The Price You Pay for Work-Life Balance

first_imgIf you want to succeed at work, you must pay for that success with time and focused energy. That time and energy has to come from somewhere, each of us starting with 24 hours in each day.If you want family to be at the center of your life, that also requires time and focused energy. It mostly requires a presence, something that many of us struggle with because, while our body is present, our minds can be far away, still at work.Taking time from one of these provides more time for the other. If you believe that work and family are most important, then there are other places from which you can pay for that time.You can take time away from watching television, even the sports and shows that you most enjoy. Sporting events take hours of time that you might use for something you value more. This is not to say that one shouldn’t watch television, but that one cannot complain about not having time if they spent 8 hours watching television over the course of a couple days.You can also pay for work-life balance by getting up much earlier in the morning. If you don’t want to take time from your family to devote to work, then work when your family is asleep. Get up at 5:00 AM instead of 6:30 AM and give yourself an hour and half of time to work when the people you care about don’t care about spending time with you. It’s true, to wake up at 5:00 AM and get 7 hours of sleep, you will have to be asleep at 10:00 PM. But, if you have kids, they’ll be long asleep by then. If you have teenagers, they won’t want anything to do you anyway.The idea of a weekend off is only a hundred or so years old. Before the Industrial Age, you worked as much as was necessary without regard for weekends. Weekend mornings between 5:00 AM and 9:00 AM give you an additional workday each week. While others work 5 days and 40 hours, you get an additional eight hours. You can block the rest of your Saturday and Sunday for time with your family and friends.The very idea of balance is more a measurement of your fulfillment than it is hours, but know that hours spent in one area are hours that cannot be invested in another. You must pay for time, but the decision as to how to pay for that time is up to you. In all cases, you have to forego something to have the time for something you want more. Get the Free eBook! Learn how to sell without a sales manager. Download my free eBook! You need to make sales. You need help now. We’ve got you covered. This eBook will help you Seize Your Sales Destiny, with or without a manager. Download Nowlast_img read more

Opposition slams AIR, Doordarshan for ‘Gandhi content’ of its news bulletins

first_imgRural viewers glued to the set: A Gandhi monopolyRule India, rule the air waves. Or so it seemed, judging from the new, all-out propaganda blitz launched by the government-controlled All India Radio (AIR) and Doordarshan since June, projecting Mrs Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi with a relentless regularity to the electronic,Rural viewers glued to the set: A Gandhi monopolyRule India, rule the air waves. Or so it seemed, judging from the new, all-out propaganda blitz launched by the government-controlled All India Radio (AIR) and Doordarshan since June, projecting Mrs Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi with a relentless regularity to the electronic media’s 11 crore audience.Compared to the magnitude of the present high-voltage media massage, even “All Indira Radio”, the wry sobriquet of the ’70s, sounded like a polite understatement. Especially hit were the news bulletins, where all professional norms of news selection were cast aside to make room for a brazen personality cult.All conceivable, and inconceivable, ruses were employed to put Rajiv Gandhi’s name on the headlines of nationally transmitted news, though he is just one of the five general secretaries of the party ruling at the Centre.Examples of AIR and Doordarshan favouritism:in June-July this year, of the 930 minutes of air time given to the AIR’s national news broadcasts, more than 200 minutes went to report what Mrs Gandhi had done or said; Rajiv was mentioned nine times in July in the AIR national English broadcasts and four times in the first ten days of August: no other political leader in the country, who is not a member of the Government, has been mentioned as frequently as Rajiv; Doordarshan is now making it a point to “cut in” Rajiv’s still photograph, or to show him on film or video tape recorder (VTR) whenever he is mentioned in news: this rule is not strictly followed even with regard to Mrs Gandhi; since June, each function of Rajiv, ranging from the inauguration of a wrestling contest to a seminar on packaging of fruits, has been covered by AIR and Doordarshan; and AIR’s scheduled late evening programmes have been knocked off with sickening regularity to accommodate unedited broadcasts of Mrs Gandhi’s speeches during the day if she happened to deliver them outside New Delhi.The non-Congress(I) states have never felt as humiliated and wronged by the broadcast media as now. Farooq Abdullah, the chief minister of Jammu & Kashmir, threatened, last fortnight, to set up a state-owned “Kashmir Radio”.advertisementRajiv inaugurating a sports museum in Delhi: Media blitzJyoti Basu, the Marxist chief minister of West Bengal, publicly remonstrated against the “misuse of official media”. N.T. Rama Rao, the Telugu Desam chief minister of Andhra Pradesh, who was denied the use of AIR broadcasting facility during the recent strike of the non-gazetted staff, was so put off that he refused it when it was offered to him again.Recently, 50 non-Congress(I) MPs gave a memorandum to the speaker of the Lok Sabha alleging that AIR had been even using patently sub judice matters to blacken the opposition parties. And, during the current session of Parliament, it is H.K.L. Bhagat, the minister of state in charge of Information & Broadcasting (I&B), who had to face most of the flak for allowing the official broadcast media to approximate an Indian version of 1984.Frequency: Impervious to these charges, AIR, whose news division is manned by officers of the Central Information Service (CIS), and which is the main source of news for Doordarshan too, only stepped up what an opposition MP deridingly described as the “Gandhi content” of its news bulletins. In the month of June alone, AIR led 18 out of 31 of its 9 p.m. national English news bulletins-relayed from all its 86 centres – with Mrs Gandhi; in June 1982, the corresponding figure was half that figure. In July this year, she made the lead news 17 times; in July last year, the evening bulletins began with her on only eight occasions. From July 1 till August 1, broadcasts of her recorded speeches, relayed from all AIR stations barring those located in the far-flung areas which signal off at around 9.30 p.m., filled nearly 200 minutes of air time even though the speeches were hardly of an earth-shaking nature.On July 29, for instance, the scheduled 9.45 p.m. western music programme on the Delhi station of AIR was cancelled to accommodate Mrs Gandhi’s speech at Gangtok in Sikkim, delivered to the jawans. The next day, of went the Hindi programme, Our Guest, to make room for another round of the prime minister’s speeches at Gangtok, without a pause being deleted.On August , it was again the turn of the 10.30 p.m. western classical music programme to be sacrificed for the broadcast of a 30-minute ceremonial speech by Mrs Gandhi at Allahabad, where she inaugurated a new television station.advertisementFrequently, the choice of the lead, or the first item in the 8.45 p.m. (Hindi) or the 9 p.m. (English) news bulletins, relayed from all the 86 stations of AIR, bore no relevance to the significant news events of the day. On July 22, the bulletin began with the prime minister “dedicating” (sic) to the nation the Rs 245-crore Kalpakkam atomic power project near Madras “tomorrow”.Bhagat: Following the policyThus, even an advance information of the prime minister’s Madras visit was found to be worthy of treatment as the lead on the national network. However, it was hardly an uneventful day: the Supreme Court, on that day, had refused a general stay on hanging; Nihangs had on that day clashed with the police in Punjab; the striking non-gazetted employees of Andhra Pradesh had announced their readiness to talk to the state Government unconditionally; and many top bureaucrats of the Union Government were moved up, down and sideways on that day.An endless variety of ruses seem employed to put Rajiv on the screen. Each banal statement made by him was promptly picked up by the radio and TV networks. He said in Lucknow that game hunting should be stopped, and it made news for the AIR regardless of the fact that there is already a ban on game hunting in the country.Similarly, the Doordarshan camera crew followed him to Bhopal where he addressed the local Sikhs and mouthed platitudes; but everything that he uttered was found worthy of mention in the national bulletins. Even his inauguration of a sports museum in Delhi last fortnight was judged as big news: it came right after the lead headlines on Sri Lanka, and was accompanied by VTR shots.Broadcast Policy: The tenor and content of AIR and Doordarshan were increasingly in brazen contradiction to the “news policy of broadcast media” outlined by the Media Advisory Committee, which had been set up by the Centre in 1980. The committee drafted the news policy last year. It stated, in a rather sanctimonious tone, many of the AIR’s laudable aims, such as:”ministerial statements on policy matters, particularly those of the prime minister, are important in as much as they enable the people to understand national policies… the focus should be on information rather than on individuals”; “in reporting on political controversies the broadcast media should be guided by objectivity and fair play”;”political activities should be noticed strictly on the basis of newsworthiness”;”if a political statement has news value, it deserves to be reported: it will have news value only if it contains a point of policy”.While talking to INDIA TODAY, Bhagat repeatedly asserted that the “news policy” was being steadfastly adhered to. He admitted the bias in the AIR and Doordarshan news broadcasts in favour of Mrs Gandhi. “But Mrs Gandhi is quoted so often not because she is the president of a political party but because she is the prime minister.”As a matter of fact, the Media Advisory Committee had examined the point in its recommendation; it said: “Press conferences, addresses and speeches by the prime minister have news value only in as much as they are government policy statements or indicative of new emphases on national issues.”advertisementIn reality, AIR seldom drew a line of distinction between the two identities of Mrs Gandhi as the prime minister and as the Congress(I) president. Thus, on the eve of the current session of Parliament, AIR (and Doordarshan) led the bulletin of July 15 with Mrs Gandhi lashing out at the Opposition at what happened to be a closed door session of the Congress(I) workers in Bangalore.Ostensibly, it was for the benefit of her supporters in Karnataka who had their morale mauled after the party’s electoral defeat in January. Again, on July 21, she visited Garhwal, the constituency of H.N. Bahuguna, where too she mounted a trenchant attack on the Opposition: AIR and Doordarshan faithfully led their bulletins with her lengthy perorations.Fumed Bahuguna: “If I go to Medak (Mrs Gandhi’s constituency) and say that Mrs Gandhi is responsible for delaying a solution to the Punjab crisis, will AIR as much as mention it? Conversely, if Hegde (the Karnataka chief minister) came to Delhi and blamed the Congress(I) in a closed door session of his Janata Party, would Doordarshan have covered it?”Bhagat, however, employed all the sophistry at his command to prove that the opposition leaders too found a mention in the broadcast media. The showpiece example is obviously Chandra Shekhar’s padayatra which was mentioned and shown twice on the national hook-up and seven times in the regional bulletins of the Bombay and Madras centres of AIR and Doordarshan.But then the padayatra was totally divested of its political undertone and was reported, as a Doordarshan official himself admitted, “like a sports event”.AIR reports on opposition leaders can in fact serve as models for news management by governments. Thus, on July 30: “The Congress(I) President, Jagjivan Ram, has expressed concern over the incident in Sri Lanka.In a statement in New Delhi today, he said he was sure that all political parties and the people of India will be solidly with the prime minister in any action the Government takes to protect the Tamilians in that country.” To be sure, all the nine lines given to Ram on that day were put down to the column in a log-book under the heading: “Air time allotted to opposition.”The I&B Ministry often juggled figures to prove that it was indeed more fair-minded than what the Opposition thought of it. Recently, when the Marxist MP’s raised questions about the one-sided coverage of the panchayat elections in West Bengal in May, the Government defended itself with seemingly impeccable statistics.It replied that AIR Calcutta “had included, in all, 56 items consisting of 582 lines in respect of speeches on panchayat elections of the chief minister of West Bengal and Left Front leaders…. correspondingly, 73 items consisting of 733 lines on the speeches of ministers and leaders of the Congress(I) had been included”.Angrily retorted Dipen Ghosh, a Marxist MP: “Which is greater, 56 or 73? 582 or 733? And the whole thing is a jugglery of arithmetic. The 582 lines are mostly official announcements, while the 733 lines are nearly all vituperative attacks on the Left Front.”Blocking News: On one hand, the developments on the non-Congress(I) front were being systematically blocked out of the news bulletins. On the other hand, Mrs Gandhi’s utterances and actions were being reported not “in as much as” they made news but far in excess of it.This was often being done at the expense of hard news. A prime example is the treatment of the news of G.D. Birla’s death on June 11. It was given 13 lines towards the tail-end of the AIR English bulletin at 9 p.m., and even this included three lines of a condolence message from the President of India and another two lines of the message of P.C. Sethi, the home minister. However, the bulletin began with a lengthy report on Mrs Gandhi’s talks with Finnish leaders and her two-hour cruise on an ice-breaker around the Helsinki archipelago.The official media are often so overzealous in playing up Mrs Gandhi that very often the ethics of covering election speeches get a go-by and her campaign oratory gets reverential treatment, as though she were expected to make policy pronouncements in her campaigns.On June 1, AIR led its national evening bulletins with Mrs Gandhi’s speech in Jammu that “India will retaliate with strength if anyone attacks the country” The point is, it was neither a policy statement nor the announcement of some new measure to strengthen the Indian defence. And, it was only expected of a government to “retaliate with strength” if it were attacked from outside.As a matter of fact, it was an election speech by Mrs Gandhi, the Jammu & Kashmir polls having taken place on June 5, delivered before the ex-servicemen-dominated audiences in the Jammu region. The bulletin, however, neither identified it as Mrs Gandhi’s election speech nor balanced it with even a passing mention of the many rallies addressed by the non-Congress(I) leaders in Jammu & Kashmir on that day.Bhagat dismissed out of hand the charge that the Union Government was misusing the broadcast media. “The media is totally free now.” he said, adding pontifically that “it was greatly misused by the Janata government when the AIR reported in great details the proceedings of the Shah Commission even though there was no’ charge-sheet formally lodged against Mrs Gandhi.”But AIR, under the Congress(I) management, pulled out all its stops in reporting legally unsubstantiated charges against elected non-Congress(I) governments. In its broadcasts between July 1 and July 10. virtually every leader of the Congress(I), including Arun Nehru and Rajiv, were extensively quoted alleging massive rigging in the Jammu & Kashmir elections.At one stage, the Srinagar centre of Doordarshan reportedly refused to carry in its regional bulletins everything that the Congress(I) leaders had to say about the ‘rigging’. Albel Singh Garewal, director of the centre, soon paid the price for it. Last fortnight, he was transferred by a telephonic order and was asked to hand over charge within 24 hours. The centre is now without a director.L.K. Advani, general secretary of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and former I&B minister, said bitterly: “The downgrading of the I&B portfolio after the removal of Vasant Sathe was the first step ensuring that the official media policy was directed straight from 1 Safdarjuna Road. This is precisely what happened during the Emergency. I hold that radio and TV have become one of the major irritants in the Centre-state relations too.”Faux Pas: Advani was hinting at the recent imbroglio over N.T. Rama Rao’s speech (INDIA TODAY, August 15). After refusing Rama Rao the right to use AIR for addressing the striking non-gazetted officers, AIR officials spent two days shifting responsibility for the faux pas.Finally it was revealed that S.S. Verma, the director-general of AIR, had himself ordered the Hyderabad centre not to let the chief minister use its broadcasting facility. The ensuring parliamentary debate also revealed two important facts: Arjun Singh, the Congress(I) chief minister of Madhya Pradesh, used AIR broadcasting facility most frequently-eight times in the first seven months of 1983; and Nripen Chakravarty, the Marxist chief minister of Tripura, used it the least-never.If, according to Advani, the removal, of Sathe was a landmark in the history of AIR and Doordarshan’s subjugation, the other landmark was the appointment of Verma as AIR’s director-general in February this year.The rule of director-general’s appointment states that he may be selected from the Indian Administrative Service (IAS) provided he has 18 years experience “in a supervisory capacity in some educational, cultural or publicity” organisation and has “knowledge of India’s cultural heritage and of different forms of literary, cultural and artistic expressions in the country”.Verma is an IAS officer of the West Bengal cadre who had served in the small industries directorate before being catapulted into the sensitive post of AIR’s chief. On assumption of office, one of the first notes he had circulated among his staff was that public sector undertakings and their achievements should be given more prominence in AIR programmes.Said M.S. Bedi, president of the 1,200-strong AIR programme staff association: “With AIR headed by career bureaucrats, and the news service led by officials of the Central Information Service, who think hand-outs make news, professional broadcasting has nearly ended in this country.” Besides Verma, who has no broadcasting background, there are two other deputy director-generals in AIR recruited from the Indian Police Service (IPS), who look after security and administration.Hardware Expansion: It is on this ramshackle foundation of software that Doordarshan is launching a Rs 68-crore hardware expansion programme, “to be completed by the end of 1984”. thus shrewdly synchronising it with the 1985 elections. Of this, Rs 28 crore came from the non-lapsable funds of the AIR, earned largely from its advertisement revenue.The entire pian was formulated, and even orders were placed for transmission towers, in a record time of five months. At its completion, 70 per cent of the country will be brought under television transmission as against 25 per cent now. Bhagat said reverentially: “It is Mrs Gandhi who. as I&B minister, introduced regular television to this country. It is again under her that most of the country will be covered by television.”The question is, what will Doordarshan show? As Iqbal Malik, columnist in the Indian Express and a keen watcher of the broadcast media, pointed out: “The majority of the transmitters will be low-power, thus allowing for district-level programming. But the Centre has no plans for generating programmes at that level. It will therefore merrily go on imposing on the states, and districts, canned stuff imported from abroad, interspersed with publicity of the ruling party.”Even the chairman of the Government’s own committee on broadcasting software. P.C. Joshi, expressed virtually the same fear when he wrote in Mainstream (July 9, 1983): “India seems to have entered the era of modern communication technology without a full awareness of its far-reaching implications for Indian society.”So, chances are that a new generation of television watchers at Ranchi, or Jabalpur, or Vijayawada, will be exposed to hours and hours of Here’s Lucy (Columbia Broadcasting System 1951 programme), Star Trek (1969) or Transtel’s Telematch.If they cannot fully perceive the Anglo-Saxon humour of Yes Minister (BBC-1979), they can still be regaled by miles of “entertainment” from the Bombay film industry, including third-rate soap operas whose producers don’t mind putting their stuff out on TV because there is no return value left. And, like a sliver of meat wedged between two pieces of sandwich bread, there will be unabashed publicity for the ruling party and its leaders. The choice is between pulp and propaganda.last_img read more

Fancied red lions shoot for second straight win

first_imgDA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Far Eastern has lost key players in Prince Orizu, Richard Escoto, Arvin Tolentino and Jasper Parker.In other matches, Colegio de San Benildo battle Marist in the first of the three 11-Under division games starting 8 a.m.San Beda takes on Don Bosco at 9 a.m., while La Salle Greenhills locks horns with Xavier at 10 a.m.In the lone high school match, the Perpetual Help Junior Altas go up against La Salle Greenhills at 5:45 p.m.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Powered by fantastic freshmen, La Salle looks poised for a special season after dethroning UP View comments The Pirates dispatched of pesky College of St. Benilde, 78-69, while Adamson will be coming into the game fresh from an 89-65 annihilation of Emilio Aguinaldo College.The Pirates still retain the core, which went to back-to-back NCAA Finals and are still formidable even after Perez joined the PBA late last year as the No. 2 pick in the Draft.Adamson looked impressive with their new additions in former Arellano Junior Chief Aaron Fermin and former Baby Falcons stars AP Manlapaz.In the third seniors game, Letran faces debuting Far Eastern University in the 4 p.m. match.The Knights gave first year head coach Bonnie Tan a victory in his return to the tournament after a 78-67 win over rebuilding Jose Rizal University.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ LATEST STORIES SEA Games hosting troubles anger Dutertecenter_img San Beda, with its solid core one of the favorites in the Filoil Flying V Preseason Cup, shoots for its second straight win along with three other sides as action resumes on Friday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.Coming off an impressive 75-66 victory over retooled University of the Philippines in the inaugurals, the Red Lions, the three-time defending NCAA champions, slug it out with Mapua in the 11 a.m. contest and are again tipped as the favorites.ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Mapua had a debut to forget as the Cardinals were blown off the floor by Centro Escolar University, 84-65, in a fight-marred match on Monday.Donald Tankoua scored a game high 24 points and had 11 rebounds in leading the Red past a UP team that has been beefed up by the acquisition of Ricci Rivero and Kobe Paras.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsAdamson, Letran and Lyceum, playing without CJ Perez for the first time, are the other squads shooting for win No. 2.The Falcons and the Pirates, powers in their respective leagues, part ways in the 2 p.m. contest. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

Lakers hire Frank Vogel as head coach

first_imgThe Pacers thought they had a title-contender in 2012, 2013 and 2014, and James and the Miami Heat eliminated them in all three of those postseasons. Vogel won 58 percent of his games in parts of six seasons with Indiana, but the lasting image of his tenure there is the fact that those clubs were always ousted by Miami.Now, Vogel and James will be on the same side, both looking for a resurgence. This season was James’ first without a playoff appearance since 2005 and ended his streak of eight consecutive trips to the NBA Finals. Vogel is coming off a 54-110 tenure in two seasons with Orlando, while the Magic were rebuilding.Vogel is known mainly as a defensive coach. Indiana led the league in defensive efficiency twice and was in the top 10 during his five-plus seasons. The Lakers were tied for 13th in defensive efficiency last season. An official announcement announcing his hiring might not come until Monday, which would mark the start of a busy week for the Lakers. They will take part in the draft lottery on Tuesday and will also be at the draft combine.Vogel’s hiring is the first step in what will be — and has already been — an eventful and critical offseason for the Lakers, who will be on their sixth coach since Phil Jackson stepped down after the 2010-11 season.The firing of Luke Walton as coach April 12 was not unexpected, and came three days after Magic Johnson stunned the team and just about everybody else by giving up his role running the club. Johnson, the former Lakers star, dropped that news in an impromptu news conference held roughly 90 minutes before the regular-season finale.ADVERTISEMENT Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Manny Pacquiao set to fight unbeaten Keith Thurman in July The 45-year old Vogel worked for the organization before as an advance scout during the 2005-06 season. He did not coach last season following two years with the Orlando Magic. Vogel went to Orlando following five-plus seasons leading the Indiana Pacers, including trips to the Eastern Conference finals in 2013 and ’14. He has a career record of 304-291.Kidd interviewed with the Lakers last month. The former star player who was a head coach in Brooklyn and Milwaukee was fired by the Bucks during the 2017-18 season. He has a 183-190 record.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsThe Lakers have missed the playoffs six straight seasons. The drought was expected to end this season but injuries to LeBron James, Lonzo Ball and Brandon Ingram, as well as internal discord, resulted in a 37-45 record.It’s an interesting pairing in many ways, including how Vogel was fired by Indiana in 2016 and Orlando in 2018 — and how he simply could never get past James in the playoffs. Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting MOST READ SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next The Lakers pursued several other candidates, and appeared to be closing in on a deal with Tyronn Lue that would have looked to make sense in many ways. Lue played for the Lakers, was part of two teams that won championships there, and coached James to the 2016 NBA title in Cleveland. But that deal never got to the finish line, and the Lakers’ search quickly moved toward Vogel.The Lakers also considered Monty Williams, who was hired by the Phoenix Suns, and Juwan Howard and J.B. BickerstaffThe Lakers expect to have more than $40 million in salary cap space this summer and will likely resume their pursuit of Anthony Davis — who would have to be traded by New Orleans — either around the draft or the July 1 start of free agency. When that player-shopping window begins, the Lakers will likely try to land Kawhi Leonard and other big names who might be willing to play with James.And there is a slew of roster work to do. The Lakers had several rotation players on either one-year or expiring deals this season, a list that includes Rajon Rondo, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Lance Stephenson, JaVale McGee and Tyson Chandler. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES FILE – In this Oct. 24, 2017, file photo, Orlando Magic coach Frank Vogel watches his team play the Brooklyn Nets during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Orlando, Fla. A person familiar with the search says the Los Angeles Lakers have hired Vogel as coach. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Saturday, May 11, because the hiring has not been announced. Vogel flew to Los Angeles on Thursday. The 45-year old Vogel did not coach last season following two years with the Magic. (AP Photo/John Raoux, File)LOS ANGELES — A person familiar with the search says the Los Angeles Lakers have hired Frank Vogel as coach and Jason Kidd as an assistant.The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Saturday because Vogel’s three-year contract has not been finalized. Vogel flew to Los Angeles on Thursday and met with a group that included owner Jeanie Buss, general manager Rob Pelinka and adviser Kurt Rambis.ADVERTISEMENT Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss View commentslast_img read more

NWSA Handles RecordBreaking Box Volumes in 1st Quarter

first_imgzoomIllustration. Source: Pixabay under CC0 Creative Commons license The Northwest Seaport Alliance handled 12 percent more container volumes in the first quarter of 2019, compared with the same period of the previous year.Namely, the number reached a record-breaking 775,522 TEUs for total international container volumes in the three-month period.Total volumes from January through March equaled 932,288 TEUs and are up 11.1 percent, the second-highest first-quarter performance ever.Total container volumes for March reached 336,828 TEUs, a 11.3 percent increase from last year, with import and export volumes growing 16.7 percent and 8.6 percent, respectively.Following the end of the quarter, NWSA’s Managing Members voted to approve lease agreements and authorize construction on Terminal 5 in Seattle at their April meeting. Once completed, the 185-acre terminal will be able to handle the ultra-large container vessels increasingly calling at West Coast ports. The deal, including future phase 2 commitment, represents approximately a half-billion dollars of private and public investment in the region’s economy.The NWSA also received four additional super-post-Panamax container cranes in March, capping a USD 266 million project that will allow two 18,000-TEU vessels to dock simultaneously at Husky Terminal in Tacoma.Total domestic volumes for March increased 6.4 percent to 60,444 TEUs compared to March 2018, marking the third consecutive month of domestic cargo growth. Alaska’s year-to-date volumes were up 6.2 percent following an unusually robust January. Hawaii volumes through the Pacific Northwest were up 8.3 percent year to date 2019.Breakbulk cargo volume was up 30.1 percent year to date to 71,232 metric tons. NWSA auto volume year to date was 40,766 units, up 29.1 percent. The new Taylor Way auto terminal, which opened in late 2018, has brought in additional volumes. The NWSA is also receiving autos diverted from other West Coast ports of entry due to congestion.last_img read more

Fundraising efforts underway to build muchneeded Indigenous healing lodge in Toronto

first_img[email protected]@aptnafrancis Annette FrancisAPTN NewsThe plan to build Toronto’s first Indigenous women’s healing lodge for women who are in trouble with the law is underway.The shelter was approved by Toronto city council in August but money must be raised to buy the property.Kelly Potvin, a member of  the Thunder Woman Healing Lodge Society, says fundraising is in full swing.“We’re at the very last hurdle, which is the last little bit of money that we need to purchase the land,” said Potvin.“So we’re talking to lenders, we’re talking to donors, and we’re on our last push to get that. We have so much money secured, but its back-end dollars.”In spite of objections from members of the local community, the proposed lodge was approved last month by the Scarborough Committee of Adjustment.The 24-bed healing lodge will be the first of its kind in Ontario, and only the fourth in the country.The six-story facility will be built on the corner of Kingston Road and Cliffside Drive in Scarborough (APTN).It’s a vision of Patti Pettigrew.“In my work as a Gladue writer, I work with a lot of women who are incarcerated and I’ve written their life stories – and they are horrendous. And so, with the right therapy, the right healing, they’ll gain their strength and their identity,” she said.If all goes well, the six-story facility will be built on the corner of Kingston Road and Cliffside Drive in Scarborough.“Toronto has a very large Indigenous population, a lot of the women, when they leave – like Grand Valley Institute – are dropped off in Toronto so the area that we would have the lodge has the largest indigenous population,”  Pettigrew said.She said the shelter will have around-the-clock supports, with access to Elders, cultural space and counselling.Potvin said it’s a much needed-facility for Indigenous women.“We know that women are disproportionately incarcerated even though the Office of the Correctional Investigator has called time and time again, year after year, for the de-carceration of Indigenous women, and Indigenous women should be moved into community and not behind bars and put into prisons,” said Potvin.Independent Senator Kim Pate knows women need a healing lodge in Canada’s biggest city. (APTN file)Independent Ontario Senator Kim Pate agrees.“The reality is that we need some much more robust effort to get people into communities, but I think it’s great that this group of women is doing all they can to get women out of prison and into a healing lodge,” said Pate.“The challenges they’re seeing is the resources aren’t being put in place in the community, so they’re left to have to raise their own funds instead of resources being available that are otherwise being spent to keep people in prison.”The closing date for the sale of the property is Nov. 15.According to Potvin, if the fundraising campaign is successful, shovels will be in the ground the next day.last_img read more

When moments become memories

first_imgTravelogue, a solo photography exhibition by debutant photographer Amira Chanana, 17, showcased her memories from round the world through her camera. The pictures served as a timestamp of her travel moments across the globe.Unlike the contemporary way, Amira’s approach to express herself through black and white photography made the exhibition unique in its own kind. When asked about her approach she said, “In this rapid, fast-paced and impatient world, colours are merely glanced upon and barely appreciated. On the other hand, black and white medium, renders emphatic emotions and has a deeper connect with the viewer.” Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Rohit Gandhi and Rahul Khanna, the directors of the Pallette Art Gallery said, “We, at the Palette Art Gallery are happy to promote a young talent like Amira Chanana, whose work speaks for itself. Photography is a medium of art we believe in and while Palette has exhibited the works of renowned artists like Raghu Rai, Dinesh Khanna, Gigi Scaria in the past, we feel that it is equally important to encourage young artists by giving them a platform to showcase their works to a discerning audience.”The quest to capture every moment at its finest and the fear of missing out on moments leads a traveller to take some magnificent pictures. Amira’s pictures, which she maintained as her chronicle of travel, not only depicted the mood of the place but also spoke about its culture and people.last_img read more

Man dies while crossing metro track

first_imgAn unidentified man allegedly jumped in front of an approaching train at the Tilak Nagar Metro station on Saturday in a bid to reach one platform.  He died on the spot. Police have not ruled out the possibility of suicide and are investigating the matter under Section 174 of the CrPC. According to cops, the man is in his mid-forties and was crossing the Metro tracks as he wanted to go from platform number 2 to platform number 1 at the Tilak Nagar Metro station when a train crushed him. No documents were recovered from the man’s possession to establish his identity.last_img read more

Being more social this New Year may improve health

first_imgLeveraging existing relationships with friends and family may be a more effective way to improve patients’ health than increasing interactions with physicians or other clinicians, scientists say.In a new study, researchers suggest a five-step ladder to effectively engineering social engagements that promote health and to test their acceptability and effectiveness.“Spouses and friends are more likely to be around patients when they are making decisions that affect their health – like taking a walk versus watching TV, or what to order at a restaurant,” said David Asch, professor at the University of Pennsylvania in the US. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf“Patients are also more likely to adopt healthy behaviours – like going to the gym – when they can go with a friend,” Asch said.“Though people are more heavily influenced by those around them every day than they are by doctors and nurses they interact with only occasionally, these cost-free interactions remain largely untapped when engineering social incentives for health,” he said.Due to these lost opportunities, and the high costs when doctors and nurses keep tabs on their patients, the researchers said it is important to engineer social engagements that enlist the social support patients already have and allow organisations to test their acceptability. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive“Concerns about privacy are often the reason doctors and hospitals avoid organising social support,” Asch said.“But while privacy is very important to some patients under some circumstances, more often patients would love if their friends and family helped them manage their diabetes, and those friends and family want to help people get their health under control,” he said.“Although we don’t normally think of competition or collaboration among patients as a part of managing chronic diseases like high blood pressure, heart failure, or diabetes, research shows that behaviour is contagious, and programmes that take advantage of these naturally occurring relationships can be very effective,” said Roy Rosin, chief innovation officer at Penn Medicine.The study was published in the New England Journal of Medicine.last_img read more