Belga, Rain or Shine stay confident: ‘We can beat Ginebra’

first_imgGetting off to a good start will be one of Rain or Shine’s top priorities in a do-or-die Game 4 on Monday night.“We kept it close last game and we survived in the end. We just need to fix our start and hopefully, our coaching staff will be able to make a good game plan,” said Belga, who had six points, six rebounds, and four assists in 20 minutes off the bench.READ: Yap’s clutch heroics lift Rain or Shine past Ginebra for tied series“I’m happy with the way we performed in the second half but really, I was a bit disappointed because we’ve had a bad start for the last three games,” ROS head coach Caloy Garia said. “We have to find a way to start better to keep us in the game earlier and maybe have a chance.”Garcia said his team remains upbeat heading into Game 4 following a gutsy performance in the last two quarters where they outscored the Gin Kings, 49-29.ADVERTISEMENT “We can beat them,” said Rain or Shine big man Beau Belga in Filipino. “We were down by 20 in the fourth quarter and we came back so we know that we can beat them if we really want to.”But Belga also knows it’s not that simple.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’READ: Ginebra averts meltdown, beats Rain or Shine to close in on finals spot“We just can’t afford to fall behind by 20 or more. We strived but it’s just really hard to win if you’re down that big.” The way Rain or Shine played in the second half provided enough reasons for the Elasto Painters to keep believing they can beat Barangay Ginebra in their best-of-five semifinals series.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team LATEST STORIES Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced “We’re confident. After the way we played in the second half that gave us at least confidence that we just have to watch what we did in the second half.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ View comments Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Cone concerned as Ginebra blows huge lead: ‘We have to respond better’ Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go?last_img read more

India Contributes $12M to UN Ebola Fight

first_imgThe Indian Government Thursday, September 25, announced a US$12 million contribution to the new United Nations Mission for Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER) to help it fight the deadly Ebola virus.The Asian superpower said their donation is for the UN to help stop the deadly Ebola virus disease that has so far hit five countries, including Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea, Nigeria and Senegal, in West Africa.Liberia is the hardest hit among the first three countries, where the virus is ravishing.According to a dispatch, the contribution was approved by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi just ahead of his departure to the US, where he will address the 69th Session of UN General Assembly in New York on September 27. The spokesperson of India’s External Affairs Ministry or Foreign Affairs said US$10 million will go to the UN Secretary General’s fund for Ebola and US$2 million for purchase of protective gear to tackle Ebola.The Ebola virus, which hit West Africa early this year, has killed more than 2000 people in the five countries. The UN Security Council has also declared the outbreak of the virus in West Africa a “threat to international peace and security”. Security General Ban Ki-moon last week described the situation arising out of spread of Ebola virus as “unprecedented” and had announced setting up of UNMEER to put in place an effective response mechanism.On August 28, the Association of Indian Community in Liberia donated to the Liberian Government’s National Ebola Task Force more than US$200,000 items, including two ambulances. Meanwhile, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has applauded the Government of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) for continuing to be a true and faithful partner and friend to Liberia and Africa as a whole and for the many interventions in most of the country’s development sectors.“Your troops remain part of the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) while many young Liberians have gone to China for school with full support from the Chinese Government. The Jackson Doe Hospital in Tappita, as well as the new campus of the University of Liberia at Fendell; these are just a few of your numerous support to our country,” President Sirleaf highlighted to Chinese Ambassador Zhang Yue.According to an Executive Mansion release, the Liberian leader made the assertion when she witnessed the signing and the Exchange of Notes between the Governments of Liberia and the PRC for over US$3 million in support of the fight against the Ebola virus disease as well as logistics to the Liberia National Police (LNP).The ceremony, which took place in the Cabinet Room of the President’s Office at the Foreign Ministry, saw Acting Foreign Minister Sylvester Grigsby sign on behalf of Liberia while PRC’s Ambassador to Liberia, Mr. Zhang Yue, signed for his Government.As stipulated in the Exchange of Notes, the PRC Government is providing US$1 million cash to the Liberian Government; US$2 million to the World Food Program (WFP) for food assistance to Liberia; and US$211,781 logistical support to the LNP.President Sirleaf, speaking following the signing, said Liberia is extremely grateful to the PRC for being there from the very beginning of the fight to eradicate the Ebola virus disease from the country. “You were with us in this fight from the very start,” the Liberian leader noted.Speaking earlier, Ambassador Yue said he was honored to sign the diplomatic note for additional assistance to Liberia to support efforts to eradicate the deadly Ebola virus disease and acknowledged that the disease was spreading fast in West Africa which had become a threat to the international community.Ambassador Yue indicated that the President of China, Xi Jinping, is very concerned about the situation in Liberia and West Africa and is committed to helping to stop the disease. The Chinese diplomat emphasized that it is crucial to take urgent measures to improve the public health system, deploy more trained health workers, break the transmission chain and stop the spread of the disease.“This outbreak has a great impact on economic development and social stability in Liberia and China is trying to do its part along with the rest of the international community to respond in stronger ways to stop the further spread of the disease,” Ambassador Yue stressed.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

GAA NEWS: FANAD DUO HELP DONEGAL MINORS INTO ULSTER MFC SEMI-FINAL

first_imgGaeil Fhanada NotesFundraiser – Last chance to get involved! Gaeil Fhánada Euro 2016 Prediction CompetitionThis is the final week to get your hands on one of our Euro 2016 prediction sheets. The interest has been excellent so far. If you want to enter, please either contact one of our players/committee members or you can collect a form from any shop/pub in Fanad.Sellers:Tickets are due this Thursday 09th June, so please ensure you drop your quota to the Fanad Lodge or any of our senior players!Annual School Sports Day Our annual Schools Sports Day will be next Tuesday June 14th.  As always we would be grateful for any volunteers on the day – anyone who would like to help in anyway please contact Bridie Doherty or Margaretta McConigle, either by text or facebook message, thanks. All helpers to be at Tria Loch at 8.45a.m. on Tuesday morning please.Lotto ResultsNumbers drawn were 02, 04, 05,12, 18. Bonus 05. €100 winner Paul Coyle, Ballyhiernan.   €50 winner Lorna McDaid, Ramelton.  Rachel and Declan on duty. Next week’s Jackpot is €600.  Come on support our club!Seniors and ReservesNo Senior game this weekend, our Reserves play catch up game away to N. Colmcille, day and time to be confirmed.Well Done to Odhran Shiels who played half back for the County Minors against Antrim last Sunday evening, and also to Eoghan Carr who is also part of the squad.  They now play Monaghan in the Ulster Semi- final in 3 weeks time. Senior & Minors LadiesTraining this Sunday morning at 10.30a.m. Our next game is on the 26th June against Glenswilly. Hope to see all you ladies at training.Dún na nGall v FearmanachÁdh mór chuig foireann an Condae an deireadh seachtaine seo chugainn nuair atá siad ag imirt Fearmanach i mBaile Feich.Gaeil Fhánada Cúl Camp will take place this year from July 25th to 29th. Could we encourage everyone to book on time so that the correct amount of gear can be ordered.  All children of primary school age are welcome to take part.  Application forms will be given out through schools in the next week or so.  Also available from Fiona Shiels.Comhghairdeas mhór le C.L.G Na nDúnaibh, bhí bua iontach agaibh i mBaile Bhúirne i gComórtas Peil na Gaeltachta! Bain sult as!Notes to Margaretta before Sunday evening 10p.m. please!!GAA NEWS: FANAD DUO HELP DONEGAL MINORS INTO ULSTER MFC SEMI-FINAL was last modified: June 8th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:GAAGaeil FhanadaSportlast_img read more

SA shines at Paralympic Cup

first_img18 May 2005South Africa sent five athletes to the inaugural Paralympic World Cup that ended on Sunday in Manchester, England.They came home with seven gold medals between them – as well as two world records in the pool and a sprint double on the track by two people who are bridging the gap between able-bodied and disabled athletes.World records for Du ToitNatalie du Toit continued her love affair with Manchester, breaking two world records – each one twice over – at the same venue where she won the David Dixon Award for the outstanding athlete of the 2002 Commonwealth Games. Du Toit established new world marks in the 50 metres and 100 metres freestyle, breaking both world records in the heats and then smashing those marks in the finals. When she was done, the 50 metres mark stood at 29.35 seconds and the 100 metres mark at 1:01.68.Voted the Sports Star of the Year at the SA Sports Awards in 2004, Du Toit lived up to her billing, grabbing gold in the two freestyle events as well as gold in the S9 100 metres backstroke – a notable achievement, as it was the gold medal she missed out on at last year’s Athens Olympics.Speaking after her success, Du Toit admitted that she hadn’t been expecting her world record-breaking performances, explaining that she had enjoyed a short break after the South African able-bodied national championships.“I don’t think of myself as being disabled or able-bodied,” she added, “I just want to be myself and to go for my own dreams and goals. For me, there’s really no line.”Du Toit was not alone in flying South Africa’s flag. In fact, she was one of three South Africans to catch the eye.Sprint double for PistoriusDouble leg-amputee Oscar Pistorius shone on the track, doing the sprint double as he claimed the 100 metres in 11.23 seconds and the 200 metres in 22.01.Only a month before the Paralympic World Cup, Pistorius was in action in the South African national championships for able-bodied athletes, clocking 47.34 seconds to finish sixth in the 400 metres.That performance has given the Pretoria schoolboy the opportunity to bridge the gap between able-bodied and disabled athletes – as Du Toit did in the 800 metres freestyle at the 2002 Commonwealth Games. He has been invited to compete in the 400 metres at the IAAF Grand Prix meeting in Helsinki in July.Should he go – and he would have to get around his father’s wishes that he should rather write his exams – he would become the first disabled athlete to compete in an IAAF Grand Prix meeting.Like Du Toit, Pistorius was also recognised as one of South Africa’s brightest sports stars in 2004, being named the Newcomer of the Year at the SA Sports Awards.Two titles for Van DykErnst van Dyk, the wheelchair marathon world record holder and the recent winner of the Boston Marathon for a record fifth consecutive time, added two more golds to the South African haul. He claimed the pursuit title in 4:20.80, and also won the 1 500 metres in 3:21.85.Van Dyk was named South Africa’s Disabled Athlete of the Year, tied with Craig Groenewald, in 2004.High jumper David Roos came close to a medal in Manchester, finishing fourth, while Dewald Reynders settled for seventh place in the discus.South Africa’s Paralympic team was named Team of the Year at the SA Sports Awards in 2004. Small wonder … Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

South African painting was used as noticeboard

first_img23 July 2015The valuable painting Arab in Black by South African painter Irma Stern was recently discovered in a London flat, where it was being used as a kitchen noticeboard, covered in bills and letters.“An art expert spotted a painting valued at up to £1-million (over R19-million), which was once sold to help fund Nelson Mandela’s legal defence, being used as a noticeboard in a London flat,” reported the British newspaper, The Guardian on 21 July.Betty Suzman, the sister-in-law of the anti-apartheid activist and politician Janet Suzman, donated the painting to a charity auction in the 1950s to raise cash for the defence for the trial of Mandela, Walter Sisulu, Oliver Tambo and others charged with high treason.It was the first big treason trial, and the activists faced the death penalty. In 1961, the case was dismissed after the trial had dragged on for five years, but three years later Mandela, Sisulu and others were re-arrested and given life sentences for treason.A serendipitous findThe painting was spotted by a specialist in South African art at Bonhams auction house during a valuation visit to the flat.“I spotted this masterpiece hanging in the kitchen covered in letters, postcards and bills,” said Hannah O’Leary. “It was a hugely exciting find, even before I learned of its political significance.”The Guardian reported that the heavy, ornate frame was itself rare and valuable, made from the timbers of elaborately carved antique door cases from Zanzibar, which are now barred from export. Stern spent several periods working in Zanzibar in the 1930s and 40s, and used the frames for what she considered her best works.The artistStern was born in 1894 in Schweizer-Reneke in what was then Transvaal, to German Jewish immigrant parents. She studied in Weimar and Berlin and had her inaugural exhibition in Berlin in 1919. She died in Cape Town in 1966, where her house in the suburb of Rosebank is now the Irma Stern Museum.During her life, she travelled extensively in Europe and explored southern Africa, Zanzibar and the Congo. “These trips provided a wide range of subject matter for her paintings and gave her opportunities to acquire and assemble an eclectic collection of artefacts for her home,” says the museum.Stern is widely regarded as one of South Africa’s leading artists whose paintings have been increasing in value. A similar painting of a Zanzibar subject and also framed in the antique timber, was sold for £3.1-million at Bonhams in 2011, setting a world record.Arab in Black was painted in 1939. It depicts an Arab man from the island of Zanzibar.In her 1948 book Zanzibar, the artist described the population as “bearded figures belonging to another age – a thousand years or more back; gold glistening on their coats, silk woven into their rainbow-coloured turbans, wound artfully, each particular race having a different traditional way. their faces expressed depths of suffering, profound wisdom and full understanding of all the pleasures of life – faces alive with life’s experiences.”The painting will be sold at Bonham’s auction of South African art in London on 9 September.Source: SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Ohio Ag Net Podcast | Episode 50 | Lake Erie Impairment, Time to Plant?

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The 50th episode of the Ohio Ag Net Podcast, courtesy of AgriGold, talks the major topics of the week in agriculture.Ty Higgins speaks with Ohio Farm Bureau’s Adam Sharp about the impairment designation recently announced for Lake Erie.Matt Reese hears from Glenn Harsh about the coming planting season and some tips on planting into cover crop stands.Talking planting, Ty is keeping us updated on a farming family testing out the early implementation of soybeans, putting some in the ground in mid-March.All that and much more in the Ohio Ag Net Podcast, brought to you by AgriGold.last_img read more

Flooding and ponding in corn

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Alexander Lindsey and Peter Thomison, Ohio State University ExtensionPersistent rains during May and early June have resulted in ponding and saturated soils in many Ohio corn fields and led to questions concerning what impact these conditions will have on corn performance.The extent to which ponding injures corn is determined by several factors including (1) plant stage of development when ponding occurs, (2) duration of ponding and (3) air/soil temperatures. Corn is affected most by flooding at the early stages of growth (see https://agcrops.osu.edu/newsletter/corn-newsletter/2018-15/young-corn-wet-feet-what-can-we-expect). Under certain conditions, saturated soils can result in yield losses. Saturated soil conditions can result in losses of nitrogen through denitrification and leaching.Additionally, root uptake of nutrients may be seriously reduced even if plants are not killed outright by the oxygen deficiency and the carbon dioxide toxicity that result from saturated soil conditions. Root growth and plant respiration slow down while root permeability to water and nutrient uptake decreases. Impaired nutrient uptake may result in deficiencies of nitrogen and other nutrients during the grain filling stage. Once the corn has reached the late vegetative stages, saturated soil conditions will usually not cause significant damage. Moreover, moderate temperatures should help minimize the level of stress.Although standing water is evident in fields with compacted areas, ponding has usually been of limited duration (i.e. the water has drained off quickly within a few hours). In Ohio in 2017-2018, we observed a 10% yield loss when corn was flooded at V4 for 2 days and received 120 lbs N pre-plant + 60 pounds N sidedress (applied post-flood). When flooded for 4 or 6 days, yield loss increased to 15 and 33%, respectively, when receiving the same N regime. If the additional 60 pounds N was not sidedressed post-flood, yield losses increased to 30, 50, or 57% for 2, 4, or 6 days of flooding, respectively.According to Dr. Emerson Nafziger at the University of Illinois (http://bulletin.ipm.illinois.edu/?p=1240) “…At the time the crop reaches stage V13 (about head-high), it still has to take up 110 to 120 pounds of N, and in years when June is wet, a common question is whether or not the crop might run out of nitrogen, leaving the crop short. While the need for 20 or more pounds of N per week would seem to raise the possibility of a shortage, the production of plant-available N from soil organic matter through the process of mineralization is also at its maximum rate in mid-season. For a crop with a good root system growing in a soil with 3% organic matter, mineralization at mid-season likely provides at least half the N needed by the crop on a daily basis. This means that normal amounts of fertilizer N, even if there has been some loss, should be adequate to supply the crop.”If the rain has been paired with strong winds, root lodging may occur. Yield losses of 4, 10, and 15-25% have been reported for 100% root lodging at V10, V13-15, and V17-R1, respectively in Wisconsin. Results from Ohio in 2018 suggest these values may be greater than previously reported (8, 37, and 58% yield loss when root-lodged at V10, V13-14, and VT-R1, respectively). This trial will be repeated in 2019 in Ohio.Disease problems that become greater risks due to ponding and cool temperatures include Pythium, corn smut, and crazy top. Fungicide seed treatments will help reduce stand loss, but the duration of protection is limited to about two weeks. The fungus that causes crazy top depends on saturated soil conditions to infect corn seedlings. There is limited hybrid resistance to these diseases and predicting damage from corn smut and crazy top is difficult until later in the growing season. However, the economic impact of these latter two diseases is usually negligible.last_img read more

Where the Solar Bargains Are

first_imgFactors that bring down pricesState-to-state differences were significant. In Maine, small-scale solar is 51 times more likely to be low-priced than in California, which was used as the reference state in the report’s statistical analysis. In Arizona, systems were 23 times more likely to be low-priced.Low-priced systems were more likely to have these attributes:Larger in size and self-installed.Installed in markets with fewer active installers, in areas with lower household densities.Include Chinese-brand panels and thin-film panels.Less likely to have micro-inverters, battery backup, or tracking mechanisms.Less likely to use building-integrated components.Less likely to be installed in new construction.The authors noted that residential PV capacity increased by a factor of eight between 2009 and 2014 as installed prices fell by 50%. In 2014, 32% of all new U.S. electrical generation capacity came from PV; 20% of that was residential.“Widespread adoption of PV will depend, in part, on the economics of those systems,” Wiser said. “By studying the attributes of low-priced PV systems, we can begin to identify what can be done to facilitate those conditions and thereby drive down PV system prices nationwide.”To learn more about the report, you can register for a webinar scheduled for January 25 at 10 a.m. Pacific (1 p.m. Eastern). Maine, New Jersey, New Hampshire, and Arizona are among the states where buyers are most likely to find the best bargains on small-scale photovoltaic (PV) systems, according to a new study from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL).Published this month, the study was aimed at identifying the characteristics of low-priced PV systems. “Ultimately,” the authors asked, “what can be done to reproduce or facilitate those conditions more broadly to drive down U.S. PV system prices?”Researchers from LBNL, three universities, and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory looked at the characteristics of the least expensive PV systems, based on a database of 40,000 systems in 15 states (all installed in 2013). These PV systems had a rated capacity of between 1 and 15 kilowatts, were both residential and commercial, and included systems owned by third parties.“Despite impressive recent cost reductions, installed prices for small-scale PV systems in the United States continue to show wide pricing differences depending on the location of the installation, the installer, the components of the system, and other factors,” co-author Ryan Wiser said in a statement. “Our work seeks to pinpoint the characteristics of recently installed PV systems at the lower end of the observed solar price range.”The team used several definitions for “low-priced” (or LP) systems, but relied chiefly on one describing them at or below the 10th percentile in dollars per watt — that is, cheaper than 90% of all systems. Researchers established the threshold for a low-priced system at $3.46 per watt.Overall, the authors noted a steep decline in system costs between 2000 and 2013, from an average of $13.37 per watt to $4.77 per watt. The average system size has doubled in capacity, from 3 kilowatts to 6 kW.last_img read more

The Digital Purge: How (And Why) To Nuke Your Email Inbox

first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Editors Note: This is part one of a series on the best strategies for limiting noise, junk and distractions in your digital life. We’re halfway through January and many people are very much still in how-can-I-improve-my-life mode. If joining the gym or deactivating Facebook hasn’t made you feel like a better human yet, here’s another idea: The Digital Purge. It’s been four years since Nicholas Carr wrote his famous story in The Atlantic about whether Google (and by extension, the Internet) is making us “stupid.” That article, along with his book The Shallows kicked off a huge debate about the effects the Web is having on our brains, particularly our ability to think deeply or retain information. Since then, with the rise of smartphones, our attention has become even more fractured. The flood of information has become even more constant and overwhelming – and it affects more and more people all the time. Fortunately, there are ways to minimize the noise. One thing that would help many people is a periodic purge of all their feeds, subscriptions, emails, notifications and yes, even friends. Not every button will be painless to click. But your brain will feel better for it. And email is the perfect place to start. How To Take Control Of Your Inbox Even if you’ve been fairly organized about email – setting up folders or tags, utilizing stars and color-coding – chances are your inbox has outgrown your best efforts to tame it. If you’re like me, you look at your inbox with one agenda in mind: process it. See if you have any new emails, read them, respond to the ones you starred earlier, draft new messages. Seldom do we take a step back and think about what our inbox looks like and why. So many apps, social networks and commerce sites make the same ballsy, if not outright obnoxious assumption: If you’re signing up to use this product, you want us to email you all the time. And even if you don’t, we’ll keep that box checked by default and hope you won’t notice. You want push notifications on your phone? Just click “OK.” Trust us. Screw all of that.  Plenty of sites and services that are no doubht bombarding your inbox right now. They need to be zapped. Is Facebook telling you every time somebody likes your vacation photos? Does Twitter fill you in every time anyone does anything anywhere near one of your tweets? Don’t you constantly check these services anyway? Wait, a random high school acquaintance joined Pinterest?? I wonder what kind of cupcakes they’re pinning. You don’t need those emails. In 15 minutes you can go through and unsubscribe to most of them, zapping anything that doesn’t lend itself to a more productive or fulfilling life. For some, you’ll need to navigate the original website’s notifications settings (try not to get distracted by Grumpy Cat on the way). For others, the “unsubscribe” link is right there at the bottom of the newsletter, as required by law. Many times, it actually works properly, too! john paul titlow Tags:#Digital Lifestyle#email#gmail#Pause#productivity When It Doubt, Go Nuclear With FiltersTo nuke the rest, set up a series of rules (this works differently depending on your email provider). In Gmail, it’s easy. When you’re viewing an offending message, you can click the “More” button in the upper right and then select “Filter messages like these.” From there, you can tell Gmail to archive, mark as unread or delete any message with a given sender or subject line. Likewise, if there are any messages you definitely don’t want to miss, you can set up a filter that will automatically star them. Limit Your Exposure To Email But here’s the real issue: If you’re habitually checking your email dozens of times per day, stop it.  For most of us, the amount of attention we pay our inboxes each day vastly outweighs the value we realistically derive from it. Ironically, not checking your email it requires conscious effort, since we’ve trained our brains to expect a never-ending flow of messages, one of which just might be that super-important opportunity we’ve been waiting for. Our brains need to be re-trained. To do this, we need to turn off the god forsaken email notifications and set aside specific chunks of time for dealing with email. Of course, productivity gurus have been telling us this for years. But it’s worthless advice unless we actually do it.But here’s the key. It’s not enough to re-train ourselves. While we’re at it, we need to re-train those with whom we communicate via email so they no longer expect immediate responses to every message. Surprisingly, a growing number of employers are actually encouraging this practice, especially after hours. (See Why I’m Joining The Movement To Stop Answering After-Hours Email.) They know that constant email interruptions aren’t good for productivity. We need to learn that lesson as well.Lead photo by Liz West.  Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Akhilesh seeks probe by SC judge, slams inaction

first_imgSamajwadi Party president Akhilesh Yadav on Friday alleged that “corruption” was the reason behind the shortage of oxygen supply in the BRD hospital and demanded a probe by a sitting judge of the Supreme Court.Mr. Yadav also suggested that along with the other probes, the CBI should also probe the matter. “This government has a lot of attachment with the CBI. The CBI is also under them. Along with other investigations, there should also be CBI probe into this matter,” the former chief minister told reporters here.Replying to questions, he said the cause of the deaths will be known after the completion of inquiries, but the matters that are coming to the fore now smack of corruption somewhere, causing a breakdown in the supply of oxygen in the ward.“Chief Minister Yogi Adityanth is not speaking on this issue… The government is not even providing help to the victims,” Mr. Yadav said.Describing Mr. Adityanath as “the digital Chief Minister of a New India”, the former chief minister said he (Adityanath) was unaware of the reality and was instead embroiled in issues like namaz on the roads and Janmashtami functions in police stations.(With inputs from PTI)last_img read more