Are You Really Wasting Your Time?

first_img Essential Reading! Get my 3rd book: Eat Their Lunch “The first ever playbook for B2B salespeople on how to win clients and customers who are already being serviced by your competition.” Buy Now Is what you are doing right now aligned with your mission and your purpose? Is it something that moves you closer to the ultimate outcomes you need to achieve? Or, is it something less than that?Is what you are doing important? Is it something that matters? Is it the proactive work that moves the needle on your overall results? If what you are doing isn’t going to make a difference were you not doing it, is it the best use of your time?The goals that you have written down require that certain actions be taken, in most cases, with a discipline that ensures they are achieved. Is what you are doing something that is so closely tied to those goals that anyone watching you right now would immediately understand what you are doing, why you are doing it, and what your long-term goal is? Or would they be confused by the incongruity of your written goals and your current actions?When you complete what you are doing right now, are you going to be proud of having done so? Will you point to what you are doing right now as an outcome that was worthy of your time and effort, assured that it made some contribution to the project or outcomes that are most important in your world?Should someone else really be doing what you are doing now? Does the task or the outcome belong to another person who is really charged with this responsibility? Would someone else create a far better outcome than you when they to do what you are doing now?Is what you are doing trivial or meaningless? Is it a distraction from what you should be doing? If you weren’t doing it right now, would you have time to do more important and more meaningful work? Is it stealing your time from more difficult, but more important work?In the future, will you wish that you hadn’t spent the time doing what you are doing right now because some other outcome could have been obtained?If you are grateful for the time you have, you will recognize how short that time is, and you will use it to do what’s important.last_img read more

Salman Khan-starrer Kick’s first poster is dark and edgy

first_imgSalman Khan’s Eid release-Kick’s first poster is a complete departure from the superstar’s other films. Yes, it doesn’t have his face on it.All blue and dark, the poster has nothing but just an eye-mask hinting that Kick is not going to be the usual Salman Khan-style gala affair.First look of the film will release on June 15This impressive poster adds to the rumours that Salman is playing a grey role in the movie. Infact, Salman’s character in the film is named ‘devil’, also starring Jacqueline Fernandes, Randeep Hooda and Nawazuddin Siddiqui.Producer-director Sajid Nadiadwala told a tabloid, “He is the devil incarnate. His character is grey and edgy, even the goatee he sports is a salt and pepper mix. You’ve never seen him play a character like this before.”Well, we are looking forward to Salman’s ‘grey and edgy’ avatar.last_img read more

Veteran sports photojournalist Bikash Sandhu passes away

first_imgKolkata, May 22 (PTI) Veteran sports photojournalist Bikash Sandhu died today following a prolonged battle with a liver disease, said Calcutta Sports Journalists Club. He was 64. Sandhu is survived by his wife, a son and a daughter. Sandhu has covered several Tests and One-day Internationals, including World Cups. He has also covered the Wimbledon, Olympic Games and several other prestigious tournaments in his long career spanning more than three decades. Sandhu was also a well-known photojournalist in Kolkata and national football circuit. He has served Aajkal newspaper from its inception in 1985. In his condolence message, Cricket Association of Bengal treasurer Biswarup Dey said, “Sandhu had a long association with sports photography and was well acclaimed.” The CSJC also mourned Sandhus death and sent its condolences to his family. PTI TAP PDS PDSlast_img read more

Islanders Wipe Out Hurricanes, 5-3

first_imgRALEIGH, North Carolina — Brock Nelson had two goals and two assists for the New York Islanders and Johnny Boychuk added a goal and two assists in his team debut as the visitors won 5-3 at the Carolina Hurricanes in their season opener on Oct. 10th.Key free-agent acquisition Mikhail Grabovski had a goal, Travis Hamonic also scored and John Tavares had three assists in his return after injuring his knee during the Olympics.Boychuk — picked up from Boston last week for draft picks — and Nelson scored 1:48 apart in the first period.Nelson later added a deflected goal off a Boychuk shot in the second to put New York up 3-0 and in control of this match of the Metropolitan Division’s two worst teams last season.Goaltender Jaroslav Halak made 21 saves in his Islanders debut.Eric Staal, Nathan Gerbe and Chris Terry scored third-period goals for Carolina. Cam Ward made 21 saves. The Hurricanes lost Bill Peters’ NHL head coaching debut.Carolina briefly made this interesting, making it 3-1 just 1:25 into the third when Gerbe deflected Justin Faulk’s slap shot past Halak.But Grabovski restored the Islanders’ three-goal lead at 5:11 after he was left alone in front of Ward, and Hamonic made it 5-1 with 7:41 remaining. Staal’s goal came with 1:34 to play.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Report: Newcastle 0 Man City 1

first_imgNewcastle United 0 Manchester City 1: Sterling sends leaders 15 points clear Joe Wright Last updated 1 year ago 05:38 12/28/17 raheem sterling - cropped Getty Images Manchester City moved 15 points clear at the top of the Premier League with a win over Newcastle United in which they barely broke sweat. Manchester City made it 18 wins in a row in the Premier League with a 1-0 procession against Newcastle United on Wednesday.Raheem Sterling’s 13th league goal of the season secured the result for Pep Guardiola’s side and sent them 15 points clear of Manchester United at the top.The only negative for the visitors was the loss of captain Vincent Kompany to injury early in the first half, the centre-back going off with a suspected calf problem. 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A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player The slender scoreline belied what was one of City’s most comfortable victories of an astounding campaign, with Newcastle offering almost no resistance despite having lost their previous four league matches at home.Rafa Benitez made five changes to the side that beat West Ham last time out, with his line-up including Rolando Aarons – who had not started in the league all season – and Paul Dummett, making his first appearance in the top flight since the opening day loss to Tottenham.Sergio Aguero twice hit the post before Sterling at last made City’s dominance count in the 31st minute, but despite their total control of the game from then on they could not add to the scoreline.Newcastle barely threatened in the closing stages, meaning they remain just a point outside the relegation zone in 15th, while City tightened their grip on the title and are one victory short of matching Bayern Munich’s record for Europe’s top divisions of 19 wins in succession.17th of the season!  pic.twitter.com/BpN2hZFxq2— Manchester City (@ManCity) December 27, 2017Jonjo Shelvey tried a shot straight from kick-off, before the whole Newcastle side dropped into their defensive third to stem the expected early tide of City attacks.Aguero could have scored after only six minutes, turning Fernandinho’s cross onto the outside of the right-hand post, and the fact Guardiola introduced Gabriel Jesus for the injured Kompany 11 minutes in highlighted the lack of ambition from the home side.Despite the defensive blow for City, Newcastle continued to draw every player back towards their penalty area in a bid to frustrate the visitors, but Rob Elliot had to make a brilliant reaction save to keep out an Aguero header before the Argentine rattled the woodwork again with a strike from the edge of the area.The resistance did not last much longer. Kevin De Bruyne sent a sublime pass over the top of the home defence and into the path of Sterling, who prodded the ball in off the left-hand post past the helpless Elliot. @sterling7 has scored 13 #PL goals this season – the same number as in his first 2 seasons with @ManCity combined #NEWMCI pic.twitter.com/xWhfFLoDsx— Premier League (@premierleague) December 27, 2017The goal temporarily sparked Newcastle into life and it took a timely header off the line from Nicolas Otamendi to keep out Aarons’ chip, but Sterling would have added a second goal prior to the break were it not for another good Elliot save.359 – Manchester City completed 359 more passes than Newcastle United in the first half. Control. pic.twitter.com/FHpRLUf6cy— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) December 27, 2017Indeed, City enjoyed 83.4 per cent possession in the first half and their monopoly of the ball continued after the break, with Sterling fashioning an opening before bending a shot just wide, while De Bruyne made a mess of a one-on-one.The Belgian then blasted a low shot off the post from 25 yards and Aguero turned in the rebound, only for the offside flag to deny him a goal.Substitute Dwight Gayle was booked for a dive when he threatened to race clear on Ederson’s goal and sent an 89th-minute header wide as Newcastle made late attempts to equalise, but they could not stop City taking another step towards a title triumph that is beginning to look like a foregone conclusion. Key Opta stats: – Manchester City have now won 11 consecutive away Premier League games – a joint top-flight record (Chelsea managed the feat between April and December 2008).- Newcastle United have lost five consecutive home league matches for the first time since October 1953.- Nicolas Otamendi completed 122 passes for Man City in this match – seven more than all the outfield players of Newcastle combined (115).- Rafa Benitez has now lost six of his last 10 home Premier League matches – he had lost six of his previous 110 before this run.- Raheem Sterling has scored 13 Premier League goals this season – the same number he managed in his first two City campaigns combined. read morelast_img read more

ESPN’s Kirk Herbstreit Names Dark Horse College Football Playoff Team

first_imgKirk Herbstreit speaks on ESPN about college football.Kirk Herbstreit appeared on SportsCenter this morning to preview today’s slate of college football games. During his appearance on ESPN, he was asked about the College Football Playoff.A trio of preseason highly-ranked teams – Auburn, Michigan and Wisconsin – have all already suffered a loss this season.Which of those teams has the best chance to rebound and make a dark-horse run at the College Football Playoff?Herbstreit didn’t hesitate when answering.“I think it’s Wisconsin,” Herbstreit said. “I think they were sleeping last week (against BYU).”Wisconsin was a popular College Football Playoff pick before the season. The Badgers haven’t looked anything like a top 10 team during the season’s first three weeks, though.Herbstreit remains confident in Wisconsin’s chances moving forward.“I think Wisconsin still has the team and the schedule to make a run,” he told ESPN.Wisconsin has a major test to pass tonight. The Badgers are taking on Iowa at 8:30 p.m. E.T. The game will be televised on FOX.last_img read more

Easy Homemade Energy Bars That Actually Taste Great

first_img Pro Chefs Dish on the Perfect Seven-Layer Dip Recipes How to Make Loco Moco, a Hawaiian Staple Dish How to Cook Rice Perfectly Every Time Editors’ Recommendations The Burger Show’s Alvin Cailan Shares His Burger-Making Secrets The Peached Tortilla’s Fried Rice Recipe Is Just Plain Delicious Energy bars are a great way to replenish the calories and nutrients you burn through during exercise. They are also a great way to keep yourself fueled up and ready to go during a long commute, a busy day at the office, or while you ride a boxcar across the rolling plains.But aren’t you tired of choking down store-bought energy bars with names like Macadamia Coffee Butternut Waffle or Apple Maple Cranberry Fish Flake? Or maybe you’re fed up with paying $36.95 for each bar you consume? If so, then you need to seriously reevaluate your eating and shopping practices, because no one should be eating bars with a fruit and fish blend, and that price tag is wildly inflated.Anyway, whether you’re looking for an alternative to mass market energy bars for taste, cost, or dietary purposes, or if you’re just looking for a fun culinary project that can give you fuel to burn on your next adventure, it’s not that hard to make energy bars at home. And the best thing about homemade energy bars? You don’t have to give them some name dripping with pretension like The Chocolate Marshmallow Journey Bar or Peter’s Pure & Pompous Peanut Protein Punch. On the other hand, maybe that’s the best part of the process …The Classic Granola BarThere’s plenty to be said for the good ol’ granola bar — you know, the one with dried fruit, chocolate, oats, and more. Right, that one. A good granola bar has plenty of carbohydrates for a lasting energy supply, simple sugars for a quick boost, and a tantalizing taste that people of all ages enjoy. This homemade take on the granola bar can be played around with as you’d see fit: swap the cranberries for dried blueberries or dried cherries, for example, or add chia seeds for a dose of Omega-3 fatty acids.Ingredients:2.5 cup rolled oats0.5 cup nuts, choped (almonds and hazelnuts FTW)0.5 cup dried cranberries, chopped0.3 cup honey0.25 cup butter0.25 cup brown sugar0.25 cup chocolate bits0.25 tsp saltDash of vanilla extractMethod:Heat that oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and coat the inside of a pan with cooking spray (coconut cooking spray works great here).Bake the nuts and oats on a separate tray for 10 minutes, then set aside.Mix butter, honey, vanilla, and sugar in a sauce pan over moderate heat. Cook and stir until the butter has melted and the sugar has dissolved.Mix together all of the ingredients except for the chocolate and mix. Then let everything cool for a while (maybe 20 minutes).Add the chocolate and mix again. Mix well, dammit!Spread the mixture out into a pan, creating a uniform layer of granola bar. Chill it all in the fridge for several hours.Cut the sheet into bars and start enjoying homemade granola goodness.The Two-Ingredient Energy BarYou read that right — this tasty, energy-rich snack bar is made with just two ingredients. Sort of. See, you could make it with two ingredients, but in fact you’ll probably want to use more like four. Or seven or eight depending on how you look at things. On its face, this bar is made with nothing more than dried fruit and nuts, and you could absolutely choose just dried cherries and pecans, for example, thus cleaving faithfully to the two-ingredient thing. But a better idea is to use a range of nuts including walnuts, almonds, and more, and to opt for a blend of dried fruits like cranberries and raisins and such. Also you should add a pinch of salt and, if you need to change up the flavor, some cinnamon or cocoa powder. These easy bars will keep in the fridge for at least two weeks and in the freezer for at least two months. Hooray.Ingredients1 cup nuts (mixed)1.5 cup dried fruit (also ideally mixed)Spices and flavors, if you want ’emMethod:Grind the nuts in a food processor until they have broken down into crumbs.Add the dried fruit and keep on processing.Once the fruit and nut blend sticks together when squeezed, dump it out onto a piece of plastic wrap. Place more plastic over the top and press it down into a sheet of uniform thickness.Refrigerate the concoction for about two hours, then cut it into bars. You’re done!The DIY PB&J BarAnyone who says they don’t like a peanut butter and jelly sandwich can go home right now. If they want to. He or she is also welcome to stay here or to go anywhere else as well. In fact, I have to admit that given the choice between a PB&J sandwich and a sandwich made with just peanut butter, I’d take the latter.Oh, but these bars? These bars are a different story. The “jam” flavor here comes from dried fruit and the blend of flavors is divine. Eat these for breakfast, a snack, or for fuel when you’re on the go.Ingredients:1.5 cup dates (pitted and soaked in warm water for 10 minutes prior to use)0.5 cup dried cranberries0.5 cup oats (cooked)0.25 cup peanut butter (unsweetened and organic, ideally)0.25 cup peanutsMethod:Put everything in a food processor and grind it all together.Put that mixture in a pan and flatten it out.Chill it for about an hour, then cut your PB&J slab into bars.Keep the bars in the fridge until shortly before you enjoy them which, FYI, you will.My Wife’s Seed and Nut and Oat BarsIn my house, food is a pretty big deal. We eat it basically every day, and I find it really helps to keep us alive. While I do most of the cooking when it comes to meals, my wife and our son do most of the baking. And they bake batches of these homemade seed and nut energy bars quite often. These bars, which are actually energy discs as they are baked in a muffin tray, are tasty and filling and have plenty of carbs and protein. And once you have all your ingredients gathered, they’re pretty simple to make. Especially when “making” them usually involves getting out of the way while the other members of the family do the work …Ingredients:1.5 cup oats1 cup walnuts1 cup unsweetened coconut flakes.5 cup pumpkin seeds.5 cup roasted sunflower seeds.3 cup brown rice syrup.25 cup hemp seeds.25 cup flax 4 tbsp melted coconut oil3 tbsp maple syrup1.5 tsp vanilla extract.5 tsp cardamon.25 tsp saltMethod:Blend the walnuts, oats, and coconut flakes in a blender. Or a food processor. Give ’em 15 or 20 seconds.Mix all of the dry ingredients in a bowl.Dump all the wet ingredients into the bowl (make sure the coconut oil is fully melted and in fluid form).Stir all that stuff together vigorously, mixing it well.Coat a muffin pan with cooking spray, ideally with a coconut oil spray, and then fill each cup in the pan with the mixture.Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 12 to 15 minutes (less bake time means a more chewy center).last_img read more

NewsAlert Montreal man found guilty of manslaughter in death of ailing wife

first_imgMONTREAL — A jury has found a Montreal man guilty of manslaughter in the killing of his ailing wife.Michel Cadotte was on trial for second-degree murder in the suffocation death of Jocelyne Lizotte, who was in the last stages of Alzheimer’s disease.The Crown had argued that Cadotte had intended to kill his wife of 19 years, who was unable to care for herself.Defence lawyers argued their client was in a disturbed state of mind and acted impulsively on Feb. 20, 2017, seeking to end his wife’s suffering.Jurors had only two verdicts open to them: second-degree murder or manslaughter.More to come.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

I think Im going to die Cat Lake awaits reprieve from mould

first_imgWillow Fiddler – Justin BrakeAPTN NewsLucas Mezzetay chases a puck on the hard-packed snow, just up the road from his family’s home.A silver net with white mesh sits at one end of the impromptu rink. At the other end, a beat up Folger’s coffee container.Mezzetay and eight other boys are silhouetted by a majestic northern sunset behind them.Nearby, three young girls laugh as they run down the road.They’re playing Knock, Knock, Ginger.“You knock on random people’s doors and then run away,” one of them explains, chuckling.For now, the children are free.But when their games end they will return to homes infested with toxic mould.Where, instead of a safe place of refuge, each breath risks potential illness.Recent government and independent inspections confirmed what some in the Ojibway community of more than 500 have known for years.Mould is everywhere. Sometimes detectable. Often not.It’s in the walls. Under the floors. Behind appliances. Inside the ceilings.Little do the children know that in a matter of days a white man will arrive by plane, and with the stroke of a pen ease some of their families’ illnesses and worries.Lucas Mezzetay and other children play road hockey in Cat Lake. (Justin Brake/APTN)Indigenous Services Canada Minister (ISC) Seamus O’Regan will sign a final agreement with Cat Lake leaders, which members of the band council tell APTN News could happen as early as Thursday.In January Cat Lake leaders declared a state of emergency and said they may have to evacuate the community in the absence of immediate relief for their housing and health crisis.In a Feb. 7 interview with APTN, Chief Matthew Keewaykapo called the situation “critical” and “life-threatening,” adding the community has “lost elders from respiratory problems, we lost children.”Chief of Cat Lake says Indigenous Services minister needs to see crisis firsthandMore than a month later a deal between the First Nation and Canada is expected to reflect the terms set out in an interim agreement signed by leaders on Feb. 21 in Thunder Bay, more than 400 kilometres south of Cat Lake.The community will get 15 new housing units, have 21 others repaired or renovated, and see 10 mobile homes brought into the remote area for short-term relief as families await their homes to be made safe.Some will get reprieve from the mould. Others will have to wait for help at another time.States of emergency. Crises.It wasn’t always this way.“He thought he was going to die”Sarah Mezzetay, Lucas’s grandmother, hopes she will be one of the lucky few to get a new home once Keewaykapo signs the agreement.Weeks ago she was in a London, Ont. hospital with her 8-year-old grandson, who was so sick he couldn’t speak.Lucas was medevacced out of the community to hospitals in Sioux Lookout and Thunder Bay before being transported to London.“He never woke up for 10 days — he just sleeps,” Mezzetay recalls, seated in the living room of her small four-bedroom home, where she lives with three of her adult children and four of her grandchildren.Before he went silent, when he was in Sioux Lookout, Lucas told his grandmother, “‘I think I’m going to die,’” Mezzetay says.“And I said to him, you’re not going to die.“I was just scared to lose him,” she says, holding back tears, “because I love my grandkids.”Doctors told Mezzetay Lucas had a reaction to his medication. But Mezzetay believes it was his exposure to mould in their home.The same source, she says, of her three-year-old granddaughter’s eczema, and of the asthma that is preventing Mezzetay from working.Lucas and his grandmother, Sarah Mezzetay, in their Cat Lake home. (Justin Brake/APTN)Mezzetay is a full-time homemaker who helps elders in the community. Her husband passed away a few years ago, which makes her a single mother and grandmother.The Feb. 21 interim agreement between Cat Lake and the federal government contains a list of houses to be replaced or repaired based on the results of home inspections.Mezzetay’s house number isn’t on that list, although a recent inspection found mould in her living room, kitchen, bathroom and basement, while noting “potential” for more mould behind walls and under the subfloors.Joyce Cook, a Cat Lake councillor who has taken a lead on the housing crisis in her community, says the band has asked Canada to provide the community with four additional mobile homes, on top of the agreement, under Jordan’s Principle.“We need him out of the house right away,” Cook says, speaking of Lucas’s situation. “And the other kids that were seen by the specialists will need to go into those homes immediately, too. There’s no exception.”If the government provides the First Nation with new housing under Jordan’s Principle, it would be a first, says Cindy Blackstock of the First Nations Caring Society.Blackstock says while requests have been made under Jordan’s Principle for home renovations to support First Nations children with disabilities, she’s not aware of previous requests to have safe, new homes provided due to mould infestations.“In my view, Jordan’s Principle provides services and products to children that are identified as necessary to meet their needs and best interests,” says Blackstock.“It is not up to Canada to second guess professionals on the ground, so if a mould-free home is identified as necessary, either short- or long-term, it is up to Canada to provide it.”APTN asked ISC for comment on Cat Lake’s Jordan’s Principle request, but did not receive a response by the time of publication.Last month, two doctors—a paediatric respirologist and an infectious disease specialist—visited the community to assess sick children.They produced a report for ISC and the band, but the results haven’t been made public.David Miller, a toxicologist and chemistry professor at Carleton University, is a leading expert on mould in indoor environments and has worked with northern Ontario communities.He says those allergic to fungi are most at risk, “because if you are exposed to them you’re going to be sick all the time.”His second concern is for children, “because they’re our future.”Miller testified before the federal government’s finance committee last year, when he explained how federally funded houses were largely insufficient for northern climates, and that more housing is needed to remedy overcrowding.“The houses are not appropriate for the environment, and the way they’re run leads to the conditions that you see,” he says, explaining the government offers little support on how to maintain the houses in the northern climate.Seated next to his grandmother, Lucas plays on a smartphone. He’s quiet, looks up and smiles every few minutes — but doesn’t say much.It’s a different upbringing than his grandmother’s.Mezzetay was born “in the bush,” she says. Like many in the community, she was raised in a log cabin. Her father was a trapper.Though they lived without amenities like plumbing and electricity, Mezzetay says their homes weren’t mould-ridden.Most houses in the community were built in the 1970s and ‘80s. They lack adequate insulation and ventilation, which creates conditions for mould.Most houses in Cat Lake were built, insufficiently, in the 1970s and ’80s. (Justin Brake/APTN)For at least a couple decades now community leaders say they’ve been trying to get the government’s attention.Last August, ISC sent Environmental Public Health Officers to the community. They inspected 107 homes.Fifty-three were found to have no visible mould, ISC spokesperson Rola Tfaili said in an email to APTN.Forty-eight had “a small amount of visible mould present, four homes had a moderate amount of visible mould present, and two homes had extensive visible mould present.”Following the inspections, ISC provided the results to community leaders, including “advice on how to control and remediate any mould found in the homes,” said Tfaili.With dozens of children and youth sick with skin conditions and lung infections, according to Cat Lake leadership, they knew something wasn’t right. So they requested more thorough inspections.In mid-December the government funded third-party inspectors, who turned up different results.Keewaykapo said those inspections found 87 homes with “severe mould.” That number later rose to almost 100, after further inspections.The state of emergency was declared a few weeks later.On Feb. 18, Nashie Oombash—a 48-year-old mother and grandmother from Cat Lake, and Sarah Mezzetay’s sister—died in a Thunder Bay hospital.Oombash’s family has said her death was the result of health complications from living in a mould-infested home.Three days later the federal government promised help.Confusion, uncertainty over who whose homes will be made safeOn March 7, Cook went on community radio to update the community on the band’s dealings with Canada.It was the first time many in the community heard details of the interim agreement.Cook told APTN that day the band was still negotiating for more than the government had committed to.She said virtually every home in the community required mould remediation.At the Feb. 21 interim agreement signing, Cook and Keewaykapo thanked O’Regan for his commitment to the community, calling it “a start.”In a video posted to his Twitter account, O’Regan said the feds were committing to “57 housing units…36 of them are new and new portable units.”It is critical to work directly with Cat Lake leadership to address the housing and health concerns for residents, and to do so quickly.That is exactly what we have done in signing an agreement today. Here is what it means for all of us pic.twitter.com/Wxg81tZJuV— Seamus O’Regan (@SeamusORegan) February 21, 2019While in Cat Lake last week, APTN learned 11 of the new housing units O’Regan cited in his Feb. 21 tweet are already under construction and incomplete due to funding shortages.They include a seven-plex building, funded under Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation, and two duplexes.“Indeed the 11 units are part of the total number of new constructions as announced in [O’Regan’s] Statement,” ISC spokesperson William Olscamp confirmed by email.“However, the funding for them is not included as part of the new funding mentioned in the statement.”Despite knowing about the housing crisis, the government withheld the second instalment of almost $750,000 to complete the seven-plex, pending receipt of Cat Lake’s financial statements for the fiscal year 2017-18.The interim agreement promises to release those funds once Canada receives the paperwork.Olscamp confirmed ISC received the documents on March 7.The interim agreement promises supplies, including the 10 mobile units, to the community within two weeks.Yet the materials have not yet arrived — and warm weather threatens to shut down the 150-kilometre winter road to the community.Cat Lake leaders are also looking to the provincial government for help.A source with Ontario’s Ministry of Indigenous Affairs told APTN Cat Lake has requested the province’s help building a playground and bike park for youth, and a sawmill.But the source said Minister Greg Rickford is not entertaining the requests as they don’t help with the community’s immediate needs.Cook told APTN Wednesday that “everything we ask for has a reason to it.”She said a playground and bike park would give children and youth a place to go.“Maybe for [government] it’s a park, but for the kids it’s away from their homes for the time being while houses are being built,” she says.“You have to have a small mind to think it’s not reasonable to ask for such a thing.”Cook said a sawmill would give community members a way to build their own cabins.“There’s a lot of people that would be able to use that if they wanted to build a log cabin, in the community or in the bush,” she explained.This seven-plex was built with CMHC funding, but has not been completed because the government withheld the funding for its completion despite knowing of the housing crisis. (Justin Brake/APTN)Last month NDP MP Charlie Angus and NDP MPP Sol Mamakwa, both of whose ridings include Cat Lake, visited the community to see the housing crisis first hand.They saw the federal government has added another nurse to the community’s nursing station staff.But Mamakwa is pressing the Doug Ford government to help out, too.He wants the province to send doctors to the community until the health issues are addressed.“It’s got to be more than just a one-off visit,” he says. “There needs to be a continuous follow-up with the health of the people.”He said the community’s request for a playground and bike park “certainly makes sense from a practical point of view,” and that the feds and province need to do a better job co-ordinating a response.“It’s really critical that the province be involved, and not just on the outside looking in and hoping the feds respond.“We’re talking about human beings here.”Cook said details of the final agreement are almost done, and the band is awaiting the government’s decision on the Jordan’s Principle application.On March 7, the Canadian Paediatric Society (CPS), which represents more than 3,300 paediatricians across Canada, wrote a letter to O’Regan saying the Feb. 21 interim agreement “does not go nearly far enough.”“Like all children in Canada, the children of Cat Lake have a right to healthy home environments where they can live, play, and grow,” reads the letter signed by CPS President Catherine Farrell and chair of the organization’s First Nations, Inuit and Métis Health Committee, Radha Jetty.“The consequences of failing to meet this basic need are both acute and chronic, and will affect their current health and future life chances.”Bobby Oombash wants to raise his children in a safe home on Oombash Point, where his father and grandfather raised their families. (Justin Brake/APTN)Bobby Oombash’s family is at the top of the list for new homes, according to the interim agreement.The 30-year-old father of five and his wife are raising their children in the small, two-bedroom home where Bobby grew up.With both of his brothers deceased, Oombash has taken on the responsibility of hunting and trapping to feed his family, including his parents, who passed on their home to him and now live next door.But Oombash’s house has poor insulation, and inspectors discovered a leaking pipe in the walls.“Sometimes I have to keep my fire going all night just to keep the house warm,” he told APTN last week, seated next to the wood stove in his home.“’Cause once it gets cold the floor gets really cold, and that’s how [the children] get sick.”Oombash still hasn’t seen the inspection results.A copy obtained by APTN says inspectors found extensive mould in the home.“If I had mould in this house I don’t think we would live in here,” Oombash said. “That’s what I was telling my parents — if there was mould in here I probably would’ve burnt it down already, anyway,” he said rhetorically.Mamakwa, who is the Critic for Indigenous Affairs, said in a March 7 letter to Ford the province “has a moral and legal obligation to act now to address the health crisis in Cat Lake.“As a signatory to Treaty 9, the province is responsible for health in First Nations communities,” he wrote.Cat Lake housing crisis. There’s no jurisdictionional ping pong here. Ontario is a signatory to Treaty 9. Cat Lake is part of Treaty 9. No more games @dougford @gregrickford #onpoli #cndpoli Housing is a #humanright #indigenous #wearepeopletoo pic.twitter.com/ZK2PDkK6DP— Sol Mamakwa MPP (@solmamakwa) February 8, 2019While there’s a disconnect between past promises and the reality on the ground in Cat Lake, families like Oombash’s are trying hard to avoid further disruption.If he gets a new house, Oombash wants to pass it on to his children.“If my house gets demolished, I asked if they could rebuild a house here, because I don’t want to leave this point,” he said, explaining his grandfather lived in the same spot, a desirable location from which you can see both sides of the lake.Oombash said he plans to teach his kids how to raise their own families. And he wants them to be able to do it in the safety and comfort of their family home.“What I know is what I want them to do, too,” he said. “I pass my traditional things on to them.”wfiddler@aptn.ca@willowblasizzojbrake@aptn.ca@aptnnewslast_img read more

Automakers urge California US to restart mileage talks

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Major automobile manufacturers are urging the Trump administration and California restart negotiations over vehicle mileage standards to prevent a legal battle.The companies sent letters Thursday to President Donald Trump and California Gov. Gavin Newsom saying a failure to reach agreement on a single national standard would create instability in the auto market.Seventeen companies including Honda, Ford and Mercedes-Benz signed on.The administration wants to roll back tougher mileage standards set to take effect by 2025 and is threatening California’s long-held ability to set its own standards. The state received a waiver in the 1970s to set its own standards due to oppressing smog and has maintained tight regulations as a means to fight climate change.The Trump administration formally broke off talks with California in February.Kathleen Ronayne, The Associated Press read more

India against Ealam demand

The issue has cropped up a day before a meeting of the DMK MPs and MLAs to discuss the presidential poll. “A lot of preparation and effort have gone into ensuring that the TESO meet is a success. We have sent invitations to all the major political party leaders, including those in the Congress, BJP, Left, JD(U), NCP, TMC and the Shiv Sena. Leaders like Sharad Pawar, Sharad Yadav, Omar Abdullah and Ram Vilas Paswan have indicated their keenness to participate in the conference,” said a senior DMK leader. The DMK has also invited Tamil MPs from Sri Lanka. (Times of India) Indian Union home minister P Chidambaram on Sunday reportedly conveyed to DMK chief M Karunanidhi the central government’s displeasure over a move by the ally to pass a resolution to demand Tamil Eelam at a meeting of the Tamil Eelam Supporters Organisation (TESO) in Chennai on August 12.The TESO, which comprises supporters of Eelam (separate Tamil land in Sri Lanka) and was revived by Karunanidhi after three decades, is seen as a political strategy to boost the flagging morale of his party, which lost the 2011 assembly polls, as well as to reiterate his importance as a Tamil leader. But such a meeting, to be organised by a key ally of the UPA government, could prove a huge embarrassment for India, whose stated international policy is for cordial ties with Sri Lanka. The nearly half-anhour discussion between Chidambaram and Karunanidhi took place at the DMK chief’s CIT Colony residence in Chennai on Sunday. Initially, the meeting between the two leaders was described as a courtesy call ahead of the July 19 presidential poll, DMK sources later confirmed that Chidmabaram conveyed the message that the UPA government considered it ill-advisable for the DMK leader to revive the Eelam call in the state. DMK sources said Karunanidhi, too, conveyed his unhappiness with the UPA government’s stand. The meeting comes a day after the Centre issued a notification extending the ban on the LTTE. read more

Head of utility watchdog welcomes Alberta commission decision on TransAlta

CALGARY – The Alberta Utility Commission’s conclusion that TransAlta triggered outages at power plants to raise electricity rates is a welcome step towards fair markets, the head of the province’s utility watchdog said Tuesday.“It’s a huge win for Albertans, who deserve to benefit from a fair, efficient, openly competitive market,” said Harry Chandler, administrator of the Market Surveillance Administrator.Chandler accused TransAlta of deliberately timing outages at coal-fired power plants in Alberta at peak times in late 2010 and early 2011 in order to drive up electricity prices.In a report released Monday, Alberta’s Utility Commission agreed.During hearings held by the commission, TransAlta argued that it believed it was allowed to do that based in part on discussions with the Market Surveillance Administrator. But the commission found that TransAlta should have made further consultations before going ahead with its plan.TransAlta has said it is reviewing the ruling, and a further response could include the possibility of an appeal to the province’s highest court.Chandler said the decision provides more clarity for Alberta’s utility market going forward.“This is a watershed decision that all market participants, and even outside of Alberta, are going to pay a great deal of attention to because it gives very clear guidance on appropriate behaviour in the electricity market.”The commission said it will resume proceedings later to determine how much TransAlta benefited from the closures and what penalties to impose against the company.Jim Law, a spokesman for the commission, said it could fine up to $1 million per day per offence, plus claw back any benefits it finds TransAlta gained from any offences.Monday’s decision did not consider how much TransAlta benefited from the outages, but the Market Surveillance Administrator has accused the company of making $16 million in profits from the shutdowns.Chandler said his office expects to be actively involved in the next phase of the commission’s hearings.“We’re looking for the kind of penalty that would send a message about deterrence for this kind of behaviour,” said Chandler. Head of utility watchdog welcomes Alberta commission decision on TransAlta by Ian Bickis, The Canadian Press Posted Jul 28, 2015 3:59 pm MDT Last Updated Jul 28, 2015 at 4:46 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Unexpected item in the bagging area Rafael Nadal spotted using Tesco selfcheckout

first_imgSharing the picture on Twitter, Nick Roberts said he had assisted the tennis star with the self-service checkout.”Just done Rafa Nadal’s shopping for him on the self service tills on the tesco express in Wimbledon village. Surreal,” he said.He added: “It was very exciting. He bought a 6 pack of Diet Coke. Didn’t need a bag. Environmentally conscious and awesome at tennis.” Nadal played his first match of Wimbledon on MondayCredit:OLI SCARFF/AFP 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. Just done Rafa Nadal’s shopping for him on the self service tills on the tesco express in Wimbledon village. Surreal. pic.twitter.com/8762fxkpOc— Nick Roberts (@followthatnick) July 4, 2017 Shoppers were surprised to see tennis player Rafael Nadal picking up his own groceries in Tesco during the Wimbledon tournament.The former Wimbledon champion was spotted in the self-service till area of the local Tesco Express.He bought six cans of Diet Coke and did not take a carrier bag, according to the fan who spotted him. Nadal was “lovely with everyone in there”, Mr Roberts said. BBC presenter Clare Balding said on Today at Wimbledon that a colleague had also seen Dustin Brown, who faces Andy Murray on Wednesday, in Marks and Spencer.  Spain's Rafael Nadal takes a break during a practice session last_img read more

Tanner prefers Greek

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram A little over a fortnight ago, federal Finance Minister Lindsay Tanner delivered an address on behalf of Prime Minister Kevin Rudd at the Antipodes Festival. There is nothing unusual about that.What is unusual is that he delivered the entire message in Greek.Also unusual is that he did not mince his words as you would expect. There were some stumbles and a couple of mispronunciations but he quickly corrected the placement of the tonous and moved along. The gathered crowd stood and listened and wondered why this middle-aged Australian politician knew how to speak Greek so well.On the one hand, Lindsay Tanner’s efforts in learning Greek have been strategic. As the Member for Melbourne a large percentage of his constituents are Greek-speaking migrants.Many times, he says, he has had to weigh up whether it is more effective to communicate in Greek or English.“When I’ve been door knocking a lot of older Greek ladies immediately think of their Anglo son-in-laws who haven’t learned Greek and should have,” he says.“I think they see it as a sign of respect, and it is.” On the other hand, he married a Greek-Australian woman in 1992 and became that son-in-law, so decided to give it a shot.“It’s been a fantastic learning thing because you understand so much more about a different culture and society,” he says.“I think the implicit understanding it gives you of other cultures and differences and the respect that it gives you for different ethnicities and so on is really, really important.“For me it’s a matter that goes beyond just the practical advantages. There are obvious economic advantages but I think just being part of the world and being integrated into the wider world means that it’s really important for Australians know other languages and to understand other societies.” Within that learning experience, he has also learned a lot about his native tongue.“It made me realise what a shambolic language English is. People say to me, ‘it must be really hard learning Greek,’ and I say it’s not as hard as you think because unlike English the rules are logical and they stick to them, whereas in English the rules a illogical and they don’t stick to them.”In 2007 much fanfare was made over Kevin Rudd’s ability to speak Mandarin. Since he has been Prime Minister Australia’s relationship with China has been a focal point.Presumably then, if Lindsay Tanner became Prime Minister Australian-Greek relations would move beyond souvlaki, zorba and the Melbourne-Thessaloniki sister-city relationship.“I often joke with people that the fact that he learned a language that is spoken by over a billion people and I learned one that’s spoken by roughly about 20 million people probably indicates why he’s Prime Minister and I’m Finance Minister,” Tanner laughs.Now in 2010 much fanfare is being made about education reform, specifically the push for Modern Greek to be included in the national curriculum.Obviously Tanner follows the party line but it’s safe to say he’s signed the petition in spirit. “I’ve avoided expressing publicly a view about that because it’s not appropriate for me to be interfering in my cabinet colleagues’ decisions but I think it shouldn’t be too hard to work out what my personal preference is,” he says.On the issue of the Greek economy’s troubles Tanner is confident that the Papandreou government is “making the tough decisions that have got to made.” He believes that Greece’s position may stabilised as “investors can see both that the Greek government is serious about tackling the problem and also that the major European countries are taking a degree of responsibility for making sure that one way, or another, the financial crisis is resolved.”last_img read more

SYRIZA attacks empty handed Samaras

first_imgOne day after Prime Minister Antonis Samaras met with German Chancellor Angela Merkel where he set out how Athens could exit its adjustment program and cover its financing needs from next year, leftist opposition SYRIZA attacked the conservative leader saying talks in Berlin had produced zero results.“Samaras returned empty handed,” SYRIZA spokesman Panos Skourletis told Antenna TV.“For the third time… Samaras failed to live up to expectations that he himself had set,” he said adding that Merkel had made clear to the Greek PM that the debt-hit country would have to fulfill all the obligations stemming from the bailout program.Funding from the eurozone ends in December 2014 and IMF aid expires in the first quarter of 2016. That has raised questions on whether a European country should be left to the IMF’s sole supervision without any EU involvement.Source: Ekathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Who replaced Hulk Hogan on Tough Enough this week

first_imgFacebook Now Playing Up Next The Miz WhatsApp Now Playing Up Next The Miz, who hosts “Tough Talk” on the WWE Network every Tuesday, joined Daniel Bryan and Paige as judges on tonight’s 7/28 live episode of WWE Tough Enough. Hosts Chris Jericho and Renee Young made no mention of Hulk Hogan and it isn’t known if Miz will remain as a judge on the panel for the show going forward.Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipWhy WWE’s The Miz Won’t Stop Talking About His Newborn DaughterVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:49/Current Time 0:05Loaded: 30.58%0:05Remaining Time -0:44 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Now Playing Up Next Videos Articles Now Playing Up Next Videos Articles Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Smackdown Live Preview: Daniel Bryan still wants an apology, King of the Ring Quarterfinals WWE Smackdown Results – 9/3/19 (King of the Ring Quarterfinals, Daniel Bryan apology) center_img Twitter CM Punk & AJ Lee Join Horror Movie Pinterest Why WWE’s The Miz Won’t Stop Talking About His Newborn Daughter Vince McMahon Sends Supportive Message To Roman Reigns How To Win A Trip To Meet The Miz And Becky Lynch Maryse Now Playing Up Next Madison Square Garden Pays Tribute to Roman Reigns Google+ WWE star Ruby Riott reveals new tattoos, Daniel Bryan and Brie Bella’s dog passes awaylast_img read more

Grains of Wrath Brewing outstanding

first_imgWhy: Grains of Wrath Brewing recently opened in historic downtown Camas where an old auto body shop used to be. The brewing company has a variety of brews on tap with a regionally inspired food menu that offers some exclusive fare. The establishment is family-friendly and open seven days a week. What I tried: My dining companions and I started with the chips and dips. I settled on the carnitas torta, and my dining companions had the steak frites and the burger with blue cheese and bacon added to it. To drink, I tried the Lulu, which is a tart, peach golden ale and the Meadowfoam Blond, described as a Belgian blond ale, with bubble gum, clove-toasted marshmallow with local meadowfoam honey. The Lulu was refreshing, not as tart as I expected, and I liked the peach essence that it possessed. The Meadowfoam Blond was complex. I immediately identified the clove. Its flavor alluded to the holidays. The chips are made in-house and are very light and crispy. The accompanying dips consist of a pumpkin seed-based hummus sort of dip, a red spicy dip and a black bean dip. We found the most appetizing way to dip was to mix them in various combinations. The torta was made on a brioche bun stacked with a tender, juicy section of meat and black bean puree, cottage cheese, chili aioli and jalapeño and carrot escabeche. It was unique and satisfying. My dining companions found their entrees equally impressive. The burger was on par with other gourmet burgers, and the 6-ounce grilled hanger steak was smothered in an Italian herbed salsa verde and topped with crispy onions.last_img read more

Dani Parejo Valencia deserved a bit more

first_imgValencia captain Dani Parejo feels that they deserved a “bit more” than a mere goalless draw at Manchester UnitedLos Che held United to a 0-0 draw in Tuesday night’s Group H clash in the Champions League with a solid defensive display.Valencia did gradually began to gain the upper hand over their opponents as the game wore on, but were unable to convert anything into a goal.“We played a great game, they tried long balls because they have tall players. We [could] have scored against them, but we could not. We are happy, but we deserved a bit more,” said Parejo, according to AS.After losing their first game 2-0 to Juventus, Valencia are third in Group H with a solitary point.David Villa, SpainQuiz: How much do you know about David Villa? Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to test your knowledge about Spanish legendary forward David Villa.“It is a tough group against major rivals. Here you go game by game. We’ve taken a big step. Now, to try to win the next and get on with four points,” Parejo said.📌⚽️🦇Así está la clasificación del ‘Grupo H’ de la @ChampionsLeague ⤵️#YoCreoEnEsteEquipohttps://t.co/hvvr1O4MSY— Valencia CF 🦇💯 (@valenciacf) October 2, 2018last_img read more

A Message from the Turks and Caicos Islands Minister of Tourism Hon

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaicos, September 27, 2017 – Providenciales – Come back to Turks & Caicos; come enjoy our lifestyle, our people, and our hospitality, which the world has grown to love.   We are open to serve you.   The Turks & Caicos Islands that the world has grown to love is still here for you to come and enjoy–our casual luxe lifestyle, our friendly people, and our warm hospitality are all waiting for you!Hurricanes Irma and Maria did not break us, they did not steal our ability to love and serve.   These storms only exposed some of our vulnerabilities which we must strengthen.   While the vast majority of our tourism infrastructure sustained minimal damages, several of our communities received direct hits from Irma.   Indeed, this will cause some hardship over the short and medium term; however, we have persevered and came through with high spirits.  Our government rededicates itself to the rebuilding process on a steady path of completion in the near future.The Turks & Caicos Islands have adapted with resilience.   Our ability to foster partnerships with key agencies, locally and internationally, will accelerate the process of recovery.   We continue to remain optimistically confident that we will be able to return to providing the quality and excellent service that our islands are known for.   Our tourism product will continue to evolve from the experiences we have undergone, affording us the opportunity to be more creative and innovative with the goods and services we offer.Hoteliers are on schedule with their repairs and annual off-season maintenance schedules in preparation for re-opening, and have demonstrated their support for the welfare of their workers and the greater community as a whole.    “Irma and Maria have provided some challenging circumstances, but circumstances that present us with opportunities to forge new relationships and strengthen existing ones,” commented Nikheel Advani, President of Turks and Caicos Hotel & Tourism Association.   “We are here to serve, and serve we will”.Most international flights have resumed normal operations as at Saturday, September 23rd.   The majority of the countries utilities services are back on line, and the workers are feverishly addressing those pending.As Minister of Tourism, I would like to encourage you to include Turks & Caicos Islands in your vacation plans right away.   I can assure you that the warm hospitality which our islands have become synonymous with, will embrace you.   You will also get some pleasure from knowing that while you are vacationing with us, you are helping us to rebuild our islands and returning normal lives to our people.So come back to the TCI, which will always be Beautiful by Nature.For further details and ongoing updates regarding the resorts, restaurants and activity schedules, please refer to our website: http://turksandcaicostourism.com/recoveryupdate Regards,Hon. Ralph L. HiggsMinister of Tourism, Environment, Gaming, Culture and HeritageTurks & Caicos Islands Government Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppcenter_img Photo credit: Brilliant Studioslast_img read more