first_imgIn an acting class I am taking, we were given an exercise to ruin the scene we were assigned. The object was to get out of your head and to stop playing the character or the scene the way you think it goes, but to do something completely different—and wrong. I am a natural for this exercise, since I already possess the ability to ruin every scene due to my serious lack of acting skills (unless the scene calls for angry, and then I am, for some reason, gifted).This exercise reminds me of my aikido practice. Aikido is a difficult martial art, and there isn’t any way to learn it without feeling it. In aikido, I was taught to purposely do techniques wrong four times so I could feel what it felt like to fail.In both acting and aikido, the freedom to fail improves your skills and abilities. When you aren’t free to fail, you aren’t free to take the actions you might otherwise take. You stay in up in your head, and you are restrained in your actions.Are you giving yourself the freedom to fail and to learn from your failed attempts?Learning to Make DistinctionsYou are going to fail from time to time. You are sometimes going to do your very best work, and your very best work isn’t going to be good enough. If the little judge inside of you decides that you are a failure for having failed, then you won’t have gained anything from the experience.Failure is merely an event. The most successful people you have seen have a huge wake of failure trailing off behind their successes.Instead of judging yourself for having failed, your job is to have learned something from that failure.Being free to fail works because it allows you to make distinctions. You get to feel things. You learn to notice differences, like “this is too much,” or “this is too little.” You get test your assumptions: “I believed that this is what would work and it didn’t. Was it poorly executed, or was my strategy wrong?”No Excuses Offered, None TakenIt’s normal to make excuses when you fail. We don’t want to be responsible when something goes wrong or when we don’t get the outcome we really needed. But if you make excuses why the failure wasn’t your fault, you eliminate the possibility of learning from that mistake.Special Note to the Sales Leader: If you punish failure, you will ensure that you get excuses instead of a sales organization that can learn from its mistakes.There’s no reason to try to fail; you’ll get that experience without trying. But being free to fail means being free to try. It means being free to stretch. And, it’s a necessary part of learning and gaining situational experience.QuestionsHow willing are you to fail?How do you ensure you learn from your failures?What distinctions have you made from recent failures?If you lead a team, how do you embrace failure instead of punishing it?last_img read more

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first_imgAdvertisement AdvertisementVirat Kohli’s men dropping catches on day 1 of the first Test against England at the Edgbaston became a point of debate as Mohammad Azharuddin quoted, “Slip is a specialised position. You have to identify the players and they should practise slip catching. Especially the ones playing the longer format should take at least 50-60 catches in the position during practice. We have to identify them because they need to be proactive and willing to do it. Sometimes players don’t want to, you need to stand in the right position, concentrate for long periods of time, it’s a difficult task.”He added, “Most of the teams these days struggle when the ball is moving because we are used to playing in good batting wickets in the shorter formats. England also struggled on Wednesday. When the ball moves, we struggle because we don’t play on those wickets consistently. We need to play there and only then we will improve.”Ajinkya Rahane dropping Keaton Jennings at fourth slip and Sam Curran put down with an acrobatic effort when the ball was shot into the hands of Shikhar Dhawan at first slip were  major talking points of the day. The art of slip fielding it would seem is no longer what it used to be, at least according to former Indian captain Mohammad Azharuddin. Also Read :Cricket: The price hike in tickets makes Indian fans stay away from the first TestEngland vs. India: 1st Test Day 3 Review: Victory on the horizon for both sides ahead of Day 4last_img read more

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first_imgA sobbing six-year-old, his tears broadcast worldwide after his Ferrari idol Kimi Raikkonen crashed out of the Spanish Grand Prix, became a symbol on Sunday of Formula One’s new fan-friendly approach.Raikkonen, the 2007 world champion and one of the sport’s most popular drivers, collided on the opening lap with Red Bull’s 2016 race winner Max Verstappen and retired.As the television cameras panned around the crowd, they picked out the tearful face of Thomas Danel from the French city of Amiens.LAP 1/66: Agony for Kimi (and one of his young fans) ?? RAI is out after damaging front left of his car #SpanishGP ???? #F1 pic.twitter.com/Zjwrx6bJGU- Formula 1 (@F1) May 14, 2017A social media surge ensued, with organisers and Ferrari quick to react and bring the boy — wearing a Ferrari cap and shirt — into the exclusive paddock area with his family to meet Raikkonen.The Finn, known as the “Ice Man”, gave him a pair of racing shoes and the youngster later joined mechanics to watch the podium celebrations with Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel finishing second.The smiles just keep getting bigger and bigger… Nice one, Kimi ??? #SpanishGP ???? #F1 pic.twitter.com/Ywqru5IFlX- Formula 1 (@F1) May 14, 2017″This has been the most fantastic day for us,” his mother Coralie was quoted as saying by organisers. “We could not believe it when they came to get us and took us to Ferrari.”Formula One’s new owners Liberty Media, who took over as commercial rights holders in January, have made improving the fan experience a priority as they seek to boost crowds and drive revenues.advertisementFormer supremo Bernie Ecclestone had little time for social media and the sport relied on individual race promoters and the media for marketing.The Spanish Grand Prix, the start of the European season, saw a number of new initiatives trumpeted as part of a revamped “fan festival”.Drivers and team officials were interviewed publicly on the starting grid after qualifying and before the race for all to hear while more access was granted to other areas.Prizes included a 300kph ride in a two-seater racing car, trips around the track on the drivers’ parade truck were available and pit lane guests were given access to a fully functioning garage.”Formula One is undergoing a major evolution and the Spanish Grand Prix is a landmark moment in the brand’s history,” declared commercial managing director Sean Bratches.”From the outset, we have focused on getting fans closer to the action and broadening the appeal of the sport.”last_img read more

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first_imgPune, Aug 17 (PTI) Indian Super League (ISL) club FC Pune City today announced the signing of the Uruguayan centre back Martin Diaz to strengthen their defence line for the 2018-19 season. After acquiring Martin’s signature, FC Pune City CEO Gaurav Modwel said, “Martin will strengthen our defence with his vast experience in South America, Europe and of course an entire season in ISL. He is versatile and can play either as centre-back or a defensive midfielder. He is technical and is good with playing the ball from the back, which suits our style of play.” Martin began his senior career with Defensor Sporting in 2008 and later played for Dinamo Bucuresti, CD Badajoz, Montevideo Wanderers, Atletico Rafaela and Liverpool FC in Primera Division. NorthEast United FC signed him last season where he played 16 games. Martin also captained his national team in 2005 FIFA U17 World Championship. Head coach Miguel Angel Portugal said, “I have seen Martin last season and what impressed me is his work ethic and adaptability. He is never short of energy and brings in a lot of experience, which will help the young players of our team. I welcome him to our club and hope he makes a positive impact on the club as well as its fans.” Excited after joining the club Martin said, “After witnessing what FC Pune City achieved last season, I felt the club was really moving along well. After meeting them, I realised their professional approach to everything in and around the club helped them achieve what they did.advertisement “I am excited to join my new team and equally thrilled about accepting this new challenge.” PTI AHAHlast_img read more

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first_imgThe Play by the Rules magazine is a free online magazine for people interested in safe, fair and inclusive sport issues.The 21st issue of the Play by the Rules magazine has now been released and enclosed below. Feature articles in the magazine include:Governance is just a word for doing business better – 7 tips for good governance in sporting organisationsThe mercy rule in children’s sport – help of hindrance?When under the microscope – how we express ourselves is importantThe magazine is available as a Flip Book, PDF or Word version.Be sure to spread the message of safe, fair and inclusive sport by sharing the magazine to your support networks. Related LinksPlay By The Ruleslast_img read more

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first_img Fall Foliage Forecast: Where and When to See the Leaves Change in 2019 How to Support the Teachers in Your Life 7 Mountain Bike Destinations to Put On Your Bucket List 11 Under-the-Radar Cities in Canada Worth Exploring Editors’ Recommendations Fall is here. That means it’s time for pumpkin-spiced everything, Oktoberfest, and leaf-peeping. If you think the latter is only for senior citizens and fanny-pack-wearing Midwestern housewives, you’re not entirely wrong. However, if you love trees and pretty colors and scenic grandeur, the annual turning of the leaves here in the United States is the ideal time to kickstart fall hiking season. Here are our predictions of where and when to enjoy the best fall foliage for 2018.New EnglandClaire Gentile/Getty ImagesThe leaves have begun to turn in some areas of the Northeastern United States. For 2018, the foliage should fully peak around the second week of October (October 8-15) in upstate New York and northern New England (Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine), and just begin to peak in Massachusetts at that time. Thanks to the abundance of sugar maple, oak, and alder trees, Stowe, Vermont and The White Mountains offer some of the best leaf-peeping in New England. However, fall is also the region’s busiest time of year on the roads and hiking trails. Head north on I-91 or I-93, and look for the many less-trafficked secondary roads to escape the tourist crowds. For a bucket-list-worthy, foliage-focused adventure, check out the area’s ziplining, skydiving, and gliding experiences. For a more relaxed experience, Amtrak’s Great Dome Car offers panoramic views of the changing leaves in the Adirondack Mountains. For 2018, the vintage car once again travels the Adirondack line from upstate New York to Montreal.The MidwestJames Brey/Getty ImagesThe best leaf-peeping in the Midwest is found nearest the Canadian border. Here, the most brilliant colors begin to peak around the middle of October in Wisconsin and Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Our money is on Minnesota. Driving the North Shore of Lake Superior — where a canopy of birch, yellow aspen, and scarlet maple blanket the landscape in every direction — is one of the best ways to take in the region’s fall foliage. The central Brainerd Lakes region also puts on a brilliant show amid thick woods of birch, oak, aspen, and maple. Bonus: it’s also the cheapest time of year to visit Minnesota as prices drop considerably on everything from flights to hotels to tours.Rocky MountainsRocky Mountains in Alberta, Canada Martinagebarovska/Getty ImagesIn the heart of The Rocky Mountains, the peak leaf-peeping period is brief. Thanks to the area’s notoriously dramatic and finicky weather patterns, it’s perhaps more fleeting than anywhere in the United States. This year, the best time to visit for maximum foliage enjoyment should be around the middle of October (beginning October 15-22). There’s no shortage of opportunities throughout Colorado. For something truly unique, however, head to Telluride where, every fall, the forests of quaking aspen turn a brilliant gold and shimmer at the slightest breeze. The mountain’s free, eight-mile gondola is the ideal way to take it all in.For a detailed timeline of this year’s fall foliage predictions, check out this interactive map from SmokyMountains.com. There’s Never a Bad Time to Visit Whistler, the Four-Season Outdoor Playground last_img read more

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first_img House of Assembly Speaker Gordie Gosse thanked the RCMP for its thorough investigation into expenses filed by Members of the Legislative Assembly today, Feb. 14. In February 2009, Auditor General Jaques Lapointe released a report about MLA expenses and subsequently forwarded names to the RCMP. According to the House of Assembly Act, a person can remain a member of the legislative assembly while proceedings take place. Should there be a conviction, the member must be removed from the House of Assembly. “If there is a conviction of a sitting member of the House, I am compelled to abide by the law, in accordance with the act,” said Mr. Gosse. Government has made a number of changes since July 2009, including eliminating the $45,000 retirement allowance and $2,500 tech fund, reducing monthly allowances and posting all MLA expenses online. NOTE: A full list of changes to MLA benefits and compensation is available at https://www.gov.ns.ca/news/docs/2011/feb/MLA-Expenses-update-2011.pdf . The wording of Section 22 and 23 of the House of Assembly Act can be viewed at https://www.gov.ns.ca/news/docs/2011/feb/Section-22-and-23-of-the-House-of-Assembly.pdflast_img read more

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first_imgThree-time World Dance Champion and recurring star of “Dancing with the Stars”, Louis Van Amstel sizzled last month at the 2017 Special Olympics World Winter Games in Austria.The newly minted “Special Olympics Dance Ambassador” Louis Van Amstel joined celebrities such as Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jason Mraz, and Princess Charlene of Monaco to celebrate the world’s largest sports organization for children and adults with intellectual disabilities.“I’m so proud of all the athletes at the Special Olympics. They might be diagnosed with a disability, but they sure focus on their abilities!” says Van Amstel.As part of Van Amstel’s efforts to make dance an official sport, he created the LaBlast Special Olympics dance teams.“Dance is such a powerful way to unify people across age, fitness level or disability. My hope is that these dance teams will inspire others,” says Louis Van Amstel.“LaBlast” is the name of Van Amstel’ world-renowned dance fitness program that has reached millions across North America, Asia and Europe. Van Amstel was inspired to create LaBlast after seeing the dramatic body transformations that some of his dance partners achieved while on ‘Dancing with the Stars’. The fun-filled, high energy program gets people moving where they can burn up to 700 calories a class. The program includes Cha Cha, Disco, Paso Doble, Samba and the Viennese Waltz to name a few.LaBlast Dance Fitness is available through fitness clubs across Canada, the US and internationally as well as online and DVDs.last_img read more

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first_imgThe new curricula for Grades 11 and 12 along with the revised B.C. Graduation Program will be implemented next September. VICTORIA, B.C. – All Grade 10 students in B.C. will officially be learning the Province’s new curriculum for that Grade level this year, marking the second of three steps in which that the new B.C. school curriculum will be implemented.In a press release today, the Ministry of Education announced that the introduction of the Grade 10 curriculum this school year follows the implementation of the new K-9 curriculum in September 2016. Consistent with the K-9 curriculum, the new Grade 10 curriculum also includes Indigenous content and perspectives across all subjects.“Teachers and students are already experiencing the benefits of the personalized, flexible nature of the new curriculum up to Grade 9,” said Rob Fleming, Minister of Education. “The new Grade 10 curriculum offers opportunities for teachers to engage their students in new and innovative ways of learning and to foster creativity. It truly is an exciting time for education in B.C. and I look forward to the positive impact this will have on student success.”last_img read more

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Last year the Government had taken a policy decision that international and private schools functioning in Sri Lanka facilitating general education (between 5-18 years of age) following local and foreign curricula should be monitored by the Ministry of Education. Speaking in Parliament while presenting the 2017 budget today, the Finance Minister said that the Ministry of Policy Planning and Economics Affairs will monitor the operations of private schools under the proposed new legislation. (Colombo Gazette) The Government is to introduce new legislation to monitor private and international schools in the country.Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake said that the new legislation was required to ensure quality education at private schools. read more

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Under new SEC rule, companies will have to reveal pay gap between CEOs and employees by Marcy Gordon, The Associated Press Posted Aug 5, 2015 12:23 pm MDT Last Updated Aug 5, 2015 at 5:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email This June 19, 2015 photo shows the seal of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission at SEC headquarters, in Washington. The Securities and Exchange Commission is scheduled to vote Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2015, to formally adopt a rule compelling public companies to report the ratio between their chief executive’s annual compensation and the median, or midpoint, pay of employees. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik) WASHINGTON – Federal regulators have approved a long-delayed rule requiring companies to reveal the pay gap between CEOs and their employees.The Securities and Exchange Commission voted Wednesday to order most public companies to disclose the ratio between their chief executives’ annual compensation and median, or midpoint, employee pay.The 3-2 vote, with the two Republican commissioners dissenting, culminated years of heated public debate over one of the most controversial rules the agency has put forward in recent years. The SEC received more than 280,000 comments on the issue since it floated the proposal two years ago, and lobbying by business interests against the requirement was intense.The SEC acted under a mandate from the 2010 law that reshaped regulation after the financial crisis. Outsize pay packages — often tied to the company’s stock price —were blamed for encouraging disastrous risk-taking and short-term gain at the expense of long-term performance.Public reporting of the gap is unlikely to result in a rush to cut executives’ pay packages or boost employee salaries. The numbers could pack a symbolic punch, though, and nudge company directors as watchdogs to push back on executives’ excess, supporters of disclosure say. The information also could be useful to shareholders casting advisory votes on executives’ pay packages, which they’ve been entitled to do since 2011.A chief executive made about 205 times the average worker’s wage last year, compared with 257 times in 2013, according to calculations by The Associated Press using earnings statistics from the Labor Department.Companies will be required to report the ratio in their annual financial reports for their first fiscal year starting on or after Jan. 1, 2017.Taking into account objections by business groups, the SEC built some flexibility and exceptions into the ratio requirement.For example, companies can use estimates or sampling to determine the median employee pay.Smaller public companies — those with less than $75 million in total shares held externally or less than $50 million in annual revenue — are exempt from the disclosure. So are emerging growth companies and investment companies. Companies can exclude from the median pay calculations up to 5 per cent of their employees outside the U.S.“These are good and reasonable changes that should reduce costs for many companies” while still meeting the financial overhaul law’s mandate, SEC Chair Mary Jo White said before the vote.Business groups have argued that the pay information will be costly and time-consuming for companies. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce maintains it will cost U.S. companies more than $700 million a year, compared with the SEC’s estimate of about $73 million.Daniel Gallagher, one of the two Republicans voting against the action, called it “a nakedly political rule” serving no purpose other than “naming and shaming” CEOs. He suggested the rule may violate the Constitution.Reaction from the business community and conservative Republican lawmakers was swift and sharply negative.“At best, pay ratio is a misleading, politically inspired, and costly disclosure that fails to provide investors with useful, comparable data,” the Chamber of Commerce said in a statement.For example, it said, a domestic company might have a narrower pay ratio than a multinational company because of legal, currency or cost-of-living differences. That would be “like trying to compare baseball to basketball stats,” the group said.On the other side, Sarah Anderson, analyst at the left-leaning Institute for Policy Studies, praised the SEC’s decision.“We finally have an official yardstick for measuring CEO greed,” she said. “This is a huge victory for ordinary Americans who are fed up with a CEO pay system that rewards the guy in the corner office hundreds of times more than others who add value to their companies.” read more

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“We now have an opening to develop a serious and substantial political initiative to achieve the negotiated two-State solution that we all hope for and that will best serve the interests, rights and aspirations of Israelis and Palestinians alike,” Robert Serry, Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, said in his briefing to the Security Council.“The months ahead will not be easy,” he warned. “Both sides will now have to demonstrate political will and determination to make progress, and concerted action by the international community, including the region, will be needed to support their efforts.” He noted that with people in the Middle East facing a period of “extraordinary challenges and turmoil,” establishing the groundwork necessary for a credible Israeli-Palestinian peace process remains a core priority for the UN. The visit by United States President Barack Obama to the region last week marks an important opportunity to reinvigorate efforts towards a two-State solution, he added.Both Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas reiterated their commitment to the two-State solution as essentially the only prospect for the future of Israelis and Palestinians, “while they undeniably differ on its terms, and on how to attain it,” said Mr. Serry.“It is incumbent upon us as the United Nations, and the international community, to help them bridge those differences,” he stated. “Much work lies ahead. We should not underestimate the difficulties, but neither should we belittle the real possibility to overcome them. “It is now time for all of us to come together in concerted action and support a serious international initiative, including through a revitalized Quartet that engages more broadly with key Arab partners, regional and other stakeholders,” he added, referring to the diplomatic grouping bringing together the UN, the European Union, Russia and the US. Mr. Serry remarked that efforts currently underway offer the chance for a new beginning and renewed push for serious political progress. “Therein lies the opportunity – but we worry that it will not last if the volatile situation on the ground is not urgently addressed at the same time. Both parties should undertake constructive steps and work to reverse negative trends.”In this context, he noted that there were no new settlement announcements during the past month and three structures in settlement outposts were demolished on 18 March. The period also registered fewer incursions by Israeli security forces in the West Bank, as well as a decrease in demolitions of Palestinian structures.“It is now our hope that these initial signals of reversing the negative measures on the ground will take hold and create a conducive environment for a meaningful political process to take shape,” he stated.Overall, the levels of violence remained high, Mr. Serry said, noting that several clashes took place during protests, including in solidarity with Palestinian prisoners; settler violence against Palestinians continued, injuring six; and Israeli security sources have reported an increase in stone throwing, including against settlers, injuring a total of 10 during the past month. He also voiced concern about the situation of Palestinian prisoners in Israeli custody, as well as the “serious setback” caused by rocket firing from Gaza into Israel for the second time since last November’s ceasefire. read more

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The benefit of reduced mortality extends to women screened at age 70–74 years, according to the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), which is part of the UN World Health Organization (WHO). A summary of the assessment carried out by the group, which considered emerging technologies, clinical breast examination, and breast self-examination, was published yesterday in the New England Journal of Medicine. It provides a critical update to the landmark2002 IARC Handbook on Breast Cancer Screening in light of recent improvements in treatment outcomes for late-stage breast cancer and new data on screening practices and their outcomes. “Careful consideration of both the benefits and harms of mammography screening shows a net benefit from inviting women 50–69 years old,” Dr. Lauby-Secretan, an IARC scientist and the Responsible Officer for the Handbooks Series, said in a news release.“The significant reduction in breast cancer mortality observed in this age group outweighs the effects of overdiagnosis and other adverse effects,” she added.An evaluation of data from studies conducted in high-income countries (in Australia, Europe, and North America) showed that women 50–69 years of age who attended mammography screening had a reduction in breast cancer mortality of around 40 per cent. “Providing early access to effective diagnosis and treatment in developed and developing countries is critical to reduce breast cancer mortality globally,” said Dr. Christopher Wild, the Director of IARC. “The IARC Handbook on breast cancer screening provides the most up-to-date evaluation of the scientific evidence. This provides a foundation on the basis of which governments can implement the best intervention strategies in order to save more lives.” However, evidence for the effectiveness of screening women in the younger age group of 40–49 years was considered limited. The most important harms of early detection of breast cancer by mammography screening are false-positive results, overdiagnosis, and radiation-induced breast cancer. Among the group’s conclusions is that there is sufficient evidence that mammography screening detects breast cancers that would never have been diagnosed or caused harm if the women had not been screened. There is also sufficient evidence of an increased risk of radiation-induced breast cancer from mammography screening in women aged 50 years or older but that risk is substantially outweighed by the reduction in breast cancer mortality.Evaluation of the current literature also showed that there is sufficient evidence that clinical breast examination is associated with the detection of smaller and earlier-stage tumours. However, no data were yet available for an evaluation of the effect of this screening technique on breast cancer mortality. For breast self-examination, most studies did not show a reduction in breast cancer mortality. Numerous studies have investigated the beneficial effects of screening modalities other than mammography. However, none of the emerging technologies, either in addition to or as a replacement for mammography, had sufficient evidence of a reduction in breast cancer mortality. Breast cancer is the most common cause of death from cancer in women worldwide, the second leading cause of death from cancer in women in high-income countries, and the leading cause of death from cancer in low- and middle-income countries, where a high proportion of women present with advanced disease, which has a poor prognosis.Established risk factors for breast cancer include age, a family or personal history of breast cancer or pre-cancerous lesions, genetic predisposition, reproductive factors, hormonal treatment, alcohol consumption, obesity, and exposure to ionizing radiation. read more

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first_imgA big thank you to the doctor’s in Rio and to the exceptional NHS and all the wonderful staff at St James for literally saving my life.— Charlie Webster (@CharlieCW) September 9, 2016 Hey, guess who?! After 5 weeks, I’m out of hospital, alive and finally recovering (even my kidneys have started to slowly improve)!— Charlie Webster (@CharlieCW) September 9, 2016 The former Sky Sports presenter has now spoken about her diagnosis, saying: “I went into shock. Words can’t describe the pain I was in.” One doctor even told her: “We don’t know what is wrong yet, but we need you to know that you are dying.”She was placed om an induced coma in the Rio hospital to improve her chances of survival. Speaking to the Sun, she said she had a “conversation with Death” and at first gave into it because she felt: “I’m happy to die because I just couldn’t do it any more.” But she quickly decided to fight. “The last thing I thought was that I haven’t made a will, I need to make sure my money goes to my family,” she said.  Credit:Daniel Leal-Olivas/PA She had contracted a rare form of malaria, but it took some time for doctors to realise what was wrong with her. The presenter, who used to date actor Downton Abbey actor Allen Leech, is still yet to regain full kidney function.But she described her recovery so far as a “miracle”. A TV sports presenter who was hospitalised with malaria in Brazil has spoken about how medics told her she was dying of a mystery illness.Charlie Webster, 33, was taken ill during the Rio Olympics opening ceremony after contracting the mosquito-borne disease. She had recently completed a 3,000 mile charity bike ride from London to Rio. After a stay in intensive care in Brazil she was flown back to the UK at the end of August, where she remained in a serious condition at hospital in Leeds, before eventually being released last Friday night. Webster with her ex-boyfriend Allen Leech “I also remember a promise I made to my mum that I wouldn’t leave her, weirdly enough, before I set out on the cycle ride. She had a feeling that something was going to go wrong before the race. “So I said, ‘I’ve only come so far in the mission of what I want to complete in my life. I’ve got to do this. I’m not dying. No chance’.”She added: “The doctors said they’ve never met anyone with such fight and that my heart was a perfect heart, that’s what kept me alive.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

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first_imgSouthern Palace Group of Companies through its subsidiary Genrec Engineering, has put in motion ambitious plans to position South Africa as a leading hub for mining solutions research and development (R&D), as well as manufacturing. Renowned industrialist, Sello Mahlangu, is the founder and Executive Chairman of Southern Palace Group of Companies, a black owned and managed holding company that oversees a diverse industrial portfolio comprising, among others, prominent participants in the infrastructure, steel fabrication, automotive manufacturing and technology sectors of the economy.It recently acquired Genrec Engineering, one of Africa’s few remaining large-scale engineering companies with a state-of-the-art factory in Wadeville, which is now undergoing significant upgrades to also manufacture sophisticated mechanised mining technologies for the local and export markets.Among the suite of technologies that will be manufactured in Wadeville are a number of variants of cutting-edge ultra-low profile (ULP) modular mobile platforms and a hybrid locomotive that were co-developed by a local technology specialist, CMTI Group.These, together with integrated brake-testing technologies, were developed in partnership with gold and platinum-group metals (PGM) miner, Sibanye-Stillwater, and were designed according to international standards to serve the greater local and international mining industry. Southern Palace owns a majority stake in CMTI Shared Services, which was established in 2011 to assist South African gold and PGM underground mines launch into a new mechanised era that replaces out-dated drill-and-blast methods.“CMTI Group’s technology has undergone extensive testing in some of South Africa’s most challenging underground environments for many years, while also receiving support from the Department of Trade & Industry and the Department of Science & Technology’s Technology Innovation Agency during the development cycle. The outcome is home-grown innovation that has overcome all of the limitations of imported ‘off-the-shelf’ machines that have long hindered the successful implementation of continuous mining operations in the country.”“Moreover, the company’s solutions are facilitating mining at lower operating heights and at greater depths, as well as in previously inaccessible areas, such as remnant pillars and barred panels, and being used to clean back ends. Importantly, the company’s technologies also support the mining industry’s drive to create safer operations by removing people from these dangerous and unpredictable working environments. Its machines are operated remotely by trained operators, while additional skilled employment prospects will also be created in a controlled factory setting where these solutions are now being manufactured.”These will also be complemented by the many specialist technical training and apprenticeship opportunities that will also be required to support Genrec’s growing equipment population in South Africa and other prominent mining regions of the continent.  Importantly, Leslie Ntloko, CEO notes that Southern Palace’s large investment into Genrec is also in line with government’s focus on resuscitating the country’s beleaguered manufacturing sector, which shrunk by more than two percent in the first quarter of 2018 due to general economic malaise.“In his inaugural State of the Nation Address earlier this year, President Cyril Ramaphosa also acknowledged that South Africa had to urgently undergo a Fourth Industrial Revolution to bolster its ability to compete globally and, in so doing, develop vibrant and robust local black industrialists as part of the state’s Radical Economic Transformation agenda,” Ntloko says.This strategy will be driven by a special Digital Industrial Revolution Commission, which will also incorporate critical insights from prominent participants from the private sector. Dr Danie Burger, founder of CMTI Holdings, says that the new manufacturing line at Genrec’s factory will aim to establish the benchmark, in terms of various Industry 4.0 themes in the country. “Smart manufacturing, robotics and artificial intelligence are just some of the digital technologies that will be harnessed by Genrec to manufacture solutions faster and at a consistently high level of quality. This large investment by Southern Palace will also greatly assist CMTI Group’s ability to proactively design increasingly complex solutions to provide more value to our many existing and future clients as they also transition into this digital era. This is in line with our mantra of ‘engineering the future’ as a leading innovator in this sector,” Burger says.Alex Fenn, Sibanye-Stillwater’s Technology Portfolio Manager, says that the mining house is extremely excited and proud of this development as a long-standing client of CMTI Group. “We have viewed CMTI as a technology partner since we started working with the company in 2013, and are very pleased with what they have been able to achieve in this period. This is a significant step forward for technology development and manufacturing excellence in South Africa. We are proud of the part that we have played in it, and certainly look forward to driving the commercial adoption of this technology to enhance our sustainability.”Importantly, those MT3500X/NX and MT950 ULPs that have been working at its various gold and PGM operations have also been identified as primary projects at the Mandela Mining Precinct, a collaborative industry initiative that aims to advance the mining clusters through research and development. Mark Cutifani, Chief Executive of Anglo American; Neal Froneman, CEO of Sibanye-Stillwater; and Nick Holland, CEO of Gold Fields, are among the many captains of industry that continue to back the accelerated mechanisation of the local mining industry. They are all members of the Minerals Council of South Africa, which warns that production in the South African gold mining industry risks almost dying out completely by 2033 if it continues to rely on mining methods that are over 100 years old.The council notes that more than 200,000 jobs are at stake in an industry that now only employs 480,000 people compared to some 600,000 people in the 1970s when South Africa’s gold mining industry was at its peak and produced 1,000 tonnes annually. Meanwhile, at least one South African PGM producer has already made known its intentions of retrenching about 13,000 people, which includes employees of contractors, over the next two years as it embarks on a turnaround strategy in an extremely challenging economic environment.“Worryingly, the mining industry experienced its second consecutive quarter of economic decline and is, therefore, now in a recession. Production slumped by just under 10% in the first quarter of 2018, following a decrease of 4,4% in the fourth quarter of last year, with lower production in gold and PGMs mainly contributing towards this grim scenario. This is on the back of declining safety levels in both underground gold and PGM operations, which remain the deadliest mines in the country, accounting for more than 80% of all fatalities in the industry in 2017, according to the Department of Mineral Resources.”The mining authority, therefore, also supports modernisation and mechanisation efforts to save lives, as recently reiterated by Ramaphosa when he noted the need for all stakeholders to collaborate more closely to make the industry safer for its many employees.“One mining fatality is one too many,” the President said, while emphasising the large role that this “sunrise” industry still had to play in growing the local economy under his New Dawn. There is also general consensus among policy and decision makers that traditional mundane underground mining jobs need to be replaced with skilled and higher paid positions in factories. More recently, Minister of Trade & Industry, Rob Davis, also recently emphasised the need for all economic sectors to embrace advanced technologies to boost South Africa’s competitiveness on the global stage.Southern Palace, Genrec and CMTI are also committed to working closely with all stakeholders, including the unions, to create this “job-neutral” scenario – a term coined by Dr Paul Jourdan, a distinguished resource-development strategist and staunch proponent of mechanised mines.However, Genrec and its innovation partner are also increasingly fielding enquiries from international mining houses, which are similarly preparing to undergo their Fourth Industrial Revolution to harness the power of digitally-enabled hardware tools to perform or improve activities that have traditionally been undertaken manually. This is in addition to using connected mobility, as well as virtual and augmented reality to empower field, remote and centralised workers in real time.The findings of a study undertaken by the World Economic Forum (WEF) has shown that the Fourth Industrial Revolution has the potential to unlock well over $400 billion of value for the international mining and metals industry, customers, society and the environment over the next decade.This is the equivalent to between three to four percent of the industry revenue during the same period, while the mining sector is expected to directly benefit from about $190 billion and the metals sector approximately $130 billion from these “disruptive” technologies.“Just as importantly, is the giant leap forward that the global industry will take, in terms of creating safer working environments. According to the WEF study, about 1 000 lives will be saved and 44 000 injuries avoided through the widespread adoption of many of these digital themes. This is about a 10% decrease in lives lost and a 20% decrease in injuries in both sub-sectors. Can the industry really afford to stall any longer?” Burger concludes.last_img read more

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first_img100% des aliments importés du Japon contrôlés par la FranceLa France a décidé de maintenir son contrôle sur la totalité des aliments d’origine animale et des produits frais provenant du Japon. Des mesures plus strictes que celle imposées par l’Union européenne.Alors que la situation est toujours aussi inquiétante dans la centrale de Fukushima, dans le sol de laquelle a été décelé du plutonium (voir notre article), la France maintient ses très strictes mesures de contrôle, qui concernent tous les produits frais et aliments d’origine animale importés du Japon, rapporte le Figaro.À lire aussiAu Japon, un homme vient de se “marier” à un hologrammeAfin de s’assurer que les aliments n’ont pas subi de contamination radioactive, l’Union européenne réalise deux niveaux de contrôle, en fonction de la proximité géographique entre le lieu de production et la centrale de Fukushima. Ainsi, tous les produits venant des douze préfectures les plus proches sont systématiquement testés au Japon avant d’être exportés. Lorsque les produits arrivent sur le sol européen, de nouveaux contrôles sont réalisés sur certaines cargaisons, choisies au hasard. “Cette mesure permet à chaque Etat membre d’adapter le taux de contrôle au niveau qu’il souhaite”, expliquent dans communiqué les directions de la consommation, des douanes et de l’alimentation.En France, le contrôle sera donc réalisé sur tous les aliments, et non au hasard. Aujourd’hui, le pays importe 8,9 milliards d’euros de produits du Japon, dont 1% seulement sont des denrées agricoles et agroalimentaires. Comme le précise le communiqué, il s’agit en grande partie de produits “très spécifiques”, tels que le boeuf de Kobe.Le 29 mars 2011 à 15:55 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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first_imgTen hours of gillnetting in the lower Columbia River will begin at 8 p.m. Wednesday.The Columbia River Compact on Tuesday adopted a season allowing the commercial fleet to fish from Beacon Rock downstream to the mouth of the river at Buoy No. 10.Biologist John North of the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife said the commercials are expected to catch 2,200 chinook, 2,500 coho and 400 white sturgeon.last_img

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first_img A Vancouver woman suffered serious injuries today after the car she was driving collided head-on with a pickup truck on Highway 26 west of Madras, Ore., according to Oregon State Police. Two passengers in her vehicle, one a Vancouver man, sustained minor injuries in the crash.Police said a 2011 Chevrolet Aveo driven by Alexis Bennett, 27, of Vancouver was traveling west on Highway 26 at about noon when an eastbound 2000 Ford pickup crossed the center line and struck Bennett’s car. Bennett was transported by air to St. Charles Medical Center in Bend, Ore. She was listed in critical condition this evening. Her two passengers, 40-year-old Timothy Weeks of Vancouver and 26-year-old Katherine Perdue of Simi Valley, Calif., were driven by ambulance to St. Charles Madras.The driver of the pickup, Danielle M. Thompson, 39, of Redmond was checked at the scene for minor injuries, police said. OSP troopers from Madras and Bend are investigating the cause of the crash. A 27-year-old Vancouver woman was seriously injured Sunday in a two-vehicle, head-on crash on Highway 26 near Madras, Ore., according to police. (Oregon State Police)last_img read more

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first_imgAfter a quick 5 minute stop in Unalakleet, reigning Iditarod champion Dallas Seavey took the lead and is on the way to Shaktoolik.Aaron Burmeister departed Unalakleet just after 8:30 p.m. Sunday – about an hour and 20 minutes behind Seavey.As of 9:30 p.m. Sunday, Aliy Zirkle and Jeff King remain in Unalakleet.last_img

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first_img European aerospace giant Airbus has weighed into a debate about Britains future in Europe, warning of job losses and huge economic risks if the country votes to leave the European Union in a referendum to be held by 2017.A decision to quit the EU would raise doubts about Airbuss long-term future investments in the country, the companys top UK representative said, although the time needed to transfer manufacturing skills meant it could not easily shift its current operations. Airbus employs 16,000 people in the UK.Paul Kahn, president of Airbus Group UK, aired his concerns to a Welsh business leader during a speech.We look for a stable competitive economic environment to operate in, and we are a successful integrated European company. So we work with France, Germany, and Spain in particular and we want to work as efficiently as possible across those borders. So anything which disrupts that is a concern to us, he said.Currently no referendum date has been set, but British Prime Minister David Cameron has just pledged to hold one by the end of 2017. The potential for more than two years of uncertainty is an issue for Kahn.Business never likes uncertainty and I would share that view. What I would say is we are continuing with our investment. We announced £100m [$156m] of investment at the end of last year and we are continuing with that. Thats not going to be disrupted, he said.Airbus, the worlds second-largest plane maker after Boeing, makes wings for all its passenger jets at a £2bn factory in Broughton, north Wales. It gets £6bn of revenues a year in the UK as a whole.The warning came as Britains largest business lobby group urged bosses to defend membership of the European Union by telling voters it is the best guarantee of prosperity.Vodafones chief executive has said the UK ought to remain a member. On the other hand, JCB chief executive Graeme MacDonald says it would not make much difference in trade with the rest of Europe.Darren Sinden from Admiral Markets isnt convinced by all the concerns over possible Brexit.Airbus trades all around the world. Its not constrained to just dealing within the EU. In fact the majority of customers are probably outside of Europe. So these businesses are international. There will be plenty of people stepping up on both sides of the in or out debate. I suspect its not terribly helpful unless youve got a massive core of people on one side or the other, he said.Airbus is one of the first industrial companies to speak out in favour of EU membership since this months UK election, which saw Camerons Conservatives win a majority.Cameron has pledged to renegotiate Britains ties with Europe and then give voters a referendum on whether to leave the EU by the end of 2017. Closelast_img read more

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