17 Jan

Reducing Stress

first_imgTime management is also key when it comes to reducing stress. To learn more, see UGA Extension Circular 1042, “Time Management: 10 Strategies for Better Time Management.” Plan ahead and get organized. Many of us are so busy with our daily lives that we often don’t feel as though we have time to plan ahead for the holidays. Taking care of things ahead of time, such as shopping for gifts and completing holiday cards, reduces the workload as the holidays draw nearer.Make lists of what to buy and where to buy them. Create a list of everything that needs to be done and bought, then attach a schedule for the coming weeks to break large tasks into smaller ones. Set a budget for shopping. Avoid stress later by limiting spending now.Set realistic expectations. Rather than expecting your holiday to be “perfect,” focus on the real meaning of the season. Spending quality time with loved ones is the ultimate goal.It is OK if the food or decor is not perfect. Focus on the positive moments as much as possible. Take time to think about what events to attend or host and for how long, keeping in mind that, sometimes, less is more.Take care of yourself. This is one of the cornerstones of stress management, and it’s especially important at holiday time, for you and for everyone else in the family, especially children. Stress can spill over onto other family members, so it’s a kindness to everyone when you take good care of yourself.Making sure we eat healthy foods, exercise, get plenty of rest and relaxation also helps to bolster us and renews our physical and emotional resources. Focus on eating healthier foods, such as vegetables, fruits and lean meats. Ask yourself if you are truly hungry or if you are just eating because food is readily available.Increase your physical activity by walking after meals and taking stairs rather than elevators. Finally, take time for yourself, even if it’s only a few minutes while you are lying in bed in the morning.Be in the moment. Remember, every stressful situation, glitch, perceived setback and roadblock has the potential for awesome memories and great stories in the future. Before the jack-o’-lanterns lost their smiles, stores were already advertising sales, stringing up holiday lights, setting up displays and playing seasonal music. There’s a huge buildup to the winter holidays.The season brings changes for many of us: families are visiting, different foods are consumed, homes take on festive looks and bedtime routines are disrupted.Holiday to-do lists are long. With goodies to bake, cards to write, packages to buy and wrap, parties to attend and travel plans to make, lists may already be winding down the hall, out the living room window and waving in the breeze.With so much happening, we have little time left to take care of ourselves, and physical and emotional resources may become depleted. Some stress can provide motivation to be productive, but too much stress can be detrimental to health and enjoyment of the season.To make this holiday less stressful and more enjoyable, University of Georgia Cooperative Extension offers the following tips:last_img read more

20 Dec

Alleged Colombian Drug Lord Daniel Barrera Pleads Guilty for Second Time in U.S. Federal Court

first_imgThrough an interpreter, El Loco told U.S. Magistrate Judge Ronald Ellis that he and two others coordinated a massive narco-trafficking network from 1998-2011. He is scheduled to be sentenced on February 27, 2015 by federal Judge Alvin Hellerstein. Mancilla Aguilar’s daughter underwent life-saving surgery last week after doctors found between 500-600 grams of cocaine inside her. At least one of the capsules exploded in her stomach. Barrera, who is known as “El Loco,” is facing life in prison after pleading guilty to conspiring to manufacture cocaine knowing it would be imported into the United States and other countries. He entered that plea in federal court in New York City on November 20. Mancilla Aguilar’s daughter underwent life-saving surgery last week after doctors found between 500-600 grams of cocaine inside her. At least one of the capsules exploded in her stomach. Spain is considered a transshipment point for South American narcotics destined for Europe. On October 9, also in the New York federal court, El Loco pleaded guilty to conspiring to launder tens of millions of dollars in cocaine profits. He’s scheduled to be sentenced in both cases on February 27, 2015 by federal Judge Alvin Hellerstein. After the judge sentences El Loco in New York, federal law enforcement officials will transport El Loco to Miami, where he’s also facing life in prison for participating in a drug conspiracy. On October 9, also in the New York federal court, El Loco pleaded guilty to conspiring to launder tens of millions of dollars in cocaine profits. He’s scheduled to be sentenced in both cases on February 27, 2015 by federal Judge Alvin Hellerstein. After the judge sentences El Loco in New York, federal law enforcement officials will transport El Loco to Miami, where he’s also facing life in prison for participating in a drug conspiracy. Colombian drug kingpin Daniel Barrera has now pleaded guilty to two U.S. federal drug trafficking charges, and faces one more indictment. “A case like this is horrific because it puts the life of an 11-year-old girl at risk,” Jhon Arley Murillo, a spokesperson for the institution, told reporters. “We are going to take steps to offer her protection and remove her from her harmful family environment.” By Dialogo November 24, 2014 Security forces captured El Loco while he was making a call in a telephone booth in San Cristobal, Venezuela, in September 2012. They also arrested 36 suspected members of his organization and seized five tons of cocaine in the weeks before El Loco’s capture. Once in custody, they sent him to Colombia in November 2012, where he was imprisoned until his extradition to the United States in July 2013. “A drug kingpin who enriched two terrorist organizations and himself by producing and peddling poison now stands to lose his wealth, his empire, and his liberty,” Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara said. El Loco collaborated in his drug trafficking enterprise with two terrorist groups, the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) and the United Self Defense Forces of Colombia. “The last of the great capos has fallen,” Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos said after the capture of El Loco. El Loco is accused of overseeing trafficking routes that shipped narcotics from Colombia to Central America, Mexico or other South American nations. He purchased cocaine paste from the FARC, processing about 400 tons of the substance annually, and was a key supplier of cocaine for the Don Lucho narco-trafficking organization. Ultimately, drug traffickers transported the drugs into the United States. The girl, whose name hasn’t been made public, is believed to be the youngest drug mule in the country’s history. She was in intensive care and under police protection as of November 22. The Colombian Family Welfare Institute has temporary custody of the girl, whose parents recently applied for a visa so she could travel internationally. “A case like this is horrific because it puts the life of an 11-year-old girl at risk,” Jhon Arley Murillo, a spokesperson for the institution, told reporters. “We are going to take steps to offer her protection and remove her from her harmful family environment.” Police arrested Diego Fernando Mancilla Aguilar at a residence about 30 kilometers from his hometown of Cali in the Department of Valle del Cauca. Law enforcement authorities have charged him with attempted murder, using a minor to commit a crime and drug trafficking. Colombian drug kingpin Daniel Barrera has now pleaded guilty to two U.S. federal drug trafficking charges, and faces one more indictment. Colombian police on November 21 captured a father who allegedly forced his 11-year-old daughter to swallow 104 cocaine-filled capsules so she could be used as a drug mule, prosecutors said. “A drug kingpin who enriched two terrorist organizations and himself by producing and peddling poison now stands to lose his wealth, his empire, and his liberty,” Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara said. El Loco collaborated in his drug trafficking enterprise with two terrorist groups, the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) and the United Self Defense Forces of Colombia. El Loco is accused of overseeing trafficking routes that shipped narcotics from Colombia to Central America, Mexico or other South American nations. He purchased cocaine paste from the FARC, processing about 400 tons of the substance annually, and was a key supplier of cocaine for the Don Lucho narco-trafficking organization. Ultimately, drug traffickers transported the drugs into the United States. Colombian police arrest father who allegedly forced daughter to be drug mule Colombian police arrest father who allegedly forced daughter to be drug mule “The last of the great capos has fallen,” Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos said after the capture of El Loco. Spain is considered a transshipment point for South American narcotics destined for Europe. Colombian police on November 21 captured a father who allegedly forced his 11-year-old daughter to swallow 104 cocaine-filled capsules so she could be used as a drug mule, prosecutors said. U.S. federal law enforcement officials suspect El Loco had plastic surgery to change his appearance to avoid capture. They also believe he dipped his fingers in acid to avoid being identified by his fingerprints. Police arrested Diego Fernando Mancilla Aguilar at a residence about 30 kilometers from his hometown of Cali in the Department of Valle del Cauca. Law enforcement authorities have charged him with attempted murder, using a minor to commit a crime and drug trafficking. Barrera, who is known as “El Loco,” is facing life in prison after pleading guilty to conspiring to manufacture cocaine knowing it would be imported into the United States and other countries. He entered that plea in federal court in New York City on November 20. U.S. federal law enforcement officials suspect El Loco had plastic surgery to change his appearance to avoid capture. They also believe he dipped his fingers in acid to avoid being identified by his fingerprints. Security forces captured El Loco while he was making a call in a telephone booth in San Cristobal, Venezuela, in September 2012. They also arrested 36 suspected members of his organization and seized five tons of cocaine in the weeks before El Loco’s capture. Once in custody, they sent him to Colombia in November 2012, where he was imprisoned until his extradition to the United States in July 2013. Through an interpreter, El Loco told U.S. Magistrate Judge Ronald Ellis that he and two others coordinated a massive narco-trafficking network from 1998-2011. He is scheduled to be sentenced on February 27, 2015 by federal Judge Alvin Hellerstein. The girl, whose name hasn’t been made public, is believed to be the youngest drug mule in the country’s history. She was in intensive care and under police protection as of November 22. The Colombian Family Welfare Institute has temporary custody of the girl, whose parents recently applied for a visa so she could travel internationally. last_img read more

8 Dec

Therapy dogs put smiles on the faces of local seniors

first_img“They make you feel happy,” said Augustine. “We come and try to brighten up people’s day,” he said. “Oh I love them, I love them, they give you a kiss!” she exclaimed. Owner Kevin O’Brien and his dog Benny, a 115-pound pooch, travel all over the community. The dogs who stopped by the Broome West Senior Center work with an organization called the Bright and Beautiful Therapy Dogs. Something he notices at places like the senior center, “As they get older can’t have a dog anymore, they all have a story about oh when I had a dog or I want a dog or I’d love to have a dog, but can’t do that anymore.”center_img Dogs of all different sizes and shapes stopped by the center for a visit and people like Virginia Augustine couldn’t get enough of the puppy love. TOWN OF UNION (WBNG) — Seniors at the Broome West Senior Center enjoyed a visit from local therapy dogs Wednesday. It’s a void he said comes with growing old but that he helps to fill with each visit. And while the dogs only stay for a little while, their impact isn’t measured in minutes, but rather, in smiles.last_img read more

8 Dec

Charities feel impact of DICK’s Open cancellation

first_imgFor more information on how to help the groups normally assisted by the DICK’s Open tournament, you can head to the tournament website to find out how to donate. The Vestal Elks Lodge has been responsible for parking at the DICK’s Open since 2007, and it is the biggest fundraiser they have during the year. Funds help with their charitable acts including scholarships, sending packages to troops, and their involvement with helping children. Member Chuck Yoko said the Elks Lodge averages between 8,000 and 15,000 dollars per year at the DICK’s Open, parking between 4,000 and 5,000 cars. Now the Elks will have to find an alternative way to raise funds. “The Vestal Elks Lodge has been responsible for the parking down at the DICK’S Open since it’s inception, since 2007. Since then, we’ve worked really hard and made a lot of money, and that was really one of our big fundraisers during the year. Missing this tournament is really going to put a grip on us this year,” said Yoko. center_img (WBNG) — The cancellation of the DICK’s Sporting Goods Open Tournament has a significant impact on local charities, who rely on the tournament for a big portion of their yearly funding. “Like” Nicole Menner on Facebook and “Follow” her on Twitter.last_img read more

18 Nov

Indonesia says 2 more avian flu cases confirmed

first_imgDec 22, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – Indonesia’s human death toll from H5N1 avian influenza rose to 11 today with the report that tests have confirmed that a man and a boy who died last week had the virus.Samples from a 39-year-old man and an 8-year-old boy tested positive at the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said Hariyadi Wibisono of the Indonesian health ministry, as quoted by Agence France-Presse (AFP) today. The CDC tests confirmed earlier test results in Indonesia.Their cases are the 15th and 16th reported as confirmed in Indonesia. The World Health Organization (WHO) had not yet included the cases in its online tally at this writing. The WHO’s overall count currently stands at 139 cases with 71 deaths in the past 2 years.The two victims lived in different sections of Jakarta, according to a Bloomberg News report today. The man died Dec 13, and the boy died Dec 15, according to AFP.The Bloomberg report said the man had had no known contact with sick birds before he died, while the boy lived not far from a market where pet birds are sold.The story said community groups, soldiers, and student volunteers began a door-to-door campaign in Jakarta today to find and destroy sick birds in houses and backyards.last_img read more

20 Oct

Cala may go private

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6 Oct

An Aussie expat was the successful buyer of this Chelmer home which drew international attention

first_img94 Laurel Avenue, Chelmer. Supplied: Diakrit“The home had generated a lot of interest due to its aspirational position on what’s broadly accepted as Brisbane’s best street,’’ Mr Robson said.“Currently living in France, the buyer is Australian and moving back to Brisbane with his French wife and young child after an extended time working internationally.’’ 94 Laurel Ave, ChelmerIt sold under the hammer for $2,675,000. The 1916 Queenslander was owned by a couple who were running their medical practice in Emerald so were unable to be on site on the day.The buyer was also absent. Being based overseas his brother attended and relayed the auction on the telephone.More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North1 hour agoNew apartments released at idyllic retirement community Samford Grove Presented by 94 Laurel Ave, ChelmerAN Aussie expat on the phone from France was the successful bidder for a classic Queenslander in Chelmer which sold under the hammer for $2.675 million.More than 100 people turned out to watch the auction of 94 Laurel Ave, known as Wyndamere in front of a crowd of more than 100 people. 94 Laurel Ave, Chelmer“He’s excited to come home and be with his extended family once more.’’The home retained many of its traditional features including VJ walls, high ceilings, timber floors and original windows.It had five bedrooms, a central kitchen and large decks. 94 Laurel Ave, ChelmerThe home was marketed by Brad Robson and Peter May of Place Graceville.Mr Robson said there had been strong interest from overseas based buyers in the house.There were 72 groups through during the campaign, five were international buyers, seven were from interstate and the remaining were from all over Brisbane.last_img read more

29 Sep

Philips scheme replaces Aon Hewitt with PGGM as admin provider

first_imgThe €17bn Dutch pension fund of electronics giant Philips is to replace its pensions provider Aon Hewitt with PGGM as of 1 January 2016.In addition to pensions administration management, the new provider will also be tasked with policy and board support, according to PGGM, provider for the €156bn healthcare scheme PFZW.The current 10-year contract with Aon Hewitt is to expire at the end of 2015, the Philips Pensioenfonds said.PGGM indicated that the decision of the “leading” Philips Pensioenfonds was an important development in its multi-client strategy in the Dutch pensions market. Currently, PGGM provides various services to the industry-wide schemes for painters and decorators (Schilders), architects and private security (PPB), as well as the occupational scheme for doctors (SPH).In a joint venture with Rabobank, PGGM also carries out the administration of a defined contribution vehicle (PPI) for small and average-sized companies.A spokesman for PGGM said the new contract with the Philips scheme had been concluded for a five-year period.Jeroen de Munnik, institutional business chief at PGGM, said: “The combination of the company scheme that is known for its innovative approach and our expertise and experience on pensions management and board and policy support will create an excellent cooperation.”Jasper Kemme, chief executive at the Philips Pensioenfonds, said that, during the selection process, PGGM had shown itself to be a “very skilful and customer-friendly organisation”.At September-end, the scheme had 102,640 participants in total, including 14,175 employees and 57,320 pensioners.PGGM carries out the administration for 2.6m participants.BlackRock has been the pension fund’s asset manager since 2005.The management of the scheme’s indirect non-listed property was placed with BlackRock in 2013.A spokeswoman for the pension fund said the scheme’s contract with BlackRock had been concluded for an indefinite period.Aon Hewitt was unavailable for comment.last_img read more

29 Sep

UK roundup: The Pensions Regulator, Transparency Taskforce

first_imgA poll of UK company secretaries has shown support for strengthening The Pensions Regulator’s (TPR) powers to block takeovers to protect pensions.In the poll, carried out by ICSA: The Governance Institute and recruitment specialist The Core Partnership, 64% of company secretaries surveyed said they were in favour of this, with only 15% opposed to the idea, and 21% undecided.Simon Osborne, chief executive at the ICSA: The Governance Institute, said: “With FTSE 100 pension deficits soaring in the last year and the BHS pension debacle still fresh in people’s minds, it is little wonder we are seeing calls for more powers to be handed to The Pensions Regulator.”However, he said the organisation itself would advise some caution, arguing that it would stifle corporate transactions if pension members had the ability to block all deals. This, in turn, would drive investment out of the UK at a time when it was much needed, he said.“It might be more sensible to ensure there are robust safeguarding provisions in place in any takeover agreement so the TPR can ensure pensions’ interests are adequately protected,” Osborne said.The poll also puts more responsibility on directors to look after a company’s pension fund.Some 55% of respondents said directors’ duties should be expanded to include a specific duty of care for a company’s pension fund, while 14% were uncertain about this, and 31% opposed.The acronym ICSA stems stems from the Institute of Company Secretaries and Administrators, out of which the current form of the organisation has grown.In other news, the Transparency Taskforce – an organisation campaigning for greater transparency in financial services around the world – is proposing to call on the Work & Pensions Select Committee to open an inquiry into pension charges.Andy Agathangelou, founding chair of the organisation, said: “I can’t think of anything better for the cause of wanting greater transparency in the UK’s pensions and investment system, particularly in relation to costs and charges, than if the Work & Pensions Committee were to open an inquiry into the matter.”He said he thought the public interest in such an inquiry would be enough to warrant the time, effort and expense involved, and it would represent a very good use of government resources.“I say this because a 20 year old, saving £100 per month into a pension until age 65, will lose 24.6% of the value of the fund in charges if the total charges amount to 1% per annum, and the gross market return is 5% per annum,” he said.At 2% a year, total charges for the pension saver would amount to 42.55% of the value of such a fund, he said.Agathangelou said he would write an open letter to the chair of the Work & Pensions Committee, asking his committee to think about opening an inquiry.last_img read more

28 Sep

Spa grotto adds glitz to family home

first_imgThe fire pit and pizza oven area overlooks the swimming pool. Picture: supplied.The master suite includes a walk-through wardrobe and an ensuite featuring double basins and a double shower with four shower heads. The remaining bedrooms have built-in wardrobes and there is a media room, children’s retreat, family bathroom and laundry.The property comes with a 16x10m shed with power and plumbing, raised veggie gardens, fruit trees, a chicken coop and a children’s playground. The home is on the market for offers on the $900,000s through Mary-Jane Matthews of Ray White Burpengary. FOLLOW US ON FACEBOOK The home at 9 Farry Road, Burpengary East, features open-plan living flowing out to the rear entertaining areas. Picture: supplied.“We think it’s the focal point of the home. It’s where we love to unwind and the children still haven’t lost interest in it,” Mrs Robertson said. The couple were inspired to install the showstopper pool after seeing a post on social media. “We went to school with the guy who does the rockscapes and we saw one of his designs pop up on Facebook,” Mrs Robertson said. “We got him and his dad out to see what they could do — he runs Structural Rockscapes and his dad runs Gumnut Pools Noosa.” Shabby beach shack draws in mega bucks The spa cave (right) was created in the custom pool area which includes tropical landscaping, rockscapes and a beach entry.More from newsLand grab sees 12 Sandstone Lakes homesites sell in a week21 Jun 2020Tropical haven walking distance from the surf9 Oct 2019The father-son duo created a magnesium pool with 12m long beach entry and an eight-seater spa inside a rock cave with waterfall. “Both kids and adults absolutely love it,” Mrs Robertson said. “It was the best thing we ever did. We’ve had some huge parties here and everyone is in it.”The pool area includes tropical landscaping and a gazebo, and there is a fire pit area with pizza oven and a covered patio overlooking the pool. Inside, the home has an open-plan living, dining and kitchen area opening to the patio. The kitchen has a butler’s pantry, stone benchtops and stainless steel appliances. Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:58Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:58 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD432p432p216p216p180p180pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis 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.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenHow much do I need to retire?00:58 The spa cave comes with its own waterfall. Picture: supplied.An acreage home with a spa cave reminiscent of the Playboy Mansion’s famous grotto, though a lot more family-friendly, has hit the market to the north of Brisbane. Owners Shannon and Blake Robertson built a spacious four-bedroom home on their 3,300sq m block at 9 Farry Rd, Burpengary East with their two children and pet dogs in mind. But the swimming pool with beach entry and spa grotto ended up being the highlight of the property. Living a life of luxury in a unit MORE: Tennis ace the new Thor neighbourlast_img read more