Donegal Action Cancer Care to meet with Minister Harris tomorrow

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first_img Pinterest Donegal Action Cancer Care to meet with Minister Harris tomorrow By admin – December 11, 2016 Google+ Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal Facebook Homepage BannerNews Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Pinterest WhatsApp Twitter Minister for Health Simon Harris will attend the launch of the new Medical Academy at Letterkenny Hospital tomorrow.Donegal Action for Cancer Care welcome the Ministers visit who is due to meet with the group tomorrow afternoon.They hope to raise concerns they have over cancer services within the county.Spokesperson for DACC is Betty Holmes …Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/betty6.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.center_img 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic WhatsApp Previous articleTyrone beat Louth in O’Fiaich Cup Semi FinalNext articleCockhill Celtic open eight point lead in USL admin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th Twitter Google+ 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan firelast_img read more

Heathers Star Barrett Wilbert Weed on Her Spring Awakening-Style Sex Scene

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first_img Heathers: The Musical Star Files Related Shows Barrett Wilbert Weed Barrett Wilbert Weed is relatively new to the New York theater scene, but when she makes her first entrance in Heathers: The Musical at off-Broadway’s New World Stages, she’s met with deafening cheers and applause. That’s because the Lysistrata Jones and Bare alum is tackling the iconic role of Veronica Sawyer, made famous by Winona Ryder in the cult ‘80s film of the same name. In the new musical adaptation, Weed is tortured by bullies, welcomed (kinda) into the treacherous in-crowd with Heather, Heather and Heather, controlled by her intense boyfriend J.D. and nearly blown up, all while belting an infectious score by Laurence O’Keefe and Kevin Murphy. Below, Weed tells Broadway.com about taking a chance to star in the new musical, what it’s like to have “half-clothed, kind-of-believable sex” in front of a screaming crowd and her own high school fantasies of offing the popular kids.When did you first hear about Heathers: The Musical?My roommate-slash-best-friend Jared Loftin and I were both bored and unemployed and we were watching Netflix and he said, “Have you ever seen Heathers?” And I was like, “No, but I’ve heard about it, so let’s do it right now.” We watched the movie and he said, “Did you know this is going to be a musical?” And I was like, “Allll right! Game on!” I completely threw myself into the auditions and it all happened really quickly. They cast everything within a couple of weeks and then it was like, “Move to L.A.!”You just dropped everything and moved to L.A. on the spot?Yeah, we had to move to L.A. on our own dime and be a local hire. A lot of people weren’t willing to do that, and I thought everyone was crazy. There was no housing, they didn’t put us up. But I was like, “What are you talking about? This is going to be incredible. Have you heard any of the music?” It’s the best score that’s been written for a musical comedy in I don’t know how long. From the comedy to the inappropriateness of some songs to the beauty of others… How can you say no to that?What is it about the movie that hooked you?Oh my God, it’s so amazing. It wasn’t a commercial success when it first came out, but I think it’s become so popular because it resonates with so many people. It’s how I felt growing up. I was brutalized for my entire childhood. At this point, there’s more than half of my life that I would love to not remember.Really? That’s horrible!Yeah. I’ve always been silly and loud, and in my memory I’ve been 5’9” since I was 11. People beelined right for me. It was awful for a really long time. So I definitely had elaborate murder fantasies growing up. After that movie, I was like, “Yeah, that’s how it felt, that’s how it is.” It was awful.Damn, maybe it’s a good thing you didn’t see the movie earlier!I know! [Laughs.]Are the audiences in New York just as rowdy as in California?Most of our performances are just people screaming their faces off, and that’s a lot of what it was in L.A. People just waiting for their favorite lines and then jumping all over them. Even new stuff—the sex scene gets ridiculous applause. There were so many nights in L.A. where Ryan McCartan [who plays J.D.] and I almost broke because it was so preposterous. We’re kissing and taking each other’s clothes off and people are like, “YEAAHHH!” [Laughs.]They’ve been waiting—they haven’t seen a teen sex scene this intense since Spring Awakening.It’s another girl having half-clothed, kind-of believable sex! It’s nice to be applauded when you take your clothes off.It’s very affirming.Yes, although something bizarre happened last night. We just got my blazer back from the cleaners and there must have been a pin stuck in the sleeve. It stuck my wrist and a couple fingers and cut the sh*t out of me. I was bleeding profusely all over poor Ryan during our sex scene! There was blood all over his torso. During the blackout I whispered in his ear, “I’m really sorry! I cut myself and just bled all over you.” And he was like, “Just wipe it on my jeans or something, they’re black.” Then I had to hold my hand in an awkward fist for the next two scenes because I couldn’t get offstage. Oh no! Are you OK now?Yeah, now it looks like I got in a really bad fight with a cat. That’s the nature of previews; it’s like Russian roulette. We’re still working out the kinks, so something crazy is going to happen every single night.I heard Winona Ryder saw the show in L.A., did you get to meet her?Yeah, she came to closing night, as did Billy Crystal and a bunch of absurdly famous people. They all sat right next to each other during the performance and we were all like, “OK, if you’re gonna come and like, be a celebrity, you can’t all sit next to each other so we can see you. You have to go hide in the back.” [Laughs.] Winona was great, and she stayed for the party afterwards and we got to talk for a really long time. We both cried a little bit! She’s just so lovely, she’s like a magical woodland fairy.See Barrett Wilbert Weed in Heathers, opening March 31 at New World Stages. Show Closed This production ended its run on Aug. 4, 2014 View Commentslast_img read more

Tropical Storm Watch Issued for South Florida Ahead of Possible Weekend Impact from Isaias

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first_imgWATCHES AND WARNINGS——————–CHANGES WITH THIS ADVISORY:The government of the Bahamas has issued a Tropical Storm Warningfor the northwest Bahamas.A Tropical Storm Watch has been issued for the east coast ofFlorida from Ocean Reef northward to Sebastian Inlet. SUMMARY OF 500 PM EDT…2100 UTC…INFORMATION———————————————-LOCATION…19.5N 70.6WABOUT 155 MI…250 KM WNW OF PUNTA CANA DOMINICAN REPUBLICABOUT 250 MI…400 KM SE OF THE SOUTHEASTERN BAHAMASMAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS…60 MPH…95 KM/HPRESENT MOVEMENT…NW OR 310 DEGREES AT 20 MPH…31 KM/HMINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE…999 MB…29.50 INCHES DISCUSSION AND OUTLOOK———————-At 500 PM EDT (2100 UTC), the center of Tropical Storm Isaias waslocated near latitude 19.5 North, longitude 70.6 West. Isaias is moving toward the northwest near 20 mph (31 km/h) and a northwestward motion with some decrease in forward speed is expected over the next couple of days. On the forecast track, the center of Isaias will move near the Southeastern Bahamas by late tonight. Isaias is forecast to be near the Central Bahamas Friday night and move near or over the Northwest Bahamas and near South Florida on Saturday.Maximum sustained winds are near 60 mph (95 km/h) with higher gusts.Strengthening is forecast during the next day or so, and Isaias is forecast to become a hurricane on Friday or Friday night. Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 240 miles (390 km)from the center.The estimated minimum central pressure based on surface observations in the Dominican Republic is 999 mb (29.50 inches). The National Hurricane Center has issued a Tropical Storm Watch for the east coast of Florida, including Palm Beach County and the Treasure Coast, due to the threat of Tropical Storm Isaias, which is expected to strengthen into a hurricane on Friday.According to the 5 p.m. advisory from the NHC, Isaias is packing maximum sustained winds of 60 mph and is moving northwest at 20 mph.Isaias is bringing heavy rainfall and tropical storm force winds to parts of the Dominican Republic, and is forecast to become a hurricane on Friday or Friday night, the NHC added.The latest forecast cone has shifted slightly to the east, placing parts of Palm Beach County out of the cone.However, a Tropical Storm Watch has been issued for the east coast of Florida from Ocean Reef to Sebastian Inlet.On its current track, the worst weather from Isaias would remain over the Bahamas on Saturday and Sunday. South Florida and the Treasure Coast would see rain squalls beginning Saturday morning through Sunday, and several inches of rain possible.On the forecast track, the center of Isaias will move near the Southeastern Bahamas by late Thursday night.Isaias is forecast to be near the Central Bahamas Friday night and move near or over the Northwest Bahamas and near South Florida on Saturday.Strengthening is forecast during the next day or so, and Isaias is forecast to become a hurricane on Friday or Friday night.BULLETINTropical Storm Isaias Advisory Number 10NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL AL092020500 PM EDT Thu Jul 30 2020…ISAIAS CONTINUES TO BRING HEAVY RAINFALL AND TROPICAL-STORM-FORCEWINDS TO PORTIONS OF THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC……FORECAST TO BECOME A HURRICANE FRIDAY OR FRIDAY NIGHT… Courtesy: National Hurricane Center SUMMARY OF WATCHES AND WARNINGS IN EFFECT:A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for…* East coast of Florida from Ocean Reef to Sebastian InletThe Tropical Storm Warnings for the central and northwest Bahamasmay be upgraded to Hurricane Warnings this evening or tonight.Interests elsewhere along the southeast coast of the UnitedStates should monitor the progress of this system. Additionalwatches or warnings may be required for a portion of the Floridapeninsula tonight or Friday.A Tropical Storm Warning means that tropical storm conditions areexpected somewhere within the warning area within 36 hours.A Tropical Storm Watch means that tropical storm conditions arepossible within the watch area, generally within 48 hours.For storm information specific to your area in the UnitedStates, including possible inland watches and warnings, pleasemonitor products issued by your local National Weather Serviceforecast office. For storm information specific to your areaoutside of the United States, please monitor products issued byyour national meteorological service.last_img read more

Five globally important archaeological sites in Africa

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first_imgFrom Great Zimbabwe to Nubian pyramids along the Nile River, Africa, as the Cradle of Humankind, holds many of the world’s greatest archaeological treasures. Here are five of the most significant.Bete Giyorgis, part of the Lalibela Churches in Ethiopia, an early example of Christian architecture in Africa and are one of Africa’s most significant archaeological discoveries. (Image: Wikipedia)CD AndersonThe number of unearthed archaeological sites across Africa has given the world insights into the history of the continent and the world.From pyramids in the north, to cryptic stone cities and ancient civilisations further south, these sites offer many mysteries as they do answers. Lying untouched and hidden for thousands of years, they can sometimes provide us with some understanding of who we are, as Africans, today.The Stone Circles of Senegal and GambiaThe Senegambia Stone Circles are one of Africa’s most significant archaeological discoveries. (Image: Wikipedia)Spread across thousands of miles in Senegal and Gambia, these four large stone constructions also referred to as the Senegambian stone circles date back to 300 BC. Judging by the discovery of graves and evidence of communities, the construction of the site shows evidence of a prosperous and organised society based on the amount of labour required to build such structures.They consist of over 30,000 laterite stones, 17,000 monuments and 2,000 home sites.Experts believe that much like obelisks, the stones were arranged purposefully for either religious or communal reasons. Finding, transporting and shaping the laterite, it is understood, would have required some kind of understanding of geology and intricate tool work.At the largest of the sites, at Sine Ngayene, Senegal, evidence of iron smelting and quarries was unearthed. Layered evidence in the ground indicates a timeline of more than 700 years when communities lived, worked and worshipped in the area.Meroë, SudanThe ancient city of Meroë in Sudan dates back to 800 BC and is one of Africa’s most significant archaeological discoveries. (Image: Wikipedia)An ancient city of palaces, iron production and pyramids along the east bank of the Nile, Meroë dates back to 800 BC. Embracing sophisticated Egyptian culture and possessing fertile land and abundant iron deposits, the city became a prominent trading post, renowned as far as Rome, Greece and Persia.It is mentioned in the book of Genesis (by the name Aethiopia) as a prominent yet vulnerable centre of commerce. The city traded with the Roman Empire and, it has been suggested by archaeologists, even with early Indian and Chinese explorers. Residents even farmed elephants to be exported for foreign armies.Its vulnerability and prominence made it a regular target for marauding armies over seven centuries. Eventually losing its Egyptian influence and culture, Meroë developed its own language, religions and customs that were all lost to history when the city was finally destroyed in AD 330. It lay untouched and undiscovered until 1821, when archaeologists excavated the first of its 200 distinctive Nubian pyramids. The written language of Meroë remains one of the world’s greatest undeciphered languages.Great Zimbabwe Stone Houses, Masvingo, ZimbabweThe Great Zimbabwe Stone Houses date back 900 years and are one of Africa’s most significant archaeological discoveries. (Image: Wikipedia)Dating back almost a millennium, the three-compound stone construction covering 18,000 acres was built using a sophisticated form of stone masonry not found in the surrounding region at the time. The complex was home to 18,000 people and is believed to have taken 300 years to construct. Operating as a proto-city, Great Zimbabwe contains evidence of a monarchy, religion, commerce and mining.Mystery surrounds its decline, with some experts speculating that the rapid depletion of nearby gold mines may have been the ultimate cause. Great Zimbabwe is recognised as a Unesco World Heritage Site.The Lalibela Churches, EthiopiaThe Lalibela Churches in Ethiopia were an early example of Christian architecture in Africa and are one of Africa’s most significant archaeological discoveries. (Image: Wikipedia)Once considered one of the holiest places in Africa, the 11 Lalibela churches were built in the 12th century for the burgeoning popularity of Christendom in the region. Inspired by their connection to King Solomon, early African Christians, unable to make pilgrimages to Jerusalem, were able to travel here to pay homage. The design of the complex resembles parts of Jerusalem.The site consists of monolith churches of varying sizes, each carved out of volcanic basalt and intricately decorated with early Christian iconography. The largest of the churches, the impressive Bete Giyorgis (Church of Saint George), is considered to be the most finely executed and best preserved church in the world.While Lalibela was partially destroyed by Muslim armies in the 16th century, much of the site survived intact and has grown over the past 400 years to become a medium-sized town.Bakoni, South AfricaThe Bakoni Ruins in Mpumalanga, South Africa date back more than 200,000 years and are one of Africa’s most significant archaeological discoveries. (Image: Wikipedia)The Bakoni Ruins of Machadodorp, Mpumalanga, is one of the world’s greatest unsolved archaeological puzzles. Dating back more than 200,000 years, this “lost city of Africa” is a large collection of complex stone terraces with evidence of settlements, fields and roads, as well as signs of advanced technological and agricultural innovation that existed long before the arrival of Europeans in the region.Case in point is the site’s most prominent feature: Adam’s Calendar, a 30m stone circle with positioned monolith rocks within it. The monoliths are aligned to match the movement of the Orion’s Belt star formation, and are presumed to be an early indicator of charted time.Viewed from the air, the ruins create a vast design of mazes and passages intricately connected over hundreds of kilometres. Needless to say, archaeologists are bewildered by the site. One of its few provable theories is that the age of the ruins indicates that the ancient Bakoni people who built the complex settlement may have been around much earlier than first believed.The site, its age and designs, are however popular with so-called pseudo-archaeology theories, including the idea that it might have been constructed by an ancient alien civilisation.Whatever the theories, the Bakoni Ruins supplement the more provable theories surrounding the Cradle of Humankind in the North West province that the southern region of Africa was inhabited by early humans much earlier in prehistory than first thought.Sources: Wikipedia and other online sources.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

Ohio Farm Bureau funding water quality projects across the state

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first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Ohio Farm Bureau Federation is providing funding for county Farm Bureau-led projects that help improve water quality in local communities. This is the fifth year Ohio Farm Bureau has provided funding, putting the total investment by Ohio Farm Bureau and partner organizations at over $1 million in county water quality projects.The grants are part of Ohio Farm Bureau’s comprehensive Water Quality Action Plan launched in September 2014. Over the life of the plan, OFBF has invested $2.4 million in member funds for projects and measures that help protect the environment and preserve farmers’ ability to produce food.This year, more than $90,000 in OFBF and matching funds will be put to work in local communities.“These projects are spread out across the state with participation from dozens of partnering organizations that include conservation, government, university, health and private entities,” said Jordan Hoewischer, OFBF director of water quality and research.County Farm Bureaus receiving funding and their projects:Ashland County: An Adapt-N and Field Forecasting Tool crop modeling systems will be implemented to improve nutrient efficiency and reduce nutrient loss from farm fields in the Jerome Fork of the Mohican River. These modeling systems will help farmers better manage nitrogen based on farm management practices, soil tests, cover crops, manure applications and long-term weather forecasts.Athens and Meigs Counties: To focus on the statewide importance of water quality, this project will offer a no-till drill to all farmers in Athens and surrounding counties. Through the efforts of this partnership, use of this drill will decrease soil erosion and help reduce nutrient runoff into waterways, improving water quality in the region.Butler County: A bus tour will be organized to allow Butler County landowners, farmers, officials and community members to visit the Blanchard River Demonstration Farms in northwest Ohio.Clark County: This project will invite members to join a Blanchard River Demonstration Farms Tour and get an up-close-and-personal experience with three local farms and farmers involved with implementing new and established conservation practices in the Blanchard River Watershed.Clinton and Fayette Counties: These two counties will prepare AgriPOWER class members to become spokespeople on water quality, with an emphasis on agricultural nutrient management and harmful algal blooms. The class will spend the day at Stone Lab learning more about water quality and nutrient management.Cuyahoga County: Two-day workshops will have middle and high school science teachers taking part in workshops to explore soil and water – life’s main ingredients. This includes a water treatment facility tour, an introduction to the 4Rs (right fertilizer source, at the right rate, at the right time, with the right placement), and an industry panel discussion.Hocking and Fairfield Counties: The grant will facilitate a visit and tour of the Blanchard River Demonstration Farms. Guest speakers from NRCS and SWCD will share information and local resources to help farmers conserve, protect, and enhance soil, water, and land during the bus ride to and from the farm tour.Knox County: Funds will be used to update the OnMRK app, which is an Ohio nutrient management record keeper app, to reflect the needs of farmers in Ohio and across the country and to insure they have the information they need to show compliance with state and federal laws regarding water quality.Portage County: A calendar will be created to give residents key messaging that with help create environmental awareness and practical skills for healthy property habits. The calendars will have tools and sources including information on rain gardens, rain barrels, checking vehicles for leaks and spills, and choosing environmentally friendly household products, to name a few.Preble County: The county will host a two-hour evening workshop for rural residents who are seeking to renovate or replace a malfunctioning septic system or construct a new system as part of building a new home. Emphasis will be placed on proper maintenance and upkeep of septic systems to ensure they perform as designed.This is a news release for use by journalists. Questions should be directed to Ty Higgins, 614-246-8231 or Joe Cornely, 614-246-8230.last_img read more

10 days agoChelsea, Southampton chasing Linfield whizkid Charlie Allen

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first_imgChelsea, Southampton chasing Linfield whizkid Charlie Allenby Paul Vegas10 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea and Southampton are both chasing Linfield whizkid Charlie Allen.The 15-year-old has already impressed on trials with Spurs and Manchester City.The Daily Express says Chelsea and Saints want to now run the rule over Allen during a trial period.Rangers are also interested in the Northern Irish attacking midfielder.Allen has already made his debut for the Linfield first-team this season. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

ReCAAP Asian Piracy Incidents Drop in 1st Half of 2019

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first_imgzoomIllustration; Image Courtesy: US Navy A total of 28 incidents of piracy and armed robbery against ships, comprising 25 actual and three attempted incidents, were reported in Asia during January-June 2019.According to the regional piracy watchdog ReCAAP, the situation of piracy and armed robbery against ships in Asia continued to improve during the first half of the year.Both the total number of incidents and the number of actual incidents reported during January-June 2019 are the lowest among the 13-year period of January-June of 2007-2019, ReCAAP noted.Compared to the same period of 2018, it was a 32% decrease in the total number and a 14% decrease in the number of actual incidents during the first half of 2019. The drop of attempted incidents accounts for the bulk of the decrease in the total number of incidents during the first six months of the year.A 75% plunge in the number of attempted incidents was reported year-on-year as a total of 12 attempted incidents were reported during January-June 2018.Of the 28 incidents reported in Asia during the period, two were piracy incidents and 26 were incidents of armed robbery against ships. Piracy incident accounts for 7% of the total incidents and the majority of the incidents reported in Asia were armed robbery against ships.Speaking of the significance of the incidents, one was CAT 1 incident and involved the abduction of nine crew from two fishing boats on June 18 off Lahad Datu, Sabah, Malaysia.The abducted crew members were released on June 21 as the abductors could have realised that the abducted crew had no money nor anything to give as ransom.In May 2019, the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) reported to the ReCAAP ISC that the Philippines authorities had rescued and released all the abducted crew.With the release of the nine crew who were abducted in June, there is no more crew being held in captivity.last_img read more

Delhi Police organises security and soft skills sensitisation programme

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first_imgNew Delhi: Delhi Police on Wednesday said that it organized a one-day workshop on security and soft skills sensitization, for Delhi Metro police and CISF officers. The workshop was inaugurated by Special Commissioner of Police (transport) Praveer Ranjan. In his address, the Praveer Ranjan stressed upon the aspect that police officers are not only expected to provide security to the commuters of Metro, they should have and also display soft skills such as empathy and compassion, effective communication skills, integrity, active listening, problem-solving and service-oriented approach. Also Read – Odd-Even: CM seeks transport dept’s views on exemption to women, two wheelers, CNG vehiclesThe complainants approaching us to seek assistance must be treated with respect and all possible assistance must be provided to the victims without any delay. Joint Commissioner of Police (transport) Atul Katiyar stressed that police officers should interact with the commuters of Delhi Metro to understand their concerns. Special attention needs to be given to the concerns of women, children and senior citizens to resolve their grievances on priority. Also Read – More good air days in Delhi due to Centre’s steps: JavadekarJitender Rana, Senior Commandant, CISF emphasized they must ensure that our team is motivated to ensure that the comfort of the commuters is ensured, and soft skills will certainly help in effective communication and interaction with the commuters. Vikram K. Porwal, DCP (Metro) mentioned that police work is like being a jack of all trades with multifarious duties, it requires constant initiative and innovation to improve the police functioning.last_img read more

Insomnia is a driver of suicide and people with s

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first_imgInsomnia is a driver of suicide, and people with severe insomnia may safely benefit from taking a sedative to help address their sleep problems as it reduces their suicidal thoughts, a new study suggests. The study, published in The American Journal of Psychiatry, included 103 participants aged 18 to 65 with major depressive disorder, insomnia and suicidal thoughts. All participants took an antidepressant for the eight-week duration of the trial and half also took the sedative-hypnotic zolpidem at bedtime. Also Read – The Puja carnival”While the results do not argue for the routine prescription of hypnotics for mitigating suicidal ideation in all depressed outpatients with insomnia, they suggest that co-prescription of a hypnotic during initiation of an antidepressant may be beneficial in suicidal outpatients, especially in patients with severe insomnia,” said study researchers from Augusta University in the US. During the study, participants completed regular self-reports of the severity of their insomnia and completed a daily sleep diary during their treatment that included details like how many times they woke up during the night and how long they actually slept. Also Read – Wave City brings special offers this NavratraResearchers also measured distorted thoughts about sleep, like participants thinking they would never again have a good night’s sleep. The frequency and intensity of disturbing dreams or nightmares, also a factor in insomnia-associated suicide, also were measured. Patients wore a wrist device to keep up with rest/activity cycles. Those taking the sleep aid showed both significant immediate and longer-term improvement in their reported insomnia severity. While both groups reported significant improvement in their feelings about hopelessness, quality of life, nightmares and dysfunctional beliefs about sleep, as well as related insomnia and suicidality, the group taking the sleep aid had a greater reduction in suicidal thinking. The sleep aid was most effective in reducing suicidal thoughts in patients with the most severe insomnia. There were no deaths or suicide attempts by participants during the course of the study. Two weeks after the study concluded both study groups – including those not taking the sleep aid – appeared to have maintained progress with reduced depression scores and suicidal thoughts.last_img read more

Tokyo Novak Djokovic stepped up a gear at the Jap

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first_imgTokyo: Novak Djokovic stepped up a gear at the Japan Open Wednesday, fending off a tough challenge from Japanese wild card Go Soeda 6-3, 7-5 to advance to the quarter final. The world number one said he had no problems with the injured shoulder which forced him out of the US Open as he looked to face either French fifth-seed Lucas Pouille or Japan’s Yoshihito Nishioka at the Ariake Colosseum, a venue for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. Djokovic was cruising to a victory until late in the second set when the 35-year-old Japanese player put on a tenacious fight while the Serb began missing many of his first serves, reducing his lead to 5-4 before Soeda made it 5-5. Also Read – We will push hard for Kabaddi”s inclusion in 2024 Olympics: RijijuBut Djokovic snapped back in form and took the final two games without giving a single point to the Japanese, ending the match in just over 90 minutes. “Obviously, I was pleased to get that done in two (sets),” Djokovic said. “We must give credit to Go Soeda, who played a really good match, fought hard, made me work for my win today. “For my side, I am really pleased. Probably I played even on a higher level than the first round. So the game is going to the right direction for sure,” he said. Also Read – Djokovic to debut against Shapovalov at Shanghai Masters”I played now three days in a row,” he said. “Everything is fine.” Elsewhere in the tournament, third-seed David Goffin of Belgium came from behind in a dramatic first-round victory against Spanish player Pablo Carreno Busta 1-6, 7-6(8), 6-0. Their gruelling battle, the first match of the day, lasted over two hours in blazing heat, as Goffin clung on to the match to take the second set that ended with a dramatic tie-break. After that, Carreno Busta could not find much left in himself and gave up the third set. “It was a great fight. Such a tough opponent,” said Goffin, who will now face Denis Shapovalov of Canada. “In the end, I am happy to go to the second round,” Goffin said. Australian qualifier John Millman defeated Adrian Mannarino of France 4-6, 6-3, 6-4.last_img read more