Thereare many people who unfortunately seem to thrive on thinking the worst, seeing the bad in situations and people, then waiting for the awful outcomes they “know” are coming. What thoughts go through their minds as they lay in bed at night or during quiet thinking time are probably not any that fill them with contentment. This type of thinking is unlikely to breed any positivity for the person themselves or those around them.There are other people who unconsciously or unwittingly find themselves always worrying about the worst that can happen, who find it hard to see the bright side of any situation, cannot seem to distance themselves from bad environments and feel powerless to change the negativity that appears to surround them. They do not revel in disappointment, but they expect it and accept it as the norm.Either of these ways of thinking can be altered. People often do seek help in an effort to change, but in a day and age where we are bombarded by self-help strategies and books claiming to ‘fix your life in seven days’, websites offering a few miraculous steps to ‘thinking your way to a better future’, or other such instant implausible claims, you can be forgiven for being sceptical when you hear the words “positive thinking” and doubtful about how effective a thinking model can actually be.The thing is, if a person seriously wants to evoke a positive change, positive thinking when utilised correctly has some amazing short- and long-term benefits. It is certainly true that it leads to noticing and creating opportunities, which in turn allows those to be made use of, culminating in more positive outcomes. Likewise, being negative focuses the mind on the bad events and reinforces irrational beliefs ending in more negative outcomes.So yes, the old adage of positivity breeding positivity and negativity breeding negativity has more than an underlying grain of truth running through.One of the major reasons positive thinking fails to be of any genuine help or change is when people use it as a form of suppressing deeper negative beliefs. Pretending to be happy and jubilant on the outside while feeling pain or negativity on the inside is merely suppression and resolves very little. The idea behind positive thinking does not negate the reality and experiences that we have which are negative. It allows us to accept them, but then to find a different way of thinking about things, a more positive thought process that directs us to a better outcome.It is useful to remember that feelings, fears, and emotions all pass with time, especially if we refuse to dwell on them unnecessarily. Worrying about being worried, for example, only serves to maintain the state of worry. Accepting the worry, deciding on an appropriate time to resolve the issue when it can be looked at objectively, then letting it go for now until the more appropriate time, dissipates the worry.Getting into the right mindset and away from woeful lamenting, avoiding idealistic wishes and being proactive with thoughts are key. Instead of the negative thought “I will never be successful”, and the unrealistic positive thought “All I have to do is think about being successful and it will come”, try thinking about the kind of success you want, a realistic way to get there and work towards achieving it with belief in yourself. A positive thought alone cannot bring success, but a realistic thought followed up by positive action can lead to real positive outcomes.If we adopt this attitude and can maintain this outlook, we can end up having an encouraging effect on those around us. It can act as a powerful model for others when they experience the refreshing approach, especially for the younger generations.Positive thinking for the future of what seems to be a greatly unmotivated youth population is vital. We do see stories of young people going out there and achieving great things despite the obstacles they face. Many times, it is a positive attitude and a belief in themselves that sets them apart and gives them the impetus to succeed. If we can foster this attitude in more of our children through coaching, teaching and parenting, we can help to support the next generation of happier, healthier, more effective people.
PBA IMAGESThere was no shortage of answers from head coach Chito Victolero when asked how Magnolia let a golden opportunity slip out of its hands.“They (Rain or Shine) outworked us. They were more aggressive than us. They wanted [the win] more than us,” the Hotshots mentor told reporters on his way out of a 91-81 loss to the Elasto Painters in Game 6 of their PBA Philippine Cup semifinal clash at Ynares Center in Antipolo City late Friday night.ADVERTISEMENT Duterte says he will appoint Gamboa as next PNP chief Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption View comments Air Force earns draw; 2 clubs not joining PPL LATEST STORIES Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award PLAY LIST 01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award01:33Leo Austria, SMB wary of ‘more experienced’ Hotshots ahead of PBA Finals rematch05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal03:05Malakanyang bilib sa Phivolcs | Chona Yu Eduard Folayang gets new opponent for ONE Manila card Victolero and the Hotshot also absorbed their first loss that night at Ynares Center—the very arena where they have been undefeated in nearly two years, and the place where they were crowned Governor’s Cup champions last season.But Magnolia has no time to wade through trivia and back stories. The prize for Saturday night’s winner is a shot a dethroning reigning four-time all-Filipino champions San Miguel Beer.“There will be little adjustments for the two teams come game time. It will just boil down [to] who wants it more,” Victolero said.Desire, yes. But Rain or Shine coach Caloy Garcia said Magnolia will come in with a little edge.“Perhaps the difference now is Magnolia, in this situation, probably has the upper hand in experience,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT LeBron James stretches lead in NBA All-Star Game fan voting Pagadian on tighter security for 100,000 expected at Sto. Niño feast MOST READ The Witcher series prompts over 500,000 reprints of Andrzej Sapkowski’s books Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? But Garcia hopes to use the same ploy he did in Game 6.“During practice, we did not even do viewing. I just told the players to enjoy the game and to keep it simple. And it worked,” he said.“So coming into Game 7, I think we just have to do the same thing,” Garcia added. “I told them that we just have to trust each other and just see what happens.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “Good thing, there’s still a Game 7,” he added.And Magnolia hopes to finish what it failed to do when it clashes anew with Rain or Shine on Saturday at Mall of Asia Arena.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsGame time is 6:30 p.m.The Hotshots squandered an opportunity to bundle out the Elasto Painters and missed a chance at affording themselves ample preparation time for another trip to the conference finals where a familiar foe awaits them.
Weah — who in 1995 became the first and only African yet to win the Ballon d’Or as European footballer of the year and who played for AC Milan, Paris Saint Germain and Monaco — trounced his rival Robert Sirleaf, the son of Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.Weah got 78 percent of the vote in Montserrado county in the December 20 poll to fill half the seats of the Senate. Turnout was around 25 percent, according to the national election commission.The election was originally due to be held in October but was postponed over the Ebola outbreak in Liberia.Sirleaf, who was running as an independent, registered 10.8 percent of the vote.Montserrado county, in northwestern Liberia, is the west African country’s most populous region and home to nearly a third of its population of four million.Liberia tops the number of Ebola deaths in the current outbreak with 3,384 fatalities, but it has seen a clear decrease of new transmissions in the past month.Ebola has killed 7,693 people, almost all of them in the west African epicentres of Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea.Weah, a popular figure in Liberia since his days as a deadly centre-forward, won the first round of the 2005 presidential election, but lost the runoff to Johnson Sirleaf. A 2011 election campaign was also unsuccessful.0Shares0000(Visited 3 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000LIBERIA, Monrovia, December 28 – Liberian opposition politician and former football star George Weah won a landslide victory in Senate elections in Ebola-ravaged Liberia, official results showed Sunday.
0Shares0000Southampton’s James Ward-Prowse (L) and Arsenal’s Nacho Monreal vie for the ball during their English Premier League football match on May 10, 2017LONDON, United Kingdom, June 7 – Nacho Monreal has spoken out about his future at Arsenal, following the signing of Sead Kolasinac – a player likely to replace him as first choice left-back.Monreal, who has become a regular in Arsene Wenger’s starting XI over the past two seasons, says that while he is aware of the threat that the talented young defender poses to his position at the club, he has no intention of considering a move elsewhere and that he still feels integral to the London club’s ambitions. Speaking to Noticias de Navarra about the Kolasinac signing, the 31-year old was clearly unperturbed by the possibility of the loss of his first XI spot.“I’m very happy at Arsenal and I feel important because Wenger has demonstrated his confidence in me,” Monreal said.“I have two years left on my contract with an option for a third year, and the idea is to continue here.“I’m aware that football can change, but my head is in London. I’m playing and the idea is to continue.”On the topic of the Gunners’ disappointing Premier League campaign, and their subsequent absence from next season’s Champions League tournament, the Spain international was quick to point to the success that the club did achieve in 2016/17 – their victory over Chelsea in the FA Cup final.“We haven’t achieved our goal of finishing in the top four, but we made up for it with victory in the FA Cup and we leave with good feelings,” he said.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
Donegal Deputy Pearse Doherty TD has called on the government to bring transparency to business insurance as rising costs cripple small enterprises. The Sinn Féin TD said that Junior Finance Minister Michael D’Arcy must act to bring transparency on insurance premiums for small business.He said those campaigning for a fair insurance system are deeply frustrated at the lack of progress and at an actual reduction in transparency in insurance pricing. Doherty cited insurers’ refusal to agree to notify insurance holders of claims against them as an example of this resistance to transparency from insurers. Deputy Doherty said:“I note the Minister today called the insurers ‘unhelpful’ in how they provide data. This is a mild description given the attitude of insurers. This is summed up best by their refusal to put in place a protocol to notify insurance holders when there is a claim against them.“The Minister is now being forced to amend my Consumer Insurance Contracts Bill to achieve this. I have been in discussion with Minister D’Arcy and am happy to accept the amendments but had hoped that a more urgent approach would have been adopted.“He has the power to work with the Central Bank to restore transparency by reintroducing the ‘Blue Book’ and Private Motor Insurance Statistics. That would be a helpful step.”Doherty continued: “Two and half years ago, on my request, the Finance Committee published a report on insurance which focused in relentlessly on transparency as the key to tackling this crisis. Yet, two and a half years on, many small businesses still facing these massive increases are telling us that there is now less transparency, not more. “Last week’s National Competitiveness Council report on the Costs of Doing Business showed how inadequate the State’s knowledge of this problem is when it stated: ‘The Council is also constrained in terms of the availability of metrics and their impact on enterprises of different sizes and sectors, and across several important areas such as …. commercial insurance..’“The complete lack of transparency favours only one group of people- insurers. As long as transparency is delayed, they will have an excuse to act irresponsibly and unaccountably,” he concluded.Doherty TD calls for transparency on business insurance was last modified: April 17th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:insurancePearse Doherty TD
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’Continental Airlines Inc. and US Airways Group Inc. both said Friday that they would match the higher fares. United Airlines was still considering the issue, but it raised other fares by up to $50 one-way; Northwest Airlines Corp. said it was studying the raise. The leading low-cost carriers, Southwest and JetBlue Airways Corp., said Friday that they had not raised prices. If Thursday night’s increase sticks, it would be the 22nd broad fare increase by U.S. airlines in the past two years, said Jamie Baker, an analyst with J.P. Morgan. Although fuel prices have eased in recent weeks, a spokesman for American Airlines said fare increases never caught up to rising fuel costs. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! DALLAS – Several major carriers, led by American Airlines and Delta Air Lines Inc., are raising many U.S. fares by $10 per round trip, including business fares and advance-purchase tickets bought by leisure travelers. A leading Wall Street analyst expects the fare increases will stick, unlike a failed effort to raise prices last week. American, the nation’s largest carrier, raised fares Thursday night on most of its routes except to and from Dallas, where it is locked in a fare war with Southwest Airlines Co. Delta raised fares broadly except where it competes with Southwest and other low-cost airlines.
West Brom’s Matt Phillips has been given the nod by Gordon Strachan to start in the crucial World Cup qualifier in Lithuania.The wide man has been drafted in as the Scotland boss reverts back to a more conventional 4-3-3 formation, with Celtic’s James Forrest occupying the opposite flank in place of Robert Snodgrass.Phillips last appeared for Scotland in May 2016 in a friendly loss to Italy but remained in Strachan’s plans after enjoying a stellar 2015/16 English Premiership campaign with the Baggies.The Scotland manager fielded a back five in the 2-2 draw with England at Hampden but has opted for a more attacking set-up this time around as the Tartan Army look to keep their World Cup dream alive. Celtic left back Kieran Tierney again swap sides and will make up an all-left footed back four alongside Hearts captain Christophe Berra, Blackburn Rovers’ Charlie Mulgrew and Liverpool’s summer recruit Andy Robertson.After scoring two spectacular free-kicks against England Leigh Griffiths leads the line once more and will be leaning on Phillips and Forrest as his main supply line.Crystal Palace midfielder James McCarthur steps in to replace James Morrison in the engine room, with Celtic’s Scott Brown and Stuart Armstrong retaining their spots from the Hampden stalemate.
The back-end of the works Ford bounced a bit on the road as it looked for grip across the road from the public toilets at the bottom of the hill. The driver’s arms were straight as he braced himself with a firm grip on the three-spoke bakelite steering wheel.He looked both at the road directly in front of him and into the massive hill ahead where the coast road cut its way into the mountain pass. Advertisement The brand new Ford engine revved out to its limit as the driver timed each gear change perfectly.At one stage it felt as if the Ford was airborne for a while, indicated by a sensation you feel in your backside when this happens.Even though we’re climbing the speed is still gathering as we approach Wilhare’s Corner.A local rallying hero PJ Wilhare from Cranford made this corner famous when he put his special lightweight fiberglass Mini off the road in a big way on that corner near the hairpin the first year the hill was used for the Hillclimb. Advertisement Since then many pulled up at the telltale broken barriers to see if they could figure out what happened that day.Flat in TopIf everything is going right for you, those who have won the hill climb or have won the Donegal International Rally, they will tell you that you will be taking Wilhare’s corner in flat top gear and the bravest will not be liftingOff the gasAs our yellow Ford approached Wilhare’s, our pilot decided to give the famous corner the respect he felt it deserved and decided to drop down a gear resulting in the new Ford engine revving out loudly briefly before the driver changed it back up into top gear again all of which took most of the momentum out on the wide fast corner. A German registered Opel on Knockala Coast road taking in the views. Photo Brian McDaidThe cautious respect for Wilhare’s corner was a blessing in disguise because as the Ford negotiated the hairpin something started to rattle in the rear.Was it the drive shaft, the differential, a spring or a shock Maybe? No, it was the fridge! This fridge had slid up to the front of the van.What were we doing taking a fridge up Knockalla, well that was the reason we were there in the first place. The works Ford was, in fact, a Ford from work, a brand new V4 petrol powered Ford Transit Van in ESB standard Yellow and Grey colours registration number VIH 405.We were out with my father delivering merchandise, as he called it. A fridge was to be delivered to one of the very few houses a converted fort on Knockalla Hill and with us on our summer holidays my father took us to Fanad for the spin. The beauty of Knockallla Coast Road. Photo Brian McDaid.When we got as far as the top of the hill to the lay-by with the view of Ballymastocker Bay we pulled in, not as much to enjoy the view but more to re-secure the fridge, which you could say had “moved in Transit” thanks to the excitement of driving up and around the Knockalla Coast Road.The Fridge,The Ford,The Fort,The French Invasion,and Fred.The fridge in the Ford was destined for the Fort, one of several Napoleonic batteries built along the shores of Lough Swilly centuries before to defend the North West of Ireland.It was part of a scheme to fortify Lough Swilly and Lough Foyle against a French Invasion during the Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars.A couple of centuries on that building was still defending its perimeters as we were to find when we arrived at the entrance only to find the fridge would not fit through the tall narrow gateway into the walled pathway that led into the fort.On board a Ford on Knockalla Coast road many years ago It doesn’t get much better than thisOnly when all the cardboard and aero board packing was removed, some of which blew away in the summer breeze down the hillside, much to the amusement of the local sheep who thought it was small white square sheepdogs.We finally manage to carry the fridge, head high up the pathway and into the house.When the fridge finally made it out of the Ford and safely into the Fort on Knockalla it was still minus a plug. While we were offered tea with a fantastic view of Lough Swilly my father Fred fitted a plug which he borrowed from their Hoover.The beauty of Donegal captured from the top of Knockala Coast road. Photo By Brian McDaid.It was nice to see the light inside the fridge come to life when my father plugged it in. The fridge made all the right rattles as it started to cool everything down.As we headed away up on to the coast road again in our transit to complete our spin around tithe famous coast road my father stopped further up the road where he showed us where the ESB had to go across the hillside to take the power supply into the old Fort when they first took the electricity.A tourist on the wall at the top of Knockalla taking in the beautiful view. Photo Brian McDaid.He knew all about the infrastructure of the ESB network here because it was himself that plotted the route for a line into the hill as a young engineers assistant (or a pegger) It was Fred who placed the pegs along the hillside for the crews to come behind him to erect the poles and put in the power supply in not known that he would be back a decade later delivering a fridge to the same address.From Tourists to Frazer Nash racing carsOur story may be different to that of the norm of people that travel over this mountain pass and stopped just to take in the great view I have seen the most beautiful Frazer Nash racing car brave the rain to come to Ireland to drive over the pass to people as from as far away as Germany pull up at the top of the hill at the viewing point and enjoy the view.A Frazer Nash vintage sport car braving the pouting rain to say they passed over Knockala coast road a couple of years back. Photo Brian McDaid.People in cars, on foot and even a schoolmate of my own Harry Boyce who was out enjoying a cycle over the hill.Knockalla is just one of the great roads around the coast of Donegal that people come for near and far to enjoy. A great place to chill but not a great place to deliver a fridge.Happy motoring folks.DD Motoring: Knockalla Coast road-with a twist! was last modified: December 27th, 2018 by Brian McDaidShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:dd motoringKnockallamotoring
Share This!©DisneyWith all the changes occurring at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge, The Villas at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge have officially been renamed. The Villas are now called Boulder Ridge Villas at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge. This was done to more accurately reflect that infamous railroad theming that Guests can experience when visiting. (Like the Carolwood Pacific Room, where you can see two railroad cars that once ran around Walt Disney’s backyard.)Establishing the Boulder Ridge Villas name is part of a project to expand the Disney Vacation Club presence at the resort, with the upcoming Copper Creek Villas and Cabins expected to open in 2017.Stay tuned for more info about the changes occurring at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge!Save
27 January 2014 The first Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa (BRICS) ministerial meeting on science, technology and innovation will take place in Kleinmond in the Western Cape from 10 to 11 February, the Department of Science and Technology announced last week. Science and Technology Minister Derek Hanekom will host the two-day event, which will be attended by science ministers from the BRICS countries. The meeting is one of the activities agreed to at the 5th BRICS summit held in Durban last year. According to the department, the ministers will table a memorandum of understanding aimed at strengthening cooperation between the five countries in science, technology and innovation. The memorandum will also commit the countries to seeking to tackle common socio-economic challenges “through appropriate funding and investment instruments, using shared experiences and complementarities, the co-generation of new knowledge and innovative products, services and processes, and promoting joint BRICS partnerships with other strategic actors in the developing world”. On the second day of the event, the BRICS ministers will visit the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) site in Carnarvon in the Northern Cape, where the MeerKAT radio telescope, a precursor to the SKA, is being constructed. SAinfo reporter