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Secrets of Self-Care | Is Hydration One of Your Daily Priorities?

first_imgWritten by Alicia Cassels, MA, MFLN Military Caregiving Team MemberIs Hydration one of Your Daily Priorities?It would be nearly impossible to overstate the importance of proper hydration in just about everything we do.  The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) identifies water as important in the elimination of bodily waste, mood management and mental clarity (2016).   The American Heart Association identifies proper hydration as critical for heart health and efficient muscle performance.  A study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition has even identified a potential link between proper hydration and weight.Taking the time to nourish our bodies through the drinking of fluids is clearly important.  Yet, taking the time to hydrate can often fall to the bottom of the priority list on days that are hectic, overscheduled or otherwise stressful.  Ironically, it is on these days that paying attention to proper hydration is likely needed most.  The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs offers this advice,“Bodies, particularly when stressed (as caregivers’ bodies often are), require water. Water cleanses, refreshes and also cuts down on the urge to indulge in mindless snacking or overeating for comfort…“. We Are Bodies of WaterThe U.S. Geological Survey, U.S. Department of the Interior (USGS) offers fascinating information from Dr. Jeffrey Utz, Neuroscience, Pediatrics at Allegheny University, indicating that 78% of the body composition of newborn babies is made of water.  The ratio is reduced to 66% by the end of the first year of life and levels off at approximately 60% for adult men and 55% for adult women.The USGS provides a snapshot of more than 10 critical functions water plays in the body; a few of the functions include allowing body cells to grow, reproduce and survive, assisting the brain in the production of neurotransmitters and hormones, and serving as a shock absorber in the spinal cord and brain. To learn more, check out the complete USGS resource. Cited Research and Additional Sources:American Heart Association.  (2014).  Staying Hydrated-Staying Healthy. [Web Article].  Retrieved May 25, 2017, from http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/HealthyLiving/PhysicalActivity/FitnessBasics/Staying-Hydrated—Staying-Healthy_UCM_441180_Article.jsp#.WShG32jys2w).American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.  The role of obesity in the relation between total water intake and urine osmolality in US adults, 2009–2012.Armstrong, l. E. et, al. (2012).  The Journal of Nutrition.  Mild Dehydration Affects Mood in Healthy Young Women.  382-388.Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  (2017). Get the Facts:  Drinking Water and Intake.  [Web Article].  Retrieved May 17, 2017, from https://www.cdc.gov/nutrition/data-statistics/plain-water-the-healthier-choice.htmlCenters for Disease Control and Prevention.  (2016).  Water & Nutrition. [Web Article].  Retrieved May 17, 2017, from https://www.cdc.gov/healthywater/drinking/nutrition/index.htmlGanio, M. S. et, al.  (2011). British Journal of Nutrition.  Mild Dehydration Impairs Cognitive Performance and Mood of Men. 106, 1535–1543.U.S. Department of Veteran’s Affairs National Caregiver Training Program Caregiver Workbook.  Retrieved March 1, 2017, from http://docplayer.net/15786612-Module-1-caregiver-self-care.htmlU.S. Geological Survey.  (2016). The Water in You. [Web Article].  Retrieved May 17, 2017 from (https://water.usgs.gov/edu/propertyyou.html).center_img This MFLN-Military Caregiving concentration blog post was published on August 25, 2017.last_img read more

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Dominant India in driver’s seat, look set for a big win

first_imgSHARE July 24, 2016 A dominant India left a hapless West Indies on the verge of a possible innings defeat at 21 for one in their second innings after being asked to follow-on on the third day of the opening cricket Test, here.After a brilliant display from the willow-wielders, Indian bowlers too joined the party and bundled out West Indies for 243 to take a huge first innings lead of 323 runs.Returning from a one and a half year injury layoff, Mohammad Shami (4-66) and Umesh Yadav (4-41) took four wickets each to wreck the hosts, dismissing them for 243 with 13 overs still remaining in the day. But that was after Shane Dowrich (57 not out, 10 fours) and skipper Jason Holder (36) put on 69 runs for the eighth wicket.India then enforced the follow-on. At stumps the hosts West Indies were placed at 21/1 in 13 overs in their second innings, still trailing by 302 runs after the visitors had finished their first innings at 566 for eight declared.Earlier at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium, Dowrich and Holder looked good in the middle and kept the scoreboard ticking for the duration of their partnership, with the West Indies’ 200-mark coming up in the 81st over and their 50-run stand coming off 80 balls.The new ball was taken thereafter, with R Ashwin (0-43) starting but he soon gave way to Yadav and Shami. Dowrich meanwhile got to his second Test half-century off 75 balls, even as runs started flowing owing to the hardness of the new ball.But it didn’t last long as Yadav finally induced an edge off Holder in the 86th over, caught behind by keeper Wriddhiman Saha. It was his sixth dismissal of the innings and he equalled the Indian record held by both Farokh Engineer and Mahendra Singh Dhoni.Yadav then bowled Carlos Brathwaite (0) off the very first ball, as the burly batsman shouldered arms to an incoming delivery. Amit Mishra (2-43) then ended the resistance and bowled Shannon Gabriel (2).Trailing by 323 runs, the West Indies were asked to follow on, and Ishant Sharma (1-3) managed to remove the in-form Kraigg Brathwaite (2) in the very first over, trapping him LBW. Thereafter, Rajendra Chandrika (9 batting) and Darren Bravo (10 batting) successfully negotiated the remaining overs without further loss. SHARE SHARE EMAIL Published oncenter_img COMMENT COMMENTS cricketlast_img read more

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Liverpool Beat Watford 1-0 in EPL with Can Highlight Goal

first_imgWATFORD, England (AP) — Liverpool improved its bid to secure a Champions League spot by beating Watford 1-0 in a largely forgettable English Premier League match on Monday.Only Emre Can made this one memorable, by meeting a Lucas Leiva cross with a bicycle-kick score in first-half stoppage time.“I have never scored a goal like that, maybe when I was younger. That is the best goal I’ve ever scored,” Can said.“I saw the space and I ran behind and my first thought was that I wanted to head it, then I didn’t think too much.”Click image to see Can’s goal and highlights of the game. Photo: LiverpoolFC Twitter accountLeague rivals Manchester City, Manchester United, and Arsenal dropped points in the race for a top four position, so a win was vital for Liverpool, which has struggled against teams in the bottom half.The Reds moved four points clear of fifth-placed United, though they have played an extra game.“Everything is in our hands,” Can said. “If we win the three (remaining) games we are in the Champions League. We are confident.”The victory came at a cost, as forward Philippe Coutinho lasted less than 10 minutes.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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Had I played patiently, it could have been different: PV Sindhu

first_imgPV Sindhu settled for a silver medal in the Asian Games 2018 in Jakarta after losing the final of Taiwan’s Tai Tzu Ying. Even as Sindhu could not win the gold medal, she became the first Indian to win a silver medal at the Games.Sindhu outplayed for the six straight time by Tai Tzu as the Taiwanese toyed with the Indian star with absolute ease. Tai Tzu glided on the court, decepted Sindhu to perfection and raced to the title in just 34 minutes.In a matter of a little over half an hour, Tzi Tzu had defeated Sindhu 21-13, 21-16.Despite the absolute dominance of Tai Tzu, Sindhu insisted that the Taiwanese is not unbeatable and all they have to is work harder on their skills.ASIAN GAMES 2018 DAY 10 LIVE UPDATES | FULL COVERAGE | MEDALS TALLY”There is not a huge gap. We just have to be prepared and ready, definitely we are going to break that (losing streak). It’s not easy but if we work on our mistakes, we can do it,” Sindhu said.Sindhu denied that she has a mental block when it comes to finals and said she could have done better had she been more patient.”There is no mental block, but sometimes you make mistakes and give her a huge lead. You have to keep going, stick to that. I gave her easy points.”If I had played patiently and kept the shuttle in, it could have been different. It was not easy to take points from her because her defence was also good.”advertisementTai Tzu’s women’s singles victory meant a first singles gold medal in badminton at the Asian Games for Taiwan and en route to that, she outclassed both Sindhu and Saina Nehwal. In fact, Sindhu and compatriot Saina Nehwal have lost 22 matches between them to Tai Tzu.READ – Asian Games 2018: PV Sindhu loses to world No.1 Tai Tzu-ying, gets silverThe last time Sindhu got the better of Tai Tzu was at the Rio Olympics. Asked how different Tai is playing compared to the Rio Games, Sindhu said, “She has improved in her strokes, deception. If we work on those, things might change.”She is a deceptive player. It was not very tough to take those (shots), if you keep the shuttle in, she tends to make mistakes and definitely not very tough to beat.”Saina had yesterday described Tai as a complete player and Sindhu too echoed similar views.”She does not tend to make rallies and has good strokes. Japanese play rallies, Tai is different,” she said.The 23-year-old from Hyderabad has now lost three major finals this year — CWG, World Championship and Asian Games but says she did not feel any pressure before the final.”I felt no pressure. The result is ok but important is to give your 100 per cent and the result showed it. That’s all what I felt. Overall it was good tournament,” Sindhu said.It was Sindhu’s 10th final loss but India chief coach Pullela Gopichand firmly put his weight behind his ward.”At the end of the day, all want gold medal but there is enough to be proud of. We always had sceptics, who will say what they have to. Hopefully we will reverse that,” he said.Talking about the 24-year-old Tai, Gopichand said, “There is deception, power, speed and reach. She has a combination of everything. She is deceptive but she is powerful, she can run. There is endurance. That’s what together, makes her good.”Meanwhile, a Chinese Taipei coach revealed that they do not have any professional set up for badminton back home and players mostly play in their respective clubs. Only when there is a major championship approaching, a national camp is organized.He also said that Tai Tzu was supported by authorities because she was number one player in the world and the country expected an Asian Games gold medal from her.(With PTI inputs)last_img read more

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‘Rashford can match Mbappe and Dembele’

first_imgManchester United Man Utd star Rashford can match Mbappe and Dembele, says Ferdinand Ante Jukic Last updated 2 years ago 15:30 10/11/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Marcus-Rashford-cropped Getty Images Manchester United Marcus Rashford Liverpool v Manchester United Liverpool Premier League According to the former Red Devils defender, the teenage striker is at the right place to become one of football’s brightest stars Rio Ferdinand believes Marcus Rashford is on track to emerge as one of the world’s best footballers, but needs to catch up to his contemporaries.The 19-year-old has five goals in all competitions this season, cementing a starting spot at Manchester United in the process.Red Devils 11/4 to win PL Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina 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. And though Rashford’s performances have earned a nomination for the Golden Boy award, the former Champions League-winning defender believes he must perform at the highest level to be considered an equal to the likes of Ousmane Dembele and Kylian Mbappe.”You have got Dembele who has gone to Barcelona and Mbappe who has gone to PSG,” Ferdinand told The Mirror.  “Would you say Rashford is of the same ilk as them?”I think potentially he is as good as those guys, but they have done it in the Champions League, while he is yet to prove that.”He has to keep proving himself, and there are so many hurdles you have to get over. These young players, we are too quick to say, ‘He can be this or that’.”If he keeps improving, keeps working at his game and stays in love with football, he has got as good a chance as any kid in the game to be a real success and a huge star.”Marcus Rashford Manchester United 2017Jose Mourinho’s side take on rivals Liverpool on Saturday, and Ferdinand was full of praise for the young striker and the way he has developed at Old Trafford ahead of the clash.”He is a great talent and he’s doing well,” “He looks like he’s maturing. He is improving, he is hungry and he is getting opportunities this season.”He is somebody who can be a huge talent for United and England, and he’s at the right place to do that.”He has got the backing of the manager, the backing of the fans and the confidence of the players, and the more I see him, the more he is bringing new things to his game and adding to it.”last_img read more

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Serena Williams has title in reach but Elina Svitolina will apply pressure test

first_imgShare via Email Pinterest Tennis By the end of Serena Williams’ 44-minute 6-1, 6-0 obliteration of China’s Wang Qiang on Tuesday night she seemed unplayable. Wang was competing in her first career grand slam quarter-final but the truth is she was merely a spectator. She hit zero winners and won only four points in the second set. “After playing her, now I can see why she deserves everything she’s achieved,” she said in Chinese afterwards. However, Williams is focused only on achieving more. As she waved to the crowd in celebration, the camera just caught her face as she whispered four ominous words under her breath: “I’m coming for it.”The situation is not new. Since returning from pregnancy 16 months ago Williams has reached three grand slam finals. For anyone else this would be a terrific achievement but in each of her straight-sets defeats – by Angelique Kerber, Naomi Osaka and Simona Halep – she has been unable to find her form under pressure and her performances have been deemed a disaster. “Everyone, even when I’m three months out of pregnancy, they still expect me to win,” she said this week. Share on LinkedIn Share on WhatsApp Support The Guardian Since you’re here… features … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many new organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Share on Pinterest Read more Topics US Open Tennis 2019 Serena Williams US Open tennis Reuse this content Facebook Svitolina arrived at Wimbledon this year in perhaps the worst form of her career, losing seven of her previous eight matches. But with no pressure and a kind draw she quietly moved through to her first grand slam semi-final on her worst surface. It seems to have freed her and this week she has not dropped a set, overcoming difficult opposition in the Cincinnati champion, Madison Keys, and Britain’s Johanna Konta in the last round here.Svitolina has no big weapon, but she does everything quite well. Her return is excellent and her serve is surprisingly effective. Her movement is the base of her game but she can also step in. She will force Williams to hit that extra ball and she will attack when opportunities appear. Svitolina won their last meeting at the 2016 Olympics and she will relish playing against a player who must shoulder most of the pressure and expectations. The onus will be on Williams to stand up to the occasion. Otherwise the pressure will come for her again. Share on Twitter Roger Federer’s talent may be immune to time but his body is not US sports Elina Svitolina has reached her first grand slam semi-final. Photograph: Larry Marano/Shutterstock Share on Facebook This time Williams seems different. The clash against Maria Sharapova forced her to be ready from the beginning and her recovery from a set down to the 17 year-old Caty McNally seemingly prepared her for the trials ahead. She has played cleanly and smartly throughout, the only true scare being a slightly sprained ankle in her fourth-round victory over Petra Martic. It was a reminder of the frailty of her 38 year-old body after an injury-ravaged year.In the semi-final Williams will face the fifth seed, Elina Svitolina, whose career is a prime example of the mental challenge that tennis presents.The 24-year-old has been one of the best players in the world in recent years, winning four Premier 5 titles, ascending to the top three. But every time it came to a grand slam event she would find her powers diminished. Amid all her titles her best results until this summer were three quarter-finals. She has called the biggest events “tricky” because of the pressure, the feeling of a huge target on her back. Share on Messenger Twitter last_img read more

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Walcott agrees £20m transfer to Everton

first_imgTransfers Walcott agrees £20 million transfer to Everton Chris Wheatley Arsenal correspondent Last updated 1 year ago 19:40 1/16/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(7) Theo Walcott Arsenal 2017 Getty Images Transfers Everton Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang A. Sánchez Premier League Manchester United Borussia Dortmund Bordeaux West Bromwich Albion Arsenal The Gunners have sanctioned a move for the England winger ahead of a busy few days in the January transfer window Arsenal winger Theo Walcott is on the verge of signing for Everton for a fee of £20m, Goal understands.The Gunners’ longest-serving player has scored 108 goals for the club but has found game time difficult to come by this season in a year when he is desperate to be included in Gareth Southgate’s England squad for the World Cup in Russia.Everton offered the most attractive financial package to Walcott amid interest from fellow Premier League side West Ham, and is due to undergo a medical on Tuesday afternoon and could be included in Sam Allardyce’s squad for Saturday’s Premier League game at home to West Brom.The proceeds from the 28-year-old’s sale, which could rise to £25m with add-ons, will go towards Arsenal’s efforts to sign Brazilian winger Malcom from Bordeaux with further meetings scheduled with the players representatives this week.Alexis Sanchez Henrikh MkhitaryanMeanwhile, Arsenal will not sanction the sale of Alexis Sanchez to Manchester United until they have agreed to sign Henrikh Mkhitaryan as a replacement.Arsenal’s pursuit of Mkhitaryan hinges on whether the attacker is paid off by United due to his contract running for another two years, Goal understands.Arsene Wenger’s side will look to replace the Chilean with Borussia Dortmund star Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who has told the Bundesliga giants that he wants to leave the club this month.It remains unlikely that Arsenal will sign all three of Aubameyang, Malcom and Mkhitaryan in January and Goal understands that the main issues over the latter’s decision to move to the Emirates Stadium revolve around both sporting and financial reasons.last_img read more

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Wise Men’s Grooming Is Doing Things Differently, and Better

first_img The Barbershop Renaissance and Men’s Grooming Revolution, According to Fellow Barber’s Sam Buffa Get Acquainted With the Military-Approved Skincare Brand Bravo Sierra Sprint Through Airport Security With These TSA-Approved Men’s Grooming Kits The seed that sprouted the idea for Wise men’s grooming line came from none other than the barber’s chair. The Montreal-based, all-natural and eco-friendly hair product line caters to a new generation of conscious consumers, much like that of the founders, who sought to create products that fit their own lifestyles.Too many products on the cluttered grooming market are made with unhealthy and polluting ingredients. Many of them are still effective, sure, but it’s easy to turn a blind eye to the fact that we don’t necessarily know what goes into these formulas. Wise men’s grooming chose a different route, looking at grooming products much like the local co-op does with the food on offer — natural, healthy, and thoughtful.Wise’s high-quality products are not only designed for style and health, they’re also made with a low environmental impact, from their reusable packaging to their therapeutic, locally-sourced ingredients. Each product in the Wise men’s grooming line features a star Canadian ingredient, whether it’s sea kelp or organic glacial marine clay. Each ingredient offers its own health benefits that effectively bridges the balance between our fast urban lifestyles and our deep connection with nature. All of their products are available in reusable and refillable dual packaging system, which has helped lower Wise’s environmental impact tremendously — and is the first of its kind in the men’s grooming world. The line is offered in sleek reusable glass containers, or you can opt for the recyclable refill pouches, which use about 80 percent less plastic than the typical shampoo containers you find on the shelves today.Rumor has it that Wise men’s grooming plans on having an entire skin and body care line by Christmas or early 2019. Until then, see what their hair line has to offer below.Birch Bark Shampoo – $20 CADThis unique formula of essential oils provides for a less foamy (and therefore less of an oil stripping) shampoo scenario, while also offering both aromatherapy and an exceptional cleansing experience. Birch Bark is known for its high potency of strengthening vitamin C and antioxidants, and this shampoo is teaming with other oils such as eucalyptus extract, keratin, cedarwood, clary sage, rosemary and geranium leaf.See ItRed Maple Cream Pomade – $32 CADThis cream pomade boasts a body that’s great for all hair types searching for a medium-to-strong hold and light shine. The Red Maple Bark extract provides collagen and elastin-boosting properties, while clary sage and balsam fir oils give off a woodsy, Canadian wilderness scent. The formula is reinforced by shea butter, cacao butter, coconut oil, birch sap, beeswax, laurel leaf oil, and tobacco oil.See ItGlacier Clay Pomade – $32 CADIf you’re looking for a natural hold and matte finish, then clay is the way. This pomade is made with hand-picked organic glacial marine clay from northern British Columbia, an ingredient rife with an abundance of beneficial minerals. Not only does this pomade help style your hair, it also promotes healthy hair by nourishing and moisturizing your hair throughout the day. It also has a fresh earthy smell that’s pleasing to the nostrils.See ItThey offer some sweet bundles, too. The Introductory Bundle ($60 CAD) includes their fortifying Birch Bark shampoo in a refill pouch and Glacier Clay pomade; the Essentials Bundle ($95 CAD) features the shampoo pouch, the pomade in both a reusable glass container and the refill tube, as well as a sleek Neem Wood comb; then they have a Dopp Kit Bundle ($165 CAD) which houses all of the above in a beautiful cotton canvas and organic wool felt Dopp bag.Interested in more natural grooming products? We’ve got a whole slew of them right here for you. Editors’ Recommendations 10 Best Beard Balms: The Secret to a Tamed and Tangle-Free Beard How to Shave With a Straight Razorlast_img read more

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Mulcair confident of warm reception on first visit to Albertas oilsands

Mulcair confident of warm reception on first visit to Alberta’s oilsands AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Joan Bryden, The Canadian Press Posted May 30, 2012 7:35 pm MDT OTTAWA – Tom Mulcair is heading to Alberta for his first tour of the oilsands, confident he can dispel perceptions that he’s anti-development and anti-western Canada.But even before the NDP leader left Ottawa for Thursday’s tour, his political rivals were stoking fears that he’d shut down the engine of Canada’s economy and throw thousands out of work.Mulcair has earned condemnation by western premiers with his view that the booming oilsands have artificially boosted the value of the dollar, hurting other sectors of the economy — a phenomenon known as Dutch disease.He won support Wednesday for his thesis from a study produced by the Alberta-based Pembina Institute. It concluded that Canada is suffering from a unique strain of Dutch disease, dubbed “oilsands fever,” the benefits of which are unevenly shared across the country and could lead to economic turmoil down the road.But another report, by the Ottawa-based Macdonald-Laurier Institute, countered that the cross-country benefits of the West’s energy resources far outweigh any ill-effects caused by the higher loonie.Shortly before leaving for Alberta, Mulcair shrugged off suggestions he was about to enter the lion’s den. He insisted there’s “almost unanimous” support across Canada, including in Alberta, for his vision of environmentally sustainable development in which polluters pay the costs of cleaning up their messes.“So, I think a lot of us are actually on the same page,” he said.Indeed, Mulcair suggested his views are in sync with those of Alberta Premier Alison Redford, who is advocating a national energy strategy.“This whole discussion is about breaking the boom-and-bust cycle, having sustainable development, looking at the environmental, economic and social aspects of the equation, coming up with a pan-Canadian vision. There are people in the West who believe in that as well.”Mulcair acknowledged he’s got some work to do to clear up some of the distortions that political rivals have been spreading about his position, such as that he’s anti-western Canada.“One of the things that we’ve been dealing with is the straw man that was set up by some of our adversaries, which was relatively easy to knock down,” he said.He reiterated that his polluter-pay principle does not single out the West but would apply to the development of all natural resources right across the country, from logging in British Columbia to shale gas exploration in New Brunswick to the fisheries in Newfoundland and Labrador.Mulcair has said it would be “senseless” to stop development of the oilsands. But that didn’t stop Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver from accusing him of wanting to do precisely that.“If he approaches the visit (to the oilsands) with an open mind, he will be mugged by reality, the reality of the importance of the vast resource to jobs, growth and government revenues, the reality … of how every region of the country benefits, including aboriginal communities,” Oliver said.“Unfortunately, Thomas Mulcair has been clear that he does not support the oilsands, that he does want to shut them down, killing hundreds of thousands of jobs. … He can visit the oilsands but let’s be clear that his real agenda is to impose a crushing new carbon tax, shut down the oilsands and kill hundreds of thousands of jobs.”As proof, Oliver pointed to a 2008 book by Andrew Nikiforuk, entitled Tar Sands: Dirty Oil and the Future of a Continent. Mulcair wrote a foreword to the book, which Oliver took as an endorsement of author’s call for phasing out oilsands production by 2030 and imposing what Oliver dubbed a “crushing” new carbon tax.During last fall and winter’s leadership contest and since claiming the NDP leadership in March, Mulcair has repeatedly said he doesn’t support shutting down the oilsands or a carbon tax. He does advocate putting a price on carbon through implementation of a cap-and-trade system, which the Harper government itself supported at one time.But Oliver doubted Mulcair has genuinely changed his tune, suggesting he is just trying to accomplish Nikiforuk’s goals by “stealth.”Oliver’s views were echoed by interim Liberal Leader Bob Rae, who tried to position his party as taking a moderate “reasoned” position between the polar extremes offered by the Conservatives and NDP.“I think we’re seeing a kind of rhetorical drawing of lines in the oilsands, if you like, which I don’t think is very constructive,” Rae said.He added that Liberals favour sustainable development of the oilsands and putting “a proper price” on carbon — much as Mulcair is advocating.“I think the biggest mistake we can make is say that it’s an either-or situation. The government says it’s development or else and the NDP says shut it down or else because it’s not sustainable. Our answer is let’s have development that’s sustainable,” Rae said.He also took Mulcair to task for having dismissed western premiers earlier this month as “messengers” for Prime Minister Stephen Harper.“I think that’s a lousy way to begin the discussion.”Some union leaders, however, defended Mulcair Wednesday, saying Albertans should be thanking him for igniting a long overdue debate about the pace of development in the oilsands.“Every time anyone, whether it’s here in Alberta or across the country, raises questions about the approach the Alberta government and oil companies are taking in developing the oilsands, they’re shouted down. They’re demonized. They’re dismissed,” said Gil McGowan, the head of the Alberta Federation of Labour.“We’ve had the ghost of the national energy program thrown in our face.”Mulcair is not scheduled to meet with Redford during his Alberta trip. She is to be out of the province Thursday. However, he will meet with her deputy premier and the mayor of Fort McMurray.— With files from Steve Rennie read more

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FROM THE FIELD Rwandas Green Villages benefit poorest

UNDP Rwanda/Gabrielle TillbergThe “Green Village” concept, a Rwandan government initiative which is supported by the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and UN Environment (UNEP) aims to tackle the African country’s growing natural resource challenges – including deforestation, soil erosion, access to water and unsustainable land use. It also ensures that the poorest Rwandans have access to homes, schools, water, gas and electricity.Rwanda’s impressive 8 per cent economic growth-rate in the first 14 years of the new millennium, has helped to boost recovery in the aftermath of the 1994 genocide, however 40 percent of the population still lives in poverty.People living in the Green Villages, which are located in the most disadvantaged rural areas, are provided with rain water collectors, improved sanitation, biogas facilities as well as one free cow per family.Visit Kabeza, one of Rwanda’s 44 Green Villages here. read more

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70 years later Struggles of Enmore Martyrs remain relevant today

The five Enmore Martyrs – Rambarran, Lall called Pooran, Lallabagie Kissoon, Surujballi called Dookie and Harry – who lost their lives 70 years ago fighting for their rights and the rights of others were on Saturday paid homage.Deemed heroes, the five lost their lives while on strike at Plantation Enmore, East Coast Demerara, June 16, 1948.Struggles remain relevantOn the occasion, the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) emphasized on the profound relevance of the incident today.The party outlined that in 1948, having being strangled by social and economic hardships, the burdensome “cut and load” cane harvesting system and being deprived from having a union of choice to represent them, sugar workers were forced to mount protest actions after their fair demands were continually being ignored by the sugar producers.According to the PPP, seventy years after the Enmore shooting, “thousands of sugar workers have been coldheartedly fired and plunged into economic despair through the politically motivated closure of estates by the APNU/AFC government ravaging the sugar belt and the national economy in the process.”“Tens of thousands of others, who indirectly depended upon these estates for their livelihoods, have also been severely affected as many local economies were decimated by the government’s uncaring action.”“Guyanese are once again confronted by a burgeoning dictatorship under the APNU/AFC government which, through its visionless and inept leadership, is strangling our people through harsh and unjustified economic policies. With innumerable taxes, within the three years of its administration thus far, Guyanese have seen a derailing of progress, their standards of living plummet, continually steep rise in cost of living and opportunities for advancement dwindled” the Party said. “In addition, they continue to witness encroachment on their freedoms, growing societal fears through spiraling crime and oppressive policies, massive corruption, discrimination, rising unemployment and blatant disregard for constitutional processes.”Also paying homage was Minister of Social Cohesion Dr George Norton, Minister of Public Security Khemraj Ramjattan, Minister within the Ministry of Finance, Jaipaul Sharma, representatives from the Guyana Trade Union Council (GTUC), the Guyana Agricultural and General Workers Union (GAWU) and relatives of the slain sugar workers.Minister Norton said the wreath-laying ceremony should be a time to reflect and honour the sacrifices of the fallen sugar workers who paid the ultimate price so that hundreds of others could be heard.“We all involved in the effort to improve the conditions of not only the sugar workers but workers in general and I call upon all of us to make full use of the conditions that are put in place by this administration to capitalise and work towards the benefit of all” the Minister stated.GTUC Organising Secretary Leslie Gonsalves said that while it is good to reflect on what happened 70 years ago, it is important to ensure that it never occurs again.“I call on trade union movement, I call on the department of labour, I call on every conscious worker within the length and breadth of this country to ensure that your rights as a worker, are being represented,” he stated.GAWU’s Executive Committee member Gordon Thomas in his address posited, among other things, that he was perturbed that the Federation of Independent Trade Unions of Guyana (FITUG) “has not been allowed” to participate in Saturday’s events.Addressing the recent downsizing of the sugar industry by the incumbent Administration, Thomas said “We also cannot fail to recognize that at this time, as we reflect on the Enmore Martyrs and their lasting legacy, our observances are overshadowed by the fact that there is no operable Enmore Estate; this is indeed a disturbing and distinguishing feature of this year’s anniversary.“Comrade Chairman, for the sugar workers the many promises that life will be better has been dashed and today, thousands of Guyanese who were depended on the operation of Enmore, Skeldon, Rose Hall and Wales Estate live in difficult economic conditions. They face the real challenges of having adequate meals; to send their children to school; to pay their bills, and to confront the harsh realities of life. What is worst, Comrade Chairman, is that this need not have occurred. There are solutions to the challenges of sugar but they were ignored, and today we see the sad consequences of not going in the right direction” Thomas expounded.He also touched on what he said was the plight facing working-people generally, with the increase in taxes, higher fuel prices and the rising coasts in medical care, among others.Dr Jagan’s roleThe PPP, as well as GAWU spoke extensively on the role that Dr Cheddi Jagan played in improving conditions for the working class.It was outlined that Dr Jagan was deeply affected by the Enmore Martyrs tragedy.“On that unforgettable day of their funerals, he silently pledged to dedicate his life to the cause of the Guyanese people and to free them from bondage and exploitation” said the PPP.According to GAWU, on the centennial anniversary of Dr Jagan’s birth, “we cannot fail to take into account and reflect on his and his comrades monumental role in ensuring a vastly better and improving conditions for the working class and their families. The Enmore Massacre indeed served, in a significant way, as an awakening call for the masses. It heightened their consciousness and steeled them in their resolve to demand freedom.”“The sustained struggle saw Guyana attaining independence eighteen (18) years after the Martyrs massacre and Guyanese being the owners of the sugar industry ten (10) years after our independence. Comrade Chairman, indeed the Enmore Martyrs sacrifice was not in vain. It was sacrifice that bore so many achievements and it is an incident that serves as a stark reminder of the wretched system of the plantocracy and colonialism.”June 16, 1948, also served as a catalyst for change that resulted in statutory recognition of all trade unions, in collective bargaining for better wages and benefits with employers, and a broad menu of labour laws that regulate wages, holidays with pay, termination of employment, old age pension, national insurance and social benefits.According to the PPP, the “struggle of the sugar workers seventy years ago and that of the late Dr Cheddi Jagan have not only become more relevant in the current circumstances in our country, but have intensified for a better life for all.” Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedPPP pays tribute to Enmore Martyrs – Party recommits to defending rights of sugar workersJune 15, 2016In “latest news”EYEWITNESS: Martyrs…June 16, 2017In “EYEWITNESS”“GuySuCo is a headless chicken without a Board of Directors” – GAWU’s Komal ChandJune 17, 2014In “Politics” read more

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Play Fallout 76 Nuclear Winter Battle Royale as Long as You Like

first_imgStay on target Fallout 76’s Bags Are Broken, TooToy Tuesday: The Most Radioactive ‘Fallout’ Toys Now that the whole bootleg bags situation is taken care of, Bethesda can get back to fixing everything else wrong with Fallout 76, the multiplayer spin-off of its famous RPG franchise that’s somehow too broken even for its post-apocalyptic setting. And at E3 we learned more about some of the later updates planned to bring the game up to the standard it should’ve been at all long.However, one update players were able to try out right away was Nuclear Winter. This battle royale mode (because of course it is) challenges players to be the last vault dweller left standing. There can only be one overseer. Who has time to ponder the ethics of using “awesome” nuclear weapons to blow away your opponents when there are chicken dinners to win.Initially, Nuclear Winter was only announced as a week-long free beta. What better way to make fans at home feel like a part of the E3 atmosphere. However, Bethesda is now extending the beta into the indefinite future. Maybe because a game this rough actually needs more time to study player data to make improvements. Or maybe players actually really like it and Bethesda doesn’t want to arbitrarily kill the best thing Fallout 76 has going for it. But regardless you can now play Nuclear Winter as long as you like as it gets updated.So will Nuclear Winter dethrone PUBG or Apex Legends or Fortnite as anyone’s battle royale of choice. No. In the past the Fallout #brand could’ve carried the game a long way but we can’t imagine the bad vibes coming off of 76 are going away anytime soon. Still, hopefully the game finds an audience. An indefinite beta should help.For more on Fallout check out these Fallout toys and scratch your head wondering why Fallout Shelter is coming to Tesla cars of all things.last_img read more

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Washougal dog park to reopen briefly

first_imgWashougal will soon have a dog park once again.Unfortunately, it might only be for four months.The Dog Owners Group for Park Access in Washington, known as DOGPAW, put an announcement on Facebook on Tuesday that the Stevenson Off Leash Dog Park will reopen Monday and remain open through April 28.The park, at 2801 Addy St., closed on Nov. 1, and the city has been without a dog park since.The park opened in 2010 on land owned by the Stevenson family. They sold about 15 acres, including the park, to East Village Investors, a limited liability corporation run by Lone Wolf Investments, for $7.08 million in 2012.Wes Hickey, owner of Lone Wolf, said the two sides had some discussions in recent weeks to reopen the park temporarily, even though his company has plans to redevelop that plot of land in the future. Hickey said he’s still looking at different ideas and multi-use plans for that area.“We’ll probably start some preliminary geotech engineering work after DOGPAW moves off in the end of April,” he said.In the meantime, the city and DOGPAW are back to a familiar place: trying to find a more permanent location for the park.“It is an ongoing search,” Suzanne Grover, Washougal’s parks, cemetery and facilities manager, said. “Right now, we’re hoping a private land owner would be willing to partner with us. We’ve exhausted the large parcels that are around town in a central location that would be beneficial for a dog park. We could maybe go smaller scale and utilize some smaller parcels in the city so that there are little micro dog parks here and there.”Since the Stevenson park closed, Grover has heard of an increase in off-leash dogs running around other parks, which is not allowed in Washougal.last_img read more

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Hazard is better than Ronaldo – Rudiger

first_imgThe only player better than Eden Hazard is Barcelona ace Lionel Messi, claims Chelsea teammate Antonio RudigerThe 27-year-old winger has carried over his strong form with Belgium at this summer’s World Cup to Chelsea in their opening games of the 2018/19 season.Hazard has contributed four goals in as many Premier League games.But, despite his consistent displays for Chelsea over the years, Hazard has been consistently overlooked for the Ballon d’Or award by both Messi and Ronaldo.Although Rudiger now believes that Hazard has surpassed the latter in terms of all-round game.Cristiano Ronaldo, Nemanja Vidic, Manchester UnitedVidic: “Ronaldo is the most professional footballer I’ve seen” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Nemanja Vidic opened up on how a 21-year-old Cristiano Ronaldo’s professionalism left him stunned at Manchester United.Asked about Kylian Mbappe following Germany’s goalless draw with France last week, Rudiger said on the Daily Mail: “He is unbelievably fast, really good.“To stop him, you have to do it as a team, because alone … good luck! But for me, the best in the world is Messi, then Hazard.”Hazard will be hoping that his strong displays this year will enable him to end Messi and Ronaldo’s decade-long dominance of the Ballon d’Or award.The Belgium captain had been linked as a possible replacement for Ronaldo at Real Madrid this summer before Mariano Diaz was signed from Lyon.last_img read more

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TCI Port Authority Commences Port Lighting Project

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaicos, February 9, 2018 – Providenciales – Premier Hon. Sharlene Cartwright Robinson and Minister of Tourism Hon. Ralph Higgs witnessed the commencement of the first major Port Authority project of 2018 at Bellfield Landing in North Caicos on Thursday February 1.The channel lighting and demarcation project will encompass the demarcation of the main shipping channel serving North Caicos, Parrot and Dellis Cay and will allow mariners to safely navigate the channel after nightfall.  The project was much needed as the channel is a lifeline to the islands that rely solely on maritime transport for the movement of passengers and inbound/outbound cargo.The Premier, who is the Minister responsible for the TCI Ports Authority, toured the dock and met with Project Superintendent, Albert Higgs of Unlimited Construction who explained the timelines and installation process.  Mr. Higgs who is also an accomplished mariner, explained the installation of the 28 Solar powered navigational lights, which is scheduled for completion during the month of February providing there are no unexpected delays.Public Works Department is providing technical assistance for the project. Chairman Devon Williams and Senior PSFO Walter Hanchell represented the TCI Ports Authority.  A formal commissioning exercise will take place upon project completion.Press Release: TCIG Related Items:last_img read more

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Actor Jussie Smollett indicted on 16 felony counts of disorderly conduct

first_img AP, KUSI Newsroom March 8, 2019 AP, KUSI Newsroom, Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsCHICAGO (AP) — A grand jury in Chicago indicted “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett on 16 felony counts related to making a false report that he was attacked by two men who shouted racial and homophobic slurs.The Cook County grand jury indictment dated Thursday and made public on Friday gives details of the disorderly conduct charge against Smollett. It elaborates on the allegation that he falsely reported that he was attacked on Jan. 28 by two masked men who hurled racial and homophobic slurs at the black and openly gay actor, beat him, threw an unidentified liquid chemical on him and looped a rope tied like a noose around his neck.The indictment — eight counts from what he told the officer who responded to the report of the attack and eight for what he later told a detective — comes a little more than two weeks after prosecutors announced one felony count of the same charge.Chicago police initially investigated the incident as a possible hate crime but later said Smollett staged the attack, recruiting two brothers to carry it out, because he was unhappy with his pay on the Fox show.Indictments like the one revealed Friday are common in criminal cases. It was widely expected, said Mark Geragos, a prominent attorney representing Smollett.“The way the process operates is they have to do a probable cause proceeding, so this is what’s called a probable cause proceeding.I never thought they would do a preliminary hearing,” Geragos told NBC’s “Access” after the indictment was reported.Smollett, who was released on bail from jail the day after he was charged on Feb. 20, is scheduled to appear in court next week. He has denied the allegations.While it was not immediately clear why the grand jury indicted Smollett on 16 counts, it divides what prosecutors and police say the actor told the officer who responded to the initial call from what he said to the detective.The second eight counts are more explosive because they include two things that helped propel the incident into an international sensation. The first is that by the time he talked to the detective, Smollett said he could see through the eye holes of one attacker’s mask that he was a white man. The two brothers who allegedly participated are black.“He took advantage of the pain and anger of racism to promote his career,” Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson, who is black, told reporters the day Smollett was initially charged. Johnson said Smollett paid the two brothers $3,500 to carry out the staged attack.The second eight counts also include the allegation that Smollett told the detective one of the attackers looped a rope around his neck — a detail that both Johnson and the judge who set Smollett’s bond said was a particularly offensive use of a symbol of the ugly history of black lynchings in the United States.The indictment, written in the dry legal language, does not include new details.It says that Smollett knew at the time he relayed his account that he had “no reasonable ground that such an offense had been committed.”Since Smollett’s arrest, the producers of “Empire” announced that the actor’s character would be removed from the season’s final two episodes. Actor Jussie Smollett indicted on 16 felony counts of disorderly conduct Posted: March 8, 2019last_img read more

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High school site at issue in Woodland

first_imgBuilt in 1953, Woodland High School is a product of a bygone era, with portable buildings, an open campus, and gym and cafeteria space that doesn’t meet the needs of present-day students, school district officials say. The time is right to build a new high school, many residents agree, but the question of where remains a point of contention for some.Woodland voters have until April 17 to submit ballots on the Woodland School District’s requested $52.8 million bond measure, primarily focused on building a new high school. The Woodland City Council, Port of Woodland and Woodland Chamber of Commerce have offered public support of the bond issue and its proposed 40-acre Dike Access Road location, whose $3 million purchase voters approved in 2005.Some business owners in Woodland warn that placing the new school in an industrial zone will hurt business development and, in doing so, make it difficult to pay off the massive bond measure. They say an alternative site, perhaps in a residential area, should be considered.The bond issue proposal includes money for a new, 147,000-square-foot high school; a new gym at Yale Elementary School; and other safety, security and energy efficiency improvements at all the district’s schools. The bond issue must receive more than 60 percent support to pass.The total price tag is $63,835,000, but the school district is eligible for $11 million in matching dollars from the state upon approval of the bond, making the cost to taxpayers significantly less, officials said. Residents would pay 96 cents per $1,000 of assessed home value, or $16 per month for the owner of a $200,000 home.last_img read more

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University of Alaska To Launch Sexual Assault Survey Next Week

first_imgUniversity of Alaska has this flier about the survey. (Courtesy University of Alaska)After a several month delay, the University of Alaska will launch a survey March 2 that deals with sexual assault on campus.Download AudioThe Campus Climate Survey will go to 15,000 randomly selected students, faculty and staff members. It starts with questions about sexual assault awareness training and asks how well the university deals with reports of sexual misconduct.The survey then moves on to more explicit questions about sexual harassment and assault. Here’s an example: “Since the start of the school year has someone had sexual contact with you when you were unable to provide consent or stop what was happening because you were passed out, drugged, drunk, incapacitated, or asleep?”University attorney Michael O’Brien says results of the survey will remain completely anonymous and won’t be published.“This is a way for the university to get a sense of how big a problem sexual assault and sexual harassment are on our campuses, how good a job are we doing at getting out the message about sexual assault and sexual harassment prevention and whether our training is getting out to our community,” O’Brien says.It’s been the university’s goal to offer training on sexual assault to everyone in the school community. Incoming freshmen learned about rules surrounding sexual misconduct and where to go for help during orientation last August, staff and faculty were trained before the school year started, and Residential Life has been offering sessions. O’Brien says those are just a few examples.He says the Board of Regents was trained for the first time during its meeting last week in Anchorage.“We cannot guess who’s going to receive a report of sexual harassment or sexual assault. It could be you, it could be me, it could be a member of our custodial crew and it could be a Regent and we want them to know as well what they can do if something like that happened,” O’Brien says.Last May, the U.S. Department of Education put the University of Alaska system on a list of about 60 colleges nationwide being investigated as part of a compliance review or for mishandling sexual assault complaints. That list is now at more than 90.Federal auditors from the Office of Civil Rights visited campuses in Anchorage, Fairbanks, Juneau and Bethel last October as part of a compliance review, which remains ongoing. O’Brien says the auditors are still going through the more than 10,000 pages of documents the university submitted last year and need to do more interviews.This is the first time University of Alaska will conduct a campus climate survey. Back in April, the White House had recommended that all colleges do them and provided sample questions. Initially, the University of Alaska modeled its survey after the federal government’s, but O’Brien says there were some problems.“Harassment online wasn’t addressed in the survey and because we have such a large online e-learning community, we did not want to do a disservice to those parts of our population.The university planned on doing the survey at the end of last year, but didn’t want it to come out at the same time as finals,” he says.At that point, the university had received more than 20 complaints of sexual harassment and about a dozen reports of sexual assault since the beginning of the school year.last_img read more

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