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‘UBA Ready to Partner with Global Business Community’

first_imgOne of Africa’s leading financial institutions, the United Bank for Africa (UBA), has sent its Chief Executive Officer Kennedy Uzoka to the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, Switzerland.The WEF is a Swiss nonprofit foundation based in Cologny, Geneva, that is recognized by Swiss authorities as an international body to improve the state of the world by engaging business, political, academic, and other leaders to shape global, regional, and industry agendas. It is best known for its annual meeting at the end of January in Davos, a mountain resort in Graubünden, in the eastern Alps region of Switzerland. The meeting will bring together over 2,500 top business leaders, international political leaders, economists, and journalists for up to four days to discuss the most pressing issues facing the world. The UBA delegation will interact with global business and political leaders during the event. A statement from the bank said the delegation will also include Group Head of Correspondent Banking Sola Yomi-Ajayi and Head of Embassies and Development Organizations ( EMDOs) Dupe K. Outsole, responsible for relationships with multilateral and development organizations.UBA is present in 19 African countries, as well as in London, New York and Paris.The WEF will provide a forum for UBA to build engagement with international institutions. UBA CEO Uzoka said in a release about the event: “It is critical that UBA joins world business and political leaders to discuss issues central to the progress of our world, and with specific relevance to the continent of Africa. “UBA is the natural partner for those seeking access to Africa’s business opportunities – we look forward to engaging with the world’s business community – to show that Africa is open to business and that UBA is ready to partner.”He said as a bank operating in Nigeria, Africa’s largest economy, and other African countries, UBA evolved into a pan-African provider of banking and related financial services to more than 11 million customers, through diverse channels.Despite the current strong economic headwinds across Africa, the Group is committed to increasing its pan-African footprint, officials said. According to its website, the bank’s “strength in corporate banking, payment technology, trade finance, and its million-strong customer base make UBA a natural partner for global businesses focused on the African opportunity.” Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Bank of Guyana (Amendment) Bill passed amid war of words

first_img– as Govt hauled over coals for state of economyThe Bank of Guyana Amendment Bill of 2018 was passed in the National Assembly late on Friday night with a war of words between the two opposing sides regarding specific concerns surrounding the new law.Opposition Member of Parliament Irfaan Ali noted the prevailing economic climate. He pointed to sugar, which he noted contracted by $16.6 billion; rice, $3.9 billion; forestry, $16.3 billion; and bauxite, $9.9 billion. According to Ali, the Government’s handling of the economy has contributed to the loss of $36.1 billion in stimulus.“The proposed amendment is intended to provide a band-aid solution to a problem that is much deeper and systemic. A problem that the Government is either unwilling or unable of solving. The problem is the underperformance of the exportOpposition parliamentarian Irfaan Alisector, which has contributed to shortages of foreign currency. This amendment will not solve the problems that exist today – the problem of underperformance in key sectors.”“It has to do with shortages in foreign currency and depreciation in the exchange rate. When compared to 2016, total foreign currency transactions of local banks declined by US$28 million … total foreign currency transactions of non-bank cambios declined by US$0.7 million. In the first quarter of 2018, total foreign currency transactions declined by US$84 million. These are the issues we have to address.”Meanwhile, former Attorney General Anil Nandlall noted the inherent danger of giving the Finance Minister power to arrange bailouts for commercial banks. According to Nandlall, this gives the Government unhealthy oversight over the financial sector and the fate of commercial banks.“These interventions and the conferring of powers radically alter the playing field and gives the commercial bank a competitor. The central bank remains an advisor to Government in financial matters. Now the central bank is entering the fray. The other worrying feature of this bill is the role of the Minister of Finance.”“The Minister of Finance becomes a player in a field that is supposed to be (protected). The financial sector is supposed to be insulated from the intervention of politicians. But the Bill, clause 41 (b), speaks to the central bank being allowed to bail out commercial banks if they experience problems But the central bank must first get a guarantee from the Minister of Finance. Why is that necessary?”However, Finance Minister Winston Jordan, in a heated rebuttal to the Opposition, noted that he already exercised control over the central bank. He pointed to hisFinance Minister Winston Jordanpowers to appoint the bank’s Board of Governors.“It is best you have in place, now, so we can be equipped in the unlikely event that x, y and z happens; this is what we must be prepared to do. You don’t wait until something happens … these are safeguards in the unlikely event that such a situation (financial crisis) happens, we would not be panicking.”The Bill, which will allow the central bank to provide temporary liquidity assistance to deposit-taking institutions, was ultimately passed in the House on the heels of the passage of the National Payment System Bill 2018. It also follows the passage of the Financial Institutions (Amendment) Bill the previous day. The Bill is one of several bills the parliamentary Opposition had accused the Government of passing as conditions for a recent loan from the World Bank.Only recently, this US$35 million loan was approved by the World Bank to support Guyana’s efforts to strengthen the financial sector and fiscal management, but more importantly, to better prepare the country to benefit from its newly-discovered oil and gas reserves.Finance Minister Jordan has said that the financing would provide critical support to Guyana’s reform agenda and efforts to strengthen institutions and build a resilient economy that was capable of withstanding both external and domestic shocks. These reforms, he said, will be key to guide the management of oil revenues for the benefit of present and future generations.Following the disbursement of the loan, World Bank Country Director for the Caribbean, Tahseen Sayed said that Guyana was making important strides to promote financial resilience and improve fiscal management, and has embarked on a broad-based reform programme.“These reforms will be key to build a strong economy that is underpinned by a strategic management of public resources for the benefit of the Guyanese people,” Sayed said.The financing focuses on strengthening financial stability and enabling sound financial development to promote macroeconomic stability and long-term growth. In particular, it will support banking reforms and depositor protection, the establishment of a deposit insurance scheme, implementation of a new insurance law, and the country’s anti-money laundering efforts.This Development Policy Credit, the first of a series of two programmatic financial and fiscal development policy credits, is financed by the International Development Association (IDA).last_img read more

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Logger admits to sexually assaulting 9-year-old girl

first_img…gets life imprisonmentA logger who was earlier this year jailed for multiple attacks on a child family member was on Monday sentenced again to life imprisonment, this time for again engaging in sexual activity with a child under the age of 16.Rohan Daniels, also known as “Shine Buck”, opted against wasting the court’s time and admitted to the offence when the matter came up before Justice Priya Sewnarine-Beharry.In this instance, he was said to have sexually violated the nine-year-old girl between January 1 and August 26, 2016. After hearing from the State and Daniels’s Attorney, Clyde Forde, Justice Sewnarine-Beharry sentenced the offender to life imprisonment ordering that he must serve 30 years before he wasRohan Daniels, called “Shine Buck”eligible for parole.However, even if he is freed by that time, he is likely to remain incarcerated, since another judge, Justice Simone Morris-Ramlall had also sentenced him to life imprisonment. In that case, Justice Morris-Ramlall ordered that Daniels serve 40 years before becoming eligible for parole.In January 2018, the convicted rapist went through a trial and he was eventually found guilty on two counts of sexual activity with a child family member by a 12-member jury at the High Court.On that occasion, by a ratio of 11-1, the jury found him guilty on the first count and by 10-2, determined that he was guilty on the third count. However, on the second count, the jury was unable to return a formal verdict (9-3), while the defendant was unanimously found not guilty on the fourth count.According to the particulars of the first and fourth counts for which he was found guilty earlier this year, Daniels, between April 12 and 13, 2014, and July 23, 2016 performed vaginally penetrative acts on the minor. She was between 10 and 13 years old during the span of the attacks. At that time, he was unrepentant for his actions after being found guilty of raping the child. However, the man admitted on Monday that he engaged in sexual activity with the young relative. The State was represented by Lisa Cave and Orinthia Schmidt.last_img read more

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North Peace Credit Union system conversion scheduled this weekend

first_imgThe North Peace Credit Union in Fort St. John will be conducting a Member Banking System Conversion this weekend.Now, members will have limited access to their accounts through the Credit Union’s ATM from the 6th to the 11th, and will not have access to their accounts through telephone banking and online banking.However, members will be able to use debit cards at stores and at other ATM machines.- Advertisement -Once the conversion is complete, there will be some changes with the sign-on information, and statements will look slightly different.The system maintenance was scheduled over the weekend to cause as little as inconvenience as possible.The Credit Union will be closed from August 8th to the 11th.Advertisementlast_img read more

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Revealed! How Liverpool are likely to line up this season

first_imgHaving missed out on Champions League qualification, Liverpool have been very busy shaping a new-look squad over the summer, with Christian Benteke set to become the latest arrival at Anfield.Benteke will become Brendan Rodgers’ SEVENTH signing in the close season, joining Roberto Firmino, Nathaniel Clyne, James Milner, Joe Gomez, Danny Ings and Adam Bogdan in moving to Merseyside.But how will they all fit in? We take a look at the exciting plethora of options Brendan Rodgers has at his disposal and have compiled a likely starting Xl based on his favoured 3-4-3 system.  Nathaniel Clyne: Wing-back – Continue to see where more new signings fit in – The new boy is one of the best full-backs in the league and recently established himself as a full England international. His ability to bomb forward may see him fit comfortably into the 3-4-3 system as a wing-back. 10 10 10 Martin Skrtel: Centre-back – Click right to see a new face in the Liverpool Xl – The no-nonsense defender recently committed his future to Liverpool by signing a new contract and is still a commanding presence at the back. 10 10 10 Roberto Firmino: Left forward – Continue for an exciting attacking line-up – The Brazilian new boy comes with a big price tag and lots of expectation. Having recently starred in the Copa America for Brazil, Liverpool fans will be hoping Firmino can adapt to the Premier league quickly. 10 James Milner: Central midfield – Click the yellow arrow above, right, for the new Liverpool captain – Another versatile player, the England midfielder may prove a real coup having signed on a free transfer. Milner has expressed a desire to play in central midfield and is likely to get more first team opportunities at Anfield. center_img Emre Can: Centre-back – Continue for the rest of Liverpool’s defence. – The £9.75million signing impressed in his first season at Liverpool. The Germany Under-21 international is a hot prospect, and his versatility bodes well with the 3-4-3 formation. Can might be hoping to play further forward in midfield next season. 10 10 Simon Mignolet: Goalkeeper – Click the yellow arrow above, right, for the full Liverpool line-up – The Belgian proved himself to be a top goalkeeper last season after some initial criticism. New boy Adam Bogdan should keep Mignolet on his toes. Jordan Henderson: Central midfield – Continue for Liverpool’s exciting forward line – The new captain has huge boots to fill in trying to replace Steven Gerrard. Henderson certainly has leadership qualities and no shortage of talent, either. 10 Alberto Moreno: Wing-back – Click right to see Liverpool’s new dynamic midfield – The Spanish full-back signed for the Reds last summer and was one of the few success stories of Liverpool’s season. Moreno has pace and strength so is well suited to the wing-back role. Philippe Coutinho: Right forward – Continue for a huge potential signing for Liverpool! – Firmino will hope to form a creative partnership with this man. Coutinho was arguably the star man for Liverpool and earned himself a place in the PFA Team of the Year 10 Christian Benteke: Striker – Liverpool have triggered a £32.5million release clause and are discussing personal terms with the powerful Belgian. Benteke would represent another marquee signing for the Reds and complete an exciting front three!last_img read more

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MAN AIRLIFTED TO HOSPITAL AFTER SUFFERING HEART ATTACK ON STREET

first_imgA man in his sixties was airlifted from Dungloe this evening after suffering a heart attack.It is understood the man was in the Main Street area when he suffered the seizure.He was attended to by ambulance personnel who requested assistance from Malin Head Coast Guard to task the Rescue 118 chopper. The patient was taken to a nearby football pitch at the shore front from where he was airlifted to Letterkenny General Hospital.MAN AIRLIFTED TO HOSPITAL AFTER SUFFERING HEART ATTACK ON STREET was last modified: August 9th, 2014 by StephenShare 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:dungloeHeart attackRESCUE 118last_img read more

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NASA Resurrects SETI

first_imgSETI has had no success since the 1950s. It lost government funding in 1993. It still has had no success. Why is the government throwing tax dollars at it again?Astrobiology, the search for any kind of life beyond the earth, has never found any evidence, even with government funding since 1996. Much less has its stepchild SETI had success, with all its Star Trek appeal, despite a longer period of searching. The usual appeals for funding use two arguments: (1) it’s hard to find, and (2) success would be so absolutely, fantastically important for the meaning of human existence, it’s worth trying. The same arguments, however, could be made about the search for angels. At least angels have some historical track record in terms of eyewitness testimony. So why does the government fund SETI but not angelology? Is it because angels don’t submit to lab experiments? Well, do space aliens? SETI enthusiasts might combat that question by claiming that space aliens should leave physical evidence of some kind. But as year after year go by without physical evidence (whether radio messages, artifacts, or indirect technomarkers), SETI enthusiasts have retreated into more bizarre explanations for the silence. Some of the excuses border on the mystical, such as imagining that the aliens are really there, but are keeping Earth under quarantine, so that our contagion of environmental irresponsibility won’t infect pristine civilizations on other planets.So why does NASA want to throw good money at failure again? Perhaps it’s because SETI has a third appeal: (3) technology is making the search faster and easier. Jill Tarter says, “we have the technology now to search for more distant and fainter signals in ways we haven’t tried before.” Faster ways at looking at a blank screen, however, fail to inspire. Rich in propaganda but paupers in evidence, SETI advocates use imagination to tempt government to fork over the dough. They argue that since we evolved and are intelligent, we must be examples of billions of other advanced beings out there. Carl Sagan was a master of this kind of appeal. This, of course, presupposes a naturalistic origin of life and Darwinian evolution.Congress Wants to Spend $10 Million to Search for Aliens and Texas Is to Thank (Live Science). This article by Jeanna Brynner was reproduced by Fox News under the headline, “Alien shocker: Congress wants to spend millions searching for ET.” The article reviews the history of funding since 1992, when Senator Richard Bryan shut down a proposal for radio telescopes to search for aliens, and SETI became “unmentionable” for the next 25 years. An authorization bill (not an appropriations bill) appears to be the pet project of Representative Lamar Smith of Texas.Now, the U.S. House of Representatives has proposed a bill that includes $10 million in NASA funding for the next two years “to search for technosignatures, such as radio transmissions, in order to meet the NASA objective to search for life’s origin, evolution, distribution, and future in the universe.” Such technosignatures would come in the form of radio waves that have the telltale features of being produced by TV- or radio-type technologies. An intelligent civilization could also produce those signals intentionally to communicate with other civilizations like ours.An unanswered question is, why now? Are Rep. Smith and his SETI advocates trying to get this through before the new NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine appointed by President Trump comes up to speed in his post? Flush with the recent Omnibus funds, are they afraid it will become more difficult later to get more money under a Republican administration working hard to reduce federal spending? We don’t know; but it’s odd that the SETI advocates never succeeded in getting federal funds during the Obama administration, which portrayed itself as pro-science (but see John Stossel respond to that). Before Trump, the tax-and-spend Democrats saw government aid as the answer to every question and the solution to every problem.The federal government is not the only way to help those who wish to pursue the search. SETI has been kept alive by private funds, and recently got $100 million (ten times the amount promised in the government bill) from Russian billionnaire Yuri Milner for the “Breakthrough Listen” program (22 July 2015). In fact, this privately-funded project just took a huge step forward, says Space.com, so the timing of the NASA announcement seems inexplicable. Nobody seems to be asking why SETI advocates must plunder taxpayer pockets for their hobby. Many great institutions in American history were funded by rich benefactors such as Andrew Carnegie, Henry Ford and John D. Rockefeller. President Trump himself could probably throw some of his pocket change at Jill Tarter, former president of the SETI Institute, to keep her happy. She likes to quote Phillip Morrison, who said, “The probability of success is difficult to estimate; but if we never search, the chance of success is zero.” Try that reasoning on the search for angels.NASA Awards Grants for Research into Life in Universe (Astrobiology Magazine). Astrobiologists are jumping for joy at three new projects funded by taxpayers. Some $8 million in funds will go to three astrobiology projects that avoid the S-word SETI, but are almost guaranteed to fail without tangible evidence of life in space.Evolution of Nanomachines in Geospheres and Microbial Ancestors (ENIGMA). Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New JerseyLed by Professor Paul Falkowski, the ENIGMA team will investigate how proteins evolved to become the catalysts of life on Earth by looking at prebiotic molecules and enzymes that are ancestral and common across many types of microbes.It is certainly an enigma for taxpayers. How will Falkowski connect molecules to microbes, when the first microbes will already be vastly more complex than the molecules? For a more realistic experiment, maybe he could shake the molecules in a test tube for 3 billion years to see if he gets a protein or an enzyme by chance (see The Amoeba’s Journey animation).The Astrobiology Center for Isotopologue Research (ACIR). Pennsylvania State University, University Park.ACIR, led by Professor Kate Freeman, will address how the features of elements within molecules reveal the origins and history of organic compounds, from compounds that arrived from planetary environments to those that were derived from metabolic systems, using cutting-edge observational and computational tools.Cutting-edge observational and computational tools are intelligently designed. Will Freeman allow ID as a cause for the functional complexity of “metabolic systems” as well?NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL). Pasadena, California.Dr. Rosaly Lopes will lead research at JPL focusing on Saturn’s largest moon, Titan, to address what habitable environments may exist on the moon and what potential signatures of life would be expected, using data from the Cassini-Huygens mission. These data cover a wide swath of the moon, from beneath its surface all the way up through its thick atmosphere.How can one call a moon that is -290 °F “habitable” in any empirical sense of the word? We know of no analogue on Earth, or on any body in the universe, that supports life at that temperature. Lopes is an expert on volcanoes, not freezers. Even astrobiologists know that there is a narrow range of temperatures that can support life. Usually those are taken to be temperatures where carbon-based molecules can interact, and where water can exist as a liquid. Titan is way too cold. Cassini found no life there. It found oily lakes and sand dunes.You know what the great irony is here? All the projects are founded on the assumption of materialistic Darwinism. The Darwin Party hates and despises ID (intelligent design), but look at them in practice! They use intelligent design in their own minds every day. They design projects. They design machines to search. They establish search targets. They develop criteria for success. They are confident that they can distinguish intelligent signals from non-intelligent physical processes. They use what they hate, and they never use what they believe in (chance). Go figure. If we could just force them to use what they believe in, instead of what they hate, their self-contradictory folly would be exposed.It’s regrettable that Dr Rosaly Lopes has been sent on a wild goose chase. A qualified volcanologist and a very nice lady, she deserves projects with better chances of success. If she thinks the adulation of her materialist colleagues counts as success, she will certainly succeed at that, even if Titan remains utterly and hopelessly sterile.Let’s also ask a simple question about the amount of funding. Not knowing the allocation, let’s assume Dr Lopes gets less than 1/3 of the money for the three projects: just $2 million to spend over the next five years. She doesn’t have to build a spacecraft. She doesn’t have to build a new computer. She doesn’t have to design a special instrument. With her position at JPL, she has a desk, a phone, a computer, and pretty much all she needs. The Cassini data is all in the can, easily searchable by any scientist (and much of it by the public). She could probably do the work from home. If I had earned half that rate for the 14 years I was at JPL, I would be rich! I would have almost 3 million dollars! I suppose she could hire some gophers or grad students to help, but we should ask why so much money needs to be spent for someone to sit at a desk and imagine “what habitable environments may exist” on a frozen moon with not a single sign of life. You know what they say about government work. I would rather see Dr Lopes apply her knowledge to help people understand volcanoes here on Earth that could bury their houses or kill them (see New Scientist article). (Visited 452 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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I was not a state officer (and that is why FFA is so great)

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest “When were you a state officer?”That’s a common question I get when it comes to my time in the National FFA Organization. I take it as flattery that somebody thinks I have what it takes to have once been a leader in the state organization. The bar is high for the job and we see each year a new set of young people take on the roles with diligence and excitement.Yes, I have gotten far because of FFA. It opened up opportunities for me (current job included), plus cemented life-long friendships through all the professional and personal development the organization advised.Now before we go any farther, let’s understand that for many students, being a state FFA officer is viewed as the pinnacle of the FFA experience. You see your peers standing on stage talking to tens of thousands in the crowd, wearing the blue corduroy with pride and class, and being a leader for the premier agricultural youth organization in the world. It’s a pretty big deal.A young Joel in FFA.But here is what I tell people when they ask me about my state officer experience — I never was a state officer. I never got there, but FFA literally changed my life even though I never did anything in the upper echelon of the organization’s leadership.A disclaimer: I do not mean to take anything away from the individuals involved in the upper levels of FFA. It is a worthwhile and amazing thing to do.However, I found success in my local chapter that not only planted the seed for my future career, but also watered and nourished that idea into a well-formed aspiration.Think about that! This organization of farm boys and girls, plus city kids alike, has the power to do great things in a young person through just their basic involvement.What worthier a cause in this day and age than to teach purpose and work to a young person? Those in the age group that constitutes FFA members are a part of our society trying desperately to figure out who they are going to be and are crying out for somebody to show them the way.FFA can help do that if given the chance — not only for members that have had encouragement in their home life, but also for those that have lacked said direction, something we are seeing more often.We’re not just talking about an impact that lasts through until next week. If you let it, the memories and lessons of the organization reach far down the road.This reminds me of a story from a few years back about a local man close to my parents’ age who sadly passed away. This man was never known as his county’s shining light or made the nightly news for some great innovation or challenging the system. He was a good, honest, hard-working soul that stood as a silent pillar of strength for his family and community.At this man’s funeral his high school FFA jacket was draped across his coffin. The highest office this man attained was a seemingly minor role in his local chapter, yet it was among the moments that changed his life.The FFA jacket that he chose as a representation of his existence can rise to be much more than some blue corduroy with yellow writing. Whether the lettering on the back says a school name, “Association” (meaning the person is a state officer), or left completely blank (meaning a national officer), it really doesn’t matter — what matters is the work, hands-on learning, and leadership developed while wearing the blue cords.The FFA Creed puts into words what FFA members truly stand for. Yes, the motto and others say this in a more concise manner, but none, in my opinion, put it as eloquently as the Creed itself. The first words from each of its five paragraphs beautifully put into perspective what an FFA member should be:• I believe in the future of agriculture… • I believe that to live and work on a good farm, or to be engaged in other agriculture pursuits, is pleasant as well as challenging… • I believe in leadership from ourselves and respect from others… • I believe in less dependence on begging and more power in bargaining… • I believe that American agriculture can and will hold true to the best traditions of our national life…(It’s really not fair to not include the other fantastic words from the Creed, so I encourage you to check it out at this link. Beautiful stuff.)Myself? I did try to be a state FFA officer going into my senior year. I was chapter president and I really enjoyed working with my peers to get things done. But it just wasn’t in the cards for me that year to be in the state leadership. Sure, it was disappointing at first, but holy cow I’m glad it happened. I decided not to try again the next year and as I look back, that decision to focus on the local FFA experience (and other school projects) was a gift from God. He works in mysterious ways, but hey, that’s a whole different conversation. It allowed me moments of growth, challenges of decision making, and timeless memories that I wouldn’t trade for the world.As a result, I find great peace in thinking of the organization’s potential impact on not just the outgoing, charismatic young person that’s out to do great things — which we see up on stage. Yes, they can excel — but what about that quiet, unassuming farm boy who has a passion in his heart to care for God’s creation? What about the young person with a learning disability who might not be great on paper in a classroom, but can out-think and out-plan anybody when it comes to soil surveys and shop work? Several of my classmates and family members fit this description. They may have never shined on a test or won a public speaking contest, but they found real success in the organization that gave them confidence and courage for a life well lived.I am not some great educator, but I would challenge those in charge of young people to remember this. We are not all built for public-facing roles and success — true life success — isn’t always defined by rank or file. Heck, even in my own family I am the outlier for enjoying to talk in front of strangers — most would rather do their own thing and continue on. Guess what? FFA continues to allow these people to find success in a humble, quiet way, as well as those who aspire to more public-facing roles.FFA offers opportunities to grow for all their members. It happened for me.last_img read more

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7 Quick Solutions for Battling Workplace Anxiety

first_imgMassive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… Tags:#better work environments#social anxiety#workplace anxiety#Workplace Culture Related Posts 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now The digital age has increased access to numerous aspects of our lives. From numerous social circles to news that affects your personal life and the world, it’s impossible to escape the overwhelming information overload that technology can bring to your daily routine.The numerous pressures that stem from the workplace can cause anxiety and affect the quality of your work.However, the stress created by the increased exposure to parts of your life also applies to the workplace. If you are someone who develops anxiety specifically from your job or already suffers from an anxiety disorder, then the constant pressure to stay connected can worsen your situation.It’s not all hopeless, though. By recognizing the signs of your anxiety and how it impacts your life, you can take multiple measures to manage your anxiety and improve your quality of life.Understanding AnxietyAnxiety is common among working people, and in situations in life where you can become stressed or worried about certain topics or outcomes. However, anxiety disorder is far worse, essentially involving consecutive patterns of anxiety, terror, and fear that escalates quickly.Combining an existing anxiety disorder with regular workplace stress creates a combination that can affect your productivity and well-being.How Anxiety Affects the WorkplaceAnxiety disorders are also, unfortunately, common within society. In fact, according to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, more than 40 million American adults over age 18, or around 18.1% of American adults, suffer from anxiety disorders each year, making it one of the most prevalent mental illnesses in the country.As such, anxiety can affect a large portion of your workplace. Workplace anxiety, particularly when left untreated, can impact not just your own productivity, but the entire atmosphere in the workforce as well. Some of the ways that anxiety affects the entire workplace include:Missed deadlines and projects, which impact productivity.Lower quality in work, which also impacts productivity.Gossiping and communication breakdowns between coworkers.Employees who are collecting grievances, rather than addressing them.Some employees avoiding problems by hiding.An outright toxic working environment.Symptoms of AnxietyPeople sometimes suffer from anxiety without ever noticing. If you identify the symptoms of anxiety, you can take the initiative and act against the condition sooner.Self-doubt. Second-guessing and self-sabotaging everything you do are signs of self-doubt, which is also a symptom of anxiety. This symptom stops you from taking any action at work, affecting your productivity.Worry. If you are unable to let go of your worries and you show constant concern about the future, you might suffer from anxiety.Sleeplessness. Anxiety causes your mind to remain active with worries or fears even during your sleeping hours, causing you to lose sleep and affect your well-being in the process.Muscle tension. Sometimes anxiety manifests physically as well. One of the common physical symptoms of anxiety is tight muscles throughout your body.Now that you have recognized anxiety and how it manifests throughout your life, you can take the appropriate measures to reduce its effect on you and resume your life without heightened fear.1. Unplug From TechnologyChances are your workplace will usually involve you using a computer for hours to get work done. Computers are therefore a large source behind the anxiety and stress from your work. Remember to take the time to walk away from the computer at least an hour a day to clear your mind and avoid staring at a monitor all day.Don’t just apply this to your work computer, but other devices you carry, especially if you use them for work. Constant contact with technology can overwhelm you with content and increase your stress levels. Walk around the office, and if you can, head to the break room to detox yourself from technology for a moment.2. Stay Active and StretchThe work routine usually requires you to sit in one place and stay there to remain focused and complete your tasks. Doing so can affect your physical health and increase your anxiety. Make sure to add some time to your schedule to exercise and keep your body active. Doing so will keep your mind and body healthy.When you’re in the workplace, try to occasionally stand up and stretch your limbs. Even something as small as moving your head around brings the refreshing motion to your body. You will prevent health issues this way and it works as a small break from anything causing you stress in your work routine.3. MeditateAnother activity that can help you relieve workplace stress is a simple meditation. Along with your exercise, try to fit in some time for yoga or another meditation activity that assists you in finding relief and relaxation.If you want to meditate in the middle of the workplace, you can still train your brain to relax in certain moments by using circular breathing exercises and closing your eyes. Take advantage of your work breaks to remove stress from your head.4. Drink WaterAnother simple remedy to the effects of anxiety is simply taking care of your body’s natural needs, which includes drinking water. Staying hydrated won’t cure the stress, but it can help you reduce some of the physical impact caused by it. Drinking water can also help you improve your concentration at work, thus making your day somewhat less difficult.5. Seek HelpSometimes, there are tasks in your job where you don’t understand all the details, or you become overwhelmed with too much work to accomplish. While asking your coworkers or your superiors for help can be intimidating, the discomfort is worth it in the long run. Your anxiety can decrease, and you will have an easier time managing your work. Plus, asking for help shows your superiors and your coworkers that you’re invested in your job.6. Keep a Reasonable ScheduleAs an anxious person, you might find times where you accept a workload and deadlines that you can’t realistically meet. Rather than create stress for yourself and cause productivity issues later, contact your coworkers or superiors and let them know you can’t reach the deadline.This might not work for every deadline, but your bosses might prefer to maintain productivity and assign you something else than to overstress you or deliver a project late.7. Strengthen Work RelationshipsA lack of communication with others leads to misunderstandings, unsolved grievances, and other problems that affect your office culture. You can reduce your anxiety by talking to other employees and building stronger relationships with them.To improve your communication skills and strengthen work relationships, try practicing the following measures:Learn everyone’s names and roles, at least within your divisionCommunicate via phone or in person, whenever possible, instead of just emailAvoid gossiping about other employees and bring up your issues directlyChange the subject or walk away if someone else is gossiping about another employeeRemain in contact with others, even when stressful situations tempt you to avoid themTaking Control of Your LifeTechnology and a growing connection between work and other aspects of your life that are meant to bring convenience and efficiency can also increase your anxiety, particularly when it comes to working.Taking the appropriate measures to manage your workplace anxiety will not just improve your job performance, but also will allow you to live a healthier, more balanced life.You may have anxiety in your life, but that doesn’t mean it must define you. 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Wes Anderson’s Newest Film to Premiere in Germany

first_imgWes Anderson’s “The Grand Budapest Hotel” is set to premiere at the Berlin Film Festival.The premiere of the much anticipated “The Grand Budapest Hotel”, Wes Anderson’s latest creation, is set to take place at the Berlin Film Festival. The festival which is scheduled to take place from February 20th to March 2nd. Wes is no stranger to the Berlin Film Festival. Both The Life Aquatic of with Steve Zissou and The Royal Tennenbaums played at the festival in 2002 and 2005.The film centers around a famed hotel concierge Gustave H who is bequeathed a painting after his lover, Madame D, is killed. Gustave evades Madame D’s son Dimitri, with the help of the lobby boy Zero Moustafa and his love interest, Agatha.The star-studded cast includes Ralph Fiennes, Tony Revolori, F. Murray Abraham, Saoirse Ronan, Adrien Brody, Jeff Goldblum, Jude Law, Bill Murray, Edward Norton, Jason Schwartzman, and of course Owen Wilson.As always audiences can expect to see a slew of perfectly composed shots, not to mention immaculate set design. The film is set to Release in the U.S. on March 7th and we are counting down the days…but if you can’t wait that long, hurry up and buy your plane ticket to Berlin.COUNTDOWN TIMER WIDGETlast_img read more