Beau Lund Written by June 20, 2018 /Sports News – National Olympic swimmer documents harrowing journey from Syria to Europe in new book FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailKer Robertson/Getty Images(BERLIN) — Before the violence in Syria changed her life, Yusra Mardini was a normal teenager in many ways.A passionate swimmer since childhood, she trained daily and attended competitions abroad. She came of age with her older sister Sara, putting on makeup and high heels and going to cafes with friends. Yet amid these teenage pursuits, her world was slowly crumbling — friends were disappearing and her family moved from house to house to stay safe.In 2015, a rocket-propelled grenade tore through the roof of the swimming pool where she trained. It fell into the water and miraculously did not detonate. This was not Mardini’s first brush with death, but it marked a turning point. Her mother begged her to stay out of the pool.Two years later, while training in Berlin — her new home — she learned she had been selected to swim on the Refugee Olympics team for the 2016 games in Rio. This marked the start of her career as a spokesperson for refugees around the world. Since then, she has met former President Barack Obama and Pope Francis. In 2017, she became a Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, and spoke at the DAVOS World Economic Forum.“The Olympics were a turning point,” Mardini told ABC News during an interview in Berlin. “I started to get a really strong voice, and a lot of people were believing in what I’m doing.”Mardini’s journey from Syria to Europe is documented in the new autobiographical novel Butterfly that was published in May and written with the help of a ghostwriter. The story is personal yet reminiscent of the journey made by millions of people attempting to reach Europe at the height of the migration wave in 2015.She and her sister made the perilous journey from Turkey to Greece on a flimsy rubber dinghy with 18 other passengers. Despite being trained swimmers, they nearly met their deaths when the engine failed and the boat began to sink. The girls and another passenger jumped into the water in an attempt to push the vessel to shore.Eventually, the boat’s engine restarted and all 20 passengers arrived on land. The sisters were treated as heroes, but their journey was far from over. Hungry and exhausted, they slept in a trench crossing the Hungarian border. They encountered thousands of asylum-seekers stuck at Budapest’s central train station, and narrowly escaped becoming prisoners in a hotel run by ruthless traffickers extorting asylum-seekers for money.“I realize with a jolt just how vulnerable we are,” Mardini said in the book.Mardini was initially reluctant to become a spokesperson for refugees. She felt the word “refugee” had negative connotations. During her upbringing, she didn’t really know what a refugee was.“I felt people would look at me like this person who had no home — nothing — and was not educated, and all that,” she said.Eventually, she embraced the term.“When I went to the Olympics, I saw how many people are looking up at us and respect what we are doing,” she said. “I wanted to tell people that a refugee is not just a person who doesn’t have money, but a person who fled their home because of violence.” Mardini’s parents and younger sister were able to join her in Berlin in 2016. Next month, her sister Sara will rejoin them. Sara has been volunteering with the Greek nonprofit ERCI, working as a lifeguard on the island of Lesbos to save refugees crossing the Aegean, just as she once did.In Berlin, Mardini spends her time learning German and swimming. Although the war and her journey interrupted her training, she still hopes to qualify for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. To stay motivated, she thinks about why she started swimming in the first place and the early years training with her father in her hometown of Set Zaynab.“Now I have a big responsibility because I’m representing people,” she said. “I’m just hoping for the best, and we will see what can happen.”Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
Home » COVID-19 support » Thumb twiddling? Not for this resourceful agent who is offering free videos to the industry previous nextAgencies & PeopleThumb twiddling? Not for this resourceful agent who is offering free videos to the industryBen Moore of Esme Properties has been producing videos for just a few days but has already had his offer taken up by half a dozen agencies around the UK.Nigel Lewis31st March 202002,130 Views An under-utilised estate agent in Yorkshire has launched a service for fellow estate agents that offers agents, for free, branded information videos about Coronavirus.Blackpool estate agent Ben Moore, who runs Esme Properties, has produced a range of videos offering members of the public advice and information about managing the ‘new normal’ of living and working from home including keeping children amused, entertained and educated, and feeling trapped at home.The videos, which he presents, are available as white labelled video content for agents to send out to existing customers and prospects while the market is mothballed.“The content aims to add value to communities in a digestible way, and isn’t necessarily built around property specifically,” says Ben.“Having consulted with many Estate Agents over the course of the last six months, anecdotally, I believe it’s universally accepted that well thought out content, and a social media strategy executed with consistency is important.”Joe WicksBen, who made his first video only a few weeks ago, says his wants to emulate the success of Youtube stars such as fitness coach Joe Wicks and boxing promoter Eddie Hearn.And estate agents are already taking up his offer including Harrisons Residential in Sittingbourne, Belvoir (Southampton), Sawdye & Harris (Dartmoor), Carter Reeves (London), Hizzy Property (Ipswitch), Anderson Estates (Slough) and Charles David Casson (Chelmsford).“With the challenging and uncertain position we all find ourselves in at the moment, more people than ever are turning to social media for answers. I want our agents to be there to give them,” says Ben.For more information call Ben on 07533873817.Watch Benesme properties ben moore Blackpool Youtube videos March 31, 2020Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021 read more
FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail JANUARY 4TH, 2018 BRITNEY TAYLOR EVANSVILLE, INDIANA The Sears in Evansville will be closing in April. An employee tells 44News the Sears department store at Washington Square Mall will close.The employee says they were told about the closure this morning. This is not shocking because the employee says the department store was down to a skeleton crew and knew changes were coming after the new year.Today the store is busy with customers shopping the holiday bargains.There’s no word on what day the department store will close.We will bring more updates on CBS44 at 5 p.m. and 6 p.m.Britney TaylorWeb ProducerMore Posts – WebsiteFollow Me: read more
From today (15 August 2018), banks must publish information on how likely people would be to recommend their bank – as well as its online and mobile banking, branch and overdraft services – to friends, relatives or other businesses.The results come from an independent survey of thousands of personal and small business customers, and must be prominently displayed in banks’ branches, as well as on their websites and apps. This will make it easier for people to find out if another bank has a better offer and has been introduced to drive up competition between banks, so leading to a better overall quality of service for those who use them.The new measure is one of a number being required by the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) following its in-depth investigation of the sector. The CMA also requested the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) build on this by making banks release further information on their performance and services to drive up standards, and make it easier for people to judge whether they are with the best bank for them.Adam Land, Senior Director at the CMA, said: For the first time, people will now be able to easily compare banks on the quality of the service they provide, and so judge if they’re getting the most for their money or could do better elsewhere. This is one of the many measures – including Open Banking and overdraft text alerts – that we put in place to make banks work harder for their customers and help people shop around to find the best deals for them. Getting a good deal isn’t just about pricing. It’s also important for customers – including individuals and small businesses – to be able to judge the quality of service around their current account and to see whether other providers could offer something that suits them better. This information should encourage providers to offer the services that people value. The CMA published its final report, which demanded 17 changes to make banks work harder for their customers, in August 2016. Businesses – such as switching sites and regulated financial technology companies – and consumer bodies will be able to access the underlying customer survey data through Open Banking. These organisations will be able to use the information to make sure people are better informed about what products and services are available, at what price. Information on service quality will be published every six months by all British banks and building societies with more than 150,000 personal current accounts (PCAs) or 20,000 business current accounts (BCAs), and all Northern Ireland banks and building societies with more than 20,000 PCAs or 15,000 BCAs. Banks will now be required by the FCA to publish details of available services and relevant helplines. In addition, the banks will also have to provide information about the number of major operational and security incidents they have experienced, and provide updates on their websites.From February 2019, the FCA will expect that banks publish figures on how long it takes to open current accounts and replace debit cards.Christopher Woolard, Executive Director of Strategy and Competition at the FCA, said: The FCA rules apply to banks and building societies with 70,000 or more personal current accounts or with 15,000 or more small business current accounts. For more information about action by the FCA, see their news story. Notes to Editors Enquiries should be directed to the CMA’s press team, [email protected], or 020 3738 6460. For enquiries relating to the FCA’s information requirements, contact the FCA Press Office on 020 7066 3232 or at [email protected] For more information see the CMA’s homepage, or follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn. Sign up to our email alerts to receive updates on the markets cases. read more
“He gave an excellent presentation, for an intern.”“The professor wasn’t as boring as I expected.” “She’s built a very successful business — and she has kids!” Backhanded compliments: No one likes them, but we’ve all gotten them. And let’s be honest here. We’ve all given them from time to time.They are the sneaky little social grenades that are lobbed into conversation under the guise of flattery, but detonate with a thud. Unlike true compliments, the backhanded variety appear to be positive but contain deadly qualifiers that foul any good feelings the plaudits might have engendered.Given how common they are, you might assume that backhanded compliments, however unpleasant to receive, must deliver some sort of payoff for the givers. Otherwise, why make them? How our style of deliberating influences (and sometimes annoys) others Though social psychologists have long studied the strategies people use to get others to like them (flattery or ingratiation) or respect them (bragging or intimidation), it turns out that little research exists on backhanded compliments.Harvard Business School (HBS) faculty Alison Wood Brooks and Michael I. Norton, along with co-author Ovul Sezer, Ph.D. ’17, now an assistant professor at at the University of North Carolina’s Kenan Flagler Business School, set out to understand better when and why people use backhanded compliments and whether they improve status and likeability in the workplace compared with outright compliments, and if so, by how much.Their new working paper confirms that backhanded compliments are a terrible idea. In a series of studies, they found that while people intend them to increase their likeability and status at the same time, the givers come across as less sincere, less attractive, more condescending, and even less competent than those who offer a traditional compliment.Not only does a backhanded compliment lessen the giver’s likeability because the insulting undercurrent is not nearly as veiled as the speaker may think, it also costs the giver status with the target and with everyone who overhears the remark, such as bosses or coworkers.“You’re aiming for these two things simultaneously, and yet you’re paradoxically hurting both of them when you give them,” said Brooks, an assistant professor of business administration and Hellman Faculty Fellow. Brooks is also a self-professed recovering “queen of backhanded compliments” who studies the psychology of conversation, with a particular interest in how people give and receive advice and feedback, of which compliments are a common form.Those who give backhanded compliment think they’re getting a leg up on a perceived rival while burnishing their own reputation. But in reality they’re torpedoing both, and worst of all, often don’t even realize it.“You’re not thinking enough about how you’re being perceived; you’re thinking about how they’re going to be perceived,” said Norton. “This really feels like a winning strategy for people.”The most offensive type of backhanded compliment involves being favorably compared to a stereotyped grouping or to a negative expectation. The underlying message there is: “‘You’re not good at things; your group is not good at things, and basically all I see you as is a member of that group and nothing else,’” said Norton. “No one wants to be just a blank. And yet, when people say it, they mean it as a compliment.”Not surprising, study respondents said the way to be liked is to give a genuine compliment. But if the goal is to also signal one’s status to others, especially when that status is under threat, then backhanded compliments are a weapon of choice.Why engage in backhanded compliments if they cause such obvious social harm?One key reason is that people don’t get good feedback about how they come across, analysts say. When faced with an offensive comment or act, it is rare for others to speak up in the moment, leaving backhanded complimenters with a false sense that what they said was fine.“Either they don’t reflect about it and don’t realize at all, or they’re in denial about it. And I think that’s true about most conversational mistakes,” said Brooks. “Conversing is hard; it’s very cognitively depleting. You’re monitoring the other person’s facial expressions and body expressions and emotions and their words while you’re also doing your own. It’s a really difficult thing to do, so we make all kinds of mistakes of commission, like saying things we shouldn’t, and then we don’t say things that we should, like ‘I love your sweater!’”Even though they generally fail, backhanded compliments do sometimes confer a competitive edge by damaging a target’s confidence and motivation, the paper concluded.“Everyone will hate you, but if that person stops working, then I won,” said Norton, who recently worked on a study of “humblebragging,” a strategy with similar dual aims that has exploded on social media, with Sezer and Francesca Gino, the Tandon Family Professor of Business Administration at HBS.Though flatterers are deemed insecure and unlikeable, their backhanded compliments can still inflict a potent dose of psychic harm.“We’d like to believe that when you receive a piece of negative feedback that you could discount it and dismiss it,” said Brooks. “But what we know from psychology research on negative feedback is that it’s incredibly insidious. … It’s like an intrusive thought. The power of suggestion is so strong.”Much like the fine line between stupid and clever, there’s not much separating a heartfelt compliment from a backhanded one.“Compliments are meant to make you feel like you’re one of the best,” said Brooks, but backhanded compliments make it clear the giver has a comparison standard in mind that should never be articulated. “Probably underlying all compliments, the person giving the compliment is thinking of a comparison set, they’re just not making it salient. That’s how the social mind works. The person receiving it doesn’t think about it; the person just feels good. With backhanded compliments, the speaker is making that comparison set perfectly explicit, and it feels terrible: ‘Hey, I’m the best of the worst!’”The study’s findings, the authors say, make it pretty clear how people should behave in the workplace to avoid damaging their reputations.“If you intend to give a compliment, don’t include a qualifier. Just say it,” offered Brooks.But if you can’t resist dishing a backhanded compliment, be strategic.“If you are going to do it, do it in private. Our tendency is to want to do it in public [like at a staff meeting] so everyone knows,” said Norton. “But in fact, we show that they’ll all hate you.” From decisive to dithering Joke your way to success Related If you’re funny, that helps co-workers view you as competent and self-assured, study says read more
Football will be totally different when it eventually resumes after the coronavirus outbreak, the head of global soccer body FIFA Gianni Infantino said on Thursday.”Football will come back, and when it does, we’ll celebrate coming out of a nightmare together,” he told the Italian news agency ANSA in an interview.”There is one lesson, however, that both you and me must have understood: the football that will come after the virus will be totally different…[more] inclusive, more social and more supportive, connected to the individual countries and at the same time more global, less arrogant and more welcoming.” Topics : He added: “We will be better, more human and more attentive to true values.”Last week, Infantino told Gazzetta dello Sport that it was the right time to take a step back and reform a sport where fixture lists have become overloaded and financial resources increasingly concentrated in the hands of a few elite clubs.He suggested there could be “fewer, but more interesting tournaments. Maybe fewer squads, but more balance. Fewer, but more competitive, matches to safeguard the health of the players.”Later on Thursday, Infantino told the annual congress of the South American Football Confederation (CONMEBOL) that “it is our responsibility as football administrators, first of all to ensure football can survive and secondly move forward once again.””On the international match calendar we have to look for global solutions to tackle these global problems in a spirit of cooperation and solidarity,” Infantino said in a video link from Zurich.”Everyone has different interests, but we must talk and put on the table topics that we perhaps didn’t discuss in the past. read more
Topics : The University of Oxford’s possible COVID-19 vaccine could be rolled out by the end of the year but there is no certainty that will happen, the lead developer of the vaccine said on Tuesday.The experimental vaccine, which has been licensed to AstraZeneca, produced an immune response in early-stage clinical trials, data showed on Monday, preserving hopes it could be in use by the end of the year.”The end of the year target for getting vaccine rollout, it’s a possibility but there’s absolutely no certainty about that because we need three things to happen,” Sarah Gilbert told BBC Radio. She said it needed to be shown to work in late-stage trials, there needed to be large quantities manufactured and regulators had to agree quickly to license it for emergency use.”All of these three things have to happen and come together before we can start seeing large numbers of people vaccinated,” she said.The Oxford scientists had eyed a million doses of the potential vaccine to be produced by September.Although the deal with AstraZeneca has provided manufacturing capacity to do that, the lower prevalence of the novel coronavirus in Britain has complicated the process of proving its efficacy. Late-stage trials are under way in Brazil and South Africa and are due to start in the United States.”The crucial thing is that we get enough people exposed to the virus who’ve also had the vaccine that we can actually get some proper adjudication of whether it prevents the disease and remains safe,” John Bell, Regius Professor of Medicine at the University of Oxford, told BBC Radio.”We’re hopeful, particularly given the low incident rates in the UK that the individuals recruited in Brazil and South Africa will ultimately be able to provide us with the data.”There are no approved vaccines for COVID-19, but the World Health Organization has said AstraZeneca’s shot is one of the leading candidates. read more
The homes at 44-46 Soudan Street, Bardon. Photo: Graya ConstructionA HUMBLE home on a big parcel of land in inner-city Brisbane has undergone a jawdropping transformation — making way for two luxury properties that are now the best-looking neighbours on the block.The brothers from Graya Construction have been at it again, building two stunning new houses in less than two years and selling them for a mega profit.They just sold the house at 46 Soudan St, Bardon, for $1.73 million in an off-market deal after recently finalising the sale of its sister property at No. 44 for the same price.Graya Construction bought the 810sq m block in June 2015 for $930,000 and knocked down the existing post-war house. More from newsDigital inspection tool proves a property boon for REA website3 Apr 2020The Camira homestead where kids roamed free28 May 2019The brothers subdivided the allotment and built two new houses, selling both for $2.53 million more than they paid for the original site.Travertine tiling and a grand pivot door now adorn the entrance, whereas the original house was obscured by trees.The dated main bedroom of the original house now boasts a walk-in robe and luxe ensuite with dual rainshower heads and a freestanding bath.Ben Wakely and Victor Du Bois of Urban Property Agents negotiated the properties’ sales.Mr Wakely said 150 groups inspected 44 Soudan St when it was offered to the market, and one of the interested parties who missed out on that sale bought No. 46 in an off-market transaction soon after. Bardon is 5km from Brisbane’s CBD and has a median house price of $940,000, according to CoreLogic. read more
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Since the coronavirus pandemic began, many people have taken to wearing rubber gloves and facemask in an attempt to protect themselves. Is it really working?One nurse from Michigan posted a video to explain why so many people are still getting the coronavirus despite wearing gloves.