Coronavirus live updates: Cristiano Ronaldo tests positive for COVID-19

first_imgnarvikk/iStockBy MORGAN WINSOR and EMILY SHAPIRO, ABC News(NEW YORK) — A pandemic of the novel coronavirus has now killed more than 1 million people worldwide.Over 37.8 million people across the globe have been diagnosed with COVID-19, the disease caused by the new respiratory virus, according to data compiled by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University. The criteria for diagnosis — through clinical means or a lab test — has varied from country-to-country. Still, the actual numbers are believed to be much higher due to testing shortages, many unreported cases and suspicions that some national governments are hiding or downplaying the scope of their outbreaks.Since the first cases were detected in China in December, the virus has rapidly spread to every continent except Antarctica.The United States is the worst-affected country, with more than 7.8 million diagnosed cases and at least 215,251 deaths.California has the most cases of any U.S. state, with more than 858,000 people diagnosed, according to Johns Hopkins data. California is followed by Texas and Florida, with over 821,000 cases and over 736,000 cases, respectively.More than 190 vaccine candidates for COVID-19 are being tracked by the World Health Organization, at least 10 of which are in crucial phase three studies. Of those 10 potential vaccines in late-stage trials, there are currently five that will be available in the United States if approved.Here’s how the news is developing Tuesday. All times Eastern:Oct 13, 11:07 amCristiano Ronaldo tests positive for COVID-19Cristiano Ronaldo has tested positive for COVID-19, the governing body of soccer in Portugal announced Tuesday.The 35-year-old Portuguese soccer star is “doing well,” doesn’t have any symptoms and is currently self-isolating, according to a statement from the Portuguese Football Federation. Due to the positive test result, he will not take part in his country’s UEFA Nations League match against Sweden on Wednesday.Following Ronaldo’s diagnosis, the remaining players of Portugal’s national soccer team were tested for COVID-19 again Tuesday morning and all results came back negative. Portugal coach Fernando Santos will train them Tuesday afternoon at the Cidade do Futebol complex near Lisbon, according to the statement.Oct 13, 10:39 amEurope reports highest weekly incidence of COVID-19 casesThe World Health Organization said more than 2.2 million new cases of COVID-19 and 39,000 deaths from the disease have been reported across the globe in the past week, the highest number of reported cases so far in a single week since the start of the pandemic.According to the WHO’s weekly epidemiological update published Monday, Europe registered the highest weekly incidence of COVID-19 cases of any region since the start of the pandemic, with almost 700,000 new infections reported. The region’s weekly incidence in cases and deaths increased by 34% and 16% respectively in comparison to the previous week. The United Kingdom, France, Russia and Spain account for over half of all new cases reported in the region.Africa reported a substantial rise in deaths from COVID-19, with a 27% increase compared to the previous week. South Africa continues to register more than half of all confirmed cases reported in the region, the WHO said.Still, nearly half of the world’s cases and deaths continue to be reported in the Americas region, with the United States, Brazil and Argentina accounting for the greatest numbers, according to the WHO.All regions showed an increase in cases during the reporting period, except Southeast Asia. Countries reporting the highest number of cases in the last seven days include India, the United States, Brazil, the United Kingdom and France, the WHO said.Oct 13, 8:28 amIowa becomes latest US state to surpass 100,000 casesIowa has tallied more than 100,000 positive cases of COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic.The midwestern U.S. state reached the grim milestone on Monday amid a surge in new cases. More than half of all 50 states have now passed the 100,000 mark.As of Tuesday morning, the Iowa Department of Public Health had recorded a total of 100,507 positive cases out of 867,124 individuals tested so far, with a positivity rate of 11.6%.U.S. President Donald Trump is heading to the Hawkeye State, where he will host a campaign rally Wednesday following his recent COVID-19 diagnosis.Oct 13, 7:58 amChinese city tests more than 3 million residents amid outbreakThe eastern Chinese port city of Qingdao has tested more than a third of its nine million residents for COVID-19 since launching a citywide testing campaign amid the country’s first reported domestic outbreak in months.The Qingdao Municipal Health Commission said in a statement Tuesday that it had collected over three million samples for COVID-19 tests and that no new cases have been found among the more than 1.1 million results returned thus far. The entire city will be tested this week, the commission said.A total of 12 cases of COVID-19 — six with symptoms and six without — have been recorded in Qingdao, since an outbreak linked to the city’s Municipal Chest Hospital was discovered over the weekend, according to the commission.The Chinese mainland, where the coronavirus pandemic began last December, has so far reported 85,591 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 4,634 deaths. The country does not count asymptomatic infections as confirmed cases.Oct 13, 7:16 amItaly introduces strict new nationwide measuresThe Italian government imposed strict new measures nationwide on Tuesday in a bid to prevent further spread of the novel coronavirus.Under the new rules, parties in public spaces and discos, both indoors and outdoors, are banned. Parties can be held in restaurants but with no more than 30 attendees. Bars, ice cream parlors, pastry shops and restaurants with table service must close by midnight, while those without must shutter by 9 p.m. Drinks can only be consumed while sitting at tables — not while standing at the bar or outside — after 9 p.m.Also banned are school trips, guided tours and any contact sports not organized by an association that can maintain social distancing rules. Gyms, however, remain open.The government’s new measures are limited to “strong recommendations” against private gatherings and parties in homes with more than six people who don’t share a household. There’s also no obligation to wear a face mask inside a home but it’s “strongly recommended” when guests are over.Last week’s nationwide mandate to wear masks outdoors remains in place.The move comes as Italy, once the epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic, sees a sharp uptick in infections after gradually loosening restrictions during the spring and summer, following a nearly three-month lockdown that helped get its COVID-19 outbreak under control.Earlier this month, the European country confirmed more than 5,000 new cases of COVID-19 in a single day for the first time since the peak of its outbreak in late March. On Monday, Italy’s civil protection agency registered 4,619 new cases and 39 deaths, bringing the cumulative totals to 359,569 cases and 36,205 deaths.Oct 13, 5:51 amRussia sees record rise in cases and deaths but ‘no reason’ for lockdownRussia confirmed 13,868 new cases of COVID-19 and 244 deaths over the past 24 hours, setting new records for its daily tallies of both infections and fatalities.It’s the third straight day that Russia has registered over 13,000 new cases. The country’s previous record of 13,634 new cases was set over the weekend. Meanwhile, the latest single-day death toll shatters the previous record of 232 deaths, which was set at the end of May.The cumulative totals now stand at 1,312,310 confirmed cases and 22,727 deaths, according to Russia’s coronavirus response headquarters.Russian authorities have said there’s no immediate plan to impose a second nationwide lockdown, even as the country’s outbreak grows after most coronavirus-related restrictions were lifted over the summer.“In spite of the fact that we are seeing growing numbers, today in the Russian Federation we are not talking about blocking the economy, halting any activities, enterprises or any sectors of the economy because we see no reason for that today,” Anna Popova, head of Russian consumer watchdog Rospotrebnazor, told reporters Tuesday.But officials in Moscow, the epicenter of the country’s COVID-19 outbreak, have recommended that the elderly self-isolate at home and also encouraged businesses to have at least one-third of their employees work from home. School holidays in the capital this month were extended from one to two weeks.More than 33% of the newly confirmed cases — 4,618 — and nearly 24% of the newly reported deaths — 58 — were registered in the capital. Moscow Mayor Sergey Sobyanin has said that this week will be “largely decisive” in the fight against the city’s outbreak.Oct 13, 5:33 amIndia records lowest daily tally of cases since AugustIndia confirmed another 55,342 new cases of COVID-19 in the past 24 hours, it’s lowest daily tally since mid-August.An additional 706 coronavirus-related fatalities were also recorded. The country’s cumulative totals now stand at 7,175,880 confirmed cases and 109,856 deaths, according to the latest data from the Indian Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.India is only the second country in the world to surpass seven million total cases, after the United States. Since hitting a peak of 97,894 new cases registered in a single day in September, India’s average number of daily cases has steadily declined, falling to under 73,000 cases a day.The vast country of nearly 1.4 billion people is still on track to become the pandemic’s worst-hit nation within weeks, overtaking the United States, where more than 7.8 million people have been diagnosed with COVID-19.Oct 13, 5:08 amFour Vatican Swiss Guards test positive for COVID-19Four members of the Vatican Swiss Guard have tested positive for COVID-19, according to Vatican spokesman Matteo Bruni.The test results came in over the weekend and the four guards, who are showing symptoms, were placed in isolation.“During these hours, the necessary checks are being carried out among those who may have been in direct contact with them,” Bruni told reporters Monday. “In the meantime, in accordance with the provisions issued last week by the Governorate of Vatican City State, all the guards, whether on duty or not, wear masks, both outdoors and indoors, and observe the prescribed health measures.”They are believed to be the first to test positive for the virus among the Vatican Swiss Guard, the elite, colorfully-dressed corps that protects the pope. It’s unknown what direct contact — if any — the infected guards had with Pope Francis, who doesn’t wear a mask at his general audiences or when meeting with worshippers, sometimes coming into relatively close contact to mingle and shake hands.The COVID-19 infections among the four guards are in addition to three other positive cases discovered in recent weeks among residents and citizens of Vatican City, the tiny city-state surrounded by Rome that is home to the pontiff and serves as the headquarters of the Roman Catholic Church. All cases have mild symptoms and the necessary measures of isolation and contact tracing have been taken, according to Bruni.Oct 13, 4:31 amUS reports more than 41,000 new casesThere were 41,653 new cases of COVID-19 identified in the United States on Monday, according to a real-time count kept by Johns Hopkins University.The latest daily tally is down by less than 3,000 from the previous day and falls well under the country’s record set on July 16, when there were 77,255 new cases in a 24-hour-reporting period.An additional 317 coronavirus-related fatalities were also recorded Sunday, down from a peak of 2,666 new fatalities reported on April 17.A total of 7,804,336 people in the United States have been diagnosed with COVID-19 since the pandemic began, and at least 215,086 of them have died, according to Johns Hopkins. The cases include people from all 50 U.S. states, Washington, D.C. and other U.S. territories as well as repatriated citizens.By May 20, all U.S. states had begun lifting stay-at-home orders and other restrictions put in place to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus. The day-to-day increase in the country’s cases then hovered around 20,000 for a couple of weeks before shooting back up and crossing 70,000 for the first time in mid-July. The daily tally of new cases has gradually come down since then but has started to climb again in recent weeks.Week-over-week comparisons show the number of new cases reported across the nation continues to go up, as does the usage of intensive care units, but the number of new deaths are down, according to an internal memo from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that was obtained by ABC News last week.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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Warburtons takes swift action to contain fire

first_imgWarburtons has suffered a fire on a muffin line at its Variety Bakery in Bolton.The blaze broke out on the morning of 11 July, and was attended by three fire engines, from Bolton and Bolton North stations, who contained and extinguished the fire.It was caused by a build-up of dust which had overheated, said a spokesperson for the Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service.A Warburtons spokesperson confirmed there had been a small fire in a debris containment unit on the muffin line at the Britannia Way site: “All employees were safely evacuated, while the fire was promptly contained and extinguished by the fire brigade.” She added that no damage had been caused to the plant or the building and that Warburtons was currently working to get the line up and running again.In other news, Warburtons has just filed its accounts for the full year to 25 September 2010. The firm said its underlying trading performance was not as strong as the previous year, put down in part to the difficult trading environment, resulting in an increased level of commercial support through promotions and pricing in order for it to maintain its market share position.Turnover stood at £492m for the 52-week period, dropping from £510m in 2009. This represented a decline in sales of 3.6%. Profit before tax fell £5.1m to £28.8m.The fire which took place at its Hereford Street bakery in July 2010 resulted in a number of exceptional items, with an insurance claim still ongoing. Sixty firefighters fought to put out a blaze that was contained to its ChippidyDooDaa snack plant.>>Warburtons goes back to snacks>>Fire halts production at Warburtons bakerylast_img read more

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Former ND player and coach charged with battery and voyeurism

first_img Twitter Pinterest By Carl Stutsman – January 6, 2021 0 329 Facebook Twitter Google+ Pinterest IndianaLocalNewsSouth Bend MarketSports By Know1one1 [CC BY-SA 3.0], from Wikimedia Commons Former Notre Dame basketball player and assistant coach Ryan Ayers has been charged with voyeurism and domestic battery. Police say he hit his girlfriend during an argument last summer.They also say he had several inappropriate pictures of women on his iCloud, and a video of a sexual encounter with an ex-girlfriend that he shared with others.Ayers parted ways with Notre Dame back in September. Facebook Google+ Former ND player and coach charged with battery and voyeurism Previous articleEconomic impact off NCAA tourney expected to provide relief to COVID shaken Indiana economyNext articleSt. Joseph County Comissioners issue storm debris emergency declaration Carl Stutsman WhatsApp WhatsApplast_img read more

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It’s seriously debatable

first_img“I do fundamentally believe it the most important thing I’ve ever done,” said Tripp Rebrovick ’09, coach of the current team of 15 students.“It governs the whole year, and in a tournament there will be eight preliminary debate rounds and the top 32 teams go to a bracket-like NCAA March Madness,” said Rebrovick, a former member. “It’s an entire world.”The council competes in policy debate, with two teams of two arguing a topic (this year’s is national health care) with specific rules for the affirmative and negative sides. Students such as Emily Gordon, a sophomore who is concentrating in the history of science, call it the biggest component of their Harvard experience.“Every morning I wake up and do some debate work,” she said. “The more you learn, the more you want to learn and keep practicing and keep getting better throughout the year.”Policy debaters are known for their command of “spreading,” the auctioneer-like ability to speak quickly in order to make as many arguments supporting your team’s side as possible. Whereas typical conversation is about 150 words per minute, policy debaters can speak 300–400 words per minute.“In an activity that is competitive, the teams that are most successful are the teams that can introduce the most arguments. The more scholars you can cite who support you — if you cite 12 people and someone else can cite two — gives you a huge advantage,” said Gordon, who lives in Lowell House.,The council, which recently won a tournament at Gonzaga University in Spokane, Wash., practices under the guidance of Rebrovick and several full- and part-time coaches. The team also hosts a high school tournament for 3,000 students over President’s Day weekend, as well as a summer workshop to cover costs.Hemanth Sanjeev, a senior from Macon, Ga., who in 2016 helped lead the team to its first national championship in 26 years, spends about 10 hours a week preparing for tournaments.“A lot of it is researching scholarly articles, compiling them into arguments, preparing that into readable blocks, looking at teammates’ work, and synthesizing that into strategies,” said the economics concentrator, who began competing in debates in eighth grade. “I like that it’s really demanding that you have to read along and learn a lot about what your opponent is saying. Everybody is always innovating their arguments. Everybody on some level is an intense competitive person in debate.”Rebrovick said the students eventually go on to graduate school in humanities or physical sciences, law school, and academia. A few, of late, have found careers in the financial industry.“They learn to be persuasive. They learn to present arguments … that are comprehensible and understandable even if they are complex,” he said.Yet even the simplest argument can turn profound for the debate team. Junior and current team captain Ayush Midha, who with Sanjeev won the Rex Copeland Award last year as the top debate team in the country, said the team has been “trying to get team T-shirts made for the last two years, but it’s hard to get everyone to agree on something.”“We got close at one point, but then got to a sticking point: Do we want quarter-zips or full zips, and then it just didn’t happen,” he said. “We’re lacking in the uniform department, but I can honestly say for sure that some of my best friends are on the debate team.” The competition for the Harvard Debate Council is so rigorous that members start preparing weeks before the school year starts, and they don’t let up until the final tournament in March.Theirs is an all-encompassing effort that demands as much extracurricular effort as a year’s graduate degree work. Required are hundreds of hours of research, a talent for formulating pointed arguments on the spot, and exceptional speaking skills.Podcast directed and edited by Ned Brown/Harvard Stafflast_img read more

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Mountain Mama: How to Step Up to Class V Whitewater

first_imgDear Mountain Mama,Lately a lot of talk among kayakers revolves around how to calculate risk. As a Class IV paddler who aspires to run Class V, I am interested in safely taking on more challenging runs.Do you have any advice about deciding to paddle more difficult, Class V whitewater?Thanks,Aspiring Class V Boater—————————————————————————Dear Aspiring Class V Boater,I applaud you for your desire to improve. Realizing that failure walks hand-in-hand with success is fundamental for growth. But the real question is the type of risk that is appropriate for a paddler to take, which is an intensely individual decision. The path I personally advocate is the natural evolution that occurs when one pushes herself in small ways every day on the river, not one big blind leap of faith.Intelligently assessing risk necessitates getting really intimate with fear. As tempting as it might first appear to numb anxiety, I’d counsel you against it. Whenever I see boaters smoke or drink at the put-in of challenging runs, my stomach churns for them. Ignoring feelings doesn’t make them disappear, but rather empowers them. A small seed of fear buried deep in the soul festers into an ugly monster who might lash out with disastrous consequences.Instead, cozy up with fear until you transform those negative feelings into something positive like motivation, creativity, and, ultimately, joy from thriving in new situations. I’m by no means advocating that you indulge your fears, but rather exactly the opposite. Start by identifying the source and naming it. Is it a particular rapid? Or the undercut rocks? Or that you’ve just broken up with your girlfriend? Or that you slept a total of two hours the previous night?Sit with your fears as you might with a good friend and have a chat. The result of which might be that you portage a rapid or opt to paddle something else. Or the result might mean seeing a line that you feel confident about paddling.Either way, you’ve made a decision that’s put you in touch with your most authentic self instead of your ego. At the end of the day, nobody cares what rapids or rivers you did or didn’t paddle. And nobody who matters likes you any better for being a Class V boater, or if you even paddle at all for that matter.Be courageous enough to be imperfect. Embracing your own humanity makes you Class V in my book. By being real, you allow others around you to do the same. Portage, paddle, sit on a rock, or run shuttle, just be sure whatever you do, you do it with intention.Best,Mountain MamaGOT A QUESTION FOR MOUNTAIN MAMA? SEND IT HERElast_img read more

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What exactly is ‘judicial activism?’

first_imgWhat exactly is ‘judicial activism?’ What exactly is ‘judicial activism?’ Justices worry it is just becoming a catchphrase to describe any decision someone doesn’t agree with Jan Pudlow Senior Editor When Miami lawyer Spencer Tew asked a compelling question, the Discussion with the Justices of the Florida Supreme Court at the Bar’s Annual Meeting became a riveting stream of commentary about attacks on the judiciary and harmful cries of judicial activism during the Schiavo case.Here’s Tew’s question: “Judging from the current events. . . I would like to know the court’s feelings on whether there seems to be increasing hostility and distain for the role of the judiciary in our society, by members of the executive and legislative branches of the federal and state government.”Chief Justice Barbara Pariente gave the nod to Justice Raoul Cantero to tackle the question.“Gee thanks,” Cantero responded with a grin.“Well, you were reaching for the microphone,” Pariente said.“No, I was reaching for the glass of water,” Cantero said, as the audience broke into laughter.“But I can answer the question. I think that obviously you are talking about the Schiavo case. I think that to me the most disturbing thing was the misuse of the term ‘judicial activism,’ which was bantered about after that case.“The problem is when we discuss terms like ‘judicial restraint’ and ‘judicial activism’ — and there are legitimate terms for discussion and there are legitimate arguments for saying there is such a thing as judicial activism, and that it is wrong. But it is not ‘judicial activism’ that they were talking about in the Schiavo case. So when you start melding concepts and broadening judicial activism just to mean any decision you don’t like, then it destroys the process of the intellectual discussion of what is judicial activism,” Cantero continued.“And whatever you can say about the Schiavo case, it was not about judicial activism. Judge Greer’s first decision was based on credibility of witnesses. You can agree with him or disagree about where he stepped on that side of credibility. But it wasn’t an activist decision. Later on, he was affirmed because the appellate courts gave deference to that decision. That clearly was not an example of judicial activism.“When Congress adopted the law that allowed the federal judiciary to revisit the case and the federal district judge said, ‘Well, I don’t believe that there is a substantial likelihood of success on the merits, and therefore I am not going to grant the preliminary injunction,’ that clearly was not an example of judicial activism. To the contrary, it was an example of judicial restraint,” Cantero said.“Then when the 11th Circuit upheld that decision, because it was not an abuse of discretion, that clearly was not an example of judicial activism. To the contrary, it was an example of judicial restraint.“And so, what bothers me about that whole process was that the term ‘judicial activism’ was bastardized so that it runs the risk that further discussions of judicial activism will now be affected by that case and will no longer be at the same level of discourse.”The audience gathered at the popular Q&A event, sponsored by the Appellate Practice Section and the Young Lawyers Division, broke into applause after Cantero’s remarks.Justice Charles Wells was next to address the question, offering a historical perspective and more optimistic take on attacks on the judiciary“It was unfortunate the debate in the U.S. House of Representatives on the evening of March 20, and the editorials of very respected newspapers, and one editorial I saw in the Wall Street Journal, in which it indicated that the Florida court system had served the individuals in that case poorly. Whereas I think that any objective analysis would indicate that the judges that did the heavy lifting — which were trial judges and district courts of appeal judges — did exemplary work.“But I do take heart,” Well said. “Throughout the history of the United States, one side of the political persuasion or the other side is going to take aim at the courts. It was the people that were most interested in government regulation that took shots at the courts in 1920s and 1930s, causing President Franklin Delano Roosevelt to be interested in packing the courts, as that term was used. I want to make it clear that I was not here when that occurred,” Wells said wryly.“I do remember the signs across Florida which said, ‘Impeach Earl Warren.’ To an extent, it comes with the territory. The thing that we have to do, we have to understand and protect the role of the courts. The courts have to be restrained. The courts have got to perform their role, just as the other two branches of government have to be restrained and perform their roles.. . . I am optimistic that this too shall pass.”Because several members of the Supreme Court were unable to attend the Annual Meeting, Pariente’s husband, Fourth District Court of Appeal Judge Fred Hazouri, stepped in to help with the final round of the YLD Moot Court Competition juding and this Conversation with the Court.Introducing him as “my very dear friend and husband,” Pariente said, “I will cede to Judge Hazouri to make some remarks on this, with restraint.”Hazouri said he does not share Wells’ optimism, predicting: “I think it will get worse before it gets better.“I think there is something different going on today than there was before. Many of you were not born during the height of the Warren court. There was a lot of argument against the Warren court, but it seemed to be confined to a particular geographical section of the country,” Hazouri said.“I think that the opportunity to demagogue has become a greater part of our society due to 24-hour news channels and talk radio, and that becomes such a vehicle for politicians and legislators and executive branch individuals to make points. . . to their constituency.“I think it is a dangerous thing that they don’t recognize that they may be doing tremendous damage to the respect the public has for the judiciary. We don’t have a police force. We can’t enforce our orders. We can’t enforce our decisions. They can only be enforced by the will of the people,” Hazouri continued.“The demagoguery, I think it does require the bar and hopefully members of the legislative branch and the executive branch to stand up once and for all. . . and stand up for the courts and the independence of the judiciary.”Even before the Schiavo case, Pariente said, the term “judicial activism” had already been misused.“If you read editorials and are keeping track, it really has been used as a way to say, ‘This is a decision we disagree with. It’s judicial activism.’“And so the honest discourse must go on. I think all of us agree that the underlying merits of the decision should always be the subject of debate and legitimate criticism,” Pariente said.“But, really, the term has been used by anyone and everyone just really to reflect a decision they disagree with. . . . I think what happened especially during the Schiavo case, to have a judge of this state doing his job subjected to death threats is of great concern. To have members of Congress make statements that are akin to threats: ‘You’ll get your payback,’ is really the next level of concern. Whether this is all-out warfare on the judiciary, God forbid!” Pariente said.“We don’t have the Secret Service like the executive branch does,” Pariente said, referring to protecting lives of judges. “So I think there was a rise in the level of discourse during the Schiavo case.”Pariente recalled the recent oral argument on the school voucher case, where hundreds of demonstrators peacefully gathered at the Supreme Court exercising their right to free speech and assembly.Pariente said she takes comfort in remembering there has always been strong emotions on both sides of cases the high court decides throughout history — whether it’s desegretation or minimum wage.But Pariente agreed with her husband when she said: “I think the level of rhetoric has risen. And I am sure that this 24-hour news, or so-called news, is somewhat responsible for that.”After the intriguing glimpse into the justices’ views on their threatened independence, Cantero joked: “Can we get a question that provokes some discussion?” August 1, 2005 Senior Editor Regular Newslast_img read more

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Read this book to have an awesome year

first_img 6SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Laurie Maddalena Laurie Maddalena is a dynamic and engaging keynote speaker and leadership consultant. She writes a monthly online column for next generation leaders for CUES and has published articles in Credit … Web: www.envisionexcellence.net Details Before the year began, my husband and I took a mini-vacation to a bed and breakfast in West Virginia to relax and unwind. With three young kids at home, it’s not often we get away together alone. One of our favorite things to do is read by the fire. On this trip, I read two books cover to cover, and one impacted me so much, I want to share it with you.In studying success for over 25 years, there is something I have discovered that is a common theme in high achievers—they have a bias for action. They have the same fears, doubts, anxieties, and challenges as everyone, but they push through the negative mind chatter and get themselves to do things they may not feel like doing. Success and confidence are not innate qualities, they are the result of small actions that compound over time.In all honesty, my default is laziness. If I didn’t consciously push myself through the barriers my mind creates, I would sit around every day watching Hallmark movies, eating Lindor truffles, and drinking cappuccinos. Now, there’s nothing wrong with these things, but compound them daily over time, and they would not lead me toward my best self. My guess is that your default is also laziness. I know this, because of all the leaders—of all the humans—I have every worked with, been friends with, or had a conversation with, no one has ever said that sticking to their goals was easy peasy, lemon squeezy (this is a current favorite phrase of my almost seven-year-old).Sitting by the fire two nights before New Year’s Eve, I was reading the book, The 5 Second Rule by Mel Robbins. I had seen Mel’s Ted Talk a few years ago, so I wasn’t in a rush to read the book. Frankly, I thought the “5 Second Rule” she preaches was too simplistic to be of value. But as I read the book and the case studies from people around the world, I became enthralled with the concept and couldn’t put it down. There was one piece of research that Mel shared that really stuck with me, and made total sense based on my own personal experience. She said that in the quest to reach our goals, thinking is not the problem; we rarely make decisions based on logic. Research has shown that we make 95% of our decisions based on our feelings, not on our thoughts. I reflected on the choices I make each day, and realized that if I didn’t push myself, I would absolutely choose to watch Hallmark movies while drinking cappuccinos and eating chocolate all day.Left to my feelings, here is how I would make decisions each day:Do I feel like getting up an hour early today? No, I’d rather stay in my warm bed.Do I feel like working out today? No, it’s too much effort.Do I feel like writing two blogs today? No, it takes too much thought.Do I feel like eating a healthy salad for lunch? No, that doesn’t sound delicious!You see how that works? We make 95% of our decisions based on how we feel in the moment, and our feelings are rarely in our best interest. Change requires us to have the courage to make choices that feel hard and challenging. So what do successful people do? They make decisions before their feelings set in and hijack their life. Mel Robbins’ “5 Second Rule” is about counting backwards—5-4-3-2-1—and then taking action immediately, before your feelings set in and your mind rationalizes why not to do something.It’s not that successful people aren’t lazy. Most of us would rather take the easy way out rather than have to put forth effort to accomplish something. Successful people make the choice to push through, despite their feelings. It takes bold action—quick action—to move past your feelings and toward your goals. It’s our daily practices that will lead us toward our best self. No one is perfect every day, but if you consistently take action before your feelings set in, those small actions will compound to lead you toward better health, better relationships, better leadership, and a better life.Do I feel like tackling that hard project first thing in the morning? No, but I know if I do, I will get it off my plate and get to leave work on time today.Do I feel like having that tough conversation with my employee? No, but I know it’s necessary to maintain a cohesive team.Do I feel like taking 45 minutes to teach a task I can do in 10 minutes? No, but I know if I delegate it now, I will free up more of my time in the long run.This morning, when the alarm rang an hour earlier, instead of hitting snooze, I jumped out of bed before my feelings convinced me I needed more sleep. It may seem like a small action, but I started my day off in control—in control of my actions, in control of my goals, and in control of my life.last_img read more

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$10B of PPP funding set aside for CDFI lending

first_imgThe Small Business Administration (SBA) announced Thursday it is setting aside $10 billion of Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Round 2 funding to be lent exclusively by Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs). CDFIs work to expand economic opportunity in low-income communities by providing access to financial products and services for local residents and businesses.As of May 14, there are 324 credit unions certified as CDFIs, out of 1,142 total CDFIs.The PPP ran out of its initial $349 billion in funding, and Congress approved a second round of $310 billion in April. Of that, $60 billion is allocated to insured depository institutions with below $50 billion in assets. The $10 billion set aside for CDFIs announced Thursday comes out of that $60 billion. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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Shipping industry weathers pandemic, oil price storm

first_imgBecause of the suffering oil and gas sector, shipping companies have seen early terminations of contracts with oil and gas businesses.The ongoing health crisis has also impacted shipowners’ expenses. They have had to deal with higher insurance prices and more expensive spare parts, among other things, as the rupiah remains weak against the United States dollar, according to the association.“We’ll see how it is a month from now,” Carmelita said.Statistics Indonesia (BPS) reported that the transportation and warehouse sector grew by 1.27 percent yoy in the first quarter of 2020. This was a significantly slower pace than the 5.45 percent annual growth in the first quarter of 2019.In April, cargo ships took a hit in terms of volume, which was down by almost 2 percent year-on-year to 24.91 million tons, according to data from Statistics Indonesia.Meanwhile, logistics firms have started to switch to sea transport amid the decline in the air cargo operation under PSBB.While the country transitions to the “new normal”, Transportation Ministerial Regulation No. 41/2020 will allow ships to deliver medical equipment and staple goods to help with the COVID-19 response.Logistics firm PT Kamadjaja Logistics, which offers freight forwarding and warehouse services, used sea freight to deliver its cargo in late March because government restrictions on air travel had hampered air shipping.“We are switching to sea freight, and we’re using roro [roll-on/roll-off ships]. In any kind of transportation, we try to reach the customers, the end users,” Ivy Kamadjaja, the company’s deputy chief executive officer, said on Tuesday.Topics : The country’s sea freight industry has continued to see depressed demand as a result of the pandemic and a global oil price slump, the Indonesian National Shipowners Association (INSA) has said.INSA chairperson Carmelita Hartoto said that although the government’s relaxation of large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) had resulted in an uptick in passenger sea transport, the cargo shipping sector had continued to suffer.“In other [sea transportation services], there have not been any significant changes, since production, or industrial output, has not fully recovered,” Carmelita told The Jakarta Post on Wednesday. COVID-19 restrictions, which are now being phased out in some places, have caused logistical disruptions along the supply chain by limiting mobility in an effort to contain the spread of the coronavirus, which has infected more than 40,000 people nationwide.The INSA reported in early May that container ship revenue had fallen by 10 to 25 percent from normal levels. Likewise, the revenue of bulk carriers – tankers, tugs and barges – dropped by 25 to 50 percent.The pandemic has affected the major users of maritime shipping, including oil and gas companies, which are suffering from record-low oil prices following a demand slump during the pandemic.In May, exports plunged 28.95 percent year-on-year (yoy) to US$10.53 billion, the lowest since July 2016, as a result of falling oil and gas exports, among other commodities, according to BPS data. last_img read more

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Czech coronavirus cases top 1,000 in a day for first time

first_imgThe spike in Czech cases has been among the fastest in Europe, with infection rates over the last two weeks only faster in Spain, France, Malta, Romania and Croatia, according to the European Union agency European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC).The Czech pace is roughly three times that of neighboring Germany.However, the death toll in the Czech Republic has remained lower than in many other European countries, with 441 fatalities reported as of Wednesday out of a total of 29,877 cases since the start of the pandemic.Hospitalizations have risen in the past week but are still half the levels seen earlier in the pandemic. The government says many new cases are asymptomatic and among the younger population. The Czech Republic reported on Wednesday a record one-day spike in COVID-19 infections, with 1,164 new cases, as it battles a surging spread of the coronavirus.Daily case figures have regularly come in above 500 so far in September, already well above a previous daily peak of 377 in March during the first wave of infections.Czech authorities, which acted quickly to impose a strict lockdown in March to halt the spread of the virus, are keen to avoid taking that costly route again after the economy shrank by 11% in the April-June period on an annual basis. Topics :last_img read more

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