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first_imgMEMBERS can bring a friend to Langtree Park for just a fiver!Loyal Members are being offered the chance to bring a friend to the Saints vs. Hull KR First Utility Super League fixture on Friday June 17 for a great discounted rate.Saints will continue in their quest for league points and positions on the ladder in the run-up to the Super 8s phase of the competition when they take on the Rovers at Langtree Park.And, as a thank you to Members for their continued support throughout the 2016 campaign, we want to give you the chance to bring a friend, loved one or someone who may not have experienced a game at Langtree Park before for the heaviliy disounted price of just £5.Seated Members are free to move to alternative seats (to allow the £5 ticket holder to sit with them) for no charge.Please note terms and conditions apply. Tickets subject to availability. The £5 ticket is limited to one per member.£5 Member tickets cannot be purchased online, but can be booked via the ticket office at Langtree Park or over the phone on verification of the member’s ticket. Call  01744 455052 to enquire or book. Full contact details must be provided for the recipent of the £5 ticket.last_img read more

Webbased intervention helps prevent depression among adolescents

first_imgReviewed by Kate Anderton, B.Sc. (Editor)Nov 2 2018Although up to 20 percent of adolescents experience a depressive episode each year, the medical community has struggled to implement programs that effectively prevent depression.Researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago have worked to fill this gap in pediatric primary care by conducting clinical trials to evaluate and compare interventions. A new study published in JAMA Network Open highlights the positive effect of one web-based intervention, called CATCH-IT, on preventing depressive episodes among adolescents most at risk.The multicenter, randomized clinical trial compared the CATCH-IT intervention – which consisted of depression-specific online learning modules, motivational interviews and coaching – with a control intervention. The control intervention consisted of general health education and was similarly delivered through online learning modules.More than 350 adolescents ages 13 to 18 from a mix of rural and urban areas were enrolled in the trial. Participants had either a history of depression or depressive symptoms, which were measured and assigned a score during screening. The researchers followed the participants for two years and tracked depressive episodes.While depressive symptoms were reduced across all participants, they found no difference between the groups, except for among higher-risk adolescents whose depressive symptoms scored high on baseline screening. Among this group, individuals who participated in the CATCH-IT intervention demonstrated greater benefit, achieving as much as 80 percent risk reduction for experiencing a depressive episode.”This study tells us that the online intervention works best for teens who are experiencing worse symptoms,” said Dr. Benjamin Van Voorhees, the principal investigator. “We hypothesized that there would be a benefit across all participants, but it is perhaps even more telling to see such a significant risk reduction among a smaller group of high-risk adolescents.”Van Voorhees, professor and head of pediatrics at the UIC College of Medicine, said that the results indicate to physicians and researchers that “when it comes to first-line programs for depression prevention, scalable solutions may need to be targeted to patients based on symptom severity, not prior history alone.”We need to move depression care away from reactive treatments to widespread prevention, but to be successful we need more research on which interventions work, and for what patients, in primary care settings,” Van Voorhees said. “This is the first study to test a depression prevention intervention in a primary care setting — primary care providers are likely to be the first people parents ask for help and they are also often among the first to identify worrisome trends towards depression.”Related StoriesCaregiver depression linked to increased emergency department visits for patients with dementiaTeens who can describe negative emotions are better protected against depressionCPAP treatment for sleep apnea can improve depression symptoms”Often primary care physicians recognize sub-threshold depressive symptoms in their adolescent patients but do not have an appropriate way to respond,” said Tracy Gladstone, co-principal investigator and associate director and senior research scientist at the Wellesley Centers for Women at Wellesley College. “Our hope is that this intervention can serve as a first-line, evidence-based response to support symptomatic teens before they develop a full-blown depressive illness.”For parents, Van Voorhees said the results should reinforce the need for action if teens display early signs of depression.”If their teen’s behavior is changing, parents should not wait to seek help,” he said. “While this study showed that high-risk teens benefited most from the online intervention, it also showed that participation in the study, regardless of which group, helped reduce depression symptoms. We know that simply engaging in physical activity, practicing intentional positivity and engaging with family, friends and activities can help teens ward off major depressive episodes.”CATCH-IT is an acronym for Competent Adulthood Transition with Cognitive behavioral Humanistic and Interpersonal Training and was designed to teach coping skills to teenagers and young adults. The intervention included 20 modules, 15 of which were for adolescents. The remaining five were for parents. The information in the modules was based primarily on previously validated educational materials on coping with depression and behavioral and interpersonal psychotherapy methods. Example modules included lessons on ways to escape negative thoughts, identifying triggers and habitual responses, and how to solve problems in stressful situations.The control group intervention consisted of 14 modules for adolescents and four modules for parents that provided instruction on general health topics, such as good nutrition, sleep, exercise and safety habits. Source:https://today.uic.edu/online-program-helps-prevent-teen-depressionlast_img read more

Study suggests more work is needed on health equity in the United

first_imgReviewed by Alina Shrourou, B.Sc. (Editor)Jun 29 2019A survey study based on 25 years of data from more than 5.4 million people in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System suggests more work is needed on health equity in the United States.The study assessed health equity for healthy days and self-reported health, using a novel measure of health equity as well as the disparities gap between black and white individuals, income disparities and health justice (a measure of how health outcomes correlate with income, race/ethnicity and sex). National estimates of change from 1993 to 2017 suggest downward movement in average health; improvement in the disparities gap between black and white individuals; a decline in other measures of health equity and health justice; and worsening income disparities. The study has limitations in its data. Study authors suggest more or different approaches are needed to improve health equity. Source:JAMA Network Openlast_img read more

Robot created to monitor key wine vineyard parameters

first_img This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. A robot to help improve wine production Explore further “This prevents the vine-grower and winemaker from having access to complete and reliable information during the grape’s growth and maturation cycles on a regular basis and in real time. Thus, a majority of producers don’t use data that could help them optimise the handling of their vineyard and, ultimately, influence the quality of the wine they produce,” explains Francisco Rovira, head of the Laboratory of Agricultural Robotics (ARL) of Valencia’s Polytechnic University (UPV).To solve this deficiency, a European research consortium headed by the UPV is working on an automated robot for vineyard monitoring in the framework of the VINESCOUT project. The end goal is to help wine producers measure key parameters of their vineyards, including water availability, the temperature of the leaves and plant robustness.After almost two years of work, they showed off the newest prototype in Portugal in late August. “Our robot enables intensive sampling, going from the 20 measurements per hour that the traditional method allows, to more than 3,000 pieces of data per hour without the user having to make an effort to get these measurements. At the end, the producer obtains a map of his plot of land with data that gives them an idea of when to activate the watering systems if they have one installed, or of the harvest date, as well as the most productive plant distribution for their vineyard,” says professor Francisco Rovira, coordinator of the European project.As well as the UPV, the Televitis research group from the Universidad de La Rioja (televitis.unirioja.es/) is taking part, as well as French company Wall-Ye SARL, the British Sundance Multiprocessor Technology Ltd and the Portuguese Symington Family Estates.Among the novelties of the new prototype are an improvement in autonomous navigation, which makes the system more robust by combining 3-D with LiDAR and ultrasound sensors (sonar). The built-in artificial intelligence has also been improved, resulting in more accurate handling when guiding it through the vineyard and turning to change row.”The autonomous navigation system has improved a lot, which means the vehicle can move faster and more safely through the vineyard rows, while maintaining the same data collection ability,” says Verónica Saiz, researcher of the Laboratory of Agricultural Robotics of the UPB and project manager of this project.The robot can also generate maps at night, thus broadening its work capacity. This option, automated nighttime navigation, was tested this summer during field tests in the Portuguese vineyard. “We have verified that the robot operates the same at night and during the day, and is able to generate automated maps of the thermal status,” says Saiz. Furthermore, the robot also includes a multispectral camera to measure robustness through various vegetative indicators.More compact, agile and with more energyThe external appearance has also been modified compared to the previous prototype. “Now, the robot is more compact and agile, and has more protection from a hostile environment such as these fields. Furthermore, it has lithium batteries instead of lead, like the previous model, which are lighter and therefore more easily interchangeable, and guarantee enough energy for an entire working day,” explains Andrés Cuenca, fellow researcher at the UPV’s ARL.”We already have the first automated temperature and plant robustness maps; they are generated by the robot in real time with an infrared sensor and a multispectral camera. The next step is to check whether these maps have good correlations with those obtained with manual methods; if this is so, we will have a much more effective and practical automated monitoring system for vine-producers and winemakers,” adds Francisco Rovira. Grapes must be picked at the exact point of maturation, and its plant must have the appropriate intake of water during development so that the wine ends up with desired properties. Controlling those parameters is complicated and expensive, and few can afford to use pressure chambers that measure water potential.center_img Citation: Robot created to monitor key wine vineyard parameters (2018, September 20) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-09-robot-key-wine-vineyard-parameters.html Provided by Asociacion RUVID VineScout day and night. Credit: Asociación RUVIDlast_img read more

30 years on return to homeland eludes Kashmiri Pandits

first_imghuman rights Kashmiri Pandits holding a protest on the 26th anniversary of the Kashmiri Pandit exodus, in New Delhi on January 19, 2016. (file photo)   –  THE HINDU  As families fled the valley, protection of immovable properties of Kashmiri Pandits became an issue that required government intervention within months. “We want the government to remove massive encroachments of lands and properties of displaced Kashmiri Pandits in the valley. But nothing is being done. I have approached the office of the governor in this regard, but to no avail,” Legislator G L Raina said.Their hopes for a return to Kashmir was rekindled after the formation of the PDP-BJP government in March 2015 as the two parties had talked about “protecting and fostering ethnic and religious diversity by ensuring the return of Kashmiri Pandits with dignity based on their rights as state subjects and reintegrating as well as absorbing them in the Kashmiri milieu“.“We had high hopes after the formation of the BJP-PDP government. But that has been dashed now. The growing radicalism in Kashmir and government policies to deal with the situation are the biggest hurdles,” Vinood Pandit said.Batting strongly for a homeland for displaced Kashmiri Pandits in the valley with union territory status, Panun Kashmir chairman Ajay Chrungoo said, “An end to terrorism is must for the return of Kashmiri Pandits to Kashmir Valley.” COMMENT RELATED The poetry of exile The return to nowhere SHARE SHARE EMAIL Seventy-nine-year-old Mohan Lal has a last wish: To live the remainder of his life along with “my community” and die in “my homeland“.Sitting in his hut at Jagti camp on the outskirts of Jammu city, Lal, who is among the seven lakh-odd Kashmiri Pandits who had to flee Kashmir Valley in the wake of spread of terrorism in 1989-90, says they are living as “refugees in our own country” for three decades but “nothing” is being done for their return and rehabilitation.As Lal’s wait for a life “in Kashmir as I used to (live) before 1990” gets longer, his hope gives way to disappointment and anguish.We have completed 30 years in exile. we still await a call for return from our homeland. I want to live along with my community in Kashmir as I used to before 1990. I want to die in my homeland. Promises made and policies adopted by successive governments for our rehabilitation have fallen flat due to opposition from Kashmir,” Lal, who hails from Kulgam district in South Kashmir, told PTI.Lal, along with his family of five members, lives in Jagti camp which houses about 20,000 Kashmiri Pandits.The displaced Kashmiri Pandits say the biggest hurdles in their return to their roots were concerns for their “safety and security” and the government’s inability to implement its return and rehabilitation package of 2008 on the ground.Like Lal, 80-year-old Soomawati too want to return home in the border district of Kupwara. She says, “I want to return and die in my home. But nobody is fulfilling my last wish, neither the government nor my family.”The general secretary of the All State Kashmiri Pandit Conference (ASKPC), T K Bhat, said, “Kashmiri Pandits are at the crossroads. There is uncertainty. The return and rehabilitation policy of the government is on paper and there are no takers for it…Our core concern is safety and security for the community in Kashmir Valley.”Stalled rehabilitation packageIn 2008, the then Congress-led government at the Centre announced a package for the return and rehabilitation of Kashmiri migrants, offering maximum assistance of Rs 7.5 lakh each family for construction of houses.But the then state government led by Omar Abdullah of the National Conference requested the Centre to enhance the package to Rs 20 lakh per family, following feedback from affected families. The plan has not since moved forward.In September 2017, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh announced in Srinagar that the central government had decided to construct 6,000 transit accommodations for Kashmiri Pandits.But the plan to rehabilitate Kashmiri Pandits in three composite townships in North, South and Central Kashmir was opposed by the National Conference and separatists, BJP MLC Surinder Ambardar said.“I feel there is a need to carve out separate homeland for the community,” Ambardar said.Safety and security of PanditsEven employment schemes for Kashmiri Pandit youths failed to yield desired results. Over 1,900 educated youths were given employments in Kashmir under the prime minister’s job package and put up in four different transit accommodations.But they fled following stone pelting on their camps in Kashmir after the killing Hizbul Mujahideen division commander Burhan Wani in July 2016.“These youths were forced to flee to Jammu. The security and safety of Kashmiri Pandits is the primary concern,” All Party Migrant Coordination Committee chairman Vinood Pandit said. terrorism (crime)center_img Kashmiri Pandits – refugees in our own country (file photo)   –  THE HINDU Displaced Pandits seek homeland in the valley with union territory status Published on January 11, 2019 COMMENTS SHARE Jammu and Kashmirlast_img read more

Amarinder Singh hails Paks decision to allow permitfree passage through Kartarpur

first_imgAmarinder Singh hails Pak’s decision to allow permit-free passage through KartarpurAmarinder Singh also requested a waiver of passport to facilitate the travel of devotees from the rural areas and increase the limit of the number of pilgrims.advertisement Next Kamaljit Kaur Sandhu New DelhiJuly 14, 2019UPDATED: July 14, 2019 21:32 IST Amarinder Singh reiterated his demand for a special package from the Indian government to make the celebrations truly historic and befitting the sacred occasion. (Photo: Vikram Singh/India Today)Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Sunday welcomed Pakistan’s decision to accept his demand for a permit-free passage to the pilgrims through the Kartarpur corridor. Amarinder Singh also requested a waiver of passport to facilitate the travel of devotees from the rural areas and increase the limit of the number of pilgrims.In a statement issued in Chandigarh, Amarinder Singh hoped the Government of India would press Pakistan to accept other key demands being raised by him over the past several months.The demands include an increase in the daily limit of pilgrims allowed passage by Islamabad to enable ‘khulle darshan’ to mark the historic occasion of the 550th birth anniversary celebration of Sri Guru Nanak Dev. This was vital to ensure smooth flow of pilgrims on important days during the celebrations in November, Amarinder Singh said.Punjab CM Capt. Amarinder Singh has welcomed Pakistan’s decision to remove the requirement of separate permit system to allow pilgrims to travel through #KartarpurCorridor, but requested waiver of passport also to facilitate devotees from the rural areas of the state. (File pic) pic.twitter.com/Uxi5yt0JKv— ANI (@ANI) July 14, 2019Pakistan has agreed to allow 5,000 devotees a day against its original proposal of 500 but Captain Amarinder Singh said the number needed to be raised further, at least on special occasions, in view of the huge demand for permissions expected to come from Sikhs and other devotees who were likely to descend from around the world.The Punjab chief minister, however, hailed Pakistan’s decision to allow OCI and PIO Card holders, as was urged by him. It may be recalled that in their MoU, Pakistan had suggested allowing only Indian pilgrims. He also thanked the Indian government for persuading Islamabad to accede to his request for passage of pilgrims on all seven days of the week.The historic corridor would not serve its full potential unless Pakistan agreed to be more flexible on issues raised by him to enable pilgrims to visit the Kartarpur Sahib Gurdwara, Amarinder Singh said.Pakistan, which has also conceded India’s demand to build a bridge over Rabi river, has taken some steps forward today. Amarinder Singh urged the Indian government to engage even more closely with them to secure their agreement on other demands he has been putting forth.Amarinder Singh also reiterated his demand for a special package from the Indian government to make the celebrations truly historic and befitting the sacred occasion.Also Read | Agreed 80% with India on Kartarpur corridor, says Pakistan officialAlso Watch | Pakistan removes 5 Pro-Khalistani leaders from Kartarpur corridor panelFor the latest World Cup news, live scores and fixtures for World Cup 2019, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for World Cup news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byChanchal Chauhanlast_img read more

Complaint against Sisodia Lokayukta seeks clarifications from Delhi BJP chief Manoj Tiwari

first_img Next Complaint against Sisodia: Lokayukta seeks clarifications from Delhi BJP chief Manoj TiwariThe Lokayukta has registered Manoj Tiwari’s complaint filed on his behalf by leaders and legal team of the Delhi BJP on July 4.advertisement Press Trust of India New DelhiJuly 12, 2019UPDATED: July 12, 2019 23:20 IST Delhi BJP chief Manoj Tiwari have been attacking Arvind Kejriwal government alleging “abuse of position” | File photo from PTIHIGHLIGHTSManoj Tiwari has been asked through a notice to present himself at the Lokayukta officeLokayukta registered Manoj Tiwari’s complaint filed on his behalf by leaders and legal team of Delhi BJPAAP has accused Manoj Tiwari of levelling totally “baseless and fabricated” allegationsThe Delhi Lokayukta’s office has sought some clarifications from Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP Manoj Tiwari regarding his complaint against Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia and Public Works Department (PWD) Minister Satyendar Jain over an alleged “scam” in the construction of classrooms in government schools.Manoj Tiwari has been asked through a notice to present himself at the Lokayukta office for his submission on July 30.The Lokayukta has registered Manoj Tiwari’s complaint filed on his behalf by leaders and legal team of the Delhi BJP on July 4.”…Lokayukta has ordered that a notice be sent to the complainant (Tiwari) and his counsel to appear before this forum to make submissions on certain aspects of your complaint which need to be clarified,” the notice issued on July 9 read.Delhi BJP chief Manoj Tiwari and other leaders have been attacking the Arvind Kejriwal government alleging “abuse of position” and “corruption” in the construction of over 12,000 classrooms in government schools.The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has hit back, with Deputy Chief Minister sending a notice of criminal defamation against Manoj Tiwari and other BJP leaders.Reacting to the charge, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and Sisodia had dared Manoj Tiwari to get them arrested and challenged him to come out with a list of 10 schools in BJP-ruled states which could be compared with those run by the Delhi government in terms of quality.The AAP has accused Manoj Tiwari and other leaders of his party of levelling totally “baseless and fabricated” allegations.Also Read | AAP govt allocated low budget for MCD-run schools: Delhi BJP chief Manoj TiwariAlso Read | Anti-Romeo squads are good, should be started in Delhi: BJP MP Manoj TiwariAlso Watch | So Shayari: Manoj Tiwari takes on Arvind Kejriwal over Signature Bridge snubFor the latest World Cup news, live scores and fixtures for World Cup 2019, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for World Cup news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byMohak Gupta Tags :Follow AAPFollow BJPFollow SisodiaFollow Manoj TiwariFollow Lokyuktalast_img read more