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

18 Oct

Per Mertesacker bigs up Dayot Upamecano amid Arsenal and Man Utd transfer links

first_imgPer Mertesacker bigs up Dayot Upamecano amid Arsenal and Man Utd transfer links Comment Mertesacker is a fan of the centre-half (Picture: Arsenal FC via Getty)‘He showed so much and did it right: the courage of a Lucio who just goes forward, but also my solid game of simply finding the right man or withdrawing.‘If he continues like this, works on himself and remains consistent, he will generate more interest. More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘He’s definitely one of the most exciting central defenders the world has to offer right now.‘RB certainly made the contract extension very tasty for him. It’s exciting to see where his path is going.’MORE: Arsenal sign Tottenham reject Jonathan DinzeyiMORE: Arsenal sign midfielder Tim Akinola after release from HuddersfieldFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Upamecano is a wanted man (Picture: UEFA via Getty)Arsenal academy chief Per Mertesacker has heaped praise onto Dayot Upamecano, amid speculation linking him with a move to the Premier League. Upamecano has impressed for Red Bull Leipzig this season and will line up at the heart of the Bundesliga side’s defence against Paris Saint-Germain in their semi-final clash on Tuesday night. Their impressive run in Europe’s premier competition has made the world’s biggest clubs sit up and take note, with Manchester United and Arsenal both linked with a potential summer swoop for the 21-year-old. Mertesacker, the former Arsenal centre-half who now runs the club’s academy, has been impressed by the manner in which he’s conducted himself. AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTAnd he expects interest to only grow for ‘one of the most exciting central defenders the world has to offer right now’.‘I was very excited about the Atletico game,’ he told Goal and Dazn. Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 18 Aug 2020 3:46 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.8kShares Advertisementlast_img read more

27 Sep

Govt can’t redefine marriage – McCoskrie

first_img3 News 11 May 2012Prime Minister John Key coming out saying he isn’t  personally opposed to same-sex marriage has prompted a lobby group to question  the state’s right to re-invent marriage. Mr Key was asked about the issue after US president  Barack Obama said he supports same-sex marriage, ending a period of equivocation  on a divisive issue. “I am not personally opposed to gay marriage,” Mr Key said. “It’s possible that Parliament may consider a member’s  bill at some stage, but it is not on the government’s agenda.” Mr Key’s position has triggered a response from lobby  group Family First, which says the state didn’t invent marriage and has no  authority to re-invent it.“A homosexual cannot now legally marry. But neither  can a whole lot of other people,” the group’s national director, Bob McCoskrie,  said. “A five-year-old boy cannot marry. Three people cannot  get married to each other. A married man can’t marry another person. Two old  aunties living together cannot marry. A father cannot marry his adult daughter.  A football team cannot enact group marriage – the list is endless.” Being pro-marriage and wanting to maintain its  definition as being between a man and a woman was not “anti-gay”, Mr McCoskrie  said. Mr Key earlier said he didn’t think there was any  clamour for gay marriage in New Zealand. Labour leader David Shearer says he personally  supported marriage equality. Civil unions between same-sex couples have been  allowed in New Zealand since 2005.http://www.3news.co.nz/Govt-cant-redefine-marriage—McCoskrie/tabid/1607/articleID/253892/Default.aspx#ixzz1uW2ERWqeLobbyists for gay marriage hope issue will be revisitedRadio NZ Morning Report 10 May 2012Responding to Barack Obama’s public support for gay marriage Prime Minister John Key says he also has no problem with same-sex marriage.http://www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/morningreport/audio/2518391/lobbyists-for-gay-marriage-hope-issue-will-be-revisited.asxlast_img read more