Vigil raises anxiety, depression awareness

first_imgStudents gathered outside Holy Cross Hall at 8:30 p.m. Monday for a candlelight vigil to kick off “Support a Belle, Love a Belle” week at Saint Mary’s. The College’s Student Government Association dedicated the first day of the week, World Suicide Prevention Day, to supporting women who suffer from anxiety and depression.  The day marked the second anniversary of former Saint Mary’s student Lizzy Seeberg’s death. Seeberg passed away in September 2010. Susan Larson, vice president of the class of 2014, said the walk of solidarity from Holy Cross Circle to the Grotto was held not only in memory of Seeberg. “[The walk is] to show support for our sisters and friends who suffer from anxiety or depression,” she said. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, roughly 20 percent of adults in the United States suffer from some sort of anxiety disorder. Junior class president Carolyn Backes, a freshman roommate of Seeberg’s, addressed the group of 47 women who walked in support of the cause. “It is only fitting that [Seeberg’s] memory be celebrated in action and activities that help others – particularly on the issue of mental health and well being,” Backes said. Seeberg, who would have been a junior this year, struggled with anxiety and a related depression disorder, she said. “Awareness of mental illness as a very real disease, as real as heart disease and cancer is a critical step in driving out the stigma that still surrounds the topic,” Backes said. Larson devoted a prayer to Saint Dymphna, the patron saint of those afflicted with mental and emotional illness. Backes said she believes the march is cathartic and crucial to maintain a close community on Saint Mary’s campus. “I think it’s a tradition we need to keep up because we are such a small community.  I was her roommate freshman year, so it had a big impact on me,” she said.  “It made me realize early on how much of a community and family we all are. The support on campus is part of the reason I am still here today.” Sophomore Anna Nolan said the transition to college can be overwhelming. “One is granted so much independence and has to cope with a multitude of new responsibilities while simultaneously losing … the physical presence of your support system, or family,” she said. Kristen Vokt, one of the “Support a Belle, Love a Belle” week organizers said she also felt very alone her sophomore year. “Knowing that others are empathetic and aware is comforting,” she said. “This march shows that there is a willingness to acknowledge the significant number of people who struggle with mental illness and aiding them to recovery,” she said. Vokt said the march is a symbol of seeking peace and comfort. “It’s supposed to be empowering,” she said. “It’s about letting things that burden you fall aside to find courage and being supported by those that walk with you.” Contact Rebecca O’Neil at roneil01@saintmarys.edulast_img read more

NICH Meeting

first_imgA new national initiative encourages consumers to add plants to their homes and landscapes for the health benefits plants provide.“Our goal is to grow a healthy world through plants, gardens and landscapes by increasing the number of households in the United States participating in consumer horticulture,” said Bauske, who led the creation of the National Initiative for Consumer Horticulture (NICH). “Consumer horticulture includes the cultivation, use and enjoyment of plants, gardens, landscapes and related horticultural items.”Ellen Bauske of the University of Georgia’s Center for Urban Agriculture and her colleagues across the nation tout beneficial plant data based on research by Charles Hall, professor and Ellison Chair in the Department of Horticultural Sciences at Texas A&M University. This research shows that hospital patients show less fatigue when plants are added to their rooms, and they request less pain medication.In the workplace, people report they’re in a better mood when plants are around. These workers take less sick leave and report less eye strain.In schools, students in classrooms with plants score 10 percent higher on tests than students in classrooms without plants. Students with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder have less severe symptoms when plants are added to play areas.Indoor plants increase ambient humidity in dry indoor environments, and they improve air quality by removing carbon dioxide. Indoor plants also stimulate physiological and psychological relaxation responses.To develop a plan to share these plant benefits nationwide, NICH held its first national meeting June 27-29 in Atlanta. More than 80 people from across the nation attended, including Amanda Tedrow, the UGA Cooperative Extension county coordinator for Athens-Clarke County, Georgia.“The initiative fits well into our mission at UGA Extension: to improve lives through education, specifically about home gardening and horticulture,” Tedrow said. “It is exciting to see a national initiative based around these same principles, and I’m thrilled to see the rising popularity of plants across the nation. At the conference, I worked with representatives from across the country to think about ways we can improve our communities through horticulture.”More beneficial plant data show that:Plants in the workplace reduce employee sick time by 14 percent.Well-landscaped homes are priced higher. Homes represent 25 percent of personal wealth, so outdoor plants pack a powerful personal-finance punch.Americans are growing more of their own food. In fact, 25 percent of Americans grow berries, vegetables or fruit trees.Shaded roadways save 60 percent of repaving costs.America’s public gardens generate $2.3 billion in tourism spending.For additional information about the NICH, visit www.consumerhort.org. To learn more about the benefits of plants, go to www.consumerhort.org/plantsdothat.last_img read more

Meghan King, Christian Schauf’s Relationship Timeline

first_img– Advertisement – Her second chance at romance. Meghan King stumbled upon love again after her split from estranged husband Jim Edmonds — and found a perfect match in boyfriend Christian Schauf.The Real Housewives of Orange County alum was previously married to Edmonds for five years before Us Weekly broke the news in October 2019 that they had called it quits. The former couple share daughter Aspen, born in November 2016, and twin sons Hart and Hayes, born in June 2018.- Advertisement – As she continued to navigate her transition to single motherhood — and balance raising a family with exploring a new relationship — Schauf told the New York Post’s Page Six that he found his new flame’s strength “admirable” when it came to her divorce drama with Edmonds.“This is a 35-year-old woman with three kids under the age of 3 with an ex who is not that easy to deal with — and that is putting it in the nicest way possible — and then having every move you make played out at a scale she does, for her to continue to be positive and push ahead and have goals, and not let it overwhelm her,” he said in July 2020. “It’s really impressive to me.”- Advertisement – After facing a number of ups and downs in her dramatic split from the former St. Louis Cardinals player, King was ready to find The One — again. “I just want to hold somebody’s hand or get a hug and whether or not, in the age of coronavirus or not, as a single woman, I want to be partnered up. I want that relationship,” she said during an episode of her “Intimate Knowledge” podcast in April 2020. “It was never my idea to get divorced and yet here I am and I’m happier than ever now but I do want a partner.”One month later, King’s wish came true. Us confirmed in May 2020 that the former reality TV personality sparked a romance with Schauf, whom she later revealed she met on a dating app.“When I knew I had worked through my pain to the point where it wouldn’t define me or scar me but instead teach me, I knew I was ready to really date,” King wrote in a blog post about her budding romance in June 2020, describing her experience with virtual dating amid the COVID-19 crisis. “I shot for the stars and made a list of every last minute detail of the man I was looking for – my list was pages long – and daily I’d ask God to open my heart to the possibility of loving again.”- Advertisement – Scroll down to look back at King’s sweet relationship with Schauf.last_img read more

Regus rollercoaster rolls on

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20 owners, one home: Lake Tinaroo luxury home share scheme

first_imgVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 2:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -2:00 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenAustralia’s first contactless apartment02:01TO own a piece of residential “heaven” at Lake Tinaroo is a dream for many, which has just been made affordable thanks to a new property sharing scheme. Edgewater Tinaroo’s scheme labelled Chalet+Share allows multiple buyers to share one of seven recently released lots at Lake Tinaroo from about $60,000. The waterfront lot will feature a luxury home on a minimum of 4000sq m, on the edge of the lake. The idea for the program, which is led by Edgewater’s director and developer Tim Wright, was born from a yacht sharing scheme. Edgewater Tinaroo is offering a new property sharing scheme which will allow mulitple buyers to own and share a luxury house at Lake Tinaroo on a 4000sq m block.“I loved sailing but could not afford it and did not want to have my money tied up in my own yacht that I only used from time-to-time due to work commitments,” Mr Wright said. “I love the Tablelands and I understand that many people simply cannot afford to purchase a lot, build a home and then use it as a holiday home at Lake Tinaroo, so I launched Chalet+Share.” He said a fully furnished luxury home and the land would cost $1.2 million and the idea was that each owner’s share entitled them to a maintained and serviced holiday house for a certain period each year, until it was sold and the owners received their share back. “Chalet+Share will seek 20 owners at $60,000 a share so the chalet will be fully owned. This will entitle each owner to around 18 days a year comprising weekends and weekdays, all done over the net with a great booking calendar.“So yes when it is sold say in 10 years’ time, they will get their share proceeds back. “All money subscribed will be held in a solicitors trust account.” More from newsCairns home ticks popular internet search terms2 days agoTen auction results from ‘active’ weekend in Cairns2 days agoHe said while there would be ongoing management costs for maintenance, owners also had the opportunity to sell their share in the chalet at any point. He said the luxury six-bedroom house would be built in three modules of two bedrooms each.“So three families could all enjoy the house and holiday at once but still have their own privacy during their stay.“No stone for owners’ security and enjoyment will be left unturned. The owners will get a beautiful, luxury home”. Edgewater is now accepting expressions of interest, or for more information visit edgewater-tinaroo.com.aulast_img read more

West Nile Found In Ripley County Mosquitoes

first_imgRIPLEY COUNTY – State health officials said Thursday they have confirmed the first signs of West Nile virus activity in Ripley County this season.So far this year, 83 mosquitoes in 34 Indiana counties have tested positive for the virus. There have been two reported cases of West Nile virus in humans statewide, in Hancock and Porter counties.West Nile virus has been found throughout the entire state in past years, and positive mosquitoes are expected to be found in many other Indiana counties as the summer progresses. It is impossible to predict the severity of this year’s West Nile virus season as future temperatures and rainfall determine the level of mosquito populations.“It’s the time of year when we are at greater risk for West Nile virus infection,” said Ripley County Health Department  Administrator /Public Health Nurse, Vicky Powell, R.N..  “But there are many ways people can help protect themselves and their families. You can prevent West Nile virus infection by following some simple and effective steps to prevent mosquito bites.”Ripley County Health Department recommends citizens to take the following protective steps:If possible, avoid being outdoors during prime mosquito biting times, especially late afternoon and dusk to dawn and early morning;Apply insect repellent containing DEET, picaridin, IR3535 or oil of lemon eucalyptus to clothes and exposed skin;Install or repair screens on windows and doors to keep mosquitoes out of the home; and,When possible, wear long-sleeved shirts and pants while outside.Most people who are infected with West Nile virus will not develop any symptoms. Of those who become ill, most will develop a milder form of the illness, which can include fever, headache, body aches, swollen lymph glands or a rash. However, a small number of people can develop a more severe form of the disease with encephalitis or meningitis and other neurological syndromes, including flaccid muscle paralysis. Some people may die from the infection. Health officials say that although individuals over age 50 are at greatest risk for serious illness and even death from West Nile virus, people of all ages have been infected with the virus and have had severe disease.West Nile virus is transmitted to humans by mosquitoes that have first bitten an infected bird. A person bitten by an infected mosquito may show symptoms three to 15 days after the bite.  West Nile virus is not transmitted from person to person.“Mosquitoes can spread several other diseases, including St. Louis Encephalitis and La Crosse Encephalitis,” said Administrator/Public Health Nurse,  Vicky Powell, R.N.. “Usually, mosquito transmitted diseases occur during the summer months and don’t show signs of waning until the first hard frost of the season.”Ripley County Health Department is also asking residents to take steps to rid their properties of potential mosquito breeding grounds:Discard old tires, tin cans, plastic containers, ceramic pots or other containers that can hold water;Repair failed septic systems;Drill holes in the bottom of recycling containers left outdoors;Keep grass cut short and shrubbery trimmed;Clean clogged roof gutters, particularly if leaves tend to plug up the drains;Frequently replace the water in pet bowls;Flush ornamental fountains and birdbaths periodically; and,Aerate ornamental pools or stock them with predatory fish.last_img read more

IDHS encourages Hoosiers to get involved with Radiation Awareness Week

first_imgIndianapolis, In. — The Indiana Department of Homeland Security encourages Hoosiers to take the time to learn more about the effects of radiation and its safety implications as part of Radiation Awareness Week.“Most people are unaware of the fact that there is radiation all around us,” said Kaci Studer, radiation programs director for the Indiana Department of Homeland Security’s Radiological Emergency Preparedness (REP) program. “It occurs naturally in our environment, industries, hospitals and even our own homes.”According to the National Council on Radiation Protection and Measurements (NCRP), people receive most of their average annual radiation from natural sources in the environment, while approximately 48 percent comes from medical procedures.Aside from learning about the different sources and types of radiation, Radiation Awareness Week is also an excellent time to become familiar with radiological emergency preparedness.“Many Hoosiers living in the northwestern counties of Indiana are in the ingestion pathway zone of a nuclear power plant,” Studer said. “That’s why IDHS is always actively maintaining radiological emergency preparedness.”The ingestion pathway zone is the 50-mile radius around a nuclear power plant where the general public may be at risk of ingesting contaminated food and water during the events of a radiological incident created by the power plant. Indiana is considered part of the emergency preparedness zones for four commercial nuclear power plants, two in Michigan and two in Illinois.“Although it’s highly unlikely a radiological incident will occur from one of these four power plants, it’s still something the State of Indiana needs to prepare for,” Studer said.For more information on the REP program at IDHS click here.To learn more about the different types of radiation and the impacts it has on human health click here.last_img read more

Five Valencia Players, Staff Test Positive for Coronavirus

first_imgSpain is the second worst-hit country in Europe after Italy and is set to declare a national lockdown on Monday.“It is clear I have started 2020 with bad luck,” Garay, 33, wrote on Instagram.“I am very well and must obey health authorities and stay isolated.”A Valencia statement said the affected players and staff were “in their homes in good health and under isolation measures”.“We are confident that with solidarity, responsibility and good spirits we will beat this pandemic,” the club added.In the case involving Real Madrid, a member of their basketball team – who used the same training facilities as the football team – tested positive, leading to the side’s quarantine.Several players in Italy’s Serie A have tested positive for the virus, including on-loan Wolves forward Patrick Cutrone.Also yesterday,Wayne Rooney insisted that the UK government and football authorities have treated footballers as “guinea pigs” during the coronavirus outbreak.Elite football in Britain has been suspended until at least 3 April, with the Premier League saying “conditions at the time” will determine its return.“For players, staff and their families it has been a worrying week,” he said.“One in which you felt a lack of leadership from the government and from the FA and Premier League.”Writing in his column in the UK’s Sunday Times, the former England captain said: “The rest of sport – tennis, Formula 1, rugby, golf, football in other countries – was closing down and we were being told to carry on.“I think a lot of footballers were wondering, ‘Is it something to do with money being involved in this?’. Why did we wait until Friday? Why did it take Mikel Arteta (Arsenal manager) to get ill for the game in England to do the right thing,” queried the former Manchester United star.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Five Valencia players and staff are “in good health” after testing positive for coronavirus, the club announced yesterday.Valencia and Argentina defender Ezequiel Garay became the first La Liga player to announce a positive test earlier on Sunday.Spain’s La Liga was suspended on Thursday after the Real Madrid squad went into quarantine.last_img read more

SpeakSC Forum discusses annual fountain run options

first_imgUndergraduate Student Government hosted a SpeakSC Forum on Wednesday night that centered on the annual fountain run tradition that many undergraduate seniors partake in.USG President Andrew Menard, moderated the forum. Administrators in attendance included Dr. Ainsley Carry, vice provost for Student Affairs; Dr. Monique Allard, assistant provost for Student Affairs; and Lieutenant Hecklemann of the Dept. of Public Safety.For the last decade, seniors have attempted to run into all of the fountains located on the University Park campus. The annual fountain run, which occurs on the last Thursday before graduation, has sparked great concern among school officials due to the damage caused by last year’s event.Last year, three students were transported to a local hospital due to injuries or intoxication. The 2014 fountain run cost the university $34,842 in damages. Though DPS wrapped parts of the fountains in specialized fencing to prevent damage and student injury, nearly all of the fences were torn down in under eight minutes.Youth Triumphant, a fountain located at the center of Alumni Park and features a solid bronze statue atop four “modest maidens,” incurred the most financial and physical damage.Menard commented on the importance of smoothly facilitating this year’s fountain run.“Administrators reached out to USG and said, ‘Look, these are the damages we’ve incurred, this is the amount of lacerations there have been, this is the amount of students that were transported to the hospital, and we need to have a conversation about liability and safety,’” Menard said. “USG wanted students to have a place in this discussion so we decided to put together an event where we can get administrators and students in the same room talking about solutions.”Students and administrators reached a consensus agreeing that the fountain run must change in order to ensure student safety. Others also expressed their desire to effectively communicate about the event in order to preserve the fountain tradition.Carry asked students to work with administrators to help achieve a smoother, safer event.“We need your help for coming up with a smarter way to make this a safe event,” Carry said. “The fountain run was born out of the students. You have a chance to stake a claim in what is acceptable at your institution.”Students in attendance also contributed their ideas to the administration. One senior suggested selling tickets to contribute to the possible damages incurred during the event and to prevent outsiders from participating. Another student suggested checking student identification for this purpose. Many students supported the idea of an alternative event, however, such as food trucks or a concert, running concurrently with the fountain run to direct traffic away from the fountains.Lieutenant Hecklemenn asserted that the fountains be excluded from any kind of alternative event. Other administrators agreed with this sentiment.“An alternative event is an excellent idea, but it would have to exclude the fountains,” Hecklemenn said. “The fountains are simply not designed for this kind of event. That’s the challenge.”Suggestions to end the fountain run for the 2015 school year was met by hesitation from students. Many felt the cancellation of the highly anticipated event would not stop seniors from continuing to partake in the fountain run.Rini Sampath, vice president of USG, said cancelling the fountain run might not be effective.“Cancellation of the fountain run might create an issue where students are organizing it for a day where DPS isn’t aware,” Sampath said. “So if we were going to organize something else I think it would need to coexist with the fountain run.”last_img read more

Frank Howard assists on 6 baskets in Syracuse’s 60-57 win against Georgia Tech

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Frank Howard was recruited to Syracuse because he is a good passer. He doesn’t turn the ball over. He’s a smart point guard who makes good offensive decisions.Within six minutes of entering the game for SU against Georgia Tech on Saturday, he had proven his reputation correct. By then, he registered four assists, and propelled the Orange to a 29-22 lead, the largest it would be all game.“Frank Howard made some of the best passes we’ve seen in years here,” SU head coach Jim Boeheim said.Howard stayed in the game for 14 meaningful minutes of Syracuse’s (15-8, 5-5 Atlantic Coast) 60-57 home win over Georgia Tech on Saturday. He scored just one point, but dished out six assists, collected three rebounds and didn’t turn the ball over a single time.MORE STORIESAdvertisementThis is placeholder textMalachi Richardson closes out Syracuse’s win over Georgia TechDajuan Coleman turns in positive offensive performance despite fouling outWhat we learned from Syracuse’s 60-57 win over Georgia TechFull transcription of Jim Boeheim addressing support for Dwayne “Pearl” WashingtonHe had played just 17 minutes combined over the past three games and had six assists throughout the first nine conference games.“I’ve been trying to come here more focused, watch a lot of film to know where I can pick my spots,” Howard said. “And I think I did a good job of identifying those and making plays.”His prettiest assist came on a Syracuse fast break. Howard ran down to the right wing and took a pass from Malachi Richardson as soon as he got his feet set. Not even a tick later, the ball was in the hands of a cutting Tyler Roberson, who finished a dunk.He bookended his run by drawing in three defenders and tossing a somewhat sidearmed dish to Roberson again. The Orange was up by seven and the Yellow Jackets called timeout.“I thought he was great,” Trevor Cooney said. “From a guard perspective, I’ve been with Frank and I’ve told him to be that spark. All good Syracuse teams have had a spark come off the bench, and he can be that for us, easily. And he was today.”Boeheim joked that he would stay in the game more if he didn’t take so many bad 10-foot floaters. Howard’s 1-of-14 shooting clip in conference games is an indication of why he thinks that. But he did praise the freshman that has wrestled away the backup point guard spot from Kaleb Joseph. And Boeheim praise is tough to come by.“It’s aways good when you can get a compliment from him,” Howard said. “I’m happy I made him proud.” Comments Published on January 30, 2016 at 4:28 pm Contact Sam: sblum@syr.edu | @SamBlum3last_img read more