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With a new test, citizenship is still a question of answers

first_imgPatrick Henry and Francis Scott Key are out, but Susan B. Anthony and Nancy Pelosi are in. The White House was cut, but New York and Sept. 11 made the list. Federal immigration authorities on Thursday unveiled 100 new questions that immigrants will have to study in order to pass a civics test to become naturalized American citizens. The redesign of the test, the first since it was created in 1986 as a standardized examination, follows years of criticism in which conservative groups said the test was too easy and immigrant advocates said it was too hard. The new questions did little to quell that debate among many immigrant groups, who complained the citizenship test would become even more daunting. Conservatives seemed to be more satisfied. Bush administration officials said the new test was part of their effort to move forward on the hotly disputed issue of immigration by focusing on the assimilation of legal immigrants who have played by the rules, leaving aside the situation of some 12 million illegal immigrants here. Several historians said the new questions successfully incorporated more ideas about the workings of American democracy and better touched upon the diversity of the groups – including women, American Indians and African Americans – who have influenced the country’s history. Would-be citizens no longer have to know who said, “Give me liberty or give me death,” or who wrote “The Star-Spangled Banner.” But they do have to know, “What did Susan B. Anthony do?” and who the current speaker of the House of Representatives is. Alfonso Aguilar, a senior official at Citizenship and Immigration Services, the agency that designs and administers the test, said it was not intended to be punitive. “We don’t seek to fail anyone,” said Aguilar, an architect of the test. Immigration officials said they sought to move away from civics trivia to emphasize basic concepts about the structure of government and American history and geography. In contrast to the old test, which some immigrants could pass without any study, the officials said the new one is intended to force even highly educated applicants to do some reviewing. “This test genuinely talks about what makes an American citizen,” said Emilio Gonzalez, the director of Citizenship and Immigration Services, speaking at a news conference in Washington. The $6.5-million redesign was crafted over six years of discussions with historians, immigrant organizations and liberal and conservative research groups. The questions were submitted to four months of pilot testing earlier this year with more than 6,000 immigrants who were applying for naturalization. The agency will begin to use the revised test on Oct. 1, 2008, to leave a year for aspiring citizens to prepare and for community groups to adjust their study classes. The overall format has not changed. Legal immigrants who are eligible to become citizens must pass the civics exam as well as a test of English proficiency in reading and writing. In a one-to-one oral examination, an immigration officer asks the applicant 10 questions, of varying degrees of difficulty, selected from the list of 100. To pass, the applicant must answer six of those 10 questions correctly. The questions released on Thursday will remain public along with their answers. Immigrants are eligible to become citizens if they have been legal permanent residents for at least five years (or three years if they are married to a citizen) and have “good moral character” and no criminal record. In the pilot runs of the revised test, Aguilar said, the pass rates improved over the current tests, with 92 percent of participants passing on the first try, as opposed to 84 percent now. At least 15 questions were eliminated as a result of the pilot because they proved too difficult. For example, a question about the minimum wage was dropped because test takers were confused between federal and state rates, Aguilar said. In the new test, the pilgrims have been replaced by “colonists,” and they are the subject of fewer questions, while slavery and the civil rights movement are the subject of more. A question was added asking what “major event” happened on Sept. 11, 2001. The new test drops questions about the 49th and 50th states, but adds one about the political affiliation of the president. There are no questions about the White House. Instead, one question asks where the Statue of Liberty is located. In a statement, the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights, one of the groups consulted in shaping the new test, denounced it as “the final brick in the second wall.” The group said the test included “more abstract and irrelevant questions” that tended to stump hard-working immigrants who had little time to study. But several historians said the test appeared to be fair. “People who take this seriously will have a good chance of passing,” said Gary Gerstle, a professor of American history at Vanderbilt University. “Indeed, their knowledge of American history may even exceed the knowledge of millions of American-born citizens.” John Fonte, a senior fellow at the conservative Hudson Institute, called the new test “a definite improvement.” But he said it should have included questions about the meaning of the oath of allegiance that new citizens swear. “I would like to see an even more vigorous emphasis on Americanization,” he said. About 55 percent of the applicants who participated in the pilot test were from Latin American countries. Some Latino groups noted on Thursday that no question on the new test refers to Latinos. Aguilar said that the test was not intended to be a comprehensive review, but rather to include “landmark moments of American history that apply to every single citizen.” Naturalizations have surged in recent years, from 537,151 in 2004 to 702,589 last year, according to official figures. In July, the fee to become a citizen increased sharply, from $405 to $675. — Four sample questions from the new citizenship test: 1) Who was president during World War I? – (Woodrow) Wilson 2) What did Susan B. Anthony do? – Fought for women’s rights – Fought for civil rights 3) The Federalist Papers supported the passage of the U.S. Constitution. Name one of the writers. – (James) Madison – (Alexander) Hamilton – (John) Jay – Publius 4) Why does the flag have 13 stripes? – Because there were13 original colonies – Because the stripes represent the original colonies160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! 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GOLF NEWS: EAMONN MCGLINCHEY WINS ALLIANCE CAPTAIN’S PRIZE

first_imgNorth-West Alliance Golf News: EAMONN WINS ALLIANCE CAPTAIN’S PRIZE!A magnificent Captain’s Day was had in Dunfanaghy Golf Club, rightly ranked in the top 100 courses in Ireland. The improved course has been steadily developed by head Greenkeeper Paul McGinley and it is well worth a visit just to see the new remodelled bunkers and tighter fairways. This work has been carried out in-house and the skill with which it has been done is self-evident. Paul, your staff and the greens committee should take a bow.The Captains Day was hosted by Brian Wallace who attended to every possible detail to ensure that the members of the Alliance had a great golfing day, even though the overall scoring was moderate by recent standardsThe winner of Mr. Brian Wallace’s Captain’s Prize was Letterkenny Golf Club member Eamonn McGlinchey.Playing off 6 handicap, Eamonn went around in just three over par, having had 20 points in each nine. Having dropped strokes at the 1st, [par four] the 6th and 11th, his last dropped stroke was at the par five 16th. Eamonn also proceeded to pick up strokes at the par four 4th and the 14th, and although he had a lesson during the week on his swing from Jimmy Gallagher at Letterkenny Driving Range ,it was his chipping and putting that was a joy to behold. Time after time he chipped “dead” to the hole on the few occasions that he missed the green. The reason for the lesson? He is thinking of changing his irons!!!!!. Eamonn, perhaps you need to rethink that idea although maybe the trade-in value of your clubs have now increased due to this Captain’s Prize win.In the nett section, 20 points was the average score for the first nine by the front runners, although Kieran O’Neill had 23pts on his outward nine at this stage, but an indifferent back nine of 16 which included a blank at the 14th par four meant that he had the worst of the 39 pointers. In second place in the “nett” was George McCay who added 20 points to his front nine of 19, yet he also drew a blank at the par five 16th. Kevin Hunter must have thought that he was only there to make up the numbers when, after eight holes he had recorded but 14 points and then, with his putter warmed up after a birdie at the par three 9th, Kevin proceeded to return a level par gross for the next ten holes, gaining 22 points on back nine, to finish on a total of 39pts and, due to a three-way B.O.T.,top spot in the Nett section.In the gross section, the scoring was excellent although only the sixth prize went to a B.O.T.In third place was golfer of the year champion Finnian O’Doherty, fresh from sessions last weekend from the Aspire Ireland coaching team.He was one over for his front nine, two shots in arrears of Marty McDermott who was two under par gross. Finnian was one under for the back nine while Marty was level par which was the reward for four birdies which he had in a row from the 8th to the 11th.His dropped strokes were at the 1st, the 12th and the 18th which gave him an overall one under par round while Finnian was level par for his eighteen holes.An exceptional round of 64 [four under par] on one of his favourite courses came from Michael McGeady.He reeled off five 3’s in a row from the first and had one bogey that at the 6th, that being the only blemish on his card. In all, Michael had ten 3’s, resulting in six birdies!!!. Supreme form indeed. All aspects of his game were awesome from his driving, approach shots to the green and his putter was exceptionally hot. Hopefully, this will set him up for a good season on the tour.FULL RESULTS:NETT SECTION:Ist Kevin Hunter (10) Faughan Valley G.C. 39 pts [b.o.t].2nd George McCay (18) Strabane GC. 39pts [b.o.t].3rd Kieran O’Neill (13) Portsalon G.C. 39 pts [b.o.t].4th Eamonn O’Carroll (12) Letterkenny G.C. 38 pts [b.o.t].5th Alan Chung (19) Faughan Valley G.C. 38 pts [b.o.t].6th Clive Davison (12) Portsalon G.C. 38pts [b.o.t].GROSS SECTION:1st Michael McGeady (scr) North West G.C. 64.2nd Marty McDermott (3) Strabane G.C. 67.3RD Finnian O’Doherty (1) Letterkenny G.C. 68.4th John G.McBride (scr) Portsalon G.C. 69.5TH Seamus McMonagle (scr) Dunfanaghy G.C. 70.6TH Jamie Foley (3) Letterkenny G.C. 71 [b.o.t].Visitor: Graham Cummings (10) City of Derry G.C. 38 ptsSo ended the 2014/15 season and competitions will commence again at Letterkenny Golf Club on 26th September 2015 under the Captaincy of David Forbes of Faughan Valley Golf Club .GOLF NEWS: EAMONN MCGLINCHEY WINS ALLIANCE CAPTAIN’S PRIZE was last modified: March 22nd, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Alliance NotesgolfNoticesSportlast_img read more

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Keadue Rovers launch 100 club to help with exciting pitch development

first_imgFOOTBALL: Keadue Rovers FC are this year celebrating their 120th year in existence. Formed in 1896, Keadue played their first match against Mullaghduff Celtic at Mullaghderg Banks with Keadue winning 1-0.Since these pioneering early years of football in west Donegal Keadue have gone on to be one of the most famous junior football clubs in the country with players from Keadue having gone on to join Celtic, Aston Villa, Hearts, Reading and of course – in the case of Packie Bonner – to represent their country at the highest level.The club are now looking forward to the future and have major plans in place to develop a brand new state of the art natural surface playing pitch at Central Park. This will allow the club to increase the amount of football that they can offer to both the young and old of the Rosses and will allow all players the opportunity to play their football on a top quality surface.To help finance the new pitch development at Central Park, Keadue Rovers FC are commencing a 100+ club draw with the first draw scheduled to take place this Friday evening 29th July.For €20 per month you will be allocated a number in the 100+ club draw with a whopping 50% of the draw income being paid out in prizes each month with a 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th prize. For those who haven’t yet signed up there is still time to be part of something special with big prizes to be won whilst also playing your part in securing the future of soccer in the Rosses.Any questions on the draw can be directed via Brendan (0871218210), Danny (0872872067), Packie (0872615625), or Padraig (0876213829) or by following our facebook page.Play your part in the future of Keadue Rovers by joining our 100+ club…and remember, if you’re not in, you can’t win!!Keadue Rovers launch 100 club to help with exciting pitch development was last modified: July 26th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:100 clubDevelopmentdrawFootballpitchSportlast_img read more

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South Africa’s housing drive ‘taking shape’

first_imgLufhereng will become a modern township once all 24 000 to 25 000 houses are completed. These two shacks are part of many others in the sprawling township of Alexandra. Mortgage houses are available for the middle-class in emerging suburbs like Protea North. (Images: Bongani Nkosi) MEDIA CONTACTS • Mandulo Maphumulo Director: Media Services Department of Human Settlements +27 12 421 1423 or +27 79 699 5145  RELATED ARTICLES • Housing projects to curb SA slums • New technologies for social housing • New homes for Soweto residents • Joburg residences rejuvenatedBongani NkosiThe massive task of replacing informal settlements with more habitable houses is “steadily taking shape”, according to South Africa’s Department of Human Settlements.Up to 206 informal settlements have already had shacks replaced with proper houses, according to the department, and work is under way in at least 335 additional imijondolo, as the shack slums are known in isiZulu.Minister Tokyo Sexwale told Parliament on 19 April 2011 that his department had earmarked and finalised plans to upgrade 1 100 such residential areas across the country.In total, the department is looking at tackling 2 700 informal settlements in South Africa, all of which need proper housing. These areas, located outside cities, mostly accommodate low-income families.As part of its National Upgrading Support Programme launched in February 2010, the department has a mandate to eradicate at least 500 000 shacks in informal settlements by 2014.“… There is an accelerated delivery of quality houses that remains undiminished,” Sexwale said. “There is greater clarity on the nature and severity of problems confronting the country’s residential drive.”Sexwale said despite challenges, their finances are now being coordinated better to ensure success of their housing projects. His department’s officials are working closely with 49 municipalities to ensure that they are able to deliver the much-needed houses.The department has a budget of R122-billion (US$16.5-billion) in the 2011/12 financial year to spend on subsidised housing, water, electricity and other community amenities. It is guaranteed a further R138-billion ($20.4-billion) in 2013/14.Progress in other areasFreedom Park, a community outside Johannesburg, is one of the examples where the government has managed to replace the bulk of shacks with low-cost housing over the years. Only a few shacks remain in the settlement.Government-built houses also dominate most parts of Kliptown, a location in the middle of Soweto, although shacks still dominate parts of the massive township.The Johannesburg Social Housing Company (Joshco) has also built high-rise semi-detached low-rental units in the neighbourhood around the Kliptown Golf Course.Some residents from the Protea South informal settlement in Soweto were moved to Lufhereng, the biggest social housing project in Gauteng, in August 2010. Lufhereng will have between 24 000 and 25 000 units once complete, and will accommodate residents from Protea South and former farm dwellers and labourers.Although progressing at a slow pace, shack replacement projects are afoot in many settlements surrounding Johannesburg. The city’s council has undertaken to eradicate all 100 slums currently existing on its perimeter.The Alexandra Renewal Project is also making headway in providing decent housing in Alexandra, one of Johannesburg’s oldest townships, where most people still live in shacks. About 1 600 low-cost houses were handed over to beneficiaries in 2010 and some semi high-rise buildings have also been built in the township.The shanty town’s revamp includes building more government housing and providing amenities such as electricity, water, sewerage, roads and storm-water drainage systems to boost living standards.Boost to nine municipalities Major municipalities like the City of Johannesburg will now be able to initiate their own housing projects. They will no longer have to wait for approval and funding from provincial governments to pursue projects in areas under their jurisdiction.This is likely to cut out much of the red tape involved in allocation of funds. According to Sexwale, the move will help speed up delivery of housing.“This means that, for the first time ever, funds will be directed straight from the national department into the coffers of these municipalities,” said Sexwale.Seven other municipalities to benefit from the new policy are the City of Tshwane, Nelson Mandela Bay, eThekwini Metro, Ekurhuleni Metro, City of Cape Town and Francis Baard and Pixley Ka Seme district municipalities. All are under pressure to replace shack areas with proper housing.Rental optionsApart from providing fully subsidised houses, the government has also embarked on rental housing projects in and around the cities.The units cater for people working and living in the areas. Joshco has earned a UN award for its work in turning a number of dilapidated buildings in Johannesburg into decent low-rental units.“Many job seekers in urban areas … are seeking rental accommodation. 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Do Green Roofs Temper Urban Heat?

first_imgGreen roofs have higher maintenance costsConventional roofs don’t require a lot of maintenance or attention after they’re installed, points out Stephen Sheehy, while a vegetated roof has to be watered and weeded. And it almost certainly costs more to install a green roof, in part because the added weight of the soil and plants may require stronger roof framing.“Any roof leak is usually hard to find,” Sheehy adds, “but a leak in a roof covered with soil and plants would be harder to find and much harder to fix. Do a white roof and grow your pot inside like everyone else.”A green roof also has a lower albedo than a cool roof, says Dana Dorsett, meaning it reflects less solar energy back into space than reflective roof materials. But it still does a better job than typically dark roofing materials and, he adds, “evapo-transpiration is your friend.”“The evapo-transpiration benefit makes a real difference on the heat island effect, and it can even trump the high albedo of a titanium-white cool roof finishes (particularly in dry climates),” Dorsett writes. “But of course it comes with water and maintenance costs that the cool roof doesn’t have.”Dorsett cites two studies, a report on green and cool roofs from the Natural Resources Defense Council, and a research paper published by the International Building Performance Simulation Association. GardenScapes Vegetated Roof System CONSTRUCTION DETAILS Lessons Learned on a Living RoofRoofing Material ChoicesMartin’s Ten Rules of Roof DesignStaying Cool with a Metal RoofMetal Roof SRI RatingsU.S. Cities Are Fighting the Heat-Island Effect Seeing Red Over Green Roofs Luke Morton sits on a green building committee that’s been asked to advise local officials on a green building code. The code will feature both mandatory and elective features. One of the electives currently on the list is for a “green,” or vegetated, roof, but Morton has his doubts whether the case for this type of roof is very compelling.A green roof consists of soil or some other planting medium and living plants installed over a waterproof membrane. Two benefits typically attributed to a green roof are the ability to control water runoff and, more important to Morton, the fact they contribute less reflected heat to ambient air temperatures than conventional dark roof coverings.But, Morton asks, how much less?Writing in a Q&A post at GreenBuildingAdvisor, Morton looks for guidance on whether the case for a vegetated roof is strong enough to justify its place in the green building code, and whether other roofing strategies can be just as successful at a lower cost.“There a bit of good discussion already on this forum about green roofs,” Morton says. “I note that the benefits cited by advocates are usually poorly defined, or can only be ascribed to specific green roof compositions in certain climates. And there’s vigorous counterpoint about whether or not the amenities of stormwater management and energy efficiency could not be better and more cheaply provided by more appropriate materials and assemblies. (I’m largely convinced by these views). Our expert’s opinionHere’s what GBA technical director Peter Yost has to add:It won’t surprise folks on GBA that BuildingGreen.com has quite a bit of information on the various aspects of green roof performance. It also won’t surprise any GBAers that the answer depends quite a bit on climate, both from the perspective of energy and water.The stormwater retention performance of green roofs varies a lot with the type of green roof system being used. In studies being conducted at the University of Texas-Austin, some green roofs did only marginally better at stormwater retention than traditional membrane roofs.While vegetated roofs have a much bigger impact on keeping roofs cooler and shifting the peak temperature than white roofs, white roofs have a significant impact compared to darker membrane roofs.White roofs have clear and significant energy benefits in Climate Zones 1-3, but the further north you go, the more those benefits become eroded by increased loads during the heating season, according to an article posted at Environmental Building News.An interesting note: The province of Almería, Spain, is said to be the only human settlement that can be seen from space, because of its gleaming white reflective greenhouses. The farmers whitewash their greenhouse roofs with slaked lime every June to keep out heat during the summer months, and the lime is later washed away to capture the winter sun for heat. These reflective greenhouses create roughly 100 square miles of high-albedo surface area (Environmental Building News, July 2014).Whitewashed greenhouse roofs reflect summer heat. The coating washes away later in the year so the winter sun can be captured for heat.The drought-tolerance of vegetated roofs depends on the type of green roof system, soil depths, and plant species. Intensive roofs with a much greater variety of plants (including trees) require much deeper soil depths and hence much greater load design for the roof (up to 150 pounds per square foot).Vegetated roofs, especially in hot-dry climates, need a year or two of irrigation to become fully established, and during droughts will almost certainly need some level of irrigation. This does not necessarily mean they aren’t worth the irrigation they need. More effective at controlling runoffBecause a green roof is able to absorb a certain amount of water during a storm, its real benefit may be in helping to control water runoff and lowering demand on city storm drains and sewage treatment plants, one GBA reader suggests.“I studied them a bit as I wanted to be able to use one on my personal addition and found the concept wider than I anticipated, varying from underground parking garage [like under the Boston Common] to lightweight trays on the roof systems,” writes Keith Gustafson.“I see green roofs more from the perspective of water control than energy efficiency,” he continues, “meaning in an urban area if all of the roofs could handle the first 1/4 inch of rain it would have a huge impact on water control in the city, and if it is a positive in other aspects — awesome.”Agreed, adds Charlie Sullivan, who sums up the situation this way: “If you have problems with stormwater management, the green roof helps; if you have problems with water shortages, it hurts.”To Morton, however, stormwater management isn’t the key issue when it comes to roof design. All projects already are required to manage water on site.“This forum has elicited enough information to convince me that the policy I should propose is indeed a prohibition on green roofs,” Morton writes. “(Don’t worry — this proposal won’t win.) The first key factor is water: the city in question is in a deep drought, and they are really trying to move towards banning landscape irrigation now and in the future.“Secondly,” he continues, “the city is among those that is trying to be as aggressive as possible in demonstrating its leadership towards climate change. Green roofs come with an opportunity cost of having a higher albedo cool roof, which is already required locally (though high-mass roofs are exempted).” GREEN PRODUCT GUIDE The watering questionIf green roofs help lower air temperatures through the process of evaporation, the plants still need to be watered, and in a dry climate that’s a drawback, Sheehy says.“I’d be concerned you’d need to water the roof to keep the plants alive and in a dry climate, you’d be fighting against evaporation and need to water even more to get the benefit of any cooling,” he says. “Sprinklers on the roof? I guess you could use drought tolerant-plants, but that sounds really pointless.”Drought-tolerant plants need less water, but Morton admits that people don’t always like the way they look.“Of course, most of my projects have those,” he says, “but they still manage to vastly overwater them. It turns out that people think drought-tolerant plants are ugly when they actually experience a drought, so people run their irrigation systems to make sure they don’t.”Morton also has unearthed some research of his own in the form of a report from the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. It suggests that both green roofs and white (cool) roofs are effective in cooling city air, but that white roofs are three times more effective at countering climate change.Dorsett adds: “Green roofs are both more expensive and much higher maintenance than cool roofs, which is why I’ve never been a big fan. If rooftop gardening or urban rooftop farming floats your boat, great — have at it! But for the other 99% of the population, a cool roof would be a better choice.” RELATED ARTICLES Is there such a thing as too much evaporation?Green roofs help to lower air temperatures through evaporative cooling, which makes Morton wonder whether a large concentration of vegetated roofs would add noticeably to humidity levels.“I still have one question remaining that I believe is beyond this forum,” he writes. “At what point does extensive deployment of well irrigated green roofs actually start measurably effecting the local relative humidity and turn into the urban ‘latent’ heat island effect?”Chris M isn’t sure it’s possible to answer that question precisely, but he doubts that a wide scale deployment of green roofs would create a humidity problem.“I doubt you could move the needle very much where it would be noticeable, since humidity levels are regional,” he says. “Cities just aren’t that big and the air can only hold so much moisture at a given temperature.” “So, the question is actually taking on the last ‘benefit’ of green roofs, and wondering if it can be shown to be better than a cool roof at lowering the urban heat island effect,” he continues. “I’ve narrowed the question a bit by saying I’m thinking about a hot/dry climate (e.g. many parts of California).”That’s the question for this Q&A Spotlight. 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How Not to Need a Time Machine

first_imgImagine you had a time machine. You know, the kind that you see in movies, where you dial in a date and break the space-time continuum.Imagine you could go back in time and change anything. Something went wrong? No problem. You go back and reverse it. You wish you’d have acted, but you didn’t? Easy. Dial in the date, and you are on you way to a better outcome.So far there is no such thing as a time machine. But there is something almost as good: the ability to look back at where you are now from the future.Imagine it’s one year from now. What are you going to proud of? What are you going to regret?Is the one-year-older and one-year-wiser version of yourself going to look back from a better place, proud that you took action on your highest priorities? Or will that older version of you look back with a sense of disappointment, knowing that had you taken the actions you knew you need to, you’d be someplace different?Are you going to wish you’d taken better care of yourself? Or will you be happy that you invested the time taking of your mind, body, and spirit?Are you going to regret not having spent more time with the people that truly matter to you? Or will you look back at the memories you created and feel that stronger connection?Will you wish you’d have gotten up earlier to pursue your dream? That you’d stayed up a little later doing what you really love? Or will you look back at what you’ve accomplished in such a short time, excited about what is possible in the future?You don’t have a time machine. But you don’t need one either. You know what the future you is going to be proud of and what the future you is going to regret. As long as you keep that future you front and center as you make decisions as to how you invest your time, you’re not going to need that time machine. Essential Reading! Get my 3rd book: Eat Their Lunch “The first ever playbook for B2B salespeople on how to win clients and customers who are already being serviced by your competition.” Buy Nowlast_img read more

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Pumaren wants better decision-making from UE after 2nd loss

first_imgUE went just 1-of-4 in uncontested field goals while FEU was far better going 11-of-15.Passing was also a thorn on the Red Warriors’ game tallying just 19 assists as compared to FEU’s 26. Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Pumaren rued his team’s reliance on isolation plays instead of finding open shots and executing extra passes.“I was telling them to move the ball, don’t force shots, and I told them even after our game against NU [National University],” said Pumaren, whose team lost 86-69 against the Bulldogs in the opener.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“It’s fine with me if you dribble and try to attack your man, go ahead, but if you’re just going to dribble the basketball and you know there are no stats in basketball that says ‘most number of dribbles.’”In their game against the Bulldogs, the Red Warriors went 4-of-8 on uncontested shots and that mark was worse against the Tamaraws. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games LATEST STORIES Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAfter starting the season with two straight losses, University of the East head coach Derrick Pumaren wants a stronger mental game from his players.The Red Warriors dropped to 0-2 after losing to Far Eastern University, 90-83, in the UAAP Season 80 seniors’ basketball tournament at Smart Araneta Coliseum Wednesday.ADVERTISEMENT WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Phoenix trial begins for NBA players accused of assault Read Next Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ View commentslast_img read more

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Proved doubters wrong, says Rio-bound sprinter Srabani Nanda

first_imgRio-bound sprinter Srabani Nanda’s dedication and discipline is second to none. The Odisha runner, who hails from a humble family from Kandhamal district, could not even attend her only sister’s marriage as she was busy preparing for an athletics event.All the hard work and pain finally bore fruit on Sunday when the 26-year-old made the cut for Rio Olympics in the 200m just a day after her statemate Dutee booked a historic 100m berth. Speaking to Mail Today from Almaty, Kazakhstan, Srabani was an ecstatic after realizing her dream of earning an Olympic ticket.”I am absolutely overjoyed that all these years of hard work and sacrifice have not gone in vain. Nobody believed that I would be able to earn a Rio berth, but I have proved my doubters wrong. My dream of qualifying for the Olympics has come true,” she said.Srabani was left distraught after her timing at the Indian Athletics Grand Prix in New Delhi this year, which fit the Olympic mark, was not taken into count as it was taken manually due to a power failure in the stadium. Manual timings have an element of human error and are not considered by the IAAF. The athlete however was not bogged down by the setback but instead chose to focus on future events.”I was really disappointed. My family was also really sad. I had a very good opportunity to qualify back then itself but one can’t dwell in the past. I had to gather myself and focus on the future events. I can’t express the joy I feel on qualifying for the Olympics,” she said.advertisementSrabani’s father is a retired clerk while mother is a headmistress at a local school. She was brought up in joint family and loves spending time with her loved ones. “My sister had a child this year and I havent been able to meet the little one as yet,” she said. Srabani made her foray into sprinting upon his father’s insistence. Taking part in various local events, she soon discovered a love for sprinting.”I had no formal training and I just started taking part in local events. Soon I realised that this is what I want to do,” she said.The 2016 South Asian Games gold medalist has a healthy rivalry with Dutee Chand. They have been neck-and neck at various events. Srabani admits that having a competitor like Dutee has helped her up her game.No doubt, Dutee is among the best runners we have. Competing with her always brings out the best in you. We have faced off on umpteen occasions and I am really glad that she has achieved a berth for the 100 metres event,” said Srabani who had beaten Dutee in the 200m event during Federation Cup this year. It has not been an easy year for Srabani, who has been recovering from a nagging groin injury. This was the first time the athlete had faced a major injury since hitting the tracks as 12-year-old.Srabani honed her skills at the Kalinga Stadium under coach Nilamadhab Deo. The runner now trains under coach Tarun Shah who was included in the national camp upon her insistence.last_img read more

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Boardman shows path to break cycle of Manchester’s car commuter hell

first_imgIt is a Sherlock Holmes evening in south Manchester. There is a deep fog on an already black night, perfect for tail-coated villains to dart between the wheelie bins. But in a primary school hall the lights are on and a public meeting is taking place about a proposed local cycle route. There are a couple of councillors, engineers, 180 or so members of the public – the irate and the enthusiastic – and a world-record breaking and Olympic winning cyclist: Chris Boardman.The microphone does not work, there are tetchy complaints about a phone vote and low-level tension plonks down in the corner. Boardman, here in his role as Manchester’s cycling and walking tsar seems unfazed. He perches on the table, sticks a hand in his pocket and starts to speak. He is confident, blunt – and hackles visibly settle.It is all a long way from Lycra-clad time trials. Boardman, 50 and who in 1994 became only the second British cyclist to wear the Tour de France’s yellow jersey, retired from cycling in 2000 with the aim of doing “sod all”. He and his wife had scaled their life down and Boardman was able to pick and choose jobs – before being sucked back in 2004 when asked to help a couple of coaches with “some problematic athletes” – including Bradley Wiggins. He then became head of British Cycling’s Secret Squirrel Club – in charge of research and development – for the next two Olympics. He set up his own bike company and did TV commentary. Twitter Facebook He is confident he can change behaviour in this rainy city, where there are 250 million car journeys of less than 1km every year, where life expectancy is among the lowest in the country, where air pollution is too high, where people eat, drink and smoke too much and do not do enough exercise. It is also the first place in the world where Mobike, the Chinese cycle-sharing operator, withdrew because of antisocial behaviour. But Boardman sees only potential.“I enjoy talking about this because it has absolutely nothing to do with cyclists. They might benefit but this is for people who drive because they’re the ones who are going to want to change if it’s going to work.”His criteria for success: doubling and doubling again cycling in Greater Manchester. Walking routes with space enough for a double buggy, a cycle network that can be handled by competent 12-year-olds and be trusted by their parents. His secret weapons: democracy, letting local communities plot their own routes, a joined-up network including, critically, junctions and “telling people if you don’t want to do it, we won’t do it. Then people say: ‘Oh, we do’, and you’ve got a proper conversation on your hands.” Share on LinkedIn Read more How millennials have put a spoke in the wheels of Britain’s bicycle shops Share on WhatsApp Share on Pinterest … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay. Whether we are up close or further away, the Guardian brings our readers a global perspective on the most critical issues of our lifetimes – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. We believe complex stories need context in order for us to truly understand them. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Share on Twitter Boardman is no fanatic. He has two cars and spends lots of time on the M6, journeying from the Wirral, where he has lived most of his life. Nor was he a massive advocate for public cycling in his professional years. “It’s a very self-centred existence being an athlete. You’re incredibly selfish and encouraged to be so,” he admits.But he always had a thing for the outdoors – camping, scuba-diving – and he likes problem solving and logic. “I realised the bike is a simple, cheap solution to so many of the problems we face, so why the hell aren’t we doing it? Three hundred miles away from here 50% of kids ride to school every day, 30% of all journeys are by bike – in the Netherlands, in parts of Germany, in Denmark. Take anyone from here and stand them there and they’ll say: ‘I prefer this.’ So it is such a sturdy soap box to stand on.“People think the Netherlands have always been about bikes but they haven’t. In the 1970s, because of child deaths on the streets and a looming oil crisis, they said: stop. They decided to change the way they used streets and put people first. Their spend went into public transport. They’ve got a higher tax rate than we have but it is wonderfully civilised. We invested in private transport. We’re not unusual, we just do the easy thing – and the car has always been easy until there’s so many of them that it’s not, and the consequences are becoming more and more apparent.” comment But it is this new role that has him up at night. “It’s the only thing in 20 years to do that because it’s important,” he says, earlier the same day, in a living room round the corner from the Co-op. “People say do you enjoy it? No! I just feel this massive burden not to screw it up.”Manchester’s mayor, Andy Burnham, aims to turn the city into one of the greenest in Europe, and a place of mostly haphazard, sometime pot-holed cycle lanes, into the cycling capital of the country with 1,000 miles of network. Boardman has been given 10 years and £1.5bn of ringfenced money. Sign up to The Recap, our weekly email of editors’ picks.center_img Support The Guardian Pinterest The bike is a simple, cheap solution to so many of the problems we face, so why the hell aren’t we doing it?Chris Boardman Share on Messenger Chris Boardman (left) on his way to pursuit goal at the Barcelona Olympics in 1992. Photograph: Vandystadt/Allsport Share on Facebook Sportblog Cycling Since you’re here… Boardman’s mother, Carol, was killed in a cycling accident in July 2016. Last month Liam Rosney admitted causing death by careless driving. “It’s just horrifically ironic,” Boardman says. “I can’t think about it because it would just destroy me. It’s not just taking away someone’s life. It’s everything that’s left behind. And we don’t treat it as a crime. We say: ‘Oh, what a shame.’” He sighs.“This, this is the biggest race I’ve ever had. If we can change something as big as a city region and prove that it works, you have to believe the rest of the country will follow.” Share via Email Topics Reuse this contentlast_img read more

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Mane treble puts five-star Liverpool in control

first_imgPorto 0 Liverpool 5: Mane hat-trick inspires Reds rout Alex Fisher Last updated 1 year ago 05:46 2/15/18 sadiomane - cropped Getty Images Liverpool have one foot in the Champions League quarter-finals after a comprehensive 5-0 victory over Porto, Sadio Mane scoring a hat-trick. Sadio Mane struck a superb hat-trick as Liverpool put one foot in the Champions League quarter-finals with a comprehensive 5-0 victory over Porto on Wednesday.Jurgen Klopp’s side are the top scorers in this season’s competition and they showed all of their attacking prowess as Mane, Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino put the tie to bed before the second leg at Anfield.Mane opened the scoring after 25 minutes with the help of some questionable goalkeeping from Jose Sa, the Porto number one diving over his low shot after a driving run from Georginio Wijnaldum. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player The visitors were two ahead before the half-hour as Salah made it 30 for the season, becoming the first Liverpool player to reach that figure since Luis Suarez in 2013-14.Liverpool’s attacking trident combined for their third goal and Mane’s second after the break, and Firmino ensured all three got on the scoresheet with 21 minutes remaining.There was still time for Mane to complete his hat-trick and effectively end any hopes Porto had of a second-leg recovery, with Liverpool’s progression looking assured already.4 – Sadio Mane is the fourth Liverpool player to score a hat-trick in the Champions League, after Michael Owen, Yossi Benayoun and Philippe Coutinho. Collection. pic.twitter.com/w3kteQwtDq— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) February 14, 2018A positive start from the hosts was nearly rewarded in the opening 10 minutes as Otavio wriggled free after good work from Moussa Marega, but Dejan Lovren did superbly to deflect his low shot over.Liverpool’s electrifying front three took time to click, with Salah wasting their first sight of goal with a misplaced pass for Mane inside the penalty area.But they soon found their feet and in the space of four minutes Liverpool found themselves two goals ahead.Sa gifted Mane the opener as he got his dive all wrong trying to save the forward’s low shot, the ball creeping under his body and over the line – leaving the goalkeeper thumping the pitch in anger.His frustrations were doubled four minutes later as Salah extended Liverpool’s advantage, with the Egyptian juggling the loose ball into the net after James Milner’s shot had thudded against the upright.Porto should have reduced their deficit before the interval but Tiquinho Soares fired wide from Yacine Brahimi’s beautifully weighted throughball.That touch. That control. That man Mo! pic.twitter.com/dtI3C1JKnY— Liverpool FC (@LFC) February 14, 2018If Porto had hoped that late chance would spark them into life after the restart they were left disappointed as Liverpool moved further ahead thanks to Mane’s second.After latching onto Salah’s precise pass, Firmino’s scuffed shot was well saved by Sa but the goalkeeper was unable to hold it and Mane coolly slid home the loose ball.That seemed to finally bring the hosts into life but, as they chased the game, they were caught on the break by Liverpool’s deadly trio.Mane turned provider with a surging run and pass to Milner, the England international finding the unmarked Firmino to give him a deserved goal.Liverpool were not finished there, either, as Mane completed his hat-trick with a fine solo run and shot from 20 yards – becoming the fourth Reds player to complete a treble in the competition.Key Opta stats:- Liverpool registered the joint-biggest away Champions League knockout win, equalling Bayern Munich’s 5-0 win at Sporting CP in February 2009 and Real Madrid at Schalke in February 2014.- The Reds have scored more Champions League goals this season (28) than any other club.- This is Porto’s heaviest ever home European defeat and the first time they’ve conceded more than three goals in a home European match.- Liverpool are the first English side to score five goals in an away Champions League knockout match.- Sadio Mane is the fourth Liverpool player to score a Champions League hat-trick, along with Michael Owen, Yossi Benayoun and Philippe Coutinho. read morelast_img read more

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