January 11, 2020

Can’t complain

first_imgThe bracelets and the no-complaining challenge were a hit with church members, who came back looking for more bracelets, which the church gives out free. People at their offices wanted them. Family, friends, students wanted the purple bracelet and to take the 21-day challenge. By October, reporters came calling. After the initial burst of publicity, the church sent out more than 1 million free bracelets. Requests came in via the church’s Web site from around the world – Russia, South America, Asian countries. Some Pentagon employees began using the bracelets, which they kept on their desks because they weren’t allowed to wear them, says Tom Alyea, a church board member who has been coordinating the no-complaining effort. “When they find themselves complaining, they move the bracelet from one side of the desk to the other,” Alyea says. But Barbara S. Held, psychology professor at Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine, says Bowen’s approach is misguided. Complaining is an important, necessary tool for some people, she said. “If we lived in a world in which there was nothing to complain about I think it might make perfect sense,” Held says. “But we don’t.” Held, author of the book “Stop Smiling, Start Kvetching: A 5-Step Guide to Creative Complaining,” says people cope in different ways and some people need to vent. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The Rev. Will Bowen tries not to complain. He wants everyone else to stop carping, too – all 6 billion of us on the planet. And his message, first preached in a sermon at his small suburban church, has caught on – even though some critics note complaining serves an important function. Last July, Bowen challenged worshippers at Christ Church Unity to quit complaining as a way to bring more prosperity into their lives. The congregation is part of the Association of Unity Churches, which offers what it calls “practical Christianity” – a way of life leading to health, prosperity, happiness and peace of mind. “When you’re focusing your attention on what’s wrong or complaining, you’re going to get more of what you’re complaining about,” Bowen says. Positive thinking isn’t a new concept, but Bowen’s spin came with a contemporary twist: the silicone bracelet. At the July sermon, Bowen handed out about 250 purple bracelets he wanted his congregants to use to remind themselves to stop complaining, criticizing or gossiping. Sarcasm was another no-no. He challenged them to refrain from complaining for 21 days because, he said, that’s how long it takes to break habits. Whenever they found themselves failing they were to switch the bracelet to the other wrist and start over. “Complaining draws all of its essence from negativity,” the 47-year-old Bowen says. “When you complain, you do it typically to attract attention or sympathy. It’s you saying, `There’s something wrong with me.’ “You’re sending out this vibrational energy into the universe that you’re a victim, and the universe responds with more negativity.” Bowen thought the challenge would be easy for him since he’s a “positive minister guy.” But he broke three bracelets after moving them from wrist to wrist so many times before making his 21 days. It took him nearly three months. last_img
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January 10, 2020

Liverpool-bound Keita hits wonder goal for Leipzig

first_img0Shares0000Leipzig’s midfielder Naby Keita plays the ball during the German first division Bundesliga football match against FC Schalke 04 January 13, 2018 © AFP / ROBERT MICHAELBERLIN, Germany, Jan 13 – Naby Keita showed why Liverpool want to sign him in this transfer window by scoring a superb goal for RB Leipzig in Saturday’s 3-1 Bundesliga win over Schalke.The 22-year-old Guinea midfielder, who already has a contract with Liverpool to join them next season, showed his class with a thunderbolt of a shot to give Leipzig the lead just before half-time. The result lifted Leipzig to second, 13 points behind leaders Bayern Munich who won 3-1 at Bayer Leverkusen on Friday, while Schalke drop to third.Liverpool reportedly want to bring Keita to Merseyside early after losing Philippe Countinho, who signed for Barcelona last week for 160 million euros.However, Leipzig’s director of sport Ralf Rangnick insisted Keita will not leave until the end of the season.“We know that the player will unfortunately leave us in the summer and that he will play with us until the end of the season,” Rangnick told Sky.“That’s all there is to it. Neither the player nor Liverpool have contacted us in this regard.”Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool are set to pay around 70 million euros for the midfielder, but reports say they would pay an extra 15 million for Keita to join them early.After Leipzig’s Jean-Kevin Augustin had a penalty saved by Schalke goalkeeper Ralf Fahrmann, Keita struck by rifling a shot home off his right boot on 41 minutes.He was taken off after fouling Alessandro Schoepf on 54 minutes — his fifth booking this season which means he is suspended for next Saturday’s game against Freiburg.Schalke drew level on 55 minutes when Brazil defender Naldo headed home, but Leipzig sealed the win with two goals in quick succession as Timo Werner came off the bench to score on 69 minutes after great work from Emil Forsberg.Portugal midfielder Bruma then slammed home a third goal two minutes later as Schalke suffered a first loss in 13 games, a run stretching back to September.– De Jong blunder –Earlier, Nigel de Jong made an unhappy return to the Bundesliga by conceding a first-half penalty as Mainz threw away the lead in a 3-2 defeat at Hanover.The defensive midfielder played for the Netherlands in the 2010 World Cup final defeat by Spain and won the 2012 Premier League title with Manchester City.The 33-year-old, who played for Hamburg between 2006 and 2009, has signed for Mainz until the end of the season.His new club claimed early goals by Japan striker Yoshinori Muto and Alexander Hack.However, after Hanover striker Niclas Fuellkrug made it 2-1 with a header towards the end of the first half, De Jong brought down midfielder Felix Klaus in the area and the referee pointed to the spot.Fuellkrug netted the resulting penalty on 38 minutes, then hit the winning goal 15 minutes from time to complete his hat-trick.The defeat leaves Mainz 15th in the table, just a point above the bottom three, while Hanover climb to 10th.Nigel de Jong, pictured here in 2016, has signed for Bundesliga strugglers Mainz until the end of the season © GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA/AFP/File / Victor DecolongonThere was a happier return for Germany striker Mario Gomez, back at Stuttgart after an eight-year gap, as he helped seal a 1-0 win at home to Hertha Berlin.With time running out, former Bayern forward Gomez was brought down in the area by Hertha’s Niklas Stark.While the German international was appealing for a penalty, the ball looped off Stark’s boot and into the net for the winning own goal on 78 minutes.The result leaves Stuttgart 12th, one place below Hertha, who hit the post through Austria international Valentino Lazaro in the first half.Elsewhere, Augsburg climbed to seventh with a 1-0 win over strugglers Hamburg thanks to a winning header by South Korea international Koo Ja-Cheol.Eintracht Frankfurt blew the chance to jump from ninth to third after French striker Sebastien Haller gave them a lead at home to Freiburg, who equalised through a header by defender Robin Koch in the second half in a 1-1 draw.Werder Bremen and Hoffenheim played out a 1-1 draw as Czech international Theodor Gebre Selassie’s second-half goal for hosts Bremen cancelled out Benjamin Huebner’s first-half header.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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December 27, 2019

Inter Milan land Arsenal and Liverpool-linked defender in £17.5m deal

first_img Dalbert in action for Nice last season 1 Inter Milan are on the cusp of tying up a £17.5m deal for Arsenal and Liverpool target Dalbert.The 23-year-old enjoyed a brilliant debut campaign in France last season with Nice and he is ready to move this summer.Nice had been holding out for someone to pay the full-back’s £26.3m release-clause as the likes of Arsenal, Inter and Liverpool were all interested.However, interest from England has now cooled and, according to Sky Sport Italia, Dalbert will head to the San Siro for £17.5m instead.Inter are reportedly on the verge of rubber-stamping that fee with Nice with the player then due to fly to Italy for a medical.Even though they have failed to gain the 23-year-old’s full release-clause, Nice are still set to make a huge profit after coughing up just £1m to sign Dalbert last summer from Vitoria de Guimaraes.last_img read more

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December 27, 2019

DONEGAL SFC QUARTER-FINAL PREVIEW: DUNGLOE HOPING TO UPSET THE ODDS AGAINST ST MICHAEL’S

first_img‘This machine runs on green’ – Conor Greene will be a key man for Dungloe on Sunday.Tony Boyle’s Dungloe side will go into this weekend’s Donegal SFC quarter-final as underdogs but they’re confident they can surprise a few people on Sunday evening at Mac Cumhaill Park.Dungloe topped their group which consisted of Termon, Killybegs and Gaoth Dobhair, with the latter exiting sensationally after being defeated by Termon last Sunday.Under Boyle’s tenure this season, Dungloe went the entire Division Two campaign unbeaten as they gained promotion back to Division One for the 2015 season. They defeated both Termon and Killybegs at home in the Donegal SFC and were narrowly defeated by local rivals Gaoth Dobhair.On Sunday, they face a different proposition altogether in the form of Tony Wilkinson’s St Michael’s team who have impressed in recent weeks.They lost an utterly drab and defensive affair last week against Glenswilly despite being the better side throughout.However, it was their clinical performance over Kilcar that has them earmarked as potential winners of the Donegal SFC. They’ve a system in place, in which the players have adapted to with ease, and seem to enjoy playing it.The pace at which they counter-attack is difficult to contain, and with the quality of personnel at their disposal it’s easy to see why they’re contenders.Dungloe have a wealth of experienced campaigners in their side, but they’ve blooded a lot of youth this season and have a good mixture in their side.With a fantastic new clubhouse opened recently and with Dungloe underage teams consistently tasting success the future augurs well for Dungloe.Dungloe have caused several upsets in the past at the quarter-final juncture of the Donegal SFC. In 2007 they knocked out then reigning champions and bitter rivals Gaoth Dobhair, but lost the subsequent semi-final to Glenswilly.In 2012, they knocked out the then reigning champions Glenswilly, before losing out to St Eunan’s in the semi-final.While in 2009, they defeated St Michael’s at the quarter-final stage to set up a semi-final meeting with the Letterkenny men.They’ve a pedigree for upsetting the odds, and with silverware already secured this season, and confidence high from having topped the group, Tony Boyle’s side are high in confidence heading into this one. Granted St Michael’s have been hugely impressive in recent weeks and have a fantastic team capable of winning the championship outright.On paper, you’d have to fancy St Michael’s, but games aren’t won on paper, and the game on Sunday evening will be an intriguing one.Will St Michael’s continue to adopt the suffocating blanket defence approach that frustrates their opponents into making mistakes? Or will they take the game to Dungloe?Dungloe are renowned for their ability to hold possession, they tend go side to side sometimes to the frustration of their home support, but that tactic could suit them against the defensive system that will more than likely be employed by St Michael’s.There’s bound to be a shock somewhere in the last eight, and it’s going to be at Mac Cumhaill Park on Sunday.VERDICT – DUNGLOE DONEGAL SFC QUARTER-FINAL PREVIEW: DUNGLOE HOPING TO UPSET THE ODDS AGAINST ST MICHAEL’S was last modified: October 17th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare 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:BallybofeyDonegal SFCDonegal SFC PreviewdungloenewsQuarter finalsSportSt MichaelsSundaylast_img read more

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December 27, 2019

DELIGHT FOR FORMER DONEGAL LADIES STARS AS THEY REACH ALL-IRELAND JUNIOR FINAL

first_imgGAA: There was delight for a number of former Donegal Ladies stars after they helped Scotland reach the All-Ireland Junior Final.Former Donegal players Karen Feeney, Olive McCafferty were members of the Donegal Ladies team that won the All-Ireland Intermediate title in 2010. McCafferty is still a member of the all-conquering Termon ladies team and will travel back for the county final against Glenfin next weekend.McCafferty is studying physiotherapy in Glasgow along with Karen Feeney who is from Gortahork.McCafferty played centre-half back for the Scottish side and delivered an accomplished display.Keeney had an outstanding game and scored 1-2 from midfield as they defeated Derry on a score-line of 1-13 to 2-05. That was the only Donegal connection on the side Annette Lloyd from Ballyshannon also played for the Scottish side and delivered an excellent performance.Lloyd is also in Glasgow and is studying for a PHD in psychology.A dislocated shoulder prevented St Eunan’s player Angie Callaghan from playing but she was still part of the panel on a historic weekend for Scottish Ladies GAA.We wish them all well in the All-Ireland final which will be played in Croke Park in a few weeks. DELIGHT FOR FORMER DONEGAL LADIES STARS AS THEY REACH ALL-IRELAND JUNIOR FINAL was last modified: September 7th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:newsSportlast_img read more

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December 26, 2019

FIFA must explain VAR after Harry Kane penalty confusion, says Garry Monk

first_img 2 The captain still stepped up with two goals on his World Cup debut 2 Kane, right, was hounded by Tunisia players throughout the game VAR was not used in either incident, that is despite it being consulted to award Tunisia their spot kick in the first half after Kyle Walker was judged to have committed a foul.Monk joined the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast on Wednesday to give his verdict on the World Cup so far, and he revealed the VAR controversy had him fuming at his television on Monday night.“I would love to get an explanation for that,” said the Blues boss.“Surely that’s what VAR is there for.“You’re not going to get any more blatant penalties than the two on Harry Kane – they were like rugby tackles. “I don’t understand that. When I was watching it was getting frustrated, I don’t understand how you can miss that not only once but twice.”Listen back to Garry Monk on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast IN FULL above! Birmingham City manager Garry Monk has called for FIFA to clarify the use of VAR at the World Cup after England were denied what appeared to be two blatant penalties in Monday’s win over Tunisia.Harry Kane scored twice to seal a 2-1 victory in the Three Lions’ opening game, despite the captain being manhandled by Tunisian players throughout the match.The Tottenham striker was twice muscled to the ground at corner kicks, and yet neither incident was published by the referee.last_img read more

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December 24, 2019

LOTTO LUCK STRIKES DONEGAL AGAIN AS SOMEONE SCOOPS €7,120,595

first_imgLOTTO luck has struck Donegal yet again – someone – or perhaps another syndicate – has just won a sensational €7,120,595.Those winning numbers are 3, 5, 8, 15, 16 and 23.So get checking those numbers now – because it could be you. A National Lottery spokeswoman confirmed: “Tonight’s rollover lottery of well over seven million euro was won tonight.“The ticket was bought in the North West.”It’s just the latest millionaire win here in the county.Sales of tickets in Donegal had rocketed today as the big money rolled over yet again. So get checking folks – one of you is now a multi-millionaire. LOTTO LUCK STRIKES DONEGAL AGAIN AS SOMEONE SCOOPS €7,120,595 was last modified: October 26th, 2014 by John2Share 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:lotterymillionswinnerlast_img read more

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December 22, 2019

DONEGAL GIRLS GET ANOTHER BITE AT THE ALL-IRELAND TITLE

first_imgThe Donegal U14 girls team who did themselves and their families proud today.The U14 girls of Donegal will get another bite at the All-Ireland Under 14B title after a nail-biting game in Athlone today.With just a few minutes to go it appeared that Donegal had don enough to win this game as they led by four points.But two late goals by their opponents Tipperary saw this game go to a replay.Reports suggest that the replay will be played on Sunday next, July 11th but there is no definite confirmation of a venue.After a slow start which saw their opponents score two early goals, Donegal pulled back level thanks to goals from Sarah Harkin and Saoirse Bonner.Donegal battled on and went in two points ahead at the break.They extended their lead to four points with just a few minutes to go.But miraculously Tipperary managed to grab two late goals to draw the game at 3-13 to 5-7.Th girls from Dongal and their management team can feel very proud of how close they came to winning this All-Ireland.They’ll have nothing to fear when they return to finish the job next weekend.DONEGAL GIRLS GET ANOTHER BITE AT THE ALL-IRELAND TITLE was last modified: July 5th, 2015 by StephenShare 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)last_img read more

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December 21, 2019

Mancini disappointed with draw and ‘so sad’ to see Balotelli go

first_imgManchester City boss Roberto Mancini felt his side deserved all three points against QPR.The home team defended for their lives to secure a 0-0 draw at Loftus Road, where Rangers keeper Julio Cesar produced several important saves.“We lost two points. But I can’t say nothing, because we played well,” Mancini said.“We are disappointed. We had chances to win and if you don’t score in these games it’s very difficult. QPR defended well and got men behind the ball.”Mancini added that he was “so sad” about the imminent departure of Mario Balotelli, who is set to join AC Milan.“Mario was very important for us. With Mario we won the Premier League. But for him it’s a chance to play for a top club in Italy and be with his family,” he said.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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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December 20, 2019

Antonio Brown to the Raiders? Don’t count on it

first_imgALAMEDA — The idea of Pittsburgh wide receiver Antonio Brown joining the Raiders is gaining steam, courtesy of NFL Network and others.It’s tempting, no doubt.Brown would instantly become one of the biggest offensive threats since Tim Brown, who was obviously was no relation and less controversial. Antonio Brown, author of six consecutive seasons of 100 or more receptions, would instantly become Derek Carr’s go-to … CLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos on a mobile devicelast_img

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