Aberdeen Asset Management shares tumble on 15th consecutive quarter of outflows

Share William Turvill While Aberdeen is keen to point out the low margin aspect of some of the net outflows, the headline figures are not pretty, and will likely continue to pressure the shares. Investor sentiment had been improving steadily in the early part of the quarter, but stalled following the US presidential election result with investors putting asset allocation decisions on hold. Encouragingly, despite the market volatility our equity strategies produced strong returns for the year.While growing interest in a number of our strategies is likely to continue to be masked, in the short term, by significant withdrawals by a small number of clients, I am encouraged by the progress being made. Overall Aberdeen remains in good shape, we have a strong balance sheet, a global client base and wide range of capabilities to meet the needs of investors. Analysts at Peel Hunt noted that, with the firm already having flagged significant outflows, “there should be little surprise that this was another difficult quarter for Aberdeen”.With uncertainty around the UK’s Brexit vote and the presidential election, 2016 was a tough year for fund managers across the board.Despite markets like the FTSE 100 hitting record highs at the end of the year, fund sales were at their lowest level since 2008, according to Investment Association figures released earlier this week.What the analysts say: “Not pretty”Laith Khalaf, senior analyst at Hargreaves Lansdown, said: Thursday 2 February 2017 10:31 am Read more: Aberdeen share price jumps despite profit slumpWhat the company saidChief executive Martin Gilbert said: Aberdeen Asset Management’s shares fell five per cent on Thursday morning after the FTSE 250 firm reported outflows as investors were spooked by the US presidential election.The figuresThe company reported assets under management of £302.7bn at 31 December, down three per cent from £312.1bn on 30 September last year. RBC Capital said in a note: Net outflows of £10.5bn were only partially offset by asset appreciation of £3.3bn, the first quarter results show.Read more: Investors failed to keep calm and carry on in 2016, despite strong marketsAberdeen has now reported 15 consecutive quarters of outflows, totalling a cumulative £104.6bn, according to Shore Capital’s Paul McGinnis.Aberdeen’s share price was down five per cent to 246p shortly after 10am on Thursday morning.[stockChart code=”ADN” date=”2017-02-02 10:26″]Why it’s interesting The woe continues at Aberdeen as funds continue to flow in the wrong direction, and the fund manager has now clocked up fifteen consecutive quarters of net withdrawals. The fund manager has put considerable emphasis on its Multi-Assetproposition, but even here billions of pounds worth of assets are walking out the door. by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailBetterBe20 Stunning Female AthletesBetterBeAtlantic MirrorA Kilimanjaro Discovery Has Proved This About The BibleAtlantic MirrorWarped SpeedCan You Name More State Capitals Than A 5th Grader? Find Out Now!Warped SpeedLuxury SUVs | Search AdsThese Cars Are So Loaded It’s Hard to Believe They’re So CheapLuxury SUVs | Search Ads2021 Buicks | Search AdsIntroducing The Head Turning 2021 Buicks!2021 Buicks | Search AdsLiver Health1 Bite of This Melts Belly And Arm Fat (Take Before Bed)Liver HealthWolf & ShepherdNFL Star Rob Gronkowski’s Favorite ShoesWolf & ShepherdFactablePut Baking Soda Around The Base Of A Tomato Plant, Here’s WhyFactable whatsapp whatsapp Aberdeen Asset Management shares tumble on 15th consecutive quarter of outflows read more

Doctors should talk about race and racism with their patients. Here’s how

first_img “Why do Black lives matter?” a patient asked me. “Why can’t all lives matter?”It was just a few weeks into my residency, and I hadn’t been expecting a patient to ask me that question. I certainly wasn’t trained to respond to it even though I, along with many of my colleagues, wore Black Lives Matter pins. The patient, who identified as white, looked at me, an Asian American physician, with curiosity.“Was it even my place to answer?” I thought then.advertisement Acknowledging its ‘white patriarchy’ and racist past, the AMA pledges to dismantle causes of health inequities @NigamMinali First OpinionDoctors should talk about race and racism with their patients. Here’s how Both doctors and patients can have unconscious biases that affect medical care. Yet medical education has fallen behind in teaching physicians how to initiate and continue dialogues with their patients about race and racism.First Opinion Podcast: STAT’s weekly podcast covers the people, issues, and ideas shaping the life sciences writ large. Subscribe today.One of the many things physicians must do is ask their patients probing personal and often sensitive questions. Patients sometimes ask probing questions back, and doctors are expected to answer them honestly.advertisement Such conversations need to start by creating a safe space in which to have an open dialogue. Context statements like, “I want to learn more about you beyond your medical problems so I can take better care of you,” can help open the door.Like any aspect of taking a patient’s history, the questions should start broadly, with questions like “What aspects of your background or identity are important to you?” or “Some people find that their race, religion, or culture is important for their health. Is that how you feel?”Another important component of understanding a person’s medical experiences is by asking directly, “Have you ever experienced discrimination in the health care system? If so, was it based on skin color, accent, gender, sexual orientation, or other reason?” A “yes” answer is worth exploring, since eliciting more details can help a doctor avoid saying or doing something that could be seen as offensive.In light of police killings of Black people and the upswing in hate crimes against Asian Americans, doctors should also address racism directly. Writing in the New England Journal of Medicine, James Lee, a psychiatry resident at the University of Washington School of Medicine, suggests that doctors ask their patients, “Are you more anxious today because of racism or do you avoid doing specific things or specific locations because of fears of discrimination?”An exploration of race and racism isn’t just about the patient. Doctors should also reflect on their own biases and ask themselves if aspects of a patient’s appearance, ethnicity, accent, personality, or behavior might influence them in ways that lead to anything less than top-quality care.I hadn’t thought of any of this when my patient asked me why Black lives matter. I could tell it was an important question for her, so I did my best to answer.We talked for half an hour, discussing the centuries of oppression Black people have endured and how the deaths of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor, among the many Black lives lost to police brutality, shed light on racism and injustice. I tried to make the point that until Black lives — which historically haven’t counted — truly matter, all lives can’t matter. By Minali Nigam May 19, 2021 Reprints Several hundred doctors, nurses, and medical professionals come together to protest against police brutality and the death of George Floyd at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in June 2020 in St. Louis. Michael B. Thomas/Getty Images I’m a Black psychiatrist. I’m never prepared for the emptiness and grief I feel when police shoot a Black person Minali Nigamcenter_img Related: linkedin.com/in/minali-nigam/ About the Author Reprints Related: [email protected] In taking a social history, which is part of an initial encounter with a patient, we learn about a person’s job, substance use, sex life, and more. Race hasn’t been a standard part of this inventory. But it should be.In the United States, structural inequities based on race have been one of the most powerful determinants of socioeconomic status and health. People from racial minority groups are more likely to encounter limited access to safe housing, healthy food, job opportunities and education, all factors that negatively affect physical and mental health. Racial disparities are also costly. One analysis projected an economic gain of $135 billion per year if the U.S. eliminated racial disparities in health.The main way most doctors get information about race is through the intake form patients fill out. These forms usually include a check box with the following options: white (non-Hispanic), White (Hispanic), Black, American Indian or Alaska Native, Asian, or other. This information may tell a doctor a patient’s racial identity, but it says nothing about their experience in that racial identity.The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has created guidelines to help clinicians take a sexual history. No such official framework exists for talking about race.To help doctors start having these conversations with their patients, I worked with my mentor, Daniele Ölveczky, a geriatrician, hospitalist, and interim director of the Center for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, to adapt guidelines from several sources. Our goal is to make asking about patients’ racial experiences a standard part of the social history. The conversation wasn’t perfect, and was at times uncomfortable for me, but I chose to have it with my patient.Engagement is really the first step. Having one-on-one conversations with patients about race and racism is part of a larger movement to tackle systemic racism in the health care system. It requires patience, as these dialogues may not finish in one sitting, but it’s crucial they happen.Doctors need to extend social histories to include questions on racial identities and disparities. The goal is to make asking patients about race as common as asking them about smoking habits and contraception.Some patients may not want to talk about racial identity or their experiences with racism, and that’s their prerogative. But doctors will never know who does want to talk about it unless they start the conversation. Doing that will improve care for all patients.Minali Nigam is a first-year resident at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston. Her colleague and mentor, Daniele Ölveczky, a geriatrician and hospitalist at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston and interim physician director of its Center for Diversity Equity and Inclusion, was instrumental in creating the guidance described here. Tags patientsphysiciansracismlast_img read more

Seven Years of Blackness

first_img RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR North Korea Market Price Update: June 8, 2021 (Rice and USD Exchange Rate Only) NewsEconomy Although it is just 10 kilometers from Hyesan, the capital of Ryanggang Province, no electricity has been supplied to Nojoong-ri since construction began on the Samsu Power Plant in 2004. In fact, there are no longer any transmission cables connected to the village at all.The North Korean authorities, in preparation for the construction of the power plant in 2002, put in place relocation plans for the residents of the Unchong River Basin in areas they designated as “probable watersheds” for the lake which would form behind the proposed dam. District Four of Nojoong-ri was one of those areas, and as a result had all of its power cables removed. However, in a follow-up plan completed right before groundbreaking on the project in 2004, the water storage capacity of the Samsu Power Plant was reduced on account of analysis that cautioned against over-filling the reservoir. This resulted in District Four of Nojoong-ri being re-designated as outside the flood zone, but none of the services were resumed, including the provision of electricityAfter a year of living without power, the residents, who were still waiting to be assigned new homes, eventually pleaded their case to have the village’s power lines restored to the “Standing Committee on Flooding”, a special organ of government in charge of the relocation of flood-area residents. However, the response was that they were ineligible for aid because their village was not in a flood zone. The villagers then filed petitions with the Party at Hyesan City and provincial level, but to no avail. They were only to hear the same repeated response, “We were not the ones who removed the power lines.”If electricity were to be provided to the area, quite a few power lines would need to be installed. But the only place where electricity for the village could be obtained is “Military Supplies Factory No. 95”, located four kilometers from the village on the other side of a hill. The 50-megawatt Samsu Power Plant stands adjacent to the village, but the electricity generated there is supplied exclusively to “Kim Jong Il Birthplace Heritage”, otherwise known as the “Baekdu Hideout”, in Samjiyeon. At one point there was talk of the residents putting their money together to provide for their own power cables, but the plan was prohibitively expensive.Thus, the residents of this part of Nojoong-ri have been living without electricity for nearly seven years. They depend entirely on candlelight and firewood as they scrape a living off potato farming and alluvial mining.“It is hard to say that it is even a place where people should live. People from as far away as South Pyongan and North Hamkyung come here to mine alluvial gold, but are shocked to find the state that the village is in,” according to an anonymous Yangkang Province source.Of course, with the original designation came many more changes, including work and schooling. The one-way commute that the village’s men take every morning is seven to eight kilometers, while the women cannot easily reach the market to sell their produce. Children are also suffering the consequences; having to walk 15 kilometers a day to attend Nojoong-ri Middle School has led to a rising number of student dropouts. Seven Years of Blackness There are signs that North Korea is running into serious difficulties with its corn harvest SHARE Kang Mi JinKang Mi JinKang Mi Jin is a North Korean defector turned journalist who fled North Korea in 2009. She has a degree in economics and writes largely on marketization and economy-related issues for Daily NK. Questions about her articles can be directed to [email protected] center_img By Kang Mi Jin – 2010.11.04 3:18pm News Facebook Twitter News News US dollar and Chinese reminbi plummet against North Korean won once againlast_img read more

Australian Defence Information and Electronic Systems Association Annual dinner

first_imgAustralian Defence Information and Electronic Systems Association Annual dinner Department of Defence***E&O check against delivery***Ladies and gentlemen, it’s a great pleasure to be invited to this year’s Annual Dinner.This is my first time attending this dinner as Minister for Defence Industry, so it’s wonderful that we can come together despite the challenges posed by COVID.I would like to thank the Chair of the Australian Defence Information and Electronic Systems Association Board, Kylah Limmer, and her team for organising tonight’s event.I would also like to acknowledge the many distinguished guests here this evening from the ADF, Defence and industry and thank you for your service to the defence of our nation.COVID-19 has hit our economy and forced us to change our lives in more ways than one.We have all had to adapt, and change the way we do business, to give us the best chance to recover and ultimately bounce back from the COVID-19 pandemic.As many of you will know, that’s why I have placed such a huge focus on supporting Defence industry last year.We brought forward billions of dollars of payments; took steps to improve service delivery to the industry; and we’re now working to cut red-tape.But I know we still have more to do.You have my promise, that in 2021, I will continue to have a laser-focus on helping the Australian defence industry to grow further.We have world-class innovation in our sector. Innovation that is breath-taking. But which also breathes life into building sovereign capability and Australian jobs.In 2020, I developed and implemented the Five Pillars approach to supporting defence industry.In 2021, I’ll be exploring new areas. Like working closely with industry to help streamline access to the Defence Industry Security Program.And I’ll have more to say on that soon.COVID has also come at a time when we are again adjusting to a rapidly-evolving threat landscape.One in which new weapons and technologies continue to transform the characteristics of warfare.Where speed, timely communication and autonomous systems are all the more important.And one in which the collection, storage, processing and transmission of information and data is crucial.Companies, like many in this room, who are focused on defence information and electronic systems in Australia, are an important sovereign capability.But, we need to enhance our partnership with you.In 2019 I identified that strengthening AIC needed to be one of my top priorities.It was essential that we implemented substantial change with a new and improved AIC contractual framework across all of Defence, and an Independent AIC Audit Program.In addition to this, we needed to improve the way we engaged and supported industry.Information and electronic systems is one the most promising sectors for furthering this goal.We want to see Australian industry involvement maximised to the greatest extent possible.The more capable our information and electronics sector becomes, the better the outcomes for Australia’s security, economy and workers.That is why the Morrison Government is supporting your sector.Through investment in our Defence infrastructure, software applications, Defence gateways and our electronic and information warfare capabilities.We have allocated $15 billion dollars to information and electronic systems over the next decade.And $7 billion towards our Space capabilities, to transform the way our ADF operates in Space and the joint force.We’ve given financial certainty, despite the economic challenges of COVID;We’re building a new front door to Defence via the new and improved CDIC – which is on track to be launched in the next few months;We’re enhancing the direct communication between industry and Defence;And we’re increasing support to industry via our grant and innovation programs.The foundations are laid.There are substantial opportunities for Australian businesses to contribute to information and electronic systems projects, especially in the near term.Here are just three examples:There’s phase six of the LAND 555 project, which is providing Army with vehicle-mounted electronic warfare capability;There’s the Modernisation of Maritime Electronic Warfare program, which is supporting naval platforms with advanced electronic warfare equipment;And there’s Joint Project 9102, which is modernising Defence’s satellite communications.Often when people think about information and electronic systems, it is the technologies that often get more attention rather than the people who build and operate them.It is those skills, and the ability of the workforce to deliver something so important, that is true Australian capability.That’s why we need to build on this and promote the skills in electronic warfare across the country.Developing expertise within Australia is no longer a nice to have. It is crucial to our sovereign capability.That’s why we are partnering with academia and industry.We have established a Professional Electronic Warfare Training, Education and Research agreement with Flinders University.I’m thrilled to see that students can now elect to study a Bachelor of Engineering – specialising in Electromagnetic Systems and Security.The first classes for this new Bachelor’s degree start this year.It will produce job-ready electronic warfare specialists for Australian industry.How good is this for Australian jobs, in such an exciting and growing industry?Looking ahead, Defence’s relationship with industry and academia is only getting stronger.This is particularly the case on major capability projects in the areas of:Signal and intelligence collection and processing;Offensive and defensive cyber;Phased array and high frequency sky-wave radar;And space and terrestrial communications equipment.With our $270 billion dollar commitment to Defence capabilities over the decade, 2021 will be another year in which defence industry can draw confidence – especially in your sector.The Defence Spectrum Office and Information Warfare Division will continue to grow our capabilities, providing significant opportunities to engage with industry on projects.So tonight, I give you this commitment:I will ensure the relevant groups within Defence continue to build on their engagement with this sector, that you are being supported by Defence through our various support programs, and that the opportunities for you are clear.Thank you for the work that you do. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:ADF, army, Australia, Australian, Australian industry, autonomous systems, communications, Defence, Engineering, Flinders, Flinders University, Government, infrastructure, intelligence, Investment, Morrison, Morrison Government, navylast_img read more

Minister Garneau Speaks with UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet

first_imgMinister Garneau Speaks with UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet From: Global Affairs CanadaReadoutMinister Garneau had a productive first call with UN High Commissioner Bachelet.The Honourable Marc Garneau, Minister of Foreign Affairs, today spoke with Michelle Bachelet, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights.Minister Garneau had a productive first call with UN High Commissioner Bachelet. The Minister reiterated Canada’s commitment to engaging with partners multilaterally to promote human rights and advance gender equality as part of the government’s feminist foreign policy. He also underscored the critical role of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) in promoting respect for human rights internationally, and reaffirmed Canada’s support for the work of the OHCHR. High Commissioner Bachelet thanked Minister Garneau for Canada’s engagement on human rights and institutional support to the OHCHR.Minister Garneau presented Canada’s priorities at the current session of the Human Rights Council and raised a number of human rights issues of concern to Canada. These included the recent overthrow of the democratically-elected government in Myanmar and efforts by the military regime to curtail civil and political rights; the human rights situation in China, including the treatment of Uyghurs and other ethnic minorities in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, recent restrictive actions against journalists, opposition members and humanitarian workers in Venezuela; and the ongoing human rights violations in Belarus, including torture, suppression of the media, and crackdowns on peaceful protestors and the human rights situations in Sri Lanka and Nicaragua.The Minister and the High Commissioner agreed to continue working closely together to promote and protect human rights. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:Belarus, Canada, China, Commissioner, Foreign Affairs, gender equality, Government, Human Rights, Humanitarian, Myanmar, Nicaragua, Sri Lanka, UN, un high commissioner, venezuela, Xinjianglast_img read more

UPDATE: Police locate vehicle involved in fatal hit-and-run collision in Vancouver

first_imgUPDATE: Police locate vehicle involved in fatal hit-and-run collision in VancouverPosted by ClarkCountyToday.comDate: Thursday, September 3, 2020in: Newsshare 0 Suspect vehicle was found on the afternoon of Sept. 3UPDATE: Vancouver Police Traffic Unit investigators have located the suspect vehicle involved in yesterday’s fatal hit and run. VANCOUVER — On Wednesday evening (Sept. 2), at approximately 6:42 p.m., the Vancouver Police Department (VPD) responded to a hit-and-run collision involving a vehicle and a pedestrian in the vicinity of Mill Plain and Grand Boulevard. An image of the suspected vehicle in a hit and run collision that took place Wednesday evening in Vancouver. Photo provided by Vancouver Police DepartmentAn image of the suspected vehicle in a hit and run collision that took place Wednesday evening in Vancouver. Photo provided by Vancouver Police Department The pedestrian struck by the vehicle did not survive the collision. The suspect vehicle was last seen heading west on Mill Plain and is described as a silver or light tan GMC Envoy that would have damage to the front driver’s side. The VPD Traffic Unit are investigating the hit and run, and anyone with additional information on the location of the suspect vehicle or the collision are asked to call VPD Traffic Officer Block at (360) 869-6800. Information provided by Vancouver Police Department. This story has been updated.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textTags:Clark CountyLatestVancouvershare 0 Previous : County Council makes a U-turn on allowing ATVs on some public roads Next : Regional Transportation Council seeks citizen input on transportation projectsAdvertisementThis is placeholder textlast_img read more

Eco tip: How to winterize your home

first_img As winter approaches, CU Buffs are turning down the thermostats in an effort to curb their carbon footprint. This is an easy way to decrease energy consumption, but there are a lot of other approaches that both renters and homeowners can take to save energy and money in the colder months.The best place to start is to lower your thermostat settings, even if just a little. According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, home heating accounts for about 40 percent of our entire energy consumption. Lowering your thermostat by one degree saves between $44 and $73 on your yearly power bill.Set your thermostat a few degrees cooler at night and when you are away during the day—programmable thermostats make this easy. If you already have one, check the settings to keep your space comfortable all season long.What else can you do? Here are a few energy-efficient ideas to lessen impact on the environment and save money, too.Locate and seal drafts. On a windy day, use an incense stick, small candle or a string and slowly “trace” around all windowsills, door jams, vents, etc., looking for the flame to flicker or the smoke or string to be blown away. Sealing windows and doors with caulk or weatherstripping to keep the cold air from seeping in. Minimize the use of exhaust fans. Running a bathroom or kitchen exhaust fan for one hour can deplete your home of its warm air.Reverse your ceiling fans. Most ceiling fans have a reverse setting for winter. Fan blades rotate clockwise and draw down risen heat.Close blinds and curtains at night. Closing window treatments at night, usually the coldest time of day, helps trap the heat inside and raise the internal temperature of your home.Keep objects from blocking heaters and radiators and air ducts. Clearing the airways in your home allows you to heat the space more efficiently.Winterize yourself! Use extra blankets, dress in layers and eat warming foods to help you manage the colder temperatures.For more information, please take advantage of the following resources.Off-campus students can utilize SCORE, a free service for students by students to help you seal drafty leaks, change out inefficient lightbulbs and give you water-smart showerheads and upgrades, along with a FREE pizza! There are just a few weeks left to sign up for fall semester. If you live on campus, see here for general tips on heating your residence hall room effectively, as well as some specific tips for using each type of heating system we have on campus.Learn more about campus energy and initiatives and what you can do to help combat climate change.Report waste and share campus suggestions to conserve energy and reduce waste by emailing [email protected] CU and the city of Boulder have taken steps to achieve greater sustainability for the community.CU Boulder is now home to 18 LEED (Leadership in Energy and Enviromental Design) buildings, which operate 25 to 45 percent more efficiently than traditional buildings. On campus, two energy plants use natural gas for cogeneration to efficiently produce electricity and steam (for heating) and chilled water (for cooling) with a lower carbon footprint.Boulder’s electricity mainly comes from the Valmont Station, but the coal-fired unit will be shut down by the end of 2017. The city is aiming for 100 percent clean electricity by 2030.  Categories:SafetyCampus Community Share Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-mailcenter_img Published: Nov. 16, 2016 last_img read more

Tools for managing stress and anxiety

first_imgHost a virtual watch party. Do you and your friends share a favorite show? Love Is Blind, we’re looking at you. Schedule a time to watch the show as a virtual group and share your reactions over video or a group chat. If you don’t have the same subscriptions to streaming services, you can also use apps like Kast to share movies or TV shows and chat online.  Play games together. Whether you have a gaming console or an app on your phone, playing games online is a great way to stay connected with friends. Try free apps like Scrabble or Psych! to get started. It’s normal to feel anxious during times of transition, change or uncertainty. When life feels unpredictable it’s crucial to focus on our mental health, connections with family and friends and self-care. Here are some tools you can use to help manage stress and anxiety.HALTAddressing our basic needs can help ease anxiety and stress, especially if we haven’t checked in with ourselves in a while. Use the HALT method to identify and address your needs in the moment.H: Are you hungry? If the answer is yes, take a moment to eat a healthy snack or meal. This will help relieve any “hangry” feelings and give your body an energy boost.A: Are you angry? If the answer is yes, it’s important to identify why and how to address it. Take a moment to think through your emotions. It can be helpful to journal about your thoughts to find out what’s really bothering you. Once you’ve identified the root of your anger, give yourself the space and time to calm down and find ways to address it in a healthy way.L: Are you lonely? This doesn’t necessarily mean you’re alone, but do you feel distant, isolated, withdrawn or disconnected? This might be a clue that it’s time to reach out and have a conversation about what you’re going through with someone you trust. If you’re apart from your friends or family, sharing what is stressing you out and what you’ve been dealing with may help you feel better and reconnect.T: Are you tired? Not just physically—are you mentally exhausted? If so, it may be time to take a break, do a quick meditation, stretch, lie down or simply close your eyes for a few minutes.Identify areas you can controlAs circumstances change, you may begin to feel a loss of control over different areas in your life. However, it’s important to identify things that you can maintain control over in order to have a greater sense of structure and predictability. For instance, online classes can sometimes give you greater control over your schedule. Create a routine and schedule that works best for you right now and adjust as needed to feel more in charge of your day.Identifying small areas you can control can also be helpful. For instance, you have power over how many times you wash your hands throughout the day and for how long (hint: 20 seconds) or how often you check in with your friends and family. Being intentional and identifying areas of your life that you still have control over can help balance feelings of uncertainty or unpredictability. Set boundariesSituations can change rapidly, and you may feel a need to stay connected to news, updates and other messaging more than normal. However, it’s important to set boundaries to support and protect your mental health. One way to set boundaries is to reduce the number of times you check your phone or email for updates. For instance, if you feel bombarded by headlines and top stories, it may be helpful to turn off notifications for news updates. Instead, schedule 30 minutes during the day to review the news. Set a timer to keep yourself accountable. Once the timer goes off, go back to other activities that you need to accomplish or things you enjoy like reading a book, drinking a cup of coffee or video chatting with friends.This technique can also help if you feel overwhelmed by school or work notifications and updates. Block out specific times in your daily schedule for classes, assignments and projects.Stay connected with your social networkSocial isolation can negatively impact your mental health. While social distancing is critical, it’s also important to stay connected with the people you care about. Here are a few ways you can stay connected online:Video chat or talk on the phone. Seeing people and hearing their voices can be more impactful than messaging one another on social or over text. Schedule video dates with your friends, family and other loved ones. If you prefer texting, try using features like voice messages.center_img Start a book club. Social distancing is a great excuse to read more. Gather your friends for an ebook club. CU Boulder Libraries offers free ebooks to students, staff and faculty to check out. You can also download ebooks to your tablet, phone or computer from other public libraries using apps like Libby. Once you’ve chosen a book, set a schedule to virtually meet or chat to discuss the book. If you need inspiration, check out the New York Times Best Sellers list.If you or someone you know is feeling overwhelmed, you can reach out to Counseling and Psychiatric Services (CAPS) for support. Undergrad and graduate students can access walk-in appointments online by calling 303-492-2277.More Health & Wellness Articleslast_img read more

AT&T touts growth prospects following DirecTV, Mexico deals; raises outlook

first_imgHome AT&T touts growth prospects following DirecTV, Mexico deals; raises outlook La Suprema Corte de Justicia mexicana falla en contra de América Móvil AT&T issued a bullish forecast for the foreseeable future, with Randall Stephenson, its chairman and CEO, stating that “we’re a different company than when we began the year”.The company has boosted its content proposition through the acquisition of DirecTV, and bought Mexican mobile operators Iusacell and Nextel Mexico, which it said gives it an “unmatched position as an integrated communications and entertainment company.It is forecasting growth in revenue, adjusted earnings and free cash flow in 2015 and “each of the next three years”. Revenue growth this year will grow in “double digits”, because of the DirecTV deal; after this AT&T is projecting growth “in line with GDP growth or better”.“We’ve diversified our capabilities, added significant scale in video and mobility, and can now deliver integrated services that set us apart from the competition,” Stephenson said.AT&T has already announced a package including mobile and TV services following the DirecTV deal. It is also planning to invest $3 billion in infrastructure in Mexico, offering an integrated “North American Mobile Service”.In a statement, the operator said it is now “the largest pay TV provider in the United States and the world”, providing service to more than 26 million subscribers in the US and more than 19 million in Latin America.It also has 132 million mobile customers across the US and Mexico.“With our national retail presence, coast-to-coast TV and mobile coverage, and pervasive broadband footprint, we’re positioned like no other to lead the evolution of video and shape the future of the industry. We have the premier set of assets to redefine TV everywhere and deliver an entertainment experience that is truly unique,” Stephenson said. Previous ArticleMCX to finally start trial, exclusivity period ends – reportNext ArticleSerbia receives eight bids for Telekom Srbija stake Español Author AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 12 AUG 2015 AT&TDirecTVIusacellMexicoNextelcenter_img Related América Móvil planea escindir su división de torres y registra beneficios en el cuarto trimestre América Móvil emprenderá acciones legales contra el regulador mexicano Steve Costello Steve works across all of Mobile World Live’s channels and played a lead role in the launch and ongoing success of our apps and devices services. He has been a journalist…More Read more Tags last_img read more

Randall’s Rant: Woods back as sport’s ‘toughest hombre’

first_imgTiger Woods is the toughest hombre in all of sport today. Don’t tell mixed martial artist Jon “Bones” Jones, the NHL’s Ryan Reaves or the NFL’s Aaron Donald, but nobody compares in a true measure of competitive toughness. As much as Woods was known for his dominance, this is an upset, that a professional golfer is the real tough guy in sport. The irony in that will be on display this week, with John Daly tooling around Bethpage Black in a golf cart during the PGA Championship. Daly will evoke more complaints that golf isn’t a real sport, that tour pros who can win with beer bellies and cigarettes dangling from their mouths can’t be real athletes. Golf fans can point to Brooks Koepka and Dustin Johnson as the new wave of athletes in golf, but they can thank Woods for that, and they can point to Woods as the source of respect other athletes have for golf. With his victory at the Masters last month, Woods is breaking the mold in the sport again. Whether he wins his 16th major at the PGA Championship, whether he escalates the assault on Jack Nicklaus and the Holy Grail of golf records, Woods has already established himself as the most resilient, persevering and indestructible spirit in athletics today. That’s the triple crown of toughness. He’s in a Legend’s Division that way. Your browser does not support iframes. PGA Championship: Tee times | Full coverage OK, nobody may rank with Jackie Robinson as the first face on the Mount Rushmore of toughness in sport. He won that distinction breaking the color barrier in Major League Baseball, enduring bigotry and hatred in the daily challenge so unique to that sport. There was toughness in the exemplary way he excelled while tolerating all of that. You could carve the face of Chicago Bears linebacker Dick Butkus up there with Robinson, and Formula One driver Niki Lauda, too. Ben Hogan’s a worthy candidate, the way he came back to win six majors after he was nearly killed when his car was struck head on by a Greyhound bus back in 1949. Babe Didrikson Zaharias is worthy, too. She won the 1954 U.S. Women’s Open while wearing a colostomy bag after undergoing surgery for colon cancer. Monica Seles is also in the conversation. She was No. 1 in the world when a spectator rushed the court during a match in Germany in 1993 and stabbed her in the back with a knife during a changeover. She left the sport for two years before rejoining the game and winning her fourth Australian Open. For Woods, his toughness is pioneering in nature. It’s in how he navigated through all the land mines of today’s hyper-intensive media landscape, with social media multiplying pressure a hundredfold. No champion in history has faced the level of intense and unrelenting public scrutiny for personal failure that Woods has faced and overcome it. Yes, there was toughness in his overcoming all those back surgeries, in overcoming knee and neck pain, but the redemption won repairing his reputation with a young family in tow is a real marvel. He rebuilt the life he sabotaged with his scandals, in a sport where shame preys on the mind in ways other sports don’t. The video of his DUI arrest went viral, as did so many reports of his sexual escapades. He was the butt of jokes in monologues on so many nightly television shows for weeks at a time. There’s real might in the redemption he gained, in the good will won back with fans, fellow tour pros and with still scrutinizing media. “He remembers all the good stuff, which is really important, not the bad,” President Donald Trump said when presenting Woods with the Presidential Medal of Freedom last week. No, the president got it wrong. It’s all that bad stuff he overcame that makes him today’s toughest hombre. It’s in the strength shown not collapsing under the kind of pressure few athletes in the history of the game have ever known. Whether you are among those who won’t forgive him for his transgressions, you can’t deny the rare might he exercised rebuilding himself on a public stage the way he did. There’s a toughness to admire in his journey back atop the game for anyone who has fallen from grace.last_img read more