Coronavirus: Australia set for lowest daily infections in months – as it says Europe serves as a warning | World News


Australia appears to be heading for its lowest daily increase in coronavirus cases in three months, as a state leader said infection spikes in Europe served as a warning about the dangers of exiting lockdown too soon.

In the country’s virus epicentre, Victoria, some of the toughest lockdown restrictions in the world were imposed in the city of Melbourne after a spike in cases last month.

Daily infections in the state had risen to over 700 at the time, but in the 24 hours to Sunday morning it recorded 14 new cases, down from 21 new cases the day before and the lowest number since 19 June.

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Melbourne was placed under tighter restrictions last month

Victoria is now on track to meet a target of keeping average daily increases below 50 by 28 September, when authorities have said they may consider lifting restrictions.

The state’s premier, Daniel Andrews, said the numbers are a “cause for great optimism and positivity”.

But after facing pressure over his hard-line approach to coronavirus restrictions, he pointed to recent surges in cases in Europe.

“It’s heartbreaking to see, all that those communities have given, all the sacrifice that they’ve made, and now they’ve got cases running perhaps more wildly than their first wave,” he said.

“You’ve got to see it off.”

Victoria state premier Daniel Andrews says the numbers are a 'cause for great optimism'
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Victoria state premier Daniel Andrews says the numbers are a ’cause for great optimism’

Cases have remained low in other Australian states, including New South Wales, which reported two new cases.

Queensland also recorded two infections, bringing the national total to 18, the lowest national tally since 23 June.

Australia’s five other states and territories had not reported daily case numbers by Sunday morning, but have not reported any increases most days for weeks.

Victoria recorded five additional coronavirus-related deaths and NSW reported one in the previous 24 hours, taking the national death toll to 850.

Meanwhile, cases have risen in many European countries, including the UK, where the government has warned of an impending second wave.



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Lisa Curry and Grant Kenny farewelled their eldest daughter on Saturday after her tragic death following a years-long battle with an eating disorder and alcoholism. 

Jaimi Kenny passed away at Sunshine Coast University Hospital on Monday morning surrounded by her family, including both her Olympian mother and Ironman father.

Dozens of devastated family and friends gathered for the funeral on the Sunshine Coast on Saturday afternoon, after the tight-knit clan spent almost a week mourning in private. 

Jaimi Kenny, 33, had long battled an eating disorder, with her family supporting her through years of treatment at a private clinic (Jaimi, left, is pictured with her family at her sister Morgan’s 2016 wedding)

Devastated: Lisa Curry (right) has released a heartbreaking statement about the death of her daughter Jaimi (left) on Monday 14 September

Devastated: Lisa Curry (right) has released a heartbreaking statement about the death of her daughter Jaimi (left) on Monday 14 September

Jaimi is the eldest daughter of Australian sporting champions Lisa Curry and Grant Kenny

Jaimi sits on her mother's shoulders as she returns from the 1990 Commonwealth Games with gold medals around her neck

Lisa Curry and Grant Kenny farewelled Jaimi on Saturday September 19 in a moving service on the Sunshine Coast

Jaimi had also been battling alcoholism and had struggled to cope with the loss of her then-boyfriend Lachy Crossley in July 2017

Jaimi had also been battling alcoholism and had struggled to cope with the loss of her then-boyfriend Lachy Crossley in July 2017

As Saturday’s service got underway, swathes of brightly dressed mourners arrived at the Maroochydore funeral home wearing floral patterns.

They gathered out the front of the venue from about 3.30pm, chatting quietly among themselves until the Curry-Kenny clan arrived.

Jett donned a slick, grey suit and dark tinted sunglasses when he stepped out of a car alongside his Ironman father about 4pm.

The pair supported one another as they made their way through the crowd of friends and family.

A lone man playing a somber melody on the bagpipes eventually greeted guests, instructing them to make their way into the church for the service to begin.  

Morgan’s son Flynn was also in attendance, he and Jaimi were particularly close. 

The proud aunt often commented on how much she adored the two-year-old – who shares an incredible likeness to her when she was a child, with her famous golden blonde tresses and big blue eyes. 

Just three weeks ago, Morgan shared a photograph of her and Flynn to Instagram, and Morgan was quick to comment: ‘Just divine, both of you’, alongside several heart emojis.

Four weeks before that, she again commented on a photograph of Flynn, and commented that Morgan’s growing family was ‘just the cutest’.

‘Darling Flynn, oh you are beautiful,’ another comment left by Jaimi read.  

Family ties: Lisa is pictured with her son Jett (left), surviving daughter Morgan (right) and her grandson Flynn

Family ties: Lisa is pictured with her son Jett (left), surviving daughter Morgan (right) and her grandson Flynn

Her model brother Jett (left) paid tribute to his sister on Tuesday 14 September admitting that while he 'may not have been the best brother' to Jaimi (right) they 'loved one another unconditionally'

Her model brother Jett (left) paid tribute to his sister on Tuesday 14 September admitting that while he ‘may not have been the best brother’ to Jaimi (right) they ‘loved one another unconditionally’

Gone too soon: Jaimi is the daughter of Lisa and her ex-husband, Australian ironman champion Grant Kenny (who is pictured with his daughter as a baby)

Gone too soon: Jaimi is the daughter of Lisa and her ex-husband, Australian ironman champion Grant Kenny (who is pictured with his daughter as a baby)

Prior to her death, Jaimi had expressed her desire to one day have a family of her own, and absolutely doted on the children in her family.

After her parents’ marriage deteriorated, Ironman Grant Kenny went on to have a daughter Trixie Belle with radio star Fifi Box.   

‘Trixie’ was the centre of Jaimi’s universe, and the nanny even moved down to Melbourne to live with the duo.

‘Jaimi absolutely adored children and was especially close to Trixie,’ a family friend told Sunshine Coast Daily. The children gave her ‘a whole new lease on life’. 

But her struggles with her mental health brought her back to the Sunshine Coast and her parents shortly after making the move.

She worked closely with the End ED clinic which specialises in eating disorder treatment and recovery.  

Jaimi met and fell in love with local business owner Lachy Crossley on the Sunshine Coast. 

His mother Gail said ‘they had plans to be together forever… They were certainly in love’. 

‘You could just see the love in their eyes that they had for each other. People described them as a modern-day Romeo and Juliet,’ Dr Crossley added.

Condolences: Lisa's husband, Elvis Presley impersonator Mark Tabone (left), also addressed the tragedy in an Instagram post on Tuesday September 16. Pictured with Lisa and Jaimi

Condolences: Lisa’s husband, Elvis Presley impersonator Mark Tabone (left), also addressed the tragedy in an Instagram post on Tuesday September 16. Pictured with Lisa and Jaimi

Sad: 'Our hearts are broken and the pain is unbearable but we cherish every wonderful moment we got to share with our treasured and so loved first child,' Lisa said

Sad: ‘Our hearts are broken and the pain is unbearable but we cherish every wonderful moment we got to share with our treasured and so loved first child,’ Lisa said 

New chapter: In 2013, Grant, 57, welcomed a daughter named Trixie Belle with radio presenter Fifi Box (right). Fifi - who had a close friendship with her ex's adult children, including Jaimi (left) - did not acknowledge Grant was the father of her daughter until 2016. Pictured in 2017

New chapter: In 2013, Grant, 57, welcomed a daughter named Trixie Belle with radio presenter Fifi Box (right). Fifi – who had a close friendship with her ex’s adult children, including Jaimi (left) – did not acknowledge Grant was the father of her daughter until 2016. Pictured in 2017

But in 2017, Lachy died in circumstances ‘too heartbreaking’ for the family to discuss.

The happy couple had recently moved in together and had began discussing their future together. They both loved each other and loved children even more.

The tragedy plunged Jaimi further into a depression and she spent the years to follow in and out of hospital and the eating disorder clinic.

Her medical team tried everything, including blood transfusions, to extend her life.   

The Curry-Kenny clan have repeatedly expressed their fondness of her medical team, and thanked them for their hard work in maintaining Jaimi’s quality of life. 

On Friday night, Morgan’s husband Ryan thanked the local community for their support and outpouring of love in the days since Jaimi’s death.   

‘Thank you to everyone who has reached out and offered kind words, gifts, support and love to Jaimi’s family and I. The condolences are so welcome and helpful,’ he wrote alongside a photo with bouquets of flowers.

‘We have been sharing the messages with each other and although we may not have been able to offer a response we have received the love from all of it and are very appreciative. 

‘Jaimi was so very loved and will be so very missed but the love we all share for her will keep her memory alive.’

Co-parents: Lisa and Grant separated in 2009 after 23 years of marriage, before finalising their divorce in 2017. They are pictured with Jaimi on the Sunshine Coast on April 3, 2008

Co-parents: Lisa and Grant separated in 2009 after 23 years of marriage, before finalising their divorce in 2017. They are pictured with Jaimi on the Sunshine Coast on April 3, 2008

Tragedy: Lisa's ex-husband Grant Kenny announced their 'caring and loving' daughter had died at Sunshine Coast University Hospital on Monday September 14

Tragedy: Lisa’s ex-husband Grant Kenny announced their ‘caring and loving’ daughter had died at Sunshine Coast University Hospital on Monday September 14

The 33-year-old was extremely tough on herself, growing up in a family surrounded by Olympians, Ironmen, models and professional dancers. 

Meanwhile Grant and her brother Jett are both Ironmen and revered within the local surf life saving community.

Jett still works as a life guard with Alexandra Headlands Surf Club, and is also a successful model.

Meanwhile her younger sister Morgan flourished when she moved to France for her dance career, scoring a prestigious role with the Moulin Rouge.  

‘She was incredibly hard on herself and her own harshest critic, but completely non-judgmental of others,’ a Curry-Kenny family friend told Sunshine Coast Daily.

‘Growing up on the beach on the Sunny Coast, she was – apart from being incredibly gorgeous – a genuinely kind soul, bubbly, loveable and outgoing. No-one knew until many years later about her silent struggles with depression and chronic eating disorders. She managed to keep on smiling despite so many very dark days.’

Despite her ongoing struggles, friends of Jaimi told how she always brought ‘light and laughter’ to the lives of those she around her.

Even retail assistants at her local shopping centre in Kawana told Daily Mail Australia she was always a ‘friendly face’ when she popped in. 

Her model brother Jett paid tribute to his sister on Tuesday, admitting that while he ‘may not have been the best brother’ they ‘loved one another unconditionally’.

‘I may not have been the best brother to you all the time, I know you thought you weren’t being the big sister I needed all the time, but I do know we loved one another unconditionally all the time,’ he wrote.

‘I will love you forever. Rest In Peace my beautiful big sister, the world lost one of its treasures yesterday but heaven gained one. You will be dearly missed by all whose lives you touched.’

The tight-knit family have been congregating at Kenny’s luxury home in the days since Jaimi’s passing.

They’ve kept a relatively low profile, instead opting to mourn privately.

But Jett has been spotted several times around town, turning to his closest friends during the difficult time.

Friends of Jaimi told how she always brought 'light and laughter' to the lives of those she around her

Friends of Jaimi told how she always brought ‘light and laughter’ to the lives of those she around her 

Grieving: Jaimi (centre) is survived by her Ironman father, former pro swimmer mother (right), brother Jett (left) and sister Morgan

Grieving: Jaimi (centre) is survived by her Ironman father, former pro swimmer mother (right), brother Jett (left) and sister Morgan

RIP: Jaimi is pictured as a child with her mother, a three-time Olympian and former swimmer

RIP: Jaimi is pictured as a child with her mother, a three-time Olympian and former swimmer

He has shared several photographs taken at the gym, enjoying cocktails and pizza at a Brisbane bar and at the surf club where he works in the days since Jaimi’s passing. 

Jaimi had been struggling for some time in the lead up to her tragic death, both with her eating disorder and a dependency on alcohol.

She first sought help for mental health ‘troubles’, including anxiety, when she was 14. 

But in 2014, she was charged with high range drink driving after she was caught swerving between lanes on the Sunshine Coast Motorway.

Police pulled her over, and she was required to appear in Maroochydore Magistrates Court, where the court heard she had consumed up to 16 bottles of Strongbow cider.

She recorded a blood-alcohol reading of 0.23 per cent at the scene.

Her lawyer at the time told the court she was getting help for ‘troubles’, and admitted that alcohol had become ‘a bit of a feature’ in her life since the deterioration of a romantic relationship in 2012.  

The 33-year-old had been supported by her parents and siblings through many years of treatment at private clinic End ED, on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland. 

Shattered staff at the clinic said they could not discuss Jaimi’s struggle, but told how she became part of the ‘family’ over the years.  

She was an avid swimmer at the time and hoped to follow in her Olympian mother’s footsteps.  

The family confirmed Jaimi’s death on Monday September 14 with a moving statement.  

‘It is with a very heavy heart that Lisa and I confirm that our beautiful daughter Jaimi has lost her battle with a long-term illness and passed away peacefully in hospital this morning in the company of loving family,’ Grant first said on Monday.

‘Jaimi will forever be remembered as a caring, bright and loving soul who always put others before herself,’ he continued.

‘Our hearts are broken and the pain is immense but we must move forward cherishing every wonderful moment we got to share with our treasured first child.’ 

For free and confidential support, contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or the Butterfly Foundation for eating disorder concerns on 1800 ED HOPE   



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Benazir Bhutto’s extraordinary life – Business Daily


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Benazir Bhutto’s extraordinary life

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There is no better time to read Daughter of Destiny by Benazir Bhutto than during Covid-19 season, when most people are under some form of social distancing to keep this monster virus at bay.

The book was first published in 1988 as Daughter of the East. Benazir Bhutto spent a large chunk of her life under house arrest, like what is happening under the virus. Only difference is better communication technology today.

Benazir, daughter of former Pakistan Prime Minister Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, and also a former premier herself, the world’s youngest and first woman in the Muslim world to rise this high, penned this cautiously written autobiography as an ode to her father’s legacy.

It is also a demonstration of owning her story, protesting the military regime of her country and biography for the subsequent generations of the Bhutto clan.

“I didn’t choose this life; it chose me.” That’s the preface to the 2008 edition of Benazir’s book. “Pakistan is no ordinary country. And mine has been no ordinary life. My father and two brothers were killed. My mother, husband and I were all imprisoned. I have spent years in exile. Despite the difficulties and sorrows, however, I feel blessed.”

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And Benazir was indeed blessed to be raised by a loving family, tutored by the best, at the best schools, including Oxford and Harvard, have a first-hand account of what running a country was like through the eyes of her father and herself before being exiled and murdered.

The book chronicles the Bhutto clan from its patriarch, and ancestral lands in the heart of the Asian nation. She admits “it’s not necessarily the life I would have chosen, but it has been a life of opportunity, responsibility and fulfilment. And I sense the future holds still more challenges that must be met for my country.”

Although written as a preface, it reads like a last testament, penned in April 2007 in London, before her tragic death on December 27, 2007 in Rawalpindi.

The contrasts of her life, being an outspoken female in a country that abhors or discourages womenfolk from taking part in politics, condemning human rights abuses, cultivating to earn meaningfully or going to school.

The impact of her legacy in the Muslim world can be seen in lives such as those of Malala Yiusafzai and her admirers.

Reading Daughter of Destiny reveals that although Benazir knew the risks of going against the military, or engaging in politics, she deemed it a higher calling.

She writes in simply, helping the readership to follow the history or politics of Pakistan and understand.

The book feels not only like a history lesson, but learning class for those eyeing politics as a career in the third world to improve the State.

However, the book is mired in controversies surrounding her father’s political opponent, General Zia Ul Haq, who later succeeded him. She paints Zia as a villain endlessly, and barely mentions infractions her own father might have committed as a leader.

It would be better with independent research for balance. At 446 pages, it leaves one asking for more.



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Singapore’s daily COVID-19 cases fall to six-month low with 18 new infections


SINGAPORE: The number of daily COVID-19 cases in Singapore fell to a six-month low on Thursday (Sep 17), with 18 new COVID-19 infections as of noon.

This is the lowest number of cases since Mar 16, when 17 new infections were reported. 

All the new cases reported on Thursday were asymptomatic and were detected from screening and surveillance, said the Ministry of Health (MOH). 

The sole community case, who was unlinked, is a work pass holder. The 48-year-old Indian national was detected during the rostered routine testing of workers in the construction, marine and process sectors who are living outside the dormitories.

MOH said epidemiological investigations of the case are in progress. All identified close contacts have also been isolated and placed in quarantine. Serological tests for the man’s household contacts will also be conducted. 

UPDATED MAP: All the places that COVID-19 community cases visited while they were infectious

READ: Three F&B outlets ordered to close for flouting COVID-19 safety rules, including restaurant that served beer in teapots

The health ministry said the number of new cases in the community has decreased, from an average of two cases per day in the week before, to an average of one per day in the past week. 

The number of unlinked cases in the community has remained stable at fewer than one case per day in the past two weeks. 

The two imported cases reported on Thursday comprise a work pass holder currently employed in Singapore who arrived from France on Sep 4, and a dependant’s pass holder who arrived from India on Sep 5.

Both of them were placed on stay-home notices upon arrival in Singapore and were tested while serving their isolation period at dedicated facilities.

Among the 15 cases residing in dormitories, 10 were identified earlier as contacts of previous cases, and had already been quarantined to prevent further transmission. MOH said the remaining five cases were detected through surveillance testing.

Serological test results for three cases have come back positive so far, which indicate “likely past infection”, said MOH.

Singapore has a total of 57,532 COVID-19 cases, the majority of whom have recovered.

READ: COVID-19: New GovTech software for smart thermal scanner licensed to 4 companies for commercialisation and scaling

Of the new cases reported on Thursday, 89 per cent are imported or linked to known cases or clusters while the rest are pending contact tracing.

Further details can be found in MOH’s daily situation report

Sim Lim Square was added to the list of public places visited by COVID-19 community cases during their infectious period.

The shopping centre joins several malls that were added to the list this week, including People’s Park Centre, Plaza Singapura and VivoCity

84 MORE PATIENTS DISCHARGED 

MOH said 84 more COVID-19 cases have been discharged from hospitals or community isolation facilities, bringing Singapore’s total recoveries to 57,039.

There are 43 patients still in hospital, most of whom are stable or improving. Another 423 are isolated and cared for at community facilities.

To date, 27 people have died from complications due to COVID-19.

READ: WHO chief criticises ‘false choice’ between public health and economy in COVID-19 fight

On Wednesday, a 59-year-old Singaporean who was listed as a COVID-19 case was removed from the tally of cases. Known as Case 57107, the man tested negative twice following an initial positive result, MOH said.

He had been classified as an imported case on Sep 5 after returning from Australia and testing positive for COVID-19.

Investigations by laboratory experts and an expert panel found that his first test result was a false-positive one, MOH said. 

“All necessary public health actions had been taken earlier and neither the case nor his contacts had been exposed to risk of infection due to the initial classification,” said the ministry.

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The Atlantic Daily: The 2020 Election, the Pandemic, and More


“Twice in the past century and a half (in 1876 and 2000), the country narrowly averted a catastrophic deadlock over the presidential-election outcome,” write a pair of contributors to our Ideas section. “We may not be so fortunate in 2020.”

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One question, answered: When will the pandemic be over?

“As a matter of epidemiology, there’s no clear-cut criterion,” Joe Pinsker reports. So, for your own sanity, you might want to stop fixating on a singular end date.

Joe explains:

Unfortunately, the sublime post-pandemic period that so many are longing for will likely not arrive all at once, like a clock striking midnight on New Year’s Eve. If and when the pandemic is over someday—in the sense that it’s safe to resume normal life, or something like it—pinpointing its conclusion may never be possible. Internalizing that, and mentally bracing for a slow fade into the new normal, might lead to less angst.

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You wouldn’t be alone: American bunker businesses are booming. Welcome to the age of conspiracy capitalism.

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A woman surfed the biggest wave of the year—but you probably haven’t heard about it.


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6 Suggestions for the Weekend: The Atlantic Daily


Every weekday evening, our editors guide you through the biggest stories of the day, help you discover new ideas, and surprise you with moments of delight. Subscribe to get this delivered to your inbox.

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Remember.

Today marks the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. “Never in the past 19 years has America needed a reminder of collective resolve more,” Garrett Graff writes.

Revisit a poem from yesteryear.

Here are three, as selected from our archives by assistant editor Faith Hill:

Consider memorizing one, to stave off the sense of powerlessness you may be feeling.

Read a short story.

He wanted to be able to try to fly one more time, even if it was too late,” the author Caleb Crain writes in “Trajectory.” In a Q&A on our site, Crain discusses the inspiration for the new story, his writing process, and more.

Or a powerful work of nonfiction.

Can an unloved child learn to love? Melissa Fay Greene looks at what became of Romanian children who were deprived of human contact thirty years ago.

Watch.

What does an Oscar-winning director watch during an age of social distancing? David Sims spoke with Moonlight’s Barry Jenkins back in April to find out.

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Tour America from your couch.

Our “Fifty” project, from photo editor Alan Taylor, highlights extraordinary photography of each U.S. state. This week’s selection, pictured above, is known as the Pelican state. Can you guess which state that is?


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Adam Serwer, George Packer, Danielle Allen: The Atlantic Daily


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Our latest magazine features not just one cover story, but three. Together, they reflect on a nation’s failure to live up to its promises—and look to this moment as an opportunity to course-correct.

The package, titled “Making America Again” after a Langston Hughes poem, features the work of Atlantic staff writers Adam Serwer and George Packer, as well as that of the Harvard professor Danielle Allen. Read on for their reflections.

1. For the first time, America may have an anti-racist majority.

“History teaches that awakenings such as this one are rare,” Adam Serwer writes. “In these moments, great strides toward the unfulfilled promises of the founding are possible.”

2. America’s plastic hour is upon us.

The country is at a low point, George Packer says. But we might be on the cusp of an era of radical reform that repairs our broken democracy.

3. The Constitution counted my great-great-grandfather as three-fifths of a free person. Now the document is our responsibility.

“Those who wrote the version ratified centuries ago do not own the version we live by today,” Danielle Allen argues. “We do.”

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One question, answered: Is it safe to pet a stranger’s dog during this pandemic? James Hamblin, staff writer and puppy owner, addressed this in his “Paging Dr. Hamblin” column:

Petting dogs does not seem to be a major public-health concern, but that doesn’t mean concerned individuals are being unreasonable. … For those who wish to pet a dog, the best etiquette is always requesting to pet the dog before doing it—which is what all of us should have been doing even before the pandemic. Don’t wantonly reach out and grope any dog that wanders by. If you feel really moved and in need—and especially if the dog also seems in need of attention—ask the human if you can say hi. And I mean truly ask. Too often, the request is a passing “How are you?” not meant to be answered, said in haste while already reaching for the dog.

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Sanskrit Grams To Encourage Daily Use Of The Language


Uttarakhand Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat wants to encourage usage of Sanskrit

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Encouraged by the success of an experimental project promoting the Sanskrit language as means of daily communication, the Uttarakhand government has decided to develop ‘Sanskrit Grams’ (Sanskrit villages) across the state. People in these model villages will communicate with each other in the ancient Indian language on a daily basis.

Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat has entrusted Haridwar-based Sanskrit Academy Uttarakhand with the task of developing such villages initially in districts and then at the block level, an official release said.

One village each where there is a Sanskrit school has been chosen from almost all the districts in the state for the implementation of the unique programme, it said. The decision was taken at a meeting of the Sanskrit Academy on Tuesday. The meeting was chaired by Mr Rawat, who said Sanskrit is the mother of all languages, which needs to be promoted among the younger generation for conservation of the country’s ancient culture.

The meeting also decided to rename the academy as Uttarakhand Sanskrit Sansthanam. An experimental project was first run at Kimotha village in Chamoli and Bhantola in Bageshwar where residents have become so conversant in the language that they not only use it in their daily communication but also sing folk songs in Sanskrit, officials said.

The success of the pilot project has encouraged the state government to implement it on a larger scale, according to officials.



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Daily Behavior Changes That Will Improve Your Fitness Business


While working in a self-driven industry can seem a bit overwhelming at first, you can take charge by improving your habits to have a greater impact on your clients as well as improve your business. Here are the top six things health and exercise professionals like you can do daily to improve your business:

1. Exercise or move intentionally every day

Just because you train people every day doesn’t mean you get to neglect your own fitness, no matter how successful your business is at any time. Moving your body daily will help you manage stress and enhance your own health so you’re able to focus on your work. Look at your schedule each week and pre-plan when you will work out each day. Go a step further and schedule your own workouts in your calendar so no appointments can be made at those times. Remember, your workouts don’t always have to be complex and take hours each day. Something as simple as a brisk walk can help reduce your stress and improve your energy level.

 

2. Consistently eat and hydrate well

You should take care of yourself as much as you want your clients to take care of themselves. This includes eating a diet rich in whole foods and maintaining optimal hydration. Not only does this help you enhance your own health, it can help you maintain a steady energy level throughout the day. This, in turn, helps your clients benefit from your abundant energy (which can make their workouts even better and increase retention).

If meal preparation and planning feels too time-consuming, keep it simple during your work days by having two or three options of each of the following readily available: vegetables, proteins, carbohydrates and fats. Mix and match between your two or three options for each and rotate through them to keep your meals interesting. Make cooking a breeze by making sheet-pan meals in which you cook everything on one pan (for example, baked chicken, roasted vegetables and sweet potatoes topped with avocado oil). Add seasonings and sauces to enhance flavor and prevent palate fatigue. Consistency is key, so aim to eat well and stay hydrated as often as possible.

3. Get adequate sleep by creating—and following—a bedtime routine

As a health and exercise professional, you may work long hours, which makes sleep and recovery time even more important. It’s worth making an effort to get adequate sleep each night to help you stay as healthy and energetic as possible.

Begin by making your bedtime and wake-up time consistent to form a sleep pattern. Make every effort to have a bedtime routine that helps you wind-down after a full day, which can include things like taking a hot shower, practicing deep breathing, meditating, writing in a journal or reading. Try to avoid electronics and anything emitting blue light for at least 30 to 60 minutes before bed.

4. Check-in with your clients regularly

Even if you have scheduled check-ins with your clients at set intervals, it is still important to touch base with them between check-ins. Every working day, select a handful of clients to send a thoughtful message to ask how they are doing or feeling. It can be something as simple as saying, “What did you think of yesterday’s workout?” or “I thought of you when I saw this recipe. Have you tried preparing your vegetables like this before?” Keep the check in thoughtful and ask open-ended questions to get them engaged.

5. Make a daily list of your three most important tasks

If you have a to-do list full of tasks, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed, which can lead to distraction, causing you to not get a single thing done on your to-do list. Instead, list just three of your most important tasks each day. This helps you prioritize the things you need to complete each day while avoiding the feeling of overwhelm. If you complete more tasks beyond the three you listed, consider that a bonus (but it is not necessary).

6. Work on your business, not only in it

Have you ever found yourself feeling so overwhelmed with client work that you hardly have enough time to create content or material for your clients? Unfortunately, if you’re not able to work on your business, it will be difficult to continue to grow it. Remedy this problem by setting aside 15-30 minutes (or more) each day to work on your business. This can include writing email templates, creating social media content, filming videos or anything else you think might benefit your clients. Make time working on your business a nonnegotiable to continue to grow your business.

Try some of these tips out today and see how much more focused you feel. Take care of yourself first and you will see how much of an impact that has on your business and the overall success of your clients as well.

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