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4 simple tips on how to avoid burnout this holiday season

While the holidays can be full of festive fun, it can also be a time of stress for many of us who feel pressure to make Christmas Day a success. Add to this too much food, too much alcohol, and too much time with family members, and December can lead to some feeling burnt out. Here we round up some expert tips on how to reduce stress and maintain healthy habits throughout the festive season so you can enjoy your holidays to the fullest. Plan ahead Thinking how you would like the holidays to be and what kinds of activities are best done in smaller or larger groups can help you plan a more stress-free Christmas says Baylor College of Medicine's Dr. Karen Lawson. If there are d...Keep on reading: 4 simple tips on how to avoid burnout this holiday season.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: 14 hr. 39 min. ago Related News

Atlanta Hawks get in sync at new practice facility

By Shaun Powell, NBA.com ATLANTA -- The pregnant check written by Hawks owner Tony Ressler for the team’s glossy new 90,000 square foot training center didn’t concern him as much as the more numerous, smaller ones. As in: Double practice courts? Check. Outdoor swimming pool? Check. Grilling area and on-site gourmet chefs? Check. Video game consoles and a fleet of flat-screen TVs? Check and double check. Still, Ressler and the folks at Emory Healthcare, which teamed with the Hawks to blueprint the place, wanted more for the $50 million. And so they checked off another amenity: An East Coast hub of a California sports science lab that developed a cult following among a number of players and over half the league’s teams. Peak Performance Project carted computers, high-tech gadgets and cutting edge fitness equipment from its Santa Barbara headquarters to set up shop in Atlanta. The company, or P3, helped the Hawks raise the bar in what’s become a practice facility building boom in the NBA, where the Bulls, Sixers, Nets, Kings and Raptors all recently moved into or building swanky centers that could double as country clubs. Yes, the gourmet meals, hydrotherapy pools and theater seating is quite a refreshing change from the prehistoric places in which teams trained before. The Hawks’ old setup was inside Philips Arena, where ironically players had to climb stairs to reach the Stairmaster machines and had the disadvantage of only one practice court. Perhaps the Ground Zero of practice centers, however, was used by the Nets some 20 years ago in New Jersey. They shared a gym, weight room and a locker room with pot-bellied drivers from the owner’s trucking company. Yes, Derrick Coleman sometimes showered next to Fred from Bayonne. Not only have facilities come a long way — the Nets now train on the Brooklyn waterfront with a panoramic view of Lower Manhattan — so has sports science and how it’s being embraced as a necessary part of the game. Ten years ago nobody in the NBA had their bodies poked by scientists or 'scoped by modern technology to learn more about the way those bodies function. Then P3 came along and quickly became the gold standard of technology and sports and a go-to place in the offseason for players looking for an edge. If the NBA All-Star Game draws the biggest collection of talent around the league during the year, then an athletic science lab in Santa Barbara might be next. Damian Lillard, Karl-Anthony Towns, Rudy Gobert, Zach LaVine, Andre Drummond and Kyle Korver are just some of those seduced by science. P3 collects data through assessments of a player’s body and his high velocity movements to identify his physical strengths and weaknesses, raise red flags for areas that could be prone to potential injury, and give him and his team information to help improve performance. There’s also training sessions designed to prevent injuries and enhance the muscles and movements needed to reach potential, an elite athlete optimization that’s suddenly vital to careers. “Their assessments and the data they collect are so valuable to helping you understand what needs to be done,” said Korver. “No question it was so important for my career.” In a section of the Hawks facility used exclusively for P3, there’s a straight running track, some free weights, and hi-tech treadmills. It looks simple, and in a sense, it is, although the science and technology sets it apart and makes it unique. The center can test and train 12 to 15 athletes at a time over a two-hour period. Thousands of athletes from various Olympic, amateur and pro sports have been through the doors in Santa Barbara. No athlete can train without an assessment first. Once the data is received, then a workout conducted by bio-mechanists and performance specialists and tailored specifically for that athlete, based on the results. There’s no one-size-fits-all philosophy at P3. “It’s all individualized,” said Adam Hewitt, the director of operations at P3. “All bodies are different. You can have two guys the same size and have completely different systems. One might have flexibility in his lower, but the other doesn’t. Our thought is, how do we make the athlete better using this technology?” Hewitt said this process is light years ahead of what athletes and teams did just a few years ago, mainly because science and technology is evolving and P3 is trying to stay ahead of the curve. “Others aren’t using bio-technology to assess their athletes,” he said. “We’re showing the value that we can offer. We’ve invested so much and for so long.” P3 looks at the bodies in motion with the help of motion-capture technology similar to those used in video games. The images and information allow P3 to craft workouts to strengthen limbs and also to avoid injury. Just as NBA teams have spent millions building new practice facilities and hiring nutritionists and massage therapists, Elliott thinks it’s wise they make an investment in science. “There’s a revolution going on in sports science and athlete care,” he said. “I think it was overdue in professional sports. Your average sprinter or speed skater has more science data in his physical development and he’s working a part time job at a restaurant to make ends meet. He has more resources going for him than someone you’re paying $20 million a year. That made no sense to me. Contracts are too big and players are too important to take anything to chance. There’s a lot to lose. Even if you don’t understand it all, why wouldn’t you at least want the information on the table? If you don’t have all the information then is hard to play the probability game. You’re making bets on big contracts and on players being able to perform and stay healthy.” The use of force plates to measure explosiveness while jumping is of great use for NBA players and why P3 has growing influence on most of the league. “The NBA is leading our pro sports leagues,” Elliott said. “As a league, they should be proud. The other leagues are trying to copy them. The NFL is trying to catch up, baseball, hockey, teams are starting to hire smarter people and investing more in their performance sports science staffs. A lot has changed. I feel the biggest thing is we’ve been so invested in getting insight into the data. “There’s people in academics asking questions, and people in sport are trying to do the best they can. Rarely do they come together. Our motto is bringing these together. It’s super exciting to see. At the risk of sounding pompous I’d say I’m proud of it. I know the NBA is happy because they can see the bar’s being raised.” The P3 in Atlanta will operate same as usual, with no advertising, just word of mouth and a growing number of clients. The lab anticipates helping NBA players improve their ankle and hip mobility and put them in better position to succeed through science. “It’s about turning it back to advantages to the athlete,” Elliott said. “These guys are super unique.” Veteran NBA writer Shaun Powell has worked for newspapers and other publications for more than 25 years. You can e-mail him here or follow him on Twitter. The views on this page do not necessarily reflect the views of the NBA, its clubs or Turner Broadcasting. .....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsDec 16th, 2017Related News

As Olympics near, South Korea agonizes over post-Games costs

By Kim Tong-Hyung, Associated Press GANGNEUNG, South Korea (AP) — South Korean officials have ruled out turning a state-of-the-art Olympic skating arena into a giant seafood freezer. Other than that, not much is certain about the country's post-Winter Games plans for a host of expensive venues. As officials prepare for the games in and around the small mountain town of Pyeongchang, there are lingering worries over the huge financial burden facing one of the nation's poorest regions. Local officials hope that the Games will provide a badly needed economic boost by marking the area as a world-class tourist destination. But past experience shows that hosts who justified their Olympics with expectations of financial windfalls were often left deeply disappointed when the fanfare ended. This isn't lost on Gangwon province, which governs Pyeongchang and nearby Gangneung, a seaside city that will host Olympic skating and hockey events. Officials there are trying hard to persuade the national government to pay to maintain new stadiums that will have little use once the athletes leave. Seoul, however, is so far balking at the idea. The Olympics, which begin Feb. 9, will cost South Korea about 14 trillion won ($12.9 billion), much more than the 8 to 9 trillion won ($7 to 8 billion) the country projected as the overall cost when Pyeongchang won the bid in 2011. Worries over costs have cast a shadow over the games among residents long frustrated with what they say were decades of neglect in a region that doesn't have much going on other than domestic tourism and fisheries. "What good will a nicely managed global event really do for residents when we are struggling so much to make ends meet?" said Lee Do-sung, a Gangneung restaurant owner. "What will the games even leave? Maybe only debt." ___ TEARING THINGS DOWN The atmosphere was starkly different three decades ago when grand preparations for the 1988 Seoul Summer Games essentially shaped the capital into the modern metropolis it is today. A massive sports complex and huge public parks emerged alongside the city's Han River. Next came new highways, bridges and subway lines. Forests of high-rise buildings rose above the bulldozed ruins of old commercial districts and slums. The legacy of the country's second Olympics will be less clear. In a country that cares much less now about the recognition that large sporting events bring, it will potentially be remembered more for things dismantled than built. Pyeongchang's picturesque Olympic Stadium — a pentagonal 35,000-seat arena that sits in a county of 40,000 people — will only be used for the opening and closing ceremonies of the Olympics and Paralympics before workers tear it down. A scenic downhill course in nearby Jeongseon will also be demolished after the games to restore the area to its natural state. Fierce criticism by environmentalists over the venue being built on a pristine forest sacred to locals caused construction delays that nearly forced pre-Olympic test events to be postponed. Gangwon officials want the national government to share costs for rebuilding the forest, which could be as much as 102 billion won ($95 million). ___ NO FISH Despite more than a decade of planning, Gangwon remains unsure what to do with the Olympic facilities it will keep. Winter sports facilities are often harder to maintain than summer ones because of the higher costs for maintaining ice and snow and the usually smaller number of people they attract. That's especially true in South Korea, which doesn't have a strong winter sports culture. Not all ideas are welcome. Gangwon officials say they never seriously considered a proposal to convert the 8,000-seat Gangneung Oval, the Olympic speed skating venue, into a refrigerated warehouse for seafood. Officials were unwilling to have frozen fish as part of their Olympic legacy. Gangwon officials also dismissed a theme park developer's suggestion to make the stadium a gambling venue where people place bets on skating races, citing the country's strict laws and largely negative view of gambling. A plan to have the 10,000-capacity Gangneung Hockey Center host a corporate league hockey team fell apart. Even worse off are Pyeongchang's bobsleigh track, ski jump hill and the biathlon and cross-country skiing venues, which were built for sports South Koreans are largely uninterested in. After its final inspection visit in August, the International Olympic Committee warned Pyeongchang's organizers that they risked creating white elephants from Olympic venues, though it didn't offer specific suggestions for what to do differently. Cautionary tales come from Athens, which was left with a slew of abandoned stadiums after the 2004 Summer Games that some say contributed to Greece's financial meltdown and Nagano, the Japanese town that never got the tourism bump it expected after spending an estimated $10.5 billion for the 1998 Winter Games. Some Olympic venues have proved to be too costly to maintain. The $100 million luge and bobsled track built in Turin for the 2006 games was later dismantled because of high operating costs. Pyeongchang will be only the second Olympic host to dismantle its ceremonial Olympic Stadium immediately after the games — the 1992 Winter Olympics host Albertville did so as well. ___ 'MONEY-DRINKING HIPPOS' Gangwon has demanded that the national government in Seoul pay for maintaining at least four Olympic facilities after the Games — the speed skating arena, hockey center, bobsleigh track and ski jump hill. This would save the province about 6 billion won ($5.5 million) a year, according to Park Cheol-sin, a Gangwon official. But the national government says doing so would be unfair to other South Korean cities that struggled financially after hosting large sports events. Incheon, the indebted 2014 Asian Games host, has a slew of unused stadiums now mocked as "money-drinking hippos." It would also be a hard sell to taxpayers outside of Gangwon, said Lee Jae-soon, an official from the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism. Unlike the 1988 Olympics and the 2002 World Cup, which were brought to South Korea after bids driven by the national government, the provincial government led the bid for the Pyeongchang games and it did so without any commitment from Seoul over footing the bill. Under current plans, Gangwon will be managing at least six Olympic facilities after the games. These facilities will create a 9.2 billion won ($8.5 million) deficit for the province every year, a sizable burden for a quickly-aging region that had the lowest income level among South Korean provinces in 2013, according to the Korea Industrial Strategy Institute, which was commissioned by Gangwon to analyze costs. Hong Jin-won, a Gangneung resident and activist who has been monitoring Olympic preparations for years, said the real deficit could be even bigger. The institute's calculation is based on assumptions that each facility would generate at least moderate levels of income, which Hong says is no sure thing. He said that could mean welfare spending gets slashed to help make up the lack of money. South Korea, a rapidly-aging country with a worsening job market and widening rich-poor gap, has by far the highest elderly poverty rate among rich nations, according to Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development figures. If Seoul doesn't pay for the Olympic facilities, and Gangwon can't turn them into cultural or leisure facilities, it might make more sense for Gangwon to just tear them down. Park said the national government must step up because the "Olympics are a national event, not a Gangwon event.".....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsDec 15th, 2017Related News

Putin accuses US agencies of manipulating doping testimony

By James Ellingworth, Associated Press MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin accused U.S. agencies of manipulating evidence from the main whistleblower on doping at the 2014 Sochi Olympics. Putin said Thursday that former Moscow anti-doping laboratory director Grigory Rodchenkov — who is under witness protection after fleeing to the United States last year — is "under the control" of the American agencies, including the FBI. Rodchenkov being in the United States "is not a positive for us, it's a negative. It means he's under the control of American special services," Putin said. "What are they doing with him there? Are they giving him some kind of substances so that he says what's required?" Putin added that Rodchenkov should never have been appointed to run Moscow's anti-doping laboratory in the first place. "It was a mistake on the part of those who did it, and I know who did it," he said, but didn't name names or say they should be punished. Testimony from Rodchenkov played a key role in International Olympic Committee investigations which led last week to Russian athletes being required to compete under a neutral flag at the upcoming Pyeongchang Games. Rodchenkov said he was ordered by the sports ministry to oversee steroid use by Russian athletes in many sports, and to cover up their doping by falsifying test results and swapping dirty samples for clean ones. The IOC's decision to trust Rodchenkov's evidence is "nonsense," Putin said, portraying the scientist as mentally unstable and referring repeatedly to Russian criminal investigations against him. The Russian government has denied it had any involvement in doping, particularly around the Sochi Olympics, which is seen as a key prestige project. Russian officials have previously said they accept some drug use occurred, but on a much smaller scale than alleged, and that Rodchenkov tricked some clean Russian athletes into taking banned substances by claiming they were legitimate dietary supplements. Putin also reiterated previous claims that Russian doping scandals are an attempt to smear the government as he runs for re-election in March, a month after the Pyeongchang Olympics. "The scandal is being created ahead of the domestic political calendar," he said. "Whatever people say, I'm convinced, I just know this is the case." Russian sports officials and athletes across numerous sports have said they will accept the IOC demand that they compete as "Olympic Athletes from Russia." That means they will compete in neutral-colored uniforms under the Olympic flag, with the Olympic anthem played at medal ceremonies instead of the Russian anthem. However, the IOC says the ban could be lifted in time for Russian athletes to march at the closing ceremony under their own flag, if Russia complies with IOC conditions. An IOC commission found no evidence that Russia's "highest state authority" was involved in doping, but that sports ministry officials knew of the doping scheme......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsDec 15th, 2017Related News

Big banks’ NPLs rise 9%

By Melissa Luz T. Lopez, Senior Reporter BAD DEBTS held by big banks grew by nearly a tenth in October but accounted for an even smaller share relative to total loans granted during the period, latest central bank data showed, signalling strong asset quality among lenders. Non-performing loans (NPLs) incurred by universal and commercial banks… link: Big banks’ NPLs rise 9%.....»»

Source: Manilainformer ManilainformerCategory: Dec 13th, 2017Related News

Big banks’ NPLs rise 9%

By Melissa Luz T. Lopez, Senior Reporter BAD DEBTS held by big banks grew by nearly a tenth in October but accounted for an even smaller share relative to total loans granted during the period, latest central bank data showed, signalling strong asset quality among lenders. Non-performing loans (NPLs) incurred by universal and commercial banks […] The post Big banks’ NPLs rise 9% appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Source: Bworldonline BworldonlineCategory: NewsDec 12th, 2017Related News

Squaring circles: EU and Britain plot next Brexit chapter

BRUSSELS, Belgium – The European Commission and the British government let out an audible sigh of relief on reaching Friday's (December 8) historic Brexit divorce terms deal. Yet numerous questions remain on the future trade relationship between the EU 27 and the bloc's departing member as the discussions now move ........»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: NewsDec 10th, 2017Related News

REVIEW | ‘Smaller and Smaller Circles’ is a riveting tale of sadistic murder and mystery

Given that most of the dialogue is delivered in English, however, it might feel foreign and intimidating to general audiences......»»

Source: Interaksyon InteraksyonCategory: TopDec 10th, 2017Related News

‘Smaller and Smaller Circles’ review: Deserves to be seen

Rot is a constant presence in Raya Martin’s Smaller and Smaller Circles. It is most apparent in the scenes where we see the inglorious spectacle that is the Payatas trash dump, where select children are violently killed, with their faces, hearts and genitals removed with surgical precision, ........»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: NewsDec 9th, 2017Related News

Who is ex-SC Associate Justice Flerida Ruth Romero?

MANILA, Philippines – Former Supreme Court Associate Justice Flerida Ruth P. Romero –  who died on Friday, December 8 , at the age of 88 – left a mark in the legal profession, particularly in labor and civil law circles. Romero was born in Tondo, Manila, on August 1, 1929. She earned her Bachelor of Laws degree from the University ........»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: NewsDec 8th, 2017Related News

Serial killer film fights to be seen

IT MIGHT not have been chosen as one of the official entries of this year’s Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) but Raya Martin’s Smaller and Smaller Circles refused to lay down and die as its makers decided to push through with a nationwide release starting Dec. 6, believing that this is one film Filipinos deserve […] The post Serial killer film fights to be seen appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Source: Bworldonline BworldonlineCategory: FinanceDec 7th, 2017Related News

How ‘Smaller and Smaller Circles’ expanded Nonie Buencamino’s view of the Church

In this crime drama, the actor plays one of two Jesuit priests tasked to to analyze forensic evidence involving a series of murders......»»

Source: Interaksyon InteraksyonCategory: TopDec 7th, 2017Related News

Film, literary stars grace ‘circles’ premiere

Respected names in Philippine show biz and literature gathered to support the premiere of Raya Martin's latest film, "Smaller and Smaller Circles." Led by TBA Studios' executive producer Fernando Ortigas and president Vincent Nebrida, the premiere was held at Greenhills Promenade Mall Cinema 6 and 7 on Dec. 2. The movie is the film adaptation of FH Batacan's acclaimed crime novel. The movie's stars Nonie Buencamino, Sid Lucero, Carla Humphries, Bembol Roco, Ricky Davao, Alex Medina, Junjun Quintana and Mae Paner graced the premiere, as well. "It's not a conventional movie," Buencamino said. "But it's a very interesting film for the common Filipino." National Artists f...Keep on reading: Film, literary stars grace ‘circles’ premiere.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: Dec 5th, 2017Related News

Smaller and Smaller Circles: The reflection of the times

MANILA, Philippines – One after another, bodies of prepubescent boys filled with maggots turn up amid trash in the Payatas dump site. The horrific sight young trash pickers, police men and journalists find upon discovery of the bodies, is the absence of 3 parts: genitals, hearts, and faces......»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: NewsDec 4th, 2017Related News

Ohtani rules out Yanks, Red Sox, others; prefers West Coast

NEW YORK --- The Yankees and Red Sox are among the teams that pitcher and outfielder Shohei Ohtani has ruled out, and it seems the Japanese star will likely pursue a smaller market nearer to the West Coast. New York general manager Brian Cashman confirmed to reporters Sunday night that his club was out of the running. "I know that our presentation was excellent," Cashman said. "The feedback from that was outstanding. But I did get a sense that I can't change that we're a big market and I can't change we're in the East." Red Sox spokesman Kevin Gregg confirmed Boston's elimination from the bidding. The New York Mets, Oakland Athletics, Pittsburgh Pirates, Tampa Bay Rays, Minnesota Tw...Keep on reading: Ohtani rules out Yanks, Red Sox, others; prefers West Coast.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: Dec 4th, 2017Related News

Senate tax reform bill friendly to spending — Credit Suisse

By Melissa Luz T. Lopez, Senior Reporter THE SENATE’S version of the tax reform plan is likely to have a smaller impact on commodity prices, an analyst with a global bank said, and will help drive stronger household spending by giving Filipinos more take-home pay. Economist Michael Wan of Credit Suisse said that the inflation […] The post Senate tax reform bill friendly to spending — Credit Suisse appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Source: Bworldonline BworldonlineCategory: NewsNov 30th, 2017Related News

Show business is casino business

By Zsarlene B. Chua, Reporter THERE WAS A TIME when keeping up with the cultural zeitgeist — specially in theater circles — meant flying to New York or London to catch big musicals during their Broadway or West End runs. No longer. Filipinos who are willing to wait a couple of years can bank on […] The post Show business is casino business appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Source: Bworldonline BworldonlineCategory: NewsNov 30th, 2017Related News

Hyundai workers halt SUV production after talks collapse

SEOUL, South Korea --- Hyundai Motor Company's workers have suspended production on two assembly lines to protest what they said was a unilateral move by the company to increase output. The South Korean company, part of the world's fifth-largest auto group along with its smaller affiliate Kia Motors Corp., said Tuesday that the disruption would be temporary and it expects production to resume soon. About 1,950 workers, or 4 percent of the company's 51,000 union members, stopped work Monday at a plant in Ulsan, 380 kilometers (236 miles) southeast of Seoul, according to Hyundai Motor union spokesman Hong Jae-gwan. The striking workers account for more than half the plant's wo...Keep on reading: Hyundai workers halt SUV production after talks collapse.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: Nov 28th, 2017Related News

Evil in holy places

Film review: Smaller and Smaller Circles.....»»

Source: Philstar PhilstarCategory: MoviesNov 27th, 2017Related News

Mindanao-Sulawesi shipping route resumes with smaller vessel

DAVAO CITY — An Indonesian-flagged boat, the Gloria 28, with capacity of 256 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs), has started plying the Davao-Manado route as an alternative to the Davao-General Santos-Bitung service that has been put on hold for lack of demand. The Davao-GenSan-Bitung roll on-roll off (RoRo) service, launched on April 30 this year with… link: Mindanao-Sulawesi shipping route resumes with smaller vessel.....»»

Source: Manilainformer ManilainformerCategory: Nov 25th, 2017Related News