Church attendance may lower suicide risk in women

first_imgWomen who attend religious services at least once a week may have a lower risk of suicide than those who never attend services, according to a new study led by researchers at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.The study was published online June 29, 2016 in JAMA Psychiatry.Tyler VanderWeele, professor of epidemiology, and coauthors analyzed health data from 89,708 women participating in the Nurses’ Health Study from 1996 through June 2010. Most of the women were white and Catholic or Protestant.Compared with women who never attended religious services, women who attended once a week or more had a five times lower risk of committing suicide during the study period, the researchers found.The authors noted that their study used observational data and did not account for factors such as impulsivity or feelings of hopelessness. In addition, the findings may not be generalizable to other populations.“Our results do not imply that health care providers should prescribe attendance at religious services,” they wrote. “However, for patients who are already religious, service attendance might be encouraged as a form of meaningful social participation. Religion and spirituality may be an underappreciated resource that psychiatrists and clinicians could explore with their patients, as appropriate.” Read Full Storylast_img read more

Mayor Sundquist Close To Naming New Jamestown Police Chief

first_imgShare:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) JAMESTOWN – The search for Jamestown’s next police chief may soon come to an end as the city’s mayor has narrowed down the search to three candidates.Jamestown Mayor Eddie Sundquist tells WNY News Now he hopes to finalize a potential offer to one of the three by November’s City Council Voting Session; with a public announcement coming either later this week or early next.The Mayor says the final three, which out of respect for the candidates will not be publicly announced at the moment, are made up of both internal and external applicants.Sundquist says he is looking for a person who is community oriented and able to address tough questions like: What should policing look like in Jamestown? “All three are very driven individuals that really want to make the community better,” said Sundquist. “Each one has had years of experience working with a police department, but more importantly the top attribute that I am looking for in a police chief is someone that is willing to adapt and change as the needs of the community change.”The Mayor says he wants the candidate to be able to understand community policing efforts and be able to make changes within the department for the benefit of the entire city.“When I talk about community policing, I’m talking about a force that is out there, that is being with our kids in the schools, that is being able to walk the beat in neighborhoods, so that as people are sitting on their porches the police officers know who they are, they know what is going on in the community, that is the type of community policing that we need to get back to,” explained Sundquist. “We’ve focused so much on law and order, and so much on putting people in jail, that we forgot that one of the key components of a police department is knowing the community that they serve.”Additionally, the Mayor says he wants to appoint a chief that would advocate for more wraparound services like mental health outreach and domestic violence prevention.Sundquist has been working with a police chief recommendation committee on finding a good candidate for the job after Police Chief Harry Snellings retired in July.In the meantime, Jamestown Police Lieutenant Timothy Jackson is serving as interim chief. Sundquist says Jackson was among applicants, but, didn’t say if he is among the final three.He says several members of Jamestown Police have applied for the position.last_img read more

Jonathan Groff Will Reign Over Broadway in Hamilton

first_img from $149.00 Jonathan Groff View Comments Related Shows God save the King! It’s been confirmed that Jonathan Groff will continue his reign as King George III when off-Broadway hit Hamilton makes the move to the Great White Way this summer. Lin-Manuel Miranda’s musical will begin previews on July 13 at the Richard Rodgers Theatre, with opening night set for August 6.Groff took over as King George at the Public Theater for Tony nominee Brian d’Arcy James, who departed the production to star in Something Rotten!. Groff won three Broadway.com Audience Choice Awards and was nominated for a Tony Award for playing Melchior in Spring Awakening. For the Public Theater, he previously starred in Hair at the Delacorte Theatre in Central Park and The Bacchae. Other off-Broadway credits include The Submission, The Singing Forest and Prayer for My Enemy. He was also seen in Deathtrap in London’s West End and Red at the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles. Later this month, Groff will headline William Finn’s A New Brain at City Center. Screen credits include the gay-themed drama Looking on HBO and Glee.The Broadway-bound cast also stars the previously reported Miranda as Hamilton, Christopher Jackson as George Washington, Leslie Odom Jr. as Aaron Burr, Phillipa Soo as Eliza Hamilton, Anthony Ramos as John Laurens/Phillip Hamilton, Daveed Diggs as Marquis De Lafayette/Thomas Jefferson, Renée Elise Goldsberry as Angelica Schuyler and Javier Muñoz as Hamilton alternate. The company will additionally include Jasmine Cephas Jones, Okieriete Onaodowan, Carleigh Bettiol, Andrew Chappelle, Ariana DeBose, Alysha Deslorieux, Sydney James Harcourt, Neil Haskell, Sasha Hutchings, Thayne Jasperson, Stephanie Klemons, Morgan Marcell, Emmy Raver-Lampan, Jon Rua, Austin Smith, Seth Stewart, Betsy Struxness, Ephraim Sykes and Voltaire Wade-Greene.Directed by Thomas Kail and featuring a book, music and lyrics by Miranda, Hamilton is inspired by the book Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow. The new musical follows the scrappy young immigrant who forever changed America, from bastard orphan to Washington’s right hand man, rebel to war hero, loving husband caught in the country’s first sex scandal to Treasury head who made an untrusting world believe in the American economy. George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Eliza Hamilton and lifelong Hamilton friend and foe, Aaron Burr, all make appearances in the tuner about America’s fiery past.center_img Hamilton Lin-Manuel Miranda Star Fileslast_img read more

Chicken champs

first_imgCritiquing eggs and birds4-H poultry teams learn to judge laying hens for egg production,market eggs for interior and exterior quality and ready-to-cookpoultry for quality.”When placing birds, they have to know how to look at the bird,observe it,” Lee said. “Then they have to grade both eggs andchickens.”The team’s coaches teach them by using U.S. Department ofAgriculture guidelines for grading poultry. In real life, USDApoultry graders work in poultry houses.”Our students are probably trained as well as the USDA graders,”he said. “Very few people are skilled in this area. It’s prettyunique, and that’s what often attracts the kids to it.”Lee and the team’s other coaches, Tift County CooperativeExtension agent Brian Tankersley and volunteer Andrea Milton,work with the students several times a week to prepare them forstate and national competitions.”In our state, we have easy access to live birds and fresh eggsthat we can use for practicing,” he said.When judging an egg, the 4-H’er enters a dark room and uses alight to inspect the inside of the egg. “This helps you grade theegg and determine whether it’s edible,” Lee said. “They alsojudge the broken-out egg in a dish and the shell quality.”When judging live birds, the 4-H’er must be able to know whichchicken is the best layer. “Our 4-H’ers can do this by looking atthe characteristics of the bird,” he said. “They can alsodetermine which bird is no longer laying.” More than just chicken knowlegePoultry judging doesn’t just teach the students about poultry.”They have to present a set of oral reasons during thecompetition, so this teaches them defense skills … publicspeaking and decision-making skills,” Lee said.At the nationals, the Georgia team placed first in the productionhen class, second in market eggs and third in ready-to-cook.Leidner was the top individual overall. Tankersley placed 12th,Smith 13th and Suggs placed 15th.The Walton County 4-H poultry judging team — Jacob Brooks,Courtney Brooks, Amy Jamison and Chris Lightfoot — attended thenational conference, too, with their coach, Molly Kimler. Theyplaced fifth in the 14-team national avian bowl contest.”Some of the kids may not want to admit (that they’re poultryjudges) around their peers,” Lee said. “In reality, they’repretty proud of their knowledge. And winning a national title ofany kind is just phenomenal.” Champs againThis was the second time a Tift County team has won the nationaltitle. The local team won in 2003, too. Georgia 4-H is a youthdevelopment program of the University of Georgia.”We’ve had a lot of success over the past few years,” said GeorgeLee, a retired UGA Cooperative Extension agent in Crisp Countyand one of the team’s coaches. “When you win big like this, itencourages other kids to join 4-H and to judge poultry.”Competition in 4-H poultry judging is steep at the state level inGeorgia. “In a poultry state like Georgia, there are a lot of 4-Hpoultry judging teams,” Lee said. “Georgia is the No. 1 poultrystate, but Tift County doesn’t really have a lot of poultry. Soour team really is unique.”The Georgia team competed against 19 state champion teams fromacross the United States. But the real competition came fromstates like Louisiana, Mississippi, California and Arkansas, Leesaid.center_img By Sharon OmahenUniversity of GeorgiaWhen some Tift County 4-H’ers tag along while their parentsgrocery shop, the stores’ meat managers cringe. That’s becausethese kids are national experts when it comes to pointing outhigh-quality poultry and eggs.The Tift County 4-H poultry judging team — Laura Leidner,Samantha Tankersley, Sally Smith and Austin Suggs — won firstplace at the National 4-H Poultry and Egg Conference inLouisville, Ky., Nov. 16-17.last_img read more

South Africa moves forward with plan to build 6,800MW of new renewable energy capacity

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Renewables Now:The South African government will organise a procurement programme for 11,813 MW of new power infrastructure, including 6,800 MW set aside for renewable energy.The Department of Mineral Resources and Energy said that the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (NERSA) has concurred with its ministerial determination issued in February 2020 to procure additional capacity.The procurement will open up a number of bid windows, including Bid Window 5 (BW 5) for renewable energy capacity. About 6,800 MW of wind and photovoltaic (PV), 513 MW of storage, 3,000 MW of gas-fired capacity and 1,500 MW from coal-based plants will be up for bidding.“Given the current supply constraints, this additional generation capacity is urgently required, and will be an important contribution towards ending load shedding and ensuring energy security for the country,” Eskom CEO Andre de Ruyter commented following NERSA’s decision.The additional capacity is to come on top of the 2,000 MW of emergency power currently being procured under the technology agnostic Risk Mitigation Independent Power Producer Programme (RMIPPP).The new procurement programme is in line with South Africa’s Integrated Resources Plan (IRP 2019), which sets the country’s energy agenda through 2030. The IRP 2019 leaves gigawatts worth of space for renewable, but coal will remain the biggest source of electricity for South Africa due to its abundance.[Sladjana Djunisic]More: S Africa to procure 6.8 GW of renewables under new programme South Africa moves forward with plan to build 6,800MW of new renewable energy capacitylast_img read more

Euthanasia law proposed for healthy over-75s who feel their lives are complete

first_imgDutch News 19 July 2020Family First Comment: This is so disturbing. Apparently euthanasia is now a response to depression and mental illness…“Govt research revealed that around 10,000 people over 55 have a serious death wish.”#slipperyslopeProtect.org.nzA Dutch MP has submitted a long-awaited bill to offer healthy Dutch over-75s the right to ask for euthanasia.Pia Dijkstra, medical ethics lead for D66, promised to go forward with the controversial bill at the end of January, after government research revealed that around 10,000 people over 55 have a serious death wish.But the bill proposal, handed in on Friday, is likely to stoke conflict in the government because the two Christian parties in the coalition are radically opposed to it.Free voteAlthough the right to choose death is supported in theory by Mark Rutte’s VVD, and a previous attempt at legislation in 2016 also had the support of the PvdA labour party and GroenLinks, it is unclear whether Dijkstra’s bill would win over the majority of MPs – which it would need, as it would be a free vote.Her proposed law would mean healthy over-75s with a strong death wish for at least two months could have the assistance of an ‘end-of-life supervisor’ to die. But opponents of the law – including the KNMG Royal Dutch Medical Association – believe it could undermine the strict due care conditions of the existing euthanasia law, arguing that lonely and impoverished older people should have help, not the choice of an early death.Benjamin Meijer, a spokesman for D66, told DutchNews.nl that his party had agreed with the coalition to wait for the publication of research into the group of older people who want help to die, and was then busy with the joint effort against the coronavirus.READ MORE: https://www.dutchnews.nl/news/2020/07/euthanasia-law-proposed-for-healthy-over-75s-who-feel-their-lives-are-complete/last_img read more

Want To Be A Volunteer Coach?

first_imgWho makes a good volunteer?  People who have played a particular sport and still have interest in it are the people athletic directors are need.  In order to become a volunteer, there are several steps you must be willing to go through.  You will have to pass some form of a background check.  If you are not known by the school system, this could be extensive.  In Indiana, as in most states, you must pass certain certifications in order to coach.  These include such things as concussion protocol, sportsmanship, and first aid knowledge.  They are not difficult, and they can be done on line. However, they take time.It is so much better for the athletes if the people working with them want to coach, have knowledge of the sport, and are not looking to make money.  Anyone who has coached can tell you stories about people who were handed a coaching position just to up their salary.  I know one in the past who coached his cross country team at the conference meet by sitting in the car and listening to the Reds baseball game.  Nobody needs that type of coach.Finally, if you have the time to volunteer with the job you have, or if you are retired and still like to coach, contact your local AD and see what is available.  I would be willing to bet that every school needs someone.last_img read more

Franklin County 4-H Virtual Sheep Show results

first_imgBREEDING EWE SHOW RESULTS:​GRAND CHAMPION BREEDING EWE: Reagan FlaspohlerRESERVE GRAND CHAMPION BREEDING EWE: Alexis KochChampion Light Weight Ewe: Gavin McGlothenReserve Champion Light Weight Ewe: Lexi SchwabChampion Medium Weight Ewe: Hailey BallReserve Champion Medium Weight Ewe: David KochChampion Heavy Weight Ewe: Reagan FlaspohlerReserve Champion Heavy Weight Ewe: Alexis KochBreeding Ewe Class Results:​1st: Gavin McGlothen, Hailey Ball, Reagan Flaspohler2nd: Lexi Schwab, David Koch, Alexis Koch3rd: Saige Mergenthal, Faith Coffey, Alexis KochMARKET LAMB SHOW RESULTS:​GRAND CHAMPION MARKET LAMB: Alexis Koch (Medium Weight)RESERVE GRAND CHAMPION MARKET LAMB: Reagan Flaspohler (Heavy Weight)Champion Light Weight Lamb: Gracie RippergerReserve Champion Light Weight Lamb: Izzy RobbenChampion Medium Weight Lamb: Alexis KochReserve Champion Medium Weight Lamb: Dexter DorrelChampion Heavy Weight Lamb: Reagan FlaspohlerReserve Champion Heavy Weight Lamb: David KochMarket Lamb Class Results:1st: Gracie Ripperger, Alexis Koch, Reagan Flaspohler2nd: Izzy Robben, Dexter Dorrel, David Koch3rd: Faith Coffey, Kate Dorrel, Hailey Ball4th: Kody Schwab, Lexi Schwab, Abbigail Baxter5th: Kody Schwablast_img read more

World Cup Qualifier: 18 Flamingoes for Guinea tie

first_imgRelatedPosts Flamingos trash Guinea, romp into final round Flamingos storm Yaounde for World Cup ticket Flamingos walk tight rope on Uruguay route Stand-in Coach of Nigeria’s U17 girls, otherwise known as Flamingoes, Bankole Olowookere, has selected 18 players who will tackle their Guinean counterparts in a 2020 FIFA U17 Women’s World Cup second round qualifying fixture later this month. Olowookere’s charges will fly to Conakry on Thursday for Saturday’s first leg encounter, which was postponed by a week as a result of the Guinean legislative election that held last Saturday. The return leg will take place at the Agege Stadium, Lagos on March 14. There are two goalkeepers, five defenders, six midfielders and five forwards on the roster.18 FLAMINGOS FOR GUINEA Nelly Ekeh (Ibom Angels); Chinyere Kalu (Rivers Angels); Chidinma Ogbuchi (FC Robo); Oluwabunmi Oladeji (Dream Stars); Deborah Abiodun (Rivers Angels); Miracle Ohaeri (Ibom Angels); Blessing Sunday (Osun Babes); Taiwo Lawal (Aseyori Queens); Olusola Sobowale (FC Robo); Oluwayemisi Samuel (Osun Babes); Adoo Yina (Confluence Queens); Rofiat Imuran (Sunshine Queens); Amarachi Odoma (Nasarawa Amazons); Anuoluwapo Salisu (Dream Stars); Hannah Yusuf (Nasarawa Amazons); Olamide Bolaji (Osun Babes); Alvine Dahz (Bayelsa Queens); Sukura Bakare (Dream Stars). Tags: Bankole OlowookereFIFA U17 Women’s World Cuplast_img read more

Football News Real Madrid secure 1-1 draw against Leganes, remain 13 points adrift of FC Barcelona

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Football News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. Madrid: Real Madrid took the Monday night slot reserved for La Liga’s lower teams and never really looked out of place as Karim Benzema’s goal was enough only for a 1-1 draw away to Leganes. Madrid delivered another thoroughly underwhelming performance at Butarque to remain 13 points adrift of Barcelona, with Zinedine Zidane’s second reign as a coach now delivering three wins, one defeat and a draw. Leganes might even have won it after Jonathan Silva gave them the lead shortly before half-time and while Benzema scored his 26th goal of the season, Madrid never looked like finding a winner.     “It looks like we do not have much confidence,” Zidane said. “We have to give a little bit more.” Instead, they sit four points behind Atletico Madrid and finishing second, and above their city rivals, appears unlikely. Leganes climb to 11th.     Zidane was asked last month about the humiliation of playing on a Monday night, the time typically reserved for La Liga’s sides not involved in European competitions and so unpopular that it will be abolished next season.RELATED     It meant as Barcelona were preparing to face Manchester United in the Champions League quarter-finals on Tuesday, Real Madrid stepped out looking to salvage only pride and, perhaps, momentum ahead of what most expect to be a busy summer.     Most of Zidane’s press conferences have so far been dominated by questions about his players’ futures and on this evidence, few will be feeling secure.     Benzema has been, by a distance, Madrid’s most consistent player this season and he showed again why Zidane has already said the striker will stay.      Gareth Bale, meanwhile, was left on the bench for the second time in three matches, with his prospects looking ever-more bleak.     “Today I wanted to make a change,” Zidane said. “It is done.” Chances were few and far between in the first half but Madrid could twice have taken the lead as Marco Asensio scuffed his finish after being put through by Isco and Raphael Varane’s shot was blocked after a goalline scramble.     Leganes, though, were otherwise rarely made to feel uncomfortable and shortly before half-time, they took the lead.      Madrid failed to clear, instead allowing Martin Braithwaite to roll back to Silva, who guided the ball into the corner.     Zidane strode down the tunnel at half-time and his team emerged with greater purpose afterward, with Benzema finding an equaliser six minutes in.     Casemiro threaded a neat ball through to Luka Modric, who twisted and set free Benzema. His first shot was pushed out by Pichu Cuellar but only back to Benzema, who fired in the rebound. Silva headed straight at Navas and Youssef En-Nesyri had a goal correctly ruled out for offside late on. Neither side really deserved a winner. highlightscenter_img Leganes moved to 11th spot in the La Liga points table.Zinedine Zidane’s second reign as a coach has three wins, one defeat and a draw.Karim Benzema continued his consistency for Real Madrid.last_img read more