JIS Engages Students to Plant Trees During Child Month

first_imgTo observe Child Month, the Jamaica Information Service (JIS) undertook a tree-planting exercise with students at selected primary schools, in the parishes of St. Andrew and St. Catherine, culminating at Naggo Head on Thursday, May 30.Other schools visited were Harbour View on May 16; Padmore on May 21 and Bridgeport on May 28.The activity was carried out in association with the Forestry Department of the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries.[RELATED: JIS Launches Tree Planting Initiative for Child Month]The students were happy and appreciative of the initiative. Twelve-year-old student of Naggo Head Primary, Dejean Cousins, said “it is really nice that the JIS has come to help us in the planting of trees and the beautification of the school. We need a lot of trees, especially on the field, so we can get shade. It is hot during the days, especially when we are doing Physical Education.”This view was reiterated by caretaker of the school, Henry Green, who said that the trees, when grown, will be “good for shade during the days and will keep the place cool. The playfield needs trees around it.”For her part, Principal of Bridgeport Primary School, Lorna Lewis, was very enthused when the JIS visited her school, as the students are currently working on a project to enhance the appearance of their school.“Trees are very important to our environment. The front of our school really needs a facelift, and we have been doing a few things to enhance the school, so when we heard that JIS wanted to come we were very happy. In a little while when you’re driving by, you’ll be very pleased to see what you have helped us to achieve here at Bridgeport,” she said.[RELATED: Forestry Department on Mission of Reforestation]The Forestry Department donated seedlings to the project. Client Services Forrester in the Department, Nicola Hutchinson Scott, as well as Senior Director, Forest Science and Technology Services Division, Donna Lowe, gave short presentations at each school about the importance of trees.Due to a decrease in the amount of trees across Jamaica, the Department is currently on a mission to increase forest cover over the country by two per cent over the next 10 years.Contact: Christine Ade-Goldlast_img read more

Glenn Close And Bradley Cooper Attend National Conference On Mental Health

first_imgGlenn Close was at the White House today to take part in a panel as part of the National Conference on Mental Health.The panel focused on how addressing negative attitudes about mental illness is essential to making sure more people seek help; what we know about why these attitudes exist and the misperceptions they are grounded in; and what we can do to break down the barriers preventing too many people from seeking the help they need.Also in attendance was Bradley Cooper.During the conference, President Obama applauded the dozens of commitments made by organizations representing media, educators, health care providers, faith communities, and foundations to increase understanding and awareness of mental health.The Obama Administration has taken a number of steps to raise awareness and improve care for Americans experiencing mental health issues, including expanding mental health coverage for millions of Americans through the Affordable Care Act, improving access to mental health services for veterans and supporting initiatives to help educators recognize and refer students who show signs of mental illness.The National Conference on Mental Health is designed to increase understanding and awareness of mental health. As part of this effort, today the Administration is launching mentalhealth.gov, a new, consumer-friendly website with clear and concise tools to help with the basics of mental health, the signs of mental illness, how to talk about mental health, and how to get help. The website also includes a series of videos featuring celebrities and ordinary Americans whose lives have been touched by mental illness.Among the stars who have recorded messages for the new website are Demi Lovato, Cher and Glenn Close.In 2009 Glenn Co-Founded Bring Change 2 Mind, a non-profit organization dedicated to ending the stigma and discrimination associated with mental illness. The idea for this movement evolved out of Ms. Close’s first-hand observation of battles with mental illness within her family. Ms. Close’s sister, Jessie, is living with bipolar disorder and Jessie’s son, Calen, is living with schizoaffective disorder. Bring Change 2 Mind produces science based Public Service Announcements aimed at tackling the stigma and discrimination of mental illness where they live – in all of us.Several commitments were made as part of the conference, including launching new efforts to raise public awareness through television, radio, social media campaigns, and other platforms.Commitments include:• The National Association of Broadcasters (NAB), representing local television and radio stations and broadcast networks throughout the country, is creating a national public service campaign to reduce the stigma around mental illness. The multiplatform campaign, launching this summer, will include TV and radio ads, online ads and resources and a robust social media platform to raise awareness – specifically among 13-24 year olds, their friends and caregivers – that it’s okay to talk about mental health and help is available. • Blue Star Families, a non-profit organization created by military families to strengthen military families and connect America to her military, is producing a second series of public service announcements entitled “This Country Cares,” featuring country music stars telling our military heroes with mental health problems that they are not alone and encouraging them to seek help if they are struggling with these issues. • As part of their Love is Louder campaign, MTV and The Jed Foundation will promote help seeking and challenge the stigma surrounding mental health by encouraging members of MTV’s audience to take any action that supports their or a friend’s emotional health, and then share that action with @LoveisLouder. MTV will amplify the best responses through several of its social media channels, which in total reach nearly 160 million fans and followers.• The Entertainment Software Association and leading video game companies Activision Blizzard, Inc., Activision Publishing, Inc., Bethesda Softworks, Blizzard Entertainment Inc., and Microsoft Corporation will promote consumer resources for mental health and wellness information through their consumer web sites and online communities, which reach tens of millions of people every month. • Other organizations committing to help raise awareness through television, film, and social media include the Entertainment Industries Council, Facebook, Google, SchoolTube, and Twitter.last_img read more

Baltimore Ravens Sign Veteran Dallas Clark

The Baltimore Ravens signed veteran tight end Dallas Clark to a deal Sunday, the team announced.“[General Manager] Ozzie [Newsome] has an agreement in principle with Dallas Clark as of today,” Head Coach John Harbaugh said Sunday. “So he’ll be in tomorrow to get a physical. Obviously, all of that is going to have to pan out for us to finalize it, but Dallas Clark is on his way to Baltimore right now.”Clark is a 10-year veteran who played nine years for the Indianapolis Colt. While there, he played under Ravens current Offensive Coordinator Jim Caldwell. Clark was one of quarterback Peyton Manning’s favorite targets in Caldwell’s offense.This signing will bring stability to a tight end position after the team has lost their two starters in that position in Dennis Pitta and Ed Dickson to injury.In addition to Clark, the Baltimore Ravens has also signed veteran Brandon Stokely. Harbaugh says even with the two players’ long-time status, they will still have to fight for roster spots.“They’re both really accomplished players. We’re excited to have them,” Harbaugh said. “By no means though is anything guaranteed, and they understand that. They want an opportunity to compete for a job. They’ll be in competition for a job with our guys that are here, and we’ll see how that plays out. That’s how we like it.” read more

VIDEO Watch Concert with WHS Strings Chorus Soundscape 8th Grade Chorus

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Wilmington High School’s Strings, Chorus and Soundscape Acapella group, along with the 8th grade Chorus, held its Winter Concert on Thursday, December 6, 2018 in the Wilmington High School Auditorium.Wilmington Community Television was on hand to cover the concert. Watch it below:—Video Playerhttps://objects-us-east-1.dream.io/wilmington/f/2/7/9/1/8/f279182a-1fc2-417f-b8b7-ab3752a2a8121544205967.316%2B48988666.360%40castus4-wilmington%2B15442098141544208053979219.vod.720p.8th%20Grade-HS%20Chorus%2C%20Soundscape%2C%20HS%20Strings.mp4Media error: Format(s) not supported or source(s) not foundmejs.download-file: https://objects-us-east-1.dream.io/wilmington/f/2/7/9/1/8/f279182a-1fc2-417f-b8b7-ab3752a2a8121544205967.316%2B48988666.360%40castus4-wilmington%2B15442098141544208053979219.vod.720p.8th%20Grade-HS%20Chorus%2C%20Soundscape%2C%20HS%20Strings.mp4?_=100:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.—Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Thank You To Our Sponsor:Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedVIDEO: Watch 2019 Wilmington Spring Chorus FestivalIn “Videos”VIDEO: Watch Concert with 7th & 8th Grade Strings & Chorus, WHS Chorus & SoundscapeIn “Videos”VIDEO: Watch 2018 Wilmington Spring Choral ConcertIn “Videos”last_img read more

Iran and Russia sign deal for delivery of S300 surfacetoair missile systems

first_imgRussia and Iran have signed a contract for Moscow to supply Tehran with the long-overdue S-300 surface-to-air missile systems, said a top official of a Russian defence conglomerate on Monday.Sergei Chemezov, chief executive of Russian state-owned defence conglomerate Rostec, said Russia had agreed to finally deliver the long-overdue missile systems it had in 2007 committed to supply under an $800-million deal, reported Press TV citing Russian state-run RIA news agency.Moscow refused to deliver the systems to Tehran in 2010 on the pretext that the agreement was covered by the fourth round of the United Nations Security Council sanctions against Iran over its nuclear programme. The resolution bars sale of hi-tech weapons to Tehran.Following Moscow’s refusal to deliver the systems, Iran filed a complaint against the relevant Russian arms firm with the International Court of Arbitration in Geneva.In April this year, Russian President Vladimir Putin lifted a previous ban on the delivery of the S-300 to Iran.Iranian Defence Minister Brigadier General Hossein Dehqan said in mid-August “all changes” made to the S-300 system by the Russians over the years would be implemented on the equipment to be delivered to Iran.last_img read more

New microscope technique offers a better way to measure magnetic field of

first_imgA team of researchers at IBM has developed a new way to measure the magnetic field of individual atoms that offers 1000 times the energy resolution of conventional techniques. In their paper published in the journal Nature Nanotechnology, the team describes their approach, how well it works and their hope that they will be able to modify it in such a way as to allow others with less specialized hardware to use it. Explore further Journal information: Nature Nanotechnology Scientists are eager to better measure the magnetic fields of individual atoms because they believe it will lead to a better understanding of material and biological interactions—most particularly those involving weak magnetic interactions. Current methods rely on using defects in diamonds, though the team at IBM notes that prior work at their lab shows that it is possible to measure weak interactions in another way, an approach described as challenging. In this new effort, the team has come up with a way to get the job done that is relatively simple, though, they note, it requires special hardware.In the new approach, an atom called a sensor is placed near a target atom inside of a scanning tunneling microscope—a magnetic field is then applied to the microscope followed by a jolt of electricity to the tunnel junction. From there on, the frequency of the atom is monitored—when it matches the spin of the precess (the axis of rotation around a magnetic field that reflects its degree of magnetism), it reveals the measure of the magnetic field. The change in orientation is measured by moving the sensor atom to the microscope’s sensor tip.The researchers found their approach to be far more accurate and easier to read than other methods, pointing out that the signal they got from the technique was both stronger and more robust. They note also that few other labs likely have the combination of equipment (such as the high frequency cabling added to the microscope) required to replicate their technique, so they plan to continue the work in hopes of achieving the same results under more relaxed conditions. © 2017 Phys.org This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.center_img Credit: CC0 Public Domain Citation: New microscope technique offers a better way to measure magnetic field of individual atoms (2017, March 7) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2017-03-microscope-technique-magnetic-field-individual.html Ultrasensitive magnetometer proposed based on compass needle More information: Taeyoung Choi et al. Atomic-scale sensing of the magnetic dipolar field from single atoms, Nature Nanotechnology (2017). DOI: 10.1038/nnano.2017.18last_img read more