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Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Can We be Grateful Now?It has emerged recently that many of the great events we associate with our Irish summer will not take place.No Saturday or Sunday games, no Concerts in large outdoor venues, no Pilgrimages to Knock, no Galway Races, no Summer Festivals, no Agricultural Shows, no Tidy Towns. Probably there will be no holidays abroad and maybe just limited visits to the seaside at home – weather permitting! And possibly no barbers or hairdressers. A bleak picture!This will be the reality of the summer ahead. So how can we make the most of it?Basically, we need to learn to come to terms with it. Though it will not be easy, we have to Accept it as it is. Acceptance frees us to make the most of what we have. It allows us to begin to discover what’s possible, safe and satisfying within the massive limitations imposed as a result of the danger created by the Coronavirus.I would suggest that one of the ways we can begin to do this is to focus positively on what we have right now, rather than moaning about what we haven’t got in our lives going forward. This brings us into what is known as the Gratitude Space.Today the practice Gratitude is being strongly promoted by Mindfulness and by Positive Psychology as the way to healthy living and happiness in difficult circumstances. I believe that it can be very helpful at this time to focus on being grateful, though in reality it is extremely challenging to do so.The Power of GratitudeSo, what is Gratitude? It is an appreciation of what we have and a recognition of what is good in our lives.Gratitude is something ordinary and every-day. However, Gratitude has a depth and a value which we don’t often recognise. We can take so much for granted. If we apply the power of Gratitude to our lives in the present crisis, we can improve our well-being and find greater happiness.The practice of Gratitude brings us into a very positive space where we count our blessings and recognise all that is good around us. This doesn’t mean ignoring all that is difficult in life or the suffering which surrounds us. It can be a real challenge to be in a positive space at the moment. Gratitude can help us to get there.Focusing on what We HaveWhen we focus on what we have now we become aware of opportunities which we didn’t realise we had before?We certainly have a lot of Time, Time to do things we were too busy to do or neglected to do before. We probably have a lot of time to spend with ourselves. From living in a busy crowded world, we can find ourselves thrust into solitude and silence.But maybe this Solitude and Silence gives us a chance to explore the deeper meaning of our lives and get to know ourselves better. We can learn more ways to develop our mental health, strength and well-being. Is this not something for which we can feel a sense of gratitude?Gratitude brings us to focus on what we have. We focus on our gifts, on our assets and on all of the good things in our lives. We can feel Gratitude for the big things of our lives – the people we love, our own talents and interests, our home and our community.We can become grateful even for the little everyday things – a cup of coffee, the song of the bird or the smell of a flower.Oprah Winfrey says, “Be thankful for what you have and you will end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have you will never, ever have enough.”Gratitude PracticesWhy not allow Gratitude to become a mind-set and allow it to punctuate your day?Begin the day with a sense of Gratitude. As the new day begins be grateful for life and for the opportunities which this new day will surely bring. This enables you to begin the day on a positive and optimistic note.Follow the teaching of Marcus Aurelius, Roman Emperor and Philosopher: “When you arise in the morning think of what a privilege it is to be alive, to think, to enjoy, to love. Each day provides its own gifts.”One of the Mindfulness Gratitude exercises which I teach people comes from an Oxford Professor of Mindfulness, Mark Williams. People who do this exercise on a regular basis find that it brings them great contentment and peace even in tough times.Professor Williams recommends his ten-finger Gratitude Exercise: “Once a day bring to mind ten things for which you are grateful, counting them on your fingers. It is important to get to ten things, even when it becomes increasingly difficult after three or four! This is exactly what the exercise is for – intentionally bringing into awareness the tiny previously, unnoticed, elements of the day.”Towards the end of your day why not try this exercise?Despite living a quite restricted life at the moment it is amazing how much happens in your day. In the midst of great loss, we can still find blessings to count. Feel grateful and you will end your day feeling good about yourself and about life.Some people find a Gratitude Journal helpful. Just write down the ten things for which you feel grateful at the end of your day. Read back over them and you see how good life really is.We teach our children good manners by telling them to say the magic words, “Please” and “Thanks”. Thanks, can certainly be a magic word for us today.Take care of yourselves through being Grateful. NewsGerry Raftery: Can We Be Grateful Now? By Meghann Scully – April 28, 2020 185
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continue reading » Engaging members and maintaining their loyalty is a topic that lies at the core of the credit union industry’s mission. And for almost 30 years, Creating Member Loyalty™ (CML) has addressed that fundamental concept.“Through the years we’ve always delivered one consistent message: Loyalty comes from an unrelenting focus on member needs, not sales quotas or pushing product,” says Carla Schrinner, implementation manager and senior master trainer with CML.“Credit union clients often approach us because they want to shift the culture within their organization,” Schrinner says. “They want to be more strategic about engaging their members, and that requires different behaviors from the organization and from staff to see results.”The program starts with a “deep-dive assessment” of a new client’s current practices. “Sometimes senior management will describe the credit union one way while staff will see it very differently,” says Schrinner. The goal is to bring clear perspective to everyone on where the credit union will realize its greatest gains, and then provide the implementation strategy and training necessary to move the needle. 9SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
Hong Kong activist Joshua Wong was arrested on Thursday in relation to a protest at the height of the city’s pro-democracy unrest last year, his lawyer said.The detention of the city’s most high-profile dissident is the latest in a string of arrests of government critics and comes after China imposed a sweeping new national security law on Hong Kong in late June.He was arrested for “unlawful assembly” over a 2019 demonstration against a government ban on face masks that was imposed before the coronavirus pandemic, his lawyer said. The 23-year-old pro-democracy figure said on Twitter he was also being held for violating the “draconian anti-mask law”, which has since been ruled unconstitutional.Wong’s lawyer told AFP he was arrested when he reported to a police station concerning another case against him, for which he is currently on trial.”Wong is accused of participating in an unlawful assembly on October 5 last year, when hundreds marched to oppose an anti-mask ban the government rolled out,” lawyer Jonathan Man said. The march that day came after much of the city had ground to a halt with the subway suspended and many shops and malls shuttered following a night of violence. Hundreds of protesters, almost all masked, staged the unsanctioned demonstration through the popular shopping district of Causeway Bay, a day after the city’s leader Carrie Lam outlawed masks by invoking colonial-era emergency powers not used for half a century.The act of resistance came after a night of widespread chaos as hardcore protesters trashed dozens of subway stations, vandalized shops with mainland China ties, built fires and blocked roads. Many chanted “No rioters, only tyranny” and other popular protest slogans.At the time of the march, Hong Kong had already been battered by four months of increasingly violent pro-democracy protests. Topics :
Submitted by Port of OlympiaBucoda Mayor Alan Carr addresses members of the ThurstonRegional Planning Council in the new Bucoda CommunityCenter. The Port’s Small Cities Program has helped the towncreate a center that contributes to local economic development.Projects in each of Thurston County’s small, incorporated cities will receive an economic boost from Port of Olympia in 2014. Bucoda, Rainier and Yelm will each receive $10,000 and Tenino will receive $5,000. The Port Commission approved the funding awards at their July 14th meeting.The intention of the Port’s Small Cities Program is to assist with projects that will contribute to local economic development. The program requires an equal cash match from the city. A city receives the funds after completing the project and submitting the required information to the Port.This was the second year that all four of the County’s small cities–Bucoda, Rainier, Tenino and Yelm–applied for funds through the program. Small cities are defined as incorporated cities within Thurston County with a population of 10,000 or less.On July 8, the Board of Directors of the Port Economic Development Corporation reviewed Finance Director Jeff Smith’s analysis of the cities’ applications, qualified the eligibility of the projects, and recommended that the Commission approve the funding awards.Here is how the cities will use their 2014 Small Cities Program funds:· Bucoda’s renovation of the historic Oddfellows Building into a community center will receive funds for the fourth year. Two rooms will be restored for a free clinic, museum and other uses.· Rainier will use the Port funds to plan for a waste water treatment facility so that commercial development can go forward in a cost-effective manner and generate new jobs.· Tenino will enhance the prospects of additional jobs related to tourism by using the Small Cities’ funding award to prepare a Tenino Park Master Plan.· Yelm is planning a new community center which will bring activity and regional customers into the historic downtown. The Port funds will assist with project design. Facebook54Tweet0Pin0
Facebook0Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by Coldwell Banker Evergreen Olympic Realty Pictured from Left, Mike Fischer, Coldwell Banker Chief Operating Officer, Mitch Dietz, Sean Blankenship, Coldwell Banker Chief Marketing Officer, and Budge Huskey, Coldwell Banker Chief Executive OfficerMitch Dietz, a real estate broker with Coldwell Banker Evergreen Olympic Realty in Olympia, was recently named to the prestigious Coldwell Banker Real Estate 30 Under 30 list. This represents the top young real estate professionals worldwide. The Coldwell Banker organization honored Mitch at their international Generation Blue Experience in Chicago, Ill. in September.Mitch, 27, was honored for his successful service to clients, innovative use of mobile technology, and his commitment to the community. He is also active with several local charities and organizations including the Hands on Children’s Museum, Concern for Animals and Big Brothers and Big Sisters of SW Washington. Mitch has been affiliated with Coldwell Banker Evergreen Olympic Realty since 2010.
Five Fort St. John residents are safe today after their plane crashed into the South Saskatchewan River last night. At about 7:30 PM local time on September 17th, Medicine Hat Police received a call from the Medicine Hat Regional Airport informing them that a plane which had taken off from the airport just minutes earlier had lost one of its engines. The control tower then lost all radio contact with the aircraft. Fortunately, civilian reports of a low flying aircraft helped direct emergency services to the crash site in the South Saskatchewan River. – Advertisement -Four occupants escaped with only minor injuries. A fifth was airlifted to Calgary with non-life-threatening injuries.The plane, which had been borrowed from NorthStar Ltd. to take some family members to a funeral in Medicine Hat, was destined for Fort St. John.Transport Canada is continuing to investigate the matter.Advertisement
Team India head coach Ravi Shastri is back at the Basin Reserve in Wellington, the venue where he made his international debut in a Test match against New Zealand on February 21, 1981.Shastri got nostalgic after arriving at the picturesque cricket ground and posted a video of the same on his Twitter account.”Would have never imagined I would be back here after 38 years to a place where it all started, still in India colours. They say what goes around, comes around. Fond memories from the Basin Reserve in Wellington,” Shastri said in the video as he relived his debut at the ground 38 years ago.38 years…So blessed to wear India colours again at Basin Reserve where I made my debut in 1981.Thank you for the love and support pic.twitter.com/iB53YxfaY5Ravi Shastri (@RaviShastriOfc) February 2, 2019Shastri went on to play 80 Test matches for India and 150 one-day internationals. He amassed 3830 in the longest format at an average of 35.79 with 11 hundreds and 12 fifties while in 128 ODI innings he scored 3108 runs at 29.04 with 4 centuries and 18 half-centuries.The tall and lanky all-rounder also picked 151 wickets in Tests and 129 scalps in ODIs.The 56-year-old is now back at the Basin Reserve as India’s head coach with his team getting ready for the fifth and final ODI against New Zealand on Sunday.Team India got a major boost on Saturday as batting coach Sanjay Bangar assured that veteran MS Dhoni is back to full fitness and will play the final match of the series, which India lead 3-1.advertisementDhoni had missed the third and fourth ODI due to a hamstring injury he picked during the second ODI in Mount Maunganui. Dhoni’s experience in the middle order was missed when India suffered a collapse in the fourth ODI in Hamilton on Thursday, January 31.In the absence of captain Virat Kohli and Dhoni, India were reeling at 35 for 6 and they were eventually bowled out for their lowest-ever ODI total in New Zealand (92). Trent Boult’s five-for set up New Zealand’s eight-wicket win.Middle-order batsmen Ambati Rayudu and Dinesh Karthik disappointed as both of them walked back without troubling the scorers.All set for the 5th and final ODIWhat’s your prediction for tomorrow’s game?#NZvIND pic.twitter.com/PX2BKHYnIWBCCI (@BCCI) February 2, 2019Dhoni had trained on the eve of the third ODI in Hamilton but the team management wanted to give enough time to their senior campaigner to return from the injury.New Zealand on the other hand, suffered an injury blow on Saturday as opener Martin Guptill was declared doubtful for the final match after injured his lower back during the fielding drills on Saturday. Colin Munro has been added to the squad as a result.Also Read | James Neesham on MS Dhoni: You haven’t won the game until you have got him outAlso Read | India vs New Zealand: Can’t draw conclusions after one failure, says Sanjay BangarAlso Read | New Zealand opener Martin Guptill doubtful for 5th ODI vs India due to lower back injury
OTTAWA – Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson will let political critics read his Twitter feed again after several went to court claiming he violated their constitutional rights by blocking them.They argued that even if he doesn’t like what they say about him, they have a right to see what their mayor says on social media.The case launched last month is the first of its kind in Canada.The group behind the case, which includes a University of Ottawa law professor who has run for the NDP, and campaigners for the Council of Canadians and the Canadian Union of Postal Workers, are vocal and frequent critics of Watson.The group argued in court filings that Watson would have been fine using a Twitter function that hides their tweets from him, but he went too far by blocking them from seeing anything he says on the social network.Watson at first said his Twitter account is personal and the City of Ottawa has other Twitter feeds for official news.In their court filing, the group argued the mayor often shares public information that isn’t on the city’s official feeds, such as the city’s recovery after tornadoes ripped through the national capital in September.In a tweet Friday, Watson says he agrees that he tweets public information as part of his duties as mayor, so his feed should be public.The trio will no longer be blocked from his Twitter account, Watson says.