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first_imgHundreds of people across Donegal took part in the Darkness into Light walk this morning.Across the country, participants began their 5k walk at 4am, as the sun began to rise, to raise funds for Pieta House.12 locations across Donegal took part in this year’s event. Gweedore held the event for the first time on Saturday morning with over 300 people attending. Tory Island residents also took part.Donegal residents in Dubai marked the event with friends from around the world.Darkness into Light in Dubai.It is this charity’s flagship annual fundraising and awareness event.It started with approximately 400 people in the now iconic yellow DIL T-shirts walking the 5km course in Dublin’s Phoenix Park in 2009. Since opening its doors 13 years ago, Pieta supported 40,000 people who were at the point of suicidal crisis and/or engaging in self-harm.Speaking on this morning’s events, Elaine Austin, CEO, Pieta said: “Darkness Into Light unites us as people, from rural communities to major cities, across the globe, in a spirit of comfort and compassion to give and build hope. It connects us all, creating the energy for change, in which suicidal thoughts, self-harm and stigma can be replaced by hope, self-care and acceptance.“It is vital for the delivery of our services and for raising awareness. We are so thankful to have had [insert participant numbers] people walking with us today from Darkness Into Light,” she added.“I want to thank our volunteers, our supporters, our partner Electric Ireland and all the participants for their involvement in this year’s event.“However, the journey continues beyond the finish line of the walk. It is vital that we continue to build hope.” Darkness Into Light has become a global movement against suicide taking place in 202 venues across 19 countries in 5 continents, as people come together to remove the stigma around suicide and self-harm and spread the power of hope in Ireland and around the globe.Check out some of the moments from Saturday’s walk below. Tory Island residents gather for the event on Saturday morning. Thousands attend Darkness into Light walks across Donegal – Pic Special was last modified: May 11th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare 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)Tags:Darkness into Lightlast_img read more

first_imgCLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos on a mobile device Police in Mobile, Alabama have issued an arrest warrant for former Warriors center DeMarcus Cousins on a misdemeanor domestic violence charge, USA Today reports.The mother of Cousins’ son recorded a phone conversation in which a man is heard telling her he will “put a bullet in your (expletive) head.” She told police the person on the other line was Cousins.She filed a police report on the call and sent a copy of …last_img read more

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The May 2015 Miami East-MVCTC FFA Members of the Month are Casey Copeland, Madeline Davis, Olivia Edgell, and Riann Kingrey. They are all retired chapter officers and will soon be graduates of Miami East High School.Casey is the daughter of Rick and Stephanie Copeland of Casstown. She participated in Food Science and Horse Judging Career Development Events. She plans on attending The Ohio State University to major in molecular genetics.Madeline Davis is the daughter of Jerry and Noelle Davis of Troy. She was a Start State in Agribusiness Finalist and National Proficiency Finalist. She plans on attending Randolph College to major in business and equine science where she will be a member of the equestrian team.Olivia Edgell is daughter of Brian and Jamie Edgell of Fletcher. She served as chapter President and attended the Washington Leadership Conference. She plans to attend Walsh University where she will play college softball and major in early childhood education.Riann Kingrey is the daughter of Brad and Tanya Kingrey of Fletcher. She earned her State FFA Degree and coordinated the chapter’s trap-shooting events. She will attend Wright State University and major in computer science.Every month of the school year the Miami East-MVCTC FFA will select a student to be the FFA Member of the Month.  The officer team will nominate one student that has been actively involved in the FFA chapter, school and community activities.  If selected, the member will be recognized at the monthly FFA meeting, have their picture displayed in the Miami East Agricultural Education Room, and will receive a special medallion on celebration of their accomplishment.last_img read more

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Matt ReeseThere is no doubt about it. Baby goats are cute. They are also very trendy.Baby goats have exploded in popularity in recent years for their charming antics and apparent appeal to certain demographics when they are wearing little goat onesies online. Videos attracting hundreds of thousands of viewers feature baby goats tormenting other livestock, jumping about on playground equipment, wearing bizarre articles of clothing, sharing living quarters with humans, and even eating waffles. And, goat yoga? Yup, it really exists.Robin Saum of Fairfield County is the immediate past president for the American Dairy Goat Association.National dairy goat interest is clearly being driven to some degree by the cute baby goat obsession, but legitimate markets for dairy goat products continue to grow on their own merits. Goat cheese is an increasingly popular foodie trend and can be found in upscale restaurants everywhere and the lower lactose milk from goats is gaining favor in the United States as well.The newly released 2017 Census of Agriculture data recently quantified this increasing dairy goat popularity. From 2007 to 2017, dairy goat numbers increased a shocking 62% in the United States, by far the largest increase of any livestock sector. The next largest increase was with ducks, with an increase of just over 20%. Hogs, laying chickens, dairy cows, and broilers saw slight increases. Turkeys, beef cattle, sheep, and bison all had slight declines in that decade. Meat goat numbers were more than 20% down as were Angora goats, deer and horses. There were larger decreases for elk, ostriches and emus. Llama numbers declined the most dramatically in the nation with a more than 60% decrease in 10 years.The dramatic dairy goat increase is no surprise to Robin Saum, who has raised dairy goats for many years on her family’s Fairfield County farm and is currently the immediate past president for the American Dairy Goat Association. Saum and her daughter, Hannah, currently raise some Saanen and Nigerian goats on their diversified family farm.“There are way more goats here now than there ever were. The miniature goats are seeing a huge increase in animals. There is this big back-to-the-farm movement. People want to buy their food locally and know where it comes from.Robin and Hannah Saum hold a couple of Nigerian goats on their family’s Fairfield County farm.A lot of people are purchasing those mini goats because many towns are allowing people to have some hens or some small dairy goats. Depending on the town, you can put three Nigerians in your backyard and the neighbors will never know they are there. People want them for their milk to drink or make cheese or whatever,” Saum said. “I have a couple Nigerians and they average about 5% to 7% butter fat. They don’t milk that much, but how much milk do you need for a family? They are the ideal family animal and they are easy to handle.”In Ohio the number of dairy goats is also on the rise. USDA numbers for Ohio reported 10,674 dairy goats on 1,341 farms in 2012 and there were 13,937 dairy goats on 1,504 Ohio farms in 2017. Saum also said the increase in dairy goat popularity is very apparent at the national level with the American Dairy Goat Association (ADGA).“We now have over 3,000 adult ADGA members and 874 youth in Ohio. In 2008 we had 8,119 members nationally in ADGA. The 2017 numbers nationally were 14,347 and in 2018 it was 15,494. The youth membership was just over 4,000 each year, so we are up significantly,” she said. “At the ADGA we only see the registered animal numbers, but our numbers have increased exponentially every year. In 2008, we registered 34,583 animals nationally compared to 2018 when we registered 58,822. It is a big increase. We are glad we are computerized.”ADGA currently maintains herd books for the Alpine, LaMancha, Nigerian Dwarf, Nubian, Oberhasli, Saanen, Sable, and Toggenburg breeds. With increased dairy goat popularity, ADGA’s programs, including linear appraisal, have also gained popularity.“People in the organization value the milk testing and the linear appraisals we do,” Saum said. “They may not do it for all of their animals, but when they buy animals, they want animals they can prove will milk and be structurally correct.”Similar to dairy cattle appraisals, ADGA’s linear appraisal program objectively evaluates individual and inheritable traits that affect structural and functional durability of dairy goats, allowing users of the program to take full advantage of the potential for genetic improvement through selective breeding. The appraisal program provides the framework for a uniform record system that can be used in making farm management decisions, marketing the animals for breed characteristics and “visualizing an animal by the numbers.” The system uses trained appraisers to evaluate 13 traits including stature, udder depth and teat placement on a sale from 0 to 50.ADGA also offers a Dairy Herd Improvement program that includes year round monitoring of milk volume, components and herd health and a genetics award program for members.“Those programs have increased numbers in our association because there is only one other registry in the country for standard size or miniature dairy goats and they do not offer any of these programs. For us, that brings people in and makes the programs more valuable,” Saum said. “People with different breeds have different mindsets. Some people very much value having that genetic information and they really want some of this information before purchasing their goats.”As far as the end uses for the diary goat milk from Ohio’s operations, Saum said it really depends.“Ohio has some very strong laws with milk compared to other states. In Ohio you can do the herd shares, which I have done in the past. Since the customer technically partially owns the animal, they can get the milk and drink it. We used to raise Holstein calves off the extra dairy goat milk. This year I am only freshening six Saanens and three Nigerians. Usually I freshen about 10. Currently my dairy goats are feeding one orphan calf and three orphan sheep and all of their own babies, and we drink the milk too,” she said. “I am a huge advocate of pasteurization of the milk before human consumption. We have some really nice pasteurization equipment that is easy to use. I will not let the milk leave the farm without being pasteurized.”Dairy goat milk is also popular for making cheeses and soaps.“The primary use in Ohio is home use. People drink their own milk, make their own cheese, make their own soaps,” Saum said. “People want to leave a small footprint on the world and dairy goats leave a much smaller footprint than dairy cows. The miniature animals have hit the scene and the numbers have just exploded. They are easy to keep. They are small. They provide the right amount of milk for a family and they have high butterfat, which is good for making cheese, sour crème, cottage cheese, anything like that.”Nationally there are several larger goat dairies that have been selling cheese and other products on a commercial scale. In addition, there is also growing domestic demand for dairy goat meat in Ohio and further east.“It is a growing industry. It is amazing the prices we see. We have such ethnic diversity in this country and there are many ethnicities that like dairy goat meat. We don’t talk much about that, but you can sell them for meat for almost as much as you can sell them for as a registered breeding animal,” Saum said. “I sold four or five dry yearlings at the Mt. Hope auction before Easter and I got $175 a piece for them. They were Saanens with a dairy background. Somalis, Muslims and Jewish people buy them. They are very popular with the Jewish and Eastern Orthodox people. It is a huge market.”The meat, cheese and milk markets for dairy goats clearly have room to expand and the cute-goats-wearing-onesies-and-eating-waffles trend certainly shows no signs of slowing any time soon. Those who still need further evidence of the reality of this fad need only conduct a quick online search for “goat video” to find ample goat onesie video viewing opportunities.Baby goats are cute, but dairy goat milk, meat and cheese demand is also expanding.last_img read more

first_imgRead Next Flags of SEA Games countries raised at Athletes Village But more than the numbers, what the 23-year-old cherishes the most were the learnings he had from coach Eric Altamirano.“I’ve really learned a lot from this Flying V team. I’m very thankful for the management, to our bosses, and to coach Eric — especially coach Eric because I learned a lot from his system. He really helped me a lot to be prepared for the PBA,” he said.As he braces for bigger challenges ahead, Teng shared that he’s taking this time to hone his craft as he raises the possibility of making the leap and joining the 2017 PBA Rookie Draft.“The time I have right now, I’ll work with my individual skills. I consistently work on my outside shooting and continue improving my basic skills. I need to do that so that I’ll be more prepared when I come to the PBA,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games LATEST STORIES UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Teng, the leading contender for the Conference MVP award, rued what could have been a dream run for Flying V as it already reached great heights after being only the fourth team to sweep the eliminations.“It’s unfortunate. We knew we could’ve achieved more. But we just don’t know what happened. But that’s basketball and those things happen and we just have to learn from it,” he said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe failed championship campaign, though, does not diminish what Teng has achieved with the Thunder.Averaging a league-best 22.15 points, 6.85 rebounds, and 5.77 assists, Teng had a blast in one conference stay with Flying, recording the most triple-doubles in league history with three. JRU gets first streak, clobbers St. Benilde by 28center_img MOST READ SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Man sworn in as lawyer by judge who sentenced him to prison as a teen 20 years ago Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses View comments Jeron Teng. PBA IMAGESIt may have been a tough pill to swallow, but Jeron Teng acknowledged Centro Escolar University came out the better team against Flying V in their semifinals series.“I think they hit big shots in the late game. We also had open shots, but we just didn’t make it. It happens,” he said after the Thunder’s stunning exit in the 2017 PBA D-League Foundation Cup with a 72-67 Game 3 defeat to the Scorpions on Thursday.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

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first_imgSavanna Peers APTN National NewsCarolyn Bennett left the Liberal convention early Friday to head across town for a meeting with Manitoba Métis Federation.The meeting was scheduled to help push forward an irritant that has been around for nearly 150 years.news@aptn.calast_img

first_imgThe BBC has launched a virtual reality experience inspired by natural history series like Blue Planet II and Planet Earth II, called BBC Earth: Life in VR.BBC Earth: Life in VRThe immersive experience lets users dive with sea otters, learn about kelp forests, explore the trenches below the Pacific Ocean, and encounter giant squid and sperm whales.BBC Earth: Life in VR was created by game studio Preloaded in collaboration with BBC Studio’s VR team, and is available on Google’s Daydream VR platform.“We are really excited to be working with Google to bring BBC nature content to Daydream,” said Bradley Crooks, head of digital entertainment and games, BBC Worldwide.“VR allows us to provide our audiences a new level of immersion unparalleled by other mediums and tell stories of the natural world in a new and exhilarating way.”Kellee Santiago, senior producer for Daydream Apps, said: “BBC Earth’s experience on Daydream makes exploring the wonders of our world more immersive and accessible than ever before.“It allows audiences to guide themselves, based on whatever takes their interest. The experience truly showcases the unique capabilities of the interactive and immersive format of Daydream to provide a platform for deeper understandings of our world.”BBC Earth: Life in VR is the result of a partnership between Google and BBC’s commercial arm BBC Worldwide, which published the title as an app on the Google Play store.The BBC launched its virtual reality production studio, BBC VR Hub, in December in a bid to explore “how VR can create real audience impact”.Head of commissioning for VR Hub, Zillah Watson, said at the time that the new unit will work closely with BBC programme makers and digital experts to create VR content across a range of genres.The BBC has worked on a number of VR projects since 2016, including: Home – A VR Spacewalk, We Wait, and Easter Rising: Voice of a Rebel.last_img read more

first_imgReviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Nov 15 2018If patient engagement is the new ‘blockbuster drug,’ why are we not seeing spectacular effects? A team of researchers from The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice and the Berkeley School of Public Health at UC Berkeley recently conducted a study designed to help answer that question and to better understand how patient engagement and activation (PAE) practices –like goal-setting, motivational interviewing, and shared decision making–are being integrated into clinical practice. What they found was a great deal of positive sentiment about PAE among the healthcare professionals surveyed, but much less understanding and implementation of patient engagement and activation tools and approaches.”Patient engagement has featured prominently in recent healthcare research and policy, probably most notably in the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) legislation. Yet, there hasn’t been much research to date on how patient engagement approaches are being integrated into new care delivery and payment models,” says lead author and Dartmouth Institute Assistant Professor Manish K. Mishra, MD, MPH.To address this gap, the research team assessed levels of patient engagement and activation at 71 primary care sites at two ACOs–the DaVita Healthcare Partners in Los Angeles and Advocate Healthcare in Chicago. They conducted 103 interviews with 68 healthcare professionals, including doctors, nurses, medical assistants, as well as, diabetic nurse educators, social workers, and site administrators. The researchers said they concentrated on particular aspects of PAE, such as, shared decision making, goal-setting, and motivational interviewing, due to The Dartmouth Institute’s extensive work in these areas. They chose to focus onACOs because of their reputation for undertaking patient engagement activities. The interviews designed to measure understanding of PAE and barriers to implementation were conducted in May of 2015 and May of 2016.In a report of their findings recently published in BMJ Open, the researchers say four dominant themes emerged during their analysis of the interviews: participants recognized and were well aware of PAE terminology; participants had positive appraisals of these PAE approaches; participants had limited understanding of specific PAE techniques including goal-setting, motivational interviewing, and shared decision making; participants reported or acknowledged partial implementation of PAE approaches.Related StoriesAXT enhances cellular research product portfolio with solutions from StemBioSysSchwann cells capable of generating protective myelin over nerves finds researchResearch sheds light on sun-induced DNA damage and repairWhile most interview participants expressed positive opinions about PAE and most (but not all) were comfortable answering questions about PAE concepts and skills, many had limited understanding of them–describing them in ways that didn’t align with accepted definitions. Some clinicians, for example, described “goal-setting” as the assigning (without collaboration) of clinical targets to their patients, such as, losing a certain amount of weight within a time period. Many participants also often failed to understand the difference between general patient education materials (patient information) and patient-facing tools designed to help patients understand trade-offs when comparing treatment options.Participants readily acknowledged that implementation of PAE was limited. However, they cited factors such as low levels of administrative support and lack of time as the primary barriers, as opposed to lack of understanding or training in PAE techniques. Researchers also described finding somewhat of a Dunning-Kruger effect, with health professionals and ACO leadership confident they are using PAE approaches, when, in reality, the in-depth, semi-structured interviews often revealed low levels of understanding and implementation.”When PAE is misinterpreted as pressing patients to meet incentivized targets, which we found evidence of in our analysis, that sets the stage for conflict, frustration, and professional burnout. And, just as importantly, these types of incentivized targets can lead patients to become disengaged,” Mishra says, adding that if healthcare organizations really want to achieve patient-centered care, they need to “move beyond a superficial understating of PAE.” Source:https://tdi.dartmouth.edu/news-events/patient-engagement-new-blockbuster-drug-not-quite-yetlast_img read more

first_imgReviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Feb 13 2019Stimulating the brain with implanted electrodes is a successful, but very drastic measure. Researchers from Eindhoven University of Technology, Kempenhaeghe, Philips and Gent University will therefore be working on a method to stimulate the brain using electrodes that are placed on the head rather than inside it. Their goal is to customize treatment for patients with severe epilepsy. Incidentally, they will also settle the scientific discussion about the efficacy of non-invasive electrical neurostimulation.Epilepsy affects approximately 120,000 people in the Netherlands, about thirty percent of whom do not respond to medication and remain prone to seizures. For this group, electrical brain stimulation can be a solution. DBS (deep brain stimulation), with electrodes deep in the brain, has already proven to be effective. The electrodes must be positioned accurately so that they stimulate exactly the right brain area. This accuracy issue is still a bottleneck for non-invasive neurostimulation, because it is not yet sufficiently known where exactly the stimulation needs to be targeted and it is even more difficult to reach the right place in the brain from the outside.Related StoriesResearchers report how a popular antidepressant drug could rewire the brainStudy offers clues about how to prevent brain inflammation in Alzheimer’sResearch team to create new technology for tackling concussionPersonalizedThe researchers expect a new Philips medical instrument to provide the solution for focal seizures; seizures in a specific part of the brain. This is a system with 256 electrodes that not only measures brain activity (EEG), but can also apply very targeted current. Project leader and technical research leader Rob Mestrom of Eindhoven University of Technology: “This instrument therefore offers us the unique opportunity to see more accurately than before where exactly in the brain an epileptic seizure takes place. We can then stimulate precisely that point and measure the effect directly. This gives a personalized approach, because it is tailored to the readings of the individual patient.”The basic idea of the project, called PerStim, is simple, says Paul Boon, clinical research leader and professor at UGent and TU Eindhoven. “When we have located the source of the seizure, we target an electrical stimulus at that spot that is exactly the opposite of the measured activity. As a result, the seizure should be ‘extinguished’. We will investigate this with both direct and alternating currents.”Clinical testingThe first step in the research project is the development of a personalized calculation model to accurately reconstruct the epileptic focus. The researchers will then determine the stimulation parameters to achieve the desired focus of the stimulation. Then they will look at how they can best measure the effect of stimulation. The results will gradually be applied in clinical trials. Two PhD students and a postdoc will be appointed for the project. The research, with a budget of 1.9 million euros, is part of EindhovenMedTech Innovation Center (e/MTIC), a broad research collaboration between TU/e, Kempenhaeghe and Philips, among others. Source:https://www.tue.nl/en/news/news-overview/11-02-2019-epilepsie-heel-gericht-bestrijden-met-elektrodes-op-het-hoofd/last_img read more