Men’s team stuns Japan, assures India of historic TT medal at Asian Games

first_imgBy Bharat Sharma Jakarta, Aug 27 (PTI) The Indian men’s team did almost the unthinkable by beating fancied Japan 3-1 in the quarterfinals to assure the country its first-ever medal in table tennis in the history of the Asian Games here today. For the Indians, it did not matter if Japan’s top three players were missing from the competition. “At the end of the day, it is an Asian Games medal. I never dreamt of it,” veteran Achanta Sharath Kamal, who has been India’s top table tennis player for close to 15 years, told PTI. Until tonight, India did not have a single medal in the sport which was introduced in the Games program in 1958. The likes of China (61 gold), Japan (20) and South Korea (10) swept the medals for long time. Word number 33, Sharath, blanked world number 19 Kenta Matsudaira 11-8, 12-10, 11-8 in the only singles he needed to play tonight. Rising star G Sathiyan, ranked 39, delivered on the big stage, winning both his singles against 28th ranked Jin Ueda and Matsudaira. Sathiyan hammered Ueda in straight games and took four games to get the better of Matsudaira. “We had come close to beating Japan in the Asian Championships last year. So it is not as if it was completely unexpected. We were on the right track. We have a solid team now,” said multiple time CWG gold medallist Sharath. Winning the quarterfinals in the night against a strong opponent like Japan was a mighty feat, considering the team had played two pool matches against Macau and Vietnam earlier today.advertisement The men had lost to Chinese Taipei 2-3 yesterday to finish second in the group. Earlier, in the women’s team event, India lost to Hong Kong 1-3 in the quarterfinals. The Indian women were too reliant on Manika Batra, who stunned world number 20 Lee Ho Ching in the opening singles. The 57th ranked Indian beat Ching 11-9, 11-9, 5-11, 11-6. However, her teammates could not come up with special performances. Ayhika Mukherji stretched world number 13 Doo Hoi Kem before going down 14-12, 4-11, 10-12, 8-11 in the second singles. Mouma Das too took Soo Wai Yam Minnie to the full distance of five games but lost 6-11, 13-11, 11-8, 3-11, 5-11. Doo and Manika played the fourth rubber but the Hong Kong player was too good for India’s best female paddler, winning 11-8, 11-8, 13-11 to seal the tie for her side. PTI BS SSCSSClast_img read more

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BAHAMAS NEMA Shelter Managers Training

first_imgDetermine resource needs, mobilize and secure them.Maintain shelter structure and equipment.Select appropriate structure for an alternative shelter.Prepare the shelter for use.Operate the shelter with available resources.Establish and maintain effective channels of communication with relevant agencies and support groups.Complete all tasks at closure.By: Sydnei L. Isaacs (BIS) Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, March 6, 2018 – Nassau – The National Emergency Management Agency hosted Shelter Management training based on the guidelines of the United States Agency for International Development Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/OFDA), February 26-28, 2018 at NEMA.The training provided those with responsibility for the operational management of emergency shelters the necessary knowledge and skills to perform the required duties.  NEMA offers the training three times a year.Coordinated by First Assistant Secretary and Operations Manager of NEMA, Mrs. Gayle Outten-Moncur, this particular training was attended by persons from Social Services, Cabinet Office, Ministry of Works, Ministry of Health Community Nurses from the Family Islands, and personnel from The Royal Bahamas Defence Force who are assigned to NEMA.  Instructors for this training were Inspector Kendrick Brown and Nursing Officer Judith Scavella. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp The training included simulation exercises with the following objectives:last_img read more

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Time in Which Content Retains Value is Rapidly Compressing

first_imgButkus’ point is important. Fulfillment providers need to think differently about what they do for media companies. They need to help media companies generate revenue in the new world of digital media. And that means providing real-time intelligence on the audience, and creating a software infrastructure that enables transactions based on content. Butkus said it this way: “Bringing the financial transaction together with the person who wants it, when they want it, requires a moment of truth. It’s altogether fitting and proper for that to reside with us.” Last week, I attended the Fulfillment Management Association’s annual President’s Panel, which features the leaders of the major fulfillment houses talking about the business. It’s always a great and informative session.I was particularly struck by comments from Ray Butkus, CEO of ARGI. Media companies are in crisis, Butkus acknowledges, and because of that, their supplier partners are as well. But the crisis, he said, has nothing to do with readership and circulation. Online or off, the readership is there. “The crisis has to do with the ability to make money off [readership and circulation],” Butkus said. “You create content, but the time within which content retains value is rapidly compressing.” According to Butkus [pictured], database and fulfillment partners need to facilitate a media company’s ability to create content products based on knowledge of what the market needs, and the traditional two-week window for reports and other information is no longer good enough. last_img read more

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114 To Receive Their First Communion At St Thomas St Dorothys

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Congratulations to the following children who will receive their First Communion at St. Dorothy’s this weekend and St. Thomas next weekend:(NOTE: The above image is from the latest St. Thomas/St. Dorothy’s Church Bulletin.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Related168 Receive Their First Communion At St. Thomas & St. Dorothy’sIn “Community”REMINDER: Registration For 2019-2020 Faith Formation (CCD) Program At St. Thomas & St. Dorothy’s Ends June 30In “Community”114 Students Receive Their First Communion At St. Thomas & St. Dorothy’sIn “Community”last_img read more

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Flipkart Snapdeal May Step Back on Discount Offers

first_imgDomestic online retailers such as Flipkart and Snapdeal may soon be opting to cut discounts on their offerings as the companies come under increasing pressure to turn into profitability.Meteoric growth seen in India’s e-commerce sector in the last five years was largely led by huge discounts offered by the companies to attract customers to online shopping, NDTV Profit said citing a report by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC).The online shopping market has grown at a CAGR (compounded annual growth rate) of around 56% during 2009-2014, with a market size of $6 billion, the firm said.On the flip side, the total losses incurred by the companies as a result of discounts currently stand at almost ₹1,000 crore, PwC says.”You can’t run a business unprofitably for long. You have to earn to profit to be sustainable,” said Pinaki Ranjan Mishra, national leader retail practice at Ernst & Young (EY).With valuations of e-commerce companies reaching astronomical levels, there is a tremendous pressure from the stakeholders to cut down discounts and focus on earning profits.Backed by big investors, Flipkart saw its valuations skyrocketing to $15 billion from $1.5 billion valuation in October 2013. In 2014 alone, the company raised capital of around $2 billion.But Flipkart never booked profits since its beginning in 2007, despite its gross merchandise volume (GMV) growing to $4 billion recently. It plans to double the GMV of products it sells to $8 billion this year. The company aims to turn profitable in the next two years.Further, online retailing firms are under pressure from the state tax departments to pay value added tax, which is expected to put extra burden on their finances.Also, the companies selling their products through e-tailers are concerned about brands being hurt by this discounting model.”It may not always be viable for a brand to participate in a sale. Apart from taking a hit on their margins, premium brands with a presence in online retail are concerned about the deep discounts hurting their brand value as well,” PwC adds.By following a discounting strategy, the players in the online market have witnessed a manifold increase in their customer base. Flipkart, the largest company in the Indian e-commerce space, claims to have nearly 26 million registered users with over eight million daily visits. Snapdeal claims to have over 20 million registered users.According to a report by Morgan Stanley, Flipkart accounted for 44% of India’s e-commerce market share, followed by Delhi-based rival Snapdeal at 32%. Amazon, launched in India in 2013, ranked third with just 15% market share, the Business Standard reported.last_img read more

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JK developments Trade ban will hurt Pakistani traders more than Indians

first_imgThe Attari-Wagah border is the most important land crossing between India and Pakistan. The suspension of bilateral trade between the two neighbouring countries by Islamabad will hit Pakistani traders and farmers more than Indians, reports indicate. ReutersPakistan’s decision to snap off trade ties with India over the New Delhi’s decision on Jammu and Kashmir will hurt Pakistani traders more than it will affect Indians, according to trade observers. Apart from the sizes of the two economies, the liberal trade environment that Pakistani traders enjoyed until recently by way of the most favoured nation (MFN) is also a factor that could cause more pain to business from across the border.India’s exported goods worth $452.5 million to Pakistan in the first quarter of 2019-20 financial year and the imports totalled $7.13 million, a report in the Economic Times says. In FY19, the total exports to Pakistan amounted to $2.06 billion, while imports were $495 million.India has low dependence on exports to the neighbouring countries including Pakistan, Indian officials point out, according to media reports. India’s $2.72-trillion economy is said to be in a better position to absorb regional trade shocks better than Pakistan’s economy estimated at $288 billion.Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan announced that Islamabad is breaking off trade ties with India to protest India’s action of changing the special status of Jammu and Kashmir by partly abrogating Article 370 and Article 35a of the Constitution. Pakistani exporters had been hit by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s withdrawal of the MFN status to Pakistan following the Pulwama terror attack. The stoppage of all bilateral trade will deal a fatal blow to many export houses in Pakistan that have an India-centric trade strategy.Indian traders will still have the option to access the Pakistani market indirectly through the United Arab Emirates where a lot of unaccounted trade happens through Dubai. On the other hand, India does not import much other than petroleum products from the Middle East, denying Pakistan traders an alternative route. Prime Minister Narendra Modi speaks to Pakistani counterpart Imran Khan in one of the rare one-to-one meetings. Khan’s decision to snap bilateral diplomatic and trade ties will have a symbolic effect.MEAWhile the ban on cross-border trade will hit the traders, it could also affect the people of Pakistan even more. The ban could push up the price of many essential commodities and pharmaceutical products in Pakistan.The nature of products imported by India and Pakistan also indicates a higher human cost for the latter. Imports to India from Pakistan are mostly agricultural produce that has a direct impact on the lives of the small and marginal farmers of Pakistan. Pakistan imports mostly steel, heavy machinery and pharmaceuticals products whose makers are industrial houses with more staying power and wherewithal to find alternative markets. Indian exports also include organic chemicals, cotton, plastics, and dyes.”Trade was practically closed for some time. So, there will be no impact especially on agricultural products,” the report quotes an unidentified official. “The suspension of trade relations will hit Pakistan more as our exports to them have a very limited profile because they did not give us MFN status and violated global trade rules,” the report quoted Ajay Sahai, director general, Federation of Indian Export Organisations, as saying. Sahai explained that such goods have a ready market in South Asia and the Middle East, which will enable India to divert such exports immediately without much cost.”This is a unilateral move and a unilateral loss,” Mohit Singla, Chairman, Trade Promotion Council of India, said. However, Sahai added that shipments in the pipeline will take a hit and it is not clear whether the goods in transit or lying at the ports would be recalled in such a deteriorating situation, the report added.last_img read more

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BNP seeks permission for 7 Nov rally

first_imgBNPOpposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) has sought permission for holding a public rally on 8 November at the capital’s Suhrawardy Udyan, marking the National Revolution and Solidarity Day.BNP senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi told Prothom Alo that the party sought the permission from the Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP).The BNP and its like-minded forces observe the National Revolution and Solidarity Day on every 7 November, commemorating the 1975 uprising of the people and soldiers through which the BNP’s founder and late president Ziaur Rahman was freed from military captivity.The party had also sought such approval last year, but all to no avail.The party was not allowed to hold a public rally even in front of its Naya Paltan headquarters.last_img read more

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BDR carnage HC verdict on appeals 26 Nov

first_imgFile photoThe High Court is set to deliver its verdict on 26 November on the death reference and appeals of 152 convicts filed against the death penalty in the Pilkhana BDR mutiny case, reports UNB.A two-member HC bench comprising justice Md Abu Zafor Siddique and justice Md Nazrul Islam Talukder will pronounce the judgment, said deputy attorney general KM Zahid Sarwar.Earlier on 3 April last, a three-member special HC bench, led by justice Shawkat Hossain, kept the verdict as Curia Advisari Vult (CAV) after concluding the hearing on the appeals and the death reference.A Dhaka court on 5 November, 2013 sentenced 152 soldiers of the erstwhile Bangladesh Rifles and two civilians to death, and 161 others to life imprisonment for their involvement in the BDR mutiny.A total of 257 appeals were filed with the High Court against the lower court verdict.Seventy-four people, including 57 army officials, were killed in the BDR mutiny on 25-26 February in 2009 at the Pilkhana headquarters in Dhaka.The paramilitary force was later renamed Border Guard Bangladesh.last_img read more

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Man kills wife in Cnawabganj

first_imgMap of ChapainawabganjA woman was killed after she was hit in her head with a stick allegedly by her husband at Gidnipara village in Chapainawabganj sadar upazila on Thursday evening.One Sirajul Islam, 50, hit his wife Tulia with a stick in her head during family brawl around 6:00pm, leaving her dead on the spot, said Chapainawabganj sadar police station officer-in-charge Saber Reza Ahmed.On information, police detained Sirajul around 9:45pm and sent the body of Tulia to Sadar Hospital morgue for autopsy, reports UNB.A case was filed in this connection.last_img read more

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UN sec gen WB pres may visit Rohingya camps

first_imgUN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres attends the annual Kultaranta Talks – debate session on foreign and security policy at the Presidential Summer Residence Kultaranta in Naantali, Finland on 18 June 2018. Photo: ReutersUN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and World Bank Group president Jim Yong Kim are likely to be here on a two-day visit on 1 July mainly to see the Rohingya situation in Cox’s Bazar district.They will also hold meetings with prime minister Sheikh Hasina and finance minister AMA Muhith if the visit takes place, a diplomatic source said on Monday.World Bank Group president Jim Yong Kim. Photo: CollectedForeign ministry sources, however, said such visit is in discussion but could not give any specific date yet.The World Bank may provide Bangladesh with a grant worth around $200 million to help tackle the on-going Rohingya crisis, sources said.Some 700,000 Rohingya crossed the Bangladesh border from Myanmar’s Rakhine state since 25 August last year.last_img read more

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Bandarban landslide kills woman

first_imgA woman was killed in a landslide amid heavy rains in sadar upazila of Bandarban district on Tuesday morning.Protima Rani Dey, 45, wife of a certain Milan Kanti Dey was buried alive when a chunk of mud fell on her tin-shed house in Baruartek area around 12:00pm, reports UNB.On information, members of fire service and civil defence recovered the body and sent it to sadar hospital morgue for an autopsy, said fire service and civil defence assistant director Iqbal Hossain.Besides, multiple landslides occurred in different places of Ruma and sadar upazilas, said Bandarban deputy commissioner Md Aslam Hossain.”Using loudspeakers, villagers were asked to leave their vulnerable houses on the slope of hills and take safe shelters,” he added.Since Monday night, heavy rainfall occurred across the district.Meanwhile, road communication between Bandarban and Rangamati has been suspended since Tuesday morning due to heavy rainfall and landslides at different places on the road.last_img read more

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Congress wins 3 seats BJP 1 in Indias Karnataka RS polls

first_imgThe Indian Congress on Friday won three seats and ªthe Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) one in the Rajya Sabha biennial election for four seats in Karnataka in India, said an official.”All three Congress candidates and one from the BJP won the contest while the Janata Dal-Secular (JD-S) candidate lost for the fourth seat,” an Election Commission official told reporters here after counting of votes.  L. Hanumanthaiah, Syed Naseer Hussain and G.C. Chandrasekhar of the Congress and Rajeev Chandrashekar of the BJP were declared elected by the Returning Officer.B.M. Farooq of the JD-S lost to G.C. Chandrasekhar of the Congresslast_img read more

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EC secy sees 11th general polls a bright example in natl life

first_imgElection commission secretary Helal Uddin Ahmed. File PhotoElection commission (EC) secretary Helal Uddin Ahmed on Monday said the 11th parliamentary election will remain as a ‘bright example’ in national life, reports BSS.“This is a huge event in the history of Bangladesh as the voting to the 11th parliamentary election took place in a very free, fair and peaceful environment under a political government,” he told newsmen at the EC secretariat in the capital on the outcomes of the election.He said many local and foreign observers have expressed their satisfaction over the voting held on Sunday.Helal said the ruling Bangladesh Awami League-led Grand Alliance gained a massive victory in this election to run the government for a straight three terms.He also informed the media that so far the results to 298 constituencies out of 300 have been announced since the election to three centres at Brahmanbaria-2 has been withheld. “There’ll be re-voting in these three centres.”In Gaibandha-3 constituency polling was postponed as ATM Fazle Rabbi of BNP-led 20-party alliance candidate died of old-age complications.The EC secretary extended gratitude to all the political parties for taking part in this election amid what he claimed as festivity.He said the commission was taking preparations over the last one year to hold the election in a successful way and in this process they prepared voters list, completed delimitation of 300 constituencies, appointed the returning officers and assistant returning officers after announcement of the polls schedule, and held meetings with political parties.Helal Uddin said about 1.5 million polling officials and members of law enforcement agencies were engaged to help hold the election in a free and fair manner with the participation of some 39 political parties and 1,846 candidates.This election was a huge event in national life except some sporadic incidents as the EC has stopped polling at 22 centres for sporadic clashes and incidents out of the overall number of around 40,000 centres, he said quoting chief election commissioner KM Nurul Huda as saying.About the EVM use in voting, the EC secretary said EVMs were used in six constituencies and there were curiosity, interest and anxiety over the use of these machines.“But, we’ve been able to successfully use the EVMs … we’ll use EVMs in the upcoming elections. We will consider on how to get the results from these EVMs much earlier in the future,” he added.Helal Uddin said the commission is yet to calculate the overall percentage of votes casted in this election, adding their next big task will be to publish the gazette notification of the election results.“Thus it will hand over it to the speaker of parliament for taking next steps and proceedings.”The EC secretary congratulated the Awami League for gaining the overwhelming victory side by side thanked the other political parties to cooperate with the EC for holding this election successfully.last_img read more

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PM again seeks intl communitys help for Rohingya repatriation

first_imgPrime minister Sheikh Hasina (R) talks to visiting special envoy of Vietnam prime minister and deputy minister of foreign affairs Nguyen Quoc Dzung at her official residence Ganabhaban in Dhaka on Wednesday. Photo: PIDPrime minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday again said that Myanmar must take back over one million Rohingya nationals living in Bangladesh and sought persuasion from the international community in this regard, reports UNB.”Myanmar must take their nationals back and international community should help Bangladesh in sending back the Rohingyas from Bangladesh,” she said.She said this when visiting special envoy of Vietnam prime minister and deputy minister of foreign affairs Nguyen Quoc Dzung called on her at her official residence Ganabhaban in the capital city.PM’s press secretary Ihsanul Karim briefed the newsmen after the meeting.He said that the prime minister mentioned that Bangladesh has prepared a temporary shelter for the Rohingyas at Bhashan Char to provide them with a better living place.Sheikh Hasina said that Bangladesh and Myanmar have already signed agreements for sending back Rohingyas.”But the implementation process is being delayed,” she said.Saying that Vietnam has vast experience in developing agricultural sector, the prime minister said that Bangladesh would take cooperation from them for further development of this sector here.last_img read more

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Cambodia building collapse death toll rises to 24

first_imgRescue workers recover the body of a victim from the debris of an under-construction building two days after it collapsed in Sihanoukville early on 24 June, 2019. Photo: AFPThe retrieval of bodies from a building collapse in Cambodia continued Monday, as the death toll rose to 24 with no further survivors expected to be found under the debris of the seven-storey Chinese-owned construction site.Workers clawed back the rubble overnight as a grim-faced Cambodian premier Hun Sen visited the scene of the collapse in Sihanoukville, a beach town undergoing a Chinese investment bonanza.The night was punctuated by grim processions of bodies on stretchers being carried to waiting ambulances.On Monday morning, an AFP reporter saw a partially buried body, covered by a mosquito net to keep off flies in the searing heat, as the debris began to yield after 48 hours of excavation by hand, pneumatic drills and diggers.”We don’t expect any more survivors,” a soldier who has manned the scene throughout told AFP, requesting anonymity.Preah Sihanouk provincial officials put the death toll at 24, with a similar number injured.Distraught relatives at a local hospital said around a dozen people were believed to be entombed in the concertinaed floors of the building, which collapsed before dawn on Saturday as dozens of workers slept.”I lost my husband and my nephew,” Khim Pov, 47, crying and hugging her daughter, told AFP while her son — who was able to crawl out from the debris — received treatment.”I don’t have any hope my husband has survived. The bodies being pulled out have been flattened.”Other survivors said they woke to a loud bang and managed to escape as the building folded in, leaving dozens of workers stranded on upper floors.- Billion dollar town -The once quiet fishing village of Sihanoukville has seen a Chinese construction boom driven by tourists to its dozens of casinos in recent years, with questions raised about the speed of development in a nation notorious for lax safety standards.Three Chinese nationals and a Cambodian landowner have been held for questioning over the building collapse, which Hun Sen blamed on “carelessness” by the construction company.The Chinese embassy in Cambodia, a strategically important country with ports and borders to other Mekong countries, expressed their condolences and backed a “thorough investigation” of the role of the three Chinese nationals and the cause of the accident.There are an estimated 200,000 construction workers in Cambodia, most unskilled, reliant on day wages and not protected by union rules, according to the International Labour Organization (ILO).Beijing is pouring investment into Cambodia as part of its behemoth Belt and Road initiative, a sweeping trillion-dollar infrastructure programme across Asia, Africa and Europe.Around $1 billion was invested in the Preah Sihanouk province between 2016 and 2018 alone, and there are around 50 Chinese-owned casinos and dozens of hotel complexes under construction in Sihanoukville.last_img read more

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Stroke Month Survivor Story

first_imgWhen life gives you a second chance, you embrace it to live life to the fullest. For McLean resident, retired business owner, and EmPowered to Serve ambassador for the American Heart Association, Mark Moore, that was exactly the case when he survived two strokes at the age of 46.Stroke survivor and dedicated full time philanthropist Mark Moore. (Photo courtesy of The Washington Post.)In 2007, Mark Moore was a successful businessman who co-owned Segovia Inc., a business (Mark and his friend) founded in 2002, that sold global IP services to the Department of Defense. Married to his longtime love Brenda and a father of two, Mark felt good about life. He ate healthy, exercised regularly, didn’t smoke or drink, and had good blood pressure and cholesterol levels. Learning that he developed a blood clotting deficiency, which led him to have two strokes that same year, completely shocked Mark and his family.It was the day before Mother’s Day in 2007 and Mark was coaching his son’s baseball team when he noticed something was wrong. While driving home with his son, Mark made an excuse to stop and get a Mother’s Day card; the pain he felt was worsening. That’s when he called his wife, who advised him to call an ambulance immediately. At the hospital, it was confirmed that Mark had a stroke. Two days later, Mark had a second stroke. To alleviate the pressure on his brain, doctors had to remove a small piece of Mark’s skull and put him into an induced coma for six weeks to reduce the swelling and rest his brain. Brenda was by his side every night and when Mark came out of his coma, she told him what had happened. “She said, ‘You’ve had two strokes and you’ve got a long recovery ahead’,” Mark told the American Heart Association’s Stroke Connection. “It was an absolute shock, and my initial reaction was ‘I don’t want to work that hard.”But Mark’s faith pushed him through. “I said to myself, ‘God must think I can handle this, and I’ll handle it.’ That was the moment I began to surrender and things changed for me,” Mark recalled. With faith as his center and a new outlook on life, two months of intensive physical therapy four days a week, and the support of his wife who went to every appointment with him, progress was slowly showing for Mark. Continuous support from his family and friends gave him the boost he needed.Determined and driven, Mark set a goal to run a 5k exactly one year after his stroke. By the end of the summer Mark returned to Segovia Inc. as chief operating officer and a year after his stroke completed a 5K in 36 minutes. At 49, Mark retired after he and his business partner sold their company. Since then Mark and his wife have dedicated their life to serving others with a focus in health care, education, culture, and Christian evangelism; They’ve started the Mark and Brenda Moore Family Foundation. “I realize I didn’t recover on my own,” Mark told Stroke Connection. “I believe we have an obligation to pay it forward.”The Moore’s philanthropic projects are numerous; and Mark has recently penned a memoire entitled, “A Stroke of Faith.”Mark and Brenda Moore are also part of the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s EmPowered To Serve program, which brings together faith-based organizations to provide health education and resources to multicultural communities through discussion and group activities.The best advice Mark can offer from his experience is to develop a support system that is dependable and helps you recover emotionally and mentally. “Don’t try to go at it alone. Family and friends have been instrumental in my recovery and return to normal life,” Mark said.last_img read more

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What Is Net Neutrality and How Can It Affect Your Business

first_img 3 min read Hear from Polar Explorers, ultra marathoners, authors, artists and a range of other unique personalities to better understand the traits that make excellence possible. Q: What is net neutrality, and how can it affect my business?A: We enjoy an open network in which internet service providers (ISPs) distribute the information we send and receive on a neutral basis–meaning without preferential treatment. In this best-case-scenario environment, all internet traffic is treated equally.But this setup isn’t guaranteed, and it’s an issue that needs to be watched carefully, according to Alexis Ohanian, co-founder of reddit, the social news website powered by user-submitted content. We asked him about the importance of net neutrality in creating parity for all businesses.What would a non-neutral internet environment look like?An ISP could freely insist that social networks such as Facebook or a cloud service provider such as Amazon pay an additional fee in exchange for the ISP delivering their data faster. Facebook and Amazon could buy this preferential treatment, which would give them a huge advantage over their smaller and now slower-moving competition.But if they refused to meet the ISP’s financial “suggestion,” the service provider could–and I stress could–slow down access to those services, which to even the casual observer raises the specter of blackmail.How would that affect my small business?With net neutrality as we have now, you, the entrepreneur, have the opportunity to compete with anyone–and you have a chance to succeed–because anyone can access your website as easily as they can find the incumbents. If we lose net neutrality, a small-business owner will face a much smaller market. Worst-case scenario: Instead of being able to sell to anyone with an internet connection, fledgling entrepreneurs would find their customers limited to those who paid for the “internet package” that covers access to their particular website. It would be like your cable TV plan: The more you pay, the more channels you receive.The reason innovation thrives online today is that everyone has access to every channel equally.Don’t current laws guarantee net neutrality? No. Earlier this year, a lawsuit between the Federal Communications Commission and Verizon began when the broadband giant came up with a plan to sell metered internet packages to its customers. The FCC tried to block it based on net neutrality but lost that battle because it had imposed “common carrier” utilities regulations on broadband service providers. But those providers were never officially classified as utilities, so the court rejected it. The FCC said it plans to regroup and push net neutrality on the regulatory side.Who’s opposing net neutrality?Internet service providers who want to turn the internet into a tiered service. I liken it to having to pay more for the electricity going to your TV because you bought a Sony instead of a Samsung. This story appears in the June 2014 issue of . Subscribe » May 29, 2014 Listen Now How Success Happenslast_img read more

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March 4 2013We continue our report about the new

first_imgMarch 4, 2013We continue our report about the new Cordes Junction Interchange at Highway I 17. Here we are on the highway, facing north right in front of exit 262 going into Cordes Junction. We can see the new ‘fly-over’ bridge to Highway 69 towards Prescott.[photo: Chihiro Saito]This is a view of the other side of the fly-over set of bridges and we can see the Paolo Soleri relief designs, as of yet unpainted.A closer look at the same view.Here we are at the left side of same bridges.We will report more on the new Interchange in upcoming reports.last_img read more

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Rep Farrington votes for program to battle opioid abuse

first_img31Oct Rep. Farrington votes for program to battle opioid abuse Kalamazoo County study could have statewide importance Categories: Diana Farrington News,Newscenter_img State Rep. Diana Farrington today voted for legislation that establishes a pilot program to battle the opioid abuse epidemic that grips Michigan.Farrington, of Utica, voted for a $700,000 supplemental budget item to set up the program that will help develop a test that assists people with identifying if they have a tendency for addiction to opioids and other painkillers.“The abuse of prescription painkillers is out of control, not just in Michigan but nationwide, and we must take every opportunity to shut down this epidemic that is tearing so many families apart,” Farrington said. “The results obtained from the Kalamazoo County study would allow prescriptions to have the most benefit while also curtailing opioid abuse and overdoses statewide.”The program will test Medicaid recipients for indicators of a high risk toward dependency on painkillers, which will enable doctors to prescribe other medications that may not lead to abuse or overdose.The bill now goes to the governor for consideration.#####The legislation is Senate Bill 253.last_img read more

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