St. Liam’s offers treatment for SAD

first_imgStudents depressed by continual snowfall, below-freezing temperatures and cloudy skies can seek refuge in the Inner Resources Room in St. Liam Hall, University Health Services staff psychologist Wendy Settle said. Settle said every year thousands of Americans fall victim to seasonal affective disorder (SAD), a type of clinical depression that emerges during the long and dark winter months. Research shows people need a certain amount of sunlight to maintain their well-being. Settle said light absorbed by the body stops the production of melatonin, a hormone produced to help the body sleep. During the winter, people are drowsier because the body produces more melatonin with fewer hours of daylight. “We become almost like a bear hibernating,” she said. Symptoms of SAD include depression, fatigue, irritability and weight gain, according to Settle. About one to two percent of Americans experience severe symptoms, while 10 to 25 percent encounter the “winter blues,” a watered-down version of SAD with milder symptoms, such as over-eating and over-sleeping. Victims of SAD and the winter blues typically reside in the middle latitude regions of the United States, Settle said. As residents of South Bend, students at Notre Dame and Saint Mary’s are extremely vulnerable. The Inner Resources Room, located on the third floor of St. Liam Hall, was designed specifically to help students suffering from winter depression on campus. In addition to a massage chair, negative ion therapy and a mini waterfall hanging on the wall, the Inner Resources Room offers light therapy. The Light Box provides full spectrum light with no UV rays. While the large lamp does not tan skin at all, Settle said the light box rejuvenates students suffering from depression with its artificial sunlight. The Inner Resources Room has one Light Box on hand as well two others available for rental. Settle said thirty minutes per day could snap light box users out of their winter funk. Most patients use light therapy in the early morning hours, Settle said. “[The light box] is best to use in the morning,” she said, “because it tricks your body into thinking your day has been extended.” Benefits of light therapy include higher energy levels, better concentration, fewer mood swings and a better night’s sleep. The Inner Resources Room is available for students, faculty and staff without any recommendation or official diagnosis from a doctor. Patients start to feel a difference in as little as three to four days, and research shows light therapy’s effectiveness rate is similar to antidepressants, Settle said. Light therapy can benefit an individual feeling the effects of SAD but Settle said professional treatment is still the best option for anyone suffering depression. “Anyone with symptoms of SAD should be evaluated by a physician to determine the best treatment option,” she said.last_img read more

More than 100 previous convictions for Moko’s killers

first_imgNZ Herald 6 July 2016Family First Comment: Should CYF have been FAR more proactive when they knew this background? Why didn’t they investigate?Should a mother place a child with this guy?“Court documents released to the Herald reveal that Haerewa had racked up 111 convictions before he killed Moko and had been in and out of prison since 1991. His offending included burglary, wilful damage, possession of a knife in a public place, contravening a protection order, male assaults female, aggravated robbery, breach of parole, theft, receiving stolen property, escaping custody and a raft of driving charges and bail breaches. Shailer had been convicted six times before she was jailed for her part in Moko’s death. Her first offence was not until 2012. All of her convictions were for shoplifting.”The couple jailed for killing 3-year-old Moko Rangitoheriri have more than 100 previous convictions between them, the Herald can now reveal.Moko Sayviah Rangitoheriri died on August 10 last year from injuries he received during prolonged abuse and torture at the hands of Tania Shailer and David Haerewa.His case shocked, saddened and angered New Zealanders and led to marches in his name against child abuse. Last week his killers were jailed for 17 years for manslaughter.Court documents released to the Herald reveal that Haerewa had racked up 111 convictions before he killed Moko and had been in and out of prison since 1991.His offending included burglary, wilful damage, possession of a knife in a public place, contravening a protection order, male assaults female, aggravated robbery, breach of parole, theft, receiving stolen property, escaping custody and a raft of driving charges and bail breaches.Shailer had been convicted six times before she was jailed for her part in Moko’s death. Her first offence was not until 2012. All of her convictions were for shoplifting.READ MORE: read more

Robinson Cano trade grades: Mets baffle with gutsy move; Mariners add by subtracting

first_imgDipoto still has a lot of things to consider, such as moving the aforementioned Haniger or the underrated Kyle Seager. There are plenty of moves and pieces that can be moved for the Mariners who will give them decent returns.Overall: TBDThis moves makes sense for the Mets if they’re 100 percent in on more moves this offseason to bolster their lineup. That seems to be the case, but who knows? The Mets have operated confusingly since their 2015 World Series appearance, but the fact that they’re willing to add a bat and contract like Cano’s could bode well for their willingness to compete for a title soon.The Mariners are getting a very good prospect, and they got out of a bad-ish contract while understanding they might not be winning any time soon. It hurts to give up a talent like Diaz, but that’s the cost of doing business in today’s MLB. Team control is what it’s all about. Jerry Dipoto cannot be stopped.The Mariners general manager continues his dealing ways, wiggling his way out of Robinson Cano’s contract, shipping him and Edwin Diaz to the Mets in exchange for 2018 first-round pick Jarred Kelenic, Jay Bruce, Anthony Swarzak, Justin Dunn and Gerston Bautista.  MORE: MLB hot stove tracker — see who goes whereFrom the Flushing side, it’s a bit of a confusing move which makes sense and doesn’t. Allow us to explain …New York Mets: C+On Robinson Cano: Cano performed well despite his suspension in the middle of 2018. In 41 games after his return from the suspension, Cano hit .317 with an .860 OPS, with six home runs and 27 RBIs. He was also recovering from a fractured wrist, so those numbers are especially encouraging.Cano has also largely been durable in his career, as 2018 was the first time since 2006 he’s played less than 150 games in a season. The trade also gives the Mets some flexibility in their infield, should Cano be willing to move to first. If not, perhaps breakthrough rookie Jeff McNeil could move to third base to try and alleviate the third base issues the Mets have had, or he could play as a super utility guy. McNeil hit .329 in his rookie season, so his bat will be important to the Mets’ plans moving forward.The Mariners are eating a reported $20 million, which turns Cano’s deal from $24 million per year over the next five seasons to $20 million per year. That helps, but how much? Even though the Mets are sending Jay Bruce and Anthony Swarzak (who are owned $36.5 million combined over the next two seasons), you have to hope Father Time doesn’t catch up with Cano, and his production matches the dollars he’s owed on his contract.Cano could play some first if they need it, assuming he’d make the move, and split time with Jeff McNeil at second if need be.On Edwin Diaz: Cano’s prowess at the plate is undeniable, but Diaz is the true centerpiece of this deal. Diaz, one of baseball’s best relievers in 2018, is under team control through 2022, which gives the Mets a young, explosive, cost-controlled reliever at the back end of the bullpen, something they’ve desperately needed.It’s hard to argue against Diaz’s success — 1.96 ERA in 73 1/3 innings, with 57 saves in 2019 — and as with most relievers, there’s a certain volatility year-to-year for bullpen guys. But this move helps the Mets right now and gives them a pretty sure thing in the ninth inning for the next few years.MORE: Ranking the 79 best free agents this offseasonAll things considered, outside of an abysmal June (5-21 record), the Mets were a competent baseball team in 2018. As long as they hold on to their top three guys in the rotation (Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard, Zack Wheeler), and they stay healthy, this is a team that could challenge for a wild card in 2019, or maybe even the division.On who they gave up: Jay Bruce had a very bad year in 2018, riddled with injuries and general ineffectiveness. When healthy, Bruce is a solid slugger, hitting to a career OPS+ of 109. Not bad. Is he worth $14 million per year for the next two years? If he can stay healthy, he’s a 30-plus home run threat, so that’s not a bad thing. Plus, in Seattle, he can DH or play right field in the wake of Nelson Cruz’s free agency. Anthony Swarzak had a disastrous first year with the Mets, and that’s putting it lightly.The key for the Mets here is trading 2018 first-round pick Jarred Kelenic, who some believe is destined to become a star. The Mets, who have long been devoid of young, upcoming talent, have started to build a solid core with Michael Conforto, Amed Rosario, Brandon Nimmo and their pitching staff, so trading a prospect with an ETA of 2022 isn’t the worst thing.This is a fairly mixed bag with a mixed message for the Mets. Kelenic, though far from a major-league debut, was rocketing up prospect rankings. As always, prospects are suspects and Kelenic has a long way to go, but to mortgage even a bit of your future for a an aging star coming off a PED suspension is a calculated, questionable and gutsy move.They lose points for taking on Cano’s contract but gain points for getting him at a discount, along with Edwin Diaz to lock down games in 2019.For new Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen, this is a watermark moment. Much like Nuke LaLoosh, he announced his presence with authority. Whether that’s a good thing or a bad thing is yet to be seen.Seattle Mariners: BAny time a team can get a top prospect back in exchange for dumping salary, that’s a good thing. The only caveat: As per usual, prospects are suspects, and Jarred Kelenic and Justin Dunn still have to prove they will one day be impact major league ballplayers.Kelenic, currently ranked No. 62 on MLB Pipeline’s top 100 prospect list, Kelenic raked in the Gulf Coast League, hitting over .400. But he’s 19, and lots can go wrong between now and an MLB arrival. Still, it’s a great building for a potential new Mariners core, something Seattle hasn’t had in a long time.Justin Dunn, MLB Pipeline’s 89th-ranked prospect, could make his debut in 2019, but he still has some work to do. He struggled at AA, putting up a 4.22 ERA and a 1.360 WHIP in 15 starts. Still, decent upside as a potential starting pitcher helps Dunn and the Mariners here.The most important part of this trade is getting out of the final five years of Cano’s deal, even if they had to cover some money (a reported $20 million) to get it moved. With the Mariners likely not competing in the AL West against the Astros or even the upstart A’s, it’s hard to see why keeping Cano around would really help them push for a division title.Getting Jay Bruce is a good move, as well. When healthy, Bruce is a very good power bat and a decent outfielder. This raises some questions in the outfield: Will Mitch Haniger move to center while Bruce plays right? Will Dee Gordon move back to second? It gives the Mariners flexibility and power following the pending departure of Nelson Cruz.last_img read more

Dalvin Cook injury update: Vikings RB says leaving game vs. Seahawks was precautionary

first_imgVikings running back Dalvin Cook went to the locker room midway through the third quarter of Monday night’s 37-30 loss to the Seahawks and didn’t play another snap, but he said after the game he was held out for precautionary reasons. Cook had popped up on the Vikings injury report Thursday with a chest injury that he said occurred last week against the Broncos and limited him in practice. He practiced fully Friday and began Monday’s game without issue, but the injury was aggravated against the Seahawks. Dalvin Cook said he got hit on the chest injury he’d sustained against the Broncos, but added he could have gone back in the game, saying he sat for precautionary reasons. He said he’ll be good to go for Detroit.— Ben Goessling (@GoesslingStrib) December 3, 2019On his final play of the game, Cook was trying to recover his own fumble but had his arm pinned behind him by a defender. He walked to the locker room, was listed as questionable to return, came back to the sideline quickly but never put his helmet on or re-entered the game. The fumble gave Seattle a key possession late in the close game.  Minnesota wide receiver Stefon Diggs was also hurt on the play, but he quickly recovered and was in on Minnesota’s next drive.MORE: Updated NFL playoff pictureHere’s the Diggs & Cook injuries— Vikings Blogger (@firstandskol) December 3, 2019Without Cook, the Vikings relied on backup Alexander Mattison, a rookie with 394 yards on 82 carries entering Monday and added 22 yards on four rushes against the Seahawks.last_img read more

Cuttington University Wins 2019 Inter Universities Debate

first_imgMinister Sirleaf presents the 2019 inter universities and colleges debates awards to Cuttington UniversityCuttington University (CU) has won this year’s Inter Universities and Colleges Debate organized by NAYMOTE Partners for Democratic Development in collaboration with the Ministry of Internal Affairs (MIA) in Monrovia.NAYMOTE Program Assistant, Bako Korboi Shuaibu, said the purpose of the competition, which ran from November 7 to December 5, 2019, is to highlight understanding of the Local Government Act (LGA) of 2018 to benefit the youthful population.Shuaibu said that the competition became significant as the result of citizens’ failure to comprehend the LGA.MIA Decentralization and Local Government Specialist, D. Emmanuel Wheinyue, said the event was designed to popularize the LGA, develop university students’ skills and knowledge to critically think, discuss and analyze the importance of the LGA of 2018 towards local economic development, participatory decision-making and job creation for young people, help them to develop a civic, political opportunities and ownership of the LGA of 2018 implementation.The Inter-universities and Colleges Debates was conducted among eight universities and colleges across the country.Schools that participated in the entire exercise were the Stella Maris Polytechnic University, United Methodist University Smythe Institute of Management and Technology, African Methodist Episcopal University, CU, Bong and Grand Bassa Counties Technical Colleges, and the Vision College in Grand Bassa County.The competition, which officially began on November 7, 2019 at the Unification Pavilion, Buchanan City, was held under the theme, “Youth Perspectives on the LGA 2018.”During the grand finale between CU and UMU, CU defended the proposition; “Local Government will bring Speedy Development to Liberia than the current centralized system of government,” while the UMU defended the opposite.Captain of the CU debate team, Beulah Nimene, clarified that local government will bring speedy development to Liberia, because it will bring a sense of participation among locals, as well as address the issue of division of labour across government.Student Nimene further said this will bring education and human capital development.Beulah Nimene: “I am very optimistic that Local Government Act will bring Speedy Development to Liberia, compared to the current centralized system of government.”In her deliberations, she said decentralization is the only means to put Liberia on development map. Decentralization process, she said, has the people in mind, quoting Article 1 of the 1986 Constitution, which talks about how the power is vested in the people, and therefore, the people must be part of the decision making the process of development.Captain of UMU debate team, Clifton Glee, said that Local Government Act cannot bring about speedy development if the issues that destroyed the fabric of the society is not addressed.Student Glee named issues such as corruption, lack of accountability and integrity which, according to him, has become a threat to the growth and development of the country.He also stressed the need to revisit laws on the books and re-awaken their full implementation, as well as invest in the social norms and fabrics to instill integrity in the people.“Until these issues are fully addressed, the Local Government Act will not bring speedy development to our country than the current centralized system,” Glee said in his defense.Eventually, CU won the competition with 89.33%, and was therefore awarded L$100,000, while UMU, which that took the second place with 85.53%, walked away with L$50,000.The exercise kicked off between Grand Bassa Community College (GBCC), the Vision College in the first encounter of the seven matches conducted across the project’s locations.Internal Affairs Minister Varney A. Sirleaf assured organizers of the program that the ministry will remain engaged with civil society organizations (CSOs) such as NAYMOTE and other partners to ensure that the LGA is fully implemented to better the lives of the citizens.The program is funded by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP).Naymote Executive Director, Eddie Jarwolo, appreciated the partners, and government for the support to conduct the project.Mr. Jarwolo said the program will enhance institutions, colleges/universities and  students’ understanding of national policy, something he said also will help them identify, discuss, think and critically analyze how to make the country better.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

President, Opposition Leader must urgently settle on new GECOM Chair – CCJ

first_imgThe Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ), this afternoon, ruled that the President and the Leader of the Opposition must settle on a new Chairman of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) with the utmost urgency.The CCJ made no order in this regard considering the fact that Justice (rtd) James Patterson has already resigned following the Court’s June 18 judgment that his appointment was in breach of Guyana’s Constitution.There is currently a breakdown in talks between the Government and the Opposition on the issue. The matter has since been referred back to the President and the Leader of the Opposition to resolve.More details in the Saturday, July 13, 2019 edition of the Guyana Times.last_img read more