Human rights, COVID at issue 1 year before Beijing Olympics

first_imgThe 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics will open a year from Thursday. Most of the venues have been completed as the Chinese capital becomes the first city to hold both the Winter and Summer Olympics. But these Olympics are presenting some major problems and calls for boycotts and protests. They are already scarred by accusations of rights abuses including genocide against more than 1 million Uighurs and other predominantly Muslim ethnic groups in western China. Rights groups have asked the International Olympic Committee to move the event. The IOC has declined. It says awarding the Olympics does not mean that the IOC agrees with a country’s politics or human rights standards.last_img read more

Psychologist debunks myths of hypnosis

first_imgWorld-renowned clinical psychologist Dr. David Watson presented a lecture Tuesday about the history of hypnosis and the common characteristics of the hypnotic state.Watson’s lecture, sponsored by the Notre Dame Psychology Club, began with a detailed definition of what hypnosis is and what it is not.“A lot of [hypnosis] is shrouded in mystery and controversy,” Watson said. “There are a lot of misconceptions about hypnosis.”According to the Society for Psychological Hypnosis, hypnosis typically involves an introduction to the procedure during which the subject is told that suggestions for imaginative experiences will be presented, Watson said. Suggestion is at the core of hypnosis and is used by hypnotists to encourage and evaluate responses from subjects, he said.“When using hypnosis, one person, the subject, is guided by another, the hypnotist, to respond to suggestions for changes in subjective experience, alterations in perception, sensation, emotion, thought, or behavior,” Watson said. “If the subject responds to hypnotic suggestions, it is generally inferred that hypnosis has been induced.”Watson said hypnosis also involves the processes of conformity and social influence.“It’s sort of a social interaction, a very structured situation, that is based on some sort of altered fantasy-based form of consciousness,” he said.Watson deflated several popular myths regarding hypnosis and its effect on subjects. He said a person cannot be hypnotized against his or her will, nor can hypnosis be used to improve memory or permanently forget things or people.“These misconceptions all have a common theme, which is that hypnosis is seen as an incredibly powerful thing,” he said. “It is powerful [but] it’s probably not incredibly powerful.”Watson also offered insight into what he called the “weird, somewhat tortured history of hypnosis.”Hypnosis originated in the Middle Ages, where it stemmed from hysteria in people who were thought to be possessed by demons, Watson said. In the 18th century, German physician Franz Anton Mesmer studied these instances of demonic possession and the subsequent exorcisms. Mesmer developed his own theory that was eventually debunked by a commission led by Benjamin Franklin, Watson said.In the mid-19th century, Scottish scientist James Braid, who used hypnosis in therapy, coined the term “neuro-hypnotism” to describe his method.“The original application of hypnosis in medicine was for use in surgery,” Watson said. “This is still in our current day the most common use of hypnosis … [for] the relief of pain.”Today, hypnosis can be used similar to meditation to give subjects a heightened, intense sensory experience and focused attention, he said.Watson emphasized that the significance of hypnosis lies in the person who is being hypnotized.“People think of hypnosis… as somebody controlling somebody else,” he said. “It’s important to keep in mind the hypnotic subject is more important than the hypnotist.”Tags: clinical psychologist, dr. david watson, hypnosis, hypnotic state, notre dame psychology clublast_img read more

Welcome to Blue Ridge Indoors

first_imgGo to Google Earth Voyager and click on “National Parks of the United States.” Start your journey here! 2. Set up your tent and camp in your living room. It’s a fun activity with kids, with your honey, or all alone. I mean, why not? Also, step it up a notch—throw some brews in the Yeti and make s’mores in your fireplace. There are plenty of online resources with tips from expert anglers. Check out the Orvis Fly Fishing Learning Center or YouTube for videos to get started. Start with Free Solo, Our Planet, Meru, Valley Uprising, Maiden Trip, and Fishpeople. Ideally, you are still able to unplug and get outside for a bit each day, but that being said, there are still things you can do indoors that engage your love of the outdoors. Here are 10 ways to connect with your inner adventurer while being confined within the walls of your home. 6. Keep moving—try to get to 10,000 steps a day within your home. What better time to get everything cleaned, prepped, and ready for future adventures—or decide what former adventure gear you can pass along. 4. Learn to tie your own flies and prep your rods. All you need is a pair of binoculars, a bird feeder, and a local guidebook to birds in your region.   Just Google it. From bald eagles to brown bears, you can spy on an array of wildlife from the comfort and safety of your couch.   5. Convert your outdoor bike to a stationary bike with a resistance trainer. 9. Take a peek at an animal cam.center_img During the 10 years I have worked at Blue Ridge Outdoors, there has been a standing joke that one day we will publish a magazine called Blue Ridge Indoors. It’s been one of our go-to April Fools’ Day pranks, and a common elbow jab during particularly rainy summers or winters. But with the rise of COVID-19 and resulting isolation, social distancing is confining us to our homes for the foreseeable future, and Blue Ridge Indoors may finally see the light of… lamp.   Here’s to hoping this is the first and last edition of Blue Ridge Indoors, and we all can get back to exploring IRL as soon as possible. 3. Go through your outdoor gear. A multitude of online classes exists at REI, Wilderness Awareness School, Bush Mechanics Survival Training, and more. 8. Birdwatch from your rear window. Here’s a hint—only take one thing up or down the stairs at a time. Or, steal the remote and let your children chase you around the house. Watch a great outdoor documentary. Support your local businesses and reach out to your neighborhood bike shop to purchase! 10. Learn survival skills online. 7. Virtually explore our National Parks. Photo of child looking outside with binoculars from Getty Imageslast_img read more

Argentina, Chile Participate in Joint Training Exercise to Prepare for UN Peacekeeping Missions

first_img“The results of the exercise were exceedingly positive, and we achieved the objectives we set out to accomplish: perfectly coordinated work; the fostering of harmony among the officers, training, and doctrines; and the strengthening of the relationship between the Chilean and Argentine Armed Forces,” Maj. Gen. Ascazuri said. “The purpose of the training was to better prepare ourselves for future deployments of the Combined Peacekeeping Force (FPCC) of Cruz del Sur during peacekeeping missions and to test readiness levels of the Argentine and Chilean Armed Forces,” Maj. Gen. Ascazuri said in an interview with Diálogo. By Dialogo October 19, 2015 Helping to keep the peace To build a strong sense of teamwork, Cruz del Sur III, which authorities started planning in December 2014, combined nearly 700 Argentine Troops and 380 Chilean service members through six training scenarios. “This is the first time that we have performed the exercise with all three branches of the Militaries from the two countries,” Maj. Gen. Ascazuri explained. “This is a unique training opportunity, and it allows us to test our interoperational abilities and to foster healthy and strong camaraderie.” A group of Military reviewers evaluated the Troops’ performance during the exercises, according to Defensa. The evaluators included two officers and one non-commissioned officer (NCO) from the Argentine Federal Police; a Chilean Navy officer; two officers and an NCO from the Brazilian Marines; an Argentine Naval NCO; a Paraguayan Army officer; two officers from the Argentine Air Force; and an officer and an NCO from the Chilean Marines – all of whom were also instructors at the Argentine Joint Training Center for Peace Missions (CAECOPAZ, for its Spanish acronym). During the joint exercises, the Argentine Armed Forces deployed the Meko ARA Gómez Roca and the Punta Alta, both multipurpose boats, along with Bell 212 and Huey II helicopters. Chile also deployed the Marinero Fuentealba patrol vessel; Bell 412 and AS-532 helicopters; and heavy and light land vehicles. Positive evaluations Argentine and Chilean service members also contribute to various UN operations, such as the UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH), the UN Truce Supervision Organization (UNTSO) in the Middle East, and the UN Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP). Hundreds of Troops engaged in multiple scenarios The training program helped the countries’ Troops sharpen their abilities to carry out the responsibilities of the FPCC Cruz del Sur, which includes providing a Military presence in a crisis following a UN Security Council resolution; preventing escalations of violence; assisting, monitoring, and facilitating ceasefires; providing safety to people whose lives are threatened by conflict; and administering general humanitarian assistance. “The relationship between Argentina and Chile in the defense sector has been very good for a number of years. We are continuously working together on various exercises,” Maj. Gen. Ascazuri said. “We actively seek to help the community. Finally, there is also a fantastic mutual predisposition to collaborate – especially during times of crisis and catastrophe.” “The exercises were performed with the approval of procedures whose techniques were brought in line with the norms established by the United Nations. All the exercises performed were relevant because not all personnel who participated had the appropriate amount of knowledge or experience with these types of procedures,” Maj. Gen. Ascazuri said. From September 27-October 1, about 1,100 Troops from the Argentine and Chilean Armed Forces participated in Cruz del Sur III, a bi-national training exercise to support future United Nations (UN) peacekeeping missions in which the two Militaries will work together cooperatively. It took place on the Puerto Belgrado Naval Base in Bahía Blanca, Argentina, under the direction of Major General Héctor Aníbal Ascazuri of the Argentine Air Force, with Chilean Navy Rear Admiral Jorge Rodríguez serving as co-director. “Military personnel from the two countries performed Naval, ground, and aerial maneuvers. They also received training in all of the following: medical evacuations; transportation of equipment and personnel; casualty assistance; convoy escorts; checkpoint operations; monitoring of roads with unpredictable conditions; embarkation, search, and retrieval of maritime vessels; and negotiation operations.” In 2006, a Memorandum of Understanding established the FPCC, which began working with the UN in 2012. Its leadership is organized by the Bi-national Military Authority, which is comprised of Armed Forces officials for ground, Naval, and aerial forces from both countries and and appointed Joint Chief of Staff – a role that alternates annually between Argentina and Chile. The Cruz del Sur training program also operates under the auspices of the Bi-National Military Authority. Argentine Defense Minister Agustín Rossi, together with Chilean Minister of Defense José Antonio Gómez Urrutia, attended the training exercise’s last phase. “Argentina and Chile are dedicated to developing our Military forces by way of the United Nations to achieve peace wherever it is needed throughout the world,” Rossi told Télam, the Argentine national news agency. last_img read more

Statewide advertising grievance committee needs new members

first_img April 1, 2006 Regular News S tatewide advertising grievance committee needs new members Nominations are being sought for lawyer and public members of the Statewide Advertising and Solicitation Grievance Committee.The committee investigates and makes recommendations as to the disposition of attorney advertising complaints. Because the committee is a special grievance committee, nominees are sought from throughout the state. The committee meets primarily by telephone conference each month. Members must have Internet access, preferably high-speed. Appointments are for three years and lawyer members must have been members of The Florida Bar for five years by the date of appointment.Interested persons should submit a resume to Arne C. Vanstrum, Advertising Counsel, The Florida Bar, 651 East Jefferson Street, Tallahassee 32399-2300. Resumes can be e-mailed to Statewide advertising grievance committee needs new memberslast_img read more

Oyster Bay Land Vote Linked to Mall Debate Tuesday

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York This billboard near the Cerro Wire property has been advertising the anti-mall crowd’s message.Town of Oyster Bay voters will decide in a referendum Tuesday whether the township should sell a piece of property in Syosset tied to the decades-long debate over building a mall nearby.Proponents say that voting yes will help kill plans nearly 20 years in the works to build a mall on an adjacent vacant 39-acre plot where a Cerro Wire factory once stood. Taubman Centers, Inc., the Michigan-based firm trying to build the mall, is campaigning for a no vote because it wanted to buy the land.“In an attempt to block the sale to another entity, Taubman has made every effort to deceive the residents,” Oyster Bay Supervisor John Venditto said on the town’s website, but Taubman says it’s the town that’s being deceptive.Oyster Bay Realty LLC offered to buy the 54-acre town public works facility where Robins Lane meets the Long Island Expressway for $32.5 million—25 percent above its appraised value—which was accepted by the town board, but requires voter approval.Mall or Nothing: The Battle Over Syosset Shopping CenterThough financed by Simon Property Group, the developers of the Walt Whitman and Roosevelt Field malls, the real estate company has agreed not to build a mall on the property, according to the town.Long Island Jobs Now, a group backed by Taubman and countering the anti-mall Cerro Wire Coalition, contends that the town sold the property in a “back room deal” for less than it’s worth to Venditto’s friends, which will force a tax increase and cuts in town services.Venditto maintains that the sale, if approved, will help the town fill its budget gap and that the property was shopped around, but Taubman required the town to approve the mall if they bought it.Millions have been spent on both sides for and against the proposed Mall at Oyster Bay in litigation and in public relations campaigns since Taubman bought the Cerro property. And regardless of the result of the vote, the sale will reportedly be challenged in court.Polls will be open 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday. For more information on where and how to vote, call the Nassau County Board of Elections at 516-571-8683.last_img read more

Foss: Reflecting on maternity leave

first_imgI’ve learned a lot since having a baby, but if there’s one thing I’ve learned, it’s that a supportive network of friends and family, combined with an ample amount of time off from work, makes everything easier and more manageable. It helps immensely when people bring you food, or stop by to stay hello.Having a baby — especially a winter baby — can be isolating, and visitors make you feel like you’re still a part of the world. In the weeks after my son was born, I completed several post-partum screenings that assess whether new mothers are suffering from post-partum depression. I wasn’t — in large part, I think, because of the steady flow of friends and family bearing meals and the steady, calming presence of my husband. New parents need help, and they don’t always get it. During my maternity leave, I occasionally found myself marveling at single parents, wondering how they got through the day without collapsing in complete exhaustion. How did they feed themselves? I wondered, while my husband cooked dinner and I tended to the baby. How did they ever run errands? Or take a break? Strong support from friends and family makes adjusting to life with a newborn about a million times easier.  As a society, we can do more to support parents as they adapt to life with a newborn. We can bring them food and help with errands, but we can also support policies and programs that will make it easier for them to take care of their children. In the long run, we all benefit from this, because it helps families establish a strong foundation for the future. As the weather has gotten warmer, we’ve been taking my son out more and more. We’ve taken him on walks, and to the homes of friends and relatives and even to a poetry reading. We’re excited to show him the world, and we’re thankful for the support we’ve received from our friends, families and employers. It’s the support every new parent deserves, and I hope one day we’ll live in a world where it’s the norm. Reach Gazette columnist Sara Foss at Opinions expressed here are her own and not necessarily the newspaper’s. Her blog is at from The Daily Gazette:Schenectady department heads: Budget cutbacks would further stress already-stretched departmentsSchenectady NAACP calls for school layoff freeze, reinstatement of positionsSchenectady man dies following Cutler Street dirt bike crashCapital Region COVID-19 Tracker for Friday, Oct. 16, by countyTroopers: Schenectady pair possessed heroin, crack cocaine in Orange County Thruway stop But let’s not kid ourselves — money matters, too. Being able to take time off from work to recover from childbirth and bond with my baby without suffering a loss of livelihood was a huge gift — one I’ll always appreciate. Caring for a newborn is anxiety-inducing enough without the added stress of worrying about how you’ll pay for groceries and housing. If there’s one thing I give Gov. Andrew Cuomo credit for, it’s pushing the state Legislature to pass New York’s new Paid Family Leave program, which went into effect this year. This program enables workers to take time off to care for a baby (or a sick relative) and still get paid, and it should make life easier for families throughout the state. Babies are a financial strain, as the steady stream of medical bills I’ve received since leaving the hospital attest to. I’ve lost count of the number of people who have told me that taking care of a newborn is the hardest thing they’ve ever done. And it is hard. But it doesn’t have to be as hard as it is. center_img Categories: Opinion, Schenectady CountyTwo weeks ago, the thought of returning to work after nine weeks of maternity leave filled me with a strange sense of dread. I just couldn’t imagine leaving my son for the day. Or any amount of time, really. But I couldn’t imagine staying home with him until he was old enough to go to school, either. I wanted to return to writing and reporting, and as the date of my return drew closer I found myself reading news stories and thinking it would be fun to comment on them or explore them in-depth. By the time I left for work on Monday, I felt ready to go, but also a little regretful. If anything, I wished I could be in two places at once — at home and at work. This is a feeling many parents have, and I was familiar with it thanks to conversations with friends and articles I’d read. But I still wasn’t entirely prepared for what it would be like to experience it myself — to worry about leaving my child in other people’s care, or to consider how best to maintain a healthy work/life balance. When someone asked me what I wanted from a day care, I replied, “I want them to keep my baby alive.” last_img read more

Quintain spat sends Riley to Castlemore

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CPRA’s Caminada Headland Among the Best Restored Beaches

first_imgDredge disposal operations at the Caminada Headland (CPRA photo)For the second time in recent years, the Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority (CPRA) has been named a national winner for Best Restored Beaches from the American Shore and Beach Preservation Association (ASBPA).CPRA’s Caminada Headland Beach and Dune Restoration project restored more than 13 miles of beach and dune stretching from the mouth of Bayou Lafourche below Port Fourchon in Lafourche Parish eastward to the end of Elmer’s Island in Jefferson Parish.The project restored more than 1,059 acres of beach, dune and subtidal habitats by placing more than 8.8 million cubic yards of sand from the Ship Shoal Borrow Area in the Gulf of Mexico, more than 36 miles from the project.“This project protects Port Fourchon, one of the most critical pieces of infrastructure along coastal Louisiana, as well as thousands of acres of marsh along the LA-1 Corridor. The Caminada Beach Headland project serves as a prime example of how our projects can protect critical infrastructure, create coastal habitat, and preserve a working coast,” said CPRA Board Chairman Chip Kline.“We used two methods of sediment excavation and delivery,” said CPRA Project Manager Brad Miller. “One method used a cutter head dredge to load scows with sand, then transported the scows as much as 30 miles to the project site where an unloader resuspended the sediment and pumped it to the beach. We also made use of hopper dredges to excavate sediment, sail it to a nearshore pump-out area near the headland, and then pump it to the beach.”ASBPA, formed in 1926, is an association of beach and coastal practitioners, including beach towns and managers, coastal engineers, coastal geologists, dredging and ecological restoration companies, coastal academics and students.It seeks to address coastal erosion and the loss of sand on America’s beaches. Since 2002 ASBPA has made annual awards to communities that have recently undergone nourishment or full restoration.last_img read more

Abubakar Yussif appointed as Coach of Berekum Chelsea

first_imgFormer coach of Accra Hearts of Oak Abubakar Yussif has been appointed as the new substantive coach of Berekum Chelsea as Dutchman Van Der Pluijm becomes technical head.Reports reaching JOY Sports said as part of a massive technical reshuffle for the upcoming season, the former Wassaman coach becomes the head coach whiles the assistant coach Annor Walker maintains his position.Re-assigned coach Pluijm led the 2011 Ghanaian champions in their debut CAF Champions League campaign where they failed to progress from the Group stage. Berekum Chelsea recorded two wins, three draws and one defeat to finish in third place behind Al Ahly and TP Mazembe in Group B.Pluijm has coached Heart of Lions and Ashanti Gold in the Ghana Premier League. He also has international experience after handling Ethiopian side Saint George.Coach Abubakar Yussif led former Ghana Premier side Wassaman relegation campaign last season after placing last but two on the league radar with 29 points after 30 matches.last_img read more