COVID-19 Family Life

first_imgWith the COVID-19 pandemic causing shelter-in-place orders across Georgia, families are spending more time together than ever. University of Georgia Cooperative Extension family life specialist Ted Futris offers advice on how to manage more togetherness.“Couples and families are getting lots of togetherness, and I’m here to say it’s okay to fight; not argue, but FIGHT for each other,” he said, using an acronym for feed, invest, give, have and take.Futris, a professor in the UGA College of Family and Consumer Sciences, offers the following recommendations.First and foremost, Futris says you must, “Feed your body and soul.” Take time to take care of yourself before you can take care of others.“On an airplane, you are told to put your oxygen mask on before you try to help others,” he said.Eat healthy by planning your meals and trying to avoid junk food. Get regular exercise. Go for a daily walk.Getting regular sleep is also critical. When normal routines are disrupted, schools are closed and adults are working from home, you can lose track of days and time, he said.“To try to maintain normalcy, wake up consistently at the same time and go to bed at the same time,” he said.Schedule quiet time. Futris and his wife begin their days attending a 30-minute meditation group over video conference. “This helps us manage stress and relaxation,” he said.Next, “Invest time in yourself and each other.” Focus on now and use this time to invest in family members. “Be intentional about the time you devote to your relationships,” Futris said. “Block out time to check in with each other, especially those who are alone.”Give gratitude to your partner. “Sometimes we expect our partners to do things for us, but we should take the time to show our partners respect and gratitude,” he said.Make deposits into the “love bank,” by cleaning up, cooking dinner or helping the children with homework. “Parents are having to help with homework more now and be teachers. That’s a tough job,” he said. “Make sure you say ‘thank you’ to your spouse if they are the stand-in teacher.”The next step in your FIGHT is to, “Have patience.”“It’s not always what you say, but how you say it,” Futris said. “Seek to understand and ask for clarification.”Finally, take breaks and continue to celebrate. “Maintain the traditions you had before this lockdown and remote working situation,” he said. “If you shared coffee with your spouse before work, still do that.”For more information on maintaining healthy family relationships, see the UGA Extension publications at fcs.uga.edu/extension/gamarriages.last_img read more

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Fridays on the Fly | Find a Free Orvis Fly Fishing Class in Your Area

first_imgIf you’re looking to make the leap into the often complex world of fly fishing this Spring but not quite sure where to start, check out this amazing learning opportunity offered free of charge by the venerable, Vermont-based Orvis fly fishing company.Every spring and summer at Orvis stores across the country people who have never even held a rod become novice fly anglers during a free course known as FF101.Sav Sankaran is the fishing manager at Orvis Asheville, which will be hosting its first FF101 class tomorrow. He says FF101 is a great way fom new and would-be anglers to further familiarize themselves with the ins and outs of fly fishing.“It’s a free, family-friendly introduction to fly fishing,” Sav said. “The class usually runs about two and a half hours and consists of basic fly casting instruction, as well a rigging portion that covers gear, knots, flies, etc.”Participants who complete the FF101 course and want to take their newfound knowledge to the water can go on to participate in FF201, which includes a short outing on local water.“As a company, we have put thousands of people on the water through this program since its inception several years ago, and it is one the best parts of my job,” Sav said. “I love getting people introduced to fly fishing and watching as they get excited about the sport that we all love so much!”FF101 courses will be held throughout the months of April, May, and June. All participants will walk away with some exclusive offers on Orvis gear and a complimentary membership to Trout Unlimited.To find an Orvis FF101 class near you just visit the FF101 website and click on your state.Register for the June 25 Asheville event here! [divider]More Fridays on the Fly[/divider]last_img read more

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Latin America is now nobody’s backyard, The Economist affirms

first_imgBy Dialogo September 13, 2010 Latin America is now “nobody’s backyard,” the British weekly magazine The Economist affirms in a special report devoted to this region’s rise, on the occasion of the commemoration of the bicentennials of the beginnings of the fight for independence. Over the course of fourteen pages, the prestigious British magazine lays out the reasons the subcontinent has for celebration, especially in the economic arena, and the challenges it will have to confront in order to continuing progressing, specifying that these should be “less difficult” than those entailed in putting an end to the region’s dictatorships and stabilizing its economies following the debt crisis of 1982. Among the achievements, The Economist highlights the “strong recovery” from the recent global crisis, of which Latin America was for the first time only an “innocent bystander, not a protagonist,” with projected growth for this year averaging 5% across the region. This economic renaissance is also characterized by the exit of tens of millions of people from poverty, despite the fact that the region continues to be the most unequal in the world; a fall in unemployment; and growing interest from multinational companies, due especially to the region’s enormous natural resources. The magazine nevertheless warns the region about the risk of “complacency.” According to The Economist, Latin American productivity “is growing more slowly than elsewhere” and the region “neither saves and invests sufficiently” nor can do without making efforts to educate and innovate more, as well as to improve the healthcare system. Added to this are other problems such as corruption and violence, illustrated by the “hideously high” crime rates in some countries. The Economist considers that “if relations with the United States improve,” it would make it easier to carry out the needed reforms in these areas. Although countries like Brazil, the region’s leading power, have an important role to play in dampening more anti-American attitudes, the United States’ attitude also “needs to change,” the weekly magazine notes in the editorial introducing the eight articles in the dossier. “Worries about crime and migration” in that country, in which nearly fifty million Latinos already live, “are leading it to focus on the risks in its relationship with the neighbours more than on the opportunities,” The Economist adds. “After two centuries of lagging behind, the southern and central parts of the Americas are at last fulfilling their potential. To help cement that success, their northern cousins should build bridges, not walls,” the editorial concludes.last_img read more

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Promotion of nautical through the project “Croatia, Full of Islands to Discover”

first_imgFor the second year in a row, the Croatian National Tourist Board is implementing the project “Croatia, Full of Islands to Discover”, which aims to focus on the promotion of nautical as a tourist product, or positioning Croatia as an attractive and quality nautical destination. As part of this year’s project, 18 world-famous influencers and bloggers from Germany, Great Britain, France, Poland, Belgium, Sweden, Norway, Australia and Japan are discovering Croatian islands. It is a promotion focused on blogs and social networks Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. The travel program includes the islands of Brač, Hvar, Vis, Biševo, Ravnik and Šolta, and as part of the tour of the island will be presented destinations, attractive tourist sites, customs and delicacies. Local tourist boards are also participating in the realization of the project and program, which lasts until September 29.”Nautics is one of the most attractive segments of the overall Croatian tourist offer. Our coast with more than a thousand islands is unique in the world, which confirms the current status of our country as one of the most desirable nautical destinations in the Mediterranean. I am sure that bloggers and influencers are full of positive impressions, which can be seen from the many posts they have already shared with many fans and followers on social networks and blogs.”, said the director of the Croatian Tourist Board Kristjan Staničić, adding that the quality promotion of the nautical tourist offer will continue, especially in the periods before and after the season. Photo: HTZProject “Croatia, Full of Islands to Discover“Is a continuation of the promotional activities carried out by the CNTB this year with the aim of promoting the nautical product, ie an even stronger market positioning of Croatia as an ideal nautical destination. An additional promotional significance of the project is the fact that all bloggers, in addition to travel topics, specialize in the topics of eno-gastronomy, culture, fashion or photography. So far in the nautical charter segment, more than 440 arrivals and almost 3 million overnight stays have been achieved, which is an increase of 2 percent in arrivals and 4 percent in overnight stays compared to the same period last year.  18 world influencers and bloggers sail and discover Croatian islands In the program “Croatia, Full of Islands to Discover” participating Polish blogger and photographer Michal Maj, which leads one of the most popular blogs in Poland. He also had a great desire to sail in Croatia Martin Solhaugen, a film director and influencer from Norway whom on social media Instagram and YouTube is followed by nearly 100 fans.It sails the Adriatic and Luke Jackson-Clark from the UK, a professional photographer whom on social media Instagram follows more than 50 thousand fans. Among the participants is a British woman  Lauren Arthurs, which is active on the blog Love Lauren, but also on the social networks Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, where she is followed by more than 130 thousand fans. They are only part of the 18 bloggers in the campaign “Croatia, Full of Islands to Discover”last_img read more

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Wednesday people roundup

first_imgTwo other non-executive board appointments were announced: Joining the RPMI board is Richard Jones, who is a director of RPMI’s parent, the Railways Pension Trustee Company Limited (RPTCL). Joining the board of RPMI Railpen is John Chilman, who is group pensions director at FirstGroup plc and chair of RPTCL.Allianz Global Investors – Arne Tölsner has been appointed head of institutional for Germany and Austria, with responsibility for leading sales and client account management for institutional clients in these countries and occupational pension providers. Tölsner has been at Allianz GI since 2001, having most recently been global head of product specialists. He started in his new role at the beginning of January. Hermes Investment Management – The £28.6 billion manager has appointed Douglas Anderson as head of consultant relations. Based in London, Douglas will report into Mark Miller, head of UK, Middle East, and North Africa institutional, and will be responsible for the development and maintenance of relationships with UK and European based consultants. Douglas joined Hermes from Lazard Asset Management, where was head of consultant relations. Before Lazard he worked at Capital International, Bacon & Woodrow (now Aon Hewitt) and Hymans Robertson.Columbia Threadneedle – Ulrik Holm Oxfeldt joined the asset manager as head of Nordics on 1 February 2017. He will lead Columbia Threadneedle’s sales and client relationships in Denmark, Sweden, Finland and Norway. Holm Oxfeldt has previously worked in business development and senior client-facing positions at PFA Asset Management, SEB, Nordea and ABN AMRO. Quaero Capital – Amancio Perez has been appointed head of Iberian business development, a new role aimed at growing the fund manager’s presence in Spain, Portugal, and Andorra. The company also plans to hire a representative for Latin America. Perez was previously a senior sales manager at Pictet & Cie.Insight Investment – The investment manager has expanded its emerging market debt team team with the appointment of Darren Louis as portfolio manager. Louis reports directly to Colm McDonagh, head of emerging markets. He joins from Morgan Stanley, having previously also worked for Deutsche Bank and UBS.  MSCI – Peter Zangari has been named global head of research and product development and the data provider. He joined from Goldman Sachs in 2011, initially taking the role of head of equity analytics. Jorge Mina will succeed Zangari as head of analytics.Remy Briand, head of environmental, social, and governance (ESG) and real estate, has given up his research responsibilities to focus on product development. Briand was the “architect of the ESG product line”, MSCI said. Kempen Capital Management – The €46bn asset manager has hired Richard Jacobs, Sven Smeets, Edzard Potgieser, and Bram Bikker from Swiss fiduciary group Altis Investment Management. They join from Altis’ 16-strong leadership team.Jacobs and Smeets were managing directors at Altis. Potgieser was senior portfolio manager for alternative investments. Bikker was head of equity and fixed income, responsible for beta and factor investment strategies. Altis runs €45bn in assets and is part of Dutch NN Group. The appointments follow in particular Kempen’s increased focus on fiduciary management. The company said it also wanted to create private markets solutions as well as to further innovate on external manager selection.RPMI Railpen – The UK’s £25bn (€29bn) Railways Pension Scheme has appointed Julian Cripps as managing director of investment business, a new role from which he will lead RPMI Railpen, the scheme’s in-house investment manager. Cripps has been chief operating officer for investments at RPMI since 2015, but “now takes a wider role in leading the business in its vision to be a world-class asset owner”, RPMI said in a statement.RPMI Railpen’s three investment directors – Ciarán Barr, Paul Bishop, and Richard Williams – now report to Cripps, who in turn reports to Chris Hitchen, CEO of RPMI. Cripps has also been appointed to the RPMI board as an executive director of the company. RPMI oversees administration and operations of the pension scheme.last_img read more

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Lady Bulldogs Split Games With Lady Vikings

first_imgThe 7th Grade Lady Dog Basketball team notched another convincing win vs. the visiting Mt. Carmel Vikings by the score 33-14.Ellie Cassidy and Carlie Werner led the offensive effort with 10 points a piece. Liz Heidlage had 5 assists and 6 points in thewinning effort. Werner grabbed 8 rebounds, while Abby Westerfeld and Cassidy had 5 boards each.The team will play at 5:30 on Monday vs. crosstown rival, St. Louis.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Shelly Prickel.The BMS 8th Grade Lady Bulldogs lost a tough game to Mt. Carmel by a score of 32 to 27.The Dogs fell behind by as much as 8 points in the 4th quarter to fight back within two. Mt. Carmel hit some tough shots to finish out the game to secure the victory.Hattie Westerfeld led the team in scoring with 13 points and also pulled down 12 rebounds for her first double/double of the season. Kendall Dickman added 7 points. Caitlyn Broering contributed 3 points as Ellie Waechter and Tori Kurtz scored 2 each.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Thomas Barnett.last_img read more

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Protect your pipes from freezing

first_imgBatesville, In. – Cold weather with single-digit low temperatures are in the forecast across much of the state for the Christmas week. Taking steps to prevent freezing pipes can help residents avoid costly repairs.Frozen pipes are preventable by evaluating areas of vulnerability throughout the home and taking certain precautions. Implementing the following winterization tips now can help avoid headaches later:Search your house for uninsulated pipes, especially in unheated areas. Consider wrapping pipes with electric heating tape, but follow manufacturer’s instructions carefully to avoid a fire hazard.Seal cracks and holes in outside walls and foundations with caulking, especially where cable TV or phone lines enter the house, to keep cold winds away from pipes.If your home is heated by a hot-water radiator, bleed the valves by opening them slightly. Close them when water appears.Make certain the water to your hose bibs is shut off inside your house (via a turnoff valve), and the lines are drained.Drain and shut off entirely the water to any unoccupied residence such as a summer or vacation home. A loss of power during a winter storm could cause pipes to freeze. If you intend to leave a property entirely without heat, be sure to drain all water to prevent the possibility of frozen pipes.Set the thermostat at 55 degrees if you’re going out of town. Although you may be able to get away with a lower temperature, this setting is considered to be safe for pipes.Consider wrapping your water heater in an insulation blanket. While not really at danger for freezing, this can lower your heating bills.last_img read more

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Three IMCA Modified features at Sept. 2-4 East-West Clash

first_imgGILLETTE, Wyo. – Gillette Thunder Speedway hosts three $1,000 to win features for Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modifieds over the course of its 17th annual East-West Clash special Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 2-4.All three features are 2017 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot qualifiers. Saturday and Sunday features both pay a minimum of $100 to start.IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National, Larry Shaw Racing Western Region and Allstar Performance State points will be awarded each night.Entry fee is $75 each night. Pit passes are $30 or $75 for all three days. Grandstand admission is $15 for adults, $10 for seniors and military, and free for kids 12 and under.More information about the East-West Clash is available by calling 307 682-8866 and on Facebook.last_img

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Xavi undecided on offer to coach Barca, club source says

first_imgRelatedPosts Vidal lands in Milan to complete move from Barca to Inter Barca president Bartomeu says he won’t go to war anymore with Messi Messi wins court case against cycling company over logo FC Barcelona great Xavi Hernandez has spoken to the club’s sporting director Eric Abidal and chief executive Oscar Grau about coaching the team but has not made a decision. A club source told Reuters on Sunday that Xavi, coach of Qatari club Al Sadd, is focused on Friday’s Cup final against Al Duhail. “He has decided against accepting or declining Barca’s offer,” the source said. Current club coach Ernesto Valverde has come under pressure since FC Barcelona’s 3-2 defeat by Atletico Madrid in the Spanish Super Cup last week. But he will still take charge of their next training session on Monday, the source added. Valverde has led Barca to back-to-back league titles and his side top the standings on 40 points after 19 games, level with second-placed Real Madrid. The coach’s position has long been fragile, however. This was due to his presiding over shock UEFA Champions League exits to AS Roma in 2018 and Liverpool in 2019 after taking a three-goal lead in each tie. Xavi, who had a glittering 17-year career with Barca and is their leading appearance maker, has only been in management since July when he took over Al Sadd. He had joined them as a player in 2015 after leaving the Catalans. The 39-year-old’s record in charge of the club reads 15 wins, 10 defeats and two draws in all competitions and his side are third in the 12-team top-flight. Xavi confirmed on Saturday that he had spoken to his former Barca team mate Abidal. He admitted his desire to coach the Catalans while also committing to Al Sadd and saying he respected Valverde. “I cannot hide it’s my dream to coach FC Barcelona, I’ve said it many times in many interviews, everyone knows I support Barcelona from the bottom of my heart,” he said. The former midfielder is known for his passion for a style of football based on possession famed by ex-Barca coaches Johan Cruyff and Pep Guardiola. He made a record 869 appearances and scored 97 goals for his boyhood club. Xavi lifted 25 trophies with Barca, including four UEFA Champions League crowns and eight La Liga titles, and also won the 2010 FIFA World Cup with Spain plus two European Championships.Tags: Al SaddEric AbidalFC BarcelonaOscar GrauXavi Hernandezlast_img read more

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Tour De France continues

first_imgFour riders have built up a lead of around 5 minutes after around 75 kilometres of racing.Ireland’s Dan Martin started the day in 10th overall just 14 seconds behind the yellow jersey of Peter Sagan.Carrick on Suir’s Sam Bennett is continuing his recovery from a hand injury that required surgery after a high speed crash at the end of Saturday’s opening stage. The Bora Argon 18 rider will be hoping for another steady day in the peloton today.last_img

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