NAMI organizes week to advocate well-being

first_imgThe Notre Dame chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) is sponsoring its inaugural Irish Peace of MiND event this week, an event former NAMI president Maggie Skoch said is meant to be a parallel to Irish State of MiND, which is in the fall. “The goal of this week, in particular, is partially bridging out from Irish State of MiND, which is very much focused on mental illness,” Skoch said. “We thought we needed to engage in conversation about mental well-being as a whole in addition to that.”Ally Zimmer, the incoming NAMI president, said she thinks of the spring event as working toward prevention and maintenance, whereas Irish State of MiND in the fall is for raising awareness. To start the week off on Monday, NAMI will take part in the Tell Me About Your Day (TMAYD) movement started at MIT. Participants will wear rubber bracelets in an effort to foster communication. “The purpose of the bracelet is to, one, serve as a reminder to the one wearing it to ask people and, two, if someone sees you wearing that bracelet, it shows that you’re open to having a conversation,” Skoch said. “The goal is to move further toward a culture of care and concern where we actually answer the question, ‘How are you?’ honestly.” TMAYD bracelets can be picked up from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. outside of DeBartolo Hall and from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. outside North and South Dining Halls on Monday.Also on Monday, a “Mental Health and Me” student panel will be held at 7 p.m. in 210 DeBartolo Hall. Zimmer said five students will be speaking on various topics related to mental illness, health and well-being. “I think the student panel is a pretty important event because it’s hearing from people’s peers what they think about mental health, especially at Notre Dame or in their own lives and experiences,” she said. There will be free massages Tuesday in the Coleman-Morse student lounge from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.At 3 p.m. Wednesday, a free yoga class will be sponsored by the McDonald Center for Student Well-Being in the third-floor conference room of St. Liam’s Hall. Immediately following, from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., puppies from the Heartland Small Animal Rescue will be at Fieldhouse Mall for students to play with. That evening, at 7 p.m., short films from the Mental Health Channel — an online network that makes documentaries on mental well-being — will be shown in the Carey Auditorium in Hesburgh Library. “I picked the videos out to have a balance between issues directly related to mental illness and things more that anybody can use to make sure they’re mentally healthy,” Zimmer said. Throwback Thursday will be from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. in Breen-Phillips Hall. According to Skoch, the evening is meant to “hearken back to our childhood.” Chick-fil-a nuggets and other “kids food” will be available during a screening of “Mulan.” To close out the week, free berries will be available at Fieldhouse Mall from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Friday. Various administrators and student government members who work to promote student well-being will be available during this time for a “meet and greet.” Skoch and Zimmer said they hope the event will promote conversation and help students realize that mental health isn’t just something to be concerned about if you have a mental illness. “In my work and in the work that has been done, we hear a lot of stories from students,” Skoch said. “We hear good things we hear not so good things, and some of the common things that comes up is students feel like they’re they only ones going through something. They are having to maintain an outward picture of perfection while inside they might not be doing so well or might even be falling apart. “Often, the conversation is stopped when it’s either, ‘You have a mental illness or you don’t have a mental illness,’ when really everyone exists on a spectrum of well-being. You can be diagnosed with a mental illness and be incredibly mentally well and you can not be diagnosed with a mental illness and be incredibly not mentally well.”Zimmer said it was important for students to have “better consciousness of their own health,” especially at Notre Dame. “My hope is students talk about mental health a little more and about the best ways to pursue it, how they can take ownership of their own mental health, especially because at Notre Dame it’s tempting to push mental health to be a lower priority when grades and activities and leadership and all those things can really get in the way and become the focus,” Zimmer said. “There has to be a balance to make sure you’re not running yourself into the ground.”Tags: Irish Peace of MiND, Irish Peace of Mind week, NAMI, National Alliance of Mental Illnesslast_img read more

Anderson takes Brooks’ seat in House

first_imgDouglas said Anderson, a former Montpeliercity council member and an attorney who has worked for Governors Kunin andDean, would serve Montpelierwell.  ### Montpelier, Vt. Governor Jim Douglas has appointed longtime Montpelier Democrat JonAnderson to fill a vacancy created by the retirement of longtime Montpelier representativeFrancis Brooks.  Brooks retired to become the State House Sergeant-at-Arms. Jon cares deeply about the people of this community and willwork hard to make it a more affordable place to live, work and raise afamily, the Governor said. I look forward to working with him inthe State House. Contact:  JonAnderson(802) 229-5412center_img Friday, March 30, 2007 GovernorAppoints Jon Anderson to MontpelierHouse Seat Jason GibbsGovernorsCommunications Director109 State Street ¨ The Pavilion ¨ Montpelier, VT 05609-0101¨ is external)Telephone: 802.828.3333 ¨ Fax: 802.828.3339 ¨ TDD: 802.828.3345last_img read more

On the blogs: Big hurdles still face Adani’s slimmed-down Australian coal project

first_imgOn the blogs: Big hurdles still face Adani’s slimmed-down Australian coal project FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享The Conversation:Indian mining multinational Adani has announced that it will self-fund a significantly smaller coal mine in the Galilee Basin, after failing to secure finance from more than 30 domestic and international banks and lenders. The scaling down of the project has been extensive. Adani Mining chief executive Lucas Dow said the mine will cost A$2 billion and initially produce up to 15 million tonnes of thermal coal per year, with plans to ramp production up to 27.5 million tonnes per year.That is far more modest than the A$16.5 billion investment in digging up 60 million tonnes of coal a year which the company first announced in 2010. The original plan was to transport the coal along a new 388km rail line to a specially built terminal at Adani’s Abbot Point coal port, for export to India. Under the scaled-down version of the project, Adani will need to secure access to existing rail infrastructure.But there is still no guarantee that the mine will necessarily go ahead. Opening a new coal mine – even one with a relatively modest A$2 billion price tag – is socially and environmentally irresponsible, given the urgency with which the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change says we need to reduce global greenhouse emissions, the fact that Australia is not currently on track to meet its own emissions targets, and of course the fact that 2018 is on course to become the fourth-hottest year on record.The economics barely stack up either. A recent IEEFA report indicated that coal is facing a terminal decline as Asian markets make the transition to cheaper and more efficient renewable alternatives. Existing thermal coal power in India costs US$60-80 per megawatt-hour, roughly double the cost of new renewable generation. The Mundra coal plant, where much of the Adani coal was destined, is already operating under capacity and has been closed for significant periods.Adani has decided not to proceed with its initially planned 388km rail link, and will instead aim to use the existing Aurizon rail infrastructure. However, there is a 200km gap in this link which will cost a significant amount to bridge – albeit almost certainly much less than the A$2.3 billion cost of the originally planned railway. Aurizon Network is legally obliged to consider Adani’s access application, but has not yet assessed and approved it.Then there are the existing and significant concerns regarding Adani’s environmental management of issues such as water contamination in the Caley Valley Wetlands near the Abbot Point terminal. These will not disappear just because the project has been revised.More: Adani’s new mini version of its mega mine still faces some big hurdleslast_img read more

Tragedy and Tribulations on the Appalachian Trail

first_imgGuest Post by Osprey Ambassador Drew BartlettTo try to explain what it felt like to approach that old wooden sign on Katahdin is nearly impossible. It felt like a dream. Sarah, my hiking partner, and I spent nearly seven months hiking toward this end goal and it was finally in sight. When we reached the sign, we collapsed onto it and a flood of memories from the previous seven months and nearly 2,200 miles, entered my head. Tears followed shortly after. We had both pushed ourselves through the most physically, mentally, and emotionally challenging times we’d ever experienced and now we had reached the finish point. Seven months earlier, I set off from Springer Mountain, Georgia to hike the AT. The time from when I started hiking to now seems like a blur. Before leaving, I’d envisioned the trip to be a romantic experience, and for the first couple months, it was. The people I met, the places I saw and the world I was living in all seemed magical. We had no responsibilities, no bills, no worries. All we had to do was walk and enjoy the experience.bro_sc_5Before we knew it, we had become somewhat seasoned hikers, had achieved various trail milestones, and found ourselves trekking through the heat of a Virginian summer. One day while on a break in the Shenandoahs, Sarah received a phone call that her younger sister, Naomi, had passed away in a car accident early that morning. There are no words to describe how emotional that moment was. We both went home and spent the next few weeks with our families and visiting Sarah. It wasn’t certain who from our original group was going to return to the trail out of the four of us or when. As time passed, Sarah made the brave decision to return to the trail and walk through her grief. I decided I’d walk with her.When we returned to the trail in late July, it felt right to be back on the trail, but different. All of our friends were now hundreds of miles ahead of us and the two of us were only accompanied by the occasional section hiker or south-bounder. Nearly every encounter ended with them telling us that we weren’t going to make it to Katahdin in time. Despite the discouragement, we pushed on.The summer blew past us and we began entering our last few states. We knew we had tough days ahead, but there were even harder ones behind us. Some days it seemed only a handful of words were spoken between Sarah and myself while she was grieving, but it seemed that as we moved forward, she was healing and she, as well as our friendship, was growing stronger. New Hampshire surprised us with beauty and challenge. The White Mountains started what would be the most strenuous stretch of the trail we’d yet to face. The weather quickly dropped below freezing. We faced ice, numbing cold, extreme ascents and descents, and our motivation to continue began to dwindle. Southern Maine proved to be even more challenging. The only time we felt some measure of warmth was when we were moving. Every morning we struggled to get up and get moving, but once we did it was hard to find any enjoyment. The only motivation came through prayer and knowing that I’d be back in my warm sleeping bag that night. The magic of the trail had long since faded and we felt lonely, cold, isolated, and wanted to go home.bro_sc_1We got a welcome surprise when a few trail friends who’d already completed their hike decided to accompany us for the remaining 250 miles. This lifted our spirits more than we could express. With them, we hiked in extreme snowstorms, forded numbing rivers, and walked through torrential rain. When we were just days away from finishing, we found ourselves caught in an ice storm on an exposed mountain at night and had to turn around for safety. In the aftermath of that storm, much of the trail was flooded with water that was knee-deep and the river fords required tying ropes around our waists to avoid being swept away. It seemed that we couldn’t catch a break, and Katahdin, though so close, was still out of reach. Despite the circumstances, we continued to push on. As we climbed Katahdin, I was reflecting on what the past seven months had meant to me. What we’d endured and experienced, the people we’d met, and the people we’d been transformed into. I’d made lifelong friends, one of whom was by my side. I thought about how our story might inspire others, such as JetBlue Airways, who donated three round trip flights for Sarah’s sisters, to help me surprise her at the finish. We’d been discouraged daily, battered by harsh weather and terrain, paralyzed by grief, pushed beyond our limits, yet we kept walking. I believe that we’ll be reaping the rewards of this journey and discovering what it meant to us for years to come. But for now I know I’ll never forget the beauty of a sunset over an ocean of mountains or all of the nights spent under the stars and the peace of waking up in nature, where I belong. I won’t forget the taste of a cold spring or the sweet smells of a lush, green forest. I won’t forget the friends I now call family nor will I forget all of the hard times we went through. But more importantly, I won’t forget the beauty of perseverance.Osprey Packs is one the nest names in the thru-hiking game. Let them help you get outfitted for your Appalachian Trail adventure here.last_img read more

After bear approaches, New Jersey hiker dubbed ‘Calm Queen’

first_imgThe New York City Marathon announced Wednesday that this year’s race is cancelled because of the pandemic. The event was scheduled for November 1 and about 50,000 runners were expected to run the marathon this fall.  After bear approaches, New Jersey hiker dubbed ‘Calm Queen’ A 25-year-old hiker is praised for keeping her cool after a bear approached while she was out for a hike with friends. Julia Tupy was atop the Stairway to Heaven trail in Vernon Township, New Jersey when a bear slowly approached. A video shows Tupy slowly walking away from the bear. Her calm reaction has since earned her the moniker ‘Calm Queen.’ Want to own a piece of Yosemite National Park? It will cost you $2.477 million A nearly 900-acre property inside of Yosemite National Park is on the market for $2.477 million, the Sacrament Bee reports. The land includes a 2,500-square-foot cabin built in 1973. Thanks to a conservation easement, the new owner will have direct access to tens of thousands of acres of Yosemite National Park and the Sierra National Forest.  “The new owner will be in the unique position of being able to conserve for perpetuity a big section of land originally intended to be part of Yosemite National Park, while also being in the enviable position of having a house in a national park,” the listing states. “I wanted to panic,” Tupy told NBC 4 New York. “If you ask any of my friends, it’s off-brand for me. If you saw me later in the hike, we were walking and a snake was on a tree, nowhere near me, and I freaked out.”  New York City Marathon is cancelled this year “While the marathon is an iconic and beloved event in our city, I applaud New York Road Runners for putting the health and safety of both spectators and runners first,” New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said in a statement. “We look forward to hosting the 50th running of the marathon in November of 2021.”last_img read more


first_imgInauthentic communication arises from insecurity, anxiety, threat, or the simple attempt to put something over.It always involves some form of disguise or defense of the vulnerable self and invariably leaves the listener in a state of confusion, upset, fear, disgust, contempt or rage.Typically, the content of the communication (if any genuine content is intended) is lost in the jumble of words gone awry. Even the best of us may lapse into occasional versions of phony communication.Emotional Communication Meaningful communication January 1, 2003 Regular News Stresslines Emotional communication loses the distinction between talking about feelings (usually a worthy enterprise) and inflicting feelings on the hapless listener as an arsenic substitute for explanation (never a worthy enterprise).If our intent is to rile somebody up, put fear into their hearts, or send them into a deep funk, we should definitely get emotional — cry, scream, threaten, insult, and belabor the issue as though we’re dealing with a criminal deserving of punishment.Injecting communication with raw emotion typically has the effect of putting the listener on the defensive or moves the listener to counter-attack.thinking in advance of all the terrible things that have been done to us, we can assure that we are as out of control as possible without actually requiring a strait-jacket. Then, the mutual conver-sing becomes a back-alley brawl with mutual effect running amok.But, when we engage in emotional communication, we get to unload a barnyard full of unresolved effect left over from the last several thousand instances of emotional communication. If we do this frequently enough, we may qualify for an honorary doctorate from the Bobby Knight Graduate School of Brow Beating. Verbosity with animosity.Mystical Communication Dr. Bernard G. SuranExcept for dyed-in-the-wool schizoids and the occasional zenophobic, most of us relish the prospect of deep connections in our closest relationships.Comfort sets in with the sense of having a history with someone, of being known and understood, of feeling loved. It’s nice to have others that we can count on among our intimates. More than the mundane interactions of simple familiarities, intimate ties provide purpose and meaning to our lives. But, meaningful relationships require meaningful communication: Clearly explaining to loved ones our concerns, our joys and sorrows, what we’re thinking and feeling.On the other hand, when we conduct business, our com-munication strategies often intend to serve much different purposes: Confuse the opposition, threaten an adversary, or disarm a competitor.If we get good enough, second nature sets in. Then, we may find ourselves “conducting business” in our purely personal relationships. What a surprise when we find our loved ones confused, threatened, or disarmed. Without conscious correction, we can easily lapse into inauthentic styles of commun-icating that hurt rather than help.Inauthentic Communication We engage in mystical communication when we have absolutely no idea what we’re talking about.Plain vanilla verbosity. Com-pletely lacking any appreciation of Eastern philosophies, we propose unreasonable facsimiles of Zen riddles; and we labor mightily to avoid getting to the point; or, worse yet, we talk on and on, well past any point we think we might have made to the point that the point is pointless.Beating endlessly about the bush, we leave the listener wondering what that was all about. When infants do this, we call it babbling. When we do this, we tend to purse the brow slightly as though contemplating a great mystery. If overdone, we become Zen masters of the tangential, the inconsequential, and the soon-to-be homicidal listener.Lecturing When we lecture, we really do know what we’re talking about. With a vengeance. Instead of communication, however, we regard potential listeners as morons in need of instruction. Verbosity with pomposity. During lectures, we surely entertain the fantasy of a summer home on Mt. Olympus or similar lofty perches consistent with the delusion of a high and mighty status.Lecturing provides us with a bait-and-switch substitute for communication: the intention of feeling approved, revered, worshiped and adored. Usually our listener feels like busting us in the chops.Something really needs to be said. Let him/her start it.Authentic Communication When we really intend to get a message across, we don’t browbeat; we don’t confuse; we don’t act like we know it all; and we don’t avoid.When authentic, we are heartfelt: We genuinely want someone who matters to us to understand something significant that we have to say.For starters, if someone matters to us, we should treat them with courtesy, dignity, and respect — even affection and love.Second, if we have something significant to say, we should have a clear idea of what we want to say before initiating the conversation, rather than using the conversation to figure out what we want to communicate.Third, if it needs to be said, it should be said succinctly without basketfuls of hems and haws or “you knows” mucking up the process.In the absence of thoughts and feelings passing clearly from one mind to another, people fictionalize. When we witness confusing behavior in those we care for, we create private explanations that are always less accurate than a heartfelt and truthful revelation from the source.Sincere communication continues to make us present to the ones we love, allays their fears and anxieties, and in so doing evolves a pattern of intimacy that itself becomes an even stronger bond of communication.If we think we’re likely to have difficulty being understood, we should just tell ’em what we’re going to tell ’em; and then tell ’em what we told ’em.Nicely.This involves the act of knowing our minds, the labor of choosing our words carefully, and the generation of respect for the other party.Then, we listen. Dr. Bernard G. Suran, Ph.D., is a licensed clinical psychologist and diplomat and fellow of the Academy of Clinical Psychology and the American Board of Professional Psychology. This column is published under the sponsorship of the Quality of Life and Career Committee. The committee’s Web site is at The Quality of Life and Career Committee, in cooperation with the Florida State University College of Law, also has an interactive listserv titled “The Healthy Lawyer.” Details and subscription information regarding the listserv can be accessed through the committee’s Web site or by going directly to read more

Fairmile set to cash in on food

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Indonesia ratifies long-awaited free trade deal with Australia

first_imgTopics : The IA-CEPA could bring significant tariff cuts on commodity exports between the two countries and offer various investment privileges, as Indonesia strives to boost exports and attract foreign investment to help spur its sluggish economic growth.Indonesia recorded a trade deficit of US$3.2 billion last year, marking a significant improvement over the $8.7 billion recorded in 2018.Meanwhile, the Investment Coordinating Board (BKPM) has set an investment realization target of Rp 886 trillion ($64.9 billion), 9.4 percent higher than the recorded investment realization of Rp 809.6 trillion last year.President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo will meet Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison in Australia this weekend to discuss the agreement, among other matters, Foreign Ministry acting spokesperson Teuku Faizasyah told reporters on Thursday.At the meeting, the two countries are set to launch a plan of action for the 2020 to 2024 period as the reference for the implementation of the IA-CEPA, he added.“The ratification is one thing that we have been waiting for. Australia has already completed it, while Indonesia is in the final stage,” he said. “Hopefully, once it is all completed, we can begin working on what we call ‘the low-hanging fruit’ so that we can implement the agreement.” Lawmakers have officially ratified the Indonesia-Australia Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (IA-CEPA), marking a new chapter of cooperation between the neighbors.At least 374 House of Representative members agreed to the bilateral pact during a plenary session on Thursday.“This agreement should really boost Indonesia’s export performance so that it could positively affect the country’s trade balance,” House of Representatives Commission VI chairman Martin Manurung said.last_img read more

AP7 tenders equity mandates worth 90% of buffer fund’s value

first_imgAP7, the SEK253bn (€26.8bn) national buffer fund for Sweden, has tendered three global equity mandates worth more than 90% of the fund’s assets.The fund currently has SEK235.7bn invested in high-risk global equities and SEK17.5bn in low-risk Swedish fixed income.However, the fund has now tendered a SEK238bn global equities mandate and said it would appoint three managers to operate the lion’s share of its assets.The tender process, handled by UK consultancy bfinance, said the fund was looking for asset managers to run a passive global equity strategy in three segregated mandates, running for a period of three years, with two optional two-year extensions. AP7 said it would select managers based on organisation and asset-class expertise, product suitability, quality track record and risk and performance.The buffer fund is currently 51% invested in North American stocks, with less than one-quarter in Europe excluding Sweden.Returns at the fund since inception until June 2014 has been 9.4% on an annualised basis.In a recent interview with IPE, Anette Dahlberg, portfolio manager at the fund, said the external managers deployed by AP7 were for long/short equity and currency strategies, with an absolute return target and allocated risk budget.“We evaluate all managers, taking into account the importance of a long-term approach in asset management,” she said.“A manager can underperform as long as it is a reasonable part of the manager’s investment process and within the allocated risk budget.“In monitoring managers, we follow a strict process, with regular meetings. But there will be further discussion depending on the performance of the mandate and use of the risk budget. “If the risk budget is fully consumed by the manager, the mandate is closed down.”Click here to read more on Anette Dahlberg’s approach to managing under-performancelast_img read more

Cardinals Tri-Meet Track Results

first_imgSt. Louis Track team travelled to Switzerland County to compete with Jac-Cen-Del in a tri-meet.The girls who won ribbons were:  3rd in the shot and 2nd in the discus was Pam Meneses.  2nd in the 100m was Elizabeth Gigrich.  3rd in the 200m was Allie Savage.The boys who won ribbons were:  2nd in the shot and 1st in the discus was Mike Wanstrath.  1st in the 1600 and 1st in the 800 was Ben Moster.  2nd in the 1600 and 2nd in the 800 was Tyler Kuntz.Courtesy of Cardinals Coach Merle Hines.last_img read more