Suicide prevention seminar ‘Connecting for Life’ held in Donegal

first_imgBreaking the silence around the relationship between alcohol, self-harm and suicide was the focus of this year’s ‘Connecting for Life’ suicide prevention seminar which was held on Friday last in the Central Hotel, Donegal Town as part of Social Inclusion Week.The seminar which aims to build connections and share good practice in suicide prevention heard from Professor Siobhan O’Neill as she presented findings from research on suicidal behaviour and alcohol across the island of Ireland and explained the connections between suicide and alcohol use and transgenerational trauma.She focused on how alcohol is used to help people cope with trauma, and how it results in additional trauma and adversities, particularly in children, which then increases their risk of mental illness and suicide. Professor O’Neill believes that it is essential to have this conversation saying, “we need to have a conversation, as a society, about our use of alcohol and how it contributes to the problem of suicide and self-harm, particularly in young people.”Psychotherapist and Traveller activist, Thomas McCann explained how, as manager of the Traveller Counselling Service with members of the Traveller community for over 10 years, he has become acutely aware of the links between the historical trauma, poverty and exclusion experienced by the Traveller community.“For some, this has resulted in self-medicating with alcohol or other drugs” explained Thomas, “creating the space to have a wider conversation and a seminar on the topic of alcohol, self-harm and suicide is really useful in raising awareness of the issues and how these might be addressed. This is a really important discussion.”Kieran Doherty, CEO of the Alcohol Forum said: “This is a difficult topic. Alcohol is normalised in Irish society and for many, it is key to how we think about socialising and relaxing; so we are reluctant to look at the downsides; the fact that alcohol is chemically a depressant and that it is often used as a crutch, a coping mechanism or to self-medicate.” Research indicates that over half of all suicides and one in three incidents of self-harm in Ireland are alcohol-related.In her opening address Leas Cathaoirleach of Donegal County Council Cllr. Niamh Kennedy acknowledged that suicide is a deeply sensitive issue and but that there is an onus on all of us to have the conversation.“We all have a role to play in this, as politicians, as agencies, as communities and as individuals.  For instance, our own services as local authorities must be geared to support people with mental health issues and support people who are in a crisis whether it be through our housing services, by promoting social inclusion or through economic development and job creation.”The seminar also heard of the work being done in this area by Donegal Youth Council from Mayor Grainne Mc Glynn while Cora McAleer Mental Health Nursing outlined the services and supports available.Teresa McBrearty provided a valuable insight of her own personal journey and how through the Mpact programme she has been helped to overcome barriers in her life. Liam Ward, Donegal County Council performed master of ceremonies at the seminar and Anne Sheridan, HSE Mental Health Services concluded the seminar by confirming that feedback and information from the seminar will be considered by the Community and Services Implementation Group.Suicide prevention seminar ‘Connecting for Life’ held in Donegal was last modified: October 10th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare 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:Donegal County Councilsuicide awarenesslast_img read more

Klay Thompson ‘unlikely’ to return this season

first_imgThe Warriors are preparing to play the entire season without injured guard Klay Thompson.Thompson, who tore his left ACL in June, had hoped to return in time for a potential playoff run. The organization previously said Thompson would not play until after the All-Star break in February but, in a recent conversation with NBC Sports Bay Area, coach Steve Kerr said he isn’t expecting the all-star guard back at all this season.“It’s unlikely that he’s going to play this year,” Kerr told NBC …last_img read more

Teachers Getting Reluctant to Teach Evolution

first_imgCornelia Dean in the New York Times worries that, to stay out of trouble, more and more biology teachers are avoiding the discussion of evolution.Dean quotes someone who claims “the practice of avoiding the topic was widespread, particularly in districts where many people adhere to fundamentalist faiths.”  But why would teachers fear discussing it because of that?  It’s open season on “fundamentalist” faiths (loaded words for Bible-believing Christians).  Most teachers have no problem with attributing everything bad in the world to Christianity.  Maybe the students from those districts are better at asking the hard questions that give Darwin Party biology teachers stomach aches (see 06/14/2004 commentary).    Most creationists support the teaching of evolution, as long as the problems and controversies are taught instead of one-sided indoctrination.  Teaching evolution can be a valuable lesson on how smart people can believe dumb things.  So don’t avoid it; let’s open the Darwin Hall of Shame and talk about Piltdown man, pigtooth man, peppered moths, doctored drawings of embryos, National Geographic misinfomercials and all the rest.  Students need a little humor to break up the day.  Be creative; with February 12 coming, you can celebrate Darwin Day with games and contests, and even sing some evolution songs.  Evolution teaching can be fun!    Sweeping such an important controversy under the rug is not a healthy educational policy.  Like it or not, evolution has had a major influence on the world for 140 years.  Today, the subject is in a state of major ferment and reconsideration.  The teacher doesn’t have to take sides.  Many bright young people will actually wake up to science if evolution is taught as a controversial subject: that is, if they get a chance to exercise critical thinking about the evidence for and against it, and can debate the issues in class openly without ridicule, rather than hearing a borrrrrring one-sided sales pitch.  It’s only the teachers on a mission to indoctrinate blank slates into the Cult of Charlie that have anything to fear.    For those teachers still afraid, we have a simple solution; get the film Where Does the Evidence Lead? and show it as a six-part series (10 minutes each).  It will take you off the hook, and teach the students sufficient information to cover the curriculum requirement, without worries about religion in the biology class.(Visited 7 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Mt. St. Helens Recalls Overturned Paradigms

first_imgThirty years ago this day, May 18, 1980, Mt. St. Helens blew up.  The catastrophic eruption not only shocked the area around the mountain, it shocked scientists into a new realization of the power of catastrophist geology.  The excitement of that eruption prompted a surge of young new geologists to enter the profession.  One thing that is instructive on this anniversary is the difference in focus between creationists and evolutionists on the lessons of Mt. St. Helens.    Live Science provided the most coverage of the anniversary.  For starters, Live Science posted a series of satellite images showing the vicinity of the mountain before and after the eruption, and how it looks now, 30 years later.  The amount of vegetation that has recolonized the ground is striking.  Live Science also provided an image gallery of pictures before and after the eruption.  The first image shows the picturesque symmetrical cone of the mountain from Spirit Lake before the event; all that changed suddenly the morning of May 18, as the remaining pictures show.  National Geographic soon followed with its own gallery; the first two photos are worth the price of admission.  Karen Rowan answered the question “Why was Mt. St. Helens so destructive?” in another Live Science post.    Considering the ecological effects of the event, Andrea Thompson on Live Science provided a fairly lengthy inventory of the plants and animals in the blast zone with a record of how they have fared since the eruption.  Jeremy Hsu wrote for Live Science that Mt. St. Helens remains a mystery still today.  Finally, Remy Melina listed for Live Science the most dangerous U.S. volcanoes today.    Those acquainted with creation geology literature are undoubtedly familiar with the fact that Mt. St. Helens has become almost iconic of catastrophism as a support for rapid change during creation and the Flood.  The work of geologist Dr. Stephen A. Austin in particular has had a large influence in creationist circles.  Dr. Austin visited the mountain numerous times after the eruption, and even took a team scuba-diving in Spirit Lake to study the effects of waterlogged trees sinking in the peat sediments at the bottom.  Some of the lessons from Mt. St. Helens for catastrophic flood geology were summarized in his 1986 monograph, “Mt. St. Helens and Catastrophism,” published by ICR.  He also produced a video (see short clip on YouTube) and additional writings in creation journals.  His findings include:A mudflow produced a 1/40th scale model of the Grand Canyon in one day.This canyon included a relict river that obviously had not formed the canyon.The canyon included side canyons and other features similar to those of the Grand Canyon.Pyroclastic flows produced laminated sedimentary deposits in hours, not centuries or millennia.The sedimentary deposits showed sudden shifts in bedforms caused by flow rates and source materials, not by long ages.Badlands topography along the Toutle River was formed in days, not thousands of years.Logs uprooted by the blast were being planted in upright positions at the bottom of Spirit Lake, giving the appearance they had grown in that position.  This was reminiscent of the Yellowstone fossil forests.A layer of peat buried in Spirit Lake has the texture and appearance of a coal deposit forming.Discoveries of this magnitude would seem to be paradigm-shifting to the whole field of geology – and indeed they may have been even in some secular circles.  It’s not that his work can be dismissed outright, either, just because Austin is a creationist.  He has a PhD in geology from a reputable institution, and his field work at the mountain was of the first order.  But strangely, Nature News mentioned none of these things.  Janet Fang wrote in her article, “Hot science from a volcanic crisis,” that “The eruption of Mount St Helens in 1980 left an indelible mark on the field of volcanology.”  Indeed it did, but her focus was entirely on other lessons.  She noted that volcanologists around the world stood up and took notice on May 18, 1980, and after the blast, there was an explosion in funding and a surge in research.  Fang mentioned findings about predicting eruptions.  She mentioned a new kind of hummocky deposit that was observed after the blast that shed light on similar deposits in Japan.  She mentioned new theories about how magma rises to the surface through conduits, and new realizations of the power of landslides and lateral blasts during eruptions.  But she said nothing about any of the points that Steve Austin found so interesting about Mt. St. Helens.  Neither did the writers for Live Science or National Geographic.  Were they even looking at the same mountain?    For Austin’s latest views on the lessons from the blast, see his article this month on ICR, “Supervolcanoes and the Mount St. Helens Eruption.”  Creation Wiki has a response to criticisms of his claim about the “mini-Grand Canyon” at the volcano, with additional images of the canyon.The complete silence about Steven Austin’s research at Mt. St. Helens by the secular media is stunning.  Is it because his credentials are lacking?  No; he has a PhD from the University of Pennsylvania.  Is it because his field work was unexceptional?  No; he was the only one to don scuba gear and dive to the bottom of Spirit Lake, and use sonar to map the lake bottom.  Is it because his findings with the canyons and stratification lacked significance?  No; they were revolutionary and explanatorily rich.  They have been well received in creationist audiences around the world, but completely passed over by the secular journals, although Austin has a number of colleagues in the Geological Society of America that have taken interest in his work and spoken well of it.  So much of this phenomenon is political.  If you are an overt creationist, as Austin is, it doesn’t matter how good your credentials and field work are.  You will be shunned by The Guild, but welcomed by millions of people who appreciate honest science that is willing to criticize Darwin and Lyell.    Your commentator remembers visiting Yellowstone in the 1970s and early 1980s and seeing the interpretive signs at the Lamar River fossil forests.  They spoke of 27 layers of forests that grew on top of one another over at least 20 thousand years.  According to some estimates, it took 50 thousand years, maybe 100 thousand for each layer to develop: a soil to form, small plants to invade, trees to grow, a mature forest to develop, then a volcanic eruption to bury the forest and the cycle to repeat again.  Large sequoia stumps are visible in some of the layers.  The standard scientific interpretation was that here was clear evidence of a long passage of a time–much longer than the book of Genesis could allow.  You recall that it was this evidence that caused young Ronald Numbers in college to stumble and lose his creationist beliefs (01/12/2007).  Theistic evolutionists also used the Yellowstone fossil forests to mock the young-earth creationists and insist there was no way to fit earth history into a six-day creation.  Look: the evidence was right there – tens of thousands of years to form those 27 layers of forests.    Your commentator also remembers re-visiting Yellowstone in 1994 and finding those interpretive signs gone.  Puzzled, he asked three different park rangers about them.  “Oh, we don’t believe that any more,” was the typical response.  “Ever since Mt. St. Helens, we”ve come to believe that lava flows rafted the trees in from some distance away.”  Then, your commentator picked up a book in the visitor center, Roadside Geology of the Yellowstone Country by William J. Fritz (Mountain Press, 1985).  Sure enough, he said the same thing:When I visited the Mount St. Helens area shortly after the eruption, it was just like Yellowstone!  I found many horizontal logs all lined up by the streams and mudflows and some upright stumps that had been moved by the flows propped upon the stubs of their roots.  I found that about 10 percent of the transported trees remain as upright stumps, the rest as horizontal logs.  The mudflows also buried many standing trees where they grew along the edges of stream channels.  Thus, in Yellowstone when you find concentrations of over 10 percent upright stumps, some were preserved where they grew alongside stream channels.  A few million years from now when the Mount St. Helens sediments have hardened into rock and the trees have petrified they will be almost like those in the Yellowstone Country.  Both the mudflows and the appearance of the trees is identical.Aside from the fact that Dr. Fritz just made some reckless drafts on the bank of time, and that petrification does not require millions of years (01/24/2005), he recognized that a paradigm shift occurred – the Yellowstone fossil forests did not require successive ages.  A catastrophic event is a better explanation.  Now we have eyewitness observations to show how.  You can hike the trails up into the Lamar forests and find both upright and horizontal logs that are analogous to what were seen at Mt. St. Helens.  The stumps have their roots sheared off, and no evidence that they grew in soils.  A good analysis of the evidence can be found in geologist Harold Coffin’s book Origin by Design (Review and Herald Publishing Association, 1983), ch. 11.  The theistic evolutionists were wrong; you can fit the evidence at Yellowstone in to a lot less time than the secular geologists claimed.  Does it prove a Biblical time frame?  No, but it doesn’t rule it out, either.  Ron Numbers lost his faith over bad science, and 30 years after Mt. St. Helens, the secular geological community have turned a blind eye to some of the most exciting lessons from the famous eruption.(Visited 71 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Mars Madness Hits

first_imgBedrock at this site added to a puzzle about ancient Mars by indicating that a lake was present, but that little carbon dioxide was in the air to help keep a lake unfrozen.Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS, Feb 6, 2017The dilemma has been building for years, the Mars rover scientists say. From the photos, scientists see evidence of river channels and lakebeds on Mars, but chemically, the rocks don’t match. Dissolved CO2 in water helps minerals like iron and magnesium precipitate into carbonate rock. Orbiters and rovers have been unable to find carbonates above a low threshold.“We’ve been particularly struck with the absence of carbonate minerals in sedimentary rock the rover has examined,” said Thomas Bristow of NASA’s Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, California. “It would be really hard to get liquid water even if there were a hundred times more carbon dioxide in the atmosphere than what the mineral evidence in the rock tells us.” Bristow is the principal investigator for the Chemistry and Mineralogy (CheMin) instrument on Curiosity and lead author of the study being published this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science.So far, no scenario rescues the disparate observations. It doesn’t appear the liquid water was under frozen lakes, or underground.“Curiosity’s traverse through streambeds, deltas, and hundreds of vertical feet of mud deposited in ancient lakes calls out for a vigorous hydrological system supplying the water and sediment to create the rocks we’re finding,” said Curiosity Project Scientist Ashwin Vasavada of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California. “Carbon dioxide, mixed with other gases like hydrogen, has been the leading candidate for the warming influence needed for such a system. This surprising result would seem to take it out of the running.“The article leaves the dilemma unanswered. The paper is published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) this week.Let the scientists explain the geology before they launch into speculations about life. Remember, too, that the scientists were baffled and discouraged by widespread evidence of life-hindering salts and perchlorates on the surface (10/02/15). Why would lakebeds persist for billions of years on a planet frequently disturbed by global duststorms? If the moyboys would cure their obsession with millions of years and billions of years, maybe it would lead to new avenues of explanation. The Curiosity rover is sending back photos of things mission scientists are struggling to understand.It looks like there was standing water on Mars, but geologists can’t picture any circumstances where large amounts of water could have survived for long. The sun should have been cooler, for one thing, in the early years of the solar system. Another curiosity is that Curiosity (the name of the Mars Science Mission rover), has failed to find evidence of carbonates on the surface, yet those would be expected if Mars had more carbon dioxide in the past to act as a greenhouse gas to keep the surface warm enough for liquid water. These paradoxes, NASA’s Curiosity page says, make “climate modelers struggle to produce scenarios that get the surface of Mars warm enough for keeping water unfrozen.” (Visited 81 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Server error thwarts filling of online loan waiver forms

first_imgPoor internet connectivity and server problems at government e-service centres have made it difficult for farmers to register for the loan waiver scheme. The government had earlier claimed that over 38.90 lakh farmers had filled farm loan waiver forms. Around 89 lakh farmers are eligible for the loan waiver scheme and September 15 is the deadline to submit the forms.Ajit Nawale, convener of the farmers’ steering committee, said, “Farmers are being forced to stand in queue for hours to just fill the form. In many e-service centres, the online registration facility is in tatters. Thumb impressions are not matching with the Aadhaar card data. Server malfunction has also made the process time-consuming.”Cooperation Minister Subhash Deshmukh said the errors at e-centers would be tackled and farmers would start receiving money in their accounts from October 1. Kalidas Aapet of Shetkari Sanghatana said, “The government has all the details of farmers who require the loan. This whole exercise of filling forms is unnecessary. It is possible to transfer the amount directly. Only 500 of the 1,400 e-service centres in Beed district are functional.” Mr. Aapet also questioned the need for a ‘caste’ column in the forms.Farmers’ leaders said the procedure could only be completed if the farmer’s wife provided her thumb impression. Mr. Nawale said, “Widows whose husbands have committed suicide are helpless since they have no loan in their name. There is no clarity on this issue.”Uttam Yamgar, a farmer from Mhasurne village in Khatav tehsil, said he has been visiting the e-service centre for eight days but the server has failed recognise his thumb impression.last_img read more

Odisha Cong. gears up for polls

first_imgBuoyed by the return of Niranjan Patnaik as president of the Odisha Pradesh Congress Committee along with three working presidents, the party has started gearing up for the next year’s simultaneous Lok Sabha and Assembly polls in the State.The Congress leaders are working overtime not only to retain their party’s number two position in the State by blocking the Bharatiya Janata Party but also to take on the ruling Biju Janata Dal in a big way. The saffron party had emerged number two in the Zilla Parishad elections in 2017.The new team of leaders has already initiated a series of measures to strengthen the party organisation at the grassroots level. In a recent meeting of district presidents, the party decided to dismantle block level committees and strengthen Zilla Parishad zones as new organisational blocks.At the end of the two-day deliberations, Mr. Patnaik has made it clear that those leaders who are working with the people in rural areas will be given tickets to contest the next elections. Indiscipline will not be tolerated in the party and leaders having grievances should raise the issue in party forum instead of going to the media, he has said.Mr. Patnaik, who has already appointed presidents and working presidents in as many as 28 of the 33 organisational districts, is now planning to organise massive rallies in all districts to galvanise the party workers up to the booth level. He along with the party in-charge of Odisha has also visited all districts to activate the district units.last_img read more

James Franco in talks to direct ESPN film ‘Those Guys Have All the Fun’

first_imgLos Angeles, Jul 26 (PIT) Actor James Franco is in negotiations to direct the film “Those Guys Have All the Fun” for Focus Features.The film is an adaptation of James Andrew Miller and Tom Shales’ non fiction novel of the same name and explores the formation of the sports network ESPN.The book features interviews with Robin Roberts, Keith Olbermann, Bill Simmons, Tony Kornheiser, Stuart Scott, Erin Andrews, Mike Ditka and more.According to The Hollywood Reporter, the actor, who was recently accused of sexual misconduct by five women, might not star in the project.Franco has denied all the allegations that were reported by the Los Angeles Times in January.The script for the film will be rewritten by “Halt and Catch Fire” co-creator Christopher C. Rogers.The story follows Bill Rasmussen, a communications executive who teamed up with his son, Scott, to launch the world’s first 24-hour cable TV network which showed sporting events nonstop throughout the day.Franco, 40, most recently produced and starred in “The Disaster Artist” for which he won a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor. PTI RB RBRBlast_img read more

Forget Costa, Morata already killing it!

first_imgChelsea Forget about Costa: Six games and Morata is already killing it! Nizaar Kinsella Click here to see more stories from this author Chelsea correspondent Last updated 2 years ago 00:23 24/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(8) Alvaro Morata Chelsea 2017 Getty Images Chelsea Premier League Stoke City Stoke City v Chelsea Antonio Conte Morata Opinion Transfers The Blues have transitioned seamlessly from one star striker to another and they are showing that they are serious about the title once again Replacing Diego Costa shouldn’t have been so easy but Alvaro Morata has already consigned Chelsea’s former hero to history. Just a day after it had been confirmed that the Blues had agreed a fee with Atletico Madrid for Costa, Morata was involved in his sixth, seventh and eighth goals for Chelsea since joining from Real Madrid during the summer.Chelsea 9/2 to win Premier League Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing The 24-year-old was sensational against Stoke City on Saturday, taking a perfect touch in the box from a long pass from Cesar Azpilicueta before lofting the ball over Jack Butland to make it 1-0 to the visitors.Manager Antonio Conte said Morata “feels the goal in every moment” and it was his positioning that gave him the edge over a makeshift Stoke City defence for the opener but his three goals displayed different skill-sets, with his second showcasing his blistering pace and under-rated dribbling ability.His predatory instincts were on display when completed his hat-trick by finishing off a beautiful team move in which Azpilicueta set Morata up for the fourth time this season by chesting the ball into his fellow Spaniard’s path, thus leaving the No.9 with a tap-in.Alvaro Morata ChelseaIt meant that Morata equalled Costa’s club-record of being involved in eight goals in his first six Premier League appearances for Chelsea, as the former Juventus striker has already struck six times since arriving in England, as well as notching two assists.Of course, matching Costa’s impact at Chelsea will not be easy. The 28-year-old won more points than any other player with his goals during last season’s title triumph. He was the Blues’ powerhouse up front, turning defeats and draws into victories through sheer force of nature.However, Morata is already proving just as influential – albeit in a different way – with the added bonus that he is four years younger than Costa. Indeed, as Conte pointed out, the hungry Morata is only going to get better.”Morata is already a really good striker but I think he can improve a lot,” the Italian stated. “Despite being a young player, he has played with Real Madrid and Juventus, and in his career he has won a lot.”We are trying to work very hard with him, to adapt himself in our style of football, our idea. But, for me, the striker is very important and he is a good guy who wants to improve a lot. He wants to become one of the best.”Morata wasn’t the only Spaniard to shine at Stoke, though. Pedro scored Chelsea’s second and Azpilicueta was outstanding during a win that proved the Blues showed that they have the quality all over the pitch to fight off the Manchester clubs and retain their Premier League crown.Alvaro Morata Chelsea Stats PSOf course, many initially doubted whether Morata was good enough to lead the line for Antonio Conte’s side. As he himself said of the critics after the shootout loss to Arsenal in the season-opening Community Shield clash with Arsenal, “I’ve only had two friendlies, 15 minutes officially and a missed penalty, and they’re already killing me.”However, Chelsea legend Frank Lampard was one of the few impressed by what he saw of Morata during those early days.”Diego Costa is not easy to replace and I don’t think you can replace him with someone exactly in his mould,” the former England international told Goal . “But, in Morata, I think they have a young player with great movement.”Indeed, despite the sale of Costa, Chelsea are still clearly in possession of a No.9 capable of firing them to another title triumph. Just six games into the new season, and Morata is already killing it. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more