Ateneo issues clarification: Bundit stays as Lady Eagles coach

first_imgBrace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC “I would like to inform everyone that Coach Tai is still with the team,” he said in a statement. “In fact, I just had a meeting with Coach Tai and our athletics people this morning. And I will soon be meeting with our players. I must acknowledge though that there are issues within the team, as in all teams, and that these will require some time to resolve.”Villarin had to step in to mend the reported rift between Bundit and the Lady Eagles, with much of the unresolved issues stemming from the players’ alleged displeasure over the mentor’s hard practices.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutAteneo team manager Tony Boy Liao said on Wednesday that Bundit was asked to go on leave by Ateneo athletics director Em Fernandez.But Villarin requested fans to avoid any speculation as the school tries to clear up the matter. “When I heard the news, I was saddened because we spent a lot of years together and I learned a lot from him,” she said. “I’m so thankful to him because I know I improved a lot as a player. I got my physical and mental toughness from him.”“Though we had a love-hate relationship, I still loved and respected him despite all the pains we had to endure during training, some of which even made me cry,” said middle blocker Aerieal Patnongon. Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. PSC gets boost from USSA hookup “I appeal to your patience and understanding as we try to resolve these internal issues,” said Villarin. “I also appeal to your better sense to refrain from any speculation or spreading of falsehood that may besmirch the reputation of our fine players, our good coach and our school.”Bundit led the Lady Eagles to four consecutive Finals appearances, highlighted by the school’s first women’s volleyball titles in Seasons 76 and 77.Members from that back-to-back title run, though, felt sorry for Bundit’s current situation.“Of course, it’s sad because he really gave a lot for the school,” said setter Jia Morado.Michelle Morente also acknowledged multititled mentor’s huge part in helping her become one of the best opposite spikers in college today.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Read Next QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Tai Bundit. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netAnusorn “Tai” Bundit is still the Ateneo women’s volleyball coach for now.Amid rumors of the Thai coach’s reported ouster, Ateneo president Fr. Jett Villarin, SJ admitted that there are concerns within the Lady Eagles, but those were not enough to merit the immediate ouster of the coach who turned the school’s volleyball program around.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH MOST READ John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd PLAY LIST 02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion View commentslast_img read more

Wenger going full strength in Europa League

first_imgArsène Wenger Arsenal will go full strength in Europa League clash, says Wenger Joe Wright 17:06 2/12/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments() arsene wenger - cropped Getty Images Arsène Wenger Arsenal Östersunds FK v Arsenal Östersunds FK UEFA Europa League The Gunners face Swedish side Ostersund in the second round of the Europa League and the manager insists they will go all out in the competition Arsene Wenger says he will not rest players for the first leg of Arsenal’s Europa League tie with Ostersund on Thursday.The Gunners head to Sweden for the last-32 clash off the back of a damaging 1-0 defeat to north London rivals Tottenham on Saturday, which has left them seven points adrift of the Premier League top four.Wenger used the group stage to give opportunities to a number of young players, including Ainsley Maitland-Niles and Eddie Nketiah, but denied after the loss to Spurs that he would prioritise their European campaign over the league in their quest to return to the Champions League. 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 However, with no FA Cup commitments this week and no domestic matches until the EFL Cup final on February 25, Wenger is prepared to name a strong side against Ostersund.”I would have anyway gone for it, especially as we have no game between the two matches,” said the Arsenal manager.”I will play the normal team because it is one of the opportunities we have especially because we don’t play in the FA Cup. There is no reason why I should rest players.”Wenger is desperate to see Arsenal’s away form improve, with his side having won only one of their last nine matches on the road in all competitions.”We have to win the next game,” he said. “Our record since I’ve been at Arsenal is one of the worst away from home. Certainly, the worst since I’m in England.”That doesn’t work, we have to play much better away from home and make superior results if we want to have a chance to come back.”last_img read more

a month agoMan City chiefs see Van ­Bronckhorst as Guardiola successor

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man City chiefs see Van ­Bronckhorst as Guardiola successorby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveGiovanni van ­Bronckhorst has been handed an access-all-areas role at Manchester City.The Mirror says City approached former Feyenoord coach Van Bronckhorst – who has signed a contract that has put him on the payroll.The plan is for him to remain in Manchester if it proves a good fit.Pep Guardiola’s contract with City expires in the summer of 2021.And after seeing rivals Manchester United flounder in the six years since Sir Alex Ferguson retired, the Spanish executives who run the club for Sheikh Mansour want to put a succession plan in place.Van Bronckhorst will spend the next year getting to know the inner workings of the club that has become the dominant force in English football over the last decade.He is currently working alongside close friend Brian Marwood, City’s highly-influential Football Administration Officer. last_img read more

US energy secretary urges Iraq to quit dependency on Iran

first_imgBAGHDAD — U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry has urged Iraq to reduce its energy dependence on Iran and open its energy sector to American investment instead.Perry met with top Iraqi officials in Baghdad and in the Kurdish region on Tuesday to discuss US investment in Iraq.Iraq is caught in a delicate position as it continues to draw on Iranian gas and electricity production despite renewed U.S. sanctions against Iran’s energy sector.Iraq’s own energy sector cannot produce enough electricity to power the country.Perry said the U.S. and its business community were prepared to help Iraq develop its own energy sector.“The time has come for Iraq to break its dependence on others and move forward toward true energy independence,” said Perry.The Associated Presslast_img

Womens basketball Freshmen getting adjusted to college life

The jump from high school to college can be a difficult adjustment for any student, and student-athletes are no exception.The Ohio State women’s basketball team features three true freshmen this season. Forward Tori McCoy and guards Kiara Lewis and Jensen Caretti are currently going through the same adaptation process many new college students face.“It was a struggle starting off my first day,” McCoy said. “My first week, actually, I was just confused about everything.”The jump can be tough for students from small towns, especially at a large institution like OSU. Caretti is originally from Clarington, Ohio, a town which, according to the 2015 U.S. census, had a population of just 380.“It’s a big environmental change,” Caretti said. “I never expected to go this big in the first place.”The path to OSU was different for all three. Lewis attended Whitney M. Young High School in Chicago, the same school that produced teammate Linnae Harper.Freshman Kiara Lewis (23), Tori McCoy (0) and Jensen Caretti (33) pose for a photo together donning their Ohio state uniforms. Credit: Courtesy of Ohio State AthleticsDuring her senior year of high school, Lewis averaged 24.4 points, 5.3 assists, 7.0 rebounds and 3.2 steals per game. Her efforts landed her the Gatorade Player of the Year award in the state of Illinois.Ranked as the 24th best prospect in the 2016 class by ESPN, Lewis was recruited by the likes of Texas A&M and Tennessee, but said that OSU was the best fit.“I felt that the coaches were very caring and that the team was going to be pretty good,” Lewis said. “We could possibly do something big.”McCoy is a product of Saint Thomas More High School in Champaign, Illinois. She was a finalist for the Naismith Player of the Year award during her senior year, a campaign which saw her average 20.7 points and 8.7 rebounds per game. ESPN ranked her as the 10th best player in her class.McCoy’s list of college options included Baylor, Tennessee and South Carolina, but she said that she felt a different level of comfort with OSU.“The players, they made me feel welcome and that’s a big thing for me,” McCoy said. “I just enjoyed being around the girls.”Caretti was named Ms. Basketball for Ohio after her senior year at River High School in Hannibal, Ohio. She averaged 25.0 points, 11.0 boards and carried a shooting percentage of over 58 percent that year, leading to an ESPN ranking of 31st nationally.Caretti also excelled at volleyball in high school. She said that she considered playing collegiate volleyball instead of basketball, but the opportunities were far greater for basketball.“I didn’t get any big offers like I did for basketball,” Caretti said. “I never played on a travel team for volleyball, so I didn’t really get any looks because our school was so small.”Louisville and South Carolina were among the schools who looked at Caretti for basketball, but the guard said her decision to become a Buckeye was made due to the team’s recent resurgence and the fact that the school was close to home.Now, all three players have joined forces in Columbus and are helping each other get acclimated to life in college.“We actually became close really fast,” McCoy said. “They are always pushing me and I’m always pushing them too.”The tight-knit group remains together on and off the court.“We all come to the gym together, leave together — stuff like that,” Lewis said.As they settle in, McCoy, Lewis and Caretti are looking ahead to what they believe could be a special season at OSU.“I think we are going to go pretty far this year,” McCoy said. “We’re looking pretty good and we’re doing better in practices every day.”The end goal for the incoming players is obvious: Win it all.“Hopefully, we can expect a national championship,” Caretti said. “We are a great team.” read more

Ironic reunion former OSU quarterback Joe Germaine coaching in Arizona

Arizona State linebacker Paul Reynolds stepped onto the field for the final drive of the 1997 Rose Bowl against Ohio State as confident as could be. The Sun Devils had just scored a touchdown to go up 17-14 with less than two minutes to play, and the Buckeyes were sending out an unproven sophomore quarterback to lead them on their final drive. “Pat Tillman (Reynolds’ ASU teammate) and I saw this baby-faced guy with big ear pads come running onto the field,” Reynolds said. “We looked at each other and said, ‘We’ve got this in the bag.’ Unfortunately, we know how that turned out.” Joe Germaine led a 65-yard game-winning drive, culminating with a 5-yard touchdown pass to receiver David Boston, to beat the Sun Devils, 20-17. Thirteen years later, Reynolds, the athletic director at Queen Creek High School in Queen Creek, Ariz., hired the “baby-faced” quarterback with “big ear pads” to be his varsity football coach. “My first day in the weight room, we took a photo of the kids and me,” said Joe Germaine, 1997 Rose Bowl MVP. Reynolds “had it PhotoShopped and put me in a Sun Devils shirt. Naturally, I did the same to him, only putting him in a Buckeyes jersey.” Germaine played in the NFL for five seasons and has had multiple stints in the Arena Football League since graduating from OSU in 1998. In his first season as coach, Germaine is 5-1, with a triple-overtime victory over the defending Arizona Class 4A Division II state champions. “I’ve always had a passion for the game,” Germaine said. “I loved practicing. I loved going to meetings. I just loved learning the game.” Hired by Reynolds in March, Germaine was a quarterback coach at Basha High School in Arizona for three years and an assistant at Mesa Community College for two years before coming to Queen Creek. “I got into coaching once I started playing Arena Football,” Germaine said. “The schedule was different from the NFL, and I had the time to do it.” The Arena Football League plays its games from April to August instead of September through January, as the NFL does. “It’s a thrill, being a head coach,” he said. “I’m seeing the game from a different vantage point.” Germaine played for OSU from 1996–1998. Known for his prolific passing and unflappable composure, he threw for 6,370 yards, third-most in OSU history, and 56 touchdowns, second-most in OSU history. Reynolds said the unflappable composure is still there. “In the triple-overtime win, he didn’t look nervous for one second,” he said. “He has such a calm demeanor.” Queen Creek won the triple-overtime thriller 49-42, securing the game with a goal-line stand in the third extra period. “The kids definitely take after their coach,” Reynolds said. “They’re high school kids, you know. You expect them to make mistakes, but no one lost their composure and they held on for the win.” Germaine said he holds high expectations for his players. “We have very high standards on and off the field,” Germaine said. “We teach accountability, and the kids have just been great.” Against Illinois on Oct. 2, OSU quarterback Terrelle Pryor passed Germaine for seventh on the “all-time total offense” list at OSU. Germaine had 6,094 yards of total offense as a Buckeye. “I think Terrelle is a terrific talent,” Germaine said. “I expect him to be one of the all-time greats at Ohio State once it’s all said and done.” He said some of the criticism Pryor faced last season as a sophomore was unfair. Germaine said everyone has to mature and credited the OSU coaching staff for helping Pryor develop his game. “Great coaches make great players,” he said. Jim “Tressel and quarterbacks coach Nick Siciliano are great teachers of the game. It’s easy to see why Pryor is where he’s at with coaches like that.” Germaine said his coach at OSU, John Cooper, taught him a lot about the game. “He was fair and treated his players with respect,” he said. “I try to do those same things for my players.” Understandably, many of Queen Creek’s players are Arizona State fans. Queen Creek is only about 30 miles from the ASU campus. “It’s funny,” Germaine said. “We have an ASU-OSU thing going on. They razz me a little bit and I razz them a little bit, but they know that I’m a Buckeye, and there’s no changing that.” Reynolds said Germaine is a great coach and is only going to get better. “He’s been doing a great job,” he said. “I don’t think the kids realize what they’ve got, but I sure do. Hopefully, we can get him to stick around here a while.” It might be tough for Reynolds to keep the former OSU star at Queen Creek. Germaine said he would love to coach at the collegiate level. He even hinted at the possibility of coaching at his alma mater. “Who knows?” he said. “Maybe a few years down the road, Tressel will be hiring and I’ll come back to Ohio State. OSU has a special place in my heart and that’d be something.” Although he said he loves coaching, he still has a desire to play. “I wish more than anything to get an opportunity to play again,” he said. “I keep in shape, hoping that chance will come — you never know.” As for the rest of Queen Creek’s season, Germaine said they’ve got one of the tougher schedules in the state, but that doesn’t mean his goals aren’t set high. “You can imagine how we want to finish,” he said. read more

DOT Plans Fixes For Fallen Rock Areas On The Seward Highway

first_imgMcCarthy: “We have been monitoring the Seward Highway MP 104-114 area for rock fall hazards. Central Region DOT&PF now has approval to address seven sites throughout the area that we can increase safety to the highway through lower cost improvements—draping of mesh, scaling and/or rock bolts. We also have approval to make more significant safety improvements at two additional sites (MP 113.2 and MP 109). These projects will take some time to develop, but we anticipate the improvements to be complete in 2020.” McCarthy says the design phase of the fixes has been approved, but until the work beings DOT doesn’t want people to stop along this area as it still continues to shed rocks. DOT still asking drivers to use caution in the MP 109 and 114 area especially with the loose rocks under the fresh snowfall. Shannon McCarthy with DOT says there are several areas between mileposts 104 and 114 that will either have rock bolts, or mesh installed to try to stop falling rock before it reaches the road.center_img Facebook46TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享After the Seward Highway saw significant rock fall after the 7.0 earthquake on November 30 officials with the Department of Transportation are now tasked with finding a way to prevent this from occurring again in the future. The popular Seward Highway MP 109 water spout has been removed and is currently barricaded off. McCarthy: “We are cautioning people not to stop in that area, don’t collect water.”last_img read more

Ola Uber to stop ridesharing services temporarily

first_imgTaxi aggregators Ola and Uber will not be providing ride-sharing services in Bengaluru from Friday since the government has deemed it illegal. However, there are chances that the government would amend Karnataka Motor Vehicles Rules to include the service.Also read: Karnataka high court asks Uber to limit surge pricing, comply with state normsThe two taxi aggregators had a two-hour long meeting with the Transport Commissioner on Monday following which they agreed to halt ride-sharing services called ‘UberPOOL’ and ‘OlaShare’.”The companies have asked for three days to modify their software. If they do not comply, we will have to take action against them,” said Transport Commissioner M K Aiyappa. “Ride-sharing is beneficial to the environment and reduces the number of cars on the road. If they submit a request seeking permission to ply, we will recommend to the Karnataka government that ride-sharing be allowed,” Aiyappa added.Ola and Uber can send a petition to the transport department regarding why ride-sharing should be allowed, which will then be sent to the government, he said. However, it seems unlikely that the ban will be permanent since the Transport Department is in favour of it as it is easy on the environment and is affordable.Currently, cabs are allowed to pick up multiple passengers from one pick-up point and drop them at one location. Legally, cabs are not permitted to pick-up passengers from multiple places and drop at multiple locations.The stage carriage permit is currently available to only to Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corp. and school and college buses.last_img read more

Oikya Front urges EC not to announce polls schedule

first_imgThe Jatiaya Oikya Front leaders hold a meeting with the election commission at its Agargaon office on Monday. Photo: Prothom AloThe Jatiya Oikya Front has requested the election commission to refrain from announcing the election schedule until dialogues between prime minister Sheikh Hasina and opposition parties end.A delegation of the Oikya Front went to the secretariat of the election commission at Agargaon in the city on Monday and made the request.The delegation includes Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal (JSD) president ASM Abdur Rab, BNP standing committee member Gayeshwar Chandra Roy and Nagorik Oikya convener Mahmudur Rahman Manna.The Oikya Front leaders held a meeting with chief election commissioner KM Nurul Huda, four other commissioners and the EC secretary.UNB adds: Talking to reporters after the meeting, Abdur Rab said they had discussions with the EC in a cordial manner based on their seven-point demand they placed before the prime minister during their talks with her on 1 November.He said the commission agreed to some issues they raised at the meeting while it could not give its final decision on some others, including deployment of army and the use of EVMs in the election.”We requested them not to announce the election schedule before the outcome of our dialogue (with the prime minister) on 7 November… it seems they may consider our request,” Rab said.He said the EC has assured them that it will ensure the security of polling agents during the election so that they can perform their duties boldly and safely inside every voting centre.The JSD president said the Commission also told them that it will ensure so that the agents get the authorised result sheets at every centre after the vote counting. “They also assured us that no signature will be taken from the polling agents before the counting of votes.”He said they called upon the EC not to use EVMs in the election as most political parties and voters do not want it. “But, they (EC) couldn’t give us any final decision on it.”Rab said they demanded deployment of army with the magistracy power so that they can arrest troublemakers and terrorists to ensure a fair election. “The CEC said he didn’t say the army won’t be deployed.”He said the CEC talked about the deployment of army as a striking force and they opposed it. “They (EC) heard it, but didn’t give any final decision on it.”Later, briefing reporters, EC secretary Helaluddin Ahmed said the issue of army deployment will be discussed after the announcement of the election schedule.He said the Commission has preparations for announcing the schedule for the 11th parliamentary elections on Thursday. “The decision will be finalised at the EC meeting at 10am on that day.”Earlier on Saturday, Kamal Hossain, on behalf of the Oikya Front, sent a letter to the CEC requesting him not to announce the next general election schedule until the ongoing dialogue is over.However, the election commission on Sunday said it would announce the schedule for the next parliamentary election on 8 November.The decision came at a meeting of the Commission with the CEC in the chair.last_img read more

As Baby Boomers Age The Me Generation Reshapes Senior Living In Houston

first_img Listen 10 Most Frequent Assisted Living Complaints: 2017 10. Staff unresponsive, unavailable 7. Environment, air temperature, water temperature, noise Share The oldest Baby Boomers are now 72 years old. And just as Boomers changed things in decades past, they’re doing it again as they grow old. In Houston, they’re redefining what we used to call “senior living.” And some seniors are already trading in daytime TV and bingo for “chair yoga” classes and iPads.Marilyn Oliver, 89, took 83 exercise classes last month. She was crowned “Fitness Resident of the Month” at Avanti Senior Living, in Cypress, and she said she often takes several exercise classes… a day.“What I hate about that exercise, the worst part is, we stand in front of the mirror, and I see all my bags, and I see my thin hair, and I think ‘Oh, gosh,’” Oliver joked. And she shares that sense of humor during the residential happy hour, which is held, every day at 4:00 p.m.– / 6Avanti is a senior assisted living community, resembling more of a boutique hotel than a place to watch soap operas and play Bridge.Lori Alford, Avanti Senior Living’s co-founder and chief operating officer, said their tagline is “We Are Making Senior Housing Sexy.” She said she’s seen a cultural shift reshaping senior assisted living, and there’s a need to invest in marketing toward the aging Baby Boomers.“The ‘Silver Hair Tsunami’, that’s really what we reference them as,” said Alford. “Because they’re coming. And a huge number. They have different standards, they have different wants. And we have to modify to what that looks like.” That includes doing things like providing residents with iPads and offering services like massages and an in-house salon.Allison LeeThe residential iPads are geared toward seniors, and have larger buttons. Avanti Senior LivingAvanti Senior Living also has an in-house salon for its residents.According to the Harris County Area Agency on Aging, the number of adults 65 and older is projected to grow to 16% of the Harris County population in less than 30 years. And Alford said if senior assisted living centers want to keep up with consumer demand, they should start viewing themselves as a service industry, rather than only a form of health care.Video Playerhttps://cdn.hpm.io/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/15122310/lori-audiogram.mp400:0000:0001:01Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.“The folks that we’re serving today: they’re a little bit more cultured, they’re a little bit more ‘foodie’ kind of folks. And they expect service, in a hospitality way. And so, I think it’s causing our industry to kind of evolve. And 20 years from now, the customer will be even that much more demanding.” For example, Alford says cafeteria-style food doesn’t cut it anymore, and that’s why their food service is modeled more like a restaurant. Consider what the Texas State Long-term Care Ombudsman and the Assisted Living Ombudsman hear from residents of care-facilities statewide: the most complaints last year were about the quality, quantity, and variety of… food. 8. Odors To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: 2. Building cleanliness, pests, housekeeping 3. Information regarding rights, benefits, services, the resident’s right to complaincenter_img Dr. Vaunette Fay, a professor specializing in geriatric care at the Cizik School of Nursing at UT Health in Houston, said facilities that have been in existence for a while are having to upgrade the things they are offering.“In the past probably five, maybe even ten years, we’ve seen a real growth in the number of communities that are designated as senior living,” Fay said. And along with that growth comes new ways to help residents in their daily lives.“Memory care is a growing need,” Fay said. “As we live longer, there are more folks that are diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, or other dementias. And so they need the care and support. Many live at home with a loved one, but at some point that may become not possible, for them to stay at home.”Allison LeeDr. Vaunette Fay, a professor specializing in geriatric care at the Cizik School of Nursing at UT Health, explains how senior assisted living centers in Houston are using new technology to help residents.Fay said up-and-coming technology is also proving useful in these communities; like subtle monitoring devices to provide a level of safety, without being intrusive or confining. Especially since this aging “Me Generation” wants the same lifestyle they’ve pretty much always had.“There’s a real move toward ‘smart’ homes. And it’s one of those things where it’s not real obtrusive monitoring, and it doesn’t tend to interfere with your independence,” said Fay. “It’s that safety level of notifying somebody your patterns are different. Like, my normal pattern is when I get up is: I turn on the coffee, I go to the bathroom. And, if those things don’t happen, or they’re outside the parameter of what’s usual for me, then somebody at the facility can be notified, so they can go check.”According to a U.S. News and World Report survey, Baby Boomers control 70% of all disposable income in the United States; making them a dominant force in the marketplace. Almost 60% of that cohort said one of their top financial concerns was how to fund their retirements. And those who have already retired say you’ll need to save to afford the kind of lifestyle found in some active communities.And Marilyn Oliver, the resident at Avanti Senior Living in Cypress, said it’s not cheap. After all, it costs a minimum of $3,900 dollars to live there.“It takes everything we have for me to live here,” said Oliver. “A lot of my friends can’t afford to live in a place like this. One of my friends in church, she’s living with her son now. And she wanted to live over here, and he lives down near Galveston. But she couldn’t afford to live in any place over here. And there are some places that aren’t so expensive, but they are a year wait to move in…. I think it’s much harder because they don’t have a choice, they’re stuck at home.”Her advice? “Save your money kids,” she said, with a laugh. “It’s going to be expensive when you get to be this age.” 1. Food service: quantity, quality, variation, choice 6. Failure to respond to requests for help, including call light 4. Medications: administration or organization 5. Dignity, respect, poor staff attitudes 9. Activities: availability, choice, appropriateness Allison LeeResidents at Avanti Senior Living attend a barre exercise class, in Cypress. X 00:00 /04:02last_img read more

A new WPAWPA2 security attack in town Wifi routers watch out

first_imgJens “atom” Steube, the developer of the popular Hashcat password cracking tool recently developed a new technique to obtain user credentials over WPA/WPA2 security. Here, attackers can easily retrieve the Pairwise Master Key Identifier (PMKID) from a router. WPA/WPA2, the Wi-Fi security protocols, enable a wireless and secure connection between devices using encryption via a PSK(Pre-shared Key). The WPA2 protocol was considered as highly secure against attacks. However, a method known as KRACK attack discovered in October 2017 was successful in decrypting the data exchange between the devices, theoretically. Steube discovered the new method when looking for new ways to crack the WPA3 wireless security protocol. According to Steube, this method works against almost all routers utilizing 802.11i/p/q/r networks with roaming enabled. How does this new WPA/WPA2 attack work? The new attack method works by extracting the RSN IE (Robust Security Network Information Element) from a single EAPOL frame. RSN IE is an optional field containing the PMKID generated by a router when a user tries to authenticate. Previously, for cracking user credentials, the attacker had to wait for a user to login to a wireless network. They could then capture the four-way handshake in order to crack the key. However, with the new method, an attacker has to simply attempt to authenticate to the wireless network in order to retrieve a single frame to get access to the PMKID. This can be then used to retrieve the Pre-Shared Key (PSK) of the wireless network. A boon for attackers? The new method makes it easier to access the hash containing the pre-shared key, which needs to be cracked. However, this process takes a long time depending on the complexity of the password. Most users don’t change their wireless password and simply use the PSK generated by their router. Steube, in his post on Hashcat, said,”Cracking PSKs is made easier by some manufacturers creating PSKs that follow an obvious pattern that can be mapped directly to the make of the routers. In addition, the AP mac address and the pattern of the ESSID  allows an attacker to know the AP manufacturer without having physical access to it.” He also stated that attackers pre-collect the pattern used by the manufacturers and create generators for each of them, which can then be fed into Hashcat. Some manufacturers use patterns that are too large to search but others do not. The faster one’s hardware is, the faster one can search through such a keyspace. A typical manufacturer’s PSK of length 10 takes 8 days to crack (on a 4 GPU box). How can users safeguard their router’s passwords? Creating one’s own key rather than using the one generated by the router. The key should be long and complex by consisting of numbers, lower case letters, upper case letters, and symbols (&%$!) Steube personally uses a password manager and lets it generate truly random passwords of length 20 – 30. One can follow the researcher’s footsteps in safeguarding their routers or use the tips he mentioned above. Read more about this new WiFi security attack on Hashcat forum. Read Next NetSpectre attack exploits data from CPU memory Cisco and Huawei Routers hacked via backdoor attacks and botnets Finishing the Attack: Report and Withdrawlast_img read more

Sunwing cancels St Maarten flights through April 30 2018 adds MoBay Cancun

first_imgSunwing cancels St. Maarten flights through April 30, 2018; adds MoBay, Cancun capacity Share Travelweek Group Posted by TORONTO — Sunwing is cancelling its St. Maarten flights out of Toronto and Montreal right through until April 30, 2018, putting its program to the popular Caribbean destination on hold for the fall/winter 2017-2018 season while the island rebuilds following the devastation from Hurricane Irma.Sunwing reconfirmed that it has added additional flying on the same day of travel, from Toronto to Montego Bay and Montreal to Cancun in order to offer customers more options.“Impacted customers have been provided the option of re-booking alternative vacation packages at a special rate, choosing from other available options or cancelling for a full refund. Customers who booked with their travel agent are encouraged to contact them directly to make arrangements,” says Sunwing.Meanwhile Air Canada Vacations has updated its post-Irma destination information from its Sept. 13 Sun Collection product launch. ACV has announced it will send 25 Product Specialists from its Montreal and Toronto offices to assess its sun destinations in order to ensure all hotels receiving guests continue to meet the company’s precise quality standards.The ACV Product Specialists will visit Turks and Caicos, Cuba and a number of other destinations in order to conduct local, on-site inspections. The review will encompass hotel amenities, beaches, as well as road and relevant utility infrastructure.“Our goal is to ensure that our travel agent partners can book these hotels with confidence and that our guests return home with a positive vacation experience,” said Nino Montagnese, Managing Director at Air Canada Vacations. “In order to ensure this, we wanted to compliment the information we have received from our hotel and tourist board partners with our own, in-person site inspections.”More news:  Sunwing ready to launch Mazatlán-Quebec City direct this winterA goodwill policy remains in effect for customers to delay or change vacations. Affected customers may rebook an alternate Air Canada Vacations package by Oct.15, 2017 for travel anytime.Travel agents will retain their original commission if a booking has not yet been rebooked and remains an in-house credit. Travel agents will receive the difference in commission if a travel package is rebooked for a higher value than the original booking.For any cancelled bookings, travel agents will no longer receive the commission.Air Canada is resuming flights back into Fort Myers today and to Sarasota tomorrow. The airline resumed its full schedule to Miami, Orlando, Fort Lauderdale, and Tampa on Sept. 13.“Customers are advised that aircraft are very full on outgoing flights from Florida and, while Air Canada is adding additional capacity, space may be limited initially. However, Air Canada is committed to add extra capacity in order to transport customers who wish to travel.”Air Canada resumed service to Havana on Sept. 13. Other destinations in Cuba remain cancelled with plans to resume services to most destinations later this month, subject to the safety and security of airports and infrastructure. The airports serving Cayo Coco and Santa Clara are presently closed until Oct. 31.More news:  Sunwing offers ultimate package deal ahead of YXU flights to SNU, PUJAir Canada and Air Canada Rouge have also resumed scheduled service to other destinations in the Caribbean.Meliá Hotels International has issued an update on its operations in Cuba, where the northern coast saw the most damage from Irma. “[Our] hotels in Havana, Holguin, Santiago de Cuba and Cayo Largo are fully operational,” says Melia. “As for the situation in Varadero, our hotels have suffered minor damages and most of them are already operating normally, whilst the rest will reestablish their services in the next 24/48 hours.”Most of the recovery work can be completed in a short time, and in cases where major improvements are needed, they are expected to be finalized prior to the start of the peak season, noted Melia.Regarding the situation on Cuba’s north coast, “it is too soon to make evaluations until we have a proper inventory, but the company intends to begin operations in Cayo Coco, Cayo Guillermo and Cayo Santa María as soon as possible, with hotels less affected.”Melia adds that its resorts in Puerto Rico, the D.R., Bahamas, Orlando and Miami are 100% operational.center_img Tags: Jamaica, Mexico, St. Maarten, Sunwing, Travel Alert Friday, September 15, 2017 << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

In This Issue   Nikkei plunges 73   Chin

first_imgIn This Issue. *  Nikkei plunges 7.3%.. *  Chinese manufacturing contracts. *  Two handed economists. *  Gold rebounds. And, Now, Today’s Pfennig For Your Thoughts! Markets Take What Big Ben Said Hawkishly? Good day.  And a Tub Thumpin’ Thursday to you! What the heck was I thinking, was running through my mind when the alarm went off this morning. In an attempt to relieve Chris from having to write the Pfennig this morning, I told him not to worry about it, I would write it.. All the time knowing that my flight from Houston wasn’t getting in until very, very late..  And that was before all the cancellations! What the heck is going on with the aviation sector? It’s a very long story, so I won’t bore you with the details, but just know that I was ready to raise the white flag and say “you win, you’ve beaten my will”.  Darn airlines! OK. The Big news overnight came from China, where the Chinese Purchasing Managers Index (manufacturing) fell to a seven month low of 49.6, which is obviously below the line in the sand demarcation of 50. Any number below 50 represents contraction in the sector. This comes as a bit of a surprise to me. Sure I saw the tea leaves on China’s economic slowdown, but didn’t think it would show such a cooling off of domestic demand. I did think that the external headwinds that face China every day, like Europe and the U.S. would play badly with this data, but the slowdown of domestic demand was a surprise.. This news sent the Japanese Nikkei to the woodshed. The Japanese stock market plunged 7.3% overnight. The Nikkei had been the darling of stock markets ever since the new PM Abe, made his announcement about promoting growth and inflation.  Since China is Japan’s biggest trading partner, the Chinese slowdown in manufacturing, really sunk the Nikkei’s battleship.  The Nikkei’s plunge is weighing heavily in Europe this morning, and will probably hang like a dark storm cloud over the U.S. stock market too. The other Big news overnight, has been the decision by the Eurozone leaders to cut austerity. the leaders apparently are receiving too much complaining and such, and see their ability to get reelected diminishing.  I say that in complete disgust, because the austerity was working. and now when things get tough, the though roll over and look for their bellies to be scratched! Sure the Eurozone economy had contracted since the 3rd QTR of 2011, did these “leaders” really think it wouldn’t, given the massive cuts to spending that they implemented?  Well, at least the leaders didn’t say, “we raise the white flag on austerity, and pin our colors to the “stimulus” mast.”  At least that’s for now. So. With the weak manufacturing report in China, the plunge of the Nikkei in Japan, and the Eurozone leaders rolling over to get their bellies scratched, the currencies are not having a good day. However, as  I write, Gold is up $21 this morning. Of course that’s before the NY boys and girls arrive at their desks and decide whether to play their shell game with Gold again or not. The bias to buy dollars is back on the table after a couple of days of not much movement either way. Yesterday, we had Big Ben Bernanke giving his testimony to the lawmakers on the state of the economy. For us “old timers” this trek to the “hill” by the Fed Chairman used to be called the Humphrey-Hawkins testimony. But that bill requiring the Fed Chairman to make this trip expired many years ago, and since it made so much sense for this to happen twice a  year, it has continued.  We usually get some real interesting quotes from Big Ben, and yesterday was no exception. Speaking from both sides of his mouth, Big Ben threw a cat among the pigeons by saying, “The Fed could take a step down in our pace of purchases in the next few meetings.”   But then threw cold water on that by saying, “A premature tightening of monetary policy could lead interest rates to rise temporarily but would also carry a substantial risk of slowing or ending the economic recovery and causing inflation to fall further.” So. What do you think? Sounds like he was waffling to me. Trying to please everyone with a little bit of this, and little bit of that. it started with a kiss, now we’re up to bat.  and so on.  These guys like to speak out of both sides of their mouths for sure. My dad used to say they were “two handed economists”. They would say, “on one hand, we could see. , but on the other hand we could see this.”  Never really saying what they thought for sure! And the markets’ reaction to the statement by Big Ben? Well, now there you’ve got another pot to stir. You never know how the markets will take something like this, and yesterday was no different, as the markets decided to forget Big Ben’s waffling, and go with a “hawkish” view of his testimony.  That was good for the dollar in the immediate reaction to the statement, but has since dissipated a bit. The euro is attempting to eke out some small gains this morning, after getting walloped yesterday.  The Eurozone saw some better readings of their latest manufacturing with the index ticking up to 47.8 from 47. Still contraction territory, but an upside surprise should be enough to kick start a currency, as it has this morning with the euro. I told you above about the Nikkei’s plunge, and in the never ending attempt by the Japanese to move in opposite directions than other markets. The Japanese yen is rallying on the Nikkei news.  Strange eh? But remember, all the time the Nikkei was rallying the past 3 months, yen was getting passed around like a pack of cigarettes at a prison, and now that the Nikkei has plunged overnight, yen recovered.  I really don’t expect much more to come of this  scenario, so don’t get all lathered up and go out and back up the truck with yen. But then, that’s just my opinion, and I could be wrong! The Aussie dollar (A$) is getting sold again this morning. This time, the selling, is tied to the announcement by Ford Motor Co. that they will close down their Australian local car production, along with two manufacturing plants.  That’s not a good sign folks.  The New Zealand dollar / kiwi, is getting sold alongside the A$ this morning.  Sentiment toward these two is really plunging. And it started with a kiss. no wait.. it started with a rate cut in Australia and news of the Reserve Bank of New Zealand (RBNZ) announcing that they were sellers of kiwi. The Swiss franc is having a couple of good days of trading, a couple of days that it hadn’t seen in some time.  No worries, the franc is very weak VS the euro, compared to a year ago, when it was bumping up against the 1.20 floor that the Swiss National Bank (SNB) put into place in September of 2011.  Today, the cross to euros is trading around 1.2470. So, the franc could use a little strength, eh? I had a reader send me a note and say that he noticed that Japan had booked a Trade Deficit for 11 months now, and since I always say that “We’re turning Japanese” what did that mean for the U.S.?  Well. In the case of Trade Deficits. The Japanese are actually turning American, for the U.S. has long dominated the Trade Deficits.  But, to the Japanese, this booking of Trade Deficits is a real psychological problem, for they were the captains of trade surplus, long before the Chinese awoke from their slumber. I told you above that Gold was up $21 as I was writing.  Gold and other metals were also pushing higher yesterday before the Big Ben statement. And then they weren’t.  So, this recovery this morning is warranted, in my opinion. For in my opinion, Big Ben didn’t’ tell us anything that we didn’t already know. Sure we all know that he could decide to end stimulus any ole time he wants to, but when is he going to want to? That’s the question, and as long as there are questions, the markets should take the dollar to the woodshed. I’ve told you before, and I tell crowds whenever they come to listen to me talk, that I wouldn’t be surprised to see  QEnterity. You know, 10 years from now, someone from EverBank will be up on the stage talking about QE 22, or 23, or 24. As Chris told you earlier this week, I get the honor of talking about a boat load of economic data the next two days.  First, we have Fed St. Louis President, James Bullard speaking today. then we’ll see the usual Thursday fare of Weekly Initial Jobless Claims. In addition, New Home Sales, and the latest PMI Manufacturing Index, and Bloomberg Consumer Confidence. Then There Was This.Since the markets were so moved by Big Ben’s talk yesterday, I thought that this comment by Fed Head William Dudley that I found on Moneynews.com played well with my thought that Big Ben is not ready to scale back his bond buying stimulus.. Let’s listen in to what Mr. Dudley had to say.. “Federal Reserve Bank of New York President William C. Dudley said policy makers will know in three to four months whether the economy is healthy enough to overcome federal budget cuts and allow the central bank to begin reducing record stimulus. “I don’t really understand very well how the tug-of-war between the fiscal drag and the improving economy are going to sort of work their way out,” Dudley said in an interview with Michael McKee airing on Bloomberg Television. “Three or four months from now I think you’re going to have a much better sense of, is the economy healthy enough to overcome the fiscal drag or not.” Dudley’s remarks underscore that Fed officials have yet to reach consensus on when or how to dial back their $85 billion monthly bond-purchase program designed to spur growth and lower unemployment. Philadelphia Fed President Charles Plosser has called for reducing stimulus at the Fed’s next meeting in June, while St. Louis’s James Bullard said Tuesday the purchases should continue. Chuck again. OK. these guys are all over the place with their forecasts, pretty soon, they’ll talk and no one will pay attention. Of course I wish that were the way it was now!  Anyway, the markets react and we have to shuffle through the mess they leave each and every time they think the Fed Heads are ready to pull the plug on stimulus. I tell them each time, but they just don’t listen that it’s print or suffer the consequences of a deeper depression than the one we’re in. To recap. Big Ben speaks out of both sides of his mouth, and the markets think he means he really is ready to remove stimulus. Chuck says hogwash to that! The bias to buy dollars that entered the markets after the Bernanke speech, reversed a couple of days of healing in the currencies. The Nikkei plunges 7.3% overnight, and China posts a manufacturing index that showed contraction, sending the Asian markets reeling. Currencies today 5/23/13. American Style: A$ .9695, kiwi .8095, C$ .9675, euro 1.2880, sterling 1.5080, Swiss $1.0320, . European Style: rand 9.590, krone 5.8395, SEK 6.6675, forint 226.35, zloty 3.2625, koruna 20.2390, RUB 31.40, yen 101.70, sing 1.2645, HKD 7.7625, INR 55.58, China 6.1947, pesos 12.47, BRL 2.05, Dollar Index 83.95, Oil $93.36, 10-year 2%, Silver $22.40, and Gold. $1,390.20 That’s it for today. A great Big Happy Birthday today to my grandson, Braden Charles Butler.. Braden turns 2 today. It’s great having two grandsons that are close in age, watching them learn to interact with each other is a treat!  Kathy says when they turn 5 she’s taking them to Disneyworld. I tell her, I bet she changes her mind in 3 years!  Well, this weekend will be Memorial Day Weekend. The Backyard grills will get fired up, the public pools will open, and the old brickyard gets a workout in Indianapolis. But let’s not forget what the holiday is really about. And with that. here we go! Let’s make this a Tub Thumpin’ Thursday! Chuck Butler President EverBank World Markets 1-800-926-4922 1-314-647-3837last_img read more

Bitcoin is spreading everywhere One of these busi

first_imgBitcoin is spreading everywhere. One of these business owners, in a very rural area, has built a Bitcoin mining operation. And not only Bitcoin, he is also mining for the other crypto-currencies. And, he’s telling everyone else about it. I was surprised (and pleased) by this, since this meeting had absolutely nothing to do with computers, economics, or anything else that usually connects to crypto-currencies. This man simply saw a great opportunity and jumped on it. “Do NOT waive the 72 hour waiting period.” “Do NOT allow them to enter your facility or inspect anything without authorization from counsel.” Dealing with employees is a major issue, especially involving the immigration police. These people are justifiably concerned with fines and indictments, just from hiring employees who are clearly long-time Americans. (That is, not Hispanics or other recent immigrants.) A few of the comments I heard: I was recently involved in a day of meetings with small business owners in the American Midwest. It was both encouraging and sad at the same time. What I Found First Overall, I found a large room full of productive human beings. It was uplifting. Most of these people were between thirty and seventy years old, more men than women, and they were all productive people, the kind who get up early every day, make sure that complex systems are producing properly, fix anything that is broken or near breaking, plan for the future, cooperate with large numbers of other people, and then go home at the end of the day and love their families. If all the world lived like these people, we’d be halfway to a paradise by now. And that was a thought that made me sad. Why? Because these people – by any standard of decency – should be left alone to create their better world. But instead, they are forcibly tied to wasteful, parasitic, and destructive systems. Half or more of their earnings are taken from them every year. Their actions are restricted by their moral inferiors. They live less than half the rewarding lives they should be enjoying, and for no defensible reason. The Other Things Beyond my overall happy/sad impressions, I found quite a few particular things: These people would have preferred to discuss the practical particulars of their businesses – tools, materials, technical obstacles and solutions, and so on. But instead, they were forced to discuss government compliance. Almost every subject discussed from the front of the room dealt with government regulations. Most of the subjects discussed on the sides involved tools, equipment, business strategies and so on.center_img Nearly all of these people agreed that government in America is out of control, abusive, and oppositional to their happiness. I think that’s a positive opinion, since it reflects reality, meaning that they have stopped looking at the world through myth-colored glasses. The sad part of that is… These (good) people don’t know what to do about it. The system they grew up believing was their friend has turned against them. They’ve gathered the considerable courage required to face that, but they don’t know what to do next. They are working within the system as they can, trying to avoid its hazards, but don’t see any clear alternative – and no path of escape. They’d like to do other things, but they also need to feed their kids, and don’t know what to do about it all. “Good luck trying to explain that to an ICE agent.” All In All All in all, I came away from the day more confident in the future than I had been the day before. We are exposed to so many horror stories every day. The images thrust upon us show a world filled with danger and discouragement. The reality, however – once you remove yourself from the newsfeed – is that there are a lot of very decent people who are generally doing the right things. Our job now is to define newer and better ways to live and to spread that information to as many good people as we can. And to remind them they DO have the right to live good, happy, prosperous lives. Please do everything you can along these lines. Thanks. Paul Rosenberg FreemansPerspective.comlast_img read more

Millennial Employees How Much They Make Where They Work What They Do

first_imgMillennials Enroll Now for $5 Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Guest Writer 4 min read Millennial Employees: How Much They Make, Where They Work, What They Do and What That Means for Your Business Image credit: Hinterhaus Productions | Getty Images Millennials want meaningful work and a path for getting ahead. Who doesn’t? Next Article –shares Learn from renowned serial entrepreneur David Meltzer how to find your frequency in order to stand out from your competitors and build a brand that is authentic, lasting and impactful. Add to Queue Vice President of Risk, Compliance, and Data Analytics at Paychex Though millennials have only been the largest generational employee group since 2016, employers and HR professionals have spent years working to understand their workplace needs and what makes them want to join and stay with a company. Aside from examining their habits in the workplace, one way to better grasp what drives millennial employees is evaluating their hourly earnings and wage growth, not only across the board, but by region and industry for a narrower view.A recent report by Paychex takes a deep dive into millennial wages, geographic distribution and industry preferences, analyzing their current status, growth rates and what this all means for businesses trying to attract, retain and grow talent in this increasingly important employee group. The report found that, among small businesses nationally, the millennial full-time employee population is comprised of 54.7 percent males and 45.3 percent females; and millennials make, on average, $21.80 hour ($5.79/hour less than the all-generation average), but millennial wages are growing at a rate nearly double that of all generations (5.8 percent compared to 3.0 percent, respectively).Depending on the location and nature of your business, millennial employee population, wages and wage growth can differ. The West, for example, has the highest percentage of millennial employees among regions overall at 40.2 percent and the highest percentage of millennial female employees (41.5 percent), while the Midwest has the lowest percentage of millennial employees (36.0 percent) and is the only region where the percentage of millennial male employees is higher than that of Millennial female employees.Related: 6 Concepts Your Millennial Employees Wish You UnderstoodWhen it comes to industries, leisure and hospitality has the highest percentage of millennial employees among industries (49.9 percent), but also the lowest millennial wages at $15.51/hour. On the bright side, that’s only $2.28 less than the all-generation average of $17.79/hour as minimum wage increases are likely impacting the pay scale. Millennials in professional and business services earn the most among industries at $26.05/hour, but have the lowest growth rate at 5.3 percent.Overall, the gender gap is narrower among millennials than employees of all generations (a $2.59/hour difference compared to $6.64/hour, respectively), but the gap could widen again as millennial male employees have an annual wage growth rate of 6.2 percent compared to the millennial female growth rate at 5.3 percent. Again, this differs depending on where millennials work and what they do. Regionally, the Midwest and South have the largest gender pay gaps among millennials, 84 cents and 87 cents on the dollar, respectively; and though each industry’s millennial gender pay gap is smaller than the all-generation gaps, in no industry do female millennials outpace males in wage growth.Knowing these facts gives you a baseline understanding of millennials’ current employment situation overall, as well as in your unique region and industry, but once you start the recruitment process, there are a few additional factors to consider.Related: Want to Understand Millennials? It’s Simpler Than You Think.First, be proactive and effective in your recruitment effort. Millennials don’t like to drag out their job decisions. As with any candidate you’re interviewing, really listen to what the millennial applicant is looking for in a workplace. While you don’t need to change your entire business model to adapt to millennial employees, there are perks — flexible work hours, work from home/telecommuting options, casual dress days, etc. — that can make the difference to millennial employees in choosing and remaining content and engaged at a company.Once the employee is hired, offer meaningful work opportunities and foster connections. Millennials seek to be effective and impactful in their roles. As the job allows, let them work on projects that they are passionate about that also impact results and provide them with opportunities for development, whether a special project, exposure to other departments, or classes/training outside of the workplace. Be sure to ask millennial employees early on about their career aspirations, develop a plan to help them get there and regularly monitor progress toward those milestones.There is no one-size-fits-all approach to recruiting and retaining employees of a generation, but it is important to understand, in general, how they fit into the workforce now and in the future.Related: Millennials Are Not the Only Ones Who Want Feedback Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brand Frank Fiorille December 8, 2017last_img read more

How to Overcome Common Challenges and Help Your Small Business Grow

first_img How to Overcome Common Challenges and Help Your Small Business Grow Image credit: Neil Webb | Getty Images 5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Next Article Add to Queue –shares The only list that measures privately-held company performance across multiple dimensions—not just revenue. National Small Business Week Apply Now » Pamela Slim In light of National Small Business Week, I’ve been thinking a lot about the challenges that keep small businesses from doing more business and what these entrepreneurs, who already wear so many hats, can do to overcome them.Recently, I partnered with Constant Contact on a new national survey of small business owners, looking at how these entrepreneurs approach and prioritize things like operations, marketing and strategic planning. The results shed light on important pain points that are impacting small business owners and provide a big-picture perspective on the challenges that face many of the small businesses and entrepreneurs with whom I work day-to-day. Below I’ll take a closer look at three key challenges and outline simple, effective actions small business owners and entrepreneurs can take to tackle these challenges head-on while also growing their business.Related: 3 Things You Need to Know About National Small Business WeekReacting vs. looking aheadEvery business owner knows how important it is to stay on top of day-to-day operations, but survey results suggest “short-termism” is a common problem amongst small business owners. The survey found that most small business owners (63 percent) plan strategically just a year or less in advance, which is understandable — business owners often need to prioritize issues of the day and immediate objectives over longer-term plans — but strategic opportunities may be missed when you are only looking at the business challenges that are right in front of you.If you are constantly reacting, you miss the opportunity to engage in longer-term strategic partnerships, or to develop new products or services that meet your customers’ evolving needs, and you generally aren’t able to track your financials or promote your business as well as you should.The solution? Create a schedule. Set regular times each quarter, and each month, to take stock of your longer-term plans, review financials and evaluate new opportunities. Here is a sample planning structure:Monthly Plan: Choose your top-three initiatives for the month (e.g., improve product, build partnerships, drive traffic to your website) and set clear metrics that define how you will measure success for each of them.Weekly Plan: Select the specific projects you will focus on that week that relate to each of your initiatives. Based on your time and availability, decide how many activities you can do that week and block time in your calendar to work on them.Daily Plan: Review your weekly tasks and choose small, specific things to do that day (e.g., make three LinkedIn connections, send a marketing email to your distribution list, fix two bugs in your product).Planning like this does not take a lot of time, but it has huge return. It is better to do 15 minutes of focused work a day on your longer-term initiatives than avoiding them for months, then having to stay up for two days straight to catch up.Related: 7 Tips for Managing Your Schedule Like a ProGetting it all done.When you own your own business, there are simply never enough hours in the day. Nnearly a quarter of small business owners surveyed (22 percent) say that having enough time to do everything they need to do is their single biggest challenge in business.One of the best things small business owners can do to make the most of their time and resources is to take advantage of new technology. Things like AI and automation may seem complex and “buzzwordy,” but with the right partners, it can actually make things surprisingly easy and fast. Automating common processes like scheduling and responding to customer questions, or preparing marketing materials helps free up more of your time, with the added bonus of making those activities more effective and efficient without sacrificing quality.Related: Automation Is Not Tomorrow — It’s TodayMaking the most of your marketing.Most small business owners aren’t marketers by trade, but almost all (95 percent) do some form of marketing for themselves, and many need to master what can feel like a very steep learning curve quickly. Most entrepreneurs and small business owners (64 percent) are self-taught and less than half (46 percent) consider themselves “marketing savvy.”Marketing can be hard and it’s not always intuitive, but it’s important to not let perfect become the enemy of good. Marketing doesn’t have to be an all or nothing endeavor. Small, everyday steps can go a long way to make promoting your business more consistent, less time consuming and more effective.When you are growing a business, you can get so busy building, hustling and responding to the needs of the day, that it can feel impossible to hit pause and take stock of where you are and how to get where you want to go. This National Small Business Week, take some time to focus on your growth. Take advantage of free educational sessions hosted by the U.S. Small Business Administration and SCORE Association during the National Small Business Week Virtual Conference, or think about small steps you can take to overcome common barriers today. It will be time well spent and ultimately a benefit to your bottom line. April 30, 2018 Author, Speaker and Small Business Coach Guest Writer These easy, everyday steps can help set your business up for success. 2019 Entrepreneur 360 Listlast_img read more

Prolonged exposure to lowdose radiation linked with increased risk of hypertension

first_imgReviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)May 3 2019Prolonged exposure to low doses of ionizing radiation increased the risk of hypertension, according to a study of workers at a nuclear plant in Russia published in the American Heart Association’s journal Hypertension.Uncontrolled hypertension, also known as high blood pressure, can to lead to heart attack, stroke, heart failure and other serious health problems.Earlier studies linked exposure to high doses of radiation to increased risk of cardiovascular diseases and death from those diseases. This study is the first to find an increased risk of hypertension to low doses of ionizing radiation among a large group of workers who were chronically exposed over many years.The study included more than 22,000 workers at the first large-scale nuclear enterprise in Russia known as the Mayak Production Association. The workers were hired between 1948 and 1982, with an average length of time on the job of 18 years. Half had worked there for more than 10 years. All of the workers had comprehensive health check-ups and screening tests at least once a year with advanced evaluations every five years.The researchers evaluated the workers’ health records up to 2013. More than 8,400 workers (38 percent of the group) were diagnosed with hypertension, as defined in this study as a systolic blood pressure reading of ≥140 mm Hg, and a diastolic reading ≥ 90 mm Hg. Hypertension incidence was found to be significantly associated with the cumulative dose.To put it in perspective, the hypertension incidence among the workers in the study was higher than that among Japanese survivors of the atomic bomb at the end of World War II, but lower than the risk estimated for clean-up workers following the Chernobyl nuclear accident.The differences may be explained by variations in exposure among the three groups, according to the researchers. Following the atomic bombing, the Japanese experienced a single, high-dose exposure of radiation, the Chernobyl workers were exposed to radiation for a short time period (days and months), while the Mayak workers were chronically exposed to low doses of radiation over many years.Related StoriesCutting around 300 calories a day protects the heart even in svelte adultsStroke should be treated 15 minutes earlier to save lives, study suggestsImplanted device uses microcurrent to exercise heart muscle in cardiomyopathy patientsWhile the development of cancer is commonly associated with radiation exposure, “we believe that an estimate of the detrimental health consequences of radiation exposure should also include non-cancer health outcomes. We now have evidence suggesting that radiation exposure may also lead to increased risks of hypertension, cardiovascular disease and cerebrovascular disease, as well,” said Tamara Azizova, M.D., lead author of the study at the Southern Urals Biophysics Institute in Russia.Azizova pointed out that in recent years, the number of people exposed to radiation in everyday life, such as during diagnostic procedures, has increased. “It is necessary to inform the public that not only high doses of radiation, but low to moderate doses also increase the risk of hypertension and other circulatory system diseases, which today contribute significantly to death and disability. As a result, all radiological protection principles and dose limits should be strictly followed for workers and the general public.”How radiation exposure may increase the risk of hypertension is still a question, according to Azizova. “So far, the mechanisms remain unclear, not only for certain cohorts but also for the general population. One of the main tasks for the coming decade is to study the mechanisms of hypertension and heart and brain atherosclerosis occurring in people who are – and who were exposed – to radiation.”The authors note that their study is a retrospective one, and while many health conditions and behaviors were documented in the medical records of the workers (such as age, smoking, alcohol consumption and body mass index), other factors, such as stress and nutrition, were unavailable for researchers to be taken into account in this study. Source:https://www.heart.org/last_img read more

Telangana govt Exhibition Society to compensate for loss in fire

first_imgSHARE SHARE EMAIL COMMENT January 31, 2019 COMMENTS events SHARE Published on The Telangana Government has assured the traders affected by a massive fire that engulfed the All India Exhibition and gutted scores of stores, that they would be compensated after the loss is estimated.A day after the late evening blaze that gutted shops and stalls at the exhibition, popularly known as Numaish, All India Industrial Exhibition Society President Eatala Rajender and former Finance Minister visited the site. He said the revenue department would assess the loss and take steps to compensate those affected.Speaking to news persons at the Society office today, he said “fire safety measures will be upgraded and efforts made for early restoration.”About 200 shops were damaged in the raging fire. The Exhibition Society would compensate a part of the losses, he said.Rajender said it would not be appropriate to comment on the cause of fire.Inflammable material such as wood used in making stalls and kiosks may have to be replaced with iron in future. While dismissing allegations that fire engines stationed at the Exhibition had insufficient water, he said the number of fire engines stationed would be stepped up from two to four. Other measures like widening the carriageway to facilitate better movement of vehicles in case of emergencies would be taken up.Responding to queries, Rajender said shops and the material stocked were not insured. And in future, an insurance component would also be considered. The Exhibition Society is considering whether it could extend the Numaish for some more days, once the restoration is completed. firelast_img read more

Fire breaks out at Nandaram market in Kolkata

first_imgFire breaks out at Nandaram market in KolkataThe cause of the fire has not been ascertained yet. An investigation in the case has been initiated.advertisement Next India Today Web Desk New DelhiJuly 13, 2019UPDATED: July 13, 2019 17:03 IST PTI image used for representation.A major fire broke out on Saturday afternoon at Nandaram market in Kolkata in West Bengal. At least six fire tenders are present at the spot and the attempts to douse the fire are underway.The fire was reported from the 9th floor of Nandaram market.The cause of the fire has not been ascertained yet. An investigation in the case has been initiated.The same market was gutted in a major fire nearly a decade ago. It was repaired and the business establishments had resumed work then.More details are awaited in the Nandaram market fire.Also Read | Gurugram: 100 shanties gutted, 7-month-old infant dead in fireAlso Watch | Fire breaks out at high-rise in Kolkata’s Park StreetFor the latest World Cup news, live scores and fixtures for World Cup 2019, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for World Cup news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byChanchal Chauhanlast_img read more