Renewed appeal over Derry assault which left a man critically ill in hospital

first_img WhatsApp Pinterest 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Google+ Pinterest Detectives continue to appeal for information following an assault that occurred in Pitchers Restaurant in the Alder Road area of DerryA man, aged in his 30s, was assaulted by another man. He was taken to hospital for treatment to his injuries where his condition is currently described as critical.Andrew McLaughlin, of Northland Road in the city, is charged with causing grievous bodily harm.The 34-year-old handed himself into police and made full admissions to hitting the injured party once.He appeared at Derry Magistrates Court this morning and was released on bail.Detective say they are still appealing to anyone who would have been in Pitchers Restaurant on Saturday night or yesterday morning and may have information that can assist us to contact detectives at Strand Road Police Station .Or, if someone would prefer to provide information without giving their details they can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers and speak to them anonymously on 0800 555 111. Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th Facebook By admin – January 11, 2016 Previous articlePackie Mailey commits to HarpsNext articleThe Devenney View : Dr McKenna Cup Recap admin center_img Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp Twitter Google+ Homepage BannerNews Renewed appeal over Derry assault which left a man critically ill in hospital Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal Facebook Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan firelast_img read more

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Improving emotional wellness for students

first_imgAfter completing a 15-month inquiry, a special task force on student mental health this week released eight recommendations for ways the University can improve emotional wellness on campus by addressing a mix of academic, social, and institutional issues.The Task Force on Managing Student Mental Health was convened by Provost Alan M. Garber in February of 2019 to begin assessing and responding to significant increases in both student self-reports of mental health issues and the subsequent use of related services — upticks that reflected a national trend in higher education.“The Task Force has thoroughly examined the challenges that our students were facing even before the COVID-19 pandemic upended their lives,” Garber said. “The needs highlighted by this report — for greater connection, for wider adoption of and help with self-care, for more accessible support in dealing with everyday struggles as well as mental health conditions, and for better coordination of mental health strategies across the University — are made even more pressing by the uncertainty and isolation that everyone experiences now. At a time when mental health and well-being demand more of our attention than ever, the report points us toward steps we can take now.”The Task Force began its work by looking at existing data, gaining a solid understanding of the nature of mental health concerns among Harvard students. The group itself was large, consisting of 46 individuals from across the University’s Schools and units as well as outside experts. And it was diverse, including psychologists, psychiatrists, academics, experts on running institutions, and professionals who provide one-to-one support for students facing mental health issues, undergraduate and graduate students, and faculty members.“Our investigation confirmed that Harvard students are experiencing rising levels of depression and anxiety disorders, and high and widespread levels of anxiety, depression, loneliness, and other conditions,” wrote co-chairs Mario Small, Emma Dench, and Matt Nock. “In addition, undergraduates reported high levels of stress, overwork, concern about measuring up to peers, and inability to maintain healthy coping strategies. Extracurricular activities, rather than providing unqualified relief, often represented another source of competition and stress. Graduate and professional students reported high levels of isolation, uncertainty about academic and career prospects, and, among those in Ph.D. programs, financial insecurity and concerns about their relation to advisers. Students at all levels reported a lack of clarity about when, how, and where to seek help with potential mental health concerns. The problems we identified were not universal, but were sufficiently widespread to merit action.”After identifying and describing the scope of issues, the Task Force turned its attention to making suggestions for improvements. And while the project was not conceived as one that would be ongoing, the report points to the need for a continuing study of the community’s evolving needs and the resources necessary to meet them.The recommendations include:Tasking a small team within the Provost’s Office to work on student affairs University-wide. This team would coordinate the implementation of recommendations across the University and facilitate further study of issues where the Task Force was only able to scratch the surface.Launching a one-year campaign focused on mental health awareness and culture change, with the goal of cultivating an environment in which students feel encouraged and empowered to care for their mental, physical, and emotional well-being.Instituting a yearly messaging program focused on core elements of the first campaign.Creating a committee to explore ways to make Counseling and Mental Health Services (CAMHS) more accessible. These would include continuing to examine wait times and recent efforts to ensure a diverse and culturally sensitive counseling staff, while also exploring the potential of digital assessments and interventions.Examining how the University can address holistically issues of mental health, sexual climate, inclusiveness, isolation, and sense of belonging.Addressing any institutional service gaps that may have been created by recent organizational changes. The Task Force noted the importance of ensuring that CAMHS coordinate closely with the new Academic Resource Center of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS) to ensure a seamless flow between the two entities.Creating a committee in FAS to explore how to reduce the stress caused by the process of competing for entry into extracurricular activities. The report notes that the practice of “comping” for clubs and extracurricular activities emerged throughout its research as a major stressor for undergraduate students. And while some competition may be necessary for certain clubs, there is space for making it less onerous and encouraging the creation of noncompetitive alternatives.Providing clear guidance and mentoring support to faculty and graduate students to ease the potential stress caused by adviser-advisee relationships. The report details the importance of these ties to graduate students’ careers and recommends several measures including 1) adopting an advising structure that diffuses power rather than concentrating it with one adviser; 2) clarifying expectations through the development of clear “rights and responsibilities” guidelines and workplace expectations; 3) encouraging mentorship training for faculty; 4) examining how hiring, promotion, and annual evaluation processes can be used to encourage better mentorship; and 5) considering the implications of student financial need for mental health.The Task Force met as a group for the last time in March. In the intervening months much has changed, including the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic and the events triggered by the death of George Floyd. It is anticipated that these, along with other, as-yet unforeseen events, will continue to alter the landscape of mental health at Harvard, and only increase the need for innovative programming. Provost convenes task force to address students’ psychological well-being “It is clear to us that the dramatic disruptions to social life created by the pandemic will affect, and in some cases worsen, the problems we have identified,” wrote the co-chairs. “Economic stress, high unemployment, social isolation, loss of life, and many other conditions produce grief, stress, loneliness, despair, and more. The University has and must continue to respond, both in the short term and in the long term.” And while the Task Force finished its work prior to the worldwide spread of COVID-19, the co-chairs “believe that our recommendations will prove essential for the University to implement as part of any response, not only to help understand the landscape in which the crisis reached us, but also to inform how to take the steps needed to return to some measure of normality.”“Our current challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic further accentuate the role of mental health and well-being in the student experience,” said Harvard University Health Services Executive Director Giang Nguyen. “All of us — students, faculty, and staff — are facing these challenges in different ways; as a community, it is so important for us to support each other, even if we are not in the same physical space. Students from marginalized communities have been hit particularly hard — our BIPOC [Black, indigenous, and people of color], LGBTQ, international, first-gen, low-income, and other minority students will need targeted support. The work of the Task Force is more important than ever.” A proactive response as student mental health issues increase at Harvard and nationwide Relatedlast_img read more

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Indian Premier League IPL 2019: By 20th over, I was ready to swing at everything, says MS Dhoni

first_imgChennai: Skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni said he had spent enough time on the wicket to understand the bowling variations and unleash his power-packed game towards the end to lead Chennai Super Kings to a match-winning total against Delhi Capitals in Chennai on Wednesday. CSK were struggling in the beginning but Dhoni, returning to the side after recovering from a bout of fever, pulled the game away from Delhi Capitals, scoring unbeaten 44 from 22 balls.CSK scored 20 runs from last over bowled by Trent Boult with Dhoni finishing with two sixes off final two balls.”Watch the ball, hit the ball. You’ve spent time, you know the variations. By the 20th over you’re almost ready and you swing at everything,” Dhoni said when asked about his last-over exploits.”It’s easier for somebody who has played 10-15 deliveries than someone who has just come in.”Dhoni said the conditions actually favoured them though they lost the toss.”We knew there wouldn’t be much dew. What we’ve seen is if there’s no dew, there’s assistance for spinners. But when we started, Bhajju pa didn’t get any turn. But as they started losing wickets, it started spinning, it started turning. Cricket is such a game,” he added.Talking about his super quick stumpings, Dhoni said,”I think it’s something that’s come from tennis ball cricket. But, you still have to do the basics and graduate to that level. If you want to keep like that you can make mistakes; so I still think basics are most important.”Left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja, who took three wickets, said the wicket helped spinners. “Obviously I enjoyed bowling, the way the wicket was turning. I was bowling in good areas and the wicket was doing the rest for me,” he said.Asked how it helps having someone like Imran Tahir bowling in tandem with him, Jadeja said the South African has been “fantastic””He has been taking wickets whenever we needed. Me, Immy bhai and Bhajju pa (Harbhajan Singh) as a unit, we are bowling the way we want to bowl. Still one more game to go. We need to continue our momentum. Everyone is in good form so we just need to keep the winnings momentum,” he added.Jadeja said Dhoni can be described by one word and that is ‘genius’. Losing skipper Shreyas Iyer said the defeat was a “reality check”.”It’s really going to affect us. The way we played was not expected. Everybody will be on their toes in the next game. Wouldn’t blame the abilities of our team but we didn’t play smart cricket. We should have curtailed them,” he said.Iyer said they missed someone like Kagiso Rabada in death over as the South African pacer missed out on the game due to a back issue”He’s an amazing bowler especially in the slog overs. For sure we missed. But he had a stiff back, it’s good he got to take rest. We’re keeping the hope and definitely want to finish in the top two,” he added. For all the Latest Sports News News, Indian Premier League News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

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Wisconsin grabs pair of home victories

first_imgUW\’s Moritz Baumann earned two-set victories against both his singles opponents Sunday afternoon.[/media-credit]Losing only one point Sunday, the Wisconsin Badgers dominated a double header against No. 70 Illinois State and Western Illinois, building up their confidence as they prepare for conference play.The Badgers started the day off against the Illinois State Redbirds hoping for some tougher competition to give them a good fight.While the Badgers won the doubles point, the Redbirds didn’t let them go three for three in doubles matches as Skip Span and Filip Miljevic found an 8-5 doubles win over senior Michael Dierberger and freshman Ricardo Martin.Despite the loss, the Badgers still went into singles play with the advantage. In singles, the Redbirds gave the Badgers the fight they were looking for.In the No. 1 singles position, junior Marek Michalicka fell 5-3 in the first set to ISU’s Alexander Pelaez, but fought back to a tiebreaker to win the set. In the second set, Michalicka seemed to feed off any frustration he was feeling and quickly buried Pelaez 6-3, winning the match.Michalicka was not the only one who found himself struggling against the Redbirds. Freshman Billy Bertha never seemed to gain momentum against ISU’s Matej Zlatkovic.Bertha started out strong winning a game over Zlatkovic, but soon fell behind as his frustration mounted, ultimately dropping the first set 6-4. After dropping the first set, Bertha had to win the second to force a third, but he never had a chance.Zlatkovic won the only Redbird point on the day with a definitive 6-0 second set over Bertha.Despite the struggles, Wisconsin dominated Illinois State 6-1 notching one win on the day. Head coach Greg Van Emburgh thought the team effectively took care of business.“I think this morning’s match was pretty good,” he said. “It was a ranked team, so, [we] definitely weren’t taking them lightly… I thought the guys played well this morning. For the most part [we] really got what we needed to get done there.”With only about an hour’s rest, the Badgers faced off against the Western Illinois Leathernecks. In a decision to not play any doubles matches Wisconsin was hoping to take out Western Illinois with their singles play alone.That’s exactly what they did, shutting out WIU 6-0.Getting a second chance to get a win on the day, Bertha found himself pitted against WIU’s Francisco Ortiz. Bertha never gave up the lead, downing Ortiz 6-0, 6-2. Van Emburgh noted Bertha’s earlier frustration and how it helped the later win.“I’m sure he was disappointed,” Van Emburgh said. “He probably wanted to redeem himself — he didn’t play his best tennis this morning and the guy he played was actually a pretty solid player. I’m sure he wanted to come back and get a win under his belt for some confidence to take us into next Sunday against Illinois.”Although the Badgers walked away with the win, it wasn’t without some struggle.Senior Moritz Baumann couldn’t seem to find a rhythm early on in his match. Facing off against WIU’s Jeff Cote, Baumann had to put up a fight for his points. After a frustrating 6-4 set, Baumann eventually got the win with a 6-1 second set, securing the Badger shutout.“Well I wasn’t really happy in the first set, the way I played,” Baumann said. “I won the first set and was happy about that and then I played better the second set. I thought I should make [those shots], especially if it was a tougher opponent.“In the Big Ten season I can’t really afford those mistakes, so I get mad when I don’t make those easy points and don’t take care of business.”Between the two matches, Van Emburgh got his full lineup in, giving everyone some time to prepare for upcoming conference play.“The guys that didn’t get matches this morning, [I] wanted to make sure they also got matches today,” Van Emburgh said. “So that’s why we scheduled a double header and we were able to do that.”While the Badgers were looking at today as a chance to prepare for the Big Ten season, they also used the double header as an opportunity to build up their confidence.Freshman Chris Freeman felt the confidence, serving three aces in a row to win the third game of his first set against WIU’s Rodrigo Azevedo.“I think these days of the double headers before the big matches are kind of confidence builders for us and all that stuff — for us to come out and execute and play well, to get some matches behind our belt, that helps us out a lot going into the tough matches in conference season.”Baumann also noted the importance of confidence heading into the conference season.“It’s all about confidence in tennis,” he said. “When you get wins, you play better automatically, but when you lose, you lose some confidence, so it’s good when you win those matches and play better tennis.”last_img read more

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This “Evolution” Is Not Darwinian

first_imgSome things in nature get attributed to Darwinian evolution, but might be better seen as manifestations of design or other alternative, non-Darwinian mechanisms.Deterministic EvolutionIn “Predictable Bacterial Diversity,” Nature highlighted some experiments that showed bacteria converging on the same mutations when exposed to identical environmental stresses.  “They found many similar and a few identical mutations that underlay the evolution of diversity in the three experiments,” the article said. “The findings suggest that this evolution is a predictable process that is driven by natural selection.”  The story is based on a paper in PLoS Biology that was summarized in on Science Daily, which said, “Any evolutionary process is some combination of predictable and unpredictable processes with random mutations, but seeing the same genetic changes in different populations showed that selection can be deterministic.”This claim, however, runs contrary to the unpredictable, contingent nature of Darwin’s theoretical mechanism.  If the mutations fall within the “Edge of Evolution,” as Michael Behe described in a book of that name, then the changes could be due to chance and selection pressure in an artificially designed environment.  But as Randy Guliuzza has explained, the ability to adapt would better be described as designed into the bacteria than residing in the environment.  The end products of the experiments, finally, are still bacterial “strains” within the same species, raising questions why natural selection, if so inexorable a process, has left bacteria content to remain so for hundreds of millions of years.Salvaging EvolutionSometimes an observation begs the question of evolution.  Why, for instance, do some birds continue their mating displays after laying of eggs?  Live Science explored the conundrum:That begged the question: Why would monogamous animals have evolved to continue these display once they’d paired up?“It’s very obvious why you’d want a display to attract a mate, but once you’ve already secured a mate, why should you bother to keep displaying?” said study author Maria Servedio, an evolutionary biologist at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.To salvage evolutionary theory from the conundrum, they came up with a less obvious answer: it helps the birds pair-bond better for the raising of young.  So it may have evolutionary benefits, despite the “very obvious” why-question.Incidental EvolutionObservation: males in many species beat females in navigational ability (Live Science).  A Darwinian just-so story arises to explain this in adaptationist terms: males wander farther for hunting, so only the good navigators would survive to get home and breed.  As Justin Rhodes explains in a cartoony video on PhysOrg, though, the story doesn’t wash.  Males would have passed on the genes for good navigation to their daughters, not just their sons.  So to explain the observation, Rhodes ended up calling the adaptation a “spandrel” of selection – i.e., a byproduct of the main selection pressure that just happened to produce navigational skill as a side effect.  “Maybe we shouldn’t be too eager to accept the stories, the adaptionist stories,” he said.  Even things in human behavior could be due to “alternative explanations that people haven’t considered.”It’s nice when evolutionists themselves find faults in their own theory.  Sometimes, though, they still need help from their critics. (Visited 19 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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Republican Chairmen Take Aim at Defense Budget

Republican Chairmen Take Aim at Defense Budget

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR The chairmen of the House and Senate Armed Services committees on Tuesday decried the Pentagon’s fiscal 2017 budget request for shortchanging national security amid a litany of growing threats.“I am disappointed that this request does not adhere to the budget agreement made just last fall,” Mac Thornberry (R-Texas), chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, said in a statement. “Last year, Congress passed the Bipartisan Budget Act, which establishes a minimum level of funding for our military. I hoped such an agreement would provide some budget stability and begin to rebuild our military. Unfortunately, this administration continues to play budgetary games with our country’s security and diminishes what credibility it had left,” Thornberry stated.Last week, Thornberry, along with 33 other GOP members on his panel, urged House Budget Chairman Tom Price (R-Ga.) to increase defense spending by as much as $23 billion beyond the Obama administration’s request through an increase in the department’s overseas contingency operations (OCO) account, reported Defense News.Thornberry and other GOP defense hawks argue that the two-year bipartisan budget agreement reached last October set a floor for the OCO account, allowing funds in the account to be raised above $59 billion. The administration and congressional Democrats view the deal as setting a ceiling, however, setting up a fight for the second straight year over the use of DOD’s war fund to sidestep the statutory spending caps.Senate Armed Services Chairman John McCain (R-Ariz.) told reporters Tuesday he would “raise hell” to increase DOD’s budget and invoked the Islamic State-inspired attack on San Bernardino, Calif., according to the story.“I just think the numbers are wrong,” McCain said. “It’s $17 billion short of last year, and in the intervening time, we’ve had attacks on the United States. When will these people wake up? There will be more attacks on the United States of America; this is not the time to be cutting defense spending.”last_img read more

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