Forever and always! Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick bonded over a shared love of musical theater in the ‘90s and nearly 30 years after meeting, they are keeping the music and their love alive.In November 1991, shortly after Parker split from longtime boyfriend Robert Downey Jr., the couple met through the world of Broadway.- Advertisement – After tying the knot in 1997, the couple welcomed their first child, son James in 2002. Seven years later they became parents to twin girls, Marion and Tabitha, via surrogate.Throughout their 20-plus year romance, the two stars have kept their relationship as private as possible, which Parker attributed in 2013 to their background in the theater.- Advertisement – “Matthew and I come from a different time and place,” the Divorce alum told Harper’s Bazaar in 2013. “When we were young people, all we ever wanted was to be good working actors. [My dream] was to work in theater, to be around those people whose work I was in total awe of. Nobody talked about being a celebrity.”She continued: “So, when our marriage came up in conversation, it wouldn’t occur to us that we were obligated to respond to allegations or gossip. You have to be a bit circumspect, but you also have to take up a position, and you have to stick to it.”The Sex and the City alum, did, however, gush about her husband and explain why her marriage works.“I love Matthew Broderick. Call me crazy, but I love him,” she told the outlet. “We can only be in the marriage we are. We’re very devoted to our family and our lives. I love our life. I love that he’s the father of my children, and it’s because of him that there’s this whole other world that I love.”The duo have maintained a professional distance from one another for the most part, but in 2020 they prepared to take the Broadway stage together for Plaza Suite. “I feel I’ve waited a lifetime,” Parker wrote via Instagram in September 2019, announcing her stage comeback with her husband.Their show was put on hold amid the coronavirus pandemic, but Parker told Rosie O’Donnell in an interview in March that they were “optimistic about the opportunity to do it in the future when it’s safer to gather again.” It’s now scheduled to run from March 19, 2021, through July 18.Scroll down to see Parker and Broderick’s relationship over the years. Broderick was introduced to his future wife thanks to two of Parker’s brothers, Pippin and Toby, who helped start the Naked Angels Theater Company in New York City. It wasn’t until a few months after they first crossed paths, however, that the Ferris Bueller’s Day Off star asked Parker on a date.In 1996, the pair starred alongside one another for the first time in Broadway’s How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. Ahead of the show’s debut, Parker opened up to the Los Angeles Times about her budding romance with the Inspector Gadget star, calling him “the funniest fellow I’ve met in my whole life.”“He’s so bright, so handsome, I think he’s the most handsome man I’ve seen in my life,” she told the publication. “And he inspires me. I’m mad for him, totally.”- Advertisement – – Advertisement –
Photo © – Tipp FM 2009 champion Lowry feels he left a few shots out there today.Sebastian Munoz opened up a three-shot advantage at the halfway stage of the Greenbrier Classic on the PGA Tour.The Columbian is 12-under par.Former US Ryder Cup captain Davis Love III is 8-under into today’s third round. An eight-under par third round 64 has seen Julien Quesne take the clubhouse lead at the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at 14-under.Daniel Im is at the same score after a birdie on the opening hole of his third-round at Portstewart.Padraig Harrington, Paul Dunne and Gavin Moynihan are seven-under out on course while Shane Lowry and Michael Hoey are in the clubhouse at 6-under.
FILE PHOTO: NeymarSao Paulo, Brazil | AFP | Police in Sao Paulo said Tuesday they will bring extortion and slander charges against a Brazilian model who accused football star Neymar of rape.Najila Trindade filed a rape complaint with Sao Paulo police upon her return from a trip to Paris in May in which she said she was assaulted by Neymar following a pre-arranged meeting.A judge dismissed the case in August, citing insufficient evidence.Instead, Sao Paulo prosecutors said in a statement that investigators had found “indications of slanderous denunciation and extortion” in the woman’s accusation.A final decision on whether to prosecute Trindade will be left to a judge. Neymar, the world’s most expensive footballer, has always protested his innocence, saying their relations were consensual.The case complicated an already tumultuous year for the 27-year-old Brazil star, who has yet to play for his club Paris Saint-Germain this season following injury and reports of an aborted return to previous club Barcelona.On Friday, Neymar played his first game since suffering an ankle injury in June, grabbing a second-half equalizer for Brazil in a 2-2 friendly draw with Colombia.Share on: WhatsApp
Behind her, Alex Giles, Grace Connelly and Caley McGinty added their points. Suffolk women’s champion Alice Barlow prevented the whitewash however, when she won her game on the 18th. Buckinghamshire’s Deeya Aggarwal was one up playing the last, but Nottinghamshire’s Lauren Spray hit a huge drive, followed up with a pitching wedge to within 2ft of the hole and grabbed the half point which gave her team the 5-4 win. Spray is pictured above, receiving congratulations. So it went on as Thalia Kirby won for Buckinghamshire and Emma Howie replied for Nottinghamshire. But then Emily Cheshire put Notts in front with her 3/2 win and guaranteed them at least a halved result on the day. So it went on as Thalia Kirby won for Buckinghamshire and Emma Howie replied for Nottinghamshire. But then Emily Cheshire put Notts in front with her 3/2 win and guaranteed them at least a halved result on the day. Gloucestershire won the title for the first time last year – on their sixth consecutive appearance at County Finals – and they very much want to keep the trophy. Captain Andra Knight commented: “We are very excited and very keen to do our best to retain the title. But we do know we have very strong teams opposing us and that everyone else is keen to stop us.” Yorkshire were the day’s other big scorers, completing their whitewash when 14-year-old Mia Eales-Smith eagled the 17th to win 2/1. “She’s our pocket rocket and a very determined young lady,” said team captain Fran Dickson. It’s the first time Suffolk have been at County Finals in 22 years and team captain Vanessa Bell, said: “We knew it was going to be tough and we did want to get more points on the board than we did, but I’m hoping it’s a good warm up for the rest of the week!” Gloucestershire won the title for the first time last year – on their sixth consecutive appearance at County Finals – and they very much want to keep the trophy. It’s the first time Suffolk have been at County Finals in 22 years and team captain Vanessa Bell, said: “We knew it was going to be tough and we did want to get more points on the board than we did, but I’m hoping it’s a good warm up for the rest of the week!” Yorkshire were the day’s other big scorers, completing their whitewash when 14-year-old Mia Eales-Smith eagled the 17th to win 2/1. “She’s our pocket rocket and a very determined young lady,” said team captain Fran Dickson. After a solid performance in the foursomes, the team followed up impressively in the singles. Their first win came from Megan Lockett who was four-under when she closed out her game 8/6, then the other players stacked up the points with wins from Megan Garland, Charlotte Heath, Nicola Slater and Olivia Winning, who holed a long putt on the last to win a real battle at the top of the order. The teams shared the morning foursomes and, as the afternoon, unfolded, they remained locked. The first singles point was won by Buckinghamshire’s Alice Koslowski 7/6. The next went to Nottinghamshire 14-year-old, Libby Kilbride, who collected her second 7/6 win of the day. Click here for full scores Lewis (pictured top) kept up the pace in the singles, playing the first 12 holes in two-under par and signing off with a 7/6 win. The match winning point was scored by Claudia Ovens, who is just back from Prague where she and Saunders helped Exeter to the bronze medal in the European Universities Championships. Tomorrow’s order of play: Match 1 Gloucestershire v Hampshire Match 2 Buckinghamshire v Suffolk Match 3 Yorkshire v Nottinghamshire Buckinghamshire’s Deeya Aggarwal was one up playing the last, but Nottinghamshire’s Lauren Spray hit a huge drive, followed up with a pitching wedge to within 2ft of the hole and grabbed the half point which gave her team the 5-4 win. Her team is a good blend of youth and experience – and for some of the younger players this is their first experience of links golf. But, as Helen said: “They are all really determined and very gritty.” Nottinghamshire team captain Helen Maber remarked: “Lauren just ground it out brilliantly. It’s been a very exciting day and they are all really up for it.” The teams shared the morning foursomes and, as the afternoon, unfolded, they remained locked. The first singles point was won by Buckinghamshire’s Alice Koslowski 7/6. The next went to Nottinghamshire 14-year-old, Libby Kilbride, who collected her second 7/6 win of the day. Tomorrow’s order of play: Match 1 Gloucestershire v Hampshire Match 2 Buckinghamshire v Suffolk Match 3 Yorkshire v Nottinghamshire Lewis kept up the pace in the singles, playing the first 12 holes in two-under par and signing off with a 7/6 win. The match winning point was scored by Claudia Ovens, who is just back from Prague where she and Saunders helped Exeter to the bronze medal in the European Universities Championships. Her young side – five of the nine players are still in full-time education – were hot off the blocks, winning all three morning foursomes. Ebonie Lewis and Caley McGinty romped to a 7/5 win, while the pairings of Alex Giles and Claudia Ovens and Alex Saunders and Ffion Tynan both won by 3/1. Captain Andra Knight commented: “We are very excited and very keen to do our best to retain the title. But we do know we have very strong teams opposing us and that everyone else is keen to stop us.” The third match was a very close fight between Nottinghamshire and Buckinghamshire which was decided only when the last pair reached the last green. “But it’s early days and each day is a challenge. They are well aware of that and that nothing is easy.” Her young side – five of the nine players are still in full-time education – were hot off the blocks, winning all three morning foursomes. Ebonie Lewis and Caley McGinty romped to a 7/5 win, while the pairings of Alex Giles and Claudia Ovens and Alex Saunders and Ffion Tynan both won by 3/1. After a solid performance in the foursomes, the team followed up impressively in the singles. Their first win came from Megan Lockett who was four-under when she closed out her game 8/6, then the other players stacked up the points with wins from Megan Garland, Charlotte Heath, Nicola Slater and Olivia Winning, who holed a long putt on the last to win a real battle at the top of the order. Her team is a good blend of youth and experience – and for some of the younger players this is their first experience of links golf. But, as Helen said: “They are all really determined and very gritty.” Behind her, Alex Giles, Grace Connelly and Caley McGinty added their points. Suffolk women’s champion Alice Barlow prevented the whitewash however, when she won her game on the 18th. Eales-Smith is pictured right being given a piggy-back by Winning. But Yorkshire went one better on the opening day of County Finals at Felixstowe Ferry, beating Hampshire 9-0. Meanwhile Nottinghamshire snatched a narrow 5-4 win over Buckinghamshire with a dramatic finish to their match. Click here for full scores But Yorkshire went one better on the opening day of County Finals at Felixstowe Ferry, beating Hampshire 9-0. Meanwhile Nottinghamshire snatched a narrow 5-4 win over Buckinghamshire with a dramatic finish to their match. “There were some close times in this morning’s foursomes, the scoreline doesn’t always tell the story, but they’ve been amazing in the singles. They have played very well and consistently,” said Fran. Nottinghamshire team captain Helen Maber remarked: “Lauren just ground it out brilliantly. It’s been a very exciting day and they are all really up for it.” 18 Sep 2017 Gloucestershire begin title defence in style Gloucestershire sent out a clear message today when they launched their title defence in the English Women’s County Championship with an 8-1 win over hosts, Suffolk. Gloucestershire begin title defence in style “There were some close times in this morning’s foursomes, the scoreline doesn’t always tell the story, but they’ve been amazing in the singles. They have played very well and consistently,” said Fran. Gloucestershire sent out a clear message today when they launched their title defence in the English Women’s County Championship with an 8-1 win over hosts, Suffolk. The third match was a very close fight between Nottinghamshire and Buckinghamshire which was decided only when the last pair reached the last green. “But it’s early days and each day is a challenge. They are well aware of that and that nothing is easy.” Images copyright Leaerboard Photography Tags: competitions, English Women’s County Finals, Gloucestershire
GARY STEVENS, BEHOLDER, WINNER: “It changes every time. If someone told me before the race that we would go in twenty five for the first quarter I would say ‘no way.’ I thought we would go in sub twenty three, forty five and change for the second and I thought the final time would be under 1:34. Twenty five is legit, forty nine is legit, but I think that’s the fastest last three eighths I’ve ever run in my life and she was lovin’ every minute of it.“She’s like family to me. I don’t spend as much time with her as Richard does and everyone at the barn but she’s very special to me. She’s the best thing I ever have ridden, or I ever will ride. I’m blessed to be on her back.” NOTES: Winning owner B. Wayne Hughes resides in Lexington, Ky. There was a minus place pool of $4,650.95, and a minus show pool of $160,051.41. Of the total show pool – $854,497, $791,272 was bet on Beholder. TRAINER QUOTES “I almost wondered if it was a mistake when I saw 25. I didn’t think you could do that. But you’ve seen her work. She’ll work really slow if we want, and she’ll work fast if we want. She’s really turned into a professional.” B. WAYNE HUGHES, BEHOLDER, WINNER: “I’m glad Richard took my advice; to win. This means a lot to us.“It was a very nice effort and I’m glad the pressure is off. Every time everyone expects your horse to win, I think it adds pressure. No real unbelievable news will happen, unless you lose.“I’ve had a lot of great horses, but not like this. I don’t think this will ever happen to me again. I just heard Gary say she’s the best horse he’s ever ridden and she might well be. She’s definitely the best horse I’ve ever owned; maybe the best horse anyone has ever owned.“I’ll consider bringing her back at seven only if she’s perfect. She’s better this year than she was last year. She’s bigger, stronger and faster. They put the girth on her and she’s bigger and she loves it so who am I to interfere with her having a good time.“I thought the pace was going to be blazing hot at the beginning and it wasn’t and I don’t know exactly why. Once I saw that she was positioned, I wasn’t worried. She’s a difficult horse to beat.“If the boys show up, I’ll take on the boys again.“Mainly it’s the Breeders’ Cup in November as the main goal. The Pacific Classic is our intention right now but I don’t know the dates of everything, I’m just happy with her winning a race. Even though I take credit for it, Richard makes all the decisions.” RICHARD MANDELLA, BEHOLDER, WINNER: “Just another great effort. She continues to amaze us all. There was a time when we didn’t think she’d go long. She seems to adjust to what we’re doing. I’m lucky to experience something that very few people in history have – to have a great horse this long. Good horses come along, and there are a few great ones, but to be great and stay great, it really is special. There’s something very special about her.” JOCKEY QUOTES VICTOR ESPINOZA, STELLAR WIND, SECOND: “She ran an awesome race. I expected her to run well, but not as well as she did today. This one will prove big for the next one. I’m excited for her. She came back better than before. She had a little more focus in the race, and everything went right today.”
In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Clearly, former world No. 1 Karolina Pliskova wasn’t happy with the chair umpire in her @ItalianOpen match against Greece’s Maria Sakkari. pic.twitter.com/fnVCu7cr6Z— espnW (@espnW) May 17, 2018Former world number one Karolina Pliskova smashed the umpire’s chair in frustration after she lost to Greece’s Maria Sakkari in the second round of the WTA Italian Open on Wednesday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownIn the third set with the sixth-seeded Czech serving 6-3, 3-6, 5-5 (30/30) she had an overhead shot ruled out and both the line judge and the umpire said they could not find the mark.ADVERTISEMENT China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations LATEST STORIES Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO 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 Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film Red Bull 3×3 tournament returns this June Replays showed the ball landed inside the sideline but umpire Marta Mrozinska refused to accept Pliskova’s arguments to overturn the call. The Czech went on to lose that game and the match 3-6, 6-3, 7-5 in two hours 21 minutes.Pliskova did not shake Mrozinska’s hand after the match and instead smashed her racket several times against the side of the umpire’s chair, breaking the wood.Pliskova’s twin sister Kristyna, who is also a professional player, subsequently tweeted: “The worst I have ever seen @wta and I hope this lady Marta Mrozinska will never ever judge any match of me or Karolina again #blacklistforever”For Sakkari it was the first top five win of her career and she will face Germany’s 11th seed Angelique Kerber for a place in the quarter-finals.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments
Le secteur des produits chimiques d’Afrique du Sud, y compris la production de carburant et de plastiques ainsi que de produits pharmaceutiques, est le plus important de ce type en Afrique et a ete identifie par le gouvernement comme un facteur essentiel de la croissance economique.Il domine la fabrication en Afrique du Sud en ajoutant plus de valeur a l’economie que tout autre secteur et representant plus de la moitie des emplois crees par la fabrication dans son ensemble.Alors que l’industrie reste dominee par des societes locales, plusieurs multinationales possedent des points de distribution locaux et plusieurs se sont impliquees dans la fabrication locale.Les secteurs secondairesL’industrie est dominee par le secteur secondaire des produits chimiques de base, dont les carburants liquides, les olefines, les solvants organiques et es derives mineraux industriels representent ensemble 31% de la production de produits chimiques du pays.Les 10 autres secteurs secondaires sont les produits en plastique (environ 20% de la production), les produits pharmaceutiques (8%), les produits chimiques inorganiques (8%), les polymeres et les caoutchoucs primaires (7%), les produits chimiques organiques (6%), les produits en caoutchouc (5%), les produits chimiques formules en gros (5%) et les produits chimiques formules pour la consommation (5%) et les produits chimiques fonctionnels ou de specialite (5%).Alors que trois de ces secteurs secondaires (les carburants, les produits chimiques et pharmaceutiques formules en gros) ont une production plus elevee que celle attendue etant donnee la taille de l’economie en general. L’industrie des produits chimiques d’Afrique du Sud est relativement limitee en termes de normes internationales.Sur les 80 000 types environ de produits chimiques de base ou purs actuellement fabriques de façon commerciale dans le monde, l’Afrique du Sud en fabrique environ 300, dont la plupart sont des matieres premieres, des produits de faible valeur a volume eleve.La strategie du gouvernementLes exportations de produits chimiques d’Afrique du sud ont augmente a un rythme moyen annuel d’environ 19% depuis 1999, s’appuyant sur de nouveaux accords commerciaux et une plus grande competitivite, consequence de couts de fabrication moins eleves et de fournitures minerales et organiques abondantes pour la fabrication. Les couts de l’energie sont relativement bas en Afrique du Sud et le secteur beneficie d’un acces a l’eau et a la vapeur efficace et rentable.Cependant, on importe plus qu’on exporte. Le gouvernement a pour objectif de corriger ce desequilibre grace a son cadre de politique industrielle national recemment introduit qui vise a encourager les exportations a forte valeur ajoutee du pays.L’industrie locale est dirigee vers le secteur en amont competitif au niveau international et le secteur en aval qui presente un fort potentiel de developpement est neglige.Corriger cette erreur aiderait l’industrie a augmenter ses avantages (ou ajout de valeur), ses exportations et l’emploi. La production en aval demande plus de main d’œuvre et fait intervenir un plus grand nombre de petites entreprises.L’enrichissement est la cle de cette strategie. L’Afrique du Sud possede un avantage naturel en reserves minerales mais la plupart sont exportees sous forme brute. Cependant, il existe des opportunites importantes de transformation de ces materiaux, en utilisant la main d’œuvre locale, en des produits chimiques inorganiques a valeur ajoutee pour l’exportation.Le gouvernement et l’industrie travaillent aussi ensemble pour trouver des moyens d’exploiter des ressources inexploitees comme les grandes reserves de fluorine.Le plastiqueLe secteur du plastique d’Afrique du Sud se porte bien d’apres une etude recente dans Engineering News, de nombreuses usines en aval fabricant des produits qui peuvent etre competitifs au niveau mondial du point de vue de la qualite et de la performance.Les emballages dominent, avec plus de 50% du marche local. Le secteur a ete tres malmene il y a quelques annees avec l’introduction de droits sur les sacs en plastique afin de limiter la pollution de l’environnement.Mais les perspectives sont bonnes, le gouvernement ayant identifie la fabrication de plastique comme un secteur createur d’emplois essentiel.La production de polymere est un domaine potentiel de developpement. L’Afrique du Sud exporte des tonnages importants de polymeres , d’apres la Plastics Federation of SA, mais importe toujours de grande quantites d’intermediaires du polymere, comme le polystyrene, qui ne sont pas fabriques sur place.La plupart des entreprises de plastique en Afrique du Sud sont petites, et plus de 800 societes travaillent dans le secteur de la transformation du plastique. Certaines sont tres innovantes, comme Timber Plastics, qui recycle les dechets en plastique comme les bouteilles d’eau et les transforme par moulage en poteaux, planches et poutres.Les technologies de transformation du gaz en liquideL’Afrique du Sud est le leader mondial de la synthese a base de charbon et des technologies de transformation du gaz en liquide. Elle fait partie des producteurs les moins chers d’ethylene et propylene du monde grace a son acces abondant a du charbon de qualite inferieure et des technologies de traitement de pointe.Les produits pharmaceutiquesIl existe de grandes opportunites pour les fabricants de produits pharmaceutiques en Afrique du Sud, le gouvernement prevoyant de developper l’industrie locale en encourageant la production locale de produits pharmaceutiques a forte demande, comme les medicaments antiretroviraux utilises pour traiter le VIH/Sida.Le gouvernement vise aussi a aider au developpement des competences scientifiques et technologiques necessaire pour favoriser la croissance du secteur.Les preoccupations ecologiquesLes preoccupations ecologiques sont un facteur essentiel du developpement du secteur des produits chimiques. L’Afrique du Sud a adopte des normes internationales dans ses politiques ecologiques en introduisant des reglementations pour encourager une gestion de l’environnement cooperative et en fournissant des directives pour le rejet des dechets dangereux.Derniere mise a jour de l’article : Septembre 2008SAinfo reporter. Sources (sites en langue anglaise) :Department of Trade and IndustryStatistics South AfricaChemical and Allied Industries’ AssociationSouth African Chemical InstituteCHEMISSAPlastics Federation of South AfricaEngineering NewsBusiness Day
All the world’s a stage’, this rings true for 27-year-old Play Your Part Ambassador Luntu Vuyisa Masiza, who recently graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Live Performance from The South African School of Motion Picture Medium and Live Performance (AFDA) along with two awards for best male performance on a stage production and best male performance in a television production.Luntu was awarded the 2017 Fleur du Cap Theatre Award for Most Promising Student and the Czech Republic’s, Setkani/Encounter Theatre Director’s Special Award for his performance in The Island, which was directed by Chris Weare. Luntu’s journey now continues as he perfects his craft by pursuing his MA at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA).RADA is a drama school in London, that provides training for film, television and theatre. It is one of the oldest and most prestigious drama schools in the United Kingdom, founded in 1904 by Herbert Beerbohm Tree.“My journey has not been easy, I have had many challenges that have come my way in investing in my craft and these challenges have helped to shape my character, but I am so determined to grow as a storyteller because this is what I love doing”, writes Luntu in his motivation letter.Tackling the international stage to learn, enhance his work as an actor and find his voice as a storyteller. Luntu calls on citizens to play their part and assist in fulfilling his dream by donating towards his fundraising target. He is eager to fly the South African flag for the world to see.The creative industries have proven to be strong nation builders that showcase a country’s strengths to enhance its reputation and image. These industries are rich in authentic stories and talented individuals which contributes to the Nation Brand’s competitiveness. For more information on how you can play your part click here #GetInvolved #PlayYourPartPhoto credit: @masiza_luntu
Stephen Covey wrote about the space between stimulus and response, and he strongly suggested that we take note of the pause between the stimulus and the response, and understand that the pause provides an opportunity. The pause provides power.The pause provides an opportunity to reflect on the stimulus. It provides an opportunity to respond appropriately to the response. It also provides the possibility of not responding at all, of not being stimulated.To ignore the pause is to disempower yourself.The State of Your StateSomeone else’s state can be a stimulus if you allow it to be. When someone is angry, short-tempered, or in a generally foul mood, your interaction can be a stimulus. If you allow it, their foul mood can infect you with the same state.There are some people who walk around in state of unhappiness, as if the only thing that makes them happy is being unhappy. You may know someone who resembles this from time-to-time. Their state doesn’t have to be your state. Between that stimulus and your response is a pause.You can choose not to allow their negativity to infect your state. Or, you can choose to ask them what is upsetting them and how you can help instead. Or you can choose to be happy and empowered in spite of their disempowered and self-limiting state.In Tension, IntentionsSome people operate from the belief that other people are acting out of bad intentions. They travel through life always being harmed by other people, regardless of how little the stimulus, the response is always a disempowering state change, usually anger or frustration.That person who cut them off, well they’re a rotten bastard. The waiter isn’t serving them well because he is incompetent and isn’t even trying.By assuming bad intentions, by not using the pause between the stimulus and the response, these poor folks allow their state to be changed by the smallest of things. Then, they interact with others in a state that all but ensures they provide a negative stimulus.You have control over your state. The pause, however short, between stimulus and response, is always available to you.
All the members of the Indian team are fit for tomorrow’s World Cup semi-final clash against Pakistan, according to captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni who today strongly urged his teammates not to get distracted by the hype surrounding the high-voltage clash and just focus on the game.Dhoni said Indo-Pak cricket matches tend to generate such media hype and it was important for the players not to get sucked into the frenzy and lose focus of the task at hand.”Well, we know the kind of hype media India-Pakistan matches generate. We are not getting involved in all this. We need to know what we are expected to do and focus on that,” Dhoni said at the pre-match media conference in Mohali.”All this is part of cricket and we have to accept it.But the key is not to get involved. We will have the biggest distinguished guests (referring to Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Pakistan PM Yousuf Raza Gilani) to see the match, we have to be at our best,” Dhoni said.Asked whether the excessive hype would affect the Indians who are playing at home, the Indian skipper said, “It is not really affecting us. We all know it is a big tournament and we have prepared a lot. Our preparations have been the same like what we have done in the past few days.”Dhoni was not unduly worried about his batting form and reckoned that he had just not got opportunities to score big though he has been striking the ball well.advertisementAsked specifically if pressure of captaincy was taking a toll on his batting, Dhoni responded: “It is only a cricketing aspect, nothing to do with form. I have been batting quite well. Sometimes the situations are not great to play flamboyant cricket. In the Bangladesh match, such a situation was there but I didn’t get to bat.””If you are batting at No 5, 6, or 7, you don’t get to bat much if the top order scores. I think the last game (against Australia) was ideal but it went straight to a fielder. It does not go your way always. Form has not been a worry,” he added.– With PTI inputs