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Self-care is any activity that we do deliberately to take care of our mental, emotional and physical health. Although it’s a simple concept in theory, it’s something we very often overlook in our day-to-day lives.Not too surprisingly, in times of crisis—like responding to something as big and overwhelming as the COVID-19 pandemic—self-care often takes a backseat.“The ability to care for oneself is predicated on the ability to consistently go inward and listen to what is there with open, compassionate ears,” says Amy Pershing, LMSW, ACSW, a clinical director at The Center for Eating Disorders in Ann Arbor, Michigan in this article.However, during stressful periods, we tend to focus outward, the article’s author explains. We diminish or disregard our inner life, ignoring our needs and limits. And yet, it’s during hectic or difficult times when we need to care for ourselves the most. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading »
Linked news: Photo: City of Dubronvik Photo: City of Dubrovnik The city of Dubrovnik is the first Croatian city to regulate the issue of setting up ATMs with their acts, which began to ruin the appearance of UNESCO’s monumental heritage with excessive numbers. These are ATMs that the owners themselves decided to remove in accordance with the Decision based on the Amendments to the Decision on Communal Order, which the City of Dubrovnik prescribed a ban on placing ATMs and other devices in openings in buildings in the historic center. Some have already decided to remove improperly installed devices themselves and thus avoid paying high fines. Penalties will be issued on a daily basis in case of non-compliance with the Decision, and can go up to HRK 200.000 million for legal entities and up to HRK XNUMX for natural persons. Two ATMs that were set up in Široka Street without the permission of the conservator and for which the Municipal Police of the City of Dubrovnik issued a Decision on removal, were removed from this location. As they point out from the city of Dubrovnik, after the adoption of the decision by the City Council, administrative procedures were carried out which included ATMs without valid approvals. After the expiration of the 30-day deadline, if the decision is not followed, the Municipal Police of the City of Dubrovnik will repeatedly punish violators. AFTER DUBROVNIK AND ROVINJ INTRODUCED SPECIAL CONDITIONS FOR THE INSTALLATION OF ATMS IN THE OLD CENTER FROM NEXT SUMMER, DAILY FLIGHTS BETWEEN DUBROVNIK AND PHILADELPHIA ARE INTRODUCED
Could there be a leak? US diplomatic cables seen by The Washington Post earlier said that officials were concerned about inadequate safety standards related to researchers’ handling of SARS-like bat coronaviruses in the high-security lab.The institute has said it received samples of the then-unknown virus on December 30, determined the viral genome sequence on January 2 and submitted information on the pathogen to the WHO on January 11.Shi Zhengli, one of China’s leading experts on bat coronaviruses and deputy director of the Wuhan P4 lab, said she would “bet her life that [the new coronavirus] had nothing to do with the lab”, according to Chinese state media.And in an interview with Scientific American, Shi said the SARS-CoV-2 genome sequence did not match any of the bat coronaviruses her laboratory had previously collected and studied. What do its researchers do? Work by the lab’s scientists helped to shed light on the COVID-19 pathogen in the early days of the outbreak in Wuhan.In February, they published work concluding that the new virus shared a 79.6 percent sequence identity to the SARS coronavirus, and that it was 96 percent identical at the whole-genome level to a coronavirus found in bats.The lab’s researchers had already conducted extensive investigations on the links between bats and disease outbreaks in China, and had highlighted the need to prepare for viruses potentially spreading out of their natural reservoirs into human communities.Scientists think COVID-19 originated in bats and could have been transmitted to people via another mammal like a pangolin, but there is no definitive answer so far. The Chinese laboratory accused by top American officials of being the source of the coronavirus pandemic conducts research on the world’s most dangerous diseases.US President Donald Trump and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo have both claimed that there is evidence the pathogen came from the lab in Wuhan — the city where the disease was first detected late last year.But the World Health Organization said Washington had offered no evidence to support the “speculative” claims, and scientists believe the coronavirus jumped from animals to humans, possibly at a Wuhan market selling wild animals. Topics : The top US epidemiologist Anthony Fauci has echoed the WHO’s statement, telling National Geographic that all evidence so far “strongly indicates” a natural origin.China has strongly denied the allegations, but speculation and conspiracy theories have persisted.Here are some key questions about the Wuhan Institute of Virology: What do scientists know about the virus? Researchers have noted that while there is no proof for the lab accident theory, there is also no clear evidence that the virus came from the Wuhan market.A study by a group of Chinese scientists published in The Lancet in January found that the first COVID-19 patient had no connection to the market, and neither did 13 of the first 41 confirmed cases.Professor Leo Poon of The University of Hong Kong said the scientific community’s consensus was that the virus is not human-made.”We need to look at the origin of this virus. It is important, because from a public health point of view, we want to know how it happened, and [if we can] learn from this,” he said.David Heymann, professor of infectious disease epidemiology at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, added: “We have a hypothesis that it came from a live animal market, and I haven’t seen anybody provide evidence that shows to the contrary.” What does it handle? The Wuhan institute houses the largest virus bank in Asia, which preserves more than 1,500 strains.The complex contains Asia’s first maximum-security lab equipped to handle Class 4 pathogens (P4) such as Ebola.The 300-million-yuan ($42 million) P4 lab opened in 2018. A P3 lab has been in operation since 2012.While the US intelligence community said it had concluded the coronavirus was not human-made, it added that it would continue to investigate if the outbreak started from contact with infected animals or from “an accident” at the Wuhan lab.
– says Ashmead ready to face challengesBy Clifton RossFORMER Guyana off-spinner and National youth coach, Garvin Nedd, believes son Ashmead Nedd starting his senior career this upcoming West Indies Regional 4-Day season with the Leeward Hurricanes is a good move for him in the future. Nedd, also called ‘Tibsy’ around the local fraternity, who played for Guyana from 1995-2000 as one of their main spinners, said recently that he was proud of his son’s latest achievements, following his success on the Regional and international scenes in 2019.The 19-year-old slow left-arm orthodox spinner had been tipped as one of the future slow-bowling options for Guyana from a young age. However, his talents overflowed over the last two years as he etched his name in the history books by playing a leading role in helping his team, the West Indies Emerging Players (WIEP), win the Regional Super50 title last year; it was WIEP’s first outing as a team. Nedd had already been a member of the West Indies U-19 team and was also a part of their team’s near successful U-19 World Cup campaign a few months ago.Now with his new calling for the upcoming season with the Hurricanes, father Garvin expressed to Chronicle Sport that his son’s success was warranted but still expects much from him when he returns to action.“I think for the past 12 months he’s (Ashmead) been doing pretty well, so he deserves to be in a 4-Day set up. He’s had creditable performances since the Regional U-19 tournament, with the Windies U-19 team as well as the Emerging Players and then in the World Cup.That itself would have provided that opportunity for him to be selected for the Hurricanes”, said the former national U-17 head coach. Speaking on the current situation, Nedd stated that it was important to recognise what are the requirements for being a professional at this point, with regards to Ashmead’s career. He noted that while the hurdles ahead will see an increase in difficulty, the former Guyana U-17 spinner is one who relishes tackling challenges head on and is likely to impact his new franchise.Although most of Guyana’s players transition through the ranks and make it to the Jaguars franchise, a handful are lucky enough to be drafted to another country and forced to adapt to their new team and culture. Looking at the next year away from home as a part of the Leewards franchise, the Demerara Cricket Club (DCC) coach said Ashmead’s new journey will be great for his career, especially with him playing most of his senior cricket on the road.“I think it’s a good move for him because we all know that Veerasammy Permaul is a veteran and he’s currently playing a good role for our national team. We also have young Gudakesh Motie in the wings, so I knew before that it would have been difficult for Ashmead to break into the Jaguars team”, added the coach. He continued, “Also we don’t have a rotation system here in Guyana which allows players to have that steady opportunity but, thus far, I’m happy for him. I want to compliment the various persons who would have played a role in his success, whether it was coaches or players”. He said.One specific aspect to Ashmead’s development, outside of the WI youth setup, was his time in the training squad with the Guyana Amazon Warriors last year for the 2019 Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL).This year’s tournament is set to bowl off next month and while things are still on Covid-19 watch, it is likely that the competition will play but under strict Covid-19 regulations. Hailing the local franchise for allowing young cricketers to have a taste of international cricket and learning from the overseas stars, Nedd thanked the Warriors for further keeping his son close to their structure for yet another year while wishing them well this season.“I want to say a special thanks to the Amazon Warriors who saw it to have him in the training squad last year. He really beniftted from that stint because as soon as he returned, his work improved and it was evident soon after when he hit the World Cup and showed up; so I thank the franchise”.“Although he was not selected for the Amazon Warriors officially to be a part of the team, they would have still had him around because he’s no stranger to the franchise now. I also want to wish the team well and the best of safe health and hope they can come out successful in this year’s CPL.Meanwhile, Ashmead is set to create more history as he joins father Garvin as the only other father/son pair to play 1st Class cricket, outside of Shivnarine and Tagenarine Chanderpaul.