Since the Military Families Learning Network Virtual Conference: Learning Through Change, I have spent time thinking and reading about a concept that stuck with me after that conference: the messy middle. It’s kind of funny, really, because when I was a kid I was often called “Messy Jessie” because of the state of catastrophe that I left behind in every room I entered. While those days are (mostly) behind me as far as my housekeeping skills go, the more I read about the internal and relational “messy middle,” the more I realize that I will always be a bit of a Messy Jessie. Now that I am aware of this concept, I feel as though each day presents an opportunity to work through one messy middle or another – certainly the way Brené Brown describes in her book “Rising Strong” – in an internal struggle to own my story, and when I fall into old patterns of thinking and acting and fail to do the work necessary to step into my “badassery” (Brené’s word). But this concept applies to much more than an internal struggle. It seems like much of life is lived in one messy middle or another, with moments of courage and closure.The messy middle in our professional livesEven in our professional lives, many of us operate in a series of “messy middles” – dealing with competing interests, uncertainty, changes, stepping into leadership roles in our organizations while assuming helper roles with our clients and community partners. With so many opportunities for us to make up stories about ourselves and others, we can become stuck if we never become aware of the stories we tell ourselves or if we never engage in the work necessary to move beyond those stories. This can keep us from being effective collaborators and making the kind of impact we hope for in our role.The messy middle in our communityEntire communities are also susceptible to becoming stuck in their stories. One community I worked with was filled with people that fiercely guarded their story. Unfortunately their story was that they were not worth much, and they wanted to stay that way, thank you very much. These residents were proud to have been born and raised in this city. Yet when development projects threatened this identity, they would immediately resort to their story and insert the word “trash” into the middle of this city’s name. As an outsider, I couldn’t believe that these proud residents would refer to their city as a trash city. These development projects were the trigger events that sent them into a messy middle and they fell back into the story of their city being trash. This pattern repeated itself time and again, and it kept this community from communicating and innovating about how to move forward together.The messy middle in our networks, groups, and associationsThe messy middle is also present in our networks, community groups, and associations. In the book “The Facilitator’s Guide to Participatory Decision Making,” the authors call this the Groan Zone – the messy part located smack dab in the middle of the Diamond of Participatory Decision-Making model. The Groan Zone is the messy middle of group dynamics – and it is where things can fall apart quickly and can result in complete abandonment of the work. The authors created this model “to validate and legitimize the hidden aspects of everyday life in groups. Expressing difference is natural and beneficial; getting confused is to be expected; feeling frustrated is par for the course. Building shared understanding is a struggle, not a platitude” (P.20, author’s’ emphasis). In other words, everyday life in groups can be characterized as a big, whopping, better-get-out-your-cleaning-supplies-because-this-is-going-to-be-messy middle. Becoming stuck in our stories is what keeps us from making it through to the other side of a messy middle. It keeps us from growth, connection, and meaningful collaborations and relationships. So what can we do to step off the hamster wheel and begin to move through the messy middle?Here are a few of many possible things we can begin to work on right now:Find a way to muster the collective courage to communicate more with each other. While we’re on this topic, it would be a good idea to also think about how we prefer to communicate versus the preferences of those we are trying to communicate with and use that reflection to adjust our style to become better communicators overall.Learn to be in relationship with yourself, your team members, your neighbors, and your communities. Get to know yourself better. Get to know the people you work with or collaborate with. Get to know your neighbors. Don’t stop once you’ve had one or two conversations, or once you’ve made one or two personal breakthroughs. Get to know your community on more than just the superficial level – decide what that means to you and go do it. This is a lifelong process. When a mistake has been made, start by acknowledging that something went wrong, then have a conversation about it, allow yourself and all those involved to learn from it, and “move forward arm in arm.”. Commit completely and let everyone collectively figure out where they are at. Commit to yourself, commit to your team/collaborators, commit to the process.Learn to be OK with differences – social learning happens when we discuss our differences, not our similarities. Be patient with yourself, others, and the process.Photo credit:All photos downloaded from pixabay.com under CC0 Creative Commons
Two people were injured after a low-intensity parcel bomb exploded at a courier service’s office in Ahmednagar on Tuesday night.According to the police, the package, which was going from Ahmednagar to Pune, was apparently addressed to Sanjay Nahar, founder of Sarhad, an NGO that works with displaced Kashmiri students.According to the police, the crude bomb hidden in a parcel exploded at the office of Maruti Courier Service in the city’s Maliwada area at 9:45 p.m. on Tuesday. Sandip Bhujbal (38) and Sanjay Kshirsagar (27), who were sorting parcels, were injured when they tried to open the package, thinking it to be unusually heavy.The package contained a thick book and a short note. “The note was written by someone claiming to be a girl student from a Pune college who benefited from Mr. Nahar’s help, stating that [the parcel] was a gift to him,” said Vinoy Kumar Choubey, Inspector General of Police, Nashik Range.The explosive device was kept inside a cavity in the book, and had a circuit that would trigger the blast the moment the parcel was tampered with, said sources. Mr. Bhujbal has been discharged, but Mr. Kshirsagar, who has serious injuries on his chest and nearly lost the use of two fingers, is still in the ICU, said police sources.“The parcel was delivered to the courier office around 3 p.m. Based on the description given by the woman who received it, we have prepared a sketch of the person who delivered it,” Ranjan Kumar Sharma, Superintendent of Police, Ahmednagar, said. The police think the suspect gave a fake address. “We are trying to determine ifi t was addressed to Mr. Nahar because of his work or due to personal enmity,” Mr. Sharma said.Mr. Nahar, who has met investigating authorities, said the culprits may have intended to deter him from working with Kashmiri youth. “I cannot fathom who could have addressed the parcel to me and for what reason. We have received threats in the past, but they have not stopped us from carrying on our work.”
The Central Bureau of Investigation on Saturday made a second arrest in the Unnao rape case as it took into custody the woman who allegedly took the victim to BJP MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar on the day of crime.The victim’s mother has alleged in the complaint given to the U.P. Police, which is now part of the CBI FIR, that the woman lured her daughter to the MLA after which he raped her.She has also alleged that while the MLA was raping her daughter, the arrested woman stood outside the room as a guard.The agency arrested Sengar, the prime accused in the case, last night after 16 hours of questioning at its office in Lucknow.The CBI has taken over the investigation in the three cases related to the alleged rape of the 17-year-old girl by the BJP MLA.
The Nuggets, trailing by 13 after the first quarter, scored 15 straight points to start the second behind their bench players and moved in front for the first time in the game on Barton’s fastbreak 3-pointer 38-36 midway through the period. But Golden State came back to lead 60-55 at the half, scoring nine of the last 13 points in the final two minutes of the quarter capped by Thompson’s 3-pointer off a feed from Curry an instant before the halftime buzzer sounded.Golden State, showcasing its transition game and ball movement throughout the game, finished with 37 assists, including a game-high 11 by Curry.TIP-INSWarriors: G Shaun Livingston was inactive for the game as part of a designated rest day. … F Damian Jones, the Warriors’ first-round pick, is on assignment with the team’s G League squad in Santa Cruz and could be there for a awhile. “He’s going to spend a lot of time down there because there’s no point in him coming up here and sitting on the bench,” Coach Steve Kerr said prior to the game. “He needs to play. I could see bringing him up once in a while and giving him some playing time if we had an injury or something but for the most part he needs to play.”Nuggets: F Juancho Hernangomez remains sidelined because of a bout of mononucleosis. He has missed the past eight games. … Michigan State coach Tom Izzo was in attendance to see a pair of his former Spartan stars — Nuggets guard Gary Harris,who started 67 of his 68 career games under Izzo, and Warriors forward Draymond Green, a native of Saginaw, Mich. who helped the Spartans to two Final Four appearances.ADVERTISEMENT Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Towns leads Timberwolves past floundering Mavericks Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf PLAY LIST 01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Will Barton had 21 points off the bench to lead the Nuggets. None of Denver’s starters reached double figures in scoring.Up by five at halftime, the Warriors forced a decisive turn in the game with a 24-4 run to start the third, taking an 84-59 lead when Curry hit a fall-away 3-pointer from the baseline after poking the ball away from Mason Plumlee for a steal.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe Warriors finished with 43 points in the third — the most points allowed by the Nuggets in a period this season — and took a 103-76 lead into the fourth quarter. Durant had 13 of his points in the period and Curry added 12 in the same span, helping Golden State lead by as many as 29 points and outscore Denver by 22 points in the quarter.Both teams began to substitute freely early in the fourth quarter and the Warriors coasted to the victory. Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion MOST READ CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Read Next Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Will Barton #5 of the Denver Nuggets has his shot blocked by Kevin Durant #35 of the Golden State Warriors at the Pepsi Center on November 4, 2017 in Denver, Colorado. AFPDENVER — Kevin Durant scored 25 points, Stephen Curry had 22 and the Golden State Warriors rode a big third quarter to a 127-108 victory over the Denver Nuggets on Saturday (Sunday Manila time).Klay Thompson and Draymond Green added 15 points apiece for the Warriors. They have won six of their last seven, including all three during their just concluded trip.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC View comments
MOST READ NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim LATEST STORIES Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Daniel Cormier lands a solid right to the face of Jon Jones during their fight at UFC 182 in January. AP FILE PHOTOUFC Light Heavyweight champion Jon Jones’ return to glory was shortlived, as he reportedly tested positive for an anabolic steroid and would most likely receive yet another suspension.READ: UFC champ Jon Jones flagged for another failed doping testADVERTISEMENT Biggest Pogo service provider padlocked for tax evasion Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo SEA Games: PH volleybelles in semis, eye crucial win vs Vietnam The news comes less than a month after he reclaimed the title from fierce adversary Daniel Cormier via a brutal knockout. The former champion recently spoke to MMAFighting about Jones’ most recent debacle.“It’s hard to find words to describe how I’m feeling right now,” he told the news outlet. “I’m disappointed to hear the news. It’s very emotional.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingThe US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) made the news public on Tuesday (Wednesday in Manila) but urged the public to “let due process occur before drawing any conclusions about Mr. Jones.”Despite their differences, Cormier elected to let the investigation proceed before making his assumptions. “We as athletes are entitled to due process, and I will refrain from saying much more until I know exactly what happened,” he said.Still, the 38-year-old former Olympian can’t help but dwell on the disappointing results of their match last July.“In my mind, on July 29, I competed and I lost. I thought Jon Jones was the better man that day,” he said. “I don’t know what to think anymore. I can’t believe we are going through all of this again. We will see what happens next.”He also expressed gratitude to the fans who stuck with him during his tough times. “Thank you to all my fans who have supported me during this dark time. I love you all very much.” Khristian Ibarrola /raADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments
(REOPENS DEL 47) (REOPENS DEL 47) Manan Vohra looks set to open with Vijay, despite their poor run last year. Kings XI also have the option of Shaun Marsh, who has been part of their set-up since the inception of the league. The spin department will have Axar Patel and Maxwell, who has often been considered a frontline option by Australia. Gurkeerat Singh, Swapnil Singh and K C Cariappa can provide the back up. Johnson, Sandeep Sharma, Mohit Sharma and Kyle Abbott will be the main pace bowlers but they need to start afresh in the gruelling IPL. Sandeep had missed the entire Indian domestic season in 2015-16 because of injury, while Mohit sustained one of his own during the Vijay Hazare Trophy and was subsequently ruled out of Indias limited-overs tour to Australia, the Asia Cup, and World T20. Johnson, who was retained in the squad, has not played competitive cricket since his international retirement last November. The Teams (From): Kings XI Punjab: David Miller (Capt.), Kyle Abbott, Murali Vijay, Manan Vohra, Mitchell Johnson, Shaun Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Anureet Singh, Axar Patel, Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Pardeep Sahu, Sandeep Sharma, Mohit Sharma, Marcus Stoinis, Swapnil Singh, Armaan Jaffer, Farhaan Behardien, KC Cariappa, Rishi Dhawan, Gurkeerat Singh Mann, Nikhil Naik, Shardul Thakur Gujarat Lions: Suresh Raina (Capt.), Dwayne Bravo, James Faulkner, Aaron Finch, Brendon McCullum, Dwayne Smith, Dale Steyn, Pravin Tambe, Ishan Kishan, Ravindra Jadeja, Shadab Jakati, Dinesh Karthik, Shivil Kaushik, Dhawal Kulkarni, Praveen Kumar, Pradeep Sangwan, Jaydev Shah, Umang Sharma, Andrew Tye, Sarabjit Ladda, Akshdeep Nath, Amit Mishra, Paras Dogra, Eklavya Dwivedi. Match Starts at 8 PM. PTI PDS PM PMadvertisement
Mumbai, May 16 (PTI) Japanese climbers dominated at the maiden Sports Climbing World Cup held in Navi Mumbai over the weekend, accounting for four of the six podium slots. Japanese national Kokoro Fujii finished first in the mens bouldering category, while his compatriot Miho Nonaka bagged the top honours in womens bouldering. This was the first time that the International Federation of Sports Climbings World Cup (IFSC) was hosted in the country, which has a very nascent climbing scene at present. Supported by an enthusiastic crowd that cheered at every move, Fujii completed three of the four routes, while Nonaka cleared two of the womens routes. Other podium finishers from Japan included Tomoa Narasaki (second in mens category) and Akiyo Noguchi (third in womens category). A total of 80 athletes from countries like the US, Canada, France, Russia, Slovakia, South Korea and Iran, among others competed for the top honours. It also included 18 Indians but none of them could qualify beyond the first round.Elimination rounds were held on Saturday and it was wrapped up yesterday with the semi-finals and finals. The routes became difficult with every round and there were a lot of overhangs that made the climbers defy gravity with sheer power that was appreciated by a cheering crowd.The world cup was organised by the city-based Girivihar Adventure Club and hosted by the apex Indian Mountaineering Foundation.Sports climbing is set to be included in the 2018 Jakarta Asian Games and possibly in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics as well.”Climbing is a growing sport in the country and we would like to encourage more people to take up the sport and also come and watch such events. We will be looking to build on this platform,” Girivihars Franco Linhares said.advertisement”I know that it was not an easy journey but all credit to them (organisers) for pulling off a very well conducted world cup. I hope that this is only the beginning and we are able to bring many more such events to our country,” IFSC president Marco Maria Scolaris said. PTI AA BEN NRB AH AH
After 14 points in their kitty from 11 games, Delhi Capitals need just one more win from their remaining three games to seal a play-off berth in the ongoing edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) but skipper Shreyas Iyer on Saturday said that his sole focus will be to win at least two of them.Delhi is set to host the bottom-placed Royal Challengers Bangalore on Sunday and Iyer made it clear that despite their opponents poor show, his side will not take the Virat Kohli-led side lightly. Bangalore has managed to win just four of their 11 games and have to win all of their games from here to keep their play-off hopes alive.Speaking on the eve of the contest a confident Iyer, whose team is on the verge of making it to the next stage, said: “The job is still half done as we need to win at least one of the remaining three games. But our main aim is to win at least two games and that would be the benchmark we want to set for ourselves. Currently we are in a very positive frame of mind and hoping for a victory tomorrow.”When asked about the wicket factor, Iyer said it would be an advantage for his side as the pitch at Ferozshah Kotla and Chepauk stadium, where Delhi will take on hosts Chennai Super Kings on May 1, is of a similar nature.”We are aware of the wicket and have a fair idea how it is playing. In all our remaining games (two in Kotla and one in Chennai), the wicket is quite same and that is something like a blessing in disguise in the current situation,” he opined.advertisementIyer said that with many players leaving the league mid-way for their respective countries to prepare for the World Cup, starting May 30, it will give them an upper hand against Bangalore as their star all-rounder Moeen Ali has gone back to England.”On a wicket like this, it would be an advantage for us as Moeen Ali will not be there in Bangalore’s team and we will try to fully utilise it,” Iyer said.The Delhi skipper however said that he had no idea whether pacer Kasigo Rabada would leave for national duty or not.Iyer added that despite being comfortably placed in the top four on the points table, his team takes every game as a do-or-die affair.”It would be a do-or-die game for them (Bangalore) but we also play every match as a do-or-die one and think we are the underdogs. Ricky (Ponting) has always asked us to go in any match as the underdogs and I believe that gets the best out of everyone. We believe in each other’s success and enjoy it so everything has gone well for us,” the Delhi skipper said.Also Read | Learnt the importance of discipline from MS Dhoni and Virat Kohli: Rishabh Pant
FAYETTEVILLE, AR – NOVEMBER 12: Head Coach Bret Bielema of the Arkansas Razorbacks on the sidelines in the first half of a game against the LSU Tigers at Razorback Stadium on November 12, 2016 in Fayetteville, Arkansas. (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)Earlier today, Kansas announced that head coach David Beaty will not be retained at the end of the season. This isn’t much of a surprise considering how Beaty’s tenure has gone.While he inherited a massive dumpster fire from Charlie Weis, Beaty hasn’t done much to turn things around. He’s just 6-39 with the Jayhawks, though three of those wins have come this season.There are already a handful of coaches being named as potential candidates for KU, but one seems obvious: Bret Bielema.Bielema is currently serving as a consultant to Bill Belichick with the New England Patriots after losing his job at Arkansas last November. While he was with the Razorbacks, he worked for current Kansas AD Jeff Long.If you search Bielema’s name on Twitter, you will see some making the natural connection.And so our Bret Bielema watch begins https://t.co/KSI2bHHnev— Neil W. Blackmon (@nwblackmon) November 4, 2018For the first time ever, in the “Who to follow” thing, Bret Bielema was listed first on my feed today. Universe telling me something? #KUfball https://t.co/oPx56BBTxZ— Thor Nystrom (@thorku) November 4, 2018Bret Bielema better get writing another letter to Jeff Long— Luke Zimmermann (@lukezim) November 4, 2018Of course, Bielema is a retread, which might not be the angle that Kansas wants to go. It might take an outside-the-box hire to finally jump start things in Lawrence.For now though, Bielema’s name will be bandied about for the opening.
Abhinandan Varthaman’s Gunslinger: Tamil moustache all of India wantsPeople have already started expressing their desire to sport a moustache like Indian Air Force hero Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman.advertisement India Today Web Desk New DelhiMarch 1, 2019UPDATED: March 2, 2019 09:32 IST Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman sports a moustache that resembles the gunslinger moustache combines with thin strip mutton chop beard.Once you see him it is difficult to forget him. The face, characterised with a thick gunslinger moustache with thin mutton chop beard and a proud smile, is hard to miss. The image of his face and his moustache lingers on in your mind’s eye after the first glance. We are talking about none other than Indian Air Force (IAF) braveheart Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman, who returned to India after being held captive by Pakistan on February 27.In the wake of the hardship he went through, when you visualise Abhinandan Varthaman’s smiling face, his hard-to-miss gunslinger moustache appears to radiate pride and confidence.His grit and determination further exemplified in his mannerism when he was held by the Pakistan Army.How proud we are to have you ! Bow down to your skills and even more your grit and courage #WelcomeBackAbhinandan . We love you and are filled with pride because of you.#WeAreSupposedToTellYouThis pic.twitter.com/IfqBFNNa3TVirender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) March 1, 2019Unlike characters from the England of the 18-19th century, Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman doesn’t sport a messy moustache.In fact, as you see his photos and videos closely, you will observe that his moustache is beautifully crafted in a manner that ensures that neither his radiating smile, nor his proud face gets covered with it.Wanna grow a moustache like IAF Pilot Abhinandan Varthaman!!!(@debarshi_taki) March 1, 2019Abhinandan Varthaman’s moustache does not fit into any airtight characterisation of moustaches. It heavily resembles the gunslinger, but also has some characteristics of the horseshoe, the Hungarian, and the wild west moustache. For a complete look, Abhinandan Varthaman sports his gunslinger moustache with a thin strap mutton chop beard.advertisementA slightly longer version of his moustache was sported by General Alexander Shaler, a highly decorated officer from the United States of America. A simple search on Wikipedia suggests that he received the US military’s highest decoration, the Medal of Honour. This was for his role in the Second battle of Fredericksburg.Can we speak for a moment about how amazing Wg Cdr Abhinandan Varthaman’s Moustache is? https://t.co/p5BolOfVI8Ken Dennis (@KenDennis) February 28, 2019Ever since the news of Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman being taken captive by Pakistan broke and videos of him being questioned started doing the rounds, praise for his bravery, courage and grit has flooded the social media.People have not only hailed his courage and ability to maintain calm despite being taken captive by Pakistan, there are many who want to sport a moustache like him. His fans have started expressing their desire on Twitter and Instagram.Don’t be surprised if it becomes the next style sensation in India as it welcomes its hero with the chant: Abhibanadan ka abhinandan ho!ALSO READ | #WelcomeBackAbhinandan: Indian sports stars cheer as air warrior returns homeALSO READ | Abhinandan Varthaman carries a legacy of courage, grace, valourALSO READ | ABHINANDAN, Varthaman: Kashmiri youth welcome IAF hero, back peace processALSO READ | IAF pilot Abhinandan’s father thanks people for being with family in hour of needGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byMukesh Rawat Tags :Follow Abhinandan Varthaman
Senior Medical Officer at the National Chest Hospital, Dr. Terry Baker, is urging persons who have been exposed to cigarette smoke over an extended period to look out for signs of lung cancer.Speaking in an interview with JIS News, Dr. Baker, who is a pulmonologist and internist, pointed out that the disease may present itself in myriad ways, and early signs may often be attributed to other conditions.“The person may have a cough, or they may begin to cough up phlegm or mucous that has changed in colour or consistency, or they may begin to cough up blood. They may have chest pain or consistent hoarseness,” she said.She, however, warned that persons may have pain in other parts of the body, such as arthritis. “This is a particular arthritis or inflammation that we see affecting the bones and joints in persons who have lung cancer. The bones and joints may become swollen and very tender.“The cancer may spread to other organs, to the brain (the person may have severe headaches, personality changes or seizures), to the spine or to the bone. You may also have collapse of the spine,” she explained.Dr. Baker pointed out that because there are no early signs or definitive signs that point to an ailment being lung cancer, one has to have a high index of suspicion when somebody presents with particular complaints.“When it becomes clinically apparent, and the person begins to feel sick, is usually when the cancer has been present within the body for quite a while and has now spread or invaded other structures,” she said.“Cancer cells can stay in the lung and multiply, divide and become larger and they stay there for quite a while before the person becomes ill, and that is part of the difficulty with lung cancer. While we recognise and applaud the advances made in terms of treating lung cancer, the five-year survival is very low,” Dr. Baker added.Dr. Baker was, however, quick to assure that having advanced disease does not mean that it will not be treated.“We may not be able to cure, but we will still treat and endeavour to arrest the spread of the growth of the cancer and help the person in terms of overcoming whatever complications they may have due to the presence of the cancer, and generally help them to feel better and to better manage in terms of other issues or complications that may arise,” she explained.Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths worldwide, with more than breast, prostate and colon cancer combined.Cigarette smoking is associated with a number of other cancers, including cancers of the tongue, breast, cervix, stomach and colon as well as heart disease.National Chest Hospital is the only specialist hospital in the island that specifically treats patients with chest-related illnesses. The month of November is observed worldwide as Lung Cancer Awareness Month.
Acting Agriculture Minister Ron Chisholm introduced amendments to the Livestock Health Services Act today, March 19, in the legislature. The proposed amendment will give the minister of agriculture authority to make changes to the travel and service fees paid to veterinarians who look after large farm animals. “Veterinarians provide a key service to farmers who are not able to transport their animals to veterinarian clinics,” said Mr. Chisholm. “We want to make sure that they are adequately compensated for this service.” The proposed legislation does not affect the fees that are charged by veterinarians for their services. -30-
Kolkata: The Special Task Force of Kolkata Police seized fake Indian currency notes (FICN) with a total face value of Rs 6,50,000, a senior officer said on Wednesday. Based on prior information, the officers intercepted three persons namely Nasiruddin Momin, 29, Shahid Sk, 28, and Suman Sarkar, 23, from A.J.C Bose on Tuesday. “FICN amounting to Rs 6,50,000 of total face value, with 325 notes of Rs 2,000 has been seized from his possession,” he said. They will be produced before the court on Wednesday.
New Delhi: Expanding its commercial PC portfolio, HP India on Thursday launched a new notebook for Rs 67,260. Housing a powerful AMD Ryzen quad-core processor, the HP ProBook 445 G6 is lightweight and ultra-slim, built to enhance the productivity at small and medium businesses (SMBs). “With the new range of HP ProBook devices, we continue to raise the bar for exciting and secure devices with cutting edge PC innovation, that meets the expectations of our customers,” said Vickram Bedi, Senior Director, Personal Systems, HP Inc. India. Also Read – Spotify rolls out Siri support, new Apple TV app On the design front, the ProBook has a refined natural silver, anodized aluminium finish which holds the near borderless display. It opens with a 180-degree hinge, a first on the ProBook 400 series, allowing for more ways to collaborate in various work environments through the ‘Lay-Flat’ design. It has HP Endpoint Security Stack which features like “HP BIOSphere Gen4” and “HP Client Security Manager G4” to guard against malware attacks. Also Read – New Instagram tool to help users spot phishing emailsAdditional Features include HP Connection Optimizer, a self-healing wireless driver technology and HP Fast Charge that recharges the Notebook up to 50 per cent battery life in just 30 minutes. The ProBook can also deliver up to 11.5 hours of battery backup on a single charge. “The new HP ProBook 445 G6 is designed to deliver for every workplace requirement, thus providing a premium and immersive PC experience,” said Sanjeev Pathak, Head-Commercial, Personal Systems, HP Inc. India.
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The City of Fort St. John is inviting residents to ask questions and give feedback during a public meeting next Monday when the City’s 2017 Annual Report will be released.The 75-page document highlights the City’s accomplishments and whether goals were met in 2017 as well as its goals for this year. The report also includes the City’s 2017 audited financial statements and a report on permissive property taxes.Copies of the report are available via this link: http://www.fortstjohn.ca/node/27966, or can be picked up at City Hall. The Council Chambers at City Hall will be the venue for the public meeting, which is taking place at 6:00 p.m. on Monday, June 25th.