. Meditation for mental strength. Or a walk after dinner with a loved one for a great exercise/connection combo. 10-minute quick calls with a mentor or team member with a 5 minute “download” to stay close to the goals.  The practice is personal to you, just make sure you are putting YOU on the to-do list every day for 15 minutes. It’s a smart investment for a healthier, happier, more successful you, I promise.Love the way you MOVE:  Exercise.  Ugh-right? I admit, it used to be at the BOTTOM of my list too (and I know some of you out there are thinking – hey – SWEATER weather!) Here’s the trick though: find something you LOVE. Don’t roll your eyes. There is always SOMETHING. For me? I discovered running a few years ago and I’m HOOKED. Then? I caught wind of Barre3 and became addicted. I don’t mind insanely early morning classes or long weekend runs because it’s something I love to do. Find what you love to do that will get your body moving.Make it happen.  Right there. In the calendar. You know the one, with the doctor’s appointments and member meetings and super-important can’t miss stuff?  Put your time down as a solid must-do because the truth is? If you don’t make an appointment with yourself, you are likely to cancel. Need accountability? Hire a coach. I have a running coach and I meet him twice a week. It gets me out of bed in the dark and when I completed in my workout I have no regrets. Look at it this way… YOU are the only YOU that you’ve got. That your family has. Your partner has. Your Credit Union has.  Want to lead a long, full, happy and successful life? Don’t neglect the one person you’re going to spend every moment with:  YOU. Prioritize yourself.That’s it. Three little things.  They might not seem so little initially. They might feel a little out of your comfort level. And honestly? They might feel a little selfish. Let’s clear that up. Self-care? Self-focus?  Self-prioritizing?  Is smart business. It’s the key to being a better parent, team member, partner and person.  When we take care of ourselves we’re better equipped to take care of the rest of our worlds. So what do you say? Ready to FINISH STRONG?Want more ideas on how to finish the last quarter strong, you might like this video and blog. 20SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Neen James Think force of nature. Boundless energy. Timely topics. Laugh out loud fun. Eye opening ideas. Take-aways that ACTUALLY create positive change.  Sound like what YOU’RE looking for? Then Motivational … Web: www.neenjames.com Detailslast_img read more


first_img“How can we increase the ability to solve issues in a more sustainable way,” Rusin said. “It could be a transportation commissioner or a city manager so they serve their roles within that fake city,” she said. The program looks to make sure that today’s students are prepared to solve tomorrow’s problems. “This competition helps us get into the mode of becoming city managers and becoming financial advisers so that when we actually step into cities we’re helping to make them a real place and we’re engaged,” he said. BINGHAMTON (WBNG) — The NASPAA-Batten Simulation Competition has Public Administration and Sustainable Communities students at Binghamton University using fake cities to learn how to solve real life problems. “It’s giving them a real world opportunity to solve problems and see what this is going to look like when they get in the field,” she said. “Students are getting this real world experience so that when they leave our doors they are ready to step into that roll of solving problems across the US,” she said. Saturday’s competition is helping students get into that mindset. center_img “They’ll be working to solve CO2 emmissions issues, weather or not they need more sidewalks or more parking or more parks,” said Cory Rusin, Director of Recruitment and Internship Placement for the program. This involves tackling current modern day problems such as sustainability which is a major objective of Binghamton’s Public Administration program. The students then use their skills to solve problems within their cities, something that students say is critical in order to be prepared for jobs in the real world. As part of the NASPAA-Batten Simulation Competition, the students are broken up into groups and assigned a city. Each student is then assigned a role within that city. “For public administrators to do well we really need to get out there and get engaged and practice doing the work,” said Senegal Alfred Mabry, a masters student in the program. The city with the winning policy proposal will advance to the national competition at one of many sites across the country.last_img read more


first_imgYesterday, in a hole-filled school sports hall in Malinska, the investor of Haludovo, Mr. Abramyan, accompanied by his closest associates, tried to convince the residents of Malinska that he needed a concession, or rather a right, to realize an investment plan focused on their well-being. to the exclusive use of the whole coast in front of Haludovo, in a total length of which a thousand feet.As hard as the position of the owner of Haludovo, Mr. Ara Abramyan, was that the beginning of any investment in Haludovo was necessary and the only precondition to allow him to close a kilometer of Malinska coast, through a closed concession, so firm and unwavering was the position of the other side – local public and local and regional administration that from such his plan, in short and clearly – can not and will not be anything.As the portal reports otok-krk.org, Mayor of Malinska-Dubašnica Robert Anton Kraljić informed the locals that that morning in Zagreb they had a meeting with representatives of the Ministry of State Property, the Ministry of the Sea and the Ministry of Tourism and all gave unreserved support to this local government unit that there is no talk of creating fenced to our tourist places, especially on the maritime domain, it is only possibly possible that, in agreement with the local community, only the possibility of concessioning a smaller part of the coast is discussed. On the other hand, the deputy prefect of PGC Marina Medarić pointed out that the county is responsible for granting concessions on maritime property, but it always does so in agreement with the local government.The presentation of “Novi Haludov” did not impress Malinska at all, who reacted to the presented thumbnails and announcements of the construction of a swimming pool, marina, as many as six 5+ star hotels and a mountain of turbo-exclusive facilities worth 250 to 300 million euros. how the locals will be able to pass through the resort or above it, and for which it is willing to issue passes to the domicile population.Photo: Malinska.hr”Haludovo is still covered by the Detailed Plan, which literally tomorrow allows you to build and reconstruct all its facilities, hotels and fishing village, only if you stop linking the investment to the issue of concession or” closing “the coast, which we will not agree to. pointed out Chief Kraljić.Nedo Pinezić said that at the time of his takeover of Haludov, Abramyan “in the dowry” got functional facilities and a tourist brand that worked well for decades and carried the tourism of Krk, but also Croatia, and the fact that he ruined it in the meantime is the sole fault of the owner or , which is more likely the result of the extremely poor associates and advisers he surrounded himself with, who had obviously given him very poor advice on the Haludos in recent years.Dr. Cerović pointed out to the owner of the hotel town that Valamar, Maistra, Falkensteiner, but also many other successful hotel companies today at the time when he was buying Haludovo, were buying facilities in the same or even worse condition than Haludovo was then. “See where they are today and where you are ”Stated Cerović and noted that those who did what was done with the destroyed Haludov, should not give lectures on tourism to the islanders because they know very well what tourism is.And at the end of it all, the two-hour, at times temperamental and electrified discussion concluded with Abramyan’s abrupt departure from the hall in which, he concluded, he no longer had reason to sit any further.COMMENTThere is no dialogue about the closed concession, and on the other hand the investor did not want to hear about any other investment opportunities, which brings the whole story back to the beginning, and that is that this former tourist pearl still stands in ruins after 18 years.The involvement of the local population as well as open dialogue and discussion should certainly be commended, regardless of the outcome. This is exactly the right direction, because the local population must be involved in all processes of tourist destination development, which is a rarity. Tourism is people, and a tourist destination is not a hotel, but the whole tourist destination. Without the synergy of the entire tourist destination, there is no long-term, sustainable and quality success.Personally, I am absolutely against giving closed concessions and turning closed resorts on our coast. Such a concept is of course in the business interest of every investor and it is legitimate and understandable, because every investor looks at how to get a return on investment as soon as possible and how to make a profit as well as possible. Every investor would like to have a closed concession or their “private” island, there is no better business opportunity, because all spending remains within the resort, you have maximum control, and in return an annual concession fee is paid. However, from the position of the destination and the local community, this is a very bad move because the natural resource and part of the coast are lost, while tourists who come to the destination do not leave the closed complex, and their consumption remains there. Where is tourism, local economy, development, local culture and way of life… Also, such a concept proved to be negative on examples in Turkey, Greece and Spain, both through the aspect of tourist destination development and through the economic aspect of the local community. At least if we look at the bigger picture, sustainability and long-term effect.What is your opinion on granting closed concessions to investors? Get involved in a constructive discussion HERElast_img read more


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first_imgSports minister Vincenzo Spadafora is seeking clarification from the government’s techno-scientific coronavirus commission.Emilia-Romagna, Campania, Lazio and Sardinia have each given the go-ahead for teams in their regions to begin individual training. Those regions contain eight Serie A clubs: Bologna, Sassuolo, Spal, Parma, Napoli, Lazio, Roma and Cagliari.Serie A has been suspended since March 9, when the government ordered a nationwide lockdown.The government announced a week ago that individual athletes can resume training on Monday May 4, while teams can restart May 18.___ May 3, 2020 The Latest: Some Serie A players set to resume practicing Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the new coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Serie A soccer clubs are in limbo with several regions of Italy allowing players to begin practicing on an individual basis at training centers on Monday while the government has set a May 18 return to the practice field for teams.center_img Associated Press More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6last_img read more


first_imgThe Ghana Baseball and Softball Association has confirmed April 26 and 27 international friendly with Nigeria in Tema Park, Accra.In a letter sent to the Nigeria Baseball and Softball Federation signed by the Secretary General of Ghana Baseball and Softball Association, Francis Asare, formally conveyed the message of the game to their Nigeria counterpart.The letter reads, “on behalf of Ghana Baseball and Softball Association, I wish to formally accept and invite you to Accra to engage the senior side of Ghana Baseball team in a two-day friendly match.“The Association is expecting your arrival in Accra on April 25, 2013 and depart on April 28, 2013. The game will be played on April 26 and 27 at the Tema Community 7 Park.”“This is in line with our biennial matches’ agreement for this year.”In a quick reaction to the confirmation letter from Ghana Baseball and Softball Association, the Secretary General of Nigeria Baseball and Softball Federation, Kayode Olaniyan said the match would serve as part of the nation’s long preparations for next year’s World Baseball Classic, adding that with the current aggressive development of baseball going on in the country, Nigeria is ready to once again dominate the game in Africa.last_img read more


first_imgBy John BurtonSANDY HOOK – After being tossed from their school buildings by Super Storm Sandy last year, students and staff of the Marine Academy of Science and Technology are set to move back to their Fort Hancock facility – just in time for the coming school year.“It’s all coming together,” Anthony Schaible, assistant superintendent of the Mon­mouth County Voca­tional School District, said about the extensive renovation and repair project that the district undertook at the school facilities following the devastation last October.This week, equipment and furniture started being delivered; items the staff and faculty were using at the school’s temporary location were already packed and were being hauled to the school’s permanent site.Teachers were getting ready for classes at the school – better known as M.A.S.T. – scheduled to start on Sept. 9.Mike and Matt McCauley from McCauley Construction are working to finish last minute details in the electronics room at the Marine Academy of Science and Technology at Sandy Hook.The school was using 13 concrete structures at the former Nike missile installation at Fort Hancock, located on the northern tip of Gateway National Recreation Area at Sandy Hook. When Sandy ripped through the area, Sandy Hook took a hard hit with dramatic damage to much of the park, its structures and infrastructure. Twelve of the 13 buildings, that the school has been using since 1981, were not structurally damaged but were flooded with anywhere from 9 inches to 3 feet of water, according to Mike McCauley of McCauley Construction who is doing the work on the site.“We lost equipment, supplies, furniture,” Schaible said. Walls and floors on many of the buildings became covered with mold from the flooding.The floors, walls, windows and many of the roofs had to be replaced. Water coming into the buildings meant electrical wiring, heating and cooling systems were all destroyed by corrosion from saltwater, McCauley said.“It all had to be replaced from the top down,” he said. Everything had to be done from scratch.”The work cost between $3 million and $4 million, Schaible said.Even before school officials had a chance to see the damage – it took more than a week after the storm for them to be allowed access to the site – they made the decision to look for another location for the school while considering what the future would hold, Schaible said.Officials struck a deal with the Roman Catholic Diocese of Trenton to use the former St. Joseph’s Elementary School in Keyport. The diocese had closed the school a couple of years earlier.Monmouth County agreed to pay the diocese $30,000 a month for the space, Schaible said.The location was and is still being used by the diocese for religious instruction and bingo and was in very good shape. “It worked pretty well,” Schaible said.M.A.S.T. held classes there for the remainder of the 2012-13 school year.A freshly painted anchor at the entrance to the Marine Academy of Science and Technology.But, there never was any doubt that the school would return to Sandy Hook. “Not going back was never an option,” Schaible said. “We were determined to be back.“The environment of Sandy Hook is conducive to the theme of the school,” he said.M.A.S.T. was the first county-operated career academy and one of a half-dozen it currently runs. M.A.S.T. allows students to focus on a curriculum of marine sciences and technology. The Sandy Hook location lends itself to the school’s and students’ interests. “It’s our laboratory,” Schaible said.Coming back to the location has had an emotional pull for everyone associated with the school, Schaible noted. Teachers and students continually asked last school year about when they would return.The pull was so significant that officials made a point of conducting June’s graduation at Sandy Hook, the assistant superintendent said.Being onsite in the natural environment the park area offered is “part of the M.A.S.T. experience,” Schaible said.last_img read more


first_imgThe Civil Defence Commission (CDC) on Thursday opened another round of consultations for the Disaster Risk Management (DRM) Bill, which is geared at finalising a comprehensive document to target disaster risk management and response in Guyana. The consultations were held at the Pegasus Hotel.Director General of the CDC, Lieutenant Colonel Kester CraigFederico Suarez, Programme Officer/Attaché of the Delegation of the European UnionSome of the participants at the consultationsSpeaking at the consultation, which targeted national and sectoral stakeholders, Director General of the CDC, Lieutenant Colonel Kester Craig, said the consultation would garner inputs on the Bill in a bid to ensure there is a robust and comprehensive document that can deal with effective disaster risk management across the country.“This activity is one of the many that we have to ensure we can get feedback (on). Today we are at a critical juncture in the development and enhancement of our disaster risk management mechanism. It is about 15 years since Guyana experienced its worst disaster, (which had) affected about 66 per cent of our Gross Domestic Product (GDP). Since then, several measures were taken by all stakeholders to further enhance and develop our risk management mechanism. We have developed several plans, policies, framework and guidance which create the basis for the development of our Disaster Risk Management Bill. This bill is a very comprehensive one,” he stated.According to the Department of Public Information (DPI), the CDC is currently receiving technical support in this stride under the 11th European Development Fund (EDF) and Services for the Implementation of External Aid 2018 (SIEA) Framework’s “Sustainable Management of Natural Resources and Resilience” Programme through the European Union.Federico Suarez, Programme Officer/Attaché of the Delegation of the European Union to Guyana and Suriname, and with responsibility for Aruba, Bonaire, Curaçao, Saba and St. Maarten, in his remarks, said the process is a transparent and comprehensive approach to drafting the Bill.“We have been working on this for the last year and a half, so we are happy to have this workshop here today. We appreciate that the stakeholders are here to contribute to this process. The European Union is not only focusing on sea and river defence and coastal management; we are also looking at the legislative agenda. I know this will bring benefit to the people of Guyana,” he said.Legislative Drafting Expert Chris Hedley, addressing stakeholders at the meeting, said that consultations are a key component in developing the legislation, because they provide a different perspective, which would aid in providing a more integrated perspective in the development of the Bill.Last week, the CDC hosted its first public consultation with members of civil and Guyanese society. The CDC is working to have the Bill submitted to the Attorney General’s Chambers by the end of June for formatting, before it is taken to Cabinet.last_img read more


first_imgDonegal North East TD, Pádraig Mac Lochlainn is to seek assurances from the Minister for Transport, Leo Varadkar on the future operation of the Malin Head Coastguard Station.Deputy Padraig MacLochlainnIt follows reports that the station may be reduced to a 12 hour service and renamed.Deputy Joe McHugh assured Donegal Daily yesterday there were no plans to downgrade the station. Sinn Fein’s Deputy Mac Lochlainn said “The people of the North West, particularly those living in coastal communities have repeatedly had to endure speculation about the future of the Malin Head station. This is a world class service that we are very proud of. A service essential to this region. An emergency service that saves lives all year around”.He dded it is disturbing to learn of reports that the station may be reduced to a 12 hour service and renamed.“I am seeking assurance from the Minister for Transport, Leo Varadkar that these reports are untrue and I am further seeking assurance that the staffing numbers required to maintain a 24 hour service are achieved at Malin Head and then maintained.“I have refrained from criticising Minister Varadkar over this matter to date as it has been my opinion that some senior officials in his department have long sought the closure of Malin Head Coastguard and Valentia Coastguard Stations and the centralisation of marine rescue services to Dublin. “However it is now time that this agenda was quashed once and for all and the person to do this can only be the Minister himself”. MacLOCHLAINN SEEKS ASSURANCES ON FUTURE OF MALIN HEAD COASTGUARD was last modified: December 31st, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Deputy Padraig MacLochlainnMalin Head Coastguard stationlast_img read more


first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Russ QuinnDTN Staff ReporterOMAHA (DTN) — Continuous stress is not good for the human body and can affect both physical and emotional well-being. Agricultural-related stress can be caused by many different factors and its symptoms can be manifested in several ways.In a recent webinar titled “Wellness in Tough Times” by University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) Extension Educators Brandy VanDeWalle and Glennis McClure, the pair took a closer look at rural stress and the negative effects it has on rural residents. They also offered tips to dealing with stress and additional resources for those who need it.LOTS OF AG STRESSStress is the human response to any change perceived as a challenge or a threat, according to VanDeWalle.Stress can be good or bad, with good stress called eustress. This can help energize someone for an upcoming task, such as spring planting, while bad stress is called distress and continuous distress is not good, she said.Some people handle stress better than others. Those who are the glass-half-full type of people tend to handle stress better than generally less positive people, she said.Prolonged stress can result in serious physical and emotional problems, VanDeWalle said.McClure said many items can cause stress in agriculture. Weather challenges, crop and livestock production risks, machinery breakdowns, debt loads, volatile markets, multiple-generation farms and ranches, long days with lack of sleep and government regulations can all contribute to ag-related stress.“Two or more of these stresses can cause problems,” McClure said. “And we saw some pretty major weather stress earlier this spring.”McClure said this stress can affect one’s body, mind and actions.When stress lingers for long periods of time, the hormone cortisol is produced by our bodies. The effects of cortisol on the body can be seen with higher levels of blood cholesterol or high blood pressure, which can lead to serious health problems, she said.Under stress, one’s mind cannot concentrate as well and can be prone to displays of anger. Actions can include undereating or overeating, withdrawing from normal activities and use of drugs and alcohol.Everyone reacts to stress differently, McClure said.DEALING WITH AG STRESSVanDeWalle said there are, however, several different ways rural residents can handle stress in agriculture.Among the ways is building gaps into your day to ensure you have time for a mental break and take some time off. VanDeWalle acknowledged those involved in agriculture might not always follow these suggestions, but just getting away even for a few minutes is good for coping with stress.“It could be something as simple as grilling out with friends,” VanDeWalle said.Other ways to deal with stress includes being assertive and learning to say “no” for various events, include time to build on the “feel good” endorphins, visit someone, or maybe even journal to be able to talk through what you are going through, she said.VanDeWalle said she recommends a variety of stress-reducing activities and actions such as eating a well-balanced diet, including breakfast, exercising a half hour a day or every other day, getting enough sleep and accepting that stress is part of life. Other recommendations are to clearly define home and work responsibilities, manage time efficiently, set realistic goals, learn to relax and separate work and family time.Cultivating a productive mindset can help deal with stress, especially in agriculture, McClure said.ASSISTING OTHERSAnother aspect in dealing with stress in agriculture is assisting others in distress, according to McClure. With the extreme weather seen all over the state last month, more people could be dealing with distress than usual.Being able to recognize signs of distress and understanding the warning signs are extremely important, she said.For example, if you think you know people who are in distress, express your concerns and ask them about their situation. This will involve active listening, McClure said. Ask them about their plans, and if you see warning signs, treat suicidal talk or behavior as serious and take immediate action.“Don’t ignore anything when it comes to suicide,” McClure said.Do not leave the person alone — a trip to a local hospital or health facility may be necessary, she emphasized.Someone in extreme stress needs to be dealt with immediately and there are many resources available. These include:National Suicide Prevention Lifeline1-(800)-273-TALK (8255)Nebraska Family Helpline1-(888)-866-8660Nebraska Rural Response Hotline1-(800)-464-0258Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration1-800-985-5990Nebraska Farm Mediation(402) 471-4876http://www.negotiations.nebraska.gov/… University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) Systems of Care Regionshttps://www.unmc.edu/… Confidential Online Mental Health Screeninghttps://www.bryanhealth.com/… In addition “handouts” are available from the UNL webinar and are available at https://go.unl/….Russ Quinn can be reached at [email protected] him on Twitter @RussQuinnDTN(ES/SK)© Copyright 2019 DTN/The Progressive Farmer. All rights reserved.last_img read more