Kitchen safety

first_img Keep food below 40 degrees or above 140 degrees. Refrigerate or freeze meals within two hours of preparing or cooking them. Refrigerators should be set at 40 degrees or below. Freezers should be at 0 degrees or below. Reheat cooked foods to 165 degrees. After four days, though, leftovers should be eaten, frozen or thrown away. Clean and sanitize food preparation surfaces after exposure to raw meats, poultry, fish or eggs. Cook ground beef and other meats, poultry and eggs thoroughly. Hamburgers should reach 160 degrees in the middle and heat poultry to 170 or 180 degrees to eliminate rubbery texture and pink color.To store food, divide into smaller quantities that will cool quickly and spread the containers out in the refrigerator until they are cooled. Sometimes food makes people sick, leading to product recalls, either large or small. Regardless of its origins, consumers should take steps to responsibly prepare and serve their food at home, says a University of Georgia food expert.“We still need to do everything in our control to not be the source of an outbreak. Beyond that, pay attention to the news and listen for recalls,” said Elizabeth Andress, a UGA Cooperative Extension food safety specialist.To keep foodborne illness at bay in the kitchen, Andress says to:last_img read more

Governor Wolf Celebrates Drug Take-Back Box Success, Announces Philadelphia Police Naloxone Funding at Visit to Walgreens

first_img Press Release,  Public Health,  Public Safety,  Results,  Substance Use Disorder Philadelphia, PA – Today, Governor Wolf was joined by Acting Secretary for the Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs Jen Smith, Mayor Jim Kenney, Philadelphia Police Commissioner Richard Ross, Drug Enforcement Administration Special Agent Gary Tuggle, and executives and staff of Walgreens to celebrate the success of the prescription drug take-back box program and to formally announce additional funding to provide the Philadelphia police with naloxone.“The opioid and heroin abuse crisis has hit Pennsylvania hard and this crisis doesn’t discriminate – it hits every age group, every creed, color, and income level,” Governor Wolf said. “We know that one of the leading causes of opioid availability, which can lead to a crippling and life altering addiction, is over prescription of these powerful drugs.“Leftover opioids can be sold, or abused by family members, leading to even more people affected by their presence. That’s why I am proud to be here to celebrate one of the key steps my administration has taken to combat this crisis.”In collaboration with partners such as Walgreens and local law enforcement, Pennsylvania has created over 580 drug take-back locations in its 67 counties.“By making safe medication disposal kiosks available in select Pennsylvania stores, and offering naloxone without requiring a prescription, Walgreens is taking an important first step to reduce the misuse of medications throughout the country and curb the rise in overdose deaths,” said Kim Treece, Walgreens regional vice president in Pennsylvania. “Everyone has a role to play in minimizing prescription drug abuse, and we are committed to being part of a comprehensive solution to reverse this epidemic.”Addressing prescription drug misuse, abuse, and overdose is a major component of Governor Wolf’s commitment to fighting the opioid abuse epidemic in Pennsylvania. The Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs, in partnership with the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency and the Pennsylvania District Attorneys Association, has worked to install secure and permanent prescription drug take-back boxes in communities across the state. Walgreens has participated in the drug take-back box program in Pennsylvania since late December.Since 2014, Pennsylvania communities and their partners have properly disposed of and destroyed over 118 tons of prescription drugs.In 2016 across Pennsylvania, 124,335 pounds, or almost 62 tons of unwanted prescription drugs were collected and destroyed by the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Bureau of Narcotics Investigation, the Pennsylvania National Guard, and the DEA. Last October, during its fall National Drug Take-Back Day, the DEA and its partners collected more than 893,498 pounds (about 447 tons) of unwanted prescription drugs at almost 5,400 collection sites.To find a take-back box location for the disposal of prescription drugs, visit at Walgreens, Governor Wolf also formally announced the award of $200,000 in funding from the Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs (DDAP) for approximately 5,000 naloxone kits to be purchased by the Philadelphia and SEPTA police.“In 2016, there were more than 900 overdose deaths in Philadelphia and making naloxone more available to Philadelphia City and SEPTA police is key to reversing overdoses and saving lives,” said Jen Smith, Acting Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs. “DDAP continues to be proactive in our fight against dangerous opioids and additional funding will help in this proactive initiative and reduce the number of heroin and opioid overdose deaths.”The number of opioid overdose deaths in 2016 is expected to be higher than 2015 when 3,500 people died from overdoses.If you or someone you know is suffering from the disease of addiction, call 1-800-662-HELP or visit for treatment options. Governor Wolf Celebrates Drug Take-Back Box Success, Announces Philadelphia Police Naloxone Funding at Visit to Walgreens May 11, 2017center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Takeaways: Thornton-less Sharks prove what we already knew

first_imgPHILADELPHIA — Joe Pavelski insists that the Sharks have more than enough forward depth to absorb Joe Thornton’s short-term loss.He and his teammates backed up the claim Tuesday night, breaking through offensively with 48 shots and eight goals as the squad’s emotional leader recovers from an infection in his surgically-repaired right knee back in San Jose.Here’s what we learned as the Sharks (2-2) spoiled the Philadelphia Flyers home opener with an 8-2 win at Wells Fargo Center:1. The …last_img read more

Five keys for the 49ers to beat the Bengals

first_imgDraw on humble roots by practicing at Youngstown State? Check.Win the next game? They did in 2011 and ’12, when the 49ers triumphed after a Youngstown connector between back-to-back road games.CINCINNATI, OH – … YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Bunkering here for a week is meant to enhance the 49ers’ job prospects come Sunday’s game at the Cincinnati Bengals.Cut down on cross-country travel? Check.Keep body clocks on the Eastern Time Zone? Check.Bond inside a six-story Holiday Inn? Check.last_img read more

Comrades: a South African institution

first_imgJacob DlaminiOn 15 June, thousands of runners will take part in one of the most gruelling feats of human endurance in the world: South Africa’s Comrades Marathon. This year will be the up-run, meaning the race will start in Durban and finish in Pietermaritzburg. Along the way, runners will negotiate the “Big Five” hills, so-called because they are some of the most difficult climbs in road racing anywhere. The Big Five are: Cowies Hill, Field’s Hill, Botha’s Hill, Inchanga and Polly Shortts.These are killer hills and many a runner has felt his legs turn to jelly just staring at them. The 89km race may cut through some of the most beautiful places in South Africa, it may traverse a landscape so majestic writer Alan Paton called it beautiful beyond the singing of it, but most of that is nothing but a blur to runners trying valiantly to make it to the finish line within the allotted 12 hours. It is said that you do not fully understand the taste and feel of madness until you have tried the Comrades.For South Africans, the Comrades is a national institution, up there with biltong and the braai. We may not all like biltong, we may even be vegetarians, but we know that these are institutions that in some ways define who we are. It is the same with the Comrades. In our mental backdrop we know that the Comrades follows the June school holidays in much the same way that winter follows autumn. It is just the way things are.We know, too, who Bruce Fordyce is. In fact, the compact-built Comrades legend ranks among the few South Africans who need no introduction. We all know him as the star athlete who dominated the Comrades for the entire 1980s. Come the day of the Comrades, regular folks will go about their business, run errands, do their shopping or visit friends. But, at some point, they will each want to find out who won and who the stragglers are. It is just what people do on the day of the Comrades.In some ways, the Comrades is not simply a national institution. It is also a lens through which to tell the history of modern South Africa. It is, for example, testament to the full integration of South Africa into the world that the Comrades has been dominated by international runners since the end of apartheid, with local runners making a strong showing every now and again. The globalisation of the race today, illustrated by the fact that overseas runners constitute a sizeable chunk of the estimated 12 000 participants each year, also serves to remind us of the spirit of internationalism on which the Comrades was founded.The Comrades was first run in 1921 to commemorate South Africans who had died in the First World War. It was initiated by Vic Clapham, a First World War veteran, who had served in East Africa. He wanted the race to honour the triumph of humanity over danger. He wanted the marathon to acknowledge the feats of endurance that had marked the war. However, this spirit of the Comrades was marked more in the breach in the first decades of the race’s history. It wasn’t, after all, until 1975 that the race was opened to both blacks and women. The first black runner to win a medal was Vincent Rakabele, who placed 20th in the 1975 race. That same year, Elizabeth Cavanaugh made history by becoming the first female winner.To be sure, the Comrades is more than just a national institution. It is also the world’s oldest ultra-marathon. As ultra-marathons go, it is also one of the easiest (relatively speaking) to qualify for: you only need to finish a marathon under five hours. That, as they say, is not enough for many people to run either a marathon or the Comrades to win it, but it certainly places qualification within the bounds of human possibility and achievement. Any average Joe serious about giving the race a try can qualify.But it is as a national institution that the Comrades is better understood. It is as a national institution that the Comrades tells us a lot about who we are and what we are capable of. Here is a race founded in celebration of human accomplishment but which limited that celebration to only a few until the 1970s; here is a race that showcases the best of what South Africa can offer and, in doing that, allows South Africans to compete against the very best in the world. More importantly, the Comrades places such mental and physical demands on its runners that distinctions of race, ethnicity, gender and class are undistinguished. The Big Five do not really care how much money you have in the bank, what texture your hair is, or what language you speak.It is testament to the heroism of the human will that the majority of those who start the race finish it. But, then again, that is nothing more than the illustration of the can-do, vasbyt mentality that South Africans have been known to display on occasion. This is not to suggest that South Africans must view every challenge in life as they would a Comrades race. It is to suggest, rather, that South Africans are capable of more than they realise and that it helps to be reminded of this sometimes.Visit the Comrades Marathon websiteGo to the MediaClub weekly columns home pageJacob Dlamini is a PhD student in History at Yale University, a columnist for The Weekender, and former political editor of Business Day.last_img read more

Taking ballet to township kids

first_imgThe SAMB Development Programme runs ballet schools in Soweto, Tshwane, Braamfontein, Alexandra, Sophiatown, Mamelodi, Eersterus, Katlehong and Melville. Over the past four years, the Cuban ballet revolution has electrified the art in South Africa, re-energising dancers, teachers and audiences and taking ballet in South Africa to a new level.(Images: SAMB)MEDIA CONTACTS • Samantha Saevitzon PR, South African Mzansi Ballet+27 11 877 6893RELATED ARTICLES• ‘I only ever wanted to dance’• They come to dance…and grow• Major turnaround for SA ballet• Using theatre to educate• SA puppet company wins a TonyCadine PillayWhen it comes to the arts, Dirk Badenhorst, the chief executive of South African Mzansi Ballet (SAMB), does not believe in social barriers.Instead, he believes that talent is talent no matter where it comes from, which is why SAMB has set up a development programme in the townships of Gauteng. Through this initiative, it offers classes to underprivileged children.The SAMB Development Programme runs ballet schools in townships, where classes are attended by talented children from disadvantaged backgrounds. The children learn the art of ballet, at no cost to their parents, by professional dancers, who are paid a salary. There are schools in Soweto, Tshwane, Braamfontein, Alexandra, Sophiatown, Mamelodi, Eersterus, Katlehong and Melville. At these schools, more than 500 dancers, aged five to 16, are taught afternoon ballet classes.Exposing children to a new world“The programme provides a safe and well-adjusted environment for children to grow socially. It also introduces them to the joy of classical ballet while exposing them to a potential career in the performing arts,” says Badenhorst. “Another primary focus is to teach children from previously disadvantaged backgrounds valuable etiquette and leadership skills through the art of dance, as well as exposure to role models. Once in the programme, children are instilled with a feeling of pride and self-worth through artistic performances.”The school also selects youngsters to receive sponsorships to attend SAMB’s annual Winter School, where they are able to socialise with children from other studios. Students are also enrolled for annual examinations, through which they can get a formal Cecchetti Society qualification.In 2012, five children from the development schools successfully auditioned to study at the National School of Arts in Braamfontein, Johannesburg; others have joined the Johannesburg Youth Ballet.Cuban ballet school opensAlso in the ballet world, the South Africa Cuban Ballet School has started its new year and has opened its doors to the public for auditions. The school was initiated in 2012 following a partnership with Cuban ballet in 2008. The internationally respected Cuban ballet training system has produced many acclaimed dancers, such as Carlos Acosta, NorMaria Olaechea, Claudia Monja and Luis Bermudez de Castro.Over the past four years, the Cuban ballet revolution has electrified the art in South Africa, re-energising dancers, teachers and audiences and taking ballet in South Africa to a new level.“For many years, Cuban ballet dancers have infiltrated ballet in many parts of the world. That is why I wanted to bring it to this country,” says Badenhorst. “It has played an increasingly central role in ballet in South Africa.”Cuban training methodsTraining of dancers is done on a rotational basis by visiting ballet teachers from the National Ballet School of Cuba. “The activities of the new training project will not only benefit South African dance students but also South African teachers, who will have the opportunity to be trained in the Cuban teaching methods,” Badenhorst explains.Ballet training includes the Alicia Alonso method, which is Cuban, and Vaganova, which is Russian but used in Cuban teachings. Cuban ballet has a romantic feel and combines Russian extension with fancy Italian foot work. Vaganova emphasises dancing with the entire body, promoting the harmonious movement of arms, legs, and torso.“Overall, Cuban ballet appeals to audiences because it is sexy, passionate and full of prowess,” Badenhorst says. The guest teachers from the National Ballet School of Cuba this year are Ana Julia Bermudez de Castro, Elena Cangas and Martha Iris.The South Africa Cuban Ballet School is offering three levels of teaching, providing for the training of students in three age groups: eight to 10 (level one), 11 to 13 (level two), and 14 to 18 (level three). The school operates every weekday afternoon at the Dance Factory in Newtown from 3.30pm to 6.30pm.Each dancer trains four afternoons a week, leaving one weekday afternoon as well as Saturdays to work with teachers in other training methods and curriculums. The classes are 90 minutes and boys and girls are trained separately.Vocational school for job creationBadenhorst is largely supportive of entrepreneurship and creating jobs for his dancers, which is why it is envisaged that this training initiative with the Cuban teachers will develop into a vocational school, nurturing dancers into the professional company at SAMB.“My ultimate goal is to have a proper system that focuses on vocational training in preparing dancers for professional stages,” he adds. “I want these children and the rest of our dancers to be able to go out in five years and get jobs, either in South Africa or overseas, or start their own companies.”last_img read more

Samsung Galaxy S4: The Phone So Complicated, It Has An ‘Easy’ Mode

first_imgBest Photo: Takes a burst of eight pictures and selects the best.Auto: Classic smartphone camera feature, automatically adjusts for light settings. On by default.Beauty Face: Enhances facial features automatically.Best Face: Combines five photos of a face to create the ideal image.Sound & Shot: Takes a still photo and records nine seconds of sound to go with it. Annoyingly, the clips play automatically when you flip through photos in the gallery.Drama: Takes multiple pictures of a moving object and transposes them to one shot. A standard feature on most digital SLRs.Animated Photo: You take a picture of someone waving at you. You can then go back into the picture and freeze portions of it, but keep the waving hand moving. Kind of like taking a picture to create an animated GIF.Rich Tone: Hi-definition. Most smartphones do this nowadays.Eraser: Is there something moving in your photo you want t oeliminate. Eraser lets you edit the photo to remove people walking in the background, or traffic in the foreground. Eraser does not work on stationary objects (like someone photo-bombing your pictures).Panorama: Creates a simple multiple panel shot – already standard on Apple and HTC smartphones.Sports: Speeds up the camera take capture pictures of fast movement.Night: Improves low-light pictures without flash.Its quite a list, although a few functions, like Animated Photo, don’t work quite as well as they could. The camera also has a dual-function mode where you can insert your face from the front camera into the view finder of the back camera. All in all, except for maybe the HTC One, there may not be a better smartphone camera on the market. Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces The Smartphone For Your Mom?The term “fear of missing out” – FoMo – has been applied to the sociological concept of not wanting to miss anything your friends are doing in relation to social media, but it could just as easily apply to the Galaxy S4. With all the things that this smartphone can do, it’s easy to get the feeling that you are missing out on the capabilities of your own device.Let’s take a look at some of the new features in the Galaxy S4:Air View: Hover over an item like an email or a calendar date and Air View will display a preview of what is inside. This feature originally appeared in Samsung’s Note 2 with the built-in stylus but now can be done with a finger.Air Gesture: Theoretically, you can answer a phone call, change songs on a music playlist, swap browser tabs or perform a variety of other functions just by waving your hand over he device. An extra infrared sensor picks up the motion and executes the command. At least it is supposed to. Except for one limited instance (moving an app from one home screen panel to another), I was not able to get Air Gesture to work. And this turned out be a disappointing theme with the Galaxy S4.Smart Stay/Smart Pause/Smart Scroll: With Smart Stay, the screen stays on as long as you are looking at it. Smart Pause is intended to pause a video if your eyes look away. Smart Scroll is supposed to follow your facial motion and the tilt of your device to automatically scroll down a website. But no matter how hard I tried, with a wide variety of apps, I could not get Smart Pause to work. Smart Stay seems to work OK, but it was often hard to tell since I mostly seem to look at my smartphone for only a few seconds at a time. It was also difficult to get Smart Scroll to work. The instructions for these features note that your face and the background behind you must be well-lit, so Samsung seems to acknowledge that these functions won’t work all the time.Multi-Window: You Can use two apps at the same time. A little tab appears on the left of the screen and essentially acts as a “recent apps” menu.[See Also: Samsung Galaxy S4: The Phone So Complicated, It Has An ‘Easy’ Mode]Easy Mode: For people who ave trouble using complicated devices, the Galaxy S4 has an entire mode with bigger fonts, icons and less home screen space. This works, but there’s no surer sign of the S4’s feature bloat than the need for an “easy mode.”WatchOn: OK, this feature is cool. WatchOn uses the device’s infrared sensor to turn the S4 into a programmable TV remote control. It even recognize your TV and cable/satellite provider and displays a programming guide.Samsung Hub: Samsung used to have several different media “hubs” for books, music, video and so forth. They have now all been consolidated to one Hub.Group Play: This feature lets you to connect to other Samsung devices and play the same song through all of them at the same time, with one person acting as the DJ. This could be fun in some situations, but it’s mostly just a gimmick.Expanded Settings/Notifications: Android comes with a simple drop-down notification center. Samsung’s TouchWiz has historically added radio buttons to it to control Wi-Fi, GPS, rotate and other functions. Since the S4 has so many new functions, the company added an entirely new section to the drop-down settings to toggle all the various features on and off.“What we have done is create a form here which allows people to learn about the feature and decide if you want to turn it on our off. It is another way making these really, really powerful features more accessible,” DiCarlo said.Samsung Galaxy S4 settings panelThe Galaxy S4 comes pre-loaded with widgets and apps on its Android home screen panels out of the box, but these can be easily removed. See the composite image below for the pre-loaded apps and widgets on a Sprint version of the S4. (Note: Spotify does not come pre-loaded. I put that in to the only available space I could find on the Galaxy S4. )With all this… stuff, is this really the phone that I would recommend to my mother? Or anyone’s mother? Related Posts Panorama modeOne note: Some of the functions (animated photo, sound and photo) are saved to the Galaxy S4 in a proprietary Samsung file and can be shared only with other Samsung devices.Hardware & DesignThe specs on the Galaxy S4 are comparable to other top smartphones on the market. The U.S. version sports the same Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 processor as the HTC One and LG Optimus Pro G.It has all the usual sensors – Gyroscope, accelerometer, proximity – as well as that extra infrared sensor that powers the gesture-based controls. It also is said to have a barometer and humidity sensors, but I have no idea what they do or how to use them.The Galaxy Sr’s 2600 mAh battery, biggest in a non-“phablet” smartphone, will definitely last all day and then some.The Galaxy S4 has the same flimsy plastic removable back as other Galaxy S models. DiCarlo explained the company’s reasoning:In terms of the material, we definitely heard the criticisms and comments. It definitely did not go unheard. Our thinking on that is that a removable battery is a good thing. If you are at CES working all day or at a concert or whatever, having an alternate battery is certainly a good thing. A lot of people still like removable memory. And a lot of our accessories allow the device to stay thin by replacing that back cover for wireless charging or whatever. There are a lot of user benefits as well as durability factor, something you can carry around with you in a case. Not to make any excuse for it, but just to explain the thinking.Samsung’s accessories, like the flip cover back, are definitely a big reason for the removable back. So is weight. At 4.59 ounces, it is almost a half-ounce lighter than the full-metal-casing HTC One. Even though the S4 is a little smaller than the Galaxy S3, its screen is a little bigger, growing from 4.8 inches to 5 inches. The very nice screen is HD Super Amoled, coming in at 441 pixels per inch. If anything, the colors may seem a little over saturated.You Might Want This Smartphone, You Might NotSamsung will sell a lot of Galaxy S4s. Consumers will like the size and shape, the screen and the camera. Developers will like the chance to play with the gesture-based controls like AirView (if they can actually get them to work). Enterprises won’t mind employees bringing the device to work with its capability to use Knox, Samsung’s mobile enterprise management solution.Really, the Galaxy S4 is a solid smartphone, in just about every way.You just have to put up with Samsung’s insistence on loading you down with bloatware, pre-loaded apps and features that you will likely never use and just get in the way. Once you cut through all that, the Galaxy S4 is a first rate smartphone. Tags:#Android#Samsung#Samsung Galaxy dan rowinski CameraThe S4’s cameras have so much going on it deserves its own focus. Fortunately, though, the advanced camera functions are easy to use and understand. The Galaxy S4 has a 13-megapixel back camera and 2MP front camera – more than most competitors.The goal of the Galaxy S4 camera is to give regular people (not just professional photographers) the ability to use more of its features. “Where we really focused was allowing people to really get a professional kind of photo experience super, super easy,” DiCarlo said.The camera interface uses a simple “mode” button on the display to toggle through the different ways the Galaxy S4 let you take a picture. Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Your smartphone should not be a source of stress. With its new Galaxy S4, it seems Samsung may not have gotten the memo.It seems that every feature Samsung could possibly dream up ended up in the Galaxy S4. The company pushes the envelope with technologies and features that keep the rest of the industry on its toes. Yet it packs the Galaxy S4 with so many of its own branded apps, so many features of questionable value that don’t even work properly, that it detracts from the overall quality of the device.Samsung does allow you to strip away many of those features. Its custom-made widgets can be thrown out, and functions like Air Gesture and Smart Pause can be turned off. Once you strip away all the superfluous garbage, the Galaxy S4 is actually a pretty nice device. And there are indications that Samsung recognizes the problem.“Galaxy S3 and Note II are very feature-rich products. As is the S4. That is very core to the brand of ‘next big thing,’” said Nick DiCarlo, VP of Portfolio Planning and Product Marketing at Samsung Telecommunications America. “With the S4 you will notice that we have done a ton of things to make things simpler. We hope that this could be a phone that you would recommend to your mom.” The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech …last_img read more

Embrace Negative Feedback as a Learning Opportunity

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 Losing an opportunity is a form of negative feedback. Missing your number is a form of negative feedback too. Sometimes your performance review might include a component of negative feedback.No one likes negative feedback. I don’t like it, and you don’t like it. But negative feedback is a necessary component of improving your performance. The negative feedback you receive from any number of sources is an opportunity to learn from what you’re doing, an opportunity to make adjustments to what you’re doing in the future, and to produce better results.The Fast Track to ImprovementAs difficult as it might seem, embracing negative feedback as a learning opportunity is the fast track to improving your performance. As long as you’re emotionally intelligent enough to accept that feedback, to learn from it, and to make the necessary adjustments.When you lose an opportunity, it hurts. You want to believe it wasn’t your fault. You want to believe that it was the client who was at fault for not understanding the value you create. We want to believe that it’s your competitors that did something unfair by cutting their pricing. But when you lose, it’s another salesperson that wins that opportunity. Without accepting responsibility for the loss you can’t get better.A lost opportunity is a form of negative feedback. There’s a lesson in there for you somewhere.Missing You Number, Gaining an EducationMissing your number is another form of negative feedback. If what you’re presently doing isn’t going to produce the number, then you need to make the changes that will allow you to perform better and produce better results.Missing your number is another form of negative feedback. There is a lesson to be learned from missing your number, but you have to be willing to capture that lesson and you have to be willing to change.Now you know what doesn’t work. What do you need to change?Your Performance ReviewThere’s a reason of the top performers and any human endeavor have coaches. They can’t see their own swing. Your performance review may be based on numbers, but some component is going to be your sales managers opinion of what the obstacles to better performance are for you.As difficult as it is to accept negative feedback, an open heart and an open mind will give you the opportunity to look at what you’re doing through someone else’s eyes. It takes courage to acknowledge that your performance isn’t what it should be. It takes emotional intelligence to accept criticism from someone else. But negative feedback on your performance, whether it comes quarterly, annually, or even informally, can help you identify the changes you need to make in order to perform better.Negative feedback, as painful as it may be, is a learning opportunity. The more you open you are to the message it’s teaching you, the faster you will improve your performance.QuestionsWhat negative feedback have you received recently?What lesson did you derive from the negative feedback?What did you learn from the last opportunity you lost?What was your take away from missing your number the last time you missed it?How do you learn to accept a negative feedback without being reflexively defensive?last_img read more

Back pain- when you see the doctor

first_imgDefinitionWhen you first see your health care provider for back pain, you will be asked questions about your back pain, including how often it occurs and how severe it is.Your provider will try to determine the cause of your pain and whether it is likely to quickly get better with simple measures, such as ice, mild painkillers, physical therapy, and exercise.InformationQuestions your health care provider may ask may include:Is your back pain on one side only or both sides?What does the pain feel like? Is it dull, sharp, throbbing, or burning?Is this the first time you have had back pain?When did the pain begin? Did it start suddenly?Did you have an injury or accident?What were you doing just before the pain began? For example, were you lifting or bending? Sitting at your computer? Driving a long distance?If you have had back pain before, is this pain similar or different? In what way is it different?Do you know what caused your back pain in the past?How long does each episode of back pain usually last?Do you feel the pain anywhere else, such as in your hip, thigh, leg or feet?Do you have any numbness or tingling? Any weakness or loss of function in your leg or elsewhere?What makes the pain worse? Lifting, twisting, standing, or sitting for long periods?What makes you feel better?You will also be asked if you have other symptoms, which may be a sign of a more serious cause. Tell your health care provider if you have had weight loss, fever, a change in urination or bowel habits, or a history of cancer.advertisementYour health care provider will perform a physical exam to try to find the exact location of your pain, and determine how it affects your movement. You will be asked to:Sit, stand, and walkWalk on your toes and then your heelsBend forward, backward, and sidewaysLift your legs straight up while lying downIf the pain is worse when you lift your legs straight up while lying down, you may have sciatica, especially if you also feel numbness or tingling in one of your legs.Your health care provider will also move your legs into different positions, including bending and straightening your knees.A rubber hammer is used to check your reflexes and to see if your nerves are working properly. Your provider will touch your skin in many places, using a pin, cotton swab, or feather. This reveals how well you can feel, or sense, things. tests.ReferencesChou R, Qaseem A, Snow V, et al. Diagnosis and treatment of low back pain: a joint clinical practice guideline from the American College of Physicians and the American Pain Society. Ann Intern Med. 2007;147:478-491.Review Date:8/12/2013Reviewed By:C. Benjamin Ma, MD, Assistant Professor, Chief, Sports Medicine and Shoulder Service, UCSF Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Bethanne Black, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.last_img read more

Star Bulk Narrows 2Q Loss as Revenues Rise

first_imgzoom Greek dry bulk shipping firm Star Bulk has managed to reduce its loss for the second quarter of this year to USD 10.3 million from USD 32.9 million posted in the same quarter a year earlier.Net loss for the first half of this year stood at USD 26.2 million, against a net loss of USD 81.7 million recorded in 1H 2016.In 2Q 2017, total net voyage revenues were USD 62 million, compared to USD 34.9 million seen in the second quarter of 2016. This increase was primarily driven by the increase in charter hire rates, which led to a TCE rate of USD 9,746 compared to a TCE rate of USD 5,609 in the same period last year, representing a 74% rise.“Given our Q2 2017 average OPEX and net cash G&A expenses per vessel … we have an adjusted EBITDA of USD 25.7 million, compared to an adjusted EBITDA figure of USD 1.6 million in Q2 2016. This marks the fifth consecutive increase in our quarterly Adjusted EBITDA since the first quarter of 2016 when the dry bulk market troughed,” Petros Pappas, Chief Executive Officer of Star Bulk, commented.In July, the company took delivery of MV Diva, a Supramax vessel with carrying capacity of 56,582 dwt, built at Jiangsu Hantong Ship Heavy Industry China in 2011.Furthermore, in August, the company paid USD 3.6 million to all parties under its restructuring agreements, representing the 20% of the equity used for the acquisition of Star Charis, Star Suzanna and Diva.Star Bulk inked in June a new loan agreement with ABN AMRO Bank for USD 30.8 million to partially finance the acquisition of two Kamsarmaxes bought earlier this year and to refinance all of the outstanding debt under the Heron Vessel CiT Facility.“On the financing front, we have drawn down the full facility amount to partially finance the acquisition of the 2 … Kamsarmaxes …, which along with the successful refinancing in full of one of our bank facilities, demonstrates the solid support from the company’s lenders and enhances our financial flexibility going forward,” Pappas concluded.Currently, Star Bulk’s fleet includes 71 operating vessels and 3 newbuilding vessels under construction in China. All of the newbuilds are expected to be delivered during 2017 and 2018. Additionally, the company has one chartered‐in Supramax vessel, under a time charter expiring in September 2017.last_img read more