The problem with having a cold is that people don’t generally feel sorry for you. In fact, they tend to feel rather annoyed. Your anti-social symptoms don’t help matters – snivelling in the library or coughing through lectures are never going to win friends, but your depressed demeanour and tendency to whinge about your illness will probably make things worse. However, if you are unlucky enough to have a genuinely bad cold, it can make you feel really washed out. As a true object of our sympathy therefore, Cherwell 24 presents you with a guide to some of the alternative remedies available. Instead you can always go for the traditional honey and lemon. Simply squeeze half a lemon into a mug along with some hot water and two teaspoons of honey. The honey actually works not only to sweeten the drink, but also to draw water out of the inflamed tissue in the throat, which reduces the swelling. And you can add a glug or two of brandy or whisky, which will have a mildly numbing effect on your throat. This week however, I branched out and tried ginger tea. Very tasty and very simple. Grate about ½ a teaspoon of ginger into a mug and pour in some hot water. Voila. Add honey too if you want it sweet, although to be honest, once the ginger has been in a while it gets quite sweet anyway. This seemed to work quite well for me and apparently there is science behind it – I’m told that ginger contains things called ‘gingernols’ which are natural cough suppressants. If in doubt though, there are three basic maxims which are worth sticking to. Firstly: “Make sure you drink plenty of fluids”. This is what my mum always says and she’s a nurse, so she should know. The next one is a piece of general folk-wisdom which says “feed the cold, starve the fever”. So eat more when you have a cold. And the last one is “a little bit of what you fancy does you good”. That is from my great-grandma. A wise woman indeed. My absolute hands-down favourite cure for a sore throat is blackberry vinegar. It’s acidic yet sweet and though it sounds disgusting, it’s actually divine. A perfect winter warmer, it sooths your throat and tastes surprisingly good. I think of it as a grown-up’s version of hot Ribena. However, it’s not that easy to get hold of. My mum conjures it up using some ancient recipe she has, but I’ve yet to find any in Oxford. My favourite suggestion was to use a hair-dryer to kill the cold virus. The idea is to point the hair-dryer at your face, turn it to a medium setting and inhale the warm air for about 5 minutes to allow the heated air to get up your nose and kill the virus. I tried it, felt a bit silly, and stopped. Maybe other people will have greater success. I’ve always found that putting a few drops of olbas oil on my pillow or on a handkerchief works quite well to ease a congested nose, but it’s no use for a runny nose. Alas, I have yet to find a better remedy for that than the simple tissue. However, there are other exciting suggestions to help ease your nasal problems. Anything with a bit of a kick in it should help – so try adding Tabasco or chilli flakes to your food, and apparently wearing damp socks to bed with warm woolly ones over the top works wonders. I wasn’t convinced by this one. I stuck to the warm woolly ones.
In a recent interview, I stumbled over a question.What advice do you have for others who want to leave their office job? I bumbled out some answer about leaving stacks of paper behind and getting outside. Later, I turned the question over in my head, going round and round on how I should have answered the question, which is maybe why I am a writer instead of a public speaker – I need to time to process my thoughts before they are fit for public consumption.If I had it all over to do again, would have responded something like this:When I quit my ho-hum office job, I had this jump-and-the-net-will-appear attitude, believing that the freaked out moment of flying through the air would be brief and soon followed by a soft landing.In reality, leaving the 9-5 grind has been stressful. Instead of working during a confined block of time, I’m working around the clock. There is no paycheck. I’ve second-guessed my decision dozens of times. I’m plagued with self-doubt and constantly wonder – What if it doesn’t work out?The thing is, taking a leap of faith is more like jumping off a dock than off a cliff. The water is refreshingly cold and a bit of a shock to the system, but you feel energized and swim with a determined stroke toward an island that sounds like paradise, only it’s too far away to actually see. You tell yourself how once you get there you’ll lead your dream life.You continue to swim hard until you get winded. You tread water, turning around you realize that the land you left behind is out of sight. You turn forward, squinting into the horizon, but still can’t see the island. Not a soul around, you are alone in the middle of the sea. A panicky fear fills you and you take wild gulps of air before realizing your only option is to keep swimming. You put your head down and plod along, all the while your mind a battlefield of self-doubt, wondering if you’ll ever make it.I’m still in the middle of the daunting swim, with no land in sight in either direction. I launched a Kickstarter campaign and have raised nearly two-thirds of the money necessary to launch a sailing journey for my four-year-old son where we’ll serve local communities as environmental stewards. I’ve dreamed about taking my child sailing before I even knew for sure I would one day have kids. The month of sailing will provide plenty of material for my writing career.With only a little over a week to go, failure looms over me like an ever-present storm cloud. I have no set plan for how or where the money to fill the gap will come from and so I just keep doing the next thing and the next thing after that.Along the way, I’ve learned something about trust, patience, and faith. The most unexpected hands have reached out to me. I’ve met people during the last few weeks who have guided me in new directions. There are days when I regret leaving behind my comfortable, familiar life. I just keep doing the next thing to move my Kickstarter forward even on those days, especially on those days.I remind myself that I decided to chase a meaningful life over avoiding discomfort. It’s the reason I’m work hard on a project that I have no guarantees will succeed. It’s why I’m telling a story that leaves me feeling vulnerable and exposed. It’s why I moved my son and I from a two-bedroom bungalow into a glorified studio.I disclose my own journey as a disclaimer about my qualifications to give advice at all, but I can share what I told myself several times a day before I mustered up the courage to leave my office job.Life consists of moments. It’s up to us to make those moments matter. Figure out what creates meaning in your life and trust yourself to make it happen. Make the leap, warrior, for there will be new horizons you can only experience by moving forward.With a little more than a week to go, we could use our help to make sure we leave the docks this January. Please check out our Kickstarter and consider backing us.
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York New York State preparedness safety kit.New York State Saturday officially launched a $5 million citizen training program they believe will help better prepare residents during emergencies and disasters like Superstorm Sandy.Officials said 600 people signed up for Saturday’s first Citizen Preparedness Corps Training Program at Farmingdale State College, which was attended by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who unveiled the program during a speech with Vice President Joe Biden by his side last month.The program will provide citizens with the tools and resources they need to prepare for emergencies and recover as quickly as possible, officials said.The training program, led by the New York National Guard, will be funded by the $60 billion the federal government appropriated for the state after Sandy.“We want our state’s citizens to be the most prepared in the nation for natural disasters as we continue to reimagine New York for a new reality,” Cuomo said.The state hopes to train 100,000 people to “be their own first responder in their communities,” Cuomo added.Officials also launched a website, prepare.ny.gov, where residents can sign up for training.Saturday’s participants also received a free starter kit, which includes a first aid kit, water, gloves, a flashlight, emergency blanket, and other items.
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For the most up to date winter storm statements click here MASON CITY — Winter was late in arriving to many areas of Iowa, but snow and colder temperatures are once again in the forecast for the state.National Weather Service meteorologist Jim Lee says a significant storm system will spread from northwest to southeast Iowa throughout the day today. “We’re looking at amounts generally in the 4-to 7-inch range. Some places will be a little bit higher and lower, but a pretty good accumulating snowfall,” Lee says. Much of southern Iowa received 5-to 12-inches of snow last weekend.Lee says This approaching storm will be more dangerous, primary because of high winds that could reduce visibility for motorists and turn roads slick. “We’re looking at winds probably in the 15 to 20 mile an hour range with gusts to around 30 at times, maybe even a little bit higher,” Lee says. “So, there will be considerable blowing and drifting of snow that we didn’t see much last time.”Another difference involves the timing of this event. Most of the snow that fell last weekend arrived overnight Friday into Saturday. “For much of the state, this one will start during the day on Friday and will affect travel more – particularly the Friday afternoon commute in a lot of areas,” Lee says. Much colder air will follow the snow with temperatures dropping into the single digits on Saturday.“And the wind chills will be well below zero across the entire state,” Lee says. “On Sunday morning they should bottom-out roughly in the 10-to 15-below zero range across most of Iowa.” High temperatures on Sunday may not climb above zero in some parts of the state. A slight warmup is expected on Monday and Tuesday with highs reaching the teens and 20s.
MASON CITY — Mason City police are continuing their investigation into a stabbing over the weekend.Police say they were called at 9:15 Friday night to the 1300 block of North Federal, where 34-year-old Benny Montgomery was found with multiple stab wounds. Montgomery was transported to MercyOne North Iowa Medical Center where he was reported to be in critical condition.Mason City police say if anyone has any information regarding the incident they are urged to contact the police department at 421-3636. Police say they believe this is an isolated incident and there is no ongoing threat to citizens.
San Diego Padres starting pitcher Edinson Volquez throws to a Seattle Mariners batter in the first inning of a baseball game Tuesday, May 28, 2013, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)PITTSBURGH (AP) – The Pittsburgh Pirates have reached a deal with right-handed pitcher Edinson Volquez on a one-year contract for $5 million.The 30-year-old Volquez went 9-12 with a 5.71 ERA in 2013 while splitting time with the San Diego Padres and the Los Angeles Dodgers. The deal is pending a physical.Volquez is the latest reclamation project signed by the Pirates. Volquez was an All-Star in 2008 when he went 17-6 for the Cincinnati. He has spent the last five years dealing with injury and other issues. He underwent Tommy John surgery in 2009 and served a 50-game suspension in 2010 for using performance-enhancing drugs.Volquez gives the Pirates some rotation depth if the team cannot sign free agent A.J. Burnett, who is mulling retirement.Earlier Wednesday the Pirates and right-handed pitcher Charlie Morton agreed to a three-year deal.
A story circulating in the news media claims that as soon as monkeys evolved the ability to see red, they evolved red hair to look at. Isn’t that the gist of a press release from Ohio University? Science Daily thought so, and so did Live Science, which said, “A new study shows that apes first evolved color vision to help them forage food, after which nature made red the sexiest color around and spiked apes’ evolutionary tree with red hair and skin.” Monkey see red, monkey do red.If there was a 650-nanometer photon around but nobody to see it, would it still be red? Sometimes we just have to put out the latest evolutionary groaners to let you see otherwise smart people making monkeys of themselves. Monkey say, better red than deadhead. (Visited 10 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
“The Native of Nowhere” Nat Nakasa is finally returning home, 50 years after his death in New York. (Image: Richard Saunders/NY Times)• Elijah MhlangaSpokespersonGCIS+27 83 580 8275 Melissa Jane CookExiled writer and journalist Nat Nakasa is returning home, a half-century after leaving South Africa.Nakasa died in New York on 14 July 1965. On 12 August this year, Arts and Culture Minister Nathi Mthethwa led a South African delegation to the United States to bring his remains back for reburial on home soil.After a two-year appeal process the Supreme Court of the State of New York, County of Westchester, granted permission for Nakasa’s remains to be returned to South Africa. A New York burialIn 1964 the gifted writer was awarded a Nieman Fellowship to study journalism at Harvard. The apartheid government refused him a passport and he was forced to leave the country on an exit permit. This had devastating consequences for the 28-year-old – he would not be allowed to return to the country of his birth.He battled with the resulting isolation and homesickness, referring to himself as “a native of nowhere”.On 14 July 1965, Nathaniel Ndazana Nakasa plummeted from a seventh-storey window on Central Park West and 102nd Street in Manhattan. He was pronounced dead on arrival at Knickerbocker Hospital in Harlem, having suffered multiple fractures and internal injuries.The apartheid government would not allow his body to return home, so South African musicians Miriam Makeba and Hugh Masekela, New York residents at the time, and photographer Peter Magubane, raised money from South African exiles to have Nakasa interred at Ferncliff Cemetery in Hartsdale. He was buried just metres from where Malcolm X had been laid to rest five months earlier.Forty-nine years later, on 15 August, Nakasa’s remains were exhumed. A day later members of the Nakasa family and government officials gathered for a memorial service at Broadway Presbyterian Church on West 114th Street.His remains will then be interred near his childhood home in Chesterville, Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, in September.“His homecoming is the restoration of his citizenship and dignity as a human being,” says Mthethwa. A fresh black voiceBorn in 1937, Nakasa became one of the distinct voices of his generation in the 1950s and 1960s. Starting out on the Zulu newspaper ILanga Lase Natal (The Natal Sun), Nakasa joined the iconic Drum magazine where he was surrounded by a group of extraordinary individuals; Henry “Mr Drum” Nxumalo, Daniel Canodoce “Can” Themba, Lewis Nkosi and Casey “Kid” Motsisi, to name but a few.His work was courageous, exposing the follies of apartheid; as the first black columnist on The Rand Daily Mail, a white liberal newspaper, he provided a black view for its predominantly white readership.In 1963 he founded The Classic, South Africa’s first black-owned literary journal. In the same year, he travelled to take up the Nieman Fellowship in the US. He was never to return. In his final column for The Rand Daily Mail, “A Native of Nowhere”, he wrote of “taking a grave step” and becoming “a stateless person, a wanderer”.While in the US he wrote for the New York Times and lectured on the conditions in apartheid South Africa. One way Nakasa coped with apartheid was to see the dark humour in it: “We believed that the best way to live with the colour bar in Johannesburg was to ignore it.” He dated white women, went to mixed-race parties, and even put an ad in the paper seeking a white maid.“He was a rainbow man before the rainbow nation existed,” his sister, Gladys Maphumulo, noted, while the late author Nadine Gordimer wrote that he “belonged not between two worlds, but to both. And in him one could see the hope of one world.” Nakasa’s rootsNakasa’s mother, Alvina, was a teacher, while his father, Chamberlain, was a typesetter and freelance writer. Although his parents, educated in mission schools, were relatively well off for black South Africans, Nakasa’s mother suffered depression after the birth of her last child and was hospitalised. This put the family under strain financially.The second of five children, Nakasa did not finish high school and after completing Grade 10, he had to look for work.Nakasa was writing at a time the apartheid state was entrenching its political will physically: it was a time black people were protesting the ever-hardening pass laws. On 21 March 1960 the South African police opened fire on protesters in the township of Sharpeville, gunning down hundreds as they fled. Sixty-nine people died.The government declared the African National Congress and the Pan Africanist Congress illegal organisations; political activists fled the country or went underground. Many writers went into exile. Nakasa continued to write, one of the last remaining voices of dissent inside the country.In 1963, Nakasa acted on a suggestion from John Thompson, an American who led the Farfield Foundation, and started The Classic. Funded with a grant from Farfield, The Classic became the first sub-Saharan publication to showcase black writers. Nakasa eventually left Drum to run it full time.The following year, journalist Allister Sparks hired Nakasa to become the first black columnist for The Rand Daily Mail.In the same year Nakasa applied for and was awarded a Nieman Foundation Fellowship – a year-long fellowship for journalists to study at Harvard. Thompson’s Farfield Foundation helped with funding.“He said he was like a child when he first came here, full of excitement of being able to walk freely,” friend Kathleen Conwell wrote in The Harvard Crimson shortly after his death.While in the US Nakasa found a small, tight-knit community of exiles in New York. He remained in contact with them throughout his stay.However, the young writer found it difficult in the US. In South Africa he had learned to cope with the country’s institutionalised racism – it had formed the basis of his development as a writer. But he battled to deal with the racism he faced in the US. In his final Nieman report he wrote that “the racial problem in the world is one that has emotional and personal rather than intellectual implications”.Once his fellowship came to an end, the young writer moved to Harlem. He was unemployed, isolated and depressed. He had tried and failed to get an extension on his visa. He told an immigration official he was considering heading to Canada, to others he said he might go to Tanzania to start a magazine and smuggle it into South Africa. Neither option materialised.So, on 14 July 1965 the young South African died, far away from home. Remembering Nat Nakasa at the UBUNTU FestivalIn October, a three-week festival, UBUNTU, is taking place at Carnegie Hall. Dedicated to the legacy of Nelson Mandela, and marking South Africa’s 20 years of democracy, the festival will host A Distant Drum, based on Nakasa and his journey. The production will be directed by Jerry Mofokeng, the artistic director of the Performing Arts Centre of the Free State. The show will be staged in Bloemfontein at the Andre Huguenot Theatre on October 13 and 14 before heading to Manhattan.
Related Posts peter suciu Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Coltan, Democratic Republic of the CongoWhile blood diamonds have been the subject of movies and have received great attention, a far lesser known issue remains – one of conflict minerals, the most common of which include cassiterite, wolframite and coltan as well as the ever lustrous gold. Much of these minerals are extracted in eastern providences of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, with various factions including both government forces and rebel factions looking to make a profit from these minerals, which are essential in the manufacturer of many high-tech gizmos and gadgets.Part of the problem is that many of these minerals are necessary for the electronic components while the other part of the problem is that these are found in rather remote areas. “Most of the assumed supply is in China,” said Glen Hiemstra, futurist and author of “Turning the Future into Revenue: What Businesses and Individuals Need to Know to Shape Their Future.” “There are two sites in the U.S. but one has been considered uneconomic, which is surprising given the need, and the other in Idaho has been undeveloped for environmental reasons.”As with blood diamonds, efforts have made to curtail the market for conflict minerals – at least in theory. In 2010 the passage of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act was supposed to create a global transparency standard to help break the link between natural resources and conflict and corruption. Section 1502 of Dodd-Frank even requires U.S. listed companies using tin, tantalum, tungsten and gold from DRC or neighboring countries to carry out checks on their supply chain, and to disclose annually to the SEC whether their minerals purchases have benefited abusive armed groups. Yet the trade continues, and according to the Enough Project, which recently issued its second annual company rankings report, “Taking Conflict Out of Consumer Gadgets: Company Rankings on Conflict Minerals 2012,” efforts have improved but some companies are still lagging behind. While Intel, HP and Apple have reportedly established conflict mineral programs, video game maker Nintendo found itself at the bottom of the list and has reportedly made no efforts to trace or audit its supply chain.“Companies need to hold a light to their supply chains and sweep the floors to get rid of the dirt,” said Sasha Lezhnev, Enough Project senior policy analyst and co-author of the report. “Firms should trace and audit their supply chains to see who exactly their smelters are, and if they are using only conflict free smelters. They also should help develop a clean minerals trade in Congo, after years of turning a blind eye to their purchases.”The problem will likely only increase as demand for consumer electronics increases world-wide, especially as China has begun to set limits on the exportation of its rare earth minerals, thus increasing the demand for minerals in conflict zones.“Smuggling is already increasing because of increased prices for tantalum and gold, so companies need to be extra vigilant in the next months to make sure that the audits are even more thorough than before,” added Lezhnev. “The conflict minerals mafia won’t go down without a fight.”But could greater efforts at recycling of used consumer electronics to reclaim the conflict minerals help solve this problem while also helping ease the ever-increasing amounts of e-waste that continue to pile up as consumers rush to buy the next big thing?This would not be without its own new set of problems. While the SEC considers minerals obtained from recycled or scrap source to be DRC conflict free, the SEC does not plan to define what is recycled or scrap material – and companies are left their to establish their own definition, with so-called “supporting explanations.” “It is possible but unclear, as recycling could also be a loophole for conflict minerals to seep in,” said Lezhnev.The future is thus not so clear on how this might be resolved, but recycling will likely be one possibility.“It seems like three alternate paths will emerge,” said Hiemstra, who noted that one could be a greater emphasis on recycling, a search for substitute materials or just as likely, “increased conflict over rare earth access in (places such as) Africa.”“Given the need, I expect all three scenarios to emerge simultaneously,” he admitted, “along with a more dedicated search for, and development of new sources.”For those in the conflict zone the search may not come soon enough. Photo by nikkiwhaites. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Tags:#international#web