A’s give updates on top pitchers rehabbing from surgery

first_imgOAKLAND — Sean Manaea, A.J. Puk, and Jharel Cotton, three A’s pitchers expected to anchor the rotation for years to come, are all currently out of action. But that may not be the case much longer.The trio of young A’s pitchers are progressing well from their respective surgeries, with Cotton the furthest along as he’s scheduled to throw off a mound Feb. 4. Getting back on the rubber will be nearly a year in the making for Cotton, who underwent Tommy John surgery to repair a torn UCL last …last_img read more

Infrastructure development key to unlocking Africa’s potential

first_img18 November 3014 President Jacob Zuma and Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene at the G20 Leaders’ Summit in Brisbane. (Image: GCIS)With an infrastructure funding gap of US$93-billion per annum, the establishment of a Global Infrastructure Hub by the G20 countries may come as a boon for African countries.The Global Infrastructure Hub, or GIH, is an initiative launched during the recent G20 Leaders’ Summit in Brisbane, Australia, that will complement “on-going efforts to reduce barriers to infrastructure development in most G20 countries’, according to South African Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene.Speaking to journalists in Pretoria on Tuesday, 18 November, Nene said the GIH will be open to all member countries as well as to non-G20 members. “It is intended to also attract private sector financing, to complement efforts by the public sector. Further details on the operations of the hub will be finalised soon, and it will be ready to operate in the early parts of 2015,’ he said.“We are therefore happy that issues of accelerated infrastructure investment through designing appropriate funding instruments, carefully structured public private sector partnerships (PPPs), and project development facilities received a lot of attention at the Summit,’ Nene added.The GIH initiative on infrastructure will complement a number of other initiatives in which South Africa is involved, Nene said. These include the Infrastructure Consortium for Africa (ICA), a platform for brokering more financing for infrastructure projects and programmes in Africa, which was launched at the G8 summit in Gleneagles in 2005.The ICA aims to accelerate efforts to meet the urgent need for infrastructure development in Africa, according to Nene, and acts a conduit for economic growth and development on the continent. He said ICA addresses both national and regional constraints to infrastructure development, with a particular focus on regional infrastructure.Membership of the ICA comprises the G8 countries, the World Bank Group (WB), the African Development Bank (AfDB) Group, the European Commission (EC), the European Investment Bank (EIB), South Africa and the Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA).“ICA is another important avenue through which South Africa seeks practical strategies to implement the commitments made in institutions like the G20 and BRICS, in pursuit of Africa’s infrastructure development objectives,’ said Nene.Adding, Nene said lack of a “pipeline of well-prepared, bankable projects’ is one of the key constraints to infrastructure development in Africa. “Although more than 52 Project Preparation Facilities operate in Africa, these facilities are not effectively unlocking infrastructure development across the continent. Project preparation and the financing thereof remain key stumbling blocks to Africa’s infrastructure development,’ he said.In addition to these initiatives, South Africa has set up a task team on look into private sector financing of infrastructure, made up of government, business and labour representatives. Nene said the task team has been able to narrow its focus to areas that will have the greatest impact, namely encouraging private sector financing and participation in infrastructure; and the steering of development finance institutions to focus more on “crowding in’ private sector investment.Because of the prominence of infrastructure development to South Africa (infrastructure development is a key priority in the National Development Plan), the country will host the 10th annual meeting of the ICA in Cape Town from 25 to 27 November 2014. The meeting will be held under the theme “Effective Project Preparation for Africa’s Infrastructure Development’, according to Nene.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Achieving socio-economic transformation and development by connecting online and taking action offline

first_imgThe online social networking platform forgood is now a Play Your Part ambassador.Brand South Africa and forgood call on you to register on www.forgood.co.za and play your part in improving the lives of disadvantaged learners and schools in underdeveloped communities by contributing essential resources to causes in your area. (Image: Brand South Africa)Phindi MadunaBrand South Africa welcomes aboard online social networking platform – forgood, as a Play Your Part ambassador.This contemporary platform inspires active citizenship by connecting individuals and organisations, in the private and public sector, with the means to make positive differences in the lives of fellow citizens and organisations who need a helping hand. At the heart of forgood’s efforts is the creation of meaningful and impactful connections between socially responsible people and causes.“There are some fantastic organisations doing amazing things across the country; we’re the central hub that connects individuals and corporates with those Causes.” says forgood’s Chief Executive Officer, Andy Hadfield. “Essentially we’re connecting the dots and making it easier for Causes who are constantly in need and individuals or groups who want to do good but have no idea where to start.” continues Hadfield.According to forgood, more than 12 000 social impact connections have been facilitated by the platform to date.Brand South Africa and forgood share the view that citizens can change their communities and the world for good by contributing some of their resources – be it time, money, skills or goods.“Brand South Africa believes that active citizenship is an important building block of the Nation Brand because it contributes towards the strengthening and development of the country and its competitiveness. That is why Brand South Africa promotes active citizenship through collaborations with socially responsible stakeholders like forgood,” says Brand South Africa’s General Manager: Marketing, Sithembile Ntombela.Register for free as a benefactor or a possible beneficiary on www.forgood.co.za. Once registered, benefactors and beneficiaries can interact and start conversations on how to form mutually beneficial relationships.Benefactors can explore the database of verified causes, and begin to volunteer their time, skills, money or goods or give back on their own terms by creating a customised offer to causes in a chosen area.In addition, beneficiaries can share their needs, receive and respond to offers that interest them. Indeed, socio-economic transformation and development can be achieved by connecting online and taking action offline.With 2018 around the corner, many learners are looking forward to the new school year and schools are preparing for the year ahead. Brand South Africa and forgood call on you to register on www.forgood.co.za and play your part in improving the lives of disadvantaged learners and schools in underdeveloped communities by contributing essential resources to causes in your area.For more information on the Back to School and other campaigns:Visit forgood at www.forgood.co.zaYou can also email them on contact@forgood.co.za or if you prefer the phone, call +27 11 325 2594.Follow the conversation on Facebook – forgoodSA and Twitter – @forgoodSA.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

Google’s Search Options Panel Gets New Features: Fresher Search Results, More Personalization

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… frederic lardinois Tags:#Google#news#NYT#web 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketcenter_img Related Posts Google just announced some interesting enhancements to the Search Options side panel it introduced earlier this year. In total, Google is adding nine tools to the sidebar: past hour, specific date range, more shopping sites, fewer shopping sites, visited pages, not yet visited, books, blogs and news. Thanks to this, you can now, for example, restrict search results to sites that were updated within the last hour, or you can tell Google to tweak the number of shopping sites that appear on a search results page. Google will roll these changes out gradually over the course of the day and expects them to be available globally in English by the end of the day.Fresher Search Results Until now, if you wanted to see the freshest search results, you had to apply a little URL-hack, but now, this feature has become default in the Search Options panel. Another interesting new feature is the ability to filter results by sites you have already visited and by sites you actually haven’t visited yet. This feature only works when you are signed in to your Google account and have your Web History enabled. Books, Blogs, and NewsGoogle already introduced the ability to just search for books a few weeks ago, so this isn’t really a new feature, but the company now also allows users to filter by blogs and news. While you could obviously always use Google News or Blog Search for this, you can now easily toggle back and forth between these sources and stay within the same search interface.ShoppingGiven how hard it has become to do product research on Google, as the search results are often cluttered with shopping sites, the ability to see more or fewer shopping sites is probably the most important new feature here. As Google points out, if you are doing research and aren’t ready to buy just yet, being able to tone down the number of shopping sites will be extremely helpful. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostinglast_img read more

Resilience Matters for Military Families

first_imgReferencesMasten, A.S. (20114). Ordinary Magic:  Resilience in Development. New York: Guilford Press. ISBN: 97814625123719.National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NAP). (2019). Strengthening the Military Family Readiness System for a Changing American Society. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. https://doi.org/10.17226/25380.  Retrieved from https://www.nap.edu/catalog/25380/strengthening-the-military-family-readiness-system-for-a-changing-american-society. Karen Shirer is a member of the Military Families Learning Network Family Transitions Team and previously the Associate Dean with the University of Minnesota, Extension Center for Family Development. Karen is also the parent of two adult daughters, a grandmother, a spouse, and a cancer survivor. by Karen Shirer, PhDMilitary families play an important role in ensuring that the U.S. military is total force ready and its service members are prepared. The Total Force Fitness model defines family readiness as “the ability of a family to use physical, psychological, social, and spiritual resources to prepare for, adapt to, and grow from the demands of military life” (NAP, 2019). Military families possess many of these strengths and resources plus they have access to other numerous resources to meet the demands of military life.Yet, military families face unique challenges as well as the typical challenges faced by civilian families. They experience disruption, separation and loss when moving their homes and schools due to reassignment, and worry and fear when members deploy to war zones. How do we help military-connected families better weather and even thrive in the midst of these major transitions?On August 20, 2019, Dr. Ann Masten spoke about the science of resilience and how it informs our work as military family service professionals. The webinar was the first in a series of three webinars sponsored by the Military Families Learning Network (MFLN), titled Nurturing Individual Resilience from a Multisystem Developmental Perspective.Here are five key takeaways from the webinar on how we as military family service providers might support military-connected families:Key Takeaway #1:  What resilience is NOTThe concept of resilience has become a buzzword and a focus of self-help gurus that reinforce misconceptions about what resilience is NOT. Please note, resilience is NOT:● Bouncing back after adversity● Pulling oneself up by the bootstraps● Returning to life just the way it was before the adversity● Going it alone to overcome adversityOur American culture, including the military culture, reinforces these misconceptions by our focus on rugged individualism. Unfortunately, none of these concepts gives us a full picture of what it means to be resilient as an individual.Key Takeaway #2:  What resilience isDr. Masten defined resilience as the capacity of a system — person, family, community, economy, society — to adapt successfully to challenges that threaten its function, survival, or positive development. Several key words in this definition are critical and are discussed in the webinars:● System — people and families are their own unique system; the military is a system. As systems they are connected and embedded in other systems. For example, military-connected families are embedded in the military system and oftentimes a community system.● Adapt — systems continually evolve and change; they are dynamic. Their capacity to adapt depends upon other systems around them. When a military family experiences the disruption of deployment, the systems around them provide critical support to help them prepare and work through the deployment cycle. Dr. Masten described this capacity to adapt “ordinary magic.”Keeping in mind that military-connected families are systems within systems will provide a more robust approach to supporting them through major, and often traumatic, life experiences.Key Takeaway #3:  Resilience and Challenges Go TogetherThe human experience brings us challenges in the form of adversity, trauma, losses, and other threats. These challenges include natural and man-made disasters, economic recessions, war, poverty, life changing illnesses or injuries, racism, and neglect. Today’s military-connected families face challenges related to service members’ war injuries and disabilities, including traumatic brain injury, PTSD, death, and loss of limbs.When challenges arise, resilience develops as the system identifies and deploys its strengths and resources to address them, including their own personal ones and those available in the systems around them. Researchers have identified pathways that adaptation to challenge can take. Over time, one can maintain their functioning and even grow in unexpected ways. They can also break down and recover, break down and not recover, or experience a delayed breakdown and not recover. In cases of breakdown, the possibility of recovery remains with the passing of time and/or with intervention.We would never wish to experience adversity so that we can develop resilience or experience personal growth. However, since adversity is an inevitable fact of life, resilience gives us hope that we, and those we serve, can recover and grow from it.Key Takeaway #4:  Resilience Can Be FosteredSuccessful adaptation, or resilience, after trauma or adversity depends upon a number of factors both within the individual and family, and in the systems that surround them. Dr. Masten in her book Ordinary Magic (2014) provides a shortlist of resilience factors or resources that can be drawn on during adversity:● Close relationships● Problem-solving skills● Self-regulation skills● Desire to succeed● Faith, hope, optimism● Purpose and belief that life has meaning● Effective schools and other community institutions● Well-functioning communitiesYou will notice that these factors are a mix of personal, family and community factors. An individual’s capacity to adapt goes beyond personal factors, although they are important, and extends to other systems including families, communities and broader societal system. In the webinar, Dr. Masten goes into great detail about how teachers and schools, communities and military matter for resilience.Key Takeaway #5:  Military Family Service Providers Play an Important Role in Fostering ResilienceSometimes a family does not know what they need to address the challenges they face. As a military family service provider, your role involves assisting them in identifying and accessing the support and resources that are available in the systems around them. The focus needs to be on individual, family and community strengths and resources, and not on their problems and deficits. Dr. Masten suggested a series of three questions to ask when working with an individual or family to keep this focus on strengths and resources:1.  What are the challenges the military-connected family is facing? Is it trauma, loss of income, war injuries, or other things? How can risk be reduced or prevented in the future? The goal here is to identify factors that can be addressed to reduce risk and stress.2.  How is the person or family doing? What are their strengths? How are their physical and mental health? What resources or access to resources do they have? You want to help promote protective factors with the family by supporting their strengths and resources.3.  What will foster the individual or family’s resilience in this situation? What are the resources and strengths they can call on to support them through this situation? How can you help them restore, mobilize and harness the power of “ordinary magic? Here the need is to increase an individual and family’s resources.Dr. Masten summarizes these questions into a resilience framework for taking action by framing positive goals, finding positive influences, assessing assets, preventing-promoting-protecting, and working at multiple levels and with multiple disciplines. Most of all, keep the family at the center of your approach, allowing them to tell you what they hope for and need.The webinar contains many examples and ideas on how to engage families in building their resilience. You can find additional information about this webinar and other two webinars in the series on the Resilience Series learn event page.Remember, for resilience prevent-promote-protect.last_img read more

NBA: 76ers rookie Fultz out indefinitely

first_imgJapan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Fultz was seen by several shoulder specialists, who found a scapular muscle imbalance in his right shoulder but no structural damage to the joint.Fultz had already changed the mechanics of his free throw shooting in a bid to solve the problem.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 shutoutBut his play has suffered and he averaged just six points and 2.3 rebounds in four games, before missing Philadelphia’s last two.He had averaged 23.3 points in his lone college season with the University of Washington.                                         /kga Read Next Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa San Miguel seals its twin towers Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:48NBA: Kawhi, George seek more for Clippers than beating Lakers03:12Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday01:37Protesters 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 View comments MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding LATEST STORIES Markelle Fultz (right) with NBA commissioner Adam Silver (left) after being drafted first overall by the Philadelphia 76ers during the first round of the 2017 NBA Draft at Barclays Center on June 22, 2017 in New York City.  (AFP FILE PHOTO)Philadelphia 76ers guard Markelle Fultz, the top pick in last June’s NBA draft, will be sidelined indefinitely with the right shoulder injury that has hindered him this season, the Sixers said on Sunday.The 76ers said Fultz would be re-evaluated in three weeks.ADVERTISEMENT CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PHlast_img read more

Semerad’s hot shooting lifts TNT past Ginebra for 2-0 lead

first_imgLacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next What ‘missteps’? Anthony Semerad gave TNT a big lift late and the KaTropa stunned the top-seeded Barangay Ginebra Gin Kings, 107-103, for a 2-0 semifinals lead in the 2017 PBA Commissioner’s Cup Tuesday at Mall of Asia Arena.ADVERTISEMENT World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken View comments Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chickencenter_img Import Joshua Smith, who dominated the Gin Kings in Game 1 with 35 points and 13 rebounds, was held to just 16 points ad 16 rebounds, but the hefty big man still came up with a crucial basket–a putback that sealed the KaTropa’s victory with 8.1 ticks to go.Justin Brownlee and LA Tenorio each had a game-high 22 points for Ginebra, which took a 103-102 edge after a Tenorio triple with 1:12 remaining.TNT shoots for a sweep on Thursday night at Araneta Coliseum.Ginebra is facing a tall order down 2-0, but since 1993, the Gin Kings remain the only team to overcome such deficit in a best-of-five series when they shocked Talk ‘N Text in the 2010 Philippine Cup quarterfinals.Jayson Castro shot just 5-of-15 from the field after going 1-of-10 in the semis opener on Sunday but he did, however, closed in on a double-double with 12 points and eight assists with his last dish leading to Semerad’s go-ahead 3-pointer.ADVERTISEMENT Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire LATEST STORIES MOST READ Semerad sank four 3-pointers in the fourth quarter, including a right corner triple that put TNT ahead for good, 105-103, with 52.7 seconds left.The Fil-Australian forward uncorked 12 of his 14 points in the finals five minutes and 18 seconds.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“Tony (Semerad) made big shots today and again, those are the things that could really help us in the playoffs,” said TNT head coach Nash Racela.“Teams will really focus on Joshua (Smith) defensively that’s why I said after the first game that the locals should contribute in Game 2,” he added. “And today, it was a collective effort but what Tony did was more glaring because everything he hit were all in the fourth quarter.” Valdez’ full focus now on national teamlast_img read more

Jwala, Ashwini win women’s doubles badminton gold

first_imgStarting the hunt for possible three gold medals at stake for the Indians on the final day of the Commonwealth Games, the showgirls of Indian badminton – Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponappa – made a golden start in the women’s doubles finals on Thursday, October 14, 201o.Playing at a comparatively packed Siri Fort Stadium, the Jwala-Ashwini combine beat a comparatively stronger Singaporean pair of Shinta Mulia and Yao Lei in straight games. The Indians won the match 21-16, 21-19.The Indians had a disappointing start as they conceded three successive points to the favourites Shinta-Yao. However, a confident Jwala continued with her attacks finally giving India a lead that continued till the end of the game.The Singaporeans tried to make a comeback in the match winning the in second game. But the Indians, cheered by home crowd, won the set.Poulomi Ghatak and Mouma Das bag bronze medal for India in women’s double table tennis.Saina takes on Malaysian Mew in singles finalIndia’s biggest hope in the badminton, world number three Saina Nehwal, will meet Malaysian Mew Choo Wong in the women’s singles final early in the afternoon.The 20-year-old Hyderabadi girl is just a step away from realising her dream of becoming the country’s first woman shuttler to win a Commonwealth Games gold. The Indian top seed has been in red-hot form this year and has not lost any singles match in the event so far, including in the individual and team events.last_img read more

Sanjeev Bhaskar to appear in Doctor Who

first_imgSanjeev Bhaskar, best known for starring “The Kumars at No. 42”, is set to appear in an upcoming episode of “Doctor Who”.The comedian will play an “important” role in the final episode of the new series, reports dailystar.co.uk. Sanjeev had previously lent his voice to “Doctor Who” audio stories, but this marks his first appearance on the show.Sanjeev Bhaskar is best known for starring The Kumars at No. 42″I’m thrilled to have made a small contribution to – and now be part of – the ‘Doctor Who’ universe. Another dream box ticked!” he said.The new series of “Doctor Who” will see Peter Capaldi take over the title role and he’ll be joined by a host of famous guest stars including Frank Skinner, “Line of Duty” actress Keeley Hawes and singer Foxes.last_img read more

Expedition to Mount Everest approved

first_imgItanagar, May 30 (PTI) An expedition to Mount Everest and Mount Nyagi Khangsang was today approved during a meeting between Defence Minister Arun Jaitley and Arunachal Pradesh CM Pema Khandu.The meeting, chaired by Jaitley in New Delhi, was also attended by the executive council members of National Institute of Mountaineering and Allied Sports (NIMAS), according to an official release.Established in 2013 at Dirang in West Kameng district of Arunachal Pradesh, NIMAS offers training courses in adventure sports. It allows civilians to experience challenges and pursue a career in adventure sports.The first executive council meeting of the institute was held in July 17, 2013.During the meeting, it was decided that high altitude scuba diving would be introduced in the coming years besides the already existing courses like advanced mountaineering, para motor, skiing, trekking guide, water rafting, among others, the release said.The chief minister also assured to allot land to the institute for rafting, mountaineering, skiing and scuba, it said.A proposal to recruit additional staff in the institute, for mountaineering, aqua and air adventure sports, was also accepted, it added. PTI UPL AYPlast_img read more