World Online Oxygen Offline

first_imgLook how time is revolving around the world! Oxygen has become an important question. What’s going on? I’m simply blown by all the news that is coming up regarding Oxygen. People are totally confused, whether its Oxygen for life or, life for Oxygen. The whole thing is that when we are absolutely fine we hardly ever think of Oxygen. In total unconsciousness, we keep on breathing and never ever think it’s oxygen that keeps us going. Now, see the tantrums of time. And the burden of the present has arisen intense conflict that indicates the dominating minds of India. We all know difficulties are actually a check on our true potential and strength. The world also will survive the horror of today and build itself anew on fresh foundations.Obviously, the recent happenings have shaken the whole world into the narrower sphere of activities with a tremendous possibility of mental alertness. So, we need to dig our deep well of strength and have the capacity to rise again. Right now, the Oxygen matter is upsetting our true values and conclusions. Our reactions are varying and depends on our previous environment and experience. It’s an honour that our country being very real in its great variety in spite of the vast numbers. But, it’s painful to know the failings and weaknesses of the present situation. Even today money matter tops the deadly virus situation. Oxygen costs are higher than humanity. That which is found in abundance in nature is definitely priceless.Today it is experiencing in a hundred ways the powerful effect of morality, righteousness, and the whole range of man’s duties and responsibilities. Whatever the word we may use, we are facing a process of rejuvenation that will take us to new blooms of culture. We need to make real efforts to understand these challenging times that is a jumble of many things that require not the spirit of enquiry but the spirit of life and sacrifice. It requires brave adventurers. Some are stealing oxygen cylinders, some are stealing vaccines, some are stealing medicines; I don’t know how much we are conscious about our compulsive behaviours. I’m sure such things are working for those who think destruction is the only way out. It was not merely an attachment to his person; it was an attachment to the structure he had built. A chivalrous and friendly approach is the need of the hour. The whole survival is under terror, we need to raise humanity instead of raising money. Of course, there are people who are working continuously on the arrangements of the oxygen cylinders. There are many who are doing their best to save the lives of affected people. In such an overwhelming situation, still there are many who are working to count their profits. Some situations are really embarrassing rising to the painful structure.Our determination should invite health not suffering for ourselves. It’s a challenge and a test of faith. In this new situation, we need to take peaceful actions instead of negative fear. Lack of Oxygen is creating a threatening danger among the people. What is meant for life should create hope, not threat. I’m surprised to see that the truth is always kept in some corner of the minds of people and they risk attending it. I call this time new because this is the first time when the very source of life ‘Oxygen’ is becoming the fear factor. ‘What makes life is what taking life’. This pandemic is really revealing all kinds of suffering. The present stage requires great co-operation among the people for functioning and serving the millions of people suffering. Though the present is creating isolations, we should focus on the construction part rather than focusing on destructive isolation. It should mean an understanding and careful adaptation to the changing needs of the people. It is our potential strength that expresses our lives. It is never wise to leave any people without hope.It’s time we fit in with the new environment and add strength to the people. The simple methods of living can really enhance our energy system. Like start your day with a smile and activate your morning with Yoga and Pranayama, get some morning sunlight and fill yourself with bursting joy and energy. Simple things really matter most. Our eating process, eating habits, our work and activity, our sleeping techniques, etc., everything requires a certain consciousness. Deep breathing early morning can really enhance the oxygen level and while sleeping, a particular posture of lying flat so that our lungs expand a bit and oxygen level get enhanced. So, I request all to do these simple practices to stay active and alive. At any hour, at any place; we must work for wellness. The present situation is making appeal everywhere to the minds and hearts of the people to take sensible actions.Allow yourself to become a little better in these challenging times and remain touched by your heart. Though it has created a lost touch with the changing world,, we need to radiate a vital spark and create a great tide of humanity. Let Oxygen live and give life. This is heartbreaking to know many people are not getting the proper treatment because of the lack of sufficient beds and medication. All the arrangements are falling as failing. This is a matter of concern. But, unfortunately, the lockdown has become a matter of concern. We must not forget that last year we have been successful in controlling the pandemic. The pandemic is the greatest issue right now so, lockdown needs to happen. What would be more unfortunate than losing lives? Due to some negligence by our people and delayed lockdown, unfortunately Oxygen is creating lockdown. Let’s hope and pray for the fast recovery of the people.I am not blaming anybody because already many words are viral now, I can simply say that instead of making comments on the situation, we need to take responsibility and react consciously. We must not get distracted by the arising issues. We need to be focused on the greatest challenge of today and become a part of the possibility. Our Mother Earth is very generous, wake up. Let’s turn volatility into graceful humanity and suffering into strength.last_img read more

Brookfield taking pandemic-hit real estate arm private

first_img Full Name* Message* Email Address*center_img Brookfield Property Partners’ Brian Kingston and Brookfield Asset Management’s Bruce Flatt (Brookfield)Brookfield Asset Management reached an agreement Thursday to take its Covid-dinged real estate arm private by acquiring all of Brookfield Property Partners’ outstanding shares in a deal worth $6.5 billion.The Toronto-based asset manager already owns over 60 percent of Brookfield Property Partners shares, but in order to take the company private it had to buy out the remaining shareholders. The move takes Brookfield’s real estate wing off the public markets and away from scrutiny of analysts, investors and short sellers who have questioned its asset valuations.Manhattan West in New York (SOM)Brookfield Property Partners owns some of the glitziest high-rise office towers in New York City, London and Los Angeles. As of October, it controlled 27 million square feet of office space in New York alone, including Manhattan West.Rent collections at its offices have been stable, but its retail component has been hammered by the pandemic. The company controls one of the largest mall portfolios in the U.S. It has turned over some of these malls to lenders and said it is negotiating with special servicers on at least 20 of them in its fourth quarter earnings call with analysts.Brookfield Property Partners, which reported $2 billion in losses in 2020, was also highly leveraged. Some analysts and investors noted the privatization plan was necessary in order to prevent the company from cutting its lucrative dividend, which was a key attraction for investors buying the stock.The deal still falls significantly below what Brookfield Property Partners values its own shares. The company has said the fair value of its stock was around $27 per share.Brookfield Asset Managements will pay $18.17 a share for Brookfield Property Partners’ outstanding shares, above the offer it announced in January, which would have marked the deal at $17.50 a share.Lazard Frères, acting as an independent valuator and financial adviser, valued the fair market value of Brookfield Property Partners shares at between $14 and $18.50 a share.Brookfield Property Partners’ independent directors unanimously approved the transaction. Shareholders of the real estate arm also have the option of receiving a portion of shares in Brookfield Asset Management instead of taking the cash offer.Brookfield Asset Management CFO Nick Goodman said the company believes the deal is “appealing to BPY unit holders in many aspects and allows for greater optionality in how we manage our portfolio of high-quality real estate assets.”Contact Keith Larsenlast_img read more

Students dedicate fall break to funded research

first_imgDuring fall break, Notre Dame undergraduates will explore a wide range of research topics through funding from entities such as the Center for Undergraduate Scholarly Engagement (CUSE), the Nanovic Institute for European Studies, the College of Science and the Institute for Scholarship in the Liberal Arts (ISLA).The Nanovic Institute will send 11 students to 10 countries, including France, Spain, England, Italy, Denmark, Sweden, Belgium, Ireland, Switzerland and the Netherlands, Christine Stump, student coordinator of the Nanovic Institute, said.Independent research can be a transformative experience for students, Stump said.“It increases so much their own understanding of the context of the particular thing they’re trying to find out,” she said. “There’s just so much learning that goes on through that process.”Jeffrey Thibert, director of CUSE, said in an email that conducting research offers opportunities for growth in more than just scholarly knowledge.“In addition to gaining experience that is relevant to a particular field of study, planning and implementing a research project teaches students how to be clearer writers (so they can produce a strong grant proposal), how to prepare a budget, how to adapt to unexpected challenges that inevitably arise in the pursuit of research and how to disseminate their findings in a way that has an impact on a field of study and, hopefully, on a community,” he said.Stump said students have the ability to contribute to the global conversation about their topic.“Student projects can actually add to the wealth of understanding about a particular topic because they’re researching things that are pretty new,” she said. “We even see students’ work being referred to by others and it actually becomes part of the body of knowledge about that topic.”While limited funding makes it impossible for Nanovic to award grants to every applicant, Stump said the institute wants to fund as many students as possible.“We are very much in the business of wanting to support students …” she said. “We are here to cheer them on, and we want to empower students to do incredible things.”Stump said a strong research proposal incorporates three main components: a strong, feasible research question, a methodology structured to answer that question and a driving purpose.“We want to see what the fruits of the labor are,” she said. “What does the student propose to do with the learning?” Stump also said students can gain cultural insights from their time abroad.“Students come back with a new compassion, oftentimes a new appreciation, for those … who see the world differently,”  she said.Kati Schuler, student programming coordinator of CUSE, said thus far, CUSE has awarded four grants for research over fall break, and the selection process will continue into the coming week. “The hardest part of reviewing grant applications is that there are more good projects than funding available” she said in an email. “We can therefore only fund very high-quality proposals.” Senior Nicolle Ho will travel to Paris during fall break on a Nanovic grant to continue the work she did with the Institute Pasteur over the summer. She will continue writing computer programs that analyze data for a lab studying mycobacterium tuberculosis.  “I very much enjoy getting to mix my interest in math and modeling and telling stories with data with also using French,” she said.Ho said she has also examined tussock plants in the Arctic and deeply studied the presence of Vietnamese communities in France through grants from both ISLA and CUSE. “The first grant that I wrote was very difficult; the second and third and so forth became much easier,” she said. “I think you learn a lot from designing that methodology from the beginning. This is your problem. This is your vision. This is what you want to solve. How are you going to do that?” She said her research abroad has been a transformative experience.  “I’ve been very much changed by the people I’ve met in France, and I’ve been very much changed by the people I’ve worked with here,” Ho said.Senior Emily Gust, will travel to both London and Edinburgh during fall break in order to study the origins of the unsuccessful 2014 referendum on Scottish independence.She spent the spring semester in London as part of the Kennedy Scholars program, which is designed to help students refine their research topics for their senior theses.Gust said she is looking forward to the greater freedom that comes with delving into her independent research, but is also aware of the planning it requires, compared to the more structured Kennedy Scholars program.“I think it’s a really good way to learn how to structure your time and move forward with a goal by making plans for yourself rather than having a curriculum making the plans for you,” she said.Tags: CUSE, fall break, Flatley Center for Undergraduate Scholarly Engagement, Nanovic Institute for European Studies, research grantslast_img read more

Alumnae panelists discuss being women of color in college and beyond

first_imgThe Saint Mary’s Department of Psychological Studies, the Black Student Union, Providing Options and the Career Crossings Office teamed up to present an alumnae panel to students Wednesday evening to address questions about how alumna of color use their Saint Mary’s education and make an impact on their communities after graduation.The panel included Romona Bethany ’04, JAG specialist at Washington High School, Leila Ellis ’15, a program manager at Notre Dame, Ashley Harrison ’07, director of finance at the Logan Center, Kimmi Troy ’00, co-owner of TSB Fitness Studio and Deanna Ward ’01, school counselor at Discovery Middle School. The panel was hosted by senior psychology major Acacia Malone.The panel began with each person describing their own experience at the College. Ellis said Saint Mary’s wasn’t initially where she most wanted to attend college.“My first choice was actually the University of Michigan,” Ellis said. “I actually didn’t find out that I was accepted there until after I had started [at Saint Mary’s], but I don’t regret anything. I got the best of both worlds here, with Notre Dame right across the street.” Ellis said it took some time for her to grow into her role on campus.“Use your resources and don’t be afraid to make connections,” Ellis said. “I was an extremely shy student and it was a little challenging starting off. I only managed to branch out once I went to Notre Dame. I found a home there and in making those connections I was able to bring those skills back to Saint Mary’s. It was my junior year where I felt I really prospered.”Much of Ellis’ success can be credited to the relationships she formed with employees of the College, she said.“Meeting the faculty and administrators really helped me to figure out what my niche was,” she said. “I’m finally on the right track and I owe that to Saint Mary’s.”Harrison said Saint Mary’s helps instill a confidence vital to professional success. “Saint Mary’s gave me confidence to tackle the things that I wouldn’t want to do,” Harrison said. “The school does a great job of instilling the values and virtues that I needed to succeed. My professors had a lot of confidence in me that I didn’t even have in myself. It’s not the classes or the subjects that help you succeed, it’s that feeling of empowerment.”Troy also said students should be open to new experiences and go to events. “You never know what’s going to come out of that event that you went to, but maybe didn’t want to,” she said. Of course, college is difficult, but Troy said she came to appreciate her time at Saint Mary’s after her graduation.“The love grows once you’re out,” she said. “I’m originally from Detroit and it was a difficult transition to make. I was suddenly in a small community with people who had never interacted with African-American women before or only knew what they had learned on TV. … Once you graduate that lack of knowledge or racial bias does not change. It morphs into something different. Those experiences helped shape me.” Troy also said there are many ways for African-American students to feel more welcome in the Saint Mary’s community. “For me it was the extremely present history of the college,” Troys said. “There are historical images, buildings and the stories of the founders and Sister Madeleva that are everywhere. Once I believed that I was a part of that, that this is my school too it sort of became an instant sisterhood.” Women of color should feel empowered to become more involved in the Saint Mary’s community, Harrison said. “It’s all about the mindset,” she said. “You really need to believe that this is where I am, I’m not going to leave. Get involved — recognize that it might be intimidating, but embrace what you have. You only have four years, make the most of it.”Offering some of her own advice, Ellis said students should be bold in building relationships.“Use your resources,” she said. “They could be anything, not just professors or faculty members, they could be your friends or upperclasswomen. Don’t be afraid to jump in, don’t be afraid to reach out or to keep in touch.” Ellis also said she encourages students to work to overcome the mental setbacks they may face. “If you let that voice in your head that says you can’t do it stop you, you’re always going to be stuck at point A. Don’t let it,” she said. Harrison said it is important for students of color to move past their feelings of fear in order to embrace the Saint Mary’s community. “Once you get over that feeling, know that it is a family,” she said. “Regardless of race, regardless of ethnicity, we are a sisterhood.” The panel went on to discuss the importance of an education in breaking down prejudices.“There are a lot of stereotypes about me,” Harrison said. “But I have an awesome education and once I open my mouth I knock those stereotypes down and that’s what will help you succeed.”The panel then received questions from the audience. In response to a question about how Saint Mary’s could become more inclusive to women of color and attract more African-American students, Troy said the alumnae of the College need to stay in touch.“I think there needs to be more of a commitment to alumnae staying connected,” Troy said. “We need the school to facilitate the connection. … I don’t think you need outside firms, have women of color go to high schools around the country, even if just for an hour.” Ellis said her own experiences with Saint Mary’s recruiting reveal some of the problems of their current recruitment strategy.“When I was in high school and the Saint Mary’s representative came, it was honestly kind of off putting to have a Caucasian woman talking about diversity,” she said. “It made me wonder if she really knew what it was like to deal with issues of diversity and inclusion.”Faculty members at the College should emphasize being open to working with minority students, Ellis said.“Professors need to put that foot forward,” she said. “You don’t always get the warm and fuzzy feeling from teachers. In a lot of cases students will not share their stories unless they really feel comfortable.” Tags: alumnae panel, College Recruitment, Diversity, Saint Mary’s Collegelast_img read more

Medical and Dental Services

first_imgNaval Medical Center San Diego (NMCSD) operates a group of clinics located at area military installations.Through these clinics, routine, emergency and ambulatory care is provided to active-duty personnel of all San Diego-based ship and shore commands. The NMCSD appointment center can be reached at 619-532-8225 to make, cancel or reschedule appointments. It is available 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday; and 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekends and holidays. The NMCSD emergency room is open 24 hours a day for bona fide emergencies only.Aboard Miramar, all active-duty personnel are first seen at the Branch Medical Clinic, Building 2496. Sick call appointments must be made by calling 858-577-4656. Patients must check out their medical record from their respective command or unit prior to an appointment. Military sick call hours are 7:30 to 11 a.m. and 1 to 3 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 7:30 to 11 a.m. Friday.Family members and retirees can been seen for pharmacy, optometry, health promotion classes and Acute Care Area services. All specialty care is referred to NMCSD.No appointment is necessary for urgent attention at the Acute Care Area, which is also located in Building 2496. The hours of operation are 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday; 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; and 8 a.m. to noon holiday weekends.After working hours, emergency care can be obtained by dialing 99-911 or by visiting the NMCSD emergency room. For nonemergency care, the active-duty primary care manager can be reached at 800-453-0491. The Branch Medical Clinic offers a wide range of care for active-duty personnel, family members and retirees.last_img read more

Mercury Wheels Debuts Sub-900g M-Zero Road Wheels

first_imgMercury’s new M Zero wheels come in at just 890g for the pair and, they say, are tough enough for cyclocross.They’re built up with carbon Dash hubs out of Boulder, CO, using a Tune freehub body. The spokes are stainless steel bladed 20/24. The carbon tubular rim is 30mm deep and 25mm wide. MSRP is $2,800 and they’ll be available end of October. That price (but not the weight) includes skewers. We’ve got a set of their original tubulars and the skewers are pretty darn light. Rider weight limit is 225lbs.More pics after the break… read more

Study: Leftists just as likely to be dogmatic authoritarians as those on the right

first_imgPinterest Share on Facebook LinkedIn Share on Twitter Conway and his colleagues developed a measure of left-wing authoritarianism, which was adapted from the right-wing authoritarianism scale developed by psychologist Bob Altemeyer.The RWA scale asks participants how much they agree with statements such as: “It’s always better to trust the judgment of the proper authorities in government and religion than to listen to the noisy rabble-rousers in our society who are trying to create doubts in people’s minds” and “Our country desperately needs a mighty leader who will do what has to be done to destroy the radical new ways and sinfulness that are ruining us.”The new LWA scale, on the other hand, asks questions such as: “It’s always better to trust the judgment of the proper authorities in science with respect to issues like global warming and evolution than to listen to the noisy rabble-rousers in our society who are trying to create doubts in people’s minds” and “Our country desperately needs a mighty leader who will do what has to be done to destroy the radical new ways and sinfulness that are ruining us.”Both scales were tested on a group of 475 undergraduates at the University of Montana and a group of 305 U.S. adults who were recruited online from Amazon’s Mechanical Turk.The researchers found that left-wing authoritarianism was associated with liberal views, dogmatism, and prejudice among both samples of participants, suggesting it is a valid concept.“Our data suggest that average Americans on the political left are just as likely to be dogmatic authoritarians as those on the political right. And those left-wing authoritarians can be just as prejudiced, dogmatic, and extremist as right-wing authoritarians,” Conway told PsyPost.However, the research does have some limitations.“Our two studies should be viewed as just an opening foray in what we hope to be a lot more research on the topic,” Conway explained. “We aren’t claiming definitively that left-wingers are just as likely as right-wingers to be authoritarian in all (or even most) contexts, or that left-wing authoritarians are just the same as right-wing authoritarians in every regard (in fact, I’m pretty sure they aren’t, and we’re doing some work on that).”“There are good reasons to think authoritarianism aligns more with right-wing than left-wing ideology, and we are interested in those reasons, too. The point is, it is a further question to better define the similarities and differences in right-wing and left-wing authoritarianism.”“Also, our data only cover a few topic areas that are relevant, and only very specific samples (college undergraduates, MTurk workers) of Americans. Thus, we certainly don’t claim these data to be all inclusive for all people at all times — but every search has to start somewhere, however small.”“I would like to encourage anyone interested in this topic to get involved — there are a lot of proverbial low-hanging fruit and we have already developed and published a viable LWA questionnaire for people to use,” Conway added. “It’s an exciting area to be involved in!”The study, “Finding the Loch Ness Monster: Left-Wing Authoritarianism in the United States“, was co-authored by Shannon C. Houck, Laura Janelle Gornick and Meredith A. Repke.center_img Email Share New research provides evidence that left-wing authoritarian attitudes exist in the United States. The preliminary findings, published in the scientific journal Political Psychology, suggest liberals could be just as likely to be authoritarians as conservatives.“Political ideology in general is one of the most important and predictive variables in human psychology,” said study author Lucian Gideon Conway, an associate professor of psychology at the University of Montana.“I became interested in left-wing authoritarianism in particular because some people have said it isn’t a very real or likely phenomenon — and yet I know people I would describe as left-wing authoritarians. So I was curious to figure that out.”last_img read more

Daily Postcard: Morning Sun Tints Clouds

first_imgDaily Postcard:Cirrus clouds reflect the glow of the rising sun Thursday over White Rock. Photo by Nancy Ann Hibbslast_img

JASPER Names Randy Bauer VP Of Support Services

first_imgCurrently, he is serving as the director of JASPER’s Maintenance Department, Fleet Service Department, Environmental Department, and Facilities Group for all manufacturing facilities. “I’m very excited for this new opportunity,” said Bauer.  “I am looking forward to working with our support teams to help drive improvement in safety, quality, productivity, customer service, and reduction of waste. This will equate to improved ESOP value for our JASPER Associate-Owners.” Bauer has been with JASPER for 29 years. Over the years, he has served as customer service manager and as the Gas Engine Division manager for both the Jasper and Crawford County facilities.  In addition to these responsibilities, Bauer’s new role will be expanded to include overseeing the Indiana Tool and Die Division, as well as the Construction Department.center_img Jasper Engines and Transmissions has named Randy Bauer as vice president of Support Services.  AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement “We are excited to have Randy in this new role and look forward to his leadership in these additional areas,” said JASPER President Zach Bawel. “His cross-functional experience with JASPER will continue to help us grow.”last_img read more

Europa Occidental – Construyendo sobre fuertes cimientos

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