RAPHOE SCHOOLS JOIN FORCES TO PROMOTE BETTER MENTAL HEALTH

first_imgRaphoe’s two secondary schools – The Royal and Prior and Deele College – will join forces this weekend when they host a fund raising cycle and 5k event to promote positive mental health on Saturday morning.The fantastic initiative is a joint venture between the Parents Associations of both schools and Graham Neilands, secretary of the Royal and Prior Parents Association, says they are hopeful of a huge community response.“Mental health issues can affect anyone and – having run this event last year in our own school with great success – we decided it would be good to try and widen it out even further in the community by asking Deele College if they also wanted to take part. We met with the Parents Association at Deele and they were very enthusiastic about the idea and were delighted to be part of it.” Funds raised from the weekend’s cycle and 5k will go towards the Amber Flag – an initiative that aims to encourage schools, colleges, clubs and societies to promote and actively bring about a culture change in the promotion of positive mental health within the educational system and other organisations.Students in both schools have also been involved in a series of mental health awareness projects this week in the run-up to Saturday’s cycle and 5k.“I know that there has been a ‘Random Acts of Kindness’ initiative and students have been wearing Amber Flag wristbands, all working towards a greater awareness of mental health issues. Hopefully it will encourage the students to be aware of the existence of mental health problems and know as well that there is help available and it is ok to ask for it.”But the organisers of Saturday’s event say they also want that message to go beyond the confines of their schools and into the wider community. “Saturday’s event is very much a social event, one to get people from the community out together, talking and having some fun. We’re hoping that it can have a huge positive impact.”While one of the cycle routes on Saturday morning will run for 33 miles, there is also a shorter 10-mile route, while the fun 5k is open to all runners and walkers.Both events start and finish at the Royal and Prior school carparks and registration for the cycle (€10 for adult €5 for student) takes place from 9-9.45 with the cyclists off at 10amThe 5k registration (€5 or €2 for U12s) takes place from 9am-10.30am with an 11am start. Under 12s must be accompanied by an adult and there will be refreshments in the Royal and Prior school canteen afterwards. RAPHOE SCHOOLS JOIN FORCES TO PROMOTE BETTER MENTAL HEALTH was last modified: April 14th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Joburg’s Bus Rapid Transit expands

first_imgBuses will run at the same first and last bus times as the current starter service. Tickets will be available from trunk route stations and from approved vendors near bus stops. Source: City of Johannesburg 15 February 2010 The final stage of phase 1A will be introduced on 3 May and will include complementary services from Dobsonville to Maponya Mall, in Soweto, and will also make use of feeder systems from Protea Glen to Thokoza Park Station and from Eldorado Park back to Thokoza Park Station. From 1 March, additional complementary services will run from Dobsonville in Soweto to the Johannesburg CBD and Ellis Park Station. Feeder services will transport passengers from Naledi to Thokoza Park Station, from Jabavu to Lake View Station, and from Mofolo to Boomtown Station, all in Soweto. Fare increase “We remain convinced that the fees are affordable compared to other modes [of transport] and represent excellent value for money,” said Johannesburg city councillor in charge of transport, Rehana Moosajee. Fares will also go up from 1 March because of the extensions and improvements to the transit system. The trunk route service, now costing R5 a trip, will increase by a rand to R6 a trip; a trip on a feeder bus that connects to the trunk route then into the inner city will cost R9.50. The inner city distribution service will be re-introduced to link the trunk route with Braamfontein, the University of the Witwatersrand and Hillbrow. From this date, all service times will be extended and the last buses will depart at 10.40 pm. There will also be a Sunday service. As the city awaits an influx of spectators for the 2010 Fifa World Cup™, passengers have been assured that ticket prices will not change. Rea Vaya will be ready to transport an expected 20 000 spectators to the Soccer City and Ellis Park stadiums. Just six months since its launch, Johannesburg’s Bus Rapid Transit system, Rea Vaya, has announced an expansion of its routes, with new routes to be rolled out between March and May. “We are convinced that we will be able to move spectators speedily and safely to the game and after the game has finished,” Moosajee said.last_img read more

Featured Blog| 7 Ways to Help Young Military-Connected Children During Stressful Times

first_imgMFLN Family Development is featuring this blog written by Kathy Reschke. We are featuring this particular blog to help us all remember the challenges that children of military families often face. If you are interested in learning more ways to assist these children in their uncanny ability to build and maintain resilience, check out our webinar From Diapers to Diplomas: Exploring Resilience in Military Children  from July 13, 2017.Some of the most common experiences in the lives of military families – long separations, reunions, frequent moves – are also some of the most disorienting and upsetting kinds of experiences for young children. It’s not surprising, then, that they often show troubling changes in behavior during big upsets like these. But there are several ways that child care providers can help ease children’s feelings of stress and provide support and comfort as they cope.Learn about stress and young children. When you are aware of young children’s vulnerability points and understand how stress affects their brains and bodies, you will be more sensitive and effective in meeting their needs.Anticipate stressful events. Work hard to develop an open, trusting relationship with military parents so that they are more likely to let you know when a potentially stressful situation will be, or already is, occurring. Then you can anticipate their child’s needs and provide extra support.Notice changes in children’s behavior during vulnerability points. It can be helpful to keep notes about these changes in behavior. You may only use them for your own reference as you intentionally plan ways to support a child, but it may also be helpful to share observations with parents who are concerned with how their child is coping with a difficult situation. Be aware of your tone when sharing observations with parents. Rather than communicating with alarm or judgment, frame your observations in reassurance and hope. Remember that parents are trying to cope with the stressful situation, too. What they need most is an ally, someone they can depend on to help them provide for their child’s well-being. Here is another resource that can help you navigate these sensitive conversations.Maintain familiarity and predictability in the child care setting. When big changes in the family create confusion and uncertainty for a young child, spending time in a place that is familiar and predictable is incredibly comforting for the child. The child care environment can be a safe place to relax, to feel relief from the body’s and brain’s stress responses, to “regroup” emotionally, and to refuel confidence and good humor. Be attuned to any changes in your child care environment or schedule, minimize them as much as possible for the vulnerable child, and provide extra support when changes are unavoidable.Incorporate simple activities into the daily schedule to help reduce the body’s physical responses to stress. These changes in a child’s body are the most harmful to their developing brains and general health if they remain unchecked for extended periods of time. This article describes six stress-relieving activities that you can easily integrate into a child’s day.Give the child plenty of opportunities to make choices, be in control, and feel competent. Child care settings are full of small choice-making opportunities – make the most of them, especially when a child is vulnerable to stress. Each time you give the child the chance to be in control by making a choice, even when it’s something small, it helps to balance the circumstances over which they don’t have control.Communicate affection, comfort, and most of all hope to vulnerable children. You can’t change the circumstances that are causing stress for the child or family. But you can help children cope and develop a resilient attitude by saying, through words and actions, “This is so hard, I know. But I’m here to help you get through this. You are safe and accepted here, no matter what.”Coping with the challenges of military family life can be difficult for young children as well as their parents, perhaps more so because they lack their parents’ experience and resources. But they do have YOU, and you can provide the structure, comfort, understanding, and patience that will help them successfully navigate times of stress and develop resilience to cope with changes in the future that are part of growing up in a military family.Explore other articles, recorded webinars, and other resources related to young military-connected children, stress, and providing supportive care.___________________________________________________________This blog post was written by Kathy Reschke, Child Care Leader at Military Families Learning Network. Original source: /?p=4349last_img read more

Multi-cuisine at Games Village

first_imgAthletes and delegates from all over the world will descend on the Capital for the Commonwealth Games, but they will be made to feel at home going by the variety of cuisine available at the Games Village.The dining room at the Games Village.Master chefs from India and overseas will provide delicacies for the residents and there is something to suit every palate.The dining area is divided into various sections on geographical lines. Hence, one has a ‘Western Flavour,’ ‘Asian Flavour’, ‘Indian Flavour’, ‘Vegetarian Flavour’, ‘African Flavour’ etc.Also, there is a separate section for salads, Italian pastas and pizzas, fruits and snacks as well as liquid refreshments.”We have divided the cuisine on geographical basis into six sections-Caribbean, American, Asian, Indian, continental and Oceania,” Ajay Grover, consultant for catering in the Organising Committee said.So, one encounters typical north Indian delicacies such as chhole-bhathure alongside chowmein. A little distance away, one finds African grilled fish and fried chicken next to Italian pasta.”We have been working on this for the past one year,” Grover said, adding that the menu does not include beef.”It is one of the largest dining areas in the world and we can serve nearly 2,300 people at one go. The facility is open 24 hours a day and we can serve up to 40,000 people in a day.” There are as many as 2,500 personnel operating the kitchen and the dining area at the Village, with 250 of them being chefs.”About 14-15 of the staff is from overseas with about seven or eight foreign chefs,” Grover said.advertisementThe catering contract was awarded to Australian firm Delaware North Company, which also worked at the 2006 Melbourne Games.With the nutrition and safety aspect of food being vital, samples are regularly tested in laboratories and there are nutritionists at hand to ensure that the athletes take in the right kind of food.The raw material for the food also comes from all over the world.”Certain fruits which are not available in India at this time of the year will be brought from as far as Africa. Lamb will be sourced from New Zealand,” Walter, a supervisor, said.”A total of 120 dishes will be served in a day within a six-day cycle,” he said.The number of people served will be steadily increased.”We started with food for 50 and by the time the athletes start arriving, we will be up to our optimum capacity,” Rick Aylett, director at Delaware, saidlast_img read more

Restorative Justice Can Ensure a More Peaceful Society – Minister Golding

first_imgMinister of Justice, Senator the Hon. Mark Golding says finding alternative ways of resolving small disputes, using the restorative justice approach, can prevent needless altercations, while ensuring a more peaceful and harmonious society. “I think Jamaica needs an approach like (restorative justice) for dealing with some of the minor things that happen from day-to-day around us, because we have seen…where what starts as something relatively trivial, can escalate into something serious and negative for the community. Restorative justice is an approach which really tries to avoid that happening,” he said. He was speaking at the opening of the August Town Restorative Justice Centre Wednesday, February 6, at the University of the West Indies Mona Source in Bryce Hill. Restorative justice is a process whereby all the parties with a stake in a particular dispute that has taken place, come together to resolve, collectively, how to deal with the aftermath of the offence and its implications for the future. [RELATED: Justice Ministry Pursuing Full Implementation of Restorative Justice] According to Minister Golding, restorative justice, which is based on principles of love and unity, is the approach needed to deal with many of the problems in communities and the society as a whole. He said that while some crimes have to be dealt with through the court system, others can be addressed “in a more holistic approach to justice… (that) can avoid some of the pitfalls and negative consequences of treating with those matters in the traditional way through the court system”. “Restorative justice focuses on how do we right the wrong that has occurred in a way that restores the relationship between the parties to the dispute…and avoid…a series of events, which can result in mayhem and carnage and death,” he said. The Minister stated that since February of last year, the administration has been rolling out the restorative justice programme, “as an important element in the Ministry’s quest and drive to improve the justice system in Jamaica and access to justice for all citizens.” “I see this as really an important thrust towards deepening and strengthening access to justice in Jamaica and bringing a new meaning to justice in Jamaica,” he said. The August Town Restorative Justice Centre is the seventh facility being launched in the 10 pilot communities selected for the implementation of the Restorative Justice programme. The Minister informed that in due course, it will be a facility where persons in the community are trained in restorative justice and where cases will be disposed of and dealt with through restorative justice procedures. Member of Parliament for Eastern St. Andrew, Andre Hylton and Custos of St. Andrew, Hon. Marigold Harding also welcomed the move. The opening of the facility formed part of activities to mark Restorative Justice Week, which is being observed from February 3 to 9.last_img read more

Today is last day to submit your petition to Repeal the Gas

first_imgTune into @KUSINews at 7am – I’m on talking about the Gas Tax Repeal Initiative and our LAST hours of signature collection! https://t.co/NxgpuACTuW pic.twitter.com/XvtlKa7UPN— Carl DeMaio (@carldemaio) April 24, 2018For more information on how you can help Repeal the Gas tax, click here. April 24, 2018 KUSI Newsroom, Carlos Amezcua, Updated: 11:55 AM Today is last day to submit your petition to Repeal the Gas Tax 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsToday is the last day to submit petitions to repeal the gas tax.Chairman of Reform California, Carl DeMaio was in studio to talk more about this issue and everything he has to done over the last couple months as he led the campaign to Repeal the Gas Tax. Over the next 48 hours, DeMaio and his team will process the last signatures and hand them over to the state. DeMaio estimates they will have around 900,000 signatures. Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom, Carlos Amezcua Posted: April 24, 2018last_img read more

No more monsoon woes

first_imgRaindrops are lovely to look at, but stepping out when it’s pouring may not be the best idea for your hair. Rainwater may spoil your locks and make them look rough and greasy. But fret not!Beauty experts Ishika Taneja and Blossom Kochchar suggest use of good serums and conditioners to keep your hair nourished and hydrated during monsoon. Always use a hair protective styling mousse before styling your hair, says Taneja.‘It will protect your mane from excess heat from the dryers, straighteners and curling tong. One can also use an anti-humidity fine spray as it helps fix and keep your hairstyle in place for long hours. Use shine spray in the end as it provides additional sheen to your hair,’ she added. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Kochchar says homemade hair care remedies can be handy too. Sharing some, she said:-Add two tablespoons of curd (or more depending on your hair length) to gram flour (besan). Add little olive oil. Apply it to your hair and leave it for 15 to 20 minutes. Wash it later.-You can also use mixture of water and vinegar as an after-shampoo serum to help calm your hair down.-Prepare a mixture of one banana and one tablespoon honey. Put in your hair for 15 minutes and then wash it off. It helps make hair soft and smooth.last_img read more

Rotten meat will raise awareness of risk of animal food FIAPO

first_imgKolkata: The Federation of Indian Animal Protection Organisations (FIAPO) today said the carcass meat recovery from dumping grounds in West Bengal would hopefully raise awareness on the health risks of consuming animal products. “With the extraordinary increase in lifestyle diseases, from kidney disease to heart disease, may be it is time we re-look at our diet…to move towards a greener diet over one including animal products,” FIAPO director Varda Mehrotra said in a statement here. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsStating that it has information that meat consumption in the city is going down, Mehrotra said that many people were avoiding it after reports that meat was coming from dead animals of dumping grounds.”Meat being sourced from rotten bodies of cats, dogs and even diseased animals in unhygienic conditions is not uncommon. Animals bred for the purpose of meat are routinely given anti-biotics, growth hormones and other drugs and their meat may contain these drugs with many viruses and bacteria. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killed”Hopefully this situation can bring awareness… the FIAPO director said.He said many people could not make the difference between the meat of carcass of dumping grounds and slaughtered animals as they were used to consume the final product with little or no consideration to where it was sourced.Mehrotra said research showed that multiple lifestyle diseases were routinely caused or heightened by consumption of meat, milk and eggs.The FIAPO referred to cardiovascular diseases where ‘elevated level of LDL cholesterol’ (commonly called bad cholesterol) is the major reason for development of vascular (cardiovascular and cerebrovascular) diseases. “To reduce the LDL cholesterol, we need to avoid trans fats, saturated fats and dietary cholesterol. The main sources of these three foods are meat, eggs, dairy, fish and seafood,” he said.Dr Pramod Tripathy, founder of ‘Freedom from Diabetes’ was quoted as saying, “hypothyroid, osteoporosis, diabetes, high cholesterol cardiovascular disease and cancer… all seemingly unrelated diseases have one thing in common. And that is, raised fasting insulin levels.”Insulin rises in the body because of insulin resistance. And insulin resistance increases because of excess fat, excess acid and insulin like growth factor (present in all animal products),” he said.Leading nutritionist and holistic wellness counselor Dr Ira Rattan said, “progression of PreDialysis Chronic Renal Failure (CRF) is slower on diets based on soya protein than on diets based on animal protein.”last_img read more

50yearold patient dies at Ruby Hospital family alleges negligence

first_imgKolkata: A 50-year-old woman died of alleged medical negligence at Ruby General Hospital off EM Bypass on Friday morning.A resident of Thakurnagar (North 24 Parganas), the deceased Arupa Dey was admitted to hospital on August 8. Dey was a popular singer in the district.”Soon after Arupa had an operation some days back, her health started deteriorating. There must have been some problems in the operation procedure as other complications developed after it. The hospital authorities should have taken proper precautionary measures during the surgery and post operative period,” the deceased woman’s sister Mishmi Roy Banik said. The family members of the victim started agitating and a police team from the Anandapur police station rushed to the spot and brought situations under control. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThe police have assured a thorough probe into the matter if they lodge a complaint in this regard.In a written statement, the hospital has denied any medical negligence on their part.”She was presented with an advanced stage of tongue cancer and underwent an extensive major operation of nearly 12 hours duration. In the operation, there was total removal of tongue with partial removal of voice box and reconstruction with free flap. Before the patient had her operation, the patient and her family were explained about the advanced nature of the cancer and the high rate of post operative mortality,” the statement read. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedAccording to the hospital, the operation was conducted by a team of expert oncologists of the hospital. The patient was gradually recovering after the operation without having any major complications for nearly two weeks. However, she developed fever due to sepsis and malaria was also detected.”We tried hard but she passed away due to multi-organ failure,” a spokesperson of the hospital said.In recent times, there have been a number of cases of deaths due to alleged negligence at private hospitals in the city. In case of death of Sanjoy Roy at Apollo Gleneagles hospital in February 2017, the West Bengal Medical Council had gone to the extent of suspending licences of two doctors of the hospital for six months.Days before Roy’s death, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had pulled up various private hospitals and nursing homes for their alleged high hospital charges/fees. Out of 2,088 hospitals and nursing homes, 70 were issued showcause notices in Kolkata and 33 had their licences cancelled.last_img read more

This website offers smooth break up services

first_imgWant to turn over a new leaf on New Year? No need now to spend sleepless nights fretting over how to tell your significant other that you are moving on — thanks to a new app that claims to do the thing in the way you like.Named ‘Breakup Shop’, the site, whose slogan is “Let us help you end it”, uses email, snail mail, text or Snapchat, at prices from 6 pounds sterling to 30 pounds for customised naughty or nice options, The Sun reported.“It’s hard to break-up with someone. Let us do it for you. We’ll send a phone call to your future ex to share the bad news,” The Breakup Shop says. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Warring couples can use the website to do the dirty work of splitting up for them — by sending a text telling your partner that you are dumping them. Users are given the option of buying emails or a written letter and phone call services from the site. Once paid for, the break-up is sent or spoken directly to your future ex.Customers can select a break-up to suit their price range or personal preference.A break-up text or email costs around 6.50 pounds, while a text-bouquet combo will cost you 32 pounds. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe site also sells The Notebook on DVD, boxes of cookies and Netflix giftcards to people who have recently been axed from a relationship.The site provides the option of sending standard pre-written or custom made letters to your to-be ex.Nice options include a gift pack with chocolate chip cookies and a copy of The Notebook on Blu-way while one naughty option sends a “mean photo attachment” of you with your new replacement.Yet another feature of the website is the break-up phone call service, offered at 20 pounds if you are in “no rush” or 26 pounds for a call “within 24 hours”.last_img read more