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Managing Holiday Stress

first_imgTraveling for the holidays, especially when small children and in-laws are involved, can add stress to an already hectic time for some couples.Logistical and financial issues often crop up during this time -– honoring various family traditions and arguments over how long a visit should last, to name a few –- that can derail a well-intentioned couple’s visions of a joyous family trip.One of the keys to avoiding undue burden is to simply manage expectations, according to Ted Futris, a life education specialist with UGA Extension and an associate professor with the College of Family and Consumer Sciences.While the “perfect” holiday experience does not exist, having a discussion with your spouse about expectations prior to departing can save a lot of grief later, he said.“That’s important in general, but it’s especially important in more complex, blended type families,” Futris said. “How do you respect the experiences and expectations each person brings with them from previous relationships? It’s important to have those conversations: ask, listen and just be open to compromise and be willing to find something that works for everyone.”As with any relationship, communication is vital, Futris said.“Establish realistic expectations,” he said. “Sometimes people avoid the discussion because they know it’s not going to be easy. And it may be that there’s no perfect solution to it, but the key is being willing to find something that works for everyone.”Futris also recommends another overlooked de-stressing mechanism: sometimes, all you need is just a few minutes to yourself.“If you need to take a moment, take five minutes of quiet time and do some mindfulness breathing,” Futris said. “If during the day you need to step away, go and do it. Take those moments to lower your heart rate, because it’s when your heart rate is elevated that you’re less positive in your reactions. Go close your eyes for a few minutes and then re-engage.”For more information, visit Futris’ CARE Lab page (Couples and Relationship Enrichment) at fcs.uga.edu/hdfs/care-lab/3. Read about the relationship enrichment curriculum Futris has helped develop at nermen.org/ELEVATE.php.last_img read more

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Six resign at CBRE Perth

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WeWork says back on track to profits: Financial Times

first_imgTroubled office-sharing start-up WeWork is set to have a positive cash flow by next year, its executive chairman told the Financial Times on Sunday, hailing a turn-around for the high-profile company.”Everybody thought WeWork was mission impossible. [That we had] zero chance. And now, a year from now, you are going to see WeWork to basically be a profitable venture with an incredible diversity of assets,” Marcelo Claure said.Claure told the Financial Times that the New York-based company’s revival was ahead of schedule after cutting its workforce by 8,000, renegotiating leases and selling assets. He also cited strong demand for flexible work space since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, with companies seeking small, satellite offices near where employees live.The SoftBank-backed company was once hailed as a dazzling unicorn valued at US$47 billion, before hemorrhaging cash and cancelling its share offering in 2019, with founder Adam Neumann pushed out.Some tenants had refused to pay rent during COVID-19 shutdowns, but Claure said Mastercard, ByteDance, Microsoft and Citigroup had all recently signed lease deals with WeWork.Topics :last_img read more

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3 Key Findings About Decisions and the Brain

first_img Share Share Tweet 62 Views   no discussions HealthLifestyle 3 Key Findings About Decisions and the Brain by: – August 19, 2014center_img Share Sharing is caring! We pride ourselves—and, yes, I’m included in that “we”—on making considered decisions, thought-out ones, and veering away from making snap judgments based on little or no information. But, despite our insistence that we are always “reasoning,” the fact is that a lot of the time, we’re not. What’s to blame? The brain.Human beings are actually hardwired to make snap judgments, or engage in what Daniel Kahneman has called “fast” thinking, and much of it takes place outside of our conscious awareness. This may have you feeling a bit like a puppet on a string, but consider the following research and ask yourself, “Who’s driving the car that’s you?”1. “Primes” influence our responses and thoughts.Did you know that if you ask people to think about a library, they’re more likely to lower their voices to a whisper? And that the smell of cleanser in the air makes people more likely to clean up after themselves? Cues in the physical environment actually evoke specific thoughts and reactions, without our being aware of their provenance. There’s a pretty obvious evolutionary advantage to this kind of reactivity—the brain metaphorically sniffing out a potential danger before you actually see it—but it continues to influence human behavior in meaningful ways. For example, as John Bargh and Tanya L. Chartrand found, when participants in an experiment were primed to complete sentences with words associated with rudeness (“aggressively,” “annoying,” etc.), they were more likely to behave rudely than those who were primed with polite words (“respect,” “courteous”) or neutral words.Even objects in a room can cue behavior, as another experiment by John Bargh and his colleagues demonstrated. In this case, the trappings of capitalism and making money provided the priming backdrop (a conference table, briefcase, suit and dress shoes, etc.) and the question posed was whether these objects would make participants more competitive. It turns out that they did. Given a word fragment to complete, one of which was c_ _p_ _ _tive, 70% of those who were primed with objects representing business completed the world as competitive, compared to 42% of unprimed subjects. That fragment, by the way, could also be completed as cooperative.These findings confirm what we tacitly acknowledge in the real world: That the trappings of power, whether in the office of a player in law or business with the big mahogany desk or in the Oval Office, are a home court advantage.A recent study by Adam D. Pazda and his colleagues discovered that women judged a woman wearing red to be more sexually receptive than a woman in white, more promiscuous, and were more likely to display jealousy and mate-guarding behavior if a woman wearing a red dress, instead of a green one, was involved! Really…..Think about that the next time you accuse your date/lover/spouse of flirting and just make sure that you’re reacting to real behavior, and not to the flash and dance of a red dress.2. Our brains take shortcutsThey do indeed and the real problem is that unless we know to look for those shortcuts or biases in thinking, we’re absolutely clueless about the fact it’s happening. I’ve written about these biases before but the key one is, I think, the availability heuristic. Here’s the problem in a nutshell: The faster something comes to mind, the more credibility and importance you’re going to assign to it. Of course, its popping up first has nothing to do with either credibility or importance but is a function of the brain’s really fast sifting for information needed to solve a problem at hand, a question that needs answering, or a decision to be made. As Daniel Kaheman notes, availability is enhanced by personal connection (your car was broken into so you assume robberies are on the rise in your formerly safe neighborhood), discussions in the media (the focus on three recent plane crashes convinces you flying is no longer safe), as well as vividness and drama (the Aurora and Newtown shootings make you think movie theatres and schools are universal targets).The good news, as Kaheman reports, is that the availability heuristic can be beaten by reconsidering the thought and questioning its content. For example, realizing that the availability heuristic is at work, you look at the car break-in and consider it a one-shot, not a trend, and decide against installing expensive floodlights over your driveway. This particular mental shortcut influences decision-making small and large—buying your lottery ticket at a convenience store fifteen miles away because someone won there last week or deciding not to move to Florida because of the danger of sinkholes—so checking what’s behind what you’re calling “thinking” (is it the availability heuristic or do I have real information at hand?) is key, 3. First impressions operate unconsciously.You take an immediate shine to Jason or Jill because you’re certain that he or she is open and honest. You instantly dislike Craig or Caroline, because your gut tells you he or she is utterly untrustworthy. Even though you’ll doubtless come up with what you think are perfectly reasonable explanations for these beliefs, the reality is that you’ve assigned traits to these folks based on your perception of their faces. How long did it take you to form a first impression? About 100 milliseconds. Yes, the whole process takes a tenth of a second and, if you’re wondering, the blink of an eye takes considerably longer.That’s precisely what a series of experiments by Janine Willis and Alexander Todorov found when participants viewed photos of individuals for varied lengths of time and identified the traits they associated with the faces. The lengths of time were 100 milliseconds, 500 milliseconds (one half second) and 1000 milliseconds (one second). Among the traits considered were trustworthiness, competence, likeability, attractiveness, aggressiveness, ambition, and extraversion.Perhaps most striking about the findings was that these true snap judgments were highly correlated with judgments made in the absence of time constraints. And did longer exposure to a face necessarily make the first impression more reliable? Actually, not; when the exposure time was increased from 100 to 500 milliseconds, judgment became more negative! The researchers opine that yet another bias—this one the person-positivity bias—may operate when the amount of information we have to go on to make a judgment is minimal but may decrease when there’s more information and time. Increasing the time from 500 to 1000 milliseconds didn’t change people’s judgments, but their confidence in their judgments increased. Thus, the authors write, “additional encounters with a person may serve only to justify quick, initial, on-line judgments.”Needless to say, this automatic appraisal is something we need to keep in mind both in the real world and on social media, especially on-line dating.Research continues to reveal that human behavior and motivation may not rely on consciousness as much as we like to think. The answer to the question “Who’s driving the car that’s you” may, in the end, prove to be quite complicated.Psychology Todaylast_img read more

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Football Friday-Week #8 (10-11)

first_imgListen to The Sports Voice, Country 103.9 WRBI for exciting High School Football action as The Batesville Bulldogs will be hosting The Franklin County Wildcats with Homecoming at The Dog Pound.On WRBIRADIO.COM, The East Central Trojans will have Senior Night as they host The Greensburg Pirates at Trojan Field.Kickoff for both games will be at 7.  WRBI’s Countdown To Kickoff at 6.We will keep you updated with our other area games going on.Lawrenceburg at Connersville.South Dearborn hosts Rushville.Milan hosts Edinburgh.South Decatur at North Decatur.Oldenburg Academy at Union Dugger.Jennings County at Floyd Central.Madison hosts Seymour.Union County hosts Centerville.Indiana Sports Talk with Bob Lovell will follow after the games.last_img read more

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Negredo: Messi may come to England

first_imgManchester City striker Alvaro Negredo believes Lionel Messi could be tempted to come to the Barclays Premier League if he gets bored of life in the Primera Division. Press Association However, Negredo, who has enjoyed a fine start to life in England since his summer move to City from Sevilla, can see that possibly changing in the future. Asked if he could see the Argentina ace moving to the Premier League, Negredo told several national newspapers: “I suppose so, it could happen. “Maybe in two or five years he will get bored with La Liga, want a change and come over here.” The Spain international added in the Sunday Mirror: “I could see someone like Messi coming to England and following players like David Silva, Juan Mata, Santi Cazorla, David de Gea and myself. He could play well in any league in the world. “The Premier League is the best place to be for the world’s top stars. Having been here for a few months it is better than I thought it would be. Your expectations go up here.” center_img There has been a steady stream of world-class talent moving from Spain to England in recent years, including stars such as Sergio Aguero, Yaya Toure and Mesut Ozil, and Negredo believes the Premier League is now the place to be for the game’s leading players. Arguably the best footballer on the planet is not currently plying his trade in England though, with four-time reigning world player of the year Messi, 26, continuing to torment opposition defences for Spanish giants Barcelona, where he has spent his whole professional career so far. last_img read more

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How Lagos Athletes Propelled Team Nigeria to Successful Outing

first_imgAll Africa GamesWhen the story of Team Nigeria’s second position outing at the recently concluded Rabat 2019 All Africa Games in Morocco is being told, the place of athletes from Lagos State and the contributions they made in the success story would not be easily forgotten.Lagos State has always been the ‘Centre of Excellence’ in Nigerian sports because the state has been known for its sports development programmes , a situation that has made the state as the grooming ground for athletes for national and international competitions. Nigeria’s Under-19 cricket team, the Junior Yellow Green, celebrating their victory in South African…recently Right from the government of Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu down to the present administration of Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, the development of sports and the welfare of athletes have always been in the hearts of the state governors who usually give all necessary support to the administrators saddled with the responsibility of managing sports in the state.There is no doubt that the gains of International Badminton Classics, the monthly Boxing Hall of Fame Show, the ITTF Nigeria Open Challenge Plus and numerous developmental school sports programmes of the Lagos State Sports Commission are adding values not only in sports in the state but Nigeria as a whole.This was evident in what happened at the Rabat Games last month with the contributions some of the athletes from Lagos State made to the total number of medals hauled by Team Nigeria to finish second at the continental championship.Anuoluwapo Opeyori and Godwin Olofia’s inspired Nigerian badminton team won a team gold medal in Morocco, the first to be won by Nigeria when the Games started. Anuoluwapo overall won 2 gold and 1 silver medal, while another Lagos athlete, Godwin Olofia won 1 gold, 1 silver and 1 bronze to the kitty of Team Nigeria. In the men’s doubles, the duo of Anuoluwapo and Godwin won silver medal, while in the women’s singles Lagos’ Dorcas Adesokan and Sofiat Obanishola won silver and bronze medals respectively. Dorcas Adesokan paired Deborah Ukeh to settle for silver medal in the women’s doubles event.Anuoluwapo is Nigeria’s and Africa’s number one in badminton, while Godwin is rated number three in Nigeria. The pair of Anuoluwapo and Godwin are Africa’s number one in the men’s doubles.Two Team Lagos boxers, Afeez Osoba (male) and Ayisat Oriyomi (female) representing Nigeria at 2019 All Africa Games won 1 silver and 1 bronze medal in the 69kg and 51kg categories respectively.Afeez Osoba was a gold medallist in 69kg event in the last Abuja 2018 National Sports Festival. He is currently in the second position in African boxing. Ayisat Oriyomi, on the other hand, is a gold medallist at the Abuja 2018 National Festival, while she is in the third position on the continent. The record shows that Oriyomi was two times Governor’s Belt winner in 2013 and 2018. Governor’s Belt is an annual boxing championship usually held every Boxing Day to determine Lagos boxing champions in both the female and male categories every year. Oriyomi also won gold medal at the Eko 2012 National Sports Festival.In weightlifting, Adijat  Adenike Olarinoye, a Lagos athlete, won 2 gold and 1 silver medals in the 55kg (Clean and Jack respectively). She broke the All Africa Games record. Olarinoye has been an outstanding lifter, she won 3 silver medals at the year 2018 National Sports Festival (NSF)  held in Abuja (snatch, clean and Jack and as well as Total in 55kg).The same success story was recorded in table tennis where unfavoured Lagos’ Olajide Omotayo, who was representing Team Nigeria, conquered three of the best players in Africa in the table tennis event to be crowned the champion.From the quarterfinal stage, Omotayo worked his way to the final beating two former champions – Egypt’s Ahmed Saleh and Nigeria’s Segun Toriola – in the quarterfinal and semifinal stages.The final produced the best of Africa with Aruna Quadri going up against Omotayo and the fans were treated to an exciting match.Omotayo threw caution to the wind and raced to the lead with a 3-0 (13-11, 11-9, 16-14) but experienced Quadri cut the lead to 3-2 with 8-11, 13-15 wins in the fourth and fifth games.The sixth match was a display of energy and skills and it was the younger Omotayo that scaled through with 12-10 win to claim the second gold medals for Nigeria in the table tennis event of the multi-sports fiesta.Executive Chairman of Lagos State Sports Commission, Dr. Kweku Tandoh, who alongside some top management staff of the commission including the Director General Oluwatoyin Gafar, were in Rabat to watch proceedings of the All Africa Games. He commended Anuoluwapo and Omotayo for their ‘golden’ performance. He said they are not only good ambassadors of Nigeria but they also made Lagos State proud.“Jide Omotayo, a player groomed and developed through the Lagos State sports system, has shown that with determination, commitment and discipline, you can get to the top. We are proud of him and wish him the very best,” Tandoh said.“Anu has continued to blossom in his badminton career. A product of Lagos State and one of the success stories of the annual Lagos International Badminton Classics, Anu’s focus, humility and discipline has seen him rise to the top of African Badminton. For him, I am sure that this is just a stepping stone to greater success in his career,” the Executive Chairman said.Lagos State Sports Commission, known for its proactive approach to the issue of development of athletes through the approval of the governor, used the long holiday of the students in the state to organise a Lagos Sports Summer Camp. The idea behind the camp, according to Gafar was to introduce the chosen sports (Athletics, Table-tennis, Basketball, Taekwondo, Judo, Swimming, Squash and Volleyball) to students who have shown interest, for them to make use of the opportunity to become future stars not only for Lagos but also for Nigeria.“After the camping exercise, some identified talents will be selected for further coaching and mentoring,” Gafar said.Like the popular saying that ‘the Future is Now’, Lagos recognises that to better the future, all hands must be on deck to prepare for the future now.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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Syracuse garners No. 2 overall seed in NCAA tournament, will face winner of Marist and Bryant

first_imgSyracuse has been named the No. 2 overall seed in the 2015 NCAA tournament, and will play the winner of Marist and Bryant in the first round next Sunday at 7:30 in the Carrier Dome.Notre Dame is the No. 1 overall seed despite losing the Atlantic Coast Conference semifinals. The Orange is the No. 1 team in the nation according to the Inside Lacrosse poll, and won the ACC tournament, but did not garner the top seed in the tournament.SU finished the season as the top-ranked team in the country, with a 12-2 overall record and an Atlantic Coast Conference tournament championship to its name. Syracuse’s only two losses came by a combined three goals to then-No. 2 Notre Dame on March 28 and then-No. 4 North Carolina on April 11.SU scored the third-most goals per game (14.5) of any team in the country and held opponents to single-digit goal totals nine times.Senior attack Kevin Rice is sixth in the country with 4.86 points per game, junior attack Dylan Donahue ranks eighth in the country with 3.14 goals per game and sophomore faceoff specialist Ben Williams is the nation’s second-best at the X with a 67.6-percent success rate.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textLast season, Syracuse lost to Bryant in the first round of the NCAA tournament, and has a chance to rematch against the Bulldogs again. If SU wins its first-round matchup this year, it will play its quarterfinal game in Annapolis, Maryland on May 17. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on May 3, 2015 at 9:27 pm Contact Matt: mcschnei@syr.edu | @matt_schneidmanlast_img read more

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Women of Troy cap regular season with NCAA tournament berth

first_imgAll of the work that the USC women’s soccer team put in this season finally mounted to one thing Monday — a spot in the 2010 NCAA tournament.United · USC will face Illinois in the opening round of the NCAA tournament, where it has a chance to recapture the title it won in 2007. – Brandon Hui | Daily Trojan The Women of Troy (12-5-3) were rewarded with the spot on ESPNU’s selection special Monday afternoon and soon after found out that they will face Illinois (13-4-1) in the first round on Nov. 12.“I’m nervous but really, really excited,” freshman goalkeeper Shelby Church said. “We have a really good opportunity ahead of us, so hopefully we take advantage of it.”The Women of Troy ran into some trouble early last weekend against Arizona State, finding themselves unable to come back from an early deficit. Although they lost 3-0 to the Sun Devils, the Women of Troy closed out the season on a high note, scoring five goals against Arizona — the highest total of the season — and recording a shutout in the process.USC coach Ali Khosroshahin said he felt that the Arizona State loss was a good test for his squad.“It was important that we respond after not doing so well on Friday,” he said. “The way we [played] Sunday spoke volumes about the character of this group.”The Women of Troy have now made the NCAA tournament six straight years and look to defend the championship they won in 2007.The team made it to the third round of play in 2008 after defeating Boston University 2-0 and Brigham Young University in penalty kicks 4-2, but it was ousted by rival UCLA 1-0 in a closely contested match. In 2009, the Women of Troy opened the tournament by taking Oklahoma State into overtime and then penalty kicks but ultimately fell 5-4 in the shootout.Despite the team’s deflating exits in seasons past, Khosroshahin said he remains confident about this year’s squad.“I have a lot of confidence in this group and [we’ve] experienced a lot of things this year that have prepared us well,” he said. “Now, it’s the final stage of the season, so let’s see what we’re made of.”last_img read more

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BetConstruct enhances R. Franco Digital alliance

first_img Submit Share Spain launches new action plan on sports integrity July 30, 2020 Share VBET agrees Armenian Premier League and Armenian Cup sponsorship August 13, 2020 Related Articles Martin Lycka – Regulatory high temperatures cancel industry’s ‘silly season’ August 11, 2020 StumbleUpon BetConstruct has agreed an ongoing strategic partnership with R. Franco Digital which will see the two integrate their products into mutual business areas across their global operations.As part of the deal, BetConstruct will gain access to R. Franco Digital’s full gaming catalogue, which consists of over 30 titles, as well as the Spanish supplier’s products and services.This will include R. Franco Digital’s compliance-facing technology, developed in tandem with the DGOJ, Spain’s regulatory authority, as well as Coljuegos of Colombia.Meanwhile, R Franco Digital will benefit from access to BetConstruct’s global network of partners, allowing the duo to form a “synergistic relationship” together for international projects with shared partners.Aris Gabrielyan, Head of Regional Business Development at BetConstruct, said: “We are very happy to be partnering with R. Franco Digital, a benchmark for leadership in the Spanish market and a force to be reckoned with on the international stage.“We see its innovative and powerful product portfolio as a great complement to our offering, and we have no doubt that it will work impressively across our network of operators.”Mario Benito, Commercial Director of R. Franco Digital, sees this agreement as a key part of the company’s development plans for 2020. He added: “Our goal as Spain’s most established gaming company is to seek first-rate strategic partners and allies in which we can share technology, products and knowledge, bespoke to each of their needs.“We’re delighted to be working alongside one of the industry’s leading technology suppliers and see it as testament to the quality of the games, products and services that our company offers. We look forward to a long and productive relationship together.last_img read more

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