Laois woman named director of International Wine Centre

first_img GAA A Laois woman has been announced as the new director of the International Wine Cente.Rosenallis native Mary Gorman-McAdams has been appointed by President Mary Ewing-Mulligan.The International Wine Center (IWC) opened its doors in New York City in 1982. Through a variety of courses, wine-tasting programs and seminars, IWC has helped many thousands of wine professionals and wine lovers increase their wine knowledge.IWC’s offices and classrooms are situated in Seventh Avenue in Manhattan.Mary succeeds Linda Lawry who held that role for 18 years; Lawry retired in May of last year.President Ewing-Mulligan said: “Mary [Gorman-McAdams] has been a special part of the IWC family for twenty years, initially in a staff position and more recently as a valued instructor.“All of us at IWC are tremendously excited about the energy and expertise she will bring to the school in her new capacity.“Her involvement will propel International Wine Center from its current strength as a one of the country’s most respected wine and spirits schools to even greater heights. And, on a personal level, I am more than thrilled at the prospect of working side-by-side with her.”As Director, Gorman-McAdams will play a key leadership role in the organization, with responsibilities ranging from oversight of IWC’s academic programs — including content, student support initiatives, and instructor support and training — to business growth and general management.She will also focus on optimizing the learning experience for students.Her specialties are Bordeaux wines and Champagne and sparkling wines.Mary Gorman-McAdams: “International Wine Center has long been the standard in professional wine education, notably WSET, in New York and even across the US.“I am excited to be part of its ongoing success and to work with such a great team, especially Mary Ewing-Mulligan, MW, who has long been a mentor, an inspiration and a great friend.”Based in New York, Gorman-McAdams is also a wine consultant, educator and wine judge. Most recently, she worked as the Bordeaux Wine Council’s market advisor for North America, where she led its marketing and education programs focused on growing the North American Market for Bordeaux wines.She successfully completed the WSET Diploma at International Wine Center back in June 2003 and earned her Master of Wine credential in 2011.During the course of her MW studies Gorman-McAdams was awarded both the Trinity Champagne Scholarship and the Constellation Brands scholarships.In the MW Exam, she won the Errazuriz trophy for the top performance on the subject of the Business of Wine.From 2012 to 2014, Gorman-McAdams served on the board of the Society of Wine Educators and is still a regular speaker at its annual conference.She is a founding advisory board member of the SommCon Wine Conference and Winebow’s annual Women in Wine Leadership Symposium.Gorman-McAdams holds a BA (Honors) in Languages and International Marketing from Dublin City University, and an MBS in International Marketing (First Class Honors) from the Michael Smurfit Graduate School of Business (University College Dublin), where she was awarded both the Dean’s List Award & the Sir Charles Harvey Award for academic excellence in post-graduate studies.Before her involvement in the wine industry she spent 15 years as an international business and marketing specialist in the tech industry in Europe.When not talking or teaching about wine, she can be found on the sidelines of the soccer field with her husband Joe cheering on their son Luca.SEE ALSO – Laois woman and prized pet all set for the world’s largest dog show GAA Twitter Twitter Pinterest WhatsApp Home News Laois woman named director of International Wine Centre News RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook TAGSInternational Wine CentreMary Gorman McAdams Pinterest GAA By Alan Hartnett – 14th March 2019 Kelly and Farrell lead the way as St Joseph’s claim 2020 U-15 glory Facebook Previous articleWATCH: Laois players to the fore as Abu Dhabi win three Middle East championshipsNext articleJOB VACANCIES: Two full-time positions going in The Rainbow Castle creche in Portlaoise Alan HartnettStradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016. WhatsApp Laois woman named director of International Wine Centre Here are all of Wednesday’s Laois GAA results 2020 U-15 ‘B’ glory for Ballyroan-Abbey following six point win over Killeshinlast_img read more

Laois GAA club aiming for true transformation in their community

first_img Previous articleTime to nominate Laois’s top volunteers in sport for prestigious awardNext articleOpinion: The results aren’t everything – but the Leaving Cert isn’t a meaningless piece of paper Siun Lennonún Lennon joined LaoisToday in a full-time capacity after studying Journalism and New Media in the University of Limerick. She hails from Rosenallis and her interests vary from news, sports and politics. GAA WhatsApp Home Sport GAA Laois GAA club aiming for true transformation in their community SportGAA TAGSKilcavan GAA GAA clubs around Ireland have begin developing a holistic approach when it comes to club members, and this Laois club is one of those helping to lead the way.A ‘true transformation’ is underway at Kilcavan GAA, which is helping men of all ages in the area not currently playing GAA.They are hosting a free programme to help participants with;  nurition, exercise, weight loss (if needed), and improved health.Participants in this fully-booked out programme will be supported by a team of experts, run in association with Laois Sports Partnership and Dr Diane Cooper from True Fitness.Kilcavan GAA also plan on running another programme for women in the near feature. Twitter SEE ALSO – In Pictures: The new Laois GAA LOETB Centre of Excellence is absolutely class Laois GAA club aiming for true transformation in their community RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook Pinterestcenter_img By Siun Lennon – 15th August 2019 WhatsApp Facebook Pinterest Kelly and Farrell lead the way as St Joseph’s claim 2020 U-15 glory Here are all of Wednesday’s Laois GAA results GAA GAA Twitter 2020 U-15 ‘B’ glory for Ballyroan-Abbey following six point win over Killeshinlast_img read more

Owls, orchids boosted by Otway conservation projects

first_imgOwls, orchids boosted by Otway conservation projects The Hon Sussan Ley MP, Minister for the EnvironmentSenator The Hon Sarah Henderson, Senator for VictoriaEradicating invasive holly from wildlife corridors, restoring habitat for native orchids and helping fire-impacted tawny frogmouths are some of the successful projects to be funded under a $6 million Morrison Government investment to support Victoria’s unique Wild Otways environment and coastal communities from Bells Beach to Peterborough.The $6 million Wild Otways Initiative is being funded through the Morrison Government’s $100 million Environment Restoration Fund and managed by the Corangamite Catchment Management Authority.Minister for the Environment Sussan Ley today announced 23 projects which will see $855,000 support including for coastal environments along the Great Ocean Road, benefitting species including the masked owl, long-nosed potoroos, swamp antechinus, broad-toothed rat and native orchids.“These are on ground projects that reflect the Morrison Government’s commitment to supporting communities and practical environmental action,” Minister Ley said.“As well as hands on conservation measures like tree planting and weed eradication, the projects will foster an ongoing legacy of community involvement and education.“Geelong College, for example, is using part of its funding to incorporate revegetation and land management into the school curriculum, so teachers and students can restore five hectares of habitat for the EPBC Act-listed Leafy Greenhood Orchid that is found on their Cape Otway campus grounds.”Senator for Victoria Sarah Henderson said another of the projects involved helping tawny frogmouth populations return to pre bushfire levels.“Weed eradication and mass plantings will create a tawny frogmouth corridor in the Wye Gully to improve habitat and enhancing the quality of water discharging into the Wye River,” Senator Henderson said.“The catchment authority will also work with the Eastern Maar Aboriginal Corporation to eradicate holly and advise on future indigenous planting.”A full list of the successful projects can be found here. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:Aboriginal, Agriculture, Australia, Bells Beach, Cape Otway, conservation, Corangamite, Eastern, environment, Geelong, Government, Indigenous, Morrison, Morrison Government, Peterborough, revegetation, Victoria, Wye Riverlast_img read more

Assess Students Entering Grade Seven – Rev. Thwaites

first_imgMinister of Education, Hon. Rev. Ronald Thwaites, has charged secondary school principals to ensure that teachers do a careful assessment of each student entering grade seven before the start of instruction.This, he says, will give them a better understanding of the areas, which will require special emphasis and focus, including the need for remedial work.“Please make sure that you know the strengths and weaknesses of each student and please make sure that as far as possible, you encourage your teachers to see to uplifting and remediation where this is clearly indicated. Students, who have got 60 per cent or less in any of the Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT) profiles, obviously need help, before they can benefit from the advanced education offered in our high schools,” he said.Minister Thwaites, who was addressing an education symposium on August 19, at the Sts. Peter and Paul Church Hall in St. Andrew, urged the schools, not to “barrel along with the curriculum from the third or fourth week…or the second or third day of grade seven, without having undertaken a careful analysis and diagnosis of your student’s profile.”“We are expecting that your professionalism will lead you to spend a considerable time with that entering cohort for their benefit and for the overall success of the school to note those who need help, whether it is in the core areas of English Language or in Mathematics or indeed, if they are beset with some other challenges, whether physical or social or emotional,” he stressed.The Minister, in the meantime, commended the teachers, students, and principals for the work they did in this year’s Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) examination, which saw improvements in a number of subject areas.The core subject of Mathematics recorded the largest improvement overall, moving from 42 per cent in 2013 to 56 per cent this year.“The lesson to be learnt and the elation that we feel, particularly in the area of Mathematics, proves that if we focus on doing something about a problem and if we are generous in our approach to its remediation, it can be done. All of us can be participants in regeneration where there is a chronic difficulty,” he stated.The Minister attributed the improved performance in Mathematics to a number of initiatives implemented by the Ministry’s National Mathematics Team, including targeted support since 2012 for 96 schools classified as being on the cusp of doing better and /or those institutions with weaknesses that needed improvement.Other strategies included: workshops for teachers, targeting weak areas as identified in CSEC reports and subject profiles; and a revision of the CSEC Mathematics curriculum from grade seven to 11, to improve the teaching of the subject over a five-year period.The document was developed from a pilot of six secondary schools and sponsored by the NCB Foundation.The symposium, which was attended by scores of principals and school board chairmen, was held under the theme: ‘Changing the Education Landscape: Modernising Teaching and Learning for Relevance’. Photo: JIS PhotographerMinister of Education, Hon. Rev. Ronald Thwaites (right), is in discussion with Senior Director for Workforce Development and Employment at HEART Trust NTA, Denworth Finnikin on Aug.19, during an education symposium at the Sts. Peter and Paul Church Hall in St. Andrew. RelatedEarly Childhood Practitioners in Hanover Honoured RelatedMinister Thwaites Assures Teachers Will Be Paid On Time Story HighlightsMinister of Education, Hon. Rev. Ronald Thwaites, has charged secondary school principals to ensure that teachers do a careful assessment of each student entering grade seven before the start of instruction.This, he says, will give them a better understanding of the areas, which will require special emphasis and focus, including the need for remedial work.Minister Thwaites urged the schools, not to “barrel along with the curriculum.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail center_img RelatedGSAT Changes Will Ensure Adequate Assessment of Skills and Competencies Assess Students Entering Grade Seven – Rev. ThwaitesJIS News | Presented by: PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQualityundefinedSpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreenPlay Assess Students Entering Grade Seven – Rev. Thwaites EducationAugust 19, 2014Written by: Chris Patterson Advertisementslast_img read more

Lawmakers Make Final Changes to Marijuana Overhaul

first_img Stay Connected with the Daily Roundup. Sign up for our newsletter and get the best of the Beacon delivered every day to your inbox. HELENA – Lawmakers are putting the finishing touches on a bill to overhaul Montana’s medical marijuana industry Monday, adopting amendments that could do away with the state’s booming multi-million dollar pot industry.The bill, carried by Senate Majority Leader Jeff Essmann, R-Billings, aims to overturn the state’s 2004 voter-approved drug law and replace it with a strict, law enforcement-friendly proposal that’s a far cry from the state’s current marijuana industry, which has grown to nearly 30,000 legal users.If the overhaul measure passes, most of the businesses providing marijuana would be shut down and half or more of the patients may no longer have access to the drug.The measure has cleared both chambers, but now lawmakers have to hash out the differences between the proposals each chamber endorsed.Senators and representatives on the compromise committee indicated they would work off of the House’s version of the overhaul, a model that entirely removes payment from the marijuana trade and reduces the ratio of patients to providers to one, in most cases.Consideration of Senate Bill 423 comes on the heels of Gov. Brian Schweitzer’s veto of a Republican-backed medical marijuana repeal measure Wednesday. Now lawmakers are focused on the overhaul bill.It would require marijuana providers to grow the drug free of charge and provide it to patients on compassionate grounds. Growers and patients would be limited to one ounce and could have four mature plants.The overhaul bill has been a work in progress throughout its journey through the Legislature; it was rewritten, amended and changed at almost every stage.If lawmakers adopt more of the 157 amendments before the compromise committee, such a tight regulation could be ready for Legislative approval and transferal to the governor by the end of the week.Lawmakers working on the final version of the measure Monday said they had concerns about federal liability issues of having the state actively involved in the marijuana industry.Last month, medical marijuana businesses were the target of a series of raids as part of a federal investigation into drug trafficking and tax evasion.Legislators said they would support a system with minimal state involvement, tight regulations and easy control to try and avoid federal intervention.The marijuana trade grew rapidly after the U.S. attorney general’s office said in 2009 that the federal government would not prosecute pot users following state laws. The current number of legal users is almost a 10-fold increase from the few thousand users who were registered with the program before 2009.Some said the industry was spiraling beyond what voters intended. Others countered the drug was being used by patients in need where other drugs could not do the job. Emaillast_img read more

Dream a Dream of Cookies with Sesame Street’s Side-Splitting Spoof of Les Miz

first_imgJoin Cookie Monster as he asks the age-old question, “Who me am?” in this epic spoof of the “feel good and not so good” movie of the year, Les Mousserables. From an over-the-top Fantine to Aaron Tveit’s memorable wig, Sesame Street nails all of the mixed emotions everyone has watching the film in this hilarious Les Miz parody. If you’re hungry for cookies (and who isn’t?) and love movie musicals (who doesn’t?), click on for the best laugh we’ve had all week. Cowabunga! View Commentslast_img read more

Oregon wildfires impact Minnesota athletes who call the state home

first_imgKnowing her family was safe aside from the poor air quality made it less stressful for her personally, but the news of what was going on in her home state was still a concern on a larger “climate level.”“Because it wasn’t directly in our area — I knew my family was safe and things were going to be okay — I think it was more impactful to hear stories about people who are an hour north or south of us and who have nothing now,” Kaperick said. “So, to me, I think it was that I wanted to help, and I couldn’t really do that.”As fires continue to raze towns and threaten larger urban areas in the future, Kaperick is also worried about rebuilding in fire-prone areas, which would cause an “endless cycle” of burning and rebuilding similar to what currently exists in areas of California. That cycle has caused further problems. The New York Times reported that California, and other states affected by wildfires, must raise the price of regulated insurance prices to maintain a market for insurance companies or end up with areas of land that are uninsurable because those companies refuse to insure entire areas of at-risk land. “This isn’t just climate change; it’s kind of a systemic issue of both bureaucracy and kind of government influence, which doesn’t necessarily help the people trying to survive,” Kaperick said. Kaperick also mentioned that there are many charities and fundraisers for people impacted by the fires, and a compiled list of GoFundMe fundraisers can be found here. Oregon wildfires impact Minnesota athletes who call the state homeKatie Duong and Maya Kaperick, both native Oregonians, speak on their experiences with fires, air pollution and the realities of climate change.Kamaan RichardsGophers Midfielder Katie Duong launches a pass at Elizabeth Lyle Robbie Stadium on Thursday, Oct. 17. The Gophers went on to a tie game with Nebraska, 1-1. Julianna LandisOctober 1, 2020Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrintWildfires are something that many Minnesotans have little experience with, but for two Gophers’ student-athletes, the fires ravaging Oregon this summer hit close to home. Katie Duong, a native of Portland and a midfielder on the soccer team, said this summer was worse than any other fire season she’d experienced in the past. Most years, the smoke that fills Portland’s air is what moves north from fires in California. Oregon typically doesn’t have long wildfire seasons the way California does, but a combination of drought, lightning and unusually high winds fueled fires that burned over a million acres and entire towns. Portland and most of the coast was spared from the worst of the flames, but the smoke and ash from those fires polluted the air, with words like “hazardous” used by the Environmental Protection Agency to describe the unhealthy air. While Duong herself wasn’t home when the impact fully hit Portland, she said worrying for her family on top of starting school and athletics was a lot to juggle, and she was thankful that the worst of the smoke was clearing. Duong said she feels the worsening fires in recent years were a symptom of climate change. For her, the solution to climate change is more based in collective action on the issue, and politicizing the issue or making it a matter of opinion is frustrating. “I think climate change, obviously on a bigger scale, is something that to fix it we would need laws or the entire country working towards fixing … Just the past couple of years, it’s been kind of sad to see all of the places right next to me in Oregon and around the country get destroyed by these wildfires,” she said. Climate change is also something that Maya Kaperick, a pole vaulter with the women’s track and field team, feels strongly about. Her hometown of Eugene is surrounded by national forests and more centrally located in the state, about 120 miles down the coast from Portland.last_img read more

Pressure to ‘publish or perish’ may discourage innovative research, UCLA study suggests

first_imgEmail Their study, published in the American Sociological Review, is among the first to analyze the tension between productive tradition and risky innovation on this massive scale.The study found that a remarkably consistent pattern characterizes contemporary research in biomedicine and chemistry: more than 60 percent of the papers had no new connections, meaning that they primarily built on tradition and eschewed innovation.Drawing on their analysis of scientific rewards, Foster and his colleagues argue that researchers who confine their work to answering established questions are more likely to have the results published, which is a key to career advancement in academia. Conversely, researchers who ask more original questions and seek to forge new links in the web of knowledge are more likely to stumble on the road to publication, which can make them appear unproductive to their colleagues. If published, however, these innovative research projects are more highly rewarded with citations. And scientists who win awards — especially major ones, like a Nobel Prize — have more of these innovative moves in their research portfolio.“Published papers that make a novel connection are rare but more highly rewarded,” said Foster, the study’s lead author. “So what accounts for scientists’ disposition to pursue tradition over innovation? Our evidence points to a simple explanation: Innovative research is a gamble whose payoff, on average, does not justify the risk. It’s not a reliable way to accumulate scientific reward.”Foster added: “When scientists innovate, they may be betting on extraordinary impact. They are playing for posterity.”Foster specializes in the computational study of scientific ideas. The paper’s co-authors were James Evans, a University of Chicago associate professor of sociology, and Andrey Rzhetsky, a professor of medicine and human genetics at Chicago.The authors suggest that universities could encourage more risk-taking in research by decoupling job security from productivity. They note that a similar approach was especially successful at Bell Labs in the mid-20th century; scientists there could work on a project for years before it was evaluated. The study also recommends a model in which research funding goes to individual scientists, rather than specific research projects — a strategy being used by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and for some National Institutes of Health grants.Institutions and funding organizations could also reduce barriers to innovative research by using funding schemes that make it less risky for researchers to pitch a novel idea — and more likely for that idea to be funded. The Gates Foundation takes this approach in certain research programs, drastically reducing the length of initial applications, funding projects on a trial basis, and structuring review panels so that out-of-the-box ideas can find champions rather than just critics.Foster urged that universities, other research organizations and funding agencies use more large-scale quantitative analysis to inform research policy.“Studying science at a large scale gives us a new perspective on this critical institution. A better understanding of science will lead to better science,” he said. Share on Facebook Pinterest Share on Twittercenter_img Share The traditional pressure in academia for faculty to “publish or perish” advances knowledge in established areas. But it also might discourage scientists from asking the innovative questions that are most likely to lead to the biggest breakthroughs, according to a new study spearheaded by a UCLA professor.Researchers have long faced a natural tension and tradeoff when deciding whether to build on accumulated knowledge in a field or pursue a bold new idea that challenges established thinking. UCLA assistant professor of sociology Jacob Foster and his co-authors describe it as a conflict between “productive tradition” and “risky innovation.”To study this tension, Foster and his colleagues assembled a database of more than 6.4 million scholarly publications in the fields of biomedicine and chemistry from 1934 to 2008. They then analyzed whether individual publications built on existing discoveries or created new connections — in effect, creating a map of the growing web of scientific knowledge. Finally, they correlated each of the two broad strategies with two types of reward: citations in subsequent research and more substantial recognition conferred by 137 different scholarly awards. LinkedInlast_img read more

Mindfulness training reduces stress during exam time, study finds

first_img“Given the increasing demands on student mental health services, we wanted to see whether mindfulness could help students develop preventative coping strategies,” says Géraldine Dufour Head of the University of Cambridge’s Counselling Service. Dufour is one of the authors of a study that set out to test the effectiveness of mindfulness – the results are published today in The Lancet Public Health.In total, 616 students took part in the study and were randomised across two groups. Both groups were offered access to comprehensive centralised support at the University of Cambridge Counselling Service in addition to support available from the university and its colleges, and from health services including the National Health Service.Half of the cohort (309 students) were also offered the Mindfulness Skills for Students course. This consisted of eight, weekly, face-to-face, group-based sessions based on the course book Mindfulness: A Practical Guide to Finding Peace in a Frantic World, adapted for university students. Students were encouraged to also practice at home, starting at eight minute meditations, and increasing to about 15-25 minutes per day, as well as other mindfulness practices such as a mindful walking and mindful eating. Students in the other half of the cohort were offered their mindfulness training the following year.The researchers assessed the impact of the mindfulness training on stress (‘psychological distress’) during the main, annual examination period in May and June 2016, the most stressful weeks for most students. They measured this using the CORE-OM, a generic assessment used in many counselling services.The mindfulness course led to lower distress scores after the course and during the exam term compared with students who only received the usual support. Mindfulness participants were a third less likely than other participants to have scores above a threshold commonly seen as meriting mental health support. Distress scores for the mindfulness group during exam time fell below their baselines levels (as measured at the start of the study, before exam time), whereas the students who received the standard support became increasingly stressed as the academic year progressed.The researchers also looked at other measures, such as self-reported wellbeing. They found that mindfulness training improved wellbeing during the exam period when compared with the usual support.“This is, to the best of our knowledge, the most robust study to date to assess mindfulness training for students, and backs up previous studies that suggest it can improve mental health and wellbeing during stressful periods,” says Dr Julieta Galante from the Department of Psychiatry at Cambridge, who led the study.“Students who had been practising mindfulness had distress scores lower than their baseline levels even during exam time, which suggests that mindfulness helps build resilience against stress.”Professor Peter Jones, also from the Department of Psychiatry, adds: “The evidence is mounting that mindfulness training can help people cope with accumulative stress. While these benefits may be similar to some other preventative methods, mindfulness could be a useful addition to the interventions already delivered by university counselling services. It appears to be popular, feasible, acceptable and without stigma.”The team also looked at whether mindfulness had any effect of examination results; however, their findings proved inconclusive.The research was supported by the University of Cambridge and the National Institute for Health (NIHR) Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care East of England, hosted by Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust. Share on Facebook Share Pinterest LinkedIncenter_img Mindfulness training can help support students at risk of mental health problems, concludes a randomised controlled trial carried out by researchers at the University of Cambridge.While the prevalence of anxiety and depression among first year undergraduates is lower than the general population, it increases to overtake this during their second year. The number of students accessing counselling services in the UK grew by 50% from 2010 to 2015, surpassing the growth in the number of students during the same period. There is little consensus as to whether students are suffering more mental disorders, are less resilient than in the past or whether there is less stigma attached to accessing support. Regardless, mental health support services for students are becoming stretched.Recent years have seen increasing interest in mindfulness, a means of training attention for the purpose of mental wellbeing based on the practice of meditation. There is evidence that mindfulness training can improve symptoms of common mental health issues such as anxiety and depression. However, there is little robust evidence on the effectiveness of mindfulness training in preventing such problems in university students. Email Share on Twitterlast_img read more

Mika Miyazato eyes first title

first_imgBANDO, Ibaraki Pref. – LPGA player Mika Miyazato made five straight birdies on the back nine en route to a 5-under 67 and a five-shot lead after the second round of the Japan Women’s Open on Friday.Looking for her first professional career title, the 20-year-old Miyazato moved to 9-under 135 at Otone Country Club. Miyazato, who shared the first-round lead with Ayako Uehara, had seven birdies, including five in a row from the 12th, against a pair of bogeys.Chie Arimura shot her second consecutive 70 to sit alone in second in the third major tournament of the year.South Korean Choi Na Yeon (69) and Uehara (73) were tied for third at 3 under.World No. 1 and 2005 winner Ai Miyazato followed her opening 72 with a 70, moving up to a tie for fifth with Park Hee Young (66) and Miki Saiki (71) a shot further back. GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMEScenter_img IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5last_img read more