Total Force Fitness and Cooperative Extension: Psychological Fitness

first_imgIn today’s Friday Field notes, we continue our series of examining how cooperative extension can support Total Force Fitness. This week will explore the programs available through cooperative extension that support psychological fitness.What is Psychological Fitness? The ability to cope with the stressors associated with military life is at the core of psychological fitness. Both military and civilian families face a variety of everyday stressors (e.g., parenting, financial stress), but military families also face unique stressors (e.g., PCS, deployment).There are many proactive and important coping skills, but social support is an important factor in individuals’ ability to cope with stressors. Join the Network Literacy and Nutrition and Wellness teams for the Avoiding Burnout: Building Resilience Through Relationships webinar on June 25th at 11 am to learn more about building relationships for social support.Reach out to line leaders, doctors or chaplains for appropriate care right away if military family members: Can’t shake feeling down or worriedHave thoughts that repeatedly cause anxietyHave sleep problemsHave thoughts about hurting themselves or others Resources are available and they work. Contact the Psychological Health Resource Center 24/7 by calling 1-866-966-1020 for answers to questions.Cooperative Extension and Psychological FitnessCooperative extension provides programming that supports psychological fitness. Check out your state’s cooperative extension website for blog posts, resources, and events near you. Here are some great examples of resources from Alabama, Louisiana, and Virginia.Mindfulness Education. Mindfulness is a great way to learn to cope with everyday stressors. The practice of mindfulness involved focusing on the present in order to reduce anxiety and stress. PennState Extension offers a great resource for information on what mindfulness is and some ideas for practice. Many local extension programs also provide mindfulness training to small groups. Contact your local county extension office to inquire about any upcoming mindfulness events.last_img read more

Joanna Lumley Supports Safe Water Inventions

first_imgJoanna Lumley will introduce two new systems designed to provide safe drinking water at the British Invention Awards Show in London next week.The systems were developed by Alexander Bushell, and will be featured at the show on Wednesday 23 at 4pm.Joanna has been excited and inspired by Alexander’s body of work. To date she has invested funding in both the Solar Desalination and Raincatcher systems.“I see great potential in both of these systems specifically to help improve the provision of safe drinking water to those people across the world who are in dire need of this valuable resource,” she said. “Of course these inventions, brilliant as they are, will not in themselves solve the problem, but we should try to do what we can and hopefully inspire others to do even more. We, in the so called ‘developed world’, take for granted that when we need a drink we can go to the nearest tap and take a giant swig of lovely sweet water. Every time I do that, I think about those less fortunate for whom that is not an option and I feel a little ashamed and very sad. Together with Alexander, we want to try to help as many of them as possible.“I intend to encourage Alexander to continue in his work and I hope, with partners, to be able to help him in even more of his projects. My next aim is to find partners to help bring to the market a fantastic invention that is very special to me. Millions of women die unnecessarily due to complications during childbirth. Alexander has created a wonderful Mobile Operating Theatre -­‐ in a box! Solar Powered but with built in options of mains, generator or pedal power. The whole unit fits into a packing case designed to then fit easily into the back of a 4WD vehicle. This amazing unit could start saving lives immediately and not just those of women in labour.“In fact there are so many other wonderful products: A Solar Powered Oxygen Generating System, Portable Bacterial Detection products and a Solar Powered Blood Filtration System with both Aids and Kidney Dialysis applications. The potential to help people is so exciting and motivating but I cannot do it all on my own.”Alexander says, “Joanna’s help and encouragement in these two projects has been absolutely instrumental in bringing them to life. I am an inventor and perhaps a little naive in the ways of investors and partnership funding options, but Joanna and her team have been wonderful and their partnership has allowed me to concentrate on the final developments of these systems while planning future projects.”The show takes place at the Barbican Events Centre, and more info can be found here.last_img read more

Valverde hails unbelievable Messi after 400th La Liga goal

first_imgBarcelona manager Ernesto Valverde believes Lionel Messi’s incredible statistics speak for themselves after he scored his 400th La Liga goalIn just 435 league games, Messi registered his 400th goal as Barcelona cruised to a comfortable 3-0 win over SD Eibar on Sunday with Luis Suarez netting the other two goals.“I think the figures speak for themselves,” Valverde told the club website.“We don’t know if anyone will ever get close to those statistics but he is unbelievable.”The victory at Camp Nou enabled Barcelona to maintain their lead in La Liga to five points from second-place Atletico Madrid after 19 games.FC Barcelona, Valencia CFMatch Preview: Barcelona vs Valencia Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Is derby time in La Liga, as Barcelona welcomes Valencia to the Camp Nou Stadium tonight at 21:00 (CET).“We have finished the first half of the season,” continued Valverde.“We wanted to maintain the advantage we had over the teams that are chasing us and we have done that.“The game was a tough one, like all the games against Eibar. They always put you under pressure high up the field.“At the end of the day we were able to get around that and we are happy because we have reached the halfway point of the league season top of the table, after having some tricky moments so far.”The Catalan giants will next face Levante in the second leg of their last-16 Copa del Rey tie on Thursday, where they hope to overturn their 2-1 deficit at home.last_img read more

Two Missing After Explosion Fire In Whittier

first_imgFacebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Girdwood Fire Department responded  with mutual aid late Sunday to assist Whittier Fire with an explosion and boat fire at the commercial dock. According to the U.S. Coast Guard, two people are missing after the explosion and fire. According to Norcross the F/V Alganik has sunk and there is a 100-yard safety zone around the area. Around 12:30am, Monday there was a voluntary evacuation order for nearby Whittier Manor. Photo credit: M. Garhart Shortly before 3am, the Girdwood Fire department confirmed the fire had been contained. Limited details are known at this time. Additional Details will be posted as they are made available. Coast Guard spokesperson Manda Norcross: “A propane tank that had been leaking exploded aboard the F/V Alganik exploded causing the fire which spread to nearby buildings and vehicles.”last_img read more

Disneys Jungle Cruise footage hits D23

first_img In Jungle Cruise, @TheRock and Emily Blunt pair up for a buddy comedy of fun. And The Rock just rode into the auditorium on a jungle cruise boat called La Quila🚢 “Sometimes you need me to save the day!”#D23Expo pic.twitter.com/6yWXT6V1M5— cait petrakovitz ➡️ D23 🙌🏽💃🏽 (@misscp) August 24, 2019 The movie is based on the Disneyland ride of the same name, and will see The Rock play a boat skipper named Frank who takes Blunt’s character Lily and her brother McGregor — played by British stand-up comedian Jack Whitehall — on a mission to find a tree that has magical healing powers. You may recognize Whitehall from the Good Omens series on Amazon Prime.The journey will see them fight wild animals and compete against a rival German expedition, with Disney adding that there will be a “supernatural element.” 0 How much would you spend on Disney Plus? As @TheRock is saying he made a movie about “heroic men, kicking ass and saving the girl” Emily Blunt herself comes out in an old car, “mad” about the footage we just saw. “Did you cut that yourself?!? … Just forget everything you just saw!” #D23Expo #JungleCruise— cait petrakovitz ➡️ D23 🙌🏽💃🏽 (@misscp) August 24, 2019 41 Photos TV and Movies Culture Now playing: Watch this: The first Jungle Cruise trailer has finally launched at D23. Walt Disney Studios Disney revealed footage for the Jungle Cruise movie at D23 Expo 2019, with Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Emily Blunt in the lead roles for the Adventureland-themed movie.The footage on display definitely tips a hat to the Disney ride the story is based off of, with the cruise itself having guides like the attraction. The antagonists appear to be similar to those in the Pirates of the Caribbean films, having a kind of supernatural Davy Jones-like appearance. Johnson called Blunt’s character “the female version of Indiana Jones” in an Instagram post in June, saying she has “relentless ambition to find the one, elusive magical thing that could change humanity for the better — forever.”According to The Rock, his skipper character knows the Amazon River better than any other, and only cares about his money, his cat and his liquor.”Good luck lady in trying to change the world, and not falling for my charm,” he said.The Disney D23 Expo runs through Sunday, Aug. 25. Be sure to check out coverage from sister sites GameSpot, TV Guide and ComicBook.com.   1:42center_img Tags Comic-Con See the best cosplay from Disney’s D23 Expo Post a comment In her trailer, @TheRock’s name is smaller, and she’s the Indiana Jones type seeking truth and knowledge. Oh come on, he says. “The last time I was here I was a demi-god.” #D23Expo— cait petrakovitz ➡️ D23 🙌🏽💃🏽 (@misscp) August 24, 2019 Disney’s Jungle Cruise movie Share your voice Disney Jungle Cruise movie: Release date, plot, rumors, cast, director, photoslast_img read more

Physicists propose mechanism that explains the origins of both dark matter and

first_imgThis 3D map shows the large-scale distribution of dark matter, reconstructed from measurements of weak gravitational lensing with the Hubble Space Telescope. The field of view covers about nine times the size of the full moon. Image credit: NASA/ESA/Richard Massey. Citation: Physicists propose mechanism that explains the origins of both dark matter and ‘normal’ matter (2010, December 10) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2010-12-physicists-mechanism-dark.html Copyright 2010 PhysOrg.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of PhysOrg.com. (PhysOrg.com) — Through precise cosmological measurements, scientists know that about 4.6% of the energy of the Universe is made of baryonic matter (normal atoms), about 23% is made of dark matter, and the remaining 72% or so is dark energy. Scientists also know that almost all the baryonic matter in the observable Universe is matter (with a positive baryon charge) rather than antimatter (with a negative baryon charge). But exactly why this matter and energy came to be this way is still an open question. In a recent study, physicists have proposed a new mechanism that can generate both the baryon asymmetry and the dark matter density of the Universe simultaneously. UBC physicists make atoms and dark matter add up Explore further The scientists, Hooman Davoudiasl from Brookhaven National Laboratory in Upton, New York; David Morrissey and Sean Tulin from TRIUMF in Vancouver, British Columbia; and Kris Sigurdson from the University of British Columbia, also in Vancouver, have published their new proposal in a recent issue of Physical Review Letters. They’ve dubbed the new mechanism “hylogenesis” from the Greek words “hyle,” meaning “primordial matter,” and “genesis,” meaning “origin.” “There are two problems in theoretical physics we are trying to address at once,” Sigurdson said. “The baryon asymmetry (why do we have atoms but not antiatoms in the Universe?) has really been a problem since Paul Dirac proposed antimatter in 1928 and it was discovered in 1932. And what is the dark matter? Hints of dark matter have been around since Fritz Zwicky discovered missing mass in the Coma Cluster in 1933, but its identity is still unknown. This mechanism links the formation of atoms and dark matter and helps resolve the baryon asymmetry mystery, as the total dark plus visible baryon balance of the Universe is restored.”In this matter-formation scenario, a new particle X and its antiparticle X-bar (of equal and opposite charge) are produced in the early Universe. X and X-bar are capable of coupling to quarks (the basic components of baryonic matter, e.g., protons and neutrons) in the visible sector as well as particles in a “hidden” sector (so-called because the particles in it interact only feebly with the visible sector). In this scenario X and X-bar would have been produced when the Universe heated up after inflation, in the first moments after at the start of the big bang.Later, X and X-bar would decay, partly into visible baryons (specifically, a neutron made up of one up quark and two down quarks) and partly into hidden baryons. As the scientists explain, X decays to neutrons more often than X-bar decays to antineutrons. By the same amount, X-bar decays to hidden antiparticles more than X decays to hidden particles. In this scenario, the quarks would be the baryonic matter that makes up almost everything we see, and the hidden antibaryons would be what we know as dark matter. Through this yin-yang decay pattern, the positive baryon number of the visible matter is in balance with the negative baryon number of the dark matter. “The energy densities of visible and dark matter are really close to each other (differing by a factor of five),” Tulin said. “In many scenarios, the processes that generate visible and dark matter are unrelated, occurring during widely separated epochs in the early universe through completely different physics. So, this factor of five seems like either a really big coincidence, or it could be a clue that both kinds of matter had a common origin. I think this is the main reason to take seriously these unified models of visible and dark matter genesis.”The physicists predict that this matter-formation mechanism could provide an entirely new way to look for dark matter, since it would leave a signature that could be experimentally detected. As they explain, once in a while a dark matter antiparticle might collide with and annihilate an ordinary atomic particle, releasing a burst of energy. Although this is very rare, there is a chance that experiments on Earth that look for the spontaneous decay of protons could detect dark matter.“We plan to investigate, in more detail, the prospects for dark matter detection in nucleon decay experiments, as this constitutes a distinct signature of our proposal and can open up a new front in the experimental search for dark matter,” Davoudiasl said. “Other potential signals of hylogenesis can appear in astrophysical observations and perhaps particle accelerator data, and we intend to consider these possibilities in our future work as well.” More information: Hooman Davoudiasl, et al. “Unified Origin for Baryonic Visible Matter and Antibaryonic Dark Matter.” Physical Review Letters 105, 211304 (2010). DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.105.211304 This document is subject to copyright. 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Govt mulls use of biofertilisers to boost plant productivity

first_imgKolkata: The state government is keen on increasing of productivity of various plants by administering bio-fertilisers and other manures, which will be fruitful for the plants.The Biotechnology department has already formed committees for the smooth implementation of various projects taken up by the department. Scientists and research fellows are conducting researches on bio-fertilisers about how they can be used to increase the productivity of various plants and vegetables. They will also save people from the toxic substances used in chemical fertilisers. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedIt has been learnt that researches are being conducted to examine how a particular plant can give fruits three times a year. Likewise, productivity of many other fruit trees and vegetables plants would be increased through various means, which will be more conducive for these plants to grow.According to sources, the state government has a plan to open a unit at all the districts, to provide technical assistance to the farmers on increasing the productivity of what they produce. Also Read – Naihati: 10 councillors return to TMC from BJPThe department is committed to ensure that the people can get vegetables, fruits and others foodgrains free from toxic substances at the markets.The department is also contemplating how the productivity of foodgrains and vegetables could be increased in comparatively unfertile areas of Bankura, Birbhum and Purulia. It may be mentioned that Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had laid a lot of stress to improve the standard of life for the farmers in rural areas. She had announced lots of new projects in this regard. The scientists will also conduct “tissue culture” as a part of their research work in the district level to increase the productivity of plants. It has been seen that the vegetables and fruits that are supplied into various markets in the city, are often found to be unhealthy.It also affects human health as various chemical fertilisers rich in toxic substances are often administered to the plants to augment the productivity.The department will also carry out research on increasing the productivity of cattle. The state government will provide assistance to those who rear cattle.last_img read more