New Treatment for Hyperactivity: Nature Walks

first_imgHiking in the woods seems to alleviate ADHD, say two researchers from University of Illinois, in two studies mentioned briefly in Science News.1  The article begins, “Does spending more playtime amid greenery improve behavior in children with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder?” (emphasis added).  Apparently, yes.  The setting, not just the activity, is part of the equation, the studies indicate.  One test took hyperactive children on walks, some in the city and some in the country.  “After the walk, children who took the nature trail performed better on a test of attention than did their counterparts who strolled in an urban setting.”1Ben Harder, “Nature reduces kids’ signs of attention disorder,” Science News, Week of Sept. 18, 2004; Vol. 166, No. 12 , p. 190.Children are too complex for experiments like this to be completely trustworthy, with so many variables to consider, but any parent should instinctively know this makes sense.  Stop depriving kids by confining them to zoos of smog, concrete, electronic gadgets and traffic noise, and then punishing them with drugs if they get rowdy.  For their health, give them space in the environment they were made for: in touch with the wonders of nature, with time to see beautiful things and reflect on their Creator’s wisdom.  A picture is worth a thousand words.  Here’s another thousand for a bonus, and some teacher/parent tips for places to go and things to do.  What a healthy idea: Creation Safaris for kids.(Visited 12 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Comrades to host 2014 AIMS Congress

first_img1 June 2012In a first for South Africa and the continent, the Comrades Marathon Association (CMA) has been chosen to host the 20th Association of International Marathons and Distance Races (AIMS) Congress in Durban in May 2014.Held every two years, the AIMS Congress brings together leading organisers of the road-running fraternity for four days of workshops, seminars and interactive engagement.Delegates from 60 countries were represented at the 19th AIMS gathering in the Czech Republic’s capital city of Prague last month, where the decision to grant the hosting rights to the CMA was taken.CMA chairman Peter Proctor and general manager Gary Boshoff were among the those bidding for the prestigious AIMS Congress in 2014.Unanimously in favourThe process of selecting the host is decided on by the attending AIMS delegates, who were unanimously in favour of the CMA hosting their next convention on South African soil.“This is a huge coup for the CMA, the city of Durban and our country,” Boshoff said in a statement.“The convergence of these delegates from all over the world on Durban will undoubtedly boost the profile of this beautiful coastal city and set the pace for renewed interest in its tourism and other business prospects.”“The CMA together with the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Sport and Recreation will host the AIMS Children’s Series Race in Durban on 2 June 2012,” Boshoff added.‘Fostering the joy of running’“As the CMA, we are already enjoy good working relationships with local and international athletics bodies and, together with organisations like AIMS, we aim to continue fostering the joy of running among our youth and to take development in athletics to new heights,” Boshoff went on.“KwaZulu-Natal has many splendid offerings for the world and our potential to attract high profile events such as the 2014 AIMS Congress to the province is boundless. In the same light, we feel very fortunate to have AIMS display its high level of confidence in the CMA and South Africa, by awarding us the sought-after hosting rights.”The goals of AIMS are to foster and promote distance running throughout the world; to work with the International Association of Athletic Federations (IAAF) on all matters relating to international road races; and to exchange information, knowledge and expertise among members of the association.SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Infographic: Nelson Mandela’s notable namesakes

first_imgHere’s a collection of some of the quirkiest things named after Nelson Mandela. Nelson Mandela’s name has been given to many things around the world. (Image: Brand South Africa)Research by Chili Kier and Hunter NestadtDesign by Jae Brits and Tumisang SitholeClick on the image for a larger view.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img

Play Your Part Ambassador Shamila Ramjawan’s PrincessD Menstrual Cup protects the dignity of thousands of school girls

first_imgPlay Your Part Ambassador Shamila Ramjawan is committed to improving the lives of young South African girls whose socio-economic conditions are less than desirable.For Shamila, feminine hygiene needs fall right at the top of this list. According to Stellenbosch University (SU) Law Clinic, approximately 30% of girls in South Africa miss school due to inadequate access to sanitary products.The menstrual cup has been identified as a sustainable solution for menstruation woes, granting young girls the opportunity to get education. As a result, Shamila founded the Princess D Menstrual Cup in 2016 after conducting thorough research. The PrincessD Menstrual Cup is cost-effective, eco-friendly and hygienic, and is currently available in 20 countries and 50 pharmacies in South Africa.Through her initiative, Shamila has brought relief to thousands of lives having handed out menstrual cups and educating girls in 22 schools in South Africa through corporate funding. As time passed, many South Africans bought into Shamila’s vision for the PrincessD Menstrual Cup. One such person was World Champion, Caster Semenya who was on-boarded as a brand ambassador and co-owner of PrincessD in 2017.Shamila named the PrincessD Menstrual cup after her daughter Daksha, who is a 23-year old nominee at the Woman of Stature Awards in the Youth Ambassador Category. Perfectly designed for the target audience, the cups are boxed and wrapped in a silk-like packaging, are microwavable (for cleaning purposes) and can be reused for up to 10 years.She has two registered companies, Famram Solutions (marketing and communications solutions) and Famram Foundation (empowering, uplifting and providing CSI solutions enhancing socio-economic development).Her hard work and dedication to improving the lives of others doesn’t go unnoticed. Shamila will be participating in the Mrs Johannesburg pageant, taking place on 17 November 2018 at Leriba Hotel & Spa. The pageant recognises women like Shamila who make a difference in communities through education and skills development.Click here information about the pageant and to vote for Shamila.last_img read more

Updating the Tri-State Fertility Recommendations

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest !n 2014, the OSU Soil Fertility Lab ( started work to update the Tri-State Fertilizer Recommendations. These recommendations form the basis of our corn, soybean, wheat and alfalfa nutrient recommendations, but were last updated in 1995. We have partnered with many OSU extension county educators, private crop consultants and individual farmers to run extensive strip trials across the state over the past four years. To date, we have over 100 P trials, and nearly 100 K trials that have been conducted in 33 Ohio counties (Figure 1). We have also conducted extensive N rate trials, N timing trials and some trials looking at sulfur needs (not included in map below).Fig 1. Shaded counties denote where P or K on-farm trials were conducted.At each site, we’ve collected: 1) soil samples for soil test, 2) leaf tissue concentration at flowering, 3) grain nutrient concentration at harvest, 4) grain yields and 5) management history information. The last of these trials are being harvested now. We are working with Michigan State University and Purdue University with the intention of continuing our recommendations as a 3-state document. Although this is a major undertaking, we hope to have summarized data and new recommendations ready in the summer of 2018. We are genuinely grateful for all the support, commitment and buy-in of the agricultural community in this process and we are looking forward to sharing results with the public in the coming months. This work is being supported by the Ohio Soybean Council and the Ohio Corn and Small Grains Marketing Programs.last_img read more

Getting corn off to a good start: Planting depth can make a difference

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By K. Nemergut, Alexander Lindsey, Peter Thomison, Ohio State University ExtensionPlanting depth recommendations for Ohio are 1.5 to 2 inches deep to ensure adequate moisture uptake and seed-soil contact. Deeper planting may be recommended as the season progresses and soils become warmer and drier, however planting shallower than 1.5 inches is generally not recommended at any planting date or in any soil type. According to some field agronomists, shallow plantings increase stress and result in less developed roots, smaller stalk diameters, smaller ears and reduced yields. In a 2011-2012 Ohio evaluation of planting depth, grain yields were about 14% greater for the 1.5-inch and 3-inch planting depths than the 0.5-inch planting depth in 2011, and 40% greater in 2012. The lower yields of the shallow planting were associated with reduced final stands and six to seven times as many “runt” plants as the other two planting depths.Despite potential risks, many growers continue to plant at depths less than 1.5 inches. The rationale for this is typically that the seed will emerge more rapidly due to warmer soil temperatures closer to the surface. This is an important consideration as corn growers across the Corn Belt are planting earlier so they can complete planting before yield potential begins to decrease after the first week of May. Some studies have documented faster emergence rates with shallower planting depths, but the comparisons have often included deeper planting depths than the recommended ranges and results are highly influenced by temperature and rainfall in the given season. Improving our understanding of corn response to planting depth across different soil types and conditions may enable more effective use of planting technologies that allow variable planting depths during the planting operation. However, research on the effects of soil temperature and moisture flux in the seed furrow at different planting depths in relation to seed emergence is limited.In 2017 and 2018, we conducted studies in two OSU research farm fields at South Charleston, each with different soil types — one a Strawn-Crosby complex with a silt loam texture (2.0% organic matter), and the second a Kokomo loam (3.8% organic matter) to study the impact of varying planting depth (1, 2, or 3 inches) on emergence rates and grain yield. In each field, soil moisture and soil temperature sensors were installed in each plot, which continuously recorded average temperature and soil moisture every twenty minutes until the end of the emergence window.Emergence was most uniform with 2-inch planting or deeper. Deeper planting depths slightly delayed the date of first emergence compared to the shallowest planting depth. This was partly due to greater temperature fluctuation in shallow planting depths resulting in faster accumulation of soil GDDs driving faster emergence. Shallow planting was the most subject to moisture content of the soil causing an extended emergence window in 2018 (5 to 6 days to reach >95% emergence) compared to the deeper planting depths (3 to 4 days to reach >95% emergence).A three-day emergence period (72 hours from first plant emerged) did not limit yield. However, after three days, emerging plants exhibited 8% to 15% lower yields and greater variability in yield.Increasing planting depth was correlated to yield increases. Deeper planting was associated with more yield per plant (3% to 5% yield increase from 1 to 3 inches). Yield uniformity also improved with increasing depth, and was most optimum at 2 or 3 inches for the lower organic matter soil and most optimum at 2 inches for higher organic matter soil.Key take away points:Soil GDD accumulation drives early emergence.Uniform emergence was highly dependent on soil moisture content.Emergence of all plants within three days is critical to maintain yield.Yield per plant tends to increase with planting depth.last_img read more

Save More by Spending Less

first_imgBy Barbara O’Neill, Ph.D., CFP®, Rutgers Cooperative Extension, oneill@aesop.rutgers.eduHow do most U.S. households, including military families, become wealthy? A small number receive lump sums such as life insurance benefits, settlements, and inheritances. Even fewer win the lottery or some other big cash prize. Most people who become millionaires do it the old fashioned way: they earn money, live on less than they make, save money, and earn compound interest over time.U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Areca T. WilsonSo how do people live below their means and find money to save? They spend wisely because they know that every dollar counts. An example is buying packages of water and soda on sale instead of buyng expensive bottles from vending machines. Add up what you’re spending on “little things.” If you can “find” $5 per day from reduced spending, that adds up to $1,825 in savings per year, and even more with interest.Below are specific ways to reduce spending to free up money to save:“Crash” Save- Decide, for a month or two, to buy only absolute necessities and save the difference for emergencies or short-term financial goals. “Brown Bag” Your Lunch– Prepare lunch at home to take to work on most days, instead of eating out. Leftovers from dinner can become lunch the next day, saving hundreds of dollars annually. Cut Home Energy Costs– Check weather stripping and caulking for leaks, upgrade attic insulation, shift laundry and dish washing to “off-peak” hours, and turn the thermostat down a degree or two. Plug Spending Leaks– Add up what you’re spending on “little things” such as snacks, coffee, soda, candy, fast food, lottery tickets, magazines, take-out dinners, alcoholic beverages, and more. If you can “find” $5 a day from reduced spending and save it, that adds up to $1,825 per year and even more savings with interest. Get a Good Plan– Choose a cell phone plan that meets your needs (e.g., number of monthly minutes and texts, data usage, number of linked callers) or use low-cost prepaid telephone calling cards as needed. Find Perks– Take advantage of rebates, discounts, and/or wellness incentive programs provided through your employer. Talk to your boss or human resources office to find out what benefits your company offers. Find Freebies- Seek out free or low-cost community resources such as summer concerts, health fairs, state parks, rabies clinics for pets, and inexpensive adult education classes offered by Cooperative Extension.When you spend more than you earn, you are living beyond your means. This makes it difficult or impossible to save. To turn this situation around and achieve positive cash flow (income greater than expenses), find ways to trim spending. Variable expenses that are not locked into a fixed monthly amount (e.g., food and entertainment) are usually the easiest expenses to cut. For more savings information, visit America Saves. Quit Smoking or Don’t Start– Find money to save by kicking the smoking habit. Assume a pack of cigarettes costs $7 with taxes included. Multiply $7 by 365 days and you could save $2,555 a year, plus interest (not to mention all of the positive health effects!). “Step Down” Your Spending- Buy food, clothing, and other items at reduced prices. For example, when buying clothing, step down from high-end to moderately priced department stores to discount stores, factory outlets, consignment stores, and thrift shops. The more steps down, the greater the savings.last_img read more

Vimeo Launches Adobe Premiere Pro Panel

first_imgVimeo comes to Premiere Pro with the all-new panel that integrates with the Vimeo review pages.While Premiere Pro CC is in beta with their own social panel, Vimeo has launched their own publishing panel with a few extra settings that make things a lot easier for creatives.With the Vimeo Premiere Pro Panel you can upload your videos directly to your Vimeo account, customize your upload presets (bitrate, codec, resolution), and choose your privacy settings as you upload — all without leaving Premiere Pro.Perhaps the best thing is the ability for Vimeo PRO and Business users to instantly launch one of Vimeo’s new review pages. Rather than having to export your video, then upload to Vimeo, then create the review page — you can now do all of that from the Premiere Pro panel. Now it’s even faster for you to easily send links to clients for instant feedback.This year we set out to make Vimeo an end-to-end workflow solution for video professionals and today that solution extends to anyone using Adobe Premiere Pro CC. The video editing tools in Adobe Creative Cloud are a go-to source for Vimeo creators, and our new panel fundamentally simplifies their post-production process. — Anjali Sud, General Manager and Senior Vice President, CreatorThis is another great step for Vimeo in their move to really grow their creator platform, and if they want to keep giving us tools that take a few steps out of our repetitive workflow — I am totally on board!You can download the Vimeo Premiere Pro Panel for free now.What are your thoughts on Vimeo’s updates? Let us know in the comments below.last_img read more

BSF jawan killed in Pak. firing, Valley tense after Ismail’s death

first_imgAs fresh ceasefire violation by Pakistan left a Border Security Force (BSF) jawan dead in Jammu, the situation in Kashmir remained tense in the wake of killing of Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) commander Abu Ismail and his associate in an encounter.A BSF spokesman said Constable Bijender Bahadur was fired upon from Pakistani side around 12:20 a.m on the International Border in Jammu’s Arnia Sector.“Mr. Bahadur was on the duty at forward point along the fence when he sustained a bullet injury on left side of abdomen. He later succumbed,” said the BSF spokesman.Following the incident, the BSF said intermittent fire continued from both sides till morning, including mortar fire.A wreath laying ceremony was held for the slain constable, who hails from Uttar Pradesh, at the BSF headquarter in Paloura.Kashmir tenseIn the wake of killing of Pakistani militant Ismail, most schools and colleges in several Valley districts were closed as restrictions were imposed in parts of Srinagar city to thwart any protests after Friday prayers.There were prohibitory orders under the police stations of Khanyar, Rainawari, Nowhatta, M.R. Gunj and Safa Kadal.No traffic was allowed. Friday prayers at Jamia Masjid were also disallowed. Hurriyat chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, who leads the prayers there, was placed under house arrest.Train service also remained suspended across Kashmir Valley.Meanwhile, the bodies of Ismail, mastermind behind the July 10 attack on Amarnath pilgrims, and his Pakistani associate Chota Qasim were laid to rest in a graveyard located in Baramulla’s sparsely populated hillside.The killings sparked sporadic protests in south Kashmir as protesters held funeral prayers in absentia for the slain militants.A protest was also held in Kashmir University, where all exams being held on Friday were postponed.Encounter video goes viralA purported video of the Nowgam encounter, where these two militants were killed, went viral online on Friday.The video, wherein security personnel allegedly were placing feet on the bodies and pose for pictures, was also stopped by Facebook, according to the netizens.The Army has taken “cognizance of the video”.“The trampling of the bodies by the forces is condemnable. Only rogue forces disrespect the bodies,” said Dukhataran-e-Millat spokesman Nasreen.Meanwhile, separatists and militant conglomerate United Jehad Council (UJC) paid tributes to the slain militants.last_img read more