Sunday Dare Pledges to Deliver Four Stadia Before End of First…

first_imgSpeaking through his twitter handle on social media yesterday, Dare hinted that talks were ongoing with a state government and some corporate players in the Nigerian economy on how to breath life back into the Obafemi Awolowo Stadium in Ibadan formerly known as Liberty Stadium.“Talks are ongoing concerning the renovation of the Obafemi Awolowo Stadium, formerly, Liberty Stadium with government and a few private individuals. Our goal is to deliver four FiFA standard pitches by the first quarter of 2020 by God’s Grace,” the minister said on his twitter handle @SundayDareSD.The former journalist who succeeded in convincing billionaire businessman Aliko Dangote and sports betting owner, Adebutu Kessington to adopt the MKO Abiola Stadium in Abuja and the National Stadium in Lagos for renovation however did not list the other three stadia to be upgraded to FIFA standard before the end of April this year.The playing turf of the mainbowl of the Abuja stadium which was completed in 2003 in readiness for Nigeria to host the African Games that year needs a complete overhaul in addition to minor renovation of other facilities in the Package ‘B’ of the complex largely under utilized since inception.The same cannot be said of the stadium in Lagos that was built in 1972 for the country to host the 2nd edition of the African Games.The stadium tagged ‘Sports City’ is now a shadow of itself even after a complete renovation in 1999 for the Under-20 FIFA World Cup finals hosted by Nigeria.The minister also stated that the Principal’s Cup and the Headmaster’s Game that were breeding ground for academical sports men and women will be revived to recreate the glory that has eluded Nigeria of recent.He said the Sports Ministry has also keyed in into the initiative of adoption of athletes by individuals and corporate bodies to help them in their training for continental and global competitions.“Soon, the Headmasters’ Cup for primary Schools and Principal’s Cup (are) coming back, a new Talent Hunt Program, THP, is being finalized, Adoption Initiative is birthed and the policy to turn sports into business are being pursued among other things,” Dare also tweeted.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare Duro IkhazuagbeSports Minister, Sunday Dare, began the New Year with the promise to deliver four stadia which will meet FIFA standard before the end of the first quarter of year 2020.Still basking in his new approach to sports development through the adoption of facilities for rehabilitation, the youthful minister said in his New Year message to stakeholders in Nigeria’s sports that his promise is ‘doable.’last_img read more

Erik Karlsson scratched late from Sharks game with injury

first_imgTAMPA, Fla. — Erik Karlsson’s injury appears to be more serious than Sharks coach Pete DeBoer originally thought.Karlsson left the ice early during Sharks pregame warmups in Tampa Saturday, getting scratched just before the puck dropped in his team’s game with the Tampa Bay Lightning.Karlsson is dealing with a lower-body injury that kept him off the ice for a large chunk of the third period of the Sharks win over the Pittsburgh Penguins Tuesday. After the game, DeBoer said he limited …last_img read more

W Cape launches R5.8m artisan plan

first_img20 August 2013South Africa’s Western Cape has launched an artisan development programme to tackle the shortage of skills in the province and create employment opportunities for young people in the region.The R5.8-million programme was established in partnership with the private sector, communities, Skills Education Training Authorities (SETAs) and Further Education and Training (FET) colleges.“The lack of artisans in our region could have a devastating impact on our economy down the line, as artisans play a crucial role in the delivery of services, especially in engineering trades,” Western Cape Finance, Economic Development and Tourism Minister Alan Winde said at the launch in Epping, Cape Town on Monday.“Through this programme, we aim to create a pipeline of qualified artisans who can play a role in growing the emerging sectors of our economy, such as oil and gas.”The pilot phase of the programme this year will provide funding for 200 young people to complete in-service training, to write the National Trade Test and become fully qualified.It will also fund the training of coaches within 72 partner companies in order to train their interns.The programme forms part of the government’s National Development Plan (NDP), which states that it is activities like artisanship “that provide shock absorbers for extreme poverty and platforms for self-employment” in developing countries.“The NDP states that to grow the economy and reduce poverty, we need to produce 30 000 artisans a year,” Winde said. “The Western Cape government is determined to play its part in realising this national goal.”SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Practicing Emotional First Aid: Maintaining Our Psychological Health

first_img Return to article. Long DescriptionPixabay[First Aid Box Tin Can by Alexa_Fotos on October 11, 2016, CCO]Many of us prioritize our physical health, especially this time of year as we go through flu season once again. We get the sniffles and the sneezes, with the soon to be congestion and fever. And if you didn’t get your flu shot, you soon wind up in your local doctor’s office or urgent care, hoping for some much needed meds, a doctor’s note, and some sick days.When we are physically sick or hurt, it’s a no-brainer to take care of ourselves. But what about our psychological health? Is it okay to take time off when we are anxious, depressed, or emotionally overwhelmed? Why is our physical health seemingly so much more important than our psychological health?This TED Talk features Dr. Guy Winch, a licensed psychologist who works with individuals, couples, and families. Dr. Winch proposes that we start prioritizing our mental health just as much as our physical health. And the way he says to do this is to practice emotional first aid. In his work with clients, he has emphasized the need to practice mental and emotional hygiene, stressing that it is equally as important as practicing physical and dental hygiene.Some key points he makes in his presentation are:• We are confronted with psychological injuries much more often than we are with physical ones. These are injuries such as failure, rejection, and loneliness.• To be aware of feelings of helplessness that arise.• We should pay attention to the emotional pain we experience and recognize this pain is trying to tell us something.• We are our own worse critic when faced with rejection or failure. He suggests treating yourself with the same compassion that you would expect from a truly good friend when they are trying to comfort and boost you up.• That we must protect our self-esteem by noticing these unhealthy psychological habits and explore what they are trying to tell us.• Also, that ruminating thoughts come and go. A two minute distraction is enough to break the urge to ruminate in any given moment.These issues are all ones we face on a daily basis and are common barriers for both civilians and military service members alike. For more on practicing emotional first aid, be sure to watch Dr. Winch’s full TED Talk here. And for more about mental health barriers in the military, be sure to catch the archived recording of our “Staying Strong by Seeking Help” webinar. CEUs are still available through April, 19, 2019.ReferencesWinch, G. (2014). Why We All Need to Practice Emotional First Aid. TED Talk. Retrieved from: post was written by Jason M. Jowers, MS, MFT, of the MFLN Family Development Team. The Family Development team aims to support the development of professionals working with military families. Find out more about the Military Families Learning Network Family Development concentration on our website, Facebook, and Twitter.  You can also listen to our Anchored. podcast series via iTunes and our website. Pixabay[First Aid Box Tin Can by Alexa_Fotos on October 11, 2016, CCO] By: Jason M. Jowers, MS, MFTlast_img read more

4 Ways You Are Creating Resistance

first_img Essential Reading! Get my 2nd book: The Lost Art of Closing “In The Lost Art of Closing, Anthony proves that the final commitment can actually be one of the easiest parts of the sales process—if you’ve set it up properly with other commitments that have to happen long before the close. The key is to lead customers through a series of necessary steps designed to prevent a purchase stall.” Buy Now Here are four ways you are creating resistance in your prospective buyers.Pitching before a need is established. We’ve all done it. You’ve been so hyped up about what you sell, that you can’t help but start pitching it to your prospect. It’s easy go into pitch mode when it’s clear that your prospect has the exact set of problems what you sell is designed to remedy. But doing so creates resistance. Until your dream client agrees that they need to change, your pitch will cause your efforts to create an opportunity to create the opposite.Failing to address the real cost of change. When you paint a picture of how easy it is to produce better results, you create resistance in mature business people. Anyone who has ever tried to produce better results knows that it almost always costs more in the way of time, money, and effort. Failing to address this creates resistance by causing your prospect to believe you don’t know what it will really take, or worse, that you don’t care.Failing to resolve concerns. Buyers almost always have doubts about what they are buying. They worry that they aren’t making the right decision, that they aren’t going to get the value they bargained for, that they may be embarrassed if what they buy fails. When you don’t discover and resolve these concerns, you create resistance to buying. Resistance that could be easily resolved.Making it known that the deal is about you. If you want to be absolutely certain to create resistance to a deal, all you have to do is ensure that your prospective client feel the slightest tinge that the deal is more to benefit you than it is to benefit them. Making it known that you intend to profit from the deal creates the kind of resistance from which there is no coming back.You can sell in a way that creates resistance in a buyer, or you can sell in a way that eliminates resistance. If you know how you create resistance, then you can change your approach and create a desire to move forward.last_img read more

We believed the doctors blindly, say Indore cataract surgery victims

first_imgA cloudy vision that Kali Bai developed eight months ago made it increasingly difficult for her to carry out work as a domestic help, washing vessels and sweeping floors. As she slowed down due to the vision impairment, three households terminated her services. And she lost out on ₹3,000 of the meagre ₹ 5,000 she made every month. It was the promise of cataract treatment free of cost under the Union Health Ministry’s National Programme for Control of Blindness that brought her and 14 other elderly persons from Dhar and Indore districts to the privately-run Indore Eye Hospital on August 8. But as a result of post-operative infection, she has lost all vision in the operated eye.“We believed the doctor blindly. Vo toh bhagwan ka roop hote hai (They are an incarnation of God),” says Ms. Kali Bai now, squinting at the light, as a tear rolls down her right eye. Under the Centre’s Blindness Control Programme, the Indore Eye Hospital had conducted 400 cataract surgeries between April and August, says District Chief Medical and Health Officer (CMHO) Pravin Jadia. “For each surgery, the government pays the hospital ₹2,000,” he said. As doctors at the hospital noticed the oozing pus and infection in the operated patients on August 9, District Blindness Control Society coordinator T.S. Vohra was informed. “We found pseudomonas of gram negative bacteria multiplying in the eyes,” he said. To arrest the multiplying bacteria, most patients were taken back to the operation theatre — some upto six times — and administered antibiotics. Three of them were operated upon again, confirmed a doctor now tending to the patients. All to no avail. Repeat of 2010In 2010, the same hospital was in the dock as 18 patients lost their vision after similar cataract surgery. While the victims say they have not received any compensation, the hospital was allowed to resume surgeries after a brief six month suspension. The hospital was sealed on Saturday and the patients referred to the Choitram Hospital, also privately run, for further treatment. On Saturday, along with 11 other affected patients, Ms Kali Bai waited impatiently with her daughter, Chanda, at the Choithram Hospital to be examined by a specialist being flown in from the Sankara Nethralaya in Chennai by the Madhya Pradesh government. “We don’t know whether to blame the doctor or the medicines,” said Ms Chanda Bai, who’s been with her mother since August 7. Ms Kali Bai took up domestic work to raise a son and daughter, after her husband passed away. She frets about her teenage son. “How will I earn and raise my child now?” she asks. “Vo meri sunta bhi nahi hai (He doesn’t even listen to me).”Double tragedyKailash Das, 63, has been a tailor since he was 12 in Sirpur in Indore, earning ₹150-200 a day. But not any more. In a double tragedy, Mr. Das and his wife Kala Bai, 60, who both underwent surgery, have lost vision in one eye. The couple, abandoned by their eldest son, are accompanied by their second daughter at the hospital.“How will I and my wife sew clothes now? It requires a sharp eye,” he says. Subash Chouhan, of Sanjay Colony in Dhar two-hours away, hasn’t felt the need to use the ₹20,000, he borrowed from a moneylender at an interest of 2%, for food, transport and accommodation, while being with his mother, whose left eye is affected. Along with others, his family has received a compensation of ₹50,000 from the government on Saturday. “But, what about my daily wage? It’ll become difficult to manage in no time,” says Mr. Chouhan, who works as a mason for ₹350 a day to support a family of six.But, Bhagwati Lal feels the compensation means nothing if his wife, Sushila Bai, 55, isn’t able to see clearly again from her right eye. “My employer rejected my request for a paid leave. Only God knows how I will recover the money I could have earned since August 7,” says Mr. Lal, sporting a soiled security guard uniform and a combat cap. As an ATM van guard in Dhar, Mr. Lal, from Nogaun in the district, earns ₹8,000 a month. Earlier victimsFollowing reports in local papers, families of two persons who had lost their vision after an operation at the same hospital earlier this month, have having lost vision in one eye after being operated upon under the same programme at the same private hospital for cataract this month, also turned up at the hospital, hoping for corrective procedure. Hari Yadav, who runs a tea shop, sought a surgery for his wife Radha Yadav from the hospital on August 5, as she had been successfully operated in 2014. “Before the surgery for the second eye, she had put a thumb impression on a document giving consent for the surgery, but we were not informed about the risks involved,” he says.Her son-in-law, Manish Yadav, says, “If we had known the hospital was embroiled in a similar controversy in 2010, we would have never approached it for treatment.”Meanwhile, Mr. Jadia, the CMHO, said 38 samples from the operation theatre were sent to the M.Y. Hospital, a government-run institution, to ascertain the cause of the spread of the infection. Meeting the victims, State Health Minister Tulsi Ram Silawat said in future no health camps would be organised in the State without permission from the government. And Indore Commissioner Akash Tripathi directed the CMHO to furnish details relating to the case in 2010 and all those who’d undergone cataract surgeries in the hospital since August 1 this year.last_img read more