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4 reasons you should wake up early

first_imgThere are morning people and there are night owls. I’m naturally more of the latter, but I’ve slowly made the transition to being a little bit of both. While I’ll never be a true morning person, I’ve definitely seen the benefits of waking early. Think I’m crazy? I understand. Here are four reasons you should get up before everyone else…You’ll be able to get that workout in: For a lot of us, we enjoy starting our day with a workout. And that day is called Saturday. It’s great to set the tone with a workout in the morning. Even if you have the laziest day ever, at least you know you started it off with a good workout. While this is easier on the weekends, exert some extra effort and see how your day changes when you start it off the right way.You won’t skip breakfast: When you’re repeatedly smacking that snooze button to get every extra minute of sleep available, you may find yourself in a hurry to get ready in the morning. If this is you, you know the one thing that usually gets cut out is breakfast. Breakfast foods have great nutrients and provide us with energy to start our day. Don’t skip it. Wake up earlier.You can be super productive: In the mornings, you’re efficient and nobody is around to bother you. Once the rest of the world wakes up, people are asking for things and the distractions are abundant. Take advantage of the quiet and get stuff done.You can watch the sunrise: Have you seen a sunrise? Shielding your eyes from the sun when waking up on the front lawn of your frat house in college doesn’t count. Brew some delicious coffee, head outside, and actually watch the sun come up. It’s a majestic way to start your day. 137SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,John Pettit John Pettit is the Managing Editor for CUInsight.com. John manages the content on the site, including current news, editorial, press releases, jobs and events. He keeps the credit union … Web: www.cuinsight.com Detailslast_img read more

Norway-Liberia’s Laudable Contribution to Curbing Climate Change

first_imgThe current United Nations Summit on Climate Change, which opened in New York this week, is already the most successful climate meeting ever held.In several such past meetings,  the most industrialized countries and biggest carbon emitters, notably the United States, China and others, have not only been in denial about the looming catastrophe that increasing carbon emissions are bringing upon the world.  These nations have historically also refused to go along with any proposals that would reverse the rapid global warming advance because they claim it hurts their economies.  The industrial giants in these countries have also fully backed their governments, frustrating every  attempt to reverse global warming, which threatens to have a horrific effect on life as we know it on planet Earth.But U.S. President Barrack Obama set the positive and decisive tone at this year’s Summit.  In his speech Tuesday, he told the Summit, “We cannot condemn our children, and their children, to a future that is beyond their capacity to repair.”He then made this confession,  which none of his predecessors had ever made: “So today, I’m here personally, as the leader of the world’s largest economy and its second largest emitter, to say that we have begun to do something about it.He outlined a number of successful measures the US has taken :* harnessed three times as much electricity from the wind and 10 times as much from the sun as we did when I came into office.* Within a decade, our cars will go twice as far on a gallon of gas, and already, every major automaker offers electric vehicles.* We’ve made unprecedented investments to cut energy waste in our homes, buildings and appliances, all of which will save consumers billions of dollars.* We are helping communities build climate-resilient infrastructure.* Over the past eight years, the United States has reduced, more than any other nation,  our total carbon pollution .  But we have to do more.  Last year, I issued America’s first Climate Action Plan to double down on our efforts.  Under that plan, my administration is working with states and utilities to set first-ever standards to cut the amount of carbon pollution our power plants can dump into the air, making this the single most significant step USA has ever taken to reduce our carbon emissions.* New actions in renewable energy and energy efficiency will save consumers more than $10 billion on their energy bills and cut carbon pollution by nearly 300 million metric tons through 2030.  That’s the equivalent of taking more than 60 million cars off the road for one year.* Got private sector leaders who’ve agreed to slash, by 80 percent by 2050, consumption of dangerous greenhouse gases known as HFCs.* More than 100 nations have agreed to launch talks to phase down HFCs under the Montreal Protocol — the same agreement the world used successfully to phase out ozone-depleting chemicals.* President Xi of China and I have worked on this together.  Just a few minutes ago, I met with Chinese Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli, and reiterated my belief that as the two largest economies and emitters in the world, we have a special responsibility to lead.  That’s what big nations have to do.”Big nations have a particular responsibility, yes.But so do small nations like Liberia .  And that is what we, with the generous assistance of Norway, also did this week, in New York.  The Norwegians have provided US$150 million to help save Liberia from deforestation.  This money is being given us to halt the logging industry and still make money by retaining our forests.What will happen to forestry workers? We suggest that GOL uses some of that money to invest in agriculture–tree crops (citrus, coffee, cocoa, almond, cashew nuts, plums and rubber);  as well as pineapples, vegetables–greens, pepper, cucumber, lettuce, tomatoes, etc.Our farmers should also invest in cassava and other tubers, rice and livestock–cattle, pigs, poultry and eggs.This is a very serious mission that will ensure an alternative the extractive industry.  Instead of cutting down our trees, we must start growing food, making use of the fertile land and great rainfall God has given us.Our first step is to retrain our forestry workers and turn them into agricultural producers.  Then we must find them the land, seeds, scions, irrigation systems and farm implements–not just the cutlass and hoe–but tractors and other modern tools that will make them successful.These initiatives will definitely contribute to the reduction in carbon emissions, arrest the advance of climate change and restore with full force, life on planet Earth and the livelihood of its inhabitants.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more


first_imgA MOVILLE publican has been refused permission to access CCTV footage of his bar being burnt down – until the DPP take a decision on whether or not to prosecute him.Yoy can see the case in today’s Irish Independent which is here: http://www.independent.ie/national-news/courts/publican-in-payout-row-told-he-cant-have-fire-film-2939638.htmlMOVILLE PUBLICAN LOSES FIRE COURT BID was last modified: November 19th, 2011 by BrendaShare 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


first_imgFianna Fáil Spokesperson on Children Charlie McConalogue has expressed his anger at the Government’s decision to change the assessment criteria for third level grants for farming families.The Donegal North East TD was commenting after the Minister for Education Ruairí Quinn confirmed in writing to the ICMSA that from 2013, farm assets will be included in the means-testing for third level grants.Deputy McConalogue has described it as yet another example of the Education Minister’s anti-rural agenda. “This just pushes third level education further out of the reach of so many families in rural communities in Donegal and across the country,” according to Deputy McConalogue.“Minister Quinn has signalled these grant changes since coming into power.  In an interview with the Farmers Journal in March last, he accused farming families and the self-employed of manipulating their income to secure education grants:“I am reforming the way in which the student grants is going to operate … Up until now there has been a bias towards the self-employed and the agricultural community who were able to quite frankly manipulate their income in a manner in which they could, or their children could, avail of grants” – Education Minister Ruairí Quinn, Newstalk Breakfast, 31 March 2011Deputy McConalogue continued: “Minister Quinn’s attitude towards this has been, quite frankly, insulting. It is just more evidence of the worrying pattern that has developed with this Government’s education policies. Small rural schools and disadvantaged schools in rural areas have been targeted for significant cuts to teacher numbers from September.  Now the Education Minister has confirmed that he is also targeting farming families for significant education grant cuts from 2013.” Deputy McConalogue has pledged his full support for the ICMSA campaign against these “unfair” grant cuts.“I intend to oppose these cuts at every turn. Rural communities will not stand for these discriminatory policies.” DONEGAL FARMING FAMILIES HIT IN RULE CHANGE FOR THIRD LEVEL GRANTS was last modified: March 14th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:DONEGAL FARMING FAMILIES HIT IN RULE CHANGE FOR THIRD LEVEL GRANTSlast_img read more