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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
In a statement to 12 News, the lead coordinator of Ice Fest said the following: Regrettably Ice Fest for 2020 has been cancelled, but we are already working with Broome County and the City of Binghamton to ensure the proper funding is in place for 2021 to grow the event. In the meantime we are looking into the possibility of adding ice sculptures in 2020 to the Binghamton Pond Festival at Chenango Valley State Park. Broome Winterworks Executive Director Tytus Haller For more information about Binghamton Pond Fest, go the event’s Facebook page by clicking here or its website by clicking here. BINGHAMTON (WBNG) — Binghamton Ice Fest for 2020 has been cancelled, organizers say.
With the lengthy recovery, the government will focus instead on developing infrastructure at tourist spots, including creative hubs at so-called “super-priority” tourist destinations, slated to be completed by next year. The creative hubs would showcase art projects and market local products to visitors, Hari said.“We are running a rebound program for super-priority tourist destinations through the Clean, Health, Safety and Environmental protocol and through the construction of creative hubs,” he said.The government has been working to develop five super-priority tourist destinations as part of its effort to make the tourist industry one of the new drivers of the country’s economic growth. The destinations are Lake Toba in North Sumatra, Borobudur in Central Java, Labuan Bajo in East Nusa Tenggara, Mandalika in West Nusa Tenggara and Likupang in North Sulawesi.The COVID-19 pandemic has depressed foreign tourist arrivals to Indonesia, which plummeted 59.96 percent to 3.09 million in the first half of the year amid international border closures and travel restrictions, Statistics Indonesia (BPS) data show. The government is focusing on improving infrastructure and bringing long-term investments to tourist destinations this year, as it projects pandemic-related pressures to continue affecting the sector in the coming years.The Tourism and Creative Economy Ministry’s deputy of destination and infrastructure development, Hari Santosa Sungkari, said on Aug. 7 that the ministry expected a full recovery of foreign tourist arrivals by 2025.This year, it estimates foreign tourist arrivals to reach between 2.8 million and 4 million visitors, well below the government’s initial target of 18 million. Amid the tourism slump, Lake Toba Tourism Authority Board (BOPDT) director Arie Prasetyo said the government was currently running several infrastructure projects to improve travel between the destinations.For example, near Lake Toba is the expansion of Sisingamangaraja XII International Airport, as well as Sibisa Airport construction.“We are also revitalizing our national roads, which have reached the 90 percent progress mark,” he said.According to Arie’s presentation document, the government is running two national road projects near the lake, the Lake Toba ring road and Samosir ring road, set to be completed this year.The government is also in the process of completing a master plan for Labuan Bajo and preparing basic tourism infrastructure at the destination to host the G-20 Summit and ASEAN Summit in 2023.Meanwhile, state-owned Indonesian Tourism Development Corporation (ITDC), the developer of tourist destination Mandalika, projected the area’s basic infrastructure projects to reach completion by 2022.“We have submitted a proposal for a state-fund injection to the government and investment proposals to private entities to fund the island’s [infrastructure development projects],” ITDC development director Edwin Darmasetiawan said on Aug. 7.ITDC presentation documents show that the company plans to build two five-star hotels, two villa compounds and a convention hall for the G-20 and ASEAN summits.The state-owned firm previously signed agreements with 12 investors, such as global hotel chains Pullman, Marriott and Paramount, to build lodging in the region with a total investment commitment of around Rp 2.8 trillion (US$190.6 million).ITDC had also signed an investment deal in 2018 with French construction company Vinci Construction Grands Projets to build hotels, entertainment districts and a hospital with a total investment of Rp 14.2 trillion.However, ITDC also reported that negotiations with the Walt Disney Company to build a theme park on the island had faltered.“We’ve approached Disney about building a theme park in Mandalika, but they said it’s not the right time because visitor traffic was low,” Edwin said.Investment Coordinating Board (BKPM) investment planning coordinator Nurul Ichwan acknowledged on Aug. 5 that attracting investment in the tourism sector would be difficult during the COVID-19 pandemic and developers should change their marketing narratives.“We should prepare investment proposals that emphasize [the destinations’] long-term potentials,” he told The Jakarta Post during an online discussion held by the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA).According to BKPM data, foreign investment in hotels and restaurants fell 57.9 percent year-on-year (yoy) in the second quarter of 2020 to $48.7 million. Domestic investment in the sector also fell, by 43.6 percent yoy to Rp 2.45 trillion during the same period.Topics :
Daily Mail 15 January 2019Family First Comment: More reasons not to legalise. #PeopleBeforeProfits www.VoteNo.nzJust one or two joints is enough to change the structure of a teenager’s brain, scientists have warned.And the drug could cause changes affecting how likely they are to suffer from anxiety or panic, according to a study.Researchers found 14-year-old girls and boys exposed to THC – the psychoactive chemical in cannabis – had a greater volume of grey matter in their brains.This means the tissue in certain areas is thicker, and it was found to be in the same areas as the receptors which marijuana affects.Experts said thickening of brain tissue is the opposite of what usually happens during puberty, when teenagers’ brain matter gets thinner and more refined.Researchers from the University of Vermont scanned the brains of teenagers from England, Ireland, France and Germany to study marijuana’s effects.They found differences in the volume of grey matter in the amygdala and the hippocampus.These sections are involved with emotions, fear, memory development and spatial skills – changes to them suggests smoking cannabis could affect these faculties.READ MORE: https://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-6590927/Smoking-weed-just-change-teenagers-brain.htmlKeep up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.