Our way, not the Huawei — for the sake of national security

first_img The Huawei decision is now back on the political agenda (AFP via Getty Images) But Huawei is none of those things. It is a state champion of an oppressive regime that requires — through the 2017 National Intelligence Law — Chinese companies to cooperate with the intelligence services, and which has already used Huawei technology to enforce repression of Uighurs and other minorities in Xinjiang province.  Wednesday 22 January 2020 5:35 am whatsapp whatsapp The US has also warned that there will be dire consequences for intelligence sharing should Huawei be allowed access to UK 5G services.  Boris Johnson might have been forgiven for thinking that the biggest dilemma he inherited from Theresa May would be how to resolve Brexit. Huawei enjoys a headstart in the provision of 5G services, thanks to the massive subsidies it has received from China to ensure that it is a market leader in the information pathway of the future. It is therefore highly tempting for countries to adopt the Huawei model, as it is the quickest and most powerful roll-out of 5G services currently available. How the Prime Minister chooses to deal with it may have long-term effects as important in their own way as Brexit to the UK’s future path. When the question of whether to include the Chinese-owned telecommunications giant Huawei’s offering within the UK’s 5G infrastructure network first arose, it sparked cabinet chaos.  The British government has conceded that the fears about Huawei’s provenance are justified, and that the company should be barred from the core functions of the 5G network where sensitive data resides. But time does not stand still. The Huawei decision is now back on the agenda, requiring a resolution — and unfortunately for the government, the basic facts remain the same.  Main image credit: Getty Beijing has not been shy in threatening countries like Germany and Denmark with economic consequences should Huawei be banned from their 5G networks. Similar threats have been made in the UK, with China’s ambassador Liu Xiaoming warning that future investment decisions are riding on the issue.  Alan MendozaAlan Mendoza is executive director of the Henry Jackson Society. The National Cyber Security Centre did, however, come up with the clever ruse that the risk could be mitigated if Huawei were restricted to providing services at the periphery of 5G, such as antennas and routers.  Opinion Huawei denies the allegations that it is a catspaw of the state. But it would say that, wouldn’t it.  If the vendor were a normal company in a liberal democracy, no eyes would be batted at this.  An unprecedented leak from the National Security Council discussion — which claimed the scalp of the defence secretary Gavin Williamson — revealed that all the ministers with security or foreign affairs within their portfolios opposed the idea. After accusations that the government might be weighting trade and technology considerations above national security ones, the Huawei conundrum was kicked into the long grass.  But it is the attitude of our closest intelligence allies that should give the greatest cause for concern. Britain’s Five-Eyes intelligence community partners — the US, Australia and New Zealand — have effectively banned Huawei from operating their critical infrastructure.  The company’s relationship to the Chinese government has been questioned too, on account of the state’s aggressive lobbying for its services.  Added to fears that the software evolution of 5G is likely to blur the boundaries between core and peripheral areas of the network, this verdict should be taken seriously.  Our way, not the Huawei — for the sake of national security Friendlier alternatives such as Nokia, Ericsson and Samsung have been invoked as ways to get around Huawei’s market dominance, with suggestions that the UK could join in a shared approach to improving capabilities to reduce the technological gap.   But a second straggler from the May era has reared its head to disrupt the post-election serenity.  Its conclusion was that “identification of shortcomings in Huawei’s engineering processes have exposed new risks in the UK telecommunication networks” and that it has “only limited assurance” that Huawei capabilities were safe.  The legitimate security and alliance concerns about Huawei therefore require careful consideration.  Huawei has also been accused of corporate espionage in the past, and of having personnel links to Chinese intelligence.  However, another report by the Huawei Cyber Security Evaluation Centre, a committee set up specifically to examine the use of Huawei’s  equipment in UK infrastructure, has challenged this suggestion.  This is a government committed to “taking back control”. It would be a strange state of affairs indeed for it to cede power over our technological future to Huawei, and thereby also potentially to a country — China — with uncertain future strategic objectives, and which has a long track record of using any and all means at its disposal to achieve what it wants. City A.M.’s opinion pages are a place for thought-provoking views and debate. These views are not necessarily shared by City A.M. Share Thus far, the British government seems to believe that this is all bluster and that the Americans will not restrict intelligence flows. But British officials should recall that the last government which mused similarly about US red lines was that of Iran — a day before the Qassem Soleimani drone strike. 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US job vacancies hit record level as firms struggle to hire quick enough

first_img US firms are desperate for staff as the pandemic restrictions lift, but data suggests they are struggling to fill roles as quickly as they need to. (Getty Images) Number of US job vacancies hits record level as firms struggle to hire quick enough The number of US job openings rose to its highest ever level in April, new figures from the Department for Labor Statistics revealed today, as businesses scrap for workers as economy reopens. whatsapp Despite the huge demand for workers, the shortfall between vacancies and the actual number of hires made was also the largest it has ever been. Also Read: Tech giants set to slash UK tax bill after G7 agreement The number of hires remained at 6.1m, little changed from the previous month, the figures showed. Share Before the Open: Get the jump on the markets with our early morning newsletter That’s the highest number of vacancies since figures began to be collected in 2000. According to the figures, there were 9.3m available positions as of the last day of the month, up nearly 1m from March. whatsapp The gap suggests that despite fierce demand, firms are still struggling to fill vacancies in the workforce. Some have taken to offering potential employees bonuses and extra perks to secure their services.center_img More From Our Partners Native American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.org‘The Love Boat’ captain Gavin MacLeod dies at 90nypost.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comBiden received funds from top Russia lobbyist before Nord Stream 2 giveawaynypost.com Tuesday 8 June 2021 4:19 pm The National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) Optimism Index fell 0.2 point to a reading of 99.6 in May after three straight monthly increases.  Chris Beauchamp, Chief Market Analyst at IG, said: “If today’s JOLTS numbers in the US aren’t an indication of an economy that is rebounding strongly then it is hard to know what is.” Edward Thicknesse That, it seems, has also hit small business confidence, which declined for the first time in four months today. by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeAll Things Auto | Search AdsNew Cadillac’s Finally On SaleAll Things Auto | Search AdsLuxury SUVs | Search AdsThese Cars Are So Loaded It’s Hard to Believe They’re So CheapLuxury SUVs | Search AdsBrake For ItSay Goodbye: These Cars Will Be Discontinued In 2021Brake For ItNational Injury BureauJury Finds Roundup Responsible For Lymphoma | Bayer To Pay $10 BillionNational Injury BureauGameday NewsMichael Oher Tells A Whole Different Story About ‘The Blind Side’Gameday NewsDrivepedia30+ Funny Photos Of Car Owners Having A Rough DayDrivepediaNational Penny For Seniors7 Discounts Seniors Only Get If They AskNational Penny For SeniorsMoneyWise.comMechanics Say You Should Avoid These Cars In 2021  MoneyWise.comZen HeraldShe Inspired Three Of The Most Popular Songs EverZen Herald “If small business owners could hire more workers to take care of customers, sales would be higher and getting closer to pre-Covid levels,” NFIB chief economist Bill Dunkelberg said in a statement.  Show Comments ▼ However, the update failed to shift US markets, with stocks showing limited gains thus far today.last_img read more

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Babies’ brain signals offer window into treating their pain

first_img Babies cry. They cry when they’re hungry, when they’re tired, when they need a diaper change — and when they’re in pain. For doctors, this is a problem. Could a baby’s cry mean an anesthetic isn’t working well during a procedure? That a painkiller for postoperative pain has worn off? Or could it mean something else entirely?Scientists at the University of Oxford think they have found a new way around that problem. Neuroscientist Caroline Hartley and her colleagues studied 72 infants undergoing medically necessary painful procedures, like a needle prick for a blood test. They found, using electrodes on the babies’ scalps, a signature change in brain activity about a half-second after a painful stimulus. In the future, that measure could help pain researchers objectively establish if an infant is in pain and, ultimately, determine how to manage it. The study was published in Science Translational Medicine on Wednesday.Other indicators are currently used to gauge an infant’s pain, like heart rate, oxygen saturation levels, and facial expression. Doctors should still use these indicators when they examine individual patients, Hartley noted, because they’re easy to assess in a clinical setting. But an EEG signature could be more specific than those and less likely to be triggered by other stressful, non-painful events.advertisement Giving newborns medicine is a dangerous guessing game. Can we make it safer? PHILIPPE HUGUEN/AFP/Getty Images Tags neurosciencepainpediatricsresearch That test was revised in 2014 by Bonnie Stevens, a professor at the University of Toronto and a senior scientists at the Hospital for Sick Children. Stevens, who was not involved in the EEG research, said the research was “exciting.”“I think it’s really moving the science of pain assessment in babies forward,” Stevens said. However, she added, “I don’t think looking at EEG responses is going to replace everything else.”Stevens agreed with the authors of the paper that an EEG is a specialized measurement best suited for research. (Determining medication dosages for infants is an area that needs more research — not just for pain medication, but for many other kinds.) She also noted that the researchers validated their results with only a part of the revised PIPP test and could have observed the EEG signals for a longer window to match the time it takes to see a behavioral response. Hartley acknowledged the study had other limitations, too. The study included 12 babies who were born after 34 weeks but before a full 40-week gestational period — but babies born even earlier than 34 weeks have different brain activity patterns, so the test wouldn’t be usable for them. The accuracy of the test is not great on an individual level; it could only accurately detect an infant in pain 64 percent of the time and was able to identify an infant not in pain 65 percent of the time.“We think that further research is needed before you could use it [on an individual basis],” Hartley said. However, it does a better job of determining across a group of infants if a painkiller is working as it should. In one of the team’s experiments, 11 out of 12 infants had a decreased pain-related EEG signal after doctors applied a topical anesthetic to their feet.Ultimately, an EEG could be a new, potentially valuable tool for pain researchers, Stevens said.“At the end of the day, we are going to need a multi-modal pain assessment for babies that is going to include both behavioral and physiological [measures] as well as something like EEG, which will pull everything together to give us a comprehensive pain assessment in babies.” Kate Sheridan This new EEG assessment will be one of two ways Hartley and her colleagues measure pain in their trial, in addition to a test based on an infant’s behavior, the revised Premature Infant Pain Profile.advertisement [email protected] Related:center_img 6 surprising facts about sugar-laden, virus-fighting breast milk @sheridan_kate By Kate Sheridan May 3, 2017 Reprints In the LabBabies’ brain signals offer window into treating their pain General Assignment Reporter Kate covers biotech startups and the venture capital firms that back them. And the approach is about to get its first field test. Hartley and another one of her coauthors have started recruiting patients for what is expected to be a three-year clinical trial to test the efficacy of morphine in infants. Treating an infant in pain is not like treating a tiny adult: Infants’ skins and intestines absorb drugs differently, and they can have different levels of enzymes that break down drugs and the receptors to which drugs bind, too. Related: About the Author Reprintslast_img read more

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Cape Coral police search for burglar caught on camera

first_imgAdvertisement CAPE CORAL, Fla.– Cape Coral police are asking for assistance in identifying a burglar. A man caught on security camera tried to break into a business after hours.If you have information, you can call Cape Coral PD at (239) 574-3223. RELATEDTOPICS Car splits in two after slamming into Cape Coral power pole June 16, 2021 AdvertisementDC Young Fly knocks out heckler (video) – Rolling OutRead more6 comments’Mortal Kombat’ Exceeded Expectations Says WarnerMedia ExecutiveRead more2 commentsDo You Remember Bob’s Big Boy?Read more1 commentsKISS Front Man Paul Stanley Reveals This Is The End Of KISS As A Touring Band, For RealRead more1 comments AdvertisementTags: burglarycape coral police department Burglar with craving for Takis arrested after burglarizing Fort Myers laundromat June 16, 2021 Fort Myers man arrested for stealing puppy facing new charges in stealing spree June 14, 2021 Advertisement AdvertisementRecommended ArticlesBrie Larson Reportedly Replacing Robert Downey Jr. As The Face Of The MCURead more81 commentsGal Gadot Reportedly Being Recast As Wonder Woman For The FlashRead more29 comments One arrested, two on the run in blundered Charlotte County burglary June 16, 2021last_img read more

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Laois TD calls on Health Minister to visit Portlaoise Hospital before Christmas

first_img Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan has called on his party colleague Simon Harris to visit Portlaoise Hospital before Christmas.Speaking at the Laois-Offaly Garda Youth Awards this week, the Fine Gael TD revealed that he extended an invite to Mr Harris to allow him to see first hand the good work that is happening.In October 2017, after great speculation, Sinn Fein TD Brian Stanley revealed that he had seen a report that recommended the closure of the A&E department.This sparked public outcry and the creation of a group called ‘Portlaoise Hospital Action Committee’.A mass protest was called and executed in large numbers as the people of Laois and surrounding areas fought back against the plan.In January 2018, the Health Minister announced that members of the community and clinicians would come together and discuss the best way forward for the Laois facility – however it still hasn’t even begun.Minister Flanagan said: “I speak to Minister Harris on a regular basis I believe it is important that the plan that was produced two years ago by the HSE for the hospital be scrapped.“I don’t believe it’s in the best interest of the people of the area. You’re dealing with a community in Portlaoise which and know has grown considerably over the last decade.“Portlaoise is now on par with Kilkenny and bigger than Sligo. We need here a very strong health service which is especially the hospital but it’s important we continue to provide the essential services of accident and emergency to people here.in our town and community in Laois.“I’ve invited minister Simon Harris to visit Portlaoise hospital before Christmas.“I hope that he will firsthand see the commitment that’s been done there by the staff there and ensure it’s viability well into the next decade.”SEE ALSO – Laois man visits Kenya to help marginalised and vulnerable communities Laois TD calls on Health Minister to visit Portlaoise Hospital before Christmas Pinterest Facebook Twitter Facebook WhatsApp Kelly and Farrell lead the way as St Joseph’s claim 2020 U-15 glory Here are all of Wednesday’s Laois GAA results Previous articleWomen in Sport: Basketball, football and camogie titan Ciara ByrneNext articleIn Pictures: Clean air week launched by Green schools in Laois Alan HartnettStradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016. Home News Laois TD calls on Health Minister to visit Portlaoise Hospital before Christmas News GAA WhatsApp By Alan Hartnett – 15th November 2019 Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR GAA TAGSCharlie Flanagan TDMinister Simon HarrisPortlaoise Hospital Pinterest GAA 2020 U-15 ‘B’ glory for Ballyroan-Abbey following six point win over Killeshinlast_img read more

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A Statement From The University Of Colorado Student Union Tri-Executives

first_imgShare Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-mail As student leaders of the University of Colorado at Boulder, we would like to let the entire campus community know of our concern regarding the events that occurred on Monday, August 27th, outside of the University Memorial Center.We are working closely with the University’s administration to enforce all safety plans throughout the campus. Though we recognize that this attack was an isolated incident, it is a reminder to all students, faculty, and staff to always be vigilant and aware of your own safety on the campus.With that in mind, we have received a very important wake-up call about the need to remain informed of the events and emergencies occurring on campus at CU. We urge you to sign up for CU-Boulder’s RAVE emergency text-messaging service by logging on to cuconnect.colorado.edu. This effective and timely service is free to you, takes only minutes to sign up for, and provides instant vital information and emergency notifications that impact the CU community.In closing, we want to extend our support to our classmate, Michael Knorps, as he recovers from Monday’s attack; reiterate that violence has no place in our campus community and encourage safe practices and mutual support among all in the CU-Boulder family.With best wishes for a great academic year,Hadley BrownCharles Gilford IIISara Martínez DavineUniversity of Colorado Student Union Tri- Executives, 2007-08 Published: Aug. 28, 2007 last_img read more

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Campus Q&A: SVC Fox discusses a future Boulder conference center

first_imgWhy is the university looking at building a conference center? Published: Oct. 4, 2015 What sites are being considered? The university will engage outside consultants that are expert in the hospitality industry to complete an economic analysis of hotel-conference center. If those results are promising, the university will issue a request for proposals from hotel developers. We hope that could be accomplished within the next several months. As the university and the City of Boulder continue to analyze the viability and location of a future Boulder conference center, CU-Boulder Today sat down with Senior Vice Chancellor and Chief Financial Officer Kelly Fox to discuss why the university is engaged in this process, what sites are being considered and where the project goes from here. Share Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-mail We are evaluating two sites, one at Folsom and Arapahoe where we currently have family/grad student housing that we are looking at redeveloping. The other is on Grandview and Broadway on the Hill. These two potential sites emerged from a review by an Urban Land Institute panel and others who have helped us evaluate various sites. We have surveyed the campus in the past and we have data from the city that shows that both the university and the community could benefit greatly from having a conference center. For our researchers, it provides space for hosting academic conferences and symposia, which means more of our faculty can participate in these activities at reduced cost. Second, it really makes CU-Boulder an international academic conference destination that puts CU-Boulder’s research prowess squarely in front a global research audience. At the same time, it provides a space right here in the community for local community groups, businesses and non-profits to hold events which are currently being held in places outside of Boulder. We have been working closely with the city and jointly hired consultants to evaluate both sites. The cooperation and sharing of mutual interests and goals has been encouraging and very productive. How has the city been involved? What are the next steps and your timeline? Both sites are viable. There is a lot of infrastructure work that would be needed – streets, sidewalks, utilities – at the Folsom site. This area would also require the university to relocate family/grad student housing. At the Grandview site, the space is more constricted and the parking would need to be largely underground and also constricted. The consultants and members of the city planning staff believe the Grandview/Broadway site would be more attractive to conference planners, but somewhat more expensive. What were the highlights of that evaluation?last_img read more

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Mayor McKenzie suggests NSWMA Control Scrap Metal Sector

first_imgAdvertisements FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Mayor of Kingston, Senator Desmond McKenzie, has suggested that the National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA) be appointed the sole agency to collect and export scrap metal.He noted that the Authority would be ideal for this function as, for the past two years, the NSWMA has been doing a good job in the collection of scrap metal.Mayor McKenzie was speaking at the launch of the NSWMA’s 2010/11 Public Relations Campaign, at the Courtleigh Hotel and Suites, New Kingston on Wednesday (April 7).He said that the scrap metal industry needs to be regulated, as it is developing “scrap metal criminals” who have become one of the major destroyers of the environment, over the last three years.“I believe that this is becoming too ridiculous, now. How can we operate a country in which people are stealing bridges, water mains, street signs, to sell as scrap metal? It cannot continue like this,” he commented.The Mayor lamented that 45 per cent of all directional street signs and stop signs in downtown Kingston have been stolen overnight and sold as scrap metals.He said this activity has been a “nightmare” for the country in terms of cost and value noting that, in the last six years, the Kingston and St. Andrew Corporation (KSAC) has spent in excess of $20 million to erect street signs across the Corporate Area.The Mayor noted that while some persons may see his call as a move against private enterprises, his concern was with unregulated businesses getting out of hand.“And, as far as I am concerned, the scrap metal industry in Jamaica is totally out of control,” Mayor McKenzie said. RelatedMayor McKenzie suggests NSWMA Control Scrap Metal Sector Mayor McKenzie suggests NSWMA Control Scrap Metal Sector Local GovernmentApril 12, 2010center_img RelatedMayor McKenzie suggests NSWMA Control Scrap Metal Sector RelatedMayor McKenzie suggests NSWMA Control Scrap Metal Sectorlast_img read more

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Clarendon Community Gets New Bridge

first_imgClarendon Community Gets New BridgeJIS News | Presented by: PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQualityundefinedSpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreenPlay Advertisements RelatedJUTC And Stakeholders To Curb Indiscipline At Transport Centre RelatedJamaica Deposits Maritime Instruments at IMO Clarendon Community Gets New Bridge TransportDecember 2, 2013Written by: Garfield L. Angus FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail center_img RelatedJUTC To Save Up To $150 Million Per Year By Removing Free Transfer System Residents of Southwood in Clarendon, now have easier access to their communities, and to the wider Frankfield area, with the opening of a $24 million bridge.Speaking at the opening ceremony for the structure, Minister of State in the Ministry of Transport, Works and Housing, Hon. Richard Azan, said the bridge will enable the residents to travel in a manner befitting a modern community.He noted that cooperation between the contractors and citizens had enabled the speedy completion of the project.“This project was done on time, and within budget. It shows that when you have little money you can do things that can touch many lives,” he said while informing the residents that the bridge will be meshed to make it safer for children.The Minister stressed that the situation where the residents had to cross a river to get into the community was not safe, and was particularly inconvenient during the rainy season.“Today we do not have to do that anymore, we can walk on the bridge…we can do things when we put hands and hearts together,” he said. Photo: Garfield Angus Minister of State in the Ministry of Transport, Works and Housing, Hon. Richard Azan (5th left), who is also Member of Parliament for North West Clarendon, cuts the ribbon to officially open the Southwood Bridge, in the Parish on November 29. Others (from left) are: Councillor for the Thompson Town Division, Kevin Shirley; Chief Executive Officer of the National Works Agency (NWA), E.G. Hunter; Councillor for the Frankfield Division, Orville Hackett; and community leader, Karen Carty. The bridge was constructed at a cost of $24 million. Story HighlightsResidents of Southwood in Clarendon, now have easier access to their communities, and to the wider Frankfield area.The bridge will enable the residents to travel in a manner befitting a modern community.Cooperation between the contractors and citizens had enabled the speedy completion of the project.last_img read more

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Moderate Movement: Getting in Shape for the New Year

first_img Stay Connected with the Daily Roundup. Sign up for our newsletter and get the best of the Beacon delivered every day to your inbox. Whether it’s the cold weather or a sudden pursuit of a healthier lifestyle, the beginning of the year is generally the busiest time for most fitness clubs in the Flathead. “January’s our busiest month,” said Stan Watkins, owner of the Kalispell Athletic Club. The popular New Year’s resolution to shed weight and get fit helps boost gym memberships and activity as people work their way out of the holiday season.If you’re looking at 2011 to be the year you push for a healthier lifestyle and take part in the rush to the gym, here are some tips on getting started from local fitness experts.Be RealisticFor some new gym members, January might mark the first time they have stepped foot in gym in months or years. New Year’s resolutions to get into shape come into play here, Watkins said, but he warned against setting the bar too high. A newcomer’s first step is to assess – realistically – where their fitness levels lie. People who specifically target health objectives within their ability levels are more likely to stick with their resolution.“It’s best to set goals, reasonable goals,” Watkins said.Some people get on the treadmill with the expectation to lose 30 pounds in 30 days, like they might see on weight-loss commercials, he said. However, long-term weight loss takes a dedication to activity.“It took a while to put it on, it takes a while to take it off,” Watkins said.Tasia Dugan, a personal trainer at The Wave in Whitefish, said realistic goals are an important part of the health journey.“A great thing to do when you’re making goals for yourself is to write it down and be as specific as you possibly can,” Dugan said. Be PositiveAt The Summit Medical Fitness Center, Gordon Opel, supervisor of fitness and wellness services, said a healthy new year could begin with a simple change of perspective. People should start thinking about their health goals and lives positively, he said. “So much of our health is predicated upon our thoughts, and the first step toward improved health is improved thinking about your health,” Opel said. This means using positive affirmations like “I am worth it” or “I am beautiful” instead of self-limiting thoughts like “I can’t do this” or “It’s too late for me,” he said. Having a personal trainer or fitness coach explore exercise routine possibilities is one way to feel more confident about athletic pursuits, he added. Be ActiveSo what should people expect of themselves at a base level, as far as physical activity goes? Opel, along other fitness experts, advised being active for 150 minutes cumulatively per week. For most people, this means being active for a minimum of 30 minutes a day, five days a week.For those who want to push their bodies a little further, the optimal activity level is one hour per day, seven days a week, Opel said. Whatever the method, Opel said movement is key for people of all age groups, and too many are living inactive lives. “I would say just begin moving your body,” Opel said. “Take small steps but take steps. The status quo of being sedentary is no longer a viable option. You must move.”What Gyms are Offering The folks at Flathead Health and Fitness advised scheduling a visit with one of their personal trainers to get a workout plan. They also have several membership specials available for 2011. For more information, visit www.flatheadhealth.com, call 752-2438 or drop in at their downtown Kalispell location, 300 First Ave. West. The Kalispell Athletic Club will offer a seminar on the benefits of raw foods called “Living Foods,” which will demonstrate how to prepare them in an appetizing way. The club has a variety of visitation options, ranging from day passes to punch cards to monthly and annual memberships. For more information, visit www.kalispellathleticclub.net, call 752-2880 or visit their 770 West Reserve Dr. location. The Summit is offering $15 registration fees for its 15th anniversary. The regular registration fee is $159, Opel said. The Summit will also begin a new weight-control program, sponsored by Kalispell Regional Medical Center, in January. For more information, check out www.nwhc.org/summit, call 751-4520 or drop in at their 205 Sunnyview Lane location in Kalispell. In Whitefish, check out membership and day pass options at The Wave, where they offer an extensive list of aquatic activities, group exercise options, personal training programs, nutritional services, children’s activities and sports. For more information on The Wave, go online at www.whitefishwave.com, call 862-2444 or check it out in person at their 1250 Baker Ave. location. In Bigfork, head to the Montana Athletic Club for their pool, exercise classes, basketball and racquetball courts, tennis courts and personal training options. For more information, check out www.montanaathleticclub.com, call 837-2582 or visit at 850 Holt Dr. Emaillast_img read more

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