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Free Therapy Friday # 41: Adrift in the Sea of Life; Man Overboard

 “All at once I hear your voice, Nothing they can say can hold me here. And time just slips away. Take me where I only feel, The wind across my face. Let me know there's some place left for me. Waiting just for me.” - Bonnie Raitt  When I was about four years old, I got lost. The year was 1960 and the place was Disneyland. I was filled with so much fear I thought it would choke me.###Forty years later it happened again. This time I was in the salty waters of the Gulf Coast near Tampa, Florida. I had taken what felt like a leisurely swim out to a bobbing, metal buoy. For a little while I just hung on, rising and falling with the relaxed, timeless rhythm of the sea.As I surveyed the scene, the blue bowl of sky cupped over me as if freshly painted; flecks of puffy, white clouds stood motionless like amorphous angels while the sounds of laughing children drifted out to me in the moist, humid air.As I caught my breath and my heart slowed, I drank in the sleepy serenity of the salubrious moment like a postcard prayer: all gratitude and peace.When I finally pushed off for the beckoning shore, I had no idea I was about to die.  As John Irving might say, “The under toad was strong that day.”After several minutes of strong, steady and what I thought were muscular strokes, I was surprised to find the beach strangely and stubbornly distant while a germ of anxiety wormed its way into my brain.“You might not make it,” it observ...  

How Bayern Munich Will Line Up in the Telekom Cup

Markus Schreiber/Associated Press Having completed more than two weeks of training, Bayern Munich face their first pre-season friendly matches against Bundesliga opposition this weekend in the Telekom Cup. The German record champions first meet Borussia Monchengladbach on Saturday; depending on results, they will take on either Hamburg or Wolfsburg the following day. Many Bayern players are still on extended leave following the World Cup, and with two 60-minute games being held in back-to-back days, there should be plenty of opportunities for fringe players to make an impression. Pep Guardiola isn't always the most predictable coach, but here's a good estimation as to the starting line-up he may use against Gladbach. Goalkeeper: Tom Starke Manuel Neuer is on extended leave following the World Cup, so Tom Starke will be his stand-in. The ex-Hoffenheim man remains Bayern's only reserve goalkeeper with more than a few games of professional experience. Matthias Schrader/Associated Press Right-Back: Rafinha Rafinha wasn't selected to the Brazilian World Cup squad, but he has long been and still remains a favored player for Guardiola. Per Transfermarkt, the 28-year-old made 46 appearances last season, 40 of which came as a starter. With the trainer announcing, as per German outlet Spox, in a Thursday press conference that Philipp Lahm will play in midfield to replace the departed Toni Kroos, Rafinha has no real competition for a starting role at right-back. And in any case, L...  

LG not working on Nexus 6, Android Silver device

NEW DELHI: It's very likely that the next Nexus smartphone won't be made by LG. A report by Motoring Crunch claims that the South Korean giant is not working on any Google projects at the moment. It quotes LG's global communications director, Ken Hong, as saying that LG was not aware of the status of the Nexus program and the Android Silver program. Hong told the publication that Google has not partnered with LG for new Nexus devices. Hong's statement is contrary to a report by TheInformation.com which suggested that Google had already roped in LG and Motorola to produce the first Android Silver devices. Earlier this year, Google's Dave Burke, head of Android engineering and Nexus program, had dismissed reports that it was dumping the Nexus program in favour of Android Silver, a new project under which manufacturers and wireless carriers will reportedly be paid to produce and sell high-end devices that closely adhere to Google specifications. He had refused to comment on the existence of the Android Silver program. "Android Silver is not something that we are commenting on right now. But the prospect of Silver doesn't mean that Nexus is going away," he had said. Google sells Nexus devices in a number of countries through its Play Store and physical retailers. These devices, made in collaboration with Google's partner OEMs come with stock Android software without any added applications or software features. Android updates are pushed faster on Nexus devices compared to other ...  

Mobile phone app sheds new light on risk taking behaviour

One of the games measures whether it is worth taking a risk in order to gain points New research shows that risky behaviour and impulsiveness can be reliably tested with specially designed mobile phone games. Scientists found that four puzzles in The Great Brain Experiment app can reliably measure several different aspects of cognitive function. Other games test our visual perception and our ability to remember things. Scientists hope that results from thousands of participants will help them address population differences. The research has been published in the journal Plos One. By playing games participants can compare themselves to the other players while sending data back to the scientists. "Each of these games is a serious scientific experiment," said Dr Peter Zeidman, a neuroscientist from University College London who was involved with the research. "By playing the games people can not only have some fun but can contribute to the latest research in psychology and neuroscience," he added. The "Am I Impulsive?" game, for example, asks participants to smash fruit that is falling from a tree using their fingers, but to refrain from smashing it when it is rotting, indicated by the fruit turning brown. Harnessing big data "That ability to hold yourself back from an action - trying to not do something - is a really important human ability and something we want to understand better. "People with certain psychiatric illnesses or neurological proble...  

"Light pollution" may affect love lives of birds in the Viennese Forests

Artificial light in cities exerts negative effects on humans, animals, and their environment. In an ongoing research project, behavioral biologists at Vetmeduni Vienna are investigating how blue tits in the Viennese Forests react to "light pollution". The study might help to understand effects of "light-at-night" on reproductive behavior of birds. In consequence, it could help developing concepts, minimizing negative effects on the lives of animals and the ecological system, by reducing light sources in specific regions. The research project started this year and is supported by the city of Vienna. The so-called circadian rhythm or "body clock" influences the behaviour of living beings. Light is an important "Zeitgeber", especially for birds. Based on light, birds know when it is time to mate, breed, forage or migrate. If the natural day and night rhythms are affected by artificial light, the natural behavioral patterns of the animals may also change. The "light-at-night"-effect disturbs migrating birds Katharina Mahr and Herbert Hoi from the Konrad Lorenz Institute of Ethology at the Vetmeduni Vienna are interested in the effects of "light-at-night" in wild birds. "There are studies investigating the effect of artificial light on the orientation and activity of birds. Light, for instance, limits the sense of orientation, but also activity patterns in birds to a great extent," study coordinator Mahr explains. The Viennese research team is ...  

Atletico Madrid latest team linked to Arsenal and Tottenham target

Arsenal and Tottenham are both big admirers of the star, who looks destined to leave this summer, and it has been reported that both have already made bids for Griezmann. But they could be in danger of missing out with Atletico ready to make their move ...  

Sports injuries in young athletes

HOLLYWOOD, Fla. - Remi Ramos has been playing competitive tennis for 8 years. “No time off. Never anytime off,” she said.Last year an injury changed everything for the  17-year-old Florida athlete.“I was in the middle of a four-hour match, and I slid on the clay courts, and I felt something pop in my hip,” Ramos explained.Shehad a labral tear in both of her hip joints. Surgeries would require more than a year off the court. This all happened at the height of college recruiting.Ramos said, “It couldn’t have been a worse time for this to happen!”More than 3.5 million kids receive treatment for a sports injury every year. In the past 10 years, football injuries rose 23 percent and soccer injuries rose 11 percent. Since 2000, there has been a five-fold increase in shoulder and elbow injuries among baseball and softball players.Now, hospitals around the country are expanding their programs to care for young, injured athletes.“What we found at our center is there are a lot of kids participating in sports, probably more young kids than there are weekend warriors, who are injuring their hips,” said Jeremy Frank MD, pediatric sports medicine specialist at Joe Dimaggio Children’s Hosptial in Hollywood, Florida.To fix Ramos’s injury, Frank made 3 small incisions to stitch part of her hip joint, called the labrum, and reshaped the ball and socket.  It has been a long road to recovery for Ramos an...  

Russian Markets Shrug Off Interest Rate Rise

Russian markets showed only a muted reaction to the central bank's decision to raise interest rates for the third time in five months Friday, even though the move was largely unexpected. Economists and strategists said that geopolitical tensions, rather than monetary policy, were at the forefront of investors' minds and that while the decision—the bank's third since March—may cap the currency's losses in the longer term, a meaningful... ...  

Bartomeu visits training

FC Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu visited the first team training session this morning in the company of director of sport Andoni Zubizarreta. Before the first of two sessions today on Pitch 1 at the Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper, the ...  

The entrepreneur perspective on getting to 50 employees

After raising your first round of funding you might feel the need for a well-deserved break, but sadly, it is only the first of a long stream of challenges you will face when starting up your own business. Once you’ve got the initial funding, the next, and arguably most important, challenge is growing your business from start to 50 employees. This phase in your business’s development is vital to get right, as it will define its nature for years to come. This is also possibly the most stressful time when building a business, as it will involve long days of interviewing, pitching, and decisionmaking. It is important to remember through all of this that you are laying the foundations. Although it can be overwhelming at times, the future of your business rests on this crucial building phase. Putting in the extra time and energy is likely to pay off in the long run, no matter how draining it feels at the time. That being said, there are several important steps you need to get right as you build the company from one to 50. Possibly the most important task is hiring your first 50 employees. Hiring the right people for a company is always a challenge, no matter what stage of development it is in. But when you’re just in the beginning phases, it is key that you hire the best people possible. After all, your first 50 employees are the ones who will help to establish the culture and tone of the business, and can mean the differe...  


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