Anyone who’s ever decided to start a weight-loss program on January 1st of any year, knows it’s not easy to drop those extra pounds. Heck, it’s not even easy to regularly use that new gym membership once February arrives. If you’re tackling a personal or professional challenge, it helps to be held accountable by a friend or colleague that you trust. Here are 4 benefits of accountability you should think about before you try to achieve that goal all alone.Accountability battles distraction: There will always be something that tries to steal your time away. When it comes to your personal life, it’s easy to get distracted by everything going on around you. When a goal is a difficult one, you have to do what it takes to keep yourself focused and engaged. If you know someone is going to call you out on your progress, it’s a lot easier to keep your eyes on the prize.Accountability provides a cheering section: Anyone you’re comfortable enough with to let them hold you accountable, is obviously someone who cares enough about you to support you in your journey to achieving your goal. Some days you don’t want to do the things you need to do (like go to the gym), but lucky for you, there’s someone in your corner. Look for your accountability partner to provide motivation when you can’t provide your own. You say “I can’t,” but they’ll be there to say “Yes, you can.”Accountability ends dumb excuses: It’s almost comical how many times we create an excuse to not do something, and feel it justifies our decision. “I’ve got a free afternoon tomorrow, so I’ll do it then instead” turns into “I really need to do this instead of that,” and your task keeps getting pushed back further and further. When someone is holding you accountable, they’ll say things like “That’s a stupid excuse.” When someone’s that honest and upfront with you, it helps you get stuff done.Accountability provides more brain power: When you’re trying to tackle a challenge, you can sometimes get lost on your journey. Having someone to bounce ideas off of and help you navigate the difficult times, can be a HUGE benefit. Don’t try to go it alone when there’s no reason to. 34SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,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 Details
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These were partially compensated by the connection of new wells in Marcellus (USA) and the acquisition of an additional 63 per cent of working interest in Eagle Ford (USA) in December 2019. This was primarily due to the stoppage of production in Libya, lower gas demand in Bolivia, Peru and Indonesia caused by Covid-19 as well as the shutdown of Akacias (Colombia), Chauvin (Canada) and the reduction of production in Duvernay (Canada) due to low prices, the Piedemonte license expiration (Colombia), maintenance programs and the natural decline of fields. Consequently, the company has liquidity of 9.762 billion euros, representing 2.43 times the short-term maturities. Thanks to the measures adopted as part of its Resilience Plan, which included additional reductions in operating costs, Repsol reduced its net debt during the last quarter to 3.987 billion euros. Repsol’s Upstream production reached an average of 640 kboe/d in the second quarter of 2020, 55 kboe/d lower year-on-year. For the 2Q 2020, Repsol booked a loss of about 2 billion euros compared to a profit of 525 million euros in 2Q 2019. The result was mainly due to impairments in the Upstream segment and the impact of the inventory effect. Spanish oil and gas company Repsol booked a loss in the second quarter of the year after being forced to re-evaluate its upstream assets due to the effects of the coronavirus pandemic and the low oil price environment. Repsol’s new average price deck for the period 2020 to 2050, in real terms of 2020, stands at 59.6 $/bbl Brent and 3.3 $/Mbtu Henry Hub. Furthermore, in light of this decrease and during a period of financial prudence, the company has reformulated its forecast for future crude and gas prices and adjusted the value of its Upstream assets which is reflected in special items results of -1.585 billion euros. Accordingly, the company’s net loss for the first half of the year stood at 2.484 billion euros. Repsol said on Thursday that the collapse in the prices of raw materials during the first half of the year affected the valuation of its inventories, with a negative effect of 1.088 billion euros. This is around 500 million euros less than that registered as of 31 March.
Press Association An English core helped Liverpool come within a whisker of winning the Barclays Premier League last season, and S teven Gerrard, Raheem Sterling, Jordan Henderson, Daniel Sturridge and Glen Johnson were rewarded for their form in the campaign by being called up to the England World Cup squad. Scholes, who won 66 caps, admires the attacking style of play Liverpool have adopted under Brendan Rodgers and he thinks all five Reds players should start for England in their World Cup opener against Italy. “It would be refreshing for England to adopt Liverpool’s attacking mentality in Brazil. Really go for it,” the former Manchester United midfielder wrote on his Paddy Power blog. “That means certainly four, and possibly five, Liverpool players in the England starting XI against Italy on June 14. “South Africa in 2010 was so negative with boring draws. Nothing seemed to happen. England fans, and myself as an England fan, would rather 3-all games than dull, nil-nil draws. I’d love to see Roy be brave enough to play like Liverpool (or Man United teams of the past). “The thing I admired most (about Liverpool) was the swagger of their play and how they terrorised opponents, which reminded me of United at their best.” Scholes’ former manager Sir Alex Ferguson revealed in his autobiography that he did not sign Henderson for Manchester United because he was concerned his running style would cause him problems later in career. Scholes, however, believes Henderson is a “diamond of a lad”. “He’s a player others appreciate having around them on the pitch,” Scholes added. “He’ll sacrifice himself for the attacking talent in a team like Liverpool. He’s not what you call ‘world class’, but Henderson could be key to England controlling the ball and using it effectively.” The only player in the Liverpool quintet who Scholes thinks may not be up to the job is Johnson. “The question mark is Glen Johnson at right back,” Scholes said. “It’s probably Phil Jones’ best position right now, even though Jones could still develop into a great centre half. “Johnson had just two assists for Liverpool last season so did not provide a genuine attacking threat, whatever the perception.” Scholes is positive about England’s chances of doing well in Brazil, but he is worried about a lack of cover for Gerrard, who turns 34 on Friday. Scholes thinks 35-year-old Frank Lampard lacks the energy and discipline to carry out the deep-lying playmaker role Gerrard has now assumed for club and country. He thinks Roy Hodgson should have therefore included his former team-mate Michael Carrick in his 23. “Not bringing Michael Carrick is a mistake,” the 39-year-old said. “If there’s an injury to Gerrard nobody jumps out to replace him, assuming Roy considers the Liverpool approach. I don’t see Henderson, Frank Lampard or Jack Wilshere playing Gerrard’s role. “At a certain age, you can’t bomb forward any more. If you have the talent, you learn to stay back and dictate the pace of a match, and your game. That’s the big difference between Steven and Lampard, for example. “I’m not sure Lampard has the ability to control a game. He’s always someone who’s up trying to score goals.” In the blog Scholes also poked fun at Yaya Toure’s threat to leave Manchester City because of a perceived lack of respect shown to him by the club’s owners on the day of his 31st birthday. “It was comical,” Scholes said. “It’s quite embarrassing, really. I can’t remember Man United players acting like this.” Paul Scholes believes England must play like Liverpool if they are to have any chance of winning the World Cup.
The phrase “the happiest place on Earth” apparently had a different meaning for one Central Florida man.According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office there, 40-year-old Frederick Pohl, Jr., an employee at Disney’s Magic Kingdom, faces a charge of soliciting a young girl for sex.Specifically, federal authorities arrested him on charges of transferring obscene materials to a minor as well as attempting to entice a minor.Investigators say that Pohl had condoms and a child-sized pink dress with him when he was arrested at an Orlando hotel this week.They add that he had been chatting online with an undercover federal agent who was posing as an eight-year-old girl. During those interactions, Pohl sent explicit photos of himself, and then arranged to meet the girl in person.A TV report says that he was investigated 12 years ago for “attempted exploitation of minor children.” At the time, he told investigators that he worked at a theme park, and that his job was to secure lap bars on the rides.Pohl, who lives in Clermont, Florida, faces up to life in federal prison if he is convicted.Disney has not commented on the matter.
In the wake of George Floyd’s death while in police custody and the justified protests that followed, many on the left are calling for criminal justice reform and the drastic measure of defunding the police. President Trump disagrees with the left and Monday declared during a White House roundtable with members of law enforcement: The police are doing a “fantastic” job.“There won’t be defunding, there won’t be dismantling of our police and there is not going to be any disbanding of our police,” he said at the afternoon event.“We want to make sure we don’t have any bad actors in there, and sometimes, you’ll see some horrible things like we witnessed recently, but 99 — I say 99.9, but let’s go with 99% of them are great, great people, and they’ve done jobs that are record setting — record setting,” Trump said.December, 2018, President Trump signed of the First Step Act, which addresses the disparities of federal sentencing guidelines that are especially harsh on repeat black offenders. It was the Democrats during the Clinton administration that established the “three strike rule” to lock up habitual offenders for life. Many of these suspects were minorities simply guilty of committing survival crimes. Now, the Dems want to defund the police.How did the Democrats end up here? Part of the problem dates to the 1994 crime bill, which Joe Biden spearheaded, as the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, and President Bill Clinton signed into law. The bill was a response to alarming rates of violent crime and the counter Republican accusations that Democrats were soft on the issue. It included an assault-weapons ban and the Violence Against Women Act, but it also imposed harsh federal sentences and mandatory “three strikes” rules. Hillary Clinton has been in public service most of her life, but during her 2016 presidential campaign she was blasted for a term she used for criminals in 1996, “superpredators,” saying that “we have to bring them to heel.” Now, nearly three decades later, Joe Biden faces his own third strike as he makes his third run for the White House. Biden must answer for his role in legislation that criminal justice experts and his critics say helped lay the groundwork for the mass incarceration that has devastated America’s black communitie“It doesn’t matter whether or not they’re the victims of society,” Mr. Biden said in 1993, adding, “I don’t want to ask, ‘What made them do this?’ They must be taken off the street.”Today’s roundtable comes on the heels of Minneapolis City Council announcing Sunday that it would disband the city’s police force in the wake of Floyd’s death and long-standing issues with police conduct.The issue of criminal justice will have a major impact on the 2020 election. The quesrion is not whether black voters will vote for Biden or Trump, bit whether they will be inspired to vote show up to the polls at all.
By Martyn HermanLONDON (Reuters) – England’s talisman Ben Stokes says captaining his country even just once in his career would be a “huge honour” but admits it was never a massive ambition.The all-rounder is poised to lead the team in the first Test against West Indies on July 8 with captain Joe Root likely to miss the game to attend the birth of his second child.“I’ve given it a little thought but not really dived into it yet,” the 29-year-old told a virtual news conference on Monday. “I mean, it’s not like it’s not a big deal. Getting the opportunity to captain England is a huge honour. Even if it’s only the once, you can say you captained England.“So it’s something that I’m looking forward to if the opportunity presents itself. But also I know I’m only stepping in to take over the reins because of Joe’s personal situation.”Stokes has matured since his well-chronicled disciplinary problems and was inspirational as England won the World Cup last year. He is now Root’s trusted vice-captain. He said the last time he captained a team was during an academy game against Scotland when he was a teenager.“I never set a goal to want to be a captain,” Stokes said. “If you look at Alastair Cook he was destined to be captain after Andrew Strauss and Joe Root was destined to be captain after Alastair Cook, you know who the next one will be when one is coming towards the end of his career.“If I’m being honest, I’m not one of those who people would necessarily associate with being next England captain. But I am looking forward to the opportunity of doing it.”Should Stokes captain the side next week in Southampton — a match being played in a bio-secure stadium without fans because of the COVID-19 pandemic — he says he will be well prepared. “Being able learn from Cookie and Joe Root in different situations in the game has rubbed off on me and will put me in good stead for all the situations a test match can throw at you,” he said.“At the same time we have some experienced guys out on the field I can use like Jimmy (Anderson) and (Stuart Broad) Broady, so many people to throw ideas off.”Stokes said being captain or not, his style will not change. “I always try to set the example in terms of commitment and attitude,” he said. “When it comes down to what to do in a situation it will always be a positive route.”
In their final tune up of the spring season, the Wisconsin volleyball team defeated its former teammates 25-20, 20-25, 25-15, 25-22, 12-15 in the annual alumnae game.In total, nine alumnae came back for the event, including all five seniors from last year’s squad with Taylor Reineke, Jackie Simpson, Amanda Berkley and Megan Mills playing and Jocelyn Wack coaching. Amy Bladow (2006), Maria Carlini (2006), Morgan Shields, (2003) and Jill Odenthal (2004) made up the rest the alumnae team.“First of all, it was really fun to see the alumnae out there again, and they had a great time,” head coach Pete Waite said. “Their team was pretty skilled, which was good for us. They played a great game. There was a lot variety out there. They bring the energy. It was just good to see them back on the court.“For our players, it’s really motivation for them to look at tape tomorrow to see what they want to work on going into the summer to get better in certain areas,” Waite said. “I think it will motivate them to be even better.”Outside hitter Brittney Dolgner led Wisconsin with 17 kills and 11 digs. Caity DuPont also enjoyed a good night with 15 kills, seven digs and two service aces.“I thought Caity did really well,” Waite said. “She was banging the ball on the outside. She was doing real well. She’s got that in her all the time. I thought her jump serve was good tonight and she made some defensive plays that I think she was working on real hard this spring.”For the alumnae, Carlini led the team with 17 kills. Shields was the only other player in double figures with 11. Wisconsin ended the night with a 68-55 advantage in kills over the alumnae.While UW was able to get its kills, they did not come easy as the team hit at a .226 clip for the match. Because the alumnae know the team so well, Waite believes it provided a good challenge for his team.“You could just see the alumni taking away some of the shots of our current players that they know they liked to hit all the time,” Waite said. “That’s our challenge is to change those shots and to move the ball around a little bit more.”It was Nikki Klingsporn, who will replace Simpson in the fall as the starting setter, whose job it was to spread the ball around to try and get her teammates clean shots. Klingsporn finished the match with 54 assists and also added 12 digs, three kills and a service ace. Simpson had 30 assists for the alumnae team.“I thought [Klingsporn] ran a really solid offense,” former Badger setter Simpson said. “She has a lot of options, a lot of hitters, and I think she really used them to the best of her abilities and knows when to give them the ball. That’s really cool to see.”Now as the Badgers head into their summer workouts, Dolgner believes they are a much better team than the one that traveled to San Diego to begin the spring season.“I think we improved a lot as a team because we lost five great players,” Dolgner said. “Coming in with five new people, working them in was really good. I think the beach helped a lot too, just playing with different people and seeing the court differently too.”And while Wisconsin will have a tough task figuring out how to replace those five seniors, Simpson believes the sky is the limit for next year’s team.“I’m really excited about this group,” Simpson said. “They are such hard workers, and playing with all of them for so long, I know that only good things can come from them because they are just going to outwork teams.”
Conference championship weekend is here: the last weekend before the College Football Playoff pairings are revealed.The top six teams in the AP Top 25 — No. 1 LSU, No. 2 Ohio State, No. 3 Clemson, No. 4 Georgia, No. 5 Utah and No. 6 Oklahoma — have the best chances of cracking the field after Saturday’s slate of conference championship games. No. 8 Baylor is the only other remaining team with one loss or fewer. Is there a chance that a two-loss team — don’t make us say No. 9 Alabama — could crack the field? What happens: LSU and Ohio State win, but the rest of the weekend is pure chaos. Oregon throttles Utah in the Pac-12 championship game, Baylor destroys Oklahoma and Virginia beats Clemson by three touchdowns, leaving no doubt the Cavs are the superior team (just work with us here). That causes the committee to start considering the top two-loss teams, which include Oregon, Penn State, Florida, and, yes, Alabama.Who gets left out? Clemson would still likely get in, but two-loss Oregon would have an interesting case. That would likely leave out any SEC team trying to squeeze into the last spot. Georgia wouldn’t get in after losing on conference championship weekend; neither would Florida, because of its loss to the Bulldogs in the regular season.Reception: This really is the only way to keep the Crimson Tide in the conversation late. It’s not going to happen considering they are currently behind three-loss Auburn in the rankings. We tried to find a scenario for that. In fact, we break down the six possible scenarios that will unfold this weekend and who will make the four-team Playoff as a result:Chalk wins1. Ohio State (13-0)/LSU (13-0)2. Ohio State (13-0)/LSU (13-0)3. Clemson (13-0)4. Utah (12-1)What happens: The Utes set the tone with a business-like victory against Oregon on Friday. Ohio State, LSU and Clemson follow up to make it back-to-back years where three undefeated teams make the Playoff. You can flip Ohio State or LSU based on style points, but this is the cleanest look at the picture.Who gets left out? The Oklahoma-Baylor winner becomes the only one-loss teams in the New Year’s Day 6.Reception: The LSU-Ohio State argument will get nasty, but either way the semifinal against Clemson will be epic. People will question Utah’s credentials, but the Utes have proven they belong since their loss to USC.Update: Utah’s 37-15 loss to Oregon Saturday eliminates the Utes from Playoff contention.LSU loses to Georgia in SEC championship1. Ohio State (13-0)2. Clemson (13-0)3. Georgia (12-1)4. LSU (12-1)What happens: Georgia wins the SEC championship in an instant classic, creating a one-loss pileup with LSU and either Oklahoma or Baylor. The committee sticks with the Tigers in the final spot based on wins over Florida, Alabama and Auburn, who could rank inside the top 10 by season’s end.Who gets left out? The Utes and winner of the Big 12 championship are left out in the cold.Reception: This is what the TV networks want: Georgia vs. Clemson in Atlanta and Ohio State vs. LSU (and Buckeyes transfer Joe Burrow) in the Fiesta Bowl. Utah and the winner of the Big 12 champions would rightly be angry considering their status as Power 5 conference champions. Georgia, which lost to South Carolina on Oct. 12, would receive considerable criticism. So would LSU, though the Tigers’ schedule is strong enough to warrant a Playoff berth even with a loss. #SECBias starts trending.Big 12 blowout1. Ohio State (13-0)/LSU (13-0)2. Ohio State (13-0)/LSU (13-0)3. Clemson (13-0)4. Oklahoma (12-1)/Baylor (12-1)What happens: Utah either loses or looks woeful against Oregon and is lucky to escape with a win. With that still fresh in mind, Oklahoma or Baylor blows the other out in the Saturday noon slot. The Sooners are the better bet to pull this off, but a complete, dominant performance from either team would likely be enough to bump the Pac-12 champion out of the mix.Who gets left out? This scenario only works if LSU knocks Georgia out (but it wouldn’t hurt for Utah to look bad in a win or for Oregon to beat the Utes). Assuming those conditions are met, the Pac-12 champion would be left out of the Playoff again for the third consecutive year.Reception: It’s still four conference champions, but Clemson, Oklahoma and Ohio State will have combined for 12 of the 24 Playoff appearances at that point. Still, the potential semifinal matchups — especially with the Sooners as the fourth team — are enticing enough to keep most satisfied with the outcome.Clemson and/or Ohio State lose1. LSU (13-0)2. Ohio State (12-1)3. Clemson (12-1)/Utah (12-1)/Oklahoma (12-1)/Baylor (12-1)4. Clemson (12-1)/Utah (12-1)/Oklahoma (12-1)/Baylor (12-1)What happens: Clemson and/or Ohio State — the two heaviest favorites of the weekend — find a way to lose their conference championship games. We still think Ohio State would get in no matter what. But Clemson, because of the ACC schedule, would be in an uncomfortable argument with Utah and Oklahoma. Baylor likely wouldn’t get in in this scenario, even if it beat Oklahoma, though the conference championship card would be played. That would leave the committee to choose among Clemson, Utah and Oklahoma for the final two spots.Who gets left out? There’s a decent chance Clemson would get left out because they wouldn’t have a conference championship in the relatively weak ACC. The Utes and Sooners would.Reception: Be careful what you wish for when it comes to chaos. If Ohio State or Clemson lose and still get in, then it would only further ramp up debate on the exact value of a conference championship game — and the call for an expanded playoff.LSU, Clemson and Ohio State lose1. Georgia (12-1)2. Ohio State (12-1)/LSU (12-1)3. Ohio State (12-1)/LSU (12-1)4. Clemson (12-1)/Oklahoma (12-1)/Baylor (12-1)/Utah (12-1)What happens: All three undefeated teams lose, which opens the door for at least one of the Pac-12 and Big 12 champion. It’s unlikely both get in due to LSU likely remaining in the top four, even with a loss.Who gets left out? How would the committee sort out six one-loss teams? Georgia would get in because of the SEC championship. LSU, Ohio State and Clemson would still be hard to turn away. Would the committee replace one of those teams with the Oklahoma-Baylor winner and Utah if they won their respective conference championships?Reception: Either way, two one-loss teams would be left out. The six-team Playoff model starts getting more attention.A two-loss team? 1. LSU (13-0)2. Ohio State (13-0)3. Baylor (12-1)4. Clemson (12-1)/Oregon (11-2)/Penn State (10-2)/Florida (10-2)/Alabama (10-2)